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Care time bomb HEALTH AGENCIES and charities are at full stretch trying to help expats desperately in need of care but unable to afford nursing. by Jack Troughton

Dad Rick with Finlay

Fun for all the family at Finley’s fun day

At 19 weeks old Finley was diagnosed with a rare genetic syndrome Potocki Lupski Syndrome (PTLS) and Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT). Finley’s parents, Leanne and Rick, are desperately trying to raise awareness and money to enable research to help support Finley’s future. Read the full story on page 53

The problem centres on – but is not exclusive to – elderly Brits who retired to Spain but failed to make provision for long term ill health, especially in their final years. And along Spain’s Mediterranean coast a flood of people are crying out for help but frequently waited too long before applying for state aid. In some rare cases, people were, sadly, just found dead in their homes. “A ‘care time bomb’ may be a very dramatic way of describing the situation but it is the truth,” said Sue Ruela, of the 3C Care Agency. “It is a perfect description of what we face here in the next few years. It is tragic.” Sue said the agency’s nurses covered an area from Denia to the Mar Menor and were discovering people needing a range of care but without the money to get it. “Every day brings up someone else who has not made any provisions and their family has no money and they are in dire circumstances. There is a lack of forethought about the future.”

And she confirmed there was a range of help available through social services – people need to be registered on the town hall ‘padron’ first. But frequently, they did not make inquiries until it was too late and it could take weeks and in some cases up to 18 months to organise. Sue said it was not just senior citizens but younger people who came to Spain and found perfectly good jobs who found themselves trapped. “For example someone develops cancer or suffers a stroke and cannot work and they are looked after by their partner – who then falls ill as well. There’s no money coming in yet they need a range of things and care,” she said. “On the other hand everyone would like a crystal ball to see into the future but to shut your eyes to the problem is a bit dicey.” Sue said she spent hours every day calling charities including Age Concern, HELP, the Royal British Legion and the Freemasons who generously helped out in the short term. Continued on page 3

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Continued from front page “But, understandably, they cannot fork out for long term care, they can only step in to offer emergency care or a bit of respite care,” she added. Carole Saunders, an English councillor at Calpe Town Hall, said “people are beside themselves with worry” over the growing numbers of people unable to cope with living on their own – often unable to cook, to wash themselves or their clothes and descending into “squalor”. “I know in one case there was a couple in their eighties who were incapable of looking after themselves anymore – they refused point blank any offer of help from social services although they were unable to feed or wash themselves any longer,” she told RTN. “They were surrounded by piles of dirty clothing yet unable to make a cup of tea. They were often wandering the streets while their home became a hovel.

PENSION “In another case, a couple lived on a pension of 900€ a month and were able to get by – until they needed care. You can get by on 900€ a month but not when you suddenly face a weekly care bill of 750€.” Carole said the situation was becoming “a very real and very depressing problem” and it was hoped to build up a network between hard working charities, various agencies and the British Consulate in Alicante in a bid to start solving the health emergency. She added: “One of the problems is when people get to the stage they need help they are too proud to admit to it. “People have to swallow their pride and admit their health is deteriorating and get help – there is help available through social services. “And you must not simply put your head in the sand and think it will never happen to you.”

Creative t-shirts in San Vicente del Raspeig IN SAN VICENTE del Raspeig this week a design workshop successfully completed a course involving twenty youngsters who were shown how to design and print t-shirts. Mayor Mariela Torregrosa explained that the students were taught to print their own t-shirt designs using two techniques utilising tracing templates to produce original images.

School canteens empty in favour of packed lunches STUDENTS ACROSS Spain are taking a packed lunch to school to save cash in the crisis but experts at the Spanish Nutrition Foundation say that school dinners provide more nourishment for growing kids. The average cost of a school meal is around 8% - 10% more than the lunchbox version leading to 1,926,887 school goers that used the school canteen in 2010 abandoning the dining room for a sandwich lunch. Nutrition experts agree that the packed lunch alternative makes it difficult to assess and regulate a healthy, balanced diet for students. Possible solutions to the problem are being debated, including reducing the cost of school meals and possible school board regulation on standards for packed meals.

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‘Expat bashing’ campaign generates antagonism by Louise Clarke IT APPEARS that the tabloid newspapers in the UK are at it again. After infuriating residents, business owners and visitors of Benidorm by saying that the town was ‘on its knees’, as reported in last week’s RTN, one newspaper has allegedly and unlawfully leaked a decision from the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) to allow all expats over the age of 60 years and who live within the EU and Switzerland, a £200 winter fuel payment and for those over 80 years of age, £300. The leak came during an on-going judicial appeal and the article’s author, The Sun’s Political Editor, Tom Newton Dunne, announced that the Strasbourg ruling means that “no matter when expats hit pensionable age or how long they have been dodging UK taxes” they can apply for the payment. LOYAL David R. Burrage, Legal Adviser and

spokesman for the British Expats Association, who is currently involved in representing the appellant in this legal action to secure this payment for expat residents, told RTN: “The national newspaper’s article has aroused much enquiry in this matter, not to mention concerns and anger by many of our fellow expatriate citizens, where the overwhelming majority are also loyal British patriots.” The association has therefore felt compelled to attempt to redress the much generated antagonism that is now being shown towards expatriate citizens in not only this but other matters. LIP SERVICE Mr. Burrage added: “There has been an orchestrated campaign of vilifying expat citizens, who have chosen to exercise their right of free movement during their retirement and move to other EU countries. Most of them have also contributed to the wealth of

Cooling down on the Costa Blanca THE HEAT wave that hit the Costa Blanca last week will abate over the next few days according to the Spanish Meteorological Agency AEMET. Temperatures over the next week are expected to be significantly lower: maximums of 32º - 34º and high humidity although with a warm 20kph breeze to make life bearable! Yellow alerts are still in place over much of the region and residents and visitors are reminded to take plenty of fluids and wear a hat along with protective eyewear.

Expats are repeatedly being vilified in the UK press, especially retirees

the UK during their working lives and a very large percentage of expatriates are retained by HMRC for income tax purposes.” He concluded: “This campaign of ‘expat bashing’ has been generated from within both

our present and former Governments and the gutter press have paid lip service in the belief it may help sell their tabloid. As a result of this campaign the Internet is over loaded with hate mail directed towards expatriates.”

Robin Hood unrepentant

THE REGIONAL deputy and mayor of UI Marinaleda (Sevilla), Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, otherwise known as ‘Spain’s Robin Hood’ following an incident last week when he and his followers removed food items from Mercadona’s shelves to distribute to hungry families, remains unrepentant and says it will be “an honour” to go to jail, adding that he is not in the Willing least afraid of being arrested. Sánchez Gordillo and his supporters had to go intended to deliver the stolen items to a soup kitchen in Seville but to jail eventually gave them to a block of flats occupied by homeless people.

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Fairground accident injures five

FOUR MEMBERS of the same family were injured on Monday night in a fairground accident in Guardamar del Segura. by Louise Clarke The accident occurred at the summer fair shortly before 10pm, when two of the cars on a ride called Hercules came off the track. According to Town Hall sources, a fault occurred on the ride which resulted in the accident and amongst the injured was a 50 year old Norwegian lady who was seriously injured after suffering cuts to the neck and the abdomen. The fair was immediately closed down by the Local Police whilst fire and ambulance service personnel attended to the injured. The injured lady was then transported to the Hospital of San Juan in Alicante. INVESTIGATION Meanwhile, a family of Spaniards; a couple and their two sons, were riding in the second car and all suffered from severe bruising. They were taken to hospital in Torrevieja for treatment but later discharged. The Guardia Civil has launched a full investigation and were quickly on hand to take photos of the scene of the accident as well as check the paperwork and permits of the fair. A Guardia Civil spokesman later told RTN that all the documentation of the ride and the fair as a whole was in order. FAILURE The Mayor of Guardamar, Carmen VerdĂş, also attended the fairground accompanied by the Councillor responsible for Safety, Felipe Aldeguer, to inquire about the condition of the wounded. The attraction was sealed off whilst the investigation took place and the exact reason behind the failure of the ride is still being determined. The fair is located every summer on a plot of municipal land between the market and the Reina Sofia Park. The area can get very crowded, especially at this time of year and so there were many people on site when the accident occurred.

Anti-drunk driving campaign a success The fairground is located close to the Reina Sofia Park

POLICE IN Alcoy are delighted to report that out of a total of 66 sobriety checks only two drivers submitted positive results when tested for illegal alcohol levels. The five checkpoints placed at strategic locations in the city were introduced in July as part of a campaign to reduce road deaths due to drunk driving and the devices will remain in place throughout the rest of the summer.

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Yes this is actually happening, with a national company being taken over by a very large Spanish multinational one, at present with no special expats division. This will mean that most of the English-speaking doctors will disappear and you will discover that there will be a far smaller local medical directory. This particular company does not have English speaking personnel. Therefore unless you speak Spanish you may find great difficulty when you need to contact them at their head office in Madrid: all their paperwork is in Spanish and to be honest, they will have absolutely no experience within the expat market. Due to the policies being in Spanish, many clients will have no idea of the cover they have - or rather don’t have - or the specific conditions of their policies. Should you or your partner become ill it would obviously be a very stressful time and my company appreciates this fact. That is why I personally employ a full time administrator. Mandy is bi-lingual with her first language English. She fully understands how difficult it can sometimes become living in Spain and how people need to have reassurance and guidance when they are worried about their health. She personally will handle appointments for you and any translations that you require and won’t leave you to face an illness on your own. Therefore I was pleased when

our medical health provider was able to offer a solution to be able to allay any fears that you may have of your uncertain future with your current health provider or the takeover. As a company I have worked with Asssa for many years and find their understanding of the different requirements of the expat market is first class. We have a very large portfolio of Asssa clients and I know they appreciate the extra mile that Mandy always goes for them. I am therefore delighted that after many discussions, Asssa have given my company a wonderful alternative with which any of the Jennifer Cunningham Offices can assist you. This has been especially designed for clients wishing to have an alternative to the large multinational company they are automatically being transferred to, without any explanation of the product, or the service they will be receiving. As an expat myself, this would personally make me feel very uncomfortable, but with Asssa’s philosophy, which is to ensure complete transparency you will know exactly what the cover on your policy is. One of the specific differences to all other policies is that ‘The Age you Join is The Age you Stay’: how wonderful not to be penalised for ageing - and also you have ‘Guaranteed for Life’ which means that should you have a serious illness, the policy will not be can-

celled for cost - and should your illness return, full cover remains in place and this is in bold letters in all of the brochures and propaganda. As I always advise you, the written word is paramount - people may promise you the earth, but unless it’s in writing be very careful. Unfortunately, the expectations of the national company were too great and they underestimated the ageing population in the expat market and their outgoing costs became prohibitive, causing the takeover by a larger company. Asssa are very mindful of this situation occurring and are therefore very careful not to over-extend themselves, enabling them to continue to grow with complete security. Their medical directory is very impressive, with as many as possible of the doctors and hospitals being able to communicate with you in your own language or alternatively translators are provided for your convenience. The process of the transfer via my offices is very straight forward and the policy you will have from Asssa will be very similar to your existing one - it will just continue on, but with local offices to assist. Your and your family’s health is vitally important, especially in a different country to your own. Please may I suggest that you don’t just leave it to chance but try to discover for yourself what is going on? The fact that you may not have heard from your existing company does not mean that it is not happening - you will either receive a letter in Spanish, or you will be automatically transferred on 1st January 2013. I therefore suggest that you contact Mandy on 96 646 1690 for more information.

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Coastal councillor criticised for not supporting local businesses by Louise Clarke BUSINESSES IN Orihuela Costa have criticised the Town Hall, in particular the Councillor for the Coast, Pedro Mancebo, for not supporting local businesses and inviting them to take part in an outlet fair which is currently taking place on the promenade at Playa Flamenca. The Hotel and Restaurant Business Association of Orihuela Costa has told RTN that the CLR Councillor and his colleagues at the Department of Commerce have ignored the association and representatives of the five neighbourhood and business associations based on the coast and said that the Departments of Tourism and Orihuela Costa at the Town Hall, both run by Pedro Mancebo, are not including them in the organisation of such events on the coast. CONSPIRACY The Coastal Business Associations, which represent more than 400 members, have expressed their anger at not being able to take part in the outlet fair which has been running for nine days and is scheduled to close this Sunday, 19th August. Representatives of Turicosta, ECO and Asocosta as well as members of the Orihuela Costa Neighbourhood Platform, have not only attacked the Councillor, they also accused his CLR colleague, Juan Ignacio López-Bas of “conspiracy of silence”, because in his capacity as Councillor for the Department of Commerce, he is the one person responsible for the organisation of such an event.

The outlet fair in Playa Flamenca is open until Sunday

IGNORING OPINION A Spokesman for the associations told RTN: “We are not happy because this event has been organised during the main holiday season; a time when the Orihuela Coast receives the most tourists and visitors to its beaches.” Alfredo Diego, the President of Turicosta, the association that unites businesses from the tourist sector, commented: “The Town Hall is ignoring the opinion and the interests of the local commerce.” Diego Vázquez, of Asocosta, added: “It is unbelievable that in these times of economic hardship, the Town Hall is organising an event like this outlet fair and ignoring us completely.” ADDITIONAL EXPENSE In response, Pedro Mancebo told RTN

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that these were unfair and false accusations. He said: “The company behind the event invited all the local business associations to take part and they declined as there was a cost of 300€ for the 20 day duration of the fair. “The company involved paid the Town Hall to hold this fair on public land and we specifically stated within the terms and conditions that local businesses must be invited to take part. Unfortunately most businesses declined because of the additional expense involved. They have been used to getting this kind of thing for free in the past but the Town Hall cannot afford to do that anymore.” The Councillor also wanted to point out that at no point have any of the business associations contacted the Town Hall with similar event proposals.

THE OFFICIAL School of Languages (EOI) in Alcoy has beaten its previous record for enrolment applications for the next academic year 2012-2013 with English remaining the language most in demand. Out of 2,483 applications an astounding 1,518 registered for English classes, the rest for German and French. The number of enrolments again exceeded the number of places available according to the centre’s director Cristina Gomis.

Mayor addresses residents’ issues

By Louise Clarke THE MAYOR of Pilar de la Horadada, José Fidel Ros, has met with residents of Mil Palmeras this week during their regular Neighbours Association meeting. The invitation was made to the Mayor in order that he can address issues of concern with the local citizens. Dozens of residents attended the meeting, which was also attended by the Councillor for Public Safety, Francisco Lancharro. The Mayor listened with interest and concern to the requests of the residents who are affiliated with the Neighbours Association, which has been established in the town for just over two years and brings

The Mayor and Councillor addressed residents’ issues

together about 230 families of various different nationalities. Most of the issues focussed on resolving doubts about the municipal public or private areas, pruning of the green areas and an evaluation of Mil Palmeras fiestas that took place last week. The Mayor also detailed several of the projects that the Town Hall has planned in the area during the coming months. The Alcaldesa Pedánea and President of the Association, British expat resident, Louise A. Innes, thanked the neighbours for their interest and collaboration in the meeting as well as their support in helping to make Mil Palmeras continue to grow as it has done in recent months.

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Over my dead body

by Louise Clarke FOLLOWING THE article in last week’s paper about the residents of Valle del Sol taking their illegal homes case to the European Parliament, RTN was invited to meet the Murcia Councillor for Districts, Manuel Duran, to discuss the situation that the homeowners find themselves in. Accompanied by Lee Monks, the President of the Valle del Sol Residents Association, RTN visited the Councillor at his offices in Baños y Mendigo earlier this week and was told that the Town Hall is prepared to negotiate the fines that have been imposed, but that homeowners must come forward to do the negotiations themselves. LAST RESORT Many affected properties have also had embargoes placed on them and although the auction of these properties would be the “very last resort”, according to the Councillor, this could not be ruled out. He said: “There are properties in the Valle del Sol that have fines and em-

bargoes placed on them and even now some of the homeowners are unaware, so we ask them to get in touch with the Town Hall in Murcia to find out exactly what their position is.” And embargoes are still being placed with one resident receiving his last week for more than 40,000€. The Councillor also said that some of the embargoes are in the final stages and therefore the Town Hall will auction these properties if they need to in order to retrieve any owed fines. LOW INCOME Lee Monks has an embargo on her property. She told RTN: “They will get my house over my dead body! The majority of the affected residents are pensioners on a low income, how can we afford to pay these fines? Where will we go if they auction our homes?” In response to this, the Councillor said that they had to follow the law in this matter and the mechanisms of

Fiestas attracts hundreds

By Louise Clarke THE STREETS of Torre de la Horadada were packed on Tuesday evening for the Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, the patron saint of the pedanía, which lies on the coast line of Pilar de la Horadada. A musical fanfare signalled the start of the event at 7pm Lee Monks and then the residents and visitors began to join in with the and traditional procession which was headed by locals carrying Murcia’s floral wreaths and tributes. Councillor for The parade made its way from the Guardia Civil barracks, Districts, located near the marina to the main church in the centre Manuel of Torre de la Horadada. The Mayor of Pilar de la Horadada, Duran José Fidel Ros, congratulated the organisers of the fiestas and highlighted the efforts made year after year by the Guild to maintain and preserve the image of the patron. the law state that fines and embargoes Following the procession, a religious ceremony was must be imposed if a property has been held in the church and medals were awarded to the new built illegally. He did concede however members of the Guild. At midnight, it was time for the that the residents had been ‘conned’ by blessing of children born within the last year and they the promoters but as the paperwork is were presented to the priest by their parents for the special all under the names of the homeowndedication. ers, the Town Hall had no choice but to On Wednesday, the traditional bank holiday saw impose the fines on them. hundreds of barbecues take place on the beach of NOT A JOKE Higuericas which attracted thousands of locals, tourists and He also added that the Town Hall is visitors alike. prepared to review each case on an individual basis and that there is a lot of manoeuvrability with regards to the monetary amount of the fines imposed, but he reiterated that the residents AFTER MORE than a year of intense municipal intervention must want to negotiate and make an an illegal phone mast has been removed from a residential effort to do so. area in Crevillent. The mobile phone antenna was installed He said: “These embargoes are not a on a farm without municipal authorisation and was immedijoke. We will put the affected houses ately the subject of angry complaints from residents. From up for auction if the fines are not paid.” the outset the Council reacted by denouncing the installaBut he also added: “As soon as the fines tion and taking steps to have it legally dismantled. The mast are paid and the embargo situation is was finally removed this week much to the delight of local resolved, the Town Hall will work very residents glad to be rid of the eyesore. hard to legalise the properties.”

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If Spain could afford it then OK: But they can’t! IT’S BEEN a local fiesta in my town: not ‘Moors & Christians’ - that was a few weeks ago. This one was just another one of many. I was awoken at 8am Sunday morning by the sound of blunderbusses followed by more firing throughout the morning. At lunchtime, a firework display, in bright sunshine! Evening and a rock concert was interrupted by a 30 minute firework display at midnight and then more deafening music until 5am. The following day, another fiesta with a day off for most workers and local businesses closed. More blunderbusses and another late night display of Euro burning followed by loud music to 5am. We’re a couple of miles or so outside the town, so goodness knows what the hapless holidaymakers staying in the town, particularly those with young families, were having to endure; don’t suppose many of them will return. Now here’s the problem I have with all this and it’s NOT the noise and my lack of sleep: in the Spanish Parliament on 19th July this year, budget minister Cristobal Montoro told MPs: “...there’s no money left...there’s no money to pay for public services.” It’s no secret that Spain is in serious financial difficulties, having to make drastic cuts, obtaining a huge bail-out from the Eurozone; many of its banks are bust; local schools

have insufficient resources and their energy bills have gone unpaid. Hospitals, medical centres and pharmacies are being starved of finance; thousands of people are being laid off in all sectors; taxes have risen sharply. Protests and violent disorder are taking place in large cities in response to the situation. The Spanish people are really suffering, many being evicted from their homes with many going hungry. What took place in my town must have cost thousands if not tens of thousands of Euros to stage and this is being replicated in towns and cities across Spain throughout the year, every year. IF SPAIN COULD AFFORD IT, THEN OKAY: BUT IT CAN’T! Do unemployed Spaniards ever think for one moment what this ‘fiesta money’ might have done to safeguard their jobs? Spain should halt this hedonistic, self-indulgence being funded by the hard work and taxes of others throughout Europe. They behave like a family on benefits who spend the year partying at weekends. The ancient saying that ‘Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad’ was never truer. Name withheld Moraira

Thank you THROUGH YOUR paper I would like to say a big thank you to all the people who have donated toiletries, clothes, bedding and toys for Emaus which I was collecting in the PSOE Office throughout July. The total amount for the re-cycling of the clothes was 15€. I would also like to thank Kevin & Carol of Harry’s Bar Quesada who kindly allowed me to put a tin on the bar for customers to put small coins into. The amount raised from this was 56.92€ so thank you to all the customers from Harry’s. It’s good to know that even when times are hard local people still give generously to a worthy cause. Pat Taylor, Councillor Benijofar Town Hall

Wild animals are not here for entertainment This is in response to the article in this week’s RTN 10-16 August on page 5, written by Jack Troughton. I am one of the people who complained to the Town Hall about this Circus. The Town hall have completely missed my point, my complaint was that the Circus had wild animals as part of the entertainment for the public. I and I am sure some of the others who complained this was the issue not whether or not they animals were kept in good conditions. Of course they are going to be kept

in good condition and well cared for, the Circus is making money out of that fact. It would not be in their interest to do otherwise. My complaint was the welfare of the animals as a whole, these wild animals should be either in a well run Zoo or Safari Park or in the wild. Not in cages and small compounds, travelling around the country in cages at the back of trucks and being trained against their nature to do tricks for the public. I live overlooking the Circus and can see the whole site. Last Sunday they

must have been spooked by the firework display. One of the animals in residence is a rhinoceros,this is a huge animal that is also an endangered species. What possible entertainment can there be in this animal performing? Wild animals are not here for our entertainment, but for us to ensure their well-being and continued presence on this planet. It would be a far-sighted Town Council that takes the decision to ban Circuses with animals. Patricia Spencer, Calpe

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Línea Directa reports on the new French legislation on drink driving ALL FRENCH drivers driving on roads in France must carry a breathalyser kit in their cars from 1st July. The measure, announced by the previous government, was due to take effect four months ago but the rush to buy the kits led to supplies being sold out resulting in a moratorium on the introduction of the devices. According to the French authorities, the regulation, the first of its kind to be introduced in the European Union, will also affect foreign drivers who drive in France, although they will not be required to have the device installed in their vehicles until November. In addition, breathalysers will also be obligatory in all discotheques and bars that have a licence to open at night. By implementing this law, the French government hopes to save 500 lives a year, due to the presence of alcohol being detected in

almost a third of all fatal accidents occurring in France. In addition to this regulation, the French authorities have approved a package of measures aimed at reducing the accident rate on roads, which include: An increase in the number of fixed speed cameras on the road network to 2,500, which will not be signposted. The introduction of ‘new generation’ mobile speed cameras, allowing travelling police cars to measure speed. All motorists must carry a high-visibility vest and a warning triangle. Call Línea Directa: 902 123 104.

Mayday calls on Ryanair flights

THERE ARE calls for the board of the Spanish Air Safety Committee to investigate Ryanair’s alleged Mayday calls to Valencia air traffic, purported to be the result of ‘running out of fuel’. The jets were reported to have barely enough fuel to reach destination. A Ryanair spokesman confirmed: “Due to severe thunderstorms over Madrid a Spanish ATC instructed a number of inbound aircraft (including three Ryanair aircraft) to divert to and hold over Valencia Airport. Having held over Valencia for 50minutes, 68minutes and 69minutes respectively Ryanair pilots (following standard industry safety procedures) requested ATC permission to land immediately as they had reached reserve fuel minimums, which allow each aircraft an additional 30 minutes (some 300 miles)of flying. All aircraft landed normally with minimum fuel levels (approximately 30 minutes of flying) remaining.”

The treatment pilgrimage of rare disease sufferers

A RECENT study revealed that a significant percentage of patients suffering with rare diseases in Spain – more than 1,150,000 people - are compelled to become permanent travellers in search of diagnosis and treatment. 40% of rare disease sufferers cannot access the drugs they require either due to shortage of

stock or excessive cost as the medicine is imported from another country and 20% of the average monthly income of such patients goes on the cost of treatment, representing around 350€ per month. 25% cannot get treatment at all and many families have moved four or five times to be near a source of medical attention.

Julio Iglesias



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The importance of motivation


Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

LIFE IS hard: fact. It isn’t easy, the path ahead will always be full of difficulties and these can be viewed in one of two ways: positively and - you guessed it - negatively. The difficulties that life throws at us can slow you down and gradually force you to a halt or they can be viewed in a different way. They cease to be difficulties and merely become obstacles, hurdles even, small enough to leap over and pass without them touching your life in any grand way. The world is facing one of the severest economic futures since the Great Depression. Whatever your country, cuts are being made and it´s easy to feel depressed. Who hasn’t felt the pinch throughout these uncertain times? It’s easy to lack that sense of motivation if you’ve lost your job or are facing an uncertain future regarding your work. But the truth is that motivation is in your hands. YOU have to stop yourself from viewing the world through negative eyes. Think of the mind as a powerful machine and just like a Ferrari, every now and then, it needs a tweak here and there; a service to keep it running in tip top condition. As capable and dynamic as it is, it isn’t infallible and that’s why I’m here. Life can only get you down, when you allow it to do so. But motivation isn’t solely about the trials and tribulations of life. It´s about remaining strong and staying on the path to…well,

that depends on each person… If this year you are determined to lose weight, then motivation can keep you on the straight and narrow. It can keep you away from the biscuit tin and motivate you and retune your focus. Sometimes, even a fantastic weight loss isn’t enough to keep you on target. If you started a diet because of a New Year´s Resolution and have managed to accomplish what millions haven’t, i.e. to stay on the diet! - Then round about now, your resolve could be weakening. Temptation is all around you, and as it’s wont to do, it will encourage you to sway from your goals. Or, regardless of your goal weight, you might suddenly be happy having reached half of the original target you set yourself but in truth, you’re just lying to yourself: it’s simply that you’re tired of dieting and want to start eating normally again. This can be the same when you’ve stopped smoking – it’s that time of year again, where you sit out on the terrace with a nice glass of rosé as you chat away with friends and the habit once again kicks in. You’re used to smoking in a social setting and so - thinking one won’t harm you - you have a small puff of a friend’s cigarette. One puff leads to the whole cigarette and then half a packet. It might be that something has happened -something tragic in your personal life or something stressful at work. The little devil on your shoulder- your

mind playing tricks on you - whispers that a cigarette will make it all better. But in my line of work, it’s about stepping in before this happens. It’s about reinforcing beliefs, encouraging you to choose the right instead of the wrong path. It’s about empowering you and helping you to continue with the healthy choices you made months ago. This is where Fast Track Hypnosis comes into play. Since the 19th Century, hypnotherapy has existed - the brainchild of an eminent Scottish surgeon, James Braid. Since that time, it has developed in ways Braid wouldn’t be able to even imagine and I’ve certainly advanced the traditional methods with new techniques of my own - procedures that take me from a regular and traditional Hypnotherapist to a Fast Track one! But why is speed important? Surely, these things take time? These are questions you might ask, but in this case, no! Speed is of the essence! When do you want to change your life? Now? Or three months down the line? Do you need help NOW or after numerous weekly sessions with a regular Hypnotherapist? Naturally, you want change now! Immediately! Fast Track Hypnosis was developed during the afore-mentioned troubles in Northern Ireland. My clients needed help then and there. They’d already been plagued by the misfortune of the troubles - they needed to be free from

their problems. Using innovative techniques and new technology from America, which I introduced to the Ulster area, I created this treatment to find the client’s problem and to change the destructive patterns formed by my client’s mind. Be it insomnia, motivational issues, the desire to be free from an addiction, the need to escape from the horrors of the past, Fast Track Hypnosis is a non-invasive technique which has helped tens of thousands of people to turn their lives around. Hypnosis alone acts as a relaxant. The process promotes inner serenity, which in itself can be magic to a stressedout soul. Hypnotherapy works on the premise of suggestion. Once placed in a relaxed state, the subconscious is ready and waiting for suggestion. In that relaxed state, they become powerful tools with the capability of forever shifting your life on its axis. With the inclusion of my specialist audio and visual equipment, my treatments are entirely unique to my clinics. These techniques facilitate hypnosis and enable me to help you overcome your problems faster than ever. Hypnotherapy alone can turn your life around, but with my Fast Track Hypnosis your transformation is astonishing and FAST! And the fifty thousand plus people, I’ve helped over the course of my career can’t be wrong!

Alan holds his Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar, and Benidorm and NEW in Los Alcazares. Alan is also the creator of the ‘Stop Smoking in under 30 minutes Fast Track System’. For an appointment, brochure or a free of charge initial consultation on your particular problem, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408 or visit his websites or

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Room 101 Spain: the By

Chris Marshall Expat blogger

I REALLY, really wish English businesses would stop marketing themselves as the ‘best in ….’ Let’s be awkward for a moment. How can you prove it? There is no means of measuring how many people listen to a radio station in Spain, and while some may be able to track the number of visitors to their online offering, do they actually, honestly, know that people are listening? As for being ‘best’, who has told them that? Have you ever been asked? Would you tell them the truth? Have any of them published statistically viable research? I am not picking on the radio station. The free newspapers, including this one, struggle to provide meaningful readership figures. Sure they can tell you how many they print but it stops there. Being honest they can’t guarantee that they are all delivered every week, and they certainly don’t keep track of how many are discarded each week: ‘used to light fires’ I understand is the most popular… One proprietor once told me that they used the same ‘eyeball’ measure as the Metro paper in London which is somewhat absurd. The Metro is handed out free and each paper probably is read 6- 8 times as they are left on the tubes and picked up by pretty much everyone that come across one. I have seen more than enough walk-past piles of the freebies to know that they aren’t picked up at the same rate. Nor am I picking on the media. If I had a 1€ for


best in ….

Good enough and popular is what I reckon counts

every time I had read that a restaurant offered the ‘best fish and chip’’ I would have enough to ... well in all honesty to fly back home and eat the real thing whenever I fancied a portion! I mean who actually told them that they are the best? I am discounting the response after a few beers to the imposing owner with that dreaded closed the question: “You haven’t had better have you?” No - show me your research, the unsolicited customer feedback, the review sites. Please, though, not ‘one for two’ but a statistical viable quantity – let’s say 50 more than your nearest competitor.

And the irony? I don’t think any of us care! Not only do we not believe you, we don’t expect you to be the best. This is Spain, in a recession, with everybody living on a budget, and bars and restaurants forced continuously to offer more and more for less and less. Seriously ‘best’ doesn’t come into it!  Good enough and popular is what I reckon counts. Convince me that what you are offering is good enough for the price and I won’t be alone if I pop in to eat in and I reckon that will do for me. So Room 101 Spain this week … an English business that claims to be the ‘best in….’

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 column is sponsored by and, a leading foreign exchange broker offering excellent exchange rates for all your international money transfer requirements. You can hear Chris every day discussing his views, thought and experiences of life in Spain on

Nit de l’Alba ends in tragedy by Jan Gamm ONE OF the most anticipated and celebrated nights of the year in Elche turned to tragedy on Tuesday evening when a pyrotechnic display, part of the Nit de l’Alba festivities, went badly wrong. A rocket exploded nine minutes prematurely, inflicting serious injuries on principle pyro-technician 56-year-old Vicente Albarranch, who was taken to hospital with second and third degree burns to 60% of his body. Albarranch was rushed to Elche General Hospital but later transferred to Alicante Hospital, then to Valencia’s La Fe Hospital where his condition is now said to be “clinically stable.” Another technician was seriously injured and a child sustained minor burns amongst a total of 106 people requiring treatment. A fourth technician working in the bell tower of Santa Maria escaped unharmed. People amongst the crowd awaiting the greatest firework display of the year cowered beneath folded arms and took cover under plastic chairs as the entire area was unexpectedly showered with fiery debris, some running from the scene while beating out flames that had landed on their clothing. SORRY Following the accident some of the crowd, unaware of the reason for the delay, responded with shouts and whis-

tles from the terraces. When Elche’s mayor Mercedes Alonso appeared she was greeted with jeers and insults, eventually escorted to the Town Hall before being taken to the hospital to visit the wounded. Alonso made an emotional statement to the press at 1am saying, “We regret what has happened tonight at the Nit de l’Alba, the culmination of all the fiestas of the year. The government team takes full responsibility for what has happened and is deeply sorry for the injuries suffered by innocent bystanders.” QUIET In a change of mood at a later press conference council representatives expressed their satisfaction with the

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Topless tantrum


By Jack Troughton THE AIR turned blue when two men swaggered into a Costa Blanca supermarket wearing shorts and refused to cover up. A check-out girl politely reminded the pair it was the store’s policy that a shirt or t-shirt must be worn on the premises – and even offered each of them a new Mercadona t-shirt. But pushed aside by the bullies, she rang a bell for assistance and when the men continued to argue, they were ejected from the Benitachell supermarket. The drama was witnessed by a young mother-of-two – who asked not to be named - doing her regular shop in Mercadona. “I was at the check-out paying for my shopping when these two English blokes came in without shirts on – the lady at the till went and said ‘excuse me’ and said they could not come in without shirts,” said the expat. “They just dismissed her with a wave of their hands and she came back and got two new t-shirts from behind the counter and offered the clothing to the men but they just pushed her away.” And she added: “The girl rang the bell for help and the men were escorted out effing and blinding.” The She said as a regular shopper she was “very impressed” display the supermarket actually had new and clean t-shirts ready went for customers who were inappropriately dressed. badly wrong “I even apologised to the girl – the whole incident made prompt action of the emergency services me embarrassed and ashamed of my own countrymen,” and pointed out that despite the “freak said the shopper. “And it really was not a pretty sight; these guys were accident” that occurred 20% fewer bystanders than usual were injured: they not in their twenties with a six-pack build. I know this is a went on to describe the event as “quiet” holiday area, but I really do think people should cover up compared to previous years. However, inside shops, restaurants and bars.” organisers have not ruled out eliminating the high risk rocket launch from the Basilica of Santa Maria in future events. It was also noted that the sale of fireworks to individuals decreased this year by 26%. The incident will undoubtedly attract comment from critics who believe cashstrapped Spain should postpone such elaborate pyrotechnic displays that cost an inhibitive amount in insurance cover and run into hundreds of thousand for the fireworks.


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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

The Olympics have gone, now it’s time to Join In… THE SUPERLATIVES have all been spoken; the songs have all been sung; and a fine summer sunset has bidden adieu to London 2012 Yup, after all those endless hours of watching it, talking about it and living it the 2012 Games are over. The Olympic flame has been extinguished and we can all get on with our lives once again. Trouble is we don’t want to… These Games have captured the imagination of the British public in a way that no one ever predicted and all the doommerchants who spoke of a grid-locked besieged London that none but the mad would enter have had to eat their words. The success of this summer will leave a warm feel-good effect that will glow well into the autumn and beyond. And this weekend the baton is being passed to the grass roots. Thousands of clubs and community groups are opening their doors for the UK’s biggest celebration of local sport called ‘Join In’. And, says TV’s (yes you can take that two ways) funny guy Eddie Izzard, “you’re all invited.” Eddie is leading the charge to capitalise on the goodwill created by the London 2012 volunteers. He says: “No host country has done anything like this before. It will be the UK’s biggest ever celebration of grassroots sport – and we need you to make it as great as possible.” On BBC TV Eddie said it’s time to “have fun, try something new and celebrate where it starts for every great ath-

lete.” This weekend (18/19th August), it’s definitely a case of “on your marks for Join In Local Sport!” And so, as I and some workmates watched in the local Wetherspoons wondering if we could still be great athletes the chat turned to which activity in we should consider partaking. Talk of five-aside-this and five-a-side-that was kicked about; golf, tennis and cycling was considered and rejected. “Join a gym,” said Monty. We all looked aghast. “Join a gym – what? With these bodies?” queried Russ (you remember Russ, the no nonsense Brummie) as he picked up a fresh Carling. “Well,” sighed Monty, “we could all do wi’ getting into better shape.” Talk then moved from our rotund shapes to the shapes of the athletes we’d watched for two weeks. “The thing is,” mused Smudger (remember him? It’s not his name but I was protecting his vulnerable and useless identity), “their bodies are all completely hairless.” Russ sighed his Brummie sigh, “Oh right oh Smudge, so what you’re saying is; all we need to do to look better is go get waxed?” Monty tittered, “My missus said they do the blokes at Boldmere Beauty.” At this point Smudge deemed it would be a good start on the road to our ‘Adonis-ment’. Yeah, right? I was

not convinced. “You’re justa southern softie Wattsie. One that can’t stand pain,” goaded the Smudge. “I can stand more pain than you midland monkeys,” I retorted. And so by drunken default it was decided that we all to troop off to Boldmere Beauty, “one of these Saturdays” to be made un-hirsute and body beautified. As Russ rightly mused, “The Olympics have gone to Brazil; we might as well get Brazilianised!” When in

Rome, eh folks? Drunken talk, like a New Year resolution, is one thing but I’m now in constant dread of this challenge actually being taken up. And if I know the tenacity and resolve of these Brummies it eventually will. Still, it’ll probably give me 500 words to blather on about now that the Olympic Games have gone. Watts in Britain, waiting to Join In and wax lyrical…

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Raising spirits DEVASTATED BY the death of a close friend, bubbly Galway girl Yvonne Larkin decide the best way to raise her spirits was by giving them up – and promptly went on the wagon. by Jack Troughton When Yvonne’s friend David lost a brave eight month long fight against pancreatic cancer last December, she came up with a novel idea to raise cash for the ongoing fight against the disease. And so over Lent this year, the determined owner of the Nail Station in the Commercial Centre in Javea’s Arenal did not touch a drop of alcohol and raised 500€ in sponsorship. In fact, Yvonne found it so uplifting, she carried on for

Help care for BARC’s dogs ANIMAL CHARITY BARC is looking for donations to help stock the rails and shelves of its new charity shop in El Campello. The Busot Animal Rescue Centre is preparing to open the shop at Avenida de la Generalitat 57 – opposite the tram station – and all proceeds will go to help look after the sanctuary’s abandoned animals – including more than 30 dogs. The charity is “urgently” looking for unwanted items to sell – especially good quality second hand clothing – and asks people to call 644 212 819 to arrange collection. Although an opening date has to be fixed, volunteers hope to offer good quality clothing and shoes, toys, bric-a-brac, books and branded greetings cards.

Pet vaccination campaign THE DEPARTMENT of Environment at the San Fulgencio Town Hall has started an anti-rabies vaccination campaign for pets that are registered on the pet census. The vaccination period starts on August 20th and ends on September 3rd. During this period dog owners must vaccinate their dogs in the several vets in the municipality. The vets where you can get the injections are: El Gosset, Vertepet and San Antón; all of which are based on the Urbanisation La Marina. Residents of San Fulgencio Village will be able to get the injections from the Municipal swimming pool on August 20th, 27th and September 3rd, as these three days the pool will be closed for maintenance. The price for injections is 15€ and for the pet passport it is 10€. The price for the injection, passport and micro chip is just 55€.

another four weeks and collected another 500€ - and was able to present a 1,000€ to a grateful Cancer Care Javea. Yvonne, who has lived in Javea for seven years, said: “Raising the money was no problem because I have friends, sponsors and clients all over the world who agreed to give generously. “The hardest part, being Irish, was on St Patrick’s Day with no drink, and celebrating my own birthday, also in March, with friends while totally sober!”

Eileen Saville, VicePresident of Cancer Care (left) with Yvonne


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Missing Otterhound

Cycling the Camino de Santiago in the fight against cancer JOSÉ ANTONIO Lopez is to cycle 1,300km in 13 days along the historic Camino de Santiago trail to raise cash in support of IBI Cancer Research, his target to complete 100km daily. Sponsorship was sold for a symbolic 1€ each along with the sale of pins, bracelets, bags, fans, hats and shirts that generated 2,900€ prior to the event and José will continue to sell more promotional handmade products en route. He was treated to a grand send off by well-wishers on Wednesday at the Iglesia de Santiago Apósto.

THE PUBLIC is being asked to keep an eye out for 11-year-old Wentworth, a rare Otterhound, who vanished last Friday near Gata de Gorgos. by Jack Troughton Owner Faye has been desperately searching for her pet, who is UK chipped, knocking on doors, visiting police stations and animal shelters and using social networking sites without success. The Otterhound is a very rare and distinctive breed and his loss was a double blow for Faye, because his soulmate Brya had to be put to sleep days earlier. Wentworth, said to be a real character, disappeared on Friday 10th August near a large park area in Gata Residential – possibly chasing a rabbit, and it was said he could run for miles and could be lost or injured. Anyone with any news can contact Faye on 607 050 452.




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Sound and vision by Jack Troughton

XABIA VISUAL Week 2012 is launched tonight (Friday 17th August) bringing a multi-disciplined feast of sight and sound to the Marina Alta town. The “spectacular” work of 45 of the 60 artists making up the loose collective is on show at the Visual Week’s headquarters at Avenida de Alicante 7, in Javea Old Town, opposite the Red Cross building. The colourful and imaginative exhibition is open between 6pm and midnight from tonight – the official opening is at 8pm – until August 24th, but there are also events all over Javea Old Town and a series of educational and creative workshops for adults and youngsters, as well as music and a closing party next Friday night. Artist George Thomas, who is exhibiting during Xabia Visual Week, told RTN how a group of artists, designers, photographers, and musicians had first got together two years ago. “It was quite successful – everyone seemed to have a friend or knew a DJ or a painter or photographer and I was invited to join as an artist.

“It is like a cooperative but the public can also get involved through the workshops. It is open to anyone who feels they have some artistic leanings.” Speaking at the press preview on Tuesday, George said the group had been hunting for rent free premises and were offered empty shops but they were too small. “Then two brothers offered us what has become the headquarters – it had been used as a ‘fiesta house’ by youngsters and was in a quite disgusting state. “One of the conditions for us using it was the group would restore it, it really was in an unbelievable condition. The garden was a jungle; we have cleared away 10ft high weeds to make room for the nightly DJ.” The programme of special events includes: tonight 8pm official opening, from 10pm DJ Pachamama playing world music; Saturday 18th August, 6pm until 8pm, creative workshop with mandalas, from 10.30pm, DJ session with Particules Elementals; Monday 20th August, DJ Pachamama playing Reggae.

Artists with a collective exhibit

Tuesday 21st August, 6pm until 8pm, teaching workshop ‘Your places, our places’, from 10.30pm DJ Paquitas Deep Jay; Wednesday 22nd August, 6pm until 8pm, teaching workshop ‘Your places, our places’, 10.30pm performance by La Romantica del Salador; Thursday 23rd August, 6pm until 8pm creative workshop with mandalas; Friday 24th August, 8.30pm acoustic performance ‘La Experienca Carmesa-Monty’ which will be recorded as a video clip. And the closing party starts at midnight at the Hacienda Disco with a mix of video projections and music sessions. Tickets are 8€, including a drink, and can be purchased at Javea tourist offices and the Pin Up shop in Placa de Baix.

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Some summer questions From time to time readers email questions to This week we share some recent questions and answers. by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

Do Vives Hernandorena, that you mentioned last week, supply dwarf- rooted fruit trees that are ideal for apartment terraces? Unfortunately no but they do sell dwarf roots stocks for 2€ each onto which you can graft your own deciduous fruit tree cuttings as illustrated in our book ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’. The rootstock Rootpac 40 is for producing mature one metre high trees and the Rootpac 70 is for growing trees that mature at one and a half to two metres. However, we know of two nurseries that sell already grafted dwarf (enamo) fruit trees: Viveros Mariano Soria has branches in Antequera in Malaga Province and La Almunia in Zaragoza Province. The best contact is via and Viveros Soljardi, near Girona, may be contacted via www.soljardi. Mention to Jordi or Lluis Bronsoms that we introduced you. It is most convenient to visit them when driving to or from the UK taking the motorway from France towards Barcelona. If any readers knows of others please let us know.

Is chicken manure available from a local chicken farm ecological? In most cases probably not and there is a chance of growth hormones being in the droppings. Best to search around for someone who breeds eco chickens for eco eggs: obtain sacks of dried goat manure from a Cooperativa Agricola or horse manure from a local riding stable. Who are the main suppliers of neem products to garden centres and Coperativas Agricola? The ones we see most frequently are Flower, Seipasa and Trabe but there are others in various provinces. Trabe are happy to sell by mail order. Their website is in English as well as Spanish. You illustrate a garden Lunar calendar in your book ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’. Where and when can one obtain a copy? The big Spanish book shops normally sell it from October onwards for the following year’s calendar. If you can’t trace a copy contact the publishers who we believe will sell by mail order. Their email address is Is there a special compost produced for growing vegetables in containers? Unfortunately no until recently so we recommended in our

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

books ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’ and ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ and articles that readers produce mixes of 1 part worm compost 8 parts a good soil-based potting compost plus one part of gritty sand or grit. However we understand that Neudorff have launched a ‘Substrate Horticola’ as part of their product range than now includes six specialist compost mixes. We are trying to obtain a bag of the new compost to test it in our mini vegetable growing experiments. Our two hibiscus plants that were very affected by frost last winter have only now come back to their original size but they have not flowered yet? Should they be given an extra feed? There will be no harm in giving them a general feed but be patient. You will probably have plenty of flowers during the autumn. Is there anywhere in Pedreguer that stocks your gardening books? The Quicksave shop on the N332 normally has all five books in stock. You can also pick up your RTN there. Hope that information helps a few readers. The offer of a free copy of ‘Living well from our Mediterranean garden’ is still available for books purchased via’


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Solar Energy: The facts about installing a solar energy hot water system THE PAST few years have seen an ever increasing amount of publicity in the media about solar energy and general awareness of the technology is on the increase. One of the most popular applications for solar energy is the heating of water for domestic use. Here, Fidelma Matthews from Solar in Spain answers the main questions that people tend to ask about solar water heating:

HOW MUCH DOES A SYSTEM COST? Systems vary in design and size. A 200 litre system can be fully installed for â‚Ź2.500 plus IVA. In addition, you can benefit from a generous government grant of up to 45%.

WOULD A SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM REPLACE MY EXISTING HOT WATER SYSTEM? Yes, it can. As the solar hot water storage tank comes fitted with an electric immersion heater for periods of poor weather, your existing water heater can be removed. If you have a boiler that provides heating as well as hot water, solar energy can be incorporated to work with the boiler.

WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL PAYBACK ON A SYSTEM? As there are so many variables involved; number of occupants, hot water demand etc. a detailed financial study is available to anyone considering a solar hot water system. Normally a system will pay for itself within 3-5 years.

WHERE CAN I LOCATE THE SYSTEM IN MY PROPERTY? Normally the panel is positioned on a South-facing roof. However, Solar in Spain can supply an extensive range of solar panels that allow for a wide range of options. WHAT IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM? A well designed, quality solar hot water system will last for 25-30 years.

ARE GOVERNMENT GRANTS AVAILABLE? Yes. Grants are available for solar energy hot water and offgrid photovoltaic systems that are certificated by the Spanish Government and installed by accredited installers. Solar in Spain is one of the few accredited companies that operate here on the Costa Blanca. The company has been working for many years with the Valencia Government Energy Department to obtain generous grants for their clients and will take care of all the grant paperwork on behalf of their clients. In the last few years, Solar in Spain helped hundreds of clients to obtain grants. You do not have to be resident in Spain to benefit. Solar in Spain will complete the paperwork on your behalf and track your application throughout the process. Solar in Spain also offers a range of products, including solar pool heating and solar electricity to businesses and private households throughout Spain and the islands. Solar in Spain has been established for over 10 years and has thousands of customers who are enjoying the benefits of very low household bills as a result of installing a solar energy system in their property. With the recent increases in electricity prices, there has never been a better time to change to solar.

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Coolashade shade sails Spain wins the Gold Medal! Okay, so the above statement might not be completely true but just as the Olympics has caught the interest of the nation, here in Spain Coolashade Shade Sails are leading the field when it comes to protecting your family and possessions from the harsh summer sun. Coolashade have been manufacturing and installing optimum quality shade sails in Spain for 5 years, and this year seems to have been the hottest so far. It is essential that we make full use of shade to protect our skin, especially the skin of young children, so as not to burn it or put ourselves at risk of skin cancer. A high quality Coolashade correctly installed on your property offers up to 98% protection from dangerous UV rays, meaning that you can enjoy outside living for longer each day. Shade sails are a very clever way of keeping safe and cool. The shade cloth is specially created to allow the shade sail to breath, meaning that air can circulate through the fabric creating a cooler environment underneath. This means that when you are under a shade sail you are not having heat radiated from above which is the common problem with most other shading solutions, such as vinyl structures, metal roofs, parasols and gazebos. The bespoke quality shade material is UV stabilized and protected meaning that whatever colour you choose for your shade sail (we have a wide variety of colours available) it stays that colour for the duration of its lifespan. It has been quite blustery on the Costa Blanca this year and while some people are having to close their parasols and take down their gazebos in the strong winds, those that have purchased a Coolashade have not had this inconvenience. Coolashade shade sails are manufactured to exceptionally high standards and even in incredibly harsh winds they will not tear or fail, especially if installed by professionals. They also look quite stunning and can add value to your property. You may be wondering where a shade sail can be used. The obvious answer is perhaps its use in the garden to give cooling shade on a patio or beside the pool. This is perfect for outside dining and for keeping the kids safe during the hot sunfilled summer days, but where else can a shade sail be installed? We

supply and install Coolashade shade sails in bars and restaurants which gives excellent shade for thirsty customers, in garden centers to protect plants and products, and in public areas where councils and businesses want to offer their customers or staff cooling shade. We have installed Coolashades in school playgrounds, over hot-tubs and beside barbecues. Another very popular reason for installing a Coolashade is to create a carport to protect your vehicle from the intense sun and its powerful rays. Shading your car prevents unsightly paint fading and cracked interior dashboards. For five years Coolashade have been installing most of their custom-made shade sails in the Costa Blanca area, with the occasional journey to France, Majorca, Ibiza and the Czech Republic, and now Coolashade are pleased to announce that their professional shade sail supply and instal service now covers the whole of Spain. Business is growing each year and more and more people and businesses are realising the benefits of Coolashade shade sails over other shading solutions. Shading technology is forever moving onand Coolashade always keep up with the latest advances and solutions. We always use the best shade cloth in our custom shade sails and our fixtures and fittings have been upgraded to the latest designs available on the market. We also wish to offer our customers other items of similar interest and two new products soon to be supplied by Coolashade are Coolashrooms, a modern and attractive answer to the traditional parasol, and Coolablinds, an internal shade that fits perfectly over any window to offer comfort to interior rooms, whilst still allowing a healthy amount of air to circulate. Please call us on 697 571 248 or email for further information. Over the last year Coolashade have received lots of positive feedback about their shade sails, their installations and the quality of their customer service. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients for their custom, and for taking the healthy and sensible step of installing a Coolshade to protect their family and property. Coolashade - the winning shade sail solution in Spain!

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Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

Another healthcare announcement IT’S JUST been one announcement after another. Changing arrangements for healthcare continue to be issued making everyone even more ‘jittery’. Before we’re asked for clarification by any more anxious clients we thought it better to let everyone know as much as we can about the latest headline.

As everyone must be aware by now, the Spanish government is particularly keen to make sure that its health service is solvent. One of the targets that it’s been focusing on is ‘health tourism’. There has been growing anxiety that people are travelling to Spain purely to receive medical care. This latest of President Rajoy’s measures is aimed at reducing what’s claimed to be the millions of euros spent on those who aren’t entitled. The plan is that there will be an increasingly tight system for ensuring that those who are not eligible for Spanish health care don’t receive it. However, those excluded will have an option of paying into the system if they want to use it. The new rules apply to: • Spaniards who have never worked • Europeans who currently aren’t entitled but would like to benefit from the health service • other foreigners who want to be covered by the service whilst in Spain • immigrants from non-EU countries without documentation The newly proposed scheme will mean that those who fall into one of these categories and are under 65 will be charged 710€ a year payable in monthly instalments of 59.20€. Those

over 65 will pay 1,864.80€ a year at a rate of 155.40€ per month if they wish to use the Spanish health service. This payment will work similarly to a contribution to a private health policy. The new system will only affect people who have been enrolled on the padron for a year and concerns have been expressed that this prevents some of the most vulnerable from taking part. Many groups in Spain oppose this basic charging for what is a public health service. Some regional governments are intending to undermine the government’s reform and there are concerns from health care workers about the ethics of treating some and not others. Some basic services such as emergency health care; care for pregnant women; and health care for minors will be maintained. WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU For the majority of Europeans there is no change here. Pensioners receiving a state pension from their home country and those paying into the system who are working in Spain will not be affected. However, it will once more provide the opportunity for early retirees to buy into the system if they wish, in a similar way to how the Valencian contributory scheme worked. It is early days and there is resistance from political and social organisations who see the withdrawal of free health care as an infringement of basic human rights. There is also much disagreement over the extent to which ‘health tourism’ actually exists. Either way, it’s probably best to carry on watching developments if you are an early retiree rather than cancelling your private health insurance just yet.

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Spotting the fakes The National Police announced that a specialised unit deployed in the fight against counterfeit cash in Spain have achieved an impressive 400 arrests and confiscated €19 billion in fake banknotes over the past three years, dismantling 35 separate organisations administering 24 productions centres involved in producing counterfeit money. Police advise that the security paper used for genuine Euro banknotes is distinctive and when ‘the real thing’ is held against the light there are certain security features easy to recognize: the watermark and the security thread. And if you turn a genuine Euro banknote of any value on its face you can see the shifting image on the hologram patch and on the reverse an iridescent stripe of colour-shifting ink. The process is explained in detail at euro/banknotes/security/html/

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Successful start for new Liberty Expat Insurance office in Moraira MANUELA URSELMANN, exclusive insurance agent for Liberty Seguros and Asssa Health insurance company, opened a new office in Moraira just a few months ago. Today we have the chance to ask her about her professional career and the challenges of the new office opening: WHAT MADE YOU OPEN AN OFFICE IN MORAIRA? After working in the insurance industry for more than 20 years, and having already established a broad client base, I decided to take the next step and open an office in Moraira in order to provide clients with a friendly, personable meeting point. Our aim has always been focused on providing a first class client service. Now, with an office in town, we feel that we are more reachable. Clients like to have an office where they can go and for us it is easier to get our own brand and reference in Moraira. We are very happy and proud of our service! WHO ARE YOUR TYPICAL CUSTOMERS? We specialise in the expat market and our

typical customers are northern Europeans residing on the Costa Blanca. We are able to provide advice in English, German and Spanish and all policies and after-sales service are available in these languages. DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIALIST PRODUCTS? We only work with first class insurance providers specialising in expat business and have a wide range of tailor-made products on offer. We are always focused on providing our clients with high quality, balanced with competitive premiums and even more importantly a fast and efficient service in the event of a claim. A QUICK RESUME OF YOURSELF? My insurance career started in 1989 working for Sun Alliance and specialising in the expat market. From those days I gained experience in all aspects of the business, underwriting, sales, claims handling and accounting, culminating in becoming an exclusive agent and finally gaining my broker’s licence this year. I am proud to say that I now have a great background and know-how of the Spanish market for expat clients. HOW HAVE YOU MANAGED TO SAVE YOUR CLIENTS MONEY? We are always offering our clients the best

Manuela (left ) with colleague Karen, outside their new office in Moraira

deal, not only new business but also for our existing clients, always keeping up with the newest products and discounts available. One recent female customer was astonished to find that not only had we beaten her best quote for car insurance by a significant amount, but the policy had more extensive coverage! Do not miss the special sales campaigns which entitle you to get money back on any new policies that come up

during the year. We do also inform our clients about the benefits of grouping policies together due to multi policy discounts. Do not hesitate to contact us for advice and the most competitive quote in town by dropping by our office at Carretera MorairaCalpe 136 or telephoning us on 96 574 3248. Our email address is: See our advert on page 14.



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The first impression is everything WHEN SELLING a home we all aim at achieving the best possible price within the shortest possible time frame. In the property market the first impression is everything and consequently it is very important that your house is presented at its best. There are many things you can do that take little effort and make your house much more appealing to a potential buyer. In this article we will give you some tips to increase the chances of selling your property. Firstly one must realise that personal clutter detracts attention from the property and makes spaces look smaller than they really are, so a neat and tidy house is an absolute must for a positive viewing. Make sure the beds are nicely made with nothing lying around. Whenever possible, keep the blinds and curtains open during a viewing, otherwise a potential buyer might have wrong impression that your house is too dark. Repair any damaged windows and make sure they are clean; remove stains from the toilets, tubs and sinks; replace outdated fixtures or

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shower curtains. Clean the cabinets of the kitchens or repaint them if they are dark to give them a new and fresh look. Maximize the counter space in the kitchen by storing the counter-top appliances. If there is a crack on the wall, patch it and touch it up with paint. Colors are very personal, so it is better to be neutral - white works very well but if you want to add a color, go for light pastels. Set a dish of fresh fruit on the table or some flowers. It´s not only the interior of the property that needs special attention - the exterior is just as important. A well maintained garden gives a positive effect, with colorful flowers adding a vibrant touch. The target is to make your house visually appealing so that buyers can easily imagine themselves living in your home. It is surprising to see how a small cosmetic touch-up can increase the chances of selling and receiving better offers. Minor adjustments make a very positive impact, increasing the market value in the eyes of the buyers.

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Is Pinterest of interest to you? (part 1) by

Karla Darocas

(Hons. B.A)

I WANT to take a look at, a visual social network and why it matters in the emarketing mix as well as driving inbound links with referral traffic to your primary website. The best way to review any software is to use it, so I decided to build a site and comment on what I thought of it., according to is one of the hottest social networks on the web today, beating out the big boys like LinkedIn and Google+. The website is especially popular among women, who account for 58% of Pinterest’s traffic, according to Experian Hitwise. Like other social networking sites, Pinterest. com is a sharing site and sharing means referral traffic. My first impression of and the way it lets you build up images on its virtual bulletin boards is that it would be a great tool for planners who need visual ideas. For example, a wedding planner who is working with a client could post flowers and cakes and other visual ideas and the bride could post her favourite wedding dress and locations. They could build up their boards back and forth until they have planned the whole wedding and they would never have to meet, if they didn’t want to. They could plan it from anywhere in the world. I also felt that it would be great for clubs and groups creating and hosting fundraisers, for obvious visual reasons but also because Pinterest. com lets you add as many people as you want as

Pinerest. com is one of the hottest social networks on the web today

contributors to the same boards on the same site. really gains its strength by enabling its users to post photos of themselves and their stuff. However, from a business point of view, if used as a research tool, can help you to build a better understanding of your clients and at the same time, they can be researching you. However, be aware that does not like it when you build sites that are just about self-promotion. Marketers are encouraged to build

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creative ways to promote their products based on a ‘lifestyle’ vision. GETTING STARTED Setting up the site and building my pinboards was fairly straight forward. In the same way that friends on Facebook can add their content which ends up in your Facebook stream, the same with anyone you ‘follow’ on Of course, you can ignore the stream and just concentrate on your own boards.

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What can happen when your house is empty and no one picks up the mail… by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

DEAR MR Baos, I was recently told that a friend of a friend of mine, who had not come to Spain for long time, lost his property (holiday home) in Spain to the Spanish Tax Office, without his knowledge. Please can you advise if this can possibly happen without serving him a claim? Unfortunately, some owners of holiday homes in Spain are not aware of the importance (now more than ever before) of complying with the Spanish Authorities (especially the tax office). The same rules and Laws have existed for a long time but, perhaps due to the fact that they were never before enforced as they are being now, most people paid little or no attention to their obligations.

First of all I would like to highlight that some people receive a notice at their home but since they do not understand Spanish and have no idea of what it says, they just throw it in the bin, or they ask a friend, who may not be qualified to advice about the seriousness of the communication. In other cases, there is no one to receive the notifications. Foreigners who are Residents or Non Tax Residents owners of a property in Spain have the obligation to: - Have an NIE number and have it registered at the tax office - Submit an Income Tax Return. - Remember that all Non Residents must pay, if they own a property or a share of one in Spain. - Pay Municipal tax or council tax on the property (IBI receipt) equivalent to the UK rates. When you spend most of the time outside of Spain and only come on holidays you should make sure that someone you trust picks up your mail and keeps you updated of any notices received - failing to do this could result, as you say, in the long run even in the loss of your property. Also, we advise you to make sure that the address registered with the relevant tax office and the public administration is the correct one.

Remember that the taxman will try to notify you at your home several times, but if it is not possible, legally he can notify or serve you the claim by other means, like Official Bulletins, etc. So, in theory it is possible that a process against you takes place without your knowledge if you do not take the necessary precautions. As per your query, a property will not be auctioned from one day to the next, but if you fail to pay, i.e. your yearly IBI receipt, Income tax, etc., you will receive a payment notice from the tax office for the amount due; if this notice is ignored then interest will start to accrue, and the second notice will be for a higher amount and so on... Remember that like any other debt, the taxman will try by all means to receive payment which could mean that if the only way to get paid is by seizing your property, then that is what will happen. But even if your property is charged or seized the public auction would be authorised only if the debt is high - that should not happened when there is a small debt like one local rate receipt unpaid. So in answer to your question and in accordance to Spanish Law, it can be said that in order to avoid this situations, it is wise to proceed as mentioned.

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Life Benidorm Gay Pride 2012

THE COUNTDOWN has begun to Benidorm’s second Gay Pride event, to take place in this popular resort between September 14th and 16th.

Last years event was a huge success

Pride 2012 is being organised by the local ALGTB (Association for Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals) in association with the Mayor of Benidorm, Augustin Navarro, and local gay businesses. This year’s event follows the success of Pride 2011, which last October featured a procession of fantastic floats and colourful costumes in an exuberant opening ceremony that drew thousands of spectators onto the streets, followed an amazing entertainment programme in and around the Old Town. This year, a stage will be set up at the City Hall Square and Hot FM will be making DJs Ross Alexander and Sammy Kruz available for the festivities. The pair will present music and commentary from the stage. Hot FM is also promoting the

Pride 2012 on air in the run-up to the event. The 2012 Pride event will be used as a springboard for annual Pride festivities to promote Benidorm as a premier European gay holiday destination. In the run-up to the event, Benidorm will host a week of cultural activities, dovetailing with Pride. On Thursday, 13th September – after the conclusion of the day’s cultural week activities at the City Hall Assembly Hall - a Pride opening party will be hosted at the Babylon Roof Terrace, and all participating bars at the Old Town will host individual Pride activities. Friday, 16th September will see a Grand Pride opening at the City Hall Square where there will also be a bar, a variety

of stands, a fashion show presented by ES Sports and the election of Mr and Miss Benidorm Pride. There will also be a fantastic drag queen gala. At 6pm the Pride Parade will set off from Rincon de Loix next to McDonalds. The parade will terminate at the City Hall Square where participants will be welcomed by Hot FM music presenters Sammy Kruz and Ross Alexander. Later in the evening special guests, UK drag artist Diva Bliss and British pop singer Zoe, who performed at the 2011 World Pride, Trafalgar Square, London, will appear. The Pride event will culminate on Sunday 16th with traditional tapas tasting at the City Hall Square, followed by a catamarán party.


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Life tech Out of character

Ipod not syncing Hi Aunty. Thanks for sorting out my cmos battery probs. Hope you can help again! I synced my wife’s Ipod with my computer and had to lose what was on it. I then put on 90 new tracks for her. My Itunes programme has updated, and now it tells me that the Ipod is not in sync and that I have to lose everything in order to add tracks. Is there any way that I can save the music and get them back in sync. It’s driving me crazy!! PS I’m running Windows Vista Home Basic on my Packard Bell. Thanks a lot hope you can help. Dave Thompson La Pinilla

Hola Aunty, Please will you tell me how to get the Spanish letters with tilde/accents (a.i.n. etc) onto my Microsoft word. I used to be able to get it automatically, but after updating my Microsoft office I seem unable to get it. Many, many thanks. Patricia. Algorfa. Hello Patricia In Windows hold down ALT button while typing the appropriate number code on your numeric keypad to create characters with tilde accent marks. For the upper case letters the number codes are: Ã 0195, Ñ 0209, Õ 0213 For the lower case letters the number codes are: ã 0227, ñ 0241, õ 0245 For áéíóú hold the ALT GR button whilst typing aeiou. If you want any other characters, then use the Map of Characters, which can usually be found from START, All Programs, Accessories and then System Tools. Simply find and select the character you want, COPY, then go to the Word document and PASTE the character into the document.

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Hi Dave, By definition when you sync an Ipad with a PC, this means that the iPod will mirror the iTunes library. So an empty iTunes library will cause an empty iPod. In the same way if they are new, or different music in that folder to the Ipod, it will then sync those new and additional music to the Ipod. One option is to stop Itunes from automatically syncing: Open iTunes, navigate to iTunes preferences (Edit> Preferences on Windows). Click the Devices button and make sure ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’ is checked. There are also “third party” software available for free that allows you to “copy” from the Ipod, to a PC, effectively backing up your music on the Ipod. Programs like and help you manage your Itunes library and music on your Ipod easily, and without any limitations Itunes has.

Harmful downloads

Hi Aunty Please can you help me? I already have AVG2012 free edition installed on my computer. Having read your page in 13 -19th July edition I decided to install the free downloads of Superantispyware and Malawarebytes. On trying to download both of the above I received a message on my screen “DO YOU WANT TO RUN OR SAVE. THIS TYPE OF FILE COULD HARM YOUR COMPUTER. Is this safe to download? Thank you. Liz Hi Liz, As long as you are downloading these programs from their official websites, and www., then you can be assured that the files on these sites are pretty safe (nothing can be 100% safe!) to download and install. Sometimes Windows and AVG can be a bit too oversensitive, panic, and mark some “executable” files as unsafe, even though these files are safe. This is down to the fact that viruses and other nasty software that can change things on a PC come as “executable” files, so your system is just being over cautious. If you are still concerned, run an AVG scan before download, download the two

programs, and run a full AVG scan before you install them. This should help allay your fears of “everything I download is dangerous”.

Google confusion

Hello Aunty, I hope you can help me with a problem that is driving me mad. When I switch the laptop off and restart it takes me back to the last site I was on. For instance if I was on Facebook when logging off then went to Google Chrome when restarting it will take me back to Facebook. Thanks Alan Hi Alan, Google Chrome has a setting whereby you can state what you want it to open when you start Chrome. These settings can be changed by clicking the little “Spanner” icon, and selecting “Options”. Within the settings there is a section entitled: On Start-Up. It has three options: - Open a New Tab - which opens Chrome with a black tab - Continue where I left off - which opens the last webpage you had open - Open a specific page - opens your home page or other pages you specify. I suspect that you have the “Continue where I left off” option selected, which is why Chrome takes you back to the last site you were on.

Changing email settings Joan via email asks: ALL MY incoming emails are going straight to my Delete Box! Is there something to change in my setup? Aunty Says: The only time I’ve seen this Joan is when a ‘rule’ has been setup in OE (Outlook Express). To check this, start OE and click on ‘tools’ from the menu bar. Go to ‘message rules’, ‘mail’ and un-tick any settings in the lists. Also check there are no addresses in the blocked senders list under ‘message rules’.

Uninstalling Nero 7

Hello Aunty Virus I want to un-install Nero 7. There are various suggestions on the internet but I am unsure of what action to take that will not makes things worse. Are you able to help, please? Many thanks, Peter Clarke

Hi Peter, Uninstall options can be found in a couple of places. The most obvious option can be found in the Nero 7 folder from the “Start / Programs” buttons. The second

uninstall options can be found via the Add / Remove Program options in the Control Panel. However, these can often fail and the uninstall may not be complete, or you do not have the previously mentioned options. Thankfully Nero provide a very good uninstall tool at enu/support-nero7-tools-utilities.html which you can download, and which seems to do a more thorough job than the other two options.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

iZON Room Monitor

The iZON Room Monitor is a natty little device that allows you to wirelessly monitor a room remotely using your iPhone, iTouch or iPad. An absolute breeze to set-up, the iZON can be placed on any horizontal surface or attached to a wall that has a nearby mains power supply and within range of a wireless router. Just attach the magnetic base to a horizontal surface, place the iZON unit on the base and angle appropriately, plug in to the mains and you´re good to go! Then simply login to your secure online account, enter a few details and you´ll be accessing and recording live video and audio before you can say “dry martini, shaken and not stirred…” Once you´ve set up your secure account you can access the iZON via your iPhone, iTouch or iPad by downloading the Stem: Connect smartphone App. You can even add multiple units to the same account to monitor more rooms or different locations. But the useful features don´t stop there. You can also configure the iZON to respond to audio or motion detection, very handy if you´re trying to catch Goldfinger stealing your family jewels. When triggered a notification will automatically

be sent to you by email – what could be easier? Also there´s no need to be concerned about your privacy as this is ensured by the use of secure encryption to stream video and audio from the iZON Room Monitor through your local wireless network. It was originally possible to record automatically to a free, private YouTube account – but this caused YouTube bandwidth problems, so this feature has been suspended. Better news is that currently iZON engineers are creating a new secure private cloud solution to allow this feature to be re-introduced. The Inspectors Verdict: Need to keep an eye on who´s been raiding the office fridge? Concerned about security while you´re away? You could even use it as a baby monitor while you´re in another room – the iZON Room Monitor has got it covered … literally. Visit to purchase the iZON Room Monitor for 140€. Prices quoted include free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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Kayak Now that we are in the height of the Summer and even if we havn’t already been on our holidays or got our travelling heads on yet then there is a distinct possibility that we may do at some point in the not too distant future. Kayak is a fantastic app for mobile phones where you can compare flights, hotels and rental cars, track flights, get cheap travel deals whilst on the go wherever you are in the world (just so long as you have a connection to 3G or WiFi). Not only can you search all of these travel essentials you can also book and pay for them directly from your mobile phone quickly, easily and securely. If you were actually travelling around the world, or just visiting a new city and didn’t have anywhere booked to stay that night then it could map your current location by GPS and find the cheapest (or the most expensive!) hotel for you to stay in that night with a room available and you could then book it direct. Kayak is available to download on iPhone, Android and from the Nokia Store for FREE.


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Life horoscopes Uranus hosts a new set of values, and it heralds a time of changes you have to make for the better; and the best of times is now. Make sure that you do things your own way, and forget what others may say or do; nothing must stop you in your tracks now, as decisive action shows you what you can really do if you try!

As Venus connects with Cancer there comes a time to make your own space and clear any obstructions you have encountered on the way. What is needed is transparency and tact, honesty, and a clear way forward. Someone around you has been economical with the truth and it is lucky that things have been nipped in the bud. Cosmic energies bring you a time to look within yourself, particularly in regard to your strengths and talents which mostly seem to go unnoticed. With your determination and a newly found belief in yourself all can not only go well, but you will make the positive changes that have long been waiting for. Go for it! With Venus in Cancer the second house of conflict and resolve is activated. This helps you balance and deal with a prickly week in which you appear to be attacked from every angle. Since you can justify your recent actions they are defensive only because of the negativity of others who need putting in their place. Mercury has been at your side for some time, and has greatly helped you to express yourself, and to enable you to highlight your specific wants and needs. This week brings you nothing but calm and resolve, and this allows you respite and healing at a time when your wants and needs are paramount to enable your innermost desires. The entry of the Sun elevates your mood and brings you that ray of sunshine; rewarding you for a recent job done well. Some healthy rest and relaxation is on the cards as you break routine, take some time out, and enjoy time off from past pressures and responsibilities anyway that you can to let your hair down and have fun. A time to examine your finances as unexpected expenditure pushes the budget to the limits. Blame actions on an astrological shift with a wayward Scorpio and a trouble making Mars edging your problems along. A time to examine all aspects of savings, and to make ample provision for making the most of your money. Mars brings you power to deal with what you have to right now, since there is something, somehow not fully finished, which begs for completion. In your heart of hearts there is a solution that you feel will make everyone happy; but you have to think of yourself right now, in this precarious position. It’s not selfish it’s self preserving! Time was when you would give a dam, but involving yourself in petty squabbles is not an option right now. You have bigger fish to fry! This week however does bring you a challenge, and may very well show you a way forward you hadn’t thought of. In for a penny and in for a pound, much can come from this! Pluto sees you checking things to the very last detail. You are pretty sure that something isn’t quite right, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. The elevation of your psychic senses, and a distinct lack of fear allow for some investigation to take place. Be careful though what you find out may not be to your advantage. With Uranus playing away temporarily and actions with Mars and Scorpio you may feel that this week you feel as if you have bitten off more than you can chew. You have set standards and must adhere to them, however someone is not playing fair, and is pushing the limits. Keep calm but have your say at all costs. Neptune rules the waves at present, and your loyalty and expertise are sought to make a difference this week. Though you are fond of hiding your light under a bushel there is work to be done, and now is a great time to let rip. You need a new basis on which to work with, new frontiers to cross, and all that this implies.

Kenny corris

Power trip

Conflicts are developing all over the World. Where there should be peace there is widespread fear as war and skirmishes blight the Planet. There is still hunger and starvation as parts of the World beg for water, whilst others endure floods and storms, and greed is motivating the Western World. Many people ask me why Spirit doesn’t intervene in these situations of widespread misery, poverty and need? Why are Wars being fought and innocent people dying daily? Can’t someone do something about all this suffering? Spirit do what they can. Imagine what things would be like if they didn’t. But Man becomes more greedy, and pain becomes more Global and aggression and conflict and selfishness kills, and always will do so. We may pray for solutions, but there will always be those whose idea of power is to abuse it! Power is a truly wonderful energy if used for good purposes, and hideous and unacceptable if abused. People who have greatly developed their own power and wish to use their gifts in a wholly Spiritual way, can always find something to do, somewhere to go to do this, and someone who will greatly benefit from it. The result of this interaction is that they gain more power, spiritually, and the cycle of good goes on. The abuser of power may very well be rich and successful in their Worldly life, and contented with achievements. They have compromised their standards, often told more lies than truths when transparency was

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called for, and they are willing to repeat their selfish actions because they feel that they have done nothing wrong. They are motivated by greed, and their power is actually severely limited and seen as being false and for no useful purpose when compared to the noble and truthful actions of someone who is accountable for the sanctity of their soul. Spiritually powerful people get things done without any abuse of privilege. They are inspirational and accountable, loving, and use their motivations to allow others to trace their path, bringing success and goodwill. Spiritual power comes from within, and is generally forged from a good balance between the openness and love from a free heart, and the very depths of an endearing soul. The combination and the symbiosis between heart and soul brings a love energy that is powerful and strong. If you add enlightenment and faith to this combination then a very special power is unleashed. The strongest of all. The inspirational love of anticipation sent out with the delicate blueprint of the soul brings forth a unique energy. Princess Diana and Mother Theresa of Calcutta made their transition together, to the Spirit World within hours of their deaths. Two strong women. Diana left behind a legacy of good work as a powerful and much loved Public person. Mother Theresa died having only ever owned a cup, a change of habit and a comb. She had fought the authorities, saved lives, giving her all. Which died the richer? They both used their Power to the very best advantage for those who needed them, motivated to play each their part. May true Spiritual power continue to bless them both.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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Email your letters to me at: Kenny last night I was woken by a bright light in my bedroom. In the centre of the light slowly appeared my Grandmother with her arms open and smiling. She was floating, and though I was shocked I watched until she faded away. Nothing was spoken, and maybe that’s my fault, but I was just taken over by her coming to me like this! H.R.J. What an experience! The holding of the arms open to you shows that your Grandmother is no longer in any pain, but then this suggests that she was in pain when she died. Revealing herself in this way takes a big leap of faith, and shows her love to you as she chose you to witness what may very well be her last chance to come through. She is obviously happy, well and being taken care of…… and she wanted you to see that for yourself. I think she also knows that you will try to explain things to others around you who sadly don’t have your faith. So many people fear contact with Spirit, but when it happens they never forget what they experience, and it is always brought about by love!

Rest assured you are waiting for something to happen, but you have to make it happen, and you can. Abandon restraints which are holding you well and truly back and see what the Universe can bring you, if you want it.


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Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword ACROSS 1. You need capital to go all over the place, we hear (4) 3. An alarming rush associated with stock (8) 9. A short dress, mother, to say the least! (7) 10. Plane in trouble in the Himalayas (5) 11. Outstanding occasion when the mail from Moscow arrives! (3,6,3) 13. What employees in the box-room do? (6) 15. Fruit ring is given scope (6) 17. The scene of fighting is part of the engraving just inside the cover (12) 20. A place for storing hay high up (5) 21. Rouse no confusion - it’s oppressive (7) 22. She produces an unusual stir in the army canteen! (8) 23. Provide sustenance, being paid for services (4)

Word Ladders

DOWN 1. Observed and checked by the teacher again (8) 2. Laid with explosives - be careful, one hears (5) 4. The automaton envelops juicy food (6) 5. Sounds like an insignificant gain for Malachi, maybe (5,7) 6. Account for what was once flat country (7) 7. They slip from the reel, squirming (4) 8. He’s not himself! (12) 12. Marsh grass round the fields no longer enclosed (8) 14. Loads for the motor works! (7) 16. Somehow I stop about fifty navigation experts (6) 18. Parcel opened - bolt inside! (5) 19. Laboratory comes up with the start of mysterious ointment (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. Wither (4) 3. Closet (8) 9. Non-professional (7) 10. Parrot (5) 11. Hymn (4,2,6) 13. Diffident (6) 15. U.S. inventor (6) 17. Sea bird (6,6) 20. Unsuitable (5) 21. Bandits (7) 22. Enrolled (8) 23. Boss (4)

DOWN 1. Terrible (8) 2. Empty (5) 4. Immature (6) 5. Artillery attacks (12) 6. Charges (7) 7. Daybreak (4) 8. Shows (12) 12. Enveloped (8) 14. Obedient (7) 16. Past (6) 18. Respond (5) 19. Reign (4)

Euromillions Draw Friday 10th August 2012

11 17 21 48 50 9


One UK ticket won the 190,000,000 Euros

Tuesday 14th August 2012

1 16 38 42 45


No ticket won the 15,000,000 Euros



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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Tips and tricks of Spanish - 3

Grammar books will teach you “correct” Spanish, but what do the natives actually say? As I mentioned last week, we Brits are always saying “thank you” and sometimes we want to say “thank you” back to someone who has just said “thank you” to us. Here’s a great way of doing it. Someone says “gracias” to me and I reply “a ti” (“to you” – that is “thanks to you”). In a more formal situation we can reply with “a usted”. It’s a good one which you will hear people saying to you as well as you go out and about thanking people for things! You know when you reach those ends of conversations when either you have nothing else to say, or you’ve gone a bit blank, or frankly you had enough talking and just want to get away. Here’s the ideal thing to say “Pues nada” (“Well, nothing”). It’s a great way to signal the end of a conversation and can be said just staring into space or moving slowly away from someone, in which case it can be interpreted as: “I really haven’t got anything else to say so if you don’t mind, I’ll be off.” When someone gives you good news about themselves and you want to say something like “I’m pleased for you”, or “I’m happy to hear that” you can say “¡Me alegro!”, which literally means “I am cheered”. To be even more emphatic we can say: “¡Me alegro mucho!” which expresses something like “I’m absolutely delighted for you!” A word we might sometimes get slightly wrong is “invitar” meaning to “invite”. In English we use it for parties and such like, but if a Spanish person says “te invito a un café” or “te invito a tomar algo” what they mean is “Let’s go for a drink and this time

it’s on me”. The correct response therefore is to thank them and enjoy your coffee, remembering that it will be your turn next time to say “Te invito” (It’s on me)! I don’t know about you but I get lots of phone calls trying to sell me things I don’t need, offer me things I don’t want or get information out of me I don’t wish to give. I expect you also get some of those calls where you actually have no idea what they want, but know you’re not interested. Here’s an effective and polite way of getting rid of the unwanted caller without (or before) slamming the phone down: “No me interesa, gracias” (“It doesn’t interest me, thank you”). I find it works very well. All languages have funny little phrases and yet another one in Spanish is the simple: “más cosas”. This literally means “more things” and you will hear it in all sorts of situations. When you’re shopping in the market and the stall holder wants to encourage you to buy more or when you are consulting a bank manager, solicitor or adviser and they want to know if you have any more questions. I even heard the expression the other day on the news to introduce a new item: “más cosas … el president Obama….” And finally, a particular favourite of mine “¡Ojalá!” It means “If only!” and is used when you are telling people not to expect you back at work because you are about to win the lottery, and that sort of thing.

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.

Twit of the Week Amir Khan@AmirKingKhan : Eeewww I’m so gutted, I saw a box of chocolate Eclairs in the fridge and opened it and ate 1. Guess what it was past fresh date by 4 days. The Kevin Pieterson saga Richard Bailey@Bailsthebadger : Yes the parody Twitter account was me. It was for humour purposes only and as soon as I realised it was upsetting people i took it down. David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd@BumbleCricket : Dust settles very quickly . All parties should move on quickly. Bit of face to face straight talk , handshake , move on , wiser, better. The Olympic Farewell Frankie Boyle@frankieboyle : I think that after the Olympics Britain should give up being a country, go out on a high. The Rant Leon Knight @LeonKnight82 : To all those who say they had to google me to see who I am ... Now google your own name LOL #myth #listen The Funny Tweets Rio Ferdinand@rioferdy5 : 1 of my lil men is getting his long hair cut off right now (I’m gutted)....he has requested a mohican! #FollowFashion Al Murray@ajhmurray : It inspires confidence when the waiter shouts “ow!” because the plates are hot.

Life books

Danny Collins -

Death by Design THIS IS one of those books I always think of as ‘chewing gum for the brain’ - ideal to keep one’s thoughts occupied on the deeper issues behind the storyline and ideal for a long train journey or a flight; the latter being dependent on whether one can stretch one’s elbows wide enough to hold the pages open. Barbara Nadel’s detective creation is Inspector Cetin Ikmen of the Turkish Police and as such the narrative is set at the onset in the narrow streets and bazaars of old Istanbul. However, as the detective recovers from injuries sustained in an apparent suicide bomb blast, Ikmen finds himself intrigued by the bomber’s motives and goes undercover in London among the immigrant community, where he will discover something more explosive and far reaching than anything he could ever have imagined. It all makes for lots of mayhem and a nail-biting finale – a sort of Inspector Morse in a djellabah: well researched and an intriguing read. Author: Barbara Nadel Publisher: headline (paperback) Price: 10.80€ ISBN: 978 0 7553 3569 5

Suduko Answer

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Life health Managing Tinnitus Michael Burke

RHAD MSHAA of Digital Hearing

There is as of yet no cure for tinnitus. For most people with tinnitus, unless there is a treatable cause for the hearing loss, they will always be prone to it. The problem is not so much whether you have tinnitus but whether it is causing you annoyance and distress. Many of the measures suggested for tinnitus are therefore aimed at reducing the annoyance rather than abolishing the tinnitus. In some people the hearing loss itself can be reversed, e.g. by removing wax or other obstructions in the ear canal, or repairing a perforation of the eardrum, or correcting any abnormality in the middle ear bones, or fitting suitable digital hearing aids. This can result in cessation of any existing tinnitus. Even when this is not possible, fitting carefully programmed digital hearing aids can compensate for the hearing loss, and this often has a very beneficial effect on the tinnitus.

HABITUATION THERAPY Habituation therapy works by changing your sound response systems so that you gradually become less aware of the tinnitus. This can take from six months to two years and is not successful for everybody. People can find that their tinnitus at best goes away or at least they stop being aware of it. Habituation therapy can involve some or all of the following: Hearing aids: They increase the information available to the brain, thus reducing the need for the brain to increase its own internal volume control so it does not hear neuronal noise. Sound therapy: Many people find they are more aware of tinnitus in a quiet environment. Sound therapy works by filling the silence with therapeutic sounds: recordings of the sea, birdsong, woodland glades, etc. Sound generators: These produce a gentle, soft rush (white noise) sound, which can help the brain ignore the tinnitus. Counselling/stress therapy: A regular relaxation routine can be a very helpful part of tinnitus management: tinnitus is often associated with stress. Diet: No foods or drink cause tinnitus;

however some people feel some foods or drinks alter the level of their tinnitus (caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, salt, spicy foods, citrus fruits). Identifying if any one of these affects you is purely trial and error. Cut each item down one at a time for 3-4 weeks and see if there is any benefit. TRT (Tinnitus Retraining Therapy): A combination of the above, supervised by specifically trained counsellors, often in groups, can be very successful for some. Whatever you do, consult your GP first. In the next Hearing Column we will look at tinnitus and sleep.

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.


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Life health

Life on the MABS frontline By Jack Troughton MABS SUPPORTERS are at the frontline of the charity and face the demanding and delicate task of dealing directly with cancer patients and their families. All the supporters have had cancer themselves and are able to appreciate what the MABS Cancer Support Group ‘members’ – those being helped and directly touched by cancer are automatic members – are going through. And the supporters are there to assess the requirements of each individual case: maintaining communication with medical teams, social teams and MABS itself. They have to be good listeners and communicators, as well as being able to organise, prioritise and demonstrate compassion and empathy, yet at all times act professionally. Recently, MABS supporter Sally was called by an elderly man, Mr Jones, after being told his wife had been diagnosed with leukaemia. She went to see Mrs Jones and found her frail but upbeat. Charity spokesman Nik Nickerson said: “When Sally explained that she too had had cancer, Mr Jones took it as read that his wife would recover.” Because the couple had no family, Sally

not only gave assistance with medical appointments, she occasionally cared for Mrs Jones so her husband could go out for a little respite, she also shopped for the couple when she did her own and took it back to their home. Nik said: “Sadly the cancer spread to Mrs Jones’ breast. Her husband, though, remained adamant that if Sally had survived, then so would his wife. The hospital told Sally that Mrs Jones had only six weeks to live and further advised that Mr and Mrs Jones should go into a nursing home for her remaining days.

EXPLAIN “Fortunately, Sally had their trust and she was able to gently explain to them that Mrs Jones would not get better and what the hospital advised was the best course of action. Mr Jones was very upset and insisted his wife go home and would get better- after all, Sally had got over the illness.” He added: “Sally arranged through MABS for nursing and care for them both at home. She also spent some time with them both every day and Sally was with them when Mrs Jones passed away in the early hours of the morning.” Nik said Sally helped organise the funeral,

MABS President Jacqui Phillips MBE

the paperwork and settling their affairs – she also arranged for Mr Jones to have a carer each day until he too passed away two years later. He said anyone interested in becoming a supporter like Sally could contact Pam on 687 393 035 or email He said supporters received training and it was a “rewarding and satisfying” role. MABS also needs volunteers for other

roles within the charity. Again contact Pam to volunteer to become a ‘buddy’ – giving up time to visit members for a chat, do some shopping, collect prescriptions, or do other every day chores – or become a ‘driver’ and transporting members to hospital or clinics for treatment with MABS paying expenses. Volunteers are also needed to help in MABS charity shops throughout the Costa Blanca and German speakers to help with translations throughout the region.

TAABS donation to the AECC Maria Wilson collects the donation from TAABS

THE TAABS singing group, headed by the very talented Cathy Carson, donated 100€ to the AECC earlier this month. The donation was made to the AECC President of Torrevieja, Maria Wilson at a recent charity football match. Maria told RTN: “We are so grateful for this donation and would like to thank all the members of TAABS for their kind generosity.”


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Life going out

‘Elvis’ fools a crowd of 15,000 at Crystal Palace in 1971 RUPERT, AN international singer who claims to be the very first UK Elvis tribute, hit the headlines at the age of 19 back in 1971 when it was announced to a crowd of 15,000 people that Elvis was visiting London and “In The Building!”

Arriving in a stretched limo and with bodyguards, ‘Elvis’ went on stage in a gold lamé suit during a concert where several top groups and singers of the day were performing! The crowd went absolutely wild and believed that the King was actually there! The newspapers reported the story, prompting a three day frenzy across the nation as everyone asked: “Where is Elvis?” Then, promoters and organisers of the event ‘let the cat out of the bag’ and the myth was blown wide apart! Rupert went on to become known as the best and original Elvis tribute of the day and has appeared at top theatres and venues all over the World. Now, he can be seen in Spain and in August he will be featuring in a spectacular four-show tour to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the King’s passing and the shows will be taking place near you! Rupert will have recently appointed the Best Tribute in the Costa Blanca ‘Elvis 2000’, appearing with him for these ‘Double header’ shows and support will come from Fiona McLean of Jukebox Legends. Peter Day, of Jukebox Promotions says: “I went to see Rupert several times in clubs and theatres in the

UK back in the 70s. He was absolutely great and it’s fantastic to have this opportunity to work with him during this special Elvis celebration year here in the Costa Blanca. The public can now see the two best Elvis tributes in the Costa Blanca on stage with the fabulous Fiona McLean as support and MC. Elvis fans definitely shouldn’t miss this!” If you want to re-live the memory of the King and join in the fun and great music then don’t miss the remaining shows on this tour which ends Sunday 19th August. Venues and dates are listed below and tickets are available at the venues NOW so get booked as soon as possible! See ‘Elvis – That’s the way it was’ at: The Club, Quesada: Friday 17th August: (Elvis 2000 & Fiona McLean only): 8.50€ The Rendezvous, Campoamor (nr La Fuente centre): Sunday 19th August: Tickets 10€ (inc a great buffet) All shows start at 8.30pm with seating at 8pm. Ticket info line – 695 135 134. This is a fund raising charity tour for Help at Home (Costa Blanca)

Rupert today in a gold Lamai suit

Book early for Entertaining Angels THE NEXT show by Dramatic Licence will be Entertaining Angels, a wonderful play by Richard Everett on 25th, 26th and 27th October at Teatro Cardenal Belluga in San Fulgencio. As a vicar’s wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, after the death of her husband Bardolph she can enjoy the new-found freedom of being able to do and say exactly what she wants. But the return of her eccentric missionary sister, Ruth, together with some disturbing revelations, forces Grace to confront the truth of her marriage. Set in a lush vicarage garden complete with real grass, plants and a stream with running water, the play is filled with sharp-edged comedy and probing wit. Grace, performed by Peneope Keith in the widely acclaimed British tour, is played by Eileen Hamilton. Tickets are already selling well, order your tickets via or online at or call 616 089 943.

Fun day for all the family Fancy a fun family day out? Then the place to be is Viva La Vida in Centro Commercial La Fuente, Campoamor, tomorrow, Saturday 18th August. The charity fun day is taking over the top floor of the Commercial Centre from midday to midnight in aid of Paul Cunningham Nurses. Live music starts at 1pm with Nick Barker’s Pink Floyd tribute, Geoff Watts and Paul Christie amongst some of the performers. The kids will also be happily entertained throughout the day while you relax in the sunshine, with a bouncy castle, candy floss and popcorn machines, face painting and balloon modelling. There is also a fancy dress competition for those under 11 and prizes for best

dressed boy and best dressed girl with judging taking place at 4pm. For those with a sweet tooth there is also cup cake decorating from midday with lots of prizes! The event has been organised largely by Gill and Tyna who are part of Showtime; a series of dinner dances and entertainment that has specially been put together for Paul Cunningham Nurses to help raise funds whilst also offering a great night. The nights are happening across the Costa Blanca throughout September and October with tickets now on sale at the Paul Cunningham Nurses Charity shops or by calling 682 707 894 or 634 379 354. For more information on the fun day call Gill on 619 662 978.

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Life music

Cardiff Blues Choir to play in Torrevieja

Charity music concert

PHOENIX PROMOTIONS normally provide an out and about section and information for up and coming events, but for this week the only date I would like you to concentrate on is Sunday 19th August. The place is the super value car park behind The North and South Bar in Quesada, and the event is a music concert to help raise necessary funds for three deserving charities: EMAUS, AECC and FIR. With the co-operation of the Quesada Town Hall, Spanish Property Consultants (main sponsors) and bars in the area Bull Flannigan’s, Quesada Golf and of course the North and South the event will be taking place from about 4pm until midnight. Along with some fun competitions as many as 6-7 acts will be performing including Pat Martin with his tribute to Gary Numan, The Numan Experience; Nick Barker with a few songs from his excellent tribute; Thinkfloyd solo; Nick Gold; Ricardo; Lorna Michelle; Suzy G; Curtis Senior and possibly more… This is a completely free event but of course any contribution to the charities is always welcome.

The Cardiff Blues choir will be in Torrevieja next week

By Louise Clarke THE CARDIFF Blues Choir, which was formed in 2006 from rugby fans of all ages, singing abilities and walks of life, will be visiting Torrevieja next week to perform in two exclusive concerts. The choir, which rehearses weekly under the musical direction of Richard Vaughan and assistant musical director/ accompanist Rhiannon Pritchard, was formed as part of a Welsh TV programme on S4C which was devised to promote singing on the terraces of rugby matches. Their repertoire is diverse and challenging and now includes classical and contemporary songs in many languages, including Welsh, English, Latin, French, African, and Maori. The choir currently boasts over 100 members and around 70 of them will take to the stage during this summer’s tour to Torrevieja. The Cardiff Blues Choir is committed to giving something

back to the wider community and during their visit to Torrevieja, however, the choristers will be helping to raise much needed funds for the Alzheimer’s Association (AFA) which helps support Alzheimer’s patients and their families. The first of the two concerts will be free and takes place this coming Monday, 20th August at 8.45pm at the Parish Church of the Inmaculada Concepción located in the main Plaza de la Constitución in the centre of Torrevieja. The second concert takes place next Wednesday, 22nd August at 8.30pm in the auditorium of the Palacio de La Música, in Torrevieja. Admission to this concert is 3€ and all proceeds are dedicated to AFA. Tickets are available from the Palacio de la Música two hours before the concert starts (i.e. as from 6.30pm on the Wednesday evening). Please go along and enjoy this fabulous choir, whilst supporting a very worth while cause.

2 Red Hot Shows 4 Heroes

RAISING THE roof for Afghan Heroes, Restaurante Los Rosales Guardamar is proud to announce two unmissable shows in aid of the UK charity for wounded troops and their families. These shows will be celebrating the end of Afghan Heroes 2nd year of fundraising that really makes a difference. AUGUST 21ST – THE RED TOPS SHOW The 6 piece Spanish band specialise in America’s Golden Era of Rock n Roll, performed with a toe tappin’ twist. The authentic 50s sounding Rock n Roll band season their music with red hot harmonica, R and B licks and dust it off with tenor sax. Throw in some boppin’ blues and you just have to get up and dance! This is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Show, you really don’t want to miss: 10€ for show and meal. AUGUST 28TH - FLAMENCO FENOMENAL! Starring the legend that is Filiu and Cia! Runner-up in the Spanish version of X-Factor, Filiu’s astounding guitar skills have been thrilling audiences throughout Spain. To see him playing his guitar behind and over his head is a feat that will leave you amazed. 12.50€ for show and meal. Tickets for both shows are available from Restaurante Los Rosales – Lemon Tree Road; Postbox Dona Pepa; Hire Centre San Luis; Macy’s News Café Playa Flamenca; Postroom Benijofar; Cards and More La Marina; Card and Gift Shop Quesada; Card Place Benimar & Punta Prima. Or call Phil on 606 192 691, Jax 697 501 992 or email For more information on Afghan Heroes charity please visit



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Life food Would you invite me into your kitchen? Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

IT’S TRUE to say that we do get quite a lot of compliments for our food and not just because it’s free either. Whether it’s at home with friends, some of whom are chefs, suppliers, as well as when we try out a new idea or dish on our unsuspecting food tasters that we vary as much as is practical. Gone are the early nerves and panic felt by many chefs when talking to the public having been replaced with a certain air of confidence, so much so that when we went to some friends’ house for dinner we were always met at the door with a glass of wine (always a good start) and a cut out menu of what was the preferred choice for the meal. Unfortunately (always a bad sign), I was shown the kitchen where all the necessary ingredients had been assembled, washed and peeled, for me to turn into the meal. Both the girls then disappeared into the lounge meantime to catch up on all the gossip leaving me alone to cook the meal.

Not a bad idea as it turns out everyone was happy and I even got released from any washing up. However, I am here to confess that it doesn’t always go to plan - no-one ever sees the cock-ups; the burnt pans; the burnt dishes; the boiling over; the not-quite-cooked and the downright bloody awful. What seems a good idea on paper and sounds quite nice at the outset sometimes really don’t go together at all. Restaurant menus are littered with them and even some celebrity chefs on television fall foul of some idiotic researcher who thinks that “this one would be nice, it sounds terrific.” Part of my job is to be able to bring to mind the flavour of an ingredient just by thinking about it and then either adding or subtracting others that either does compliment it or not. I do not need the Daily Telegraphs recent scratchand-sniff idea to remind me what fresh bread smells like, and again I find myself repeating, it may well have smelt like bread but certainly

No-one ever sees the burnt pans or the burnt dishes

not of bread. Perhaps they were just trying to find out why so much food now days tastes like newspaper? Other howlers, especially on my part, included a trip to Anna near Xativa where as usual I wanted to see the kitchens of what appeared to be a beautifully located but closed restaurant. I went round the back to see if any of the kitchen staff were already at work or not, just inches from the back door I was suddenly aware of the largest dog I have ever seen suddenly awake

from a snooze and looking directly at me. I’m not sure who was the most surprised, me or the dog, as we both immediately headed off in the same direction with just a very small gap between me and the dog. From the gnashing of the teeth so close to my backside it was clear that he was not exactly delighted to see me and this was far from just a run in the park. Hand on heart I have never run that fast so late in life trying to get away whilst looking where I

was running too. I thought about up a tree or even in the lake but the hot breath of the dog was really distracting me. Just when I thought it was all over I heard a slight chinking sound followed by a twang and a yelp as the previously unseen by me heavy chain he was attached to eventually ran out almost yanking his head off. So if invited I would love to see your hotel or restaurant kitchen but would you mind removing the dog first?

If you have a question about food email Eddie runs Thieves Kitchen which now includes “Restaurant Rescue” offering advice and Simple Solutions to stale problems. “Food Concepts” Brunches and Artisan as well as Open Kitchens. “Restaurant Secrets” with tailor made private tuition (max 4 persons) to develop your cooking skills. “You will never smell Fresh bread on line”

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Life events


Fun for all the family at Finley’s fun day By Louise Clarke FINLEY’S FUN Day will be held at the Abbey Tavern in La Florida on the Orihuela Costa on Monday 27th August and has been organised to coincide with Finley Baker’s first birthday. The event, which will be based on a typical children’s party, starts at 12 noon and will finish at 6pm. At 19 weeks old Finley was diagnosed with a rare genetic syndrome Potocki Lupski Syndrome (PTLS) and Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT). PTLS comes with various health concerns associated to it including poor feeding, low body weight, low muscle tone, poor fine motor skills, a heart condition called ‘bicuspid aortic valve’, dental issues and sleep apnea. RESEARCH The condition is extremely rare and as such much more research needs to be done, hence why Finley’s

parents, Leanne and Rick, are desperately trying to raise awareness and money to enable research to help support Finley’s future. Finley is also the grandson of the popular local DJ and entertainer, Simon Morton of Sunshine FM and he will be on hand to entertain everyone at the event. As well as Simon, Finley’s Fun Day will also include live entertainment by the Abba Girls, Suzy G and her diva show, Maria O’Hara and Nick Gold. There will be also be dancing displays by Ruth Kingsbury and Raquel Pena as well as a penalty shoot out by FC Mil Palmeras. There will also be face painting, a mini disco, bouncy castles, games, raffles and much more. Please go along and support Finley and his family at this event and make it a special day for all special needs children. Collection tins will be also placed in Iceland in Torrevieja from 14th August.

Making a Difference MAD: MAKING a Difference – ‘another charity’, I hear you say, but this is not ‘just another charity’. Animal charities are admiral - but a people’s charity is a necessity. No-one knows what tomorrow has in reserve for us –no-one has a guarantee that they will not find themselves in the same position as others in need. A grown man crying because he cannot feed his family; children living in squalid conditions with no running water or electricity… We are not talking about some Third World country far enough away not to upset our comfortable middle class lives - here in Spain people are in need.

Finley and his Mum Leanne

MaD offers not only solicitude but also solutions: Aid days, where food is given out to some 785 registered families - three a month in Mazarron, Pto de Mazarron and Gallego. Medication for the needy; food, toiletries and other basics distributed to families; meals supplied to the aged and handicapped… A fund raising concert on 13th October unites three great artists - the velvet voice of Barrington, renowned throughout the South of Spain; Hazel with a wonderful tribute to Shirley Bassey; and Gerry Jones the ‘Voice from the Valley’ are at the Mazarron Country Club’s new function room, with a raffle and auction to help boost the coffers. Tickets at €5 can be obtained from the English butchers, Camposol A, The Yorkshire Linen store in Mazarron, The Dog Bowl in Fuente Alamo or telephone Lea on 634 312 951. Have a great time and earn cash for a great cause - thank you!


17 - 23 august 2012

Life showbiz goss David and Sir Elton get to the bottom of things

I brought a prank to the page a couple of weeks ago when boy band One Direction’s road crew filled their dressing room with kiddies’ toys; a childish prank that sadly fell on stony ground - and I have another one of them thar pranks for you today that is yet again childish but rather adult at the same time, as I’m about to explain - and at the time of writing appeared to have not gone down badly at all. Last week comedian David Walliams was a guest on Sir Elton John’s luxury yacht in the French Riviera off St Tropez and who should they spot cruising about off the starboard bow - none other than Simon Cowell, and what did David do at this point? He attracted Syco’s attention then cried out: “I´ve got something for you Simon!” And the ‘something he had for him’ was a moon! … Yes a full blown moon

and to cap it all Sir Elton joined in as well, and him a lord of the realm too, it’s a disgrace I tell you! The double moon was then followed by Walliams shouting: “Love you Simon!” which tells me that all that insane and risqué humour that was part of the Little Britain comedy series came from an insane and risqué person. But it doesn´t stop there … oh no! Walliams apparently then scurried below decks and took to his Twitter account and excitedly told his followers “I just mooned Simon Cowell. From a boat - then someone a million times more well-known than me mooned him too.” This was followed a couple of days later with David posting a photo on the social media site of a cute pooch sitting on Simon Cowell’s face. I have no information as to the relevance of the dog sitting on Cowell’s face, and to avoid any serious censorship of this column I will leave you to make up your own mind on this matter.


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Boobs and chocolate buttons This item is about one of the group of people who populate sad old reality TV show Made in Chelsea, and by the way, I intentionally use the word ‘populate’ as they are generally referred to as stars and stars they are far from. His name is Jamie Laing, a young man who is directly in line to the McVities Empire I might add. It seems that Jamie has spent most of his life banging on about opening his own sweet shop. Yes this is not a misprint - his own sweet shop - and quite spectacularly it all came to fruition at the back end of last week. It’s in the Kings Road, London, is called ‘Candy Kittens’ and is billed as a ‘sexy sweet shop for adults’. Umm... Should you find the motivation to go there you will be served by young ladies dressed in seriously skimpy outfits, and talking of serving, at the launch dozens of non-paying guests decided to serve themselves with allegedly over a thousand pounds worth of stock being gobbled down due to them all assuming it was free. Oh dear, oh dear. However, despite this unfortunate incident Jamie said: “I’m over the moon by the store’s reception, it’s been my lifelong dream to set up a sweet shop, I wanted cute girls selling candy, it’s all about making candy cool again!”

The Posh and the dosh story We could never imagine that Victoria Beckham would pop down to the local eatery for a pizza with her mother-in-law and the kids, but that’s exactly what occurred on Monday 6th at the Pizza Express in Loughton, Essex, and sadly for Posh the story popped up due to a terrible faux pas or her behalf. She forgot to leave a tip! Victoria was generous enough to dig into her handbag for £115 to give to the waitress, but as that was the cost of the meal for them all it didn’t include a tip. It seems the waitress got in touch with a local Loughton paper and told them: “She didn’t leave a tip, she didn’t leave anything, I gave her the receipt and she gave me the money, exactly £115.” Then she changed tack and added “But it doesn’t matter, she’s a good customer and is always nice.” … A regular then…

17 - 23 august 2012

Life TV


17th - 23rd August

FRIDAY 17th August BBC1 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Animal 24:7 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Splatalot 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 20:30 A Question of Sport 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Miranda 22:00 EastEnders 22:30 In with the Flynns 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow

BBC2 07:00 Childrens TV 10:45 The Koala Brothers 10:55 Lunar Jim 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Animal Park 13:00 The Falcon in Mexico 14:10 The Falcon in Hollywood 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Escape to the Country 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 The Sheltering Sky

SATURDAY 18th August BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food 13:00 BBC News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Olympics 2012 16:45 Final Score 18:10 BBC News 18:25 Total Wipeout 19:25 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 21:20 The National Lottery: Secret Fortune 22:10 Casualty 23:00 BBC News 23:20 Match of the Day 24:40 The Football League Show


07:00 Childrens TV 08:30 Project Parent 09:00 The Scooby-Doo Show 09:20 Dennis & Gnasher 09:35 The Slammer 10:05 Who Let the Dogs Out? 10:30 Incredible Edibles 11:00 Cop School 11:30 Splatalot 12:00 Copycats 12:30 MOTD Kickabout 13:05 The Sky at Night 13:25 Animal Park 14:25 Bargain Hunt Famous Finds 14:55 Alvarez Kelly 16:45 When Time Ran Out 18:30 Escape to the Country 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Dad’s Army 21:00 BBC Proms 2012 23:00 QI 23:30 TOTP2 24:30 Shifty

SUNDAY 19th August BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 08:40 Match of the Day 10:00 BBC News 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 BBC News 13:10 Homes Under the Hammer 14:10 Bargain Hunt 15:10 Cash in the Attic 15:40 Escape to the Country 16:40 Ocean Giants 17:40 Songs of Praise 18:15 The Indian Doctor 19:00 The One Show 19:30 BBC News 20:00 Britain’s Hidden Heritage 21:00 Countryfile 22:00 Silent Witness 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:25 In with the Flynns 24:55 Deceived


07:00 Childrens TV 07:40 Let’s Celebrate 08:00 Roar 08:30 Paradise Cafe 08:55 Arthur 09:20 Dennis & Gnasher 09:30 Wingin’ It 09:50 Shaun the Sheep 10:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 10:30 Junior Bake Off 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Great British Bake Off 13:30 Carve Her Name with Pride 15:25 The Way to the Stars 17:15 Flog It! 17:45 Antiques Road Trip 18:30 Oceans 19:30 MotoGP 21:00 Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure 22:00 Toughest Place to Be 23:00 Page Eight 24:40 MotoGP

ITV1 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News a 15:00 Murder, She Wrote 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Dinner Date 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Tonight 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Corrie Goes to Kenya 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Out of Sight




E4 07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 One Tree Hill 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:40 Rules of Engagement 10:05 Supernanny US 11:00 Ugly Betty 12:00 Desperate Housewives 12:55 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 Ugly Betty 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 Waterboy 23:50 Revenge 24:45 The Big Bang Theory

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Will & Grace 09:20 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:50 Frasier 10:20 Come Dine with Me 10:55 Come Dine with Me 11:25 Come Dine with Me 11:55 Come Dine with Me 12:30 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Channel 4 Presents 13:10 River Cottage Bites 13:20 Howards End 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 22:00 Alan Carr’s Summer Specstacular 2 24:05 Angelos Epithemiou Show 24:40 Celebrity Bedlam

07:00 Childrens TV 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Chopped 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Hero Animals 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Mom at Sixteen 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Monkey Life 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:30 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:20 The Bachelor

07:00 Emmerdale 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:40 The Only Way Is Essex 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:15 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:10 Judge Judy 13:00 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 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Peter Andre’s Bad Boyfriend Club 21:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 21:30 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 22:00 The 40 Year Old Virgin 24:25 The Only Way Is Essex






07:00 Mini CITV 08:20 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 13:15 ITV News and Weather 13:25 Murder, She Wrote 14:25 Cool Runnings 16:20 Octopussy 18:45 Granada News 19:00 ITV News and Weather 19:15 You’ve Been Framed! 20:15 Red or Black? 21:00 The X Factor 22:15 Red or Black? 23:00 Jonathan Ross Show 24:10 ITV News 24:25 The Break-Up

07:05 Channel 4 Presents 07:10 British GT Championship 07:35 The Grid 08:00 Ben Rushgrove 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Ibiza Rocks 10:10 T4 Special 10:40 New Girl 11:15 Revenge 12:15 Suburgatory 12:50 Summer Daze 13:20 The Big Bang Theory 14:30 The Simpsons 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 V Festival 2012 17:20 Come Dine with Me 19:25 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 Mission: Impossible 2 22:15 Micky Flanagan’s Out Out Tour 23:15 Frankie Boyle: If I Could Reach Out Through Your TV and Strangle You I Would 24:20 The IT Crowd 24:50 V Festival 2012

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 09:55 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10 Looney Tunes 12:15 Looney Tunes 12:25 Monkey Life 12:55 Celebrity Big Brother 13:55 King Solomon’s Mines 16:00 Little Women 18:15 Jesse Stone: Thin Ice 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 5 News Weekend 21:05 NCIS 22:10 Celebrity Big Brother 23:10 CSI: Miami 24:05 CSI: Crime S cene Investigation






07:00 Mini CITV 08:20 CITV 09:25 Dinner Date 10:25 ITV News 10:30 House Gift 11:25 There’s No Taste Like Home 12:30 The Hungry Sailors 13:30 ITV News and Weather 13:45 You’ve Been Framed! 14:15 The X Factor 15:30 Columbo 17:25 Doc Martin 18:30 The Talent Show Story 19:30 Granada News 19:45 ITV News 20:00 The Chase 21:00 The Cube 22:00 The Last Weekend 23:05 ITV News 23:20 GoldenEye

07:00 Childrens TV 07:45 Ironman Triathlon 08:10 Channel 4 Presents 08:15 Road to London 2012: Paralympics Extra 08:40 Surfing Special: The Endless Winter 09:10 Will & Grace 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Sunday Brunch 13:50 Jamie Does... 14:50 The Big Bang Theory 15:50 The Simpsons 16:50 V Festival 2012 17:50 Deal or No Deal 18:50 Escape from Colditz 20:25 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Lee Evans: Roadrunner 23:10 I’m Spazticus 23:40 The Function Room 24:15 Harry Hill 24:45 V Festival 2012

07:00 Childrens TV 09:20 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:10 The Mr Men Show 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:06 Looney Tunes 12:10 Celebrity Big Brother 13:10 World’s 13:55 The Goonies 16:05 The Karate Kid III 18:15 Robin Hood 20:00 Cricket on 5 20:55 5 News Weekend 21:00 Once Upon a Time 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Mutt Ugly: World’s Ugliest Dog 23:55 Bring It On

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:25 Emmerdale 10:00 Coronation Street 12:30 Winners & Losers 13:30 Peter Andre’s Bad Boyfriend Club 14:30 The Only Way Is Essex 15:15 The Only Way Is Essex 16:00 A Cinderella Story 18:00 Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties 19:45 The X Factor 21:00 The Xtra Factor 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 Lemon La Vida Loca 24:35 Something’s Gotta Give

07:00 Scrubs 07:30 Scrubs 07:55 Summer Daze 08:25 Hollyoaks 11:00 Smallville 11:55 V Festival 2012 13:15 Rules of Engagement 13:50 Rules of Engagement 14:15 How I Met Your Mother 14:50 How I Met Your Mother 15:20 Ugly Betty 16:15 Charlie’s Angels 17:10 New Girl 17:40 Suburgatory 18:05 Revenge 19:05 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 23:00 Rude Tube 24:00 2 Broke Girls 24:30 New Girl

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:20 Coronation Street 09:20 Emmerdale 12:15 Take Me Out 13:30 Models, Misfits and Mayhem 14:30 America’s Got Talent 16:20 America’s Got Talent 17:10 The Xtra Factor 18:10 The Xtra Factor 19:10 The Xtra Factor 20:10 Twins 22:15 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 22:30 The Xtra Factor 23:30 Passenger 57

07:00 Switched 07:20 Switched 07:45 Heartland 08:25 Life Unexpected 09:25 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:25 Supernanny US 11:20 Supernanny US 12:15 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 13:20 Supernanny US 14:15 How I Met Your Mother 14:50 How I Met Your Mother 15:20 Scrubs 15:50 Scrubs 16:20 Desperate Housewives 17:20 Revenge 18:15 How I Met Your Mother 18:45 How I Met Your Mother 19:15 The Big Bang Theory 19:45 The Big Bang Theory 20:15 The Big Bang Theory 20:45 Rules of Engagement 21:15 Rules of Engagement 21:45 Suburgatory 22:15 Die Hard 2 24:40 The Big Bang Theory


17 - 23 august 2012

Life TV

17th - 23rd August

MONDAY 20th August BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Animal 24:7 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Shaun the Sheep 17:10 Wingin’ It 17:30 Project Parent 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Fake Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Silent Witness 23:00 BBC News 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Room 101: Extra Storage

07:00 Childrens TV 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Coast 13:10 The Falcon in San Francisco 14:15 The Falcon’s Alibi 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Escape to the Country 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food 22:00 The Riots: In Their Own Words 23:00 James May’s Things You Need to Know 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Toughest Place to Be

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Murder, She Wrote 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Don’t Blow the Inheritance 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Countrywise 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Ruth Rendell’s Thirteen Steps Down 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Real Crime 24:35 In Plain Sight

07:00 Childrens TV 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Will & Grace 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:55 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Three in a Bed 14:35 River Cottage Bites 14:45 Channel 4 Presents 14:50 Hope Floats 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Jon Snow’s Paralympic Show 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Simply Italian 22:00 Cutting Edge 23:00 Toast of London 23:35 I’m Spazticus 24:10 Coming Up 24:40 Steve Coogan Presents 24:45 Steve Coogan: Live ‘n’ Lewd

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Reza, Spice Prince of India 12:40 Andy Bates Street Feasts 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Pawn Stars 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:10 The Perfect Assistant 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Monkey Life 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 Frontline Police 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Celebrity Wedding Planner 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:40 The Only Way Is Essex 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:15 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:10 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 20:30 Planet’s Funniest Animals 20:45 The X Factor 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 Lemon La Vida Loca 23:45 Bowfinger

TUESDAY 21st August



07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Supernanny US 10:15 One Tree Hill 11:10 Ugly Betty 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 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 New Girl 21:30 Suburgatory 22:00 Revenge 23:00 Beaver Falls 24:00 The Inbetweeners 24:30 Celebrity Bedlam








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Animal 24:7 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Shaun the Sheep 17:10 Wingin’ It 17:30 Trade Your Way to the USA 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 Accused 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Traffic Cops 24:35 Lord of War

07:00 Childrens TV 10:50 Lunar Jim 11:00 Octonauts: Creature Reports 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Coast 13:05 Falcon’s Adventure 14:05 Journey into Fear 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Escape to the Country 21:00 The Great British Bake Off 22:00 The Midwives 23:00 Rob Brydon Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Riots: In Their Own Words

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Murder, She Wrote 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Don’t Blow the Inheritance 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News r 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Live UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Corrie Goes to Kenya 24:35 UEFA Champions League

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Will & Grace 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 10:55 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Three in a Bed 14:35 River Cottage 14:40 Channel 4 Presents 14:45 Bad and the Beautiful 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Jon Snow’s Paralympic Show 21:00 Embarrassing Bodies 22:00 Queen’s Mother in Law 23:00 C4 Comedy Presents: Them from That Thing 23:35 I’m Spazticus 24:05 Best of British

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Reza, Spice Prince of India 12:40 Andy Bates Street Feasts 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Pawn Stars 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:10 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:15 Elizabeth Smart Story 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Monkey Life 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 21:00 Born to Kill 22:00 Person of Interest 23:00 Celebrity Big Brother 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:40 The Only Way Is Essex 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:15 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:10 Judge Judy 12:35 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 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 America’s Got Talent 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 The Fugitive

07:00 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Supernanny US 10:15 One Tree Hill 11:10 Ugly Betty 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 Ugly Betty 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 New Girl 22:30 Suburgatory 23:00 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 24:00 The Cleveland Show 24:30 The Ricky Gervais Show

WEDNESDAY 22nd August BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Animal 24:7 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Shaun the Sheep 17:10 Wingin’ It 17:30 Jedward’s Big Adventure 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Helicopter Heroes 21:00 The Flowerpot Gang 22:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Have I Got News for You

07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Coast 13:05 Hands on Nature 13:35 The Purple Plain 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Escape to the Country 21:00 Restoration Home 22:00 Vexed 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Midwives

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Murder, She Wrote 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Don’t Blow the Inheritance 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Corrie Years 21:00 Midsomer Murders 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Syriana

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Will & Grace 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:55 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Three in a Bed 14:35 Channel 4 Presents 14:40 Channel 4 Racing 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Jon Snow’s Paralympic Show 21:00 SuperScrimpers 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 C4 Comedy Presents: Them from That Thing 23:30 Fonejacker 23:35 I’m Spazticus 24:10 Spaced 24:45 2 Broke Girls

07:00 Childrens TV 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Reza, Spice Prince of India 12:40 Andy Bates Street Feasts 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Pawn Stars 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:15 Working Miracles 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Monkey Life 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 The Hotel Inspector 21:00 Secret Interview 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:30 Celebrity Big Brother 24:30 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Judge Judy 07:55 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 08:55 The Only Way Is Essex 09:40 The Only Way Is Essex 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:15 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:10 Judge Judy 12:35 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 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 The Cube 21:00 America’s Got Talent 22:00 Peter Andre’s Bad Boyfriend Club 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 Rumor Has It..

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:30 Animal 24:7 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Shaun the Sheep 17:10 Wingin’ It 17:30 Roy 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Crimewatch: Caught in the Crossfire 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Neighbourhood Watched 24:20 New Town Killers

07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:30 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Coast 13:10 Hands on Nature 13:40 Farewell My Lovely 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Celebrity MasterChef 20:00 Escape to the Country 21:00 Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight 22:00 Springwatch 23:00 The Boss Is Back 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Rob Brydon Show 24:50 Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 Murder, She Wrote 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Don’t Blow the Inheritance 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Jennifer Saunders: Back in the Saddle 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Jonathan Ross Show 24:45 The Talent Show Story

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Will & Grace 09:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:55 Come Dine with Me 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Three in a Bed 14:35 Channel 4 Presents 14:40 Channel 4 Racing 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Jon Snow’s Paralympic Show 21:00 The Restoration Man 22:00 Whatever Happened to Harry Hill? 23:00 Vic & Bob’s Lucky Sexy Winners 23:35 Just Around the Corner 24:10 Peep Show 24:45 Comedy Lab

07:00 Childrens TV 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Reza, Spice Prince of India 12:40 Andy Bates Street Feasts 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:15 Bound by a Secret 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Monkey Life 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Frontline Police 21:00 The Oklahoma City Bomber Tapes 22:00 The Hotel Inspector 23:00 Celebrity Big Brother 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Judge Judy 07:55 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 08:50 The Only Way Is Essex 09:35 The Only Way Is Essex 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:15 The Real Housewives of New York City 12:10 Judge Judy 12:35 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 The Real Housewives of New York City 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 About a Boy 22:00 Benidorm 22:30 Benidorm 23:00 Lemon La Vida Loca 23:45 Fearne and James Blunt 24:45 Hell’s Kitchen USA

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Supernanny US 08:30 Rules of Engagement 08:50 Rules of Engagement 09:20 Supernanny US 10:15 One Tree Hill 11:10 Ugly Betty 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 Ugly Betty 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 2 Broke Girls 22:30 New Girl 23:00 Franklin & Bash 24:00 Beaver Falls

CROSSWORD SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 6 Wreaths; 7 Party; 9 Walls; 10 Log-book; 12 Story-teller; 14 Bill-sticker; 18 Remarry; 19 Might; 21 Pages; 22 Palmist. Down: 1 Tread; 2 Tablet; 3 Shy; 4 Barbel; 5 Strokes; 8 Contact; 11 Writers; 13 Literal; 15 Leader; 16 Enigma; 17 Ghost; 20 Man.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 6 Disease; 7 Under; 9 Pleat; 10 Minimum; 12 Instruction; 14 Constituent; 18 Natural; 19 Droll; 21 Actor; 22 Advance. Down: 1 Aisle; 2 Retain; 3 Use; 4 Insist; 5 Set upon; 8 Liqueur; 11 Ethical; 13 Monarch; 15 Stupor; 16 Normal; 17 Slack; 20 Odd. WORDWHEEL: JAILBREAK

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On Monday 20th at 6pm it is time for Allo Allo; a hilarious stage show by the theatre group Ad Hoc and on Tuesday 21st at 6.30pm, there is a Lets Talk Special with ex-London gangster Dave Courtney. On Wednesday 22nd at 6.15pm, The Goldsmith of Quesada features a real life craftsman who can weave magic with gold and last but not least on Thursday 23rd at 7.30pm, Spanish Eye features the recreation of one of WWII’s most famous battles, the Battle of Arnham or Operation Market garden as it was known, in Murcia. 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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Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

The selfish people amongst us still abound WE HUMAN beings as a group are mentally weak creatures. When I heard that the EU, including Spain, is considering a new law that the amount of alcohol allowed in drivers’ bodies while behind the wheel, or even just in charge of a motor vehicle, should be reduced to zero, it is difficult not to feel sad but to also think that it is a good idea. Sad that we have to have such a rule forced upon us by governments who must reduce the road carnage, but also that most sensible drivers who drink very moderately are now to be punished by the actions of the weak ones who go out to commit a premeditated crime. Some Eastern European countries have had zero tolerance for some years now as in the table below. Just as in the UK, where the minimum prices of alcohol are to be set by law, thus again punishing the moderate drinkers whether at a bar or in their own homes, it is understandable to look down on the weak who ruin their health and endanger those around them with their weaknesses. As my two young friends newly qualified in the RAF all those years ago (1958) and looking forward to a career were crippled by drunken car drivers who were subsequently found guilty and fined a

miserly £15 each (on separate dates/accidents) I have openly argued against those who think it is clever to drive drunk. The French are getting tough with such drivers who need illegal drugs or alcohol to get through their days, with the new breathalyser rules, effective from 1st November, where all vehicle drivers must have a couple of the inexpensive devices with them at all times in the vehicle, as well as all bars and restaurants having to have them as well. Although I guess they will be available in toilets, as are those other now vital preventive devices (for those who have to decide if they must phone for a taxi). It is not only those in the drunks’ vehicles that are at risk. Innocent drivers are also at great risk whenever these weak people are on the roads, some even in the afternoons. A similar device that can check for illegal drugs is now in the final stages of testing. Have you got the courage to stop a driver who is obviously too drunk from driving? I have in the past, remembering my friends whose lives were ruined, and mostly after a brief chat they have agreed and called a taxi, but those who argued had their keys thrown a long way

into nearby bushes. I thank God then that I was a well-built 6-footer but I was not being a hero, just a man who remembered his friends who were crippled for life all those years ago. The attitudes to driving in such unfit conditions still need to be changed by society. Let us all have the guts to argue the case when the discussions are made (at the pub?) BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVELS: EUROPE • 0.2 mg per ml– Estonia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary • 0.3 mg per ml - Serbia. For new drivers (with beginners drivers licence), professional drivers, motorcycle drivers, there is zero tolerance • 0.2 mg per ml– Norway, Poland, Sweden • 0.4 mg per ml- Lithuania • 0.5 mg per ml- Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany (Germany is 0.3 if you’re in an accident), Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Serbia/Montenegro, Croatia, Latvia, Macedonia, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Cyprus (North), Switzerland • 0.8 mg per ml– UK, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, • 0.2 mg per ml Cyprus (South)

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Slow play: the blight on our sport Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Campo de Golf El Plantio 639 730 891

IN THE last two weeks in RTN we have received two strongly worded letters from experienced golfers from the United Kingdom who have come to live in Spain and both stated that the biggest deterrent to them playing golf here is slow play. Many golfers have tried to find the solution to this blight on the game without success. Every golfer has a duty to keep up with the group ahead of them yet here on our golf courses in society days out I constantly see gaps of two or more holes. Many people will blame the courses for this scenario. It is not the golf courses fault that these golfers are in breach of etiquette, it is the golfers themselves. In the past we would have had the course marshals to speak to and be able to ask them to speed up the slower groups. These days many golf courses cannot afford to have the luxury of course marshals so we have to deal with this matter ourselves. Of course it is not just the society golfer that is slow; it is others as well and they need to be told that taking five or more hours to play eighteen holes is totally unacceptable.

Last week I had the unfortunate experience of following a society and saw players line up the markings on the ball when they were no more than eighteen inches from the hole, then they went all around the hole to read the borrow. Are they stark raving bonkers or just watching too much television? So how many of you reading this article have any suggestions? Let me have answers to the questions below by email to and we will continue this debate in an effort to rid our game of this perennial blight that spoils the enjoyment of golf for so many. How do we stop slow play? How many of you no longer play golf because it takes so long to play eighteen holes? Are the courses to blame for allowing 4½ hours or more for a round? The answers and responsibilities for solving the problems lay with the golfers who go out to enjoy themselves; the golfers who go out to play as often as they can and see their time spoiled by those who show no consideration to others on the golf courses.

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The Professional Scene THE FINAL major championship of the year is now over and we have perhaps seen the biggest number of surprise winners as we could have imagined at the start of the year. Certainly Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson would not have been on the radar of many golf pundits in January. Many thought the best days of Ernie Els were behind him before he won The Open so last weekend at Kiawah Island we really should not have been surprised at the name of the winner. Certainly after the second round on Friday where two players shot in the nineties the likely winner was going to be a player who could keep his golf ball on the short grass and play with a lot of imagination. A few short years ago that would almost certainly have been a certain Tiger Woods but he is now a poor imitation of the player who was likely to be acknowledged as the best ever. Rory McIllroy was brought up on links golf and certainly knew how to keep the ball under control. Over the four days he was head and shoulders above the rest of the field. Certainly in the opinion of many golf writers Rory never swung the club better than at Kiawah Island and his runaway eight shot record making victory give Europe’s Ryder Cup team a much needed shot in the arm ahead of the upcoming matches next month. David Lynn was a surprise name to many Americans and he confirmed the strength in depth of European golf with a superb tournament. Ian Poulter now looks to be the most likely winner of a major championship after confirming yet again that when the chips are down he relishes the challenge and none of the Americans will fancy playing against him next month. Justin Rose also proved he is ready to win a major championship and is a must for the European Ryder cup Team and will almost certainly win his second European Order of Merit title. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK Good putting strokes will more than make up for any mistakes you make getting to the green. More putting practice will reap huge benefits, and at this time of the year it is not too hot to practice putting. 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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Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! It’s back! The real football is back! Following an all too familiar summer of disappointment, the Premiership kicks off this weekend and I am literally chomping at the bit! Last season ended in such dramatic style that the past few months have been filled with talk of what could’ve been for supporters of a variety of teams. Obviously Manchester was a hot-bed of debate but Spurs were incredibly unlucky to miss out on Champions League football, Arsenal finished admirably high up the table considering their woeful start to the campaign and Newcastle surprised everyone by maintaining their blistering early season form. But how’s it all going to pan out this time around? Well, your guess is as good as mine! For obvious reasons, Man City will be up there and neighbours United, with new striker Robin van Persie, will probably push them all the way once again. I’m hardly sticking my neck out when I say I fancy a Manchester one-two, but could there be a surprise? Chelsea have spent big during the summer and will be buoyed by their tag of “European Champions”. They will however miss Didier Drogba who, for all his theatrics, was one of the best strikers the Premier League has ever seen and his

replacement, Mr Torres, is still yet to justify half of his hefty price tag. If the Spaniard finds the form from his Liverpool days then yes, Chelsea will be in with a shout, but that’s a big IF. Arsenal fans probably fancy their chances of ending their trophy drought because, had it not been for their relegation form early in the previous campaign, they could’ve ended it in May. But they had a red-hot Robin in their ranks last term, which won’t be the case this year, so the Gunner’s title challenge will boil down to how well his replacements fill his boots. I’d say the league title is a bridge too far for Tottenham but a top-four finish is certainly within their capabilities. Their level of success will probably hinge on how well AVB’s second stint of Premier League management goes and whether or not they can sign a striker in the next couple weeks because their forward line is threadbare. Liverpool, with their new manager, have been touted as outsiders for the title but I think they’ll simply look to make some form of progress this year following a period of uncertainty and underachievement. Some fans argue that a club of Liverpool’s stature deserves to be challenging for titles and playing European football every season

but the table doesn’t lie and being the eighth best team in England last year, given the money they spent, doesn’t deserve much more than ridicule! At the other end of the table, I’m afraid a usual suspect will be flirting with relegation once again. Wigan would make a cat jealous with the number of lives they’ve been blessed with but their luck will surely run out this time. Also, in contrast to recent years, I see the promoted clubs struggling with Southampton probably the least likely avoid a swift return to the Championship. But what do I know!? If last season taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected! But one thing IS for sure, the previous campaign proved, as if further proof were needed, that the English league is by far, hands down and without doubt, the best in the world and I for one cannot wait for it to get going!! This Week in “The Lions”: Sat 18th Aug: Arsenal v Sunderland (4pm) West Brom v Liverpool (4pm) Newcastle v Spurs (6.30pm) Sun 19th Aug: Wigan v Chelsea (2.30pm) Man City v S’hampton (5pm) Mon 20th Aug: Everton v Man Utd (9pm)

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(Post) Olympic Diary

Sport 1 v 0 News As someone that worked alongside Clare Balding at the beginning of her broadcasting career, I’m delighted that she is being rightly praised for her excellent work at the Olympic Games. Balding, who’s main role was to front up the swimming coverage, was one of the stand out presenters on the BBC and she showed just what is possible with a little bit of homework and a whole lot of professionalism. You could argue that being a highly paid employee on the UK’s state broadcasting channel, we would expect nothing less from any presenter, but sadly, Balding’s performance put the efforts of many others in to perspective. For years now, I’ve always wondered why it is that news presenters get to sit in on big sports gigs. They don’t know enough I’m being about the subject and it shows. Just interviewed think about it from the other way round by Ben for a second. How many sports pundits Shephard, would get a job on the BBC’s coverage who of the US Presidential election or the fronted up our stadium Conservative Party conference? Probably coverage none and for good reason. Entertaining

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THE MONTH of August is our closed season before we start again at the beginning of September. Also, the anglers can spend another day a week with their loved ones for one month, which for some might be enough! The following is a list of all the cup and team match winners. WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP 11 matches with the best 8 to count 1st Dave Hoare with 23 points Dave Hutchinson with 27 points Bill Reade with 37 points SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP 9 matches with the best 6 to count 1st Dave Hoare with 11 points 2nd Ian Dalzell with 13 points 3rd Dave Hutchinson with 22 points SUMMER LEAGUE 6 matches with the best 5 to count 1st Ian Dalzell with 15 points 2nd Dave Hutchinson with 25 points 3rd Dave Hoare with 26 points KNOCK OUT COMPETITION with 22 entrants 1st Lenny Bolton 2nd Alan Roscoe 3rd Terry Screen President’s Trophy Bill Reade

Annual Charity Match I Dalzell Memorial Match D Hoare Ladies’ Champion M Hutchinson Specimen Trophy Won with a 4.50 kg carp P Hampshire Gary Smith 12 Man Team match Abbey Anglers RTN Team match Rods and Reels Coast Rider Trophy Team match Rods and Reels 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 10th and penultimate round of the Summer Series was fished this week at Blanca on the 7th August. This notoriously difficult water will not produce a string of

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TORRY HAS played a couple of friendlies in the last week winning one and drawing one. They had a resounding 4-0 win at home against Segunda B side UCAM Murcia with goals from Rafa, Jorge, new marquee signing Ernesto and Luis Carlos. This was followed up by a 1-1 draw at Reg Preferente side Thader(Rojales) with a goal from Vicente Boix: for much of the game Torry fielded a weakened side in a game for which a draw was a fair result. Midfield dynamo Corella and young Connor Heffernan left the club in the past week or so. Tomorrow, Saturday, kick-off 8.30pm Torry are at home to Orihuela FC, which is likely to be their last friendly game before the new season begins: can’t wait!

though it might be to hear Brendan Foster on the foreign policy plans of the Tea Party or rowing commentator Garry Herbert spouting off on Tory tuition fee proposals, I fear their careers might never recover. Or indeed, my ears! Name dropping Working on the Olympic pre and post show in the Olympic Stadium, I was knocked out by some of the guests that came along whilst the athletics was on. Our ‘A’ list interviewees included Sir Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Joanna Lumley, Jack Whitehall, Jon Culshaw and Simon Pegg. Each of them was an absolute delight to talk to and even better, once the show was over, they all stayed to watch the action so taken were they with just being in the stadium. Not only that but all of them turned up for free, such is the power and the lure of the Olympics. Role models It’s been very heartening to hear a number of professional footballers saying that they and their team mates could

learn a thing a two about performance, sacrifice and behaviour from members of the GB Olympics squad. Sadly, now that the Games are over, I imagine that most of them will continue to act like the spoilt, selfish and self-obsessed bunch of wasters that most of them are! Back on the bike Whilst he did OK in his individual event, sprinter Adam Gemili was partly responsible for yet another British relay cock up in the heats of the 4 x 100m. However, it’s good to see that World Junior Champion has decided not to let his error stand in the way of his career. Gemili is down on the start list for the 100m at the Samsung Diamond League event in Stockholm on Friday night where he lines up against the likes of Ryan Bailey of the USA plus Nesta Carter and Michael Frater from Jamaica. Here’s hoping the young man can impress now he’s made it in to the big league. RTN’s Andy Kay was the trackside presenter and interviewer for athletics at the Olympic Stadium

For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: good weights, although the fish in there are up to 3kgs in weight there was only one double figure weight caught and this was taken by Ian Dalzell on hemp and pellet up in the water. 1st Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 11.300kgs Joint 2nd Mick (The Arsenal) Hill with 6.180kg fishing the method feeder and banded pellet Clive (Golf no more) Cleghorn with 6.180kg fishing the feeder with pellet and corn Over the last couple of months I have been monitoring the water level at Pedrera, and the water was receding quite steadily but over the last fortnight it has dropped about 4ft, leaving the broken bridge high and partially dry. There are still some small soggy patches but hopefully in another week these will have dried up and the road will be passable. The litter problem still remains, with most of it caused by people catching and barbequing fish on the spot and then abandoning all their bottles and rubbish on the banks. All details are available on our website or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368.

ITV Orihuela RFC start training in two weeks IN TWO weeks’ time on 28th August, ITV Orihuela RFC will start their pre-season training after the summer break in preparation for the Murcia league. So fingers crossed there will be plenty of league games next season for our supporters to watch like last year: looking forward to seeing all the new players at training as well. Training on 28th August is at 8.30pm at the Polidepotivo Palmeral, then 29th August down at the beach in Guardamar at 7pm, at the far end away from the bars and restaurants - and finally back in Orihuela at the Polideportivo Palmeral at 8.30pm on Thursday 30th August. I am also going to be at the International Food and Trade Fair at the San Miguel Castle on 28th and 29th August during the day, so if you want to know anything about local rugby, come along and ask: I am going to be there selling rugby branded clothing, including playing gear, club and international shirts. Get your playing gear before the season starts… Contact me there, at the Moncayo Market or on 692 767 242.

Amateur racing driver Luke Mustoo

WELCOME TO RTN’s first column dedicated to keeping readers up to date with our local UK born amateur racing driver Luke Mustoo. Luke was born in Kent in 1988 and moved to the Costa Blanca at the tender age of eight. Luke attended BTCC meetings all over the UK as a spectator with his family, and as soon as he could walk he began karting. When the family moved to Dolores Luke continued his karting career and was frequently at GO-Karts San Fulgencio. His dream to become a professional racing driver has been with him as long as he can remember and his passion for the sport has grown stronger with time. Luke entered his first National Spanish Karting Competition in Castellon and got through to the final in Madrid, where he attained 3 podium positions. In the summer of 2010 Luke purchased a track prepared Renault Clio 182 and entered the Spanish National ‘Time Attack’ championship in 2011. He ended his first season with four podiums and 3rd in the Championship. During his first season Luke was coached and assisted by Steve Coen from Coen Motorsport and has gone from strength to strength. Luke is currently running joint second in the 2012 Time Attack Series championship for 2012. With two more races left this season and the new team of mechanics Andy & Richard running the car things have been going well: we will keep you updated on how it all goes! For more information you can contact Luke via email Facebook: YouTube: And finally, yet most importantly, you can sponsor Luke as an individual with your signature on his car for the small sum of 25€: corporate sponsorship starts from 50€. For more details contact Luke.

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