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By Dave Jones Elche football team were left high and dry in Tenerife after their return flight to Alicante was cancelled on Sunday due to the Sahara sand and dust in the atmosphere which engulfed the Canary Islands. The club noted at the time that the players would return to Elche when another flight could be organised and ‘the climatic conditions allow it’. Nearly 48 hours later on Tuesday morning the club posted a message on Twitter to say that they had finally managed to board a plane and were heading home. State news agency
EFE reminded that this was the second time this year that the Elche FC players had been caught out on away trips. After playing in Gijón last
month their flight was cancelled due to the fire at Alicante-Elche airport. To make things worse, they lost their latest away game 1-0 against CD Tenerife.
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Man stole impounded car By Jo Pugh National Police in Valencia have arrested a man who stole a car which was being stored in the car pound in Calpe. The car had previously been taken there by a tow truck for alleged parking infringements. He was caught on 11 February when National Police in Valencia noticed the car had no rear number plate. Upon realising he was being followed, the driver sped off, ignoring traffic lights and stop signs and damaging other vehicles. He was eventually stopped on the outskirts of
Valencia. Following a vehicle check, the officers discovered that the car had been stolen two days earlier from the municipal pound warehouse. The thief had also damaged the perimeter fencing and exit barrier. The car had been rented on February 1 from a company at Alicante airport, and should have been returned four days later. The driver, who had no previous convictions and was not the same person who had rented the car, was investigated for the theft of the vehicle. He appeared in court and awaits a further hearing.
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By Alex Watkins
A dangerous man who has been on the run from the law for three years was finally caught by the Guardia Civil in Redován, reported the Guardia Civil. While he was a fugitive, the 34-year-old Spaniard allegedly carried out two robberies with violence and a break-in at a warehouse, and seven warrants were issued for his arrest. His 33-year-old brother was also arrested for allegedly helping him with one of the robberies with violence. This took place in June 2019 when the brothers came across an 84-year-old man whose car had broken
down on a road in Callosa de Segura. They made out that they were going to help him but instead beat him up and stole his wallet, leaving the old man defenceless on the ground with bruised knees and injured forearms. The second robbery was in Redován in November, when the main suspect threatened a man aged 32 with a pistol and stole €600. He is also suspected of breaking into a warehouse in Cox, from which material valued at about €60,000 was stolen. Hidden and protected by his family for three years, he managed to elude two big Guardia Operations to catch
him, on one occasion jumping out of a vehicle just before a checkpoint and hiding out on the mountainside. This time numerous plain clothes officers managed to follow him and saw him enter a bar to buy tobacco, having left his car engine running in case he needed to make a quick getaway. However the officers did not give him a chance and detained him as he was leaving the bar. He was handed over to a court in Orihuela, which ruled that he be remanded in custody and that his brother – who had been arrested previously and much more easily – was granted the possibility of bail.
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Fishing tourism bid for EU funds
Representatives of fishermen’s guilds in Alicante province have been too Brussels to defend their fishing tourism project to the EU. They had come from Villajoyosa, Vinaròs, Torrevieja and Gandia to meet with the manaher of EU funds for fishing, along with the advisors on fishing and tourism from the Spanish embassy to EU institutions. They argued that the Valencia re-
gion’s fishing tourism plan promotes sustainability in the Mediterranean and diversifies traditional fishing activity. The president of the provincial federation of fishermen’s guilds, Jose Ignacio Lorca said the experience is doubly beneficial, because visitors have a magnificent time and it helps to preserve the profession of fishing and showcases the wildlife of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as
helping to modernise the sector. MEP for Valencia region Inmaculada Rodríguez Piñero said the aim is to obtain funding for this pilot Project and then export it to other regions. They also discussed the need for Spanish and European fishermen to face the challenge of sustainable fishing in order to ensure the long term survival of certain species and protect the seabed.
Pensioner killed by runaway car A man was knocked over and killed on Sunday lunchtime, after what appeared to be a tragic accident. The 72-year-old was tending to his land in Cami de les Comes in Teulada when he was struck down by an empty car. According to the Guardia Civil, the owner of the car is being investigated for not applying the handbrake. Apparently, the car had been parked and had rolled down a hill gathering speed, knocking the man over as it did so. Cami de les Comes is situated off the CV-740, the road connecting Teulada to Moraira. CICU (The Emergency Information and Coordination Centre) received notice at 11:54 that an accident had occurred. Two ambulances were sent to the scene, but the man had already passed away and could not be saved. Further investigations into the accident are ongoing.
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Women freed in brothel busts A total of 19 Latin American women who were being used as sex slaves have been rescued from two brothels in Murcia and Cartagena by the National Police. The investigation involved more than 100 officers from different units and also resulted in 20 people being arrested, 10 of whom have been remanded in custody by a judge. A National Police spokeswoman revealed that a gang was a family clan who had allegedly forced more than 200 women to work as prostitutes. The women were in a desperate financial situation in their home countries – mainly Venezuela and Colombia - and were offered jobs in Spain that turned out to be fake. The gang paid the travel expenses of the women, who
were driven straight from the airport to one of the brothels and forced to prostitute themselves and sell drugs to pay off the debt. The victims were monitored all the time and they were punished if they broke any of the gang’s rules. Officers raided five properties and two brothels, from which they seized €100,000 in cash, seven luxury cars, several weapons, drugs and electronic devices. The National Police reminded everyone that human trafficking can be anonymously reported to the hotline 900 10 50 90 and the email email@example.com. They also highlighted that the call is not registered on the list of phone calls list or the invoice and all details are treated confidentially.
Callous carer caught The day-carer of a 90-year old woman from Cartagena was recently arrested by the National Police for abuse, threats and continuous thefts from the elderly woman. The suspect is a 54year-old Moroccan woman, who threatened the elderly woman to make her the only heir in her will, explained a spokeswoman for the force. She made sure she would inherit the victim’s home and in the meantime had been stealing her pension and jewellery. The victim had no relatives to take care of her and was afraid of being alone without any help so she agreed to the carer’s petitions. The victim was in Santa Lucía hospital since August
to recover from the poor care she was receiving at home, so she told the nurses about her fears. She tried to change her will and lay off the carer, but the suspect had all her documents, house keys and even her ID. The spokeswoman said the carer only visited the hospital to ask for more money or favours and stressed that the poor lady was totally helpless. The nurses reported the victim’s case to the hospital psychologist and the National Police. Officers recovered all her documents, her house keys and a few pieces of jewellery and the victim was eventually able to change the will, make the carer redundant and hire a new one.
Kits to help with the cancer treatment process
Oncology patients at Torrevieja and Vinalopó (Elche) hospitals are being given a kit to help them with any concerns about the prospect of a long treatment process. “A cancer diagnosis is a hard blow for anyone and those around them,” explained a spokeswoman for Ribera Salud, the company which runs both public hospitals for the regional government. To lighten this load as much as possible, a comprehensive care plan has been designed by the nursing department for patients using the day hospital.
“It is important they know they are not going to be alone and we are going to look after them and will do everything possible to cure them, with the best professionals at their disposition,” assured the Torrevieja day hospital nursing supervisor, and project leader, Melanie López. Patients will meet the multi-disciplinary team who will treat them, including a haematologist, a psych-oncologist, an oncologist and a supervising nurse to help with appointments and can be called from home about any doubts over side-effects.
The welcome kit includes a drawstring bag to keep paperwork in, a guide to the process, a pencil and notebook, hand cream (because the treatment causes dry skin) and anti-slip socks (to protect against hypothermia). The care plan includes planning activities to help the patient look after themselves, with advice about diet, exercise and skin care. “Immediately detecting the patient’s needs and offering them a solution also helps to reduce their anxiety about a treatment they don’t really know how it will affect them,” added Sra López.
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Almoradí new PGOU
Almoradí council will submit its new PGOU Town Plan for approval at the next full council meeting so that it can be displayed to the public. According to a spokeswoman for the Partido Popular (PP) local government, the project will enable development that is adapted to the current reality, especially after the recent floods, will set targets for adaptation to climate change and comply with directives from the regional department for envi-
ronmental and territorial evaluation. Previous versions of the new PGOU have been blocked by the regional authorities for problems such as planning to create disperse residential areas and huge commercial centres in floodprone parts of the municipality. New reports will be requested from all levels of government to check how the land will cope in adverse circumstances, she assured.
“Having an up to date plan will help to regulate the future urban growth of Almoradí in a sustainable and effective way, and will resolve the lack of land for industry, in this way facilitating growth and setting up of new projects and businesses, and creation of employment,” she said. Once the PGOU is on public display, there will be a period during which residents can consult it and submit any objections they may have.
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Filming starts in Santa Pola
A new Spanish television series, set in the 1990s but with a science-fiction twist, started filming some scenes in Santa Pola on Thursday. Entitled Paraíso and set to screen on Movistar+ later this year, the locations include Pola Park funfair and Tamarit beach. The filming will continue for 15 weeks at various locations on the Costa Blanca, Valencia and Madrid.
Director Fernando González Molina said Santa Pola was chosen because they were looking for places on the coast where they could recreate the atmosphere of a town celebrating its local fiestas in 1992. At the presentation to the media, mayoress Loreto Serrano expressed her gratitude to the producers for choosing the municipality. She pointed out that more
than 1,500 people had attended the casting call for extras which was held in midJanuary in collaboration with the town hall’s Film Office. About 350 (300 adults and 50 children) were chosen, most of them local residents. The plot of the series centres on the disappearance of three 15-year-olds, whose friends discover that their captors may not be from this world.
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The contract to build a new drinking water deposit in Arenales del Sol in Elche has been awarded by the board of the public company Aigües d’Elx, announced mayor Carlos González. It will be constructed by the company ACSA Obras e Infraestructuras for a total of €911,391 and is due to take nine months to complete. The 5,300 cubic metre deposit will guarantee a reserve water supply for 24 hours based on the maximum level of demand (calculated according to the current level plus 40% to account for growth projected in the PGOU Town Plan). The project is necessary because
during routing cleaning and disinfection work at the existing facility, which is about 30 years old, structural problems were detected, explained the mayor. “During this period various jobs to seal the interior vertical panels were carried out,” he said. “Various alternatives were considered but given its useful life and the cost of repairing it, it was thought better to replace it.” Sr González added that this project is part of the council’s plan to invest over €30 million during this legislature to improve quality of life for residents of the municipality’s rural districts.
New SAT shop in Montesinos By Alex Trelinski SAT Animal Rescue last week opened its new charity shop in Los Montesinos on Calle Alejo Martínez, after spending a decade in the town at its previous location on Avenida del Mar. Los Montesinos mayor José Manuel Butrón (pictured-left) helped to cut the tape as the revamped shop takes its place in a network of six outlets across the south of the Costa Blanca from the first store opened in Guardamar in 2005 through to the
new shop opened last year in Gran Alacant. SAT Animal Rescue has helped to rescue around nine thousand dogs since it was formed, and future fundraising events include a Dinner Dance on Saturday March 7 at Restaurante Los Rosales in Campo de Guardamar.
Calling all knitters A local charity is appealing for people to get their knitting needles out to help provide homeless people with blankets. The idea came after HELP Vega Baja donated €5,000 to a Cruz Roja project at their centre in Guardamar to help those without a roof over their heads. Some of the HELP volunteers then suggested knitting some blankets which they could donate. HELP President Michele Masson said, "Over the last two months many of them have dug out knitting needles and made square after square with the end result being some beautiful and warm blankets." Masson added that the idea has blossomed around the area, as it also helps people to come together. The blanket squares measure in
at 14 x 19 cms each, and if you want to go the full hog of coming up with a complete blanket, they come in at 142 x 114 cms. Once they are finished, HELP volunteers will hand sew in labels in the finished items. Any donations of wool or needles would be appreciated and these can be left at HELP's San Miguel de Salinas Centre on a weekday between 10am and 1.30pm.
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Catland opens charity shop By Edward Graham Jávea-based Catland has opened a charity shop in the town’s bustling port area to help raise funds to rescue and re-home abandoned cats. The charity is waiting for the paperwork to be completed to start building of its sanctuary on the outskirts of the Marina Alta town; the money is available for the construction but the shop will be an income stream to help meet monthly costs. The shop, in Carrer Churruga, next to the ‘Fishermen’s Church’, is open from 10am to 2pm Monday to Saturday. Charity president Claire Wall (pictured) said the shop would sell donated items and have a notice to advertise events and animal adoptions; it was also hoped volunteers would pop in and sign up to help Catland.
“We have been going for two years now and are waiting for a building licence to start work on the refuge. “We have raised the money to go ahead and build the refuge but, obviously, we need an income to meet our monthly bills such as vet fees and to pay running costs” Find out more about the charity through the website: www.catlandjavea.com.
Eighty members of the Teulada-Moraira U3A Wine Tasting Group attended the February meeting at Bar Mediterráneo in Teulada. Group leader Brian Clark introduced Raquel, from Bodegas Castaño, who was making her third visit to the group. The bodega is situated in Yecla, a small town in the north of the province of Murcia, which has a different microclimate compared with the rest of the province of Murcia, with minimum temperatures around -4/6C in normal winters and over 40C in summer. The Castaño family has always been considered a pioneer in experimenting with the grape variety Monastrell to both create straight wines and blend it with other varieties and introducing the latest technology. Raquel brought along six wines for members to sample: two whites, one rosé and three reds. All in all, it was a wine tasting well received and enjoyed by our members. Thanks to group leaders Brian and Pat for another well-organised event.
members at 9.30am to renew their membership (the fee is €10 per person), visit the travel desk or see the Cultural events, the formal meeting will commence at 10.30am. As this is the A.G.M. we do not accept applications for new members on this day. Once the formal business has started at 10.30am the renewals and travel information desks will be closed. There will not be a speaker at this meeting due to the election of officers and members of the Committee. For details of all events and information about the U3A Moraira-Teulada go to the website. ww.u3amoraira-teulada.org
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AGM at Torrevieja U3A By Barry Weston Monday, February, 24 was the day of the Torrevieja U3A AGM. The meeting proceeded reasonably well and the majority of the outgoing officers and committee were voted back in to serve for another term. Jill Edwards, who had served as Secretary for many years finally retired
from the post and was presented with a basket of flowers by the president Peter Shaw as a token farewell gift. Although Jill will no longer be on the committee, she will still be a member of the group and will be around to help out if needed. After the formalities had concluded, the audience were entertained by the well
known local singer/musician Paul Christie who soon had people singing along to old favourites and even managed to get a few people up dancing. Not bad for a Monday morning. For more information about the Torrevieja U3A see the website https://www. torreviejau3a.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Aircrew Association Costa Blanca loses a friend It was with much sadness that the Aircrew Association Costa Blanca recently heard of the passing of its longest serving Chairman and Former President, Brian Weskett. Brian died in UK on Thursday, 30th January after his health deteriorated rapidly, following major surgery in December last year. Brian was an active and popular Member of the Aircrew Association from September 1992 for 28 years. He served as its Chairman for 12 years before becoming President in 2012. Brian and his wife, Anne, were well-known and much admired and respected members of the wider community on the Costa Blanca where they were also members of the Royal Society of St George. They also were frequent and enthusiastic bowls players on the many Greens on the Costa Blanca. They moved to
UK permanently in February 2016. Brianâ€™s funeral took place at Worthing Crematorium on Monday, February 24. Brian will be sadly missed but he will be remembered fondly by all those who knew him. He was a special gentleman and friend Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anne and her family at this sad time.
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Sierra Golfers give to Mabs Chums say thanks By Alex Trelinski Members of the Sierra Golf Society based at the New Sierra course at Balsicas in Murcia handed over a 400 euro donation to the MABS San Javier cancer charity. The golfers popped over to the MABS charity shop in San Javier last Friday for the presentation, with the money going to help the organisation that provides support to cancer patients and their families. The San Javier group covers a large area from Pilar de la Horadada in the north, down to Cartagena and La Manga, and inland to Murcia City and its suburbs.
Ben's kind-hearted move By Alex Trelinski An Icelandic man, who recently decided to take up running to lose weight, will take part in next month´s Elche Half-Marathon to raise money for the Elche Children´s Care Home. 22-year-old Ben del Grosso lives on the La Marina urbanisation, and only started running
last September and got hooked, getting his first HalfMarathon under his belt just a few weeks ago. In a message to the Elche home, Ben said: "I have always wanted to run for charity and to use my running in aid of a good cause, and I think what you do is incredible". The race, which is the
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Marilyn and Peter Rogers from CHUMS (friends of charity) recently made a donation to La Nucía Food Bank. Marilyn and Peter went shopping with Rita and Anna and bought five trolleys full of food and sundries costing €665. Anna then phoned the transport and they came and put it all in the lorry and took it back to base. The photo shows Rita, Marilyn, Peter and Anna with all the food. Marilyn and Peter Rogers would also like to give a huge Thank You to Matt and Rebecca King of the Broadway Academy for their very generous donation of €500 from their wonderful performance of The Wizard of Oz in January. They said it will help to donate more food to the local food banks for the people less fortunate than ourselves.
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The Arts Society Marina Alta The next presentation is on March 5 at Salones Canor Teulada. Doors open 10am for registration, coffee is available and the presentation will begin at 10.45am. The Arts Society Marina Alta is very pleased, and proud, to welcome and have
as our next presenter, Dr. Lars Tharp (pictured). He is an historian, lecturer, television presenter and cellist, a media giant of our day. As has become standard fare, a glass of wine & soft drinks will be available to members & guests to allow socialising with the Committee and Speaker after the lecture. For further details of the Society, venue and programme for 2020 see our website www.marinaalta arts.com or for membership email membership@marina altaarts.com.
‘The Snow Child’ By Eowyn Ivey
Reviewed by Brody Rafter This beguiling tale takes place in 1920's Alaska. It's about a couple, Jack and Mabel, who have staked everything they possess on a remote homestead in a stark wilderness. It's a story inspired by a classic Russian fairy tale, one that Mabel knows from her childhood, 'The Snow Child'. There's a strong supernatural element throughout the story, as well as an excellent sense of place and mood. The lonely but beautiful Alaskan landscape is so well evoked that it will make you shiver. This would not seem the best setting for somebody like Mabel, who is suffering from acute sadness after the loss of their baby and the certainty that there will be no more. But this is where they've decided to make a new start. Despite their struggle to live off this harsh land and their lack of children, they enjoy lovely moments with times of tenderness and fun. For myself, this would be one of my last choices of places to go to heal and come back to life. It's desolate, it's dangerous, it's hand to mouth survival and there is not even a library or a warm cafe in sight. Imagine. There's no question that they are running away from their tragic heartbreak. People say we shouldn't
Music-fans are invited to this celebration of the fantastic legend Fats Domino today, Wednesday, February 26. He would have been 92 years old. Fats has given his fans countless gold and platinum records, so come along.
Honky-Tonk-Man Big Jack, piano, will play about 30 tracks of Fats Domino in La Plaça, in Els Poblets at 8pm playing/ singing in memory of the great legend. Please reserve a tableby calling 644 567 507.
Oliva U3A February meeting The Oliva U3A’s meeting this month will be held on Thursday, February 27 in the Polivalent, starting at 11am. The doors will open at 10.15am so that members or interested potential members can enjoy a chat over tea and biscuits before the talk begins – or peruse the descriptions of the many groups the U3A has to offer. As always, there will be
books for sale, too. Donations from both the books and tea go to charity. The presenter for this meeting is Peter Atkinson who will discuss the HMS Endeavour (1764-1778): from carrying coal from Newcastle to London to sailing the Pacific with Captain Cook to adventures in the Atlantic to an undignified end and, possibly, a partial resurrection.
Weekly Post Book Review do this. And don't we know that? But, to make a completely new start, to begin again where nobody knows you, to have to fight to live, each day finding new ways of doing this, has to help the healing process, has to make us change, in ways we never thought possible,for better or for worse. It has to take you out of yourself and open your eyes to a bigger world. In this case, a world of constant challenge. What drives this story forward is not how they survive or learn to live a completely different way of life, but that a real girl mysteriously shows up the morning after the first snow fall of winter, and after Jack and Mabel construct a snow girl next to their cabin. This mystifying girl is very ethereal. You wonder whether she is really there, is there any substance to her, but she is, like them, a survivor. She knows the country in a way they never will. She is part of Alaska and she becomes part of their lives. It's sad at times, and very poignant, but there are magical moments in this well-told, beautifully written tale that will set your heart alight as you learn about the pioneering spirit and the wonderful sense of com-
munity as people help and support each other in this cruel but awe-inspiring wilderness. Here,a pharmacy is not around the next corner and doctors are not just a call away and the dangers are of a different scope from anything these newcomers have ever experienced. This novel was on the Richard and Judy Bestseller list. It also went on to be a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. So yes, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Especially if you enjoy fairy tales and appreciate excellent prose, deep characterization and good story telling.
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Get your hats on A taste of Rojales for the tea party! By Barry Wright
The Marina Bar, Calle de las Rosas once again have the Mad hatters Tea Party event on Friday, March 6 at 3pm this time in aid of the AFA Alzheimers Charity. The event will include a quiz, raffle, prize for the best hat and is sure to be as successful as other years.
The cost for the event is €12.50 a head bookable in advance by ringing The Marina Bar on 965705907. Rita and Dave of the Marina Bar together with fundraisers David and Lorraine Whitney are looking forward to welcoming old and new supporters to this popular charity fundraiser.
How does rib stew with potatoes in a yellow sauce, or butter beans with lobster, clams and prawns sound? If this gets the taste buds tingling then it is time to get along to the eighth Rojales spoon meal gastronomic initiative. A total of 10 restaurants are taking part in the event, which runs from February 26 to March 6 and sees participating establishments offering four course
meals for a set price of €16. Each of the participating restaurants will be offering set meals based on local products from the sea and nearby market gardens. Each restaurant will be offering their ‘spoon meal’ on one day only. Here is the schedule: February 26, Bar-Restaurante Josemar; February 27, Mesón La Noria; February 28, La Taberna de Lola; March 2, Casa Contenta; March 3, The Old Don Carlos; and March 4, La
Garbera Tapería. Each set menu includes a starter, salad, spoon dish, dessert and one drink. Full details, available from https://conectarojales.com /cuchara2020. Prior booking is essential. firstname.lastname@example.org
Andante International Choir Andante International Choir will give three performances of John Rutter’s Requiem next month. This particular requiem includes parts of the Latin Requiem with added psalms and biblical verses in English. On Friday, March 27, 8pm at Parroquia Cristo Resucitado, Calle Diamente 7, in Orihuela Costa. On March 28, 8pm at Parroquia Nuestra
Señora del Pilar, Calle el Sol 2, in Los Montesinos. On Sunday March 29,6pm at Iglesia San Pedro y San Pablo at Calle de los Jazmines 2, in Torrevieja. For more info, contact Karen Blagbrough at email@example.com or choir member and Spanish-speaker Paulina at 628-040-593.
Spiritualist Centre, Benijofar 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. Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7pm. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. The Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, March 1 will be taken by Len Cox at
11.30am. The Evening of Mediumship on March 3 will be taken by Micky Ivers at 7pm. For further information please see: www.spiritualistcentre-benijofar.com Telephone 626 602 904. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Identification Fiscal G54713789
St. Petersburg Festival Ballet swans into Torrevieja By Barry Wright Created in 2009 to represent the best traditions and spirit of ballet from the city after which it is named, the St. Petersburg Festival Ballet prides itself on its ‘strict classic elegance, fresh breath of the 21st century, and perfect dance performance in combination with a truly royal splendour of costumes and scenery’. St. Petersburg is said to be the ‘cradle of the famous Russian ballet’ which was created by one of the most influential ballet masters and choreographers in its history, Marius Petipa, in the 19th century. Many of the artists that perform with the ensemble are recruited from the city’s Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, which embodies all the elements of classic ballet. The St. Petersburg Festival Ballet claims to ‘reflect the
spirit, elegance and grace of the historic city from which it originates’. This is achieved by combining the dancing with sets and costumes by the world-famous set and costume designer Vyacheslav Okunev (Bolshoi Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre, La Scala). Over the last 10 years the ballet has toured with great success and performed on the biggest stages in Europe. St. Petersburg Festival Ballet will be showing off its classical ballet prowess at Torrevieja municipal theatre on Friday, March 6, when it performs a production of El Lago de Los Cines (Swan Lake). Sticking with the classical tradition, the ballet, with music composed by Tchaikovsky, will use choreography based on Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s 1895 revival of the production. The show commences at 9.30pm and tickets cost €30 and €45.
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CHECK OUT CHORIZO IN A RISOTTO By Alex Trelinski
The chorizo is king of the pork sausage in Spain, and traditionally it uses natural casings made from intestines, a method used since the days of the Romans. Spanish chorizo is made from coarsely chopped pork and pork fat, seasoned with garlic, smoked paprika and salt, with the paprika giving the sausage the famous reddish colour. There are literally hundreds of regional varieties of Spanish chorizo, both smoked and unsmoked, and some may contain herbs, and other ingredients. As an example, chorizo de
Pamplona is a thicker sausage with the meat more finely ground, whilst chorizo Riojano comes from La Rioja, and has its status protected as a product by the European Union. Chorizo is made in short or long and hard or soft varieties. Leaner varieties are suited to being eaten at room temperature as a tapa, whereas the fattier versions are generally used for cooking. A rule of thumb is that long, thin chorizos are sweet, and short chorizos are spicy, although this is not always the case, because this after all is Spain! If you have never come up
with a recipe involving chorizo, then here´s one for a chorizo and pea risotto. Ingredients: 1 tbsp oil 200g chorizo, chopped and peeled 300g arborio risotto rice 2 tbsp vinegar (better if white) 1.2 litres chicken stock 200g frozen peas 60g parmesan cheese (finely grated), plus extra to serve
Heat the oil in a large frying pan, tip in the chorizo and fry until it is crisp and all the oil has been released. Remove a quarter of the chorizo with a slotted spoon and set aside Tip the rice into the pan, stir to coat it in the oil and toast for a min or so, then pour in the vinegar. Once the vinegar has evaporated, add a ladleful of the stock, stir then, once absorbed, add a bit more. Con-
tinue doing this for about 20 mins until most of the stock has been absorbed and the rice has swollen but still has a slight bite. Tip in the peas, parmesan and the remaining stock. Give everything a good stir. Once the cheese has melted, season with black pepper, then divide between bowls, topping each portion with the remaining crisp chorizo and extra grated parmesan.
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Kimiko Barber Japanese By Ella Walker, PA Media Kyoto tiramisu recipe Kyoto tiramisu is a Japanese take on the Italian dessert. Kimiko Barber explains that "like many foreign dishes that have been adopted by the Japanese, tiramisu has been remodelled using green tea and sweet adzuki bean paste" - giving it a colourful twist. Kyoto tiramisu from Japanese in 7 by Kimiko Barber Ingredients: (Serves 8-10) 4 eggs, separated 150g caster sugar 300g mascarpone cheese 1tbsp matcha (green tea powder) plus extra for dusting 36 small sponge finger biscuits 300g sweet adzuki bean paste 3tbsp sake Kyoto tiramisu recipe
Method: 1. Whisk the egg whites in a large, clean stainless steel or copper mixing bowl using an electric hand whisk, until soft peaks form. 2. In a separate large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar using an electric hand whisk, until the mixture is light and fluffy and leaves a ribbon trail when dropped from the whisk. Add the mascarpone and blend until the mixture is smooth. Fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture. 3. Sift the matcha into a medium-sized bowl and whisk in 200ml of warm water, little by little. Dip half the biscuits, enough to cover the base of a 6-7cm deep, 25cm square dish (about 2L capacity), into the tea - they should be fairly well soaked but not so much that they break up. Arrange in a tightly packed layer in the base of the dish.
4. Mix the adzuki bean paste with the sake to soften. Spread half the bean paste mixture over the biscuit layer as evenly as possible using the back of a spoon. Then spread half the mascarpone mixture over the adzuki layer. Add another layer of soaked biscuits and then another layer of the remaining adzuki bean paste and mascarpone, smoothing the top layer neatly. Put about a teaspoon of matcha in a small sieve and dust over the top just before serving. 5. Serve in small portions as this is a very rich dessert. Moon udon recipe Moon udon (tsukimi udon) is a bowlful of goodness. Moon udon, takes its name from "tsukimi", explains food writer Kimiko Barber, "which literally means 'moon viewing' in Japanese a genteel pastime in autumn when the air is clear and the moon is full. "Here, the whole yellow egg yolk in the centre is depicted as the full moon surrounded by semi-cooked egg white and noodles as clouds," she adds. "Choose the freshest eggs you can find." Moon Udon from Japanese in 7 by Kimiko Barber Ingredients: (Serves 2) 200g dried udon noodles 300ml all-purpose noodle sauce 2tbsp mirin 4 slices of kamaboko, fish paste cake (optional)
2 very fresh eggs 1 spring onion, finely chopped to garnish Shichimitogarashi (seven-spice chilli powder) to serve (optional) Method: 1. Cook the noodles and portion between two warmed bowls. Keep warm. Preheating the bowls is particularly important for this recipe as you need all the retained heat to semi-cook the eggs. 2. Meanwhile, heat the noodle sauce and mirin in a saucepan with 400ml of water to just below boiling. Pour half a ladleful of hot broth over each noodle mound and keep the rest on a simmer. 3. If including kamaboko, arrange two slices at the side of the noodles. With the back of a ladle, make a hollowed nest in the centre of the noodles. Crack an egg and gently place the whole egg in
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the nest and ladle the remaining broth around it, then immediately cover each bowl with cling film to 'poach' the egg for one minute. The egg white should turn opaque white from the heat of the broth, but if you prefer the egg more cooked, microwave (800W) for 10-12 seconds. 4. Remove the cling film, garnish with the chopped spring onion and a sprinkle of shichimi-togarashi, if liked, and serve immediately. Hand-rolled sushi recipe Looking for an easy sushi recipe to make at home? "Hand-rolls are quick and easy to make and do not require any specialist equipment," says Kimiko Barber. Fancy making some sushi yourself at home? Here's how to give it a go... Hand-rolled sushi from Japanese in 7 by Kimiko Barber
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recipes Ingredients: (Makes 8 hand-rolls) 4 sheets of Nori, halved 400g prepared sushi rice (recipe below) 4 spoons wasabi paste 200g fish of your choice, cut into 6-7cm long, pencil-sized strips 200g vegetables such as cucumber, avocado, blanched carrot, fine green beans, cut into 6-7cm long thin strips, rocket or mustard cress For the sushi rice: (Makes 800-840g) 400g short-grain rice 1 postcard-sized piece of dried kelp 6tbsp + 1tsp sushi vinegar (info below) For the sushi vinegar: Sushi vinegar is a blend of rice vinegar with sugar and salt. There is a huge range of different formulas and each sushi bar jealously guards their secret recipe. But the most general guide is, using the dry weight of rice as the base measure, 10% of vinegar, 5% of sugar and 1% of salt as shown below.
(Adjust the amount of sugar or salt as preferred) 200g rice 220ml water 20ml rice vinegar 10g sugar 1/2tsp salt Method: 1. Make the sushi rice. Wash the rice under cold running water, drain and set aside for 30 minutes-one hour to let it absorb the moisture. 2. Put the washed rice and 440ml of water in a heavybased saucepan with a tightfitting lid. Make some slashes
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in the kelp to release more flavour and place it on top of the rice, then wait for 10-15 minutes before turning on the heat. Cover, bring to the boil over a high heat and, when it just begins to boil, remove and discard the kelp. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking for six to seven minutes, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until steam stops escaping. Turn off the heat and leave it to steam, with a tea towel wrapped around the lid to stop condensation dripping down on the rice, for 10-15 minutes. 3. Moisten a hangiri (see Cook's Tip below) to stop the rice from sticking. Spread the hot rice in a thin layer in the tub. Sprinkle the sushi vinegar over the rice, then, with a moistened rice paddle or a flat spatula, toss the rice using cut-and-turn strokes (the lateral motion separates and coats the grains without bruising or mashing) and at the same time cool it quickly by fanning. This is a bit tricky to do by yourself, so either get someone else to fan the
rice or, if you are on your own, alternate tossing and fanning rather than juggling both. 4. Sushi rice is ready when it has cooled to room temperature and the grains are fluffy and glisteningly shiny. Try not to overdo this as the rice will become sticky and heavy. To keep sushi rice from drying out, cover it with a clean, damp cloth until needed, but use it up on the day it is prepared. 5. Fold the sheets of nori in half across the grain and pinch along the folded edge, then pull them apart in halves - you should have four rectangular half nori sheets. 6. Hold a piece of halved rectangular nori in your left hand. Put a generous tablespoonful of rice on the top left corner of the nori and
flatten it slightly. Dab a small amount of wasabi paste on the rice. Arrange your choice of fillings on top of the rice so that they point diagonally to the top left corner of the nori. Then bring the bottom lefthand corner of the nori towards the top side centre, wrapping it around the rice and fillings, forming a cornet. Repeat to make eight rolls in total. COOK'S TIP: A hangiri is a specially designed shallow wooden tub, made of Japanese cypress and hooped with copper. Hangiri are expensive, even in Japan, so you can use any wide, shallow, non-metallic tub instead. Japanese in 7 by Kimiko Barber, photography by Emma Lee, is published by Kyle Books. Available now.
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Hepatitis Hepatitis is the Greek term for liver inflammation. Hepatitis can be caused by viruses such as hepatitis A and B. Glandular fever can also cause an attack of hepatitis. Hepatitis can be acute lasting less than six months, or chronic - lasting more than 6 months. There are several possible causes of acute hepatitis: ■ Infectious viral hepatitis, such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D and hepatitis E.
■ Other viral diseases, such as glandular fever and cytomegalovirus. ■ Severe bacterial infections. ■ Amoebic infections. ■ Certain medications ■ Toxins: alcohol and fungi Chronic hepatitis also has a number of different causes: ■ Infectious hepatitis, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and hepatitis D.
■ Drug reactions. ■ Excessive alcohol consumption. ■ Autoimmune hepatitis - a disease of unknown cause where liver cells are destroyed by the patient's own immune system. ■ Metabolic disorders, such as Wilson's disease (disorder of the body's copper metabolism) and haemochromatosis (disorder of the body's iron metabolism). SYMPTOMS Acute hepatitis The symptoms of acute hepatitis vary considerably from person to person. Some patients have no symptoms at all, and in most cases, children only show mild symptoms. ■ tiredness, general malaise, slight fever ■ nausea, poor appetite, changes in taste perception ■ pressure or pain below the right ribs caused by an enlarged liver ■ aching muscles and joints, headache, skin rash ■ yellowing of sclerae (the whites of the eyes), skin and mucous membranes ■ dark urine ■ pale coloured stools ■ tiredness that may persist for several weeks Chronic hepatitis ■ many patients have no symptoms ■ tiredness, aching muscles and joints ■ pressure or pain below the right ribs
■ jaundice is a very late symptom of chronic hepatitis DIAGNOSIS Blood tests will help determine the cause and severity of the hepatitis. An ultrasound and/or other types of scan may be required. In certain situations a liver biopsy may be recommended. TREATMENT ■ No medical treatment is generally required for acute viral hepatitis. ■ Chronic hepatitis B and C can be treated with antiviral agents ■ Autoimmune hepatitis can by treated with corticosteroids OUTLOOK Hepatitis B and hepatitis C can
become chronic. Hepatitis A never does. About one fifth of the patients with chronic hepatitis B and C are at risk of developing cirrhosis.
There is also an increased risk of liver
cancer. Cirrhosis can also be caused by other types of chronic hepatitis. Acute infectious viral hepatitis usually resolves with without treatment.
Acute infection is rarely life threatening. Acute hepatitis caused by medicines or alcohol usually improves once the liver is no longer exposed to these substances.
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BLOOD CANCER SYMPTOMS By Lisa Salmon, PA
Despite being relatively common, blood cancer warning signs can be easy to miss. Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer, such as leukaemia or lymphoma. It's the fifth most common cancer, and the third biggest cause of cancer deaths. Yet warning signs of blood cancers can be so unlike those of other cancers, that it's often diagnosed at a very late stage. Research by the blood cancer charity Bloodwise (bloodwise.org.uk) found more than a third of people with blood cancer had to visit their GP three or more times with symptoms before being referred to hospital. This makes it the worst performing cancer in terms of early diagnosis, the charity says. Why is it so difficult to spot? Well, blood cancers, which stop blood stem cells from working normally and can make you weak and prone to infections, have three main types with many different variations. These variations have numerous diverse symptoms, which can often be mistaken for other less serious conditions. "Not all signs of blood cancer are easily identifiable, or are associated with typical symptoms of cancer, such as a lump or abnormal mole," explains haematologist Dr Manos Nikolousis, a medical consultant with the blood cancer charity DKMS (dkms.org.uk).
"Blood cancer often presents in ways which are most commonly associated with unrelated and less serious illnesses, like a cold or flu. In other circumstances, patients notice a change in their body which they can't quite put their finger on."
One of the treatments for blood cancer is a stem cell transplant that restores bloodforming stem cells in patients who've had theirs destroyed by very high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. But Nikolousis points out that only one in three blood cancer patients who need a transplant will find a matching blood stem cell donor in their family. The remaining two-thirds have to rely on an unrelated donor, which significantly reduces their chance of finding a crucial match. What else do you need to know about blood cancer?
Here, Nikolousis outlines some blood cancer symptoms and warning signs... 1. Back pain Musculoskeletal pain in muscles, joints, tendons, bones or structures that support the limbs, neck or back. 2. Bruising or bleeding One of the most common symptoms associated with blood cancer is bruising, and/or bleeding. The frequency and lasting impact of bruising can be a key warning sign of blood cancer, so it's important to book an appointment with your GP if this develops. 3. Fatigue Unexplained and persistent tiredness is one of the biggest telltale signs of blood cancer. People who have cancer-related fatigue find it incredibly challenging to complete simple tasks that we tend to take for granted. 4. Swollen lymph nodes/ glands The lymph nodes are small lumps of tissue that contain white blood cells. When inflamed, they can be felt as lumps under the skin; most commonly in the neck, armpit or groin area. 5. Headaches There may be new headaches that feel different to headaches previously experienced. They're likely to occur frequently and be severe and long-lasting. They also often appear alongside other physical symptoms associated with blood cancer. 6. Stomach discomfort Persistent abdominal discomfort, presenting as a sharp pain
or a sense of feeling full. 7. Numbness in the hands or feet This can be described as a feeling of pins and needles/ numbness in the feet that moves up to the legs, or from fingers into the arms. 8. Heart palpitations This can feel like a fluttering, a sudden thump or a fast pounding sensation in the chest. It can also be felt in the neck or ear when lying down. 9. Loss of concentration There may be a prolonged or recurring inability to concentrate or focus, and people may describe this as feeling mentally drained or dizzy. 10. Sleep problems Blood cancer patients may have continuous trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. This might result in a restless night's sleep causing a feeling of extreme tiredness. 11. Itchy skin Persistent, irritable and itchy skin. This may be experienced all over the body, or in isolated spots. Again, this symptom often appears alongside other physical symptoms associated with blood cancer.
Get it checked These symptoms are very common and don't automatically mean you have cancer. But if you notice any unusual or ongoing changes, it's always best to see your doctor and get checked out sooner rather than later.
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Colonoscopies prevent colon cancer deaths
Colonoscopy is the most accurate test for cancer of the colon and rectum, proven to detect the disease early and save lives. But even a very good test can be done too often. Here’s when you need it, and when you might not. Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women nationwide. Screening tests like colonoscopies—in which a doctor examines inside the rectum and colon using a long, lighted tube called a colonoscope—can detect early-stage colorectal cancer before symptoms develop. Early detection is important because treatments are more likely to be successful for early- rather than late-stage cancer.
Colonoscopy also allows doctors to remove any abnormal growths they find, including polyps. Polyps are growths on the inner wall of the colon or rectum that are common in people over age 50. Most polyps are benign, but some (called adenomas) can become cancer. Removing polyps during colonoscopy can not only prevent colorectal cancer, but also reduce deaths from the disease for years, according to a new study. The evidence strongly suggests that people who participate in colorectal cancer screening programs have a lower incidence of colorectal cancer diagnoses and are far more likely to survive if they are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
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Cardigans are cool again: how to wear them celeb style By Katie Wright, PA Fashion and Beauty Editor
New York's most stylish actors are loving the cosy cardi look, says Katie Wright. In the world of fashion, there are celebrities who divide opinion (a certain family of reality TV stars, for example), then there are the famous faces who are universally admired for their personal style. Sarah Jessica Parker is one such individual, so you know that when the Sex and the City style icon decrees that cardigans are cool again, you better believe it's true. The 54-year-old was recently spotted at a film screening in a slouchy brown cashmere cardigan from knitwear brand Madeleine Thompson. Plus, the button-down knit has found another 90s TV star champion of late, in the form of Katie Holmes. When the former Dawson's Creek actor was papped wearing a matching cashmere cardigan and bra while hailing a cab in New York the photo went viral and fashion fans clamoured to find out where the items were from.
The twinset is by American brand Khaite, which has also been worn by the likes of pop star Selena Gomez and model Kaia Gerber. So you want to join the cardi crew? There are a few rules you'll need to follow. First of all, this trend is all about effortless cool, so your cardigan needs to be oversized and made from a chunky wool - forget any notions of prissy, tight, buttoned-up-tothe-neck styles paired with pearls. It's got to be boxy and short with a V-neck, rather than longline and snug. Keep it subdued on the colour front, too. Think biscuit, oatmeal, ivory or soft peach - cool tones that are ideal for teaming with faded denim jeans. As for what to wear it with, you could take your cue from Parker and Holmes and opt for a matching knitted bra or crop top, or wear it with nothing underneath, as you would a jumper. Alternatively, layer your cardigan over a mannish white shirt for a relaxed but cosy winter look.
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Across the Pond: Mardi Gras This week marks the Mardi Gras celebration that leads up to the Lenten season and its theme of sacrifice and deprivation. What with being a cradle Catholic, I don’t need to worry about forgetting about its arrival. I have been observing these rituals for as long as I can remember; when I was a youngster, the sacrificing part consisted of abstaining from meat for 40 days. (1) The deprivation part for any kid attending St. John Elementary in Loogootee, Indiana consisted of giving up candy, comic books, soft drinks and movies. While depriving myself of comic books was difficult, the hardest thing of all was giving up movies. Once I reached the age of reason, my Saturday afternoons were reserved for the adventures of my cowboy heroes, Gene Autry and Lash Larue, found only at the Ritz theatre in Loogootee, Indiana. Not being able to sit foot in the building during Lent was doubly hard because I knew that the story behind Gene or Lash taking care of that week’s particular set of bad guys would be gone forever once that Saturday’s showing was over. That was it; there was no VCR taping, no DVR’ing, no Redbox and no Netflix streaming. Those 40 days seemed like
an eternity and what was worse was my mom’s contention that Lent did not end until sunrise on Easter Sunday. She could argue until the cows came home but me and every other kid in town knew the sacrificing was over the morning after Good Friday; we were good to go on that Saturday with a new comic book, a cherry phosphate at Walker’s soda fountain and the Saturday afternoon movie at the Ritz. I expect the memory of that new found freedom on those long ago Saturday mornings is as close to walking out of prison gates that I will ever experience. But Lenten sacrifice is not what I sat down to talk about today. This column was supposed to be about our preparing for the Mardi Gras celebration; we were all primed to attend a Mardi Gras style party with other adults and lots of Louisiana food washed down with adult drinks. There were no plans for any New Orleans style debauchery; I was not sure our hearts could stand it. That schedule went awry when I learned that the teenagers at our church, including our granddaughter, Riley, put together an alcohol-free dinner and games evening for parishioners and their children. All we had to do was bring the food. “I don’t know, Riley.” I told her. “I was looking forward to
some of that real Cajun food.” “Grandpa, you don’t want to disappoint your granddaughter, do you? Especially since she will be leaving home and going off to college pretty soon.” “Well, no but there’s that food.” “You know how to cook, Grandpa.” She said, “I bet you can make something just as good.” She had me there. Ever since I have taken over the cooking duties at our house, I’m always ready to try something new. “Okay, we’ll go to the church party.” I said reluctantly; already running ideas for New Orleans style food through my head. I quickly ruled out barbecued crayfish (Crawdads for you Hoosier folks). There was no way Susie would allow any creatures in the house. My next choice was bread pudding but every recipe I looked at used an alcohol base for the sauce; this was a family party, after all. Etoufee sounded very French and romantic but when I saw that the English translation was ‘smothered or suffocated in sauce’ it didn’t sound as good. I also didn’t have any rabbit, the meat for authentic Etoufee. (2) “What about Jambalaya?” My son, Jason said after I told him about my search. “Good idea.” I told him, al-
ready humming ‘Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo ‘in my head. All I needed was a recipe. Next stop was the Internet where I googled ‘Jambalaya recipe’. It turns out that Jambalaya recipes are like noses; everybody’s got one. Paula Deen, Rachel Ray, Emeril, Bobby Flay and Anthony Bourdain all had their own versions as did a hundred other Louisiana wannabes. I finally settled on one that had an appetizing picture with it. It was then that I found out that there are two versions of jambalaya; Cajun and Creole.(3) I went with the Creole version because it included tomatoes which I like. I made my list of ingredients and went off to the grocery store. It turns out you don’t just whip up Jambalaya like you would a baloney sandwich. It was a lot of work, lots of prep, lots of stirring and lots of time. By the time it was done, every pot and pan we have was dirty and our kitchen was a mess. The end result was edible but not award winning. I plan to try it again sometime but for now, I have moved my cajun seasoning to the back of the spices shelf. Tune in next year. G2 notes: 1: The torture I went through as a 10-year-old kid with not
By Gordon Grindstaff having fried chicken for Sunday dinner and having to make do with salmon patties, tuna salad, toasted cheese and the worst of all, cold egg sandwiches, was misery. I could probably reminisce all day about these trials and tribulations but my mission here is to brighten up your day, not put you in a funk. 2: Nor would I ever have any rabbit meat. The idea of eating Thumper or Bugs Bunny just did not appeal to me. 3: Seeing the differences in Cajun and Creole food sent me to the internet to read about their cultures. While it was very interesting, unfortunately, there’s too much to talk about here; secretly, I harbour a desire to write some historical stuff and maybe one day I will but not today.
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Granada´s mix of history and beauty By Alex Trelinski If you mention Granada to me, my Manchester roots come to the fore believing that it is some kind of reference to the old regional ITV station. Little did I know as a kid spending my early years in the north-west of England, that the name was lifted from the splendid city in Andalucia, that brings in tourists from all over the world to check out sights like the Alhambra Palace. Located at the base of the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is crammed with history and character.
Because it was once a Muslim kingdom, much of the city has been built in a style of Islamic architecture that remains today. There are loads of museums, monuments and statues worth seeing and exploring, and Granada has a unique mix of cultures, plus some terrific bars and restaurants. Most people will of course make an immediate date with the Alhambra Palace, but despite the title, the Alhambra is not just a Palace. It is a castle and a fortress, a royal palace and a town, with some amazing gardens.
It was built between the 13th and 14th centuries and was the crown jewel of the Emirate of Granada, who ruled over a large territory that stretched to Murcia. There are various ways of getting hold of entry tickets, and various types as well. Advance booking is strongly recommended. Granada is home to many beautiful viewpoints and romantic places. As the novelist Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “the sun goes lazily down in Granada, and it allows people to enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world”. The Mirador de San Nicolás is perhaps the most famous viewpoint in Granada.
Since ex-US president Bill Clinton visited in 1997 and said it has "the most beautiful sunset in the world", the Mirador de San Nicolás has become a must-see for tourists. There are lots of nice places for a romantic stroll as you explore all the sights of the city and the surrounding area. Check out the Plaza Nueva, which is a few minutes walk from the Alhambra, and despite the name, is actually the oldest square in Granada. It was formerly one of the most important parts of the city where various tournaments, games and bullfights were held. Outside Granada are the famous caves of Sacromonte which are grouped around ra-
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On the box Cycling: Track World Championships (BBC Two, 3.15pm)
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Saturday, 29/2/2020 World titles and a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics are the twin goals for the cyclists at the Velodrom in Berlin, with Jill Douglas and Sir Chris Hoy looking back at the first three days. Team GB's Jason and Laura Kenny are in action as they continue preparations for a defence of their Olympic titles. Jason is expected to contest the keirin and team sprint in Berlin, while his wife Laura targets the omnium and team pursuit. Elinor Barker, who won the only British gold at last year's championships in the scratch race, is also likely to feature. Simon Brotherton and Chris Boardman provide the commentary.
Sunday, 1/3/2020 The time traveller may change faces and bodies every few years, but the dreaded Cybermen will always be a constant in every incarnation. As the latest run draws to a close, those silver cyborgs are on the march. As the last remaining humans are ruthlessly hunted down, Graham, Ryan and Yaz face a terrifying fight to survive. Civilisations fall and others rise anew, while lies are exposed, truths are revealed and battles are fought. And for the Doctor - trapped and alone - nothing will ever be the same again. As ever with this latest saga, Jodie Whittaker steals the show as you know Who.
Monday, 2/3/2020 With its knuckle-gnawing plot, Liar was one of the TV highlights of 2017. The psychological thriller charted the story of Laura Nielson (Joanne Froggatt), who was sexually assaulted by Dr Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd) during a date, and then forced to prove her version of events was the truth. The first run ended with Andrew being outed as a serial rapist, before his body was shown half-submerged in the muddy Tollesbury marshes, his throat slit and blood on his shirt. The second series picks up three weeks later, with DI Karen Renton (Katherine Kelly) and her team tasked with finding out who killed the surgeon and why. Laura is an obvious suspect, and as she tries to move on from her ordeal, the teacher finds herself drawn back into the monstrous doctor's destructive path once again.
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Energy and incentives are growing fast. In part, this is because of a recent discovery affecting your love life. Some days it seems impossible to influence others as you would like. Although some things are slotting into place, you wonder if changes need to be made. Hold fire. In a week that demands you concentrate on work, others need to appreciate this. If they don't, then think again.
Concentrate on the task in hand, be it at work or home. Staying sharp and ahead is now the key to success for you. Try to see any challenges as a 'call to arms' that demand courage and diplomacy in equal measure. Don't really feel like talking? Fine. Take a step back rather than do or say something rash. A few days out of the loop can work unexpected wonders.
Actions may not be possible at the moment but that does not stop you from planning. Indeed, 'going with the flow' shows short-term benefits. A certain amount of trivial rubbish seems to be stacking up around you. These are not obligations to sort out but weak attempts to slow you down. You can see where they come from but do avoid upsetting your calm.
Surprising revelations from someone close seem unreal. Have you maybe not been paying attention? Although you need to get a grip on work matters, keep a balance. As you are feeling stronger now and more resilient, problems seem halved. Indeed, this week shows how others are in tune with you and are willing to come onside. Be charming and ready to forgive.
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Been working too hard? A little light relief would seem well overdue. Prepare to indulge a whim. Midweek sees a clearer picture of your finances but think carefully before rushing into anything. In this strong growing period, what you see is a golden opportunity. The need for courage and forethought is there but also the chance to be fully yourself with no more restrictions.
Why continue to build up all that energy when you know that you really want to let it go? Getting out and about with friends brings more of a balance. On the whole, you need to concentrate on good communications. Inside of you is someone who needs to be in the essence of creation. Draw out your real personality without restrictions or compromise.
One thing is for sure this week. You will refuse to be tied down in your ambitions. Being free to follow your own path is more important than ever to you. Already it is clear that as someone is going to be stubborn, you must be prepared to be patient. Such a good nature as yours can be taken unfair advantage of. It is up to you to not let it happen. Remember saying 'no'?
Although you want to keep on a roll this week, do make time for some fun. Remember that those around you are not necessarily workaholics. With a buzzing head, full of ideas, you need to find someone who understands the possibilities. With such a determination to get things done, expect glances of admiration! Enjoy the attention that is rightfully yours.
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Progress on a plan or negotiation may be slow. However, it does give you time to think twice about some aspects. You may as well chill out and relax more. Pushing someone to act is likely to make them more stubborn. Although you don't expect plans to run perfectly, delays can be galling! Get out socially and keep that important balance.
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When things get really busy, you are reluctant to take a break. Even so, you need rest as much as anyone else. During those more relaxing times, why not cast your eyes around for that elusive soul mate? You need a clear mind and a willing heart to progress now. Both of these are in your hands. That build-up of confidence? Start using it.
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Aim for a good mix of work and play this week. If you keep pushing yourself, it could be very tiring and muddling. During a social break make the most of interesting contacts. Play to your strengths when it comes to work and make short shrift of any rivals. Clever, as they will probably not realise that you have stepped ahead of them. Smart moves!
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With a lot on your mind, you would prefer to just come out and say how you see it. Temper that with a bit of kindness, though, for best results. Sometimes this week there are moments when you feel alone and a bit lost. Talking to people who will understand your thoughts is good. Chat when and where you like. There are many people who feel the same.
Complete the puzzle using the Cryptic or Regular clues - the answers are the same. Cryptic clues: Across 1 Point of sale Italian I've convinced (8) 5 Audacious American lawyer with funny looking grin (6) 9 Oddly, the art raid belied poor (8) 10 A succulent primarily causes a child to use soap (6) 11 Made up handouts are grand (8) 12 Cancel Royal Engineer's ding-dong (6) 14 Confused Christian Science doesn't have crises engineer (10) 18 Extract Florida, a very old ancient city in Germany (10) 22 Crooner reigns by mistake (6) 23 Ant, Dec and little Edward turned out depraved (8) 24 Source or I note batting (6) 25 Support for fifty-one iron confused Neil (8) 26 Fights with force replaced by tempo will result in hoes (6)
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27 Intrude on dotty postmasters and Tom will go missing (8) Down 1 Vegetable buried in a bus depot at Orpington (6) 2 Mourning Erica has left the upset eco-warriors (6) 3 Dehydration results from a scruffy T-shirt (6) 4 Even in US, free rent in full, you've got unpaid helpers coming up (10) 6 A messy ice-cream soda lacking a rose is educational (8) 7 In casual shirt about Prince I'd be fearless (8) 8 Georgia sun in East is fuel (8) 13 Chilean red cocktail will provide lighting fixture (10) 15 Branch will be on display at the toff's hootenanny (8) 16 Impregnation no more ruined a work of art (8) 17 Nationalist opposition leader against the Spanish is Middle Eastern author (8) 19 Cuddle scares awfully (6) 20 Retired in a membrane (6) 21 Emphasise a good man about a ship (6) Regular clues
Across 1 Definite (8) 5 Bold (6) 9 Dreadful (8) 10 Prickly plant (6) 11 Large number (8) 12 Revoke (6) 14 Expert (10) 18 Seasoning (10) 22 Vocalist (6) 23 Corrupt (8) 24 Source (6) 25 Salvation (8) 26 Leotards (6) 27 Encroach (8)
Down 1 Spud (6) 2 Grief (6) 3 Need for liquids (6) 4 Helpers (10) 6 College lecturer (8) 7 Fearless (8) 8 Fuel (8) 13 Ornate lighting fixture (10) 15 Derivative (8) 16 Watercolour (8) 17 Writer (8) 19 Stroke (6) 20 Eye part (6) 21 Pressure (6)
Improve your vocabulary with our Spanish/English crossword. The clues are in Spanish and the answers are in English. Across 1 Playas (7) 5 Ira (5) 8 Nombres (5) 9 Ya (7) 10 Firma (9) 12 Todo (3) 13 Mundos (6) 14 Poesía (6) 17 Hielo (3) 18 El más bonito (9) 20 Servicios (7) 21 Mordiscos (5) 23 Bordes (5) 24 Nervioso (7)
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The beautiful mum of these lovely kittens has been very lucky to find a loving home. Two of her five girls have been adopted, but three of them are still looking for their first home. Now 9 months old, neutered and fully vaccinated, they are ready to leave. To arrange to visit them and all the other cats and kittens in APAH's care, please call 630 422 563 or 616 210 850.
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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 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
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A SPANISH WILL IS VITAL Unsurprisingly we at Sun Lawyers get loads of queries and clients over the subject of wills and inheritance tax in Spain. The Spanish legal system is very different to what happens in other countries like the UK, and Sun Lawyers have the experience to give you exactly THE advice you need over inheritance law and the taxes that are involved. You must have a Spanish will if have any assets in Spain, and we recently got a letter from a gentleman about the sad story of his wife passing away and she had not made a Spanish will involving her property in this country. That has sadly seen extra stress for him at a time when he does not need it, and has cost him thousands of euros to sort everything out. Putting it simply, Sun Lawyers advises everybody with assets in Spain to make a Spanish will. This guarantees the inheritance procedure is straightforward and less costly, and we will arrange a consultation with
you and any family members, in order to understand and help achieve your wishes. Sun Lawyers are fully across this important piece of law, and we will run through all the legal and tax queries you may have. Crucially, we like to personally meet with our clients to discuss their particular situation, as very few situations are exactly the same. We understand this is a very sensitive subject and we want to make the whole process as easy as possible, so that you can carry on enjoying your life in Spain. Inheritance law also varies from region to region, and Sun Lawyers can sort out what has to be done in the Valencian region. At the moment UK citizens living in Spain can choose whether the law of their home country or their country of residence applies. If a foreign resident dies without leaving a will or making an official declaration on which law they wish to apply, the law of the country where they
resided for the last five years will apply. If your estate is dealt with under Spanish inheritance law, forced heirship rules apply (known as the Law of Obligatory Heirs in Spain). This means there are restrictions on how you distribute your estate, as a certain percentage needs to be set aside for certain relatives. If you die without leaving a Spanish will, the laws of intestate succession apply. In Spanish succession law, this means that the estate will be inherited by the following (taking into account the Law of Obligatory Heirs):■ children of the deceased; ■ if there are no children, the parents; ■ if no children or parents, the surviving spouse; ■ if there are none of these, then the next closest blood relatives (up to a fourth-grade limit in the family tree). If there are no legal beneficiaries from any of these groups, then Spanish state inherits the estate! We at Sun Lawyers again
emphasise that you must get a Spanish will if you have property or other assets over here. It will save time at a stressful period, and also allows the distribution of your assets to go to the people that you want to benefit, rather than potentially ending up in government coffers! Making a Spanish will also allow us to sort out what levels of inheritance tax are likely to be paid, and Sun Lawyers will look at ways of lowering your tax liability. There are many ways of doing that, and that is why every single case is different and we treat everybody as individuals with a personal touch.
We have absolutely scratched the surface of this important subject, but the Sun Lawyers advice is to get a Spanish will if you have not got one already! Sun Lawyers is a Spanish law firm with more than 30 years of experience and several offices across the Costa Blanca, with a team of Englishspeaking lawyers representing both residents and non-residents of Spain in all aspects of legal, fiscal and property law. Contact Sun Lawyers via email at admin@sun-lawyers. com or phone (0034) 965 321 193 . The website is www.sun-lawyers.com
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In recent years it has become something of a trend for the masses to distrust experts. Instead, many of us decide to go it alone when tackling life’s challenges because we all know Google can diagnose health symptoms and watching a short YouTube video can help you install a new shower! But if you are considering your wealth management and retirement planning journey, and are having reservations about hiring a professional to help you plan and manage your money, is this a sensible approach? What is involved in DIY expat financial planning, and is it going to fit in with your expat lifestyle in Spain? Are you cut out for DIY wealth management? When it comes to financial planning, a ´do-it-yourself´ approach brings with it a great many ongoing responsibilities. To fulfill the required tasks you will need to ensure that you not only have the necessary knowledge, expertise and practical skills but also the time, organisation and emotional resilience which are integral to the investment process.
be suited to managing your own wealth. 2. Another important qualifier for the DIY expat financial planner is the ability to comfortably make decisions about your financial future. This means that you must not feel overwhelmed by the process and the high stakes, and that this responsibility does not cause you to lose sleep at night. 3. You will need to be time-rich and prefer to spend time reviewing your portfolios rather than playing golf at or hanging out with grandchildren. It sounds harsh, but it’s true. Good investment decisions require research, planning and accuracy. 4. You will need to be able to withstand market volatility without making rash decisions. Investment portfolios inevitably lose and gain value during times of economic instability and you must be able to withstand ups and downs in the value of your assets and investments without making knee jerk trades or heat-chasing purchases.
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particularly in Spain, where a climate of innovation and opportunity has created real excitement and momentum.
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Property portal quiz
By Alex Trelinski Spain’s anti-competition watchdog is opening disciplinary proceedings against several property websites suspected of using their algorithms to fix prices. “Such practices would consist of the coordination of prices and other commercial conditions by real estate intermediaries,” the CNMC watchdog said in a press release. “This coordination would have been implemented,
among other means, through the use of software and computer platforms and would have been facilitated by companies specialised in computer solutions...,” it added. The proceedings affect seven companies, including Spain’s biggest property platform, Idealista SA. The other companies involved are: - CDC Real Estate Franchisor Look & Find first real estate network, Immovilla Applications, Witei Solutions,
Anaconda Services and Real Estate Technologies and Multiple Service of Exclusivas Inmobiliarias SL (MLS) Idealista said it “emphatically denies any participation in the investigated practices” and would work closely with the CNMC in its investigation. The CNMC has a maximum of 18 months to conclude the investigation, which could lead to fines of up to 10 per cent of the total turnover of errant companies.
Property values rise in Alicante province According to figures from Euroval appraisal company, the province’s properties are now rising in value. Now at least 52% of properties being appraised, are valued at over €120,000, this coincides with appraisals in Valencia province, but is far superior to those of Castellón, where only 29% of properties reach that value. For example, a purchaser with a budget of €120,000, now only has access to 43% of the properties in Alicante city, when two years ago, 55% of the properties
were below that value. 11% of properties appraised, don’t reach €60,000, while a similar percentage are valued at over €210,000. The cheapest property appraised by Euroval, was valued at €30,000.
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How to grow daffodils By Hannah Stephenson, PA Expert Ron Scamp offers the following tips on how to plant daffodils and get the best show of blooms. What's the secret of daffodil success? "The most important thing is that your bulbs are sound and of good quality. Make sure the bulbs are firm. You can go to many places to see bulbs in supermarket and garden centres. Just give the bulb a little squeeze. If it feels firm and looks healthy, that should be fine. "If you are buying from an unknown source and you don't know what the bulb's going to look like, you are relying on the reputation of your supplier." What are the rules for planting? "Plant with at least four inches of soil on top of the bulb. Bear in mind that soil will settle, and if you plant too shallow, the bulb will split up too quickly and the bulbs will be too small to initiate a flower. That's just one of the reasons bulbs go blind. "If you plant at 4-6in deep, the bulb will settle and
fodils which have been around for a hundred years, like 'White Lady', 'Elegance' and 'Amabilis'."
grow and multiply naturally." What sort of soil is ideal? "Daffodils will grow in almost any soil, but ideally something slightly alkaline is good. They grow in all sorts of conditions, from very dry and arid places to mountain alpine pastures. "If you have a heavy clay soil, add a bit of grit to the bottom of the hole. Bulbs don't want to sit in water. If you are growing them in containers, add a bit of grit to the mix to maintain free drainage." Plant the bulbs from Sep-
tember and before the end of October.
ness in the leaf has to go back into the bulb."
How long should you leave them after flowering before tidying up? "Leave them for at least eight weeks. Don't cut leaves off until eight weeks after flowering, which is the time to harvest your bulbs if you are going to lift and divide them. "Don't tie them up. If you tie them in a knot you are just cutting off the sap and the growth within the leaf. It's like having your throat cut. This year's leaf is next year's flower because all the good-
How do you disguise straggly leaves? "You could plant the bulbs in among other herbaceous plants and small shrubs, then you can hide them. If you have them growing in grass, by the time June comes along, the grass is getting a bit lanky." What are your favourites? "I love some of the top show flowers we have like 'Cape Cornwall' and 'Centenary Gold'. I have a soft spot for the historics, the old fashioned daf-
Which types should you choose for containers? "If you have big pots outside, any sort of daffodil is fine, but if you have a 9in pot or a small bowl, I'd go for dwarf types like the cyclamineus hybrids and apondanthus hybrids. Many miniatures are superb." Which are best for scent? "Not all daffodils are scented, but most scented ones come into the poeticus, jonquilla and tazetta sub-species. Some are multi-headed and some tazettas can have up to 20 flowers on a stem. Tazettas are invariably very tall. The bulbs are like cricket balls and the flowers are on long stems, growing to around 24in. They look best in the back of the border."
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Second home market buoyant
By Alex Trelinski Spaniards looking to buy a second property are unsurprisingly continuing to look towards areas like the Costa Blanca, according the website property portal, donpiso. com The company says that last year saw a notable increase in both Spanish and international properties with the Mediterranean coast leading the way. The portal said that the average price of a holiday home in this region was
around €200,000, and the average profile of a buyer was that of a couple aged between 35 and 49 years, with a rather substantial income of €3,500 per month. "The market for buying and selling holiday homes continues to be booming, especially from the start of the year leading up to the summer", said Emilian Bemudez, donpiso's general manager. "Over recent years, the number of people looking to buy a holiday home has
steadily increased because of the better state of the economy and credit being granted more easily compared to before", he added. The real coastal bargains to be had, according to donpìso, are on the Costa Calida in Murcia, with average prices of around €150,000 for a flat. Prices on the Costa Blanca average out at €200,000, but that is a mere snip compared to heading south to the Costa del Sol where the average soars to over €350,000.
Rental rise action By Alex Trelinski Spain’s new left-of-centre coalition government will publish an index of nationwide rental prices by the end of March, according to a spokesman for the Transport, Mobility, and Urban Planning ministry (MITMA). The move represents a first step towards enabling rent controls in Spain, where rent has increased by 50 per cent in the last five years leading up to last August, according to a 2019 Bank of Spain report. Limiting rises in rental prices was one of the measures promised by the new government, which says guaranteeing the right to decent housing is a top priority. Spain long boasted some of Europe’s highest property ownership rates, but since the financial crisis a growing number of people have been priced out of the market. “The issue is an urgent one,” MITMA minister Jose Luis Abalos said in parliament. “We will introduce laws which will limit rent rises in certain areas where pressure
on the rental market is high.” To create the index, a working group of academics, statisticians and real estate experts is cross-referencing local registry data with records from the National Statistics Institute, according to the government’s housing department. The index will allow councils and regional governments to detect large increases in rental prices in real time, and they will decide whether they want to cap prices. The number of 30-34 yearolds living with their parents due to inaccessible rent prices has increased sharply, according to a report last month from the Bank of Spain
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Foreign buyers drop in Alicante province Following 10 years of continuous rise in the number of Alicante properties sold to foreign buyers, figures dropped by 4% last year. Brexit has much to do with this, as British buyers have reduced their numbers, along with Swedes and Norwegians. In contrast, the prices of properties sold in 2019 were higher than the previous year. Figures provided by Valencia’s regional Notary College show that the total amount of properties sold in Alicante province reached €3,195million, which is a mere 0.5% drop from 2018. Foreign buyers purchase 22,164 properties during 2019, in comparison to 23,091 in 2018, a drop of 4%. Properties purchased by Spanish buyers also experienced a drop, from 22,871 to 21, 945.
mainly due to the devaluation of the Swedish Krone. Properties bought by Norwegians are down 9.18%. Other nationalities that have reduced their number of property purchases are Dutch (2.15%), French (-1.27%), and Germans (-0.31%). Belgians have more or less purchased the same (+0.37), while sales to Russians have increased (+9.7%), as well as those to Moroccans (+16.3%) and Algerians (+9.89%) who are buying their first homes.
Meanwhile the average price of the properties being sold to foreigners has continued to rise, and has increased from an average price of €130,076 in 2018, to €144,174 last year. Spanish
buyers paid an average €100,390. British buyers still top the list of foreign purchasers, although properties purchased by them dropped 14.64% last year, totally 4,212 trans-
actions, the lowest figure registered since 2014. This is especially noticeable in the Vega Baja area. Swedish buyers are also down by 21.8%, purchasing 1,827 properties in 2019,
New property sales rise Property promotors are worried about the drop in sales, although these are mainly occurring in second hand properties, as the sale of new builds continue to rise, although they currently only account for 15% of the property market.
February 26, 2020 - N° 3
FURY LAYS DOWN THE GAUNTLET By Alex Trelinski
Tyson Fury said his career would be "completed" if he faced fellow Briton Anthony Joshua after becoming a two-time world heavyweight champion with his stunning weekend win over Deontay Wilder. Fury, 31, stopped Wilder in seven rounds of their Las Vegas rematch to claim the WBC title four years on from giving up the IBF, WBO and WBA belts now held by Joshua. Wilder can request a rematch but Fury pointed to a meeting with Joshua if that does not happen. He said: "I've got another old fella across the pond who might
want a little tickle.” "Then that is it then. It's completed. Done." Fury said his win felt like "the icing on the cake" after well-publicised personal issues saw him give up the titles - won in 2015 by stunning another long-time champion, Wladimir Klitschko - during a 30-month break from the sport. Photo PA
BRING ON THE WELSH! By Alex Trelinski England coach Eddie Jones forecast his side would be "10% better" against Wales after ending Ireland's bid for a Grand Slam with a 24-12 win in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Sunday. Jones' men were a commanding 17-0 ahead at the interval thanks to tries from flyhalf George Ford and fullback Elliot Daly. Those scores were both converted by captain Owen Farrell - the son of Ireland head coach Andy Farrell - with the centre also adding a penalty in what was arguably England's best 40 minutes since their World Cup semifinal victory over New Zealand last year. England lost their tournament opener away to France, the only side that can now complete a Grand Slam, in what was their first match since being beaten by South Africa in the
World Cup final. England welcome reigning champions Wales, smarting from a 27-23 defeat by France in Cardiff, to Twickenham when the Championship resumes a week on Saturday. "We took another step up today and we'll take another step up when we play Wales," said Jones. "We know every time England play Wales it's the biggest game there's ever been, so I don't expect next Saturday week to be any different."
Perfection improved Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton set the fastest times at last week's first session of preseason F1 testing in Barcelona. What was worrying for rival teams in Barcelona last week was Mercedes saying that their new car is “a big step forward” compared with their world championship-winning predecessor. The second and final pre-season test runs at the Catalan circuit from
today (Wednesday) though to Friday, and the first race is in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday, March 15. Mercedes technical director James Allison said they would start the season next month with improvements to the aerodynamics and engine. The team had "a good winter" and produced a series of innovations to try to fend off challenges from rivals, he added.
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EL CLÁSICO TIME By Alex Trelinski
REED'S BIG MEXICAN WIN By Alex Trelinski American Patrick Reed carded a four-under 67 to win the WGC-Mexico Championship on Sunday by one stroke. The 29-year-old world number 14, joint second overnight, could afford to bogey the last as he finished 18 under, one ahead
of compatriot Bryson DeChambeau. World number four Justin Thomas, one ahead at the start of the final day, slipped to a 73 for a share of sixth. Spain's Jon Rahm carded a 67 left him three back in third place, with world number one Rory McIlroy a shot further back after a 68.
The biggest clash in Spanish sport takes place this Sunday night as Real Madrid welcome deadly rivals Barcelona to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium (9pm kick-off), with champions Barcelona regaining top spot after the latest set of matches. Real suffered a double blow last weekend as Eden Hazard, 29, hobbled off in the second half of of Real's shock La Liga 1-0 loss to Levante on Saturday. The Belgian only returned to action last week after missing almost three months with a similar injury, and he´s only played 15 matches since moving to Spain from Chelsea. The defeat meant that Barcelona stayed on top, two
points clear of Real, after the Catalans thrashed Eibar, 5-0. Lionel Messi once again showed his credentials as one of the greatest players of all time, as he put four goals past the hapless Basque region side. Neutral fans will hope this
Sunday's El Clasico will be a vast improvement on a turgid goalless affair in Barcelona back in December. With home advantage and a two point gap on the La Liga title holders, the pressure will be all on Real Madrid to deliver.
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