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Bank on Moneycorp FOREIGN EXCHANGE expert Moneycorp smoothly moves currency across borders to arrive on schedule at a customer’s chosen destination. Jack Troughton reports on the leading Foreign exchange expert and tells you why Moneycorp is recommended by RTN for over 5 years. FOREIGN EXCHANGE expert Moneycorp smoothly moves currency across borders to arrive on schedule at a customer’s chosen destination. Growing numbers of corporate and private clients over the past 33 years have trusted their money to the specialist London-based company and in return enjoy a quality personal service tailored to their specific needs. Spanish expats can easily benefit from the best exchange rates available and no commissions offered by Moneycorp - whether they are moving money out of the UK or repatriating it. And the company’s efficiency in dealing with foreign exchange – or F/ X – and making international money transfers has earned a ringing endorsement from the Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail. Newspapers recommend its readers use Moneycorp after being impressed with its service and customer care. In fact, one of the questions frequently asked amongst the 600 plus employees of the company is: why do people still use High Street banks? SERVICE Kevin Wright, one of Moneycorp’s Account Managers based here on the Costa Blanca, explained the company’s philosophy to RTN: “We strongly believe in long term customer service rather than short term gain. That is the over-riding core principle from the board room all the way down to the bureaux de change. “It pays to use the experts and we like to be expert in everything we do with honesty and integrity – we are all about giving the best guidance we can, it is often about holding people’s hands.” He added: “People say F/X is complicated. It’s not, but the key is giving all the facts to the client to let them make an informed decision.” Continued on the next page

Spain’s own ‘Team Moneycorp’ MONEYCORP’S DEDICATED Spanish team takes great pride in a five star service and offering the best impartial guidance for foreign exchange.

Norman Marks, Head of Spanish operation

FIVE HARD-WORKING professionals ensure that moving money in either direction between the United Kingdom and Spain could not be easier – especially with the new Moneycorp Online service that gives clients 24/7 control over their cash. Moneycorp’s Spanish operation is one of the earliest established of all foreign exchange companies – and boasts one of the longest serving team sheets. Norman Marks, who heads the Spanish operation, told RTN that all staff are fully trained on joining the company, with training updates throughout their service, to keep up to speed with the latest products. “We are very well placed to guide our customers to make informed choices when it comes to foreign exchange,” he said. “We offer excellent customer service.” HELP “We don’t push clients into things they don’t want to do and are not happy with. We are there to help, whether it is sending money out to Spain, back to the UK, or to other countries.” He said that statistics show the Moneycorp service is tried and tested, with 99% of customers ready to recommend the company to family and friends. Norman added: “I’m not sure what happened to the missing 1%!” New technology means the team is always in touch with both the company and – most importantly – the customer. “We pride ourselves in providing good service and achieving highly competitive rates of exchange for our customers” said Norman. “I know there are competitors charging higher rates to clients. Some companies may even be putting people’s money at risk if they do not have the correct permissions and systems in place to maximise the protection their customers’ money receives. This is something that Moneycorp are very particular about.”


Continued from front page AND HE said the Moneycorp service was centred on ensuring clients received more money. “We want to make sure that expat’s receive the most from their currency transactions, something the banks in Spain and the UK rarely do.” A modern transparent and regulated company dealing in F/X for more than 30 years, Moneycorp has its corporate dealing floor opposite Harrods in Knightsbridge, its headquarters are around the corner in Sloane Street, while the private client section, customer service and market development departments, together with the ‘back office’ – which handles the paperwork and settlements of trading – are based in Victoria. IMPORTANT The importance of Spanish expats means there are offices on the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol, a vital element when offering personal service. However, the most publically seen ‘face’ of Moneycorp is its bureaux de change premises at Gatwick, Stansted, and Southampton Airports, and in the Oxford Street and Knightsbridge areas of West London. Supplying these retail outlets and wholesale deliveries of cash to other bureaux means there is also a strongroom filled with pallets piled high with banknotes. For security reasons, it was the one area where the doors were not thrown open to an RTN inspection. On the corporate dealing floor, the team kick off with a morning briefing. The value of sterling is sliding against the euro and the downward trend is highly visible on monitors dominating the room. Key account manager Marianne Gilmore explained all staff were proactive and were frequently dealing with finance directors of medium sized public limited companies and as such needed to be “completely in the picture.” Clients were mainly companies involved in import and export and the majority of trades involved the euro or the US dollar and she said the banks “are not focused” in providing a service

or giving a good spread of prices to clients unless they completed a high volume of trades. BUSINESS “A client looking to move £150,000 or £200,000 will often get a poor rate from a bank – but nowhere near as bad as the kind of rate you will get from a bank as a private client,” said Marianne. “At least a bank will recognise a corporate client in a bid to get repeat business. “We are more competitive on the rate to start with because we need to make less profit than a bank because of our lower overheads and volume of business. “We also want to help people take advantage of changes in F/X rates. A bank will not ring someone up about a move in his favour but we do, to take advantage of a market 24/7 and make sure clients have access to the information.” Both corporate and private clients also have the advantage of dealing directly with real Moneycorp people. It means no-one is left on hold listening to music, while all calls are recorded for security on both sides. At Victoria, RTN talked to David Kerns, Dealing Manager for private clients. He said certain members of staff were ‘fully dealer qualified’ and others, including himself, were Members of the Society of Technical Analysts, a recognised qualification that enabled them to research currency price history and anticipate future moves in valuation.

ents used banks for F/X trades – even if they were friendly with or related to the person at the till – because of the poor deal they would get. “We undercut the banks in almost everything. When it comes to F/X banks have a reputation for simply offering the client a daily rate from their computer screen,” said David, formerly a ‘spot dealer’ with NatWest, who underlined Moneycorp could offer up to the minute exchange rates. “If I go into a bank next week to convert £100,000, I will be in a branch and speaking to someone over the till at the foreign desk and be offered the bank’s daily rate. It will not be far off the tourist rate,” he said. “They will offer nothing else than that, no guidance and no ideas what is happening in the market and whether it is a good time to trade or whether the market may move in my favour in the near term.” However, he accepted that many private clients worked against a tight time frame governing when they could trade. They must be happy with what they can get and not look back in horror because they can not always hit a high or low in the rate.” Banks currently handle around 80 percent of the foreign exchange and international transfer market. Moneycorp aims to reduce the figure.

GRADUATE Other colleagues joined as graduates and worked their way up to become private client dealers. David added: “To be in a position to do this they go through internal training and focus on certain aspects such as sales, economics – fundamentals which impact on the financial market “It gives them the ability to understand the market but make sure they can express themselves and explain things in laymen’s terms to private clients. It is very important to give clear information to our customers.” And he cannot understand why cli-

David Kerns, private clients dealing manager


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New social housing released in Torrevieja ISABEL BONIG, Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and the Environment of the Generalitat Valenciana, this week announced an important step towards access to social housing for families of Torrevieja, who are suffering through the process of mortgage foreclosures and other similar circumstances.

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Double podium for Supermoto brothers BRITISH SUPERMOTO racing brothers from Murcia were in action at the second round of the Valencian championship at Oliva, near Denia. Read the full story on page 67.

BONIG SAID that “soon the city of Torrevieja and the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and the Environment will be signing an agreement of collaboration in social housing, among other things, which will enable the city of Torrevieja to make available 18 homes on a rental basis to families who request it, a product of the situation described above. The 18 houses are part of a scheme that the Valencian Institute of Housing (IVVSA) developed in Torrevieja

in 2008. These houses were built on a plot of land donated by the city of Torrevieja of nearly 5,000 square meters. The two government groups will be forming joint working committees for study and evaluation of potential cases filed. These subsidized properties have two bedrooms in an average area of 70 square meters, incorporating a number of architectural solutions as improvements in sustainability. Thus, each of the homes has their own solar panel on the roof to power the house.


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swimming training and the group noted that especially satisfying was the experience they had with their biking program. Their cycle training program had been devised by the Department of Sports Tourism in the Department of Sports, and through an extraordinary partnership of the Cycling Club of Torrevieja, and their president Manuel Penalver, they organized several training sessions for these five athletes who enjoyed the environment of the city and its surroundings. For relaxation, the group also took time out to visit some of the region’s most iconic and recognizable attraction.

Torrevieja building has closer ties with the EU

By Keith Nicol EURODISEA IS one of the latest projects that the municipality has become involved with, in order to build better networking opportunities around the EU. Last Tuesday, May 14, the Councillor of European Union Relations, Agustina Esteve Huertas had a meeting in the offices of Manuel Reig, from the Department of Economics and Public Administration of European Projects Department of the Generalitat Valalenciana. Elenora Rossi was also present, as she has been selected to develop practices within the European program ‘Eurodisea’ in the city of Torrevieja, for a period of five months, from June 1 to October 31 this year 2013. This European program is part of the Assembly of the European Region and funded by the European Social Fund ESF 2007-2013 Po of Valencia. Elenora Rossi will support the Department for Relations with the European Union council of Torrevieja, for study and possible networking with national and international partners in order to develop European projects that are beneficial to the city of Torrevieja.




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Operation Captura nets 50 Moran’s arrest in Calpe

by Jack Troughton THE ARREST of one of Britain’s ‘most wanted’ fugitives on the Costa Blanca was the 50th success for Operation Captura campaign run by Crimestoppers and the Serious Organised Crime Agency. Andrew Moran, said to be a master of disguise, was arrested by Spanish police last Friday afternoon as he sunned himself by the side of the pool at a villa in Calpe. The 31-year-old was regarded as dangerous and violently resisted arrest but will now be extradited back to the UK – and it was later revealed two guns and ammunition were seized by officer, while Moran slept with a machete under the bed. He appeared in the latest Captura appeal in 2011 when he was one of ten men believed to have fled to the Spanish Costas. In total the campaign has made public 65 criminals thought to be in Spain. Moran was nearly snared last November but narrowly avoided capture when he rammed two police cars near Orihuela and sped off on the wrong side of the busy AP7 motorway to vanish again. Lord Ashcroft, the founder and Chairman of the Crimestoppers charity said: “Andrew Moran has been on the Operation Captura list for over 18 months and I am delighted he has been located. “To have amassed 50 arrests from a total of 65 appeals is a remarkable achievement for Crimestoppers and our partner organisations, and I am proud this campaign continues to go from strength to strength and

brings criminals to justice.” Chief Executive Michael Laurie said the campaign was a successful partnership between Crimestoppers, SOCA, the Spanish Police and the public. “I hope with this partnership we can bring the remaining 15 accused criminals to justice. With the support of the public in Spain, Britain and further afield, we can rid the streets of these wanted individuals – and, by passing information to Crimestoppers anonymously, I can assure you they will never know who you are.” Moran was convicted in his absence for involvement in a terrifying armed raid on a Royal Mail van in May 2005 at Colne in Lancashire. His gang wielded a handgun, a machete and a baseball bat and one guard was assaulted before the villains escaped with £25,000. The trial took place in Burnley in February 2009 but during the judge’s summing up, Moran, from Salford, assaulted a security guard, vaulted the dock and escaped – subsequently being convicted in his absence. SOCA’s head of investigations, Matt Burton said: “Moran thought he could escape capture by fleeing to Spain, frequently changing his appearance and using false identities. “He, like others, have discovered there is no hiding place. SOCA and its partners have the capability to pursue criminals relentlessly, track them down, and put them behind bars.” People calling Crimestoppers from Spain with information can use a special number 900 555 111 and the call will be answered in the UK.

Wrong place, wrong time … wrong victims! BUNGLING BURGLAR 21-year-old Moroccan Mohammed Boujida thought it was a good idea to sneak into a four-star hotel in the Santa Ponsa area of Majorca to rob a few guests. He entered one of the darkened rooms and began searching belongings only to be surprised by three far-from-sleeping policemen – three visiting members of the British Transport Police! The British Bobbies say that Mohammed tried to flee and so they immediately restrained him. He promptly fainted and had to be revived before being handed over to local police who just happened to be attending a football convention nearby! Boujida pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in a court in Palma and was sentenced to eight months in prison.

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New Bike Lanes for the Market by Keith Nicol WORD ON the street has been very quiet as to if and when Torrevieja’s market might be moving from it’s present position to over beside the waterpark. Work on the new zone has been sporadic over the last 23 months, to say the least. However, things took an upturn this week when the Councillor for Infrastructure, Planning and the Environment, Isabel Bonig, announced that works for Markets Precinct in the Enclave 10, which has a budget of 5,328,885€ and is part of the Plan Confidence of the Generalitat Valenciana, are not paralyzed, but they are making a change to the project to include in it bike lanes, as requested by the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon. The mayor’s intention is to set the bike path from the centre of Torrevieja through to the Sport City and running into the planned future parkland La Hoya Sector and Municipal Recreation area I Albentosa. Bonig said that work will recommence in a few days on the multipurpose market and

Torrevieja’s new market zone

car parking zone. The new market zone is located in a large open multipurpose area of over 60,000 square meters where Spain’s largest Friday market will relocate to. There will also be a space provided here for concerts and other events. The main service buildings serve as the control zone and offer a sitting area and warehouse services. The area to the

170 Travel Agents sample the flavor of Torrevieja by Keith Nicol ON FRIDAY, the Deputy of Provincial Tourism, Joaquín Albaladejo, along with the General Director of Tourism of the Generalitat Valenciana, Sebastian Fernandez, and Torrevieja’s Councillor of Tourism, Luis Maria Pizana, met with 170 national travel agents, in the III Gastronomic exposition of typical local products at the Centre Turismo (CDT) of Torrevieja. Before the show, and during the morning of Friday, travel agents visited, the waterfront and most emblematic places of the city, including the floating museum, the Cultural Casino and Eras de la Sal. The visit was organized for the third consecutive year by the Association of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation “South Alicante” in collaboration with Provincial Tourism and the Municipality of Torrevieja. It has a special significance for the city, since travel agents can also see firsthand fo9r themselves the festive atmosphere that Torrevieja offers through the May Fair and other activities. The 170 travel agents spent four days in local hotels and tourist apartments that make up the South Alicante association. Other destinations visited during their stay included Guardamar, Orihuela and Cartagena. Travel Familiarization Trips ‘FAM TRIPS’ are typical thoughout the travel industry, organized by local travel destinations for travel agents, to ensure they are “familiar” with the product.

road will be landscaped with planted gardens and trees to reduce the impact of traffic noise. The new landscaped areas, on the edges of the plot, will also serve as areas of rest for the public, walks, ramps, etc. Regarding parking areas, these will be retained and will take advantage of the parking located within this plot, in the south, beside the water park.

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Antonio Boix and Jose Riera step down AND THEN there were none! Back in 2011, Torrevieja’s Municipal Government featured three delegates, who were not elected councillors. by Keith Nicol New rulings are forcing local governments to give only elected councillors heads of department posts and so before this ruling comes into effect, the remaining two delegates stepped down from their posts. Antonio Boix and Jose Riera have stepped down voluntary and will be returning to their regular jobs. During a surprise press conference this week, Torrevieja’s Mayor Eduardo Dolon said that this was “Own decision of the two delegates, and neither of them will be relocated in the municipal organization.” The two delegates, Jose Riera, CEO of Innovation and In-

formation Systems, New Technologies and Consumption, and Antonio Boix, Delegate for Urban (MSW and laundry), Beaches, Transport, Urban Mobility and Communications, will leave their positions in the next few days.. Eduardo Dolon, who was joined by his entire Municipal team plus former Councillor for Foreigners Pedro Valero, thanked them for “the great work done by the two delegates and their exemplary behavior, both of whom have decided willingly give up their positions as delegates before it is published in the Official Gazette implementing the Constitutional Court, which will remove the position of unelected councilor or delegate” Likewise, the mayor of Torrevieja said that

by their choice, neither Antonio Boix or José Riera, will be relocated to another position within the municipal organization, so that they will return to their previous occupations

in the private sector. Finally, the mayor reiterated his gratitude to the two delegates, who were part of the List of Popular Party candidates in the municipal elections of 2011.”

Summer sport and English lessons A NEW school has opened in Alicante for children to take part in exciting sporting activities and also brush up on their English. ‘English and Sport’ is aimed at children aged between 4 and 11 and is based on the ‘Eurobridge Arena’ model, specialising in activity holidays for children combined with an organised programme of English tuition. Tony Gamble, director of Eurobridge, said: “Alicante needs a high quality English summer school. The goal of our collaboration with Arena is to give local children the opportunity to improve their level of English and their sporting skills at the same time. All English teachers are native speakers, and there is a ratio of five children per teacher.” For more information contact Eurobridge in Alicante: 96 512 4388. Also visit: and .

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More Hotel areas on offer by Keith Nicol FRANCISCO MORENO, Torrevieja’s Councillor for Town Planning and Environment said at a press conference last Friday 10 May, that new areas have been indentified for Hotel Developments. The new zones have been approved by Local Government as part of the draft General Plan amendment Number 101, on “Expanded use of building measures for Hotels”. The Town Planning and Environment Councillor indicated that the change pivots on three aspects which, in essence, are considered necessary to continue the plan that is driven by the government team. Specifically, the first aspect would amend the occupancy parameter for the Ground Floor in those hotel plots where building height is more of an issue than length. Francisco Moreno indicated that this parameter was changed so that facilities can provide

better services on the ground floor such as lounges, restaurants, gift shops etc The second action is focused on the areas of the MP 52, which was allowed to occupy free space not intended for construction, in the case of hotels, for the implementation of necessary services in tourist towns like Torrevieja. In short, this is mainly for swimming pools. The third measure of the Municipal Plan No. 74, is for the added use of adding a Spa area and complementary services, gyms and other appropriate services to hotels. Briefly, Francisco Moreno has said that “it is brave and resolute measures to consolidate the commitment of the government team to continue growing in hotel infrastructure, this being the time to adapt our policy to achieve the intended purpose.” These measures make life easier and possibly more profitable for new and established Hotel development.

More Russians attracted to the Vega Baja

Travel agents are welcomed aboard the S61 Delfin Submarine in Torrevieja’s harbour

By Keith Nicol A GROUP of twelve Russian tour operators visited the region last week to discover the delights of the region for themselves. During their ‘Fam Trip’ they visited Torrevieja, Elche, Alicante, Benidorm and the Orihuela Costa. The Familiarity Trip was designed to promote Provincial Tourism in order to position the Costa Blanca as a major destination within the Russian marketplace. This initiative, organized by the agency Rushouse Tour, included a visit to different areas and attractions. Mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon, along with the Deputy of Provincial Tourism, Joaquín Albaladejo, and the Councillor for Tourism, Luis Maria Pizana, welcomed the agents to Torrevieja on the first day of the trip, to introduce the cultural, sports, culinary, landscape and coastline

of the city of Torrevieja to them. The Deputy of Provincial Tourism indicated that through this proposal which has involved the Costa Blanca Tourist Board, “is to show off all the tourist potential of the province to strengthen the knowledge that Russian citizens have of our product.” During the day the group travelled along the coast of Torrevieja, the Marina Salinas, International marina and the floating museums, the Dolphin Submarine Patrol, the Customs Surveillance Boat Albatros II and the Ciudad Deportiva de Torrevieja. Travel agents that are integrated into the Russian operator Rushouse Tours, come from St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad region, operating with companies such as Corsatour, Vipturs, Aviatour, S-Travel and Novosibirsk, among others.


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Court victory by Jack Troughton BRITISH COUPLE Andrew and Kate Wilford have won their court battle against a crooked property developer who stole their life savings. They were in the process of buying an ‘off plan’ dream home in Murcia when in 2008 they discovered fraudster Rafael Aguilera had gained a builder’s mortgage from CAM Bank based on an inflated valuation – despite the property being almost completed. And they later found out he had sold the home at Trampolin Solera to a third party – leaving the pair, from Colwyn Bay, around 200,000€ out of pocket. The developer was jailed for a year – the term will be suspended if he repays Andrew and Kate 175,000€ plus their costs, expected to take the total to between 250,000€ and 300,000€. Andrew told RTN that Judge Teresa Rizo Jimenez in her sentencing described the offence as “a deliberate and premeditated fraud” and described it as a clear criminal matter – dismissing Aguilera’s claim it should be before civil courts. “Naturally I am very pleased that the judge has found in our favour but sadly the matter is not yet over. Aguilera still has the opportunity to appeal so that could delay the celebrations,” he said. “And I am told by my solicitor that he will appeal.” FRAUD He said Aguilera faced a further 1,050 similar cases of mortgage fraud relating to both Trampolin Solera properties and buildings on a sister development near the city of Murcia, Trampolin Hills. And he estimated they involved something like 184 million Euros so there was a big question as to where the money had gone

and he suspected a ‘Mr Big’ was involved. Andrew said these actions would be heard together in Madrid. “I suppose the danger is he might just think it is better to be hung for a sheep than a lamb and lodge his appeal.” He added: “I certainly feel more comfortable now there has been a sentence but I am not totally at ease yet – that will come when our money is in the bank.” However, Andrew hopes their case will give hope to other property victims who have been defrauded in Spain and encourage them to seek redress through the courts – despite the wheels of justice turning slowly. FIGHT “What this success should do is act as an encouragement to all those who find themselves in a similar situation with ‘corrupt’ develop-

ers, not to be frightened and to continue the fight to the end,” he said. “For me the end will come when I have been repaid the nigh on 300,000€ he owes me under the terms of this judgement for the principal sum plus interest and costs. “I would advise any other property victims to stick with it and fight to the end – in my case an awful lot of people would have given up by now but I carried on and will see it through until the end.” Earlier this month Andrew wrote a “snotty letter” to the Ministry of Justice complaining of the delay in getting a judgement in a case heard in February. He said it appeared “a hell of a coincidence” the sentence was announced so quickly afterwards when he was warned it could take up to nine months after the trial. “This is certainly another positive step along the road to justice and a final outcome.”

AVE bus link to Benidorm row continues to boil

THE MAYORESS of Alicante, Sonia Castedo, was embroiled in a heated exchange with Hosbec President, Antonio Mayor and representatives of ADIF last Wednesday over the issue of whether a direct bus link to Benidorm with reserved shuttle spaces from the new AVE station in Alicante will become a reality. Castedo has been heavily criticised for her ‘blinkered attitude’ over the Benidorm link. Castedo maintains that Alicante will provide adequate public transport lines to serve the resort and accuses Benidorm of taking a “high-handed” approach and interfering in Alicante’s public transport network: “No one is coming to tell us how to do or undo the city’s public transport,” she said, “…regular lines arrive at the bus station and there is nothing more to say.” Benidorm’s Councillor for Tourism Gema Amor called Castedo’s remarks “…an outrage and an absurdity,” adding “The AVE is for the entire province, not only for the capital.” Castedo has since moderated her attitude somewhat and agreed to enter into negotiations with Renfe and the Consell to achieve a compromise.



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A mushy political correct world IT HAS been a few weeks since Margaret Thatcher passed away and I wanted to comment on her life as our PM for so many years. As a teenager growing up in the north of England I recall her battle with Arthur Scargill and the Labour Unions. Often I picture her as a caricature several months pregnant and the words ‘Labour Pains’ written on her protruding tummy. She was a person whom it seems people loved or hated. I found it quite amazing that at her funeral she had requested portions from the Bible to be read. In today’s mushy political correct world, I cannot imagine any of our present politicians having the courage nor the convictions to do that for fear of offending someone. Joan Ashmore, La Mata

Ill-conceived plan

REFERRING TO the letter by Mr Graham Robinson I would like to point out that the “ill-conceived plan” regarding the green waste collection is not new but has been published since last year: the municipal law has existed since 2008. The town hall is still collecting what is dumped around by many people, making a big effort to keep the area clean. Large amounts, such as from communities, are supposed to be deposited by the gardeners directly in Lomas de Cabo Roig at the containers. Small individual amounts are collected, but in order to be able to reduce the cost and organise the lorries better, Orihuela Costa has been divided into three zones and citizens are asked to call 96 676 0000 (when the Spanish voice starts, dial ext. 29) to ask for collection: this can be done in Spanish, English, German and French. You can also email In this way citizens are told when to put out garden waste to avoid it lying around for 4-5 days, flying around, or inviting others to just dump something on top. When ordinary waste or building waste is dumped on the green waste, this is not considered green waste anymore, creating a far higher cost. The same procedure applies for the collection of furniture etc., so there is no need to dump an old sofa or kitchen sink at night time somewhere…! Further questions can be directed to or the Office for International Residents at the town hall. Thank you, Martina Scheurer, Excmo. Ayuntamiento Orihuela

Reject the demand for censorship REGARDING THE letter from Lyle Starritt, ‘Take up the Challenge’: having an opinion is one thing, trying to foist it on everybody is fascism gone mad, so please Mr Editor, reject the demand for censorship and continue to tell us about all things happening in our area. I don’t like animal cruelty either, but personally I miss the old circus traditions and I like the occasional bullfight, just like the locals - that’s why I moved here. John Follows, Elx

Have things improved dramatically? IN A poll taken by Gallup entitled “Where would you most like to move?”(Time International Magazine,April 8/2013), “Gallup surveyed more than 500,000 people in 154 countries and projected that 13% of the world´s adults, or 630 million people, would permanently relocate if given the chance.

Here are their top destinations: 1. USA: 138 million 2. UK: 42 million 3. Canada: 37 million 4. France: 31 million 5. Saudi Arabia: 29 million

The first four may make some sense,

but I have an idea not that many women were polled if Saudi Arabia came out a hefty 5th in the ranking. Or maybe I’m wrong and that country’s treatment of its female citizens has improved dramatically lately. Do any readers have more information on this? Richard M McBride

Delight for a crafter WHILST CLEARING long-stored items from a garden shed this weekend a large bag of craft items appeared, completely new and a haven of delight for a ‘crafter’. Do you have a contact number for someone who may be interested as I am reluctant to throw away these new yarns/threads/patterns ... mainly ‘designer yarns’. I also have a few patterns for these specialist yarns which should set needles clacking. If you know of someone who would be able to put this large bag (around 10/15kilos of speciality yarns) to good use, please phone 96 532 6817. Ann Radmore, Playa Flamenca area

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So cute and so lucky

Baby Gonzalo with his parents and saviours

by Jan Gamm THE TALENTED surgical team at Sant Joan de Deu de Barcelona successfully operated to remove a blockage from the larynx of a 21 week fetus. 35-year-old Maria Jose Sanchez accompanied by her husband Juan Francisco Pardo, also 35, arrived at the hospital in a highly distressed state for a recommended termination when it was discovered their baby would not

survive full term. Instead, surgeons successfully performed the first operation of its kind, reaching the larynx with a fetoscope. Surgeon Eduard Gratacós said: “It was like working with a patient made of butter because the thickness of the trachea of a fetus is like a cigarette paper.” The intricate surgery enabled Maria to continue with her pregnancy: Baby Gonzalo, now ten months old and a picture of good health, is so cute and oh so lucky.

Footballing legend to marry girlfriend 50 years his junior ALFREDO DI STEFANO, Argentine 86-year-old football veteran and former Real Madrid superstar, plans to wed his 36-year-old Costa Rican girlfriend Gina Gonzalez later this month despite the objections of his children. Di Stefano is heralded as one of the greatest footballing legends of his time, named European player of the year in 1957 and again in1959. His five children have now commenced legal proceedings to declare him incompetent in order, they say, to protect his estate. Alfredo said: “I am interested in my life and nothing else. I’m in love. I might be 86 years old but I’ve got a young heart.”



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RTN Author survives horrendous crash

RETURNING HOME from helping the Avinenca ‘Save the Olive Grove’ project group in Bean, an area of abandoned agricultural land outside Beniarbeig, gardening author Dick Handscombe tried to avoid a dog and caused his car to be a write off: no other car was involved. Amazingly, while hanging upside down, Dick was able to loosen his seat belt and slide through the pile of debris and broken glass in the car to escape through the boot hatch that had been forced open. Dick emerged from the accident without injury, other than being shaken up. Luckily Clodagh, living in Javea for the past two years, was not in the car as anyone in the passenger seat

Dick tried to avoid a dog and caused his car to be a write off

would not have survived. Dick would like to thank the prompt support given by the Municipal Police; Guardia Civil; Fire Service; Ambulance Service; Break down lorry; Ibex Car Insurance and the kindness of neighbours Patricia and Peter. He said: “Unfortunately, the CV675 road from Gandia to Barx is notorious for loose abandoned and migrant dogs. One can only ask that those responsible for rounding up stray dogs, caring for them and recycling them to society take a hard look at both the posi-

Crane arm crash in Javea

AN ARTICULATED arm lift on a crane crashed into a garage roof in Javea last Thursday. A technician was on the arm at the time but was unharmed apart from suffering the effects of fright and shock. The operation to retrieve the crane was extremely difficult due to the narrowness of the street.

tive and negative aspects of their voluntary and official services.” He added: “If I can arrange an alternative car I hope to still see RTN readers at the Homes Gardens and Live Style show at the end of the month in the La Finca Golf and Spa hotel.”

Dick emerged from the accident without injury

All in the line of duty THREE POLICEMEN have been decorated by the Deputy Governor of Alicante, Alberto Martinez, with Bronze Medals of Merit (Civil Protection) for their bravery in helping to evacuate residents from their homes during a fire near the Montgo area in August 2012. Some of the residents were elderly or disabled and needed to be carried from the scene in the dark over difficult terrain. The policemen ensured they were taken to safety at the local Sports Centre despite suffering from smoke inhalation themselves. One of the policemen suffered a foot injury. The three officers were delighted that their efforts had been recognised but concurred it was “…all in the line of duty.”

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Saving money on schoolbook exchange by Keith Nicol EVERY PARENT dreads the start of the new school year and the additional payments required for new schoolbooks. It’s especially frustrating when thousands of books, in near perfect condition, are given or thrown away, by students who move up to the next year. Although school book exchange schemes have been part of school life in other parts of Europe for decades, it’s a concept that has been slow to catch on in Spain. But that may all be about to change. Affordable schoolbooks. That is the aim of the project ‘Tus Libros Valen Dinero’, that has started for Secondary Schools (Institutos) in the Veja Baja. A project to realize a regional exchange of used schoolbooks. Schoolbooks are not luxury items, but simply needed to provide our children with a good future. Bearing in mind the current economic situation including the lack of the subsidy, the annual purchase of new schoolbooks for an average amount of 350€ is for more and more households exorbitant attack on the budget. ‘Tus Libros Valen Dinero’ has informed most Secondary schools and/or Parents Councils in the area of Torrevieja, Guardamar del Segura and Orihuela about setting up an

exchange program.. A strong point is that the exchange of schoolbooks is not only possible between students from the same school but also between different schools in the Veja Baja. Even books not in use anymore in one of the schools school can be of value for students in another school. How does it work? At ‘Tus Libros Valen Dinero’ students can hand in their schoolbooks from last year and order at the same time the schoolbooks for the coming year. Books are graded into A and B quality, which will be reflected in the price. For submitting a book students receive an average of 10€ and for purchasing they pay an average of 12.50€ for each book. On the website of ‘Tus Libros Valen Dinero’ students can already fill in a form for the books they want to sell and order. The sooner the form is sent, the more likely it is that books can be sold and found. Payment takes place when books are sold. To clarify an example: Maria goes in September from ESO 1 to ESO 2. She can hand in 10 ‘ESO 1’ books. For this she receives an amount of 100€. At the same time she ordered 11 books for ESO 2. The cost of the order is 137.50€. In total, Maria needs only pay 37.50€ to get all the schoolbooks for the new school year.

Books are graded into A and B quality

The more students that participate in the project, the more books can be exchanged, the more families can benefit from affordable books. The project of ‘Tus Libros Valen Dinero’ is based on 20 Insitutos in the Veja Baja area. However, participation is open for

every student of every Secondary school. For more information please contact: Maite 600 048 498 (Spanish, French), Debby 687 906 950 (Dutch, German, English, Spanish) or email: The website is

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Torrevieja to take over control of its port zone by Keith Nicol SECURITY AND traffic control are two of the main reasons that Torrevieja’s Mayor, Eduardo Dolon, and the Councillor for Infrastructure, Planning and Environment, Isabel Boning had a meeting last week. On the agenda was the ceding of certain functions that Torrevieja will now take control of within the municipality. In the next few days, Torrevieja and Valencia will sign an agreement for the transfer of responsibility for security and traffic in the port area. In this way, the local police have the powers of security and traffic management across the inner harbour area of Torrevieja, which presently is under control of the Directorate General of Ports de la Generalitat Valenciana. The Councillor for Infrastructure, Planning and the Environment, Isabel Boning,

confirmed after the working meeting held with the mayor, Eduardo Dolon, “that the aim of this devolution is none other than to act in terms of traffic and control of the vandalism that has occurred repeatedly within the fishing port, also including the two Dams and Acequión beach.” Torrevieja’s Mayor indicated that it is also in conjunction with the requests of the Fishermen’s Association of Torrevieja, which has long been asking Torrevieja and the Consul, measures to prevent vandalism or theft that on more than one occasion they have produced in their boats, because of the lack of vigilance in Torrevieja port. Eduardo Dolon recalled that after having the approval of the Directorate General of Ports, are running and already nearing completion, the work of reorganization of traffic at the entrance to the port and port parking areas. This action is intended to relieve the


Torrevieja Port

high volume of traffic generated along Torrevieja’s seafront. Dolon also stressed the importance of reconditioning the main road from the fishing port, as it will provide public access and unrestricted use, with two lanes, one for input and one

Iceland help APAH, Animal Rescue Charity

APAH ANIMAL Rescue Charity has been very lucky to be selected as Iceland’s (San Javier store) sponsored charity for 2013. The first major event they are holding on behalf of APAH is a Fun Day at the store on Saturday 25 May. There are dozens of prizes to be won. The raffle prizes for example, that Iceland have been able to acquire from local businesses in support of the event, total an incredible 650 euros! The list includes vouchers for meals, beauty treatments, a sailing lesson, a personal training session, hand-made jewellery and a custom made cake, sunglasses of your choice from a well known retailer, and much more. The event starts at 11.00 am until approximately 4.00pm, with the raffle to be drawn around 3.00pm. Tickets will be on sale in the Iceland store and in APAH’s Charity Shops in Pilar de la Horadada and San Miguel de Salinas, which are open from Monday to Saturday every week. Everyone is welcome to go along on Saturday 25th May, have a great day, support a very worthwhile cause, and maybe go home with a fantastic prize.

output, and the bike path. He added “It bears noting that the roundabout to the new road for public use, from the corner of Calle Joaquin Chapaprieta, will facilitate entry for the trucks that go to the fish market and other users of the port, where traffic will be regulated.

Royal British Legion say “Thanks” THE ROYAL British Legion, Torrevieja Branch 3456, would like to say a big thank you to the Samaritans aat Punta Prima Shopping Centre, for there kind help in allowing us to store Poppies and Poppy Collection Boxes in their storage facility, and we hope we can help each other in our good work for Charities. They would also like to say thanks to the ‘Iceland’ store, for their help in allowing us to do our Poppy Collection in November, and a Promotion & Membership Display at the store on Friday 17 May, starting at 10.00 am until 6.00 pm. For more information about the RBL Torrevieja Branch please contact Rick Shiel, Public Relations Officer, 966 790 441 or 667 215 256, or email:

Boston spirit shines through by Jack Troughton A SURPRISE birthday present landed a Costa Blanca couple in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and in the middle of the manhunt across the Massachusetts city. Carl Barclay and partner Sara landed in the United States two days after the terrorists struck on 15th April, near the finishing line of race killing three people and injuring 264. In a gun battle, terror suspect Tamerlan Tsamaev was shot dead and brother Dzhokhar was injured but escaped. In the resulting ‘lockdown’ of the city, the wounded man was finally caught hiding in a boat in Watertown. Locksmith Carl, who had left his family business in Javea in the safe hands of his brother, said they were forced to change hotels because their original choice was “part of the crime scene.” Moved to the Hotel Revere, he told RTN: “We were there for the whole siege, the lockdown of the city and the manhunt. “The people of Boston were fantastic – they were surprised we had continued our journey and then made us fantastically welcome – a police officer let me sit on his Harley Davidson and put his helmet on. “But it was quite surreal. The city was empty, a ghost town. It seemed the only

A runner lays a tribute at a Boston street memorial

people on the streets were the homeless – it was like being on a film set.” SWAT TEAMS He added: “We were seeing helicopters, SWAT teams, military units, and FBI agents on every street corner from the hotel.” He said thousands of people filled the streets after the emergency and held a minute’s silence. “It was very emotional, suddenly there were people everywhere.” Carl said Boston’s streets were also filled with posters reading ‘Boston Be Strong’ and ‘Boston: We Stand Strong.” And he said they also witnessed people and athletes going to barriers around the

site of the bombings to leave flowers and messages at the makeshift memorials. Carl paid tribute to the spirit of the Americans. “There was this lovely guy, John Hallett, who was head concierge at the hotel – he was superb on the hospitality front and looking after us in these tough times.” Sara had spent eight months planning the trip - and they had delayed their original day of departure because all the hotels were fully booked for the marathon. Carl said: “It was something we never want to experience again for all the right reasons – but a holiday we will never forget for all the wrong reasons!”

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Everything ready for Audiovisual Torrevieja By Keith Nicol AUDIOVISUAL TORREVIEJA is quickly becoming one of the bext known short film festivals in Spain. In just three years, the national competition of short films “Audiovisual Torrevieja” has exceeded expectations and this year’s edition received 526 entries in 27 days. Such has been the success of the competition that the organizers have been forced to reject short films from Germany, France, Netherlands, England, Colombia, Peru, Mexico and the United States from filmmakers who have chosen Torrevieja’s Festival as a means to distribute their works in Spain although the festival has not yet had an international section! The festival will take place next week on Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday May 25, in the Auditorium of Centro Cultural Virgen del Carmen, Torrevieja with projection of all of the finalist’s films in both categories, from 9.30pm. This year the jury is composed of media professionals and the winners of the previous editions. They include art director Edou Hydallgo, actor Chuck Torres, a former elite athlete in American Football with the ‘Barcelona Dragons’ known internationally as “Janino” he has been seen in commercials for brands such as Nike, and currently is waiting for the release his latest film “Alpha” by Joan Cutrina. The Director and Writer Victor Carrey has won over eighty awards around the world. He is a Professional Director of advertising and plays an important role as music director. He is currently in pre-production for his first feature. Abdelatif Hwidar is another writer, director and actor who in 2008 won the Goya for best short fiction for “Salvador, story of a daily miracle” with which has garnered over 30 national and international awards. In 2011 he received the Award for Arts and Culture in his hometown, Ceuta. As an actor he has worked in different Spanish series and movies getting the “Ondas Award 2011” for his work on the miniseries “11-M”. He has also participated in several documentary and fiction projects as “Essaouira: Reinventing Tradition” and the feature film director Ignacio Monkey Estrela as co-writer and actor.

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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts


The story of the real Wild Thornberries will be on sale soon in Javea! FOR THOSE who asked, Roger Crathorne is Land Rover’s longest employee; and that’s why he was pictured sitting (and smiling proudly) in Huey the Land Rover in last week’s WIB. If you remember it was all about the Land Rover’s 65th Anniversary. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the whole of the caption under the picture. Phew, mystery over… Sorry, Roger. Anyhow folks, that article prompted RTN reader David McMullan’s own memories of the dear old Land Rover - and his involve “an amazing family expedition across Africa.” Back in the mists of time when my daughter was a schoolgirl we used to enjoy watching the cartoon show The Wild Thornberries. This series was about the exploits of a pair of scientists, a husband and wife team and their children, as they traversed Africa in a Land Rover getting into all sorts of scrapes. Well, believe me they had nothing on David and his family who were Wild Thornberry-ing long before that cartoon ever aired. To cross the Sahara back in the early 70s, with three young children and without being part of a convoy may seem foolhardy but that’s just what David, his wife Maureen and friend Susan Cole did. This is long before mobile phones, sat-nav and lap tops, so I’m guessing you had to pretty good with a map. They did, of course, have a faithful Land Rover and this was rigged extensively for the trip. David says, “Before we set off the Land Rover was rebuilt at my factory, Crayfords in Kent.” He chuckles, “It’s still in Kenya (if you’re

ever out there look for the number-plate NTA 470M) and it’s still running!” I bet John Edwards, Land Rover’s global brand director, would love to have heard of that, eh David? Well, I’ll let you into a bit of secret because pretty soon he probably will. You see, next month the story of the expedition will be available for all to read when David publishes his late wife’s memoirs. It’s a new book called ‘Show Me A Mountain’ and details the adventures of a ten thousand mile journey that started in Kent and ended on the edge of the Indian Ocean. As the back cover states: “To uproot an entire family and take it through such an experience required a leader with truly special qualities. Dr Maureen McMullan certainly had those qualities.” David tells me that their travels “across the Sahara and into the Congo… made the front pages of British newspapers at the time.” I guess it’s time now to make the pages of the Spanish papers too as David will be launching Maureen’s book on Saturday June 15th at the Oasis Centre in Javea. He says the book will be on display there and he’ll gladly sign purchased copies “on Maureen’s behalf.” David is a long time resident of Javea, as was Maureen. Maybe we could get RTN’s Danny Collins to do a book review of ‘Show Me a Mountain’ - it surely makes exciting reading. Or maybe the BBC will re-make the cartoon Wild Thornberries as the Wild McMullans. You never know, do you?

Mercadona heiress ties the knot THE YOUNGEST daughter of Mercadona billionaire Juan Roig Alfonso married Alvaro Otero Perez, son of a senior hospital administrator, at Valencia’s Parish Church of St Nicholas on Saturday. The bride wore a Marta de Diego silk tulle and lace gown embroidered with thousands of crystal beads and feathers. After the wedding the 500 guests adjourned to a reception at Hemisfèric where the entertainment included an impressive performance by dancers of the Valencia Dance Conservatory.

The book will be available from next month

Geographic fact: The Oasis Centre is beside Caixa Bank at the Dolphin roundabout in Javea Port. Watts in Britain, wishing he was in Javea…

Meet the singing CV!

UNEMPLOYED JOURNALIST Enzo Vizcaino is singing other peoples’ CVs in the subway in Barcelona while he job hunts! Enzo from Elda studied journalism in Barcelona. Unable to find work, he now warbles his way to the workplace accompanied by his ukulele. His services may be commissioned via his blog, presently receiving around 9,000 hits per day, and his repertoire of musical resumes may be heard most days on Barcelona’s public transport system! To hear Enzo perform visit

Ready steady by Jack Troughton RADIO SHOW Ready Steady Sunday celebrates its fifth anniversary on Sunday afternoon and host John Curtis is preparing to party. The weekly Bay Radio show has been produced and presented by the local entertainer and singer every weekend and lovers of pop music tune in to hear the very best of the sounds of the sixties and seventies. John has been broadcasting his particular brand of retro music on the Costa Blanca for many years but is particularly proud of the milestone Ready Steady Sunday has reached. “As a lover and, indeed, purveyor of songs from the greatest era of pop music I have always felt there would be a radio audience out there wanting to hear the great music from those times when we were all a lot younger,” he told RTN. AIR “”Convincing others that this interest would sustain a regular radio programme was not so easy – so I would like to thank all at Bay Radio who saw the show’s potential for their consistent support in getting and keeping my show on air.” John has a considerable knowledge of the music of the era he loves and spends hours researching material before going on air. “It suddenly dawned on me that my show’s fifth birthday was fast approaching. I think this is

Mr Curtis on his travels

a little bit special and in addition to thanking my hosts, I would also like to thank my regular listeners, many of whom contribute ideas and helpful input, for their continuing interest and loyalty. “Without them the whole exercise would be pointless, so I ask them to please keep listening and to feel free to contact me with their thoughts and memories.” One of John’s heroes and inspiration is veteran presenter Brian Matthew, still broadcasting aged 84. “One of my mantras is ‘Keep Rocking’ and I try to follow my own advice.”

Beer and tapas in Cocentaina

IN COCENTAINA 17 bars are offering a spectacular beer and tapas experience for just 1.5€, Thursday to Sunday and on Saturday and Sunday only until noon. The offer is part of the Gastronomic VII Fira de Tots Sants and will continue until Sunday 19th. Participating bars include Dalls Pub, Bar Llopis, Bar Monaco and Raco del Desig. The Nou Raspa recreates a Basque bar serving skewered tapas between 7pm and 9.30pm.

Moraira student seduces USA

By Jack Troughton MIAMI UNIVERSITY student Leticia RasAnderica is carving her name with pride on the golf statistics of America after choosing to study across the Atlantic. The former Lady Elizabeth School pupil has been selected to the prestigious USA All ACC Team, one of 12 chosen for the women’s

team, after a second successful year playing with the Miami Hurricanes. ‘Leti’ crossed the pond to study fine arts and play sport and back home in Moraira proud parents John and Carmen have watched their daughter’s progress on the golf course – her ambition is to turn pro - with pride. She took up golf at the age of 10, likes to draw in her spare time, loves windsurfing, and is a keen follower of the fortunes of top Spanish football side Barcelona – and is a name to watch for the future.

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The not-so alternative method to weight loss HYPNOTHERAPY HAS been around for two hundred years. Its power has never been truly valued in today’s society yet it has managed to stick around and make an impression. By Jonathan Gilchrist To many it is still an ‘alternative therapy’ but consider: Hypnotherapy is now available on the NHS in the UK. According to creditable psychology journals, hypnotherapy is the number one method to quit smoking Hypnotherapy can change your life forever, combating addiction and battling depression. It can and does help and faster than other treatments because it all occurs when the active mind is relaxed. Hypnosis is a period of intense relaxation, when the subconscious comes to the fore to make itself available for therapy. TODAY WE’RE GOING TO DISCUSS WEIGHT LOSS I offer two weight loss treatments: One is

called weight control and the other, which is newer: the Gastro Band. The band clinches the stomach, making the organ smaller and so unable to accept as much food: the person feels fuller for longer. The surgical procedure is intrusive but the Gastro Band relies upon the power of the mind to ‘feed the belief’. Once hypnosis is induced, I craft the belief that you’ve actually undergone surgery and had a gastric band fitted. Once you awaken this thought is transferred to the active mind. Your appetite is then controlled by your physical belief that a band restricts the amount you can eat. However, the Gastro Band is a virtual crutch, playing the mind against the body in a completely harmless way. As summer approaches and the need to lose weight becomes urgent, this could be the solution. Everyone has their own

personal choice in making the decision between this treatment and the more traditional Fast track method that I also use. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES? The Weight Loss treatment focuses more on why you overeat and addresses the problem of your appetite along with the reason why your body cannot differentiate between hunger and appetite. Hunger is a genuine bodily function that identifies a need to eat, whereas appetite is merely a habit: you’re not really hungry but you eat anyway. Nobody enjoys the prospect of dieting and it can be difficult to control those urges. But with Fast Track Hypnosis, these are no longer an issue. During the session, we work on your control, tighten it so you don’t weaken the first time you see a cream bun. We work on your motivation. And all of this

combines to create a stronger, more in control you. In just one session your world really can tilt on its axis and turn the right way up! The mind is the centre of all your problems, it therefore fits that it’s also the place where you can find the solutions. And those solutions are long-term. Now also available in English and Spanish, Jonathan and Alan Gilchrist hold their Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardamar and Benidorm. For an appointment, brochure or free-ofcharge initial consultation contact Jonathan Gilchrist for English and Spanish clients on 691 784 954: Alan Gilchrist 659 229 408.

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Summer sunflowers by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Holistic gardeners and authors gardening in Spain for 25 years

SUNFLOWERS (HELIANTHUS) are majestic summer flowers that do especially well in Spain in reasonable soil if one remembers to water them. The large, single-headed yellow flowers on stems up to two or three metres high that look like a summer sun may be grown as a specimen by a child in a small patch, pot or school garden - the stimulus to many for the start of a lifetime interest in gardening. Such tall plants are not always easy to fit into a balanced garden layout. However, there are now an amazing number of varieties available from dwarf varieties to the Russian Giants from Siberia. They can give valuable displays of colour and interest throughout the summer and early autumn, and with luck, beyond... We even had self seeded plants flower during February in the middle of our vegetable plot, having survived many nights below zero… BENEFITS OF GROWING SUNFLOWERS They are relatively easy to grow. They make a wonderful display whether you grow a block of tall varieties in the vegetable garden, medium height varieties mixed in a perennial /shrub bed or dwarf varieties grown in flower pots. Long-lasting cut flowers for the naya or house. The flower heads attract beneficial insects. Supports for climbing beans in the vegetable garden: or why not at the back of a flower bed? A natural windbreak for lower-growing vegetables or annuals… Seed heads can be separated and sun-dried to provide seeds as an alternative to nuts or olives with an evening drink, adding to breakfast cereals or fruit, or crushing to extract sunflower oil if you have sufficient. But make sure you eat them before the oil

content turns rancid. Seed heads left on the plant to dry can be cut off with a short stem and then tied to a suitable branch of a tree in the garden to attract and feed birds during the winter. Loose seeds can also be added to the bird table or the food for many cage and aviary birds. As a sprouting seed – soak seeds overnight. Cut the base out of a 5 litre water bottle, about 8cm deep. Fill with 50/50 soil and compost, dampen, lay seeds on top and cover with damp newspaper. Put in a sunny corner, but remember to keep the paper moist but not soaking. As soon as the seeds start to sprout remove the paper but continue to keep the soil moist. In a couple of days you will have green shoots two centimetres high which you can cut off and add to salads for their flavour and high mineral content. A good ‘first seed’ for a children’s corner… Some years ago, famous 16th Century herbalist (name escapes us) found that sunflower buds boiled and eaten like globe artichokes with butter, vinegar and pepper exceeded the taste of artichokes - as well as stimulating a bodily lust. Something to try this summer, but with olive oil! VARIETIES TO CHOOSE FROM As already mentioned, sunflowers now come in a wide variety of heights, leaf forms, single or multi headed branches of flowers, and most importantly, colours. Yellow, red, orange, bronze and cream varieties are now available in single or mixed hues. Unfortunately few seed shops and catalogues stock more than a few common varieties. For variety we have purchased seed for many years from the mail order catalogue of Chiltern Seeds, which has had up to 30 varieties. The following selection gives a feel for the range of sunflowers available: Dwarf: 30 to 45cms: Pavino: Can grow well even in a 10cm pot: Develops a number of branches with a continuing display of 10cm. flowers. A little taller at 40 to 60cms: Little Dorrit: A single stem with 20cm yellow flowers around a dark chocolate centre: Useful for

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the front of a bed. Mid height120 to140cms: Autumn Beauty: Branching stems of 15cm flowers in a range of artist’s colours such as bronze, lemon, mahogany, old gold and cream. Tall: 200 to 300cms: Earth Walker: An abundance of multiheaded branches of terracota and reddish brown flowers. Even taller! 300cms plus: Uniflorus gigantus - why not call it Sky Rocket? Traditional single-headed large plate-sized yellow flowers. It is obviously possible to achieve a breath-taking display. PLANTING SEEDS Plant singly in plant pots for planting out when 15cms high or growing dwarf varieties to maturity. One can also plant seeds direct but inevitably one loses a few seeds to hungry mice and snails: plant in a rich, water-retaining seed compost or garden soil. CARE OF SUNFLOWER PLANTS Although established plants can survive in poor soil this is only where there is deep soil that the tap root can explore searching for water. In most soils it is best to water and feed regularly to achieve maximum heights, number and size of flowers and seed heads. Apart from a little leaf rust sunflowers give little problem provided you establish strong young plants. Don’t over-water seedlings as they can rot off. They do not like marshy conditions. Sunflowers do best in full sun but will tolerate semi shade.

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Meet Tommy in La Finca Hotel Algorfa: Free to enter competition ENJOY A very special visit to Homes Gardens & Lifestlye Show in May at La Finca Hotel right next to La Finca Golf Course in Algorfa and enjoy a glass or two of cava courtesy of HiFX and GM Events. CAVA WILL be the order of the day for the lucky winners with five pairs of special VIP tickets to be won from now until the show on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th May. All you need to do to enter is to send an email to and put ‘Meet Tommy in La Finca’ in the subject line. Besides the celebrity appearance of the lovely Tommy Walsh (from UK TV Ground Force with Charlie Dimmock and Alan Titchmarsh) on both days there will be the showcase garden plus talks from Dick & Clodagh Handscombe. Lorraine Cavanagh and Sue Rodgers with her herbs and natural healing advice will also be there offering a chance to sample her wonderful selection of fruit teas. The Homes Gardens and Lifestlye show also includes the popular Art Competition and Gallery as well as an arts and crafts area, cookery demonstrations and tempting food and drink tastings! Computer and mobile phone experts will be on hand to give advice as well as the ‘feel good and eat well’ sector where there will be health and beauty advice. And legal advice on where to opt to have your UK pension paid! Get ready to see, taste, try and buy! Creating your ideal dream home, garden and lifestyle has never been so easy, or so much fun! The show is going to be blooming marvellous and packed with inspiration and information! We will be keeping you up to date on the Costa Blanca’s best event in 2013 right here in the RTN For further information see call 634 399 125 or email To book your stand contact us now!


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Some interesting facts about tax ‘INTERESTING’ AND ‘tax’ don’t often pop up in the same sentence. I can think of many other Suzanne adjectives that are closely associated with the word ‘tax’ but ‘interesting’ isn’t one of them. by

O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

MOST OF us recognise the fact that there is a cost to running a country that must be met by one means or another. There the agreement usually ends. After that most people will debate and disagree about what should be taxed and by how much, with views tending to depend on the impact to your pocket. So, tax might not be particularly interesting but the different ways in which countries decide to spread their tax burden might interest us a little bit more. ‘Taxation Trends in the European Union’ is probably not something you would want to read in its entirety. However, we’ve pulled out one or two thoughtprovoking statistics from this report on tax in the 27 EU countries. The report identifies the different ways in which countries in Europe spread the tax burden on its citizens. The information is given as a percentage of GDP and relates to 2011. Tax is divided into: Labour – taxes paid on employed labour income Consumption – taxes charged on goods and services Capital – taxes paid on income earned from savings and investments

TAXES OVERALL The statistics show a vast difference between countries. Denmark has the highest overall tax revenue at 47.7% followed by Sweden (44.3%) and Belgium (44.1%). The lowest was in Lithuania (26%) and Bulgaria (27.2%). The UK burden in 2011 was 36.1% with Spain coming in lower still at 31.4% of tax to GDP. CONSUMPTION AND LABOUR TAX Spain has the lowest consumption tax revenue (14%) of all the EU27 countries. In comparison, Sweden is almost double this at 27.3% and the UK comes in at 19.5%. When it comes to tax on labour, the position is reversed. The UK has the fourth lowest tax rate at 26% and Spain’s rate is 33.2% - still well below Belgium’s top rate of 42.8% TAX ON PERSONAL INCOME The tax on personal income is quite interesting too. The report compares the highest personal income tax rate between countries across the three years of 2000, 2012 and 2013.

TOP OF THE TAX TABLE IN 2013 Sweden 56.6% Denmark 55.6% Belgium 53.7% Portugal 53% Spain 52% The cheapest place to live if you are a big earner is Bulgaria with a highest income tax of 10%. The UK has a top rate of tax of 45% reduced from 50% in 2012, whilst the overall average amongst the EU27 is 38.7%. You may or may not have found this interesting. What it does show is that countries across Europe vary enormously on how much it is expected that the state will take. The issue perhaps is not how much is taken but how much better the country is as a result. But that’s another set of tables…. Taxation trends in the European Union: documents/taxation/gen_info/economic_analysis/ tax_structures/2013/report.pdf If you would like more information about taxes contact our Ábaco Helpline 96 670 3748.

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Stepping Stones IN THESE times the ideal retirement plan in order to begin a new life in another country like Spain is the use of the stepping stone principal.

Finance Clinic by Equity Home Loans Firstly appraise your own property assets that you have accumulated over the years during your working life and use them in a way that best suits your needs. Many retirees’ in the past have just sold up in Britain lock, stock and barrel and made the big commitment, moving to Spain and selling the once long-term family home, buying outright in Spain with cash. Now this line of thought has changed with the onset of the financial meltdown across Europe and constitutive Governments that have mismanaged the economy and left many still in crisis. In hindsight it would have been a better move to retain that UK asset and use it as a stepping stone. This comes about by renting long term the property in the UK and receiving a 9-12% return on the asset and also the

Use the stepping stone principal for your retirement plan

asset could increase 2-4% in real terms year on year. The next stage is then to release equity out of that property by creating a simple secured loan plan: the income yield created by the family home rental would be able to service the loan payments on a repayment basis over a 10-year term. This stepping stone finance will keep your feet in the UK and the Spanish property market. On the Spanish side with prices bottomed out to their lowest level any buyer has the best opportunity to purchase a once unaffordable property. Some are now able to upgrade from an apartment dwelling to a small villa with pool: some clients have used their spending power to purchase at the high end of the property market, once only open to millionaire-status clients. So where do you start? Firstly engage a reputable UK renting/ letting agent to establish the potential income. Ascertain whether they will be able to offer the ideal candidate or family

that will enjoy your property in the long term. Always look for an agent who is a member of or Then contact a loan company like offering loan deals on property in the UK Spain and the rest of Europe to find out the latest interest rates. This company offers special products for expats with no age limit and no income declarations. Find out how much usable equity can be released from your home - this will give you a good idea of your purchasing capacity for your Spanish property. It is better to engage an English speaking Estate agent to find you the Deal of a Lifetime, especially as you will not require a loan to purchase your chosen property. Contact us today on: Website: Telephone: 96 684 8849 anytime.


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As a company we have over 25 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry and have been doing pension transfers since inception in April 2006. We are now in a position to offer Expats and UK residents our services due to a new product launch. We understand that times are tough in the UK and overseas, and that people need cash NOW to sort out their personal lives. We are told every time we speak to clients “I would rather have my money now rather than wait until I retire” we completely sympathize and understand your feelings. We now have several options to help our clients release money NOW from the pension fund. It is a very simple process and takes only a short time to release your cash. No matter how small or large your pension fund is even the smallest amount of money now could help in these difficult times.

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Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

NOT IDENTIFYING the driver of your vehicle in cases of a traffic offence (e.g. speeding) could result in a fine of 900€. DEAR SIRS, A few weeks ago I received a notice from Trafico stating that my car was traveling at 120 km/h in an area where the speed was limited to 80km/h, and that they opened a fine - penalty procedure. I did not realize that I had been asked to identify the driver and therefor did not. A few days later, I received a letter asking me to pay 900€ for not identifying the driver. What can I do?. Dear Reader, thank you for your inquiry. Recently we received a consultation like yours, which has been successfully resolved. What happens in these cases is that when the Traffic Authorities through a radar placement identify a car driving at excessive speed, as the fine is not served by the agents in the same moment, the vehicle’s owners receive a notice by post communicating the start of penalty proceedings. In this first communication, the vehicle’s owner is informed about the infringement, and he is formally requested to identify who was driving the car. If the owner does not identify who the driver was, then Traffic

Authorities do not know who the offender was, and cannot fine anyone for speeding. So, Trafico opens a different disciplinary proceeding against the car owner for refusing to identify the driver, which is considered a serious traffic offense under the Road Traffic Act (Article 9 Bis 1), and carries a penalty of € 900. Recently we were visited by a client who also did not realize that he was asked to identify the driver and was also fined €900. We sent a letter to the Traffic Authorities, confirming that he was unaware of his obligation to identify the driver, and we identified this driver on our application, requesting the authority to archive the penalty process for lack of identification, leaving open just the speeding offence process. Fortunately, Trafico accepted our petition and sent our client just a penalty for speeding which has been paid within the first 20 days with a discount of 50%, amounting to a total of 150 €, which meant that we had saved € 750. Therefore, please if you receive a letter, notice, etc. from Trafico, you must read it carefully, make sure what is asked for, and if you are requested to identify the driver at the time of the infringement, do so, or you can face a penalty of € 900.

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)

Sun, sand, sea and spending money like water! RESEARCH BY has revealed that British women add more than a third to the cost of their family’s holiday through buying a holiday wardrobe! The average spend is around £245 on clothing (swimwear, sandals, sun-friendly dresses and wraps such as sarongs…) and ‘extras’ such as make-up and toiletries. This compares with the estimated average outlay for flights and hotels at around £710. And women will negotiate fiercely for a bargain on travel and accommodation but then splash the cash on clothes! The reasoning behind the spending spree is that the ladies like to ‘feel completely different’ while on holiday and also they do not want to be dressed the same as in last year’s holiday snaps.


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Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

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Beware of cold callers offering financial advice I READ an interesting article in the Daily Mail this week about how hundreds of thousands of pounds is being plundered from pensions every day in Britain. APPARENTLY THOUSANDS of people across the UK and abroad have fallen foul of cold calling whereby telephone salesmen promise to ‘unlock’ cash from people’s pension funds. These salespeople use high pressure sales techniques to get people interested and usually are operated from ‘boiler rooms’ in the UK, Nigeria or Spain. According to the Daily Mail: “More than £400m has been handed over to these scams that offer pension holders a tax free lump sum payout with the remaining cash reinvested in high-risk overseas funds. In the best case scenario victims face being taxed at a rate of up to 55 per cent, as well as other penalties, for withdrawing money before they reach pensionable

age. At worst, they lose almost everything, either through spurious fees or theft as the money is spirited overseas and laundered through webs of companies.” Det Insp Andy Fyfe, of City of London Police, said the fraudsters are preying on people who are already desperate to raise cash. Pensions Minister Stephen Webb said: ‘If you are offered a deal to unlock your pension, don’t touch it.’ The reality is you could be falling into a terrible trap which has the potential to destroy your future and your retirement. I have said time and time again you have worked hard for your money so look after it. I have been cold called on numerous occasions by companies offering financial services and sometimes listen to their prepared script (which can be quite

convincing) but once I ask technical questions or point out I am a financial advisor they always hang up. My advice would be to think long and hard before agreeing to talk to or meet with anyone who cold calls you regarding your financial affairs. If they ask for any financial information on the phone, offer you a product that seems to be too good to be true don’t be drawn into their web: just put the phone down. If they call back tell them to remove your details from their database or else you will notify the police. If you have any questions or would like any advice regarding the above or any financial matters please 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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Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

Spain is officially insolvent: get your money out while you still can! THIS WAS the alarming article that was in the Telegraph on 10th May 2013. What the article is basically saying is that at the rate it is going Spain will never be able to repay its debt, the general government gross debt is forecast to rise from 84.1 per cent of GDP last year to 110.6 per cent in 2018. NO OTHER advanced economy has such a dramatically worsening outlook. And the tragedy of it all is that Spain is actually making relatively good progress in addressing the ‘primary balance’ – that’s the deficit before debt servicing costs. My reply is why doesn´t the European central bank lend money to Spain and other countries at zero interest for at least the next 3 years and write off the interest on current debts to give countries some breathing space. No that would be too simple for the powers in the

EU; they want all countries indebted to them so they can roll out their fiscal union policies. Europe said that Greece was the first and last such restructuring, but then there was Cyprus and now it looks like Slovenia will follow suit. Spain is holding off further recapitalisation of its banks in anticipation of the arrival of Europe’s banking union, which it hopes will do the job instead. But if the Cypriot precedent is anything to go by, a heavy price will be demanded by way of recompense to those that seek help. Bank creditors will be widely bailed in. Confiscation of deposits looks all too possible in any country, even the UK.

Oh and please don’t think this problem is just a Spanish problem: just look at the debt ratio for the UK, France and many other countries. They are all technically bankrupt, so the best advice is to get your money out of most banks while you can. There are a few banks that are still regarded as safe havens, having never lent money in their entire history and worked solely to safeguard clients’ deposits. If you have any questions or would like any advice regarding the above or any financial matters please contact Blacktower by email or call on 96 507 0240.

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.

Life The hand of fate AUTHOR NORMAN Reeley examines the tangled web of fate in his new action thriller ‘Malevolent Karma’ as the paths of three young men intertwine as global peace teeters on the brink. By Jack Troughton THE TRIO were born on the same day, thousands of miles apart, yet they play crucial roles in a story set in 1985, at the height of the Cold War and a year after the Brighton Bombing with international terrorism on the rise. Norman, who lives in Javea, took two years to write the novel, and has held two book launches – one for his British audience and the other for Spanish readers after his wife Gina translated the work. Having lived in Spain for 23 year, Malevolent Karma is a first book but he is no stranger to writing. The retired restaurateur has penned a number of online travel articles inspired by travelling the country. “You write a book for your own interest but of course when it is finished you want people to read it,” said Norman, who is already working on a second book ‘The Vengeance of Karma’. FATE He said he was fascinated by the idea of fate. “You turn a corner and get knocked down by a bus but one second later and you don’t.” Norman’s own life took a change in direction because of chance in his native Scotland. He was going to be an engineer – his father and brothers worked in shipyards on the Clyde. “Father got me an apprenticeship, which was very difficult to secure, but I could not take to it – I felt very guilty at the time because you are born on Clydeside and it’s in your blood. “I came out of the yard one Friday night. It was raining and dark and I nearly got run over by a bike. It was ridden by a pal of mine from school. He picked himself up and started talking – he said he was a commi chef and said he worked at the Grand Hotel in Glasgow and was transferring to the Central Hotel and if I wanted he could get me an

interview to take his place. “He said it was great. You were always warm and there was plenty to eat and all the guys in the kitchen were great fun to work with. I went for the interview and got the job.” Norman added: “But father gave me a good hiding because he had to go and do all the handshakes in reverse and make all the apologies. It even upset the apprentice programme. But that is what you call fate and it completely changed my life.” ADULT He said he also wanted to look at how youngsters became terrorists after being recruited by cynical adults. “You see all these acts of terrorism going on but no one is born a terrorist, so what actually makes a decent young boy become a terrorist?” asked Norman. “That is not karma or fate, which becomes manipulation.” He said he had chosen not to write about his own experiences in Malevolent Karma, although Loch Lomond plays an important role, where he once owned a restaurant. “It is like the films Crash and Babel, there are multi-characters who are seemingly unconnected but very much linked,” he said. “To get the point I am trying to make, you have to read right through from the prologue to the epilogue.” Malevolent Karma is published by UP Publications and available from local shops, the publisher and Amazon. For more information visit www.nmreeley,com or


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Saddle up for a Rock ‘n Roll Rave! By Keith Nicol TIME TO slip on those Blue Suede Shoes, find the Brillcream and slick back whatever hair you’ve got left and have a little fun, all in aid of Easy Horse Care, next Tuesday. However, there will be no horsing around at The Beatles and Buddy’s Rock ‘n Roll Rave at Restaurante Los Rosales on Tuesday 21 May as it will be nothing more than getting down and dirty and enjoying the sounds of yesteryear.. It will be a serious matter of having fun and dancing the night away to a truly unique show. For the first time ever together on one show Woody and The Peckers will be joined by Rick and Trace with their Lennon and McCartney tribute. Woody and The Peckers are an astonishingly popular live rock n roll band, and with their wonderful Buddy Holly Tribute show on the same bill, audiences are sure to be thrilled again by their musical talents. Beatles fans are also in for a treat, as seasoned musicians Rick and Trace join together as The Lennon and McCartney duo. Their personalities will be shining through in the classics that we all know and love. The raffle will be held by Easy Horse Care. They currently have 52 rescued Horses and Donkeys. With a daily cost of 25€ per animal plus vets fees, this equates to 1,700€ per month that needs to be raised just to keep the centre open. With horses having been rescued wandering the streets and from being left tied up in fields, the charity make every donated cent count. To read some of the amazing rescue stories or to donate please visit Tickets are 12.50€ for the show and a 2 course meal. Doors open at

Frissan Restaurant: Going from strength to strength

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7pm. Available from Restaurante Los Rosales Guardamar, Cagneys Bar La Marina, Cards and More La Marina, Card Place Benimar, Card and Gift Shop Quesada, Hire Centre San Luis and online or call 697 501 992 or 606 192 691.

European Residents Party Almoradi THIS SATURDAY, 18 May, at 10.00am, the town of Almoradi is holding their inaugural European Resident Day party. From 10.00am until 3.00pm, the Constitution Square will become the centre for activities. You will be able to sample dishes from different countries such as Germany and the UK and there are musical performances, dances and workshops where you can learn about the customs and traditions of many different countries. The schedule of activities is as follows: 10:00am Opening; 11:00 Concert by Harry Valentino Band 12:00 noon, Reading Manifesto European Residents Day followed by a performance of the ‘Torrevieja Pipes & Drums st 1.00pm. From 2:00pm there will be a dance performance from the dance group ‘Totally Dance’.

FRISSAN RESTAURANT in San Miguel de Salinas celebrates its 6th Anniversary during May. This modern, tastefully decorated restaurant offers a relaxed ambience complemented by a sun terrace to dine al fresco. Owners Stuart and Jayne are warmly welcome customers old and new with a large selection of freshly-cooked ingredients locally sourced. Whichever menu you choose - the extensive A La Carte or the unbeatable value-for-money ‘Menu del Noche’, you will not be disappointed. Both menus are changed on a regular basis to create variety and choice for their regular clientele. Stuart believes that the great success of the restaurant is down to the professional staff and the quality of food that combine to make your visit a truly enjoyable dining experience. Book your table now and join in the anniversary celebrations at Frissan Restaurant. Call 96 672 3485 or 687 948 074, email or visit

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Label and List: the mantra for moving house WITH A quiet Sunday morning on my hands I decided to go through the ritualistic switching of winter to summer clothes. Because we are fortunate enough to live in such an ambient climate the chore is not as great as it might be. Nevertheless there are jackets and sweaters to put away and, thankfully, shoes with toes in can go out of sight until the rainy season. As I folded (very roughly I might add) the clothes that won’t see daylight for several wonderful months, it did occur to me that in the fifteen years since I arrived in Moraira, the seasons have definitely changed. I know that in 1998 most of what I wore would work for most of the year, perhaps layering up on cooler days and evenings.

One thought led to another and my mind meandered through the almost thirty international moves my family has made. So much packing; so many huge shipments across oceans; weeks of unpacking at the new destination… I looked at the linens and diaphanous summer tops that needed a quick wash, or worse – ironing - and my stomach lurched. Sitting on the bed I wondered how many times I have moved house only to arrive in a lovely new home and surprise myself with some of the ridiculous decisions I had made. HOW MUCH DO WE SHIP THAT WE WOULD BE BETTER ADVISED TO DONATE OR SELL? Shipping companies will charge you for moving in one of two ways: either you will pay by the weight of your goods, or by volume. Occasionally you will get lucky and a reputable company will offer you a shared load – two relocation families sharing the cost of a large truck, because of a similar destination. No matter what arrangements you make to move your household goods from one place to another, the cost is likely to be high....particularly in recent years as the removal firms have been forced to include increased fuel prices in their quotations. Take a good look at everything you consider packing – and then look again: Ask yourself exactly where a particular piece of furniture will fit into your new and entirely different home Lay your kitchenware out on a large dining table and decide which pieces have gathered dust in a cupboard for years

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Think about how many plastic storage containers you actually use or how much of your cutlery ever actually graces your table Go through your wardrobe and break any emotional ties you may have with clothes you will never fit into again Be ruthless in your quest to reduce your removal quantity, hence reducing your removal costs...and the amount of unnecessary unpacking you will have to do in your new home. My mantra has always been ‘Label and List’. If there is a sealed carton in your garage that arrived that way many years ago, chances are it is full of stuff you neither want nor need, no matter what the label says. And if you do have the luxury of a professional packing company, keep a sharp eye on them. Be sure to pack your valuables yourself ahead of time. Keep your travel documents and ‘hand carry’ items in a safe place, and give explicit directions to staff when they arrive with their assortment of boxes and tape. We moved from New York to Belgium many years ago. Our home contents (including a car) travelled by sea and then went into storage for six weeks, whilst we waited to move into our new house. As I opened a large box labelled “Kitchen trash can” a swarm of minute flies filled the room and I quickly learned the removal firm had packed my kitchen bin without advising me to empty it first! Happy moving!

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CONVENTIONAL STORAGE HOT WATER TANK To use a timer or not to use a timer, that is the question! Whether it’s more economical to heat the water once a day or top up the heat as and when the temperature drops, something called ‘standby heat loss’. The latest generation of water tanks are well insulated. A full tank of hot water will hold a good temperature even when switched off for twenty four hours. Bright sparks on Day & Night Energy achieve considerable savings heating water during the cheap rate times using a timer. If you replace your water tank, install one with high thermal resistance to minimize the standby heat loss. HEATING Appliances that provide heat or have heating elements are the number one consumer of electricity in the home, portable heaters being high up in the energy consumption stakes. When considering how to heat your home, choose heaters that take advantage of the cheap rate offered with Day & Night Energy, like a storage heater. With this type of heater you’re basically getting heating for half price. AIR CONDITIONING After heating, refrigeration is next on the list for high energy con-

sumption. For an energy efficient air conditioning unit you need an inverter system. The inverter is used to control the speed of the compressor motor to allow continuously regulated temperature. By contrast, traditional air conditioners regulate temperature by using a compressor that is periodically either working at maximum capacity or switched off entirely. Generally, you will find the cheapest units are least efficient, and the top end of the market most efficient. Use the energy efficiency certificate to make comparisons on different models. LIGHTING Replace light bulbs with low energy lamps. To help spread the cost, let the bulbs complete their life circle, then replace them as they blow. LED lamps are the most efficient achieving an energy saving of up to 80-90%. They are followed by CFLs that offer around a 60-70% saving, then the new generation of halogen lamps that look similar to traditional light bulbs, with 30-40% energy saving. For more info email or visit See Sparks advert in classified section.

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Summer season at Aqualandia starts this Saturday KIDS ALL over the Costa Blanca are counting down the last few days before the opening of Aqualandia, Benidorm’s popular water park, welcoming the first of its summer season visitors from this Saturday. Rapids, Slides, Jacuzzis and Lagoons offer fantastic fun in the sun for the whole family and prices are very reasonable starting from 19€ for a day ticket. There are also special shows and displays throughout the day – see for more information. Also see neighbouring Mundomar ( for a glimpse of the world’s wildlife.

Peace and tranquillity at Poniente Playa THE PONIENTE Playa resort begins at the harbour in the Old Town and stretches over 2kms toward La Cala Finestrat. The concentration of hotels and apartments are fewer here and the beach offers a less crowded space even in the high season. If you are looking for a beach holiday away from the ‘Brits abroad’, with early nights and early mornings then this is the place to stay, especially for those who enjoy exercise.

NEW PROMENADE (PASEO PONIENTE) This fantastic three-year 13 million Euro redevelopment programme opened in August 2009. There is a brand new contoured promenade designed to blend with the sea and views. The new promenade is much bigger, with two walkways plus better access to the beach. Stunning new wooden decking runs almost the entire length of the beach, great news for disabled visitors, who can now access the beach via new slopes at various points along the promenade and enjoy the beach at sea level. This is the area of Benidorm favoured by Spanish visitors and residents, especially families. You will find the highest concentration of privately owned apartments here and no allnight discos or bars. After midnight the Poniente tends to go to bed even in high season. There

The new promenade

are plenty of good Spanish café bars along the Poniente Beach where you can enjoy a menu of the day from just 10€ including wine. English visitors are well catered for with British cafe bars along the beach. You may also wish to consider this part of town if you are hiring a car as it is much easier to park in the many free street-

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parking spaces halfway along the Poniente. SUMMARY Upside: Quieter - Less busy - Easier parking - Quieter beach - Good Spanish restaurants. Downside: Bars close 2am latest: some on hills inland away from the discos and late night bars.

s n o i t c a r t t a lace m Benidor Benidorm Pa

BENIDORM’S TOP entertainment venue, The Benidorm Palace offers a magnificent spectacular filled with fabulous costumes worn by some of Europe’s most talented performers. The show changes every year - the food and wine is excellent, complete with vegetarian options, and the show always receives top reviews! Voted Europe’s best cabaret theatre and nightclub for 2012, even topping the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the Benidorm Palace is the pride of Spain’s most popular tourist resort and a treat not to be missed. See page 45 for more details.


17-23 MAY 2013

A Tower with a view

Benidorm offers so much more

The watchtower of Agulió

By Dave Gaskell – A VISIT to Benidorm can be so much more than simply sun, sea and Sangria. Of course there is plenty of the aforementioned in abundance. However, take a look around you and for those who like to discover a little local history whilst also keeping fit there is plenty to keep you occupied as a Benidorm weekender visitor. A short Bus journey (No.3) from Park Elx (Bus Stop in front of Hotel Mar Blau) by the harbour will take you to the lovely bay of Cala de Finestrat, where high above the bay is a gem of walk up to the watchtower of Agulió on the peak of the hill. You cannot miss it! Part of the old coastal defences since the XVI

century built to look out for invaders and latterly as part of a series of towers looking out for Smugglers avoiding payment of taxes to customs. The walk is easy to medium difficulty and is best reached by taking the road to the far left (with your back to the beach) from where there is a newly laid path to the tower. With a few stops on the way to take in the stunning scenery or sit and enjoy a drink at one of the picnic tables, the walk should take just 25 minutes from the beach. Once on the peak you can see almost a ¼ of the entire Land of Valencia toward Benidorm and Calpe in the north to Alicante and Villajoyosa in the south. This is one of the best kept secrets in

the area with rarely another soul sharing the views and tranquillity with you. The phrase “Breath Taking” often misused by holiday brochures really does seem apt here, the scenery and views truly are breath taking. This is a perfect location to see the sunrise or the sunset. For those who prefer a more vigorous walk, from the tower it is possible to continue the path too Villajoyosa and back, a very pleasant circuit of two and a half hours at a stroll. This is well signposted along the route and is known as the “Colada de la Costa”. Later head back to Benidorm for a much deserved evening meal and drinks on the terraces with plenty of time to contemplate your next Benidorm weekender.

Nisperos in Benidorm

THE NISPERO season is at its height and local residents are knee deep in the soft and delicious fruit that is harvested in profusion at this time of the year. Nisperos can be made into a sticky liquer, jam (although it can be tricky to set) or lightly stewed and served with ice cream but Benidorm housewife Mrs Jane Peake serves it in a delightful crumble! Peel 1 kilo of Nisperos, discarding the stones and inner membrane and lay them in the bottom of a greased oven-proof dessert dish. Make the ‘crumble’ by rubbing together 300g plain flour with 200g butter sweetened with 175g golden caster sugar. Sprinkle over the fruit and bake at 170ºC for 40 minutes. Nicest with homemade vanilla ice cream or custard. Nobody ever got slim by spending the summer in Benidorm!

Benidorm BASE Jumping Championships FOR ANY extreme sport enthusiasts, the 6th annual BASE jumping championships are due to take place in Benidorm on the weekend of 8th & 9th June. By Irena Bodnarec, BASE JUMPING is an extreme sport where participants jump from a fixed object – and in this case it happens to be off the top of the Gran Hotel Bali in La Cala, which stands at 160 metres! To emphasise the dangers, last year a contestant landed on the glass roof of the hotel restaurant and badly injured himself after being blown off course by a freak gust of wind – he thankfully made a full recovery. There is certainly no margin for error in this activity – once airbound they only have 15 seconds to deploy their parachute. Adrenaline junkies love the danger involved and in reality, you even need a nerve of steel to watch them. They have a very small target mat to land on and it is not unheard of that some of the jumpers end up in the swimming pool – much to the surprise of the hotel guests who are enjoying a leisurely swim at the time! So mark the date in your diary and don´t forget to bring your camera for some once in a lifetime picture opportunities.

17-23 MAY 2013

Benidorm Playas Volleyball Team to play in the Championships

THE PLAYAS de Benidorm volleyball team took part in the regional finals this weekend at the Centre for Modernisation in Alicante against Santo Domingo de Elda, La Nucia and Elche. Trained by Daniel Garcia, the Playas beat La Nucia 3-0 in the second game, lost in the tie-break 3-2 against Elche and came back to win 3-0 against Elda. The Ilicitanas were proclaimed champions and runners up were the Playas, so both teams will be in the Championship final to be held later this month in Barcelona.



17-23 MAY 2013

Spring break



ROUND TOWN TRAVEL has a 3-night, half-board mini-break in one of Benidorm´s newest and flashiest hotels that will really put that spring in your step!

The longest established and luxurious Restaurant on the Costa Blanca offering original Indian food cooked with traditional herbs and spices to your personal taste and served in beautiful surroundings

Original | Stylish Decor Air conditioned | Centrally heated


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* Note The set meal includes a starter, a main course with a Naan Bread or Pilau rice, a sweet or coffee or tea & a normal drink



The Flash Hotel is located in the centre of Benidorm




C/Doctor Orts LLorca 11. Edificio Zeus. Benidorm 03503

96 58 66 881 632 33 09 38

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RACHELS BAR, Avenida Doctor Severo Ochoa 6, Rincon De Loix

Fri, Sat & Sun

BAR TROPICAL, Calle Dr. Severo Ochoa, Rincon De Loix





ROCK ‘N ROLL HOUSE, Calle Dr. Severo Ochoa, Rincon De Loix

Friday Saturday Sunday

UK COMEDY CLUB, Avenida Filipinas, Rincon De Loix


JAIL ROCK, Calle Gerona, Rincon De Loix

Situated within walking distance from the beach and the famous ‘Benidorm Strip’, with its lively clubs and bars, the Flash will provide you with the perfect base for those who wish to relax all day on the beach or party all night till sunrise. Resident on a half board basis, you can 9pm 10pm 12am 9pm 10pm 12am

Lionel Ritchie Tribute Jimmy Carol (Comic) Showaddywaddy Rod Stewart Tribute One Vision Copycats Multi Tribute

Fri, Sat & Sun

9.15pm 10.15pm 11.30pm

Eagles Tribute UB40 Tribute Carnaby Street Mod Tribute

STARDUST, Calle Gerona, Rincon De Loix

Fri, Sat & Sun

9pm 11.30pm 12.30am 1.30am

ABBA Tribute Girls Aloud Tribute The Stylistics Tribute Take That Tribute

TALK OF THE COAST, Off Calle Gerona, Rincon De Loix

Fri, Sat & Sun

8.30pm 9.30pm 10.30pm 11.30pm 12.30am

Angie Moff (Queen) Dangerous Brian (Comic) Bench Taylor Shaun Foster Conley (TV)

PIG ‘N WHISTLE, Calle Pal 5, Old Town Benidorm

Friday Saturday Sunday

10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm

Amy Winehouse Tribute Jill Ryan (Mrs Meatloaf) Alana Love




9pm 10pm 11pm 12am

Ronan Keating Tribute Carlos ‘King of Soul’ Boogie Disco Fever Maiki

9pm 10pm 11pm 12am 9pm 10pm 11pm 12am 9pm 10pm 11pm 12am

Elvis Tribute Lionel Richie Tribute Queen Tribute Kay C Olly Murs Tribute Timeless Deb and Her Lee Dance Divas Emma Lionel Ritchie Tribute Diana Ross Tribute G. Fulton

10.30pm 11.45pm 10.30pm 11.45pm 10.30pm 11.45pm 12.45am

Pablo Bloom Cabayetu Brothers Dean Ryan Cabayetu Brothers Bee Gees Tribute Cabayetu Brothers Ray Croft

DAYTONA ROCK, Edificio Principado Arena, Playa de Levante

Fri & Sun Fri, Sat & Sun Friday Sat & Sun Saturday Saturday Sunday

4.30pm 6pm 10.30pm 12am 4.30pm 10.30pm 10pm

Cesc Palanca y Cambio Rafa Badia Lee Duffy Rafa Badia Palanca y Cambio ACDC Tribute

HEARTBREAK HOTEL, Avenida de Alcoy 13, Playa de Levante

Friday Friday Friday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Sunday Sunday Sunday

4.30pm 8.30pm 12am 4.30pm 6.30pm 11pm 1am 4.30pm 6.30pm 9pm

Pablo Bloom Sea Club Pablo Bloom John the Fiddler One Man Standing Motor City Pablo Bloom Beni Beatles Off LImits Spectrums

GUINESS BAR, Avenida de Alcoy 5, Playa de Levante

Fri & Sat Fri, Sat & Sun Friday Saturday Sunday Sunday

3.30pm 5pm 10.20pm 10.30pm 3pm 10.30pm

Palanca y Cambio Lee Duffy Palanca y Cambio Rafa Fabian Palanca y Cambio Palanca y Cambio

THE TAVERN MUSIC PUB, C/Zamora, Rincon De Loix



Don’t Ask

JOKERS, Calle Lepanto, Rincon De Loix


9.15pm 12pm 1am 10pm 11pm

Queen of Soul Drifters Tribute Bob Marley Tribute Shaun Foster Conley (TV) Meatloaf Tribute

YORKSHIRE PRIDE, C/Gerona 5, Rincon De Loix

Fri, Sat & Sun


Tad Cocker Band

ROCKSTAR, Calle Gerona, Rincon De Loix



Ismael Beiro 10â‚Ź entry

ROVERS RETURN, Calle Gerona, Rincon De Loix

Friday Saturday

5pm 9pm

Legends Twist & Jive


THE FABULOUS 4* Flash Hotel & Spa, located in the centre of Benidorm’s ‘Rincon de Loix’, opened in late 2012 offering chic, modern, state of the art accommodation for the discerning traveller to Benidorm: it offers all of the luxuries associated with a hotel of this class.

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in Benidorm

eat to your heart’s content in the buffet style restaurant that will provide your breakfast and evening meals, offering mouth-watering British and continental cuisine to suit every taste. There are dates available late May and early June but with prices starting at an

unbelievable 86.25€ per person: be sure to book quickly as this offer won’t last forever. For full details and reservations call (0034) 966 867 294 now: lines are open Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm and weekends 10am – 2pm, operated by English speakers.

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17-23 MAY 2013

Life tech

with Aunty Virus


Program faulty following computer virus HELLO AUNTY: Having fallen victim to that UKASH virus and had to wipe my laptop and reload windows 7, I now have a problem with a program which worked perfectly before the virus. I use free ‘sound recorder v 9.6.1’ and have in the past been able to record without any background noise from other sources, whilst using headphones to supervise what was happening, but now I find that the only way to record is through the DELL laptop’s speakers, so no headphones, the sound then being recorded through the laptop microphone, and thereby catching background noise. Can you help me as I will soon be bald! Exasperated of Gandia Aunty says: It may be that you do not have all the correct drivers installed, and so the device is not available. According to vistaproblem/ you need to activate the stereo mixer in the sound options of your control panel. It may not be in the list of options, so you have to ‘Show Disabled Devices’ from the menu. Then configure ‘stereo mixer’ and freesoundrecorder for your requirements.

Response: I have tried the remedy you suggested and I realised that there had been a DELL utilities disk supplied at the time of purchase, and that the re installer may not have reloaded it. I now find that the software needed to get me back to pre virus operation has been reinstalled, and the system works perfectly.

Typing trouble DEAR AUNTY: I am having a problem with programmes where I type text, e.g. Apache Open Office and ‘Compose’ in Firefox Gmail. The insert cursor, normally at the end of current text, suddenly jumps randomly back into the previous text. As I am not a touch typist and look at the keyboard as I type, this can involve whole sentences having to be cut and pasted. I have tried uninstalling and re installing Open Office, but it makes no difference. Is it my operating system, Windows 7, at fault do you think? Any help would be much appreciated. Les Power Aunty says: The cursor moving around could be down to an issue with a software driver for your mouse / touchpad. Or it could be your keyboard configuration means that certain keys you press are allocated to do another action – e.g. if number lock is not ‘lit’, then the numbers on the keypad move the cursor instead of putting numbers.

Internet error message HI AUNTY: I have a VAIO laptop. Each time I open the internet I get the message ‘Internet has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available’. I click on ‘close program’ and the internet comes up. Do you know what the problem is and how I can rectify it? Jacqui

Aunty says: The problem is that there is an issue with the browser you are using. This may be down to: The browser not being installed correctly - reinstall the browser or use another such as Chrome or Firefox. A ‘third party’ toolbar or ‘addon’ is not installed correctly or crashing - uninstall toolbars that you may not need - or an addon like Adobe Flash is not installed in the browser, and the pages you are trying to view need this to work.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Solar Thermometer We’re all familiar with the solar powered garden lights available these days, and living in such a sunny (mostly…) climate they are an ideal hassle-free method of bringing some bling to your outside spaces. But how about a solar powered digital thermometer? Now there’s a novel and inventive use of the sun! The TFA Avenue Solar Thermometer does exactly what it says on the tin. Weather resistant and designed to be used outside the Solar Thermometer features a large digital display powered via a solar cell charging built-in batteries. The Solar Thermometer comes complete with an aluminium rod for easy fitment wherever you choose. The display shows the temperature in degrees Centigrade or Fahrenheit and features 3 different modes – current temperature display, current temperature/time in sequence and current highest/lowest temperature and time in sequence. There is an automatic reset of maximum and minimum values. The Solar Thermometer has a measuring range of -25 to 70 degrees Centigrade and even features a backlit display. The Inspectors Verdict: The TFA Avenue Solar Thermometer is a great, modern selfpowered replacement for that ancient old mercury thermometer we all have hanging outside. And with the very hot topic of the temperature you can be bang up to date with digital accuracy! Great for fascinating friends and visitors at any given opportunity… Visit to order the TFA Avenue Solar Thermometer for 53€. Price quoted includes free delivery to Spain (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

17-23 may 2013


AirPush Detector

With smartphones you are always wanting to download new applications but unfortunately along with the apps that get downloaded sometimes they are also accompanied by annoying Spam ads and notifications coming through on your phone. This is a simple Android application which detects applications on your phone which appear to use known notification ad frameworks. If your device is running Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” or higher, you don’t need this app anymore! You can just press and hold on notifications and your device will tell you who is generating them. The app doesn’t actually remove the applications that it detects, you will need to uninstall them yourself should you wish to. Free to download from Google Play on all Android devices.


17-23 MAY 2013

Life Showbiz Goss

Abba not havin’ a good time RUMOURS WERE going around last week that there was a chance Abba might get back together again, and like me perhaps you held your breath waiting for news of what would be a momentous event in the world of popular music. But being the nasty old spoilsport that I am, I have to inform you that it seems its never going to happen. Björn Ulvaeus, the one who played guitar and smiled a lot, said last Thursday “I promise you, Abba will never reform ... when you listen to our music, you have an image of four young energetic people and not four geriatrics,” that pretty much puts the rumour to bed for me ... Big Time! But there is a wee drop more to be telling you about. Take what we all thought was a rivalry between the two girls in the group Agnetha Fältskog, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad for instance. Agnetha, the blonde one, said to the Mail on Sunday “We were very different types, and yes there was some bad


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Perchance to dream for Lily

feeling when we were weary with our heavy schedule ... little niggles, differences of opinion when we were a little irritated and ... “ aha! ... so we were all right then, they were rivals! Benny Andersson, the bearded one at the piano kept a pretty low profile during this whole thing which gets me to thinking he was pretty keen on the reunion, but alas the potential for the two girls to scratch each others eyes out seems to have won the day. So you will just have to do what you always do and dust down your old CD’s and get singing along with your fave track whilst doing your spring cleaning.

FROM THE moment a young girl walks onto a stage in a school play, the chances are, given the opportunity to become Cinderella, she would bite your proverbial hand off. This very pipe dream has come true for a young lady who got her big break in series three of Downton Abbey playing the part of Lady Rose McClare, cousin and ward of the Granthams. Kenneth Branagh confirmed last week that 24 year old Lily James will indeed play Cinderella in his upcoming movie adaptation of the classic fairytale. The film will feature both live and action sequences, and the relatively inexperienced Lily beat off the likes of Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Bella Heathcote to the part. Its a bold move by Branagh, but with his level of experience you have to think Lily is ready to step up to the plate. She was born in Esher in Surrey, and eventually made her way to Tring in Hertfordshire to the Arts Education School, and you can only imagine how excited and pleased everyone there is now that Lily has landed such a dream role. The multi nominated and award winning Cate Blanchett will play the evil stepmother, and Game of Thrones hunk Richard Madden is in talks to play Prince Charming, suggesting the young Lily James could well have to pinch herself every day from when the shooting begins, which, by the way is later this year. Cinderella is due for release early next year when we can all witness a true fairytale unfolding in every sense of the word.

Harry the Bakers Boy

ON THURSDAY August 29th a film will go on general release in UK cinemas called ‘This is Us 3D,’ and is a documentary style account of the rise of boy band One Direction. One of the featured items in the movie came to light last week and is rather a cute wee story of pretty boy and serial ladies man Harry Styles returning to the first job he had in home town Holmes Chapel in Cheshire. Harry boy began his working life as a bakers boy and earned £6 an hour as a 14-year-old working on Saturdays, serving in the shop, cleaning the back, scrubbing the floor, washing the trays and cleaning the counter. Harry boy had a bit of fun for the cameras when he tucked into pasties and did some of his old chores during the filming, to which his old boss Simon Wakefield retorted “He was the most polite member of staff we’ve ever had, customers really took a shine to him, and the shop suddenly had an influx of girls when Harry worked here.”... so nothing much has changed then eh?

Life TV

17-23 MAY 2013


17th May - 23rd May

FRIDAY 17th May BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Fake Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Saints and Scroungers 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 Perfection 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 A Question of Sport 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Would I Lie to You? 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Not Going Out 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:25 The Wright Way 24:55 Norbit

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 08:45 Saints and Scroungers 09:15 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 11:00 Question Time 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 The Great British Bake Off 16:45 Restoration Roadshow 17:15 Planet Earth 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Chef’s Protege 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Nature’s Microworlds 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Natural World 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 Weather 24:05 Later with Jools Holland

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Martin Lewis Money Show 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Life of Crime 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Rumor Has It...

07:00 Childrens TV 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 What’s Cooking? 13:25 Channel 4 News 13:30 Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Ben Earl: Trick Artist 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:05 10 O’Clock Live

07:00 Childrens TV 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Motor Morphers 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Removal Men 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Blue Smoke 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 The Mentalist 22:55 CSI: Miami 23:50 CSI: Miami 24:45 True Crimes: The First 72 Hours

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 Animal Practice 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 The Only Way Is Essex 10:50 The Only Way Is Essex 11:35 Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:35 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Judge Judy 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Couples Retreat 24:20 Billy Madison

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 Charmed 11:35 90210 12:35 Ugly Betty 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 The Last Exorcism 23:45 The Big Bang Theory 24:15 The Big Bang Theory 24:45 Full English





07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 MotoGP 15:00 Bargain Hunt 16:00 Herbie: Fully Loaded 17:35 Escape to the Country 18:20 Celebrity Mastermind 18:50 Pointless Celebrities 19:40 BBC News 20:00 Doctor Who 20:45 National Lottery Draws 21:00 Eurovision Song Contest 2013 24:15 BBC News; Weather 24:35 Live at the Apollo


07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:40 Till the End of Time 09:20 Flying Leathernecks 11:00 A History of Scotland 12:00 Map Man 12:30 Just a Minute 13:00 The Chef’s Protege 13:30 The Chef’s Protege 14:00 The Chef’s Protege 14:30 The Chef’s Protege 15:00 The Chef’s Protege 15:30 The A to Z of TV Gardening 15:50 Coast 16:50 Auction Hero 17:50 The Eagle Has Landed 20:00 Flog It! 21:00 Dad’s Army 21:30 The Culture Show 22:30 QI XL 23:15 West Is West 24:55 The Walker

SUNDAY 19th May BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Live Worship for Pentecost 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:20 Countryfile 14:15 Bargain Hunt 15:15 Homes Under the Hammer 16:15 Points of View 16:30 Lifeline 16:40 Escape to the Country 17:25 Songs of Praise 18:00 Chelsea Flower Show 2013 19:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 19:30 Countryfile 20:30 Antiques Roadshow 21:30 Case Histories 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Match of the Day


07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:30 Ruthless 09:15 Gardeners’ World 09:45 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:30 The Beechgrove Garden 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Chinese Food Made Easy 13:00 Great British Food Revival 13:30 MotoGP 15:15 EastEnders 17:05 Final Score 19:30 Porridge 20:00 Racing Legends 21:00 Ice Age Giants 22:00 Australia with Simon Reeve 23:00 Mock the Week Looks Back at 23:30 Blood Diamond

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Jessie 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Dinner Date 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:15 My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham 12:15 Saturday Farm 13:15 ITV News and Weather 13:30 Murder, She Wrote 14:30 River Monsters 15:30 All Star Family Fortunes 16:15 The Chase 17:15 The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery 19:00 ITV News Central 19:15 ITV News and Weather 19:30 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 Britain’s Got Talent 21:45 The Cube 22:45 Jonathan Ross Show 23:45 ITV News and Weather 24:00 Mickey Blue Eyes

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:20 Almost Naked Animals 08:30 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 09:00 Sonny with a Chance 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Country House Sunday 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:20 Dickinson’s Real Deal 12:20 Love Your Garden 13:20 ITV News and Weather 13:25 Murder on the Orient Express 15:50 Britain’s Got Talent 17:10 Evan Almighty 18:55 You’ve Been Framed! 19:45 ITV News Central 20:00 ITV News and Weather 20:15 Catchphrase 21:00 The British Soap Awards 2013 23:00 ITV News and Weather 23:15 Children of Men

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 Volkswagen Racing Cup 08:00 The Grid 08:25 FIM Superbike World Championship 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:00 Frasier 11:30 Frasier 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 The Simpsons 13:30 Heston’s Fantastical Food 14:35 Channel 4 Racing 17:10 Come Dine with Me 17:40 Come Dine with Me 18:15 Come Dine with Me 18:50 Come Dine with Me 19:20 Come Dine with Me 19:50 Channel 4 News 20:15 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer 22:00 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 24:40 The Experiments

07:00 Childrens TV 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 The Mr Men Show 11:15 Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:50 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:15 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 14:15 Darby’s Rangers 16:35 The Dam Busters 19:05 Last of the Dambusters: Revealed 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:05 NCIS 22:00 NCIS 22:55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:50 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 24:45 True Crimes: The First 72 Hours

07:00 Coronation Street 09:05 Emmerdale 12:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 13:05 A Little Princess 15:05 Kindergarten Cop 17:15 You’ve Been Framed! 17:50 You’ve Been Framed! 18:20 You’ve Been Framed! 18:55 You’ve Been Framed! 19:30 Small Soldiers 21:45 Britain’s Got More Talent 22:45 You’ve Been Framed! 23:50 Celebrity Juice 24:35 Britain’s Got Talent


07:00 Heartland 07:45 Greek 08:35 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 09:35 Make It or Break It 10:35 Ugly Betty 11:30 Scrubs 12:00 Scrubs 12:30 Scrubs 13:00 Glee 14:00 Charmed 15:00 Made in Chelsea 16:00 Rules of Engagement 18:30 The Mindy Project 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Happy Endings 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Mission: Impossible III 24:30 The Big Bang Theory





07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Freesports on 4 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:55 The Big Bang Theory 14:30 The Simpsons 15:00 The Simpsons 15:30 Big Momma’s House 2 17:30 Deal or No Deal 18:30 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces 19:30 Grand Designs 20:30 Channel 4 News 21:00 World’s Weirdest Weather 22:00 The Social Network 24:20 Don’t Blame Facebook

07:00 Childrens TV 09:20 Angelina Ballerina 09:35 Mio Mao 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:00 Inside Hollywood 12:05 Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild 13:05 Aliens: Are We Alone? 14:05 Godzilla 16:40 Hoodwinked 18:15 Cats & Dogs 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 Once Upon a Time 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Righteous Kill 23:55 Out of Time

07:00 Emmerdale 09:40 Coronation Street 12:15 You’ve Been Framed! 13:15 Free Willy 2: the Adventure Home 15:15 Mamma Mia! 17:25 You’ve Been Framed! 17:55 Britain’s Got Talent 19:10 Britain’s Got More Talent 20:15 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 20:45 The Incredible Hulk 23:00 The British Soap Awards 2013: The Party 24:05 Celebrity Juice 24:45 Celebrity Juice

07:00 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 07:50 Make It or Break It 08:45 Ugly Betty 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Scrubs 10:40 Hollyoaks 13:10 Made in Chelsea 14:10 Glee 15:10 Charmed 16:10 How I Met Your Mother 16:40 How I Met Your Mother 17:05 How I Met Your Mother 17:35 Revenge 18:35 New Girl 19:00 The Mindy Project 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 The Big Bang Theory 21:00 The Simpsons Movie 22:50 Rude Tube


17-23 MAY 2013

Life TV

17th May - 23rd May

MONDAY 20th May

BBC1 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done in the Sun 12:30 Bargain Hunt 13:30 Chelsea Flower Show 2013 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 Perfection 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Chelsea Flower Show 2013 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Miranda 22:00 Panorama 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:20 BBC News: The Editors 24:50 The Graham Norton Show





07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 The Sheriffs Are Coming 08:50 Saints and Scroungers 09:20 Heir Hunters 10:05 Coast 11:05 Great British Railway Journeys 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Great British Bake Off 16:45 Restoration Roadshow 17:15 Planet Earth 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Chef’s Protege 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Chelsea Flower Show 2013 22:00 The Fall 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Women’s Football Show

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Dales 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Vicious 22:30 The Job Lot 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Jonathan Ross Show 24:40 Monk

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 What’s Cooking? 13:35 Channel 4 News 13:40 1001 Things You Should Know 14:05 Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses 15:10 Four Rooms 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 SuperScrimpers 22:00 Skint 23:00 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 24:05 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Mio Mao 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Building the Panama Canal 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Blind Trust 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 Motor Morphers 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 NCIS 24:40 CSI: Miami


07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 The Only Way Is Essex 10:50 The Only Way Is Essex 11:35 Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:35 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:45 Britain’s Got Talent 22:00 Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason 24:10 State of Play


07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:35 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:25 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 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 The Mindy Project 22:00 Revenge 23:00 Made in Chelsea 24:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:55 The Big Bang Theory

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TUESDAY 21st May


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done in the Sun 12:30 Bargain Hunt 13:30 Chelsea Flower Show 2013 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 Perfection 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Frankie 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 The Wright Way 24:05 Live at the Apollo 24:35 Bandits


07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Helicopter Heroes 07:50 Homes Under the Hammer 08:50 Don’t Get Done in the Sun 09:20 Saints and Scroungers 10:05 Watchdog 11:05 Paul Hollywood’s Bread 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 Super League Show 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Great British Bake Off 16:45 Restoration Roadshow 17:15 Planet Earth 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Chef’s Protege 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Chelsea Flower Show 2013 22:00 Town with Nicholas Crane 23:00 Later Live with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Tudors







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 ITV News Central 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 River Monsters 21:00 Caroline Quentin’s National Parks 22:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The People Play 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Zoo 24:35 In Plain Sight

07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 What’s Cooking? 13:35 Channel 4 News 13:40 1001 Things You Should Know 14:05 Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses 15:10 Four Rooms 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 Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic 22:00 Mary Queen of the High Street 23:00 Shameless 24:05 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Mio Mao 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Emergency Bikers 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Hotel Inspector 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:20 Mystery Woman: Redemption 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Revealed 21:00 WW1’s Tunnels of Death: The Big Dig 22:00 CSI: NY 23:00 Body of Proof 23:55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:50 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 The Only Way Is Essex 10:50 The Only Way Is Essex 11:35 Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:35 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Peter Andre: My Life 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:35 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 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 The Mindy Project 23:00 The Cleveland Show 23:30 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:15 Rude Tube








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done in the Sun 12:30 Bargain Hunt 13:30 Chelsea Flower Show 2013 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 Perfection 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Watchdog 22:00 The Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Living with Poverty 24:35 Phenomenon

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Helicopter Heroes 07:50 Homes Under the Hammer 08:50 Don’t Get Done in the Sun 09:20 Saints and Scroungers 10:05 The Great British Sewing Bee 11:05 Deadly 60 on a Mission 11:35 Great British Railway Journeys 12:05 Island in the Sky 13:50 Lifeline 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Great British Bake Off 16:45 Restoration Roadshow 17:15 Planet Earth 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Chef’s Protege 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Chelsea Flower Show 2013 22:00 Bankers 23:00 The Apprentice: You’re Fired 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Tudors

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 All Star Mr & Mrs 22:00 Scott & Bailey 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Dirty Britain 24:35 The Dales

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 What’s Cooking? 13:35 Channel 4 News 13:40 1001 Things You Should Know 14:05 Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses 15:10 Four Rooms 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 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 10 O’Clock Live 23:55 Random Acts 24:00 12 Year Old Lifer: True Stories

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Mio Mao 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Aliens: Are We Alone? 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Frontline Police 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Angels Fall 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Frontline Police 21:00 Emergency Bikers 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Crimes That Shook the World 24:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:55 National Heads Up Poker Championships

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Britain’s Got More Talent 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 The Only Way Is Essex 10:50 The Only Way Is Essex 11:35 Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:35 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 21:30 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 22:00 Benidorm 22:30 Benidorm 23:00 The Bourne Identity

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:35 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 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 X-Men 23:05 Rude Tube 24:10 Made in Chelsea

17-23 may 2013








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Don’t Get Done in the Sun 12:30 Bargain Hunt 13:30 Chelsea Flower Show 2013 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 Perfection 16:45 The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Britain’s Biggest Hoarders 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 The Other Man

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:20 Helicopter Heroes 08:05 Homes Under the Hammer 09:05 Don’t Get Done in the Sun 09:35 Saints and Scroungers 10:20 Italy Unpacked 11:20 Great British Railway Journeys 11:50 HARDtalk 12:15 I’m All Right Jack 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Great British Bake Off 16:45 Restoration Roadshow 17:15 Planet Earth 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Chef’s Protege 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Chelsea Flower Show 2013 22:00 The Last Days of Anne Boleyn 23:00 Watson & Oliver 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Tudors

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs 22:00 Scott & Bailey 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Vicious 24:05 The Job Lot 24:35 The Security Men

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 The Secret Millionaire 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 What’s Cooking? 13:40 1001 Things You Should Know 14:05 Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses 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 Fat Family Tree 22:00 The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Gangs 23:00 999: What’s Your Emergency? 24:05 24 Hours in A&E

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 WW1’s Tunnels of Death: The Big Dig 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 The Hotel Inspector 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:05 The Shell Seekers 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Elizabeth II: A Celebration 21:00 The True Story 22:00 Most Shocking Talent Show Moments

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:05 The Only Way Is Essex 10:50 The Only Way Is Essex 11:35 Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:35 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Judge Judy 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Peter Andre: My Life 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 The Bourne Supremacy

Crossword Solutions 708 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Inane; 8 Rookery; 9 Husband; 10 Elder; 12 Never again; 15 Auctioneer; 18 Towed; 19 Cutlass; 21 Oneness; 22 Sieve. Down: 1 Light heart; 2 Pansy; 3 Beta; 4 Bridge; 5 Coverage; 6 Headway; 11 Ring-master; 13 Evildoer; 14 Scowled; 16 Nicest; 17 Males; 20 Tass.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Roach; 8 Element; 9 Adverse; 10 Earns; 12 Protection; 15 Songstress; 18 Sound; 19 Topical; 21 Mariner; 22 Adieu. Down: 1 Broadcasts; 2 Halve; 3 Char; 4 Detect; 5 Defences; 6 Terrain; 11 Santa Claus; 13 Resident; 14 Inquire; 16 Retire; 17 Acrid; 20 Pear.

E4 07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Desperate Housewives 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:35 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:25 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 The New Normal 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 What Happens in Kavos 24:05 Fresh Meat

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. And you can watch all our programmes and find our full listings at Friday 17th May Let’s Talk – Let’s Talk – with Paloma del Rey and Torrevieja Fellowship Church pastor Roy Davies. 18.30 Saturday 18th May An Evening With... the ultimate Cliff Richard tribute – Cliff As If. Interview and performance. 19.00 Sunday 19th May Buying a Car in Spain. Avoiding the pitfalls when making one of the biggest purchases you are likely to make here. 18.05 Monday 20th May Peraleja Golf – The day when dozens of football

sporting celebs descended on Murcia to raise money for the Mary Leishman Foundation. 18.05 Tuesday 21st May I Wanna Be A Producer – a short documentary about group of amateur actors struggling to put a show on. 18.30 Wednesday 22nd May Dead Frequency (Film) – Sam Stewart, by night a radio presenter, by day a member of a modern day vampire clan is in love with a mortal and struggling to give in to his feelings. 18.05 Thursday 23rd May British Consulate – A look at what Conexiones is doing for charitable organisations in the area. 18.15

17-23 MAY 2013

Life fashion


Your boobs are in good hands! ONE OF the things well-endowed ladies miss most about living in Spain is Marks & Spencer. However, thanks to Gigi’s and the lovely Sue in Quesada, M&S can stay where it is - in the UK! When the wire in your old bra starts digging into your armpit it’s time to bite the bullet. Instead of immediately booking a flight to the UK try visiting Gigi’s, located on Avenida de las Naciones, the main street in Quesada, next to Oscars.

SHAPE CHANGING The store has a fabulous stock of lingerie, dresses and swimwear. Sue will whisk you off to the changing rooms and make an expert assessment of the size and type of bra you need, probably suggesting several different models in a size you would never have guessed might fit you! The Panache bra in black with a pretty lace trim can completely change the shape of your bustline - instead of your boobs facing south they will now look perky and pert!

The store has a fabulous stock of lingerie, dresses and swimwear

Gigi’s stocks a range of underwear brands

Other bras come in a variety of shapes to produce the right look for the right outfit. Sue’s a genius! You can toss your old bras in the bin and feel like a proper page three model! SLIM-LINE Gigi’s stocks a range of underwear brands including Panache, Naturana and Rosa as well as Cleo and Masquerade, under the Panache brand. They stock bras in sizes from A to K with back sizes from 30 to 46. All are UK sizes because they are all manufactured in the UK. They also stock a fantastic range of swimwear by cup size including brands such as Seaspray and Panache. They also carry a range of ‘controlled’ swimwear to give you that perfect slim-line figure as well as mastectomy bras. Who needs M&S when you have Gigi’s on your doorstep? If you are in the need for a well fitted bra that is expertly fitted by an experienced, friendly and knowledgeable bra fitter, get down to Quesada now. The shop is open from 10am until 5pm, Monday to Friday and 10am until 2pm on Saturdays. For more information, visit or call 96 671 9217.

. 27/5 N O M SED O L C . NB

17-23 MAY 2013

Life recipe

Chicken and mushroom risotto LUSCIOUS, CREAMY risotto is one of my favourite dishes. It takes a little care and attention to get it right, but it’s not that difficult and the time spent is well worthwhile. Ideally you should use Italian arborio rice, but in this version I used a Spanish paella rice. The main thing is to use a good short grain rice; long grain rice just won’t work in risotto. The key to success is the proportion of stock to rice – roughly 3 parts stock to 1 part rice and to add the warm stock a little at a time. • 400g mushrooms, quartered • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped • 25g butter • 4 fat garlic cloves, peeled and chopped • Freshly ground black pepper • 2 chicken legs or 4 thighs, de-boned and the meat cut into bite sized chunks • Olive oil for frying • 2 tsps fresh thyme leaves • 2 mugs short grain rice • A glass of dry white wine • 6 mugs warm chicken stock • 50g fresh parmesan cheese, shaved or coarsely grated 1. Melt the butter in a large frying pan and gently fry the onion for 2-3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, garlic and plenty of pepper and continue to fry for 5-6 minutes until the mushrooms have taken on a little

colour. Set aside on a plate. 2. Add a little oil to the pan and fry the chicken pieces over medium heat for 5-6 minutes until they are brown and sticky. Set aside with the mushrooms. 3. Add a little more oil to the pan and heat with the rice for 1-2 minutes until it becomes slightly translucent. Add the wine and continue to heat and stir until it has virtually evaporated. Now it is time to add the stock - one mugful at a time - stirring constantly so that it is gradually absorbed by the rice. After

about 10 minutes, add the chicken and mushrooms as well as the thyme leaves. Continue to stir and add the stock for a further 5 - 10 minutes until the mixture becomes soft and creamy, but the rice still has a little crunch. It is now ready to serve. 4. Spoon the risotto onto warmed serving plates and sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the top. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

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The Big Band Sound: alive and well on the Costa Blanca

THE 16 piece ‘Miller Men Big Band’ under the direction of Alan Skelton were on top form again at the second of their spring shows at the Rosales Restaurant on the Lemon Tree Rd, Guardamar on 4th May. The show opened with George Gershwin’s ‘Strike up the Band’ and it certainly did! A broad range of classic big band hits included Glenn Miller’s ‘American Patrol’ ‘Perfidia’ and ‘Chatternooga Choo Choo’, all receiving delighted applause. The highlight of the evening was the band’s rendition of ‘East of the Sun’ with four members of the trombone section playing on top form. For a great night’s musical entertainment watch out for details of their next concert on 15th June, once again at The Rosales Restaurant on the Lemon Tree Road Guardamar.


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Life health

Walking “Back” to healthiness DR XAVIER Dutey-Harispe graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, USA, the fountainhead of chiropractic in the world. DR XAVIER Dutey-Harispe graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, USA, the fountainhead of chiropractic in the world. His exciting career path has been varied, he has practiced all over the world. Born in France, he is also fluent in English and Spanish. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. Take the example of a home phone. You can experience what sounds like other callers, high pitched noises, cutting in and out - all are common problems that affect the quality of your phone call. Now, where or what is the cause? There is a lot of room for error. It could be a line that is frayed or cut; a loose connection; miscommunication between you and your phone provider… The body works very similarly. The brain is the control centre and all the nerves in the body are the telephone lines. When you get pain, tingling, or numbness, there is usually one BIG source of nerve irritation. Spinal vertebrae that are misaligned cause irritation to the beginning of the nerve at that level. This can cause muscle tension, muscle spasm, inflammation, and pain all along that nerve. Now where is that nerve going? To your finger; intestine; ear; somewhere in your head… The fact that irritation is present causes dysfunction down the line. That dysfunction can mean back pain; neck pain; joint pain anywhere in the body; headache; indigestion; sciatica and tingling in your fingers or toes to name a few. And if that irritation is not treated it can lead to much more serious conditions, like

osteoarthritis; repetitive strain injury; tennis elbow; high blood pressure; sleep disorders; headaches; migraine; the list is endless… If misalignments are not corrected, you are not addressing the root cause. Drugs will help mask the symptoms but will not address the root cause, so the nerve will continue to be blocked for a longer period causing more damage. The Algorfa Chiropractic Clinic’s aim is to restore patients to optimal health and also to try and enlighten them so they have an understanding of how chiropractic can help their particular problems. Our FREE Posture Screening Analysis has proved very popular, and provides the patient with an in depth analysis based on their posture. Dr Xavier, as his patients prefer to call him, is a caring chiropractor and passionate about people’s health and wellbeing, highly qualified as a chiropractor and an acupuncturist,

Dr Xavier Dutey-Harispe D.C Clinica Quiropractica Algorfa Carretera Almoradi, No.18 Bajo 03169, Algorfa Tel: 965 071 898 / 618 337 616 (out of clinic hours)

Do you want to stop smoking? In addition to Chiropractic care, the clinic can treat patients with Acupuncture. It is a safe and effective natural therapy. The clinic has an excellent success rate with patients who want to give up smoking. A full consultation will take place prior to the acupuncture session. Smokers who go without a cigarette will often have strong physical and psychological reactions to nicotine deprivation. These may include, anxiety, irritability, increase in craving and appetite, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, headaches. Acupuncture can help manage these reactions. In some cases the clinic will prescribe homeopathic remedies in conjunction with the acupuncture. In most of the cases treated, the patients comment on how relaxed they feel and how well they sleep. The clinic can also treat the following with acupuncture Insomnia Stress Sinusitis

Chiropractic treatment for; Pains in the joints of the hips, knees, shoulders........... Back pain Neck pain Lumbago Headaches/Migraine Sciatica Carpel tunnel (RSI) Sports related injuries

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PCN celebrate St Georges Day PLAYA FLAMENCA hosted an afternoon of entertainment to celebrate St Georges on Tuesday 23rd April. The event was organised by The Royal British Legion Orihuela Costa &

District Branch. Artists gave their time free of charge with a wonderfully entertaining line-up. Local Charities were given a chance to promote their services and Paul Cunningham Nurses’ Vallerie Rolland & Beverley Roberts were on hand offering free blood pressure tests to anyone brave enough to find out how their blood pressure was behaving. Fortunately all those brave enough to have the test were deemed fit and well so no ambulances were required! What a great opportunity for residents, visitors and holiday-makers to get to know all of the services available to ex-pats in the local area. It was an excellent way to promote our charity and also the services now available from Paul Cunningham Nurses SL & Diabetic Clinic. For more information please visit

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Life horoscopes The dynamic support of Uranus is just what you want and need right now, especially as this week an action with Pluto makes everything crystal clear. Not only do things start falling into place, but you begin to realise just why you have been tested every which way, and why things had to be the way that they were. Venus is involved with both mighty Uranus and all seeing Pluto and this brings you to making plans and decisions which should have been in place a while ago. There is absolutely no time like the present however for laying down new ground rules and making the most out of a current situation that’s ripe to your expertise. With the Sun entering just after the weekend this week sees you turning the tables and finally convincing others who have wrongly judged you of late. This is your time to show just what you can do, and to accept apology from those who judged you wrongly without knowing your specific talent for making things happen. The stage is set and you have all you need to give those that need it a run for their money. Make sure that you know where this is taking you, and be very unafraid to just be you, because without a doubt nobody could have done what you have achieved against all odds. Time now to take a break, and to view your efforts from a different angle. As Gemini hosts the Sun there is some conflict and indecision that needs your attention. Whilst others may pass by and see what they want to, you are wholly committed to bring things back into play: with a view to sincerely rubbing someone’s nose in it, in the process. This isn’t revenge it’s just what you have to do. Heading towards the Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius you must have a tinge of respect for someone who hasn’t played by the rules but who needs your clearance and your forgiveness. Being a shoulder to share the burden your need is to bring back peace and harmony where there appears to be a flagrant absence of sense and sensibility. It is a very analytical Pluto that teams up with your Planetary Leader, the Goddess Venus. Set to bring Love and Light to a tortured situation, and to make things as well as they can be under the circumstances: something, or maybe someone, is the fly in the ointment and won’t allow resolve and recompense to work its necessary way. Mercury trines Chiron and brings you ideas for a new and vital project with a view to taking it over and seeing it through to fruition. Designed to show your hard working energies and your stamina, you need something to get your teeth into whilst showing, without a shadow of a doubt, that you are certainly not to be messed with. Hosting a Lunar Eclipse this week brings you kudos and subtle power. However you would be very well advised to initially take things step by step. Any plans you may have already made will be modified or changed and it is advisable that you go with the flow before bringing in anything new. Stick to the tried and tested. The overwhelming power of wily Pluto is overpowering and specific when applied to the subtle nature of your current wants and needs. If ever you needed to make changes it is now whilst there are things you need to change and before they become something you have to change, because you will know the difference. Uranus takes on so much in a current explosion of Planetary actions throughout the Cosmos. This reflects the great richness of energies you are connected to, but does not limit you or stifle your strong desires and wishes for the future. Taking responsibility for your current actions may mean a change of heart, but wait and see. Both Neptune and Chiron bring timbre to your highly sensitive and motivational nature. Chiron brings a need to study and focus, whilst Neptune brings innovation and change in the everyday pattern of life. Be unafraid to make the changes you so often think of, but which you currently appear to take with a pinch of salt!

Kenny corris

Psychic art

I HAVE always been very impressed with the many Psychic Artists I have met during my own professional Spiritual journey through life. When artistry is combined with Spirit something rather magical happens; and artists that are able to work with Spirit do so with each their own interpretation and style. Whilst I see Spirit both as a Medium and a Clairvoyant, and can recall faces I have seen, I have no artistic ability, however, to transfer the seen image into a work of art. Psychic Artists are using their specific artistry together with a spiritual connection to reproduce a wide range of artistic results. Some draw directly from Spirit and will reproduce the portrait of the departed. Many see Guides and will interpret them in human form; whilst some produce auras in profuse colours. As any artist can interpret without words each is entitled to each their own vision, as indeed am I. A highly talented Psychic Artist I have had the privilege of working with on many occasions, once brought me her portfolio of Spirit Drawings. We sat in my office and I was fascinated by her ability to reproduce direct from the Spirit World, and her interpretation. One picture really stood out for me. It was a Red Indian Brave out in the desert complete with rocks, tumbleweed and sand. We took a break for a cup of coffee and when we returned to look once more through the pictures my favourite picture had changed. The Red Indian had disappeared. He never reappeared ever again. Another artist often sends me pictures she has drawn,

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often with a message. Many of the pictures are directly connected with me, but some are unknown, and it is these that almost sing to me. On my travels I keep the pictures with me because for sure one day someone in an audience somewhere will well up with tears and then will claim one of these works of art for themselves as they recognise a loved one who has passed over. Last year a very dear friend of mine in Norway had a serious family crisis, and on the same day a picture of her was drawn by this artist, with a touching message that she should never to give up hope. For some reason I didn’t receive this picture, but when I saw a copy of it a few months ago in the studio of the artist I knew immediately who it was. I had to check the date to be sure, but it was the exact day of the onset of the crisis itself. I well remember too the wonderful artistry of the Late and Great Psychic Artist Coral Polge, whom I met once at the Spiritual Association of Great Britain in Belgrave Square in London. Coral was an amazing Clairvoyant, and would give a reading whilst she was drawing simultaneously. She ended my reading by turning over a portrait she had sketched of my departed Mother. I was so shocked, but for a minute or so my Mother’s energy hit me and tears just flowed. It wasn’t until I got home that I unrolled the picture and there was something there I didn’t immediately see. Coral had written Dodi… my Mother’s name in the right hand corner… and she had spelled it right…my Mother never used the “e” at the end either! The Psychic Artists mentioned in this article are working here on the Costa Blanca. Please email me for contact details. Coral Polge is in Spirit.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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Kenny, I often dream that my Father comes to me. I am comfortable with this but he appears in a mist. When this mist clears then he goes. Is he scared to face me? Lyn P. I don’t think he would come so often if he didn’t want to see you. I am thinking that he doesn’t want to scare you in any way…so start a quick dialogue with him when he first comes through and see if this makes a difference. The less afraid you appear to be then the more he should make contact. The mist may permanently disappear, but if that is his chosen form of connecting I would be loath to change things because he has mastered a way of connecting with you and it works. Does your Father speak at all, or does he turn away? Is there any unfinished business between you? Please keep in touch.

Current dynamic cosmic energies have done their best to inspire and direct, and as they herald new beginnings and some pretty drastic changes, they are just what you need right now. Motivation and self belief would fuel the flames of your achievements and bring much needed love into your heart.


Cryptic Crossword ACROSS 1 In a shop a lustrous jewel is seen (4) 8. Black-coated worker (10) 9. Died last month, relieved of pain (8) 10. Put a restriction on freedom in punishing at Eton (4) 12. Famous biologist in Northern Territory (6) 14. Get in the gin - a parent is upset (6) 15. Take midday meal around a vessel (6) 17. American President who deals with the joint (6) 18. Very small matter for a piper’s son (4) 19. Patch of water returns to the pit - way of escape needed (8) 21. He may get told to stick ‘em up! (4-6) 22. History is made in Pennsylvania Street (4)

Word Ladders


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DOWN 2. Europeans as far away as can be! (5,5) 3. Fish not yet caught, one hears (4) 4. Peculiar child, but very much a favourite! (4,2) 5. Take umbrage at a restraining device (6) 6. See 16 Down 7. It was spoken in Ulster, seemingly (4) 11. Journeymen (10) 13. What a grind when this was operating under sail (8) 16 & 6 Down. Disembodied mirth? (6,8) 17. Cuffs a hundred illmannered boors (6) 18. All long Benedictine surplices, initially (4) 20. Having angelic associations, it needs some pluck! (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.

Quick Crossword

ACROSS 1. Jot (4) 8. Silence by surprise (6,4) 9. Agreeable (8) 10. Stake (4) 12. Rub out (6) 14. Took notice (6) 15. Small tower (6) 17. A planet (6) 18. A goddess (4) 19. Wins back (8) 21. Honestly open (5,5) 22. Dispatch (4)

DOWN 2. Crawling (2,3,5) 3. A continent (4) 4. Lubricate (6) 5. Drawing (6) 6. Contiguous (8) 7. Competent (4) 11. Moscow citadel (3,7) 13. Rough (8) 16. Pulsates (6) 17. Gregarious (6) 18. Middle Eastern country (4) 20. Joins (4)

Euromillions Draw Friday 10th May 2013

1 32 35 45 48 4


No ticket won the 43,122,368 Euros Tuesday 14th May 2013

Last weeks crossword answers can be found with the TV listings.

7 8 24 27 36


No ticket won the 51,014,670 Euros



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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish - 32

WE HAVE been talking about the position of adjectives and the fact that sometimes they go in front of the noun instead of after it. That is, sometimes we say: el hombre grande (the big man) and sometimes we say (el gran hombre) which means the great man (you may choose your own example here - Winston Churchill, the Dalai Lama, John Lennon etc.) WE HAVE looked at why these changes in position are made and how they sometimes affect the meaning. What you will have also noticed is that sometimes when the adjective goes in front of the noun it truncates, in other words, it loses a little bit from the end. There is a great word for this – “apócope”. You can add it to your list of useless information if you like. Apocope in English means the “omission of the final sound or sounds of a word”. I find that Murcians are very prone to apocopation, as are a lot of pop singers – Americans mainly. Sorry, getting back to the point. When should we apocopate adjectives in Spanish? Here are the rules: The words “bueno” and “malo” apocopate when they appear in front of masculine singular nouns: “Un buen día” (one good, or fine, day), “el mal error” (the bad mistake). They do not apocopate in the feminine form though – “una buena idea” (a good idea); “la mala gestión” (the bad management); nor in the plural (buenos días, malos errores etc). The word “grande” apocopates in both the masculine and feminine singular in the same position. “Un gran festival” (a great festival); “una gran fiesta” (a great party). The plural goes back to “grandes” in both cases as the word “grande” does not have a separate feminine form. There is a range of other words which always apocopate before a noun in the masculine singular. Here they are: primero, tercero, alguno, ninguno, uno.

“El primer hombre” (the first man). “La primera mujer” (the first woman). “El tercer capítulo” (the third chapter). “La tercera calle” (the third street). “¿Tienes algún problema?” (Have you got any (some kind of) problem?) Remember that the word “problema” is masculine. The word “algún” here intensifies the meaning, which why I’ve put “some kind of” in brackets. We could just say “¿Tienes un problema?” (which also gives us an example with “un”). “No tienen ningún derecho a hacerme esto”. (They have no right (at all) to do this to me). Again the “ningún” intensifies the meaning. We could just say “No tienen derecho a hacerme esto”. There is no apocopation with any of the plurals of these words – primeros, terceras etc. Finally, notice what happens when we have “uno” at the end of bigger numbers. For example: “¿Cúantos años tienes?” “Veintiuno” OR “Tengo VEINTIÚN años”. Since I am clearly lying, you can go up the scale guessing – “treinta y un años” “cuarenta y un años” and so on. I’ll leave that exercise to you.

Life books

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Littlejohn’s Britain A SATIRICAL columnist’s life is not always a happy one but it does give one the opportunity to throw a few bottles from the back when political transparency shines through the guff that we are fed each day by the people we elected to run the country – no, okay, not if you’re an expat in Spain and have been out of the UK for 15 years or more – but perhaps that’s why we’re here. I know from experience (remember Gilly Beaumont of CBN?) that outspoken columnists are often detested by those who don’t agree with their critiques but Littlejohn disarms the opposition with a hilarious savagery that no one can ignore. His cast of characters, including Two Jags, the Wicked Witch, Captain Hook, and the Mad Mullah of the Traffic Taliban are now part of the fabric of the nation. Littlejohn ridicules the country Britain has become since New Labour began the rot back in the ‘90s. Who can deny that the policy of the petty regulations and the petty interference of bureaucracy continued today by equally self-centred politicians under another banner, has driven many true hearts of oak from their native shores. It’s not just sun and sand that made many of us pack our belongings in a crate and leave Britain to festering immigration and welfarism all Author: Richard Littlejohn Publisher: Hutchinson (hardback) Price: 20.80€ ISBN: 978 0 091 79568 9

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A real joy THE LEGENDARY Golf GTi often seems to be the benchmark for other hot hatch manufacturers to follow.

RARELY DO any surpass the high standard set by the German manufacturer. But pleasingly there might just be a challenger in the form of the Mazda 3. We’re not talking about the standard model but the MPS, which boasts a 2.3-litre turbo 260bhp engine and rockets from 0 to 60mph in an eye-watering 6.1 seconds. This is surely enough to leave a Golf GTi at the traffic lights. You have to be careful though because it is front wheel drive and while pushing this phenomenal amount of power through those front wheels can be a great source of fun, it can also be quite lethal, especially when the roads are wet.

Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer Suffice to say that during my commute on a dreary winter’s day I was unable to push the accelerator all the way to the floor, much as I wanted to, otherwise I would have lost control. As per usual, morning rush hours are incredibly frustrating, with even more motorists when it rains. It’s one of those days when every traffic light turns to red. I take a scenic back route and join the motorway at as late a junction as possible in an attempt to avoid the typical snarl-ups and accidents. We crawl on to the side road joining the motorway and then thankfully there’s a gap in the monotony. No sooner have I seen it and carefully pushed the accelerator accordingly, we’re there, with the equivalent effortless stealth of a cheetah. Why is it that so many drivers insist on hogging the outside lane when the other two are faster flowing? It’s very frustrating but eventually the driver in front gets the message. And so they should, the aggressively styled MPS has a bulbous air vent in the bonnet, even making the driver of a Porsche wary. The six-speed gearbox is a joy, being stiff and decisive, just how it should be. Proton, take note... I used to own a Mazda Xedos 6, 2-litre V6 and bitterly miss the style and handling of that car. But the MPS easily matches it and brings a smile to the face just as that used to. And the ride is hard and sporty, too. It’s a real joy. The front electrically-heated leather bucket seats are comfy and it has a useful cruise control. The electrically folding wing mirrors are a distinct advantage. A criticism that I have always had of Mazdas as a whole, is often the poor use of interior space. Consider the size of the Mazda 3 and it is disappointing that conditions are nothing short of cramped inside as you can see from the video at The reason for this is that the dashboard takes up a considerable chunk of room and if this was cut back, space in the front would be improved. OTR from: 27,816.55€ 0 to 60mph: 6.1secs Top speed: 155mph Economy: 30mpg

Advanced motorist Tim Saunders is the former Business and Motoring Editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo. His regular test reports appear in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites throughout the UK, Ireland and Gibraltar. For more independent unbiased car reviews and videos visit



17-23 MAY 2013

Fitted Up NOEL’S WORLD OF GOLF By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

RTN GOLF Club has now organised and held four golf club fitting and demonstration days for golfers in the last three months at Alicante Golf and we have been inundated with players trying to get fitted up with golf clubs that have the correct specifications for their own particular swings. We will hold another at Alicante Golf on Friday 31st May with what I believe to be the top golf manufacturing company in the world: Callaway Golf. This will be the last chance our readers get to have their clubs custom fitted before summer arrives in Spain. The feedback from the members of RTN Golf Club has been fantastic and enthusiastic at the same time. Players have been hugely impressed with the new equipment they have purchased at these eventful days and many have learned that getting their clubs fitted has made what is a difficult sport that bit easier and all who have responded have seen increased distances with their new clubs. We are all getting older and most of us are using clubs with shafts that are too stiff or heavy or both: that’s not a good place to be.

The cost of getting custom fitted for your golf clubs in the vast majority of cases costs no more than if you buy a set of clubs off the shelf that you like the look of without trying out and is surely the way forward for all golfers who want to play golf to the best of their abilities whilst also making it as easy as it can be. The real pleasure for me has been the expressions on the faces of players when they hit really good shots with their new equipment and they see the benefits of having clubs that are right for them. RTN has forged strong relationships with suppliers who offer special discounts to the members of RTN Golf Club who purchase equipment on one of our demonstration days and this means golfers have told us they have a custom fitted set of clubs in use that actually costs less than they would have paid for clubs not fitted specifically. I am sure many of you will be reading this article thinking that I am just pushing club sales here: you could not be more wrong. I want readers to be aware of what is on offer in the market today and make educated decisions before parting with their hard-earned cash on something that is not good for them. Making purchases from an educated perspective will mean that you have tested the clubs and they will be right for you and you will have seen the ball fly into the distance when hit from grass and not from artificial surfaces

and into nets. This will be backed up with information from the latest computer equipment the manufacturers bring along meaning that when you go out to play golf you will do so with the confidence of knowing that you have your own clubs that you know for sure will perform: we all know what a dose of confidence does for golfers don’t we? WIN A DOZEN SRIXON GOLF BALLS COURTESY OF GOLF MED 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 MAY 17TH 2013 What is the well know nickname for Miguel Angel Jimenez? All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 2nd June to be entered into May’s draw, which will be made on 2nd June 2013. The winner will be announced in RTN on 7th June 2013. To collect your prize you will have to come along to an RTN Golf Club day and meet with Noel Eastwell.

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The RTN Club Scene THE LARGEST field of the year so far turned out for one of our weekly golf meetings at Alicante Golf last Tuesday as once again our fun-loving members took up the challenge of the Severiano Ballesteros designed layout in San Juan. With absolutely no wind for the first time in many months all the players went off the first tee with high expectations for a good score. It was hardly believable then when all cards were returned that no player played to their handicap and once again our twos pot went unclaimed. There is no doubt that the layout at Alicante Golf can be very tricky and when the pins are put in some places on the greens at times two putting is not guaranteed even for our best players and this proved true once again after Natasha Woodhams came in with thirty three points to take top spot and her third Ashworth polo shirt of the year so far. Charlie Brogden who came in just one shot behind to take yet another prize; again from Ashworth clothing; is turning into one of our most consistent players and will surely take first prize soon. Without doubt the shot of the day award goes to Allan Davies who assured me he is not too embarrassed at taking this award; for his shot on hole17 when he took a drop from the water. Allan then shanked his third which a red stake no more than 1½ inches in size and rebounded onto the green, he putted out easily to score a point in the most unlikely fashion. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 21st May - RTN Weekly golf meeting at Alicante Golf 28th May - RTN Weekly golf meeting at Alicante Golf 31st May - Callaway Golf fitting and demonstration day at Alicante Golf 4th June - RTN Monthly League golf meeting at Alicante Golf NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY Quality group lesson available at Alicante Golf from just 10€ per person: contact Noel on 639 730 891 for more information.

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Double podium for Supermoto brothers FOR THE first time this year both of the British Supermoto racing brothers from Murcia were in action at the second round of the Valencian championship at Oliva, near Denia.

Anthony FordDunn #4 leading race 2

The brothers were in devastating form, with Mat Ford-Dunn racing in the SM Masters class and younger brother Anthony in the tougher SM Open category. Both brothers were trying new rear suspension parts that made the handling of the bikes near perfect for the fast flowing corners of the Oliva race track. Qualifying went well, with Anthony second in his class and Mat on pole for the SM masters. With the two classes racing together it was the first time this year that the brothers had lined up on the same grid. The first of their two races saw Anthony lead the opening laps before being overtaken by Spanish Ace, Israel Esclarera. The two riders battled hard for the rest of the race Mat Ford- with Israel taking the win with Anthony a Dunn #90 very close second. Mat was a little too keen chasing down the away from the start of the first race and had to make a jump start, stop and go penalty leader in before rejoining the race. The penalty didn’t race 2

Marbella crowed junior rugby club champions

By Keith Nicol MARBELLA RUGBY Club took the crown of Under 18 Spanish champions on Sunday after winning the National Championship in Torrevieja. The hard fought contest featured the champions of the regional federations of Cataluña, Comunidad Valenciana, Andalucía, Madrid, País Vasco, Castilla and León, Aragón, Extremadura and Galicia. Over 500 players participated in the championship that took place at Nelson Mandela and other adapted football pitches of the Sports City. Parallel to the championship of Spain, Torrevieja also played in the National Tournament U18 rugby clubs. This was a friendly tournament open to teams that did not win the regional championship. Attended the event was Torrevieja’s Councillor for Sports, Luis Pizana, the president of the Valencian Federation of Rugby, Ignacio Davila, and President of the Torrevieja Tigers Rugby Jose Anguita. This season, Torrevieja surprised everyone by winning their own division in only their second season of play and this weekend will play a three team tournament, kicking off at 2.00pm in the Nelson Mandela on Saturday, against Madrid. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.


stop him from charging through the field to finish a close second behind the leader in the SM Masters class. The second race saw Anthony repeat his fantastic start from race 1 and this time he opened up a small lead until a mistake in the dirt section allowed Israel past and Anthony had to be content with another second position. Mat managed a clean start this time, and soon battled his way into the lead of the SM masters class, opening up a lead to finish first at the flag and take the overall SM masters victory with his 2nd-1st results. Anthony managed a superb second overall in the much tougher SM Open class with his two second positions. The Brothers and their sponsors, ‘Advance Moves International Removals’ would like to thank the many spectators and race fans that turned up to the race and the support and encouragement that was given at a great days racing.

Fishing Maggots End by

David Hoare 968 199 279

WELL THIS week saw the finish of the Pedrera for match fishing. When we arrived there the water was up to the road at the broken bridge and still rising. I intimated that I thought the authorities would fill it up again but just not this quick! After a brief discussion we were on our way to Blanca, another favourite of a lot of anglers. The day was very warm with little wind and the fishing wasn’t that bad considering it was Blanca. There was only one angler who did not weigh. Dave Hutchinson fishing the paste had a carp of 3.74 kilos (8.25lbs). Maggot still seems to be the best bait, but you can get plagued with bleak; the joys of big and small fish living together. TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st - Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the feeder using maggot with 8.40 kilos 2nd - Alan (The Chairman) Reid fishing the feeder using maggot with 5.96 kilos 3rd - Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the feeder using maggot and the whip for bleak with 5.61 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 7th round of the Spring Series was fished at the Embalsa de Argos 7th May. The water is still high and in the trees with not a lot of colour in it, and the temperature is down, probably still recovering from the snow water that came in a few weeks ago. This is our first visit this year and on our arrival there was a Spanish club just about to put their pegs in, but after showing them our paperwork it was explained that we were booked to fish the left side of the lake and they were booked to fish on the dam wall side which is on the right hand side. To determine left and right banks if you look at the dam wall the left hand side is always looking downstream on the river. The match itself produced some good

FC Torry News Torry returned to the Vicente Garcia stadium to play their last home game of the season against Ribarroja who needed a win to have any chance of survival. Torry having secured their 3rd division status for another season the previous weekend could relax and try to put on a show of exciting football. It wasn’t a great game but Torry had

weights with four anglers over the 20kgs and just the one dry net, with paste and maggot being the bait of the day. 1st - Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 27.640kg fishing the feeder using maggot 2nd - Lennie (The cultural attaché) Bolton with 23.200kg fishing pole and feeder using paste and maggot 3rd - Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen with 22.500kgs fishing pole using paste All details are available at or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368. Anglers Together THE OBJECTIVE of Anglers Together was to introduce anglers to each other, who otherwise had no one to fish with or didn’t know where to fish. It was successful in bringing together many anglers who established friendships and which continue to this day. No meetings are held now but information is still available through our email address:

enough chances to get something out of it. They had a goal controversially disallowed, Jorge missed a glorious opportunity and Jose Manuel, who had replaced the injured Koeman, missed a number of half-chances. The opposition won the game late on with two superbly executed goals from two of their subs. The first direct from a free-kick and the second through a powerful header following a corner-kick. Torry end this seasons campaign on Sunday at Burriana. Hopefully Torry can return home victorious to finish their season on a high.

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Getting to know you OPENING A Moneycorp account is simple and opens the door to making easy foreign exchange and international money transfers. Expats living in Spain will be asked for proof of identity and proof of their address – safeguards against identity fraud and money laundering. Manager of private sales, Dan Barker said it was part of a process Moneycorp called ‘know your client’ and part of the company’s legal compliance duty. “Opening an account is straightforward, we just need some details to know who the person is,” he said. “Our compliance team is very thorough – their job is to protect both the client and the company.”

BENEFIT Dan said the sales team explained the benefits of opening an account and the process of registering with the company. “By this stage you hope people have bought into Moneycorp – it is pretty convenient when you get going,” he told RTN. “It is pretty easy for someone in the UK to be comfortable with their bank. We have to ask them what price they are paying for that convenience – are they getting a good exchange rate from the bank. We can easily save a client between one and five percent.” Private clients can also register to use Moneycorp Online (MCOL) which gives them the opportunity to trade either over the internet or telephone Moneycorp and trade directly through the dealing floor. Dan said about four years ago it was decided to launch a new team of ‘customer service representatives’ to

answer queries and trade up to £20,000. “It made for a brilliant client experience because they asked questions and were dealt with directly without being passed from telephone to telephone,” he said. But with a massive private client data base, there were times when something “out of the ordinary” occurred on the market and the team was stretched. The decision was taken to give clients the option of an internet service. “WE call it MCOL; to the client it is just an online system. It allows them to register separately with that – giving them the ability to either go and trade on-line

Playing by the rules MONEYCORP COMPLIES with anti-money laundering rules and regulations. They are an Authorised Payment Institution, authorised and registered with the FCA. They have segregated customer bank accounts, so that money belonging to their customers is never mixed up with their own. Debbie Doyle, Operations Manager said that she welcomed strict regulations as Moneycorp have always put the client and safety of funds first.“We love it because it helps to keep companies that are not very good away from clients. I think it helps the industry in general by being regulated.” And Moneycorp’s financial health has been monitored since 1987 with an annual audit by the leading City accountants Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Debbie also underlined that all client data was kept secure. “We are primarily a telephone based company and we have to

or telephone in and trade through one of the guys here – depending on preference or mood.” And he said it also allowed clients to go behind the scenes and track the progress of their trade. “Therefore people should be able to generate the answers they would have asked over the ‘phone on-line themselves. “It is a matter of choice. There are a lot of people comfortable using the internet and others who prefer to talk. It has the potential to reduce the number of incoming calls but it is not at the expense of our service should people choose to telephone in.”

check the person who calls is the genuine client.” On-line customers can trade using a UK bank debit card, she said, but callers could not pay by debit card over the telephone. “It is another regulation, we cannot store card details – it means no one could hack in and get those details.” She said all customers had to open a trading facility to buy and transfer currency which meant giving Moneycorp identification – especially when they lived overseas. “Some people see that as a negative, but we have to do it and if they go to another company and are not asked for documents, it is not a good company,” she said. “We do not credit check people but we do, however, do identity checks. It protects people against identity fraud.” And she said clients were asked why they were purchasing currency. “If you are buying a property in Spain but sent the money to Mexico it would raise questions. “We need to understand why and by understanding we can also insure e are doing it the right way for the client and give the best guidance to the client.”


RTN South Edition 709  

RTN South Edition 709