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The ‘Ogre’ has gone Andy Hermida has resigned as President of FC Torrevieja and he tells RTN his story


Safari park closes


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Jack Troughton reports on the sad news that last Friday the gates to El Vergel Safari Park were closed and visitors turned away... p8

Government decision jeopardises vote registration

Emergency Centre foundation stone is laid

The Mayor of Orihuela tells us why she is happy although the laying of the first stone was actually six months behind schedule and subsequently the opening has now been delayed until early 2012. • p5

Dennis’s Fan Club done in Paul Watts breaks the shocking news that the Dennis the Menace Fan Club had ceased to be. It is no more. • p20

by Louise Clarke

Purchase in Spain

English and Spanish Solicitors Marc White and Carlos Baos provide general guidelines and steps to consider and take into account for anyone interested in purchasing a second-hand property. • p29

Growing autumn and winter vegetables Clodagh and Dick Handscombe continue with their helpful hints and information for your gardens in Spain • p46

Society golf: casual or formal?

Noel Eastwell’s weekly column this week asks the question of Golf Societies: Should you form a constitution and run things formally? • p63

Bruce Willis snapped leaving his trailer

Bruce Willis filming on coast A-LIST ACTOR Bruce Willis was snapped leaving his trailer in the rear of a luxury limo heading for the film set of the action thriller The Cold Light of Day in Moraira this week. A member of Hollywood’s elite, he is starring in the joint United States and Spanish production with Sigourney Weaver and Henry Cavill. Turn to page 6 for the full story.

A SPANISH Government decision to cut costs will mean that the voting registration procedures for EU residents in Spain could be severely curtailed. RTN’s No Vote, No Voice campaign has been well received by provincial and local authorities as well as the British Consulate in Alicante and the Embassy in Madrid. But this week, the voter registration office in Madrid has announced that it will be severely curtailing voting registration possibilities for next year’s local elections for those EU citizens (in the majority, British) residents who have lived in Spain prior to 2007. Contrary to the procedure followed in previous local elections, those EU residents on the padron before the last local elections in May 2007 WILL NOT receive a voting application form by post, which simply needs to be signed and returned, postage paid, to the Censo Electoral. Whatever their circumstances, they will have to go personally to their local Town Hall to fill in a voting application form.

Bob Houliston from Orihuela Costa opposition party CLARO, told RTN: “It is obvious that this restriction will affect the great majority of EU citizens who moved to Spain and took up residence in the boom years before the present crisis began in 2007. In our opinion, it is a deliberate and targeted decision which will result in the number of EU citizens registered to vote being kept at the present very low levels. “It will introduce discrimination between those who were registered on the padron after the 2007 local elections, who will receive the voting application form by post and those registered on the padron before 2007 who will not. It will also widen the gap between voting registration facilities for the Spanish, who are automatically registered on the voters list when they register on the padron and the nonSpanish, long term EU residents who are going to lose an important facility to enable them to register to vote.” Continued on page 3


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Power to the people By Jack Troughton CAMPAIGNERS PLANNING to give expats a real voice in Spain have produced a simple guide to getting onto the electoral roll – and to the ballot box in next May’s local elections. European residents are being targeted with easy-to-follow instructions on how to get their names on the town hall register – the Padron – and the electoral roll, the Censo Electoral. People need to sign on both lists to have a vote and non-Spanish residents must also sign and return a declaration of their intention to vote by a deadline before polling day to be issued with a voting card. The campaign is non-political and leaflets in a number of languages are being distributed by volunteers and social groups along the Costa Blanca, while laminated posters carrying the information will be posted at key points. It was estimated that in the 2007 local elections something like 80 percent of EU nationals living in Alicante Province did not vote – some because they were not on the Padron and thus not on the Censo Electoral. PROTECTED And residents are assured that the Padron is not a Big Brother type means of vigilance by the state but a head count – any information is covered by data protection laws – and a way of funding town halls by central government in Madrid. By signing on the Padron, individuals are complying with legal requirements, helping improve local services, and giving them access to benefits such as social care, while allowing them to carry out a number of administrative tasks – such as enrolling children at school or buying a car. Even if a person is on the Padron they must separately join the Censo Electoral to get a vote- but both tasks can be completed during the same visit to the town hall. This week RTN met Tim Ladd who is helping to co-ordinate the campaign in the Marina Alta and liaising with colleagues along the coast – including lawyers and diplomats – to get people to polling stations and voting on Sunday 22nd May, next year. He said in Javea something like 52 percent of the population were expats entitled to vote – yet as an example, only some 4,000 British residents from more than 9,000 were on the Padron. And it was thought the figures would be similar in communities all along the Costa

Tim Ladd

Blanca. “The other fact is that some 80 percent of expats did not vote in the last election – either because they were not interested or they could not do so,” he said. “The quick message is get to the town hall, say you want to be on the Padron if you are not already, and then say you want to be on the Censo Electoral, the electoral roll.” Tim said it was clear some people had been confused by the situation and it was hoped the simple language used in the leaflets would cure the uncertainty. “The only way to resolve these figures is to get people out of their armchairs and get them down to the town hall,” he said. “Everyone has to do something themselves, it will not be arriving at their front door on a platter.”


17 - 23 september 2010 Continued from front page The reason for this restriction is to save money by limiting the number who may receive the voting application form by post. The justification used is that those on the padron before 2007 will previously have received voting application forms by post and if they did not register then, they are not interested in voting. Bob commented: “This is a particularly harsh judgment and the argument that it is sufficient to have sent the voting application form in the past also ignores the right of long term

EU residents to change their mind and decide to register to vote for next year’s elections; especially if they have become more interested in and more integrated in the life of their local communities. They should be encouraged rather than discouraged to do so.” The Spanish government is obliged by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, as well as European and Spanish law, to guarantee the right to vote of EU citizens resident in Spain in local and European Parliament elections ‘under the same conditions’ as Spanish nationals. Bob concluded: “Now, the

Spanish government is taking a deliberate and serious step away from this obligation.” This decision has made the RTN No Vote, No Voice campaign even more prevalent and RTN will keep a close eye on this worrying development during the coming weeks. The next No Vote, No Voice campaign meeting will take place at The Tavern in Lo Crispin, Algorfa on Friday 1st October at 11:30. If you live in Algorfa and would like to know more about how to vote in next year’s elections, please come along. For more information, e-mail

Police probe ‘lads’ deaths BRITISH POLICE are investigating claims that six men visiting Benidorm on a ‘lads holiday’ last March have since died. Detectives are investigating the deaths which all took place in the months following a trip to Spain - at least three men from a single group have since died and British newspapers report the toll as high as six. One 48-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack in the days following his return to South Yorkshire. The coroner later recorded a verdict of death by natural causes. However, local councillors are demanding a full investigation into the mystery. One said the coroner would not have known the link because he would not have known the men went on holiday together.

DEADLINE Although the Spanish authorities have put forward a January deadline for joining the electoral roll, campaigners are hoping to get residents on the move in December – leaving time to sort out any problems. Tim said the chances of getting information direct from Spanish outlets by post or email was “zilch.” He said: “We decided we must do something to help and started writing basic instructions, we copied people into emails and the whole campaign just snowballed – this has brought in a whole lot of other people up and down the coast.” While leaflets will soon be distributed, an online ‘generic version’ applicable to every municipality can be seen online at

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New all-terrain vehicle for Protection Civil by Louise Clarke THE PROTECTION Civil in San Javier has, this week, welcomed its second all-terrain vehicle to the municipality. The vehicle was donated by ‘Sureste Seguridad’, the company in charge of the security in San Javier’s municipal buildings. The new vehicle will be destined to help with many emergencies and as it is equipped to deal with almost any eventuality, like floods, it will become an essential vehicle for the safety and security of the residents of the town. The San Javier Councillor for Security, Manuel Leal welcomed the donated vehicle which is also equipped with a public address system, sirens, communications and a tow

bar. It is also equipped with a GPS system and will be linked with other Protection Civil vehicles as well as Local Police vehicles. Leal told RTN: “This vehicle is the ideal tool for use in dealing with emergencies and catastrophes. And the Town Hall would like to extend its gratitude to ‘Sureste Seguridad’ for their very kind donation, which will improve the quality and efficiency of our emergency service.” He added: “I would also like to congratulate the Protection Civil for all the work that they do for the municipality.” The organisation now boasts two all-terrain vehicles, one van, one car, three ambuThe lances, one motorcycle and a transport vehiProtection cle to transport people to hospital, as well as Civil and the beach safety vehicles. Councillors

Car free week Fraud hotline success

SAN JAVIER will be joining in Europe’s Car Free Week with a programme of activities aimed at reducing the use of cars and combating climate change. The events are to be held from 20th – 26th September and include discount vouchers at Decathlon if a bicycle is bought during this week. There will also be a bicycle repair shop and a road safety campaign for children cycling on the roads. On Sunday 26th September there will be the second edition of ‘Bicitapeo’ for the whole family, with an outing for sports bikes from San Javier to Santiago de la Ribera, via the ferry to La Manga. There will be a tour that includes visiting two bars offering participants a drink and a cover for €2. At 14:30 the ferry will return to Santiago de la Ribera. For this activity you must register by phoning 968 573 700 Ext 207-215. On the evening of Saturday 25th, the Plaza de San Javier Spain will display a simulation of a car overturning, demonstrating what happens to a driver and his passengers in the event of an accident.

By Jack Troughton EXPAT SCROUNGERS cheating the UK benefits system from Spain are actively chased by the Department of Work and Pensions, RTN was told this week. The Benefit Fraud Hotline has received more than 750 tip-offs since it was launched two years ago – and its success means the DWP is launching a similar service in Portugal. Hannah Thronicker, Country Manager of the Pensions, Benefits and Healthcare Team in Madrid and representative of the DWP, was responding to recent criticism of efforts to clamp down on cheats in

the UK and abroad. She said the hotline had received a large number of calls since September 2008. “Each and every case is referred to investigators and we have now seen a number of cases go through court proceedings. “Of course, collecting and presenting evidence can often take time, which may mean money is paid back some months after investigations begin. It also may not represent value for money to go through the court system, but rest assured the DWP chases every overpayment.” And she said the team

understood the public felt strongly about the fraudulent claiming of UK benefits in Spain. STRAIN “This sort of crime puts strain on funds reserved for those who are genuinely entitled to benefits, including law-abiding citizens battling for their entitlements to be paid,” said Ms Thronicker. “My team and I work hard with the British public to make sure that those who have a right to benefits, from either the British or Spanish social security systems, have

access to this support.” She said the DWP had recovered £21 million of overpayments between 2005 and 2010 through the International Pension Centre alone. “But, we understand there is a lot more owed.” And she challenged RTN readers so speak up against benefit fraud in Spain and call the free hotline anonymously on 900 554 440. “The RTN continuously supports the interests of British Nationals in Spain. Let’s see if together we can put an end to benefit fraud and make sure the right benefits reach the right people.”

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Emergency Centre foundation stone is laid by Louise Clarke THE FOUNDATION stone of the new Emergency Services Centre in Orihuela Costa was officially laid on Monday by Valencian Government Minister for the Interior, Serafín Castellano, Orihuela Mayor, Monica Lorente and the Lead Co-ordinator of the Orihuela Costa Neighbourhood Watch Association, Chris Poole. Although the laying of the first stone was actually six months behind schedule and subsequently the opening has now been delayed until early 2012, the Mayor said that she was very happy that the company which had been chosen had not only come in with a price that was €700,000 under budget, as reported in RTN last week, but that the project would be their top priority and that building could start as early as next week. The event was slightly marred by a demonstration outside the plot of land where the Emergency Services Centre is to be located. But rather than avoid the protestors and pretend that they were not there, the Minister and the Mayor approached the demonstrators and discussed their issues with them; which is kind of refreshing…! Maybe there is an election coming up? PLAN CONFIANZA The Orihuela Costa is home to more than 25,000 residents and during the peak summer months, 75,000 people reside there, which means that a centre where all the emergency services can be situated under the same roof,

Chris Poole lays the foundation stone

close in proximity to the urbanisations in which people live, is essential. The two story building will be built on a 6,000 square metre plot of land next to the Consum supermarket in La Zenia and will house the Local Police, Guardia Civil, National Police, Fire Brigade and Proteccion Civil, as well as the Red Cross and the SAMU ambulance service. At the moment the area is served by the emergency services located in nearby Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada. The building work will be paid for by the Plan Confianza, which is a Valencian Government grant and the budget for the project is just under €2.1 million. It will take 18 months

to complete and will be fully operational by March 2012. MORE POLICE OFFICERS The Mayor also announced that the Town Hall is to increase the number of local police agents on the coast in early 2011. They had promised in July 2009 that by January 2010 the area would have 45 more officers but they didn’t materialise due to the ‘crisis’. RTN understands that just 21 new Local Police positions will be made available in the municipality but these will be shared amongst the hamlets of San Bartolome, La Murada and the neighbourhood of Rabaloche, as well as on the coast.


Rojales School gets green light by Louise Clarke AFTER MONTHS of campaigning and hundreds of column inches in the RTN, the Parents’ Association (AMPA) at the Principe d’Espana Primary School in Rojales received some good news this week. It has been announced by the Valencian Government that an investment of €4 million for the construction of the new primary school in Rojales has been approved and work on the new educational facility is due to start by the end of the year. A Spokesman for the Rojales Town Hall told RTN: “Public tenders for the works must be presented before the 1st October deadline and the decision on which company will win the project will be made no later than 21st October.” He added: “Any doubts over the veracity of Mayor Antonio Martinez Canovas’ claims about the imminent works, can be now laid to rest. Now that the funding has been put in place the start of actual construction work is imminent.” The school council has been brought up to date on these matters and RTN will also keep readers updated on events with the new school as they develop.


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Lights, camera, action! by Jack Troughton CURIOUS CROWDS craned their necks in bid to catch a fleeting glimpse of the Hollywood stars during outdoor shoots for the new action thriller The Cold Light of Day. Onlookers were kept a respectable distance away from the sea wall at Moraira where scenes were being shot on the stern of a moored yacht. Earlier a group of youngsters patiently gathered outside the tight circle of trailers drawn up tightly together on the town’s car park and were rewarded with a wave and a greeting from star Bruce Willis – Facebook sites have since come alive with photos of the hero taken on mobile ‘phones. The A-List actor – who starred as John McClane in the Die Hard series, Pulp Fiction, Armageddon, and the Sixth Sense, and remains a box office favourite – was also photographed by RTN leaving for the set in the back of a large Mercedes. However, security was tight during the filming and after wandering too close to cap-

ture the action aboard the yacht, the paper’s cameraman was politely asked to join other press photographers being kept well away from the set. COVE Journalists were similarly thwarted during filming of action scenes at Granadella in Javea. Access to the picturesque cove was blocked and local businesses agreed to close after accepting generous compensation. Mr Willis apparently was not “doing press” during filming away from Alicante’s City of Light studios. Scenes for the Cold Light of Day were also being shot in Madrid and at El Altet Airport. The film is a story involving a young American (played by Henry Cavill) whose family are kidnapped during a holiday in Spain and faces a race against time as he attempts to find a connection between his parents – Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver – disappearing Action and his father’s secrets. It was believed that on a Ms Weaver has not yet arrived in Spain and crowded will join her co-stars in Alicante later. set

Abortion rate drops THE NUMBER of abortions in Spain has dropped for the first time in 25 years. The minister for health, Trinidad Jiménez attributes the drop to the over-the-counter availability of the morning after pill and possibly also to the lesser number of immigrant residents. The morning after pill was made available without prescription at the end of September last year – around 380,000 were sold within the first six months. The president of the Family Policy Institute, Eduardo Hertfelder, argues that although there have been fewer surgical abortions, the number of chemical procedures to stop pregnancy – such as taking the morning after pill – has increased.

A split in the ETA terrorist group

FOLLOWING ETA’S declaration of a ceasefire earlier this month, 100 ETA prisoners have now renounced the use of violence by the Basque ETA terrorist group. prisoner Eneko The government Compains, rejected ETA’s ceasefire, arrested saying that only a in Aragón, complete abandonment being transferred of arms would suffice,

but even so, more and more ETA members are declaring their opposition to violence. Prisoners are being rewarded for their decisions by being relocated nearer to their families. The Ministry for the Interior believes that ETA’s political arm is losing strength and hopes are

that the government’s policy of dividing and weakening the prisoners is working. Estimates are that a further 100 ETA prisoners could follow suit and denounce violence in the next 12 months. There are currently 548 ETA prisoners in Spanish jails.

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Police searching for arsonist

THE GUARDIA Civil is searching for an arsonist believed to be responsible for deliberately starting eight fires in Guardamar over the last few weeks. Two of the fires broke out last Saturday and the security forces are asking everyone in the area to be extra vigilant. According to the Guardia Civil, they have stepped up their searches after investigations into last week’s fires revealed that they were started with intent at the hands of an arsonist. The fires, exclusive to the town of Guardamar del Segura, started in early August but it is only after the two almost simultaneous fires last weekend that the authorities have started to suspect that they all could be linked. The fires have affected and significantly damaged large areas of the La Mata National Park and the Pine Forests of Guardamar. The latest incidents occurred on the boundary of the Rojales and Guardamar municipalities, deep in the campo and were spotted by local residents who witnessed the huge column of smoke. Local police and the fire brigade were soon in attendance and a specialist fire helicopter was also drafted in to transport water from the sea to the scene in order to extinguish the flames. More than 2000 square metres of pine forest and scrubland was destroyed in the latest incidents and police are asking residents who walk in the area to keep an eye out for anyone acting suspiciously. If you do see anyone please report them to the Local Police or Guardia Civil in Guardamar by calling 112.

Safari park closes

The closed entrance

by Jack Troughton FALLING NUMBERS of visitors and competition from more modern attractions have forced the closure of El Vergel Safari Park after 33 years. A trickle of cars arrived last Friday only to find gates were closed and be turned away from the once-popular attraction by security staff. One told RTN: “We are closed – everything is closed.” However, he confirmed keepers would be caring for some 460 animals over the next six months as they undergo health checks and found new homes under strict guideline covering their movement.

The closure is a blow for locals who worked with animals or in the restaurant and bar. A once ground-breaking attraction on the Marina Alta, it allowed visitors to watch animals wandering ‘semi-wild’ in enclosures and boasted 1,400 animals of some 150 different species. The park covered half a million square metres close to Pego Marshes and also had an important collection of over 150 types of fauna. TUMBLE However, the number of tourists passing through the gates has tumbled from a golden age of 250,000 a year to fewer than 15,000. It is understood the safari park failed to

keep pace with new attractions such as Terra Natura in Benidorm and Valencia’s L’Oceanografic and Bioparc. El Vergel allowed visitors to drive through the enclosures housing a menagerie of Bengal tigers, lions, water buffalo, elephants, giraffes, rhinoceros, and 25 Vietnamese pigs. Other attractions included a sea lion show and a large aviary. The park also made news by taking part in breeding programmes for wild animals. However, El Vergel made international headlines for the wrong reasons in May 1999. Disregarding all warning notices, an elderly German couple got out of their car and were killed by three tigers.

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Panic attacks

IN MY last write up I touched briefly on panic attacks and how I was featured on the BBC helping a young boy overcome them using Fast Track Hypnosis. A panic attack is a sudden surge of intense fear or dread that develops for no apparent reason. The attack normally begins suddenly and can last from a few minutes to several hours. They may even occur when relaxed or asleep. Clients often say that they feel all or some of the following symptoms: nervousness; agitation; rapid heartbeat; poor sleep patterns; shaking; dizziness; faintness; tightness in the throat; feelings of apprehension and feelings of being unable to cope. The most significant development is a ‘feeling of impending doom’ as the sufferer constantly waits for something terrible to befall them, entering the ‘what if’ scenario: what if this happens again; what if that happens when I am at a meeting, etc. They proceed to back themselves into a corner where they feel in danger and unable to escape. The worst thing about panic attacks is the intense fear the person has that they will have another attack. They become preoccupied with their own anxiety symptoms

and dwell on thoughts of dying or other catastrophes such as a heart attack. Some will go to extreme lengths to avoid the situation where they had their first attack as they believe that particular situation or event caused it. Grant was a young boy of 10 years of age when he fell over and banged his head on the floor of his parents’ house. He was taken to hospital where doctors said he showed all the signs consistent with a fracture so naturally they kept him off school. When he was fit enough to return they found it increasingly difficult to get him to go to school. Then when he was actually in school he witnessed another classmate vomiting, which caused Grant to have a panic attack. He couldn’t breathe, became shaky and had pains in his chest and stomach which really frightened him. Grant became more depressed and after the Christmas break he just didn’t want to go to school. As his mother Pam put it, “It seemed to progress from a fear of sickness to a full blown fear of school.” Grant would take off his uniform on the way to school in the car and then run out of school onto the road and into the path of an oncom-

ing lorry. On another occasion he jumped out of the family car while it was travelling at 45mph. He even tried to cut up his school bag using a kitchen knife and his mum and dad feared he would physically harm himself. Grant was only sleeping two to three hours a night and when he had done these things he could not remember doing them afterwards. They were advised to not to send him to school as they could not restrain him and were faced with the long waiting lists for a referral to see the educational psychologist and staff from the child and adolescents unit. It was at this stage they contacted me and we decided to see if Fast Track Hypnosis would help. In the meantime Pam wrote to the then Education Minister Martin McGuinness asking for assistance for her child. As she said at the time, “I had previously heard the minister saying that every person had a right to be educated and I felt that Grant needed help now and not six months down the line.” Pam was delighted with the response she had for bringing the plight of her son to his attention. After the first session of Fast Track


Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

Hypnosis at my office in Belfast, Grant was set tasks: for the Monday he had to go as far as the school gates. By Tuesday it was the school door and by Wednesday Grant was inside the school. Gradually Grant went back to school for half an hour at a time and in between the remaining sessions, to increase his confidence and to also teach him self-hypnosis, this was built up to a full day. Pam was quoted in the newspaper that covered this story: “The Hypnosis really did change our lives. He is a happy child again. He is eat-

The story as it appeared in the “News Letter”

ing and sleeping and he absolutely loves school now and the help there really makes a difference.” That was a really nice one to do! Alan holds his Fast Track Hypnosis Stop Smoking and Weight control Sessions, as well as help for personal problems in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar and Benidorm. For an appointment, brochure or free of charge initial consultation on your particular problem, contact Alan Gilchrist on 659 229 408. Or visit his websites or

The 3Cs Care and Nursing Agency ventures south by Louise Clarke BASED IN Finestrat, the 3Cs Care and Nursing Agency is a community based home care and private nursing care provider covering the Costa Blanca. Until now, the agency has been based in the north of the region, covering from Alicante to Denia, but now they are venturing further south. Recruitment open day Next Wednesday, 22nd September, the agency will hold an Open Day at the TorreJoven Hotel in Punta Prima, as they are now launching in the southern Costa Blanca and Mar Menor. They are looking for staff to join their new southern team and need: • Qualified nurses • Experienced carers • Coordinators and Admin personnel with nursing background 3Cs are recruiting highly qualified and experienced staff for this area but you must

have your own transport. If you are interested, please go along to the Open Day with a copy of your up-to-date CV, two passport photographs and two references. In the event that you are unable to attend the Open Day, please email your CV to or phone Clare on 671 856 875. CLIENTS REQUIRED The Agency is also looking for clients in the Southern Costa Blanca and Costa Calida. Any person requiring long or short term respite nursing care can also attend this Open Day where Agency staff will be on hand to meet you and advise you of their care packages or solutions to your current needs with a free assessment of your requirements. Those who are unable to attend the Open Day may email enquiries to or phone Clare on 671 856 875. The agency is recommended by MABS Cancer Support.

Prison for ex-director of retirement home A FOUR-YEAR prison sentence and €135,000 to pay in compensation – that’s the price to pay for the woman who was the former director of the Malaga ‘Nuestra Señora de Gracia’ residential home, after she was found guilty of defrauding a foreign couple of their savings. The fraudulent ex-director conned the couple into giving her power of attorney in 2003 and subsequently withdrew in excess of €4,000 from their account and arranged a mortgage on their property in order to get her hands on more funds.

Harvest home

Muscatell grapes

By Jack Troughton HARVEST TIME across the Costa Blanca has seen grapes being picked in vineyards and an assortment of vehicles travelling highways and byways loaded with the fruit. Producers are expecting a

bumper crop this September but as ever have an eye on the weather as heavy rain could spell disaster for grapes still on the vine. Pictured outside the Co-operativa in Jalon was this trailer load of Muscatell grapes waiting to be unloaded and pressed.

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Most-wanted Colombian hitmen captured TWO HITMEN wanted for more than 200 contract killings, kidnappings and crimes of torture in Colombia have been arrested in Spain. These are the two most dangerous Colombian citizens ever to be arrested here, both for their criminal history and for the range of their criminal activities. They formed part of collection rackets funded by drug cartels and had set themselves up in Spain with

the intention of continuing their activities. They hid their identities and one of the two men had even altered his fingerprints. The two killers were discovered and arrested in La Eliana and Valencia. They were both immediately taken before the Spanish Central Criminal Court for their extradition on grounds of murder, the illegal possession of weapons, torture, drug trafficking and kidnapping.

Father gets 15 years for raping daughter A MAN has been found guilty of repeatedly raping his eight-year-old daughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He has also been ordered to pay €30,000 to the child’s mother, who was found to be unaware of the abuse. The first time the case was heard, the court found the man not guilty, but the Supreme Court ordered a retrial. At the second trial judges found the child’s testimony to be credible and hospital doctors also presented evidence of physical abuse.

The ‘Ogre’ has gone Andy Hermida has resigned as President of FC Torrevieja

by Louise Clarke THINGS NEVER seem to run smoothly for FC Torrevieja and just when fans thought that it was safe to watch a match in peace, the President of the club, Andy Hermida, resigns. This time though, the decision hasn’t come as much of a shock to the Board of Directors and fans of the club, as Andy explained to RTN: “I have been the President for three months and it has not been easy. In fact, it has been traumatic in the extreme. I actually became President without realising it and I only agreed because no one else was prepared to pick up the poison chalice; however it was on the under-

standing that I would only do so temporarily whilst a benefactor could be found who wanted to take over the club. SUICIDE CONTRACT “I knew full well that the club had severe problems which needed to be tackled and we set about eliminating them one by one. The first and most important was to clear the club’s debt. The second issue was to start talking to other debtors and we managed to reduce these on a gradual basis. The most problematic issue we were faced with was the contract of the previous coach Soto. The contract was worth €30,000 for this season and it took five weeks to resolve.”

The going rate for a third division manager is €12,000. If you climb to Division 2b, the wages are approximately €14, 000. So it’s no small wonder that this contract became know as the ‘suicide contract’. Andy continued: “It beggars belief that such a contract could be conceived considering the club’s financial position last season. I have to add that no blame can be put onto Soto himself, because if some idiot offered any of us a contract for treble the going rate, we would have signed it.”

Paul Hurrell, the new President an easier passage; otherwise he will suffer the same abuse. I have no regrets and everything that I did was for the club. I would like to wish Paul well and I know that he is dedicated to the club and can give it its full attention. I want to thank everyone for their support and wish the club well for the future. Finally, I hope that those who have spent their energies attacking the club can now begin to support it, now that the ogre has gone.”


Paul Hurrell told RTN: “It is obviously a great honour for me to take over the Presidency of the club I give my word that I will work as hard as I can to ensure the future stability and success of this club which we all care about. I have had an extremely positive meeting with the Manager and we are working closely together to find an agreeable solution whereby the club’s financial position is secured and at the same time to ensure that the team remains competitive. Most importantly, I would ask everyone who cares about and supports this football club get behind what I think is a young but talented team with a manager for whom they have great respect.”

The club managed to reduce the contract to €20,000 and they had to pay his outstanding wages from last season which amounted to €5,200. The club then had to pay another €5,000 to remove his name from the Federation as trainer, otherwise new Manager, Mario Barrera, could not be officially approved as coach and could not sit in the dug out. Andy concluded: “The running of the club became a full time job which was affecting my own businesses and there was far too much interference by those connected to the club but not directors, that it became more like a school playground. “I intend to take a complete break from it all which will give


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Renting a car in Spain A COUPLE of weeks ago I wrote in my article that it is the car that is insured in Spain and most policies give cover for drivers over 25 years old having held a license for a minimum of 2 years . Since I wrote this it has been brought to my attention that there is a new way to make money, and some people believe that it is acceptable to ‘hire out’ their own personal or second car. Since the recession began there has been a sharp increase in the costs of car hire even from well known companies. Sometimes the charge for a single week can be in excess of €300. These high prices have meant that people have started to search for an alternative way to reduce costs, thus creating an opportunity for others to take advantage of this situation. All car policies in Spain cover the car, leading people to believe that if they rent a car from a private individual they are covered. This is not the case as by paying for the car hire you are effectively using the car for hire and reward. This immediately invalidates the insurance as this will not be covered on their insurance policy.

Therefore by ‘hiring’ a non rental vehicle you are exposing you and your family to great risk. This subject has cropped up in many conversations this summer and the answer is always the same: “If we have a bump we won’t tell the insurance company”. If the claim is small and does not involve another party then it may be possible that you will get away with this, BUT what would happen if the police were involved or if there is an injury and the case goes to court? Would you be happy lying under oath and also asking your spouse and your children to do the same? Where fault of the claim is not obvious then the insurance company will always investigate further. THERE ARE REASONS WHY PROPER CAR HIRE IS EXPENSIVE 1) Legally registered businesses pay tax and comply with the laws of Spain. 2) The cars are required to be maintained to a set standard - again giving you peace of mind. 3) The correct insurance has been taken

out, offering you full protection. 4) Cars are renewed every couple of years, so you can be sure that the car you have is much less likely to breakdown and also has the safety features you expect of a newer car. SO HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO IS LEGAL AND WHO IS NOT? There are several ways you can protect yourself: 1) Ask to see the insurance policy. If it says that the vehicle is for private use then you are not covered. 2) Ask to see the bank receipt to show that the insurance certificate is valid and the insurance has been paid for. 3) Check that the car complies with the safety requirements of Spain. Are there visibility vests inside for all seats in the car, triangles etc? 4) Does the car have a valid ITV- is the sticker on the window? 5) Has the company got a CIF number – this shows they are registered company. 6) If the car is old, ask to see proof that it has been professionally serviced, look at obvious areas, such as the tyres.


by Jennifer Cunningham The Costas leading insurance consultant 7) If the car is on UK plates- don’t go near it. 8) This also applies to private unlicensed taxis for example to and from the airport. You need to check that all the seats are insured and not just the driver and front seat passenger, plus of course that the insurance is for more than private use. I mention many times in my articles that just because something looks like a bargain there is always a downside and never forget this is Spain and litigation is both very costly and time consuming. PAUL CUNNINGHAM NURSES UPCOMING EVENTS Thurs 23rd September is Ladies Wellbeing Day in Quesada 11.00 – 16.00: just €12 for a drink on arrival and Buffet Lunch. Booking advisable: please call 966 716 919 or 629 869 959 for details. Friday 1st October, join us for an evening with the fabulous Clairvoyant, Palmist and reader of Tarot Cards Tristan Morell from the SOL TV show’ Mind, Body and Soul’, at the new Odd Couple in Playa Flamenca: book your half hour slot with Ruth on 672 762 595 or Susan 629 869 959.

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Orihuela dog pound I HAVE read your article along with others. Those poor animals! Mayor Monica Lorente is disgusting. Can you not do a front page covering the dog pound and how she refuses to comment on the matter, and then send her a copy of your article? Please keep up the good work bringing this matter to public attention and press for people to write to the mayor to do something about the pound. A dog lover

Being castigated

PASTOR TERRY Jones is being castigated for having the courage to stand up and speak the truth about Islam. There is never any mention by Muslim apologists and the PC Brigade that the Muslims have been attacking Christians, burning bibles and converting churches into mosques in every country they have invaded in the last 1,500 years. The one thing Muslims cannot tolerate is the truth about their religion because the truth hurts! Des Johnson San Miguel de Salinas

Purely racist ON PAGE 15 of a recent edition you carried a ‘reader’s letter’ headed ‘This is why pensioners are up in arms’. It was not signed nor had any reference to a source for the information. It was purely racist and inflammatory and the sort of mis-information that fuels hatred and mistrust of immigrants. Will your writer explain to me where he/she got this information? I would be very interested to know. Mrs G H Moore, Benissa


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Fate of UK working people WHATEVER MAKES your correspondents Henman, Wise and C.L. Jalon Valley, think that David Cameron and his 1st lieutenant, George Osborne have an interest in the fate of the majority of the working people in the UK? Cameron is a direct descendent of the illegitimate offspring of King William IV: the male of the line is littered with bankers, financiers and/or stockbrokers. (Usurers and loan sharks) His mother is the daughter of a 2nd Baronet. He could have a better claim to the throne than the present incumbent. Osborne is heir to the Osborne Baronetcy, part of the ancient AngloIrish aristocracy; both members of Oxford’s notorious ‘Bullingdon Club’, for those who can afford lavish drunken dinners and the cost of the damage left behind; binge drinking and hooliganism (described as ‘high spirits’ in Oxford’s elite circles). Since they came to power the benefits system is to be handed over to charities and philanthropists. Doesn’t that sound very like workhouses? The constabulary is to be restricted, with numbers made up with well-meaning but useless

volunteers. (I have served alongside the Specials in years gone by). One of the above correspondents describes Thatcher as ‘the greatest woman in the history of British politics.’ This view is held only in the vicinity of her home address. To anyone north of Watford, she is known as ‘the only *** (female member of the cattle family) who took milk from kids.’ She was almost single-handedly responsible for the destruction of the British manufacturing industry in favour of City dealers. Tony Blair is accused of taking the country to war in the cause of oil. Even if it is proved to be true, is it any worse than dispatching our troops to the South Atlantic in pursuit of colonialism? And where does the sinking of the General Belgrano outside the exclusion zone with the death of 323 sailors stand in single operations? Or was it okay because they were only Argentines? Please allow me to sign this letter with one name only: should the Tory Mafia identify me, my children’s futures would well and truly move from ‘amber’ to ‘done deal.’ Sandy, San Miguel

You should not have the right to vote I FIND I have to reply to the guy who made a intimation that socialists are all work shy scroungers, I have worked all my life for a nationalised industry until The Witch of Grantham lost me my job due to privatisation. We are in this mess today thanks to Conservative greed. That woman was not a witch; she was the personification of evil who on a good day looked like a bad drag act and on a bad made Attilla the Hun look girlie. When you move to Spain you should not have the right to vote and inflict us with whichever moron that is running the Tories. Yes I am moving to Spain and once I get there missing England will not bother me, also we should not join Europe only to spoil it with an influx of Jeremy Kyle rejects who fancy a life in the sun. I make no apologies even to say if a dog and a Conservative were starving, I would feed the dog. Yours M R Slade

It also happened to me LIKE YOUR reader I was also ‘missold’ a 10-yearbond as a high interest rate savings account by the same Red Bannered bank that I shall call, to preserve its anonymity, ‘Banco de Land Grab’. I was not told that this was a bond, let alone my money would be

tied up for 10 years. If I wouldn’t do this in the UK for personal or business reasons why would I tie my money up for so long in Spain? I wonder if they receive commission on each bond they sell? David Buse Los Alcazares and Verwood

Re-enact the Spanish Inquisitions I, LIKE countless others, am appalled and disgusted by the latest decisions to come out of the Valencia and Madrid Regional Governments to continue and even increase bullfighting within their regions, almost as if to compensate for the abolition proposed in the Barcelona region recently. Am I the only one who is fed up to the back teeth with the Spanish bleating on about maintaining their historical culture? If it’s historical culture they want, instead of selectively burying most of it, why don’t they go back to 1936 and re-enact the Spanish Civil War every week in the bullring, where they can shoot and bomb each other to their hearts’ content? If, on the other hand, they are so addicted to the sight and smell of blood and still want to maintain their cultural history then why not go back even further to the 15th Century and re-enact the Spanish Inquisitions? They could then dress up in all their finery and torture and kill each other with all manner of weird and wonderful

contraptions. What a colourful spectacle that would be and may raise even more money for their back pockets. One must seriously wonder what sort of education these Governors received in the past; did they in fact spend their days in the classroom pulling wings off flies for them now to display such sadistic tendencies? They certainly do display the classic textbook symptoms of sadism, willing to inflict pain and suffering on others, but running away at the first sight of it being returned. This is borne out in their most recent history by their rapid retreat from Iraq following the Madrid bombings. A classic case of ‘When the going gets tough, the Spanish get going...home’. No Country has a history to be totally proud of but, for heavens sake, in order to emerge from the Third World they do have to display an element of enlightenment; something sadly lacking in certain parts of Spain. Jim Ireland, La Cala Finestrat

Crisis hits animal home THE RINGADINGS Animal Home is a privately funded by a retired UK Police Officer and his wife. At present there are eight dogs, thirty one cats and five birds being cared for who will not be

re-homed due to stress already suffered or age and illness making them a financial liability few could or would accept. If you visit a bar in the Mar Menor area and see a collection

tin for the home remember every cent is appreciated as apart from food etc., the yearly vet bill, allowing for a fantastic discount, runs at approximately €1,400 each year.

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The British Consulate responds I AM writing as the new British Consul in Alicante in response to a recent letter from Kay in Pego. The British Consulate in Alicante covers the regions of Valencia and Murcia and the province of Albacete. Kay, I am sorry to hear about your experience with a lawyer. We have quite an extensive list of Englishspeaking lawyers and translators throughout the regions of Valencia, Murcia and Albacete, which you can see on our website: This information, which is regularly reviewed, should have been made available to you on visiting or phoning the consulate. Though we have access to these contacts, we can’t take responsibility for the lawyer in question, and I suggest you contact the local equivalent of the Law Society, the Colegio de Abogados de Alicante (www.icali. es) should you be unhappy with the service provided by a lawyer acting on your behalf. Though we are aware of the numerous British nationals in the area who require financial assistance, the British consulate does not have the resources to provide economic support. We do, however, work closely with local organisations – British and Spanish – with various characteristics, which include but are not limited to those for ex-service personnel, for example Age Concern España and HELP. Since arriving in Alicante two-months

ago I’ve been fortunate to meet representatives from these organisations, many of whom are volunteers who work very hard to ensure an excellent level of care for those in need. Working together with these groups means that people can get help quickly from those who know how the Spanish system works. We have recently set up a directory for all our partners, including social services, to be able to contact each other directly. This has been a great success, and we hope to see the relationship between organisations strengthen. In regards to THH’s comment about property, while we understand that a minority of British residents in Spain have problems, this is really a matter for the Spanish authorities. We have expressed our concern at the impact these problems are having on the lives of some British Nationals. We have raised property issues with Ministers in Spain on several occasions. Although we cannot provide advice or support in individual cases, the UK government does explore opportunities to raise awareness of property ownership issues with the appropriate Spanish authorities. I’d like to thank the RTN for bringing such feedback to our attention, and assure you all that your comments are taken into consideration. Yours sincerely, Paul Rodwell

We had to fight for our rights I WAS very disappointed with Los Verdes party recently after reading Martina Scheurer´s article regarding Pau 26. Either Martina (or Los Verdes) is wrongly accepting ‘a pat on the back’ or she is misinformed regarding Los Verdes’ co-operation in the closure and removal of the illegal rubbish tip at Pau 26. It was the hard work and persistence of the neighbours of Pau 26 along with the support and assistance of Councillor Pedro Mancebo from the CLR party who were responsible for the closure and removal of the illegal tip. This was not just happily and voluntarily agreed to by the PP party after the denuncias made by Los Verdes, as they had given up on this a long time ago. We had to fight hard for our rights to bring the petition to the plenary meeting of the Council which was accurately prepared

and lead by Pedro Mancebo, who succeeded in having the tip removed. Mrs. Scheurer is quite correct in mentioning ‘The Day of the Tree’ being just another publicity stunt of the PP party. Very typical of them really making a big show of planting 300 trees but nothing put in place afterwards to make sure the trees are watered and taken care of. Never mind, the councillors looked good on the day swinging their shovels dressed in suits! However, if it was not for the neighbours’ dedicated hard work and the assistance of the Centro Liberal Renovador (CLR) party, the illegal tip would most probably be still there in its earlier form. I am afraid to say that is what the PP wanted and what Los Verdes consented to. Thanks to CLR who cared about us and the trees. Yours sincerely, Mari Morgan

Do they have no morals? LIKE MANY of your readers of issue 107 (10th Sept) I am absolutely appalled, disgusted and have been brought to tears that someone could abandon and put out onto the streets a blind dog. Do the owner(s) of this dog have no morals whatsoever? When you take on an animal you keep the animal for life. It is not a toy that can be discarded when you get bored or feel it’s too expensive. I ask the question would people have a child or adopt/foster one, and then throw it out when it gets too expensive or they become bored with it? Each region in Spain has its own legislation for animal protection and SEPRONA the arm of the Police that deal with animal abuse investigate cases but as usual in Spain the authorities act slowly or from what I can gather not at all. If people, both ex-pats and Spanish nationals, want to help the animals of Spain you can do so by writing to the Government and requesting that they adopt legislation where cruelty to animals is included in the criminal code. One day perhaps Spain will look after its animals better. Dominique Kirkwood, Hull – East Yorkshire, UK

A pensioner SUPERMARKET, BANK and the post office The GPs surgery, and a restaurant or bar Occasionally the optician, dentist would suffice For a retiree here, but not without a car! Farms sequestered for building purposes Roads well-laid and the roundabouts grand, Since man proposes and God dispose Businesses go bust, even the best-known brand. The pensioner seeks a few like-minded people Enrols in a class to learn the host language, Hires a handyman for jobs not quite simple Settles for a life with the minimum of baggage. Depending upon the daily exchange rate The pension from the state becomes a variable feast, Our senior citizen must succumb to a fate Decreed by powers s/he knows about least. Migel Jayasinghe

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A stoned cretin who could have killed someone George Michael is washed up and drugged up and has for too many years thought himself above the law. But eight weeks in prison is nowhere near enough for him to see the error of his ways and the 4 weeks he will serve just proves once again that there is one law for the rich and celebs and another for the rest of us. This stoned cretin could have killed someone or maimed them for life not just on this latest occasion but on all the trips (I use the word advisedly) that he has made whilst

A sit down protest DAVID CAMERON may have been enthusiastic in his welcome to the Pope but as far as I am concerned I don’t want this man in our country and I certainly don’t want to pay for his visit. And I am not alone. 77% of Brits are upset at the possible £20 million cost of this man’s visit to the UK and it seems as if even Roman Catholics are pretty apathetic, as there are more tickets left unsold than the last time I did my one man show!


See Jon live on Sky News with Eamonn Holmes each Wednesday morning at 7.40am and 8.40am with a review of the UK papers and don’t forget you can listen to Jon on BayRadio each Wednesday morning from 11.00am and Friday afternoons at 4.30pm with his current affairs review.

I also don’t want to see this man and afford him a State visit until we have an unequivocal apology for the child abuse that has engulfed the Roman Catholic Church. I don’t want to see the Pope until he chucks out every last paedophile from the clergy. I don’t want to see the Pope until he changes the Catholic churches’ ridiculous views on the use of condoms in Africa and does his bit to fight HIV aids on that continent.

under the influence. Mind you, knowing our obsession with celebrity culture he will come out as a hero to many and no doubt write a song about the experience and produce a video that will stick two fingers up at British justice just as he did when he was caught in LA in a toilet with a copper. Then there will be the ‘in depth’ interview with Mr Shallow Piers Morgan and then more dosh to enable him to buy the rest of Boots or Superdrug to addle his brain further. Who says the law is an ass!

TRADE UNION Dinosaur Bob Crow wants to lead a sit down protest in the middle of the road.

And I don’t want to see the Pope whilst he preaches hatred against gays. The World has changed in the past 28 years since the last pope visited the country and was treated almost like a pop star. I am afraid that this ex Hitler Youth member has the charisma of a paper bag and is now merely the leader of a large cult that I and many others do not belong to nor want to belong to and certainly don’t want to pay for.

What a pity ‘careless driver’ George Michael is already banged up!

A tenner! My building society is now charging a tenner for any counter cheque they write for customers. A tenner! How can they justify that? They say it’s because it is like cleared funds and almost cash (?!) So then I just said write out

the cheque to me then: I went along to my bank and paid it in and then they decided to rob me too by informing me that it will take SIX days to clear. That of course is six days where they steal my interest. Bankers the lot of them!

It makes me sick

THE FACT that Nobby Stiles has to sell his World Cup medals from ‘66 to try and raise £300 thousand pounds for his family makes me sick to the pit of my stomach. Here is a man who was a part of an English team that actually won the World Cup having to sell his most precious artefacts for the equivalent of two weeks wages for our present crop of over paid, over pampered, preening so-called internationals. This sale sums up all that is wrong with the modern game.

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On a wing and a prayer THIS WEDNESDAY saw the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the event was commemorated by a service at the church in La Siesta attended by British Consul, Paul Rodwell; Torrevieja Councillor, Pedro Valero and Officer for Foreign Residents, Graham Knight as well as members of the Royal Air Force Association’s Costa Blanca Branch. The service was conducted by Branch Chaplain, Philip Haward MBE, who also used the occasion to announce his retirement as Chaplain for the RAFA Branch. The Battle of Britain was the name given to the air campaign waged by the German Air Force against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940. The objective of the campaign was to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force (RAF), especially Fighter Command. The name derives from a famous speech delivered by Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the House of Commons: “The Battle of France is over. I expect the Battle of Britain is about to begin...” HUMOUR After the Spanish National Anthem, the Standard bearers entered the church to the sounds of the Royal Air Force March and

The Standard bearers

then the congregation sang the UK National Anthem. After the first hymn, ‘Our God Our Help In Ages Passed’, RAFA Chairman Brian Todd and former Chairman, Noel Cork MBE, read from the Bible before a second hymn. Unfortunately, due to a sudden cancellation by the regular organ player, the music for the ceremony had to be downloaded onto CD by the Chaplain’s wife, Pat. She is did a sterling job in getting the right hymns, but

sadly when it came to the second hymn, Psalm 46, otherwise known as the Dambusters, the only version she could get was the one from the film’s soundtrack, so there some humour to the sad event as the congregation tried to match the words of the slower hymn version to the much faster and more upbeat film soundtrack version! Fortunately, the Chaplain warned the congregation about the situation beforehand

Eye tests could stop 1000s of pupils failing exams FIFTY THOUSAND schoolchildren per year could be failing exams due to poor eyesight, according to the college of opticians (COOCV) in Valencia. The school says that one

in three children could have achieved better grades if they had been given an eye test prior to exams and that opticians should visit primary and infant schools annually to check children’s eyesight.

Failure rates are rising dramatically and COOCV fear that if something isn’t done, 160,000 of the 400,000 children who have started school in the Valencian Community this year will fail their future exams.

and wished them all the best of luck in trying to follow the music with the correct words “On a wing and a prayer!” The service continued with a reading from the Gospel of Saint John and an address from the Chaplain in which he announced his resignation. The ceremony ended after prayers of intercession and the standards were dipped for the dedication, made by RAFA’s Honorary Welfare Officer, Eleanor Morris.

Sport instead of medicine DOCTORS IN Spain are being trained to prescribe exercise in place of medication for some patients. The move comes after figures revealed that 40 percent of the population are overweight, and 15 percent obese. The health minister, Trinidad Jiménez and the secretary of state for sport, Jaime Lissavetzky, signed a new agreement last week to train doctors on the benefits of exercise and sport. An example of a prescription would be a 30minute walk each day.


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Sporting Gala success by Louise Clarke LAST WEEK’S Sporting Gala, which took place within the recently inaugurated Racket Sports’ area in Torrevieja’s Sports City, was hailed as a tremendous success. The event was hosted by Francisco Reyes and was attended by hundreds of the city’s sportsmen and women as well as members of the general public. Also in attendance was the Torrevieja Mayor, Pedro Hernández Mateo, the Councillor for Sports Daniel Plaza, the Director for the municipality’s sporting venues, José Antonio Carmona Treviño and the Director of the municipality’s sport schools, Francisco Javier Pérez Rebollo as well as the Torrevieja Salt Queen and her Damas and the remaining Torrevieja city councillors.

This year, 61 sporting men and women were in the running for an award and after many hours of deliberation, the winners were announced.

Algorfa team needs players

WINNERS Víctor Grau García from the Torrevieja Athletics and Football Club won the best coach award. The most promising sportsman was Nicola Kuhn from the Torrevieja Tennis Club and the most promising sportswoman award was given to Maite Hernández Rodríguez from the Torrevieja Cycling Club. The most outstanding sportsperson award went to Belén García Girona from the Torrevieja Swimming Club. Fifteen other special mentions were also given including five to various football teams from the municipal football school and the junior and senior basketball teams.

The Algorfa Alevin team with their trainer Manuel

by Louise Clarke LAST SEASON, Algorfa Football Club had its best year since its inception 15 years ago and the new season is almost upon them. The Alevin team (10-12 years) has more than enough players for one team, but would like more young men and ladies to join so that they can form a second team for the league. The team trains at the fantastic sport facilities on the outskirts of the town twice a week, with matches

usually on a Saturday. Unlike some clubs, once you have paid the €100 fee for the year, as the club is wholeheartedly supported by the Algorfa Town Hall there are no other financial requirements for the rest of the season; with medicals, insurance, kits, training sessions and matches all included. You do not have to live in Algorfa to join the team and if you would like more information, please contact

Nadal wins US Open The Mayor with the main winners at last week’s sporting gala

RAFAEL NADAL won the US Open last week, beating the Serbian player, Novak Djokovic in four sets. This was the only Grand Slam tournament that Nadal had, until now, failed to win. Rain did stop play for a while but the end result was 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 and 6-2. Djokovic managed to win one set, but on the whole Nadal dominated the match.

The dark world of rape by Louise Clarke THROUGH MY job, I meet many people and I have interviewed hundreds of people during my career. I have to say, though, that until I interviewed Martin James I had never met anyone who literally knocked me off my chair with their first sentence. “I was repeatedly raped by my uncle for three years from the age of five,” was the very first thing that Martin said to me when we sat down to chat about his new book, ‘Safe As’. Martin is 41 and a barber in Quesada. He moved to Spain to start a new life with his wife Donna and their three children. His life has been a living tragedy in many ways but thanks to Donna, he is no longer allowing what happened to him as a small child to define him. INVISIBLE CRUTCH At 13, Martin started experimenting with soft drugs but soon found himself addicted to hard drugs and had developed increasing paranoia and an extreme personality. He met his first wife and together they descended into the dark world of drug dependency. They had a son together and he now lives here in Spain with his Dad. It was only when he met his second wife, Donna that his life started to turn around. He told

Martin James, author of Safe As

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me: “She is like an invisible crutch. She is there to understand me, help me and be with me.” The couple are expecting another child in just a few weeks and after two girls together, they are looking forward to welcoming another boy into the family. Martin continued: “We were so sick of the constant stories of paedophilia in the UK that we felt that it would be better to move away completely. Your life, as you know it, is destroyed as soon as you are raped, whatever your age and you have to learn to live again from scratch as if you are a different person.” REAL LIFE Martin told me that by writing this book and three others waiting to be published has acted as a kind of therapy. He said: “In ‘Safe As’, I created the character ‘Robert’ but he is in the majority me and everything that happens to the character in the book is pretty much what happened to me. The situations that he faces are fictional but the ramifications of what happens to him and his family are similar to real life events.” Martin’s father never knew about what had happened to him and he was only told six months before he died. “I am convinced that is what killed him,” said Martin. “When I told him I knew from his bodily reaction that he knew I was telling the truth.” Martin’s mother is still alive and he does see her occasionally. “I hate my Mum for not believing what my uncle did to me, but I do allow her to come to Spain so that she can see the kids. It is important that children know their grandparents.” As for the uncle, he died several years ago and was never punished for what he did to Martin. It was later revealed that he had done the same thing to his own two daughters and two of their young cousins who have both since killed themselves, as they were unable to deal with what had happened to them. “The more I talk about it, the more strength I gain,” he concluded. “But if by telling my story, just one person can come out of the dark world of rape, I will have done something positive and that is why I have written the book.” ‘Safe As’ by Martin James is available from Amazon and Borders. For more information on this and his other books, please visit

Got a story? 902 118 999

It’s all happening in Campoverde THIS MONTH saw the final ‘Music in Quiet Places’ concert at the church in Pinar de Campoverde this year. As on previous occasions, the place was packed, pew to pew, and an appreciative audience enjoyed high quality music including special arrangements for the chamber choir. The soloists were Patricia Flint, Jo van Bentham, Eva Olsson and June Phillips. Other members of the choir were Mike Brainsby, Neil Howard, Denise Mugford, and Ian and Wendy Sharpe. And instrumental versions of Spanish and Latin American song ‘hits’ from Roger and Christine Eames on double-bass and piano completed the programme.

ENCHANTING Many new ventures in this cultural village have been the inspiration of the local church. The small chapel has been utilised during the year for several concerts, giving a platform for local singers and musicians and providing a quiet haven for listeners to pause and enjoy some enchanting entertainment. For several months now the church has been open for services on each and every Sunday at 18:00 and everyone is welcome. DELICIOUS Tonight, Friday 17th September, at 18:00 there is a pool-side evening of

poetry, prose and paella. The venue is Calle Laurel number 40 and admission is by ticket only (please call 96 676 2715 or 3836 to secure your ticket). For €10 you can read your favourite poem or piece of prose or just listen to others and enjoy two delicious types of paella. Next Saturday, 25th September, there will be a Candle-lit Evening in the inspiring gardens in Calle Nispero, which attracted so many visitors earlier this year; there will be tours of the gardens, plus a buffet and a raffle. Phone the numbers above for more information. Watch this space for more exciting ventures in Pinar de Campoverde!


Dennis’s Fan Club done in 20

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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

HIDDEN AWAY from all the big news stories last week was a little filler that just about made the tail end of the Radio 4 news. And hearing it made me rather sad because I realised I was hearing about the end of an era. What news item? Well, it was the grave revelation that the Dennis the Menace Fan Club had ceased to be. It is no more; it is an ex-DTM fan club. It will continue in a cyber-sort-of-way as a web page but that’s kinda like saying Woolworth still exists as a web page: it’s just not the same. Now, to be truthful, I’ve never been a member of this esteemed club but as a youngster (yes, I was once) I’d belonged to a handful of fan clubs. And I can still remember the thrill when a club newsletter ‘plopped’ onto the doormat. Like thousands of others I was in the Beatles Fan Club and they seemed to be forever sending ‘bits and bobs’ through the post – we even used to receive plastic discs of not-available-to-the-plebs Beatle songs and sketches. By coincidence to the Dennis news, a few weeks back I was ferreting through some old boxes prior to having a ‘clear out’ and came across some old club membership packs. It brought the past flooding back and I made me realise how sad it will be for those fans denied their DTM fan club. Shame, that the only link (no pun intended) will be through a website. Not for them the delight in thirty years to re-live childhood memories; to find ‘treasure trove time capsules’ from the past and to be

suddenly whooshed away to a time of carefree innocence. You just can’t do that if it only exists on-line, can you? In the junk I was sorting through I found my Supercar Club membership. You probably have to be a certain age to remember the high altitude adventures of Mike Mercury in Supercar! It was a pre-Thunderbirds Gerry Anderson series. Back then (circa 1960) Supercar was everywhere; it appeared weekly in TV Comic and in annuals, models and games, all based around the show. TV Comic promoted the Supercar Club and members received: club stickers, a code-book, a newsletter from Mike and most importantly of all your very own Supercar Wings – a golden badge with pilot’s wings merged into the Supercar logo. Can you just imagine folks, the sheer joy of getting all that lot coming through your letterbox? For me, finding the envelope with those things in it took me back forty years. Now me I like tactile (it’s why I prefer my RTN as a paper in my hands rather than a web-page read) and it was good to get those things in my hands after all this time. I couldn’t have done it if it was just on-line could I? The printed matter was very fragile and I guess much looked at back then. But to my delight the Supercar badge was still there. Now here’s a thing – when I went on-line (Oh! You need the Internet now then Watts) I find the blummin’ thing is worth a fortune. It changes hands for

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upwards of a hundred pounds a time: I kid you not. Also amongst this paraphernalia I found another badge and clubmembership ‘goodies’ for a Bengo the Pup Club. (Who he, Ed?) Well, this is the point I’m not too sure – it’s on the outskirts of my memory. I think Bengo might have been a character that featured in the early Blue Peter series. Anyone of an age out there who remembers? Drop me a line to - please! It also appears that I was a member of Biggles Air Police Club. Another club badge I’ve found is my Biggle’s Wings – seems we all wanted to be pilots back in the early sixties. In the BAP club package were instructions on how to do the Morse Code - I seem to remember that Robert Sibley and I got into big trouble

in Class1 for tap-tap-tapping out such sayings as “boring, boring” and “when is playtime?” Mr Richens was less than impressed with our communicational prowess… Ah, all those memories stored within rubber-banded envelopes buried deep in a box of junk. I am guessing that those sorts of happy findings will be unavailable for Dennis the Menace Club members from now on. Ho hum that’s progress, eh? Maybe I’m just a sentimental old fool but I can’t help thinking it’s a sad day for Dennis and all of his fans. He really ought to send his dog Gnasher round to sort ’em all out. Watts in mourning - anyone for an RTN Club?

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a kind Club looks for new faces It’s of magic by Jack Troughton

THE FRIENDLY members of the Marina Alta Social Club are looking to recruit ‘fresh blood’ and welcome new faces. Based in the centre of Benitachell, the club is open every Friday from 11.30 and has a busy monthly calendar of activities at home and away. Originally founded in Moraira, the club outgrew its home and moved the short distance to Benitachell and its new modern light and airy premises – including a bar, book and DVD library. Treasurer Frank Bentley told RTN: “We have 100 members or so who are signed up – full time residents in Spain and also people who come across regularly from the UK. “Unfortunately, we have found

ourselves competing for members with other organisations like the U3A and we feel we really need to expand our membership base.” Frank said the club was attempting to distance itself from its legal name – the Marina Alta Pensionistas Association – and promoting its social side. He said prospective members curious about the club could pop in any Friday. Membership was €30 per year, although three monthly memberships were also available. “We have a busy monthly programme of events,” said Frank. “We have car treasure hunts, walking treasure hunts, and every week we do a mystery tour. “We hold successful barbeques at Font Santa in Moraira, we do a monthly quiz nights, race nights, and have a pub night on Saturdays – a games evening of darts, snooker, carpet

bowls, cards and that sort of thing.” Card sharps also play whist on Tuesdays and crib on Thursdays, while on Friday there is a chance to ‘Play Your Cards Right’ in homage to the television game show. While Bruce Forsyth will not be present, there is the opportunity to win cash prizes. “And every Friday lunchtimes there is catering and refreshments and the bar is open - it is very popular,” added Frank, who said the room was frequently hired out to other organisations. On 25th September, the club is holding a music evening and buffet with Ray Peters of Smile FM, and Cameo Entertainers are appearing on 27th November. “We are trying new initiatives to attract new members and would particularly like to hear from people living in Benitachell itself,” said Frank.

By Jack Troughton CASTING A spell over Rafol de Almunia, Musical Magic raised more than €1,000 for the Jalon and Orba Lions Club. An audience of more than 150 people enjoyed a performance by singing group Sounds Familiar in the town hall theatre before walking to the Piscina Bar for cabaret,

tapas and dancing. The Lions thanked all the performers and those who supported the evening for making the night a success and an encore with Sounds Familiar is already being planned. The money will boost the Lions club’s charity fund, used to help local charities, organisations, and people in need.

Penelope Cruz pregnant Frank Bentley (right) and social club members

SPANISH ACTRESS Penelope Cruz is four and a half months pregnant, according to her agent, Antonio Rubial. Cruz, 36, married fellow Spaniard and actor Javier Bardem, 41, in a private ceremony earlier this year in the Bahamas. Cruz is currently filming the last scenes of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film in London.

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can. Then it’s onto the Colosseum to imagine how the Gladiators fought off the lions. NAPLES


by Louise Clarke WOULD YOU like to visit places like Valencia, Barcelona, Monaco, Monte Carlo, the Vatican, Rome and Naples, all in the space of eight days without breaking the bank? Well now you can! Starting from in and around the Torrevieja area, you can be whisked off to the port of Valencia by coach and just a few hours later the city will shrink in the distance as your cruise ship sails effortlessly away from the shore. Before you know it, you will be having a drink at the bar, a swim in the pool, a night at the theatre or a relaxing stroll on deck under the moonlight. The next morning, you will awake in the lively and exciting city of Barcelona. After a delicious

breakfast, you will set off to see all the famous sites of this lively buzzing city, including the Nou Camp football stadium, the Gaudi houses, park and unfinished cathedral as well as the Picasso museum and Zoo.

After a long day of sightseeing, it’s back to the ship for dinner. Food and drink is available more or less whenever you want and in whatever quantity you want and so you are guaranteed to fall into bed weary but full and ready for the next day’s visit to Naples. Naples is a wonderful city and included in the many excursions is a trip to the romantic Isle of Capri. If romance does not float your boat, you can enjoy a visit to the historic burial ground of the lost city of Pompeii, destroyed by the Mount Vesuvius volcano eruption in 79AD.

MONACO After a happy day of exploring, it’s back to the boat and onto your next port of call…Monaco. You can also include a trip to Monte Carlo and really see how the other half live! The next morning you will be doing it Italian style as the ship docks in the fantastic city of Florence and a visit to help straighten up the leaning tower of Pisa is also included. Then it is onto the Italian Capital City, Rome, with a short visit to the very heart of Catholicism, the Vati-



After taking in all that history, it’s back to the ship to head back to Spain and the familiar territory of Valencia. For eight days you will have lived like a lord, eaten like a horse and not spent a penny on board for food or drink. Transfers to and from Valencia are also included in the price, so what more could you asked for? You can book this excursion, including port taxes, transfers, and food and drink on board from David’s Coachtrips SL from as little as €579 per person. Call 966 785 910 now to reserve your places on one of the next two trips to take place from September 19th until 26th and from October 17th until 24th. More details are available on the website


PEPA announces plans to open a second charity shop FOLLOWING THE success of their charity shop in La Font d’En Carròs, near Gandia, PEPA, the helping hands charity for animals, is to open a second shop in L’Ollería. It is anticipated that the shop will be open for business before the end of October. Joe Goodwin, PEPA President, advised that the venture is quite a commitment given the current financial crisis, but PEPA pursues all avenues to try to increase its income as more animals are abandoned. The charity does not receive any funding from local Ayuntamientos. The shop will be located in Calle Virgen del Remidio, 8, around the corner from the Centro de Salud on Juame 1. Donations of goods will be gratefully received after the opening. Additionally PEPA is inviting more volunteers to help in the shop. Please phone 964 783 541 for more information.


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Solar Energy: How to keep your property cool in summer and warm in winter HOW DOES THE SOLARVENTI WORK? THE SYSTEM is free to run and is not connected to the main electricity supply. When the sun shines it warms up the air in the panel and the solar cell produces electricity for the built-in fan which blows heated air into the house. WHAT IS SOLARVENTI’S PRIMARY PURPOSE? The main task is to dehumidify and ventilate the house. The aim is to improve the quality of the air and to lower humidity. This makes the house more pleasant to live in and the air easier to warm up. In many cases, SolarVenti will result in significant savings in heating bills. When a house is continuously ventilated with dry, warm air, the risk of damp, rot and mould will be reduced in the long term. A completely dry house makes better use of the heat from the sun through the windows than a damp house does. WHAT IS THE OPTIMAL POSITION FOR THE SYSTEM? The system should face as close to due south and have as little shade, from trees or other buildings, as possible. It can be either wall or roof mounted. CAN SOLARVENTI PRODUCE COOL AIR FOR VENTILATION? No running costs for the user or for the environment

Yes, it is easy to extend the system so that it blows cool air into the building. This requires an extra fan on the north side of the building and a room thermostat which switches between the fans.

WHAT IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR A SOLARVENTI? The life expectancy for the SolarVenti is 15 - 20 years. The manufacturer has been in the business for 26 years and since 2002 more than 35,000 SolarVenti systems have been installed in 24 countries. CAN I INSTALL THE SYSTEM MYSELF? Yes, anyone who is talented in the use of ordinary tools will be able to install a system. IS IT NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN A SOLARVENTI SYSTEM? No, the system is completely maintenance-free. WHERE CAN I SEE A SYSTEM IN OPERATION? Solar in Spain has numerous systems already installed and clients who are happy to let people view them. Alternatively, you are welcome to attend our Introduction to Solar Energy event at Ifach Golf Club in Benissa on Thursday 23rd September. Doors will open at 09.30 when coffee and refreshments will be served. The event will run from 10.00 to 12.00 and is free to attend. Places are limited so we would ask everyone to pre-register by calling 902 636 570 or by sending an email to See our advert on page 60 for more information about our services.

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When north winds blow get covered for winter AS SUMMER turns to autumn anyone who owns property or who runs a business should check that their insurance policies are up to date so that they have cover against damage that may be caused by extreme weather conditions.


Michael Olmer

Solicitor, Link Point Legal and Business Services

THE “CONSORCIO” At times of extreme weather and other natural events which cause damage to property you will often hear that claims are being dealt with by the “Consorcio”. This is a body managed by the Spanish government which deals with claims for the cost of repairing such damage to which all insurance companies issuing cover in Spain contribute. You must have a current insurance policy for the Consorcio to deal with your claim. FLOOD The risk that causes most damage in Spain and which is dealt by the Consorcio, is flood. This is defined as flooding of ground, as distinct from buildings as a result of rainfall or

thawing snow, from rivers and lakes bursting their banks, or battering of the sea along the coast. However, the Consorcio does not cover damage caused by rain which falls directly on to property which is insured, or that collected by its roof or roof terrace, its drains, gutters, or its patios. So if your roof or balcony leaks because of heavy rain the cost of repairing that damage is the responsibility of your own insurance company and not the Consorcio. Check your insurance policy carefully, as what may seem to you like a deluge may not fall within its definition of heavy rain. Many insurance policies define heavy rain as being a fall of at least 40 litres per square metre per hour. This equates to 40 millimeters, or just over an inch and a half per hour as measured by the nearest official rain gauge. WIND STORMS The cover for damage due to high winds storm includes, amongst others, gusts, tornadoes and extraordinary winds greater than 135Km/hr (84 mph)

GARDEN STRUCTURES Outhouses, greenhouses, gazebos, fences and pools are not normally covered by domestic insurance policies. You have to take out specific cover for these items. UNDER INSURANCE Being under-insured can have unpleasant and unexpected consequences, especially where it is difficult to value the item being insured. When times are tough, under-insurance is a false economy as in the event of a claim you will not receive the full value of your claim and you may not be able to afford to repair or replace your damaged property. If an item is under-insured the insurer will only pay out in the same proportion that the sum insured actually bears to its true value. As an example, if your car is worth €10,000.00 but the sum insured under your policy is only €5,000.00, you have only insured the car for 50% of its true value. In the event that your car

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is written off and you need to claim for full amount under the policy, the insurer will only be obliged to pay out in the same proportion; that is 50% of the sum insured under the policy - in other words €2,500.00. OVER INSURANCE On the other hand, over-insurance is money wasted as you will pay a higher premium than necessary for cover you do you not need and will not benefit from. Do not be tempted to inflate an insurance claim. Insurance fraud is a serious crime which can result in imprisonment. Before it’s too late, check that your insurance policy has not lapsed and that you have sufficient cover should the worst happen this winter.

Purchase in Spain by

Marc White & Carlos Baos

English & Spanish Solicitors I AM Irish and have been renting a property in Valencia for some years. I am considering buying a second hand house in Alicante and would like you to provide me with basic information about the steps to be followed and taken into account when buying a property. I would also like to know the situation of the real estate market in Spain. According to the information provided by the relevant Ministry (Ministerio de Vivienda) the real estate market has increased 39.6% in the second quarter of 2010 in terms of home sales in Spain (in comparison with the same quarter of 2009). And in the Valencia Community (Alicante, Valencia and Castellon) it increased 48.2%. The purpose of this article is to provide general guidelines and steps to consider and take into account for you and anyone interested in purchasing a second-hand property. This article is not in relation to rural properties, commercial properties and /or sale or purchase from a developer, coast and other protected areas, etc. First we must consider that despite all the bad press real estate has been receiving from the media (both Spanish and foreign), the truth is that the Spanish system is very safe and there should not be any problems with the purchase of your property as long as you obtain the appropriate legal advice. Please find below a short summary of the steps to be followed: 1. Once you have found the property you would like to buy you must take into account the following: You need an NIE: If you are not Spanish and do not have a National Identity Document (DNI) (Documento Nacional de Identidad) you must obtain an NIE Number, (Foreigners Identification Number) required for the payment of taxes in Spain. The Deed (Escritura) of

your house will not be granted at the end of the conveyance process without an NIE number. You can apply for your NIE in person at the competent National Police Station. You will need a bank account in Spain: it is important to consider that you may have to pay commissions if you have to send money from your country to Spain, please check all the conditions of the account. This account is needed for household bills, paying taxes, etc. 2. It is highly advisable to engage the services of a lawyer in Spain. It is advisable to use the services of an independent lawyer who speaks your language and is able to explain the process. It is very important that the lawyer is independent from the agent and the developer (promotor) and takes care only of your interests. Do not forget to ask the independent lawyer to provide you with his number in The Spanish Law Society (número de colegiado) and make sure you do not use a ‘consultant’ that is not a licensed lawyer-solicitor and not subject to the rules of The Spanish Law Society without a professional liability policy. Unfortunately this area has been very much intruded by people who are not qualified or registered with the risk that this implies. 3. Main legal checks to be carried out: Land Registry: the lawyer must verify that the property you are looking at (built and plot area) is in reality registered correctly and under the vendor’s name, free of any charges, limitations and encumbrances, which will give adequate registrar protection as buyer. In the event that there is a problem your lawyer should verify if it can be corrected through an appropriate expansion of new construction, Acta de Notoriedad , etc. Check with the Town Hall (City-Hall): You must verify through the lawyer if there is any penalty proceeding (infracción) against the property and if it complies with building and urban regulations in the area where it is located (if it is an urban, able to be urban, or rustic land, the urban parameters e.g. minimum plot area, distance from the built area to the boundaries, etc). He should also check whether the property is likely to have a second occupancy license (licencia segunda ocupación) after the

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sale. The seller must deliver the previous occupancy licence (also known as Habitation Certificate). Check with the seller and with the Town Hall or agencies managing local taxes (such as SUMA), that the payments for IBI-Council Tax - Local Rates, (Impuesto de Bienes Inmuebles Naturaleza Urbana) and the rate for garbage-rubbish collection (Basura) are updated. Verify with Cadastre: The property should be properly registered in Cadastre (Catastro) if not any inaccuracies found should be corrected by submitting form 902 or any other required form. Community of Owners: If the property is part of a community you will need to check with the president or the administrator of the community for any outstanding debts or extra charges (derramas) and it is also convenient to check if there are any other problems in the community. It is also interesting even before deciding the purchase of a property to know the amount of the community fees to get an idea of the annual costs of maintaining the property and also to be aware of the wording of the statutes and internal rules of the community. Utility companies (electricity, water, etc): You must ensure that housing supplies have definitive contracts and that there are no outstanding debts or any other circumstances that would compromise electrical or water power after the purchase. 4. Other considerations Valuation and / or architect’s report: if you decide to know in depth the structural situation of the property you could require the services of an architect (expert in this field). You could also ask a professional surveyor to render a valuation to know the approximate market value. Non Resident Tax Return: Remember that if you are not resident in Spain just for the fact of owning a property or a share of one you must submit a Non Resident Tax Return. Spanish Will: When you have any kind of asset in Spain (bank account, car and of course a property or share thereof) it is very convenient to make a Spanish Will. Having a Spanish Will has only advantages and it could save you and your family thousands of Euros during the inheritance process. Our law firm provides all the above mentioned services. Should this be your case or the case of someone you know please do not hesitate to contact us. **Please see our W & B ad in these legal pages. *The information provided on this article is not intended to be legal advice but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. *This article is available in English and Spanish in our Web site:

Marc White LL.B. & Carlos Baos (English & Spanish Solicitors) © White & Baos Abogados 2010 - All rights reserved. C/Diana 19, 2º-D, 03700 Dénia (located close to the Glorieta Square at the end of Marques de Campo). Tel: 966 426 185. Send your questions to or

Spain is out of the recession FIGURES SHOW that Spain is out of the recession. Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero reminded the Upper House of Parliament last week that Spain has left the recession and has recorded positive growth figures in the last two quarters. Zapatero explained that Spanish GDP has fallen 2.8 percent over the two years of the crisis, whereas the European Union average has been 3.7 percent. Furthermore, data published by Eurostat clearly demonstrates that, since 2004, Spain has increased its GDP per inhabitant by more than the average of the 27 Member States of the European Union, according to the PM.

What? Padron - a list of all the people who live in a certain town Empadronarse - the act of registering yourself on this list with your local town hall Who? All residents in Spain are required by law to register on the padron How? Fill in the form provided by your town hall. You will need to show your passport, an NIE card or residency certificate, a recent utility bill in your name and the deeds to your house or a copy of a rental contract Why? Better public services including provision of health centres, police officers, fire fighters and schools. Access to financial benefits and social care. A potential reduction in local taxes. Voting rights in local and European elections. An easier life! More information can be found at:




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A brief review of Wincham Consultants and our inheritance tax services - Part 2 SINCE WINCHAM has been writing for the RTN we have received many enquiries about our company and solution to avoid Spanish Inheritance Tax so I have supplied a number of the most popular questions posed by our clients. This is to follow Part 1 by which featured in last week’s RTN.

Mark Roach

CAN I TRANSFER A PROPERTY INTO A UK COMPANY IF IT HAS Company Director and A MORTGAGE? Spanish Tax Consultant In Spain a mortgage has 2 separate component parts: a loan made to the borrowers and a charge placed by the lender upon the Public Deed. A Mortgage (Hipoteca) is recorded against the property on a public deed. If the property is transferred to a UK Company then the mortgage stays attached to the property. Once the property is in the ownership of your Company then the loan repayments can be made from a Company bank account. The bank account will be funded by the owners of the Company or from income

that is generated from the company or property. The interest and other expenses can then be offset against any income to the company which may not be done if the property is in the owner’s private name.

DOES WINCHAM HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE TO DEAL WITH THIS TRANSACTION? Wincham has been established since 1994 and has offices located in the UK and Spain and our Organisation consists of Gestores; Economistas; Lawyers; Estate Planners; Will Writers; Tax Consultants; Chartered Accountants; Members of the Institute of Credit Management and a Companies House Formation Agent who are all part of our team and work on the process and supply support to our clients. You will also notice that we are part of the Association of International Property Professionals and therefore must have Professional Indemnity insurance for

services both in the UK and Europe which covers our Group of Companies.

WHAT PROFESSIONALS DO I REQUIRE IN SPAIN AFTER COMPLETION? There is no requirement for Wills in Spain, probate in Spain, Lawyers in Spain or any personal annual Tax Declarations on the property in Spain. You only require someone in Spain to act as the Companies Fiscal representative to submit a zero Tax declaration each year; this service we provide to our clients. CAN YOU SUPPLY ANY ONWARD BENEFITS? Wincham has invested over £100,000 developing a bespoke online Case Management System for the benefit of all registered clients. This ensures all clients can track the progress of a case by logging into their personal, secure section of our website and viewing copies of all personal, company, bank and Legal documentation. Clients can also keep track of any Taxes or Fees

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

due and view copies of receipted documentation once paid. Additionally we are now able to offer a Cash Book facility which records all expenses in respect of the ownership of the property. By ensuring that this simple facility is kept up to date clients can ensure that the cost of the preparation of the annual accounts for the company is kept to a minimum. An additional benefit of our system is that, should the company be inherited or sold in the future, there is a full record of all transactions for the company and property available to the new owners. Should any client not be able to use the internet then our offices are always open to meet with them in person. Our Clients’ website, where you can register for a free illustration showing the IHT/ISD liability in Spain or to research further information on this subject is Alternatively please call one of our Consultants in the UK or Spain.

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Feeling flushed? Facial Rosacea by

Yvonne Rollinson

Beauty in a flash

ROSACEA IS a condition of the skin that plagues the over 30’s and older age groups. Common signs include a flushed red face, nose, chin and forehead and the skin can be dry, flaky and look irritated. The cause is unknown but is often hereditary and linked with the hormonal changes of the menopause. The condition can be aggravated by face creams; changes in temperature; exposure to the sun and certain foods such as alcohol, coffee, oranges and spices. Rosacea used to be called ‘acne rosacea’. It is treated differently from acne, though there maybe red spots and pustules and scaly, swollen skin. This condition makes the skin sensitive and the frequent flushing and redness is due to prominent blood vessels. SO WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP THIS PROBLEM? • Avoid oil-based facial creams and wear water based make-up • Never apply topical steriod cream • Always use a high sun protection • Avoid spicy food and alcohol • Never have showers that are too hot and avoid saunas Antibiotics can give some relief but rarely help the redness and flushing. IPL- (intensed pulsed light) treatment helps to seal the broken capillary walls by transferring heat from the blood to constrict and sticking them shut, diminishing the redness and inflammation. There is minor discomfort during this treatment and mild erythema (redness) but this clears after a few hours. 4-6 treatments are recommended and a 6 monthly maintenance. Products with Vitamin E and Chamomile are helpful for Before and this condition. For a soothing face pack, mash a quarter after IPL of an avocado with a dessertspoonful of plain yoghurt. for skin Spread on the face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with improvement tepid water and freshen with a mild skin tonic such as and diluted rose water. sunspots

For more information or a consultation, contact Yvonne Rollinson - Beauty in a Flash - on 667 341 431 email or phone Clinica Dental La Plaza, Javea on 966 461 120 for an appointment with Yvonne.

An evening of clairvoyance by Louise Clarke DAVID DARNBROUGH came through again during a lovely evening of clairvoyance at Los Arcos Restaurant in Torrevieja recently. David received many messages, including one for PCN’s Nursing Manager, Ann, who had a quite unexpected but lovely message from her father; it brought tears to her eyes, as it did to all the lucky people that evening that received messages from their loved ones. A big thanks to all that attended this very special evening which raised €359.90 in aid of Paul Cunningham Nurses. The charity would also like to express its many thanks to Angelique from Los Arcos and her staff and

David Darnborough

also to David Darnbrough, for making the night so special. FUTURE PCN EVENTS An Evening with Tristan Morell - Friday 1st October 2010. Meet Tristan Morell from SOL TV Show, Mind Body and Soul, at The New Odd Couple in Playa Flamenca 672 762 595. Tristan is a clairvoyant a palmist and Tarot card reader and astrologer! Call Ruth on 672 762 595 or call into The New Odd Couple to book a half hour private reading. You can find out more about Tristan at Calling all Ladies - Don’t forget next Thursday 23 September is ‘Ladies Wellbeing Day in Quesada’ and up until this weekend also your chance to win a complete makeover – just answer 3 simple questions and YOU could be the winner! Call Linda Sage 966 716 919 on or visit for complete details. Ladies Wellbeing Day 11.00 – 4.00 is just €12 for Cava or Pimms on arrival and a Buffet Lunch

The Mad Hatter tea party

TORREVIEJA COSTA Lions Club is to hold its Mad Hatters Tea Party in the fabulous grounds of Casa La Pedrera, near Torremendo on Sunday 26th September. Lions members will be dressed as Alice in Wonderland characters. The event will be officially opened at 15.00 by the popular Sunshine FM Presenter Darren James. Entertainment will include The JB Brass Band and The Velvetones will perform during the afternoon. Wine, beer and other cold drinks will be available as well as homemade cakes, scones, teas and coffees. There will be games to while away the afternoon, including croquet, Roll the Ball, a Mad Hatters Treasure Hunt and prize draws, one free with your €5 ticket. La Pedrera facilities include swimming, hay stack rides and horse riding. For tickets contact any Lion Member or phone Lion President the Knave of Hearts on 966 731 495. All proceeds are to be donated to the Torrevieja disabled children’s charity APANEE.

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Sahauri presentation

ADAPT ASSOCIATION president Jane Cronin proudly presented a cheque to Vacaciones en Paz representative, Jose Ramon Gimenez (Holidays in Peace), with gift bags for the children fostered in San Pedro, in the presence of the Mayor of San Pedro, Jose Garcia Ruiz. Yearly Vacaciones en Paz brings children from the Saharan refugee camps during July and August when conditions in their homes are harsh, temperatures exceeding 55º and sandstorms risking injury to eyes, throats and ears. Spain and other European countries provides relief and medical aid, a project ADAPT keenly supports. Funding included a donation of €1,200 from the Raquel Peña Ballet company: collections, raffles and the ‘´Tonne of Money’ appeal (the brown money collection) added to the coffers. ADAPT meetings will resume after the Summer starting the first Saturday of the month at 11.00 at the new venue, Castelar College, San Pedro: for directions visit

U3A Moraira -Teulada A GENERAL meeting of the U3A Moraira-Teulada is to be held on Monday, 4th October at Salon de Banquettes, Avenida Mediterraneo, Teulada. The doors will open to Members at 09.45 and the meeting will start at 10.30. New members are welcome. For

further information please contact the U3A President, Ann Colclough on 965 747 343. On October 19th the Moraira Teulada U3A will be holding an Open Day/Exhibition at La Senieta in Moraira. See for more details.



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Laser teeth whitening

GENERALLY OUR teeth tend to go an off white yellowish shade as we get older. Laser teeth whitening can restore your teeth to their original colour. The surface of the teeth contains millions of microscopic pores and over the years, organic compounds from food, tea, coffee or tobacco penetrate these pores causing discolouration of the tooth enamel. Laser tooth whitening will by restore your teeth to a more natural, younger looking colour. It is possible to whiten teeth by up to 10 shades lighter but results will vary from person to person. Some will see a startling change and in others the results may be minimal. BA. Face of Beauty, La Marina Generally the worse the staining is the greater the change, or very white teeth the lesser the change. After an initial consultation to check that your teeth The effect and gums are healthy and suitable for teeth whitening, a can last whitening gel is applied, often via a mouthpiece, activated between by a laser light which enables the gel to swiftly penetrate 18 and 24 months the discolouration on your teeth. The active ingredient in your teeth. Some contain mild acids and others are abrasive whitening gel is usually Hydrogen peroxide or Carbamide which can cause ulcers and damage the gums if the product peroxide and can vary in strength from 6% to 30% depending on where you are treated. As the active ingredient is not used properly. Laser Tooth Whitening is fast, safe, affordable and totally breaks down under the laser light, oxygen is released and painless with no drills or injections. Your teeth will be left this penetrates the tooth enamel, making it lighter. with a natural, white look and the enamel on your teeth Laser tooth whitening will not whiten crowns, veneers, will not be damaged. The effect will last between 18 and bridges or fillings. However, they will be restored to their 24 months. original colour. The procedure is painless, although a small The Face of Beauty have carried out Laser Tooth percentage of people may experience temporary sensitivity to Whitening in the UK and here in Spain for many years, hot and cold substances for 24 to 48 hours following treatment. often at prices that are half that charged by other treatment Alternatives to laser teeth whitening include tooth providers. Our usual price of €80 is currently discounted whitening toothpaste or home bleaching tray kits, which to €70. Don’t hesitate to contact The Face of Beauty for need to be used for an hour or overnight everyday for at further information. least two weeks in order to start seeing a change in colour to

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Written by Gordon Wheatley BA, Face of Beauty, La Marina, 966 797 759 or 616 110 514, and physio to San Fulgencio football club.


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Race for Life

THE MAZARRON Race for Life is to take place on Sunday 24th October with participants gathering at 09.30 for a 10.00 start, at the Commercial Centre, sector B Camposol. Walkers and runners are invited to complete a 4km loop or two 4km loops with the 8km course open only to entrants aged sixteen or over. The €5 entrance fee will include a t-shirt and water with all sponsorship monies raised on the day to be donated to cancer support patients. Sponsorship forms are available now from: Sector A Camposol The English Butcher The Ferreteria The Tropicana Bar Sector B Camposol Trevi’s Bar Costa Café Puerto de Mazarron Best Wishes Bolnuevo Lobo del Mar Restaurant Totana Mabs Charity Shop Also online from: forum/topic.asp?topic_id=4697 (look in the ‘what’s on’ section) (scroll to bottom of home page)

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TKO support Debbie’s Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

The 3Cs Care Agency

THIS YEAR’S Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in aid of the AECC looks set to be bigger and better than the previous five years after the biggest and best radio station on the Costas, TKO, has agreed to not only promote the event but also have their fantastic live road show there on the day. The walk, which is fully endorsed and supported by the Rojales Town Hall, takes place on Sunday 10th October from the Recinto Ferial, (where the market is held) in Rojales at 16:00. Prior to the walk there will be a dance display by Totally Dance and a Zumba demonstration, which is a form of Latin dancing new to this area. Staff members from Howard’s Gym will also be doing a warm up and keep fit demonstration before the walk starts. Teams wishing to take part in a tug of

war please let Debbie know and she will sort it out. At the Market Place, there will also be stalls selling lots of fabulous bits and pieces so if you require a stall please contact Debbie on 966 719 847. There will also be a children’s play area, a refreshment stall and a bar. Costa TV Times has also asked to support the walk by giving the event space in the magazine and donating a percentage of their sales the week before. Debbie told RTN: “Last year we raised over €35,000 and with your help, we can beat that. So please enter today either as a team or individual.” She added: “We have had gremlins in the website but it’s up and running perfectly again now so to enter go to or call into the cards and gift shop Quesada for an entry form.”

We are now launching in your area

Staff Required Join our new Southern team…

• Qualified nurses • Experienced carers • Coordinators-Admin with nursing background • We are recruiting for highly qualified and experienced staff for this area and you must have your own transport.

If you are interested…

Interview / Open Day to be held on Wednesday 22nd September at 11am at TorreJoven Hotel, Urbanizacion Rocio del Mar, Punta Prima, Torrevieja.

How to get there:

From the North: • Motorway A7 • Motorway A37 • Exit Torrevieja – North • N-332 Direction Cartagena From the South: • Motorway Murcia - San Javier • N-332 Direction Torrevieja – Alicante You must bring with you a copy of your most up-to-date CV and 2 passport photographs. Please also supply 2 references.

In the event that you are unable to attend the Open Day…

Please email your CV to or phone Clare on 671 856 875

Clients Required in Torrevieja and Mar Menor

Any person requiring long or short term respite nursing care, please attend this Open Day where our staff will be on hand to meet you and advise of care packages or solutions to your current needs; we can then arrange a free assessment of your requirements.

If you are unable to attend the Open Day…

Please email your requests to or phone Clare on 671 856 875 “Recommended by MABS Cancer Support”

One of last year’s participants

30 Years of HELP Vega Baja HELP HAS provided assistance to British citizens over three decades, beginning in 1980 when a few ladies met for lunch in Torrevieja, to offer free advice, information and assistance. Inspired by an existing HELP group in Javea volunteers in Torrevieja funded essential materials themselves, raising funds to purchase equipment for the disabled. Their regular lunch meetings became monthly affairs to boost funds and buy more equipment: the lunches are as successful today as ever. In 1986 the first HELP committee formed. In 1991, a garage was purchased at Mar Azul to accommodate orthopaedic equipment and in November 1993 the first HELP office opened in Torrevieja, followed in March 1996 by the opening of its current office in Torrevieja at Rambla Juan Mateo Garcia 4. A second office opened in San Miguel at Calle Lope de Vega in 2005. HELP provides support through Hospital Visting Teams; its 24 hour/365 days of the year emergency helpline; The Friendship Centre; a Diabetic Support Group and Friends Unlimited. A care scheme following hospital discharge has been operating since May, with plans to extend to a palliative care scheme by November. Around 60 volunteers are active. A Dinner Dance on 15th October at the Castillo de Conesa in San Miguel de Salinas will mark HELP’s 30th Anniversary. Tickets at €50 per person will include a gourmet meal, drinks and entertainment, from the HELP Offices in San Miguel de Salinas on 966 723 733 and Torrevieja on 965 704 282.


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Life drawing art group By Louise Clarke THE POPULAR Studio 17 life drawing group restarts on Friday 17th September after the summer break, meeting each Friday at the studio of Rojales artist Martin. The class has drawn and painted models from all over the World and Friday 24th September’s model, Belle, is from Australia. The group is open to all abilities but places should be booked as Martin doesn’t like to turn anyone away, preferring to hire a bigger venue when necessary. Two hour morning and afternoon sessions each week are offered with free wine and tapas provided between the sessions for artists attending both (sounds good to me!) Model costs are shared between attending artists, so five artists would pay only €6 per artist. Martin can also provide paper, charcoal and pastels for just €2 with other media available. On October 17th Martin will also be demonstrating life drawing at the Artesania gallery in Cumbres del Sol, where anyone can watch him draw life model Xenia, preparatory to his six week class. For more information, telephone Martin on 648 535 165 or email

Together and painting for forty five years ROD NOBLE and Anne Jeffs are two professional artists living and painting on the Costa Blanca. Their work is of an extremely high standard, another example of talent that the area has to offer. What is interesting about Ann and Jeff is that they are actually a married couple. The two artists met at art school when they were by only sixteen years old. There is obviously no competitiveness in their relationship as they have been together for forty five years! BA (hons). Artist & owner This is not only a story about two wonderful of ArtHouse Gallery painters but a bit of a love story as well! Rod and Ann met when they were only sixteen at Conventry School of Art. Both

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Painting by Rod Noble

were studying fine art and they have been together ever since. Rod went on to a successful career in advertising becoming the creative director of several leading London advertising agencies, winning awards around the World. Ann went on to become a tutor of art and fabric design working in London and Kent. Ann and Rod have had a house in Spain for the past thirty years and have lived here permanently for the past ten. They have exhibited successfully both here and in the UK and at the end of September will be exhibiting in Moraira. It is not very Bullfighter often that we get the opportunity to see by Ann Jeffs two international artists of equal talent exhibiting so closely to home. When I met the couple I must admit I was Ann has been hugely inspired by Spanish very curious as to how they both worked culture, producing images of bull fighters together. And I couldn’t help but ask if they and flamenco dancers along with Moors ever got competitive or if they ever argued and Christians. Ann says, “I almost feel that over their work. The answer was a very I can’t paint something that’s not Spanish. straight no. In fact they said the opposite; It sounds silly but it’s almost as if it is that they both bounce off each other. disrespectful to Spain!” Sharing a studio space, they work back This is an exhibition that all of us who to back so that neither can see the others live in the area will be able to relate to. work! They also have a little rule that neither The main theme to her work is movement: will critique the others work until asked, but her paintings are extremely passionate apparently the harshest critic is Ann’s 93with an energetic sense of motion blasting year-old mother who lives with them! through them. Rod is inspired by reflections The Exhibition is held in Edificio Espai, and contrast between soft tactile surfaces La Senieta, Moraira from 20th – 26th against hard rough textures. The results are September, opening 10:00 – 14:00 and beautiful, with an extremely high level of 16:00 – 21:00. For more information please technique. These two are without doubt contact Rod or Ann on 966 491 411. Both true professionals in their field with years of artists happily take commissions and also experience supporting great art. offer interior design and house makeovers.

Julia Evans BA (hons), ArtHouse Gallery, Calle San Miguel no. 14, Gata de Gorgos, 03740 Alicante. Tel: 0034 965 756 285 or 0034 687 114 853. Email: Web: If you are an artist and have an exhibition coming up or simply just want me to view you work then email

Joining Lions with pride AT THE September meeting of the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club, Lion President Iain Bennett was delighted to induct and welcome two new members to our local Lions Club. Dave and Donna have now become an integral part of both Torrevieja Costa Lions and Lions Club International which is a worldwide service organisation with over 1.35 million members worldwide. Dave and Donna are pictured receiving their membership certificates from Iain. Anyone who wishes

to be considered for membership of Lions can in the first instance contact Membership Director Dave

on 966 262 980 or by e mail at For more information visit

Help For Heroes charity CD JOIN US at Maggies Bar Parque del Duque Monday 27th September from 17.00 till late for a great night of entertainment to raise money for Help The Heroes Charity. The highlight of the evening will be the performance of the CD made for the charity over the last four months featuring local singers such as Nick Gold, Julie McCracken, Take the Mike, Matt Christain and 15 other good local karokee singers. The CD may be purchased for €5. There will be lots of activities such as Limbo Competetion Mr and Mrs Competetion Fire Eating Show Big Raffle (tickets can be purchased at the bar) Bingo Guess the Weight of the Tortoise Tattooing Music Quiz Local singers For the children there will be face painting; a giant Connect Four; a duck fishing game; tombola stalls for boys and girls and lots more.

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08:00 Childrens TV 10:45 Pingu 11:00 Waybuloo 11:20 Clifford 11:30 Pablo the Little Red Fox 11:35 3rd & Bird 11:50 Wibbly Pig 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Open Gardens 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Animal Park 14:30 Darby O’Gill and the Little People 16:00 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Pointless 18:15 Escape to the Country 19:00 The Pope’s Visit 2010 20:30 Churches: How to Read Them 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 Dragons’ Den: What Happened Next? 23:00 Rob Brydon Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 The Michael Ball Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Inspector Morse 18:00 Britain’s Best Dish 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Cheetah Kingdom 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Paul O’Grady Live 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Along Came Polly

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07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:35 Rachel Allen: Bake! 13:00 BBC News; Regional News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Live Athletics 15:30 Michael Johnson’s Great North Run 16:00 Live Snooker 17:30 Final Score 18:10 BBC News; Regional News 18:30 Hole in the Wall 19:00 Walk on the Wild Side 19:30 Celebrity Total Wipeout 20:30 Merlin 21:15 The National Lottery: Saturday Draws 21:25 Casualty 22:15 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow 23:00 BBC News 23:20 Match of the Day 24:40 The Football League Show

08:00 Arthur 08:15 League of Super Evil 08:25 OOglies 08:40 Wolverine and the X-Men 09:00 Escape from Scorpion Island 10:00 Animals at Work 10:30 Shaun the Sheep 10:40 The Pope’s Visit 2010 13:15 Coast 13:30 Degrassi: The Next Generation 13:55 No Hats, No Trainers 14:20 Shelfstackers 14:45 The 5:19 Show 15:00 Single, Together, Whatever 15:30 Revealed 15:45 Without a Clue 17:30 Escape to the Country 18:15 Dad’s Army 18:45 The Vera Lynn Story 19:45 Newman: Saint or Sinner? 20:45 Vatican: The Hidden World 21:45 QI XL 22:30 Special Relationship 24:00 Rob Brydon Show 24:30 Mock the Week

06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 The Fluffy Club 08:25 Toonattik 10:25 Emu 10:40 Emu 10:55 Monk 11:00 Columbo 12:30 This Morning: Saturday 13:30 News 13:44 Granada Weather 13:45 Octopussy 16:10 Midsomer Murders 18:15 Granada News 18:25 ITV News 18:45 Animals Do the Funniest Things 19:45 All Star Family Fortunes 20:30 The X Factor 21:45 Phil Collins: One Night Only 22:45 Charlie Wilson’s War 24:40 ITV News 24:55 Dating the Enemy

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 World Sport 08:00 UK School Games 08:55 The Morning Line 09:50 One Tree Hill 10:45 Ugly Betty 11:45 The Hollyoaks Music Show Playlist 12:15 Album Chart Show 12:50 Ne-Yo’s R’n’B Dance Grooves: Top 10 13:50 Scrubs 14:25 That Paralympic Show 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 Come Dine with Me 17:25 Come Dine with Me 17:55 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 Come Dine with Me 19:30 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 Grand Designs 21:00 Stephen Hawking’s Universe 22:00 Blade: Trinity 24:10 AVPR: Aliens vs Predator Requiem

08:00 Childrens TV 08:40 Noddy in Toyland 08:50 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 09:00 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 09:15 Little Princess 09:35 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:50 Igam Ogam 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 Gerald McBoing Boing 11:00 How Do They Do It? 11:30 The Gadget Show 12:30 Megastructures: Giant Aircraft Transporter 13:30 Nature Shock 14:30 Jane Doe 16:25 Westbound 17:55 Bullet to Beijing 19:50 Five News 19:55 NCIS 20:50 NCIS 21:45 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 22:45 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:40 CSI: Miami 24:40 Forensic Files

06:00 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 08:10 Match of the Day 09:30 The Andrew Marr Show 10:30 Great North Run 13:00 Battle of Britain Sunday from Westminster Abbey 14:40 Great North Run 15:25 The Politics Show 16:30 EastEnders 18:25 Songs of Praise 19:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 19:30 Countryfile 20:30 Antiques Roadshow 21:30 The Battle of Britain 23:00 BBC News; Regional News 23:25 Who Do You Think You Are? 24:10 The Year of Living Dangerously

07:00 The Pingu Show 07:15 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 07:25 Penelope 07:30 Guess with Jess 07:40 Postman Pat: SDS 08:00 Arthur 08:15 League of Super Evil 08:25 Sportsround 08:40 Bear Behaving Badly 09:00 Escape from Scorpion Island 09:55 What’s New, Scooby-Doo? 10:20 The Pope’s Visit 2010 13:30 Live MotoGP 15:00 Live Snooker 18:00 Super League 19:00 Battle of Britain Sunday from Westminster Abbey: Highlights 20:30 Wellington Bomber 21:30 Victoria Wood: Seen on TV 23:00 Match of the Day 2 24:10 Great North Run 2010 24:40 Snooker

06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 The Fluffy Club 08:25 Toonattik 10:25 Coronation Street 12:45 This Morning: Sunday 13:45 Dinner Date 14:45 News and Weather 14:59 Granada Weather 15:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 15:35 The X Factor 16:50 A View to a Kill 19:15 Granada News and Weather 19:25 ITV News and Weather 19:45 The Cube 20:45 The X Factor 22:00 Joe Maddison’s War 23:55 ITV News and Weather 24:15 Bouquet of Barbed Wire

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 The Grid 08:30 British Formula Ford Championship 08:55 Duathlon 09:20 GT Academy 09:50 Friends 10:20 RockCorps 2010 10:40 Hollyoaks 13:10 Ugly Betty 14:05 Friends 14:40 Bestival 2010 15:10 The Simpsons 15:40 The Simpsons 16:10 Three in a Bed 16:45 Three in a Bed 17:20 Three in a Bed 17:55 Deal or No Deal 18:45 Charlotte’s Web 20:30 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Celebrity Come Dine with Me 22:00 Jumper 23:45 Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story 24:45 Bestival 2010

08:00 Childrens TV 08:25 Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 08:40 Noddy in Toyland 08:50 Hana’s Helpline 09:00 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 09:15 Little Princess 09:30 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:50 Igam Ogam 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 Gerald McBoing Boing 11:00 iCarly 11:35 True Jackson, VP 12:10 Michaela’s Wild Challenge 12:40 Zoo Days 13:00 How to Take Stunning Pictures 13:30 Build a New Life: Was It Worth It? 14:30 Bonneville 16:15 Man of the House 18:15 Groundhog Day 20:15 Five News 20:20 Men in Black 2 22:00 Hitch 24:20 Envy

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08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 Lion Man 10:30 Lion Man 11:00 Bones 12:00 Wedding SOS 12:30 The Secret Guide to Women’s Health 13:00 Body Language Secrets 14:00 Project Runway 15:00 Bones 16:00 Stargate SG-1 17:00 Stargate SG-1 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Oops TV 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 Biggest Loser US 22:50 Gervais/ Merchant: Face 2 Face 23:00 Law & Order 24:00 Bones

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Diagnosis Murder 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Junior MasterChef 16:35 OOglies 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Hotel Trubble 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Wild Weather 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Spooks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Traffic Cops 24:35 The Breakfast Club

08:00 Childrens TV 10:10 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:25 Garth and Bev 10:35 Ethelbert the Tiger 10:45 Pingu 11:00 Waybuloo 11:20 Clifford 11:30 Pablo the Little Red Fox 11:35 3rd & Bird 11:50 Wibbly Pig 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics Conference Special 13:30 Live Snooker 17:00 Daily Politics Conference Special 18:30 Escape to the Country 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Climbing Great Buildings 20:00 The Pope’s Visit 2010 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Antiques Master 22:00 Unequal Opportunities with John Humphrys 23:00 Have I Got Old News for You 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference 24:50 Snooker

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Michael Ball Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Inspector Morse 18:00 Britain’s Best Dish 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Countrywise 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Bouquet of Barbed Wire 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Surgery School 24:35 Stephen Tompkinson’s Australian Balloon Adventure

08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Friends 10:30 Lakes on a Plate 11:00 The Good Wife 12:00 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage Bites 13:15 Hud 15:20 Lakes on a Plate 15:55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Coach Trip 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Dispatches 22:00 My Family’s Crazy Gap Year 23:00 Jamie’s American Food Revolution 24:00 This Is England ‘86

08:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Thomas & Friends 09:40 The WotWots 09:55 Big School 10:00 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:10 Castle Farm 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 Chinese Food in Minutes 13:15 House Doctor 13:45 Five News 13:50 House 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:45 Meals in Moments 16:00 The Family Recipe 16:05 On Hostile Ground 18:00 Five News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 Live from Studio Five 20:00 Five News at 7 20:30 How Do They Do It? 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 Rory and Paddy’s Even Greater Adventures 23:00 Enter the Dragon

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Diagnosis Murder 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Junior MasterChef 16:35 OOglies 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 MI High 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Lost Land of the Tiger 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 My Story 24:05 The Girl in the Park

08:00 Childrens TV 09:30 LazyTown 09:55 Jollywobbles 10:05 Buzz and Tell 10:10 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:25 Garth and Bev 10:35 Ethelbert the Tiger 10:45 Pingu 10:50 Pingu 11:00 Waybuloo 11:20 Clifford 11:30 Pablo the Little Red Fox 11:35 3rd & Bird 11:50 Wibbly Pig 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Open Gardens 13:00 Daily Politics Conference Special 14:00 Live Snooker 17:30 Pointless 18:15 Escape to the Country 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Climbing Great Buildings 20:00 Live Snooker 21:00 Great British Bake Off 22:00 Excluded 23:00 Later Live... with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference 24:50 Snooker

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Michael Ball Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Inspector Morse 18:00 Britain’s Best Dish 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Grimefighters 21:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 22:00 71 Degrees North 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Swingtown 24:35 Ladette to Lady

08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Friends 10:30 Lakes on a Plate 11:00 The Good Wife 12:00 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie at Home 13:35 The Outrage 15:20 Lakes on a Plate 15:55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Coach Trip 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Help! My House Is Falling Down 22:00 Ramsay’s Best Restaurant 23:00 This Is England ‘86 24:05 Alan Davies’ Teenage Revolution

08:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Thomas & Friends 09:40 The WotWots 09:55 Big School 10:00 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:10 Castle Farm 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 Chinese Food in Minutes 13:15 House Doctor 13:45 Five News 13:50 House 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:45 Meals in Moments 15:55 Zoo Days 16:05 The Nanny Express 18:00 Five News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 Live from Studio Five 20:00 Five News at 7 20:30 How to Take Stunning Pictures 21:00 Nature Shock 22:00 CSI: Miami 23:00 CSI: NY 24:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 Lion Man 10:30 Lion Man 11:00 Bones 12:00 Wedding SOS 12:30 Brain Doctors 13:00 Body Language Secrets 14:00 Project Runway 15:00 Bones 16:00 Stargate SG-1 17:00 Stargate SG-1 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Oops TV 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 The Little Couple 21:30 Super Nurses 22:00 Batman Forever 24:20 House

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Diagnosis Murder 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Junior MasterChef 16:35 OOglies 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Little Howard’s Big Question 17:30 Hounded 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 19:55 Party Political Broadcast 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Bang Goes the Theory 21:00 Waterloo Road 22:00 Lost Land of the Tiger 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 National Lottery Draws 23:45 The Science of The Young Ones

08:00 Childrens TV 10:05 Buzz and Tell 10:10 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:25 Garth and Bev 10:35 Ethelbert the Tiger 10:45 Pingu 11:00 Waybuloo 11:20 Clifford 11:30 Pablo the Little Red Fox 11:35 3rd & Bird 11:50 Wibbly Pig 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics Conference Special 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Live Snooker 17:25 Pointless 18:10 Escape to the Country 18:55 Party Political Broadcast 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Climbing Great Buildings 20:00 Live Snooker 21:00 Battle of Britain: The Real Story 22:00 Britain’s Youngest Boarders 23:00 Grumpy Old Women 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference 24:50 Snooker

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 14:55 Granada News 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Michael Ball Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Inspector Morse 18:00 Britain’s Best Dish 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 19:55 Party Political Broadcast 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 The Unforgettable Terry Scott 21:00 Midsomer Murders 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 The Whole Ten Yards

08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Friends 10:25 Lakes on a Plate 11:00 The Good Wife 12:00 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage Bites 13:20 Hombre 15:20 Lakes on a Plate 15:55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Coach Trip 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Food 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 Seven Days 24:05 Ramsay’s Best Restaurant

08:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Thomas & Friends 09:40 The WotWots 09:55 Big School 10:00 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:10 Castle Farm 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 Chinese Food in Minutes 13:15 House Doctor 13:45 Five News 13:50 House 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:45 Meals in Moments 16:00 Zoo Days 16:10 Love’s Abiding Joy 18:00 Five News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 Live from Studio Five 20:00 Five News at 7 20:30 Michaela’s Zoo Babies 21:00 Cowboy Builders 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 23:55 Law & Order 24:55 Cricket on Five

08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 Lion Man 10:30 Lion Man 11:00 Bones 12:00 Wedding SOS 12:30 Babies at Risk 13:00 Body Language Secrets 14:00 Project Runway 15:00 Bones 16:00 Stargate SG-1 17:00 Stargate SG-1 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Oops TV 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 Vet Adventures 22:00 Must Be the Music 23:15 Must Be the Music 24:00 Lethal Weapon 2

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08:30 All Sports: Watts 08:45 Football: Eurogoals 09:30 Weightlifting 10:15 Snooker 11:45 Football: Eurogoals 12:30 Football 14:00 Snooker 18:30 Weightlifting 19:00 Football: Eurogoals Flash 19:10 Weightlifting 21:00 Snooker 23:00 Football 24:00 FIA World Touring Car Championship 24:30 Car Racing 01:00 Weightlifting

08:00 Jerry Springer Show 08:50 Celebs 24/7 09:00 Maury 09:55 Celebs 24/7 10:00 America’s Next Top Model 11:00 Maury 11:55 Celebs 24/7 12:00 Four Weddings US 13:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 15:00 Criminal Minds 16:00 Shortland Street 17:00 Charmed 19:00 America’s Next Top Model 20:00 Four Weddings US 21:00 Dating in the Dark US 22:00 Britain’s Next Top Model 23:00 Celebrity Four Weddings 24:00 Criminal Minds

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Helicopter Heroes 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Diagnosis Murder 16:00 BBC News 16:05 Copycats 16:35 OOglies 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Animals at Work 17:30 Deadly 60 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Watchdog 22:00 Lost Land of the Tiger 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

08:00 Arthur 08:15 League of Super Evil 08:25 Newsround 08:30 Deadly 60 09:00 Trapped 09:30 LazyTown 09:55 Jollywobbles 10:05 Buzz and Tell 10:10 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:25 Garth and Bev 10:35 Ethelbert the Tiger 10:45 Pingu 10:55 Pingu 11:00 Waybuloo 11:20 Clifford 11:30 Pablo the Little Red Fox 11:35 3rd & Bird 11:50 Wibbly Pig 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Open Gardens 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 Live Snooker 17:30 Pointless 18:15 Escape to the Country 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Climbing Great Buildings 20:00 Live Snooker 21:00 Highgrove: Alan Meets Prince Charles 22:00 Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School for Boys 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Snooker

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 Granada News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Michael Ball Show 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Inspector Morse 18:00 Britain’s Best Dish 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Law & Order: UK 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 The Matrix

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08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Friends 10:25 Lakes on a Plate 11:00 The Good Wife 12:00 Desperate Housewives 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 River Cottage Bites 13:15 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 15:20 Lakes on a Plate 15:55 Wogan’s Perfect Recall 16:25 Countdown 17:10 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Coach Trip 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 River Cottage Everyday 22:00 Alan Davies’ Teenage Revolution 23:00 True Blood 24:15 Reaper

08:00 Little Princess 08:15 The Mr Men Show 08:30 Roary the Racing Car 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Thomas & Friends 09:45 The WotWots 10:00 Big School 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 House Doctor 13:15 House Doctor 13:45 Five News 13:50 House 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:45 Meals in Moments 16:00 Animal Rescue Squad 16:10 The Perfect Husband: the Laci Peterson Story 18:00 Five News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 Live from Studio Five 20:00 Five News at 7 20:30 Escape from Auschwitz 21:00 Megastructures 22:00 US Marshals 24:40 Britain’s Ugliest Models

07:00 Body Language Secrets 08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 Lion Man 10:30 Lion Man 11:00 Bones 12:00 Wedding SOS 12:30 Medical Emergency 13:00 Body Language Secrets 14:00 Project Runway 15:00 Bones 16:00 Stargate SG-1 17:00 Stargate SG-1 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle 18:30 Futurama 19:00 Oops TV 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 Alex Zane’s Guest List 21:30 The Simpsons: Access All Areas 22:00 An Idiot Abroad 23:00 Batman Forever

08:35 Snooker 09:30 Football 10:30 Football 11:30 Weightlifting 12:30 Snooker 13:30 Snooker 18:00 Weightlifting 18:55 London Calling 19:00 Football: Eurogoals Flash 19:10 Weightlifting 21:00 Snooker 23:00 All Sports 23:05 All Sports: Watts 23:10 Pro Wrestling 23:40 Pro Wrestling 00:40 All Sports

08:00 Jerry Springer Show 08:50 Celebs 24/7 09:00 Maury 09:55 Celebs 24/7 10:00 America’s Next Top Model 11:00 Maury 11:55 Celebs 24/7 12:00 Four Weddings US 13:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 14:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 15:00 Criminal Minds 16:00 Shortland Street 16:30 Shortland Street 17:00 Charmed 18:00 Charmed 19:00 America’s Next Top Model 20:00 Four Weddings US 21:00 Private Practice 22:00 Stepkids: Don’t Ruin My Big Day 23:00 Criminal Minds 24:00 Criminal Minds

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CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Relish; 4 Swamps; 9 Ready-reckoner; 10 Tablets; 11 Fifty; 12 Steal; 14 Close; 18 Ahead; 19 Upstart; 21 Provincialism; 22 Emerge; 23 Beings. Down: 1 Rarity; 2 Lead by the nose; 3 Style; 5 Wakeful; 6 Manifestation; 7 Strays; 8 Least; 13 Addling; 15 Sample; 16 Punch; 17 Stamps; 20 Stale. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Battle; 4 Secret; 9 Ask for trouble; 10 Content; 11 Inlet; 12 Scamp; 14 Inure; 18 Amass; 19 Unequal; 21 Recrimination; 22 Dispel; 23 Beagle. Down: 1 Branch; 2 Take no chances; 3 Loose; 5 Emotion; 6 Rabble-rousing; 7 Treaty; 8 State; 13 Massive; 15 Hatred; 16 Quail; 17 Glance; 20 Elate.

Here comes the judge

Broadcaster and freelance journalist IF YOU were asked ‘Who is the highest

earning woman in American TV’, and for that matter anywhere on this planet, I’m sure you would come up with the answer ‘Oprah Winfrey’. But if I quizzed you on who was next on the Big Bucks List, would you be able to produce the name of a former Family Court judge from New York called Judith Sheindlin? She is best known as Judge Judy and she has been dispensing justice from her TV courtroom in Burbank, California for some 14 years in what for me is one of the most enjoyable pieces of non-scripted television around. Her show actually gets the

L!ve TV’s News Bunny

biggest daytime ratings in the States, beating the legendary Oprah. I became a very early fan and probably one of a select few at the time. I was working in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne back in 1998, and my cable TV system had access to a channel called L!ve TV. Run by the former Sun editor, Kelvin McKenzie, the service offered you the infamous News Bunny and topless female weather forecasters, alongside any programmes they could afford to buy on a miniscule budget. One of those affordable shows was a new American courtroom half-hour called Judge Judy, and as I was working late at night, I would get back home at around 02.00 and in sheer desperation I would spin round the thirty or so available channels to see what was cooking at that early hour. L!ve TV was hardly anything that I would believe would create anything of interest to keep me awake at that time, but I was immediately hooked when I stumbled across the Brooklyn tones of this judge berating litigants in small claims cases. I’ve always meant to send Mr. McKenzie a letter saying thanks for introducing me to this gem, and it’s probably one of the few positives that he had in his somewhat undistinguished career as a TV executive. These days you can find multiple

Judge Judy

episodes of Judge Judy every day on either ITV2 or CBS Reality, and as much as daytime TV might send you looking for a sick bucket, I strongly recommend that you get acquainted with this lady. She’s an absolute star with a razor sharp wit, pouncing on anybody who tries to deviate from the truth. Her technique is straight forward enough: she makes sure that witnesses look directly into her eyes, as she reminds them that she is a “truth machine” as the appropriate evidence is extracted in a manner akin to a wisdom tooth removal, without the use of an anesthetic! It is her clear common sense approach in her cases that has always impressed me, and also her ability to show compassion, especially if different sides of families are in the courtroom bickering against each other. I quickly reached the view that if all judges

behaved this way in whatever legal system in whatever country, fair justice would be dispensed quickly as opposed to the old duffers wearing wigs who always give the impression that they are out of tune with modern times. Regular ‘Judy’ viewers will love her range of regular expressions and exclamations which punctuate her humiliation of guilty defendants. Phrases like “Baloney!”, or “I don’t give a rat’s behind..!” or “Do I have the word IDIOT stamped across my forehead?” It’s great TV, and in a different league to the parade of morons that display their two brain cells on Jeremy Kyle’s show. In fact, ITV could do a lot worse by flying her over to the UK to deal with their self-inflicted problems. Another of her phrases would be perfect for them: “You wouldn’t know truth if it jumped up and bit you in the behind!” Bring her on, I say!

17 - 23 SEPTEMBER 2010

Vocal Booth Weekend is here D Vibes From The Costas by

Tony Poole

from www.vibesfromthecostas.

J ANDY WARD’S much anticipated VBW kicks off today (Friday) in Campoamor. Hailed as the biggest House Party ever to hit the Costa Blanca, the event features a line-up of over 40 international DJ’s and live PA’s. Phil Asher, Grant Nelson, Ricky Morrison, Deep Josh, Groove Assassin and Soul Renegades are just a few of the most respected names in the House scene performing throughout the weekend. Over 350 overseas visitors are arriving from across the globe, plus a large number of locals are expected... all ready to party! The PA’s include one of House music’s leading female vocalists in soul singer turned House Diva, Kaysee. Starting her career in 2006, Kaysee was launched into the spotlight when she began touring for Privilege Nightclub in Ibiza as well as for The Applefunk Sessions across Spain. With the success of her first single “Never Stop the Music,” a massive underground House hit, doors opened to Spain’s leading producers. Club tours included Privilege Ibiza as a resident vocalist, She Discoteca Barcelona (including the legendary Summer Festival in front of 20,000 people), Love Show in Madrid, SupermartXe Ibiza, Loca Fm festivals in Bilbao, Salvation tour in Gran Canaria, Gay Pride Canary Islands in front of 45,000 people and Los40 Principales festival in Murcia, the official music charts of Spain. I caught up with Kaysee ahead of her forthcoming appearance at the VBW: So you live in Mallorca; where are you from originally? I’m from South London. I decided long ago to go to the Canary Islands to sing. Whilst there, I met Deep Josh (The Applefunk) and with him my career in House music started. Since then I have constantly been on the move round England, Ibiza, Barcelona and mainland Spain. I’ve been very lucky, travelling to where the music takes me, but now I’m a mother I like to stay in one place and settle... we decided on Mallorca. How has Andy Ward helped your career? Being fortunate enough to start off singing with Deep Josh, it was through him that I met Andy. I knew his music at the time, especially the “Strings of Life” track with Timmy Vegas, and just loved it. Josh told me there was a song that Andy had done that needed a vocal... I remember badgering Josh everyday for about 2 weeks, ‘cos I loved the instrumental so much, until he finally said I could put a vocal on it. “Sweetest Feeling” became one of

House Diva, Kaysee

my favourite tracks and was very well supported. It gave me a lot of exposure in the right circles which led to more projects. Andy’s radio show actually starts with a vocal of mine from “Never Stop The Music”, with Deep Josh - I’m really very honored about it all to be honest. I’ve just gotten so much support from Andy since I started in House music by way of airplay and word of mouth. He knows so many people in the industry and has a lot of respect from his peers, so to have continued support from someone like him is really invaluable to an artist and I feel very lucky to be amongst his circle of friends. What can we expect from Kaysee at the VBW? Mmmm, what to expect... good question, I don’t know to be honest... well there is of course “Glorious” with Pingo n Bobby which is on Andy’s label (Sounds of the Booth), is that shameful plugging? Haha, so I should probably sing that. Maybe a little Applefunk number or MN2S... I think I’ll just see what everyone wants to hear. I’m really looking forward to this, because I was pregnant with Lewis, my little boy, at last year’s VBW, so this year he is coming with us... it’s gonna be great to see what he makes of it all... and we’ve got a babysitter coming with us too, so that we can see the whole weekend and enjoy the time with our musical friends. The Vocal Booth Weekender is at the Hotel Montepiedra, Jardines del Mar and Club Xairo, Sept 17th -19th: full details at or telephone 699 663 508.

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Frequently mispronounced words Spanish lessons by

Jane Cronin

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

Lesson 125

FOR THE last few weeks we have been talking about rhythm in words, and I have given you a few rules and guidelines to work out how it goes. In an ideal world, we would pick up the sounds of words from hearing them spoken correctly by others, which is of course how we learnt our native language, and why we think it is so easy! However, for most of us our Spanish learning experience is completely different, and in my years as a Spanish teacher I have found that there are certain pronunciation errors, and in particular word-beat errors, which crop up over and over again, to the point where they probably sound just right to us! Here are a few examples of what I mean: we’ll start with typical beginners’ mistakes, such as “sábado”, “lámpara” and “teléfono”. In each of these words the beat falls on the syllable third from the end, as indicated by the accents. Actually, the technical name for this type of word is “esdrújula” which I did mention the other day, although you will never need this information, unless you are helping a child with their “Lengua” homework! “Lengua” means “tongue” or “language”, and actually gives us another example of frequently mispronounced words. In the same category as “lengua” I would also put “farmacia”. In both cases the last syllable is a twovowel combination (one weak and one strong vowel), so the beat falls on the last but one syllable, according to the rules. Therefore no accent is needed to indicate that the correct pronunciation is LENgua and farMAcia. Two words which I often hear said wrongly are “fácil” and “difícil” (easy and difficult). Going back to our basic

rules again, these are words that end in a consonant so would be expected to beat on the last syllable, but as you see, they don’t. They are pronounced FAcil and diFIcil, as indicated by the accents. A lot of people are surprised at this, but I think their misconception comes from learning French at school. Here are three words that are not quite so common, but I find are tricky. In fact they are ones I find myself checking up on every now and again to make sure I’ve got them right. They are “antidoto”, “anécdota”, and “protocolo”. All three of these words sound clumsy to me, but notice that both “antidoto” and “anécdota” are esdrújula (hey, maybe that word is useful after all!), whilst “protocol” is regular, with the beat like this protoCOlo. Strange words - and I’m not helped by the fact that my computer corrects them back into English every time I type them! Now for one final point about the beat on verbs: this point is really for the big children who have done lots of Spanish tenses, but also serves as a general word of warning to everyone else. In certain cases we can change the meaning of a verb by changing where we place the beat. For example: “Hablo” means “I speak”, whereas “Habló” means “He or she spoke”. This particular difference applies to most “-ar” verbs. Another example of this is as follows: “hablarán” means “they will speak” whereas “hablaran” is subjunctive and therefore untranslatable. It means something like: “they might have spoken”. Sorry to end on such a technical note, but the overall warning is – pay attention to the rhythm of words, it’s important. See you next week.

Sevillanas social club Songs that won the war THE FIRST meeting for the Sevillanas Social Club after the summer break will be held as always at the Orihuela Costa Resort, La Zenia in the Hole in one Pub on Sunday, 26th September at 20.00. You don’t have to know how to dance to enjoy these get-togethers: the objective of this social group is for like minded people who enjoy Spanish Take culture and flamenco dance and music to enjoy part or just an evening dancing watch

The Butterfly Children charity shop La Marina SAN FULGENCIO Town Hall and the La Marina San Fulgencio Residents Association (LMSFRA) will be hosting a Charity Dance in aid of The Butterfly Children Charity at the Centro Social on La Marina Urbanisation on Saturday 25th September starting at 20.30. Plan-B will be playing so you can dance the night away. Tickets are on sale now at €5 from The Butterfly Children Charity shop in La Marina and please bring your own refreshments.

Sevillanas and Rumbas, or just clap along with the music while meeting new people and socializing. There is always a minishow, Raquel does a fun lecture/demo and for those who like a chance to get up and try, a Rumba mini class. The Club makes no charge - the €8 covers beverages and tapas served during the night. For more information call Raquel on 630 689 431 or e-mail:

TORREVIEJA IS going back to the 40s for one night only, taking the audience back to an era when war touched the lives of everyone. ‘Songs that Won the War’ recalls the atmosphere of the time. The event is being held at the Lounge Bar, Aguas Nuevas on Sunday September 19th. All proceeds go to the British Legion. Tickets at just €5 are available now from the Lounge Bar. For more information call 966 922 134.

Musical Director wanted One of the Costa Blanca’s most prolific musical directors is set to retire! Mr Charles Smith, always known as “Chas” is returning to the UK leaving a vacancy for a new Musical Director for the acclaimed “Crescendo International Choir.” Formed six years ago, “Crescendo” is regarded by many as one of the best ‘ex-pat’ choirs in the area, raising thousands for charity, performing 10 – 12 concerts a year. The format of the choir is Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass, performing a wide repertoire from musicals to spirituals, from pop to classical. The membership of approximately 60 singers enjoys a sense of ‘family’ with a caring attitude. The choir rehearse each week in Bar Oassis in Torreta 3, Torrevieja on a Wednesday evening from 18.00 – 20.00. Anyone with an interest in conducting and training this talented group should please contact Crescendo chairman Mr Lawrence Gee Charles on Tel: 966 734 783. Smith

Can you sing?

MELODY MAKERS International, who scored such a huge success with their recent ‘Evening with Rodgers & Hammerstein’ concert in June, are looking for new members for their new big production in January 2011. Rehearsals have started for ‘Music from the Movies’ which is packed full of exciting hit tunes from the last 80 years, and will again be accompanied by a professional band. Conducted by international singer, conductor and voice trainer Nigel Hopkins, the choir meets on Tuesday evenings from 17:30 – 19:30 at the Asturias Restaurante in Punta Prima. Good singers wishing to be part of what have become the biggest shows on the Costa Blanca are invited to attend for a short voice test and to join the ‘Friendly Choir’. Full tuition will be given and a good time is promised to all those who attend. Further details can be obtained by telephoning 966 775 976 or emailing - or just come along at 17:00 on our rehearsal night and ask to join.

17 - 23 september 2010 Win a meal for 2 at the Inn Plaice in torrevieja (Mon-Thu) or at La Pista Restaurante In Jalon (Mon-sat Lunchtimes Only) by answering the Cryptic Crossword correctly. Answers by email to: or Fax: 96 585 60 54 (Please state wether you are in the Northern or Southern Costa Blanca)


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Last week’s Crossword and Suduko answers found on page 40. Crossword winner for issue 569: Geoff Grimshaw, La Xara

Quick Crossword

Cryptic Crossword



1. Curb (8)

2. Feat (7)

ACROSS 1. To hand out punishment will upset this case (8) 5 & 11 Across. The principal’s inflection of voice is a tribute to the dead (9) 9. Look closely for a titled personage (4) 10. Ray Wood’s redesigned the portals (8) 11. See 5 Across 12. Very much liking to make a fuss near the arena (7) 13. The rates are too high if these have to be paid! (8,5) 18. Give a hint that’s very personal (8) 19. This is used for cooking for fifty in the family! (4) 20. Oil change needed after a journey in North Africa (7) 21. Don’t interfere with a holiday (5) 22. Element of the code is just a stroke of the pen (4) 23. Urge somebody on to set an aubergine (3-5)


5. Require (4) 9. Speck (4) 10. Progresses (8)

3. Huge (7) 4. On one’s own (13)

11. Ascend (5)

6. Ejaculate (7)

12. Confidential (7)

7. Bloat (7)

13. Unprogressive (5-2-3-3)

8. Disappear (6)

18. Calamity (8)

13. Sorrow (7)

19. Compassion (4) 20. Ingredient (7) 21. Motionless (5)

14. In lieu (7) 15. Osculated (6)

22. Flank (4)

16. Outlay (7)

23. Incidentally (2-3-3)

17. Completely (7)

DOWN 2. The pale mixture that’s left in the glass (4-3) 3 Unusual grants by the head of the Exchequer (7) 4. Don’t go past zero - the reckless will! (4,2,7) 6. High spirits could lead to a broken toe-nail (7) 7. Ed. sings as he makes patterns (7) 8. What overwrought actresses do in the wings? (3,3) 13. A spell of work the editor changed (7) 14. Involves a silent reformation (7) 15. D. Mason upset by this fruit (6) 16. Don’t spare the printing material - this will hold it (3-4) 17. This clue is to provide some animation (7)

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OR AN unusual and compelling show you should take a look at Clasum Desum. Clara from Spain teams up with Denjo from Bulgaria to provide eclectic music for all nationalities. After meeting in New York many years ago, this talented couple have toured the world performing from small venues, with audiences close up enjoying their unusual mix of songs, to large concert halls providing a taste of Spain on an international stage. Denjo’s songwriting talents come to the fore with songs in many languages, and he is about to go into a studio to record his songs for posterity. Many songs, written from the heart, are a magical blend of music collected from his worldwide travels. Bubbly Clara is the perfect partner

for Denjo, singing not only songs in English and Spanish, but also inserting some humour into the act. This makes their shows entertaining and a different experience from the norm. Do not expect flamenco music from this talented duo, as their repertoire consists of easy listening songs, exquisitely played acoustic guitars, which they both play and Denjo will also accompany Clara on many song on his harmonica. They are a well matched duo whose individual talents intertwine to provide an evening of classy entertainment for any age group. Ideal for any international audience in bars, restaurants or special occasions that require something a little bit different. To book Clasum Desum telephone 677 222 352.

Keyword Pop Quiz

Find the keyword and win two tickets to Aqua Natura. Just listen to Chris Ashley between 14.00 – 18.00 on TKO GOLD on Monday to enter. Chris will ask you to text in the keyword. The winner and this week’s answers will then be announced. Don´t forget: any Groups with ‘The’ as the first word will be the main name only... (i.e. The Rolling Stones will be Rolling Stones). First names will be used for answers (i.e. Billy Idol).

1. Which group sang ‘Young Girl?’ 2. What song gave The Temptations a hit in 1966? 3. Which gravel voiced singer had huge success with his American Songbook albums? 4. What song gave Wham their first hit in 1982? 5. Who had hits with ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Raining in My Heart?’ 6. Which singer had a big hit with ‘Lonely Boy?’ 7. Who had a hit with the comedy single ‘The Streak?’ 8. Which Isle of Wight Band had hits with ‘Lessons In Love’ & ‘Chinese Way?’ 9. Which famous dad released a duet with his daughter called ‘Changes?’ 10. Who came runner up to Gareth Gates but went on to have greater success?

TKO and Debbie´s Breast Cancer Walk TKO MEDIA Group will be supporting this event on 10th October and hope to see another successful event make lots of money for AECC. TKO DJs will be providing commentary and music and encouraging all the participants as they do their bit for this worthwhile charity. Go to for updates and how to take part

Rascals perform for Alzheimer’s LAST FRIDAY, 10th September, the Rascals performed the final rendition of their 2010 show, ‘Musical Mayhem’ at the Theatre Capital in Rojales, this time on behalf of The Alzheimer’s Association. Chairman of The Rascals, Jill Rule, handed Judy Ferris of AFA the donation for the night which was a most welcome and fantastic €1,300. The Alzheimer’s Association cannot thank everyone enough for this very generous donation, particularly as the call on their funds,

like the beneficiaries they help, is an ever growing factor. AFA is the ONLY organisation offering professional help to those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia and their families and carers in the area. Judy told RTN: “We have a full day centre five days each week in Torrevieja, a morning centre three times per week in La Siesta and we also visit 27 patients who are too ill to attend either of these.”


WHAT A fantastic week TKO Gold had for its 4th Birthday! Winners galore took home some great prizes and it all peaked on Saturday, when everyone celebrated the success of the station. TKO Media Group would like to extend a huge thank you to all the people that came along to celebrate and party late into the night. A big thanks, also, to Posh Pizza, who topped off a great week with their hospitality and excellent food. Also thank you to the sponsors who provided all the prizes for the competition and the DJs themselves, for providing such great programmes over the last 4 years. The biggest thank you is reserved for all the loyal listeners who have made the station the success it is today. Without you we could never have created such a fantastic community radio station. The TKO family rocks! You can see photos of the event on Facebook at TKO Gold


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Cloud 9 CLOUD 9 is a dazzling and sizzling keyboard and vocal duo not only to listen to but also to watch! Chris, a master of his craft, plays keyboard and piano with the flair and skill of maestro’s past and present. Classically trained, Chris went from playing Chopin in his youth to the jazz and swing genre which is his forte. Not only fabulous on his keyboards, Chris solos on harmonica, taking centre stage for some amazing arrangements of many well known songs, is an unusual and captivating part of the show. Now, with his partner, Marie, he produces his own unique backing material, enhancing every song Cloud 9 perform. Marie, a professional solo artiste for many years, touring Europe and the Far East, combines her fantastic vocal talents with her bubbly personality to complete this scintillating and exciting partnership. They compliment each other and bounce off one another

throughout their shows, providing their audiences with a show to remember. Cloud 9’s repertoire ranges from sultry ballads, spine tingling melodies to raunchy rock. Chris and Marie certainly have the X factor and bring their fresh and breathtaking show to any size of venue along the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida coastlines. If you would like to discuss booking them for parties or at your venue, telephone 677 222 352.

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Shopping heaven! By Louise Clarke MODA LA FINCA in Algorfa officially opens this weekend and it is guaranteed to be shopping heaven right on your doorstep. With a wide range of women’s clothes and also a selection of men’s clothing, this delightful new boutique situated in the La Finca development will be opening its doors for the very first time this Sunday, 19th September at 10:00. To celebrate the opening of this superb clothing outlet, there will be free champagne, beer and nibbles for everyone who comes along to the Open Day. The large and airy shop stocks clothes in a wide range of sizes from 10 to 30, so there is a nice array of lovely clothes for the more voluptuous ladies like me! In fact, even the mannequins in the window are larger than life! The clothes are all sourced from owner

Helga’s native Germany and as well as having a designer section which includes collections from designers such as Doris Streich, Frank Walder and Monari, La Moda also has a fantastic outlet section with prices on a par with prices in Germany as opposed to here in Spain which, as many of us know, are ridiculously expensive. As well as some fabulous clothing, they also have a large selection of accessories including handbags and jewellery and in the next few weeks will be stocking some children’s wear. Golf wear is also stocked. There is a great coffee bar inside the boutique so that you can enjoy a cup of coffee whilst you browse. La Moda promises to be a brilliant shopping experience and if you would like to see what they have to offer, get down there on Sunday. The regular opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10:00 until 19:00 with no siesta.

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Growing autumn and winter vegetables (part 3) by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

SOME HELPFUL HINTS Creativity for winter salads: The autumn in Spain is a second spring so it is possible to grow a wide range of leaf vegetables suitable for tasty and decorative salads, many of which will survive cold winter spells. These include lettuces; spicy cut and come again leaves; purslane; nasturtiums; dandelions; rocket and Swiss chard. And prior to the frosts, petals from a number of edible flowers can be added. These include roses, perpetual lemons, hibiscus, nasturtiums and pineapple sage. COMPOST HEAP OR MINI COMPOSTER A mini composter on an apartment terrace or a compost heap near the vegetable plot can produce a useful quantity of compost to use in seed compost mixes and for topping up the nutrient content of garden soils and container composts. COMFREY If you have comfrey plants continue to harvest leaves and cover with water in a

barrel to produce a useful natural liquid fertilizer. Also wrap each of the potatoes in a leaf when you plant them. When leaves start to die back for the winter, take a final harvest and add to the compost heap to add nutrients and accelerate the composting process. If you strain or sprain a joint or muscle an overnight comfrey poultice can help accelerate recovery. COLD PROTECTION Most recommended over wintering vegetables will survive heavy frosts but if you experience early frosts cover your potatoes, and continuing tomatoes with plastic early in November. If you are growing vegetables on an apartment terrace, the retained heat from the external walls of the house will give considerable protection. This year we planted some tomatoes on our experimental first floor terrace in February but could not do so until May on our exposed vegetable plot. AIM FOR TASTE AND TEXTURE NOT SIZE In the UK there was often a drive to grow the largest carrots, onions, cabbages etc driven by the desire to win a price in the local horticultural show or to stand out in the harvest festival displays. Naturally if you have a sizeable family the same need arises in Spain but most

Making/ using comfrey fertilizer

readers will be growing for smaller groups and it is wisest to focus on growing the tastiest best textured vegetables possible and if short of space, buying the seeds of miniature varieties from catalogues such as Sutton Seeds and Thompson and Morgan. We are sometimes given giants by villagers but they lack taste. Instead of a crisp new lettuce at each meal one would have large limp leaves for a week. Having looked at the autumn growing of vegetables, we look at autumn fruit issues next week.

BOOK SIGNING 18th SEPTEMBER Gardening columnist Dick Handscombe will be at the Bookworld shop in the Eroski shopping centre near Ondara on Saturday 18th September from 11.00 to 14.00 and 18.00 until 20.00 to answer any gardening questions you may have and autograph copies of their four latest books which will all be on sale. Namely Your Garden in Spain, Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style, Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain and Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain.

Clodagh and Dick Handscombe’s books collate their 25 years of gardening in Spain for your benefit, whether you are new to Spain or after several years in Spain are continuing to struggle with the various regional climates, soils, plants and pests. Several readers have asked for the ISBN numbers so here they are: Your Garden in Spain – From planning to planting and maintenance ISBN 978-84-89954-67-0. Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style, ISBN 978-84-89954-86-1. Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain . ISBN 978-84-89954-62-5. Growing Healthy Vegetables – ISBN 978 – 84-89954-53-3 If your local bookshop does not have them buy via or 952 485 838. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe September 2009

Infamous Murderers Maniacs Filled with Hatred and Rage

Book Review by

Danny Collins

WHEN IN 2007 I wrote ‘Vanished’, I suggested to my publisher that the shout-line, ‘The Truth About the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann’, was a trifle arcane and that I preferred its original description of an in-depth investigation into the disappearance of the three-year-old in Portugal. I could write only of my conclusions in the investigation and, although I believed them to be accurate based on the evidence; I saw the shoutline as typical jacket designer’s blurb. Mr Castleden appears to have suffered the same fate. Publishers want to sell books and authors are therefore often’ hoist on a publishing house petard’. Infamous Murderers has little to do with Maniacs Filled with Hatred and Revenge: Lizzie Borden was acquitted of all charges, Crippen simply preferred the charms of Ethel La Neve to those of his nagging, slothful wife and James Hanratty probably felt more enmity towards the hangman than he did towards his supposed victims. True enough, poor old Ruth Ellis was bent on revenge when she shot her two timing lover David Blakely and the lovely Charlotte Corday – my boyhood heroine, but I was a strange boy – certainly hated the blood stained French Jacobin Jean-Paul Marat when she stabbed him in his bath, but all told I found the author’s compilation of murders and skulduggery more interesting in subject matter than the violence of the crimes. Ruth Ellis’s story should tug at the emotional strings of any woman who’s ever been crossed in love and one wonders if the actor John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln out of political mien or because he’d had to learn the Gettysburg Address for a part by the following Tuesday. I found the book interesting and well researched and I can only wish that the publishers would let the authors describe the contents to their public.

End of Day in the Garden: Alfas Sculpture Gardens

Elderly people and their helpers can visit for free

Infamous Murderers was sent to me as a review copy and it’s likely I wouldn’t have picked it from a rack given the lurid cover – which would have been a shame. Well recommended in any event. Author: Rodney Castleden Publisher: Time Warner (paperback) Price: €9.15 ISBN: 0 7515 3648 2

All the featured books are available off the shelf or by mail order from Librería Europa, Calle Oscar Esplá 2, 03710 Calpe. Tel: 96 583 58 24; e-mail: Take along or send this review for a discount of 5% on your purchases.

UNTIL 1ST October, the Klein-Schreuder Sculpture Gardens in Alfas del Pi is inviting groups of elderly people and their helpers to visit the gardens free of charge as part of a project supported by the CAM bank – ‘Atardecer en el Jardin’ or ‘End of Day in the Garden’. Established in 1998, the gardens were the vision of Johanna Klein-Schreuder and Johannes Klein who wanted to create a sculpture garden; a space to exhibit human and natural creation both to contrast and complement. Interspersed between these natural forms are works of contemporary sculptors,

including Toni Mari’s Love Dance and Man On Stilts. The subject of all the sculptures is man and/or animal. If any groups or elderly would like to take advantage of this invitation before 1st October, contact Johanna on 966 860 230 to make an appointment. The park is normally open to the public on Sundays from 10.00 to 14.00 hours. The entrance fee is €2 per person. Visits can be made by groups at other times by appointment. Further details about the gardens can be found on

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Discover the Costa Blanca

Derek Workman continues his series of excursions from his book ‘Inland Trips From the Costa Blanca’ which features 22 detailed trips that lead you to spots you’d never find by yourself. Puppets and cribs: a visit to the museums of Albaida THE MOORS knew Albaida as ‘la blanca’, because of the colour of the earth in the area. Their former presence there is obvious in the way that it is with most small towns, by the tiny, sinuous alleyways of the old town. But anyone who wants an entertaining day out doesn’t need to follow those Moorish byways because the four gems that make Albaida worth a visit are all within a few seconds walk of each other, just off the Plaça Major. When you enter the Plaça you are confronted by the majestic façade of the Palacio de los Milà i Aragó. Building began somewhere between 1471 and 1477 around what was the original entrance to the town, the Porta de la Vila, completed in 1460. Like

Segrelles Museum, Albaida

many of these grand palaces it was an ongoing building process, with 16th and 17th Century refinements added along the way (including Baroque paintings by the local artist, Bertomeo Albert at the end of the 17th Century). There are various rooms to visit in the Palace, including the private apartments of the Marques who gave the building its name. Pass through its 15th Century arch and you enter the Plaça de la Vila, a delightful square with slatted benches shaded by Mandarin trees, where you can take a few moments rest. To your right as you go through the Palacio archway and housed in the Palacio itself is the Museo Internacional de Titelles d’Albaida, a puppet museum unique in Spain. Historic and modern examples of the puppeteer’s art have been brought from around the world, covering the decades from 1900-1970, with a separate floor devoted solely to Spanish and Valencian puppets. Amongst the elegant Japanese, Indonesian and African puppets you find Sesame Street characters glowering at you, and Mr Punch whacking Mrs Judy, still having family disputes over the baby after 350 years (they originated in 1652 and are now facing a come-back in the UK where they have been seen as highly unpolitically correct for most of the last decade). The museum is the home of the annual International Puppet Fair. On the other side of the arch is the Museo de Betlenes, a museum devoted to the cribs (belenes) that are a major part of the Christmas celebrations throughout Spain and can range in size from a shoe-box display to a huge production that can fill a village square. It also houses a model of how Albaida looked in the 15th Century. In front of the museum is the Iglesia Arciprestal de Santa Maria, built during the 16th and 17th Centuries, behind whose doublearched doors and plain exterior are splendid altar paintings by Albaida’s most famous son, José Segrelles. To learn more about the life of this distinguished artist, cross the square to the pretty

Early puppets from Valencia Casa Museu José Segrelles, a charming modenista building where the artist lived from its completion in 1940 to his death in 1969 at the age of 84. It is said he died with a brush in his hand having that very day completed a huge religious painting. The house was designed by Segrelles himself and has been kept very much the same as when he lived there, including the library with 11,000 volumes. (Given his enormous work output you wonder if he ever got time to read any!) On display throughout the house are his paintings, demonstrating the extraordinary range of his work, and many of the original illustrations he did for books by such famous authors as Blasco Ibañez and Edgar Allen Poe, and for magazines such as the American Weekly and Illustrated London News when he lived in New York and London.

To discover more about Spain, visit and are random notes about life in Spain. Derek Workman’s books, Inland Trips from the Costa Blanca and Small Hotels and Inns of Eastern Spain are available from most good books shops or direct from the publisher, Santana Books, or Tel. 952 485 838.


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Night Light WE CAN only learn from the past, never from the future, no matter how we try or what we do. Our past cannot be changed whatever happens, and so the present becomes a time when we have to achieve without compromise or fear, and this can and will make a difference to our every tomorrows of the future. How we choose to deal with life shows our determination, our strengths and our weaknesses, as well as the moulding now of the future we desire. We look forward to that which we know that we can handle, and that which will see us safely through the other side. We take risks and we bask in our prescribed comforts, but we have to live our lives as those immortal words found on every British passport, that we are allowed to travel, “without let or hindrance” throughout our lifetime. Looking back we can see what has happened before, and we can use our imagination to show the way forward, and that which we wish to happen to us. Life becomes that which we aspire to, and that which we choose to remember from the past, since we are balanced to maintain our goals, purge our egos and take sometimes a slice of humble pie. Everyone looks back and cringes at the mistakes that they have made. Some did see the writing on the wall, whilst others thought that the words though both written and seen did not fully apply to them. At the time we thought that what we did was the right thing, and yes, maybe it was, at the time, but that may not be now. We may have deep regrets at a lack of achievement. We may wish we had done better, managed more aptly, and that our lives could have subsequently been more deservingly contrite, or settled. But we are human, and we are all fallible. It is so easy to look back and to see where we went wrong, and we are nevertheless powerless to make any changes to the foundation stone of our lives.

Could have, should have, would have, are phrases that do not allow for the instinct we had to survive, driving us constantly to focus on the better times to come, whether they did or did not. We learnt by others instruction, and then lessons of life saw us having to make decisions based on fear and ignorance and stupidity. When exactly should we wake up? Why? For what? Spiritually we are here for a good purpose and it is only right that some people soon discover the plot and the part that they must play, whilst others need the time to choose, and then feel pressured in their response that it was based on knowledge and aspiration, and a little hubris. Maybe these are the words of an old man talking within me. I never listened to what people told me when I was young. I was stubborn and independent and driven to do what I thought was the very best for me, my friends and those that I came into contact with. Most of what I dreamed of came true, and the rest is no longer a priority trapped within the elements of my achieving mind, but a strong guide that tells me that there is so much more to the future than meets the eye. Some need to be carried kicking and screaming into the reality of their current now, and that isn’t me, though I know how to pull out all the stops all along the way. My only fear is retirement; this word and this word alone brings me terror and fear. You see I still have so much work that I want to do, and somehow, just somehow I will do it when the time comes right and I can, I hope. Sharing these words with readers, who think as I do, outside the box, is inspiring and brings me much freedom within my soul. Like being a little boy and sleeping with a nightlight, there is something burning out there for you, and it sure beats the shadows of our forgotten tomorrows, and lights up our lives so well.

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

Postbag Email your letters to me at: KENNY, I want to learn more about spiritual things but I don’t know where to start. I have always believed in something, and thought that there was more to this World than meets the eye, but what can I do to make a start in the right direction? Hazel J. Well, Hazel, it’s good to get your letter because this question is constantly asked, and it may help other readers to start their Spiritual journey too. The journey is the pathway that all Spiritualists take. It isn’t a lonely journey, and to start with you need to establish a closer connection with Spirit in dialogue, so start talking! Then the pathway will open up, and your first tentative steps can be greatly assisted by reading articles and books, maybe by visiting a spiritual café for a chat to meet like minded people; and possibly attending talks, joining a group or taking a personal workshop. Please check with my website for any information that may help you. The journey will be full of the help and interactions of those Spiritual people who will willingly assist you. Like me they have been where you are standing right now, and I am always here to help and advise you all along the way!

Kenny’s Diary Readings at Bistro Maya in Albir: 20th and 22nd September from 16.30 to 19.00. Please call: 966 868 213. Readings at Hair Zone Hairstylists in El Limonar (Close to Sacko’s Bar): Tuesday 21st September now fully booked: New date booking: Tuesday September 28th from 17.00. Contact Ann: on 966 786 722 or 627 065 301 2012 The Show: A Turning Point with Torben Thoger at The Forum Mare Nostrum in Alfaz on October 23rd from 10.00 to 17.00. Seats bookable at:! €15 Lunch €10!

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

horoscopes by Kenny Corris Mighty Mars and devious Pluto bring things to a head this midweek. Look before you leap and leave all decisions until next week, whereby things will be clear once and for all. Stall if you have to but you have to call the shots this time around, and it is time that something is done before someone gets hurt in the process and you get the blame. Someone is playing with fire, and you are not to be burned. You are blessed with a blind faith, and it is just about to be rewarded by the salient actions of Jupiter and a powerful and invincible Uranus. In the week ahead there will be something to keep you going and you will see that really all the signs were there all the time, but only you could see them. Hang on in there! Solution comes with the soothing actions of Pisces bringing change where it is long due. A financial warning brought about by current actions between Scorpio and Capricorn as they face Mars and Pluto in a mid week sextile. A good time to sort things out and to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself; and that you are not the loser. It is abundantly clear that matters need to be sorted right now, and that someone has to pay their way to help you to balance the books once more. Crablike you can just scuttle away and hide inside that shell, but you are angry and storing it won’t do you any good. Put things into context and you will realise that though the truth may hurt, that a web of secrets and lies won’t solve anything. The truth has to be told and with Pluto and Mars in cahoots, the action turns to resolve from the roots upwards, so do what you know you have to. With love and romance on the cards it is time to add commitment to your inner energies, and to embrace the positive now that you have found it. It is in your nature to be curious and to be sure, but just waiting around to confirm things right now takes away the great impetus and the spontaneity of actions that should speak louder than words ever could. Go for it, because you can, and things are better now. Mercury is in attendance, and this hard working planet is working very well for you, helping to put things into a much stronger perspective; and allowing you to see better just what you can do, if you are allowed to have your say. The silent message has got out, and you have to use this as a leeway to take things into a new dimension; with your own expertise open and accessible for all concerned. The Fall Equinox on the 22nd sees the Sun shining on Libra, bringing balance and definition to the horoscope, through a measured equilibrium, and a buoyant and optimistic reflection into the future. Time is right to eliminate fear, and to put all plans to the top of the list as new territory begs to be conquered, and a new enthusiasm enters into your heart and soul. Mars is inspiring at present, turning your anger into the positive action to get something unfinished, done. There is a need for your inspiring and tireless energies this week and you may feel as if you have a fight on your hands; though it will be nothing that you can’t handle. A great time too for plans, so long as the details are dealt with by you, and you are given the free reign that you deserve. With a wayward Jupiter bringing some haphazard changes into your everyday routine, you will find serendipity calls and with it a closure of something from the past. With renewed strength and a boundless energy taking you to new levels, there is a sense of achievement, and a need to move on to pastures new, whilst learning from the mistakes of the nostalgic past. Pluto casts a spell on current proceedings and shows several alternatives that are well worth taking into consideration. Just taking a look back at things allow you to better see the progress that you have to make and changes that have to be made to current schedules. Be unafraid, because luck and good fortune are out there for you, and the chances are you will see progress made in a specific matter. Current planetary indifferences highlight the need for change, and for you take control of a situation that is about to go out of control. Like all things that go too far, limits need to be imposed and adhered to, and your words need to hit home before things will improve. Stick to your guns, because you deserve success in all you do, and you need to be heard right now before it’s too late. Jupiter brings you luck and fortune this week, whilst dominating and secure Uranus is empowering and inspiring, and backing you to the hilt. Sometimes you feel as if you have a major battle on your hands, but that nobody wants to listen to your way of doing things. Here there are some changes on the horizon, and not before time, since you are about to be issued a strong and intriguing challenge.

If it’s your birthday this week... Not all is exactly what you have signed up for, so just go along for the time being and bite your tongue. You will get your say and your way if you remain true to yourself and your own gut instincts!

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A turning point - The Show WHEN KENNY Corris and Torben Thoger first met they knew that they had work to do, and that the fusion of two great symbiotic energies would lead them to work together sometime. As two free thinking and spiritual men, they are both highly intuned with the exciting prospect of the challenging times ahead in 2012. Kenny’s words and Torben’s musical composing skills firstly combined on a guided meditation which is in production at the moment, and yet they both knew that there was more that they could do, together. Balancing skills and working as true professionals they decided to plan a show that helps people to better understand just what 2012 has in store for all of us, each and every way. Combining their joint need to inform and tell the truth, they both found that the balance of their combined skills was leading them towards the staging of a show to present to all

those who need to know more with a duty to inform them better. Uniting and strengthening, Kenny and Torben both feel that 2012 will be a time of awakening and cosmic change, so that they choose to gently awaken your senses and to work with your souls, because you have a part to play, and fear must be eliminated; since the purpose of this show is to enlighten, and instruct, to prepare and to resolve. The all day spectacle is so enhanced by Torben’s intuitive ability to compose music that follows his heart; in turn allowing that the audience open theirs, too. Kenny is able to talk to the soul, bringing a highly charged vibrational energy to all, from within. Together something very magical happens and through songs and meditation; a brief of fact and fiction combine to make this a truly enlightened and wonderful presentation. One that they sincerely hope that you may never ever want to forget!

COMPOSER AND filmmaker Torben Thoger enjoys international success with his beautiful and powerful music, and his film productions. Torben has composed and produced original music scores since the 1970´s in varying styles for film, television, musicals, multimedia and his own productions. His latest four albums in the New Age music genre are released worldwide and his music has been on top of the charts in the USA and India. As a filmmaker, Torben produces corporate promotional films, commercials, documentaries and music videos. The Danish composer and artist now lives permanently with his creative family in the mountains west of Altea; Torben’s wife Mette Lund is a skilled abstract painter and a healer and their daughter is a gifted singer. Torben describes his approach to musical composition as, “Highly Intuitive”, often beginning with melodies and intentionally following his heart to expand their sound. He says that it is no coincidence that he receives comment after comment about how his music soothes and healers the listener’s heart chakra. For many years Torben has had a great interest in personal development and spirituality, though does not connect to any particular Society or Religion. He says, “I am so glad that our World is going to change to a much better place, when we reach the Turning Point in 2012!”

Torben Thoger

A presentation by Kenny Corris and Torben Thoger at the Forum Mare Nostrum: L’alfas Del Pi

Sat Oc urda tob y e 10a r 23 m - 5 rd pm

PSYCHIC MEDIUM and Astrologer Kenny Corris has worked with Spirit for some forty nine years. He is a healer, teacher, therapist and life coach. Dividing his time between writing for a growing number of publications, public demonstrations, workshops, and private readings and castings, Kenny works to spread the message that Spirit is there and waiting for our interaction, and travels regularly to Europe and the USA to promote all aspects of the Spiritual Realms; with which he so frequently communicates. Renowned for having a great sense of humour and loving personal contact with his many international clients, Kenny likes to bridge the messaging service between the living and the dead, this proving the existence of the Spirit World. Regarding 2012, Kenny says, “We are all Spirit living in an Earthly body, and we have all chosen to be here right now in unique and changing, challenging times!” He feels the great need to establish a network of people who can think outside of the box, as this, he feels, will greatly help many to adapt and grow spiritually all the way to Ascension. “The Lightworkers will shine the light of their Spirituality and help all those around them to adapt and thrive, come what may!” Kenny lives in Finestrat Pueblo with his lifetime partner Carl.

The Forum Mare Nostrum has the excellent facilities that are needed to produce an all day show. Not only does it seat 230 people in armchair comfort, but it has good acoustics, audio, and advanced lighting, and a rather wonderful grand piano. The Forum has two eating areas: the snack bar and coffee shop, which will provide beverage service, snacks and tapas. There is also a 300 seat restaurant which will offer a bookable menu of the day, with vegetarian options, at €10. Parking is available inside the complex, and on the street outside, for private cars, mini buses and coaches. There is wheelchair and


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invalid access to the building and access by lift to the lower ground floor location. Ample cloakrooms and pleasant grounds to walk in make it the perfect setting for a special day. The price of admission is €15 and the bookable and highly recommended lunch is €10. Payment in advance is hosted by PayPal, and all Credit Cards are accepted. Advanced Tickets Purchased may be collected at the door, or at certain other locations to be advised.

Join with us, and unite to work towards the golden opportunity of 2012 and beyond, with all it must bring.

Enquiries: Contact Kenny Corris on: 686 361 594 or 96 587 8424 (24 hour answerphone service). Email: Website:

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Colin via email asks: Hello, I wonder if you can recommend some one who is au fait with Wi-Fi? We have a little Wi-Fi system set up where I share a signal to 4 other houses so we are able to share the cost. Up to now we have had the occasional problems but were able to get them sorted by the original person

who put in the system, but who has now since relocated to UK. We then found some one else who was also able to do sort out any problems but they have now relocated to Switzerland. The problem we have is receipt of signal from the main supply and although is a signal they are unable to connect to the internet. We have been using

Creating hyperlinks Bill from Els Poblets asks: Hi Aunty, I hope you can help with this problem. If I receive an email with a link to a website, it shows up in blue and when I double click on it, it takes me directly to the site. When I try to send a link, I highlight it by clicking in the address box and then click on edit & copy. When I then click on edit, paste in the email I want to send the link shows up in black

this system for approx 5 years without any major problems. Can you advise us of someone who can assist us in this? Aunty says: Hi Colin. I know Enet Computers deal with this kind of thing regularly so maybe give them a call on 687 362 844 or 965 070 000.

and the person receiving it can’t go to the link by clicking on it. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong. I’m using hotmail, Mozilla Firefox and windows 7. Aunty says: How very strange Bill. I no longer use Hotmail so I cannot guarantee this will work but in Googlemail and Yahoo mail there is a button on the compose mail screen where you can make any highlighted text a hyperlink. It usually looks like a couple of chain links.

No program associated Fred from La Marina asks: Dear Aunty, I’m a complete novice with my laptop so please excuse me if this seems a silly question to you, When trying to access attachments on my incoming emails (mainly photos) I keep getting the following message on my screen “This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Association control panel” I’m only on dial up at the moment so would it make a difference if I had broadband? Hope you can help with this problem and thanking you in advance. Aunty says: Hi Fred. This error message is quite common when receiving email attachments that Windows does not know what to do with, but I’m a little puzzled and concerned as to why you are getting this message for photos. Windows will automatically use its own picture viewer to display any attached photos (jpg, bmp etc.) and if this has stopped working then something has changed a system setting. You can reset this like this: Click on the ‘start’ button and choose ‘control panel’. Select ‘programs’ and under ’default programs’ select ‘make a file type always open in a specific program’. A new window will appear called ‘set associations’ and here you to change what program a particular file type is associated with. I would choose the Windows Photo Gallery as that is the program set when Vista was first installed. Just to be on the safe side I would scan your computer with Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware and AVG9 to check for any nasties. I would seriously consider going over to Broadband simply because it is no longer a nice-to-have but a necessity.

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Riding a motorcycle on N roads by

Brian Deller

Author of Motoring in Spain

WOULD YOU please advise me of the purpose of the section of the N roads separated by a continuous line on the near side: is it permitted to ride a motorcycle in this section? Regards, J F Morris Page 17 in my book explains all the road types in Spain and in another section what the white lines are for at the roadside. An N-road is a national road which is a main (Provincial) trunk road. E-roads are European roads that will in most cases continue with the same number into an adjoining EU country. N-roads carry a speed limit of usually 100kph, depending on the safety conditions. It can be lower as signed, and as with all trunk and general urban and main roads the white lines on the sides. Even around roundabouts the hard shoulders show where vehicles may stop only in an emergency if they are completely off the moving vehicle section of the road. OR pedestrians may use this area in safety (in theory) if allowed, except on autovias and peajes. Both motorway types in the UK, as many drivers in Spain seem to, just

ignore the white lines even the double ones in the middle of the road. I would love to have a video camera in our car to record this happening often. Very scary on mountain roads when they come around corners from the opposite direction, well over the double white lines and the police will fine for this offence, both in the middle and on the right sides. So, except in an emergency, vehicles are not allowed to use the hard shoulder part of the roads, and of course, on autovias and peajes (toll roads) pedestrians are not allowed, except in an emergency, to go to an SOS phone for example after a breakdown. Hard shoulders have two functions: one is the above emergency function, the other is to provide a width of road where as heavy vehicles use the roads, the edges will not be broken up. The hard shoulder provides material support for the moving vehicle section. This is a World-wide function. So you may NOT use a motorcycle in this area, although if in heavy traffic and you are worried about the standard of driving by the vehicle drivers, the police often turn a blind

N roads carry a 100kph speed limit

eye if you are travelling fairly slowly. Motorcycles: Oh how I long for the days of my youth up to age 55 when I stopped riding my motos. I started on a 1939 Velocette in 1958 and had such bikes as Vincents (3 of) a Ducati 900 SS, Triumphs, Nortons, Matchlesses and so on. I have ridden fast MV4s in the UK, a rich friend’s, and Honda Sixes (terrible handlers). I sensibly am not riding now as I used to also race classics (won

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There is much more detailed information on all motoring subjects in my book. Brian Juan (John) Deller, Malaga, author, ‘Motoring in Spain’

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beautiful game Another ‘home The final whistle The FC Cartagena 5 - FC Barcelona ‘B’ 1 win’ for FC Torre

Wilshire Wonder

Jack Wilshire

I DO HOPE that Fabio Capello is keeping a close eye on Arsenal’s Jack Wilshire. After making his full England debut against Hungary, the midfielder didn’t feature in England’s following two European Championship qualifiers. However, his form at the Emirates means it is surely only a matter of time before his makes his competitive international bow. As the old phrase goes ’if you are good enough, you’re old enough’ and that would certainly seem to apply to the Gunners youngster whose clever back heel to set up Marouane Chamakh during the 6 – 0 demolition of Braga was one of the highlights in an outstanding Arsenal display on Wednesday night. Indeed, the response that Wilshire has shown on the pitch following his recent arrest after a night out with friends shows that - dodgy mates aside - he has the maturity to cope with all the pressures that will surely come his way. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BORE Whilst it was great to watch Arsenal in full flow (at least for a while) and also Chelsea in fine form away to MSK Zilina, the Norwich City of Slovakia, I can’t help feeling that the Group stages of the Champions League have become all too predictable. It’s the calm before the knockout storm. If you were to pick the two qualifiers from each Group right now, I bet most people would have an 80% success rate. Added to that, given the title of the competition, how crazy is it that Group G, the so called Group of Death, contains four sides that didn’t win a single title last season? You only have to look at Sir Alex Ferguson’s team selection for the match against Rangers to realise that not every games matters and that if you slip up, you’ve got every chance to put things right at a later stage. For too long now UEFA has been more concerned about the brand and making money rather than the purity of the competition. Let’s put it this way, after 60 minutes of the Arsenal / Braga game, so one-sided was it that I nearly turned over to MasterChef Australia. Now that’s bad! TURNING OFF SKY Taking in the sports bulletin at twenty past the hour on Sky news every morning used to be an appointment to watch. Not anymore. Recently, instead of getting a thorough round up of events, we now get the top 3 stories in headline form, then what the papers make of the same 3 stories, followed by a bit of chat. It’s rubbish. For instance, on Wednesday at 19.20 (Spanish time) there was no mention of cricket’s county championship with the title still not decided with just one day of the season to go. Nothing on Lionel Messi’s flying visit to Hackney Marshes, no mention of Raddy Antic being sacked by Serbia, and no coverage of Gavin Henson’s desire to leave Ospreys. Sky wouldn’t treat news this way so why has sport been so severely downgraded? Please Sky, sort it out.

By Steve Hibberd THIS TOP of the table div 2a match was very much one for the purists. Six goals, end to end action, skilful interchange by both sides and sensible application of the laws by excellent match officials (the games ONLY booking arrived on the hour mark), were some of the many reasons to be cheerful at Cartagonova Stadium last Saturday. Watched by a goodly crowd of 9,100 expectant fans, Cartagena recorded their first home win of the season, following 2 disappointing defeats inside a week. The home side went close to scoring after only 2 minutes. A last-ditch tackle prevented Toche finishing off a well worked move. Four minutes later, a teasing cross by Keko just eluded Toche’s outstretched leg underneath the crossbar. On 18 minutes, Moral challenged Barca keeper Olazabal (unfairly in my opinion), leaving debutant centre back Cala the simple task of side footing the ball into an empty net. At the other end, Rebollo saved well from a powerful drive by Muniesa. Back came Cartagena, Moral being denied a certain goal by another superb defensive tackle. Probably the goal of the match arrived on 27 minutes, courtesy of a Toche special, converting a brilliant individual effort by the outstanding Arsenal loanee Botelho. Straight from kick off, Barca should have reduced the arrears, but Sergi was guilty of chipping wide of an open goal. Rebollo again came to the home side’s rescue

on 39 minutes, when he acrobatically tipped a goal bound effort onto the post and behind. From the resultant corner, Montoya headed inches past the post. Different half, same story, only this time Cartagena scored with their first attack. This time it was Toche who was provider, his accurate cross driven firmly through a sea of legs by the impressive Moral. Ex Cartagena legend Carmona (his stoppage time winner 2 seasons ago at Alcoyano, secured promotion to div 2a), was having an off day, and along with another old boy Armando, was substituted midway through the 2nd half, as Barca desperately searched for new ideas. But it was Cartagena who scored the game’s next goal, Moral converting a fine assist by Keko on 65 minutes. Barca got their consolation goal with 6 minutes of the game remaining - a low cross by Nolito slotted home by Riverola. Man of the match Botelho provided sub Victor with goal number 5, inside the 4th minute of stoppage time, rounding off a superb display by Cartagena over a youthful Barca side who had previously won their opening 2 league matches. FC CARTAGENA LINE UP Rebollo, Txiki, Mariano (Julien), Botelho, Toche, Longas, Lafuente, Cala, Moral (Munoz), Keko (Victor), Pablo Next up for Cartagena is an away trip to Numancia on Saturday 18th September. This div 2a fixture has a KO time of 18.00. For further info on FC Cartagena visit or

Denia Rugby Club

Torre FC in action

By Louise Clarke ON ANOTHER gloriously sunny afternoon and with the new President at the helm, the FC Torre boys did their fans proud on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Novelda, which means that the Salineros are now joint top of the League, unbeaten and with no goals conceded! In a game that was totally dominated by the home side, the only negative was that the final score of 1-0 should have been much higher. Veteran Skipper, Corcoles, had half a dozen good chances in the first half that he should have taken and then a penalty shot which he took turned into an easy save for the Novelda keeper. The Torre back four has a solid look about them in stark contrast to the opposition’s centre backs’ torrid afternoon. The second half carried on in the same vain as the first and it appears that coach Barrera has installed some real grit and determination into his new side resulting in some welcome and renewed optimism at the Vicente Garcia Stadium this season. With still no goals coming, Barrera made a few changes. The most notable was the returning Torre old boy, Angel Ivan, after a few seasons away and what an impact he made! Within two minutes of being on the pitch, a wonderful cross field pass by Abel found Ramiro on the right and after beating his marker his shot was parried to the oncoming Angel who smashed the ball high into the net for a thoroughly deserved lead. The home team did not sit on this lead and continued to push forward with only some close decisions from the linesman stopping Torre FC breaking and doubling the lead. There were four very tense minutes of added time and even the Novelda goalkeeper did a ‘Schmeichel’ and tried to steal an equaliser. But thanks to the superb and solid Diego at the back, there was no chance of that happening and the whistle finally blew for time with a deserved win for the Torre lads. Well done to the management and team for this brilliant performance and with the new President at the helm determined to push on and pull all the supporters together, the Vicente Garcia is the place to be for new optimism. Vamos FC Torrevieja! With thanks to in association with


Technidex Valencia 27 – Denia 17

DENIA STARTED their Valencia Liga 1 campaign with a friendly fixture against Technidex Valencia, who play in the Spanish National league 3. The final score 27 v 17 to Technidex did not reflect how the game was played. Denia was the better team on the day considering Technidex used their A and B team squads. Denia’s defence was outstanding with some fine tackling, the three quarters outplayed their opposite numbers and the forwards stood firm against a bigger set of forwards. After the game the whole Denia squad was congratulated by everyone from Technidex for the fine display of rugby. This was encouraging because Denia more than held their own against an experienced National League team and now know what they have to do if they want to play at a higher level. Training, which starts at 19:30 on Tuesday and Thursday at the Deportivo in Denia, will concentrate on fitness and rugby skills, so please come along and join in. Denia RFC have organised a Sponsored 10K walk on Sunday 26/09/2010 starting at 10:00 from the Oasis Hotel. The reason is for each player of all levels (U8 to juniors, female and seniors) to raise funds to help them pay the €150 they have to pay to the Valencia Rugby Federation. So everyone is invited to join in or if you want to sponsor a player or are able to complete a sponsor form for a player, please contact Les on 638 408 107.

THE RTN Golf Club is free to join and members are entitled to a generous ‘two for one’ offer to ensure the sport is affordable for everyone – making sure golfers are out enjoying themselves rather than worrying about the cost of a game. The club is open to every resident – all that is needed to qualify is an NIE number – and a round of golf, including a buggy, will cost no more than €50 per head – slashing the current club average green fee of €80. Go to and tap in a few details – or inquire at golf clubs taking part in this exciting new venture! Well? What are you waiting for!

ANYONE FOR FOOTBALL? Aged between 20 to 40 ? Torrevieja area Call Doug on 628 789 335

Society golf: casual or formal? Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Professional coach and RTN golf expert 639 730 891

VERY MANY of our golf societies are run well and have a great atmosphere to play and enjoy golf. There are exceptions and thankfully these are few and far between. There is one big question to be answered though with golf societies: Should you form a constitution and run things formally along the lines that many of our golf clubs are back in the United Kingdom or should you keep them informal and casual? Whatever option a society chooses, there are rules that have to be adhered to and written down if a golf society is to be a success. It is no good having a constitution and then ignoring it just because it suits a few people to go that way. Any golf society member has a right to have his or her say regarding just who is going to represent them on any committee that is formed and that should be respected at all costs. No member should have sway over all the decisions that are made, not even the elected Captain. Golf societies here in Spain are the nearest thing that many expatriates will come to having their own club here. They are members clubs and therefore the members have a right to have an elected committee that will represent the views of the majority of the members. Very many golf societies are run this way but sadly there are a few that are exceptions. Just what should happen in the few situations where this is the case is a matter of opinion but eventually the members will vote with their feet and walk away to join a society where their say is listened to and respected. We are now entering what is considered to be the high season here in Spain for golf and there will be many people who will come for winter and join a golf society. My advice is if you want to play society golf join a society where your say will count for something, unless that is you are happy to play golf with a dictator at the helm of your society. Your golfing life is relatively short: enjoy it while you can!

THE PROFESSIONAL TOURS The Tour Championship will be without the World’s No. 1 Golfer this year for the first time ever. The Fedex Cup will see a new name on it and a new recipient will win the $10m on offer after a year that saw many surprises on The PGA Tour. At the start of the year it was inconceivable that Tiger would struggle like he has and that Europe would have so many Major Championship winners. It has indeed been a funny year. WIN A ROUND OF GOLF FOR 2 INCLUDING BUGGY AT THE BEAUTIFUL EL PLANTIO RESORT IN ALICANTE To enter this competition, simply answer the question below correctly. Every correct answer will be entered into a draw at the end of the month and the winner of this fantastic prize worth over €180 will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to golf@roundtownnews. com. The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 17TH SEPTEMBER 2010: ONLY 1 PLAYER HAS BEEN WORLD NO1 OTHER THAN TIGER WOODS IN THE LAST 11 YEARS, WHO IS IT? A. Vijay Singh B. Ernie Els C. Retief Goosen All answers must be received no later than 17.00 on 30th September 2010 to be entered into September’s draw, to be made on 1st October 2010. The winner will be announced in RTN on October 8th 2010. QUALITY GOLF LESSONS To enjoy golf lesson with a World Golf Teachers Federation coach recommended as one of The World’s Top 100 call Noel on 639 730 891.

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La Vila triumphs over Alcobendas LA VILA Rugby Club triumphed over Madrid’s Sanitas Alcobendas on Saturday night, leaving an impressive 36-15 on the scoreboard and earning a valuable league bonus point. The team is now second on the log after two fixtures, one point behind Valladolid’s VRAC and just ahead of last year’s league winner El Salvador.

La Vila’s next home game will take place against CAU Valencia at the Villajoyosa Rugby Stadium on Saturday 25 Sept at 16:15. As usual, there will be food and refreshments for sale, and under 18’s get in free. For more information, please contact Jo le Roux at the Rugby La Vila offices 965 890 376. La Vila Rugby Club is

Orihuela RFC senior fixture list THE ORIHUELA RFC fixture list for the new season has just been released and with only eight games this season, it means the league will finish at the beginning of the New Year, subject to any cancellations and changes. The training continued where it left off the week before with all of the new guys coming back for a second week, so they were not frightened away, which is great. The good news is that Victor is still the captain, as the new players will need his leadership during their first season. The only change has been the coach. Due to work commitments, Oscar has now taken over temporarily from the very busy Segis and he did his first training session last Thursday, which went down really well. The fixture list for the new season for

New season, new sponsor, new pitch

the seniors is as follows: 17th October - Torrevieja (away) 24th October - Novelda Gigantes (h) 31st October - Javea Bulls (away) 14th November - Elche (home) 21st November - Torrevieja (home) 28th November - Novelda Gigantes (a) 12th December - Javea Bulls (home) 16th January - Elche (away) Look in the local press for any changes and new games coming up, hopefully plenty otherwise it is going to be a very short season. This coming weekend, Orihuela RFC seniors have their first friendly against Albacete away on Saturday 18th September. The club trains on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Miguel Hernandez University, the seniors and older juniors, juveniles, train from 20.30 to

By Louise Clarke SAN FULGENCIO Football Club looks forward to the forthcoming campaign. Player/Coach Gary Williams told RTN: “With new sponsors 900telecom on board and the new astro turf pitch, we are itching to get started. Pre-season

situated at Carratera Pantano, Villajoyosa. Take AP-7 exit No 66 (Villajoyosa). At the first roundabout head for the mountain. The club is about 1km from Motorway exit No 66. Or go via the Villajoyosa by-pass and take the middle exit. At the first roundabout bear right towards the motorway entrance and at the second roundabout bear left towards the mountain.

22.30, while the younger juniors train from 18.15 to 20.15. So, if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter what age or skill level. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, contact the president Álvaro on 630 313 298 or Garry on 692 767 242. For the juniors, contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish). So, what are you waiting for? Come along and join in the fun and great friendly atmosphere at the club.

has been good with over 30 players turning up and a lot of new faces and there are some good players amongst them, but it does not make it any easier as I still have to trim it down and sign a maximum of 22. A goalkeeper was a priority but thankfully that problem seems to have been solved.” Dave Grantham of 900telecom said that they were delighted at becoming the main

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Costa Blanca round-up

Maggots end by

David Hoare

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Rods and Reels THIS WEEK’S competition was an open match, the first one of the two this year. The venue was Rio Segura Eden Canal stretch. The river was just flowing but low. The banks, however, were a different proposition as very few people have fished there. The bamboo was taking over and most anglers had to spend about half an hour clearing the bank to find the river, and then clearing their peg to allow fishing to take place. At least now the main work is done it will be a matter of keeping them clear. Nature will always try to retain its own! Top anglers on the day: 1st Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare, fishing the pole using maggot and corn with 10.380 kilos 2nd Lenny (Excultural Attachee) Bolton, same method with 8.080 kilos 3rd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson, same method with 6.640 kilos

If you are interested and wish to be registered on the waiting list, please apply to Sue Swann on 966 729 293. Working parties will be required early October as nature is reclaiming its own; venues and dates to be notified nearer the time.

My travelling companion Clive has outdone me this week: after my losing some pole tops last season Clive surpassed me by losing the top 4 sections of his pole. After getting snagged on the far bank he managed to get to the other side and dressed only in his jockeys slid into the river with thoughts of getting his pole. However, after about 2 steps into the silt with the thought that the silt is many feet deep he had to give in and watch his pole section slide into the murky depths. Also, if the silt didn´t get him the snakes would; they are plentiful again this year.

ANGLERS TOGETHER Anglers Together continues to grow with firm friendships being formed since the group started 4 years ago. Many members fish together regularly and say they are happy to have taken up a sport to replace golf for instance, which has become so expensive. We have the occasional organised outing but the main aim is to introduce members to find fishing companions and to assist in finding the venues. It costs €10 to join for the first year and €5 per annum for each year after. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about Anglers Together, either come along to one of the meetings or contact Alan at: anglerstogether@ Meetings are usually held on the second Friday and Saturday of each month depending on other public holidays and local fiestas. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. The next meetings will be held on Friday 10th September at 12.00 at Mary’s Bar in Campoverde (north of Pilar de la Horadada) and on Saturday 11th September at 12.00 at Los Galayos Bar, opposite the beach front at Puerto de Mazarron.

PLEASE NOTE The AGM will be held on Sunday 26th September at 10.00 at Cagney´s bar, La Marina. Subscriptions must be paid prior to the AGM. At present there are no vacancies for membership.

WARNING Anglers are being checked by the Police for their licences and insurance so don’t take chances and make sure you have all the relevant documents to hand. Tight lines… Dave Hoare

club sponsor and that he looks forward to a long and happy relationship. Dave also commented that one of the reasons that 900telecom had come on board was because they can see how dedicated Gary is to achieving success at the club. He said: “Gary is a fantastic motivator and has a wealth of football experience which will ensure the success of the club and because

of this we are committed to giving him all the support we can.” The new astro turf pitch is being laid at the Campo Nuevo Canaveral and should be ready during the early part of the new season. The club begins the new season with an away game at CD Almoradi ‘B’ this Sunday, 19th September, 18:00 kick-off. All fixtures can be found on the club website:

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