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Graffiti: Vandalism or Art!

Vandalism or Art? Police can’t act without a complaint!

by Keith Nicol GRAFFITI IS one word that is guaranteed to provoke discussion, no matter where one lives in the Western World. Until fairly recently, graffiti mainly existed in two forms: simple tagging or spray painting words or symbols on a wall or flat surface: or a colourful work of art, which could either have been commissioned or was done under-

cover of darkness, just to prove a point or make a mark! To many people, especially the younger generation, graffiti is not seen as vandalism any more, unless it is done on prohibited locations. One could say that graffiti has evolved over the years and has taken the shape of an art form. Torrevieja, with her many unused building plots that have walls and corrugated metal surrounding them, is a

prime target for graffiti vandals, who do not practice an art form but delight in leaving their ugly moniker, their ‘tag’, all over the city centre and urbanizations. For the last decade, many residents have complained of a lack of commitment from Police to find and prosecute these individuals, even though the Police have had tip-offs from residents as they witness these acts taking place. Continued on page 6


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Times are a changing at Orihuela Costa by Keith Nicol WITH THE restructuring of the bi-party coalition of PSOE and Greens in the Orihuela Town Hall, the nine votes of the coalition may now facing a losing battle against the twelve votes of the Partido Popular. This week the municipal group from the Partido Popular (PP) took control of all 13 committees of the City, which includes both the presidency and the two vice-presidencies. Each committee will consist of 14 councillors of which six will be the PP, four of bipartite (3 PSOE and 1 Green), two CLR-Claro and the two are without votes at this moment, Bob Houliston and Asun Mayoral. The President of the PP Executive Pepa Ferrando takes on three more chairmanships while Victor Bernabeu, Monica Lorente and David Costa appear in two. The new distribution is the result of new regulations that were approved in December 2012 to remove power from the government team, should they be in the minority. The new committees include the Special Accounts Committee chaired by Antonio Rodriguez Barbera and special commission for Suggestions and Complaints by Victor Berna-

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READERS ARE asked to please be on the look-out for some stolen jewellery taken from a house in Quesada on Tuesday 12th February between 7.15pm and 8.15pm. These items are of extreme sentimental value. The necklace (shown in photo) is a jade circular pendant, very unusual and easily recognized. The 5-stone diamond eternity ring in white gold is also an unusual ring.

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Pressure on Rajoy intensifies by Jan Gamm IN THE maelstrom of the Barcenas scandal senior officials, including the Prime Minister, are accused of serious corruption following revelations that the former treasurer of the Partido Popular, Luis Bárcenas, had amassed up to €22 million from dubious sources in accounts with Dresdner Bank in Geneva. Rajoy has this week made a number of bold announcements denying any malfeasance on behalf of the PP, leaving himself vulnerable to further public criticism should any further accusations emerge. ATOM BOMB Following his threats to sue Spanish national newspaper El Pais, the normally conservative El Mundo has also published comment that party officials handled envelopes stuffed with banknotes to

the value of between 5,000€ and 15,000€ every month throughout Bárcena’s term as treasurer. And Bárcenas has made no secret of the fact that if he is sent to prison “an atom bomb will explode.” INCOMPETANT It is expected that the opposition will refrain from claiming that Rajoy is personally corrupt. However, there will certainly be inferences that he is incompetent and therefore unfit to govern his party or the country. As a significant number of key party officials are also embroiled in accusations of corruption, the question of leadership is fraught with speculation as to which senior party member could step into Rajoy’s shoes should he be forced to step down. ELECTION A poll has revealed that 54% of

More than fifty primary school classrooms to close THE SPANISH Government plans to eliminate more than 50 primary classrooms in response to Spain’s falling birth rate and also the large scale repatriation of foreign families. A total of 54 primary school classrooms are expected to close in the provinces of Alicante and Valencia over the next year. Some schools have appealed against the decision fearing overcrowding.

voters have now indicated that they want a general election, which they are unlikely to achieve with a further three years left on the PP’s tenure. Early elections would require a parliamentary censure motion. And with PSOE leader of the opposition Alfredo Rubalcaba every bit as unpopular as Rajoy, the country is left in a political stalemate. Meanwhile Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy classically understated at a conference this week that Spain is going through a “complicated” period. He said it was “unhelpful to throw gasoline on an inflammatory issue,” adding that the priority of senior politicians at this time was to concentrate on putting the country’s economy into order and lamented that said politicians were obliged to dodge pot shots taken by the press when his party is innocent of wrong-doing.

Barcenas threatens an atom bomb will explode if he is jailed

Terrorist arrested in Valencia

A MAN suspected of being an Islamic terrorist has been arrested by Spanish police in Valencia, the Interior Ministry announced on Friday. Moroccan Mohamed Echaabi is considered to be a ‘lone wolf’ planning targeted killings and other attacks in Spain and elsewhere in Europe, with a profile similar to that of Mohammed Merah, the self-styled al Qaeda jihadist who killed seven people in Toulouse, France, in March 2012. Merah was killed in his home after a 32-hour standoff with police. Echaabi was arrested on Thursday having been under surveillance for some time. He was recruited by terrorist networks and is alleged to have planned to commit terrorist actions against relevant personalities or other objectives in agreement with the doctrine of global jihad.

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Orihuela Costa Foreigners Office reopens

The Orihuela Costa Town Hall in Playa Flamenca

by Keith Nicol ORIHUELA COSTA Town Hall has undergone a number of modifications made to reorganize the staff and offer better service to the public. Martina Scheurer is the third and latest Councillor for the Costa since May 2011, while also holding the mandate for Beaches and International Residents. This week she announced that a vital part of the makeup of the Town Hall, the Foreigners’ Office, has reopened. This office will be staffed by a city official, but for now, is overseen by the national police. Eventually, the office will be run by Town Hall civil servants, but they first require training in the many forms and legal procedures, from the National Police. The reopening of the office saves local residents from going to Orihuela or Elche to have certain pieces of paperwork signed. Inside the Playa Flamenca Town Hall, the Guardia Civil have changed locations, to allow access

to their offices from the exterior of the building, without having the use the main doors. Moving the Guardia Civil has also allowed for another door that now connects to the tourist information office. Thus, the Guardia Civil and the tourist information office will be available after hours of Town Hall closing. The tourist office is now connected with the International Residents Office, with staff using the same room for both purposes. Scheurer also said that they have changed the location of Information Point, that previously was in a window next to the register. Scheurer added that one of her first priorities was to put out to tender contracts to provide surveillance and life guards of Orihuela beaches and kiosks. She added “Easter is here and it is necessary that these contracts are tendered urgently. I do not know why the former Councilor, Pedro Mancebo, had not done anything about this matter before now!”


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“Stop Evictions” meet with council by Keith Nicol

ALL OVER Spain thousands of people have found themselves unemployed and after their benefits have stopped, the banks, whom many believe caused the problems in the first instance, have systematically being trying to evict mortgage holders from their homes, because they have been unable to keep up with their payments. Across Spain, protests have been held and judges in certain municipalities have sided with the tenants, telling the banks to come up with other options to allow the owners to stay in their homes, while looking for work to allow them to continue payments on their homes. Late last year, local residents finding themselves in difficulties, were offered a glimmer of hope when a Torrevieja judge overturned an eviction order, allowing the Comisión de la Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca en Torrevieja (the Commission of the Platform of People Affected by Mortgages in Tor-

revieja) to become an established pressure group and registered association, in the city. This week, members of the Asociación Movimiento Local Torrevieja STOP DESAHUCIOS (STOP Evictions) met with Torrevieja’s Mayor Eduardo Dolon and local politicians to discuss the present situation. On the agenda, among other things, were discussions about reviewing measures to protect mortgage holders and to listen to suggestions for a course of action by the Mixed Commission. This Committee was established in August 2012 and this was their second meeting in the presence of all political groups, the Social Welfare Department of the City of Torrevieja and the local Association STOP Evictions. The Commission has been formed with the purpose of finding solutions, after the cessation of an eviction order, to look for positive and worthwhile initiatives to help with repayment problems. The Commission encourages all those families affected by mortgage repayment issues

Continued from front page GRAFFITI IS a major problem in Torrevieja and along the coast. Back in 2010 it was costing taxpayers more than 300,000€ each year for removal and cleaning! In 2010, Torrevieja held workshops for young people about graffiti, giving them the opportunity to learn more about it as an art form and giving them the chance to practice their new art skills. There are various council places that have been reserved for graffiti competitions, such as the walls surrounding the Vicente Garcia Football Stadium, to brighten up the look of the area.

Torrevieja’s Mayor Eduardo Dolon chairs the latest meeting with STOP Evictions

to seek help and guidance from appropriate services and in the first instance, to talk with their banks. For a change, in local politics, the bad guys are not the political parties fighting among themselves but the focus is on the mortgage lenders, who themselves have been signaled out as a major cause for the hardship and problems associated with their lending practices. Asociación Movimiento Local Torrevieja STOP DESAHUCIOS is one of the best-known pressure groups in the Vega Baja region and other groups and political enti-

However, a new graffiti has raised it’s ugly head around the Costa. Just like the other forms, it primarily is placed on large white walls or corrugated metal surrounding private land, set aside for future development. The main perpetrators are businesses looking for sites where they can advertise for free. Gone are the teams of Bill Posters, with posters and paste, to be replaced by teams with stencils, masking tape and spray paint. The businesses in question tend to be offering locksmith services, air-conditioning, furniture and property sales. Find a white wall, stick your stencils to it and spray away, usually using two or three colours for effect.

ties have been slowly forming around Spain. Before they received the support of the Torrevieja Town Hall, an estimated eight families each day were receiving eviction orders in Torrevieja. The joint committee already has an agreement on the table that addresses the issue of evictions that has the backing of the Valencian Institute of Housing. The committee is also committed to finding possible solutions for the creation of a stock of public housing that can be rented to those most in need.

Unlike normal tagging, the police don’t have to spend any money looking for these graffiti artists. After all, the phone number of the business is sprayed on the wall for everyone to see! That’s the idea! However, because the spray advertising is on a private wall, the police can do nothing unless a member of the public complains or the owner of the wall issues a denuncia! So, if you have to look at a wall full of graffiti everyday, you could issue a denuncia because it’s ugly, but the reality is, unless it is libelous, or incites hate or violence, it’s probably there to stay!

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Mayor wows the Carnival in prison uniform by Jan Gamm SOCIALIST MAYOR of Benidorm Agustín Navarro has appeared during Carnival celebrations dressed in a striped prison uniform and wearing a ‘Mariano Rajoy’ mask, mocking the Spanish prime minister’s current crisis as he stands accused of corruption in the ‘Barcenas scandal’. Two years ago Rajoy insulted Navarro on his taking office as mayor, saying “Something smells rotten in Benidorm.” Navarro accessorised his outfit with manacles and a ball and chain. The joke slightly backfired on Navarro as some PP sympathisers were heard to comment that the uniform suited him perfectly…

Bobbies on the buses IN ALICANTE this week undercover plain clothes police boarded local buses to prevent vandalism following several recent incidences where youths have thrown stones at the buses and drivers. Four vehicles sustained significant damage requiring costly repairs although no one was injured. The Department of Safety and Transport have taken the precaution of placing police on the buses in the interests of safeguarding drivers and passengers.

Copper robbers copped by the Guardia

THE GUARDIA Civil de Ciudad Real has recovered 1,500kgs of copper wire as a result of an investigation entitled ‘Transform’. Four people have been arrested and charged as the alleged perpetrators. These arrests are part of a total of 55 robberies at farms around the country in a complex operation where gang members continuously changed address, using vehicles that were not in their own names and also using rental vehicles. The copper was stolen to order then hidden in fields before being collected later. One of the gang has an extensive criminal record, accumulating several arrests for no less than 52 offences.

Navarro disguised as Rajoy complete with striped prison uniform

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Visitors play health gamble by Jack Troughton VISITORS TO Spain risk running up huge medical bills if they are taken ill or injured whilst staying with friends and family, the Foreign Office warns. Travellers face a dream trip turning into a ‘holiday from hell’ because they do not take out insurance. New research reveals one in 10 holidaymakers aged over 55 fails to take out adequate health insurance for their trip – even though more than half suffer an existing medical condition. The British Embassy has also called on all visitors to Spain to make sure they have a valid European Health Insurance Card for the trip, but underlined while the EHIC entitled them to state-provided healthcare it did not cover all eventualities so travel insurance was still needed. The Foreign and Commonwealth survey was staged last November and involved a sample of just over 1,000 UK adults aged over 55 who had travelled abroad over the previous three years. HOSPITAL And British Consulates across Spain provided assistance to 5,405 UK nationals between 2011 and 2012 – 1,105 of them involving hospitalisation. The figures show 35% of the study group sometimes failed to take out travel insurance because they were only heading off “on a short break”. More than a quarter claimed insurance was too costly; and one in five thought they did not need insurance because they were staying with family and friends - and many believed they could avoid paying for a policy because they were covered by their bank. Also of concern was that 21% who did buy travel insurance risked invalidating it by failing to declare an existing medical condition because they were on medication to control the complaint and 15% admitted they would not update a policy if they developed a medical condition or were prescribed new drugs for an existing condition. It was revealed each year around 5,000 Brits – including the over-55s – who failed to take out insurance cover or had

invalidated policies found themselves seeking assistance from consular teams in Spain. In some cases this resulted with “life-changing” bills running into thousands of pounds for expensive medical treatment or specialist repatriation back to the UK. RISK

Mark Simmonds, Minister for Consular Policy, said: “The ‘it won’t happen to me’ or ‘I’ll be fine’ attitudes are risky assumptions to make when deciding whether or not to take out comprehensive travel insurance. Our consular staff around the world deal with thousands of cases each year that prove that things can and do go wrong. “Being prepared can mean the difference between a holiday of a lifetime and a holiday from hell. Being unwell abroad is stressful enough without the added pressure of having to find thousands of pounds to pay for treatment.” And Dave Thomas, Consular Regional Director for Spain, appealed to expats to remind their visitors aged over-55 to take out insurance before they travelled. “It is a small investment compared with what you could end up paying if something goes wrong.” EHICs are free and UK applications can be made on the NHS website or by calling 0845 606 2030 but a spokesman for the British Embassy underlined the card did not cover all medical costs and travel insurance was still needed. “Many people think an EHIC is enough and don’t take out insurance. They will greatly regret it when they are forced to pay thousands of pounds for an air ambulance back to the UK or have to pay for extra accommodation to stay in Spain to look after a hospitalised family member or friend they are travelling with.”

Mark Simmonds

A windy winter STRONG WINDS continue to batter the Costa Blanca with wind speeds of more than 70mph throughout the region in the windiest winter experienced in two decades. Gusts of 93kph were recorded in Castellón. Jorge Olcina, Director of the Laboratory of Climatology at the University of Alicante, confirms that the heavy and repeated gusts are due to constant Northwest storms coming into the Iberian Peninsula in January. Olcina predicts that the wind is expected to slow down by the end of this week.



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Beggars belief IMAGINE MY disgust after handing 5€ to a man begging outside a supermarket in Javea to be informed by other customers that when he has finished his shift at begging for the day he climbs into his VW Golf - which he keeps parked around the corner - and drives home! And he also has a mobile telephone! This person carries a sign bearing the legend: ‘I have no home and no work and two children: please help me!’ He pokes his head into car windows as customers are arriving and leaving with a pathetic expression on his face and his hands clasped as if in prayer. Crikey, I thought – poor chap! Here you are mate, have some cash! In fact, have some more cash! One of the customers said they had asked Mr Homeless if he would like a job – he said: “No thanks I am quite happy where I am…” (Or words to that effect!) Name withheld

Can anyone enlighten us? CAN ANYONE enlighten us as to what is intended for the parkland site on Calle Bella Antonia, Torrevieja? It stores various municipal lamp posts, cobbles and other pavement restoration items in a now fenced-off site. This was previously used and abused by dog walkers and we would be happy to know that a more pleasant park would eventually evolve! Work appears to start and stop with no visibly significant progress and being a home-owner facing this site we would love to find out what is in store for us! If anyone can enlighten us we would be grateful Allana Brown

The Bob and Monica show

ON ORIHUELA Costa, we have the ‘Monica and Bob Show’, or so it seems –all ‘smiley, smiley’ for the photos and appearing like ‘best bosom buddies’. Oh, how sweet! What a difference a year and half makes in the greater scheme of things. Cast your mind back to 2011 and election time. Claro hated the PP. Bob Houliston campaigned vehemently against the Partido Popular and Monica Lorente in the Council elections in May 2011. Not only that, Claro’s election campaign highlighted the corruption and arrogance of the PP’s attitude to the Costa and the way they had been running Orihuela Council but as soon as electors voted him in as a councillor, Bob conveniently forgot all that and joined up with Monica.

Meanwhile, the lovely Monica, most wanted on numerous criminal charges in Courts 1 and 3 in Orihuela, suddenly has a conversion of almost biblical proportions and conveniently takes an interest in the Costa, after having let it down very badly when she was Mayor of Orihuela from 2007 until 2011. So, why shouldn’t we believe either of them? Bob is not a politician. He cannot be, as he has no principles. To campaign on certain key things and then abandon them in a matter of months shows contempt to the electorate and the democratic process. For Bob to team up with the very people he stood against is indicative of profound dishonesty and political treachery. Monica Lorente is a hardened, cynical politician, who believes she is untouchable,

even in the courts of Orihuela. She is hell bent to claw back power by any means possible and wants to do it with her new found friend- Bob Houliston. All I can say to you both, Bob and Monicayou must think the rest of us are really stupid? We would be very stupid to believe either of you or trust your motivation. You forget this: most of us have had a lifetime of experience and we can smell political ‘waste-matter’ a long way off. You also forget that British people really cannot stand corruption and dishonest politicians. We hated it in the UK and we hate it here in Spain. You tell us, please, why we should support any politician with criminal charges levelled against them? So, keep on being ‘best buddies’ by all means but I predict one thing - it won’t get you very far, especially with the electorate! Sarah Hill

Good news for farmers

A NEW law is welcomed as good news for agricultural organisations and livestock farmers. by Jan Gamm

The Cabinet has approved a bill to improve the efficient functioning of the food chain, aiming to balance the bargaining powers between farmers and food retailers which in the past favoured large retailers. The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Miguel Arias Cañete, confirmed that: “Many improvements will ensure fair play for the farmers regarding the formalisation of contracts with food cor- porations.” The new law includes the application of fines of up to 3,000€ for minor offences and up to €1 million for serious infringements against the agricultural supply management system.

Juan Carlos booed

KING JUAN Carlos was booed by a large number of Basque and Catalan supporters on his arrival at the Buesa Arena for basketball’s Copa del Rey between Barcelona Real and Valencia. The crowd began shouting ‘Out!’: ‘Out!’ as the King arrived and continued booing loudly throughout the national anthem.

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Sports City welcomes English and Nordic clubs to Torrevieja by Keith Nicol SINCE THE official launch of the new Sports City Tourism program and website at FITUR Madrid last month, the Department of Sports has received more than 60 enquiries from sports teams from around Spain and Northern Europe, interested in using the facilities for their winter training programs. Last week, Rugby League’s Coventry Bears enjoyed working out in the city’s gym and made good use of the Nelson Mandela Stadium; this week there is a youth handball team from Denmark, two Norwegian swimming clubs from Stavanger and Madla while next week a youth football team will be training there. After FITUR, Rich Draper from Santa Pola based Training Camp Spain, organised a visit for Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Club. This week, a second Rugby League Club made an appearance, this time Coventry Bears, with plans already afoot for a possible Rugby League Nine’s competition to be held later in 2013. The Coventry Bears were in Torrevieja on Friday, February 8, for tactical training on the artificial grass of the ‘Nelson Mandela’

Stadium following that up with a workout in the Municipal Gymnasium, where they performed hard physical training. With the excellent weather and facilities they experienced, the Bears have already made enquiries about returning to Torrevieja later this year or early 2014 for a complete season of workouts. On Monday, a Danish youth handball team arrived n town and made full use of the Sports City for a full week. Swim teams from Madla and Stavanger Norway, will be taking part in a week long training period at the Olympic pool of Palacio de los Deportes “Infanta Cristina”. Between 15 and 29 February, four cadet category youth football teams from Norway will be in Torrevieja. Along with their tactical training and strength sessions, the cadet teams have also arranged a number of practice, friendly games against CF Torrevieja teams, and those wishing to watch the Norwegian teams in action can make their way down to the Sports City on Thursday night, when from 6.00pm, they will be playing the local boys teams. Javier Lopez, the Coordinator for Sports City Tourism commented that without even starting to actively promote the Sports City,

that he has already received almost seventy enquiries from all different types of sports teams from Spain, Northern Europe, the British Isles, Scandinavia and Russia about booking the facilities. Interest has already been expressed by English Premiership football Academies about winter training and tournament play, with the first ever Finn-

Coventry Bears Rugby League squad one of the latest teams to visit Torrevieja’s sports city


ish youth football team booking their place at this Easter’s Torrevieja Cup, already confirmed. For more details of organising club trip to Spain, please contact Richard Draper at or visit the new Sports City web site at:

Torrevieja film preservation by Keith Nicol THE DIRECTOR of Valencia-Culturarts, Manuel Thomas and the director of the Instituto Valenciano del Audiovisual y la Cinematografía (Valencian Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual), Nuria Cidoncha met this week with the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon, who presented them with a 35mm copy of the film ‘Torrevieja, blanca de sal y morena de soles’ a long lost promotional film about Torrevieja, that was made in 1968 by Pascual Muñoz. The film reel will not be deposited in the Film Archive of the Film Institute of IVAC as part of a unique piece of history about the region. ‘Torrevieja, blanca de sal y morena de soles’ is a an informative short documentary, directed by Pascual López Muñoz through his production Leuka Films, which promotes the city of Torrevieja as a tourist destination, showing the fishing industry, the salt production, highlighting the crowing of the Salt Queen and the world famous Habaneras Competition, that has taken place in Torrevieja for more than 50 years. The documentary came about as the result of a commission to the film director himself in 1968 by the former Mayor of Torrevieja, the late Vicente Garcia, through the Comisión Oficial de Fiestas, which was formed to promote tourism in Torrevieja nationwide, playing on cinema screens around Spain before the

main feature. According to research by the filmmaker Lidiana Rodriguez, the film was released in 1968 during the celebrations in honor of the Immaculate Conception of Torrevieja, in the Cine Teatro Nuevo Cinema, and was distributed between 1968 and 1973 throughout Spain and abroad. This was at a time in Torrevieja’s history when the City had less than 10,000 residents and was primarily a town based upon fishing and salt. Following several years in oblivion, a can with 35 mm film was rediscovered in 1980 by the director of the Centre for Tourism Initiatives, José Andreu, in the premises of the Department of Tourism. It sat on a shelf for another 30 years until November 2012, when José Andreu gave the reel to the Rotary Club of Torrevieja who decided to return it to the C i t y Council. T h e film has been recognized as part

of the audiovisual heritage of Valencia and will be preserved and studied at the Film Archive of the IVAC This 35mm film is the only film that has been discovered of the filmmaker Pascual Muñoz López (1936-1971). He was a war correspondent in Algeria who also worked as a filmmaker and documentaries for TVE NO-DO, directed short films but unfortunately died in a car crash at the age of 34, while working on the production for his first feature film. The 12 minute film can be viewed on YouTube in its raw form. The preservation process will return some of the vivid colours of the original.

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Thursday nights for films in English

LAST NIGHT, Valentine’s Night, was the start of a new cinema experience in Torrevieja, as Cines IMF projected the film ‘Gangster Squad’ in English, with Spanish subtitles, allowing one to view the film without the need for headphones. Their intention is to offer a different film every week, projected at 6.00pm, in English, every Thursday. The new screening was welcomed by Nick Ireland, who is working with the cinema to launch a new International Cinema Club which hopes to show classic films that many expats and the younger generation especially, may never have seen on the big screen, but only on TV. More information, ticket prices and special offers can be found at If you’d like to have a chance of winning two free tickets to see next week’s film or a VO film with headphones, send an email with the phrase ‘English Films’ in the subject line and your contact details before midnight on Sunday 17 February.

Torrevieja’s XXX Half Marathon and 10

TORREVIEJA’S XXX Half Marathon plus the half and half marathon 10km will take place on the morning of Sunday, February 24. The 2013 event will celebrate the XXX edition of the Half Marathon ‘City of Torrevieja’ and be run alongside the 10km race. Both races with start and finish on Juan Aparicio promenade, just along from the Man of the Sea Monument. New for this year is the introduction of the 10km, which is due to attract a mix of both serious middle distance runners and those who wish to participate for fun or to raise money for their favourite charity. Although this distance has been run before, this year’s 10km has the official approved of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA). The 10km will start first, at 10am with the half marathon thirty minutes later at 10:30am. Entries can be made on the website with the registration fee for the half marathon being 11.00€ for those with an official racing chip and two euros more for those that need to rent one to attach to their shoe, for official timing purposes. Registration is free for the 10km.


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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

It was 50 years ago today, Sgt Pepper taught the band to play… It’s been a bit of a Beatlie-bash here in the UK this week, which for us fab-fans has been rather good. Wall-to-wall Beatles, yeah, yeah, yeah… Unbelievably, it was fifty years ago last Monday since the four young musicians piled into Abbey Road studios in St John’s Wood, London to record their debut LP, (Long Player: for post-MP3 generations, a long-playing vinyl record that was played on both sides in a rather cumbersome machine that could not be carried onto the bus) Please, Please Me. The album was recorded over a twelve hour period from about ten thirty in the morning. And they called it a ‘wrap’ after the show stopper, Twist And Shout was finally completed late into the evening - legend has it that John Lennon’s vocal chords were so shot through after the take that he couldn’t sing for at least three weeks after! I was in very short trousers at the time Please, Please Me was being recorded and too busy shovelling the snow that fell without mercy to really know much about it (yes, it was THAT winter). However, within a few short months the mayhem that was to be dubbed Beatle-mania caught the winter-weary nation by storm and the songs contained on that debut LP were familiar to young and old alike. The idea of completing an album in just one day is so preposterous nowadays that it would not be considered. So, the good folk at the BBC thought it would be a rather good wheeze to recreate that event, in the same studios, over the same time frame, with a bunch of contemporary artists. Twelve hours to Please, Please Me was an all day event on Radio 2 with live links to Abbey Road as the new versions of the LP’s songs were finished. If you missed it highlights are available on

the Radio 2 blog. And don’t feel sad if you think you’ve missed out because tonight (Friday 15) - yes tonight folks, if you’ve picked up your fabulous Friday RTN promptly – on the telly over at BBC 4 is a documentary celebrating the day and featuring all the songs. It’s on at nine o’clock (21.00), which I guess is ten o’clock (22.00) for you good folk of the Costa Blanca. I’ll probably miss it being too busy shovelling snow that’s falling without mercy. Pancake Day If you think that the 50th anniversary of the Fabs first album was exciting just add in Pancake Day on Tuesday and for one old ex-RTN hack the excitement went beyond that which is physically containable. However, a paucity of Tate & Lyle’s Golden Syrup prevented true enjoyment and so, around lunchtime, I sallied forth on the quest for more. This is when I discovered that in Atherstone, Warwickshire on this very day they hold an event that necessitates the entire town being cut off. I got into Atherstone but I couldn’t get out. It could mean only one thing: the famous Shrovetide Ball Game. I kid you not! Okay, over to the ITV for a potted history: “Streets are deserted and shops boarded up, as the highway becomes crowded with adrenalin-fuelled contesters. To those unfamiliar with the event, the rules are simple: at 3pm a ball is thrown from the town’s Barclays Bank balcony, and hundreds of competitors tussle to obtain pos-

session of it by the sound of the klaxon at 5pm.” Oh great, five o’clock, what about me pancakes? Apparently, four ribbons – one red, white, blue and gold are tied to the ceremonial ball and are up for grabs. It’s as mad as Tomitino time and about as violent as Pamplona. The game, which celebrated its 800th anniversary in 1999, is considered one of the oldest traditions in Britain. It’s just a pity I’d never heard of it before today. I asked a local spectator who was bellowing at the players, how long the game normally takes. “Depends if no-one gets killed,” he grinned, “but I known it go on for twelve hours.” What? I gulped in horror and muttered, “Blimey, The Beatles could record an LP in that time…” He look at me quizzically and said, “You what?” before turning back to scream once more at Shrovetide Ball Game players. Watts in Atherstone, still waiting for me pancake…

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Bringing Cotton Traders exciting new collection home the is available online now Bacon for After a successful 25 years in the UK, Cotton Traders opened their online shop to delivery to mainland Spain and the Balearics last summer in response to customer demand.


£21 million

by Patricia Thompson With a three day delivery service on in-stock items for only £6.95 their collection of clothing and footwear has been well received. Cotton Traders offers a range of leisurewear, outdoor and casual clothes in sizes S-5XL, footwear and accessories, for men and women. Renowned for quality in comfortable fabrics and classic styles, their range is affordable across all sizes. Favorites in the new Spring Summer 13 collection are essential items like colourful polo shirts, plus summer prints across the range and the Ultimate Shape Jeans – available in 4 colours and six lengths. Men’s pure cotton shirts with some styles up to 5XL are sure to be a hit in extra fine weave for silky softness. The bestselling seersucker fabric is available for men and women in a variety of styles. Not only does this unique fabric look great, its ingenious textured weave means it’s cool and easy to care for too. A range of footwear styles from best-selling suede slip-ons and aqua toggle trainers to innovative leisure flex styles is available too. The range is perfect for relaxing leisure time or sunny active days – and at, consumers will find full delivery information plus the opportunity to sign up for email newsletters to keep up with offers and promotions.

The triptych sold for 21 million

A TRIPTYCH of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon (1909-1992) has been sold by Sotheby’s in a contemporary art auction in London for £21 million, crashing through its pre-sale estimate of £7 – 9 million. More than ten bidders competed to take home the work, described by Sotheby’s as “Everything a collector in the current market is looking for.”

Nice things come in small packages A TOTAL of 24 local bars, cafés and restaurants are participating in the IV ‘Crevillent d’Tapas Contest which began this week and which is to continue until 31st March. The tapas route has been organised by the Gastronomic Association and the City of Crevillent. The president of the Gastronomic Association, Antonio Rabadán, was delighted to note that 40 different tapas of the highest quality are being offered for the modest price of 1.50€. The winner is to be announced 3rd April at the Municipal Casa de Cultura, Joseph Candela Lledó. The top three places will receive cash awards of 200€, 100€ and 50€, dinner for two at a participating restaurant and their weight in beer sponsored by Heineken.


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Torrevieja’s new market stalls by Keith Nicol

WITH SPRING in the air and the expected arrival of more than 100,000 visitors to Torrevieja over the Easter period at the end of the next month, work is quickly progressing on the refurbishment of Torrevieja’s Hippy Market. The entire area is receiving a major facelift as the City Council has taken steps to begin to standardize the existing plots along the emblematic Paseo de La Libertad. At the moment about 130 stallholders trade from the area and this upgrade, to new wooden enclosures, will brighten up the area, make it more attractive and make all permit holders equal as they all have the same characteristics. The Wooden Kiosks are bunted together, providing better protection from the element, more security and safety, plus a more comfortable working environment for the street

You2Band tribute to U2

traders. These vendors are partners of AVETO (Association of Street Vendors of Torrevieja), and campaigned that these positions should be wooden and fixed on the Paseo. The mayor of Public Works, Eduardo Gil Rebollo has overseen the project, which will see the Kiosks joined together so as not to leave spaces that may provide coverage for illegal sales activities. Gil Rebollo has also stated that from 2013, only wooden stalls would be allowed and those made from substances other than wood, would be removed, such as the ice cream kiosks that are currently empty. The night market is one of the most visited places by tourists and residents of Torrevieja throughout the year, and in it you can find all kinds of products related to textiles, handicrafts from different countries, jewelry, perfumes, books, etc.. With this measure, the Council aims to change the current

U2 TRIBUTE Concert takes place in Torrevieja’s Municipal Theatre, by the band You2Band, on Saturday February 16 at 8:00pm. The band began performing in 2007 and since then has performed at clubs, festivals and in the most prestigious national halls all over Spain. They have also been recognized by fans and music writers as one of the best U2 tribute bands. The ticket price is 10€, which can be purchased at the Municipal Theatre box office Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 to 1:00pm and two hours before the show starts.

The new look Hippy Market will be open for Easter

image of the popular route. The ordinance was approved in a regular session of the Special Committee on Accounts, Finance, Heritage and Citizenship, with the only votes in favour of the project being cast by the Partido Popular, who hold an absolute majority, with the abstention of the Socialist Party PSOE, the Greens and Alternative

Popular Torrevieja. The new design allows for the expansion of the number of trading units to more than 140, even though the units are wider, at almost three-metres. The Council also announced the addition of a new area for Public Toilets which will be constructed in the Fairground zone, behind the market area.

Little Pod Association Open Day: San Miguel THE LITTLE Pod Association, located in La Zenia, is a registered animal charity created to help abandoned and mistreated animals in the Costa Blanca Region, working with other local charities. The Association currently has nearly 50 dogs and more than 20 cats in its care. An Open Day is being held on 16th February from 11am – 2pm when beautiful yet abandoned dogs and puppies rescued in recent months that are now ready to go to their ‘forever’ homes will be showcased. Refreshments will be available and visitors will be able to take the dogs for a walk and ask questions about them. Some of the dogs, including two litters of puppies, are Podencos, an ancient Spanishbreed. They are found

abandoned - or worse - in large numbers, especially after the hunting season finishes in February. These make affectionate and loyal pets and they deserve a second chance to have a loving home. In addition the association has instigated a feral cat program for a number of local feral colonies, taking in adult cats for vaccination and neutering and finding homes for kittens. The charity has grown over the last couple of years and in 2012 Little Pod Association opened its first charity shop above the Mercadona at La Zenia: opening times 10am4pm: Monday - Saturday. Call 660 832 360 for more information.

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Beat the Winter Blues with Neater Heater AS WINTER relentlessly continues many people will be deciding how best to keep their homes warm. The choices seem endless, confusing, and contradictory. There is no simple answer, or single best solution. Tony and Richard at Neater Heater have, however, got one solution that deserves serious consideration. There are many reasons to choose electricity as your heating option. It is clean, requires no effort to maintain, and has a comparatively small installation cost. In fact Tony and Richard claim to be able to install a five-to- seven heater system for the same price that many people pay just to have a gas bottle casita built. But once you have decided on electricity then you have even more choices to contend with. The Neater Heater team sympathise with you, because that is exactly where they were four years ago. After discarding the unhealthy Gas Estuffas, and deciding to “Heat Electric” they tried various options - as customers-and realised one thing. There were no affordable good electric heaters on the market. Electric heaters tended to fall into one of the following categories. • Very expensive (€300-€800) but make a virtue of being economical, • Cheap to buy (But horrendously expensive to run) oil-filled heaters, • Economical to run (but inefficient) panel heaters. With a great stroke of luck, it was while actively looking for a

heater for his son’s room that Tony came across, and installed, some Norwegian BEHA convector heaters. That decision was life changing. Discovering just how good these heaters were, Tony saw a business opportunity and approached his friend Richard Winter and between them they started Neater Heater. As Richard explains; “The beauty about Neater Heaters is that they are simple but are built to the highest quality. It also helps that they look good. They use modern, state of the art technology, such as extruded Aluminium for the element, and a highly sensitive thermostat. This produces an affordable no-nonsense heater that works efficiently and economically to keep your home warm through those long cold winter nights”. To find out more about Neater Heaters contact.... NEATER HEATER DISTRUBUTORS: COSTA BLANCA NORTH PEGO/OLIVA/DENIA - Calicomfort Tel. 687 694 038 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 - K & M’s Electro Domesticos Tel 965 874 838 CALPE - Imprint, Avda Gabriel Miró: Tel. 965 874 451 ALTEA - Leos Superstore. N332 Tel. 965 844 848 NEATER HEATER DISTRUBUTORS: COSTA BLANCA SOUTH / COSTA CALIDA


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Retirement gardening by

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

GARDENING REMAINS a major retirement activity in Spain as elsewhere in the world although our surveys in Spain suggest that more women than men actively garden on a regular basis. A pity as this hobby offers interesting mental and physical activity in touch with nature. A garden designed developed and nurtured over ten or twenty years is probably one of the most complex and challenging projects one can undertake in life. But we do it because the results are very visible, satisfying and self fulfilling and gardening can be practiced even into one’s nineties for active gardens can be reduced in size and enviable mini gardens can be created on apartment terraces and balconies as described in ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’. Incidentally the official price of this book is currently reduced to only 5€.

On an even smaller scale try drain pipe gardening

SOME OF THE OTHER REASONS RETIREMENT GARDENING IS POPULAR ARE AS FOLLOWS: It can be practiced in gardens and allotments, in patios and courtyards, and on apartment terraces balconies and window sills. Yes even on window sills where we have seen interesting succulent collections, mini strawberry beds and trays of cut and cut again salad leaf collections. On an even smaller scale try drain pipe gardening. Having a garden to potter around in can help the transition from paid work to retirement as it has different and interesting demands season by season. Gardens provided opportunities for brain and brawn. It provides for both partners to combine their relative strengths and weaknesses. Moving to Spain, as other Mediterranean climate areas, allows one to enjoy gardening and gardens on many more days of the year than in the UK and other northerly countries and also allows one to experiment with a new range of flowering plants fruits and vegetables. With just a few hours a week it is perfectly possible to become very self sufficient in ecologically grown herbs vegetables and fruit. As one becomes infirm it is possible to work sitting down by gardening in tall containers and on specially constructed growing tables. The latter are great for building up interesting collections of small plants and small growing salad varieties. Working in the garden, especially in the winter sun, helps build up and maintain ones natural vitamin D production. Egg laying hens can be very friendly and interesting pets if purchased young and regularly handled. For those that still like competing competitions for the best flower arrangement, group of roses, fruit or vegetables, most interesting newly propagated dry garden plants and best plant photograph etc at monthly garden clubs can be very motivating. It is a pity that all gardening clubs don’t recognise the interest

‘Clodagh and Dick Handscombe’s gardening books make good Christmas presents. They can be obtained from high street and internet bookshops including Amazon UK and Spain. Thanks to readers the Kindle E-book Making waterless gardens a practical reality world wide is starting to sell well.’ © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe

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Retirement gardening can be practiced on window sills

and self fulfilment that such activities can stimulate. Dick enjoyed judging at a recent meeting of the Costa Blanca Gardening Circle, when he gave a talk on Making Waterless Gardens: this now a growing priority worldwide. Our Amazon Kindle book with that title has even been purchased on Amazon Japan. But if you are to continue gardening to a ripe age do ensure that the garden is safe. Do reduce the chance of slips, trips, sprains, cuts and spiking. Economically designed tools such as the Fiskars range are in our experience well worth the extra cost. Also ensure that terrace and garden walls are safe, that trees are not getting top heavy and liable to falls or the snapping of branches in high winds, that low branches cannot cause head injuries, that garden electric circuits are safe etc… So happy gardening in your retirement - incidentally this week’s article has been extracted from Dick’s new Amazon Kindle book ‘Your Practical Guide to Having a Great Retirement’.

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Christina Brady

Regional Manager of Blacktower Costa Blanca


IN ADDITION to the New Asset declaration requirement, Wealth Tax has been reinstated in the Valencia region for 2012. THOSE TAXPAYERS whose wealth as of 31st December 2012 is higher than 700,000€ will need to file Model 714 during May and June 2013. THE MAIN POINTS TO MENTION ARE THAT: • Spouses cannot file separately • Rate is calculated on a scale of up to 2.5% of the taxable base. • Not all Spanish Tax Treaties avoid double taxation on Wealth Tax. However, a tax credit on taxes paid abroad may be obtained. VALUATION OF ASSETS: A property is valued for the higher of these amounts: • Acquisition price including acquisition costs (e.g. Taxes, Notary, Register…) • Cadastral value • The value determined by a previous tax audit If the property is the main residence it is classed as an exempt asset up to 300€. Pension plans may be tax exempt if they fulfill some requisites Quoted shares are valued at market value as of 31/12/2012

The tax administration publishes charts valuing vehicles and yachts Most other assets are valued at their nominal value The value of foreign assets must be converted into Euros taking into account the official exchange rate of the Bank of Spain as of 31/12/2012. Example of calculation: Marriage owning the following assets at 31/12/2012: Main residence valued in 500,000€: Exempt up to 300,000€ per taxpayer Quoted shares with a market value of 750,000€ Current accounts and bank deposits worth 100,000€ Mercedes Benz C180 in-matriculated in 2009 valued in 17,800€ Total wealth of marriage: 1,367.800€ Total wealth of marriage for tax purposes: 867,800€ Individual taxable base: 433,900€: There is no need to file Wealth tax for tax year 2012 as it is below the 700,000€ limit Example if those assets were held individually: Total wealth of taxpayer: 1.367.800€ Total wealth for tax purposes: 1.067.800€ Individual taxable base: 367.800€ Tax quota: 1.021, 39€: • 0,277% of Taxable Base • 0,074% of Total Wealth of taxpayer If you would like advice on how to restructure your investments to take advantage of the falling pound

or have any questions regarding the above you can contact me on 658 892 330 or email

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



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Proud to be associated with Grant a Wish

Transferring money safely by

Kevin Wright

Account Manager, Moneycorp

I do make currency transactions but I have real fears my money is safe: how can I be sure? THIS IS a question we get from all clients and given the financial turmoil of the last few years, a justified one. When you choose a company to make your foreign exchange transactions, it’s vital that you ensure your funds are safe. There are several ways you can do this. A company’s website is usually a good source of information, so it’s always worth checking this for key facts and figures. You may also want to review a company’s public accounts and look into their credit rating. Checking the following points will help you identify whether a company is reputable: IS THE COMPANY AUTHORISED BY THE FSA? TTT Moneycorp Limited is authorised by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for the provision of payment services. Companies who are registered by the FSA, but not authorised, are not obliged to segregate client funds. HOW LONG HAS THE COMPANY BEEN IN OPERATION? Moneycorp has been dealing in foreign exchange since 1979…

WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE COMPANY? Last year Moneycorp traded in excess of £11.1 billion in currencies on behalf of its clients. WHAT IS THE COMPANY’S DUN & BRADSTREET RATING? Moneycorp has an excellent rating by D&B, Equifax, Graydon and other credit agencies. WHAT ABOUT AUDITING? Annual accounts have been audited by PwC since 1987. DO YOU HAVE RETAILS OUTLETS? Yes - Retail bureaux de change at Gatwick, Stansted and Southampton airports, and across Central London. DOES THE COMPANY HAVE REPRESENTATION IN SPAIN? Yes: Moneycorp has a main Costa Blanca office with account managers for each of the major areas North, Central and South. These are factors which you should take into account when looking to make any foreign exchange transaction – no matter how big, or how small. Please feel free to consult our website for further information or contact the Costa Blanca office.


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Real estate law in Spain by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

Is your property registered at the Catastro as well as the Registro? Who cares? Here’s a simple way to find out and why it pays to do so. MOST PEOPLE are surprised to learn that Spain has two property registration systems that coexist side by side. This means that a property is registered (or at least should be) in two different places, each one holding different information about the property. Unfortunately, however, the two bodies do not share information with one another terribly well which can lead to complications. British people are used to dealing with one local Land Registry which holds all of the information about a property. When the time comes to sell in the UK the vendor’s solicitor will apply for a copy of the information held on the property register and send this to the buyer’s solicitor. This is not the case in Spain where the buyer’s lawyer should check with each of the two registries, and it is a good idea to check yourself (whether you are selling or not) if only to make sure that the correct information is held by each registry. THE CATASTRO If you are paying your IBI tax (sometimes mistakenly

referred to as Suma tax) then your property’s catastral reference will appear on the IBI receipt. From this reference number you will be able to obtain a catastral certificate which will tell you the property’s boundaries, its physical layout and its exact location. The certificate is cheap to obtain and will provide you with a plan as well as a full description of the property. In addition, the Catastro deals with the official valuation of a property and holds the valor catastral which is the sum upon which your IBI bill is calculated. THE REGISTRO DE LA PROPIEDAD (LAND REGISTRY) This registry holds information confirming the details of the registered owner as well as the charges/debts which are registered against a property. Many people think that an escritura in a person’s name is proof of ownership - it is not. Only an up-to-date ‘Nota Simple’ obtained from the relevant land registry is confirmation of ownership, and will show if the property has a mortgage registered against it amongst other things.

Once again the cost of obtaining a Nota Simple is tiny compared with the value of the information it holds. Property has exchanged hands on the strength of a Nota Simple (or less) for many years in Spain although this is gradually changing and foreign purchasers are thankfully becoming better informed. It is still quite often the case however that a buyer will be encouraged not to worry about the Catastro records and many different reasons will be given. Do not be put off and ask to see them. For example, we are currently dealing with a transaction where the plot size mentioned on the property’s escritura is almost 1,500 m2 greater than that stated at the records held at the Catastro office. Fortunately for my client, this will be brought into line when the new escritura is signed at time of sale but the discrepancy might not have been noticed if a search of the Catastro had not been made. We are sure your property is fine although it doesn’t cost a great deal to check. As always please feel free to contact us, if you wish to discuss this or any other issue.

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


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Improve your lifestyle with Milton Express Services: the perfect solution Current clients already benefit from an arbitrage trading facility regularly providing them with 2.75% monthly returns. AS THE originators of the scheme Milton Express actually market a sports advisory service that pays significantly higher returns – but with a degree of volatility. Members will not only benefit from the services themselves - Winning Express offers a homebased business opportunity with the potential of earning generous commissions, by promoting the services to others. So whether your goal is to achieve a regular tax free monthly return, along with access to their arbitrage trading facility or if you’re looking for a lucrative home-based business, Winning Express is the ideal vehicle. Winning Express exists to provide its members with a sense of enjoyment in simply belonging to a club that’s dedicated to mutual success. This season they teamed up with FC Torrevieja as their new sponsors, offering their services to fans who would be interested in seeing higher returns on their money than is generally currently available, by using the company’s specialised expertise. Now for just £99, Costa Blanca residents can join and sample the full services for three months with a money back guarantee if they fail to make a profit. Presentations can be arranged in our La Zenia Office, your own home or a venue to suit and you can also register your interest via

Winners cirle Congratulations to Mike and Linda Douglas from El Galan, who will be enjoying the breezes of the Mediterranean as winners of the fantastic cruise competition open to all members last year. Get on board with Winning Express - become a subscribing member and gain the opportunity to win the fabulous ‘Autumn Cruise’ competition, arranged in conjunction with Spanish Travel, Viajes Playa Flamenca. Winning Express is offering all members who have achieved Pioneer status the chance to enter their free draw. Details on For further information on how to join Winning Express and its services contact the Milton Express Office, La Zenia on 96 599 4815. Or call into our offices located on 1st floor, Edif. 2 Centro Zenia, Avda. De Villamartin s/n Urb., La Zenia, Orihuela Costa. Find us off the N332 at La Zenia roundabout, above Alejandros Restaurant. All administration duties for Milton Express are carried out by Admin Solutions (UK) Ltd.,Velocity House, Tenter Street, Sheffield S14DE Tel: 0114 213 3539. Visit the website for full terms and conditions along with details of all our services and promotions.


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Letting up on landlords by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

IT CAN be a fine line between the rights of the landlord and the rights of the tenant. IT CAN be a fine line between the rights of the landlord and the rights of the tenant. Whichever category you might fall into you can be under the impression that it’s easier for the other side. For example, as a tenant it can seem as though your landlord never repairs the property quickly enough or appreciates what a good tenant you are. As a landlord you can feel vulnerable to bad payers and bad behaviour. In recent years it has seemed to be the tenant who has been particularly well-protected. Landlords have had difficulty taking possession of their property when they’ve needed to and it has been very difficult to recoup the debts that tenants have sometimes accrued. This is now changing. Once more the economic crisis has brought with it the need for new legislation. As more and more tenants have defaulted on their rental payments so landlords have become frustrated at how difficult it can be to rectify the situation either through debts being paid or new tenants moved in. This is not to detract from the sad situation that these tenants can find themselves in and landlords may wish to make arrangements to accommodate temporary difficulties. However, for the landlord it can be just as problematic if they

are reliant on rental income to pay the mortgage on their property. This is where the new law will be beneficial. Under the new legislation the landlord is able to go to court and file a complaint against the tenant without it taking forever and a day to come through. A date is fixed for both the hearing and the possible eviction in what can be a matter of just a few weeks. It’s not a process totally bereft of consideration for the tenant. The judge will ask why the rent hasn’t been paid and there is opportunity to present a valid reason. If they don’t, they can expect an eviction notice to be ordered. The process of eviction has also been made easier with only one judicial officer needing to be present instead of two. Nobody wants the relationship between tenant and landlord to end this way. However, as everyone is feeling financial pressure, the balance between the interests of both parties needs careful adjusting. Without the confidence that their investment is safe landlords will prefer to leave their property empty. Bad news for the market and tenants too. If you would like more information about your rights as a landlord, contact our Ábaco Helpline on 96 670 3748.

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


Mayor of Gandia bankrupt BUSINESSMAN AND mayor of Gandia, Arturo Torró, has announced that he has filed for personal bankruptcy for his business and also as an individual. According to information published on Monday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), two judges of the Commercial Courts No. 2 and 3 in Valencia issued bankruptcy orders of bankruptcy for SLU Holding Commercial Vision Torró World Charter and also Arturo Torró himself. Answering questions at a press conference in Gandia on Tuesday Torró stressed that this is a personal issue that has nothing to do with his role as mayor of the municipality.


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The ABC of Networking

Alicante Business Club, enjoy casual networking in the sunshine.

by Keith Nicol IT’S NOT what you know but ‘who you know’ is an old adage that is still well and truly alive on the Costa Blanca. Over the years many business networking clubs have been set up, mostly enjoying American style ‘power breakfasts’ business card exchange schemes, while offering an opportunity for small businesses to network together. One of the newest groups on the scene is The Alicante Business Club, ABC, which was set up two years ago by a small group of likeminded business people in the Alicante region who spoke regularly and crossed paths on various types of networks, but had never actually met up! This very informal group decided to set up ABC so that they could meet face to face, but not on a formal basis where you had to pay a lot of money, but on an informal one instead, over a cup of coffee, a frosty libation or light lunch. ABC formed as a reaction to Spain’s financial crisis so that ‘members’ could help each other out in these difficult times. Such has been the success of the group that a few of the original members are no longer able to make the meetings because of the increase in business contacts via the group. So far, everyone who has come to the meetings has received work from it or is in the process of getting some. When the group first met, most of the members were either looking for work or trying to attract more work, so did not have money to spend on joining fees and

subscriptions. At ABC, everyone is welcome, they don’t have any membership fees or costs related to attending a meeting: you just pay for your drinks or food. ABC has been set up on a very informal basis and casual dress is the order of the day. Business Casual is not even required, although when dealing with other business people, first impressions can count! Come as you are and meet a wide range of different professions, from companies to sole traders and people looking at setting up a business. Everyone is equal within the group. ABC meet on the first of every month at 1.00pm in Studz Bar in Benimar and their ‘membership’ has been growing steadily from day one. At the last meeting they welcomed entrepreneurs who are reopening a theme restaurant/bar and sell homemade products, while the mix ranges from accountants, lawyers to people who make their own fudge, jewellery and even sell Rugby Shirts! There are a few ‘hard core’ members who seem to be at every meeting and include Garry, a TEFL teacher who also sells rugby branded clothing, iCovert Solutions Ltd, Clive Gray Computers, Card Place, Norman Jermon of Blacktower, HeathyU, Performance Diesels, Bravo Productions, Coral Sales, Shinylamps, Aid2mobilty, Venture Fleet, Bumblebees along with the occasional visit from yours truly from the RTN. The group is for all nationalities and businesses, and for more information you can contact, Garry, on 692 767 242.

Lions welcome IBEX

TORREVIEJA’S LIONS club was given a huge boost this week through a new sponsorship deal provided by IBEX Insurance. Lions Club President Janette Bennett was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the IBEX Insurance offices in La Zenia last week. Staff and customers were celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of the La Zenia branch and Janette went along to present customer service advisor Jaimy Gubbels with a certificate of appreciation following IBEX sponsorship of the Lions. Jaimy received the bronze award for their office and she expressed her desire to become more personally involved with the association by becoming a member of the Torrevieja Costa Lions. Should you require further information on sponsorship packages to help the Lions and their never ending quest to raise funds and awareness for many local, worthwhile causes, please contact Iain on 966 731 495. Should you wish to join the Lions or find out more information about requirements and their activities, please contact their Membership Director Dave on, go to the Lions’ website on or come along to their business meeting in Hotel Cabo Cervera, La Mata at 5.00pm on the second Thursday of every month.


The Chinese New Year flavoured with Salt WHILE THOUSANDS of local eyes watched Torrevieja’s own Carnival Parade at the weekend, one of their most spectacular ‘schools’ was nowhere to be seen: the reason being that they were instead performing in front of more than 300,000 people in Hong Kong, to celebrate the Chinese New Year. by Keith Nicol THE COMPANY ‘The Sal de Torrevieja’ said that their performance exceeded all expectations of both organizers and the Torrevieja group themselves and wanted to thank every one form Torrevieja for their support. The parade began at eight o’clock in the evening, not finishing until after one in the morning, highlighting the participation and enjoyment of the spectators in this event, which is broadcast worldwide and organised by the ‘Hong Kong Tourism Board’. In this inaugural parade of the Year of the Snake, over twenty groups represented such different countries as Bolivia, Poland, Russia, Japan, United States, Ireland, Italy, UK, all blended together to make a spectacular night of performance in the city of Hong Kong.The parade sets off from an area with seating on either side, with on the right the prime minister of Hong Kong, the general delegate of China, the City Mayor, Ministers, representatives of the their main sponsor, the airline ‘Cathay Pacific’, among others. The Parade was broadcast live to over 500 countries and is considered the most important festive event of the year in China. The Torrevieja’s group’s day began with a welcome lunch in a skyscraper overlooking the Bay City plant number 103, with all the delegates from the organization, sponsors and politicians. The event was made even the more special as Torrevieja were the only invited representative of the groups from abroad. As is the culture of the region, small gifts were exchanged between everyone attending the event, and in keeping with their name and in representing the ‘City of Salt’, the delegation from Torrevieja handed a book shaped box containing a sample of the various salts of Torrevieja, which was donated to them for this purpose by the Department of Tourism. The group of torrevejenses felt very proud to be representing Spain at such a spectacular and influential event and such was the positive feedback from their participation and professionalism, that there is a chance that they will invited to return for 2014!


15 - 21 FEBRUARY 2013

Life tech

with Aunty Virus


Changing security options HOLA AUNTY VIRUS: I RECENTLY bought a new HP Omni Computer which has Windows 7 as its operating system: it came with Norton’s Security Programme preinstalled, which I have removed and replaced with Microsoft Security Essentials. On my previous computer, which had XP as its operating system I had AVG, Malwarebytes, Anti-Malware, Super Anti-Spyware and C Cleaner installed. Which programmes would you recommend me to install? Or is Microsoft Security Essentials enough? Alan, Torrevieja Aunty says: Having AVG, Malwarebytes, Anti-Malware, Super AntiSpyware and CCleaner all installed and running in the back ground may be too much, and in fact can slow the PC down. They all basically do the same thing and will be running and scanning files at the same time! Personally, I would continue to use MSE and make sure it keeps up to date

and runs a full scan once a week. Then do a process of download, install, update, scan and then uninstall Malwarebytes once a month, just to see if it picks up anything MSE has missed. By uninstalling it you make sure it is not running in the background and doing the same thing as MSE, which can harm PC speed and performance.

Scanning documents

Windows Word not responding HI AUNTY: Hoping you can help… My laptop is now some two years old running Windows 7. From day one I have had a problem with Windows office starter (English) 2010. When using Windows Word the program persistently stops responding. A window pops up informing that the program will attempt to retrieve the document, and it normally does but it is a pain in the proverbial, as this can happen numerous times whilst trying to write a letter. I trust that you can throw some light on this matter, and please keep up the good work! Kind regards, Robert

CAN YOU explain why when I scan a Spanish document on my Epsom SX 130 printer it loads to ‘My Document’ as an imp image and can only be opened in Pictures. Saving to Word only produces lines of scrambled script which cannot be translated in Google Translate: Am I missing something in Scan Preview? Yours hopefully, An old Codger Aunty says: To be able to scan a document and send it for translations you will need some Optical character recognition (OCR) software that recognises the text that has been scanned and puts it into a text document, rather than as an image. You can then copy and paste this text into Google Translate. There are many OCR programs around, some free, some pay - for example do a search for ‘FreeOCR’ on CNET You may even find that there is an OCR program bundled in the software that came with your Printer / scanner. Also, some versions of MS Office have the software: for example, ‘Microsoft Office Document Scanning’, which is usually found in the MS Office Tools folder.

Aunty says: Usually Word stop responding when there is a ‘3rd party add-in’ that is causing a conflict. In the ‘Word Options’ you have the option to stop, or uninstall these add-ins. If you cannot actually get into Word, then you can start word in ‘safemode’ and turn off all the addins, restart, and see if that helps: To start a Microsoft Office program in User-Initiated Safe mode: Click Start, point to All Programs, and then point to Microsoft Word. Press and hold the CTRL key, and then click the name of the Microsoft Office program that you want to run.

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Huawei Wi-Fi Network Booster THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Huawei Wi-Fi Network Booster. Most people these days have a wireless network at home or in the office through which a myriad collection of laptops, tablets, smartphones and games consoles connect to the internet. But even with the advances in technology the signal strength of the network is not always what we would want as we move further away from the Wi-Fi router, often because it needs to be placed close to the socket providing the internet, which is not always central to the area we wish to use the wireless network in. This can mean some areas of the home/office have a weak or even worse no signal at all just where we might need it most. Fear not, there is a simple solution – the Huawei Wi-Fi Network Booster. The Huawei is cleverly designed to extend the range of an existing 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi network by up to 100 m and handle transfer speeds up to 135 Mbps. And setting up couldn´t be easier – 1. Plug Huawei Wi-Fi Network Booster into a power socket (3 pin UK plug requires adapter for Spanish use). 2. Press the ‘pairing’ button (marked WPS) on the existing WiFi router. 3. Press the ‘pairing’ button on the Huawei Wi-Fi Network Booster. 4. Wait and the status light on the Huawei Wi-Fi Network Booster will turn green. 5. Your existing wireless network is now available over an extended area. WPS pairing is supported by most recent Wifi routers, but don´t worry if WPS is not available there is a web-based setup

administration console through which you can configure the device for your network. And there is no need to be concerned about security, your existing wireless network passwords are still required to access your extended network, so your network remains secure. It is literally an extension of your existing network and its security protocols. If that weren´t enough if you have a number of areas you want to extend your coverage to you can use multiple Huawei Wi-Fi Network Boosters! The Inspectors Verdict: The Huawei Wi-Fi Network Booster is an economical and easy way to extend your wireless network to those hard to reach areas of your home/office. Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit to purchase the Huawei Wi-Fi Network Booster for 33€. Please note the Huawei Wi-Fi Network Booster has an integrated UK plug which will require a Spanish 2-pin adapter. Price quoted includes free delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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15 - 21 FEBRUARY 2013

Life Showbiz Goss ‘Delia’s Way’ goes global


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

A right couple of ‘cheekie chappies’

WHO WAS it that said ‘they don’t sell the Radio Times anymore as it’s now become a cookbook’, amusing words that relate to the volume of cookery shows on TV.

No matter what time of day you switch on the one-eyed lounge monster, with no more than three or four pings on the remote, you will be allured by Jamie and his 15 minute jobbies, or a Spice Trip where they are making chicken with cinnamon and chilli peppers (which I’ve tried by the way, and it’s well good). However, the bad news for all you culinary junkies is that the lady who was once ‘The Queen of the Kitchen’ has hung up her wooden spoon - well, tellywise certainly. Yes, folks, it was announced last weekend that the lovely Delia Smith will no longer be seen on TV folding in egg whites or producing

mouthwatering blackberry cheesecakes as she has decided instead to run her very own Online Cookery School. “If you do a TV programme now, it’s got to entertain,” Delia told the Daily Telegraph. “When I started it was about the cooking - now you have to entertain!” The first programme Delia presented for the BBC was called ‘Family Fare’ that ran from ‘73 – ‘75, a time when food was the star of the show. What Delia is alluding to is that it’s now all about the chefs and the presenters, how often they swear at their minions for example, or how the presenters seem to have no problem telling a young cook how awful his or her meal was in front of the entire nation … and all of this comes under the flag of entertainment. Although it’s sad to find out that Delia Smith’s simple but highly skillful approach to cooking will be no more on TV, I personally can’t wait for news of ‘Delia´s Online Cookery School’.

IT’S FAIRLY well documented that Lady Gaga was part of The Rolling Stones 50th anniversary tour at the end of last year, and did in fact appear on stage with them in New Jersey, but it’s the story of how it all came about that’s rather interesting. According to New York’s underground music press Lady GeeGee was in the bath, at home, in mid-November last year when one of her many subjects informed her that Mick Jagger was on the line, but she insisted on taking the call whilst swishing about in her fluffy bubbles. It seems they spoke on the many issues surrounding such a great occasion, including the cheeky wee lassie asking the knighted rocker if she could borrow some of his old stage clothes. That’s cheek with a capital Chee!

The Stones invited several female musicians to duet with them on the tour, including Mary J. Blige and Florence Welch of Florence and The Machine, but it seems that Lady GG is the one that has caught the boys’ attention, as I also found out last week that Ronnie Wood recently opened a new Twitter account and the first post he made read “Just found this photo of me with Lady Gaga, sending love! Great night, New Jersey,” … the fact that Ronnie made sure he also posted the photo tells me the Stones’ guitarist is pretty taken with the flamboyant singer. Which leads me to declare, that as Ronnie celebrates his 66th birthday in June and Sir Mick hits 70 in July… ‘It’s Only Rock n Roll but They Still Like It!’

The origins of ‘crass and pretentious’ TO DRAW our attention to the latest series of Top Gear, last month, the BBC decided to treat us to a promo that sadly for them generated an almighty 41 complaints, and a couple of unfortunate Twitter responses: “…just seen BBC’s Top Gear advert, most sexist thing I’ve seen since 1950,” read one, and “…dear oh dear, just seen that appalling Top Gear advert, everyday sexism,” the other. Just in case you’ve not seen it, it shows three middle-aged women working in the Top Gear wardrobe department lifting mounds of dirty clothes dumped on them by Clarkson and Co, while a young blonde merely has to polish The Stig’s helmet. There is no doubt in my mind that ‘stuck up his own jacksi-man’ Clarkson is totally responsible for this debacle. I continue to fail to understand why Jeremy Clarkson has been let loose on the public … again!

Life TV

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15th - 21st February

FRIDAY 15th February BBC1 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Cowboy Trap 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:15 Perfection 17:00 Escape to the Country 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 A Question of Sport 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Room 101 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Graham Norton Show 24:20 Tropic Thunder







07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Saints and Scroungers 08:45 Cowboy Trap 09:15 Show Me the Monet 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 11:00 Question Time 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 The One Show 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Reel History of Britain 16:15 The Marvellous Mrs Beeton, with Sophie Dahl 17:15 The Living Planet 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Sea City 22:00 Monty Don’s French Gardens 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:45 Weather 24:50 Notorious Bettie Page

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Wild Britain with Ray Mears 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Great Night Out 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Last Boy Scout

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 13:25 Halls of Montezuma 15:40 Countdown 16:30 Face the Clock 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Big Fat Gypsy Weddings 22:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 22:30 The Last Leg 23:20 Paddy’s TV Guide 24:10 Shooter

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Milkshake! Monkey 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Britain’s Strangest Pets 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Person of Interest 16:15 Ambulance Girl 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Winter Road Rescue 21:00 Ice Road Truckers 22:00 The Losers 24:05 Police Interceptors

07:00 Emmerdale 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:30 Judge Judy 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Orange County 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Sleepy Hollow 24:10 Nutty Professor 2: the Klumps

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:05 One Tree Hill 08:50 Scrubs 09:15 Rules of Engagement 09:45 Charmed 10:40 90210 11:35 One Tree Hill 12:30 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 The Full Monty 23:50 Revenge 24:50 The Big Bang Theory




SATURDAY 16th February BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 The Good Cook 13:00 BBC News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Live Athletics 17:30 Final Score 18:10 Animal Antics 18:40 BBC News 19:00 Pointless Celebrities 19:50 Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 21:10 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 22:00 Casualty 22:50 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:20 BBC News; Weather 23:40 Kevin Bridges The Story So Far 24:40 Football League Show


08:30 Great British Menu 09:00 Great British Menu 09:30 Great British Menu 10:00 Great British Menu 10:30 Great British Menu 11:00 A History of Britain by Simon Schama 12:00 Meet the Ancestors 12:30 Map Man 13:00 Indian Food Made Easy 13:30 Mastermind 14:00 University Challenge 14:30 Talking Pictures 15:15 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 17:00 Restoration Home 18:00 Flog It! 19:00 The Culture Show 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 Dad’s Army 21:30 Natural World 22:30 Howard Goodall’s Story of Music 23:30 Funny Business 24:30 The Infidel

SUNDAY 17th February BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:25 Countryfile 14:20 Call the Midwife 15:20 Bargain Hunt 16:20 Escape to the Country 17:20 Lifeline 17:30 Songs of Praise 18:05 Penguins - Spy in the Huddle 19:05 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 19:30 Blandings 20:00 Countryfile 21:00 Call the Midwife 22:00 Ripper Street 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Room 101 Extra Storage 24:05 Match of the Day 2 24:35 The Apprentice USA


08:00 The Long Voyage Home 09:45 Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 10:15 A to Z of TV Gardening 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo 13:00 EastEnders 14:50 Coast 15:00 Great British Food Revival 15:30 Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes 16:30 Flog It! 17:15 Natural World 18:15 A History of Ancient Britain 19:15 Ski Sunday 20:00 Food & Drink 20:30 Open All Hours 21:00 Top Gear 22:00 Wonders of Life 23:00 Dancing on the Edge 24:05 In the Valley of Elah

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 09:05 Ultimate Spider-Man 09:30 Victorious 10:00 Jessie 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 Saturday Cookbook 13:20 ITV News and Weather 13:25 Murder, She Wrote 14:25 My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham 15:30 Dinner Date 16:30 The Chase 17:30 You’ve Been Framed! 18:00 ITV News Central 18:15 ITV News and Weather 18:30 Live FA Cup Football 21:05 Take Me Out 22:20 Jonathan Ross Show 23:20 ITV News and Weather 23:35 FA Cup Football Highlights 24:50 The Big Sports Quiz - Boys v Girls

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:05 Almost Naked Animals 08:15 Almost Naked Animals 08:30 Almost Naked Animals 08:40 Matt Hatter Chronicles 09:05 Rated A for Awesome 09:15 Rated A for Awesome 09:30 Big Time Rush 10:00 Aquabats Super Show 10:25 House Guest in the Sun 11:25 60 Minute Makeover 12:30 Live FA Cup Football 15:15 ITV News and Weather 15:30 You’ve Been Framed! 16:30 Live FA Cup Football 19:05 ITV News Central 19:10 ITV News and Weather 19:15 Dancing on Ice 20:45 All Star Family Fortunes 21:30 Dancing on Ice: The Skate Off 22:00 Mr Selfridge 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:15 FA Cup Football Highlights 24:15 Perspectives

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Will & Grace 08:30 Football Short: Kingsmeadow 09:00 The Morning Line 09:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:55 Frasier 11:20 Frasier 11:50 The Big Bang Theory 12:20 The Big Bang Theory 12:50 The Simpsons 13:15 The Simpsons 13:45 The Secret Millionaire 14:50 Channel 4 Racing 17:10 Come Dine with Me 17:40 Come Dine with Me 18:10 Come Dine with Me 18:45 Come Dine with Me 19:20 Come Dine with Me 19:50 Channel 4 News 20:10 20:15 Porridge 22:00 World Without End 23:55 AVPR: Aliens vs Predator Requiem

07:00 Childrens TV 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10 Britain’s Strangest Pets 13:05 Dangerous Drivers’ School 14:05 Black Widow 15:50 A River Runs through It 18:05 5 News Weekend 18:10 Columbo: Prescription Murder 20:10 CSI: NY 20:55 NCIS 21:50 NCIS 22:50 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:50 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 24:45 True Crimes: The First 72 Hours

06:50 ITV2 Nightscreen 07:00 Beauty and the Geek 07:50 All Star Family Fortunes 08:25 Coronation Street 10:55 Emmerdale 13:50 You’ve Been Framed! 14:25 Free Willy 2: the Adventure Home 16:20 Garfield 18:00 You’ve Been Framed! 18:30 You’ve Been Framed! 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 19:30 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Mamma Mia! 22:20 Take Me Out The Gossip 23:05 Fake Reaction 23:50 The Chronicles of Riddick


07:00 Switched 07:20 Heartland 08:10 Greek 09:05 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 10:05 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 11:10 Make It or Break It 12:10 Ugly Betty 13:05 Glee 14:05 Charmed 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Scrubs 16:35 Rules of Engagement 17:05 Rules of Engagement 17:35 Rules of Engagement 18:00 Rules of Engagement 18:30 Rules of Engagement 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Happy Endings 20:30 Happy Endings 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Joy Ride 24:00 The Big Bang Theory





07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:05 The Big Bang Theory 13:35 The Big Bang Theory 14:05 The Big Bang Theory 14:30 Maggie Simpson in `The Longest Daycare’ 14:35 The Simpsons 15:05 The Simpsons 15:35 Penelope 17:20 Time Team 18:20 Deal or No Deal 19:20 Channel 4 News 19:50 19:55 The Political Slot 20:00 The Year Britain Flooded 21:00 The Hotel 22:00 Complicit 23:55 True Lies

07:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Milkshake! Monkey 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:10 Looney Tunes 12:20 Monkey Life 12:50 Once Upon a Time 13:50 Winter Road Rescue 14:50 My Dog Skip 16:40 Daddy Day Care 18:25 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Ghost Busters 22:00 Person of Interest 23:00 Snatch

06:40 ITV2 Nightscreen

07:00 Switched 07:20 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 08:15 Make It or Break It 09:10 Ugly Betty 10:05 Scrubs 10:40 Scrubs 11:10 Hollyoaks 13:40 Glee 14:40 Charmed 15:40 How I Met Your Mother 16:10 How I Met Your Mother 16:40 How I Met Your Mother 17:10 How I Met Your Mother 17:35 Revenge 18:35 The Big Bang Theory 19:05 The Big Bang Theory 19:35 New Girl 20:00 New Girl 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Night at the Museum 23:15 What Happens in Kavos 24:15 My Mad Fat Diary

07:00 Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:20 Emmerdale 10:00 Coronation Street 12:30 Take Me Out 13:45 Take Me Out The Gossip 14:30 Kindergarten Cop 16:45 Toy Story 2 18:35 Jurassic Park 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Fast & Furious 24:10 Gremlins


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Life TV

15th - 21st February

MONDAY 18th February BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:15 Perfection 17:00 Escape to the Country 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Penguins - Spy in the Huddle 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Being Eileen 24:05 Blandings 24:35 The Graham Norton Show

07:10 Homes Under the Hammer 08:10 Saints and Scroungers 08:55 Cowboy Trap 09:25 Show Me the Monet 10:10 Countryfile 11:05 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Animal Park 14:00 The One Show 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Reel History of Britain 16:15 Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes 17:15 The Living Planet 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Food & Drink 22:00 Dancing on the Edge 23:00 Mock the Week - Again 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Wonders of Life

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dinner Date 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Cornwall with Caroline Quentin 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Her Majesty’s Prison - Aylesbury 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 The Agenda 24:05 Monk

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 The Silent Enemy 15:15 Face the Clock 15:40 Countdown 16:30 The Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Wild Things 22:00 Embarrassing Bodies 23:00 Black Mirror 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 True Stories

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Being Liverpool 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don’t 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Rory & Will Champions of the World 21:00 Police Interceptors 22:00 Shrinking My 17Stone Legs: An Extraordinary People Special 23:00 Speidi: Scandal, Secrets & Surgery! 24:00 A Perfect Getaway

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Orange County 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 Animal Practice 22:00 Ben and Kate 22:30 Up All Night 23:00 The Big Reunion 24:00 Funny People






07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dinner Date 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Live UEFA Champions League 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 ITV News Central 23:35 UEFA Champions League: Extra Time 24:35 Grimefighters

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage 13:35 The Tall Stranger 15:15 Face the Clock 15:40 Countdown 16:30 The Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Supersize vs Superskinny 22:00 The Fried Chicken Shop: Life in a Day 23:00 Utopia 24:25 Random Acts

07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Being Liverpool 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Murder 101: Locked Room Mystery 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Monkey Life 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 Benidorm ER 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 Brain Hospital: Saving Lives 24:00 Dallas

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Orange County 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Love in the Wild 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 666 Park Avenue 24:00 The Big Reunion

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:00 One Tree Hill 08:45 Scrubs 09:10 Rules of Engagement 09:40 Charmed 10:35 90210 11:30 One Tree Hill 12:25 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:25 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Derren Brown: Apocalypse 23:00 The Cleveland Show 23:35 The Inbetweeners

TUESDAY 19th February


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:15 Perfection 17:00 Escape to the Country 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Death in Paradise 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Litter Wars 24:25 Who Do You Think You Are? US


07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Saints and Scroungers 08:50 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 09:20 Show Me the Monet 10:05 The Flowerpot Gang 11:05 Robbed, Raided, Reunited 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Animal Park 14:00 The One Show 14:30 The Super League Show 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Reel History of Britain 16:15 Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes 17:15 The Living Planet 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Alex Polizzi: The Fixer 22:00 The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track 23:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Culture Show

WEDNESDAY 20th February



07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:00 One Tree Hill 08:45 Scrubs 09:10 Rules of Engagement 09:40 Charmed 10:35 90210 11:30 One Tree Hill 12:25 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 New Girl 21:30 New Girl 22:00 Revenge 23:00 My Mad Fat Diary 24:00 The Inbetweeners 24:35 The New Normal








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:15 Perfection 17:00 Escape to the Country 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Holiday Hit Squad 22:00 Meet the Izzards 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 A Question of Sport 24:05 Film 24:40 Rounders

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Saints and Scroungers 08:45 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 09:15 Show Me the Monet 10:00 An Island Parish 10:30 An Island Parish 11:00 An Island Parish 11:30 See Hear 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Sons of the Musketeers 13:50 Lifeline 14:00 The One Show 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Reel History of Britain 16:15 Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes 17:15 Coast 17:45 Live Cycling 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 The Hairy Bikers: Everyday Gourmets 22:00 Brain Doctors 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Genius of Invention

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dinner Date 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Brit Awards 2013 23:15 ITV News and Weather 23:45 ITV News Central 23:50 The Cube 24:50 Safari Vet School

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Kirstie’s Vintage Gems 13:25 The Ladykillers 15:15 Face the Clock 15:40 Countdown 16:30 The Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 Derek 24:20 The Last Leg

07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Being Liverpool 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Crimes of Passion 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Shrinking My 17Stone Legs: An Extraordinary People Special 21:00 Killers Behind Bars: The Untold Story 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Holiday Airport: Cyprus 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Holiday Airport: Cyprus 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Orange County 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 Brits Red Carpet 2013 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 The Hot Desk 23:15 Brits Backstage 2013 24:15 Gary Barlow & Friends

07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:00 One Tree Hill 08:45 Scrubs 09:10 Rules of Engagement 09:40 Charmed 10:35 90210 11:30 One Tree Hill 12:25 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Edward Scissorhands 23:05 Rude Tube 24:10 The New Normal 24:40 The Cleveland Show

15 - 21 february 2013


THURSDAY 21st February BBC1






07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Saints and Scroungers 12:45 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Only Fools and Horses 16:15 Perfection 17:00 Escape to the Country 17:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Meet the Izzards 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 The Magdalene Sisters

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Saints and Scroungers 08:50 Britain’s Empty Homes Revisited 09:20 Show Me the Monet 10:05 An Island Parish 10:35 An Island Parish 11:05 An Island Parish 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Animal Park 14:00 The One Show 15:00 Coast 15:15 Mastermind 15:45 Reel History of Britain 16:15 Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes 17:15 Live Cycling 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Flog It! 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 The Planners 22:00 Murder on the Victorian Railway 23:00 Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 ITV News Central 15:00 Dinner Date 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 19:30 ITV News 19:45 Emmerdale 20:45 UEFA Europa League Live 23:10 ITV News 23:40 ITV News Central 23:50 Jonathan Ross Show 24:50 Golden Rules of TV

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss USA 12:00 Come Dine with Me 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 The Third Man 15:15 Face the Clock 15:40 Countdown 16:30 The Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Britain’s Secret Shoppers 22:00 Hugh’s Fish Fight 23:00 Walking Wounded: Return to the Frontline 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 Embarrassing Bodies

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Being Liverpool 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Murder without Conviction 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 Dangerous Drivers’ School 22:00 Jack Taylor 23:45 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:45 True Crimes: The First 72 Hours

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Life’s Funniest Moments 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 Judge Judy 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 12:35 The Real Housewives of Orange County 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 The Corrie Years 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills 18:05 The Real Housewives of Orange County 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Big Reunion 23:00 Fake Reaction 23:45 The Invention of Lying

Crossword solutions 695

Quick solutions

Cryptic solutions

Across: 7 Stocks; 8 Caller; 10

Across: 7 Tithes; 8 Memoir; 10

Regular; 11 Terse; 12 Cove; 13

Colonel; 11 Paris; 12 Ewer; 13 Usury; 17 Green; 18 Bill; 22 Tramp; 23 Outlast; 24 Accord; 25 Muscle. Down: 1 Sticker; 2 Stalked; 3 Feint;

Sneak; 17 Relic; 18 Dawn; 22 Ideal; 23 Avarice; 24 Accent; 25 Morass. Down: 1 Ostrich; 2 Forgive; 3 Skill; 4

4 Keepers; 5 Court; 6 Dress; 9 Plaster

Martial; 5 Alert; 6 Order; 9 Principal;

of; 14 Drapery; 15 Finance; 16 Flatter;

14 Telling; 15 Capital; 16 Intense; 19

19 Steal; 20 Fancy; 21 Stout.

Vital; 20 Teach; 21 Wagon.

E4 07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:00 One Tree Hill 08:45 Scrubs 09:10 Rules of Engagement 09:40 Charmed 10:35 90210 11:30 One Tree Hill 12:25 Made in Chelsea 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 14:30 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 18:30 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 The New Normal 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 My Mad Fat Diary 24:00 Don’t Blame Facebook

What’s on Viva TV this week VIVA TV broadcasts on the Torresat Networks every day from 2.00pm until 10pm. And you can watch all our programmes and find our full listings at

FRIDAY 15TH FEB Celebrity Archive – Ex-Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman chats with Simon Baldock. 18.00 SATURDAY 16TH FEB An Evening With... the best Cliff Richard tribute you´re ever likely to see on the Costas – Cliff As If. 19.00 SUNDAY 17TH Viva Vino (series) Discovering more of the best wines at the most stunning bodegas in Valencia. 19.30 MONDAY 18TH The British Consulate: an interview with British

Ambassador Giles Paxman. 18.30 TUESDAY 19TH Peraleja Golf Tournament: Personalities from Scottish football play together in aid of the Leishman Foundation. 18.30 WEDNESDAY 20TH Celebrity Archive: Writers of some of the most iconic TV comedies like Porridge and Lovejoy Clement & Frenais. 18.00 THURSDAY 21ST Elche’s Palms – the background of how Elche became the wealthy city it is today. 19.30

15 - 21 FEBRUARY 2013

Life spanish


Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish - 19 “

I know you all worry about how hard it is to learn, but have you ever spared a thought for how hard it is to explain? Making such a complex thing as a language look simple is not easy.

I HAVE now completed a short run of articles about direct and indirect object pronouns, and a difficult job it was too. I know you all worry about how hard it is to learn, but have you ever spared a thought for how hard it is to explain? Making such a complex thing as a language look simple is not easy. Just thought I’d mention it. Anyway, here’s a very brief summary of the final point for those of you who’ve stuck with me through thick and thin. It’s the bit about the positioning of direct and indirect object pronouns. Here it is: 1. The indirect object pronoun ALWAYS goes before the direct object pronoun in any sentence. e.g. Me lo dijiste – You told me (it). (That is: “to me” (indirect), it (direct), you told”). 2. There are three instances where they can go after the verb instead of in front. Not only do they go after the verb, but they actually tack onto the end thus making a new word. Notice also that the “verb” is sometimes made up of a several words (e.g. vas a decir) which are never split. In two cases the positioning is optional (either before or after) and in the last one is can only be after. a. INFINITIVE. Two options: Me lo vas a decir OR Vas a decírmelo – You’re going to tell me. b. GERUND. Also two options: Me lo estás diciendo OR Estás diciéndomelo– You’re telling me.

c. IMPERATIVE. Only one option: Dímelo – Tell me! (Tell me it). We are now going to neatly skip from pronouns back to this final group called imperatives: that is, commands. The ones we have looked at previously have been of one particular kind – positive singular informal commands. Positive - “do something” (NOT “don’t do something”); singular - addressed to one individual; informal - addressed to “tú” rather than “usted”. Where imperatives are concerned it’s very tempting to stop just here and ignore what happens with numerous other imperatives that exist in Spanish. This is largely because most of the other imperatives (i.e. those addressed formally, to a number of people or which are negative commands) make use of the subjunctive, and for most Spanish students “subjunctive” is a very scary word indeed

– the bogeyman of the Spanish language. However, we are not going to be intimidated. Yes, we are going to get on to the subjunctive, but not just yet because there is one particular imperative which doesn’t use it and that’s our informal, positive plural, or “vosotros” form. That is, when you command more than one person to do something informally. I came to grips with this “vosotros” form of the imperative in a Spanish yoga class as the teacher kept telling us all to do things. Another ideal location to hear this plural informal imperative is in a classroom of children. This is the sort of thing you will here: “venid aquí”; “leed el texto”; “dejad de gritar”; “abrid los libros en la página 8”. That’s it. The informal plural (vosotros) imperative is formed by changing the final “r” of the infinitive to a “d”. We’ll carry on with these next week and see where it gets us.

THE POPE RESIGNS Frankie Boyle@frankieboyle : Imagine it turned out that the Pope was a horse as well. Jenni Falconer@Jennifalconer : In light of today’s news, what’s the likelihood we can expect a new TV show...’The Pope Factor: a quest to fill The Vatican’...!!!! Patrick Kielty@PatricKielty : That awkward moment when The Pope is told they haven’t been paying anything into his pension. THE HORSE MEAT SCANDAL Martin Lewis@MartinSLewis : I don’t get why everyone is so upset about the horse meat thing. I mean seriously, why the long faces? John Bishop@JohnBishop100 : News says French shops removing processed food over fears of horse meat. That’s like UK pubs removing beers as it might contain alcohol. THE FUNNY TWEETS Jack Whitehall@jackwhitehall : Saw a pub with a massive sign saying ‘toilets are for customers only!’ the poor staff. Gary Lineker@GaryLineker : Oh Leicester. Not seen 3 points given away so readily since Chris Huhne was flashed. Rio Ferdinand@rioferdy5 : Kids early bath time is nuts! More water on the floor than in the bath! They are going on like its a swimming lesson in this little bath!

Life books

Danny Collins -

The Long Glasgow Kiss A GLASGOW kiss is not a chaste good parting night peck between two undergrads as they go to their segregated dorms as the ancient quadrangle clock chimes ten, but more a crude smack in the face from the bony forehead of a Clydeside dock worker whom you’ve innocently insulted by suggesting that Celtic might have a slight goal advantage over Rangers – or vice versa; he’d nut you anyway. Russell’s choice of a title is apt for his hero; investigative agent Lennox walks among the rough and the tough when he takes on two assignments that he must solve amid the violence of 1950’s Glasgow’s back streets. One is to find the brother of a beautiful club singer, the other to solve the mystery of death threats directed against a rising boxing star. The latter assignment comes from the mouth of one of Glasgow’s Three Kings – the trio of criminal capo de capos who have carved up the rackets of the dark city between them. But Lennox is a big, tough private eye raised in Canada whose flat sap resides in his inside pocket until the going gets tough – and tough it gets with bodies falling by the wayside as the plot deepens. Linked to the violence is the phantom figure of John Largo, whose plan to flood the Author: Craig Russell Publisher: Quercus (paperback) Price: 10.80€ ISBN: 978 1 84724 970 8

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Glasgow market with heroin and use the port as a staging post for his drug runs into the USA have attracted the attention of a mysterious American to whom the usually bullish City of Glasgow CID seems unusually subservient. Russell’s Lennox is witty and sharp and his acid humour often had me laughing out loud, something I hesitate to do in front of my wife who already has me marked as seriously deranged. And oh yes, for all Celtic or Ranger fans - they still kiss you in Glasgow…


15 - 21 FEBRUARY 2013

Life health

Reasons to smile THE MOMENT you walk into the British Dental Practice in La Marina you cannot fail to notice the warm and friendly welcome which ensures that even the most nervous patient feels relaxed and at ease. The practice prides itself on its unique combination of professional skills and calm, unhurried dentistry and all of this at surprisingly affordable prices. THE SURGERY has been providing a consistently high level of service at the heart of the La Marina community for more than ten years and its dentist, Paul Saliba has clocked up almost thirty years’ experience so you can feel completely confident that you are in safe hands. Paul’s philosophy is to spend time discussing the treatment options available with each patient so that they have a full understanding of what needs to happen and when. Patients take away a written treatment plan with costs so that they are in control of their own dental welfare and budget. A comprehensive range of treatments and techniques are available at the practice. From routine check-ups and scale and polishes through to more complex procedures such as crowns, bridges, fillings and root canal therapy. Daily appointments are always kept free for emergencies so if you have pain or discomfort, you can rest assured that you will be seen as a priority. Cosmetic dental services are also available and the practice specialises in tooth whitening, veneers and natural-looking dentures underpinned by the latest techniques and

technologies. Tooth whitening agents are a lot gentler on teeth nowadays. The practice uses a method whereby the patient completes the course of treatment in the comfort of their own home using the gel and trays provided. This gives a gradual, longer-lasting effect which is kind on teeth and gums. The practice recognises the importance of preventative dentistry through a regular programme of checks up and scale and polishes. For this reason the price of your six monthly consultation is kept affordable, to encourage patients to attend on a regular basis. Attending every six months can result in less invasive treatment in the long run which is better for your health and your pocket. So with professional staff, a warm and caring dentist and the focus on prevention, a regular trip to the British Dental Practice in La Marina really need not be an ordeal and with prices which have remained the same since 2007, you really do have something to smile about. To make an appointment or to discuss your dental care and treatment give the practice a call on 96 679 6603.

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MABS needs you! by Jack Troughton VOLUNTEERS ARE needed in the Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa areas to join the team from the MABS Cancer Support Group to revitalise the charity’s work in the area. MABS supports all those touched by cancer and is holding an open meeting on Wednesday 20th February at Hotel Torrejoven Punta Prima, Torrevieja, at 11am. It is hoped new recruits will help give the charity a new and strengthened presence in the south of the Costa Blanca. And a MABS spokesman told

RTN: “This meeting is designed to allow prospective volunteers to meet existing MABS team members. If you think you might like to work with the group, come along and talk to us about what we do and where you might fit in. “No matter your background, no matter what your skills, no matter how much time you have, there is almost certainly a place for you.” The charity is urgently on the lookout for two co-ordinators. These are the people who run local MABS groups – they are the managers who co-ordinate skills with requirements, direct fund-raising and are the group’s interface with the local population and in short, make MABS tick. Supporters are also needed. They are the ‘front line troops’ and support individuals who need help. Volunteers for this role must have had cancer themselves. Buddies play a valuable role. Volunteers with a little time to spare, they

visit individuals battling cancer for a chat, to do some shopping, collect a prescription, or just help out with a host of everyday chores. And volunteer drivers transport people too ill to drive to hospital or clinics for the treatment they need – they are paid expenses. Fund raisers “provide the fuel” needed to keep MABS running. They are volunteers with time to spare, who are used to working in teams, full of bright ideas and energy to raise the money needed to help others. All cash raised in a local area is spent in that area helping local people suffering from a terrible disease. The spokesman added: “Any time you can give to help us will be appreciated. We need your help so we can help others. Not sure if you can help? Come and have a chat anyway, we look forward to meeting you. The hotel is situated on Carretera Alicante-Cartagena, km 4.7. For more information contact Sue on 664 266 991.

WANT TO join a nonprofit organisation which is thriving on the Costa Blanca and committed to supporting charitable causes and bringing people together? There are Freemasons lodges throughout the Costa Blanca who meet on a weekly basis and welcome new members. For more information

contact Harry Palmer by email at palmers.quesada@  or telephone 96 671 2326. please

Life recipes

Easy orange marmalade ORANGES ARE for nothing in my part of Spain so making marmalade is a must. But don’t you just hate the hours it takes to shred the peel? In this recipe I cheated by using a food processor and the result is a slightly pithy, but very tangy marmalade. Don’t let anyone tell you that Seville oranges are essential. I used thin-skinned Valencian oranges here and balanced the sweetness with a couple of lemons. By the way, you will need a very large jam pan – or make a smaller quantity. This recipe will give you about eight jars. • 1kg oranges • The juice of two lemons • 1.75 litres water • 2kg white granulated sugar

and simmer gently (uncovered) for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. 3. With the heat still on low, add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Increase the heat to high and bring to a rapid boil for 10-15 minutes. Check that the marmalade has reached a setting consistency by spooning a tiny amount onto a saucer and placing it in the fridge for 5 minutes. Boil the marmalade for a little longer if required. 4. Allow the mixture to cool a little then stir and ladle into sterilised jars.

• Preparation time: 15 minutes. • Cooking time: 2 – 2½ hours.

1. Wash the oranges thoroughly then cut them into quarters and then into chunks, removing any pips. Place in a food processor and whiz for a few seconds (you will need to do this in batches) until you have a pulp with small chips of peel (you don’t want a purée) 2. Place the orange pulp, lemon juice and water in a large jam pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to minimum

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How do you choose the right estate agent to sell your property in Spain? WOULD YOU CHOOSE THE AGENT THAT OFFERED: The cheapest or best value selling fees The agent that can achieve the highest sale price The agent who can sell in the shortest possible time The agent who gives the ‘best advice’ on all aspects of selling your property - including the best way to present your property here in Spain The chances are you have not sold a property in Spain before, so it always pays to deal with an agent that has many years of experience in the Spanish property market and can guide you safely and hassle free to completion. One agent that can answer your questions is Town & Country Spain based on the South Costa Blanca: they can be reached on (0034) 96 634 7966 Email


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Life people

The ‘Plane’ and easy way to fly PLANE PARKING will shortly celebrate their 4th birthday and what a fantastic four years it has been!

A century of music in pictures A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition focusing on the hundredyear life of the Alicante Symphonic Orchestra (the Banda Sinfónica Municipal) featuring hundreds of photographs and 26 instruments is to run at the Casa de la Musica de Las Cigarras until 17th March. The images portray the orchestra’s progress since its debut on 3rd August 1912. It has since performed under the baton of six conductors: Luis Torregosa, who directed the orchestra for 32 years; Carlos Cosmen; Moses Davia; Antonio Ferriz; Barnabas Vicente Sanchis and Jose Diaz. The photographs came from the municipal archives and also private collections.

AS A result of the excellent service and prices they have provided to their customers at Murcia (San Javier) and Alicante for the last four years, the business has expanded beyond its owners’ wildest expectations. They now have a whopping 10,000 square metres of car parking space, all fully secured and covered by a state of the art CCTV system at Murcia and 12,000 square metres at Alicante with staff working 24 hours. So there is no problem whatever the time you wish to drop off or collect your car. Plane Parking’s meet and greet service at Departures assures clients, especially if they are travelling alone, that they can just get straight into their car and begin their journey home. UNLIMITED TRANSFERS Plane Parking’s Nick told RTN: “Due to the complex new layout at Alicante, we provide a meet and greet service so all customers need to do is drive to Departures - a member of staff from Plane Parking will be ready and waiting in their well known yellow shirts or jackets displaying the Plane Parking logo. After checking in the car and making a note of the car’s mileage and any damage to the vehicle, it will then be taken to our parking facility located just one minute from the Airport. On their return the car will be hand washed and waiting at the airport.” THE FIRST Plane Parking was the first company of its kind to offer unlimited transfers; the first to offer a completely complimentary external clean of your car so that it looks spic and span when you collect it; the first to offer a car care service which includes ITV checks, a full service and maintenance; the first to offer fully secured CCTV covered car parking which is fully insured and fully legal and the first to

have a parking facility at both Alicante and San Javier airports, which means they can provide complete flexibility. You can now fly into Alicante and out of Murcia or vice versa and this applies for short term and annual contracts. Plane Parking offers any timed contracts with unlimited transfers, including day rates and weekly rates as well as monthly and yearly contracts. PEACE OF MIND Plane Parking’s annual contracts include unlimited transfers with no hidden charges at either San Javier (Murcia) airport or Alicante and will also include Corvera airport once this is operational. They also offer dual airport contracts for different airports, so you now can park your car at either airport and have it delivered to the airport of your choice, with total flexibility, quality and peace of mind; all at a very low price. Contact Plane Parking now to reserve your space at either Alicante or San Javier airport. For more information and prices, please call 96 684 0289 or 656 532 490 or reserve online via:

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Carnival ends in style by Keith Nicol THIS YEAR Torrevieja’s Carnival was awarded the distinction of being of ‘Provincial Tourist Interest’ by the Provincial Tourism board, and the 2013 edition lived up to all those expectations. In the cool of the night on Saturday, almost 1,000 participants, many of them not dressed for the cool evening air, danced and performed for over two hours to entertain the six thousand or more spectators, who lined Torrevieja’s main street, Ramon Gallud. Almost everyone, from the babes in arms to great, great grandparents, who paraded in the previous Sunday’s afternoon procession, returned for the Night Parade, which started at 10.00pm. Both of Torrevieja’s Carnival queens waved and smiled non-stop at the crowd, as they ended their participation as queens for 2013. This year’s junior queen was 12-year old Carolina Valero and Torrevieja’s Carnival Queen 2013, 28-year-old Laura Comparsa, With street and extra lights blazing, the TV Cameras rolling and a live broadcast being sent around thousands of Torrevieja homes via TV Torrevieja, the parade started in an organized fashion, with no let up in the crowd numbers until the procession reached the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre. This year, hundreds of spectators joined in the fun by dressing up in their own costumes and then joined in the fun the end of the parade, dancing with the procession all the way to the square outside J Mullins Pub, where hundreds partied until the early hours, to celebrate the end of another wonderful carnival evening in Torrevieja.

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The Costa Blanca Country Music Festival THIS WONDERFUL Fiesta of Country Music at the Marjal Costa Blanca is open from 11 am until 5pm each day on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March with hot music, cold beer and an awesome atmosphere! The star entertainment features Red Stokes, Cherry K, Stetsons and Petticoats and many more, with Star Sounds providing a country music disco. Line-dancing, a fun ‘Fast Draw’ Competition for over 18s and Stand Up Bingo and Square Dancing are just some of the attractions that make up a packed programme in the open air (weather permitting – if it rains we will move inside!) Friday Party Night tickets are 5€ only and Saturday Angie’s Party Night 6€ with a restaurant menu available. Dress to impress! For more details call the Festival Organiser Angie on 656 475 334 or email:

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OUR FIRST evening at Frissan last Friday went really well, and we all had great fun. Unfortunately two of our ladies couldn’t make it due to a broken down car, and another lady’s car got towed by the police whilst we were enjoying our dinner. D’oh! But like the Rangers, ‘no (wo)man gets left behind’, so we toddled up to the local police station afterwards and Vicki worked her magic in Spanish. The lady got her car back, and everyone will be returning for future ‘Fiesta Dining’ evenings out. Phew! Our next night out is Friday 08 March at The Banana Tree II, Playa Flamenca (next to the AP-7, opposite the new ‘Instituto’ site). The table will be booked for 8pm, so if anyone would like to join us, please email, message us on Facebook, call Alison on 667 933 077 or Vicki on 965 999 047.


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Life horoscopes Whatever you plan this week someone is about to talk you out of it, and you would be best to reflect and change your mind prior to the Mercury retrograde which looms next weekend. Jump at the chance to get things right and enjoy the peak of communication to ensure that what you have to say is heard and understood.

Whatever you do keep your temper, even if all around you appear to have lost it this week. Seeing things from a new perspective you are not seeing the pro’s and the con’s as you should; otherwise you would have realised that there comes a chance for you to ensure that your true wishes and desires are about to be realised. Indecisive and angry even with yourself the way ahead has to heal all concerned in what has become a mess. Blame a nonchalant Jupiter and negative forces of Mercury as the current retrograde is seen as a short and sharp shock to your system. With your goals intact and your eyes wide open know that forewarned is forearmed!

Wait and see, but don’t hide in that shell, however tempting it may be; because you need to have an ear to the ground right now. Things may not be quite as they seem and this can be blamed on the retrograde action of Mercury, which hedges around confusion and a distinct lack of clarity for the next week or so. Time to make a start, and if you really want to be centre stage, then prepare yourself. With your fingers in a lot of pies right now it may be hard to choose a clear way forward. Negative forces of the reversal of the Planet of Communication, Mercury illuminates a need to get things in order and urges you to get it right. You can have your cake and eat it too if you maximise your potential and start to really believe in yourself. The time has come to make a difference that only you can make, and it will demand faith and stamina to go the distance. There is no hurry, so prioritise and take things in your stride, it’s inspiring to all around you. The scales are weighed against you as minor irritations, squabbles and niggles punctuate your busy life; playing havoc with your routine. In hindsight there are things that you shouldn’t have taken on, but it terms of your unique balancing act you have done well and should be very proud of your achievements. Reverse fortunes bring luck and clarity to your current situation. Helped greatly by seeing a clearer way forward you are about to be rewarded and it’s high time! As things start to go back into place you can benefit from your ceaseless belief that right will triumph in the end, in the knowledge that you did all the spade work. Jupiter appears to be up to tricks which have seen you taking evasive action just when and where you needed to. All you really want is a quiet life, and yet there is something bugging you which has to be dealt with. Silence isn’t helping so get your message across loud and clear before the retrograde of Mercury later this week. Love and passion are merely waiting in the wings. You are finding it very hard to commit and there appear to be many fears which are stopping the main event. This time around you are closer than you have ever been, but even this isn’t as close as it needs to be. Yes you have to be happy but for someone time is running out. You can give as well as take so you find yourself asking someone to bring on the problem so it can be solved. Hating this silent approach and the misguided efforts of others, who have made things worse not better, a clean sweep is the only resolve. As the truth seeker of the zodiac you may just get some compensation long overdue. The approaching Mercury retrograde is in your sixth house of mystery and imagination. However this conjunction is set to bring confusion, delusions and the destruction of plans. Whatever you do please do not make a mountain out of a molehill, but use Cosmic energy wisely to enable you to take a short pause to reflect.

Kenny corris

Curtain call

A GREAT part of my professional life is spent in making contact with the Spirit World. It is the one thing that I have always been able to do, and to work professionally is a joy. The client comes into my room and is encouraged to start the communication process to attempt to make contact with a loved one. A candle is lit to illuminate the way, and I send my calling card to enlighten the process that comfortably unites the living with the dead with hopefully the promise of the great dialogue of spiritual communication. I am very often the first to perceive those who are ready to communicate in the Spirit World. Far from grim, grey terrified spectres hovering about in a mist, they can and often do appear in natural situations, as they did when they lived here on Earth. They can appear younger then they were at the time of passing, rather like someone currently using a photo they had taken a decade ago. I have to tell you that generally I just get a glimpse, but it can be quite a good one, and it reveals a little of what the Spirit World looks like. Every now and again I find myself looking at inhabitants of the Spirit World who appear to be hiding behind curtains. In these situations I do not get a clear sharp look, and I find myself wondering why they are hesitating in showing themselves. For many years I have accumulated many visions of loving departed ones partially hidden behind a variety of curtains. Even net curtains. It has always fascinated me, and I wanted to share this with you readers.

Kennys diary Albir Readings: The End of the Mayan Calendar has brought the Maya Bistro in Albir a brand new name. In future it will be known as SOMETHING ELSE. Readings are available on February 18th and 20th from 17.00. Call for bookings for mini readings on: 966 868 213. Service at The Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfaz: All welcome to a demonstration of Clairvoyance and Mediumship at the Alfaz Spiritual Foundation at 18.30 on Thursday February 28th. DNA: A Spring Workshop: A one day workshop that helps you to charge your own unique Spiritual DNA. An intensive workshop, open to all, that intensifies, accelerates and inspires Spiritual progress and indicates the clear way ahead. Dates in February, or can travel to your own group or organisation. For details please call Kenny directly on 686 361 594 or leave a message on: 96 587 8424.

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Hesitation or lack of surety means that on this occasion maybe Spirits can glimpse and have a quick look around without revealing themselves. This could come from a disbelief that contact is available to them, but I feel that it may also mean that the departed is very unsure of the reception that they are going to get. Perhaps something in the past inhibited the flow of conversation, or perhaps that the Spirit, as an entity, may fear that they would not be recognised since they have adapted to a wide variety of changes since passing over. I guess too, that peering out from behind curtains may have been something that was done on Earth and is therefore repeated in the Spirit World. Naturally it is my job to assist in contact, so I find myself doing my utmost to coax and cajole in order to continue with the important business of the communication that clients have open sought. One day I got a brief vision of velvet curtains with gold braid adorning. I had to smile, especially as it was such a serious face looking back at me. Unaware, as I began to work in trance, that I was shouting; my partner Carl later informed me that I was speaking in a very loud voice throughout the sitting and could be heard all over the house. My client was delighted. She explained that her late husband was an actor and spoke always to her in a very penetrating well educated accent; he made sure his voice could be heard in the back of the stalls. His booming voice came through on stage that day, for sure, but was this his final curtain call? Maybe!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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Dear Kenny, I have a fear of connecting with my stepfather in Spirit. I want to come and try to connect with my Mother, but what if she is with him? Can I talk alone and can you guarantee he doesn’t chip in? I have a genuine fear after what he did to me. Deanna G. Deanna have no fear. The client controls the sitting always with me. This means that you will not be subject to any unwarranted attention from this awful man. I would make it a point that contact is made, if possible, to your Mother, and check with you at every stage that the contact you need is what you get. I know you have to trust me, but I would never expose you to someone you did not want to communicate with. EVER. I have the strongest feeling that your Mother is not with her partner anymore anyway…not now the truth can be told! Please call me if you need any extra help, your telephone number is missing a number somewhere so I cannot call you.

The Cosmic energies are charged and ready but they await your instruction. Rather then waiting for things to happen get out there and give it all your very best shot…….you will surprise yourself!


Cryptic Crossword Across 1. See 8 Across 8 & 1 Across. What it holds will be of striking significance (3,2,7) 9. Approaching and proving an attraction not far away (7,4) 11. The performer may point out resemblances, we hear (7) 12. Sounds like money - the whereabouts of this will not be disclosed (5) 13. Stages in the tournament completed by golfers (6) 15. The girl is happy with the beginnings of your speech (6) 17. Special celebration to seek to remove ill-feeling (5) 18. One can get carried along by a book of collected works (7) 20. An opposite piece at the end of the shop-fitting (11) 22. Field supplying endless metal (3) 23. Administrators will revise the means test (9)

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Down 2. Air corps rises a considerable distance away (3) 3. Time-worn tea ceremony (5) 4. Use temporarily, one hears, at an increased price (6) 5. This will provide a typed copy for a variety of clients (7) 6. A word to conjure with! (11) 7. Gives vent to one’s thoughts on trains (9) 10. Is it akin to a mail-van? (8,3) 11. This provides the basis for making deals (4-5) 14. Diversions by five hundred different routes (7) 16. Left one with a Shakespearean heroine (6) 19. One who goes to bed when working (5) 21. Harry Evans will provide the whisky (3)

The key rule is that you must only change one letter at a time as you move from one rung to another, and the word you make must be a proper word! Therefore you may move from BATH --> BATS but not from BATH --> CASH because that changes two letters in one go which is not allowed.

Quick Crossword

ACROSS 1. Valuation (9) 8. Scull (3) 9. Ban (11) 11. Implore (7) 12. Join (5) 13. Untouched (6) 15. Feel indignant (6) 17. Chop small (5) 18. Ship’s crew (7) 20. Unseemliness (11) 22. Tavern (3) 23. Elastic (9)

DOWN 2. Equality (3) 3. Ascend (5) 4. Evasive (6) 5. Spare time (7) 6. Thoughtful (11) 7. Soon (9) 10. Unpaid (11) 11. Obscure (9) 14. Less expensive (7) 16. Transverse (6) 19. Ethical (5) 21. Cask (3)

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Life cars


Brian Deller Author of Motoring in Spain

Panic on the roads A BRIEF announcement in some of the English language papers indicate that expats will have to take medicals if resident in Spain. These editors have not read the RTN, nor my book in recent years. However, it should cause at least some disquiet amongst the many drivers who have fraudulent or expired driving licences. THE NEW EU Directive, No2006/126/EC came into force on 19th January. Driving licences throughout the EU, all 300 million of them, are to be standardised as and when they are renewed or the new extended driving-tests are passed. In Spain we have a law which also applies in the rest of the EU where all residents with a foreign, current EU driving licence, may use it without changing it to a Spanish one as long as they obey the same rules as the Spanish drivers have to, the main one being the passing of a periodical medical test at a government approved clinic. If you have not been taking the medicals you risk being caught with an expired driving licence. When the RTN Editor asked me to advise on the new laws they were only in the EU Directive, but as they satisfy much of the Spanish Governments’ misgivings about the old laws, most will likely be passed into the Spanish law books very soon. I had to laugh when one local paper here wrote that the taking of medicals by expat drivers was something new as so many are ignorant of the existing laws, as are also some

insurance companies that cater for us expats. There are many advantages to reading the RTN. I have a folder now with the new Directive printed out so I can study it at leisure and guess what? It has 58 x A4 pages so it is not going to be a short job, and as I am 98% ready to print the Fourth Edition of my book, ‘Motoring in Spain’, once again it has to be delayed while the new laws are added. There are so many people in Europe (and the World) who are openly crooks. And yes, I use that word in its literal sense. Some websites ask you if you have been unfairly banned from driving by a Court, or would you like to have a licence classification for a vehicle for which you have not taken/passed a driving test. I believe that is open amorality, especially when they seduce the potential ‘client’ with the printed statement that: “Because of a glitch in the EU regulations we can now issue you with a driving licence from another EU country which can be used in all the EU.” Much of the EU, especially Spain, Portugal and Greece,

is in a terrible financial mess because of such people who have similarly defrauded citizens. And those who take advantage of these ‘offers’ are equally culpable. Do you want to be on the same road as a driver of a fully loaded 45-tonne heavy goods vehicle who has never been tested for that classification? Over the next few weeks I will break down the new rules so we will all understand them. To those expats that have been taking mandatory medicals as I have advised in this column for seven years now, well done, I salute you for your honesty and good sense. Now it would appear after glancing at the pages of the new rules, medicals are to be enforced in all EU countries and the new licences are to be made more secure to stop fraud. If you wish to read the new rules in English, remembering that they have not yet been written into Spain’s’ law books, please look at the Internet link: do?uri=CELEX:32006L0126:EN:HTML

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



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Following City’s toothless surrender to Southampton last Saturday, manager Mancini claimed they still had a 10% chance of retaining their title, but United’s straightforward victory over Everton the following day has reduced that particular probability to almost zero. Before last season’s collapse from what appeared to be an uncatchable position, Fergie spoke of his fear of doing a ‘Devon Loch’, (tempted fate!?) but at this rate United’s horse could end up in a Tesco lasagne and still edge over the finish line ahead of a City side wracked with self-doubt. It’s tough to put your finger on exactly what’s gone wrong at The Etihad this season. A probable reason for City’s troubles is that every team in the division tries that little bit harder against the champions, it’s a pitfall of success, but Mancini’s men seem to have struggled with that. Last season they swept many a team aside without really getting into top gear but this year have failed on too many occasions to find the performance necessary against sides looking to put a feather in their caps. As well as increased effort levels from the opposition, there’s also an internal pressure that comes with being “the best” and their league position and early Champions League exit would suggest that they haven’t handled that particularly well either. Add these factors to the apparent tightening of purse-strings; the subsequent and obvious displeasure of the manager with said “penny-pinching”; the antics and ensuing departure of Mario Balotelli; the distinct dip in form of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure (City’s three best players last year) and it’s not surprising they’ve failed to maintain a consistent

defence of their title. What will be most disappointing for City though is that when they crashed out of Europe back in December, Mancini told us that it was a blessing in disguise because United would be distracted by continental concerns and take their eye of the domestic prize but, in actual fact, The Blues practically surrendered the title before United really began the second half of their European campaign. Yes it’s true that following the very decent result against Madrid on Wednesday, United may rest players over the next couple weeks in preparation for the second leg, but the damage has already been done and I’m sure Fergie won’t mind the league gap closing a little if it means progressing past Real. I’m sure the United boss will therefore be content with the way the season’s progressing but, as a man who has been embroiled in so many fierce battles at the top, there may be a tinge of disappointment at the way City have faded so pathetically. This was meant to be his greatest ever achievement, but instead the 2012/13 title race is rapidly becoming a one-horse canter. That’s not to say United don’t deserve enormous credit for their achievement because while last year’s battle at the top delicately twisted and turned, Ferguson’s side have so far hammered home maximum advantage from City’s slips in the current campaign. So it’s now a matter of focus for the Old Trafford outfit. Their lead affords them a little bit of breathing room but City, although they haven’t been great recently, are still plenty good enough to go on a winning run and make things nervy if United become complacent and have a poor series of results. You wouldn’t expect Fergie to allow that to happen again after last year’s collapse but it is human nature after all to relax a little when it appears the pressure’s off. This Week in “The Lions”: Sat 16th Feb: Luton v Millwall (FA Cup – 1.45pm) Arsenal v Blackburn (FA Cup – 4pm) Oldham v Everton (FA Cup – 7pm) Sun 17th Feb: Chelsea v Brentford (FA Cup – 1pm) Man City v Leeds (FA Cup – 3pm) Liverpool v Swansea (PL – 4pm) Huddersfield v Wigan (FA Cup – 4.55pm) Mon 18th Feb: Man United v Reading (FA Cup – 9pm) 19th/20th/21st Feb: All Champions / Europa League Fixtures

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Andy Kay


Hey Hey de Gea

The Final Whistle

Of all the big names on show at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night it was surprise, surprise the Manchester United goal keeper David de Gea who put in the performance of the night. De Gea has had some horrible moments between the sticks for United but he was magnificent, if somewhat unorthodox against Real Madrid. It will have been an especially sweet night for the 22 year old who was born in the Spanish capital and who made his name with Real’s neighbours Athletico. Another show like that from De Gea at Old Trafford could see United in to the next round and Madrid boss Jose Mourinho down at the job centre.

Gatland Gaff He may have backtracked but I fear Warren Gatland has already done some significant damage by insinuating that England players are in danger of not making the British Lions tour to Australia because of the off the field shenanigans of their predecessor at the last World Cup. He has since said that he would pick 15 Englishmen for the Test matches if they were the best players available, but for those who miss out on a place on the plane, they will probably be forever wondering if it was a lack of talent that counted against them or perhaps their nationality. Healey Ban The Irish prop-forward Cian Healy has been banned for three weeks after he was cited for stamping on the leg of England’s Dan Cole in Dublin last weekend. As a result, the Irish scrum will be much weaker for the matches against Scotland and France in the Six Nations Championship. While it is right that Healy is censured, I wonder if the punishment fits the crime. England was the team sinned against but the penalty is more advantageous to their opponents than it is to them. In similar incidents, when a player is not dismissed from the field by the match officials, I would suggest that he is banned for the required number of weeks, as Healy

Spinning to victory by Keith Nicol IT’S SOMEWHAT incongruous to walk past an athletic track to discover local athletes not running, jumping or throwing but sitting at spinning machines and giving it their all. Such was the case on Saturday when a number of local athletes took part in the III ‘City of Torrevieja’ ergometer Duathlon Race, an outdoor Spinning, endurance event, which was won by Javier Antonio Ferrer On Saturday morning, the ‘Daniel Plaza’ athletic track of Torrevieja’s Sports City attracted nearly two hundred athletes for rowing ergometer Duathlon-Race. This was organized by the Valencina Rowing Federation and Torrevieja Rowing Club ‘Brotherhood Pescadores’. Participants came from Valencia and Murcia and competed in various age categories including juvenile, alevin, cadet, junior, senior and veteran for both female and male competitors. The overall Men’s champion of this year’s event, with a time of 15 ‘55.07, was Javier A. Sánchez Ferrer from the Rowing Club of the Fishermen’s Association of Torrevieja, the Brotherhood Pescadores The competition was regulated by the College of Judges, Umpires from the Rowing Federation of Valencia. The Trophies were presented by Councilor for Police and Fisheries, Eduardo Gil Rebollo and Vice-President of the Valencian Federation of Rowing, Gerardo Rodriguez.

Cian Healy has been, but is then barred from playing against the team he sinned against next time round. RIP Oatesy On Thursday I attended the funeral of David Oates. David and I grew up together in local radio and later, we both joined BBC Radio Sport in London. David had a passion for football and rugby league and went on to become a first class commentator and reporter for both sports. Unlike some modern day broadcasters I could mention, David always put the story at the top of the agenda, rather

than himself, a point he would underscore with his brilliant reporting from White Hart Lane on the day that Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack on the pitch. He was also a massive fan of Blackpool FC and woe betides anyone who suggested that his beloved team played in orange. “Its bloody tangerine” he would chuff as he walked across the sports room floor. David was taken from us suddenly at just 50 years of age. He leaves a wife and two daughters. He will, of course, be missed by them, his friends and colleagues and by listeners of BBC Radio who knew a good bloke when they heard one.

Fishing Maggots End by

David Hoare 968 199 279

AS THIS week’s match was the 4th round of the Gary Smith Challenge cup, it was decided to hold it on the Eden canal. The temperatures had been down overnight to 3º so we knew that it was going to be tough. Probably overall it fished better than anticipated but still half the field failed to catch. Mick Hill´s top weight was made up of three fish with the best being 3.56 kilos. He also lost one that was bigger than that! TOP RODS ON THE DAY 1st - Mick (The Arsenal) Hill fishing the feeder using maggot with 7.54 kilos 2nd - Andy (The Webman) Stevenson fishing the feeder using maggot with 4.18 kilos 3rd - Terry (Swing ‘Em) Screen fishing the feeder using maggot with 3.28 kilos OVERALL POINTS ON THE DAY Rods and Reels with 8 points

Spinners giving it their all

Abbey Anglers with 24 points ACCUMULATIVE POINTS Rods and Reels 6 points Abbey Anglers 6 points Two matches to go so it is still ‘anybody to win…’ PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 603 535 771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS: Supplied by Terry Screen The 5th round of the Abbey Angling Cup was fished at the Embalsa de Pedrera on 5th February. It looks as if spring could be early this year as the House Martins have returned to Spain, the wind is still blowing strong and the waves are eroding

the banks as they are made up of mud stone: it is also making the water’s edge very muddy. The fishing is now improving a little with only one dry net this week, and hemp and tares are still the order of the day with anglers beginning to take fish on the waggler. 1st - Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 4.940kg fishing the feeder using maggot 2nd - Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson with 4.920kg fishing the feeder and waggler using tares 3rd - Stan (The Man) Roberts with 4.800kg fishing the feeder and waggler using hemp and tares All details are available on our website or from the match secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368.

FC Torry news

Torry played away to Jove Espanol last Saturday tea-time and needed to get a positive result to stop their recent run of poor results and slide down the table. It was worth the journey as Torry put in their best performance for some time and came away with a 2-1 victory courtesy of 2 goals from Koeman. The first from a penalty and the second from a smart finish after latching on to a superb through ball from Dani Meseguer. Torry are now in 14th place in the table 5 points outside the relegation zone. On Sunday at 5.00 pm Torry have a big game at home to Denia who occupy the 4th and final relegation position. Torry need a repeat of the performance from last weekend and 3 points to move into a mid-table position. Hopefully captain Jorge will be fit again and will make a welcome return to the team. The game is being played at the Nelson Mandela sports stadium.


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How far can they go? NOEL’S WORLD OF GOLF By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

THIS IS the time of the year when practically all big golf club manufacturers release their new range of equipment with tremendous claims of improvement over the clubs that until last month were the most technologically advanced ever. Certainly over the years we have seen an incredible advancement in the way the game of golf is now played with the current equipment. At fifty four years of age I am hitting the ball the same distance as I was when I started to play golf at the age of twenty one and that is entirely down to the way the golf ball and golf club have progressed. I have been lucky enough to be able to test some of the new range of clubs and golf balls from Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade and Titleist and they all certainly perform to an amazing level. The new Callaway Razr Fit driver was particularly impressive and certainly lived up to the claims of the manufacturer. The new range from TaylorMade is also impressive although I am not a fan of the colour schemes on the drivers although anyone who likes this manufacturer will certainly benefit from the new range. This year TaylorMade have changed the way

you will buy your drivers in the future with twelve different loft options available in the one club. This greatly enhances the options available to the owners of these clubs as you can adjust the loft if you are in windy conditions before you go out to play and it means that now you will not have to wait for the loft option you require to be ordered by your local shop. The Ping G25 range is probably the best that Ping have brought out in a few years but I really am unsure about the paint job on the shafts, a bit ‘girly’ for me but they do the job and Ping fans will appreciate the look and feel of the new irons in particular. The new ranges of golf balls from the same manufacturers are also released and there is now some serious competition in the market for the longtime leader Titleist although their new Pro V1 and V1x are still the best in my opinion. Callaway are hot on the heels with their Hex range and the TaylorMade Lethal range is also a big improvement on its predecessor. There is no doubt that when you couple the right ball with the right club for you there are big advantages to be had. Please consult an experienced professional to ensure you get the best

configuration for you. We will be giving our readers the chance to try all of these clubs over the next few months so keep an eye on RTN each week for further details. WIN A DOZEN SRIXON GOLF BALLS COURTESY OF GOLF MED Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 15TH FEBRUARY 2013 Which event will be the first World Golf Championships event of 2013? All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 28th February to be entered into February’s draw, to be made on 1st March 2013. The winner will be announced in RTN on 8th March 2013. To collect your prize you will have to come along to an RTN Golf Club day and meet with Noel Eastwell.

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THE GOLF course was certainly the winner at Alicante Golf last Tuesday when our members turned out for our regular weekly golf meeting. Scoring for the whole field was particularly difficult in the swirling winds so synonymous with Alicante Golf. Our members are a resourceful group and the challenge was met head on in the search for the best score of the day. One member even stood in the pond in front of the eighteenth green to play a chip shot that barely stayed dry and was rewarded as he salvaged a point; alas this was to no avail as he fell just one short of a prize. Tim Richards produced the winning score of 39 points to take home the Ashworth polo shirt. Once again the consistent Natasha Woodhams was in the prizes and scooped second prize of the Srixon golf balls. In our two’s competition which rolled over from the previous week Tim Richards scooped the whole pot with two two’s on the par three holes. We will be regrouping at Alicante Golf again next week for more challenges to be thrown at us from this top championship golf course. Every member of RTN Golf Club and their guests are welcome to come along to any of our meetings and enjoy their golf with. Email with your names and handicaps and we will confirm your tee times. In other news for our members we have a special deal arranged with Alicante Golf for annual membership that is exclusive to members of RTN Golf Club with or without the use of a buggy included. Annual memberships are probably the most economical way to play golf, particularly if you want to play more than once per week: call Noel on 639 730 891 for more information. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - 19th February; RTN Weekly golf meeting at Alicante Golf - 26th February; RTN Weekly golf meeting at Alicante Golf NOEL EASTWELL GOLF ACADEMY Quality coaching at reduced rates for RTN Golf Club members held at Alicante Golf: contact Noel on 639 730 891.

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RTN South Edition 696  

RTN South Edition 696

RTN South Edition 696  

RTN South Edition 696