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Outrage at asset ‘inquisition’ FURIOUS EXPATS are mounting a rearguard action at the new law requiring the declaration of offshore assets describing the directive as the new Spanish Inquisition. by Jack Troughton

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FURIOUS EXPATS are mounting a rearguard action at the new law requiring the declaration of offshore assets describing the directive as the new Spanish Inquisition. Harsh penalties await anyone failing to declare overseas holdings worth more than 50,000€ to the tax authorities – but even those who attempt to comply with the law by the deadline of 30th April could be hit with fines for unintentional errors in a complex reporting system. Fears are growing that the Hacienda is looking to milk a new ‘cash cow’ and Madrid is paving the way to increase taxes. After the problems of the notorious

‘land grab’ laws, the change has already been branded a ‘money grab’. A petition to the European Parliament is being prepared by groups questioning whether Spain’s new law – passed last November by Royal Decree – is in breach of the EU Charter of Fundamental Human Rights and the European Savings Directive by the possibility of paying additional taxes on income already taxed at source. And it is thought likely the Spanish law could face a court challenge for breaching bilateral treaties to avoid double taxation. As the protests mount expats of all nationalities on the Costa Blanca affected by the new law are being urged to lobby their own governments, MPs and MEPs – as well as consuls and ambassadors. The British Ambassador Giles Paxman, known for his keen interest in the British community in Spain, will be asked to intervene using diplomatic channels – especially as the UK currently chairs the G8 economic grouping. Continued on page 6


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Social Housing program announced in Torrevieja



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by Keith Nicol A SOCIAL HOUSING program for Torrevieja was announced last week by Welfare Councillor Hall, Tomás Ballester. On Friday March 8, the City Council approved the agreement for the creation of funds for Social housing. Tomás Ballester recalled that in January of this year 2013, the Federación Española de Municipios y Provincias, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), agreed to sign the Agreement for Funding for Social Housing for those Affected by Evictions (Convenio para el Fondo Social de Viviendas para Afectados por Desahucios), together with the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, the Ministry of Development, the Bank of Spain, financial institutions and the platform of the Third Sector. Notably, the role of the FEMP in this agreement is to provide local entities with power to oversee the funding as a partner in this scheme. The Councillor for Welfare explained

that this agreement is intended to create a social housing fund which allows those facing eviction an opportunity to rent a property owned by the financial institutions. The Social Fund is aimed at those faced with eviction from January 1, 2008. Any new lease offered will be for a minimum of 150€ and a maximum of 400€ per month, with a maximum limit of 30% of the total income of the household, being spread over the term of a two-year contract, which may be extended for another year. The job of the Social Fund is to certify that applicants are at a stage of particular social vulnerability. It is at this point that the local authority is involved as a partner. Obligations assumed by the local entity to be associated organization are: To advise those seeking information about the procedure for applying for housing of social funds. Tomás Ballester stressed that these measures are intended to improve access to adequate housing for people who are in vulnerable situations.

Grant applications open for non-profit organisations THERE ARE almost 150 registered clubs and associations in Torrevieja and most if not all of them, have non-profit status. Many of them are involved with charitable activities and for those that are pure non-profit organisations, the opportunity to apply for grant aid is now open. Councillor for Citizenship of the City of Torrevieja, Agustina Esteve, said on Monday, March 11, that the window of opportunity to apply for grants, was now open for the next 30 business days. The application deadline for subsidies for associations and non-profit organisations for the year 2013 runs until April 18, 2013. More information on status and requirements to qualify for grants and subsidies can be collected at the Department of Citizenship of the City of Torrevieja.




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New check protects children A NEW police check will help British schools in Spain weed out people unsuitable to be working with youngsters to help cut the risk of sexual abuse. by Jack Troughton The International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) has been launched over fears some international schools, charities and other agencies overseas lack the same level of monitoring available to organisations in the UK – in some cases enabling sex offenders gain positions of trust with children. The certificate comes from the child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and was presented to 200 delegates from 60 authorised schools at the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS) annual conference in Seville.

British Ambassador Giles Paxman attended the event and spoke to members of the Spanish authorities and several school delegates. Mr Paxman said: “Schools have a critical role to play in guaranteeing the safety and wellbeing of children. The new International Child Protection Certificate is an effective tool designed to reduce the chances of sex offenders gaining access to children. I encourage all schools in Spain to include it as part of their staff recruitment.” The certificate was first unveiled at the British Embassy in Madrid at a function attended by Spanish government and law enforcement officers.

Woman dies after being run over by her own car IN A shocking accident on Tuesday a woman was run over and killed by her own vehicle at her home in Vilamarxant. Eva G, the 33-yearold victim got out of her car on the sloping driveway outside her villa at around 9am. When the minivan began to roll backward

she tried to stop it but was caught beneath the wheels and died instantly. The minivan continued rolling across the road into an orange grove. The victim’s two children aged three and 11, who were inside the vehicle at the time, were unharmed.

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An inside job… A FAMILY in Alicante has allegedly been robbed by a Paraguayan domestic employee of jewellery to the value of 25,000€. The jewellery is thought to have been stolen in small quantities over several months and only now been discovered missing by the lady of the house. National police confirmed that the items were pawned and have managed to recover part of the haul to the value of around 16,000€. The Guardia Civil has also reported the arrest of another domestic worker, this time in the province of Valencia, accused of stealing jewellery worth 40,000€, pawned for its scrap gold value.

Diego Hernandez’s new look by Keith Nicol ON WEDNESDAY the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon, accompanied by the Councillor for Infrastructure and Contracting, Javier Montoro, visited the redevelopment and pedestrianization of the streets Diego Hernández, Ramón, Cajal and Calle Balandro. These streets have undergone a major refurbishment starting at Calle Torrevejenses Ausentes. The mayor announced that these redevelopment works will be fully completed before Easter and will completely change the appearance of the street, becoming a pedestrian area. The Mayor inspected the new lighting system that has already been installed which consists of 15 LED streetlights plus the addition of 12 Washingtonia palms o that make up the 1,200 square meters of non-skid granite pavement tiles. Eduardo Dolon stressed that the installation of these modern streetlights will increase the quality of light and

generate significant energy savings of up to 70% over conventional low level lighting. Diego Hernandez has received very similar treatment to Calle Torrevejenses Ausentes which will encourage pedestrian traffic on a street, that has never been all that busy. The mayor stressed that this type of redevelopment of streets in the city centre is to enhance and streamline the areas of business, hospitality and tourism in the city of Torrevieja. Eduardo Dolon recalled that the pedestrianization work on Calle Diego Hernandez is part of the overall redevelopment of Calle Torrevejenses Ausentes, which received an investment of 663,184€, funded by the Generalitat Valenciana through the Special Plan of Support for Productive Investment of the Generalitat Valenciana (Plan Trust ). This project has created a direct line of communication between the pedestrianized Plaza de Oriente, from Calle Zoa and Maria Parodi to Plaza Waldo Calero.

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Torrevieja’s climate and weather in photos

by Keith Nicol TORREVIEJA’S VISTA Alegre exhibition centre is the centre for the first display of photos and information showing an entire year of climate change in Torrevieja. The content of the exhibition is translated into English and the display is open until March 24. The inauguration of the exhibition aroused great interest and was opened by the city’s mayor, Eduardo Dolon. The Non Profit Group, Project Mastral, organised the exhibition, ‘Climate of Torrevieja’, which adds a valuable resource about the lifestyle of Torrevieja. This interesting exhibition allows one to discover the variety of climate changes that the city experiences though the display of

more than 100 photographs taken in Torrevieja by various local photographers. The pictures were printed thanks to the collaboration of photographer Antonio Garcia. Images cover all types of weather; rain, wind, hail or thunderstorms plus nine different posters with information about Torrevieja’s climate: historic weather events and torrevejenses words related to meteorology, among other useful information. Visitors will also find some diverse meteorological instrumentation, that’s used to collect data from the State Meteorology Agency in Murcia, a contributor to this exhibition together with some items from the Valencian Community. These include an automatic weather sta-

Continued from front page BRITISH CITIZENS are considered to be tax residents of Spain if they spend more than 183 days a year here. It is estimated more than 800,000 Brits live all or part of the year here – up to 400,000 could be considered residents.

Visitor’s enjoy learning more about Torrevieja’s climate in the Vista Alegre exhibition centre

tion, a barograph, a rain gauge and different registration forms, all of which hope to help educate visitors about Torrevieja’s microclimate and the influences of the surrounding mountains and two of Europe’s largest salt lakes. The main aim of the exposition is to allow the public more information about the science of meteorology. For those who wish to know more, members from the Mastral project will be on hand to explain the most common weather patterns and demonstrate the workings of the instruments on display. Dates for this are Saturday 16 at midday and Saturday 23, at six o’clock, on the occasion of the celebration of World Meteorological Day. Talks will be in Castilian and are totally free.

PENALTY The minimum penalty for failing to declare an asset is 10,000€ as well as income tax on undeclared income, late-payment interest and penalties of up to 150% of the total tax due on the asset. Further, unpaid tax of more than 120,000€ from an undeclared overseas asset could be considered a criminal offence as tax fraud. It is understood the controversial law has been passed after Spain’s banking crisis triggered a flow of assets and money out of the country into tax havens. However, the net has caught people who have legally left savings and other assets in their home countries or invested around the world. A spokesman for the Ministry of Hacienda said the law came about because of the globalisation of financial activity and increasing problems of tax evasion and avoidance. He said: “It makes it necessary to establish a specific obligation of information concerning assets located abroad.” This week the British Embassy updated its ‘finance page’ of the ‘Living in Spain’ section of website to include the requirement of declaring assets – including bank accounts, securities, rights, insurances, annuities, and property and warned the declaration was a separate exercise to an annual tax return - advising people to seek expert advice as “taxation is a complex issue.” However, the embassy also noted Britain has a double tax agreement with Spain to insure people did not pay tax on the same income twice. Some experts believe that the new law will cause expats to move out of Spain – especially those who face being “clobbered again” with tax on savings. RTN was told Spain appeared to be “killing the Golden Goose” and “the straw that broke the camel’s back” triggering an exodus and changing the plans of people planning a Spanish retirement or new life in the sun. And one businessman said he viewed the new regulation “with horror” and as a “total disaster” for the struggling property market and the economy as a whole – costing Spain potential investment and the wealth and job opportunities created by expats. A veteran rights campaigner said with the deadline just six weeks away “it is no time to just sit on your hands because the timetable is very tight.” He said: “Most of the experts don’t appear to have a clue what is to be done or how to report assets. It is time to cause a stink - they say this was designed to catch out Spaniards moving money abroad but I don’t believe it, they have already had two amnesties to come clean. “Expats are very exposed and not very well organised. If they try to comply the complexities of the declaration can get them into trouble.”

British parent claims her baby was stolen in Spain RUTH APPLEBY, a 49-year-old teaching assistant living in Richmond, Yorkshire, believes that her daughter, supposedly stillborn in a Spanish hospital in 1992, was in fact stolen by a criminal baby trafficking network that raged in Spain from the sixties through to the nineties. by Jan Gamm 300,000 LIVE babies were pronounced dead prior to being sold to adoptive parents in a shocking regime that involved a network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns. Ruth’s baby was born by caesarean section at the Hospital Materno Infantil Teresa Herrera in Coruña. Her husband, Howard, saw

Spanish dentist hits a nerve A SPANISH dentist from Zaragoza has been arrested after being accused of pulling out a patient’s teeth when his bill was disputed! 39-year-old FJGS allegedly removed several implanted teeth from his middle-aged female patient last month following a heated discussion over her account and the amount owed. The woman immediately reported the ‘assault’ to the local police. The dentist has been arrested on suspicion of ‘causing serious injury’ pending a court hearing.

A chill wind… SIXTEEN REGIONS, including Alicante, are now on yellow alert for chilly weather over the next week. Valencia remains on orange alert for strong coastal winds. In areas of Cantabria snow will likely reach 25cm thick, according to a report from the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET). Aemet reminds the public that an orange weather alert warns of unusual weather phenomena with some degree of danger: yellow signifies no risk although some specific activity.

the baby was alive and healthy but hours later was informed the child had died and they could not see her as a post mortem had already been performed. In 2010 Ruth flew back to Spain and secured an exhumation of the baby’s grave which revealed the skeleton of a much older child. An enquiry is now underway, with the support of the British police and also Foreign Secretary William Hague.

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Betty and Iwan celebrate 60 years together by Keith Nicol BETTY AND Iwan (John) met in the town of Bromsgrove in 1952, married the following year and now 60 years later, even Queen Elizabeth II knows about them! John was born in the Ukraine and Betty is from Birmingham, UK. John moved to the UK following the WWII and at the time of their marriage he was 28 years of age and Betty only 17! Betty was attending a secretarial college and she used to see John hanging around from the window. One thing led to another and Betty and a friend double dated John and his friend and romance blossomed. Betty’s parents were at first opposed to them marrying because of the age difference and John didn’t speak a lot of English but they were in love and determined to be together, so Betty’s parents gave their blessing and the rest, as they say, is history! They married in Bromsgrove at St. Peters church on the 7 March 1953 and had five children; Elaine, Kevin, Ian, Jason and Craig who have given them seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Betty’s main job was bringing up the children and looking after the home but she also worked as a auxillery nurse in later years while John worked on the railways and later for a local firm called Garringtons, who made steel components for many years. His last job was working

for Boots the Chemist in the warehouse side. Daughter in law Wendy said “Betty and Iwan lived in Bromsgrove from 1953 till 1986 and decided to move to Quesada Spain in 1986, where they have lived for 27 years, this September coming. Their decision to move to Spain was based on happy holidays spent in Benidorm and they took the plunge of moving to Ciudad Quesada, which back then was a fairly new project and unknown urbanization, with all their worldly goods and a lot of guts! They soon became members of many different expat clubs including the Brit Bingo and Social Club, where they made many new friends. They also joined The Euroleisure Club and Betty is still an active member of Quesada Ladies Club. For many years they enjoyed a very active social life but sadly John, who is now 88, is no longer in the best of health and needs to be cared for by Betty but they have been helped by many people of all walks of life including the Alzheimer’s Ascociation and Age Concern, who have been wonderful, as well as friends and family.” Betty and John celebrated their special day at home with some family and friends. They were thrilled to receive so many cards and warm wishes including their special card

from the Queen. They would like to thank everyone who sent cards flowers and gifts. Congratulation to you both from all of us too, at RTN.

Life in the fast lane

by Jack Troughton HARD WORKING RTN sales reps keep the paper on the high road to success by insuring long-standing advertisers are happy and bringing in new business. As RTN reaches the milestone of 700 editions, it is the 11-strong team that puts fuel in the tank and the paper in the fast lane of a competitive industry. For a free newspaper, the team’s five-star efforts are essential and for the reps out on the road they also keep the name of RTN in public view in the distinctive company cars.



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Fishing for info WE VISIT Torrevieja once or twice a year. We will be back in Spain at Easter and have a question that I hope you or your readers can readers can answer. My son and I enjoy fishing, either at the lakes close to Torremendo, off the rocks in Torrevieja or in a friends boat, off the coast. Last year, another fisherman told me I need to have a fishing license, which should be renewed every year. In the last ten years, I’ve only fished six or seven times and wondered if we need one or not? Can anybody help me with information regarding whether or not I need to get a license for my son and if so, what is the cost, where do I go to get one and what documentation do I need to take with me? The fisherman said that maybe my son does not need one because he is a juvenile but I’d rather be safe than sorry. And if I get a licence in Torrevieja, is this OK for Orihuela Costa or other parts of Spain. Many thanks, John Bird

Need to improve security ONCE AGAIN more break-ins on caravan/ camping sites around Benidorm. On Monday 3rd March two residential caravans were broken into in the early hours with cash and laptops taken. This is the second time in six months: last time nine touring caravans were broken into and the owners gassed! This is so frightening for elderly residents living alone. Would the owners please look into the security system and maybe think about improving CCTV around the site, especially on the perimeter or ask the residents what they want. Name and address supplied

Taking your life in your own hands I REALLY appreciate the Zenia Boulevard as it provides something for everyone. However, as a La Zenia holidaymaker may I make the following requests? Why are there no speed bumps on the two new crossings on Avenida Villamartin? A speed limit sign was erected last week but you still have to take your life in your hands

when you use either of these two crossings. Also on approaching Zenia Boulevard from La Zenia there is no crossing and you again have to take your life in your hands to cross the road into the shopping area. So come on Orihuela Costa lets have some action on these. Sandra Orr

Causing no harm JACQUIE DORMAND is complaining (RTN 8th – 14th March) that she can’t park at the official parking spaces near to the beach by La Pinet, because they are full of camper vans. May I remind her that this is the only place in the whole area where campers can park free, but she can park a car anywhere else, in spots prohibited to vans and much closer to the seaside? She states that van owners don’t have to pay SUMA, electric/gas charges. My wife and I have lived 30km from the coast for almost eight years and regularly go to the beach for a few days at a time. Therefore we do pay SUMA and bills. Although we cook our own breakfasts, we eat in the village at La Marina for other meals. We do not want to stay on ‘official sites’, thank you Ms Dormand! If, as is suggested, Elche Council prevents camper vans parking at El Pinet, we shall go to other free areas, and La Marina Village restaurants and shops will miss out. We do no harm, cause no damage, and always take our litter and waste away with us, so stop being selfish, complaining about something that is doing no harm! Peter Realey, Callosa de Segura

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LIVING ON my own (with one dog and eight cats) and being a very independent person, I was really very surprised by the help I received when I had a fractured hip, trying (with horrendous pain) to get about and keep myself supported. It happened in April 2012. Due to cancelled appointments and delays, numerous Xrays, appointments, specialists, doctors, etc. (this is mentioned not as anyone’s fault really but just to explain the delay) I got into Denia Hospital on 5th February 2013. I cannot mention anyone personally, this wouldn’t be fair. But I would like to thank (and not in any particular order), friends and colleagues at Javea Computer Club, local shop keepers at Javea Arenal, friends and neighbours at Toscamar and our local (Toscamar) supermarket, the local Cabo la Nao Farmacia, people at Urbatenis, my Vet, Help of Denia and finally Denia Hospital. If I’ve missed anyone, sorry, but you all know who you are). From the caring and happy doctors and nurses down through to the chirpy meal suppliers and smiling cleaners it was a pleasure to be there. Anyone needing to go there need have no fear at all. Muchos gracias -y tengo mucho que hacer con mi vivo -whoops - ¡perdone usted! Mi alumno español! From horrendous pain (for 10 months) to a little pain and hardly any, thanks to everyone. With kind regards from Mick Scarles (known as Michael Derek Scarles by the staff at Denia Hospital)

Half of glaucoma sufferers are unaware they have the disease

by Jan Gamm GLAUCOMA AFFECTS one million people in Spain and is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Yet 50% of sufferers are unaware that they have the disease. During World Glaucoma Week, from 10th to 16th March, the IMO (In Memory Of Foundation) is promoting awareness to help prevent Glaucoma with early detection. The campaign includes free tests held until 15th March at the Early Diagnosis of Ocular Microsurgery Unit at the Institute of Barcelona. It is recommended that everyone undergoes eye examinations twice a year starting at age 40 and annually in the case of risk: people with direct family history of glaucoma, high myopia or other severe vision problems, over 65, and the black or Asian people.

New technology to detect horse in meat products A NEW system called the ‘RapidFinder Equine ID Kit’ has been developed and is now being marketed by a company from Valencia. The Institute of Genomic Medicine (IMEGEN), a company located in the Science Park of the

University of Valencia, has developed technology to detect (through DNA) the presence of horse meat in food. The company has taken just over a month to refine the product which can produce results in 12 hours.

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Slim down for your holidays: The Ultimate Gastric Band Hypnosis Session By Alan Gilchrist: Costa Blanca’s top Hypnotherapist EASTER APPROACHES and with it, Easter eggs followed by summer holidays! Carb-crammed days, filled with gorging on anything and everything you want at the beach or at a barbeque! At Easter, we eat almost three times more calories than we should. And after the holidays, when we should all return to healthy eating habits, we make excuses for waiting another day to start that diet! While on holiday we consume enough food to gain two pounds per day! To lose two pounds of weight, more than 7,000 calories must be burned off – and if we consume almost 8,000 calories per day - well, the maths is easy! If you are ready to start a diet, the Ultimate one session Fast Track Hypnosis Weight Control or Gastric Band Hypnosis is the answer! I offer two different types of Weight Loss Hypnosis Techniques tailored to the individual requirements, with full back up support. One is a completely new procedure, and both have been proven to work. THE FAST TRACK 30 MINUTE WEIGHT CONTROL SESSION Incredibly successful since the start of my practice nearly 30 years ago and proven many times by the media, this unique 30 minute session revolves around completely transforming the way you think about food and boosting your self-belief: You can steer clear of chocolate bars without it feeling like a punishment. You will cease viewing fruits, vegetables and so-called healthy foods with cynical eyes.

You will be able to stick to your diet. This highly successful method changes the way you view ‘appetite’ and ‘hunger’- yes, there is a difference. Appetite is all in the mind and is habit formed. Hunger is an actual message sent from the stomach to the brain. The Fast Track Weight Control Session revolves around rebalancing the scales. For those of you who feel you need the extra push, the Gastro Band is an effective way to lose weight: healthily. “My sister and my daughter have lost 2½ stone (15.8 kilos) between them in two weeks: I have lost 5lbs (2.3 kilos). Mine will take longer because I am disabled and can’t really exercise. We have no urge to eat sweet stuff and do not feel as hungry. Thank you Alan.... Geraldine.” I now also offer clients a completely new method: THE HYPNOTIC GASTRIC BAND The Gastro Band is a technique I have created which copies the Gastric Band procedure. Newspapers have taken pride in outing celebrities who have undertaken a real Gastric Band bypass to lose weight. Big names have lost huge amounts of weight with the procedure and the general public has also started to show an interest. The gastric band reduces the size of the stomach, so not only can far less food settle in the stomach, patients feel fuller for longer, because the stomach continues to send ‘I’m full’ messages to the brain. The Gastro Band 30 MINUTE Hypnosis Session works on the same premise but only in the mind! During the thirty minute procedure, clients are taken through gastric band surgery but without the pain and discomfort of a real operation. The technique

convinces the brain that you have a gastric band fitted- only without the surgery. You’ll actually believe a band encircles your stomach and feel the benefits of it accordingly. By feeling fuller for longer and requiring less food you’ll naturally lose weight. This is no fad diet: if you put less in, you’ll weigh less on the scales! And if you combine this with a healthy eating programme and a fitness regime, a slimmer you is definitely on its way! Hypnosis is a powerful tool, often underestimated. The mind is capable of incredible things - it’s just a matter of believing in it. In my career, I’ve treated over fifty thousand people and on my website you can find hundreds of testimonials about weight loss which back up my words. Fast Track Hypnosis and those lessons learned within a 30 minute session become a part and parcel of your daily life. And all without you even having to really think about it! Fast Track Hypnosis takes the good from the conventional methods of hypnotherapy and speeds it up, changing your life and the way you view the world! Alan and his son Jonathan hold their Fast Track Hypnosis sessions in Cabo Roig, Guardarmar, Benidorm and now Fortuna. Alan is also the Creator of the Stop Smoking in Under 30 minutes Fast Track System, featured and proven on TV. Jonathan also does sessions in Spanish as well as English. For an appointment, brochure, or free-of-charge initial consultation, contact Alan Gilchrist: 659 229 408. Or Jonathan: 691 784 954.

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RTN - the height of fashion OLD COPIES of RTN became an eye-catching fashion range when turned into children’s clothes and modelled by the younger members of the Huntley family. by Jack Troughton THE FUN and innovative use of the newspaper scooped first prize in the picture competition to mark RTN’s 700th edition – and put a smile on the faces of the judges. Kerry Huntley and 11-year-old daughter Maia spent a happy day folding and stapling the pages together to make the clothes before a photo shoot in their Javea home featuring Maia, her brother Jude, 8, and fouryear-old sister Macy. “My husband was reading through the paper and said it looked like a good competition to enter and why not make clothes, because our daughter Maia wants to be a fashion designer. “She was actually off school – she is in her last year at Arenal School – with flu so we spent a few hours making the clothes.” Kerry said the pages were carefully cut and folded but were not particularly comfortable for the children to wear. MOVE “I had to ask them to stand still while I quickly took

the photographs – and tell them not to move while I checked the pictures. It is not easy getting a four-yearold to stay in one place for long,” she said. “It was really good fun and in fact Macy liked her tutu so much she wanted to keep it on. I’m afraid it didn’t last very long and all the clothes ended up scrunched up and in the bin.” However, while the paper clothes not are admittedly too good on wear and tear, the concept has won the Huntleys a week’s stay in a luxury villa in Altea for up to 10 people. Second prize winner was RTN reader Peter Holmes who soaks the paper in water before compressing it into paper bricks for his log burner. “Mixed with wood, the bricks burn slowly and it is a good way of saving money from something that is free,” he said – the idea winning a Granada trip courtesy of Gandia Tours. And Jeff Wincott wins a 100€ voucher to spend at department store El Corte Ingles. He employs old copies of RTN in his building work. “It saves on cement when ‘blanking off’ bricks.”


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Watts In Britain By

Paul Watts

Tubby Tamworth is top of the slobs LAST WEEK my friend Andy phoned to gloat with the news that Tamworth had been reported on the radio as the ‘fatty’ capital of Britain. Apparently, some journalist had written a piece that claimed one-in-three of us up here are porkers. As RTN’s fattest Tamworth correspondent I needed to know more… And so it was I discovered that Sarah Boseley, a ‘churnalist’ for The Guardian, had written that Tamworth “has been trying to shake off the less welcome title of fattest town in Britain.” Fattest town in Britain? What utter nonsense. I call Sarah a ‘churnalist’ because all she seems to have done is churn up and regurgitate old figures and stats without the slightest fact-checking at all. Is it not incumbent on every journalist to check all factual assertions? “Yes it is Watts!” I hear you say. Okay then, here are some of Sarah’s facts: “Just over 30% of people in Tamworth are obese, according to the National Obesity Observatory. By 2050, warned the... Foresight report of 2007, the UK could hit 60% adult obesity if nothing is done [and] Tamworth is halfway there.” Sarah adds, “To the visitor, the girth of Tamworth’s inhabitants is noticeably large. The nearly one in three who are technically obese are not hard to spot.” Now hang on a minute Sarah, have you been here? Look folks, I’m here to report that as you wander around the town centre you’d be hard pressed to notice any difference in the populace to any other town in the UK - Sarah’s so-called fatties are just not apparent. But why let that ruin a good story, eh? Oh no, Sarah’s got some figures off the Internet and she needs to complete 1,000 words by the morning so bugger factchecking, let’s go with this… Following Sarah’s tirade of tubby Tamworth another paper decides to have a pop. At least, Joanna Moorhead (writing for that pillar of truth and sanity, the Daily Mail) claims to have visited the town. Joanna

querulously scribes: “The first thing you notice, arriving by train into Tamworth’s unedifying concrete railway station, is the smell of burgers sizzling on the open griddle of a mobile snack bar five steps outside the main entrance door.” Hmmm, well Jo if you walk out of Brighton, Birmingham or Manchester Piccadilly Station you’ll pretty soon be running slap-bang into the smell of a burger van - it ain’t nutthin new. It certainly is not newsworthy. Joanna’s article seems to be fixated with burger outlets. She continues, “Just around the corner the aptly-named Fat Sandwich Company offers sausage baguettes at 99p, while a couple of steps in the other direction there is another mobile takeaway doing a fast trade in hot roast pork sandwiches, complete with gravy and stuffing.” It’s strange that neither churnalist mentioned the miles and miles of cycle-ways that are in daily constant use by cycling tubby-Tammys; or the free-to-use weight training machines in the castle grounds (muscle beach LA, eat your heart out) that are popular with residents of all ages and shapes! In fact I had my first High Intensive Training (HIT) session there last week. (Or did I?) The fatty allegations have given the local rag a bumper news week; the Tamworth Herald has come out all guns blazing. More column

inches than you could shake a stick at have been printed on the subject. The editor is particularly scathing of Sarah’s research: “The figures on which these ridiculous stories are based are six years old! They were calculated using broad demographics, based on deprivation and wealth. No one was interviewed about their lifestyle, no one measured, no one weighed. They do not take into account the huge steps taken since 2007 to improve local people’s health. They ignore the fact that Tamworth is an active place with a proud sporting tradition. They simply provide a stick with which to beat our town, portraying us as the pinnacle of the slob culture…” Oh dear Sarah, you’ve kicked a right old hornets nest. I’m guessing you and Jo will not be getting the freedom of the town anytime soon. Watts in Tamworth, tucking into some tasty teacakes

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ROJOS Bar Café offer a big welcome from a little gem by Keith Nicol ROJOS BAR Café is one of La Marina’s little hidden gems in plain view. Located directly opposite Consum, in Consum Square, the café bar was taken over by Shez and Jez in December, when they were offered the opportunity to run the business for themselves. Open six days a week from 11.00am until late, they move to a seven-day schedule from June onwards for the busy influx of tourists, who visit their second homes during the summer months. Rojos is small, charming and has that special personal touch, and in true Cheers style, it’s the sort of place where ‘everyone knows your name.’ The establishment is somewhat Tardis like in that at the rear of the building they have a canopy for dining, which is removed during the summer for romantic outdoor dinning, and they rent the terrace next door, effectively doubling their capacity to be able to cater for upwards of 80 patrons at any

one time. This makes it a perfect setting for small parties, gatherings, clubs and associations, special events and even wedding parties! For special events they can also apply for a special entertainment licence, as long as you book your event about six weeks ahead. They offer a range of typical bar snacks, have a full bar and during the week a number of specials, which include a Sunday Roast dinner, Monday Curry Night and Friday Pie Night, with other daily specials that change regularly plus lots of options for kids and families. When Shez and Jez first took over Rojos, they cancelled their telephone line and then changed their minds but just too late to stop the line being disconnected. They wanted to say a big word of thanks to the RTN Network for rushing to their aid and providing them with a new line and telephone number (966 797 695) within 24-hours which allowed regulars and visitors to book ahead for their ever popular Sunday Roast and also to pro-

Benidorm to keep its anchor THE NAVAL Museum of Cartagena has granted a five year extension for Benidorm’ Department of Heritage to keep the town’s landmark anchor in Castelar Square. The a chor is an admiralty treasure dating from the 19th Century.

PEPA’s L’Olleria shop at risk of closing! Please HELP US! PEPA’s shop in L’Olleria is at risk of closing and is desperately in need of new volunteers to keep it open. Shops in La Font and L’Olleria are a vital part of fundraising for PEPA and sadly a number of volunteers were lost recently recently at L’Olleria. Without replacements, its continuance is in jeopardy. Can you spare just 3-4 hours once a week, fortnight or month? If you can, and would like to know more, please phone Anne on 664 773 491 or email

Quesada’s Medieval Market

By Keith Nicol QUESADA HAVE their own Medieval Market that starts next week. The event will offer a variety of stands, with traders dressed in costume of the time, selling items that are all handcrafted and indicative or having the feel of items that might have been produced in the middle of the last Millennium. The market will also feature games and activities for children and have lots of unusual items for sale from spices to clothing and especially, pottery and items to display around your house, business or possibly something very different as a present for that ‘person who has everything!’ The Market will be held over the Easter period between March 28th - 31st 2013 on the Plaza Blanca in Ciudad Quesada.

vide free wi-fi internet to their customers. Shez and Jaz have plans for many different attractions in the coming months which include table top sales, tarot reading, ladies special pampering days, groups and associations that can meet for lunch, kids days, bouncy castles and they are hoping to organise a Jazz festival in collaboration with two or three other bars in the square, for more summertime fun. Stop into Rojos when you are passing and you’ll feel like you have discovered your home from home, in this little gem in Consum Square.

Wish for a star by Jack Troughton

TWO WEEKS remain for nominations to surprise someone with a little happiness and a dream come true through Grant A Wish. The successful concept is designed to reward someone deserving a treat - and make them a star for a day. Grant A Wish is the brainchild of Continental Wealth Management director Jody Kirkby who aims to put a smile

back on the faces of people by waving her magic wand. On 31st March the judging panel – made up of Grant A Wish partners Continental Wealth Management, foreign exchange experts Moneycorp and RTN – will sit down to award the next wish. The Grant A Wish team has been busy from the outset. A mini wish was granted to Suzy, who enjoyed a day’s pampering at a health and beauty spa after being laid low and contracting


painful shingles over worries about her home – she was nominated by concerned husband Roy. BENEFIT Next to benefit was homeless Steve who via Bay Radio asked if anyone had any plastic sheeting to help him escape the elements – within 12 hours he was rewarded with an all-weather sleeping bag, sheeting and some cash. Another mini wish granted! The first ‘full’ wish was for Nicki who tragically lost her partner John, and was struggling to keep her family together. They were treated to a day out and season tickets for Terra Natura, iPads for the two kids, school books, and the payment of cremation fees that finally saw his ashes returned home. And Christmas saw two brave youngsters nominated by their mums receive computer games, Christmas trees and chocolates delivered by Grant A Wish. As well as granting a wish every quarter, Grant A Wish has also responded to SOS calls to people faced with a sudden emergency and been able to support local charities needing extra help during the recession. To take part in the next wish just email

XXX edition of “Villa de San Fulgencio‘ By Keith Nicol MORE THAN 300 entries have been received by the Department of Culture in San Fulgencio. On offer is the first prize of the Literary Contest XXX Villa de San Fulgencio. The competition

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celebrates its thirtieth anniversary and therefore hundreds of literature fans have entered for one of two prizes awarded by the City Council. The literary contest is part of April’s Cultural Program, which is concentrating on all kinds of performing arts.

Gold diggers flock to Benidorm

METAL DETECTING is becoming more and more popular, with metal hunters from all over Europe visiting Benidorm’s beaches where the sands yield an interesting treasure trove. Enthusiasts regularly turn up cash, not only euros but also pesetas, as well as jewellery, and most say they are not interested in riches but the thrill of the treasure hunt. Metal detectors in headphones are seen daily on the Levante beach walking slowly, anticipating that satisfying buzz that indicates a find. Hobbyists now favour a more comfortable beach environment, preferring to spend a few weeks roaming the sun-warmed sands instead of freezing in a field!

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The Electrical Shop celebrate their third birthday By Keith Nicol LIKE IT says on the cover, the Electrical Shop in Blue Lagoon, Orihuela Costa, sell everything electrical and this week celebrated their third birthday. Having been made redundant at the end of 2009, Debbie and a few of her colleagues decided that they would open up their own shop and haven’t looked back. They sell all electrical appliances, tv systems and even air conditioning and even with the hypermarkets opening up, their prices are always competitive. They are your typical high street shop and rely on trade from the local community, word of mouth and repeat business. They give information and advice for free and do their best to help people even if they did not make their original purchase with them. They have technical experts on hand that can help with most problems and they pride ourselves in giving great after sales service. They also try to stock the things that the expatriate community would want to buy. Since opening in 2010, the shop, which is located in the commercial units, just by the roundabout, has gained an excellent reputation for exceptional service. In fact, owner Debbie is a former winner of the Company Women award for Customer Focus and Customer Service as well as being


named Company Women’s 2011 Business Woman of the Year; so you know that you are in very good hands! And it is clear as soon as you walk in why those awards were well deserved because you certainly wouldn’t get service like theirs at any large domestic electrical appliance store; and that is the truth! As well as large household appliances, The Electrical Shop has a wide range of TVs, DVD players, and smaller electrical appliances. Debbie and the team will be happy to source any item if they don’t have it in stock and will order it for you to be in the store within a few days. Debbie and her team would like to thank all those people how have bought items from the shop during the last three years and who have supported them and invite you in for a slice of birthday cake (if there is any left!). The store is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 6.00pm and you can contact Debbie on 966 188 169 or 966 188 170. You can also email them at, visit their website at or their Facebook site at The Electrical Shop. So even if you don’t need anything today, pop in and see what they have on offer and just say ‘hi’ to the friendly staff at The Electrical Shop.

Moncayo Market offers over 200 hundred stalls selling everything from household products, clothing, gifts, jewellery to car care, business products and even wellbeing products.

Calling all Market Traders Market

Pitches available for selected items on a permanent or casual basis come and join us. Call Tracey on 602 403 883. Find us behind Procomobel Home Centre

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Some useful garden supplies by

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

WE HAVE been asked where various things for the garden can be obtained at recent talks and even being stopped in the street, so we thought it a good idea to share some information. Where can one find out about the availability of allotments for growing vegetables? Answer: Ask at your local town halls. Many are starting up new schemes and often also know about private ventures. Some U3A groups are also thinking about projects. Where can one obtain English style roses? Answer: You can import them from Austin roses or purchase from Marnes Iris Garden, which is off the road from south of Benissa to Los Pinos and Bernia beyond Los Pinos. The gardens open from 1st April until 31st May. However, you can contact Christine Lomer via 065 973 520 or to arrange earlier purchases as the soil is great for planting after the rains. The Iris Garden also sells many varieties of irises and a few other droughtresistant plants. By the way if you visit the gardens on 1st May we will have a stand for selling books. Where can one obtain neem oil products? Answer: Look for a garden centre which stocks ‘Flower’ products. It can also be purchased from Trabe via or from Niem Handel in Germany via Ask for the oil mixed with emulsifier– they understand English well…

WHERE CAN ONE OBTAIN PROPOLIS? Answer: This is a useful natural fungicide. Unfortunately, few garden centres stock it but it will be found in most honey shops and some health shops. It can also be obtained from www. based near St. Javier airport. Their main business is supplying large scale organic vegetable and fruit growers but they stock garden sized bottles. As mentioned above they also sell a neem oil product which they call ‘Ain’. Where can one obtain bags of horse manure? Answer: Try your local garden centres. They usually have dried manure that is light to handle. Also visit local stables who charge just a few euros per sack or even supply free if you fill your own sacks. WHERE CAN ONE OBTAIN BAGGED GOAT MANURE? Answer: From agricultural co-operatives. It is good value at 4.5€ to 6€ a large sack. Where can one obtain worm compost? Answer: Some garden centres and agricultural co-operatives. Ask for ‘compost lombrizes’. There is a good supplier on the south side of Oliva who sells direct to callers and by mail order. The name of the producer is Factor Humus. Contact via 671 647 797 or They are located on Calle de les Mines.

fibre-based product is called Bioconsort. A box which weighs only 5 kilos expands with water to the equivalent of a large-ish bag of garden centre compost. If you are starting a new garden a full pallet load is not expensive. They also sell neem oil. Contact Carmen or Jose Manuel – they both have good English – on 96 471 0233 or WHAT CAN ONE USE ON GRAPE VINES AND FORMING GRAPES TO PREVENT FUNGAL ATTACKS THAT IS ECOLOGICAL? Answer: The best thing is to dust your vines now and each month during the spring and summer if the weather is wet and humid with natural yellow sulphur powder. This is


The normal bags are so heavy to get into and out of cars and around the garden as one ages? Answer: Yes a company called Sojivit based in Segorbe on the Valencia to Teruel road but who deliver speedily by mail order. Their coco

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

inexpensive – a couple of euros for a kilo – and will be found in garden centres, agricultural co-operatives and some hardware shops. Ask for ‘azufre’, which is the Spanish name. You can apply this with an old sock, a plastic shaker or with a small mechanical duster. ARE WE DOING A BOOK SIGNING AND QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION SOON? Answer: Yes on Thursday 4th April from 11am until 3pm at the Quick Save store on the N332 going north near Pedrequer. Since Bookworld in the Ondara Eroski Shopping Centre closed Quick Save is effectively the local stockist of our gardening books. Secondly on the1st May at the Marnes Iris Garden.



Keith Littlewood International Financial Adviser

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Asset declaration? Spanish compliant? Now what? AS IF Ex-Pats in Spain did not have enough to worry about with regards to investments they may now find themselves with unexpected bills from Financial Advisers in the UK with whom they originally invested their money.

YOU MAY have thought that the upfront commissions already paid when initially investing was sufficient and many Advisers were happy to operate this way, but since the turn of the year IFAs in the UK are now compelled to charge clients for time spent administering as they can no longer work off the commissions received from new investments – excellent for new investors but not for those who have already paid. An article @ 10/02/2013 quotes: “Research done by Allianz Global Investors found 86% of UK Advisers plan to charge between £100 and £200 per hour for their services.”

If you are fiscal resident in Spain then you should not really have a UK-based adviser as they do not know the Spanish tax rules or how the tax regime works here, but since the Asset Declaration requirement I have been astonished to the amount of people that still have UK Advisers, even worseinvestments in Bonds that were set up in the UK and are now not Spanish compliant. To compound the misery the investments are not reviewed and just left in what might not be performing as well as they should as contact with the Financial Adviser is difficult. All this and you might find yourself with extra bills for their time

spent arranging statements or speaking to you via email or on the phone. The good news is you can do something about it. Most large companies will allow you to simply complete a ‘change of adviser request’ so that a qualified adviser based in Spain looks after your investments without any additional administration costs. At the same time the Adviser can review your Investments and make sure they are still tax efficient and performing as you would like on a regular basis. If you need advice or if have any questions regarding the above you can contact me on 657 684 094 or email

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

legal Family Law: by

Carlos Baos

of White & Baos Abogados

English & Spanish Solicitors

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Petition of modification of custody due to a breach of the visitation regime agreed in a divorce MY WIFE and I divorced in Spain under the English law of our nationality. She has the custody of our young children ( minors), and they live in Spain. I live in England. My wife does not comply with the visitation regime and she does not let me talk on the phone, or be with my children on the vacation periods which correspond to me in summer, Christmas, etc. Could I ask for a custody modification, and get a court order which changes the custody and get my children to live with me in the UK, because she does not meet the divorce decree and she does not let them stay or me contact them? Dear reader, thank you for your inquiry. In principle, the answer must be YES, because the Spanish Civil Jurisdiction Law, in its Article 776.3, states: “The repeated

breach of the obligations arising from visitation regimen by both, the parent with the custody or the non custodial, may lead to a modification of custody and visitation by the Courts “. Therefore, if the custodial parent, in your case the mother, with whom the children live refuses to comply with the visitation agreement included on the divorce court order, you could ask and could get a new Court Order modifying the existing guardianship and custody resolution, and it is possible for the custody to be awarded to you, and to get the minors to live with you. Although this article foresees such a possibility, it is not automatic. In family law, when minors are involved, the most important principle to be respected is the Protection of the Child’s Interests. In your case, in our view, in order to get a Court Ruling authorizing the modification

of the custody, you will need to prove, not only that the mother is not allowing you to communicate or to be with them, but also, that taking into account their interests and rights to see, communicate and be with their father, the best for them, would be a change of the custody in your favour. This could be complicated, if the children have been living for long time with the mother and they are integrated into the Spanish culture, school, etc., because the custody change, in your case, would need the children to move to live in United Kingdom, and may not be in their best interest. Each case must be studied in detail before advice can be given. If you are in the same or similar situation, we can assist you. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues.

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


Spain is an important European centre for money laundering in 2012 says US ACCORDING TO the United States, Spain was one of Europe’s main centres for money laundering throughout Europe in 2012. The International Strategy for Narcotics Control released a statement on Wednesday based on information from the State Department that claims the majority of money laundering activities in Spain link with drug trafficking; organised crime; terrorist financing and tax evasion. US officials cite the particular example of ‘Operation Emperor’, the dismantled multi-million euro organised crime network headed by Chinese businessman Gao Ping. The report also notes that in 2012 Spain remained an ‘important gateway’ for drug running from Europe to Central America, South America and North Africa.


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Milton Express Services: the perfect solution MILTON EXPRESS receives enquires every week from potential clients interested to learn more about Sporting Arbitrage and Winning Express. Current clients already benefit from an arbitrage trading facility, regularly providing 2.75% monthly returns. Milton Express actually market a sports advisory service that pays significantly higher returns – but with a degree of volatility. Members will not only benefit from the services themselves, Winning Express offers a home-based business opportunity with the potential to earn generous commissions by promoting the services to others. This week, some FAQ’s will help with your queries: Q: WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AMOUNT A MEMBER CAN INVEST IN WINNING EXPRESS? Simple answer: NIL. The mission statement makes clear that the purpose of Winning Express is to provide its members with tax free returns, along with an earnings opportunity, and a sense of enjoyment in simply belonging to a club that’s dedicated to our mutual success. Q: SO SOMEONE CAN JOIN WINNING EXPRESS AND SIMPLY SELL THE SERVICES TO OTHERS? Exactly right. It is a business opportunity, pure and simple. Q: AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN? For the full services the cost will be £325 per quarter, but there is an initial trial period that costs just £99 Q: SO, DO THEY HAVE A RESTRICTED SERVICE INITIALLY? No, quite the reverse – they receive the FULL services immediately PLUS the ability to earn introductory commissions straightaway. Q: AND WHAT ARE THE FULL SERVICES? A combination of features including access to the arbitrage facility, sports betting advices and various competitions and prize draws. Q: WHAT IS THE EARNING POTENTIAL? It’s genuinely unlimited. We pay out up to 75% of membership fees back in introductory commissions in a structure that runs eight levels deep. Sponsoring three people covers your initial outlay. And if that process continues through eight levels then a six figure residual income is achieved. Q: HOW DO MEMBERS RECEIVE THEIR COMMISSIONS? Through their own Winning Express website and they can draw their income weekly. Q: WHY DO YOU STATE RETURNS ARE TAX FREE? All profits are derived either from Betting Exchanges or bookmakers and Betting Tax was abolished at the turn of the millennium. Commissions are of course another matter, and should be regarded as earnings. Q: THE ARBITRAGE FACILITY – HOW DOES THAT WORK? Arbitrage has been around for thousands of years; traditionally the preserve of banks, financial institutions and the very wealthy. It’s the purchase/sale of a commodity with a built in profit. Our traders engage in backing horses or football teams at a higher price than they can lay. If we bet at a higher price than we lay, then although we may not necessarily win we cannot possibly lose. Q: YOU QUOTE A RETURN OF 2.75% MONTHLY – IS THAT GUARANTEED? No. The estimated return is geared to the

amount of completed, positive trades in any one month. We concentrate on the first three horses in each market – if one of those three win the race then it’s a positive trade, should another horse win then we have a neutral trade. Q: SOME PEOPLE MAY SAY THE RETURN SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? Of course: people are conditioned in that manner. The fact, however, is that the advent of the Betting Exchanges (Betfair predominantly) in 2001 heralded an unprecedented opportunity for traders to engage in arbitrage activity via the biggest industry on the internet. Skilled, experienced traders make markedly higher returns than the figure we quote – however, they not only have access to significant funds, they also invest in extremely sophisticated state-of-the-art software. Crucially too, they spend many hours each day glued to computer screens. Q: DO YOU FORSEE THE 2.75% ALWAYS BEING AVAILABLE? We have to be realistic. This is first and foremost a business opportunity, and we are providing people with a genuine opportunity to build a huge residual income through building a team. As the network expands, then capacity will eventually become an issue – we have already indicated to members that there is likely to be a reduction in rates in the Autumn. BUT, the arbitrage facility will always offer members returns way above what’s available in the high street. Q: AND WHAT ABOUT THE SPORTS ADVICES? Over a protracted period, we would expect this facility to outperform the arbitrage although we do stress its volatility. If someone is requiring a monthly income then arbitrage would be the better option whereas for capital growth we’d recommend the sports advices. Q: YOUR ADVERTS AND YOUR WEBSITE REFER TO A ‘MANAGED SERVICE’ – WHAT IS MEANT BY THAT? When we advise involvement in a football fixture or suchlike we quote the best prices available and name the firms that are offering them. For those members who for whatever reason cannot find the time to enact the transaction themselves, we offer the managed service. In other words we place the bet on their behalf and we retain 10% of profits as an administration charge. Q: And can ‘managed’ service clients access the progress of their activity? Yes, 24/7 via their own username and password. Our results are updated daily. Again, it’s not a facility we actively promote – it’s something we introduced for those who otherwise would in all probability miss out For further information on our services and how to join Winning Express contact the Milton Express Office, La Zenia on 96 599 4815. Or call into our offices located on 1st floor, Edif. 2 Centro Zenia, Avda. De Villamartin s/n Urb. La Zenia, Orihuela Costa. Find us off the N332 at La Zenia roundabout, above Alejandros Restaurant. Presentations can be arranged in our La Zenia Office, your own home or a venue to suit. You can also register your interest via our website All administration duties for Milton Express are carried out by Admin Solutions (UK) Ltd;Velocity House, Tenter Street, Sheffield S14DE Tel: 0114 213 3539. Visit the website for full terms and conditions along with details of all our services and promotions.


Proving your property is legal by

Suzanne O’Connell Customer Care at Ábaco

QUESTION: WHEN is a first occupancy certificate replaced by a habitation certificate? ANSWER: WHEN you sell your Spanish property. Every new property in Spain must be issued with a first occupancy certificate or ‘Licencia de Primera Ocupación’. This certificate demonstrates that the property developer has met all obligations and the property is legal. The property developer has to not only ensure that the property is fit for purpose but also ensure that any wider obligations have been met such as making good the infrastructure around it or repairing any damage that might have been caused during the building process. Only when the town hall is satisfied that all is complete will a first occupancy certificate be issued. You need this certificate to prove that the property is legal and built according to the original plan submitted. It is required for the connection of mains services such as electricity and water. Without it, your property will remain on the builder’s supply. It is very important that if you do buy a new property you make sure you receive a first occupancy certificate at the time of the purchase. However, it’s not just important for the first occupier. When you come to sell your home, the new purchasers will also want to see that the property was given an

occupancy certificate. Once in possession the new owner will then need to apply for a new certificate themselves. This is the point at which it becomes a habitation certificate (Cédula de Habitabilidad). Possession of the habitation certificate means that the new owner can change the name on the utility bills. This is an important transfer of ownership to make if you want to be sure you can change utility contracts when you need to. Once you do have your habitation certificate, the good news is that you don’t need to renew it even though it says it is only valid for five years. It’s not until the property is sold once more that a new one is needed and then it is the new owner’s responsibility to obtain one in their name. They will want to see that you have had one, but it doesn’t need to be brand spanking new. No doubt, there are some people reading this article who are getting a little anxious about whether they’ve got a certificate or not. The good news is if you do need it for some reason, either to sell your property or because you have not changed the name on your utilities, you can obtain one from the town hall. A company such as Ábaco can help, provided of course that your property had that first occupancy certificate to begin with.

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

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Holiday villas in Javea used as marijuana farms THE CIVIL Guard has arrested seven people and dismantled two marijuana operations being carried out in three rented holiday villas in Javea. At least 550 plants in different stages of growth along with 2,000grams of heroin were seized as part of Operation Borkis II. Electricity meters were tampered with to conceal the amount of energy required to propagate the plants, which could reach a consumption of 15,000€. The suspects were British and aged between 21 and 51. A 53-year-old Spaniard was also taken into custody on suspicion of being a collaborator and providing cover for a number of rented properties, vehicles and other activities.


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700th edition

Some of the RTN head office team with owner Geoff Gartland (second from right)

Happy 700th RTN By Jack Troughton THERE’S NOT enough room on a cake to place a candle for each of RTN’s 700 editions but today marks another slice of history for the Costa’s favourite free English newspaper. The very first edition hit the streets back on 14th October 1999 and cost – yes, readers had to pay in the early days - the princely sum of 100 pesetas for the very first Round Town News. Times change and now RTN is free and unique in having three separate editions keeping everyone up to date with local, regional, national and international news. The Costa Calida edition – the latest of our three newspapers - was successfully launched last autumn and people in that part of the world were delighted in being able to enjoy dedicated news pages while businesses had a new quality vehicle in which to advertise. Along the way Round Town News was re-launched as RTN, a modern colourful newspaper, but it has always sought to serve both the community and its loyal readers and advertisers. STRENGTH And the RTN website goes from strength to strength with over 100,000 visitors every month. All of the weekly content of the newspaper is available to read online and it can be accessed from anywhere in the world – keeping everyone in touch. Website users can even interact by leaving their comments on all the articles, creating a feeling of a real online community. The popular virtual newspaper currently has more than 8,500 subscribers who receive RTN in this format every Friday morning along with their weekly newsletter, and we also very active on Facebook and Twitter - we feel that it is important to reach as many people as possible using Social Media. RTN is also a successful media brand. State of the art telecommunications communication company RTN Network has been a huge success. Not only does it provide a highly competitively priced way of keeping in touch with the rest of the world, customers can enjoy ADSL, British television channels and even free calls across Europe. We also offer the Design and Print Studio, a one-stop shop

for everyone’s printing and design needs for both business and private needs. It is seen as a ‘hassle free’ service and things can be organised over the ‘phone bringing high quality results at a truly exceptional price. RTN is printed by Servicios de Impresion de Levante SA, one of Spain’s biggest publishing houses, and it has been responsible for printing every one of the 700 editions. Because it is such a big company, both RTN and our readers can be confident – short of a disaster – the paper will be delivered every week. HEART Head office is in La Nucia and is home to the heart of every

RTN owner Geoff Gartland with the paper’s three editions

newspaper, the newsdesk. While our journalists are out and about covering the stories that make news, the ‘phone is frequently ringing off the hook as people call with tip-offs or to ask for our help – helping us keep a finger on the pulse of what is going on. And if the busy editorial team provides the lifeblood, the professional and experienced 11-strong sales team is the engine room of RTN, a free newspaper relies on advertising sales for its own income. Out in the field there are sales representatives bring face to face expertise with a strong and demanding client base, while head office is also home to telesales staff dealing with classified adverts and specialists selling to a growing Spanish market. RTN also has reps dealing directly with the important accounts of corporate clients and specialist advertising agencies representing these international customers. The RTN family is now looking forward to celebrating its 800th edition milestone with its readers and advertisers – but first, the little matter of edition 701.

Rocket powered RTN By Jack Troughton THE REAL success of RTN began when it became a free newspaper and became an overnight sensation that continues to allow the newspaper to grow. Managing director and owner Geoff Gartland took over at edition 95 and has seen many changes as the paper has evolved over 12 years. He took the decision to become a ‘freebie’ after the Costa Blanca’s long-standing Entertainer – the coast’s established free newspaper – disappeared “literally overnight”. Until the switch, Round Town News was selling a respectable 2,000 to 3,000 copies a week but Geoff saw an immediate opportunity. “It took off like a rocket. The first week we were free, I think we put 6,000 copies out – I think by the 12th week there were 25,000 copies. It just blew up, it was incredible, there was suddenly this huge demand.” The current print run is 50,000 but can be increased at the touch of a button. At the time the market was buoyant and there were dozens of new businesses starting up all wanting to reach an established market of expats.

HUGE At one stage RTN was a huge 128 pages. It may have slimmed down as a sign of the times but the newspaper team is still producing 100 different pages each week across the three editions. Geoff said RTN worked like a “well-oiled machine” with a solid and experienced team. “On Fridays when the paper is out we are already planning our next edition, it is 24/7.” However, at the centre of the paper’s success was its readership. Geoff said: “We love our readers. I think we have built up something special, an exceptionally loyal band of readers. “We have always tried to focus on people - turn to any page in the paper and there are real people who live here in Spain staring back at you. “Someone said to me once that RTN was the bridge between the British community and the Spanish community – it allows people to see what is happening in their area, people who perhaps don’t speak Spanish and need to see what is going on around them.” SUCCESS He added advertisers were just as important to the paper. “They form part of RTN and its success. We work closely with them.” And Geoff underlined how reaching edition 700. Almost against the odds in the current climate, was such a milestone.

Geoff and the historic first edition

“When you look throughout the world the number of newspapers that have vanished, RTN is still going strong and still producing three editions in this difficult climate – we launched our third edition despite the recession.” He still believes there is room and demand for the continued growth of RTN as a highly successful product. “I think we can expand and produce another edition. “I would like to think we can still move forward whilst maintaining the quality of what we have achieved. The world would be a far worse place without RTN.”


RTN goes to Granada!

RECENTLY RTN had the pleasure of joining Gandia Tours on their San Valentine three-day excursion to Granada. by RTN Editor THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING team in Moraira arranged a local pick up point by Tour Guide Rolf and coach driver Pepe. The coach was spotlessly clean, spacious and with reclining seats. Rolf described the journey ahead which included some additional stops to pick up more guests (Gandia Tours have pick up points all along the Costa Blanca) followed by a coffee break and then further in the day, a lunch stop. Lunch and coffee enabled everyone to become better acquainted, making us all feel refreshed and relaxed as we journeyed through scenic Murcia, also known as the Huerta de Espana (Garden of Spain) due to its abundant crops. Pepe and Rolf

Rolf, from Munich, spoke perfect English and has worked for Gandia Tours since 1982. His son, Stefan, also works for the company in their Moraira branch - he had just returned from training in Barcelona so he was able to help any clients thinking of taking an excursion there. Rolf’s knowledge of the route was excellent: he pointed out specific landmarks, speaking to each guest individually, providing guides, maps and details of additional Gandia Tours excursions. Mid-afternoon we arrived at the four-star Hotel Alixares, helped at the check in by Rolf. After a brief visit to our room with its wonderful views of the Alhambra Palace, we headed out.

The Alhambra Palace and Sierra Nevada seen from the area of Albaycin

The hotel is just five minutes’ walk to the Alhambra Palace and a 10 minute downhill walk to the centre, or there is a regular bus. No words or pictures can justify the beauty of the Alhambra Palace, though one guest perfectly described the gardens as “heavenly.” A visit here should be on everyone’s bucket list! Granada is full of charm and character with beautiful architecture and narrow winding streets full of gifts with an Arabian flavour. The cathedral with its stunning interior is in the heart of the city. A day could be spent just browsing … numerous plazas brimming with bars and restaurants and tourists soaking up the atmosphere and glorious sunshine… Within easy reach of the hotel and the centre of Granada is the area of Albaycin the historical and ancient Arab quarter high above the city. The views are breathtaking - from the Plaza San Nicholas the famous view of the Alahambra Palace shimmers against the backdrop of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada. A winding walk downward takes you to the picturesque river walkway and into the centre of town. The hotel accommodation is on a half board basis with a buffet breakfast and on Valentines night a romantic ‘San Valentine’s’ meal was exclusively arranged by Gandia Tours. Located in a separate function room, the room was decorated with balloons: each table was candlelit, with a rose for your Valentine. Canapés and cava greeted us and we were seated at beautifully laid tables. The four course meal was a triumph, accompanied by wine, cava and finished with coffee. Soft music played in the background during the dinner, followed by a disco playing all the romantic classics. This gave all the couples a chance to show off their dancing skills and enjoy the party atmosphere with their travelling companions. On the last day the coach left early afternoon, giving guests

some free time to Granada. One couple hired a taxi driver to take them through the Albaycin area. They paid a very reasonable 20€ per hour and said the information given was interesting and highly recommended. Guests enjoyed a well-deserved sleep on the journey home or reminisced over the wonderful time they had spent in Granada, where the personal and friendly service of both Gandia Tours and the Hotel Alixares made an enjoyable excursion outstanding. To find out more call 966 106 872: Gandia Tours offices are open Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 1.30pm and again from 4pm to 7.30pm.

There are numerous plazas


15 - 21 MARCH 2013

Life tech

Plagued with ‘Delta Search’

HI AUNTY: I am plagued with ‘Delta Search’ which has suddenly materialised when I open Google. I have run my AVG and Spybot which does not identify it. It’s annoying and I am advised it’s an aggressive marketing ploy which can track my details. How do I get rid of it please? Mike

Aunty says: 1. In Chrome Go to “control panel”, “add remove programs”. If Delta Search shows there click “remove”. 2. Click the Chrome menu button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions. In the Extensions tab, remove (by clicking on the Recycle Bin) the Delta Toolbar, Mixi.DJ and Yontoo extensions from your Google Chrome.

3. Click the Chrome menu button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section. In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row. Search for Delta Search in the Search Engines list, and click the X that appears at the end of the row. 4. If Delta Search has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser we will need to revert this change: Click the Chrome menu button, then select Settings and click on ‘One’ the New Tab page in the On Startup section. 5. Download, install, update, run a full scan using your anitvirus and antmalwarebytes so make sure other traces of it are removed.

with Aunty Virus


Photo´s don´t open DEAR AUNTY: I recently bought a new Windows 8 new laptop and have been saving my documents and pictures. They open on my email but when I save them they will not open. Please can you help me? May Aunty says: If you are saving the documents to your PC, and not able to open them, then it will be because you do not have the required program to open the files installed on your PC. For example, if you want to open a PDF file, then you will need a PDF Reader installed, like Adobe Reader.

However, in Windows 8 - Photos app is the default program which shows photos by default in full screen. If you want to always view photos on desktop with Windows Photo Viewer instead of Photos app, it’s just simple as setting the program you want as default one to view pictures. To set Windows Photo Viewer on Windows 8 as default program to open photos

default, double click on ‘default programs‘ 2. In Set Default programs window select Windows Photo Viewer on left-side and click set this program as default, click Ok button.

1. Click on Windows key, start typing

Getting rid of AVG HI AUNTY: Read your recent article on increasing PC speed with interest and attempted to uninstall AVG as suggested. However, I have been unable to do this and receive the following message: ‘Set up error. The installation source for this product is not available. Verify that the source exists and that you can access it’. I have installed Microsoft Essentials as you advised and this seems to be working fine. Many thanks, Brian Aunty says: Usually this means that something was not correct with the actual installation of AVG in the first place, and a file or two has become corrupted. Luckily AVG provide a number of tools to help with such things. Have a look at: and you will see two ‘AVG Removal tools’: a 32bit and a 64 bit version. Which you use will be determined by which version of Windows you use - available via the System Options in Control Panel. Save all work you have open, Download, install, run and follow the instructions and it should remove all traces of AVG. Response: Thanks for the good advice. Job done!

Gadget Inspector Investigates:

Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Set THIS WEEK the Inspector takes a look at the Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Keyboard and Mouse Set. But it’s just a boring old keyboard and mouse right? What’s wrong with my good old keyboard and mouse with all those lovely tangly annoying cables that don´t quite reach and sticking keys? Nothing - if you’re happy doing things this way for 100% of the time you’re using your PC… So what´s new about this combo? Well, the keyboard is designed to allow comfortable typing with low-profile Quiet Touch keys which combine with the sloping palm rest and removable feet to create a slope for better wrist posture. The keyboard also features an ergonomist-approved Comfort Curve Design which further enhances natural wrist posture. If you’re used to a conventional keyboard this feels a little strange at first, but you’ll soon get used to it and it is definitely easier and more comfortable to use. The keyboard is configured with UK keys so no need to work out the Spanish hieroglyphics. The mouse is no slouch in the advanced technology department either. Featuring Microsoft’s proprietary BlueTrack Technology it works in more places than both optical and laser mice. BlueTrack Technology achieves this by using a wider and more uniform light beam and a better contrasting mechanism that allows the mouse to work on

many different surfaces including granite, carpet and wood – it’ll even work on your mouse mat! Connection to your desktop/laptop PC is handled by the wireless USB transceiver unit. Just plug the unit into your PC and you’re good to go with up to a 30-foot range. The set also features Taskbar Favorites for Windows 7 hot keys which allow you to easily launch programs in the taskbar. In addition there is a Windows Flip in Windows 7 function which will switch between open windows with the click of a button. Standard functions such as music player controls, volume and zoom are also provided. The Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Keyboard and Mouse Set is compatible with Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP (excluding XP 64-bit) and Mac OS X v10.4 –10.5.x. The set requires 1 AA

alkaline battery which is included. The Inspectors Verdict: If you’re looking to drag your computer interaction into the 21st Century you’ll love the Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Keyboard and Mouse Set. Comfortable and easy to use, whether it be with Desktop or Laptop PC, this will do the trick for you, at least until they invent mind control for the PC… Please note the following is for information and is not intended as an advertisement - visit to purchase the Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Keyboard and Mouse Set for 49€. Price quoted includes free delivery to Spain and is subject to availability (Euro cost subject to exchange rate at time of purchase).

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15 - 21 MARCH 2013

Life Showbiz Goss


Peter Taylor

Writer and Broadcaster

It’s a Shameless Shame!

I WAS watching Mock of the Week last Sunday evening and was treated to Frankie Boyle waxing lyrical in that very Scottish way of his with the ‘f’ word popping into every sentence, and when out of shot he was clearly heard tagging ‘off’ on the end to ‘Mock’ one of the other guests. Don’t get me wrong I am far from a prude: the question I want to ask however is … is it the same for everyone? I got to this thought after reading about the plight of ‘Shameless’, a programme that won ‘Best Drama’ Bafta, and incredibly the ‘Best Comedy Drama’ at the British Comedy Awards in only its second series in 2005. Last year, at its peak, the show was stopped, and now it’s come out that Ch4 have agreed to do one more series and that filming began three weeks ago. Co-writer and the show’s main actor Paul Abbot was

interviewed by The Telegraph last week and it droned on about the awards he’s won and the new show he’s writing for Ch4, but as is so often the case, it’s was what he said right at the end that was the most interesting. Genuine writers like Paul Abbot struggle with their need to tell it exactly like it is, and with him saying: “I remember when a TV commissioner said that the world was too complicated and vicious so we ought to offer TV audiences palliative drama … and I said … if I offer people palliative drama, they’ll know I’m lying to them.” In my opinion these are the words of a man who wanted to move ‘Shameless’ up a notch or two and Ch4 said no! Yes folks, censorship continues to deprive us of true art.

Bye-bye beebie telly centre!

IT HAS been well documented that the BBC TV Centre will close its doors for the last time later on this month, and it was announced last Thursday that Madness are to do a live gig in the car park of the iconic West London building next Friday evening March 22nd. The show will be screened on BBC4 as part of a fond farewell to a place the boys know ever so well, something that was confirmed when they said: “We’re honoured to be part of the farewell celebrations of a building that’s so close to our hearts … as a band we grew up there … those walls have plenty Madness tales to tell …” Whatever can they mean? The two-hour TV Special called ‘Goodbye TV Centre’ will feature, amongst others, BBC giants of their time, Terry Wogan, Philip Schofield, Ronnie Corbett and David Jason, and will be showing some of the building’s most memorable moments … like BBC 2’s launch night being blacked out by a power cut … and we’ll also get a close up look at the studios used to film some of the corporation’s best-loved shows, including Only Fools And Horses. Being a big sports fan my personal memory comes from the first time I saw that impressively curve-fronted building when Grandstand came on, on a Saturday afternoon, and although it promises to be an enjoyable show next Friday, it is sad to know that such an innovative design should fall to the curse of the greed mongers who disguise themselves as inner city developers.

‘Fifty shades going all the way JUST A wee one to close, but big in every other sense… I read last week that the word around the movie business is that the film version of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ will not be pulling any punches, with an insider saying, “The script will definitely keep in all the kink that made the novels.” … Aha! … I see I´ve got your attention... From one week to another actor after actor has been linked to the film, and now that Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson has described ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ as an ‘absolute priority’ the heat is on in every sense of the word. With that having been said, you can only imagine the pushing and shoving that’s going on in and around Hollywood. Chairman Fogelson also confirmed that ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ will be a three-movie deal, offering a flick-fest of quite some proportions should you so desire. However, you will be able to get into training as its gonna be more than year before the first one is released … Boo-hoo-oo!

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15th - 21st March

FRIDAY 15th March BBC1







07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 Real Rescues 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:30 Regional News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 Beat the Pack 16:45 Flog It! 17:15 Comic Relief Does Glee Club 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 Comic Relief 2013 23:30 BBC News 23:55 Regional News 24:05 Comic Relief 2013

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Real Rescues 08:45 Caught Red Handed 09:15 The A to Z of TV Gardening 10:00 Antiques Roadshow 11:00 Question Time 12:00 BBC News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 The One Show: Best of Britain 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 Coast 15:25 Mastermind 15:55 Britain’s Heritage Heroes 16:25 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 17:25 The Trials of Life 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Country Show Cook Off 20:00 Great Continental Railway Journeys 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners’ World 22:00 The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest 23:30 Comic Relief 2013 24:10 Newsnight 24:40 The Review Show

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News Central 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories 23:00 ITV News 23:35 Mad Max 2

07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 A Racing Portrait: For the Love 08:00 According to Jim 08:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Frasier 11:00 Grand Designs Australia 12:00 Come Dine with Me 12:30 What’s Cooking? 13:30 Channel 4 News 13:35 Cheltenham Festival 17:20 Deal or No Deal 18:10 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:20 Cheltenham Highlights 20:25 20:30 Meteor Strike: Fireball from Space 21:30 Stephen Fry: Gadget Man 22:00 The Bank Job 24:15 Random Acts 24:20 Fight Club

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Milkshake! Monkey 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:10 5 News 13:15 London: The Inside Story 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Person of Interest 16:15 Flower Girl 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 Ice Road Truckers 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 CSI 24:55 Inside Hollywood

07:00 Emmerdale 07:55 Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:35 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:30 Judge Judy 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 Love Actually 24:45 Three Kings

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 One Tree Hill 09:45 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 Charmed 11:35 90210 12:30 Ugly Betty 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 Date Movie 23:40 The Body Shocking Show 24:10 The Big Bang Theory




SATURDAY 16th March BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking 13:00 BBC News 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Formula One 15:05 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 17:30 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 20:00 BBC News 20:15 Pointless Celebrities 21:00 The National Lottery: In It to Win It 21:50 Casualty 22:40 Mrs Brown’s Boys 23:10 BBC News 23:30 Match of the Day 24:50 Football League Show


07:00 This Is BBC Two 08:30 Great British Menu 09:00 Great British Menu 09:30 Great British Menu 10:00 Great British Menu 10:30 Great British Menu 11:00 A History of Britain by Simon Schama 12:00 Meet the Ancestors 12:30 Map Man 13:00 Country Show Cook Off 15:30 Mastermind 16:00 University Challenge 16:30 Flog It! 17:30 Final Score 18:30 Great Continental Railway Journeys 19:00 Dad’s Army 19:30 Top Gear 20:30 Live Six Nations Rugby Union 23:00 Africa United 24:20 Dancing on the Edge

SUNDAY 17th March BBC1

07:00 Breakfast 08:35 Match of the Day 10:00 Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:20 Countryfile 14:20 Call the Midwife 15:20 Formula One 17:20 Comic Relief 2013 18:20 Lifeline 18:30 Songs of Praise 19:05 BBC News 19:30 Countryfile 20:30 Antiques Roadshow 21:30 The Lady Vanishes 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Match of the Day 2 24:45 Late Kick Off


07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:45 Primrose Path 09:15 Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 09:45 Gardeners’ World 10:15 The A to Z of TV Gardening 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo 13:00 EastEnders 14:55 Coast 15:15 Hairy Bikers’ Best of British 16:00 Restoration Home 17:00 Figure Skating 19:00 Food & Drink 19:30 Flog It! 20:00 Dragons’ Den 21:00 Top Gear 22:00 Toughest Place to Be 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 It’s Kevin 24:00 Comic Relief 2013

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 09:30 Victorious 10:00 Jessie 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:20 My Tasty Travels with Lynda Bellingham 12:20 Dinner Date 13:20 ITV News 13:30 Countrywise 13:50 You’ve Been Framed! 14:20 Mutiny on the Buses 16:00 The Chase 17:00 Midsomer Murders 19:00 ITV News 19:30 New You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 21:20 The Cube 22:20 Jonathan Ross Show 23:20 ITV News 23:35 Total Recall

ITV1 07:00 Childrens TV 08:10 Canimals 08:25 Bookaboo 08:40 Matt Hatter Chronicles 09:05 Rated A for Awesome 09:30 Almost Naked Animalsls 10:00 Aquabats Super Show 10:25 ITV News 10:30 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 Dickinson’s Real Deal 12:25 All Star Family Fortunes 13:10 ITV News 13:15 Carry On - Don’t Lose Your Head 15:00 Doc Martin 16:00 Food Glorious Food 17:00 Agatha Christie’s Marple 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 19:30 ITV News 20:00 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 21:00 Our Queen 23:00 Perspectives 24:00 ITV News

07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Will & Grace 08:25 The Grid 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:25 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:55 Frasier 11:30 Frasier 11:55 The Simpsons 12:25 The Simpsons 12:55 The Big Bang Theory 13:20 The Big Bang Theory 13:45 Undercover Boss USA 14:45 Channel 4 Racing 17:15 Come Dine with Me 19:45 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 Churchill and the Fascist Plot 21:00 Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home 22:00 127 Hours 23:45 Big Fat Quiz of the 00s

07:00 Childrens TV 10:00 Ben and Holly 10:15 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 The Mr Men Show 11:15 Power Rangers Samurai 11:50 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:15 Inside Hollywood 12:25 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 13:25 Police Interceptors 14:25 CSI: NY 15:20 CSI: Miami 17:05 Private Benjamin 19:10 5 News Weekend 19:15 Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown 20:50 NCIS 22:40 Law & Order 24:35 True Crimes: The First 72 Hours

07:00 Beauty and the Geek 07:50 All Star Family Fortunes 08:25 Coronation Street 10:55 Emmerdale 13:55 The Mighty Ducks 16:10 You’ve Been Framed! 16:40 You’ve Been Framed! 17:10 You’ve Been Framed! 18:45 Beethoven’s 2nd 20:35 Hulk 23:20 Celebrity Juice 24:10 Knocked Up


07:00 Switched 07:20 Heartland 08:05 Greek 09:00 Supernanny US 10:00 Gok’s Clothes Roadshow 11:05 Make It or Break It 12:05 Ugly Betty 13:05 Glee 14:05 Charmed 15:05 Scrubs 15:35 Scrubs 16:05 Scrubs 16:35 Rules of Engagement 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Happy Endings 20:30 Happy Endings 21:00 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 2 Broke Girls 22:00 The Transporter 2 23:50 The Big Bang Theory 24:15 The Big Bang Theory 24:45 The Cleveland Show





07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:05 Will & Grace 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 09:55 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:05 The Big Bang Theory 13:30 The Big Bang Theory 14:00 The Big Bang Theory 14:25 The Simpsons 14:55 The Simpsons 15:25 Picture Perfect 17:25 Time Team 18:30 Deal or No Deal 19:25 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 Come Dine with Me 21:00 The Secret Millions 22:00 Salt

07:00 Childrens TV 09:15 Angelina Ballerina 09:30 Mio Mao 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly 10:10 Toby’s Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:00 Inside Hollywood 12:10 Once Upon a Time 13:05 Cowboy Builders 14:05 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 15:50 Sabrina the Teenage Witch 17:40 Surf’s Up 19:10 5 News Weekend 19:15 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 21:00 Legally Blonde 23:00 Person of Interest 23:55 The Long Kiss Goodnight

07:00 The Biggest Loser 07:50 Emmerdale 10:35 Coronation Street 13:05 Top Dog Model 14:05 Super Tiny Animals 15:10 Britain’s Got More Talent 16:15 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 17:35 Richie Rich 19:25 King Kong 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 Big Rich Texas 24:50 Celebrity Juice

07:00 Switched 07:25 Supernanny US 08:05 Make It or Break It 09:00 Ugly Betty 10:00 Scrubs 10:30 Scrubs 10:55 Hollyoaks 13:35 Glee 14:35 Charmed 15:30 How I Met Your Mother 16:00 How I Met Your Mother 16:30 How I Met Your Mother 17:00 How I Met Your Mother 17:25 Revenge 18:30 The Big Bang Theory 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 New Girl 20:00 How I Met Your Mother 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 Transformers 23:50 Rude Tube 24:50 The Body Shocking Show


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Life TV

15th - 21st March

MONDAY 18th March BBC1





07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 Real Rescues 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 WPC 56 16:00 Beat the Pack 16:45 Countryside 999 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Bang Goes the Theory 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 A Question of Sport 22:00 Motorway Cops 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Panorama 24:35 Live at the Apollo

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Real Rescues 08:50 Caught Red Handed 09:20 Heir Hunters 10:05 Great British Menu 10:35 Countryfile 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Animal Park 14:30 Coast 14:40 Six Nations Rugby 15:25 Mastermind 15:55 How We Won the War 16:25 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 17:25 The Trials of Life 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Country Show Cook Off 20:00 Great Continental Railway Journeys 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Paul Hollywood’s Bread 22:00 The Challenger 23:30 Newsnight

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 James Nesbitt’s Ireland 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Broadchurch 23:00 ITV News 23:35 The Agenda 24:05 Monk

07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 11:00 Grand Designs Australia 12:00 Phil Spencer 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 What’s Cooking? 14:45 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:45 Countdown 16:30 Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 SuperScrimpers 22:00 Embarrassing Bodies 23:00 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 24:05 Secrets of the Pickpockets

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:30 Bert and Ernie 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:05 5 News 13:15 London: The Inside Story 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:10 Montana Sky 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 World’s 22:00 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 23:00 Bomb Patrol 24:00 Revolver

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






07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 River Monsters 21:00 Midsomer Murders 23:00 ITV News 23:35 Jonathan Ross Show 24:40 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories

07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 11:00 Grand Designs Australia 12:00 Phil Spencer 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 What’s Cooking? 14:45 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:45 Countdown 16:30 Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Bedtime Live 22:00 16 Kids and Counting 23:00 Shameless 24:05 Random Acts 24:10 The Town That Caught Tourette’s

07:00 Childrens TV 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:30 Bert and Ernie 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:05 5 News 13:15 London: The Inside Story 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:10 Sex and Lies in Sin City 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Cowboy Builders 21:00 Whale Adventure with Nigel Marven 22:00 CSI 23:55 Dallas

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Coronation Street 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:35 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Coronation Street 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 16:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Love in the Wild 22:00 The Vampire Diaries 23:00 666 Park Avenue 24:00 Celebrity Juice 24:45 The Big Reunion

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 One Tree Hill 09:45 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 Charmed 11:35 90210 12:30 Ugly Betty 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:05 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:30 The Big Bang Theory 22:00 Rude Tube 23:00 The Cleveland Show 23:30 The Inbetweeners 24:05 Rude Tube

TUESDAY 19th March


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 Real Rescues 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 WPC 56 16:00 Beat the Pack 16:45 Countryside 999 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 The Syndicate 23:00 BBC News 23:35 The Matt Lucas Awards 24:05 Cuckoo 24:35 Who Do You Think You Are?


07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Real Rescues 08:50 Caught Red Handed 09:20 Heir Hunters 10:05 Great British Menu 10:35 Natural World 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Animal Park 14:30 Lifeline 14:40 Super League Show 15:25 Mastermind 15:55 How We Won the War 16:25 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 17:25 The Trials of Life 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Country Show Cook Off 20:00 Great Continental Railway Journeys 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Alex Polizzi 22:00 The Railway 23:00 Heading Out 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 Horizon

WEDNESDAY 20th March



07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:00 Ugly Betty 08:45 One Tree Hill 09:35 Scrubs 10:05 Rules of Engagement 10:35 Charmed 11:30 90210 12:25 Ugly Betty 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 17:30 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 New Girl 21:30 New Girl 22:00 Revenge 23:00 World’s Greatest Body Shockers 24:00 The Inbetweeners 24:30 The Big Bang Theory








07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 Real Rescues 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 WPC 56 16:00 Beat the Pack 16:45 Countryside 999 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 20:00 The One Show 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Crimewatch 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Crimewatch Update 23:45 A Question of Sport 24:15 The Guardian

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Real Rescues 08:45 Caught Red Handed 09:15 Heir Hunters 10:00 Great British Menu 10:30 Food & Drink 11:00 British Railway Journeys 11:30 See Hear 12:00 BBC News 12:30 Budget 2013 16:30 Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets 17:30 Coast 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Country Show Cook Off 20:00 Great Continental Railway Journeys 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 Very British Wedding 22:00 This World 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 The Railway

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:15 The Chancellor’s Budget 2013 14:50 ITV News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Food Glorious Food 22:00 Lightfields 23:00 ITV News 23:35 Sports Life Stories 24:35 Safari Vet School

07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 11:00 Grand Designs Australia 12:00 Phil Spencer 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 What’s Cooking? 14:45 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:45 Countdown 16:30 Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners 22:00 One Born Every Minute 23:00 The Mimic 23:35 Anna & Katy 24:05 Gogglebox 24:50 Random Acts 24:55 Strictly Baby Disco

07:00 Childrens TV 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:05 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Dangerous Drivers’ School 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Imaginary Friend 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Robson’s Extreme Fishing Challenge 21:00 Rolf’s Animal Clinic 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order 23:55 CSI 24:55 Poker

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Holiday Showdown 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:35 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Holiday Showdown 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Fool Britannia 21:30 Fool Britannia 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 The Only Way Is Essex 23:50 Big Rich Texas 24:50 The Hit Factory: The Stock Aitken & Waterman Story

07:00 Switched 07:25 90210 08:05 Ugly Betty 08:50 One Tree Hill 09:45 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 Charmed 11:35 90210 12:35 Ugly Betty 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 19:30 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 Youngers 21:05 17 Again 23:05 Rude Tube 24:05 The Body Shocking Show 24:40 The New Normal

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THURSDAY 21st March BBC1






07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Caught Red Handed 12:30 Real Rescues 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 WPC 56 16:00 Beat the Pack 16:45 Countryside 999 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 MasterChef 22:00 Prisoners’ Wives 23:00 BBC News 23:35 Question Time 24:35 This Week

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Real Rescues 08:50 Caught Red Handed 09:20 Heir Hunters 10:05 Great British Menu 11:05 British Railway Journeys 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Animal Park 15:00 Mastermind 15:30 Enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury 17:30 Coast 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Country Show Cook Off 20:00 Great Continental Railway Journeys 20:30 Great British Menu 21:00 The Planners 22:00 Horizon 23:00 How TV Ruined Your Life 23:30 Newsnight 24:20 This World

07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News 15:00 Dickinson’s Real Deal 16:00 Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:59 ITV Central Weather 17:00 Ade in Britain 18:00 The Chase 19:00 ITV News 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 The Martin Lewis Money Show 22:00 Home Delivery 23:00 ITV News 23:35 Who Killed My Dad? - The Death of Terry Lloyd 24:50 The Lobby

07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 According to Jim 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:25 Frasier 11:00 Grand Designs Australia 12:00 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 13:35 What’s Cooking? 14:45 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 15:45 Countdown 16:30 Common Denominator 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Britain’s Secret Shoppers 22:00 Born to Be Different 23:00 Gogglebox 23:50 Embarrassing Bodies 24:50 Random Acts 24:55 Extreme A&E

07:00 Childrens TVr 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Trisha 13:00 Looney Tunes 13:05 5 News 13:15 Dangerous Drivers’ School 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Murder 101: College Can Be Murder 18:00 5 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News 20:00 Whale Adventure with Nigel Marven 21:00 Cowboy Builders 22:00 Killers Behind Bars: The Untold Story 23:00 Britain’s Worst Serial Killers: Dennis Nilsen 24:00 Banged Up Abroad

07:00 Emmerdale 07:25 Coronation Street 07:55 Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:25 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 09:10 You’ve Been Framed! 09:40 Judge Judy 10:10 Judge Judy 10:35 Winners & Losers 11:35 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 12:35 Millionaire Matchmaker 13:30 Emmerdale 14:00 Coronation Street 14:30 Judge Judy 15:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 17:10 The Real Housewives of Atlanta 18:05 Millionaire Matchmaker 19:00 Jeremy Kyle Show USA 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 22:00 The Big Reunion 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Fake Reaction 24:35 Lemon La Vida Loca

CROSSWORD SOLUTIONS 699 Cryptic solutions Across: 6 Arising; 7 Clock; 9 One; 10 Reservoir; 12 Stand at ease; 15 Painstaking; 17 Wrestlers; 19 Ate; 21 Gamut; 22 Convert. Down: 1 Crank; 2 Ass; 3 Knee; 4 Old Vienna; 5 Eclipse; 8 Remark; 11 Stands out; 13 Nettle; 14 Fairway; 16 Stork; 18 Rook; 20 Eve.

Quick solutions Across: 6 Compare; 7 Snake; 9 Try; 10 Manifests; 12 Second sight; 15 Short-handed; 17 Community; 19 Bad; 21 Agony; 22 Massive. Down: 1 Worry; 2 Spy; 3 Area; 4 Undecided; 5 Sketchy; 8 Hidden; 11 Detriment; 13 On hand; 14 Through; 16 Halve; 18 Tear; 20 Ask.

E4 07:00 Switched 07:20 90210 08:00 Ugly Betty 08:45 One Tree Hill 09:40 Scrubs 10:10 Rules of Engagement 10:40 Charmed 11:35 90210 12:35 Ugly Betty 13:30 Hollyoaks 14:00 How I Met Your Mother 15:00 Scrubs 15:30 Scrubs 16:00 Charmed 17:00 Rules of Engagement 18:00 How I Met Your Mother 19:00 The Big Bang Theory 20:00 Hollyoaks 20:30 How I Met Your Mother 21:00 The Big Bang Theory 21:30 How I Met Your Mother 22:00 The New Normal 22:30 2 Broke Girls 23:00 The Body Shocking Show 23:30 Rude Tube 24:05 Fresh Meat

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

FRIDAY 15TH MARCH An Evening With...: Ultimate Tributes – Husband and wife team combine their talents for an evening of fabulous tributes: 19.00 SATURDAY 16TH MARCH Let’s Talk – with writer and veteran of the Costa Blanca Dave Bull and superb entertainer Paul Christie: 18.30 SUNDAY 17TH MARCH The Wedding Show (series) – Recording such a special day is vital – the photographer: 18.00 MONDAY 18TH MARCH Host Your Own: (series) If you love ‘Come Dine With Me’ then you are going to love The Costa Blanca’s very own home grown cookery show. Six

contestants see if they can impress three judges with the best all round dining experience on the Costa Blanca!: 19.30 TUESDAY 19TH MARCH Real England (series) – Devon – The only English county with 2 coasts and one of the most popular among tourists: 18.30 WEDNESDAY 20TH MARCH Dramatic Licence presents: ‘When the Cat’s Away’: a comedy based around the much loved characters from the 70’s sitcom George and Mildred: 18.05 THURSDAY 21ST MARCH Learn The Lingo: (series) – Learning Spanish in a fun and interesting way with Martine: 19.00

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Life spanish


Basic Spanish for everyday needs by Jane Cronin

Step by Step Spanish -23 I THINK I may have dropped into the conversation at some point that we have actually now started studying the subjunctive. Believe me this is no small thing. IF EVER you want to get out of a social situation and make people dislike you, all you have to say is “I’m studying the subjunctive at the moment”. You can kill a conversation dead in a matter of seconds and never be invited again! You don’t need to tell them you’re just reading about it in a newspaper article, they’ll never know, and they’ll never dare ask because you will be elevated to the heights of superior learning and understanding. So, as you should have picked up from the previous two articles, the formation of the present subjunctive is based on the first person singular of the present tense. There is a fair bit more to explain about this but the formation isn’t our biggest problem. There are six irregular verbs so I might as well tell you what those are straight away to get them over with. They are: estar (esté); ir (vaya); ser (sea); haber (haya); saber (sepa); and dar (dé). However, that is not likely to mean anything at all to you if you don’t actually know what the subjunctive is in the first place. So, here is an attempt at explaining the unexplainable. We use the subjunctive in Spanish to talk about things that are in some why hypothetical rather than real. If I say “I hope” something or “I suppose” something; if I what to express ideas such as “whenever” and “whatever”; things that may or may not have any actual existence, I need to use the subjunctive. If I insist on your doing something but don’t really know whether you are going to do it or not, I need the subjunctive. Perhaps the best thing now is to

look at some actual examples of the above. The subjunctive verbs are printed in bold: “Espero que estés bien” - (I hope that you are well). I don’t know if you are well or not, I am simply expressing my hope that you are. “Supongo que el concierto sea a las ocho” (I suppose the concert is at eight o’clock). I don’t know for sure and am expressing my supposition. “Hablaremos cuando termines el trabajo” (We’ll speak when you finish the job). I know you’ll finish it, but I don’t know exactly when. “Insisto en que me digas la verdad” (I insist that you tell me the truth). I can insist all I like, but you still might not tell me the truth. At this stage I have probably raised more questions than given answers. There is still quite a lot to cover. We need to see how verbs conjugate in the present subjunctive and we need to understand a lot more clearly when we should use them. What we have done so far is have a quick overview of a subject that is one of the hardest things for us to grasp in Spanish, simply because there is no real equivalent to all of this in English. More to come next week, if you can possibly wait that long.

The Pope Election The Telegraph@Telegraph Pope election: Cardinals tweet goodbyes before conclave lockdown God @TheTweetOfGod Oprah for Pope! #Poprah El Goncho@teengenerate Pope thing would be better if it was 2 washed-up priests picking balls out of a bingo spinner while Trevor Brooking calls out the numbers. Mark Campbell @MrWordsWorth White smoke means pope selected. Black smoke means no pope selected. Marijuana smoke means its 4:20 and the conclave wants Doritos. Dancing on Ice Final 2013 ITV@ITV There may be a reward? RT @shanensor: Okay who’s abducted Jason @ITV @ dancingonice Jason Gardiner @officialJasonG My prediction for tonight’s champion of @ dancingonice Final will be.... the celeb with the most votes! FACT! Chris Fountain @fountain1987 Very sad to hear Tony Gubba has passed away, had some lovely times with him during dancing on ice 08, a genuine top bloke, rest in peace x

Life books

Danny Collins -

Round The Bend JEREMY CLARKSON is an irreverent car review columnist. He’s also one of the funniest in a world where humour isn’t always the key issue. HE CAN crack a wicked metaphor at anyone’s expense – and quite often does. He laughs at pomposity, himself, other people, and car manufacturers in that order and that doesn’t mean that the greens, the left-wing liberals, and politicians in general escape his scathing wit. His columns always start with a theme completely unconnected with the driving machine he’s reviewing and finally gets to the point after he’s made several others. All are funny, all are dissected with wit and they all make me laugh. That’s why I was delighted to find this book among those sent to me for review. The book is a compendium of 84 reviews previously published in the Sunday Times and each kept me amused enough to read eight or nine at a sitting (That’s sitting on a sofa after lunch with my wife’s legs draped across me – her other half is under a blanket listening to Radio One on her iPod). Anybody who likes cars would love this book, for Clarkson pulls no punches in his criticism of suspension, handling, and oomph. Author: Jeremy Clarkson Publisher: Penguin Price: 11.20€ ISBN: 978 0 231 95695 3

I certainly looked with a different eye at my wife’s humble Ka after reading his review of the Ford Ka Zetec 1.2. Come to that, anybody who appreciates a witty raconteur wouldn’t mind it either.

Suduko Answer


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Life health Varicose veins Amanda Collins, Dip HE Family Medical Centre, Albir

VARICOSE VEINS appear as bulging, sometimes lumpy purple or blue veins which most commonly occur on the calves and insides of the legs.

THEY ARE extremely common with around half of all over 50’s having some degree of the problem, although women are more commonly affected than men HOW VARICOSE VEINS OCCUR Blood is pumped from your heart to the rest of the body via the arteries. The blood is then returned to the heart via the veins, to be re-circulated. However, the veins have a difficult job getting the blood back ‘uphill’ as they have to rely on contraction of the leg muscles to literally squeeze the blood back up to the heart! There are tiny valves within the veins that open to let the blood flow through and then close to stop it from draining back down the leg. As we get older, the veins can stretch and the valves become weak causing blood to ‘pool’ in the veins. This causes the vein to bulge. The blue/purple discolouration is caused by the fact that the blood going back to the heart is deoxygenated. Oxygen turns the blood red again! Apart from being female and over 50, you are also more at risk of

developing varicose veins if you are pregnant, obese, have a family history of varicose veins or spend long periods of time standing or sitting still. In many cases, varicose veins cause no pain or problems and can be ignored. However, sometimes complications may occur VENOUS ULCERS As time passes, fluid builds up in the tissue surrounding the veins due to increased pressure. This causes the skin to thicken and eventually ulcers to form, usually around the ankle area. Ulcers can be painful and take a long time to heal. If you have varicose veins, check regularly for discoloured spots of skin that may be the early stage of an ulcer and see your Doctor at once if you notice anything unusual. BLEEDING Injuries to the affected leg can sometimes cause a varicose vein to bleed. Sometimes the bleeding can be profuse and difficult to stop in which case you will need to seek medical advice. THROMBOPHLEBITIS Thrombophlebitis is caused when a blood clot forms within the vein causing pain,

heat and swelling. If you have symptoms of thrombophlebitis you should see your Doctor. CHRONIC VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY Problems with blood flow can affect the delivery of nutrients and oxygen and the removal of waste products from the skin. The condition is considered chronic if it continues over a long period of time and can lead to the problems below. VARICOSE ECZEMA The affected are of skin can become red and crusty. Blistering is also possible. LIPODERMATOSCLEROSIS The skin may become harder and tight and turn red or brown. Prompt treatment is necessary for the best results. AND THE GOOD NEWS! Modern technology has produced minimally invasive treatments whereby depending on the individual case, it is possible to have a local anaesthetic and return to normal activities within a day. The cosmetic results are also excellent. For more details about these innovative new treatments, have a chat with your practice nurse.

This article was written by Amanda Collins, Family Medical Centre, Albir. Should you wish to speak to Amanda about any health issues please call 96 686 5072 or email WANT TO join a nonprofit organisation which is thriving on the Costa Blanca and committed to supporting charitable causes and bringing people together? There are Freemasons lodges throughout the Costa Blanca who meet on a weekly basis and welcome new members. For more information please contact Harry Palmer by email at palmers.quesada@ or 96 671 2326.

Life recipes Spaghetti with Camembert, Serrano Ham and Pesto THIS IS a truly international dish with French camembert, Spanish jamon serrano and Italian pesto. The result is a wonderful, fresh tasting pasta that has become a regular standby in our house. You could use a ready-made pesto if you want, but if you can find fresh basil, it’s well worth the effort of making your own. • Enough dried spaghetti for two people • 75g camembert cheese, cut into 1cm cubes • 4 thin slices of serrano ham, cut into 1cm strips • 25g parmesan shavings For the pesto • a handful of fresh basil leaves • 1 clove of garlic, peeled • 25g parmesan cheese, finely grated • A small handful of pine nuts • 3-4 tbls olive oil 1. Make the pesto by placing all the ingredients in a blender and mixing to a runny paste. Add a little more oil if necessary. 2. Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water until just cooked. Drain and return to the pan with a little olive oil. Add the pesto, camembert and serrano, stir and cover with a lid then leave to stand for a minute or so until the cheese begins to melt. 3. Serve immediately with a the parmesan shavings sprinkled over the top.

15 - 21 MARCH 2013


The Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s sale for charity HERE IS an opportunity that rarely comes around, a sale of Theatrical effects and costumes, which must be of great and special interest to local Drama and Theatre Companies, Musical Groups, Fancy Dress Suppliers and individual party-goers. It’s all taking place on Sunday 17 March at Casa Ventura, San Luis, with doors open at 11.30am. There are many items of scenery, stage props, period and character costumes and no reasonable offers will be refused! If you require more detailed information, please phone Sue Woodward Prior on 966 784 108. All proceeds from the day go to AFA Alzheimer’s Torrevieja More information about The Gilbert and Sullivan Society can be found at The Society underwent a number of changes last year and are looking to perform different shows, from the likes of Rogers and Hammerstein, popular Broadway shows, of more of an Operatic Society style, along with the more popular of G and S shows. If you’d like to tread the boards, act sing or help front of house or backstage, please contact them through their web site or go along on the 17 March, St Patrick’s Day to find out more.

Serves 2 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 7-8 minutes

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The society performing on stage

15 - 21 MARCH 2013

Life music


Swing Sensations Fabulous Swing, Jazz and Big Band Sounds with a Nostalgic twist! THIS UNIQUE tour will bring together the fabulous Patti Ross, Darren Jones and Jukebox Legends. Patti was the singer with the Andy Ross band on BBC TVs Come Dancing programme and Darren is an International swing music star. This combination, with support by Big Band singer Fiona McLean and Peter Day (both of Jukebox Legends) brings together a fabulous collection of music that will be great for everyone! If you enjoy swing, big band, ballroom and jazz style music - You will love this! Visit or call 695 135 134 for more details.

633 076 588** Saturday 6th, The Lounge Bar, Torrevieja: 96 692 2134 Sunday 7th, The Rendezvous, Campoamor (nr La Fuente Centre) Tickets for this show are 10€ and include buffet: 608 467 597 Monday 8th, Emerald Isle, La Florida: 96 532 7138** Tuesday 9th, The Club House, Camposol Golf: 96 897 8855 Wednesday 10th, Costa Narejos Hotel, Los Alcazares: 96 540 0188 Thursday 11th, Rocajuna, Punta Prima: 664 591 795 / 96 599 7260

SHOWS DATES & VENUES (ALL SHOWS START AT 8.30PM AND END AT 11.15PM Tuesday 2nd, La Marina Sport Complex: 96 679 6389 Wednesday 3rd, The Club, Quesada: 96 671 7028 Friday 5th, Bar San Miguel, Cooperativa Murla, Xalo Valley:

** These shows have a major feature on Darren Jones, Fiona McLean and Jukebox Legends and do not have Patti Ross as she is unable to appear on these dates Tickets are 8.50€ (unless stated) available at the venues now! Alternatively, book online at www.jukeboxpromotions.

Lirica Nostra in Concert on Saturday By Keith Nicol IF YOU enjoy light operetta and songs from the shows, then tomorrow night, Saturday March 16, make your way to the Auditorio Palacio de la Música for 9.00pm, where a group of solo artists will be performing many well-known favourites. Tickets are priced at 6.00€ and the show features a number of soloists from Lirica Nostra under the baton of Conductor Angel González. Tickets are on sale: at the Municipal Box Office or on the door on the night, space permitting. The box office is open from 11 am to 1 p.m., and 2 hours before the concert. This website will also give you further show information or call 695 135 134. Please book early for this unique tour. Don’t be disappointed - Tickets are limited at all venues! This is a fund raising tour for Help at Home (CB), RBL and MABS.

IFA hosts the V Festival of Electronic Music By Keith Nicol IF YOU or your kids like your music LOUD, then the place to be with the be the IFA Fairground, beside Alicante Airport on March 21, for the 2013 Spring Festival, the biggest festival of electronic music, indie and house music in the Alicante province. The festival will run for approximately 16-18 hours; doors

open at twelve noon, with a special offer of paella for the first attendees. As in its fourth edition, this year the festival will have two individual scenarios in which there are two distinct issues: Electronic and House Tribute to the Ibiza scene and an indie live music and hand indietronics stage. The festival will feature a total of 20 djs and artists. The main stage festival will feature two of

the most important bands on the national scene, Lori Meyers and Bizarre Love Triangle. Local Djs will complete the poster, such as Sergio Gallegos, Gonzalo Menoyo, Rajobos, Tisu Fernandez and Mario SideThe ticket prices are attractively priced to be anti-crisis and can be purchased on the web at the price of 25€ until the day of the festival. At the entrance gate will cost 30€.


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Life horoscopes Three events bring conflict of interest, but are safe within your conscious control. Early in the week Mercury ends a retrograde period in a dominant Pisces and the Sun exalts your star sign, then Venus enters too; and sends a powerful message to the Cosmos. This is your time and whatever you do, let no rain fall on your parade.

Venus dallies with Aries and calls the shots as an emotional block stops you well and truly in your tracks. There could be a perfectly good reason for behaving the way you are, but it is quite out of character and the sooner you are back to basics the better….. anything else can and will await your further instructions. Arian domination this week gives you the chance to investigate the smoke and mirrors around a piece of the action you are currently confused about. All does not add up no matter which way you look at things, and it is your mission right now to put things into perspective and then know better what your next step will be. You have made your decision and let there be no thoughts of changing your mind right now that the winds of change are blowing. Resolve means somehow putting back the pieces and you have already made a head start. Trust your judgement above all. Blame any hesitation on the Arian energies abounding this week, and fight them. Take the opportunity to connect with your innermost energies, and maybe that way you will stop fighting issues that do not merit your energies or need your intervention. Let sleeping dogs lie. The defensive energies in the Cosmos could be better used to show you a clear solution to an ongoing long term problem you need to shelve. Follow you heart, and do not listen to the negative comments others are making. You have never been frightened to be yourself, and to stand up for what you feel is right, yet you appear to be at the point whereby you could let go by being easily swayed. Venus enters towards the end of the week to help you help yourself to save the day. Weigh up the pros and the cons and you may very well find it is best to stay silent right now. You know too much, but you cannot find a way to say what it is you really want; even though things are spiralling out of control. Hedging your bets is not a solution, it is an excuse, and a problem shared is a problem solved in this Case. Basking in the positive energy of an Arian force across the Zodiac the saving grace for you this week is the Mercury Direct, in Pisces. Time to tell it like it really is, and with no holds barred. Remember, however, the turmoil surrounding the cessation of any planetary retrograde action, and time your responses accordingly. Boosted by the midweek Spring Equinox and buffered by Venus in cahoots with Aries, prepare for love and war this week! You are in the position currently that anything you say could be taken either way, and somehow this week you have to disappoint someone whatever way you look at it. Gut feelings will prevail! Pluto reacts well this week in protecting your interests and promoting your new intentions. Only you can doubt yourself at this time, and your adventurous side will hopefully take over and see you finding your way through. Have the courage of your convictions and take this as a rare opportunity to have things your way for a change. Boosted by the Mercury Direct and the actions of Venus your calm inner self can make a few plans and boost your confidence, not before time. You may have chosen the short straw as of late, but there comes a good time now to make the most of something and to think and plan something for yourself, you deserve it. Hosting the Mercury Direct midweek you are warned that this will be quite an upheaval, and you may have a few days when all seems to be going wrong, whatever you do. Thankfully the Spring Equinox comes to your rescue, but this is not a time to make any decisions; to sign anything, or to commit to anything at all.

Kenny corris

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One memorable afternoon a client had asked for a physical sitting to contact her Mother, and I welcomed the opportunity to connect the living with those who have passed over to the other side. I was fortunate to have a room I could black out, and two very comfortable chairs and a table. A dim light was burning on the table and I began by allaying any fears and explaining how the sitting for contact would work. I felt very at home. My client was a little nervous, and I calmed her before starting the connection, explaining that if she was frightened she should leave through the door by which she entered and that I would not hold her back. The sitting began, and I could feel that there was somebody there; however for some reason no picture or dialogue came. I was quietly and patiently more insistent, more persuasive, informing my client to focus and to send love to her Mother. I told Mother that both her daughter and myself were totally unafraid and that this would be a wonderful time to come through if she could. I said repeatedly that we were unafraid and that she would be most welcome. Nothing happened. The fear on the face of my client was evident. I asked her whether we should stop, but that I could feel that someone was so very close and that this would be a shame. My client asked if she could go to the bathroom, and so this she did. As soon as daughter was out of the room it happened. Firstly a weak smell of ether, and then a gentle mist as a pair of feet were shown to me. Ankles followed and legs followed that, and then the whole body slowly revealed to me. Hands neatly folded, patterned dress and then

Kennys diary Albir Readings: The End of the Mayan Calendar has brought the Maya Bistro in Albir a brand new name. In future it will be known as SOMETHING ELSE. Readings are available on March 18thth and 20th from 17.00. Call for bookings for mini readings on: 966 868 213. Alfaz Spiritual Foundation: Thursday April 11th, at 18.30 Demonstration and Service by Me. All are most welcome to attend. Spring Seances: Parlour Seances for Spring begin in March. Please email for information. Groups are small and places fill very quickly. No experience is necessary just an open heart to this intriguing aspect of physical Mediumship DNA: A Spring Workshop: A one day workshop that helps you to charge your own unique Spiritual DNA. An intensive workshop, open to all, that intensifies, accelerates and inspires Spiritual progress and indicates the clear way ahead. Dates in March/April, or can travel to your own group or organisation. For details please call Kenny directly on 686 361 594 or leave a message on: 96 587 8424.

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everything stopped travelling upwards, and I just couldn’t see the face. I struggled to see the face but something was in the way. It was a pillow. Mother was showing me that she was suffocated with a pillow. The calmness and the peace around this startling revelation was amazing. This couldn’t have been someone who died in the terror of murder, surely. Mother spoke. She had asked to end her life because she couldn’t go on anymore. There was a lot of pain, and Mother wanted out. She asked to be relieved and said it was time for her to make her longest journey. Not very much else was said because daughter came back from the bathroom and Mother disappeared a little quicker than she arrived, but this time downwards leaving momentary feet, which in turn de- materialised just as daughter sat down. My client immediately commented that she could smell her Mother’s favourite scent, and I experienced a floral scent slightly overpowering and wafting gently over the room. But what should I do? Should I say anything? I had witnessed a very touching passing born by love, compassion and practicality, not hatred, greed and terror. What should I say? Well, needing to have a closer version of the truth, I told the story, explained what had happened, said I was not there to judge and that such action was a supreme act of kindness. Daughter cried in a way I have never seen before. We sat together for a couple of hours all the time feeling the energy sent from the Spirit World. It was a very beautiful and moving time of sharing and caring together. I know who held the pillow, as do you. I cannot say. I would have just loved to have seen the face behind the pillow though; I bet you it had the biggest of smiles on it!

Love & Light... Kenny Corris


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DEAR KENNY, I am very upset at a dream that I had when my Father came through to me. At least I thought it was my Father, but in the dream he had bright blue eyes and spoke in a different voice. The dream repeats and I experience it twice a month. Is he trying to tell me something, and why has his voice and eyes changed? Vicky.P. Hi Vicky. Re occurring dreams can be quite scary, but I am sure that your departed Father wishes you no harm whatsoever. Often there is a change in voice pattern in such dreams, and other changes too such as expression, hair colour and stature are quite usual. Often such changes are to bring something to your attention, but there is no evidence that you are not acknowledging your Father. I think he is just assuring you that he is safe, and that he has survived the great journey to the other side. Next time the dream comes welcome him in, and start talking in your sleep. Maybe he feels that he needs to be identified by his daughter, and if this happens then he will subsequently drop the testing and connect with you as he was. Whatever your Father is starting a communication and you should be prepared to listen to anything that he has to say in the process, without any fears whatsoever.

Everything is not so cut and dried as you currently think. Keep options open and let things happen without fearing the judgment of others. You are free to explore new frontiers, and close to a lucrative loophole.


Cryptic Crossword Across 1. Nevertheless, there’s no variety (3,3,4) 7. It has been known to be tickled to death (5) 8. I left the priest in church (7) 10. Told but possibly not needing to be (8) 11. Given a start in life (4) 13. What the unsatisfied audience may shout!! (6) 15. Afternoon service? (3-3) 17. He employs us with hesitation (4) 18. Continues to make money (8) 21. Drunk, but not canned! (7) 22. A small island passage (5) 23. The aggregate is an impressive sum (5,5)

Word Ladders


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Down 1. A fool disposed to be distant (5) 2. Possibly it rarely is about books (8) 3. Play for the village (6) 4. Invest capital in kitchen equipment (4) 5. Became acquainted with brick-carriers’ ways of working (7) 6. Surprise someone more than they can say? (6,4) 9. Gets blooming old? (4,2,4) 12. An inclination to write and sing (8) 14. He makes a new reactor (7) 16. Believe one side of the account (6) 19. Stand by a new lease (5) 20. Blueprint for a tailless aircraft (4)

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

Quick Crossword

Across 1. Taking Hostage (10) 7. Perch (5) 8. Secluded (7) 10. Stronghold (8) 11. Overtake (4) 13. Tell (6) 15. To this (6) 17. Every single (4) 18. Perverse (8) 21. Defensible (7) 22. Overwhelm (5) 23. Contrition (10)

Down 1. Recognises (5) 2. Explode (8) 3. Apprehend (6) 4. Compassion (4) 5. Recount (7) 6. Promotion (10) 9. Jarring (10) 12. Under obligation (8) 14. Permission (7) 16. Contrive (6) 19. Expiate (5) 20. Clever (4)

Euromillions Draw Friday 8th March 2013

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Tuesday 12th March 2013

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Life people

Stagestruck! Murder Mystery By Keith Nicol STAGESTRUCK! PIONEERED the concept of ‘Murder Mystery in The Round” on the Costa Blanca in 2010. They are pleased to announce that they are premiering their latest production, ‘Hell Hath No Fury’, at El Mirador in Eagle’s Nest on March 28th. Tickets which include supper can be obtained from the venues. Their previous production, ‘A Friend In Need’, received full houses in February at Bocados in La Zenia, in conjunction with Little Pod, El Mirador in Eagle’s Nest and at The Club in Quesada, in association with Friends Of Help. These will be their last Murder Mysteries until Summer as they are concentrating on a new musical extravaganza ‘Bullocks’ which premieres in May at the brand new Casa de Cultura in Benijofar . Their Spring production takes place at The Bullock’s Hotel and is a Musical Comedy for adults. The show will be performed on May 23, 24 and 25 at 8.00pm. Tickets are already available and, as they go very quickly for all their shows, they recommend early booking with Stella on 966 786 154 or Ellen on 627 887 010. Tickets are priced at just 6.00€, which includes a pre-show glass of wine. Stagestruck! Getting All of the profits from these shows go to their adopted charities, Alzheimer’s and EMAUS, as we are able to fund ready for our activities through our Murder Mystery presentations at various venues around the Costa Blanca. They have their last already attracted a few new members this year but are always interested in new people so if you can, act, sing or Murder dance or just want to help backstage we meet every Tuesday and Friday at Casa Ventura,San Luis between 11.00am Mystery of and 1.00 pm or you can ring Stella above for more details. the season

San Fulgenicio’s buses for St. Pats celebrations By Keith Nicol IF YOU live around La Marina, San Fulgencio’s Office for the Urbanisations is very pleased to announce that they are arranging a coach to take people from San Fulgencio to the St Patrick parades in the Orihuela Costa on Sunday the 17 March. The coach will leave the Social Centre on Urb Marina at 11:30am and will return from Cabo Roig, Orihuela Costa at 6:30pm. The cost of the trip is 5€. To reserve your place, please come into the Office of the Urbanisations in Calle Madrid, Urb Marina, today, Friday.

Costa Blanca mountain walks Val d’Ebo figure of 8: Strenuous, over some rough terrain: 18kms of 6 hours’ duration with an 800m ascent: Dogs on leads at rear: For further details contact Theresa 692 504 162. The Bernia Experience (part 1-Bernia circuit-of 4 to celebrate our 25th anniversary): Strenuous, over some rough terrain: 14kms of 6 hours’ duration with a 500m ascent: No dogs: For further details contact Peter 620 319 797. WEDNESDAY 20TH MARCH Best of Orcheta: Note later start of 10.30am: Moderate, mostly good tracks: 9kms of 3 hours’ duration with a 250m ascent: Dogs on leads at rear: For further details contact Geoff 676 616 101. The Bernia Experience (part 2-Bernia East summit-of 4 to celebrate our 25th anniversary). Moderately strenuous over some rough terrain: some scrambling - experienced mountain

walkers only: 12kms of 6 hours’ duration with a 550m ascent: No dogs: For further details contact Peter 620 319 797. Benirrama to Val d’Ebo circuit: Strenuous, over some rough terrain: 17kms of 6 hours’ duration with a 700m ascent: Dogs on leads at rear: For further details contact Helen/ Mike 620 287 970. Walks depart promptly at 10am unless otherwise noted. Boots, packed lunch and adequate drinking water are required. First aid kit is recommended, as well as protection against sun, wind and rain. Walkers participate at their own risk. Whilst every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the time stated for each walk will always depend on the fitness and ability of the walkers and also the weather and passage conditions on the day of the walk. The rules and guidelines for walking are given at Please also refer to this website for last minute changes to the walks.

Race Report SUNDAY NIGHT saw yet another race night at the first oval track in Cartagena with the smell of rubber and the screech of tyres: this stock-car-style racing is really taking off. New drivers, both male and female, are taking part to make this a very enjoyable evening. Spots of rain filled the air, black clouds hung over the track. Was this to be the first wet race? No, but the spectators, of which there was over 100 both Spanish and English, were treated to a fine display of racing by all drivers as they pushed their calls to the limits and muscled their way around the track. It was decided to mix things up a bit and allow the rookies to race with the lightning rods. This was met with mixed reactions as the lightning rods are faster and so had to force their way through the traffic. Excellent fun for the spectators to watch though, as this obviously bought more carnage to the track. Mr Starter, or Martin as he is also known, received boos from the spectators, especially the Belchettes, when car 8 was demoted a place for rubbing another driver. This style

of stock car racing is a strict non-contact sport so when car 8 forced his way past car 48 a little too aggressively it was down to the stewards to demote him a place which promoted car 48 back to race winner: incidentally, the race before had seen car 666 black-flagged for a similar incident. The marshals were working extra hard as usual with plenty of flag-waving to keep the drivers concentrating on driving and not bumping. After all, this is stock car racing at its best, not banger racing. A great night’s racing and really good entertainment‌ For the latest videos of the races why not go on you tube and search ‘Velocity Racing part 6 The next race is 24th March and will be a night not to be missed. Why not come along, bring a picnic, and join in the fun. Or better still, get involved. Be a marshal or hire a car for the night and join the race Message from Martin: If you want to get involved please call him on 674 256 147. Wanted: cars - dead or alive: Drivers, marshals and sponsors.

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Life cars

Tim Saunders Independent unbiased car reviewer

Road Test WINTER HAS arrived, there’s a good smattering of frost and ice in the early morning and it seems to get much darker much earlier. This is the time of year that 4x4s come into their own. So no better time to be testing the second generation Mitsubishi Outlander – the third generation was launched in March 2012. Externally I actually prefer this earlier model if for no other reason than the chrome edging around the grille, which has been removed on the latest version. It’s not the most attractive off-roader on the market but its distinctive design is certainly memorable as well as practical. There’s a good high-up driving position and it will easily transport seven adults in comfort across three rows of seats (third row in the boot as you can see in the video at over all manner of terrain without a complaint. Inside, the dashboard seems a little stark and minimal, which is actually quite refreshing in this day and age when manufacturers seem to include as many buttons as they possibly can. Even so, equipment levels are high and the heated front seats are greatly appreciated by both my wife and I during the severe cold spell when the test takes place. There’s hardwearing leather upholstery and the front seats are electrically adjustable, too. The six-speed automatic gearbox is generally

easy to use although I must confess that when I first parked up I could not work out why the key would not come out of the ignition. After five minutes of head scratching I finally realised that the Mitsubishi required me to place the gearbox in park mode. I had left it in drive mode. Those preferring a manual can use the auto unit like one and there are paddle shifts either side of the steering wheel. This helps get the most from the engine and helps combat the delay experienced when setting off in automatic mode. Parkers, the car experts, say: “The second-

generation Mitsubishi Outlander is the best car the Japanese company has produced in years. Nearly all models come with seven seats, making it a good choice for larger families, while the interior is well built and durable. The extra seats are also very cramped and offer little comfort. The Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the better compact SUVs to drive, even though it also offers more than a modicum of off-road ability. It has responsive handling and accurate steering, and it keeps the body under control when cornering.” Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DI-D GX3 (Leather) 5d SST New price range: 26,563.28 € - 38,715.16€ Engine: 2.2-litre diesel Economy: 39mpg Power: 153bhp 0-60mph: 10.7secs Top speed: 123mph Fuel tank: 60 litres

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Andrew James is having a well earned week off this week and will be returning next week with his usual week’s football news!

17 local athletes receive backing from Town Council by Keith Nicol TORREVIEJA’S PUSH to become a leader in sports tourism took another twist this week when the focus was shifted away from visiting teams to the city and the spotlight firmly focused on local, home grown talent, who are spreading the name of the city wherever they go. This week Torrevieja’s Mayor, Eduardo Dolon, accompanied by the Councillor for Sports, Luis Maria Pizana, passed out a total of 25,900€ to a selection of local Elite Athletes, corresponding to their achievements over the 2013 season. On this occasion, 17 young torrevejenses athletes received scholarship funding for their achievements and sporting merit obtained in the last campaign. The amount of funding is dependent on each athlete’s athletic achievements and merits. Eduardo Dolon congratulated all of the young athletes

present and urged them to continue working and striving to achieve their goals. The local athletes who received grants were: Jesús Rogel Sánchez (Sailing) 4,500€, Ascensión Roca de Togores (Sailing) 4.500€, Luís Manuel Corchete Martínez (Atletismo). 4,500€, Emiliano Casal (Boxing) 3,000€, Iván Martínez Peiró (Atletics). 1,125€, Nicola Kun (Tennis). 1, 125€, Carmen Vila Pérez (Rowing) 1,125€, Daniel Marco Chapapría (Rowing ) 1,125€, Mercedes Fernández Pellicer (Sailing) 1,125€, Belén García Girona (Rowing) 940€, Paola Henarejos (Gimnasia Rítmica) 940€, Mireya Ortigosa Mateo (Rowing) 470€, María Teresa Hernández Rodríguez (Cycling) 285€, Joshua Merino Esteve (Tennis) 285€, Sergio Marco Chapapría (Rowing) 285€, José Francisco Rocamora (Athletics) 285€ and Gonzalo Sánchez Sánchez (Athletics) 285€.

Torrevieja’s Mayor, Eduardo Dolon, accompanied by the Councillor for Sports, Luis Maria Pizana, passed out a total of 25,900 to a selection of local Elite Athletes

A Busy Weekend for Torrevieja Swimmers. IT WAS a busy weekend for members of Club Natacion Torrevieja as two of the Infantil team, Piroska Rideg and Hakeem Teland qualified for the 4th Winter Regional Championships at the Municipal Pool Camilo Cano, La Nucia and the Masters squad were in Elda for the seasons 3rd Regional Time Control. The younger team members spent two days of competition against 36 regional clubs and against 257 swimmers. Piroska Rideg swam in 4 events 100m backstroke, 100m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and 200m medley. In these 4 events Piroska obtained 3 new personal bests in backstroke 1:15:67, Butterfly 1:18:87 and Medley 2:45:56 this placed her 10th, 7th and 6th in the competition in the 14yrs age group. Hakeem Teland, new to Spanish competitions as he previously swam in Norway, qualified to compete in 50m and 100m Freestyle events. In the 16yrs age group Hakeem gained 5th position in his 50m race with a new personal best of 26:49 and 6th position in his 100m race 58:02. Whilst the younger team members were being challenged in La Nucia the Masters of the club were competing in the 3rd regional Control in Elda. All 5 members of the squad competed in two races each. Beryl Altabas in the 65years+ 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle, Gillian McNiece in 35yrs+ 100m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle, Vicki Connolly in the 45yrs+ 50m and 100m Freestyle, Rafael Bordes Alonso in the 35yrs + 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle and finally Adam Stewart in the 25yrs+ 50m and 200m Freestyle events. The team had some good swims with some five new personal best times, 5 first places, two seconds, a 4th, 5th and 6th place. Beryl got two new PB’s 50m butterfly 51:73 and 100m freestyle 1:33:19, Gillian and Vicki made new PB’s in their 100m Freestyle Gillian 1:09:58 and Vicki 1:16:84. Adam Stewart had a fantastic swim in his 50m Freestyle event knocking over 4 seconds off his previous best time and earning a new time of 37:80. For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Rosa - 665454126 or President Felipe on 609418776 or by e-mail on

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Andy Kay


Selection problems

The Final Whistle

So, it’s now eight years since Arsenal last won a trophy. However, after their midweek performance against Bayern Munich, I think I have put my finger on what their problem is – too often playing their best team. In the freezing cold capital of Bavaria, and without the services of the injured Jack Wilshere, Arsenal put out a shadow side and ran out 2 – 0 winners. It’s what Arsene Wenger needs to do on a regular basis from now on – decide who his best players are and then not pick them. As a QPR fan, I can confirm that former manager Mark Hughes did this on a regular basis at the beginning of the season bringing joy and happiness to us all on a weekly basis! Meanwhile, it’s the first time in seventeen years that no British side has made it the quarter-finals of the Champions League which should be a major warning sign to those that control the game in the UK, particularly in England. Income from the Premier League may be on the up but as for performances on the pitch, they are most certainly on the slide. Homework problems Being English, I’ve never needed much reason to have a good old bash at the Aussies. Over the years, the opportunities have been a little sparse but this week, the boys of the Baggy Green opened themselves up to ridicule after their coach axed four players from the third Test against India for ‘not doing their homework’. Mickey Arthur has since tried to dress up his decision as one that is designed to achieve better standards from his players – better timekeeping, better fitness and a better

attitude. However, asking players to prepare a presentation on how they can improve mid-way through a tour was always a dangerous route to go down. To me, it smacks of the coach not knowing what his charges are there for in the first place. And, after big defeats in the opening two Test matches against India, I can’t see any way that this will improve team morale (unless Arthur is going down the new Wenger routes of picking a second team when times get tough). In the meantime, to all those Aussie cricketers who have yet to hand in their three point thesis on the tour so far, perhaps I can help. Just give Mr Arthur this short but devastatingly accurate analysis: We can’t bat, we can’t field and we can’t bowl. That just about sums it up. Language problems Could I put in an advanced apology here? Should you be anywhere near the Valls in Javea around 6pm on Saturday, then the language might be on the strong side. There will invariably be some swearing and I have no doubt that much of it will be aimed at referee Steve Walsh, no matter how good a job he’s doing controlling the Six Nations decider between Wales and England. I have already bought my children earmuffs though I haven’t purchased any for my wife who, so she tells me, doesn’t listen to me very much anyway!

Torrevieja Cricket Club

Arsenal bow out of Europe

Fishing Maggots End by

David Hoare 968 199 279

WHAT A difference a day makes (sounds like the start of a song) - yesterday getting soaked for three hours and today bright sunshine and really warm. The venue again, due to the weather, was the Eden canal, the competition being the 1st round of the summer series: 6 matches with the best 5 results to count. The river rose around 6-8 inches and the day after it still came up some 3-4 inches. When it was pegged, only swims with slack water were used, as the river was bombing through… The amount of rubbish that came down you would think there would be no rubbish left anywhere. Best part of the day was when you could lay your gear out and dry it!

In spite of the conditions there were only two dry nets. PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present: if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 96 672 9293 or 603 535 771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by Terry Screen This week’s 9th round of the Abbey Angling Cup was fished on the 5th March at the Eden Stretch. Following the heavy downpours of rain the water was really pushing through with the levels rising throughout the match: they are now cutting the bamboos down and are at Rojales at present, and this in turn is putting vegetation in the water which was coming through in big rafts and made the fishing hard going, especially on the feeder. Maggot and corn seemed to be the bait with Mullet being taken on the bread punch.

1st Clive (No more Golf) Cleghorn with 5.200kg fishing the feeder using maggot 2nd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 5.120kg fishing the pole using the bread punch 3rd Richard (The Lion heart) King with 4.180kg fishing the feeder using sweet corn All details are available at or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 96 532 8368.

Anglers Together By Keith Nicol THE OBJECTIVE of Anglers Together THE CRICKET season is just around the corner and the was to introduce anglers to each othnewly formed Torrevieja Cricket Club are readying er, who otherwise had no one to fish themselves for the new season, which starts in April. with or didn’t know where to fish. The genesis of the team started out as San Fulgencio It was successful in bringing together Cricket Club approximately four years ago and over the many anglers who established friendyears, Torrevieja has had teams come and go. Fingers are TOP RODS ON THE DAY ships and which continue to this day. crossed that this time, with the backing of Torrevieja’s 1st Alan (The Chairman) Reid fishing No meetings are held now but Department of Sports, that cricket will finally be here to the feeder using maggot, with 8.42 kilos information is still available via stay in the City of Salt. 2nd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson In San Fulgencio, they trained on a car park and fishing the pole using pole with 5.72 kilos played home matches at La Manga in the Cricket Españia 3rd live (Golf No More) Cleghorn fishTight lines… Development league. At the beginning of 2012 they ing the pole using bread with 5.12 kilos Dave Hoare were approached by Torrevieja Council to form a team as Torrevieja CC. The Council have since provided them with a pitch on the athletics track in the sports centre, a separate training ground, access to changing rooms and a lockable storage area for all their equipment. All this without charge in order to encourage the sport. Last year, as Torrevieja CC, they only played one match at home as the fixture list was finalised before the pitch was available. This year all their home matches are in Torrevieja. They play against teams from La Manga, Madrid, Bonalba (Alicante) LAST FRIDAY Torry made the long trip to Castellon for a 9.00 pm kick-off and returned home in Alafas del Pi, and Valencia. Matches are usually on a Saturday 11.00am until 5.00pm the early hours of Saturday morning empty handed after a 3-0 defeat. The score was flattering with training on Sundays 10.00am until 1.30pm. Their training ground is next to the to Castellon as the play was pretty even with the Castellon keeper having to pull off a number athletics track with their first league scheduled for the end of April but they are hoping of fines saves to prevent Torry from finding the net. Castellon were more clinical and took their to arrange at least one friendly game before then. chances after mistakes by Torry defenders and Torry keeper Javi Tur. The Torry players, did, howTorrevieja CC have also received queries from English touring sides to play. At the ever, pick up no yellow or red cards. Torry slip to 15th place in the table and hover just 2 points moment the team consists of expats from mainly the UK but several Asians have recently above the relegation zone. They desperately need a win and hopefully that will come at home joined them. They have several junior members; the youngest is 11 years old and the oldest against Gandia on Sunday who they meet at the Nelson Mandela stadium in a 5.00 pm kick-off. player is 65 years old. Currently they have 21 registered players but they hope to attract Hopefully one or two of the players who missed the Castellon game will return from injury, notamany more during the warmer months and as word spreads. For more information please contact Graham Shelton (President) 605 319 889 or e-mail bly Koeman who’s presence up front has been missed in recent games. Try to be there.

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Now is the time NOEL’S WORLD OF GOLF By Noel Eastwell Teaching Professional Alicante Golf 639 730 891

THERE HAS never been a better time to join a golf club in our part of Spain than now - many of our golf clubs have reduced the price of annual membership by as much as 50% compared to just two or three years ago. As we are now all severely affected by the financial crisis which just seems to be going on and on we all need to consider our costs for everything in our lives so why not our leisure pursuits as well? The cost of golf with our golf societies is certainly considerably lower than it was but if we want to play more regularly at an affordable price the annual membership or ‘Abono’ as it is known here in Spain, is certainly the most cost effective option. Joint or family annual memberships are now commonplace and there is certainly no more affordable golf than this option if there are two or more golfers in the family. Junior golf schools are also available at most golf clubs so there is a fantastic opportunity for the younger members of the family to get involved in our sport if they are not already involved. There is no more healthier option than to play golf in stunning surroundings. For the adults there are numerous golf societies now

attached to just one golf club where they get hugely discounted rates for memberships and for the younger golfers there are bi-weekly tournaments at most golf clubs which will enable them to compete for some very good prizes and where they learn to integrate into local culture and enhance their language skills. We at RTN are trying to do our bit to help golfers afford to play the game more often and have negotiated an exclusive deal with Alicante Golf where they can become members of one of the best clubs in the area through RTN Golf Club. Our members will get an exclusive 20% discount off annual membership to make golf affordable for all the family. To receive your 20% discount email and Noel Eastwell will arrange to meet you at Alicante Golf and make the introductions to the beautiful ladies who run the pro shop and introduce you to some of the other members at the same time. Other clubs will no doubt have special offers going on at the moment and it is certainly worth your while ringing around the clubs to find out what is on offer. As all who have lived here for a little while know, now marketing is not the strongest point amongst the

management of most of our golf clubs and we will need to do our own research to find out the best deals to suit ourselves. The best way to find out what is on offer of course is to visit the golf clubs and speak in person with the people there and have a look around and see what regular things happen at the club. Sometimes you will find some very pleasant surprises happening at the weekends and on other WIN A DOZEN SRIXON GOLF BALLS COURTESY OF GOLF MED Answer the question below correctly to have a chance to win. The winner of this fantastic prize will be picked at random at the end of each month. Send your entries by email to The decision of the editor of RTN will be final in making the winning selection. QUESTION FOR 15TH MARCH 2013 Which major sports (golf) equipment company is Tiger Woods most associated with? All answers must be received no later than 5pm on 31st March to be entered into March’s draw, which will be made on 31st March 2013. The winner will be announced in RTN on 5th April 2013. To collect your prize you will have to come along to an RTN Golf Club day and meet with Noel Eastwell.

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undertaken. Replacement pumps, filters, salt systems, ph regulators and accessories supplied and installed. All work guaranteed. British trained in the UK pool industry with over 18 years experience. 10 years served on the Costa Blanca. Torrevieja and surrounding areas including Costa Calida. Tlf:- Pristine Pools on 966774-199 or 678-080-500 www. NO CALLOUT CHARGE SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING SERVICE BY POOLTECHSPAIN. We are a fully legal, qualified and registered business who have been operating on the Costa Blanca for 6 years. We offer a professional, reliable, safe and efficient pool service, inc. re-grouting, pressure testing and leak repairs. Private and community swimming pools undertaken. Call now for more information on 965-725-565 or mobile 676-945-360/ 620-743-048

POOL & GARDEN MAINTENANCE. Monthly contracts from 90€. Contact: Tel: 680501404 MINI DIGGER FOR HIRE with operator Tel 679 542 665 POOL LEAK REPAIR SPECIALIST’S Pipe leaks pressure tested, detected and repaired. Structural leaks investigated and repaired. Professional, conscientious service to the highest standards. Refurbishments and upgrades

FINCA GATA, 3 BEDROOMS 2 bathrooms, pool, wonderful sea/country views, 5 minutes train station, price drastically reduced to 240,000€. Tel: 965756855 SAGRA OLD VILLAGE HOUSE 2 bedroom, completely upgraded, Air conditioning, 20 minutes beach, sold fully furnished. Tel: 965587545. 68,000€ PLOT FOR SALE Registered Building Plot 800m² with uninterrupted views across valley, Calpe rock and the Sea, yet only 1.5km from the town centre. Pintor Dali 2, Moraira 150,000.00€ No offers 965 745 606. PROPERTY FOR SALE 7 bed roomed (all doubles) detached house 500-800mtrs from Moraira. Arranged into a 3 and a 4 bed roomed apartments. Swimming Pool, BBQ area and separate games room. Excellent holiday rental potential. Central heating, double glazing, sea view from 1st floor apartment 475,000.00€ 965 745 606 No Agents. SALE BUNGALOW POSH END private, great views, land, car port, 1 bedroom, log fire, air con, double glazing, suit single person, 62,000€. Tel: 966 405 043 LARGE VILLA, 5 DOUBLE BEDS 3 bathrooms, glazed terraces, log burner, AC, pool, 15 mins coast. 225,000€. Tel: 965 670 578 FOR SALE BUNGALOW PARCENT posh end, private, great views, land, car port, 1 bedroom, log fire, air con, double glazing, suit single/solo person. 62,000€. Tel: 966 405 043. MOBILE/PARK HOME 2 bedrooms en-suite fully fitted. Camping Pueblo San Javier 22,000€. Carol 96 819 24 25 Mob 626 055 622. www. SELLING YOUR HOUSE? Sold your house? Moving funds back to the UK? Don’t let your Spanish Bank take up to 1% of your sale price, Talk to MoneyCorp now about how to save up to 4,500€* Moneycorp’s repatriation service can help you drastically reduce or even eliminate Spanish bank fees when sending your property sale proceeds back to the UK. Call Moneycorp +34 902 887 243 and quote RTN to get more out of your money. 3 BED APARTMENT ALTEA LA VELLA 110m squared, 3 double bedrooms - 2 with patio doors and balconies and mountain views, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room, separate fully fitted kitchen, large living room with 2 patio doors onto large terrace with mountain views and open views onto orange groves, large trastero and private parking space. Central village location. 1 min walk to supermarket, bars, restaurants, pharmacy, bus stop. 2 mins to AP7 motorway. Private sale. 170,000€. Tel: 617 893 036 or email:

ALTEA LA VELLA, VERY SPACIOUS 5 bed villa + pool. 2 lounges, 3 bathrooms available from mid May 1250€. 966260877 CALLOSA Lovely spacious 3 bedroom house in town with a lovely courtyard garden. Bargain at 400€ per month. 966260877 APARTMENT WITH SEA VIEWS in Villajoyosa. Walking distance to town and beach. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pool and parking only 450€ month. 966260877 FOR RENT 4 large rooms with toilets, changing rooms & showers ideal for gym or crèche at 4kwatro in Albir, call 634 147 515 NEW 2 BED unfurnished/ furnished apartment. Algorfa town centre, swimming pool, 250€ per month OR yearly advance €2400 plus €150 bills monthly. 0044-7949-589539 PARK HOMES 2 BEDROOMS Both en-suite fully fitted. Camping Pueblo San Javier. Carol Tel 96 819 24 25 Mob. 626 055 6622 Email. www.mobilehomesmarmenorspain. com LONG LETS - HOLIDAYS Best Price Rentals Paul 966785891 659647616 miramarproperties@ www.miramarholidays. com 2 OR 3 BED / 2 BATH APARTMENTS in San Miguel. Lift, communal rooftop pool & solarium, video entry system. Available for short or long term rent from 350pcm. 96 672 3437 or 636615716 FOR RENT/SALE 350€PCM 85.000€ Classic Spanish Old Town House, 3 double bedrooms (1 with en-suite bathroom) master bathroom, modern kitchen, downstairs toilet, sun terrace with view of mountains, BBQ terrace with summer kitchen, recentley refurbished and fully furnished. Callosa de en Seria near La Nucia. Tel: 609 177 032

LONG TERM RENTAL WANTED in either Altea or Albir with 3 bedrooms. Must have parking. 966260877 RURAL PROPERTY with 3 or 4 bedrooms and pool with fenced garden for dogs. Will pay upto 1200€ for the right property. Any area considered. 966260877 HOUSE WANTED IN ALFAZ or nearby, minimum 2 bedrooms, close to town with private garden. Furnished or unfurnished. 966260877 PENTHOUSE ON THE LAS

MARINES, DENIA Looking to buy or rent. Requirements, penthouse on the Las Marines, Denia 2km to 4km (at the start of Las Marines) South facing with sea views,min 2 bedroom. Monthly rental price 850 euro or to buy 100,000 euro. Tel: (0034) 619 642 035 LONG TERM RENTAL ORBA,PEGO,DENIA Rental long term, looking for 2 bedroom apartment, Orba, Pego or Denia. 350 euro per month. Furnished or unfurnished, coming back over within a few weeks. Tel: (0034) 619 642 035 WANTED LONG TERM RENTAL JALON Rental client long term, looking for: Jalon valley, 3 bedrooms, 650 euros. Private pool, south facing with garden. Looking to rent end of February. Furnished or unfurnished. In the campo not urban. Tel: (0034) 619 642 035 CASH BUYER Looking for villa in Denia area. Quick completion possible. Send details and price to houseinnorthcostablanca@gmail. com Register your property for FREE at and when we sell your property we will charge you absolutely nothing! The average time it takes us to sell a property is 8 weeks. Register now at – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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VAN LEAVING FOR THE UK/ SPAIN EVERY 2 WEEKS great rates please contact Joe on 966 074 576 or 650 341 087 or B.M.C.REMOVALS UK-LOCALEUROPE FULLY INSURED, professional, reliable service. We also transport: Cars, Caravans, Quad Bikes, Motorbikes, Scooters, Small Boats and Jetskis. Office (0034) 966 19 19 11 Mobile (0034) 620 044 983 bmcremovals@live. com

SKY SUPPLIES FTA, Sky+HD and Humax Freesat 500GB, 1TB, 2TB new/refurbished receivers. Full Sky (Sports/Movies/HD) from 15e/mth. Complete systems installed, 1.1m 225e, 1.4m 299e. Repairs,Realigns, Spare remotes, Advice. 966194013/600899096 CRYSTAL CLEAR SATELLITE AND INTERNET TV Freesat High Definition from 299€ on 1m dish. 12 months Sky package 200€ Steve 660 186 505 Ros 965 584 097

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