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25 nov - 01 dec 2011

PP romps to power by Jack Troughton

Makenna Tomlinson

Ghost Academy dazzles!

Makenna Tomlinson proudly shows off the certificate and medal that she received during the recent Ghost Academy ‘James Bond’ Concert. See the full story on Page 20.

MARIANO RAJOY, the new Partido Popular prime minister has warned of troubled times ahead and no miracle cures for Spain’s economic crisis. The PP swept to victory in last Sunday’s general election – trouncing the PSOE at the ballot box and winning a healthy majority in parliament. Struggling with high unemployment and unpopular austerity measures, Spaniards – expats are unable to vote – delivered a punishing verdict on almost eight years of socialist government. Voters handed the PP 186 seats in the 350-seat lower chamber compared to 154 at the last election, while PSOE tumbled from 169 seats to 110, the party’s worst ever performance since the restoration of democracy. The victors needed 176 seats for a majority and now enjoy a resounding mandate from a deeply troubled electorate. The PP also has 136 seats in the Senate to PSOE’s 48.

and Italy premiers were forced by mounting financial and economic pressures to resign, making way for interim ‘unity’ governments led by technocrats. However, it gives 56-yearold Mr Rajoy a great advantage when he takes the helm next month and the PSOE flag is hauled down in Madrid – he has the backing of the country and enjoys a freshly elected majority. As thousands of jubilant supporters celebrated in the streets and the country turned PP blue, Mr Rajoy thanked people for their support but remained in sombre mood. “It is no secret to anyone that we are going to govern in the most delicate circumstances Spain has faced in 30 years,” he said. “For me, there will be no enemies but unemployment, the deficit, excessive debt, economic stagnation, and everything else that keeps our country in these critical circumstances.



Spain is the third southern European country in a fortnight to see its government toppled by the debt crisis rampaging through the Eurozone – in Greece

“There won’t be any miracles. We never promised any. But as we have said before, when things are done properly, the results come in.” Continued on page 4


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Determined Defiance by Coastal Councillor

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Bob Houliston is remaining defiant despite a tumultuous week

by Louise Clarke


spite the resignation of CLARO’s General Secretary, Modesto Veloso Bujan, earlier this week and now the expulsion from CLR by its leader, Pedro Mancebo, the Councillor for the Coast of Orihuela, Bob Houliston, remains defiant that he will not be removed from office. With accusations, recriminations and allegations abound, it has been yet another week of controversy at Orihuela Town Hall. The focus of attention this time is Mr Houliston, who it is claimed has been talking to the oppostion party, PP, with the aim of causing a Moción de Censura, which will oust the current government in favour of the former. The tumultuous week started with the irrevocable resignation of Modesto Veloso Bujan who cited the reasons for his decision as being the lack of communication between the Executive Committee of CLARO and their colleagues in the municipal group CLR-CLARO by Bob Houliston as well as the total absence of transparency in making decisions which affect the party and the coalition with CLR. SERIOUS Modesto Veloso told RTN: “These issues have frustrated the common goal of the alliance and the spirit of agreements which led to the change of government in Orihuela. After five months of being in office it is clear that Bob Houliston is unable to carry out the management of the Coast. This has been further aggravated by his total ignorance to regulations and legal responsibilities. Finally, and much more serious and worrying, is the fact that I believe that conversations

and meetings have been held with the Popular Party of Monica Lorente by a member of the CLARO Executive Committee, without its knowledge, but with the consent of our President, Bob Houliston. Such conversations and meetings should have been avoided and prevented and it should have always been CLARO’s intention to remain loyal to the electoral pacts and agreements with CLR and the current government.” RTN met with Bob on Wednesday and he absolutely refutes all the allegations of Snr Veloso. He also stated that there will be a further statement after the CLARO AGM, which takes place tomorrow, Saturday 26th November.

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sUSPICION Meanwhile as RTN was discussing the situation with Mr Houliston, he received a call asking for a statement regarding his expulsion from CLR by Pedro Mancebo. Unbeknown to Bob, the CLR leader was busy holding a press conference announcing his expulsion. It was reported that the reason for this action was to thwart any attempt to bring about a Moción de Censura. Mancebo stated that although CLR had met with Houliston and that he had fervently denied any contact with PP, he was so “concerned” that someone with such a high profile as Veloso had resigned over such suspicion, that he had to expel the Coastal Councillor. “It is an internal matter for CLARO, of course, but the allegations are so serious, I had no alternative.” When asked about the possibilities of there being a Moción de Censura, Mancebo answered “…categorically no.” But who knows what will happen in the political hotcake that is Orihuela.

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Alicante: the retirement years Jack Troughton THE PROVINCE of Alicante continues to be host and “welcome” the migration of retired people choosing to build a new life in the sun. Attracted by the European Union’s freedom of movement for citizens, the region has become home to thousands of people from northern member states – many of them pensioners. And on Monday the provincial government the Deputacion de Alicante staged its fourth ‘dialogue’, a seminar to help the integration of the non-Spanish population, which now outnumbers natives. The conference in Calpe was attended by government representatives, town mayors and councillors, British Vice-consul Lloyd Millen, the Belgian consul, and expat groups and charities. Mayor of Benissa Juan Bautisa Rosello opened the seminar and said it was an opportunity to debate the problems, advantages and disadvantages of living in the province. HOST “Alicante is a hosting land and a welcoming land,” he said. “The nonSpanish population is now greater than the Spanish population. It is also the most European area in Europe – we have residents of all the European countries – there is no

Prof Mayte Echezarreta

other region in the world like it.” And he said a round table discussion would examine the problems of the aging European population “residents who have chosen us, Alicante, as a place to spend their retirement years and stay with us for the last period of their lives.” Professor Mayte Echezarreta, an expert of law at Malaga University, is part of a think tank examining the migration of pensioners into Spain – a “complex” phenomenon labelled ‘gerontomigracion’. “I research the mobility of elderly people, citizens of retirement age who choose destinations in Spain to spend that stage of their lives.” CONCERN She said such migration was a “concern” for both the host country and the country of origin “which is liable and responsible for citizens.” And Ms Echezarreta said the

movement came under the umbrella of the EU and the concern was they should be able to access social services and of support agencies. “Our main concern is the lack of information available to the citizen. They must have access to someone to deal with their issues,” she said. The professor said after five years there was now a 10 point “test” for institutions to mark how they were suited to welcoming migrants. And she underlined the importance of people registering on the local town hall census, the Padron, so the authorities knew of their existence and to be a gateway to help and “harmonise” the transition to life in a new country. However, the professor also said EU member states also had their own laws which governed the lives of migrants and the assistance available – and matters such as inheritance and taxation.

Continued from front page Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who had not sought a third term in office, saw his popularity plummet in the boom to bust years as the economic crisis deepened and widespread austerity measures were enacted. Defeated PSOE candidate Alfredo Perez Rubalcala said his party would fight to protect the welfare state from the spending cuts the new government has pledged to make to meet EU demands for deficit reduction. Mr Rajoy has already called for Spaniards to make a “common effort” to combat the ongoing crisis and insisted the country’s voice needed to be heard in Brussels as delicate negotiations continue. “We will stop being a problem and instead form part of the solution.” And he said Spain stood at a crossroads that would determine the future of the country “not just in the next few years but for decades.” The PP has promised to protect pensions, which are inflation linked, and reduce taxes for small and medium sized businesses but the party has yet to indicate how these will be financed. Mr Rajoy has promised to be “watchful” as he faces the mammoth task of restoring investor confidence and lowering the cost of borrowing – Spain’s ten-year bonds have briefly touched the 7% yield mark against this year’s target of 6%, and next year’s goal of 4.4% may require massive cuts to achieve. This week’s Economist warned: “Fiscal contraction will only exacerbate the economic downturn – 23% of Spaniards aged 16 to 24 are currently out of work and growth has ground to a halt.” The respected publication predicted deeper reforms were also needed. “The multi-tiered bureaucracy is highly inefficient and the banks have fallen ill from their indigestible loans to real estate developers.” The economist concluded: “Spain has much to be proud has much less debt than Italy or Greece – but if private debt is considered, then Spain has a higher percentage of debt per capita - and unlike those peers, who are now led by unelected technocrats, it has chosen its own captain to guide it through the storm.”

Possibility of Iberia pilots’ strike in December

IBERIA PILOTS have reaffirmed the possibility of calling a strike in December, after the meeting of the Flight Centre this week that included cabin crew (TCP). In the absence of information on the new ‘low cost’ airline Iberia Express, the pilots maintain their position and their belief that the structure of the company favours the growth and expansion plans of British Airways to the detriment of the Spanish airline. Concerns includes the decision to transfer 40 aircraft to the new Iberia Express and the possible reduction of 28 long haul planes, seen as direct contradiction of the assurance at the merger that Iberia would expand. Further talks are expected to take place at the end of November. The Committee of Iberia Flight Centre represents 4,500 employees of the airline pilots and cabin crew, and is composed of 32 individuals.

Five arrested for Marijuana possession by Louise Clarke

Marijuana plants found in Pilar

Birth Certificate found

A BIRTH Certificate has been handed into Denise Wesserling at the Orihuela Costa Town Hall in Playa Flamenca by a gentleman who had found it at the harbour in Torrevieja. The name of the person is Veronica and the certificate was issued in Newport. If you are Veronica and have lost your birth certificate, please contact Denise at the Town Hall on 966 760 000 or email her at with details of your father’s name and date of birth and it can then be returned to its rightful owner.

YouthTube Christmas Special VIVA TV is going to be filming a special Christmas edition of their YouthTube programme on Saturday 10th December and YouthTube Co-ordinator, Simon Baldock, is looking for young people who are either spending Christmas here for the very first time or who have been living here in Spain for a while and so know what it is like to spend the Christmas period under sunny (hopefully) Spanish skies. If you are interested please e-mail Simon at or RTN will be there for the filming of the programme and will be reporting on it in a future issue.

LOCAL POLICE officers in Pilar de la Horadada have arrested five men who were found in a car with five kilos of marijuana buds in the boot. The officers spotted the car parked in a precarious position on the roundabout to the Campoverde urbanisation on the Pilar–Orihuela road in the early hours of the 13th November. They decided to question the occupants, who had claimed that they had a punctured tyre and were going to change the wheel. But noticing the nervous nature of the men and smelling the strong odour of Marijuana that came from the vehicle, the officers decided to search the car. It was then that they discovered the haul. The five men aged between 19 and 31 years of age were immediately arrested on possession charges and transferred to the Guardia Civil barracks in Torre de la Horadada from where they were sent to face a judge in Orihuela. In recent months, there have been several interventions by the local police in Pilar de la Horadada where illegal greenhouses have been discovered containing marijuana plants, some of which were already prepared for sale. Local Police Chief, José Antonio Hernández, told RTN: “We are aware of the need to prosecute for these offenses, so agents are closely watching the rural areas within the municipality which could be susceptible to the cultivation of marijuana.” So, if you are growing ‘weed’ in Pilar, be warned!

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Are you sure about cancelling your private health cover?


Jennifer Cunningham

IT’S THAT time of the year again, when people start to plan for the next year, and working out their budgets. Some times when an health insurance policy has either little use or none at all it may seem a good idea to consider cancelling it, to try and save costs , especially if a SIP card is to hand. Some see this type of insurance as a luxury. In the UK, Private health is often seen as unecessary and sometimes people are rebuked for taking it out. I don’t see anything wrong in paying extra for private cover. It helps take some pressure off the Nartional Health and the main factor is of course the speed that you can be diagnosed and admitted to Hospital, this instant access may even save your life. Another added bonus is having the joy of a private room, with a bed for a companion included in the premium. I say a bonus because to share a room with a very sick stranger is not, if we are totally honest, what we would choose and is not conducive to the healing process. Then of course if it is a Spaniard the noise of their famly can be pretty daunting. Of course budgets have to come into it but my company have some extremely good offers on Health insurance at the moment. Mandy, the companies health administrator who is kept constanly busy arranging appointments for clients and assisting where ever possible is becoming a little concerned at people’s expectations of the national health system. A number of cancellations occur every year due to people becoming eligible for a SIP card. This reasoning now requires extra thought. The Social Security System is un-

der severe financial pressure and one of the causulties are the Hospitals . For an example, the Denia hospital has a shortage of Consultants which means very long waiting times for appointments, scans and operations. Services such as Physotherapy after operations or, just to get limbs and backs working properly, suffer from a huge backlog. This all could mean living with constant pain and delay the healing process. Recent news informs us that the Valencian Goverment has closed down 20% of bed spaces in their hospitals. On emergencies they are still managing to do an excellent job, but the pressure being placed on the staff is, I would imagine, very stressful. I also understand there are a number of medical suppliers who are experiencing financial problems due to their invoices not being met promptly. I have two members of staff who are in constant pain, one who is still waiting after eighteen months for a full diagnosis and a start date for treatment to begin and the other who has just started on the long haul, to find that the waiting list for the orthapaedic consultant is at this moment in time 8 months. Another vital reason to think very carefully before cancelling your health insurance are Pre Existing Conditions. After a year with Asssa you are covered for any condition or illness that you may develop in the future. If you cancel and want to either rejoin or go to another company all those pre-existing conditions that were previously included will no longer be eligible for cover.

I am sure there will be people who will accuse me of only trying to sell insurance, stop cancellations happening and alarm them. However, I am just not talking about my clients, but anybody who has had, up to now the benefits of Private Health Insurance. All I can say to this developing situation, is watch the Spanish television and read the Spanish newspapers, it is constantly being discussed and written about. The Spanish are well aware of their wonderful National Health being very over loaded with patients and at the same time suffering cut backs, and are becoming increasingly frustrated. Unfortunately, we take our good health for granted, it is only when we become ill, either mildly or with a critical condition that we realise just how precious our health is and that no amount of money can buy good health. In fact as I am writing this, a client called in to inform Mandy how grateful she is that both she and her husband have private health , as it was only due to the annual Well Man checkup available on some of Asssa’s policies, that prostrate cancer was discovered and treated immediately therefore saving the gentleman’s life. The client commented that no way would this have been discovered and treated so quickly on the state health system. If you are reading this and you have sent in a written cancellation to the corresponding company, can I suggest that you think deeply about your decision, you still have time until the 31st December before action is taken by the Health Company legally cancelling your policy.

Jennifer Cunningham Insurances S.L The Costas leading insurance consultant. If you have a question please email her at: Regulated and Authorised by the DGSFP in Spain.

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School Closed Due to Lack of Licence by Louise Clarke THE SCANDINAVIAN School in Orihuela Costa has been closed this week due to the lack of a proper operating licence. More than 40 pupils and five teachers have been told that the school, which has existed for 11 years, must remain closed until a new location is found and the proper licences are obtained. On Wednesday, RTN was invited to attend a meeting at the Orihuela Costa Town Hall between parents, teachers and the Education Councillor, Rosa Martinez. The Councillor explained the reasons behind the school’s closure. She said: “On 20th September, the Town Hall received an official denuncia from a resident who lives near the school, complaining about the noise. This was followed up by the Local Police, as is normal procedure. On 6th October, after requesting the appropriate licences from the school, the Local Police reported back to the Town Hall that there was no legal operating licence and therefore it had no authorisation to function as a school.” ILLEGAL She added: “The inspectors from the Valencia Department of Education visited the school in May and deemed that its location is inappropriate and therefore its immediate closure was ordered.” According to the Councillor, because the school is situated in a commercial zone close to bars and restaurants, it is not appropriate to have an educational facility there and under Spanish and Valencia law, all schools must have a legitimate operating licence in order to function. She continued:

“There are several other non-Spanish schools in the area that do have an operating licence from Valencia, for example the Norwegian School in Rojales and El Limonar in San Miguel de Salinas. The situation is that the school is in a commercial centre, operating without any licence and under Spanish law that is illegal. As a parent and a teacher, I can understand your anguish, but the school had to close.” LIFELINE

Ms Martinez did however offer a lifeline to the parents and teachers after making a call to the Education Minister in Valencia during the meeting. She told them: “If the school moves to an appropriate location that is allocated for educational purposes and it gets the authority from Valencia, then it will be allowed to reopen. But you must be aware that it could take months for the paperwork process and in the meantime, all the children over the age of six, under Spanish law, must attend school.” Parents argued that because the school should remain open because it is authorised by the Swedish Government, a point which was reiterated by the Swedish Consul, Enrique Lorca Gambin, who was also in attendance. But Ms Martinez told them: “We are in Spain, not Sweden and therefore you must adhere to Spanish Law.” In the meantime, RTN has been told exclusively that the Valencia Education Authority has been made aware of other ‘schools’ in the area that are operating illegally without the correct licences and that it will also be taking appropriate action against them in the coming weeks.

The school is in a commercial zone

MABS Race for Life does it again AS THE day dawned for the fourth annual MABS Murcia Race for Life, clouds were very much in evidence, but that didn’t deter more than 250 people from arriving in Los Alcázares to take part. People arrived from all around the Murcia and Valencia The official regions and many arrived in pink attire or fancy dress. start of this year’s MABS First man over the finish line was Marcus Fernandez, Murcia Race first lady was Ingrid Patterson and first child was Travis for Life Preston, who has been first for the past three years and the Photographs first young lady on rollerblades was Zoe Bond, who has courtesy of: already raised over €150 in sponsorship. Robin Bayliss and Alfonso MABS Director, Lyn Baines, told RTN, “We’re so grateful to all who have turned out to support the event. Everyone Fernandez

has made such an effort to arrive on a Sunday morning, create a great atmosphere and collect sponsorship money for us. Thanks must also go to all the MABS volunteers who have been here since the crack of dawn to organise such a great event.” Sponsorship money will be coming in over the next few months, but MABS estimates that they will have raised around €5,000 from the day. MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 693 275 779 or visit their website:

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Alicante Airport Assistance WITH LOTS of British expats returning to the UK for the Christmas holidays, many of them will be using the new terminal at Alicante Airport for the first time.

Assistance point at Alicante airport

by Louise Clarke RTN was asked if we knew about the Airport Assistance Service for people with reduced mobility and about how those people are helped when embarking on a flight. As we didn’t have the faintest idea and keen to help our readers, we have endeavoured to find out. If you need assistance at the airport, you must in the first instance inform your airline of your needs. Additionally and optionally and only for assistance at Spanish airports, you can also inform the airport directly on their free phone number on 902 404 704 or register on their website at HELP By doing this, you will be given a meeting time at the airport. If you choose not to do this, you must be at the airport at least two hours prior to the scheduled departure time and register at the Assistance Meeting Point which, at the new Alicante terminal, is located just inside the furthest door of Departures. Let them know that you have arrived (there is usually at least one person manning the desk during busy

times, but you may need to use the intercom) and once registered, one of their friendly assistants will pick you up from there. You will then be assisted and accompanied during the check-in process and at the security checkpoints, until you are in your seat on the plane. They will also help with all your luggage and personal needs. If you are travelling back into Alicante Airport, the Assistance Service can also meet you at the plane and retrieve your luggage and then accompany you to the arrivals department where you can meet up with friends and relatives. REQUEST The service is available to any passengers who are entirely immobile and not self sufficient and blind and deaf passengers as well as those passengers who can board and move on the aircraft on their own but need help getting to and from the aircraft. One of the assistants told RTN: “Please make your readers aware that if they don’t request the service far enough in advance (48 hours) the quality of service rendered cannot be guaranteed.” So, there you have it! Happy travelling!

King Juan Carlos sports a black eye ACCIDENT-PRONE King Juan Carlos is sporting a bruised left eye after a domestic accident at the Zarzuela Palace on Tuesday. The king collided with the side of a door after an aide tried to open it on the other side, smacking his majesty in the eye and the side of his nose. The accident did not prevent the king from attending to his royal duties, albeit in a snazzy pair of sunglasses. He received several newly-appointed ambassadors and later in the afternoon attended the Research Council to present the SEO-Birdlife FONDENA VIII Award for 2011.

Important Changes to Notarial Services at Alicante Consulate

By Louise Clarke A new appointment system for notarial work will be introduced at the Consulate in Alicante from December. The appointment system will mean that you can avoid queuing and will ensure that the Consulate can deliver the service in a more customer-friendly and efficient manner. Anyone who is planning to go to the Consulate in Alicante for a notarial service from 1st December onwards should ensure they make an appointment beforehand. Before the new online appointment system is introduced in the New Year, appointments can be booked by emailing the British Consulate in Alicante at with ‘Notarial Appointment Request’ in the subject area. Those who do not have access to email can call the Consulate on 902 10 93 56 or send their request by fax on 965 14 05 28. This will not affect applications for Emergency Passports, which will continue to be available from 08:30-13:30 from Mondays to Fridays, without prior appointment.

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Happy Birthday Wally! OASIS

by Louise Clarke IF THERE was a prize for Most Determined Community President on the Costa Blanca, Wally Tynan, from La Zenia Elite Phase Two would win it hands down. I have known Wally and his lovely wife, Peggy, for more than four years and first met them when they were busy shovelling the proverbial from their front door during a heavy rainstorm. As residents on the now infamous Calle Lapislazuli in La Zenia, Wally and Peggy would find themselves knee deep in raw sewage whenever it rained heavily and Wally became quite a local celebrity when he appeared in the ITV1 programme Spain: Paradise Lost in June 2009 and told the story of his ‘turd’ brush to the world. Wally, who is originally from Ireland, became a real thorn in the former administration of Orihuela Town Hall’s side and even once got ejected from the Coastal Town Hall in Playa Flamenca after he outstayed his welcome!

Happy 9th Birthday Lily!

Lots of love from Mummy, Daddy, Charlie, Jake and Jess. Have a great day! xxx

Strangely enough, just weeks after his appearance on prime time British TV, the road was completely repaired with new drainage and new tarmac and so Wally had to turn his attentions away from fighting the Town Hall to getting his urbanisation looking like it should have looked, had the builders not gone bust and disappeared from the face of the earth years earlier. Almost singlehandedly, he has transformed the garden and pool area of La Zenia Elite 2 into a gorgeous oasis of peace and quiet and one that its residents would have otherwise not been able to enjoy had it not been for the hard work, determination and dedication of Wally and his fellow committee members. Over the years, Wally and Peggy have become good friends and I consider myself very honoured to have been witness to the great things that he has done during the last few years. So, it gives me great pleasure to wish Wally a very Happy 70th Birthday! Have a great day Wally and have a pint or two of Guinness on me!!

Happy Birthday Wally

Kick Start Christmas in Benijófar! IT’S TIME to kick start Christmas with the annual Benijófar Carol Concert, which takes place on Thursday 15th December. Stalls will open at 17:00 with Santa arriving at his Grotto on the Square to see the children at 17:45; tickets for which are available in advance at €2.50 from The Post Room in Benijófar. Karen from the Post Room told RTN: “We have a full packed entertainment schedule running from 18:00 compeered by everyone’s favourite Mr Soul Man, Rob Brown. There will also be traditional communal carol singing led by The Rascals and ADHOC Theatre Group, children’s Nativity Tableau, soloist Rebecca Holt and dance displays from local dance groups.” Karen continued: “We hope to smash last year’s fundraising amount of just over €1000 which went to our chosen charities; the Emaus Children’s Charity, which desperately need funds at the orphanage and the Benijófar Social

Help Fund, which provides food parcels for local residents at Christmas.” CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Raffle tickets are also available in advance from The Post Room in Benijófar, Pinks, Vincents, Oasis and Casas Manuel with the top prize a pair of ‘Right Size Travel Bags’. Karen concluded: “It is only because of the generosity of local businesses and our main sponsor MoneyCorp, that we are able to stage this event every year. So please come down, join your voices and get in the Christmas Spirit. I would also like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors which include, Sonderborg – The Kitchen Design Studio; Vincents; Pinks; Casas Manuel; Fratellis; Oasis; La Plaza; The Post Room; Europa and of course, our main sponsor, MoneyCorp.”

The spirit of Christmas by Jack Troughton DOZENS OF excited youngsters will be heading for a winter wonderland next month when Bay Radio throws its annual Christmas Party. The Costa’s leading radio station plays host to children from the Preventorio de Gandia from the north of its expanding region and from the Vera Orphanage, familiar to listeners on the Costa Almeria. And for the fifth consecutive year, the party is taking place at Javea’s football ground, where more than 70 kids aged between three and 13 will enjoy a grand day out on Tuesday 13th December. The crisis has meant the numbers of children is the two homes has increased and the Javea-based radio station is appealing for

gifts suitable for the youngsters – and cash donations to buy much need clothing and help pay utility bills over the winter period. Father Christmas will be at the party and hand each child their present, as well as helping to keep the youngsters entertained. PLEASURE Bay Radio director Andy Stammers told RTN: “It is an absolute pleasure to be organising the party again this year – it is our fifth year of supporting this brilliant cause.” He explained cash donations were also critical in keeping the homes running, helping pay for central heating and the electricity to power industrial sized tumble dryers. “The presents are very welcome but we have an ongoing pledge to provide the children with clothing and bedding and such. At Gandia,

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for example, they currently need 56 pairs of children’s shoes – just do the maths, it is a big outlay.” Toys should be new and if wrapped be tagged to indicate the age and sex the present is suitable for - and they can be dropped off at: Bay Radio, Ctra Cabo La Nao, Javea; next door at Maddie’s Fish Bar; the information point at Ondara Shopping Centre; The Fundraiser Shop, Avenida del Almeria 74, Turre; The fundraiser Shop Vera, opposite the Dia Supermarket; and the Laude Lady Elizabeth Junior School in Cumbre del sol, Benitachell, and the Senior School in Lliber. For more information and to make a cash Santa donation via the dedicated charity bank ac- Claus is coming count go to Bay Radio’s website, to town

Iberdrola renovates the Denia grid IBERDROLA HAS commenced the renovation of the Denia electricity grid. The project involves the renovation of as many as 47,000 electricity meters in private and public premises to a new meter that will enable the reading of energy consumption in real time and eliminate the need for estimation. The meters also detect abnormalities instantly.

Banco de Valencia nationalised after being abandoned by Bankia THE STATE has dismissed the board of directors and will inject one billion in capital and €2,000 million in cash against sale. As always happens on these occasions customers have withdrawn massive deposits in the last weeks from the Bank of Valencia while it spiralled into a management crisis following the announcement of a €600 million accounting ‘hole’, now suspected to be nearer €1,500 million. FROB management of the bank will for the time being be through José Manuel Oliver (who has worked for BBVA and was president of its subsidiary One-e), Margarita Reyes and Fernando Viladomat (former director of Caixa Catalunya.


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The Consequences of Smoking!


Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

Do you really want to stop smoking? THEN FAST Track Hypnosis will help! Over my 25 years in practice I have seen just about everything that can happen, health wise, to smokers and have listened to them as they would describe their symptoms to me. Millions of people throughout the world have successfully stopped smoking using standard Hypnosis, and over the years I have helped many tens of thousands to do so using my Fast Track Hypnosis & Laser Therapy to quit and in ONE under 30 minute session which I developed and proved it on TWO consumer programmes. The heaviest smoker that I ever treated was smoking 160 cigarettes per day and the youngest was just 9 years of age! All smokers perceive different benefits from smoking e.g. relaxation, concentration, relief from boredom, etc. If they only knew the substances that were in cigarettes it would certainly open their eyes as to the harm they are doing to themselves. Many years ago I had the opportunity of working in a laboratory testing the many compounds in tobacco and analysing the results. There are in fact over 600 ingredients in a cigarette ranging from the bizarre to the deadly. I have listed some of them to highlight the main deadly ingredients a cigarette contains. The main ones only are listed below; Formaldehyde… used for embalming dead bodies Ammonia … household bleaches Acetone… paint stripper Cadmium…. used in batteries Aluminium… linked with Alzheimer’s disease Hydrochloric acid…. industrial agent Ethanol … used in antifreeze Furfural… industrial alcohol Maltol… strong alcohol Para-methoxycinnamaldehyde… slug pellets Nicotine… highly toxic nerve poison. A dosage of fifty thousandths of a gram will kill a person. Carbon monoxide… compound produced by car exhausts D.D.T…banned pesticide

Hydrogen cyanide… Used in gas chambers in the U.S.A The three stages of smoking a cigarette

Stage 1, First 3rd After the first few inhalations of a cigarette the serious harm has begun. Smoke has to travel through the entire length of the cigarette carrying with it tar and nicotine, and then concentrating it in the last 3rd of the cigarette. Small particles of nicotine and other chemicals start to irritate the delicate tubes inside the lungs. Second 3rd More smoke is inhaled and the chemicals then start to coat the tubes with an oily tar substance, forcing them to produce thick phlegm. This in turn makes the lining of the tubes more prone to infection by germs, causing even more damage. Final 3rd Tobacco smoke that is now inhaled is so concentrated with tar that it coats the lungs, causing more irritation and producing much more clinging phlegm than the other two parts put together. The Consequences of Smoking ! The human body can protect itself and eventually recover from many severe and emotional problems relating to smoking. However, after about 20 years the body begins to lose the ability to do this and to defend itself against the dangerous chemicals that suppress the immune system. The immune system is the first line of defence against these terrible infections and diseases and without this ability to defend itself the way is open for very catastrophic illnesses. This is a chart of what can happen to the body over 20 years Years of Smoking 0-5, Bad Breath, Clothes Smell, Stained Fingers, Stained Teeth 5-10, Smokers Cough, Lack of Energy, Poor Circulation, Numbness 10-15, Sinus Problems, Raspy Voice, Headaches, Sleep Problems

15-20, Constant Cough, Allergies Advanced ageing of skin, Diminished Libido 20+, Diminished Concentration, High Blood Pressure, Severe Circulation Problems, Heart Attack, Sexual Dysfunction, Emphysema, Confusion, Loss of Memory Cancer: Oral, Tongue, Oesophagus, Lungs, Stomach, Intestinal, Spleen, Liver, Colon Depression, Osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Stroke DEATH My advice is to stop now, while you have time to stop! These are two letters I received this week. “ I was a smoker for almost 30 years - at age 42 I decided enough was enough - I wanted to be around for my 2 girls in later life. So I had to stop smoking! My 2 girls were my motivation! I visited Alan Gilchrist on November 1st 2001 was Hypnotised and within ONE half hour I became a non smoker. I have never smoked since , nor have I been tempted. I can honestly say this was the best decision I had ever made. Within months I felt healthier, happier and had such a great sense of achievement , that I cannot praise Alan enough. This is an honest testimonial, truly from the heart and with so much gratitude. If I can stay off the cigarettes ANYONE can !!! So don’t waste time thinking about it - make the call. You will be so glad you did. Majella......” “ I had been smoking 35 years. The last 15 would have seen me smoke up to 35 to 40 a day. I came to Alan in March 2011 and it is now November 2011 and I have not craved or felt like a cigarette in them 8 months and am very confident that I won’t go back on them. I could not have done this without Alan, that’s for sure! Thank you very much Alan........... Peter...........” That’s Fast Track Hypnosis! Alan holds his Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar and Benidorm. For an appointment, Brochure or FREE initial consultation, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659229408. Or visit his web site

For an appointment, brochure or a free of charge initial consultation on your particular problem, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408 or visit his websites or

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Superb AFTER ALL the bad press about TELEFONICA I just had to write about the service I recieved. I visited the Movistar office in Rojales to report my phone was not working. The girl in the office phoned Telefonica for me, obtained an English speaking operator who infomed me that an engineer would attend to the fault in 6hrs. 2hrs later the phone rang and the engineer asked if everything was OK. I informed him that there was still crackling on the line. He came to my house, replaced the telephone socket and did various tests. This took about 15mins. I then signed his work sheet. Total time from reporting the fault to the complete repair 2hrs.30mins. Superb service!


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Sorry for the insult! MAY I begin by saying the letters page in RTN is great, and I love the cartoon that accompanies the letter of the week. This past week saw the national election in Spain. I was reasonably satisfied to see the results of the election and the defeat of the incompetent socialists under Mr. Bean’s look alike P.M. Zapatero. Sorry for insulting Mr. Bean by comparing him to Zapatero. I had hoped the socialists would have got what they really deiserved and been completely wiped out after the damage they have inflicted on Spain with five million people unemployed. The socialists didn’t even have a shred of humility to admit it was their fault for the economic crisis in this country. I dare say Mr. Bean would have been more competent than Zapatero. I can’t help but feel sorry for the incoming P.M. Mariano Rajoy and the daunting task of trying to clean up the disaster left by the socialists. Perhaps Mariano Rejoy can ask Mr. Bean for some advice. Lucy P. Orihuela Costa

It’s outrageous

Another Don Quixote?

WITH REGARD to your ‘letter of the week’, issue 631, one can sympathise with the writer’s problem with cavalier community presidents and administrators! The important thing is to have a representative committee which has the power to make decisions along with the president, and also oblige him,or her, to respect decisions made beforehand by the Assembly of owners. The president’s function is one of legal representation of the community, not arbitrary dictatorship! Much behaviour on communities is marked by group clannishness and virtual thuggery and the victims are often minorities who just want to pay their dues and lead a quiet life. They need to make sure their voices are heard by having committee representation. That a president can enjoy a free computer and internet ‘to keep an eye on the community’, without consulting the owners, is outrageous! Regards, Charles Dowling

We must be more careful

MIGHT MARIANO Rajoy prove to be just another Don Quixote? Tilting his lance at the inaminate as Miguel Cervantes wrote. Ineffectual administrator similar to Zapatero his predecessor? Or dynamic economical visionary; Eurozone financial renovator. As a carefree cavaliero; or a caballero striking the right note. Neil Burman, San Miguel De salinas. In the twilight of life, but still a little boy’s mentality trapped in an old man’s body.

WHEN I was awaiting my family at Alicante airport, I idly counted people coming through to the Salida/Exit. You may not believe me, but out of 100 women only 16 had hold of their handbags which sat on top of their luggage. Speaks a lot you surely must agree. Meri Jenkins

Let’s show that we care for them

PLEASE THIS year when you send out your Christmas cards, would you send an extra one to injured soldiers that have risked everything for us. The address is:- A Recovering Soldier c/o Queen Elizabeth Hospital Mindelsohn Way Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2WB. Thankyou. Lets show them how much we care

Check their reputation I WAS a resident of Spain, living in Torrevieja for seven years, now returned to the UK. I thought this story would interest your readers. I had a British registered car, which when I came to live in Spain was re-registered there. I then went to a reputable insurance broker in Torrevieja and arranged insurance with a Spanish company. When I decided to return to England I checked that my car would be covered for the journey and for how long in the UK. I was told three months after which I would have to arrange another insurer. Unfortunately, before I could do this someone attempted to steal my car. They broke the door lock completely out of the door and wrenched off the steering wheel. I contacted my insurance company and they arranged for the car to be towed to a garage on 11th August. I am still waiting for the final decision from the insurers! I am in constant contact via email with the broker, but I am told there is nothing they can do to speed up the process.

This has been a long catalogue of delay and frustration! As I am partly disabled it is lucky that I am staying with my sister or I would have no means of transport other than public. I was informed that the courtesy car that I paid extra for was not applicable outside of Spain - something I was never made aware of before! I cannot understand why there has to be such delay, even taking into account the ‘manaña factor’ in Spain. My latest information is that the insurer will not agree to the car being repaired due to its age, so now I am again waiting to see what compensation they are prepared to give me before I can attempt to obtain another car. I hope that this information will alert anyone in a similar situation to thoroughly check out what their insurance covers and their reputation for a quick response, before undertaking any trip to the UK in a Spanishinsured vehicle. Mr.N.L.Bowser

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Easy Horse Care Christmas Card Campaign by Patricia Thompson WHO IS on your Christmas card list this year? Family, friends, neighbours....well how about Molly the Pony in America? It is the idea of the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre (EHCRC) in Rojales who want youngsters in the area to send an extra special Christmas wish to a very special pony which has inspired the survival and recovery of Easy Horse Care’s Faith, whose story has been well documented this year. Faith arrived at the rescue centre in August 2010 with severe injuries to her leg that, despite receiving pioneering treatment, meant that she needed to have her leg amputated; a procedure very rare on horses. Identical in size and with a similar injury on the same leg to Faith, the centre quickly developed a strong relationship with Molly’s owners in Louisiana and their vets who made the surgery a viable option for Faith. Now, as

Faith happily gets on with life at EHCRC, founders Rod and Sue Weeding are making an emotional trip to Louisiana to meet with Molly. “We are also going to collect Faith’s new leg and that will be her Christmas present!” an excited Sue explained to RTN. She added that it cost hundreds of euros last time to get the limb shipped over from the USA, so they will be personally collecting this one using their own personal savings. MAKE A DIFFERENCE Molly’s message is to help children, especially children who, like Molly, have a disability. Her fame led to the creation of Molly’s Foundation which administers educational programs and rehabilitative programs for children to improve their social, ethical, mental and emotional health. Sue also sees Faith’s future going a similar way and is keen to get more children aware of their stories and interested in horses. “We

want to make kids think and to make them feel that their card is special and they can make a difference.” The couple leave for America on Saturday 17th December and would like to receive cards by Thursday 15th December. You can hand your cards in directly to the Rescue Centre in Rojales or leave them with staff at either of the two charity stores situated in Quesada or La Siesta. GUIDED TOURS The EHCRC relies only on charitable donations. They are open to the public all year round every day from 1-4pm and on Sundays and Wednesdays, they have guided tours. Visitors can also enjoy a light lunch or light refreshments available in the café garden, and all proceeds go towards the support of the centre. For more information visit our website Sue and or call Sue on Faith 652 021 980.


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Need a Quick Fix? WITH ENERGY prices literally going through the roof, surely there is something that we can do to slow things down? There must be a course of action that will give us respite from the price increases that we keep reading and hearing about. The fact is, there are numerous relatively ineffective things we can do that may have some small effect on our monthly bill. What we are looking for, what we need, is something more substantial than low voltage light bulbs and timer switches. So what else is there? If you want something more than just a quick fix, something that will make a real difference to your future bills, you should pick up the phone and call Iberswitch SL. They offer protection from price increases for up to two years! They will switch you from your existing electricity company to the company which offers the best rates and terms and, as the market changes and competition gets hotter, will switch you again, and again. But the best part? They handle the entire transfer process from start to finish. It is a little known fact that there are 160 electricity companies operating in Spain, the Iberswitch intelligent system places your account with the company that offers you the best opportunity to maximise your savings. Historically, January is the month with the highest price increase - last January 9.9%! We don’t know what this January will bring until it happens but we do know, if you act now, you can avoid it. Call Iberswitch today: 966 265 089

Two for one success

Crowds at the exhibition

We need something more substantial than low voltage to bulbs to save money

by Jack Troughton MEMBERS Of the Women In Business Club voted to stage two White Ribbon Day events as a shop window and a charity fund raiser – and the public responded to make it a success. Last Sunday saw hundreds of people visit the Denia Marriott Hotel for the first part of day which marks a global condemnation of domestic violence. And the second part of the “experiment” is today (Friday 25th November) at the Hotel Diamante Beach, Calpe, and WIBC hopes to again attract the crowds between 10am and 6pm. All the trade stands were taken at the Marriott and for the first time men were allowed to join in. The day was also packed with live music, fashion shows, and dance troupes who entertained visitors. And the annual event was also a WIBC fund raiser, the group supports women’s refuges in the region – domestic violence is on the increase and there are five

shelters filled with women and children who have fallen victim to the plague. Chris Duffin, WIBC’s new president, told RTN: “We have two hats to wear – one is supporting our businesses and the second is supporting charities. Members wanted to focus more on business because times are hard. “One suggestion was we have two shows to mark White Ribbon Day and because we might not be able to fill both, open the event to non-members, including men, and generate more footfall to sustain two events,” she said. “Members voted via our website and the majority wanted two shows. It is an experiment and it may or may not happen again next year. That will depend on the members.” She admitted allowing men to take part was a new strategy. “However, White Ribbon day was actually started by men in recognition of and to raise awareness that there was too much domestic violence in the world.”

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From Earth to the Solar System Exhibition by Patricia Thompson NASA HAS pronounced this year and next ‘The Year of the Solar System’ with more than triple the usual amount of mission launches to study the Solar System to take place during 2011 and 2012. To promote interest in Astronomy and the Solar System, in particular among the general public, NASA has made available a series of high definition pictures of the Solar System taken by probes, landers and space-based telescopes. Astronomy groups around the world are encouraged to download these pictures and organise public exhibitions in areas that the general public frequent in an initiative entitled ‘From Earth to the Solar System’ (FETTSS). The Costa Blanca Astronomical Society, together with the Asociacion Astronomia de Marina Alta (AAMA) are undertaking a FETTSS project in the local area; the first one in Spain. DETAILS The Portal de La Marina management is kindly allowing

John Pattinson: Obituary THE FUNERAL took place this week of Los Montesinos resident John Pattinson, who died suddenly, aged 59, while on holiday in Australia. Recently retired John and his wife Fiona spent time together on holiday on the Costa Blanca after purchasing a property at La Herrada, Los Montesinos. “It has come as a great shock to many of his friends in Spain. John will be sadly missed and the Community send heartfelt condolences to his wife Fiona and family,” said friend and neighbour Andrew Atkinson. John, who left wife Fiona, was a devoted dad of Paul, Claire and the late Becky. The funeral service took place at St. Mary’s Church, Maryport on 21st November, followed by interment in Maryport Cemetery.

Javea honours the International Brigades MORE THAN 200 people turned out on Saturday to honour the International Brigades, a tribute to the thousands that flocked to Spain to support the Republic in the fight against fascism. The emotional event included the personal stories of Javea residents Maggie Moran and John Catanach, whose relatives fought with the Brigades to defend the Republic during the 1936 – 1939 Spanish Civil War. Expert Linda Palfreeman spoke of the “relatively unknown work” carried out by many British volunteers and also of the British contribution to medical services during the conflict.

the Society to stage an exhibition of 16 selected images that best portray the elements of the Solar System, at the commercial centre in Ondara from 2nd - 11th December. DURING THE WEEK • Exhibition of images in 2 locations in the shopping centre in large print formats with accompanying explanatory text. • Guides available for part of the time, to explain details and answer questions from the public. • Printed information sheets. • Cinema facilities will be used to show movies about the solar system in Spanish and English. Fr Manny Carreira, a well-known Astronomer with extensive experience in teaching and lecturing in Astronomy, will launch the event at the Denia Casa De Cultura on Saturday 26th November at 7 pm talking on ‘Earth as the abode of life: The jewel of the Solar system’ - a discussion of the unusual properties that makes the Earth the only habitable planet in the Solar System, comparing its formation with those of Mercury, Venus and Mars. There is also a reference

to more than 400 planets detected indirectly around nearby stars, to discuss the possibility of some level of life in them. SPONSORS The Costa Blanca Astronomical Society is a non-profit making Association: we would like thank the following sponsors, without whom the exhibition would not have been possible: Specsavers Javea, Solar in Spain, Lingualink Denia, Vives Pons Denia, Costa Blanca Business Association (CBBA), 100% Plumbing, Portal De La Marina Commercial Centre, Ondara, Individuals in the Group Costa Blanca Astronomical Society.


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Spanish lessons by

Jane Cronin

A weekly ‘cut out and keep’ feature helping you to learn basic Spanish for everyday needs

The Letter


THE LETTER J joins the ranks of least favourite Spanish letters amongst English speakers, because it is one of the hardest ones to pronounce. We’ve already talked about the sound itself because it is the same as one of the pronunciations of the letter G, which is the throaty sound like the “ch” in the Scottish word “loch”. We saw that the letter G only makes this sound when followed in a word by an “e” or an “i”, whereas the letter J always makes this sound, wherever it appears in a word. You will find the letter J at the beginnings of words, such as “jugar” (to play), in the middle as in “rojo” (red) and at the end as in “reloj” (watch or clock). As I mentioned when we were looking at the letter G, if you find it impossible to produce a really harsh “j” sound, then you can lighten it down to a “h” sound, just make it as noisy as possible, as if you were panting having just run round the block. Alternatively, you could run round the block, but that is a bit drastic and not a very practical solution. There is a wide variety of words beginning with “J” which remind us of similar English words, and here are just a few: jersey (jersey or jumper), jirafa (giraffe), jaguar (jaguar), justo (just), juvenil, (youthful, without the negative connotations of juvenile), justicia (justice), justificar (justify), Japón (Japan), japonés (Japanese – notice that in Spanish nationalities do not start with capital letters.) As usual there are words beginning with J that look like English but have a different meaning. One of these is the Spanish word “junta”. This means some sort of ruling or governing body, but does not have the negative connotation it has in English, where it is only associated with a military style of absolute rule. We have a “junta directive” for example which means a committee. Of course, you may have your own opinion about committees but they

are not supposed to carry machine guns as a rule. Another frequently heard word is the translation of “young” which is “joven”. Young people as a social group are referred to as “los jóvenes”. They are in contrast to another important section of society, those who are “jubilado” or “jubilada” meaning of course “retired”. Most of the retired people I know really like this word and prefer it to the rather prosaic “pensionista”. “Justo” is an interesting word as it shares a similar dual meaning as its English equivalent “just”. We can talk about a “just” person in English and a “persona justa” in Spanish, as someone who is fair, or who lives a morally correct life. From this we have the word “justice” which is “justicia” in Spanish. The two languages also share the other meaning of “just” as in “exactly” or “just right”. We can say “el precio justo” the right price or “el tamaño justo” “just the right size”. Probably the commonest name in Spain begins with the letter J, José. He is particularly relevant this month as the 19th March is the celebration of San José in the city of Valencia. This celebration is better known as the Fallas which consist of enormous and incredibly artistic effigies made of wood and papiermâché going up in flames in an orgy of noise, fire and water. It is quite an extraordinary event. The day of San José is also Father’s Day in Spain, which is a holiday in Valencia and Murcia but not all over Spain. And so to this week’s saying. It contains the word juego meaning game, but in this case with the idea of gambling or “gaming”. Here it is: “Afortunado en el juego, desafortunado en amores”. Lucky at gambling, unlucky in love. In other words, you cannot have everything going your way in this life. Well, I think most of us have learnt this already!

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Students stay at home due to rain IN THE province of Valencia pupils from more than 20 schools were instructed by the Ministry of Education to stay away from school due to flooding and lack of power throughout the stormy weather at the beginning of the week, affecting classes for more than 8,540 students. Javea was particularly affected. In the province of Castellon primary and secondary students also remained at home due to severe rain flooding entrances and playground areas. Much of the flooding is thought to be the result of poorly maintained premises due to lack of funds.

Forget The Ghost Of Christmas Past…

AND THIS year celebrate in style with one of the fabulous festive mini-breaks brought to you exclusively by Round Town Travel. by Patricia Thompson Pamper yourself silly at the 3* Rosamar Hotel & Spa centrally located in Benidorm´s popular Rincon De Loix with a 3-night pamper pack. All of the rooms are fully equipped with everything you would expect of this level of hotel and the friendly staff are waiting to care for your every need. As a “full board” guest, all of your eating requirements will be catered for, to include an extravagant Christmas “Gala Meal”. Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a little entertainment and the Rosamar have a schedule of entertainment with spectacular shows & live music that will have you dancing the night away. If you’ve had your fill of Christmas fayre, why not take yourself off for a spot of tranquility in the beautifully appointed Spa with it’s uniquely designed swimming & wading pool, or, for those with a little more energy, the Rosamar also has a fully equipped Gym. This fantastic festive mini-break can be yours for just 187.50€ per person (based on 2-sharing). Price includes 3-nights stay,

checking in on the 23rd or 24th Dec, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Christmas Gala Meal, entertainment & Spa circuit included. If Christmas for you is more of a “Grown up Affair” why not check yourself in to the prestigious Hotel Levante Club for a Boxing Day extravaganza where the patter of tiny feet will be left at the door. The 4* Hotel Levante Club & Spa is one of Benidorm´s most stylish & well equipped hotels that offers serenity & tranquility combined with 4* luxury in a child free environment. This special night is offered on a bed & breakfast basis to include a Boxing Day special at the famous Benidorm Palace. Get dressed up to the 9´s and head out to the palace, located just a stones throw away from your hotel and enjoy a 6-course dinner which includes wine & cava and prepare yourself for the spectacular that awaits you. World renowned artists perform on the stage of Benidorm Palace and tonight the performers will put on a show that will leave you nothing short of breathless. This Boxing Day spectacular is yours for just 89€ per person (based on 2 sharing) For further information and to book contact our reservation hotline on 966 813 261.

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The Ghost Academy Dazzles Yet Again

Members of Ghost Academy

by Louise Clarke ON FRIDAY 11th November, pupils of the Ghost Academy of Performing Arts, which is based in Villamartin on the Orihuela Costa, performed to a 150 strong audience at La Rustika Restaurant in Torrevieja for their James Bond themed concert. The evening was organised to help raise money for the school’s scholarship fund, which annually donates money to exceptionally talented pupils, who without financial assistance would be unable to attend the Academy. The evening was a contrasting display of dance, drama and music by the talented children who dazzled with their skills to the classic themes of the hit movie soundtracks. DISTINCTIONS During the evening the audience was also treated to special appearances by

local professional acts, the outstanding vocals of tenor singer Lewis Laking, who sang ‘Live and Let Die’ with the Academy showgirls and the awesome guitar/singing talents of Curtis Senior, who rocked the Chris Cornell number ‘You Know My Name’. The pupils were awarded medal tests awards for their performances, which were examined by ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Latin and Ballroom Coach, Jeffrey Dobinson. All of the pupils passed with merits and distinctions but a special mention must be made to Sophie Cockroft, who received the highest mark of the evening for her streetdance performance. The Academy is now busy rehearsing for their annual Christmas show which is on Monday 12th December, again at La Rustika. For ticket information please visit or telephone 966 765 607.

Meanwhile, following the amazing success of the BBC1 show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, the Ghost Academy has just announced that it will be holding a six week course for couples or singles who would like to learn the basics of Latin and Ballroom dance. Taught by British Champion, Jeffrey Dobinson, the course starts in February 2012, so if you want to learn from the same expert who has helped Anita Dobson, Holly Valance, Jason Donovan and Robbie Savage strut their stuff live on ‘Strictly’ every Saturday night, give Ghost a call. Remember you will not only be learning a new skill, it is also great exercise, but places are limited, so sign up now! Also coming in 2012, there will be a Rock School Workshop and Flamenco classes for children. For more information on the Ghost Academy, call Kerry or Curtis on 966 765 607 or 679 531 737.

Introducing the 2011 Reindeer Walk

By Louise Clarke The first ever Reindeer Walk takes place on Sunday 11th December. The walk is being organised by Maria and the Pink Ladies and Fit 4 All Gym in association with Jason Scawthorn of JPS Fitness. The three kilometre walk is in aid of the AECC and the San Jose Orphanage and starts at the Fit 4 All Gym on the N332 in Punta Prima. Meeting time is 11.00am with a proposed 11.30am start. The walk will go along the sea front promenade before returning to Fit 4 All and registration for the event is just €5 plus a new toy for the children of the orphanage. On arrival all the donated toys will be placed on a giant sleigh that will be transported by members of the Torrevieja Tigers Rugby Club, who will be acting as reindeers. Registration and sponsorship forms are available at Fit 4 All Gym in Punta Prima and the Spain Property Shop in Campoamor. They can also be obtained by emailing or For more information, call Jason on 693 596 533. Everyone is welcome and it promises to be a great event for two even better causes! Come and join in the fun!

Animal Aid goes Variety! A SPECTACULAR Variety Show in support of Animal Aid is to take place at La Rustika in Torrevieja (formerly Los Arcos) on Thursday 1st December, 7.30pm until midnight. Top of the bill are Jentle Jazz, Jimmy Mac, Cathy Carson and Timeless in a packed programme at an unbeatable 5€ (or 10€ to include delicious chicken and chips!) Tickets may be purchased from the bar at ‘Rustika’ or by calling Hilary 693 834 533 or Irene 96 671 2924. For 15€ you can see the show, eat a scrumptious dinner and also take advantage of transport (from selected collection points). Animal Aid friends - please come and lend your invaluable support once again to help needy dogs as the cold sets in at Christmas!

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Canada - Vancouver and the Rocky Mountains

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25 NOV - 01 DEC 2011


Watts in a name...

“AN ENGLISHMAN’S (or lady’s) home is his castle,” so quoted Sir Edward Coke many years ago. We know this to be an important concept but it also seems that where it’s situated is even more important. My school chum Martin Page’s mum used to insist By that her family lived in “Hove, actually...”. They didn’t Watts they lived in Brighton. Their house was situated on the eastern side of Dyke Road Avenue which I categorically know and do hereby state was in Brighton. You see, Dyke Road (great name for Brighton street, eh?) was the boundary of Brighton and Hove. The white lines in the middle of the road separate the two towns (or rather did - it’s Brighton & Hove City now, all mashed into one). Anyway, for whatever reason, Martin’s mum thought it preferable to live in Hove rather than Brighton. You might be thinking that she was a snob but I was never under that impression. She just insisted that Hove was where she lived. Maybe it made her happy. When I was eleven my family moved from our house in Carden Hill to a brand new one around the corner in Wilmington Way. Now like Dyke Road, Wilmington Way was a boundary road – on one side was the urbanisation (or as we call it over here estate) of Patcham and on the other side, Hollingbury. Now Hollingbury was a more workaday destination compared to the more gentrified Patcham. I know for sure that we moved from Hollingbury into... er, Hollingbury. But my mum insisted that we had moved into Patcham. Maybe, like Mrs Page, it made her happy. And similarly, I knew a family who lived off the CV70 in Benidorm but insisted they were domiciled in La Nucia. “Oh yes, we are most assuredly in La Nucia,” I can hear the lady of the house chirp. Maybe it made her happy. But does it all matter I ask; what’s in a name? Well plenty evidently. Just recently my urbanisation of Wylde Green here in Sutton Coldfield has been notified of a boundary change and we must shortly consider ourselves to live in Erdington. Shock; horror; outrage! It would appear that: “The Boundary Commission has reviewed constituency boundaries, with the primary aim of ensuring constituencies have equal numbers.” Oh gawd, brace yourselves, people will not be happy. “Among its proposals, it suggests that Sut-

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ton New Hall Ward (that includes Wylde Green) should be transferred into the Erdington Constituency while Kingstanding would be transferred from Erdington to Sutton Coldfield.” As you can imagine the neighbourhood A-Team galvanised themselves into action and their pamphleteers were out in force popping propaganda through the letterboxes and plastering it on lampposts. “YOU ARE MOVING TO ERDINGTON,” the newsletter shouts, “Your house will not be in Sutton Coldfield; your house prices will be affected; you will vote an Erdington MP; your links to Sutton Coldfield will be history...” And so the list went on. Action plans were outlined and meetings organised. The Boundary Commissioner will be grilled, cross examined and quite possibly pulled around the bounds in an open cart. He may even be severely birched; which wouldn’t entirely be a bad thing. I asked James Arrowsmith of the Wylde Green Neighbourhood Forum why the group opposed the change. He stated: “For a start, we don’t see the benefit of the

proposal. The Boundary Commission’s remit is to ensure that constituencies have similar numbers, around 76,641 voters in each, but the difference between Kingstanding and Sutton New Hall wards is only 355 so there is no real benefit in swapping the two.” James added: “We are also concerned at the effect on local community and local democracy. We think of ourselves as part of Sutton Coldfield, with a stake in its facilities including the town centre, Sutton Park and leisure facilities.” Hmmm but on the plus side James there could be lower council tax and perhaps for us rent payers some reduction of rent. But then I suppose why should some jumped up Boundary Commission factotum, who is probably under some Westminster monkey looking for ways of securing votes, mess up the contentedness of Wylde Green residents? It’s not exactly Big Society is it Dave? No, if people are happy to live in a particular place, why not leave ‘em alone? I’m sure Mrs Page, my mum and the lady on the CV70 would agree. Watts in Sutton Coldfield or is it Erdington...


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Residents and THE TAX LETTER by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

BACK TO that letter again from the Spanish Tax Authority. Yes, the one I’ve been going on about for the past three weeks. If you haven’t had an opportunity to read this column in the meantime (where have you been?) then here’s a brief summary: THE LETTER The Agencia Triubutaria have been sending out letters to residents and non-residents who have not made a tax declaration since 2007. Last week it was 200,000 now it’s 500,000 according to the latest reports. They are giving people a chance to put any ‘omissions’ in order before an investigation takes place. I’m a non–resident For non-residents it’s relatively straight forward. You must complete your annual tax declaration (due December 31st!) and pay any imputed income tax that you owe on your Spanish property if you don’t rent it out. If you do, the

next rental income payment is due on January 20th.

I’m a resident It becomes more complex when we try to explain the situation for residents. We’ve had several phone calls about this so thought we’d pre-empty the concerns. Many residents are under the impression that they do not need to present an annual tax declaration in June. For some, this will be the case but not for everyone. So, in true Ábaco style, here’s a table for you: Pensioners • Receiving one or more pensions from abroad that total more than 11,200€ a year Early retirees

• With an income through: - interest of more than 1,600€ a year - renting of 1,000€ or more a year

Residents required to complete an annual tax declaration If you’re below these thresholds, lucky you, you’re exempt. However, be aware, we sometimes hear that 22,000€ is the limit. This amount is for people who are employed only by one employer and who are already paying tax as they earn.

Our advice to you If you are a resident and know according to our table that you should be making an annual tax declaration, what are you waiting for? Approach a fiscal representative who deals in your type of tax and they will advise you according to your circumstances what you should do. If you are a resident and according to our table you are exempt but still receive a letter – then our advice is to do nothing. In fact, there is nothing you can do except wait for a follow-up from the Tax Authority at which point you will be able to show that your income is below the amount required. Of course, anyone can make a tax declaration, irrespective of whether they are exempt or not. This can be essential if, at a later date, you want to demonstrate that you have been a fiscal resident for inheritance or capital gains tax purposes. But, it’s not compulsory. There. Hopefully that’s enough to allay needless worries and steer those who should be on a direct route to a fiscal representative towards the door. Who knows, perhaps next week this column might be about something other than THE LETTER. Here’s hoping.

If you would like a FREE, no obligation tax consultation and help with completing your annual tax declaration contact one of Ábaco’s friendly team on ÁbacoConnect Help-line 966 703 748 |


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Maintenance for under aged children when couples separate - When should the payments start? by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

I HAVE a 4 year old daughter with the man who was my partner until 2 months ago, when we ended our relationship. He has left the home and refuses to cooperate financially with our daughter’s care and expenses. Can I legally claim against him to pay for some of our daughter’s expenses even if we are not married? From when should he pay? Dear reader, Thank you for your query. Yes, you are able to claim against your ex partner towards your and his daughter’s expenses, independent of the fact whether you are married to him or not. You can ask him to contribute towards the costs of food, shelter, clothing, etc for the under aged child (i.e. minor) living with you; this is known as a maintenance payment (pensión de alimentos). You should start the Court procedure laid out in article 748.4 of the Civil Procedures Law (Ley de Enjuiciamiento Civil) which refers to one parent claiming maintenance from the other on behalf of an under aged child. It is the Judge who determines through this procedure, the amount of maintenance to be

paid by the debtor parent (i.e. in this case the father) to the minor, the duration and form of payment and other features. In reference to your question about when should the father start paying the maintenance, we must inform you that not all the Provincial Courts in Spain have followed the same criteria in this matter; however there are 2 main major positions: 1) Some Courts and County Courts (Audiencias Provinciales) have expressed the view that these procedures are comparable to the dissolution of marriage by divorce and therefore should be interpreted according to article 89 of the Spanish Civil Code which states that the Decree (Court Order) will only be in effect from the time when it becomes definite (i.e. beyond appeal) (Sentencia Firme). Therefore these Courts have expressed the view that only when a Court’s Decree exits (i.e. the case is (beyond appeal) should the maintenance be paid, and not during any previous time periods (as long as no provisional or interim economic measures have been requested and approved during the court process). 2) Other Courts and County Courts (Audiencias Provinciales) have expressed the view that the maintenance should be accrued from the time when the claim is filed. These Judges have expressed the view that in these cases Article 142 and subsequent articles of the Spanish Civil Code which appear under the title MAINTENANCE BETWEEN FAMILY should also be applied, especially Article 148 which states that maintenance should be paid from the time the claim is filed. Either way these different interpretations have been clarified

and united by a recent Supreme Court Order (Civil Division Section 1) number 402/2011 of June 14th which has set the following precedent: in those cases of maintenance claim for under aged children due to the separation of a married or unmarried couple the rule contained in Article 148.1 CC must be applied; thus in case of a legal claim for maintenance, it should be paid by the debtor parent from the time of filing the claim. Therefore and in light of the above, it is our opinion that you should claim your daughter’s maintenance from her father by the appropriate legal procedure, requesting from the Court that the father pays this maintenance from the moment the claim was filed. Please remember that it is also possible to request the Court to approve an interim economic measure to be paid during the procedure. It is very important for you to start this legal process against your ex partner without delay if he is continuing to refuse to contribute. Should any reader find himself or herself in this situation or similar please do not hesitate to contact us and the appropriate advice will be provided. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. We kindly invite you to visit and comment about this article in our blog at and facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors) your comments in this respect will be greatly appreciated.

Carlos Baos (Lawyer) © White & Baos Abogados 2011 - 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


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Michael Olmer

Solicitor, Link Point Legal and Business Services

Tax Allowances and Concessions In the Valencian Community IF YOU are involved in any legal transaction always be sure to ask your advisers to check to see whether you are entitled to any allowances and reductions from the taxes that may be charged, and apply for them. We have recently helped an expat client save almost €5,000.00 from the Plusvalia tax that would have been charged on a legacy of property, after a local gestor at first refused to believe that they were entitled to any allowance. Plusvalia is the local tax charged on the notional increase over time in the value of “urban”, that is to say developed land. It is charged on the sale or transfer of the property, or when receiving a property as an inheritance or a gift. In the Valencian Community residents are entitled to a reduction of 95% from the full amount of this tax that would otherwise be charged. Plusvalia is charged on the increase in value of Urban land in its own district and is distinct from Capital Gains Tax and is charged on the increase in value of land alone, not on the buildings that may stand on the land. As our client had discovered, the Plusvalia tax that might be charged could be many thousands of Euros. Property adjustments between divorcing spouses also

benefit from an exemption, as do transfers of property into a Company in return for shares in the Company, known as an “aportacion”. If you are tax resident in the Valencian Community or have been resident and on the local “padron” for at least 4 out of the preceding 5 tax years and have inherited property from a spouse who has passed away you may also benefit from a 99% reduction in the inheritance tax that would be charged on the first €420,000.00 of your inheritance. There is a further deduction of €40,000.00 from the taxable legacy for spouses, adult children, and parents who are habitually resident in the Valencian Community. For children under the age of 21 the allowance is increased up to €96,000.00. For those who are registered disabled with the Spanish Social security authorities there is a still further allowance of between €120,000 and €240,000 depending on the official grading of their disability. Even classic cars can benefit from reductions in the annual motor vehicle tax depending on the age of the car, with vehicles more than 50 years old benefiting from a total exemption and between 25 and 50 years old from a reduction of 50%. Of course the vehicles in question must be correctly registered in Spain to

benefit from these reductions. For expats who are not resident in the Valencian Community relief from the heavy burden of Inheritance Tax may be coming soon from the European Court of Justice. On 27th October this year the European Commission issued a press release announcing that they have over decided to refer Spain to the European Union Court of Justice for discriminatory rules on inheritance and gift tax that require non-residents from other European Union countries to pay higher taxes than residents. The European Commission has previously requested the Spanish central and provincial governments to change the law so that non-residents and residents receive equal tax treatment but so far nothing has been done, and so court proceedings have been started against Spain. It is too early to say what the judgement of the Court will be, but this will be a story to watch, whether you are trying to minimize the taxes that your family may have to pay on your passing, or possibly there may be a the chance of reclaiming some tax in the future. If you believe that that you may be able to benefit from tax allowances, or other concessions whether present or future, please contact us at Link Point; It could be one of the most worthwhile calls you ever make.

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Beyond the tipping pont - where next? OVER THE last few weeks, have we passed the point of no return down a path which may lead to catastrophe? If this assumption is correct and you agree with this what are the consequences for the expat living in Spain? by

Stephen Ward & Robert Burns Perhaps the tipping point can be pinpointed? Was it the recent statement by Germany and France that Greece had a choice, “accept the austerity measures or leave the Euro”. It was subsequently made clear to the Greeks that the long overdue €8 billion instalment of bailout funds will only be released if the new government and the political parties supporting it confirm in writing the country’s commitments arising from the EU summit decisions of October 26. What we are now seeing is a level of interference in the management of independent sovereign States which surely interferes with the democratic process. Italy remains a huge worry. Italian Government debt amounts to €1.9 trillion. The ECB has made its position clear in that it sees intervention in the bond market as being short-term to

stabilise markets rather than systemic. To accompany all this the so called “bazooka” represented by the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), at the moment resembles little more than a water pistol. It simply does not have the funds, or any commitments to secure sufficient funds, to get anywhere near being able to place a firewall around Greece let alone to deal with Italy. We did not think that it would ever be necessary to consider the consequences of what might happen with a breakup of the Euro. Although the chances of this remain small, the consequences of it, should it occur are such that it would be, in our view, unwise not to have some contingency plans. If we ended up with a “new peseta”, how would it look? One could expect a significant devaluation as compared to the value of the Euro. So the value of assets and liabilities would fall as compared to their value in Euros. From the point of view of the UK expat (bearing in mind that most expats tend to hold most of their cash in pounds sterling, and have their investments denominated in sterling), this could be far from a disaster. So long as it remained possible in the short term to buy sufficient amounts of the new currency then the exchange rate from pounds sterling to

“new pesetas”, ought to be attractive. As this continues to unfold you may want to consider the following as a means of protection. 1. Maintain your cash balances of Euros at a low level, buying Euros as you need them. 2. Keep a sufficient balance of Euros in cash safely at home, to tide you over a month or two, just in case. 3. If you’re able to do so, consider holding a small amount of physical Gold (perhaps in Krugerrands), as if everything were to get really nasty then this would remain an acceptable means of exchange. 4. Transfer your UK pension fund into a QROPS to take advantage of greater investment flexibility. Perhaps it will all come out in the wash, and in the early part of next year we will look back on this particular article and laugh about it. Let’s hope so. For further information about QROPS, Pension Planning and long term investment opportunities please email or see and quoting reference RTN1111.

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The real deal with Moneycorp and RTN Network by Jack Troughton EX-PATS SEE more of their cash by using market leader Moneycorp to move funds to Spain – and qualify for a free ADSL package. The specialist foreign exchange and money services provider, Moneycorp has teamed up with communications expert RTN Network to offer a unique ‘combo deal’ that saves clients 19.99€ a month. To qualify, clients must move a minimum of £1,000 every month via a Moneycorp Regular Payment Plan and have a 3MB ADSL package with RTN Network – normally costing 44.95€ for the bundle but 19.99€ will be credited back on bills. And there is no time limit on the offer so people moving private funds will enjoy making savings month after month – almost 240€ every year. Moneycorp’s Kevin Wright said as with special offers for repatriating money to the UK, the company was also striving to give added value to customers bringing money to Spain. “It makes sense to use RTN Network because we already have first class links with RTN itself. The paper has investigated us and fully recommends us to its readers,” he said.

SERVICE “We are working with three of the bigger and well known telecoms companies who we feel also have the same attitude towards clients as we do at Moneycorp – one of those is RTN Network because of the quality of its customer friendly service. Kevin added: “Times are very tough and it is a matter of seeing what established companies here in Spain can do to help their clients. “Obviously you can give people a voucher or one off discount but we are trying to give on-going value – month in month out.” Trusted in foreign exchange since 1979, Moneycorp traded more than £10.5 billion in currencies last year and is fully regulated and authorised by the Financial Services Authority. He said the minimum £1,000 monthly transfer to qualify for free ADSL could also be achieved by two partners combining funds and sending as one. “But people should be looking to use a Moneycorp Regular Payment Plan anyway because they will still be saving money,” he added. BANK “If a client is moving money from a UK bank to a Spanish bank it is certainly worth looking at

Moneycorp to see if we can offer a better deal.” Kevin said it was important to point out that state pensions sent direct from Newcastle to Spain were already the best deal available. “Newcastle sends it over without charge, at the best rate and it is a fairly efficient service.” But he underlined how a Moneycorp pension payment plan was the most competitive method of bringing monthly payments from a private pension to Spain. “It is very easy to set up and once it is opened, everything is done by telephone. It is also fully automated. Basically, we have a direct debit from the client’s bank account, we do the conversion, and it lands in their Spanish account on the day they request the money arrive,” Kevin explained. “Payment plans are fully flexible and clients are not locked into a fixed term contract – once set up, the client will not have to do anything unless they want to change the amounts being transferred.” And he said there was “no catch” to offer through the special relationship between Moneycorp and RTN Network. “The client keeps making a monthly payment of £1,000 or more and almost 19.99€ will continue to be credited to their RTN Network account.”

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25 NOV - 01 DEC 2011

The ‘Beckham’ law - Spain’s favourable personal tax regime by

Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca

THE “BECKHAM Law” is a Spanish tax law that was passed in June 2005. The law gained its nickname after football player David Beckham became one of the first foreigners to take advantage of it.

Spanish tax residency – Standard rules Standard residency rules state that you are resident in Spain if you are physically present here for more than 183 days during a calendar year (the Spanish tax year). Any foreign worker remaining in the country over 183 days in a tax year is deemed to be “tax resident” which means they were liable for Spanish taxes on their worldwide income, not just their Spanish source income and assets. When determining residency, temporary absences are ignored unless the individual can prove that they are habitually resident in another country. If an individual does not spend 183 days in Spain, the tax authorities can still deem them to be a Spanish tax resident if their centre of economic or personal interests are in Spain. The “Beckham” law In order to help lift this potential tax barrier of liability to worldwide taxation for people relocating to Spain for employment purposes, the Spanish Government introduced amendments to the standard definition of tax residency. An expatriate can apply to be taxed as a non-Spanish resident under the Spanish Non-Resident Income Tax rules, this means they will only be taxed on income they earn in Spain, and not on income they may earn

elsewhere in the world. Under this exemption, the expatriate would be subject to a flat 24% tax rate, rather than the taxation rates applicable to Spanish residents. If taxed as a resident, the expatriate would be subject to a progressive tax scale ranging from 15% to 43% depending on their level of income. • This exemption applies to all foreign workers, although geared more toward wealthier expatriates i.e. middle & upper management and international football players • Foreign workers must apply and be accepted for the tax exemption • The exemption applies in the year of arrival and for the following 5 tax years, for a total of 6 years • Any capital gains obtained in a Spanish territory will be taxed at 35% • Expatriates are subject to the Spanish Net Worth Tax for assets and rights located or exercisable in Spanish territory Conditions: a) The expatriates must be a first time resident to Spain or the individual cannot have been a Spanish tax resident in the 10 years prior to the move to Spain b) The expatriates must have relocated to take up an employment contract in Spain c) Employment duties must be carried out in Spain, although if they must also perform part of their duties outside Spain, the percentage of their income earned from these activities must not exceed 15% d) The application must be made within 6 months of

commencing the employment contract e) The employer must either be a Spanish resident company/entity or if not a Spanish resident then the employer operates through a permanent establishment in Spain f) The employment income received is not deemed to be exempt under the Spanish non resident income tax law g) From the 1st January 2010, income received by the relocated employee cannot exceed €600,000 per annum (this new rule effectively excludes future football players benefiting from this regime who earn over this amount) Why applying for Beckham treatment is not always such a great idea The main reason is that Beckham Law does not come with any personal tax allowances. A higher rate taxpayer of between 28% and 37% can pay less tax being taxed as a resident in Spain because the effect of personal allowances offsets the higher marginal rates of tax. This is mostly true in the first year of residence when the taxpayer might only earn in Spain for several months because, as residents, they get a full year’s worth of allowances to offset against part year’s income. The second is that the worldwide income not taxed in Spain has to be taxed somewhere. Having this taxed in Spain rather than another jurisdiction might be a good thing rather than a bad thing. For example the Spanish tax rate for interest and capital gains (19-21%) is among the lowest in major European countries.

To find out more about the Beckham Law or for any financial advice, please contact Christina on 0034 658 892 330 or 965 065 265 or simply email her at The information contained in this article does not constitute financial advice and you should seek advice from a professional tax adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity.


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Taking care of your car: Pothole damage POTHOLES ARE quite common on the roads of southern Spain and now that the rainy season has arrived more are sure to pop up. Although drivers do their best to carefully avoid them, few realise how damaging these holes, or pits in the surface of a road, can actually be. Not only can they cause flat tyres, they can severely damage the steering control system of a vehicle. SIGNS OF DAMAGE If your car does go over a rough pothole or bump it is recommended that you check your tyres, as damage is not always obvious. Drivers should take the time to carefully inspect both rims and tyres. Potholes could cause bulging in the tyre wall, due to sudden jolts at the time of impact. If you notice a bulge, change the tyre immediately as it is likely to lead to a blow-out which could be disastrous if you’re travelling at a high speed. Also, modern cars usually come equipped with aluminum-based rims so cannot withstand as much pothole damage as older steel rims. Other important car parts to examine for damage are the shock absorbers or struts of the car. Shocks and struts control how

vehicles move and respond. They act as a cushion to reduce the rebound action of the springs of a car. These springs absorb road irregularities. Without them, the vehicle would continually bounce down the road, making it extremely difficult to manage. Shocks and struts also control the movement of the springs and suspension to keep the tyres in contact with the road. This affects steering, stability and braking. A broken shock or strut could alter the direction of the vehicle and make it difficult to handle. It is important to be aware of the signs that the shock absorbers or struts for your car may need to be replaced. These are a few things to look out for: • The car tilts or wobbles when turning • The front of the vehicle becomes stuck after braking • The rear of the car leans backward when accelerating • The vehicle bounces or slides sideways on winding roads • The car is lower in the front or rear

• The car leaks or displays signs of physical damage such as rust or dents • There is loss of steering control in sudden stops If you notice any of the above, do not wait to have your car inspected. Even if your car passes the check up with flying colours, good preventive maintenance can help crucial parts last longer. CLAIMING COMPENSATION The problem many drivers face with pothole damage is receiving reimbursement for repairs. Some pothole damages can be claimed through your insurance company as most will recognise an immediate claim, but pothole damage is usually cumulative.

Claiming compensation from the local council might be a better way of recovering cash for repairs. Some local governments assume responsibility for pothole damage caused on their streets, but many do not. Before making a claim, be sure your local council accepts them. If you do make an insurance claim and subsequently decided to make a claim from local council, tell your insurer who might be willing to help you through the process. If you would like expert, independent advice, tailored to your particular circumstances and to receive competitive car insurance prices speak to your local Knight Insurance Broker. Contact Knight Insurance Brokers S.A. on 902 28 28 20 or visit


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Osteoarthritis by

Joan McLellan

M.C.S.P S.R.P Grad Dip

THIS CONDITION is probably the most commonly treated condition in Physiotherapy due to the fact it affects so many joints of the body. It is often regarded as a progressive process associated with getting older. However, there is little evidence to support an aging or wear and tear phenomenon. Instead, it is the result of abnormal mechanical, inflammatory or metabolic factors. There is never a set pattern with arthritis due to the varied factors affecting joints, and it can progress rapidly, or over many years with the symptoms coming and going. There are two obvious processes happening when someone develops arthritis: the first is the destruction of the articular cartilage and due to the wearing away of this the bones come into contact with each other causing the grinding noise that is often felt or even heard. The edge of the joint forms excess bone like a spur and these are called oesteophytes which lead to reduction in movement depending on the joint. X-rays show the changes in the joints but only when the disease is quite advanced. Thus we tend to see it more in the elderly as previously aches pains and stiffness over the years are ignored

as results of too much work, or too little work, as the case may be. SYMPTOMS Pain This is usually related to the joint involved, though in the case of the hip the pain is often referred to the knee. Stiffness A sure sign of OA is stiffness after rest, even after short periods of sitting in a chair. So often I hear “It takes me a while to get going - then I’m fine.” Deformity This is commonly seen in the hands in the finger joints just below the nails. Bony growths at the sides of the joint are known as heberden’s nodes, and they can be very painful but once the process burns out they are more likely to be a nuisance through stiffness. The signs of OA depend to a certain extent on the location. In easily accessible joints a bony thickness sometimes with tenderness may be evident. Oseoarthritis doesn’t attack all of the joints of your body at one time. There will be varying degrees and distribution of degeneration present. Management depends on where the main problem is, and effective treatment by a physiotherapist will be achieved by recording the patient’s history, present condition, and needs. The main concerns will be to manage the pain,

Bony growths at the sides of the joint are known as heberden’s nodes

and to cope with the loss of function, and the stiffness. Symptoms and methods of treatment for all the individual joints vary too much to generalise in this article so I will deal with them in separate issues. Each patient will have their own specific problems so the physiotherapist must cater individually for their relief. PHYSIOTHERAPY Once the patient’s problem has been identified, treatment is directed towards improving function within the limits imposed by the state of the affected joints and the requirements of the patient’s lifestyle. As always with Physiotherapy, successful management rests upon the cooperation and understanding of the patient.

AIMS OF TREATMENT To control the pain, prevent further strain or damage to affected joints, to improve the movement of the joint, to improve the muscle power and to maintain or improve functional independence. TREATMENT Pain relief will be given using heat, ultrasound, interferential, alongside medication. Instruction in postural improvement will be given, detailing suitable positions for adequate rest. A program of graded exercises may be discussed, and use of appropriate piece of equipment such as walking aids. Dietary advice is important too. These will all contribute to an easier way of life.

This article has been written by Joan McLellan a physiotherapist since 1974. Joan has surgeries at the L’Ancora Tennis Club in Javea, at the Clinica Britannia in Calpe, and at the Family Medical Centre in Albir, and she will also do home visits whenever necessary. For more information call 609 954 237 or email


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Get on yer bike Monthly cycling tips, advice and routes by Gary and Lynn ‘Cyclogical’ Quesada Ideal Christmas Gifts to Enhance Your Bike WELL THE dark nights are well and truly here now but never mind it’s only 4 weeks till the shortest day then the nights will start to stretch again .We have had a few people in putting down deposits for a cycle for their loved one for Christmas which is great. However many people who already have a cycle still require various gadgets to enhance it. We have a great range of ideal gifts for them including mirrors, speedo’s, (not trunks) fingerless mitts, gloves, underseat bags, pouches, horns, baskets ,carriers, lights, padlocks, pumps, helmets or a gift voucher, the list is endless so please feel free to come in and speak to either of us and we will advise on an ideal gift for you to give someone special this Christmas. Lynn and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and remember as long as you are cycling on a regular basis you can eat and drink what you like ( within reason ) .Hasta Luego. Cyclogical Cycle Route 8: Quesada to Benejuzur LEAVE QUESADA by the Arches and go round the large roundabout and come off at the cycle track which runs along the side of the dual carriageway towards Torrevieja, but instead of going on the cycle track take the tarred road that runs parallel to the right of it along past Alonso’s garage.

Stay on this Camino / Canal road ( the cana l is to your left under the concrete slabs ) and pass over a hump back bridge just before you enter La Herrada. Carry straight on through La Herrada straight on at the roundabouts until you come to signs saying Camino / Canal road no entry, carry straight on until you come to a main road junction ( which is the main road to Zoco Market ) go straight across and again follow the Camino road to the next junction . This time turn right ( this is the main road to Algorfa and La Finca ) cycle for 1.2kms uphill past a large sign saying Contra Vega also a few street lights, pass over the AP7 and then about 200metres on your left you will see the start of the canal road . Follow this canal all the way until you come to the road to Entre Naranjos turn right here and cycle right to the top until you come to the new Golf course / Bowling green, carry on past the golf course and follow the fence all the way down the unfinished road, following it round to the left once you see an old sort of quarry in front of you cycle straight through it until you pick up another camino road, this one is tarred. Follow this road all the way downhill until you come to the town of Benejuzar ( A beautiful ride down ) cycle through the town and head for the river. At the river turn right and cycle all the way back to Benijofar or Rojales where you should be able to find your way home from there. Total Distance : Approx 44 kms Total Time : Approx 4 hours.

Treat a loved one to various enhancements for their bicycle

Spinning in Almoradi

Great Support for Help

SPINNING IS taking off big style in Almoradi, with 35 enthusiasts taking part in a two-hour exhibition on Saturday. Spinning involves simply pedalling a static bicycle to music – increasingly popular as it requires no special training to take part and appeals to all ages. The programme delivers a fun workout and calorie-burning session, a lasting change in lifestyle and the opportunity to socialise with other Spinners. To learn more about Spinning visit

at Home A FASHION show was held at The Emerald Isle in La Florida last week in aid of the Help at Home Costa Blanca (HAH) charity. A fantastic total of €412 was for the charity as a result from the sale of donated clothes and a raffle of donated prizes. The brilliant Dave Cherry acted as compare and DJ for the event and the charity would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all who attended and took part in the show. Meanwhile, the charity is holding its Christmas Fayre this coming Tuesday, 29th November, at the Asturias Restaurant in Punta Prima from

13:00 until 16:30, so please go along and support HAH Costa Blanca and buy your goodies for Christmas. And the final fundraising event for this year is the HAH Christmas Extravaganza, which takes place on 17th December at the Emerald Isle, in La Florida in Orihuela Costa. The talented trio of Nick Gold, Dan Davy and Dave Cherry will all be there to entertain you and make sure it is a fun night. All volunteers, friends and anyone wanting to become a Friend of Help at Home Costa Blanca for just €5 a year is welcome to join in the fun!

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Storming success Race Night for Alzheimer’s for local charity DESPITE THE torrential rain and cold weather on Saturday 19th November the annual HELP Vega Baja Xmas Fair held at the Pizzeria Asturias was a runaway success raising a fabulous € 5,000. This money will go directly into the HELP Vega Baja HELPCare fund which is used to provide a range of free “care in the home” services for its members. Thanks go out to all the HELP VB volunteers who bravely took all the goods to the Asturias on Friday night in the pouring rain and to those who braved the weather at 7 am on Saturday morning in order to get the upstairs rooms in Asturias prepared; and to those who enthusiastically manned the stalls on the day. Also a very big thank you to Carlos for allowing us to hold the event at the Asturias Restaurant (again) for free, and to his staff for turning up at 7 am to open up and let us in.

Finally a big thank you to those who have spent the best part of the last 3 months organising the event namely Pat Perrin and Ruth Mead without whose enthusiasm and dedication this event would not have run so smoothly.

LAST SATURDAY evening, despite a horrendous day of relentless rain, over 70 people met at Restaurant Catorce in Benijofar for an evening of uproarious fun! The fundraising Race Night included eight races, each of which were sponsored and with bets of a maximum of 1€ per race and the once in a life time chance to become the “owner” of one of the horses in the race, as well as bottles of Cava and wine as the owners prize, it was truly a fun filled evening. Everyone also had a choice of basket meals, enjoyed with a drink of their choice, provided by Martin, joint owner of Restaurant Catorce and a magnificent 315€ was raised for the Alzheimer’s Association (AFA) in Torrevieja. AFA cares for more than 80 patients and their carers every week, who come from across the whole area 22 of the Health Care. Matilde Sanchez, President of the AFA, told RTN: “On behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association, I would like to say a very big thank you to ‘The Full Monty’ (The International (CB) Football Supporters) committee – Eddie, Alex, Fred, Pauline, Roger and Roger S as well as Martin of Restaurant Catorce, Terry and Alan and of course everyone who came and supported this event.” The next event at Restaurant Catorce for The Alzheimer’s Association (AFA) is a CHRISTMAS BINGO on 14th December. Be there at 19:00 for a 19:30 start. Tickets include a Turkey with Cranberry Sauce Bap and a glass of mulled wine. Look out for more information in RTN over the coming weeks.

Charity Christmas Fayre

A CHARITY Christmas Fayre is to be held at Montessori School in San Miguel, Saturday 17th December 2011 at 10am until 2pm. Carols, table top sale, face painting, Christmas games, cakes and raffle all in aid of raising funds for new climbing frame, also collection of food for needy locals, all donations appreciated. Tel 966 723 797.

Red Hats Raise Money for Samaritans A GALA Fashion Show was held at the Catorce Restaurant last Thursday night in aid of the Samaritans. Jointly organised by Nora Verdon from the Samaritans and Glenys Palmer of the Red Hats Organisation, the evening was a huge success and so many people turned up to see the fabulous fashion items by Moda La Finca of La Finca Golf in Algorfa, that the restaurant was packed to capacity and extra tables and chairs had to be found to accommodate the huge number of guests. Glenys and Nora told RTN: “We are so pleased with the positive response to this event.” The fashion show started at 20:00. Lidia, of Star Beauty Treatments,

demonstrated minx nail fashion for toes while Ann of Funky Accesorios also displayed her wonderful range of jewellery and sales were brisk for all the must-have party season accessories. Catorce served a snack menu and drinks throughout the evening and a raffle of many wonderful prizes took place at the end of the evening, of which all were donated by supporters of the event. The final amount raised reached an amazing €700 and Glenys of the Red Hats and the Samaritans would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all who participated. The Samaritans operate an emotional support helpline seven nights a week from 20:00 until midnight. Phone 902 88 35 35


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The Post Box is so much more by Louise Clarke

THE POST Box in Doña Pepa, Quesada, established for more than eight years, is now an essential part of the community. Starting as a result of owners Eileen and Dougie’s frustration at not being able to get their post regularly, The Post Box is now so much more than a place to send and receive mail. As well as hundreds of post boxes, The Post Box is authorised to accept and sign for any registered or recorded post - no need to worry you will miss a delivery. The Post Box is also an internet café! Log on any time of the day at one of 12 computers to book flights, bank online … and webcams enable you to see loved ones far away face-to-face: a little free help is available for those not so ‘internet savvy’!

A large selection of ‘un-locked’ mobile phones accepts SIM cards from any provider. Surf the net without the hassle of having to get a broadband provider: The Post Box stocks dongles that enable internet access wherever you like: in the garden; by the pool; on the beach… and for just €20 for the SIM card, which includes €20 credit for 50 hours of net surfing and social networking. The team at The Post Box will even upload all the data to your laptop and give you a free demo to make sure that you know what you are doing before you leave. The Post Box is a registered supplier of popular Spanish mobile phone suppliers Lebara, with SIM cards at just €10 including €10 worth of credit - in effect, the SIM card is free! Top ups for the other major mobile phone


Outside the Post Box

providers including Movistar, Vodaphone, Orange and Masmovil are also available. Pop down to the Post Box to choose from a huge selection – write them and post them at the same time! The Post Box will also help you with passport photos and application forms as well as help fill them out to ensure that they are completed correctly before couriering everything to Madrid - all part of the service… A full business service includes translation, faxing, photocopying, ink cartridges… And

a worldwide postage and mail order service from UK stores such as M&S, Next, Argos and Asda: The Post Box can do it all. And if you are soon flying on that lovely Irish airline that everyone loves to hate, The Post Box sells cabin bags to fit perfectly and adhere to restrictions for just €40 or €70 for two. For directions, please visit, call 96 673 1928 or email Dougie direct at

New Aviary in Raining Men in Seasonal Showtime Park of Nations

THE TORREVIEJA Department of Parks and Gardens has announced this week that it will be installing an aviary for fowl birds in the City’s Park of Nations. The aviary, which will have an area of 120 square meters, will consist of a low block wall and a shelter which will be topped with a plastic cover and will be surrounded by a multi-coloured fence. The delegate of Parks and Gardens, Carmen Gómez Candela, also announced that the works include a ‘Voladero’ which is a wooden surface divided into three parts to accommodate the different types of birds who live in the park. Carmen Gomez told RTN that the purpose of these works is so that visitors of this important green area of Torrevieja will be able to visit the aviary and enjoy seeing all the birds as well as improve conditions for those birds that inhabit the Park of Nations.

MICHELLE IS spoilt for choice when she sings ‘It’s Raining Men’, one of the numbers in the autumn section of Rascals’ winter production Seasonal Showtime. The show opens with spring and predictably the number ‘Spring, Spring, Spring’, followed by several numbers relating to that season. Summertime is the first number of the summer season followed by comedy, dance and song to complete the hot season with a bit of ‘Steam Heat’ thrown in! With a weather change in autumn, we start off with a ‘Foggy Day in London Town’ but soon the rain comes down in ‘Raining Men’ and although ‘Autumn Leaves’ are seen in ‘September Morn’ it does not stop ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head’! You are given the opportunity to have a free seasonal drink and nibbles in the interval. All this for only €5 which, as always at this time of year, goes to children’s charities. The first performance is on Wednesday 7th December at the Virgen del Carmen Theatre in Torrevieja and you can book online at or call Sue on 96 678 4874 or 693042771. A further performance is at the School of Music and Culture in Los Montesinos on Saturday 17th December. Both performances start at 19.00. Call Sue at the above number to reserve tickets. So, please come along and have an enjoyable evening whilst helping those less fortunate. Check out the Rascals website to find out more and to see a few clips of last year’s show. New members are always welcome. Please contact Jill on 96 672 7282 or through the website


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Computing Cannot move photos on to PC

with aunty virus Printer installation Norman from La Marina asks: OUR LEXMARK Z53 printer is now a discontinued model and worked okay with our old PC and Word 2010, and we had no problems installing it with the Lexmark CD provided. Now we have updated to a modern HP Pavilion laptop with Win7 but we are unable to get the printer installed plus the laptop won’t even read the Lexmark CD! The internet café we use have told us it should be possible to find a website with the correct printer drivers and obtain it for free, but so far after 3 attempts we still cannot find a free one.

Emails through Hotmail Bet via email asks: HI AUNTY. I wonder if you can help me? I access my emails through hotmail and over the last few days I have been unable to reply or forward any of them. When I try I get directed to a new email page and also when I try to get a list of contacts through To: nothing happens. I accessed my hotmail account through a neighbours computer and everything worked OK, so what am I doing wrong? I have even done a system restore to a date when I know it was OK but it made no difference. Aunty Says: I am getting that many emails regarding Hotmail and Windows Live problems that I’m thinking Microsoft have some serious problems with their email programs. Some of the solutions that have worked have been to update Java from and check your computer for spyware and virus. Make sure you are using the very latest version of your browser and even change to a different one for testing purposes. Running Ccleaner from sometimes helps, but apart from that you may want to consider changing to Gmail or Yahoomail.

Will via email asks: HI AUNTY. It’s always nice to read your column and I am sure you have helped tons of us to solve some PC related problems or mishaps. I have a Motorola mobile phone and I took a few photos but when trying Aunty Says: to pass them onto the PC I have From what I gather on their website Norproblems. I remember from the first man, there doesn’t seem to be a driver attempt that the included Motorola for Windows7 or Vista. If Windows7 program grabbed control of all my doesn’t have any pre-installed drivers pictures on the PC so I stopped that (automatically installed when you plug Terry via email asks: nuisance at once and returned to HI AUNTY, I read your article the printer in) you may be better investmy usual photo organizer. But now this week on ADSL speeds so ing €40 in a new printer. when I plug the phone in, the PC I thought I would have a go makes the ‘beep boop’ USB noise but on I had that’s it. I can no longer get a photo no problem in getting the out from my mobile. info but the results puzzle Aunty Says: me. The Download speed Hello Will. This sounds like you need Thomas via email asks: was 5.22Mb and the upload the original Motorola software to be speed was 0.54Mb. Firstly DEAR AUNTY, In my ‘add or remove programme section’ I have a large number able to access your phone’s storage. I of “Security Updates” dated from 2007 which is when I first bought this what is the significance have a Sony Ericson and had exactly of upload and download Laptop. Can I safely remove them, and even the latest one as scrolling down the same problem. The best way speeds and secondly as there becomes slower, and slower. And in doing so, would it speed up my Laptop a forward is to download and install is such a variance in the little more? the latest software for your phone speeds do I have a problem? Aunty Says: from the Motorola website and Aunty Says: Hi Thomas. Those security updates are a kind of accumulation of fixes and patches then manually tell Windows what The download speed is to help repair some of the flaws in Windows. I would suggest leaving them as they program you want to use to manage the speed you are able to are as you may compromise your computer’s security if you remove them. you photo collection. You can change your default programs via ‘control That’s all for this week, email me on and I will do my best to sort you out panel’ ‘programs’.

Security updates

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download data from the Internet, i.e loading webpages, opening emails and watching video etc, and 5.22 is very good. The upload speed is the speed you can transfer data onto the Internet and 0.54 seems fractionally low but is quite normal for Spain, and certainly OK for normal Internet activity. The instances you may find a low upload speed to be a problem would be if you were transferring large amounts of pictures or when you are using a webcam during Skype or MSN.

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Wine Winners THIS WEEK the Inspector keeps up the theme of gadgets to help keep out the cold this winter – well, most people certainly feel the warming benefits of a few glasses of wine! Top left is the €80 Intelligent Wine Cooler & Warmer. Apparently each type of wine has an optimal serving temperature. Do you know your Chablis from Chardonnay, or Merlot from Shiraz? Well no need to worry any longer, the Intelligent Wine Cooler and warmer will do it for you. Just put in the bottle, select the wine type and it does the rest. The Intelligent Wine Cooler & Warmer contains automated programmes for thirty different wine types, and you can also create your own custom one – if you like your Sauvignon Blanc a little cooler for example. It also has a handy bottle opener and insulating collar to speed up the process and is fitted with a mains plug. Cheers! Top right is the €35 Automatic Wine Preserver – assuming you ever have anything left in the bottle at the end of the night. Place this little lifesaver on the top of an opened bottle, press the button and the mini pump will extract 75% of the oxygen, keeping it in tip top condition for up to seven days. It also has an integrated temperature gauge for those who just have to have their Chablis just right dahling. Slainte!

Moving on (assuming you can still move at this point), bottom left is the €25 Magic Wine Chain: this wine bottle holder could well have been designed by the Magic Circle and will have you scratching your head in dis-belief. The Magic Wine Chain is a nickel-plated iron chain that has been ingeniously welded to form a perfectly balanced wine holder. It just doesn’t look like it should work, but put in a bottle of wine and voila! You’ll like this. Not a lot, but you’ll like it. Last orders are for the €20 Decantus Wine Aerating Pourer. A vital part of drinking a decent red is allowing the wine to breathe once opened. Most red wines benefit from breathing for at least an hour – but who can wait that long? The Decantus has been designed so that simply by pouring wine straight through it you are effectively giving your wine an hour’s worth of aeration. The Decantus boasts longer aeration tubes which produce finer bubbles than other aerators, ensuring a far smoother finish. Prost! (the German drinking salutation – not the French racing driver). The Inspector´s Verdict: Definitely no good if you´re teetotal – but there´s something here for everyone else who enjoys a little splash (or a swimming pool full…) of the Spanish vino. As they say, enjoy in moderation and don´t drink and drive. Salud!


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Word Ladders 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.


Cryptic Crossword ACROSS 1. Chooses a different spot (4) 8. Ruffle a sea-expert perhaps (10) 9. It shows intelligence! (4-4) 10. Country in Asia-Minor (4) 12. Wanders away from the street lights (6) 14. Not a good mark to get (6) 15. Manage to show the way (6) 17. They’re laid down by our betters (6) 18. This preposition is involved in the end (4) 19. Shows part of a book on insects (8) 21. One may have to pick one’s way here (10) 22. Has scattered snow (4)

DOWN 2. Not very exciting for one lacking drive (10) 3. Looks up and down (4) 4. They may be cut and pickled (6) 5. Upsets to make light of (6) 6. Nudists dislike this sauce (8) 7. Some light or heavy timber (4) 11. One may be lost in it (10) 13. The porter of this house is often drunk (8) 16. They start to perspire - from over-drinking? (6) 17. The home of the brave (6) 18. Chin out - but not far (4) 20. Too wrapped up in local society (4)


Quick Crossword ACROSS 1. Barrel (4) 8. Impracticable (10) 9. Conclusive (8) 10. Every (4) 12. Take risks (6) 14. Revolt (6) 15. Expand (6) 17. Ignoble (6) 18. At one time (4) 19. Shrink (8) 21. Valued too low (10) 22. Pitcher (4)

DOWN 2. Change (10) 3. N. Zealand bird (4) 4. Elf (6) 5. Regard (6) 6. Manager (8) 7. Network (4) 11. Appropriate (10) 13. Bangle (8) 16. Accompany (6) 17. Reason (6) 18. Responsibility (4) 20. Offensive (4)

Answers & Winners Last week’s Crossword and Suduko answers found on page 51/53. Winner for 631 Brian Richardson, Ciudad Quesada

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Mother Nature NOTHING CLEARS the air more than a walk. Gentle exercise it may be for the body, but it charges too the mind and brings us energy and contentment. To be anywhere in nature is a wonderful grounding for us spiritual souls. Nature is highly psychic and it can be highly destructive too. Like a set of scales Nature can be weighed in the balance of the scientific and the aesthetic, as beauty and survival bring actions into play to bring us the balance of the natural beauty of the World. Those wonderful shades of green are a wonder and a treasure. Where beauty lives and abounds, so does love and sympathy, understanding and tolerance. Plants grow to the very best of their abilities. Needing light, or shade, water and sunlight they have a wonderful way of making their own food to sustain and nourish themselves. The poison that may grow in the berry of the wood will be closely covered by the resolve, the antidote. I remember just how soothing the dock leaf was when the stinging nettle did what nettles will do at the first opportunity. I tasted hawthorn leaves as bread and butter, smelled rose hips, picked blackberries, as a child. I played with conkers, and always brought something back for school for the nature table. The treasures of Mother Nature are for free, yet many will never wish to experience them, or appreciate their beauty and style, their resilience and their bloom, when the time comes. Spirit is also free. It is on offer always to us, but some will never appreciate the wonderful job that it does to enhance and to enrich our lives. Spirit helps us to grow in the knowledge of our own individual and highly prized progress in life. We ourselves can make so much out of what we have and we can pass to others all our love and respect, as we walk though life and experience that which we wish to share. Like the resilient plant we never give up on the nature of our love and respect for the unseen and unknown that we have come to love and trust. We may also be stung, but that only helps us to better see a solution that will remove the pain and produce a salve which will never leave our side no matter how

Kenny’s diary Monday 28th and Wednesday 30th November: Readings available at Bistro Maya from 17.00. Please call Els for details on: 966 868 213. Thursday December 1st: Demonstration of Clairvoyance at the Alfaz Spiritual Foundation, at the Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfaz del Pi. 18.30. All very welcome! Readings in your area: Please make contact if you want to organise readings in your locality, or organise a psychic event for your favourite charity. Some dates available for December.

needy and deserving that we are. We grow in Spirit too to the very best of our abilities all along the way. There may be a blooming period of our life and others will pick those skills that we have nurtured and cherished, all will be well, and all will come into focus as we live our life the spiritual way. Plants can put on such a show! The colours of the palette of Mother Nature can and do take our breath away. The well sculptured garden is a joy to behold! When finding myself in Central London with an enormous garden to take care of I panicked and had to work really hard to lay turves and plant shrubs and water and feed and prune and pick. I prepared the very worst herbaceous border you could wish for. The first summer the small plants flourished at the back and the larger shrubs thrived in the front and it was a hopeless mixture of plants hidden from view. However the next year they seemed to have worked it out for themselves and all came right! This time of the year we have Autumnal walks to enjoy, with the odd orange to steal on the way. Beautiful mountains, and strong, mighty sunsets to illuminate them. Close by to my home eagles fly and a scattering of feathers are left behind, as a treasure. Spirit and Nature are often as one. We will always get that good grounding by appreciating what we have, especially as the blue skies illuminate the wonderful Spanish World we inhabit. The Sun, bringer of energy and gamma rays, bathes us in the energy of light and love, that go straight to the soul of those of us who care to receive such beauty. Mother Nature has been kind in her fabrication of the Costa Blanca. When the mountains are dusted with a light snow on their peaks and the cloudless sky is cerulean, this is a time to see the beauty of our lives reflected in the spiritual energy that allows this utter perception of natural talent in the freedom and the artistry of the magic of our time and appreciation. Kissed by the sun, we sometimes don’t know how lucky we really are.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

postbag Email your letters to me at: Kenny, I have a spirit dog around me. I am a dog lover, and it is one of my babies from the past who won’t let go. Sometimes when my present dog barks I can hear my Jasper joining in, to protect me. Annie. Dogs are very spiritually demonstrative and often come through to support and show their love and affection to their owners. I think dogs especially have specific and special feelings, often coming through in readings and sittings to show that they have made their transition, and have crossed the animal rainbow bridge. Forget anyone who thinks that animals do not have souls. Could any animal be your best friend, love you with a very special love and devotion, and not open their heart and soul to their Earthly owners? Cats rarely enter into the Spirit World, they are more concerned with living all nine of their lives and they go for reincarnation as an alternative, very often. There is always a mystery surrounding our feline friends, since on their last life they disappear to die only to be reborn somewhere, by choice, sometimes as a crazy kitten.

contact Kenny Appointments: 96 587 8424 Mobile: 686 361 594 Web: Forum: Email: Please contact me for inclusion in my healing list!

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horoscopes by Kenny Corris

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Feeling freshened by the recent actions of the Partial Solar Eclipse, and the New Moon there is a need to look for pastures new, with a view to making a fresh start in something. You are so capable of weighing up the situation you now face, but to turn it around the way that you will takes some doing; and puts you where you should be, in control and ready to rock and roll your way to success. Ever connective energies of Jupiter really do stand by you, and help you especially to see what can be, rewarding your salient efforts and in particular renovating your skills and talents. You ask for nothing, and your pride and charm will undoubtedly see you through when the time is right. Listen and learn, remove that stubborn energy, you sometimes hide inside, and just be your wonderful self! Time to designate work to someone else as delegation is on the cards and you can no longer take on the pressure. This serves to help all around as you prepare yourself for working on new levels, opening doors successfully on the way. The determination and professionalism has paid off, and there is nothing you need worry about as a new process enters and you know that it makes sense. The New Moon has grabbed your attention. You are at a time when you can let much of what is going on pass you by as you move to a new stage with your inner self. Emotions lately have been a sore point, and you must know that there is no easy way down, except to look at what you are doing and realise with pride your achievements and progress. Things are about to get a lot easier! Watch finances because something turns up that you haven’t budgeted for. A corner develops with Uranus that asks you to review anything financial, so check spending and take sound advice about any investments or pensions. You will, undoubtedly, survive economically but there is a need to make some subtle adjustments that serve to both boost your income and minimalise your expenditure. Romance is on the way as Aries makes a cosmic move on your space, and time appears to be flying by. Know that your own happiness is everything, and this is not selfish, it’s very much self preserving. Your decision will affect others, but they have to know that this is something that has to happen, and that you have to think of yourself, for once, and what it is you really want to do! Where is that calm, peace and balance when you need it? What’s on the agenda right now is a set of changes that are to bring depth to your life and those who depend on you. You have been conservational and have kept hope in your heart for long enough. What is on offer is to have a chance to make a difference to many, use your great skills, and to move onwards and upwards. Why wait any longer? Great negative and great positive combine in your second house and this has the effect of a stalemate on something. Remove the pressure immediately, and take time, stall if you have to, to make sure of your innermost wishes and desires. There are options and you should examine what your priorities are now, because they have changed, but then, so have you! Make your wishes known. With Mercury now en route you can stop concern and let bygones be bygones. Accept that things may never change and that you have done whatever you could. This is not accepting defeat, it is trying to work with somebody who makes things intentionally difficult for themselves, and this has a direct bearing on you. Think of you and your needs, a leopard cannot change his spots! Venus brings love and romance straight to your door. Have more confidence in yourself because you sometimes do not seem to realise what tremendous energy you have to make this relationship work. Your sensitivity and care are part of a process brought to a head by the Goddess of Love this week. She knows what has to happen, so eliminate fear, the answer will be yes, but you have to ask first! Uranus hits on a warring Mars bringing some conflict on the domestic front. Know that there are no sides to be taken, and that resolve and changes are often made in anger, only to be long forgotten when things are really for the best. Tell it like it is, because more support should come to help all of you, and that means someone pulling their weight, whether they like it or not! Chiron is in cahoots to see you through the initial stages of the new instruction, and to reinforce that you are the very best person to take on the job in hand. It’s amazing the support and the love that you can inspire from those who love you, so why worry what others have to say? If they cannot see you for what you are then they do not really know you. And maybe they have different, lesser, values.

If it’s your birthday this week... Expect that the help you need is closer than you think, and that this astrological year is going to be geared towards your own personal development. Time will tell, but know that you are working on all the right levels and that your reward is what you dare to ask for!


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Some last gardening jobs for November by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

GARDENS CONTINUE to be full of colour and we hope this continues for another four weeks through to Christmas. So it is a joy to be out in the garden relaxing and doing seasonal jobs. If you are not too sure of what needs doing now re-read the seasonal job calendars towards the back of each of our books. For those that don’t have the books the following is an extract of some of the things to do now: IN THE FLOWER GARDEN Plant some more spring bulbs – there are some good offers around at present Prune rose bushes to stimulate flowers at Christmas Check ties on trees and shrubs Give tree support posts an extra knock to tighten them up after recent rains Purchase just-in-bud flowering plants for Christmas. (If you buy them in full flower the main flowering could be over by Christmas) In areas that have frosts wrap the most delicate plants in fleece or bubble wrap

THE FRUIT TREES Harvest olives for pickling or the production of olive oil. To process your olives separate from others normally requires 200 kilos of olives which will yield about 40 litres of olive oil Plant new soft fruit bushes: mulch those already planted with the last of your comfrey plant leaves Prune red and black currant bushes Fix grease bands around the trunks of fruit trees Sweep up leaves and fallen fruit and mix into compost heap –but not citrus fruits! Plant deciduous fruit trees IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN Build compost bins Cut back asparagus plants and mulch with horse of goat manure and seaweed Harvest the last butter beans and paella beans and start to harvest Swiss chard and fennel Sow a second batch of peas and broad beans Plant out a last batch of onion plantlets Scatter well-rotted manures over unused areas to prepare for spring plantings IN THE HERB GARDEN Harvest and dry culinary and medicinal herbs for winter infusions, especially annual varieties Take cuttings of perennial herbs to propagate new plants Cover stevia plant with a couple of layers of fleece or move into a green house

Cut back marjoram and mint plants Ensure containers of herbs do not become waterlogged by winter rains Trim herb bushes to shape

Plant winter flowering plants in window boxes

ON YOUR APARTMENT BALCONIES TERRACES AND WINDOWSILLS Cut back watering now that the weather cools Sprinkle ecological snail bait on surface of compost in containers and on ground between containers Loosen surface of soil/compost mixes in containers Plant fruit trees in containers Plant winter flowering plants in window boxes and other containers Plant some final vegetable plantlets in containers. ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’ illustrates a wide variety of containers planted with vegetables. There are other things to do but the above will be a good start… If you are starting a new garden do plan it out and improve the soil in intended plant and tree areas before planting anything. A wise investment is to buy a 5 kilo tub of TerraCottem soil improvement gel, which among other benefits can reduce watering needs by 50 to 70%. This product is best purchased direct from TerraVida. Check their website. It is in several languages including English. Also look out for Nuedorffs

Clodagh and Dick’s instructive books are available to help you achieve a great garden from scratch or improve an existing garden. You will find them in bookshops including Bookworld, Carrefor and Humpty Dumpty. For convenience many internet bookshops stock them including Santana Books, Amazon UK, Bookworld and The Royal Horticultural Society. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe

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Is there something wrong with English Beer? IT HAS to be said that there is nothing like a good pint of English beer. Unfortunately what I have had recently has been nothing like a good pint of beer. I was once genuinely amazed to be presented with my first award for the quality of my beer. I said that I had to admit that I didn’t actually make it myself but bought it from the local Brewery; all I did was to connect it to the pumps and dispense it when asked by the customer to do so. “But so many people get it wrong,” I was told. “So,” I said, “I’m getting an award for not mucking up someone else’s beer that I don’t make: more a case of not doing it wrong instead of doing it right.” “So,” He said “Do you want this bloody award or not?” Hard to turn down a man with such a wonderful way with words! In Mexico your beer is protected with a slice of lime stuffed in the bottle neck to stop the wasps from nicking it or surprising you with a sting when you take a swig, although some still think it’s a fashionable thing to do. In Spain we have fresh Tapas and the very confusing, for many, Pintxos and Pinchos which although sound similar to us are in fact very different in what they are. On a recent excursion to Valencia market with some promised Pintxos for lunch concerns were raised when the group thought they were getting Pinchos. In an effort to clarify briefly Pintxos are traditional of the Basque country where in Cider houses and taverns they are served as small bite-sized foods to counter the effects of alcohol: they are served on

bread with a tooth pick through them, then you pay by counting the discarded tooth picks. Restaurants and bars all over Spain now serve freshly made, very attractive all on display, hot and cold, both sweet and savoury selections. Pinchos on the other hand are any food that can be skewered on a cocktail stick, but with this spelling it is more commonly known as a small kebab or a skewered meat. In Morocco they are more commonly made with lamb although in Spain we lean towards more pork; there is even a ready made spice readily available throughout Spain called ‘Especias para Pinchitos’. But in the UK, instead of protecting our beer with freshly made yummy goodies as above, we accompany our drinks with bits of plastic barely filled with, let’s be honest pretty meagre offerings (I wonder why Spanish bar snacks don’t come wrapped in plastic). We used to serve Oysters and baskets of monkey nuts, still in the shell; I still think that cracking them yourself is very therapeutic after a long day at work. Those who complained were subjected to my presentation of: “So let me get this straight, you want me, currently very busy, to find the time to peel your peanuts for you and then for your convenience put them in a plastic bag for you so that you can eat them? That’s two lots of packaging for one snack.” Who remembers Scampi Fries, Hula Hoops and Bacon ‘Flavoured’ snacks which were amazingly suitable for vegetarians even though the salt and

vinegar crisps were not, all again, wrapped in plastic? Were these snacks specifically designed to complement or protect our precious beer, or were they just meant to be a distraction so that we wouldn’t notice the cloudy warm and pricey pint the landlord was currently offering?

Edwin Cheeseman is a practical food consultant. If you have a question about food email

The “Torrevieja Symphony Orchestra” will offer a special ‘New Year Concert’ in the Municipal Theatre on 6th January 2012. There will be two performances: at 12.00 and 19.00. Tickets are priced at 12€ or 10€ (depending upon row number) and are currently available from or from the municipal ticket office outside the theatre (open Tuesday to Friday inc. 11:00 to 13.00). The orchestra will offer a variety of well known music including waltzes, Strauss polkas, Tchaikovsky (Swan Lake, Nutcracker) amongst others.


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Jazz Cartagena Finale with Vibes From The Costas by

Tony Poole

from www.vibesfromthecostas.

Fleet Foxes F LEET FOXES are a folk rock band formed in Seattle, Washington. They are signed to the Sub Pop and Bella Union record labels. The band came to prominence in 2008 with the release of their second EP, “Sun Giant”, and their debut full length album “Fleet Foxes”. Both “Sun Giant” and their eponymous debut album received much critical praise and reviewers often noted their use of refined lyrics and vocal harmonies. Fleet Foxes rise to prominence was in late 2007 after they had attracted over a quarter of a million song plays over two months on their MySpace site. Although the band had not released any of their recordings, they benefited from word of mouth exposure and their success soon translated into a record deal. The band completed the recording of their second EP, “Sun Giant”, around the same time in preparation for upcoming tours. Fleet Foxes began their spring tour in February 2008, their performances moved the band into the public consciousness, notably attracting attention from the European press for the first time. “Sun Giant” was released internationally in April and the group’s brand of folk, rock and pop, marked

by their use of vocal harmonies, was well received by the press. In May the band chose to extend their North American and European tour until September in support of their forthcoming album. Additionally, the band grew in number as songwriters Christian Wargo and J. Tillman joined Fleet Foxes on guitars and drums respectively. Their debut full length album “Fleet Foxes” was released shortly afterwards in June. The album achieved similar critical success as the previous EP had. “Fleet Foxes” received four out of five stars from Rolling Stone, who compared it to the likes of the Beach Boys, Animal Collective, Crosby and Stills & Nash. The Guardian was particularly complimentary, awarding the album five stars and declaring it “a landmark in American music—an instant classic.” In June 2008, “Fleet Foxes” went to #1 on the CMJ Radio 200 Chart. While the group enjoyed moderate success in the United States, Fleet Foxes were better received in Europe, selling over 200,000 copies in the first five months following its release. “Fleet Foxes” was rated album of the year by Billboard’s Critic’s Choice and in Metacritic’s end of year

best album round-up it appeared in 17 lists, topping six of them. Furthermore, it had sold over 408,000 copies in North America and over 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom, making it the first gold certificate record for UK label Bella Union. Throughout 2008/9 the band played globally ending the tour in September with a final European leg. They released “Helplessness Blues” in May 2011 as the follow-up album. Fleet Foxes play the final concert of this year´s Cartagena Jazz Festival on Saturday (26th). Tickets are 30, 25 & 20 euros. Starts 21:30. More info at

More festival and concert information at Email news and views to Keep the ViBES ALiVE!

Viva TV Schedule Friday 25 Nov – Thursday 1st Dec Friday 25th November 14.00 Non Stop Music 16.00 Shopping and Info 18.00 FAQ with Ann Brown. Property Exchange and Education in Spain 18.30 Let’s Talk with Simon Baldock – Ex ELO guitarist David Scott Morgan 19.00 An Evening With Cliff...AsIf Top Cliff Richard tribute Will Chandler 20.00 – 22.00 Local Information and Non Stop Music

Saturday 26th November 14.00 Non Stop Music 16.00 Shopping and Info 18.00 FAQ with Ann Brown. Property Exchange and Education in Spain 18.30 Let’s Talk with Simon Baldock – Ex ELO guitarist David Scott Morgan 19.00 An Evening With Cliff...AsIf Top Cliff Richard tribute Will Chandler 20.00 – 22.00 Local Information and Non Stop Music Sunday 27th November 14.00 Non Stop Music 16.00 Shopping and Info 18.00 Viva Vitality Health and

Beauty Advice 18.30 Spanish Dive Adventures 19.00 Let’s Talk with Simon Baldock – Martina Scheurer 19.30 Spanish Eye – Remembrance Day 20.00 – 22.00 Local Information and Non Stop Music Monday 28th November 14.00 Non Stop Music 16.00 Shopping and Info 18.00 Viva Vitality Health and Beauty Advice 18.30 Spanish Dive Adventures 19.00 Let’s Talk with Simon Baldock – Dave Jones and Frank Oliver. 19.30 Spanish Eye – 41 Beagles saved from certain death 19.45 Learn The Lingo 20.00 – 22.00 Local Information and Non Stop Music

Tuesday 29th November 14.00 Non Stop Music 16.00 Shopping and Info 18.00 FAQ with Ann Brown – Karen Love from The Post Room, Benijofar 18.30 The British Consulate

- Simon Baldock interviews Giles Paxman 18.45 Out and About in Torrevieja – Local Railway 19.00 AdHoc Theatre Group presents ‘Allo Allo’ live on stage 20.00 – 22.00 Local Information and Non Stop Music Wednesday 30th November 14.00 Non Stop Music 16.00 Shopping and Info 18.00 Moors and Christians in Guardamar 19.00 Spanish Eye – The colourful racing pigeons of the Costa Blanca 19.00 Viva Vino 20.30 – 22.00 Local Info and Non Stop Music Thursday 1st December 14.00 Non Stop Music 16.00 Shopping and Info 18.00 Remembrance Day in Mil Palmeras 2011 18.30 Sandling Park 19.00 Vibe Fest 2010 20.00 – 22.00 Local Information and Non Stop Music

Ian Scott aka

Tom Jones THE ULTIMATE look-a-like and sound-a-like of his Royal Welshness MR TOM JONES……the voice and the moves are so uncanny and so similar to the man himself that you have to remind yourself that this is a TRIBUTE to Tom Jones and not the real thing. A thoroughly professional

performance from Ian both on and off the stage and he has always been welcomed back to venues time and time again. You won’t be disappointed and a fun night will be had by all. For further information please call Pat Martin at Phoenix promotions 677 222 352.

Jean Pasquell Tribute to Doris Day

AS JEAN says herself ‘ this is a show I love to perform’…….. and it shows. From the moment Jean steps on that stage to the moment her performance ends and she walks off , Jean is Doris Day… With her constant smile and rapport with the audience you cant help but feel nostalgic of a time when this music was all about a feel good factor.. Performing hits from Secret Love to Teachers Pet, Bewitched be Bothered and Bewildered to Send Me No Flowers……the list and hits are all in her show. This is a tribute act that will entertain time and time again. For further information please call Pat Martin at phoenix promotions 677 222 352.

25TH NOVEMBER Pat Martin JPS, Mil Palmeras Wildcat Hillside, La marina Dan The Man Harrys Bar, Quesada 26TH NOVEMBER Alan Warden Bar Imanyo, Daya Nueva Smithy Times Square, Gran Alicant Sam Curtis Meroil Garage, Callosa de Segura Andy Jones Mojo’s Bar, Roldon 27th NOVEMBER Magic Supreme Rocajuna, Punta Prima 1st December Graeme Mykal Stan & Ollies, Torrevieja

‘Christmas Spirit’

almost sold out!

STAGESTRUCK! ARE pleased to announce that tickets have been selling fast for ‘Christmas Spirit’ and they’re almost all gone. Show nights for 1st and 2nd Dec at the School of Music and Culture in Los Montesinos have very few tickets left. There is another performance on 5th Dec at Virgen Del Carmen, Torrevieja. Please note that some of the content of this show is not suitable for children. Tickets at 5€ each are available from the theatres or phone Stella on 966 786 154 or Sally on 648 783 601. All proceeds go to Adismon for disabled children and Age Concern. Doors open 7.15, show starts 8pm.

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 You’ve Been Scammed 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Driving Academy 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Stuck on Sheep Mountain 17:30 Sarah Jane Adventures 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Would I Lie to You? 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Live at the Apollo 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:20 National Lottery: 18 UK Millionaires 24:35 Snake Eyes

07:00 Childrens TV 10:55 Zingzillas 11:15 Big Barn Farm 11:25 Louie 11:35 Octonauts 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:40 Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Trash to Cash 15:00 Live ATP World Tour Finals Tennis 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Heir Hunters 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Autumnwatch Live 22:30 Autumnwatch Unsprung 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 Later... with Jools Holland

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 Best Dish: The Chefs 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Wild Britain with Ray Mears 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 23:30 ITV News 24:00 Granada News 24:05 Enter the Dragon

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Secret Millionaire USA 10:55 Relocation, Relocation 11:55 Renovation Game 13:00 Drop Down Menu 14:00 Captain Horatio Hornblower 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 22:30 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:00 Jimmy Carr: Making People Laugh 24:05 Pete Versus Life

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 09:55 Milkshake! Monkey 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Extraordinary People 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Law & Order 16:15 Naughty or Nice 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Fifth Gear 21:00 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 22:00 Tears of the Sun 24:15 Al Capone and the Untouchables: The True Story

06:00 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Home Cooking Made Easy 13:00 BBC News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 World Olympic Dreams 14:30 Bargain Hunt Famous Finds 15:15 Cash in the Celebrity Attic 16:00 Formula 1 18:25 BBC News; Regional News 18:40 A Question of Sport 19:10 The One Ronnie 20:00 Strictly Come Dancing 21:15 Merlin 22:00 Casualty 22:50 National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 23:00 BBC News 23:20 Match of the Day 24:50 Football League Show

07:00 Childrens TV 09:05 Pixelface 09:35 Splatalot 10:00 Live ‘n’ Deadly 11:00 Who Let the Dogs Out? 11:30 I Want My Own Room 12:00 Deadly Art 12:15 Sorry, I’ve Got No Head 12:40 MOTD Kickabout 13:00 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 13:05 The Prince and the Showgirl 15:00 Live ATP World Tour Finals Tennis 18:00 Final Score 18:30 Coast 18:45 Escape to the Country 19:45 Flog It! 20:45 Dad’s Army 21:15 TV Greats: Our Favourites from the North 22:15 QI XL 23:00 Pan Am 23:40 Pan Am 24:20 The Girl in the Park

06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mini CITV 08:15 CITV 10:25 Coronation Street 12:45 This Morning: Saturday 13:45 ITV News 13:55 Animals Do the Funniest Things 14:55 Curly Sue 16:50 The Scorpion King 18:30 Granada News 18:45 ITV News 19:00 The Chase 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 21:00 The X Factor 22:45 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 23:45 ITV News 24:00 Russell Watson: Return of the Voice

08:00 Sailing 08:25 Extreme Sailing Series 08:55 The Morning Line 09:50 Smallville 10:40 Made in Chelsea 11:40 4Music Video Honours: The Results 12:40 The Wanted: Backstage in Brazil 13:10 T4 Movie Special 13:25 Big Bang Theory 13:55 Big Bang Theory 14:25 The Simpsons 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 17:05 Come Dine with Me 17:35 Come Dine with Me 18:05 Come Dine with Me 18:40 Come Dine with Me 19:10 Come Dine with Me 19:40 Jamie’s Great Britain 20:40 Channel 4 News 21:10 21:15 Tony Robinson’s Gods and Monsters 22:15 GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra 24:30 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut

07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Angelina Ballerina 09:55 Rupert Bear 10:05 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:20 Mr Men Show 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Animal Families 11:00 Animal Rescue Squad 11:20 The Gadget Show 12:20 London: The Inside Story 13:20 Dangerous Drivers’ School 14:20 The Searchers 16:45 The Battle of the V1 18:50 Last of the Dogmen 21:10 5 News Weekend 21:15 An Audience with Ronnie Corbett 22:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:10 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:10 NCIS

06:00 BBC News 06:30 Record Europe 07:00 Breakfast 08:30 Match of the Day 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Fern Britton Meets Ann Widdecombe 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 The Politics Show 14:00 Escape to the Country 15:00 Cash in the Attic 16:00 Formula 1 19:10 BBC News; Regional News 19:25 Countryfile 20:25 Strictly Come Dancing 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 Garrow’s Law 23:00 BBC News; Regional News 23:30 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 24:15 Formula 1

07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Roar 08:30 Arthur 08:50 Dennis & Gnasher 09:05 League of Super Evil 09:15 Jinx 09:35 Wingin’ It 10:00 Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up 11:00 Something for the Weekend 12:30 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 13:15 Kitty Foyle 15:00 Coast 15:05 EastEnders 17:25 Points of View 17:40 Songs of Praise 18:15 Live ATP World Tour Finals Tennis 21:00 How to Build... 22:00 Frontline Medicine 23:00 Match of the Day 2 24:00 Fast and Loose 24:30 Never Mind the Buzzcocks

06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mini CITV 08:15 CITV 10:25 Horrid Henry 10:45 Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot 12:10 Dennis 13:40 ITV News 13:45 The ‘Burbs 15:40 The X Factor 17:25 Midsomer Murders 19:00 Granada News 19:15 ITV News 19:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 20:00 The Cube 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 23:30 ITV News 23:45 Penn & Teller: Fool Us

07:00 Sali Mali 07:05 The Hoobs 07:30 Channel 4 Presents 07:35 Ironman Triathlon 08:30 Cardiff Half Marathon 08:55 One Tree Hill 09:40 Battlefront 10:00 Hollyoaks 12:35 The Album Chart Show Special 13:05 The Simpsons 13:40 Shipwrecked: The Island 14:45 The Simpsons 15:20 My Best Friend’s Wedding 17:25 Deal or No Deal 18:25 St Trinian’s 20:25 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 River Cottage Veg 22:00 Secret Millionaire 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:05 An Officer and a Gentleman

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Little Princess 09:15 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:30 Angelina Ballerina 09:50 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Mr Men Show 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Animal Families 11:00 Animal Rescue Squad 11:20 Andre Rieu Story 11:50 Hotel Inspector 12:50 Paul Merton’s Adventures 13:50 Highland Emergency 14:20 The Adventures of Robin Hood 16:20 Fly Away Home 18:25 The Fifth Element 20:55 5 News Weekend 21:00 Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads 22:00 Blood Work 24:15 Half Past Dead

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07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Emmerdale 08:20 Gossip Girl 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 Beauty and the Geek 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Emmerdale 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Beauty and the Geek 17:40 Loose Women 18:35 Judge Judy 19:00 The Cube 20:00 One Direction: A Year in the Making 21:00 The X Factor USA 22:00 Britain’s Biggest Babies 23:00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 23:30 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! 24:30 The Bucket List

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:50 Greek 08:35 Wildfire 09:30 One Tree Hill 10:25 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Ugly Betty 12:10 Wildfire 13:05 Greek 14:05 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:35 Gilmore Girls 16:30 Desperate Housewives 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Made in Chelsea 22:00 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow: Get the Look for Less 23:00 John Tucker Must Die 24:50 Big Bang Theory

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:30 Operation Pacific 13:35 Deal or No Deal 14:35 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:10 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun 18:15 A Place in the Sun 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me 20:55 River Cottage 22:00 Sahara 24:20 Heroes of Comedy

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07:00 Supernanny USA 07:45 How to Look Good Naked 08:40 How to Look Good Naked 09:40 Wife Swap USA 10:40 Great British Hairdresser 11:40 Supernanny USA 12:40 One Tree Hill 13:35 Hollyoaks 16:05 Made in Chelsea 17:10 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 19:25 Perfect Couples 19:55 Big Bang Theory 20:25 Big Bang Theory 20:50 Happy Endings 21:20 How I Met Your Mother 21:50 Big Bang Theory 22:15 Derren Brown: Evening of Wonders 23:55 I, Robot

10:00 A Place in the Sun 10:35 Time Team 11:35 Time Team 12:40 Time Team 13:40 Time Team 14:45 3 Minute Wonder 14:50 3 Minute Wonder 14:55 3 Minute Wonder 15:00 Sink the Bismarck! 16:50 Grand Designs 17:55 Grand Designs 19:00 Grand Designs 20:05 Grand Designs 21:10 Grand Designs 22:15 The Story of Film: An Odyssey 23:40 Sahara

The One Ronnie BBC1, 19:10

07:00 Coronation Street 09:05 Emmerdale 12:00 Coronation Street 14:25 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 14:50 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 15:20 Holiday Showdown 16:20 All Star Family Fortunes 17:25 The Xtra Factor 18:25 One Direction: A Year in the Making 19:25 Catwoman 21:30 Grimefighters 22:00 The Xtra Factor 23:15 The Hot Desk 23:30 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! 24:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp

07:00 Supernanny USA 07:45 Supernanny USA 08:35 How to Look Good Naked 09:40 How to Look Good Naked 10:40 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 11:45 How to Look Good Naked 12:50 How to Look Good Naked 13:55 Supernanny USA 14:50 Supernanny USA 15:50 Make It or Break It 16:50 Make It or Break It 17:45 Sorority Girls 18:50 Scrubs 19:20 Scrubs 19:50 27 Dresses 22:00 Rude Tube 23:00 Misfits 24:05 Tool Academy

St Trinian’s Channel 4, 18.25

10:00 A Place in the Sun 10:35 Scrapheap Challenge 11:35 Scrapheap Challenge 12:40 Scrapheap Challenge 13:45 Scrapheap Challenge 14:50 Four in a Bed 15:55 Four in a Bed 17:00 Four in a Bed 17:30 Stars of the National Book Awards 18:05 Come Dine with Me 18:35 Come Dine with Me 19:10 Come Dine with Me 19:45 Come Dine with Me 20:20 Come Dine with Me 20:55 Jamie at Home 21:25 Jamie at Home 22:00 Heston’s Chocolate Factory Feast 23:00 The Lost Kennedy Home Movies

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Noise Squad 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Driving Academy 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Deadly 60 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Young Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 John Bishop’s Britain 24:50 Graham Norton Show

07:00 Childrens TV 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 New Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Coast 14:15 Trash to Cash 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Heir Hunters 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 MasterChef 22:00 The Choir: Unsung Town Revisited 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Rev 24:50 How to Build...

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 Best Dish: The Chefs 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Little England 21:30 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Real Crime with Mark Austin 24:35 The Zoo

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Secret Millionaire USA 10:55 Relocation, Relocation 11:55 Renovation Game 13:00 Drop Down Menu 14:25 The Siege of the Saxons 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 The British Woman on Death Row 22:00 Digging the Great Escape 23:35 Assault on Precinct 13

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 09:55 Milkshake! Monkey 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Law & Order 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Meerkat Manor 15:45 Meerkat Manor 16:15 While My Pretty One Sleeps 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Celebrity Wish List 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers 23:00 RoboCop

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Noise Squad 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Driving Academy 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Death in Paradise 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Would I Lie to You? 24:05 League Cup Show

07:00 Childrens TV 10:05 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:20 Something Special: Out and About 10:40 Charlie and Lola 10:55 Zingzillas 11:15 Big Barn Farm 11:25 Louie 11:35 Octonauts 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 Coast 12:45 Lost Horizon 14:45 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Autumn Statement 18:30 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Heir Hunters 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Money 23:00 Life’s Too Short 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Choir: Unsung Town Revisited

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 Best Dish: The Chefs 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Adventurer’s Guide to Britain 21:00 Coronation Street 21:30 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 The Witches of Eastwick

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Secret Millionaire USA 10:55 Relocation, Relocation 11:55 Renovation Game 13:00 Drop Down Menu 14:05 Channel 4 Presents 14:10 A Matter of Life and Death 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Food Hospital 22:00 Jamie’s Great Britain 23:00 My Transsexual Summer 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 True Blood

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Law & Order 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Meerkat Manor 15:45 Meals in Moments 16:00 The Incident 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 How to Take Stunning Pictures 21:00 London: The Inside Story 22:00 CSI: Miami 23:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:00 CSI: Miami

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:20 Gossip Girl 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 Beauty and the Geek 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Beauty and the Geek 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 20:00 The X Factor 21:00 My Child Won’t Eat 22:00 Vampire Diaries 23:00 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! 24:00 Astronaut’s Wife

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Noise Squad 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Driving Academy 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Roy 17:30 Serious Explorers 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 That’s Britain! 21:30 The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson 22:00 Frozen Planet 23:00 BBC News 23:35 National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Who Do You Think You Are? US 24:15 Film 2011 with Claudia Winkleman 24:55 Right at Your Door

07:00 Childrens TV 10:05 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:20 Something Special: Out and About 10:40 Charlie and Lola 10:55 Zingzillas 11:15 Big Barn Farm 11:25 Octonauts 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 See Hear 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Heir Hunters 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Your Money and How They Spend It 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Frontline Medicine

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 Best Dish: The Chefs 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Super Tiny Animals 21:30 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Cops with Cameras 24:35 Homes from Hell

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Secret Millionaire USA 10:55 Relocation, Relocation 11:55 Renovation Game 13:00 Drop Down Menu 14:10 That Touch of Mink 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Kirstie’s Handmade Britain 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night 23:50 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 24:55 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Law & Order 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Meerkat Manor 15:50 Meals in Moments 16:00 The Long Shot 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Live UEFA Europa League Football 23:15 Second in Command

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:20 Gossip Girl 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 Beauty and the Geek 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Beauty and the Geek 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 21:00 Gossip Girl 22:00 Sextuplets: The Little Lambs 23:00 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! 24:00 Three Kings

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07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Emmerdale 08:20 Gossip Girl 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 Beauty and the Geek 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Beauty and the Geek 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 19:30 The Hot Desk 19:45 The X Factor 21:30 Grimefighters 22:00 Baby Hospital 23:00 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! 24:00 Whole Ten Yards

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Ugly Betty 08:35 Wildfire 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Ugly Betty 12:10 Desperate Housewives 13:10 Greek 14:05 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:40 Gilmore Girls 16:35 Desperate Housewives 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 19:30 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 My Name Is Earl 22:00 Made in Chelsea 23:00 Desperate Scousewives 24:05 Sorority Girls

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:35 Carry On Cabby 13:20 3 Minute Wonder 13:35 Deal or No Deal 14:35 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 21:30 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 22:00 Secret Millionaire Changed My Life 23:00 Undercover Boss USA 24:00 Jon Snow Meets Jimmy Carter

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07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Ugly Betty 08:35 Wildfire 09:30 One Tree Hill 10:25 Gilmore Girls 11:20 Ugly Betty 12:15 Desperate Housewives 13:10 Greek 14:10 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:40 Gilmore Girls 16:35 Desperate Housewives 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 19:30 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Shipwrecked: The Island 22:00 Sorority Girls 23:00 Tool Academy 24:05 PhoneShop 24:40 The IT Crowd

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 The Sea Wolves 13:20 3 Minute Wonder 13:35 Deal or No Deal 14:35 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:10 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:25 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:55 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 21:30 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 22:00 Come Dine with Me 23:00 True Stories

Masterchef Emergency with Angela Griffin Sky1 21.00 BBC2, 21.00

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Ugly Betty 08:35 Wildfire 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:25 Gilmore Girls 11:20 Ugly Betty 12:15 Desperate Housewives 13:10 Greek 14:05 Scrubs 14:35 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:35 Gilmore Girls 16:35 Desperate Housewives 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 18:30 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 19:30 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Charlie’s Angels 22:00 I, Robot 24:10 Misfits

Emergency with Super Tiny Animals Angela Griffin ITV1, Sky1 20.3021.00

10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:35 Carry On Spying 13:15 3 Minute Wonder 13:35 Deal or No Deal 14:35 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun 18:15 A Place in the Sun 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:25 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:55 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 21:30 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 22:00 Time Team 23:00 Time Team 24:10 The Great Inca Rebellion

tv Thursday 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Rip Off Britain 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Noise Squad 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Driving Academy 16:35 Splatalot 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Dani’s House 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 DIY SOS 22:00 The Manor Reborn 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:00 Childrens TV 10:40 Charlie and Lola 10:55 Zingzillas 11:15 Big Barn Farm 11:25 Louie 11:35 Octonauts 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Coast 14:15 Trash to Cash 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Heir Hunters 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Rev 22:30 Life’s Too Short 23:00 Frank Skinner’s Opinionated 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Pan Am

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07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 Best Dish: The Chefs 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 21:00 Coronation Street 21:30 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 24:35 Matt Cardle: Into the Light

Crossword Solutions 631 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Extra; 8 Theseus; 9 Rookery; 10 Plump; 12 Open secret; 15 In good part; 18 Droop; 19 Teacher; 21 Concern; 22 Three. Down: 1 Bear in mind; 2 Stool; 3 Take; 4 Stay on; 5 Leap year; 6 Require; 11 Put in order; 13 Prompter; 14 Aground; 16 Patent; 17 Sharp; 20 Alto.

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:20 Frasier 09:55 Secret Millionaire USA 10:55 Relocation, Relocation 11:55 Renovation Game 13:00 Drop Down Menu 13:55 Knights of the Round Table 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 The Ultimate Guide to Penny Pinching 22:00 Living with the Amish 23:00 Joy of Teen Sex 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Random Acts 24:15 Secret Millionaire

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Law & Order 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Meerkat Manor 15:50 Chinese Food in Minutes 15:55 Cook & Peary: Race to the Pole 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 Home and Away 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 Fairground Attractions 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 It’s All About Amy 24:00 Police Interceptors

QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Torch; 8 Illness; 9 Tearful; 10 Deter; 12 Settlement; 15 Adolescent; 18 Tenon; 19 Uniform; 21 Excuses; 22 Often. Down: 1 Statecraft; 2 Great; 3 Chef; 4 Billet; 5 Bludgeon; 6 Heathen; 11 Retirement; 13 Evenness; 14 Cornice; 16 Cruise; 17 Worth ; 20 Idol. Wordwheel: IMAGINARY

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:20 Gossip Girl 09:05 Judge Judy 10:25 Beauty and the Geek 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Beauty and the Geek 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 20:00 The X Factor USA 21:30 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Supersize Kids: Britain’s Tallest Teens 23:00 I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! 24:00 Inside Man

07:00 One Tree Hill 07:45 Ugly Betty 08:35 Wildfire 09:25 One Tree Hill 10:20 Gilmore Girls 11:15 Ugly Betty 12:15 Desperate Housewives 13:10 Greek 14:10 Scrubs 15:05 Hollyoaks 15:40 Gilmore Girls 16:35 Desperate Housewives 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Scrubs 19:00 Big Bang Theory 19:30 Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Big Bang Theory 21:30 Perfect Couples 22:00 How I Met Your Mother 22:30 Happy Endings 23:00 PhoneShop 23:35 Facejacker 24:05 Dirty Digest 24:55 Big Bang Theory

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10:00 Deal or No Deal 11:00 How Clean Is Your House? 11:30 Operation Pacific 13:40 Deal or No Deal 14:40 The Good Wife 15:35 Come Dine with Me 16:05 Coach Trip 16:35 Location, Location, Location 17:10 Location, Location, Location 17:40 A Place in the Sun 18:15 A Place in the Sun 18:45 Relocation, Relocation 19:50 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:25 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 20:55 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 21:30 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 22:00 Southland 23:00 The Closer 24:00 The Killing

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Form an Orderly Queue Please! Showbiz Goss by

Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

SO MUCH has been said about the latest boy band on the block One Direction, and it’s mostly about how they are going to be the next big thing. But the squeaky clean image that generally goes hand in glove with such a claim has, out of nowhere, suddenly taken a severe blow to the breadbasket … or has it? … Let me explain. Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are both band members and also share a flat in central London. Last week Louis told the Sun newspaper “the worst thing about living with Harry is the constant stream of women he´s getting through the door … its relentless!” Alright!! … Nice one Louis, but a bit tell taley at the same time I have to say mate. But it doesn’t stop there as we then find out a wee bit more about Louis and his new girlfriend Eleanor Calder in the interview with the Sun when he said “I´m a one woman man with Eleanor … blah blah blah” … could it be its Louis´s new chica Eleanor who is the one who disapproves of Harry´s womanising, as I´ve never heard of a guy having a problem with another guy on such a thing. One things for sure, and that’s that the queue at Harry’s door will now be a lot longer, and if the promo team are smart One Direction truly will become the next big thing.

Flat but not Broke

Material Girl to Material Woman MADONNA, LIKE so many other folks, male and female from the world of Pop, is just about to launch a new fashion line and is calling it ´Truth or Dare’ by Madonna. The name comes from her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour which was turned into a documentary for US television, and as the then ´first lady of pop´ used the expression ´Truth or Dare’ rather a lot for the cameras during the filming, it kinda stuck from there. Apparently the line will go global early next year beginning with footwear … ooh lovely … then handbags … um … then intimates … what people in prison? … ah sorry … that´ll be underwear and stuff … and then fragrances … that’s perfumes, I know that. Although I´m having a bit of fun with this story, I really do seriously hope Madonna goes for this new venture in a big way, as in my opinion she should have stopped making music 7 or 8 years ago and not kept releasing videos that showed her strutting about like a 20 year old. Last

year she was voted down in ninth place in a poll to find the Diva Growing Old Most Gracefully, which I am pleased to tell you was won by the lovely Kylie Minogue. At 53 our Madge could well have finally hung up her microphone for a coat hanger.

AND SO I bring to you the ´Headline of the Week!” … and I would like you all to brace yourselves as it could well impact on you quite severely. Deep breaths everyone … “Jedward Flatten Their Hair!” … that’s it … just keep breathing nice and steady … yes my lovelies Jedward have only gone and flattened their hair, but thank the lord for the British press who have kept us up to speed with things in the ´We can’t sing but haven’t we got High Hair’ category. For fear of being sued I will omit the name of the source of this priceless information, but I can assure you this truly pathetic headline really did appear with the story … And … at the bottom of the page they asked for comments on how the readers feel about the flattening. Flattened is how I feel, and flabbergasted, and a few other words that begin with the letter ´F´ that journalists are capable of writing such utter garbage!

Spanish for Dummies WHEN IS a book not a book? Answer? When it’s an audio set, as this threedisk set is from Wiley’s ‘For Dummies’ series. Jessica Langemeier I’ve come across as a linguist in other colours of the language spectrum. She’s a lady who knows what she’s talking about, so I didn’t foresee any problems on slotting Disk 1 into my computer. Therefore I was Book pretty thrown when a lady with a Review by Californian accent (Ms Langemeier? Nah, couldn’t be) told me that ‘vosotros’ was the ‘very formal’ third person plural of ‘you’. It might be for Jessica, but I always believed it to be the very informal case, and still do. So no points awarded there, or am I giving up too soon? Ms Langemeier, I’m pretty certain, is North American – so could it be her Spanish has a touch of the frijoles and refried beans? My dictionary tells me I’m right and so, it appears, do all the Spanish phrase books I’ve ever reviewed. Certainly in my days in Madrid 40 years ago, the use of ‘vosotros’ when talking to a group of my elders (or, gulp, the Guardia Civil) would have earned me a hard stare in the former circumstances and a swift clip around the ear in the latter. Ah well, come on, we’re not all perfect and we’re dealing here, as with most disk versions of language, with the US version.

Danny Collins

The BBC this ‘aint, so absolute beginners should expect to come out at the other end talking a bit like Speedy González. Those who already have mastered the lisps and ‘elyehs’ of Castellano should be saved. So, apart from a possible error on the first page, the rest looks conquerable. All in all, I found it quite fun to listen to and the lessons are repeated slowly enough for the listener to catch every phonetic. Also, being in disk form, you can play them in your car but do avoid mouthing the words to yourself at traffic lights as other drivers might find this off-putting. I’d certainly recommend this as an addition to someone’s Christmas stocking. After a few weeks they’ll find themselves at the stage of understanding what’s going on around them (well, perhaps Granny won’t but there you go…) and they should be able to ask simple questions in banks, stores, and hotels, whatever. Unless they really are a Dummy, of course. Author: Jessica Langemeier Publisher: Wiley Publishing (audio set) Price: 19.60€ ISBN: 978 0 047 09585 0

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid in 2012 VOLVO UNVEILED the V60 Plug-in Hybrid in early 2011: a virtually production-ready car with carbon dioxide emissions below 50 g/km, to be launched in 2012 as the result of close cooperation between Volvo Car Corporation and Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall. In January 2007, Volvo Car Corporation and Vattenfall AB launched an industrial partnership to test and develop plug-in technology, creating the jointly owned company ‘V2 Plug-in-Hybrid Vehicle Partnership HB’.

The market’s first diesel plug-in hybrid is an attractive car type giving users access to the very best properties of an electric car and also a diesel-powered vehicle: very low fuel consumption and CO2 levels, combined with long range and high performance.

engine, calculated in Sweden at about 25 kronor (3€) per 100km: exact costs will vary from one market to another.

CHEAPER ON FUEL Powered solely by electricity, the V60 Plug-in Hybrid has a range of up to 50 kilometres and an operating range up to 1200km on a five-hour charge from any domestic outlet. Carbon dioxide emissions will average 49 grams per kilometre (NEDC EU Combined certification driving cycle) with fuel consumption 1.9 litres per 100km. The cost of the battery pack means the plug-in hybrid will be more expensive to buy than a Volvo V60 with a conventional combustion engine. However, fuel costs will be one-third of a conventional combustion

BENEFITS An electric motor is almost four times as efficient as a regular combustion engine, enabling an electrically powered car to consume less energy, producing lower emissions. European electricity production has an emission ceiling, meaning that even if all vehicles were to run on electricity, electricity production itself is not allowed to produce more carbon dioxide: this emission ceiling will be gradually lowered over a period of time. Electricity can be produced virtually without any CO2 emissions. Vattenfall is working towards halving the company’s emissions by

2030, becoming climate-neutral by 2050. Emissions from millions of exhaust tailpipes are transferred to a small number of production facilities: easier to control, they will operate on the basis of the EU’s trade in emission rights; this does not apply to the transport sector at present. Electric vehicles use relatively little electricity - the increase in consumption will be more than covered by ambitious expansion plans for renewable energy sources throughout Europe. Vattenfall will offer buyers of the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid a contract including electricity from renewable sources. Electricity production is undergoing rapid expansion with wind-power being commercially introduced on a large scale.


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PET TAXI transporting your pet door to door in our air conditioned vehicles, stopping in pet friendly hotels travelling twice monthly. Accompanied travel also available. Tel: 952 541 147 HOMES NEEDED FOR ABANDONED KITTENS I have 4 gorgeous kittens which are really friendly and love people. 1 male g/w and 3 female tabby, tri, t-shell . If you can offer a good home to one please give sarah a call 600552031 or 965960658. HOUSE AND PET SITTING Call Margaret experienced multi lingual telephone 968 186 781 Mobile 659 824 156 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 966074576 or 650341087 for a chat or e mail 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 TRANS-PET We do regular, doorto-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:600-552-030/965-960-658

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS - COSTA BLANCA Confidential Helpline, South 625 912 078, North 648 169 045. DO YOU SUFFER THROUGH ANOTHER PERSON DRINKING? Don’t suffer alone. We meet in Benidorm every Thursday at 5.00pm. Al-Anon Established Worldwide for 60 years. Ring 634758539 for details. GATA CHARITY SHOP Description: House Clearances, furniture, bric a brac, beds, etc. High prices paid for quality items. We buy, Sell and Exchange just about anything at the GATA CHARITY SHOP in aid of SPAIN, the Society for the Protection of Animals in Need. Collection and Delivery service available. Tel 665653998 or 965756215.

LARGE FINCA, CAMPO OF ALBATERA Ideal for kennels, cattery or horses. Main house, 4 beds, 2 bathrooms, large lounge, open fireplace, aircon, heater, english tv in all rooms & free uk phone calls. Seperate - 1 bedroom granny flat. TV, Aircon, heating (ideal for letting). large pool, shower & pool bar. Enclosed terrace. Stables for 3 horses or kennels for 8 - 10 dogs, large carport 3 cars, caravan etc, mature garden, solarium, 6,000 sq meters of execrsing land. Everyhting completely fenced. Fantastic 360 Views mountains and sea. All legal €249,900. Tel 627371731 LARGE COUNTRY HOUSE, IDEAL FOR BUSINESS Bowling green, tennis, B&B, mortgage available. Outskirts San Isidro. Main house 4 beds, 2 bathrooms, 2 lounges, country kitchen, beamed ceilings, open fire (wood burner) tv / internet, phone in all rooms, (free sat tv & free uk phone calls) office and pantry & seperate two onsuite bedrooms leading onto pretty courtyard (ideal for letting). Second seperate house large litchen and bathroom plus large main room, currently used as dance / fitness /gym beauty could easily be three bedrooms (ideal for family, 2 families or rental) enclosed mature garden, shed, 24,000 square meters all fenced. Ideal for horses, dogs, camping, wooden houses or bowling green. Very large salt water pool with shower, a decked terrace of over 80 sq meters, hot tub (hardly used) organic vegetable patch, fenced car park for twenty cars, everything totally legal. All of the above only €299,000 627371731. ON 6,300 SQ MTRS IN SAN LUIS, TORREVIEJA Large complex comprising of 2 indoor bars, one outside bar, bowling green, large swimming pool, big function room with bar, stage, lighting & sound, restaurant 80 covers, crazy golf another mirrored letting room with toilets, english tv / sports screen / 9 toilets all together & 2 shower rooms, large complete kitchen, music licence, store room, lease hold €175,000 Tel: 627371731. INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION COMPANY looking for multilingual distributors. Work from home part time/fulltime and create your own business, both in Spain and other European countries. Registered and worldwide known products for general nutrition, sport nutrition, weight loss etc. Full setup with training, seminars and marketing campaigns. Low start fee and no stock. Please contact Helena on: or 657 349 902 AMBITIOUS? Life changing opportunity with a money back guarantee. For details telephone 965 322 863 A 6 FIGURE INCOME is eminently achievable with us – and there’s a money back guarantee. Telephone 965 322 863 COLD DRINK / SNACK VENDING MACHINES EXCELLENT RECESSION PROOF BUSINESS WITH NO OVERHEADS AND ALL CASH. 5 COLDDRINK VENDING MACHINES €24,900. 25 PRINGLE MACHINES €14,900, ALL WITH GUARANTEED SITES. 619307318. 10 COLD DRINK/SNACK VENDING MACHINES with sites,€44,900.

excellent cash income, no overhead, work from home, work only one day per week, €31,000 nett yearly. 25 pringle vending machines with sites €14,900.€250 per week guaranteed.965-326-442/659-696-455 SOLAR ENERGY BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Long established company, own product range. First class training & support. Telephone 606586587

MOBILE/PARK HOMES from 17.000€, Fully furnished ready to move into, A/C, Tel, Eng TV, on permanent site, Bar/Res, Pool, Tennis, Gym, Shop, walking distance to San Javier, 5 mins to beach, Airport, Hospital by car. (also bungalows for rent and caravan plots short term or permanent stays) Tlf Carol 968-192-425 mob 626-055-622 www.

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

COMPUTERS We can change your Spanish computer into English without effecting your data for only 25€ Call John on 638356368 for details PC SOLUTIONS 4U For all your PC needs. Reliable & friendly service. Call Fred 634638664

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SALES REPRESENTATIVE REQUIRED to cover Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Costa de la luz areas. Expanding van hire and transport company. Expenses , commission and basic negotiable for right applicant.. Please send CV and covering letter to RADIO PRESENTER Young and enthusiastic radio presenter required for one of the largest english speaking radio stations on the Costa Blanca, please send CV and demo to SPARE TIME, WANT EXTRA CASH? Start earning immediately by becoming an AVON representative. Info: ring Rosh 966785520 CARERS WANTED To work in England 3 weeks on 3 weeks off email CV to 24hourhomecareservices@ TELESALES OFFICE IN ALBIR OPENING A NIGHT SHIFT 25 to 30 hrs per week, Basic, commission, contract and training offered. We are looking for reliable staff, willing to work hard in exchange for great commissions.We need..... * A sales manager * 2 Closers * 15 telesales staff * 2 Administration staff. This is a great opportunity to get in while the company is young, with offices throughout Spain, Tenerife, Malaga and Barcelona the world is at your fingertips! Call Kris now on 697551459 WORKING HOLIDAYS FOR EXPATS Join our team of selfemployed live-in carers in the U.K. We require live-in carers to provide housekeeping and personal care for our elderly clients in their own homes particularly during the autumn and winter months. Flexible bookings of 2-4 weeks to suit your personal situation. Experienced nurses or carers welcome, also those with no previous experience, our in-house training is available. British/EU passport/references/drivers/good spoken English essential. This progressive friendly company was established in 1962 and is a market


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AT MICHAEL’S you can get part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. See photos (updates every 5-6 days): www. AT MICHAEL’S Beautiful hand carved Spanish antique furniture all in high quality walnut - side board + dining set with leather chairs. See: AT MICHAEL’S Two large Buddha statues in stone! Several large wardrobes and many small patio sets in stock, + lots more. See more than 600 photos: AT MICHAEL’S Oyster bed with white cushions for the terrace. + 2 matching sun loungers. Two brown high quality Chesterfield sofas. Photos on: MICHAEL’S 28 YEARS IN JAVEA ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION!



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POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, consciencious 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 15 years experience. 8 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:- Pristine Pools on 966-774-199 or 678-080-500 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 965725-565 or mobile 676-945-360/ 620-743-048

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GREAT VALUE IN JACARILLA large 3 bedroom apartment, fantastic views, 20 minutes from the beach and golf courses in the lovely Spanish village of Jacarrila. Price €325.00 per month. Please call Michael UK 00447831123631 WINTER LET. Available until May 2012. Los Lagos near Javea, 2 bed, 1 bath, Log burning stove, hot cold air con, phone line and ADSL, UK TV, washer/dryer, stunning mountain backdrop and award winning communal gardens. Sorry no pets. 450€ per month plus bills 620 144 315 1 BED PART FURNISHED bungalows on Camping Pueblo in San Javier with lots of ameneties Tlf Carol 968-192425 mobile 626-055-622 www. ALTEA/ALTEA LA VELLA COUNTRY HOUSE Refurbished Apartment, First Floor. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, lounge, kitchen, diner, 40m2 terrace, private pool, parking and gardens. Sea and mountain views. F/F, Air Con/CH.475€ pcm plus Water, gas and Electric. Available 01.10.11. Tlf:966-881-048 or 691-202-307

JUST HIRE IT ONE WAY ! Van Hire To UK, Spain and France, different van and car sizes available tel: 952 541 147 / 667 235 205

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MICK WITH HIS VAN Removals Collections Deliveries. For a reliable effective service. Hourly rate or quote. Call Mick anytime 600-247-535 VAN LEAVING FOR THE UK/SPAIN EVERY 2 WEEKS great rates please contact joe on 966074576 or 650341087 or MAN & LWB SPRINTER VAN going to UK- Spain twice a month. Tel: 610846-260 or 0044-7519-186-355 EUROMOVE4U Full & Part Loads. Spain to UK/UK to Spain on a regular monthly basis. Cars & Motorcycles transported. Call Grant or Jan Office 0034-965-300959 Mobile 0034-648-102-529 UK Mob 0044-7803-893-719. Email


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BRITISH GRADUATE TEACHER offers Primary/Secondary English Mathmatics. Telephone Margaret Johnson B.Ed. 965350-516 Mob: 616-660-687 COMPUTER TUTOR Software training, ebusiness education, website publishing, photography, videography and more DIY tips and tricks for all of your business and personal needs. Karla Darocas - certified instructor since 1990. Tel: 96 597 3234 Referrences -

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England’s World Cup Turmoil Revealed

Dennis Jordan NORTH REGION

Graham Rowntree WHILE MANY of the England rugby squad, the coaches and officials at the RFU will be dismayed that the PGB report in to the World Cup debacle was leaked to the press, as a fan, I’m glad it was. Given the widespread press coverage, it was clear that all was not well in the England camp in New Zealand but I had no idea that the problems were so huge. Players with no respect for the coaches (with the exception of Graham Rowntree), younger players feeling that senior players were taking the p**s as well as going out on it, shambolic team selection, unclear tactical thinking, weak leadership....the list just goes on and on. However, now that these complaints and criticisms are in the public domain, it gives English rugby a real chance to start afresh. If this report had been kept confidential, you can bet your bottom dollar that a huge amount of the feedback would have been brushed under the carpet. Now we know what they know, every single line of the report will need to be addressed, hopefully to the satisfaction of the media and the fans. First off, the RFU needs to put a coach and captain in place similar to that of Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss from the England cricket set up. Two strong men who demand respect from their players but who also deliver with regards to planning and practise. As to the person who leaked the report, it’s good to know that at there’s at least someone involved in English rugby can pass something on without dropping it. More Tests please We all like a bit of the bish-bash-bosh provided by one day and Twenty/20 cricket but, for me, Test cricket still provides the biggest thrills and the most enduring memories. Take the latest series played out between South Africa and Australia. The Proteus won the first match by overcoming a near 200 run deficit on 1st innings while Australia hit back to win the second game, recording the highest ever run chase in Johannesburg in to the bargain. To add to the drama, they had only two wickets in hand at the end and the winning runs were struck by an 18 year-old debutant, Pat Cummins, who was also named man of the match. Given the excitement of both matches, one has to ask why on earth these two great cricketing nations only played a two-Test series? Ups and downs of rugby league In sport as in life, you should always try and find a positive when confronted by a negative. So in terms of the 4 Nations Rugby League final, on the negative side, England had a great chance to beat the Aussies in Leeds but, yet again, they blew it. On the positive front, I found 63 cents and a stick of Kit-Kat down the back of the sofa while I was watching the game. Result.


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SOME SIMPLE but sometimes forgotten rules from the old €45 Single Green fee (Buggy 12€) Alenda golf etiquette book: Check the scorecard to learn any local rules Alicante Golf €52 Single Green fee inc Buggy Local rules apply only to the specific course you are Bonalba €41 Single Green fee (Buggy 10€) playing. Don Cayo €44 Single Green fee (Buggy 14€) Make sure to place an identifying mark on your ball and El Plantio €46 Single Green fee (Buggy 12€) inform the other players the type and number ball you are playing. Font del Llop €40 Single Green fee (Buggy 10€) AVOID SLOW PLAY Villaitana Par 62 €38 Single Green fee inc Buggy When your group is not keeping up with the pace of play Villa Aitana Par 72 €44 Single Green fee (Buggy 15€) of the group in front of you: Walk at a reasonable speed between shots. For more information email Dennis at Begin planning your next shot as you approach the ball by or direct to on 630 714 373. studying the strength and direction of the wind. When you reach your ball, check the lie, select your club, well as all your footprints and any others within visualize your swing and shot, and then play your shot. reach. From the time you select your club until you actually Rakes should be left either in or nearby the hit your shot, you should take no more than 30 to 45 bunker. seconds. There has been slow play on the courses in the MAINTAINING THE COURSE: north of Costa Blanca in the busy seasons but After hitting your shot, rake the area you played from, as seems to be a bit better over the last week.

THE WINTER is very much with us now with many of us suffering torrential downpours during the last week and with our fair share of thunder and lightning BUT the courses held up well under the onslaught although the top surface on many greens is now soft. The reason I mention this is because over recent months I have seen a tendency of putting greens on many courses to be soft and as a result any ‘heavy footed’ golfers tend to cut the surface up with modern rubber cleat spikes. Is it just me or did metal spikes never appear to make so much damage? The winter season prices were launched by some courses last week and many others will follow as from 1st December 2011. Please note that my office will be closed until 30th November 2011.

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For more information contact Mike at or direct at Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931.

Golf Course RTN Price Comments THIS WEEK I had the pleasure of playing in the Hi-5 Tour Alborán €48 Single Green fee Pro-Am at Hacienda del Alamo alongside promising young Swiss Pro Ken Benz! Benz, who is due to play at Las Cortijo Grande €29 Single Green fee Colinas in the 2nd stage European Tour Qualifying School Aguilon €44 Single Green fee next week, was very impressive and we would like to wish Desert Springs €70 Single Green fee him good luck in his quest for his European Tour card. Valle del Este €35 Single Green fee Hacienda del Alamo was also very impressive and looked La Manga Club €80 Single Green fee in great condition for the Hi-5 Tour Event there this week. The greens really stood out and without doubt have to be For more information contact the Hound on Facebook, some of the best greens in the region at this moment in twitter: or time. If you haven’t played Hacienda del Alamo recently 96 817 5716 then make sure you get across there as soon as you can! Alamo, La Finca, La Serena, Las Ramblas, Lo Look out for the following courses, all of which are Romero, Roda, Villaitana, Villamartin and reducing their green fee rates as of Thursday next week Vistabella. For further details on all pricing – Bonalba, Desert Springs, Font del Llop, Hacienda del visit the website at

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

MANY GOLFERS suffer from fatigue after twelve or so holes of a round of golf. This inevitably leads to a loss of performance and a good score going down the pan in style. Very few acknowledge the real problem as being poor nutrition. They eat the wrong type of food before and during their rounds of golf giving little or no thought to the needs of their brain and muscles during what is often a five hour round of golf excluding any warm up routines they may undertake. Many of us expatriates will enjoy the full English breakfast before leaving home or at some courses just before going to the first tee. The fat content of this type of food will lead to lethargy and a serious deterioration in scores. When on the golf course many golfers will consume pies or pasties or sandwiches with a high fat content. Once again this type of food will lead to a lethargy that will definitely not help a golfer’s performance. These types of food are a way of life to many expatriate golfers and are very difficult to leave alone. The best type of food to consume before a round of golf is something that is much lighter by comparison. Things such as muesli and other cereals for breakfast with a low fat yogurt and some fruit will see performance increase considerably. Sandwiches with a low fat content made with wholemeal or granary bread should be consumed during the round at regular intervals. Hydration is another big problem for golfers. Many will have consumed alcoholic beverages the night before. This leads to dehydration which if not addressed very early the next day will lead to a big loss of concentration. During the round of golf, drinks should be con-

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Fishing Maggots End sumed from the first tee to make sure dehydration does not occur. Coffee before the round should be avoided in any more quantity than one cup. This type of diet may not seem the most exciting for many but for those who want to play golf at their best on a more regular basis serious consideration to what they consume before and during their rounds of golf will see a considerable improvement in performance. Win a round of golf for 2 including buggy at the beautiful El Plantio resort in Alicante TO ENTER this competition simply answer the question below correctly. Every correct answer will be entered into a draw at the end of the month and the winner of this fantastic prize worth over 180 Euros will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@roundtownnews. com. The decision of the editor of Round Town News will be final in making the winning selection. Question for 25th November 2011: What was the first major championship won by John Daly? A. The Open Championship B. The US Open Championship C. The US PGA Championship All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 30th November 2011 to be entered into November’s draw, which will be made on November 30th. The winner will be announced in RTN on 2nd December 2011. Noel Eastwell Golf Academy at El Plantio Top quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members, contact Noel on 639 730 891.

Any questions you have for Noel should be sent to

Sailing Association Mar Menor THE SIXTH and final race day of the SAMM autumn series on Sunday 9th November took place at the CAR Infanta Cristina Sailing Centre at Los Narejos on the Mar Menor, run under the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system.

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For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: AGAIN, THIS week the venue was the Rio Segura at Murcia. This weeks match was the 2nd in the Gary Smith team matches. The contractors are still joining up the large pipe which we believe will be used for the diverted water, and at present it is approximately half way down the length of the river. The fishing on the day, again, was hard with only a few anglers breaking into kilo double figures. Whether it has been the change in temperature, or that this section has been really hammered for fishing over the summer months, it is not fishing as good as usual. Top anglers on the day 1st Dave ( Yours Truly ) Hoare fishing the pole using bread with 25.76 kilo´s. 2nd Doug ( Welsh Goldminer ) Hornblow fishing the pole using bread with 18.84 kilo´s. 3rd Stan ( The Man ) Roberts fishing the pole using bread with 16.64 kilo´s.

Accumulative results Rods and Reels with 10 pts Abbey Anglers with 10 pts With 2 matches to go it will be a close run race. PLEASE NOTE The club at present does have some vacancies and if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966729293 or 667407026.

Place, Boat, Helm, Crew…

2ND RACE By 2.30pm the wind had increased to 15 knots. Six boats started the second but the Laser 13 capsized at the fourth buoy on the second lap, the Pastanaca retired and just before the finish the Laser 2000 capsized: the wind had increased


David Hoare

Results from the team match Rods and Reels with 74.06 kg Abbey Anglers with 59.30 kg

1ST RACE The morning race started at 11.30am, with a north easterly wind speed of 12 knots, 7 boats competed over three laps. Unfortunately, due to ill health, John Clarke and Doreen Squires in their Miracle were not able to take part in the final race of the series. This left the race wide open to the rest of the competitors to pit their skills again the Catamaran and its crew. The first three boats on the corrected times were:

1st Gamba John Down Tony Ray, Les Dawson 2nd Catamaran Robert Hudson M HardingD English, E Penning 3rd Laser 2000 Vernon O’Byrne Ingo Wilson

in strength during the race and was gusting at 20 knots. The results on the corrected times were: 1st Catamaran Robert Hudson M Harding, D English, E Penning 2nd Gamba Vernon O’Byrne Ingo Wilson, Les Dawson 3rd Deltania Gemini Uno Iain Hamilton Peter and Lyn Ewers, B Norris The Cups which have been donated by Bankia will be presented at the SAMM

FC Torrevieja news Torry lost 2-1 at AT Saguntino last weekend. They were without 9 players and the team was made up mostly of “second string” players. They led 1 - 0 after 90 minutes, after having Nico and Mathias dismissed, but conceded 2 goals in injury time. On Sunday Torry are at home to UD Alzira in a top of the table clash. Be there for the 5.00 pm kick-off.


Annual Christmas Dinner Dance in December. The next monthly meeting of SAMM will be at Las Claras Cultural Centre in Calle Irene, Los Narajos, on the second Wednesday, 14th December 2011. For further information about the Sailing Association Mar Menor and its race programme, to resume in April 2012, go to and follow the links or email to

ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN THE MATCH this week was fished at Nancy’s being the 9th round of the Winter League on the15th November. This stretch of water is absolutely disgusting and is the worst I have ever fished and I was drawn on the road T- junction at Marjal Camp Site, the drainage ditch to my left was running that hard that the bottles were jumping the chain and the river was like a whirlpool of bottles and rubbish going around and around. It did eventually slacken off and I was able to fish after trying out three different rigs that I normally use on this water. The water coming out of the drain has gouged all the silt from the bottom and to my

surprise I had 9ft of water and eventually won the match from this peg. 1st Terry (Swing Em) Screen with 11.440kg fishing pole and maggot 2nd Stan (The Man) Roberts with 10.000kg fishing pole pellet and maggot 3rd Mark (Ken’s friend) Harrington with 8.120kg fishing pole feeder maggot and corn. Any members wishing to fish the Fur & Feather Match on the 13th December need to see Mick or myself for entry along with the 5€ fee as soon as possible. These and all other details are available on the website or from the match secretary Terry Screen on 965328368 ANGLERS TOGETHER WE HAVE been having a lot of enquiries about licenses from anglers who are passing the ‘magic age of 65’ and therefore pensioners! Licenses are still required and are free providing you have a Spanish Pensionista card, otherwise you will have to pay the normal fees. Licenses are available from either Town Halls, or the Caja Rural Bank if in Valencia region. In Murcia you will also require insurance. Make sure you take photocopies of all relevant documents to obtain your license. ie passport photo-page, NIE and insurance. Anglers Together was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. Meetings are held in two locations each month. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. The next meetings are: Friday 9th December at 12 o’clock at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada). Saturday 10th December at 12 o’clock at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the seafront between Isla Plana and Puerto de Mazarron.

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RTN South Edition 632

RTN South Edition 632  

RTN South Edition 632