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Van sale nightmare

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The Coast’s cultural hole

Pedro Mancebo, spokesman and councillor for CLR party, thinks that sadly there is one important item missing in Orihuela Costa and that is CULTURE! • p5

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by Jack Troughton

Sterling takes a pounding Moneycorp’s David Kerns talks to RTN about the current value of sterling and the perceived weakness in the British economy. • p24

Rules are made to be broken RTN Golf expert, Noel Eastwell, talks about just how sacred the rules of gold are • p61

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Andy and Elaine are less than impressed with Telefonica or should that be Movistar..?!

Up to their old tricks Telefonica are still living and breathing and still deceiving people out of their hard earned cash. Read Andy and Elaine Morge’s tale of woe on page 3.

TRUSTING DAVID Strike faces financial ruin over a hit and run accident involving an aging van he sold nearly four years ago. Currently being sued by the authorities for nearly €20,000, he faces a court case over a 2007 accident – 12 months after he returned to the UK from Spain. And he said the “absolute nightmare” should serve as a warning for all car owners to insure the correct paperwork was completed to show the ownership of a vehicle had changed. David, who now lives in Lymington, Hants, with his wife Denise, said they had been put under “incredible stress” and could be forced to sell their property in Font den Carros, near Oliva, their home for four years and still used for holidays. “If it all goes against us we will have to sell; I am already faced with legal bills I can scarce afford,” he said. In 2006 he sold his veteran Renault Express to a former employer

and he believed, a trusted friend. But this year on returning to the Costa Blanca holiday home, neighbours told David that police had been looking for him. He went to the police station to be told the van had been involved in a hit and run, a victim hospitalised, and traffic lights damaged in the smash – and he was responsible for picking up the tab. “It was a complete shock and completely ruined my holiday,” he said.”The whole thing is very worrying and has put a strain on our marriage.” He explained because of the pressure of time he had sold the van and trusted his former friend when he promised to fill out the paperwork. On learning of his obligations as the registered owner, David claimed his friend immediately said he would sort the matter out but later advised David should go to police and - despite the time lapse - say he left the Renault outside his house “and it was stolen.” Continued on page 4


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Up to their old tricks by Louise Clarke THEY MAY have changed their name to Movistar but make no mistake, Telefonica are still living and breathing and still deceiving people out of their hard earned cash. Last week RTN went to meet Andy and Elaine Morge in Fortuna. The couple had more than €200 ‘extracted’ from their bank account by the unscrupulous Spanish Telecommunications company and have been fighting for nearly three months to have that money returned to them. Having taken out ADSL with the company earlier this year, due to the fact that their previous supplier had been cutting off their internet supply on an almost daily basis, the couple signed up to Telefonica thinking that they would be more reliable. Sadly, this was not the case and now they are more than a couple of hundred euros worse off. USELESS

The problems started in July when the pair cancelled the ‘International 15’ call package, which proved to be completely

useless for their needs. All of a sudden they received a bill which was over €250. Incredulous, they scanned the document to see why it was so high and discovered that they had been charged €210.57 as a ‘Conceptos Occasionales’. Andy immediately contacted the company to find out why and was told that it was because they had cancelled their ADSL with them whilst they were still in contract. Andy, who still had a fantastic ADSL connection, tried to get through to the ‘English’ speaking call centre consultant that he had only cancelled the phone package not the ADSL and that in fact he was happily ‘surfing the net’ as they spoke. He was told that the company would look into it and he would hear back from them in ten days. CHANGE OF POLICY

After ten days, Telefonica agreed that it was their fault and said that they would put the money back in their bank account. Andy gave the company their bank details, even though they must have already had them to take out the money in the first place and waited,

and waited, and waited. He contacted the company again and was told that they couldn’t pay it into their account because they didn’t have the bank details so the couple gave them again. “It will be paid in ten days,” they said. Ten days later, there was still no money and Andy and Elaine’s blood pressure was starting to rise significantly. Andy phoned them AGAIN but this time, they said that their policy had changed and they would no longer pay the money into the couple’s bank account, but they would issue a cheque, which, wait for it…, wouldn’t be issued for at least two months! So now, the couple must wait. Elaine told RTN: “Some people can’t afford for that kind of money to be taken out of the bank. If we had a mortgage, we’d have certainly defaulted that month.” Andy added: “As there is no OFCOM type organisation here in Spain, we feel helpless. The company has it covered in every direction and we just have to sit back and deal with it, whether we like it or not. They are by far the worst company in Spain to deal with.”


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Bishop demands mosque be called ‘cathedral’

TENSION HAS risen in Córdoba after the city’s bishop declared that the famous World Heritage mosque should be renamed as a cathedral because it is “only open to catholic prayer”. The Junta Islámica is furious with the bishop, accusing him of showing that he is “closed and against dialogue with Islam”. The left wing city council has refused to rename the mosque as a cathedral.

Marijuana plantations discovered LOCAL POLICE officers in Orihuela Costa have discovered and destroyed two Marijuana plantations in two houses on the same urbanisation. The residents of the houses were arrested and taken to the Guardia Civil station in Torre de la Horadada, where they were charged with drug offences.

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The diggers have moved in

Continued from front page HE TOLD RTN: “I said that was dishonest and I couldn’t do that – he just hung up. I have even got a recording of him more or less telling me to lie, I have sent that to my solicitor but I don’t know if it will do any good.” He said a white van was involved in the accident but despite his vehicle being grey, it did bear his registration number. “I cannot understand it, the only explanation is two vans were cannibalised to make one good one.” “Denise did tell me not to trust anyone when we first moved to Spain but I said it would be all right because he was a friend and would change the paperwork. He never did.” David said he had sent his lawyer proof they had returned to England when the accident took place “but I am named as the owner of the van.” And he added: “I have lost many a night’s sleep over this – when I think about

David and Denise with grandson Noah

it I just cannot sleep, it is so worrying. It has brought me to tears before now. I just cannot believe it.” David, now working for a Hampshire

THE COUNCILLOR for Infrastructures and Urbanism at the Mazarron Town Hall has announced this week that the new Social and Cultural Centre in Sector B of the Camposol Urbanisation will be ready in early 2011. The foundations of the centre, which has caused some controversy with residents who are living nearest to it, have already been dug and the construction of the building is being undertaken. According to the Town Hall, this new centre will “…transform the social and cultural life of this area of the municipality, where neighbouring residents are mainly of British origin.” The ground floor comprises of 270 square metres, 135 metres of which will be a printing company, said: “This should serve large function room for multiple usage. There as a grim warning to everyone – make sure will also be a lobby with a reception area and all the paperwork is up to date and don’t toilets on the ground floor. trust anyone.” The building project will cost €200,000 plus IVA, which has been financed by the central government’s Plan E grant and the contract to build the centre has been awarded to a local company called Irenamur SL.

Zapatero booed at 12th October parade Bricks and mortar selling

The booing crowds

CROWDS BOOED Prime Minister Zapatero at the 12th October military parade in Madrid last week. There were shouts calling for the PM to resign when he arrived at a square in the Paseo de la Castellana in the city centre. The 12th October fiesta is held to commemorate Columbus’ arrival in the New World and also to celebrate the armed forces. There were 1,000 fewer soldiers marching in the parade this year compared to last, as budget cuts have affected the military.

HOUSE SALES in Spain continue to rise with the eighth successive monthly increase over 2009. National Statistics Institute figures reveal sales were 30 percent up in August when compared to the same month of last year as the market continues to recover. August saw 43,817 homes purchased – just over half, 23,310, were new properties and 20,507 resales. Valencia, Cataluna, Andalucia and Madrid were the property hotspots, claiming 57 percent of sales across the whole of Spain. And the positive trend shows that so far sales this year are 13.8 percent up on 2009.

The centre will be completed in early 2011

The Coast’s cultural hole by Louise Clarke ORIHUELA COSTA consists of thousands villas, houses and apartments;many unoccupied and included within this area is the same number of restaurants, bars, supermarkets and c ommercial centres. Pedro Mancebo, spokesman and councillor for CLR party, thinks that sadly there is one important item missing in Orihuela Costa and that is CULTURE! Pedro told RTN: “There is no library, theatre, concert hall, auditorium or cinema. All the residents of Orihuela Costa have to travel to Orihuela City, Torrevieja, Murcia, Alicante or Elche to experience any form of culture.” Pedro and the CLR party will be proposing at the next Town Hall ‘pleno’ meeting that a library must be on the coast as a mater of urgency or in the very least, that a library be incorporated in one of the many existing empty buildings. He said: “There is no need to say that we believe an empty building is a waste of money and opportunities that a responsible Town Hall should not consent to;

even more so when it might be utilised to offer cultural activities to citizens.” UNITE

Pedro believes that the library should not only be for the purpose of lending books but also be a meeting point for the residents of Orihuela Costa. He added: “There could be a comfortable corner, perhaps with café facilities, where residents could browse through the daily newspapers or catch up with friends after returning their finished books and choosing new ones. “It would be advantageous to have books and perhaps the daily newspapers in various languages in an attempt to attract as many of our residents as possible to use this facility. We need to develop our sense of community in Orihuela Costa and this can only be built around a cultural place which will unite and join all citizens of the coast together.” One further useful service which Pedro feels would benefit residents is to offer the use of computers and internet access for a small fee. He said: “Free Wi-Fi could also be installed to enable residents to bring and use their laptops while enjoying their morning

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coffee and toast. Once a week, a story teller could be organised to read stories to children in Spanish and perhaps every alternate week in a different language. This would encourage our young residents to take an interest at a very early age in the Spanish language and also see the library as a fun place to visit.” GELS THE COMMUNITY

Pedro also commented that a lot of residents have taken up writing upon retiring. “They could be invited to read an excerpt from their books or recite their poems,” he suggested, “such activities bring and bind residents together and this in turn integrates Pedro our community.” The CLR party also proposes Mancebo that the building could be multi-functional. and perhaps in other languages too with Pedro concluded: “A theatre which could subtitles. These types of cultural functions also be used as a concert hall and cinema. encourage the residents to mingle and gels The only music which can be heard in Ori- the community. Orihuela Costa does not huela Costa at the moment is when a band just consist of beaches. Its residents defiplays in a local bar and sometimes that is nitely pull the short straw where culture not to everyone’s taste. Various types of mu- and entertainment is involved. It is about sical evenings could be organised; anything time Orihuela Town Hall had the chance to from classical to jazz. Film evenings could be praise and be proud of the new library, conorganised. Films could be shown in Spanish, cert hall or cinema which Orihuela Costa to encourage people to learn the language and its residents urgently need.”

Bank holiday weekend sees 26 dead in traffic accidents LAST BANK Holiday weekend saw more people die in road accidents than the previous year. A total of 26 people died and 15 were seriously injured, according to the DGT traffic authority. Reports show that four accidents An accident in were caused by the drivers being Legutiano, distracted and five caused by Álava excessive speed.

Forged currency arrests

A COUPLE has been arrested at the Playa Flamenca Market on the Orihuela Coast for trying to pay for goods using fake €50 notes. Local Police officers arrested the pair last Saturday after a stall holder alerted them. The 28-year-old man, who originates from Serbia-Montenegro and who lives in Torrevieja, had three forged €50 notes and his partner, a 35-year-old Domincan Republic citizen and also a resident of Torrevieja, had four notes. They were both arrested and taken to the Guardia Civil station in Torre de la Horadada, where they were charged and processed to attend court in Orihuela.

Brit arrested for domestic violence A 21-YEAR-OLD British man was arrested by Local Police in Orihuela Costa after he allegedly assaulted his partner. Police were called by a local taxi driver in the early hours of Tuesday morning after he witnessed the assault. The victim had called the taxi driver to the Las Piscinas Urbanisation to take her to the airport and as she got into the taxi, it is believed that her partner pulled her back out of the taxi by her hair and pushed her to the ground, where he proceeded to kick her in the head and body. The 19-year-old victim, a British citizen, sustained facial injuries and severe bruising. She managed to get into the taxi and the man then kicked at the taxi in a bid to get her out of the vehicle. The taxi driver called the police, officers located the man and following a struggle he was arrested and taken to the Guardia Civil station in Torre de la Horadada, where he was charged with assault and criminal damage.


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Free UK TV with your internet! HE ADDED ADDED: “And with the huge costs involved to customers, this made a lot of people angry and woke up others to the fact the television they were watching was illegal and could be turned off at any time.” Geoff said the only other alternative was buying a huge satellite dish “that makes you look like you are trying to contact ET” and creating an unsightly blot on the landscape – and a solution out of reach to people living in apartments or similarly restricted properties. He said better Internet connections and faster downloads in Spain had made IPTV possible over the last 18 months. The Round Town Network service was legal under European law and the ‘television without frontiers’ ruling passed by member states last December as the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. LICENCE

French air controllers still causing chaos STRIKING AIR traffic controllers in France caused Ryanair to cancel 250 flights on 12th October. The budget airline says that so far in 2010, it has had to cancel 1,650 flights, delay more than 12,000 and consequently disrupt the travel plans of more than 2.5 million passengers, all due to strikes by air traffic personnel in Spain, Belgium and France. This fourth strike in the space of a month by French staff has pushed Ryanair to call for the EU Commission to establish a ruling forbidding the right to strike for those working to provide essential services – including air traffic control.

The necessary Spanish licences have been obtained. Geoff said: “We do not charge clients anything for our IPTV platform, absolutely nothing. After all, you cannot charge for something you have not purchased and do not own.”

And he said Round Town Network content was received in homes just as it was originally broadcast. “We do not change anything or alter the content or add advertising – that is why it is legal – the content is delivered exactly as it is in the UK.” He said the service did not decode encrypted TV, so there was no SKY Television programming, or encrypt anything that was originally un-encrypted. Geoff said: “Free to air UK content, such as BBC and ITV programmes, are transmitted with no encryption for UK viewers and we deliver this to our customers under exactly the same conditions.” He added: “We are absolutely delighted with the launch of this free television service. It is an unprecedented success with over 150 new clients signing up for the seven day trial within the first 24 hours of its launch. “It is obviously a service everyone wants from a company that everybody trusts.” To enjoy this 24 hours a day, seven days a week television service, ring 966 463 170 or visit

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Paul Ridwell meets the Mayor of Torrevieja, Pedro Hernandez Mateo

by Louise Clarke THE BRITISH Consul, Paul Rodwell, visited Torrevieja for the second time in a week on Wednesday to officially meet the city’s Mayor, Pedro Hernandez Mateo. The pair met at the Torrevieja Town Hall on Wednesday morning to discuss the strengthening of the relationship between the Town Hall and the Consulate in Alicante. Torrevieja has a large population of British citizens and at the last padron count there were officially 13,014 regis-

tered. However, it is believed that there are many more not registered on the padron and both the Mayor and the British Consul agreed to work together to promote the importance of being registered on the municipal padron; not only so the Town Hall may receive an increased income for services, but also so that those residents can vote at the forthcoming elections and have a say in how their city is managed. Paul Rodwell was also interested in the positive integration of the British citizens in Torrevieja, especially the support that the Town Hall gives to various

charities and associations that support British citizens in the city, such as Age Concern and the HELP Association. He also expressed an interest in the active participation made by British citizens in the city’s sports and cultural agenda, especially the Torry Army and the recently formed FC Torrevieja Independent Supporters Club. The Mayor also reminded the British Consul that the city was pioneering within the Valencian Community with the creation ten years ago of an Office for the Attention of International Residents (OARI), managed by Graham Knight.

Rojales police recover stolen vehicles

Rojales Local Police on the beat

ON SUNDAY night, officers from the Rojales Local Police came across two suspects climbing over a garden wall. The suspects, who appeared to be Moroccan, managed to escape. However, the police recovered a stolen car; the owner lives in Barcelona. In another incident, the local police recovered a stolen scooter owned by a British resident. The

patrol came upon a suspect sitting on the scooter in the area of Pueblo Bravo. As they approached, the individual distanced himself from the vehicle and was visibly nervous. The police, unhappy with the replies to their questions, impounded the vehicle, which was later returned to its rightful owner after he denounced its disappearance.

Government still sceptical over ETA ceasefire proposal THE SPANISH Secretary of State, Antonio Camacho, has said that the only reason ETA has stopped staging attacks is its debilitation by the arrests of its senior members. In a video sent to the BBC on 5th September, the terrorist group said it was halting armed offensive actions, and that given the right conditions it would lay down its arms permanently. Camacho stated last week that ETA is merely trying to buy time. The government is sceptical of the terrorist groups declaration of a ceasefire because ETA has broken previous ceasefires without warning in the past.

SEAT laying off thousands

THE SPANISH car manufacturer Seat has announced that it will have to temporarily lay off 7,500 staff until the spring of 2011. Rotating shifts will also be given to 700 contracted employees. Once production of the new Audi Q3 starts Seat say they will be able to reinstate workers. This is the fifth time Seat has taken such action in order to reduce production costs.

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(She sent me an autographed copy of her latest book and a lovely letter after we had finished the sessions). I have also helped find various items that people had misplaced; such as the woman in Northern Ireland who had been robbed at gunpoint so many times that she hid her jewellery and promptly forgot where. I ‘regressed’ her to when she last had them - she had placed them inside her childhood teddy bear and then stitched it back up! The list of problems that Fast Track hypnosis can help with is extensive. One of the most incredible requests that I had to help with was a young girl of 9 years of age who was a smoker. The girl (and her parents) wanted to stop smoking and when I asked how she started it, it was because of her grandparents. They thought it was a great party trick to get her to light up for them; somehow I don’t think that it would be tolerated in this day and age. One of the strangest requests was a letter I received a few years ago... “Dear Sir, I would be most grateful to you if you could provide me with some help for my stretch marks. I have them everywhere after losing a lot of weight and I can’t get rid of them. I would like something that would get rid of the ones I have which were


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caused by weight loss and to prevent further ones due to weight gain. I would be grateful if you could do this by post. I know it may be impossible for you to do this without you seeing me but I would be grateful to you for your help. I do not want anyone to know anything about it. I will gladly forward your fee. I would be grateful if you would leave your name and return address off your reply, as I do not want anyone to know I am writing to a Hypnotherapist. Yours sincerely, J”

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Suspected murder/suicide A minutes silence was held at Thursday morning’s pleno meeting to condemn the womans death

A WOMAN in her fifties has died, apparently murdered by her husband. According to sources in the quiet Vega Baja town of Benejúzar, it is believed that the woman was shot in the head and her husband then killed himself. Tragically, one of the couple’s daughters found her parents and neighbours of the couple reported the crime, which took place in a house on Calle Duréndez Cayetano, at 21:15 on Wednesday evening. The Local Police, Guardia Civil and Ambulance service were soon in attendance and officers allegedly found the woman lying in the hallway of the property with a gunshot to the forehead and just yards away, on the sofa, the body of her husband, who is believed to be the assailant, also dead with gunshot wounds to the head. Officers cordoned off the area and made

the gun safe and as RTN went to press, Guardia Civil officers were investigating the incident. It is believed that the couple was of Roma descent in their mid fifties. Local Police have said that the victim had filed no previous complaints of domestic violence. The news has shocked the small town as both had lived there for more than twenty years and were well known members of the community. This latest victim brings the total of women killed this year by their partners or former partners to 55, which equals the total number of victims for the whole of 2009. If you are a victim of domestic violence, don’t suffer in silence. You can contact the Domestic Violence Helpline number, which is 016, or call the Costa Blanca Samaritans on 902 883 535.

New town hall inaugurated PILAR DE LA HORADADA has a new Town Hall. Last week, the building was officially inaugurated by the town’s Mayor Ignacio Ramos and all the administrative departments of the Town Council have already moved into their new offices in the building. Complete with a tower, the building is certainly noticeable and will provide a distinct visual reference within the town. The interior comprises of two concrete ellipses and a

main flight of stairs which goes through the centre of the building to all the floors. Each floor contains toilets, a room for cleaning equipment, access to the freight elevator and an archive room as well as a relaxation room for staff that overlooks the glazed inner patio which contains plants and flowers. There are two underground floors for parking with a complex drainage system in case of heavy rainfall. The

minimalist interior design gives the feeling of space and openness with basic office furniture and potted plants. The building will be powered partly by solar panels on the roof, which will also provide the hot water. The Mayor said that this is the start of something amazing for the Town of Pilar de la Horadada and said that this building will now provide space for all the necessary departments and facilities to run the town.

The new Town Hall in Pilar de la Horadada

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Open letter to Sra. Mónica Lorente Ref: Town Council ‘Streetfill’ Site Policy I write to congratulate you on your Council’s continual and increasing use of your cost saving ‘Streetfill’ policy for rubbish produced by both households and businesses in the Orihuela Costa part of the municipality. It is imperative in these difficult economic times that on behalf of the tax payers of the municipality you do not squander the funds received. I, and the majority of residents, I’m sure, appreciate that the cost of the collection of rubbish and its transport to registered, and more probably illegal, landfill sites is expensive for the Council. In addition there are the uncontrolled payments to the contractor, deemed to be the best responsible company for providing the supposedly first class cleaning service to the municipality. Certainly within Orihuela Costa, we (the inhabitants) have experienced over a considerable time the excellent policy of your Council of allowing rubbish tippers to use undeveloped land within the area as landfill sites. All the residents appreciate that this is a cost saving policy for the Council as it saves the need to provide expensive household and building rubbish handling facilities. Well done for your foresight on this. It is important that you see evidence of the successful operation of your ‘Streetfill’ site policy so I invite you view just one of the multitude of locations being used to reach your objective. This is at the junction of Calles Ontario and Baikal. There are two more similar sites within 100 metres. An enlightened resident and voter PS: The cleaning contract staff has obviously been made aware of ‘Streetfill’ as when they pass a rubbish pile they stop to admire it and then drive on.


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Baggage limitations AFTER READING your article on ‘beware of baggage tampering’ may I take this opportunity to warn all your readers travelling with ‘hold baggage’ on certain airlines? When booking on-line you MUST click on the tiny box that you have read regulations and terms of conditions before you can even progress any further. Everyone clicks the box without reading their terms and conditions and books the flight. I did just this and flew from Alicante to Doncaster. Upon arrival, my two hold baggage cases were missing. I reported this immediately and filled in the necessary forms and was told that the cases would be delivered to my home by courier in the next few days. They were delivered with both locks broken and the Marlboro Lights from one case and JPS Silver from the other missing. I reported this immediately to the courier who gave me forms to fill in

to send to the airline. I was then informed by the airline that cigarette and tobacco products were not allowed to be carried as ‘hold baggage’ as per their ‘Terms and Conditions’ which I had accepted when I clicked on the tiny box when booking my flight. If your readers care to click on this tiny box, and then click on the next box highlighted which leads you to ‘Terms and Conditions’, which are numerous, then scroll to the last page where ‘hold baggage’ is listed, you will find a list of things you are NOT ALLOWED to carry as ‘hold baggage’ - you will be amazed at what you are not allowed to carry. Finally, some airlines do not accept telephone calls, but they will reply to you by e mail. Suffice to say I did not receive any compensation and now carry cigarettes in my hand luggage. David Bartlett, La Marina

Spanish Health Service WHILST WE were in Spain last month, my wife unexpectedly took ill. As a consequence she had to undergo immediate surgery. The treatment, care and assurances provided by the staff at Rojales clinic and in Torrevieja hospital could not have been more professional. Despite the language barrier, the manner in which the staff presented themselves was a credit to the medical profession. This was an incident which brings home the value of EHIC cards and travel insurance. You might say ‘it will never happen to me’ but the truth of the matter is you just don’t know. One hears unpleasant stories about the health services abroad but I can honestly say that this incident highlighted the excellent care and professional skills afforded by the Spanish health service. C Turner

What a laugh! I HAD to laugh when I picked up your latest issue with the heading ‘COME TO THE COSTA BLANCA’. We have owned a property here for around 6/7 years now, unfortunately an ‘URBANISTICA’ property. Need I say more? What I fail to understand is how come the local councils/ government/tourism people do not understand that people are not coming to this area because people like me – disillusioned; lied to; cheated; held back by cheating builders, solicitors etc - are telling them not to come! When people do come here for holidays they see half finished Urbanisations; Urbanisations with lots and

lots of pipes and tubes, still on builders electricity etc; buildings not finished; commercial centres half empty - never having had any of their units filled since they were first built. Who wants to go and have a ‘great night out’ in a commercial centre with eight bars and the rest all bricked up? Someone, somewhere, needs to get these problems sorted before all us ex pats - not just the Brits – pack up and leave, leaving the economy in ruins. Don’t get me wrong: we have beautiful beaches etc and we stay here because there are good things, but unless the OLD things get ‘sorted’ they are wasting their time putting up posters! Jeanette Witterick, Orihuela Costa

The biological definition of parents THE SHORT article in RTN no.572 poses many questions about the definition of the words ‘parents’ and ‘marriage’. The biological definition of ‘parents’ is a mother who gave birth to the child and a father who inseminated her. The birth certificate should show this information. This definition of ‘parents’ would preclude the male gay couple from both being registered as parents but one of them could be registered thus if he is the father of the twins. Rather than trying to register the couple as ‘the rightful parents’ of the two children is it not possible to register them as legal guardians with all the legal rights and obligations of parents? Regarding the religious aspects there are surely priests and even churches who are more than willing to bless gay and lesbian couplings as ‘marriages’, and the same sex participants as ‘parents’ when the children arrive by whatever means. One final point: if one disagrees with the law or it’s interpretation one should work to get it changed. If we all defy the law because we disagree with it the result will be anarchy. Colin Blanchard, Torrevieja

A fantastic service WE ARE very quick to moan and groan about poor service we receive but when someone provides an outstanding service we are not quick enough to praise. Therefore I would like to bring to your readers attention of a fantastic service I received from AUTOS DIRECT. About four months ago I purchased a 7 seater car from Autos Direct and being a part time resident we have only used the car for approximately 3,000km, so you can imagine our astonishment when the lights on the dashboard started illuminating like regent street on Christmas Day. We contacted Autos Direct and they insisted we return the car at once for them to give it the once over. That’s when it started to look even darker than we thought – ‘Electronic problems’ we were told and you guessed it - not covered by the guarantee.

We were quoted €300 and the car would be off the road for at least 2 days. Autos direct were very kind and offered us a courtesy car. After a few days we were contacted by Autos Direct to give us more bad news: it was worst then they thought and could cost €800 with the car being off the road for a further 4 days. A week went by. However Auto Direct phoned us every day giving an update. In the end the car ended up at the Opel garage in Elche and after 2 weeks was eventually returned in ship shape order. Autos Direct only charged us the original sum of €300 and as we are back in the UK, informed us they are prepared to wait for the money until we return in late October. What other company would accept their responsibilities, provide another car for 2 weeks and return the car and wait until our return for their money? I would recommend Autos Direct to anybody. V Queen

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Guardamar welcomes British Consulate

British Consul Paul Rodwell also paid a visit to Guardamar to meet Mayor Marylène Albentosa this week. Mr Rodwell listened attentively as the Mayor explained the uniqueness of the town in terms of its historical and architectural heritage and the work being done by the Town Hall in relation to the active citizenship and integration agendas. Mrs Albentosa gave an overview of the ongoing relationships with the various urbanizations, highlighting some of the excellent partnership work being done, events planned and projects underway between groups and organisations and the efforts being made to encourage integration and involvement in the town’s activities.

Government rejects smoking rooms for bars

THE SPANISH Government has rejected the suggestion from the hostelry sector for separate rooms or cubicles for smokers when the new anti-smoking legislation comes into effect next year. The hotel and restaurant industry had asked for grants to be made available for the construction of smokers’ areas where no food or drink would be served. However, the government deems the idea too complicated to administer and also rejects the PP proposition that the hostelry industry be compensated when the smoking ban comes into effect. Health Minister Trinidad Jiménez has indicated this will be on 2nd January 2011. The legislation is to now include a ban on smoking at entrances of hospitals, clinics and children’s parks. Hotels will be able to reserve 30% of their rooms for smokers, and smoking will be allowed in prison and in pensioners’ and disabled centres in designated areas. There is some confusion as to the definition of ‘terrace’ where there is a ‘semi-closed’ space; a terrace on the Canary Islands is not the same as in Galicia. Final details will debate in Congress on Tuesday and at the next meeting of the Congress Health Commission on Thursday.

Paul Rodwell with Marylène Albentosa

Mr Rodwell highlighted the importance of integration and involvement in community provision and was keen to promote the need for residents to register on the Padrón. The Mayor also acknowledged the support of the Consul in matters relating to British residents in the town and welcomed the Consulate’s support in issues relating to the integration agenda. Mr Rodwell was given a copy of the town’s Welcome Pack – a booklet that clearly explains and clarifies important information for new residents. REMINDER: This morning, Friday 15th October at 11.30, the latest No Vote No Voice road show will take place at the Cultural Centre in Ciudad Quesada. RTN hopes to see you down there!

Tuberculosis outbreak By Jack Troughton An outbreak of highly contagious tuberculosis has been reported in the Guardia Civil barracks in Altea. Six officers and one of their sons have tested positive for the disease claims the police force’s union, the AUGC. One of the officers has been treated at the Levante Hospital in Benidorm and released, but the union has complained proper precautions were not taken to isolate the source of infection or a protocol put in place to prevent its spread. It is understood the officer may have contracted the disease from someone being held in the cells – up to two months ago. As many as 80 officers use the barracks as a base and tests have been carried out. However, while the results are pending, health officials believe it is unlikely there will be further infections. Tuberculosis can be fatal if not treated properly but modern drugs administered over nine months after infection are highly effective in dealing with the disease.



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Eddie ‘the Ego’ Has Landed Valencia Day EDDIE CAGIGAO, former President of the Torry Army and FC Torrevieja, has been called some names in his time: Eddie ‘the Ego’ is one of them; another is, unbelievably, Eddie ‘the Anti-Christ’ which RTN thinks is a bit strong... RTN met up with Eddie last week, when he explained that he wants to draw a line under the past and start afresh. He said: “Everyone has an ego and to say that you don’t is a lie. I think the nickname is purely a result of the fact that I refused to keep quiet. But why should I when I knew that the club was in danger of collapse?” He is referring to events earlier this year when the club was ‘purchased’ by UK Company, SAMM Inc, believed at the time to be the ‘Knight in Shining Armour’ to rescue the club from the brink. Sadly, that wasn’t the case; in hindsight, SAMM Inc really didn’t know what they were getting into. The company pulled out of the deal, leaving FC Torrevieja to get out of its mountain of debt.

celebrations LAST SATURDAY morning saw the celebrations all over the regions as Town Halls and residents celebrated Valencia Day. In Constitution Square in Torrevieja, the Mayor, Pedro Hernandez Mateo officially hoisted the Valencia flag accompanied by the sounds of the Unión Musical Torrevejense (UMT) who performed the Torrevieja Anthem, the

Valencian Anthem and concluded with the Spanish National Anthem. After the ceremony, the Mayor thanked the Valencian Regional Government for the support that they have given him, his councillors and the residents of the city and especially recognised the €5 million of investment that the city has seen from the Valencia Plan Confianza.

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and away matches: it started off with ten fans and after a week or so, we had over 70 members!”

Eddie’s hopes that the new Supporters Club (or Peña) will work closely with the club and President Elect Paul Hurrell, to ‘support’ and not to ‘interfere’. Eddie, who owns a local supermarket, felt he might have walked away totally from the club to concentrate on his own life but in May, he and his long time friend and ex-Treasurer of FC Torrevieja, Alex Dunn along with Ian Gully, former Press and Public Relations Officer at the club, started their own supporters club as a traditional Spanish Peña. Eddie told RTN: “All we wanted was a quiet little Peña to support the team at home

The FC Torre Golf Society moved to the Peña with 85 of their members and so now the supporters’ club has nearly 200 members paying just €5 per year. The club is not in direct competition with the Torry Army; in fact, many people are members of both. Eddie explained: “In the new supporter’s club statutes it states that their only aim is to support the football club. All members vote by email on major issues. We learned from the past that there is a need for far more democracy and to allow the members to decide on every-


thing.” He added: “It’s important that everyone has a say. Why would we need money for that? It is a Supporters Club. We would much prefer to get an extra 20 supporters in the ground.” The website is run at his own expense in the UK by Nick Edwards, a long time FC Torrevieja fan. All but one of the ten committee members are exTorry Army. Eddie concluded: “There is 100% transparency. We are all in this together. I want the bickering and back stabbing to end and for us all to support the football club. Paul Hurrell has our full support, we are committed to the club and we wish him and the Manager and team the very best of luck for the remainder of the season.”

The Mayor greets the leader of the UMT

Human statues restricted on city streets THE NUMBER of human statues on the famous Las Ramblas in Barcelona has been restricted by the city council. Now only 15 statues are allowed in the morning, and a different 15 in the afternoon. Carrying an imitation firearm is prohibited and the plinth on which the statues stand cannot be more than 20cm high. Any wannabe statues must present their CV to the town hall for approval.

Thousands visit Outlet Fair Thousands attends Torrevieja’s Outlet Fair last weekend

THOUSANDS OF people visited last weekend’s Outlet Fair in Torrevieja. The sixth annual Fair took place at the Recinto Ferial, next to the harbour and was officially opened last Friday lunchtime by the Mayor, Pedro Hernandez Mateo and his wife, who no doubt gave her husband’s credit card a bit of a battering during the event. More than 30 local businesses had stalls at the Outlet fair; all selling quality end of line stock items. The fair was organised by the Torrevieja Town Hall and the APYMECO Business Association.

Plane crash kills three people A LIGHT aircraft has crashed into a mountain in Spain, killing the three people on board. The accident took place last Tuesday in the province of Navarra. The craft was French and had set off on a journey from Marseille, due to stop in San Se-

bastian before continuing to Salamanca. A man who was hunting in the mountains discovered the wheels and fuselage of the plane wreck and alerted the authorities. All three dead are believed to be French. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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Consul launches Alzheimer’s campaign

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AFA President, Tomas Ballester Herrera, Judy Ferris, Paul Rodwell, Matilde Sanchez and Graham Knight

by Louise Clarke THE ALZHEIMER’S Association (AFA) in Torrevieja is located in what used to be the old Railway Station in the city. The building was given to the Association by the Torrevieja Town Hall in 2007 as a Day Centre for Alzheimer’s patients of all nationalities. Currently the centre cares for patients from various municipalities, including Torrevieja; Guardamar del Segura; Los Montesinos; San Miguel de Salinas; Pilar de la Horadada; Rojales and Orihuela Costa. The Association started in 2004 with not much help to carry out the most challenging task of forming an Association which would assist patients with Alzheimer’s or any other neurodegenerative disease. The charity solely relied on help from the Town Hall, which paid for general expenses and salaries. By December 2005, the incoming President, Tomas Ballester Herrera, started a campaign of awareness and information about AFA through the local media. Moreover, he met with public and private institutions to raise funds and consequently to hire more qualified staff to provide the patients with a more professional and personalised assistance. BUY A BRICK

Since their move into their current centre, they are able to accommodate almost 50 patients each week day, from 09:30 until 17:00. The centre is accessible for all and it is wellequipped to achieve the best quality of life that their patients deserve, but it is not now big enough. The centre has more than 50 more patients on the waiting list and the charity needs to help finance a new respite care home. And this is where RTN and our readers come in…. Last Friday, British Consul, Paul Rodwell, visited the centre and at the same time he, along with AFA and RTN launched a brand new campaign to get the new centre built. The ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign needs to raise at least €500,000 - yes, that’s right, half a million euros - and RTN is delighted to be

involved. Due to the tremendous increase of Alzheimer’s patients, the future project for the Association in the city of Torrevieja is to build their own respite care home. Due to the current ‘crisis’, this building project has been put on hold for the foreseeable future, but their patients do not have that future; they only have now! SUPPORT

Therefore the AFA in Torrevieja, with the support of RTN, want to take the initiative and with your help, raise enough funds to kick start their share of this project. Will you buy a brick to help the charity to build this much needed facility? Paul Rodwell was proud to be the first person to officially ‘Buy a Brick’ and was delighted to be asked to officially launch the campaign. He told RTN: “This is a great campaign for a great cause and the British Consulate in Alicante will be supporting it all the way.” Each brick will carry the name of its donor and will form part of a dedicated wall in the new building, whether it is an individual brick for €10 or a group of more bricks; which will all go towards the building of their residential centre. They hope to be able to continue and expand the excellent work they are presently doing, but for far more patients, and to have residential respite and care beds. Be part of this dream and buy a brick today! All funds are to be placed in an already established dedicated bank account, the balance of which will be published each month in RTN as it grows, together with names of donors (unless you do not wish your name to be published). For more information as to how to take part in this project please ring the AFA Torrevieja Centre. RTN will be regularly updating readers on this very worthwhile project over the coming months but you can also contact the charity’s Treasurer, Matilde Sanchez on 676 367 081 or Fundraising Officer, Judy Ferris on 610 082 593. You could be investing in a facility for you, a member of your family or a friend in the future.

A beautiful morning

RTN READER Anna took this picture from her bedroom on Wednesday morning - the rainbow was a full arc over the Sleeping Lion (Monte Ponoch) and thought it would be nice to share the beauty of the morning after the storm with our other readers.

PALS celebrate Halloween

PALS HAVE organised a Halloween night at The Bahia Hotel in Puerto de Mazarron from 20:00 on Sunday 31st October. Entertainment will be provided by the fabulous Singer/Guitarist Lennie Mitchell and Byron. There is a delicious three course meal with a bottle of wine between two and the tickets are at the outstanding price of just €15! The Hotel is also offering a special rate of €40 for a room that night for two people including breakfast, so you won’t have to find a designated driver! If you want to be included they are printing tickets now, but you can confirm by calling 626 460 465 or e-mailing It should be a great night! Dress up (or down) if you want to.

Late snowfall in Sierra Nevada SNOW FELL on the Sierra Nevada mountain range near Granada for the first time this year on 11th October, almost a month later than last year. The snow fell just above the 2,700m mark on the mountains, raising skiers’ hopes that there would be enough snow to officially start the ski season.

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Update on Sharpy SINCE RTN highlighted the story of Sharpy, the abandoned and blind Shar Pei, it has been inundated with enquiries from readers keen to know of his fate. RTN is pleased to report that Sharpy has recently had the first of three operations, which will hopefully restore his sight. He is being looked after by volunteers from the animal charity, APAH, after he was abandoned to the dangers of heat and traffic, unable to see anything at all. Luckily, he was spotted by someon

who didn’t turn away, but was prepared to get involved. Sharpy was dehydrated and malnourished and his skin was in appalling condition, with no fur on his back and suffering from sun burn, which can be devastating for a Shar Pei. CONFIDENCE

With good food and lots of love and attention behind him, Sharpy is unrecognisable as the pitiful little dog of a month ago. His beautiful coat is re-

turning, soft and downy at the moment but improving day by day. He has put weight on and is growing in confidence every day. It is also believed that he is beginning to see shapes and hopefully the next two operations will speed up the progress he has made. Margaret from APAH told RTN: “There is no guarantee that he will have perfect vision, but for a dog, seeing something is better than going through life blind. However there is hope that his sight can be restored.”

European Evening The European Evening was a great success

A WONDERFUL example people get up and dance off of European integration their meals, the evening took place in Hondón de los lasted until 04.00! Frailes recently. The village The event was organised celebrated the close ties by Richard and Brian and between its international they thanked all those residents with a European who had helped make the AMAZED AND DELIGHTED Evening supper and dance. evening such a success, The best news of all is that Sharpy Over 350 people took their including the Diputación has been offered a home with two won- seats to enjoy a variety of de Alicante, who provided derful people who already own a Shar delicious food cooked by the funding, plus others who put in so much time and Pei and are experienced in the needs of Spanish, German, English effort. A special mention a special breed. The future depends on and Dutch members of was reserved for Victor, whether the two dogs can be friends or this little community. A Foreigners’ Liaison Officer, not. Their first meeting, last Friday was truly European flavour from the Town Hall in very promising, and there are more vis- was served up including Hondón de los Frailes. its planned, so hopefully Sharpy will be paella, bratwurst and a It is great to see all the going to live with them. If not, many of large selection of the best of various residents of Europe the people who expressed an interest in British cooking. Combined with two coming together with their giving Sharpy a home will be contacted Spanish hosts for a truly and vetted to see who has the experi- bands providing Spanish memorable experience. ence needed to understand the needs and British hits that made of such an unusual dog. Margaret concluded: “Although we are amazed and delighted by the interest the public have shown in him, just feeling sorry for him isn’t enough; an understanding of the breed is vital to CONSUMERS IN Spain will now be able to buy products on make sure that his next home will be and benefit from free delivery. Orders must be his last.” over £25 (about €28.60). Amazon has recently bought out Sharpy’s fans will be the next to know BuyVIP, a Spanish online retailer. BuyVIP is to maintain the when Sharpy is eventually settled in his same name, but will be operated by new home, wherever that may be!

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News can sell!

UP TO one million new school places will be needed in the UK by 2020 to cope with the offspring of those who came to Britain during the 13 years of Immigrants R Us rule of new Labour. It’s already costing 13 million pounds a day to educate children whose parents weren’t born in the country and this cost will rise to a total of £100 billion between now and 2010 according to Migrationwatch. Don’t get me wrong - well balanced and managed immigration has been good, both economically and socially, for the UK over the past fifty years.

WELL ANOTHER journalistic cliché has really hit the dust this week with the clear signal that good news CAN sell. Like millions worldwide I have been absolutely obsessed and glued to Sky News watching the rescue of the brave miners in Chile. What a great story and what a tribute to the human spirit that these boys can be winched to safety after weeks trapped underground. Some cynics have been moaning that the coverage went on too long and that once you have seen one miner lifted to safety you have seen them all. But I don’t think I will ever erase the image of the little girl who was desperately trying to hold back her tears as

However, the immigration freefor-all and the border controls with more holes in them than Jamie Oliver’s colander that Labour have presided over has been disastrous for our green and pleasant land. Whilst ex pats moving to Spain have taken equity, skills and the ability to look after themselves to their new home in the sun it appears to me that we have let too many unskilled and poor immigrants into Britain either legally or illegally. And the worse thing is the British public have never been consulted, let alone allowed a vote on whether

her brother was pulled into the gathering gloom on Wednesday night and then the elation and indeed tears etched on her face as she waited patiently to hug him. The men have been brave and perhaps the families even braver and if the lads go on to make fortunes selling their stories, good luck to them. Mind you the bravest of the brave surely has to be Yonni Barrios, the man who had two women to greet him at the pithead: his wife and mistress! I’m surprised he didn’t volunteer to stay down longer. If the rescue itself has been great drama his story is going to rapidly become a real life soap opera!

they wanted this massive influx. That’s why our essential services like housing, health and indeed education are straining and bursting at the seams faster than Vanessa Feltz’s waistline at the all-you-can-eat buffet. Brown once declared British

jobs for British workers whilst presiding over a policy that was clearly determined to fundamentally change our country forever. He and the rest of his shower should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

Inflation busting rise TALKING OF not letting the British have their say, it’s not just Labour politicians who are guilty of this: the whole political elite seems to treat us like mushrooms, you know - keeping us in the dark and feeding us bull… Three leaders, including Cameron, have promised us a vote on the EU and all three have reneged on their promises. That’s why, as

next Wednesday approaches and the announcement of the largest cuts in our history looms, British politicians in Westminster this week were powerless to stop the inflation busting rise in the EU budget going through. Whilst people right across Europe are about to lose their jobs and even houses, the fat cats of Brussels have forced the people of

Britain to up their contribution to the EU from £6.4 Billion to £8.3 Billion a year. And we haven’t even had a vote to say whether we want to be in the EU! Tell me, would you rather have more coppers, nurses, child benefit or winter fuel allowance or be funding the lifestyles of the pampered out of touch Euro fat cats in Brussels.

Welcome to Hierro Uno

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The friendly waiters are on hand to satisfy your every need

WITH HELP from the interior designer Joel Serra from Ebano, a young restaurateur has launched his new creation in the heart of Quesada. Hierro Uno, which is also the name of one of the most difficult golf clubs to use, is the brand new restaurant located at the La Marquesa Golf Course. The restaurant proposes a brand new concept in Spanish cuisine, where typical dishes have been given a modern touch, with more defined presentation. And chef Luis Blanes always gives the dish an exceptional accompaniment. IMPRESSIVE

Hierro Uno has a cosy, modern design; its lines are simple with green tones to give reference to the Scottish highlands which is, of course, where golf was born in the 15th Century. RTN was lucky enough to be treated to lunch at this fantastic restaurant last week and met with Mr Blanes, who as well as being head chef, also manages the restaurant.

Luis has an impressive track record, trained by top chefs such as Martin Berasategui, part of a team with the prestigious Alebrije and La Ereta in Alicante and during the last five years he was Manager and Head Chef at Raco del Riuet in Penáguila, where he impressed diners with specialities that are typical of the Mediterranean area. DELICIOUS

All the dishes at Hierro Uno are mouthwateringly delicious and well-presented. To avoid a difficult choice you could go for the Menu de ‘Degustación’ which is six, yes six, courses to give you a taste of what this top chef can produce; all for just €25. And make sure you have room for the desserts (they are out of this world; in fact the Bailey’s mousse was so delicious it brought tears to the eyes!) For more information and to book a table, please call 659 945 041.

Lions ride to the rescue WHEN THE Torrevieja Costa Lions heard that local woman Joan Hall from Torreta III was having huge problems with her mobility scooter, and that without it she could never leave the house, Lions Community Service Director Janette Bennett visited Joan to determine if the Lions could offer some help.

Following Janette’s visit, the Club were very happy to offer Joan the use of a mobility scooter for as long as she needs it. On Friday Lion President Iain Bennett, along with Lion Janette and Pauline, Justin and Becky from Sunshine Mobility, presented Joan with the scooter. Joan is delighted

and now plans to go to Iceland on her scooter, but she did point out that it was the supermarket and not Iceland the country that she intends to go to! Torrevieja Costa Lions have a long standing arrangement with Sunshine Mobility and are delighted for that to continue.

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Open day at mobile/park homes site THE CAMPING Pueblo of San Javier La Encina is holding an open day on Wednesday 20th October from 11.00 until 14.00. The open day will provide a fantastic opportunity to buy a home on one of the best mobile home sites on the Mar Menor, just three kilometres from the beach and seven minutes by car to the San Javier Airport. The open day will be held overlooking the site’s beautiful swimming pool, with light refreshments available. Whilst you are there, you will be able to wander around the stunning site, which is permanent, friendly, quiet and family run, ideally located on the Balsicas road, between the town of San Javier and the AP7 motorway. The easy going and relaxed site offers several exquisite mobile homes for sale from as little as €15,000. WONDERFUL SELECTION The fully legal site is run by Spaniard Enrique and his son Quique. On reception is Ana, who speaks fluent English and agent Carol sells homes on the site. She has lived permanently on site for the last eight years and loves its relaxing and friendly atmosphere. Carol is always on hand to help and give advice and will be hosting next week’s open day. The site is on a flat area, ideal for anyone with walking difficulties and is close to Iceland, the supermarket; in fact, there are ten supermarkets within easy walking distance and also a small shop on site. It is also conveniently placed within walking distance of all of San Javier’s amenities and the town boasts

The site is on a flat area some fantastic historical and cultural sites within its municipality borders, not to mention the beautiful beaches and Mar Menor. The open day will give you the chance to view a wonderful selection of mobile homes for sale, all in excellent condition. There are two and three bedroom homes available, all with sheds, patios and some even with conservatories. There is also 24hr security. They are all completely fitted out, including white goods, ready for immediate occupation. Most of the homes also have air conditioning, a telephone and English TV.

with regular entertainment. They have darts, quizzes and live sports on TV and of course, great British food on the menu. Sunday lunch 2 Courses - €6! Saturday nights they have entertainment from some of the best acts on the Costa Blanca and it really is the hub of activity on this friendly site. For security, post and fresh bread is delivered daily.

REGULAR ENTERTAINMENT The site boasts a fabulous, extra large swimming pool open throughout the summer season, a small gym, petanca and tennis courts and a newly refurbished lounge bar

The site boasts a fabulous, extra large swimming pool

Sunday lunch is only 6€ Everyone is welcome to go along to the open day, have a look around and discuss the possibilities of owning your own home on this fantastic site, but if you can’t make it on the day, please call Carol on 968 192 425 or 626 055 622 to make an appointment. You can also call these numbers for directions to the site. For more information, please visit their website at or email Carol at

We have moved!

LINK POINT Legal and Business Services has now moved to our new offices at Calle Andomeda 24, Albir, 03581, telephone 966 260 500. Link Point legal and Business services are proud to announce that they have now moved to larger premises in Albir in order to consolidate all our Legal and Business team under one roof. This move comes after 2 years of successful trading at our current offices and is to ensure that we continue to offer a First Class service to all our Clients both Old and New. All our contact and telephone numbers will remain the same the only thing that will change will be our address. Please see our web site www. for our Google map and location directions. This move now consolidates Link Point as one of the largest firms of English and Spanish lawyers on the coast and we will continue to be able to offer a truly unbeatable and first class service. We are now the only firm of Lawyers on the coast to have both English and Spanish Abogados permanently under one roof, and together with our resident Tax consultants and Business consultants we can offer a truly ‘One Stop Shop’ for all your legal and business needs. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Clients whose faith in us has made us one of the most trusted Legal and Business firms on the Costa Blanca and to assure all our clients that as we have “Planned” this move it will not affect in any way our day to day working or the high level of service which we offer and you have all come to expect. We look forward to seeing you all in our new premises and as always if you have any problems contact one of our expert team immediately for the Expert advice which can turn problems into solutions. Email Tel: 966 260 500, Fax: 966 865 277

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Seniors Capital - over 65’s equity release IN THESE uncertain times when pensions are not performing as perhaps anticipated and the Stirling / Euro exchange rate is low, many over 65’s find they are struggling to make ends meet. A solution for over 65’s Spanish homeowners may be an Equity Release plan, sometimes known as a lifetime loan. WHAT IS AN OVER 65’S EQUITY RELEASE PLAN? Basically it is where a lender advances the homeowner an amount of money by way of a cash lump sum, a guaranteed amount monthly over a fixed period or a mixture of both, but unlike a normal Equity Release there are no monthly repayments during the borrower’s lifetime. The property always

remains yours and you can live in it for as long as you wish. The loan is secured on the borrower’s property that must be mortgage free and instead of making a monthly repayment in reduction of the loan; the interest is calculated and added to the loan. The loan only becomes repayable on the death of the last surviving partner. At this point the lender will allow the inheritor of your property a period of time to sell the property, normally a year. In some instances, the lender will offer the inheritor a mortgage; enough to repay the loan. The amount of the loan is decided by the lender by reference to several points including the borrower’s age and the property value. Seniors Capital will work

with you so the plan meets your financial requirements. An over 65’s Equity Release Plan can also be an effective tool in the reduction of inheritance Tax. Example: Mr and Mrs Smith aged 71 and 70 own a property valued at €160,000. The lender has offered 2 options: Option 1: €34,840 - €5,000 of this as a cash lump sum with a guaranteed pension of €497.34 per month over 5 years. Option 2: €20,882 in a one off cash lump sum. THERE ARE JUST 5 EASY STEPS TO OBTAINING A SENIORS CAPITAL EQUITY RELEASE PLAN: Contact our office on 965 583 885 where a friendly advisor will answer any questions you may have and complete a quick fact find with you. You can also find more information on our website Free Personal Illustration: we will provide you with a free personal illustration of how much you can borrow showing the cash lump sum and pension options. We will also provide a clear account of the set up costs

(notary, land registry etc) associated with the loan so there are no surprises if you choose to proceed. Meet the lender: we will organise a meeting between you and the lender where the plan can be discussed at length and any further question you have can be answered. Valuation: the lender will require a professional valuation of your property to confirm the loan offer. You will need to pay for this prior to the valuation being completed. Once the valuation report is received by the lender they will then issue you with a formal loan offer. Notary: all loans are completed by a notary and registered at Land Registry as required by Spanish law. We can organise a Notary most convenient to you as well as offer the free advice from our solicitors. Following the completion meeting at the Notary the funds are normally transferred to your account within 2-3 days. For more information please contact Seniors Capital on 965 583 885 or visit us at

Sterling takes a pounding WORLDWIDE CONFIDENCE in the Eurozone has seen the value of sterling slide against the euro – and expats again feel the pinch. The European currency is enjoying an 18 month high against the US dollar and the pound has suffered accordingly. And the perceived weakness in the British economy, unpopular austerity measures and VAT increases on the horizon, have also combined to drive down the exchange rate. Currency traders predict a near term target of 1.15 for sterling against the euro – but admit the rate could stay lower in the coming weeks. David Kerns, dealing manager for private clients at Moneycorp, told RTN: “The economy in the UK is definitely turning to the worst, confirmed by all the recent data and statistics. He said this included the “appalling” public sector borrowing requirement for August of £15.9 billion. Six months ago there was worldwide concern over solving the debt crisis in Eurozone countries like Ireland, Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal. However, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank then agreed a €750 billion rescue fund. DOLLAR “It has not even been tapped into yet,” explained David. “But it is there and has stabilised the euro against the dollar.” He said the European countries had been able to service their debts through the issue of government bonds and leave the rescue fund untouched. “Confidence has gone back to the Eurozone. Whether it is long lasting, I doubt

Moneycorp’s David Kerns

very much. I think they will have problems servicing this debt in the years ahead and the resulting weakness of the euro against the dollar will halt the decline in the price of sterling against the euro.” And he said the worsening economic news for the UK and the restored confidence in the euro had put further pressure on sterling – although the market was “hopeful” of avoiding a double dip recession. David predicted sterling would remain low in the coming 6-12 months. “The only factor to save grace from that rate is whether there is another wobble in relation to serving debt in the Eurozone “And exchange rate for sterling of 1.40 against the euro is out of the question for many years – if it is ever seen again. Never say never, but I don’t see anything to drive it that high again.”

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Arbitration in Spain by

Marc White & Carlos Baos

English & Spanish Solicitors

I NEED advice regarding a problem with a developer. My wife and I signed a contract to buy a plot and built a house during 2005, but the developer and builder has not completed the project on time. Now I want to terminate the contract and get back the money I have paid. In the contract which we signed, we agreed to refer any dispute to arbitration. We have learnt that the association which has to arbitrate is very slow and does not work very well. We are afraid that when they eventually make a decision it could be too late as the developer may have no assets at that time. What can we do, can we sue in a normal Spanish Court or must we refer the matter to the arbitrator? How can we protect our rights? Regarding your query, the first thing that you have to take into account is that in a case like yours, when the parties have expressly submitted to arbitration, the ordinary courts have no jurisdiction to decide on termination of the contract and return of the money. This means that you should not issue any proceedings before the ordinary Spanish Courts, and you should abide by the arbitration clause in the contract.

Despite the above, it is true that the normal courts may be competent for the adoption of precautionaryprovisional measures (Medidas Cautelares) in your case. These provisional measures could include placing a charge against the developer’s assets, registering the presentation of the claim on the Land Registry, and any other measures permitted by law. These measures are designed to ensure that at the end of the arbitration process and in the event of a decision/order (Laudo arbitral) being made in your favour, this could be executed, fulfilled and cashed because the developer’s assets are secured, frozen or blocked. Therefore, although you must submit the claim for the resolution of the contract and for the money back to the arbitrator, you also could, before or during the arbitration process, apply in front of the ordinary courts for the adoption of the said provisional measures in order to protect your position. These two procedures, (the one for the measures before a normal judge and the arbitration regarding the resolution) are compatible and often advisable. In this regard please note that the Civil Procedure Act – Civil Jurisdiction Law 1/2000 ( Ley Enjuiciamiento Civil), hereafter ‘LEC’, states in Article 722, that these provisional measures could be requested in front of the court by anyone who proves to be a party in an arbitration proceeding in Spain, and as per the articles 730.3 of the LEC, these measures could be requested before or during arbitration proceedings. It is important to note that Article 23 of the Arbitration Act (Law 60/2003) allows the arbitrators themselves to adopt

Arbitration is very slow and does not work very well

these precautionary measures in a way very similar to the ordinary courts. Our advice is to seek the adoption of the provisional measures, essentially freezing any assets that the developerbuilder may have, so that if the Arbitration award is made in your favour, there would be properties to enforce it against. As said, in principle these measures could be applied for in front to the normal Spanish Courts or before the same arbitrator, if you think the court will be faster, be aware that this option is possible. *The information provided on this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. *This article is available in English and Spanish in our Web site:

Marc White LL.B. & Carlos Baos (English & Spanish Solicitors) © White & Baos Abogados 2010 - All rights reserved. C/Diana 19, 2º-D, 03700 Dénia (located close to the Glorieta Square at the end of Marques de Campo). Tel: 966 426 185. Send your questions to or

SOS Insurance in Spain – new name – new products fantastic €100 money off offer!

JAYNES INSURANCE has been operating for the last 12 months and in this short space of time has built up an excellent client base of satisfied customers, offering insurance products for Home, Car, Business, Travel, Funeral, Health, Pet and more. Due to this steady expansion and a new and exciting collaboration with Golden Leaves Funeral Plan providers, we have taken on two new partners Tracy Tempest and Tracey Stackhouse. Both have worked extensively within the industry and bring with them a wealth of experience. The newly shaped company has also changed its name to SOS Insurance in Spain. Jayne commented, “Here at SOS we wanted our company’s new brand identity to reflect the qualities and core values of precisely the immediate response that we as a company will provide to the ex patriat communities; we feel that this is perfectly encompassed in our name – SOS Insurance in Spain.”

Services are not exclusive to UK ex pats, but for all ex patriats living in Spain. Tracy Tempest explained, “As we have one of the largest conurbations of Scandinavian ex patriots, we have appointed a professional funeral advisor to deal exclusively with our Scandinavian clients. She can talk to clients in their own language, therefore avoiding any confusion over what can be a very difficult subject.” To celebrate the launch of the new company, SOS Insurance in Spain will be offering special cash back discounts. For all Funeral Insurances taken

out between now and 31st December 2010, SOS will offer ‘cash back’ for the December monthly payment 2010. For all Golden Leaves Funeral Plans purchased throughout the months of October, November and December, a ‘cash back’ payment of €100 will be offered to each new plan holder; fantastic savings can be made on motor and household policies also! Tel 966 787 123, 965 319 436, 622 275 561 or for Scandinavian enquiries – Nina Midttveit on 633 221 965 Email:

New rights for the self-employed NEW LEGISLATION, Law 32 of 2010, comes into force on 5th November this year and will give important new rights to the self-employed, or ‘trabajadores autonomos’. Many expats choose to work as by self-employed because it seems the quickest and cheapest way to set up in business in Solicitor, Link Point Legal their new home, but being self and Business Services employed can be a precarious and risky existence. The new rights could benefit you if you have to stop trading because you are making losses, or if you are forced to stop trading because of circumstances beyond your control, or due to a change in your family situation such as a divorce or bereavement, or due to accident or illness. To qualify for protection under the new law there are strict conditions which you will have to fulfill. First, you must be genuinely self employed and not a person who in effect works full time for one boss who sets your hours of work and from whom you earn more than 75% of your income. These workers are known as ‘TRADES’ (‘Trabajadores Autonomos Dependientes’). Many people are in this situation but are falsely described as ‘autonomo’ so that the business they work for can save on social security payments. Second, you must be up to date with your self-employed social security payments, and have been paying into the Spanish social security system for a minimum of 12 continuous months. Third, if you are ceasing selfemployment because you are losing money, your losses must be equal to at least 30% of your income during your previous tax year, or 20% of your income during the previous two complete

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tax years. Most importantly, your first year as self-employed does not count towards qualifying for benefits, so in effect you must have been trading for at least two years. If you have Court Judgments against you for unpaid debts the total amount due must be equal to at least 40% of your previous year´s income. Fourth, you must make your claim for benefits within a very short time of giving up your self-employment or closing your business. In many cases you must make your claim within 10 days. If you do qualify for benefits under the new rules then the amount you will be entitled to claim will depend on how long you have been self-employed and how long you have been paying into the social security system and whether you have any family dependents. Benefits will be paid for between 2 months and 12 months. An additional important protection is that the selfemployed will no longer risk having their principal residence made subject to immediate embargos for tax or social security debts and losing their homes. Only the main home is protected, not second or holiday homes, and the protection is not indefinite, but does at least provide a breathing space. Always take qualified professional advice before setting up in business, or before closing your business or giving up selfemployment. Don’t be put off by the idea of having to pay professional fees as the cost of professional advice can be very reasonable especially when compared with the financial risks involved, and the potential cost of failing to take proper advice.

Calle Andromeda 24, 03581 Albir - Alfaz del Pí, Alicante. Email: Web: Tel: 96 626 0500 Fax: 96 686 52 77

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Renegotiating your mortgage and credit in Spain by

Gonzalo Blanco

Abogado Lawyer

SOME ADVICE before you begin: 1. Speak with your bank and never stop making your payments. All banks have had to offer ways to refinance debts. Banks always prefer to be paid, even if it takes longer, than to have a delinquent account on their hands. 2. If you have personal loans, cancel them and regroup them together with your mortgage, since personal loans tend to have higher interest rates. 3. Stay away from finance/credit companies and go straight to the banks. 4. If your home is auctioned, it doesn’t always solve the problem. If the bank

does not receive full payment on your debt with the sale, you continue to owe them money. Giving the bank the keys to your home will not take care of your mortgage. Your home may be appropriated for only 30% of its value to cover late fees and interest. After that, the bank has the right to cede the house to a third party without being reflected in their accounts, keeping them clean. At this point, there are only two solutions: Bankruptcy (which is normally not an option given by the judge it can only delay the payment 2 years) or looking

for a buyer willing to pay more for your house than the bank. 5. If your bank is not helpful, go to other banks and explain your situation. HOW CAN CONDITIONS OF YOUR MORTGAGE CHANGE? • Raising or lowering capital • Length of the mortgage • Conditions of interest • The method or system of pay off and any other financial conditions of the loan • The modification or rendering of personal guarantees IN WHAT CASES CAN A MORTGAGE BE SUBLETTING? Just because you get your mortgage from one bank does not mean you have to stay with them for forever. It is possible to transfer mortgages from one bank to another that has better offers for the payment plan, interest or both. This is called “oferta vinculante”, with determined limitations. HOW DO YOU DO THE SUBLETTING? If someone has their mortgage loan with one bank and another bank

offers them better conditions, the new bank must present this offer in writing. The conditions offered must be transferrable to the existing loan. This ‘transferrable offer’ is what initiates the process of subletting. CAN CLIENTS CHANGE THEIR MORTGAGE TO ANOTHER BANK WHENEVER THEY WANT? Currently, changing of banks is limited. Although you technically do not need the initial bank’s approval, they may offer the same or better conditions through what is called ‘enervar la subrogación’ POSTPONING THE PAYMENT OBLIGATION Through the Instituto de Credito Oficial (ICO), there is a possibility of temporary and partial deferment of the payment obligation. It is 50% of the amount of the monthly mortgage payments from the period between March 1st, 2009 and February 28th, 2011, with the following requisites: - A minimum of €500 to a maximum of €12,000 monthly - In favor of set resident groups in Spain

Gonzalo Blanco, Abogado Lawyer, specialist in Conveyancing, Civil and Criminal Law, Inheritance Law, Mortgage Problems. In Denia and Xativa. Email: Tel: 678 873 844. Web:

Budget airlines face fines THE CATALAN government has fined Vueling, Ryanair, Easyjet and Transavia a total of €149,700 for abusing consumer rights. The Catalan Consumers Agency (ACC) released a statement saying that it had received 176 complaints since 2008, mainly to do with overcharging. The companies were accused of adding luggage charges and surcharges for credit card payments, making the cost of flights higher than advertised. Easyjet is guilty of automatically ticking the box charging customers for travel insurance. The airlines have been ordered to refund excess charges to customers who have complained.

Immigration down, population decreasing 2010 HAS seen a massive drop in immigrants arriving in Spain compared to 2007. This year has seen 460,000

fewer immigrants, which equals a 46 percent reduction compared to the one million people who moved to Spain from abroad in 2007, according to the National Statistics Institute (INE). The INE also says that population growth is slowing and will only grow 2.7 percent over the next 10 years. If current trends continue, the INE predict that five regions will actually see a population decrease.

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Is Birmingham’s Mike taking the Mick? LAST WEEK in Birmingham, David Cameron echoed John Lennon and urged us all to “come together.” He said, “Your country needs you,” and pleaded with us to take part in his Big Society. Just down the corridor, Birmingham city leader, Councillor Mike Whitby was doing just that, although probably not in a way that posh-mate-Dave was advocating. Oh no, because, you see, for Mike Whitby ‘Big Society’ means: use taxpayers’ money to pay for three nights in a posh hotel. For Mike, desperate to rub By shoulders with the ‘great and good’ - and presumably Watts with grand ideas of his own importance - the decision to stay at the Hyatt Hotel in Broad Street was entirely justifiable. And so, as Mike settled down to three nights of sumptuous luxury many people in Birmingham City Council wondered, “Why, when he only lives four miles away from the ICC (International Conference Centre)?” Yup, as the crow flies Mike lives a lot closer than many of the people employed with Birmingham City Council. The deputy leader of the council, Ian Ward whose own ward is the gloriously named Sharp End, gave Mike literally that - the sharp end. He fumed away on BBC WM, “To be paying for accommodation for someone to attend a conference within the city, when that person LIVES in the city is beyond belief and seriously needs to be looked at.” Ward added, “He even has a car and chauffeur to ferry him wherever and whenever he wants!” On the surface Ward has a right to fume, although one has to consider that being politically opposed there is the possibility of professional sour grapes. Okay, to sum up, council leader Whitby lives just four miles from the ICC and has a round-the-clock car and driver, yet books into the nearby Hyatt. Is his action defendable, dear reader? Out of curiosity I popped into the Hyatt and checked the going rates

Watts In Britain Paul

- the nice lady informed me that the starting price for a room is £219 per night. Ergo: Whitby has cost the Brummie taxpayer at least £657 - and that’s assuming he opted for the starting rate: the ‘entry level’ room as it were and not the ‘bridal suite’. This room was then charged to the coffers of the same Brum City Council that is supposedly looking to save millions of pounds and has some 26,000 of its workers facing possible redundancy. In fairness, I suppose with the Tory Conference in town ole’ Mike just wanted to buttonhole delegates and network a bit. In his mind he perhaps thought it was good value for the city having him staying ‘on the spot’. A spokesman (not actually Mike himself – far too busy) argued in his boss’s defence: “For four days we have the majority of the elected government in Birmingham… the biggest showcase the city has this year.”.” The only problem with this argument is why does he need to showcase Brum? The fact that the Conservatives are there and chose Birmingham to hold the conference surely demonstrates that Brum is doing pretty well at promoting itself already. Ah, but hang on a bit playmates, the nameless spokesman wants to add more. Go on, Nameless. “Erm,” he says, “...[Councillor Whitby] needed to be able to respond at short notice.” And he adds, “The leader’s working day starts at 07.00 and ends towards midnight.” No, sorry mate, that won’t do it either because Brum City Council actively promotes a caring sharing work/life balance. If Mike is working from 07.00 until midnight he is either not delegating at all well or he’s grabbing some pretty big chunks of overtime all for himself (unlike the overtime that’s been stopped for lower-order council workers). As Sharp End Ian from Sharp End said, “This is all happening at a time when

Sort out a room wi’a nice view for Mr Whitby

there are huge budget cuts, threats of job losses and a 30 per cent reduction in revenue budgets.” No, let’s face it Mike, they’ve gotcha bang to rights… The Birmingham Mail summed it up perfectly: “As he sat in the comfort of his hotel room overlooking the bright lights of Broad Street, perhaps the man at the council’s helm should have reflected on whether this was money well spent… other people’s money.” He should have but I bet he didn’t. Back in 1997, Tory sleaze caused the end of the John Major government. Thirteen years on and New Labour sleaze finished the Tony Blair era. And still some people never learn, eh Mike? The British are fed up with self-serving and free-loading politicians Mike - please wise up. Maybe if the coalition government really wants to prove that they’re looking out for the taxpayer they ought to focus on some of these city hall executives who seem to think they have a God given right to spend public money on themselves. Or, am I, as usual being far too simplistic? What do you think folks? Was Mike taking the Mick or not? Watts in Brum, gazing longingly through the doors of the Hyatt...

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Villamartin Satellites S.L VILLAMARTIN SATELLITES SL is your specialist satellite company guaranteeing excellent and honest service. The family run business is a fully legal SL company, with a large office in Los Dolses, Villamartin. As a well established company, having been in business in Spain for over 6 years, their reliable service has meant the business has gone from strength to strength, with word of mouth recommendations being their best source of publicity. So much so, that they now service 30 urbanisations, with many satisfied clients on all. They have a good working relationship with the presidents on all of these urbanisations, giving recommendations such as: “We are more than impressed by the hardworking team who overcame any and all difficulties involved during any urbanisation installation, and continue to do so. They are always timely in resolving any problems or doubts, and never let us down.” Another happy urbanisation is Colinas de La Zenia Elite, which was featured on the television programme Paradise Lost, in which Wally Tyman exposed the reality behind his and thousands of others’ ‘dream retirement’. The residents are all extremely pleased with the excellent service they have received from Villamartin Satellites SL, who they describe

as professional, accommodating, friendly and helpful. Villamartin Satellites SL can offer a variety of receiver boxes, depending on customers’ requirements. They are able to supply and fit Sky+HD Receivers, and organise Sky Subscriptions. Heather comments that, “Villamartin Satellites SL offer a free of charge site survey, to either home, business or urbanisation, to enable us to give you an accurate quotation and advise you on a recommended dish size for your location. We never promise how many channels you will receive: each geographical position differs slightly.” Villamartin Satellites SL supplies the highest quality equipment, and will fit whichever sized dish is best for your location, ranging from 1.37m to 2.4m. The further south you are in the Costa Blanca, the better the reception, hence needing a smaller dish. They currently have on offer the New High Gain Dish only 1.37m in size, along with a single LNB, a Triax receiver and fitting for only €340, offering excellent 24 hour viewing. The signal you will receive comes directly from the Astra 2 Satellite. There is no rebroadcast, hence no monthly payments. This, however, does not mean that Vil-


Community Installation Specialists Minimum 10 houses from only 250 including receiver, IVA and all warranties. Community Installation We only use Portugese dishes, and Invacom LNB’s We fully re-cable each urbanisation with professional cable, and specialist amplification equipment, with a full 2 year warranty on receivers and equipment.

Why pay for channels that are free to view


Villamartin Satellites has gone from strength to strength

lamartin Satellites SL will forget you. This company is renowned for their caring after sales service. All equipment they install and the work they carry out is guaranteed for anything up to 2 years. Any problems within this time are dealt with in a timely fashion with either manufacturer repair or replacement. Another service they are able to offer is multi-room connections, enabling you to have your favourite TV programmes on more than one TV within your home. Dishes may be shared between neighbours and communities. There is no limit to the number of households that can be added to the system. However, the advantage with more homes involved is that it reduces the cost dramati-

cally per household, yet each home maintains their own individual control over their system. Heather acts as urbanisation liaison co-ordinator, to take the stress off each community president. She may be contacted directly in the office to answer any questions or queries the president cannot answer. Any bars or restaurants wanting sports packages can take advantage of the new Abu Dhabi Sports showing All Premiership matches in HD and also Al Jazeera Sports showing all Champions League. Package prices are available upon request. For any further information or to organise a site survey please phone Heather in the office on 966 764 878 or Paul/Joe on the mobile line 685 442 656.



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Go on, get pampered! By Louise Clarke IT’S BEEN six months since Karen Phillips opened up her Pueblo Bravo based salon in a blaze of glory. Half a year later, the fires are still burning strong and she has added to that glorious blaze with lots of fantastic new equipment, treatments and services. The Karen Phillips Beauty Clinic opened its doors in March and is still going from strength to strength despite the current economic downturn. At affordable prices, Karen believes that beauty treatments should be easily accessible for all instead of being a ‘once in a blue moon’ luxury. As a result, she has created a salon which offers sensibly priced treatments in a warm, friendly and relaxing atmosphere by qualified and trained members of staff who always have a smile on their faces. Having been in the Beauty Business for more than three decades, what Karen doesn’t know

isn’t worth knowing! And having had her own salon since 1979, Karen was concerned when she moved to Spain five years ago at the lack of professionalism within the industry here. So she decided to come out of retirement and start up the Beauty Clinic. DROP A DRESS SIZE BY CHRISTMAS The first thing that you will notice when you walk into the salon are the colour coordinated Shapemaster Toning Tables and the Crazy Fit Power Plate, located in the heart of the salon. These are designed to tone every muscle in your body effortlessly and can trim inches in a relatively short time. With just ten sessions on the toning tables, you and your family and friends will certainly tell the difference. This week, Karen has launched her ‘Drop a Dress Size by Christmas’ offer. The three month

The toning tables take inches off you effortlessly and in no time at all

health and fitness programme offers three months of unlimited use of the Clinic’s toning tables, vibration plate and exercise bike along with regular sessions of diet advice and weigh-in sessions and one Bio-Energiser Foot Detox a month for the three months; all for just €125. Karen told RTN: “I can guarantee that if you use the tables and take our healthy eating advice, you will lose at least a dress size by Christmas.” PAMPER PARTY PACKAGE As well as the toning tables, the clinic offers a vast array of treatments. From manicures and pedicures to facials and massages

as well as waxing and electrolysis. The Karen Phillips Beauty Clinic certainly surpasses any other salon of its type in the area and the clinic is also now registered distributor of Herbalife products. A great idea for the ‘girls’ that Karen has also just introduced is the ‘Pamper Party Package’. The idea is that you and your girlfriends, or boyfriends if they fancy it, take over the salon for the afternoon for a few hours of luxury pampering. For just €50 per person for a minimum group of three people and a maximum group of six, you can enjoy a foot detox, a luxury manicure, a half hour facial, full use of the toning tables and vibration

plate, as well as champagne, canapés and snacks. Extra treatments can also be booked and paid for on the day. But guys, this is also a great idea for a Christmas or Birthday present for your wife or girlfriend, so if you would like more info, call Karen; she also has gift vouchers available! The salon is located just off the Lemon Tree Road between Guardamar and Los Montesinos. There is ample parking and three bars nearby so that ‘the husband’ can have a beer or two whilst you are getting pampered! Call 966 719 067 or visit for more information.

Mabs Cancer Support Group Murcia/Mar Menor Events Friday 15th October: 11:00 – 13.00 Share & Care Group: Centro Civico, Roda Village: every third Friday each month for those affected by cancer needing someone to talk to: an informal group with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with one-to-one counseling. Call 693 795 247 for further details Wednesday 3rd November – 11:00: Volunteer Meeting: Centro Las Claras, Los Narejos, Los Alcázares. New volunteers always welcome. Friday 12th November – Song and Dance Cabaret at the Serena Golf Hotel, Los Alcázares: a night of song and dance featuring music from the shows with The Crazy Ladies and Viva Quartet: Compere & Music Paul “Jumbo” Martin, plus prize draw with fantastic prizes: 19.30 start at €5 or treat yourself to an overnight stay for €75 for 2, including breakfast: Ticket line 693 824 511 or order online: Sunday 14th November: Race for Life (3 km) starting from Club Nautico, Los Alcázares: 11.00 start with registration from 09.30. Entry forms in Los Alcázares from Centro Las Clara; The Arches; Legs & Co; Shape & Tone; New Salsa Bar; The Post Room and Time Out. Phone 689 897 866 or visit Saturday 4th December – Christmas Party Time at Time Out Sports Bar, San Javier: featuring Abba Tribute Band Abba Cadabra: €15 to include buffet meal with €1 donated to MABS. Call Sue or Gary on 968 192 418 for further details and reservations. Book Sale every Saturday (weather permitting) outside the Arches Bar 10.00 to 13.00. All proceeds to MABS Do you want to make a difference? Got some time to spare? Become a MABS volunteer: call 693 275 779 now: Email: or visit

Invigorate your mind, body and SOL THIS YEAR’S Mind, Body and SOL Exhibition takes place next week at the 5* La Finca Golf and Spa Resort in Algorfa. The weekend long event will start next Saturday, 23rd October and will continue through to Sunday, 24th October, from 10:00 until 17:00. With the Mind, Body and Sol TV series now taking pride of place on SOL TV’s schedule and with regular updates on their website at, the exhibition is sure to be a fantastic and successful weekend. Designed to help improve your health and wellbeing, the Mind, Body and SOL Exhibition will include fitness and fashion, holistic therapies, hair and beauty consultants and weight loss experts as well as a colour therapist, dentists, scented candles, angel and tarot card readings and gifts. The San Miguel Hair and Beauty Academy will be at the exhibition along with a company which sells Virgin Olive Oil Food and Beauty Products. There will also be a Psychologist on hand and a Certified Relate Counsellor as well as a number of stalls selling items such as magnets, crystals, silver, fancy jewellery and rune stones. Ladies’ fashion items will also be on sale, as well as shoes, coffee, books, holistic and meditation CDs and health drinks.

raffle with fantastic prizes, the hotel spa will also be open so you can have a great relaxing weekend! La Finca Golf and Spa Resort are offering discounted rates so that you can enjoy the whole weekend in luxury. Call 966 729 055 for more information. SOL TV will be launching the 2011 Bikini Bash Charity Calendar, which will benefit 12 local charities. These charities

CALENDAR With goodie bags for every visitor and a bumper

15 -JANUARY 21 october2010 2010 15-21 collect their 300 calendars to sell in their shops or on their market stalls for €3 each; allowing them to raise €900 and enable people to help the charities just in time for Christmas and the New Year!

Royal British Legion 2010 Poppy Appeal

CHRISTMAS PRESENT APPEAL SOL TV and its media friends will be receiving Christmas presents at the Mind, Body and SOL Exhibition for the newly launched ‘SOL TV’s Children’s Christmas Present Appeal’. Buy one extra present for a child from birth to 16 years old or fill a shoe box with smaller presents and wrap them in Christmas paper with a label stating BOY or GIRL and the age of the child it should go to. The presents will go to venues such as children’s wards in local hospitals and local children’s homes. A Christmas party is being organised at Fairways Restaurant in Villamartin Plaza. SOL TV will film the presents arriving at the exhibition and the collection from some of the other drop off points, to be announced within the next few weeks, as well as the delivery of the presents to the hospitals and children’s homes. Watch the programming on TV or via their website in January 2011. Several other stands are reserved, but if you would like a stand for the exhibition weekend of the 23rd and 24th October, please contact SOL TV on 966 761 050.

THE ROYAL British Legion in Spain works tirelessly to collect money for the Annual Poppy Appeal. This year it is hoping to beat the record to date of a staggering €101,615.35. The money raised in District North Spain is used to assist with welfare in the area. The Legion’s dedicated band of volunteers are working even harder to assist the ever growing number of those in need in an area that stretches from the French border to Roquetas de Mar in Almeria.

The Lounge Bar, Torrevieja, 8th November 17.00

BILL’S STORY Bill served in the RAF during the Second World War, involved in clandestine operations behind the lines on D-Day. 60 years on, Bill suffers from tinnitus and deafness as a result. Recently, we helped him to get the War Pension he so deserved and also got him a hearing aid; a Legion welfare worker went with him to get it fitted. Bill’s wife was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and he found it hard to take care of her. The Legion was able to help him find the best place for her to be taken care of. Bill said: “Without the Legion I do not know what I would have done when my wife fell ill. They made all the difference at a very difficult time.” PEGGY WYATT’S LONG SERVICE Peggy Wyatt’s career with the Legion began in the early fifties, when at age five she assembled the component parts of poppies ready for the street collectors. At fifteen, Peggy became the youngest street collector in Somerset and became an Associate Member as soon as she was old enough. Her full-time involvement with TRBL came after she retired to Spain when she became a founder member of the Hondon Valley Branch of TRBL, taking on the role of Publicity Officer. She later became Principal District Recruitment Officer; a post that she holds to date. This lady embodies the Legion’s motto: ‘‘Service, not Self’ and richly deserves her award for 55 years of service to the Royal British Legion. Tony Dengate – District Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator:

will all be on hand at the exhibition to



15 - 21 october 2010

A doctor with fizz The TV Round Up by

Alex Trelinski

Broadcaster and freelance journalist

IF YOU had told me five years ago that I would have ended up being engrossed in an American TV series set in a New York advertising agency in the sixties, I’d have said that proposition would have been as likely as 3D TV becoming a reality! Strange how things happen, and ‘Mad Men’ currently in its fourth series on BBC 4 and BBC HD is one of those rare TV dramas that just get better and better. It’s the creation of a guy called Matthew Weiner, who cut his teeth on ‘The Sopranos’ and it delivers a razor sharp script with a mix of drama and humour, along with a fascinating look at American social attitudes the best part of fifty years ago. My few lines may hardly encourage you to reach for your remote control, and to be fair, it is a series you need to watch from the very beginning. So I suggest you write an early letter to Santa to stuff a clutch of ‘Mad Men’ DVDs into your yuletide stocking. The performances by the cast are extraordinary, and it’s no surprise that it has collected a bucketful of awards around the world. The daft thing is that I’ve yet to actually meet anybody who watches it, short of my brother back in the UK! So spread the word if you are a closet viewer, though unless you are a Digital+ subscriber or have access to Sky, there is bad news on the way, as the next series has been wrenched from the BBC by BSKYB. It is strange how Rupert Murdoch’s cohorts do that all the time

with American shows that do well on mainstream British TV, with the previous grabs including ‘24’, ‘Lost’, ‘Prison Break’, ‘Nip Tuck’, and the wonderful ‘House’. Hugh Laurie’s portrayal of the grumpy medic, Gregory House has catapulted him to international stardom, and the title of ‘highest paid actor on any TV series on this planet’. His pocket money also includes popping up doing fizzy drinks ads in Spanish, which is just what the doctor

Hugh Laurie as Gregory House

ordered for his bank balance! What a leap from playing ‘toff’ characters in British comedies like the brilliant ‘Blackadder’, which I caught a repeat of last week whilst having a daytime flick through the satellite channels. The seventh series of ‘House’ started recently on Sky 1, and like with ‘Mad Men’, it is a master class in quality writing matched by the excellent work of the cast, led by Laurie. The other big reason that makes ‘House’ such a success is that each season sees a re-booting of the programme. So, series six saw the good doctor dealing with his demons after being committed to a mental institution, and this time round, he’s kicked off a romantic relationship with his boss, and we get a very rare glimpse of his tender side. My only mystery is why Laurie has not yet won a best actor ‘Emmy’ award in one of the best TV leading performances in the last decade. It’s nice to be proved right and that rare moment happened to me on Sunday when Nicolo was voted out of ‘The X Factor’. I told you last week that I could not understand why Dannii Minogue chose him in the first place, and clearly the voters shared my bemusement. I felt sorry though for the group ‘FYD’ who were voted out after suffering the curse of being the first act on; doubly so after a baffling karaoke performance from Wagner who gives me belated hope for a singing career. Once again, it made for two terrific nights of viewing, and on the face of it, a very open competition.

GASP theatre group GRAN ALACANT and Santa Pola Theatre Group (GASP) are producing their first play -an hilarious Alan Bennett farce called ‘Habeas Corpus’ - all dropped trousers, big bosoms, mistaken identities and unfulfilled expectations (think Magill postcard) on 23/24th October at the Casa Cultura, Calle Elche in Santa Pola at 19.30. Tickets at €5 are in aid of a local kids’ charity. Contact 966 181 113 or

The Torrevieja Barbershop Harmonisers Variety Show 2010

THE TORREVIEJA Barbershop Harmonisers are presenting their fourth annual variety show at the Capitol Teatro in Rojales on 4th November. The curtain risesat 20.00 (doors open 19.00). The Harmoniser’s chosen charity for 2010 is the Paul Cunningham Nurses, whose services and caring support are much needed throughout the local area. Tickets will be on sale in shops and bars throughout the Rojales / Quesada area including the PCN Charity shop. Ticket reservations may be made by telephoning Tony Wagstaff on 966 713 342.

Castle Theatre Club

THE CASTLE Theatre Club meeting is on Monday 25th October at the Help Drop In Centre, La Jara, at 20.00 for 20.30. This is a Hallow’een Evening on the theme of witches; poetry and prose; games and tricks (although we probably will not go on past the Witching Hour!) November meeting same venue, same time on Monday 29th November - there will be a rehearsed play reading, subject to be advised. Enquiries to Sue: 965 973 569.

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 To Buy or Not to Buy 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Diagnosis Murder 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Copycats 16:35 OOglies 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Fee Fi Fo Yum 17:30 Horrible Histories 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Real Rescues 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 QI 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Best of Would I Lie to You? (And Unseen Bits) 24:05 National Lottery Draws 24:15 Flashbacks of a Fool

08:00 Childrens TV 11:00 Waybuloo 11:20 Clifford 11:30 Pablo the Little Red Fox 11:35 3rd & Bird 11:50 Wibbly Pig 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Animal Park 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Castle in the Country 14:30 Ready Steady Cook 15:15 Car Booty 16:00 Monk 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Pointless 18:15 Escape to the Country 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 The Culture Show 20:30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Norman Wisdom: His Story 23:00 Rob Brydon Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Cheetah Kingdom 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Paul O’Grady Live 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 American Pie Presents Band Camp

08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Friends 10:25 Coach Trip 10:55 Coach Trip 11:25 Coach Trip 11:55 Coach Trip 12:30 Coach Trip 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:10 Santa Fe Passage 15:55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Unreported World 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 A Comedy Roast 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:55 The Inbetweeners 24:30 Jason Manford: Live

08:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Thomas & Friends 09:45 Igam Ogam 10:00 Big School 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:40 House 13:35 Five News 13:40 Meals in Moments 13:50 Police Interceptors 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:50 I Own Britain’s Best Home: Flying Visit 16:05 Undue Influence 18:00 Five News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 Live from Studio Five 20:00 Five News at 7 20:30 Fifth Gear 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:00 CSI: Miami

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08:00 World Sport 08:25 Freesports on 4 08:55 The Morning Line 09:50 One Tree Hill 10:50 Ugly Betty 11:45 The Hollyoaks Music Show Playlist 12:15 Black Eyed Peas: Real Stories 13:20 T4 Movie Special 13:45 Scrubs 14:15 That Paralympic Show 14:45 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 17:25 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 17:55 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 18:25 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 19:00 Channel 4 News 19:25 19:30 Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World 22:00 The Pillars of the Earth 24:10 A Mighty Heart

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07:15 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 07:25 Penelope 07:30 Guess with Jess 07:40 Postman Pat 08:00 Arthur 08:15 League of Super Evil 08:25 Sportsround 08:40 Bear Behaving Badly 09:00 Scoop 09:25 Hotel Trubble 10:00 Deadly 60 10:30 Gastronuts 11:00 Something for the Weekend 12:35 Ride Lonesome 13:45 MotoGP 15:00 Nicholas and Alexandra 18:00 The World’s Fastest Indian 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 Dambusters Declassified 22:00 Dragons’ Den: What Happened Next? 23:00 Match of the Day 2 24:00 Mock the Week 24:30 The Dam Busters

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08:00 Childrens TV 08:40 Make Way for Noddy 08:55 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 09:05 Castle Farm 09:10 Little Princess 09:25 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:45 Hana’s Helpline 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 George Shrinks 11:00 iCarly 11:35 True Jackson, VP 12:10 How to Take Stunning Pictures 12:40 Wild Animal ER 13:05 Nature Shock 14:05 Cowboy Builders 15:05 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 16:05 Captain Horatio Hornblower 18:20 Daddy Day Camp 20:00 Five News 20:05 50 First Dates 22:00 Superbad 24:20 Tomcats

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08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Best of Oops TV 10:00 Zoo Vet at Large 10:30 Zoo Vet at Large 11:00 Bones 12:00 Kim’s Rude Awakening 12:30 New Parent Nightmares 13:00 Biggest Loser US 14:00 Project Runway 15:00 Bones 16:00 Stargate Atlantis 17:00 Stargate Atlantis 18:00 WWE: Superstars 19:00 Oops TV 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 Oops TV 22:00 House 23:00 Thorne: Sleepyhead 24:00 Stargate Universe

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08:35 WTA Tournament in Linz 10:00 All Sports: Watts 11:00 Intercontinental Rally Challenge in Scotland 11:55 London Calling 12:00 WTA Tournament in Linz 14:00 WTA Tournament in Linz 15:45 Cycling 17:30 Intercontinental Rally Challenge in Scotland 18:30 WTA Tournament in Linz 19:30 Fight Sport: Fight Club 20:30 Kick Boxing 22:30 All Sports: Watts 23:30 Cycling Tour of Lombardy, Italy 01:00 Intercontinental Rally Challenge in Scotland

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Cowboy Trap 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Diagnosis Murder 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Copycats 16:35 OOglies 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Hotel Trubble 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Spooks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Ask Rhod Gilbert 24:15 Damages

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All eyes will be on Valencia from the end of October when the Tennis Open 500 tournament begins and the World’s top players will be battling it out on court within the City of Arts and Sciences.


Kirsty Tuxford Freelance writer

THE TOURNAMENT takes place inside the Agora building at the end of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) season, which means the players will be facing one of their last chances to accumulate the points they need to reach the ATP World Tour Finals – so the action should be riveting. Last year 56,000,000 spectators watched the tournament on TV. THE PLAYERS The first top players to confirm they will be participating include: Andy Murray, Nokolay Davydenko,

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Ferrer (from Jávea), Robin Soderling, Juan Martín del Potro, Fernando Verdasco, Mikhail Youzhny, Gael Monfild, Tommy Robredo and Juan Carlos Ferrero (from Ontinyent). Britain’s Andy Murray was the top seed at last year’s Open and he didn’t disappoint when he won the final against Russian, Mikhail Youzhny, and won his 14th ATP title, so he’ll be one to watch this year. David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero also have reasons to fight hard: they are the co-owners of the rights to the tournament and are both playing on home turf – Ferrer is from Jávea and Ferrero is from Ontinyent. Ferrero says: “The truth is, it’s hard to be more motivated about going out on court. Playing in my country, feeling the warmth of my people, and also being a player, organiser and owner at the same time means that I notice so many little details that you wouldn’t normally notice in another competition, and that’s all adding to the motivation.”

Inside Agora

THE VENUE This is the second year that the Tennis Open 500 has been held in the Agora building in Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences – a spectacular and muchphotographed location designed by the award-winning architect Santiago Calatrava. Agora is just a few metres

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every ticket sold, €1 will be donated to the Laureus Foundation to help fight child obesity. Website: and /valenciaopen Wheelchair tennis tournament: from 5th -7th Nov Centre court: Agora building, seats 6,075 spectators

THE TOURNAMENT The singles draw for the tournament will be made up of 32 players, 24 of whom will pass directly on to the main draw. The remaining eight places will be taken by four players from the qualifying phase and four wildcards.

HOW TO GET THERE By city bus: 19, 35, 95 and 40 By metro (tube/underground): The nearest metro stop is called Alameda. It is 15 minute’s walk to the City of Arts and Sciences. Lines 3 (red) and 5 (green) go to Alameda from the city centre. By train: Valencia has two train stations - Estación de El Cabanyal and Estación del Norte – city buses travel from each station to the City of Arts and Sciences. By car: Addresses for your GPS: Umbracle the park which has parking underneath - Avda. Autopista del Saler, no. 5 - 46013 Valencia From the central bus station in Valencia: Cross the old river bed (now a park), and catch city bus no. 95.

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Vibes From The Costas by

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FOLLOWING LAST week’s announcement that Roberta Flack has cancelled her concert at the Cartagena Jazz Festival, in exchange the Costas now welcome the award winning Buena Vista Social Club. They became a phenomenon in 1997. Their only released album, produced by Ry Cooder, achieved instant success. The album featured a group of very close Cuban musicians and it propelled them onto the international stage upon the release of Wim Wender’s film and a series of worldwide tours and solo albums. The performances of the Buena Vista Social Club have been praised by the British media for “Bringing the atmosphere to a level that leaves you breathless” (The Independent), and leaving the audience “overwhelmed” (Financial Times). At the heart of the group are four musicians: trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal; Barbarito Torres, a virtuoso of the flute; trombone player Jesus ‘Aguaje’ Ramos; and guitarist/keyboardist Manuel Galbán. In addition, they are joined by a new generation of Cuban musicians represented by bright talents like singer Carlos Calung and virtuoso pianist Rolando Luna. Also in the extensive line-up is singer Omara Portuondo, an original member of the Buena Vista Social Club who won a Latin Grammy for her latest album ‘Gracias’. Portuondo has been singing and acting in Cuba since the 40’s: the New York Times talks about her album as if time has not passed for the singer, “Her voice is rich ... formed, dynamic and yet sensual.” The distinctive trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal has earned himself the nickname, “The Trumpet of Cuba.” His tribute to the prolific composer Arsenio

Rodríguez “Buena Vista Social Club presents Manuel Guajiro Mirabal” was nominated for a Grammy Award. Trombonist Jesus ‘Aguaje’ Ramos has been an integral part of World Circuit Records Cuban recordings for more than a decade. Both his skills as a musician and band director made him an essential figure in tours of Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo. Guitarist, pianist and organist Manuel Galbán became famous in the 60’s as leader of the Cuban group Los Zafiros. The band created a distinctly Cuban sound with a mixture of soul, samba, ballads and boleros. His album with Ry Cooder, ‘Mambo Sinuendo’, won a Grammy in 2004. Barbarito Torres was the musical director of Celina Gonzalez’s Grupo Campoalegre and worked with some of Havana’s most prominent musicians, as well as international stars such as Oscar de León. Recent years have been tremendously successful for the band. They have sold out in international venues such as the famous Olympia in Paris; the Royal Albert Hall in London; the Liceu in Barcelona; and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. They have also played at festivals like the prestigious North Sea Jazz. In 2009, the band participated in a 32 concert sell-out tour across the United Kingdom. The Buena Vista Social Club is appearing at the XXX Cartagena Jazz Festival on Saturday 20th November: Starts 21:30. Tickets €20, available from the Nuevo Teatro Circo, telephone 968 501 615 or ticket agents on 902 150 025. More info

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Call 96 679 5552 / 96 618 2707 / 696 566 940

See demonstration on LA MARINA Sunday Market


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Our English accent - Part two

Spanish lessons by

Jane Cronin

A weekly ‘cut out and keep’ feature helping you to learn basic Spanish for everyday needs

Lesson 129

I HOPE you have spent the last week doing your mouth exercises, including that “tr” sound at the front of your mouth which is one of those give away differences between a Spanish and an English accent. I mentioned at the end of the last article that there is another important difference between English and Spanish pronunciation, and that is what we are going to concentrate on today. The basic issue lies in the fact that in the English language we pronounce things very differently from the way we think we pronounce them. In particular we alter sounds and also insert sounds to make words link together more easily, and we are generally completely unaware of doing it. There are many examples of this, in fact it is a huge subject of study in itself, but here are a few examples of what I mean. Let’s start with two of the most basic words in English “I” and “am”. When we put these two words together, we either contract them to “I’m”, or we insert an extra sound. Say “I am” to yourself at a normal speed and you may well find you are actually saying “I-y-am” (inserting the “y” sound). We need go no further than “you are” to find another example, but with a different sound inserted. “You are” said normally sounds like “you-w-are”, in other words we insert the “w” sound. The reason why we insert a “y” in one case and a “w” in the other is to do with the shape of our mouths at the particular moment of speech. Now think of this little phrase “law and order”. Do you really say what you read, or does it sound more like “law-r-and order”, inserting a “r” sound? Going back to our verb “to be” for a moment – what

sound to you say between “he is”? and another thought – how to do you say “drawing” – the chances are that most, if not all the readers of this article actually say “draw-r-ing”. Now all these sounds probably sound completely natural and normal to us; in fact, it is possible that you cannot hear them unless you really concentrate, as we make them completely unconsciously. The problem is that, equally unconsciously, we bring these “sound insertions” into our pronunciation of Spanish. Here is one example that I hear quite often. When we say numbers, for example “treinta y uno”, I often hear students saying “treinta-ry-uno”. When I correct them they usually have trouble hearing what I am correcting! The same mistake goes for all the numbers, obviously. We also get caught out with vowel combinations like “ea” and “ae”. These are “pure” vowels which move straight from one to the other, whereas we tend to put a “y” sound in between. When I had a language academy in the north of Spain I had a secretary called “Bea” (short for Beatriz). At first I called her “Bella” or “Beya”, unconsciously inserting a “y” sound in her name. When she first corrected me I couldn’t hear the difference between “Bea” and “Bella”. Eventually I could, and realized I had been calling her “beautiful” (bella) instead of her name. The “ae” combination appears in some verbs – for example “to fall” which is “caer”. We should pronounce the “a” followed by the “e” directly, and not put a “y” there – it is not “cayer”. You may think that these are subtle differences, and in a way they are, but these are the things that

Happy Birthday Picasso! MONDAY 25TH October is International Artists Day! And Picasso and Paul Cunningham Nurses are calling all artists to an art exhibition and auction at Hotel El Corazon in Quesada. FREE TO ENTER COMPETITION If you enjoy the pleasure of painting, join us to celebrate Picasso’s birthday! There is a free to enter competition − what year was Picasso born and in which town? Just email your answer to the organiser, Martin Robinson, before Wednesday 20th

give us our unmistakable accent and at times can make us difficult to understand. As a final thought – put yourself in the position of a Spanish person trying to understand you when you say you have lost your “hambag”. Yes, we do some very strange things with words – it was only Lady Bracknell who ever said “h-an-d-b-a-g” properly.

October at martin@martin-enterprises. eu for a chance to win 2 free art classes, a starter art set or dinner for two at Hotel El Corazon. At Hotel El Corazon on Monday 25th October there will be an exhibition auction; viewing will take place all day and the auction with a professional auctioneer will start at 19.30. There will be a complete range of paintings for sale at auction with a wide range of expected prices. This is an auction for everyone and we would expect some lucky people to go home with an original painting for as little as €20! For those of you who have always wanted to paint but so far have not tried, we will have some seasoned artists on hand

to give demonstrations and advice, so whether you want to take part or just take a look, do come along and be wowed by your local talent. There will also be a FREE TO ENTER competition for all children up to the age of 12 – these paintings will be displayed on a flat surface and must have the name, age and registration number clearly on the front of the painting, no bigger than A4 size. The winner in each age section will receive a certificate and a prize. Please email text or call Susan Reader 629 869 959 for a registration number and further details. Full details can be found on or

Another successful Debbie’s Walk Mar Menor has first show for Afghan Heroes

Last Sunday’s Walk MORE THAN 300 walkers took part in Debbie’s Breast Cancer Awareness Walk last weekend, with TKO, a kiddies’ foam party, raffle and a Tombola providing great atmosphere. Debbie Weedon, the event organiser, is hoping the total raised for the AECC will top last year’s superb effort. The Rojales Local Police closed the roads for the walkers’ safety. Silvia Pizarro from the Town Hall started the walk with Mayor of Rojales Antonio Martinez Canovas handing out prizes. Georgie Mae, Miss Motor Racing Formula One 2010, star of the latest Harry Potter movie and featured in RTN last month, was on hand to help. The winning team, ‘The Pinkstones’ from Lo Marabu, looked sensational in Flintstones outfits complete with Flintstones car!

Best dressed lady Pat Barker Best dressed man (for the third time!) Stuart Pawley Best dressed little girl Billy in her rabbit outfit Best dressed little boy Jayden, walking with the Laguna Looneys (They also took the ‘best doggie’ prize!) Debbie said: “A huge thanks goes to all the helpers on the day, the Rojales Town Hall and Jim Barker who worked tirelessly on the website.” View photos at The walkers headed for Bar Las Naciones in Quesada, where Steve and his staff provided free chilli and a glass of wine! A raffle and ‘Play your Cards Right’ raised a further €361. They danced the night away to Greg March.

The Iceni Dancers THE HOTEL Costa Narejos in Los Alcazares was the setting for Afghan Heroes first fundraiser in the Mar Menor area; appropriately decorated in orange, the colour of Afghan Heroes’ wristbands. Cathy Carson starred, along with TAABS and The Iceni Dancers, Cathy winning a standing ovation to the heart rending ‘Bring Them Home’. Local professional singer Larry Wright also brought his smooth style to the show. The evening raised over €500. All Expats 4 Afghan Heroes events are listed on and on the Facebook group Expats 4 Afghan Heroes.

Another success for Ladies Who Lunch THIRTY LADIES, all members of the Ladies who Lunch group supporting PCN, enjoyed their October meeting at the El Raso Restaurant in Campo de Guardamar. In doing so, they raised €103 for this very worthy cause. The group always meets on the first Wednesday of the month. For details of membership please contact Janine Wil-

liams on 966 261 359 or Maddie Pinfold on 966 198 257.

Bobby’s Bar busts the barometer! DARTS PLAYERS Tony, Keith, Brian R, Johnno, Dave, Anna, Dennis, OJ and Vee, led by Brian W and with the generosity of the owners of Bobby’s Bar in Quesada, Lynne and Craig and their bar staff Libbie and Sharon, have raised fantastic €1880.84 for Paul Cunningham Nurses.

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

Cryptic Crossword


1. The seance was successful, apparently, without going to extremes (5,6) 9. Sailor goes back to desert (3) 10. Observe the dissertation of writing medium (4-5) 11. Horrify father, taken aback by his friend (5) 13. See the old boy start the rally (7) 14. Usual Roman disorder at 50 (6) 16. Seize part of what James Watt achieved (6) 18. The archbishop is obviously an animal of the highest order (7) 19. The dean’s chair (5) 20. Get rid of menial tie (9) 21. Take Susan acourting? (3) 22. The enterprise apparently is lacking revenue (11)


2. Result of Bill doing something, perhaps (3) 3. Team of experts emerge from wrecked plane (5) 4. Proposal to end the standstill? (6) 5. Precipitate downpayment (7) 6. Worker on a higher level has the advantage (5,4) 7. Relation of how big, backward writer got chop (5-6) 8. One doesn’t need to offer him a penny for his thoughts (11) 12. Having no pride, it leads to utter ruin (9) 15. Greed is a besetting sin, and includes hardheartedness (7) 17. Make an exit in seminude role (6) 19. Look for about fifty who are smooth (5) 21. There’s wickedness in transgressing (3)


Quick Crossword ACROSS


1. 3D viewer (11)

2. Haul (3)

9. Intimidate (3)

3. French sculptor (5) 4. Mystic (6)

10. Rot (9) 11. Mischievous (5) 13. Found (7) 14. Adorn (6) 16. Satisfy (6) 18. Amorous (7)

5. Laughable (7) 6. Lying face down (9) 7. Speeds up (11) 8. Absolutely sure (4,7) 12. Assemble (9)

19. Vigilant (5)

15. Scaled (7)

20. Showed (9)

17. Feverish (6)

21. Hawaiian

19. Military

garland (3)

assistants (5)

22. Ancestor (11)

21. Zodiac sign (3)

Win a meal for 2 at the Inn Plaice in torrevieja (Mon-Thu) or at La Pista Restaurante In Jalon (Mon-sat Lunchtimes Only) by answering the Cryptic Crossword correctly. Answers by email to: or Fax: 96 585 60 54

You can play these wordwheels by whatever rules you like. But there is at least one nine letter word hidden in each wordwheel (and thus using every letter in the wordwheel). For many players the fun element and biggest challenge of the wordwheel is to find a nine letter word. Other than that, the rules are up to you - but generally you should restrict yourself to only finding words that contain the central letter, as otherwise you will find huge numbers of words in many puzzles!


9 30 35 39 46 6


One UK ticket won the 129,818,430 Euros (£113,071,853) jackpot prize

ANSWERS & WINNER Last week’s Crossword and Suduko answers found on page 39. Crossword winner for issue 573: Colin Sedgwick, San Luis

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music scene

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Off Ya Head live!

Sandie Shaw – Made In Dagenham


Keyword Pop Quiz

Find the keyword and win two tickets to Terra Natura. Just listen to Chris Ashley between 14.00 – 18.00 on TKO GOLD on Monday to enter. Chris will ask you to text in the keyword. The winner and this week’s answers will then be announced. Don´t forget: any Groups with ‘The’ as the first word will be the main name only... (i.e. The Rolling Stones will be Rolling Stones). First names will be used for answers (i.e. Billy Idol).

1. Which group had a big hit with ‘Float On’ in 1977? 2. Which vocal duo was ‘Solid’ in 1985? 3. ‘Life Is A Wonderful Colour’ was a hit for which 80s indie band? 4. This US group had hits with ‘Be Young’, ‘Be Foolish’, ‘Be Happy’ and ‘Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me’. 5. Which group had a number one hit with ‘Have I The Right’ in 1964? 6. This 80s New Romantic group had hits with ‘Love Action’ and ‘Mirror Man’ 7. Here´s a tricky one! Who had hits with ‘Funny How Love Can Be’ and ‘Tossing And Turning’? 8. Which heavy rock legends had a hit with ‘Whole Lotta Love’? 9. Which solo US female singer had a UK top ten hit with ‘It´s In his Kiss’ and a lesser hit with ‘Rock-A-Doodle-Doo’?

LEADING CHAMBER choir ‘In Harmony’ will be performing their ‘Autumn Serenade’ in La Zenia church this Sunday, 17th October, at 20.00. Music will include a fabulous selection from the liturgical repertoire, including favourites such as Mozart’s Ave Verum, and Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, as well as the beautiful Lord is My

Shepherd as heard on the ‘Vicar of Dibley’. Conductor Nigel Hopkins will sing during the evening, and Sue Trick will accompany the evening on the piano. The concert will include refreshments of food and wine at the end of the performance. Tickets at €10 are available at the door, and the concert is in aid of the new ecumenical church fund.

Charity Dance Success THE CHARITY Dance arranged by the La Marina and San Fulgencio Residents Association in conjunction with the Ayuntamiento at the Social Centre, was a sell-out and a great success. A total of €600 was raised on the night for the Butterfly Children’s Charity. The next Charity Dance will be held on Saturday 23rd October with entertainment from Ricky Patton. The dance starts at 20:30 and tickets are on sale now at The Butterfly Children Charity Shop in La Marina priced at €5. Go onto the Residents Association website for further information.

Music venues or acts that wish to be featured in this column should email with details and photo...

TKO GOLD: Future Gold Track

HIS SATURDAY sees the first gig by teenage band ‘Off Ya Head’ at the Bushwacka in Cabo Roig. The group of four young men are all in their teens and attend the Secondary School in San Miguel de Salinas. They are getting a fantastic name for themselves on the Costa Blanca for providing thoroughly top class music and entertainment, performing a variety of covers from Oasis to The Cranberries. If you would like to go and see what all the fuss is about, get yourself down to the Bushwacka tomorrow night (Saturday 16th) at 22:00. It is going to be a GREAT night! Photo Courtesy of Patrick Fox

In Harmony’s Autumn Serenade


Weekend Gig Guide FRIDAY 15TH OCTOBER Playa Flamenca: Celtic Drop – TKO´s Davy Jones Cabaroake El Matador, La Marina – Bella Luna Inn On The Green, Entre Naranjos – Faith Reeves Berny DÁrcy´s, Campoamor – Plan B Lo Marabu, Lemon Tree Rd, Dona Pepa – Ricardo, Karaoke O Neills, San Miguel – Incognito SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER Divas, La Marina – Elvis Tribute El Mundos, Benimar – Live Spanish music (afternoon) Las Naciones, Quesada – Andy Jones Rusty Nail, Campoverede – Terry Jay Morgans Bar, Eagles Nest - Lucinda SUNDAY 17TH OCTOBER Benimar. El Mundos – Ricky Powell (lunchtime) Stray Sod, Campoamor – Dougie Munro Bar Liquid, Cabo Roig – Davy Jones Rumours, Villa Martin Plaza – DJ Snoopy Celtic Drop, Playa Flamenca – Spec´s All Star Band

THIS SINGLE is used as the title track on the soundtrack of the new film, about the Ford factory women’s fight for equal pay, which led to the advent of the Equal Pay Act. Sandie Shaw was picked, mainly because her style of voice perfectly suiting the mood of the song and also she is a Dagenham Girl herself, having worked at the plant! The film, although about the workers’ fight and bravado, reflects a gentler age and this song captures that era perfectly. It is reminiscent of songs such as Lulu’s ‘To Sir With Love’, another film title track. The song was co-written by Billy Bragg, who is no stranger to protests and taking up political and social causes himself. Bragg has always been a supporter of workers, unions and worthwhile causes and no-one is better placed, these days, to write the lyrics for this song. Having looked at the full soundtrack listing, the film will be well worth a watch. You can hear the track on TKO Gold 96.7FM all over this weekend.

What a load of Nutters! HONDÓN DE LOS FRAILES saw its annual “Nut-In” take place on Sunday 19th September at the home of Richard and Patricia. The sun blazed down as 20 volunteer ‘nutters’ went through the orchard in time honoured fashion, spreading nets and using nut-knocking sticks to gather the almonds. A far better than expected harvest was gathered in and the helpers were given a ‘thankyou’ feast. The almonds will be bagged and sold on behalf of the SAT animal centre in Dolores. Last year the almonds raised around €700 for the charity which offers refuge and medical assistance to many dogs. Patricia There are always animals requiring urgent attention and and needing loving homes. If you feel you could Richard offer such a home to one of the dogs, or have spare with Paddy time and, like Patricia, can act as a volunteer, please the dog telephone 966 710 047.

Fashion Show success

ON FRIDAY 8th October, the Fashion Show staged by GIGI’s Boutique of Quesada at the Los Arcos Restaurant in aid of the La Siesta Church proved to be a huge success with over 100 people in attendance. After a welcome and introduction from Pauline Woodend, who organised the event, the fashion Show got under way with Catherine of Gigi’s introducing and explaining the variety of ladies wear on show, well modelled by a group of volunteer ladies.

A raffle was held at the conclusion of the Fashion Show then Pauline Woodend thanked Catherine from Gigi’s for her support and presented her with a bouquet of flowers. She also thanked the proprietor and staff of the Los Arcos Restaurant for their friendliness and support. Finally she thanked everyone who had come along in support of the event, many from sister churches and their friends. A sum of €861 was raised in aid of church funds.

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DECEMBER LEVEL 1 - Starts 29th November finishes 22nd December. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 9.00-13.00- 4 SPACES AVAILABLE! LEVEL 2 -Starts 2nd December finishes 18th December. Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings 9.00-14.00. (45 hours @ 5 euros per hour- price 225 euros less 10% early payment discount making a total price of only 202.50 euros.) 4 SPACES AVAILABLE!


APAH events

THE SECOND APAH Fun Dog Show of 2010 will be held at the Casa de la Pedrera near Torremendo on Saturday 16th October. It will be a later start this time as it is not as hot and will carry on into the evening with live entertainment. Registration for the show starts at 11.30, with the show itself starting at 14:00, so if you have a talented pooch, get yourself down there. The next APAH event will be a Music and Dance Spectacular in San Miguel de Salinas, supported by the Town Hall. The event will take place in the Casa de la Cultura on Sunday 24th October at 19:00 and involves a number of entertainers, including TKO’s Suzy G, donating their time and their talent to the charity to put on a great musical event. For more information on APAH visit


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A xeriscape garden

Oasis Garden Club


Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

FOLLOWING LAST week’s column a number of readers asked us to write more about Xeriscape gardens. Xeriscaping is essentially the art of designing or redesigning your garden so that it requires no watering other than the occasional rainfall and the dampening effects of low clouds, sea and river mists, and overnight dews. It can be done. Just look at the banks alongside the motorways, the verges of country roads, the sides of mountains and mountain tops, cliff faces, and the inland side of sand dunes along the coast. IN YOUR GARDEN YOU WILL NEED TO: Replicate the soil structures of such places. Plant trees, shrubs and plants that seem to survive and even thrive under such conditions – we will look at some suitable plants next week. Plant roots so that they are under rocks where moisture is the last to dry out. Create semi shaded positions or areas that are only in full sun for part of the day. Contour the garden so that any rain is channelled to where required and not lost into non-planted areas or to neighbouring properties – we say more about this in Section

A xeriscape garden

2.17 in our book ‘Your Garden in Spain’. Take out the thirstiest plants in the garden or replant them where they can be easily watered by gravity from tubs of rain water collected by installing guttering on at least one roof or by running grey water into the garden via a settling and cooling tank; not theoretically ‘xerigardening’ but you are not using purchased town’s water. Create interest in the garden by the use of rocks, coloured chippings or sands, interestingly surfaced paths and terraces, ornaments, groups of pots, interestingly shaped dead dry branches and trunks, agricultural implements, cart wheels, perhaps an old cart etc. Construct a large rockery – the one in the l’Abarda garden in the La Sella urbanisation located between La Xara and Pedrequer is worth visiting - it is open for guided tours on Saturdays at 10.00. Use solid plastic sheeting under the surface

to move water from one part of the garden to another during rainfall - this is an easy substitute for the large slabs of solid rock that do this in nature. Reduce water evaporation in the same way and by surrounding all plants with natural mulches of small or medium sized rocks or stones, volcanic larva chippings, pebbles, stone chippings etc. Replicate natural features such as dry river beds or ponds, rocky hillsides and crags, sand dunes, pine forests, beaches etc. Remember the impact of raked designs of Japanese sand or pebble gardens. Install a natural pool that is only topped up with rain water. Have no lawn, or restrict its size and plant with drought resistant varieties. The above actions can create an interesting low maintenance garden that is attractive at all times of the year.

Clodagh and Dick have now lived and gardened in various parts of Spain for 25 years. There books are packed with useful information with vivid illustrations that are gardening bibles for many expats and English speaking Spaniards, whether experienced or beginners. You will find ‘Your Garden in Spain, ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’, ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ and the latest one, ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’ in high street and internet bookshops. has an autumn offer for the first three. You can always keep the one you don’t already have and use the other two as birthday or Christmas presents. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe October 2010.

AT OUR second meeting we held a plant and seed swap, followed by a plant auction and second hand gardening book sale. There is a joining fee of €5 per household. Our next meeting on November 4th at 10.30 prompt guest speakers Dick and Clodagh Hanscombe. Non members will be required to pay a fee of €3. We meet the 1st Thursday of the month, 10.30 to 12.30, where you will receive a warm welcome. Future events include Christmas Lunch and a floral demonstration. In the New Year there will be a talk on Herbs by Janette and another event will be a general talk on gardening by Len – both club members. HOW TO GET THERE CV 60 from Gandia - come off at Junction 23, turn left, follow the road round to the right to Montechelvo and look for the camping sign ‘Rugat’. If you are interested in joining or can give a talk on gardening related topics please contact Tina Burgess on 962 131 711 or by emailing There will be a bar open for refreshments or breakfasts.

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Discover the Costa Blanca

Derek Workman continues his series of excursions from his book ‘Inland Trips From the Costa Blanca’ which features 22 detailed trips that lead you to spots you’d never find by yourself.


ALCOSSEBRE IS a pleasant little town totally dedicated to its primary reason for existence. It is a seaside holiday resort, full of pizza parlours, burger bars and beachy-thingy shops – and good for them! The resort has for decades been a highly successful holiday destination for the Spanish, only really ‘discovered’ by the Brits over the last few years. Not as somewhere to spend the fortnight in the sun but as somewhere to buy a holiday home, although more and more are taking up permanent residence. The excellent beach was still relatively

The beach

deserted when I went in early summer and, with the cafes overlooking it on the raised prom, it still has the feel of a proper little resort of a couple of decades ago. Patches of sea daffodils can still be found amongst the scrub that separates the beach from the town; something of a rarity these days. It’s totally different in the leisure port, though, where a whole new row of cafes, shops and restaurants front the little harbour, made musical by the slap of sheets against masts – or it would be if they turned the music and TVs down! If you look off from the port in the direction of the hills it looks like another one is being created, only this time in a manmade process as buildings rise up the hillside. As you walk along the road that joins the old town to the port you see a strange collection of wooden platforms on stilts that would look more in place on some south sea island. They are actually publicity for a nearby shop that sells wooden houses from around the world, so now you know where to go when you get fed up with the standard Spanish villa. Peaceful as it might seem now, Alcossebre was once the seat of power in the locality and was one of the two main harbours in the area, the other being Peñiscola. While the latter was mainly used for the pontifical affairs of the Spanish-born Pope Benedict XIII, better known as Papa Luna, Alcossebre became the leading trading port of the Maestrazgo, from

The harbour

where bleached wool, wine, dried fruits, nuts and wood would be shipped to Florence, Naples, Sicily and Majorca. As such it was a prized target for pirates, hence the number of watchtowers that surrounded the city. Mind you, that was five hundred years ago. The 18th Century parish church, the Iglesia San Juan Bautista, is very pretty and worth popping your head in if the door is unlocked; not very likely, unfortunately, unless you get there around about the time of a Mass. The octagonal bell tower is also pretty nifty, and at least you don’t have to go inside to admire it. Ever looking for some touristy thing to make their town a bit different from

everywhere else, the local authority have established the ‘Well Route’, which, as it’s name suggests, guides you to numerous wells around the town, and the ‘Little Chapel Route’ that introduces you to various tiled religious plaques built into the façades of buildings. I couldn’t find the ‘Somewhere to Put Your Feet Up Route’, which would have been eminently more interesting to me. The winner of two nights bed and breakfast at Casa Xana is Kath Harvey of Camposol, who correctly answered that Xana is the name of a fairy from the north of Spain.

To discover more about Spain, visit and are random notes about life in Spain. Derek Workman’s books, Inland Trips from the Costa Blanca and Small Hotels and Inns of Eastern Spain are available from most good books shops or direct from the publisher, Santana Books, or Tel. 952 485 838.

Attention art-lovers and race-goers! THE VILLAGE of Campoverde has an incredible amount of talent, from choirs and music to dance and drama; now it’s the turn of its very talented artists to show what they can do. The local group of Leisure Painters is holding its Annual Art Exhibition with over 100 exhibits for all to see. It will take place from 10.00 on 4th, 5th and 6th and also just the morning of Sunday 7th November at the Rusty Nail Bar. Admission is free but any

donations will be gladly accepted on behalf of the AECC: more info from organiser Pat Weaver on 966 762 266. The local Anglican Church will be attracting punters to a Fun Race Night and a fish and chip supper on Friday 29th October at the Olive Branch on the High Street at 19.30. More information and tickets from the Olive Branch 966 763 628 or from Jill on 966 762 715.

San Fulgencio carnival parade Postponed from last week. THE CARNIVAL parade due to take place on Saturday 9th October in San Fulgencio was postponed due to heavy rain. It will now take place this Saturday, 16th October. The twenty one different floats will be a great spectacle as they parade through the streets starting at 21.00. For the first time eve,r a group from the urbanisations will participate in the carnival and join in the hilarious revelry which will feature strange and funny floats and people in fancy dress doing strange and funny things! Watch out for the K9 Club and PAWS animal welfare volunteers doing their dance routine! The parade enters the village near to the Town Hall and parades around the streets of San Fulgencio. For a full program of the fiesta events visit

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Turning point WE HAVE all experienced a turning point in our lives. Something has led us on to make great sweeping changes and for some reason we have been apprehensive, maybe, but fearful, no, because we somehow know that it is the right thing to do, and so we do it. It takes a lot of guts to follow your way through life at the best of times, but the time when you begin afresh, or reconsider or take a step out in the dark, is your turning point. Many of you will have experienced just what it is to have to make that decision that you know will bring you round, and steer you off in the right direction very successfully; and it will pave the way for the continued journey of your life if you just eliminate the fear, the anxiety and the newness of it all. Sometimes that is easier said than done, but with our word as our absolute bond then there can be no going back, can there? When Torben Thoger and I met we both knew that we had work to do, and as we discussed our feelings and intuitions it came in a flash that we could help light the way to the many Earth changes that we are to experience over the next few years. We were open, unafraid, curious and non judgmental; and our curiosity and connection over the past months has led to our staging our forthcoming presentation on 23rd October at the Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfas del Pi. A division of our expectation for the World, and our strong need to guide, and to help steer the ship of change led us to explore ways in which we could unite and strengthen others. I used my writing to construct a guided meditation and actually wrote the lyrics to a song, though without the guidance of Torben it would have been a disaster! Torben has composed the music to my meditation and my song, and has added

additional songs and music, also of his own composition, to make the show what it is, a multi faceted performance for a new age: part seminar, part meditation, part concert, part show. Stay away if you are expecting gloom and doom; you won’t find it with us. Scaring people into conforming is left to those who, sadly, have a brief to make an attempt to control our lives; it isn’t what Turning Point is all about. We hope to explore together with the energy of those people who can think outside of the box, as they will be those who want to be there. Those who know that their Spirituality can help others as well as themselves to seize the wonderful opportunities that are coming our way in these exciting, exhilarating and challenging times! If you care about your World, if you want the truth, and you would like to be amongst those who are sure of their Spiritual survival, you will be welcome with open arms as all us have to learn to start living from the heart, and seeing creation rather than destruction in the changes for the future. We aim to raise awareness and create a better World through consciousness and a higher vibration, and we welcome you to spend a day with us that you will never want to forget as long as you live. Many have bought their tickets already, some have reserved seats, and the (bookable in advance only) midday lunch, vegetarians catered for too, at €10. With three courses and wine, beer or water, it is a bargain. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to make contact by email or telephone. Parking and invalid on site access is assured in the Forum. There is a bar and lounge facilities.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

Kenny’s Diary

Postbag Email your letters to me at: KENNY I want to buy tickets for your October 23rd show, but I do not have a PayPal account and I am nervous to use my credit card on line. Is there any way that you can hold tickets for me and I can collect on the day? Breda W. Hi Breda, thank you for your enquiry. PayPal was chosen as the preferred method of payment to sell tickets for the show because it is safe and secure, and I have never ever had a problem with the system. You do not need to have a PayPal account, just pay using a recognised credit card or debit card: it’s confidential and quick. Tickets are €15 and lunch is €10. You can reserve tickets to be collected on the day, by calling or sending an email, but lunch has to be reserved by October 18th. If you have any further questions then please contact me directly. I look forward to meeting you personally at the Show.

Readings at Bistro Maya in Albir: 18th and 20th October from 16.30 to 19.00. Please call: 966 868 213. Readings at Bar Peri Pera in Javea (near the Dolphin Roundabout). Back by request, bookable mini readings on Tuesday October 19th from 17.30. Please call: Penny Smith on 687 926 021 or 965 749 182 for info and appointment. 2012 The Show: A Turning Point with Torben Thoger at The Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfaz on October 23rd from 10.00 to 17.00. Tickets now on sale at: or call: 686 361 594. €15: Lunch €10 (bookable in advance only.)

contact kenny Appointments: 96 587 8424 Mobile: 686 361 594 Web: Forum: Email: Please contact me for inclusion in my healing list!

Do you like to sing?

U3A Moraira-Teulada AGM

INTERNATIONAL CHOIR Sonabilé (maximum of 16 singers) Benidorm is looking for singers residing approximately 10 months of each year in Spain, who can read music (or are willing to learn) with experience singing in a choir. The repertoire consists mainly of lightclassical and spiritual music. The choir practices Wednesdays from 12.30 until 13.30 at the Dutch Church, Avda. Doctor Severo Ochoa 10 (next to the petrol station). Buses 10, 11 and 4 stop close by. For information ring Liesbeth Boekhout, 655 189 706: email:

THE VENUE for this meeting is Salon de Banquettes, Avenida Mediterraneo, Teulada, the doors will open to Members at 09.45 and the meeting will start at 10.30, Monday, 1st November 2010 This is the Annual General Meeting when elections will be held for Committee Posts. The current Committee will stand down but may seek re-election if they wish. For further information please contact the U3A President, Ann Colclough on 96 574 7343.

horoscopes by Kenny Corris This week expect a lucky break since a rewarding Jupiter and a networking Mercury combine to help turn the tables and bring some serendipity into your life. It is high time you had the opportunity and the backing to get something long overdue well and truly finished, and you are on a mission to achieve that which you must for all concerned with a view to establish closure. Actions with mighty Mercury, Planet of Communication, in your opposing sign of Scorpio, serve to speed things up, and in so doing lift your mood, bringing some very positive results sooner than was expected. Your faith has been tested as of late, and your impatience and inner anger no longer have to be stored within. Make the most of this time and use it to bring resolve and promotion into play. Taking something on right now may seem to be the right thing to do, and others are egging you on to take the opportunity whilst you can. However, your own intuition comes to the fore and warns you that there is more, much more to all this than first meets the eye, and is compromise what you really want to do? Stall for time, and put any decision on hold until you can make of this what you will. Pluto’s midweek action with Ceres helps you to see your imminent need to go off in a new direction. This must not be seen as running away, more a consolidation of your talents that will allow you to move on. Whilst your voice does have to be heard, remember that others can see things from another direction, and someone has a vested interest in your need to start things afresh this time. Libran balance brings you to your senses this week as Mercury paves the way to a positive midweek connection with a wise and wary Saturn calling the shots. Lifting you to a positive frame of mind, forget recent pressures and realise that you can only do your best and that under the circumstances you have all but won. Think of yourself, love yourself, and all will fall into place. You are in a deeply forensic mood, as you look back on recent actions that have made you change your mind about something. This week, it is Ceres that brings you to your senses and your need to make alternative plans rather then to just wait for things to happen. With Saturn in attendance the wisdom of your next move is certain, and Jupiter inspires and rewards you for a job well done! Mercury is grounding and responsive, and the ball is very much in your court right now. Forget that which has held you back and see that it was meant to be because you currently approach a new phase in which you are closer to your powerbase and in better conscious control. Invest in any new project that relies on your famous balance and expect some much needed hard work coming your way at last. Mercury enters proudly, making up for the gap brought about by the recent retrograde of Venus in the fifth house. A message has to be sent, and there cannot be a better reason to spread the word, nor a better person than you to follow through right now. Be calm and energised, showing your positive nature and your overwhelming faith in yourself right now. Let others see what you can do when you try. A time to examine finances, with a view in particular to making economies all across the board, to cope with current pressure. Though there are dividends due and ready, there has to be also an immediate tightening of the belt somewhat, and an assurance that outgoings cannot carry on exceeding income. Somebody really isn’t paying their way and needs putting in touch, sooner than later. The entry of Ceres brings a creative project right to your front door, begging for your consultation and cooperation. A chance to use “hands on” talents and to take things one step forward. Though you know that you will have the lion’s share of the work, this is a time to inspire others and to mentor them in ‘making the most of themselves’. The end result may be delayed, but thanks to you it will happen. With love entering via retrograde Venus, and Jupiter shining love and luck on a developing situation, anything is possible. It is high time that you had somebody special at your side and current energies bring romance and companionship to new and highly exciting levels. Think of yourself at this time - it’s not selfish, it is self preserving, and you must accept this love as it is intended. Jupiter hits on Pisces at the weekend, and a solution to a decision you were greatly worrying about has been gratefully taken out of your hands. There is still work to do, and your determination to do the best for everyone highlights your strong motivation and your spiritual goals right now. Alternatives will come along shortly, but you have to be patient, and you absolutely must believe in yourself.

If it’s your birthday this week... Accept that hard work is the way out of current problems, and that you are only waiting for something that you know you can get your teeth into. Be persistent and your motivation will see you through to a better place where you can shine again!

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A turning point - The Show THE STAGE is set for the forthcoming performance of ‘2012 A Turning Point’ at the Forum Mare Nostrum in L’Alfàs del Pi on Saturday 23rd October from 10.00 to 17.00. The show is presented by Medium Kenny Corris and Composer Torben Thoger. Through New Music, Songs, Meditation and Seminar the production is not designed to bring fear into our everyday life, but to help to better grasp the wonderful, exciting, and challenging times that we are to experience through Planetary and Earth changes to

come. With many people choosing to ignore what lies ahead, we feel that it is far better to help those who can to work together with a view to the mutual benefit from the many changes; and to give energy and consideration to the miraculous events that await us. Banishing gloom and doom, and replacing it with hope and light might seem to be a heavy order, but the show explores our current ‘nows’ and prepares us for a journey of the survival of the soul as we unite in our intention to raise consciousness; and tune into a higher, broader vibration based on our

PSYCHIC MEDIUM and Astrologer Kenny Corris has worked with Spirit for some forty nine years. He is a healer, teacher, therapist and life coach. Dividing his time between writing for a growing number of publications, public demonstrations, workshops, and private readings and castings, Kenny works to spread the message that Spirit is there and waiting for our interaction, and travels regularly to Europe and the USA to promote all aspects of the Spiritual Realms; with which he so frequently communicates. Renowned for having a great sense of humour and loving personal contact with his many international clients, Kenny likes to bridge the messaging service between the living and the dead, this proving the existence of the Spirit World. Regarding 2012, Kenny says, “We are all Spirit living in an Earthly body, and we have all chosen to be here right now in unique and changing, challenging times!” He feels the great need to establish a network of people who can think outside of the box, as this, he feels, will greatly help many to adapt and grow spiritually all the way to Ascension. “The Lightworkers will shine the light of their Spirituality and help all those around them to adapt and thrive, come what may!” Kenny lives in Finestrat Pueblo with his lifetime partner Carl.

Kenny Corris

A presentation by Kenny Corris and Torben Thoger at the Forum Mare Nostrum: L’alfas Del Pi

rights of freewill and choice. Why not reserve your ticket at only €15 today? PayPal handles payment through your credit card safely and surely with confidential encryption. You do not need to have a Paypal account, just a valid credit card. Tickets may be reserved and paid for at the door. Deadline for the bookable three course lunch at €10 is 18th October. A vegetarian menu is available.

Torben Thoger

Sat Oc urda tob y e 10a r 23 m - 5 rd pm

ANY QUESTIONS? Contact: Kenny Corris on: 686 361 594 or at: Website and Paypal Bookings: Uniting to create a better world through consciousness...

COMPOSER AND filmmaker Torben Thoger enjoys international success with his beautiful and powerful music, and his film productions. Torben has composed and produced original music scores since the 1970´s in varying styles for film, television, musicals, multimedia and his own productions. His latest four albums in the New Age music genre are released worldwide and his music has been on top of the charts in the USA and India. As a filmmaker, Torben produces corporate promotional films, commercials, documentaries and music videos. The Danish composer and artist now lives permanently with his creative family in the mountains west of Altea; Torben’s wife Mette Lund is a skilled abstract painter and a healer and their daughter is a gifted singer. Torben describes his approach to musical composition as, “Highly Intuitive”, often beginning with melodies and intentionally following his heart to expand their sound. He says that it is no coincidence that he receives comment after comment about how his music soothes and healers the listener’s heart chakra. For many years Torben has had a great interest in personal development and spirituality, though does not connect to any particular Society or Religion.

Enquiries: Contact Kenny Corris on: 686 361 594 or 96 587 8424 (24 hour answerphone service). Email: Website:

Danger UXB Book Review by

Danny Collins LIKE MANY of the older readers of this column, I was born during the Second World War. I remember Anderson shelters, doodlebugs, the squanderbug (remember him?) and bombs. We were displaced from our home in Fulham after a severe air raid on Battersea Power Station, just across the Thames. So yes, I remember the war years. But I never knew about UXBs of the Bomb Disposal Squads, who raced around England digging up the highly lethal ordinance that had either failed to explode on impact or was fitted with a time delay fuze. (That’s not my typing error by the way - to the

military, ‘fuzes’ are in highly explosive ordinance). Fuses are in your electricity box. I did once see a yellow sign reading UXB as my mother wheeled my pushchair away from a closed street near St Paul’s. I remember her commenting on it to a neighbour but I never knew what it indicated. UXBs were unexploded bombs that had buried themselves many feet below ground and needed to be dug out and either de-fuzed or removed and blown up in a safe area. The problem was that a man in Germany called Herbert Rühlemann was busy inventing new and more complicated devices to make the work of the Bomb Squads more difficult – and more deadly. In the years that Britain stood alone against threatened invasion, the glory boys were the RAF. In Europe it was Monty and Patton and their tank crews and infantry as they raced through France and Belgium - but the unsung heroes were at home, crouched in muddy holes listening to the ticking of a 250 kilo monster and hoping that they could extract

the fuze and foil the extraction booby trap before they and their crew of sappers were blown to smithereens. Many died but Hitler’s plan to disrupt our communications and demoralise the besieged Britons came to naught – thanks to these unrecognised heroes. Learn about them and their history now by buying this magnificent book. James Owen has carved their names with pride. Author: James Owen Publisher: Little, Brown (paperback) Price: €18.90 ISBN: 978 1 4087 0255 0

All the featured books are available off the shelf or by mail order from Librería Europa, Calle Oscar Esplá 2, 03710 Calpe. Tel: 96 583 58 24; e-mail: libreria.europa.calpe@ Take along or send this review for a discount of 5% on your purchases.

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What’s the difference Bert via email asks: Dear Aunty, could you please tell me the difference between ADSL and Broadband? I currently have an aerial on the roof with a cable running from the aerial to a router and then a cable from the router to my PC. What sort of system do I have? Aunty says: Hello Bert. They’ve come to mean the same thing these days. What you have is a wireless ADSL/broadband system (not to be confused with WiFi) that uses wireless technology instead of the copper wire that fixed/ landline phones and ADSL uses. Your aerial on the roof is simply replacing the copper wire that hangs precariously from the telegraph poles.

Security Essentials

Sally via email asks: Dear Aunty. I bought a HP laptop with Windows 7 installed from a Spanish shop and it has Microsoft Security Essentials, which I use regularly for scans against virus. What I used to have on my old machine was CCleaner and AVG (and another program that I can’t remember the name of) which I downloaded for free from I am now wondering if what I presently have is enough protection as it’s a new computer, or should I have something else as well? I think I read somewhere that some of these programs conflict with each other so I don’t know what to do for the best. Also as it’s a Spanish keyboard, there is one particular key I can’t find as sometimes by mistake I hit

something on the r/h side of the keyboard somewhere and manage to not be able to insert text into my typing as it overtypes instead. Do you know which this toggle key is please? Finally, sometimes I get a message saying that ‘this version of Microsoft Office isn’t registered’. I looked this query up and it’s something to do with the version being licensed to the group supplier rather than to individual purchasers. Should I worry about this or carry on ignoring it? Aunty says: Hi Sally. Microsoft Essentials seems to be getting some good reviews but my main concern is that you’re putting all your eggs in one basket and relying solely on a Microsoft product to protect your computer.

It’s not a firewall Sally but it will (in theory) do the job of AVG, SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes but I certainly wont be putting my computers security in the hands of a company who seem to attract hackers like bees round a honey pot. The key you have inadvertently pressed is your ‘insert’ key which is

Uncontrollable cursor Isobel via email asks: Help me please Aunty. For the past few weeks, typing on my HP Laptop has been a nightmare. The cursor jumps everywhere and I spend the time manually placing it where it should be. I have tried using my mouse, but it still happens. Is it me or the Laptop? Hope to hear from you with your suggestions and thoughts very soon Am I alone with this problem?

Aunty says: This is most likely to be one (or both) of two things Isobel. The first thing to try is to download and install the latest ‘touchpad’ drivers for your computer from the HP website. Any model numbers or ‘service tag’ details will be written on the underside of your laptop. If this doesn’t resolve the problem then it could be that you have a faulty touchpad which

with aunty virus

known as ‘ovr’ or ‘overwrite’ in most word processors. If it’s the version of Office that came preloaded on your laptop then it’s more than likely a 60 day trial version. If it carries on working then I would ignore it and maybe in the meantime download and familiarize yourself with the latest free Open Office.

Google Translate Vic from La Marina asks: Hola Aunty. Did you have a good holiday? I am trying to scan a document using Google translate but when I have scanned the document and saved it in my documents, after I bring it back to Google translate all I get is a blank page, the heading Translated version of scan0001.pdf. What am I doing wrong? I am using a HP photosmart C4280 all in one printer.

you can disable from ‘control panel’ and click on the mouse/pointer icon. Under the ‘device settings’ tab you can disable the touchpad.

Aunty says: Not sure to be honest Vic. Without seeing exactly how your system is setup the only advice I can give is to scan the document as a Word or text document using the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) function of your printer, and then copy and paste the contents of the document into the Google translate window. The OCR option should be available when you initiate the scan from the ‘HP Director’ program that would have installed when you set the printer up from the HP CD/DVD.

That’s all for this week, email me on and I will do my best to sort you out

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ITV checks by

Brian Deller

Author of Motoring in Spain

I BOUGHT a car from a local garage in June this year. The car was originally registered in October 2007 so will be due for its first ITV in October 2011. Not a problem you might think but when we looked at the log book we noticed an ITV stamp in May 2010 which expires in May 2011. Apparently the garage put the car through an ITV to check that it was roadworthy and fit for sale. Does this mean that I have to take the car for an ITV next May when that one expires or am I legally entitled to wait until October 2011 when it should be due? I’m afraid my Spanish is not good enough to contact Trafico and no-one I have asked (at garages etc) seems to know the answer to this one! I would be extremely grateful if you could give me some advice in this matter and look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Mrs Lindsay Irving, Orihuela Costa. The law states that the first ITV check will be 4 years after first being registered, for normal noncommercial motor vehicles-cars; then every two years after that until ten years old; then every year. See the table on page 98 in the Third Edition of my book for all the details for all vehicles.

None fit the pattern that you have, where there is an exempt period of four years and then only one year before the next: it should be two years unless the vehicle is registered for commercial use, as sometimes happens where it has been used as a taxi or driving school car. I would go to your local ITV station with all the vehicle documents and ask there why the strange periods. The ITV Station is connected to the Trafico computer system so they can also check on that. I would be interested to know why yours is so and we can advise other readers. My book warns and explains how to check that when buying a used vehicle you are not being sold a high mileage ex commercial (taxi, etc) vehicle that has been disguised as a vehicle ‘used sparingly by a little old lady just to go to the shops etc’. I hope that there is nothing serious but if bought from a dealer you have protection within the law for non-disclosure of defects etc. Go with a Spanish friend if your Spanish is not good enough, to the nearest ITV Station as suggested and ask there. Some dealers use the ITV report as an independent certificate that the car is road-worthy and so it is a sales aid, but such a young one should be anyway, unless it has been abused or has a very high mileage. I have witnessed cars that have just completed the ITV and have serious defects that were not noticed.

There is much more detailed information on all motoring subjects in my book. Brian Juan (John) Deller, Malaga, author, ‘Motoring in Spain’

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15 - 21 OCTOBER 2010

The final whistle Delhi Diary Week 3

The Indian Hockey Team beat Pakistan

Javea resident Andy Kay reports from Delhi as the Commonwealth Games come to a close. AND SO it’s done. The XIX Commonwealth Games have finished and the circus moves on to Glasgow when the athletes from the Commonwealth will meet again in four year’s time. To say it’s been a struggle will be putting things lightly. Never have I worked in such a difficult environment. Whilst the people on the ground in India are incredibly helpful and friendly they are not helped by those in authority, many of whom seem to think the world revolves around them and them alone. At the JLN stadium, the athletics competition and the 52 medal ceremonies that were performed happened not because of the local organisation but despite it. The Host Broadcaster (made up of lots of ex BBC and ITV personnel) went way beyond their brief to ensure that the Games looked good. In sports presentation too, which I was involved with, we actually cut out local officialdom and started to make unilateral decisions with regards to the daily timetable to ensure that each day ran smoothly. However, despite all the angst, I have returned from Delhi with some great memories. Being in the stadium when India won gold, silver and bronze in the women’s discus was just extraordinary. The sense of national pride was overwhelming and the noise generated by a 50,000 strong crowd would have rivalled a Wembley audience on FA Cup final day. Away from the sport, my highlights were the two rickshaw journeys I took to see an old school friend. To say you take your life in to your hands when you climb into these dilapidated machines would be understating the matter. But, boy oh boy it’s fun! Cheap too! My ride back from Defence Colony (an upmarket urbanisation) to the hotel, a journey of around 12 minutes, cost me 15 Rupees - about 24 cents! Costa Blanca taxi drivers please take note... In terms of the lessons learnt from Delhi, I think they are many. Never again should the Commonwealth Games Federation allow things to get so behind schedule. While they are a tiny organisation compared say to the IOC, the CGF must shoulder some of the blame for failing to oversee the entire operation with a much firmer hand. Whilst Glasgow 2014 will surely be an easier build, the CGF should employ an external inspection team to keep tabs on progress. Additionally, while it was great to see the Games awarded to Delhi, for countries who have limited experience in putting on such big events, it should be written into contract that they be made to work alongside broadcasting, sport and presentation experts amongst others from the outset; not a few days before the opening ceremony. As for the positives, there are a few: the city is a lot cleaner than it was just a few months ago; Delhi now has some truly world class sporting venues and, best of all; India beat Australia in the cricket. So, not all bad then!

Poor finishing Torry lacking the attacking punch proves costly FC CARTAGENA 2 GIMNASTIC TARRAGONA 2 By Steve Hibberd ALTHOUGH CARTAGENA controlled this match for long periods from start to finish, it took a wonder goal deep into stoppage time by substitute Munoz to earn a share of the spoils. Poor finishing denied Los Albinegros a win; manager JIM is already looking decidedly more baldy than previously this season, as he tears his hair out at his players’ inability to finish off opportunities. Bad boys Mariano and Herrero missing through suspension, Cygan made a welcome return, with Cala to shore up the defence. Leading scorer Toche stumbled, fluffing a close range shot comfortably saved by Ruben on 4 minutes. A swinging corner was met by the head of Botelho, resulting in a goal after 7 minutes. Longas floated a cross towards the head of Toche, but Ruben punched the ball to safety before diving at the feet of Toche, through on goal. Just before the interval,

a dangerous Gimnastic move was cut short by a linesman’s flag for offside. A mesmerising run by Keko resulted in him firing high over the bar: the visitors equalised on 57 minutes. Gimnastic substitute Berry-Powel clearly fouled Botelho but unbelievably ref Juan Munera allowed play to continue. BerryPowel’s unleashed curling shot crept just inside the far post to give the visitors a totally undeserved goal. The ref should have awarded a free kick, clearly outlined on channel 7RM TV video evidence. This injustice goaded Cartagena into equalising. In 5 minutes stoppage time, Munoz produced an accurate shot to the back of the net. Next week it’s the north of Spain. On Saturday 16th October, El Alcoraz stadium, KO 18.00, Huesca host Cartagena, to be shown on Murcian digital channel 7RM. For further info on Cartagena, visit or

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find new home JUNIOR STRIKERS are relocating to the new Polideportivo in Orihuela Costa and will be the official Children’s Football School for Club Deportivo Orihuela Costa FC. Junior Strikers has been going for nearly three years and they have made a name for themselves not only in childrens’ football but also for the great charity work they continue to do. So far, Junior Strikers have raised nearly €2,000 for Paul Cunningham Nurses through their annual England Vs Spain Men’s Charity Matches. Junior Strikers was started by exsemi professional footballer and qualified Coach, Junior. He told RTN: “The move to Orihuela Costa will now give me the platform to grow the football school and to progress in the right direction. The facilities at the new complex are second to none and I can’t wait for the children to see where they will train and play their home matches from now on.

NEW VENTURE Junior, who also plays for the new CD Oriheula Costa FC team, added: “It’s great to be back playing as well as coaching. After a bad injury eight years ago, I thought that was the end but since moving to Spain the climate has helped with the healing process and I can now play again without my leg swelling and aching. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Mick Lavery for contacting and getting me involved with this great new venture.” Junior Strikers will now be representing C.D Orihuela Costa in the Vega Baja football league. Currently they have Pre-Benjamin, Benjamin, Alevin and Infantil teams. There are a few spaces left in each age group for this season which ranges from five to 13 years, so if you would like your child to be a part of this great new set up, contact 634 065 233 or email or visit their website at

Ramiro guards the ball


IN A dour game with little goalmouth action from either side, FC Torrevieja again showed an excellent secure defence but also proved the team is lacking attack punch, after coming away with a 0-0 final score to local rivals Jove Espanol. The home team had gained only one win from their opening seven games and also changed their manager mid week. Torre’s Manager, Barrera went with Abel sitting in front of the back four, a crowded midfield with Abraham trying to support lone striker Corcoles up front. The surprise was no place even in the squad for quality midfielders Angel, Ivan, Saul and Raul Agullo. The astroturf pitch presented difficulties but Ramiro showed early promise with a few runs down the right. After 15 minutes the home side took control of the ball, resulting in the best effort of the 1st half when Jove’s fierce shot beat Torre’s keeper but smacked against the post and was wide: lots of effort and toil from both sides but little quality football. Early in the second half saw Thomas come out for a cross which he flapped at, leaving Espanol to lob the ball over the cross-bar. Shortly after, the Jove skipper had a long range effort which Thomas expertly tipped over the bar. Barrera was clearly not happy with his attackers as Manu replaced the ineffective Kike and at last Rulo was given a chance after replacing Corcoles. The odd chances though still fell to the home side as from a corner Jove’s no 8 was left unmarked and his header just flashed past the far post. In truth it was the best chance of the game. With Rulo now on he began to hold the ball up, bring others into play and more importantly, turn and run at the defence. Torre near the end had a succession of corners which created panic in the Jove defence but still without troubling the opposing goalkeeper. Final whistle at 0-0 left FC Torrevieja only 2 points off of a play-off place but a little more adventure and positive action from the Manager with his team selection could have seen them up there in the mix. This week sees the 2nd return leg of The Federation Cup away to Crevillente with the tie on edge at 1-1. Vamos FC Torrevieja! With thanks to and FCTF.

Ex-Under 21 International Joins San Fulgencio CF SAN FULGENCIO CF are

currently in the process of signing former Northern Ireland U21 International, Ryan Zico-Black. The player arrived in Spain on Monday and is looking forward to meeting up with the squad and getting started. Ryan agreed to join San Fulgencio at the end of last season after speaking with the manager many times during the course of last year. After needing a minor operation during the summer which held back his arrival in Spain, the club are very happy to finally have Ryan on board. Ryan started his career at Club Deportivo Southampton before making Orihuela the move north to Morecambe Costa FC FC. Whilst at Morecambe,

Ryan established himself as a first team regular. With impressive performances during his time at the club this led to an international call up for Northern Ireland U21s, including playing against Spain in the ‘Mestalla’. Ryan then went on to have a spell in Ireland before returning to England and signing for Lancaster City. After showing his ability again, Paul Gascoigne made Ryan his first signing at Kettering Town, splashing out £10,000 to secure the services of the player. The arrival of a player with Ryan’s experience and quality goes to show the ambition of the club and how committed the president, board and manager are to bringing it success.

ANYONE FOR FOOTBALL? Aged between 20 to 40 ? Torrevieja area Call Doug on 628 789 335

Rules are made to be broken Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

TO MANY people who play our wonderful game, the Rules of Golf are sacred. I include myself in this category. Unfortunately, more and more often I see the rules of the game being flouted and changed to suit. I have lost count at the number of times I have seen golfers here in Spain take a ‘Mulligan’ - what the hell are they playing, tennis? We don’t have second chances in golf without the added pain of incurring a penalty shot but sadly this ‘Americanism’ has crept into golf in our part of the World, particularly amongst our Spanish hosts. There is nothing more infuriating on the first tee of a busy golf course than seeing a fourball each take a mulligan. It’s cheating of the highest order and should be stopped by any course marshal or starter with any sort of respect at all for the game of golf or the people that play it. I could never see myself taking such a decision to allow my playing partners or myself to take advantage of the rules in this manner. Where does this lead us if we allow it to go on? Ever more cheating is the likely result. An example of what I mean happened when I was officiating at a recent Texas Scramble event. A player plugged in a greenside bunker, the lowest handicapper in the group. He promptly marked his ball and lifted it so that his playing partners could play first. When I confronted him and told him he could not do this I was accused of being out of touch with reality. This attitude amazed me to say the least! I stood my ground and demanded the ball be replaced under penalty and played from where it had come to rest. Needless to say my popularity nose-dived at that very moment amongst one fourball. The saddest thing though was still to come. When I reported the matter to the club secretary he saw no wrong in what the player did as the Texas Scramble was a fun competition. Are the rules different then for a fun competition? I thought they were the same as long as you were playing golf with only some local rules sometimes in place due to unusual circumstances. Let’s get into the spirit of the game; let’s all encourage all golfers to play by the rules. THE PROFESSIONAL TOURS The Dunhill Links Championship saw The European Tour continue its season last weekend. The talent of Martin Kaymer was evident for all to see once again. Is this the long-term successor to Tiger Woods as World Number One? I think he and one or two others have the ability to rule World Golf for the next few years. The European Tour is in for

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Martin Kaymer he the long-term successor to Tiger Woods as World Number One? some exciting years ahead with the current crop of youngsters probably the best we have ever had. WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE To enter this competition, simply answer the question below correctly. Every correct answer will be entered into a draw at the end of the month and the winner of this fantastic prize worth over €180 will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 15TH OCTOBER 2010: Where is The Celtic Manor Resort situated? A. Newport B. Cardiff C. Swansea All answers must be received no later than 17.00 on 31st October 2010 to be entered into October’s draw, to be made on 31st October. The winner will be announced in RTN on 5th November, 2010. QUALITY GOLF LESSONS To enjoy golf lesson with a World Golf Teachers Federation coach recommended as one of The World’s Top 100 call Noel on 639 730 891.

Any questions you have for Noel should be sent to

The seminar is open to the general public, golfers of all denominations and profession gold and sports coaches. Your investment for this fun practical evening is free to RTN Golf Club Members otherwise:

15 - 21 OCTOBER 2010

RODS AND REELS THIS WEEK’S competition was the first of the 3 team events we have for this season. This team event was the Gary Smith Challenge cup, a series of 4 matches with 3 teams of 6 anglers per team. The venue was the Rio Segura at Murcia and although the water level is still low and there was a match the day before, the venue still fished well. The team event is decided on points, with 3 sections of 6 anglers. The winner of each section gets 6 points and so on down to one point. In the event of a dry net then no points. SECTION WINNERS ON THE DAY: Section 1-6 winner Dave Hoare with 18.32 kilos Section 7-12 winner Doug Hornblow with 28.49 kilos Section 13-18 winner Lenny Bolton with 21.04 kilos POINTS FOR SECTION 1-6 Dave´s team 11 points Paul´s team 6 points Terry´s team 4 points SECTION 7-12 Dave´s team 4 points Paul´s team 11 points Terry´s team 6 points SECTION 13-18 Dave´s team Paul´s team Terry´s team

5 points 11 oints 5 points

TOTAL POINTS AFTER FIRST MATCH Paul´s team 28 points Dave´s team 20 points Terry´s team 15 points. At present there are no vacancies for membership. If you are interested and wish to be registered on the waiting list, please apply to Sue Swann on 966 729 293. ANGLERS TOGETHER ANGLERS TOGETHER was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. It costs €10 for the first year and €5 for subsequent annual renewals. Meetings are held in two locations on the second Friday and Saturday of each month (depending on public holidays and local fiestas). Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about.The next meetings will be held on Friday 12th November at 12.00 at Mary’s Bar in Pinar del Campoverde (north of Pilar de la Horadada) and on Saturday 13th November at 12.00 at Los Galayos Bar, opposite the beach front at Puerto de Mazarron. Come along to a meeting nearest to you. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email Tight Lines…Dave Hoare


PLAYING GOLF for RTN Golf Club members could not be better as everyone scores a hole in one to enjoy a complete discount package at the best prices possible. Players can get out on 30 Costa Blanca courses and pay the most competitive green fees available. This ‘superb’ deal means a RTN Golf Club member and up to seven guests can all be enjoying spectacular discounts at clubs along the coast. To book a round, all members have to do is to send their requirements to the two agents, who will deal with requests quickly and efficiently. For the south email: and for the north email: To apply for your membership card go to and click on the Golf club logo on the homepage. Allow 21 days for delivery

RTN South Edition 574  

RTN South Edition 574

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