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Green light for RTN Golf Club SOUTH EDITION

1 - 7 OCTOBER 2010

by Jack Troughton

GOLFERS FLOCKING to join the RTN Golf Club are now spoilt for choice about where to get out and enjoy a round – 30 courses are now offering the exclusive ‘two for one’ deal. Golf clubs from La Sella in the north to La Manga in the south – and everywhere in between - have agreed to welcome holders of our free membership card. And the club itself is constantly expanding the services available to sportsmen and women – soon to include a golf clinic with professional Noel Eastwell and a junior academy. Noel believes initial hiccoughs have been ironed out and anyone who is a resident in Spain and holds an NIE number can join by going to and entering a few details. He said RTN Golf Club was

running very successfully and golfers were now avid readers of the paper to keep up with developments in the game. It was also seen as being a success by bars, restaurants and hotels benefiting from an increase in trade as people got out and about. “What we have done to make life easier for our members and expand the number of participating clubs is appoint an agent in the north and an agent in the south,” he said. “RTN Golf Club members will deal directly with their appropriate agent. This means the service will be more efficient and certainly a lot slicker – it will guarantee that club members will get the discounts they are supposed to get.” Noel, RTN’s golf guru and one of the top 100 coaches in the World, said in the early days of the club that some members failed to inform clubs they were RTN members. Continued on page 4


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by Louise Clarke

RTN WAS privileged on Thursday to be invited to hold a joint press conference with the Alicante Diputada and Head of the European Residents Department, Maria Asuncion Prieto. The press conference was called to highlight to the Spanish press, RTN’s No Vote, No Voice campaign and also to launch two new leaflets created by the Department to help European Residents understand the Padrón and voting process and also healthcare provisions available in the province. The leaflets are comprehensive and informative, translated into five different languages (English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish). More than 300,000 European Residents registered on the Padrón in the Alicante province will take advantage of these leaflets and 8,000 copies have been printed for distribution. The information will also be available through the European Residents Department website. DID YOU KNOW?

The Diputada told members of the press that the new publications, also included in the Resource and Information Guide that the Provincial Council publishes, aim to inform European Residents about their rights and duties in Spain. She said: “Since 2004 more than 6,000 copies of this guide have been distributed, covering different subjects such as how to make a will; how to get a Spanish driving licence; or how to buy or rent a house. The new leaflets will be distributed during the forthcoming informative meetings which have been organised by the Diputación and are called ‘Did you know...?’”

The meetings will take place in November at various municipalities in the Alicante province and a full timetable of events will be released in RTN as soon as we have them, so watch this space. IMPORTANT

Ms Prieto also emphasised the importance of European Residents not only registering on the Padrón but more importantly, exercising their fundamental right to vote. She said: “We know of 300,000 European Residents registered in the Province of Alicante but we also know that the real number of residents is far higher than those registered at the Padrón.” She added: “With the coming municipal elections we consider that it is very important to give detailed information to all European residents in order for them to be able to use their right to vote.” The Diputada commented that only a small number of EU residents have confirmed their will to vote, which is a required procedure to vote at the European and local elections. She said: “In this regard, only 32% of the residents registered at the Padrón confirmed their will to vote at the last municipal elections in 2007.” She also told the members of the press that the leaflet about registering on the Padrón and the local election voting process will also be distributed in the road shows that RTN is organising as part of its ‘No Vote, No Voice’ campaign, which the Alicante Diputación is wholeheartedly supporting. HEALTHCARE

The other leaflet published by Diputación gives information about rights and duties of European Residents in relation with Public Health care in the Province of Alicante.

RTN’s Louise Clarke & Maria Asuncion Prieto

Ms Prieto concluded: “After the recent changes in the Valencia Region, this guide aims at clarifying all aspects and questions related to the medical coverage in the public health system in Alicante.”

The leaflets are available through the European Residents’ Department website: a link to which can also be found on RTN’s website:

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Continued from front page “NOW WHEN they book, RTN Golf Club members will be obliged – with one exception – to tell the agents their membership number. As long as they do they will get the discounts,” he said. “It was a teething problem – now it will be very efficient, but to get a discount you have to go through the agents.” And Noel is also looking forward to the challenge of running exclusive clinics for club members. “Golfers will get lessons with myself for €10 per hour at certain courses shortly to be confirmed.” He said youngsters would also benefit from his experience. “There will also be an exclusive club for junior members – a junior academy with lessons at €10 per hour and we will also get them involved in competitions” Noel said golf equipment could also be purchased at “almost ridiculously cheap prices” through internet site “At the end of the day we are making golf on the Costa Blanca tremendous value for money – this is something where we provide everyone an opportunity to play golf at prices everyone

can afford,” he said. “Everything anyone wants to play golf is covered by being a member of the RTN Golf Club.” RULES

He said he was kept busy fielding ‘phone calls and emails from golfers asking about the best driver or putter to buy, or an interpretation of the rules. “RTN is being seen as the people who look after golfers – and it is good because RTN is now seen as the paper for golfers.” THE FULL LIST OF PARTICIPATING GOLF CLUBS IS:

Alicante Region: Alicante; Alenda; Bonalba; Don Cayo; El Plantio; Font del Llop; Javea (book direct with the course); La Sella; and Villaitana. Torrevieja Area: Campoamor; La Finca; La Marquesa; Las Colinas; Las Ramblas; Villamartin; and Vistabella. Murcia Region: Alhama (signature); El Valle; Hacienda del Alamo; Hacienda Riquelme; La Manga; La Peraleja; La Serena; La Tercia; La Torre; Lo Romero; Mar Menor; Mosa Trajectum; Roda; and Saurines de la Torre.

derCup RyCompetition THE 2010 Ryder Cup has been nine years in the planning, but the waiting is now over because it starts today! And to celebrate this, RTN and Las Colinas Golf & Country Club are exclusively offering one lucky reader a round of golf for four people at this amazing course. Designed by renowned golf course architect Cabell B. Robinson, and managed by Troon Golf, Las Colinas is located in Orihuela Costa, between San Miguel de Salinas and Campoamor – you can see more at This weekend sees golf’s Match Play showpiece take place with two teams playing for one thing: Ryder Cup glory. America versus Europe will be battling it out under the guidance of captains Corey Pavin of America and his European counterpart Colin Montgomerie and it promises to be a spectacular, must view golfing event for any golf enthusiast. MOST WATCHED The 38th Ryder Cup will be held in Wales for the first time and the city of Newport is fully prepared for the influx of world class golfers and spectators as they make their way to the Usk Valley and the stunning Celtic Manor golf resort. An estimated two billion people around the World will be watching the three day event which finishes on Sunday and organisers have said that coverage of the cup will be beamed into approximately 620 million households in 195 countries. Wales has hosted important sporting events before but nothing compares to the Ryder Cup. This competition is third only to the football World Cup and Olympics as the most-watched sporting event on the planet, so Newport is to be the centre of the sporting universe for one weekend only. COMPETITION To be in with a chance to win a round of golf for four people at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, just answer the following question…

Noel Eastwell coaching scholarship winner Natasha ‘Nats’ Woodhams

Which Spanish golfer has scored the most points in Ryder Cup matches? A: Seve Ballesteros B: Sergio Garcia C: Jose Maria Olazabal Email your answer to by midday Wednesday 6th October. The winner will be drawn from all correct answers received and will be announced in next week’s RTN.

Guardamar prepares for heavy rain by Louise Clarke THE MONTH of September has seen the Guardamar Town Hall’s municipal cleansing services begin the preventative tasks of cleaning up in light of the expected heavy autumn rainfall. The ‘clean up’ is mainly for drainage systems and gutters in the town centre, The N332 often severely affected when heavy rains extension works in occur within a very short space of time. Guardamar The streets linked with the sea collect the have grind largest quantities of rainwater, meaning to a halt that they need to be in perfect condition RTN: “The Town Hall intends to ask the and free from anything that might ob- Regional Government for an additional struct the path of the rainwater. year’s aid to resolve some of the major The cleaning and clearing of the vari- problems facing several of the historic ous roads in the Urbanisations and in livestock paths, whose maintenance rethe el Campo area, where roads had also sponsibility lies within Regional authorbeen re-tarred, responded well to the ities. These routes suffer severely during onslaught of heavy rainfall experienced the heavy rainfall periods.” during autumn 2009. ADVICE HISTORIC Guardamar Town Hall, via its webpage, Guardamar Mayor Marylène Albento- urges all residents to try to avoid unnecsa highlighted that the works and re-tar- essary risks by taking regular precauring of the streets completed by the Town tions such as checking roofs, drain pipes, Hall, which was called the Larramendi gutters and drainage systems, clearing Plan, allowed them to modernise the ex- away earth, leaves and indeed anything isting infrastructure in some of the old- that blocks the free flow of water; also est streets in the town. They had fallen reminding that autumn brings the posinto disrepair because of their age and sibility of the cold and heavy rainfall presented great difficulty dealing with front ‘Gota Fría’. A vigilant awareness the very heavy rainfall which threatened of weather forecasts and the state of the homes and buildings. Mrs Albentosa told motorways is recommended in case of

heavy rainfall. The Council advises following the advice of the local authority and the instructions of Council services. N332 Meanwhile, work on the N332 in Guardamar is still paralysed and this week sees the fifth week where work as not taken place. Rumours are circulating that money for the project has run out, but the Guardamar Town Hall has assured RTN that this isn’t the case in the section running through the town. RTN has been in contact with the Ministry for Roads and Transport who are in charge of the extension project, which has seen the busy coastal road go from one lane to two from Guardamar to Pilar de la Horadada and we are still awaiting a response. As we have some more information, we will, of course, let readers know.

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Man stabbed at petrol station A MAN in his twenties was stabbed following a brawl at a petrol station. The incident took place at around Midday on Tuesday at the BP petrol station on Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas in Torrevieja and the man, described as being of Eastern European origin, was taken to Torrevieja Hospital where he is being treated for stab wounds. It is believed that the 21-year-old suffered a knife wound to a major artery close to the lung,

which required surgery to repair. As RTN went to press, the Guardia Civil had arrested one person in connection with the crime and have identified a second man following a witness statement. They are currently searching for him in connection with the incident. The injured man has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Torrevieja Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries which are no longer thought to be life threatening.

Spending by foreign tourists up TOTAL EXPENDITURE by foreign tourists in August of 2010 amounted to €6,800 million, according to the Tourist Expenditure Survey (EGATUR), drafted by the Tourism Studies Institute of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade. This figure represents growth of 6.2 percent compared with August 2009 and the fourth consecutive month to record an increase in total expenditure.

Bullfighters want special status A GROUP of famous Spanish matadors have called an informal meeting with the Minister for Culture, Ángeles GonzálezSinde, to air their concerns about bullfighting being banned in Catalonia. The bullfighters want the act of

killing bulls in the ring to come under the jurisdiction of the Ministry for Culture, as opposed to the Ministry of the Interior as it does currently. They are also calling for bullfights to be declared as an act of special cultural interest.


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RTN meets the new British Consul by Louise Clarke THE FIRST thought that comes into your head when you meet Paul Rodwell, the new British Consul is, ‘Wow, he is tall!’ At 6’4”, I almost had to hire scaffolding to give him a welcome kiss as we met at the Consulate earlier this week. Although we have met several times during his first six weeks as Head of the British Consulate in Alicante, this was our first official interview. I was pleased to see that he has well and truly got his feet under the table. I managed to steal 30 minutes of his valuable time on Monday morning and spoke to him candidly about how he got to be British Consul for one of the busiest Consulates in the World and about his hopes and aspirations for what lies ahead. LA MANGA

Originally from Kent, 39-year-old Paul graduated from Surrey University with a degree in Hotel Management, starting on the front desk of a London hotel. During his seven years as a Bar Manager in the Hyatt Hotel, La Manga Club, he met his Spanish wife and learned the language. They worked in Chile but following 9/11 in 2001, Paul left the corporate game to run a lodge in the Atacama Desert, in Northern Chile. “It was beautiful, absolutely beautiful,” he said. The couple then managed a lodge in Morocco for two and a half years before moving back to Europe. Seeking other challenges, Paul moved into Consular work: “After travelling for the majority of

my life, you realise how a holiday can soon turn into a nightmare. I myself was attacked on a beach in Brazil and wanted to be able to use that experience to help others. It can be quite scary and dangerous out there in a foreign country on your own.” He also appreciates the importance of paperwork and making sure that you are registered and fully legal. He joked: “I have filled in more paperwork in my lifetime than most - that is for sure!” PREVENTION

Paul’s passion is customer service: “We honestly do care,” he told me, “...but our priorities are the most vulnerable. We would love to be able to solve everyone’s problems, but that is not possible. Thankfully, we have a wonderful list of charities we can call upon to help us and of course we have organisations like RTN, who work on prevention by helping and advising before people need to approach the consulate. I would like to fully congratulate you on your No Vote, No Voice campaign, which I support 100% because it is vital that people get on the ‘padron’, not only to get the services they need, but to be given their fundamental right to vote.” FUTURE

Paul’s hopes and aspirations for the future are threefold. He said: “The first thing is to ensure that people get registered on the ‘padron’. That will help us to know where Brits are, which will in turn

New British Consul, Paul Rodwell

help us plan our Outreach events. Secondly, I hope that I will be able to do a good job and I hope that I will be able to continue to provide, along with the team, excellent consular services and finally, the third

hope of mine is to ensure that the ConeXiones project becomes as successful as I know that it can be. It is a mega initiative and thanks to the Spanish authorities being so receptive, the project is world leading.”

Camps goes for presidency again HOT ON the heels of the announcement by Valencia’s PSOE Secretary General, Jorge Alarte, that he will be running as the socialist candidate for the Valencian Regional Presidency, as reported in RTN last week, the current President Francisco Camps has confirmed this week that he will be the PP party’s candidate. The decision comes despite the ongoing Gürtel case, in which Camps has been accused of taking bribes and other cases such as Operacion Brugal, which affects the PP party’s leader, Jose Joaquin Ripoll in Alicante. The President confirmed that he will be repeating his role as the party’s candidate in the forthcoming regional elections at a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Madrid which followed a meeting of party bosses, hosted by the national leader, Mariano Rajoy. According to recent opinion polls, voters have said that the Gürtel and Brugal corruption cases in the Valencia region will have little or no effect on how they intend to vote.

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A garbage dump for thousands PSOE COUNCILLOR for the Orihuela Coast, Rosa Martinez, has denounced the Town Hall of Orihuela for allowing areas on the coast to be used as unofficial dumping grounds. She has also said that there is a huge problem with uncontrolled dumping on the coast and demands that the Town Hall does something about it now. The socialist Councillor accompanied residents of the Serena IV urbanisation as they toured the area surrounding their homes, and showed the councillor just what a problem the waste dumping has become. Rosa told RTN: “Once again, we are here to complain about the appalling management of the PP led Town Hall of Orihuela Costa. In this case, there are several areas which have been turned into dumping sites and what makes it worse is that these areas are right in the heart of the busiest tourist area in the municipality. It is a disgrace.” NOT ACCEPTABLE

Rosa agreed to help the residents of Serena IV to file official denuncias against the Town Hall and has raised the issue at this week’s Town Hall ‘pleno’ meeting, which took place on Tuesday

The area is unkempt and full of building rubble

morning. One of the homeowners, Félix Urresti, who initiated the complaints to Rosa, told RTN: “I have a garbage dump at the front door of my house. This is not acceptable to me or any of my neighbours and the Town Hall needs to be aware that we will be taking a stand on this issue.” RTN took photos of the surrounding areas, which as well as strewn with rubbish is full of weeds and generally looks unkempt. Félix added: “The area has been turned into a tip with building rubble making up the majority of the dumped material and it has been like this since the collapse of the housing boom. In fact, some of this rubbish has been here for years.” He concluded: “Residents and companies regularly use this area to dump

their waste. In fact, we are a garbage dump for thousands.” OBLIGATION

Rosa Martinez told members of the press that situations similar to this have been denounced by residents to Orihuela Councillor Manuel Abadia on numerous occasions and still nothing has been done to resolve the problem. She said: “We must remember that the Town Hall has an obligation to force the owners of these areas of land to clean and to fence them off to prevent any reoccurrence of this situation. And if they do not do it, the Town Hall should charge these proprietors and make them pay for the clean up cost.”

ETA still talking ceasefire

ETA’S POLITICAL wing, Batasuna, has called for a unilateral and permanent ceasefire. The outlawed group presented a document called ‘For a Scene of Peace’ at a political rally last Saturday in the town of Gernika. The document was signed by the groups EA, Aralar, Alternatiba and the French Basque group, AB, who all support ETA. On Sunday, Basque paper Gara published interviews with two ETA activists. The ETA members called for the legalisation of Batasuna, an end to the arrests of ETA activists and for talks with the government to commence.

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Guardamar Mayor meets residents GUARDAMAR MAYOR, Marylène Albentosa Ruso, recently visited residents in El Raso Urbanisation as part of the Town Hall’s ongoing meeting schedule with its neighbours and community presidents. The meetings serve primarily as an exchange of information, allowing the Mayor to be updated on issues and concerns from residents and affording her the opportunity to hear the views and opinions of

The Mayor meets residents of El Raso

the community presidents on the work of the local authority. The Mayor was able to explain in detail the function of the Town Hall and gave her commitment to resolve as many issues as possible. Additional information was provided for residents such as the local census and the need to register, Spanish language courses, the forthcoming Outlet and Shopping fair and the local fiestas programme.

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Phobias in your life

A PHOBIA is an anxiety disorder characterised by a totally irrational fear of people, places, animals, objects or a potential situation. The ways a phobia can affect an individual vary greatly, causing severe disruption to a person’s life. It may be they prefer to try to ignore it, despite their heart beating very fast with perhaps a feeling of sickness; dryness of the mouth; tension; becoming breathless; even a feeling of fainting or actual fainting. A PHOBIA CAN TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE COMPLETELY Sufferers constantly think about it, creating scenarios in the mind of how to avoid the phobic situation. Even if they do have to face it, how are they going to react at that time, or will they make a complete fool out of themselves? The list is endless! Put simply, a phobia is an outward projection of an internal anxiety. It can be created in many ways such as in severe stress, a single event, excessive anxiety caused by a recurring experience, or maybe by a past trauma. FAST TRACK HYPNOSIS Whenever I am talking to a client for the first time I like to explain the Fast Track Hypnosis method further. I use the example of someone who watches a horror film on television, their conscious mind sees the image, and their subconscious mind reacts towards this image, making the

viewer become frightened. Obviously the image is totally unreal as it is only projected onto a piece of glass. The conscious mind sees an image (real or imagined) of perhaps a spider and the subconscious reacts towards the image, taking it totally out of proportion, thereby causing a feeling of panic. Using the calming effects of Fast Track Hypnosis, the subconscious mind is allowed see the phobia in a very funny way. The theory behind this is quite simple: by laughing at their phobia, they can stop being frightened of it, and if they are not frightened of it, it goes away. The process normally takes approximately 4 sessions depending on the response and commitment from the client, as opposed to much longer methods used by psychologists, conventional Hypnotherapists, etc. CDs are also provided to reinforce ongoing results and as the client progresses they are finally taught self-hypnosis to give positive suggestions to themselves in any new situations they may encounter. A few years ago I was featured in a newspaper about phobias and how effective Fast Track Hypnosis is. One was about blushing and the other about a phobia of dogs (Caninaphobia). The dog phobia was about a young girl called Rachael Kerry (10 years of age). Her parents Dianne and Edmund took her to see me for treatment.


Alan Gilchrist The Costa Blanca’s Top Hypnotherapist

HERE IS AN ABRIDGED VERSION OF THE NEWSPAPER REPORT AT THE TIME Her mum explained that the fear which developed in early childhood remained with Rachael so much so she would refuse to leave the house. “At one stage she started shaking with fear and then I knew there was a serious problem; even the sight of a dog on television scared her,” she said. Since seeking treatment Rachael’s life has changed dramatically and she is now able to interact with her four-legged canine friends without enormous fear engulfing her. Dianne and Edmund say they are delighted with the result of Hypnotherapy. They had previously spoken to a family doctor and a counsellor without any real success. “Alan Gilchrist’s treatment seemed to work much more quickly,” she said. Her mum said that after the first session Rachael immediately started to feel better about dogs: “On the first day, she held a friend’s little Yorkshire Terrier and let him kiss her. Rachael now plays with dogs that come up to her in the street where she lives. She has got over it now and is able to let a dog walk past her in the street without getting upset,” said Dianne. “We had bought her lots of cuddly toy dogs to help her get over her fear. On the first night she had her therapy she said she saw the dogs

laughing at her. To us the treatment was worth every penny; sometimes I have to pinch myself when I see her walking over to talk to a dog.” Alan holds his Fast Track Hypnosis Stop Smoking and Weight control Sessions, as well as sessions for personal problems in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar and Benidorm. For an appointment, brochure or free of charge initial consultation, contact Alan Gil-

christ on 659 229 408, or visit, or Hypnosis is ideal in helping a person overcome their phobia and in a very short space of time. I prefer to use the latter method, Fast Track Suggestion Therapy, as in my opinion it is much faster and a more effective way of dealing with any phobia.

Almoradi mayor promises transparency by Louise Clarke FACED WITH accusations about lack of transparency in the Almoradi Town Hall with regards to the award of the municipality’s rubbish collection contract, Mayor Antonio Angel Hurtado has announced this week that the Town Hall will be completely up front when the new contract is decided upon. Almoradi was one of the municipalities implicated by the Judge in charge of the Brugal case because they also used the ‘Colsur’ company for their rubbish collection for the last twenty years. The Mayor has told members of the press that the Town Hall had put on hold the invitation to tender during the summer months whilst relevant information was collected by the various different companies bidding for the contract. Earlier this month it then renewed the call for competitive bids for the street cleaning and solid waste collection contract. The Town Hall has stipulated that the contract must include the provision of underground bins and an eco park in the Town. ORGANIC CONTAINERS

The new contract will update the service provided to Almoradi’s citizens and according to the Councillor overseeing the tender process, Antonio Gomez, the service provider must also provide street cleaning in the mornings and afternoons (currently it is only mornings) and bury at least 18 containers of organic rubbish containers as well as another 15 containers for glass, paper and cardboard and batteries, in addition to the eco park. They would also be required to cover more roads and more residential areas than previously and provide more machinery and equipment than the current service provider. The successful bidder will receive a maximum of €880,000 plus IVA per annum and

Almoradi Mayor, Antonio Angel Hurtado

will be awarded the contract for between 20 and 25 years, including extensions. REDEVELOPMENT

The Mayor said: “Technicians at the Town Hall will need to evaluate all offers, but I wish the process could be completed sooner. There will be containers buried in the Constitution Square and adjacent streets when the area is redeveloped using money from the Valencian Plan Confianza.” The contract will be awarded before the end of the Mayor’s current term in office which ends in May 2011 and will be up and running within a year. The Mayor was keen to point out that the summer break for the contract tender process was not as a result of the implication of Almoradi Town Hall in Operation Brugal and said that is was no more than “… a purely technical issue and had nothing to do with the outbreak of Brugal.”

Gay male couple cannot register as parents

A MALE couple from Valencia has been told that their twins, born legally to a surrogate mother in the US, will not be able to register themselves as the rightful parents. A judge in Valencia has annulled the entry made in the Civil Register in Los Angeles because Spanish legislation does not consider the surrogate process as legal. Now the judge has cancelled their registration after being asked to do so by the Prosecutor’s Office.

The twin’s birth registration had previously been accepted by the Directorate General of Registries and Notaries in February 2009, as they believed at the time that the application met all the formal requirements. The Spanish Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals (FELGTB) has accused the Prosecutor’s Office of being ‘homophobic’. But the judge has defended his actions by saying that the law in Spain states that the

person who actually gave birth should be inscribed as a parent. The magistrate said that the same conclusion would be reached if the couple were men, women or straight, as the law does not distinguish between them. The gay couple will now appeal against the decision. Do you think that this is the right decision? Contact and let us know what you think.

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New Health Centre opens by Louise Clarke YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) saw the official inauguration of the new Health Centre in Mazarrón. The Mayor, Francisco Blaya and the Councillor for Health, María Ángeles Palacios opened the centre which the Mayor has called “…an important addition to the health services in the municipality and something which will improve the lives of everyone who use it.” The building is made up of three floors and as well as doctor’s consulting rooms it will contain a rehabilitation area, an emergency department, which will have

its own entrance, a nurse’s treatment area for sutures, dressings and blood tests and a children’s department. The centre will be equipped with the latest technology and will have the latest generation computer equipment in order to access records and test results at the touch of a button. The first floor contains the doctor’s offices, the nursing station and the area dedicated to the care of women. Meanwhile, the second floor will house a library, offices and a meeting room as well as a staff room. The centre will also house an orthodontist consultant

The inside of the new Health Centre in Mazarrón

which means that residents of Mazarrón will no longer have to go to the Cartagena Hospital for treatment and check ups. Residents of both the town of Mazarrón and the port will be covered by this new health centre, whilst the new health centre

Virtual shopping centre boost for businesses By Louise Clarke EARLIER THIS week, Mayor of Mazarrón Francisco Blaya, accompanied by the Councillor for New Technologies, Francisco Antonio Raja, and the The Mayor Councillor for Commerce, Luisa María (centre) with Heredia, signed the contract which will Francisco Antonio Raja, Luisa implement a virtual shopping centre for María Heredia, the businesses in the municipality. Francisco The project will be headed by Fraguas and Ibón Francisco Fraguas who is employed by Bengoechea Usabiaga Thing Company SL. They are one of the leading website and portal designers website is worth €66,000 including IVA in the area and have been given the and the contract was awarded to Thing contract to provide a business directory Company SL after they provided the best to be available online. technical and most economical package. The contract for the portal and Technicians from the company will be

working on the project alongside Ibón Bengoechea Usabiaga, the Technical Manager of the Information and Communication Department at the Town Hall in Mazarrón.

in Camposol, the opening of which is imminent, will cover residents from all sectors of the urbanisation. Keep reading RTN for more details on the inauguration of what will be the urbanisation’s first medical centre.

Access for all

ADAPT, the Association of English Speakers of San Pedro del Pinatar, will be holding two awareness days as part of the Access for All project. This Sunday, 2nd October, there will be a special circuit to challenge members of the public on the Explanade in Lo Pagán from 10:00 until 14:00 and on Monday 3rd October, the same circuit will be installed in the main square, La Plaza de la Constitución of San Pedro del Pinatar from 10:00 until 14:00. The Mayor of San Pedro del Pi-

natar, José María García Ruíz will be there on Sunday and more than ninety students from Aidemar will be trying out the circuit on Monday. The idea of this activity is to make local residents aware of the problems of access for people with disabilities and their carers as well as parents with prams and pushchairs. For more information please contact ADAPT President, Jane Cronin, at or the Access for All leader Sheila Merrett on 667 587 187.

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Paul Cunningham Nurses and Diabetes IT HAS been some time since I last wrote about Diabetes, but, for many reasons, I feel it’s time for an update on Paul Cunningham nurses regarding their specialising in Diabetes. Also, I heard about a young man yesterday who has the dreaded Diabetes and is trying to ignore this fact. Many do this, especially youngsters. Unfortunately young people, when diagnosed with Diabetes, almost always need insulin. Whilst understanding the thought of a completely new life style is both horrid and tiresome, it has to be tackled head on or the consequences can be and are dreadful. Firstly, exercise and walking is essential, closely followed by diet. Small amounts of the correct foods which help control high blood sugar are necessary and food ideally needs to be eaten at the same time every day. Correct food depends on what suits the individual person’s total lifestyle. However, there are a number of rules that need to be recognised by the diabetic: water is important to flush the kidneys through, whilst alcohol needs to be severely regulated, with no fizzy drinks, unless there is no extra sugar in them. For example, a can of Coca Cola has approximately eight teaspoons of sugar. Beer, white rice and spaghetti all give a quick temporary high when eaten in the evening but will not sustain one all through the night. Certain

cereals like Weetabix, Shredded Wheat and never forgetting porridge are wonder foods. However, if you pile sugar on them this is counter-productive. Fruit is difficult because it contains natural sugar, which is a shame as in all other ways it is very healthy. Protein can be eaten but be careful with portion size: for example, when Calamari is eaten, fewer potatoes are required. As you can see it’s not at all easy to follow every day, but if ignored regularly the diabetic will feel tired, stressed, and sleep will not be easy. The consequences can be very frightening, including loss of eyesight, toes, feet and kidney failure; just a few of the more unpleasant problems. I hit periods of stress with my business and my sugar control becomes impossible making coping with the problems much harder. Unfortunately, the treatment I have received in Spain has not been good and that is one reason I tried last year to help diabetics via the PCN charity nurses. For many reasons, I was unable to launch the clinics. However, the charity was able to organise training for some of the senior nurses, which has been beneficial as some patients develop Diabetes whilst undergoing chemotherapy. This must be dreadful for the patient and family to cope with. Chemotherapy is hard enough to handle; to then become

a diabetic doesn’t even bear thinking about. This, of course, is when the Paul Cunningham Nurses, who specalise in Diabetes, become very helpful, not only to the patient, but the family as well. One reason there are many more people being diagnosed with Diabetes is that our shape is changing, with many adults being overweight, but children are especially vulnerable. In the UK a diabetic is diagnosed every half an hour and this is fast becoming every quarter of an hour, which in my opinion is unacceptable. It is not unusual nowadays to discover a young person with adult onset Diabetes, which until recently only affected the elderly. How sad to suffer from Diabetes at a young age, especially when poor life style is the only cause. So for those who are struggling or are refusing to even admit to the condition, be careful and visit a Doctor. If you are not comfortable with the advice and treatment you are given, just watch this space, and when PCN are one hundred percent organized, the service we will offer will be on the website. There are a lot of plans for the charity during the next year, and we hope to extend our nursing services. It would be so helpful if the Spanish government fully understood the


The Costas leading insurance consultant word ‘charity’ in a similar way that the UK does. This would stop any person just using the word ‘charity’ to collect funds to exempt them from IVA for instance. Therefore, at the moment we are totally dependent on donations, which due to the particularly hard times all of us are going through are a little restricted. Plus, of course, there are so many charities to support in Spain. All I can say about PCN is that we will be there for you and your family when you need us to help. The amount of people we are able to assist in their final days depends on the funds available. Please carry on with your wonderful generosity - who knows you may know someone soon who needs us. The charity shop in Quesada goes from strength to strength and now we have another one in Playa Flamenca, which I understand due to the generous donations of loads of people and the volunteers that work in the shop, similar to its sister shop, is doing very well already. Never forget the hard work of Fund Manager Susan Reader, Chris Rodley the Charity shop Manager and the Nurses supported by Karen Mountfield. Watch this space for the official opening date of the new charity shop, when TKO will be there with their great music and the PCN team with drinks and tapas.

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Exposing The Witch

WELL THE flak from my first letter wasn’t anything like I expected. Some of the usual ‘commie/ socialist’name-calling and attacks on Tony Blair. The biggest crime I have committed was as expected: the exposing of the Grantham Witch. Yes, the grocer’s daughter who thought she was one of them and they let her believe it as long as she was doing their dirty work. Once she went too far with the poll tax and caused all the riots, they got rid of her. Who did? Not the Labour Party - her own ‘Men in Grey’; she was no longer any use to them, so out she went. My anonymity also seems to cause some comment, but my offspring are in the caring professions, County council employed carer and PCT Community nurse, both of whom are under notice that their jobs are at risk from financial restraints. And unless you are totally blind to the position, ‘whistleblowers’ in those jobs are first out the door. However, maybe one of the Tory mobs will pass some opinion on the very first Tory cut, the changing of the index that fixes state pension increases, from RPI to CPI, which is traditionally the lower index. But of course, none of their incomes are affected by such trivialities... Sandy, San Miguel

A breath of fresh air WHAT A breath of fresh air you truly are Gaunty. Your weekly column in RTN is so direct and truthful (having the confidence to say what other people are only thinking) I admire you. Can’t wait to read next week’s column... Sandra, Camposol


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Driving in Spain PARKING ON roundabouts is obligatory. If you will be more than 30 minutes then putting your blinkers on covers all known sins. Parking on zebra crossings is, in fact, highly recommended especially if you can double-park at the same time. If the crossing is also near a crossroads that’s great and it’s even better if it is by traffic lights. That way you can annoy the most people in the least time. This leads them to think that the ‘slightly’ dangerous manoeuvre they took at the Habaneras roundabout was in fact okay. If you overtake on the inside you have every right to abuse the guy who nearly knocked you off as he was turning right. This is particularly relevant if you are 2-up on a scooter etc and neither of you are wearing helmets. Although to others it might seem dangerous it is actually okay to speed up any dual carriageway 2-abreast on your motos. Talking to each other is equally totally fine especially if you are on your mobile at the same time. If you are drop-dead-gorgeous with a figure to die for wearing a sprayed on T-shirt and a visible thong, this is NOT

distracting to other drivers. The men would not notice and the women would not scream at their husbands, “Keep your eyes on the road and keep your eyes off that tart. She is young enough to be your granddaughter!” It is perfectly acceptable to be travelling at 60kmh on a toll road weaving from lane to lane whilst you text your mistress to tell her you’re on your way there whilst talking to your wife on the other phone complaining that your xxxx boss has sent you to Madrid again. The other section that is overlooked is it is compulsory to double or even triple park on zebra crossings - particularly the ones on busy x-roads. If you think you will be there for more than 15 minutes then put your blinkers on but if you are only going to queue in the bank, correos or whatever just wind the windows down and tell your 6-year-old passenger to tell anybody that you’ll be back soon. They will understand as they do the same themselves. If you completely block the road doing this it does not matter as you only stop people going to work and they hate the job anyway, so they should be grateful.

A losing battle I READ with interest about the protest led by Betty Gower from Benissa (article of 9 September 2010 - Taxes fall after Protest) against the increase in property tax. As a result of that protest the property tax will now be decreased. Now I read a similar article about the increase in property tax in Javea but, what is VERY interesting is that Oscar Anton seems to give the impression by his quote that it is a losing battle. His quote as per the extract taken from the article dated 16th September ‘Taxing Times’ as follows: ......and independent councillor Oscar Anton said the situation in Javea was “very complicated” because if the courts declared the Catastral to be void, there would need to be compensation paid for overpayment. It could lead to a “catastrophic” situation for the government, he warned. However, he said the administration had the power to reduce the personal burden of IBI, “but has refused.” Marina Friedman

Hardly Mother Theresa

In last week’s RTN I noticed plenty of Thatcher supporters claiming how wonderful she was and that every utterance from her was unquestionable. Just a few facts to digest: This is the woman who said the IRA were not a political movement, but mere terrorists and spouted the immortal words, “We do not deal with terrorists.” Strange, then, that Messrs Adams and McGuiness were regular visitors to both Chequers and Downing St during her tenure. Stranger yet

that when she had Adams’s voice censored, the actor chosen to dub his speeches was Stephen Rea, whose wife at that time was Delors Price, at that time serving 15 years for bombing the Old Bailey. So she didn’t deal with ‘terrorists’ but was quite a comfortable bedfellow of such charming specimens as Augusto Pinochet, Robert Mugabe and indeed Saddam when he was murdering Iranians. Hmm..., hardly Mother Theresa methinks. Andy McBride, La Regia

No suggestion of racisim IN REPLY to Mrs G H Moore of Benissa (issue 570): I read this article and there was no suggestion of racisim. It did not refer to colour, nationality or religion. You complain about the source of his or her information but you don’t research it yourself. I am an immigrant to Spain but I contribute to their economy, not live off it. I have tried to get reliable information from my MP and other government sources - I don’t think they know themselves. The last figure I got was from the BBC: they suggested about 600 million. Even if you reduce this by two thirds it is a lot of our money. My home town of Stoke-on-Trent built a very large building, I might add at the expense of the local rate payers. In this building they are taught to speak English while their children are looked after in a Creche. Whilst this is going on

they receive payments to the equivalent of what an unemployed family would receive; you can check this yourself if you got off your ‘PC chair’. We provide them with good, clean accommodation with three meals a day and they set fire to it because their bogus asylum claim is refused. Is this the act of a civilised person? Do you really want this type of behaviour on the streets of the UK? These people are economic migrants, not genuine asylum seekers. Unless they apply for asylum within clearly laid out rules we should just return them across the channel to France. My great grandfather, grandfather and my father did not fight two world wars to keep our country free and to be able to voice our opinions on any subject without being pilloried by your so called PC Brigade. John, La Zenia

Back and hip ease

A FEW weeks ago I saw in your newspaper an advert for laser treatment in the Chiropractic Clinic run by Dr. Madsen in Benijfor. For a number of years I have suffered severe back and hip pain which restricted my

movements a great deal. I have now been to Dr. Madsen’s clinic and had 4 laser treatments. I can’t begin to tell you the difference it has made to my life. I can get in and out of bed with no problem and I don’t have

to rely on my wife to pick up when I drop anything - this I am pleased to say I can now do with ease. So all you back and hip sufferers I say go and see Dr. Madsen; you will be pleasantly surprised at the outcome after a few treatments. George H. Murphy, Rojales

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New terminal for Alicante airport THE NEW terminal at Alicante’s El Altet airport is almost ready to open, doubling passenger capacity to 20 million annually. The airport has been expanded as part of the ‘Plan Levante’ from the Ministry of Development and the total cost of work done between 2004 and 2011 is €570 million, €384 million of which has been spent on the new terminal, which covers 333,500 square metres,

has 96 check-in desks and 14 luggage carousels. A new 4,200-space car park has been built and road and power infrastructure has also been improved. The Secretary of State for Transport, Concepción Gutiérrez, and the President of AENA, the Spanish Airport Authority, Juan Lema, both visited the airport last Saturday. The new terminal will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2011.

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Arrests made during general strike by Louise Clarke THE NATIONAL Police have said that they have only arrested a small number of people during Wednesday’s general strike. One of the men arrested was a union representative following an altercation between a picket and a customer of the El Corte Inglés department store, during which one of the glass doors of the shop was also damaged. This arrest, which police sources say is due to an alleged crime of coercion and assault against authority, came soon after a shop steward was detained outside the gates of the company INUSA, which is responsible for cleaning the streets of the Alicante municipality. More than 150 people had been part of an unofficial picket line outside the company’s headquarters in the provincial capital when a fight broke out between strikers and the police. Despite these two incidences, the majority of protests went through the city of The posters put on units Alicante peacefully. INFLATION

The unions have said that 70% of workers came out in support of the strike which was called in response to labour market reforms imposed by the Spanish socialist government, following its announcement of a series of austerity measures including an average 5% pay cut for public workers during 2010. Despite the strike action, the government is pressing ahead with the reforms. And like many other European governments, they have introduced the cuts in order to help the economy recover after a deep recession and a surge in unemployment, which has seen the rate in Spain reach more than 20%. The austerity measures will also see automatic inflation adjustments for pensions suspended, payouts for parents on the birth of their children scrapped and funding to regional governments cut by €1.2 billion. FLYERS AND POSTERS

Meanwhile, business owners in Guar-

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damar were told in no uncertain terms to obey the general strike and not open their doors to the public. On Tuesday, several business owners arrived at their place of work to discover that members from the UGT union, which was one of two main national unions to call for, endorse and support the general strike, had plastered their premises with flyers and posters calling for businesses to support the strike. The owner of one of the businesses, Pick and Pay, located in the Guardamar Industrial Estate alongside the N332, told RTN: “We arrived at work to see these posters on our walls and shutters, but they haven’t just targeted us; all the units in the industrial estate has them, including the Town Hall’s unit next door. We had had already made the decision not to open on Wednesday and to support the strike.”

Hostelry sector stubborn over smoking ban THE SPANISH hostelry sector is still refusing to accept the proposed smoking ban which will come into effect on 1st January next year. They are predicting that restaurants will lose 7 percent of sales and that bars and cafes will lose between 10 and 15 percent. The hostelry sector has proposed that special smoking rooms be constructed for smokers, with the idea that bar and restaurant staff would not have to enter the rooms, nor would children be allowed. The proposal has to be approved by the Health Commission, but the Spanish press reports that smoking rooms are unlikely to be approved.


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Postcard from Brighton by Jack Troughton STRANDED IN dear Old Blighty thanks to industrial action across the ditch, RTN was washed up on the pebble beaches of charming Brighton. Faced with a couple of days of kicking heels before an rescheduled hop back to Spain, it was a chance to look on the bright side of life and walk the streets of a vibrant and colourful city packed full of character. From its famous Regency architecture, history, and busy shops to the antiques and jewels in the famous Lanes, the wine bars, proper pubs and busy restaurants – and a wonderful melting pot of humanity - it meant there was a lot of wandering to do. The Victory was a discovery, an ale house built circa 1766, and refurbished and renamed in 1824 to celebrate the outcome of the Battle of Trafalgar. It provided a chance to sink a gill and send an Agincourt salute to air traffic control in France. Enjoying a fish and chip supper across from the skeleton of the West Pier – a Grade 1 listed building – built in1866 but lying derelict since the late seventies and gutted in a 2003 fire, it was also a chance to reflect that things would be better if Mrs T was alongside to share the experience. WORLD

But the world is a small place. Striding down the front, I’m told I am Jack Troughton of RTN – and once recognised, it is a fact difficult to deny. It seems also looking on the bright side of life are Keith ‘Bomber’ Wells and

Look great on Google with Company Women DID YOU know that ‘to Google’ is now listed as a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary? However frenetic it might make you feel, the challenge of bringing your company higher up that first page on the Google search engine site is becoming a science in itself. That’s why Belinda Regan, web manager for Company Women, has been working hard to make sure its members can travel up the Google page with the minimum of effort. In fact, all you have to do is be a member of Company Women; part of a new drive by this female-focused organisation in Spain that helps women in business to

do the best for their members in challenging times. And if you want to find out more about how Company Women might be able to help your business why not come to the next lunch and meet us? We’re dining at Crystals in La Fuente, Campoamor, on Thursday 7th October and welcome members and nonmembers. This will also be the first time that we get to hear who the nominees are for the 2010 Company Women Awards. All nominees have been asked to attend to accept their nomination. To find out more about the October lunch, visit category/noticeboard/ latest-lunch/ If you’d like to come, email secretary@companywomen. org and join us in looking great on Google!

Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary! To Des and Val Flowers who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary yesterday, 30th September. Congratulations and lots of love from all your family and friends in San Miguel de Salinas.

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his wife Pauline, from Javea. They returned to the UK after a family bereavement and were also strike refugees and were full of praise for easyJet for its help in finding them a hotel. “It has been a great experience. We are staying in a wonderful hotel – you could not have asked for better,” said Bomber. “Brighton is a beautiful place and Pauline absolutely loves it. “We have met up with an old friend,

‘Brighton Dave’. He is often out on the Costa Blanca and runs a hot dog stall in Churchill Square – he has been showing us all the sights, from where they filmed key parts of Quadrophenia to some of the best restaurants and bars. “You really have to feel sorry for those people back at Gatwick airport who lost their rags, stormed off and said they would look after themselves!”

Idyllic setting for Samaritans Dinner Dance by Louise Clarke OFFERING AN idyllic setting, pleasant ambiance and exquisite gastronomy, La Finca de Eduardo’s on the Orihuela Costa was the perfect venue for the Costa Blanca Samaritans’ recent first Annual Charity Gala Dinner Dance. The venue is a completely unique experience in fine dining and was an ideal setting for the event, which raised more than €2,500 for the charity. The evening was organised by a Samaritans team headed by the lovely Denise who was instrumental in getting the event organised. La Finca de Eduardo’s is a beautiful oasis set at the heart of the urban jungle with a restaurant that offers a real escape

from the typical commercial zones of the Orihuela Costa. TRADITIONAL

Conveniently nestled between the golf courses at Villamartín, Las Ramblas and Campoamor, La Finca, as the name suggests, was previously a traditional Spanish Country house, thought to be constructed by the Marquis of Campoamor and it still retains all of the authenticity of its past. Owned and managed by Edward Wright and his wife Deborah, La Finca compliments the couple’s other massively popular restaurant, Eduardo’s, in Villamartín Plaza. La Finca de Eduardo’s has been opened since 2003 and is the perfect venue for a

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Eddie and his wife Deborah, Steve Ashley and his partner Jerry Lane and Denise

special event. And it is because of that very reason that Denise and the Samaritans team chose the restaurant as the place to hold their first ever gala dinner. RTN was delighted to have been invited to attend the event and found the food and the ambiance were both out of this world. The food was nothing short of sensational with choices from the a la carte menu including Steak and Ale Pie and Salmon Gravalax for starters; Rib Eye Steak and Lamb Shoulder for main course and Bailey’s Cheesecake (which wrecked my diet totally) for desserts. ROD STEWART

The charity gala dinner was sponsored by Lumsden Auctions, Canal Print and Grange

Day Centre celebrates second birthday YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) saw the second birthday of the Municipal Day Centre for the Elderly in Mazarron. To commemorate the special anniversary, the centre’s regular users were invited to join Mayor Fransisco Blaya and the Councillor for Social Services, Yolanda Vivancos, in a celebratory

meal with entertainment. The event was made more significant due to the fact that 2010 is the ‘Year for the Elderly’ in Mazarron and the centre’s many diverse activities which have taken place throughout the year have been prolific in recognising the occasion.

The elderly residents of Mazarron


Asphalt U.K., who paid for the fabulous Cava reception, as well as Munchies, Chemies, Rumours and the New Shalimar, all of which are based at Villamartin Plaza. The evening’s entertainment came courtesy of Lesley and Vic from the fabulous duo Ameritz, the Samaritans’ very own Andy McBride who appeared as Rod Stewart and Robbie and Neil who are fondly known as ‘Auntie Robbie’ and who both flew over from the UK especially for the dinner dance. Guests left after a brilliant evening of food and entertainment with a ‘goody’ bag filled with wonderful gifts. For more information on La Finca de Eduardo’s and to book a table, please call 965 322 830. If you need to contact the Samaritans please call 902 883 535.

International evenings in Guardamar GUARDAMAR’S CASINO has recently introduced its programme of weekly international evenings for residents and visitors. The evenings consist of a special ‘early bird’ menu and are followed by live music and dancing. The first of the themed evenings took place this week and more information on the programme can be obtained by contacting the Guardamar Casino on 673 280 783 or visiting their multi-lingual website on


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Doing the 92: ‘The Party’s Over’ the song goes by Steve Hall I SET out to visit all 92 league grounds in England and Wales …....and I did it! Yes, after 127 days in the saddle when I experienced every emotion under the sun (and rain!) I cycled up to the famous Upton Park home of West Ham United to complete the tour. In the morning I got absolutely soaked to the skin doing grounds 90 and 91 which were Leyton Orient and Dagenham and Redbridge respectively and then it was just the short trip to the historic Upton Park ground where I had been promised a media circus. So it was to be: lights; camera; action. I was photographed and videoed from every angle and asked every question possible about the journey. I was presented with a signed pennant from the current West Ham squad and then I was on my way. That was it: done and dusted and immediately a feeling of emptiness filled me. Fortunately, I had three talks to give in the next 24 hours which gave me something to focus on but it was nevertheless a strange sensation. The London commuter traffic got heavier as I headed for the first of the talks and my mind was soon occupied with avoiding buses, taxis and bikes. London must now be challenging Amsterdam as the bike capital of Europe and after 10 years away from the UK the sheer volume of bikes on the road and the number of cycle routes, cyclists and cycle shops is quite amazing. I suppose after 127 days and 3,780 miles I am now part of the cycling phenomenon that is evident in the UK. I am not a “Mamil” (Middle-Aged Man In Lycra!) which was an acronym I had never heard before a few weeks ago but I must say that I am taken by the sport, hobby, method of transport, insanity or however you consider cycling. Certainly in the last few days of the tour I had felt much more confident and was covering more miles more quickly, which is just as well as I had the little matter of 18 clubs to visit in 14 days. I have made many mistakes on the tour and I realise I have a lot to do as far as route-planning is concerned but when all is said and done I achieved what I set out to achieve and whilst I was involved in a near-fatal road accident and lost all my possessions in the storage centre fire, I am here to tell the tale. I would not have been able to do this without the incredible support I have

received from so many people and I have a few days ahead of me updating and thanking everybody: that’s going to be one of the more pleasurable parts of the journey! Obviously, I want to thank RTN for their great support throughout the last four months. I mean this most sincerely. It’s a great feeling to know that those “back home” are supporting me. Now, I hope I can count on the paper and its readers support for the next four years. Why? Well, as I wrote in RTN last time, I am already planning the next stage of this project and am looking to ride from the very north of Norway to the very south of the country in 25 days next summer. That’s over 100 kilometres per day through some of the most challenging landscapes in Europe. There is no way I can achieve this without improving my fitness and acquiring a professional bike so after a few days out of the saddle, I will be back in training from this weekend. Then, it is ‘The Big One’. I intend to cycle from Spain through Europe and up to Norway to meet Bjørn Heidenstrom, the man who inspired me to get involved in the whole project. Then it’s a Trans-Atlantic cruise liner (spinning in their gyms, of course!) before a trip of a lifetime cycling from New York through Mexico, Central America and on to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup finals! This will be a two year challenge and one which I trust will end with Spain retaining the World Cup they won in South Africa this summer. The support port of all RTN’s readers has been hugely appreciated this summer and I trust that I can count on your continued support. So, please continue following me on where I will update all the way through to Brazil.

The end of the journey

Spain, France and Italy work together to attract tourists

SPAIN, FRANCE and Italy signed an action plan in Brussels last Monday, which the three countries will implement during the final three months of the year, to undertake joint promotional activities in distant markets: China, India and Brazil. The countries will promote culture, gastronomy and shopping. These aspects have been combined under a brand entitled “European Passion”. The action plan for the final three months of 2010 will begin with marketing activities aimed at professional and promotional intermediaries and the press.



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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.

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We need real emotion in politics

I MUCH preferred the direct action of builder Cameron Hope, who bricked up the branch of his local bank, than the Euro-wide strikes we had on Wednesday. Cameron Hope had all but given up hope of keeping his business going after his bank, like thousands of others, refused him a loan. So out came the breezeblocks and the trowel and of course the inevitable arrest for his actions. There is something uniquely

I’M SORRY but if my kid brother stitched me up like Red Ed has stitched up David Miliband I am afraid I would have to give him a dig and most people would support me. But oh no, not in politics, apart from the odd lip reading slip David just smiles his ‘rictus grin’ and allows his brother to stick not just a knife but a whole canteen of cutlery in his back. Now don’t get me wrong, I haven’t got time for either of these Muppets and in

British about his protest, like the Farmer depositing a ton of slurry on the Council Hall steps, and I applaud his ‘illegal’ action. Banks have almost got away scot free with leading us into this crisis and have been bailed out again with UK taxpayers’ money which they have used to rebuild their balance sheets rather than to help businesses flourish with loans. No wonder desperate peo-

fact once on live TV I actually called Red Ed a ‘no mark’ but his betrayed brother’s reaction to his treachery sums up all that is wrong in British politics. Politics on all sides is stuffed full of Milibands; professional, plastic identikit politicians who have never lived, let alone worked in the real world. What we need in politics is real people with real emotions passion and anger and most important of all, real experience of real life.

ple are resorting to desperate measures and that includes the strikers and rioters in Spain this week. We are not all in this together and I am afraid the unions are largely right when they say it is the low paid workers who are going to feel the brunt of the cuts, not the fat cat bankers and their pals in government with their copper bottomed pensions and expense accounts.

Support the Legion

ONE OF things that makes me so proud to be British is the way we are such a charitable nation, always willing to dig deep to help those in need and this is clearly a positive trait that doesn’t leave us when we leave Blighty. I was delighted this week

to receive an invitation, via my column in the RTN, from Tony Dengate of the Royal British Legion Branch in Torrevieja, inviting me to their launch of this year’s Poppy appeal on Friday 8th October. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend in person but I will be there in spirit and I of course will be purchasing my poppy at the earliest opportunity and

THAT foul tasting spread MY WIFE thinks she has died and gone to heaven after hearing news that Marmite are bringing out a chocolate bar with the foul tasting spread as an essential ingredient. As far as she’s concerned that’s two comfort foods in one treat. So in the name of equality when is some boffin going to give us blokes a curry flavoured beer! TALKING OF chocolate, those morons at the EU have now decided that Cadbury have to drop their famous catchphrase of a ‘Glass and a Half of Milk’ in each bar. The Eurocrats say it is misleading and it has to be replaced with the very accurate, metric and ‘catchy’, ‘The Equivalent of 426ml of Fresh Liquid Milk in Every 227g of Milk Chocolate’. My God, I wonder what they’d make of ‘Go to Work on an Egg?’

wearing it with pride. Clearly we owe these brave men and women an enormous debt of gratitude. Please dig deep and support the Legion.

It’s never too late to fall in love Music extravaganza IRENE MCGOUGH, 81 years young, and Ron Howe, 82 years young, lived separate lives on the Costa Blanca for several years. Their paths crossed through mutual friends and the Harlequin Amateur Dramatic group. Ten years ago, Irene sadly lost her husband and soon after returned to the UK. Ron lost his wife four years ago and after his loss, he

also decided to return to the UK. Two years ago they arranged to meet in London under the clock at Victoria Station (sounds like an old time war film!) for old time’s sake and have never looked back. After eighteen months of ‘courting’, Ron proposed to Irene under the Spreading Chestnut Tree, outside the church in which Lord Nelson had been christened.

After what Ron cheekily refers to as his ‘probation period’, Irene agreed to marry him and they flew off together to Barbados for their nuptials followed by a wonderful honeymoon on the Royal Star Clipper cruising around the Grenadine Islands. Now there’s love for you! RTN would like to congratulate Irene and Ron and wish them every ounce of happiness.

The happy couple at their wedding in Barbados

THIS SUNDAY, 2nd October, sees PALS and the Bahia de Mazarron Lions Club hold their annual music festival at the Hotel Bahía in Mazarrón. The six hour music extravaganza starts at 18:00 until Midnight and includes music from groups and solo artists. Tickets for the event are priced at just €5 and all the money raised will go to buying an ambulance for the Mazarron municipality. Tickets are available at the door but there are strictly limited numbers so it’s best to get them from local bars, the Costa Calida International Radio, the Lions or PALS. If you have any problems, call 626 460 465. Early attendance is recommended as tables are limited.





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How do you choose a reputable estate agent? How do you know who to trust?

Paul and Liz WE ALL acknowledge that selling property in Spain has become increasingly difficult of late as the whole situation has changed. At we have taken a pro-active approach and adapted a system of selling which has been well received by hundreds of satisfied clients. We take seriously the service we offer, as on many occasions, we are dealing with people who need to return to the UK because of severe financial pressures on either pensions or businesses they had been previously running. So to receive the full value of their property without large commission payments to estate agents at the end of the process gives our clients real value for money. Properties initially were marketed on;;; and Now, in addition to the original property portals, they are marketed more globally on Spanish websites such as; and Mitula. We are also testing ten new sites to see how they stand up. Our buyers are now mainly coming from the North of Spain in areas such as Madrid, Asturias, Santander etc. which are the most affluent areas. It therefore makes good marketing sense to engage these websites working to great effect. HOW DO WE WORK? Our on-line home selling product is based on a ‘NO commission’ strategy, offering a first class service to clients who simply pay a one-off fee and still receive the same service as an Estate Agent. We do not compromise. We will: • Visit your property to size and measure • Professionally photograph your property • Write up a detailed description of your property • Load onto our website and all our portal links • Post our For Sale / ‘Se Vende’ sign outside your property

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• Handle all enquiries and show your property to potential buyers. Our company puts sellers and buyers together. We still deal with all your enquiries, qualify buyers and carry out viewings. But then we are happy to step out of the process unless you wish us to continue as consultants. So with you are guaranteed honest, open advice in all your dealings with us. We ensure we keep in contact with our clients by sending monthly updates either by email or SMS to your mobile telephone. Now we are in the process of enhancing our system even more by introducing a new automatic statistics package. It simplifies the way for all to access enquiries generated on their properties. It has been a long, HOT summer, with lots of viewings and sales - Margaret and Chris are just one of the happy clients we have helped to sell their property: “It is not easy to sell a property in Spain, the World economy is in an uncertain state at the moment yet we did it, after only 4 months, but only with the help of Paul and Liz at ‘’. We have to say that from day one to the point of sale, the help, friendliness and co-operation that we had from this company was first class. We have already recommended them to neighbours and friends also looking to sell their property. Thank you so, so much the two of you, for everything.” Chris and Margaret Hewitt. Selling your property in Spain does not have to be complicated or costly. Key points to remember when selling your property: With 85% of investors looking into the Spanish market living outside of the local area, you need a European audience. It’s no use advertising your property in the window of an Estate Agents hoping for that buyer to walk past. You need representation where the incentive is to sell your property at the right value, not to make large commissions from you. You need to be realistic in the value of your property and realise there is a huge surplus of property here in Spain so your future purchaser has an enormous choice And most importantly, you need to be proactive in selling your property which you are guaranteed if you advertise with us at For further information contact us at 0034 968 109 697, seven days a week, where help and advice is always free!

Carnival Time!

Clowning around

IT WAS Carnival time in San Miguel de Salinas last weekend and a great time was

had by all. This year’s fiestas have been a great success and

they conclude on Sunday, with a huge paella at the Recinto Ferial, located at the top of the village. The photo from the carnival comes courtesy of a budding young expat photographer from the pueblo. Thirteen-year-old Patrick Fox is keen to carve out a career in photography and RTN is only too happy to help him with his ambitions and provide the first official printed photos in his portfolio. Patrick will be regular contributor to RTN over the coming months, so make sure that you look out for his fantastic photographs. Terms & conditions apply





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Previously on Watts in Britain Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

YOUR ROVING (should that be raving - as in mad) reporter has criss-crossed Southern Calofornia, Nevada and Arizona to order to behold the wonders of the Grand Canyon and is now back in Los Angeles. Well, folks what can I say about the Grand Canyon? Wow! When you first see it you experience a ‘goosepimple moment’. It’s huge... I tried to think of a word to describe it but could only come up with ‘ineffable’. You have to see it for yourself to really understand. Mind you, after three days in the car we both thought it was time to get back to the hustle and bustle. Anyway, me and She-who-must went back to LA and spent a few evenings ‘downtown’ with my stepson Richard prior to our return to Blighty. At one plush establishment I found a truly amazing machine - it’s an ‘auto-bar’. No human bar-tend - just a cunning device. It is a machine that dispenses wine, whisky etc. into your glass at just the right temperature. You simply pop in your credit card and the machine does the rest. As Richard drily noted: “This is great for me as I don’t have to give the blimmin’ bar tender a tip!” Er, what’s that Rich? Give the bar tender a tip? You mean we’re meant to tip the bar tender? Crickey, I pray that Kathy down at the Brewer’s Arms never gets wind of this - my bar bills will go up exponentially! But tipping is still part of the culture down in California. And did you know that in restaurants etc it’s not the good ole British 10%? Oh no, you’ve gotta start with at least 15% and be prepared to go up to as high as 20%. As you can imagine for a skinflint such as I this was all just horrible news. And another thing they do to fool us unwary Brits is they display prices on goods, services etc and when you go to pay you suddenly find that they’ve whacked a load of taxes on. There is: resort tax; highway tax; help-preserve-the-reserve tax; Texas tax and plain old tax-on-the-mean-limey tax. I was caught out with this on several occasions. I stood at the till, trying to be helpful, with the correct money in my grubby palm only to be told: “Hey bud, looks like you

The Grand Canyon

forgot to add the taxes, haw, haw, haw...” Grrrr, muttermutter, fumble around in back pocket for small change... And you’ve gotta be real careful with the dollar bills because they all look the same no matter which denomination they are. They feel the same, look the same and are coloured the same but obviously they’re not worth the same! You could be slipping the bar tender what you think is two dollars but in actual fact is a twenty and a fifty or put another way - the price of the next few night’s dinner! “Oh, that was REALLY clever,” I can hear she-who-must saying. And the coins have fooled me too (I know it’s easy to do). The size doesn’t represent value! A little-biddy squitty thing might be worth more than a biggun’. Not that it matters much ‘cos none of the coins are worth much - it’s the foldin’ stuff that counts here. All these monetary things aside, the people here are all (well, nearly all) very charming indeed. The other day as we shopped in Ralph’s (Tesco or Mercadona-alike) the girl packing our bag says to She-who-must: “Have a nice life!” Wow! Not just ‘hava nice day’ or ‘hava nice

weekend’ or even ‘hava nice vacatio’ but’’hava nice life’. That particular ‘hava nice...’ was a major commitment. But manners do seem important here, although you could become involved in a long procedure. Let me demonstrate: okay, you say ‘thank you’, they tell you ‘you’re welcome’, now you feel inclined to come back with ‘that’s most kind of you’ and then they say ‘well, thank you’ now you’re obliged to say ‘you’re welcome’ You see? It could go on forever... Still, as I say, good manners are still important here, just as they were back home long, long ago… Anyways, I’m headin’ back to the good ole U of K in a few hours time. After a coupla weeks here I am longing for some news of home; some real news. In the US all the news on TV or radio seems to be caught within a twenty-mile bubble. I haven’t heard any news from home or around the World at all. Is Cameron still the PM or is Tony Blair back in again? Guess I’ll find out ‘real soon’. So long pards... Watts in LA, heading for Heathrow...

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Dealing with a court claim for communal costs by

Marc White & Carlos Baos

English & Spanish Solicitors

‘AT THE beginning of 2006 I bought an apartment in Valencia. After the purchase had been completed I discovered that the vendor had debts with the Community of Owners for the communal fees. I have recently been served with a claim by the court for a ‘procedimiento monitorio’ presented by the Community, claiming for these debts plus interest and expenses. Please let me know what I need to do next and whether I would need to engage a lawyer in this matter’. First of all we want to point out that unfortunately this problem could have been avoided by fulfilling Article 9.e of the Horizontal Property Law No. 49/1960 of 21st of July (Ley sobre Propiedad Horizontal) known as ‘L.P.H.’ This law states that the Title Deed (escritura) must have incorporated a certificate granted by the community of owners regarding the accounts and debts relating to the property. The certificate should be granted by the

Secretary of the Community with the approval of the President. In fact, a Purchase Deed cannot be granted without this certificate, unless the purchasers, (you in this case), exonerates the vendor from the obligation of presenting the certificate. Therefore, the first thing that should be done is to review the Purchase Title Deed signed when you bought the property, and check if the community certificate was included or not. In the event that it was not and the vendor stated that he was up to date with payment of the community fees, you will be able to claim against him for the debts, although you will need to pay the debts that by law correspond to you, to the community. Independent of any claim you may be able to bring against the previous owner, we understand that the Community CANNOT CLAIM FROM YOU the debts for the two and a half years previous to your purchase, as per article 9e) of the mentioned LPH that states that the purchaser of a property will be held accountable (and will respond with his own acquired property) for any Community debts left by the previous owners but only for the share of the debt belonging to the year in which he bought the property and 1 calendar year before. Therefore we understand that the Community can only claim against you for the debts that correspond to the year 2006 when you bought the property and the year before

(2005), but not for any previous years. As per the above, we understand that a part of the Community’s claim is not in accordance with the law as they are claiming for debts that you are not responsible for; nevertheless you should pay for the years that you are obliged to. It should be checked that the claim meets all the legal formalities and conditions, basically; that the GM approved the liquidation of the debts and agreed correctly to proceed with the claim; that this agreement was properly notified to you as owner-debtor, etc With regard to the Court Process (PROCESO MONITORIO), this is regulated by the Civil Jurisdiction Law 1/2000, known as LEC (Ley de Enjuiciamiento Civil) in the articles 812 to 818. The main characteristics of this process are that in order to present the claim at court, it is not necessary (for the Community in this case) to instruct a lawyer (abogado) or a procurador. If the court understands that the community has provided enough legal proof it will then normally proceed to ask the debtor to respond to any evidence produced within 20 days. You will, however, need to use a lawyer and procurador if you want to respond to the claim (if the amount of the claim is more than €900). As always, we would like to inform you that each case must be studied independently and the documents must be reviewed. If you have any query please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to assist you if necessary. *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 at

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

Controversial TV documentary exposes building corruption A TV documentary about corruption related to building on the Spanish coastline is airing on TV’s La2 on Sunday’s at 15.20. The 13-part series was made as part of a collaboration between Television Española and the Ministry for Environment, at a cost of almost €1.3 million. The most contentious episode will be episode 12, which deals with the notorious ‘Ley de costas’, which is a law that has seen peoples’ property compulsory purchased if it has been illegally built on public land. The series is called ‘Las Riberas del mar óceano’ and also looks at Almuñécar, Salobreña and Castell de Ferro, on the Costa Tropical.

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:

A moving story by

Michael Olmer

Solicitor, Link Point Legal and Business Services

THIS WEEK we are moving our business into new larger premises and this has concentrated our mind on all the legal as well as the practical aspects of our move. If you are in a similar position our own experience may be of help to you. Rentals of Urban Property are governed by Law 29/1994 parts of which apply to residential as well as commercial premises. First, we have to plan our departure from our existing offices. Like most businesses which operate from rented premises we had to leave a deposit with our present Landlord. This deposit was left as security that we would leave the premises in good condition when we left. It was not left as security for payment of the rent, so if you are moving you should continue paying the rent until you leave and not assume that the last few months’ rent will be taken from the deposit. The condition of our original offices when we moved in was recorded in a series of photographs which were attached to our lease making it easy to compare the condition at the start and end of the lease and to make sure that we were not made to pay for the

repair of anything that was already defective when we first moved in. Any furniture provided by the Landlord was listed in an inventory signed by us and our landlord. The law provides that any deposit less the cost of any repairs must be returned within one month after the keys are returned to the Landlord. Second, turning to the move into our new offices, after we had found the premises we first had to make sure that the person who claimed to be the Landlord really did have the right to rent the premises. It often happens that families who own a number of properties divide them between different family members, so it is vital that you discover who the true owner of the property actually is. This can be done by carrying out a search at the Land Registry, or in the case of unregistered property asking to see a copy of the ‘escritura’. If you discover that your landlords are themselves a tenant, and they are proposing to transfer an existing lease or sub-let to you, ask to see a copy of their own lease to make sure that they have the right to do so. We also had to check that the local authority would

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allow us to use the property we wanted to occupy for the purposes of our business. This can be particularly important if you are changing the use of a building, or your business could potentially cause a nuisance or disturbance to neighbours, or have a detrimental effect on the environment. We then had to agree the form of lease with the Landlord and their lawyer. As well as such basic items as the rent and the number of years of the lease, we had to consider whether we wanted to include a right to bring the lease to an end before it had run its course if we needed to move on to expand our business. The law also gives tenants a number of important rights which landlords can exclude if the tenant agrees. These include the right to transfer the lease or sub-let the premises, and also a right of first refusal to buy the premises if the Landlord decides to sell. Once all the terms of the lease were agreed we could then go ahead and set the date to agree the condition of the premises, compile the inventory, and pay the rent and the deposit and move in. If you are considering moving into new rented business premises always take professional qualified advice before signing the lease and parting with any money, and we wish you every success. Our own new address is Calle Andromeda 24, Albir 03581, Alicante telephone 966 260 500 and fax number 966 865 277: email

Calle Andromeda 24, 03581 Albir - Alfaz del Pí, Alicante. Email: Web: Tel: 96 626 0500 Fax: 96 686 52 77

ATM gives gold bars AN ATM that dispenses gold bars and coins in exchange for cash has been unveiled at Madrid’s Westin Palace Hotel. The cash machine called ‘Gold to Go’ is coated in gold and is only the third of its kind in the World. It’s also an intelligent ATM, with its internal computer updating gold prices every 10 minutes. The first ‘Gold to Go’ machine is in Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Hotel, and another machine was unveiled last week at Bergamo airport in Italy.

Spain pledges support for Somalia

JOSÉ LUIS Rodríguez Zapatero met with Somalia’s president, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, at Moncloa Palace last week to review the situation in Somalia. Zapatero pledged continuing support. On the fringe of the Istanbul Conference on Reconstruction and Development in Somalia (21st and 23rd May 2010), an agreement was reached regarding a budgetary contribution to the government of Somalia. Following the bilateral Spain-Somalia Meeting, which followed the ICG in Madrid, an MOU was signed

to ratify this commitment which has resulted in budgetary support to the Somali government of €3 million, which will be used to improve access to basic services for the population and to undertake reconstruction work. Spain is participating in both Operation ATALANTA and the EUTM to train Somali security forces in Uganda. Furthermore, and within the general framework of the contribution of €30 million to the AU, it was decided to allocate 6M$ to strengthening operations under AMISOM (the African Union Mission in Somalia) and security forces in Somalia. Meanwhile the Spanish Foreign Minister, Angle Moratinos, stated last week that there are hopes to turn Somali pirates into fishermen.



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Response to recent articles reference ‘Gifting a Spanish property into a UK Company’


Mark Roach

Company Director and Spanish Tax Consultant

I FELT that I must respond in respect of a number of recent articles published in local newspapers. It is stated that the shares of a UK company may be subject to Spanish IHT, this is incorrect if the company is managed, registered and controlled from the UK and is in possession of a UK certificate of residence. In this case no taxes or IHT are payable in Spain as the company is deemed to be a non resident of Spain. It also states that the average Spanish IHT is not 40% as the tax bands are 7.65% to 34%, this is correct to a point, however, this increases depending on the value of the inheritance, kinship of the inheritor and the pre existing wealth of the inheritor in respect of any assets owned in Spain. A multiplier is applied and can increase the rate by 1.2 to 2.6 times the rate resulting in a maximum rate of 82%. An inheritor living in the UK inherits a property in Spain of 1million euros from their partner who at the time of the inheritance already owns property in Spain to the value of €600,000. In this case the ISD(IHT) in Spain alone would be €566,015, this is 56% tax and this asset would also be declared in the Deceased’s UK estate and 40% tax may be payable in the UK depending on the value of the other assets within the estate. There is no treaty between the UK and Spain in respect of IHT as in Spain it is the inheritor who is

taxed and in the UK it is the deceased who is taxed therefore double taxation may apply. Some relief may be claimed from HMRC on IHT as an allowance can be claimed depending on the proportion of assets held in the UK as against the value of assets taxed elsewhere, but it is a very minor allowance and does not mitigate all the tax payable. The above example shows the need for every case to be looked at on an individual basis and there is no blanket solution to the IHT problem. A qualified tax consultant with experience and knowledge of both Spanish and UK tax regulations should work out your potential liability on your specific case taking into account both your Spanish and UK assets and your intended inheritors, only then can the consultant advise on the best course of action, many Lawyers do not have the level of taxation knowledge required to advise on this subject in both jurisdictions. The next point is the matter of Gifting a property into a UK Company which is what I have not mentioned in recent articles. I acknowledge that a gift to a company could currently incur a Corporation tax charge of 21%, reducing next year to 20% and not the 19% stated in the article. I believe this 19% relates to the Spanish CGT tax on private individuals and as this is a UK company, does not apply to this transaction. This misconception of 19% of the capital is incorrect.

I have stated previously that it is advisable to invest the property into the UK Company in exchange for Voting redeemable preference shares. This a simple legal transfer of the property that is usually done without any CGT implications or Corporation tax, unless of course your legal advisor allowed you to undervalue the property in the public deed at the time of purchase, thereby evading some of the 7% purchase tax and assisting the seller to evade CGT that you would now be liable for. This method of investment has none of the problems stated in the article as the investment in shares does not create a gain. Once the property is in the UK Company you can involve your inheritors as directors to assist you with the onward management of your investment and leave your assets in your UK Will without any recourse to Spain. This is not very good for the Spanish legal profession but it is the best method for the majority of UK resident clients and their beneficiaries. One thing that you should always do before deciding on any strategy is to check the credentials of your advisors and make sure that they are qualified and experienced in these complex international tax issues. You can visit our website at and meet the team of Wincham advisors. You will see that we have a wealth of experienced and qualified people who can guide you through these often complex matters. Finally the article writers say that they have many other methods of dealing with the Spanish IHT problem well perhaps they would like to enlighten the readers on these methods and it would be interesting to evaluate these strategies.

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Claire Cerro Atyeo, RGN

Prestige Nursing and Social Care Services

THIS WEEK, RTN brings you the final part of the article “Nice people don’t talk bowels”, the second largest cancer killer in the UK. The objective of the series was to get people talking, to address some of the issues and to bring a greater awareness. The first article looked at some of the possible reasons which may contribute to it being the 2nd largest killer and the symptoms to look out for. Our second and third articles explained the anatomy of the bowel and the test/examinations and procedures you may undergo when referred to a specialist because you have a suspected or confirmed cancer. Article four looked at the different operation types, what it means and why. This final article will look at the difficulties which people encounter when left with a stoma. WHAT IS A STOMA? A stoma is the term used when an opening is made in the abdominal wall to facilitate the passing of urine or faeces. In the case of this article a colostomy or ileostomy; Colostomy being the colon being brought to the abdominal surface and ileostomy the ileum. WILL I HAVE TO HAVE ONE? If you have a bowel cancer the

likelihood is yes. The surgeons try very hard to minimise the need for a stoma but often they will need to give you a temporary stoma, so that the ends of the bowel that they cut have time to heal and for the swelling to reduce. If you think of when you cut your lip, the swelling that you experience makes it so your lips don’t sit correctly together. It is the same for the bowel, and if it is not sitting together perfectly you can develop a leak, which in turn can cause infection and if undetected sometimes death. It is for this reason that many people have a temporary stoma. HOW IS IT MANAGED? You will be shown in hospital how to change the bags and flanges (this is the name of the dressing that sits around the stoma. It serves two purposes: firstly to secure the bag, and secondly to protect the surrounding skin). Some are in one piece, so that if you change the bag you also have to remove the flange; others are two pieces allowing you to simply change the bag, whilst leaving the flange intact. The stoma team will explain to you the things you need to be looking for to ensure the stoma stays healthy, and when you leave hospital, if you have any concerns you should go

A stoma is an opening in the abdominal wall to facilitate the passing of faeces

to your local doctor or if fortunate enough to have been assigned one, contact a stoma nurse. A very good organisation here in Spain to contact for valuable experience and advice is EOS Expatriate Ostomates of Spain WHAT CAN I EXPECT? The best advice I can give is to expect the un-expected and keep a good sense of humour! This type of operation likes to make itself known, especially when you really would prefer it wouldn’t…people who openly talk about what has happened to them and explain that they have a stoma to friends and family, seem to fare and cope better than those that don’t. So many different emotions will affect you

e.g. joy that you have survived, anger that you got it; every emotion is valid. Every day will be different and every day you will learn something new about your stoma, yourself, your partner and your family. You will have the stoma for a minimum of three months, so it is important you embrace the challenge that you have been dealt and continue to live your life to the full but remember you don’t have to do it alone. There are thousands of people in the same situation and many of them join organisations like the ostomates so they can share their experiences and receive support and advice, because nobody knows the potential problems encountered better than someone who has experienced it firsthand.

This article was written by Claire Cerro Atyeo RGN of Prestige Nursing and Social Care Services, one of the few Caring, Legal, Registered and Professional Nursing and Social Care Service Providers on the Costa Blanca. Tel: 687 015 517 .


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AECC vacancies available AECC IS inviting volunteers for the Torrevieja and Vega Baja area. The first position involves working on the production of high-quality fund raising posters, either for printing or to be sent to publications as advertisements. The work should not be overly demanding for someone with experience in graphic design. The candidate must have their own computer. This position was previously held by Eddie Tiller for a number of years, to whom AECC extends its heartfelt thanks and good wishes for the future. AECC is also looking for someone to take on the role of fundraiser for Torrevieja and the surrounding area. Experience in the fundraising area would be particularly useful, but enthusiasm and an appetite for hard work would probably be more important. If either of these opportunities appeals to you then please send your details to or contact Jackie at AECC, via the AECC website

Epidural increase at Vega Baja THE VEGA BAJA Hospital has recorded a 79% increase in baby deliveries where the mother has received an epidural anaesthetic, compared to last year. The procedure is now available at the hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and in the first eight months of the year was

administered to 256 women who all requested the procedure, which numbs the lower half of the body during childbirth. According the Hospital’s Directors, during the same period in 2009 only 143 mothers were given the anaesthetic and during the first six months of 2010, 520 women gave birth at the hospital.

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Stroke rehabilitation with acupuncture by

Robert Vandevelede

Ex-president Australian Acupuncture & Chinese medicine Association

STROKE, OR cerebrovascular accident is the leading cause of long-term disability in our modern society, and the third leading cause of death. Every year, stroke affects 15 million people worldwide with 5 million resulting in death. Of the remaining 10 million survivors, at least 5 million will be disabled to varying degrees requiring immediate and long-term care to regain function, speech, memory etc. High blood pressure, smoking, obesity, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm) are important risk factors for stroke. CHINESE MEDICINE VIEW In Chinese medicine this condition is known by different names, the most common being ‘wind stroke’. This may come about through long-term emotional and physical strain, overwork, poor diet and dietary habits such as eating too fast, at odd hours etc. and an overall lack of relaxation. In Chinese medicine terms, these habits weaken the Spleen, Kidney and Liver systems over a period of time and contribute to the chances of having a stroke or other heath issues. For stroke treatment, acupuncture serves both a preventative and rehabilitative role. For prevention, acupuncture works to offset the systemic imbalances that contribute to stroke. On the rehabilitative side, Acupuncture works along with Tuina (massage) to help regain function.

Generally treatment involves resolving the underlying causes, using points for the specific type of wind stroke in Chinese medicine terms, and points for local issues. These local issues may include paralyses or loss of control in various limbs, facial paralysis, speech problems etc. We distinguish between acute symptoms affecting the internal organs, and the symptoms of sequelae of stroke, which affect the channels, or meridian system. Acute symptoms are further distinguished as ‘closed’ and ‘open’. The acute symptoms include sudden loss of consciousness, disorientation, coma, shortness of breath, facial paralyses and hemiplegia (paralysis of half the body). A closed acute condition will also have tightly clenched hands, inability to move the bowels or urinate, clenched teeth, flushed face and rough breathing. In an open acute condition, the eyes are closed, mouth flaccid, hands loose, cheeks reddened and there is snoring. If an open condition persists, the face becomes pale, there is no control over excretory function and the limbs feel cold. The open condition is the more serious of the two and usually is the stage towards which a closed condition deteriorates. Symptoms associated with the sequel of stroke include hemiplegia, facial paralyses, difficult speech, dribbling of saliva and difficulty swallowing.

Acupuncture works along with Tuina (massage)

Western medical technology is of the utmost importance in the acute stage and immediately after the stroke, but it is other treatments like Acupuncture and manual therapy which tend to get the best results during the rehabilitation of the stroke patient. Although there is evidence that Acupuncture can be effective in treating paresis (extreme weakness and/or paralysis of muscles) due to stroke even five years after the event, much better results can be obtained, however, if Acupuncture is started as soon as possible after the stroke, preferably within one to six months. Treatments need to be frequent; at least 2x/week but more if possible. A

combination of traditional needling and electro stimulation is used, combined with Scalp Acupuncture, where needles are placed based on modern mapping of the brain. In a controlled study in Sweden, a group of patients receiving Acupuncture showed significant improvement in walking, balance, daily living activities and emotional state. A further study was carried out on the same group the following year and matched with the original control group to investigate the patients’ posture control. Again it showed that Acupuncture had enhanced the recovery of postural function. This was still evident two years later.

Written by Robert Vandevelde Former President Australian Acupuncture and Chinese medicine Association, Contact him on 660 032 862 Write to me at

A great start for HAH: Help at Home FOLLOWING THE very successful launch of this exciting new local charity last week, HAH are delighted to report that they have several new volunteers and have been able to help five families finding it difficult to cope. And all this in the first week! All these families have very different problems but they have all been delighted with the help we have been able to provide and in some cases, are still providing. Obviously, as our patient list increases so will our need for helpful, caring volunteers, and we would be pleased to hear from those of you out there who would like to give a little bit of time or knowledge to help us help people in need. For further details, please telephone either our HAH helpline on 633 673 034 or Lesley on 968 134 978 or 679 644 172.

One of the volunteers with a client, enjoying some spa treatment at the Thalassia Hotel


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Huge discounts on household appliances at The Electrical Shop by Louise Clarke EVERY YEAR around 2.8 million household electrical appliances are replaced in Spain, including fridges, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers. Starting today and continuing until 30th November or whenever the €7.2 million pot of money runs out, the Regional Government is offering up to 25% discount off all household electrical appliances when you exchange your old one for a new energy efficient model. The ‘Plan Renove’, as it is called, aims to encourage the removal of old appliances from homes and replace them with new ones which offer better energy efficiency and are also cheaper to run. The renewal plan is managed directly by each Autonomous Region with the timeframes, procedures and conditions established by each, so it is only open to people who live in the Valencian region. You also need to be able to provide an old appliance, an NIE number and have a Spanish landline or mobile telephone number. The plan has been ongoing for the last few years and thousands of people have already taken advantage of the discounts offered, which equates to a maximum 25% discount or €125 per appliance. PAPERWORK As with all offers of this kind, terms and conditions apply and there is small print to read, but essentially the discount applies to washing machines, dishwashers, fridges,

freezers, fridge-freezers, ovens and gas and induction hobs. The replacement appliances must be ‘A’ rated on the energy efficiency scale for ovens, dishwashers and washing machines and A+ or A++ on fridges and freezers. The Electrical Shop in Blue Lagoon offers all the appliances and the excellent service which will make this process extremely straightforward. They will also deal with all the necessary paperwork and will give you the applicable discount on the spot. They will then liaise with the Plan Renove Department to recoup that discount. Once you have purchased your appliance, you will be given a certificate, which you must keep safe, as the government department will contact at least 20% of each shop’s customers to ensure that the proper discount has been awarded to the correct people, hence the importance of having a Spanish telephone number. In addition, the company TEKA are also offering additional discounts on many of their appliances, so you could really bag yourself a bargain! EXCELLENT REPUTATION If you are in any doubt whatsoever or need more information please contact the team at The Electrical Shop, who will be more than happy to help you. Debbie, Tom and Bill are all former employees of Real Domestic Appliances in Los Dolses and earlier this year, after RDA closed, they decided to continue with their excellent reputation and customer service under the Euronics brand and go it alone. As well as large

Debbie and Tom from The Electrical Shop

household appliances, The Electrical Shop has a wide range of TVs, DVD players, and smaller electrical appliances. Debbie and the team will be happy to source any item if they don’t have it in stock and will order it for you to be in the store within a few days. The shop also offers deliveries and will

take away all old appliances and arrange for their disposal at legitimate Eco Parks. So, what are you waiting for? Get down to The Electrical Shop in Blue Lagoon now! Or call Debbie on 966 188 169 or 966 188 170. You can also e-mail them at The store is open Monday –Saturday 10:00 until 18:00.

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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 Copycats 16:35 OOglies 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Fee Fi Fo Yum 17:30 Horrible Histories 18:00 Newsround 18:15 The Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Real Rescues 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 QI 22:00 Strictly Come Dancing 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News 23:35 Would I Lie to You? 24:05 National Lottery Draws 24:15 Scary Movie 4

08:00 Childrens TV 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 Car Booty 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Castle in the Country 14:30 Ready Steady Cook 15:00 Animal Park 16:00 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Pointless 18:15 Escape to the Country 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Priceless Antiques Roadshow 20:00 Gardeners’ World Special 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Golf: The Ryder Cup 23:00 Rob Brydon Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:00 The Review Show 24:50 Later... with Jools Holland

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The 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 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 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 American Pie: the Wedding

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 Summary 13:05 River Cottage Bites 13:10 Jamie at Home 13:40 Lakes on a Plate 14:15 Channel 4 Racing 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 20:25 20:30 Unreported World 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Embarrassing Bodies 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:50 The Inbetweeners 24:25 Lee Evans: Big - Live at the O2

08:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Thomas & Friends 09:45 The WotWots 09:55 Big School 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:45 House 13:40 Five News 13:45 Police Interceptors 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:50 Meals in Moments 16:00 The Family Recipe 16:05 Accidental Friendship 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 Jaguar Adventure with Nigel Marven 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 24:00 CSI: Miami 24:55 Cops in Crisis

06:00 BBC News 06:30 Our World 07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigella Kitchen 13:00 BBC News; Regional News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Inside Sport 14:30 Commonwealth Games 15:15 Cycling 17:30 Final Score 18:10 BBC News; Regional News 18:30 Walk on the Wild Side 19:00 Strictly Come Dancing 20:05 Merlin 20:50 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 21:40 Casualty 22:30 Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow 23:15 BBC News 23:30 Match of the Day 24:50 The Football League Show

08:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Mission: 2110 10:00 Live ‘n’ Deadly 11:00 Animals at Work 11:30 Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab 12:00 Horrible Histories 12:30 The Big Performance 13:00 The Cut 13:25 No Hats, No Trainers 13:50 Shelfstackers 14:15 The 5:19 Show 14:35 Single, Together, Whatever 15:05 Revealed 15:25 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 16:10 Five Children and It 17:30 Carry On at Your Convenience 19:00 Dad’s Army 19:30 The Riba Stirling Prize 2010 - A Culture Show Special 20:30 Blitz: The Bombing of Coventry 21:30 Golf: The Ryder Cup 23:30 QI XL 24:15 Rob Brydon Show 24:45 Genius with Dave Gorman

06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 The Fluffy Club 08:25 Toonattik 10:25 The New Worst Witch 10:50 Planet Sketch 11:00 Columbo 12:30 This Morning: Saturday 13:30 News and Weather 13:39 Granada Weather 13:40 The X Factor 14:55 Never Say Never Again 17:20 The Unforgettable Mollie Sugden 17:50 Granada News 18:05 ITV News 18:20 New Britain Does the Funniest Things 19:20 All Star Family Fortunes 20:05 The X Factor 22:00 When Piers Met Lord Sugar 23:15 Hot Fuzz 24:15 ITV News 24:30 Hot Fuzz

06:25 Countdown 07:10 Planet Cook 07:35 Yo Gabba Gabba 08:00 World Sport 08:25 Superbike World Championship 2010 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 One Tree Hill 10:50 Ugly Betty 11:50 The Hollyoaks Music Show Playlist 12:20 Album Chart Show Special: Mark Ronson & the Business Intl 12:50 Friends 13:20 Friends 13:50 Scrubs 14:20 That Paralympic Show 14:50 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 Stephen Hawking’s Universe 22:00 Die Hard 2 24:15 Phone Booth

08:00 Childrens TV 08:50 Castle Farm 09:00 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 09:10 Little Princess 09:25 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:45 Hana’s Helpline 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 Gerald McBoing Boing 11:00 UEFA Europa League Highlights 12:05 How Do They Do It? 12:35 The Gadget Show 13:35 Rory and Paddy’s Even Greater British Adventure 14:35 The Sea Wolves 16:55 Operation Pacific 19:00 Jackie Chan’s First Strike 20:35 Five News 20:40 NCIS 21:35 NCIS 22:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:30 CSI: Miami

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07:00 The Pingu Show 07:15 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 07:25 Sportsround 07:40 Live MotoGP 09:00 Scoop 09:25 Hotel Trubble 10:00 Deadly 60 10:30 Gastronuts 11:00 Something for the Weekend 12:30 Animal Park 13:00 EastEnders 14:00 Cycling 15:00 Racing 16:25 Alvarez Kelly 18:15 Super League 19:00 The Coral Gardener 19:10 Gun Fury 20:30 Golf: The Ryder Cup 22:30 Can England Win the Next World Cup? 23:10 Match of the Day 2 24:20 Mock the Week 24:50 MotoGP

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08:00 Childrens TV 08:40 Make Way for Noddy 08:50 Castle Farm 08:55 Milkshake! Show Songs 09:00 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 09:10 Little Princess 09:25 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:45 Hana’s Helpline 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 Gerald McBoing Boing 11:00 iCarly 11:35 True Jackson, VP 12:10 How to Take Stunning Pictures 12:40 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 13:40 Cowboy Builders 14:45 I Dream of Murder 16:20 Calamity Jane 18:20 The Emperor’s New Groove 19:50 Five News 19:55 Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle 22:00 Ghost Rider 24:10 Poltergeist II: the Other Side

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08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 Kimberley Walsh: Blue Jean Girl 11:00 Bones 12:00 Wedding SOS 12:30 New Parent Nightmares 13:00 Fat Families 14:00 Project Runway 15:00 Bones 16:00 Stargate SG-1 17:00 Stargate SG-1 18:00 WWE: Superstars 19:00 Oops TV 19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Simpsons 20:30 The Simpsons 21:00 The Middle 21:30 The Middle 22:00 Best Of Must Be the Music 23:00 Westlife Live from the O2

08:30 Cycling 10:00 Tennis 13:00 Summer Biathlon 14:00 Table Tennis 14:30 Table Tennis 17:00 Summer Biathlon 18:00 Ski Jumping 19:00 Football: Eurogoals Flash 19:10 Ski Jumping 19:45 Equestrian 21:15 Bowling 22:15 Strongest Man 23:15 Video Gaming 23:45 Summer Biathlon 24:45 Ski Jumping


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08:00 Jerry Springer Show 08:50 Celebs 24/7 09:00 Maury 09:55 Celebs 24/7 10:00 Four Weddings 11:00 Australia’s Next Top Model 12:00 Britain’s Next Top Model 13:00 Psychic Sally’s Big Fat Operation 14:00 Psychic Sally: On the Road 17:00 The Curse of the Pink Panther 19:00 Nothing to Declare 19:30 Nothing to Declare 20:00 Nothing to Declare 20:30 Nothing to Declare 21:00 Nothing to Declare 21:30 Nothing to Declare 22:00 Criminal Minds 23:00 Criminal Minds 24:00 Criminal Minds

08:35 Cycling 11:45 Superbike 12:00 Superbike: World Championship In Magny-Cours, France 13:00 Supersport 14:15 Cycling 15:30 Superbike: World Championship In Magny-Cours, France 16:30 Ski Jumping 18:00 Cycling 18:45 Motorsports: Motorsports Weekend Magazine 19:00 Equestrian 22:15 Ski Jumping 23:30 Cycling 24:30 Superbike: World Championship In Magny-Cours, France 01:15 Motorsports: Motorsports Weekend Magazine

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07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Live Commonwealth Games 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Live Commonwealth Games 18:00 Live Commonwealth Games 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Saints and Scroungers 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Spooks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Ask Rhod Gilbert 24:15 Damages

08:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Live Commonwealth Games 12:00 Daily Politics Conference Special 14:00 Equestrian 15:15 Flog It! 16:00 Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab: The Experiments 16:05 Copycats 16:35 OOglies 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Hotel Trubble 17:30 Blue Peter 18:05 Newsround 18:15 Escape to the Country 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Games Today 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 Horizon 23:00 Genius with Dave Gorman 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The 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 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Countrywise 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 DCI Banks: Aftermath 23:00 ITV News at Ten 23:30 Granada News 23:35 Real Crime with Mark Austin 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 Meet Me in St Louis 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 Titanic: The Mission 23:00 Jamie’s American Food Revolution 24:00 3 Minute Wonder 24:05 This Is England ‘86

08:00 Childrens TV 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 12:40 House 13:35 Five News 13:40 Meals in Moments 13:50 Police Interceptors 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:45 Meals in Moments 15:55 The Family Recipe 16:00 Snowman’s Pass 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 British Adventure 23:00 Assassins

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08:00 Arthur 09:00 Live Commonwealth Games 12:00 To Buy or Not to Buy 12:30 Daily Politics Conference Special 14:00 Live Commonwealth Games 15:15 Flog It! 16:00 Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab: The Experiments 16:05 Copycats 16:35 OOglies 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 MI High 17:30 Blue Peter 18:05 Newsround 18:15 Escape to the Country 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Games Today 21:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 Whites 22:30 Harry & Paul 23:00 Later Live... with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Today at Conference

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The 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 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News 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 and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 Swingtown 24:30 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 The Quiet Man 15:25 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 Wedding House 22:00 Ramsay’s Best Restaurant 23:00 Rude Tube 24:05 3 Minute Wonder 24:10 Seven Days

08:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Big School 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:40 House 13:35 Five News 13:40 Meals in Moments 13:50 Police Interceptors 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:45 Meals in Moments 15:55 The Family Recipe 16:05 Living Proof 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 There’s a Hippo in My House 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 The Real A & E 13:00 The Biggest Loser US 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 Stargate Universe 23:00 Fringe 24:00 Bitten

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Live Commonwealth Games 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Live Commonwealth Games 18:00 Live Commonwealth Games 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 The Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The National Lottery Draws 23:45 Reggie Perrin 24:15 Hope Springs

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07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The 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 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 19:00 Granada Reports 19:30 ITV News and Weather 19:55 Party Political Broadcast 20:00 Emmerdale 21:00 Midsomer Murders 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Granada News and Weather 23:35 The Bodyguard

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 K-19: the Widowmaker 15:25 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: What Goes in Your Basket? 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 Seven Days 24:05 3 Minute Wonder 24:10 Ramsay’s Best Restaurant

08:00 Childrens TV 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Thomas & Friends 09:45 Igam Ogam 10:00 Big School 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:40 House 13:35 Five News 13:40 Meals in Moments 13:50 Police Interceptors 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:45 Meals in Moments 15:55 Zoo Days 16:10 Love’s Unfolding Dream 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 Highland Emergency 21:00 Cowboy Builders 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 23:55 Law & Order 24:55 Poker

08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 Lion Man 11:00 Bones 12:00 Wedding SOS 12:30 Babies at Risk 13:00 Biggest Loser US 14:00 Project Runway 15:00 Bones 16:00 Stargate Atlantis 17:00 Stargate Atlantis 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 Emergency Animal Rescue 22:00 Madonna: Sticky and Sweet - Live from Buenos Aires 24:30 Ross Kemp on Gangs

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08:30 Superbike: World Championship In Magny-Cours, France 09:00 Tennis 15:15 Cycling 16:45 Ski Jumping 18:00 Football: Eurogoals 18:45 Football 20:15 Superbike: World Championship In Magny-Cours, France 20:45 All Sports 20:50 All Sports: Watts 21:00 Pro Wrestling 21:30 Pro Wrestling: Vintage Collection 22:25 All Sports 22:30 Football: Eurogoals 23:15 Football 24:45 Cycling

08:30 Football: Eurogoals 09:00 Tennis 15:15 Football: Eurogoals 16:00 Equestrian 18:15 Football: Eurogoals Flash 18:25 Ski Jumping 19:10 Football: Eurogoals 20:00 Football 20:30 Equestrian 23:00 Car Racing 23:30 Superbike: World Championship In Magny-Cours, France 24:30 Motorsports: Motorsports Weekend Magazine 24:45 Ski Jumping


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 Four Weddings 12:00 Nothing to Declare 12:30 Nothing to Declare 13:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 14:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 15:00 CSI: Miami 16:00 Criminal Minds 17:00 Charmed 18:00 Charmed 19:00 America’s Next Top Model 20:00 Baggage 20:30 Britain’s Next Top Model 22:00 Drop Dead Diva 23:00 Teen Mom 24:00 Criminal Minds

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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 Four Weddings 12:00 Nothing to Declare 13:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 14:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 15:00 CSI: Miami 16:00 Criminal Minds 17:00 Charmed 18:00 Charmed 19:00 America’s Next Top Model 20:00 Baggage 20:30 Baggage 21:00 Dating in the Dark US 22:00 Britain’s Next Top Model 23:30 Hairy Women 24:30 Criminal Minds

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 Four Weddings 12:00 Nothing to Declare 13:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 14:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 15:00 CSI: Miami 16:00 Criminal Minds 17:00 Charmed 19:00 America’s Next Top Model 20:00 Baggage 21:00 Psychic Sally: On the Road 22:00 Ghost Whisperer 23:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 24:00 Criminal Minds

tv Thursday 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Live Commonwealth Games 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Live Commonwealth Games 18:00 Live Commonwealth Games 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Watchdog 22:00 Traffic Cops 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 Live Commonwealth Games 12:00 To Buy or Not to Buy 12:30 Cash in the Attic 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Live Commonwealth Games 15:15 Flog It! 16:00 Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab: The Experiments 16:05 Copycats 16:35 OOglies 16:50 Shaun the Sheep 17:00 Animals at Work 17:30 Deadly 60 18:05 Newsround 18:15 Escape to the Country 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 20:00 Games Today 21:00 Nigella Kitchen 21:30 Autumnwatch 2010 22:30 Autumnwatch Unsprung 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Whites

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The 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 Secret Dealers 16:59 Granada Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 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 Revolutions

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08:00 Little Princess 08:10 The Mr Men Show 08:30 Roary the Racing Car 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Thomas & Friends 09:45 Igam Ogam 10:00 Big School 10:05 Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures 10:15 The Wright Stuff 11:45 Trisha Goddard 12:40 House 13:35 Five News 13:40 Meals in Moments 13:50 Police Interceptors 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Home and Away 15:45 Meals in Moments 15:55 Zoo Days 16:10 Stone Cold 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 Jaguar Adventure with Nigel Marven 21:00 Delta Divers 22:00 Kiss of the Dragon 23:55 Police Interceptors 24:55 Cops in Crisis

08:00 Brainiac: Science Abuse 09:00 Oops TV 10:00 Lion Man

08:30 Equestrian 09:00 Tennis

10:30 Lion Man

15:15 Equestrian

11:00 Bones

17:15 Football

12:00 Wedding SOS

18:15 Football

12:30 Medical Emergency 13:00 The Biggest Loser US

19:00 Football

14:00 Project Runway

19:10 Strongest Man

15:00 Bones

20:00 Fight Sport:

16:00 Stargate Atlantis 17:00 Stargate Atlantis 18:00 Malcolm in the Middle

Fight Club 23:00 All Sports

18:30 Futurama

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19:00 Oops TV

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19:30 The Simpsons 20:00 The Simpsons

23:40 Pro Wrestling

20:30 The Simpsons

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Suduko Answer

23:30 Football’s a Funny Old Game 24:00 NCIS: Los Angeles


CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 6 Matches; 7 Bound; 9 Act; 10 Breakdown; 12 Close second; 15 Dance for joy; 17 Stampeded; 19 Tip; 21 Media; 22 Drought. Down: 1 March; 2 Ice; 3 Bear; 4 Conductor; 5 Untwine; 8 Raiser; 11 Blackmail; 13 Soften; 14 Bay-tree; 16 Right; 18 Eire; 20 Cue. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 6 Display; 7 Later; 9 Due; 10 Delivered; 12 Drunkenness; 15 Precipitate; 17 Conscious; 19 Top; 21 Felon; 22 Clarity. Down: 1 Minus; 2 Apt; 3 Rate; 4 Paternity; 5 Release; 8 Bisect; 11 Precision; 13 Napkin; 14 Crooked; 16 Booty; 18 Ugly; 20 Ire.




115-21 - 7 OCTOBER 2010 2010 JANUARY

Juicing: it’s the future..! By Louise Clarke IF, LIKE me, you are catching yourself coming backwards; eating on the run, or not at all which is the usual order of the day, this is definitely not good for you. If you are a very busy person and don’t have the time to eat properly during the day, why not be prepared for the day, enjoy all your vitamins and nutrition in one fail swoop and get a juicer…? Juicing is probably the single most important step we can take toward improving our health and well being and that of our families and what is great is that it is probably the quickest, simplest and most efficient way

of consuming five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. THE IMPORTANCE OF FIVE-A-DAY We are constantly told by the medical profession and media outlets that we must eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day to keep our bodies properly fuelled. The 21st Century diet has degenerated to the point that some families only ever eat junk food, laden with calories, sugar and fat, and some people, especially children, never eat fresh fruit and vegetables. This has the effect of lethargy, weight problems and far more people are prone to heart disease and cancer as a

result. Fruit and vegetables contain all the essential nutrients our bodies need. These not only enable our bodies to function properly, but also go a long way to ward off diseases. NATURAL VITAMINS The problem is that five portions is a lot to carry around every day and for maximum benefit they should ideally be eaten raw, as cooking kills off much of the nutritional value. Whilst many people could eat five portions of raw fruit every day, few actually do and it is far more difficult to eat raw vegetables than raw fruit. So, why not juice them…? By putting a variety of fruits and vegetables through a juicer, they will be converted into a delicious drink which not only tastes good, but is also full of totally natural vitamins and minerals that will fill the body with energy and ward off disease. Recent studies have found that almost every illness, including cancer, can be helped by drinking fruit and vegetable juices on a regular basis. This month, RTN has a FABULOUS offer on Juicing Jack machines! For just 99€ you can own an amazing machine that will allow you to convert the delicious fruit and vegetables that is available in abundance here in Spain into a delicious juice. So what are you waiting for..? Get Juicing!

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A sneak preview of the calendar THIS WEEK, RTN, was proud to get a sneak preview of The Bikini Bash Charity Calendar for 2011. The calendar, which will be sold to benefit 12 local charities, will be officially launched at the Mind, Body and Sol Exhibition at the five star La Finca Golf and Spa Resort in Algorfa on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October. The Calendar is proving to be a huge success with fantastic support from local businesses on the Costa Blanca, who have placed advertising on it to ensure that it becomes an informative and useful calendar as well as something to look at every day of the year! Charities could earn a potential €900 each from the sale of the calendar and in total it is hoped that a total of €10,800 will be raised. THANK YOU The Calendars will be on sale for just €3 available from local charity outlets as well as in many local businesses on the Costa Blanca; just in time for Christmas, making it an ideal Christmas present! SOL TV would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the project from the local businesses which have supported it, to the models and the calendar photographer, Paul Sellers, from Simple Treasures Fotografic. The ‘Making of the Charity Calendar’ documentary is being made as we speak and will be broadcast in November on SOL TV, plus on SOL TV’s brand new website scheduled to be launched in December, Businesses, if you wish to be part of the calendar, there are still some box adverts available: print deadline is 5th October, so please contact the SOL Team on 966 761 050 or email

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A variation of this is the most popular recipe on our 3 day detox program. It tastes amazing and is also packed with goodness. The soya yoghurt or milk is a healthy alternative and the taste of the berries removes the after taste some people complain of with soya products. Juice the pineapple and then put in the blender with the other ingredients. We are sure it will become one of your favourites also. Blackberries Contains vitamin C and E, fibre, potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, beta-carotene and phosphorous. They are beneficial for heart and circulation problems. Blueberries contain beta-carotene, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, tannins (help kill viruses and bacteria), and anti-oxidants. They are anti-bacterial, antiviral, disease fighting and anti-aging Strawberries contain vitamin C and E, ellagic acid, folic acid, beta-carotene, potassium, iron and antioxidants. They are anti-viral, anti-cancer, and effective against gout, rheumatism and arthritis. They are a great cleansing juice and good tonic for the liver. Pineapples contain vitamin C, potassium, iron and folic acid. Their juice cleanses the intestines and also helps to boost the immune system. “We are very excited to provide juice recipes for RTN every week. Juicing has been a passion of ours for several years and hope by sharing these recipes with you, it may encourage you to treat yourself to a new juicer and join in. The reason we love juicing so much is because it’s the easiest and quickest way to get the required nutrients and vitamins into the body to nourish all the vital organs.”

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XXX Cartagena Jazz Festival 2010 Vibes From The Costas by

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OP INTERNATIONAL R&B star Macy Gray will present her new album The Sellout in Cartagena as part of her forthcoming European tour this November. From 5th to 21st November, the Cartagena Jazz Festival returns, and this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Thirty years have passed since a group of friends, headed by its director, Francisco Martín, began the journey of one of the oldest jazz festivals in Spain. Scheduled jazz stars to perform include Wayne Shorter, the Portico Quartet, Zenet and Sax Summit featuring Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman and Ravi Coltrane. As part of the celebrations Cartagena will stage other great names from the world of music, not just jazz. Soul music enthusiasts should check out the evergreen Roberta Flack, blue eyed soul boy Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed (quoted as “the male equivalent of Amy Winehouse”) and the funky sax of Maceo Parker, ex sideman to the late great James Brown. Lovers of Latin music should catch the performances of the fiery Afro Cuban All-Stars and Michel Camilo and Tomatito. Renowned singers due to appear are The Manhattan Transfer, Grammy nominated Stacey Kent and American roots rock/flamenco artist Howe Gelb with his Band of Gypsies. Other essential dates include the legendary Shorter (ex. Miles Davis and Weather Report), modern day sax giant David Sanborn, and European film director/actor come

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singer Maria de Medeiros. It’s a wonderful varied packed programme, and there should be something for everyone. More great news is that two of the concerts are completely free: the opening performance with the Afro Cuban All Stars in the Puertas de Murcia - that’s by the statue of the Icue in the centre of Cartagena. Plus Rob Mazurek’s ‘Starlicker’, at the Centro Cultural: Ramón Alonso Luzzy. All the remaining concerts are staged in the festival’s main venue, Nuevo Teatro Circo, which is dead easy to find; straight off the A30 onto the Paseo de Alfonso XII dual carriageway, go right to the end, then it’s the third exit off the big roundabout; park up and find the theatre in Calle Tolosa Latour. Individual tickets or a super-value pass is available for the entire festival, excluding Roberta Flack, for just €75. However, there are

only 250 being issued, so don’t delay if you want one. The pass may only be purchased direct from the Neuvo Teatro Circo box office. Tel: 968 501 615 to check availability. Box office opening hours are from Monday to Friday 10:00 – 14:00 and from 17:00 – 20:00. The Roberta Flack concert, ticket price €30, features support act Esperanza Spalding with her Chamber Music Society. She’s an up and coming bass player, singer/songwriter, currently making big noises in the world of jazz. Critically acclaimed jazz guitarist Pat Metheny describes her as having the “rare ‘X’ Factor.” Tickets can be purchased on-line at or by telephoning 902 15 00 25. For more information visit the Cartagena Jazz Festival official web site at

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Place names

Spanish lessons by

Jane Cronin

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

Lesson 127

IN LAST week’s newspaper there was a letter of appreciation for my article on mispronounced words, which was very nice, thank you. The writer finished by asking me to bring pressure to bear on local radio stations regarding their annoying pronunciation of Almoradí. I have to say that this is not the first time I have been asked to lead a crusade against English speaking radio stations, but so far I have resisted the temptation. Personally, I am a fan of Radio Nacional, which keeps me company as I tootle around in my car, and their Spanish pronunciation is usually pretty good! However here is some ammunition for those who might wish to take up the challenge. Firstly, we need to look at some of the most frequent errors and put them straight. As the letter writer correctly states, Almoradí has an accent on the last syllable, and should therefore have the beat at the end - AlmoraDI. There are a number of similar instances, where English speakers incorrectly assume that the beat goes on the penultimate syllable. For example the Costa Cálida (the warm coast) should be

pronounced Costa CAlida and not Costa CaLIda. This is the one that most irritates me, possibly because I live there! Also close to home for me is Lo Pagán. Notice there is an accent on the end – Lo PagÁN. This also has to the two “a” vowels pronounced exactly the same, so the result should not sound like an alternative to Christianity. Before I leave my own neck of the woods, I would also mention Los Alcázares, which sounds like this – Los AlCAzares, and not Los AlcazARes (not forgetting the Spanish “z” sounding like our “th”) and finally, a small plea for Dos Mares, which should never sound like “two horses”, which I have heard, although not on local radio! Another odd pronunciation which I often notice is Orihuela. This is not a case of misplaced beat, but two other things that happen here. Firstly people pronounce the “h” when they shouldn’t, and secondly the “ue” combination of two simple vowels, changes to an “oo-ay” sound. This gives us “Ori-whoo-ayler” – not easy to write, but believe me it sounds weird, and quite possibly unrecognizable to the inhabitants of the town.

I’m sure that as you read this you are thinking of many of your own examples – Rojales (Roe-jails), Quesada (Coosahda), San Miguel (San Migwel) - the possibilities are endless. By the way, the bit in brackets is wrong, not right! The same problem exists with street names (Ramón Gallud, should not be Ramón Galood) and personal names. Some time ago I was introduced at an English TV studio to a Spanish cameraman called “Smile”. Poor old “Smile” got ordered around the place for months and never once stopped to mention that his name was actually “Ismael.” Having said all of that, I think there is a case for “anglicizing” more well-known names, when speaking in English. For example, we do have an English pronunciation for Barcelona and Madrid which don’t sound too much like the original. That automated male voice that announces place names at Spanish airports also “anglicizes”. He says SanTANder, instead of SantanDER, and MERsia instead of MURcia. This is an interesting point and has to do with the evolution of languages. Is it acceptable to pronounce CÓRdoba, as CorDOba, and CÁdiz as CaDIZZ? And which is more annoying, the anglicized version used while speaking English, or people who make a point of pronouncing everything “a la española” all the time?!

The Cardenal Belluga Theatre Group THE SECOND showing of the very funny and energetic production, ‘On With The Show will be performed at The Cardenal Belluga Theatre, San Fulgencio on 15th October at 20.00. Doors open at 19.00. Don’t miss the company’s rendition of ‘I’ve got Rhythm’, played with some unusual instruments - all ticket sales for this show will go to SEM, the local ambulance service, to provide equipment for the new ambulance. So far the group has donated €6,000 to local charities. Tickets are available at €8 from Liz on 966 797 983, or Maria on 966 715 891. Come along and be entertained, see some fantastic dance routines and colourful costumes. And most of all enjoy a good laugh.

Go Dutch again THE FAMOUS and popular ‘Hollandsche Middag’ (musical Dutch afternoon) is now back for a second season on Wednesday 13th October from 13.30 - 17.30. The afternoon provides Dutch and English musical entertainment and the opportunity to meet old and new English

and Dutch friends. The music will be presented by the popular DJ ‘Alegria’, with a minimarket offering a range of Dutch products. All are welcome, admission and parking is free. You will find the Camping Marjal restaurant at: Ctra. N332. km 73,4, 03140 Guardamar del Segura

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Quick Crossword

Cryptic Crossword



6. Malady (7)

1. Passage (5)

ACROSS 6. Late tributes to somebody coming from the wars! (7) 7 & 9 Across. Could they be the barriers between political factions? (5-5) 9. See 7 Across 10. Daily record at the saw-mill? (3-4) 12. A man with unbelievable relations! (5-6) 14. He displays an advertisement for William’s watch (4-7) 18. Strike another match (7) 19. Could possibly be synonymous with power (5) 21. Young attendants used by bookmakers (5) 22. One who will produce handmade predictions (7)


7. Beneath (5) 9. Crease (5)

2. Keep (6) 3. Employ (3) 4. Maintain (6)

10. Least (7)

5. Assault (3,4)

12. Command (11)

8. Alcoholic cordial (7)

14. Component (11)

11. Moral (7)

18. Unaffected (7) 19. Amusing (5)

13. Sovereign (7) 15. Coma (6) 16. Usual (6)

21. Player (5)

17. Negligent (5)

22. Move forward (7)

20. Uneven (3)

DOWN 1. Put your weight on a rung of the ladder (5) 2. Plaque that shows a different battle (6) 3. No-one who is brazen will be cast! (3) 4. A jagged point will get the Spanish fish (6) 5. Swimming movements for oarsmen! (7) 8 & 20 Down. Get in touch with the fellow - he’s an intermediary (7,3) 11. See 17 Down 13. According to the letter, it’s illuminated with real variation (7) 15. He conducts the German songs we hear (6) 16. This is quite a problem - give me a gin well mixed (6) 17 & 11 Down. Could they be authors of “The Wraith” and “The Phantom Spirit”? (5-7) 20. See 8 Down

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music scene

96.7 (TKO GOLD) - 91.9 - 87.7 - 87.5 • STUDIO SMS: 667 287 588 • STUDIO@TKOFM.COM


Lynden B L

YNDEN B is a very popular and unusual act here on the Costa Blanca, with his brilliant, quick changing show ‘The Man Of Many Faces’ playing many venues from bars to large events. Originally from Hinkley in Leicestershire, he started back in 1998 working for Adam Wide of Openwide International, a large company that supplies entertainers to big named companies like First Choice and Thomson in over 15 different countries. He proved a very popular choice and was constantly in demand for repeat performances. After spending many years working in Fuerteventura as a hotel entertainer, he started up his own

Keyword Pop Quiz

Find the keyword and win two tickets to Terra 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 comedy actor had a hit with ‘My Brother?’ 2. Who was the wizard keyboard player with Yes and, lately a Grumpy Old Man? 3. What is the name of the guitar genius who played in Cream, and The Yardbirds? 4. Which old rock ‘n’ roller and father of 80s new wave star Kim was born Reginald Smith? 5. Which flamboyant and difficult megastar played at Princess Diana’s funeral? 6. Who had a hit with Little Arrows? 7. Who had hits, in the early 80s with D.I.S.C.O. and Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart?) 8. Which UK female group had top 5 hits with ‘Stay’ and ‘Power of a Woman?’ 9. Name the oddball group which had hits with ‘Female of the Species’ and ‘Ballad of Tom Jones’ (with Cerys Matthews?)

Weekend gig guide TKO news

SATURDAY 2ND OCT El Chaparral - Bonanzas - Eddy El Limonar - Casa Nicholas Ricky Valance & The Jukebox Legends Villa Martin - Plaza Che - Selina Deans

Quesada - Clapton’s Bar - Johnny Fox Dona Pepa - Captains Table Abba Angels La Zenia - Bocados - U2 Tribute SUNDAY 3RD OCT Benimar - El Mundos - Johnny Fox Playa Flamenca - Celtic Drop Voodoos El Limonar - Sackos - Samantha Curtis San Luis - Marks Bar - Pete Hull La Florida - Abbey Tavern Sunflower Valley La Zenia - Paddys Point Showaddywaddy Legends Eagles Nest - Morgans Bar Steve Clarke

Music venues or acts that wish to be featured in this column should email with details and photo...

Spotlight on…Andy James

one man show, deciding 2 years ago to move here to the Costa Blanca. Since then he has never looked back. After the outstanding success of his one man show, Lynden has now brought a second show to raise his already popular profile. Crazy Cabaret...Viva Not Quiet Vegas is hilarious and another highly original and clever show to keep his audiences entertained. Both shows are must see events and there is no-one else on the Costas doing anything like Lynden B; he is totally unique. So if you fancy a night with a difference then contact his manager Mandy on 685 302 529.

FRIDAY 1ST OCT Playa Flamenca - Celtic Drop TKO´s Davy Jones Cabaroake La Zenia - Chaplins - Steve Christy, Soul & Motown La Marina - El Matador - Bella Luna Campoamor - Bernie DÁrcys - Plan B Entre Naranjos - Inn At The Green Woody Montebello - Monty’s Bar - Greg Ennis Quesada - Sam’s Bar - Jon Summer


BRAND NEW show on TKO FM! Every Sunday from 18.00 – 21.00: Rod Lucas Show, live from UK. The barmy one makes a welcome return to TKO FM, with his totally original, fast paced and, frankly lunatic show. There´ll be competitions, great music and Rod moving faster than the speed of light. Can you keep up? There really is nothing like this show anywhere on the Costa Blanca. Tune in and enjoy! 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.

THE TKO FM breakfast boy is the longest serving breakfast show host on the southern Costa Blanca and definitely the most popular and successful. So where did it all start for the young(ish) man from Kent? Well, young Andy started his career in music whilst still at school, helping out at the Friday lunchtime disco! Andy, along with his brother and a friend, then went on to buy a mobile disco and at the age of 17 took to touring Kent, every weekend, spinning the 45s and 12 inches. This was Andy´s lot for many years and it gave him opportunities to play holiday camps, in a dungeon near London Bridge and even work with Kiss FM. Upon his move to Spain Andy was snapped up by the then fledgling TKO FM and was promptly given his own breakfast show. Since his arrival Andy and Mrs James have had two lovely children and are now settled residents in the Kingdom of Algorfa! Of course, anyone who knows AJ is aware of his aversion to playing gigs without his beloved CDs and, as he lugs all his cases up and down the coast, is more than happy to provide

a ‘proper’ DJ service, without a laptop or mouse in sight! Andy says he is enjoying his earlier time slot of 08.00 -11.00 and often has to play catch up, as his show always has high audience participation. He has just celebrated his 6th anniversary with TKO and is proud to still be a part of the most successful station here on the Costa Blanca. Andy says “I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone for making my show the success it is and that our lovely listeners make every day a joy to come to work” You can listen to Andy every weekday morning from 08.00 – 11.00 and every Tuesday at 20.00 as he presents the Old School Disco.

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Garden de-toxes by

Clodagh & Dick Handscombe Practical gardeners and authors

ONE IS frequently reading about new ideas for de-toxing the body: that is cleaning the body of unnecessary chemicals consumed or produced within the body by chemical reactions between unnatural polluting chemicals that might have been consumed as surface or absorbed chemicals on fruit and vegetables, and in meats that have not been produced ecologically. Or as unnatural additives to colour, sweeten and flavour food and fill medications where the active ingredients are a relatively low percentage. Luckily there are EU regulations that limit the amount of pollutants and in most cases tests show that product pollution is below these levels. But there is obviously still a concern as the EU reduces those levels on a regular basis and plans to do so over the next ten years while major increases in the production of eco insecticides, fungicides and herbicides etc are produced and tested. Luckily for gardeners there are already natural products available if you ask your

local garden centre, horticultural shop and some agricultural cooperatives. Interestingly, Neudorff have made nothing but eco products for agriculture and gardens since 1850! But first ask yourself: ‘Do I really need to spray as much?’ Supermarkets these days demand that there is not a single blemish in products, which is unnatural. An orange or lemon with a few marks on the skin is perfectly edible and if not sprayed or painted in a packing station is free of pollutants. We remember staying with friends in Andalusia when giving a talk to a local gardening club. Their Spanish neighbour called by with, by Valencia standards, a bag of smallish oranges, marked by hail and bruised by branches in high winds. They would have never made it to a local store let alone an export packing station but having stayed on the trees more than a month after they would have been picked commercially they were fully ripe and swollen with sweet vitamin C-filled juice. So in your own gardens limit the extent of chemical pollutants consumed by the family by: Clearing the garden shed of chemical pollutants and replacing by eco products; only spray when you really have to and then limit the extent of spraying; accept the odd

Bruised and marked fruit is no longer accepted at supermarkets

fruit with a maggot – it was once normal even in purchased apples. Grow more vegetables and fruit and do so ecologically. Then by using vegetables daily in salads or steamed, or fresh or juiced fruit you will be de-toxing on a continuous versus crisis basis, especially if growing produce with the highest levels of vitamins trace minerals and natural antioxidants. For those planning to grow vegetables for the first time on apartment terraces, balconies and windowsills, a table on page 171 of ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’ indicates the actual content of vitamins minerals fibres and antioxidants in healthy vegetables. Make a few litres of Kombucha each week. This is a de-toxing drink that extracts the

beneficial ingredients of red and green teas with the help of a natural floating fungus. Look it up on the internet for more information. With a healthy garden full of herbs, we flavour each bottle with beneficial herbs to add flavour and an extra kick. Most importantly, it’s part of our micro (less than an A4 sheet of paper) gardening that takes up little space in the kitchen alongside our seed sprouter that is on as the choice of leaf vegetables in the garden; always limited at the end of summer until the first autumn crops are large enough to eat. Sorry as usual space has run out but we hope what we have already said makes sense to our readers.

Clodagh and Dick have now lived and gardened in various parts of Spain for 25 years. There books are packed with useful information with vivid illustrations that are gardening bibles for many expats and English speaking Spaniards, whether experienced or beginners. You will find ‘Your Garden in Spain, ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’, ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ and the latest one, ‘Apartment Gardening Mediterranean Style’ in high street and internet bookshops. has an autumn offer for the first three. You can always keep the one you don’t already have and use the other two as birthday or Christmas presents. © Clodagh and Dick Handscombe October 2010.

Garden Club of Vega Baja THE NEXT meeting on Monday, 4th October, is at Los Rosales on the Lemon Tree Road from 14.00 – 16.00, when Val will continue her talk on propagation. It will also be the AGM: all members are asked to attend.

HELP visits L’Albarda Gardens MEMBERS OF HELP of Denia and Marina Alta visited the L’Albarda Gardens, La Sella on Monday 27th September. Meeting at the HELP Centre in La Xara, the group enjoyed coffee and cakes before setting off to the gardens. A guided tour in both English and Spanish had been organised, which was very informative. The gardens are extremely pleasant and even though the sun shone all the way, the recent drop in temperature made it an altogether pleasant morning out. For more information relating to the HELP organisation please telephone the HELP Centre on 966 427 044 or visit

New classes at Ollie Doodles Craft Store OLLIE DOODLES craft shop in Los Altos will begin Patchwork and Quilting classes on Wednesday 6th October. Classes will run from 10.00 to 13.00 every week and anyone from beginners to experienced patchworkers are welcome to join. Originally patchworking was born out of necessity to keep warm, but nowadays it is performed as an art form, to one’s own design for self satisfaction and home comfort. A patchwork quilt does not have to be a bed covering. Throws, cushion covers, wall coverings, table mats or even bags can be made. The quilts can be sewn by hand or with a sewing machine, the finished product being one of a kind and the crafter’s sense of achievement immense. On Thursday 14th October, Ollie Doodles will also be starting scrapbooking classes. Anyone can join from complete beginners to advanced scrapbookers. Classes will run from 14.00 to 16:30 every week. Scrapbooking is the craft of filling a blank book with pictures, stories and memorabilia in an artistic manner. These books are filled with one’s thoughts, beliefs, traditions, loves

Patchwork quilting

and passions and are completely unique to the creator. If you are interested in either of these classes or would like to find out more information please contact Ollie at Ollie Doodles on 966 707 223 or visit

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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.

Taken with a pinch of salt “YOU MUST go and see that strange American woman who’s opening a museum,” a friend told me when I visited her in Guadalest a couple of months ago. I’ve always been intrigued by ‘strange’ people, American or otherwise, so I went in search of her. And she’s not strange at all – a bit quirky, perhaps, but there again I suppose you have to be to amass a collection of over forty thousand pairs of salt and pepper shakers. And she’s not American either, she’s Belgian, although she’s lived in the US for many years, something you’d never guess by her luscious ‘French’ accent. Andrea Ludden began her enormous collection almost by chance. As a trained archaeologist who’d worked in Latin America for many years, when she moved to California with her family she was at a bit of a loose end. In a country where anything over a couple of hundred years old is considered ancient, (I read a lovely line somewhere that said, “in England, even the tea cosies and biscuit barrels have more history than almost anything in America), archaeology doesn’t have massive amounts of openings, but one day Andrea bought a pepper grinder.… and from small acorns big oak trees do grow. “That first one didn’t work, so I bought a couple more. I used to stand them on the window ledge of my kitchen, and neighbours thought I was building a collection. Nothing could have been further from my mind! They began to bring me some beautiful ones, and eventually I had about 14,000 on shelves all over the house; even in the bedrooms. One day my husband said, “Andrea, you either find somewhere to put these things or it’s a divorce!” So we decided to create a museum.” As Andrea shows me around her Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers I find it hard to believe that the twenty-thousand pair display of fat chefs, ruby red tomatoes, guardsmen in bear skins, The Beatles, Santa’s feet sticking out of a chimney, pistols and potatoes, a copy of the salt and pepper shaker cufflinks that Lady Diana wore, (which, fortunately, are sealed, or their contents would have sprayed everywhere when she shook hands), have any other reason for coming together than simply being someone’s idea of being collectable – but they do.

“When we moved to the States there was no work in archaeology so I began to look at social anthropology,” continues Andrea, “because it’s often by looking at the apparently more mundane articles in everyday life such as salt and pepper shakers, that you can build up a broad picture of a specific period.” Being a Brit, I’m a bit confused about what a salt shaker is: to me the whacky collection on display are salt cellars. But that’s where I’m wrong, isn’t it. A salt cellar is a small bowl or box with a spoon in it that would be placed in the centre of the table, whereas a salt shaker is a container that has holes in that salt can be poured out of. Well, you learn something new every day, don’t you! Salt has a tendency to attract moisture and become lumpy, and it wasn’t until the 1920’s that it became possible to pour salt from a sealed container, when Chicago-based Morton Salt added magnesium carbonate to their product. From this moment the salt shaker was born. “Morton’s development was the beginning of the salt shaker, but, funnily enough, it was the automobile that lead to them becoming collectable items,” Andrea tells me. “It was because people could travel more freely, either for work or vacation, the souvenir industry came about. Salt and pepper shakers were cheap, easy to carry and colourful and made ideal gifts. “Imagine you lived in an isolated village somewhere and your son or daughter brought you a set in the shape of the Golden Gate Bridge when they came on their annual visit home: it wouldn’t be used, it would be carefully kept as a decorative item. That’s how, in the main, many of the early collections began.” I can understand the attraction of such a collection, but I don’t really see the significance of such a humble thing as a salt shaker in social anthropology. Andrea soon enlightens me. “There’s almost nothing you can imagine that hasn’t been copied as a salt and pepper shaker, and many of them reflect the designs, colours and preoccupations of the period. For example, a cooker from the 1940’s will look totally different from the cookers of the 1990’s, and it’s through using these differences and the

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.

Second Outlet Fair in Almoradí

THE TOURISM and Commerce Council of the Town Hall of Almoradí organize this new edition of the Outlet Fair in Almoradí in Plaza de la Constitución. This time, 17 local shops and associations are the participants on this event, with their best products at the best

prices, with spectacular discounts. At the same time there will be some complementary activities during the days of the fair, such as traditional plays for children or a concert on Friday night (20.30). On Saturday morning, visitors will enjoy the traditional street market of Almoradí

and the Tourism council offers a free Cultural Guided Tour, starting from the Tourist Info Office at 10.30 - to register, email Opening hours are from 10.00 to 22.00, except on Friday when inauguration is at 18.00.


materials they were made of that we can get an idea of how people lived at any given time.” And the world of salt and pepper shakers knows no boundaries; from the Cellini Saliera, cast in solid gold (and sometimes referred to as the ‘Mona Lisa of Sculpture’), insured for $60million, to the prosaic plastic red pepper, a steal at only 75 centimos at the local Chinese shop, there’s something for everyone. Displaying the almost endless selection of models is no mean feat but Andrea has an excellent eye for how it should be done. “It’s almost impossible to categorise them because you can work by style, age, subject matter, colour etc, but I try and do it to combine all these elements at the same time. I have a very visual memory and I can walk into an antique shop or go to a garage sale and know instantly if I see one for sale that I have in the collection

or not, even if it is just the salt or pepper shaker and not a pair. “I think a museum like ours is different from a big municipal institution because it deals with things on a very personal basis. Even though there are so many shakers, you begin to recognise ones your grandmother used to have, or you saw when you went on vacation somewhere, or you gave as a gift once. People come back over and over again and think that we are adding to the displays, but we aren’t, it’s just that they didn’t see them first time around.” Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros (Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers) Avenida de Alicante 2, Guadalest, Alicante. (Next to the Tourist Office) Open daily 10.30-19.30: Entrance €3, children under 12 free.


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Sweeter dreams CLIENTS TELL me that they never dream, and of course we all do; we just don’t remember! Part of our nocturnal sleeping pattern is to drift into a level of consciousness whereby dreams rule us and take over. Often as we wake we can run through part of a dream we have had, but do we forget it in time? Yes we do! However much we try to recall, the dream fades whether we like it or not and only very poignant dreams remain within our memory. Sometimes the bad, negative dreams feature in our memory, and if part, or all of a dream starts to repeat itself then we know that we are forced to remember it. One client of mine had such a reoccurring dream. It frightened him so much and he suffered for many years. He would be running through a field as a small animal, and somehow find his way underground in an earthy burrow He travelled along this burrow until he approached the end of the tunnel, and he wasn’t able to turn back. He was trapped. On revelation it appeared that he was facing considerable difficulties in his everyday life and the dream when it came, left him sweaty and anxious and scared. When I first came to live in Spain I seemed to adapt fairly well. Everything was new but I liked what I saw, and I didn’t seem to miss life in the big city at all, even though I was living in a tiny, remote village. I suppose I was happy, but I can still recall a dream whereby I was driving my car in traffic. I dream as most people do in black and white, and this dream was no exception. I was aware that the traffic was getting very heavy and then my car, like all the other cars around me, changed into a bumper car and the fun began. I wondered what city I was in at the time, and was heavily bumped by a red bus behind me. I was back in London, which had been my home for many years. So I guess a part of me was homesick. The dream repeated a few times, and the same bumper car was once or twice booted out of the way

by a speeding yellow taxi cab, I was back in New York, without a doubt. Dreams can reflect what is going on with you, and can show you a side you thought didn’t exist. Many of the scary types of dream are in fact just the opposite; telling you that all is well and that you are okay! If I had been in an accident in my traffic dreams it could have emphasised that something amongst the nostalgia of the past wasn’t quite right. To dream of death is to experience birth, and the reverse too. Really often when I am helping people interpret, the gorier or more violent the action of the dream, the reality check is that there is nothing wrong. Rather the same as children loving, as they do, stories about witches and wicked deeds, because they know that they are in fact very safe and that they can pretend to be scared and have fun. Repetitive dreams are, however, something else. Being relentlessly pursued by someone behind you night after night takes some getting over. I had such a client who was chased by a man with wild dogs every night at sometime in his dream state. I told him to turn around and to look and see who it was. He did, and never dreamed the dream again, thank goodness. It wasn’t until he called to thank me and tell me the good news that he confided in me it was a dream that he had had for over twenty years. Once such a dream is shattered it can never impact again and so it dissolves away and fades from memory. And as for the Euro Millions lottery, thanks for all of you who think that I can dream up, or foresee the winning number! It doesn’t work for personal gain and anyway, I may not be rich in Euros in the bank, but I am rich and abundant in Spirit, and I too can dream, can’t I?

Love & Light... Kenny Corris

Postbag Email your letters to me at: KENNY, I have been told that the, ‘Evil Eye’ has been put on me, and that I need to have it eliminated or else my relationship will end. What can I do? I feel so helpless and fearful, and worried that things may really go wrong and my relationship is all I have at the moment. Carol K. I wonder who has told you that you have this, ‘Evil Eye?’ I am sure that the person who brought this to your door is the very person who has the ability to take it away, probably for some specific sum of money. There are, sadly, many who work in this way. The evil eye is only your own negativity fuelled by fear. Nothing will interfere with your relationship, I promise, and you can save your money. I get similar messages all the time and I thank Spirit that I am able to work in a gentle and loving way with my clients, never exposing them to fear or worry! Forget such predictions as they are vicious and totally unnecessary, and if you like to make an appointment to see me, or call me, I will do all that I can to help you on a truly spiritual level.

Kenny’s Diary Readings at Bistro Maya in Albir: 4th and 6th October from 16.30 to 19.00. Please call: 966 868 213. Readings at Hair Zone Hairstylists in El Limonar (Close to Sacko’s Bar): Readings at this popular salon continue by request on Tuesday 5th October 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. Tickets now on sale at: or call: 686 361 594. €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!

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

horoscopes by Kenny Corris With the Sun and Saturn bringing a Libran balance to things right now, you will get the peace and quiet you need to complete something rather special for yourself, and in so doing prove to all concerned just what you can do if you are left to it! Because there is some need to finish with a flourish you have a brief to close things down your way, and then to move on to where you so rightly belong. There have been several knocks along the way but you seem to be in a frame of mind to cope with all that is flung at you. Your belief in yourself and your dedication and strength will see you through, especially since actions of Mercury this week send confusing signals acting as a smokescreen. Slow and steady, now that you have come so far there can be no reason to look back. Mercury has the upper hand this week, seeking to bring some respite to your particular difficulties right now. Particularly, actions in opposition with Jupiter find you out on a limb and hoping for the luck and fortune that will see you through to the other side. The personal conflict you are experiencing is causing you some emotional instability, but it is high time to open your heart, once and for all. The Jupiter alliance with Pisces brings new light and opens new frontiers to you. You are so much more than you think you are, and it is time that you embrace that which you have to. With Venus hovering around Mars and Uranus in awe of Mercury there is a possibility of a lucky chance to bring resolve, and to bring down the curtain, as you happily say goodbye to a past burden of responsibility. This week brings happy chances and is a great time to bring all those you love together to celebrate. Just lately you have been overdoing things to fulfil commitments, and there hasn’t been the time for anything or anyone. You have a strong core of people who look after you, so make sure that this is a time you let them know once and for all how enriched your life is with their love and devotion to you! Resident Mercury rounds on forceful Neptune, inspiring Chiron, lucky Jupiter and a hesitant Uranus, so this is a time to spread the word and to link up with all forms of communication to get your message across loud and clear. There are those who do not listen to your advice right now, but wait and see, because there is a strong need to make connections and to network for the sake of all concerned. Since the Equinox there have been hotbeds of discontent, and you have learnt the hard way that you cannot make everyone happy and please yourself too. As Mercury enters into the storm on Sunday there is a need to prioritise and to make a conscious decision based on your wants and needs; and this isn’t selfish, but it is self preserving and a progressive way of seeing what’s really on offer to you. Venus conjuncts Mars in your seventh house. They say that all is fair in love and war, but the conflicts and the fall out is having a derogative effect on you and your current projects. If ever there was a time to go with the flow it is now, but keep your eyes and your ears open and be non committal, because there is something that you do not know, and it is about to be revealed to you. Jupiter is in cahoots with Pisces bringing you the wisdom of the past, and a brief to take on something new and challenging. You have a dedicated, powerful and strong character, and you are much needed to steer the ship and take control. Responsibility is something you enjoy, and you have much to give, so whatever you do, give this your very best shot and see what a difference you can make. With the adherence of Pluto strengthening your foundations you have a call to square with Mercury, planet of communication, and Libra to bring a restored balance to your current outlook. There is a need for you to be involved in current family actions. Though they will continue with or without you, you must establish that there are many ways to skin a rabbit and you have a good plan up your sleeve. With stabilising Uranus in action with Pisces this week, circumstances bring you a very mixed bag of tricks. You may have decided that you have bitten off more then you can chew, but it has brought clarity to your work and a new understanding, just when it is so needed. Take time to get some much deserved rest and relaxation because you are approaching a busy, but happy period. Uranus and Pisces bring two very different energies to your door, and things could very well go either way. There is a corner developing which sees Uranus, with Jupiter dominating, in a dispute over money, and aspects of finance in general bring a stern warning and a need to make changes to current practices. Conserving and balanced, you are poised to strike midweek and settle an old score.

If it’s your birthday this week... The astrological year ahead affords you the opportunity to make great changes, but there is so much to keep your eye on right now, and you may have to pass up the first offer you receive with an eye on a better one for all concerned.

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Karla Darocas

Information Technology & Communications

Act local, act global: Online marketing is essential to business survival WHEN I first started in the Internet, my website was only the 40th website to be listed. Now, according to Netcraft, there are 227,225,642 websites as of September 2010. Daily, consumers flock to the Web to research local products and services, so visibility for your business via the Internet literally spells success or failure. Online marketing is NOT optional anymore and you need every resource possible to succeed, especially in a local market. Here is some survival advice that I give to my students: CONTROL YOUR WEBSITE I can’t stress this enough - you must be in control of your website 24/7. You must be able to make changes and updates by yourself. If you wait for a website designer or webmaster to update your site, you are wasting valuable time and money. GET ON GOOGLE MAPS Everyone I know uses Google to search for business and services. It is the giant these days in the Internet search world. However, most people don’t realize that ‘Google Maps’ is the most basic component of local online marketing with Google. Get all the details at .This tool is one of the fastest ways to get found in Google and best of all... it’s free! BASIC SEO If you own your own website, you can build it to be a search engine

magnet. SEO stands for ‘search engine optimization’ - which means making your website relevant when someone searches for your business name or terms related to what you sell. It is like fishing, if you put enough worms on your hook, you are going to catch a fish. Building all the content, information, and text on your site around a central theme is the #1 thing you can do to increase your chances of ranking well in Google and other search engines. ADD VALUE-ADDED OFFERS Most people don’t make offers on their websites. Their web pages look like everyone else’s and say basically the same things. You must make offers on your site that spur people to action. Offer a discount or faster service. Give an incentive to come in today. Most importantly: make your offers big, bold and obvious on your site while giving people a reason to do business with you right now! DRIVE TRAFFIC You won’t make money with your website if the right people don’t see it. Social networks are a great way to drive traffic to your site. I use to drive the bulk of traffic to my website. I belong to several of its social networks like Costa Blanca Entrepreneur; Costa Blanca Property Buy & Sell; Friends of Costa Blanca; Friends of Spain and Business Friends Valencia. It is also a great way to make new business contacts who can talk about you and

‘Google Maps’ is the most basic component of local online marketing

your products when they are out at their network meetings. Facebook is another social network that can drive traffic to your site by establishing a good social network. According to the Nielsen Company, the five top social networking sites for Spain are Facebook, Tuenti, MySpace, Badoo, and Fotolog. CONSISTENT FOLLOW-UP The biggest online marketing mistake

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Rally Review: Japan 2010 Rally Preview by

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JAPAN AND rallying are linked like a fine wine and a crystal glass, with Japanese manufacturers such as Toyota, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Mazda, Nissan and, perhaps most notably, Subaru all having tasted success in the sport. Japanese rally fans, as with most sports, are loyal, knowledgeable and extremely enthusiastic. Based around the city and region of Sapporo, Rally Japan is a gravel rally with some complicated, twisting forest sections which can be a car breaker. The result of the rally was quite different from that expected! It seemed to happen without any warning - Sebastien Ogier snatched victory on Rally Japan at the Sapporo super special, to collect his second rally victory at World Championship level. The 26-year-old Frenchman, driver three for the Citroen Total team, came out on top after a stunning final day battle which started with the top four drivers split by 15 seconds. Driving Rally Japan for the first time, Ogier took number one spot by 15.7secs from Citroen C4 WRC driver Petter Solberg, who suffered a broken front shock absorber in the closing stages of the rally.

Jari-Matti Latvala finished third, 10.3secs from Solberg, in his BP Ford Abu Dhabi team Focus, with Citroen Junior team driver Dani Sordo 9.2secs further back in fourth. It was clear to see that Ogier was Rally Japans new star. Team-mates and rivals alike all had praise for the youngster’s talent… “He did a good, good rally,” said Solberg. “It was nothing over the top but he’s a super talent. People who are so good only come along once in a while. As long as he keeps his feet on the floor and has respect for other people then he will be very, very good in the future.” Sven Smeets, team manager of the factory Citroen squad, said Ogier’s drive was further evidence of his young charge’s ability behind the wheel. “He said himself he has problems on rough rallies like this so he came to learn more and secure the points for Citroen,” said Smeets. “He kept up the pace on the stages on Friday and Saturday and today, where the stages were new for everybody, he has done an incredible rally. It was a very good performance and I hope this means there is a bright future for him. He will

Sebastien Loeb ended the rally in fifth place

be in our team for a few more years so I hope he continues to still do what he is doing now.” World Championship leader Sebastien Loeb ended the rally in fifth place, 53.3secs behind Ogier. It was a disappointing rally for Loeb, who seemed to be off the pace from the first stage. Rally France is set to be a real thriller of an event. This next round of the WRC could see Sebastian Loeb gain his seventh World Rally Championship crown of his career.

This event, held for the first time in Alsace, will be a particularly emotional one for Sebastien Loeb, who will be racing in front of a home crowd. The last stage will be held in the streets of Hagenau in homage to Loeb, who grew up in this little Bas-Rhine community. A 60th World Championship victory will give Loeb and his co-driver Daniel Elena their seventh consecutive World Championship title. WRC Rally France will no doubt be shown on all of the major sport channels from 1st through to 3rd October.

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required Do you own a small hotel or Bed & Breakfast accommodation? Would you like to rent it out for 2011? We are looking for this kind of premises with 8-10 bedrooms and separate living accommodation to run retreats. The premises must have own grounds. Within 30/40 minutes of Calpe (including inland). Please contact us on

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MOBILE/PARK HOMES On Camping Pueblo in San Javier, from 15,000€ also bungalows for rent Carol 968-192-425 Mob 626-055-622 www. mobilehomesmarmenorspain. com MOTORHOME AUTOCRUISE STARFIRE 2-Berth, 2006 Reg, Diesel 2.2TD.10 Months Roadtax, Low Milage, Tlf:-646-748-316 CAMPERVAN FOR SALE Autosleeper Fiat Ducato 1990 petrol. Good condition. Ideal for UK return.Taxed Mot Feb 11. Tlf:-968-163-270

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PRESTIGE NURSING offers Legal, Registered and Professional Home Care on the Costa Blanca. All your home nursing care service needs can be undertaken by our highly trained nursing/ domiciliary team. Call Prestige Nursing on 687-015-517

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The final whistle Delhi Diary – Week 1

Bumper to bumper in Delhi

Javea resident Andy Kay reports from Delhi as preparations for the Commonwealth Games in India continue... NOTHING, I repeat nothing, prepares you for Delhi. From the moment you land and exit the impressive new terminal at Indira Ghandi airport, your senses are bombarded from all sides. The noise, the hustle and bustle, the smells and the fact that it seems perfectly normal for locals to urinate wherever they happen to be when the urge strikes. Remind me to try that in Mercadona when I get back... As for the taxi ride from the airport to my hotel, I promise you I have never been so petrified in a car in my life. My cab, which was probably manufactured before I was born, barely made it above 30kph. As a result we were passed by all manner of vehicles, all of them intent on sitting on our back bumper and honking their horns insistently before making their overtaking manoeuvre. Indeed, drivers in Delhi don’t put their hands on the car horn; they take it off! However, after a couple of days of adjustment, Delhi begins to make sense. You just need to look at life from a different perspective...that perspective being, apart from in a few swanky hotels, not to expect anything to be done when you’ve been told it will be. I’ve lost count of the number of colleagues I’ve bumped into who have no hair left, having torn it all out. That said the Organising Committee and the government are, at last, beginning to get their acts together. And boy, did they need to. Most of the athletes have now arrived and are being housed at the newly cleaned and disinfected village. The venues are up and running with rehearsals and training in full swing and the JLN stadium, which will host the track and field events, has been transformed into a massive stage for the opening ceremony. Mind you, I hope you’ll be able to see it. A few days ago, the stadium generators ran out of fuel and, as a result, more than 200 stage lights were damaged. The lighting company has put in a bill to the Organising Committee of around half a million Euros and says if the money hasn’t been received by midnight tonight, they will pull the plug and walk away! Whilst the opening ceremony will be well attended, ticket sales for the Games as a whole have been poor. Recent reports suggest that out of 1.7 million tickets on offer, just 200,000 have been sold. Organisers are blaming the negative media coverage, some of which has been savage. Any preconceptions you may have that the TV and written media would be supportive of the CWG are quickly dispelled as soon as you turn on the box or read a paper here. Only this week, the Times of India launched a scathing attack on the Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, accusing him of hiring far too many cronies and family members. I tell you, he’s going to breathe an almighty sigh of relief if these Games go well, as will the Indian population and the legions of Western workers who, despite being obstructed and frustrated at every turn, are putting in some ridiculously long hours to ensure that all goes as smoothly as possible.

Life of Brian By Steve Hibberd AS THE annual Romans and Carthagians marching season reached its climax around the city of Cartagena, you could be excused for asking, “What have the Romans ever done for us?” Certainly not provided any thoroughly deserved div 2a points - that’s for sure! Although there was nobody by the name of Brian playing for either side, this match certainly had all the bizarre comical ingredients of a typical Monty Python comedy sketch. Take home side keeper Casilla, making his league debut, for example. His 14th minute howler almost made him the joker in the pack - his blushes spared when an uncoordinated attempt at saving a harmless shot ricochet off his shoulder, before rolling past the post for a corner. With the match developing into a scrappy affair, it was the men from Andalucia who took the lead on 18 minutes. Abysmal defending from a corner allowed the lumbering centre back Usero oceans of space, as he powered home a free header into the back of the net. Parity was quickly restored - Toche confidently heading home Keko’s well placed cross 7 minutes later. It took Cordoba only 7 minutes to retake the lead - an almost carbon copy of the first goal. Yet again, Cartagena’s defence seemed to go to sleep as a high floated corner found the head of Usero, who glanced it wide of the despairing dive of Casilla, and crept just inside the far post

for his second goal. Lafuente, recently on as sub, was so unlucky when his rasping 20 yard drive rattled the crossbar before bouncing to safety. Midway through the half, frustration got the better of Cala (still sore at having his goal disallowed) when he picked up his second yellow card, leaving his team to battle on with only 10 men. Numerical disadvantage did not seem to phase Cartagena, only the woodwork again preventing an equaliser, this time sub Goiria being the unlucky marksman (I’m being kind - he should have buried it!), then from the rebound, Lafuente blasted over the bar. In the 87th minute, with the ball out of play, Cordoba defender De Cox was given his marching orders for his part in a skirmish which resulted in Toche holding his head whilst flat out on the ground. During the 5 minutes stoppages (should have been at least 8), both Goiria then Lafuente headed over, as Cartagena failed to take opportunity of the many chances created. FORTHCOMING FIXTURE A visit to Tenerife on Sun 3rd October, KO 18.00 (17.00 local time) awaits the submarine boys. After 5 games played, Tenerife sit firmly at the bottom of div 2a having lost all 5, so now it’s up Cartagena to make sure that this bad run continues (watch this space!) Visit www.gotocartago. com or www.futbolclubcartagena. com for regular updates on FC Cartagena.

Bay Radio hits the right notes THE COSTA Blanca’s number 1 radio station, Bay Radio, held their first ever Charity Golf Day at Alicante Golf last week. Ninety-six golfers turned out to support Bay Radio’s chosen charity, the Emaus Children’s Orphanage in Relleu. The event was organised by Bay Radio’s Saturday morning ‘Focus on Golf’ team, Tony Myles and Noel Eastwell. The Stella Robertson Foundation quickly stepped in to help and was a fantastic and generous supporter. Fats Fit Tyres and Europa Networks also stepped in with generous prizes. The 96 golfers competing for the first prize of Nike golf equipment and Luxury Cruise onboard a beautiful 60ft motor yacht, played for over €1,000 of prizes. Altogether golfers had in excess of €2,500 of prizes on offer. As usual, Alicante Golf set the standard for the rest with a golf course that was nothing short of perfect; all 96 players had nothing but praise for the way the course was set up and its condition. From the moment of arrival to the moment of departure, Alicante Golf had everything off to perfection. The format was a ‘pairs better ball Stableford’ competition with prizes for the first 5 teams. There were also 6 nearest the pin prizes to be won. The day started well with all but one competitor arriving in good time for the first tee time of 08.50. The missing person sadly informed the club at 08.20, meaning that to avoid disappointment Bay Radio’s own golf professional Noel Eastwell was forced into the fray to partner Aron Woodhams. This proved to be embarrassing as they turned out to be the winning pair with a score of 47 points, thanks mainly to some inspired golf from Aron. Second place went to Sam Curtis and his dad Dave with 44 points, a popular score as Dave Earthy and Mike Parsons and Natasha Woodhams and Julie Eastwell proved, the places being decided on the lower handicap rule. Fifth spot went to Juan Gonzalez Aconada and Francisco Laliga Manez with 42 points. Saturday’s ‘Focus on Golf’ had an extra ingredient as Aron and Noel agreed to give their first prize a way to the highest bidder. The prize was snapped up in seconds to see a total of €1,600 raised for the purchase of winter clothes and a new computer for the home in Relleu; a just result for so much effort. Well done to all who competed and were so generous.

Ten man Torre back to winning ways

Ramiro celebrates scoring the winner against Eldense

FC TORREVIEJA got back to winning ways after losing their last two matches, with a convincing away win at Eldense. But as always with FC Torrevieja, nothing is easy, especially as they played almost the whole of the second half with ten men after Jorge picked up his second red card of the season. Torrevieja started with just one striker, although this time it was not club captain Corcoles left on the bench for this match, but Rulo. He also had the first real chance of the game after 24 minutes when, after an excellent move between Ramiro and Javi Orta, the striker fired well wide. On 38 minutes, the referee issued the first of five yellow cards for Torre, when Jorge was booked after a late tackle. Just two minutes later, Torrevieja opened the scoring with a well worked goal started by Meijide, who took a quick free kick on the half way line. His long, cross field pass found Ramiro on the right wing who then put over an excellent early cross which was side footed passed the hapless Eldense keeper by Abraham to give Torre a half time lead. SECOND HALF The second half started controversially when, after just two minutes gone, Jorge and the Eldense centre forward went for a 50/50 ball. The Eldense player went down dramatically and Jorge was issued with his second yellow card of the game. Torre Manager Barrera made a change by taking Rulo off and bringing on right back Vicente. With a man advantage, the home side started pushing forward in an effort to find the equaliser. But the reality was that they had little to offer up front and the midfield simply did not create enough to trouble a competent Torre defence, superbly marshalled by veteran Diego Meijide. After 34 minutes of the second half, Torre won a corner which was floated into the home side’s penalty area. Pablo and Abel both went for the ball but an Eldense defender, for whatever reason, punched the ball away, giving Torrevieja a penalty easily converted by Ramiro to give the visitors a 0-2 lead. But six minutes later, with Torrevieja comfortably in control, a defensive mix up ‘gifted’ Eldense a goal and a life line for the final few minutes. But the truth is that this was a game Torrevieja should have won comfortably and had the home side equalised, the result would have been unjust. DIA DEL CLUB Celebrations at the end as both players and the travelling Torry supporters cheered each other - a much needed three points, especially after two defeats on the spin and now we look forward to two home games this week. This Sunday, 3rd October, Torre is at home for a League match against near neighbours, Crevillente. Just to remind all fans that this game has been designated a ‘Dia del Club’ when all supporters pay to get in, even season ticket holders. Come on Torre! With thanks to in association with

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The big hit or control? Fishing Noel’s world of golf By Noel Eastwell Professional coach and RTN golf expert 639 730 891

ON THE major golf tours all over The World we see and hear that the golf ball is being hit further than it ever has. Is this fact or fiction? Research tells us that the ball is certainly going further; it is hard to argue with that. Big hitting has taken over from where skill used to be. No longer do we see Tour golfers with the imagination or control to be able to move the ball at will. Some of the difficulty of manoeuvering the ball is because it has been made to resist spin, imparted at impact. There are very many players on tour that are so strong that no matter how long the rough is grown they can still muscle the ball out and onto the green, even with long irons. Brute strength is all well and good but I for one would much prefer to see more skill at play. In every sport at the highest level skill has to play its part but in golf we seem to be moving away from this idea and allowing the strongest golfer to win rather than the one who has the highest skill levels. Is this correct? Well I am certainly not the person to decide that answer. I would, though, much prefer to see wild shots punished severely and test the skills of the golfers to get up and down. A drive that misses a fairway by 50 yards usually ends up where the crowd has walked and gets a really good lie as a result whereas a drive that misses a fairway by 5 yards can sometimes be unplayable. This is really not a fair result and indeed punishes the wrong person. One of the biggest and at times wildest hitters is Phil Mickelson. The difference is he has the skill to get the ball up and down from almost anywhere and can manoeuver the ball as well. I would love to see more players of his type on tour, and then we may see the skilful players winning again. The sooner the Tours have the nerve to toughen up our golf courses the better: they

don’t need to make them longer, they just need to make them golf courses again. RTN GOLF CLUB The members’ individual Stableford scheduled for 4th October has been cancelled due to the changes in RTN Golf Club: the next RTN Golf Club competition will take place in November. 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 The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 1ST OCTOBER 2010: WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF POINTS NEEDED TO WIN THE RYDER CUP? A. 14 ½ B. 13 ½ C. 12 ½ All answers must be received no later than 17.00 on 31st October, 2010 to be entered into October’s draw, to be made on 31st October. The winner will be announced in RTN on 5th November 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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The rub of the green THE CALEDONIAN Society threw keen members into a competitive celebration of the Scottish game of golf with a putting competition and supper. Javea Golf Club hosted the keenly fought launch to the society’s autumn programme as nibblers were swapped for nibbles and a meal. ‘Chieftain’ Chris Campbell presented prizes to the winners – only separated by a four way play off and a sudden death. Anyone interested in joining this social group can contact the secretary via

The seminar is open to the general public, golfers of all denominations and profession gold and sports coaches. Your investment for this fun practical evening is free to RTN Golf Club Members otherwise:

Only €25! Peter Hudson will discuss Tim Gallwey’s philosophies and will use his techniques on the range to improve your shot making ability in all aspects of your game.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING THE EVENINGS ENTERTAINMENT MAY INCLUDE; • Improved focus • Increased swing awareness • An easier more relaxed enjoyable state when playing • Improved motion • Increased understanding of the importance of inner game techniques to improved performance • A change from trying to doing A large number of coaches will be available to make sure everyone gets detailed attention….come on, join the party!


Costa Blanca round-up

Maggots end by

David Hoare

968 199 279 RODS AND REELS THIS WEEK’S competition was the first in the Presidents Trophy a series of 4 matches with all 4 counting. The venue was to be on the Rio Segura in Murcia, but due to the fact that it was pushing through it was changed to the Eden Canal. This had risen from the previous week and was about a foot deeper and with some flow on it. Again, due to the vegetation it was a hard job getting all the anglers on, however with a bit of work from everybody we all had a good day’s fishing. TOP ANGLERS ON THE DAY 1st Pete (Dancing shoes) Hoare, fishing the pole using corn with 14.12 kilos 2nd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare, fishing the pole using maggot and corn with 13.30 kilos 3rd Stan (The Man) Roberts, fishing the pole using corn and paste with 13.28 kilos Yes, my little brother out for his annual stay, after 5 minutes of tuition, stole the show… Last week, some of the club’s anglers fished the Ian Heaps fishery in Wales as a return to when Ian and friends fished here. Full details to be in next week’s paper. At present there are no vacancies for membership. 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. ANGLERS TOGETHER ANGLERS TOGETHER was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. It costs €10 for the first year and €5 for subsequent annual renewals. Meetings are held in two locations on the second Friday and Saturday of each month (depending on 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 8th October at 12.00 at Mary’s Bar in Pinar del Campoverde (north of Pilar de la Horadada) and on Saturday 9th October at 12.00 at Los Galayos Bar, opposite the beach front at Puerto de Mazarron. Come along to a meeting nearest to you. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email anglerstogether@


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!

RTN South Edition 572  

RTN South Edition 572