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Throw Away The Key!

he Supreme Court in Madrid has dismissed an appeal over a long jail term handed out to a British paedophile who sexually abused two children of undeclared nationality at his Orihuela Costa home back in 2013. The unnamed man went before Alicante Provincial Court last June and was found guilty of two sex abuse charges on children aged 11 and 12, as well as the crimes of sexual provocation and possessing child pornography. The British national was handed down a 23-yearand-nine-month jail sentence in 2017, with the Supreme Court rejecting the call for a reduction, saying that it was founded on “absolute solid proof” that he was guilty of the charges.


rish budget air carrier Ryanair is to increase services in Spain over the next year, but admits that it has been cutting fares by up to 30 percent to fill flights to Barcelona and other cities in Catalunya, as holidaymakers are nervous of political upheaval in the region. Tourist numbers in Barcelona dipped after an attack in August left 16 people dead and an illegal independence vote prompted scenes of police violence and mass protests, but have since rebounded. Ryanair still plans to increase capacity in Spain as a whole, sharply in the coming year, adding nine percent more flights in the

The man was arrested by the National Police in March 2014 on computer pornography charges, where they confiscated obscene material involving one of the victims, and countless other internet files that the British national shared with other internet users. The paedophile made

contact with an 11-year-old boy back in August 2013 when he saw him outside his house, and he invited him in to help work in his garden. The pervert groomed and gained the boy’s trust by paying him money and making him gifts of computer games and a remote-con-

trolled car, before moving on to a series of sexual assaults, which he paid up to 10 euros per time. The abuse happened ten times through to March 2014, and the paedophile produced pornographic material involving another man who also abused the boy. That particular abuser has not yet been identified or found. Doctors eventually noticed the abuse the child suffered when the child visited Torrevieja Hospital in March 2014, and they alerted the authorities. It also emerged that the boy had a 12-year-old friend who was also mistreated by the paedophile on at least four separate occasions, after he used the same methods to build up his trust.

Ryanair Expansion

year to March 2019, chief executive Michael O‘Leary said in Madrid this week, compared with an increase of six percent in its network as a whole. The company has committed to services to Murcia’s new Corvera airport in addition to its operations at Alicante-Elche,

which will feature new routes to Newquay in Cornwall, in addition to Sevilla and Gdansk in northern Poland, as part of 29 new services launched from Spain by the company. Capacity in Spain has increased in recent years as operators have moved from destinations in the Middle

East and North Africa in the wake of attacks on tourists. One threat to Ryanair’s rapid expansion plans are relations with pilots. While strike threats in December were averted by a pledge to recognise unions for the first time, the airline has so far only managed to reach a recognition agreement with one of the seven unions with which it is in talks. O‘Leary said Spain’s SEPLA pilots’ union had not yet responded to offers of a pay rise and terms for union recognition and Ryanair was considering bypassing the union and offering the increase directly to pilots something it has done in Ireland.

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Torrevieja’s council chamber in the town hall (pictured) was one of four venues in southern Alicante Province that staged a series of Brexit briefings featuring the British Consul, Sarah-Jane Morris. Meetings were also staged on Monday and Tuesday in Rojales, Pilar de la Horadada, and the La Marina urbanisation. All the meetings had a common thread of British

residents expressing their greatest concerns over healthcare provision; UK state pensions; and the right vote, once Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019. Sarah-Jane Morris said that it was crucial that all British people living in Spain have a residencia certificate and are on the local padron ahead of next year’s Brexit deadline.

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Adoption Option It’s likely that the baby born to an 11-year-old Bolivian girl in Murcia’s Virgen de La Arrixaca hospital a fortnight ago will be adopted. As reported in The Courier last week, the baby’s father is the girl’s 14year-old brother, with the newborn being cared for by Murcia social services, whilst the young mother is also under the care of the authorities. A report in the La Verdad newspaper suggests that the parents of the siblings, as well as the 11-year-old girl are willing to give up the guardianship of the baby boy. The family have lived in the Murcia region for a decade, with the parents both working as farm labourers. DNA test results still have to come through to officially

confirm the baby’s father is the girl’s brother, but the girl’s father was away working in France at the time she fell pregnant, and so authorities have ruled out any abuse on his part. Because the father of the baby was aged 13 at the time of conception, no legal action can be taken against him.

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on Plaza María Asunción working their way down Calle Ramón Gallud before a party was held on the Plaza de la Constitución, with prizes handed out to the best participants. It all served as a very appetising teaser for tomorrow’s evening parade (Saturday February 17th), beginning at 9.00 pm from the Plaza de María Asunción.

Two people have been arrested for a series of home robberies in the San Pedro del Pinatar and San Javier areas. The Guardia Civil said that a string of break-ins targeting holidays homes owned by non-Spaniards led them to launch an investigation to catch the male duo, aged 19 and a minor aged under 18.

Electronic equipment including televisions as well branded-clothing were the items they targetted, and they would also rob people, often foreigners, of their mobile phones as they walked around the San Pedro seafront. The 19-year old man was refused bail when he appeared before a San Javier judge.

The N-332 in the Santa Pola municipality has claimed another life, with the death of a 44-year-old motorbike rider last Saturday afternoon. The fatality happened at kilometre point 89 between the El Faro and Venta Vista Alegre restaurants, with the male rider involved in a collision with a car on what is a straight stretch of road. The N-332 had to be closed for around an hour.

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Contract Suspended San Fulgencio council’s controversial awarding of a 16 million euro garbage collection contract has been suspended by the central contractual court operated by the Ministry of Finance in Madrid. The move comes after the 22-year contract was awarded before Christmas, with two opposition parties on the council, the PIPN and PSOE referring the matter to the court on the grounds of proper procedures not being followed in the tender process. San Fulgencio mayor Carlos Ramírez said that “everything was done legally”, and an appeal will now be filed by the authority,

adding that if need be, “the tender will be readvertised”. The contract was awarded by the San Fulgencio council,. on the recommendation of the government team led by Ramirez, who last year was sentenced to eight years of disqualification from public office for prevarication,

He quit the Partido Popular and five of his PP colleagues were thrown out of the party, but they continue to rule San Fulgencio with a majority along with a UPyD councillor, and they carried the vote over the refuse contract against the opposition parties in a plenary meeting last year.

Climber Rescued A 45-year-old Orihuela man was airlifted by helicopter after he fell six meters whilst climbing on Sunday morning in the Sierra de Redován. Emergency services were scrambled at 11.20 am when a call was made by a fellow climber that his colleague had fallen in an area known as Sector el Rut. The man suffered back and ankle injuries and rescuers decided to call in the Alicante Province emer-

gency helicopter (picture from the Informacion newspaper), which hoisted him down to the the car park

of Redován cemetery, An ambulance then transferred him to the Vega Baja Hospital in Orihuela.

Book Cooker A 34-year-old Kazakh national has been arrested in Torrevieja on charges of defruading his own real estate company of one point one million euros of fraud through falsifying bank transfers, sales contracts, registration documents, property deeds and real estate purchases. It was his partner that blew the whistle on him by going to the Guardia Civil after spotting massive irregularities in the accounts. The Guardia analysed the accounts and confirmed that a large sum had been swindled, but on hearing that they were investigating him,

the 34-year-old ran off to Mallorca after travelling around Spain in various rental cars. He eventually returned to Torrevieja, where he was

promptly arrested and put in front of a judge who did grant him bail after being charged for crimes of bank fraud and falsifying documents.

A Long Ordeal A 74-year-old British man was rescued in the middle of last week by the Guardia Civil and Dolores local police, after falling onto the floor of his Dolores home, and then lying there for four days. A neighbour called authorities after not seeing the unnamed man for several days, with knocks on the front door and phone calls producing nothing. The Guardia and the police called in Almoradi firefighters to smash the man's door down and found him on the floor unable to move, and he was a bad state as he had not eaten for four days. He was taken for treatment to hospital, with Dolores social services being made

aware of his case and circumstances. Dolores local police praised the initiative of the man's neighbour and

said that residents should not hesitate to contact them if they were worried about anyone.

Permanent Closing A wooden chiringuito (bar/kiosk) at the park off Calle Bélgica in Daya Nueva was raised to the ground in the early hours of Saturday morning. Fire crews from Almoradi and Orihuela took an hour to bring the blaze under control after arriving on the scene just after 4.00 am. The terrace, with several plastic chairs and tables, was also hit, but the empty premises meant there were no injuries

Lucky Escape A young driver escaped death on Saturday morning, after his car went down a ravine and he suffered multiple injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The incident happened at around 11.00 am in the Orihuela area on the road that links the N-340 to the Ociopia shopping centre. Reports suggested that the car was travelling over the speed limit, and that the motorist lost control of the vehicle which then flipped over a number of times down the embankment. The unnamed driver was taken to the Vega Baja Hospital to be treated for multiple injuries.


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Bullfight Proposal A UN committee has urged Spain to ban children from attending bullfights or bullfighting schools, arguing that they need to be protected from the “harmful effects” of the practice. The Committee on the Rights of the Child, a panel of independent experts that monitors the implementation of the UN convention on the rights of the child, said it was concerned by the impact bullfighting could have on under-18s as spectators at events and as pupils in bullfighting schools. After questioning a delegation from the Spanish government last month on a series of child welfare issues, the committee suggested that steps be taken to curtail minors’ exposure to bullfighting. “In order to prevent the harmful effects of bullfighting on children, the committee recommends that the state party prohibit the participation of children under 18 years of age as bullfighters and as spectators in bullfighting events,” it said in its concluding observations. The committee told the

San Miguel de Salinas council has ordered work to stop on a fence being erected on either side of a road that links San Miguel with the La Filipinas urbanisation and the Orihuela Costa. The council said that the landowner was acting in a breach of a council-granted license and that there were also access implications for a cattle track, which the authority was going to get further information on from the Valencian government. The move comes after delegation that it was anxious about the level of violence in Spain’s 55 bullfighting schools and asked whether the government had considered banning children from them and from attending bullfighting events. The Spanish delegation told the experts that while bullfighting was regulated by the governments of Spain’s autonomous regions, children over the age of 14 could receive some practical lessons in bullfighting schools. It also said each bullfighting school and autonomous government had their own rules

governing bullfighting. One member of the committee said bullfighting constituted a form of “extreme violence” from which children needed protection. The Spanish delegation told the committee it would consider the recommendations. Catalunya’s regional government banned bullfighting almost eight years ago, but the ban was overturned in 2016 by Spain’s constitutional court, which said the practice was “one more expression of a cultural nature that forms part of the common cultural heritage”.

Costly Photoshop A court in the southern city of Jaen has fined a 24-yearold man 480 euro for an Instagram post showing his face photoshopped onto an image of Christ's body. Daniel Serrano was sentenced for an “attack against religious feelings” for posting the photo last April. The sentence was passed after Serrano plead guilty to the charges and agreed to pay the damages. The good news for Serrano is that he has managed to crowdfund the whole amount of the fine from outraged social media users. The particular depiction of the crucifixion of Christ is known in the south of Spain as the Cristo de la Amargura (Christ of Bitterness). It belongs to the Hermandad

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de La Amargura (the Church Brotherhood of Bitterness), who take part in Sevilla's Semana Santa parade with the Cristo de la Amargura. The Brotherhood asked Serrano to remove the picture on various occasions. But after not getting an answer, they decided to take him to court. The public prosecutor’s office described the picture

as an “embarrassing manipulation of Christ’s face,” which evidenced “contempt and mockery towards the religious brotherhood”. Ignacio Gonzalez Vega, a spokesperson for the association, Jueces para la Democracia (Judges for Democracy), says that the sentence goes against the man's freedom of expression.

complaints from the residents association, La Asociación de Vecinos San Miguel Arcángel, who claimed that the width on

parts of the Camino de la Balsa was dangerously narrow for road users because of the work that was taking place.

Council Boost

Nine councils in Alicante Province are to get a total of 37 million euro from the Madrid government to boost their ailing finances, allowing them to boost services in their area. Bigastro (pictured) has been allocated over five million euros, whilst the smaller authorities at Daya Vieja and Daya Nueva have been given 150 and 116 thousand euro respectively.

Dealers On Trial

Four people went on trial in Elche this week, and are facing jail terms of over eight years each on charges of distributing drugs, as well as a fine of over 231 thousand euro. The two men and two women were arrested in Torrevieja in November 2015, with their plans apparently masterminded by a prisoner at Alicante's Fontacalent jail. Five kilos of MDMA powder known as the Molly drug were seized by the National Police, with the prisoner allegedly passing on instructions to his son over picking up the drugs at Los Alcázares for onward distribution across the Torrevieja area. The drugs had an estimated market value of 231 thousand euro, with the Los Alcázares pickup being monitored by

National Police agents, who then followed the two cars used by the distributors all the way to Torrevieja, Three people met up in a Torrevieja basement garage

to do the deal, and three arrests were made and the drugs seized, along with a further fourth detention and discovery of more drugs at a house.


Grandson Sentenced

The eldest grandson of dictator General Franco has been sentenced to 30 months in jail on Thursday for deliberately ramming a Guardia Civil patrol car following a high-speed chase nearly six years ago. A court in Teruel in eastern Spain sentenced Francisco Franco MartínezBordiú, 63, to 18 months jail for aggravated assault and 12 more months for dangerous driving. He will also have to pay €1,500 to a Guardia officer who was injured and €2,720 to the Guardia Civil force for their damaged vehicle. According to a complaint lodged by a police officer involved in the car chase, Guardia Civil officers on 30

April 2012 spotted MartínezBordiú driving near Calamocha in the province of Teruel in the dark without any lights. When they signalled for him to stop, he instead picked up speed and jumped several stop signs before ramming a patrol car, running it off the road. Martínez-Bordiú, one of seven children by Franco’s only daughter María del Carmen Franco Polo, who died in December, denied being in the vehicle that rammed the patrol car when he appeared in court in 2014. His lawyer told reporters that on that day MartínezBordiú had loaned his car to a former Romanian employee who “probably” no longer

lived in Spain. It was the latest in a series of brushes with the law experienced by the heirs of Franco, who ruled Spain with an iron fist from 1939 until his death in 1975. Martínez-Bordiú, who published a book about his grandfather, was charged in 2009 with assaulting a railway employee at a station in Zaragoza in northern Spain after he missed his train. He was acquitted after the employee who accused him of striking her failed to show up at his trial. His younger brother Jaime Martínez-Bordiú was given a one-year suspended sentence in 2009 for beating his then girlfriend at a hotel on the Costa del Sol.

Holiday Fightback

A leading UK tour company says that holiday destinations like Egypt and Turkey are fighting back with more bookings this year, after the cost of Spanish holidays has gone up due hotel owners bumping up their rates to cash in on a boom. Thomas Cook’s Chief Executive Peter Fankhauser has said that Turkey is the ‘standout’ destination for customers this summer. Demand for the likes of Turkey and Egypt has

returned after two years of tourists staying away over security concerns. Spain’s recent surge in demand and record-breaking tourist numbers was largely due to its rivals suffering losses from successive terrorist attacks and instability. Some 40 percent of Thomas Cook holidays were to Spain last year compared to the usual 33 percent. But following the increase, hotels have put up their

prices to cash in on the demand. Fankhauser added: “We see that Spain is getting more expensive again this summer, compared to a very good-value-for-money proposition in the Eastern Mediterranean.” A family of four can get seven nights in Turkey’s Bodrum from just £124, with Thomas Cook also launching their first flights to Tunisia this week following a three year break.



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Fugitive Found

A man wanted by Kent police for 11 years has been found in Madrid and brought back to the UK to face charges over a £4m fraud case. Jean Paul Dalton, 53, is accused of working with others to fraudulently obtain credit for goods and fuel, and VAT repayments in the names of companies that were not trading. The alleged offences were carried out between January 2003 and December 2008. Mr Dalton has been want-

ed since failing to answer bail following his initial arrest in March 2007. He has been charged with two counts of conspiring to defraud various companies and two counts of conspiring to cheat the public revenue. Kent Police officers travelled to Madrid in January to bring Dalton, formerly of Canterbury, back to the UK, having been detained under a European Arrest Warrant several weeks earlier. He will appear in court in Maidstone next week.

Teatro Shambles

The stand-off on Torrevieja’s closed Teatro Municipal continues with the Informacion newspaper reporting that the architect allegedly wants a payment of 130 thousand euros to sign-off on the safety work done at the facility. Last October, Torrevieja mayor José Manuel Dolón put up posters in the windows of the Teatro Municipal explaining why it has not reopened, over two years

since the council shut it down for essential safety work, which was completed in June. A final work certificate still needs to be signed-off by law by building’s architect Marquerie, but he was said by Dolón to be “uncooperative”, and attempts to get another another architect to sign on the dotted line have failed, leading to a total impasse as the theatre lies empty.

Historical Abuse

A 71-year old British man who is accused of sexual assault on four children back in the eighties has been arrested on the Costa Blanca. Dennis Batty was made subject of a European arrest warrant last September over historic allegations of indecently assaulting a male aged 16 on at least two occasions, committing an act of gross indecency

towards a boy aged under 14, and indecently assaulting two girls aged under 14, in York. The children were allegedly abused when they stayed at his home during the school holidays. Batty was arrested at his home in Calpe after being trailed by specialist detectives, and if found guilty back in the UK, faces over 25 years behind bars.


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Carry On Loving As another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, romance and love will still very much be in the air next month with the next production from ACTS (Actors Community Theatre Society). Peter Quilter’s Duets is a quartet of four amusing plays about different aspects of life, love, marriage and improbable romance. Duets will be performed between Thursday March 8th and Saturday March 10th at the at the Benijofar Cultural Centre. Advance ticket sales are available via email at; or by telephoning 646 277 724. Alternatively, you can collect them yourself from local outlets:- The Card Shop, Benimar; Redz ,Quesada;

Cards and More, La Marina; The Post Box, Doña Pepa; and Restaurante Bar Catorce, Benijofar. ACTS was formed three years ago by Tony and

Angela Goddard to provide ‘a professional drama company in the area’, with an array of familiar faces that local theatregoing audiences would recognise.

Dancing Nights

Studio 32 Donation The Studio 32 musical theatre company raised a big sum of 3.750 euro from last year´s production of White Christmas, and has been handing out the proceeds to local charities. Pictured are Studio32’s chairman Philip Wilson (left) and Benjamin Villena Rodriguez, President of the San Fulgencio Alzheimer’s Society, who thanked Studio 32 for their continued support of the charity and their donation of two thousand euro. Philip said:- “In addition to supporting the Alzheimer’s Soceity, we have donated money to the music school for instruments; the local school to help buy books; and to Caritas

who provide help to the homeless in the area.” “We’ve now raised over 25 thousand euro for local charities, and we will continue to support AFA San Fulgencio and

other local causes in the coming year”. Studio 32's next production will be Chicago at the end of May. More details to be announced soon.

Charities Boosted

A local fitness and dance class group is already looking forward to next Christmas by looking to raise food vouchers that will be handed out to needy families in Los Montesinos at the end of the year.

Sue Gibson and some of her Suzi4fitz ladies will be putting together an evening of dance at the Los Montesinos Music School on Wednesday March 14th and Thursday March 15th, with both shows starting at

Algorfa Author

When Algorfa-based author Tony Levy received his devastating cancer diagnosis, far from crumbling, he decided to write his second book, “El Dorado? No! Heathrow Airport”. Having been a prison guard (and written about it all in his first publication), followed by working in airport security, London-born Tony has now put pen to paper once more to tell all about his experiences at one of the world’s largest airports. He looks at some of the pressures faced by its staff,

as well as the traits of pampered celebrities as they pass through the terminals, in addition to the weird, wonderful, and sometimes shocking behaviour of other passengers! The book is now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. Tony’s next work is going to be very close to home over here, as he looks at what it’s like to live in an ex-pat community with all the characters and sadly also some “not so funny” people that have ended up living in this area.

7.00 pm. Magician Graeme Mykal will compare the show with tickets priced at eight and ten euro which are available by calling 634 343 873 or by e m a i l ,

Two local charities benefitted from a recently soldout fund-raising night featuring the singer Woody at Quesada Fish & Chips. Over eleven-hundred euro was raised during the evening, which will go to the Elche Children's Care Home and the Stroke Association Spain. After over five years of non-stop fund-raising, event organisers Marlene Brown and Joan Rampton are having a much-need breather until they get going again in the summer! Pictured are Annette English, fund-raiser for the Elche home, and Pat and Paul Owen from the Stroke

Crescendo Calling

The Torrevieja-based Crescendo International Choir is a friendly group of people who sing a wide variety of songs ranging from musicals to pop and classical, and they are looking for new members. Crescendo last year donated 6,623 euro to a variety of local charities in the Torrevieja and surrounding communities, and the choir practices every Friday

from 9.30 am at the Restaurante El Paraiso, Urb. Jardin del Mar, in Torrevieja. A series of free concerts are planned for the spring, and Crescendo are interested in hearing from any worthy causes that would fancy the choir singing on their behalf for some fund-raising. For more information, go to the website


We’d love details of your charity events, amateur dramatics, and choral concerts! The Courier would love to hear from you as we gear up for another busy autumn across the Costa Blanca and Mar Menor. Send you snippets and photographs to thecourier@tko media.

Association receiving their donations, alongside Sarah

Manaham and Kym Bell from the restaurant.

Schoolday Smiles

The Smile Charity Group is going take you back in time for their next fundraising night with a fancy dress theme of School Dinners. The event will be held at the Oasis Bistro in Benijofar on Friday March 2nd from 7.30 pm, with your chance to enjoy some food based on the school theme as well as end of term exams and a

school games quiz! Tickets, priced at 9.50 euro are available from the venue; the Benijofar International Library; or by calling 665 222 974. The next Smile production will be in April with details to be announced soon about their naughty St.Triniansstyle romp, with proceeds going to local charities.


Squeezed Out

Visitors to the smallest of the Balearic Islands who want to take their cars or motorbikes will have to apply for a permit from the Balearic regional government from the summer of 2019. In a bid to reduce the pressure of tourism, driving straight off the ferry when arriving in Formentera will no longer be possible in 18 months' time unless the carowner obtains prior permission. During high season, Formentera has around 47 thousand de facto residents – including year-round dwellers, holidaymakers, holiday home owners, and those working in the tourism

industry who leave the island at the end of summer. Effectively, the population quadruples for three or four months of the year, upping the number of cars on the island to over 30 thousand. The highway network is only 38,500 metres long, meaning that if everyone went out driving at once, each car would only have 78 centimetres of road. Given this clearly unsustainable situation, authorities are almost unanimous in considering that action has to be taken. Car numbers, including hired vehicles operating in Formentera and even those owned by permanent residents, will be limited at any

time of the year, not just in summer. Meanwhile activists fighting against 'mass tourism' who stormed an upmarket marina in Mallorca last July leaving tourists fearing a terrorist attack are to be prosecuted. The group, called Arran Paisos Catalans, admitted setting off flares by luxury yachts moored in Palma and throwing confetti over terrified diners at nearby restaurants. But they say their actions were to protest about the detrimental effects of overcrowding through tourism and that they did not commit any crimes during the protest.

Wriggly Cargo The Guardia Civil made an unusual discovery at Madrid-Barajas Airport when they found a group of Chinese passengers had packed several hundred pounds of an endangered species of eel into their suitcases. The 683 pounds of young eels were to be flown to Asia in the smuggling attempt. About 550 pounds of eels were packed in several boxes similar to Styrofoam with water and ice to keep the species alive until the final destination, the Guardia said. They were hidden in packages declared as barnacles destined for Vietnam, held in the airport's cargo terminal. Later, Guardia officers

found another 130 pounds in suitcases on a Hong Kong-bound flight. The European eel has been declining because of the loss of its natural habitat and illegal fishing. It is con-

sidered critically endangered. The animals were taken to the Nature Protection Service and were later placed in the Gipuzkoa Oiartzun and Oria rivers.

On The Beach Torrevieja council is to install three walkways for disabled people on San Roque beach in time for the peak summer season. Beaches councillor Javier Manzanares briefed residents about the plans, as well as examining the area first hand to pick out the best location for the ramps. Manzanares added that all the work permits for the project are in place.

4 am Bar and Disco in Torrevieja

Busy Bar/Café in La Marina

Ice Cream Cafeteria and Bar in Alicante

The opportunity to buy such a well-known busy bar in Torrevieja does not come around very often. This is a large, fantastic unit in the heart of where it all happens. No competition and with lots of foot traffic plus a 4 am license. Fully sound-proofed. Inside: 250 sq m and 350 sq m outide terrace. Close to the new location of the Friday market.

EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY to purchase the lease of a café/bar/restaurant located on a busy high street in the centre of a Spanish village just 300 metres from the blue flag white sandy beaches nearby. Huge expat clientele throughout the area. East-facing front terrace with outdoor dining and many more covers inside. Fully equipped.

Located in an eye-catching position near to the Alicante Port, this unit with glass-fronted shop window is ideally positioned to catch shoppers, tourists and local residents all year. The business itself, which is still in its infancy, has boasted a good summer’s trade, and could be expanded to sell other goodies such as smoothies etc.

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Laundry and Dry Cleaning Business in San Fulgencio

Well-Known Local Golf Bar in Entre Naranjos

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.

Great business opportunity in a golfing area full of European expats. Very busy and popular bar, with good turnover. This popular bar/cafe has a yearlong full programme of events, shows, bingo, quizzes, karaoke, darts, pool, dominoes, and even a skittle alley. The first bar on Entre Naranjos, so known by a lot of people over the years.

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€

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Family Run Bar/Restaurant in a Popular Tourist Area

American-Style Diner-Bar-Restaurant in Torrevieja

Successful Restaurant in La Zenia

This well-established, well-known family run is fortunate to have a continuous passing trade. The business has made its mark due to its warm friendly welcome and delicious homemade English food. Inside and out, 80 customers can be seated. The premises is fully licensed, plus has free wifi, sound system, BBQ area, covered patio and good parking.

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.

Successful well-known restaurant located in the most popular area of La Zenia, in front of a large shopping centre. Internal seating for 66 customers and an outstanding terrace space seating 86 customers for al fresco dining. Fully fitted and ready to go. Total area: 207m2. This a great investment opportunity which makes this a must-view.

Property ID: 1022 - 49,500€

Property ID: 2597 - 45,000€

Property ID: 1046 - 125,000€

How to Transfer Your Pension Pot


Keith Littlewood, International Financial Adviser at Blacktower, Costa Cálida Since the Pensions Freedom Act came into force in the UK April 2015, there has been a huge outflow of money from defined benefit pension schemes and personal pensions in the UK. Many people have taken advantage of the new flexibilities byhaving control of their own pension pots. Transfer Values of some defined benefit schemes have equated to 40 times the income value of the pension income which, for many people, is a compelling reason to transfer their pension pot.It is true, it is becoming increasingly difficult to transfer from some schemes now, as hurdles have been put in place by some providers. These hurdles also ensure that individuals are not transferring their pots to unauthorised schemes. They also double check that the advice the are receiving about the pension transfer is from a qualified Independent Financial Adviser (IFA). For you, the pension holder, it is quite an easy process. If you contact a qualified Financial Adviser like myself, then we can do all the hard work for you.Here are the steps that you need to take: • • •

Contact the IFA Complete a letter of authority 4 – 8 weeks later, the IFA should have all the information available for you to make your decisions

The IFA should complete various forms with you including afact-find and attitude-to-risk questionnaire and should be able to provide you with a detailed report on all the pros and cons of transferring your pension and give you all the options available to you now and when you intend to take the benefits. You should not wait until you are ready to retire to find out what your options are. There are many cases where pension pots built up in the UK years ago are now sat dormant and invested in old funds that are not managed as well as some

120 Avenida Dr. Artero Guirao 2C San Pedo Del Pinatar 30740, Murcia, Spain Tel: 968 187 331

other funds that are available now. Reviewing your pension pot during the early years on a regular basis can make a huge difference to the size of fund you have when you come to retire. There is no cost to you to find out about each of your pension pots. Normally, a provider will allow you to apply for a transfer value once each year free of charge. They often charge for a second or subsequent application within a 12month period. I would strongly recommend you find out about your pension pot now; you have nothing to lose and you will be better placed to start planning your retirement. I have been involved with pensions now for over 30 years and can categorically state that keeping on top of your own provision will pay you dividends in the long run. In today’s financial climate it is essential you do everything you can to make sure your money is safe and secure, and

what you want to transpire in the future has the best chance of happening. The local Blacktower office address is: 120 Avenida Dr. Artero Guirao 2C, San Pedro Del Pinatar, 30740, Murcia, Spain. Our office suite is easy to find on the main N332 through road of San Pedro del Pinatar with easy parking. To make an appointment call the local office on 968 187 331 or speak to me direct on 657 684 094 or email The above information was correct at the time of preparation and does not constitute investment advice and you should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Blacktower Financial Management (Int.) Ltd is licensed in Gibraltar by the Financial Services Commission (FSC) and is registered with both the DGS and CNMV in Spain.


Adoption Corner


Friday 16th February 2018

Touch Screen Benefits

ANGUS Angus is a beautiful happy and friendly dog who is aged over two years. His owners rescued him from a garbage bag and hand-reared him so he is very special to them. Sadly due to life changes and work commitments, he now spends most of his time on his own and they are very sad for him, and so have very reluctantly come to the decision to find him a new home. Angus is very good with other dogs and children, and for more about him, please call PEPA on 650 304 746 or email

LILAH Lilah is a pale grey/lilac long haired cat that is being looked after by the K9 charity. She is a very quiet indoor cat that has been used to living in an apartment. Lilah is believed to be aged between two and three years, and would make a perfect companion. For more details about her, please call K9 on 600 845 420.

LUCY Lucy is one of four chihuahuas recently rescued from a puppy farm, and is being cared for by Pets in Spain . She is aged around four years, chipped, vaccinated and is good with other dogs. Lucy will preferably be suited to an older couple who have the time to help her overcome her ordeal. For more about her, please call Pets in Spain on 645 469 253.

Letting your dog get away with disobedience won't benefit it during its old age, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna discovered that, instead, having your elderly dog play games on a touch screen might stave off cognitive decline. The scientists found that brain training and problem solving can slow the pace of brain deterioration. But the older dogs that could benefit from the training are rarely introduced to it. The study explains: 'Unlike puppies or young dogs, old dogs are almost never trained or challenged mentally. 'Senior dogs are usually perfectly integrated into our lives and we often forgive them any disobedience or stubbornness. 'In addition, due to their increasing physical limitations, we usually spare old dogs the sort of training we might expect from young animals.' The researchers who conducted the study say that computer games are a good alternative to physical training, which many older dogs cannot complete. They claim these can help your dog stay mentally fit at the age when mental facilities usually decline. According to the new study computer games paired with a reward system when dogs participate in them can replace demanding physical training and increase dogs' brainpower. This process was tested during the study in a laboratory, and researchers say the next step is converting it to a living room-friendly format. The study compared computer games for elderly dogs to elderly humans doing Sudoku puzzles. Study author Lisa Wallis explained that older dogs typically aren't pushed to socialize or challenged with the same frequency younger dogs are. The study says: 'As the dogs get older, we increasingly - and unconsciously - reduce the level of regular training.'

But Wallis emphasised that this isn't a favour to older dogs. She explained: 'This restricts the opportunities to create positive mental experiences for the animals, which remain capable of learning even in old age.’ 'As is the case with people, dopamine production in dogs also falls in old age, leading to a decline in memory and motivational drive. But this natural mental deterioration can be countered with the specific training of cognitive skills.' The researchers who worked on the study admitted that it was challenging to get dogs acclimate to touch screens. 'But once the animals have got the trick they turn into avid computer gamers,' the study said. Scientists found that, even though touch screen usage is usually only evaluated among younger pets, it can be an effective training tool for older dogs. Study author Ludwig Huber explained: 'Touch screen interaction is usually analyzed in young dogs, but we could show that old dogs also respond positively to this cognitive training method.' Huber said that rewarding dogs when they take part in such training is of the utmost importance, commenting: 'Above all, the prospect of a reward is an important factor to motivate the animals to do something new or challenging.' The authors said that the feelings dogs get when completing brain teasers on a touch screen is akin to the feeling older people get when they learn something new while doing something enjoyable. Huber said: 'Regular brain training shakes not only us but also dogs out of their apathy in old age, increasing motivation and engagement and thus maximizing learning opportunities.' Scientists have not determined whether or not mental deterioration among dogs happens as a result of slower recollection powers or a lack of training. But they now know that touch screen brain teasers can help.



Maggie has been at the SAT kennels for nearly a year, yet amazingly nobody has shown any interest in her. Aged over two years, she is a very happy, friendly girl who would love to be in a home of her own. Maggie enjoys the company of other dogs, and enjoys playing and walks well on the lead, and like most greyhounds she loves to do a lot of lazing around! For more on her, please contact the kennels on 966 710 047 (leave a message) or email

NELSON Nelson is a four-year-old mixed-race dog weighing in at 12 kilos who was abandoned by his owner and left to fend for himself. He is currently in a small family-run kennel and gets on well with other female dogs and is good with cats. Nelson loves people and children and would make a lovely family pet. For more information about Nelson please phone PEPA on 650 304 746 or email

RORY Rory is a big mastin-type dog with a friendly character, who is being looked after at the Los Infiernos Perrera in San Javier. He's aged five years, and gets on well with other dogs and walks well on the lead. He's a sweet boy who's looking for a nice forever home, where he can be part of the family. For more details, please email or send a private message to the Facebook page Los Infiernos Perrera Supporters.


The Big Bust

Over 20 people have been arrested and nearly 200 bank accounts frozen in massive National Police operation which has smashed one of Europe's biggest drugs operations, based in Galicia in northern Spain. Four people, including two elite police officers, were injured during the detentions. The 20 month investigation took in six countries, and led to the pulling down of the group led by 62-year-old Sito Minanco, a notorious Spanish cocaine smuggler since the 1980s. The drugs network extended to more than150 properties, boat yards, a transport fleet and hundreds of bank accounts with millions of dollars. All from cocaine – and all run by Minanco (pictured last week) who the authorities let out of jail in 2016 on conditional release, having spent 17 years behind bars in two stretches. Judicial authorities reopened a probe on him as Minanco worked as a pool attendant in the southern city of Algecias, yet lived in a luxury villa. He was placed under surveil-

lance shortly after his conditional release, with the drug lord attracted suspicion when coastguards heard about a shipment of 3,800 kilograms of cocaine in January last year. Several smaller yet significant shipments were discovered throughout the course of last year. Besides the seizure of over five tonnes of cocaine in two years, officers also seized boats, real estate, financial companies and millions of dollars in assets. The global drugs cartel had links to Holland, Turkey and Bulgaria but was based out of the port of Pontevedra in Galicia. The gang owned a series of legally-registered boatyards that they used to retain access to the port to import the huge amounts of cocaine. The criminal network also controlled 171 properties, through which it laundered its illegal profits. More than 100 anti-money laundering officers worked on the investigation, which tracked the gang's funds through a maze of financial accounts.

Departure Stopped

Two Albanian men have been arrested at Alicante-Elche airport after trying to board a flight to Edinburgh with fake Italian passports. National Police agents were carrying out a routine passport check on Monday afternoon when they got suspicious over the numbers on the allegedly Italian passports.

Enquiries led to the men being arrested (pictured) and appearing before an Elche judge, after the agents discovered the passports were fake. Last week a Georgian family of three were detained at the airport over fake Slovenian passports that they were going to use to travel to Dublin.

Odd Bedfellows Spain's two newest national political parties, the left-wing Podemos and the centrist Ciudadanos have somewhat surprisingly joined forces in a bid for voting reform. Podemos, lead by Pablo Iglesias (pictured right) and Ciudadanos, headed up by Albert Rivera, have always refused to work together, costing both of them a coalition government with socialist PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez in 2016 as Spain's second-largest political force was unable to make up the numbers for a majority unless both Ciudadanos and Podemos were willing to get on board. But Rivera and Iglesias are now in agreement in terms of the electoral reform they both want to see come into effect. Rivera complains that for each seat gained in Parliament, Ciudadanos needs 100,000 votes, but the right-wing Partido Popular led by Mariano Rajoy – currently in power – only needs 57,000 votes. As a result, Ciudadanos could have the same number of voters, or more, than the PP, but have half the representation in government. And pro-animal party PACMA gained the same number of votes in the last elections as the Basque National Party (PNV), but has no representation, whilst the PNV has five seats. Podemos wants a new and fairer formula for distributing Parliamentary seats, and for the minimum voting age to

be reduced to 16, rather than the current 18. Iglesias' team wants electoral propaganda for all parties to be sent out at once in the same mailing, and for televised debates to be compulsory for all candidates. But to allow the reform to go through this year as they hope, they will need to convince the PSOE. And the PSOE says it would not be fair for it to back the new law and allow it to go through unless all four main parties were in favour, including the PP – which appears unlikely, as the latter would suffer the most from a fairer votes-to-seats ratio. Deputy secretary-general of the PSOE Adriana Lastra said her party had 'always' advocated the need for 'better proportionality' in Parliamentary seat allocation, but that 'when talking about the rules of the game', this was 'not something that should be decided by two or three political forces' without taking the views of all other parties into account.


Friday 16th February 2018



Linea Directa

Legal Assistance Service Car insurance policies from Línea Directa offers customers a diverse team of over 250 lawyers all with expert experience in their specialised field, that are available for over-thephone consultations and drafting of legal documents, all in English. What is covered? Customers can contact the Línea Directa legal consultants by phone or email on a wide range of different matters. With questions regarding your property, related to family, tax and financial issues, any queries regarding your vehicle, any administrative proceedings, and a whole host of day-to-day situations. How the service works A legal consultant will be tasked with answering your call or email, providing fast and efficient answers to all your queries, as many times as you need. If they cannot provide an immediate response, because a particular query requires more in-depth research or additional legal consultations, then a response will be provided within a maximum 24 hours. 24-hour emergency legal consultations For emergency cases, regardless of the time of day or night, customers may consult specialist legal advice, which due to the gravity of the situation, cannot wait. Examples of these types of “emergency situations” are any incidents relating to the home being burgled, domestic violence, or emergency travel matters. Attendance of a lawyer Should the insured be arrested as a result of a road traffic offence, Línea Directa will provide them with a lawyer at the corresponding police station to assist them with any preliminary police statements. This assistance will be provided within 4 hours of the request for the service. We hope the information provided in this article is of interest. If you would like to contact Linea Directa please call 902 123 182 More information about Linea Directa online at


Helen´s Trucks

Helen’s Trucks has been in business now for over 15 years and is based in Crevillente and they specialise in smaller loads and light removals, moving goods between the UK, Spain, France and Portugal. At Helen’s Trucks it is a personal, friendly, quality service their customers get. If it is not possible to deliver it straight away or you need your items stored then Helen’s Trucks have secure

palletised and containerised storage available at very good rates for both short and long term. The warehouse is alarmed and insured also, for peace of mind. Wrapping and packing can be undertaken by Helen’s Trucks but if you prefer then they can supply all the necessary cartons, paper and tape for you to do the work yourself. All their removals are itemised and an inventory produced and the entire load

is kept together and not split. Helen’s Trucks offer you the flexibility of being able to pick up at short notice and a personal service bringing that human touch to meeting your needs. You can contact Helen’s Trucks on 965 400 616 or 667 815 081 or UK 0843 207 9161 and email at There is also a website at and on Facebook at Helens Trucks.

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Detached Villa With Pool and Solarium in La Florida


This new-build property is a beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bathroom detached villa with a private pool and private solarium. It is located in the popular area of La Florida, which is close to bars and restaurants and is an ideal property for holidays, rentals or permanent living. This stunning villa is built on a 355m2 plot and it has a private parking area with automatic gates. The property also comes fully furnished and has the following facilities: Two storage rooms Electric shutters Pre-installation of air-conditioning Underfloor heating in the bathrooms Video intercom

Property ID: 501 - 279,000â‚Ź

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3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Townhouse in Cabo Roig AIN






A great opportunity to purchase this 3 double bedroom town house, located on the famous Cabo Roig strip with bars, supermarkets, bus stop and near a health centre. The house set in a secure gated complex and has the benefit of a communal swimming pool. The beautiful beach and sea are only a five minutes away on foot.

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.

Property ID: 124 - 129,000€

Property ID: 501 - 365,000€

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Apartment in Punta Prima

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Apartment in Orihuela D







Extremely well-presented top-floor apartment with large solarium and spacious terrace with open views to the sea. Set in a great central location, just a short stroll to a full range of local amenities and the coast, this well presented apartment includes A/C throughout, electric radiators and glass curtains providing an extra living room or large open terrace.

This is a beautifully presented upper-floor south-facing apartment, comprising: 2 double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, a family bathroom, bright lounge/dining area and a modern fitted kitchen with pantry area, in addition to a large 60m2 roof-top solarium, complete with garden furniture and gazebo, south-facing open front terrace.

Property ID: 0464948 - 84,000€

Property ID: 063388 - 49,950€

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment in La Tercia Golf Resort

2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Apartment in Campoamor









Luxury 2nd-floor corner apartment in La Tercia Golf. This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom property comes fully furnished, also with white goods & air-con. The property comprises a large living area with a sunny terrace. The property is finished to a very high standard with marble flooring & work tops. Great rental property or holiday apartment at a great price.

This ground-floor apartment with garden and terrace is situated just 600 metres from the beach in Campoamor. It is located in a quiet, residential urbanisation opposite a protected area of dunes and forest. The property is furnished and very well kept, and has 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a semiindependant kitchen and a spacious living room.

Property ID: 062881 - 45,000€

Property ID: 0164210 - 109,000€



Friday 16th February 2018

Processed food, sugary cereals and sliced bread may contribute to cancer risk "Ultra-processed" foods including sugary breakfast cereals, chicken nuggets, pizza and pre-sliced bread may increase the risk of cancer, a study has claimed. Fast foods and ready meals amount for 50 per cent of the average person’s diet in some developed countries and could be contributing to rising cancer levels, researchers working in Brazil and France found. Teams from the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Sao Paulo found that a 10% increase in ultra-processed food intake was associated with a 12 per cent increased risk of overall cancer. The research also indicated an 11 per cent increase in the risk of breast cancer. However independent academics have raised questions about the classification, which seems to suggest home made bread, cheese and biscuits are safer.

Pointing out that the people who ate more “processed foods” were also more likely to smoke and live less active lifestyle. The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, were based on a survey of 104,980 healthy French adults with an average age of 43, measuring their intake of 3,300 different food items. The foods were grouped according to the level of processing, and participants were asked to self-declare any cancer diagnosis, which was then confirmed through their medical records. Researchers also took into consideration other risk factors such as age, gender, levels of education, whether the participant smoked and family history of cancer. While a small rise in ultraprocessed food intake was associated with an increased risk of cancer, there was no significant link between less processed

foods – such as canned vegetables, cheese and fresh bread – and cancer. Consumption of fresh or minimally processed foods including fruits, vegetables, pulses, rice, pasta and fresh meat, was associated with a lower risk of overall cancer.

The authors said: “To our knowledge, this study is the first to investigate and highlight and increase in the risk of overall – and specifically breast – cancer associated with ultra-processed food intake.” The researchers empha-

sised that at this stage it was just an observational study, and no firm conclusions could be drawn about ultra-processed food consumption and risk of cancer. Ultra-processed foods often have a higher content of total fat, saturated fat, and added sugar and salt along with a lower fibre and vitamin density. Contaminants, some of which may be carcinogenic, have also been found in heat-treated processed food products, and many contain legal but controversial additives such as sodium nitrite and titanium oxide. Some studies have indicated that these additives may be carcinogenic. The researchers said the study presented several challenges, such as identifying the specific elements in ultra-processed foods that could give you cancer. Tom Sanders, professor emeritus of nutrition and

dietetics at King’s College London, who was not involved with the study, said: “The [ultra-processsed] definition excludes many homemade or artisanal foods such bread, cakes, biscuits, butter, meat, cheese, tinned fruit and vegetables as well as sugar and salt used in domestic food preparation. “From a nutritional standpoint, this classification seems arbitrary and based on the premise that food produced industrially has a different nutritional and chemical composition from that produced in the home or by artisans. This is not the case.” “What people eat is an expression of their life-style in general, and may not be causatively linked to the risk of cancer. He said that the authors had tried to control statistically these factors, like smoking and obesity, but this could never be perfect.

Valentine's Day leads to spike in pregnancies Valentine’s Day appears to have a significant impact on amorous activity as official NHS figures reveal it’s associated with a spike in women becoming pregnant. In the week of the 14 February 2015 health service data shows a five per cent bump in officially recorded conceptions, 16,263 compared to the weekly average of 15,427. But even data from the week after Valentine’s Day, where 16,344 new pregnancies are recorded, the period still lags behind Christmas’s impact on seasonal babymaking. Research has shown that major religious festivals, including Christmas and the Islamic celebration of Eid-alFitr, are linked around the globe with a spike in birth rates nine months later. NHS data shows that the highest number of new conceptions was the week start-

sees a mini-baby boom nine months later – bringing with it great joy to families across the nation. “Those of us who work in maternity services are so proud that there has never been a better time to have a baby, with record numbers of new mums saying they have been treated with dignity and respect, with more personalised care on offer and life expectancy at an alltime high." Gill Walton, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said the NHS provides some of the best maternity care in the world.

ing 28 December, when 16,782 pregnancies were recorded. The health service is trying to highlight improvements in

the safety of maternity care. Before Christmas, Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced all cases of stillbirth and seri-

ous brain injuries at birth would be independently investigated. Sarah-Jane Marsh, chair of the Maternity

Transformation Programme at NHS England, said: “Love is most definitely in the air at this time of year and it is fantastic to learn that the NHS


Be she added: “There is always room for improvement though and England also has ambitious plans to transform its maternity services so women can look forward to more choice and even better care.



If you take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, you need MitoQ

If you are over 55, the chances are that you are taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. Statins are the most prescribed drugs in the world even though they have remained hugely controversial since approval for public use in the mid-1980s. Statins are claimed to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of developing heart disease. But critics point out that the rate of heart disease has continued to increase year in year out, although millions more people take statins every year. The most damaging effects of statin drugs (even manufacturers of statins agree), is that they stop the body from making a vital chemical called Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10. Quite simply, CoQ10 equates to energy. In the body, CoQ10 is found

in abundant quantities in our most active organs – the muscles, brain, heart, kidneys, liver and eyes. When CoQ10 levels are low, very little ener-

gy is generated, and very little work gets done by the body. CoQ10 is also the most powerful antioxidant in your body. Antioxidants mop up toxic

compounds known as free radicals. These toxic free radicals are the trigger for many chronic diseases including heart failure, stroke, diabetes,

Alzheimer´s, glaucoma, as well as ageing. Hundreds of scientific studies confirm that statins do far more harm than good by depriving the body of CoQ10. In many parts of the world, doctors will only prescribe statins together with an ample amount of CoQ10 supplement. But the problem with CoQ10 supplements is that they are not designed to travel deep into the cells where they are needed the most. MitoQ is a brand new form of CoQ10 designed to transport CoQ10 directly into the ´energy generating stations´of cells – the mitochondria. For this reason, MitoQ is over 800 times more powerful than any other CoQ10 supplement in the market today. But here is what makes MitoQ unique. By driving huge

quantities of CoQ10 directly into the ´power stations´ of cells, MitoQ promotes healing in every part of the body, especially in hard-working organs like the brain, heart, muscles, liver, kidney and eyes. Ten years of studies have shown that MitoQ is effective for treating and preventing many chronic diseases, including Heart Failure, Stroke, High blood pressure, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes and Kidney Diseases. If you must take statins, consider taking MitoQ to protect your body from damage.

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China confirms first ever human case of H7N4 bird flu A woman from eastern China has been confirmed as the first ever human case of H7N4 bird flu, according to Chinese authorities. Officials in Hong Kong have advised citizens to avoid wet markets, live poultry markets or farms if travelling

to the mainland over the week-long lunar new year holiday which starts on Thursday. The 68-year-old patient from Jiangsu province, who has since recovered, developed symptoms on 25 December, was admitted to hospital on

1 January and released on 22 January. “She had contact with live poultry before the onset of symptoms,” Hong Kong’s centre for health protection (CHP) said in an alert on Wednesday evening. “According to a report from

the Chinese centre for disease control and prevention, upon analysis, the genes of the virus were determined to be of avian origin.” A CHP spokesperson said the diagnosis had been confirmed earlier this week and added: “Travellers to the mainland or other affected areas must avoid visiting wet markets, live poultry markets or farms. They should be alert to the presence of backyard poultry when visiting relatives and friends. They should also avoid purchasing live or freshly slaughtered poultry, and avoid touching poultry/birds or their droppings. They should strictly observe personal and hand hygiene when visiting any place with live poultry. “Travellers returning from affected areas should consult a doctor promptly if symptoms develop, and

inform them of their travel history for prompt diagnosis and treatment of potential diseases,” the CHP alert said. According to the US government’s centres for disease control and prevention (CDC), the most frequently identified subtypes of avian influenza known to have infected human beings are the H5, H7 and H9 viruses though such transmissions are rare. There are nine subtypes of H7 viruses, of which H7N4 is one and in most cases human infection is uncommon. The most frequently identified H7 viruses associated with human infection are Asian lineage avian influenza A(H7N9) viruses, which were first detected in China in 2013. While human infections are rare, these have commonly resulted in severe respiratory illness and death,” advice

by Tom Benn

on the CDC website says. “In addition to Asian lineage H7N9 viruses, H7N2, H7N3, H7N7 virus infections have been reported. These viruses have primarily caused mild to moderate illness in people, with symptoms that include conjunctivitis and/or upper respiratory tract symptoms.” Authorities have been concerned about the possibility of a potentially devastating human bird flu pandemic in Hong Kong since late 1997 when 18 locals were infected with the H5N1 virus, six of whom died. On Wednesday, the CHP said it would “remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments”. It urged citizens “to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene”.


Food & Drink

Friday 16th February 2018

Microwave Shakshuka

Pick & Mix Omelette With Crunchy Croutons

Whip up shakshuka, a Middle Eastern favourite, in just 10 minutes. Perfect for brunch, lunch or supper, it's healthy and a great option for a budget meal Ingredients


1 tbsp olive oil 200ml passata or canned tomatoes, whizzed to a paste 1 garlic clove, finely sliced 1 heaped tbsp red pepper salsa or ¼-½ red pepper, chopped 2 medium eggs 1 tbsp chopped coriander and pitta bread, to serve

Brush a microwave bowl or dish with a little of the oil. Stir the passata, garlic and salsa together and season well. Tip into the bowl and make a dip in the centre. Break in the egg, then prick the yolk with the tip of a sharp knife.

Cover the bowl with its lid or clingfilm. Microwave on high for 1 min, and then in 20 sec bursts until the white is set. Scatter over the coriander and serve with the warmed pitta. Prep: 5 Mins Cook: 5 Mins Serves: 1

Red Pepper Linguine



1 roasted red pepper (from a jar or roast one yourself) 30ml olive oil 50g walnuts, toasted, plus extra to serve 1 small garlic clove 100g linguine or spaghetti parmesan or vegetarian alternative, grated, to serve

Blitz the roasted red pepper with the olive oil, walnuts and garlic in a food processor, season well and set aside. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook for 1 min less than the pack instructions and drain, reserving a ladleful of cooking water.

Tip the pasta back into the pan, along with the reserved cooking water and red pepper sauce, and return to the heat to warm through. Tip the pasta into a bowl and top with the parmesan and some chopped toasted walnuts. Season and serve. Prep: 5 Mins Cook: 15 Mins Serves: 1

Ingredients 1 thick slice bread, cut into small cubes 1 tbsp olive oil 2 eggs 2 tbsp grated cheese Your choice of 1 slice ham, 1 slice chicken, 2 slices salami, 2 slices chorizo, or a handful prawns Your choice of a handful quartered cherry tomatoes, 2 tbsp drained sweetcorn, 2 tbsp defrosted frozen peas, or a handful rocket salad, to serve

Method Heat ½ tbsp oil in a small non-stick frying pan. Add the bread, toss it around and fry over a medium heat until it starts to brown and crisp all over. Tip the croutons onto a plate, then carefully wipe out the pan. Shred the meat you have chosen to use or roughly chop the prawns. Beat the eggs lightly with a fork and season if you want. Heat ½ tbsp oil in the frying pan, then pour in the egg. Tip the pan from side to side until the base is covered and start

ing to set. Add the meat and veg to the side of the omelette nearest you. Cover the pan with a lid for a minute, then add the cheese and cover for another minute. Finally add the croutons and flip the far side of the omelette towards you so that it covers the filling. Slide onto a plate and serve with whatever kind of salad you can get away with. Prep: 5 Mins Cook: 5 Mins Serves: 1

Mexican Spiced Tomato Rice



1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 red onion, finely chopped 1 red chilli, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 small pack coriander, chopped 1 tsp chipotle paste 400g can chopped tomatoes 250g wholegrain rice

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion. Fry for 5 mins over a medium heat or until starting to soften, then add the chilli, fry for another 2 mins, then add the garlic, spices, coriander stalks and chipotle paste. Stir well and sizzle for a min or so. Tip in the tomatoes. Fill the can with water, pour that in, refill the can halfway

with water, then add that too. Add the rice. Mix well, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 2530 mins, covered with a lid, until the rice is tender and the liquid has all been absorbed. Stir through the coriander leaves. Try using the rice in our Brazil nut burritos.

Prep: 5 Mins Cook: 40 Mins Serves: 4

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5-A-Day Chicken With Kale & Pistachio Pesto Eat your 5-a-day in one meal with this delicious chicken traybake. If you’re vegetarian, simply leave out the meat and use veggie parmesan in the pesto. Ingredients olive oil 500g butternut squash, peeled and cut into thin slices (keep the seeds if you like and toast them on a separate tray to scatter over the finished dish) 200g shallots, peeled and halved 300g leeks, use baby leeks or cut large ones into lengths and halve them 300g carrots, use baby ones or cut them into long batons 400g fennel, cut into long wedges 1 garlic bulb, halved through the middle 3-4 large or 6-8 small chicken thighs (depending on whether you’re serving 3 or 4), skin patted dry For the pesto 200g chopped kale, woody stalks removed 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 tbsp pistachio kernels 2 tbsp grated parmesan ½ lemon, juiced 60ml olive oil

for the bake except the garlic in a large bowl and add 1 tbsp olive oil, then carefully turn everything over with your hands so the oil adds a very thin coating. Lightly oil the tray as well if you are worried about things sticking. Arrange the veg in piles on the tray, or scatter it all over if you prefer. Add the garlic halves and the chicken, sitting the chicken on top of the veg. Season well and bake for 40 mins then, if the chicken skin is still pale, either turn the oven up or turn it onto the grill setting, and cook or grill until it is nicely browned.


Meanwhile, make the pesto. Whizz the kale, garlic and pistachios until everything is finely chopped. Add the parmesan, lemon juice and olive oil and whizz again. Any left over will keep in a jar for up to three days in the fridge. Serve the chicken and veg with the pesto spooned over.

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put all the veg

Prep: 20 Mins Cook: 45 Mins Serves: 3 - 4

Vegan Banana Bread



3 large black bananas 75g vegetable oil or sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing 100g brown sugar 225g plain flour (or self-raising flour reducing the baking powder to 2 heaped tsp) 3 heaped tsp baking powder 3 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice 50g dried fruit or nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mash the peeled bananas with a fork, then mix well with the oil and sugar. Add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, and combine well. Add the dried fruit or nuts, if using. Bake in a greased, lined 2lb loaf tin for 20 minutes. Check and cover with foil if the cake is browning. Bake

for another 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool a little before slicing. It's delicious freshly baked, but develops a lovely gooey quality the day after.

Prep: 10 Mins Cook: 40 Mins Serves: 8 - 10



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This coming 19 February, the town of Sagunto will be filled with colour and culinary flavours as it celebrates the VI Gastronomic Orange of Sagunto Competition. This gastronomic contest is held with the aim of promoting and teaching people about the benefits of this wonderful fruit that is natural to our lands. So imagine what kind of dishes are waiting for you with the orange in the epicentre of taste. Delicious! The event, to be held in the Restaurant El Mirador, will be carried out by professionals, on behalf of the different participating restaurants in the modalities of tapa or starter, main course and dessert. In the preparations, you will appreciate the innovative character, originality, the presentation, the taste, aroma, texture and the technical difficulty required to carry out these dishes. Sagunto is a dynamic and lively city with many events taking place throughout the year. In addition to its historical, cultural and patrimonial resources, with this contest, the city will have a place in the national gastronomic panorama. Restaurante El Mirador de Sagunto Carrer de LlĂ­ria, 46, 46500 Sagunt, Valencia

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It’s been a week to be spoilt for some outstanding UK drama, and straight out of the blocks is Collateral (BBC 2, Monday) which in effect is a BBC co-production with Netflix, and you can smell some of the US money thrown at it in a top draw cast. It’s the first ever tv series to be penned by Sir David Hare, after a top career in the theatre and movies, and who was quoted as saying that he was very nervous at the prospect of doing Collateral, but on the evidence of the first episode, he had absolutely nothing to fear at all. We’ve Carey Mulligan as the copper called out of bed to deal with the shooting dead of a pizza delivery man, who just happens to be an illegal Syrian refugee. That pizza was dropped off at Billie Piper’s house (she’s great as an obnoxious character), who’s ex happens to be a Labour MP(John Simm). His pizza shop seems to be implicated in the killing. We also have an illegal immigrant who witnessed the murder whilst she was

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on drugs and she happens to be the girlfriend of the local vicar (Nicola Walker), and the pizza man’s Syrian siblings (also illegals) don’t want to shed light on the killing, which we find out at the end was committed by a female soldier based in Surrey who really is a specialist hit-woman! Don’t be confused as this

really does work, and Mulligan’s police officer has the best of some great lines across Collateral, as David Hare weaves a cracking web of intriguing characters that are all somehow linked together. I can’t wait for the next instalment(we have four parts), but I do have to ask why this was put onto BBC 2, as opposed to BBC

1 which ran a Mary Beardfronted Julius Caesar documentary at the same time? Bizarre treatment for a premium drama. Fans of Doctor Foster (including me) will have loved creator Mike Bartlett’s latest offering, the three-part Trauma, which ITV have stripped all this week. John Simm (again!) and Adrian

Lester starred in this show where Simm goes off the rails when he his son is seriously stabbed and believes that Lester as the surgeon made a mistake which led to his death in the operating theatre. Simm acts as a sinister stalker looking to exact revenge on Lester, and it all gets very Doctor Foster-

style creepy as you almost want to hide behind the couch waiting for the next move! Trauma was brilliantly daft with some of the things that happened, and roll on Bartlett’s next project:- perhaps a third series of Doctor Foster? When the BBC 1 continuity announcer gave a grim warning on Sunday evening of violence and scenes likely to cause distress ahead of the final episode of McMafia, I expected a blood bath by the Kremlin. Instead Alex (James Norton) did get his final revenge over the evil Vadim, who was dying anyway after being shot earlier in the episode. We now have a ruthless Alex at the end as he plays tough over a deal, and everything is left very much open for a second series. That decision will come when McMafia starts airing in the US later this month on co-funding channel AMC, home of The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul. It certainly deserves a second run and Norton is good box office.


Friday Ross faces his future after the acid attack. Meanwhile, Gabby has a plan. Elsewhere, Laurel has an idea – but what will it mean for Sandy’s future? Also today, Pollard returns home but realises something’s wrong when he opens the pantry door and an avalanche of items fall out. Later, it becomes clear that the Dingles have been staying there. How will Pollard react?

Monday Phil finally reveals his true colours when he warns Tracy that he knows she used to be a prostitute. It turns out that Phil is a former client of Tracy’s and he’s now using his knowledge to blackmail her, demanding £1,000 in return for not showing an incriminating video to David. Meanwhile, Laurel arranges a video call to The Woolpack and Sandy makes a final toast as he says his goodbyes. Elsewhere, Ross descends into despair.

Tuesday Frank asks David to look after some money he’s set aside for a present for Megan. Tracy clocks where David puts the rest of Frank’s money and decides to steal it to solve her problems. Later, Tracy has to make a choice. Will she hand over the stolen money? Meanwhile, Ross is on a mission. Elsewhere, Lachlan is consumed with guilt.


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Wednesday Tracy meets Phil at a hotel, as he’s suggested a sleazy alternative way for her to pay him. Tracy steels herself as Phil begins to take his clothes off. She orders him to get on the bed, but what will happen when a suspicious David walks in? Meanwhile, Aaron tells Alex he can move into Mill Cottage. Robert is jealous when he sees Alex moving in on their wedding anniversary. Elsewhere, Ross vents his frustrations.

Thursday – Hour long Aaron worries to hear that Robert is on a night out. Sensing he still has feelings for Robert, Victoria invites Aaron on the big girls night out. Soon afterwards, Aaron is crushed to see Robert getting a number from an attractive guy at the bar. Aaron is then surprised when he bumps into Alex, forcing him to cover his real reason for being there. Alex suggests that they should go over to the group dancing, but Aaron admits he nearly cheated on him with Robert and breaks up with him. After Alex leaves, Aaron approaches Robert – but will he listen to what he’s got to say? Meanwhile, Tracy makes a confession. Elsewhere, Charity is struck with jealousy over Vanessa.

Friday After a worrying conversation with his boss, Craig finds himself unable to leave the house for his date with Bethany, who is waiting for him at the Bistro. As Craig performs ritual after ritual, checking switches around the house, he is discovered by Liam. Will the youngster keep his secret? Meanwhile, Liz feels caught in the middle when Ali asks her not to tell Michelle he is around. But when Michelle has to go to the med centre after cutting herself with a knife, she is gobsmacked to come face to face with her son! Bethany is convinced that Craig stood her up because of the way she has treated him. Craig calls to apologise, but can he bring himself to tell Bethany the real reason he stood her up? Meanwhile, as he tends to her cut hand, Michelle tries to talk to Ali. She asks about his placement and why he hasn’t been in touch, but Ali refuses to be drawn. Robert tells Michelle she should try again and Liz implores Ali to go and see his mum. Will mother and son be reunited?

Monday It’s the day of reckoning for Aidan and Carla. The family wait expectantly as first Aidan then Carla are wheeled down to the operating theatre. Meanwhile, Summer has been told to stay away from the flat and stay at Eileen’s because Billy has flu. However, Summer is shocked at the state she

finds him in when she does let herself in. Having gone to get Eileen, they are worried to find Billy has disappeared. At the same time, a jittery and sweating Billy has met up with his brother Lee in the cemetery. At the hospital, Johnny and Roy bond over their love of Carla as they wait for news of the operation. As first Aidan and then Carla are brought back from the theatre, Carla has an announcement to make. Wednesday Eileen is surprised by the turnaround in Billy and quizzes him about his apparent speedy recovery from the painkiller withdrawal, but he tells her that he is putting on an act so as not to worry Summer. When Billy finds out from Tracy that Summer is bottom of the class, he knows this is because of him and calls Lee for more help.

Thursday Liz invites Eileen for lunch at the Bistro by way of an apology for slagging off Phelan. However, as the drinks flow, Liz can’t stop herself from warning her friend that Phelan is bad news. Will Eileen listen? At the same time, Phelan goes to Nicola’s flat and is furious to see Seb there. Seb is oblivious to Phelan being in the flat as he has his headphones on. When Nicola takes a call from the police regarding an intruder in the flat, Seb wonder if Phelan is behind it. Meanwhile, Billy asks Eva to have Summer for the day, explaining that he doesn't feel too well. Sarah is shocked to see Billy's brother Lee heading up to Billy's flat. Visibly shaken, she tells David. Oblivious to Lee being spotted, Billy is grateful for his help.

Friday Abi’s funeral day has finally arrived. With Max still determined to get his chance to say goodbye to his daughter, could he ruin the sombre occasion? Meanwhile, Whitney tries to track down Halfway as he’s left his bag behind at The Vic. Tuesday Martin and Stacey decide to put their differences aside by taking the kids to see children’s entertainer Magic Marv at the community centre. Sadly, tensions flare up again when Stacey invites Kush to join them, telling Martin that she’ll be involving Arthur’s dad more often now. Hurt by Stacey’s behaviour, Martin storms off and finds himself in an argument with Magic Marv along the way. Later, Martin confides in Sonia by revealing that he wants a divorce.

Wednesday Aidan warns Vincent that he must pay the money by tomorrow, leaving Vincent scrambling to sell The Albert. Soon afterwards, Kim confronts Vincent after discovering that they’ve missed a mortgage payment. Later on, Donna tries to talk to Vincent, assuming that his financial woes are just a tax issue. Donna offers some advice, but when the topic of Vincent’s dad comes up, he makes a big decision – writing a letter for Kim and heading off. Meanwhile, Stacey apolo-

gises to Martin and suggests coming to an agreement over the children. Although Martin is pleased, the timing couldn’t be worse – he’s emailed the solicitor and an email has now been sent to Stacey about it. Thursday – Hour long Vincent is about to flee from Albert Square, but he suddenly gets a call from the estate agent informing him that they now have a buyer who can pay by tomorrow. Vincent abandons his plans to leave and gets everything ready for the possible buyer, but will everything turn out the way he hopes?

After a drinking binge, hungover Nicky launches into her first night shift on AAU.

With gaps in her memory, Nicky must find a way to repair her friendship with Meena and contend with an arrogant new registrar, who seems to know more about her lost time than she does. Meanwhile, growing ever closer, Jac and Fletch’s relationship is rocked forever when Fletch discovers a secret she’s been keeping from him. Will Jac ever truly let him in? Elsewhere, frustrated with his slow recovery, Oliver bonds with fellow sleepless patient Sheilagh. Can a night of escapism for the pair help restore his hope?

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Partridge has a second shot

Filming has begun on This Time With Alan Partridge, the new Partridge project coming to BBC One later this year, a quarter of a century after his BBC debut. The show will see Alan (Steve Coogan) handed a career lifeline - the chance to stand in (temporarily) as cohost on This Time, an evening weekday magazine show. His first return to live television since his 90s chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You was cancelled after a guest was fatally shot on air, This Time is the perfect shop window for a man of Alan’s gravitas and will, or should, see him finally recognised as one of the heavyweight broadcasters of his era. The show itself is a heady mix of consumer affairs, current affairs, viewer interaction, highbrow interview and lightweight froth; very much the sweet spots for a man

whose CV boasts over two decades of weekday local radio. And with an array of diverse subjects on the agenda, it promises the perfect fit for a man whose broadcasting style has been described as ‘equidistant between chitchat and analysis.’ Joining Steve Coogan on the sofa will be Susannah Fielding as his female copresenter Jennie Gresham, and Tim Key as Simon ‘formerly Sidekick Simon’ Denton. Full casting will be announced in due course. Written by Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, Steve Coogan. Directed by Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons. The producer is Ted Dowd and the executive producers are Christine Langan and Steve Coogan. A Baby Cow production for BBC. The 6x30' series will be shown on BBC One later this year.


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ITV commissions The Singapore Grip

ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill confirmed the commission of six-part drama The Singapore Grip. Adapted from Booker Prize winner J.G. Farrell’s novel by Oscar winning screenwriter and playwright Christopher Hampton, The Singapore Grip is an epic story set during World War Two, centering on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion. Singapore, 1941. Rubber merchant Walter Blackett, his wife Sylvia, ruthless daughter Joan and spoilt son Monty live a life of luxury, seemingly untouched by the troubles in Europe. With Walter’s business partner Mr Webb’s health failing, Walter needs to ensure that the future of their firm is secure. He decides that Webb’s son Matthew is the

perfect match for Joan, and Joan is happy to agree, but Matthew’s idealism leaves Walter increasingly suspicious as Matthew himself falls under the spell of Vera Chiang, a mysterious Chinese refugee… “The Singapore Grip is a portrait of a society in decline as they cling to a world that is slowly crumbling. I’m delighted to be working with Christopher Hampton and for ITV to be the home for his brilliant adaptation of J.G Farrell’s epic novel.” The series will be executive produced by Damien Timmer, responsible for recent dramas including Poldark and The Witness For The Prosecution, NW and Parade’s End and Victoria, Endeavour and the forthcoming Vanity Fair.

07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 13:10 News 13:15 Cowboy Builders 14:10 Access 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Film - Fatherly Obsession 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 The Wine Show In Lyon, James and Mathew sample the traditional local cuisine and hunt for wine to accompany the dessert course. Joe Fattorini is in Spain’s Basque country with Jose Pizarro, choosing a wine in Rioja for a dinner at a renowned gastronomic society in San Sebastian. Joe also gets a lesson about beer from Jaega Wise at the Munich beer festival. Back in London, Matthew continues his research into wine gadgets. 21:00 Celebrity 5 Go Barging After their fun and frolics on the River Lot, the gang tackle the Canal du Midi. They have new boats and set off across France’s largest lagoon, the Etang du Thau, before entering the canal near Marseillan. 22:00 Cruising with Jane Jane boards a former ferry for a voyage around Iceland’s rugged shorelines. 23:00 Will & Grace 23:30 Bette Midler: By Her Friends 00:30 That’s So...1989 01:15 SuperCasino 04:10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors

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 11:10 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 11:25 Film - Space Chimps 13:10 Emmerdale 14:15 You’ve Been Framed! 14:45 Ellen DeGeneres 15:35 Jeremy Kyle 18:50 Take Me Out 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 21:30 Superstore 22:00 Survival of the Fittest 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Family Guy ITV 3 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:55 Heartbeat 09:00 The Royal 10:00 Judge Judy 11:25 Barging Round Britain With John Sergeant 12:25 Love Your Garden 13:30 The Royal 14:35 Heartbeat 15:40 Classic Coronation Street 16:50 On the Buses 17:50 You’re Only Young Twice 18:25 George and Mildred 18:55 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Lewis 23:00 The Good Karma Hospital ITV 4 07:00 The Chase 07:45 Pawn Stars 08:30 Ironside 09:30 Quincy, M.E. 10:30 Minder 11:35 The Sweeney 12:40 The Professionals 13:45 Ironside 14:50 Quincy, M.E. 15:50 Minder 16:55 The Sweeney 18:00 The Professionals 19:00 Counting Cars 19:55 Pawn Stars 20:55 Hornblower 23:00 Film - 8 Mile (18)

Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer - bakers revealed!

The Great British Bake Off tent is welcoming some very special celebrity bakers for five new episodes of The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off for Channel 4. In each episode four celebrities will battle it out over three rounds in a bid to be crowned Star Baker. The celebrities facing the signature, technical and show-stopper challenges are: Musical comedian Tim Minchin, actress, author and Host/Creator of the YouTube channel Hatching Change Teri Hatcher, TV presenter Stacey Solomon, Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party Ruth Davidson, comedian, writer and actress Roisin Conaty, singer songwriter Ricky Wilson, Diversity’s Perri Kiely, TV presenter Nick Hewer, broadcaster Melanie Sykes, actor Martin Kemp,

comedian Lee Mack, Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox, comedian Joe Lycett, Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, comedian Harry Hill, comedian, actor and presenter Griff Rhys Jones, singer Ella Eyre, journalist and presenter Bill Turnbull, comedian Alan Carr and comedian and actor Aisling Bea. Prue and Paul will be judging the celebrities bakes, be they delicious delights or devastating disasters and Bake Off hosts Noel and Sandi will also be back to provide tea and sympathy for the celebrity bakers going head to head in the pressure-filled tent. Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer will air later this year.


Friday 16th February 2018

Britain at Low Tide

The First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man

Sunday - Channel 4

Saturday - Channel 4 New series. Natural History Museum palaeontologist Tori Herridge returns with the maritime documentary,

which makes use of state-ofthe-art technology to explore Britain's coastline for signs of the nation's seafaring history. This time, she begins in East Sussex, where she explores the wreck of a ship that sank in the 1740s along

with its cargo, and she uncorks a bottle filled with 18th-century red wine. She also discovers a prehistoric well shaft that is now situated on the foreshore, but would have been much further inland 2,000 years ago.

Documentary following scientists at the Natural History Museum and University College London studying Britain's oldest human remains. The complete skeleton was unearthed in Gough's Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, more than 100 years previously, and has been dated as 10,000 years old. While DNA analysis and advanced genetic testing is carried out on the

remains, two of the world's most acclaimed palaeontological model makers are

attempting to recreate the human face of this ancient Briton for the first time.

British Academy Film Awards 2018

Troy: Fall Of A City Saturday - BBC One New series. Told from the perspective of the Trojan family at the heart of the siege, Troy: Fall Of A City is an epic story of love, intrigue, betrayal and belonging. Combining thrilling adventure with heart-breaking intimacy, it explores primal emotions, the psychological repercussions of human actions and life-changing decisions amid the devastation and destruction of war. Following a fateful encounter with the gods, the life of young herdsman Paris (Louis Hunter) changes for-

Sunday - BBC One ever. At the Troy city games he discovers something extraordinary about himself. Then, on a trip to Sparta as a guest of Menelaus (Jonas Armstrong) and Helen (Bella

Dayne), he falls in love, with unpredictable and far-reaching consequences - provoking a conflict that threatens to bring an empire to its knees.

Much-loved British actress Joanna Lumley hosts the awards ceremony live from the Royal Albert Hall. This year's nominated films

are Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, while Jamie Bell, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, TimothĂŠe

Chalamet, Daniel Kaluuya, Annette Bening, Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan are among the actors in the running for awards.

Saturday TV 07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Live: Winter Olympic Games 13:00 Football Focus 14:00 News 14:15 Live: Winter Olympic Games 17:30 Final Score 18:25 News 18:45 And They’re Off! For Sport Relief 19:25 Pointless Celebrities 20:15 All Together Now The hopefuls perform a whole range of singalong classics including recent hits such as Pharrell Williams’s “Happy’. There are also two iconic songs from two hugely popular movies: `Climb Every Mountain’ from `The Sound of Music’, and `Skyfall”, the title theme from the James Bond film.

07:00 Live: Winter Olympic Games 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 The Hairy Bikers’ Comfort Food 13:00 Live: Winter Olympic Games 14:15 Escape to the Country 14:45 Trust Me I’m a Doctor 15:15 Film The Third Man (PG) 17:00 Flog It! 17:45 Nigel Slater’s Middle East 18:45 Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for Good 19:15 Hugh’s Wild West 20:15 Winter Olympic Games Clare Balding presents highlights from the 2018 Winter Olympics. 21:15 David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities A look at bizarre hybrids within the animal kingdom, including the pizzly bear which is a cross between a polar bear and a grizzly, which has come into existence because of global warming.

21:20 Casualty Under pressure, Ethan makes a decision that exposes the weaknesses of the ED and gives ammunition to the blogger. Meanwhile, Gem has her first day as a porter in ED. Iain is nervous for 21:45 Dad’s Army An her, but Gem is determined enemy pilot bails out and to do well. becomes tangled up with the town clock - and so do 22:10 Troy: Fall of a City Mainwaring’s platoon when Following a fateful they attempt a rescue. encounter with the gods, the life of young herdsman 22:15 QI XL Sandi Toksvig Paris changes forever. At ventures overseas to find the Troy city games, he dis- out about Allotment Annies, covers something extraordi- who keeps their brothers in nary, and on a trip to a cage, and much else Sparta, he falls in love, with besides. With Bill Bailey, unpredictable and far- Colin Lane, Desiree Burch, reaching consequences. and Alan Davies.


07:00 CITV 10:25 News 10:30 James Martin’s Saturday Morning 12:25 The Hungry Sailors 13:25 News 13:30 Dancing on Ice 15:30 Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury 16:00 Catchphrase 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 News

07:05 Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free 07:20 3rd Rock From the Sun 08:10 The King of Queens 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:30 The Big Bang Theory 13:00 The Simpsons 14:30 Come Dine with Me 15:30 Coast vs Country 16:35 A Place in the Sun: Summer 19:30 Take Me Out Sun 17:35 The Secret Life Braving the Love Lift are of the Zoo 18:35 The rower George from Supervet 19:30 News Nottingham, barman Steve from Luton, football fanatic 20:00 Penelope Keith’s James from Ipswich and Coastal Villages Penelope lifeguard Callum from discovers the seaside vilLondon. There’s also a lages of West Sussex and chance to catch up on all the Isle of Wight. She finds herself the latest dating action from quickly all our couples on the immersed in stories of seafarers, smugglers and shipfabled Isle of Fernando’s. wrecks. 21:00 The Voice UK Emma Willis hosts the conclusion 21:00 Britain at Low Tide of the blind auditions phase Tori Herridge explores of the contest, as perform- remarkable stories that are ers compete for the chance revealed when the tide to impress judges, goes out. In East Sussex Tom Jones, Jennifer she explores a 1740s shipHudson and Olly Murs and wreck and a harbour that win one of the final places only worked for four months. on the coaches’ teams.

22:00 Film - Ted 2 Premiere. The foulmouthed talking teddy bear is horrified to discover that he counts as property according to the law. He and his human best friend hire a pot-smoking lawyer to help them fight a court case and get Ted legally recognised as a person. 23:30 News 23:45 Film - (14A) 23:10 News 23:30 Match of 23:00 Imagine... 00:15 Film Lethal Weapon 3 (15) the Day 00:35 Live at the - Young Frankenstein (PG) 01:45 Jackpot247 04:00 00:15 Film - Dracula Untold Apollo 01:20 Live: Winter 01:55 Film - The Producers Babushka 04:50 ITV (14) 01:55 The Last Leg 02:50 Hollyoaks Omnibus Olympic Games (PG) 04:05 News Nightscreen 22:30 Through the Keyhole Comedian Paddy McGuinness, actress, model and singer Catherine Tyldesley and footballerturned-pundit Chris Kamara form the celebrity panel, as Keith Lemon ventures into the homes of three more mystery stars.

07:00 Milkshake 11:05 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:35 Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud 12:05 Police Interceptors 14:00 The A-Team 16:00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 18:00 Rich House, Poor House 19:00 The Wonderful World of Puppies 20:00 Cruising with Jane McDonald Joined by just six other passengers on what is easily her smallest ever cruise, Jane enjoys unseasonably good weather as she visits the puffin-packed Treshnish Islands, and Fingal’s Cave on Staffa. 21:00 Building the World’s Most Luxurious Ship With time ticking away until the maiden voyage, the pressure is on. Once the huge propellers are fitted, the dry dock is flooded and the ship floats for the first time, before it embarks on a series of sea trials to determine whether it is ready for service. 21:55 News 22:00 Football Colin Murray introduces highlights from the weekend’s games, including Cardiff City v Middlesbrough, Fulham v Aston Villa and Sunderland v Brentford. 23:30 Film - There’s Something About Mary (15) 01:40 SuperCasino 04:10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors

07:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 07:15 Emmerdale Omnibus 09:50 Coronation Street Omnibus 12:45 Take Me Out 13:55 Mr Bean 14:30 Film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 16:15 Film - Spy Kids (PG) 18:05 Film Despicable Me 2 20:00 Jurassic World (PG) 22:30 Survival of the Fittest 23:35 Family Guy 00:30 American Dad! ITV 3 07:00 Judge Judy 07:20 Murder, She Wrote 08:15 Murder, She Wrote 09:15 Murder, She Wrote 10:15 A Touch of Frost 12:15 Tommy Cooper Forever 13:20 Tommy Cooper Forever 14:20 Columbo 15:55 Lewis 17:55 Midsomer Murders 19:55 The Durrells 21:00 The Durrells 22:00 Midsomer Murders 00:00 Lewis ITV 4 07:00 The Protectors 07:25 The Professionals 08:20 The Professionals 09:30 The Professionals 10:30 ITV Racing 11:30 Sporting Funnies 11:40 Pawn Stars 12:05 Pawn Stars 12:30 Pawn Stars 13:00 Pawn Stars 13:30 Pawn Stars 14:00 Pawn Stars 14:30 ITV Racing: Live From Ascot 17:00 Film - The Way West (12) 19:25 Film Casino Royale (PG) 22:00 Film - Executive Decision (15) 00:45 Film - Blade (18)

Sunday TV 07:00 Breakfast 08:55 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Homes Under the Hammer 13:00 News 13:15 Live: Winter Olympic Games 16:35 Live: Match of the Day Rochdale v Tottenham Hotspur 19:05 News 19:30 Countryfile Matt and Anita are in Anglesey where Matt is on the lookout for harbour porpoises. 20:30 Hold the Sunset Edith’s life is quite nicely settled, but her dreams of retirement in the sun with her long-time suitor Phil are shattered when her 50year-old son Roger arrives home, seeking to recapture the happiness of his boyhood. 21:00 Call the Midwife Lucille must win the trust of Eunice, an expectant mother who is terrified of giving birth, and whose condition is more serious than first thought. 22:00 The British Academy Film Awards Coverage of the 71st British Academy Film Awards from the Royal Albert Hall in London. 00:00 News 00:30 Julius Caesar Revealed 01:30 Live: Winter Olympic Games

07:00 Live: Winter Olympic Games 13:15 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 14:45 A Vicar’s Life 15:15 The Crane Gang 16:15 South Korea: Earth’s Hidden Wilderness 17:15 Lifeline 17:25 Songs of Praise 18:00 Back in Time for Tea 19:00 New York: America’s Busiest City

07:00 CITV 10:25 News 10:30 Love Your Garden 11:00 Peston on Sunday 12:00 The Martin Lewis Money Show 12:25 The Voice UK 13:55 News 14:00 The Harbour 14:30 The Cruise: Return to the Mediterranean 15:00 What Would Your Kid Do? 16:00 Britain’s Brightest Family 16:30 Tipping Point 17:30 20:00 Winter Olympic News 18:00 The Chase: Games Clare Balding intro- Celebrity Special duces highlights from day nine of the 2018 Winter 19:00 Dancing on Ice Olympics. Phillip and Holly present as the seven remaining pro21:00 Dragons’ Den celebrity couples put their Deborah, Peter, Touker, Tej training into practice in a Lalvani and Jenny assess battle to win viewers' votes, the profit-making potential impress the judges and surof a final batch of business vive another week. plans, including an idea for a child's toothbrush that 21:00 Endeavour Morse doubles as a mobile game suspects a connection controller, a range of between a woman’s disapScottish gins, and a device pearance and the unsolved for relieving back pain. Last murder of a teenager several years previously. in the series. However, the discovery of a 22:00 Life and Death Row body and some unusual Following eight prisoners in elements to the crime Arkansas awaiting execu- scene suggest another tion within 10 days of each possibility. Thursday invesother following the state's tigates a lorry hijack which reintroduction of the death he believes could be the work of a local gangster, penalty. and Fancy takes on an 23:00 The Mash Report informant who is subse23:30 Live at the Apollo quently murdered. 00:15 Cleverman 01:05 Film - Guess Who’s 23:00 News 23:15 Peston Coming to Dinner (PG) on Sunday 00:15 Caught 02:50 Question Time 03:50 on Camera 01:10 Car Wars Holby City 04:50 Weather 02:05 Jackpot247 04:00 Take on the Twisters 04:55 News

07:15 The King of Queens 08:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:00 Frasier 10:30 Sunday Brunch 13:30 Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast 14:30 The Simpsons 15:55 Film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 17:45 Film - Rio 2 19:35 News 20:00 Posh Pawn Highend pawnbroker James enjoys a drink from an unusual fire engine bar. A former model wants to sell some designer bags to finance the renovation of her house and body. 21:00 The First Brit: Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man Following an ambitious project using cutting-edge DNA analysis to accurately recreate the face of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, Cheddar Man. 22:00 Homeland Carrie and Franny are living with Maggie’s family, Saul and the detained employees are in prison, and President Keane’s administration is scrutinised. 23:15 Film - Our Kind of Traitor (14) 01:20 The Supervet 02:15 The World’s Most Expensive Food 03:05 Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners 04:00 Four Rooms with Sarah Beeny 04:50 The Question Jury

07:00 Milkshake 11:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:35 Football 13:00 Pets Make You Laugh Out Loud 13:30 Film - Justin and the Knights of Valour (PG) 15:15 Film - P.S. I Love You (PG) 17:45 Film Something’s Gotta Give News 20:10 (12) 20:15 Greatest Celeb Wind-Ups Ever! Joe Pasquale narrates a selection of clips of pranks pulled on celebrities. 21:00 Caught in the Act Iain Lee narrates comical videos featuring would-be daredevils, including a blogger who will do anything his followers tell him to 22:00 When Comedy Goes Horribly Wrong The moments when laughter turns to tears. Includes the times a health scare soured the limelight for Little & Large, a stunt-fight turned to disaster for Russell Howard, and a ketchup-drenched photo got Kathy Griffin in hot water. 01:00 Bette Midler: By Her 02:00 Friends 04:10 SuperCasino Cowboy Builders 05:00 The Railways That Built Britain with Chris Tarrant 05:45 House Doctor 06:10 Divine Designs

07:00 Emmerdale Omnibus 09:20 Coronation Street Omnibus 12:20 Take Me Out 13:55 The Voice UK 15:20 Film - Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 17:20 Film Nanny McPhee 19:20 Film - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (PG) 22:00 The Ibiza Weekender 23:00 Survival of the Fittest 00:00 Family Guy 01:30 American Dad! ITV 3 07:00 Murder, She Wrote 07:50 Heartbeat 09:55 Columbo 11:35 Film - The Nun’s Story 14:35 Les Dawson Forever 16:40 The Durrells 18:50 Midsomer Murders 21:00 Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs 22:00 Tonight at the London Palladium 23:00 Film Elizabeth: The Golden Age (PG) 01:15 The Security Men 02:15 Blue Murder 03:35 Judge Judy ITV 4 07:00 Football’s Greatest 07:20 The Protectors 07:45 The Sweeney 08:40 Minder 10:55 Counting Cars 13:35 Pawn Stars 15:25 Hornblower 17:40 Film - The Way West (12) 20:05 Film - The Train Robbers (PG) 22:00 Film High Plains Drifter (18) 00:10 Memphis Belle (PG)

32 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Live: Winter Olympic Games 14:00 News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 The Coroner 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Get Away for Winter 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 Local, National and Internation News and Weather 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Live: Match of the Day - Wigan Athletic v Manchester City Coverage of the fifth-round clash at the DW Stadium, where the League One side host the Premier League club. As well as flying high in the league and looking like contenders for automatic promotion, The Latics are enjoying an impressive cup run that has already seen them eliminate two sides from the top tier in Bournemouth and West Ham United, respectively. The Citizens have been the dominant force in the Premier League this term and look unstoppable in their quest for the title, and remain in contention to claim an unlikely cup quadruple, but they will have to avoid a potential upset this evening before turning their attention to the Carabao Cup Final next Sunday. (Kick-off 20.55) 23:00 News 23:45 Have I Got News for You 00:15 The Graham Norton Show 01:05 Live: Winter Olympic Games

Friday 16th February 2018

07:00 Live: Winter Olympic Games 10:15 Animal Park 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Bargain Hunt 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live: Winter Olympic Games 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys

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 James Martin’s American Adventure 16:00 Tenable 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 News

20:00 Winter Olympic Games Clare Balding presents highlights of the day’s action from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

20:00 Emmerdale Tracy revisits her past.

21:00 Only Connect The round three game sees the return of the Detectives and the Escapologists. They compete to find the connections between cornetto, red curtain, Mariachi, and three colours. 21:30 University Challenge The quarter final stage continues as teams representing two more universities fight it out to reach the next stage of the competition. 22:00 Collateral DI Kip Glaspie knows that Abdullah’s sisters hold the key to his death, but why is a sinister MI5 officer is doing his best to derail the investigation. 23:00 Two Doors Down 23:30 Newsnight 00:15 Horizon 01:15 Odyssey 02:40 Countryfile 03:35 Shane: For the Love of the Game 04:35 Hugh’s Wild West

20:30 Coronation Street As Aidan and Carla’s day of reckoning arrives, Summer is appalled by the state of Billy. 21:00 The Martin Lewis Money Show Martin and Angellica Bell offer advice on children's savings, reveal how to get inexpensive life insurance, give tips on getting cheaper train travel and show how to decipher confusing supermarket deals. 21:30 Coronation Street Roy and Johnny share an anxious wait at the hospital. 22:00 Marcella New series. Marcella investigates when a body is discovered inside a wall, clothed in a school blazer and surrounded by soft toys. 23:00 News 23:45 Exposure 00:55 Children Who Kill 01:45 Behind Bars 02:35 Jackpot247 04:00 Jeremy Kyle 04:55 ITV Nightscreen

07:00 Countdown 07:45 3rd Rock From the Sun 08:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 11:00 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 21:00 Dispatches In the grip of a funding crisis, the NHS is placing thousands of patients in private hospitals. The reporters go undercover in one of these hospitals to investigate the care that patients receive. 21:30 Food Unwrapped Kate challenges Matt make crumpets. 22:00 24 Hours in Police Custody An extraordinary first episode that reveals what happens when a police officer who is meant to be investigating a crime turns out to be the man who committed it. 23:00 First Dates 00:05 Married at First Sight 01:10 The £1 Houses: Britain’s Cheapest Street 02:05 The Job Interview 03:00 Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners 03:55 One Born Every Minute

Monday TV 07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 13:10 News 13:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 14:10 Access 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Film Final Recourse 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 Aviva Premiership Rugby David Flatman and Mark Durden-Smith present the action from Wasps v Exeter, Leicester v Harlequins, Northampton v London Irish, Newcastle v Bath, Sale Sharks v Saracens and Worcester v Gloucester. 21:00 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door In Slough, Louise becomes embroiled in a dispute with her next door neighbour Keith. Manny and Sianna in Hereford end up in a row with neighbours. In Stoke, snooker fan Brian ends up on the wrong side of neighbour Angela. 22:00 The X-Files A spate of deaths in which victims are plagued by their own doppelgangers leads Mulder and Scully to a pair of twins playing a dangerous game. 23:00 When Game Shows Go Horribly Wrong 02:00 SuperCasino 04:10 Cowboy Builders

07:20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 08:10 Dress to Impress 08:55 EmmerdalePG 09:20 Coronation Street 10:25 Ellen DeGeneres 11:15 Film - Babe 13:10 Emmerdale 13:45 Coronation Street 14:45 Ellen DeGeneres 15:35 Jeremy Kyle 18:50 Take Me Out 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Survival of the Fittest 23:00 Family Guy ITV 3 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:55 Heartbeat 09:00 The Royal 10:00 Judge Judy 11:25 Barging Round Britain With John Sergeant 12:30 Love Your Garden 13:30 The Royal 14:35 Heartbeat 15:40 Classic Coronation Street 16:50 On the Buses 17:50 You’re Only Young Twice 18:20 George and Mildred 18:55 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Lewis 23:00 DCI Banks ITV 4 07:50 Pawn Stars 08:45 Ironside 09:50 Quincy, M.E. 10:50 Minder 11:55 The Sweeney 13:00 The Professionals 14:00 Ironside 15:00 Quincy, M.E. 16:05 Minder 17:05 The Sweeney 18:15 The Professionals 19:15 Counting Cars 19:45 Live: World Grand Prix Snooker 00:20 Film - The Specialist

Tuesday TV 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Live: Winter Olympic Games 14:00 News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 The Coroner 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Get Away for Winter 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders Martin offers an olive branch to Stacey. 21:00 Holby City On her first night shift, a hungover Nicky must cope with an overbearing new registrar. Fletch and Jac are thrust together on an overnight. 22:00 Shetland Perez is on the trail of an attacker, Tosh investigates an oil company in the hunt for Sally’s killer, and DNA testing in the Kilmuir case yields a surprising result, as murder-mystery Shetland continues. Tosh is met with a wall of silence when she attempts to meet with Først Energy, the oil company Sally was investigating for corporate manslaughter before her death. When she then discovers Først’s Health and Safety officer Andreas Hagan disappeared the morning after Sally’s murder, he quickly becomes their number one suspect. 23:00 News 23:45 The Plastic Surgery Capital of the World 00:45 Live: Winter Olympic Games

07:00 Live: Winter Olympic Games 10:15 Animal Park 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Bargain Hunt 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live: Winter Olympic G a m e s 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys

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 James Martin’s American Adventure 16:00 Tenable 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 News

20:00 Emmerdale Tracy 20:00 Winter Olympic has to make a choice. Games Clare Balding presents highlights of the day’s 20:30 100 Year Old Driving School New action. series. Return of the docu21:00 Back in Time for mentary focusing on seadrivers. They Tea The Ellis family enjoys soned the new freedoms of the include 102-year-old vet1960s, from steak and eran Royal Navy Officer chips and caravan holidays John Errol Manners, who to muscle man competi- has cheated death three tions. Cameras follow dad times before. as he puts in a shift down the local pit, while mum 21:00 What Would Your and girls head to the local Kid Do? Children are phone box to try the new filmed in a school specially rigged with hidden camtelephone recipe service. eras. In the studio, host 22:00 Flatpack Empire Jason Manford challenges Cameras follow Mia parents to predict what Lundstrom as she takes on their child will do in each the company's biggest situation. challenge in a generation pushing into India with an 22:00 Benidorm: Ten aggressive expansion plan. Years on Holiday The show's creator and writer 23:00 Mum 23:25 The Derren Litten reveals how Archiveologists 23:30 the show was created, and Newsnight 00:15 cast members past and Generation Gifted 02:15 present talk about their The Super League Show roles on the series. 03:00 The New Builds Are News 23:45 Coming : Battle in the 23:00 Countryside 04:00 Through the Keyhole Celebrity Antiques Road 00:45 Take Me Out 02:00 Trip 05:00 Royal Recipes Jackpot247 04:00 Loose 04:50 ITV 05:45 Weather For The Women Nightscreen Week Ahead 05:50 News

07:00 Countdown 07:45 3rd Rock From the Sun 08:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 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 21:00 Joe Wicks: The Body Coach Joe meets people determined to overhaul their health, lifestyles and bodies. They include pub landlords Jim and Helen, a couple who want to put an end to long hours and late-night takeaways. 22:00 24 Hours in A&E Zach is rushed to A&E after completely severing four fingers in a building site accident. Staff and plastic surgeons assess the damage and stem the bloody wound. Cameras also follow former teacher Ricky. She has hurt her back after falling at home, and Daquon was hit by a motorbike. 23:00 Working with Weinstein 00:05 Before We Die 01:20 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 02:10 World of Weird 03:05 The Supervet

07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 13:10 News 13:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 14:10 Access 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Film - Deadly Departure 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 FIA World Rally Championship All the best of the action from Sweden of the second round of the World Rally Championship 2018. 21:00 The Dog Rescuers Inspector Sarah has her hands full when she enters one of the largest multidog households she’s ever seen. Also when six dogs are caught up in a house fire, inspector Anthony comes to the rescue. 22:00 Elizabeth: Our Queen The 50s and 60s brought plenty of challenges, as Elizabeth tried to bring the royal family’s image into the modern age. She made use of technology to get closer to her people via her first televised message. 23:00 Ben Fogle: Return to the Wild 00:05 Sinkholes 01:00 Weather Terror 02:00 SuperCasino 04:10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 05:00 Cruising with Jane McDonald

07:20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 08:10 Dress to Impress 08:55 Emmerdale 09:20 Coronation Street 10:25 Ellen DeGeneres 11:15 Film - Honey (PG) 13:10 Emmerdale 13:45 Coronation Street 14:45 Ellen DeGeneres 15:35 Jeremy Kyle 18:50 Take Me Out 20:00 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Survival of the Fittest 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Family Guy ITV 3 07:55 Heartbeat 09:00 The Royal 10:05 Judge Judy 11:25 Barging Round Britain With John Sergeant 12:25 Love Your Garden 13:30 The Royal 14:35 Heartbeat 15:40 Classic Coronation Street 16:45 On the Buses 17:50 You’re Only Young Twice 18:20 George and Mildred 18:55 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Midsomer Murders 23:00 Scott & Bailey ITV 4 07:00 The Chase 09:00 Ironside 10:00 Quincy, M.E. 11:00 Minder 12:05 The Sweeney 13:10 The Protectors 13:45 Live: World Grand Prix Snooker 18:15 The Professionals 19:15 Counting Cars 19:45 Live: World Grand Prix Snooker 00:15 Film Training Day (18)



Friday 16th February 2018

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Wednesday TV 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Live: Winter Olympic Games 14:00 News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 The Coroner 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Get Away for Winter 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 News 20:00 The One Show

07:00 Live: Winter Olympic Games 10:15 Animal Park 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Bargain Hunt 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Live: Winter Olympic G a m e s 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys

21:00 EastEnders Vincent 20:00 Winter Olympic Games Clare Balding prestakes drastic action. ents highlights of the day’s 21:30 Panorama Most pri- action at the Winter vate tenants in the UK have Olympic Games. no long-term right to stay in their homes and can be 21:00 Tom Kerridge’s ordered to leave with little Lose Weight for Good notice and no explanation. The 12 week experiment These no-fault evictions comes to an emotional have trebled in just eight close when the 13 dieters years. Richard Bilton meets join Tom for a celebration the families whose lives are river cruise. being turned upside down by their landlords, and he 21:30 Trust Me I’m a investigates if tenants Doctor Michael Mosley teams up with Olympic athdeserve more protection. letes to test which types of 22:00 Earth’s Natural exercise give you the Wonders Focusing on the strongest bones. Geneticist relationships between ani- Dr Giles Yeo investigates mals and people living in how to stay healthy if your some of the world's most body clock is out of sync extraordinary natural won- with your work day. ders, this episode follows Murdered For nomadic people from the 22:00 Yamal Peninsula in north- Love? Samia Shahid ern Siberia, as they hunt Telling the story of Samia’s one of the very few animals life, how her arranged marthat can survive in this riage to her cousin broke frozen environment, rein- down, and the arrest of her deer. Elsewhere, cameras first husband and her father observe a local ranger in in connection with her murthe coastal salt marshes of der. Northern Australia's 23:00 Mock the Week Arnhem Land. 23:30 Newsnight 00:15 23:00 News 23:45 A Lifeline 00:25 Flatpack 01:25 David Question of Sport 00:15 Empire Natural And They’re Off! For Sport Attenborough’s Relief 01:00 Live: Winter Curiosities 01:55 Flatpack Empire 02:55 Hairy Bikers’ Olympic Games Mediterranean Adventure


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 James Martin’s American Adventure 16:00 Tenable 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 News 20:00 Emmerdale Tracy is caught out, Ross vents his frustrations, and Aaron shows his commitment 20:30 Coronation Street Eileen refuses to take Billy at his word, Johnny puts his children's needs ahead of Jenny's, and Phelan secretly copies Nicola's flat keys.

21:00 The BRIT Awards 2018 Jack Whitehall hosts the 38th edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards, staged at London's O2, and featuring performances by some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Dua Lipa, Rita Ora, Stormzy and Rag'n'Bone Man. 23:20 News 00:10 UEFA Champions League Football 01:10 Play to the Whistle 02:00 Jackpot247 04:00 Tenable 04:50 ITV Nightscreen

07:00 Countdown 07:45 3rd Rock From the Sun 08:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 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 21:00 Supershoppers Anna and Sabrina uncover a web of incentivised writeups that you can’t necessarily trust. Meanwhile, a supermarket price check reveals the surprising cost of convenience. 22:00 The £1 Houses: Britain’s Cheapest Street In the second episode, the renovation scheme hits a crisis, as a frustrated Victoria decides to move in before the council have signed off on her house, and a nearby shooting spooks young parent Mel. Meanwhile, local shopkeepers Mo and Eman's house is ransacked, and things comes to a head as anger erupts at a meeting between the council and the new residents. 23:00 Damned 23:30 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 00:35 24 Hours in A&E 01:30 European Tour Poker 02:25 Film - Fair Game (PG) 04:15 Four Rooms with Sarah Beeny

07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 13:10 News 13:15 Cowboy Builders 14:10 Access 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Film - A Housekeeper’s Revenge 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door In Slough, Louise becomes embroiled in a dispute with her next door neighbour Keith. Manny and Sianna in Hereford end up in a row with neighbours. In Stoke, snooker fan Brian ends up on the wrong side of neighbour Angela. 21:00 GPs: Behind Closed Doors The GPs have a bout of baffling cases on their hands including one man with smelly sneezes, a girl with a strange lump in her cheek, and a man who injured himself in a bizarre stepladder incident. 22:00 Restaurant Rescue Father-of-seven Malcolm has devoted his career to other people’s culinary visions. Now, with The Nook and Cranny in Hampshire, he has free rein, but by following his heart he is at risk of going under. 23:00 Undercover: Nailing the Fraudsters 00:05 When Kids Kill 01:05 Countdown to Murder 02:00 SuperCasino 04:10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 08:10 Dress to Impress 08:55 Emmerdale 09:20 The Cube 10:25 Ellen DeGeneres 11:15 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 11:25 Film Planet 51 13:10 Emmerdale 13:45 You’ve Been Framed! 14:45 Ellen DeGeneres 15:35 Jeremy Kyle 19:00 You’ve Been Framed! 20:00 The BRIT Awards 2018 21:00 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Survival of the Fittest 23:20 The BRIT Awards 2018 ITV 3 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:55 Heartbeat 09:00 The Royal 10:00 Judge Judy 11:25 Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green 12:25 Love Your Garden 13:30 The Royal 14:35 Heartbeat 15:40 Classic Coronation Street 16:50 On the Buses 17:55 You’re Only Young Twice 18:25 George and Mildred 18:55 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Endeavour 23:00 Law & Order: UK ITV 4 07:00 The Chase 08:55 Ironside 10:00 Quincy, M.E. 11:00 Minder 12:10 The Sweeney 13:15 The Protectors 13:45 Live: World Grand Prix Snooker 18:15 The Professionals 19:15 Counting Cars 19:45 Live: World Grand Prix Snooker 00:15 Lethal Weapon


Friday 16th February 2018

07:00 Live: Winter Olympic Games 10:15 Animal Park 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Bargain Hunt 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Live: Winter Olympic Games 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys

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 James Martin’s American Adventure 16:00 Tenable 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 The Chase 19:00 News

20:30 EastEnders Donna is shocked when she realises what Vincent has done.

20:00 Winter Olympic Games Clare Balding presents highlights of the day’s action at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

20:00 Emmerdale Charity is struck with jealousy.

21:30 Would I Lie to You? The guests joining Lee and David are Alan Davies, Richard Osman, Professor Germaine Greer and Jermaine Jenas.

21:00 Sea Cities A unique insight into the people who keep the city’s bustling harbour and port running day and night, all year round.

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Live: Winter Olympic Games 14:00 News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 The Coroner 16:00 Escape to the Country 16:45 Get Away for Winter 17:30 Antiques Road Trip 18:15 Pointless 19:00 News 20:00 The One Show

22:00 Death in Paradise A popular reggae band reunite after 30 years to perform on Saint Marie, but the joyous occasion is blighted when guitarist Billy Springer is found dead in his dressing room afterwards. With a gun in his hand and the door locked from the inside, all evidence points toward suicide - but when the Commissioner reveals he received a message from the victim earlier in the day, the case becomes rather more complicated. Dwayne struggles to come to terms with his dad's surprise visit. Is it too late for them to make amends? With guest appearances by Ram John Holder, Suzanne Packer, Delroy Brown and Levi Roots. 23:00 News 23:45 Question Time 00:45 This Week 01:30 Live: Winter Olympic Games

22:00 Girls on the Edge Documentary following three girls who have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act to prevent them from harming themselves. Their detainment is indefinite and the film explores the impact on them, their siblings and their parents, who do not know when their children will be allowed home. They include a 17-year-old who hopes to be discharged before her 18th birthday and a 16-year-old whose mother is desperate to have her home - but is worried about having the responsibility of keeping her daughter safe. 23:00 The Mash Report 23:30 Newsnight 00:15 Dragons’ Den 01:15 Millionaires’ Ex-Wives Club 02:15 Trouble at the Zoo 03:15 Islam, Women and Me 03:55 Royal Recipes 04:45 News

21:00 Tonight An investigation into the pace of change around gender diversity in Britain, particularly with the young. Vulnerable young people are now able to get help and support as never before, but some have expressed concern about the rapid increase in childhood referrals to gender identity clinics and how schools and other bodies are responding it. 21:30 Coronation Street Phelan finds Seb hiding out at Nicola’s flat. 22:00 John Worboys: The Taxi Cab Rapist John Worboys is thought to have attacked more than 100 women. The parole board says he is now fit to be released, less than 10 years after he was convicted for drugging and sexually assaulting 12 of those victims. Susanna Reid tells the story of the taxi cab rapist, talking to some of his victims, those who knew him. . 23:00 News 00:45 Play to the Whistle 01:35 Lethal Weapon 02:25 Jackpot247 04:00 Tonight 04:25 ITV Nightscreen

Sherlock claims top two of British TV's best ever female characters in new poll Never mind Holmes and Watson, it's the ladies of Sherlock who shine in a poll of the most popular female characters in the history of British TV. The survey was conducted by BBC Worldwide of fans throughout the UK, the rest of Europe, Asia and North America to find out which ladies resonate most with lovers of British television. And, to little surprise, Amanda Abbington's super spy Mary Morstan has come first in the poll, turning up in the top three of rankings in all of the territories that were polled by BBC Worldwide. Of course, she also received the most votes overall as well. Whereas fans in Europe selected Mary for her "British sense of humour and Britishiness", Chinese and Indian fans tended to admire her confidence and those in the US found her intelligence most appealing. "Wow! This is brilliant," Amanda Abbington said. "Thank you for rating Mary Morstan your number one! "That makes me very happy. I love Mary and I loved bringing her to life. She was a complicated, fun, danger-

ous, beautifully scrappy character to play and though she is no more, Long Live Mary Morstan!" Even more impressive for Sherlock is that Una Stubbs' Baker Street landlady Mrs Hudson finished second overall, ahead of Pride and Prejudice's Elizabeth Bennett, Miss Marple and even Missy from Doctor Who. Below is the full ranking of the most popular female characters in the history of British TV: 1. Mary Morstan – Sherlock 2. Mrs Hudson – Sherlock 3. Elizabeth Bennett – Pride and Prejudice 4. Miss Marple –Miss Marple 5. Missy – Doctor Who

6. Sybil Fawlty – Fawlty Towers 7. Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham – Downton Abbey 8. Hyacinth Bouquet – Keeping of Appearances Sherlock had similar success in last year's BBC Worldwide poll, when Benedict Cumberbatch's Great Detective topped The Doctor and Luther to be named the world's favourite British TV character. The good news is that there's a solid chance we'll be seeing more of most of the Sherlock gang, since cocreator Steven Moffat recently promised that the series will return after a lengthy hiatus.

07:00 Countdown 07:45 3rd Rock From the Sun 08:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 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 21:00 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces George meets two artists in Gloucestershire converting a library van into a mobile home and studio. He also visits a wartime bunker being made into a secret underground office. 22:00 Married at First Sight Continuing the social experiment which sees a group of single people assessed by a panel of experts and matched with compatible partners. The twist is, they then agree to tie the knot, despite only having met for the first time on their wedding day. Richard and Harriet are about to exchange their wedding vows, while Benjamin and Stephanie are on honeymoon in Majorca. 23:00 The Job Interview 00:05 24 Hours in Police Custody 01:05 Working with Weinstein 02:00 One Born Every Minute 02:55 Joe Wicks: The Body Coach 03:50 Dispatches

Thursday TV 07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 13:10 News 13:15 Cowboy Builders 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Film Killer Obsession 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 The Secret Life of Puppies Dalmatians Daphne and Digby start to develop the spots that will mark them out for life, and take their first stumbling steps in the great outdoors. Ruby the toy poodle's huge personality belies her diminutive frame, while abandoned Jack Russell pup Boomer's shattered confidence will need to be rebuilt by the love of a foster home. 21:00 Police Interceptors Jackos flush out a suspect after finding a homemade gun, while a 999 call leads to a drugs bust, and dog handler Justin sniffs out the truth when a mum and son tell some porkies over who a crashed a car. 22:00 Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive Dale explores an island where modern conveniences are banned, is served a 28ounce steak by a man with a chicken on his head, hosts a quiz night at a British-themed pub and gets sick in the Everglades. 23:00 Critical Surgery: Changing Lives 00:05 Elizabeth: Our Queen 01:00 SuperCasino 04:10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors

08:10 Dress to Impress 08:55 Emmerdale 09:20 Coronation Street 09:50 You’ve Been Framed! 10:25 Ellen DeGeneres 11:15 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 11:30 Film - Space Chimps 13:10 Emmerdale 13:45 Coronation Street 14:15 You’ve Been Framed! 14:45 Ellen DeGeneres 15:35 Jeremy Kyle 19:00 Take Me Out 20:30 You’ve Been Framed! 21:00 Two and a Half Men 22:00 Survival of the Fittest 23:00 CelebAbility 23:50 Family Guy ITV 3 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:55 Heartbeat 08:55 The Royal 10:00 Judge Judy 11:20 Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green 12:25 Love Your Garden 13:30 The Royal 14:35 Heartbeat 15:40 Classic Coronation Street 16:45 On the Buses 17:50 You’re Only Young Twice 18:20 George and Mildred 18:55 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Agatha Christie’s Marple 23:00 Unforgotten ITV 4 07:00 The Chase 08:55 Ironside 10:00 Quincy, M.E. 11:00 Minder 12:05 The Sweeney 13:10 The Protectors 13:45 Live: World Grand Prix Snooker 18:15 The Professionals 19:15 Counting Cars 19:45 Live: World Grand Prix Snooker 23:45 World Super Series Boxing 00:20 Film - 8 Mile (18)

Benidorm returns for series 10 on 28th February

The 10th series of Benidorm will see legendary comedy duo Hale & Pace join the show as undercover detectives (Dennis and Nigel) investigating Tim Healy’s character Les/Lesley, who returns to the series full time. Shane Richie is back for four episodes reprising his role as lively entertainer Sammy Valentino and John Challis becomes a series regular with his character Monty Staines. The Dawsons (Julie Graham, Steve Edge, Kate Fitzgerald, Bobby Knutt and Josh Bolt) all return with Billy and Sheron celebrating their silver wedding anniversary. Newcomers to the series

include Laila Zaidi who plays Cyd, the new girlfriend of Rob Dawson and Julian Moore-Cook who plays Joey’s mate Callum. Joyce Temple Savage (Sherrie Hewson), Mateo (Jake Canuso), Noreen (Elsie Kelly), Pauline (Selina Griffiths), Liam (Adam Gillen), Kenneth (Tony Maudsley), Sam (Shelley Longworth), Joey (Nathan Bryon) and Jacqueline (Janine Duvitski) all return. Noreen (Elsie Kelly) and Pauline (Selina Griffiths) are enjoying another holiday in Benidorm with Pauline back on the wagon and hoping to revive her fledging career as a novelist. Things soon flare up with the arrival of

Noreen’s twin sister Doreen (played by Elsie Kelly in a dual role) and her very familiar new boyfriend! Guest stars in series 10 include The Chuckle Brothers, Nigel Havers, Mark Heap, Bobby Ball, Claire Sweeney, Layton Williams, Carol Decker, Tony Hadley and Holly Johnson. The show’s creator Derren Litten penned episodes 1-3 and 8-9 of the new series and Mark Brotherhood (Shameless, Mount Pleasant) wrote 4-7. Benidorm has been commissioned for ITV by Saskia Schuster, ITV’s Controller of Comedy. Show creator, writer and exec producer Derren Litten says "When I wrote the first script of Benidorm I had no idea it would change my life so dramatically over the next 10 years. I am so grateful to our fans and to ITV for giving Benidorm the best possible home we could hope for. Here's to the next 10 years!” Paul Jackson and Derren Litten served as executive producers. David Sant directed episodes 1-5, Duncan Foster directed 6-7 and Derren Litten directed 89.

Home Computing



BlueMoon Solutions

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.

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!

ADVICE: FIXED: Bob was having problems hearing peo- ADVICE: John wanted to know why his new battery on his new laptop only charged to 80 percent. ple with Skype.


Dear Richard, I have a problem that I hope you can help me with. Every time my daughter rings me from the UK using Skype I cannot hear her, she tells me by email that she can hear me and I can see her video but can’t hear a word, is there a problem with my speakers?

Hi Bob, it’s not immediately clear from your email whether there is a problem with your speakers or not, however I suspect not, there is an easy way to check – does your computer make a noise when it does anything else? Can you hear the music if you put a CD into it? If it is only silent in Skype then the problem is with Skype, if it’s always silent then yes it could be something else. Let’s assume that this problem is related to Skype, there are a couple of things that you can do, firstly try dialling the Skype call test service, you can do this by adding the contact “echo123”, you may find that its already in your contact list. When you call the test service, if you cannot hear anything then the problem is likely to be related to your Skype set up, if you can hear the test service then the problem is more likely to be related to your daughters Skype set up, particularly her microphone settings. If you discover that it is in fact your Skype that’s at fault then you should check the settings in your Skype by clicking on Tools, Options, Audio Settings and changing the items displayed in the speakers section. Update from Bob: Fantastic, great thanks Richard, I had 3 different options in the speakers section, when I selected the right one I can hear fine!

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Hi Richard. I have just bought a new battery for my laptop and I´ve left it plugged in, charging for 24 hours as the instructions say, however the maximum charge that Windows is reporting is 80% - is this normal?

Hi John, I´ve done a bit of research for you and I wasn’t actually aware of this myself but it seems some laptops have a “Battery Life Extender” service that purposely sets the maximum battery charge level to 80 percent, you can view this setting by clicking on the option in the Power Management section of the Windows Control Panel. NEW: Tel: 965 987 032

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Across 7 Which dish, usually served as an hors d’oeuvre, consists of the salted roe of sturgeon or other large fish? (6) 8 What was the surname of the English physician and anatomist who, in 1628, developed the theory of circulation of the blood? (6) 9 What name is normally applied to a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young? (4) 10 Richard Brinsley were the first names of which Irish dramatist whose comedies include The Rivals and The School for Scandal? (8) 11 What nationality were the politicians Milton Obote and Idi Amin? (7) 13 Which city is the administrative seat of government and the largest city in Bolivia? (2,3) 15/17 Which controversial collection of classical Greek sculptures and fragments of architecture created by Phidias was brought to Britain in 1806 by Thomas Bruce? (5,7) 20 What name is normally given to the cheapest accommodations on a passenger ship? (8)

21 Often used as baby food, what name is given to a slice of sweet raised bread baked again until it is brown and hard and crisp? (4) 23 What name is given to an extra or repeated performance, usually given in response to audience demand? (6) 24 Which island in southeastern Asia was formerly known as Formosa? (6) Down 1 What surname links American actor Nicolas and American experimental music composer, writer and visual artist John? (4) 2 What name is given to a mechanical device that has a plunging or thrusting motion? (6) 3 What was the surname of the 16th century English financier, whose economic law states that ‘bad money drives out good’? (7) 4 Which 2001 computer-animated film featured the voices of Mike Myers in the title role, Cameron Diaz as the beautiful Princess Fiona, Eddie Murphy as a talkative

QUICKIE Across 1 Line of descent (8) 7 See 21 Down 8 Lack of knowledge (9) 9 Institute legal proceedings against (3) 10 Move towards (4) 11 Make dirty (6) 13 Rivulet (6) 14 Alter genetically (6) 17 Summer month (6) 18 See 20 20/18 Police photograph of someone's face (3,4) 22 Variety of peach (9) 23 Expel (5) 24 Gambling game (8)


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Down 1 Adjust (5) 2 Half man half horse (7) 3 Open skin infection (4) 4 Arrays (6) 5 Make laugh (5) 6 Extremely sharp (7) 7 Of great consequence (7) 12 Instance of digressing (7) 13 Scurry (7) 15 Someone who denies the existence of God (7) 16 Famous Alfred Hitchcock film (6) 17 Be in accord (5) 19 Subject matter (5) 21/7A Art Garfunkel's partner (4,5)

Improve your Spanish - Clues in Spanish, answer in English or vice versa. Across 1 Prison (6) 4 Head (part of body) (6) 9 Quarry (mine) (7) 10 Thirteen (5) 11 Honey (from bees) (4) 12 Gifts (presents) (7) 15 Más fácil (6) 16 Vallas (6) 19 Fugas (7) 21 Coffee (4) 24 Down (5) 25 Respuestas (contestación) (7) 26 Adviser (6) 27 To tire (out) (6)

donkey named Donkey, and John Lithgow as the villainous Lord Farquaad? (5) 5 By what name is the Symphony No 3 in E Flat Major by Ludwig van Beethoven, Opus 55, better known? (6) 6 Dover is the capital of which US state? (8) 12 Which colourless water-soluble glutinous protein is obtained from animal tissues such as bone and skin? (8) 14 Which dark purple-red colour takes its name from a battle fought in 1859? (7) 16 By what name is a refrigerator normally known in the US? (3,3) 18 What was the surname of the author of Peter Pan? (6) 19 Which cud-chewing mammal is used as a draft or saddle animal in desert regions? (5) 22 Which British singer’s hit singles include Crazy (1990), Kiss From A Rose (1994) and Fly Like An Eagle (1997)? (4)

Down 1 Pepino (8) 2 Corredores (deporte) (7) 3 Plano (llano) (4) 5 Day before yesterday (8) 6 January (5) 7 Birds (large) (4) 8 Panadero (5) 13 Traffic lights (8) 14 Lift (elevator) (8) 17 Capillas (7) 18 Thimble (5) 20 Serpiente (5) 22 Berry (4) 23 Island (4)

Last Week’s Solutions Quizword Across: 9 Skate, 10 Colonnade, 11 Squeeze, 12 Spencer, 13/25 Chris Evert, 15 Ego, 16 Mao, 17 Tab, 19 Earlier, 20 Tug, 23 Tip, 24 Lie, 27 Aerosol, 29 Madness, 32 Des Moines, 33 Seine. Down: 1 Isis, 2 Jaguar, 3 Gene, 4 Acre, 5 Oldsmobile, 6/7 Anne Bancroft, 8 Hearts, 13 Cat, 14 Sheep, 15 Errol Flynn, 16 Morse, 18 Buttress, 21 Gut, 22 Brandt, 26 Eyelid, 28 Sloe, 29 Musk, 30 Dusk, 31 Sled. Double Crossword Across: 1 Hock, 3 Erasures, 9 Reclaim, 10 Igloo, 11 Shell, 12 Silent, 14 Inmate, 16 Boasts, 19 Brandy, 21 Sabre, 24 Ad lib, 25 Radiant, 26 Suspends, 27 Lens. Down: 1 Hardship, 2 Cycle, 4 Remiss, 5 Skill, 6 Relents, 7 Slob, 8 Hamlet, 13 Asbestos, 15 Marbles, 17 Onside, 18 Hybrid, 20 Noble, 22 Brace, 23 Bats. Quickie Across: 1 Phoney, 4 Prompt, 9 Manacle, 10 Begin, 11 Error, 12 San Jose, 13 Controversy, 18 Skipper, 20 Brake, 22 Faint, 23 Placard, 24 Lonely, 25 Reason.

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Down: 1 Pamper, 2 Owner, 3 Excerpt, 5 Robin, 6 Maggots, 7 Tinsel, 8 Seismograph, 14 Opinion, 15 Embrace, 16 Useful, 17 Tendon, 19 Petal, 21 Amass.

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Friday 16th February 2018

ASTON MARTIN RACING CONFIRMS TWO-CAR GTE PRO ASSAULT New Vantage to make competition debut at TOTAL Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

Aston Martin Racing has confirmed it will race two brand new Vantage GTEs in the GTE Pro category of the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Super Season. In a revised driver line-up, three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Darren Turner (GB) joins Danish pairing and former GTE Pro champions Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen in #95 ‘Dane Train’ machine, while exciting new Aston Martin Racing signings Maxime Martin (B) and Alex Lynn (GB) will share the #97 entry with 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro winner Jonny Adam (GB). In addition to this, the ultra-successful trio of Paul Dalla Lana (C), Mathias Lauda (A) and Pedro Lamy (P) will return to defend their GTE AM world championship title in their trusty Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE. The strength of talent within the crews reflects Aston Martin Racing’s intent to hit the ground running with the new Vantage, and the seriousness with which it takes the level of competition in the GTE Pro class in the FIA WEC. The GT categories are now the most

populated with manufacturers in the series, with no less than five represented in GTE Pro. All six drivers have played a role in the extensive development programme of the new Vantage GTE which has now clocked up more than 10,500 miles of testing over the winter. Having focussed on durability for much of this time, the team is now working on the performance and tyre development phase of the programme ahead of the WEC Prologue at Circuit Paul Ricard on April 6, 2018. For the first time in its history, the FIA World Endurance Championship will run over a 14-month period from summer-to-summer beginning in Belgium with the TOTAL 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on May 5 2018. It will incorporate two 24 races at Le Mans, and a return to Spa-Francorchamps in 2019, as well as a 12-hours race at the famous Sebring circuit in the USA. The series will also include six-hour events at Silverstone (GB), Fuji (J) and Shanghai (CHN).


A dizzying 99 turns and 999 daunting steps didn’t stop the new Range Rover Sport PHEV from completing a worldfirst at one of China’s most famous landmarks. The petrol-electric performance SUV has become the first vehicle to climb the stairs to the natural rock arch of Heaven’s Gate. The challenge began at the bottom of the legendary 11.3km Tianmen Mountain Road (known as the Dragon Road). The showroom standard Range Rover Sport P400e took on the demanding course, with Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung behind the wheel and the Terrain Response 2 system in Dynamic mode. At the summit of the road, the Formula E driver optimised Terrain Response for the second part of the challenge, conquering the towering 45-degree staircase of 999 steps leading to China’s legendary Heaven’s Gate using a combination of Ingenium petrol and electric battery power.

Ho-Pin Tung said: “I’ve experienced Formula E, Formula 1 and won at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but this was without doubt one of the most demanding driving challenges I’ve ever faced. The Range Rover Sport PHEV performed brilliantly as it inspired real confidence on the mountain road and climbed the stairs up to Heaven’s Gate effortlessly. The new PHEV powertrain gives the Range Rover Sport a zero-emission EV range of up to 50km when fully charged but Ho-Pin Tung used its advanced 300PS Ingenium petrol engine and 116PS electric motor to make short work of the road section of the challenge.. Phil Jones, Land Rover Experience expert, said: "This was the hardest challenge I’ve ever been involved with because, until we reached the top, we couldn’t categorically say we would succeed. By making it to the summit, we’ve proven the phenomenal capability of the Range Rover Sport.”

LEADING THE WAY – THE NEW VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG Volkswagen is kicking off the new automotive year with the world premiere of the new Touareg. The brand's flagship is the next milestone in the largest model campaign by Volkswagen. Standing at the top of the model range, the Touareg shows all of the brand's power with its expressive design, innovative technologies and dynamic handling properties. The world premiere of the top vehicle will take place in China, the world's strongest growing SUV market and the company’s largest individual market. The new Touareg makes the brand’s standards clear. The highly expressive design by Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design, and his team give it an unmistakable appearance that is strong in character. A phalanx of innovative assistance systems gives it a maximum degree of safety and comfort. One of the largest digital cockpits in its class, the Innovision Cockpit, opens up a new type of infotainment environment. Its connectivity makes it a driving internet node. The drivetrain, air suspension, rear-

wheel steering and roll stabilisation all ensure a safe and dynamic driving experience. With the new Touareg, Volkswagen is continuing the success story of this model series into a third generation. Like its predecessors, it will satisfy the rigorous standards of the premium automotive class and its customers. The exclusive SUV C-segment is currently one of the fastest growing segments in global automotive markets and is expected to double its volume by the year 2023 in China, for example. The Touareg has demonstrated its performance power and driving capabilities impressively in around one million units ever since the model series launched in 2002: onroad, off-road and on rally trails around the world. Highlights include wins in the Dakar Rally events in the years 2009-2011. Volkswagen is revealing the new Touareg and the entire range of its technical capabilities and comprehensive features for the first time in a world premiere on 23 March 2018 in Beijing.

THREE TROPHIES FOR KIA AT iF DESIGN AWARDS Kia Motors has won three prestigious 2018 iF Design Awards, reinforcing the brand’s reputation for striking car design. The all-new Kia Stinger gran turismo, Stonic compact crossover and Picanto city car were each awarded prizes in the ‘Product Design’ category. 2018 marks the second consecutive year in which Kia has won three iF Design Awards, and the ninth year in a row the company has won in at least one category. This latest hat-trick of accolades brings the manufacturer’s total number of iF Design prizes to 15. The Stinger, designed at Kia’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, marries classic gran turismo design with a spacious and luxurious interior. Taking inspiration from the grand tourers of the 1970s, the Stinger features elegant fastback proportions and a muscular ‘coke bottle’ shape down its flanks, highlighting its rear-wheel biased power delivery. Also designed in Frankfurt, the Stonic, Kia’s debut compact crossover, offers a striking and bold exterior design, combined with an elevated seating position and practical SUV format. It is the most colourful Kia ever made, offering buyers a wide choice of two-tone paint combinations and interior colours. The third-generation of the Kia Picanto – Kia’s smallest European car – brings a youthful and energetic character to the A-segment. It boasts a distinctive new design and a high-quality and high-tech

cabin. Despite its compact dimensions, the Picanto’s intelligent design makes it one of the most spacious cars in its class. iF design Award 2018: 6,400 submissions from 54 countries Since it was launched in 1953, the iF Design Award has become one of the world’s most important prizes for excellence in design. The award has its origins in the ‘Formgerechte Industrieerzeugnisse’ (Good Industrial Design) product shows initiated by the Hannover Messe, and is now one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 2018, companies from 54 countries submitted 6,402 products to be judged by an independent international jury of 63 design experts. iF Design Awards are presented across seven categories: Product, Packaging, Communication, Service Design / UX, Architecture, Interior Design, and Professional Concept. Kia’s new models have been honoured in the Product Design category. The official presentation ceremony for the 2018 iF design Awards will take place on 9 March 2018 at BMW Welt in Munich. A selection of the winning products will also go on display at the iF Design exhibition in Hamburg's HafenCity. Additionally, all winners can be seen on the iF website,, and can also be viewed on the ‘iF Design’ smartphone app.

PREVIEW DAY PROVIDES FREE TESTING OPPORTUNITIES Annual curtain-raiser set for Wednesday 2 May

Competitors gearing up for another record-breaking Silverstone Classic (20-22 July) are once again being offered the welcome opportunity to test their cars in advance… and for free! Staged at the ‘Home of British Motor Sport’, the Silverstone Classic is the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, attracting more than 1,000 race entries. The packed programme features the full spectrum of historic motor sport, and this summer’s added highlights will include spectacular new showdowns for Masters Endurance Legends plus the return of Tin Top Sunday to celebrate 60 years of the massively popular MSA British Touring Car Championship. All those competing in July’s extravaganza are being given the chance to fine-tune their cars and/or familiarise themselves with the full Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on Wednesday 2 May. The curtain-raiser will include morning and afternoon test sessions segregated into classes with an extended break at lunchtime to enable a series of event photo opportunities and other publicity-generating activities on-track. “It’s really no surprise that the provision of a free test day on the Silverstone Grand Circuit has always been extremely popular with our competitors as it gives them a wonderful opportunity to prepare for the Classic later in the summer,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of event organiser Goose Live Events. Understandably, the chance for free testing at Silverstone has proved highly popular in recent years and event organisers are expecting the limited number of available places to be snapped up swiftly. Entries – strictly restricted to those competing at the Classic – will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and application forms are available via the official event website at For the public, Early Bird tickets for the 2018 Silverstone Classic are available offering significant savings. Adult prices start at just £37 and stick to the Classic’s widely praised ‘access all areas’ policy, providing admission to both race paddocks, trackside grandstands and the live music concerts. Full details of all tickets (which must be purchased in advance) – as well as hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the official website.



Friday 16th February 2018

Driving The Distance

Golf's governing bodies are finally ready to address the game's distance problem after conceding their "line in the sand" has been crossed. Advances in fitness and golf equipment technology have seen players hit the ball further and further in recent years, leading to golf courses being lengthened in an effort to continue to test the world's best. In a Joint Statement of Principles issued in 2002, the R&A and USGA stated that "any further significant increases in hitting distances at the highest level are undesirable", while a report published by the same organisations in 2016 controversially stated that driving distance on four of the major golf tours increased by approximately one per cent between 2003 and 2015. However, speaking ahead of the release of this year's report, R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers admitted there had been a noticeable increase in distance across all tours, with 68 players currently averaging more than 300 yards off the tee on the PGA Tour this season. "There has been a significant move up across all tours and we're looking at the longest average driving distance on record," Slumbers said. "Both of those have caused us, as well as our colleagues at the USGA, serious concern. "We had talked for a number of years about slow creep and this is a little bit more than

Playas Youngsters

The latest set of matches for the Escuela Racing Playas De Orihuela saw the Benjamin side (pictured) have a comprehensive seven-one victory over Bigastro, on the back of the previous weekend’s eightone result against Oriol. The Juvenil side whacked Callosa five-one to go top of the table, whilst two of the

sides went to Crevillente on Saturday. The Infantil side were two-nil victors, whilst the Cadetes lost by two goals to one. Elsewhere, the Alevins were victorious five-one at Catral; the Prebenjamin team recorded a five-one win over Redovan; and the Querubines lost seven-three at home to Oleza.

slow creep. It's actually quite a big jump.” "Our 2002 Joint Statement of Principles put a line in the sand, or purported to put a line in the sand. I think our view is when you start to look at this data now, that we have probably crossed that line in the sand and that a serious discussion is now needed on where we go." USGA executive director Mike Davis admitted earlier this month that increased distance is not "good for the game," while Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman have all expressed support for limiting the distance the ball can travel. That is sure to cause issues with equipment manufacturers, as would a possible "bifurcation" of the rules which would see professionals and amateurs using different equipment. Asked if that was on the agenda, Slumbers added: "I think there are many, many options available. "There's a lot of work still to be done with a lot of people, and engaging with not just the game but the equipment manufacturers and all sorts of things, but that work we now feel needs to be done.” "What do we want to do? We want the game to expand. We want more people to play. We want to see it as a skilful game.”

Squalos Victory

The Mar Menor Squalos (pictured in blue) produced a last minute victory away to local rivals ITV Orihuela Vega Baja last Saturday in the FERRMUR League. The Squalos ended up 2620 winners, after Orihuela were looking good for a win as they led by a point before the Squalos grabbed a late converted try to get the win and bag the points. The result puts the Squalos third in the FER-

RMUR Top Five standings, and they now go to secondplaced Cartagena University this weekend, whilst Orihuela(fourth-placed) go to the team that prop up the Top Five table, Lorca. In the cadets match, Orihuela were beaten 45-12 by XV Murcia, though Orihuela were hampered by only being able to field 10 players against Murcia’s 10, and then had a player go off with injury before half-time.

Sunday Winners

Around nineteen-hundred competitors took part in last Sunday’s 20th staging of the Orihuela Half Marathon, taking part in either the main race or the shorter eight kilometre run. Runners taking part in the full race would have enjoyed three different circuits around Orihuela City, with Totana’s José Manuel

Martínez (pictured) being victorious in the men’s race with a time of 1:13:39. Fatima Ayachi was the first woman home in 1:19:06. The eight kilometre run was won by Ángel Moratalla Montesinos in just over 27 minutes, whilst María López Candela came first in the women’s section in just under 31 minutes.



More Of The Same

Seventh Heaven

UD ILICITANA 3 CD TORREVIEJA 0 A second-half hat trick from Revilla condemned Torrevieja to another defeat at Saturday in Preferente Group four, as Torry took six youth team players to Elche on Saturday. Such is the plight of the club that players are mysteriously leaving in a manner to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin disposing of his generals in the purges of the 1930’s. No public news about their departures is being made, as rumours continue to swirl round, including the players not

being paid since the autumn No pronouncement either is forthcoming from the club about their financial position and The Courier understands a group of British businessmen who were interested in a takeover have pulled out, at least for now, after they were unable to reach an agreement with President Vicente Boix. Saturday’s makeshift Torry side started well, with the away side content to go in at nil-nil at the interval. It was different as Revilla struck twice within 10 min-

utes to kill off the game, and got his third at the death. Torrevieja are 11th in the table with 29 points to their name, and now entertain second-bottom Monforte CF this Sunday afternoon at the Vicente Garcia stadium, with a 5.00 pm kick-off. Monforte, despite their position, have had some good results this season, including getting a draw at Villajoyosa, and with Torry’s current plight, if you bring your kit this Sunday, you might end up getting a game.

FB REDOVAN 0 CD THADER 2 Picking up their seventh successive league win for Thader was never going to be easy at a tough Redovan side, but they duly came away with the three points on Sunday, which were only sealed late on in the 86th minute through Dani Lucas. With other results going their way, including second-

placed Jove Espanol beating Villajoyosa, Thader now have gone into third place in the Preferente Group Four table. The team welcome Jove to their Rojales stadium this Sunday morning for a big showdown kicking off at 11.30 am. Thader really dominated

the match in an impressive performance, and with Quino scoring in the 18th minute, more goals for the visitors seemed a certainty, as they created a string of chances, whilst Redovan were kept quiet at home. Despite all that, Thader had to wait late on for their deserved second.

Lacking Upfront

Early Double Blow

CD MONTESINOS 0 CF RAFAL 1 CALLOSA DEPORTIVA 2 CD ALMORADI 0 Two goals from Callosa in the first six minutes of this Preferente Group Four match at Almoradi (team picture above) on Sunday, condemned the home side to another defeat, as they get even closer to the relegation zone. Anthony opened Callosa’s (team picture below) account with a fourth-minute header, and then two min-

utes later, a long rang shot from Rubén doubled the visitor’s advantage. Callosa keeper Javi Tur saved two good opportunities from Jordi and Saul to keep Almoradi frustrated in the first half, and Jordi missed a good chance early in the second half to get the home side onto the scoresheet. Callosa held firm and

Almoradi didn’t carve out any further of significance, with a result that sees them 14th in the table with 22 points, and a crucial match away to bottom side Petrelense this Saturday afternoon, with a 4.30 pm kick-off. Meanwhile ninth-placed Callosa entertain play-off contenders Alicante University.

Montesinos after their easy win at Hondon were hopeful of three straight wins with Sunday’s visit of Rafal for their Primera Regional Group Eight fixture. Monte though missed the free-scoring Vaz who was out injured, and it was a surprise that a match featuring Montesinos produced just one goal! It was nil-nil at half-time with scrappy entertainment on offer for the spectators, who were there to see Monte record another

victory, but instead witnessed Rafal scoring on the break nine minutes into the secon half. Monte continued to look second-best, and a great save from Dani with eight minutes kept them in the match, but they could not salvage a point. It wil have to be a lot better tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) as Monte go to second-placed UD Horadada for a match that kicks-off at 4.30 pm at the Ikomar stadium.


Friday 16th February 2018

Barcelona Held

A Real Rout


Late Rescue Act

REAL MADRID 5 REAL SOCIEDAD 2 BARCELONA 0 GETAFE 0 Ernesto Valverde claimed Barcelona's hectic schedule had caught up with them as the unbeaten La Liga leaders were held to a goalless draw by Getafe at the Nou Camp on Sunday. Barca were playing their 12th game in 39 days and were underwhelming against their mid-table opponents, failing to register a shot on target during the first half. Luis Suarez was then denied late on by Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita as Valverde's men missed out on the chance to re-establish a nine-point cushion at the top, following other matches which saw second-placed Atletico Madrid win. “We have had a busy month and have just reached a final”, said coach Valverde. "We can't win every game we play or be 100 per cent all the time but not having a midweek game this week has given us a good chance for us to recover." Barcelona have a potentially tricky trip to Eibar this Saturday afternoon (kick-off, 4.15 pm).

Messi Plea

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a perfect hat-trick as Real Madrid recorded a much-needed victory over a below-par Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening. Lucas Vazquez headed Zinedine Zidane's under-fire side in front after just 48 seconds, before Ronaldo slotted a second from Marcelo's cross (27) and Toni Kroos curled in a sumptuous third (34). Ronaldo headed in his second and Real's fourth (37) before a revitalised Sociedad pulled one back through substitute Jon Bautista (74). But Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with a simple tap-in after Geronimo Rulli could not hold Gareth Bale's low drive (80). There was still time for Asier Illarramendi to net a further consolation for the visitors (83), but Real ran out convincing winners, and continue to lie fourth in the table, and go to eighth-placed Real Betis on Sunday.

ATLETICO BALEARES 1 ELCHE 1 Veteran striker and substitute (again!) Nino popped up in injury time to grab a point at relegation-threated Atletico after yet another unimpressive performance by the Ilicitanos. Coach Josico was sent off in the 83rd minute during his return to his former club for remonstrating with a very poor referee over a handball decision that was not given. Match official David Jesús Pinto Herrera left a lot to be desired as a string of decisions went against Elche, with six Ilicitanos players booked in addition to three Atletico men being yellow-carded. Inconsistant decisions baffled Elche including a vicious 13th minute tackle by Atletico’s Fullana that was only a booking, and 20 minutes later, the same player converted a penalty that was dubiously awarded. Having said all that, Elche were largely clueless again but at least deserved a point for being on the wrong end of a number of refereeing calls. Other Segunda Division B results went the Ilicitanos way, so they stay third in the table, with a home match to come this Sunday against sixth-placed Atlético Saguntino with a 5.00 pm kick-off.

Ronaldo Record

Tight At The Top The Argentine FA's president Claudio Tapia wants captain Lionel Messi to play less games for Barcelona in order to stay fresh for the 2018 World Cup. Tapia's pleas have largely gone unheeded by Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, who has started Messi in 33 of 39 games this season, only leaving him out of the matchday squad in three Copa del Rey matches. “We have spoken to Messi about taking care of himself and about playing less for Barcelona."

Arthur Move

Barcelona have reportedly reached an agreement with Brazilian side Gremio to sign midfielder Arthur in January 2019. The foundations for the move were made in December and images of the player in a Barca shirt were leaked. The fee is expected to be slightly more than the 25 million euros offered originally as 20 per cent of the player's economic rights are owned by third-party investor Celso Rigo.

REAL MADRID 3 PARIS SG 1 Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th and 101st Champions League goals for Real Madrid as the holders came from behind to secure a late win over Paris Saint-Germain in their last-16 first-leg tie at the Bernabeu last Wednesday night. Adrien Rabiot fired PSG ahead in the 33rd minute but Ronaldo equalised on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot to become the first player to hit a century of goals for one team in Europe's elite club competition. PSG dominated the second half but were made to pay for not converting their chances as Ronaldo's second (83) was followed by a third from Marcelo (86) to give the 12-time winners a healthy lead ahead of the return leg in Paris on March 6th.

Orihuela have taken top slot in the Valencia regional third division after last Sunday’s one-nil victory over bottom side Borriol. Antonio scored in the 27th minute (pictured), but the expected goal frenzy again Borriol didn’t happen in a contest that was far tougher for Orihuela than everybody had predicted. Nevertheless, they have gone top of the table and are a point clear of long-standing Levante, and they have local rivals Crevillente to thank for that, as they held Levante to a nil-nil draw. Third-placed Castellon missed their chance to be the leaders, as they drew two-two at Villarreal, who incidentally go to Levante on Saturday afternoon. Another struggling side now beckons for Orihuela this Sunday, as they go to second bottom Recambios Colon, whilst 13th placed Crevillente have a noon date at seventh in the table Torre Levante. Elche Ilicitano are just above the relegation zone after losing three-one at home to CD Olimpic, and now go to mid-table Novelda on Sunday.


Kuhn’s Success

Torrevieja smash-hit Nicola Kuhn is bang on course for super-stardom after strengthening his credentials as the world's top 17-year-old tennis professional, writes DONNA GEE. The lad from La Mata rocketed to 204 in the ATP men's rankings after storming into the final of last weekend’s Hungarian Challenger Open in Budapest. Kuhn pocketed a €5,400 cheque as runner-up to Vasek Pospisil and also vindicated his decision to cut short his 2017 campaign in order to concentrate on developing his all-round game. Like most Spanish players, the blond six-footer is most at home on clay courts but a winter of intense training on hard courts paid off big-time with a stunning 6-3 7-6 victory over top seed Marton Fucsovic, who reached the last 16 in the recent Australian Open before falling to the one and only Roger Federer. Kuhn, nine years Fucsovic's junior, now holds a 2-0 record over the world number 62 after beating the Hungarian Davis Cup star on his way to winning the Sparkassen Open in Germany last summer. The 48 ranking points Nico picked up for reaching the singles final lifted him to the brink of the top 200 and to No.14 in the world Under-21 rankings - well within sight of the prestigious NextGen finals in Milan in November. Kuhn finally met his match in a three-set final shootout with Pospisil, who last year beat Andy Murray at Indian Wells. Pospisil, who has been as high as 25 in the world rankings, triumphed 7-6,3-6 6-3 after a fierce see-saw battle for the title. As a bonus, unseeded Kuhn and his 17-year-old arch-rival Felix Auger-Aliassime teamed up for the first time to win the Budapest doubles against all the odds. Nico and Canadian Aliassime, who is already in the men's top 200, have vied for the status of best player born in the 21st century ever since the 2015 Junior Davis Cup final, in which Canada beat a Kuhn-inspired Germany team. Playing together for the first time, the unseeded 17-year-olds stormed to a 6-2 2-6 11-9 victory over top seeds Marin and Tomislav Draganja. It lifted Kuhn into the ATP doubles rankings for the first time at 604, more than 1,000 places above the published entry level. The partnership also looks set to become a regular fixture at any tournament in which the two whiz-kids compete. Kuhn, for one, is all for extending the NextGen finals to an Under-21 doubles championship in Milan. "I already have my partner,'' he said as he and the 6ft 4in Aliassime celebrated their unlikely success.

Murcia Victory

Luis Leon Sanchez pipped his friend Alejandro Valverde to win the Tour of Murcia last Saturday. Astana team-member Sanchez, 34, attacked on the final climb of the 209km race in a region that from both he and Valverde come from. Former world champion Philippe Gilbert of Belgium was third. Favourite Valverde, a five-time winner of this race (and victor of the previous weekend’s Tour of Valencia), lost touch with Sanchez some two kilometres from the finish. The Murcia tour used to be a stage race but having gradually been whittled down from five to two stages, was from 2013 turned into a one-day classic. This year’s event begun in Beniel and finished in Murcia City, with previous contests having started in the Mar Menor area. “The guys were super today and I have to thank all of them for the huge help," Sanchez said. "In the beginning a big group went away and we had to work the whole day. It was not easy to control this race, but the team did it.” “In the final I went away together with Valverde. I knew, if it came to a sprint, it would be the same situation as it was at Valencia. So, I knew I have to do something and I saw my chance with two kilometres to go.” "Anyway, I think this is a team success, not only mine. The team is great these days. At the Tour of Valencia, we had a strong race and took two podium places.” Valverde (pictured bottom left) recognised Sanchez' strong start to the season, saying he is doing "really well at the moment". "Even though I myself tried to leave him behind in the finale, he took a strong turn with two kilometres to go and it caught me out of strength. I'm still happy, though, because my legs continue to feel really well after my injury." The fireworks kicked off on the Collada Bermejo, a category one ascent that crested with 60km to go. As the day's early breakaway was being reeled in, the Quick-Step Floors riders went on the attack, with both Phillipe Gilbert (pictured bottom right) and Bob Jungels jumping away. They were reeled in before the unclassified Alto de Gebas, where Astana's Jakob Fuglsang attacked and launched Sanchez up the road with Valverde. "I knew from the start that Sanchez and Valverde were the most dangerous riders, as they knew the roads, so that is why we tried something different”, Gilbert said. “After 20 kilometers we went away together with a big group and as some riders weren't willing to share the work, we made a selection, followed by two more later in the race. Unfortunately, a strong headwind thwarted our efforts and we couldn't extend the lead," Gilbert added.

FIXTURES Friday 16 February English FA Cup 20:45 Leicester City V. Sheffield United 21:00 Chelsea V. Hull City Saturday 17 February English FA Cup 13:30 Sheffield Wednesday V. Swansea City 16:00 Brighton and Hove Albion V. Coventry City 16:00 West Bromwich Albion V. Southampton 18:30 Huddersfield Town V. Manchester United English Football League - Championship 16:00 Birmingham City V. Millwall 16:00 Burton Albion V. Nottingham Forest 16:00 Cardiff City V. Middlesbrough 16:00 Fulham V. Aston Villa 16:00 Preston North End V. Wolverhampton Wanderers 16:00 Queens Park Rangers V. Bolton Wanderers 16:00 Sunderland V. Brentford English Football League - League One 16:00 AFC Wimbledon V. Bristol Rovers 16:00 Doncaster Rovers V. Fleetwood Town 16:00 Gillingham V. Walsall 16:00 MK Dons V. Charlton Athletic 16:00 Oxford United V. Plymouth Argyle 16:00 Scunthorpe United V. Northampton Town 16:00 Shrewsbury Town V. Rotherham United 16:00 Southend United V. Portsmouth English Football League - League Two 16:00 Barnet V. Accrington Stanley 16:00 Cambridge United V. Grimsby Town 16:00 Carlisle United V. Chesterfield 16:00 Cheltenham Town V. Wycombe Wanderers 16:00 Crawley Town V. Lincoln City 16:00 Crewe Alexandra V. Colchester United 16:00 Exeter City V. Mansfield Town 16:00 Morecambe V. Forest Green Rovers 16:00 Newport County V. Notts County 16:00 Stevenage V. Yeovil Town 16:00 Swindon Town V. Port Vale Scottish Premiership 13:30 Ross County V. Heart of Midlothian 16:00 Hibernian V. Aberdeen 16:00 Motherwell V. Kilmarnock 16:00 Partick Thistle V. Dundee Scottish Championship 16:00 Brechin City V. Falkirk 16:00 Livingston V. St. Mirren 16:00 Queen of the South V. Morton Scottish League One 16:00 Airdrieonians V. Queen's Park 16:00 Albion Rovers V. Raith Rovers 16:00 Arbroath V. Alloa Athletic 16:00 Ayr United V. East Fife 16:00 Forfar Athletic V. Stranraer Scottish League Two 16:00 Clyde V. Cowdenbeath 16:00 Elgin City V. Montrose 16:00 Peterhead V. Berwick Rangers 16:00 Stenhousemuir V. Edinburgh City 16:00 Stirling Albion V. Annan Athletic Sunday 18 February English FA Cup 17:00 Rochdale V. Tottenham Hotspur English Football League - Championship 13:00 Norwich City V. Ipswich Town 17:30 Leeds United V. Bristol City English Football League - League One 16:00 Blackpool V. Peterborough United Scottish Premiership 15:15 Hamilton Academical V. Rangers 16:00 Celtic V. St. Johnstone Monday 19 February English FA Cup 20:55 Wigan Athletic V. Manchester City English Football League - League One 20:45 Blackburn Rovers V. Bury Tuesday 20 February English Football League - Championship 20:45 Aston Villa V. Preston North End 20:45 Barnsley V. Burton Albion 20:45 Brentford V. Birmingham City 20:45 Middlesbrough V. Hull City 20:45 Millwall V. Sheffield Wednesday 20:45 Nottingham Forest V. Reading 20:45 Sheffield United V. Queens Park Rangers 21:00 Bolton Wanderers V. Sunderland English Football League - League One 20:45 Fleetwood Town V. Portsmouth 20:45 Shrewsbury Town V. Gillingham English Football League - League Two 20:45 Cambridge United V. Notts County 20:45 Crewe Alexandra V. Exeter City 21:00 Barnet V. Carlisle United Scottish Championship 20:45 Dumbarton V. Morton

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



MORE PLAYERS PLEASE? Spain won its first Winter Olympic medal in 26 years, with Regino Hernández getting the bronze in boardercross snowboarding in South Korea yesterday. Hernández, from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the northern Moroccan coast, is only the third Spaniard ever to win a Winter Olympic medal. Paco Fernández Ochoa took the gold in slalom skiing 46 years ago in Sapporo, Japan and his sister Blanca won the bronze in the same discipline 26 years ago in Albertville, France.


Paul Cook, the Wigan Athletic manager, has joked that the club will ask the Football Association for special dispensation to play 14 players against Manchester City in Monday’s FA Cup fifth round tie. Cook believes his Wigan side will be facing “possibly the best team in the world at the minute” when the runaway Premier League leaders visit the DW Stadium on Monday in a repeat of the 2013 Cup final. Wigan pulled off one of the great Cup upsets by defeating City 1-0 at Wembley that day but Cook is under no illusions about the scale of the challenge the League One club will face. “We’re asking the FA for special dispensation to play 14 players,” Cook said, smiling. “It’s hard, isn’t it? How can you say it’s just a normal game when you’re going to play possibly the best team in the world at the minute?”

The action gets going this evening as Chelsea entertain Hull City at Stamford Bridge, four days before their last-16 Champions League clash against Barcelona. Meanwhile Leicester City welcome Championship side Sheffield United to the King Power Stadium tonight. In-form Swansea travel to Hillsborough Stadium to play Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow, as Swan’s boss Carlos Carvalhal looks to embarrass his former side, whilst Brighton host League Two side Coventry City at the Amex Stadium. Struggling West Brom face Southampton at the Hawthorns on Saturday in an all-Premier League affair, whilst Manchester United travel to Huddersfield in Saturday’s late kick off, with United losing there in the league earlier in the season. Tottenham visit League One strugglers Rochdale in Sunday’s only game.


Chris Eubank Jr says he will become the number one super-middleweight in the world if he overcomes George Groves in their world title showdown this Saturday night. Groves will defend his WBA crown at the Manchester Arena while Eubank is putting his lesser-regarded IBO strap on the line. A place in the final of the World Boxing Super Series is also at stake and Eubank says:- "This is my time and my opportunity to prove everything I've been saying is real.”

La Liga president Javier Tebas has said he hopes justice will be done after the case of alleged match-fixing involving Levante and Real Zaragoza seven years ago was reopened. A court in Valencia reopened the legal process against 41 individuals, including 36 players, last month. The players include Ander Herrera, now at Manchester United, and Atletico Madrid captain Gabi Fernandez, both of whom were on the books of Zaragoza in 2011. Any six-year bans would be valid outside Spain, but it is unlikely those accused would face jail if found guilty because sentences of two years or less are often suspended if it is a first offence. The court acted following an appeal by the anti-corruption authorities, La Liga and Deportivo La Coruna, who were relegated that season. Prosecutors are requesting twoyear prison sentences and six-year bans for anyone found

guilty. "The legal truth is getting closer to the real truth," Tebas told the Marca newspaper. "I would not like it if they are found guilty, but the truth must come out." Prosecutors believe there is evidence that Zaragoza paid a total of almost a million euros to 17 Levante players to lose the final match of the 2010-11 season in Valencia. With Levante already safe, Zaragoza's 2-1 victory enabled them to avoid relegation and condemned Deportivo to the drop. In July last year, a Valencia judge closed the case after a two-year investigation, ruling that while there was evidence that 965 thousand euros had come out of Zaragoza's accounts, there was not enough to prove Levante players had been paid the money. Tebas believes match-fixing took place and testified to that effect at a hearing in 2016.

The Courier Edition 359  

The latest edition of The Courier is now available. Stories of Ryanair's expansion in Spain and a British paedophile dominate the headlines...

The Courier Edition 359  

The latest edition of The Courier is now available. Stories of Ryanair's expansion in Spain and a British paedophile dominate the headlines...