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udget airline Ryanair, that operates services in and out of Alicante-Elche and San Javier airports, is threatening to ground its planes in Britain after the UK withdraws from the European Union to persuade voters to "rethink" Brexit. The Dublin-based carrier's chief executive Michael O'Leary said he wants to "create an opportunity" by making people realise they are "no longer going to have cheap holidays". He told an audience of airline leaders in Brussels: "I think it's in our interests - not for a long period of time that the aircraft are grounded.” "It's only when you get to that stage where you're going to persuade the average British voter that you were lied to in the entire Brexit debate.”


"You were promised you could leave the EU and everything would stay the same. “The reality is you can leave the EU, yes that's your choice, but everything will fundamentally change." Mr O'Leary warned that there would be a "real crisis" as flights between the UK and the EU are disrupted after Brexit. He said: "When you begin to realise that you're no longer going to have cheap holidays in Portugal or Spain or Italy, you've got to drive to Scotland or get a ferry to Ireland as your only holiday options, maybe we'll begin to rethink the whole Brexit debate.” "They were misled and I think we have to create an opportunity." EasyJet chief executive, Johan Lundgren, who was on stage alongside Mr

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Mr O'Leary has repeatedly warned that airlines will be forced to cancel post-Brexit services from March 2019 if no agreement is reached in the Brexit negotiations by September, because schedules are planned about six months in advance. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said in January that he is confident flights will not be grounded because "it's in the interests of everyone" to maintain the open market for aviation.


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pain’s ruling Partido Popular national government wants British citizens in Spain to be able to continue voting in local elections after Brexit, according to a report in the El País newspaper. El País quoted an unnamed senior source within the PP as saying:"We are going to ask that they should continue to be allowed to vote. We want them to preserve their political rights." The options being considered by the PP, according to El País, are: voting rights as part of the final Brexit deal, an extension of existing rights, or a bilateral "reci-

procity agreement" on the matter between Spain and the UK, to maintain voting rights for residents who have been in the country for a certain amount of time. El País stated that the man leading the drive is the PP’s European spokesman Esteban González Pons, with the party allegedly concerned that UK voters who support the PP in regions like Valencia and Andalucia would be lost to them. Some municipalities on the Costa Blanca have more foreign residents on the padrón as opposed to Spanish nationals, though the number of UK people officially registered in Spain

Go to page 34 to read more! is down to around 300 thousand, despite the fact that UK-owned homes amount to over a million. Despite being on the padrón, people have to make sure that are on the electoral register, and there are also fears that UK citizens in Spain will not do so amidst the Brexit confusion.

A PP senator in the Andalucía region, Manual Marmolejo, told El País that people are "very worried" about the issue and "working against the clock to find a solution". Local elections are scheduled across Spain for May 2019, after Brexit takes place in March.



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One of Pilar de la Horadada’s iconic landmarks, the Watch Tower built in 1591, is not being opened to the public by the structure’s owners, which means the law is being broken. The Información newspaper reports that the tower has to be legally open to visitors at least four times a month, and that is not happening. The structure was registered in the General Registry of Real Estate of Spanish Cultural Interest back in 1995, and must be subject to regular inspections and maintenance. Información says that the last inspection report was done nearly two years ago and there has been nothing since then, with the doors well and truly closed to everybody. A spokesman from the Valencian government is quoted as saying that “no

construction or maintenance work has been authorised inside the tower or the house annex for two years, but it is unclear whether anything has actually happened since the March 2016 inspection”. The tower was constructed as part of a defensive network by King Felipe II to protect the inhabitants of what was then called Campo de la Horadada against the pirates who roamed the Mediterranean Sea. Pilar’s culture councillor Maria Trinidad Escarabaja told Informacion that despite the law being flouted over opening the tower to visitors, the owners are getting tax breaks because of the historical value of the property. The councillor stated that they had tried to negotiate organised visits to the tower put together by the council, who offered to finance the trips, but were met with a negative response.

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The first step on launching a project for a better link between the N-332 highway and Santa Pola has been taken, with the Public Works ministry in Madrid publishing details of their proposals. The project involves a link to the CV-8520 road, which will see a new roundabout, an underpass, and a 900-

metre stretch of road between the N-332 and the existing roundabout at Ronda de Santa Pola. Santa Pola mayor Yolanda Seva said it was good news and that after 15 years of waiting, fingers were crossed that the project tender would be included in this year’s state budget.

Five boys and a girl who stole from parked cars in Almoradi, have been arrested by the Guardia Civil. The children aged between 12 and 17 years old were given the nickname of “The Bicycle Gang”, as one of them used a bike as a pivotal part of their illegal activities. The Guardia said that they would stroll almost innocently though Almoradi to identify any cars that they could steal from. A targeted car would then have a window broken by the handlebar of the bicycle, and

then any objects that were out in the open were taken. On one occasion they were surprised by a passer-by who was threatened with being killed, after he told them off for what they were doing. The youngsters face 23 charges of breaking into and stealing from vehicles, as well as the crime of belonging to a criminal organisation. One of the gang members has been remanded in custody of a juvenile centre.

Personal Reasons San Fulgencio mayor Carlos Ramírez postponed Tuesday’s plenary meeting of the council when legally he would have had to explain why he had been barred from public office last autumn for over eight years on a charge of prevarication. The mayor, who quit the Partido Popular at the end of last year, announced that the meeting could not take place for “personal reasons”, and did not expand on the reasons. Ramirez is appealing the verdict and sentence, but there have been calls for him and his former PP-colleagues to quit, as they continue to run the San Fulgencio council.

One of the opposition parties, the PSOE socialists described the postponement as “shameful”, and that the mayor should have resigned from office already.

Body Riddle

The body of a middle-aged man wearing just a pair of pants was recovered from the rocky waters of Cala La Mosca on the Orihuela Costa on Monday afternoon. A Guardia Civil marine boat rescued the semi-naked corpse from an area between the cliff and the sea, with the body being taken to Cabo Roig marina, ahead of the start of formal investigations. The authorities now to have identify who it was and what caused his death.


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Big Identity Theft

A man accused of at least 53 crimes of fraud and misrepresentation which netted him at least 300 thousand euro has been arrested in Callosa de Segura. The 20-year-old pretended that he ran a successful computer company and produced a variety of documents to back up his story. In fact, he copied a variety of papers, including a set of founding deeds, when he went for a job interview at a firm, and he used the copies as part of a scam to con


people out of money. His ruse was eventually rumbled when the owner of the firm started receiving a whole load of demands for payment, and he went to the Guardia Civil. The fraudster managed to gain access to phone lines, and to place orders for goods and services on behalf of his family and friends, using the name of the company. The copied papers gave him access to rental properties, as well as to luxury

hotels, in addition to many purchases, as he ran his scam across 11 provinces. The fraudster bought computer and electronic equipment, as well as several cars, including one valued at 85 thousand euro. The man has been bailed by an Orihuela court, with the Guardia Civil saying that the investigation is still ongoing, with a strong possibility that even more crimes could be added to what is an already lengthy charge sheet.

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Cleaning Support

A support service for beach cleaning is to be advertised by Orihuela council, with the one-year contract worth 315,000 euro. Orihuela government team spokesman Rafael Almagro said the contract would provide extra back-up for services during the high season and holidays, as well as cover for leave and illness amongst current cleaning staff. “This is an important reinforcement during

the high season to provide a more effective service,” added Almagro. The state of Orihuela Costa's beaches has been a regular bone of contention with the council constantly facing a stream of complaints from community groups and opposition political parties. The authority is to also advertise a yearlong contract for the pruning collection service.

Artichoke Feast

Almoradi celebrated being one of the top areas for growing artichokes in the country by staging the fourth National Artichoke Congress last weekend. The events centred around the Plaza de la Constitución (picture from the Información newspaper), with plenty of cookery demonstrations featuring top local chefs using the artichoke as a key ingredient in their recipes. One of the dishes was something for the sweet-

toothed with a chocolate artichoke dessert, but a Guinness World Record attempt to find the biggest

artichoke fell short at 1.16 kilos, with the record standing at an impressive two kilos.

Jobless Drop

A bogus electricity company worker has been arrested by the Guardia Civil and the National Police, with the 32-year-old Algerian national described as “one of the biggest thieves and swindlers” in the Vega Baja region. The man would do work in people’s homes in areas like Almoradi, Orihuela, and Pilar de la Horadada, but wouid then steal electrical items when the owners were not looking, as well as personal documents and bank cards. The crook would then go along to an ATM

machine, and try and empty the accounts of his victims, with the National Police saying that ATM security cameras were invaluable in bringing him to justice. The Elche resident is charged with committing seven home burglaries as well credit card fraud. The fraudster wore clothing with logos of a well-known electricity company to build up the trust of his “marks”, before he robbed them. The man was refused bail after a court appearance.

Spain’s unemployment figures have shown a seven a half percent fall over a year, according to February’s figures. The number out of work was logged at 3.47 million, a drop of over 280 thousand in 12 months, and a far cry from the high point of over 5 million people being on the dole back in 2013. Alicante Province and the Murcia region both mirror the falling annual trend in the national figures.


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Masked Failure

Prosecutors are calling for an eight-month jail term plus a fine of just under fifteenhundred euro to be handed out to a speeding motorist in Alicante City, who put insulating tape on part of his license plate to avoid a fine when he went through a radar trap. The original penalty would have been between 400 and

600 euro for his infringement in January last year when he was driving down Avenida de la Universidad. Alicante local police realised that something was up when they tried to process the fine, and discovered that no registration plate matched up to that of the car. They proceeded to work

their way through various combinations of numbers and letters, and eventually managed to locate the offending vehicle. A visit to the owner’s home saw the car with the original plate, with masking tape being discovered on the property which helped to change the C, into an O on the registration.

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Colourful Makeover

The north-western part of Orihuela City will be awash in paint this weekend, with artists from across Spain transforming walls during the annual Murales de San Isidro festival in celebration of the poet, Miguel

Hernandez. The event will formally be launched next Friday afternoon (March 16th), with the murals first appearing in the mid-seventies to commemorate Hernandez. Up to 30 new walls are

expected to be used this year, and additional activities such as poetry readings, concerts, sporting events, and parades all running over the weekend, with the celebrations ending on Sunday.

Flood Working

A passenger had to be freed by fire-fighters after a car crashed into a wall on a Torrevieja road last Friday morning. The car lost control shortly after 6.30 am when it was going down Avenida Alfredo Nobel, with the driver able to get out of the car unharmed, but the female passenger was less fortunate. A rescue team had to free her using hydraulic equipment, and she was then taken

to Torrevieja Hospital. On Saturday, another trapped driver had to be released, namely a 52-year-old Spanish woman, after her car collided with a vehicle driven by a female Russian national, who is an Elche resident. The Russian motorist allegedly skipped a stop sign at the junction of Calle Patricio Zammit with Avenida Diego Ramírez Pastor, and caused the collision.

A new rainwater drainage system is being installed next to Torrevieja’s Avenida de Las Cortes Valencianas to reduce the chances of flooding during stormy weather. The quarter-of-a-million-euro project is

targeting the area around the roundabout at the junction of Avenida Rosa Mazón and Las Cortes Valenciana, to stop the repeated flooding incidents that motorists have had to put with over years.


Standing Aside

Carles Puigdemont, ousted by Madrid from Catalunya's regional presidency last October after an abortive push to secede from Spain, said at the end of last week that he is "provisionally" withdrawing his candidacy to lead the region in favour of a colleague now behind bars awaiting prosecution for sedition. The decision to step back and nominate Jordi Sanchez was due to a desire to see regional governing institutions "restored" to the people of Catalunya, Mr Puigdemont said on social media from his self-imposed

exile in Belgium. The speaker of the separatist-controlled regional parliament, Roger Torrent, formally proposed Jordi Sanchez as a candidate on Monday, with a vote on his investiture set to take place this Monday. Mr Sanchez's path to becoming Catalunya's president seems impossible, because he would need the approval of Pablo Llarena the Supreme Court judge leading the sedition investigation against Puigdemont to attend the investiture debate in the region's Parliament.

He has been held in preventive detention since October 16th on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for his alleged role in the independence bid and Mr Llarena has thus far rejected all petitions to temporarily release him from pre-trial detention. The Madrid government has rejected Mr Sanchez's candidacy, with Justice Minister Rafael Catala saying it was "difficult" to contemplate a president of one of Spain's autonomous regions being in jail and thus unable to carry out his duties.

Fictional Support

Thousands of opponents of Catalan secession from Spain attended a demonstration in Barcelona on Sunday, in support of a fictional state called Tabarnia. They say Tabarnia would itself split from Catalunya in order to stay part of Spain, were Catalonia to become independent. The concept, established as a parody, has spread online. Police in Barcelona said 15,000 people attended the march while organisers said it was far more. Supporters waved Catalan, Spanish and invented Tabarnian flags, shouting: "The joke is over! Free Tabarnia!"

The name Tabarnia is an amalgamation of Barcelona and the coastal province of Tarragona. Creators of the fictional would-be state have also produced their own national anthem and currency. Tabarnia would include areas where unionists outvoted separatists in December's regional elections. "We are here as we are fed up, fed up of the independentist process and that a minority is leading us towards the brink," Mari Carmen Guerrero, a 33-year-old protester with a Tabarnia flag round her neck, told the AFP news agency.



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Massive Search

A T-shirt has been found in the search for an eightyear-old boy who mysteriously vanished from his home in Almeria last week. Police confirmed on Monday that the item of clothing contains DNA of Gabriel Cruz, who disappeared from Nijar on Tuesday February 27th. The T-shirt was found 10km from the small hamlet over the weekend. It was found by the boy’s father and his partner on Saturday next to a treatment plant near Barranco de Las Aguilas, in Las Negras, Nijar. Daniel’s parents said the DNA find gives them hope that they are ‘one step closer’ and that ‘he will return home soon.’

“It has to be this way, we won’t stop until we know what happened,” said mother Patricia Ramírez. Gabriel left his grandmother’s house in Cortijo La Molina de Nijar to play at a neighbour’s house – just 100 metres away – at around 3.30pm. Police believe that the boy could possibly have got lost, however, they are not ruling out other scenarios. Between Gabriel's being reported missing and the Tshirt being found, a man with an injunction preventing him from approaching the child's mother, Patricia Ramírez, was arrested by the police, but the boy's parents and interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido stressed there was no connection.

Marriage Proposal

The Madrid government wants to increase the minimum age for marriage from 16 to 18 after learning that over 800 minors became husbands or wives between 2013 and 2016. The ruling Partido Popular minority administration has asked opposition parties to support its proposal, which in in line with recommendations by the United Nations and other international organisations working for the protection of women and children. Like in the UK and in many other western countries, a 16-year-old can legally take the major decision to get married – and yet cannot even vote in a local or general election. Although the minimum age for sexual consent in Spain is 16, a girl of 16 or

17 who becomes pregnant would normally spark an inquiry into her family situation. The PP stresses it does not want to 'limit rights' of men and women aged 16 and 17, but seeks to 'guarantee their full development as adults' before they 'take actions that could potentially change their present and future completely'. Their aim is to 'protect minors above and beyond anyone else' in situations where a 'power imbalance' may be present. Amendments to Spain's childhood and adolescence protection system in 2015 made it the first country in the world to put minors' interests in priority position and provide them with sub-

stantial rights and procedures to be followed where these are breached. In the last year, the age of consent for sexual relations has been lifted to 16 from 13, and forced marriage has been categorised as a criminal offence, whatever the age of the victim. One in three girls in developing countries are aged under 18 when they marry, and even in Spain, 807 'children' got married over the four years until the end of 2016, or approximately 202 per year. The PP argues that if a person has to be 18 or more to vote, learn to drive or actually drive a car, drink alcohol, smoke or buy cigarettes, he or she should also be at least that age before being able to get married.


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Homeless Power Imagine living without electricity, running water, sanitation – all the conveniences of modern living. People living rough on waste land in Orihuela Costa face just that. But now they have a petrol-driven generator, that has been provided to themby a local church and a charity, and can now at least charge batteries to have electric lighting and can use low-powered electric appliances. It’s all thanks to the contributions from the congregation of the International Christian Assembly in Torrevieja and Help at Home Costa Blanca, who jointly bought the 200-euro generator. It was presented to those living rough by Carmen Perez, president of the charity and church pastor Rafael Restrepo.

In addition, the church and charity have given the homeless in the area food parcels, blankets, bedding, clothing, cooking utensils and personal hygiene items. It was the idea of Eileen Mayes, past president of the charity and a member of the church, who realised there was a group of people living

Charity Present

from hand to mouth beyond the reach of social services’ facilities. In the photo standing outside one of the rough sleeper's makeshift homes, with the generator, (left to right) Eileen Mayes, Carmen Perez, Greg and Merlin (rough sleepers) and Pastor Rafael Restrepo.

Alan Brown recently celebrated his landmark 70th birthday with a party at a Playa Flamenca restaurant, but he decided that presents were not the order of the day. Kind-hearted Alan asked his guests to donate money instead to the Elche Children’s Care Home Charity, and a generous amount of 350 euro was raised. Pictured is Alan presenting the cheque to ECCH volunteer Roger Warren, with the charity expressing their thanks for a kind and thoughtful gesture.

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Dizzy Dancing

The latest charity show put together by Sue Gibson and her Suzi4fitz fitness and dance ladies hits the stage of the Los Montesinos Music School next week. Dance Yourself Dizzy will be presented at the venue on Wednesday March 14th

and Thursday March 15th with tickets on sale for eight and ten euro, and curtain up at 7.00 pm. The ladies will be performing a wide range of dances, and the show will be compered by magician Graeme Mykal, with all the

On With The Show

It may only be March, but the New Cardenal Belluga Theatre Group are well into rehearsals for their autumn variety show, It’s Show Time, which will hit the stage in September. All-round family entertainment is promised with singing, dancing, and comedy at the San Fulgencio theatre between Wednesday September 19th and Friday September 21st, with all the proceeds going to local

charities. New group members will be warmly welcomed, especially people to work behind the scenes on lighting and sound. Rehearsals and meetings take place at the Urb. La Marina community centre situated at the back of the police station every Monday and Thursday afternoon at 2.00 pm. More details are available from Tom Ford on 966 790 547.

proceeds going to needy Los Montesinos families to buy food vouchers for Christmas this year. The past two shows at the theatre staged by Sue Gibson have raised four thousand euro for local causes.

Age Concern’s charity shops on the southern Costa Blanca are suffering from some bare shelves and rails, due to an exceptionally busy start to the year, and the charity is appealing for some fresh stocks! Age Concern will willingly accept donations of clothing or household items; small

Panto Success

The pantomime season last a lot longer over here compared to other countries, and recently The Frailes Players’ put on Cinderella in Hondón, which was the first ever production from the group. Playing to a sell-out audience over two nights, the theatre in Hondón de los

Frailes rang with the traditional chorus of cheers for the goodies and boos for the baddies. It turned to be a roaring success for the group, who emphasised that none of it would have been possible without the cooperation of the Hondón de los Frailes Ayuntamiento.


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pieces of furniture such as coffee tables or bedside cabinets; but not large furniture as they do not have enough room in their outlets. Items can be dropped off at their shops on Calle Patricio Zammit in Torrevieja (pictured) or on Avenida del Mar in Los Montesinos, as well as their centre at Calle

Paganini, La Siesta, Torrevieja. All the money raised goes directly to providing the Age Concern services in the area for the over 50’s, and to arrange collection of any items, simply telephone the centre on 966 786 887 on a weekday between 10.00 am and 1.30 pm.


Blackout Crash

A Madrid man who suffered a diabetic 'hypo' at the wheel of his car, ended up running over four women after he fell unconscious on a capital street. The 29-year-old man suffered a severe blood-sugar drop, which caused him to

pass out, with his vehicle veering onto the pavement and ploughing into four women in their 60s. One, aged 62, broke both her legs whilst another of the same age and a woman of 63 suffered multiple cuts and bruises, and a fourth

broke a bone in her foot. Luckily, an ambulance was passing at the time on the way from another callout, meaning paramedics were able to attend to the women immediately, as well as taking the driver to hospital.

Wholemeal Changes

Plans are afoot to change the labelling of bread in Spain, because many brands claiming to be 'wholemeal' are in fact manufactured with refined white flour, but with a handful of wheat, rye or barley bran thrown in – and few, if any, loaves are made with completely wholemeal flour. At present, the law in this country defines wholemeal bread as that which has been made 'with wholemeal flour', but it does not actually

specify the percentage of this type of flour which must be used. This creates a legal loophole which allows bread, biscuits and other grainbased products to be legitimately labelled as 'made with 100% wholemeal flour', when in practice, the amount of '100% wholemeal flour' used is negligible. For this reason, the ministry of food, agriculture and the environment is seeking to abolish the 34-year-old

law covering wholemeal bread and create a new one 'adapted to current market demands' and aiming to 'provide sufficient information to the consumer to enable him or her to make informed choices'. A draft of the new law, due out later this year, states that bread will be either labelled as '100% wholemeal bread' or simply 'wholemeal bread' only if it is made exclusively with wholemeal flour.

Overturned Verdict

Spain’s Supreme Court has overturned a sentence handed to a student who used her Twitter account to make jokes about the 1973 assassination of the Prime Minister. Last March, the country’s top criminal court gave Cassandra Vera a 12-month suspended sentence and barred her from doing a publicly funded job for seven years after she was found guilty of “humiliating victims of terrorism”. Vera, now 22, had posted jokes about Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, who was murdered by an Eta bomb so powerful it blew his car more than 20 metres into the air and over the roof of the church where he had just attended mass.

“Eta launched a policy against official cars combined with a space programme,” Vera wrote in November 2013. Five months later, she tweeted: “Kissinger gave Carrero Blanco a piece of the moon; Eta paid for the trip there.” The Supreme Court has now quashed the conviction, saying it was clear she had been joking, albeit in very poor taste, and had been using variations of familiar jokes about Carrero Blanco’s murder. Vera said she was “very happy and incredibly relieved” by the court’s decision. The case provoked an outcry at the time amid increased concerns that the law was being used to stifle freedom of speech.


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Refuelling Arrest

A Danish mother of two has been arrested at Málaga airport on the Costa del Sol after 'kidnapping' her children, aged five and six. An international arrest warrant had been issued for the woman, 28, after she took her kids out of Denmark despite their being made wards of court 'for their protection', for reasons that have not been revealed publicly.

She was travelling on a TUI flight to Gambia for a family holiday and was detained during a refuelling stop in Spain. National Police officers boarded the aircraft to take her into custody, and the children were taken to a foster home in Málaga, ahead of family members arriving to take them home.

On The Rails

A series of train strikes scheduled for this month has been called off, after a late deal by the Public Works ministry which would see extra staff recruited. A planned strike for last Friday was cancelled, along with a one-day walk-out for today (March 9th), as well as more action beginning this Sunday. Although obliged to provide 'minimum services' as dictated by the ministry, with each of the strikes lasting 24 hours, they would potentially have caused major travel


disruptions, commuter chaos and grounded the long-distance trains and high-speed AVE routes. Train drivers intended to strike over being so overstretched due to the ministry's having refused to employ any additional drivers, meaning there were none on hand to cover sick leave, holidays or those who retired or left of their own accord. Industrial action is still planned if the ministry does not meet its side of the bargain, according to the SEMAF union.


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However, using an insurance company for insurance-based investments can offer an alternative to leaving your surplus cash on deposit with a bank. Your cash is invested in assets of your choice in a wrapper such as a portfolio bond. These are available here in Spain and provided by some of the major insurance institutions. Funds are held in Sterling or Euros (other currencies are available) outside of Spain.

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Friday 9th March 2018

Adoption Corner

Cleaning The Ears

BETTY-BOOP Betty-Boop is a very outgoing cat, who is a "Snow Shoe Type" and is very intelligent. She is very much an indoor cat, and is used to living in an apartment, and is aged between two to three years. Can you give her a forever home? To learn more about her, please get in touch with the K9 charity on 600 845 420.

CRYSTAL Abandoned in a cardboard bread box with a litter of six kittens, Crystal is a small, very friendly cat who deserves a loving home after being thrown out when she needed help the most. She never causes any trouble in the APAH Cattery and would be a lovely companion cat for someone looking for a friend. To arrange to meet Crystal, please call APAH on 630 422 563 or 616 210 850.

Ear cleaning is an essential part of a dog’s basic grooming routine and all dogs should have their ears cleaned from time to time. Some dogs will require more frequent and thorough cleaning than others, especially those prone to ear infections. Why should you clean your dog’s ears? • Whether they are long and floppy or stick straight up, dog ears are clearly very different from their human parent counterparts. Ranging from 5 to 10cm, dogs have deep ear canals which have a right-angled, L-shape bend. This makes it easy for dirt to get into their ears and almost impossible for dogs to remove it on their own.


• A dog’s ear canal is also warm, dark and moist, the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so debris in the ear often causes ear infections and your dog may injure itself trying to deal with the irritation.

• Healthy dog ears do not have much of an odour beyond their normal dog smell. Dirty dog ears can smell anywhere from vaguely yeasty to decidedly smelly. These bad odours are a sign that your dog’s ears need a cleaning. •

• Be careful though, there is such a thing as too much cleaning. Over cleaning your dog’s ears strips away the natural wax, which can also lead to problems, so only clean your dog’s ears on an as-needed basis. Step-by-step process • If your dog has very red, itchy, inflamed and painful ears, consult your vet before you start cleaning. It is quite likely your dog has an ear infection, so ear cleaning will not do much good at this point. If your dog has an infection severe enough to damage the eardrum, some ear cleaners can damage the ear further so you need to be careful. • Ear cleaning can be a messy job too, so find somewhere in the house that is easy to clean and avoid wearing your best Prada for an ear clean!

How often should you clean your dog’s ears?

Estrella is a beautiful female Bodeguero dog aged five years and weighing in at nine kilos. Estrella lives in a foster home with lots of other dogs, and is very easy going and loves to sit on your lap and have a cuddle. She is healthy, and for more about Estrella please phone PEPA on 650 304 746 or email

clean and pink, with a light coating of wax. The wax should be a pale, yellowish colour. If your dog’s ears are red or if there is a layer of black or brown waxy discharge, it is time to grab the cleanser.

When inspecting your dog’s ears, it should be

• Cleaning your dog’s ear is pretty straightforward and with a little patience and training, it can be an enjoyable experience for your dog. Learning how to clean your dog’s ears properly at home will help your dog stay healthy and happy.



Maggie May is aged eight years and is full of love and ready to go to a home of her own. She was rescued in the most awful conditions and is in a foster home and is the most loving happy girl with no hang ups at all! If you can offer Maggie May the home she deserves, or for more details, please call PEPA on 650 304 746 or email:

MAX Max is around eight- months-old and was found abandoned outside a house last month and taken to Pets in Spain. Apart from being a little underweight at around six kilos, he is in excellent health. Max is good with other dogs and cats and is very playful and happy boy. For more details, please phone Pets in Spain on 645 469 253.

TESS Tess is a very sweet eight-year-old Terrier crossbreed, who is being looked after by the SAT kennels, as sadly her owner was no longer able to care for her due to ill health. Tess would easily fit into any family, as she is a very gentle and loving girl, who weighs just under 10 kilos. As Tess has got used to being in a loving home, it’s hoped that she will soon be adopted. Please contact the kennels on 966 710 047 (leave a message) or email


Expensive Words

The National Court has handed rapper Pablo Hasel a two-year jail sentence and fined him over 24 thousand euro for praising terror groups, inciting violence and insulting the monarchy. The ruling said Hasel, whose real name is Pablo Rivadulla, made the offending statements on Twitter and in a song posted to YouTube. It's the second time in as many weeks that a Spanish court has sent a rapper to prison. Last month the Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a rapper called Valtonyc, who was given a three-and-a-half year jail sentence for glorifying terrorism, insulting the Spanish royals and threatening politi-

cians in his lyrics. In Hasel's case, the court said the 29-year-old had slandered the state's security forces and suggested a "need to go beyond using violent behaviour, including resorting to terrorism." As an example, the court held up one of the 64 tweets it examined, showing a photo of a GRAPO member with the caption: "Protests are necessary, but they are not enough, we support those who went further." The GRAPO, a militant Leninist Marxist group, was active in Spain the 1970s and 80s and is considered a terror organization by the European Union. Some of Hasel's tweets also praised Basque separatist group

ETA. Sentences of up to two years are normally suspended in Spain, especially for first-time offenders. That's not an option for Hasel — in 2014, the rapper was sentenced to two years in prison for committing the same offences. He avoided going to jail, but if his latest sentence is confirmed by the Supreme Court he will have to serve both terms behind bars. The 29-year-old responded angrily to the ruling on Twitter: "If I had said that Catalans, immigrants, homosexuals, and anti-fascists deserve to be bombed, I would have been protected by the fascist judges who convicted me," he wrote.

A Messi Mess Vueling has been forced to apologise after claiming a no-fly zone over footballer Lionel Messi's home was stopping Barcelona's El Prat airport from growing. Vueling president Javier Sanchez-Prieto made the claim at a business breakfast. The airline boss reportedly said the airport's runways were limited 'because you cannot pass over where Messi lives,' before adding: 'This doesn't happen anywhere else in the world.' The Barcelona-based firm, which is the second largest airline in Spain after Iberia, posted what it called a 'clarification' on Saturday although it ended with a thinly-veiled apology to the

Barcelona striker. The statement described Messi not by name but as 'the footballer', said: 'Vueling regrets the misunderstanding generated on Wednesday February 28 during the presentation of the company's financial results during a breakfast at

the Barcelona business school ESADE.' 'We want to stress that it was never our intention to involve the footballer in any controversy and we can state that he has never made any public statement with regards to the airport or its operation.'

Sporting Algorfa Algorfa is to get a sports hall built at the municipal sports ground (site pictured with Algorfa mayor, Manuel Ros), after the local council went back to Alicante Provincial Council to get funding for the project, after being told initially there was no money available. The building will cost 700 thousand euro, with the regional body subsidising 85 percent of the work, with the rest of the financing coming from Algorfa council. The PSOE-run authority was snubbed at first with their request for funding and suggested that there was bias in favour of the Partido Popular by the Provincial

Council, as they approved a grant for a similar project to the PP-run council in Busot. Algorfa mayor, Manuel Ros, said that the sports hall had been promised in his party’s manifesto in the 2015

local elections and it would allow everybody of all ages to take part in sport in the same kind of facilities that were available in other municpalities across Alicante Province.

Better Guardamar

Work on improving Guardamar’s main street, Avenida del País Valencià, finished recently at a cost of just under 400 thousand euro. Improvements to the pavement, especially in the section between la Plaza de los Pescadores and Calle San Jaime has been part of the package, along with better lighting. The project was subsidised by a 65 percent





Provincial Council.


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Illegal Top Up

A man living in the northeastern region of Catalunya who grew and sold cannabis 'to top up his pension' has been arrested and at least 290 marijuana plants have been confiscated from his home in El Pla de Manlleu, Tarragona. The accused, 63, said he was struggling to make ends meet on his State retirement pension and had been deal-

ing home-grown hash on the side to supplement his income. Guardia Civil officers found enough plants to create 7.2 kilos of the drug in a house, with property being in the name of a person who had died, and the cannabis farmer was the deceased's son-in-law. The smell of the plants, together with alerts from the

electricity board about exceptionally-high consumption that could not be accounted for, led police to launch a probe in January which culminated with the discovery of an underground plantation and laboratory. The arrested man is said to have hooked up illegally to the electricity supply to enable him to use it without paying the bills.

Increased Prejudice

Islamophobia is on the rise in Spain, where 546 incidents of hate or intolerance were recorded in 2017, with two-thirds - about 386 on the Internet, according to the annual report produced by the Plataforma Ciudadana Against Islamophobia, which was presented at a news conference in Madrid. The incidents include hostile messages towards the

Muslim community by political leaders, attacks on mosques, media campaigns against the opening of new religious centres, as well as aggression and discrimination against Muslim women and the proliferation of hate and fake news with xenophobic messages on social networks. Of the incidents recorded last year, 21% were acts against women, 8% against

men, 4% against children and 4% against nonMuslims. The report said 7% of incidents attacked mosques and religious centres. Of the regions in Spain, Catalunya had the highest number of incidents of Islamophobia - above all following the jihadist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils followed by Andalucia and the Valencian region.

Pension Demo

Hundreds of pensioners braved a wet and cold evening outside the treasury building in Madrid last week to demonstrate over inadequate annual rises in the Spanish state pension. Since 2012, the yearly January increases to their pensions have been just 0.25%, which is the legal minimum, but as living costs have risen in those six years, retirees are more hard-up now than they were before, meaning they consider these 'increases' to be, effectively, a reduction. The demonstrators carried banners accusing the government of 'robbing' them and demanding 'fair and dignified pensions',

pointing out that their retirement income is 'not a charitable donation' but one they have saved up for all their working lives through their monthly Social Security payments.

75 Years On

Over 300 people took part in a special ceremony in San Javier’s Plaza de España last Saturday, as part of the commemorations of the 75th

anniversary of Air Force academy based in the municipality. The participants indivdually swore allegiance to the

Spanish flag, and there was a flypast by the Patrulla Águila air team, and a military parade down Avenida Aviación Española.

Stunning 1/2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Upper Bungalow in El Chaparral, Torrevieja


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This property is situated in a peaceful location with the nature reserves and salt lakes accessible by foot. There are good transport links to Torrevieja as the bus stop is a short walking distance away. The property consists of 5 double bedrooms (the main en suite) and 2 further bathrooms. The smaller single bedroom is currently used as an office.

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This property is situated in a sunny and quiet gated community with a communal pool and garden in El Chaparral. The enclosed conservatory has lovely views of the garden and pool with space for dining. The urbanisation is near all amenities including the health centre and within walking distance of the therapeutic salt lakes.

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Fish oil supplements in pregnancy 'may reduce allergies' Taking a daily fish oil capsule during pregnancy and the first few months of breastfeeding may reduce a baby's risk of food allergy, research suggests. According to a large analysis of past trials by Imperial College London, this led to a 30% reduction in egg allergy risk by the age of one. Fish oil contains a special kind of fat called omega-3 that has a positive, antiinflammatory effect. Experts said larger trials were needed that followed up children for longer. But they said the research confirmed that diet in pregnancy could influence the development of allergies in early life. One in 20 children in the UK is affected by allergies to food, such as nuts, eggs, milk or wheat - and it's a growing problem. These allergies are caused by the immune system malfunctioning and over-react-

ing to these harmless foods, and this triggers symptoms such as rashes, swelling, vomiting and wheezing. Dr Robert Boyle, lead author of the research, from the department of medicine at Imperial College London, said: "Our research suggests probiotic and fish oil supplements may reduce a child's risk of developing an allergic condition, and these findings need to be considered when guidelines for pregnant women are updated." The supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are also present in oily fish. Current advice is that pregnant women should eat no more than two portions of oily fish per week because of the levels of mercury in some fish, and avoid shark, swordfish or marlin altogether. The researchers looked at 19 trials of fish oil supplements taken during preg-

nancy involving 15,000 people, finding that the reduction in allergy risk equated to

31 fewer cases of egg allergy per 1,000 children. They also looked at the

impact of probiotic supplements taken during pregnancy and found a 22% reduction in the risk of eczema developing in children up to the age of three. But they found no evidence that avoiding foods such as nuts, dairy and eggs during pregnancy made any difference to a child's allergy risk. Fruit, vegetable and vitamin intake appeared to have no impact either, the study published in the journal PLOS Medicine found. Seif Shaheen, professor of respiratory epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London, said the research added to the growing evidence of a link between diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding and preventing childhood allergies. "More definitive answers on the possible role of maternal probiotic and fish oil supplementation in the prevention of childhood allergic disease can only come from further

large trials which follow up the children to school age," he said. "If such trials are big enough, they may be able to identify particular subgroups of mothers and children who would benefit most from these interventions." Dr Louisa James, of the British Society for Immunology, said there were still questions to answer over the impact on severe food allergies, not just a sensitivity to eggs. "The studies using fish oil supplementation all measured allergic sensitisation to egg as a surrogate measure of food allergy," she said. "Although sensitisation is necessary for allergies to develop, many children may be sensitised without ever developing any symptoms of allergy and so it will be important to determine if fish oil supplementation can reduce the risk of clinical food allergy."

Skin bacteria could protect against cancer A type of bacteria commonly found on human skin produces a substance that may help protect against skin cancer, researchers have revealed. The scientists say the surprise discovery regarding a

strain of Staphylococcus epidermidis highlights the importance of the community microbes found on and in the body in preventing disease. While it is not clear whether the absence of this strain

could increase the risk of skin cancer in individuals, the team say that it is possible the findings might one day lead to preventive treatments for patients. Virotherapy: skin cancer successfully treated with

herpes-based drug “The presence of this strain may provide natural protection, or it might be used therapeutically to inhibit the growth of various forms of cancer,” said Prof Richard Gallo, a co-author of the research from the University of California, San Diego. The finding was somewhat serendipitous. With previous research showing that chemicals produced by Staphylococcus species commonly found on healthy human skin can kill off certain harmful bacteria, the team looked at numerous strains to explore their antimicrobial powers. Writing in Science Advances, Gallo and colleagues describe how they discovered a strain of Staphylococcus epidermidis which produced a substance that killed off a type harmful bacteria responsible for infections such as strep

throat. While it was not the only strain to do so, the chemical these microbes produced was unusual, boasting a structure similar to one of the key components of DNA, called adenine. “The strain was originally

detected in a screen for antimicrobial activity, but when we identified the nature of the chemical produced by it, we proceeded with experiments to determine if it might have activity against tumours,” said Gallo.



Demand for Spanish Property surged in 2017, with Brits back in greater numbers According to the latest figures available from the Spanish Land Registrar's Association for the final quarter of last year, foreign demand for Spanish residential real estate grew sharply, as British buyers returned in considerable numbers. Spain's overall housing market expanded by 19.8% in the last quarter of 2014, with 111,921 home sales, which was the highest fourth quarter level since the recovery of the housing market began in 2015. Foreign buyers completed 15,266 purchases, the highest level in a Q4 scenario since the housing market in Spain last peaked in 2007. Increased demand came from a 19.7% surge in domestic demand and a 20.4% rise in foreign demand, compared to the same quarter in 2016. The surge in foreign demand meant that it was actually representing 13.6% of the overall Spanish housing market, a high last seen in record-breaking 2007. Purchases made by foreigners were led by British buyers with 2,384 registered property purchases in the quarter, followed by the French with 1,242 and

German buyers with 1,198. This means British buyers still commanded a 16% share of the foreign demand, while the French represented just 8% and the Germans also 8%. Apart from these key sources, Spain's housing market found buyers around the world, and foreign demand represented 42% of the overall market. While German demand grew by a relatively modest 3.4%, Swiss demand actually went down by 16.1%, which can perhaps be explained by the exceptional rise in property prices in Switzerland itself. Germany also saw its own property prices soar, perhaps a reason why Germans preferred to invest in their own housing market rather than invest abroad last year. Paris home prices are also soaring thanks to international investment flooding in - another reason why perhaps French buyers are buying at home rather than in Spain at present. Another reason for a decline in Swiss buyer numbers is that the France fell by 10% compared to the Euro in the second part of last year. Demand from Belgium, Britain and Sweden, however, rose sharply, especially as Britons are currently scram-

bling to retain a foothold in an EU country so they can qualify for "free movement" and living in the EU country of their choice. The Registrar's Association also revealed that house prices in Spain grew by 7.6% last year, according to their index and repeat sale methodology. The final quarter of the year saw a robust performance of Spanish homes and with no threats other than the Catalonia one brewing on the horizon, Spain's housing market should continue with its meteoric recovery this year, for the market has certainly consolidated and is showing signs of expansion too. Land Registry figures also showed that overall sales were up by 16% last year, the fourth and largest consecutive year of growth, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), which bases its data on the figures collected by the Land Registry. In total, there were 418,915 Spanish home sales recorded by the Land Registry in 2017 (or 464,423 if you include homes subsidised by the Government, known as VPO). It was the first time that

sales rose well above the 400,000 mark since 2008, when the property boom in Spain came to an abrupt end. By region where foreigners tend to buy, sales rose the most in Andalusia's Granada province, which offers homes at the Costa Tropical, in Granada city and in the Sierra Nevada ski resorts. In Granada province, sales were up by 27%, while in Malaga province, also in Andalusia, sales were up 15% in December 2017. At the Costa Blanca in Alicante province sales shot up by 17%, and in

the Balearics, a favourite destination for German buyers, sales rose by 14%. Only Almeria province recorded a fall of 6%. As to British buyers returning in greater numbers: although demand is down from 24.2% market share in the final quarter of 2015, British demand rose from 14.7% of the foreign market in Q3 2017 to 15.6% in Q4 2017, suggesting that so far Brexit has had a limited impact on this key market. As the realities of Brexit are beginning to bite though,

more Brits are taking the plunge to buy a bolthole abroad, applying for EU passports in countries they are entitled to apply in due to family history. What is limiting a greater number of Brits is the weak pound and inflation back home.

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Guide to retiring to Spain

International Living Magazine has just released its Annual Global Retirement Index, which identifies the best places to retire to in the world. It comes as no surprise to fans of the Costa del Sol that Spain is in ninth place among the top ten retirement destinations. Proof that Spain is one of the best countries in the world to retire to comes also in form of statistics published by the Spanish Land Registrar's Association, whose figures for the final quarter of 2017 show that foreign demand for Spanish property rose sharply, with British demand returning to strong growth, too. In Q4 of 2017 the overall

residential real estate market in Spain expanded by 19.8% to 111,921 home sales, the highest fourth quarter level since the Spanish housing market began its recovery in 2015. High British demand is partly due to the fear that moving to an EU country like Spain will become more difficult once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in March 2019. This means that prices are going up - and potential buyers who have until now hesitated to make a decision should think carefully about delaying further, or their budgets will have to go up. Every year International Living Magazine looks at vari-

ous factors that make it desirable to retire to a specific country. Among the criteria investigated are the ease and cost of buying or renting a property, the cost of living as a retiree, visa and residence options on offer, the ease of fitting in and enjoying a healthy and varied lifestyle. Climate, infrastructure, Internet connectivity, amenities and available entertainment are also factors the magazine considered important in its survey. Spain was one of only two European countries to make it into the top ten, after Portugal. Spain has long been a popular holiday as well as retirement destination for Europeans, especially Brits and Scandinavians, the latter favouring Fuengirola and Estepona, the former Marbella, Torremolinos and Nerja. Increasingly, Americans are also looking to stretch ever-shrinking pension pots a little further, and in their global search they are also heading to countries like Portugal and Spain. Both Spain and Portugal offer nonEU citizens a "Golden Visa" option, meaning for a specified amount of investment people buying real estate in Portugal or Spain can obtain a residency permit. Blessed with a temperate climate and some 300 days of

sunshine, areas like the Costa del Sol with its miles upon miles of sandy beaches and wide range of cultural amenities are hard to ignore, when it comes to choosing a retirement destination. Spain offers a laid-back, outdoor lifestyle, excellent cuisine, lower cost of living for a European country and some of the world's best golf courses for fans of the sport. Cost of Living There's less need for heating, thus costs are lower in winter than they are in the UK or Scandinavia for example. Travel is also far cheaper, including the cost of train and bus tickets and petrol. Eating out and drinking is also cheaper - there are many places in Spain where a glass of wine or small glass of beer costs just one euro and the "menu del dia" (menu of the day) is widely available across Spain, costing on average just 10.00 euros for a two- or even three-course meal. Taxation Although Spain has a reputation for high taxation, there are ways around this with the advice of a good taxation lawyer. With the right taxation advice it is possible to legally

avoid paying the full rate of tax and certainly less than one would in the UK.

seeing a shortage of luxury apartments and villas due to high demand, even though prices have gone up.

Healthcare Everyone, whether they are an EU citizen or a non-EU citizen, is entitled to emergency cover in Spain. To qualify, one must register on one's local town hall’s census (padrón), which brings a variety of other benefits including discounts on one's IBI tax (a tax similar to Britain's council tax), free or discounted access to municipal services such as sports centres and libraries and the right to vote for example. Buying Property



Obtaining a Spanish mortgage has become easier over the last couple of years. Construction is also increasing, which means that it is once again possible to buy off-plan. Prices at the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca have still not fully recovered yet from their dramatic fall (more than 50% in many areas) during the 2008 economic crisis. Across Spain, property prices are picking up though, and some hot spots like the Balearic Island of Mallorca and Marbella at the Costa del Sol are already

Transferring Pensions to Spain


British retirees who decide to live in Spain and are in receipt of a UK State Pension can choose to receive their pension in their UK bank or have it transferred to their Spanish bank account - but beware, the pension will be paid out in Pound Sterling, not euros, so exchange rates matter! Settling in Many town halls have their own "Foreigner Department", where expats can obtain information on local expat social groups that meet regularly or where to enrol in Spanish classes. Learning at least a smattering of Spanish is important for the process of integration. Joining a few classes, such as ballroom dancing or Salsa dance classes or cookery classes or learning to play golf, tennis or sailing, can open up a whole new world. There are cyclists clubs and hiking groups, drama groups and book clubs one can join to make new friends and enjoy retirement in Spain.


Korean Chicken Hotpot

Ingredients 150g shiitake mushrooms 2 large carrots 1 bunch of spring onions 350g firm silken tofu 4 free-range chicken thighs, skin on, bone in 1 l organic chicken stock 1 tsp low-salt soy sauce 2 teaspoons Korean chilli paste, or hot chilli sauce 200g kimchee, (find it in Asian supermarkets) 250g wholewheat noodles 2 teaspoons sesame oil 2 teaspoons sesame seeds 1 lime Method Wipe the mushrooms clean, trim the stalks, halve any larger mushrooms, then dry char in a large non-stick casserole pan on a medium heat for

5 minutes, or until dark golden and beautifully nutty, turning halfway. Meanwhile, peel the carrots and finely slice into rounds at an angle. Trim and roughly slice the spring onions. Drain the tofu and chop into eight chunks. Pull the skin off the chicken thighs and discard. Use the heel of a large knife to cut each thigh through the bone into three pieces by carefully and firmly tapping the knife with a rolling pin – this will add more flavour to the broth. Remove the mushrooms to a plate, and add the chicken and carrots to the pan. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.

Stir in the spring onions, mushrooms, tofu, soy sauce and chilli paste and simmer for a final 20 minutes. Chop the kimchee and stir through just before serving (this means it isn’t over-exposed to heat, so will retain more of its nutritional benefit). While the soup is simmering, cook the noodles according to the packet instructions, then drain. Toss with the sesame oil and seeds, and divide between your bowls. Taste the broth, season to perfection, then squeeze in lime juice to add contrast. Divide between your hot noodle bowls, and enjoy.

Cook:1 hour 10 Serves:4

Cinnamon Churros with Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients 210 g plain or bread flour 1 tsp baking powder 380 ml water 1/4 tsp salt 1 tbsp + 50 g caster sugar 1 tbsp + 900 ml light olive oil 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon 150g dairy-free dark chocolate, broken into pieces 1 can coconut cream Method In a large bowl, mix the flour and baking powder and set aside. Place the water, salt, 1 tablespoonful of sugar, 1 tablespoonful of oil, and 1/4 teaspoonful of vanilla

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extract in a small saucepan, stir well, then bring to the boil over medium heat. Pour over the flour and mix until a dough forms. Place in a piping bag fitted with a star-shaped nozzle and pipe lines onto greaseproof paper. Warm 900 ml of oil over medium heat to 180°C in a large saucepan. (If you don’t have a cooking thermometer, test the oil by frying a cube of bread. It will brown in about 30 seconds if the oil is at a moderate heat.) Carefully drop in four churros and fry for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until golden. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and place on kitchen paper to remove

any excess oil. Repeat until all the churros are cooked. Mix the cinnamon and remaining caster sugar in a large bowl. Roll each churro in the sugar then set aside while making the chocolate ganache. Place the chocolate in a bowl. Melt the coconut cream in a small saucepan over medium heat then carefully pour over the chocolate and add the remaining vanilla extract. Leave for 1 minute then stir until smooth and glossy. Dunk the churros into the ganache and enjoy! Prep: 20 Mins Cook: 25 Mins Serves 12

Sun-Dried Tomato Quiche

Ingredients 320g plain flour 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 tsp baking powder 140 ml light olive oil 140 ml non-dairy milk 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp hemp seeds Vegan butter or margarine 2 large vine tomatoes, sliced 1 white onion, roughly chopped 1 clove garlic, roughly sliced 1 pkg firm silken tofu (349 g) Juice of 1/2 lemon 2 tbsp nutritional yeast 1 tbsp tahini 143g sun-dried tomatoes, drained Method Preheat the oven to 180ºC. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, 1/4 teaspoonful of the salt, and the baking powder. Rub 125 ml of the oil into the dry ingredients with your fin-

gers for about 3 to 5 minutes, until crumbly. In a small bowl, combine 80 ml non-dairy milk and 1 teaspoonful of lemon juice, then add to the crust mixture, along with the hemp seeds. Knead into a ball of dough, adding more oil or milk as needed. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 10 minutes, then let sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Flour a clean work surface and rolling pin and roll out the dough to the size of your pie dish. Grease the dish with vegan butter or margarine. Carefully transfer the dough to the dish and trim off any excess. Using a fork, prick the base then bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until partly cooked. Place the tomato slices on a

baking tray, brush with oil, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes. Heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and garlic and fry until golden. Drain the tofu and crumble into a food processor. Process with the lemon juice, the remaining salt, nutritional yeast, the remaining non-dairy milk, the tahini, and the sundried tomatoes until smooth. Stir in the onions and garlic. Pour into the crust and garnish with sliced tomatoes, basil, and hemp seeds (optional). Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, checking for doneness after 30 minutes. If it starts to burn, cover with foil. Serve with fresh basil. Prep: 2 Mins Cook: 50 Mins Serves: 6

Chicken Filo Pot Pies


in half (1/3 of a 270g pack)

½ tbsp sunflower oil by Sainsbury’s, plus extra for brushing 2 medium leeks, trimmed and sliced 2 medium carrots, diced 5g fresh sage, leaves picked and finely chopped, or 2 tsp dried sage 300g leftover roast chicken, chopped 2 tsp wholegrain mustard 300ml pot 50% less fat crème fraîche 2 sheets ready rolled filo each cut

Method Preheat the oven to 220°C, fan 200°C, gas 6. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the leeks and carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes until lightly golden. Add the sage and 3 tbsp water, cover and cook gently for 8 minutes, until the carrots are soft. Add the chicken and heat through, then stir in the mustard and crème

fraîche and warm for 2 minutes. Divide the mixture equally among 4 ramekins or ovenproof dishes (approximately 300ml each). Roughly scrunch a piece of filo pastry and lay it on top of the filling to cover. Brush with sunflower oil and bake for 12-15 minutes until crisp and golden.

Prep: 10 Mins Cook: 30 Mins Serves: 4

Food & Drink




Friday 9th March 2018

Winter Panzanella

Ingredients 1 cauliflower, broken into florets 100ml extra virgin olive oil 250g good bread, such as sourdough or ciabatta 2 red chillies, halved, deseeded and finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely sliced 8 anchovies, finely chopped

35g raisins, soaked in justboiled water and drained 1 tbsp capers, rinsed of salt or brine 4 tbsp roughly chopped flat leaf parsley 5 radishes (preferably French breakfast radishes), finely sliced 1 tsp white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar juice of ½ -1 lemon

Method Steam the cauliflower until it’s just tender (be careful not to overcook it), then set aside. Tear the bread into small chunks and heat 3 tbsp of the olive oil in a large frying pan. Fry the bread over a medium heat (in batches if it’s easier) until it’s golden all over – each batch will

take about 4-5 mins to get a good colour. Put all the bread back into the pan and add the chilli, garlic and anchovies to the pan (with another tablespoon of oil if necessary) and sauté for a further 2 mins, making sure the garlic doesn’t get too dark. It should be golden, not brown. Tip the bread mixture into a broad shallow serving bowl and

add the raisins, capers and parsley. Add the rest of the olive oil to the frying pan and, over a high heat, fry the cauliflower until tinged with gold. You want a really good colour. Put the cauliflower in the bowl with the bread mixture, add the radishes, balsamic vinegar and the juice of ½ lemon

and toss everything together. Season, but be careful about how much salt you use because of the anchovies. Taste to see if you need more lemon juice, or even more olive oil, and serve warm. Prep: 15 Mins Cook: 45 Mins Serves: 4

Healthy ‘Twix’ Bars

Ingredients 150 g coconut flour 210 g + 2 Tbsp coconut oil 85 g + 4 Tbsp maple syrup 1/4 tsp salt 120 g almond butter 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 150 g dairy-free dark chocolate

Method Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a square cake tin

with greaseproof paper. In a mixing bowl, combine the coconut flour, 140 g of coconut oil, 4 tablespoonsful of maple syrup, and the salt by hand until a dough forms. Press into the tin and bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and let cool. In a bowl, melt 70 g of coconut oil. Add the almond butter, the remaining maple syrup, and the vanilla extract and mix until smooth.

Pour over the base, spread to the edges, and refrigerate for 1 hour. Melt the dark chocolate and the remaining coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat, stirring until smooth. Pour over the caramel layer, smooth with a spatula or spoon, and refrigerate until set. Cut into bars and serve. Prep: 10 Mins Cook: 10 Mins Serves: 10



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.com ORIHUELA CELEBRATES THE WEEKEND WITH A NEW EDITION OF THE FOOD TRUCKS FAIR If you love different types of food from around the globe, make sure you head to Orihuela this weekend for the third edition of the Food Trucks Fair, which is being held in the main square of the Glorieta Gabriel Miró.

The “Feria de Food Trucks” is a gastronomical fair on wheels that offers visitors freshly prepared and cooked-in-the-moment takeaway food, which is sold from trucks or caravans. It will ‘open its doors’ to the public on Friday 9 March at 18.00h, closing for the day at midnight. On Saturday, the food trucks will resume their trade at midday (12.00h) and stay open throughout the whole day until midnight. On the final day, Sunday 11 March, the fair will be open from 12.00h until 18.00h. There will be a total of 15 vintage-inspired vehicles whose owners will be serving all visitors to and residents of Orihuela affordable food from around the world including from Argentina, Italy, Chile and Mexico. There will also be a vegan van plus activities for the whole family. Activities include live music concerts such as from the group The Roomer on Saturday night, a performance from Los Fendetestas on Friday and, for the little ones, Edy the Clown will also make and appearance. On Sunday afternoon, people can get stuck into a whole host of activities such as the cooking workshop, for example. With this event, the Tourism councillor hopes that visitors and residents will grow to view Orihuela as a place to come for leisure and that they enjoy and explore all four corners of the municipality.

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Local Markets Friday 9 to Sunday 11 March, 2018 Albatera Tapas and Gin Route Orihuela III Street Food Market at the Glorieta Gabriel Miró (see the article on the left for more information about this unique event in Orihuela Villena Large Medieval Market - 17th edition Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 March, 2018 Torrevieja Expo Torrevieja III held in the foyer of the International Auditorium Guardamar Nosotras - Woman Festival

Friday Albatera, Almoines, Banyeres, Benejuzar, Beniarres, Benidoleig, Crevillente, Daimus, Denia (Rastro), El Verger, Finestrat, Gata de Gorgos, Granja de Rocamora, L’ Alfas del Pi, Monforte del Cid, Monstesinos, Moraira, Muro de Alcoi, Oliva, Onil, Petrer, Pilar de la Horadada, Playa de Daimus (summer evenings), Rafol d’ Almunia, Sella, Tibi, Torrevieja, Villalonga. Saturday Alcoi, Alicante, Almoradi, Alqueria, Banyeres, Bellreguard, Benifairo, Benissa, Callosa d’En Sarria, Calpe, Castalla, Castell de Castells, Catral, Elche, Elda , La Font d’En Carros, La Romana, Gaianes, Hondon de las Nieves, Novelda, Ondara, Pedreguer, Tavernes de la Valdigna (summer evenings), San Vicente del Raspeig, Salinas, Relleu, Santa Pola, Xalo (Jalon) Rastro

Saturday 10 March, 2018 Orihuela Circo Theatre - Rapunzel The Musical - musical in Spanish for the whole family 18h


Sunday 11 March, 2018 Orihuela III Urban Cross Race - 5km and 10 km. Starts 10.30 am Pilar de la Horadada Plants and Flowers Market at the Plaza de la Iglesia (Church Square)


Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 March, 2018 Pueblo Príncipe Campoverde Theatre Group Supper and Show - Taking the P Out of Panto


Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March, 2018 Orihuela Murales de San Isidro Festival Friday 16 March, 2018 Rojales Music concert - The Enrique Simón Quartet and Marta Llenas - Teatro Capitol Elche Piano concert by Rick Wakeman at Gran Teatro in Elche. Only 1 performance in Spain Sunday 18 March, 2018 Jumilla International Drifting Day Circuit 9 am to 6 pm

Benidorm, Elche, La Nucia, Campoverde, Algorfa, La Marina, Zoco, Almoradí street market, Lemon Tree Road, Mil Palmeras.

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There’s a great new drama treat offered by Sky Atlantic written by and starring Lennie James called Save Me, and it’s straight out of the top drawn. James plays a right-old character called Nelly with a million skeletons in the cupboard, one of which has popped out in this six-part thriller, namely a young daughter called Jody that’s gone missing, after only recently connecting with him. Nelly’s hardly seen her since she was born, and mum (played by Suranne Jones) has a different life and so Nelly’s return to the picture is hardly welcome for as fingers have been pointed at him that he might have had something to do with her disappearance, especially as her last contact was by calling his mobile phone. There’s real whiff of London about all of this and James’ script is bang on the buck, with loads of fruity language and some colourful characters being set up for the run of this series. The cast is great, and Suranne Jones loved the script so much that she put a holiday

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on the back-burner so that she could take part in Save Me. Besides being a super actor, James (best known for being Morgan in The Walking Dead) has shown himself to be a very good writer. Did you know that he actually wrote episodes of The Bill back in the early nineties? Save Me is made by the same production

behind Line of Duty, that James starred in, and the word is out that a second series is in the works. Because it’s on Sky, there isn’t a big national buzz being created by Save Me, which is a shame because its as good as any new British drama I’ve seen this year, alongside Kiri and Collateral, and perhaps even better than both.

I liked Collateral a lot, which finished on BBC 2 on Monday, but yet again we got folk taking to the internet to state they found the ending confusing. Really? It all seemed clear to me, and it actually made a change to have many things tied up, but other viewers were left impressed. The big star of the show was Carey Mulligan as the

detective, and I’d love to see more of her and her character. I love the Oscars, but after watching it live for 45 minutes, I had to bail out shortly before 3.00 am and stick with the recording the following day! Some really decent films got righly recognised, and in host Jimmy Kimmel, they have an absolute gem that at long

last is a really good replacement for Bily Crystal. Kimmel fronts a nightly show on ABC, and along with Stephen Colbert on CBS, both guys offer a sharp commentary on American life, along with some great guests to keep things moving. Colbert really weighs in on Donald Trump big time and does a wicked impression that has me in stitches. Colbert and Kimmel, along with our own James Corden on CBS (a weekly compilation has just started on Sky 1), put out some fun and provoking shows which again make me wonder why UK television is incapable of doing the same? ITV’s disastrous Nightly Show was officially binned last week, but surely there is still a gigantic gap in the British market for a properly done (and well resourced) programme? Never has a mix of fun, biting-satire, and entertainment been needed, and yet we have nothing at all in the UK market. Just check out my US recommendations, and you can see how good they are at what they do.


Friday The police arrive to arrest Rebecca for burglary and attempted assault at Home Farm. At the station, things become more clear as a doctor is called. Meanwhile, David faces the consequences of his behaviour. Elsewhere, Faith is desperate.

Monday Rebecca worries about her future with Seb. Things reach a head when, unaware of what she is doing, Rebecca accidentally leaves Seb alone. Robert and Victoria urge Rebecca to get a hospital appointment. Meanwhile, Faith is embarrassed as she comes clean to Pollard about sleeping rough. She’s heartened to hear that he wants her to move in with him. Elsewhere, Gabby and Liv steal a vial of ketamine from Vanessa’s bag.

and that Debbie paid him to get revenge on him, not Ross. Shocked that she could stoop so low, Joe is worried to think what else she might have planned. What will Joe do to keep Simon quiet about Debbie if he’s arrested? Elsewhere, Belle and Lachlan prepare for their big launch.

Wednesday The Dingles face the fallout of what happened to Lisa. Vanessa is horrified to think it could be the end of her career when Aaron reveals that Lisa had ketamine in her system. Meanwhile, Ross looks for support. Elsewhere, Chas needs a distraction.

Friday Tim is shocked when Eileen says that she wants him to keep quiet about what Phelan did. Will Tim agree to follow Eileen’s instructions? Meanwhile, Eva decides that the best way to tug at Billy’s heart strings and bring him back home is to start a campaign and include photos of Summer. Going into the florists flat, she is shocked to find Lee coming out of the bedroom.

Gemma calls at Number 5 and is surprised when Tyrone reveals that Fiz has taken Hope away, believing her to be in danger from Ruby. As Tyrone confides in Gemma about how Kirsty used to beat him up, a shocked Gemma tries to make him feel better by telling him about her own disastrous relationships. Caught up in the moment, Tyrone leans in for a kiss. Will Gemma respond?

Thursday What will Debbie say when Joe confronts her about Ross’s acid attack? Meanwhile, Chas and Paddy face a difficult day ahead. Elsewhere, Ross braces himself.

Tuesday Hour-long episode Gabby and Liv plot to spike Daz’s drink, but Liv accidentally pours it in Lisa’s pint by mistake. Liv and Gabby are puzzled over why Daz is fine, while Lisa continues to drink her pint and becomes lightheaded. It soon becomes clear that the girls have spiked the wrong drink when Lisa slumps over a table and has to be taken to hospital. Meanwhile, Simon admits to Joe that he threw the acid on Ross


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Debbie is backed into a corner now that Joe knows the truth. Meanwhile, Chas makes a confession. Elsewhere, Aaron is stunned by a revelation and worries about Liv.

Monday Gemma and Tyrone regret their night together and agree it was a mistake. But with Rita having spotted Gemma coming out of Number 9, it seems the cat may be out of the bag already. Can Gemma get Rita to agree to keep quiet? Having spoken to Roy about the situation with Ruby, Fiz goes to

have a chat with Tyrone and says she would like to come back home. But as she takes the bedding out of the washing machine, she discovers a condom wrapper. Fiz asks Sean about the condom wrapper, but he insists it isn’t his. Fiz then confronts Tyrone, who admits to the one night stand with Gemma. How will Fiz react? Meanwhile, Billy swears to Peter that he is trying to get clean and feels he has let everyone down. Leaving him at the house, Peter goes to get Eileen. When they return, Billy has done a runner with the cash and Eileen’s jewellery. The pair keep the truth from Summer, who discovers Eva’s list of hostels and enlists Amy to help her try and find Billy.

Wednesday Summer and Amy approach a homeless man, who convinces them he knows where Billy is, but proceeds to try and rob them in an alleyway. Peter comes to the rescue. At a police station, we then see Billy ask to make a phone call. He calls Summer, who hands the phone to Peter. As Billy waits to be interviewed by the police, he is surprised at the arrival of Adam, who says he is Mr Mayhew’s lawyer. Meanwhile, Tyrone begs for Fiz’s forgiveness, but Chesney turns on him and tells him to leave his sister alone. Fiz confides in Cathy that Hope has had the all-clear on her cancer results, but Tyrone is gutted to realise he had forgotten about the tests and tells Kevin he is ashamed at being a useless husband and dad.

invites Mitch over for dinner. When Keegan and Keanu put on a united front, Mitch is forced to leave – but Karen sneaks him back in as soon as everyone else is asleep. Friday Mick is determined to get rid of Aidan once and for all, but Aidan isn’t going down without a fight. Who’ll win their war? Meanwhile, when Masood finds the house full of gifts and cards, he fears that he’s forgotten Mariam’s birthday.

Monday Keanu starts work at The Arches, but is surprised when Keegan’s dad Mitch turns up unexpectedly and asks for his car to be fixed. Keanu carries out the repair, but wants rid of Mitch as quickly as possible and refuses to offer up any information about where the Taylor family are living. Keanu’s attempts to send Mitch on his way quickly are thwarted when he accidentally forgets to take the payment. Sure enough, Mitch turns up at the Taylor house to pay Keanu, leading to an argument. Karen and Keegan are shocked to see Keanu punching Mitch. Meanwhile, Ian returns home from New Zealand and is full of optimism over the future, but he’s not happy when Kim lets him know about Masood selling samosas in the chippy. Tuesday With Mitch gone again, Keanu warns Karen not to make contact with him. However, it’s not long before Mitch turns up at the launderette and tries to charm Karen. Keegan and Keanu are both furious when Karen gives in and

Thursday Keanu is livid when he finds out about Karen and Mitch spending the night together. Growing tired of Keanu’s unfriendly attitude, Mitch asks Karen why she’s never told him the truth about his own dad. Karen agrees it’s time that Keanu knew the truth, but he doesn’t give her a chance to explain – storming off and vowing to stay with Jay until Mitch has gone. Soon afterwards, Keegan overhears Karen and Mitch talking and learns a shocking truth.

Roxanna’s groundbreaking treatment for Ollie is finally under way. However, initial progress has unexpected side effects for both.

Meanwhile, when Dom is drawn into Sheilagh’s care, his loyalties are challenged and his relationship with Lofty may be forfeited. Dom may know where he stands medically, but he does he know where he stands with Lofty? Elsewhere, Donna and Fletch turn sleuth to find a missing link in Ric’s case which may be the key to avoiding Ric going to prison. When their mission seems hopeless, Donna must face the possibility that maybe they can’t help.

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21:00 Love Your Garden Alan Titchmarsh comes to the rescue of a fellow gardener and his family in Hurst Green as they bravely cope with a lifethreatening illness. Diagnosed two years ago with motor neurone disease, Malcolm Dean is confined to a wheelchair and unable to go outside and do the gardening he used to love.

21:00 Mastermind Quiz. 21:30 Gardeners’ World A new gardening year begins and Monty reveals his new plans for the year as well as taking stock of any winter damage. 22:00 Putin: The New Tsar The story of Vladimir Putin’s extraordinary rise to power - from a lowly KGB colonel to Boris Yeltsin’s right-hand man and ultimately his successor as Russian President.The documentary contains revelations from former confidante Sergei Pugachev who helped Putin to power, before falling from favour. 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 00:05 The Assassination of Gianni Versace 00:55 Amazing Hotels 01:55 Girls on the Edge 02:55 Royal Recipes 03:40 This Is BBC Two


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21:30 Coronation Street Eva vows to track down Billy. 22:00 Lethal Weapon The discovery of a corpse in a dumpster leads Riggs and Murtaugh to the apartment of a man apparently obsessed with investigating conspiracies. Away from the day job, Trish scores an interview with Dr Weir, the admissions gate-keeper for prestigious pre-school Kellogg. 23:00 News 23:45 Piers Morgan 00:45 Film Mickey Blue Eyes (15) 02:25 Jackpot247 04:00 Alphabetical

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20:30 Crufts 2018 Clare Balding is live at Crufts, the judging includes the Terrier and Hound groups and there's more high-octane canine competition with highlights of Flyball and Agility. Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick joins presenter Clare Balding to discuss canine health and scientific advances, and to answer viewers' questions, while Kate Bevan and behaviourist Carolyn Mentieth are also on hand to offer owners advice. 22:00 Gogglebox The biggest and best TV moments of the week get a grilling from Britain’s sharpest armchair critics. 23:00 The Last Leg 00:05 8 Out of 10 Cats 00:55 The Inbetweeners 01:30 Live: Winter Paralympic Games

07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 13:10 News 13:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Film - The Perfect Roommate 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 The Gadget Show Ortis and Georgie travel to Nevada to visit the world’s biggest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. Meanwhile Jon joins Craig in a versus challenge to see if cutting edge tech can put them on a par with professional decorators. 21:00 The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard The start of the Easter timetable at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway finds marketing manager Laura devising a stunt to get some muchneeded publicity. As the Tour de Yorkshire cycling race winds through the county, she plans to put one of their steam engines along the route to get the line some TV coverage. 22:00 Jane McDonald & Friends Jane performs a couple of her favourite songs, and is joined by special guests Alexander O’Neal and Shane Filan. 23:00 Will & Grace 23:30 French & Saunders: 30 Years of Laughs 00:30 That’s So... 01:15 SuperCasino 04:10 The XFiles 05:45 House Doctor 06:10 Nick's Quest

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 08:10 Dress to Impress 08:55 Emmerdale 09:50 You’ve Been Framed! 10:25 Ellen DeGeneres 11:15 Who’s Doing the Dishes? 12:10 Dress to Impress 13:15 Emmerdale 14:15 You’ve Been Framed! 14:45 Ellen DeGeneres 15:35 Jeremy Kyle 17:50 Judge Rinder 18:50 Take Me Out 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Film - The Hangover Part III (14) ITV 3 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:50 Heartbeat 08:55 The Royal 09:55 Judge Judy 11:20 Inspector Morse 13:35 The Royal 14:35 Heartbeat 15:40 Classic Coronation Street 16:45 On the Buses 17:20 On the Buses 17:50 You’re Only Young Twice 18:25 Rising Damp 18:55 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Agatha Christie’s Marple 23:00 The Good Karma Hospital ITV 4 07:00 Football Rivalries 07:10 The Chase 08:00 Pawn Stars 08:20 Ironside 09:15 Quincy, M.E. 10:20 Minder 11:25 The Sweeney 12:30 The Avengers 13:35 Ironside 14:40 Quincy, M.E. 15:40 Minder 16:50 The Sweeney 18:00 The Avengers 19:00 Storage Wars 20:00 Pawn Stars 20:30 Hornblower 22:30 Live: BAMMA Mixed Martial Arts

Friday 9th March 2018 30 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Jim Davidson Call The Midwife Saturday - ITV Legendary comedian and TV presenter Jim Davidson opens up to Piers Morgan about his life and career in tthis episode of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. Jim, who was the biggest TV star in the country for many years and no stranger to controversy, talks about his family life, finding out his dad might actually have been his uncle, his rise to fame and the ensuing scandals. Speaking candidly about his five marriages, including his third wife who alleged he was abusive towards her, Jim also talked

about his battle with drug and alcohol addiction and opened up about the trauma of being arrested as part of Operation Yewtree. He also talked to Piers about per-

forming for Prince Charles, the millions of pounds he earnt and spent over the years, his work for the armed forces and receiving an OBE.

Hitchcock's Shower Scene: 78/52

Sunday - BBC One The nurses and midwives of Nonnatus House prepare to celebrate Sister Monica Joan's birthday, but plans are put on hold when the

closure of a nearby maternity home leaves them inundated with new patients, many of whom are in urgent need of support. Lucille treats a woman whose father is offering

shelter to an old friend suffering with memory loss, and as November 22, 1963 arrives, the residents of Poplar are rocked by shocking news from America. As usual, not to be missed!

Sir Bruce: A Celebration Sunday - BBC One

Saturday - BBC Two Documentary taking a look at the enduring legacy of the infamous and iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's

Psycho - in which Janet Leigh's character Marion Crane is stabbed to death a segment that arguably changed the course of world cinema.

The sequence took a week to film and used up a quarter of the movie's entire production schedule, requiring 78 set-ups and 52 cuts to achieve.

Filmed at the London Palladium, this very special tribute hosted by Tess Daly sees a variety of famous faces and friends honour one of this country’s biggest and best-loved entertainers and broadcasters, Sir Bruce Forsyth. This celebration of Sir Bruce’s life has music, dance and entertainment at its heart. As well as featuring some of Sir Bruce’s favourite songs, the show will also include dance performances, onstage tributes and

fond memories of Sir Bruce from guests with whom he shared a special connection. The unparalleled Dave Arch and his Strictly Come

Dancing band and vocalists as well as the BBC Concert orchestra will be onstage to accompany the performances.

Saturday TV 07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Classic Mary Berry 13:00 Football Focus 14:00 News 14:15 MasterChef 16:15 Coast and Country Auctions 17:00 Six Nations Rugby Union: France v England 20:00 News 20:20 Pointless A special celebrity edition of the general knowledge quiz in which four teams try to come up with the answers that no-one else could think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman. Featuring Bob Harris and Chris Difford, Kerry Godliman and Miles Jupp, Jenny Eclair and Linda Robson, Debbie McGee and Angelos Epithemiou. 21:10 Casualty Jac Naylor arrives in the ED and sets an ultimatum. CEO Serena wants the Rage in Resus blog to be shut down by the end of the day or its author - and Ethan - will be fired and A pressurised Ethan confronts Alici 22:00 Troy: Fall of a City Achilles’ shock attack on Troy’s ally Cilicia devastates the Trojans and puts the spotlight on Helen. Andromache receives both good news and bad. A bitter dispute erupts between Agamemnon and Achilles. 23:00 News 23:20 Match of the Day 00:45 Film - A Few Best Men (15) 02:15 Weather 02:20 News

07:10 The Wonder of Animals 07:40 Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature 08:10 The Pets Factor 08:30 The Dengineers 09:00 Absolute Genius: Monster Builds 09:30 Beyond Bionic 10:00 Robot Wars 11:00 Gorilla Family and Me 12:00 Homes Under the Hammer 13:00 Cats v Dogs: Which is Best? 14:00 Film - The Caine Mutiny 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:30 Me and My Dog 17:30 Final Score 18:30 Flog It! 19:00 Hugh’s Wild West 20:00 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby Giles and Monica travel to the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar in Oman. 21:00 David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities David explores the extremes of birth in the animal kingdom


07:00 CITV 10:25 Saturday Morning with James Martin 12:20 Dancing on Ice 14:15 News 14:25 Six Nations Live: Ireland v Scotland 17:30 Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs 18:00 The Chase 19:00 News 19:30 You’ve Been Framed!

07:00 Winter Paralympics 10:00 Frasier 11:30 The Big Bang Theory 12:55 The Simpsons 14:25 Come Dine with Me 15:25 Coast v Country 16:25 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun 17:30 Crufts Extra with Alan and Clare 18:30 News 19:00 Winter Paralympics Today

20:00 Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway The entertainment variety show continues, with James Corden taking time out from his busy schedule across the Atlantic to join the Geordie duo as this week’s star guest announcer. Plus, there is more spoof mystery as Ant and Dec once again put their OBEs to use as part of a task force of celebrity secret agents with honours.

20:00 Crufts 2018 Clare Balding presents coverage of the judging of the Vulnerable Breeds, Utility and Hound Groups and highlights of the Agility and Flyball competitions. Plus, a selection of reports involving rescue dogs, taking a look at the renovation of Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’ Home following a fire and revealing why foreign rescue dog charities are growing in 21:30 The Voice UK Tom , popularity., Olly and Jennifer take their places on the spinning chairs once again, as the vocal talent contest edges ever closer to its conclusion with the final battle round.

21:30 Dad’s Army Mainwaring and the platoon welcome the first contingent of American troops to Walmington-on-Sea 22:50 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories The host talks to 22:00 Hitchcock’s controversial comedian Jim Shower Scene: 78/52 Davidson about his life, Director Alexandre O from his role presenting Philippe’s takes a look at The Generation Game and Alfred Hitchcock’s infamous Big Break to alcohol addiction, domestic violence alleand iconic shower scene. gations and an arrest under 23:30 QI XL 00:15 Film - Operation Yewtree Dial M for Murder (PG) 01:55 Film - The Lady 23:40 News 00:05 Film - 2 Vanishes 03:30 Fast 2 Furious (15) 02:05 04:00 Civilisations 04:25 This is Jackpot247 Babushka BBC Two

22:00 45 Years A woman prepares to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary, but one week beforehand, her husband receives a letter revealing that the body of his previous partner has been found frozen in the Swiss Alps. The message exposes the cracks in their relationship. 23:50 First Dates 00:55 The Inbetweeners 01:30 Winter Paralympics Live

07:00 Milkshake 10:50 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:25 The Gadget Show 12:15 Police Interceptors 15:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 18:00 The Secret Life of Kittens 19:00 Cruising with Jane McDonald 20:00 Brunel’s Britain: Master of Bridges Rob Bell tells the story of the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. 21:00 Brunel’s Britain: King of the Sea Rob Bell concludes his two-part documentary series on Britain’s great engineer with the story of his two masterpieces of ship design - the SS Great Britain, the great-greatgrandmother of all modern ships, and the SS Great Eastern, the world’s largest ship that dominated the final years of his life and generated such great controversy that it has been blamed for causing his death. 21:55 News 22:00 Football Highlights from the weekend’s games in the Championship, including Aston Villa v Wo l v e r h a m p t o n Wanderers and Cardiff City v Birmingham City. 23:30 Jane Mcdonald and Friends 00:25 Celebrity Five Go Motorhoming 01:15 Super Casino 04:10 Cowboy Builders

07:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 07:10 Emmerdale Omnibus 09:35 Coronation Street Omnibus 12:25 Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 14:00 Take Me Out: 10th Anniversary Special 15:00 Catchphrase 16:05 Film Hotel Transylvania 17:55 Film Uncle Buck (12) 19:45 Film - Jack the Giant Killer (15) 22:00 Film The Expendables (15) 00:05 Family Guy 01:05 American Dad! 01:55 Action Team 03:00 Ibiza Weekender ITV3 07:00 Judge Judy 07:20 Murder, She Wrote 09:15 A Touch of Frost 13:50 Agatha Christie’s Marple 15:55 Columbo 17:55 Midsomer Murders 00:00 Lewis 02:05 The Good Karma Hospital 02:55 ITV3 Nightscreen 03:30 Teleshopping ITV4 07:00 The Protectors 07:25 The Avengers 10:30 ITV Racing: The Opening Show 11:35 Pawn Stars 14:30 ITV Racing: Live from Sandown 17:00 Film - The Battle of Britain (PG) 19:40 Football’s Greatest 20:00 Storage Wars 21:00 The Chase: Celebrity Special 22:00 Film The Chronicles of Riddick (15) 00:20 Film - This is the End (15) 02:30 The Sweeney 03:25 The Protectors

Sunday TV 07:00 Breakfast 08:30 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:15 News 13:30 MasterChef 14:00 Homes Under the Hammer 14:55 Songs of Praise 15:30 Six Nations Rugby Union: Wales v Italy 18:05 Earth’s Natural Wonders 19:05 News

07:10 Coast 07:55 A to Z of TV Gardening 08:15 The Instant Gardener 09:05 Gardeners’ World 09:35 Countryfile 10:30 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:00 Spring Kitchen with Tom Kerridge 12:45 Lorraine Pascale: How to be a Better Cook 13:15 MOTD2 Extra 14:00 The Ladykillers: Pest Detectives 15:00 Money for Nothing 15:45 Film - Laura 19:30 Countryfile Steve (PG) 17:10 Back in Time for Brown is on the trail of an Tea 18:10 World’s Most elusive and endangered Extraordinary Homes Scottish creature - the mud snail. They may not be one 19:10 Film - Deep Impact of nature’s glamour (12) Journalist Jenny species, but these tiny mol- Lernerat believes she has luscs play an important role uncovered a major sex in the ecosystem. scandal. That is until she’s abducted for a secret meet20:30 Hold the Sunset As ing with the president. tensions grow between Roger and Wendy, a mid- 21:00 Top Gear Matt and night break-in brings Edith Chris buy second-hand face to face with a ghost sports cars at auction for a from her past. big road trip across Honshu. 21:00 Call the Midwife The team must rally to prepare 22:00 Life and Death Row for Sister Monica Joan’s The family of murdered birthday. teenager John Melbourne Jr are fighting for the exe22:00 Sir Bruce: A cution of death row inmate Celebration A very special Jason McGehee to go event honouring one of this ahead. country’s biggest and bestloved entertainers, Sir 23:20 The Mash Report Bruce Forsyth. 23:50 Top Gear: Extra Gear 00:15 Women’s Six Nations 23:05 News 23:35 Match of Highlights 00:45 Question the Day 2 00:35 Film - Time 01:45 Panorama Fright Night (15) 02:15 02:15 Holby City 03:10 This is BBC Two Weather 02:20 News

07:00 Milkshake 10:25 News 10:30 Love Your Garden 11:00 Peston on Sunday 12:00 The Voice UK 13:20 News 13:30 Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 15:00 Britain’s Brightest Family 15:30 Catchphrase 16:30 Tipping Point 17:30 News 18:00 The Chase: Celebrity Special 19:00 Dancing on Ice The Final Phillip and Holly introduce the grand final of the competitive figure-skating contest, as the final three celebrities and the professional partners once again take to the ice as they seek to claim the title. 21:00 Endeavour Morse investigates the disappearance of a teacher from a secretive public school, and begins to question who he can trust when a body is discovered. Thursday wrestles with the imminent closure of Cowley Station as he tries to find the vital evidence that will connect Eddie Nero to a series of unsolved murders, and assigns Fancy to track down the man who may be the key to cracking the case. 23:00 News 23:15 Peston on Sunday 00:15 Six Nations 01:15 100 Year Old Driving School 01:40 Marcella 02:30 Jackpot247

07:10 3rd Rock from the Sun 08:00 Tennis 09:00 Winter Paralympics Breakfast 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 Jamie’s Quick and Easy Food 14:05 The Simpsons 16:05 The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer 17:25 Crufts Extra with Alan and Clare 18:30 News 19:00 Winter Paralympics Today 20:00 Crufts 2018 Clare Balding is live at Crufts for Best in Show 2018 night, setting the scene by tracing the route of the six finalists through the event. Before that, though, there is the small matter of Gundog Group judging and highlights of the Agility and Flyball finals. Plus, Day in the Life of a Champion - is raw dog food best? - and Noel Fitzpatrick’s favourite moments in Supervet’s Crufts. All this and more leads fittingly into the crowning of 2018’s Best in Show. 22:00 Homeland Carrie finds herself following a lead and Saul’s situation goes from bad to worse. 23:00 The Last Leg Winter Paralympics Special 00:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 01:00 Married at First Sight 02:00 The Inbetweeners 02:30 Winter Paralympics Live

07:00 Milkshake 11:05 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:40 Football 13:00 Britain’s Greatest Bridges 13:15 Police Interceptors 15:15 Film Open Season 2 (PG) 16:45 Film - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 18:25 Film - Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) 20:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! Max and Steve are on a bid to recover unpaid court costs after a car accident. 21:00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! An evasive man is given a choice between paying his debt or relinquishing his luxury car and there’s a writ for the organiser of a festival. 21:55 News 22:00 Film - Olympus Has Fallen (15) A disgraced former guard to the US president becomes trapped in the White House following a terrorist attack and must use his knowledge of the building and security procedures to free the president and prevent a national emergency. 00:15 Film - Rise of the Krays (15) 02:10 Super Casino 04:10 Cowboy Builders

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:20 You’ve Been Framed! 07:45 Emmerdale Omnibus 10:30 Coronation Street Omnibus 13:20 The Voice UK 14:45 The Flintstones 16:30 Film Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (PG) 18:15 Film Evan Almighty (PG) 20:10 Film - Gravity (12) 22:00 Ibiza Weekender 23:00 Family Guy 00:30 American Dad! 01:30 Film - Zack and Miri Make a Porno (18) ITV3 07:00 Murder, She Wrote 08:50 Heartbeat 10:50 Columbo 12:55 A Touch of Frost 16:55 Lewis 19:00 The Durrells 21:00 Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs 22:00 Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure 23:00 An Audience with Victoria Wood 00:10 Lewis 02:10 Life of Crime 03:00 Blue Murder 04:20 Rising Damp 04:45 Road to Avonlea ITV4 07:00 Minder 08:45 Storage Wars 13:20 Pawn Stars 14:50 Film - The Battle of Britain (PG) 17:30 Film - You Only Live Twice (PG) 19:50 Hornblower 22:00 Film - Firefox (15) 00:45 Film - Falling Down (18) 03:00 River Monsters

32 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Holding Back the Years 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Sheriffs are Coming 12:45 Caught Red Handed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 15:45 A Service of Celebration for Commonwealth Day 17:15 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders Mitch arrives on the square, and he is hunting down the Taylors. 21:30 Classic Mary Berry Mary embraces the British countryside with fresh and honest bucolic cooking inspired by what is grown on farms and in gardens, from a joyous pasta inspired by a classic French herb sauce to a perfect way to partner asparagus.

Friday 9th March 2018

07:00 Caught Red Handed 07:30 Coast and Country Auctions 08:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 09:00 Hugh’s Wild West 10:00 Victoria Derbyshire 12:00 News 12:30 The Week in Parliament 13:00 The Daily Politics 14:00 Women’s Six Nations Highlights 14:30 Yes Chef 15:15 Your Home in Their Hands 16:15 Planet Earth 17:15 Into the Wild with Gordon Buchanan 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Repair Shop 20:00 Top Gear There is a Japanese flavour as Matt and Chris buy second-hand sports cars at auction for a road trip across Honshu. 21:00 Only Connect Victoria Coren Mitchell hosts the series where knowledge will only take you so far. 21:30 University Challenge Quiz

22:00 MasterChef It’s the third week of heats and seven more hopefuls need to pull out all the stops to prove to judges John and Gregg that they have the potential to rise above the rest.

22:00 Being Blacker Documentary by filmmaker Molly Dineen telling the story of the renowned reggae record shop owner and music producer, Blacker Dread.

23:00 News 23:45 Imagine... 01:25 Have I Got a Bit More Old News for You 02:10 Weather for the Week Ahead 02:15 News

23:30 Newsnight 00:15 Putin: The New Tsar 01:15 Odyssey 02:40 Countryfile 03:35 Royal Recipes 04:20 This is BBC Two

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 News 15:00 Judge Rinder 16:00 Tenable 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 News 20:00 Emmerdale Rebecca faces the consequences. 20:30 Coronation Street Gemma and Tyrone resolve to forget their night together. 21:00 The Kyle Files Jeremy examines how the nation's public services are becoming increasingly overstretched. 21:30 Coronation Street Fiz forces a confession from Tyrone 22:00 Marcella The detective deduces that a binder was stolen from Reg's house and confronts the ageing rock star and Alan about it, suspecting the folder contains important information. Having escaped the killer's prison, Adam gets a lift from an elderly couple, but it takes a dangerous twist. 23:00 News 23:45 Rachel Nickel 00:50 The Kyle Files 01:15 100 Years Younger in 21 Days 02:05 Jackpot247 04:00 Jeremy Kyle

07:00 Live: Winter Paralympic Games 10:00 Frasier 11:05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Posh Pawnbrokers 15:10 Countdown 16:00 A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun 17:00 A New Life in the Sun 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Extreme Cake Makers 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 News 20:30 Winter Paralympic Games Clare Balding and Jonnie Peacock are at Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead to present action from day three of the Games in South Korea. Dispatches 21:00 Reporter John Ware investigates how much Muslim groups know about some of the groups they talk to. 21:30 Food Unwrapped Food Unwrapped reveals more secrets about the food we eat. Jimmy Doherty visits Italy to discover how manufacturers can claim to pack so many flavours into their coffee pods 22:00 24 Hours in Police Custody Police search in a Luton garden for the body of a woman who disappeared in 2003 23:00 Electric Dreams 00:00 Winter Paralympics

Monday TV 07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 13:10 News 13:15 The Gadget Show 14:10 Access 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:20 Film Deadly Daycare 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 Rugby All the best action from the semi-finals of the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The competition is down to the last four competing for a place in the final. Bath meet Northampton and Exeter take on Newcastle. 21:00 Winter Road Rescue Traffic officers come to aid of a crashed driver who is stranded and facing the wrong direction, a specialist crew must free lorries that have got stuck in snow, and a driver has 50 miles of snow-covered road to clear before the morning rush hour. 22:00 Extreme Flights: Out of Control An aircraft crashes on a busy freeway, a pilot slams his packed passenger jet into a field in thick fog and a mountain rescue mission goes very wrong. 23:00 Armed and Deadly: Police UK 00:00 The XFiles 00:55 Traffic Cops 01:55 Britain’s Greatest Bridges 02:10 SuperCasino

07:20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 08:10 Who’s Doing the Dishes? 08:55 Emmerdale 09:20 Coronation Street 10:25 Ellen DeGeneres 11:20 The Bachelor 13:15 Emmerdale 13:50 Coronation Street 14:45 Ellen DeGeneres 15:35 Jeremy Kyle 17:50 Judge Rinder 18:50 Take Me Out 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Family Guy 22:30 American Dad! 23:00 Action Team 23:35 Family Guy ITV 3 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:50 Heartbeat 08:55 The Royal 09:55 Judge Judy 11:20 Inspector Morse 13:35 The Royal 14:35 Heartbeat 15:40 Classic Coronation Street 16:50 On the Buses 17:55 You’re Only Young Twice 18:25 Rising Damp 18:55 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Vera 23:00 DCI Banks ITV 4 07:10 The Chase 08:00 Pawn Stars 08:45 Ironside 09:50 Quincy, M.E. 10:50 Minder 11:55 The Sweeney 13:00 The Avengers 14:05 Ironside 15:10 Quincy, M.E. 16:15 Minder 17:20 The Saint 18:25 The Avengers 19:35 Storage Wars 20:05 Pawn Stars 21:00 River Monsters 23:05 Film - Above the Law

Tuesday TV 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Holding Back the Years 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Caught Red Handed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 A Place to Call Home 16:10 Escape to the Country 16:45 Coast and Country Auctions 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders The Taylors are tense following Mitch’s visit. 21:00 Holby City Roxanna tries to cure Oliver, but in the process opens old wounds. 22:00 Shetland Following Jo’s assault, the team is devastated. While Sandy feels guilty for not protecting her more, Jimmy tries to keep everyone focused, but pressure mounts on him to re-arrest Malone. However, in the absence of evidence, Perez resists. Adding to his stress, DI Cole and DS Jackson from the MIT arrive and begin picking holes in his investigation. Stunned that a search of Malone’s farmhouse has not been carried out, Cole and Jackson conduct their own. 23:00 News 23:45 This Country 00:15 Britain’s Moped Crime Gangs 00:55 Drugs Map of Britain 01:25 Weather 01:30 News

07:00 Coast 07:30 Holding Back the Years 08:15 The Sheriffs Are Coming 09:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 10:00 Victoria Derbyshire 12:00 News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 The Super League Show 14:45 Yes Chef 15:30 Your Home In Their Hands 16:30 Planet Earth 17:30 Into the Wild with Gordon Buchanan 18:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Repair Shop 20:00 Saving Lives at Sea The Tenby crew race to a kayaker with suspected back and neck injuries after being caught out by a wave.

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle 11:30 This Morning 13:30 News 14:00 ITV Racing Live: Cheltenham Festival 17:30 Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury 18:00 The Chase 19:00 News 20:00 Emmerdale Things get out of hand for Gabby and Liv. 21:00 What Would Your Kid Do? Children are filmed in a school specially rigged with hidden cameras. In the studio, host Jason Manford challenges parents to predict what their child will do in each situation, providing an insight into the developing minds of five to seven year-olds.

21:00 Back in Time for Tea The Ellis family reflects on their time-travelling adventure, and explores how the legacy of 100 22:00 100 Years Younger years of history lives on in in 21 Days The celebrities learn about their brains the northern diet today. and how they are key to 22:00 Amazing Hotels: ageing well. Mindfulness Life Beyond the Lobby and meditation are led by Monica and Giles head to Coronation Street stalwart the foothills of the Swiss Bill Roache, while former star Sherrie Alps to experience a very Corrie different type of travel: Hewson makes an emobreakthrough. health and wellness tional Meanwhile, nutritionist tourism. Thor inspects the famous 23:00 Mum 23:25 The faces' food selection, makArchiveologists 23:30 ing some unhappy. Newsnight 00:15 The World’s Most Extraordinary 23:00 News 23:45 The Homes 01:15 MasterChef Cruise: Voyage to Alaska 02:15 An Island Parish 00:15 Piers Morgan’s Life 03:15 Royal Recipes 04:00 Stories 01:15 Jackpot247 04:00 ITV Nightscreen This Is BBC Two

07:00 Live: Winter Paralympic Games 10:00 FrasierPG 10:35 Frasier 11:05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Posh Pawnbrokers 15:10 Countdown 16:00 A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun 17:00 A New Life in the Sun 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Extreme Cake Makers 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 News 20:30 Winter Paralympic Games Clare and Jonnie are live with analysis of Day 4 - super combined skiing; GB vs Slovakia in wheelchair curling and Scott Meenagh in the 12.5km biathlon. 21:00 The Great Celebrity Bake Off: Stand Up To Cancer Paul, Prue, Sandi and Noel return as celebs Nick Hewer, Stacey Solomon, Ricky Wilson and Perri Kiely make scones and self-portrait croquembouches. 22:15 Seven Year Switch Newly switched couples Rachel and George, Nikki and Tony, Gemma and Simon, and Michelle and Tom head out on their first dates together - where they open up about their failures home and hopes. 23:20 Gogglebox 00:00 Winter Paralympic Games

07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 13:10 News 13:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 14:10 Access 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:20 Film - Missing Daughter 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 FIA World Rally Championship Highlights of the third round of the World Rally Championship 2018. From the rally’s base in Leon in Gauanjuato, the teams tackle gravel-topped roads, some at more than 2,000m above sea level. 21:00 Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh Alan explores a French Renaissancestyle chateau in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside which was a magnet for the great and the good of the 19th century. 22:00 Wild Britain Cameras explore some of Britain's forests, reveal the wild boar population boom in the Forest of Dean, and the rise of fierce birds of prey, Goshawks. 23:00 Elizabeth: Our Queen 00:05 The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard 01:05 Weather Terror 02:00 SuperCasino 04:10 Cowboy Builders

07:20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 08:10 Who’s Doing the Dishes? 08:55 Emmerdale 09:20 Coronation Street 10:25 Ellen DeGeneres 11:15 The Bachelor 13:05 Emmerdale 13:35 Coronation Street 14:35 Jeremy Kyle 17:50 Judge Rinder 18:50 Take Me Out 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Film - The 40-Year-Old Virgin (18) ITV 3 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:50 Heartbeat 08:55 The Royal 09:55 Judge Judy 11:20 Inspector Morse 13:35 The Royal 14:35 Heartbeat 15:40 Classic Coronation Street 16:45 On the Buses 17:55 You’re Only Young Twice 18:25 Rising Damp 19:00 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Vera 23:00 Scott & Bailey ITV 4 07:00 The Chase 08:35 Pawn Stars 09:25 Ironside 10:30 ITV Racing 11:30 The Protectors 12:00 The Saint 13:05 The Avengers 14:15 Ironside 15:20 Quincy, M.E. 16:20 Minder 17:25 The Saint 18:30 The Avengers 19:40 Storage Wars 20:05 Pawn Stars 21:00 River Monsters 22:00 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport 23:00 Film Full Metal Jacket (18)


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Holding Back the Years 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 12:45 Caught Red Handed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 A Place to Call Home 16:10 Escape to the Country 16:45 Coast and Country Auctions 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Panorama John Sweeney reports on the forthcoming Russian presidential elections, in which victory for Vladimir Putin appears to be a foregone conclusion. Sweeney investigates allegations that the Kremlin has subverted democracy in Russia and meets the Putin opponent who has been banned from the election. 21:00 DIY SOS: The Big Build Nick and team, together with West Bromwich volunteers, helps a grieving grandmother and her family who are making do in a small house. 22:00 Saving the British Bulldog Britain’s most iconic dog is in crisis. Comedian and dog-lover Catherine Tate investigates the serious health problems affecting the British bulldog and what can be done to save it.

07:00 The Repair Shop 07:30 Holding Back the Years 08:15 The Sheriffs Are Coming 09:00 Great British Railway Journeys 09:30 Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs 10:00 Victoria Derbyshire 12:00 News 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Two Tribes 14:30 Yes Chef 15:15 Your Home In Their Hands 16:15 Planet Earth 17:15 Into the Wild with Gordon Buchanan 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Repair Shop 20:00 Saving Lives at Sea The Dover crew race to a Channel Swimmer who’s collapsed. 21:00 The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin travel to Japan, a country who combines innovation with traditional design. 22:00 The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Chicago real estate tycoon Lee Miglin is murdered in what police believe is a random killing. 22:50 Live at the Apollo Taking to the Apollo stage is quick-witted Dara O Briain as he introduces Zoe Lyons and Paul Chowdhry.

23:30 Newsnight 00:15 Amazing Hotels 01:15 23:00 News 23:45 A David Attenborough’s Question of Sport 00:15 Natural Curiosities 01:45 Film 2018 00:45 Film - The MasterChef 02:45 The Artist (PG) 02:20 Weather World’s Most Extraordinary 02:25 News Homes 03:45 This Is BBC Two

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle 11:30 This Morning 13:30 News 14:00 ITV Racing Live: Cheltenham Festival 17:30 Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury 18:00 The Chase 19:00 News 20:00 Emmerdale The Dingles face the fallout. 20:30 Coronation Street Summer’s search for Billy leads her into danger. 21:00 Britain’s Brightest Family Having made it through to the quarterfinals, two families go head to head for a place in the semi-finals of the tournament, aiming to move a step closer to winning the coveted title of Britain's Brightest Family and a holiday of a lifetime. 21:30 Coronation Street Adam admits to plotting Billy’s downfall. 22:00 Benidorm The Dawsons continue to speculate about Cyd's motives, but Rob pops the question anyway, while both Kenneth and Callum have romantic entanglements. Joyce appoints Monty as the new Entertainments Manager at the Solana and he plans a magical evening at Neptunes. 23:00 News 23:45 UEFA Champions League Football 00:45 Play to the Whistle 01:40 Jackpot247 04:00 Tenable 04:50 ITV Nightscreen

07:00 Live: Winter Paralympic Games 10:00 Frasier 11:05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Posh Pawnbrokers 15:10 Countdown 16:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 17:00 A New Life in the Sun 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Extreme Cake Makers 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 News 20:30 Winter Paralympic Games Clare Balding and Jonnie Peacock at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead analyse Day 5’s action live, including James Whitley in the slalom and GB vs Germany and USA in wheelchair curling. 21:00 The Supervet Noel tries to save a tortoiseshell cat's leg by cutting out a tumour that has developed and replacing its knee with a unique bionic implant. Staffordshire bull terrier Rosie is admitted as an emergency after her back legs suddenly collapse in the park. 22:00 One Born Every Minute Amy, who’s 23, met Ben, who’s 29, in a car park at work. Within three months of getting together she was pregnant. Ben’s been suffering from sympathy pains and cravings but knows he has to “man up” for the birth. 23:00 Damned 23:30 8 Out of 10 Cats 00:00 Winter Paralympic Games

07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 13:10 News 13:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 14:05 Access 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Film - Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 Winter Road Rescue Traffic officers come to aid of a crashed driver who is stranded and facing the wrong direction, a specialist crew must free lorries that have got stuck in snow, and a driver has 50 miles of snow-covered road to clear before the morning rush hour. 21:00 GPs: Behind Closed Doors Teenager Sam talks to Dr Alison Bolam about the raised glands in his neck, and Dr Alex McLaren tries to help long-term patient Stephen, who has been muddling along with a large hernia for several months. Later, Dr Bolam meets Ben, a first-time patient who has just moved to the area and is hoping to be prescribed medication for his mental health issues. 22:00 Violent Child, Desperate Parents Laverne Antrobus tackles some of the UK’s most difficult children. 23:00 When Talent Shows Go Horribly Wrong 02:00 SuperCasino 04:10 Cowboy Builders 05:00 Now That’s Funny

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 08:10 Who’s Doing the Dishes? 08:55 Emmerdale 09:55 You’ve Been Framed! 10:25 Ellen DeGeneres 11:15 The Bachelor 13:05 Emmerdale 14:05 You’ve Been Framed! 14:35 Jeremy Kyle 17:50 Judge Rinder 18:50 Take Me Out 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Hell’s Kitchen USA 23:55 Family Guy ITV 3 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:55 Heartbeat 08:55 The Royal 09:55 Judge Judy 11:20 Inspector Morse 13:35 The Royal 14:35 Heartbeat 15:40 Classic Coronation Street 16:50 On the Buses 17:55 You’re Only Young Twice 18:25 Rising Damp 19:00 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Vera 23:00 Law & Order: UK ITV 4 07:00 The Chase 08:35 Pawn Stars 09:20 Ironside 10:30 ITV Racing 11:30 Nijinsky’s Triple Crown 11:35 The Protectors 12:05 The Saint 13:10 The Avengers 14:20 Ironside 15:20 Quincy, M.E. 16:20 Minder 17:25 The Saint 18:35 The Avengers 19:40 Storage Wars 20:05 Pawn Stars 21:00 Britain’s Busiest Motorway 22:00 Film - The Chronicles of Riddick (14)

Established Power-Assisted Exercise Centre in Orihuela Costa

An Award-Winning Fine-Dining Restaurant - Costa Blanca South

Well-Established, Very Popular Bakers - Supplying Public and Trade

LEASEHOLD FOR SALE 29,900€, Rent 990€ p/m,100m2. Total of 18 fully functioning pieces of equipment. Plus option to lease a 3-room beauty salon 40m2 - LEASEHOLD FOR SALE 3,900€, rent 390€ p/m. Full training given on power-assisted exercise centre including rehabilitation suite. The business is in the Sophia Wellness Centre.

The business has been trading for 10 years+ with a fantastic reputation. It is very busy with a loyal customer base. Highly recommended around the area, the restaurant has won many awards for high levels of customer service and exceptional food. With an international menu and a unique surrounding to compliment the overall dining experience.

This fantastic large bakery/restaurant is located on a main road in a very busy market town with ample car parking for it's customers. It provides fresh bread, rolls, pies and pastries to the public, bars and restaurants. Having traded successfully for 4 years, it is the area’s marketing leader in it's supply. It comes with a full range of equipment.

Property ID: 1069 - 29,000€

Property ID: 1078 - 120,000€

Property ID: 1077 - price on application

Laundry and Dry Cleaning Business in San Fulgencio

Well-Established Baby Clothes Market Stall

Fish and Chip Shop on the Orihuela Costa

This well-established commercial laundry business is up for sale after 20 years running. The whole premises are being offered freehold and consist of the launderette on the upper level and an additional premises on the lower level that is included too. The business is being sold fully furnished with two washers, two dryers and two ironing tables.

A chance to purchase this successful, part-time (3 mornings/week) trading business, which has been running for 4 years. The business comes with a Spanish-registered van and complete mobile market stall. The average net profit is on average 25k euro per year. The asking price includes all clothing stock. Ideal for a semi retired couple.

This leasehold property is located between two busy Irish bars and a popular shopping centre. It has 104 covers: 32 inside; 40 on the front terrace and 32 at the rear, with the facility to extend. The leasehold is for another three years and can be renewed. If you fancy setting up a good old fish and chip business, here’s your chance.

Property ID: 1048 - 195,000€

Property ID: 1067 - 29,000€

Property ID: 1053 - 39,000€

Well-Established Ink and Toner Delivery Business

American-Style Diner-Bar-Restaurant in Torrevieja

Bed, Bed Linen and Soft Furnishings Business in Torrevieja

Well-established ink and toner delivery business for sale based around the Torrevieja area. Excellent price of only 49,000 euro, which includes over 12,000 euro worth of stock. Regular business includes supplying computer shops and newsagents. Genuine reason for sale - retirement. Great potential in this business.

This American-style diner is in a great location in Torrevieja and front line to the sea, bringing good passing trade on a daily basis. The terrace is just a stone’s throw away from the water’s edge giving amazing open views with a cool summer breeze. Recentley refurbished, all furniture and installations are new. Air conditioning and plasma screen.

A very well-established bed and soft furnishing business located in an excellent position within a busy commercial area. Trading for 4 years, it has grown to be very successful and profitable. It enjoys an enviable reputation for a quality products and quality service. Good potential to expand the business.

Property ID: 1012 - 49,000€

Property ID: 2597 - 45,000€

Property ID: 1008 - 235,000€

Luxury Dog Kennels with Quality Owner Accommodation These well-designed kennels incorporate quarantine rooms and animal isolation rooms as well as a vet’s room for weekly vets visits. The current owners also offer extra services such as grooming and the shipment of dogs worldwide. The kennels are located in a stunning rural location only 25 minutes’ drive from Alicante and surrounded by farmland and a national park. The 126m2 kennels have excellent facilities and clients from both the Spanish and the English-speaking communities. The living accommodation consists of a three double-bedroom house, all bedrooms being en-suite, bathroom with separate shower, open-plan, large living/dining room and kitchen. Externally, there is a patio, pool house and recently built pool alongside an additional lounge. Both the house and business, which are thermally insulated, are self-sufficient in electricity provided by solar panels, a stateof-the-art battery bank and two generators. The property built on 270m2 also benefits from two water deposits. The 30 kennels are housed in a range of buildings and enclosures and they are of various sizes to accommodate different sizes and breeds of dogs. There is also an office, kitchen, shower room/WC and vets surgery in the kennel complex. General Amenities * Owner Accommodation Included Solar Installation * Well-Established Business * Close to Airports * Panoramic Views Exterior Amenities * Enclosed Swimming Pool * Outside Kitchen

Property ID: 1070 - 395,000€

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07:00 The Repair Shop 07:30 Holding Back the Years 08:15 The Sheriffs Are Coming 09:00 Earth’s Natural Wonders 10:00 Victoria Derbyshire 12:00 News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Two Tribes 14:30 Yes Chef 15:15 Your Home In Their Hands 16:15 Planet Earth 17:15 Into the Wild with Gordon Buchanan 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 The Repair Shop 20:00 Saving Lives at Sea The Mumbles crew are called in when a climber falls in a remote cave on the Gower Peninsula. 21:00 Great Continental Railway Journeys Michael Portillo takes in Georgia and Azerbaijan as he journeys through the former Russian empire. He begins in the port of Batumi, discovers a surprise 19th-century tea plantation in the West Georgian countryside, visits a private museum dedicated to Joseph Stalin. 22:00 Civilisations Simon Schama explores the artistic depiction of nature. He discovers that landscape painting is seldom a straightforward description of observed nature but rather a projection of dreams and idylls. 23:00 MOTD: The Premier League Show 23:30 Newsnight 00:15 Top Gear 01:15 MasterChef 01:45 Nigel Slater’s Middle East 02:45 This Is BBC Two

07:00 Good Morning Britain 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 Jeremy Kyle 11:30 This Morning 13:30 News 14:00 ITV Racing Live: Cheltenham Festival 17:30 Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury 18:00 The Chase 19:00 News 20:00 Emmerdale Chas and Paddy face a difficult day ahead. 20:30 Tonight Adam Holloway goes undercover to investigate the rise of street homelessness in Britain. 21:00 Emmerdale Debbie is backed into a corner. 21:30 The Cruise: Voyage to Alaska It’s Captain Tuvo’s last time at the helm of the Star Princess on his beloved Alaska route before he goes on leave, and he doesn’t want to disappoint his passengers. With scenery and wildlife rarely seen elsewhere, the Captain wants everyone to get a front row view, but he’s at the mercy of the weather. 22:00 Four Days That Shook Britain The story of people who were directly affected by the wave of terror attacks that shook Britain across a four month period in 2017. 23:30 News 00:15 The Late Debate 00:45 Europa League Football 01:45 Lethal Weapon 02:30 Jackpot247 04:00 Tonight 04:25 ITV Nightscreen

07:15 3rd Rock From the Sun 08:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:00 Winter Paralympic Games 10:00 Frasier 11:05 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 News 13:05 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Posh Pawnbrokers 15:10 Countdown 16:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 17:00 A New Life in the Sun 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Extreme Cake Makers 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 News 20:30 Winter Paralympic Games Clare Balding and Jonnie Peacock are live at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead to examine Day 6’s skiing and wheelchair curling action and look ahead to Day 7’s banked slalom snowboarding. 21:00 Location, Location, Location Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are in York helping Tom and Timna find a first-time family home, and Rich and Kirsty who are want a house they can grow into. 22:00 My Baby’s Life: Who Decides? First of a two-part observational documentary about children on life support, filmed over a year at Southampton Hospital's Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, and the decisions facing their parents and the doctors who care for them. 23:00 The Job Interview 00:00 Winter Paralympics

Thursday TV 07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 13:10 News 13:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 14:10 Access 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:15 Film - Fatal Defense 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 The Secret Life of Kittens The kittens venture out in to the big wide world to meet the neighbourhood moggies. 21:00 Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun Former Glaswegian taxi drivers Pete and Kath came to Benidorm to retire, but then took on a bar. Michael is on a fishing trip with three mates from Villamar campsite. Fitness instructor Anthony has organised a campsite coach trip to waterfalls. 22:00 Do the Right Thing with Eamonn and Ruth Revealing the effects of house fires caused by dangerous electrical white goods, a warning about the increasing number of conmen who are targeting people with phones, and reuniting a father and son who haven’t seen each other for almost 60 years . 23:00 Hunted and Confronted: Cowboys, Crooks and Chancers 00:05 Extreme Flights: Out of Control 01:00 SuperCasino 04:10 Cowboy Builders 05:00 World's Most Pampered Pets 05:45 House Doctor

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 08:10 Who’s Doing the Dishes? 08:55 Emmerdale 09:20 Coronation Street 10:25 Ellen DeGeneres 11:15 The Bachelor 13:05 Emmerdale 13:35 Coronation Street 14:35 Jeremy Kyle 17:50 Judge Rinder 18:50 Take Me Out 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Film - The Hangover Part III (14) 00:05 Family Guy 01:30 American Dad! ITV 3 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:55 Heartbeat 08:55 The Royal 09:55 Judge Judy 11:20 Inspector Morse 13:35 The Royal 14:35 Heartbeat 15:40 Classic Coronation Street 16:50 On the Buses 17:55 You’re Only Young Twice 18:25 Rising Damp 19:00 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Vera 23:00 Unforgotten 01:05 DCI Banks ITV 4 07:00 The Chase 08:35 Pawn Stars 09:25 Ironside 10:30 ITV Racing 11:30 The Protectors 12:00 The Saint 13:05 The Avengers 14:10 Ironside 15:10 Quincy, M.E. 16:15 Minder 17:20 The Saint 18:25 The Avengers 19:35 Storage Wars 20:05 Pawn Stars 21:00 Film - On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (PG) 23:55 Film - Born to Raise Hell (18)

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BlueMoon Solutions is the computer and IT services company on the Costa Blanca. BlueMoon Solutions comes to you at home or at work. Their personal service covers from Alicante to Pilar de la Horadada.

ADVICE: Bob wanted to know how to transfer his photos from his phone to his computer

ADVICE: A reader had a question about AntiVirus


Hi Richard, I have just purchased a Lenovo 15 inch lap top of which I am over the moon with. I did not want Mcafee that they tried to sell me. I instead put in free version Malwarebytes plus free superantispy plus ccleaner. Do you think that is enough? Thank you.


Hi, the products that you have installed will protect you from malware (by the way you really only need one of them) but not viruses – you should install Avast or AVG to be fully protected.

Email: Mobile: 655 044 970

Richard moved to Spain ten years ago having left his management background behind in the UK and decided to use his IT skills to help home users and small businesses with their PC problems. Now a relaxed 'computer man' he is out and about in the Spanish sun every day, making house and shop calls and using his vast experience and qualifications to sort out the problem there and then. Computers are his hobby as well as his work so don’t be surprised to get an answer to your email in the early hours!



Richard,how can I transfer my photos from my Samsung Galaxy S4 to my computer? 1.I have tried sending them to my email address 2. I attached them to my pc via a USB cable 3, I accessed the Control Panel and tried to add my phone as a new device

Hi Bob, usually when you connect a phone to a computer using a USB cable, the phone appears as a USB stick, so try clicking on “computer” once you have connected the phone and see if you can see it in there. You may find that you need to put your phone in “PC Mode” after you connect it so look out for that NEW: Tel: 965 987 032

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Code Cracker is a crossword puzzle with no clues; instead, every letter of the alphabet has been replaced by a number, the same number representing the same letter throughout the puzzle. All you have to do is decide which letter is represented by which number.

DOUBLE CROSS-WORD Solve the Double Cross-Word puzzle using either the standard or cryptic clues, the answers are exactly the same.

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1 There’s nothing before those mountains, old fruit (7) 5 Blow as in wet concoction (5) 8 Religious ceremony could be ace (7) 9 Theatre gates open (5) 10 Secret Chinese organisation by a Pacific island (5) 11 Grunt in distress about using a lathe (7) 12 Transform palest artist’s medium (6) 14 The capital is wild and free (6) 17 Vagrant the French walk all over (7) 19 Go after, as in revolutionary (5) 22 A levy for a coral island (5) 23 Organised crime detected in motoring organisation in the States (7) 24 The French note the French spoon (5) 25 Streets confused the examiners (7)

1 In the beginning, it’s where a working actor should be (5) 2 Protective clothing with strings attached? (5) 3 Pull a face, seeing depressing card (7) 4 Good men digest small Scottish bonbons (6) 5 Tangled wires are smarter (5) 6 Less salubrious fish I follow with a little ruler (7) 7 Deem Reg wrong to have come out (7) 12 Mine’s on decline that’s the hidden danger (7) 13 Collapsed house of cards without crush for shellfish (7) 15 Crashed her cars for bowmen (7) 16 Deviate from French role (6) 18 Heart throb’s bean (5) 20 Being nimble, I get a leg around (5) 21 Seam bowling caught 10 in Tests (5)

Arena Baton Beaux Cease Crane Evens Heart Latte Oboes Sales Sepia Tenet 6 letter words Absurd Caress Caster Harass Settee

Treble 7 letter words Bastion Layouts 8 letter words Reassess Sunshine

Standard Clues Across 1 Citrus fruits (7) 5 Squander (5) 8 Employment (7) 9 Phase (5) 10 Country in the South Pacific (5) 11 Revolving (7) 12 Soft-hued (6) 14 Spanish capital (6) 17 Tread roughly under foot (7) 19 Go after (5) 22 Coral reef (5) 23 USA (7) 24 Large, deep spoon (5) 25 Examiners (7) Down 1 Beginning (5) 2 Pinafore (5) 3 Distortion of the face (7) 4 Candies (6) 5 More discerning (5) 6 More suspect (7) 7 Came out (7) 12 Hidden danger (7) 13 Shellfish (7) 15 Bowmen (7) 16 Leave (6) 18 Heartbeat (5) 20 Nimble (5) 21 Tests (5)

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Across 1 Famous Irish thoroughbred won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1964, 1965 and 1966? (5) 4 See 1 Down 9 In the Christian Church, name given to a district under the pastoral care of a bishop? (7) 10 Word, used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana, describes a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake? (5) 11 By what other name are 'flying saucers' also known? (4) 12 The name of which ornamented staff carried by rulers on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of sovereignty, is derived from the Greek for 'lean on'? (7) 13 By what first name was the First Lady of the US from 1969 to 1974, usually known? (3) 14 Sixth letter of the Greek alphabet? (4) 16 Allium porrum is the botanical name of which plant with a large slender white bulb and flat overlapping dark green leaves, that is used in cooking? (4) 18 After water, which is the most widely consumed beverage in the world? (3) 20 Dog, factory, penny, steam and tin can all precede which word? (7) 21 1952 Winter Olympics, officially known as the VI Olympic Winter Games,

took place in which city? (4) 24 Surname shared by American comedy performer Chevy and rugby league player Rangi? (5) 25 London football club has won 13 First Division and Premier League titles and 10 FA Cups? (7) 26 In Greek mythology, the goddess of wisdom and useful arts? (6) 27 Surname of the English comedian and actor whose best known catchphrase was 'Ooh… you are awful'? (5) Down 1/4 Antic Hay (1923), Brave New World (1937) and The Doors of Perception (1954), were written by which English novelist and essayist? (6,6) 2 Industrial city in Japan, on the island of Honshu, was the imperial capital from 794 to 1868? (5) 3 Surname of British politician who was UK prime minister from 1955-1957? (4) 5 Name given to the gelatinous disc of a jellyfish, which it contracts and expands to move through the water? (8) 6 Name for a set of clothing, bedclothes and toiletries for a new-born, derived from the Old French for 'drawer'? (7) 7 British game show on ITV between 1988-1997, initially hosted by Bruce Forsyth (1988-1990), then by Matthew



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1 Hardly (8) 2 Communion table (5) 4 Indifference (6) 5 Cowboy’s wide-brimmed head-wear (3-6,3) 6 Give the right to (7) 7 Transaction (4) 8 Period of unusually warm weather in the autumn (6,6) 12 Squeeze together (8) 14 Allows (7) 16 Arm muscles (6) 18 Backslide (5) 19 Stick to firmly (4)


Improve your Spanish - Clues in Spanish, answer in English or vice versa.

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1 Costilla (3) 3 Ghosts (9) 8 Asientos (muebles) (5) 9 Artículo (7) 10 Para (indicando finalidad, uso) (3) 11 Ready (5) 12 Camiones (7) 13 Place (5) 15 Semillas (5) 18 To shiver (with cold) (7) 20 Lesson (5) 22 Absent-minded (3) 23 Inútil (7) 24 Sobrina (5) 25 Pulseras (9) 26 Alguno (3)

1 Resultados (7) 2 Alubias (5) 3 Phosphorus (match) (7) 4 Casi (indicando aproximación) (6) 5 Author (5) 6 Máquina (7) 7 Cobertizos (para animales, herramientas) (5) 14 Card (greetings card, visiting card etc) (7) 15 Segundos (7) 16 Paisaje (vista) (7) 17 Sad (unhappy) (6) 18 Pulgar (5) 19 Thirteen (5) 21 Bee (5)

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Kelly (1991-1995) and finally by Darren Day (1996-1997)? (3,3) 8 Commercial leavening agent used to raise the dough in making bread and for fermenting beer or whiskey? (5) 13 Building in Rome, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome, rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in about 126 AD? (8) 15 Name given to a phrase or form of words written in memory of a person who has died, especially as an inscription on a tombstone? (7) 17 Monetary unit of Zambia and Malawi? (6) 18 Austin is the state capital of which US state? (5) 19 Town within the metropolitan borough of City of Leeds, like Rome, built on seven hills: Scatcherd Hill, Dawson Hill, Daisy Hill, Chapel Hill, Hunger Hill, Troy Hill and Banks Hill? (6) 22 Edmund John Millington, the first names of Irish poet and playwright, best known for The Playboy of the Western World, first on at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on January 26, 1907? (5) 23 Surname of American tennis player who won the US Open singles championship in 1968 and Wimbledon in 1975? (4)


Last Week’s Solutions Quizword Across: 1 Great Escape, 7 Add, 9 Aesop, 10 Mark Twain, 11 Ian Gillan, 12 Nails, 13 Nirvana, 15/18 Leon Uris, 20 Pandora, 23 Acorn, 24 Episcopal, 26 Aristotle, 27 Clean, 28 Amy, 29 Deerstalker. Down: 1 Gradient, 2 Elsinore, 3 Tippi, 4 Somalia, 5 Adrenal, 6 Elton John, 7 Adagio, 8 Danish, 14 Ayr United, 16 Poop Deck, 17 Faulkner, 19 Sceptre, 20 Phineas, 21 Havana, 22 Policy, 25 Cocoa. Double Crossword Across: 7 Banana, 8 Assent, 9 Kept, 10 Nitrogen, 11 Schemes, 13 Depot, 15 Bagel, 17 Vacated, 20 Increase, 21 Lame, 23 Facile, 24 Averse. Down: 1 Made, 2 Rattle, 3 Daunted, 4 Darts, 5 Ashore, 6 Antelope, 12 Chainsaw, 14 Lateral, 16 Earwig, 18 Allies, 19 Water, 22 Miss. Quickie Across: 1 Backlog, 5 Froze, 8 Tetanus, 9 Cairo, 10 Horde, 11 Ecstasy, 12 Salute, 14 Rabies, 17 Arrange, 19 Fetch, 22 Twerp, 23 Trivial, 24 Royal, 25 Cutlery. Down: 1 Botch, 2 Cater, 3 Lenient, 4 Gasket, 5 Focus, 6 Origami, 7 Eponyms, 12 Scatter, 13 Larceny, 15 Afflict, 16 Hectic, 18 Nepal, 20 Tripe, 21 Holly.

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Friday 9th March 2018

BMW teases M8 Gran Coupe concept German brand reveals sleek silhouette of four-door flagship

BMW has revealed the sleek silhouette of its upcoming four-door 8-Series. The German brand issued a hazy teaser image of the M8 Gran Coupe Concept on social media ahead of its public debut at next week's Geneva motor show. It has yet to confirm any information about the car, but it clearly indicates a four-door version of the bold new 8-Series range that will likely make it into production as a replacement for today's 6-Series Gran Coupe. BMW will revive the 8-Series range this year in a bid to move its flagship coupe, convertible and the four-door Gran Coupe models up a notch to challenge the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, as well as the Bentley Continental GT and GTC.

It has already revealed a concept version of the two-door while the racing version made its debut at the Daytona 24-Hours in January as a build-up to BMW's return to the Le Mans 24-Hour in June and the World Endurance Championship. The Gran Coupe looks to follow the sleek profile - and mimic the Aston Martin Rapide with an extended roofline that falls into a shallow boot with an integrated lip spoiler. All versions of the M8 are expected to utilise the same mechanical elements of the recently-introduced new-generation M5 that goes on-sale in Australia next month, including its upgraded 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 and all-wheel drive transmission. More details of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept will be revealed next week. Stay tuned to for all the latest news from the 2018 Geneva motor show.


ŠKODA UK has announced the winners of its annual Retailer of the Year (ROTY) awards at an event at the Royal Albert Hall. The retailers were treated to a performance of Cirque Du Soleil’s OVO, the new tour which is sponsored by ŠKODA Global. The ROTY awards recognise the very best of the 128 nationwide ŠKODA retailers across ten different categories. John Mulholland Motors Ltd. emerged victorious and took home the top title for an incredible third time, having won the previous year and in 2014. The County Antrim retailer was once again awarded the title in recognition of its outstanding all-round business performance in 2017. The runners-up were Fred Rees Garages Ltd. (Haverfordwest) and Des

Winks ŠKODA (Scarborough). The top spot is awarded to retailers based on consistently excellent performance throughout the year, taking into account sales, aftersales and customer satisfaction. Staff at each UK retailer were presented with their awards by Rod McLeod, Director for ŠKODA UK, and John French, Head of Sales Operations for ŠKODA UK. John French commented: “The brand’s incredible performance last year is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in our retailer network. Customers recognise ŠKODA as a brand that offers great quality cars at outstanding value for money, delivered and serviced by a fantastic partner network.”


Almost half of all parents admit that keeping their child safe on the roads is one of their greatest parenting concerns. From being a pedestrian and cyclist, to getting behind the wheel, 42 per cent of mums and dads said that keeping their child safe on the roads is something that keeps them awake at night. According to the research from pre-17 driving experts Young Driver, one in six parents says they’re absolutely terrified of their child learning to drive (17 per cent). However, some parents are tackling that fear by doing everything they can to help their offspring become a good driver – including starting them behind the wheel from age 10. With one in 20 parents saying their child is already a backseat driver, offering advice and critique, some parents are going one step further and allowing their youngsters to try being in the front seat. Teen expert Nicola Morgan, is an award-winning author and international speaker, specialising in writing for and about adolescent development, performance and wellbeing, including the books ‘Blame My Brain’ and ‘The Teenage Guide to Stress’. She explains why learning to drive from a younger age can be beneficial: “The brain learns to do anything well by repetition. Every time we repeat an activity, whether mental or physical, we are actually creating and then strengthening physical pathways between neurons

(nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord) which allow us to become confident and fluent in something. The more times we do something, the stronger those pathways become; the stronger they become, the more “automatic” the skills in question become. “Learning from a younger age can create a safer new driver when they do go on to pass their test because more repetition, and practice, lays down stronger neural pathways. So, their level of expertise is greater, meaning they will use less brain bandwidth for doing the mechanical parts of driving, leaving them with more brain bandwidth for reacting to road changes and emergencies. “Psychologically, 17-year olds may feel under pressure to pass their driving test quickly. Partly to gain status with peers, partly because of time pressures of exams and other responsibilities and partly because of financial pressure. This can lead them to have too few lessons. There is a danger in learning to drive very quickly in a short space of time and with the minimum repetitions to pass the test but not to become expert.” The science is borne out by statistics, which show one in five newly qualified will have an accident within six months of passing their test, rising to 40 per cent of male drivers. Four hundred people are killed on the UK’s roads each year in accidents involving a young driver.

A CELEBRATION OF SPEED: TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR LONDON CONCOURS 2018 The London Concours 2018, hosted at the Honourable Artillery Company from 7-8 June, will be an out-and-out celebration of speed. Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will bring together a specially curated selection of more than 80 of the quickest cars ever created, from early 20th Century racers to modern hypercars. The cars will gather in a five-acre oasis of green within the Honourable Artillery Company grounds, informally known as the ‘world’s second most valuable cricket pitch’. Just a stone’s throw from Bank, the Barbican and London icons like The Gherkin, London Concours is a unique destination for car enthusiasts. A number of ultra-rare vehicles have already been confirmed to attend, including the Ferrari F50; a flagship of the Ferrari range in the ‘90s, with a 062mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 203mph. Nearly 20 years after the F50, in 2012, came another V12powered Italian road car: the Pagani Huayra. This wild 230mph supercar, featuring active aerodynamics and a lightweight carbon fibre body, will also be on the London Concours lawn from 7-8 June. But this celebration of speed isn’t just about the latest 200mph-plus supercars. The 1950s Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’ will be making an appearance, as the fastest road car of its day, alongside the one-time land speed

record-holding 1911 Fiat S76, informally known as ‘The Beast of Turin’. This 28.5-litre behemoth is capable of 135mph – not bad for a car over a century old. The cars will be the focal point of the event, but London Concours is also a destination for luxury, featuring highend food, champagne, watches and art. A unique ‘Investment Conference’ will be held on the morning of the London Concours, hosted by experts from renowned classic car specialists, JD Classics. The team will lead a discussion on historic vehicles as a uniquely enjoyable investment, and the fastest appreciating asset class of the last 10 years. Andrew Evans, London Concours Managing Director, said: “We’ll have a line-up of vehicles at the London Concours spanning 120 years, but there’s a common theme among them: the desire to go faster. This collection of vehicles sits at the heart of the event, but with our unique JD Classics ‘Investment Conference’ and displays from a number of our luxury partners like Stratstone and Nicholas Mee, the London Concours with become a real destination for the local City residents and workers.” Tickets to the London Concours are available from, with a full day adult admission ticket costing £35, and concessions from £18.

E-TYPE UK OPENS NEW STATEOF-THE-ART BODYSHOP The purpose-built facility features everything needed for the maintenance and restoration of the Jaguar E-Type

E-Type UK – one of the leading authorities for all things Jaguar E-Type – has opened a brand new, state-of-the-art bodyshop at its Kent headquarters to bring all operations in house and ensuring every demand can be met to the highest standards. The Hadlow-based company identified the need to have a fully-fledged bodyshop on site to ensure it delivers the very best service in one place. To accommodate the expansion, the decision was taken to move the showroom to an adjoining building which allowed more cars to be displayed. Later this year work will commence to further redevelop the showroom area in order to enhance the customer experience. E-Type UK now boasts a sound and fireproof metalwork area, a bespoke filler and finishing area with high-intensity lighting as well as a high-performance, state of the art Todd Engineering Poseidon paint booth. The new paint booth will allow E-Type fanatics to tailor cars to their exact requirements, with its low-profile-downdraught floor and LED lighting together with E-Type UK’s mixing room making for the perfect finish. Award-winning personnel will oversee operations in the new bodyshop, including technician Steve Williams, who has 28 years of experience under his belt –

comprising 14 years working with classic Ferraris, with many Concours awards to vouch for the standard of his work. Sean Savage – who also received honours for his paintwork expertise – Dean Foster and Verdan Chick join Steve on the team ready to deliver the finest bodywork solutions for E-Type UK’s loyal customer base. The new facility will give E-Type UK the perfect place to carry out full bodywork repainting and detailing – staying faithful to the original colours and finishes – use original repair methods for big and small tasks and replace shell and body parts manufactured to Jaguar specifications. Marcus Holland, Owner/Managing Director of E-Type UK, said: “Delivering the highest levels of quality to our clients is paramount, and the only way we can guarantee work is completed to our exacting standards is to bring work we have previously outsourced in house. Having internal resource means we can also manage restoration programmes more effectively. By recruiting the very best talent in the industry and installing state-of-the-art facilities, we are now able to produce work to Concours-winning levels. I am delighted to say that we are now undertaking work from other classic specialists as our reputation spreads around the country.”



Friday 9th March 2018

Big Phil Is Back

After the longest drought of his professional career, Phil Mickelson is once again a winner on the PGA Tour. The American golfer edged out Justin Thomas in Sunday's playoff round at the WGCMexico Championship to earn his first victory since the 2013 Open at Muirfield. It has taken 101 tournaments over the course of almost five years, but the 47-year-old never doubted himself for a second. The oldest man in the field is now the oldest ever winner of a World Golf Championship event. "I don't know what to say," said Mickelson. "It's been a tough go the last four years not playing my best, but to have the belief that I was going to get there and to finally break through and do it was incredible. "I believe that more is to come, and I feel like I'm starting to play some of my best golf. To culminate here in Mexico City with a World Golf Championship victory is exciting to me beyond words because it just validates the hard work I put in and the struggle

Playas Youngsters

The pre-Benjamin side (pictured) from the Escuela Racing Playas De Orihuela had plenty to celebrate from the latest round of league matches, as they recorded a four-two victory over Torrevieja. The Juvenil team, with two goals from Esteban, kept up their push for the

title with a four-one win over Almoradi, whilst the Alevin side rolled over Almoradi, eight-one. The Cadetes lost threeone at Racing San Miguel; the Infantil Brave team drew two-all at Rangers, whilst the Infantil Federado side recorded a four-nil victory at Racing San Miguel.

for the last few years to finally get my game back." For Mickelson, the victory was a long time coming but the signs have long been good. The five-time major winner traveled to Club de Golf Chapultepec in the city of Naucalpan last week on the back of three consecutive top-six finishes. Through the tough times and near misses, he has never lost hope. After tying for fifth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open last month, a bullish Mickelson said "I think that my game's getting better each week." Later that month, having tied for second at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, he told reporters "I'm optimistic about the year." A week later, at the Genesis Open, he proclaimed "It's going to happen soon." Mickelson now has 43 PGA Tour victories and looks to be back to his best with the Masters on the horizon. Asked if he can reach a half century of wins, "Lefty" answered with steely conviction: "Oh, I will."

Happy Sunday

Third-placed ITV Orihuela Vega Baja (pictured in yellow and black) recorded a comprehensive victory over Cartagena University in the Murcia Federation FERRMUR Five league clash at Orihuela last Sunday. The winning margin was 26 points to 10, with tricky conditions in heavy rain causing both sides to make errors in what was a match played in good spirit. Though Orihuela went in

ahead at the interval by 18 points to 5, the scoreline did not reflect how hard they had to work against the Cartagena side, who are second in the standings. Orihuela will play leaders Murcia a week on Saturday. Last Saturday, the Orihuela cadet team lost 5129 away to Cartagena University, with the home side running away with the match in the later stages of the contest.

Top Man Jorge

One of the area’s most successful sportsmen, Jorge Sánchez Simón (pictured right) has won the national pentathlon title in the M35 category for the second successive year. The Orihuela-born athlete, who is now based in Torrevieja, was victorious in the national pentathlon and decathlon championships

last year, and was a gold medal winner again last weekend in the event in Salamander. He recorded personal bests in the shot and equalled his best in the 60 metres hurdles, which puts him in good spirits for the European championships which will be held in Madrid, starting on March 22nd.



Poor Form Returns

Thader Victory

CD THADER 2 ELDA INDUSTRIAL 1 CD TORREVIEJA 1 PINOSO CF 2 Torrevieja failed to make it a hat-trick of league wins in the Preferente Group Four as they succumbed to a struggling Pinoso side in a poor performance last Sunday lunchtime. This rain-soaked encounter saw all the goals come in the first half, with Victor Oliver putting Pinoso ahead in the eigth minute (pictured above), though Torrevieja levelled up matters two minutes later via a cracking Samu volley. Ramón though put the visitors back in front five minutes before the interval as the Torrevieja defence stood around like statues,

and that was it for the scoring. Eight minutes into the second half, Torry should have gone level as Walid was brought down in the penalty area, but Pablo Coria hit the spot kick towards the right post, and the rebound was cleared by the happy Pinoso defenders. The home side had little to offer, and tenth-placed Torrevieja now travel to Callosa Deportiva, who are a point above them in the Group Four table, this weekend on Sunday afternoon, The match kicks-off at the El Palmeral ground at 4.45 pm.

Almoradi Defeat

VILLAJOYOSA CF 2 CD ALMORADI 0 Roberto Cases was looking for three wins out of three since taking over as Almoradi coach, but this was always going to be a tough task away to Preferente Group Four play-off hopefuls Villajoyosa last Saturday. The goals came in either half, with Juanfran scoring in the 25th minute, and Guerrero on target with 21 minutes remaining. Almoradi gave their all, but could not

break down the home defence, and the result means that they are still to close to the relegation pack for comfort, as they stand 13th in the table, with 28 points. Another big challenge faces them this Sunday, as they entertain seventh-placed CD Thader in what promises to be a tasty local clash which both sides need to win for different reasons.

After two narrow yet costly defeats for Thader against rival teams trying to get into the Preferente play-offs, last Sunday’s match almost reached the status of “must win” for the Rojales-based side. Visitors Elda were just below Thader in the table, and made them sweat for the victory, which came with a Rubén Sanz penalty in the 85th minute, after Elda’s Adriel conceded the spot kick, and was sent off into the bargain. Thader opened the scoring through Javi in the 27th minute, but Elda levelled things up just three minutes into the second half, as realistically Thader’s hopes for the

rest of the season hung on a thread, until that late penalty. Seven wins on the trot put Thader into a play-off position last month, but such is the tough competition and the fact that the teams above them are not fouling up, they almost need another seven-match winning streak to get themselves into the frame. They are fifth in the table, some five points behind third-placed Alicante University, with a tricky match to come this Sunday away to a rejuventaed Almoradi, who could not do Thader any favours, after losing at fourthplaced Villajoyosa (see left column).

Monte Go Third

CD ALTET 1 CD MONTESINOS 1 Leading CD Montesinos striker Vaz returned from suspension to put the visitors ahead in just the 11th minute, and he quickly missed a chance to double the advantage, as Monte (pictured in their away kit of blue) were involved in rare draw on Sunday, which put them third in the Primera Regional Group Eight table. This was still good result for the visitors, as influencial player Dimitri and new signing Patri were both out with

injuries, meaning that coach Carlos Perez had a limited pool of players to choose from. Neither side really dominated the contest with a lot of wasteful passing from everybody on the field, and it was no surprise that Altet got their equaliser in the 69th minute, though Monte had chances to get all three points late on. Not for the first time this season, there was a referee who seemed to be living on

another planet much to frustration of both teams, with nine yellow cards handed out in what was not a dirty game, plus the Altet manager and one of his substitutes sent off from the bench! Other results went Monte’s way, and the draw took them to joint third-place with 37 points in what is the highest standing ever achieved by the club. This Sunday they entertain FC Bahia Santa Pola, with a 5.00 pm kick-off.


Friday 9th March 2018

Messi Milestone

It’s That Man Again!


Positive Start

BARCELONA 1 ATLETICO MADRID 0 Lionel Messi's 600th career goal for club and country sent Barcelona eight points clear at the top of the La Liga table after a vital Sunday win over Atletico Madrid. Messi converted his third free-kick in three consecutive La Liga matches in the 26th minute to secure a deserved victory against Atletico, who only had one shot on target at the Nou Camp on Sunday afternoon. Diego Simeone's men pushed forward in the second half and had four forwards on the pitch for the last 30 minutes, but the visitors could not find an equaliser, with Kevin Gameiro having his 85th-minute strike chalked off for offside. The result leaves Barcelona comfortably sitting at the top of the table with 11 league games left. Atletico remain in second on 61 points, seven points ahead of third-placed rivals Real Madrid. They also have a trip to look forward tomorrow at the La Liga bottom club Malaga.

Iniesta Out

PARIS ST G 1 REAL MADRID 2 (AGG 2-5) European champions Real Madrid moved into the Champions League quarter-finals as they beat Ligue 1 leaders Paris St-Germain at Parc des Princes. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the first leg at home, which Real won 3-1, and he headed in from Lucas Vazquez's cross to extend Real's lead in France. PSG had midfielder Marco Verratti sent off for two bookable offences, before Edinson Cavani pulled a goal back. But Casemiro's heavily deflected strike sealed Real's victory. Real are now into the Champions League quarter-finals for an eighth successive season and remain on course for a third title in a row.

ELCHE 2 UE LLAGOSTERA 0 Elche’s new coach Pacheta started his tenure at the club with a victory over struggling Llagostera in what was a literally a game of two halves. The first period was pretty nondescript, but the Ilicitanos were far more positive in the second period, and goals from Javi Flores(50 mins) and Nino(72 mins) secured the three points. Pacheta singled out Manuel Sánchez and Provencio for praise, and said that he was understandably happy to get a win with his first match in charge and that Elche deserved the victory. He added that the players needed to have more confidence when they had possession, and that they would continue to work on that. Other results went their way in Segunda Division B, so Elche are in third place in the table, and just points behind secondplaced Villarreal, and make the relatively short journey to thirteenth-placed CD Alcoyano on Sunday. Alcoyano are coached by ex-Elche sporting director Mario Esteban Barrera.

Ronaldo Landmark

Third Division News REAL MADRID 3 GETAFE 1 Barcelona’s Champions League tie against Chelsea is poised on a knife edge at one-all but the La Liga leaders will have to cope without their inspirational captain Andres Iniesta for next Wednesday’s return leg at the Nou Camp. A hamstring injury Iniesta suffered on Sunday in Barca’s win over Atletico Madrid is serious enough to keep him out of next week’s tie. The Barcelona skipper scored a dramatic 93rd minute goal at Stamford Bridge in 2009 against Chelsea in the semi-finals to send his side through on away goals. Pep Guardiola’s men went on to beat Manchester United 2-0 in the final, becoming the first Spanish side to complete a treble, having won La Liga and the Copa del Rey. However, it was Iniesta’s stoppage time goal in London that stood out as many fans’ highlight of the campaign. The captain also helped salvage a one-all draw for Barca in last month’s first leg, when he teed up Lionel Messi to equalise. It was one of the few chances Ernesto Valverde’s side mustered in that game. The odds though are still stacked against Antonio Conte’s stuttering Chelsea in the second leg at Camp Nou, where Barcelona are still unbeaten in all three major competitions this season. Barca cannot use Philippe Coutinho in the Champions League, as the Brazilian is Cup-tied in the Champions League after joining from Liverpool in January. That leaves coach Ernesto Valverde with a tough decision to make, over which of Paulinho, Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez or Ousmane Dembele steps in for Iniesta.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 300th La Liga goal as Real Madrid beat ten-man Getafe at the Bernabeu on Saturday. Ronaldo struck on the stroke of half-time, following up Gareth Bale's 24th-minute strike, to help the champions brush aside mid-table Getafe as Real made light work of the visitors. Loic Remy saw red for a second booking when he left an arm in the face of Nacho just after half-time, but Real barely had to get out of first gear, despite Francisco Portillo's second-half penalty for the visitors. Third-placed Real though are still 15 points behind Barcelona, and have much bigger fish to fry in terms of the Champions League (see above) in terms of winning a trophy this season. Their next La Liga match is away to Eibar this Sunday lunchtime. A goal seven minutes from time deprived Orihuela (pictured above) of an away point at CD Alzira on Sunday, with the onenil scoreline, leaving them four points behind the top two teams in the Valencia third division, Levante and Castellon. The good news for Orihuela is that the play-off’s still look a good bet, as they are nine points clear of fifth-placed La Nucia, who could only manage a nil-nil draw at Elche Ilicitano. And it’s the Ilicitanos who are Orihuela’s next opponents at the Los Arcos stadium this Sunday with a 5.00 pm kick-off, as Elche continue to try to avoid getting into the relegation area. Crevillente had a goaless draw with Olympic to stay 11th in the table, and are away this weekend to the team above them, Novelda.

Billy’s Title

For the seventh time in the last 15 years an Englishman has won the Spanish International Amateur tournament. In an all-English final at La Manga Club on the Mar Menor, Billy Mckenzie outlasted his fellow countryman Alex Fitzpatrick 3&2 in the 36-hole final. On the opening 18, Mckenzie took a comfortable 3 up lead and never relinquished the advantage on his way to the title. Early in the second round Mckenzie pushed his lead to as many as 5 up and he was able to withstand a late push from Fitzpatrick, the younger brother of 2016 Ryder Cupper Matthew Fitzpatrick. The victory for Mckenzie is his third since 2015 in Golfweek/ events after he won the 2015 Berkshire Trophy and 2016 Tillman Trophy. In 2017 the future Wake Forest Demon Deacon recorded a pair of top-10 finishes in Golfweek/ events. Mckenzie reached the finals following a 5&4 win in the semifinals over Spain's Eugenio López-Chacarra while Fitzpatrick advanced with a 1 up win over the third Englishman in the semis Robin Williams.

Nadal Sidelined

The world’s best tennis stars are in the USA for the two March tournaments in California and Florida, but Spain’s Rafa Nadal will not be out on court. The world No. 2 says he’s still not fully fit following a setback in Mexico last month to the hip injury he picked up during the Australian Open in Melbourne in January. “I'm sorry to write this, but my worst possible scenario has been confirmed,” Nadal wrote on Facebook. “The injury I suffered during training right before Acapulco is in the same basic area as the injury I suffered in Melbourne [during the Australian Open].” “I won't be playing at Indian Wells or in Miami and the goal going forward is to recover in time for the clay-court season.” “It hurt to retire in Acapulco, where I get so much support, but it's also painful not to be with my fans in the U.S. for the American swing in March, something that has always been important to me.” Nadal, 31, is a three-time winner at Indian Wells, taking top honours in 2007, 2009 and 2013.


Carmen’s Critics

Spanish racing driver Carmen Jorda has been criticised for suggesting there is a "physical issue" for women wishing to race in Formula One. She also suggested they should instead turn their attention to easier series such as Formula E. Jorda's comments have been heavily criticised by a number of prominent women in motorsport, including IndyCar driver Pippa Mann, three-time Le Mans-winning engineer Leena Gade and GP3 driver Tatiana Calderon. "My eyes rolled so far back in my head I nearly passed out," Mann, a regular competitor in the Indianapolis 500, said on Twitter. "She does know that the reason IndyCar drivers are bulkier than F1 drivers is that we have to lift bigger weights because our races have no power steering at all, and that women succeed over here right?" After testing a Formula E car – a lighter and electricpowered alternative to their heavier, faster Formula One counterparts - the 29-year-old Jorda was asked last week by reporters if the car was easier to drive. "It's a less physical car than in Formula One because of the downforce and because of the power steering as well.” the Spaniard said. "The challenge that we women have in Formula Two and Formula One is a physical issue and I think in Formula E, we won't have it.” "It's not for me to decide what's good for women or not in the sport. But in my experience I can say Formula One - not all the other championships, karting, Formula Three, GT I think women are capable of good results in all those series - in Formula One and Formula Two there is a barrier that is a physical issue.” "I think there is a big issue for women and that's why there aren't any in those championships." Formula One driver Jenson Button also weighed in, saying Jorda was "not helping” female drivers with her comments. F1 has not had a female driver for more than 40 years, when Italian Lella Lombardi started at the Austrian Grand Prix in 1976.

FIXTURES Friday 9 March Scottish Premiership 20:45 Hibernian V. Heart of Midlothian Saturday 10 March English Premier League 13:30 Manchester United V. Liverpool 16:00 Everton V. Brighton and Hove Albion 16:00 Huddersfield Town V. Swansea City 16:00 Newcastle United V. Southampton 16:00 West Bromwich Albion V. Leicester City 16:00 West Ham United V. Burnley 18:30 Chelsea V. Crystal Palace English Football League - Championship 16:00 Burton Albion V. Bristol City 16:00 Cardiff City V. Birmingham City 16:00 Hull City V. Norwich City 16:00 Ipswich Town V. Sheffield United 16:00 Middlesbrough V. Barnsley 16:00 Millwall V. Brentford 16:00 Preston North End V. Fulham 16:00 Queens Park Rangers V. Sunderland 16:00 Reading V. Leeds United 16:00 Sheffield Wednesday V. Bolton Wanderers 18:30 Aston Villa V. Wolverhampton Wanderers English Football League - League One 16:00 AFC Wimbledon V. Oxford United 16:00 Blackburn Rovers V. Blackpool 16:00 Bradford City V. MK Dons 16:00 Bristol Rovers V. Northampton Town 16:00 Bury V. Oldham Athletic 16:00 Fleetwood Town V. Plymouth Argyle 16:00 Peterborough United V. Charlton Athletic 16:00 Portsmouth V. Gillingham 16:00 Rotherham United V. Rochdale 16:00 Shrewsbury Town V. Walsall 16:00 Southend United V. Doncaster Rovers 16:00 Wigan Athletic V. Scunthorpe United English Football League - League Two 16:00 Chesterfield V. Lincoln City 16:00 Coventry City V. Barnet 16:00 Crawley Town V. Morecambe 16:00 Exeter City V. Carlisle United 16:00 Forest Green Rovers V. Notts County 16:00 Grimsby Town V. Port Vale 16:00 Luton Town V. Accrington Stanley 16:00 Mansfield Town V. Colchester United 16:00 Stevenage V. Crewe Alexandra 16:00 Swindon Town V. Cheltenham Town 16:00 Wycombe Wanderers V. Cambridge United 16:00 Yeovil Town V. Newport County Scottish Premiership 16:00 Dundee V. St. Johnstone 16:00 Hamilton Academical V. Motherwell 16:00 Kilmarnock V. Ross County 16:00 Partick Thistle V. Aberdeen Scottish Championship 16:00 Brechin City V. Dundee United 16:00 Dumbarton V. Queen of the South 16:00 Falkirk V. Morton 16:00 Livingston V. Inverness Caledonian Thistle 16:00 St. Mirren V. Dunfermline Athletic Scottish League One 16:00 Arbroath V. Forfar Athletic 16:00 Ayr United V. Raith Rovers 16:00 East Fife V. Airdrieonians 16:00 Queen's Park V. Alloa Athletic 16:00 Stranraer V. Albion Rovers Scottish League Two 16:00 Annan Athletic V. Edinburgh City 16:00 Cowdenbeath V. Montrose 16:00 Elgin City V. Berwick Rangers 16:00 Stenhousemuir V. Clyde 16:00 Stirling Albion V. Peterhead Sunday 11 March English Premier League 14:30 Arsenal V. Watford 17:00 Bournemouth V. Tottenham Hotspur English Football League - Championship 15:30 Nottingham Forest V. Derby County Scottish Premiership 13:00 Rangers V. Celtic Monday 12 March English Premier League 21:00 Stoke City V. Manchester City Tuesday 13 March Scottish FA Cup 20:45 Kilmarnock V. Aberdeen English Football League - Championship 20:45 Aston Villa V. Queens Park Rangers 20:45 Barnsley V. Norwich City 20:45 Brentford V. Cardiff City 20:45 Ipswich Town V. Hull City 20:45 Sheffield United V. Burton Albion 20:45 Wolverhampton Wanderers V. Reading

Information correct at time of publication but subject to change at short notice.



FARRELL’S PARIS TASK Mark Cavendish suffered a fractured rib and injuries to his knees, hips, hands and some swelling on his face in a crash, his team has revealed. Cavendish was taken to hospital during the opening stage of the TirrenoAdriatico in Italy. The 32-year-old completed the stage but Team Dimension Data said he came down "pretty hard at around 55km/h".


Male and female golfers will compete together at the inaugural European Golf Team Championships to be held at Gleneagles this August. They will compete for equal prize money in both a men's and women's team matchplay tournament as well as an 18-hole mixed foursomes strokeplay event. Players will represent their countries, with 16 teams of two in the matchplay competitions.

Owen Farrell will captain England for the first time in Saturday's Six Nations match against France in Paris (kick-off 5.45 pm, live on BBC 1), with regular skipper Dylan Hartley ruled out through injury. Jamie George replaces Hartley at hooker, while full-back Mike Brown has been dropped for the first time under head coach Eddie Jones. Anthony Watson switches to full-back with Elliot Daly returning on the wing. Ben Te'o replaces Jonathan Joseph at outside centre. England go into the match after a com-

prehensive defeat in Scotland in their last game, and Jones said: "We want a response from the players this week”. "Mike Brown has been excellent for us but he was a little bit off against Scotland and we've decided to start Anthony Watson.” "We want to attack a little bit more so Anthony starts at full-back with Elliot Daly on the left and Jonny May right. It's a great back three for us." Edinburgh back Blair Kinghorn will make his first Scotland start in place of injured Lions winger Tommy Seymour when Gregor Townsend's side face

Ireland in Dublin in the Six Nations tomorrow (kick-off 3.15 pm, live on ITV) Seymour's failure to recover from a back injury led to the only change to the side that defeated England 25-13. The 21-year-old made his debut as a replacement in the win over England. Wales coach Warren Gatland has made 10 changes for Sunday's Six Nations match with Italy in Cardiff (kick-off 4.00 pm, live on BBC 1). Liam Williams, Steff Evans, Hadleigh Parkes, Gareth Davies and Cory Hill survive from the 37-27 loss in Ireland.

BATTLE OF THE REDS Old rivals Manchester United and Liverpool are battling it out for second place as the Premier League rivals meet at Old Trafford tomorrow lunchtime (kick-off 1.30 pm, live on Sky Sports). With Manchester City cantering towards the title, it is left to Pep Guardiola's rivals to offer the excitement of a race to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League. United and Liverpool have been trading second place for a few weekends now, and Saturday's early kick-off will once

again pit Jose Mourinho's cautious tactical approach against Jurgen Klopp's all-out attack. Anthony Martial is a doubt for Saturday's clash after missing the win over Crystal Palace with a knock. Mourinho is not going to rush back Zlatan Ibrahimovic, despite the United manager expecting this to be the striker's last season at the club. Klopp only has two injury concerns for Liverpool, with Georginio Wijnaldum likely to miss out with illness and Nathaniel Clyne still working back from a back injury.

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The latest edition of The Courier is out now! This week's front page deals with Brits' voting rights in Spain after Brexit and Ryanair's th...

The Courier Edition 362  

The latest edition of The Courier is out now! This week's front page deals with Brits' voting rights in Spain after Brexit and Ryanair's th...