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Issue 723

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Feasibility study for rail link by Keith Nicol

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Fun at the Bushwacka in aid of PCN A FUN day held at the Bushwacka was enjoyed by all with money raised going to Paul Cunningham Nurses. Read the full story on page 14.

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A NEW feasibility study is underway looking at the impact that a rail link from Torrevieja to join the new AVE AlicanteMadrid - Valencia line might have on the city. Torrevieja’s Major Eduardo Dolon said “It is one of the most important news for the future of the city in recent years” Dolon, accompanied by the Councillor of Finance and deputy mayor, Joaquín Albaladejo, and the Councillor of Urban and Regional Planning, Francisco Moreno, announced this week that the tender for a study linking the city with the Valencia-Alicante line (Tren de la Costa) has been announced. Eduardo Dolon indicated that this bid is not just coincidental, as for almost two years Madrid has held meetings with the heads of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure for the train’s linking with Torrevieja is a reality, and something that should be implimented as soon possible. The Mayor thanked the commitment of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Manuel Niño, and the General Director of Transport of the Generalitat Valenciana, Carlos Eleno, “with whom we have worked intensively on this issue of vital importance for the future of town”. The State Gazette (BOE) published on Tuesday 20th August, offered the tender of this feasibility study, with a completion period of 24 months and a budget of 1,301,670€, of which a total of 243,34€ is intended for feasibility study of the railway connection of Torrevieja, as announced by the Mayor. The deadline for submission of tenders will take place on 8th October, while the bid opening will be on 8th November. The Mayor reported that the object of the contract includes the feasibility of a new rail link from the city centre of Torrevieja, in the future Intermodal Station, with the General Interest Railway Network. Also, the development of a study tracing the different solutions and location of stations required, analyzing the viability of different brokers as well as the use of the platform of the old railway line from Torrevieja. Continued on page 6


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Torrevieja’s parking nightmare

A busy street in Torrevieja where summer parking can be a nightmare

by Keith Nicol WITH MORE than half a million people resident in Torrevieja over the August holidays, locals are more than aware that trying to find parking in the city centre can be an absolute nightmare. To be more precise; to find ‘free parking’ in Torrevieja, can be a nightmare, because you can always find a space in one of the city’s private car parks. RTN reader Jan Holden brought up an observation about the parking situation, which I’m sure, many will be in 100% agreement with. Jan wrote: “I am most surprised that Torrevieja has not realised that charging for parking in the town centre is one of the key reasons that shoppers are going to other areas for their retail needs. Why should people visit Torrevieja town centre when they can go to either the Habaneras or Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre where there is ample free parking? Even in the off peak months there is a decided lack of free parking in the centre of Torrevieja with all the roadside parking spaces constantly occupied. Beautifully reformed streets are clogged year round with parked cars that hog their space all day long deterring shoppers who only want to park for a couple of hours. Many shoppers will spend considerable time hunting for a free parking slot before reluctantly spending money on a car park. The result is that the next time they visit the stores they head for a large shopping centre with free parking!” Having had the same observation and conversation with representatives of the municipality on many an occasion, what may seem

black and white to a frustrated driver looking for parking, is not all that it seems. Graham Knight, Director of the Foreign Residents Office explained, “Torrevieja is always looking at different ways to attract more people into the city centre and are well aware that parking problems are a major deterrent. The Council is looking at Park and Ride options, especially for those who work all day in the centre of town, in order to ease the parking situation. However, all of the underground and multi-storey car parks in Torrevieja have been built by private enterprise and they run them as a business, and so apart from some deals that local business have with some car parks, when specific businesses will stamp your car parking ticket for you and thus you can park for free, they still have to cover their own expenses to operate their car parks! The car parks at the fairground and marinas are all on land owned by Valencia and they rent them out to businesses, so they are not under Torrevieja control.” Torrevieja Council is always looking at ways to ease the parking situation in the town centre however with an estimated 25,000 extra cars coming from Madrid alone, no amount of free car parking zones, would possibly make a major impact on the problem facing town planners. It’s a problem faced by every resort city, not only in Spain, such as in Benidorm, Alicante, Elche, Orihuela, Valencia, Malaga, Marbella, Torox, Sevilla to name but a few but Municipalities around Europe are well aware that one of the major attractions of commercial shopping centres outside the town centres, are the parking facilities, which pull potential clients away from city centres.

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Vote protester marches on by Jack Troughton WAR VETERAN Harry Shindler is headed for Brussels in his ongoing battle in a campaign to restore voting rights for expats. The 91-year-old is one of thousands of campaigners calling for British citizens across the world to be able to cast a vote in UK elections outside of the current 15 year rule – under current legislation the limit on the franchise for people moving abroad. Harry, who lives in Italy, will meet with a team headed by Michael Shotter, legal advisor to Vice President of the EU, Viviane Reding. She has already spoken out on the need for all expats to retain a vote in their home country and wants all EU citizens to keep a right to viote in the national elections of their country of origin. And in the year of the European Citizen, she maintains that losing the ballot was “a punishment” for taking advantage of

the EU’s freedom of movement treaty. This week Harry lodged an appeal against a European Court of Human Rights ruling upholding the British Government’s limitation on voting. Successive governments have argued expats were no longer connected to the UK and should not take part in elections – despite many still paying tax and having limited voting powers in their adopted countries. Harry, who served in North Africa in World War Two and took pat in the allied landing at Anzio in Southern Italy and the liberation of Rome, settled in the Mediterranean country with his Italian wife in 1982. SUFFRAGETTE He said: “I am convinced we will win, the same way the suffragettes were 100 years ago. The case that an expat has cut ties with Britain when they leave is no longer true. “Thanks to email, mobile phones, the Channel Tunnel and aeroplanes, one does not cut their ties.” His lawyers, Rome-based Oliver and Partners, are handling Harry’s appeal asking for the issue to be refererred to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights and a ruling from a panel of 17 judges. The firm’s Charlotte Oliver commented: “The fact that Vice-President Viviane Reding said that she would give her full backing to the campaign of expats to preserve their voting rights, and that it is a fundamental issue in the 2013 EU Year of the Citizen, is enough evidence in my view of how very significant this issue is. “We are very confident that the case will be referred to the grand Chamber.” Expats across Europe and the world have been united by a campaign to enshrine voting rights in law. More information can be found at

ADIF shocks the court RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE organisation ADIF has appeared in the Magistrate Court No 3 in Santiago de Compostela to answer questions regarding the tragic train crash in Santiago on 24th July that claimed the lives of 79 people. Train driver Francisco José Garzón has been charged with being the main cause of the accident but investigation has revealed that a ‘lack of preventative security measures on the track’ contributed to the crash. Judge Luis Aláez reproached ADIF for not installing basic speed beacons on the stretch of track where the derailment occurred and asked ADIF’s legal representative who was responsible for safety at ADIF. He was shocked when he replied that he did not know and added that it was unclear who the judge wished to see! ADIF has been instructed to supply the name of someone responsible for safety in the company to appear at a further hearing.

Local police recover a stolen electrocardiogram By Keith Nicol Policia Local in Orihuela recovered an electrocardiogram that was stolen from a unit of Urgent Care Service (SAMU) on Sunday, on Calle Alfonso XIII. According to police, on Sunday the SAMU driver reported the theft at the Local Police Headquarters, which has a value that ranges between 6,000 and 7,000 euros and was in a black case with all the cables required for operation. Local agents made inquiries in the area in which the robbery had taken place, asking neighbours for any information. One claimed to have seen a man walking with down the street in nervous manner, close to the Segura river bank and carrying a briefcase that matched the description provided by members of the SAMU unit. A patrol that carried out surveillance in the area between the East and West bridges on Monday found a black suitcase inside which was the electrocardiograph, which was handed back to SAMU.

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San Fulgencio’s dirty words campaign replied to by Keith Nicol A WAR of dirty words has broken out in San Fulgencio over the amount of money spent running certain departments and the number of staff required to perform certain tasks. Two weeks ago, a press release was sent by Councillor Paulino Herrero critizising the running of the La Marina satellite Town Hall and offices and by opposition councillors, and so Councillor Jeff Wiszniewski felt he should set the record straight and make his own comments on the situation. Jeff said; “We have had enough: The opposition appears to blatantly lie whenever they speak. We have not defended ourselves up until now, but we are tired of the attacks, that are without foundation. We do not want to get into any type of game and prefer to devote our efforts to the Urbanisation. Not like those who do not even fulfil their duties of attending all Council meetings.” Jeff goes on the say that in his opinion, the opposition dedicates itself to constantly denouncing the government team. “The reason for this is, perhaps, that some of these people are

well known to the Courts and that they putting up smoke screens, by trying to bring spurious actions against the current team! The salaries of the advisers, as of that of the Councillor, are significantly lower than the opposition claim. This can be seen in official documents.” Jeff continued; “The advisers work hard to try to improve the Urbanisations as, until now, the majority of improvements made by the current opposition, when they were in power, were made in the village of San Fulgencio! Another spurious claim from the opposition is the claim, that one of the advisers does not come into work! Instead, it was well known that it was their own advisers who, in some cases, neither knew their working hours nor the location of their job! Moreover all advisers, of course, are part of the same party and therefore there are ties of friendship and also family members between them. Which does not show any dirty dealings. Councillor Jeff Wiszniewski thus denies the claims of Paulino Herrero, in which he accuses him of invading his area of responsibility and not allowing him to do his job. From the point of view of Mr. Wiszniewski, the real problem was that Mr Herrero, appeared to interfere in some of the areas of re-

Councillor Jeff Wiszniewski at his workstation

sponsibility of Councillor Jeff Wiszniewski.’ The recent attack in the Press by Councillor Herrero, appears to be trying to discredit the PIPN, which includes discrediting certain members of PIPN, on a personal level. Jeff adds; “The opposition, as well as so called friends of Mr Herrero continue to belittle the successes such as fundraising for charitable causes, organising excellent fiestas etc., things that are for the benefit of our Urbanisations: that is who we are.”

More animal cruelty exposed THERE SEEMS to be no end to the amount of anonymous people who continue to abandon their pets. After exposing the dreadful cruelty inflicted on poor Bubba a few weeks ago, the big cat found fastened into a small cat carrier and left in the blazing sun, another situation has come to light. This time there are four beautiful little seven week old kittens, who are seeking new homes. The kittens were found in a cardboard box,

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cal in Orihuela recovered an electrocardiowas stolen from a unit of Urgent Care Servon Sunday, on Calle Alfonso XIII. According on Sunday the SAMU driver reported the Local Police Headquarters, which has a value between 6,000 and 7,000 euros and was in a with all the cables required for operation. agents made inquiries in the area in which had taken place, asking neighbours for any tion. One claimed to have seen a man walkdown the street in nervous manner, close to

between two parked cars on a busy Car Park in San Pedro del Pinatar. These tiny little bundles of life would not have lived for very long in these conditions. Kittens so young succumb to dehydration very quickly, and they would have been dead within hours or maybe a car, manoeuvring around the busy car park could easily have driven over them, killing them, possibly without the driver even having known what he or she had done. Bubba was fortunately rescued in time and a new home was offered and accepted by APAH.

These little kittens were also rescued in time and are now living in a foster home, as they were too young to be accepted into the APAH Cattery. Anyone wanting to meet the little family with a view to offering one (or more) of them a loving home can contact Yvonne on 630 422 563. There are two boys and two girls and strangely enough, the two cream coloured kittens (Peppy and Penny) are close and the little black boy and tabby girl (Jinty and Jet) are close. It would be absolutely wonderful if someone could offer two of them a loving home together.


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Torrevieja’s fishing area due for improvement by Keith Nicol THE VICE president of the Consell and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Water, José Císcar, accompanied by the Mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon plus the Director of Torrevieja’s Brotherhood of Fishermen, Pedro Ángel Carmona, took the opportunity this week to visit Torrevieja’s fishing facilities and see the working methods for the unloading of the daily catch, which on the day was mainly anchovy. José Cisco told the fishermen and council representatives that the Government is committed towards the revitalization of the sector. Cisco stated that the fisheries policy advocates the use of a model close to that practiced by Torrevieja’s fleet along the Mediterranean coast to ensure the future of developing fisheries throughout Valencia. José Cisco has noted that the port of Torrevieja has one of the most recorded catches using this method in all of Mediterranean coast! In this regard, Cisco highlighted the importance of environmental sustainability and social structure among fishermen along with an alliance with the retail sector, which is strategic for future growth. This will allow the marketing of fish products, resulting in improved sales and return on effort, and contributes to the maintenance of employment in the

coastal towns. The Valencian fisheries sector, which specializing in inshore fishing, directly employs about 3,000 people and generates 95 million euros, reflecting its economic importance.

Regarding the auction house, he stated that “logically, within the monetary aid that will arrive with the new package from the EU, this includes the fish market in Torrevieja; to improve it, condition it and modernize it.’

Local police surprise two men robbing air conditioners

By Keith Nicol POLICIA LOCAL arrested two men who were caught in the act stealing air conditioners from a school workshop located in the park beside Segura Miguel Hernández last Friday. Local police were alerted by a call from a resident of the area about two young men who were in the vicinity of the park and acting suspiciously. Policia Local dispatched two agents who noticed that two air conditioners were missing, since the tubes and flow hose were cut. In addition, a third unit was prepared to be extracted, since it was unscrewed from the wall but had not been fully extracted. Subsequently, the officers noticed tools in the interior of a house next to the school workshop, where they could see the shells of the two stolen devices, which lacked copper and compressors. With a detailed description of the men who had been spotted in the grounds of the workshop and their car at hand, Policia Local caught up with the alleged thieves in Capuchin Square. Their car was located and the agents questioned the occupants. A quick search of their vehicle did not yield any results about the stolen material. Suspecting that the two men might return to steal the third unit, the agents returned to the vicinity of the school workshop and parked just another call alerted them that they were stealing the third set! The Policia Local agents surprised the two men they had previously questioned, carrying the device to their car and arrested them. Inside the vehicle, they found a spanner, pliers and tube cutter with they alleged to have been used to remove the devices. They also found the third air conditioner plus carcasses and the remains of the other two airconditioneers in the boot of their car Continued from front page DOLON ALSO noted that there three phases are expected to develop in this feasibility study. The first one includes the definition of the current state of the rail network and basic data collection (2013-14), amounting to 57,596€. The second phase of the study made the approach and analysis of the alternatives considered to materialize Torrevieja rail link, and the execution of the study of demand and profitability, with an amount of 172,788€. The third and final phase of the study includes the completion of a multi-criteria analysis culminating in the choice of the ideal alternative to connect Torrevieja with General Interest Railway Network (2015), for an amount of 12,959€.

The airport Aladdin’s Cave by Jan Gamm ON MOST days the lost property office of Alicante/ Elche Airport collects around 80 items but throughout the height of the summer season an amazing 180 strays appear daily in the crowded storeroom that archives misplaced travellers’ treasures. The haul is varied to say the least: laptops; sunglasses; golf clubs; walking sticks; dildoes (yes you read it right); bags and books fill the shelves and a collection of abandoned suitcases have all been security

Firework explosion injures two FOLLOWING THE government’s recent announcement that stricter controls are to be introduced for retail establishments stocking fireworks, two people have been seriously injured in an explosion at around 7.50am on Wednesday in a firework factory in Tarragona. The two victims, employees of the Pirogestion factory, were transferred to Pius Hospital de Valls in Tarragona but were later transferred by helicopter to the Burns Unit of Barcelona’s Hospital Vall d’Hebron. The services of eight fire crews were required to put out the ensuing fire that followed the explosion, the cause of which is not yet known.

Cut your speed THE DIRECTORATE General of Traffic (DGT) has stepped up its speed control programme this week, launching a new awareness campaign featuring graphic public information films showing the victims of high speed crashes. The films and radio announcements are promoted with the mantra: ‘Speed destroys the lives of people you do not know but also people you know very well, like your family or your friends’. Excessive speed remains the main cause of accidents on Spanish roads, claiming 500 around fatalities every year. Between January and September last year, speeding accounted for 54% of all traffic fines, beating penalties for cell phone use while driving (16.6%), nonuse of seat belts (16.2%) and drunk driving (13%).

checked before being added to the pile. A zoo of stuffed animals is given sanctuary in the lost property store with an occasional tearful child turning up to stake a claim… Owners must fill out a form before being allowed to take their property away and items are kept for two years before becoming the property of the city of Elche. Various items are then donated, such as spectacles which are given to the Lions’ Club and clothes given to other charities but the rest is auctioned and the proceeds banked in municipal coffers.

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Sober thoughts on holiday drinking by Jack Troughton YOUNG HOLIDAYMAKERS are urged think before they drink to avoid the risk of serious harm in the Costa Blanca sunshine. Expats are asked to pass on a warning to visiting family and friends in an attempt to help them enjoy their stay rather than spend time in hospital, jail, “or worse”. A new Foreign and Commonwealth Office campaign has been launched under the banner: ‘On holiday, don’t let drink do your talking’. Cheap booze and the getaway spirit of a holiday in the sun are said to entice people to drink more during a trip. New research reveals that around half – some 51% - of 16 to 24-year-olds say they are likely to drink more on holiday than at home and two thirds (61%) claim this is because alcohol is cheaper. It also appears that peer pressure is also a major factor. Over 40% of those surveyed believe that pressure from friends led them go one – or two – drinks too far. And British Consular staff have already been kept busy this summer coming to the aid of people who have got into trouble with a tipple too many. Will Middleton, Consular Regional Director for Spain, said: “Going on holiday is a great opportunity to relax and have fun with family and friends, and enjoying a drink can be a part of that. EXCESS “We are not telling people to stop drinking but we do want people to be aware of the consequences of drinking to excess – and our research shows that almost half of young people

understand them already.” He said laws and customs varied in different countries – Spain has lower drink drive limits to the UK and ‘free pour’ rather than strict measures on spirits made it harder to control the amounts being consumed. “It is important to find out about local laws, including on alcohol consumption, to avoid a night in a police cell or even a criminal record,” said Mr Middleton. “Drinking can impair judgement. The effect of being hospitalised or arrested overseas goes far beyond a ruined holiday and can have a devastating impact on family and friends – financially and emotionally. Our message is have fun in the sun, but drink responsibly so you don’t put yourself at risk of harm.” Research underlined how excessive drinking resulted in young Brits engaged in risky or disrespectful behaviour: almost a quarter (23%), go swimming while drunk abroad; more than one in 10 find themselves in a vulnerable situation with a stranger; and over a quarter (26%) did something they were later ashamed of. The FCO issued four top tips to help prevent alcohol ruining a night out or a whole holiday: remember tolerance can change in the heat and Spanish bars may serve larger measures than the UK – so alternate drinks with water or soft drinks; protect your drink, keep an eye on a glass or bottle to prevent it being spiked; stay close to friends and look out for each other; and show respect towards other holidaymakers and locals.

Police divers hunt for torpedo POLICE DIVERS were mobilized last Thursday in the waters off Elche’s Arenales beach when swimmers reported a suspected unexploded torpedo at a depth of around two metres, half buried in the sand on the sea bed. The resulting search operation led to considerable excitement and woke up sunbathers soaking up the rays on the beach as divers discovered and photographed the metal cylinder for examination by the EOD (Bomb Disposal Unit). The ‘torpedo’ turned out to be an old sewage pipe belonging to the Hotel Arenales. Still - better safe than sorry!



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Community pools HAVE YOU noticed that in adverts for flats that are for sale there is always a picture of a beautiful community pool? In the picture the pool is always empty and looks very nice. But where I live the community pool is a constant source of problems! The problem actually isn’t the pool but with some of the people using the pool. Recently my community fees helped pay for the installation of a tall metal fence surrounding the pool area. This had to be done to stop people who don’t live here from coming into the urbanization and using the pool. I even had to pay 40 for the electronic key for the pool gate! Then we had to pay for a large sign of rules posted on the pool gate, sadly most of which have been broken. Then hooligans came and were in the pool very late at night causing considerable disturbance. Trying to stop people from disobeying rules invites some very hurtful insults… Finally, one gets so tired of trying to get people to obey pool rules you just give up. The noise in the pool is the worst, especially if you have to go to work in the morning after enduring the noise from the pool late at night. It amazes me that some parents do not teach their children manners, allowing them to shout and scream and show no respect for older people using the pool. Soon the pool will close for the summer, and I will be paying community fees to maintain the pool while it sits idle for the next nine months, just like in the adverts of flats for sale. Tina Pero, Altea

Illegal or unethical? RE: DEIDRE STEWART’S experience on the front page of RTN last week - unfortunately this has happened to us elsewhere. We attended a fund raising event in Sanet a couple of weeks ago and wished we hadn’t. On entry, we paid for a prize draw ticket which included our telephone number in case we won! Two weeks later we received, along with many of our friends, an unsolicited phone call selling financial services. If it is not illegal, it is surely unethical to solicit phone numbers in this way and pass them on to other organisations without consent. Using a charity fund raising event to create a free data base is not something I would willingly subscribe to and I would advise your readers not to provide their phone numbers in this way. V Sharpe, Sanet

Rajoy sorry for being caught

I HAVE been reading the article ‘Rajoy Faces Congress’ in the RTN issue 720. According to the story, Rajoy spent considerable time blaming his opponents for the bad reputation that Spain has and of course his opponents blame him for the bad reputation that Spain has. Rajoy of course denies any wrong doing and says he didn’t know the Treasurer of his party, Luis Barcenas was secretly stashing €47 million in a Swiss bank account. Rajoy is sorry, not for the fraud and corruption and how bad it makes Spain look, but that his party was caught. Last year Rajoy’s government passed a law requiring residents to declare all foreign assets. It looks like the saying: ‘Do as I say and not what I do’ certainly applies to this bunch. Rajoy is sorry, but only for getting caught. Brad Murray, Playa Flamenca

Learn the basics

WITH REFERENCE to the letter from a reader moaning about having to pay for a translator and expecting the ayuntamiento staff to speak English, ask yourself would a town hall in any English town have Spanish speaking staff? Obviously not, so why does she expect Spain to be different? The answer for her is simple: learn Spanish and integrate into Spain, rather than live a ‘ghettoised’ existence. I find it arrogant that anyone would consider living in another country without learning at least the basics of the country’s language to enable them to do basic tasks like this. A Loughlin

Sounds like a rip off SINCE READING about the Energy Certificate law it has bothered and annoyed me and I am sure many other people feel the same. And the government keeps making amendments, which makes it even more confusing. I heard property owners are supposed to pay a qualified inspector to look at our property and tell us how much we need to pay to upgrade our homes. It is very troubling and worrying having to think we are being forced to spend a huge amount of money for someone to come to our property and inspect it, then issue us a piece of paper informing us we have to spend a huge amount of money to conserve energy. The whole Energy Certificate law sounds like a massive rip off. But if that is not bad enough, I imagine there will be crooks pretending to be qualified inspectors coming to peoples’ homes to rip off unsuspecting owners. It boggles my mind thinking about having to pay to be told I need to pay large amounts of money to conserve heat, especially when it has been over 30ºC every day this Summer! Where does one find a certified inspector to do this? More accurate information about this is appreciated. H Thomas, Santa Pola

The lift-less InTempo Building AT 200 METRES (650ft) the impressive 47-storey InTempo building in tourist paradise Benidorm will be Europe’s tallest residential building when completed.

The InTempo building dominates the Benidorm skyline

by Jan Gamm Its twin towers dominate the Benidorm skyline, joined by a conical structure from floor 38 - 44 in an ‘M-shaped’ reference to the terrorist attacks of 11th March 2004 in Madrid, it is thought. Gorgeous! Its only flaw is that it has no elevator beyond the 20th storey! Residents living the high life from the 21st floor upward will have to be super-duper fit! NIGHTMARE Due to open in 2009, the construction has been a financial nightmare, with dozens of mishaps and accidents. Despite this 35% of the homes are already sold ahead of the revised completion deadline of December this year. More buyers would solve the dilemma but without a guarantee of comfortable transport to the top floors nobody wants to risk investment.

And the absence of an elevator is just one more problem in a series of costly disasters. The original construction company went broke and the project has been plagued with claims from unpaid suppliers and allegations of fraud amid a takeover of the building’s finances by asset management bank Sareb. Recently the architect team walked out with the elevator crisis still unsolved. SPACE The building was originally to have 20 storeys only - the developers increased this to 47 far too late into the construction schedule and – whoops - a 47-storey elevator requires more space for motor equipment than a 20-storey version. That space simply does not exist. The obvious solution is that the building will have to be service by external elevators but there is no available cash to finance them. And until a solution is found, the InTempo remains a monument to recession-hit Spain.

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This week in Gibraltar by Jan Gamm

THE EUROPEAN Union has informed Spain that a 50€ charge on travellers passing through the border checkpoint between Gibraltar and the Spanish mainland would be illegal, according to EU spokesman Olivier Bailly. Nonetheless the British government has refused to rule out ‘tit-for-tat’ measures in the event of a charge being levied. In recent weeks Spain has introduced stringent border checks creating queues of tourists and commuters sweltering in the summer heat while Spanish Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy demands the removal of the concrete blocks placed in Algeciras Bay that he says are a deliberate obstruction to Spain’s fishing industry. Yet the Spanish Department

of Agriculture and Fisheries has installed no less than 25 similar artificial reefs along the Andalucian coastline. PROTEST

Earlier in the week a flotilla of 40 Spanish vessels that included fishing boats and pleasure craft entered the waters close to Gibraltar in protest over the artificial reef, but were quickly surrounded by Gibraltar Police patrol boats. They were corralled for a short time before being allowed to return to mainland Spain. As HMS Westminster entered Gibraltar waters on Monday, welcomed by enthusiastic crowds of flag-waving Brits despite its 7.30am arrival, a Spanish Guardia Civil patrol boat approached the military area of the harbour. It passed along the harbour walls before speeding off when challenged by a police launch. TEXTS And border queues continue to cause mayhem for both British and Spanish commuters, hoping for an early end to the sizzling summer temperatures. It has emerged this week that police at the checkpoint are sent texts from Madrid instructing them when to start checking every vehicle that passes across the border and when to stop – and these texts usually coincide with the busiest times of the working day. In retaliation for the border chaos it has been reported that UK officials are examining the potential to disrupt Spain’s lucrative tourist industry in addition to blocking its policy initiatives at the EU. BRUSSELS British Prime Minister David Cameron is now pressing President of the EU Commission Jose Manuel Barroso to send monitors to the border “urgently” and bring the planned mid-September mission forward to August, believing that Spain’s threats and sanctions will not stand up to legal scrutiny. Barroso has had lengthy discussions with Cameron and also with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and in both cases made it clear that Brussels expects “both parties to respect applicable EU law,” adding that he hoped the two countries would find an amicable agreement. Meanwhile Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo has said that Spain is unwilling to commence dialogue with Britain until the 70 concrete blocks dropped into Algeciras bay have been removed. Public response to the Gibraltar stalemate is varied. One Guardian columnist said: “Places like Gibraltar are nothing more than ‘Churchillian theme parks of red pillar boxes, fish and chips and warm beer’.” For the most part, however, the British response to the border checks being imposed by Spain may best be described as angry, patriotic indignation.

Brave police rescue

A NATIONAL police officer braved a burning building on Monday afternoon to rescue a woman and her baby. The fire started in a block of flats in Calle Enric Valor, Paterna, Valencia, with a kitchen accident. Smoke and flames quickly filled the building and shortly afterward a woman was seen on one of the balconies of the building holding a baby and screaming for help. Brave police officer Joachim used his cap as a face mask and ran through the thick smoke to the second floor to help the woman and her 20-monthold child to safety.

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Fake luxury car group dismantled


Local police and rescue services help a sailboat

RECENTLY Spanish and International police dismantled a network stealing luxury cars throughout the EU, sold from their business centre in Catalunya.

One of the ‘Ferraris: some of which sported Toyota engines

by Keith Nicol In total police have located 42 vehicles with “manipulated frames and chassis numbers”, valued at more than 1.3 million euros through illegal mafia families in Maresme! The Catalan police have broken up a group of criminals who stole luxury cars in several countries of the European Union and subsequently sold them from Catalunya after changing identity number manipulating the cars to look like something else, with fake paperwork and legitimate ITVs. In total, 42 vehicles, valued at over 1.3 million were stolen and all but two have been located. 26 of the cars were with their ‘new’ owners, buyers who acquired the cars without knowing their true origin while14 were recovered when they were waiting to go to

the ITV! News agency AFP reported that the cars were being sold for around 40,000€ on the Internet against 200,000€ on the showroom floor. In total, 16 people were arrested between Catalonia, Germany, Torrevieja and Poland, and eleven were sent to prison. Once stolen from different countries around the European Union, the vehicles were brought to Catalunya to be reworked and then advertised on the internet. The group consisted of people of Ukrainian nationality, Spanish, French and Belgian with a high level of expertise in the development of such activities. Four people were arrested between Torrevieja and Poland. They are accused of belonging to a criminal organization, theft in dwelling house and two continuous crimes vehicle theft and forgery.

Prostitution hindering the housing market By Keith Nicol COMPLAINTS HAVE been launched with the Torrevieja Town hall by the Promoters and Builders Association who have branded the image of prostitutes on the city’s streets and roundabouts as “deplorable: and have called for a new ordinance to fine customers! The prostitutes offer their services at the entrances to Torrevieja and nearby towns, not painting a very attractive picture to those visiting the area for possibly the first time and seeing dozens of girls working the streets. The Association of Promoters and Builders in Torrevieja and the Vega Baja (Procosta) lamented the “deplorable image” featuring the presence of prostitutes on the streets an the group of entrepreneurs Turismo Residencial de la Costa Blanca has asked the City Council to put in place appropriate measures to “eradicate prostitution from the streets”, since according to them, “both the local authority and provincial businesses and entrepreneurs “are” striving every day to improve the image of the Costa Blanca and, above all, of our city, Torrevieja”. The association, headed by Antonio Navarro, explained that the City Council have already made some forward steps towards this “by the deployment of Policia Local agents and the intervention unit, ‘Udipo’, who have made appropriate identifications of the girls who offer prostitution in public areas” Procosta is proposing following cities like Barcelona where a client can face fines of between 1,000 and 1,200 euros, increasing the amount of 300 euros if the events occur within 200 feet of a school.

PUNTA PRIMA was the scene for an unusual occurrence this week as a sailboat somehow managed to get grounded on the headland The incident occurred about 2.00pm, when local police received a 112 notice warning that a sailboat had run aground on the beach head. Policia Local and rescue services were dispatched to see the sailboat in Punta Prima and the special salvage department took quick action to warn other shipping and water users of the situation. Professional rescue service personnel arrived with jet skis and special equipment to re-float the boat which was then taken to the port of Cabo Roig, so that the damage could be accessed. There was no word of how or why the sailboat ended up grounded on the rocks.


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Marrying in the Torrevieja sunshine by Keith Nicol IT’S LONG overdue, but finally Torrevieja town hall is offering three new places to hold civil weddings due to growing demand in recent years. The Town Hall is drawing up a new by-law to Regulate fees for holding events, including civil weddings, in various places around the municipality. The Town Hall announcement notes that this is in response to demands from a large number of couples who have expressed an interest in holding their civil wedding ceremony outside of the very unromantic setting of the Town Hall council chambers! The first three places likely to granted legality to hold such events are places are the bandstand at Dona Sinforosa Park, the Garden of Nations’ small chapel and at the historic and picturesque Eras de la Sal. AQ press release says that “Their location and special nature of these places are the most ideal for these purposes” according to a report by local technicians. The by-law, was approved by the Local Government Board on August 2nd, and will be put on public display for any objections to be registered before going to a full council meeting for its definitive approval. Nick Ireland from CostaBlancaWeddings. com said “We approached the council back in 2006 and made a formal request for weddings to be performed in some of Torrevieja’s

more picturesque spots, so this is great news, even if it’s a better late than never scenario!” Other local attractions had also been suggested as possible venues by Mr. Ireland including the Pascual Flores schooner, the beautiful Torre del Morro, which already hosts dozens of legal Scandinavian weddings every year, some of the local coves, however these come under the jurisdiction of Valencia and not Torrevieja, the La Mata Sand Dunes and Natural Parks, so there is also hope that some of these may be added at a later date. Nick added, “we hope that this new initiative will entice more foreign residents to ensure they meet the residency requirements and take advantage of these new locations and have a legal wedding in Torrevieja in one of these beautiful settings.”

Fun at the Bushwacka supports PCN A FUN day was had by all at the Bushwacka on Saturday 17th August. Entertainment was laid on by Venus Duo, JJ, Nikki G, Grace and Paul Michael, all providing a fantastic afternoon’s entertainment with proceeds going to Paul Cunningham Nurses. And face painters added even more colour as children and adults went under the brush for a bit of fun! Paul Cunningham Nurses would like to thank everyone who turned out to make the day a huge success, especially as it was the start of the football season! If you would like to hold a fundraiser for PCN please contact Claire on 96 532 6209. Alternatively visit for more information.


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I’ve got a feeling LIVE ON the beach AS THE summer holidays draw to a close, EUb2b Promotions are pleased to announce the presentation of their first major entertainment venture on the Costa Blanca. Active in the Arabian Gulf for many years, they have now widened the scope of their activities to further their mission of providing quality entertainment at prices that encourage attendance. Although late in the season, their first programme will be: ‘I’ve got a feeling - Live on the Beach’ Tribute show, to be followed on 12th September by ‘A Night on Broadway’, presented by West End and Broadway Stars, singing and dancing to many of the West End and Broadway musicals of the last 40 years. ‘Live on the Beach’ is a brand new production featuring professional entertainers flown in especially from the UK for this event, recently voted the best Tribute Band in the UK. They perform an exciting two hour show that is a tribute to Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Tinie Tempah, Beyonce and Rihanna. There is also a spectacular video and dance presentation

which promises to excite and enthral, billed as ‘the last big bang of the season’, on the last Thursday in August. The entertainers will then go on to perform a series of sell-out concerts in Bahrain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The show is being presented at the sensational new MED Arenales Sound Beach Club, arguably the most elegant beach Club on the Costa Blanca. Set only a couple of metres from the sea it is a truly exotic and extremely comfortable place to be seen. Offering the luxury of Marbella but only 10 minutes from Alicante airport, newly opened, it is destined to be an ‘in’ place, with elegant furnishings and a comfortable ambience. The two hour show will begin at 11pm, but attendance is encouraged earlier as it is expected to be busy at only 10€ entrance which includes the first drink. For more information about this and future productions please call EUb2b Promotions on 902 060 167.

Spain’s first crossdressing contest

SPAIN’S FIRST formal cross-dressing contest was held in the Canibal Pub in Alicante last weekend with 12 candidates vying for the ‘Miss Transformarte’ title. The evening was full of banter, colour and raucous entertainment featuring Lola Flores, Monica Naranjo, Rihanna, Lady Star and a Brazilian samba dancer. The winner was Violette Carson of Elche who played the character of Lady Gaga. She was crowned and presented with a trophy in the form of a ‘T’ set with Swarovski crystals. The first runner up was Lady Star and the second Susana Travel.

One Direction storms Madrid HUNDREDS OF fans turned up for the Madrid premiere of ‘This Is Us’, teen sensation One Direction’s debut movie. Fans waited up to ten hours in the steaming August heat to secure tickets in the Plaza de Callao. Messages from the band were streamed over television screens which included the chant from Niall Horan, “I am Spanish, Spanish, Spanish,” which could not be heard above the screams of feverish throngs of teenagers.

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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts


It flies through the air and under the sea… MY FOLKS have decided that’s it’s probably time that they moved into a flat. My dad is poorly and an ‘assisted living’ apartment seems to be the sensible way ahead. SO, THE last few weeks have been a tortuous process of sorting through things needed and those not needed. To decant a three-bedroom house into a single bedroom flat requires a discipline that’s blunt and low on sentiment: lots of stuff has to go. Obviously, over the lifetime of a marriage everyone accumulates a stockpile of objects that are often consigned to the garage or loft because “you’ll never know when we might need that...” However, I must say I’m proud of how Mum and Dad have approached the task and we are almost at the point of being able to move now. The precious things are photographs and other bits of memorabilia that make up a family’s history. I was quite pleased to be reunited with my old school cap - although, I wasn’t too pleased to see some of those school reports again! Anyway, all of which brings us to the piece of ‘art’ that you see before you. At the bottom of one of mum’s boxes was this picture from 1960. It features

a young Watts’s interpretation of the fabulous craft from Gerry Anderson’s first foray into puppet sci-fi, namely, Supercar. While purists might argue that the colour scheme is wrong, I’d say by crayoning the machine green (rather than its true red) it’s an early attempt to show environmental awareness. And by drawing the craft ‘flat’, rather than showing perspective, it’s an early attempt by the young Watts at one-dimensional abstractism - maybe even analytical cubism. Not having lost his highly tuned sense of sarcasm my Dad said, “Why don’t you give them all a treat and feature it in RTN?” Well, you know what dad, why not? So, here it is. It’s not every day that your art is given a 125,000 limited edition print run, is it? Cut it out and keep it folks, or do as neighbour David will do and turn it into a paper fuel brick for those cold winter evenings. Watts in the V&A saying enjoy your new home Mum and Dad…

Watts art from circa 1960

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Spanish group and EHCRC liaise to save horses by Patricia Thompson THE EASY Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales was contacted recently after a story broke on Facebook about the plight of two horses abandoned in Murcia: the British owners of a failed riding school could not be contacted about these animals following their return to the UK six months ago. A local group of Spanish people tried to provide food and water for the two animals but they were rapidly losing weight. Through Facebook a German lady who runs a cat and dog shelter contacted Sue and Rod Weeding at the EHCRC in Rojales. The animals were brought to the Rescue Centre by a very kind Spanish man with a horse trailer, arriving at midnight. “It was fortunate that these two horses were left outside to fend for themselves,”

said Sue Weeding co founder of the EHCRC. “If they had been abandoned out of sight, locked away in a disused out-building or shed, as is usual, they might never have been found. It is fantastic that that these local Spanish people did their best to save the horses and asked for our help” Both horses are about seven years old and appear to have been overworked and had a very hard life: they have been named Leo and Louie. Louie is partially blind in his left eye, due we think to a blow. He also has several facial scars and a hole through the skin of his right nostril. Leo has damaged tendons, normally caused by over work on hard ground. Both are being treated for their injuries, now in safe hands. Come and visit them and meet all our other horses, ponies and donkeys on one of the centre’s Sunday open days: open from 1pm.

Annual sponsored walk THIS SEPTEMBER, the ‘Davila-Grewer Family Fund’, a Torrevieja-based charitable association, is to hold its annual Sponsored Walk. This year, the funds raised will be dedicated to the Elche Children’s Home. The event is open to all, individuals, teams, groups, clubs and associations with information and contact details as follows: Walkers meet Saturday 28th September 2013, starting at 11am from the Kiosko, Cabo Cervera to the Hostel Albir, a distance of approximately 4kms. Clubs, organisations or individuals interested in the event should please contact Ken or Lyn Adams: 96 507 7014 or via mobile 676 650 210. Also email:


Leo on arrival

Tasty refreshments available. For more information or directions visit or call 652 021 980. Support the EHCRC by visiting one of its

charity shops in Guardamar, Quesada, Los Montesinos, La Zenia and La Siesta. The English tack shop at the Rescue Centre is open 7 days a week from 10am.

Charity 4 Charities Auction THE BULL FLANAGAN Quesada, near the golf course, holds an exciting charity auction run by volunteers every Tuesday to help raise funds for Charity 4 Charities, a deserving programme that supports ten chosen charities annually, each with a 1,000€ pay out. To date more than 120,000€ has been raised and the charity gives an estimated 800€ in dried foods to the needy of Rojales via Caritas. Items may be booked online or registered on the day from 9.30am for the auction that begins at 1pm. Only sold items require a 50 cent fee – the 50 cents is then passed on to charity. An additional stall is set up outside the pub, open from 9am until the close of the auction with all proceeds going to charity. For more information or if you would like to lend a hand to a worthy cause, please contact Sandra: 96 671 2803 or email


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Awards given for Torrevieja’s tapas route by Keith Nicol THE TAPAS Route awards were handed out this week by Torrevieja Councillor for Tourism, Luis Maria Pizana, along with Lidia Rodriguez from th Tourism Office and representatives of the hospitality businesses in the hamlet of La Mata, to celebrate the ‘8th Ruta de la Tapa de Torrevieja’ and the first edition of ‘De tapas por La Mata’, in the Oficina de Turismo del Paseo Vista Alegre.Torrevieja The awards are in two main categories, those voted by a professional jury and the other by the visiting public. The prizes awarded by the Professional Jury from the Tourism Centre (CDT) in Torrevieja, looks to choose the best in traditional and innovative Tapa. The

New for old in Denia

jury gave the award for the best traditional Tapa to the Bar Trinquete with their tapa ‘Pelotas con caldo’. For the Innovative Tapa, the jury chose Niki Beach Puerto restaurant’s Tapa called ‘Bombón de jamón serrano a las finas hierbas’.’Blossom of ham with herbs’. This editions prizes awarded by the public, which this year, was made through the website, gave two awards to Restaurante El Muelle for their typical Tapa Blanco de Torrevieja con Taglietelle fresco y habitas’ and for the best service. The vote for the Best Innovative Restaurant Tapa went to Los Zamoranos with ‘Ámbar de gamba roja de los Zamoranos’. Luis María Pizana thanked all voters who

Winning Restaurants and members of the Town Council and judges gave out awards for Torrevieja’s latest tapas route

participated in this poll and companies that have provided prizes, including Aquópolis, who sponsors this event and offers 50 entries to the water park, 10 for each of the five winners from the public who cast their votes, The Habaneras Shopping Centre with five

By Jack Troughton DENIA’S OLD fish market is to get a facelift and open its doors again as the town’s newest Tourist Office, Mayor Ana Kringe has announced. The building is in a key strategic position on the sea front and is part of work to revamp the whole of the port area. Valencia has agreed to pay for the renovation and the mayor said ongoing projects to rejuvenate the harbour and make it visitor friendly would allow Denia to boast it was “the best modern port in the Valencia Community.”

gift certificates of 50 euros, the Hotel Dona Monse, for their circuit spa for two at the hotel, the collaboration of Maritime Torrevieja and the company that runs the website who offered an android tablet as first prize.

Elche enjoys a boom THE TOURIST office in Elche is delighted to report that the 36th Elche Festival which came to a close on 15th August drew nearly 350,000 people. Mayor Mercedes Alonso said: “The city has been filled with happy party goers enjoying the street entertainment and various parties scattered throughout the community, giving the area a welcome boost.”

Ballesol Senior Resort in Benidorm UNIQUE LOCATION JUST METRES from Benidorm’s La Cala beach, the luxurious Senior Reort of Ballesol is almost unequal in its location and quality, just metres from the heart of one of Costa Blanca’s most picturesque beaches. With summer offers for two people staying half board, for a week in a luxurious independent apartment from just 539€ including IVA, it’s time you visited Ballesol Senior Resort. ACTIVITIES Summer season in the beautiful Ballesol Costa Blanca Senior Resort ranges from May to late October. Residents are offered as much independence as they want or need. The centre offers numerous activities designed for the different groups staying at the centre; stimulation therapies and rehabilitation for people who need it most within the “nursery home”, or for the more independent guests, there are trips to the beach and social get togethers. In the centre’s outdoor pool you can enjoy aqua gym classes guided by the physiotherapist, (after October the indoor pool and the Jacuzzis open) There is Thai Chi several mornings a week, as well as afternoon activities and entertainment each day. Tuesday and Saturday mornings, the famous flea market of La Cala de Villajoyosa, is situated right outside the resort. APARTMENTS For guests looking to enjoy complete independence, there are 40 fully equipped and separate apartments. Wheelchair accessible, they also give guests the peace of mind of having a medical team on hand if required. In addition, all apartments have an outdoor terrace, kitchen, bathroom and living room. There is even a separate small storage room to store extra belongings not wanted in the apartment such as beach supplies. Whilst the minimum age of guests for the apartments is 50 years old, some grandparents choose to be accompanied by their children/ grandchildren, whilst obviously respecting other residents. During the months of September and October we extend meal times, as we receive groups from northern Europe who lunch at 12:30 am and dinner at 18.30 hrs. In addition, we installed a bar in our recreation room, where after dinner guests can have a drink while listening to music in the pleasant surroundings.

SUMMER OFFER Half Board Summer Deals Half board accommodation for two people in a 1 bedroom apartment is on offer for just € 539 IVA included! Call us directly for further information, or come along and visit our resort, without obligation or cost, and most of all without stress. We have regular english guests, and look forward to seeing you soon. See our advert on page 11. We are located on Carrer Tramuntana 03570 La cala de la Vila, Alicante. Call us on 96 585 76 71.

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New old canon for floating museum ONE OF the highlights of a visit to Torrevieja is a visit to the floating museum site, which offers a tour of Spain’s only decommissioned submarine that is open to the public, the Delfin S61, the Albatros III Customs Boat and a variety of other mainly nautical items, such as torpedoes and small craft. The newest addition to the display arrived on Wednesday, which has been loaned to the exhibition until at least 2015. The item is an impressive Howitzer Field Gun, with a 105/26 mm gauge, a Spanish Army Model from1958 Naval-Reinosa whose characteristics are: weight 2,000 kg; and could fire a 15 kg weight to a projectile range of 11,450 meters. The display has been loaned to the Museum of Sea and Salt’s Floating Museum, by the Benejúzar Mora Scrap Yard: Desguaces Mora Benejuzar from Benejuzar. All management of the movement and safety of the Field Gun was carried out by the Historical Cultural Association ‘Carro Verdeja’, whose president is Mr. Rafael García Rodríguez, who is also the secretary of the Association of Military Modelling in Torrevieja. This piece will be in the exhibition area of the Floating Museum next to the submarine mine, depth charge launcher, 20 mm Oerlikon gun, Torpedo L-5 and Breda Bofors 40Mm Cannon. On behalf of Torrevieja City Council, Councillor for Culture and Tourism, Luis María Pizana wishes to acknowledge the collaboration from people and organizations that have made this assignment possible, Desguaces Mora Benejuzar, Cultural Historical Association plus the Truck and crane company Verdeja y Grúas Dajoma, whose participation has been selfless.

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How to register the new Energy Efficiency Certificate DISINFORMATION AND apathy would be a fair description of the state of the new Energy Efficiency Certificate saga in Spain at the moment…‘un poco loco!’ Government fast tracking, contradictions and confusing points in the legislation, software issues, along with the scams and cheap certificates have all contributed to the mayhem. Some real estate agents are refusing to do anything “until the situation calms down,” and one could justify being sympathetic to that claim. Many people do not understand whether or not they need the certificate, whilst others consider the certificate as another tax, and just another way of squeezing money. Consequently a slow-down has occurred which is forecast to have a negative effect on the national property sales figures. However, those wanting to abide by the law and not wishing to put themselves in a position whereby the sale of their property may

default, should persevere and obtain an Energy Efficiency Certificate from a trustworthy source. The energy certification process of a building is not fully complete until the EEC is registered. No building or part of a building, according to the new property law, may be sold or rented without having previously registered the EEC in the Register of Certified Energy Performance of Buildings. It is the obligation of the owner or developer of the building to register the certificate. Once the certificate has been issued it is necessary to register it with the appropriate agency of the Autonomous Community. Procedure varies from region to region, and some regions may require a fee of about 30€. The registration may be delegated to a third party and is usually carried out by the assessor. Beware of assessors that do not offer the registration service because they may not be authorised.

After initial delays, Valencia is now accepting EECs for registration at the government authorised agency, AVEN. The registration can be applied for on-line or in person and currently is free. When the registration is approved, an energy label is issued and should be attached to the certificate. The energy label summarises the information contained in the certificate and is for the purpose of display. It should then be made available to real estate agents, prospective buyers or tenants and displayed with all marketing of the property. It is vital that the EEC has been issued by an authorised architect or engineer otherwise penalties will apply resulting in fines. So, beware of scams offering cheap certificates. For enquiries and further information email: or visit See Sparks’ advert in classified section.


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Gardening in retirement: by

Dick Handscombe Holistic gardener and author gardening in Spain for 25 years

GARDENING REMAINS a major retirement activity in Spain although our surveys suggest more women than men actively garden on a regular basis. This is a pity as gardening offers interesting mental and physical activity in touch with and managing nature. In spite of the amazing achievements of technology over the past century a garden designed developed and nurtured over ten or twenty years is probably one of the most complex, challenging and continuous projects one can undertake in retirement and even over a lifetime. But many do it because the results are very visible satisfying and self-fulfilling and in partnership with a spouse can rebuild relationships that might have declined during busy working lives. Also gardening can be practiced even into one’s nineties for active gardens can be reduced in size and enviable mini gardens can be created even on apartment terraces and balconies as described in ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’. Some of the other reasons retirement gardening is popular are as follows. It can be practiced in gardens and allotments, in patios and courtyards, and on apartment terraces balconies and window sills. Yes even on window sills where we have seen interesting

pleasurable and healthy succulent collections, mini strawberry beds and trays of cut-and-cut-again salad leaf collections. On an even smaller scale one can try drain pipe gardening. Having a garden to potter around in can help the transition from paid work to retirement as it has different and interesting demands season by season. Gardens provided opportunities for brain and brawn. It provides for both partners to combine their relative strengths and weaknesses. Men folk - if you are not keen on gardening at least help your spouse/partner to change plantings to the more drought and frost resistant varieties including wild naturalised varieties proposed by the branches of the Mediterranean Gardening Society and establish systems for collecting storing and distributing more rain water. Several hundred practical ideas for reducing your watering bills and efforts are included in ‘Making Waterless Gardens a Practical Reality Worldwide’. It has already been purchased as far away as Japan. Hard copy and Kindle versions are available. Moving to the south of Europe allows one to enjoy gardening and gardens on many more days of the year than in the UK and other northerly countries and also allows one to experiment with a new range of flowering plants, fruits, herbs and vegetables. With just a few hours a week it is perfectly possible to become very self sufficient in

ecologically grown herbs vegetables and fruit again even on a mini scale. As one becomes infirm it is possible to work sitting down by gardening in tall containers and on specially constructed growing tables. The latter are great for building up interesting collections of small plants and small growing salad varieties. If one surrounds a growing table with eight to ten builders buckets in the form of a ten-tub veggie plot as launched in our book ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ an amazing diversity of vegetables can be grown. Shade from a large umbrella can enable many crops to be grown even during the hottest months. Working in the garden, especially in the winter sun, helps build up and maintain ones natural vitamin D production as well as exercising many limbs. But do use trees to add shade for yourself and pets with shade seats at various points of the garden to rest, read and enjoy the vistas and perfumes of the garden. We have six seats strategically placed for use at various times of the day and seasons of the year. Egg-laying hens can be very friendly and interesting pets if purchased young and regularly handled and their bedding is a good addition to compost heaps. For those who still like competing, competitions for the best flower arrangement, group of roses, fruit or vegetables, most interesting newly propagated dry garden plants, best plant photograph etc at monthly garden clubs can

The Handscombe’s books can be most conveniently purchased from Amazon Books, Santana Books website or 95 248 5838, The Book Depository or The Royal Horticultural Society Bookshop. ©Dick Handscombe

be very motivating. It is a pity that not all gardening clubs recognise the interest and self fulfilment that such activities can stimulate. I enjoyed doing the judging at a recent meeting of a gardening club and gave a talk. If you are to continue gardening to a ripe age do ensure that the garden is safe. Do reduce the chance of slips, trips, sprains, cuts and spiking. Economically designed tools such as the Fiskars range are in my experience well worth the extra cost. Also ensure that terrace and garden walls are safe, that trees are not getting top heavy and liable to falls or the snapping of branches in high winds, that low branches cannot cause head injuries, that garden electric circuits are safe etc… Special chapters about gardening in retirement are included in my recently published book ‘Your Practical Guide to Having a Great Retirement’ and if you are interested to know more about the evolution of our garden and how we have achieved self-sufficiency in wholesome, ecological produce 365 days a year, copies of ‘Living Well From Our Garden – Mediterranean Style’ are now available from Amazon Books. At 76 Dick enjoys a mentally and physically fit life, integrating his greatest pleasures of gardening, cooking, writing, walking and painting. More books can be expected in coming years.



Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

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Sorry to repeat ourselves, but it is necessary to remind our readers that to make a spanish will and have it updated is a “must” YES, MOST of our readers already have one, but some still don’t. If you do not have one, or yours is not in line with the Regulation of the European Union 650/2012 of last year, you certainly need to have a Spanish Will drafted or have yours reviewed as soon as possible; especially if you owner of any asset or property in Spain, as: 1.) Is a cost effective means of simplifying the handling of your affairs. Do not rely upon your English Will or, even worse, English intestacy rules (where there is no Will at all) to deal with any Spanish estate. Without a Spanish Will, no action can be taken in Spain until the Probate of your English estate has been finalised. This can take a very long time - irrespective of whether your English Will or affairs are complicated or straightforward. There is also the expense of official translations of the English Will, its legalisation, etc, which together will cost significantly

more than preparing a Spanish Will in the first place. 2.) On your Will you can expressively appoint your national Law to apply to your succession and Will. Without a Will choosing the law of your country of origin, it would be understood if you live and have your assets in Spain, that Spanish inheritance Law applies to your succession, so at least 2/3 of the estate must go to your children, as per the European Regulation 650/2012. 3.) You have generally 6 months to pay IHT in Spanish Law following the date of death, failing to do so will result in a surcharge and interest will start to accrue. It is rare for the English probate to be dealt with in time to allow this deadline to be met. 4.) For tax purposes a Spanish Will can be drawn in such a way that it will minimize the Inheritance Tax

(IHT), needless to say you have to know how the Spanish IHT works to make your Will really tax efficient. 5.) Sometimes (due to the amount of the estate etc) when an English person passes away there is NO need to get a Probate as long as he has a valid Spanish Will BUT if this person does not have a Spanish Will then normally the Spanish authorities will need to see the Probate before dealing with the Spanish estate. If you have assets in Spain and have not yet drawn your Spanish Will we advise you to do it as soon as possible. Also, if you have an old previous Will and you have not opted expressly for your national law you need to review it. We can assist you to do it, here in Spain, but if is not possible for you to travel to Spain, we can prepared the Spanish Will to be signed in your country, and then we will register it here.

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)

“QROPS” (Qualifying Recognized Overseas Pension Scheme) have been available to ex-pats since April 2006. There is no mystery to them, they are basically the same as your UK pension but offer better benefits than the UK. Benefits: I. Return of fund to spouse on the death of the member, then left to your depends on spouses death. (not so in the UK) II. No Inheritance tax. (not so in the UK) III. Possibility of no income tax. (not so in the UK) IV. Freedom of investment choice. (not so in the UK) V. Income paid in a currency of your choice, plus many more benefits. (not so in the UK) The process is very simple and takes approximately three months to complete. In the UK you may not take any benefits before you are 55 years of age. If you are 50 or above and have been outside the UK for 5 complete tax years you may withdraw 25/30% and then an income at 55. If you are pension rich but cash poor, this could be a way of solving temporary financial difficulties.

To find out if you qualify to release money now call 951 206 138 or email or visit and complete the free assessment form.



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A little clemency for debtors by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

THERE HAS been a growing unrest concerning the mistakes of past decades: banks and financial institutions are seen as having a hefty responsibility for the pains of the present. However, it is not generally felt that they are the ones now picking up the tab. INSTEAD IT seems the pockets of the ‘little people’ are being emptied with increases in taxes, loss of jobs and in some cases, loss of homes too. There has been much publicity in the Spanish press about those struggling to pay the mortgage and the banks’ apparent disregard for their plight. At last, protest, public petitions and parliamentary pressure seem to have made some impression. MORATORIUM ON REPOSSESSIONS A new mortgage law means that there will be a two-year moratorium on repossession proceedings. Not every case will be guaranteed this respite, however. There will be a filtering of cases so that only those who are particularly at risk due to their social and economic circumstances will be covered. Large families and those with young children will be given special consideration along with those on low incomes or where the debtor is unemployed and no longer entitled to unemployment benefit. OPPORTUNITY FOR A FRESH START According to the mortgage conditions on Spanish homes, if you are unable to

pay the mortgage it’s not just a case of handing over the keys. You can be held responsible for any outstanding debt even when the house has been returned to the bank. According to the new law, some families and individuals will at least be able to handover the keys and walk away without taking the debt with them. MORE TIME There are other concessions. More time is being allowed for debtors to put matters right. Whereas previously proceedings could begin as early as one month after non-payment, this has been extended to three. In practice, few banks did act so hastily, at least now they aren’t officially allowed to do so. LIMIT ON INTEREST RATES Interest rates on defaults have hit debtors hard. The new law limits the percentage that can be charged to three times the Central Bank’s reference (currently at 4%). The concessions in the new mortgage law are not going to solve the problem for the people who can’t pay their mortgages but they will go some way towards alleviating some of the extreme hardship which some people have had to endure.

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


3 - 9 MAY 2013


Wayne Martin

International Financial Adviser

We wouldn’t buy an annuity for ourselves say financial advisers!

JUST ONE financial adviser in 10 would buy a conventional annuity while rates are at their current lows, a survey has found. IT WAS reported in the Daily Telegraph during the week that around 16% of advisers said they would delay making a decision in the current conditions, while 21% said they would use a mix of other ways of taking an income from their pension savings, such as ‘income drawdown’, fixed-term annuities and investments that include capital guarantees. Only 10% said they would invest entirely in a conventional or enhanced ‘lifetime’ annuity - one that pays a set income every year for life. The survey, which was conducted by MetLife, the insurer, also found that 42% of advisers’ clients were asking about alternatives to annuities. One in 10 advisers said more than 80% of their clients were asking about other means of taking a retirement income. Income drawdown, which allows pensioners to retain ownership and control of their savings and draw an income from them instead of handing the money over to an insurer in exchange for an annuity, was financial advisers’ most popular choice for their own retirement. Fixed-term annuities pay a set income for a number of years, often five or 10, after which the investor is given a sum of money back if he or she is still alive. This sum can be used to buy another annuity. The hope is that rates will have improved in the meantime. Hopes that annuity rates would continue recent modest rises received a setback earlier this month when the Bank of England indicated that interest rates would remain low. Annuity rates tend to reflect investment returns more broadly, especially those on government bonds or gilts. In the current uncertain economic climate I would urge you to speak to a professional financial adviser today and arrange a review of your circumstances. Don’t delay, get in touch today. Look after your wealth and your wealth will look after you. If you have any questions or need any advice regarding the above you can contact me on 636 361 588 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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Mystery Man on the Street FOLLOWING A trip to the heart of Benidorm last week in the second of our Mystery Man on the Street series he takes the bus to the biggest hotel in town - the iconic hotel that is the 4* Gran Bali. THE HOTEL This is a vast hotel with 776 rooms catering for up to 1550 guests, a busy place in high season! Upon arrival the lobby and reception is not unlike an airport! The hotel first opened in 1988 with the 52nd floor addition opening in 2002. There are four café bars; a poolside bar; a disco club and two large buffet restaurants; several pools and a viewing deck on floor 43 plus shops, a great spa, gym and a cyber café. THE ROOMS Rooms are a good size, most with a balcony: high floors of course offer fantastic views. Some guests do mention that they feel the rooms are getting a bit ‘tired’ but they offer decent facilities for the price paid, whilst others I spoke to said they are fantastic! With a hotel of this size I would expect a mixed bag of comments. They offer standard and superior rooms plus suites too. Standard rooms offer all you expect from a massive ‘tourist’ hotel. There is a pay-for ‘pillow menu’ if you like a posh pillow to hire or buy. THE FOOD Dine in a choice of two buffet restaurants. These are busy if you eat at popular times but if you eat early the choice is good, the wait is shorter and the experience more relaxing! Reading many reviews it is again a mixed bag: some love it and some don’t. Seems

to depend on how busy the hotel is! I spoke to a young family from Manchester and they thought the food was superb for a family, just very busy, but eating before 8.30pm was quieter. THE POOL There are several pools: a Kids’ pool, a Jacuzzi pool and some ‘splash’ features surrounded by plenty of sunbeds and large seating areas (for evening shows). The usual saving of sunbeds is evident or course. However, I found plenty of spare beds in August at noon. Although packed there were still some quiet and shaded areas if like me you prefer your sun time quiet and child free! For drinks

there is a poolside bar and the main air-conditioned bar can be accessed poolside too. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW This is a busy hotel where you should expect some waiting for lifts, meals and drinks at peak season. Room rates are excellent out of season and the location is great if you prefer to be out of central Benidorm. There is an excellent beach (Cala Finestrat) five minutes away, plenty of places to eat nearby and buses run until late every 10 minutes into Benidorm. It is worth the extra to stay on a high floor. Book this and over 200 cheap hotels at


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Dining out with... The Duchess

THIS WEEK I’ve gone paella mad and when in Spain you must try a paella. THE BEST I have found in town is set in the famous La Cala de Finestrat Bay at the restaurant El Arenal, overlooking the sea in Avenida Marina Baixa No 5, Tel 96 585 6700, open Monday to Sunday from 1pm until 4pm and again from 8pm until 11pm. Personally I am not a paella fan but the Duke is, and it’s nice to compromise sometimes (keeps us girls out of trouble). This restaurant serves a variety of Mediterranean food but is more well-known to locals and holiday makers for its paella and fish. There are several different types of paella. The most popular is the seafood one, but as I am not a great seafood lover we had the option to order a mix of chicken and vegetables. These dishes are made to order so expect to wait 25 minutes or so. The paella comes in a gigantic pan, presented to you by the waiter and then taken to a nearby waiters’ table to be served onto plates. But they do give you the option to put it on the table so you can serve yourself. Little tip: the best is at the bottom of the pan (called ‘socarrat’) Try and see why! While we waited we had a starter. The Duke had steamed mussels with lemon and I had my usual house salad, which was very typical: lettuce, tomato, sweet corn, a small amount of tuna topped with asparagus, can’t go wrong there… Typically at this style of restaurant we were presented with a basket of fresh bread and alioli… nice. We also shared a plate of ‘chopitos’ - baby squid, crisply deep fried: they were delicious. This restaurant is mainly busy at lunch times as they serve a daily ‘menú del día’ from a round 12€ for four courses

including wine or water - exceptionally good value. So if you want to be assured of a table, ring in advance or if you find yourself in La Cala Bay they can usually fit you in with a little wait. Restaurant ‘El Arenal’ doesn’t come with lots of fancy frills although the setting is nice, more so for me during the evening. Expect paper table cloths and plastic chairs (PS - take a cushion if you remember). The service here is polite, ideal for groups who want to just chat the night away or couples who just want to watch the world go by. Summer evenings it can be inundated with small children - in my opinion they should be in bed but that’s the Duchess for you…! The average spend per head is around 20€ including my usual bottle of house wine. A nice touch at the end is that when you ask for the bill you are offered a liquor ‘on the house’. My next review will be ‘dining alone and how to enjoy a dining experience taking a book with you’. September on its way - love to all and enjoy every day! The Duchess

Duchess star rating out of 5

Reservation Service Food quality

**** **** ****

Presentation Atmosphere Value for money

**** *** ****

Now and then: Benidorm 60 years on BENIDORM HAS changed beyond recognition since the 1950s and the Town Hall has put on a photographic exhibition in the Old Town of some wonderful black and white pictures to reflect this.

By Irena Bodnarec THE EXHIBITION can be viewed at L’Hort de Colon Museum - a recently restored mid-19th Century house which has been turned into an ethnological museum. The easiest way to find it is go to Calle Santo Domingo, better known to most as ‘Tapas Alley’ and at the walking street end (opposite end to Royal Queen’s) walk across the walking street, pass the indoor mercado (which has Mercadona) and it is just a little further up on your right. The prints are all framed and either black and white or sepia - they look stunning and make you gasp in wonder at how the resort use to look only 50 years ago. They were all taken by local photographer Fransisco Perez Bayonne, better known as ‘Quinco’ between 1957 to 1965 and some of the original cameras which he used to take the pictures with are also on display - it was like a history lesson for me! The exhibition is on until 16th September and open during the week, Monday to Friday from 10am until 2pm closed at the weekend. It will certainly open your eyes as to how things have changed, which in reality is over a very short space of time. The exhibition is free to view...

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Mark Roach

Company Director and Spanish Tax Consultant

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Inheritance Tax increases in the Valencian region AS OF 6th August, the Valencian Government increased Inheritance Tax (IHT) payable by residents inheriting within this Region. Until this point residents of the Valencia Community benefited from a 99% exemption on assets they inherited within their Region. Now resident spouses, descendants and ascendants will have their personal free allowances upon inheritance, or in the case of gifting, increased to 100,000€. However, the exemption for assets inherited above the €100,000 allowance is being lowered to only 75%. There are no such exemptions for brothers / sisters / aunts / uncles / nephews /partners or friends. Resident’s Inheritance Tax in Spain is charged by the autonomous region, however all non-residents who inherit assets on mainland Spain, The Balearic Islands and The Canaries are all taxed by the central Tax office in Madrid with a maximum allowance of 15,957€ per individual inheriting. Many Valencia tax residents may now look forward to sizeable tax increases which may also be the case in other regions who decide to follow the tax increases in the near future. A concern for most beneficiaries is that bank accounts can be frozen on death which

could mean the money to pay this tax might not be available within the six months stipulated and in worst case scenario an embargo being placed upon the property. Simply becoming non-resident, which has been seen as a solution to the recent asset declaration problem, would not work here as the Inheritance Tax due for non-residents is significantly more and taxed centrally in Madrid. It has been written that this is discrimination against non-residents of Spain and non-residents will be taxed at a lower rate and in line with residents. As this may not be financially viable to the Spanish Government, residents may be brought in line and taxed at a higher rate along with non-residents. This may come as a surprise to many but not to us, as we have been advising clients and writing articles over the last number of years that this will happen even through many other lawyers and accountants in Spain argued against this. THE WINCHAM SOLUTION Wincham will invest your Spanish Property into your own UK Company (Wincham can provide) of which the client will be the Director and Shareholder and have total control. Using the Hacienda’s (Spanish Tax office) agreed formula to calculate the investment

Wincham Consultants Limited, Wincham House, Greenfield Farm Trading Estate, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4TR, England. (Wincham Consultants also have offices located on the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol) UK Tel: +44 (0)1260 299 700 | Spain Tel: +34 965 830 991 | Email: | Web:

value there will be no Property Transfer Tax of 7/10% or Capital Gains Tax due in Spain for this transaction. Our method enables you to utilise Spanish legislation to conveniently own and maintain your property within a corporate structure in the most tax efficient way. Unlike an offshore Company which creates an additional 3% tax burden each year, the UK is not classed as offshore and in line with EU treaties cannot charge UK Companies the 3% tax. All Clients who use our services to purchase or invest a property into a UK limited company are covered by Title Deed Insurance which affords cover for 20 years and a maximum of €360,000 compensation including Demolition Order, Fraud and Compulsory Purchase plus many more areas. To take steps to protect yourselves and your beneficiaries contact Wincham. You will receive a free personalised Spanish Inheritance tax Illustration and the opportunity to discuss how this method of ownership could benefit your circumstances, visit Alternatively contact one of our advisers directly on +44 (0)1260 299 700 (UK) or 0034 96 583 0991 (Spain).


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MABS swinging summer of fun MORE THAN a hundred people were entertained by Woody and Christine as they put on a memorable event to raise funds for MABS Mazarron at the Mazarron Country Club. by Keith Nicol Only the August heat matched the electric atmosphere, but it was not enough to deter the audience enjoying a good old ´knees up´. Woody performed a brilliant selection of songs that had everyone in the room tapping their feet and singing along and Christine made sure the mood continued late into the night. The evening raised a fantastic 611€ and MABS Mazarron would like to sincerely thanks everyone who attended. MABS Mazarron are currently supporting over 90 patients in the Mazarron area and desperately need more volunteers, so if you can drive, escort a patient to and from a hospital appointment or can help their Fundraising team, please contact them on 620 582 418. MABS have a number of events already planned for September, starting on the 14th at Camposol Club de Golf

‘Lend me your eyes’ and The International Marina Yacht Club

MABS Swinging Summertime event attracted dozens to see Woody and Christine

with their Open Golf Competition. The event is open to all golfers, with great prizes to be won and a BBQ is included in the entry fee of 40€ for non-members. 15€ members with buggies just 10€. You can also enjoy the BBQ only for 10€. On 27th September there is their La Vida Cancer Support Coffee Morning at La Vida Bar, El Pareton. It features homemade cakes, tea and coffee with all proceeds for MABS Mazarron. Rge coffee morning starts at 11.30am. Moving into Autumn and just before Halloween they have their MABS Race for Life on October 27th for a 5€ per entry. Entry forms are available now. You can follow a 4km or 8km course and all finishers will receive a medal, with trophies for winners. On 8th November, the Harlequins Rock Choir perform at Meson Mariano´s, Camposol at 8.00pm. Entry is 5€ or 10€ and includes Chicken and Chips. The following day, on November 9th they

have their Artisan Co-operative Craft Fayre, also at Meson Mariano´s, Camposol, from 11.00am until 3.00pm. This is all for only a 1.00€ entry. There are more than 25 stalls packed with unique Christmas gift ideas plus a Grand raffle, home-made cakes and lots more No change for their regular events which happen on the last Tuesday of the month with their Volunteers Meeting at the Trevi Bar, Camposol Sector B at 11.30am and their Jigsaw Bereavement Group at Cats Bar Sector A Camposol at noon with a next day of the first Friday of each month. If you would like further information about how you can help MABS come along to any of their meetings or events. For further information please ring 620 582 418. Next meeting September 27th. Event tickets from MABS Information Centre on Sector B Camposol, the MABS Charity Shop in Totana or by calling 620 582 418.

EL CLUB Náutico Marina Internacional is proud to be a collaborator with ‘Préstame tus Ojos – Lend Me Your Eyes’, a charity association set up to supply a reading service and a bit of companionship to those who are unable to read for themselves. In a simple ceremony held at the Sala de Banderas del Club Náutico Marina Internacional de Torrevieja, the Hall of Flags of Club Náutico Torrevieja International Marina, club manager, Trinidad Pujante, presented The Director of ‘Préstame tus Ojos - Lend me your Eyes”, Fernando Guardiola, with a cheque for their fundraising event that took place on Thursday 15th August during their ‘Beer and Karaoke Day’! Two hundred Euros was presented to Fernando who said, “this will be used to finance part of the costs of transporting volunteers to the various places where the service is offered, in the library, peoples homes, hospitals and old peoples residences in Torrevieja” The ‘Lend me your eyes’ Reading Club has regular sessions at Torrevieja’s Municipal Public Library called ‘Ambigú’, which is possible through their 70 volunteers, 24 of them international residents. The volunteers become the ‘eyes’ and the vision to those who cannot or have difficulty, reading in five nursing homes in Torrevieja and the surrounding area, as well as in several private homes in the locality. This event was supported by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Torrevieja, Cárnicas Ríos and Distribuidora Económica de Torrevieja, S.L. all collaboratoers with ‘Lend me your Eyes’. Those interested in lending their own eyes to the project or conducting a find raising event, should contact Fernando directly by email on ferguarmo@


Woody and Peckers salute real heros THE HEROES of Rock n Roll comes to Restaurante Los Rosales on Tuesday September 3rd with their fantastic Buddy Holly tribute show, all in aid of the upcoming 4th Anniversary of Afghan Heroes. By Keith Nicol Woody and The Peckers, a trio made up of Woody, Lee and Trace will be rocking the house once more in order to not only give everyone a great night out, but also to help raise funds for this very worthwhile charity.. Jax Lawson will be holding a raffle to raise money for the charity which was founded in September 2009 by seven mothers who all lost their sons in two terrible days of fighting in Afghanistan. The last raffle at The Jazz Singer show at Los Rosales raised a whopping 460€.The charity has gone from strength to strength and has recently achieved the opening of two of the intended ten rehabilitation centres that have been planned since its onset. People have done anything and everything to raise funds for this worthy cause. Ten brave volunteer fundraisers will be attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise £40,000 for the charity. Amongst the volunteers will be model Nikki Lee and UK reality star of The Bachelor, Brandy Bower. The team leaves for their heroic undertaking on August 31st and will be returning on September 8th. The money raised will go towards building a dedicated facility that will help people dealing with posttraumatic stress. For more information please visit And if you like your music live, you’ll be glad to know that there won’t be a backing track in sight as Woody and The Peckers will be performing all the rock n roll hits that they are famous for. Tickets are just 10.00€ for show and meal and are now on sale from Restaurante Los Rosales CV895, Guardamar, Cards and More La Marina, Card Place Benimar and Punta Prima, Post Box Dona Pepa and The Hire Centre San Luis. You also reserve tickets online for Lets Rock Shows at: or call 697 501 992. Doors open 7.30pm. Raffle donations always welcome.

Woody and the Peckers doing for real Heroes

Life travel

Cabanes Costa de Azahar I ENDED up in Cabanes recently when I was out looking at towns up the coast on the Costa de Azahar. The first thing I spotted as I walked into the centre of town was the Pub Beguim on Carrer Calvari, which styled itself as a champañeria and corkleria. The first is easy enough to work out but I really couldn’t fathom out the second, other than it’s something to do with pulling corks out, therefore an arty-tarty name for a wine bar. As it was also closed I couldn’t go in and ask. They must be a very event village because not only is there the Fuente del Buen Suceso but also the Plaça Verte del Bon Succés (using both the Castillano and Valenciano versions of the spelling), although the fuente is actually in the Plaça des Hostals and topped with four nubile mermaids whose out-thrust bosoms mark the four points of the compass. (The translation of suceso is event but I couldn’t find out what the event was so as least I hope it was successful.) The Plaza Iglesia, is home to the two pillars of Spanish life, the Church and the State, represented by the town hall, (although some will tell you that the genuine two pillars are the siesta and the fiesta). Fixed to the side of the 14th-century town hall is a sign warning the young chaps of the village that playing the game of pilota against the wall is strictly forbidden. At least they haven’t gone to the lengths of some places where they plaster the wall in a corrugated design to thwart the young lads bit of fun. One the top of the church

there’s still a large illuminated star – either they can’t be bothered to remove it each Christmas or they are still waiting for the imminent arrival of Balthazar and his two pals. A tiny alleyway up the side of the church intriguingly draws you forward – only to end in a car park so you have to turn around and come back. On Carrer de Sant Mateu there’s a mixture of architectural styles, but you can’t help but be intrigued by the delightful little balcony at number 16, where you can imagine Juliet leaning over to throw a rose to Romeo. Otherwise, it’s just a bland skinny building four storey’s high, although it does show signs of a fair age. A couple of doors up is something that would look more at home in the Austrian Tyrol, with its massive stone blocks and abundance of wood. Here it just looks daft. To discover more about Spain, visit and are random notes about life in Spain.


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Cabanes town hall

Cabanes church

Cabanes font

This article is taken from Inland Trips from the Costa Blanca,, a series of five ebooks, each of four excursions that cover the whole of the Valencian region. For further information and immediate download from, visit


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Life spanish

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish -45 Volver and Volverse YOU PROBABLY know that “volver” means “to return”. Of course in English we often say “to come back” or “to go back” to mean the same thing. Perhaps you already use simple phrases in Spanish like: “Vuelvo más tarde” (I’ll come back later) or can tackle a sentence like: “Mis vecinos han vuelto a Inglaterra” (My neighbours have gone back to England). These sentences illustrate the most common use of this verb “volver”, but you may well have seen and heard it, along with its reflexive form “volverse”, used in other ways which aren’t so easy to make sense of.

mess about with verbs, but you need to be able to understand the other versions when you come across them as well.

Firstly, “volver a”, along with a second verb in the infinitive, means “to do something again”. “Vuelvo a decir” means (“I say again” or “I repeat”). “Volvemos a intentar” (“We try again” or “Let’s try again”). This construction is an alternative to the phrases which also mean “again”, i.e. “otra vez” and “de nuevo”. “Intentamos de nuevo”, “intentamos otra vez” and “volvemos a intentar” mean exactly the same thing as each other. Of course you can stick to using the form that comes more easily, which is usually the one you learnt first and which doesn’t

An interesting variation of this idea is expressed with the reflexive form “volverse”. Perhaps the easiest and most direct way to translate this is “to become”, although in English we often express say “to get” and “to go”. For example, returning to the idea of going mad for a minute, if we don’t mention the thing or person that drives us mad, but we just want to say that someone is going mad (possibly of their own accord) we use “volverse loco”. We could be discussing the biography of Van Gogh, but we are rather more likely to use this expression

“Volver” is also used it the expression “volver loco” which means “to drive crazy”. The Fine Young Cannibals have suddenly come to mind. “She drives me crazy” in Spanish would be “me vuelve loco” or to be more explicit “Ella me vuelve loco”. My cat is driving me mad - “Mi gata me está volviendo loca” or “Mi gata está volviéndome loca”. (Sorry Kitty, I don’t mean it).

colloquially about ourselves: “me estoy volviendo loco/loca” we might say when we’ve lost our keys for the third time in half an hour, or forgotten why we’ve walked into a room. “Volverse” can be used for other “becomings”, as well as mad or crazy, although this verb does often imply some sort of unexpected or sudden change of emotion or character, often with a negative implication. We can say “volverse agresivo” (to become aggressive) or “volverse más simpático” (to become more friendly); “volverse deprimido” (to become depressed) or “volverse más alegre” (to become more cheerful). Finally, going back to the original idea of “to return”, this should not be confused with the case of returning “something”, for example, a book to the library. This would be “devolver” - (to return, in other words - to take back; to bring back). “Voy a devolver el libro a la biblioteca” (I’m going to take the book back to the library). Those were the days before we downloaded them onto ipads.

Art Expo THE CASINO Mediterraneo at Zenia Bouleavard hs opened their doors to their third art exhibition since they opened their doors on March 26, 2013. The exhibition ‘The Colours of my Land’ features the work of painter Antonio Navarro, better known as ‘Serralta’. He was born in Elche in 1950 and is s a self-taught painter who was attracted to this discipline at a very early age. This week’s opening took place in the Casino along with invited guests and Members of the Association of Alicante Artists, to which the artist belongs,. Serralta’s love for painting started at around the age of 13 when he started to buy books and taught himself how to mix colours and he started painting on wood veneers, back in the days of the oppressive Franco dictatorship. At 17 years old he continued his studies in Madrid where he began his full fascination with the world of art led to him attending a daily painting studio comprised of several painters, including Jorge Carbonell and José Miguel Ramón. He sold his first paintings in local art galleries and at the famous El Rastro market. He also taught Fine Arts for two years. In 1973 he decided to return home to Elche and continue his career in oil paintings. The current exhibition features a collection of paintings in oil and mixed media, with different themes ranging from landscapes to urban impressions from different areas of Spain including Torrevieja, Toledo, Murcia and Valencia. All those who wish to know a little more about the work of Serralta, may do so until 17th September at the Casio Mediterraneo. Entry to the exhibition is free and open seven days a week.

Life books

Danny Collins -

Pompeii I’VE REVIEWED this book before, but look at the date. On the 24 August 79 AD, that’s 1,934 years ago this week, Vesuvius, the menacing volcano that towered over the Bay of Naples, erupted. The result was worldshattering. A column of magna towered 23 kilometres into the sky. Pompeii and much of the bay was engulfed in falling pumice and ash to a depth of fifty feet and then subjected to waves of incandescent gas that destroyed all life. Maybe we should reflect on just how fragile life is Harris bases his story around Marcus Attilius, a young water engineer sent from Rome to replace the former aquarius of the Aqua Augusta, who has disappeared. Somewhere underground on the flanks of Vesuvius the mighty aqueduct has ruptured, disturbed by the earth movements preceding the eruption, and water supplies to many towns and villas on the bay have been disrupted. Sulphur has entered the meagre water flow, poisoning fish in the fish farms. All are protents of the mammoth disaster to come. The author introduces the reader to Pliny the Elder and his nephew Gaius, soon to take his place as chronicler of the times as Pliny the Younger. The older Pliny’s description of the eruption that was to take his life are all faithfully recorded and woven into Harris’s narrative, giving the reader a Author: Robert Harris Publisher: Arrow (paperback) Price: 11.20 euros ISBN: 0 09 928261 5

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glimpse of hsitory as it happened, introducing him to the trembling earth beneath as the panic-stricken crowds attempt to flee the area. Riven through it all is a tender love story as the young aquarius strives to rescue the beautiful Corelia from her avaricious ex-slave father Ampliatus and the death and entombment that awaits Pompeii’s citizens. Harris allows his readers to witness history in the making and the book is an altogether fascinating read.

23-29 AUG 2013

Life tech Windows 8

with Aunty Virus


HI AUNTY: I am a ‘silver surfer’ and before Xmas I had a full head of hair. I went back to England and bought a new laptop with Windows 8. Since then I have been pulling my hair out. It won’t allow ‘Hide my IP’, which I had on Windows XP. Also my pictures are all over the place and numerous annoying things keep popping up when you are in the middle of something. I know you can’t do anything about my hair, but would you advise to have 8 taken off and go back to Windows 7? John

If you have an official W7 copy, it may be best to try a ‘dual boot’ which will allow both W7 and W8 on the same PC...and you boot to whichever one you want to. Response: Thank you for your reply. I will wait for the update with W8 and see what happens.

Aunty says: Many people have been confused with Windows 8, especially when they have been used to W7. However, Microsoft is to release an update to try to make W8 a bit more user friendly, including the return of the ‘Start’ button! ‘Hide My IP’ is available for W8. Are you sure you are installing a W8 version? I have no idea what you meant about your “pictures being all over the place” In different folders? Simply move them to the folder you want to. As for “things popping up,” without any description of what is popping up and what you are doing at the time, I cannot be of much help on this one...

Pop up Purchasing online messages Hello Aunty: Any ideas how to get rid of an annoying big message that comes up every ten minutes which says the copy of windows you are using is not genuine. Thanks (Name withheld!) Aunty says: Usually, the message will appear if Windows detects you are using a pirated copy of Windows. This is traced by the unique windows product number. Pirated copies use ‘mass produced’ product numbers, designed for large offices, but these are then leaked onto the internet, meaning people not in that office can use that product number for their copy of Windows. Your unique windows product number for your version of windows will be on a sticker on your PC. If you have a genuine copy of Windows, and a genuine Windows sticker on the PC, then you should not have any issues: best is to contact Microsoft and get your Windows product number taken off the blacklist.

DEAR AUNTY Virus: When I try to order goods or services online, using my Google Nexus tablet, some sites will not accept my email address. I receive the message ‘email address not valid’. This applies to both my Gmail and Yahoo mail addresses. This is frustrating. Can you help me to resolve this issue? Many thanks, Colin Aunty says: Apparently this is a common issue on some sites, with some email addresses, on some ‘tablets’. Perhaps using the sites ‘app’ rather than accessing the sites in a web browser may work better. Other than that, with no other solutions available that I can see, access the sites using something other than a tablet! Response: Thank you. You have been very helpful as usual: Colin.



23 - 29 AUG 2013

Villamartin Satellites

3G Watchdog

WITH MANY British television companies now operating in Spain it can be difficult to decide which one to use and trust to carry out a professional installation and on-going Customer Care. Villamartin Satellites, a family-run business specialising in UK Satellite Television, has enjoyed an excellent reputation for customer service for more than eight years on the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida. Using only the best quality products the industry has to offer, Villamartin Satellites can organise your British Television Channels, from survey to installation and with an excellent on-going customer service and back-up programme. Prices start at only 340â‚Ź to include the receiver and satellite dish. There are no other costs involved - your installation is guaranteed for one year and there is also a two-year manufacturing warranty on the receiver. If you have an internet connection, you can also get Sky for only 20â‚Ź a month! Whether you are an individual or part of a community, Villamartin Satellites can provide a service second to none. With more than 40 Communities already benefitting from the services of Villamartin Satellites, it would be fair to say that this sector has become a speciality for the company. And with this cost effective service it means that Communities can remain tidy without lots of satellite dishes tarnishing the look of their Urbanisation. An initial site survey evaluates the needs of the community, followed by a professional installation by a fully qualified, experienced installer. Each property on the Urbanisation is then connected - easily and hassle free. Maintenance for all the work is included and Communities can benefit from a five-year warranty on fibre optic or two years on normal cabling. Of course this can be extended annually for a small charge per property. So ....what are you waiting for? Contact Villamartin Satellites for more information by visiting the office, situated on the La Zenia to Villamartin Road near to Dialprix (Supervalue) Supermarket: telephone 96 676 4878. Alternatively, visit or email

It is all very well being able to access the internet via your mobile phone but you should always make sure that you know exactly what is included in your mobile phone package or contract, or if you are Pay As You Go, how much every MB of data is costing you. Once you have this information you then need to monitor your usage to ensure that you don’t get stung by costly charges for going over your monthly quota or what you can afford per month. 3G Watchdog data counter monitors your Mobile Internet (4G/3G/Edge/ GPRS) data usage, shows a status icon (green/orange/red) in the notification bar and a detailed report page. There is a Widget in 2 sizes and much more. This is available to download from Google Play on Android devices.

23-29 Aug 2013


Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Asus X501A 15.6-inch Windows 8 Laptop PC THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Asus X501A 15.6inch Laptop PC with Windows 8, a powerful, modern laptop ideal for everyday computing needs. If you’ve been thinking about replacing that trusty old laptop then the Asus X501A is an ideal candidate. The basic specifications are impressive – Intel Core i3 2330M 2.2 GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive, fixed and wireless network connection, built-in webcam and Windows 8 Home Premium installed! The Asus laptop has a modern sleek design returning impressively lithe statistics of w38.0cm x d25.3cm x h3.23 cm and only weighing 2.1kg. It should be noted that this is too slim to incorporate a CD/DVD burner, but external USB drives are now widely available should you need one. The Asus has a 15.6 inch widescreen LED display with a maximum resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels which produces sharp images and bold colours and re-produces your HD content crisply. The screen bezel also incorporates a 0.3MP fixed webcam for video. And if you want to watch your HD content on your TV it even has an HDMI port to connect to an HD TV for full screen viewing, and a VGA port for an external monitor connection. There’s no skimping on connectivity with 1 USB 3.0 ports,1 USB 2.0 ports, RJ45 LAN port, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) and a Multi Card Slot that accepts SD, MMC cards. So there should be no problem connecting your favourite USB mouse or getting photographs from your SD camera card. Battery life is pretty impressive, just under 4½ hours during average web / gaming use. Incorporating Asus Super Hybrid

Engine II technology means you also get up to 14 days of standby, and the peace of mind of knowing the Asus will automatically backup should battery charge drop to 5% or less. And when you resume you have a true 2-second instant on resume from sleep or hibernate, cutting out those interminable delays which often seem to be longer than a complete re-boot! Asus have also tackled the other bug-bear of using laptops for any length of time – heat. Exclusive Asus engineering has created a unique internal layout that keeps heat away from palm rests and from the user. This means it is always below body temperature making the laptop more comfortable to use during long sessions. Completing the picture the Asus features SonicMaster Lite audio enhancement, making this laptop a highly capable multimedia centre with the best sound in the class, more power, a wider range and improved clarity. The Inspectors Verdict: The Asus X501A 15.6-inch Windows 8 Laptop PC covers all the bases, whether you want a multimedia pc to play your HD movies, surf the web or chat with friends on Skype the Asus provides the power and flexibility to cope with ease – and at a very low price! Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit www.gadget-hound. to purchase the Asus

X501A 15.6-inch Laptop PC for 360€. Price quoted includes delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).


23-29 AUG 2013

Life Showbiz Goss

I love it when you talk dirty! IT CAN’T be easy for all the various other ex-members of ‘Friends’ when they see Jennifer Aniston popping up all over the place, and she’s here again with her latest movie project ‘We’re The Millers’, a film that has been promoted so heavily if it’s not so good there will be an awful lot of folks with crimson faces as opposed to the regular red. The premiere took place last Thursday in London’s Leicester square and now we wait to read what the critics have to say, especially on Jennifer’s work in the movie, as she plays the part of a stripper. Online paper Metro spoke to the lovely Jennifer at the premiere and before the reporter said a word Jen popped in “Do you love me being dirty?” then when asked if she enjoyed turning up the sex appeal she added: “It’s nice to be bad once in a while - I had fun.” Shame on you young lady, cover the vicar’s wife’s eyes if you see her reading this. Another interesting anecdote comes from Will Poulter, the lad who plays Jennifer’s fake on-screen son who said: “Jen is one of the most humble people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I didn’t know anyone that famous could be that lovely, she’s the sweetest person.”… But his input doesn’t end there. It seems the young actor shares a cheeky three-way kiss with Jen and fellow actress Emma Roberts: “The three-way kiss was awkward and probably horrible for Jen and Emma.” Then he added with a smile, “It was my first three way kiss – and I loved it!” Shame on you young man! The heat has been turned up on ‘We’re The Millers’ with all this potty talk and with Jennifer openly admitting she loves playing ‘dirty characters’. Chances are you have already bought your ticket and mega box of popcorn.


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

Celebrity clips IF YOU were around in the mid-70s and liked watching children’s TV you could well have been a fan of The Wombles, a show that saw a bunch of – well, Wombles - cleaning up Wimbledon Common, and the word is that Mike Batt, the man behind the project, is planning a new 26-part TV series as well as a featurelength film. The Wombles are also a real group and amazingly appeared at Glastonbury in 2011. It can’t be easy being a television institution, especially when you get up one morning and decide to either comb your hair differently, or in Jeremy Paxman’s case grow a beard. The move provoked thousands of tweets, with BBC colleague Emily Maitlis weighing in with ‘Right that’s it; I’m working on a moustache for Thursday’s Newsnight.’ Jeremy stood his ground in typical fashion when he said “I may keep it or shave it off, but I’ll make my own decision.” Prince George is now the most famous baby on the planet, and we found out last week that no expense has been spared for his room at Bucklebury Manor, the Grade II listed building owned by Kate’s parents Carol and Michael Middleton. Bucklebury is a small village in West Berkshire and has a population of just 2000. Local resident John Haley said “Kate is a lovely addition to the place, she’s a friendly normal girl with no airs about her!”… Aaah bless!

Double dose o’ dosh issues!

BRUCE WILLIS is the subject of this next item. It is a double header in terms of the information, and both parts of the story are to do with dosh. Part One of this sorry tale is to do with the commercial Bruce starred in for the new Sky Broadband package, a commercial that has since been removed from the scheduling by order of (ASA), the Advertising Standards Authority. Willis is seen complaining about the speed of his current provider, before a woman tells him:

‘You could try Sky Broadband, it’s totally unlimited, Sky Broadband Unlimited is £7.50 a month, which is less than half BT’s standard price,’ a figure that is actually £14.50 pm and appears in small print at the bottom of the screen … oh dear oh dear. However, as bad as this is, the second part of the Bruce Willis story is even worse! Willis was offered US$3 million for four days’ work in Bulgaria by Sylvester Stallone to appear in The Expendables 3 but demanded $4 million instead, so he has been given the boot!

Life TV

23-29 AUG 2013


23rd - 29th August

FRIDAY 23rdAugust BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Wanted Down Under 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 Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Celebrity MasterChef 22:00 Big School 22:30 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Would I Lie to You? 24:05 Pramface 24:40 Derailed

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:10 Homes Under the Hammer 08:10 Countryside 999 08:55 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 09:25 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 09:55 Formula 1 11:35 The Magnificent Showman 13:50 Formula 1 15:35 Coast 16:15 Great Barrier Reef 17:15 Journeys from the Centre of the Earth 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! Trade Secrets 20:30 Great British Railway Journeys 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 The Burrowers: Animals Underground 23:00 The Trip 23:30 Newsnight 24:05 Kidulthood

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Star Treatment 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Long Lost Family 18:00 Take on the Twisters 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 River Monsters 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Doc Martin 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Pitch Black

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Frasier 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 11:30 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Hollywood Me 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:05 Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals 14:35 Channel 4 Racing 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Four Rooms 22:00 Peter Kay Live at the Top of the Tower 23:20 Peter Kay - In Conversation 24:25 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 08:10 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Celebrity Big Brother 14:10 5 News Lunchtime 14:15 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Concrete Canyons 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 Paul Merton’s Adventures 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:30 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 24:30 Celebrity Big Brother

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Emmerdale 07:55 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Holiday Showdown 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 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 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Shawshank Redemption 24:55 The Big Reunion

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:45 Scrubs 10:15 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:40 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 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 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 The Beach 24:20 The Big Bang Theory 24:50 The Big Bang Theory

SATURDAY 24th August BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Football Focus 13:00 BBC News 13:10 Formula 1 15:15 Live Challenge Cup Rugby League 18:15 BBC News 18:35 Pointless Celebrities 19:25 That Puppet Game Show 20:05 I Love My Country 20:50 The National Lottery: Break the Safe 21:40 Casualty 22:30 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow 23:00 BBC News; Weather 23:20 Match of the Day 24:45 The Football League Show


07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:30 Formula 1 09:10 Formula 1 10:55 Formula 1 12:05 Coast 12:30 The A to Z of TV Cooking 13:15 Caribbean Food Made Easy 13:45 University Challenge 14:15 Escape to the Country 15:00 Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure 16:00 Wild China 17:00 Urban Jungle 17:30 Final Score 18:30 Flog It! 19:00 Dragons’ Den 20:00 Proms Extra 2013 20:40 Dad’s Army 21:10 Thatcher - The Downing Street Years 22:10 This World 23:10 QI XL 23:55 TOTP2 24:55 My Year without Sex

SUNDAY 25th August BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 09:35 Match of the Day 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Homes Under the Hammer 13:00 BBC News 13:10 Formula 1 16:15 Supermarket Secrets 17:15 Escape to the Country 18:00 Songs of Praise 18:35 Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival 19:35 BBC News 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 What Remains 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Room 101 - Extra Storage 24:05 That Puppet Game Show 24:45 A Walk to Remember


07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:10 Bachelor Mother 08:30 Around the World in 80 Gardens 09:30 Gardeners’ World 10:00 The Beechgrove Garden 10:30 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:00 The Incredible Spice Men 12:30 Live MotoGP 14:00 EastEnders 15:50 Triathlon 19:00 Flog It! 19:30 Iolo’s Great Welsh Parks 20:00 The Great British Bake Off 21:00 Dragons’ Den 22:00 The Hairy Bikers: Restoration Road Trip 23:00 QI 23:30 James May’s Toy Stories 24:30 The Hoax

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:55 Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil 09:10 Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Dinner Date 10:25 Saturday Cookbook 11:20 Murder, She Wrote 12:20 Saturday Farm 13:20 ITV News and Weather 13:25 The Chase 14:25 Problem Child 16:00 You’ve Been Framed! 16:30 Midsomer Murders 18:30 ITV News Central 18:45 ITV News and Weather 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 19:30 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 22:55 The Americans 23:50 ITV News and Weather 24:05 American Dreamz

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:30 The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! 08:55 Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil 09:10 Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Country House Sunday 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:15 Murder, She Wrote 12:15 ITV News and Weather 12:20 Ade in Britain 13:25 Columbo: Now You See Him 15:20 A Touch of Frost 17:25 Tea with Mussolini 19:30 ITV News Central 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Tipping Point: Lucky Stars 21:00 Vera 22:55 ITV News and Weather 23:10 The People’s Medal 24:10 Murder, She Wrote

CHANNEL 4 07:00 British F3 International Series 07:30 The Grid 07:55 Cycling 09:00 The Morning Line 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:25 The Big Bang Theory 12:55 The Simpsons 13:25 Jamie Does 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 17:10 Come Dine with Me 17:40 Come Dine with Me 18:10 Come Dine with Me 18:40 Come Dine with Me 19:15 Come Dine with Me 19:40 Channel 4 News 20:00 Mission: Impossible 2 22:20 The A-Team 24:35 Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra Live at the Royal Albert Hall

CHANNEL 5 07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers: Megaforce 11:35 Slugterra 12:00 Inside Hollywood 12:10 Monkey Life 12:40 Celebrity Big Brother 14:05 Police Interceptors 15:05 Columbo Likes the Nightlife 16:50 Patton 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 NCIS 22:00 NCIS 22:55 5 News Weekend 23:00 Celebrity Big Brother 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Psych 24:55 Inside Hollywood

ITV2 07:00 Life’s Funniest Moments 07:25 Coronation Street 09:55 Emmerdale 13:00 Girlfriends 14:00 The Xtra Factor 15:00 You’ve Been Framed! 15:30 You’ve Been Framed! 16:00 The Mighty Ducks 18:10 The Scorpion King 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Xtra Factor 23:00 House of Wax


07:00 Being Erica 07:45 Being Erica 08:30 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 09:35 Make It or Break It 10:35 Ugly Betty 11:35 Scrubs 12:05 Scrubs 12:35 Scrubs 13:05 Glee 14:05 Charmed 15:05 90210 16:00 Rules of Engagement 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Rules of Engagement 18:30 The Mindy Project 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Suburgatory 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 Happy Endings 22:00 Nine Months 24:05 PhoneShop 24:35 The Inbetweeners





07:05 The Hoobs 07:30 Ironman 2013 08:00 FIA GT 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 14:00 The Big Bang Theory 14:30 The Simpsons 15:00 The Simpsons 15:30 Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home 17:50 Location, Location, Location 18:50 Channel 4 News 19:15 Chalet Girl 21:00 Celebrity Deal or No Deal 22:00 The Mechanic 23:50 The Sixth Sense

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:10 Roary the Racing Car 10:25 Jelly Jamm 10:45 Power Rangers Samurai 11:20 Slugterra 11:40 Inside Hollywood 11:45 Celebrity Big Brother 12:45 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 13:40 Cowboy Builders 14:40 Hitch 16:55 Stand by Me 18:30 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 Once Upon a Time 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Erin Brockovich

07:00 Beauty and the Geek 07:50 Emmerdale 10:35 Coronation Street 13:05 America’s Got Talent 14:55 America’s Got Talent 15:50 You’ve Been Framed! 16:50 The Xtra Factor 17:50 Mamma Mia! 20:00 The Wedding Singer 22:00 Shaun of the Dead 24:00 The Nutty Professor

07:00 Switched 07:20 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 08:10 Make It or Break It 09:10 Ugly Betty 10:05 Scrubs 10:35 Scrubs 11:05 Hollyoaks 13:35 Glee 14:35 Charmed 15:35 90210 16:30 How I Met Your Mother 17:00 How I Met Your Mother 17:30 How I Met Your Mother 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 The Mindy Project 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:30 New Girl 21:00 Clueless 23:00 The Inbetweeners 23:30 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 24:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:20 Alan Carr: Chatty Man


23-29 AUG 2013

Life TV

23rd August - 29th August

MONDAY 26th August BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:15 Regional News and Weather 14:30 Perfection 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 17:00 Doctor Who at the Proms 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:15 BBC London News 19:30 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2013 20:30 Fake Britain 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Fightback Britain 22:00 Ultimate Swarms 23:00 BBC News 23:20 Regional News and Weather 23:30 Match of the Day 2 24:30 Eastern Promises

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:20 Homes Under the Hammer 08:20 Countryside 999 09:05 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 09:35 Animal Park 10:20 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 11:40 Equestrian 13:40 El Cid 16:35 Talking Pictures 17:15 Journeys from the Centre of the Earth 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! Trade Secrets 20:30 Only Connect 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 The Incredible Spice Men 22:00 Horizon 23:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Last Chance Harvey 24:55 Rick Stein’s German Bite

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star 13:00 Star Treatment 14:00 ITV News 14:10 ITV News Central 14:20 Storage Hoarders 15:20 Secret Dealers 16:20 Take on the Twisters 17:20 The Incredible Hulk 19:25 ITV News Central 19:40 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 The Bourne Identity 24:05 ITV News 24:20 Benidorm 24:50 The Unforgettable

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Frasier 09:30 Frasier 10:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 11:35 The Big Bang Theory 12:05 Ben-Hur 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 Attack of the Zeppelins 22:00 Benefits Britain 1949 23:00 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell 23:55 Top Boy

07:00 Childrens TV 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:50 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 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 Cowboy Builders 13:10 Celebrity Big Brother 14:10 Neighbours 14:40 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 16:20 Dracula: Dead and Loving It 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 World’s Most Pampered Pets 20:00 World’s Biggest Pets 21:00 World’s 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Under the Dome 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 King Ralph 10:15 You’ve Been Framed! 11:15 You’ve Been Framed! 12:15 You’ve Been Framed! 12:50 Emmerdale 13:20 Coronation Street 13:50 Coronation Street 14:15 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:20 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:25 Dennis 18:15 The Borrowers 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The Xtra Factor 22:00 American Pie: the Wedding 24:00 Girlfriends

TUESDAY 27th August



07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:45 Scrubs 10:15 Rules of Engagement 10:45 90210 11:40 Ugly Betty 12:40 Charmed 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:10 How I Met Your Mother 14:40 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 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 New Girl 21:30 The Mindy Project 22:00 90210 23:00 Under Siege 2








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Wanted Down Under 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 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 My Hero 24:35 Paul O’Grady’s Working Britain

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Countryside 999 08:50 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 09:20 Saints and Scroungers 10:05 You’ve Been Scammed 10:35 Supermarket Secrets 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Magnificent Doll 14:30 The First of the Few 16:25 Talking Pictures 17:15 A Picture of Britain 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! Trade Secrets 20:30 Only Connect 21:00 The Great British Bake Off 22:00 The Midwives 23:00 Family Tree 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Hairy Bikers: Restoration Road Trip

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Star Treatment 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Long Lost Family 18:00 Take on the Twisters 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Live UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 UEFA Champions League: Extra Time 24:20 In Plain Sight

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Frasier 09:35 Frasier 10:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 11:35 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss Australia 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:10 Doctor in Distress 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Double Your House for Half the Money 22:00 Top Boy 23:00 Rude Tube 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 My Phone Sex Secrets

07:00 Childrens TV 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 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:10 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:15 Ties That Bind 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 NCIS 21:00 Born to Kill? 22:00 CSI: NY 23:00 Celebrity Big Brother 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Holiday Showdown 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 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 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:00 The Chronicles of Riddick

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:50 Scrubs 10:15 Rules of Engagement 10:45 90210 11:40 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 New Girl 22:30 The Mindy Project 23:00 Happy Endings 23:30 The Cleveland Show 24:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 24:50 The Big Bang Theory

WEDNESDAY 28th August BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Wanted Down Under 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 Celebrity MasterChef 22:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Call Centre 24:35 The League Cup Show

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Countryside 999 08:45 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 09:15 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:00 Rick Stein’s India 11:00 Helicopter Heroes Down Under 11:30 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Tall in the Saddle 14:25 Fort Apache 16:30 Talking Pictures 17:15 A Picture of Britain 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! Trade Secrets 20:30 Only Connect 21:00 Restoration Home 22:00 Martin Luther King and the March on Washington 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Midwives

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Star Treatment 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Long Lost Family 18:00 Take on the Twisters 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Midsomer Murders 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Great Night Out 24:35 The Dales

07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Frasier 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 11:30 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss Australia 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:10 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 14:25 The Ghosts of Berkeley Square 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 How Not to Get Old 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 The Last Leg 23:50 I’m Spazticus 24:25 Random Acts 24:30 Ramsay’s Hotel Hell

07:00 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:50 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:10 Cabin Pressure 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The Hotel Inspector 21:00 Nurses 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 Wentworth Prison 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 The Xtra Factor 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Holiday Showdown 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 The Xtra Factor 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Girlfriends 23:00 Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:45 Scrubs 10:15 Rules of Engagement 10:40 90210 11:40 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 14:35 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 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 Footloose 23:05 AVPR: Aliens vs Predator Requiem

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THURSDAY 29th August BBC1






07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Perfection 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Wanted Down Under 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 Celebrity MasterChef 22:00 DIY SOS 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Who Do You Think You Are? 24:35 Bad Company

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Countryside 999 08:50 Don’t Get Done, Get Dom 09:20 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:05 The Sheriffs Are Coming 11:05 Raymond Blanc: How to Cook Well 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Magic Town 14:40 Two Rode Together 16:25 Talking Pictures 17:15 A Picture of Britain 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! Trade Secrets 20:30 Only Connect 21:00 Dara O Briain’s Science Club 22:00 The Men Who Made Us Thin 23:00 Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Horizon

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Star Treatment 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Storage Hoarders 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Long Lost Family 18:00 Take on the Twisters 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 Poaching Wars with Tom Hardy 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 Syriana

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh’s 3 Good Things 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Frasier 09:35 Frasier 10:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 11:35 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss Australia 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 14:05 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures 14:20 Springfield Rifle 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 Burgled 23:00 Derren Brown: Svengali 24:35 Random Acts 24:40 24 Hours in A&E

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Builders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Celebrity Big Brother 14:15 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:10 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:15 Mystery Woman: Oh Baby 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Monster Moves 21:00 The Railway: First Great Western 22:00 Celebrity Big Brother 23:00 The Man Who Ate Himself to Death 24:00 Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Holiday Showdown 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:30 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 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 The Wedding Singer 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 American Pie: the Wedding

CROSSWORD SOLUTIONS 722 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 4 Artisan; 8 Erupts; 9 Aground; 10 Remote; 11 Trains; 12 Autocrat; 18 Distinct; 20 Menace; 21 Toledo; 22 Bedtime; 23 Weasel; 24 Dessert. Down: 1 Retreat; 2 Summits; 3 Static; 5 Regattas; 6 Isobar; 7 Awning; 13 Redeemer; 14 Incense; 15 Strolls; 16 Secede; 17 Cactus; 19 Trowel.

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 4 Gateway; 8 Earned; 9 Affront; 10 Outlay; 11 Uproar; 12 Vicarage; 18 Interval; 20 Regale; 21 Fondle; 22 General; 23 Pistol; 24 Feather. Down: 1 Revolve; 2 Protect; 3 Repair; 5 Affluent; 6 Errors; 7 Annual; 13 Alienate; 14 Avidity; 15 Elderly; 16 Severe; 17 Patent; 19 Exotic.

E4 07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 Made in Chelsea 09:45 Scrubs 10:15 Rules of Engagement 10:45 90210 11:40 Ugly Betty 12:35 Charmed 13:35 Hollyoaks 14:05 How I Met Your Mother 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 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 Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 22:30 Suburgatory 23:00 PhoneShop 23:30 The IT Crowd 24:00 The IT Crowd 24:35 The Big Bang Theory

What’s on Viva TV this week Viva TV broadcasts on the Torresat Network every day from 2.00pm until 10pm And you can watch all our programmes and find our full listings at Friday 23rd Aug Let’s Talk – Simon Baldock is with local business woman Jody Kirby and freemason Rodney Bignall. 18.30

Tuesday 27th Aug

Saturday 24th Aug Celebrity Archive – Alistair McGowan, impressionist, stand-up comic, actor, singer and writer. 18.00

Torrevieja Fellowship Church. 18.30

Sunday 25 Aug Spanish Dive Adventures – We often remark how beautiful our coast is but under the waves there’s a different beauty altogether. 18.30

An Evening With...The AFA – Alzheimer’s charity

Monday 26th Aug The Goldsmith of Quesada – A jewellery artisan and craftsman of the highest order working from the Treasure Chest. 18.15

Thursday 29th Aug


Let’s Talk Special – We caught up with David Scott Morgan, former ELO guitarist, on his flying visit to the

Wednesday 28th Aug concert at the Municipal Theatre, Torrevieja. 19.00

How To...ITV – a step by step easy guide to putting your car through the Spanish MOT. 18.15

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Life recipe Mediterranean Stir Fry THIS IS a Mediterranean version of those egg fried rice dishes that are so popular in Chinese restaurants. THIS ONE uses red peppers and courgettes, but you could substitute peas, sweet corn or aubergine if you prefer. If you want to spice it up a bit, try adding some finely chopped red chilli. • 1 medium red pepper de-seeded and diced • 1 medium courgette, sliced lengthways and diced • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped. • 200g peeled cooked prawns • 1 egg, beaten • Salt and pepper • The grated rind and juice of a small lemon • A mug of long grain rice • Oil for frying

wooden spatula, break the cooked egg into small pieces and set aside. 4. When the rice is cooked, strain it then rinse it through with a kettleful of boiling water. 5. Add more oil to the pan and, over a high heat, add the rice, prawns and diced vegetables and stir fry for 3-4 minutes. Finally, add the lemon rind, chopped egg and a little lemon juice and continue to stir fry until everything is piping hot. Serve immediately.

Serves: 2 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes

1. Place the rice in a large pan of boiling water and simmer for 6-7 minutes until just cooked. 2. Meanwhile, using a wok or a large frying pan, fry the diced pepper, courgettes and onion in a splash oil until they have taken on a little colour. Season with salt and pepper then remove from the pan and set aside. 3. Add the beaten egg to the same pan and cook as for an omelette then, using a

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Life health

Don’t forget your sunglasses

HOT SUNSHINE, sandy beaches and a sparkling sea are all recipes for a great summer but can cause problems for your eyes. Experts from Specsavers Opticas have released the following advice for keeping your eyes in top condition this summer: PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM THE SUN Phil Morgan, Store Director of Specsavers Benidorm, says: ‘Excessive exposure to UV rays causes a painful irritation to the cornea at the front of the eye. In extreme circumstances this can lead to cancer of the cornea, age related macular degeneration, cataracts and even blindness.’ Everyone should wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun. Check sunglasses comply with UNE-EN 1836:2006 + A1:2008 or bear the CE kite mark and are marked UV 400. If you already have sunglasses and aren’t sure if they offer the right protection, take them into your local Specsavers to be UV tested. Look for styles which are large, or wraparound to minimise light entering the eyes from the side. BE CAREFUL OF SAND AND SMALL OBJECTS GETTING INTO YOUR EYE It is easy for sand or small objects to get into your eye when you’re enjoying swimming and spending time on the beach. If this happens take the following steps: Try not to rub your eyes as this could scratch the cornea Do not rinse your eyes with running water: the eye will water to flush out the object naturally If it is still painful and you think the object is still in your eye, go to your nearest opticians who will try to locate and remove the object If this does not help, the Optometrist will refer you to the specialist in the nearest hospital, who will take out the object and prescribe you an ointment to heal any damage caused DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU RETURN HOME TO SEEK ADVICE It is not advisable to wait until you go home to consult the

experts. Even something like an eye infection can become serious if it is not suitably treated, so don’t be afraid to go into an optician and ask for help: many speak English. John Fisher from the UK, holidaying in Denia, felt something blown into his eye. In great discomfort, he tried to rinse the eye with running water. Over the next few hours his vision deteriorated, so he went to Specsavers in Benidorm for advice. The Specsavers’ team quickly identified that Mr Fisher had a very aggressive infection. They believed it was caused from something that scratched his eye causing a cut, which was later infected through contact with water. They referred him to the local hospital, stressing that he must seek help or risk permanent vision loss. Their concern and well explained advice prompted him to go to the hospital and as a result almost 90% of his vision was recovered. TRAVEL WITH CONTACT LENSES AND GLASSES Using glasses as well as contact lenses are advised whilst on holiday, so don’t leave them at home. Swimming in contact lenses is not recommended, and plane travel and bright sunlight can make eyes dry and uncomfortable for contact lens wearers. Make sure you have enough lenses and cleaning solution for the duration of your trip and take eye drops if you suffer from dry eyes. Specsavers Opticas currently has five stores on the Costa Blanca - Calpe, Javea, Benidorm, Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja, which are offering free eye tests and great ‘2 for 1’ deals including sunglasses. To find your nearest store and book a test visit

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Life horoscopes With Venus opposing and Uranus dominating your sign this week there is bound to be a conflict of interest Though you have championed through the shouting indecisions of late, all this has brought about a negative energy and caused a division. There is nothing more that you can say or do, just be there when the right time comes! Venus, your planetary leader is ensconced in your sibling Libra this week The motive is to spar with Pluto in Capricorn and to make sure that your heart is in the right place. You have bitten off more than you can comfortably chew, but you also know your limits and hopefully this brings you a chance to turn things around your way. Mercury in Virgo takes on an opposition to Neptune midweek. Time to examine a corner, which points towards financial changes, and a check on expenditure. You were always so good at balancing the books, but the negative aspect of Neptune points towards someone not paying their way, and acts as a suitable wake up call. Venus squares as Mercury sextiles Jupiter in Cancer. If this sounds complicated then it needn’t be, but so too is there a current need to clear things in preparation for a future event. Your down to earth reasonings are about to be rewarded, but, this time around the good luck and fortune is clearly on your side and about to astound you. Mars in on the way, and will help settle minor nagging disputes which you have brought on yourself. If you think that others are treating you badly then reconsider and you will see that some of the apportioned blame should land at your door. Take time away from the scene to get your head together because you can save the day for all concerned. With the Sun and Mercury in your clutches, what better time to celebrate and bring those whom you love closer to you. The past weeks have found you needing a lot of input, and many of your closest friends have given you the benefit of their knowledge. The wisdom of their advice is a fine excuse for showing them the thanks they deserve! Venus is implicated in much planetary activity this week as she adheres to Comet Chiron, opposes Uranus and squares with Jupiter. This would seem to be a very productive time for you, but ensure that you have the lion’s share, since when it comes down to it, nobody is more motivated or more hard working than you are. Aggravated by something that was meant to help you, it is time that you came up with your own solutions, and shared your innermost necessities. There has been some let down, but you have remained buoyant and resourceful and inspiring to others in the wake of what could have been a disaster; so turn around what you can. Jupiter is absorbed into Cancerian energies right now, and cannot be by your side, which is what you need right now. You are pushing somebody away from you, but since you do nothing without good reason and resolve then the truth has to be known since you have kept silent for too long, and it is this that has to be thrashed out now. Pluto, in true analytical form, puts the pressure on and in so doing spoils some of the recent continuity which you were enjoying. It may be a time for you to look within and to have your say about the way things are, but in the end everyone has to be happy, and this is your wish right now as others think only of what the future may bring. Centre your expertise and your specific knowledge by instructing others. It is simply what you are all about, and you are ready to start to make a move to pastures new. This is not running away, but it is moving on, which is putting you in pole position to connect to new ways your talents will work with those who simply do need you. With both Chiron and Neptune in your fourth house there comes a time of inner peace as you connect fully with your innermost self. You have built a wall around yourself just lately. If it is for protection then let it be, but if it is to disconnect you from something you should be doing then know you never, ever, can lose your talent!

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I HAVE had a wonderful response from readers who have delighted in telling me about the gifted children in their family. As I myself look at the children of today I cannot help but wonder what their lifetime will bring, and how they will adept to their myriad of spiritual skills. I know that the Crystal Children of now will have to achieve so much more than I did, as the World moves on and shows them their new vibrational identity; and how to use it amid the changes that will be shown them in due course, whether they like it or not. Sadly many talented children will greatly fear being different and reject their skills without having explored what they could have brought about. Many families will not have the necessary ability to encourage or support the specific spiritual gifts so bestowed; and so many will plow their great gifts into their everyday lives or through a career, or whatever takes their fancy. Spirit has a way of being able to remain dormant pending a time of enlightenment, when they are quick as a whippet and straining in the stalls to present themselves. Fear gone, and new concepts falling rightfully into place they take on where ever they were left off guiding and shepherding whenever appropriate. Some children are called to connect too quickly by Spirit. The Spirit World has a habit of sending out a message quite openly and yet encrypted spiritually. If you do respond then there will be no looking back. I know. It happened to me, and though I knew that I had a lot to learn, I started using my gifts without the threads of showing off or attention seeking, which was anathema to me. I did believe that if I could do something, anything, then everyone else could do it too. I was wrong. We all have specific gifts and talents and if we grow with them then we will have taken the great opportunity sent our way. We can’t all be good at everything, but we also can be very good at something. We are all a project of knowledge. We retain and

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Love & Light... Kenny Corris


Coming Soon: Autumn Spiritual Fair in Altea La Vella. Please contact for information and further details. DNA: A Workshop: A one day workshop that helps you to charge your own unique Spiritual DNA. A comprehensive workshop, open to all, that intensifies, accelerates and inspires Spiritual progress and indicates the clear way ahead. Dates in September or can travel to your own group or organisation. For details please call Kenny directly on 686 361 594 or leave a message on: 96 587 8424. Meditation Workshop: Working with your Sanctuary is a half day workshop in Meditation technique. No previous experience necessary and all welcome as we explore our hidden depths. New dates. Call for info.

If it’s your birthday this week

reject accordingly to our intellect, but we also rely heavily at being told the truth in the first place. Makes you wonder how Columbus ever got away with seeing the Earth as the globe that it is rather than the flatland it wasn’t. How the past was measured has been twisted into an ever changing set of events. Recently it was suggested that the Virgin Queen Elisabeth 1st was a man. This figures because she always wore wigs to cover a high forehead, never disrobed in public, not even to an audience of ladies of the bedchamber, and she wore lye to whiten her face. It is thought that Henry came in search of his bastardised daughter, when all his heirs had perished, but she had also died of the plague. Her terrified guardians found a boy child to substitute, and Henry never looked below the swaddling to check. Elisabeth’s body, dressed in cloth of gold, was then supposedly unearthed several years later, in a Hertfordshire churchyard, adorned with an, “E” necklace and various precious sewn into her shroud.. That wasn’t the story when we took on the Tudors and the Stuarts and sweated over O levels way back then. Children of now will learn new versions of the truth. They will see the additional five chakras we all have, and they will renew their vows of activating their own DNA knowing that it has twelve strands and not the two we are currently told that we have. Science sees the ten additional strands, but they are known as junk DNA, sometimes referred to as shadow DNA. This DNA when charged brings about the intensity of spiritual energies that many of us have worked so hard on to achieve. Learning will be just joy for those who love life and who grasp Spirit for just what it is, an invitation to connect any which way as we walk through life. Trying to find just where we came in, and when and where we should go, we can look back at our gifted lives and missed opportunities but also fast forward to what we have yet to discover, knowing that the best is yet to come. The future is in the hands of the young, so may they learn well what they have to and share their gifts fairly and squarely with the Universe in which they dwell.

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Kenny, I can’t seem to Meditate. As soon as I try to clear my mind all sorts of things come up which I need to focus on and it destroys my concentration. What can I do? I read that you have a Meditation workshop and I would love to come along. Betty D. Betty, I am so pleased that you have the good intention to learn some Meditation skills. The first rule is that you are not too tired, and that you are comfortable. It is hard to clear your mind, but it may help to close your eyes and to imagine a block of “post it” notes. As you clear your mind imagine that you write the things that are hovering around in your thoughts, on a post it note, and post it on the trunk of an old tree. When you are good and ready then it is time to make your connection, and you will find that you have created a space in your thoughts. Many people meditate at the wrong time of day. If you are tired and fall asleep then you chose a bad time. Also remember you are the controlling force of the meditation, don’t necessarily have a regular routine if you do not want one! The Sanctuary is my Meditation course and it runs next in September….all are welcome and no experience necessary!

The Cosmos shows a temporary period of great activity which connects directly to your own necessities. Believe in yourself, because others do, and their interactions are vital to your success right now in the current Astrological year ahead.


Cryptic Crossword ACROSS 1. A pen, or its holder (6-6) 7. A point in favour of New Guinea, initially (5) 8. A self-made counterfeiter may be so described (5) 9. I will be briefly unwell (3) 10. Receptacle used on certain orders (9) 11. They are outside or is it just speculation? (6) 12. Enough furniture for 501 vehicles (6) 15. Promote a murderer and cause uproar (5,4) 17. Fellow in command (3) 18. Unlikely to be outwitted or feel pain (5) 19. Put your foot down! (5) 21. Deeply sad tendency in

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DOWN 1. A money-lender may, but it won’t appear in his books! (4,8) 2. I personally go East to begin with (3) 3. They carry on among wits (6) 4. Result of a big blow to the economy? (9) 5. She’s found in excellent surroundings (5) 6. Showing pre-arranged loathing (12) 7. It naturally beats peas and beans (5) 10. Craftsman who may have to take a plane (9) 13. Directed me to help out (5) 14. Actors show they have star potential! (6) 16. I am on time for the picture (5) 20. One is confused for a long time (3)

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. Prodigality (12) 7. Navy (5) 8. Grieve (5) 9. Dog (3) 10. Meddle (9) 11. Powerful (6) 12. Blunt (6) 15. Forbearance (9) 17. Useless (3) 18. Ancient (5) 19. Deduce (5) 21. Unending (12)

DOWN 1. Freeing (12) 2. Wonder (3) 3. Shrewd (6) 4. Excellent (9) 5. Induce (5) 6. Autonomy (12) 7. Leading (5) 10. Lack of knowledge (9) 13. Beneath (5) 14. Weak (6) 16. Burdened (5) 20. Jollity (3)

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Still plenty to keep you busy in Torry AS SUMMER draws to a close, there is still plenty to see and do when it comes to the cultural scene. By Keith Nicol THIS WEEKEND we have the Annual International Band Festival, organised by town band ‘Los Salerosos’. This annual event includes marching bands through the streets of Torrevieja each evening on their way to perform in the theatre and features visiting bands from Spain and Italy. Also on tonight, Friday August 23rd at 10:00pm in the Virgen del Carmen, Latin American Rhythms are the order of the day with the Musical ‘Exitango’ offered by the Marilu Fischer dance group. Tickets are 10€. Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th August, direct from Las Vegas, Torrevieja welcomes the renowned Michael Jackson tribute show Moonwalker, starring one of the world’s mot accomplished MJ impersonators, Frederick Henry. Among other hits, he’ll be singing Bad, Thriller, Billie Jean, Man in the Mirror and Black or White. Tickets are 25€ and 35€ depending on seating. On Saturday August 31st it’s the turn of African rhythms to fill the auditorium of the Municipal Theatre with ‘Balanta’, led by Asso Mbaye, with tickets priced at 8€ and performance at 9:00pm Looking forward into September, in the Municipal Theatre on Saturday September 7th at 9.30pm it’s music and dance much closer to home with the Flamenco Gala, featuring various artists including, from Elche, ‘El Polaco’. Tickets are 20€ and 25€ depending upon seat row. The following Saturday September 14 in the splendid International Auditorium at 9.00pm, Torrevieja’s Symphony Orchestra perform a specl show entitled ‘Eight seasons’ featuring compositions from Vivaldi and Piazzoli. Tickets at 6€, 8€, 10€ and 15€ depending upon seating sector in the 1,400 seat auditorium. Saturday September 28th sees the Municipal Theatre taken over by two local choirs, with an earlier start of 7.00pm. The choral concert ‘Love for our songs’ is offered by local choirs, ‘Coral José Hodar’ and ‘Coral Alba Rociera’ with admission only 5€. These two local choirs have very distinct styles of music from the typical torrevejense ‘habanera’ of Coro Jose Hodar to the Andalucian ‘rociero’ style of Coral Alba. The following night, at 8.00pm on Sunday September 29th, the municipal Theatre will have a very international feel to it with the show ‘Me and Mr. Clapton’, a play on words to his ‘Me and Mr. Johnson’ LP. It’s an unusual but superbly performed Eric Clapton tribute night. Tickets are just 10€, all one price or this one night only special. More information from Ticket Sales for all performances can be made at the Municipal Theatre box office Tuesday through Friday from 7.00pm to 9.00pm and/or two hours before the show at the venue, or through

Torrevieja Costa Lions Club COME AND join club members on one of the Lions’ ‘Business meeting nights’ - see what we are doing this year to raise money for charities in our local area and further afield. Torrevieja Lions are growing in numbers every month so if you feel like helping us we can be found on the second Thursday in every month at the Cabo Cevera Hotel in La Mata near Torrevieja: meetings now start at 7.30pm. If you like what you see and hear you will be invited to join us at our next social night event later in the month: wherever and whatever it may be you can be sure of a good night.Contact membership director David Daniel at davedaniel@ or visit

Rock & Roll Express back on track! FOLLOWING A launch tour of this extraordinary show in July, promoters Jukebox Promotions have agreed to run three more shows by popular demand at the venues listed below during September. Traditional R & R and a fabulous new rhythm and style created by the Coastrider Music Awards Best Musician of the year winner 2012 & 2013, Nick Barker have been combined in one show / dance and it will simply blow you away! The show stars Nick Barker, award winning Peter Day and Fiona McLean (little Miss Rock & Roll) of Jukebox Legends and Elvis 2000 fame. All venues will have a meal-inclusive ticket price offering great value for money and guaranteeing a fantastic night out. And the variety of cuisine offers something for everyone.

Tickets are at the venues now so don’t delay. Show tickets must be purchased and paid for before the event. All shows start at 8.30pm sharp and pre-show meals start at 7.30pm or earlier (check when booking). More info at www.jukeboxpromotions. and in next week’s press! DATE & VENUE Friday 13th September: Olympia, Mil Palmeras: 96 532 0822: 15€ (This includes a great meal in the price - ask at the venue for details). Sunday 15th September; Restaurant Fu (was Los Arcos), Avd Baleares, Torrevieja: 96 570 3170: 15.95€ includes a three course high quality meal and a drink: other menu options are available - ask when you book your tickets. Tuesday 17th September: Los Rosales, Lemon Tree Rd, Guardamar: 606 192 691: 12.50€ includes a value one-course meal with sided salad and a dessert option at only 1€ extra.


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Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

FOUR TO five years ago I forecast that vehicles of the future will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells and it looks as though I will be proven correct. Major manufacturers are carrying out extensive research into this form of transferring energy to achieve zero emissions. There are in fact test vehicles on the roads of the USA as I write. THE BENEFITS INCLUDE: Refuelling can take as little time as 3 to 5 minutes as with petrol/diesel. The weight penalties of a battery pack are much reduced. The need to replace the battery pack, or pay a monthly rental fee which amounts to the same cost penalty, is eliminated. Normal electrical services such as heating and air-conditioning, etc. can be maintained on a long journey. No problems with pollution when a battery pack has to be scrapped. No problems in the case of a crash as if the fuel tank is split, hydrogen will be dispersed more quickly, safer than petrol or diesel. One benefit I forecast is it will greatly reduce the oil companies’ profits. If you can satisfy certain safety needs, you can have a hydrogen generator the size of a large refrigerator on your property, as only water and electricity are needed to make hydrogen. How the various governments will make up the amount of taxes they will lose as a result has to be figured out yet but no doubt that problem will be overcome. As ‘Fracking’ is being announced as the new source of oil and gas (although there may be

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It can be frustrating Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

SLOW PLAY is the bane of many a golfer. Following a slow group around a golf course for five or more hours is one of the most frustrating things in golf but does this give people the right to be rude and shout at those in front that they perceive as slow? I was saddened when I visited a golf course just outside Valencia last week when a group of four behind me was shouted at rather rudely by a group of three Spanish men who thought they were good golfers. The three men were following several groups of Fourballs who were all thankfully well within the time allowed to play by the golf course owners. It was pleasing to see that the golf course was well marshaled with the club employee regularly touring the course and keeping an eye on the players and making sure all were keeping up with the pace of play. There is no doubt in my mind that the Spanish were way out of order in their behavior and they should have been reported to the marshal and warned that the way they were behaving was totally unacceptable. The thing is though that it is not just the Spanish who have a problem with slow play. Unfortunately five hours seems to be the accepted timespan for a competitive round of golf here in

Spain whether that is with a golf society or in an RFEG competition. How that can be justified is beyond my comprehension. Most golf courses have times for nine holes: somewhere between 2 and 2½ hours seems to be the norm. How then do they allow players to take five hours? Slow play is killing golf. There is little doubt that people are turning their backs on our sport because it now takes almost a day for a game of golf. This was proven to me when I spoke to a society golfer at La Galiana last week. He travelled one hour in his car each way to the golf course. His round took five and a half hours and he had to arrive at least half an hour before his tee time. So his day out playing golf was at least eight hours long and that was before he had a coffee when he arrived or a drink or two after his round. Is it any wonder that people have stopped playing society golf? This is a crazy amount of time to be out playing a sport - almost like going to work for the day! After all it is just as long as a traditional working day with a bit of overtime thrown in. In America the authorities are implementing measures to stamp out slow play and it will be interesting to see in twelve months’ time whether they

are successful. The thing we all have to do off our own backs is to be more aware of the time we are taking to play a shot. Many times I see people who should be ready to play but they are so engrossed in something else they cause delays. We all have a responsibility to stamp out slow play but I feel it is practically impossible here as it seems so endemic. I urge all of you golfers to do your bit to rid our game of this nightmare and encourage others to do likewise before we see the six hour round become the norm! 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 AUGUST 23RD 2013 Who won last weekend’s US PGA Championship? All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 31st August to be entered into August’s draw, to be made on 31st August 2013. The winner will be announced in RTN on 6th September 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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Junior Strikers want you WITH THE football season having kicked off again and school about to start, some of today’s youth players are busy imagining themselves as the next Ronaldo, Messi, Bale or Van Persie!

By Keith Nicol If your son or daughter between the ages of four to sixteen, does not have a team for next season, then Junior Strikers may be worth thinking about because they still need a few players Junior Strikers are especially on the lookout for experienced players and goalkeepers from 1999 or 1998 Cadetes, 2006 Pre Benjamin, 2004 Benjamin and 2003 Alevins. Please contact them ASAP to secure a place within one of their Federacion or interescuela teams for 2013/14. Junior Strikers Football Academy is entering their fifth year since formation and fourth year as an official league club here in Spain. Having built their reputation over the years on a foundation of high level training and for producing quality players and teams, the

Academy has gone that one step further and now entered into the prestigious Valenciana Federacion Football League for the forthcoming 2012/13 season. After having such a successful 2011/12 season where Junior Strikers at various age groups won a number of major tournaments and the Vega Baja league title the Academy manager felt that the time was right to enter the Federacion league saying; “Last season was amazing. All of our hard work has now come into fruition, to win major tournaments and the league title was such a fantastic achievement for all concerned at Junior Strikers. The timing had to be right to enter the Federacion League, I now feel that we are ready to compete with the elite clubs in the Fedracion’s Alicante region.” The Alevin team that Junior Strikers

have entered into the Federacion League have all been working really hard to be ready for their tough season ahead. The team’s hard work has already paid off with a pre season tournament victory at Los Montesinos where they had to play back-to-back games to take the title of winners. Junior Strikers will also be entering six teams into this year’s Vega Baja league in Pre Benjamin, Benjamin, Alevin, Infantil and Cadete age groups. The Academy is currently looking for players of all abilities to fill the last remaining limited spaces in their teams for this season, which kicks off on Saturday 20th October. For further information please visit the Academy website or call Trino Pérez; Móvil: 670 335 199: E-mail:

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WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP 1st: Dave Hoare 16 2nd: Terry Screen 29 points 3rd: Bill Reade 36 points SUMMER LEAGUE Joint 1st: Dave Hoare/Dave Hutchinson 16 points PRESIDENTS CUP 1st: Terry Screen 11points 2nd: Dave Hoare 13 points KNOCKOUT CUP 1st: Tony Price 2nd: Dave Hutchinson 3rd: Bill Reade MEMORIAL MATCH Doug Hornblow SPECIMEN FISH Terry Screen with a 2.900 kilo mullet

SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP 1st: Dave Hoare 24 points 2nd: Dave Hutchinson 27 points 3rd: Bill Reade 40 points COASTRIDER TROPHY 1st: Ian Dalzell 21 points 2nd: Terry Screen 22 points 3rd: Clive Cleghorn 23 points RTN TROPHY 1st: Marlene Hutchinson 13 points 3rd: Tony Price 28 points CHARITY MATCH Ian Dalzell LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP Marlene Hutchinson GARY SMITH TEAM TROPHY Abbey Anglers

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More Money, More Problems! At the end of last season, the suits at The Emirates told us that Arsenal would have ‘new financial firepower’ this summer and that fans could expect to see somewhere in the region of £70million spent on new players. Three months later however, with the new season already underway, The Gunners have failed to spend a penny, released a dozen first-teamers, picked up a bunch of injuries and were given a hiding off Aston Villa in their opening league game so, unsurprisingly, the natives are becoming restless. So where’s it all gone wrong? If reports are to be believed, manager Arsene Wenger has so far missed out on Gonzalo Higuain, David Villa and Luiz Gustavo while a rather cheeky bid of just £1 over forty million for Luis Suarez was turned down flat. Blame for the lack of new signings has fallen squarely at the Frenchman’s door but, while I appreciate that his usual penny-pinching transfer policy can be infuriating, I’m not sure it’s entirely his fault this time. Yes, money is available but, having announced that to the world, every selling club who Arsenal enter into talks with, also knowing that the London club is desperate to buy to appease disgruntled fans, can and will demand a higher transfer fee. Ivan Gazidis has therefore done Wenger no favours at all! But it’s Arsene’s head on the block so he now has a decision to make. As I said last week, as things stand, I feel Spurs are favourites for 4th spot this season so, does Wenger stick with his cautious, value-for-money, slowly-slowly-catchy-monkey style (and risk his 16-year Champions League record), or break from tradition, get his hand in his pocket and pay over the odds for whatever established, guaranteed performers are still left in the market? It’s a tough one! This Week in “The Lions”: Sat 24th Aug: Fulham v Arsenal (1.45pm) Everton v West Brom (4pm) Aston Villa v Liverpool (6.30pm) Sun 25th Aug: Spurs v Swansea (5pm) Cardiff v Man City (5pm) Mon 26th Aug: Man United v Chelsea (9pm)

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 This week we fished the 9th and penultimate round of the Summer Series on the river Segura at Murcia on 13th August. The pegs are now in urgent need of work, the reeds closing in and some of the stands beginning to tilt into the water. Also the river must have recently had extra water in as under the bridge is partly flooded. It was Bleak, Bleak and more Bleak as the river is teeming with them and the paste anglers were struggling to get their bait to the bottom of the water without it being Well done to Bill Reade with an exceptional weight for below the bridge with 28.280kg. 1st: Bill (The Master) Reade with 28.280kgs fishing the feeder using the banded pellet 2nd: Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson with 19.690kgs fishing the feeder using the banded pellet (Yes on the feeder!) 3rd: Alan (The Chairman) Reid with 11.690kgs fishing the feeder using bread All details are available at or from 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 at

FC Torry news

TORRY HAVE signed another player from Almoradi, centre forward Obele who scored 13 goals in 25 games last season. Let’s hope he can repeat the feat for Torry this season. Torry won both of their last 2 pre-season friendlies against Regional Preferente sides CD Cox and Thader (Rojales) 1-0 . The new league season’s opener is on Sunday at home to CF La Nucia, kick-off 6.30 pm. The club returns to its spiritual home, the Vicente Garcia, for this game. The natural playing surface has had extensive work done on it over the past month or so and is now looking very green and is in excellent condition. Let’s hope Torry play some entertaining football on it and of course win. Try to be there.


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Alfaz fantasy football league The 20th Alfaz Fantasy Football League kicked off last Week along with the start of Premier League in which the 9 games produced for the Fantasy 21 goals,6 clean sheets,26 yellow cards and one red one. Arsenal’s Defender Koscienly being dismissed by Referee Antony Taylor after receiving 2 yellow cards. Every time at the beginning of the Season Referees are quick to give Penalties and this Year was no different, with 6 Penalties awarded in the 9 games being played. 3 were saved and the other 3 being converted. Arsenal’s Szczesny, Hull’s Mc Gregor and Liverpool’s new signing Mignolet all enjoying 5 bonus points in this Week’s Fantasy.Mind you Frank Lampard,Benteke and Walters wont be happy losing 5 points. Mike’s Team Super Saints were quick out of the Traps to take over the top spot of Fantasy League on the 1st Week.Last Seasons top Junior Team Casie’s Moon Kitten are right behind them just 1 point behind. Down at the bottom of the League 2 Teams are sharing the load. Tom’s The Engineers Tools and Gary’s Blue Moon F.C. are both on 1 point mainly because both Teams are full of Manchester City Players who didn’t play till Monday Night. Top Lady Team in the 1st Week is Lynda’s Team Bar Tapas

V.I.P. which means she is not only top of our Mark Carter Ladies Section she has also qualified for a stake on our Cellar Bar Cert Tip selected by Ian Charman who usually starts the Season with a Winner. Alba City is holding up all the Girls at the bottom of this Section with only 3 points. Our newly formed Golden Boot League sponsored by Leonard Knowles Construction has got got off to a flying start thanks mainly to Aston Villa’s Benteke and Manchester United’s Robin van Persie who both netted a couple of times in their Teams impressive victories at Arsenal & Swansea. Both Players were selected by the 2 Teams who are joint of this new League.Lynda’s Bar Tapas V.I.P. and Joshes’s F.C. Bres. 3 Teams are going into a new draw at the end of the Month for a top Prize sponsored by Premier Imports suppliers of fine Wines and Real Ale from England and they are highest scoring Team Super Saints and our 2 lowest scoring Teams Gary’s Blue Moon F.C. and Tom’s The Engineers Tools. For the last 3 Seasons Casie’s Team Moon Kitten have romped away with our Junior League so we are looking for a bit more competition from our young Managers. Unfortunately Moon Kitten have got off to another flying start

sponsored by taking a 6 point over one of our new Managers Jack’s Team aptly named Jack’s Going to Walk It.We shall see. Manager of the Month for August is being kindly sponsored by Rachel at the El.Niu in Alfaz who does the perfect Fish & Chips every Friday along with a varied Menu. At the moment Mike’s Super Saints have a narrow 1 point advantage over Casie’s Moon Kitten.Jack’s going to walk It are 3rd with Bar Tapas V.I.P. close bye.Joshua’s F.C.Bres and his Dad’s Team Con’s Wannabee along with Neil’s F.C. Real Local are all in contention with 2 Weeks to go. Don’t forget to keep an eye on how your Team is performing throughout the Season by visiting our website which is or if you can’t access a computer why not call into one of our Bars which display our League Tables on their Notice Boards,In Moraira Tich’s Bar,in Albir The Local and in Alfaz the El.Niu.Reports will appear each Week in this Newspaper as well. It will take a few Weeks to get our Mini Leagues up and running so don’t panic Mr Mannering. Hope you all enjoy the new and exciting Season ahead.

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• Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired with a proven guaranteed success rate • Structural leaks investigated and repaired • Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems, Ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed • Refurbishments & upgrades undertaken • Weekly maintenance contracts

British Trained & Qualified in the UK Pool Industry with over 18 years experience. Legal & established for over 10 years in Spain. Extensive references. All work guaranteed.

TEL: 966 774 199 / 678 080 500 NO CALLOUT CHARGE WITHIN THE LOCAL AREA Torrevieja and surrounding areas plus Costa Calida

UK-SPAIN-IRELAND All European Destinations

Removals with the personal touch. Full/part loads. Parcels, flat packs, luggage, door to door service, Storage available, pets transported

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23-29 Aug 2013 SMALL DOGS CARED FOR IN OUR OWN HOME So if you need to go away on holiday but don’t want your dog to go into kennels then we will look after them. References available. Tel: 965843781 Mob: 622514980 (Altea area - Costa Blanca North) TRANS-PET We do regular, door-to-door journeys between the Costa Blanca and the UK.Our aim is to provide a professional, caring service for your pets.Boarding facilities for Cats and Dogs. This may be for an overnight stay or of longer durations.Tel:600-552-030/965-960658

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - COSTA BLANCA Confidential Helpline, South 625 912 078, North 648 169 045.

GOLD WANTED English Jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold and Silver jewellery & coins for cash. Call for an appointment. Peter (7 days) 664 890 990. Member of the Nat. ASSN of Goldsmiths

PET TRAVEL UK family pet transporters Spain/UK. Travel with your pet for free. All air conditioned vehicles (no vans) UK 0800 612 4922 or Spain 678 756 644 APAD (ANIMAL) CHARITY SHOP Calle San Antonio 1, Jalon. Open 9.30/1.00 Mon- Sat. Stock needed - clothes, toys, misc. For more info. Tel: Jane 680717118 ALSTRAYS TRANSPORT SERVICES Monthly cat and dog transports between Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and the UK. DEFA certificate and license. www.alstrays. com. Tel: 676 653 681

PROTECTAPET Spains leading pet insurance provider. tel: 965 756 371

PET TRANSPORT we treat your pet as if they belong to us and that is our promise. Van fully air conditioned we believe we have the best rates so give Joe a call on 966 074 576 or 650 341 087 for a chat or e mail

YOUR BLINDS IN SPAIN Family run business supplying the best quality products at rock bottom prices. Rose Fabrics, Railux designer Roller blinds, Awnings & Canopies, Venetian Blinds, Pleated Blinds, PVC Blackout fabrics, Rainforest Fabrics, Mosquito Screens. Contact us now for a free no obligation quotation or visit us at Zoco Market every Sunday. Tel: 965 701 984 / 658 338 123. Website: Email:


23-29 Aug 2013

SERENITY SAILING FOR BOAT TRAINING AND YACHT CHARTERS Boat licenses are a legal requirement in Spain. We are a well-established British school providing training and licenses for power boating and sailing. Based in Torrevieja, we travel as far as Gandia to provide ownboat tuition and courses. Want all the action with none of the strain? Then check out our skippered charters, perfect for the whole family this summer! Contact: enquiries@serenitysailing. com / (0034) 638 056 224 /

MOBILE/PARK HOMES FROM 15,000 € Fully furnished ready to move into, Camping Pueblo San Javier. Also homes & plots for rent. Carol 96 819 24 25 Mob. 626 055 622

STUNNING BEACHFRONT RESTAURANT on the Mar Menor. Viva bar and restaurant one of the best appointed restaurants in the area. Ranked 6th of Tripadvisor! 39’950 euros .Call on 968 133 111

Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm [Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm] Friday - Social Dance 7.30pm - 10.30pm Wednesday - New Beginners Class starting 4th September 2pm -3pm Improvers Class 3pm - 4pm Intermediate Class 4pm - 5pm For more information contact Andrea and Brian 616 478 157 FUNKY FREESTYLE DANCE with Louise, every Saturday morning at Villamar Campsite in Albir/Benidorm, come and learn all the moves and routines to your pop idols! Call Louise on 655-781-068 for more information!

MR FIXIT For all your electrical, Plumbing, General & Appliance & Boiler repairs. No call out charge. 698 320 434 REPAIRS Washing machines, Dishwashers & Dryers. Also Boilers and any electrical problems. 24hours. Cheap prices Tel 626 805 709

DO YOU NEED EXTRA HELP AT HOME? I can help you at home with light duties, cleaning, cooking, housework, shopping etc as a carer. References available. Altea, Benidorm, Alfaz del Pi area. Call Trisha for more information on 622 514 980 or 965 843 781

ALEXANDERS ANTIQUE JEWELLERS pay Top London prices, Est. 2003. Open Mon-Sat, 10am - 2pm. Javea Port seafront. Tel: 965 792 595 / 667 270 969

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE for your home or business at a fair price. References available. (Altea area) Tel: 965843781 or 622514980

BYTEBACK MICROS computer repairs/upgrades in your home. Qualified technician. Systems custom built. Whatever your problem call: 965-312-006 or 606-127-424 JUNIOR STYLIST VACANCY Junior Stylist is required for “Panache”, a well established Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon, in Avenida del Portet, Moraira. Due to relocation our business has increased and we are pleased to be in a position to offer employment to a young person. Telephone Angie at: Salon: 96 574 5357 - Home: 96 574 8199 or Mobile: 659 921 877. FEMALES OVER 40 required for adult Internet modelling. No males. Excellent rates. 966 182 714

LADIES DANCEFIT WITH L.A DANCE at 4kwatro in Albir, Mondays at 7.30pm, call Louise on 655 781 068 for more information TAPPY TOES DANCE CLASS FOR BABIES from 18 months, at 4kwatro in Albir, 11am, call Louise on 655 781 068 for more information. LA BAMBA’S - BALLROOM / LATIN / SEQUENCE DANCING Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar CV895 [near Lemon Tree Sunday Market] Monday - Social

SOS INSURANCE Best prices available. CALL US FIRST for all your insurance needs, including best deals on Funeral plans. Buildings and contents cover from just 98 euros per year. Tel 966787123 / 686116297

VIENNA ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR AS NEW cost new 1500€ will accept 800€ ono Tel 687 091 120 MICHAELS AT MICHAEL´S Several very high quality coffee tables, large & small. See more than 600 photos: AT MICHAEL’S Fantastic black recliner / massage chair with built in soothing music. Must try! Photos on: AT MICHAEL’S we specialize on very high quality pre-owned furniture for half price or less. Tel 96-579 1328 MICHAEL’S 30 YEARS IN JAVEA - ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: Tel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds

when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: LIGHTWEIGHT WHEELCHAIR Folding, immaculate.150 euro. Mobility scooter.40km range. Road legal. Hardly used.499 euro.627019403 AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos: AT MICHAEL’S Two grey leather sofas and also several high quality beige sofa sets + 3-piece suites. Photos: AT MICHAEL’S we specialize on very high quality pre-owned furniture for half price or less. www. Tel 96-579 1328 AT MICHAEL’S Large very high quality oak desk with matching corner book case. Also several other desks:

ADVISORY SERVICE Need advice on making a will, buying or selling property, tax, resident or non resident, starting a business in spain, we can talk you through and give you the best advice and help you settle in spain. (Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 610 634 506

GOLD WANTED English Jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold and Silver jewellery & coins for cash. Call for an appointment. Peter (7 days) 664 890 990. Member of the Nat. ASSN of Goldsmiths

ADVICE WITH THE SPANISH SYSTEM Whatever you need to integrate into the spanish system, we can help you. NIE, residencia, empadronamiento, car import transfer, driving license transfer, schools, doctors, social security.(Benidorm and surrounding areas) Tel: 619 269 408 email: pammcmurchie@

PEUGEOT 207CC 1.6 CABRIOLET RHD, Spanish Registered, 2008, 43,000kms, 2 owners, FSH, AC, CD, Alloys, PAS, ABS, front fogs, electric windows/mirrors, remote locking, solid power hood, metallic black. 7,450€. Tel

23-29 Aug 2013


Frank 600726221/965687976 HYUNDAI I30 1.6 CRDI CLASSIC 2011, 18000kms, 1 owner, Three years of manufacturers warranty remaining! PAS, ABS, AC, CD, Front fogs, Electric windows/mirrors, remote locking, Isofix, Metallic burgandy. 9,995€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 WANT TO DRIVE your LHD car to the UK and sell it when you get there? Call 658 670 777 BMW 320I 4 DOOR SALOON RHD, 2003, 69,000kms, 1 owner, FSH, AC, Alloys, PAS, ABS, CD, cruise, front fogs, remote locking, parktronic, DSC Headlamp wash, Multi function wheel, Stunning condition, Metallic Grey. 4,750€. Many more vehicles RHD and LHD vehicles in stock for sale or exchange. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 BMW 320 CI 2.2 LITRE CABRIOLET RHD, Spanish Registered, 2001, 97,000miles,

DISCOUNT TYRES Quality Tyres at Recession Prices. 45 Different Brands to choose from. 966875600

FSH, PAS, ABS, AC, Alloys, CD, cruise, front fogs, Electric windows/mirrors, memory seats, multi airbags, remote locking, rear parking sensors, mid metallic blue with full cream leather and matching blue power hood. 5,250€. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976

WANTED I BUY ANY CAR van,Caravan,4x4 Etc.British, Spanish. Immediate cash 600-781-873

LOOKING FOR A CAR? Good selection of automatics, cabriolets and 7 seaters in stock. We have over 75 LHD and RHD vehicles in stock for sale or exchange. We have a good selection of vehicles to clear from only 800€ Tel Frank 600726221/965687976

PROBLEMS WITH INSECTS? Cockroaches, rats & mice. Call 626 828 974 All insects

MR FIXIT For all your electrical, Plumbing, General & appliance & Bolier repairs. No call out charge. 698 320 434

POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, conscientious service to the highest standards. Refurbishments and upgrades undertaken. Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems, ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed. All work guaranteed. British trained in the UK pool industry with over 18 years experience. 10 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:- Pristine Pools on 966-774-199 or 678-080-500 www.pristineswimmingpools. com NO CALLOUT CHARGE. SEE MAIN ADVERT ON FRONT PAGE OF CLASSIFIEDS SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and registered business who have been operating on the Costa Blanca for 6 years. We offer a professional, reliable, safe and efficient pool service, inc. re-grouting, pressure testing and leak repairs. Private and community swimming pools undertaken. Call now for more information on 965-725-565 or mobile 676945-360/ 620-743-048


23-29 AUG 2013

TOWN HOUSE IN XATIVA 258 sqmtrs 4 bedrooms 2 baths lounge and diner pool 100 sqmtr terrace, garage €199,500 Tel: 636638975 LOS MONTESINOS VILLAGE Immaculate 103m2 2nd fl.apt. sth facing,overlooking sq & salt lake,3 lge dble b/rooms,family bathroom with shower,cloakroom with toilet & basin,sep kitchen with lge utility room,spacious lounge leading to balcony. Air con,part dble glazed,parq floors,f/furnished.EPD-D/E 79,950€ Tel:638 944 322 TOWNHOUSE FOR SALE 194 meter townhouse in Palma de Gandia 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Fully modernised. Ground floor 3 reception rooms, fitted kitchen with utility room. Courtyard,with underbuild. 1st floor 3 double bedrooms, plus bathroom,and large terrace. Top floor large master bedroom en-suite, plus terrace with sea

views. Contact jcart1950@ Tele. 962809234 photos available. Offers around 155,000 euros HOUSE WITH 11300MTS LAND plus mobile home near Chella . Bargain 85000euros for details phone 646139899 e/m ray2kir@ BUTIA ESPANA ARE YOU TRAPPED Need to sell quick. We are the only answer for a speedy sale. UK buyers waiting. Telephone 0800 612 7514 or Spain 678 756 644 MOBILE/PARK HOME 2 bedrooms en-suite fully fitted. Camping Pueblo San Javier 22,000€. Carol 96 819 24 25 Mob 626 055 622. SELLING YOUR HOUSE? Sold your house? Moving funds back to the UK? Don’t let your Spanish Bank take up to 1% of your sale price, Talk to MoneyCorp now about how to save up to 4,500€* Moneycorp’s repatriation service can help you drastically

reduce or even eliminate Spanish bank fees when sending your property sale proceeds back to the UK. Call Moneycorp +34 902 887 243 and quote RTN to get more out of your money. www.

PARK HOMES 2 BEDROOMS Both en-suite fully fitted. Camping Pueblo San Javier. Carol Tel 96 819 24 25 Mob. 626 055 6622 Email. Haydn47@

ANÚNCIATE TLF: 628 191 897

FEMALES OVER 40 required for adult Internet modelling. No males. Excellent rates. 966 182 714 GENERIC VIAGRA EXCLUSIVE First time in Spain 120mgs. Also Kamagra 100mgs, Generic Cialis 20mgs, and jellies. Local and Nationwide service. Pay on Delivery. or phone Colin 680 878 735 SOPHIE ESCORT Slim elegant naughty lady. Hotel/home visit available. Tel:693 357 526 ASHLEY- 29 ENGLISH/MIXED RACE- Absolutley stunnning, near Torrevieja Hospital, 665 883 576 THE BLUE PILL NOW EVEN BETTER. Other products available. Don’t miss out. Derek 685 207 378

SPANISH LADY PLAYA FLAMENCA near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, economical prices from 40€. Full discretion. Call Ana 680-735-412 CASA ANGELA TORREVIEJA Luxury Private Chalet, parking. Drinks invitation. Feeling alone? Just want some company? Exotic girls from South America. Call us, come and enjoy! Also Escort Service. Full discretion. Street: Avenida Asociacion Vistimas del Terrorismo. 609-573-468 or 639-832-118

23-29 Aug 2013 2 OR 3 BED / 2 BATH APARTMENTS in San Miguel. Lift, communal rooftop pool & solarium, video entry system. Available for short or long term rent from 350pcm. 96 672 3437 or 616493487


to June. The groups would have only 6-8 people and the classes would be fee-paying. If you are interested please ring 650 073 866 any day after 7pm.

DON’T WORRY ABOUT LOSING YOUR TV CHANNELS Free UK TV, Free Movies, Free Sports, Free Catch-up, Free Adult NO MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION! For more information visit: or call Tel: 697 108 158

Register your property for FREE at and when we sell your property we will charge you absolutely nothing! The average time it takes us to sell a property is 8 weeks. Register now at www. – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

COAST 2 COAST REMOVALS Spain UK Spain. Fully Legal, Fully insured. Covering the whole of the UK. Also pets carried. Tel: 617 500 876 or email: MOVE IT NOW Small removals and deliveries. Spain/UK Budget prices. Last minute jobs undertaken. Telephone UK 0800 612 4922 or Spain 678 756 644

CRYSTAL CLEAR SATELLITE AND INTERNET TV Sky/BT Sports & Sky Movies on new Internet box 299€ no dish required. Steve 660186505 Ros 965584097 JAVEA SKIP HIRE 626 670 038 Moraira, Benissa, Calpe, Denia from S&W TOOL HIRE & FERRETERIA MORAIRA

RHYTHM GUITARIST Rhythm Guitarist to join band playing music from the 60’s to present day.

VAN LEAVING FOR THE UK/ SPAIN EVERY 2 WEEKS great rates please contact Joe on 966 074 576 or 650 341 087 or

LANGUAGE CLASSES IN VILLAJOYOSA Starting in September, Dorothy Dandy, will offer more language classes in Villajoyosa. She will continue with the Wednesday Inter Cambio groups of Spanish and English students plus the Thursday Spanish for English speakers at intermediate level. Both of these are supported by Ayuntamiento of Villajoyosa and are FREE. The new classes would be in spoken Spanish, 4 hours p/w, at intermediate level, from September

Applicant must be enthusiastic and a team player, aged 40+ If this is you call me on 661350963 or e-mail norman.lavisher@ TURN YOUR UNWANTED FURNITURE Electrical, Household Goods and Bric-a-brac into Cash. Anything! Anywhere! 965-319-220/618-165-877

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