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Luxembourg feels chill by jack troughton

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KIERA IS an amazing little girl from Finestrat who, following complications during birth, has spastic athetoid quadriplejic cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Kiera needs some expensive treatment in order to aid her development and so plans are afoot for a fantastic RTN Charity Golf Day, which will take place on June 25th at the stunning El Plantio Golf Course, near Alicante. The Pairs Competition is open to everyone so all you golfers out there sign up and help keep Kiera smiling. Read the full story on page 33.

LUXEMBOURG HAS been accused of being “morally bankrupt” as victims of a failed bank equity release scheme target the European financial centre in a campaign for justice. They are demanding the authorities take action to rein in the excesses of the administrator of the Icelandic bank – or face a damaging loss of reputation for its banking system. More than 400 people face financial ruin following the collapse of Landsbanki Luxembourg in 2008 as the administrator attempts to recover loans sold on the basis there was no risk. Based across Spain and France – there are over 120 members of the Landsbanki Victims Action Group in the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol alone with new recruits joining all the time – victims are mainly pensioners, retired and owning properties at the time valued at over 350,000€. They were allowed to draw down up to 25% of the market value of the home while 75% remained in an investment portfolio managed by Landsbanki – a scheme that promised a 9% return to cover repayments of the loan

and even provide an income. Sold directly by the bank or third parties, salesmen targeted expat European citizens living in Spain and France – a product already outlawed in Britain and other European countries and not available for sale in Luxembourg because it was not authorised. FRAUD Action group spokesman Mike McInnes told RTN the authorities in Iceland had already investigated the bank, including its subsidiary, for financial fraud and in the past few days documents had been recovered in raids on Luxembourg offices. He said it was apparent the bank had been in trouble since 2005 yet continued to market the “flawed” equity release scheme despite knowing investments were failing to achieve promised returns until it went into administration. Mike said following the bank’s insolvency victims believed as investors, they would be treated as “creditors” but instead they were “debtors” despite never breaking the terms of their contracts. Continued on page 4


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continued from front page “The failure of the investment portfolio was due to the mismanagement of the funds, which the victims had no control or input on,” he said. “They also should never have been sold these products because they were not qualified to understand them or the risks involved – indeed they were assured there was minimal to no risk involved.” But administrator Yvette Hamilius had chosen to ignore this and embark on a “ruthless, inhuman campaign of recovery” of ‘debts’. The action group accuses her of issuing “threats, blackmail and ultimatums” rather than negotiating a settlement – demanding full repayment within 30 days and settlement within 90 days or the issue of repossession orders. Mike said it was “impossible” for most people to comply with such an order – their homes being their only asset - and the first court proceedings were due to begin against a couple living in France on 30th May. JUDGE He said this was despite a top criminal judge in France ordering a 50 million euro bond be paid by Landsbanki into court and imposed a fine of 1.87 million euros on the

bank for fraud, breach of trust and operating without a licence. Further, the bank was also involved in ongoing court actions in Spain and France over its equity release schemes – it was not licensed to operate in either country “and the product was clearly mis-sold”. And a Malaga court has already declared the Landsbanki contract “null and void” yet Mike said the administrator had not heeded any of the legal findings – or even paid the fine and bond into court. Mike said the action group now had a lawyer in Luxembourg and was going to take on the bank “on home turf” because actions in France and Spain could “drag on and on for years”. He said the “inhuman” actions of the administrator must be stopped immediately. “She is acting outside and above the laws of Europe and it seems no one in Luxembourg is prepared to control her activities and therefore, by implication, supports them. “The 400 plus victims in Spain and France can no longer accept this deplorable state of affairs and demand action from the Luxembourg authorities to repair the terrible damages that are being perpetrated by Mme Hamilius.”

ETA appoints a delegation for direct dialogue with Spain and France FOLLOWING THE election and investiture of French president Francois Hollande terrorist organisation ETA has issued a brief statement calling for an “open process” to resolve the “conflict at the heart of Europe,” and appointed a delegation with the aim of bringing an end to armed activities, “bringing together the ingredients for a comprehensive solution to conflict with the support of broad sectors of Basque society and the international community.”

Spain goes all out to solve real estate losses

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SPAIN’S GOVERNMENT is to appoint two consultants, Blackrock and Oliver Wyman, as independent assessors of real estate loans at the heart of the banking crises. The move comes on the heels of the part nationalisation of troubled Bankia last week when the Bank of Spain came under attack from politicians over its supervision of Bankia. The news emerged as Luis de Guindos, Spain’s economy minister, travelled to London on Wednesday to address 100 plus institutional investors ahead of an auction of up to €2.5bn of mediumterm government debt on Thursday. An

independent assessments of banks will be carried out in two stages, producing an assessment of the difference between the book value of loans, their current value and their value under a ‘more stressed scenario’, within the next month: the second three-month process will examine bank-to-bank loans. Some government officials have privately expressed concern about the possible conflict of interest of Blackrock, which is also a potential buyer of bank assets. Blackrock has made assurances regarding the ‘complete separation between the two sides of its business’.

Budget rejected and now a vote of no confidence

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by louise clarke

THE POLITICAL wrangling has never been fiercer in Orihuela than during the last week. As predicted the Councillor Without Responsibility, Bob Houliston, voted with the opposing Partido Popular (PP) against the proposed budget in the ‘pleno’ meeting on Monday (we’ll get to Bob’s reasoning later) and last night, as RTN went to press, the Mayor, Monserrate Guillen, held another ‘pleno’ meeting in order to hold a ‘motion of no confidence’ which could, in affect, oust the three party government team out of office. Confused? Join the club! The opposition, including Bob, opposed the 2012 budget due to several reasons. The first was that, in their opinion, instead of an austere budget, designed to help improve the Town Hall’s finances, the government team was increasing costs by €1 million. “They are giving money away,” commented Monica Lorente, the former PP Mayor. REASONING Bob also objected to the amount of investment allocated to the coast. He said: “The Town Hall owes the coast 500,000€ after it contributed to October’s budget modification. This money then went to the pedanias, under the control of the PSOE leader Antonia Moreno, right about the time of the national elections. You can only guess the reasoning behind that move.” Bob said that the coast was promised that money back and more in investments and therefore the

Monday’s budget ‘pleno’ in Orihuela Town Hall

amount proposed was not sufficient. Meanwhile, the Councillor for Finance, Juan Ignacio Lopez Bas, told the ‘pleno’ meeting that the proposed budget was the only possible one, given the financial circumstances that the Town Hall is in. He said: “It wouldn’t matter what was in this budget, the PP would object. This is a political game which is detrimental to the Orihuela citizens.” Pedro Mancebo (CLR) added that during her four years as Mayor, the only thing that Monica Lorente was good at was being in photos! EMBARRASSING Antonia Moreno (PSOE) added that the budget had been designed to help those who need it most and who are suffering the greatest as a result of the

economic crisis. She also accused Bob Houliston of alienating the coast by his separate demands. “We are all Orihuela citizens,” she told him. Bob explained later exactly why he voted against the budget. “This budget was not serious and austere as it should have been. It was embarrassing. I also objected to proposals to sell off more Town Hall land on the coast to promoters in order to boost the Town Hall’s income.” “All that would then happen is that the government team would prejudice the economic future of Orihuela.” He added: “The PP proposed this same thing in 2003 and it was rejected by Los Verdes and PSOE and now here they are trying to do the same. It makes no sense.” You’re telling us!

Elderly man dies in coastal smash AN ELDERLY man has died of his injuries following a collision with a car on the Mercadona roundabout in Playa Flamenca, Orihuela Costa. The 63 year old man was taken by helicopter to the Manises hospital, near Valencia, but despite valiant efforts by the accident and emergency team, he died a couple of hours after his arrival. A 74 year old woman suffered minor injuries in the incident and was treated at the scene. The Guardia Civil is currently investigating the accident.


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Battle for lost deposits by jack troughton SEVENTY PEOPLE are ready to give evidence in a bitter and ground-breaking court battle to recover 1.5 million euros in lost ‘off-plan’ deposits paid for homes in the Spanish sun. The expected four day trial against developer Cleyton GES and Caja de Ahorros del Mediterraneo (CAM Bank) starts on Monday and concerns 55 sales contracts for properties that were never completed – or in some cases even started. The action at a Hellin courtroom is brought by the Finca Parcs Action Group and involves the Las Higuericas Finca Parcs Development some 15km away. However, with victims of bank guarantee abuse across Spain – many in the RTN region – the outcome will be closely watched by a wider audience. Keith Rule is the founder of the action group and the wider Bank Guarantees In Spain Petition, which has detailed evidence from more than 500 victims across the country. He told RTN that Finca Parcs was an inland development close to the village of Agramon close to Hellin and around 80km from Albacete and Murcia and despite being marketed as a self-contained sports and leisure complex for five years, in May 2009, developer Cleyton GES abandoned the site claiming the project was “financially unviable”. Only 50 first phase homes were built from a five phase project on a site containing 617 plots – and not one of the finished houses has been issued with a first occupation licence because of site defects. RIGHT Keith said money was paid in good faith. “It is our inalienable right under

Spanish law to have our off-plan deposits held in a special Escrow account and protected by way of individual bank guarantees. “Contrary to Spanish law the developer, Cleyton GES, together with CAM Bank, who funded the project and accepted off-plan deposits, failed to protect out money.” He said victims in similar circumstances had in the past won judgements against developers – only to find they had been liquidated or asset-stripped. Uniquely and in the face of strong opposition, he said the action was also being taken against CAM Bank, alleging gross negligence. And Keith said the bank had insisted on victims attending the hearing – so the action group had gone through the logistical operation of organising flights and hotels to get people to Hellin. He said he was “100 percent confident” of winning the case against the developer “but the most important

Tour operators and travel agents visit Torrevieja

By Louise Clarke MORE THAN two hundred travel agents and tour operators were invited to visit the city of Torrevieja this week. The visit coincided with the city’s May Fair and was designed to showcase the city at its very best. The group, from all over Spain and beyond, was invited by the Hotel Association of Torrevieja and Vega Baja branch of ALCSUR, which is located in Torrevieja. The Mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon and the Mayor of Guardamar del Segura, Carmen Verdú hosted a gala event for the visitors that was also attended by the Regional Secretary for Tourism, Luis Lobón and the Torrevieja Councillor for Tourism, Luis Maria Pizana. Juan Palau, the Director of the Tourism Centre (CdT) in Torrevieja was on hand to offer the gala attendees a selection of fine cuisine which was provided by chefs working at participating hotels; using only the best food from the area. The The Regional Secretary for Tourism said that those who unfinished development visit this area often fall in love at first sight and that he thing is the case against the bank be- hoped that after their two day visit, the visiting travel cause CAM Bank has the money and agents and tour operators would do so too. Finally, the Mayor welcomed the willingness and enthusiasm shown by will have to repay the money.” the visitors and also congratulated the hard work done by APPEAL the hotels in the area to accommodate them as well as the Keith said even if the bank lost it CdT for organising the event. would have the right of appeal – but if the action group was successful at appeal, the matter would become case law and open the floodgates against other banks and their failures over offplan deposits. “The bank insisted in everyone appearing to give evidence but I think the tactic might backfire and nearly 100% of witnesses being at court will shock CAM,” he said. “It has been a nightmare to arrange A TOTAL of 560 people identified during recent demonstrabut it is a great opportunity to show some people power and the judge will tions surrounding the anniversary of 15-M are facing penalties of up to 300€. Serious misconduct cases will be brought see 70 people from all walks of life -real by the prosecutor following skirmishes between the police people making a real effort to be there.” and demonstrators over a period of four days. Some of those For more information visit arrested were charged with crimes related to attacks on and thority and will be fined accordingly.

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British Consul meets with Director of Torrevieja hospital Paul Rodwell with the Director and the Comisionado of Torrevieja Hospital

by louise clarke THE BRITISH Consul, Paul Rodwell, met with both the Director and the Comisionado for the Torrevieja Hospital last week to explain how and when the Consulate can help British nationals who are hospitalised and to discuss how to develop the hospital visiting scheme with HELP Vega Baja. During the meeting, the Consul first outlined what support the Consulate can offer and explained that Consular staff cannot organise repatriations or aftercare of British nationals who are in hos-

pital. He went on to say that whilst Consular staff can help the hospital to contact family members, they can only do so once they have obtained patient consent. VULNERABLE The Consul and the hospital director discussed issues relating to the care of British nationals who don’t have any family support in Spain and who become elderly and vulnerable. They talked about how best to develop the hospital visiting programme with HELP Vega

Baja, which the association has been trying to do for some time now, as a way to try to meet the service gap for patients who don’t have any family in Spain. Paul Rodwell told RTN: “This meeting was a first step towards a better working relationship with this hospital. We hope to be able to assist the hospital and HELP Vega Baja to set up an effective hospital visiting scheme to ensure that vulnerable patients get the help and support they need whilst in hospital and once they are discharged.”

Beaches are looking good ahead of tourist season THE ORIHUELA Councillor for Tourism and Beaches, Pedro Mancebo, has visited the beach at La Zenia this week to oversee its refurbishment after it was all but destroyed during a heavy storm in March. Municipal crews are also putting into action proposals that were recently introduced during the meeting of the municipal beach management team. The municipal brigades in collaboration with the technicians from the Gardens and Maintenance Department on the Coast have also painted and started to review all the street lamps along the La Zenia Paseo and replace all missing bulbs as well as repaint the lamp posts. A new water pump has been fitted so that the foot baths, located on the beach, are ready to use. Pedro told RTN: “The work that has been carried out on La Zenia beach will be carried out gradually over the next few months on each and every one of the beaches of the Orihuela Costa.” When this work is completed, Pedro announced that he will be launching another ambitious plan to remodel all the parks and public roads on the coast.



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Commercial centre job selection process is under way by louise clarke FOLLOWING ON from the announcement two weeks ago that the Orihuela Town Hall had signed an agreement with the DIY superstore Leroy Merlin to offer support during the recruitment process for their new store in the La Zenia Boulevard Commercial Centre, the floodgates have opened and now Decathlon and Alcampo have also signed up to similar collaboration agreements. The Councillor for Development and Promotion, Juan Ignacio Lopez-Bas, met up with representatives from Decathlon and Alcampo on separate occasions earlier this week and reached the collaboration agreements on job placement and employment support. These agreements provide for the hiring of sixty members of staff at Decathlon and more than 200 at Alcampo. The agreements include any pre-selection tests performed to determine the

candidates’ abilities and suitability to work with both companies. However in Alcampo’s case, although this screening will be set within the parameters set by the company, Alcampo will make the final selection of personnel. INTERVIEWS The selection process has already begun by many of the companies located in the Commercial Centre, according to the Councillor and in the case of Grupo Auchan, they have already completed the first phase of the selection process and have 850 possible employees pre-selected. They will find out whether or not they will go onto the next stage via the Town Hall website,, between 28th and 30th May. The Councillor also reported that in the case of Leroy Merlin, the company has conducted

Decathalon signs up

more than 500 interviews of potential candidates. If you would like to be considered for a job at the La Zenia Boulevard Commercial Cen-

tre, just hand your CV into Denise Wesserling at the International Residents Office at the Orihuela Costa Town Hall in Playa Flamenca

One spray can too many Come and celebrate the Jubilee ORIHUELA CITY Council has opened an enquiry to identify and ultimately prosecute vandals that defaced a listed medieval city wall in the vicinity of the castle with graffiti. Following a denouncement by the department of Culture the Orihuela Town Council archaeologist, Emilio Diz, reported that the wall, 4ft x 6ft, could have been built between the XII and XIV Centuries. A report has been commissioned by the City Council for the attention of the Ministry of Culture, to try to repair the damage as soon as possible.

By Louise Clarke A PARTY in the park is planned to celebrate HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The date has been set for Sunday 3rd June and the venue will be Torrevieja’s ‘Jardin de las Naciones’, or Park of Nations. This special and unique celebration to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is open to EVERYONE, so please come along and join in the fun! And the best bit of all is it is FREE! The ‘Street Party in the Park’ commences at 4.45pm and the party atmosphere will carry on until after dark. In true ‘street party’ style, neighbours are invited to bring their own picnic type meal, whilst substantially stocked, reasonably priced bars will be serving all types of suitable cold

drinks. All profit from the bars will go to the local charity, the Alzheimer’s Association (AFA). The party will be able to accommodate over 1,000 revellers with tables and chairs all kindly supplied by the Town Hall. The timetable of entertainment is, inevitably, subject to change as there is so much going on. TKO radio will also be there with their roadshow throughout the event and a full list of events can be found on the RTN Facebook Page. Don’t forget this event is open to everyone and is completely FREE of charge. Just bring along your picnic, your neighbours, your friends, your family, your mother, your father, grandparents… Join in the fun to celebrate our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.



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IT IS hoped that people enjoying Jubilee parties in the period of 2nd – 4th June will be kind enough to put 50 cents in a collecting tin for homeless ex-military living all over the UK in bad conditions. A charity called ‘Soldiers Off The Streets’ (Charity No 1137584) provides immediate needs for these people who have no job, no home and are often ill and existing in awful conditions: all these people work on a voluntary basis. Since starting this charity it has helped over 100 cases throughout the UK and more are coming in every day. ENJOY YOUR PARTY ON A VERY SPECIAL DAY Your 50 cents donation represents 1 ex-military person who needs help and 50 cents would mean so much. Those that help these people are totally dedicated and work voluntarily. Show that someone does care. He served his country and for some reason now has no normal life. Thank you for your donations that may be sent direct to Soldiers Off The Street, 21A Chester Street, Wrexham LL13 8BG or contact Ruth Reid: 96 678 9063. 50+ SOLOs have raised over £21,000 for H4H and sent 550 parcels over a period of time. The sum has been given by businesses, small bars and friends and without their hard work we could not have managed to do it. We are only a small group of people and wish to say thank you all so much - we are now involved with Soldiers off the Street as well...would you like to sleep in a doorway on a freezing night? Sincere thanks from Ruth and Anne 50+ Solos.

Dangerous conditions HAVING A personal interest in the footpaths around the Javea port area I thought it might be of interest to expose the dangerous condition that the paths are now in. I live in Botanic Cabanilles, and regularly walk to the port. The paths in the surrounding area, especially bordering the sports hall, are very uneven and dangerous. The problem is caused by the tremendous number of trees planted along the border with the roads. The trees that are now becoming well established and are pushing their roots outward and under the footway, causing ‘humps and dips’ which are causing accidents to unwary pedestrians. My concern is that the infirm and elderly are risking accident due to this neglect by the authorities to repair the paths. My friend fell 10 days ago, my wife on Saturday 21st and another person we saw on Monday 23rd. Personally I had to take my wife to Denia where she was X-rayed for breakages, but was given a knee support for a severely bruised knee. Also the lenses to her spectacles were scratched. My friend suffered damage to her face resulting in stitches to her inner lip and a broken tooth. Surely the authority should address this problem, and support from the RTN would no doubt assist. D Sackman

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I AM the President of the Moraira Teulada U3A, and in the past three weeks two of my members have been robbed in the Teulada Moraira Branch of Lidl. In both cases the ladies were being Good Samaritans: in one case an elderly gentleman could not reach the top shelf and was helped by a U3A member. She discovered at the checkout that her purse had been stolen, although fortunately she kept her credit cards in another place, so they were safe. Lidl later called her to say her empty purse had been found. In the second case, again an elderly gentleman (the same one?) was struggling with an armful of bags of fruit - he had no trolley - and asked for help in selecting pears. The lady then discovered that her purse and all of its contents was gone, despite the fact that she had her handbag across her body. Lidl do not have security staff or cameras, the prices are low, but the cost of shopping there might be high. It seems the Brits have a reputation for kindness to strangers, and in these two cases the kindness has been repaid with theft and distress. Please be careful in Lidl, and hard as it sounds, think before you offer help to someone you don’t know! Ann Colclough, President Moraira Teulada U3A

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Hi Noel, Congratulations on organising the best Tuesday to date! The weather, course, players and yourselves were spot on! The get together around the table, with everyone chatting away merrily, was really nice and very enjoyable. More of the same, Mick Vesey

Crowning glory QUEEN ELIZABETH celebrates her historic Diamond Jubilee next month and expats in Spain and around the world will be joining in the party.

by jack troughton In Britain the main celebrations are focussed on the special long weekend of Saturday 2nd June to Tuesday 5th June when two bank holidays insure everyone gets a chance to take part – whether it is watching official events on television or holding a street party. Parts of the Costa Blanca will also be turning red, white and blue over the June weekend as patriotic Brits join in the fun. And RTN hopes to capture as much of the Jubilee atmosphere in Spain as possible and wants readers to send in their photos of celebrations up and down the coast. The paper plans a double page spread of pictures to mark the event and share those unique moments in a worthy souvenir of how Brits abroad paid tribute to the Queen. Please send photographs in a ‘jpeg’ format with a short caption to

Summer starts on a high BEACHES ACROSS the Costa Blanca are already crammed as temperatures soar at the outset of a sizzling summer. Highs of 38º were recorded in Pego over the weekend and beaches in Alicante and Benidorm were overflowing with sun worshippers enjoying a heady combination of salty air, sun and the irresistible coconut aroma of sun cream. British holidaymakers represent the majority of visitors, escaping the abysmal spring weather back home. On a cautious note, health centres are already advising exposure to the sun in moderation, especially for young children.

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Torrevieja’s first four star hotel opens THE INAUGURATION of Torrevieja’s first four star hotel and spa took place this week. by louise clarke The hotel, in Los Balcones, was officially opened by the Mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon and the Alicante Diputada for Tourism, Joaquín Albaladejo. Located opposite the Parque Natural de las Lagunas de La Mata and Torrevieja, this hotel not only provides quality facilities it also boasts amazing views. Amongst the dignitaries at the inauguration was the Torrevieja Councillor for Tourism, Luis Maria Pizana, the Councillor for Trade and Hospitality, Agustina Esteve, and the Councillor for Town Planning and the Environment, Francisco Moreno. PANORAMIC TERRACE The Doña Monse has been almost nine years in the making and faced delay after delay during the building process. It boasts 70 rooms: 57 standard rooms, three rooms with disabled access, six single rooms, two superior double rooms, one junior suite and one suite. The hotel also has three multipurpose rooms for events, a spa with beauty treatments available, a restaurant, cafeteria, gym, and a panoramic terrace including an out-

door pool with chill out area, a underground garage and car rental service. The new hotel will provide work for 30 people and is already attracting customers from all over Europe. Eduardo Dolon told RTN that the opening of this hotel was a historic day for the city of Torrevieja. He said: “Our city now has its first 4-star hotel and it ensures that the government team continues to work hard to develop policies in order to support all private initiatives that serve to expand Torrevieja and its tourism and hospitality industries.”

Age Concern centre hosts focus group with FUNDAR

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No bowl of cherries in the northern Costa Blanca

THE LACK of cold winters and late frosts has reduced the region’s 7 million kilo cherry harvest to just 3.5 million kilos with farmers’ only hope that prices escalate due to shortage of the fruit. The main problem has been the warm temperatures: cherries need winter chilling in order to rest and achieve a successful flowering: this year, November, December and January were unseasonably warm. A late frost in March had an adverse effect of trees that were beginning to bud. The cherries produced in l’Alcoiá, El Comtat Foia Castalla, the Marina Alta and Vinalopó will be smaller than usual, depending on altitude.

Giving thanks

by louise clarke LAST WEEK, the Valencian Regional government’s volunteer support organisation, Fundar, held a focus group with some of the local charities in the area to give FUNDAR the opportunity to understand better the work the charities carry out and to look at how to support them in what they do. The focus group was chaired by the British Consul, Paul Rodwell, and attended by the new director of FUNDAR, Laura Chorro. The focus group looked at which of the many services that FUNDAR offers would be particularly useful for the local English speaking charities and how to develop some of these services to support the charities in a more effective manner. The charities seemed keen to

use FUNDAR to get more Spanish volunteers involved in their work and to help them to integrate even further into their local communities. ENCOURAGE They also talked about the difficulties that charities face due to the current economic climate in terms of fundraising and the additional pressure that their services are facing. Laura, the director of FUNDAR, encouraged the charities to register with them to be able to take better advantage of the help they can offer which includes legal advice, use of their centres, training opportunities as well as general support and advice. The British Consul, Paul Rodwell,

VOLUNTEERS FROM the church charity Caritas visited Javea’s Original Charity Shop this week to thank staff for their generous monthly donations to help support the needy. Members of Caritas of the parish of Nuestro Senora del Loreto – the Fisherman’s Church in Javea Port – presented the charity shop President Georgie Harvey Paul with a commemorative plaque. George Thomas, a Caritas Rodwell volunteer, told RTN: “They make a substantial monthly and he focus donation, and have been doing so for the last two years. group “It was decided that they were so generous that just a ‘thank you’ letter was a bit small and so volunteers paid for a plaque – the money did not come from Caritas funds.” told RTN: “This focus group of a small And he said the Original Charity Shop in Avenida selection of English speaking charities Fontana, Arenal, also donated clothing that was not in was designed to help new FUNDAR di- good enough condition to sell to caritas. “Caritas has set rector, Laura, and her team, gain a bet- up a little workshop in Gandia and women are paid to sew ter understanding of the issues that on button and do repairs to clothing before they are sold charities face at these difficult times. and the money comes back to Caritas,” he explained. “It is The enhanced collaboration between fantastic recycling that employs people as well.” British charities and their Spanish counterparts is one potential outcome of this initiative along with making FUNDAR’s support even more relevant. Now, more than ever, the volunteer sector is vital in helping the Consulate in Alicante offer support to vulnerable and distressed Brits abroad.” For more information on FUNDAR, visit their website which is also available in English.

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What a waste!

Search for a catwalk star

MODELS ARE needed to represent the UK at this summer’s glittering Costa Blanca Fashion Show in Benidorm.

WOULD YOU heat your home with the windows wide open? When you turn on an appliance, TV, lights, kettle etc, there is a sudden burst of energy that rushes off to the source. We call this ‘spiking’. Spikes convert the electrical energy into heat energy which leaks power and creates long term damage to wiring and reduces the life of your appliances. How many times in a month does your supply spike? Hundreds, thousands? How much of your bill is made up of this waste? Can anything be done to stop this? Luckily, we have found an answer to this question. We have discovered a device known as a Power Saver. It simply plugs into a wall socket and controls the feed of electricity, delivering just the ammount that is needed to do the job thus, cutting out the waste. Using the latest technology, the Power Saver stores the electricity and distributes it in a


smoother way, hence removing electricity spiking. So how much can you save? Retailers of these devices claim you can reduce usage by up to 35%. This may be on the optomistic side. Up to 15% may be more realistic but if only half of this is achieved, we are still talking about substantial savings. Various retailers sell them for around 130€ so, great news for Iberswitch customers, they are on offer at 40€ plus IVA. With a life of about 7 years, if the Power Saver saves you just 5% of your bill, you are looking at big savings for a very small outlay. Give Iberswitch a call today for more information: 96 626 5089.

The successful female and male will be entered in the prestigious Best International Model 2012 contest on 28th July - with the chance of winning 2,000€ and a year-long contract with a Gibraltar-based model agency.The fashion week and the competition are organised by Sukier Model international. RTN has joined in the hunt for new faces and the pair chosen to be the UK’s entry in the July contest will auditioned in Benidorm on 14th June. Anyone aged between 15 and 26 and taller than the 170cm can enter the fun. And candidates need not be resident in Spain

Applicants must send two photographs – one of their face and the second a full body picture in swimwear to RTN at model@roundtownnews. com Finalists will audition on the catwalk in Benidorm, 14th June.


Wet, wet, wet

18-24 MAY 2012

Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

IN MARCH, you may remember, I reported that we here in Blighty had been issued with a hosepipe ban.

Water levels for that month were lower than in the height of the long hot summer of 1976; and, despite a lot of water companies not attending to wasteful leaks (yes, you lot on the South West), it was decreed that the use of the common garden hose was verboten. No more Pleasant Valley Sunday car washing or sprinkling of the lawn; no more window cleaning with the K-Telomatic long-reach-window-pole-and-hosecombination and definitely no more filling up your paddling pools by hose. A miserable hose-less summer seemed to be on the cards. The kids dancing in and out of the sprinkler to shouts of laughter was not to be… That was until April. Now, when I was a wee chap in the grey short school trousers there was a nursery rhyme or saying that spoke of March winds and April showers. The key words here, I feel, are ‘April showers’ – no where does it speak of April deluges or April heavy-unrelenting-downpours. But April deluges and downpours, of what can only be described as Noahian proportions, was what we got. I spent the whole month under my brolly and my entire collection of shoes (which, it must be said, is not on the Imelda scale) all now leak.

It has been officially reported that the rain unleashed on the United Kingdom in April broke all previous records. The Met Office said six of its weather stations had seen more than three times their usual monthly average this April: “The figures up to April 29 show the amount of rain which has fallen is almost double the long term average for April of 69.6mm, in records dating back to 1910.” Liscombe, on Exmoor in Somerset, has seen the most rainfall, with 273.8mm of rain compared with its 86.4mm average. Crumbs, that’s a lotta rain! I wonder how much of it the water companies let leak away. Dave Britton, down there in the Met Office Command Bunker, cheered us all up with the news that the weather was not set to improve much this month. He told an expectant public: “Unfortunately it does look like the outlook remains rather unsettled. Further spells of rain to come certainly through May and remaining rather unsettled and temperatures a bit below average as well.” Cheers, Dave. But hey, if that news doesn’t cheer us up here is some that will; the reservoirs are nearly full again. So much so, that as of this week, guess what? Yup, the

The rain in Liscombe, is mainly down the drain..

hosepipe ban has been lifted. Well, it has here in the Midlands and for much of the country. I think it’s still in place in the South West (where the companies don’t bung up the leaks) and across parts of the South East. But for the rest of us it’s, “Hi, di, hi” and down to B&Q to buy up all those cheap hoses and sprinkley-snap-on gadgets. Mind you, a kill-joy from Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has been quick to, erm, rain on our parade.

He lectured on Channel 4 News: “While we welcome the rain we have received recently, we cannot be complacent and still need everyone to save water where they can.” Well mate, I’ve got three pairs of wellies outside my back door that are absolutely full of water - you can have that if you want it! Oh well, time to splash my way to work. Cue John Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival: “And I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain…”

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Keeping it simple By

Chris Marshall Expat blogger

SITTING THE other evening outside a bar with a friend I was reminded why we chose to spend this period of our life in Spain. Note I said ‘this period of our life’, as although we have no plans to not live in Spain for the rest of our naturals, neither have we a committed plan to be here for ever. Leaving the UK to live abroad, we were determined to create a more relaxed, less structured, de-stressed and unplanned lifestyle. Far too old to be ‘living for the moment’, the best we could aim for was not to be ‘living for the future’. No more planning, setting objectives, having life goals, career worries or ‘we will do that when we are older’. We may well miss out on opportunities and have to go without in doing this, but at least we will be sitting in this wonderful country watching the world pass us

by, rather than be rushing along at 100mph with our heads stuck up the proverbial not seeing a thing apart from some fuzzy, undefined destination in the future. So back to the other night: 9.30pm, warm enough still to be in shorts and a polo shirt, sat outside a restaurant/bar that we have used for 12 years… We were sat on the pavement, partly because my friend smokes, mainly because this is what you do in Spain, on some cheap plastic seats at a cheap plastic table. The red wine was adequate, slightly rough, but after 12 years as familiar as an old friend, and as with any friend it is the familiarity and comfort that counts the most. I don’t recall the tapas or menu changing over the last 12 years in the restaurant, a classic case of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, and much can be said for my friend! We have known each other for years, are as differ-

ent as chalk ‘n’ cheese, and go for periods of not seeing much of each other. We have distinctly different talents and interests, but over the years have identified enough common interests and views on life to get along well. I have no doubts we both feel that ‘less is more’ and that we would drive each other nuts if we lived in each other’s pockets. You could say that, rather like the restaurant, we have found what works for us, and by keeping it simple, being honest about ourselves, and not trying to force the pace we enjoy our time together, as indeed we enjoy our time apart. And that pretty much sums up why we are currently living in Spain, and would be my advice to anybody wanting to make the most of this great country: just keep it simple!

Chris is a freelance writer who writes a monthly column for the Telegraph Expat as well as a weekly column for the RTN. He lives in Almerimar with his wife Sands, five cats, two Harley-Davidsons and more often than not a bottle of red wine. He runs the successful expat blog, and his wife runs the cat re-homing and transport project Chris’s columns are sponsored by and on the Telegraph Expat site and by here on RTN. You can hear Chris every Friday discussing his views, thought and experiences of life in Spain on


18-24 MAY 2012

Oval Racing reaches Spain by louise clarke THE NEW Velocity Racing Cartagena Oval motor racing circuit in Cartagena, Murcia, officially opened last weekend and is now open and ready for action. The last section of track was laid and new barriers were introduced just in time for Sunday’s opening day and hundreds of spectators turned up to enjoy the day’s events. This is the first short Oval Circuit in Spain and is guaranteed to become popular with the Spanish, who have never experienced the delights of stock car or even banger racing before. With a guaranteed 320 days of sunshine and located about 30 minutes from the site of the new Paramount Studios Theme Park, it’s also a perfect location for UK and Irish drivers looking to practice during the winter months. The organiser of last weekend’s event, Velocity Racing, was proud to have the one and only Mr Colin White, three times National Hot Rod World Champion, to officially open the track, with his national hot rod in tow! And adding to the action was the one and only Terry Grant Stunt Show, who made stunt driving look very easy as well as very scary!

Velocity’s Martin Lawrence and Colin White

CHALLENGES Oval circuits can vary dramatically in length and physical layout and therefore each track presents its own unique challenges and demands on the driver. It’s no different in Spain, as the track drops and swoops and although only 400 metres in length, gives a lot of challenges to the drivers, especially when it comes to tyre wear. Velocity Racing Spain, intend to bring a range of formulas, including 1300 Stock Cars, 2.0 Hot Rods, Lightning Rods, Junior Rods, Rookie Rods and National Hot Rods, with Legends cars hopefully coming in

the not too distant future. They are seeking sponsors, volunteers, marshals, officials, medical staff and just anyone wishing to help, drive or in need of a car to race (they will build you a car to your specifications and budget), so please contact them on (+34) 674 256 147 or by email at There are more details to be found on their website, or find them on Facebook. The first race day proper is scheduled for June 3rd, an easy date to remember as it’s the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Wendy Vickers (1940 – 2012)

WENDY VICKERS was born in Bolton, Lancs in 1940 and married Tom in 1964. Wendy was a lively, quick witted lady with a good sense of humour and was a very warm hearted person. She would help anyone she could and nothing was too much trouble for her. She also did a lot of charity work and fund raising events for Age Concern, Costa Blanca Samaritans and many other charities. She was a member of many Clubs in the area including the popular Quesada Ladies Club, where she was an active member and currently in her third year as President of the Club. She died in Torrevieja Hospital on Monday 30th April 2012 after a short and sudden illness. She will be badly missed by her daughter Andrea, grandson Michael and her relations and also by her many, many friends over here in Spain. RTN had the privilege of meeting Wendy on many occasions and we are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of such a lovely lady. We send our heartfelt condolences to all Wendy’s family and friends, both here in Spain and in back in Bolton.



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Genuine concerns over SpanishBankscontinued... by

Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

JUST AFTER the first instalment of this article was published came the announcement that Bankia was in trouble. As we all know this was not the first Spanish Bank to require government intervention and I am sure it will not be the last.

The government was left with no option other than to nationalise Bankia which is the country’s fourth largest bank. Bankia had to be taken over after auditors refused to sign its accounts; apparently because of discrepancies over the value of junk real estate loans and foreclosed properties. In addition to this the rating agency, Standard & Poor’s, had already lowered the credit ratings of 11 Spanish banks a week after cutting Spain’s ‘rating’ by two notches. The agency has been monitoring the ratings of 16 Spanish banks in total, the analysis of which will be completed by the end of May. For now, the lowering affects the two major entities, Santander and BBVA, as well as Banesto (A-), Sabadell (BB+), Ibercaja (BBB-), Kutxabank (BBB-), Banca Civica (BB+), Bankinter (BBB-) and Barclays (BBB+). Added to these are Santander Consumer and the Spanish Confederation of Savings Banks (CECA, ‘BBB-’). The credit ratings of Banco Santander and BBVA have fallen in two steps: the first in long-term from A+ to A- and the second from A to BBB+. Along with Bankia the rating agency also put on

review CaixaBank. The Spanish government has moved to try to quash doubts over the health of the country’s banks by ordering an independent audit of assets held by the entire banking sector and a fire sale of repossessed land and homes. The banks were also told to set aside a further €30bn (£24bn) in provisions against potentially toxic property assets. However, the ability of the Spanish government to deal with the Banking crisis is questioned by leading analysts and economists across the globe. Xavier Sala-i-Martín, a prominent Spanish economist at New York’s Columbia University, said in his blog: “The policy of mergers and private recapitalisation imposed by the Bank of Spain has clearly not functioned and by preventing banks that are bust from closing their doors has created a series of zombie banks that neither lend nor allow others to lend and so paralyze the economy.” The question is not when but how long before a bank is allowed to go bust because the Spanish Government can no longer to afford to bail it out and the EU refuses to help. In this time of financial uncertainty you should think very carefully about which Bank, Caja or Institution you currently have your money deposited or invested with. There are alternatives. If you would like to discuss this or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on 658 892 330 for free impartial advice.

To find out more about efficient pensions or for any financial advice, please contact Christina on 0034 658 892 330 or 965 058 212 or simply email her at The above information was correct at the time of preparation and does not constitute investment advice and you should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Blacktower Financial Management (Int) Ltd is licensed in Gibraltar by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) Licence No: 00805B.

Breaking into the Swedishhousingmarket by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

HAVE YOU heard the phrase ‘se haga el Sueco”? It’s a commonly used term in Spain that translates literally as ‘play the Swede’ and really means ‘act stupid’ or ‘have a blond moment’. Not very flattering, especially when you consider that the local housing market seems to be relying on the Swedish investing in Spain. From talking to Oscar Paoli, a Swedish conveyancing expert at Ábaco, the Swedish community could no way be described as ‘acting stupid’ when it comes to purchasing their property. The Swedish housing market in Spain is buoyant at the moment because they can recognise a good deal when they see it and affordable properties in the sun attract. After all, with continuous darkness in some parts of Sweden during the winter months you can understand why buying a £50,000 to £100,000 house in the sun is such a desirable prospect. ‘The Swedish and Norwegians are definitely buying,’ says Oscar. So for those interested in selling a property, what are they looking for? “They usually want somewhere that is at the lower end of the market, preferably not too isolated and a property that is in good order. They like things to be tidy and to work. They are quite particular about what they’re buying and you can expect some searching questions from them, especially if you are selling your house furnished. They usually like to buy as a nonresident first, try their property and

the area out for holidays, with a view to gradually spending more time here as they get older. They do like to buy somewhere where there are perhaps other Swedish people living locally but we still find quite a variation in the areas they are looking at. A big plus is if there are people who are resident living around the property. They’ll often leave their keys with someone locally and rely on friends and neighbours to keep an eye on things. They enjoy their clubs and societies, they’re quite sociable all round as a rule.” What intrigues me is why the Swedish and Norwegians are still buying so enthusiastically when the UK market has all but dried up, ‘Money in the economy is a major issue,’ Oscar explains. ‘There is still more money in Sweden and definitely in Norway. They are also very pragmatic about the current economic climate. They recognise that they can buy in Spain at a good price and although they will ask questions about the Spanish economy they know that what they are getting is a lot for a little. They will enjoy their purchase and that’s priceless. Stories of land grab, illegal builds and disappearing deposits don’t seem to hit the headlines in Sweden quite as much as they do in the UK.” ‘If you want to break into the Swedish market what should you do?’ Oscar answers my pretty obvious question, ‘Go to a Swedish estate agent, of course’. Now who ‘haga el Sueco’? Please contact us for advice about conveyancing, tax and legal matters by calling Ábaco 96 670 3748.

Please contact us for free advice on tax and legal matters by calling our helpline 96 670 3748 or visiting our website

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currency Making the most of your money

18-24 MAY 2012


Kevin Wright

Account Manager, Moneycorp

AS A result of EU and Bank of Spain regulations governing cross-country euro payments, Spanish banks can charge substantial amounts of money to transfer your euros out of Spain. This means that if you sell a property in Spain and repatriate your funds, most Spanish banks will not only charge you to deposit and clear the banker’s draft that you receive, they’ll also charge large sums to send your funds to the UK. These charges can be up to 1% of the total being transferred. To put this in perspective, with a sale price of 175,000€, you could be charged up to 1,750€ just to send your property funds overseas. And that’s before you exchange your currency. HELPING YOU MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONEY WHEN REPATRIATING FUNDS Moneycorp, in conjunction with a major

Spanish bank, has devised a solution to help people selling properties in Spain and repatriating money to the UK to eliminate these fees. So you can deposit your notary draft and, once cleared, send your euros to Moneycorp to exchange for sterling without the uncertainty of bank charges. And because our exchange rates are so good and with 0% commission, you’ll get more for your money and the rate you agree is the rate you get. Before paying your draft into a bank account, contact us and we’ll advise you on how to take advantage of this special Moneycorp scheme. “It can’t be faulted – great service, very painless experience – top class.” - Client James Burns

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Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

WITH THE weather warming up and most areas having had at least a heavy shower or two, gardens are not only greening up but becoming colourful and perfumed. Various types of plants coming into flower one after the other and over-wintered vegetables can be harvested, while at the same time summer vegetables start to grow vigorously whether grown from seeds or plantlets. It’s the time of year when one needs to wander round the entire garden regularly to enjoy new flowerings to the full and take note of plants needing watering and signs of unwanted insect and fungal attacks brought on by the increasing spring humidity, and in many cases over watering. Luckily it is no longer difficult to trace ecological insecticides and fungicides including our favourites – neem oil as an insecticide, propolis as a fungicide and potassium soap or an ecological washing up liquid to create a soapy spray to get rid of aphids quickly.

Over the past few weeks it has been interesting to observe the differing attitudes to watering and the potential impact on pest problems. When Dick was in the UK a hose pipe ban to the end of the year was announced in the south of England to fill up the nations reservoirs. On his daughter’s Hove allotment barrels were filled in advance, guttering was being added to sheds and greenhouses to collect rainwater and more well-rotted horse manure was being stocked to be able to mulch around plants. Dick introduced his daughter and friends to the Terracotem soil improvement product that can reduce the watering needs of vegetables by up to 70%. Looking it up on the internet it was now luckily now available in the UK. When he visited the Chelsea Psychic garden he had to dodge the numerous watering sprays to get around. The entire garden being given an incredible soaking, one assumed ahead of the ban. Moving onto the south of France gardeners were praying for rain as it had not rained for months and gardens were not only very dry for this time of year but plants that had been unexpectedly hit by frost needed moisture to help them re-sprout from the roots. Here on the Costa Blanca most people had experienced at least a few showers and some a well-needed deluge. We watched the sky blacken several times over Saturday 5th May weekend but sadly no rain materialised, so the soft fruit and vegetable plot had to be

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

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flooded with agricultural water for the second time this year. Sods Law soon operated for while writing this column at 7.30pm on the Sunday the skies opened and put the sponsored ‘Be Nice Day’ Walk at risk. Fortunately the sun shone later and a pleasant hours’ walk was enjoyed. The weekend before Dick was manning a question and answer stand at the Living on the Coast show in Marbella. He stuck up a flip chart summarising 25 ways of reducing the amount of water needed in the garden. Amazingly a good many people reacted with comments such as “Why bother to save water? It’s cheap in Spain even with an enormous lawn my water bill is much less than I paid in Wales.” It’s amazing how quickly people forget that a few years ago there was a total ban on hose pipes and sprinkler systems along the Costa del Sol and keen gardeners resorted to stopping the use and chlorinating of their swimming pools in order to use pool water to save their plants and lawns. Likewise it’s only a decade since summer water stand pipes were set up in Javea! It will be interesting to see what attitudes to water saving is amongst southern readers of RTN when we man a Question and Answer stand at the Homes Gardens and Outdoor Living stand at the San Miquel de Salinas castle complex on the 22/23 May. See you there!

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Save money on rental charges from Iberdrola FOR A long term cost saving plan consider owning your electric meter, rather than renting it. In accordance with a Ministerial Order (ITC/3860/2007) you may install your own meter. Replacing an existing Iberdrola owned meter with your own meter offers two distinct advantages: firstly, the rental charge is deducted from the bill providing an instant monthly saving, and secondly, you have better control if you suspect the meter maybe faulty. Many of the meters installed in properties on the Costa Blanca are in excess of 15 years old, well past their replacement date. All the electricity distribution suppliers in Spain are currently engaged in a programme ruled by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, to replace traditional mechanical meters with new digital ‘Smart Meters’ by the end of 2018. Consequently Iberdola have launched the ambitious STAR Project in order to transform their technology over to ‘Smart Grids’. The new meters must have the facility for time-of-use rates and tele-management capacity - i.e. it must be possible to read the meter and make any alterations to the contract conditions without a representative having to go physically to the home in question. Other benefits include reduction in downtime resulting from power cuts, monitoring of electricity usage made easy with remote gadgets, and no more estimated readings. Smart Meters are going to revolutionise the way we use electricity in our homes. A suspected faulty traditional meter is a good time to consider fitting your own. If you want to get a meter tested, you pay the cost for the testing unless the meter is proven

faulty. Plus there is a cost for disconnecting, removing and fitting a new meter, along with administrative charges, which could all add up to a costly exercise should the test results not go in your favour. Contrary to some information issued by Iberdrola they are not using the Power Control Switch (aka ICP) function that is available with the meter. Whilst the meter incorporates an ICP Iberdrola currently has no plans to utilise it. The current ICP (M) control is a manual circuit breaker installed as part of, or next to, your Consumer Unit. Those customers required to fit an ICP will be instructed to do so in writing by Iberdrola. Older properties may have an automatic type ICP (A) that is fitted next to the meter. The current rental cost for a Smart Meter for contracts up to 15 kW is 2.05€ plus IVA (price may vary slightly). An authorised Iberdrola Electrician can supply and fit an approved Smart Meter and arrange all the necessary amendments to your contract. In a few years the savings from the rental charge will have paid for the meter outright. Inevitably all homes will have one fitted, so it makes financial sense to own your own. Replacing your electric meter is also good opportunity to opt for the ‘Day & Night Home Plan’, a dual tariff that offers half price electricity for 14 hours every day (similar to the Economy 7 Plan in the UK).

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The Homes, Gardens and Outdoor Living Show is an event not to be missed

San Miguel Castle

THERE ARE just four days to go until the inaugural Homes, Gardens and Outdoor Living Show which is taking place at the Castillo de Conesa, in San Miguel de Salinas. Brought to you by GM Events, in collaboration with Sporting Arbitrage, Avalon and La Finca Hotels, it promises to certainly be an event not to be missed. On Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd May from 11am until 8pm, the show will bloom into action. Packed with everything you could imagine for your home, garden and outdoor lifestyle, organisers will also provide you with all the ingredients for a great day out; oozing with good fun! And as well as everyone’s favourite gardening guru, Charlie Dimmock from UK TV’s Ground Force, who will be there on the Wednesday to chat, give advice and sign autographs, former professional footballer, Steve Claridge, will be there for both days to talk football, business and also sign autographs. SHOWCASE AREAS Both days include a packed programme of events with wine tasting at 12pm and 3pm, courtesy of Bodegas Castano; Mediterranean Gardening with Dick & Clodagh Handscombe at 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 6.30pm; live music at 2.30pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm and presentations by Sporting Arbitrage at 1.30pm and 5.30pm. With more than 100 businesses taking part in the Show; all on hand to answer your questions, and give advice, GM Events have created four prestigious showcase areas; the Garden Area, the Main

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Tuesday 22nd May & Wednesday 23rd May 2012 at the Castillo de Conesa (San Miguel Castle)

to the biggest and best the Costa Blanca! Wednesday 23rd May from 11am - 8pm Entrance, the stylish Market Area and the Indoor Salon Area and a full programme guide is available on entrance to the event and is included in the 2€ ticket price, which is payable at the entrance. REFRESHMENTS On top of all that, there will be a Moroccan tea terrace and the Sol Bar for all your refreshments with a small beer or glass of wine priced at just1€. GM Events Managing Director, Gina Marks told RTN: “We have thought of everything to make this event a superb day out for all the family.” As you enjoy the Show, you will be entertained throughout by some of Elite Entertainment’s best singers and Vibe FM will be broadcasting live during both days. As always, GM Events will be showing its support to local charities, many of which will also be at the show. GM Events can assure you that a great day out is waiting for you and for more information and directions to the castle, please log on to or visit Facebook–Fiesta Time.

San Miguel Castle

Charlie Dimmock

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

Tuesday 22nd May & Wednesday 23rd May 2012 at the Castillo de Conesa (San Miguel Castle)

Home & Garden

Life Win a weekend for two couples at the El Plantio Golf Resort

Keep Kiera smiling

RTN’S CHARITY golf day, 25th June, is in aid of a beautiful little girl called Kiera. By Louise Clarke Following complications at birth, Kiera developed a form of cerebral palsy and epilepsy and has been doing physiotherapy and occupational therapy weekly including, for the last two years, intensive therrasuit therapy. Her parents can see a marked improvement in her progress - both motor skills and cognitive and it is hoped that with extra therapies Keira will achieve her goal

of standing and also hopefully walk one day. Unfortunately, these therapies are very expensive and that is where the Charity Golf Day comes in. GOLF SOCIETIES Kiera’s parents want her to do a session of HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) and a three week session of intensive therrasuit therapy. This will take place at the Innovative Children’s Therapy Unit in Florida

and all the money raised from the charity event will go to this. The main prize is a weekend for two couples at the El Plantio Golf Resort within the grounds of the course and many more prizes will be announced during the coming weeks. To enter email the names of the entrants to and it will cost just 49€ and include a buggy, a donation to Kiera’s charity, drinks and snacks. This will also be a great opportunity for

golf societies to get together for one last time before the Spanish summer really kicks in! Kiera’s Mum, Debbie, told RTN: “We are so grateful to RTN and Lloyds Bank International for helping Keira. It really is a blessing, thank you so much!”


18 - 24 may 2012

Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Blogs about Spanish BE CAREFUL WITH THIS ONE! I’ve written about this before, but I think it bears repeating. Nowadays we are more and more concerned about the contents of our food, whether it has been sprayed by insecticide and the new worry, whether is contains an e-coli virus. In English we talk about preservatives in this context, so it is natural to assume that the Spanish equivalent would be “preservativo”. Not so … “preservativos” are what you (or some people anyway!) get from those little dispenser machines outside the chemists. Be warned! I have talked to a class of Spanish teenagers about “preservativos” in food – an experience not to be repeated!

WHAT A CLICHÉ! “Cliché” doesn’t look like an English word to me in the first place, but the Spanish equivalent is completely different. Cliché in Spanish is “tópico” which is a little misleading for us English speakers. So what exactly is a “tópico” ? Well for the Spanish, things like flamenco dancing and bull-fighting are their main “tópicos” – things that don’t necessarily correspond to the interests or ideas of many ordinary Spaniards. For your average “Brit-in-Spain”, we have to live down the “socks and sandals” stereotype, along with “tópicos” of “tea at four o’clock”, “London fog” and obsessive punctuality, all of which spring to the mind of the Spanish as soon as the word “inglés” is mentioned. So, how do we say “topic” in Spanish? The word is “tema” a word related to our English word “theme”. ¡INDIGNAOS! I’ve found that many British people here are not aware of this movement, which is very significant in Madrid and all over Spain and has just had its anniversary. The movement was inspired by a book called “¡Indignaos!” which means “Be Indignant” by Stephane

Hessel. The original version is in French and is actually the transcript of a speech at an anniversary celebration of the French Resistence Movement. It’s a very quick and inspiring read, urging people to peaceful resistance to injustice. The movement is Spain is generally called “15M” (Quince eme) or “Los Indignados” (the indignant ones) and is an organized protest against a politic system which is controlled by market forces for which ordinary people are paying the price. The movement is pacific in nature and apart from a very small minority of trouble-makers, demonstations are notably peaceful, and involve long meetings and working groups. It is also interesting to note the wide range of ages and social backgrounds of protesters. A recent survey suggests that 80% of Spaniards agree with the movement and I heard a recent comment on the radio which said that only those who have an economic interest in being against the movement are against it. For everyone else it seems to be common sense. UNFORTUNATE PRODUCT NAMES Having worked with children for years I am permanently overconcerned about keeping my language clean at all times while teaching. There’s nothing worse than an irate parent accusing you of corrupting their off-spring with inappropriate language, however innocent the actual incident might have been in context. Anyway, that isn’t the point of this blog, which is actually to tell you one of my early delights with Spanish, before all these concerns took over. I refer, of course, to the awfulness of Spanish product names. Dyc whisky, Bonka coffee, Bimbo bread and Colon washing powder were the first ones I came across. Has anyone found any more? And here’s another quick reminder that I’ll be at the This is Spain exhibitions at Diamante Beach Hotel, Calpe this weekend. Hope you see some of you then!

This article is made up of items that have been appearing over recent months in my blog which you can also get to via the homepage of my website. They come under various categories such as “false friends” “favourite sayings” “Spanish society” and so on. I hope you enjoy them.

The Twit Of The Week Greg Lake@GregGShore : Can’t believe I’ve just been pressured into buying fresh fish from some guy who just knocked on my door! Anyone wana cook it 4 me #clueless The Rant Joseph Barton@Joey7Barton : Tell u what i do hate. These constant lies at the Leveson enquiry. Put ‘em all on a polygraph, each time they set it off, zap ‘em with 5000V! Britains Got Talent! Lord Sugar@Lord_Sugar : What a total joke a dog wins BGT what has british tv come to. Maybe this has got to be a stitch up for a dog food advertising deal. Tim Lovejoy@timlovejoy : My daughter Rose, “See dad, if you let me have a dog I will make you half a million pounds. It’s an investment” #BGTFinal Kevin Doyle@Kevin_Doyle29 : Pudsey, now Britain’s most richest dog, well minus Amy Childs... The Funny Tweets Peter Andre@MrPeterAndre : I gave my friend a glue stick yesterday instead of a Chapstick. She’s still Not talking to me :( Frankie Boyle@frankieboyle : Derek Acorah has taught us a lot. For example, a lot of ghosts have quite similar voices

Life books

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The Angel’s Game GIL GATOFF, the knowledgeable proprietor of Librería Europa, tells me that Ruiz Zafon’s earlier book ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ is the best-selling ever book by a modern Spanish writer, surpassed only by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s ‘Don Quijote de La Mancha’. That comes as no surprise to this lover of the Gothic storyline. In ‘The Angel’s Game’, Zafón once again visits his much-loved urban landscapes of old Barcelona, taking the reader along with him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books where the young hero of his first novel found such relief in its labyrinthine corridors. This time Zafón recounts how a young man, David Martín, makes his living in a Gothic mansion to which he’s been mysteriously drawn, writing sensationalist, gory bodice-rippers under a pseudonym for a duo of heartless, bloodsucking publishers. David is the survivor of a troubled childhood and spends his nights alone there, spinning his baroque tales of the city’s underworld. Tortured by thoughts of unrequited love and dying of a malignant brain tumour, he is approached by a mysterious French publisher who offers him a fortune to write a book with the power to change hearts Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón Publisher: Phoenix (paperback) Price: 10.80€ ISBN: 978 0 7538 2649 2

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and minds. David accepts, his brain tumour vanishes and his litigious publishers die in a mysterious office fire. But as David begins work for his new master he realises there is an ominous connection between his haunting commission and the shadows that lurk in the corners of his mysterious home. This is absolutely spell-binding reading and it is no secret why Zafón has overwritten the literary giants of his age: a prize for your bookshelf and a gift to future generations.



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03 HONDA CRV 2.0 AUTO in metallic deep green, elec roof, few and far between.....6,999€

08 LEXUS GS450 HYBRID AUTO PRESIDENT light cava gold, full cream hide, every pos.

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08 PEUGEOT PARTNER 1.6 HDI TOTEM COMBI white with special totem trim+CD........7,999€

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09 FORD FOCUS TDCI SPORTBREAK AUTO DIESEL in met. silver, CD, etc, etc. Try find another diesel automatic, you won’t, we have searched the web. A VERY RARE FAMILY ESTATE First to see will buy - says Alan this won’t he here for more than a week

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18 - 24 may 2012

Rock Arena San Fulgencio 2012 SAN FULGENCIO Town Hall has organised its very first ‘Rock Arena’ festival, to take place on 7th July 2012 at the marketplace on Urbanisation Marina, C/Justo Antonio Quesada. Many famous Spanish Rock/Metal Bands will take part, such as, Koma, Saratoga, who will be promoting their latest album “Nemesis”, Centinela, Sphinx, Döria and Magnum 44. In addition, TNT Radio Rock will be conducting the event and there will be lots of surprises for the attendees. Borja Alonso, Councillor for Tourism and Youth said: “This Festival has been organised following the model of other Rock Festivals, such as the nationwide known ‘Viñarock’ in Villarobledo, to attract the public and to put the village of San Fulgencio on the map. The only difference is that in this case the entrance will be totally free.”

Life food

18 - 24 may 2012


Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

Thank you, thank you, thank you (part 2) IT DOESN’T take but a nanosecond to see if any kitchen is any good or not and not too much longer, in any language to ascertain if the person in charge is interested in their job and can cook or not. The sights and smells that greeted me on this occasion were definitely the first positive and encouraging steps towards what turned out to be a most memorable meal. The first course alone of Sopa de Morella would warrant another visit. A truly spectacular homemade chicken consommé (I saw it on the stove) topped and completely covered with tiny individual choux buns about the same size as glass marbles. This kept the consommé hot, soaked up any errant fat that was on the top whilst keeping the rest of the choux still slightly crisp to the taste. Amazing! Obviously the next few days were spent visiting as many recommended restaurant kitchens as possible. Word, it seems, had got out that an inquisitive English Chef who could speak a little Spanish was on the look out as I was warmly welcomed into the kitchens of even fully booked restaurants. The foods that I was offered to taste would have made the best in our industry sit up and take note. Having settled on a restaurant in the back streets of Morella late at night and of course having seen the chef and the kitchen, we had a Mezcla (a selection) of local appetisers before I somewhat cheekily asked that the chef should make the decision on what I should eat next. Not a bad decision as it turned out as I got a medium rare Solomillo Con Foie Y Trufa (Fillet of local beef, stuffed with local Foie, and topped with a handful of finely sliced local truffle). Now I’m used to weird and wonderful sights, some of which are really bizarre, but once you have visited the commercial food markets in Malaysia or South Africa then there is not much left to surprise especially me, until this trip. In the middle of town in the front window of a shop in the high street hung a whole, fat-covered leg of cured beef - it wasn’t exactly taking up part of the window display as much as taking up all of it. Well if it’s that good why not make a

Sopa de Morella

meal of it…which of course is exactly what we did. Cecina as its called represents three main air dried cured and slightly smoked meats including Wild Boar, Local Deer and Local Beef. Although unfamiliar I always maintain that my next tasting could be the best thing ever, so it was with some excitement that we prepared for our tasting beginning with the beef. Sliced very thinly the first surprise is that, unlike mass produced Spanish Jamons whose flavour is somewhat masked by the over saltiness, this beef is not at all too salty; it has a good mature flavour with only an after taste of wood smoke which at present we are only too familiar with, good flavour also in the little fat that was available in our piece. Other professionals who tried it commented that compared with, say, an Italian Bresaola, it had a lighter taste and that if it were a wine it’s more a Cote de Rhone than Claret although which way round it was meant is for you to discover. Cecina is available here on the coast, although only the beef I believe,

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and if you see it do ask for a taste. The only ingredients listed are salt and then cured using ‘Humo de Roble’ which is Oak Smoke although whether this means Holm Oak or not remains to be investigated. NB. Holm Oak refers to the trees that produce acorns for the consumption by the Iberican pigs for the production of traditional Jamon Iberico de Bellota. Having met a lot of the local chefs and even the local baker trying to find out if she made the tiny choux buns locally and of course what was the exact recipe, we walked down the main street early on Sunday morning past a few bars which were traditionally busy, being early in the day, to be once again greeted warmly at almost every bar by the very staffs of the restaurants I had been chatting to over the past couple of days. Not for the first time this weekend did I personally feel right at home.


18 - 24 may 2012

Win two tickets to see ‘Ancient Grease’ REHEARSALS FOR Stagestruck’s production of ‘Ancient Grease’ are going extremely well and tickets are almost sold out. Director Stella Reardon told RTN: “Support shown for the group has been absolutely amazing and the whole cast is working very hard and very enthusiastically to get everything just right. We’re all very excited and looking forward to putting on a superb show.” The production takes place at the School of Music and Culture in Los Montesinos next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 24th, 25th and 26th May. RTN has two tickets to give away for the production on Friday 25th May and all you have to do is answer the following question: In the film Grease, what was the name of the girls’ group which included Rizzo and Frenchie…? Please send your answer to by Sunday 20th May and the winner will be notified by email on Monday 21st May. The usual RTN competition Terms and Conditions apply. There are a couple of tickets left for the show which are priced at 5€ and which includes a complimentary glass of wine. These are available from Stella on 966 786 154 or Sally on 648 783 601. Doors open 7.15pm, show starts 8.00pm.

Learn Spanish at your own pace DO YOU want to learn Spanish but simply don´t have time for classes? Or do you feel uncomfortable in a classroom situation? If you really want to learn Spanish using a method that is simple to follow with explanations in English and plenty of conversation and pronunciation practice “Break The Language Barrier” is the book and CD set for you.

Levels 1 and 2 are now available from El Principe Centre in San Miguel de Salinas and the Bookworld España branches of Habeneras Shopping Centre Torrevieja, Ondarra Shopping Centre Javea, and Javea High Street. The books were written by Vicki Riley, who has been teaching Spanish to English speakers for over 12 years.

18 - 24 may 2012

Life health Overeating

Mark Phoenix Murphy Dhp MIAPH MNRAH

PEER PRESSURE affects more than just children and teenagers. It follows us through our lives and is a constant companion. We may carry the burden at work and with friends. The media is no help and we’re constantly tugged and pulled in different directions until we’re no longer the person we thought we were. One of those pressures comes from the superficial society we now live in. The need to look good is a vital commodity in today’s world and we’re scorned if we’re not size sixes and primped and teased into looking perfect. We’re judged if we don’t have six packs and bulging biceps. The problem is that the perfect size is constantly dropping and the pressure can be immense to lose those extra pounds. Sometimes there is a reason behind weight gain, like an illness etc. But in most cases, there is a root cause behind overeating and subsequent weight gain. If it’s hard to diet and impossible to drop the pounds then it’s worth phoning Mark to see whether or not he can be of any help. Comfort eating is a major source of weight gain. It is easy to understand why. Life is filled with daily strife and it’s natural to seek succour from a reliable source and what could be more reliable than food? There are thousands of ‘wonder diets’ and so-called dos and don’ts to dropping the weight, but in the end, they usually fail. Again, it’s easy to understand why. Diets sometimes fail to address the root cause behind a person’s weight gain. They don’t always take into account when we’ve had a bad day at work or had an argument with our partner; we hunt out every

chocolate biccie in the tin and gorge ourselves on the lot of them. Diets don’t help us address the stress in our lives and certainly don’t teach us how to combat it. Seeking out the root, is the only way to end the problem for good. I use three different methods to enable you to lose weight and keep it off. One of which is my Flagship “the HYPNOBAND Clinic in the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida”. As many readers will know how successful it really is, it has been shown on UK TV on programmes such as Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies. The second method is my highly successful one off weight control session. The third method is Pure HypnoAnaslysis, which is a course of Hypnotherapy/ Psychotherapy to address more deep rooted issues. I am a registered HypnoBand™ Practitioner on the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida. I am also a registered (in Spain) clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist, so if you are suffering with a phobia or other emotional issues, that may be affecting your life, if anxiety or depression is weighing you down, if you need to lose weight or stop smoking easily, then you can visit me at The Family Medical Centre in Albir (near Benidorm); International Clinic Moraira, Moraira; Phoenix Hypnotherapy Cliic, Camposol and The Physical Therapy Clinic, Villamartin (Torrevieja).

Please call Mark now on 654 202 996 to book your free initial consultation or visit him at Mark’s clinics are held at the Family Medical Centre, Albir; The International Clinic Moraira; The Physical Therapy Clinic Villamartin and the Dental Clinic Camposol in total confidentiality.



18 - 24 may 2012

Life health

Michael Burke

Migration and wax LAST TIME we looked at the eardrum’s part in our hearing. The eardrum has a second role: it is also the start point of the ear’s natural cleaning system.

The outer layer of the eardrum skin and all the skin in your outer ear begins life in the centre of the eardrum. A cell will grow and then another will grow behind it, pushing the first one away and by this process all the skin in your ear canal constantly grows outwards, pushing all dirt, dust, wax, and dead skin cells out of your ear. This process is known as ‘migration’ and never stops. Your ears never stop growing until the day you die! The older you get the bigger, the bigger they get! This is one of the reasons you should not poke things into your ears to get rid of wax. Remember the old doctor’s adage: ‘Never put anything smaller than your elbow into your ear.’ If you start pushing wax back in, you can cause a compacted blockage or even cause a cut in the delicate skin which in healing can form a ridge, and the migrating skin cells will not be able to clear your ears properly, resulting in a wall of wax, debris and dead skin, which can affect your ability to hear. Let the ear clean itself. If you are prone to wax, use something natural like olive oil; a few drops at room temperature can help lubricate the system. Wax is a natural product of the ear canal. It is moist, sticky and honey-coloured when fresh and gets darker, turning to black granite as it ages. Wax is acidic; it is a bacteriastatic (it stops germs breeding). It also traps dust and dead skin cells and oils the skin, stopping it from drying out. Too much wax is a nuisance and can lead to a temporary hearing loss. Too little is worse and can lead to cracking skin and infections. Your ear can be 90% full of wax and you can still hear (so long as there is a gap for sound to get around it); it is the last few per cent

that makes the difference. Often if you have a wax build-up but can still hear, if you start to use drops things can get worse before they get better: the hardened wax can soften and fill in the gaps that were allowing the sound through, before eventually clearing. Wax is a natural defence product of the ear; it is not dirty. Sometimes the ears of people who work in a very noisy, hot or dusty environment produce excessive wax to combat these conditions and when they leave these environments the increased production of wax does not stop. Don’t worry about it; wax is a friend. In the next Hearing Column the sound reaches the middle ear.

RHAD MSHAA of Digital Hearing

Mariano Rojas, Marcha, Cieza THREE LOCAL businessmen, Owen Desmond (Shananagans Bar, Quesada), Steven Spevin (Ironcraft, Pilar de la Horadada) and Gary Routledge (Cyclogical, Quesada) wearing their new Team Cyclogical cycling kit took part in the gruelling120kms Mariano Rojas, 11th Memorial Cycle Race in Cieza last weekend. The Cicloturista Marcha started and finished at the town square in Cieza and had some very long, steep, strenuous climbs as they passed through the towns of Calasparra, Mula, Archena and up through the mountain pass of the Ricote valley, then down into Blanca and Abaran before returning to the finish line in Cieza. It was a very hot day with temperatures in the 40s. They all performed exceptionally well, with Gary finishing fourth in his category. The race was well organised with many sponsors. All competitors had to wear a microchip to record their timings etc. The guys have many more Sportifs in which to take part during the summer months and are looking forward to the next one in June.

If you have any question’s about this week’s topic, email or contact Michael Burke at Digital Hearing, Quesada Business Centre, Calle Los Arcos 7, Quesada: Tel 698 418 642.

WEAR THE SHOES. RULE THE WORLD. What Are FitFlops? FitFlops are a range of colorful sandals. They are chic, funky and fun and can be worn with a variety of different outfits. However, FitFlops offer their wearers a number of other benefits as well.

The Toning Benefits Of FitFlops You may already be aware that FitFlops are toning shoes. They use a special “microwobbleboard” sole which activates the lower body muscles for longer during normal walking. This means that you can tone your legs and trim your bottom with each and every step that you take. It’s like getting a workout while you walk. The specially designed sole, in addition to toning and trimming your lower body will also recreate the gait of barefoot walking, absorb shock, and reduce joint strain.

The Comfort Of FitFlops If you talk to someone who owns a pair of FitFlops, don’t be surprised if they don’t mention the toning benefits in the first instance. FitFlop wearers are much more likely to tell you about how incredibly comfortable their FitFlops

are. The same specially engineered sole which provides those lovely toning benefits, also provides additional cushioning against jarring when your foot makes contact with the ground. It also gives extra support to your feet – especially in the area of the arches. The Value Of FitFlops Toning shoes offer busy women the opportunity to get in shape as they walk about as normal during the course of their daily routine. However, one of the aims when developing FitFlops was that they be affordable – and they are certainly about half the price of some of the other toning shoes on the market. Another benefit is the fact that they don’t look like fitness footwear. That means that you can wear them in social settings, and with outfits, where fitness type footwear just wouldn’t look right. In other words, you can get more use out of them.It all adds up to great value for money from your FitFlops. So there you have it, FitFlops help you trim your lower body, are

fashionable & fun, comfortable to wear and are great value for money. What could be better than that? Shoe B Shoe in both La Marina and Punta Prima are your official FitFlop suppliers on the Costa Blanca so pop down and pick up a pair today. There are numerous different styles and sizes available – and in a variety of colors and materials. There’s bound to be something to suit you. Punta Prima Commercial Centre, Punta Marina 966 798 830 or La Marina (Behind Lidl) 965 728 639.

Our patients are a testimony to the success of the treatment of osteoarthritis

Benijofar Chiropractic Clinic

DrHansC.MadsenD.C.-Memberofthe Danish,Spanish&European ChiropracticAssoc Contrary to popular belief, osteoarthritis is not due to agerelated ‘wear and tear’ on your joints. It tends to be more common as you get older – affecting around 80% people over the age of 50 to some degree – but it is not a normal part of ageing. Osteoarthritis develops in a joint when changes occur in the cartilage; the soft tissue that protects the surface of a bone and allows the joint to move freely. These changes affect how the joint works and may be due to damage that occurred to the joint many years before any symptoms appear. Treatment of osteoarthritis is largely aimed at controlling the inflammation, reducing the pain associated with the inflammation and if possible, slowing the progression of the disease.

Shockwave therapy offers an exciting addition to the treatment options for osteoarthritis, with little to no risk of adverse side effects.

- Shockwave therapy can help significantly reduce the inflammation of the joint. - The therapy helps to slow the progression of osteoarthritis and it can actually alter the process of cartilage degradation. - The shockwaves stimulate certain components within the body, so the body is able to heal. Shockwave therapy is able to accomplish this even in chronic cases. - Shockwave therapy seems to have a direct effect on nerves, diminishing pain. - The treatment vastly increases movement. We find that many patients get an initial degree of improvement almost immediately following treatment. The shockwave therapy targets the calcification around the affected joint and breaks this up and disperses it with repeated treatments. Laser therapy is then applied, which helps to remove these calcified deposits out through the bloodstream and out of the system. It has been used successfully to treat people with necrosis of the femoral head, eliminating the need for a hip replacement in some cases. Our patients are able to resume normal lives free of the inhibitions that they previously experienced. Please refer to our website for more information and if you are a patient that has benefitted from our treatments, please send us your testimony via the website.

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18 - 24 may 2012

Life showbiz goss Beam yourself onto the sofa A new series of ´Have I got News for You´ will pop up on the BBC next Friday May 25th and the first guest presenter is to be William Shatner, a man who boldly went where no man had gone before. It promises to be yet another top series with the likes of Ken Livingstone and Alistair Campbell also booked to host the show in the coming weeks, a couple of men who have a very strong ´ in your face´ political past, but who are now thankfully very comfortable making fun of it. You really must take some time out to watch the show as the former Captain Kirk has developed quite a career in the US as a funny guy and said of his upcoming presenting job: “The English sense of humour is quite different from the American sense of humour … luckily, I’m Canadian.” As the show goes out live anything could happen, including the possibility that Mr Shatner might give us a rendition of his very distinctive singing style. Not too tuneful is the word…

Blood, sweat and fears


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Blood, sweat and fears

I brought Swedish beauty Scarlett Johansson to this page a couple of weeks ago telling you about how much she enjoyed her fight scenes in her new ‘Avengers Assemble’ movie, and this scenario seems to have become the new cool as Noomi Rapace has gone down a similar route in Ridley Scott´s latest offering ‘Prometheus’ telling us that instead of playing her part as an alien-battling I’ve an item for you now that is sure to amaze you - in fact it is so archaeologist in any sort of glamorous way outrageous it may even inspire you to write in and suggest I´m telling she has asked, nay, begged the makeup you a porky. Let me outline the facts in the case: French actress Eva people to apply extra blood and sweat. Noomi told the Daily Mail, “I’m not here Green played Bond girl Vesper Lynd in the 2006 movie Casino Royale, to be beautiful. I’m not here to be sexy … the film that starred Daniel Craig in his first outing as James Bond: for this movie it was sweat, more sweat, Fact. She then reprised the role in 2008 for the Quantum of Solace then more dirt, then more blood,” steady video game: Fact. Here´s where you may start preparing to write to on there Noomi, we´re talking high blood the column: Eva has stated that as hard as she has tried from her time pressure here … it certainly doesn´t sound in both the movie and the video game when she was asked to perfect like she´s punting for a part in the remake an English accent she has not been able to get rid of it! It’s rumoured of Mary Poppins. Apparently the makethat she said “When I did the Bond film I had lots of pressure from the up artist was quoted as saying, “It’s not studios … they wanted me to nail a perfect English accent, so I worked unusual for actors to ask for more fake and worked and worked on it, and now I can’t get rid of it! … In the morning I sound more German.” I´ve no idea how the German reference blood and sweat.” Sounds a bit fetish like to me does that … it’s amazing what you fits, but stuck with her English accent she is … it must be interesting can do with a large when she walks into a swanky Paris coffee house and asks for a cup sized bottle of of tea and a buttered scone. So! … Porky or no Porky? …emails to tomato ketchup.

The wonderful wizard of Des

A quickie bonus item here to mark quite an achievement for 80-year-old Des O’Connor who has won the role of the Wizard of Oz in Andrew Lloyd Webber´s new musical due to be staged later this month at the London Palladium. However, when you mention Des O ´Connor it’s hard to not also think about Morecambe and Wise who ribbed the man for years on their TV show, but he claimed he wasn’t worried about critics saying, “If I had paid attention to what people said about me I would have committed suicide … Morecambe and Wise came up with every kind of insult possible, but I think they loved me deep down.” Then a nice wee finish to Des’s comments when he said, “The funny thing is I´ve done over 1,200 performances at the Palladium and I am now in with a chance of winning best stage newcomer.”

Life TV

18 - 24 may 2012


18th May - 24th May

FRIDAY 18th May BBC1 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Dick & Dom Go Wild 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Would I Lie to You? 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Not Going Out 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:20 The National Lottery

BBC2 07:00 Childrens TV 10:45 The Koala Brothers 10:55 Iconicles 11:20 Woolly & Tig 11:25 64 Zoo Lane 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Hands on Nature 14:30 Instant Restaurant 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Antiques Road Trip 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Coast 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Maestro at the Opera 23:00 Episodes 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 Later... with Jools Holland


07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 11:30 The Diamond Jubilee: Armed Forces Tribute 13:40 BBC News 13:50 British Olympic Dreams 14:20 Triathlon 15:50 Gymnastics 17:20 A Question of Sport 17:50 Pointless Celebrities 18:40 BBC News 19:00 My Family 19:30 The Voice UK 21:00 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 21:50 Casualty 22:40 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow 23:10 BBC News 23:30 Kevin Bridges The Story So Far 24:30 The Football League Show


07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 10:00 The Slammer 10:30 Ministry of Curious Stuff 11:00 Animals at Work 11:35 Splatalot 11:55 Copycats 12:25 OOglies 12:40 Eliot Kid 12:55 MOTD Kickabout 13:15 Great British Menu 13:45 Macbeth 15:30 Twelfth Night 17:40 Flog It! 18:40 Don’t Panic! The Dad’s Army Story 19:30 Dad’s Army 20:00 You Have Been Watching: David Croft 21:00 Cutty Sark: National Treasure Reopened 22:00 Off by Heart: Shakespeare 23:20 QI XL 24:05 Hamlet 2

SUNDAY 20th May

ITV1 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Rosemary & Thyme 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Poms in Paradise 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Raw Deal




E4 07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:15 Supernanny US 10:10 One Tree Hill 11:05 Glee 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 The Beach 24:20 Shameless

06:20 Countdown 07:05 The Treacle People 07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 The Secret Millionaire 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 The Restoration Man 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 14:05 Channel 4 Racing 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 22:30 Very Important People 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:10 Stand Up for the Week 24:55 Team America: World Police

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Highland Emergency 13:45 Mexican Food Made Simple 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:15 Jane Doe 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 Dirty Great Machines 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Castle 23:55 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 24:55 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Emmerdale 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 American Idol 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 The Only Way Is Essex 24:30 Peter Andre: My Life





07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:25 Saturday Cookbook 10:25 ITV News 10:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 The Real Housewives of New York City 13:20 Murder, She Wrote 14:20 Planet’s Funniest Animals 14:45 ITV News and Weather 14:50 Agatha Christie’s Murder with Mirrors 16:40 From Russia with Love 18:45 Granada News 19:00 ITV News and Weather 19:15 Keith Lemon’s LemonAid 20:00 Live UEFA Champions League 23:25 ITV News and Weather 23:40 UEFA Champions League Highlights 24:40 Bonnie and Clyde

07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 British F3 08:05 FIM World Superbikes 08:30 The Grid 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 The TV Book Club 10:25 Shooting Cheryl 11:00 Made in Chelsea 12:05 The Big Bang Theory 12:35 The Big Bang Theory 13:10 The Simpsons 13:45 The Simpsons 14:20 Road to London 2012: That Paralympic Show 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 Deal or No Deal 17:55 Come Dine with Me 18:50 Channel 4 News 19:00 19:05 Titanic 22:45 Rush Hour 3 24:30 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 10:05 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:35 The Milkshake! Show 11:00 Inside Hollywood 11:10 The Gadget Show 12:10 Emergency Bikers 13:10 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 14:10 Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment 15:55 The Witches 17:45 Dr Dolittle 2 19:30 Ultimate Police Interceptors 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket on 5 20:55 NCIS 21:50 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 22:40 CSI: NY 23:40 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:35 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

07:00 The Hot Desk 07:10 Coronation Street 09:15 Emmerdale 12:40 Peter Andre: My Life 13:40 The Exclusives 14:45 American Idol 16:45 American Idol 17:45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 18:15 Britain’s Got More Talent 19:15 Britain’s Got More Talent 20:15 Ice Age: the Meltdown 22:00 Forgetting Sarah Marshall 24:15 Keith Lemon’s LemonAid


07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Switched Up! 08:40 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 09:40 Supernanny US 10:35 Supernanny US 11:30 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 12:30 Supernanny US 13:25 Supernanny US 14:20 Charlie’s Angels 15:10 How I Met Your Mother 15:40 How I Met Your Mother 16:05 Made in Chelsea 17:10 Charlie’s Angels 18:05 How I Met Your Mother 18:35 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 Rules of Engagement 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 Happy Endings 22:00 Meet the Spartans 23:45 Rude Tube 24:50 The Big Bang Theory








07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 Sunday Politics 14:00 Bargain Hunt 14:30 Penguin Island 15:00 Tiger: Spy in the Jungle 16:00 The Queen’s Palaces 17:00 Lifeline 17:10 Points of View 17:25 Songs of Praise 18:00 Chelsea Flower Show 19:00 BBC News 19:25 Countryfile 20:25 The Voice UK 21:00 Planet Earth Live 22:00 Death in Paradise 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:10 Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy

07:00 The Pingu Show 07:10 Charlie and Lola 07:25 Timmy Time 07:35 Chuggington 07:45 Pinky Dinky Doo 08:00 Barney’s Barrier Reef 08:30 Dennis & Gnasher 08:40 The Scooby-Doo Show 09:05 Scoop 09:30 Wingin’ It 09:50 Shaun the Sheep 10:00 Friday Download 11:00 Athletics 13:30 Live MotoGP 15:00 Boxing 16:30 Athletics 18:00 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:45 Flog It! 19:10 Deep Impact 21:00 Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve 22:00 Coast 23:00 Man on Wire 24:30 Episodes

07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:25 Dinner Date 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Ade in Britain 11:30 May the Best House Win 12:30 Long Lost Family 13:30 ITV News and Weather 13:35 Dickinson’s Real Deal 14:35 Murder, She Wrote 15:40 Columbo 17:30 The Hungry Sailors 18:30 You’ve Been Framed! 19:00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 19:25 Granada News and Weather 19:40 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 21:00 Vera 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:15 10,000 BC

07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freesports on 4 08:30 Freesports on 4 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Sunday Brunch 13:15 The Big Bang Theory 13:45 The Big Bang Theory 14:15 The Simpsons 14:45 The Simpsons 15:20 Bride & Prejudice 17:30 Bandslam 19:30 Channel 4 News 20:00 20:05 Four Rooms 21:00 Celebrity Deal or No Deal 22:00 Channel 4’s Comedy Gala 24:35 The Inbetweeners

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 The Milkshake! Show 11:00 Animal Rescue Squad 11:20 Grey’s Anatomy 12:15 Restaurant Inspector 13:15 Murder at the Gallop 14:55 Free Willy 2: the Adventure Home 16:45 TinkerBell and the Great Fairy Rescue 18:05 Hercules 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 Once Upon a Time 22:00 Norway Massacre: The Survivors 23:00 Perfect Stranger

07:00 Gossip Girl 07:45 Emmerdale 11:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Winners & Losers 14:20 Keith Lemon’s LemonAid 15:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 16:00 The Only Way Is Essex 16:45 The Only Way Is Essex 17:35 Free Willy 19:55 Happy Feet 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 The Exclusives 24:45 The World Is Not Enough

07:00 Switched 07:20 Sorority Girls 08:15 One Tree Hill 09:15 Hollyoaks 11:55 Watch 12:10 Smallville 13:10 Scrubs 13:40 Scrubs 14:10 Listen 14:25 Perfect Couples 15:00 Playing It Straight 15:55 Ugly Betty 16:55 Glee 17:50 90210 18:45 The Big Bang Theory 19:10 The Big Bang Theory 19:40 Take the Lead 22:00 Desperate Housewives 23:00 Desperate Housewives 24:00 2 Broke Girls 24:25 Made in Chelsea


18 - 24 may 2012

Life TV

18th May - 24th May

MONDAY 21st May BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Cash in the Attic 12:43 BBC News and Weather 12:45 Bargain Hunt 13:30 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Dick & Dom Go Wild 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Copycats 17:30 My Supply Teacher Is Magic 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Chatsworth 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Silk

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Hands on Nature 14:30 Instant Restaurant 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Heir Hunters 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 TOTP2 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 22:00 The Fish Market: Inside Billingsgate 23:00 Sounds of the 70s 2 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Lost World of the Seventies

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Dales 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 56 Up 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Knocked Up

07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss Australia 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 14:05 River Cottage Bites 14:10 One Million Years BC 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Gok Cooks Chinese 22:00 The Secret Millionaire 23:00 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 24:05 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut 24:55

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Highland Emergency 13:45 Mexican Food Made Simple 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Murder in Greenwich 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 23:00 The Walking Dead 23:55 Shrooms

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Gossip Girl 21:00 The Cube 22:00 The World Is Not Enough 24:40 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records

TUESDAY 22nd May



07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Supernanny US 10:15 One Tree Hill 11:10 Glee 12:10 Desperate Housewives 13:05 Scrubs 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 Love Shaft 21:00 One Tree Hill 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:05 The Inbetweeners 24:40 The IT Crowd








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Cash in the Attic 12:43 BBC News and Weather 12:45 Bargain Hunt 13:30 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Dick & Dom Go Wild 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Who Let the Dogs Out? 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Silk 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 The Matt Lucas Awards 24:10 Ghost Town

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Hands on Nature 14:30 Instant Restaurant 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Heir Hunters 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 TOTP2 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 22:00 Great Ormond Street 23:00 Later Live... with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Great Euro Crash with Robert Peston

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Trash to Treasure 21:00 Martin Clunes: Horsepower 22:00 Dirty Britain 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Celebrity Juice 24:20 Nature’s Fury

07:10 Sali Mali 07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss Australia 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers: Waste Not Want Not 13:35 River Cottage 13:50 How to Steal a Million 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 Embarrassing Bodies 22:00 Hidden Talent 23:00 My Big Fat Fetish 24:05 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

07:00 Childrens TV 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Highland Emergency 13:45 Mexican Food Made Simple 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Law & Order 16:15 Murder 101: College Can Be Murder 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Dirty Great Machines 21:00 War Hero in My Family 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 CSI: NY 23:55 CSI: NY 24:55 CSI: Miami

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Peter Andre: My Life 21:00 The Cube 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 Deep Blue Sea

07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:25 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Supernanny US 10:15 One Tree Hill 11:10 Glee 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 90210 23:00 The Inbetweeners 23:30 Cardinal Burns 24:00 The Cleveland Show 24:30 The Ricky Gervais Show








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Cash in the Attic 12:43 BBC News and Weather 12:45 Bargain Hunt 13:30 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Dick & Dom Go Wild 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Copycats 17:30 HH: Gory Games 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 21:00 DIY SOS 22:00 The Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Surrogates

07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Lifeline 14:40 Coast 14:45 Hands on Nature 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Heir Hunters 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 TOTP2 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 22:00 Hitler’s Children 23:00 The Apprentice: You’re Fired 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Fall of Singapore: The Great Betrayal

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Unforgettable 21:00 Lewis 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Soccer Aid 2012 24:05 The Unforgettable 24:35 Total Emergency

07:10 Sali Mali 07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss Australia 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers: Waste Not Want Not 13:35 River Cottage 13:50 Helen of Troy 16:05 Channel 4 Presents 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 21:00 Secret Eaters 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 The Killing 23:55 2 Broke Girls 24:25 Desperate Housewives

07:00 Childrens TV 09:40 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Highland Emergency 13:45 Mexican Food Made Simple 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Law & Order 16:15 Abducted 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 The Gadget Show 21:00 Emergency Bikers 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:55 Poker: The Big Game

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 One Direction: A Year in the Making 22:00 Peter Andre: My Life 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 I Am Legend

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 08:55 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Supernanny US 10:15 One Tree Hill 11:10 Glee 12:10 Desperate Housewives 13:05 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 15:30 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 16:30 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 California Man 22:45 Silent Hill

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Cash in the Attic 12:43 BBC News and Weather 12:45 Bargain Hunt 13:30 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Dick & Dom Go Wild 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Young Dracula 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Planet Earth Live 22:00 National Treasures Jubilee Special 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Hands on Nature 14:30 Instant Restaurant 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Heir Hunters 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 TOTP2 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 22:00 The Fish Market: Inside Billingsgate 23:00 Grandma’s House 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Golf

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Long Lost Family 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Soccer Aid 2012 24:05 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

07:10 Sali Mali 07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss Australia 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 The Renovation Game 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers: Waste Not Want Not 13:35 River Cottage 13:50 Mr Hobbs Takes a Vacation 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 22:00 The Hoarder Next Door 23:00 24 Hours in A&E 24:05 The Secret Millionaire

07:00 Childrens TV 09:40 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Highland Emergency 13:45 Chinese Food in Minutes 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Law & Order 16:15 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:20 McBride 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 The True Story 22:00 Restaurant Inspector 23:00 Conspiracy Theory

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Judge Judy 18:05 Judge Judy 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 American Idol 22:00 The Exclusives 23:00 Forgetting Sarah Marshall

07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 09:15 Supernanny US 10:10 One Tree Hill 11:05 Glee 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 The Big Bang Theory 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Glee 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 2 Broke Girls 22:30 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 23:00 Rules of Engagement 23:30 Very Important People 24:00 World’s Greatest Body Shockers

Crossword Solutions for 656 Cryptic Solutions Across: 1 Midnight oil; 9 Observe; 10 Watch; 11 Extra; 12 Curtain; 13 Ogress; 15 Tissue; 18 In force; 20 Clara; 22 Hoard; 23 Castled; 24 Intemperate. Down: 2 Inset; 3 Normans; 4 Greece; 5 Tower; 6 In tears; 7 Come to light; 8 Change hands; 14 Refrain; 16 Incisor; 17 Tea-cup; 19 Ridge; 21 Allot.

Quick Solutions Across: 1 Promiscuous; 9 Plunged; 10 Prior; 11 Opera; 12 Termite; 13 Treaty; 15 Effete; 18 Neglect; 20 Dodge; 22 Trait; 23 Islamic; 24 Belligerent. Down: 2 Rouse; 3 Migrant; 4 Sedate; 5 Upper; 6 Utilise; 7 Opportunity; 8 Irreverence; 14 Engrave; 16 Fiddler; 17 String; 19 Extol; 21 Demon. Wordwheel: JUDGEMENT

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat and Teleast Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. To find out what else they are showing this week, you can view all their programmes and see their full listings at In the meantime, to whet your appetite, RTN will highlight every week some of their brilliant programmes starting tonight, Friday 18th May at 7pm with An Evening With.... This programme features the recent APAH Fundraiser at Torrevieja’s Virgen del Carmen theatre, featuring Tony Kelly, Suzi G, Shani Ormiston and Maria O’Hara. Tomorrow, Saturday at 6.30pm, Lets Talk sees Simon Baldock talking with journalist and author Dave Bull who talks about his life before Spain and his time since coming here many moons ago as well as his new book ‘It Just Is’ about life in Spain. On Sunday 20th May at 6pm, Dave and Andy’s Excellent Adventures continue as they head up into the hills around Benidorm to pursue some more pulse-racing activities, then on

Monday at 7pm, Let’s Talk sees Simon Baldock chatting to motivationalist Simone Segal and Rosie Stinson, a trainee journalist from the UK who’s writing a story on the difference between night outs in Spain and the UK. On Tuesday 22nd at 6.30pm The Passion Play is a short play adapted for television from a story written by local expat who won a Torrevieja story writing competition and featuring Raquel Peña. On Wednesday 23rd at 6pm, Inland Spain features Jumilla which is known best for its fantastic wines. Last but not least, on Thursday 24th at 6.35pm, The British Consulate - Health & Pension Benefits features highlights of a seminar hosted by those nice people from the Department of Health & Pensions. This is just a highlight of the great programmes made by Viva TV; tune in now to see much more or visit their website at


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Life music Felix Martin at The Lounge Bar THE LOUNGE Bar in Torrevieja hosts the innovative guitarist Felix Martin with his trio in June. The group perform a one-ofa-kind twisted fusion of Progressive Rock and Jazz Fusion. Martin has become a pioneer of a style of playing on his custom-made instrument called the 14-string guitar. He is known for his abilities to compose innovative, highly complex music and for his personal techniques at playing two-handed tapping on the instrument. Originally from Venezuela, Felix moved to the United States after graduating from high school to attend the prestigious Berklee College as a scholarship winning performer. He currently resides in Boston. During that time, Martin studied music theory, sound engineering, self-produced his first album before turning 20, composed music for video games, transcribed every kind of music he could get his hands on (including

speaking human voices), and played a wide range of music including Prog-Rock, Jazz, Latin, Venezuelan Folk, Reggae, Electronica, World and Pop. Martin’s album ‘Bizarre Rejection’ was the result of a long period of intense composition that features several pieces in the style of Prog/Metal with jazz influences. “The pieces are technically complex,” explains Martin, “with several meter and tempo changes. I produced the album while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, featuring the top musicians of this style of music in the school.” Martin is known for developing a flexible way to play the 14-string guitar, which is the same as playing two 7-string guitars at the same time but having both guitars on one wide neck in standard tuning. He has his own system of chords, including deep sounding 8-finger chords, accompaniment methods, slap-tapping techniques, chord-

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melody, intervallic soloing, and lead soloing played with both fret boards. Along with a life of performing, Martin has also gained experience as a teacher and clinician. He teaches several of his own methods for guitar and music theory such as slap method, two-handed tapping techniques, odd meters, poly-rhythms, metric modulation, jazz rock improvisation, and more. He has developed his own written method for each of these subjects. He also tours with other artists of various genres, as well as working as a session musician recording, mixing, and mastering engineer. The Felix Martin Trio are currently touring Europe taking in 10 countries playing concert dates in Portugal, France, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Norway, Poland,

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Denmark, Holland, England, and the Czech Republic, with two dates in Spain. Martin is accompanied by drummer Joao Colaco from Portugal and bass player Tiago Gomes from Argentina. Together the band members possess incredible musical talent and demonstrate unique abilities on their respective instrument as evident by their YouTube videos. This is a good opportunity to see a really different band. “Extreme performances are expected at every show,” says Martin. They will be performing at The Lounge Bar, Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas (the old N-332), Torrevieja on Saturday 2nd June together with a support band. Admission is free with a 5€ cover charge. For more info visit

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Life going out

Out Jimmy Mac About

THE APTLY named ‘Raw Silk’ are the new kids on the block gaining a respectable following and avid interest. When Angela met Ron it simply was a marriage made in heaven. Their style and variety of songs are perfect for restaurants, hotels, functions, bars and the like. They also enjoy supporting local charities particularly HAH – Help at Home where Angela is Caring Services Manager - they are the opening act at ‘Rocking in Roda’ at the Roda Social Centre, Roda Village on Sunday 3rd June. They can truly guarantee a night of variety and great ‘live’ music. Angela along and her partner Lee also have their own karaoke/disco business which is proving to be very popular. Ron can be found every other Sunday at ‘The Arches’ playing a


‘Raw Silk’ – a class act

sing-along. He also teaches rock n roll dancing there with his wife Sandy so don’t be surprised if during a gig you suddenly get an impromptu demonstration if the mood takes them! This duet is new, fresh and together they present a class act. For more information and bookings please contact Angela on 634 349 040 or

Samantha Curtis A DIMINUTIVE lady with a big, big voice: Sam has spent many years in Spain after relocating from Lancashire and you’ll know that as soon as she speaks! Fun loving, witty and humorous, Sam produces an exciting programme of songs from the 80s upwards. Big powerful ballads and funky disco songs are her favourites - high notes and low notes delivered with emotion and feeling. You will witness the epitome of glamour - no shrinking violet here. Sam sincerely enjoys performing in sparkly dresses, shoes, bangles and beads but none of that detracts from what you hear from this little lady of song. She hands over the microphone to karaoke lovers for them to sing their hearts out too. Lancashire’s loss, Torrevieja’s gain and aren’t we pleased she chose our sunny shores to entertain us. For details please contact Phoenix Promotions 677 222 352.

FRIDAY 18TH MAY Dee - El Parque, O’Nil Richie - JP’S, Mil Palmeras Steve Finn - Mojos Bar, Rolden Pat Martin - Final Whistle, La Marina BJ Bluesman- Black Bull, San Luis Woody - Bar Monte, Los Montesinos SATURDAY 19TH MAY Enigma - O duills, Gran Alicant Dan The Man - Gasolina Meroil, Callosa\de Segura B.J.Bluesman - The Gaiety, Villamartin Plaza Shirelle - PJ’S @ the Rendevous, Torrevieja Buddy ‘B’ - La Pelrgrina, Sucina Samantha Curtis - La Manga Caravanning, La Manga

SUNDAY 20TH MAY Dee - Mr Smiths, Quesada TUESDAY 22TH MAY Variety Night - Lounge Bar, Torrevieja (3 acts) WEDNESDAY 23RD MAY Greg Bannis (ex lead singer with Hot Chocolate) - Harrys Bar Quesada

ONE THING you are guaranteed with Jimmy is audience participation. This entertainer has a repertoire of music from the 50s to modern day. Although his passion is rock n roll he will perform music to suit his audience. During his show he may include his tribute to Elvis Presley which is again a talent that although is hidden it shows the versatility of the act. Along with his guitar playing the evening is dedicated to entertainment and enjoyment and a fun night for all. For further information please call Phoenix Promotions on 677 222 352.


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Life tech

with Aunty Virus


Declined for Linking a tower PC to a laptop security reasons

John via email asks: DEAR AUNTY. Firstly, thank you for helping me previously. I now have another irritating problem that I hope you can help me with. I am running Windows XP and the problem is that every time I switch on and try to access a web site, it declines for security reasons because the date on my computer has reverted back to September 2003. I have to reset and apply the present date/time every boot up. Can you advise please? Aunty Says: This is almost certainly the built in battery that computers have to retain the basic settings when there is no mains power to the computer. It is similar to a watch battery but about the size of a 5 cent coin. They are easy to change by popping off the side of the computer and using a biro you can push back the spring clip that holds the battery in place. If you are familiar with a screwdriver then have a go, but make sure the PC is unplugged. Take the battery to Carrefour or an electrical supplier where you should pick one up for a couple of Euros.

Cliff via email asks: HI AUNTY, my apologies if you have answered this query before but I am not in Spain all year and may have missed your response to an email I sent to you in February. Is it possible to link a tower PC to my laptop and thereby utilise the tower as an expansion drive/separate hard drive and be able to switch between the two to access different programs & files on each via the laptop keyboard and screen? If so what cables/ connectors/software is required? Thanks a lot.

Aunty Says: Hello Cliff. Probably the easiest way is for you to make use of the built in Windows networking system. I am assuming you have both computers connected to the Internet via a router which will provide the necessary physical connection needed. You need to add both computers to the same ‘workgroup’, which you can change by right clicking on ‘my computer’ ‘properties’. Once done you can then pick any folder by right clicking on the folder and choosing ‘share’ from the drop down list. Microsoft networking can be a bit tricky, so be patient and expect to restart the computers a few times before everything settles down.

Scanning a document for translation

Barry from Los Dolces asks: HELLO AUNTY, I hope you can help. I have read that if I scan a Spanish document into my printer and then copy and paste it into Google’s translate then I can get an English version. However, this is not working for me. I have a HP Deskjet 2050 J510 printer and whenever I scan a document it is only as a PDF copy which I cannot seem to be able to copy and paste. What am I doing wrong please? I can copy, paste and translate anything received by email. Aunty Says: What you need to do Barry is scan the document in an OCR format (Optical Character Recognition). Most scanners can do this and it is fairly easy using the software that came with the printer, or better still, download the latest version from the manufacturer’s website. If my memory serves me well, in your case it is the ‘HP Director’ program that you will need to use for the scanning settings.

Bogus emails Mike via email asks: I HAVE a Terra email address with Windows Mail on Vista. In recent days I have been flooded with emails from the postmaster@ informing me that emails that I have not sent to people I don’t know have failed after a few second because the user is unknown, clearly someone has accessed my Terra email account and planted a virus sending these bogus emails, but how do I stop it happening? Aunty Says: The first thing you need to do Mike is to scan your system with your updated antivirus and antispyware programs. I have been receiving a lot of queries recently regarding email problems from readers that still use the Spanish Terra, Tiscali and Telefonica email addresses. It appears that these companies have pretty much given up any support for these old free email services and the best way forward for you would be to setup a new address with one of the free independent email providers, such as Google’s Gmail or Yahoomail.

Background noises Martin via email asks: WHEN IN Spain and in the UK I use the BBC ‘Listen again’ facility to access quite a few music programmes on various BBC local radio stations. In both countries for the last few months the sound is spoilt by constant banging, clicking and spitting noises when listening. Is there a way to prevent this? Aunty Says: I tested this out and I had exactly the same problem Martin, so at least you know it’s not your computer. I contacted a colleague at the BBC and he acknowledged there is a widespread problem and was very helpful up until offering a timescale for a solution. Apparently the technicians in London are waiting on a delivery of some replacement equipment from Japan.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Slushie Maker

THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at a refreshing drink-making alternative, all the more attractive now the hotter weather is on the way. Everyone has had a Slush Puppy at some point, so you´ll remember how refreshing that ice-cold beverage is. Well, now thanks to the Slushie Maker you can make your own whenever you feel the need. The delightfully retro-styled mains-powered Slushie Maker is compact and will sit comfortably on any flat surface. And it couldn´t be easier to use – just load the drum with ice, add table salt (you won´t taste it – but your slushie won´t be right without it…), the juice flavour of choice and then just watch as a seriously cooling slushie is created before your eyes! But that´s not all the Slushie Maker can do. How about a frozen margarita? No problem. Why not frozen cocktails, martinis and daiquiris? Easy! You could even experiment with coffee and iced tea. Coolio. The Slushie Maker will soon become an indispensable addition to your cooling arsenal. Air-conditioning in a drink, and one heck of a lot of fun too! The Inspectors Verdict: Summers here, bring on the Slushie Maker. You´ll love the fantastic cooling drinks – and so will your kids! Bright blue tongue and lips optional… Visit to purchase your Slushie Maker for 97€ including delivery to Spain (subject to exchange rate fluctuations).

Dig out that old mobile phone WHEN YOU come to the Homes, Gardens and Outdoor Living Show in San Miguel de Salinas on May 22nd and May 23rd, Paul Cunningham Nurses will be launching their latest fundraising initiative. As a result, the charity is asking that attendees please bring them any old unused mobile phones. Susan Reader from the charity told RTN: “Goodness only knows why but most of us have an old mobile tucked away in a drawer somewhere. OK, it is not good for the environment if you just chuck it in the bin but for the life of me I don’t know why we all keep our old ones!” So, if you are going to the Homes, Gardens and Outdoor Living Show which is taking place at the San Miguel Castle, please bring any old mobile phones you have with you. They will be recycled and any money raised will go to the charity.

you will bring! Susan concluded: “We are just setting up a network of collection points in all areas which you can take your phone to. However, if you do not live near any of these places, you can call 639 318 526 or email for a nearer location or visit as we will be adding new locations every week.” The confirmed locations are as follows: Montebello – Alex Bistro; Los Montesinos – Carpet Heaven; Los Montesinos - La Herradura Restaurant; San Miguel – The Castle; Quesada – Hotel El Corazon; Benijofar – The Post Room; Dona Pepa – The Post Box and El Galan – The Pint Depot.

COLLECTION POINTS Susan added: “The phones can be in any condition because even with the broken ones there are some parts that can be used. If you have the charger then that’s great but it is not essential.” The Show opens at 11.00am on both days and will close at 8pm and there will be a huge collecting bin for all of the phones that the charity hopes

Carry on ‘liking’…! EVEN MORE people have liked RTN’s Facebook page this week and we are pleased to announce that the winners of the Terra Natura tickets this week are Kelly Tompkins and Peter Paterson. Thanks for ‘liking’ RTN an we would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to all those who ‘liked’ our page during the last week. IT COULD BE YOU NEXT WEEK We still have 16 pairs of tickets to Terra Natura in Benidorm to give away so get ‘liking’ RTN’s Facebook page now! Each week for the next eight weeks we will pick out two lucky winners, so who knows, next week it could be you! To ‘like’ RTN’s page all you have to do is log into your own personal Facebook page and look up Round Town News in the search area and we will be right there. Click on ‘Like’ and just by doing that you will be entered into our free prize draw. It won’t cost you a cent to do it so why not give it a go? All the usual RTN Prize Draw Terms and Conditions apply.

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Life horoscopes Combined forces of a warring Mars and a scrupulous Virgo combine to shed some light on the truth of the matter right now. Have faith in your own divinations since you have a gut reaction that things are not what they seem to be, and someone now has some explaining to do. Keep your wits about you, and understand there is a reason for Cosmic conflict right now.

Mercury enters with a need to greatly simplify your complicated life right now. You have taken on rather too much, but time will tell as a drama doesn’t have to be a crisis and you need to take charge. There are sometimes when no is the right response, and saying yes hasn’t taken into account the fact that you have well and truly bitten off far more than you can chew! The midweek Annular Solar Eclipse and the New Moon are connecting in your fifth house of apprehension and resolve. There will be shifts this week, confusing ones, and especially with regard to communications whereby a smokescreen only hides the natural way forward and throws you generally off course. Pause and re run in your mind what you think is the best foot forward now. Mercury follows its own course and illuminates clearly a way ahead that gives you a run for your money. Better have things this way than to have to sit and wait for a verdict you would never be able to accept anyway. The crux of the matter is to have the final say, and be true to yourself by telling things your way; and hereby bringing transparency into play. The Saturn effect brings wit and wisdom into a pressing situation this weekend. Never forget that you like to take control, but that you are sometimes afraid to face up to facts when your errors of judgment are exposed. In this case know that you did what you did for good reason, and you must manage to maintain your options open to enable you to see both sides of the coin. Mars really does set the cat amongst the pigeons as something planned backfires and has an opposite effect. Never mind what anyone thinks, what has to happen right now is that some sincere home truths need to be told, with no holding back, and with a view to putting your cards on the table. Be distinct and keep all that you can under wraps until the time is right. Saturn has a way of highlighting the obvious, but nobody seems to want to claim the space that they deserve this week. Something rather wonderful is about to happen, and when it comes it will shake the foundation of your equilibrium and bring a totally new concept into play. Enjoy both the emotional freedom and the right to establish yourself, once and for all. Time for something new as wayward energies bring pockets of negative energy around you, and you are left having to prove yourself once again. Whilst this does consolidate what you are all about, you have been sorely tested as late and do not need any further stresses to pour oil on troubled waters. Look to your opposing sign of Taurus as this is where the action is. When all is said and done you have once again saved the day. Tact and charm have contributed into making amends, smoothing very poignantly any backlash or regret. With Jupiter crossing the Cosmos and positive energies of Mercury and Saturn it is no wonder you put two and two together, but thank goodness that you did, and that there was no ulterior motive. Pluto has become rather a welcome visitor, but there will always be a time when you need protection and amnesty. This is a very good time to put your best foot forward and to experience something new. Making the most of changes brought about right now is your inspiration, your right, and reveals a welcome use of your highly psychic gift of intuition and gut reaction. Time flies by and your feet are not going to touch the ground. You are very happy like this because you are able to focus your attention well away from what is the main event right now. As Mercury hits on Taurus the Cosmos looks to you for solution and calm in a situation that could so very well go completely out of control with devastating results. A financial warning beckons to you and actions are needed to bring a positive economic result and a review of fiscal matters, and how they are to be best dealt with. Blame any pressure on the confusion brought about by Gemini as doubt and indecision clouds a rapid solution and steers you towards a frank and professional review from someone who knows their stuff!

Kenny corris

Affirmative The two most powerful words you can ever use are simply, “I Am”. Affirming and powerful they are a step away from indecisive statements that we make, sometimes unconsciously, from time to time. “I would like to” What does that mean exactly? It automatically makes you feel that something is stopping the situation to start with, and assumes that maybe that that you would like to do will never happen. “I’ll try!” Not good enough, don’t try, but do, the action of intention is greatly emphasised when you have a positive backing, because otherwise there is a leeway to feel that you have failed; and so you do. Affirmations are a wonderful way of getting your Spiritual Message heard; and they adhere to your good intention as they echo inside you and sincerely prove your innermost wishes. Positive and inspiring, you can ask for what you want and twist it into an inspiring phrase that will see you meet your needs; especially if your affirmation comes straight from the heart or even the soul; which it can. Asking for what you want in a repetition may seem like learning your nine times table, but hey there are still some of us out there who heard the beat when we chanted, “nine nines are eighty one!” And we never forgot it. Did we? Affirmations are highly personal prompt statements that adequately reflect just what we want to happen. This makes them both specific and personal, not selfish and self effacing. They may seem dreamlike, but aim

Kenny’s diary Monday 21st May and Wednesday 23rd May: Readings at The Bistro Maya in Albir. Next to the BBVA bank, close to the beach front. Bookings from 16.30. Call Els or her team on: 966 868 213 “An Audience with Kenny Corris” A Show with clairvoyant energies, readings, and how to develop your connection with Spirit. Currently being presented in five countries. Some bookings for Spain still available to help boost your Charities’ fund raising. Please call Kenny for details direct on: 686 361 594 2012 Lightworkers Course: Day Workshop: Held in Finestrat: How to enter the Fifth Dimension Now listing for Saturday June 2nd. Call 686 361 594. Climbing the Ladder: Day Workshop: Held in Finestrat: How to start an effective connection with Spirit. Now listing: Saturday June 16th. Call 686 361 594.

high, ask for what you need, don’t give up and you never know what will happen. Closely examine what end result you need, and keep it personal and apt, whether you want to reduce weight, stop smoking, look carefully at your own spirituality and what it can mean, or to open your heart after closure on emotional grounds. Affirmations work and your own words are better than those you may read or copy. Asking for what you want does not constitute begging, but it does put you in the frame when gifts are given; most affirmations are answered. That means you can go on with another. Be distinct and be brief. Ask to eliminate fears, ask for changes to affect your life or just wishing and hoping, all is possible. Then you have to believe that what you really want is possible. The repetition of your affirmation will help send the message to just where it is needed. Then comes result. Belief is a firm foundation whereby we are constantly tested and if we do have it, it helps, always. Faith, fate and destiny depend on our intensity and our sensitivity. Love, wisdom, fantasy and passion are our inspiration. So go for it. What are you waiting for? Keep it short and snappy and then you will use it when you need it. Like any useful tool it should always have its place, and you use it when you will. Remember to ask for what you deserve, no begging and no holds barred.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

Postbag Email your letters to me at: Kenny when times are hard I kneel and say my prayers just the way I did when I was a little girl. I ask to be blessed and hope that I get what I need to help me to move on and fulfil much that I feel that I have to do with my life. Lately I feel nothing is happening and I am beginning to feel that I am being left out of something that others seem to be able to get. Ivy N. Hi Ivy! I want you to try a new approach in your way of asking please. It may seem to Spirit that you are begging for something, and if you feel that you don’t really deserve what you ask for then you will not get it anyway! Try asking for that which you deserve to have, because the answer to, “Please may I have?” can be, “No”. If you then deserve what you ask for you should get it, and then you can say thank you. I don’t feel you will be left out in any way but try to ask distinctly, know what you deserve, and go for it. Try it! The power is really with positive action and belief in result.

If it’s your birthday this week

Love enters your heart, but you are waiting for something that will allow you to see what’s immediately ahead and predicted for you, instead of grasping that an immediate opportunity will allow you to enjoy a bigger slice of the pie!



Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword Across 1. Select tool (4) 3. The bird is heather after the chief actor (8) 8. The only sound spirit (4) 9. Worthless stuff from tricky card-players? (8) 11. The reason for the command is a matter of formal procedure (5,2,5) 13. Charge for hire could have been learnt (6) 14. Allow mischievous child to be included - he’s a sticker! (6) 17. Does nobody take the chair in the chamber? (8-4) 20. Tore tape up to make short musical drama (8) 21. The sort of performance one would expect from a recluse (4) 22. Freedom from restraint on the map, perhaps (8) 23. Abandoned socialism, perhaps (4)

Word Ladders


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Down 1. Travel document shows father’s a good fellow! (8) 2. Warning; confused education deal is out (7) 4. Economy in the garden? (6) 5. Coupling made again? (10) 6. She figures in their energetic display (5) 7. The artist should leave yawning at first (4) 10. The taint meant an accomplishment (10) 12. Completely get rid of the latest philatelic issue? (5,3) 15. Suggest work in writing other than poetry (7) 16. Dismissed from the prospect of becoming the better half (6) 18. Pilfering article 12 in. long (5) 19. Fathead, the wise bird is a bird! (4)

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.

Across 1. Profound (4) 3. Ready (8) 8. Tastes (4) 9. Star (8) 11. Confusion (12) 13. Wanders (6) 14. Grab (6) 17. Incarceration (12) 20. Mitigated (8) 21. Eyot (4) 22. Pause (8) 23. Burden (4)

Down 1. Undeceive (8) 2. Authorise (7) 4. Duty list (6) 5. Excelling (3-7) 6. Rule (5) 7. Ditch (4) 10. Skip school (4,6) 12. Movable possessions (8) 15. Treachery (7) 16. Climb (6) 18. Hebrew leader (5) 19. Reckless (4)

Euromillions Draw Friday 11th May 2012

1 13 17 38 44

No ticket won

Tuesday 15 th May 2012 Last weeks crossword winner: Hillary Smith, Javea

2 11 13 26 50

No ticket won






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Life cars

Black boxes in our cars?

Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

Old boy racers

IN THE UK insurance companies are keen to fit ‘black boxes’ in all drivers’ vehicles. This is a suggested move in the UK and several volunteers are testing the system already and I have asked my broker for his opinions based on what the insurance companies are planning to do in Spain if anything. In the UK they are voluntary at present used by younger drivers to reduce their premiums. The black box is a transmitter that is in effect

a ‘Tacograph’ that sends all the drivers’ actions to a receiver via satellite owned by the insurance companies, advising them how fast the car is travelling; how hard it is braked and driven around corners; and at what time of the day these occur. A Tacograph, for those who do not know, is a device that records these actions, available for some years. Originally there was a disc

Digital tacograph

of paper that rotated and a pen operated by the early Tacographs that recorded the actions on the paper. For the last few years all commercial vehicles over a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of 3 500kg have by law to have to have a Tacograph fitted but not to send information to the insurance companies. If stopped by the law the police can check how many hours the driver has been at the wheel as well as driving manners. The modern ones are computerised and record the information onto a card that can be removed and read by the police on a special laptop they can carry. In recorded cases the information has been successfully used to show that the driver of the equipped vehicle was not at fault after an accident or even a speeding charge so all is not bad. The test cases show that accidents are reduced by around 25% as drivers know that their premiums will increase if they drive ‘recklessly’ even without having an accident and there is a website that can be accessed by users to see how they are doing. Anything that reduces insurance premiums has to be good. More when known…

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

THIS MONTH’S rally for the Torrevieja Classics and Specialists Car Club was a very different and unique event. 16 drivers of classics met at the Lo Monte Hotel on Sunday 12th May at 11.30 for coffee before proceeding along the AP7 towards Cartegena, taking a detour through orange groves and countryside to the new Velocity Racing Circuit just north of Cartagena next to the A30 motorway. Demonstrations of car handling/ driving skills were followed by the chance for those that wanted to drive the old cars around the circuit. Fourteen lined up behind the Safety Car and completed three laps of the Oval circuit followed by one lap of the main circuit. The pictures show the cars in action and returning to the pits… The race track then resumed normal business, entertaining the crowd with modified circuit racing cars. If you would like to join our rallies please contact the Club by visiting our website, or contact Ron Blackwell on 96 679 1212 - or come along to our next monthly meeting on Wednesday 6th June at 7.30pm in the Cafeteria Marina Club in the International Marina.



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Being reasonable Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

JUST THIS week I was amazed again by the actions of one of the society secretary friends I have made in our part of Spain. I have long supported society golf and see it, like many golf club owners, as the lifeblood of golf in our area. During a visit to a golf course in the northern part of The Costa Blanca I was having a coffee and a chat when I was told by someone that he had cancelled a number of bookings with a golf club because he thought there was too much course maintenance going on during his golf society’s weekly meeting. There was, in my understanding, the use of chain saws and tractors and mowers as the golfers were playing their golf. Should they be surprised at this? Just when are staff to perform essential maintenance if not during daylight hours? The golfers, I have no doubt, were in all likelihood disturbed at some time during their rounds of golf but I am sure that the staff were respectful during their work. The manager is a golfer himself and will have told his staff to stop heavy and noisy machinery

when golfers were nearby. I am as aware as anyone that excessive noise is not something golfers are used to but surely that on one occasion is not enough to cancel bookings made for the remainder of this year? The really disappointing thing was that the whole truth was not told to the golf club manager until I told him in a later conversation about bookings I was making for a group from abroad. Course maintenance is a necessary evil and something we all have to put up with at times. We British expatriates in particular are quick to criticise clubs when they do not reach the standards we look for so why penalise a club for doing it on a day when your golf society was there? They did not choose the day for this work just because they knew that society were due; it was scheduled long before as at all golf clubs. Sadly this highlights how little some of our golf societies are willing to work with golf clubs and even to talk to them and express disappointment. In the present market there is no way the golf club would


allow six months of bookings to walk away unless they are really stupid so a solution was there to be discussed. All that has happened is a load more work to get new bookings, a sour taste left in the mouth and a soured relationship with a golf club. WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@roundtownnews. com. The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 18TH MAY 2012 Where is the venue for the annual Players Championship on The US PGA Tour? A. California B. Florida C. Arizona All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 31st May 2012 to be entered into May’s draw, which will be made on 1st June. The winner will be announced in RTN on 8th June 2012.

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The Professional Scene THE PLAYERS Championship is what the Americans like to call ‘The Fifth Major’: it is not quite that big an event but it is the richest prize on offer on The US PGA Tour. Last week’s event saw new World No.1 Rory McIllroy unsurprisingly have a weekend off after competing poorly over a golf course he really seems to struggle on. Not the same though for Matt Kuchar. He is fast becoming one of the very best America has to offer and he deservedly picked up the winner’s cheque of US$1.17m and rises to a career high number five in The Official World Golf Rankings. The highlight of the golfing season outside of the four major championships is now right on our doorstop. The PGA Championship at Wentworth is the highlight of The European

Tour season and a redesigned West Course will once again test the very best of European golf. With a prize fund topping €4.5m there is good reason to compete in this event. Defending champion Luke Donald can move back to number one with a good finish and having won on this course it would be no surprise to see successful defence. Lee Westwood loves Wentworth so the battle for the top prize will see all of the top three in the rankings competing for the most sought after regular tour event by practically all the tour players. With The West Course now measuring over 7,200 yards the winner will not only have to be long but straight as well, particularly when it comes to the recently much criticised 18th

hole which has been changed again this year after several players complained last year that it was too difficult to hit in two shots. Extensive TV coverage will mean viewers should be able to watch some top class golf on one of Europe’s top courses. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK Clean golf clubs will certainly help you make better contact with the ball. Try to clean your clubs after every shot by using a damp cloth. NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY AT EL PLANTIO Quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members, contact Noel on 639 730 891.


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Andy Kay Roy’s already scraping the barrel The Final Whistle

SO ROY Hodgson has named his squad for Euro 2012 and rather like when the former West Brom boss was appointed as national coach, I’m neither excited nor disappointed by it. For sure, you can make an argument for some of those who have been omitted... I’d have taken Rio Ferdinand over John Terry whom I think has been in poor form of late and I would have preferred Adam Johnson instead of Stewart Downing but in the main, he probably hasn’t got too much to play with. He hasn’t got the chance to

blood new players and so he needs to take some of the old guard who have performed (or in some cases underperformed) at major championships in the past. To put it into perspective, out of the squad of 23 I’d suggest that at least 6 or 7 aren’t even first choice players at their clubs in the Premier League. That’s a serious lack of depth and in a group that contains France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine, making the knock-out stages could be seen as a major success. GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY I am confused as to the recent experiments being carried out in the UK on goal line technology. It seems a ton of money is being spent on this by various interested parties, although not enough by some as 10 out of the 12 candidates failed to make it past the first round of testing. I’m sure someone with technical know-how will explain to me why this won’t work but why not position two HD video / still cameras on each post or on the crossbar and link them back to the fourth official by wi-fi or a hard line? Some of these cameras are no bigger than a match-box and TV shows like Top Gear use them all the time to film in car sequences. If

Fishing Maggots End by

David Hoare 968 199 279

THIS WEEK’S competition was the 3rd round of the Summer League, the venue being the Rio Segura, Murcia. Well, it has been several weeks since we fished this venue, but nature has decided in that time to take over. Swims that we fished just those weeks ago are now unfishable with the reeds marching along the banks and across the river. If the Murcia federation doesn’t do anything very soon there will be about 10 to 15 swims only! The flow of the river is now very sedate to at times virtually non-existent. Whether this is the precursor as to the work that will be carried out is anybody’s guess. The good thing is the river is still fishing well. TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st Neil (The Boy) McBirnie fishing the pole using pellet and corn with 20.84 kilos 2nd Lenny (Ex Cultural Attache) fishing the pole using pellet and paste with 19.00 kilos 3rd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the pole using bread with 18.42 kilos INDIVIDUAL RESULTS AFTER 3 ROUNDS 1st Ian Dalzell with 9 points 2nd Dave Hutchinson with 16 points 3rd Dave Hoare with 17 points PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 603 535 771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen The 8th round of the Spring Series saw us fishing the

they are good enough for Jeremy, Captain Slow, Hammond and The Stig, then they are good enough for me. The pictures provided by the likes of Sky and the BBC already seem to clear up 99% of all questionable decisions so you could add those shots in to the mix when a game is televised: cheap, easy and already technically achievable. Unless you know different! SLUGGER BARTON Later this summer, former World Heavyweight champion David Haye will fight Dereck Chisora in a non-title bout that is not being sanctioned by the British Boxing Board

of Control. Promoter Frank Warren will weave his usual magic and the pre-fight hype will doubtless reach epic proportions. But here’s a about the winner to meet Joey Barton in a winner-take-all, Britain’s-mostdespicable-sportsman encounter? I am, as many of you will know, a QPR fan but Barton’s behaviour last weekend at Man City was nothing short of appalling. Sure, he may have been provoked but retaliation is no excuse. Nor is outright assault, something for which Haye and Chisora have a bit of previous. As for Barton, he’s a former client of the charity named Sporting Chance. Well, this might be another one!

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Embalsa De Argos 8th May. I was informed that the moon is now at its closest to the Earth for many years, and there are a lot of Anglers who believe these lunar phases have an effect on fishing. The late Sean Egan, a well-known fisherman from Athlone, published a book on this subject and also advised on what he thought were the best days to go fishing: perhaps this could possibly be the cause of the poor fishing at Argos this week. The fish would not come up in the water for the hemp and catching fish was hard for this time of the year - we would normally expect bags of between 15 and 30kgs. 1st Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 21.100kg fishing the feeder using pellet and the pole using hemp 2nd Bill (The Master) Reade with 14.040kg fishing the feeder using corn and pole using hemp and tares 3rd Lennie (The ExCultural Attache) Bolton with 11.700kg fishing pole using pellet All details are available on or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368 Anglers Together THE OBJECTIVE of Anglers Together has been reached (which was to introduce anglers to each other). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past 4 years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email:

El Cid Bowling Club hosts the J&J Trophy

THE ANNUAL J&J Trophy competition is sponsored by Coral & Trevor Wearn in remembrance of John & Joan Lucas who started up the competition back in 1997. Lloyds Bank International in Denia is also delighted to be one of the sponsors of the El Cid Bowling Club. Representatives attended the event, on hand to give information and a few free gifts to participants! Apart from members of El Cid, entrants came from Benitachell Bowls Club, Javea Green Bowls Club and also two clubs in England. The overall winners of this Pairs Competition were Peter Collins and Viv Erridge from Benitchell Bowls Club. Needless to say El Cid will be fighting to get the trophy back next year and have a strategy in mind! Apart from the fantastic and experienced players they already have, they are actively seeking new members and would love to see a few more from the younger generation. Flat green bowling is not just for the ‘3rd age’ - people of any age can enjoy this sport and this was proven on the day when Nacho from Lloyds Bank International bowled his first ball ever and beat the Captain: perhaps it was beginners luck! El Cid is a fabulous complex with bar, restaurant, pool, banqueting facilities, accommodation and even a hairdresser! For further information about the club please contact Richard Watson on 96 648 2043 or pay a welcome visit.

FC Torrevieja news

LAST SUNDAY Torry played their final game of the season against already relegated Mislata. It was an emotional occasion for the old war-horse and local hero Corcoles as it was his final appearance for the club. He received presentations from the football club, the Frente Salineros supporters club and from the Mayor and Councillor for Sport of Torrevieja. Torry won the game in style with goals from Corella, Corcoles and Ramiro and after the game there was a BBQ which many of the supporters stayed behind to enjoy. The players of FC Torrevieja have played for the ‘badge’ this season and entertained with some good performances. It’s now the Euro 2012 Championships and the Olympics to look forward to before next season. Have a good summer…

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