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TRAGIC END IN SEARCH FOR MISSING BRITON By Irena Bodnarec It is the news that no one wanted to hear, but sadly anticipated, National Police informed the family of missing British holidaymaker Phillip Pearce, that he had been found dead. Phillip’s son Lee Pearce shared the heart-breaking news on social media last Sunday. “To our saddest regrets we can confirm that our dad Phil Pearce has been found deceased in Benidorm. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all for the support you have given to our family. Can I please ask if the family can be left to grieve for Phil (dad) in this very sad time. Thank you”. Many local residents and holidaymakers carried out searches in the early weeks and months, to no avail, putting posters up around the resort. The last confirmed sighting was in the early hours of Monday, September 9 at the National Police Station on Calle Apolo in the heart of the Old Town – with CCTV footage stills shown and released by the family to confirm it was indeed their father. Apparently, Phil had got lost when out in Benidorm and was

found in a confused state by a kind fellow Brit who popped him in a taxi and took him to the National Police station. Phil later left here on foot at 3am. He was never seen again. Never giving up hope, only last Tuesday, February 4, Lee had posted on his Facebook page that ‘Dad is still missing’. National Police sources stated that Mr Pearce’s corpse was found on 12.30pm on November 23 by a hunter who was out with his dogs in pinewoods above the AP7 motorway, near the area where a

new industrial estate and shopping complex are being built. DNA tests were required to confirm the identity of the body, the results of which only recently came back. Mr Pearce’s family and diplomatic officials were informed at the end of last week. The area he was found is around 4 kilometres, an hour’s walk from the police station. Police sources said there was nothing to suggest foul play and the autopsy showed he died of natural causes.

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Ryanair rapped again By Alex Trelinski Budget airline Ryanair has fallen foul of the Spanish courts for the second time in four months over charging passengers for taking hand luggage on a flight. In October, the carrier was told by a judge that it could not charge for hand luggage in Spain, but Ryanair said that its policy would not be changed. The latest case goes back to before the company introduced a new series of

rules, as an Elche court this time ordered a passenger to be paid €50 plus interest after she was forced to pay for her onboard bags on a flight from Liverpool to Alicante-Elche airport. Ryanair said that the case involving a woman called Matilde Flora, was an 'isolated' instance and would not cause changes to its rules. A spokesman added that “Ryanair's baggage policy is transparent and beneficial to customers”.

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Dodgy phones seized Counterfeit mobile phones made in China have been intercepted at the port in Alicante city. The Guardia Civil press office reported that three packages containing a total of 525 phones were seized, with a black market value of more than €90,000. One suspect has been arrested in the case. A force spokesman noted that phones were copies of existing models made by communications companies. They were supposed to be shipped to Algeria, according to the Guardia Civil.

Ambulance demand Another demand for an emergency ambulance service (SAMU) to be based in Santa Pola all year round, rather than just in the summer, has been made by the council to the regional health department. A motion by the Partido Popular (PP) local government was approved at the last full council meeting, after previous requests have been answered that it is not necessary. The regional health department does already have a basic life support (SVB) ambulance and an unassisted transport (TNA) vehicle based at Playa Lisa but sometimes both of these are attending calls in other municipalities. The town hall has received numerous complaints from residents that they have had to wait up to an hour for an ambulance, according to local health councillor Gela

Roche. She said, "Sometimes the local police have had to attend to emergencies and take sick or injured people to the health centre, which places responsibility on the officer, who is not qualified

for that purpose". The council has also asked for another TNA vehicle because they understand that they are not authorised to hire the service from a business or other organisation.


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Car thefts cleared up By Alex Watkins

A National Police operation in Alicante province has disbanded a gang that specialised in stealing vehicles and sending them to North Africa. In collaboration with French police, 20 people aged between 36 and 48 have been arrested, 11 of

them in Alicante and nine in France. They are accused of stealing more than 80 vehicles in Alicante and Gerona provinces, and subsequently modifying anything that could identify them. The gang concentrated on a particular French automobile manufacturer, especially

commercial vehicles, but also stole all kinds of cars. It was well organised and made up of French Algerian and Spanish citizens who had been working together for years. They had several experts and computer equipment that enabled them to tamper with the vehicles‘ locking and ignition systems, and were prepared to use violence if discovered, having carried out one robbery at gunpoint. Stolen vehicles were taken to quiet places to avoid detection while other members altered their chassis numbers and prepared false documentation

They were then driven or shipped in containers to North Africa from the ports of Alicante, Valencia, Marseille and Lyon. Those stolen in Spain were exported from French ports while those stolen in France were sent from Spanish ports. One of the ringleaders used a car dealership and rental business in Alicante as a front to launder the gang’s profits. Officers searched five homes in Alicante and one in Gerona, as well as various vehicle mechanics and dealerships, from which they seized tools, documents,

number plates, chassis, electronic equipment and five vehicles. The investigation has completely cleared up the thefts of 48 vehicles, 12 of which have been recovered and returned to their rightful owners. The final phase of the investigation took place last week when two people closely connected with an ITV testing station were arrested in Alicante for allegedly collaborating with the gang to approve vehicles stolen in France and registered in Spain before being sent to North Africa to be sold.

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Loving the prawns By Simon Russell The indoor Market in Denia is the setting for the second 'Enamorados de la gamba', a celebration of probably the town’s most famous gastronomic item, their iconic red prawns. There will be a stall in the fish sales section of the market from February 12 to 15 from 11am where for €3 visitors will be treated to a cup of six cooked prawns and a drink. You will also get the chance to purchase a kilo of boiled shrimp at the special price of €9 providing you have bought

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By Jo Pugh 250 grams of any other fish from one of the stalls. In addition, three well-known local chefs will be running a fish cooking and preparation workshop starting from 11am using popular and less well-known species.

Benitachell town hall has vowed to fight against processionary caterpillars, and has fumigated the local pine trees in an attempt to stamp out the poisonous pest which annually affects this species. Pines in public use areas such as sports facilities, the Santa María Magdalena school, the green areas of different urbanisations and access roads to have been treated with non-toxic ecological products in an effort to end the ‘plague’. This type of caterpillar affects people and animals, and can cause irritation in the ears, nose and throat, as well as intense allergic reactions.

Experts recommend paying special attention to dogs and pets in any space where there are pines, firs and cedars, and go to the veterinarian immediately if they sniff, lick or eat a processionary. The main symptoms can range from nervousness, intense salivation or scratching repeatedly with the muzzle. Inflammation and redness can lead to ulcers and in some cases, the death of an animal. Jorge Pascual , the councillor for the environment, ex-

plained that the town hall provides the service every year “so that the processionary does not infect the pines, or be dangerous for people or animals”. He advised to exercise caution at this time of the year in areas with pine trees. In addition to the treatment for the processionary caterpillar, Alicante provincial government has recently carried out a procedure to restore the trees that had died in the Les Fonts urbanisation. In total, twenty trees of three different species have been replanted

Fresh start for Arenal entrepreneurs By Simon Russell

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After the original group petered out a few years ago, the newly reformed Arenal Business Association held its first meeting last week. There was a good turnout and the main message that came away was that the area wanted to promote itself as not just a beach and some-

where for summer holiday apartments. “We want to become known as a proper neighbourhood, not just somewhere people visit and pass through” said a statement from the new board. Initial proposals submitted included a collaboration with the Montgorock Festival, a Christmas market complete with ice rink and regular dis-

count events. Infrastructure wise these included an all year round permanent medical office and a police checkpoint with an increased police presence in the summer months. There are already more than 50 members of the new association and the final item on the agenda was to increase membership, ideally to include all businesses in the area.

Calp town hall asks its residents on their opinion regarding the future of local tourism Calp Town Hall is drawing up the 2020 2030 strategic plan, a tourism-planning document that will set out the actions to be taken within the tourism sector over the next few years. For this reason, it needs to know what residents think about the tourism reality in Calp and for that reason has prepared an online survey. e aim is to nd out their vision, needs and priorities in terms of tourism. e survey is available in both Spanish and English on the Calp´s tourism department web www.calpe.es. ose who wish to take the survey in English should follow this link https://cutt.ly/ frYzQbw. e survey has ve sections asking citi-

zens, among other questions, which economic sector they consider the most important for the economic and social development of Calp, or which tourist destination should Calp resemble in terms of tourism management. e tourism department encourages residents to take ve minutes that it will take you to ll in the survey, which can be completed until February 16. It is important as it represents the future of Calp’s tourism. e aim is for the resulting document, to comprehensively cover the needs and concerns of as many residents as possible, so that the actions carried out can contribute to improving the competitiveness and sustainability of Calp as a tourist destination.


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Worker plunged to tragic death By Jo Pugh

A man was killed last Saturday after falling to his death from Mascarat tram bridge in a tragic accident. The 41-year-old, of Spanish nationality, was taking photographs of the progression of the works at the bridge located near Calpe, when he apparently lost his footing and fell off the parapet, plunging 25 metres to his death. He was employed by Taludia, a company outsourced by FGV (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana), who specialise in high-rise work. They were installing a monitoring system, of which he was taking pictures. Provincial firefighters reported on Saturday that the work accident occurred mid-morning at Mascarat and that the victim fell into a

pit. A helicopter was called to the scene to remove the man’s body. The work planned for Sunday was immediately suspended, as indicated by FGV, who passed the company’s condolences to the family of the deceased.

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Welcome to your new The Weekly Post We are pleased to welcome readers to the first edition of The Weekly Post, the result of a joint venture between popular Costa free newspapers The Post and The Weekender. Both publications thrive on the real community spirit among expats from Gandía to La Manga thanks to having reporters in many areas. Our goals are the same, so it only made sense that we came together and provided our readers with an improved edition with all the favourite sections from both publications and a much-im-

proved distribution that will allow advertisers to get the real results they need. Although this is edition number one, The Weekly Post’s success actually dates back to 1987, when ‘The Costa Blanca Post’ was produced in Calpe and sold throughout the Costa Blanca. This fact really makes The Weekly Post the second longest-running newspaper on the Costa Blanca, only behind the Costa Blanca News. On September 5, 1991 the original publication’s name was changed to the

Lighting up the N-332 Around 400 lampposts which are supposed to illuminate the N-332 road in Torrevieja are being repaired or replaced. Councillor for urban services at Torrevieja town hall, Sandra Sánchez explained that the work will be carried out from Punta Prima to La Mata on a stretch covering around nine kilometres. Trucks with a hoist are being used to replace glass

in the lights and carry out repairs, she noted. The work is expected to take around two months, stated the councillor. This is mainly due to the heavy traffic on the road which will make the work ‚difficult‘. The project will be supervised by the regional road department to ensure the safety of the workers and road users.

Weekly Post and three years later it was taken over by the Costa News group. Although changes in the editorial sector saw The Weekly Post cease to be a paid-for newspaper late in 2005, it was relaunched two years later as a 24-page free newspaper. Improvements have been constant over the past 12 years and today we present the latest and one of the most important as we join forces with The Weekender. A great effort has been made by our strong editorial and layout teams to produce

this new publication, that really has decades of experience to ride on. Throughout these years we have seen scores of other publications come and go and today we welcome healthy competition from other ‘freebies’. The secondin-line as far as longevity is

concerned did not hit the streets until October 1999 (just over 20 years ago). We truly hope you enjoy The Weekly Post and are aware you will like to comment on the result and make suggestions to further improve it. Please do so by emailing editor@weeklypost.es


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TM Lions present wheelchairs to La Pedrera Hospital Teulada Moraira Lions attended a presentation at Hospital La Pedrera, Dénia to officially mark their donation of over €3,000 to buy 10 new standard wheelchairs and one specially designed wheelchair for those with more serious disabilities. La Pedrera hospital cares for a large number of patients with a range of problems and wheelchairs are continually needed to transfer the pa-

tients around the hospital buildings and grounds. The wheelchairs were presented by the TM Lions President Dr. Nico Dekkers and were gratefully accepted on behalf of the hospital by Director Dr. Jaume Morera Guitart and Cheif Nurse Silvia Vilar and their teams. Lions President Nico said 'Although Lions are an International Organisation, the Teulada Moraira branch are

particularly keen to serve the people in our area and as La Pedrera Hospital cares for residents of our area when they suffer from some of the most serious Illnesses, we are particularly pleased to be able to provide much needed equipment to the teams here

who will use them in the care of their patients.' TM Lions raised approx €40,000 last year and are happy to support local, national and international good causes which promote the welfare of those in need. They help young, youth, aged, infirm, dis-

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tressed and those affected by disasters and emergencies. Every euro raised by the Lions is used to support people and organisations in need - individuals, families and other voluntary groups. To request assistance, please contact tmlions. welfare@gmail.com

Fair helps plan future perfect By Edward Graham The Lady Elizabeth School staged its third annual University Fair last week encouraging students to plan their journey into further education. It was the largest international gathering yet of universities from across Spain,

the UK and other countries and aimed at students attending LES on Benitachell’s Costa del Sol as well as colleagues from other schools and colleges in Valencia. Head of School Chris Akin said the fair was organised to allow youngsters - especially sixth form students - to ask the right questions and make

the right choices over their futures - parents chose a child’s school but further education and a career path was about students making a decision. He said it was about empowerment. “This is about lighting a spark; allowing students to say ‘Heh! I am in charge of my own future’.”


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Calpe U3A girls go out On Thursday, Feburary 6, 30 ladies of the J.U.G.S. group (Just us girls) met at the restaurant 'Siete Lunas' in Calpe. A wonderful meal was enjoyed; with great food and good company a big thank you to Val Wetherald. and a big thank you to Michelle McNickle. If you would like to join the Ladies who lunch contact Val on 96 587 4356. The Calpe U3A Petanca group meet every Sunday from 2pm to 4 pm at the end of La Fossa paseo maritimo past the Esmeralda Hotel. The sessions are FREE and after the match the group seek refreshment at a nearby café/bar. for more details contact Pam Phakey by email groupscoordinator@u3acalpe.org

Our next meeting for Calpe U3A will take place at the Sol Ifach hotel on Thursday,February 20 doors open 10am time to sign in talk to the travel team and other group leaders. After the short reports from the groups the speaker will be introduced and we are delighted to have Mr. John Hopwood who will give us an illustrated talk about “The double life and art of Grayson Perry” All welcome come and join our happy group; meet new friends and take up an acitivity. Please check the website for more information on day trips and short holidays and up to date info on all our groups. www.u3acalpe.org

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We get by with a little HELP from our friends By Kate Spelling

It was with great pleasure Denia Rock Choir presented President Candice Wright and Aileen Morgan of Help of Marina Alta with a cheque for

the sum €1,100! The money was raised by the choir at two concerts given at Hostel Loreto Denia on December 5, 2019. The choir was led by their new musical director Claire Lowe and was much

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appreciated by the two audiences! The repertoire consisted of songs that were favourites of the choir including a very daring rendition of the Sound of Silence which was truly enjoyed by all then moved on to classic Christmas songs that we all know and love! The audiences were very appreciative in joining in with the Christmas songs and their appreciation was also shown by the wonderful amount donated by them on leaving the concerts! The choir members loved singing in these concerts and were delighted by the amounts raised on the nigh ! Hopefully Denia Rock Choir will be singing in public in the future for the next charity of their choice.

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Denia Rock choir are also celebrating their 5th anniversary by having a party in Basta in Denia and are going from strength to strength but would like to ask is there any men out there who would like to join this fabulous choir? We are such a fun loving happy bunch of singers who are just short on male singers! (though we love the ones we have)! Photos: By John Lillie (group) and cheque presentation by Donna Hofmann

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When David of the Albir social club 'Companians' reached a special birthday his partner Barbara, President of the Club, organised a birthday party at popular Sunday market Don Quixote in Alfaz last weekend. Expecting perhaps 20-30 members and friends to join them, to their surprise and a pleasant one, an estimated 100 people turned up. With music by Chris and room for dancing and cava flowing it was a great celebration for

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this popular man and evidence of the value of companionship and the success of the club. David’s age? A secret but he claims he is entering the “best years of his life!”


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Hundreds flock to open day Report by Javea U3A Communications Officer Ian Rogerson Javea U3A held its annual open day at the Parador hotel in the Arenal and it proved to be a huge success, with hundreds of current members and new recruits attending. The open day is an opportunity for people to find out about the variety of groups, events and activities that are on offer. A number of groups manned tables in the main hall, including the Railway Group, Live Art, Board Games, Canasta, Rummikubs, Family History, Poetry for Pleasure, Watercolour

Painting, Chess and Petanque … as well as Travel and Spanish Culture & Cuisine. Members of the Javea U3A committee were also there. Congratulations to U3A Groups Coordinator David Whybrow and Vice-President Peter Allin for organising the event. Javea U3A general meetings are held at the Parador on the last Wednesday of each month and it is open to members and anyone interested in joining. Meetings include a photo slideshow of a variety of recent trips and activities as well as a guest speaker. The February speaker will be a

drummer who will be talking about his life as a ‘60s and ‘70s rock star – and his experiences playing with Paul McCartney’s wings! For details about Javea U3A, visit the website www.u3ajavea.com

Chaplaincy Of The Holy Spirit, Costa Blanca: Notice convening Annual Meeting By J. Elaine Mitchell The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held at El Cid Restaurant, Benidoleig On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 10.30am.

For the election of Parochial representatives of the laity as follows: ■ To the Chaplaincy Council TWO representatives. ■ To the Deanery Synod FIVE representatives

■ For the appointment of Independent Examiner or Auditor. ■ For the consideration of: a) A report on changes in the roll since the annual parochial church meeting; b) Annual report of the pro-

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After serving nine years as Chairperson for the Costa Blanca Mountain walkers Carol Harbach is handing over the baton to the very capable hands of Veronica Dunkley. Carol is the seventh and longest serving chairperson since the CBMW group began in 1987. Prior to being chair Carol also served 8 years as

secretary and has also lead many walks. Carol said ’During 20 years I have seen a lot of great changes to the growth of the group and number of walks. I have taken great pride in being the custodian of the culture of the group following the pioneers and I am very confident Veronica will do the same. Over

the years the secretariat has had so many members offering a wealth of skills I couldn’t be more lucky to have worked with these people and I have loved every minute’. Carol has been supported by husband David who has served alongside her as Treasurer. New chair Veronica’s husband Martin is taking over the roles of Treas-

urer and Secretary. The Costa Blanca mountain walkers are very grateful to Carol and David for the many years of dedicated service they have given to the group. At her final meeting as chair Carol was presented with a painting of the Montgo mountain. The Costa Blanca Mountain walkers are an informal group of enthusiastic people who enjoy walking in the sierras of the Costa Blanca. The walking programme includes a range of walks for both new and experienced walkers and can be found on our website www.cbmwalkers. org. The website also includes a wealth of information on

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Crazy Little Thing Called Love Flea market to help Crazy Little Thing Called Love is very close to performance dates and all the members of Campoverde Theatre Group are excited about our latest supper show again to be presented at The Olympia Bar and Restaurant at Mil Palmeras. Important dates for your diary are the Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 20, 21 and 22. As usual we are raising money for two local charities and the chosen charities for this production will be The Alzheimer’s Association Torrevieja and also the Tasha Appeal to help with the high cost of her continuous care especially following the recent publicity about her needs. Campoverde Theatre Group’s latest show takes a light heated and comic look at love, following the story of school yard crushes, finding your ideal partner then the reality of living with a partner. Many

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original sketches highlight some of the issues of living with the person you once thought was the partner of your dreams. The show progresses to the reality of partnerships in older age. The sketches are linked together with well loved and well known songs which will get everyone humming along with them. The theme is clearly This Crazy Little Thing Called Love with a clear emphasis on the word Crazy! This should be an evening of fun filled entertainment so book

soon and reserve your seats. A one course meal is included to make this a show a complete night out. Please note earlier publicity for this event has included the wrong telephone number; two of the numbers had been reversed! I apologise for this. Tickets can be reserved by phoning Maureen on 966 798 587 or her mobile which is 603 273 364. Tickets are also available from The Olympia either by calling in or by calling them on 965 320 822.

Free theatre night in Calpe By Simon Russell There is a free performance as part of the XI National Theatre Concert cycle this Sunday, February 16, at Calpe’s Casa de Cultura. The

Plateo Theatre Group from Ciudad Real are presenting a comedy version of Romeo and Juliet (in Spanish), starting at 6.30pm. If you wish to attend, you need to register at the venue

box office which can be done by Friday, February 14 between 10am and 1pm then 5pm to 8pm or on the day of the performance from 5pm. There is a maximum of four people per registration.

Chatting in English By Simon Russell Aimed at helping the town’s young people improve their confidence and knowledge of the language, Alfas this week started their English Conversation Club. Youth Councillor Laura Sevilla said the end goal

is to “promote a cultural exchange between young people of different nationalities and where they can improve communication skills in a fun and relaxed environment”. The course is free and is for people aged between 12 and 35. It will be held every Tues-

day between 7.30pm and 8.30pm in the multipurpose room at the Hogar del Pensionista. Inscription is at the Centro Informacion Juvenil or on 965 887 435. There is also a WhatsApp number to register which is 610 205 329.

This Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16 there will be a flea market held at the home of Hillie Beckers, in aid of the sterilisation of Calpe street cats. There will be coffee if you fancy a hot drink while you browse amongst the items on offer which will include CDs, books, dinner sets, kitchenware and other household goods.

Come along on between 11am and 4pm and pick up a bargain. Address: Urba Carrio, Alto 3F, Calpe.

Spiritualist Centre, Benijófar The Spiritualist Centre, Benijofar meets at Hamilton´s Bake House, 62 Calle Vicente, Blasco Ibañez, Benijofar 03178. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30am, a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7pm Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. The Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, February 16 will be taken by Micky Ivers at 11.30am. The Evening of Medium-

ship on February 18 will a be taken by Marion Parmenter at 7pm. The Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, February 23 will be taken by Jackie Kershaw (UK Mediumship) at 11.30am. For further details see www. spiritualistcentre-benijofar.com Telephone: 626 602 904. Email: phoenixchurch23@ gmail.com or info@spiritualist centre-benijofar.com Fiscal ID G54713789

The Working Party Blues Band On Saturday, February 15 at 8pm The Working Party Blues Band will be playing a new set of songs at Ope Moraira The website - https://

www.opemoraira.com/ has details of how you can use their transport so you can have a drink and let someone else do the driving. Cheers from the band.


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T.M. Lions bring Eagles tribute band to Moraira Book early for an evening at the Hotel California and enjoy Eagles tribute The Desperados and the band’s return to the Marina Alta to perform for Teulada Moraira Lions Club. The Desperados play all the hits including Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado, and Tequila Sunrise and have built a loyal following. Promoted by the Lions, the band plays Espai La Senieta in Moraira on

Enjoy a church choir By Edward Graham Popular chamber choir Cantores Sanctis Diebus returns to the Costa Blanca for three concerts this month the group’s 18th tour since 2010. The Salisbury-based choir was founded over 40 years ago, and is performing three concerts under the direction of Nicholas Hales in aid of local charity on February 21, 22, and 23. Each concert features about an hour of music and the featured work on this visit will be Victoria’s motet and the mass O quam gloriosum.

On Friday February 21 at 5pm; Cantores will make its “exciting” debut at the church La Navidad del Señor in Orba, which lies at the heart of the town. The second performance is at 5pm on Saturday February 22 in the Loreto church in Javea port; a regular biannual concert. And on Sunday February 23 at 9.45am, the choir is in action at the Ermita del Popul on the CV-735 Javea to Jesus Pobre road. All concerts are free and there is a retiring collection in aid of local charities.

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Thursday February 20 at 7.30pm tickets are €15. It is expected the show will be another sellout performance so it is advised to book early. Call 96 649 8493 or email tmlions.concerts@gmail. com. And for information about the club, its popular series of concerts or to become a member, see: www.tmlions.com.


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Piña colada heaven

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By Alex Trelinski Wine and beer are the basic alcoholic staples of Spain, but you might fancy impressing yourself and your friends by going into the world of cocktails and making your own piña colada. The drink is said to have originated in Puerto Rico in the 19th century, and the country even celebrates a national Piña Colada Day every July. It’s very easy to make and in case you didn´t know, it´s a tropical blend of rich coconut cream, white rum, and tangy pineapple. It tastes divine!

Ingredients 1. 120 ml pineapple juice 2. 60ml white rum 3. 60ml coconut cream 4. Wedge of pineapple to garnish (optional) Method Just pulse all the ingredients, along with a handful of ice in a blender until nice and smooth. Then pour into a tall glass and garnish as you like. What could be simpler?


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Making the perfect paella By Alex Trelinski Just in case you were never aware of it, the Valencia region including the Costa Blanca, lays claim to being the top paella region in Spain, with the dish having been created in this area. Recipes vary across the country, and one of the great things going for a paella is that you can mix and match the ingredients to produce whatever you want.

Valencian paella, is normally cooked with meat (chicken, rabbit, pork ribs, snails), tomatoes (peeled and grated), paprika, rosemary, saffron, garlic and various types of bean or sometimes artichoke. Seafood paella dispenses with the meat, and usually the beans and rosemary, and replaces it of course with seafood of various types, of which there is plenty available around here. So if your paella experi-

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ences are just purely down to having one at your local bar or restaurant, here are a few tips to note as you embark on your own personal Valencian paella adventure in your kitchen. 1. Avoid onions You might be tempted and it seems obvious to chuck them into the mix, but they produce too much liquid, and you don´t want a soggy paella.

2. Get frying first Fry your meat of choice, followed by the seafood, then the vegetables. You’re trying to get all of the flavour from all of the ingredients into the rice. 3. To stir and not to stir When the veg, meat and fish are cooked, the paprika should go in and be mixed through quickly, to avoid burning, which gives it a bitter flavour. Then you add the rice, followed by the stock. Then it shouldn’t be stirred at all, because the grains of rice should stay separate. To stop it from sticking, you can shake the pan. 4. Leave it alone Towards the end of the cooking process, stop shaking

the pan, because you do want a bit of stickiness to get a thin and crisp layer of toasted rice at the bottom. Take the pan off the heat and cover it in foil for up to 10 minutes, as the dish cooks under its own steam. 5. Avoid lemons at first Don´t make a grab for a lemon wedge to squeeze away to your heart´s content, before you actually first taste the paella. A old-style Valencia region paella does not include lemon, but wedges act as a garnish where tradition dictates that they can be used when the taste of the final product is not what was expected!

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Recipes by Lola Milne By Lauren Taylor, PA Vietnamese crab cakes recipe They're crab cakes made with tinned crab meat. If you're in the mood for crab cakes, buying the meat fresh can be pricey. Tinned crab, meanwhile, can be just as tasty and is seriously underrated, according to Take One Tin author, Lola Milne. "These are inspired by a Vietnamese dish of fish marinated in lots of turmeric, ginger and garlic, pan-fried and served with the classic Vietnamese dressing Nuoc cham. I've repurposed these flavours into crisp crab cakes," she says. Ingredients (Serves two) For the crab cakes: 2 x 170g tins lump crab meat, drained 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated (about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons when grated) 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 15g dill, finely chopped 1tsp ground turmeric 2 shallots, finely chopped 10tbsp dried breadcrumbs 2 eggs, beaten 1tbsp flavourless oil (such as sunflower)

For the dressing: 4 tsp fish sauce juice of 1 lime 4 tsp soft brown sugar 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped Method 1. To make the crab cakes, mix the crab, ginger, chilli, garlic, dill, turmeric, shallots, four tablespoons of the breadcrumbs and half the beaten eggs in a bowl. Shape into eight patties and stick in the fridge to firm up for at least 20 minutes. 2. To make the dressing, mix all the ingredients with two tablespoons of water, check the balance of sour, sweet and salty and adjust accordingly. 3. Just before frying, dip each cake in the remaining beaten egg and then into the remaining breadcrumbs to coat. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry the cakes for four minutes per side until golden. 4. Serve alongside the dressing, for drizzling or dunking. Top tip: Try nestling a crab cake in a lettuce leaf with some

finely sliced cucumber, then drizzle with the dressing. Rocky road recipe with figs and walnuts It's rocky road without marshmallow. After a rocky road recipe that's a little different? Rocky road's traditional marshmallow stickiness has been replaced by tinned figs in this recipe, from Lola Milne's new cookbook - and it might be better than the original. "Sweet and juicy, they work perfectly with the rich dark chocolate and almondy crunch of amaretti biscuits," says Milne.

Ingredients (Makes 10 bars) 170g slightly salted butter, diced 335g dark chocolate, broken into squares 4tbs golden syrup 120g walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped 120g amaretti biscuits, broken into small pieces (digestives, lotus or hobnobs would also work well) 425g tin figs in syrup, drained and chopped Method 1. Line a 20cm square brownie tin with greaseproof paper.

2. In a medium saucepan, slowly melt together the butter, chocolate and golden syrup, then fold in most of the walnuts, biscuits and figs. 3. Tip into the prepared tin, spreading evenly, and top with the remaining ingredients. Chill in the fridge to firm up (about two to three hours minimum) before cutting into 10 bars. Take One Tin by Lola Milne, photography by Lizzie Mayson, is published by Kyle Books. Available now.


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Simple ways to boost heart health By Abi Jackson, PA Switch up your snacks Most us need something to graze on between meals, and nuts are proof that good (nutritional) things really do come in small packages. "All nuts are a

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good source of heart-friendly fats, including oleic and linoleic acid and fibre, which help maintain healthy cholesterol levels," says Fiona Hunter, a nutritionist for Healthspan (www.healthspan.co.uk). "Other heart-friendly snacks include oatcakes, fresh and dried fruits, soya yoghurt, and hummus with vegetable crudities." Download British Heart Foundation leaflets The charity has a series of '10 Minutes to Save Your Life' leaflets, outlining clear and achievable ways people can adopt a healthier lifestyle. There's one for being physically active, healthy eating, stopping smoking, tackling alcohol and stress, as well as leaflets for high blood pressure, cholesterol and managing diabetes. Find them all on the charity's website (www.britishheartfoundation. co.uk). Learn to forgive "People who have learnt to forgive tend to live longer, healthier lives with lower

risks of chronic diseases, especially heart disease," says leading UK lifestyle doctor, Dr Chidi (drchidi.com). "Resentment and anger cause us to produce more stress hormones, such as cortisol, which raise our blood pressure, thicken arteries, and age us prematurely. So learn to let it go keep your health and your good looks!"

Laugh as much as you can While not a direct risk factor for heart disease, stress is believed to play a part in our overall risk levels. Managing stress can impact our wider behaviours too, keeping us motivated to exercise and eat well, for instance. "Laughter has been shown in research to lift mood and improve sleep quality," says health psychologist Dr Megan Arroll - two things which also play a role in managing stress.

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moment to slow down and refresh, plus the tea itself is beneficial. "Tea is a rich source of polyphenols that have beneficial effects on artery elasticity, blood pressure, blood stickiness and inflammation," says GP and Healthspan medical director, Dr Sarah Brewer. "Data from 22 studies involving over 856,000 people shows that, overall, drinking three cups of tea per day reduced the risk of heart attack by 27%, and of a fatal heart attack by 26%, compared with those who did not drink tea." Be supplement savvy Most of us are familiar with how ensuring we get plenty of 'good' omega fats in our diets, or taking a high-quality supplement, can benefit heart health, but did you know there's a strong case for coenzyme Q10 too? "Coenzyme Q10 is needed for energy production in cells especially heart muscle cells that are constantly contracting," notes Brewer. Studies have linked co-enzyme Q10 supplements with lower rates of recurrent cardiac events in people who've previously suffered a heart attack. It can also be helpful for people taking statins for high cholesterol, to rebalance the reduction in circulating co-enzyme Q10 levels those drugs can cause.


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Bone health for life

Bone health is something we don’t think about when we are young but we should do. Taking care of your bones when you are young will pay dividends in later life, helping you to stay fit and independent. It is never too late to start taking care of your bones, there is a lot you can do no matter what your age. Bone health isn’t just

about bones, it’s about quality of life and staying fit and well so that you can continue to do the things that you enjoy. As we are living longer, more of us will become vulnerable to weak and broken bones. Life-changing Approximately one in three people over 65 and half of

people over 80, fall each year in the UK. One in two women, and one in five men over 50, will break a bone, usually in the wrist, hip and spine as a result of weak bones (osteoporosis). A fall later in life can be life-changing, leading to distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and death. Half of people injured never regain their full function after a hip fracture and one in five dies within three months. Falls have been said to be the number one precipitating factor for a person losing independence and going into long-term care. What can you do? Preventing osteoporosis starts in childhood, if not earlier, when our bones are growing and continues throughout life. For lifelong strong bones you need a healthy balanced diet that includes calcium, exposure to sunlight for most of the required vitamin D and

regular exercise. You also need to avoid the risk factors two of which are smoking and too much alcohol. Bone-building The most important bone building years are those up to our mid twenties when the skeleton is growing. The bone accumulated in girls aged 11 to 13 is about the same amount lost during the 30 years following the menopause. The more bone laid down during your youth the better the skeleton is able to withstand the loss that occurs with age. After the age of 35, bone loss gradually increases as part of the natural ageing process. Preventing falls While it is not possible to

totally prevent falls, there are things we can do to reduce the risk. This involves; ■ Strength and balance exercises ■ Checking the house for trip and other potential hazards ■ Checking eyesight ■ Reviewing medication that may affect balance Physical activity and exercise can turn back the clock on some of the losses in bone strength caused by age and disease. Research also suggests that a programme of strength and balance exercises can reduce the risk of falls by 35% to 54%. Age UK says that fall prevention exercises could prevent 7000 unnecessary deaths a year – 19 a day – from hip fractures.

Article supplied by Yvonne Evans, Co-Director Family Medical Centre, Albir. Call 96 686 5072 or email info@albirfamilymedicalcentre.com


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Treatment of muscle injuries with Platelet-Rich Plasma Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP): PRP is a new advancement in orthopedic medicine that utilizes the body’s own natural abilities to heal injured rotator cuff tendons, bicep tendons and even labral tears. Doctors have recognised for decades the healing power of growth factor and other powerful proteins located in patient’s blood plasma and platelets. Now we are able to extract and harness those healing powers for the treatment of

orthopedic injuries. The process is surprisingly simple, blood is drawn from the patient and processed it in an approved medical device, to separate the healing power of platelets from blood plasma. The doctor then takes that concentrated healing platelets of the patient’s own blood and re-introduces it or grafts it into the injured site, which has been identified on MRI and Ultrasound imaging. This graft provides the relatively avascular injured structures with blood components to regenerate

tissue and speed the healing process. The grafting is done with precise accuracy under Ultrasound imaging and the entire process takes under 1 hour and is performed in an

outpatient setting. The research shows PRP can deliver 500% more growth factor and bio active proteins to the injured area then would occur naturally,

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thus reducing healing time and returning patients back to their active lifestyles much faster then traditional nonsurgical orthopedic treatment.

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Not just for raving: how to wear neon heels the grown-up way By Prudence Wade, PA Shoes in highlighter hues are big on the catwalk. Prudence Wade reveals her top picks from the high street, and how to wear them. No matter how experimental you are with your fashion choices, it’s easy to fall into the trap of wearing the same, basic shoes. After all, surely it’s a cardinal style rule to have your footwear match your clothes? Sticking to blacks, browns and navy generally makes this a whole lot easier. But safe just won’t cut it all of the time, and sometimes you need to venture into the bright side. Neon heels have slowly been inundating the catwalks, making a strong case for shaking up your shoe game. Wondering how on earth you’d wear them? You might be convinced that nothing but black high heels work with your look, but highlighter hues could be easier to wear than you think - and that includes day-to-day. High-end brands like Victoria Beckham have been making the argument for brighter footwear in the office, pairing neon-green heels with sharp tailoring and slick pencil skirts. And while neon is perfect for summer nights, it’s also gaining a new, more professional reputation thanks to labels like Beckham, Attico and Balenciaga.

The neon shoes trend is surprisingly versatile too - if you can’t see yourself wearing ‚slime‘ green, then something a bit more unusual, like a highlighter-bright blue, might be more your style. Here’s how you can add a bit more pizzazz into your footwear this season... Go for green It’s not surprising the neon-green trend has finally reached footwear. Over the last year, this standout shade has become ‚the‘ colour to wear, thanks to models like Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne sporting the hue and posting it all over Instagram. A lot of the popularity of bright green is also down to Billie Eilish, the 18-year-old singer who often wears the colour - both in her clothes and, more recently, in her hair. If you’re the kind of person who lives in top-to-toe black, try easing your way into the trend with a muted outfit and letting the brightly coloured heels pop. Once you’ve mastered that, you can build your way up to going all-out, allneon everything, a la Instagram. This essentially means picking one neon colour - green if you want to be particularly trendy - and wearing it, well, from head to toe. ■ London Rebel Strappy Heeled Sandals in Neon - ASOS ■ Pretty Little Thing Neon Lime Square Heel Court Shoe ■ Dune Mojo Sandal in Miso

a highlighter in your pencil case as a child, you’re on the right track. ■ ASOS DESIGN Pick Up Lightening Bolt Sling Back High Heels in Neon Pink ■ Oasis Satin Court Shoes in Bright Pink; Satin Boilersuit in Black; Sophia Cross Body Bag in Animal ■ Dune Brioni in Pink (available late March/early April) Unusual blues When you think of neon shades, blue isn’t exactly the first colour that springs to mind - and that’s what makes it the perfect choice if you don’t normally go for glow-in-thedark hues. It’s still bright and bang on trend, but not quite as out-there as wearing acid-green heels. ■ Topshop RADA Blue Leather Square Toe Mules ■ JD Williams Sling Back Court Shoe in Azure Blue (available late February)

Fiery oranges Victoria Beckham has championed the neon trend with heels in highlighter-bright oranges. As you can see from many of her Instagram posts, she keeps the rest of the outfit simple and lets the shoes shine. Outfit wise, you can wear whatever colour you want with bright orange shoes - we would recommend keeping it simple and sticking to block colours. A pattern could risk your outfit veering into just a little ‚too much‘. ■ Topshop SKYLA Orange Quilted High Mules ■ ASOS DESIGN Harvie Knotted Detail Sandals in Neon Orange ■ Dune Head Over Heels Mol Barely There Wedge Sandal in Orange ■ Head Over Heels Manda Platform Sandal in Gold Think pink Bright pink might initially seem a bit girly to some, but the shade has been truly reclaimed by the fashion crowd. Sure, it is feminine and fun but it can also be styled as edgy and powerful at the same time. If you’re wondering about which colour to go for, the general rule of thumb for the neon trend is: if it was

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Across the Pond: Fight song Today, I have a tale to tell about assumptions; you know what they say, to assume makes an ass of u and me and boy, this assumption sure made an ass out of me. It began when I asked our Amazon Echo smart speaker to play some top classical music. (1) Her definition of ‘classical’ is pretty liberal; sure we get Mozart and Beethoven but we also get Aaron Copland and John Williams so I wasn’t too surprised when she offered up a song featuring a cello, a piano and bagpipes. I wouldn’t have called it classical music but then again, you have to remember that I was raised by wolves in the backwoods of Southern Indiana so my experience with classical music was almost non-existent. The melody was hauntingly familiar; it was also beautiful, with the sounds of the bagpipes tugging at my memory as if I knew this music from another time or place. (2) I asked Alexa what the name of the song was; she mumbled something I didn’t understand so I asked her again. I thought she said something about a fight song so my next step was to google that and there it was. ‘This is your fight song, Rachael Platten Scottish cover’. Scottish, eh? I knew it. I knew there was some primal connection to this music. Thanks to my DNA test re-

sults, I knew that 26 percent of the blood coursing through my veins had originated in the Ireland/Scotland area. I clicked on the link to YouTube where the song resided, all the while wondering what ‘Rachael Plattten Scottish cover’ meant. I got part of the answer right away; the YouTube entry had a Scottish cover, alright. Mountains, lakes and an ancient Castle but no women; just two guys in kilts, one sitting at a piano and the other in a chair with his cello. Maybe this Rachael person was some ancient queen that Scotland went to war to fight over, you know, like Helen of Troy. Then I realised something else; kilts, those two guys were wearing kilts and they still looked very manly. Perhaps I should wear one but then again, is being 26 percent Scottish enough to allow me to wear a kilt. Won’t I need to know what Scottish clan I’m descended from? Where would I get that information? I’m not sure if I still have the legs for it anyway. Do support hose come in plaid? And does anyone know if they wear something under those things? I’ve heard stories that maybe they don’t. On second thought, I probably should forget about wearing a kilt. As I watched, an aerial video of the Castle with the

Scottish highlands and a huge lake in the background made my chest swell with pride with the realization that at one time, my forebearers walked this beautiful terrain. I wondered if they were warriors humming this tune as they prepared to fight in some ancient battle over this Rachael. Wouldn’t that be something if they did? Then the video panned to the bagpipers accompanied by a platoon of drummers marching out of the woods and up to the castle. That did it. I’m going to Scotland and see if I can find my clan. I wonder what a plane ticket cost I went to the google page to do some research hoping that I could find the origin of this ‘fight’ song. It was obviously from some ancient Scottish war; damnit, I should have paid more attention in Sister Deidre’s History class. There was lots of information about Scotland’s battles for Independence, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace of ‘Braveheart’ fame but nothing about any music associated with the war. Nor was there any mention of Rachael. I wanted to keep searching but I had a cold and did not feel like continuing so I went to bed instead. But I vowed to carry on at the dawn. Next morning, our

daughter, Julie, came by and brought me a cup of hot tea from Starbucks for my runny nose. I wanted to show her my discovery of the music and our ties to Scotland. I started the video and she said “Oh, that’s my fight song.’ I stopped the Video. “Your fight song?” “No. That’s the name of it. ’This is my fight song’ by Rachael Platten.” “Rachael Platten… Do you know her?” My mind was reeling. “She’s a pop singer. Think Taylor Swift.” She said “But YouTube says it’s Scottish and it has a Scottish cover. It even says ‘cover’. “That just means those two men are covering Rachael’s song. In other words, playing her music.” “But the bagpipes and Braveheart….” It didn’t seem possible. “Sorry.” Julie said, turning to the Amazon Echo. “Alexa, play fight song by Rachael Platten.” When the music started, I recognized the melody right away and there were also words instead of bagpipes. I was dumbfounded. Gaa-aaa-aaaa-h. My ancient Scottish battle hymn is actually a pop song by some gum chewing teenybopper. I give up.

by Gordon Grindstaff G2 can be reached by email at gordongrindstaff@ yahoo.com G2 notes: 1: I don’t really know if I need to explain what an Amazon Echo is anymore; I have done that and I don’t want to insult my audience, most of whom I believe are at least as tech-savvy as yours truly. But in the interest of any Rip Van Winkle’s out there in the hinterland, this electronic device is called a ‘smart’ speaker because she responds to voice commands when you address her as ‘Alexa’. She will do all sorts of things but so far, about all we do is have her play music from the Amazon Music Library. 2: I am not a believer in reincarnation but there have been instances where I have experienced something and felt sure that I had been in that situation before. It’s a little bit creepy.


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Barcelona: City of Gaudí By Alex Trelinski

Forget all the politics of Cataluña, but concentrate instead on the magnificent regional capital of Barcelona. It's become a favourite over the years for people all across Europe, and if you live over here there is absolutely no excuse to avoid checking it out. After all, you can fly there, or go by train, or enjoy the toll-free motorway journey. There are so many sights to look at, and we start with the most popular attraction, La Sagrada Familia, designed by Antonio Gaudí. The giant basilica saw building work started back in 1882, and will eventually be completed in 2026 to mark the centenary of the death of Gaudí. Gaudí features in many

'must-see' sights in Barcelona, and his La Pedrera building featuring his trademark brick work and colourful always attracts many visitors. Park Güell is a large park designed by Gaudí as well, and you can enter it free of charge, but there is also an area called the 'Monumental Area' which you would have to pay to get into. La Rambla, or Las Ramblas as it is sometimes called, is Barcelona’s most famous boulevard. Here you will not only find many interesting shops, restaurants and buildings but also street performers. There are hotels around that area, but like with most other city centres around the world, be prepared to pay for something special on your doorstep. Plaça Reial is a pictur-

esque square situated just off La Rambla, and it has statues in it designed by...yes, you've guessed it, Antonio Gaudí If you are a football fan, then you might want to visit the home of Barcelona FC; the Nou Camp stadium, with tours available and a terrific football museum. Even Real Madrid fans are said to have enjoyed it. For people who appreciate art, then the Picasso museum offers you a chance to see the works of the great Spanish painter arranged in chronological order. Check out the Miró museum as well for an extensive collection of his work dating back to 1914. And we've barely started on Barcelona, which certainly suggests that a quick trip will leave you gasping for more time!

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On the box Hidden (BBCFour, 9pm) Saturday, 15/2/2020 Sian Reese-Williams returns as stoic and straight-talking DCI Cadi John in the second season of the Welsh crime drama, initially broadcast on S4C under the name Craith. After receiving an anonymous call leading police to the body of an old man who has been decaying in a house for weeks, Cadi and her sidekick DS Owen Vaughn (Sion Alun Davies) work against the clock to discover the murderer's identity.

Man with a Plan (E4,7.30pm)

Homeland (C4, 9pm) Sunday, 16/2/2020 Carrie Mathison's final mission is about to begin. After squinting, screaming, sweating and shaking her way through seven intense seasons, some characters (and viewers) are convinced that Claire Danes's bipolar CIA agent has well and truly turned on her country. Now the National Security Adviser to President Warner, Saul has been dispatched to engage the Taliban in negotiations and help end to the 'forever war' in Afghanistan. But Kabul is teeming with warlords and mercenaries, zealots and spies, and Saul needs Carrie's expertise. But she is still in isolation post-imprisonment in Germany, following seven months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Against medical advice, Saul pulls Carrie out of friendly captivity and asks her to walk with him into the lion's den - one last time.

Monday, 17/2/2020 If you've been missing Friends star and former Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc, you are in luck as he is returning to our screens in this comedy about an oldschool guy confronting the modern challenges of parenting and marriage. LeBlanc plays Adam, who has hit a rough patch with his construction firm. Adam's self-assured wife, Andi (Liza Snyder), has proposed they start a house-flipping business together along with his clueless elder brother, Don (Kevin Nealon) and unlikely friend, Lowell (Matt Cook).

Your stars for next week

Aries

21 Mar - 20 Apr

Taurus

21 Apr - 21 May

Gemini

22 May - 21 Jun

Cancer

22 June - 23 Jul

A somewhat confusing week and one in which you are pulled in different directions. The good thing is that it's only you who is doing the pulling! Don't be so hard on yourself. There are things to be sorted out, for sure. Even so, cut yourself some slack, please. Finances need careful thought but anything is possible with the right (practical) approach.

Simply going over those confused thoughts will not make you feel any better. This is a time to slowly get those thoughts together and not rush at things. Asking someone who is old enough to know the answers is a pretty good idea. Don't think a loved one won't give you back-up. Do you honestly not realise how loved you are? No harm in sharing problems to find that solution.

If you can't leap into the future in the way that you want to, then live for the present. Enjoy each day until things are clearer in your mind. Let your partner shine a light on the here and now. It really is not so bad. Seeking perfection? Maybe, but is that really what you need? The future may be more open than you would like at the moment, but that also gives you opportunities.

Feeling a wee bit jumpy? Maybe there is just too much to do right now? Grab that blank sheet of paper and get listing! It may be hard to decide what the priorities should be. Just put everything down and then number for importance. You will be surprised how much smoother the week is when you have a plan. Now, where will you put that item for relaxation and fun?

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Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

24 July - 23 Aug

24 Aug - 23 Sep

24 Sept - 23 Oct

24 Oct - 22 Nov

A busy weekend? Give yourself a break this week and start slowly. You will get twice as much done if you give that brain time to get into gear! In a creative time, you may be asked to take part in an exciting project. Resist the urge to automatically say that you are too busy. Who knows what fun could be missed! No, this is a week to try new things and meet new people. Go for it.

So, another week! Another beginning for all of those jobs, challenges and personal demands that jump out of the morning. See if you can change the pattern that leads to frustration and dissatisfaction. Start this time slowly, plot and plan. Aim to get more done in less time. How? Delegate! Let others take their share of the load. It will do them a big favour.

So often content to sit in the background, this is a week in which to pin your colours to the mast. Hold your beliefs and opinions strongly. Don't let others speak for you, when you have such fire in your heart. I know that you prefer to keep life smooth and peaceful, but there are times when there is a need to speak out. There is no need to offer solutions, just make yourself heard.

Expecting someone to show a bit more cooperation and appreciation? That may come later in the week. In the meantime, try not to get frustrated or angry. This would only smack of desperation. Be it business or personal, play it cool. Still, while waiting for others to act, start to get your mind around the next big thing. There is never any harm in being one step ahead.

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Pisces

23 Nov - 21 Dec

This week, being in a sensitive position emotionally, the words of others seem louder. Why is it that we hear criticism so much louder than praise? Think back to when you felt more confident. Was it only last week? So, time to blot out those negative words and listen to your heart. This is your life and you know how you want to live it. Let it show!

22 Dec - 20 Jan

As this is a time to follow your heart, it is not possible to please everyone. Those who expect you to act a certain way will be disappointed. The only director you need this week is governed by your own needs and desires. By the time the weekend comes, you should feel stronger and more determined. Who is the star of this particular drama anyway?

21 Jan - 19 Feb

Having met with some annoying delays to plans recently, you are now wanting to go full steam ahead. That is great. Consider that you will get so much more done if you plan ahead. Indeed, doing so saves you both time and money! A partner may need convincing that you are totally in control (especially of finances). For a smooth ride, polish up that charm!

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Climbing an emotional or financial hill? Both? Throw away all negative thoughts. Jettison anything that is holding you back in your journey. You are not a beast of burden but someone who deserves to please themselves for once. Help and encourage others to be more independent as this is a journey that you have long needed to travel. Be your own person, not someone else's.


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Denia Cat Protection League Denia Cat Protection League - Aldea Felina http://www.aldeafelina.es Many loving, playful and cuddly cats are at the shelter. Like the cute little QUARK here. Most have gone through their health checks and are ready for adoption. They urgently need a real home and look forward to your visit. For adopting Quark or any of our other cats, the shelter is open every Sunday 10am 12pm or please call Luisa for an appointment 648 100 629.

K9 Club FOXY is 4.5 months old, confident, cheeky and mischievous but playful and loveable. Loves attention as well as cuddles and is great with small or big kids. Loves going for walks. Please telephone l 600 845 420 or email: k9clubinfo@gmail.com

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This emperor MING. He is about 2 years old and was found wondering the streets. He has been sterilised, blood tested and vaccinated. He is a happy boy who just needs someone to love him as much as he will love you. Please call APROP Pego on 634 306 265 or 605 575 883. Email aproppego@gmail.com or see website: www.aproppego.org

APASA LARIO, male, Shelter since 08.10.2010 Cross Breed, DOB 28.08.2010 – 52 cm Lario came to APASA as a small puppy but he is still with us now. Why? We really do not know because he is really a caring dog and very kind. Since he grew up at APASA he is very well integrated into his group and loves all the other dogs. The only thing he needs to learn is how he has to behave in a house but we are quite sure that he will be easy going as he likes to please people and he is also

TASHA is a small beautiful mixed breed. When she came to APAD she was malnourished and filthy. With some food, a bath and care now she seems happy. Tasha is very social and affectionate with people enjoying their cuddles and also very social with other dogs. Tasha walks very well on the leash. She is also house trained and goes well in the car. She would be a great and loyal companion to any kind of family. Tasha really deserves a second chance and a loving forever home. Contact: 966 427 678, email info@apadapad.org or see www.apad-apad.org

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keen on learning. Call APASA on 966 463 976 for more info.

LISA is around 5 years old and loves cuddles and snoozing. She is chipped, vaccinated, sterilised and good with other cats and dogs. Call: 645 469 253, see www.petsinspain.com or send an email to info@ petsinspain.com

Benidorm Animal Shelter – SPAP

P.E.P.A. AKIRA SAM is 5yrs old, he is a Bodeguero Terrier. He loves cuddles and is friendly with other dogs. He is healthy and has been neutered. He’s a happy boy and would love to share your life.Please telephone 650 304 746 or email p.e.p.a.animalcharity@ gmail.com

LADY is a lovely, gentle oneyear-old girl. She is spayed, vaccinated, chipped and tests negative for Mediterranean diseases. Lady is good on the lead and gets on well with dogs but not bitches. She has a calm temperament and is car trained.

Lady can be adopted or fostered and Akira pays all expenses for their foster dogs. Please phone 657 689 567, email akirashelter@aol. com, or come up to the shelter to see her. We are open every day from 10am. to 3pm.

This is ROCCO. An amazing seven months old kitten. He is very playful and friendly. He had a problem in his right eye when he was very little and now he is half blind. He will be a great pet. Let's find a nice home for Rocco! Please call Maria Teresa on 677 373 396 or 96 585 62 68 or see the website at www.spapbenidorm.com.


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ACCOMPANY YOUR PET(S) whilst they are driven in comfort to any destination in Europe by an experienced animal carer/driver. Contact Denise. info@petchauffeur .eu or Tel 952 197 187 696 233 848 www.petchauffeur.eu COSTA BLANCA DOG transport. The comfort of your pet is our priority. Excellent rates and Defra run. www.costablancadoghom ing.com Tel 675 485 613 IF THERE IS anyone looking for a puppy or a dog that is in desperate need of a new home please contact the facebook site " costa blanca dog homing" We are always in desperate need of foster homes, short and long term, and if anyone can offer this please call 965 698 052 THE EASIEST WAY to get your classifieds in The Post is to e-mail the text to info@cbnews.es HOUSE/PET SITTING .Your house or mine. References 637 160 545

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Properties under 175.000€ BENIGEMBLA APARTMENT +COMMUNAL pool & terraces. West facing , on the 2nd floor, consists of: Living/dining room with views to the communal pool & mountains, fully fitted American open kitchen, dble bedroom +built-in wardrobes, bathroom master bedroom +fitted wardrobes. Dbleglazed windows, wooden doors, hot/cold aircon in lounge, rollerblinds satellite connection, private parking,a fantastic communal pool with nice terrace. This property is ideal as an investment to rent it out during the summer or to use as a permanent home. Furniture included. 65.000€ Ref-1123 - Telephone: 609 211 710 info@karmaproperties.es

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VILLAJOYOSA, PARADISE BEACH, three bedroom, two bathroom apartment, top floor (5th), built 2002. Fully glazed terrace. Unspoilt mountain views. Swimming pool, undercover private parking space. Ideal situation with bus stop below, 10 mins walk tram station. 5 mins. Beach, restaurants, supermarkets. Private sale, furnished reduced to €135,000. Mobile: 670 38 59 54 (English/Spanish). Email: liddellperez@ gmail.com

PET TRAVEL UK Family pet transporters Spain/UK. Travel with your pets for free. Email: info@pet traveluk.co.uk website: www.pet traveluk.co.uk Removals also arranged in other vehicles. Tel UK 01209 630604 or Spain 960 130 537

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BENIDORM, NEAR BULL RING, 1 bedroomed apartment, 2nd floor, lift, separate kitchen, glazed in terrace. Pool, garden, tennis court. 75.000 € Tel. 658 578 346 CHARMING VILLAGE HOUSE completely renovated in Castell de Castells. 111 m2 consisting of; Grd Floor:Entrance, dining room + fireplace, fully equipped kitchen +breakfast bar, courtyard & storage. Small lounge +balcony overlooking the courtyard, bathroom & a spacious double room wardrobe & balcony overlooking the main street. 2nd floor. Small lounge, toilet, dble bedroom +wardrobe & balcony & a spacious terrace overlooking the mountains.~ Wooden beams, parquet floor except in the kitchen & bathroom. Double glazed windows & wooden internal woodwork. Original stone walls. Renovated with taste and using good quality materials.Negotiable price Ref-933 100.000€ Telephone: 609 211 710 info@karmaproperties.es

BRITISH BOOKSHOP BENIDORM Indoor market. Trading since 2002,owners now retiring.Easy to run,profitable business with short hours.Complete assistance with changeover of suppliers.All stock included.Bargain price16,900€ Tel 637161475.

CHARMING VILLAGE HOUSE of over 190 m2 in Vall d’Ebo. Typical Spanish Townhouse totally restored retaining all the charm of yesteryear. Comprises of; hallway, lounge + wood burner, fully fitted old style kitchen, family bathroom & small courtyard. From the lounge, the staircase gives access to 1st floor with a dble bedroom + en-suite toilet, 2nd double bedroom & the master bedroom with window to the street. On the 2nd floor 2 huge empty areas ideal to be converted into a big bedroom with en-suite bathroom, & the roof terrace with views to the mountains. Wooden windows, character floor tiles & wooden beams. An ideal property for the mountain lovers due to the location of the village. 59.000€ Ref - 1094 Tel: 609211710 info@karmaproperties.es WE URGENTLY need houses for existing clients in realistic market prices. Torrevieja area 600 648 318 www.ferveya.com

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LA ZENIA Beachside. Southfacing terraced house, 4 bed, 2 baths, large sep. kitchen, fireplace, furn., solarium, seaviews, walking distance to the beach! 142,900 Euros. Tel. 966 773 985 or 616 939 326, www.hf-immo.com

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Long term let RECENTLY REBURISHED. 2 bed, 1 bath, 1 toilet, big fenced in garden near all amenities Panorama La Nucia. Pets welcome. Tel 667 068 523 after 17.00hrs BENIDORM- FINESTRAT Free studio apartment for a young retired company in return for few hours of work a day. Please call 666 626 278

LIBER. 4,000SQM OF terraced south facing land with good views. Electricity on site, water near by. 25,000 Euros. Tel 619 074 700.

HOPE is an 8 year old Beagle who came into the kennels with her sister. She has lived in a loving home so we hope you can find her a similar environment. SAT Kennels Tel.: 966 710 047- info@satanimalrescue.com

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PRIVATE SALE, lg 3 bed, 2 bath det. finca, 1000 m2 plot, lg garage & storage room, shed & 25 m2 summer house. Located 5 mins drive from Rojales & 10 mins from Guardamar. Move in ready condition. Open to sensible offers. 625 034 903 BENISSA COSTA TWO bed apartment, two baths, lounge, large kitchen, use of garden. Easy parking. Sorry - no pets. Tel 676 915 864.

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FINCA SALE 4 bedr, well furnished, by lakeside near Vistabella, 195,000 €. owner 620 060 611

500 YEAR OLD BEAMED Finca in Beautiful Valley inJesus Pobre, Denia/Javea area. DOGS ARE VERY WELCOME. www.little houseinspain.com. +44 1865 512 922 or 07808 181779


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SEMINAR SUCCESS Expats in the Costa Blanca area have been attending a series of very informative events over the last week, organised between EXPAT INFO.ES and SUN LAWYERS, who have seven offices across the region. Each session was fully booked out and were seen as being a great success, not only from the perspective of the business sponsors, but also from the very positive feedback from the hundreds of people that attended. The audiences personally thanked the speakers on the panel and the organisers for providing important and informative presentations as well as being able to take part in the question and answer sessions, engaging with Myra Azzopardi from Citizens Advice, Mark McMillan from Sun Lawyers and the other four panel speakers. Expatinfo.es headed by

Marco Baiardo planned and organised the four meetings and he chose the prime locations of well-known hotel venues. La Laguna in Quesada hosted the first event on February 6, with 150 attendees, whilst 180 people went to the second event the following day at La Zenia Hotel on the Orihuela Costa. Last Monday's event saw 100 people at the Albir Playa Hotel, and then yesterday, The Parador Hotel JĂĄvea was fully booked up with 150 places taken at the beautiful venue. The sponsors were able to discuss with individuals any specific requirements and answer questions, with complimentary refreshments laid on for the guests to relax and enjoy in a free and easy environment. Marco Baiardo had introduced each meeting explaining that without the business sponsors, these type of events

would not be possible. The Brexit-related information was tailored to the impact on the local expat community, and that made the meetings extremely important. The main sponsor, Sun Lawyers, advised the audiences about all of the legal implications of the UK having left the EU, including residencia and taxation matters, which are two of the main concerns of British people living in Spain. Currencies Direct, represented by Andrew Brown, gave a detailed presentation that showed the effects of Brexit on currency exchange rates, and he gave some specific advice on how to make the most from the services they offer. That would mean clients always saving money and that anybody could easily do a comparison with other com-

panies and banks, to see check out the benefits of using Currencies Direct. Representatives from Blacktower, IBEX Insurance and Avalon Funeral Plans also spoke at the meetings, providing worthwhile advice on the services they provide to the expat community. The information presentations were well received and extremely informative, with more events planned for the Costa Calida and Costa del Sol, before returning to the Costa Blanca in April. The huge number of British nationals in all parts of Spain are already seeing the effects of Brexit, and are being strongly advised to get all of their documentation in order during the transition period that ends on December 31 of this year. No one is 100 per cent cer-

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tain of the deal that the UK will agree with the EU over freedom of movement, and that could possibly result in dramatic changes to thousands of holiday home owners who are UK residents. They, until now, have had no concerns, coming and going as they please. The terms of the Withdrawal Agreement will affect the many thousands with homes both in the UK and Spain. Other concerns about tax, healthcare, and driving licences are just the tip of the iceberg in the months leading up to the December 31 deadline. For more information regarding any of these issues call SUN LAWYERS on 96 532 1193 for a free consultation. To check out and book for the next seminar that will be nearest to you, go online to EXPATINFO.ES

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Trailing houseplants and how to care for them By Hannah Stephenson, PA

walls if put in the right spot. Unlike other cacti, it's not a prickly plant, instead having what almost looks like a mop of hair. It needs plenty of light but not direct sunlight, preferring dappled sunlight. The mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera) is the perfect cactus for the bathroom, favouring humid conditions. It will need watering but don't let its roots sit in moisture. White flowers appear over the summer, followed by berries.

Add some stylish accents to your space with an eyecatching trailing plant in a hanging pot or planter. By Hannah Stephenson. Trailing plants aren't just for outdoor hanging baskets and planters. Used imaginatively, they can create a stylish haven indoors too - but you'll need to pick the right plants for the right space. And don't think ivy is the only option. There are so many other plants which can be combined or used as stand-alone statements to provide architectural interest and colour to a room. Green and flowering plants, like columnea and cissus, reinforce the sense of a big change of season, allowing the light through and muting the stimuli from outdoors. Here are some ideas for great trailing and hanging plants, whether you want to just let them drape from a shelf or suspend them in planters from the ceiling or a rafter...

be watered when the top 2cm of the compost is dry. Plant it in good potting compost in bright, indirect light. If you want to increase your stock, cuttings of this plant will root easily when pinned to the surface of a pot of cactus compost. Keep temperatures above 10C in winter.

1. String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) Also known as string of beads, this eye-catching plant produces strands which bear pea-like leaves, although it is fussy about watering, only preferring to

2. Burro's tail (Sedum morganianum) This rich succulent, which produces thick stems of blue-green leaves that look like plaits, needs gritty soil and good drainage, sunshine and protection from

extreme cold temperatures to thrive. If you're lucky, in summer, small clusters of pinkish red star-shaped flowers may appear at the end of the stems. Don't overwater it, especially in autumn and winter, and avoid putting it in a bathroom or steamy kitchen because it won't like the humidity. In summer, ventilate the room from time to time by opening a window to allow it some fresh air. 3. Rhipsalis There are many varieties of this cacti, which will happily trail over pots and down

4. Climbing fig (Ficus pumila) The climbing fig, or creeping fig as it is also known, is an evergreen self-clinging climber with beautiful heartshaped leaves. If there's nothing to hold on to it will grow over the edge of the pot, giving you an attractive hanging plant, or train the tendrils along a shape to allow them to climb across a wall. The plant evolves over its life: a young climbing fig has small leaves, while the leaves on a more mature plant are larger. According to The Joy Of Plants, it likes plenty of light but not full sun. Don't place it over a heater or in a draught, and once it's in place don't

move it because it doesn't like change. Cut the stems back if they become too long. 5. Ceropegia (String of hearts) A relaxing atmosphere is strengthened by hanging plants, including ceropegia, with its strings of heartshaped leaves. Again, don't overwater it because its skinny roots will rot. The best thing to do is to let this plant dry out in between waterings. Place it in a sunny spot and new strands should grow in the direction of the light. Trim the straggly bits to keep it tidy, as they can grow to 1.5m long. Pair it with tradescantia and rhipsalis in pastel-coloured knotted cloth and light pots. This enables them to extend and allows the leaves' various shades of grey and green to create fantastical veils. Just what you need to get through the darker days in a cheerful mood.


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INVEST FOR THE FUTURE It's always been said all round the world that purchasing a property is always a good long-term investment, and there is money to be made from perhaps going for an older home that might need some work on it....but not too much! Then the money comes in from renting it out before you eventually, in theory, make a profit by selling it in the future. Of course prices go down as well as up, none more so when prices came spiralling downward as the property bubble burst in Spain. Experts say that you have to take a longer view, and also that you have buy the right sort of property in the right area to boost your investment capability, especially if you are going to rent it out. Getting something wrong means that down the line if

your property is not attractive to buyers or if another economic crisis happens(which is largely inevitable), then your investment might not be the nest egg that you were after. You also have to factor in all the running costs and to make sure that the property is maintained in good condition. JesĂşs Duque, vice-president of Alfa Inmobiliaria network, says that there are four key points to look at if you want to buy something as an investment. 1. Make sure the property is in good condition. Painting a wall is no big deal, but if the property is 'in a bad state and you are facing regular repairs or even a total renovation, then you have to do some financial calculations to see if the investment will make you money in the short or medium term', says Duque.

Property price rise slowdown By Alex Trelinski Property price rises across Spain are continuing to get lower, according to the latest report from property valuers Tinsa, who looked at the figures for January. The average rise across the country was one point six per cent over a year, with most of that figure boosted by big hikes in cities like Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. In contrast, average prices in areas like the Costa Blanca and the

2. Make absolutely sure of all the taxes that you have to pay and that you are not caught out unexpectedly. 3. Location is key to making sure that you will always have a tenant in your property. Don't pick what sort of area you like, but go for

somewhere where there is a big demand. You could say plump for a flat close to shops, restaurants, buses, and schools. "For a first-time investor, I suggest that brand new urbanisations and developments should be avoided as

it will take time for demand to build up", added Duque. 4. If you like a particular property, then just do a bit of detective work by going onto the internet and check out what kind of rental prices are being advertised in that area.

New property shortfall

Costa del Sol actually saw an annual fall of nought point three per cent. The Tinsa report says that overall prices are 16.5 per cent higher than the start of the property price recovery five years ago, but that levels are still 33 per cent down on what was being asked for at the height of the property boom. January's returns were the 13th month in a row where price rises were logged at under five per cent. By Alex Trelinski Real estate consultancy CBRE has published a report saying that they expect 100 thousand new homes to be built in Spain this year. They say that though newbuild numbers have been rising over the last four years, the figures are not high enough to meet demand. Last year, 85 thousand

new homes were built, but the figures fall well below the number that experts estimate is needed in Spain per annum, which they calculate as being 140 thousand. As a means of comparison, some 600 thousand properties were constructed at the height of the housing boom over a dozen years ago. The CBRE say there is

clearly a mismatch between what is now being built and what the property market needs. But they point out that the size of the size of the housing stock per thousand inhabitants in Spain (540) is similar to that in other southern European countries such as Portugal (526 homes per house and inhabitants), France (546) and Italy (526).


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you, whether as a holiday, short- or long-term rental. In any case, you should think about whether you would manage it directly or transfer it to a professional company. Before looking for a holiday home to buy, first con-

long term. On the other hand, there is also a monetary commitment, for example, travel costs, or what you earn and what you must pay in taxes, a mortgage, community rates and so on. In addition, self-manage-

there. This will ensure that the house is kept clean and in a good state of repair. Renting a home via a website like Airbnb could be the most lucrative option, but like everything, it also has its disadvantages. Some downsides include

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season you might not fill the house as much as you’d like. Renting on a long-term lease is the other option. It’s positive because you won’t have to manage the property on a day-to-day basis, but there are also areas where it’s more difficult to find.

and divide the rent by 12 months, or maybe consider a holiday rental, if the house is in a popular destination in summer. And, above all, if you are going to want to enjoy the house yourself, February 12, 2020then - N° 1you would be limited by long a

with a mortgage, taxes, and insurance. In addition, there will likely be additional costs such as maintenance, repairs, utilities and other community-specific charges. The So bear all of those factors in mind before you take the plunger!

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Quickfire challenge By Alex Trelinski England's cricketers move into the final phase of their winter tour of South Africa today(Wednesday), with the first match in their Twenty20 international series. Three fixtures will be played starting in East London this afternoon at 5pm, with the remaining two matches scheduled for Friday and Saturday. England secured a 1-1 series draw with South Africa as they beat the hosts by two wickets in the third one-day international in Johannesburg on Sunday.

It was a much improved performance from the World Cup holders, after they were thrashed in the first clash, with the second match abandoned because of rain.

Vive la France!

By Alex Trelinski France top the Six Nations Championship after a pretty uninspiring 35-22 victory over lowly Italy on Sunday. They did though get a bonus point against the regular tournament whipping boys to allow them to push Ireland into second place, who defeated Wales a day earlier. The French and Irish are now the only two sides left with a 100 per cent record after the opening two

rounds of fixtures, and they will meet in Paris in the last match of the tournament in mid-March. England took the Calcutta Cup in Murrayfield on Saturday, beating Scotland 13-6 in dreadful conditions to record their first Six Nations win. There's no action this weekend, with Scotland travelling to Italy a week on Saturday in what will be the battle for the wooden spoon, whilst France go to Wales, and England welcome Ireland to Twickenham.

Testing times in Spain With a month to go before Lewis Hamilton starts his F1 title defence in Australia, the top teams and drivers will be coming to Spain next week for six days of pre-season testing. The Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona will host the sessions, with the first tests staged between Wednesday, February 19 and Friday, February 21. The second round of tests will be once again over three days beginning the following Wednesday.

General admission tickets are priced at just €23 per day and are on sale at the gate if you fancy going up to Cataluña to check out your F1 favourites. Lewis Hamilton will also have his future on his mind, as his contract with Mercedes runs out at the end of the year. The six-times champion has not declared his plans, but team boss Toto Wolff told the BBC this week that the combination of Hamilton and Mercedes was 'the obvious pairing'.

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Canaries fear roasting By Alex Trelinski Top meets bottom in the Premier League this weekend as Norwich City nervously prepare for the visit of Liverpool to Carrow Road this Saturday evening. The teams met on the opening weekend of the season at Anfield, with Liverpool romping to a four-one win over the promoted East Anglians, with all of the home side's goals coming in the first half. A gigantic 55 points separate them in the table and there'll be no surprise if Jurgen Klopp fields reserve

players, with an eye on Tuesday night's Champions League clash at Atletico Madrid. Once again the Premier League fixtures are reduced because of the winter-break, with six matches being strung out over four days for the benefit of the television companies. Third-placed Leicester start the action this Friday night at home to Wolves, and the weekend finishes on Monday with Chelsea entertaining Manchester United, who have spent their winter break in the Malaga area.

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