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Councillor accused of misappropriation Pedro Mancebo has been accused by three British expat clients of a crime of misappropriation.

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Charity in crisis

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CHURCH CHARITY Caritas is struggling to meet the growing demands on its resources as desperate people appeal for help in Spain’s bitter recession.

Food parcels prepared by Caritas

Along the Costa Blanca branches of the Roman Catholic charity – an international organisation – have become the last port of call for people in need. But as the situation worsens, Caritas branches are launching campaigns for more donors to help fund its “very necessary work”. Figures reveal that by 2010, Caritas was feeding one million people across Spain and earlier this year the charity estimated that 22% of Spanish households were living below the poverty line – twice as many as 2007 – with some 11 million people said to be at risk. It also found nearly a third of families were in difficulty surviving until the end of each month and 600,000 received no income at all. Unemployment is over 25% - in the under 25 age band more than 50% and there are said to be over 30,000 homeless people. Caritas General Secretary Sebastian Mora outlined the situation to the EU. “There are more poor people than last year and they are poorer. “Poverty is more widespread, more intense, more chronic, and it is creating a polarised society in which the gap between the rich and poor is growing – if the walls of social restraint dis-

by Jack Troughton appear poverty will shoot up.” RTN met with Caritas members in Javea this week to be told the financial situations of many families in the town had become unsustainable – and the numbers of people seeking the charity’s help had soared in 2012. George Thomas is a member of Caritas in Javea Port, a branch of the charity launched in 2010 when the crisis was already biting. He said: “The financial means of humanitarian organisations are also running out. The threat of having to put an end to aid owing to the lack of finance is hanging over the community.” He explained how Caritas helped people with food and clothing, and also rents and utility bills, “and this help is irrespective of race, colour or creed.” He said two years ago the charity started in Javea Port when it was clear there were a great many families in need. “The problem in places like Javea can be disguised because of its large expat population. “It is primarily the Spanish, the immigrant population and illegal immigrants who need our help.” Continued on page 4

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Councillor accused of misappropriation by Louise Clarke THE ORIHUELA Councillor for the Coast, Infrastructure and Beaches has been denounced for misappropriation of funds according to court proceedings that have been opened in Orihuela. The court documents state that Pedro Mancebo has been accused by three British expat clients of a crime of misappropriation; allegations which have been vigorously denied by the Deputy Mayor. The case has been brought by Dorothy Maureen Wilson, the late David Frederick Wilson and their daughter, Carol Glover who claim that in 2004 they gave the Councillor, who was acting as their lawyer, power of attorney when he represented them in an Orihuela notary in order to purchase a home. They say that Mancebo used these powers to sign a 70,000€ CAM bank mortgage deed for a property in the La Solana area of Orihuela. NO RESPONSE According to the court documents, Mrs Glover states that this amount was put into her bank account on 27th January 2005 and the next day Mr Mancebo ordered cash to the amount of 67,020€ using the power that he had been given. The complaint was filed in Aspe in October 7th 2010, five years after the alleged incident following Mancebo’s alleged refusal to repay the money or even give an explanation as to where it went. The court documents also state that on September 1st 2010, the Councillor, who was in opposition at the time, was sent a burofax to his office to which there was “no response whatsoever”. Mancebo says the money he took on 28th January from the account of his clients was

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for a deposit on the mortgage and legal fees. He added that the Director of the bank was aware of the transaction and assured him that he would give the couple and their daughter the loan, which was pending and so he advanced the money. UNORTHODOX But among the documents submitted to the court it is suggested that the lawyer took the money in cash as opposed to transferring it straight to the bank as is the norm. Mancebo told RTN: “I have been denounced, that is true but I have not been charged. I have all the evidence which will clear me of any allegations. There is no case to answer.” He also insists that this is an “unorthodox complaint” and that if the clients had a problem with his services they should take it to the Bar as opposed to the Guardia Civil. The Orihuela court must now decide whether or not to continue with the proceedings and have the Councillor testify to the charges or proceed to archive the case.

Two young executives join the party TWO YOUNG Oriolanos have been appointed to the PP ‘New Generation’ representing the Vega Baja. Pablo Lorenzo and Antonio Sanchez will be responsible for representing the interests of the New Generation People’s Party (NNGG). Both appointments were made during celebrations at the Tenth PP Congress in Castellón. Pablo Lorenzo, training as executive secretary, said it was “an exciting and vitally important role, targeting the training of young people and working for the future of the community.” Antonio Sanchez said he was “delighted” with his appointment and looks forward to the challenges ahead.

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An appalling outlook for health cover Minister Ana Mato

by Jan Gamm AROUND 60,300 people in the province of Alicante - 130,000 throughout the Valencia - have lost their right to free health care, according to data released by the Department of Health this week. All of these people are recognised on the National Security Institute’s (INSS) databases and will be billed for treatment in health centres and hospitals. The government has agreed on a policy of a 771€ payment per year for those under 65 and 1,864€ for those over 65 for private health cover, although this will not cover drugs.

Many of these 60,300 people are foreigners without papers or people who have never worked in Spain but whose income exceeds 100,000€ per year. However, some of those rejected for health cover are aged 26 plus yet unemployed, with no entitlement to benefits and have no independent resources. The figures are causing some concern as they far exceed the 30,000 the Health Department intimated would be left outside government health care – a staggering 100,000 more, left with no health care or an unaffordable alternative.

RTN out a day early next week NEXT WEEK, due to a national holiday on Friday 12th October, RTN will be coming out one day early. Instead of getting your weekly round up of local, regional and national news on Friday next week, RTN will be delivered to all its usual outlets on THURSDAY 11th OCTOBER. Your favourite English newspaper will be back out as normal the following week on Friday 19th October. Continued from front page But George said the money provided by private donations was “rapidly” running out. “Figures for the first half of this year, 2012, show that the money paid out was two and a half times as much as in 2011, and up to six times as in the first year.” He explained good housekeeping following very generous donations last year had kept the charity going but Caritas was receiving less financial gifts. “We were able to build up a surplus but that has disappeared very rapidly. Everything is a bit tougher, we are not getting as many donations while there are a lot more people asking for help.” George said demands were growing on Caritas because people had previously been able to get support from family and friends but in the growing crisis “these same family and friends are themselves running out of financial means.” RENT He said the charity directly intervened as landlords threatened to throw families into the street and discussed rent reductions and helped with emergency payments of rent and bills.

“Caritas never gives money directly to the people needing help – it is not just food and clothing but this sort of direct help is very complicated.” George also paid tribute to the ongoing financial help provided by expat charities and “some very, very generous individuals”. He said a man living in Pedreguer had turned land into a huge allotment and with Caritas providing seeds had grown vegetables which were distributed with food parcels. “And I have read of two dentists in Gata who are providing free basic dental care to people referred to them by social services.” George said donations of food basics helped stock the shelves of the food store – rice, pasta, and tins of tomatoes. “It is the basics rather than things like curry sauce; these people would not really know what to do with typical English food.” He said he was appealing to the expat population to help ease the “desperate situation” for the last three months of the year. “We must call on your sense of generosity to make donations.” Gifts to Caritas in Javea Port can be made to CAM Bank ES48 2090 0182 3501 0028 0437.

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Monica Lorente refuses to testify EX PP mayor of Orihuela Monica Lorente refused to testify in the Brugal court hearing on Monday, answering five counts of corruption concerning alleged irregularities in the award of a waste removal contract.

Monica Lorente insists she is not involved and has nothing to do with the case

by Jan Gamm The ex-mayor was in court for only 15 minutes in the company of four defence lawyers up against anticorruption prosecutors Felipe Briones and Paul Romero. Lorente’s brother Jorge also appeared in the courtroom. He was indicted along with 28 others in June of this year, allegedly implicated in crimes of corruption, disclosure of secret or privileged information, influence peddling and fraud.

Lorente contends that she has been the victim of a ‘witch hunt’ on the part of Socialist Antonia Moreno and the current mayor Monserrate Guillén. On leaving the court she said: “I am innocent of all charges and have absolutely nothing to do with this case. I am not involved and my name does not appear on any of the documentation concerned.”

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The flood toll

AT LEAST nine people have died as a result of the torrential rain that hit southern Spain last Friday. by Jan Gamm Four of the victims were in Murcia and included a nine-year-old girl; three from Almería; and a woman from Malaga where around 450 military personnel were deployed in rescue operations. Five flood victims reported as missing were later found to be safe and unharmed. Heavy rainfall during the af-

ternoon in the Marina Baixa forced police to cut off access to several streets and extensive damage to property was caused. Luckily there were no injuries although there were many small incidents with 32 agents mobilised in Benidorm and more than 50 calls for help were made to the local police.

British man arrested after Barcelona stabbing By Jan Gamm SEAN HEISS, a British man aged 28 has been arrested in Barcelona after stabbing a woman to death near a cashpoint in the Eixample district of Barcelona at 7am on Saturday. His 35-yearold victim, as yet unnamed, died from her injuries in hospital some hours later. Heiss, travelling on an Irish passport, is also wanted in the UK for the murder of his mother, 58-year-old Margaret Sheehy, found strangled at her home in Kingston, south west London, on 12th June. Heiss was arrested by police in San Sebastian, northern Spain, on 18th June on a charge of threatening behaviour after allegedly threatening a hostel worker with a knife. However, he was released on bail shortly before the extradition request from the UK arrived. Mossos d’Esquadra (the regional Catalan police) confirmed he was wanted for questioning over his mother’s death and are now making enquiries as to whether there was a relationship between Heiss and his victim.

There was extensive damage across the country

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La Marina Urbanisation - dump it here, dump it there…

Large skips emptying their load

by Louise Clarke LAST WEEK, a denuncia was initiated by the two political parties in opposition to the PP and PIPN coalition in San Fulgencio following complaints from local residents. This resulted in Mayor Carlos Ramirez being forced to order the extraction of the waste tipping site located on a large plot at the junction of calle Alfredo Kraus and Camino del Convenio in La Marina urbanisation. Within 72 hours of receiving the denuncia the Mayor instructed Town Hall workers and a contractor to remove all the rubbish from this massive dump site to another location. They hastily loaded it all onto large skips and lorries and moved it, but not very far - to calle del Bosque, a green park area known to local residents as ‘The Valley’. The travesty is that this new dump location is very close to many other houses in calle Extramadura, calle Asturias and those in the Marina del Mar urbanisation! Photos taken on 1st October show large skips emptying their load onto the hastily prepared grassy plain revealing lots of non-biodegradable plastic and other materials previously crushed in an attempt to hide it among the

mounds of garden pruning - being tipped onto what is a designated protected green zone” The APSFU and PSOE opposition councillors in San Fulgencio believe that the Mayor and the current council has committed a serious ecological transgression by destroying an area of great natural beauty, contravening local and regional by-laws and transforming it into an unlicensed and illegal dump site. The damage that this will cause to the environment and the consequences to people living in the houses nearby and overlooking this tip through pollution, infestations and disturbance is immeasurable. This new dumping site is located within a large green belt area of great ecological value and has already resulted in the destruction of trees and native plants: it is also designated as a flood zone. The APSFU and the PSOE, the two opposition party groups in San Fulgencio, are considering imposing legal sanctions against Mayor Carlos Ramirez and the councillor for parks and gardens, Councillor Paulino Herrero, for what is regarded as a crime against the environment.

Sale of Town Hall land stopped by opposition By Louise Clarke THE PROPOSED sale of municipal land on the coast by the Orihuela Town Hall was thwarted at last week’s ‘pleno’ meeting. The project, which was a policy underwritten by the PSOE leader, Antonia Moreno, was to sell 11 plots of public land in Orihuela Costa, nearly half the remaining land owned by the Town Hall on the coast, for the construction of more than 500 new houses. The plans were successfully challenged after a PP motion to stop the sale was submitted and supported by CLARO Councillor Bob Houliston. The motion was approved by a majority and the procedure will now be stopped and the land in question reclassified for civic purposes. MAJOR SETBACK Bob Houliston told RTN: “The PP-CLARO arguments were that it was a mistake to deprive Orihuela Costa of land that would be needed in the future to provide facilities for social, civic, educational, sport and leisure activities for an expanding population.” The opposition also believes that this is the wrong time to sell council land in a depressed market - and 500 more houses is the last thing Orihuela Costa needs among so much unsold property. MORENO HITS BACK Antonia Moreno has hit back at Houliston’s comments in defence of her support of the land sale with a few remarks of her own that included the statement that the council under the leadership of Monica Lorente “left Orihuela in ruins,” adding, “…when the beneficiaries were private pockets they either applauded or kept quiet. When the beneficiaries are to be the citizens, they become the worthiest, saying that the coast has many houses, including that of Mr. Houliston.”

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Torrevieja councillors in sleaze row

Unanimous approval for new foot bridge

THE PP government team in Torrevieja is alleged to have authorised payment for all mobile telephone accounts for its councillors, advisers and officials throughout the 2011 October and November period - including calls to prostitutes; numbers connected with pornographic content; channel subscriptions; football downloads and games.

One or two councillors left the room in disgust

by Jan Gamm In an explosive council meeting last Friday the Greens councillor (LV), Jose Hurtado, warned that the payment of such expenses could be deemed a crime of embezzlement. FRAUD Spokesman Joaquin Albaladejo claimed that the Government team had been the “victims of fraud” concerning ten of the telephone lines in question and 6,500€ had been refunded against a number of invoices. Several opposition councillors walked

out in response to his comments. Albaladejo declined to identify the users of many of the lines. However, a letter of support that alluded to “family issues” was read out from the wife of Councilman Daniel Plaza-mayor who was absent from the session: over the two months he made 49 calls to prostitutes - paid for with government funds. NOBODY’S PERFECT Albaladejo made an attempt at an apology but added that “nobody was

perfect” and inferred that the alleged misappropriation of public money was the result of an innocent mistake and human imperfection rather than a deliberate attempt at fraud. Following a tense exchange of views Councillor Marga Torregrosa (APTCe) said the government team had made the town a “laughing stock” all over Spain, with four different versions of what had happened “and no one has had the dignity to resign.” Legal action against those involved has not been ruled out.

By Louise Clarke AT LAST week’s Orihuela ‘pleno’ meeting it was unanimous agreed to press ahead for a new foot bridge over the N332 dual carriageway in Playa Flamenca. All parties including opposition party, Partido Popular and Bob Houliston, President of the Coastal party CLARO, voted in favour of the motion which demands safe access to the beach for the residents of and visitors to Playa Flamenca. The motion demanded that the long overdue pedestrian bridge be put in place with no more delays or excuses at Alameda del Mar, better known to all Orihuela Costa residents as the crossing point at Cala Mosca. The pedestrian footbridge at La Mosca is not the only missing bridge across the N-332, and for this reason the Councillor for the Coast, Pedro Mancebo, has provided €240,000 in the budget for the other long awaited footbridge which will be placed at La Regia. Now the budget has finally been accepted, despite the attempts of the PP party and Bob Houliston to stop it, the project for this bridge can now be put in place. Mancebo concluded that the safety of the residents and tourists is paramount and it is the government’s priority to have the two bridges in place as soon as possible.

Have-a-go shop owner sees off robber

ZARA CANO, the 24-year-old owner of a confectionary kiosk in the old town in Elda, bravely fought off an armed robber who burst into her shop on Monday at around 5.30pm brandishing a knife. Zara instantly began yelling, screaming and dodging his knife thrusts, eventually scaring him into the street where he made a run for it with Zara in hot pursuit screeching for help. “I’m a normal girl,” she said, “but opening this kiosk cost me a lot of work, a lot of effort, a lot of sacrifice and a lot of money and I’m not willing to let anyone rob me.” Zara later admitted to suffering a panic attack after the incident. Her attacker is thought to be a drug addict with withdrawal symptoms who also tried unsuccessfully to steal cash from a nearby grocery store minutes later.



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letter of the week Celiac disease No wonder there and is no money hotels I WAS wondering if you could help promote awareness of Celiac Disease and its problems around the hotel. As a sufferer it is hard to go to hotels without been ill after eating the food. Hotels need to realise that two out of every ten people suffer from this. I myself have had it for only three years but experience a great deal of pain after eating something I should not have! And if Celiac sufferers do not eat correctly complications could lead to bowel cancer. Celiac Disease is a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. People with celiac disease who eat foods containing gluten experience an immune reaction in their small intestines, causing damage to the inner surface of the small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients. Michael Frith

I READ with great interest in the Teulada newsletter sent to all its residents in July this year that the new roundabout built on the Moraira Teulada road did not cost the council anything at all. The council proudly went on to announce that this roundabout - which cost 450,000€ - was paid for entirely by the owners of a supermarket chain. What readers fail to notice and I’m sure the council is happy local residents don’t question is that the new roundabout measures approximately 15 metres in diameter and consists of a single olive tree placed on a bed of gravel. I’m sorry but I fail to see how this structure could have cost 450,000€ when one can get a fully functional villa of 250 square meters built for about 300,000€ including pool and garden features. I dumbfoundedly also ask what in heaven’s name did the far more elaborate roundabouts between Moraira and Teulada full of metal fish and botanical jungles cost that were paid for by local councils? It’s no wonder governments and councils don’t have any money left in their coffers when they pay absolutely no regard to what they spend or at least take some measures to insure the prices they pay for public works are realistic to regular building costs. Edmond Nico, Moraira

Spain ‘Record holders for noise’ TWO WEEKS ago in Valencia, where I have lived for 32 years, I was helping a couple from London locate the correct bus when I asked for their impressions of the city. “It’s okay, but it seems very noisy. Is it always like this?” “They like noise here,” I replied, as a couple of Vespinos on those ubiquitous, infernally noisy mosquitos, roared by. “The first thing the scooter owners do is remove the mufflers to demonstrate their independence.” Spain is the second noisiest country in the world. This is nothing new. It´s been repeating as ‘runner-up’ in the ‘ranking’ for years according to various objective studies (Time Magazine: 2007/2009). And Valencia is the seventh noisiest city on the planet. With barely 850,000 inhabitants in Valencia ‘Proper’s’ city limits, it’s much noisier than other larger metropolises with 10 or 15 times its population (including London). I mention these statistics because of recent complaints voiced recently in the Benidorm press. Take it from a former ‘Valenciano’ - Benidorm’s noise (a country churchyard) pales in comparison to Valencia’s decibels! Richard M McBride

Fight for benefit justice IN ISSUE 676 of RTN the headline was ‘Fight for benefit justice’, an article by Jack Troughton. I have the same problem with the DWP in Newcastle-upon-Tyne UK regarding my state pension. I think the UK is bankrupt but won’t admit it! The DWP must have been ordered by the government to cut back on any benefits to ex-pats, regardless whether it’s legal or not, to save any money they can! Out of the blue my state pension has been cut by over 60% without any warning because I left the UK to live in Spain, for much the same reasons as Margaret Robinson did in your article. When I protested, the ‘team’ at the DWP said I was no longer entitled to the Australian part of my pension that they had been paying for the last ten years under

the reciprocal agreement with the UK government going back to 2001, because I was no longer an ‘ordinary resident’ of the UK. They said I should have known this, but no one, including my UK accountant and solicitor, knew anything about this ‘get out’ clause. I’ve gone to the Appeal Tribunal Court, but this will take months I was told. How can they take away a state pension that I’ve paid into all my working life, yet they can give millions away in benefits to asylum seekers and refugees who’ve contributed nothing to the UK economy, without batting an eyelid? I will take this up with the European Court of Human Rights in Brussels if need be: I suggest Mrs Robinson does the same. Henry Abrahams

Disabled pensioners treated badly

I HAVE never written to a newspaper before but I am appalled to see how badly disabled pensioners are being treated by the UK works and pensions people. Recently there was a program on TV highlighting several similar cases. Details of a company working on behalf of the disabled were mentioned and they have had a 100% success rate with their appeals. They can be contacted at: I was wondering if you would be so kind as to pass this information on to Margaret Robinson and to any other individuals who may require assistance with their appeals. Alan Benstead

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Speculation on the private wealth of King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos

by Jan Gamm THE PERSONAL fortune of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, described as both “large” and “opaque,” has been the subject of a lengthy analysis in the New York Times this week with questions being asked as to the origins and extent of his wealth. The King is certainly a millionaire but speculators now consider his private fortune might be counted in billions. The Spanish monarchy has been left to accumulate its cash without intrusion over so many years it would be difficult to unravel

the intricate deals that helped line the royal pockets since the ascension in 1975. However, the economic crisis has awakened Spain’s curiosity as to the King’s cash… The palace is keeping its finances under wraps other than to confirm that the King does not receive commissions for the numerous and occasionally spectacular overseas contracts he secures on behalf of the Spanish government, such as the US$9.9 billion rail contract brokered in Saudi Arabia last year.

Nit de l’Albá pyrotechnician dies in hospital PYROTECHNICIAN VICENTE Albarranch has died in the Hospital La Fe in Valencia from burns he sustained during the disastrous Nit de l’Albá on 15th August, when rockets he was handling exploded prematurely. 56-year-old Albarranch suffered burns over 50% of his body and later developed infections that caused his death, yet during his six week stay in hospital was more concerned about the consequences of his accident affecting the emblematic Nit de l’Albá than for his own condition. His funeral took place on Sunday morning.



Test flights completed 05 - 10 october 2012

Kings of the spring and the fall!

Flight tests at Region de Murcia Airport

by Jan Gamm AENA CARRIED out flight tests at the Región de Murcia International Airport this week to verify arrival, departure and approach procedures for flights arriving and departing at the facility in a joint exercise between AENA, the regional government and representatives from Spanish Air Force Base Alcantarilla. The procedures were previously agreed upon by the General Air Force Academy based at San Javier, following

consultation with representatives from the Alcantarilla Air Base and the Spanish Air Force, as well as senior officials at the Department for Public Works and Planning of the regional government, the airport concessionary company and experts from AENA. All arrivals, departures and approach procedures that require the use of the VOR air navigation aid were tested, not only that of RMU, but also those

of nearby airports (San Javier, Alicante and Almeria). In addition, the technical staff tested procedures involving the use of RMU9s ILS (Cat I) precision approach instrument. The results of the test flights will be published by Aena Aeropuertos in an official report during the coming weeks and will subsequently be presented to the Interministerial Committee of Defense and Public Works (CIDEFO) for approval.

By Jan Gamm RUSSIAN TOURISM in the Costa Blanca has prompted an increase of 58% in overnight stays in Benidorm in the second half of September, leading hotel association Hosbec to celebrate a profitable outlook for the quarter in the run up to December. “No one in Spain - not Barcelona or Mallorca – no one exceeded 90% occupancy in September: we are the kings of the spring and the fall!” said delighted Hosbec President Antonio Mayor on Wednesday: the latest survey of hotel occupancy in the area was 91.6%. Representatives of the tourist industry on the Costa Blanca have made a considerable effort this year to promote Spain’s holiday resort attractions to potential Russian customers with outstanding results. Hosbec believes the Russian market will shortly become the third international market for tourism in the region, partly due to the Russian climate that tends to be cold and grey, encouraging Russians to seek holiday breaks in warmer climes all the year round. Russian patronage has swelled the coffers in nightclubs, restaurants and bars as well as hotels. And another piece of good news is that tourists in this group tend to spend far above the average in basics and also tips. The UK market continues to make up the lion’s share of holidaymakers to the region but there is no longer any doubt that the Russians are here – and here to stay!

More than a holiday resort BENIDORM HAS hosted a tour under the auspices of the Marine Historical Association, exploring the historical side of the city along a path leading to a castle that disappeared centuries ago. A narrative of the city’s Byzantine past and life in Benidorm in the 18th Century is a far cry from the bikini-clad image projected of the city since the sixties. The tour was intended for the interest of city residents but a number of tourists stopped to listen as the tour continued to the port, ending in the garden of the house of Columbus. There are two more tours planned for December with registration at the Town Hall:

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Europe at work by Jack Troughton RESIDENTS Of a Marina Alta town travelled to Brussels with MEP Eva Ortiz to see the European Union at work – with visits to the European Parliament and European commission. A party of 17 – Calpe Mayor Cesar Sanchez, town hall colleagues and representatives of organisations involved in community work - travelled to the heart of the EU for a number of meetings and to present projects that could win European funding. The group was also enjoyed a social night out to sample typical Belgium hospitality – and were wined and dined in style. Councillor Carole Saunders said she visited the European head office of church charity Caritas with Don Paco, parish priest of Calpe’s Our Lady of the Snows, who presented a plan to try and help those dropping out of society. “We had a very interesting meeting and talked to all the staff of various nationalities – they explained a project they were working on, a minimum wage for all European countries.” And she said a highlight was meeting David Lowe, secretary of the European Parliament’s important petitions committee which dealt with citizen appeals – including the thousands protesting against Valencia’s ‘land grab’ laws. “It was nice to meet him on home ground. I have met him several times before in Spain to do with the LRAU and LUV, and with saving the Calpe Salinas,” she said. STATUS “We were delighted to tell him about the wetlands being included in the nature reserve of the Penon de Ifach, which

The Calpe party at the EU

gives it protected status.” She said the secretary was busy at work looking at Spain’s proposed updating of its coastal law. “He said the Parliament was happy to see a new generation of Spanish politicians who were more environmentally aware. “He said he had also received a number of petitions concerning health cuts here in Spain.” And she said the group had also presented a project to gain

All ashore for two cargo ships

TWO SHIPS, BSLE Sunrise and the Celia that were stranded off Saler remained only 40 meters from the coast last weekend while two tug boats a helicopter and a third vessel participated in a rescue operation watched by nearby residents. The ships were stranded near the dunes during the storm that hit the Valencian region last Friday: bad weather prevented them being moved until late Saturday.

The Vatican trial

Paolo Gabriels (front) with the Pope

PAOLO GABRIELE, former butler to Pope Benedict XVI, took the stand at his own trial this week to answer to the charge of theft of hundreds of secret papers from the pope’s personal apartment and leaking them to the Italian press. He claims he did it to “bring the Church back to the right path” in reference to the alleged corruption he saw in the Vatican. If convicted Gabriele faces up to eight years in jail but there is speculation that

the pope could pardon him if he is found guilty. The case is thought to be the most significant ever heard in the Vatican City court. Vatican computer technician Claudio Sciarpelletti also faces trial accused of complicity – if found guilty he also faces a prison term likely to be only a few months. Prison terms handed down by the court are served in the Italian prison system, under an agreement between the Vatican City State and Italy.

funding for research into organic farming in the area. “Apparently there is EU money available and we are trying to develop more allotments in Calpe,” she said. “It is not just about the allotments themselves but helping people grow vegetables and fruit in dry areas without damaging chemicals. “It seems wildlife numbers – we have seen a fall in the swallow population - are down because food supplies are being hit as insects are dying through the use of insecticides.”

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New bishop arrives on a white mule by Jan Gamm THE NEW bishop of Orihuela-Alicante, Valencian Murgui Jesus Soriano, has marked his first homily to the Christian community in Orihuela, like his predecessors, by riding into the city on a white mule. Earlier, he made a stop at the nearby town of Cox at around noon, where he visited the parish, town hall and the convent of the Virgin of Carmen, moving on to Callosa de Segura and Redován. Shortly before 5pm the bishop offered the traditional orange at the altar in the parish of St Anthony, sharing prayers before making the mile-long journey on a white mule named ‘Pepita’ (who seemed to enjoy the outing immensely) to the historic entrance to the city, accompanied by two canons of the Cathedral Chapter. PROTOCOL As required by protocol, before opening the Puerta de la Olma (Door of Olma), the mayor, Monserrate Guillen, asked the delegation: “Who goes there?” The answer came: The

bishop, who enters Orihuela!” The solemn ceremony of inauguration of Murgui Soriano, the thirty-sixth bishop since the founding of the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante in 1564 by Pope Pius IV, comes after the retirement of Rafael Palmero. Soriano, born in Valencia in 1946, was ordained as a priest in 1969. He studied at the Metropolitan Seminary of Moncada (Valencia) and achieved a degree in theology from the Pontifical University of Salamanca and doctorate in the same subject from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was pastor of St James the Apostle in Moncada (1982-86) and Santa Maria in Ontinyent (1986-93), appointed episcopal vicar of Lliria-Via in Madrid until he was elected Auxiliary Bishop of Valencia in March 1996. In December 2003 Soriano was appointed Bishop of Mallorca where he remained until his present appointment. On an area of 4,415 square kilometres, the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante has 350 priests.

Spain refuses to welcome Gibraltar to UEFA GIBRALTAR HAS been made a provisional member of football association UEFA pending a decision on permanent membership to be made at the UEFA Congress next May in London. Until now membership for Gibraltar has constantly been rejected since its application in the nineties due to strong objection from Spain, forcing Gibraltar to seek arbitration from the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport). Speaking to Spanish broadcaster Telemadrid, Spanish Sports Minister Jose Ignacio Wert said Spain would continue to oppose Gibraltar’s place at UEFA and “exhaust all legal means” to ensure its membership of UEFA is not made permanent.

The bishop riding into Orihuela

Lottery winner and benefit fraudster dodges jail LAWRENCE CANDLISH, a 38-year-old lottery winner from Gateshead who scooped £5.5 million in 1997 aged just 23 but later lost his fortune after investing in a bar in Benidorm in 2005, has appeared in court in UK on fraud charges after claiming £13,000 disability benefit while in Spain. His Newcastle-United themed villa, Casa Shearer, has since been seized by the bank. Candlish allegedly used his mother’s bank details in order to deceive the DWP. His sister Melanie, to whom he gifted £800,000, was also in court for fraudulently claiming £23,000 in benefits after she too moved to Spain. Candlish, who Candlish was not entitled to claim any UK benefits while living abroad, with his appeared in the court on crutches and was given a nine month suspended sentence after he told the court that he returned to sister Melanie the UK last year penniless, having squandered his winnings.


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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

Put back the clocks and don’t be jolly; tra la la la lah let’s all be glum WE’VE PASSED the equinox; we’ve entered October and we’re hurtling towards the truly awful ‘clocks-goback-tonight’ event. For us trainee depressives the call of SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder) is loud and clear. If you chuck in the histrionics of the politicians as they strut and puff their stuff at their party conferences, this really is the season to be glum. My home town of Brighton hosted the Limp-Dems last week; poor old Manchester gets the ‘New’ (or ‘Old’ - or any other temporal epithet that might make them seem sexy) Labourites this week. Meanwhile, here in Brum we’re girding our loins for the gory-Tory onslaught that will surely bring the Aston Expressway, M6 and city centre to a complete standstill next week. Honestly, haven’t we had enough with all the disruption from the rain? Now we’ve got to get wet all over again with posh-boy Dave and his millionaire playboy mates. It is going to be murder. You won’t be able to move in or around Birmingham; the bill for hosting will run into millions; and even that most stoic of species the Brummie will be royally pi**ed off by the end of the week. Seems to me you might as well go the whole hog and whip the clocks back this week as well! Come on pile on the pain. Whatever next? Aston Villa losing, maybe? Oops... Mind you, talking of losing I must not crow too much as Brighton & Hove Albion, aka the Seagulls, did a bit of losing themselves - and at home. They

were playing host to those midland monkeys Birmingham City and due to an utter, utter fluke lost by a miserly one-nil to them. As most of my workmates here are Blue-noses (fans of Birmingham City FC), you can just imagine the levels of badinage I’ve had to endure this week. They appear to gain much pleasure and laughter in proclaiming that I have a proclivity for the colour pink. Idiots... Anyway, Mark from Mercia News (Do you remember him? He’s the boss - well, when wife Mandy’s not there - of possibly the best newspaper shop in the West Midlands) he took what only can be described as an unnatural delight in Brighton’s defeat; and it became his reason d’etre to rub my nose in it at every possible juncture. His master stroke was the following: “Oi, Wattsie, I bet you are suffering from SAD at the moment.” Oh, go on then Mark get on with it, what’s that? Chuckle, chortle, giggle... he shakes uncontrollably, hardly able to contain himself at his consummate inventiveness. As tears flow he stutters, “Seagulls Affected Disorder, of course!” Great stuff, eh? These Midlanders do have an engaging sense-of-humour. Well, they seem to think they do... However, I must say that the two Midlanders who really get my vote is Fran and John Paul. They are sometimes residents of Tamworth and sometimes residents of the Costa Blanca. They circumvented all the wet weather and Tory conference misery by bunking off to Alicante at double speed. If you bump into

them, give em a cheery wave. I’m coming to join you folks, just as soon as I can get out of Birmingham city centre... Watts in Britain, so you don’t have to be…


The facts about accidents from Linea Directa 05 - 10 october 2012

ACCORDING TO Linea Directa, three out of four accidents resulting in injury or death are caused by driver error. Whenever we find ourselves in a difficult or dangerous situation while driving we only have a fraction of a second to take a decision and carry it out correctly. Consequently, when drivers take the wrong decision, the number of accidents resulting in death or injury is tripled, as figures show that 73% of accidents are caused by drivers making a bad decision, compared to 27% in which they acted correctly. This is the main conclusion of the study ‘Decision-making when driving’ in which 174,000 accidents resulting in injury or death have been analysed. This means that in the last four years, nearly 130,000 accidents resulting in injury or death could have been avoided if the drivers involved had been able to assess the dangers on the road correctly. The most common errors are due to drivers being distracted; joining roads incorrectly; turning badly; illegally overtaking and not maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front. As for types of road, Línea Directa’s report confirms that conventional roads are the most dangerous where 76% of accidents take place. On dual carriageways and motorways, the most common types of accident caused by driver error are rearend collisions and vehicle crashes, mainly due to sudden braking and the switching of lanes. DRIVER PROFILE Men aged between 18 and 24 who have held a driving licence for less than two years and over 65s are those most likely to be involved in accidents due to driver error - the former because they have a lower perception of risk and the latter because they have lost certain skills. On the other hand, women aged between 35 and 64, who have held a driving licence for 15 years or more are those who take the best decisions. Call Línea Directa now: 902 123 104.


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Campaigning for a right to sight

Fabra inaugurates a long-awaited Alzheimer’s Centre in Cox

by Patricia Thompson THERE ARE approximately 285 million people worldwide who live with impaired vision and blindness, yet 80% of visual impairment is avoidable through treatment and protective measures. Vision 2020 aims to eliminate avoidable blindness and as part of this campaign they have organised World Sight Day on October 11th. World Sight Day is an international day of awareness, held annually to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. The leading causes of avoidable blindness are: • Cataracts • Glaucoma • Age Related Macular Degeneration • Diabetic Retinopathy

All of these conditions and many others can be easily identified with a complete eye test and early diagnosis is crucial to effective treatment and avoiding permanent vision loss. World Sight Day 2012 will be marked in all Specsavers’ Opticas stores with eye health information available to take away and experts on hand to answer any questions. They are also offering free eye tests to encourage everyone to get their eyes tested. As part of this awareness drive they are offering the following advice: • Get your eyes tested regularly – every year for children, over 60s and people with family history of eye complaints and every two years for those with no issues • Eat a healthy diet – A healthy and var-

ied diet will safeguard your health and your eyes, but a diet full of the following foods has been shown to help reduce the occurrence of Age-related Macular Degeneration; chicken, saffron, dark green leafy vegetables, peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, pumpkin, yams, squash and sweet potatoes, apricots and citrus fruits, sardines and nuts. • Know the signs – Being aware of the symptoms of these common conditions will help you identify them quickly. • Take action - Don’t delay in seeking professional help if you do notice any changes, the quicker any condition is identified the easier it is to treat. Visit for more advice and information about caring for your eyes and to find your nearest store.

Fabra at the new centre

PRESIDENT OF the Generalitat Alberto Fabra travelled to Cox yesterday to inaugurate a brand new day centre for Alzheimer’s patients. The Valencian administration completed the construction in early 2009 at a cost of €2.2 million. However, the building remained closed until a few weeks ago due to lack of public funding for its operation. From now on the service will be managed by the Association of Relatives of Alzheimer’s, although there will be a certain dependence on the diligence of the Consell to make payments. For now a grant of €80,000 has been given, to be invested in implementing psychostimulation workshops; counselling for families; physical and cognitive stimulation at home and training and awareness campaigns.

And the winner is…

IN MOLLET del Vallès, Barcelona, residents are curious to know the identity of the lucky winner of more than a hundred million euros in last Friday’s Euromillions draw. The single player bet 10€ on a combination of the numbers 20,23,26,30 and 33. One lady speculated: “We’ll soon know who it is – they will appear in a Ferrarri!”

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The tapas trail by Jack Troughton RESTAURANTS AND bars in Javea Port are taking part in a food festival next week when visitors will be able to enjoy ‘The Sea of Tapas.’ Organised by the business association ACEAM and backed by the town hall, people are invited on a journey around the area on Thursday and Friday (11th and 12th October) to sample the seafood on offer. And with 21 businesses taking part, guests are asked to vote which they believe is the best tapa – and have the chance to win a dinner for two. It is the first ‘Ruta de tapas marineras’ to be held in the port and each of the participating restaurants and bars will offer a tapa and a drink for a unique price of just 2.50€. TASTE As well as food and drink, the streets will be filled

with live performances by musicians and artists, and the centre of the port, Avenida Jaime 1, will have stands offering a taste of Valencian food and wine. An ACEAM spokesman said on the Thursday night 20 of the area’s shops were staying open until midnight to show visitors what was on offer in the port. “This is an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of our restaurants and bars and to see what this unique area has to offer all year round,” he said. The business association will hope to repeat the success of last weekend’s ‘Tapeo’ festival in Javea Old Town. Blessed by good weather despite the storms raging across Spain, hundreds of people turned out for Taking the annual celebration of food and drink – while the part family occasion was completed with traditional games in the for youngsters. festival


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MABS opens in Oliva by Jack Troughton VOLUNTEERS OF the MABS Cancer Support Group packed the charity’s new shop in Oliva for its official opening on Monday – the latest addition to a growing shopping empire. The premises are the seventh shop opened by MABS and will play a vital part in fund raising – with all money collected helping people ill with cancer. Councillor Pepe Salazon led a deputation from the town hall and cut the ribbon with MABS President Jacqui Phillips MBE and told the charity team: “It is a great pleasure to open this shop. If we can be of any help at the town hall, please do not hesitate to ask.” The shop is located at Calle Santisimo 2 and the 14-yearold charity has a growing team of 25 in Oliva. Jacqui explained the first MABS shop was opened in La

Xara eight years ago and continued to be very successful. “We hope this one is just as successful. The money raised here in Oliva will be spent locally helping people in the surrounding area.” She said branches in La Marina, Gran Alacant and Torrevieja did not have shops but volunteers continued to raise funds. “And the money they raise is spent in their areas.” MABS is already helping 12 people in Oliva. Jacqui added: “Over our whole area we are helping so many people Pepe with cancer it is almost unbelievable how bad it is – but Salazon we do not keep numbers, when people are ill, we just cuts the ribbon help. “And now we have a shop here we will be asking with the town hall for its help in allowing us to organise shows Jacqui and other fund raising events.” Phillips

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A party with a difference A party with a difference

By Jan Gamm THE THIRD annual Dia del Vecino (Neighbours’ Day) in Parque Lo Morant on Sunday was a huge success attracting more than 2,000 residents from 70 different neighbourhood associations to help boost the efforts of associations that work hard to make improvements in the city. There were Tango workshops; folk dancing and Zumba sessions as well as theatrical and literary activities such as poetry readings, with other tents featuring a variety of techniques such as bobbin craft, patchwork, dried flower craft and a craft

area designated for kiddies to learn crafts, paint and play games. A steel band lent a Caribbean flavour to the celebrations. For those concerned with their health there were stalls giving information on Diabetes and Spina Bifida and an astrological table for the more spiritual side of life. BLOOD A mobile blood donation unit did a roaring trade throughout the day resulting in 37 extractions to the delight of Dr Rosa Baeza who commented: “The response was very positive and exceeded expectation!”



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PCN SL is launched by Louise Clarke

THIS WEEK saw the launch of Paul Cunningham Nurses SL; a private nursing company that will run alongside the existing Paul Cunningham Nurses charity, which was started in memory of charity President Jennifer’s son, Paul who passed away at just 33 years of age. Jennifer lived with Paul in a Sue Ryder Hospice for six months before his death and gained first hand experience of what is needed for terminal care patients and their families; none of which is available in Spain. Many PCN charity patients and families have requested private nursing from the charity’s nurses but as a small charity it was not possible to achieve, therefore Jennifer sought legal advice and decided that it was the right time to form an S.L company; PCN.S.L.

the PCN charity, the S.L Company is ready to offer private nursing at home for anyone, of any age, with any condition who needs it. The same personal care will be given to all PCN.S.L patients as is received by the charity’s patients and vice versa; therefore guaranteeing the same standards. All general nursing services are available and the new company will be headed by Jennifer Cunningham with the day to day administration carried out by Tracey Wallace, the company’s Business Coordinator. The launch of the new company took place at the charity’s offices in La Marina and as well as the new company, a diabetic clinic was also introduced which will be located within the offices.



Building on the success and the needs of

This clinic aims to promote the quality of

New Roman uniform revealed

THE TORREVIEJA Roman History Association used the recent Youth i-Expo event to unveil the new Semana Santa Roman uniform, which will be worn by all the members of the association at next Easter’s parade. The uniform was revealed by the Councillor for Youth and International Residents, Rosario Martinez and the Director of the Office for International Residents, Graham Knight.

Jennifer with Tracey and the team of nurses and carers

life for people with diabetes in order to reduce the risks of short or long term health complications. Jennifer told RTN: “These are two new exciting ventures and I am very proud to see the charity grow. The private nursing, which was called for and asked for many times, was not possible under the charity but now with the SL Company it is possible.” The diabetic clinic is particularly important to Jennifer as she herself is a diabetic and believes that the service provided here in Spain for diabetic patients is inadequate. She continued: “All the nurses are trained in diabetes and palliative care and all prof-

its from the SL Company will be ploughed back into the charity. Any equipment, for example, that has been donated to the charity will be hired out to private patients and the money made from that will also be put back into the charity.” She concluded: “We are providing an excellent service by fully insured, professional and qualified nurses both here in Spain and in the UK, at very reasonable prices.” For more information about the charity, the SL Company and the diabetic clinic, please call 966 790 363, Tracey on 966 797 016 or visit

More than a one-way street! MARGARET MCCABE and other organisers at Animal Charity APAH were bitterly disappointed when a recently planned fund raising event had to be cancelled, sadly due to lack of support. Without animal rescue charities stepping in packs of roaming dogs and colonies of cats would increase enormously but the cost of support far outweighs income both in terms of volunteer support and donations. Unlike some charities that close in the heat of summer, animal shelters cannot abandon their

responsibilities and leave animals without food and care – they continue to operate seven days a week all through the year. Caring for Spain’s strays is a two way street – or eventually there will be no one at the end of the phone to deal with a stray dog or injured cat or abused horse. If you love animals offer a few hours to an Animal Charity – they’ll welcome you. Or go to a fundraising event or visit a Charity Shop: a few euros from many can make a huge difference and mean that animal charities will survive the recession.

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A thoroughly modern mind by Jack Troughton A FESTIVAL to celebrate the life of Charles Dickens was underway this week inspired by the “amazingly relevant” work of an author who died 150 years ago. Javea resident Nina Davies heard by chance that several friends were involved in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the writer’s birth around the world and wondered about the possibility of a smaller event in the Marina Alta town. And her idea has become a reality. On Monday celebrations start with the visit of international expert Michael Hollington who gave a talk ‘The Planet Dick – An Introduction to Charles Dickens’. It set out how the writer was influenced by the changes brought by Britain’s Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution and his own experiences of poverty and despair – and the international writers influenced by his popular serialised work. Nina told RTN she imagined many people were asking why there was a Dickens festival in a small Spanish town – and what relevance his work had today. She said: “Dickens is known to almost everyone who has been to school in Britain; in fact you could argue poor teaching managed to put off many a student from enjoying the novels.

Western countries. “You only have to look at most of these countries today to see examples of the life he wrote about in the 1840s – the gulf between rich and poor increasing every year, corruption in the financial world, corruption in the political world. Dickens knew all about these.” She added: “In post-war Europe societies did become more equal; countries did provide first-class public health services, that there was universal free public education, and free university education for able children of all classes. “Now we see public health systems deteriorating, free university education disappearing and societies more divided than ever. So the world Dickens described is still amazingly relevant and maybe can offer us some lessons from the past.” And Nina said many of Dickens’ novels had been serialised for television or made into films. “The fact that he originally wrote for magazines, which lent it to complicated plots and episodes ending in a cliff-hanger makes him well suited to the world of television mini-series. “This is probably why sophisticated long running dramas like The Sopranos and The Wire are sometimes called ‘Dickensian’. In this way he was a very modern author.”

WORLD “What surprised me was that almost every Spanish friend I spoke to was familiar with several of the books, and that they are being studied at Spanish secondary schools right now, as part of the teaching of English and also as part of world literature.” Nina said she had asked herself if the world graphically described by Dickens still had a meaning for people in wealthy

RESPECT She said Claire Tomalin, author of the recent biography ‘Charles Dickens: A Life’ described how in an article penned by the writer, he argued that poorer people needing to eat at public dining halls should enjoy the same respect and service as if they were the rich eating in expensive restaurants. Nina added: “In Spain and in Britain we have food banks,

Spanish shoe trade with Japan expected to improve THE SHOE industry is hoping to revise its current export levels to the Far East following a review of trade tariffs between the EU and China that could open the Japanese market for manufacturers in Spain. The Federation of Spanish Footwear (FICE) is to conclude negotiations covering a proposed free trade agreement that will “allow access to the Japanese market for European industrial sectors that are more favourable than today.” Footwear; leather goods; agricultural products; industrial goods; meat products and construction items are all currently affected by existing trade barriers. The Spanish shoe industry, represented by Elche and Elda companies, has participated in trade shows in Tokyo for several years with excellent results.

Professor Michael Hollington

soup runs and so on again, as they did in Dickens’ day. I would like to think the people who use them are treated as Dickens suggested.” However, she said Dickens was still famous around the world 200 years after his birth for two good reasons. “He was a wonderful story teller who created plots and characters that live on in your memory and imagination. Secondly, he was a great writer. One of my academic friends said to me recently: ‘I read Dickens a lot of course because I teach it – but I read it for pleasure as well, just for the language’.” Other events being held in English and Spanish include films and talks. The final event is scheduled to be by Vicente Garrido, a Valencia-based criminologist and author, on 7th December, a talk in Castellano with key-points in English, ‘Dickens the Thriller Writer.’ Information about individual events is available from Javea Town Hall, the town’s tourist offices or by ringing Nina on 96 579 1782 or email

Students meet the kids

THREE SWEDISH students have joined the staff at Xabia International College to gain some experience working with youngsters. It is the fourth year students from Scandinavia have travelled to the Costa Blanca as part of a European Union funded initiative. Hanna Christianson, Jaquline Larsson and Emma Niklasson, pictured with pupils, will spend a month working with children in the nursery, foundation and year 5 classes and believe working in the Javea school will help their vocational education and training.

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Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

IMPORTANT LEARNING EXPERIENCES If one talks to retired expatriates enjoying gardening as their number one hobby on the Costa Blanca in many cases they will claim that their love of gardening and being out in the fresh air whenever possible developed before the age of ten as a result of watching and helping grandparents and parents and experiencing team work in the school garden. Luckily with schools about to open for the autumn term many pupils will be looking forward to new Gardening Club experiences and in some cases work experience in the school garden will be provided for all pupils as an integrated part of the educational curriculum. School gardens of all shapes sizes and styles can support the learning of and about science, and nature; environmental and ecological issues; nutrition of plants, animals and humans; mathematics; art; creativity; problem solving; project work and team work. And the idea is not new - they started in Europe in

the mid-1800s and in the USA in the 1890s. Today the Slow Food organisation based in Italy sponsors the concept worldwide, Think Organic previously known as the HDRA does so within the UK but in Spain and Portugal it only happens if there is an insightful head teacher. A while back there was a note in the Good Life magazine in Portugal in which we had written an article on ‘Living Well From Your Garden’, that the International School Sao Lourenco was starting to build a new school with provision for a major vegetable garden as a valuable learning experience. SUCCESS FACTORS Looking into such projects one finds that there are several important success factors: The support of the Head Teacher. The garden designed as a learning experience not just a way of keeping pupils out of mischief during one lunch break a week. The allocation of an area of good deep soil, constructed raised beds or large containers and good composts as growing mediums. The selection of easy to grow seasonal plantlets and seeds with the inclusion of flowering plants, vegetables and soft fruits to give pupils a choice and or breadth of experiences. The support of teachers from a range of disciplines: the links with science are obvious but we visited a school recently where there had been a competition for the best decorated plant pots and

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

healthily growing flowering plants. Taking this a stage further the art class and gardening activities could produce creative Mother’s Day gifts as well as using pupil grown fruit and flowers as the focus of paintings. The interest of the School Canteen chef to adapt the menus to incorporate produce from the vegetable garden and place flowers from the flower garden on the tables: if there is too much produce for the canteen the holding of an end of school market for parents or the delivery of surpluses to a local old peoples at the end of the week. A greenhouse so that gardening activities may continue in bad weather and pupils can learn about the germination of seeds and the growing of new plants from cuttings. A relevant gardening book based on Mediterranean conditions, such as ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’. OUR GARDENING BOOKS CAN HELP Each of our books includes a chapter on children’s gardens with some practical guidelines of what could be done at home or at school. The relevant chapters are as follows: ‘Your Garden in Spain’ – Chapter 3.8 – ‘A children’s corner’. ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ – Chapter 1.4 – ‘Encouraging children to grow and eat vegetables ’. ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ – Chapter 1.4 – ‘Encouraging children to grow and eat fruit’. TIME IS AVAILABLE!


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Villamartin Satellites VILLAMARTIN SATELLITES is a family run specialist satellite company that guarantees excellent and honest service. The business is well established with a large office in Los Dolses, Villamartin, near Supervalue supermarket.

In Spain for more than seven years, Villamartin Satellites’ reliable service has meant the business has gone from strength to strength with word of mouth recommendations their best source of publicity to the extent that they now service 30 urbanisations, with many satisfied clients. They have a good working relationship with the presidents on all of these urbanisations enjoying many recommendations: “We are more than impressed by the hardworking team who overcame any and all difficulties involved during any urbanisation installation, and continue to do so. They are always timely in resolving any problems or doubts, and never let us down.” - Peter Haesler, President for Perla Del Mar IV. Villamartin Satellites SL can offer a variety of receiver boxes, depending on customers’ requirements. They are able to supply HD Receivers that can read Sky cards, Free to View receivers and organise Sky Subscriptions. Jane comments: “Villamartin Satellites offer a free of charge site survey, to any home, business or urbanisation, to enable us to give you an accurate quotation and advise you on recommended dish size for your location. We never promise how many channels you will receive as each geographical position differs slightly.” Villamartin Satellites supplies the highest quality equipment and will fit whichever sized dish is best for your location ranging from a 1m to 2.4m. The

further south you are in the Costa Blanca, the better the reception which will therefore need a smaller dish. The signal you will receive comes directly from the Astra 2 Satellite. There is no rebroadcast, hence no monthly payments. This, however, does not mean that Villamartin Satellites will forget you: this company is renowned for their caring after sales service. All equipment they install and the work they carry out is guaranteed for anything up to two years. Any problems within this time are dealt with in a timely fashion with either manufacturer repair or replacement. Another service they are able to offer is multiroom connections, enabling you to have your favourite TV programmes on more than one TV within your home. Dishes may be shared between neighbours and communities. There is no limit to the number of households that can be added to the system. However, the advantage with more homes involved is that it reduces the cost dramatically per household, yet with each home maintaining their own individual control over their system. Any bars or restaurants who want sports packages can take advantage of the Abu Dhabi Sports showing All Premiership matches in HD and also Al Jazeera Sports showing all Champions League: package prices available upon request. For further information or to organise a site survey please phone the office on 96 676 4878.

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New website makes buying a home in Spain easier ACCORDING TO a recent report, the British are leading the overseas market for the purchase and sale of homes in Valencia. By Louise Clarke Data collected by the Association of Registrars of Property, Commercial and Personal Property of Valencia for the past five years, shows that the UK continues to lead the sale of homes in the Valencia by foreigners. In 2011, Britons made a total of 1,178 sales, which means that almost one in five housing transactions recorded in the Valencia region, were made British expats. WELL AHEAD The figure supports the social and economic projection of the British community in this region and the purchase and sale of homes by the Spanish citizens is ignored, the UK is well ahead of the 121 other nationalities registered including Russia, Norway and the Netherlands. Given the impact of the British

community in Valencia, the dean of the College of Property Registrars of Valencia, Maria Emilia Adam, recently met with the British Consul to Valencia and Murcia, Paul Rodwell. During the meeting Ms Adam was able to submit a new website to the Consul from the Deanery of Regional Registrars, which includes a specific section aimed at foreign buyers. The meeting was also attended by the Director of the Centre for Registration, Maria Pilar Garcia and the Provincial Diputada, Fernando Trigo. STEP BY STEP As a result since earlier this year, the Association of Property Registrars of Valencia now provides specific information to foreign nationals wishing to purchase a property in Valencia and the new web portal gives foreign investors and buyers all the relevant information on every aspect about registration and the process of buying a home here in Spain. The site also includes a quick and intuitive location record that has a userfriendly visual map and a step by step guide in English on how to buy a house. For more information please visit the website

Success for David Dale Removals

DAVID DALE Removals began in 1976 with a small van and a part time helper, expanding steadily until 1978 when a proper removal truck was purchased. In 1981 the company’s first removal to Spain was so successful that others quickly followed. Prospective residents in the 1980s had to go through customs formalities, obtaining Residencias at the Spanish Consulate in either London or Manchester. And moving to Spain involved paying a bond at the Spanish border against the value of the goods being brought in. Moving to and from Spain became much simpler in 1992 when customs formalities were lifted throughout the EU. From 1993, David Dale Removals started its weekly UK-Spain-UK service 50 weeks of the year, pausing briefly for Christmas and New Year celebrations. Warehouse premises were acquired in 1995 in Fuengirola Malaga Province and in 2000 a container store was opened in Benissa; later in Almoradi... Now David Dale Removals operates 10 vehicles of various sizes from small transit vans to the largest trucks the EU will allow on the roads: 4 staff work from the furniture store in Almoradi and the sales office is based in Torrevieja. The company’s priority is the quality of service they offer their customers. They are members of The Office of Fair Trading; British Association of Removers & The Road Haulage Association International Section. Their staff is trained by the British Association of Removals in handling furniture and delicate objects. The company has recently achieved the much sought after quality standard BSEN 12522: this is only awarded to the very best movers and storers, who must adhere to exceptionally standards of service Planning a move? Get in touch with Mrs Sabina Hodges on 96 532 8135 or email Mrs Hodges will visit your home anywhere on the Costa Blanca to discuss your requirements. This is a free no obligation visit with no high pressure sales people. They can offer packing materials delivered in advance of moving day or a full packing service. Clean Safe Container Storage is available in Almoradi, London or York.

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What does the Spanish budget hold for us? by

Suzanne O’Connell

EVEN DURING prosperous times, we tended to approach the budget with a sense of trepidation. Back then it used to be a few pence/centimos on alcohol and cigarettes and a slight increase/decrease in tax – depending on which political party was in power.

Now budget-making is becoming an increasingly serious affair with the potential for individuals to find themselves in financial difficulties depending in which Customer Care at Ábaco direction the pendulum swings – taxes or services. The direction Spain has been taking is to cut services. In the cabinet on Thursday a state budget was approved for 2013 – again the focus being on cutting spending rather than increasing what’s coming in to the treasury. The belt-tightening measures will save around 20 billion Euros to meet the deficit target for central government and Social Security of 3.8 %. However, there are some glimmers of light. Pensions (for those receiving a Spanish state pension) and school grants are due to rise. State pensions will increase by 1% next year and there will be compensation for any loss of purchasing power this represents. Spending on social services remains an enormous outlay. Although Spain perhaps has a reputation for being ‘tough’ on its unemployed spending on the total social services budget comes in as 63% of the government’s outgoings. What will be controversial in many arenas is the freezing of public sector workers’ pay. This will be the third year in a row that there has been no increase in their salaries. Perhaps making this slightly more palatable is the return of the Christmas bonus this year. Culture is having a hard time of it with cuts in the spending limits of museums. But there is good news for the car industry as owners with vehicles that are more than 12 years old will once more be eligible for a

subsidy if they scrap their old cars and buy new ones. Anyone delighted by winning the lottery might not be too perturbed that lottery prizes of over 2,500 euros now carry a 20% levy. Perhaps more difficult for many will be the absence of tax breaks on mortgage payments on the family home. The winners and losers

Winners • Pensions up 1% • Return of the Christmas bonus for public sector workers • School grants to rise • Subsidy returns for people swapping their old cars for new

Losers • 20% levy on lottery wins • Public sector workers’ pay frozen • Budgets for museums reduced • No tax break on mortgage payments on the family home • Increase of capital gains on property bought and sold within a year

Overall the losers outweigh the winners as they must when you need to make 27 billion Euros worth of cuts. Even though it’s cutting services, the government is still very mindful of bringing in as much tax revenue as they can. Radio stations, Satellite TV providers and many other commercial outlets are being targeted and are having to put their house in order. Only time will tell if this will all be enough for a return of confidence in Spain. For information on what tax contributions you are obliged to make in Spain as a resident or non-resident contact our Ábaco Helpline on 96 670 37 48.

Ábaco provide fiscal representation to non-resident and resident Spanish property owners. You can contact us for free advice and information by calling our helpline 96 670 3748 or visiting our website


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Applicable law to inheritance in Spain The new European Regulation 650/2012: Contesting and challenging a Spanish Will granted by British citizens by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

FINALLY THE European Regulation No 650/2012 has been approved concerning succession and the creation of a European Certificate of Succession. Just like we announced in our previous articles this new regulation was passed and ratified by Spain, and it will apply, as per its article No. 20, even when it affects persons from countries that have not ratified this regulation; such as the UK, Ireland and Denmark. It is our belief that the new regulation may result in the near future in a considerable increase of Court claims directed to contest / challenge or dispute a Will in Spain as we shall see later on in this article. We consider, as previously stated, that the most remarkable fact of this new regulation now in force, is the fact that the

applicable law to the Succession / Inheritance will be the law of the country where the deceased had his habitual residence. Also as per the article 22 the testator/testatrix can opt at the time of making the Will or at time of Death, for his/her national Law. As we have said many times before, this is very important. For example, if you live permanently in Spain and decide to leave in your Will all your assets to your wife; according to the new regulation now in force, if you do not opt for your national law in the Will and you pass away living in Spain, it could be understood that the applicable law to the Inheritance should be the Spanish Succession Law. Therefore your children as forced heirs (according to Spanish Law) would inherit at least 2/3 of your Estate. This opens a new door to contesting / challenging or disputing the Wills of British citizens living in Spain, as well as to many possible problems that could arise at the time of formalising the succession (signing the inheritance deed), if the Will does not respect the legitimate and forced heirs’ rights. This same situation already existed even before the approval of the new Regulation as the Supreme Court of Spain in its Order No. 849/2002 pointed out in a case of an English national domiciled and with all assets in Spain, accepting the ‘renvoi’

from English to Spanish Law, that the Spanish Law was the applicable law to his inheritance, and therefore, accepted the challenge / annulment of his Will, declaring the deceased’s children forced heirs of his Inheritance as per the Spanish Inheritance Law.. It is important to know that the Regulation shall apply to the succession of persons who die on or after 17th August 2015 but it is also interesting to note that if the deceased has chosen the applicable law for his succession prior to this date (17th August 2015) that choice will be valid if it meets the conditions of the regulation or if it is valid in application of the rules of private international law which was in force at the time when the choice was made. Therefore, if you, for example, are an English national who would like to leave your assets to your wife then please have your Will revised by an expert qualified lawyer who can advise you how to protect your wishes and succession whether you pass away before or after 17th August 2015. The Supreme Court of Spain on its Order No. 849/2002 made these points clear but now with the recent approval of Regulation 650/2012 it is even more clear and definite. If you or someone you know needs advice in this matter then please do not hesitate to contact us, we are experts in this field of law.

Carlos Baos (Lawyer) © White & Baos Abogados 2012 - All rights reserved. C/Diana 19, 2º-D, 03700 Dénia (located 1 minute away from the La Via underground car park). Tel: 966 426 185. Send your questions to or This article is available in English and Spanish at The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. Visit our blog at and Facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors)

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The RTN Money Matters page is a regular weekly feature. The objective of this page is to keep our readers informed on what is happening in the world of finance, for the articles to be informative, interesting, educational and current. The articles are being supplied to RTN by a body of financial experts from around the world. If readers have any topics on which you would like more information or any question you would like answered please let us know by emailing

Cast the net wider for income

Pay bankers’ bonuses in DIFFICULT ECONOMIC conditions around the world and ultra-low interest rates bonds, EU report mean that investors may need to reassess their approach to generating income. recommends Traditional sources such as bank savings and government bonds are likely to remain under pressure for some time, while single asset class solutions lack sufficient diversification to reduce risk. Investors may need to consider a broader approach.

BENEFIT FROM A GLOBALLY DIVERSIFIED APPROACH One of the ways that investors have sought to meet their income needs in today’s challenging environment is by using equities for income. With dividend yields above bond yields in many markets, investors can currently obtain a more attractive income from a portfolio of defensive, quality stocks, with strong balance sheets and well-covered dividends, than they can from comparable bonds. Investors can benefit from a globally diversified approach, both by region and by asset class. Combining lowly correlated assets within a portfolio can improve risk-adjusted returns as well as improving the prospect of maintaining an attractive level of income in varying market conditions. Asset classes such as corporate bonds; property; high yield and emerging market debt also represent significant income opportunities for investors with a longer-term investment horizon. Property is widely used for capital growth, but yields from rental properties have the potential to provide a steady income. For those with the ability to take on higher risk, high yield and emerging market bonds are also gaining recognition for their income-generating potential. In exchange for their higher risk profile, high yield and emerging market debt offer generous yield premiums over government and investment grade corporate bonds. Since the financial crisis, high yield companies, particularly in the US, have focused on strengthening their balance sheets. Businesses have paid down debt and built up high levels of cash, helping to bring down default rates. Meanwhile the transformation of emerging market economies in recent years has resulted in a dramatic improvement in the credit quality of emerging market debt.

Your money matters questions and answer DEAR RTN: Under the new QROPS rules that came out in April 2012 does it allow for loans to be taken out against a QROPS. Answer: The new QROPS guidelines have made it quite clear that under HMRC rules a minimum of 70% of the pension pot must be used to produce an income, so no more than 30% cash can be taken from a QROPS and the minimum age for this is 55 years old. Any companies that offer anything else are not adhering to HMRC rules and this means at the end of the day individuals that use these schemes could be subject to a HMRC unauthorised payment charge of 40% plus a HMRC unauthorised payment surcharge of 15%.

A way of accessing diversified income opportunities may be through a global multi-asset income fund

GLOBAL MULTI-ASSET FUNDS OFFER A ONE-STOP INCOME SOLUTION One way of accessing diversified income opportunities may be through a global multi-asset income fund, in which expert investors seek out the most attractive income opportunities from around the world. Multi-asset funds can provide exposure to asset classes investors may struggle to access, or greater diversification than your clients could achieve themselves. Ideally, a multi-asset income fund should offer exposure to a broad range of income-generating assets and have the flexibility to move between asset classes, depending on the prevailing market conditions. This approach may improve the prospect of maintaining an attractive income through varying market conditions, helping to satisfy investor’s regular income needs even in today’s low interest rate environment. IMPORTANT INFORMATION For further information, please contact the RTN Money Matters desk on 965 070 240 or email or visit

TOP BANKERS should have part of their bonuses paid in bonds and a lid put on the total amounts that can be distributed to staff, a high level report from the EU suggests on Tuesday in the latest effort by policymakers to prevent a rerun of the 2008 banking crisis. With regards to bankers’ pay, Liikanen recommends that bankers are paid in ‘bail-in’ bonds - which are intended to prop up banks as a last resort – and restrictions put on the size of bonuses relative to salaries. “Furthermore, a regulatory approach to remuneration should be considered that could stipulate more absolute levels to overall compensation (for example that the overall amount paid out in bonuses cannot exceed paid-out dividends),” the report said.

The Liikanen Report was led by Erkki Liikanen, governor of the Bank of Finland

Europe’s betrayal of Spain

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph WE DISCOVER that Germany, Holland, and Finland will not stand behind their solemn pledge of solidarity when push comes to shove. Spain’s premier Mariano Rajoy has been betrayed. Nobody should be entirely surprised if he and the Spanish arch-nationalists in his circle offer a condign riposte, and bring down the entire temple on the heads of the creditor powers. He bit the bullet and agreed to the highly intrusive terms of a €100bn eurozone rescue for the Spanish banking system on a specific understanding: that the ESM bail-out fund would ultimately take over the burden by recapitalising Spain’s banks directly. This deal has been breached. Can we believe anything that the Chancellor of Germany, the prime minister of Holland, and the prime minister of Finland say from now on? The EMU rescue edifice is built on sand. You might say Mr Rajoy had no choice. But he did. There were those whispering in his ear that Spain should instead retake control over its own monetary, exchange, and sovereign policy levers, and break out of its debtdeflation trap.

Mariano Rajoy has been betrayed

Such a course might or might not be disastrous for Spain, depending on your analysis of EMU’s structural flaws, but it would certainly be disastrous for German and Dutch banks. (Given that it would cause the collapse of monetary union in the worst possible way). The Spanish bubble was after all a joint venture. Spain was flooded with cheap capital from Germany and Holland that it could not prevent or control under the EMU system. Did the German and Dutch regulators recognise the danger, or try to stop the excesses? Not really. They were complicit. The ECB’s uber-lose money (to help Germany when it was in slump) led to negative real interest rates for Spain – minus 2pc for years – that fuelled a massive credit boom. Policy was far too lax for a fast-growing Tiger economy. Did the Spanish make big mistakes? Of course, but the ECB and the European Commission did not make that critique at the relevant moment. Be that as it may, Mr Rajoy now learns that the AAA trio will not permit direct re-capitalisation of Spain’s ‘legacy’ banks by the ESM, even after the new European bank regulator is up and running. The burden will fall entirely on Spain, or so it seems. Spain must raise €60bn in fresh debt on the capital markets to plug the hole, or nearer €150bn if City sceptics are right. So we are back to crisis. I have no idea what Spain will do, but emotions are running high and the country – in the words of Confidencial this morning – risks “disintegrating.” We watch and wait to see whether the Basque revolt or the Catalan revolt will detonate first, and whether the Spanish will really use “all means” to hold the union together. Mr Rajoy’s authority is collapsing. Some 84pc of Spaniards have lost confidence in his leadership. The current course is becoming hopeless… And now he has just been betrayed by the German bloc anyway. Es el colmo. If he were to request full sovereign rescue, he would most likely be shafted again. Who can blame him for dragging his feet? The temptation to tell the Germans and Dutch to go to Hell – and to pull the pin on their banking systems – must be growing mightily. Desperate men do desperate things.

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If you’re looking to improve your lifestyle Milton Express Services could well be the perfect solution MANY RESIDENTS are already profiting from their Arbitrage trading facility which has consistently paid clients a monthly return of 2.75% tax free. This service is now available only to members of Winning Express, although this condition will not be retrospective. This year clients of Sporting Arbitrage received some welcome news, with the introduction of the half yearly bonus scheme, which also applies to new members who join via Winning Express. Milton Express, the originators of the scheme, actually market a sports advisory service that pays significantly higher returns – but with a degree of volatility. GET ON BOARD WITH MILTON EXPRESS TO ENJOY AN ALL-ROUND WINNING EXPERIENCE Winning Express exists to provide its members with tax free returns, along with an earnings opportunity and a sense of enjoyment in simply belonging to a club that’s dedicated to our mutual success. Members will not only benefit from the services themselves, they can also promote them to others via a free replica website to achieve a bigger return on your capital or simply gain the opportunity to earn generous

commissions recommending the services to others. START EARNING AND START WINNING NOW for £99 residents on the Costa Blanca can sample the full services for three months with a money back guarantee if they fail to make a profit. For those who do become subscribing members there is an opportunity to win a fabulous holiday organised through Viajes Playa Flamenca: an eight day cruise departing from Barcelona with all travel costs included and 500€ towards spending money. “Since investing with Milton Express earlier this year, I’ve been delighted with the monthly tax free interest my investment has achieved with their arbitrage service “R. Rose, Playa Flamenca One long-standing client of Milton Express is the former top flight footballer and now respected BBC pundit Steve Claridge who has no reservations in recommending the services The Milton Express office is based in Edif. Centro Zenia, Avda. De Villamartin s/n Urb. La Zenia Orihuela Costa, Alicante. All administration duties for Milton Express are carried out

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by Admin Solutions (UK) Ltd;Velocity House; Tenter Street; Sheffield S14DE Tel 0114 213 3539. Please visit the website for full terms and conditions along with details of all our services and promotions. For more information on Winning Express please contact John O’Brien on 600 001 661 or the Milton Express office,La Zenia on 96 599 4815 or email


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Blackhole - What Blackhole!


Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

THE NEWS was released last week that the Spanish bank stress test showed a €59.3bn ‘blackhole’. Here are the details of the seven Spanish banks which need recapitalising: Bankia €24.7bn capital shortfall Catalunya Caixa €10.8bn capital shortfall Novagalicia €7.2bn capital shortfall Banco De Valencia €3.5bn capital shortfall Banco Popular €3.2bn capital shortfall BMN €2.2bn capital shortfall Ibercaja+Caja3+Liberbank €2.1bn capital shortfall Banco Popular slid more than 6 percent after the firm said it will seek to raise as much as €2.5 billion from a stock sale and suspend its October dividend. Looks like this could be the next bank to ask for a bailout, so clients beware

if you have any money deposited with them - make sure that your money will not follow the same fate as funds that were deposited with CAM and Bankia placed into Bonds or Notes that became illiquid and then compulsorily converted into shares or similar (at a loss). Also it now appears the Blackhole is even bigger with Moody’s announcing on Tuesday 2nd October that the Spanish Banks face a capital shortfall that could climb to €105 billion (US$135 billion) - almost double the estimate the government provided last week. The nation’s lenders may need infusions of €70 billion to €105 billion to absorb losses and still keep capital ratios above thresholds outlined in legislation last year, Moody’s analysts wrote in a report. As I said last week, how any more Blackholes are there to be found? What happens when they start looking at Italy and France in more depth? More importantly can the Euro zone really afford to keep on bailing the Banks and

Bankia have a €24.7bn capital shortfall

countries out? As so many people living here in Spain are unsure as to what is happening and worried about their finances, Blacktower Financial Management has launched a Free Money Advice Helpline. This service is available to all. The phone lines will be manned by qualified financial advisors who will be available

to answer questions and give you advice on any matter to do with finance/money be it: pensions, savings, investments, legal, tax, Banks or Insurance. For further information see the Blacktower advert, or if have any questions regarding the above contact me on 658 892 330 or email

The above information was correct at the time of preparation and does not constitute investment advice and you should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Blacktower Financial Management Ltd is licenced by the UK by the Financial Services Authority and is registered with both the DGS and CNMV. Blacktower Financial Management (Int) Ltd is licenced in Gibraltar by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) Licence No: 00805B and registered with the DGS in Spain.


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Battle of Britai

THE COSTA Blanca Aircrew Association celebrated the Anniversary of the Battle o lunch, held at the Cumbre Restaurant rec

Guest of Honour was Air Commodore Gabby Ferenczy accompanied by his wife, Margaret. The Association’s Honorary Chaplain, Father Marcus Ronchetti, gave the Dedication to The Comradeship of Aircrew. The President, Tony Hallam, proposed the toast to King

Juan Carlos and Chairman Brian W Queen. Life Vice President, Pete Toast to “Absent Friends and Fellow Maxwell, proposed the toast to The

Mountain walking SATURDAY 6TH OCTOBER Font de Vivens: A moderately strenuous walk over mostly good tracks: 15 and a half kms of 5 and a half hours’ duration with a 600m ascent: dogs on leads at rear: For further details contact Martin 603 479 573.

and a 50m ascent: dogs on leads at rear: for further details contact David on 660 189 151.

Benirrama to Val d’Ebo circuit: A strenuous walk, in the main good tracks with a short stretch a little scratchy: 14kms of 5 hours’ duration with a 600m ascent: dogs on leads at rear: For further details contact Helen on 620 287 970.

Caballo Verde Ridge: A moderately strenuous walk over some rough terrain: 12kms of 4 and a half hours’ duration with a 450m ascent: no dogs: for further details contact Ann on 646 716 303. Sierra Helada: A strenuous walk over some rough terrain with some scrambling and exposure involved: Slow pace, though. 11kms of 5 hours’ duration with an 800m ascent: no dogs: for further details contact John 620 865 267.

WEDNESDAY 10th OCTOBER Lliber stroll: Note 10.30 am start: An easy walk over mostly good tracks, with an optional meal to follow: 9kms of 2 and a halfhours’ duration

The rules and guidelines for walking are given at Please also refer to this website for any last minute changes to the walks.


Almoradi Tours THE ALMORADI Cultural Route tour will take place on 6th October and start at 10.30am. the Green Route will be on 20th October at 10.30am and the Chapels Route on 27th October starting 10.30am. All the tours start from the Tourist Information Office and all require prior registration. For more information visit or see the Facebook page or Twitter.


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n members and their ladies of Britain at a formal, ‘Red-Sea Rig’ cently.

Weskett proposed the toast to The er Langley, proposed the Aircrew w Aircrew” and the Secretary, Max e Guests. Air Commodore Ferenczy

Battle of Britain lunch 2012

responded on behalf of the guests and proposed the toast to The Battle of Britain and The Few. Any readers wishing to become members of the Costa Blanca Aircrew Association should contact the Secretary on 96 649 5042 for details.

Help name the ape

y Jack Troughton AME THE monkey on Saturday (6th October) and there is a chance to win a state of the art ‘Smartphone’. The toy ape will be named during the Zumbathon in Jalon’s Sports Hall being run between 11am and 1pm. he event is raising money for Jalon Valley HELP – the monkey mascot is then being donated to the children’s ancer charity ASPANION. Zumba leader Louise Groom – pictured with the monkey – said registration would begin at 10am and the arty started an hour later. “A big thanks to everyone for their very generous support in organising this imortant pink fund raising event for HELP.”


Life Ilusion Arte

proudly presents…

Antonio Galera and Luis Fernández

FAMOUS GUITARIST and composer Mariangeles Sánchez spent most of her professional life in Berlin as a concert guitarist, composer and founder of the Guitar Department of the Music Conservatory of Berlin, but part of her heart always remained in Calpe - the source of inspiration for several of her works. With an incomparable generosity, Mariangeles Sánchez Benimeli offers us the world premiere of some of her new works inspired in Calpe and in the Mediterranean, in

combination with classical works that are of the same style: Debussy and Saint Saëns. She is accompanied in Calpe by two notable musicians of the new generation: pianist Antonio Galera and clarinetist Luis Fernández. Both have been finalists in many competitions, leading an international concert life. Join Ilusion Arte us for an unforgettable evening on Saturday 13th October 2012 at 8pm at the Salón Blau de la

Casa de Cultura, Avenida Masnou, Calp. Program: Works by Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns and Mariangeles Sánchez Benimeli Tickets: 9€ (members) / 14€ (non-members) available at the entrance from 7pm. We advise advance reservation for numbered seats via 656 714 787 or email:

Bringing together the best of young talent in the Costa Blanca. Featuring SFM, The Hoaxx, Hannah Glencross, Marlyn De Groot, Lionel Jorden and many more

ProgrammeofEvents 10.30 - Apasa Dog Show - Outside 11.30 - Eka Kids, Joe Staton and - Exhibition Hall Sophie Cook, Les Miserable 12.10 - The Mayor of Teulada - Outside opens Grant a Wish Grant a Wish winners 12.30 - THE EKA WINNERS - Outside CONCERT, The Hoaxx 12.30 - Cheer leaders - Exhibition Hall 12.50 - Eka Winners, - Outside Hannah Glencross, Lionel Jordan 13.00 - Food hall opens 13.00 - Viva Espana Dancers - Exhibition Hall 13.45 - Eka Winners, The A Team - Outside 14.10 - Eka Winners, Comics - Outside from Careline Kids 14.20 - Cats, Hannah Glencross, - Exhibition Hall Footlights Youth 14.30 - Eka Winners, SFM - Outside 15.30 - Eka Winners, Marlyn de Groot - Outside 15.30 - Lionel Jordan - Exhibition Hall 16.00 - Fashion Show - Exhibition Hall 17.30 - Jools Cooper - Outside


05 - 10 october 2012

Life tech

with Aunty Virus


Pay as you go dongles John asks: DEAR AUNTY: In the UK my broadband ISP is Sky. I have an apartment in Villajoyosa and would like to take my laptop with me when I come to Spain. If I buy a ‘pay as you go’ dongle in the UK when using it in Spain I will have roaming charges. Could you please advise whether I can buy PAYG dongle in Spain. If so which would be the best provider? Aunty says: Many providers supply an internet dongle: Yoigo, Masmovil, Vodafone, Movistar, Orange, Vodafone and others. Which is best is open to debate. The best value for money will change from provider to provider and will also depend on how often and how you will be using it. The various providers will offer various deals, free minutes, and limited or unlimited download quotas. For example, one provider may offer usage at €1 per day but it is limited bandwidth; another may offer €3 per day but it is unlimited bandwidth. The main issue is though, is that it depends on what the 3G signal is like in the area in which you will be using it. 3G is how many of these dongles work, and low or no 3G signal in your area, and then it is not worthwhile with a dongle. If it is for very low use, then perhaps the simplest way is to buy a coffee or beer at your local bar that has free Wifi for their clients!

Downloading music Robert asks: HOLA AUNTY: I have a problem with downloading into Utorrent (music) and then into windows media player. Until recently (approximately three weeks) it was fine. I keep getting message to update to Utorrent plus 29€. Is this the only way? Or can I go another route? I have Windows Home Premium. Hope you can help, you have in the past. Aunty says: The makers of Utorrent want to make money, and why not when many people use their software for downloading? This is why they ask for payment for upgrades to newer versions of their software: I am assuming they are asking you to upgrade to the ‘Utorrent Plus’ version, and you are using their ‘Utorrent Free’ version. The solution is simple: if you do not want to pay then don’t upgrade: if you want to upgrade then pay. If you don’t want to keep getting the update messages then these should be able to be turned off in the Utorrent menu system - Options – Preferences. Personally I have been using version 1.8.3 with no issues at all and have no desire to upgrade from it.

Window media player

Sharing views online Roy Williams asks: HELLO AUNTY: A great column - I wonder if you can help? I frequently read a British newspaper online. At the foot of most articles people are invited to send in their views. I have done this quite a few times in the past and had no problems but now every time I attempt to accept their invitation to express my views I type the message and after accepting their conditions and click send, a message comes up saying ‘this web page has expired’ - is this a setting on my PC or do you think the problem is with the newspaper?

Aunty says: I have just tried to post a message on a story, and as I am not a registered user I get a ‘Please register’ webpage. I have registered and can happily post - so there is no issues with their side of things. So, my second question is, are you a registered user of Daily Mail online, and do you access the site with your username / email, and a password? If you are a registered user, then perhaps logging out of the Daily Mail site and re-logging, inputting your user name and password may help. Alternatively, you could try

another browser, like Google Chrome, or Firefox. Hopefully using another browser will cure any issues and problems your Internet Explorer has. Response: Hi just to let you know that I re-logged in and sent a ‘view’ which was successful: Cheers!

Vicky asks: DEAR AUNTY: I have a problem with my Window Media Player. It will play music, but turns itself off after about 10 minutes. I have had the following error report, but I not sure how to fix it. Can you help? ‘The instruction 0x713028fa referenced memory at 0xbc4b8865. The memory could not be read’ Aunty says: The problem could be due to a number of things: Media Player has become corrupted; Media Player does not have all the ‘codecs’ or software to play correctly; another program is ‘interfering’ with Media Player. A few options are available to you: Uninstalling and reinstalling Media Player may help or use an alternative Media player, like VLC Player.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

05 - 10 october 2012

Lenovo C325 Rain alarm All-In-One Desktop PC

THE UK has been hammered with rain all Summer and this weekend we saw some pretty spectacular rainfall resulting in lots of floods with very little warning. This app basically does exactly what you would expect it to do – it warns you by vibrating your phone and a little rain icon appearing on your phone when there is rain or snow forecast nearby, how far away it is, and what area it covers. You can watch what is coming by the up-to-date radar animation. Even more convenient, the supplied widgets can help you monitor the precipitation situation without any alarms. The data used originates from governmental weather services so you can keep a close eye on the weather from wherever you are. This is a free app but there is a paid for app which is only 3.50€ to download which does have a lot more features and is more customisable but the free app for us expats living in Spain should suffice. Available to download from Google Play on Android mobile phones.

THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Lenovo C325 All-In-One Desktop PC.

The All-In-One Desktop has been around for a while now, made famous by the iconic Apple iMac – now who wouldn´t want one of those! But for those of you not familiar with this type of PC it is essentially what looks like a normal computer monitor , but that also contains all of the components that would otherwise traditionally be in a separate PC case. The result is a compact single unit design that you only need to plug in the supplied keyboard/mouse and a mains lead and you´re ready to go! The Lenovo C325 basic specifications are impressive - 20 inch LED-backlit HD widescreen display with 16:9 aspect ratio and multi-touch screen technology, AMD E350 1.6GHz processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard disk drive, Recordable DVD drive, LAN, wireless LAN, Webcam, and topped off with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit. But that`s not all. The Lenovo C325 features integrated stereo speakers supporting SRS Premium Sound, so no need for ugly desktop speakers. And with ad-ons like the Lenovo Eye Distance System and Lenovo Dynamic Brightness System, which alert when you are too close to the screen and can dynamically adjust screen brightness you´re well looked after. Connectivity is well catered for with traditional wired


ultra-fast Gigabit Ethernet networking capabilities (10/100/1000). The Lenovo C325 also features integrated 802.11n wireless networking capabilities backwardly compatible with 802.11b/g networks of older home routers to give you maximum flexibility. And not forgetting the importance of keeping your data safe, the Lenovo C325 features the OneKey Rescue System designed to make backup and recovery as simple and straightforward as possible. With the touch of a single button you can restore the system and recover valuable data with ease. Simples! The Inspectors Verdict: The Lenovo C325 All-In-One Desktop PC is a compact and modern solution for those wanting to replace their chunky, wire-ridden prehistoric home computers. It does pretty much everything the home user would want from their PC, but you´ll still need a kettle for the tea! Visit to purchase the Lenovo C325 All-In-One Desktop PC for 540€. Prices quoted include free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).


05 - 10 october 2012

Life horoscopes Uranus brings new and dynamic concepts, and is allowing for your current need to work with the inner you on matters of heart and soul. The focus is very much with you as you explore just what is really needed to boost energy and to help you see a clearer way forward as you start to matter more to yourself.

Venus takes on Virgo and balances Pluto mid week bringing you to your senses regarding a matter that is both controlling and unnecessary. Prompting you to think twice before you get involved again, something has gone too far and is veering out of control. Be distinct and stay calm, because a definitive solution beckons. Actions of both outspoken and ebullient Mercury and a wary and manipulative Neptune shed new light on something that has divided your loyalties and tested you to the limits. Taking sides does nothing but fan the flames, and now there can be no hiding place. When all is said and done, walk away while you still can. As Pluto clashes with Mercury there is need to clarify your current situation as you break your silence, even if this means spilling the beans. Somehow someone has taken hold of the wrong end of the stick, but what is needed is a clean slate, and the promise of new beginnings to take this to a satisfactory conclusion. An affair of the heart is charging your inner emotions and connecting you with your psychic centres. As you shed your disbelief and indulge in a little soul searching you are close to your natural destiny, and focussing on elements of change that will assist you on this journey of spiritual identity and freedom. With actions this week involving Venus there is a stirring in your heart as nostalgia takes over, and you examine the happiness of the past. Looking back is the very best way of allowing you to see just what you have achieved against all odds. However the good times are also what keep you inspired and motivated now. Saturn finally flees, but only after imparting some delicate and treasured wisdom from the past. The current indecisive and destructive phase around you doesn’t help anyone, and brings negative energy into an otherwise positive situation. Sometimes you don’t know what you have until you lose it! Mysterious and independent, Saturn and Mercury each have something to say to you this week. You may feel somewhat manipulated as you are torn between making a decision on a ongoing project and your own specific need to create, and to birth something new, that you can be proud of. Mars is in opposition this week, and it is imperative that you keep your temper, at all odds, even though all those around you may very well be losing theirs. You have sent out the strongest warning signs, but there are those who think wrongly that they can do better than you do, and it is quite clear that they can’t. Pluto can bring out the very worse in people, and in such a delicate stage of negotiation, right now; you need all the support you can get. The good news is that this is the final hurdle, and there is only a minor twist now before you reach the winning post, and all that you well deserve can come your way. Uranus takes on Aries and may very well shed some light on a situation you have been reluctantly monitoring. It is clear that time is a great healer, but you seem to be taking something to heart that just isn’t your fault; you are not responsible. Put blame at the door of the person who started this off in the first place. Fair do’s you are in a no win and no lose situation, and things won’t get better overnight. Your own wishes, hopes and desires are all being ignored, whilst someone seems to not be able to give you what they know you both want and need right now. Two can play at this game, but you will play to win.

Kenny corris

Always & all ways

ONE OF my favourite stories is the wonderful tale of serendipity and love that has a backdrop in the terrifying days of the Nazi rule, and centres around a Concentration Camp. Many have asked me where were the Angels when all these bad things were allowed to happen, and why did so many have to die? We must be grateful however for those who were rescued, those who survived at all the odds and, sadly we must never forget the many who gave their lives in such cruel times. Albert was sent as a young lad to Auschwitz and had to watch his Father and his Uncle die of malnutrition as both were broken men working physically amid a constant stream of dead bodies. Albert was a willing and happy fresh faced boy, and he abandoned fear knowing that for sure he would be amidst those who were gassed, or would one day stand with a pit behind him and feel the bullet of death and fall into a convenient grave. He had seen nothing but dead bodies, filth and fear. Sent out often on missions between the huts, Albert was able to wander close to the fences on the perimeter, and he mused on freedom and a World where he didn’t have to ever be hungry or dirty. One day as he was walking something wrapped in a handkerchief was flung over the fence. He saw a young girl running away and quickly he hid the apple she had carefully wrapped for him, risking her life as she did so. He hid and ate the apple and was so grateful to have fresh food, the little apple was the very best he had ever eaten. Next day Albert was on his travels, waiting until the Guards were preoccupied in eating a substantial lunch. She was there again, by the wire but this time she didn’t run from him, her gift this time was a hunk of black rye bread

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and she smiled as he ate it, then off she ran for her life once more. Each and every day the brave girl came to the wire, throwing potatoes and apples and dry biscuits. One day the camp was liberated by the Allies. Albert was rescued by a Jewish freedom charity and he sailed to a new life in New York along with many young adults who were alone and in need of repatriation. Albert studied and became a taxi driver. He didn’t want to ever have a boss, he wanted his freedom. He moved to Brooklyn and set up home. One night a buddy rang Albert and asked him to go on a double date together with two young ladies. Shy Albert said no, but at the last minute he changed his mind, after an Angel came to him in a dream. There was something very familiar about his blind date, Rosa. Albert was bowled over by her, was it love at first sight? No, Rosa was that brave little girl who daily brought food to help keep Albert alive. She had lost her family, and had also made the great journey across to a new all American life. Rosa Herzof married Albert Dieter the very next Spring. They raised a fine family, and their great grand children tell their story with pride, to this very day. They told me their tale one rainy stormy night in New Jersey after a show when I picked up on the name Rosa and an apple…it’s what started the whole thing off ! However dark it may seem to be there is a light that calls out to us and beckons us on safely. Never give up and never forget that miracles can and do happen, and faith is always and all ways rewarded.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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If it’s your birthday this week

Email your letters to me at: KENNY, I loved my Mother so much but we never were really close, and my family were not what you would call, “touchy feely” at all. In my recent dreams my Mother has been coming to me with her hands open and a smile on her face. What does this mean, is it good or bad? Kerry C. Kerry it is great that your Mother has chosen to come through for you. Love makes for good contact and your own values of affection and love are yours, nobody has any right to question them. There is good and bad in the way your Mother is coming through. The good news is that Mother is coming through free of pain, showing you that nothing can possibly hold her back now, but this very often means that she was in pain before she left the Earth Plane. The power of contact is given to all, but is accepted by few, and so she comes with love to let you know that all is really well, and that she has survived her great journey to the other side. A great result!

You have chosen to ignore warnings and go it alone, and that’s fine, just know your escape route, and have a Plan B to back up what you hold dear. Things are becoming more challenging and yet also more interesting too!


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Cryptic Crossword

Quick Crossword ACROSS 3. In a deadlock four will be imperturbable (9) 8. Keep an eye on one’s appearance (4) 9. Read plays deprived of action, maybe (9) 10. One who guards a hideout used during hostilities? (6) 11. Spree that will make five stagger around! (5) 14. Unusually eager to correspond (5) 15. Remove any coarseness if found in the street (4) 16. Period dress for hooligans, we hear (5) 18. The kind of desk that looks the same both ways (4) 20. Potter uses this revolver (5) 21. Means the parson’s address has been rewritten (5) 24. A man from Spain, we hear, is not so young (6) 25. Prudence will help you to get on target (9) 26. Don’t allow one who tends animals near the ring (4) 27. Gets ahead of the clock, as the conductor does (5,4)

Word Ladders

DOWN 1. Hurricane lights? (4-5) 2. Palace apartment used at trying times (5-4) 4. Fellows holding a middle position (4) 5. Having been informed of a conflict over the East (5) 6. They show what it is fashionable to assume (6) 7. Six get two points and make a scene (4) 9. The boy from Cape Territory (5) 11. Gun fire dispersed about fifty (5) 12. Methods of survival of interest in cheiromancy (4-5) 13. The butler’s pantry is not yet completely full, apparently (5-4) 17. The heart of a lover! (5) 19. What the inventor seeks in quite clear (6) 22. Displace a loose garment (5) 23. The donkey is all right with me around (4) 24. Pretence will be endless disgrace (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 3. Exactness (9) 8. Genuine (4) 9. Subdue (9) 10 Scanty (6) 11. Dissuade (5) 14. Concise (5) 15. Call (4) 16. Proportion (5) 18. Invalid (4) 20. Embrace (5) 21. Instruct (5) 24. Younger (6) 25. Pointer (9) 26. Fair (4) 27. Assertion (9)

DOWN 1. Antiquated (9) 2. Clumsy (9) 4. Roam (4) 5. Blaspheme (5) 6. Oral (6) 7. Frank (4) 9. Command (5) 11. Trench (5) 12. Greedy (9) 13. Mild (9) 17. Happen (5) 19. Cease (6) 22. Entrance (5) 23. Standard quantity (4) 24. Connect (4)

Euromillions Draw Friday 28th September 2012

20 23 26 30 33



One Spanish ticket won 100,000,000 Euros

Tuesday 2nd October 2012

4 16 21 36 42


No ticket won the 15,000,000 Euros



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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish Part 2 LAST WEEK we started looking at different ways of talking about the future, focusing on the most common one, the future of intention (voy a, vamos a etc.) You won’t find this form in that big white verb book you have propping up the furniture in your living room as it doesn’t officially count as a tense, but from the point of view of communication it fulfills an important function. I ended up the article scaring you to death about pronunciation. Actually, about half an hour after I’d sent the article off, I realized I could have made it even worse by highlighting the “b” “v” confusion. That would have given us “¿Qué va a hacer?” potentially sounding like “kebasé”. Incidentally, if you were to ask a Spanish person if that is what they say, they are sure to deny it. The same happens to us in English, we don’t think we say “hambag” instead of “handbag” and would deny the accusation – but actually we do, unless we’re Lady Bracknell of course. Right, let’s get back to the point!! There are a few more things to say about this “going to” form. As well as describing intentions, it also describes what we can call “predictions based on present evidence”. For example, we look up at the heavens, see the storm clouds gathering and say “Va a llover” (It’s going to

rain), or we watch a car heading for a tree and say “Va a chocar” (It’s going to crash). We would assume this is not an intention; it is just something we can see is inevitably going to happen based on our observation. Two more points before we leave this one behind. As English speakers we should be very careful about translating directly across from one language to the other. There are instances when we have to use this “future of intention” form in Spanish when in English we don’t have to. For example, in English I can say “What are you doing after the party?” or “I’m phoning Bill tomorrow”. As these sentences refer to the future, in Spanish we have to say “¿Que vais a hacer después de la fiesta?” (Notice I’ve opted for the plural “you” this time) and “Voy a llamar a Bill mañana”. Finally, here’s another little trick. It will be easier for those who have learnt the past continuous tense (the –aba one) but really it can be used straight away by anybody! We can put this form into the past to say “I was going to”. This is a good phrase for making lame excuses. I will now elaborate. The present tense of “ir” which we are current

using goes like this: voy vas va vamos vais van If we put this same verb into the past continuous tense it goes like this: iba ibas iba íbamos ibais iban So, for example, if “vamos a” means “we ARE going to”, then “íbamos a” means “we WERE going to”. Get it?Now when someone catches you out on the phone you can say: “¡Oh José! ¡Te iba a llamar!” (Oh Joe, I was going to phone you!) and it sounds as insincere in Spanish as it does in English. Welcome back to the real world of communication!

The Rant Professor Green@professorgreen : Hi five for whoever booked an 8.50am flight for me after the 4am start I had yesterday, love you, you sack of....... The Ryder Cup Triumph michael owen@themichaelowen : 12 heroes but our big hitters at the top of the leader board were immense throughout. Poulter, Donald, Rose, McCilroy - take a bow. Joseph Barton@Joey7Barton : Can’t believe I’ve just seen John Terry with his golf clobber on celebrating with Poulter?? Wow! Had golf shoes on the lot... Wise Words Ricky Gervais@rickygervais : If you always do things the same way, you’ll always get the same results. Mix it up a bit. See what happens. The Random Tweet Max Rushden@maxrushden : #todaysconclusions, some people lie, golf makes me nervous, i congratulate the inventor of salad cream. The Funny Tweets John Bishop@JohnBishop100 : Son just got up to go to a spinning class ‘Why don’t you come Dad its fun’ ‘Its 7 a.m. I am 45 leave me alone’ I have become the teenager! kate thornton@k8_thornton : Novel way to be woken. My son stuck his fingers up both my nostrils so I couldn’t breathe. Thought I was being attacked in my sleep. Nice x

Life books

Danny Collins -

Possession THE TITLE would suggest a novel by Stephen King or grey lady EL James but this book is of neither genre. Instead the storyline revolves around two young scholars who are investigating the lives of two Victorian poets. Letters, journals and poems lead them to discover a web of past passion, deceit, and tragedy as their quest becomes a battle against time. The result is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance that is both a literary detective novel and a captivating love story. It won the Man Booker Prize and I’m not surprised. This edition also celebrates publisher Vintage’s 21st birthday and as such comes as part of a series of 21 iconic Vintage publications in a rainbow of colours. This one is a collector’s piece in purple. It looks great on my bookshelf where it has earned a deserved place. Author: AS Byatt Publisher: Vintage (paperback) Price: 10.40€ ISBN: 978 0 099 56313 6

Suduko Answer

05 - 10 october 2012

Life health


Mark Phoenix Murphy Dhp MIAPH MNRAH

How the Hypno-Band is tackling the obesity pandemic THE REVOLUTIONARY hypnotherapy method offers an alternative to surgery as the western world faces an obesity pandemic and millions of people suffering from weight related illnesses. It has now become popular for obese patients to be treated by bariatric surgery and it is estimated that in the UK alone 240,000 people are waiting for surgery, many being denied treatment due to lack of funding. Obesity costs the NHS approximately £4 billion per year and now affects nearly 47% of the population. Mark Phoenix Murphy Adv.Dhp MIAPH MNRAH is a Clinical Hypnotherapist registered and based in Spain. Mark brought the HypnoBand™ to Spain almost three years ago with fantastic success, resulting in his coveted Flagship clinic in 2010/2011. It is a system which replicates Gastric Band Surgery and has proved to be effective in helping obese clients to lose

Sandra Ramm lost 20 kg

weight and maintain weight loss. The HypnoBand™ was developed by John Maclean of Newwave Hypnotherapy in Exeter: The HypnoBand™ combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Hypnotherapy to assist obese clients to make changes in behaviour and lifestyle as well as fitting a ‘virtual gastric band’ that allows the client to eat less and feel full more quickly. The process is completely safe with no side effects and is considerably cheaper than actual surgery which can typically cost up to £10,000. Many clients throughout the world have benefited from HypnoBand™ therapy and have successfully achieved significant results. People often ask Mark what is the difference between The HypnoBand™ and say for instance Brand F, and other copies… it is simple... the only place you can get the HypnoBand™ on the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida is at

Linda Sibley lost 21kg

Phoenix Hypnotherapy. The HypnoBand™ is trademarked to protect the client. The HypnoBand™ has four sessions for a reason and the results really do speak for themselves., they are not just “…the most relaxing weight loss experience” … the sessions actually do work: “All my successes with the Hypnoband™ are real and they show real results,” says Mark. “Over the last three years, readers may remember, my clients’ ‘before and after’ photos, so here is a reminder - visit the website for more and for video testimonials. If you want help to lose and then control your weight and you want help from a caring professional hypnotherapist, who speaks your language (remember Mark has lost over three stone too) call Mark on 654 202 996 or visit

Peter Stebbings lost 38 kg

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


05 - 10 october 2012

Life health

Michael Burke

RHAD MSHAA of Digital Hearing

Tinnitus and sleep ABOUT HALF the people who are troubled by their tinnitus have poor sleep – which means the other half sleep well. If you have tinnitus, you are not bound to have poor sleep. Worrying about sleep loss is one of the things most likely to make tinnitus (and sleep loss) worse! Sleep disturbance affects almost everyone at some time in their lives. Mild sleep disturbances are very common. A normal night’s sleep has several stages – from light to deep sleep, and includes several ‘awakenings’. Natural awakenings are often forgotten by the morning, but if a person worries about his or her tinnitus during them they will last longer and become more memorable. Tinnitus does not actually wake people up, but it can be the first thing that a person is aware of in very quiet surroundings when a natural awakening has occurred. The pattern of sleep changes with age: as people grow older they experience less very deep sleep and more awakenings; sleep becomes lighter and more fragmented and there is an enormous range of sleep times. THINGS TO AVOID Using alcohol to sleep - this disrupts sleep patterns and makes it more difficult to go back to sleep. Caffeine - stimulants will help keep you awake. Physical exercise - Exercise near bedtime may tire you but it disrupts the sleep cycle. Mental exercise - Computer games, crosswords, writing reports, etc have the same effect. Don’t try too hard to go to sleep - Switch the light off and relax. Don’t eat during the night - The body gets used to it and demands more.

TO AID SLEEP Relax before sleep – Tapes, breathing exercises, etc. Wind down one hour before bedtime – Warm bath, milky drink. Go to bed when you feel sleepy, not at a set time but get up at the same time each morning no matter how tired you are. If you are still awake after 30 minutes, get out of bed and relax in another room for a while. Go back to bed when you feel sleepy. Repeat this process if necessary. Talk to your doctor - Sleep loss can be related to some other medical conditions that may be treatable. Lack of sleep can aggravate stress; stress can aggravate tinnitus. Worrying about both or either can cause depression and make things worse. You need to break the cycle. In the next Hearing Column we will look at otitis.

Take a warm bath and milky drink to aid sleeping

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.

AECC News Torrevieja Stroke Support

Join the Freemasons WANT TO join a nonprofit organisation which is thriving on the Costa Blanca and committed to supporting charitable causes and bringing people together? There are Freemasons lodges throughout the Costa Blanca who meet on a weekly basis and welcome new members. For more information please contact Harry Palmer by email at or telephone 96 671 2326.

THE PINK Ladies presence at the Civic Centre in Playa Flamenca resulted in many people dropping in to book mammograms and smear tests - and men attending to book prostate tests. These tests, part of the AECC early detection screening programme, are vitally important to the unfortunate people who develop this evil disease - the sooner it is detected the better. The new ‘winter hours’ for the Civic Centre opening times are between 10am and 1pm every Wednesday and the AECC Torrevieja office is open Monday to Thursday between 10am and 1pm.

Open Day and Fun Day

THE TORREVIEJA Stroke Support Charity presented its first Open day and Fun day on Saturday when stroke survivors, carers and volunteers manned a dozen stalls and tables comprising games, crafts, books, bric-a-brac, face painting and more. Blood pressure and advice was offered by 3C’s nurses and refreshments including

delicious home-made cakes were served by Stroke Support volunteers. Peter Hull provided music and song and an impressive 700€ was raised, prompting a grateful committee to thank all visitors for their generosity and support. The occasion enabled Torrevieja Stroke Support launch their new and improved website: which continues to be developed. The site offers information about TSS and support and advice for stroke sufferers. The group also intends in the future to open a branch for Spanish-speaking sufferers of Stroke, run by Spanish therapists: more information on this will be announced later.


05 - 10 october 2012

Life people

La Manga Cricket all out for MABS Murcia

Lyn Baines collects the cheque from La Manga Cricket Club

MABS CANCER Support Group in Murcia is the 2012 nominated charity of La Manga Cricket Club and they recently held the annual La Manga Twenty/Twenty competition which was aimed at raising more funds to help those affected by cancer in the Murcia region. Two UK and two Spanish teams contested the trophy and, at the end of three days of fiercely competitive cricket, it was the UK Asians who claimed victory, downing La Manga in the final. The first two games on Friday morning matched Andalucia against the UK Asians and Chorleywood against the hosts, La Manga. Andalucia’s team included the three Barratt brothers and the captain of the Combined Colleges CC. UK Asians, past winners of the competition, again looked a formidable combination on paper, with players coming from several regions, including Bristol, Derby and London, and they proved way too strong for the Southern Spanish side. CRICKET LADIES CAPTAIN A sports dinner was held for the cricketers on Saturday evening at the Hotel Las Lomas on La Manga, with special guest speaker, Baroness Rachel Heyhoe-Flint OBE DL. Rachel is probably the best known female cricketer in England and is a regular visitor to La Manga. She was a member of the English women’s cricket team from 1960 to 1982. She was captain of England from 1966 to 1978, and was unbeaten in six Test series. She was captain when England won the inaugural Women’s Cricket World Cup, held in England in 1973.

The second speaker was John Dye, a former English first class cricketer who made his debut in 1962 with Kent and played for them until 1971, moving on to Northamptonshire where he retired in 1977. He also spent a season in South Africa with Eastern Province and represented the MCC. During his first class career he took almost 1000 wickets and scored as many runs. John now resides in Spain and is Chairman of the Spanish League. DELIGHTED The Commercial Manager and Treasurer of La Manga Cricket Club presented a cheque for 600€ to MABS Murcia Director, Lyn Baines, representing the funds raised by the Club with raffles held at the MABS Picnic in the Park event, the La Manga Cricket Club Charity Tournament and sales of kit donated by the ‘Barmy Army’. “We’re delighted to be associated with La Manga Cricket Club” Lyn told RTN, “and we’re looking forward to the Lady Taverners’ 20/20 Charity Cricket Tournament which will be held over the weekend of 12-15 October.” Full details of the Lady Taverners’ 20/20 Charity Cricket Tournament can be found on the MABS website or call Dave Moore on 658 626 341. MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 693 275 779 or visit their website:

The Soul Power story

NEW SOUL and Motown band Soul Power are about to hit the Costa Blanca, a five piece band consisting of founder member JJ Soulman, lead singer and guitarist; Elvar Masson on keyboards; Duncan Phillips playing bass guitar; Kenny Dee on Saxophone and on drums Ray Prentice - all the band contribute to backing vocals. The band was hand-picked by JJ to select funky soul musicians to play music that isn’t played much by live bands: classic Soul and Tamla Motown. The band plays music by such artists as The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Edwin Star, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, Booker T and The MGs, Wilson Picket and many more. The band has only been together for a few weeks but as experienced musicians it didn’t take long to have over 30 songs ready to perform - the band are currently at Mosquitoes, La Florida every Friday with more gig dates to follow. For more information about Soul Power call JJ on 680 57 24 27 or see the Facebook page Soul Power.

05 - 10 october 2012

Life food


Food Consultant Edwin Cheeseman

Fancy a kick-about? NEVER WAS a fan of football, or soccer as it’s called in America, and it’s really hard to play on your own, even kicking it against a wall loses its appeal after about ten minutes. When we first came to Spain we were intrigued to find prickly pears growing in the garden but trying to pick them and get to the fruit inside was painful in the extreme. Then our Spanish builder told us to kick them around the garden to remove the prickles and then we could peel them and eat them. Well that first year after what seemed a bumper crop we pureed them, bottled them, froze them and even made ice cream out of them but since then, apart from eating a few, the hard work of preparing them has put us off a bit. Now I know the Spanish use the fruit and you can often see them for sale in markets and shops but I have never seen them use or even sell the leaves, whereas in Mexico and the South West USA they are used extensively. Known there as Nopales they are readily available fresh or

canned. If you want to try them be aware of where they come from and use them fresh, young and small preferably. Prepare them by very carefully removing the spines and boil whole for 20 minutes in a little salted water. At this point to give a bit of extra flavour a few minutes on the BBQ squeezed with lime is nice. They are then usually cut into strips before using in a recipe such as a salsa or relish with chillies, tomatoes, red onions, coriander, lime, salt, pepper & olive oil which can be used in Tacos or served as a vegetable with something like a corn and red pepper dressing. Beware of where you harvest your prickly pears as many older plants were planted near the outdoor privy where they thrived on…well as I say be aware of where yours come from, I’m not sure I’d want to eat any of those other ones. Another plant I had not experienced in the UK was the Cardo or Cardoon. I had seen this for sale and some friends here had cooked it for us in a Cocido but I had never really been inclined to buy any. Then a local grower gave us some plants for the garden and armfuls of the stuff to eat so I had to have a go and see what I could do with it. A brief look in my Janet Mendel book told me how to prepare them by peeling the stalks, rubbing with lemon, cutting into 2 inch lengths and cooking in acidulated water for up to an hour. Well they were alright like this as a veg but still too bitter

to really enjoy. Speaking to local Spanish (they are called penca here) gave us a few more traditional ideas. Apparently they are eaten with pulpo (octopus) but are mostly used in stews or casseroles (cocidos) where they soak up the flavours. Of course we thought that we could do better by bringing them up to date trying to use them in stir-fry as well as tempura batters but I’m afraid to say mother knows best and in this case traditional albeit old fashioned is better. We eventually tried them in a Thai rabbit curry and they were delicious, tasting just like the pea aubergines we have trouble sourcing here for an authentic taste. Looking into ideas a bit further showed that they are very popular in Italy where they are dipped or smothered in a very garlicky sauce, yummy. So they may not be much on their own but are great with robust flavours: now I’ve got the taste for them I just hopes the ones we’ve planted grow well this autumn.

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”


05 - 10 october 2012

Life people

Afternoon tea in aid of Age Concern A TRADITIONAL afternoon tea was held at the El Mirador in Eagles Nest this week in aid of Age Concern Costa Blanca Sur. The idea for a regular fundraising event came after the success of the Ascot Ladies’ Day event which was held at the bar and restaurant in June and will become a monthly feature. The cakes are all provided by Juanita, an amateur but very good cake maker who lives locally and the pastries and sandwiches were provide by El Mirador. More than 40 people took part in this week’s afternoon tea although the bar can accommodate 60 people. The cost per head is just 6€ which includes sandwiches, pastries and sausage rolls as well as a selection of delicious cakes and of course, tea and coffee. RAFFLE Justine, owner of El Mirador told RTN that she plans to hold an afternoon tea on the last Wednesday of every month and if other charities would like to utilise the event as a fundraising activity, they are welcome to contact her on 667 979 173.

Everyone enjoyed the tea

A raffle was held, with prizes donated by the bar and other local businesses and the money that came as a result of the raffle was donated to Age Concern. One couple even chose to use the event to celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary. Dave and Ann Wade had their very own table for two complete with love heart shapes cakes and biscuits.

Pistoleros donate to HAH Costa Blanca A DONATION of €900 was given by the Pistoleros to Help At Home Costa Blanca at their Presentation Dance event on 22nd September at El Rancho in Los Montesinos. The evening was well attended and great fun with many Line Dancers taking to the floor including Norah, President of Help At Home Costa Blanca who needed a lesson to join them. The Pistoleros hold regular functions at various venues where you can join in with their Line Dancing if you like. Red Strokes, who provided the entertainment, was presented with an honoury membership certificate of the Pistoleros due to his commitment to them. Contact numbers for Help At Home Costa Blanca are as follows: Volunteers: 603 245 020; Nursing Care line: 698 779 287 or email:

“Villamartin Satellites have given us an excellent TV system, the service and advice we received has been very good, a great team of people.” We went for a system that could supply all 92 properties on our community; we started by having a EGM giving people options and finally we chose Villamartin Satellites for the package they offered. This was quite a long process trying to meet all people’s needs and I would suggest that people ask a lot of questions to make sure you get what you need. Before getting an agreement from the community we needed to look at where the dish would be located, what civil works need to be done (i.e.) do we need to put cables across a road, also the type of cable and boosting equipment to give us the best signal in all areas. We wanted just one dish so went for a 3.2metre dish, this was done after agreement with our community at the EGM, it means that the skyline is not littered by dozens of small dishes. Guarantees on equipment including boxes and after sales service need to be discussed. We are satisfied that Villamartin Satellite meets this arrangement. The TV boxes offered cover basic FREESAT to HD Sky packages; this covers the need for the rental and residents that are here permanently. A good all round package that our community own at a reasonable price which included fibre optic cabling.

John Parker

Community Committee Member

Life events

Music Mayhem and Motor Neurone THERE WILL be a fantastic night out at the Music and Mayhem Extravaganza on October 16th at Restaurante Los Rosales on the Lemon Tree Road in Guardamar. music to dance the night away supplied by Johnny Fox with 60’s 70’s and 80’s music; Darren Jones with his sexy voice belting out favourites from any era you can think of and all topped off with a bit of mayhem by Ronnie Taylor aka Justin Sane, as an Elton John that you won’t forget in a hurry! A truly fantastic night that will have you belting out all your favourite songs - dancing and laughing until you drop! The raffle will be in aid of Paul Cunningham Nurses who did a sterling job of supporting a dear friend Les Atkinson, who recently died at the young age of 58 from Motor Neurone Disease. The incurable disease cruelly leaves its sufferers unable to walk or talk and locks them into a body whose muscles won’t respond to nerve stimuli. Famous sufferers include the

late David Niven and Professor Stephen Hawking. Tickets are just 10€ for the show and meal and are now on sale at Restaurante Los Rosales/ Post Box Dona Pepa/ Hire Centre San Luis/ Kennedys Supermarket Los Montesinos/ Cards and More La Marina/ The Card Place Benimar + Punta Prima/ Postroom Benijofar and Card and Gift Shop Quesada.. Or call 697 501 992 or email losrosalesshows@gmail. com Doors open at 7pm. For more details about Paul Cunningham Nurses work please go to www. or Tel 96 679 0363. Information about Motor Neurone Disease is available on

05 - 10 october 2012


It’s show time!

ON FRIDAY 19th October at the Cardenal Belluga Theatre in San Fulgencio at 8pm the CBTG presents ‘Here we go again’: a Night of Musical Variety. Tickets are on sale at 6€ from the Butterfly Children’s Charity Shop and the Tourist Office in La Marina, all SATS Charity Shops and Kennels or by telephoning Maria on 966 715 891. As usual all ticket sales will go to local charities, so, not only will you have an enjoyable night of entertainment but you’ll be also benefitting your own community; a bit like a 2 for 1 purchase! If you think you would like to get involved why not come along to the Theatre on a Monday afternoon. New members will be made very welcome, ‘Oh yes you will!’” This show’s theme is Old Time Music Hall for the first half and ‘Beside the Seaside’ for the second half with many wonderful ‘de-ja-vu’ memories. For more information on the group, please visit:

10th ‘Open Mic’ Night for language lovers ON MONDAY 8th October the tenth ‘Open Mic’ will take place at Chadwick’s Bar opposite The Plaza at Villamartin. Organisers say: “We welcome fellow writers from wherever you come and with whatever skill or style you bring. Newcomers need have no fear as the audiences have always been so supportive.” The rules are simple. You can read your own poem of no more than 40 lines or a short story of around 600 words or a favourite piece of your choice. You can even bring a lyric or two. “It is all up to you for without support we cannot continue to flourish. Be prepared to bring more than one so that the action can continue. Come and appreciate the skills on display even if your forte is purely to listen to others.” For more information, contact John Edwards on 676 257 833.


05 - 10 october 2012

Life showbiz goss


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

This is why an Oasis is just a Blur!

I DO believe it’s the first time I’ve brought Liam Gallagher to this page and as you are about to find out, I think it’s been well worth the wait. In an interview with the NME on the ongoing war that prevailed between Oasis and Blur in the 90s Liam did’t pull any punches when he said: “At the time I hated Blur, I thought they were just pansies from London.” Then sharpening his tongue a little more he added: “Taunting lead singer Damon

It’s starting to rumble in Welsh Wales

REALITY SHOWS keep rearing their ugly heads on TV and the latest offering that aired on MTV last week called ‘The Valleys’ has come in for a bit of a pasting from a couple of Welsh MPs. The programme follows a group of young people from small towns in Wales who are supposed to be pursuing their dreams in Cardiff. Welsh MP Chris Bryant told Wales Online: “It’s called ‘The Valleys’ but it doesn’t happen in the Valleys, it happens in Cardiff, and the constant boobflashing and genitalia-discussing doesn’t please everyone.” It is of course what young people do and always will do, but do we need it packaged into to some cheap and nasty TV show for prime time viewing? The MP then said: “It’s all about people getting very drunk and being as deliberately outrageous as possible – that’s not what the Valleys are like, and you would have thought they would have had at least one person that liked the Valleys on a programme called The Valleys.” Meanwhile, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood slammed the series, calling it “…a dull, cheap, tacky and an over-promoted television programme.” Not a fan then…

Albarn was ‘good fun’ and it wasn´t a PR game either, I meant everything I said.” Everybody and his brother were locked on to the battle for No 1 in 1995 when Oasis were favourites to get there with ‘Roll With It’ but it was Blur who had the last laugh when their single ‘Country House’ became the new No 1. About 5 years ago Albarn spoke out on the subject saying, “I didn’t exactly find the row funny and it really hurt at the time, Noel used to take the p*** out of me constantly, they were like the bullies I had to put up with at school.”

But it’s not all handbags at ten paces as Albarn and Liam Gallagher made up at this year’s Brit awards when they hugged and partied on a boat together after the show, and it could well be that Liam might have called his new mate Damon for some consolation last week after the high octane sibling rivalry that exists between the two Gallagher brothers was cemented big time when Noel didn´t turn up to Liam’s 40th Birthday bash. Oasis broke up three years ago after Liam threw a plum at Noel’s head.

Jerry plans to rock the ballroom

THE ROLLING Stones have been the kings of Rock ‘n Roll for the last 50 years and you would think them stepping into the world of ballroom dancing the most unlikely of scenarios. However, this could well happen after Mick Jagger’s former girlfriend Jerry Hall, who is part of this autumn’s ‘Strictly’, said in an interview on Radio 2: “I wouldn’t mind dancing to some of the Rolling Stones’ tracks when the show kicks off next month, and Mick’s been helping me with some ideas for the music.” I can see it now: Jerry and partner Anton Du Beke waltzing to ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’ - love it! On her partner Jerry said: “He’s so wonderful - he’s elegant, he’s sophisticated and he’s the most beautiful dancer, and we’re having lovely lunches together!” Jerry kept her best comments to last on the Radio 2 interview when she said: “I wouldn´t call myself a dancer, but If you’re going to do foolish things, do them with enthusiasm.” Then the former model nailed it when she added: “Like I say, I’m not much of a dancer, but I’m very good at posing.” On that we all agree, Jerry...

05 - 10 october 2012

Life TV


5th - 10th October

FRIDAY 5th September BBC1


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Britain’s Empty Homes 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 16:55 Leon 17:00 Alesha’s Street Dance Stars 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Cash Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Miranda 22:00 Strictly Come Dancing 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 John Bishop: The Sunshine Tour 24:50 The National Lottery Friday Night Draws

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Dirtgirlworld 11:00 Chuggington: Badge Quest 11:05 Nuzzle and Scratch: Frock and Roll 11:25 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Animal Park 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Real Rescues 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 How We Won the War 20:00 Escape to the Country 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Servants: True Story of Life Below Stairs 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 Later... with Jools Holland

SATURDAY 6th September BBC1


07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigellissima 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Formula One 15:15 Bargain Hunt 16:15 Escape to the Country 17:00 Final Score 18:10 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 18:30 Total Wipeout 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing 20:45 Merlin 21:30 The National Lottery: Secret Fortune 22:20 Casualty 23:10 BBC News and Weather 23:30 Match of the Day 24:50 The Football League Show

07:00 Childrens TV 10:30 Sorry, I’ve Got No Head 11:00 Ricky’s Radical Reinventions 11:25 Splatalot 11:50 Deadly 60 Bites 12:00 Prank Patrol 12:30 Diddy Movies 12:45 MOTD Kickabout 13:05 Animal Park 14:05 Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure 15:30 Lizzie McGuire Movie 17:00 Easy Virtue 18:30 Wartime Farm 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Dad’s Army 21:00 Servants: True Story of Life Below Stairs 22:00 QI XL 22:45 Arena 23:45 Magical Mystery Tour 24:40 How the Brits Rocked America: Go West

SUNDAY 7 September

ITV1 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 May the Best House Win 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Island Hospital 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 American Gangster




E4 07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:40 Rules of Engagement 10:10 Smallville 11:05 Ugly Betty 12:05 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Scrubs 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 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 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer 22:30 Assault on Precinct 13 24:40 Revenge

07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:30 Come Dine with Me 14:00 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Come Dine with Me 15:05 Come Dine with Me 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 19:55 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Channel 4 Presents 21:00 Baggage 22:00 Hotel GB 23:35 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:40 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Chinese Food in Minutes 13:20 CSI: Miami 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:05 Vinegar Hill 17:55 Chinese Food in Minutes 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Heroes of the Skies 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 Being Liverpool 23:00 Into the Blue

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Judge Judy 09:30 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Beauty and the Geek 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Judge Judy 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Beauty and the Geek 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Top Dog Model 21:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The X Factor USA 23:00 American Pie 2






07:00 CITV 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 The X Factor 13:40 ITV News and Weather 13:45 Jurassic Park 16:00 Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace 18:35 Granada News and Weather 18:45 ITV News and Weather 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 19:30 Fool Britannia 20:00 Take Me Out 21:00 The X Factor 23:20 The Jonathan Ross Show 24:20 ITV News and Weather 24:40 Before Sunset

07:05 The Hoobs 07:30 British F3 07:55 International Volleyball 08:50 Channel 4 Presents 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Real Stories 11:00 Justin Bieber: London Live 11:50 Revenge 12:50 Suburgatory 13:20 The Big Bang Theory 13:50 The Big Bang Theory 14:20 The Simpsons 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 Come Dine with Me 17:20 Come Dine with Me 17:55 Come Dine with Me 18:25 Come Dine with Me 18:55 Come Dine with Me 19:25 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 Jaws: The Great White Myth 21:00 Comedy World Cup 22:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:35 Panic Room

07:00 Childrens TV 08:55 Little Princess 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 Toby’s Travelling Circus 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 12:20 Looney Tunes 12:30 The Towering Inferno 15:40 55 Days at Peking 18:40 Gremlins 2: the New Batch 20:50 5 News Weekend 20:55 Battle of Britain 23:20 CSI: Miami 24:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation






07:00 CITV 10:25 ITV News 10:30 House Gift 11:25 There’s No Taste Like Home 12:30 Dickinson’s Real Deal 13:30 ITV News and Weather 13:40 Murder, She Wrote 14:40 The X Factor 16:55 The Home of Fabulous Cakes 18:00 Downton Abbey 19:00 Cornwall with Caroline Quentin 19:30 Granada News and Weather 19:40 ITV News and Weather 19:55 The Chase 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 Downton Abbey 23:05 ITV News and Weather 23:20 The Classic Brit Awards 2012 24:50 Premiership Rugby Union

07:30 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Triathlon 08:55 Channel 4 Presents 09:00 Will & Grace 09:30 Will & Grace 09:55 Frasier 10:25 Frasier 11:00 Sunday Brunch 13:35 The Big Bang Theory 14:05 The Big Bang Theory 14:30 The Simpsons 15:05 The Simpsons 15:35 My Best Friend’s Wedding 17:35 Deal or No Deal 18:35 Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 20:20 Channel 4 News 20:50 20:55 The Political Slot 21:00 Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home 22:00 Homeland 23:05 Friday Night Dinner 23:35 Brüno

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Rupert Bear 09:55 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:10 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:05 Looney Tunes 12:10 Extraordinary Dogs 12:40 Inside Hollywood 12:50 Dallas 13:50 The Cannonball Run 15:45 Hell to Eternity 18:10 MacArthur 20:35 5 News Weekend 20:40 Dumb and Dumber 23:00 Shoot ‘Em Up 24:45 Kill Switch

07:00 Emmerdale

07:00 Switched 07:50 One Tree Hill 08:45 Scrubs 09:15 Scrubs 09:40 Hollyoaks 12:20 Watch 12:40 Smallville 13:35 Rules of Engagement 14:10 Rules of Engagement 14:35 Listen 14:55 How I Met Your Mother 15:20 Scrubs 15:50 Scrubs 16:20 Ugly Betty 17:15 New Girl 17:40 Suburgatory 18:10 Revenge 19:10 The Big Bang Theory 19:40 The Big Bang Theory 20:10 The Big Bang Theory 20:35 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 ‘Crocodile’ Dundee 23:00 2 Broke Girls 23:30 The Inbetweeners 24:00 The Inbetweeners 24:35 New Girl

07:00 Coronation Street 09:10 Emmerdale 12:10 Girlfri3nds 13:00 The Only Way Is Essex 13:40 The Only Way Is Essex 14:25 The X Factor USA 16:25 The X Factor USA 17:20 The X Factor 18:40 Free Willy 21:00 Back to the Future 23:20 The Xtra Factor 24:20 Take Me Out: The Gossip

07:00 Switched 07:25 Heartland 08:10 Life Unexpected 08:55 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow: Get the Look for Less 10:00 Supernanny US 11:00 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 12:00 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow: Get the Look for Less 13:05 Supernanny US 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 16:00 Desperate Housewives 17:00 Revenge 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 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 Rules of Engagement 21:00 Rules of Engagement 21:30 Suburgatory 22:00 David Blaine’s Street Magic 23:00 Sex Drive



07:00 Breakfast 08:35 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:20 Bargain Hunt 14:20 Cash in the Attic 15:05 Formula One 17:05 A Question of Sport 17:40 Points of View 17:55 Songs of Praise 18:30 Planet Earth Live 19:30 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 Andrew Marr’s History of the World 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:45 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later


07:00 Zigby 07:10 Finley the Fire Engine 07:20 Little Robots 07:30 64 Zoo Lane 07:45 Rastamouse 08:00 Roar 08:30 Deadly Art 08:45 Copycats 09:15 Paradise Cafe 09:40 Wingin’ It 10:00 12 Again 10:30 Junior Bake Off 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 The Great British Bake Off 13:30 Safari 14:55 The Long Ships 17:00 Flog It! 18:00 Rugby League 19:00 Great Barrier Reef 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 Built in Britain 22:00 Dragons’ Den 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 24:00 The Quiet American

09:45 Coronation Street 12:15 The X Factor 14:40 Top Dog Model 15:40 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 15:50 Peter Pan 18:00 Take Me Out 19:05 Take Me Out: The Gossip 19:50 Back to the Future Part II 22:00 The Xtra Factor 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 Girlfri3nds 24:45 Fearne and...


05 - 10 october 2012

Life TV

5th - 11th October

MONDAY 8th October BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Britain’s Empty Homes 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 16:55 Leon 17:00 Hacker Time 17:30 Sam & Mark’s Big Wind Up 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Fake Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The Town That Never Retired 24:35 Girl with a Pearl Earring

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Get Squiggling! 11:05 Waybuloo 11:30 In the Night Garden 12:00 Daily Politics Conference Special 14:00 Restoration Roadshow 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 The Many Faces of June Whitfield 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Nigellissima 22:00 Wonderland 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference 24:50 Dragons’ Den

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 May the Best House Win 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Paul O’Grady 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Monroe 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 The Great Train Robbery 24:35 Grimefighters

07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Come Dine with Me 15:05 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 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 Dispatches 21:30 Food Unwrapped 22:00 999: What’s Your Emergency? 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:50 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:55 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Milkshake! Monkey 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Inside Hollywood 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 CSI: Miami 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Wild Hearts 17:55 Chinese Food in Minutes 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Being Liverpool 21:00 Classic Car Rescue 22:00 Step Brothers 24:00 Kingdom of Heaven

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Judge Judy 09:30 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Beauty and the Geek 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Beauty and the Geek 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 The X Factor 21:00 The Xtra Factor 22:00 The Bourne Ultimatum 24:15 Celebrity Juice

TUESDAY 9th October



07:00 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:10 Scrubs 09:45 Scrubs 10:10 Smallville 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 Desperate Housewives 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 New Girl 21:30 Suburgatory 22:00 Revenge 23:00 50 Greatest Plastic Surgery Shockers








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Britain’s Empty Homes 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 16:55 Leon 17:00 Hacker Time 17:30 Trade Your Way to the USA 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 The Paradise 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Town That Never Retired 24:35 Wonder Boys

07:00 Childrens TV 11:05 Nuzzle and Scratch: Frock and Roll 11:25 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics Conference Special 14:00 Restoration Roadshow 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 The Story of Wales 21:00 Great British Bake Off 22:00 Ian Hislop’s Stiff Upper Lip - An Emotional History of Britain 23:00 Later Live... with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 May the Best House Win 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Martin Lewis Money Show 21:00 Mamma Mia! 23:10 ITV News and Weather 23:40 Granada News and Weather 23:45 Parenthood

07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Come Dine with Me 15:05 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 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 Double Your House for Half the Money 22:00 Jewish Mum of the Year 23:00 Fresh Meat 23:55 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:45 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 CSI: Miami 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:10 Unstable 17:55 Looney Tunes 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Emergency Bikers 21:00 Born to Kill 22:00 Person of Interest 23:00 CSI: NY 24:00 CSI: NY 24:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Coronation Street 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Judge Judy 09:30 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Beauty and the Geek 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Beauty and the Geek 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Take Me Out 21:00 Take Me Out: The Gossip 21:45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 22:00 Sleepy Hollow 24:10 Girlfri3nds

07:00 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:10 Scrubs 10:10 Smallville 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 Desperate Housewives 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 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 New Girl 22:30 Suburgatory 23:00 The Cleveland Show 23:30 The Cleveland Show 24:00 Rude Tube

WEDNESDAY 10th October BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Britain’s Empty Homes 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 16:55 Leon 17:00 Hacker Time 17:30 Stepping Up 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 19:55 Party Political Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Watchdog 22:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Not Going Out 24:15 Sliding Doors

07:00 Childrens TV 10:25 Wibbly Pig 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Get Squiggling! 11:05 Waybuloo 11:30 In the Night Garden 12:00 Daily Politics Conference Special 14:00 See Hear 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:10 The Weakest Link 15:55 Wanted Down Under 16:40 Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution 17:25 Breakaway 18:10 Antiques Road Trip 18:55 Party Political Broadcast 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 The Story of Wales 21:00 Great British Food Revival 22:00 Welcome to India 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference 24:50 Storyville

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 May the Best House Win 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:25 Party Political Broadcast 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 All Star Mr & Mrs 22:00 DCI Banks 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Exposure 24:35 Take Me Out

07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Come Dine with Me 15:05 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 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 The Food Hospital 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 Shameless 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 2 Broke Girls 24:40 New Girl

07:00 Childrens TV 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 CSI: Miami 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:10 Hidden Places 17:55 Looney Tunes 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 21:00 Emergency Bikers 22:00 Dallas 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:55 Born to Kill

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Judge Judy 09:30 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Beauty and the Geek 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Beauty and the Geek 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Top Dog Model 22:00 Girlfri3nds 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:45 American Pie 2

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:10 Scrubs 09:45 Scrubs 10:10 Smallville 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 Desperate Housewives 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 Meet the Parents 23:00 Rude Tube 24:05 Shameless


05 - 10 october 2012

THURSDAY 11th October BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News and Weather 12:00 Britain’s Empty Homes 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News and Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News and Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Horrible Histories 16:35 Lockie Leonard 16:55 Leon 17:00 Hacker Time 17:30 Show Me What You’re Made Of 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Hunted 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:00 Childrens TV 10:25 Wibbly Pig 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Get Squiggling! 11:05 Nuzzle and Scratch: Frock and Roll 11:25 Driver Dan’s Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Restoration Roadshow 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Wanted Down Under 16:45 Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 The Story of Wales 21:00 Wartime Farm 22:00 The Choir: Sing While You Work 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 RTS Huw Wheldon Lecture 2012

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 May the Best House Win 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 The Corrie Years 22:00 Homefront 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Corfu: A Tale of Two Islands 24:05 The Jonathan Ross Show

07:10 Channel 4 Presents 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Come Dine with Me 15:05 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 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 Location, Location, Location 22:00 The Plane Crash 23:35 999: What’s Your Emergency? 24:35 Random Acts 24:40 Jewish Mum of the Year

07:00 Childrens TV 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Abby’s Flying Fairy School 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 CSI: Miami 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Mystery Woman 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Classic Car Rescue 21:00 Heroes of the Skies 22:00 Making Faces 23:00 True CSI 24:00 Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Story

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:15 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:05 Judge Judy 09:30 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 The Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Beauty and the Geek 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 The Corrie Years 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 The Real Housewives of New York City 17:40 Beauty and the Geek 18:30 Judge Judy 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The X Factor USA 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:45 40 Days and 40 Nights

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Smallville 08:25 One Tree Hill 09:15 Scrubs 09:45 Scrubs 10:10 Smallville 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 Desperate Housewives 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 David Blaine’s Street Magic

Crossword Solutions 676 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Show; 3 Brigands; 8 Iota; 9 Unsolved; 11 Cross-country; 13 Setter; 14 Swings; 17 Letter-writer; 20 Premises; 21 Drab; 22 Resisted; 23 Clad. Down: 1 Suit-case; 2 Outpost; 4 Ransom; 5 Groundwork; 6 Never; 7 Side; 10 Ascertains; 12 Ascribed; 15 Natural; 16 Freeze; 18 Evens; 19 Spar.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Iran; 3 Proposal; 8 Same; 9 Opulence; 11 Air one’s views; 13 Cellar; 14 Gamble; 17 Off the record; 20 Oriental; 21 Asia; 22 Straddle; 23 Amid. Down: 1 Instance; 2 Admiral; 4 Repose; 5 Palpitated; 6 Sinew; 7 Leer; 10 Unfastened; 12 Headland; 15 Blossom; 16 Recall; 18 Flier; 19 Moss. Wordwheel: SATELLITE

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. To find out what else they are showing this week, you can view all their programmes and see their full listings at In the meantime, to whet your appetite, RTN highlights every week some of their brilliant programmes, starting tonight, Friday 5th October at 7pm with An Evening With… which features Cliff As If, the Costa Blanca’s very own Cliff Richard tribute act. Tomorrow, Saturday 6th at 6pm, FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) has all you need to know about electrics here in Spain, which we all know can be a bit hit or miss. On Sunday 7th at 6.30pm, Inland Spain features Jumilla; one of Spain’s finest wine regions and on Monday 8th at 7.45pm,

Spanish Eye takes two people, a parachute, a bag of meat and a bird of prey, mixes them together and makes Parahawking; a sport where you literally fly with the eagles. On Tuesday 9th at 7pm, Costa Blanca Life features an eclectic mix of people, places and events that makes the Costa Blanca the place we have come to know and love. On Wednesday 10th at 7pm a Let’s Talk Special features Chas Hodges, one half of the original pub band Chas & Dave. Finally on Thursday 11th October at 6.05pm Dead Frequency is a movie featuring local actor Billie Gaddess. 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

05 - 10 october 2012

Life cars Only six of Spain’s traffic blacks spots are signposted Only six accident black spots of the 150 across the country are signposted. A report from the AEA, European Motorists Association says that the most dangerous black spot in the country is at the 415 km point on the N-630 in Béjer, Salamanca, where accidents are 120 times the national average. There has been a great reduction in the danger on the roads, down four times between 2006 and 2010. The report says that improvement is down to better roads ‘and not for the points or fines issued’. The report says that 47% of accidents are caused in part by the state of the road, and the authors are worried the cuts could delay urgent action to improve these infrastructures.

Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

Using the Trafico forms via the Trafico website I RECENTLY received an email about this task with the request on how to print out the form for the change of ownership. Trafico constantly changing their website, usually for the better but whereas before a drop-down menu at the page-heading was until recently used to click on print, now, once you are on the document page, that is the form - we have to right-click to bring up the menu. We need to keep checking the website to chart the changes. THE PROCEDURE IS AS FOLLOWS: Go to oficina_virtual/vehiculos/modelos_ impresos/ This is the list of all the forms that we can download for all transactions. Use the language as in your local

region, e.g. Castellano, etc…Select the form you need, in this case with a vehicle being sold to a new owner or: ‘Impresos de solicitud de transmisión de vehículos’. Click on the word for the required language, e.g. ‘Castellano’... The form will appear on your screen. You may enter most of the details on screen before printing, typing on the spaces with a light blue background. However you cannot save the form to your PC files, only print it – 2 x A5 copies or more. When you are happy the form is completed correctly as far as you can go (plus signatures etc), right-click while the pointer is on the form and

select ‘Print’ in the menu. Normally you just select ‘Print’ and two forms - A5 size - will be printed in landscape on an A4 sheet of paper. This is one for Trafico and one or more copies for you. But they must be printed as they have to be signed. Note that all the forms are in the Trafico web-site and at the page noted above, in the left column is a list of the groupings for drivers, cars or ‘coche’, etc. You will need to click on the other groupings to obtain the forms for other transactions and follow the same procedures. Please note that you cannot save a completed form on your computer. You may complete it on screen before printing it.

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



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Does Fergie have a hole to fill? FOLLOWING A somewhat uninspiring start to the season, questions are being asked of Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision making and why he won’t fill what, according to the fans, is a blindingly obvious hole. Personally, I think the criticism is harsh but in recent seasons, when talking Manchester United, everyone seems to agree that they are lacking in central midfield. Everyone that is, but Fergie. The United manager’s apparent failure to tackle the issue in the way the pundits say he should makes you wonder though. After all, is it really credible to think that one of the greatest managers the game has ever seen has a blind spot to one of the key areas of any football team? Is that really likely? Or could it be that Ferguson has a different view of what he wants his midfield to do in an era of the game where possession stats and ball retention seem to be the be-all and end-all. Surely given all his achievements in the game, Sir Alex deserves the benefit of the doubt over any pundit? There are those however who look at United in their current incarnation, look at a midfield that regularly contains two players in their late 30s and Michael Carrick and think that Fergie has lost it. After losing the Premier League title to Man City last season, it’s logical to think that Ferguson would’ve been reaching for the cheque book to bring in the kinds of players that would allow United compete more effectively in the middle of the park - but transfer window after transfer window, Fergie reinforces elsewhere. His apparent inaction surely hints that he is actually relatively satisfied with his midfield. Having watched United closely over recent seasons (when they have remained competitive despite what many see as midfield failings), it seems clear that Ferguson doesn’t see the function of his midfield the way his detractors do. He’s not hung up on possession stats and ball retention, or the idea that you need to dominate the ball to win a game. There’s

more than one way to skin a cat, after all. Instead, Fergie wants intelligent, industrious and quick thinking players in midfield who can get the ball out wide and forward quickly, accurately and efficiently. He likes pacey wingers and overlapping fullbacks who present a goal threat and offer quality of delivery. He’s more about bodies in the box than bodies in midfield. Watch United play and consider how many players get themselves into the danger zone in every attack, how many players in the team offer a genuine goal threat, and how many options to pass the ball forward United have in the final third. Over the years, Ferguson has developed United sides that can mix styles and adapt, but, whenever possible, he’ll play quick, incisive football. United can be patient and pick teams apart, but by and large, Fergie prefers lightning strikes, and his personnel choices, particularly in midfield and wide positions, tend to reflect that approach. Given his wealth of experience, perhaps we should just accept his apparent mantra that you don’t have to play like Barcelona to win football matches. This Week in “The Lions”: Sat 6th Oct: Man City v Sunderland (1.45pm) Chelsea v Norwich (4pm) West Ham v Arsenal (6.30pm) Sun 7th Oct: S’hampton v Fulham (2.30pm) Liverpool v Stoke (4pm) Newcastle v Man United (5pm)

05 - 10 october 2012

Andy Kay

The Final Whistle

ALL THE way through the Ryder Cup last weekend, I kept trying to spot the 13th member of the USA team. According to the home crowd, he was called Yudaman Indahole and his name was repeatedly shouted out when one of his USA team mates hit a shot that went anywhere remotely in the right direction. As it happens, the USA team could have done with an extra player on Sunday, such was the ferocity and excellence of Europe’s fight back. Never on foreign soil had a team recovered from a 4 point deficit on the final day and their 14.5 – 13.5 victory will forever be known as the ‘Miracle of Medinah’. After a few dodgy selections on the opening two days, Captain Jose Maria Olazabal got his singles line up just right, stacking the early matches with some of Europe’s form players. And talking of form players, what a performance by Ian Poulter who remained unbeaten over the three days and took his Ryder Cup record to played 15, won 12, lost 3. As the leader board on the last day started turning blue, so the home team started to lose their nerve and the home crowd their volume. Sure, Europe caught a few breaks such as the monster putt holed by Justin Rose on the penultimate green on his way to victory over Phil Mickelson but in the end, with Seve undoubtedly looking down on them, I firmly

It’s the Sceptics over the Septics

believe that Europe won the Cup, rather than the USA losing it. If only they could have tracked down Yudaman Indahole... they might just have hung on to the trophy. Club Class Just one more line on the Ryder Cup. While some of the crowd comments directed at the European players, their wives and girlfriends were just vile,

Fishing Maggots End by

David Hoare 968 199 279

THIS WEEK’S competition was the first in the President’s Cup - a series of four matches with all four to count, the venue being the Pedrera. We had not fished here for some two - three years as the embalse was filled, covering all the area where we fished. The venue’s water is now dropping like a stone as they are taking out as much water as possible - well that’s what it looks like! The water’s edge where it is dropping so fast is a quagmire and all the gear had to be left up the bank some several meters away. The fishing was also not up to much with five anglers blanking (memoirs of another venue). Also note for any new anglers to the area, if you do fish here and it starts to rain pack up immediately and get off, because if you don’t you will get stuck: gruas will not go off road to get you out. TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the feeder using pellet with 9.52 kilos 2nd Bill (The Master) Reade fishing the feeder using pellet and the waggler using tares with 7.12 kilos

3rd Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen fishing the whip using maggot for bleak and feeder using pellet with 6.02 kilos 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 6th round of the Winter League Cup was fished at the Embalsa de Argos on 25th September. We are now desperately in need of rain as I have only once seen this lake with lower water levels in the last eleven years of fishing there, the fishermen can now see that the snags we have encountered previously on the feeder are not trees but large stones. On the cold side of the lake it looks more like the blast site at a quarry. The water is clear with hardly any algae but the fishing was patchy and with Stan the Man back to his winning ways on his return from the UK taking the honours.

FC Torry news TORRY TRAVELLED to Denia last Sunday to play CD Denia. Both teams came into the game on equal points. The game was generally a scrappy affair with both defences on top. Torry had chances to score notably through Cuco Ros in the first half and Jose Manuel in the second-half but the chances went begging. The opposition also had a couple of chances which Manolo dealt with well. The game was heading for stalemate until the 85th minute when a sloppy pass from Manu Amores gave the opposition possession and they moved the ball forward and wide and the cross into the box was swept home. Time ran out on Torry. Torry were unlucky not to come home with a point with neither side really deserving to win the game. On Sunday Torry are at home to 4th place Atletico Saguntino kick-off 5.00 pm. Ernesto should start for Torry and probably new striker Koeman. Be there.


inside the ropes the American players got it right. They worked the crowd up when they needed to but always demanded quiet and appreciation for their opponents when necessary. None more so than Phil Mickelson who actually applauded Justin Rose during his round on the final day. What a Gent! End of the line Rio Ferdinand has been a fine servant to Manchester United and to England but anyone with a modicum of knowledge can see that his international career is over. Having watched his last two club matches, you can make a case for him being at fault for two of the goals conceded in the defeat to Spurs at the weekend and again in midweek when his positional sense was out again when CFR Cluj scored on the break in the Champions League. That said, he certainly deserves better than the England manager Roy Hodgson apparently discussing his international future on a packed Tube train this week! If he’s not going to play for his country again, rather than being the subject of very public debate, he should be thanked for his services and allowed to move on with dignity. * Septics – Septic Tanks / Yanks

For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: 1st Stan (The Man) Roberts with 24.340kg fishing the feeder using pellet 2nd Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen with 18.920kg fishing the pole using paste 3rd Clive (Golf no more) Cleghorn with 18.660kg fishing the feeder and the monkey with hemp up in the water All details are available from our website or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368. Anglers Together THE OBJECTIVE of Anglers Together has been reached (which was to introduce anglers to each other). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past four years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email:

Alfaz Darts League WEEK 3 of the darts league and Foley’s topped the table with an impressive 10-0 win against Casper’s B, leaving them as the only team to maintain a 100% winning start. However the Casper’s A vs. Jukebox game had to be postponed so Casper’s A still have an opportunity to go joint top of the league on 6 points if they can win their match in hand. Cavalier, still missing a few of their big players from last year, struggled against the family team of El Niu B losing 3-7 while El Niu A equalled their namesakes by taking the game 7-3 against newcomers The Local. We are still looking for new teams for next season (a few teams are still after players for this season!) so if you want to get involved call Ryan on 636 362 711. To catch up with results or check fixtures be sure to visit


05 - 10 october 2012

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

THE TIME has come again, as it does twice every year, where the local golf courses feel they can rip off the golfers of South Eastern Spain for the price of a green fee. Just because they have a good amount of bookings they increase their prices sometimes by as much as one hundred percent over what they were charging in summer when they were begging us to come out to play golf. Having recently taken RTN Golf Club to a golf course that was not previously amongst the courses our members favoured we paid 30€ per head including buggy last month. Out of loyalty and because the course was so helpful taking a booking at such short notice I wanted to book again for October 9th. I could not believe it when I was quoted 58€ per player including buggy - nearly twice what we paid in September and wholly out of order in my opinion. What really disappointed me was the manager’s flat refusal to negotiate. I know I am not alone when it comes to this sort of thing and feeling that the local golfer is just getting ripped off by the golf courses. There seems to be little or no respect shown to the

loyal local customer who supports the golf courses through thick and thin. Many people now use third parties to book their golf for them and this is not helping the situation as these people are paid on commission so it is better for them to have higher prices. The local golf societies are the ones who have the power here and it is vital that they stand firm against the rip off merchants and agree deals for the whole of the year that are fair. In recent years clubs have agreed to honour prices offered to golf society members even if they play as just a four ball and these are the clubs that deserve our support. We all know that the golf clubs are businesses and want profits - that’s fine but they must be taught to respect the people who support them the most. The holidaymaking golfer usually has his green prices agreed before leaving home so they don’t concern me as much as the local golfer who cannot afford to play the game at the times of the year when the clubs get greedy. There is certainly a way the clubs can support us and all they need to do is talk to us and offer something that is fair to all. We are not stupid, we will all accept fairness.

WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 5TH OCTOBER 2012 What was the points total that secured The Ryder Cup for Europe last weekend? A. 14½ B. 14 C. 15½ All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 30th October 2012 to be entered into October’s draw, to be made on 30th October. The winner will be announced in RTN on 2nd November 2012.

Any questions you have for Noel should be sent to - Free golf lesson for all new RTN Golf members! Sign up now, limited offer

The RTN Club Scene RTN GOLF Club now offers reduced price golf holidays of outstanding value to our members and readers to both Almeria and Costa Del Sol: this is just one of the benefits of being part of Spain’s best golf club. We also offer our members top quality golf competitions at great prices. The RTN Golf Leagues are sponsored by Lloyds Bank International and offer the chance for golfers of all abilities to play competitive golf with handicaps that we can guarantee are correct as all our players are members of Real Federacion Española De Golf who control all handicap adjustments after every monthly competition. Our next outing is to the beautiful Alicante Golf on October 9th. The price for our members to play this month’s league meeting is just 48€ per head including buggy and bocadillo and water. Great value for money for a competition where our winners will be presented with a much sought after RTN Golf Club polo shirt. Although our leagues have been running since the start of the year it is not too late to enter, you can still win one of our monthly meetings and even our club championship which we will compete for on December 11th at El Plantio close to Alicante airport. This will be our very first club championship and the honour of being the very first name on our trophy will be something to brag about to all your friends. The atmosphere at our monthly tournaments is always spirited but respectful and there is no doubt that if you want to play golf with people who love golf and enjoy playing it at the best courses in our area then you should be part of our club. GOLFING TIP OF THE WEEK Every time you practice you should continually change targets to make it as close to being on the golf courses as possible. You will be surprised how much you will improve mentally by doing this. 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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RTN South Edition 677