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Robberies have residents up in arms

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy threw down the gauntlet at an EU summit in Brussels by saying this year’s achievable target was 5.8% of GDP p4

Power to the people!

In a move that has frankly surprised everyone the village of Entrenaranjos would be getting a doctor twice a week. p5

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Regulations for carrying in the back seat Recent changes in Spanish regulations prohibit the carriage of anything in the rear seats p60

The market starts tomorrow (Saturday)

Medieval Magic PILAR DE la Horadada will play host to an amazing Medieval Market this weekend. With more than 40 stalls, traditional medieval displays, workshops and entertainment as well as lots of activities for kids, the event promises to be great fun for all the family. The market, the likes of which have not been seen in the town since 2008, will be located in the streets of the old town and lasts for three full days; starting tomorrow Saturday, 17th March. Read the full story on page 38.

VEGA BAJA farmers and rural residents are demanding more rural policing and better justice after dozens of robberies have occurred in the municipalities of Catral, Callosa del Segura and Dolores during the last two weeks alone. Fed up with the wave of robberies that they are suffering, the residents of the rural areas of the Vega Baja, have had enough and have told reporters that they plan to deal with the problem themselves. It is believed that thieves have ransacked 70% of the rural homes in the three municipalities and according to the disgruntled residents these thieves have stolen everything from farm tools to the taps in their bathrooms as well as vehicles, livestock and televisions. A spokesman for the residents said: “The thieves steal and destroy everything, the residents complain to the police, those responsible get caught but then are released within a few hours to do it all over again.” The residents are demanding that justice be tougher with those responsible especially as these thieves don’t seem to even care whether or not anyone is at home. Many residents have found thieves in their homes and have been threatened with physical violence whilst watching the perpetrators plunder their own property. Continued on page 3


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Bay Radio launches Be Nice Day BAY RADIO is asking everyone along the Costas from Valencia to Mojacar to do something simple; Be Nice. by louise clarke The event, on 6th May, is being organised by the popular radio station to support your local charity AND the Spanish charity Caritas. All you have to do is participate in one of the fundraising events that are being organised up and down the coast. This is the radio station’s inaugural Be Nice Day and is a unique event with the aim of helping the many charities across their network; some of whom experienced a notable reduction in donations last year, and also to help the people in the region who are currently unemployed without any form of income and in need of food parcels. Many of the local charities have already joined forces with Bay Radio and are organising a 5km sponsored charity walk in their area with a live on air start at 11.15am, but there is room for some more! If you are a charity or know one who would like to take part e mail FUN INTO FUNDRAISING Bay Radio’s Be Nice Day also aims to unite not only the charities but the Spanish and foreign communities and to raise awareness of those in need. The message is simple, even a small act can help many people, so just Be Nice and join in one of the many fundraising events. Bay Radio wants to put the fun back in fundraising so has also appealed to bars, restaurants and clubs to take part in Be Nice Day and organise events with all the proceeds going to the local charity and Caritas. If your business or club would like to organise an event please register by e mailing For further information go to or email


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Great weekly day trips The rural areas of the Vega Baja are being targeted by ruthless robbers

continued from front page One elderly lady suffered a broken hip after being pushed to the ground during a robbery last week and another was shackled in her own garage whilst thieves stole her car. There is even a case of one couple who came home to find the thieves sitting quietly on the porch of their home. “They think they are invincible,” said one resident angrily. Francisco Gomez has been robbed four times in the last fortnight and the latest assault on his property took place last Friday. He told RTN: “They cut open the fence surrounding my property and stole a refrigerator, a paella dish, a stove and bedding.” One thing is for certain, the residents and farmers are up in arms. “We want justice done, but in the meantime we worry about our safety and our property,” Gomez told reporters.

He also intimated that many of his neighbours are now armed with shotguns to protect their homes and families. He said: “This area has become a haven for crime. Three vehicles have been stolen in the last month in attacks by assailants that do not hesitate to use violence when someone gets in their way.” The Local Police said that they have increased patrols in the areas as a result of this latest spate of robberies and the victims were keen to point out that they do not hold any ill feeling towards the police. But they are now at a stage where many insurance companies will not renew the insurance on their homes due to high theft rates and so until the problem is solved, the residents say they have no choice but to defend themselves using their own weapons.

Threearrestedinjointpoliceoperation THE LOCAL Police in San Fulgencio have arrested three men on suspicion of armed robbery and intimidation. The arrests followed a request for cooperation from the Local Police in Formentera del Segura and later the Guardia Civil in Almoradi after a bar in the village of Formentera had been broken into. The cash register was taken from the premises during the incident and the property was damaged. The owners of the bar were also threatened. At the time of their capture the suspects resisted arrest but after a struggle, officers were able to pin them down before the arrival of the Guardia Civil. The men were found travelling in a vehicle that contained several sickles which were allegedly used in the robbery as well as a three inch long razor blade which the assailants had apparently used to threaten the bar owners with. The men, all of whom are residents of San Fulgencio, were handed over to Guardia Civil officers from Torrevieja, who charged them with the offences.

Action over forest fires THE VALENIAN government has restricted the hours of burning agricultural waste and stubble because of the risk of forest fires. The emergency measures were put into force yesterday (Thursday) because of the unseasonal high temperatures coupled with the prolonged drought this winter. Spanish fire fighters have had to deal with fires the length of the country in recent days, from the Pyrenees to the Costa del Sol.

Minister of the Interior Serafin Castillian ordered that agricultural burning must only take place between dawn and 1.30pm. The minister advised burning was best done after it rained and said fires should be monitored until they are completely out. He said there was a “serious danger” to the countryside at a time farmers traditionally burn off waste, adding “when you go to burn, you have to look at the weather, especially the wind.”

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Spain wins deficit leeway

16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012

by jack troughton SPAIN IS to be allowed to exceed its 2012 budget target set by the European Union as it battles to bring member states’ debts into line and control the crisis. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy threw down the gauntlet at an EU summit in Brussels by saying this year’s achievable target was 5.8% of GDP – 1.4 points above the 4.4% goal previously agreed. It was argued the original target was ”unrealistic” and meant finding savings of 44 billion euros when the country was heading for recession and with growing protests at cutbacks and controversial labour law reforms making it cheaper and easier to sack workers. And Madrid claimed “victory” despite the EU clipping the excess back to 5.3% and the Spanish government continues to insist it will be on course to meet a shortfall target of 3% next year. The Spanish Cabinet will have to approve a budget at the end of the month and will still have to agree some 35 billion euros worth of cuts. Mr Rajoy has called it a “difficult budget for difficult times”. He is already looking to make a fighting fund available to cash-strapped re-

gional and municipal governments and has admitted central government had to make “important decisions.” Mr Rajoy has said his first term in office would be filled with reforms and as well as labour laws, there would be changes in education, energy, justice and public services. Spain has already had a visit from EC auditors, sent to look at the country’s books but the Organisation for Co-operation and Economic Development believes there are already “positive changes” in a number of major European economies, including Spain. However, Eurozone officials fear that by allowing Spain leeway on its deficit target could prompt other EU countries to follow suit and put pressure on strict budget rules. It is understood that Europe believes Spain has already made “great progress” under Mr Rajoy’s leadership and the Prime Minister had canvassed support of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy before making his move to increase the deficit target.

Prime Minister Rajoy at the EU summit

Cross-border fugitive held AN INTERNATIONAL fugitive wanted for murder has been arrested in a Costa Blanca bar – close to Guardia Civil barracks. The 49-year-old Dutch citizen, who made no attempt to resist, was taken into custody by officers of the National Police executing a European Arrest Warrant in Paseo de San Pedro in Altea, close to the seafront. The wanted man will be taken back to Holland, where with two alleged co-defendants he will face trial for murder, illegal possession of firearms and production of cannabis. If the fugitive is found guilty, under Dutch law he faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. It is alleged the man and two others ran a cannabis plantation in the Netherlands town of Barencrecht where they were attacked by two robbers planning on stealing the drugs. And further, it was said the three defendants began firing at the intruders, fatally wounding one of them. The two other men were arrested in Holland but the third decided to go on the run, fleeing to Spain.

Cannabis gang arrested FOUR PEOPLE have been arrested and almost 6,400 cannabis plants seized as National Police broke up an illicit export ring on the Costa Blanca. Officers discovered one of the largest plantations ever discovered in Spain and said shipments by lorry were taking the drug overland to Holland. Also seized at high tech greenhouses in Altea and La Nucia and at homes of the suspects were a sawn-off shotgun and a large quantity of tools and equipment

required for the cultivation of the plants. At a villa in Altea officers found a greenhouse with 3,800 plants – most having reached five feet in height in “ideal” growing conditions. And when police raided a home in La Nucia officers seized a further 2,250 pots of marijuana plants, recovering a further 329 plants. The raids were the culmination of a month long investigation into what detectives described as “a well organised commercial production of drugs”.

16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012

Power to the people!

Residents with the petition outside the Town Hall

by LOUISE CLARKE JUST ONE week after a petition asking for a doctor to be installed in the village of Entrenaranjos was handed into the Orihuela Town Hall, it was announced that they will have one! In a move that has frankly surprised everyone, including RTN, the PP Councillor, Pepa Ferrando, held a press conference last Friday at the Town Hall to announce that the urbanisation would be getting, as requested in the petition, a doctor twice a week. According to the Councillor meetings were held between the Torrevieja Health Department 22 and representatives of the opposition party and it was agreed that as long as there is a suitable location, which has internet and

telephone access, a doctor can be installed in the urbanisation to care for the thousand or so residents who live there within the next month. This victory has delighted all the residents on the urbanisation, regardless of their political views, and those responsible for signing the petition and highlighting the need for such a service in Entrenaranjos should be congratulated for a job well done! This was never a political issue and shouldn’t have ever been made into a political issue. The fact of the matter is that a doctor was needed on the urbanisation and it doesn’t matter how or who got the doctor there, he/she will be now there for the benefit of ALL the residents of the village.

Car accident injures four

FOUR PEOPLE were injured, one seriously, in a car accident in Callosa del Segura. The accident happened on Monday evening at 20.45 at the Km 7.400 mark of the CV900, which links the towns of Orihuela and Alicante and passes through the municipality. The accident was caused after two cars travelling in opposite directions

collided. One of the cars was carrying a 48 year old Spanish man and the other car was carrying three Algerian men, one aged 21 years of age and two aged 23. As a result of the collision, the 21 year old was seriously injured and is currently in a life threatening condition in the Vega Baja hospital. He suffered from multiple

injuries and a broken leg. Meanwhile, the other two in the car suffered from superficial injuries and broken bones, whilst the driver of the other car suffered bruises and broken ankle. All four were treated at the scene by ambulance crew from the Emergency Medical Service (SAMU) unit and taken to the Vega Baja hospital.



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Orihuela to take Valencia to court over the court building by louise clarke THE ORIHUELA Town Hall has said this week that if the Valencia government does not pay them the debt it owes for the courthouse in the city within 90 days, it will be taken to court and evicted from the building. According to the Councillor for Planning and Projects, Antonia Moreno, if no agreement is reached on the building, which was constructed eight years ago on municipal land, the Town Hall will take the matter to court in June. Moreno said that according to the survey done by the municipal technicians, the regional Government should have paid the Town Hall about three million euros when it moved from the old courthouse, near the Town Hall, to the current more modern courthouse building. The Councillor added: “In real terms, the Valencian Government owes Orihuela at

least ten million euros.” She also emphasised the “lack of commitment” in which the Valencia Government has shown Orihuela with regards to this issue and also the health provision and infrastructure for the municipality, which is also their responsibility. Moreno said: “Orihuela seems to have developed a charitable relationship with the Valencian Government and this must no longer be allowed to continue.” Moreno said that the Valencia Department of Finance had proposed to the Town Hall that they allow them to buy the land on which the Palace of Justice is built but without setting any commitments or payment schedule. She said: “The government team will not make any transfers or agree to the signing over of the land without a firm agreement of payment terms.”

Passengernumbersdown SPAINISH AIRPORTS witnessed a fall in passenger numbers last month, 5.6% down on February 2011, according the airport authority AENA. Alicante’s Altet Airport recorded 455,827 passing through the terminal, itself a drop of 12.9% on 12 months earlier. A total of 11.6 million passengers used AENA airports in Spain in February, 6.8 million on international flights – down 0.7% - 4.6 million travelling within the country. However Murcia’s San Javier Airport saw an increase in travellers, up 10%, La Palma up 11.7% and Santander recording an increase of 21.7% in passenger numbers. And fewer travellers used the capital’s Barajas Airport, down 7.4%, while Barcelona saw a slight increase of 0.7%. The figures released this week showed the number of flights operating through Spanish airports was 133,353, 9.8% less than February 2011.

Orihuela Town Hall

Support for strike by Jack Troughton SPANISH UNIONS expect massive support for the general strike on 29th March and the protest against planned labour law reforms. The general secretaries of the CCOO and UGT say members are prepared to fight to win substantial modifications to the changes tabled by the government. They maintain there is no “apathy” or sense of “resignation” amongst members preparing to protest at the end of the month and believe the mass action will trigger a period of “reflection” by politicians in Madrid. The unions are calling for the government to sit down and negotiate and have criticised the lack of proper dialogue. And it was said rather than seeking changes to labour laws, the government should concentrate on tax reforms and overhauling the financial system to develop investment policies to sustain employment, public services and make credit available to both families and businesses.

Community spirit is alive… just! by Louise Clarke FOLLOWING LAST week’s front page article in RTN, Michelle Mint and Terry Watson, who are in charge of looking after the new community centre in Blue Lagoon, have been delighted with the response from the local community. The Nook Bar in Las Filipinas has offered a flat screen TV and a sound system and Fat Bobs Lock Smith has agreed to make sure that the building is locked securely, whilst Dirk Van Damme has offered to put extra security grills on the property to ensure extra security. Meanwhile, Debbie from The Electrical Shop is making sure that cups of tea and coffee will be plentiful by donating a brand new kettle. And as far as the Youth Club is concerned it has also been announced that starting in April and every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to 7 pm, indoor and outdoor activities will be made available to children aged from seven to 11 years of age for FREE! So, thanks to George and Sharon Marshall for offering their time and patience for that! STONE THROWING However, not everyone is feeling so positive about the community centre. RTN has been contacted by some residents who say that the idealistic proposals highlighted in the article are somewhat unrealistic. David O’Brian has a house overlooking the community centre. He said: “As I sit and respond to your article,

The community centre

(18.30 Friday evening), there are a large number of youths ‘hanging out’ around the centre, as usual. They are playing five a side football on, the once, pristine bowling green and a number have climbed on to the roof, via the aerial, and are throwing stones and other loose items at their friends below.” According to other residents, this happens almost every night the building is not open, until the very early hours, especially at weekends; making the need for a controlled youth club even more prevalent, surely? CONFRONTATION David added: “The vast proportion of residents in close proximity to the centre are in their later years and although we agree that this facility should be made use of, they fear for their physical

well being if they attempt to confront these children about their vandalism. I fully understand the need for such facilities, and applaud those who pursue the authorities for such. But they should really get out and see what is happening in the real world once the sun has gone down. Because, whilst this centre is over run by these youths, who treat it as their ‘turf’, no one is going to set foot inside it at the weekends and evenings for the fear of confrontation.” RTN has passed these comments onto Michelle and Terry who were featured in the article and they are well aware of these serious issues. Closer liaison with the residents concerned has been promised and RTN hopes that everyone can work together for the benefit of the community as a whole.

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New children’s traffic park opens by Louise Clarke A NEW children’s traffic park opened this week in Pilar de la Horadada. Located in the grounds of the Integrated Security Centre, which houses the municipality’s Local Police and Civil Protection, the park is an 800 square metre miniature traffic park which is expected to attract thousands of students from all over the southern Valencia region. As part of the regional curriculum’s driver education programmes, local schools will be allowed to visit the park and children will be guided around it on their bikes or other small modes of transport such as scooters and tricycles. GREAT FUN The Mayor of Pilar de la Horadada, José Fidel Ros and the Councillor for Public Safety, Francisco Lancharro as

well as other Councillors from the Pilar Town Hall attended the inauguration in which the Mayor stressed the importance of road safety education for all children; regardless of age. The park is open everyday and can be visited by anybody who wants to use it; you don’t have to be a resident of Pilar de la Horadada. The enclosed circuit includes, roads and junctions, traffic lights, 55 different street and traffic signs and pedestrian crossings and it is a great way to have a couple of hours of fun with the kids whilst educating them on road safety at the same time. You can also use the six pedal cars that are available, which can be used by both kids and adults and there are around a dozen bikes for children and adults and ample parking space outside the circuit.

The park is fun for all the family

Electricity scam

CONMEN POSING as electricity workers are working in the Marina Alta preying on the unwary and the elderly, police warned this week. The bogus company workmen arrive unannounced to “replace” a home’s electricity meter before demanding payment in cash for the job. Javea Local Police has warned the gang of scammers are operating in the municipality and has underlined to the public that genuine company workmen would never demand direct payment and any work would be charged to the next electricity bill. Anyone who has fallen victim to the fraud or anyone with any information about the gang is asked to contact the police as soon as possible.

Iberia strike off by Jack Troughton PILOTS AT Spanish carrier Iberia have ditched a series of strikes threatening to bring holiday chaos, according to the airline. The protest at the launch of a new budget airline involved plans for 24 days of strikes between today (16th March) and 28th May – including the busy Easter period. Since December Iberia pilots have staged 12 days of strike action and the protest

was joined last month by colleagues represented by the cabin crew union Stavla. A spokeswoman for Iberia confirmed the threat to flights had been lifted. “The pilots have accepted the proposal to have a mediator.” It is understood that the industrial action to date had forced Iberia, part of the International Airlines Group with British Airways, to cancel some 1,400 flights at a cost of 36 million euros.



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Not clever at all I FIND you can’t go into a bar but to hear every other word is the f*** word. I believe these people have something missing between their ears. It’s not pleasant to listen to yet some, not all, refrain when women or children arrive. If they can do that then why can’t they do it all the time. I believe these people are insecure, need to use the word to gain attention or wait for a reaction but they are certainly not clever. Mr Scott, Torrevieja


I WOULD like to make a suggestion to Norah Bond that she changes the name of her charity to HAHA instead of HAH following the “comedy” performance last week at the Civic Centre in Playa Flamenca. My wife and I have been following HAH’s progress for a while and it is very positive to see that someone is trying to get through to the authorities on our (the public) behalf. We were both looking forward to the informative meeting with the Social Services to see exactly what we are entitled to and how to go through the correct channels to obtain it. Let’s face it, we like others, are not getting any younger and we want to stay here in Spain and not be a burden on our family in the UK. The meeting which started off ok quickly turned into a farce. One lady very rudely interrupted the meeting with questions she wanted answers to none of which had anything to do with the meeting. Then to make matters worse Mrs. Bond brought her own meeting to a standstill by holding up a petition and asking for signatures! I could not unfortunately understand the Spanish social workers who attended the meeting but they were certainly not happy and started packing up ready to leave. This meeting could have been a step towards working together with Social Services. My wife said they certainly won’t be in hurry to sit down with us again. What a shame! Regards, Sue and Jack Wilson, Orihuela Costa

Mayor abusing his power

WHY HAS the green party mayor taken over the job of councillor for the coast? If my memory serves me correctly the green party got a lot less than 200 votes. The CLR-CLARO alliance got about 10 times what the greens got. Orihuela Costa is supposed to be a democracy so why has the man who cannot even speak English and with so few votes ignored our wishes and acted in such a high-handed fashion. As an Orihuela Costa resident I voted for the CLR-CLARO alliance. We turned out in force to get rid of Monica Lorente and her gang of bullies and thieves, to elect a team that would fight for our rights. I know that one of the elected CLR-CLARO councillors resigned, maybe he was not up to the job, but if my memory serves me correctly I voted for a list of about 30 people, could one of them not be appointed instead to the mayor trying to grab more power? I love living in Spain, but I am not a second class citizen. The mayor is abusing his power by imposing himself on us. He is no better than Monica Lorente or Franco. P. Clinton

“They don’t like it up ‘em!”

I AM willing to put money on the fact that “ Terence M. Newman” belongs to the Conservative party or is a rabid supporter. ( RTN letters 2-3-2012) Once again as Cpl. Jones used to say “ They don’t like it up’em!” If he knew what the word politics meant he would know that it’s an old Greek word meaning ‘of the people’. First of all democracy is a timid beast that has to be nurtured at every opportunity. Second, socialism and the love of our fellow humans is international.

Third, the RTN deserves to be congratulated for its contribution to democracy by airing views that may be contrary to its own political stance, but also that it helps to have a Tory baiter like me who provides good copy to inflame “ Mr. Angry of the Costas” to be inspired to write to your free newspaper. Fourth, the British press is 90% owned by Conservative supporting rich people, if I tried to get my letters or articles published in the Daily Telegraph, The Daily

Mail or any of the corrupt Murdoch newspapers I would be a bigger “ nutter” than I am accused of being. Although to be honest as usual, I did try a couple of times! Fifth, the Conservatives and their pathetic Liberal bum lickers are destroying too much of what made Britain great, anyone who would sit back and allow that to happen is a person who believes in greed before need and the end of democratic society. That way lies fascism. Jack Johnson, La Cala

Orihuela’s cross is safe La Cruz de la Muela

by LOUISE CLARKE LA CRUZ de la Muela will be declared an official point of local interest at the next Orihuela Town Hall meeting. The announcement came this week after the Valencia Government approved the Town Hall’s request to make the cross, which sits at the top of the mountain behind the city, a monument of local relevance.

The Councillor for Heritage, Manuel Culiañez, said that from now on, the symbol will have maximum protection and will be listed as a grade one monument under urban landscape regulations and under no circumstances will it be ever altered or demolished as it now has the highest degree of protection.

Cock fighting arrests

By Jack Troughton NATIONAL POLICE have arrested 46 people at an illegal cock fighting ring in the Alicante town of Callosa de Segura. Entrance to the weekend fights and to bet on the birds involved in the combat cost 10€ and people travelled from neighbouring provinces to make up the audience and bet between 300€ and 600€ per contest – although larger sums could change hands during a fight, up to 10,000€ according to detectives. Police revealed six of those arrested were organisers of the cock fighting and recovered 7,000€ in cash, spurs attached to chickens’ legs during the battles, weighing scales and substances such amphetamines and caffeine, designed to increase a bird’s aggressiveness. The investigation, named ‘Crest’, was launched a month ago based on information supplied by suspicious breeders and involved officers of the force’s drugs and organised crime unit.

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The Fast Track Hypnosis Diaries


Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

THIS WEEK once again saw clients with some different types of problems. “For the past six years I have been living a life of panic. I have been unable to sit in a room with the doors closed tight or in the back of a two door car because I felt I could not breathe. It has been impossible for me to go into shops if I could not see the way to get out again. Travelling on public transport has been totally impossible until I decided to have a consultation with you, Alan. After I had four sessions with you and can now say I have got my life back! Sitting in a room with the door closed tight is no longer a problem and travelling on public transport is a delight, and this is all down to you, Alan. Many many thanks for giving me my life back............... Stephanie......” This lady who I had helped with her panic attacks, had brought a young lady to see me with a very interesting condition. Every time someone would talk about a medical condition in front of her or even if she saw something on TV she would faint! Obviously this was very distressing and embarrassing to her particularly in her job. Having done the first session with her at the beginning of the week and also one at the end of the week she is showing signs of improvement and hasn’t fainted all week. Her next session will be to teach her Auto Hypnosis so that she can calm herself down very fast in any particular situation. Another one this week was a Clinical Psychologist who has a phobia of reading from a script in public. He is OK talking to people and giving lectures etc. but his problem is if he has to read something from a blackboard or from a sheet of paper he simply can’t get the words out. A charming young lady presented herself this week to me because she is absolutely terrified of her brother. This stems back to early childhood when he would bully her. From then she has never been able to settle herself in front of him, having palpations, sweating, etc.. The reason she has come to me now

is because of a big family occasion coming up and he will be there. People seem to always leave it until the last minute or when they are backed into a corner before they seek to overcome their problem. A classic example of this is the person who rings me up with the fear of flying. And when I ask them when they are going its usually first thing the next morning. One fear of flying that I did a few years ago was particularly rewarding. It was a Saturday evening when I received a phone call from a very distressed young lady. She explained to me that she had just got married that day and they were jetting off on their honeymoon and her husband walked off the plane and wouldn’t go! They were able to get it rebooked for the Tuesday and could I help him. As it normally takes 4 sessions to deal with this they were at my office at 10pm that night again on the Sunday and Monday and finally at 6.00am on the Tuesday morning as their flight was going at 10am. The end result was they sent me a lovely postcard from their honeymoon destination and on their return I received some of their wedding cake as well! “Hi Alan, Well got here. Thank you so much for your help. I feel fantastic. The flight was super, I was a little nervous before we got to the airport, BUT on boarding the craft I did a little self hypnosis and never looked back. Will be in touch with a couple of photos when we get back. C.” As usual with all my testimonials I only ever give the clients first name as I believe confidentiality is of paramount importance in my profession and practice. This is reflected in the amount of letters I receive from them, each week, telling of their experiences. Here are some other ones from smokers and weight control last week. “ I was advised in Sept 2011 I had to have surgery on the base of my spine and had to stop smoking before they would operate. I’d tried cold turkey, then patches and no smoking clinics .

My sister and fiancé had recommended Alan as they had stopped smoking in January 2010 as a result of coming to see him. I’m pleased to say I’ve not had one puff since November 24th 2011 after 6 years of heavy smoking. “ Just a few lines to thank Alan for your help to stop smoking. It has been over 5 weeks now and I haven’t smoked or felt like a cigarette. I am also delighted that I have not put on any weight - that was one of my biggest fears.... Many Thanks Jacqueline....” “ I have had a weight problem since I was a child. Coming from a large family my mothers method was “ fill them up and shut them up “. So I was brought up on puddings, potatoes etc., and woe betide us if we left anything on the plate. Food has always been my comfort blanket whether happy , sad, whatever, I was never put off eating. I had a bad accident a few years ago and my foot was broken in lots of pieces and of course I was left with arthritis. I went to my Doctor yet again, last year as the pain was unbearable. I was told in no uncertain terms that my weight was probably a lot of the problem and that I was a walking time bomb. I was a prime candidate for a stroke, heart attack, etc. I for once listened and started to try to lose weight. I had seen Alan’s advert , even cut it out a year ago or so but this time I thought it was time to try it. Well, what a wonderful thing it is. I can honestly say I have never looked back and it has been so easy. Since July last year I have lost 32kg ( 5 stone ). The praise I get is fantastic and I feel so much better. I would still listen to Alan’s CD some nights , it has become my lullaby. I very rarely hear more than a few moments and then I am asleep, waking up when it has finished, but it has gone into my subconscious. Alan has saved my life, the pain is still there but I can now go to my Doctor knowing something can be done!...Linda........” More Fast Track Hypnosis next time. See you then with some more interesting cases.

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

Emergency shelter open

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Europaopenday EUROPA NETWORK is staging an open day today (Friday 16th March) to show off the communication group’s new offices and expanding services. Everyone is welcome to enjoy cava and canapés from 12.30pm until 4pm at the offices in Javea’s Cabo de la Nao Pla, between the Mercadona and Iceland supermarkets.

Bollywood comes to Benidorm

by jack troughton

HUNDREDS OF visitors helped the Women in Business Club’s health, beauty and gift fair a success – and raise 1,500€ to support the victims of domestic violence. The club’s event at Javea’s Parador Hotel marked International Women’s Day and the warm sunshine on Sunday guaranteed a good crowd attended. The money raised by WIBC, which runs two fairs a year, goes to support four women’s shelters in the Marina Alta; the fourth in Vergel has just been opened and fitted out for use by women and children fleeing abusive relationships. WIBC President Chris Duffin told RTN: “All the money we raise goes to the shelters and the women and children who arrive at them having escaped domestic violence. We are now up to four, we have just kitted out an emergency shelter in Vergel and in the Marina Alta area we have three residential units. “Unfortunately, they are all full. The trouble is with the economic downturn, the less money


there is the more victims of abusive relationships there are.” CANDLE Sunday’s fair started with the traditional WIBC opening ceremony of lighting three candles – the first was for the club’s membership and the contribution members make, the second for the day being commemorated by the events, and the third for women who have been killed through domestic violence over the last 12 months. Chris said the 39 stalls at the Parador were all busy and provided a “great variation” of attractions for visitors “it is not all just health, beauty and women’s stuff, there is something for everyone.” However, some exhibitors faced a marathon task actually getting to the hotel to set up – the fair clashed with a road race and police had closed some of the streets for the athletes. “Eventually all bar one made it in the end.” Anyone who bought raffle tickets can check if they are a winner via the club website

Chris Duffin (left) with Liz Yardley of Hibiscus and her iced cakes

by Jack Troughton SPAIN’S BEST known holiday resort provided a backdrop for a new Bollywood blockbuster ‘Anna Bond’ as filming took place in the streets of Benidorm’s Old Town. With a $2 million budget, two Indian actors and a crew of 32 from makers Poornima Enterprise and Spanish company Camino Media filmed a dream sequence for the love story which involves the hero doing his utmost to escape the long arm of the Mafia. And the presence of the cameras attracted an audience of tourists as the action took place along the steps leading from Playa del Mal Pas and the castle. According to the makers it was worth travelling thousands of miles to shoot scenes in Spain which has a growing hold on Indians interested in its culture, traditions and cities.


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STAGEKiiDZ make the news at Viva TV

Home test to cut cancer deaths by Jack Troughton VALENCIA’S HEALTH chief Manuel Escolano believes a simple home testing kit can slash deaths caused by cancer of the colon by almost a third. The Director of Public Health said early detection of the disease “can cut the mortality rate from this cancer by up to 30%”. And he said an early diagnosis meant a “less aggressive and more effective” intervention while pre-cancerous polyps could be removed helping prevent the onset of cancer. The Department of Health is to distribute 500,000 kits to people living in Alicante to people aged between 50 and 69. It will also instruct those with concerns to call a dedicated telephone number or contact their local health centre. According to data, more than 3,000 cases of colon cancer are detected in Valencia each year, and annually 28,000 people are diagnosed with the disease across Spain. It is the second leading cause of deaths by cancer and the government believes preventative work must be a priority.

by louise clarke

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Making the news with Viva TV

FIFTEEN MEMBERS of STAGEKiiDZ, which is based in Benidorm, were literally making the news when they paid a visit to the Viva TV studios recently for a little insight into how television programmes are made. STAGEKiiDZ run classes for stage, TV and drama and were delighted when Viva TV agreed to host a workshop as part of the student’s education into all different aspects of the media industry. The youngsters task was to make a news programme with a breaking top story that aliens had taken over

the cars on the Costa Blanca and had given them a mind of their own. VALUABLE Everyone had a role to play from studio based newsreader using autocues to camera and sound operators, roving reporters ,eyewitnesses and even a nutty professor.. They were shown “green screen” techniques and later, once all the filming had been completed the students watched as their show was edited to make a finished news programme. Joanne

Venet, who runs STAGEKiiDZ, told RTN: “All the students had a fabulous and informative time with Viva TV. At STAGEKiiDZ we like to offer all round entertainment and media training and this experience was a valuable addition to our programme.” Richard Hayward, Director of Viva TV, added: “We really enjoyed giving the members of STAGEKiiDZ a little idea of what goes into making a television programme. I hope it has given a few of them the taste to learn more and join what is a very exciting industry.”

SPAIN HAS ended its Antarctic research programme after closing its two bases – Gabriella de Castilla and Juan Carlos 1 – and ordering the navy’s oceanographic vessel ‘Las Palmas’ back to home waters. The ship has already left the frozen continent and is expected to dock in her home port of Cartagena in Murcia in the middle of next month. During her time in the Antarctic, Las Palmas has travelled a distance of a trip equivalent to a circumnavigation of the globe and crossed some of the most hostile seas on the planet. She has also ferried more than 168 scientists – an international elite from Spain, Portugal, Japan, Argentina, Germany, Bulgaria, Mongolia, Italy and the USA.

Gabriella de Castilla

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San Javier to host Spain’s national Jet Ski championship

Brief encounter

by louise clarke IF YOU don’t fancy celebrating Paddy’s Day, the start of the Formula One Grand Prix season and you haven’t got your mum here to spoil, why not have a trip down to Santiago del Ribera this weekend and watch the Spanish National Jet Ski Championships? The Mayor of San Javier, Juan Martinez Pastor, the Councillor for Sports, Carlos Albaladejo and the President of the Spanish Motorboat Federation, Jose Miguel Martinez, announced on Wednesday that Spain’s Jet Ski Endurance Championship will be held this weekend, 17th and 18th March, in the waters off Santiago de la Ribera.

Jose Miguel Martinez, Javier, Juan Martinez Pastor and Carlos Albaladejo

STRATEGIES Jose Miguel Martinez explained that this will be an endurance test in which the jet skis have to cover a distance of 200 miles on a circuit that can be seen from all of the beaches of Santiago de la Ribera, although the departure and arrival will be in Playa Los Arcos. Martinez said the level of difficulty of the test requires race strategies to cope with five refuelling stops and depending on sea conditions the race could take until 4.30pm on Sunday to complete. The participating teams will come from all over Spain, including Madrid, Valencia, Andalucía,

the Basque Country and Catalonia and last year’s winners, Antonio Vivanco and Juanfra Rodríguez, who come from the Murcia region, will be competing again in the hope of regaining their title. Jose Miguel Martinez welcomed the positive cooperation of the San Javier Town Hall and invited members of the public to come along and watch the race from any point of the Santiago de la Ribera promenade this weekend. The Mayor of San Javier


said that he was delighted that his town was being asked to host such a prestigious and first class sporting event and said that this event will have a hugely positive impact on Santiago de la Ribera. The Councillor for Sports told RTN: “This is one of many sporting events that San Javier has hosted since last September and we will be continuing to promote both sports and sports tourism in the municipality from now until the end of the summer season.”

THE PRESIDENT of the United States of America Barack Obama and Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy are scheduled to meet for the first time later this month – but for little more than a hand shake. The two leaders are scheduled cross paths on 27th March at a summit on nuclear safety in Seoul, while a more formal introduction is likely to take place at NATO talks being staged in Chicago on 20th and 21st May. A White House spokesman believed President Obama and the Spanish Premier would have the opportunity to “speak to each other” in Seoul, Mr Rajoy’s aides think there would be only a greeting between the pair. Mr Rajoy is still waiting for a first invitation to the White House but diplomats say will have the chance for talks with the President at the NATO summit.


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Padel professionals play in Pilar by Louise Clarke THE ELITE of the padel world will descend on Pilar de la Horadada for the third annual Jose Martinez Memorial Trophy over the coming three weeks. The Mayor of Pilar de la Horadada, José Fidel Ros, announced on Tuesday morning that the tournament, in which some of the best players in Spain and Europe will play, starts today, 16th March and will continue until April 8th. A presentation of the event was made at the Pilar Town Hall and the Mayor was accompanied by the Councillor for Sports, Adrian Lopez and various representatives of the organisation committee. OPPORTUNITY The sports event has been sponsored this year by more than 130 local, regional and national companies and is

held every year in Pilar de la Horadada by friends and relatives in memory of Jose Martinez, a resident of the municipality. The competition offers €10,000 in prizes and this year includes two new categories and financial donations from the event will be given to two charities; the AECC and the Association Jericho of Pilar de la Horadada. It promises to be a great event for spectators and if you’ve ever wanted to know what padel is and what the game involves, this tournament will be the perfect opportunity for you to find out! All matches will take place at Pilar’s sports complex in the main courts and the finals will take place in the Duques The de Palma pavilion. For more presentation information, please visit of the padel tournament

Swimathon success

MORE THAN 350 people swam for the needy at last Saturday’s Swimathon event at the Palacio del Agua in Orihuela. Swimmers at the inaugural event, which was in aid for the San Jose Foundation, donated 158 kilos of pasta, 90 kilos of vegetables, 45 kilos of rice, 100 litres of milk and 300 bottles of shower gel as well as lots of other items and almost 1,100€ in monetary donations. A total of 40,000 lengths were swum during the 12 hour marathon event and the Foundation’s Deputy Director, Arturo Pastor was delighted with the response and generosity of the swimmers. He said: “This event has more than fulfilled our expectations and we thank everyone who took part.”

Collectors needed Paul Cunningham Nurses is looking for people to join them at Cabo Roig strip tomorrow, Saturday 17th March, for the St Patrick’s Day parade. The charity was chosen out of the hat to be the beneficiary of bucket collections during the parade and so they need volunteers to hold a collecting bucket for a couple of hours! RTN has volunteered to do some collecting whilst covering the event for next week’s paper, so why not come along and join in the fun? The parade starts at 3pm but you will need to be there at about 2pm. Susan Reader from the charity told RTN: “I need a team of about 20 people so why not make a day of it and bring along some friends too? You will get to experience all the fun of the parade from being right in the thick of it!” Please contact Susan on 639 318 526 or email if you can volunteer.


I can’t blame Ryanair

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Chris Marshall Expat blogger

MUCH DEBATE and disappointment this week in our neck of the woods at the news that Ryanair have done a U Turn and have pulled out of the Almeria to Liverpool route. Background to this is that Monarch used to fly from Manchester and Birmingham into Almeria, but recently withdrew the Manchester flight. Ryanair stepped forward announcing a twice weekly service to start at the end of March. Good news for all, Ryanair were to be the single handed saviour of the all but non existent tourist business along the Costa Alameria and overnight would become the airline of choice for many a second property owner. Only it wasn’t to be! Ryanair pulled out claiming that the landing fees at Almeria are too high (they are) and the Almeria does virtually nothing to attract the airlines aka tourists (again true). So never mind that Almeria airport is over 100m€ in debt and on the list to be reviewed to be closed following the reversal in the governments decision no to semi privatise the airports. Never mind the fact that Almeria’s Tourist Board have a stated aim to turn the region into area of Gastronomic Tourism and as such are targeting a specific market with a higher disposable income that the ‘traditional British tourist’. And then there is the fact that Almeria has always been set as a second property destination for Spaniards, as well as the Brits, Germans, Swedes etc etc. No there was a bandwagon to be jumped on: the

let’s hate Ryanair one! Now it is no secret that as an airline I don’t really like them. I am not a fan of the ‘budget approach’ and the ‘extras’ soon add up BUT as a business they have to be admired, and dare I say it encouraged! In an age when hardly anyone is making any money the fact that they are is impressive, and one way or another we need them. They pulled out of Granada for similar reasons not so long ago you may remember so for those that are saying that it is just a publicity stunt, a way of making money by getting bookings paid for when they had no intention of flying I can only muster two words: grow up! If the economics made sense I have no doubts that of all the airlines Ryanair would be making a go of it. Monarch couldn’t and they pulled out, so why can’t Ryanair? The fact that they hadn’t communicated and refunded deposits before people started getting in touch? Conspiracy? Rubbish, this is the age of the Internet and things move so quickly these days I doubt they had time to set the processes up before the news was spread like wildfire. The facts are in the story: Almeria doesn’t want the classic British Tourist. It has figured out that the likes of Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, Tenerife and Gran Canaries are going to get them. They are del establish, popular and a safe bet for the tourists.

Almeria like many a destination has to re-invent itself and they are totally entitled to do what they want, how they want. If that sits uncomfortably with some that is just tough I am afraid. Sticking with airlines interesting to read that Iberia has announced plans to take its striking pilots to court by commencing legal action against their union, SEPLA. According to the airline, it loses three million euros a day when the pilots down tools in protest. The upcoming strikes will hit every national public holiday between now and June, which could cost the airline substantial amounts of money. Over half of the team of 390 pilots working for the now-defunct flight company Spanair have been taken on by other carriers at home and abroad, say sources from the company. Around 50 have been employed by Qatar Airways and several others by low-cost company Vueling, whilst 150 are now with Hong Kong Airlines – part of the Hainan group. Jose Padilla is the bull fighter that ended up with a bulls horn going through his lower jaw and out of how left eye. He now wears a eye patch and talks with a lisp, but has returned to the ring five months after the ‘accident’. Good for him: gives the bull a chance to finish off the job!

Chris is a freelance writer who writes a monthly column for the Telegraph Expat as well as a weekly column for the RTN. He lives in Almerimar with his wife Sands, five cats, two Harley-Davidsons and more often than not a bottle of red wine. He runs the successful expat blog, and his wife runs the cat re-homing and transport project Chris’s columns are sponsored by and on the Telegraph Expat site and by here on RTN. You can hear Chris every Friday discussing his views, thought and experiences of life in Spain on

Glamour on the grid by jack troughton FEMALE RACING driver Maria de Villota has won a place with a Formula One team as a test driver for Marussia – formerly the Virgin team. The 31-year-old Spaniard, daughter of Formula One driver Emilio de Villota, has won a treasured opportunity with the team, one of three new additions to the Grand Prix grid. And while Maria is unlikely to get behind the wheel for one of this season’s races, she will be closely involved with Marussia and its testing programme and steps ever closer to the glamour of life in the fast lane. Formula One is a male dominated sport. Just five women have ever entered a Grand Prix and of those only two actu-

Local club needs a new home

THE MODEL Railway Club of the Costa Blanca used to be based in a warehouse in Catral and RTN reported on the club on various occasions during its time there. Unfortunately, due to poor visitor numbers and an astronomical rate rise on the warehouse, the club had to leave there and are now desperately looking for new premises. Ideally the warehouse needs to be 30 metres in length and 10 metres wide in order to fit their fantastic and very realistic model railway, preferably without any obstructions in the middle and if it could be bigger than that, it would be even better! The club hopes to rebuild the grand model railway exhibition in a new warehouse and members have said that it would be make a great tourist attraction for any municipality. As result of the potential that an exhibition has to be a visitor attraction, the club would ideally like the backing of the appropriate Town Hall and look forward to working with them for the benefit of all residents and visitors. A large percentage of the income taken from the exhibition will be donated to the Paul Cunningham Nurses, so if you can help, you will also be helping this very worthy cause. Please contact Mike on 662 022 190 for more information.

ally qualified and started. It was fitting the news of her success should be announced during celebrations to mark International women’s Day. Maria said: “I am very happy to be joining the Marussia Team’s test driver programme. This is a fantastic opportunity to work closely with a Formula One team and gain important experience to help me progress my career.” TRACK She said she would have the chance to drive the team’s new car at tests in Abu Dhabi. “I will also be joining the team trackside, so I am looking forward to working alongside them at the first race this

weekend and this can only help my ambition to step up to Formula One racing.” Maria has spent the last three seasons racing in the Formula Superleague, driving for Atletico Madrid – many of the teams are sponsored by football clubs. She has also driven in Spanish F3, the Daytona 24 Hour competition, and the Euroseries 3000 and has previous experience in the cockpit of a Formula One car – clocking up 300km with Lotus Renault last year. Marussia boss John Booth said: “We are pleased to welcome Maria to our test programme, which will enable her to be integrated into the Formula One Maria environment and gain a vast amount of de experience.” Villota

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prices. Basically, everyone with an electricity bill should contact them and join the free market revolution. Once connected, you will be able to benefit from preferential rates when renewing your house, car and life insurance. All you have to do is remember to quote your Iberswitch client number when calling the Insurance companies they collaborate with. The latest member of the “the club” is a telecom company which offers unlimited broadband for just €14 per month! Iberswitch will continue the money saving theme by adding other services and passing on the advantages of their steadily growing purchasing power. In a nutshell, being an Iberswitch client is similar to having a loyalty card. Instead of earning points, you get a discount and simply pay less. Give Iberswitch a call today and see what they can offer you on 966 265 089.


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You won’t need that ’ose...

Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

IT HAS been a glorious week here in Blighty. And with the sun shining and the daffodils bursting their golden hue all around, everyone is getting in the mood for spring. In a few short weeks the clocks go back spilling that extra bit of light into our long nights. Perfect, so pretty good timing for the Environment Agency to tell us that a hose-pipe ban will be put in place fairly soon, eh? Yup, it seems the water companies, so keen on profit grabbing but less so on infrastructure spending, have announced that all things agua, ‘ain’t been this bad since 1976’. “The lakes are low,” they say, “the reservoirs are not replete but it’s definitely not our fault.” One company in the South West is ‘allegedly’ believed to have had leaking reservoirs for years. “Oh, no we haven’t!” It now appears that we may soon have to shower (not bath) with friends or family. Overpriced and inky Anyway, enough of this and down to business; I would like to express my thanks to all of the RTN readers who wrote to confirm that the price of the Spanish edition of The Sun on Sunday is indeed a whacking 2€. Many felt that they were being overcharged for the privilege of Murdoch’s paper, which in Britain retails at just 50p. Take for instance RTN reader Bernard Woodward. Bernie said, “I went to pick up my usual Mail on Sunday with the thought of also buying a copy of the Sun, as a matter of interest.” Like many others Bernie had heard that the UK price was going to be just 50p. He said, “I mistakenly thought that the price here would be reflected against that but was amazed to find that as with all the English papers out here was charged a small fortune.” The thing that further irks Bernard is the actual quality of the Spanish produced editions of British papers. Every weekend he buys the Saturday Mail and the Mail on Sunday. He said, “The quality of the paper and the print is a disgrace. Some of the print cannot

be read because they put a dark background with the black print merging with it.” Bernard adds, “And the colour they attempt to add tends to finish up a blurred mess. If they sold this paper to the UK public they would soon be out of business.” Bernard told me he has written to their head office about this subject on several occasions; although, he hasn’t as yet received a reply. He asked, “It would be nice to know how they justify the price, coupled with the poor quality?” He tells me the cost of those two weekend Mails is €5.50. Hmmm, that’d buy a few nice San Miguels, Bernard. In comparison he rightly notes that all the free local papers like his fabulous Friday RTN are what you

would expect from today’s technology. He said he likes every aspect from, “the quality of paper” to the “full colour of the print”. He says that unlike the Mail on Sunday the print stays on the page and not on your hands “leaving them like a coal miners’”. Erm, I think you may also need to mention the great articles contained therein, Bernie. Why does he still buy the nationals I hear you ask? “It’s that link with home,” Bernard admitted, “it’s my only defence!” And it’s one I truly recognise Bernard. Oh well, just remember folks, if your reading the Spanish produced British papers, have some wetwipes standing by. Watts in Bri... oh no it’s all got smudged again.



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It’s not all doom and gloom in 2012:

arecessionbustingservice–andahugebusinessopportunity MANY RESIDENTS on the Costa Blanca are already profiting from Sporting Arbitrage, a trading facility that consistently provides clients a monthly return of 2.75% tax free. It’s a facility that until relatively recently had only been utilised by the banking industry and/or the mega wealthy. Milton Express, the Seychelles-based originators of the scheme, actually market a sports advisory service that pays significantly higher returns – but with a degree of volatility.

Steve Kelly

Steve Kelly, founder and director of Milton Express, has no doubts that people who try the full range of services will soon reap the rewards. Such is his confidence in the quality of the services that the company are offering a three month cut price trial with a money back guarantee should the service fail to make a profit. But that’s not all! The company has introduced a stunning concept named ‘Winning Express’ – where members will not only benefit from the services themselves but can promote them to others via a free replicate website. Steve explains: “We know there will be a demand for these services. For years I have catered for a small exclusive band of clients who have genuinely prospered significantly. My colleagues and I sat down with our marketing people and devised a way to bring all these advantages to the masses.” What Steve and his team considered was a series of indisputable facts. “We knew,” continued Steve, “that the majority of people

no longer had faith in the banks, the pension companies, the stock market and certainly not politicians! We felt we could find a way to not only enhance the lifestyle of those with spare capital but we could at the same time transform the lives of those who’ve suffered because of the UK and European recession by giving them an opportunity to make money for themselves.” And substantial incomes are genuinely available: ‘Winning Express’ not only provides free marketing tools to promote the services but offers a staggering eight levels of commission that can genuinely reward members with a six figure annual income. One long-standing client of Milton Express is the former top flight footballer and now respected BBC pundit Steve Claridge who has no reservations in recommending the services – and the opportunity on offer. “I think it’s brilliant that the expertise that’s been available to just a well-informed chosen few is now going to be available to so many,” said Steve, “…and I’m excited to be involved in the launch of Winning Express, as this is

Steve Claridge

a concept that can change peoples’ lives for the better.” So, whether it’s a bigger return on your capital you’re seeking or simply a chance to earn a huge income, Winning Express sounds like the vehicle for you. To speak to someone about it ring the La Regia office on 96 532 2863.


What’s in a legal name? by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

WHICH IS the right spelling? Advisor or adviser? We’ve been having the debate in our offices. Advisor is the American spelling of the word and so its use is immediately inflammatory to some of us on a par with ‘color’ and ‘center’. However, for others, tax advisor is the most international spelling and is used most frequently online. The outcome of our spelling conundrum? The British influence victorious, we agree on ‘advisers’. It might seem a petty squabble but choice of title, and its spelling, is important. In the legal and tax world there are plenty to choose from - legal advisers and executives, solicitors, barristers and lawyers. But here’s a professional who is even more difficult to pin down - the Spanish ‘gestor’. Many people who find themselves living in or visiting Spain frequently, have had some contact with the multitalented ‘gestor’. It might have been to sort out a driving licence, transfer ownership of a car or tackle some other aspect of mind-numbing bureaucracy. As Spain is burdened down with paper work it’s no wonder that the gestor has plenty of quasi-legal activities to get involved with. But how are they different from the abogado and what role does the asesor hold? It’s not always easy to work out what’s what, who’s who and which door to knock on. So we’ve done a little table for you. I can see another conundrum emerging. Our title is Ábaco Asesores, but we do much more than deal with tax advice and information. We have an inheritance department, we have lawyers, we do conveyancing and handle disputes. In fact, maybe we shouldn’t be either advisors or advisers but ‘Ábaco Abogadas` and try saying that first thing in the morning. On second thoughts, with so many titles to choose from perhaps the best decision is just to be ‘Ábaco’ instead.



What they do


Spanish lawyer

• Property and urban law • Inheritance • Disputes and litigation • Divorce and custody • Other legal matters

Fiscal Asesor

Financial or tax adviser/ advisor

• Tax advice and information • Accountancy services • Fiscal representation • Other financial matters


Licensed administrative office - A professional dealing with state-related paper work

• Self-employment and social security • Transfer of vehicle ownership • Driving licences and other car related matters • Other ‘paperwork’ matters


Notary – a qualified lawyer who has completed an additional period of specialised study

• Legalising documents such as power of attorney, wills, the Title Deed • Is a representative of the state and will offer advice on legal points but does not check the contractual terms


Legal expert who works with a lawyer

• Preparation and presentation of documents to the court

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Football debts soar SPAIN’S PROFESSIONAL football clubs are in financial crisis and owe the taxman a whopping 752 million euros according to government figures. The debt, accurate to 1st January this year, has shot up almost 145,000€ over the last four years – and the top tier of clubs bear the lion’s share of the cash denied the public purse, almost 490 million euros. The figures were confirmed in response to a parliamentary question tabled by the United Left party inquiring the aggregate balance of money owed to the treasury. However, it was further revealed that football clubs were even deeper in the red because the debt did not include unpaid social security contributions, officials claiming this data remained “confidential”.



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Second hand cars

Your rights to repairs as user by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados English & Spanish Solicitors

FIVE MONTHS ago I purchased a second hand car from a dealer. Last week while I was driving the car it started to overheat, and I had to take it to a garage. The mechanic advises that the cylinder head and motor are distorted, and in poor condition and must be replaced, with the cost for the repair estimated at around €4,000. Can I ask the car dealer to pay for this repair or can I get my money back? Dear reader, Thank you for your consultation. First of all, as always, we must point out that it is difficult for us to provide the full legal advice without seeing the contract that you signed with the car dealer. However, in general terms we can inform you that if you purchased the car for your personal use and not for a professional activity, then it is our opinion that you should be considered as consumer / user, and therefore the law (as we

describe below) is therefore applicable to your case. According to the General Law for Protection of Consumers and Users plus additional complementary Laws of 1/2007 (LGDCU) ((Ley General para la Defensa de los Consumidores y Usuarios y otras leyes complementarias (R.D.L. 1/2007)) the company/ dealer who sold you the car is required to deliver the car as agreed in the contract, and will be held liable if the car does not fit the description and quality specified at the time of the sale, or if the car is not suitable for a normal use. If, as you say, the car was not in the good condition indicated by the vendor, and because of the problem a major failure far beyond the type of failure generally expected through normal wear and tear over the five months that you have owned the used vehicle, it is our view that according to article 118 of the above mentioned Law, you as the consumer are entitled to claim either the repair, a substitute car in place of the existing one, a price reduction or to terminate the contract. Legally and according to article 123 of the LGDCU, the vendor is responsible for the lack of performance, in this case evidenced by the occurrence of the failure of the vehicle, for which you should be repaid by him. This and any other failures should be covered by the dealer during the guarantee period, which is normally for 2 years from delivery, although in some cases as with second hand cars, it could be agreed to shorten this time to a 1 year period, this being the shortest guarantee period allowed by law.

Additionally from what you state in your consultation, you should also know that unless the vendor can prove otherwise, since the lack of performance and the failure has occurred before the end of a six month period from the delivery of the product, it is taken that the problem already existed when the car was delivered. Therefore according to the above, since you were not warned of the existing problem with the purchased vehicle which goes far and beyond the normal wear and tear expected over time, with this problem appearing only 5 months after the purchase, it is our opinion that it is you right to ask the dealer to meet the costs of the repair. In this respect we can quote the Court Order 382/2011 of 3rd October which was issued by the Court of the Province of Alicante (Section 9). We can also quote Court Order 99/2011 of 2nd of March of Court of the Province of Alicante (Section 8) for those cases where the purchaser requested refund of money and assurance of the contract. Should any reader be 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 http://www.white-baos. com/blog/ and facebook (White-Baos-Abogados-Solicitors) your comments in this respect will be greatly appreciated.

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


CostaBlancaWomenget recognition on the net IF YOU are interested in reading exciting biographies, thrilling adventures, and heart stirring stories about women who might actually live right next door - then surf over to

The publishing project, launched in 2011 by artist, writer and social advocate Mrs. Karla Darocas (B.A.), is a monthly e-magazine, which aims to profile, promote, connect, communicate and document the marvelous women of the Costa Blanca region. In a short time, this e-magazine has brought to a global reading audience a humanistic glimpse into the lives of some of the Costa Blanca’s most interesting expat women. Some of the women who have been featured in the web-based magazine include Millie Munro, Chris Duffin, Lisa Svoboda, just to name a few. These women and many others share their stories, adventures, insights, emotions and photos with Karla Darocas and her readership. In addition, also has a Monthly Lunch Club, whereby the activity of food sharing with other women is aimed at building new relationships and deepening friendships. For more information, visit and subscribe to get monthly updates and invitations.

A Telecoms company fined 40,000 euros A TELECOMS company has been fined â‚Ź40,000 for failing to cancel the bad debt of 1 cent registered against one of their customers at the central debtors registry. The debt was paid, but the 1 cent debt arose due to a rounding error in the calculation of the IVA and the automatic ac-

counting system of the telecoms co. failed to right off the debt. The court held that the amount was irrelevant but that the telecoms company was under an obligation to have their records absolutely accurate so as not to brand their customer as a bad debtor.

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legal The “Plusvalia” Tax

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Michael IF YOU are concerned with any kind of Property transaction involving urban, that is to say Olmer developed, land in Spain you must always be aware of the liability to pay the Plusvalia Tax.

Solicitor, Link Point Legal and Business Services

It is charged either on the sale of a property, or if the property is the subject of an inheritance, if it is transferred in some other way, or if it is given away. This tax is a local tax charged by each municipality on the increase in value of Urban land in its own district land and is distinct from Capital Gains Tax. It is important to realise that the tax is charged on land alone, not on the buildings that may stand on the land. The rates of tax are set by each municipality and can vary widely from one district to another. The tax is based on the increase in the official, that is to say the “Catastral”, value of the land which a property occupies. This is the same value that is used to set your local property tax or “IBI” and can be found on the bill for your “IBI” issued by your local ayuntamiento each year and is shown as the “valor del suelo”. The actual price at which a property changes hands, or the value attributed to it if is the subject of a gift or inheritance is irrelevant. On a sale of a property it is the responsibility of the

seller to pay the tax, but if the seller fails to pay it this responsibility may be passed to the buyer. If the property is being inherited or is the subject of some other type of gift it is the beneficiary or recipient of the property who is liable to pay the tax. Certain transactions are exempt from the Plusvalia Tax, the main ones which are likely to affect the general public are the transfer of property between spouses who are divorcing, or to children to comply with Court judgments, and “aportaciones” or transfers to companies in which spouses are the only shareholders which may be used for tax planning. The amount of the tax that will be charged on a transaction will depend firstly on the Catastral value of the land which the property occupies, and secondly on the length of time since it last changed hands. If you are selling an individual house which stands on a large plot which you have owned for a considerable length of time the amount of the Plusvalia Tax could be many thousands of Euros. On the other hand, as the tax is charged on the value of land alone, the amount of Plusvalia Tax charged on a flat in a block which you have not owned for very long the tax may be quite modest.

For those of you who are considering rearranging your financial affairs to take advantage of tax planning schemes, the amount of Plusvalia tax that may be due is one of a number of elements, which include the Notary and other fees that may be payable, which you need to consider when balancing the costs and benefits of these schemes. Depending on the amount of Plusvalia, it may be cheaper to make a gift of the property rather than enter into more complex arrangements with higher Notary and other fees. The time for paying the Plusvalia Tax is within 30 days of a sale or gift between living people, or 6 months of the date of death on an inheritance. If you are selling a property when you budget for the expenses of the sale always get an up to date figure for the amount of the Plusvalia Tax as the buyer will almost certainly want to retain the amount out of the price to make sure that it is paid. Your town hall can advise you of the amount of Plusvalia that may be payable on a transaction involving your property, or in many cases it is possible to obtain the calculation “on line”, but as I always write in concluding these articles, if in doubt take professional advice.

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Differingtransfer rates by

Kevin Wright

Account Manager, Moneycorp

WHY DO the rates I obtain for my currency exchange transfers differ from the ones I see on television and the internet? Who actually gets those rates? With so much focus on exchange rates in the past 24 months more and more clients are trying to track them via the media you mention. The main issue in doing so is the fact that rates vary according to the individual media you are

looking at and therefore no published rate can be completely accurate or relevant. Generally, the rates seen on web sites, TV news programmes and Ceefax tend to be mid range prices for a particular currency pair. So if we take the Sterling v Euro rate, there will be clients trading Sterling from the UK into Euros and clients here in Spain trading Euros back to Sterling. The mid range or Inter Bank rate often published is therefore a guide as to where the currency is trading at a particular point on a general level. Even large corporations trading huge sums do not achieve the quoted mid range price. It is also worth bearing in mind that these markets are extremely fluid and can change very quickly. On some web sites the tourist rate is shown and this is an indication of what you would receive changing money at a bureaux de change or high street bank. As an example, at the time of writing this answer, the tourist rate for buying Euro with Sterling was 1.1567 and the mid range price 1.2054 so depending on the amount you are trading the rate you obtain will be within this range. If you were buying / selling a property, the rate would be higher than if you are transferring small amounts for living expenses. The most effective way to keep a track on the trading rates applicable to your level is using a broker such as Moneycorp. We will ensure that you are kept up to date and help you to achieve a rate as close to the mid range price as possible. Unlike banks you will also be dealing in live spot rates meaning the rate you agree is the rate you get!

For more information on how Moneycorp can help you to save hundreds of euros on your Spanish bank fees, as well as helping you get more pounds for your euros, contact us on 902 887 243 or email Moneycorp directly at


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Augmented Reality –The future now! IMAGINE A device which, when you use it to look at something, displays information on whatever you’re pointing it at. Focus on a restaurant, and a display pops up giving a menu and customer reviews, look at a historic building, and you’re told when and by whom it was built, or point towards that chap sitting opposite you on the metro, and find out this stranger’s name and age. These are the sort of possibilities afforded by the new technology of augmented reality. And the best way to take advantage of this futuristic technology is by using your smartphone although an unlimited data package would be preferable. In fundamental terms, the expression augmented reality, often abbreviated to AR, refers to a simple combination of real and virtual (computer-generated) worlds. Given a real subject, captured on video or camera, the technology ‘augments’ (= adds to) that real-world image with extra layers of digital information. Those of us who enjoy watching television coverage of sport will already have experienced a basic form of augmented reality in action. Picture the cricket pitch on which a logo for a well-known sponsor miraculously appears or an Olympic swimming race where a line indicating the position of the current world record holder appears ahead of the competitors moving frantically through the water. There are 2 sides to AR, the first being the business opportunity and the other being the end user. Imagine being in Piccadilly Circus and wondering which street you walk up. By holding up your smartphone you will see billboards, restaurant names, shops etc and by clicking on each image

Augmented reality combines real and virtual worlds

you will see the offers of that establishment. When you think about this it is a win win for both the business and yourself. The “restaurant” may decide today it is offering a 10% discount which means it has the edge over the competition

and equally you know where the best offer is in the street. The options for this type of technology are endless and without any shadow of a doubt you will be seeing and hearing a lot more about AR in the coming months.

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Neater Heaters succeed where other heaters fail By Tony Sim, from Neater Heater IT IS very obvious the more customers we deal with, that, in this economical climate, people are rightly concerned about getting value for their money when buying heaters. The main question is: “Why Neater Heaters and not another type? I can only think of reassuring people that Richard and I both started out as consumers ourselves. My first winter, I think, reflects the experiences of most people. Having survived the initial shock of our first cold-snap in Spain, Cathy and I realised that winters here were serious and that we needed to defend ourselves better against them. Like most people, we started with Gas Estuffas which I wasn’t too happy about as they stipulate that they should be used in a well ventilated area. We then looked into central heating, and soon realised that the installation cost was too much for us. That left electric heaters. We investigated the lot, and tried a few. It became obvious that the mediocre-to-good ones were seriously expensive and that the ones we could afford were seriously rubbish. Anyway, we eventually installed an electric heater in our son´s bedroom. It was a flat paint-able panel that was pitched to us as being a heater that was very economical to run. Neither of these statements was correct. I certainly wouldn’t call it a heater, and that fact alone made whether-or-not it was economical irrelevant!!! My son’s room was too cold for him to concentrate for long on his homework, so he had to do it in the living room

disturbing us in the process. Then we accidentally discovered these super Norwegian Heaters made by BEHA. We put one in my son’s room and it was lifechanging for me, let alone him. He no longer felt as if he was being banished to an igloo, and I could now watch telly because he was doing his homework – in his room! As for the cost of running them? They were actually cheaper to run than the “Eco” heaterthat-wasn’t-a-heater that was now on the tip. Very soon we were asked to get some for our friends Richard and Nikki, then my mate Hugh wanted some, then Nikki’s brother..... soon we realised we had our hands on something that lots of people wanted, but didn’t even know existed. That was when Richard and I had our Victor Kiam moment. Remember him? “I was so impressed I bought the Company!” The rest, as they History. NEATER HEATER DISTRUBUTORS: COSTA BLANCA NORTH Pego/Oliva/Denia: Calicomfort. Tel. 687 694 038 Pedreguer: Suzy´s Pre-owned furniture Tel. 678 049 050. Javea: Connect 2 Spain, Javea Port Tel. 966 460 133 Gata De Gorgos: Iron Art Factory Outlet Tel. 680 491 740 Moraira: The Tool Bar Tel. 965 745 805 Calpe: Imprint, Avda Gabriel Miró Tel. 965 874 451 Altea: Leos Superstore. N332 Tel. 965 844 848

Tony (left) and Richard fitting a black Neater Heater into a teenager´s room

NEATER HEATER DISTRUBUTORS: COSTA BLANCA SOUTH / COSTA CALIDA La Marina: Foreign Trust Financial Services Tel. 965 993 275 Benijofar: Vincent Real Estate Tel. 966 712 440 Quesada: For home inspections call Colin 636 537 338 Torrevieja: S J & A. Digital Tel. 966 319 253 Playa Flamenca: Buster´s Bar Tel. 965 325 120 Blue Lagoon: The Electrical Shop (Euronics) Tel: 966 188 169 Los Alcazares: For home inspections call Edmund Tel. 966 765 552 Balsicas: Sierra Golf Tel. 968 018 257 San Javier: DFS Spain Tel. 968 334 194 Mazarron Camposol B: La Red Solutions (Mapfre) Tel. 968 199 025 Neater Heater. Sole Spanish suppliers of BEHA Heaters.

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16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012

Feed the soil and not the plants by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

THE BEST present you can give any new plants you buy or grow from cuttings or seeds this spring is to improve the soil before you plant them. This is important for flowering plants, herbs, flowering and fruiting shrubs and trees and vegetables whether grown in the open garden or in containers of various types and sizes. Improvement entails adding sand to open up heavy clay soils, composts and peat to improve the water absorbing capacity and humus content and well rotted wet or dried animal manures to enrich both clay and sandy soils. Bags of worm compost, compost including sea weed from the eco parks in La Xara and Benissa are also useful soil improvers. If you have a very poor soil mix in 20 to 40% by volume of the above additives to the top 30 cms of soil for small plants and 60 cms for deep rooted shrubs and trees. Mix up soil mixes for containers on a similar basis. Typical mixes are given in each of our books. Since writing the books we have come across and used. If you do this the critical development of root balls will be accelerated, green growth will grow steadily and healthily and you will not need to resort to the use of fast acting chemical fertilizers to maintain plant growth. This has two benefits, Firstly you will not need to store potentially hazardous materials which is especially important if you have children and pets in the household.

Secondly you will not stimulate unnecessarily fast weak growth that is susceptible to attacks by pests and diseases. There are four other soil additives worth considering namely Neem powder from Trabe, Terracottem soil conditioner from, Bioconsort fertilizer mix or Bioconsort enriched ground palm fibres from or and sulphur powder. The first acts as a gentle fertilizer and controller of snails and slugs , the second improves the moisture holding capacity of the soil by reducing the extent and frequency of watering required, the third add trace elements and beneficial microbes as well as organic fertilizer while a light treatment with sulphur helps increase the acidity of neutral or alkaline soils. If you have inherited a fully stocked garden with some plants that struggle to survive the summer or never really perform we suggest that you improve the soil around the plants down to the depth of the bottom of the root ball to improve their chances of long term survival and continuing good crops of flowers, fruit and vegetables. With fruit trees it’s often best to dig a circular trench around the existing root ball and improve the soil in the trench. Luckily the soil is currently in good condition to carry out the above tasks. Do them manually using mattocks rather than spades and forks if you have a relatively small area of soil to prepare. If a larger area reduce the back aching work by buying a small rotovator or hiring the village mechanical plough. Or perhaps you are lucky that your village still has a working mule or donkey for hire. A way of preserving rural practices, minimising the compression of the soil and with luck getting some free manure in the process. Offer to give the animal a good feed before it starts to work – this might increase the extent of the manure bonus! Clodagh and Dick Handscombe have written seven books to help

you cope with the challenges of Spanish gardens. The five illustrated are still in print. Not only will they help you but the make good Mothering Day, Fathers Day, birthday, retirement and moving in presents. You can obtain them from bookshops such as Bookworld, Newsagents such as Humpty Dumpty, Carrefor and internet bookshops such as Amazon and Santana books. Autographed copies can be obtained from

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

Suffering from power surges? Be Wired Up!

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FOLLOWING OUR article about the power surges in La Marina two weeks ago, RTN was contacted by Frank from Be Wired Up who told us about a brilliant device that will not only protect your home from power surges, but will also prevent all your electrical devices from blowing up! Therefore RTN is pleased to introduce the AVS30… What is it? The AVS30 is a 30 amp singe-phase, mains wired, electrical surge protector. The units are UK manufactured, which are imported, and are guaranteed for 12 months. The unit is a white, moulded plastic box, which is mounted on the wall above your main fuse box. It is wired in between the main supply circuit breaker and the output breakers, thus all the power for the property goes through the AVS unit - thereby giving 24 hour protection to every electrical item. How does it work? The unit has high and low voltage settings and it continuously monitors the incoming power supply. Provided the supply is within the pre-set limits there is no problem. However, if the

power exceeds these limits, either too high or too low, the unit will disconnect the power, preventing any possible damage. The unit will continue to monitor the voltage, and when it returns within the limits, the supply will automatically re-connect. Power cuts Often, when there has been a power cut, there is a spike in the power during the re-connection. But because the AVS30 causes a slight 20 – 30 second monitoring delay on re-connection, any possible damage due to this cause is prevented and for a one-off cost of far less than the price of a flat screen television, you can protect all the electrical items in your home. Service Be Wired Up is based near Torrevieja and within their local area, they will supply, fit and guarantee units. Outside of their area, they can supply units to individual customers or electricians for them to fit. For more information, contact Frank at Be Wired Up on Tel: (0034) 966 712827, Mob: (0034) 609162770 or email:

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Rosemary for memory MARGO AND Richard Gay travelled from Costa Blanca South to give us a very interesting talk. Margo told many folk stories about our everyday herbs some of which are mentioned on Egyptian papyrus from 2000 years ago. There are 74 herbs which we can all grow in our own gardens. Culpepper’s Herbal in 1653 listed the beneficial properties of herbs eg. wear a sprig of rosemary in your hair as a memory aid. We may see many of our ex-pats so adorned!! In the second half of the meeting, Richard extolled the benefits of manure in the vegetable garden and was able to answer members’ questions on vegetable growing on the Costa Blanca. Margo had many pots of her excellent preserves- all home made- for sale. Why not join us at La Senieta on 4th April for advice on how to grow grass in Spain Phone 966 498 681 for details.

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Oasis garden club ON THURSDAY 1st March we had our first meeting of the year at the Oasis Garden Club. The Club is now being run by Len Johnson, unfortunately Tina Burgess had to go back to England and we would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her work and support in the past. The discussion was based on nominating a small committee to help with the running of the club. There will be new ideas being submitted from members and hopefully we will arrange at some point in time to visit other places possibly arranging a coach which will be around the Valencia region. We normally meet the 1st Thursday of the month Our next meeting will be on 5th April time 10.30 a.m to 12.30pm, there is a joining fee of 5 euro’s p.a per household. We have suggested a plant swap for this month, but it is not compulsory also we will be having a garden quiz. We also would like to thank the new management of the Bar of the Oasis for allowing us to hold our meetings there. How to get there. CV60 from Gandia come off at junction 23 (Terrateig) turn left follow the road round to the right to Montechelvo and look for the camping sign Rugat. If you are interested in joining or can give a talk on gardening related topics, please contact Len Johnson Tel 616 043 889 or e mail Maggie Pack on There will be a Bar open for refreshments or breakfast.

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16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012



It’s fiesta time - Elvis style!

Following the phenomenal success of last year’s event, the second annual Benidorm Elvis Fiesta returns to Town over the weekend of 30 March to 1 April. From the Organisers of Porthcawl, the largest Elvis Festival in the World, the Benidorm Fiesta promises another three days of the highest quality entertainment from Europe’s top Elvis Tribute Artists. Over 36 hours of live entertainment over the Weekend! Artists include: - Elvis World Cup Winner, from Scotland, Johnny Lee Memphis - European Elvis Masters Winner, from England, Pete Storm - European Elvis Champion 2008, from Germany, Oliver Steinhoff - Best Welsh Elvis, Dean Mack - All Ireland Elvis Champion, Tom Gilson - Plus Mike Nova; Paul Larcombe; Ben Portsmouth; Ben Thompson; Darren ‘Graceland’ Jones; Juan Lozano; El Voice; Norway’s Dag Rune Ellingson; Malta’s Gordon Elvis; Spain’s Mencis Elvis and Benidorm’s Finest – the ‘Rebel’ Simon Patrick. All backed by Red Alert, the World’s leading Elvis Showband. The action is centered on Benidorm’s fabulous Sol Melia Hotel. Starting with poolside shows each day, including Elvis at The Movies and The Gospel Show, the fun then moves on to privately themed Elvis Bars in the Rincon area. Then it’s back to the Melia for a spectacular Vegas Floorshow each night. And if that’s not enough for you there’s always the nightly Aftershow Parties starting at 1am. A three day feast of Elvis in the Mediterranean’s biggest party town! A Weekend Ticket, that will get you into everything, costs just 85.80€, available via the website or from any of the Round Town Travel offices in Benidorm or Albir. Ticket and accommodation packages are also available with rooms starting from as little as 28.00€ per night per person. For more information and to book your places call 966 813 261.

Limited number of one day tickets available exclusively at the Round Town Travel Offices only 30€


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Life going out Next stop, Medieval Magic Harvey Nichols… by Louise Clarke PILAR DE la Horadada will play host to an amazing Medieval Market next weekend. With more than 40 stalls, traditional medieval displays, workshops and entertainment as well as lots of activities for kids, the event promises to be great fun for all the family. The market, the likes of which have been seen in the town since 2008, will be located in the streets of the old town and lasts for three full days; starting next Saturday, 17th March. The Councillor for Fiestas at Pilar Town Hall, Francisco Javier Lara, presented the event at a press conference on Tuesday morning and told RTN that the town would like to “invite all lovers of history and legend on a journey through time.” He added that the market was planned to coincide with the San Jose bank holiday or ‘bridge day’, on 19th March, so that as many people as possible can visit the market and see the town in all its Medieval glory.

Delicious desserts will be on sale at next week’s medieval market

AMBIANCE The official opening of the market will take place on Saturday 17th at 12:00 and will continue until Monday 19th March. During the three days there will be daily activities in the central streets of the town for all the family with street musicians and puppeteers providing the perfect ambiance. There will also be market tours and a workshop that will show the life and work of a traditional blacksmith. As well as the medieval stalls, there will be a children’s corner with pony rides, falconry activities, a bouncy castle, play boat and a zone with free educational games for children.

NOT ONLY is our eponymous heroine re-united with her long lost husband, but also with his credit card! The Fairy Queen, Fairy sisters and Phyllis, the Shepherdess, look on approvingly and we suspect, with some envy. Be sure to see ‘IOLANTHE’ (a send up of our politicians and their goings-on at Westminster) presented by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society at the Casa de Cultura in Guardamar on the 28th, 29th and 30th March (Curtain up at 8pm) Tickets are priced at 8€ only and may be obtained from The Card Shop, Ciudad Quesada and the Casa de Cultura, Guardamar or phone 966 198 396 or email to and subject to availability, on the door at the theatre. Should you be organising a party, be sure to ask about discounted ticket prices. Come and have your suspicions confirmed that the House of Lords is peopled by chinless wonders, hooray Henrys and half-wits!


Events 2012 BBQ on the Beach 1st May: Bolnuevo: Our favourite - masses of drinks and food included. May Day: Bring your own chairs: Still only 13€: Booking essential. Summer Ball 10th June: Superb menu, wine and beer included: Dance the night away at the Costa Costa Hotel: Still only 27.50€ per head: Coaches available for an extra 7€: Sponsored Bike Ride 22nd to 30th September: TJ’s bar is organising a bike ride from Camposol to Madrid and back: All proceeds to PALS: Forms in TJ’s or from PALS. Cruise20th - 27th October: 7 nights, 8 days fully inclusive from Camposol to Valencia, then Malta, Sicily, Naples, Sardinia and Palma de Mallorca: Pullman tours from 600€ per person sharing:Tickets going fast. For more information visit or call 626 460 465.


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Life spanish The Letter

Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin


IF YOU think about the letter Y in English, it actually has a dual function. Sometimes it is a vowel, as in the word “pretty”, and sometimes it is a consonant, as in the word “yellow”. If you think about it even more and listen carefully to how your mouth forms the sounds, you may even notice that the Y vowel and consonant in English are actually very similar. For example, if you were to say “iellow” instead of “yellow”, the sound would come out the same. A very similar relationship exists between the two uses of Y in Spanish. It can be a consonant, in which case it sounds like the English consonant Y, as in the word “ya” (now) or “yo” (I). In other instances the Y acts like a vowel, substituting the letter “i” as in the word for “and”, which consists of the single letter “y”. The consonant Y sound is the same nowadays as the LL in Spanish, such as in the word “llave” meaning “key”. The exact sound ranges from being almost identical to the English Y through to an effect produced by light friction between the tongue and the roof of the mouth about half way towards an English J sound. In South American Spanish the sound can be like a full J, especially in Argentina and Uruguay where yo sounds like “jo” and “llave” sounds like “jave”. Many English speakers find these variations in consonant sounds disconcerting as they strive to work out which sound is “correct”. However, a range of light to hard in many Spanish consonants is quite admissible within the language. Conversely, the Spanish vowels have to be much more consistent than in English as they form the basis of the correct sound of each word. There is a fair variety of words in Spanish that begin with the letter Y, although there are very few which have related words in the English language. Here are some that just about qualify: “yate”,

(yacht); “yip” (jeep); “yodo” (iodine); “yogur” (yoghurt). The letter Y is quite common at the ends of words, usually following other vowels, for example: “hay” (there is, there are), “buey” (ox), “soy” (I am). Going back to our two most common Y words – “yo” and “ya”, I thought it would be useful to look at some frequent uses of these words in phrases. “Ya” means “now” or “already”, so we have: “¡Ya está!” (That’s it now!). “¡Ya entiendo!” (Now I understand!) “¡Basta ya!” (That’s enough now!) “Ya voy” (I’m going now, I’m on my way). “Yo” means “I”, and here are some good ways to use it: “¿Yo qué sé?”. (How should I know?) “Yo también”. (Me too). “Porque lo digo yo” (Because I say so). “Soy yo” (It’s me!) Here is an assortment of other Y words and their meanings. “Yedra” means “ivy” as in the plant, but I have never heard it used as a name. “Yema” means “yoke” and reminds me more than anything of that rich yellow variety of sweet “turrón” eaten by the Spanish at Christmas time. The pad or tip of one’s finger is also referred to as the “yema”. The last one of this strange assortment of ideas is the word “yegua” meaning “mare”. The word can also be used as an insult to a meaning something like “old slut”. Take my word for that one – don’t try it out! It wasn’t too easy coming up with sayings containing Y words, but here is one which links to our earlier “I” theme: “Yo como tú y tú como yo, el diablo nos juntó.” “I’m like you, you’re like me, the devil brought us together”. Well you might not find the opportunity to say this everyday but you never know when it might come in handy.

The Twit Of The Week James Argent@RealJamesArgent : That awkward moment when u realise your flight was at 6:25am to @no1bootcamp in Spain but your still in bed! Adam @nubar_essex all ur fault! The Pundit’s Plea Stan Collymore@StanCollymore : Paul Scholes. Please consider playing for England in the summer. Your influence will teach,and inspire. A great, great footballer. The Rant example@example : Whoever invented those automatic minibars that detect the weight of its contents should be tied up and whipped The Funny Tweets Gary Lineker@GaryLineker : Once again Messi is shining like Guardiola’s head Jack Wilshere@JackWilshere : Just saw my old teacher in Marks and Spencer! Wow she gave me the same evil look she use too and I got that same ‘bad’ feeling! Ryan Babel@RyanBabel : “I wasn’t that drunk.” . . . Dude, you climbed up a tree yelling, “Look how big this piece of broccoli is.” Tony Blackburn@tonyblackburn : Grow your own dope, plant a politician. Dan Walker@danwalkerbbc : I know there’s a lot of football to talk about but... I’ve got a lot of time for Ikea meatballs. Those bad boys have to be good for you.

Life books Port Mortuary Danny Collins -

ANOTHER BRILLIANT choice straight off Gil Gatoff’s extensive shelves of thrillers at Librería Europa is this week’s book for review. Written by the multi-talented forensic examiner Patricia Cornwell in her fictional role as Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta. Before reading this tale of US Department of Defence battlefield forensics and 3D radiology I’d suggest leaving the cork in the wine bottle to keep a clear head to deal with the concepts of nanobots and flybots. Flybots are evidently molecular versions of winged nanobots capable of burrowing into blood vessels and organs and delivering hallucinogenic drugs. The idea is that in wars of the future enemy forces will be rendered incapable of combat by drugs delivered by microartificial mosquito bites – but it all goes wrong when Dr Scarpetta’s deputy is murdered and the finger points to a military conspiracy. Miss Cornwell writes with authority, as well she should, and her detail of forensic procedures is so authentic that the reader feels he or she is standing next to her heroine, gowned and masked and ready to assist without fainting. An incisive read in more ways than one.

Suduko Answer

Author: Patricia Cornwell Publisher: sphere (paperback) Price: 10.40 euros ISBN: 978 0 7515 4392 6


16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012

Life food

Get the party started… THE WEATHER has been beautiful this week and spring has certainly sprung and it has got everyone excited about the eventful summer that we have in store. By Louise Clarke From the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations at the beginning of June, to the Euro 2012 football championships and not forgetting the Olympic Games in London which kick off at the end of July, there is going to be lots of fantastic opportunities to get together with friends and family. If you don’t fancy being the chief cook and bottle washer again this year, why not get someone to do it all for you? Party Time at La Marina Fancy Dress Shop has introduced this month La Marina Hog Roast, which means that you can have a whole hog expertly cooked at your home or event venue and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the party! CATERING EXPERIENCE Carolyn and David were the founders and the previous owners of the local business directory, Pocket Pages and after successfully running the business for more than four years, they sold it in 2010; giving them the perfect opportunity to concentrate on new and exciting ventures. After a well deserved holiday, the couple opened a fancy dress on La Marina Urbanisation called La

Marina Fancy Dress and they have now expanded Party Time to include La Marina Hog Roast. Before coming to Spain, the couple ran a mobile catering business in the UK and ran a permanent pitch in the City of St Albans as well as a pitch at the Wembley Sunday Market. They also attended many country shows including the Canal Festival Farmer’s Market. FOR ALL YOUR PARTY NEEDS They are not only experienced in outside catering but if their delicious fayre is anything to go by, which RTN was privileged to try, they are also brilliant chefs! As well as the hog itself and cooking it, their packages, which can accommodate any size of party, include delicious accompaniments such as homemade stuffing, apple sauce, garlic and herb diced roast potatoes and bread rolls. And they even provide salads and desserts for a little bit extra! Carolyn and David said: “Catering is our passion and we are so pleased to introduce La Marina Hog Roast to the people of the Costa Blanca; giving them the opportunity to enjoy good food and excellent service in your own home.”

So what are you waiting for? Get that party booked! For all your party needs and for more information call 966 795 472 or

628 173 833. Email: or visit

16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012

Life food

Stop bothering me, go read a book… IF I’M not cooking or developing recipes, I am usually to be found with my head in a book doing research for them. But, I have only really ever read books for information and not necessarily or exclusively for enjoyment, so when I’m encouraged to read a book by Trudy I have a bit of trouble ‘getting into it’. So many characters to remember, who did what to whom and why, was Uncle Tom really on holiday or was it Mandy? Only to find the butler did it anyway. Perhaps it’s because I don’t like TV soaps and never have and as for those ebooks & Kindles… I still find it odd that something that apparently can hold so much has to come wrapped in a box. So, I’ve started to read autobiographies as there is usually no real story line and not many characters to remember. One recently though left me a little disappointed and that was Morecambe and Wise and I was disappointed because they didn’t mention me once…let me explain. Having left a hectic and very intense training period in a famous local restaurant near my home in Kent I understandably wanted to leave home, spread my wings and explore, so when a job came up at the BBC television centre together with accommodation I leapt at the chance and moved to London. What a breath of fresh air: shift work; eight hour working days; lunch breaks and days off as well; double pay on weekends and holidays.

Having started as a trainee I was soon doing double shifts and getting shift leader money and even acting Head Chef money within just a few weeks. The pay was brilliant and so were the perks despite the huge number of meals served every day over many restaurants. Free tickets to Top of The Pops and all the shows as well as including mixing with the stars in the various restaurants on site… On the second floor where the real stars ate there was a glass box in the centre of the restaurant where a Chef (usually me) cooked steaks and omelettes to order in full view of the other diners. Eric Morecambe decided it looked his kind of thing and asked if he could have a go and then when we had exchanged jackets he further insisted that I go and sit with Ernie and by the way, what would I like to eat. What I genuinely thought was real interest in my job in the box quickly descended into chaos by way of an unseen force which I feel still haunts the BBC to this day. HEALTH AND SAFETY My table conversation with Ernie was a little short and sweet (no pun intended) whilst despite a Herculean effort Eric was slowly sinking under the increasing amount of orders. Now this was not because he couldn’t cope with the orders, in fact he was doing rather well, it was because of the many interruptions from producers and aides

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Morecombe and Wise

who were worried and concerned for his safety and don’t forget “we have schedules you know…” I really don’t know who got into the most trouble for this performance; I certainly got it from all quarters. Such an improvised moment at the time if possible to recreate would surely have made a hilarious spectacle to this day. A few years later I met Eric and Ernie at a theatre in Norwich where I was again catering and without so much as a pause for thought he asked if we ought to swap jackets again and then autographed my hat.

Food aid for Alicante THE RED Cross began distributing a massive 730,000 kilos of food basics this week in a programme designed to help the most vulnerable people living in the Province of Alicante. The aim of the handouts is to make available free quality basic food and while reducing a number of agricultural products held by a number of European Union agencies.Being given to the needy include dairy products, fruit juices, cereal products – such as pasts, biscuits and breakfast cereals – beef broth, cream of dehydrated vegetables, canned tomato sauce and rice. According to the Red Cross the assistance is aimed at households with children or elderly dependents, single parents, people with physical or mental disabilities, the unemployed, homeless, battered women, immigrants and refugees.


16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012

Life celebrations The Electrical Shop:

Two years on and still going strong By Louise Clarke IN SPITE of the severe economic crisis that has befallen us all, RTN is please wish The Electrical Shop in Blue Lagoon, Orihuela Costa a very happy 2nd Birthday this week. Since opening in 2010, the shop, which is located in the commercial units, just by the roundabout, has gained an excellent reputation for exceptional service. In fact, owner Debbie is a former winner of the Company Women award for Customer Focus and Customer Service as well as being named Company Women’s 2011 Business Woman of the Year; so you know that you are in very good hands! And it is clear as soon as you walk in why those awards were well deserved because you certainly wouldn’t get service like theirs at any large domestic electrical appliance store; and that is the truth! PROBLEM SOLVING As well as large household appliances, The Electrical Shop has a wide range of TVs, DVD players, and smaller electrical appliances. Debbie and the team will be happy to source any item if they don’t have it in stock and will order it for you to be in the store within a few days. The shop also offers deliveries and will take away all old appliances and even arrange for their disposal at legitimate Eco Parks. If in the event that you have problems with an

appliance, regardless of whether your bought it from them or not, they can help you to solve them over the phone and if that doesn’t help, they will put you in touch with the relevant company to ensure that you get the appliance fixed and back in full working order. They will even do their best to find instructions in English if they are not included with their customer’s previous purchases. And if all else fails, Debbie has a team of qualified and trustworthy tradesmen whom she can recommend for installing boilers, doing electrical work and computer assistance. THANKS So two years on, and despite the credit crunch, The Electrical Shop is still there at the forefront of excellent customer service and value for money when buying electrical goods, so look no further… Plug into service and price at The Electrical Shop. Debbie and her team would like to thank all those people how have bought items from the shop during the last two years and who have supported them. The store is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 18.00 Gareth & and you can contact Debbie on Debbie 966 188 169 or 966 188 170. You can also celebrating email them at, the shops visit their website at or second their Facebook site at The Electrical Shop. birthday

16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012

Life health


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

Osteoarthritis in the neck and upper limbs WEIGHT BEARING joints are by far the most common in showing signs of osteoarthritis. However trauma predisposes any joint to this condition. As I mentioned in my previous article on OA it is not aging that causes it but an end result of abnormal mechanical, inflammatory, or metabolical factors. An accident, such as a fracture, repeated strain, or a bad jolt will certainly be a format to OA. HANDS tend to be the most affected by OA. This is due to the fact that we obviously use them to a greater extent than other joints. If you think of all the varying angles of pressure we put on these small joints there’s no wonder they show signs of wear and tear in later life. Occupation plays a deciding factor. Myself for instance will be prone due to all the irregular pressures I have to use in manipulation and massage. OA is easily identified in the hands. At the joint margins more bone is formed known as Heberden’s nodes. These tend to make their appearance after the age of 45. The first joint of the thumb is commonly affected and obviously inhibits grip and grasping movements. Pain accompanies these changes but it burns out leaving the unsightly swellings. ELBOWS rarely show OA except after trauma. SHOULDERS are mostly affected by

soft tissue problems but again trauma will predispose it to OA. Physiotherapy in all cases is to reduce the inflammation and maintain movement where possible. THE NECK OA in the neck is commonly referred to as cervical spondylitis, or spondylosis cervical being the name of the vertebrae of the neck and spondylitis being inflammation on the bony growths called spondyles, osteophytes or spurs. This is an age related condition. It’s the wear and tear of everyday life. The severity depends on occupation, sport, posture. The list is never ending. However carrying heavy weights or having strain on the neck for long periods of time are two of the main factors causing this problem. Men and women suffer equally. House work can prove just as much strain as bricklaying!! As the discs wear down the bones come closer together and react by forming more bone. Depending where these spurs form determines the symptoms. Symptoms vary in severity. A general aching is produced by pressure on the small

pain sensitive nerves which grow around the worn out area. However if a main nerve is pinched the pain is sharp electric shock like. So symptoms can be an aching of the neck spreading down into the shoulders and between the shoulder blades or it could be a sharp pain going all the way down the arm to the fingers. Pins and needles in the hand and also numbness occurs. The pain also varies enormously. Some people complain of constant pain while others have it from time to time. Problems occur by a sudden jolt or twist, or carrying a heavy object. TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT Physiotherapy is helpful in the acute phase. Improvement may take several weeks

depending on the severity. It is important to seek help during this phase as it is the inflammation which causes the initial damage. Over enthusiastic manipulation on the neck is not advised and can even be dangerous causing further nerve and spinal damage. Cervical spondylosis often produces recurrent episodes of pain. Self management is very important 1. Avoid sudden movement and prolonged stressful positions. 2. Correction of posture is important. 3. Sensible use of collar. 4. Gentle mobility exercises in pain free range. 5. When acute see your physiotherapist for help. 6. Use anti inflammatory drugs prescribed by your doctor.

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


16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012

Life shopping

UK Chainstore –

fantastic clothes at affordable prices IF YOU’RE looking for some great clothes for the ever-brightening weather, UK Chainstore Clothing should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Conveniently located on the Avenida Londres in the La Marina urbanisation, this fabulous shop specializes in Marks & Spencer and Per Una fashions, as well as complimentary lines including Next and Wallis. The store has a wide selection of sizes, from size 8 to 24; all arranged in size order making browsing through the extensive range of clothes an absolute breeze. Run by Peter and Olga Booth, the store now has its summer clothing ranges in stock with a huge selection of dresses in stunning colours, along with a myriad of shorts, three quarters, tops and blouses. Many of the clothes, especially the dresses, are in cotton – perfectly light and airy for those hot summer days. And the men aren’t left out either, as the store has an ever-expanding range of menswear at great prices. Olga and Peter provide a friendly, helpful service and are no strangers to knowing what clothes their customers are looking for. The store opened in December, and prior to that they had a successful store in Mazarrón. Indeed, part of their service is providing a comfortable area where the “other half” can sit down and read when not browsing through the menswear section. UK Chainstore Clothing also has an attractive range including cardigans, jackets, shrugs and many other types of items. With the nights still on the chilly side, it makes sense to pack something a little warmer. And if you need a new handbag or other accessory to match that stunning dress you’ve just bought, Olga and Peter have you covered with their extensive range of handbags, belts, necklaces and scarves. UK Chainstore Clothing’s range of clothes is updated weekly with new stock always coming in, so it pays to pop in on a regular basis to make sure you’re not missing out on that dream outfit. They are easy to find, and are located at Avenida Londres 6 on the La Marina urbanisation about 200 meters from Supervalu, and can also be contacted on 609 576 999. The shop is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.

Mabs events Every Saturday: Book Sale: The Arches Restaurant, Los Alcázares 10am - 1pm. The MABS Book Stall is a regular feature at The Arches Restaurant on a Saturday, popular with book-lovers. Keep watching the press or visit our website for more events. For further details, call 634 362 826.

MABS EVENTS IN FORTUNA (MURCIA NORTH EAST) 1st Tuesday of the month: Auction at Bob’s Bar: 2pm: CarreteraPinoso, Fortuna. Tuesdays & Thursdays: ‘Pick, Try, Choose, Buy & Donate’ second hand store: 10.30am - 12pm: Apartamentos Maruja, across thecycle path, opposite Las Palmeras, Baños de Fortuna. For further information, please contact:

MABS EVENTS IN CALASPARRA (MURCIA NORTH WEST) First and third Friday of each month: MABS Market Stall in Calasparra Market: 9am - 1pm. Situated opposite the Gran Via café. For further information please contact: Last Friday of every month: MABS Book Stall: 11am – 2pm outside the Trevol Bar/Cafe on Urb. Tierra del Sol, Calasparra.

Bargain bonanza at new charity shop by Louise Clarke IT WAS like the first day of the Harrod’s January sales in San Javier last Friday morning as dozens of people waited anxiously for the opening of MABS Cancer Support Group’s new retail outlet. Although the new shop didn’t open officially until 10am, people were queuing from before 9am to make sure that they bagged the items of their choice. The new store mainly sells top quality, second-hand furniture and household goods, alongside bric-a-brac, books, CDs and DVDs. After the success of the first two days’ trading, MABS is keen to re-stock and is able to collect large items, as well as offering a delivery service on large purchases. If you have items to donate, give them a call on 615 016 035 or call into the shop, which is next door to the MABS Cancer Centre, Avenida de la Uniόn 60, San Javier. “We’re very lucky to have the support of Fred and Diane Lowe at The Furniture Store on the Polígono Industrial Los Alcázares,” remarked Sue. “When they deliver new furniture to customers, they are donating any used furniture that they collect to MABS. It’s a great of way of recycling and we’d love to hear from other businesses who would like to do the same.” MABS Murcia Director, Lyn Baines told RTN:

“I congratulate Sue and her team for a fantastic job getting the new store ready in record time. We signed the contracts on 18 February and were ready for trading on 2 March; I’m very proud of them.” 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 the website:


Our patients are a testimony to its success.

Benijofar Chiropractic Clinic

DrHansC.MadsenD.C.-Memberofthe Danish,Spanish&European ChiropracticAssoc There are 160 bursae in the body. The major bursae are located adjacent to the tendons near the large joints, such as the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.

A bursa can become inflamed from injury, or due to an underlying rheumatic condition. It is an inflamed bursal sac. A bursal sac is a sac filled with fluid that acts to lubricate and reduce the friction between two surfaces in the body, usually muscles and tendons as they glide over bony prominences, however their purpose in not limited to just muscles and tendons. The symptoms of bursitis are directly related to the degree of inflammation present in the bursa. The inflamed bursa can cause localized pain and tenderness. If the bursa is so inflamed that swelling occurs, it can cause local swelling and stiffness, sometimes associated with local redness and warmth. The inflammation can make it painful to support body pressure. For example hip bursitis can make it difficult to lay on the affected side of the hip. Bursitis of the knee, can make it painful to lay with the knees touching each other. Bursitis of the hip: There are two major bursae of the hip, the trochanteric (front of the hip) bursa and the ischial (side of the hip) bursa. Inflammation of either can be associated with stiffness and pain around the hip joint. It is separated significantly from the actual hip joint by tissue and bone. Most commonly, bursitis is caused by inflammation resulting from local soft tissue trauma or a strain injury. Bursitis of the knee: The knee joint is surrounded by major bursae at the tip of the knee and over the kneecap bone, is the prepatellar bursa. This bursa can become inflamed (prepatellar bursitis) from direct trauma to the front of the knee. It can lead to varying degrees of swelling, warmth, tenderness, and redness in the overlying area of the knee. As compared with knee joint inflammation, it is usually only mildly painful. It is usually associated with significant pain when kneeling and can cause stiffness and pain with walking. Prepatellar bursitis can occur when the bursa fills with blood from an injury. It can also be seen in rheumatoid arthritis and can occur from deposits of crystals. Laser treatment: Here at the Benijofar Chiropractic clinic we are able to apply the use of highly specialised lasers. The laser lights are applied to the affected area, leading to reduced inflammation, decreased pain, an increased range of movement and increased blood flow to the damaged area. Laser light also increases blood flow to the injured area promoting faster healing. If you are affected by Bursitis, please ring us for more information or alternatively you can make an appointment by ringing us or sending us an e-mail Opening hours: Mon & Wed: 10.00 - 13.30 & 15.00 - 18.00 Tues & Thurs: 15.00 - 18.00 - Fri: 10.00 - 13.30

Tel:966185242/693371616/ CalleFedericoGarciaLorca,No.90L803178,Benijofar(oppositetheCitroenGarage)


16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012

Life showbiz goss



Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

hree times is just nuts! I´M NOT a ´Dancing on Ice´ fan but I can’t help but admire the pluck of the various celebs that have a go at something so difficult. And difficult it was for Emmerdale actor Mathew Wolfenden who had all sorts of problems last week when it came to the rehearsing of a Lion taming sequence for the show. Being the professional that he is and wanting to get into character Mathew sadly made the mistake of not checking how long the whip was that he was brandishing, and in the process of cracking it caught himself in the naggers, not once, not twice but three times!! … yes!! … three times Mathew whipped himself heavily in the family jewels area. According to The Sun he was then sent off to whip cracking training to spare his privates any more punishment! A source close to Mathew said “It would´ve been alright if it had happened once, but after three times he was in serious pain!” … and talking in a high pitched voice as well I´d imagine. Let’s hope he doesn´t have to change his name to Martha Wolfenden.

A Bright Star… I Don’t Think So! AND SO we arrive at Reality Show bashing time again. But firstly let me apologise for bringing such a tired old item to my column as the story of Lydia Bright´s disgusting behavior in a kebab shop recently is well-documented, but I couldn’t help but want to wallow in the fact that I have been banging on about these dreadful programmes, and the people in them since I was first here at RTN. The headline to the story read ´TOWIE´ Star Lydia Bright … blah blah blah … NO!! … where does the word star come from?... She´s not a star she´s just some unpleasant person who went on the hiss with a few other … stars … got absolutely out of her brains then went into a kebab shop and started arguing the toss with the security guard, pointing her finger in his face and calling him all sorts of names. In an interview with online newspaper Metro she said “I´m not a ladette Chav” … oh yes you are young lady … oh yes you are … Then the next day after sleeping off the excess of alcohol she consumed she tweeted “I´m only normal and I like a night out, but I´ve learnt my lesson … sorry” … Lydia Bright got one part of that tweet dead right. I´m only normal … yes my lovely that’s what you are … only normal, and not a star, and after your behavior in the kebab shop perhaps you could now do us all a favour and set light to TOWIE and all the other so called Reality shows while you´re at it.

Porkie or no porkie! ONE OF the most important skills to have for the people who climb up out of the basement and become high profile individuals is the ability to deny having said something, even although it’s likely that you did, and be convincing when you do the denying. Our second Mathew of the day Mathew Morrison of ´Glee’ fame is one such individual who has had to deal with this very scenario just recently, and I´m not so sure it’s gone terribly well for the fellow. Last week a periodical in the US suggested he called Kelly Brook ´Dim´ and the following morning Mathew woke up to shed loads of e-mails on the subject. Switching instantly into deny mode, and even delaying having his soft boiled egg and soldiers, Mathew tweeted “Wow! … woke up to a flurry of e-mails regarding Kelly Brook! … Don’t always believe what you read … Kelly is a wonderful person and a good friend”. And so to the ¨Dim´ statement and why it appeared in the press. A week or so before apparently Mathew was at a party in LA and reportedly told the Daily Mirror “I went out with Kelly Brook but I didn´t realise she was tabloid fodder! … She´s not exactly the brightest bulb! … We went on only one date!” … So!! … Does Mathew think Kelly´s wonderful or does he think she´s a numb nuts! … It’s your call.

Life TV

16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012


16th March - 22nd March

Friday 16th March BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crime and Punishment 11:00 Homes Under 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Cowboy Trap 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Sport Relief 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Blue Peter 22:00 New Tricks 23:35 Graham Norton Show

07:00 Childrens TV 10:20 Driver Dan’s Story Train 10:30 Guess with Jess 10:40 Andy’s Wild Adventures 10:55 Same Smile 11:10 Chuggington: Badge Quest 11:15 64 Zoo Lane 11:30 MamaMirabelle’sHomeMovies 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 Living Dangerously 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Helicopter Heroes 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain’s First Photo Album 20:00 The Culture Show 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Reverse Missionaries 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Safari Vet School 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:25 Frasier 10:55 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 12:00 You Deserve This House 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 13:30 Cheltenham Festival 17:15 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 Cheltenham Festival Highlights 20:30 20:35 Come Dine with Me 21:30 New Girl 22:00 The Bank Job 23:00 Rude Tube

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Hana’s Helpline 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Emergency Bikers 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Nora Roberts’ Tribute 18:00 Neighbours 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 Home and Away 19:55 Inside Hollywood 20:00 Revealed 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Castle 23:55 Law & Order

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Emmerdale 07:50 Emmerdale 08:15 Loose Women 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 19:05 Judge Judy 19:30 Judge Judy 20:00 Love in the Wild 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 22:00 American Idol 23:00 Daylight

07:00 Switched 07:25 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:50 Ugly Betty 09:40 One Tree Hill 10:35 Scrubs 11:05 Scrubs 11:30 90210 12:25 Desperate Housewives 13:20 Greek 14:20 Scrubs 14:50 Scrubs 15:20 Hollyoaks 15:50 90210 16:45 Glee 17:40 Rules of Engagement 18:05 Desperate Housewives 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Supernanny US 22:00 The Wedding Date 23:45 The Big Bang Theory 24:15 The Big Bang Theory 24:45 Scrubs

SATURDAY 17th March BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Football Focus 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:10 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 15:30 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 17:45 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 19:55 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:10 Let’s Dance for Sport Relief 21:45 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 22:35 Casualty 23:25 BBC News 23:45 Match of the Day 24:45 Football League Show

07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab 08:30 Dennis & Gnasher 08:40 Scooby-Doo Show 09:05 Pixelface 09:35 Prank Patrol 10:00 Ultimate Sports Day 10:30 Blue Peter 11:00 My Life 11:30 Trapped 12:00 Hacker Time 12:25 OOglies 13:00 Escape to the Country 14:00 Formula 1 15:15 Cromwell 17:30 Final Score 18:30 Flog It! 19:30 Dad’s Army 20:00 The Story of Light Entertainment 21:00 How God Made the English 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Arena 24:00 Lord of the Flies

07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 10:25 ITV News 10:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 This Morning: Saturday 13:20 ITV News and Weather 13:30 Live FA Cup Football 16:00 Death on the Nile 18:35 Granada News and Weather 18:45 ITV News and Weather 19:00 All Star Family Fortunes 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 21:00 Take Me Out 22:15 The Jonathan Ross Show 23:30 FA Cup Highlights 24:30 The Cube

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 Road to London 2012: Paralympics Extra 08:30 The Grid 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Koko Pop 10:25 Real Stories 11:25 New Girl 11:55 Charlie’s Angels 12:50 The Big Bang Theory 13:25 The Big Bang Theory 13:55 The Simpsons 14:25 The Simpsons 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 17:15 Channel 4 Presents 17:20 Come Dine with Me 19:55 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 River Cottage Veg 21:30 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 22:30 The Bank Job 23:30 Copycat

07:00 Childrens TV 08:10 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:20 Family! 08:30 Make Way for Noddy 08:55 Little Princess 09:15 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill 09:30 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 Animal Rescue Squad 11:15 Emergency Bikers 12:20 The Green Berets 15:05 Bronco Billy 17:20 RV: Runaway Vacation 19:25 NCIS 20:15 NCIS 21:05 NCIS 22:00 CSI: NY 23:00 Law & Order 23:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Switched 07:25 Switched 07:45 Switched Up! 08:40 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 09:40 Supernanny US 10:35 Supernanny US 11:35 Gok’s Fashion Fix 12:40 Supernanny US 13:35 Supernanny US 14:30 Hollyoaks 17:05 Perfect Couples 17:35 Scrubs 18:00 Scrubs 18:30 The Big Bang Theory 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 How I Met Your Mother 20:30 Rules of Engagement 21:00 Rules of Engagement 21:30 Happy Endings 22:00 Hitman 23:50 The Big Bang Theory 24:20 The Big Bang Theory 24:50 The Cleveland Show

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:25 Coronation Street 09:35 Emmerdale 12:30 Take Me Out 13:30 Take Me Out: The Gossip 14:15 Love in the Wild 15:15 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 15:45 American Idol 17:40 American Idol 18:40 The Scorpion King 20:25 Kangaroo Jack 22:15 Take Me Out: The Gossip 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 24:15 Rumor Has It..






07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Road to London 2012: That Paralympic Show 08:30 Channel 4 Presents 08:35 Sailing 09:05 Real Stories 09:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:55 Frasier 12:00 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 The Simpsons 14:10 Four in a Bed 16:40 Deal or No Deal 17:40 Time Team 18:40 The Simpsons Movie 20:25 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 The Falklands’ Most Daring Raid 22:00 Homeland 23:05 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

07:00 Childrens TV 10:25 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 11:00 Grey’s Anatomy 11:55 Stansted: The Inside Story 12:55 Cowboy Builders 13:55 Brave Warrior 15:20 Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild 16:50 The Tigger Movie 18:15 5 News 18:20 The Legend of Zorro 20:45 I, Robot 23:00 Rambo 24:40 Ultimate Police Interceptors

07:00 Gossip Girl

07:00 Switched 07:30 Switched 07:50 Switched 08:20 Supernanny US 09:15 Supernanny US 10:10 Hollyoaks 12:40 Supernanny US 13:35 Supernanny US 14:30 Privileged 15:25 Make It or Break It 16:25 Make It or Break It 17:25 Samantha Who? 17:55 Being Erica 18:55 90210 19:55 Sister Act 22:00 Desperate Housewives 23:00 Desperate Housewives 24:00 Skins

Sunday 18th March BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 08:55 Match of the Day 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 Sunday Politics 14:00 Bargain Hunt 14:30 A Question of Sport 15:00 Formula 1 17:00 David Walliams’ Big Swim: A Sport Relief Special 18:00 Lifeline 18:10 Songs of Praise 18:45 Land Girls 19:35 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 Upstairs Downstairs 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 War of the Worlds


07:00 Childrens TV 08:00 Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab 08:30 Dennis & Gnasher 08:40 Scooby-Doo Show 09:50 Deadly 60 Bites 10:00 Friday Download 11:00 Something for the Weekend 12:30 Homes Under the Hammer 13:30 EastEnders 15:20 The Taming of the Shrew 17:20 Escape to the Country 18:20 Flog It! 19:20 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 21:00 Top Gear 22:00 Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey 23:00 Match of the Day 2 24:00 Formula 1

07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 10:25 ITV News 10:30 FA Cup Highlights 11:30 May the Best House Win 12:30 Dickinson’s Real Deal 13:30 ITV News and Weather 13:40 Murder, She Wrote 14:40 Columbo 16:30 Live FA Cup Football 19:45 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 20:00 Dancing on Ice 21:30 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 22:30 Dancing on Ice: The Skate Off 23:00 ITV News and Weather 23:15 Cops with Cameras

07:45 Emmerdale 10:35 Coronation Street 13:00 Winners & Losers 14:00 The Biggest Loser 15:00 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 15:30 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 16:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 17:00 Britain’s Got More Talent 18:00 The NeverEnding Story 19:55 Flipper 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous


16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012

Life TV

16th March- 22nd March

monday 19th March BBC1




07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crime and Punishment 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Sport Relief 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 Bang Goes the Theory 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Empire 23:35 A Question of Sport

07:00 Childrens TV 10:05 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:20 Driver Dan’s Story Train 10:30 Guess with Jess 10:55 Tree Fu Tom 11:15 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:25 Chuggington: Badge Quest 11:30 Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 Living Dangerously 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Helicopter Heroes 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 20:00 University Challenge 21:30 The Little Paris Kitchen: 22:00 The Tube

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Dales 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Scott & Bailey 23:00 ITV News at Ten

07:20 The Hoobs 07:45 The Hoobs 08:10 Freshly Squeezed 08:40 According to Jim 09:10 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 11:00 The Renovation Game 12:00 You Deserve This House 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 14:10 River Cottage Bites 14:20 The Thirty-Nine Steps 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 China: Triumph and Turmoil 22:00 Embarrassing Bodies 23:00 Ramsay’s Kitchen

tuesday 20th March



07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Emmerdale 08:15 Loose Women 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 13:30 Coronation Street 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 19:05 Judge Judy 19:30 Judge Judy 20:00 The Biggest Loser 21:00 Gossip Girl 22:00 The Devil’s Advocate 24:50 Celebrity Juice

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Hana’s Helpline 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Emergency Bikers 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 After the Fall 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Stansted: The Inside Story 21:00 Ultimate Police Interceptors 22:00 Executive Decision


07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:25 Coronation Street 09:35 Emmerdale 12:30 Take Me Out 13:30 Take Me Out: The Gossip 14:15 Love in the Wild 15:15 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 15:45 American Idol 17:40 American Idol 18:40 The Scorpion King 20:25 Kangaroo Jack 22:15 Take Me Out: The Gossip 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 24:15 Rumor Has It..








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crime and Punishment 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:30 The Queen’s Jubilee Loyal Address to Parliament 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Sport Relief Does Glee Club 17:30 Pixelface 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 Crimewatch 23:35 Crimewatch Update

07:00 Childrens TV 11:30 Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 Living Dangerously 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Helicopter Heroes 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain’s First Photo Album 20:00 Rugged Wales 21:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation 22:00 Horizon 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Countrywise Kitchen 21:00 Homes from Hell 22:00 Return to the Falklands 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather

07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 11:00 The Renovation Game 12:00 You Deserve This House 13:05 Baking Mad 14:05 D-Day the Sixth of June 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Supersize vs Superskinny 22:00 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 23:00 Hit the Road Jack

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Hana’s Helpline 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Emergency Bikers 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Nora Roberts’ High Noon 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 21:00 Revealed 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 CSI: NY 24:00 CSI: Miami

07:00 Coronation Street 07:25 Coronation Street 07:50 Emmerdale 08:15 Loose Women 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Coronation Street 14:00 Emmerdale 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 19:05 Judge Judy 19:30 The Cube 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 21:30 Harry Hill’s TV Burp 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 Perez Hilton Superfan 24:00 Winners & Losers

07:00 Switched 07:25 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:50 Ugly Betty 09:40 One Tree Hill 10:35 Scrubs 11:00 Scrubs 11:30 90210 12:25 Desperate Housewives 13:20 Greek 14:15 Scrubs 14:45 Scrubs 15:15 Hollyoaks 15:45 90210 16:40 Glee 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:05 Desperate Housewives 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 Rules of Engagement 22:00 90210 23:00 The Cleveland Show

wednesday 21st March BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crime and Punishment 11:58 BBC News 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 I Want My Own Room 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Sport Relief Does Glee Club 17:30 My Life 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 The Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News

07:00 Childrens TV 09:50 Lulu Zipadoo 10:05 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:20 Driver Dan’s Story Train 10:30 Guess with Jess 10:40 Andy’s Wild Adventures 10:55 Tree Fu Tom 11:15 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:25 Chuggington: Badge Quest 11:30 Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 The Budget 2012 16:00 Helicopter Heroes 16:45 Flog It! Ten of the Best 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain’s First Photo Album 20:00 Escape to the Country 20:30 Watson & Oliver 21:00 The Fisherman’s Apprentice with Monty Halls

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:15 An ITV News Special 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Unforgettable 21:00 Midsomer Murders 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Who Wants to Be

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 11:00 The Renovation Game 12:00 You Deserve This House 13:35 River Cottage 14:05 River Cottage Bites 14:20 Sea of Sand 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Four Rooms 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 10 O’Clock Live

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Hana’s Helpline 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Emergency Bikers 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Shattered Silence 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cowboy Builders 21:00 Big Body Squad 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Loose Women 09:10 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 19:05 Judge Judy 19:30 Judge Judy 20:00 Take Me Out 21:15 Take Me Out: The Gossip 22:00 Love in the Wild 23:00 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous

07:00 Switched 07:25 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:50 Ugly Betty 09:40 One Tree Hill 10:35 Scrubs 11:00 Scrubs 11:30 90210 12:25 Desperate Housewives 13:20 Greek 14:15 Scrubs 15:15 Hollyoaks 15:45 90210 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Star Trek: Insurrection 23:00 Aliens

thursday 22


16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012










07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crime and Punishment 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Sport Relief Does Glee Club 17:30 Sport Relief Does Glee Club 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Watchdog 22:00 John Bishop’s Sport Relief Hell 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:00 Childrens TV 10:05 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:20 Driver Dan’s Story Train 10:30 Guess with Jess 10:40 Andy’s Wild Adventures 10:55 Tree Fu Tom 11:15 Zingzillas Zingbop 11:25 Chuggington: Badge Quest 11:30 Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 My Life in Books 14:30 See Hear 15:00 Lifeline 15:15 The Weakest Link 16:00 Helicopter Heroes 16:45 Flog It! Ten of the Best 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Antiques Road Trip 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain’s First Photo Album 20:00 The Hairy Bikers’ Bakeation 21:00 Natural World 22:00 White Heat 23:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Tube

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Love Life 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 For Better for Worse 24:35 The Jonathan Ross Show

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss USA 11:00 The Renovation Game 12:00 You Deserve This House 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 13:35 How to Cook Like Heston 14:05 Up Periscope 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Four in a Bed 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Get Your House in Order 22:00 Mary’s Bottom Line 23:00 Death Row 23:55 Random Acts 24:00 Embarrassing Bodies

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Hana’s Helpline 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 LIVE with Gabby 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Emergency Bikers 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:10 Her Fatal Flaw 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Holiday Heaven on Earth 20:30 How Do They Do It? 21:00 Inside the Titanic 23:00 Cleaner 24:45 Forensic Files

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Nanny 911 08:15 Loose Women 09:10 Judge Judy 09:35 Judge Judy 10:00 Judge Judy 10:25 Real Housewives of Orange County 11:30 Judge Judy 12:00 Judge Judy 12:30 Judge Judy 13:00 Emmerdale 13:30 Nanny 911 14:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 15:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:40 Real Housewives of Orange County 17:40 Loose Women 18:40 Judge Judy 19:05 Judge Judy 19:30 Judge Judy 20:00 All Star Family Fortunes 21:00 American Idol 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 24:15 Penn & Teller: Fool Us

07:00 Switched 07:25 One Tree Hill 08:05 Glee 08:50 Ugly Betty 09:40 One Tree Hill 10:35 Scrubs 11:05 Scrubs 11:35 90210 12:30 Desperate Housewives 13:25 Greek 14:20 Scrubs 14:50 Scrubs 15:15 Hollyoaks 15:45 90210 16:40 Glee 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:05 Desperate Housewives 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 Rules of Engagement 22:00 How I Met Your Mother 22:30 Happy Endings 23:00 The IT Crowd 23:30 PhoneShop 24:00 Pete Versus Life 24:35 The Big Bang Theory

Crossword Solutions for 647 CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 3 Digestion; 8 Laud; 9 Time-cards; 10 Choirs; 11 Asset; 14 Awful; 15 Sawn; 16 Lease; 18 Germ; 20 Beech; 21 Merge; 24 Instep; 25 Nonentity; 26 Spin; 27 Metronome. Down: 1 All change; 2 Out of form; 4 Iris; 5 Evens; 6 Traces; 7 Odds; 9 Troll; 11 Aware; 12 Take steps; 13 In the pink; 17 Ebony; 19 Meteor; 22 Get on; 23 Lore; 24 Item.

Quick Solutions Across: 3 Adversity; 8 Lees; 9 Behaviour; 10 Eroded; 11 Steer; 14 Incur; 15 Rein; 16 Dying; 18 Tale; 20 Radio; 21 Emmet; 24 Terror; 25 Disregard; 26 Snug; 27 Enhearten. Down: 1 Alleviate; 2 Reconcile; 4 Deed; 5 Exact; 6 Shiver; 7 Thus; 9 Beard; 11 Swift; 12 Rendering; 13 Encourage; 17 Greed; 19 Emerge; 22 Eager; 23 Sign; 24 True. Wordwheel: LAUGHABLE


16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012

Life music

CostaVibes Tony Poole

Scott Hamilton: Alicante March Dates AMERICAN SAXOPHONIST Scott Hamilton is no stranger to jazz audiences on the Costa Blanca. He has been a firm favourite here for several years having performed in the past at Musicas del Alma in San Javier and L’Alfas del Pi Jazz Festival in Albir. He is generally considered to be one of the few musicians of real talent who carried forward the tradition of the classic jazz tenor saxophone in the style of Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins. Once again he teams up with pianist Fabio Miano for a string of shows this month. Scott Hamilton is commonly regarded as the premier ‘mainstream’ saxophonist of today. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1954, he came along at a time when the kind of jazz he loved, the small-group swing of such great stylists as Illinois Jacquet and Eddie Lockjaw Davis, was out of fashion, and largely out of the public ear. Scott’s handsome sound and impeccable phrasing were a rare commodity among young jazzmen. So when he signed to Concord Records, and began making albums for label boss and mainstream advocate Carl Jefferson, it caused surprise and excitement among both devotees of the style, and in the wider musical world. His first Concord set, ‘Scott Hamilton is A Good Wind Who IS Blowing Us No Ill’, was made in 1977 taking its title from an admiring remark from veteran jazz critic Leonard Feather. It became the first in a long and memorable series of albums for the label, which now stretches to nearly 30 releases. The recordings feature Scott’s playing in all kinds of settings,

with small groups, string orchestras, in partnership with such distinguished players as Ruby Braff and Dave McKenna, and in many other situations. The constant is Scott’s creative imagination and the beautiful, honeyed sound he gets out of the tenor saxophone. While he acknowledges the sidelong influence of players such as John Coltrane, he continues to perform the music he loves, which first brought him into jazz – great ballads and blues, played from the heart, with the timeless virtues of swinging playing underscoring every phrase. A worldwide following of admirers wouldn’t have it any other way. Long regarded a consummate interpreter of standards, Hamilton’s big, warm tenor saxophone tone and unerring sense of swing have a way of making every tune he plays uniquely his own. For his latest Concord Jazz outing, with the help of his simpatico group featuring John Bunch (piano), Dave Green (bass), and Steve Brown (drums), he presents some of his own favourite tunes penned by great jazz players including such legendary jazz musicians/composers as Dave Brubeck, Fats Waller, Illinois Jacquet and Benny Carter. Scott Hamilton and the Fabio Miano Trio with Ignasi Gonzalez (bass) and Esteve Pi (drums) are playing at the Casa de Cultura in El Campello on Saturday 17th March at 19:30; Café Concierto 16 in Alicante on Thursday 22nd and 29th March at 22:30; Músicas sin Fronteras festival at the Teatro Capitol in Rojales on Friday 23rd March at 21:00.

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THIS YEARS San Javier International Jazz Festival was presented on Tuesday 13th March at the town hall press room. The announcement came from the mayor of San Javier, Juan Martinez Pastor, the councillor for culture Inmaculada Garcia Sánchez, and Festival Director Alberto Nieto Meca. The mayor explained “despite concerns over a 40% budget cut the festival will go ahead as usual with a series of concerts staged throughout July. The festival organisers are continuing to work hard preparing for what promises to be another memorable edition”. The announcement included the presentation of the official poster for the festival´s 15th edition designed by Ramon Torres. The festival was born in 1998 as a result of the efforts of Alberto Nieto and a group of jazz fans, with the aid of the San Javier Town Hall through its Cultural Department. It has now matured into one of the most important cultural events in Murcia and southern Spain, with great national and international resonance. As usual the annual presentation came with a teaser, some of the artists booked to perform this summer; multi-Grammy award nominee American rock guitarist/pianist/ singer/songwriter John Hiatt; multi-Grammy award nominee Brazilian jazz pianist/singer/ composer/arranger Eliane Elias; fusion supergroup Renegade Creation (ft. Michael Landau,

Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip, Gary Novak); Argentine jazz guitarist Luis Salinas, Paris based Italian jazz pianist Giovanni Mirabassi and his trio; Spain’s Dorantes Quartet with special guest Flamenco singer Esperanza Fernández, and José Luis Gutiérez Quartet with special guest Cuban singer Lucrecia. The full programme will be announced next month. The RTN is continuing its support for the San Javier International Jazz Festival as the official English language newspaper for the festival. Don´t miss a thing during the buildup to July with concert previews and loads of chances to win free tickets for shows.

The Stoned

PERFORMING AS either a duo or a band, the stoned are a tribute to the music of the Rolling Stones. Not just the music but these guys look and play the part of the Stones. Francis, on lead vocals moves about the stage and you can’t help but get involved in the show, and the guitarist, Richard Keith,( no not his real name !!!) Is par excellance… Backed up by an excellent sound system and excellent backing tracks (as a duo). These guys will certainly take you back to the early days and big hits of the Stones……. Honky Tonk Woman , 19th Nervous Breakdown, Satisfaction and many many more……. the stoned are the stones……

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Jazz San Javier 2012

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Friday 16th March Jimmy Mac, Jp’s @ Mil Plameras Dan the Man, Mr Smiths, Quesada Connor, Harrys Bar, Quesada Saturday 17th March Ricky Patton, Bar Imanyo, Daya Nueva Enigma, O Duills, Gran Alicant Big Dave Entertainments, Catorce Restaurant, Benijofar Debbie B, Gasolina Meroil, Catral Smithy, JP’s Mil Palmeras Saviours of Soul, Los Belgas Gran Alicant Tony Lincoln, Sinfonia Restaurant, Quesada The Substitutes, Murphys on the Park, Torrevieja Tuesday 20th March Phoenix Promotions Showcase, Harrys Bar, Quesada 7 acts performing……



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Life tech Removing contacts

Ray via email asks: HI AUNTY, could you advise please on how to remove email contacts from the list. When I bring up all contacts it is easy to remove those I don’t want but then how do I remove them from the drop down list? Aunty Says: This will depend on which email client you are using Ray. If you use a local email program that is installed on your computer, such as Outlook or Incredimail, you can normally delete entries in the stored drop down list by highlighting the name and pressing the del key (you may need to use the up and down arrow keys to navigate through the list). If you access your email using webmail through your browser, such as Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail, you will need to select one of the options under your account settings, or in the case of Gmail, an automatic process when you remove the entry from your address book. As there are too many different variants to list here, you will need to explore the account setting options of your particular email provider or send me details of how you access your email and I will investigate.

Aunty apologises

Aunty Says: MY SINCERE apologies to all of you that have received the email I forwarded regarding the VPN setup to access UK restricted TV. It seems the website has gone offline between me testing it and my article going to press. I have contacted the US based company and I am also investigating other options so watch this space.

with Aunty Virus


Starting again Maureen via email asks: DEAR AUNTY, I am having a few problems with my new laptop which I hope you can solve for me. I have acquired a ‘babylon search’ which I cannot get rid of. I have deleted it from my programs and it has gone from my Internet Explorer but is still appearing on my Mozilla Firefox. I re-downloaded Firefox but it is still there. I have looked for a solution on the internet but my menu bar has disappeared, so I cannot click on tools. Secondly I now have Windows Live Mail instead of Outlook Express! Is there any way I can transfer my contacts or do I have to copy these in one by one. I still have the hard drive from my old computer and an external hard drive. Sorry I have so many problems, I used to be able to cope with my old computer but I feel I am starting from the beginning again. Aunty Says: You seem to have completed the first stage in removing the horrendously intrusive Babylon search program Maureen, but you will need to also remove it as an ‘add-on’ from Firefox. If you don’t see the menu bar along the top of Firefox you can have it appear permanently by right clicking on the small Firefox icon just to the left of the address bar (where you would normally type www.) and tick the Menu Bar option. If you just want to bring up the ‘add-on manager’ temporarily you can hold down Ctrl and Shift and press the letter ‘a’ key. The Add on Manager is where you can remove or disable any extensions/add-ons that may be interfering with your system, and it is a good idea to check it now and then as it’s frightening how many add-ons can find their way onto your computer, and they will nearly always affect your internet speed. You may also need to set your homepage back to something trustworthy, such as or, which you can access from ‘tools’ ‘options’ on the menu bar. Windows Mail replaced Outlook Express as the email client bundled with Vista & Win7 and I will cover this in the next issue.

Emails have reversed Joan via email asks: HI AUNTY, somehow my emails have reversed. I need the newest one first. I am using yahoo email and have Windows Vista. There is a little yellow star on the top right hand corner of the emails, which I click on but it when I switch off it goes back to the oldest one first. I am not sure how this has happened but would appreciate you help in correcting it. Aunty Says: I don’t use Yahoo mail June but I’m pretty sure you can sort each column by clicking on the column header, in your case the ‘date’ one. To make descending order is set as the default go to the ‘Yahoo Mail Classic’ options. Choose ‘options’ from the Yahoo navigation bar and click on the ‘general preferences’ link. Check that ‘message ordering’ is set to descending by date and save the changes.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Doxie Go Smart Scanner THIS WEEK the Inspector makes a scan of the Doxie Go Smart Scanner. These days most people have an All-In-One printer/ scanner/copier – they´re convenient and cut down the number of different devices you need cluttering up your desk. But they´re not much use if you´re short on space or want something more compact and portable. Well fret no more, take a gander at the Doxie Go Smart Scanner. Measuring a compact 27cm x 4.35cm x 5.6cm and weighing a measly 400g (less than a bag of sugar), the Go Smart Scanner is certainly lithe, slimline and ready to go wherever you need it. It doesn´t even need a chunky power supply, it runs from a built in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery which is good for 100 scans per charge, and only needs about 2 hours to recharge via the USB connector. But it´s no good being a compact lightweight if the Go Smart Scanner is also a lightweight performer. Thankfully this isn´t the case – the Go Smart Scanner can handle resolutions up to 600dpi and document sizes anywhere from business card up to A4. And the Doxie Go Smart Scanner is no slouch – 8 seconds per A4 page and 5 seconds per photo, so no hanging around either. There is enough built-in memory to store up to 600 pages or 2400 photos, and an SD memory card slot to expand this further if you want to scan the Encyclopaedia Brittanica. And when you´re done go back to your office or home, connect to your computer via USB and upload your scans in seconds. The Doxie Go Smart Scanner comes with included software to make handling your scans as easy as pie. You can even publish them to the internet directly using a free app for the iPad and iPhone, so you´ll be able to access

them from wherever you happen to be. Portability is the key to the Go Smart Scanners appeal. Tucked away in its handy travel pouch ready to be whipped out at the first sign of a bit of fast scan action – what more could a busy business-person-about-town need? The Inspectors Verdict: The Doxie Go Smart Scanner is the Playboy/girl bunny/buck of the scanner world, compact lightweight and with performance to match, you´ll never be dis-appointed. Unless of course you prefer your scanner a little more comfortably sized… Visit to purchase your Doxie Go Smart Scanner for 220€ including delivery to Spain (subject to exchange rate).

Europa Network celebrates 10th anniversary EUROPA NETWORK are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. So as English speaking telecommunications go this is no mean feat. Supplying over 10,000 customers with cheap calls, internet and free UK tv they are by far the biggest UK telecommunications company in this area. Europa Network offer 2 system options: 1) Easy ADSL – this is the cheaper alternative and does not come with the TV. Europa Network will arrange for an engineer to come and install 3mb of ADSL only. Once this is done they will send out their own phone system hence the lower rate. The cost would be just €19.95 for the internet then €13.95 for line rental which comes to a total of €33.90 per month, this also includes a fantastic 120 free landline call to any European destination. 2) The second option is through an exsisting telefonica

landline in which the staff will firstly determine the amount of internet speed allowed through the line. Based on this they will ask the customer to choose. Prices range from €24.95 for 1mb and €35.95 for 10mb anything over 3mb will include FREE UK TV. You will receive 15 tv channels and 7 radio stations which can be viewed through your pc or for a one of cost of €94.95 you will receive a set top box which will feed the tv directly to your TV screen. We will take over the call charges from your supplier so that you can benefit from low cost calls all over the world and also 120 minutes to all European destinations FREE. Europa Network can also take over the line rental cost from Movistar at just €13.95 per month meaning everything on one bill. What are you waiting for? Call the sales team now on 902 050 999 or visit the website at

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Out of milk

SHOPPING LIST, Pantry List & To-Do List in a small, intuitive and easy-to-use app. With Out of Milk, your Shopping List stays with you everywhere you go and you’ll have it on-hand once you’re ready to go grocery shopping. The Pantry List allows you keep track of your pantry items (spices, essentials, etc...) so that you always know what you have at home. The To-Do list helps you keep track of any other items on your daily list. Out of Milk Features Standard Features - Multiple shopping & to-do lists - Scan or manually enter items in your shopping lists - Plan grocery list - Shopping list history remembers items - Pantry lists let you inventory anything so you always know what’s in your pantry - Share lists by text or email - Move or copy items between shopping list and pantry lists - Displays grand total and running total on your shopping list - View price history while editing a shopping list item

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Life horoscopes The midweek Spring Equinox sees the Sun enter into Aries, and dark becomes light once more. There has been so much disagreement lately, that you may have just walked away. Now you are about to be rewarded for a job well done and it was all worth it in the end. As a beacon to those who knew that you had it in you take a bow, because a job worth doing really is worth doing well. Energies in the Cosmos see you safely through to where you want to be, and nothing must be allowed to get in your way of you are to be of any use to anyone right now. Petty jealousies and negative reactions are an anathema to you now, but it was a chance to show to others not to mess with you that got you into trouble in the first place. Know what you do and do it well. Dalliances between Virgo and mars help you see the way forward in the cold light of day. O.K. so you haven’t always had the support that you needed, but you have gained respect of those who mattered. Be guarded over an affair of the heart since secrecy is the current name of the game for all who are concerned, and because it isn’t right to hurt those you really do love. Actions of retrograde Mercury mean that now is not the time. You keep getting knocked back, but there is a reason not to go at things like a bull in a china shop, and timing is of the essence because there is more to all this then first meets the eye. Wait and see and you will begin to realise why you have to do what you have to, when the time comes and you can see all the alternatives. Emotions are running high and pointing towards the differences you could make if you tried. Holding back and waiting for a better opportunity could see you sorely disappointed and taking second best in the end. This is a time to use your own psychic senses to better guide you through the maelstrom of negativity and provide you with the backing you obviously need right now. Mars provides you with a suitable alibi to the World, whilst also serving to help you connect to the forms of guidance you need right now to surround yourself with the answers you currently need. Unnecessary complications should be rejected as you guard your freedom from involvement with good intentions, and swap transparency for the light of future revelations. Actions on the workfront have brought you the chance to show others just what you can do if you are given the opportunity. Given that this chance may be your new way forward, see it as the chance that it is, to take control and birth something new. You often hide away your skills and talents, but also ask yourself why you have been selected to take the reigns. With a warring Mars assisted by the earthly charms of Virgo there comes a time to track what has happened for what it really means, and to better plan your involvement and response. There are some who would love to see you suffer, but your strength is being tested once again. Have no fear, since your success is imminent just as someone finally tells the truth. The wisdom of Saturn, the pride of Uranus and the light energy of Neptune all combine to bring relief to the trauma of the present dilemma you face. With such strong Cosmic assistance and a newly found belief in yourself the future is rosier. Tread carefully as you are challenged mid week, but know that you are now clearly playing to win! Though you may very well be fearless and pioneering, a very strong psychic energy burns within you when love is at stake. Pressure has brought you to see things as they are, and this may be the right time to face a new future, since your emotional centres are opening and are ready to receive the message that you are hoping for, straight from the heart. Give things a fair trial and you will discover the truth; that things have to get worse before they get better. You are often so hard on yourself, but you are not being asked to compromise, and things do have to get better. Start as you wish to continue, and suffer no fools since you are what you are, and the only way ahead is by starting on the right understanding all around. Mercury enters in retrograde, initially bringing a slow reaction to something you need an instant answer to, but bringing things to a head whereby they will be dealt with in time. You have an abundant energy over a new project, and things are finally under your loving care, which brings you closer to where you want to be, and stops those who are so quick to criticise your every move.

Kenny corris

Deli shift THERE IS no place like a New York Deli, but can Spirit work there? I think so. It worked for me, amongst the pastrami and rye, the turkey and the coleslaw and the best Rueben sandwich in town. Irene was a wonderful waitress. You know, the type of waitress who just knows what you want and what to do to serve your right. Having given my order she checked it wasn’t going to be too much for me or my companion. New York is the land of the giant portion, and this speciality Jewish eatery didn’t ever see a clean plate, and had the doggie bags ready. Irene took great pleasure in serving me my sandwich, she was mindful of the sauces that I would want, and re filled my ice tea on the spot. All in all a professional waitress doing a great job, and at 2.30 in the morning too. Still something was not right with Irene that night, and I knew it. Sometimes I wish I didn’t but something was wrong. I wondered whether I would get the chance to speak to her, when mid sandwich she actually sat down and started eating on her break, and I got my chance. She poured her heart out to me. Told me that times were hard and that the grand age of 62 she had started this job on the graveyard shift as a waitress on Seventh Avenue. What I saw as a professional waitress was in fact a woman who had served her family slavishly for many a year, taking nothing back for herself and making life easy for her husband and kids. Still what else was wrong? Exhausted and crying herself to sleep after every shift both her children had added to the stress by telling her they were appalled she had become a waitress and were not supporting her in any way. In actual fact they had turned their back on her, at a time when she really needed tender loving care, there was despair, emptiness and low self esteem. I spoke to Irene’s soul that night. Having paid my bill, snatched a doggybag, left a good tip, and stepped out into the cold morning Irene came running after me, her coat worn over her starched white uniform with the embroidered handkerchief that revealed her name, and her purse under her arm. She told me that she thought that I had spoken to her heart, said that she had never met anyone like me, and that she had a warm, but strange feeling within. As we walked towards Times Square the taxis were passing on wet streets as late night revellers left bars and restaurants. I

Kenny’s diary 2012: THE GOLDEN AGE: INTO THE FIFTH DIMENSION Saturday April 21st at The Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfaz 10,00 to 5.00. Show with Kenny Corris and Torben Thoger, Mette and Laerke Lund. Advanced Booking at: or 686 361 594. Tickets 25EUR. Credit Cards Accepted. Bookable Lunch 10EUR. Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st March: Readings at The Bistro Maya in Albir. Next to the BBVA bank, close to the beach front. Bookings from 16.30. Call Els or her team on: 966 868 213 Thursday March 22nd : “An Audience with Kenny Corris” at Bar La Torre in Alcalali ( close to the Church) at 20.00. Tickets: 15EUR including welcoming drink. All information and tickets available from Jan on: 686 508 634

walked with Irene to the subway and we talked and talked. I told her the truth, that if she were my Mother I would be proud of her taking on such a job to help the family income. I praised her sincerely for a job well done and told her that I was always going to be an email away if she needed me, always. There were tears in her eyes as she took the Queen’s bound 7 train back home. She didn’t know what to say to me, but I knew that she would make contact someday, and I trusted that Spirit would reward her all along the line because she deserved it. As her subway car sped off she waved to me and I crossed platform and returned to my hotel. Next day after breakfast I had clients, but I checked my schedule and my emails. One message stood out. It was from Irene, and it simply said, “No tears last night, Thank you, Irene.” I knew that something had happened, hoped that Irene would go from strength to strength and that all would be well. How many times do we stop ourselves from getting involved when we know that whatever we can say or do will make a difference? What can mean very little to us can be very special to someone who needs it, whether it is sent as a smile, a wave, a kiss or a message. There is always someone who will need your tender loving care, and I have learned that those who really do need help are often the very last in the queue! A Christmas Card arrived from Irene. She wrote over the whole card, and so much seems to be happening that she is starting to see the meaning of her life. I only told her the truth, and that was that this was time for her and if it felt good then she should go for it. She had done her trial at the Deli, been put on the day shift, thus was able to travel more safely than at night, and had received a raise. Everything seemed to be going right, and I was delighted for her. What was very much strangers in the night when we met has become one woman’s determined need to just be herself at all times. We are a few more emails along the line too, and all goes well. Happiness can be so simple, don’t make it difficult and never underestimate what you can do to make someone somewhere smile. Like me you’ll be smiling along too!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

Postbag Email your letters to me at: Kenny, we met at an Exhibition in Alicante. You told me something that I wasn’t able to connect with at the time, but I have to tell you that you were right all along. You told me that I had a brother in Spirit, and I told you that it wasn’t possible. Last month my Mother died and in the days before her passing she confided in me, and told me that her baby son in Spirit may be there for her. She did indeed lose a child! Sally H. Sally, I am so glad that you got back to me. I do make mistakes but not usually when Spirit shows me those who have passed over. Your baby brother was alive and well then, if I managed to pick up on him, let’s hope he will survive until he is reunited with his Mother. They have been parted for many years. Above all it was good that your Mother was able to care and share with you before she departed for the Other Side. May God bless you all, and thank you for not forgetting me, it means such a lot, not to be proved right, but to be remembered.

If it’s your birthday this week Finding resolve is crucial to your immediate wants and needs. Manoeuvre yourself into the space that opens up for you this Spring, and take the chance you know that you have to where love is concerned, it’s time!

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


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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. Cringe with hesitation by milk-producer (5) 4. A pound got through work to become scholarly (7) 8. Honourable cry in favour of Conservatism? (7) 9. Toned in well-known manner (5) 10. Those who stand it may have sat for it successfully (4) 11. Real baby changed in a way that could be tolerated (8) 13. One note or the next in string (4) 14. Athletic contest for a human group (4) 16. What an idiot Edward is to have given help! (8) 17. Boast that costume has gone back (4) 20. Claw used in frontal onslaught (5) 21. License complete quiet (7) 22. Why brunette can’t be a leader in the Eastern bloc? (7) 23. Urge newspaper men to be seen here (5)

Down 1. Take too big a risk resulting in catastrophic trial? (5,8) 2. They are puzzling when cross (5) 3. Change gear in a temper (4) 4. Correspondence from the landlord? (6) 5. Ban moral arrangement that is irregular (8) 6. Unskilled apparently, but famous (7) 7. Male insect can make great strides with youngsters? (5-4-4) 12. Attendance at scene shown by rep in complete disarray (8) 13. The actors went first and made a move on the board (7) 15. Stopped when many were given relief (6) 18. Line of mountains to the north in 3 (5) 19. Give thunderous applause, perhaps (4)


Quick Crossword Across 1. Step (5) 4. Stuffed (7) 8. Respire (7) 9. Jokes (5) 10. Consumes (4) 11. False belief (8) 13. Uncovered (4) 14. Leg joint (4) 16. Usually (8) 17. Tardy (4) 20. Farewell (5) 21. French sailor (7) 22. Child’s room (7) 23. Blunted (5)

Down 1. Cape Town landmark (5,8) 2. Build (5) 3. Obligation (4) 4. Gifted (6) 5. Postpones (8) 6. Huge (7) 7. Impartial (13) 12. Animal (8) 13. Obstruction (7) 15. Awkward (6) 18. Distribute (5) 19. Stump (4)

Answers & Winners Last week’s Crossword and Suduko answers found on page 51/53. Winner for 647: Pam Johnson, Alicante

Euromillions Draw Friday 9th March 2012

3 32 36 39 47

No ticket won

Tuesday 13th March 2012

1 10 25 43 47

No ticket won






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Life cars Regulations for carrying in the back seat

Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

Dear Brian, I WONDERED if you could help me? I have a friend travelling down into Andalusia from the UK in June, towing his caravan. He has contacted me as he has ‘heard’ that, “Recent changes in Spanish regulations prohibit the carriage of anything in the rear seats, other than seat-belted passengers, with a hefty fine for anyone not complying”. He usually uses the rear seats as additional luggage space when their dog is in the boot space. Have you heard anything regarding this matter? Your help and advice would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Peter

For your friend. As long as the maximum authorised weights for the vehicles areas has not exceeded remembering any luggage in the boot, there can be no problems as long as the luggage on the seats is securely “tied down” (using the seat belts and/or ISOFIX mountings for the child seats) so in the event of a crash the luggage does not shoot forward and injure the driver, etc. The police must be happy with such an arrangement but remember that newer cars have sensors on the seats where if there is a weight on it, a beeper will keep making a noise until the belts are clipped into place. Take photos as well to give a copy to the police in case of

Rubbish piled high in a car

any problems at the road-side and look happy that all is well and that you know the laws. I have always found that smiling and cooperating with the police/GC at the roadside I have no

problems, but then I know the laws so I guess that helps. In some cases with the policia locales I know more than they do as far as us expats are concerned.

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

Competitive prices at F & C RentaCar

SEAT Ibiza facelift

F & C RentaCar is a well-known local car rental company on Urbanisation La Marina established in 1993. We have other offices in Gran Alacant, Torrevieja Costa, La Regia, Villamartin and Camposol, and also operate from Alicante & Murcia airports, and in the near future, the new airport based at Corvera. We are pleased to inform all of our clients, old and new, that we are now based next to Habaneras Shopping Centre in Torrevieja Town centre where we are specializing in van rental and the buying and selling of used cars at competitive prices. We believe that having local offices, in addition to our dedicated reservations team, and internet booking system, enables us to provide a very flexible and personal service. The level of our returning customers is testament to the quality of service that we provide to our clients.

We have recently increased our range of models, so there is a car to suit all needs in our fleet which ranges from small economy cars, including automatic models to larger vehicles with 7 or 9 seats. Because we update our fleet regularly we always have quality ex rental cars for sale with transfer of ownership included. F & C have always been very competitive on price and continue to serve our old client base as well as attract new clients. In addition to our already low prices, we are currently offering fantastic early booking discounts for advance reservations – the earlier you book, the less you will pay! Avoid hidden costs at the airport, because the price we quote to you, is the price that you will pay on arrival. We do not use comparison web-sites, as we believe in

providing an honest up-front price to our clients. The flexibility of the company also allows you to pick up and drop off your hire car at any of our locations with no charge for different location drop-off. The company boasts friendly, helpful and professional staff whose languages include Spanish, English, German and Dutch. Office opening hours are Monday-Friday 09:3014:15 and 17:00-19:30 and Saturdays 09:3014:15.Our airport service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Booking a car with F & C is easy, it can be done in person at one of the offices, by phone, fax or email to but the most popular way to reserve your car is through the website or to call our reservations team on 966 796 044.

SEAT has revealed full details of the updated Ibiza, with all models the same price or, in some cases, cheaper than before. The range kicks off with the 1.2litre E model which starts at approx 9,995€ – exactly the same as before. The Ibiza S A/C is on average 300€ cheaper than the outgoing S Copa models, and SE cars boast the same reduction compared with old SE Copa variants. The performance FR models have also seen a price cut – with up to 1,100€ off compared with the old Ibiza. All new for the facelift is a sporty FR version of the Ibiza ST estate. The updated Ibiza has been given a fresh look with reshaped headlights and optional LED daytime running lights. A sharp crease in the bonnet has also been added along with a few subtle updates to the interior. New Ibiza models can be ordered now and will be available in showrooms from April.

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Why regular servicing is so important Costa Car Clinic have some amazing offers for Car Servicing this springtime, so bring your car along to their garage on the Pedreguer Industrial estate (north of Alicante, near Javea) and let them look after you. As a mechanic, then Quality Controller and then MOT tester at Jennings Ford, the largest Ford and Mazda dealership in the North East of England with 12 branches, from his 20 years working with cars in the UK Richy knows all about the benefits of regular servicing. He explains: “The long term benefits of regular car servicing can extend the life of a car considerably, will improve the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, and will overall will save a great deal of money.” “Because looking after a car will prevent the costly events

Routine servicing is a good investment

that happen when it fails, and there are a lot of things that can go wrong on a car. It’s simple really…any defects that are found in the service are corrected before they become catastrophic, meaning big savings overall.”

Richard and Helen


these days this alone is a very good reason to have your car regularly serviced.

What benefits will regular servicing give me? Routine servicing and a good inspection programme is a great investment. It will mean: • Reduced cost of repairs over the vehicle’s life • Reduced unforeseen and possible breakdown risks • Reduce vehicle time off the road • Less inconvenience and less unforeseen expense • Less likelihood of accidents • Greater fuel economy • Increased product life e.g. tyres last longer, brakes disks that do not become scored and in need of replacement So has your car been parked at a long stay car park waiting for you to come back to Spain? Let Richy give it a proper inspection and service to keep it safe and reliable. Or even if your car has been regularly used, after the winter it will benefit from a service and as well as running better it will be more fuel efficient. With petrol and diesel prices so high

The Servicing prices at Costa Car Clinic are simply unbelievable: • Only 119 € including parts, labour and IVA for a 1.1 to 1.6 litre engine for a standard service. • Only 130 € including parts, labour and IVA for a 1.7 to 2.0 litre engine for a standard service. • Only 150 € including parts, labour and IVA for a 2.1 to 2.5 litre engine for a standard service. Costa Car Clinic is situated on the Pedreguer Industrial Estate (site of the Sunday market) and Helen and Richy welcome anyone who wants to call in for a look around, for a talk with Richy, or to get a quote. Their belief is that “Honesty and reliability is rewarded with loyalty” and they look forward to helping you soon. Costa car clinic – keeping you on the road – situated on the Pedreguer Industrial Estate (site of the sunday market. North of Alicante near Javea). Tel: 96 576 1023 Email:

NEW CARS available to view in our showroom in CALPE 2004 NEW MODEL MERCEDES CLK 240

AVANTGARDE CABRIOLET Automatic, Black met. black leather, alloys, climate

14,995€ 2006 CADILLAC XLR 4.6 V8 AUTOMATIC hard top convertible, black, cream leather, every conceivable extra, 1 owner, only 4K......29,995€ 2008 BMW X5 AUTOMATIC NEW MODEL in black metallic with tan leather, Nav, climate, PDC, cruise, very high spec, 1 owner.............29.950€ 2004 NEW MODEL MERCEDES CLK 24O AVANTGARDE CABRIO Black met, black leather, alloys, climate...14,995€ 2005 MERCEDES SPORT COUPE C220 AUTO CDi DIESEL Ruby met. quartz leather trim, alloys, climate....12,995€ 2009 PEUGEOT 207 CC CABRIOLET 1.6 SPORT in bright red, alloys, climate, only 12K..............12,995€

2006 OPEL ASTRA GTC DIESEL SPORT bright red with grey trim, AC, alloys, 1 owner 6,995€ 2008 SEAT LEON 2.0 TDi DIESEL STYLANCE MODEL dark silver metallic with grey sports trim, alloys, climate, CD, cruise, low kms……12,995€ 2008 RENAULT SCENIC 1.9 DCi DIESEL ADVENTURE SPECIAL EDITION Tango red met, very high spec, CD, climate, alloys, xenons, 1 owner..........12,995 10,995€ 2007 FORD FOCUS 1.6 TREND 5 door, light blue met, AC, CD, low kms, immaculate..............7,995€ 2004 TOYOTA RAV 4 1.8 VVTi 5 door, silver with grey interior, AC, CD etc...........................7,995€ 2004 NEW MODEL CHRYSLER SEBRING CABRIO 2.7 auto in silver with black electric hood, alloys, AC, CD, low Km...................................6,995€ 2002 FIAT BARCHETTA CABRIO FERRARI EDITION speed yellow, black leather, alloys, only 36K........5,995€

2004 TOYOTA RAV 4 1.8 VVTi 5 door, silver with grey interior, AC, CD etc.. 7,995€ 2002 MERCEDES BENZ A170 CDi brilliant silver, charcoal trim, AC, CD, alarm, remote locking...........................................5,995 4,995€ 2004 MODEL SMART FOURTWO DIESEL SEMI AUTOMATIC, white & black, AC, 1 owner...4,750 3,995€ 2004 FIAT STILO 1.9 JTD DIESEL 5dr, black with grey trim, alloys, climate, CD…..3,995€ 1996 VW GOLF CABRIO 1.6 dark blue met, with beige trim, new black hood, alloys, AC, CD, new ITV......3,495€ 2008 RENAULT SCENIC 1.9 DCi DIESEL ADVENTURE SPECIAL EDITION Tango red met, very high spec, CD, climate, alloys, xenons, 1 owner…… 12,995 10,995€ 2001 FORD FOCUS 1.6AUTOMATIC silver with charcoal trim, AC, low kms, service history, P/X to clear….2,995€ 2007 PIAGGIO MP3 3 WHEEL SCOOTER….2,995€


2002 LANDROVER DISCOVERY TD5 DIESEL AUTOMATIC 7 seater, silver with grey trim, alloys, tow bar, TAX & MOT.......................................5,995€

CASH FOR YOUR CAR Tel: 965 876 030



Tel.: 965 368 274


Cars S.L.

We Buy, Sell & Part Exchange Quality British & Spanish Cars Transfer Documents Completed Competitive Insurance Quotes. All cars Fully serviced and valeted








low klm

ONE OWNER 7000klm

BMW 320 I SE 2001 4 DOOR

Ford Fiesta 2005 1.4 Ltr Diesel





Aprilia SCOOTER SR50 2006 50 c.c








2 owners

JOINT J148 2006 3 BERTH, ONE OWNER - 44000 KLM

















Opening hours Mon - Fri 9-6pm (No siesta) Sat 10-1pm. Find us next to Petrol Station TORREMENDO 10 Minutes inland from San Miguel, Los Montesinos & Junction 751 on the AP7 towards Orihuela. Torremendo turning on CV95 towards San Miguel

Over 50 + cars in stock

We buy cars for cash.. Open Mon – Fri 9:30 – 19:00 - Sat 9:30 – 14:00

Tel: 966 730 116 or 672 072 720 - - Email:

Visit us at La Zenia, Orihuela Costa


* 7 SEATS * VW GOLF VARIANT 1.9 TDI SPORT “2008” WAS 11995 € NOW 10995 €

FORD FOCUS 1.6i TREND “2007” WAS 7800€ NOW 6995 €

* AUTO *

CITROEN C4 GRAND PICASSO 1.6 HDI “2007” WAS 13995 € NOW 12995 €

3 x NISSAN MICRAS 1.2i VISIA “2010” WAS 8995 € NOW 7995 €

AUDI A4 2.0 TDI MULTITRONIC “2007” WAS 15995 € NOW 14995 €

* AUTO *



FORD MONDEO 2.0 TDCI FUTURA X “2007” WAS 8500 € NOW 7500 €

HYUNDAI GETZ 1.1i GLS “2008” WAS 7995 € NOW 6995 €

FORD C-MAX 1-6 TDCI NEWPORT “2007” WAS 9500 € NOW 8500 €

RENAULT GRAND SCENIC 1.5 DCI “2008” WAS 11995 € NOW 9995 €

CITROEN C2 1.1i FURIO “2006” WAS 5995 € NOW 4995 €

HYUNDAI XG 3.0i V6 AUTO LUXURY “2002” WAS 4995 € NOW 3995 €

SKODA ROOMSTER 1.4 TDI HANDY “2007” WAS 8995 € NOW 7995 €

* 5000kms * RENAULT SCENIC 1.9 DCI EMOTION “2007” WAS 11500 € NOW 9995 €

RENAULT MEGANE EST. 1.9 DCI “2007” WAS 8500 € NOW 7500 €

FIAT NEW BRAVO 1.9 JTD DYNAMIC 120 BHP “2009” 8995 €

OPEL VECTRA 1.8i COMFORT HATCH “2005” 6500 €

HYUNDAI i10 1.0i CONFORT “2008” 7995 €

CHEVROLET AVEO 1.4i LS “2008” 8500 €

NISSAN XTRAIL 2.0 DCI XE 4x4 “2009” 15995 €

NISSAN MICRA 1.6i C+C CABRIO “2007” 7995 €

CITROEN C4 PICASSO 1.6 HDI SX “2007” 10995 €

* AUTO * SKODA FABIA 1.4 TDI COMBI “2008” 8995 €

FORD FOCUS EST. 1.6 TDCI “2005” 5995 €

* AUTO *

RENAULT LAGUNA EST. 2.2 DCI AUTO “2007” 9995 €

* 1 OWNER *



NISSAN QASHQAI 2.0 DCi AUTO 4X4 “2009” 18995 €

RENAULT CLIO 1.5 DCI LUXE “2006” 6995 €

FORD FOCUS EST 1.8 TDCi AMBIENTE “2004” 4995 €

FORD FOCUS EST. 1.8 TDCI TREND “2007” 7995 €

OPEL ASTRA GTC 1.8CDTi SPORT “2008” 8995 €

3 x CITROEN C3’s 1.1i FURIOS “2007” 6995 €


HYUNDAI ATOS 1.0i PRIME “2001” 2995 €

FIAT NEW DOBLO 1.6 JTD PANORAMA “2010” 11995 €

KIA CERATO 1.6i GLX SEDAN “2005” 5995 €

NISSAN QASHQAI 2.00 DCIEKNA “2009” 17500 €

FORD FIESTA 1.3i AMBIENTE “2008” 6995 €

RENAULT CLIO 1.2i 16v “2008” 7995 €

* HI SPEC * CITROEN C3 1.4i COLLECTION “2007” 7500 €

* AUTO * SEAT CORDOBA 1.4i 14v STELLA AUTO “2004” 4995 €


* AUTO * FORD MONDEO 2.0 TDCI GHIA AUTO “2008” 11995 €

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• Professional pool maintenance & cleaning • Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems Ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed • Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired • Structural leaks investigated and repaired • Refurbishments & upgrades undertaken British Trained with over 15 years experience. Extensive references. All work guaranteed Tel: 96 677 4199 or 678 080 500 Torrevieja and surrounding areas plus Costa Calida EXCEL AIR CONDITIONING. See main ad on page 11.Tel/Fax (Head Office) 966-897-772. Mobiles:680-154-432/676-265-675. Email All credit/debit cards accepted. SERVICE AIR David Higton: (Tel) 966-865-883 (Mob) 629-308-505 (Email)

16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012 FRONTLINE spot on for flea and tick treatment contact stigmichael on 962 132 691or email also scaliboir collers for large dogs 63cm PROTECTAPET Spains leading pet insurance provider. www. tel: 965 756 371 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

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:600-552030/965-960-658

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

A.D.LAWTON CONSTRUCCIONES Digger hire, Ground-works, Excavation and Demolition. www. Tel:648 052 911 or 965 770 798

NEW LAUNCH IN SPAIN Nobel Prize for medicine winner inspired this product. P/Full time Distributors wanted. Monthly income available with high earnings for full time professionals. Business is part of a 39 year old company.Help the wellbeing of others and increase your wealth. FREE Registration. Full details 696655028, UK 07540932133, wellbeingnetwork@ 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. SOLAR ENERGY BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Long established company, own product range. First class training & support. Telephone 606586587


NEED HELP AT HOME? Cleaning, shopping & outings etc. Sympathetic Sandra on 651482106 PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE for your home or business at a fair price. References available. (Altea area) Tel: 965843781 or 622514980

BUILT 2 SPEC, Building, Carpentry and Plumbing. Amazing discounts on Flooring, Wardrobes & Furniture. See main ad on page 9 of North edition or call Built 2 Spec on 965 065 412 or mobile 662 945 103 or email

BYTEBACK MICROS computer repairs/upgrades in your home. Qualified technician. Systems custom built. Whatever your problem call: 965-312-006 or 606127-424 PC SOLUTIONS 4U For all your PC needs. Reliable & friendly service. Call Fred 634638664

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

AUTOMATIC GATE SYSTEMS €449!! AUTOMATIC GARAGE DOOR MOTORS €249!! FULLY INSTALLED/GUARANTEED!! All brands repaired 627-191639/www. FUNKY FREESTYLE DANCE with Louise, every Saturday morning at Villamar Campsite in Albir/ Benidorm, come and learn all the moves and routines to your pop idols! Call Louise on 655-781-068 for more information!

BOATING LICENSE NOW, A LEGAL REQUIREMENT In Spain. Serenity Sailing RYA Training Centre, Competent Crew to Yachtmaster, VHF & ICC. Ownboat on sail and power. If you have a yacht or powerboat get qaulified and certified. Contact Richard 0034 633 056 224. enquiries@ . www.

CONSTRUCTION AND ROOFING JR Construction for new builds, refurbishment,brickwork, blockwork, tiling, terraces, BBQ’S, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Roofing, Driveways, Swimming Pools, Disabled Facilities. No Job Too Small Tel 634 617 771 or 966 877 757


WANTED IN DENIA , administration staff, native English + good level of French, serious, dynamic, organised. Full knowledge of Windows Office. Administration experience minimum: 5 years. Part time job (2 days/week). Work all year round. Tourist sector. Send CV by mail: BÚSQUEDA DE TRABAJO EN LA ZONA DE BENIDORM? Debe hablar español a un nivel alto, ser inteligente y presentable. Posición implica la venta directa de un directorio de empresas nuevas en Benidorm. Alto potencial de ingresos. E-mail CV a info@ Looking for work in the Benidorm area? Must speak Spanish to a high level, be smart and presentable. Position involves direct sales for a new business directory in Benidorm. High earning potential. Email CV to in the first instance JOIN CONSULTUSCARE - THE UK’S LEADING CARE AGENCY. Our excellent team of self-employed carers who live in Spain return to the UK periodically to provide private live-in care to our mainly elderly clients (typically 2 - 4 weeks at a time). If you care and have a British or EU passport; good spoken English; a clean driving licence plus care or nursing experience; are mature with relevant life skills and would like to earn £420 to £616 a week, please contact our Recruitment Consultant, Sandra Field on 658 965 204 or email s.field@ - web site


16 MAR - 22 MAR 2012

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@ 24 HOUR HOMECARE SERVICES LTD Wanted companions, carers to work in England as live-in carers. 3 weeks on, 3 weeks off. If you are caring, a good listener and cook contact Karen Jones on (0044) 01929 472 810 or mobile (0044) 07500 836688 email: 24hourhomecareservices@

BRITISH NURSE British Registered Nurse is available to assist with care in the comfort of your own home, Benidorm area but willing to travel. References and certificates available, contact Chris 602419780

QUALITY PARQUET FLOORING , timeless designs, hardwearing, smooth or textured, Easy to clean. See main ad on page nine of north edition or call built 2 spec on 965 065 412 or mobile 662 945 103 ANTI-SLIP PRODUCT Free-Sol has an anti slip treatment that reduces the risk of slips and falls on many diffrent types of floor surfaces, which become dangerous to walk on when wet or damp. The application of this anti slip product is quick and easy - there are even DIY kits available if you´d ike to carry out the application yourself. To find out more please phone Martin Freeman on 659 232 507 or send an e-mail to martin.freeman@

(updates every 5-6 days): AT MICHAEL’S Free deliveries in our area - usually the same day! Look at: to see quality pre owned furniture and new beds! AT MICHAEL’S Now we have several high quality Castilian furniture in: Large wall units, dining sets, etc. See over 600 photos on: MICHAEL’S 28 YEARS IN JAVEA ENSURES YOUR SATISFACTION! We sell high quality pre owned furniture, many from show apartments etc. Look at: Tlf:965-791-328.

GARDNER 25 years working in Spain. English/Spanish spoken. Private gardens and communities. Free Quotes billthegardner@ Tel 699 682 630 TREE SPECIALIST Cut and removal of palm / pine trees. Size not a problem. Also dangerous & difficult work. Garden cleaning and gravelling. Free estimates. please call adrian on 627 103 412 or OASIS GARDEN pool maintenance. Calpe to Javea. Telephone Martin 669 261 868 GARDEN MAINTENANCE Do you need help maintaining your garden? we can supply a full service at competitive prices. Call today for a free quotation 689075125

MR FIXIT FOR ALL YOUR ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, GENERAL & Appliance Repairs. No Callout Charge. 698 320 434


HAS THE VALUE OF YOUR HOUSE DECREASED? Are you paying too much for house insurance since the property price crash? If so and you would like a free, no obligation quotation with excellent coverage, please call us. Grupo Catalana Occidente covers all insurance needs. Please call 965-855-600 and speak to Manuel Caneda or Lynn Keane in English, on 966-881-048/691-202-307. email: S.O.S. INSURANCE Car-Home-HealthComercial. Funeral Plans and Insurance. Tlf:-966-787-123/622-275-561/686116-297

STIRLING DISABLED SCOOTER IN GOOD CONDITION WITH CHARGER €250. CALL : 634 359 590. STAMPS FOR SALE GB. mint, singles, sets, presentation packs. Ireland. mint, singles, year issues, FDC, MS all at reasonable prices.Tel: 610 634 506 SOLAR SYSTEM FOR SALE includin g,panels,batteries,inverter,controller,g enerator,can be installed. contact Tony 675878601 or 965078483. WHEELCHAIR, LIGHT, FOLDABLE 150€. Electric Mobility Scooter, SUNRISE MEDICAL 40km range 499€. Both like new! call: 627-019-403 LOGS LOGS LOGS Orangewood still 12cents/kg. Phone John Fletcher on 966462082. SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS We buy, sell and exchange just about anything at Spain’s BIGGEST CHARITY WAREHOUSE in Gata de Gorgos in aid of S.P.A.I.N. (Society for the Protection of Animals in Need). HOUSE CLEARANCES, furniture, beds, Rastro, Antiques & collectables, bankrupt stock etc. Collection & delivery service available. Tel 96 575 6215 or 665 653 998 for details.

AT MICHAEL’S Several dining sets to choose from in different styles, classic, modern, bamboo, pine, glass etc. Many with matching sideboards: www. AT MICHAEL’S part exchange on certain beds when you buy a New bed from our New Bed shop in the Arenal. Photos

BALLROOM/LATIN/SEQUENCE DANCING WITH LA BAMBA’S. At La Rustika [Los Arcos] Restaurant, Avenida Balaeres 34, Torrevieja. Saturday - Social Dance 7.30pm - 10pm Starting 9th January 2012 - Monday - Beginners Class - 10am - 11.30am Monday - Intermediate Class - 11.30am - 1pm Tuesday - Popular Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm followed by Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm [not 2nd Tuesday of month]. At Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Starting 12th January 2012 - Thursday - New Beginners class 7.30pm - 8.30pm. Intermediate class 8.30pm - 10.00pm. For more information contact Andrea 616 478 157.


GOLD WANTED English Jeweller wishes to buy broken or unwanted Gold jewellery & coins for cash. Call for an appointment. Peter (7 days) 664 890 990.

CLASSIC KITCHENS 20 years on the Costa Blanca. Free quote and 3D design call Adrian on: 966865684 / 676699700.

ADVICE WITH THE SPANISH SYSTEM Whatever you need to integrate into the spanish system, we can help you. NIE, residencia, empadronamiento, car import transfer, driving license transfer, schools, doctors, social security. Tel: 619 269 408 ADVISORY SERVICE Need advice on making a will, buying or selling property, tax, resident or non resident, starting a business in spain, we can talk you through and give you the best advice and help you settle in spain. Tel: 610 634 506

RANGE ROVER 4 LTR AUTO BLUE grey leather, 96 english plates. problem with suspension rising. new air bags fitted ( i´m no mechanic) starts, drives, good condition. Hence1995. PX anything considered. Tel 966189867 / 07956920226 / 660108415 SUBARU LEGACY 2.2 EX AWD SALOON SPANISH registered 1998 drives well been standing itv expired hence €600 Tel 966189867 / 07956920226 / 660108415 LOOKING FOR AN AUTOMATIC? We have over 20 LHD and RHD automatic vehicles in stock. 2007 Citroen C2 Auto Diesel, 2007 Ford Focus Automatic, 2007 Renault Megane Scenic, 2005 Kia Carens, 2002 Fiat Punto, 2002 Porsche Boxter, 2009 Mercedes C180 BE 1.6AMG estate, right hand drive, Spanish registered and many more. Tel Frank 600726221/965687976 www. APRILIA SR50, 2006, 50CC SCOOTER Red, one owner, pristine condition, totally original, 1495€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 FORD FIESTA, 2005 1.4 Ltr TDCi Diesel Spanish LHD, Mid Blue Metallic. 5 door hatchback, air conditioning, CD player and electric windows in excellent condition throughout. 5995€ www.venuscars. com 965 368 274 FIAT BRAVA,1996 1.4 Ltr SX petrol 5 door,champagne. Spanish LHD, Electric windows, stereo. 1495€ 965 368 274 CITROEN C2 VAN,2005, 3 door,1.4 TDCi diesel ,Spanish LHD,white, remote central locking, power steering, air con, CD player and elec windows 3495€ 965 368 274 OPEL CORSA,2000, 5 door hatch, 2000 edition,1 ltr petrol., Spanish LHD 2 owners. comprehensive main dealer

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GORGEOUS ENGLISH BLOND 45 years, Massage, 1 hour or over night, 15 mins Alicante airport.Tel:-Karen 662049-021

service history. Excellent condition, silver. Air con & electric windows. 1995€ www. 965 368 274 SUZUKI BALENO, 5 door estate, 1997, 1.6 Ltr petrol, burgundy, Spanish LHD, air conditioning, all round electric windows and roof bars. Really clean estate car. 2250€ 965 368 274

SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and registered business who have been operating on the Costa Blanca for 6 years. We offer a professional, reliable, safe and efficient pool service, inc. re-grouting, pressure testing and leak repairs. Private and community swimming pools undertaken. Call now for more information on 965-725-565 or mobile 676-945-360/ 620-743-048

DETACHED BUNGALOW ON TWO LEVELS, PROPERTY FOR SALE BENITACHELL (Vista Abiar, Les Fonts) - PRIVATE SALE Built 2003, 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Lounge / Diner, Sky Satellite Dish fitted, Front south facing terrace with excellent views over vineyards, Large Garage / Storeroom - 85 m2 (ideal for conversion to an apartment, or workshop), community pool, Quiet location in cul-de-sac. (Living Area - 80m2) (Total area - 155m2) Telephone: 96 574 8199 / 659 921 875. Price: 164,500.00 euros.

Properties for sale MERCEDES HYMERMOBIL 1992 4 berth, LHD, 2.7 diesel, ITV till 2013. Cycle rack, TV, DVD/CD player. very good condition €7500 ONO. Call 966 182 589 or 617 148 016. WANT TO DRIVE your LHD car to the UK and sell it when you get there? Call 658 670 777 CHEAP TYRES & DISCOUNT BRAKES In Teulada, La Nucia and Alicante offer Quality New Tyres & Brakes at HUGELY DISCOUNTED PRICES! See our main ad on Pg 3 of RTN North edition for the address details of our 3 outlets. Or call 966 487 061 or email info@ for details.

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MOBILE/PARK HOMES ON CAMPING PUEBLO IN SAN JAVIER FROM 17,000E CAROL 96 819 24 25 MOB 626 055 622 www. EASILY MAINTAINED, DETACHED F/F,2 BED VILLA in l´Alberca, Polopde-la-Marina. 249m2 flat plot. Lots of extras. Solarium with 360º views of sea and mountains. Community pool and Gardens, easy and low maintenance. 123,000€ Tlf Lynn: 966-881-048/691-202307 or email foundation@rtnnewsgroup. com for photographs and more information

FIRST CLASS DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE To and from Spain with a single box 35 Euros to a full load. Call today for free advice and a free no obligation quote tel: 676 582 333 or +44 1268 728 855 MAN WITH A LARGE VAN local removals, deliveries, collections, house clearance, rubbish removal and disposal. No job too small - call now for competitive no obligation quotation tel: 666 703 499 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

PLUMBING & HEATING BATHROOM REFORMS - TILING - WATER HEATERS - GENERAL PLUMBING. Tel: 630 049 773. email: stevehayward39@ www.stevehayward-plumber. eu NORTH COSTA BLANCA SINCE 1996 FOR ALL SHAPES AND SIZES OF SHOWER and bath screens call Don the Showerman on 96 579 2285 or 639 292 081. Immediate delivery on all products from our stock. See our advert on Page 5 North for a map to our showroom

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


QUALIFIED TRANSLATOR Bi-lingual Spanish-English and high level French and German. Confidential and reliable accompaniment service. Competitive rates. Torrevieja and surroundings. Virginia 629201192. INTERPRETER English interpreter provides aid and assistance for visits to hospitals/schools/tax offices/police stations etc. Friendly and reliable, available in Benidorm and surrounding areas. Call 600 809 698

SPECIAL SPRING OFFER Driving to or from the UK? English guest house in France. Bed, Breakfast and Evening Meal for two, only 50 euros! Conditions apply.

BRITISH GRADUATE TEACHER offers Primary/Secondary English Mathmatics. Telephone Margaret Johnson B.Ed. 965350-516 Mob: 616-660-687

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They Deserve to go Broke

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

THE VEGA Baja Golf League is one on the most efficiently run golf organisations I have come across in our part of Spain and deserves to be the success it is. Their booking system is one that many golf societies follow with all reservations made by email in

advance and prices agreed for the year ahead so that a program of events can be issued to their members for the year ahead. This season as with other seasons they will use a number of golf courses in the Murcia area to hold the league meetings. With 128 players turning out over a two day period their reservations are business that you would think should be much sought after by golf course managers. Not it seems by those involved in a golf course management company in Murcia who has on a number of occasions already this season let the VBGL down with bookings. At €6,400 per booking this seems hard to believe in the current economic climate. The organisers of The Vega Baja Golf League provided RTN with a staggering amount of documentation that confirms mismanagement of their business on a scale that is mind boggling. It was fully my intention to name and shame the golf courses concerned and the individuals working for the golf management company involved but if readers saw who they were they would probably boycott the courses concerned and they would suffer even more hardship than these tough economic times are giving the golf industry at the moment.

Perhaps the lesson to be learned here is that we are still dealing with a number of idiots at golf course management companies and that we need to teach them some harsh lessons for them to provide what they are paid stupid sums of money to do, manage golf courses. I urge all who deal with the idiots who are ruining our golf courses to put as much pressure on these people as possible so that we can eventually get some level of service into our golf courses. No wonder so many are virtually bankrupt! Win a round of golf for 2 including buggy at the beautiful El Plantio Resort in Alicante Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of Round Town News will be final in making the winning selection. Question for 16th March 2012: Which golfer was the first to be Knighted by HM The Queen? A. Sir Nick Faldo B. Sir Henry Cotton C. Sir Tony Jacklin All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 1st April 2012 to be entered into March’s draw, which will be made on April 1st. The winner will be announced in RTN on 6th April 2012.


The second of The WGC Championships of the year at Doral Resort in Florida produced a great deal of excitement right from the off last weekend. The famous Blue Monster course had some players pulling their hair out on Thursday as a squall passed over the course. Sergio Garcia went from 3 under par to 3 over par in just a few holes and was perhaps the biggest loser as he played himself quickly out of the tournament on the very first day. The new World Number one Rory McIllroy seemed to be suffering from vertigo atop the rankings during the early part of the event but as time went by he found a way to cope with his new status and went on to finish just two shots off the lead come Sunday evening. Justin Rose was the man who bloomed as he win the biggest event of his career so far and

his fifth European Tour event after a final round of 70. Starting the day one adrift of big hitting Bubba Watson Rose did things the hard way as he finished with a bogey on his last hole and had to endure a time sweating on the results and wondering if he had blown the biggest cheque of his career so far. He need not have worried as after Watson hit his approach from the rough to around nine feet he missed the birdie that would have forced extra time. Almost as big as Rose winning was the return to injury of Tiger Woods who cited a damaged Achilles as the reason for his withdrawal after eleven holes. The 2012 European Tour comes to mainland Europe for the first time this season as we see five Major Champions seek to win The Open De Andalucía over the Aloha course in Marbella. Mike Weir will return to the Costa del Sol for

the first time in twelve years. He will be joined by Paul Lawrie, Jose Maria Olazabal, Michael Campbell and Rich Beem. The inclusion of the PGA Tour players again confirms the strength of European Tour golf. Paul Lawrie won this event last year when it was played over The Parador Course in Malaga and will find the course at Aloha a much different proposition. This event has never been won by a Spaniard so this year they will be trying very hard to put that right over a golf course that will test accuracy over distance and maybe the time is right for the tournament host Miguel Angel Jimenez to win his own event if he can get the putter to behave a bit better than it has in recent weeks. Golfing tip of the week. Practicing golf is better when we see quality rather than quantity. Noel Eastwell Golf Academy at El Plantio.

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Lloyds Bank International Golf League 2012

EL PLANTIO played host to the third of our Lloyds Bank International Golf League last Tuesday and we had the best turnout of the season so far to test their skills over one of the area’s most popular golf clubs. The overall competition was a keenly fought affair with Steve Edwards bringing in the best score of the day to win The Lebeche Division by one point from Vic Smith. Heinz Rottwilm won The Levante Division from Michael Vesey. Both Divisions won by just one point.

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The Final Whistle

It’s a huge shame that Britain’s success at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul has been somewhat overshadowed by the ‘Plastic Brit’ storylines as produced by the Daily Mail. For those of you who aren’t regular Daily Mail readers (and to be fair, who on earth is ever going to admit to that) some of their star writers having been hugely critical of UK Athletics over the past couple of weeks, unhappy with the

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make up of the British team. What got the likes of Martin Samuel and Jonathan McEvoy hot under the collar was the inclusion of such athletes as Yamile Aldama, Tiffany Porter, Shara Proctor and Shana Cox. First off, let’s be clear here. UKA broke no rules in selecting any of them and all qualify to compete for Great Britain under current international guidelines. Despite having already appeared for Cuba and Sudan, Aldama qualifies through residency. Porter has an English mother and has held a British passport since birth. Cox’s parents were both born in London and still reside there while Proctor also has a British passport and is unable to compete for the country of her birth as Anguilla doesn’t have a National Olympic Committee. None of this though satisfied the Mail. At a press conference in Turkey, McEvoy asked Porter if she knew the words to the national anthem while athletics correspondent Neil Wilson wrote that he wouldn’t stand for the anthem if Porter won gold (as it happens, she took silver). Meanwhile, Samuel even tried to defend the paper when it was pointed out that the Mail orchestrated the transfer of Zola Budd from South Africa to the UK back in the 1980’s. Samuel’s response was “Times change. People change. Views change”. Really? If so, why does the Mail continue to print ‘that’ picture of Prime Minister David Cameron when he was a member of the Bullingdon

Rojales netball club off to winning start LAST SATURDAY saw the Rojales Netball Club travel away to Alfaz del Pi Netball Club to play their first competitive match of 2012. Eight of the club’s players made

the trip north along with new coach, Dee Williams. Rojales, captained by Tracey Burton, settled into their positions extremely quickly and had a great fighting team spirit from the start. The team worked hard and with good tactics and successful centre pass formations, gained the advantage over Alfaz after the first three quarters of the match, leading 9-14. Rojales Centre, Claire and attacking players Jade and Lin played well throughout with their fast movement around the court; producing many fine sequences of play, making the score after

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the fourth quarter with Rojales leading 10-21. The last quarters showed Alfaz fight back against Rojales and make some changes to their formation in an attempt to try and get through the strong Rojales defensive line-up of Tracey, Ronnie, Dee and Louise, who all played solidly. The Rojales netball team finished the game off with some great team play by Carol and Jessica and some great goals from Rojales shooter, Sam, with some excellent long range shots going in. Rojales returned victorious from the game in

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THIS WEEKS match was the 1st in the Summer Championship, a series of 9 matches with the best 6 results to count. Again, this week the venue was the Rio Segura at Murcia. The rivers colour is still a grey colour, with again mostly the smaller fish only feeding. However, all anglers are at least catching some fish, be it only bleak. There appears to be no work carried out on the far bank, so we still await the next step. Ian Dalzell after his spiritual trip to the far flung places out in the far east, has come back with a vengeance, and is still in winning mode. Top rods on the day 1st Ian ( Irish Wizard ) Dazell fishing the feeder using maggot with 12.84 kilo´s.

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Club while at Oxford University? I imagine his views on life have changed since he was a 19 year old student. By way of other examples, and there are lots to choose from, the Mail seems to write only positive things about GB world champion swimmer Keri-Anne Payne despite the fact that she was born in South Africa, as indeed were about half of the England cricket team and I don’t remember too many critical stories in the press when they retained the Ashes in Australia. Are they all Plastic Brits? Here’s another thought. Back in 2007, Samuel was writing for The Times, as owned by News Corporation. By the next year, he’d moved to the Mail run by fierce competitors, the Daily Mail and General Trust. I can’t imagine he did so for a less rewarding financial package and I don’t blame him for an instant but I can’t see the difference between his decision and that, of say Shara Proctor. Both had previously turned out for one team and both decided the grass was greener on the other side. In fact, you could argue that Anguillan born Proctor, with no NOC in place, didn’t have any grass in the first place. The truth of the matter is that nowadays, this is the way of international sport. The real targets here should be the people who make the rules, not the organisations and athletes who abide by them.

Alfaz with the final score 21-32; a great start to the season. Rojales Netball Club are always looking for new players to join them, they train and play on Tuesday nights on the Municipal of Rojales Netball Court based behind the

Norwegian School in Quesada. Training starts at 7pm every Tuesday, for more information about coming to join the team, contact Tracey on 679 539 995 or Claire on 680 300 637.

For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: anytime now for the work to be carried out on the river. The fishing is still patchy, but “The Wizard” manages to find the fish each match, and this week winning once again making it the 5th match on the run he has won. I have stood behind and watched him and I seem to be doing exactly the same, there is no doubt he is an excellent matchman. Weights are still down as 4.400kg of Bleak took 5th place 1st Ian (The Wizard) Dalzell with7.420kg fishing the feeder using maggot and corn 2nd Bob (The Major) Rafferty with 6.700kg fishing the feeder using bread and corn. 3rd Don (Hawkeye) Whitney with 5.680kg fishing the feeder using corn. All details are available on our website or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368. ANGLERS TOGETHER The objective of Anglers Together has been reached (which was to introduce anglers to each other). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past 4 years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Tight lines… Dave Hoare

FC Torrevieja news

LAST SUNDAY Torry played at home to 4th placed Muro CF and suffered a 2-1 defeat. Torry had the ball in the net after 30 seconds but the goal was ruled out. After 12 minutes they conceded a goal direct from a free-kick which was played into the mix which keeper Manolo should have claimed. Torry had territorial advantage but were too open at the back and after 2 near misses Muro doubled their lead after poor defending by Meijide and Jorge. Manu scored a consolation goal 4 minutes before the end. On Sunday Torry are at home again against 2nd top Levante B in a 5.00 pm showdown. Be there.