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urcia’s regional government will officially sign the contract tomorrow (Saturday) with operator AENA to run Corvera International Airport for 25 years. Murcia’s president, Fernando López Miras, said that the airport will be open for business later in the year, meaning that operations will be transferred from the current regional facility at San Javier. The earliest time appears to be at the start of the winter schedule towards the end of October and the beginning of November. A ceremony will take place involving López Miras and AENA president Jaime García-Legaz, with the contract signing the last piece of business between the Ministry of Development


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Javier council says they are concerned with the impact that the move will have on the local economy, especially in regard to taxi drivers who have been pushing to be allowed to operate at the new airport. French company, Edeis, who run the facility at

Castellon in the northern part of the Valencia region, decided to pull out of bidding for the Corvera contract in the autumn, meaning that AENA remained the sole applicant for the franchise, which they were duly awarded, subject to some formalities.

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Summer Cabby Link Up

rihuela and Torrevieja councils have announced that they will be pooling taxi resources over the summer months to deal with the large influx of visitors to the Orihuela Costa. The move, which has yet to be approved at a regional level, will mean taxi drivers would have the flexibility to pick up and drop off customers in either municipality at specified points. There have been major problems in big queues for taxis forming at Zenia Boulevard, even in the winter months, with the Compromis political party this week calling on Orihuela council to increase the number of taxi licences for the

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Orihuela Costa. Orihuela’s Urban Transport councillor, Begoña Cuartero, announcing the move as a pilot project, and stating that no new taxi licences would have to be issued for the scheme to work. Representatives of

taxi associations in both Orihuela and Torrevieja agreed last autumn to look at ways that their members could work together, even going as far as the possibility of a formal integration, though this fresh move falls a long way short of that.

Speaking this week, the association leaders agreed that more licences were needed for the Orihuela Costa, but in a news conference Begoña Cuartero said that the Orihuela council had to grant them, as this was a regional ministry matter.



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The Guardia Civil have arrested two people who ran businesses in the Murcia region that charged up to 300 euro to get nonSpaniards registered on the muncipal padron in Los Alcázares. The Guardia have been running an operation against scams and in September, as previously reported by The Courier, a 58-year-old Spaniard from Torre Pacheco who charged foreigners to illegally register at the same address on the Los Alcázares padron was

arrested. His ruse was rumbled after 60 foreigners, mainly from the Indian subcontinent, were all declared as living at the same farm belonging to his mother, who had died earlier in 2017. The latest arrests come as part of five detentions by the Guardia to break up a criminal gang that infringed workers rights, as well as faking documents. The bogus padron registrations allowed people to get access to health and welfare benefits, and to get a residency certificate.

Seafront Changes

A third company has declared an interest in bidding for the right to build four large tower blocks, which would include a hotel, on the Torrevieja coastline. The Informacion newspaper has reported that El Grupo Don Sento has filed documents concerning proposals and environmental impact studies with Torrevieja council for the building of the 29-floor struc-

tures, which would occupy a 50 thousand square metre area. Metrovacesa and Baraka are the other companies to have thrown their hats into the ring to get the contract, with Torrevieja council pleding an extensive public consultation over the plans with associations and individuals. The project will be at Cala del Palange playa del Cura and Los Locos.

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An eight kilometre stretch of the river Segura is being cleaned up to reduce the chance of future flooding. La Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura (CHS) has been working on the river between the Algorfa and Bigastro municipalities to reduce the amount of vegetation in the water, which causes extra channels to form, resulting in flooding during heavy storms.

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Plans to revamp the seafront at Lo Pagán in San Pedro del Pinatar have been officially unveiled by the local council, led by mayor Visitación Martínez. There will be a new look for the Parque del Mar and the Reys de Espana, with better access to the beach, with the creation of a new

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wide walkway. The old El Coyote bar will be demolished to make way for the new link which will also include seating. The project is budgeted at under 600 thousand euro, and will be done in May and June, so that everything will be ready for the influx of tourists during the summer season.

Torrevieja’s health department has recorded 15 cases of domestic violence last month at its health centres within the region, as well as at the local Torrevieja Hospital. An extensive screening process takes place to identify females over the age of 14 years that have been abused, with health centre staff fully trained to go

through the right procedures to help protect victims. That includes taking them to a women’s refugee, as well as informing social services, the local police, and the Guardia Civil. Dr. Hipólito Caro, director of Primary Care for the health region has congratulated the effort and commitment of all of the health professionals involved.

A 31-year-old Moroccan has been arrested in the Murcia region for being a suspected Jihadist. The National Police swooped on an address in Torre Pacheco, after the man allegedly spread social media messages and videos promoting Islamic State, in addition to inciting people to take part in a “violent jihad”. Several of the people that he had been communicating in the past had been detained by the National Police for involvement with terrorism.

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Not Open All Hours Unfettered Sunday opening for big stores in large tourist zones in the Valencia region has been scrapped, meaning that Torrevieja, the Orihuela Costa, and Pilar de la Horadada will now only be able to do business on a maximum of 40 days per annum that fall on a Sunday or a bank holiday. Areas like Zenia Boulevard or the Habaneras Centre in Torrevieja will be affected, in addition to big retailers in the tourist zones, which will in effect mean closures between the end of the month and through to June. Smaller retailers are not affected. The move was passed by the Valencian parliament despite being

opposed by the Partido Popular, and rolls back liberalised opening hours and

days that were only introduced a few years ago to places like Torrevieja.

Bedroom Exit Torrevieja firefighters got an unusual call for help on Saturday morning in helping to get a woman out her bedroom so that she could get treatment in hospital. The woman, said to be in her fifties, could not be carried down the stairs of her property by ambulance staff in the Aguas Nuevas area of the city, because the staircase was too narrow, and so a call was made to the fire station. One of the fire ladders

Switch Of Concern The Wednesday market in La Mata will definitely switch sites between this Easter and the summer, Torrevieja’s Markets councillor, Javier Manzanares, has said. That’s despite objections raised by a La Mata business representative who was present in a meeting held with Manzanares and Torrevieja mayor José Manuel Dolón on Tuesday of this week. The Información newspaper has reported that the President of the La Mata Merchants Association, David Sánchez, walked out of the meeting after just five minutes, saying that local shop and business owners in the area would be hit by the market site switch, and that other alternatives were not properly considered by

the council. A new site between Avenida de Francia and Avenida de Holandeses was recently approved by the Torrevieja local police and council officers, after consultation with the stall holders, with the current site close to the N-332 facing a risk of subsidence.

The final new site announcement was in turn a change from original proposals put forward by the council last summer, but it resulted in an angry response from the market traders who said that what was put forward wasn’t good enough in terms of access.

Eyesore Removal

was used to take the woman out of the window, ahead of

her onward journey for medical treatment.

Shifting Sands

An electricity line that crosses Guardamar above dunes and woodland in the Alfonso XIII park area. is to be removed by power company Iberdrola. Guardamar's public works councillor José María Hernández said that after a series of talks with interested parties, the 20 kilowatt line that stretches for over a thousand metres will be taken down, along with a pylon. The councillor said that

there would be an environmental boost for the area, along with reducing any

chance of a forest fire, as well as improving the safety of birds in the area.

Santiago Celebrates

Torrevieja council has shelled out 60 thousand euro s to remove 17 thousand cubic metres of sand at the Barranco de Torreblanca, which has hin-

dered the flow of the ravine into the natural park and the Molino del Agua (Water Mill) park. The sand is being moved to the Casagrande industrial

estate in the city, and will be stored, and used as needed to replenish any local beach erosion, according to beaches councillor, Javier Manzanares.

Santiago de la Ribera’s carnival parade attracted over two thousand participants last weekend, with many more lining the route to watch the various floats. The spectacular parade in the San Javier municipality, which featured fifty floats and groups, is one of the largest in the Murcia region, and brought the curtain down on the annual carnival celebrations. Cold weather and fears of heavy rain brought some late changes to the proces-

sion route, but the enthusiasm from spectators and

participants alike was not dampened.


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Taking Root

Around a hundred students from Torrevieja’s Mare Nostrum school took part in planting trees last weekend at the Natural Park of Las Lagunas de La Mata and Torrevieja to celebrate World Tree Day. It’s part of the ongoing Mare Natura initiative between Torrevieja council and the Mare Nostrum school, which sees students involved in inititiatives all year round.

The youngsters joined forces with the Natural Park forest brigade to plant a variety of native species that are typical of the area, which were supplied by the nurseries operated by the Ministry of Agriculture. Francisco Martínez, director of the Natural Park, said this was an important project for a dry area, and it also raised young people’s awareness about environmental issues.

Play Area Demand A call has been made for Torrevieja council to do something about the state of the children’s play area at the parque de la Marina Española, popularly known as Anchor Park. The Ciudadanos municipal group’s spokesman, Paqui Parra, says that serious danger threatens youngsters that use the park, and that successive Torrevieja administrations have done nothing to maintain the area “for decades”. The opposition party says that it is one of the busiest public areas in Torrevieja, with Parra adding:- “We don’t understand why the playground has not had maintenance done on the rubber surface and why the broken children’s play units have not been repaired or

replaced.” Ciudadanos has also been critical of the lack of

action concerning the green zone in the El Limonar urbanisation area.

Monkey Business

A nationwide Guardia Civil investigation into a monkey-trafficking ring has seen an Alicante Province woman arrested amongst a 11-strong group that have ended up being charged with illegally selling protected species without appropriate health controls. Operation Parum started at the beginning of last year

with the Guardia’s environmental group, Seprona, spotting a number of illegal sales being advertised on websites. The sellers used false identities to try to cover up their tracks, with the Alicante Province woman advertising herself as a medium. The same woman has previous form in trying to sell mon-

keys illegally, as well as carrying out medical operations on them. The Guardia ran their operation out of Malaga on the Costa del Sol, and vets and zoos across Spain, including the AAP Rescue Centre for Exotic Animals in Alicante, have been involved in looking after the seized monkeys.

Expensive Drinks

A non-Spanish driver who was four times over the alcohol limit, ended up being pulled over by Orihuela local police on Monday night, after getting his vehicle into an awkward position. The man was travelling on one of the main roads in

Orihuela, Avenida Duque de Tamames, close to the Glorieta Gabriel Miro park, when his car went onto the concrete central reservation on the highway, and got stuck there. Police made the motorist take a breath test, with the

result finding him to be more than four times over the prescribed drink-drive limit. The intoxicated man has since been charged with a crime against road safety, as well as having his driving licence immediately confiscated.


Vaping Argument Spain's Ministry of Health has warned of the dangers of e-cigarettes and 'noncombustible tobacco' after finding carcinogenic substances in the liquid and vapour of the former and say the latter are even more addictive than traditional cigarettes. But doctors who advocate vaping as a way of weaning smokers off cigarettes have accused the Health Ministry of 'scaremongering'. The Inter-Territorial Health Commission, part of the Ministry of Health, says it 'cannot rule out' risks to the general population from 'passive vaping' and consider the risk of developing cancer is 'significant'. Spanish pneumologists have been warning for some time that 'vapers' are suffering from lung conditions 'very similar' to those developed by smokers, and results of research published in the European Respiratory Journal claims the vapour from e-cigarettes can increase levels of bacteria that cause pneumonia. These papers state that the vapour inhaled from ecigarettes 'create a similar effect to that of traditional cigarettes' and increase the risk of lung infections. Meanwhile, the national health authority says the glycerol – a substance derived from glycerine of vegetable sources – and propylenglycol found in car-

tridges used in e-cigarettes produce carcinogens, or potentially dangerous elements which are capable of generating cancer. Along with these chemicals, e-cigarette cartridges contain nicotine to satisfy the physical craving produced in smokers, and which is said to activate the dopamine pathways in the brain creating a pleasant sensation. The so-called 'non-combustible tobacco', first retailed in Spain in late 2016 by Philip Morris, the firm which manufactures Marlboro, creates vapour from tobacco leaves and nicotine, but does not need to be lit. Health experts in Spain say these are just as dan-

gerous and even more addictive than conventional cigarettes. According to the organisation of doctors who support vaping, or MOVE, says over 70% of those who use nicotine patches or chewing gum in an attempt to give up smoking fail every year. E-cigarettes produce a substance 'totally different' to that of tobacco, which is not reflected in the Commission's report, says MOVE spokeswoman Dr Carmen Escrig, who reveals that 20,000 smokers a year switch successfully to vaping in the UK and that Spain's 450,000 'vapers' will 'bear witness' to how e-cigarettes are more efficient and less harmful than traditional smoking.

Licence To Change Big changes in driving tests in Spain are coming, as well changes in how drivers get back their license after a ban. The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) chairman Gregorio Serrano says that people wanting to take a driving test, as well as the paper exam, will be obliged to attend classes at a recognised driving academy before applying for their theory tests, since a high number decide to study the exam themselves online and fail, meaning test centres are frequently overstretched. As well as not allowing candidates to apply for their test until they are considered sufficiently prepared, a new law will require them to watch videos of 'problems' that may arise whilst driving and write an essay proposing how to handle them. Other new material in theory classes will include night driving, and practical lessons and tests will involve a GPS sat-nav system giving directions instead of the examiner instructing the candidate on where to turn and stop.

Finally, pupils will be required to take an 'awareness course' before putting in for either their theory or practical tests, where they will learn about risks they may face at the wheel and the consequences of dangerous and illegal behaviour such as speeding, mobile phone use and alcohol. Serrano added that the requirements for banned drivers wanting to get their licences back will be made harder. In Spain, a ban is not automatically lifted after a

given period of time – to recover his or her licence, as the driver has to take and pass courses. This is also the case where the driver loses licence points. Spanish driving licences carry 12 points, rising to 15 after three years of careful motoring, and are deducted for road traffic offences – the opposite system to the UK, where licences start out points-free and these are added for speeding and other illegal motoring behaviour with a total of 12 meaning an automatic ban.



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Swiss Skipper

A former member of the Catalan parliament and a major figure in the region's secession attempt has fled to Switzerland, meaning that she skipped a court hearing in Madrid on Wednesday. Anna Gabriel, a top member of the far-left, separatist CUP party, said she had decided to leave Spain as she believed she would not have "a fair trial� in her home country." She is the latest separatist to leave the country after

deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four former regional ministers went to Belgium shortly after a failed bid to break from Spain last year. Gabriel was meant to have appeared before a Supreme Court judge on Wednesday over her role in Catalunya's failed independence drive, which prompted Madrid to impose direct rule on the region in October, sack its government and dissolve its parliament.


A series of fraudulent emails purporting to come from the BBVA bank have been flagged up by the National Institute of Cyber Safety (INCIBE). The emails are titled, 'Suspension: Session Error', and direct the account-holder to a website which appears to be the BBVA's official page by asking him or her to click on a link. Once there, the user's ID is stolen and money is withdrawn from the account.

Anyone who has fallen into the trap should contact the BBVA immediately, INCIBE says. No bank will ever send an email asking the user to click on a link, and if they do, the account-holder should enter the site themselves via the usual web address in a different window. PINs and usernames should never be entered except after manually accessing the official bank website.

Double Vision

Spain has become the first European country to sell a mobile phone with a double screen, with the inventors claiming the device has 'unlimited potential'. The ZTE Axon M allows users to watch a video and send text messages at the same time, and besides Spain, it is only available in

the USA and Asia. The ZTE market is now sixth for mobile phone sales in Spain, having doubled its figures, rising from 2.7% in December 2016 to 5% in the same month in 2017. ZTE, based in China, says this latest-generation handset is perfect for multitaskers.


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Amazing Tootsie Over a thousand animals have been helped over the last seven years by Janette Lopez and her husband Antonio at the Finca La Castellana animal welfare centre in San Miguel de Salinas, including a unique dog called Tootsie (more below!). Janette Lopez brought her property in the campo just outside San Miguel back in 2000, and as soon as they fenced it, they began to witness animals being dumped on their land, either left at the gates or thrown over the fence, which inspired them to create a registered charity. Like with all animal welfare groups, it’s a costly business to keep things going, but they have good connections with a local vet, plus whatever they get from fund-raising and volunteers. Something that caught the

Finca La Castellana team by surprise was the arrival of Tootsie and two other dogs that came to the charity from a municipal pound with a kill policy. They were led to believe that they had taken on two boys and a girl, but a routine health check discovered one of the dogs, namely Tootise, was a hermaphrodite, which is the only third such recorded case in Spain! Tootsie had a four-hour

operation perfomed on her, because she had a fully compliment of male and female genitals, and she came through it with flying colours thanks to a great temperament, and a will to survive. She is now ready for adoption. More details are available via the website or just look for Finca la Castellana on Facebook.

Ladybirds Give

The Alzheimer’s Association Torrevieja, AFA, recently picked up a donation from the fund-raising Ladybirds ladies charity group. The Ladybirds are frequent supporters of AFA and host a a regular lunch to raise money for local causes.

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Farewell Bruno The Finca San Miguel de Salinas animal sanctuary near Villamartin have sadly had to say goodbye to Bruno the Rottweiler, who has been there since he was a puppy, and passed away at the end of last month. He was always happy to go for a walk, and there has been a lot of mutual love between him and the female volunteers at the Finca. The next Open Day will be tomorrow (Saturday February 24th), between 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm, with food and refreshments, as well as music. The Finca is located just off the canal road between San Miguel and Villamartin,

You can become a member of the organisation for just ten euros per annum, or you can sponsor an animal for five or ten euros a month. There's more information on the website, www.hap-

On Your Bike

Local residents Sandra Cunningham and Steve Treanor have organised a 50k charity bike ride along the canal at Los Dolses on the Orihuela Costa on Sunday March 11th. All the proceeds raised will go towards sending the pair to Burma on a charity cycle ride this coming

October to raise money for the Elche Children's Care Home. If you would like more details of how to take part or would like to go along and support Steve and Sandra please e-mail Steve on Entry fees will be 10 euro per person. or via Facebook, where you look for the group, Finca San Miguel de Salinas, who try to find new homes for cats and dogs

Pilar de la Horadada mayor Ignacio Ramos was given a special surprise when he was guest of honour at last week´s meeting of the Orihuela Costa branch of the Royal British Legion. The civic leader was presented with an oil painting of La Capilla de las Mil Palmeras, which is used annually for the

Lodge Donation

The Freemasons at the Quesada-based Caledonian Lodge No.68 recently made a major donation to the Samaritans in Spain thanks to a series of charity events, including a Ladies Gala Night. The money has enabled the Samaritans to buy a new computer for their support

office at Punta Prima, as well as four new Smart phones for the Samaritans Listening Team. Pictured are Samaritans Trustees, Jane, Ole and Niesa, along with Michael Knight, Past Master and Sid Formby, Worshipful Master from the Lodge.


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Remembrance Service every November. The painting, which was done by local artist and RBL supporter Suzanne Stokes, was handed over to the mayor in recognition of the support that the Pilar municipality has given to the RBL branch since it was formed ten years ago. Mayor Ramos said he

was deeply moved by the gift, as well the kind words from the members present at the meeting in Mil Palmeras. Pictured left to right are Councillor Maria Samper, Ignatio Ramos, Suzanne Stokes and Branche President Pastor Keith Brown

Pantomime Frolics

The Campoverde Theatre Group are just a few weeks away from hitting the road again with their latest supper show Taking the P out of Panto! The show will consist of short sketches featuring many pantomime favourites, giving a little twist to well known characters such as Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella. There will be music and dance, and the whole show is based on typical, loved features of pantomime theatre. They will once again be

performing at the Fiesta Plaza, Republica Dominica, Pueblo Principe, with tickets for the show and a onecourse meal coming in at 10 euro. The evenings start at 7.30 pm on three successive nights between Wednesday March 14th and Friday March 16th. Tickets are available from Help at Home, Flamenca Beach Commercial Centre, and the Community Centre / Reading Point on Calle Cipres at Ramon de Campoamor on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. You can also call 626 772 256.


Cofradia Appeal

Next month’s annual Semana Santa processions in Torrevieja attract thousands of residents and visitors to witness the commemorations chronicling the Passion of Christ. 2018 will be the 14th year that the International Cofradia has been involved in taking the paso of Jesus in the Garden of Olives (Cofradia de Nuestro Padre Jesús en la Oración del Huerto de los Olivos) through the streets of Torrevieja during Holy Week. The Cofradia take part in the Monday night and Friday

night processions, which this year will be on Monday March 26th and Friday March 30th. For the first thirteen years, the paso was carried on the shoulders of around 100 costaleros from a number of different countries but mainly the United Kingdom. Last year, however, the paso had to be pushed because of insufficient numbers to carry it. Each Cofradia needs to recruit new members to replace those who for one reason or another are unable to take part. It is a fantastic opportunity to par-

ticipate in one of the most important events in the local Spanish cultural and religious calendar. It is a unique experience and one which the participants vouch to remember for the rest of their lives. You do not have to be super fit to take part; with most of the Cofradia members being retired and certainly not in the ‘first flush of youth’. If you are interested in taking part, please contact David McLachan on 865 661 937, with the first official meeting of the Cofradia being on Thursday March 1st.

Dirty Cash Trial

A Russian MP, Vladislav Reznik, and 17 other suspects have gone on trial in Madrid accused of massive money-laundering for a Russian mafia gang. The alleged gang bosses Gennady Petrov and Alexander Malyshev are still at large, believed to be in Russia. Some suspects are alleged to have Russian government connections. Mr Reznik told the court

he had turned up in order to prove his innocence. Five Spaniards are also in the dock, accused of helping Russian criminals. The case dates back to 2008, when Spanish authorities carried out "Operation Troika", arresting 20 Russian mafia suspects. The money-laundering by Russian gangsters in Spain is said to have started in the 1990s, when rich Russians began buying luxury villas in

the Costa del Sol and Balearic Islands. Spanish prosecutors believe more than 50 million euro of Russian mafia money was laundered by the so-called TambovskayaMalyshevskaya gang, based in St Petersburg. Prosecutors have demanded jail sentences of five-and-a-half years for most of the suspects and fines which could reach up to 100 million euro.

Just A Fine

An Ivorian man whose son was smuggled into Spain from Morocco in a suitcase has evaded a jail term. Prosecutors wanted Ali Ouattara to go to prison for facilitating his son’s illegal entry into Spain. However, after conceding they had found no evidence he knew his son would be

trafficked in a suitcase, his prison time was changed to a small fine. Ouattara’s son Adou was just eight when he was smuggled into Spain in May 2015. "Neither my father nor I knew that they were going to put me in a suitcase," the boy, now 10, told judges. He said his father, who

spent a month behind bars, had always told him the journey from Morocco to Spain would be made by car. Adou was discovered inside the suitcase when passport officials at the border crossing between Morocco and Ceuta stopped a young woman who was dragging a heavy suitcase along behind her.


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Horses Rescued

Two severely malnourished horses seized by the police from a property at Alcantarilla in the Murcia region, have been placed with the non-profit Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre at Rojales. Co-founder Rod Weeding was called to assist a group

of 11 National Police and local police officers last week, amid threats of violence. The two mares were safely removed and it is understood police will look to prosecute the owner. “The state of the older mare (pictured) is just pitiful.

This horse has literally been beaten into the ground and she is in a very fragile, critical state. The next few days will be crucial – we could still lose her. It’s horrendous, they have completely destroyed this horse,” said Easy Horse Care co-founder Sue Weeding.

Parade Finale

This year’s Carnival celebrations in the municipality of Torrevieja culminated last Saturday night with the annual evening carnival parade, which saw people packing around Calle Ramón Gallud to enjoy the display from the 30-plus groups that took part.


Even the temperatures were reasonably mild for the participants and audience to enjoy the festivities (pictures from Objectivo Torrevieja), with the evening parade having a looser and less competitive edge compared to the previous weekend’s afternoon procession.

Financial Move

Mariano Rajoy’s government will have to look for a new finance minister with the news that Luis de Guindos will become vice president of the European Central Bank. Initially faced with two candidates, namely de Guindos and Irish central

bank governor Philip Lane, Europe’s finance ministers had their choice made simple for them by Ireland’s decision to withdraw Mr Lane’s name. Ministers said the appointment of de Guindos should be finalised by EU leaders in a summit towards the end of next month.


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Despite these uncertain times, there are some investment options –that can help to reduce volatility. Mutual funds offer diversification and are therefore less volatile than individual stocks. There are many mutual funds available, and they are an actively managed basket of stocks, shares, commodities etc., which ensures that the investor is not exposed to a higher risk. This is because they have a diversification of holdings. They generally hold a large number or stocks, shares etc., with each holding only comprising a small percentage of the portfolio. Individual stocks can be bought by any investor through a brokerage, and unless a diverse portfolio is created and managed, you will be exposed directly to the performance of those company holdings. Investors holding shares in Carillion recently would unfortunately attest to that. Investors of mutual funds should also allow a longer time frame, in terms of years (generally 5 yrs or more), to observe steady growth and make adjustments when necessary – but be mindful of set fees and expenses such as the fund manager’s fee, a front-end load upon initial purchase, a back-end load upon sale, as well as early redemption charges. Your financial adviser should be able to explain any fees and select funds that offer the best value and match your attitude to risk. Investing in a single company can be a high risk, high reward affair - investing £1000 in a company could either result in a complete loss of the principal capital or an exponential increase of the investment, something which

COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST AND DRINK could not occur in the slower, steadier world of mutual funds. In Spain, expats are able to invest in mutual funds via a Spanish compliant bond. These are available to Spanish residents and are offered by some of the well-known, established insurance companies. Funds are held in Sterling or Euros outside of Spain. They offer “gross roll up” i.e. tax-free growth, and you are only taxed on the profit element of any withdrawal. They are tax efficient for Spain and exempt from the Modelo 720 declaration. If you are unsure about which investment is right for you, Blacktower are happy to offer an initial review of your finances -- it is best to fully understand your investment time frame and risk tolerance limits before committing to any mutual funds or stocks.

For further information contact: Richard Samuels, International Financial Adviser, Blacktower Financial Management (International) Ltd M: 692 352 156 or E: The above information was correct at the time of preparation and does not constitute investment advice and you should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Blacktower Financial Management Ltd is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority and is registered with both the DGS and CNMV. 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.



Friday 23rd February 2018

Adoption Corner

Introducing A Pet

BLANCA Blanca is a pointer/Staffy cross breed who is looking for her forever home and is aged about eight years. Blanca mixes really well with other dogs and likes people. She is an obedient dog who is very intelligent and has an amazing personality, and has been spayed. If you would like to adopt this lovely lady, then please get in touch with the K9 Club by calling 600 845 420 to learn more about her.

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

MILTON Milton is a three-year-old English setter weighing in at 20 kilos and is currently in a foster home with other dogs. He has great recall and would make a great loyal companion for anyone. For more details about Milton and to meet him, please call PEPA on 650 304 746, or send an e-mail to

Getting a new pet is something special for your home but there are always some important things to do and not to do when you welcome a puppy or kitten to your family. DO:Make sure your new dog or cat has been vaccinated and treated for fleas and worms – this is particularly important in households where pets already live. Introduce dogs in advance if you’re rehoming an adult dog – the animal shelter will usually recommend that both dogs meet before a final decision is made. Dogs and puppies can be encouraged to see and sniff each other straight away. Try some ‘‘scent-swapping’’ by exchanging bedding or blankets in advance – that way, both pets will smell familiar when they finally meet. You can do the same thing by stroking each pet separately without washing your hands in between. Keep your resident cat in a separate part of the house when you bring your new dog or puppy home – make any introductions gradually, and only for short periods at first. Stair gates and pet crates are a safe way of letting pets meet each other; alternatively, keep your dog on a lead when introducing a new cat or kitten. Have treats to hand during introductions – they can be used to reward good behaviour, or to defuse tension. And make sure there’s one person per pet. Provide your new pet with its own space, including a separate bed, blankets, feeding bowl, water bowl and toys. If you already have a cat, install separate litter trays. Be consistent – maintain the same pet rules that already apply, such as not climbing on the sofa or not begging at the

dinner table. Start socialising your new pet from day one. As well as getting used to the resident pets in your home, your new puppy or kitten needs to become familiar with common household sounds, like the vacuum cleaner, the TV and the crying of a baby. DON’T:Allow your dog to chase a new puppy or kitten, even if it seems like a game. Some dogs have a very high ‘‘prey drive’’ and they must learn that chasing other pets is not acceptable behaviour. Give your new cat too much space at first: instead, keep it in one room for a few days. During this time, gently stroke your new cat’s head with a soft cloth and dab it around your home and furniture, so that it combines with your existing pet’s scent. Finally, allow your new cat to explore the rest of the house when any dogs are not around. Leave a dog and cat together unsupervised until you are absolutely sure they are safe together. And don’t expect too much, too soon – it can take months for two pets to fully adapt to each other. Worry if new and resident cats don’t appear to get on. Two cats can live happily in the same house without the need to interact. Allow children to over-handle a new pet – particularly if it’s obviously nervous. Even if little ones are used to being around cats or dogs, every animal is different, and your new pet could react with a sudden scratch or a bite.



Oreo is one of four Chihuahuas that were recently rescued from a puppy farm by Pets in Spain. She is aged around four years and is a very timid little girl who will need a home with patience to help her overcome what she has been through. She is chipped, vaccinated and good with other dogs. For more about Oreo, please call Pets in Spain on 645 469 253.

TAMMY Rescued when she was 12 weeks old, Tammy is now a medium-sized adult female. She is very clever and obedient and loves to walk on a lead. Tammy is very friendly and sociable, she loves other dogs and would be perfect as a second dog for a family looking for a friend for their dog. To arrange to meet Tammy, please call APAH on either 630 422 563 or 616 210 850.

WOLFIE Wolfie is a German Shepherd crossbreed, who was originally found injured and taken to a vet for surgery on a fractured pelvis in November and is now in the care of the SAT kennels. This lovely boy is only aged one year and despite experiencing suffering in his short life, he is a happy, friendly youngster who want s to be everyone’s friend. For more on Wolfie, please contact the SAT kennels on 966 710 047 or email


Rapper Rapped

No Hiding Place

The National Police have arrested a 56-year-old Polish citizen who was wanted by authorities in his country for the rape and kidnap of a woman in Valencia City in 2016. The man was detained in Alicante City, and though the incidents happened in

Valencia, the victim filed a complaint back in her native Poland, where the accused man faces jail for up to 12 years on charges of rape, kidnap, and causing injury. The detained man is accused of holding a woman for more than seven days in mid-October 2016, during

which time he forced her to have sex with him on six occasions. A European Arrest Warrant was issued and the fugitive was detained in the Benalúa area of Alicante, and put before a court and judge to be extradited back to Poland.

Mother Tagged

Spain's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a rapper who argued that his lyrics praising terror groups were protected by freedom of expression laws. The court ruled on Tuesday that Jose Miguel Arenas Beltran, a rapper best known as Valtonyc, dis-

tributed songs online that praised terrorism, insulted the royal family and threatened a politician with violence. It rejected Beltran's argument that he was expressing his right to free speech and that rap songs aim to be provocative.

The court ruled that Spanish law prohibited such expressions of opinion, and upheld the National Court's sentence of three and a half years in prison. The rapper is not wellknown, but his case has brought a debate in Spain about freedom of speech.

An 83-year-old woman who killed her disabled son and tried to commit suicide, has escaped a six-year jail sentence, after her lawyers reached a plea-bargain deal with prosecutors to be tagged for six years. María Luisa M. B. had spent 64 years caring for her eldest son – since his birth – as he was deaf-mute, dumb, totally paralysed and severely mentally handicapped, meaning he was bed-ridden and needed 24-hour care for his every need. He was registered as 100% disabled. His mother, whose own physical and mental health is failing, was worried her other children – a daughter and a son aged 59 who is also disabled – would have to spend their every waking hour caring for their brother after she died. She mixed a cocktail of 16 packets of pills including Ibuprofen and Tramadol, among others, in a liquidiser and drank half of it herself, giving the remainder to her

son, then went to bed. María Luisa was found by her daughter and rushed to Prince of Asturias Hospital in nearby Alcalá de Henares, where she eventually recovered, but where her 64year-old son died the day after he was admitted from the brain haemorrhage triggered by the overdose. Prosecutors were calling for a six-year jail term for the elderly mother, who lives in Torres de la Alameda in the Greater Madrid region, based upon the standard custodial term for premeditated murder,

aggravated by the blood relationship with the victim, but mitigated by María Luisa's own mental health problems. Nevertheless, a pleabargain has led to the prosecution agreeing to her being electronically tagged for six years and compulsory out-patient psychiatric treatment during that time, meaning she has been able to walk free. María Luisa was 81 when she performed the 'mercykilling' and attempted suicide, at the end of November 2015.


Friday 23rd February 2018


Doggie Trek

The Orihuela Costa will host a three-kilometre walk this Sunday (February 25th) called Perrotón, which has the aim of promoting responsible dog ownership, with animals and their owners encouraged to take part. The event has been jointly organised by Orihuela council’s International Residents department led by councillor Sofía Álvarez

(pictured) and the authority’s Health department under councillor Noelia Grao. The walk will start from Villamartin Plaza at 10.00 am with poop-scoop bags set to be handed out, as well as animal charities like Asoka publicising their activities and looking for donations. Álvarez said: - “Animals are not a toy, and you have to take care of them.”

Sacrificing Rights

Spain's human rights ombudsman has said that illegal immigrants are cruelly treated in this country, and has called for a change in the system. "We have to alter this system as it is inefficient and under-financed and often cruel to the people who are only seeking a better life," Francisco Fernandez Marugan (pictured giving evidence) told a parliamentary commission, as he listed "major deficiencies" at police stations, reception and detention centres. Immigrants can spend up

to 72 hours "in cells, which rarely have natural light and hardly ever have running water," he said. Fundamental rights could not be sacrificed on grounds of urgency or efficiency, Marugan said, citing the case of the Archidona prison near Malaga, which was used a holding centre for several weeks at the end of 2017. Algerian migrant Mohamed Bouderbala killed himself there after being kept in solitary confinement for 16 hours - an act that sparkied public uproar.

At the time, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said the 36-year-old was among 12 people who stirred up a "mutiny". The National Police, which was in charge of the centre, "is not trained to look after people who have been deprived of their freedom for 60 days", the ombudsman added. Some 28,350 people entered Spain illegally in 2017 -- 22,000 of them by sea, according to official statistics. The previous year saw 14,000 illegal entries.

Upward Growth

Bar and restaurant trade went up last year for the first time since Spain was still in recession, according to market research firm The NPD Group. Overall, visits to cafés and eateries rose by 1%, to 98 million, whilst spending rose by 1.3% to over €36 billion, with each customer typically shelling out an extra €4.88 on each trip. Fast food outlets, pizza restaurants and tapas bars account for the most growth

– 86% of the total. In 2017 as a whole, restaurant and bar sales went up by 2.5%, partly due to increased visits and partly because of customers spending more. The NPD Group's managing director Vicente Montesinos says: “Custom is recovering and people are going out to eat and drink once again – sales have broken the €36bn barrier for the first time since 2011.” But the catering industry

is not out of the woods yet, Montesinos warns. “The market has not recovered to the size it was before the financial crisis, neither have customer numbers returned to the percapita figure seen back then,” he reveals. “Between 2005 and 2007, the average person ate out or went to a bar 180 times a year; nowadays, that figure is slightly less at 158, so there's still plenty of room for improvement.”

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Friday 23rd February 2018

WHO warns over measles immunisation rates as cases rise 400% across Europe Measles cases have soared across Europe over the last year, with large outbreaks affecting one in four countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) which is concerned by low rates of immunisation against the disease. WHO Europe says there has been a 400% increase during 2017, with more than 21,000 cases and 35 deaths. That will be a major disappointment following the record low in 2016, when there were just 5,273 cases in Europe. “Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others who may not be able to get vaccinated,” said Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe. “Over 20,000 cases of

measles, and 35 lives lost in 2017 alone, are a tragedy we simply cannot accept.” Measles can kill or cause long-term damage. One in every thousand children affected develops

encephalitis, which is swelling of the brain and can lead to deafness or learning difficulties. Measles is targeted for elimination around the world, because of the efficacy of

the vaccine, but it has been bedevilled by regular outbreaks. WHO said there were large outbreaks last year in 15 of the 53 countries in the European region. Romania was worst affected

with 5,562 cases, followed by Italy with 5,006 and Ukraine with 4,767. Immunisation in those countries has hit a number of problems in recent years. There have been declines in

overall routine immunisation coverage, consistently low coverage among some marginalised groups, interruptions in vaccine supply or underperforming disease surveillance systems. Greece (967), Germany (927), Serbia (702), Tajikistan (649), France (520), the Russian Federation (408), Belgium (369), the United Kingdom (282), Bulgaria (167), Spain (152), Czechia (146) and Switzerland (105) also experienced large outbreaks, many of which were in decline by the close of 2017. Confidence in the MMR – measles, mumps and rubella – vaccine and in immunisation generally has been an issue in Europe and in the United States following the discredited claims of the researcher Andrew Wakefield, who linked the MMR to the development of autism.

McDonald's to cut cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from Happy Meal menu McDonald’s will soon banish cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants. Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate milk with the child’s meal, but McDonald’s said that not listing them will reduce how often they’re ordered. Since it removed soda from the Happy Meal menu four years ago, orders for it with Happy Meals have fallen 14%, the company said. The Happy Meal has long been a target of health advocates and parents who link it to childhood obesity. McDonald’s has made many tweaks over the years, including cutting the size of

its fries and adding fruit. Most recently, it swapped its apple juice for one that has less sugar. It’s been especially important as the company tries to shake its junk-food image, since McDonald’s is known for getting more business from families with children relative to its traditional rivals, such as Burger King and Wendy’s. The Happy Meal is a key part of that. The latest changes will occur in the United States by June. McDonald’s said Thursday that it wants all its Happy Meal options to have 600 calories or fewer and have less than 650 milligrams of sodium. It also wants less than 10% of the meal’s calories to come from saturated fat and added sugar.

The cheeseburger and chocolate milk didn’t meet those new standards,

McDonald’s said. It is, however, working to cut sugar from the chocolate milk and

believes it’ll be back on the Happy Meal menu eventually but doesn’t know when


that will happen. There will be other tweaks: the six-piece chicken nugget Happy Meal will now come with a kids-sized fries instead of a small, lowering calories and sodium from the fries by half. And bottled water will be added as an option to the Happy Meal menu, but will cost extra. Currently, the Happy Meal menu lists milk, chocolate milk and apple juice. Soda does not cost extra. For international restaurants, McDonald’s said that at least half of the Happy Meal options available must meet its new nutritional guidelines. The company said some are adding new menu items to comply, like in Italy, where a grilled chicken sandwich was added to the Happy Meal menu.



How stomach problems cause depression When Sam came to MedB clinic, he was in a bad way. He was suffering severe anxiety and was depressed and weepy. After going to his doctor complaining of stomach upset and slight anxiety, he was prescribed an antidepressant. He felt worse after a week, so he returned to his doctor who prescribed more antidepressants - these made his symptoms even worse. Upon presenting himself to MedB, Sam was at his wit’s end and was desperate for some help. The diagnostic scan at MedB discovered a number of active microbes - including E. coli, enterococcus, and helicobacter pylori bacteria. The scan also found that his nervous system was decompensated, which indicated that the organs of the nervous system were starting to degenerate. A therapy with colloidal silver was started for the gut infection and he cut down on

the antidepressants. Within a few days his symptoms had dramatically improved. Sam’s story is not uncommon. The connection between stomach infections and anxiety or depression is well documented in the medical science literature, yet it is not acknowledged by conventional medical system. Instead, doctors continue to throw antidepressants at what is truly a problem with the stomach. The stomach is often called the second brain because, apart from the brain, it contains the most nerve connections - some 100 million nerve cells. Scientists have discovered direct connections between the gut and the brain, and have been able to trace nerve cells migrating from the stomach into the brain. In fact, one of the most important brain chemicals, serotonin, is mostly made in the stomach; 80% of all the

problem. Studies show that about 40-90% of people diagnosed with ‘Irritable Bowel Syndrome’ suffer from anxiety and depression. Chronic abdominal problems also reduce the digestion and absorption of nutrients. This causes a deficiency in the brain chemicals that are essential for maintaining a balanced mood and preventing depression. The advice for people suffering from a low mood and stomach problems is therefore to have the stomach problem treated before turning to antidepressants. Such treatment can range from changing one’s diet and lifestyle, to seeking medical treatment for a more serious problem.

serotonin in the body is made in the stomach. Serotonin helps the body and mind to feel good. It therefore prevents against depression.

It follows then that stomach problems, such as infections, that affect the production of this chemical will lower a person’s mood and promote

depression. Many people will notice that their emotions are at their most vulnerable when they suffer from any form of persistent stomach and gut

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Autism: Scientists take 'first steps' towards biological test Scientists have taken the first steps towards what they say could become a new blood and urine test for autism. Their study tested children with and without the condition and found higher levels of protein damage in those

with the disorder. The researchers said the tests could lead ultimately to the earlier detection of the condition, which can be difficult to diagnose. But experts expressed caution, saying such a test was still a long way off.

Autism diagnoses 'could be reduced' Autism found in brain long before symptoms 'I'm scared of my own autistic child' Protein damage Autism affects behaviour and particularly social inter-

action but it is difficult to spot and is not usually diagnosed before the age of two, and often much later. Currently, there are no biological tests that can spot the condition, which is diagnosed through behavioural assessments by clinicians. For this new study, published in the Molecular Autism journal, researchers looked for chemical differences in the blood and urine of 38 autistic children and 31 children without the condition, all aged between five and 12. In those with autism they found higher levels of protein damage - particularly in the blood plasma - which they said were associated with ill health. Dr Naila Rabbani, from the University of Warwick, who led the study, told the BBC the tests could ultimately be used by doctors to diagnose autism earlier in childhood by detecting these markers. But she said the next step was to replicate the study's findings in other groups. She said: "We have the method, we have everything. All we need to do is repeat it. "I would really like to go forward with younger children, maybe two years, or even one year old. "Then the next step will be to validate in a larger cohort. Then the tests will be ready for screening." Dr Rabbani added that she hoped the tests could also eventually reveal some of the factors that cause autism and improve its diagnosis. One in every 100 people in

by John Bennett

the UK has autism More men are diagnosed with autism than women estimates vary from twice to 16 times as many The number of diagnosed cases has increased during the past 20 years, reportedly because of more accurate diagnoses Autism doesn't just affect children - autistic children grow up to be autistic adults You can't always tell if someone is autistic There is no cure, but a range of interventions are available

far too early for that. "We don't know whether this technique can tell the difference between autism, ADHD, anxiety or other similar conditions. The study also only looked at a small group of people. "The best way to diagnose autism is still through clinical interview and observation." Dr Max Davie, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said it was a promising area of research but it was a "very long way indeed from a test for autism".

However, other researchers expressed caution about the study. Dr James Cusack, director of science at the UK autism research charity Autistica, said: "This study may give us clues about why autistic people are different but it does not provide a new method for diagnosis. It is

"While we applaud the arrival of this interesting area of research, it is important that it is not adopted with too much enthusiasm if applied to a large population it will produce large numbers of 'false positives', causing huge worry and potential harm to children and families."


Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup

Ingredients 1 chicken carcass 4 thin slices fresh ginger, plus 1 tbsp finely grated 2 onions, quartered 3 garlic cloves, finely grated 2 tsp apple cider vinegar 325g can sweetcorn 3 spring onions, whites thinly sliced, greens sliced at an angle 100g cooked chicken, shredded 2 tsp tamari 2 eggs, beaten few drops sesame oil, to serve (optional) Method Boil a large kettle of water.

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Break the carcass into a big non-stick pan and add the ginger slices, onion and two-thirds of the garlic. Cook, stirring, for about 2 mins – the meat will stick to the base of the pan, but this will add to the flavour. Pour in 1.5 litres of boiling water, stir in the vinegar, then cover and simmer for 2 hrs. Put a large sieve over a bowl and pour through the contents of the pan. Measure the liquid in the bowl – you want around 450ml. If you have too much, return to the pan and boil with the lid off to reduce it. Transfer the onion from the sieve to a bowl with three-quarters

of the sweetcorn. Blitz until smooth with a hand blender. Return the broth to the pan, and tip in the puréed corn, remaining sweetcorn and garlic, the grated ginger, the whites of the spring onions and the chicken. Simmer for 5 mins, then stir in the tamari. Turn off the heat, and quickly drizzle in the egg, stirring a little to create egg threads. Season with pepper, then ladle into the bowls. Top with the spring onion greens and a few drops of sesame oil, if using. Prep: 10 Mins Cook: 2 Hours 15 Mins Serves: 2

Mexican Black Bean Burgers With Lime & Coriander

Chorizo Hummus Bowl

Ingredients 400g can chickpeas 2 tbsp olive oil ¼ lemon, juiced 1-2 small cooking chorizo, chopped 2 handfuls chopped kale flatbread, to serve Method Warm the chickpeas in a microwave or frying pan in their liquid. Drain and

reserve the liquid. Tip half the chickpeas into a small food processor with 1 tbsp oil, the lemon juice and a splash of the liquid from the tin and whizz to a paste. Season. Put the chorizo in a small frying pan and cook over a low heat until it starts to release its oils, then turn up the heat and continue cooking until the chorizo starts to crisp. Add the

remaining chickpeas and stir for a couple of mins. Stir in the kale and cook until it wilts. Spoon the warm hummus into a bowl and tip the chorizo, chickpeas and kale on top. Drizzle over the remaining oil, season well and serve with flatbread for scooping up. Prep: 5 Mins Cook: 10 Mins serves: 1

Courgette Caponata Pasta



2 x 400 g tins of black beans 1 red onion 1 fresh red chilli ½ bunch of fresh coriander 1 lime, plus extra to serve 2 handfuls of rolled oats 2 tbsp salted peanuts ½ tsp ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin olive oil plain flour, for dusting 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika 6 bread rolls, or 12 slices of ciabatta 1 ripe avocado fresh tomato salsa baby rocket

Drain the beans, peel and coarsely grate the onion and deseed and finely chop the chilli. Pick the coriander leaves. Finely grate the lime zest. Blitz the oats and nuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add 1½ tins of beans, the onion, chilli, ground coriander and cumin, coriander leaves, lime zest and a good drizzle of oil; blitz to combine. Add remaining beans and pulse just once or twice, so they stay a little chunky. Transfer to a bowl. Divide into 6 balls then flatten into burgers on a clean surface dusted with flour

and smoked paprika. Place on a tray and chill for at least an hour. If using bread rolls, split in half. Place the bread, cutside down, on the grill and cook until lightly charred. Set aside. Cook the burgers for 4 to 5 minutes each side, or until lightly charred and cooked through. Scatter rocket on 6 roll halves or slices of bread, top with burgers. Top with fresh tomato salsa, slices of avocado, rocket and the remaining bread slices. Serve with lime cheeks for squeezing over. Cook: 1 Hour 30 Mins Serves: 6


finely chopped

1 tbsp olive oil 2 red onions, diced 2 red peppers, diced 3 large courgettes, diced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tsp chilli flakes grated zest of 1 lemon ¼ tsp cinnamon 400g can of chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp honey 2 tbsp capers, rinsed sea salt and black pepper To serve 200g pasta, such as penne or shells small bunch of parsley,

Method Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and add the onions and peppers. Stir to coat them in the oil, then put a lid on the pan and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes until the vegetables are softened. Turn up the heat and add the courgettes. Fry briskly for about 5 minutes, until everything starts to brown a little but the courgettes are still firm. Add the garlic, chilli flakes, lemon zest and cinnamon, then stir briefly.

Pour the tomatoes into the pan with a splash of water and add the vinegar, honey and capers. Season with salt and pepper, bring the mixture to the boil again, then turn the heat down and cover the pan. Leave the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes, then remove the lid and cook uncovered for another 5 minutes. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions and serve with the sauce and plenty of chopped parsley. Prep 20 Mins Cook: 35 40 Mins Serves: 4

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Friday 23rd February 2018

Roast Salmon & Artichokes Ingredients olive oil 2 x 1 kg fillets of salmon , skin on, scaled, pin-boned, from sustainable sources 100 g blanched almonds 2 cloves of garlic 2 lemons 100 g stale ciabatta 2 fresh baby Italian artichokes 1 x 280 g jar of artichoke hearts in oil 1 bunch of fresh mint, (30g) 12 rashers of higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon 1 bunch of fresh thyme, (30g) Method Preheat the oven to 220ºC/425ºF/gas 7. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper and rub with a drizzle of olive oil. Lay 8 pieces (roughly an arm’s length each) of butcher’s string at 5cm intervals widthways across the baking tray, then place one salmon fillet on top, skin-side down. Toast the almonds in a dry frying pan until golden, tossing regularly, then cool for 1 minute and tip into a food processor. Peel, roughly chop and

add the garlic, finely grate in the lemon zest, then tear in the ciabatta. Season with black pepper, then pulse until finely chopped. Carefully layer over the salmon. Halve 1 lemon. Trim the artichoke stalks 2cm from the base. Peel away the tough outer leaves until you reach the paler ones that are tender enough to eat, then trim the heads to 3cm, rubbing with the cut lemon as you go to prevent discolouration. Halve the artichokes, carefully scoop out and discard the hairy chokes, then finely slice the rest. Drain and roughly slice the jarred artichoke hearts, reserving the oil. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of artichoke oil into a large frying pan and place over a high heat, add the jarred and fresh artichokes and fry for 2 minutes, or until warm. Pick and roughly chop the mint leaves, scatter into the pan, then remove from the heat. Spoon the artichoke mix evenly over the salmon, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the artichoke oil, then lay the other salmon fillet on top, skin-side up. Arrange the bacon over the top in a criss-cross pat-

tern, then place the thyme sprigs on top. Tie the string up and around both fillets to secure the filling. Drizzle over a little artichoke oil and sprinkle any excess breadcrumbs back over

the top. Place in the middle of the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the bacon and salmon

skin is golden and crisp. Rest for 10 minutes before serving with the remaining lemon cut into wedges for squeezing over. Delicious served with buttered new potatoes and a crisp green


Cook: 1 Hour 25 Mins plus resting Serves: 12 to 14

Coconut & Banana Pancakes

Ingredients 150g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 3 tbsp golden caster sugar 400ml can coconut milk vegetable oil, for frying 1-2 bananas, thinly sliced 2 passion fruits, flesh scooped out Method Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, and stir in 2 tbsp of the sugar and a pinch of salt. Pour the coconut milk into a bowl, whisk to mix in any fat that

has separated, then measure out 300ml into a jug. Stir the milk slowly into the flour mixture to make a smooth batter, or whizz everything in a blender. Heat a shallow frying pan or flat griddle and brush it with oil. Use 2 tbsp of batter to make each pancake, frying two at a time – any more will make it difficult to flip them. Push 4-5 pieces of banana into each pancake and cook until bubbles start to pop on the surface, and the edges look dry. They will be a little more delicate than eggbased pancakes, so turn

them over carefully and cook the other sides for 1 min. Repeat to make 8-10 pancakes. Meanwhile, put the remaining coconut milk and sugar in a small pan. Add a pinch of salt and simmer until the mixture thickens to the consistency of single cream. Use this as a sauce for the pancakes and spoon over some of the passion fruit seeds.

Prep: 10 Mins Cook: 15 Mins Serves: 8 - 10



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Until Sunday 25 February, 2018 Rojales Art exhibition by Ana Carillo at the Caves - Sala Mengolero Torrevieja Art Exhibition by Jaume Marzal called Glances and People. Virgen del Carmen Until Sunday 11 March, 2018 Santa Pola IX Santa Pola Tapas Route (12pm-4pm and 7pm-11pm) Novelda Tapas Route - Route of the Spices Denia XII Tapas Route Until 18 March, 2018 Crevillente 9th Tapas Competition - Tapa and wine for 2,70€ Friday 23 to Sunday 25 February, 2018 Albatera Tapas and Gin Route Friday 23 February, 2018 Aguilas National Drag Queen Festival Alicante Ruth Lorenzo in concert 21.30 at the Aula de Cultura

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Saturday Alcoi, Alicante, Almoradi, Alqueria, Banyeres, Bellreguard, Benifairo, Benissa, Callosa d’En Sarria, Calpe, Castalla, Castell de Castells, Catral, Elche, Elda , La Font d’En Carros, La Romana, Gaianes, Hondon de las Nieves, Novelda, Ondara, Pedreguer, Tavernes de la Valdigna (summer evenings), San Vicente del Raspeig, Salinas, Relleu, Santa Pola, Xalo (Jalon) Rastro Sunday Benidorm, Elche, La Nucia, Campoverde, Algorfa, La Marina, Zoco, Almoradí street market, Lemon Tree Road, Mil Palmeras. Monday Agres, Callosa d’En Sarria, Cox, Denia, Elche, Formentera, Granja de Rocamora, Ibi, La Nucia, Llocnou de Sant Jeroni, Parcent, Petrer, Penaguila, Playa de Miramar (summer evenings), Monover, Real de Gandia, San Pedro del Pinatar, Santa Pola, Sax, Torremendo, Xeraco Tuesday Alicante (Rastro), Aspe, Altea, Barx, Bellreguard, Benijofar, Campo de Mirra, Castalla, Elda, Orihuela, Palma de Gandia, Piles, Playa de Piles (summer evenings), Rafelcofer, Relleu, San Fulgencio, Sella, Tibi, Villalonga, Xalo(Jalon), Xeresa Wednesday Ador, Albatera, Alcoi, Alqueries, Almoines, Banyeres, Barx, Benjema, Beniaries, Benidorm, Benilloba, Benitatxell, Biar, Callosa de Segura, Calpe (Rastro), El Campello, Elda, Guardamar del Segura, La Font d’en Carros, La Mata, Muchamiel, Monforte del Cid, Novelda, Orba, Ondara, Petrer, Polop, Potries, Rotova, San Miguel de Salinas, Sella, Teulada Thursday Agost, Agres, Albatera, Alguena, Alicante, Aspe, Benidoleig, Campoamor near Cabo Roig medical centre, Cocentaina, Hondon de los Frailes, Llocnou de Sant Jeroni, Pego, Playe de Bellreguard (summer evenings), Rafelcofer, Rojales, Tavernes de Valldigna, Villajoyosa, Xabia (Javia), Xixona (Jijona)

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There’s one excellent thing about the new BBC 1 Sunday night sitcom Hold The Sunset, and that’s the fact that there’s no canned laughter track. That means you can fully appreciate, without any interruption, how totally unfunny this show is, which at least suitably follows in the footsteps of the equally awful Still Open All Hours. The simple scenario of this turgid half hour is that two senior single neighbours played by Alison Steadman and John Cleese have made plans to spend the rest of their lives together, preferrably abroad, but everything is thrown up in the air when Steadman’s 50-year-old son portrayed by Jason Watkins arrives, having left his wife. Top performers can never save a humourless script and sadly that’s the case once again with Hold The Sunset, where Steadman, Cleese, and Watkins are completely wasted, and I just groaned with the scene when Watkins got stuck in a window trying to make sure his wife didn’t see him. I was just dying for Cleese to do a

Basil Fawlty and just scream about having to recite his awful lines, which as a one of the great TV comedy figures, he must surely know that they are simply not up to scratch. It wasn’t a good weekend for the BBC as they brought forward a Saturday night turkey as well, and for a change it wasn’t a light entertainment show. Amidst great fanfare we got the debut of Troy: Fall of a City, which is an eight part miniseries jointly produced by the Beeb and Netflix based on the Trojan War and the love affair between Paris and Helen. The South African locations looked good, but I just could not engage with it, and I found it all too boring and lacking some humour just to balance things out, which shows like Game of Thrones and The Last Kingdom use to great effect. The promise of “sex and sandals” just didn’t cut it for me, and like with Hold The Sunset, the script and the storylining were below par, which is a shame, because such shows normally grab me. If you remember Rome

A Wasted Sunset

from over a decade ago, you’ll know exactly what can be done. I have to say that two years on from series one, I was surprised that ITV commissioned a second series of Marcella, and I remain equally disappointed with this cop drama which returned this week. It stems from the creator and writer Hans Rosenfeldt, who is the guy behind one of the great Scand-dramas, The Bridge

(returning soon for the final series on BBC 2). It’s as if everying that he threw out of The Bridge for not being good enough, pops up on Marcella instead. The new plot involves child killers and is frankly a mess, which also applies to cop Marcella’s mind, which once again sees Anna Friel wasted in the title role. In The Bridge, you really care for the detective Saga Noren, whilst with Marcella,

you really couldn’t give a proverbial. The fact that Rosenfeldt can produce something so outstanding like The Bridge, yet also give us such a routine plodder like Marcella, makes it all the more frustrating, because we know that he could do so much better. Hosting awards shows is not the easiest thing to do in the world, and two newbies covered themselves in glory this week, namely Joanna

Lumley doing the film BAFTA’s on Sunday night (BBC 1) and Jack Whitehall in charge of the BRITS show on Wednesday (ITV). Both I suggest have booked themselves a return gig next year, but in this social media age, the BBC really ought to get their act together by screening the BAFTA’s live, rather than on a two hour delay. It’s simply not good enough, whilst ITV legally covered themselves by airing the BRITS with a two minute lag, so that they can get their bleeper working on any pre-watershed swearing. Also on the BAFTA’s, why was there no reference to the great late Barry Norman in the “In Memorium” montage? Barry did more for UK cinema-going than anybody else for decades, and made sure that my pocket money in the mid-seventies was spent wisely going to watch the best movies! BAFTA said there wasn’t enough time, to which I say bunkum, and putting him on the TV BAFTA’s in May is not the right placement for a man who was all about film.



Friday 23rd February 2018 Phelan, but to no avail. Having rowed with Liz again about Phelan, she heads for the hospital to talk to Nicola.

Friday Celebration turns to concern for Chas on her birthday. What’s worrying her? Meanwhile, Liv is left torn. Elsewhere, Jimmy is rewarded when Joe gives him a promotion.

Monday A hungover Paddy wakes up and is awkward after overhearing Chas discussing being pregnant with Faith the night before. Chas is relieved and shocked when Paddy tells her that he knows she’s pregnant. The couple agree that having an abortion is the best option, but Paddy was secretly hoping for a different outcome. Meanwhile, Jimmy feels the pressure from Joe after his promotion last week. He wants out but begins to feel the pressure from Nicola as she begins to plan an expensive holiday. Elsewhere, it becomes clear that Victoria and Robert can’t leave Rebecca on her own and Victoria is stressed looking after Rebecca.

Tuesday Chas is shocked to learn that Paddy really wants to keep the baby. Paddy is left deflated when Chas tells him that her decision is still the same. Will Paddy come round to Chas’s way of thinking? Meanwhile, Joe decides to pile more pressure on a visibly stressed Jimmy. Elsewhere, Laurel is upset when Ashley’s window is smashed.

Wednesday Tensions rise when Joe confronts Robert about smoke from the scrapyard which results in Joe losing a client. Joe vows to get back at Robert by manipulating Jimmy. Joe is confident that they will find dirt to use against Robert. Meanwhile, Bob tries to help Laurel fix the window, but the chemistry between them is too much for Bob to handle and he leaves. Elsewhere, Zak confronts his feelings.

Thursday Jimmy accidentally reverses into Laurel with his car and Bob is shocked to hear about the accident. Over at Mulberry, a distressed Bob arrives and confesses that he thought Laurel was dead. There’s a loaded moment between them and they embrace, kissing passionately – unaware that Brenda is making her way through the door. Meanwhile, Priya faces a challenge.

Will Brenda find out the truth about Bob and Laurel’s affair? Meanwhile, a stressed Priya flips when looking after Eliza and Amba and throws a plate of food at the wall when the girls refuse to eat. Elsewhere, Chas suffers after the week’s events. Also, Joe is confident over his new plan against Robert.

Friday Nicola tells Gary that she thinks Phelan called the police and knows about Seb being in the flat. At the mill, Gary is shocked when Phelan says he is on to him and Nicola. At the same time, Nicola calls to see Sarah and asks her to give Gary another chance, but before Sarah can respond, Nicola collapses in agony. Meanwhile, Lee is angry when Billy refuses his request to stay a couple of nights in the flat. Lee storms out, saying he won’t help him anymore. As Lee heads down the street, Josh bundles him into the back of a van driven by David. At the hospital, Phelan blames Gary for coming between him and Nicola. Gary calls him a liar and a murderer. With Nicola and the baby out of danger, Phelan asks to speak to her on his own. What does he want to say? Meanwhile, Josh and David take Lee to a garage, where they beat him up and threaten him. When David leaves, Josh scares Lee with a tyre iron before letting him go.

Monday Billy is at the Red Rec trying to get more methadone from Lee when he gets a call from the school, asking him to go in to talk about Summer. Outside the school, Billy spots Geraldine and is furious when she tells him that the school have been keeping her updated about how behind Summer is with her work. Meanwhile, Eileen is trying to cheer up

Suffering withdrawal and faced with the truth about how badly Summer is doing at school, Billy gives in to Geraldine’s insistence that she comes to stay with her, despite Summer not wanting to. On his own at the flat, Billy is at his lowest point. Grabbing a pocket watch that belonged to Todd, he seeks out Lee at the church, offering the pocket watch as payment for more methadone. Will Lee come up with the goods?

Wednesday Bethany tells Gail and Sarah that she has resigned from the salon and is going back to lap-dancing. Back at the club, the new manager makes Bethany wear a skimpy bikini, but she refuses. Things get out of hand when a stag do get rowdy and hands on. Seeing the groom, Bethany has a flashback to Nathan and lashes out with a bottle. The police are called and Bethany is arrested. Bethany is quizzed by the police. She confides in Sarah that she’s worried she had some sort of psychotic episode, thinking the groom was Nathan. Sarah says she may benefit from going back to counselling. Craig sees Bethany leaving and blames himself for what happened. At home Beth can see he is anxious, but is baffled by his reaction when he says he is moving out. Zeedan is pleased about Sophie moving in with Kate and Alya. He wastes no time telling Rana.

Monday The Carters are in turmoil as Aidan’s scheme to have drugs dealt at the Queen Vic continues. Mick tries to take matters into his own hands, but the drug dealer passes on a menacing threat from Aidan. Later, Aidan sees Mick in person and gives him a threat he can’t ignore. Meanwhile, Mel fears she’s not alone in the club when its alarm goes off and she heads inside to investigate. Jack also arrives on the scene and assures her that everything is fine, but they soon discover that there really is someone else in there. Elsewhere, Karen is still determined to help Bernadette make friends with people her own age, but Bernadette sneaks off and joins Ted for another chess match. Also today, Stacey finds a letter from Martin’s solicitor, but he tells her that it was sent by mistake.

Tuesday Linda makes a surprise return home to the Queen Vic and quickly finds out about the latest dramas with Aidan. Linda takes action of her own to sort things out, but the Carters soon find themselves in another worrying situation. Meanwhile, Mel gives Billy a challenge when he asks her for a new job at the club. Later on, she goes ahead and offers Billy a position at her new business. Elsewhere, Martin meets up with

Hayley while spending the day with the children. Although Stacey has insisted the kids should be home on time, Hayley proves to be a bad influence by convincing him to keep them for longer. Thursday Hunter wants to help Mel with the re-opening of the club, but is put out when Jack also tries to get involved. Jack also tries to support Hunter in light of it being the anniversary of Steve’s death. However, Hunter still isn’t happy with Jack’s interference and wants him out of his mum’s life.

Jac refuses to take time off when her pain becomes unbearable, fearing it will jeopardise her supremacy on Darwin.

Frieda must find an alternative solution and convince Jac to take it before she puts her patients at risk. Meanwhile, Roxanna believes an experimental treatment could be the answer to Oliver’s recovery. With Gaskell sceptical and Serena reluctant to commit funds, Roxanna must call on a weary Hanssen for help before Oliver loses all hope. But is Hanssen ready to return? Elsewhere, when Sheilagh receives an unsettling diagnosis, Dominic is determined to help Lofty plan her ongoing care.

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Saturday 09:00 Breakfast Medley 12:00 Saturday Afternoons with Paul Norman 15:00 Saturday Sports with Alex Trelinski 18:00 Entertainment Power 20:00 Northern Soul

Sunday 09:00 Breakfast with Tim Bridge 12:00 Soul & Mowtown 14:00 Gary Jackson 16:00 The Retro Chart 18:00 Classic Country

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Friday 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 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 at the Winter Olympic Games.

20:00 Emmerdale Celebration leads to concern for Chas.

21:00 Mastermind John Humphrys presents another semi-final of the classic quiz. 20:30 Live: Six Nations Rugby - France v Italy Coverage of the match from the third round of fixtures, which takes place at Orange Velodrome in Marseille. This will be only the 12th time that Les Bleus have played a home match at this stadium, and the first time it plays host to a Six Nations contest, and they will hope to continue their good record at this site having won on nine occasions and lost only twice. The Italians, meanwhile, will hope a change in venue brings a change of fortune, having not recorded a victory over the French since 2013, which was one of only two triumphs since the turn of the century. (Kick-off 21.00) 23:00 News 23:35 The Graham Norton Show 00:25 The Young Offenders 00:55 Murder in Successville 01:25 Live: Winter Olympic Games

21:30 Wild Cameramen at Work Examining the challenges of filming wildlife in the sky. John and Mark reveal some of the unlikely locations they have filmed birdlife, from a Delhi rubbish dump to a motorway flyover near Birmingham.

Legendary entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth is set to be remembered with a special tribute show on the BBC following his sad death last summer. Sir Bruce, who had a long and glittering career on screen, will be the focus of an upcoming special, set to be hosted by his long-time Strictly Come Dancing cohost Tess Daly. The hour-long special – which will be filmed at the London Palladium next week – will be headlined by a friend of Sir Bruce, the one and only Dame Shirley Bassey. In a statement, Bassey said that she was "honoured" to be taking part in the upcoming show, where she's set to perform one of Sir Bruce's "favourite songs". "Sir Bruce Forsyth was a born entertainer – a talented singer, dancer, actor – always putting a smile on

20:30 Coronation Street Phelan lets Gary know that he’s been rumbled. 21:00 Love Your Garden Alan Titichmarsh and his team are in Durham at the home of the Hunter family, who sadly lost dad Phillip to cancer after he had contacted the team to create a special garden. 21:30 Coronation Street Jenny confides her troubles to Kevin.

22:00 An Island Parish A year after the Island Parish series celebrated the close church community and relaxed way of life on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, cameras return to Britain’s overseas territory in the aftermath of one of the most powerful hurricanes in recorded history. Hurricane Irma swept through Anguilla on 6 September 2017.

22:00 Lethal Weapon Riggs and Murtaugh investigate the death of a surfer, which occurred shortly after he was harassed by a fellow surfer. Meanwhile, Murtaugh grows suspicious of Trish's new friend, with whom she's been working on a charity event - and then learns it's none other than NBA champion Scottie Pippen (guest starring as himself).

23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight 00:05 Film - While We’re Young (14) 01:35 Panorama 02:05 Animals with Cameras 03:05 Horizon 04:05 Royal Recipes 04:50 Weather 04:55 News

23:00 News 23:45 Benidorm: Ten Years on Holiday 00:45 The BRIT Awards 2018 02:40 Jackpot247 04:00 Alphabetical 04:50 ITV Nightscreen

Bruce getting BBC tribute featuring Shirley Bassey

people's faces," she said. "I'm honoured to be performing one of his favourite songs in his memory." It's also reported that the tribute show, which is set to air next month, will feature special appearances from the likes of Ant & Dec, Len Goodman, and Dave Arch and his Strictly band. Last month, the National Television Awards also paid tribute to the icon, with an on-air memorial and the introduction of the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award. Speaking at the ceremony last month, Bruce's widow poignantly told the live crowd: "I'm so proud and honoured that this special award is named after Bruce. "I know he'd love it because show business was his life. I also know if he was here tonight, he'd be saying to you, 'It was nice to see you. To see you, nice'."


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 Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast Jamie teaches guest Martin Clunes how to cook a paella, just like the ones the Doc Martin actor enjoyed on holiday with his father as a youngster. Jamie also cooks the most beautiful lamb rack and potato al forno, while co-host Jimmy turns plants into root beer and countryside cocktails. This week's food fight concerns sustainable fish.

20:00 The Wine Show Six world-class sommeliers lend their expertise, from restaurants Belcanto in Lisbon, Lime Wood in Hampshire and California’s Single Thread Farm, as well as a London trio comprising Dairy, Pied de Terre and Bubbledogs Kitchen Table. 21:00 Celebrity 5 Go Barging For the fourth and final leg, the famous five continue along the Canal du Midi, in the vicinity of the southern French town of Beziers. But life on the canal is not as tranquil as the gang were expecting.

22:00 Gogglebox The flyon-the-wall series turning the cameras on Britain's most avid, opinionated and sharp-tongued TV viewers makes a welcome return, as the show's regular gaggle settle down to share their thoughts on what they have been watching during the week.

22:00 Cruising with Jane McDonald Starting off in Ho Chi Minh City, Jane samples the sights, sounds and cuisine of Vietnam, before setting sail up the Mekong to Cambodia where she visits a floating market before ending up at Ankor Wat, one of the oldest religious monuments on earth.

23:00 The Last Leg 00:05 Rude Tube 01:05 Film Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (18) 02:45 Born to Kill 03:40 Damned 04:05 Four Rooms with Sarah Beeny

23:00 Will & Grace 23:30 Joan Rivers: By Her Friends 00:30 The Joan Rivers Position 01:15 SuperCasino 04:10 The XFiles

ITV commissions second series of Bancroft

Ruthless DCI Elizabeth Bancroft will return to ITV with a new four-parter, created and written by Kate Brooke. Bancroft II will be executive produced by Kate alongside Catherine Oldfield, Creative Director and Executive Producer of Tall Story Pictures. With Sarah Parish in the lead role, the new series focuses on Bancroft’s continuing success following her promotion to Detective Chief Superintendent. She’s popular with her colleagues, and her crime figures are down. However, her success comes at a price, as she’s lonely and estranged from her beloved son Joe and under pressure as a result of her dangerous pact with crime boss Daanish Kamara. When Joe is inadvertently dragged into the middle of a double murder case,

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 Sister’s Nightmare 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News

Bancroft determines to do anything to protect her son and finds herself up against a chilling new antagonist. Catherine Oldfield, Executive Producer, said: “That the audience took to Elizabeth Bancroft in all her terrible, distorted glory in such numbers is fantastic. Kate has loads of brilliant twists and turns in store for this new series and I can’t wait to see what Sarah and the cast do with them.’ Kate Brooke, Creator and Writer added: “In Bancroft I wanted to explore a contentious antiheroine, a woman we love and loathe in equal measure. I’m thrilled to be continuing her story. In this new series the repercussions of her past actions will come back to bite her in ways she could never have expected. Filmed will go into production later this year.

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 07:20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 08:10 Dress to Impress 08:55 Emmerdale 09:50 Coronation Street 10:25 Ellen DeGeneres 11:15 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 11:25 Film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 13:10 Emmerdale 14:15 Coronation Street 14:45 Ellen DeGeneres 15:35 Jeremy Kyle 19:00 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 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:55 Heartbeat 08:55 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 16:45 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 Rosemary and Thyme 23:00 The Good Karma Hospital 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 17:45 The Professionals 18:45 Counting Cars 19:45 Live: World Grand Prix Snooker

C4's Naked Attraction returns for a third series

Naked Attraction, the hit Channel 4 entertainment series that bares all in the quest for true love has been re commissioned for a third series from Studio Lambert have announced. In this 10x60’ daring dating series, hosted by fully clothed TV presenter Anna Richardson, the picker will once again whittle down a group of six potential suitors, who are stood naked in a pod, one body part at a time, based on what they find least attractive. Last series saw a number of couples successfully find love by baring all, and opened up the conversation about gender, sexuality and body confidence, as well as revealing the truth about what people really find attractive in a naked body. The series averaged 1.5 million viewers and a 9.3% share.

Naked Attraction strips back the trappings of modern dating to just the naked body and our primal instincts. Anna Richardson said: “Naked Attraction is such an important series. It’s not just about being naked, it’s about acceptance, individuality and confidence. It’s brave and it’s out there, and I see that as a very positive thing.” Lucy Leveugle, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor said, “In an increasingly filtered world, this show is ever more relevant and I look forward to seeing a new generation of people looking for love and whose bodies tell a story.” If you are up for naked dating, please visit iewers/viewers-voice/takepart for more information on how to apply for the series.


Friday 23rd February 2018

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Saturday - ITV The entertainer duo return with their regular weekend variety show, featuring audience surprises, outlandish stunts and celebrity guests. Kylie Minogue gets proceedings under way by opening the show with a studio performance, and Olly Murs swaps his rotating chair on The Voice for a seat in the announcer's booth. Amanda Holden becomes the first famous face to fall victim to the pair's latest round of Undercover pranks, and Stephen Mulhern is back to preside over another Ant Versus Dec contest, this

Hannibal's Elephant Army Sunday - Channel 4 Scientists search for traces of the Carthaginian general's journey across the Alps with an army that included 40,000 men, 9000 cavalry and 37 elephants, a challenge that involved traversing mountains, raging rivers and the territory of hostile tribes. New evidence found in the rocky soil of the mountain range offers clues to the specific details of the trek. Palaeobiologist Dr Tori

time featuring monster trucks. Plus, Scarlett Moffat returns to Takeaway for more extravagant chal-

lenges, and the boys launch the show's biggest-ever Place on the Plane giveaway.

Herridge reveals why elephants are surprisingly good at mountain climbing, while historian Dr Eve MacDonald

examines the motivations that drove Hannibal to make his seemingly impossible journey.

Strike - Career of Evil

Britannia: Secrets of the Royal Yacht

Saturday - Channel 5 Rob Bell examines iconic ships that have played significant roles in Britain's maritime and cultural history,

beginning with the Royal Yacht Britannia. Now permanently berthed in Edinburgh, it was, for 44 years, a floating palace at sea.

HMY Britannia travelled more than a million miles, the equivalent of one circumnavigation of the globe for every year she was in service.

Sunday - BBC One Part one of a two-part adaptation of JK Rowling's detective novel, with Tom Burke returning for a third time as

private eye Cormoran Strike. Robin receives a severed leg in the post, and Strike is soon on the trail of potential suspects - all of whom have personal

vendettas against him. Matthew's jealousy threatens his relationship with Robin, especially when she and Strike go away overnight.

Saturday TV 07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Live: Winter Olympic Games 13:00 Football Focus 14:00 News 14:15 Live: Winter Olympic Games 17:00 Live: Six Nations Rugby Scotland v England 20:00 News 20:15 All Together Now More amateur and professional singers hope to impress `the 100' as they take to the stage in the singalong challenge, competing for the two remaining spots in the Grand Final. This time, one of the acts dares a cover of judge Geri Horner's It's Raining Men. 21:20 Casualty Ethan is flying high after kissing Alicia, and a fight between a family gets out of control causing injury to a pregnant mother. Meanwhile, Glen, miserable that his daughter doesn’t have the same last name as him, decides to propose to Robyn. 22:10 Troy: Fall of a City Helen and Paris reach Troy, and discover news of their illicit elopement has arrived ahead of them. Rulers Priam and Hecuba engage in an agonising debate over whether to send Helen back to her husband, or face the consequences of defiance. Meanwhile, in Sparta, Menelaus and his brother Agamemnon marshal the Greek forces in preparation of an invasion of Troy. 23:10 News 23:30 Match of the Day 00:55 Live: Winter Olympic Games

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 15:00 Italy’s Invisible Cities 16:00 Nigel Slater’s Middle East 17:00 Trust Me I’m a Doctor 17:30 Final Score 18:30 Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for Good 19:00 Hugh’s Wild West 20:00 Winter Olympic Games Clare Balding presents highlights of the day’s action at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang 21:00 David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities Some animals have an incredible ability to get directions, including the dung beetle, which uses the sun, the moon and even the Milky Way to move its ball of dung in the right direction.


07:00 CITV 10:25 News 10:30 James Martin’s Saturday Morning 12:25 Dancing on Ice 14:20 News 14:30 Live: Six Nations Rugby - Ireland v Wales 17:30 News 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Take Me Out 20:00 Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Expect super-sized audience surprises, incredible stunts and celebrity guests as Amanda Holden is the first celebrity to fall victim to an outrageous “Undercover’ prank this series. Stephen Mulhern is back with an `Ant Versus Dec” Monster Truck race between the boys, and Scarlett Moffatt returns to Takeaway with an audacious stunt.

21:30 The Voice UK It’s the start of the battles. Coaches, Jennifer , Sir Tom and Olly return to the infamous red chairs as their acts go head-to-head and fight for a place on their 21:30 Dad’s Army coach’s team. Mainwaring and his platoon Through the are instructed to guard a 22:50 Keyhole Keith Lemon captive U-boat crew. invades the homes of one 22:00 Judi Dench: All the final trio of famous faces, World’s Her Stage An inti- inviting Jonathan Ross, mate portrait of Judi, one of Melanie Sykes and Ashley the most outstanding Banjo to form the panel. As British actors, told by some ever, the stars in the studio of the biggest names in will be asked to guess which celebrity abode the entertainment. host has infiltrated. 23:00 Film - Philomena (PG) 00:30 Film - 23:45 News 00:05 Film Strawberry Fields (15) Lethal Weapon 4 (15) 01:55 Weather for the 02:30 Jackpot247 04:00 Babushka Week Ahead 02:00 News

07:20 Mobil 1 The Grid 07:45 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 14:25 Come Dine with Me 15:25 Coast vs Country 16:25 A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun 17:30 The Secret Life of the Zoo 18:35 The Supervet 19:30 News 20:00 Penelope Keith’s Coastal Villages Penelope explores seaside villages in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, and is swept up by coastal tales of epic heroism, intrepid horticulture and smoked herring. 21:00 Britain at Low Tide In Dorset, Tori Herridge and the team reveal the story of the world’s first aircraft carriers and discover how this coastline played a vital role in D-Day. 22:00 Film - The Take An American pickpocket in Paris accidentally steals some top secret information, and finds himself on the run from the CIA. The agent in charge of the investigation recruits the thief's help when he discovers a sinister conspiracy that threatens both of them. (15) 23:50 Film - Dredd (18) 01:35 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 02:25 The Last Leg 03:20 Hollyoaks 05:25 Coast vs Country

07:00 Milkshake 11:05 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:35 Pets Make You Laugh Out Loud 12:00 Police Interceptors 15:00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 18:00 Rich House, Poor House 19:00 The Secret Life of Puppies 20:00 Cruising with Jane McDonald On her first ever river cruise, Jane heads to Budapest’s Szechenyi Baths, before a visit to the moving WWII memorial, Shoes on the Danube Bank. Then, after a waltz and a wurst, Jane makes her way to her final stop of Passau, Southern Bavaria. 21:00 Great British Royal Ships Rob Bell reveals some of the mysteries and secrets bound up in the royal yacht Britannia, a vessel that has had many guises including being a floating palace, and a rescue vessel. 21:55 News 22:00 Football Colin Murray introduces highlights from the weekend’s games, including Fulham v Wo l v e r h a m p t o n Wanderers, Sunderland v Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa. 23:30 Britain’s Favourite Biscuit 00:55 Cruising with Jane McDonald 01:10 SuperCasino 04:10 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 05:45 House Doctor

07:00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 07:10 Emmerdale Omnibus 09:40 Coronation Street Omnibus 12:30 Take Me Out 14:05 Mr Bean 15:05 You’ve Been Framed! 16:10 Film - Babe 18:00 Film - Nanny McPhee 20:05 Film - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (PG) 22:50 Survival of the Fittest 23:50 Family Guy 00:05 Film Lethal Weapon 4 (15) 02:30 Jackpot247 04:00 Babushka 04:50 ITV Nightscreen ITV 3 07:00 Judge Judy 07:20 Murder, She Wrote 10:15 A Touch of Frost 14:25 Columbo 16:00 Agatha Christie’s Marple 18:00 The Durrells 20:05 Midsomer Murders 00:00 Lewis 02:05 The Good Karma Hospital 02:55 ITV3 Nightscreen 03:30 Teleshopping ITV 4 07:00 Counting Cars 07:25 Minder 08:25 The Professionals 10:30 ITV Racing 11:30 Counting Cars 12:25 Fishing Impossible 14:30 ITV Racing: Live from Kempton 17:00 Film - The Train Robbers (PG) 18:55 Storage Wars 19:25 World Cup Rivalries 19:45 Live: World Grand Prix Snooker 00:15 Film - High Plains Drifter (18) 02:30 The Professionals 03:25 Counting Cars 03:50 ITV4 Nightscreen

Sunday TV 07:00 Breakfast 08:30 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 The Big Questions 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 News 14:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 15:00 Money for Nothing 15:45 Get Away for Winter 16:30 Songs of Praise 17:05 Earth’s Natural Wonders 19:05 News 19:30 Countryfile Matt is in Derbyshire where Matt is exploring the boom in farming alpacas.

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

07:00 CITV 10:25 News 10:30 Love Your Garden 11:00 Peston on Sunday 12:00 The Martin Lewis Money Show 12:30 The Voice UK 13:45 News 14:00 Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 15:30 What Would Your Kid Do? 16:30 Tipping Point 17:30 News 18:00 The Chase: Celebrity Special

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 Jamie’s Quick and Easy Food 15:00 The Simpsons 15:55 Film - Tooth Fairy 18:00 Film - Ice Age: Continental Drift 19:35 News

21:00 Top Gear Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid take a motorsports road trip across America’s Wild West, in the latest V8sports cars from McLaren, Jaguar and Ford. Rob Brydon tackles the Top Gear track in the Reasonably Fast Car.

19:00 Dancing on Ice Phillip and Holly present fairytale week, as the remaining contestants perform fantastical routines to impress judges Christopher , Jayne , Jason and Ashley before the dreaded SkateOff determines which couple will be leaving the show.

20:00 Posh Pawn James is armed and dangerous in an army tank that a military vehicle enthusiast hopes to sell for £30,000, to fund the family trip of a lifetime. Designer handbag expert Claudia meets a man about town who wants to upgrade his Hermes Birkin bag.

21:00 Endeavour The detective drama takes inspiration from an episode from Oxford's real-life history, in which civil rights campaigner Malcolm X was invited to speak at the Oxford Union, less than two months before his assassination. Here, Morse struggles to negotiate escalating social tensions as a protest at a hair salon exposes rapidly escalating racial unrest in the heart of the city.

21:00 Hannibal’s Elephant Army: The New Evidence An international team of scientists sheds new light on Hannibal’s almost impossible journey across the Alps with an army of 40,000 men, 9000 cavalry and 37 elephants.

23:00 News 23:15 Peston on Sunday 00:15 Six Nations Rugby 01:10 100 Year Old Driving School 01:35 Marcella 02:25 Jackpot247 04:00 Take on the Twisters

23:10 Gogglebox 00:05 Film - Shutter Island (14) 02:35 The World’s Most Expensive Food 03:30 The Supervet 04:25 Four Rooms 05:15 KOTV Boxing Weekly

07:00 Live: Winter Olympic Games 15:00 Live: Indoor Grand Prix Athletics 18:30 Flog It! 19:00 Back in Time for Tea

20:30 Hold the Sunset Phil and Roger make rival attempts to impress Edith on her 70th birthday. Roger’s bright idea is to dig up Mrs Gale, Edith’s chaotic 22:00 Life and Death Row former cleaner, but Edith is An attorney tries to halt an far from pleased. execution on the basis that the condemned man did 21:00 Call the Midwife not get a fair trial 24 years Barbara is on hand to help previously, but the original Pearl after her husband prosecutor is still deterdies. Newly arrived from mined to see the sentence Northern Ireland, and with is carried out. The family of two children and one on the a prisoner claim that DNA way, Pearl is at a loss as to testing will prove his innohow she will manage with- cence, and the daughter of out her husband. the woman he is accused of killing hopes his death will 22:00 Strike A dismem- allow her to move on. bered leg sent to Strike’s office sends both his and 23:15 The Mash Report Robin’s lives into disarray. 23:45 Top Gear: Extra Gear 00:10 Cleverman 01:00 23:00 News 23:30 Match of Women’s Six Nations the Day 2 00:15 Film - Point Rugby 01:30 Question Break (15) 02:10 Weather Time 02:30 Holby City 02:15 News 03:30 This Is BBC TWO

22:00 Homeland Carrie makes a discovery, Wellington protects Keane, and O’Keefe continues to broadcast.

07:00 Milkshake 10:40 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:05 Football 12:35 Film - The Bridge at Remagen (PG) 14:50 Film - A Bridge Too Far (PG) 18:05 Film - Where Eagles Dare (PG) Cup Carabao 21:00 Football Colin Murray presents extended highlights from the first major final of the English season as Arsenal take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley. 21:55 News. 22:00 Film - Trainwreck Ever since her father drilled into her head that monogamy isn’t realistic, magazine writer Amy has made promiscuity her credo. As much as she enjoys an uninhibited life free of commitment, Amy is really in a rut. While writing a profile about charming and successful sports doctor Aaron Conners, she finds herself actually falling in love for the first time — and what’s more, Aaron seems to like her too. Amy starts to wonder if it’s time to clean up her act. (14) 00:35 Film - Sex Tape (18) 02:15 SuperCasino 04:10 Cowboy Builders 05:00 My Mum’s Hotter Than Me! 05:45 House Doctor

07:00 You’ve Been Framed! 07:50 Emmerdale Omnibus 10:35 Coronation Street Omnibus 13:30 Mr Bean 14:35 The Voice UK 16:00 Film - Looney Tunes: Back in Action 17:55 Film - Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang 20:00 Film - Legally Blonde (PG) 22:00 The Ibiza Weekender 23:00 Survival of the Fittest 00:00 Family Guy 01:25 American Dad! ITV 3 07:00 Murder, She Wrote 08:55 Heartbeat 11:00 Columbo 12:35 Lewis 14:35 A Touch of Frost 16:50 The Durrells 19:00 Midsomer Murders 21:00 Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs 22:00 Tonight at the London Palladium 23:00 Film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (14) 01:35 Life of Crime 02:30 Blue Murder ITV 4 07:00 Football Rivalries 07:15 Ironside 08:20 Quincy, M.E. 09:20 The Professionals 10:25 The Sweeney 12:35 Minder 13:45 Live: World Grand Prix Snooker 18:15 Storage Wars 18:45 The Chase: Celebrity Special 19:45 Live: World Grand Prix Snooker 00:15 Film - A Dangerous Man (15) 02:20 Minder

32 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Murder, Mystery and My Family 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Wanted Down Under Revisited 12:45 Caught Red Handed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators 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 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders Mick is left torn as his livelihood is put under threat. 21:30 Classic Mary Berry Mary indulges her love of comfort food with heartwarming recipes including eggs Benedict Florentine, slow-cooked lamb shanks, and deliciously rich chocolate truffle pots, before enjoying open-fire cooking with chef Niklas Esktedt. 22:00 MasterChef The first seven hopefuls must attempt to impress last year’s MasterChef finalists. The MasterChef Market returns, stocked full of the best quality produce from across the world including meat, fish, fruit,vegetables, nuts, pulses, grains and dairy. 23:00 News 23:45 Have I Got News for You 00:15 Graham Norton 01:05 Weather 01:10 News

Friday 23rd February 2018

07:00 Coast 07:30 Get Away for Winter 08:15 Escape to the Country 09:00 Hugh’s Wild West 10:00 Victoria Derbyshire 12:00 News 12:30 The Week in Parliament 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Women’s Six Nations Rugby 14:30 Perfection 15:15 Yes Chef 16:00 A Place to Call Home 16:55 More Creatures Great and Small 17:25 Caribbean with Simon Reeve 18:25 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 Only Connect The Belgophiles take on the Beaks. They compete to find the connections between: Tsar Alexander II, King George VI, The Arc de Triomphe, and 12th Earl of Derby. 21:30 University Challenge In another quarter final match find out which university team will make it to the next stage of the quiz for students.

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 Chas and Paddy face their future. 20:30 Coronation Street Billy receives a summons from Summer’s school. 21:00 The Martin Lewis Money Show Martin and Angellica Bell look at the issue of council tax, revealing if viewers could be paying too much, due a refund or entitled to a discount. 21:30 Coronation Street Tyrone is annoyed to find that Gemma in charge of his children.

22:00 Collateral When the killers claim another victim, DI Kip Glaspie decides to break the rules to get to the bottom of the mystery.

22:00 Marcella Marcella decides to return to the root cause of her blackouts. Meanwhile, the discovery of another body leads the team to question what type of killer they’re dealing with.

23:00 Two Doors Down 23:30 Newsnight 00:15 Murdered For Love? Samia Shahid 01:15 Odyssey 02:40 Countryfile 03:35 Charles I’s Treasures Reunited 04:35 This Is BBC Two

23:00 News 23:50 John Worboys: The Taxi Cab Rapist with Susanna Reid 00:50 Serial Killer with Piers Morgan 01:40 Jackpot247 04:00 Jeremy Kyle 04:55 ITV Nightscreen

07:00 Countdown 07:45 3rd Rock From the Sun 08:10 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 Dispatches Antony Barnett investigates the expenses of Britain’s top universities. 21:30 Food Unwrapped Jimmy finds out how shredded wheat’s made, Matt discovers that lard can be healthier than butter, and Dr Helen visits Poland to learn the trick to concentrating apple juice. 22:00 24 Hours in Police Custody Bedfordshire Police are called to Dunstable Town Centre, where a man has driven a car into a group of revellers outside a kebab shop before fleeing on foot. 23:00 Electric Dreams 00:05 Married at First Sight 01:10 The £1 Houses 02:05 The Job Interview 03:00 Supershoppers 03:55 The Question Jury

Monday TV 07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 13:10 News 13:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 14:10 Access 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 Aviva Premiership Rugby Mark DurdenSmith and David Flatman present the best Aviva Premiership action from across the weekend. Action from Exeter v Northampton, Bath v Sale, Gloucester v Wasps, London Irish v Worcester, Harlequins v Newcastle, and Saracens v Leicester. 21:00 Winter Road Rescue A tanker slides off the road near Northampton, a family broken down in thick fog needs rescue, and a pedestrian is hit by a car on a fast and icy road. 22:00 The Unstoppable Flying Scotsman Engineer Rob Bell presents the first of a two-part documentary charting the history of the world's most famous steam locomotive. 23:00 The X-Files 00:00 Film - Elysium (14) 02:00 SuperCasino 04:10 Cowboy Builders 05:00 My Mum’s Hotter Than Me!

07:20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 08:10 Dress to Impress 08:55 Emmerdale 09:20 Coronation StreetG 10:25 Ellen DeGeneres 11:15 Who’s Doing the Dishes? 12:10 Dress to Impress 13:15 Emmerdale 13:50 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 10:05 Judge Judy 11:25 The Cruise 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 18:25 George and Mildred 18:55 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Lewis 23:00 DCI Banks ITV 4 07:00 The Protectors 07:30 The Chase 08:30 Ironside 09:35 Quincy, M.E. 10:35 Minder 11:45 The Sweeney 12:50 The Professionals 13:50 Ironside 14:55 Quincy, M.E. 15:55 Minder 17:00 The Sweeney 18:05 The Avengers 19:10 Storage Wars 20:05 Pawn Stars 21:00 River Monsters 23:05 Film - On Deadly Ground (15)

Tuesday TV 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Murder, Mystery and My Family 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Wanted Down Under Revisited 12:45 Caught Red Handed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators 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 Linda is alarmed to hear what’s going on and attempts to take back control. 21:00 Holby City Will Frieda continue to help Jac when her mentor’s pain reaches breaking point? 22:00 Shetland Perez questions Donna about the shocking DNA results, Tosh arrives in Norway in search of Andreas Hagan, and an unexpected twist leads Perez and Tosh into the murky world of the Norwegian far right. Perez questions Donna Killick about the DNA results. She swears she doesn’t know the identity of Alan’s real father, but Perez is sceptical. Back at the station McCabe gets news of the Benny Ray attack. 23:00 News 23:45 Acid Attack: My Story 00:30 Miranda Hart Live 01:30 Weather 01:35 News

07:00 Caught Red Handed 07:30 Get Away for Winter 08:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 09:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 10:00 Victoria Derbyshire 12:00 News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 The Super League Show 14:45 Plan It, Build It 15:15 Yes Chef 16:00 A Place to Call Home 16:55 More Creatures Great and Small 17:25 Caribbean with Simon Reeve 18:25 Flog It! 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 Chas makes a discovery

20:30 100 Year Old Driving School Cameras follow some of Britain's oldest drivers as they put themselves through the 20:00 Sea Cities Summer paces of a mature driving is crucial for the businesses assessment. along Brighton's front, including Jack & Neil's fish 21:00 What Would Your shop and Michael Kid Do? Jason Manford Bremner's restaurant, while hosts and asks how well traditional favourites com- we really know our kids by pete against new attraction. challenging parents to guess what their children 21:00 Back in Time for will do in a variety of enterTea The Ellises sample life taining situations. in the 1970s, an age of power cuts and strikes, but 22:00 100 Years Younger also a golden era for work- in 21 Days Britain’s leading longevity professor ing class families. invites the group to 22:00 Amazing Hotels: Sardinia, home to one of Life Beyond the Lobby the oldest populations in Giles and Monica fly to the the world. The 100 Years Rejuvenation other side of the world to Younger work in one of the world’s Clinic might look idyllic, most luxurious eco resorts but it will host a brutal on the small island of regime of diet, exercise Tetiaroa in French and therapies. Polynesia. 23:00 News 23:45 23:00 Mum 23:25 The Through the Keyhole Archiveologists 23:30 00:45 Sunday Night at the 01:35 Newsnight 00:15 An Island Palladium Parish 01:15 Generation Jackpot247 04:00 Loose Gifted 02:20 Royal Recipes Women

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 How to Get Fit Fast Anna Richardson and Amar Latif separate fact from fiction when it comes to exercise, helping viewers find the workout that is right for them. Amar tries out a muddy endurance obstacle course to get to the bottom of their huge surge in popularity. 22:00 24 Hours in A&E54year-old Richard arrives to A&E suffering symptoms of a suspected stroke. Neurology registrar Vijay works quickly to assess what may have happened and Richard is sent to CT. 23:00 The FGM Detectives 00:00 Before We Die 01:15 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 02:00 World of Weird 02:55 The Supervet 03:50 The Question Jury 04:45 Coast vs Country 05:40 Location, Location, Location

07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 13:10 News 13:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 14:10 Access 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Film - Killer Collector 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 Loch Lomond: A Year in the Wild It is spring, and migrating ospreys return to the park. Pregnant red deer come down from the mountain tops to the lowlands to calve. On a mountainside, two big cocks fight for the right to mate in a spectacle called a lek. 21:00 Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh Alan visits 16th-century Hardwick Hall, once the home of the Countess of Shrewsbury, commonly known as Bess of Hardwick. 22:00 Elizabeth: Our Queen Using testimony from friends and eye-witnesses, this episode reaches the 1970s and explores how the Queen faced both a hostile nation and scandal within her family. 23:00 Ben Fogle: Return to the Wild 00:05 Sinkholes 01:05 Weather Terror 02:00 SuperCasino 04:10 Cowboy Builders

08:10 Dress to Impress 08:55 Emmerdale 09:20 Coronation Street 10:25 Ellen DeGeneres 11:15 Who’s Doing the Dishes? 12:10 Dress to Impress 13:15 Emmerdale 13:50 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 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:55 Heartbeat 09:00 The Royal 10:05 Judge Judy 11:25 The Cruise 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 19:00 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Midsomer Murders 23:00 Scott & Bailey ITV 4 07:35 Pawn Stars 08:30 Ironside 09:30 Quincy, M.E. 10:30 Minder 11:35 The Sweeney 12:40 The Avengers 13:50 Ironside 14:50 Quincy, M.E. 15:55 Minder 17:00 The Sweeney 18:05 The Avengers 19:05 Storage Wars 20:05 Pawn Stars 21:00 World Superbike Racing 22:00 Britain’s Busiest Airport 23:00 Film Game of Death (15)


07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Murder, Mystery and My Family 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Wanted Down Under Revisited 12:45 Caught Red Handed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators 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 21:00 Holby City Will Frieda continue to help Jac when her mentor’s pain reaches breaking point? 22:00 Shetland Perez questions Donna about the shocking DNA results, Tosh arrives in Norway in search of Andreas Hagan, and an unexpected twist leads Perez and Tosh into the murky world of the Norwegian far right. Perez questions Donna Killick about the DNA results. She swears she doesn’t know the identity of Alan’s real father, but Perez is sceptical. Back at the station McCabe gets news of the Benny Ray attack. Benny blames Malone but is reluctant to press charges against him. Tosh arrives in Norway to track down the elusive Andreas Hagan. Accompanied by Detective Lars Bleymann, Tosh travels to Hagan’s hunting cabin in Voss. 23:00 News 23:45 Acid Attack: My Story 00:30 Miranda Hart Live 01:30 Weather 01:35 News

07:00 Caught Red Handed 07:30 Get Away for Winter 08:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 09:00 Great British Railway Journeys 09:30 Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs 10:00 Victoria Derbyshire 12:00 News 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 Perfection 14:45 Plan It, Build It 15:15 Yes Chef 16:00 A Place to Call Home 16:50 More Creatures Great and Small 17:20 Caribbean with Simon Reeve 18:20 Flog It! 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Sea Cities A local entrepreneur juggles fishing, boat trips and a café during a busy summer, while a ship company attempt to prove they are ready to join the navy’s fleet. 21:00 The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin head to Portugal.

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 Joe sets his sights on a new target. 20:30 Coronation Street Bethany suffers a harrowing experience at work 21:00 Britain’s Brightest Family The Rockliffe-King family from Cumbria aim to beat the Wright family from Durham to a place in the quarterfinals of the knockout quiz tournament. 21:30 Coronation Street Eileen and Liz hold peace talks in an unlikely setting.

22:50 Live at the Apollo Another leading performer on the stand-up circuit plays host in this show recorded before a packed house at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

22:00 Benidorm Anticipation is in the air at the Solana as it’s Joyce and Monty’s big day and Monty is steaming ahead with last-minute plans. Will Joyce like his surprise venue, and just how good is the catering going to be? Things go from bad to worse as Monty finds himself and the guests in quite a predicament, and it’s up to Kenneth to save the day! Sam has been left in charge at the Solana and can’t resist the chance to make some extra cash.

23:30 Newsnight 00:15 Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby 01:15 Flatpack Empire 02:15 Royal Recipes

23:00 News 23:45 Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport 00:45 Caught on Camera 01:35 Jackpot247 04:00 Tenable

22:00 The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story The crime anthology returns to focus on the murder of designer Versace.

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 M a k e r s 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 News 21:00 The Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick and his team return for an eleventh series. In the first episode, a tiny Jackahuahua puppy is in need of emergency spinal surgery after being attacked by a dog in the park, but it is not certain that he will be able to get back on his feet again after the operation. Elsewhere, a Bernese has a rare cyst in his elbow, requiring a challenging operation for removal, and an excitable Labrador requires elbow replacement surgery. 22:00 The £1 Houses: Britain’s Cheapest Street The £1 scheme plunges into crisis - with a ransacked house and a local shooting. Even a local police officer says he wouldn’t live in the area. 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 - Safety Not Guaranteed (14)

07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 13:10 News 13:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 14:10 Access 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 NCIS 16:20 Film - Left for Dead 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! Matt unravels the complex case of a shopkeeper, and meets a single mum struggling to cope with mounting debts. A beauty salon owner threatens to lock Stewart in and place him under citizen’s arrest. 21:00 GPs: Behind Closed Doors It’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and Michelle has come in about her bulimia. Other patients include a man whose psychiatric illness led him to smash his teeth and a young man who thinks he has asthma . 22:00 Violent Child, Desperate Parents Child psychologist Laverne Antrobus meets Debbie and her eight-year-old son Joe, whose uncontrollable rages dominate the entire family. Too scared of his violent outbursts to take Joe out and about, Debbie is effectively trapped in her house and has reached breaking point. 23:00 When Chat Shows Go Horribly Wrong 01:55 SuperCasino 04:10 Cowboy Builders 05:00 My Mum’s Hotter Than Me!

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 Who’s Doing the Dishes? 12:10 Dress to Impress 13:15 Emmerdale 13:50 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 22:00 Survival of the Fittest 23:00 Celebrity Juice 23:50 Family Guy 00:45 American Dad! ITV 3 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:55 Heartbeat 09:00 The Royal 10:05 Judge Judy 11:25 The Cruise 12:30 Love Your Garden 13:30 The Royal 14:35 Heartbeat 15:40 Classic Coronation Street 16:45 On the Buses 17:55 You’re Only Young Twice 18:25 George and Mildred 19:00 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Endeavour 23:00 Law & Order: UK 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 Avengers 13:50 Ironside 14:55 Quincy, M.E. 15:55 Minder 17:00 The Sweeney 18:05 The Avengers 19:10 Storage Wars Texas 20:05 Pawn Stars 21:00 Britain’s Busiest Motorway 22:00 Film - Rush Hour (15)

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.

Property ID: 1070 - 210,000€

Property ID: 1054 - 30,000€

Property ID: 1060 - 15,500€

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€

Property ID: 1055 - 60,000€

Property ID: 1053 - 39,000€

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€

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

Property ID: 1070 - 395,000€


Friday 23rd February 2018

07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Murder, Mystery and My Family 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Wanted Down Under Revisited 12:45 Caught Red Handed 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 News 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators 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 Hunter steps up for his mum but soon crosses the line. 21:00 MasterChef In the second heat, seven contestants must attempt to impress the MasterChef Finalists from 2010: Alex Rushmer, Tim Kinnaird and Champion Dhruv Baker. Afterwards, John and Gregg will decide who has what it takes to go through to the quarter final. 22:00 Panorama Harvey Weinstein was once one of the most successful producers, but beneath the glitz and glamour there was a dark story of threats, bullying and allegations of sexual assault. Panorama investigates Weinstein's spectacular fall from grace and the extraordinary efforts he made to silence his accusers and keep his secrets hidden. 23:00 News 23:45 Question Time 00:45 This Week 01:30 Weather 01:35 News

07:00 Caught Red Handed 07:30 Get Away for Winter 08:15 Wanted Down Under Revisited 09:00 Earth’s Natural Wonders 10:00 Victoria Derbyshire 12:00 News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Perfection 14:45 Plan It, Build It 15:15 Yes Chef 16:00 A Place to Call Home 16:50 More Creatures Great and Small 17:20 Greece with Simon Reeve 18:20 Flog It! 19:00 E g g h e a d s 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Live: IAAF World Indoor Championship Athletics Gabby Logan introduces live coverage of the World Championships at. Great Britain’s double European indoor champion Laura Muir is in action on Thursday evening, as she runs in the 3,000m final. 22:00 Civilisations Simon Schama presents the first in a series of films on the history of art, which focuses on the oldest signs of creativity. The programme looks at the oldest known cave paintings in South Africa, and the earliest examples of humans producing art for its own sake, rather than for ritualistic reasons. Simon asks how these ancient cultures rise - and how they fall - travelling to the civilisations of Petra in the Middle East and the Maya in Central America for answers. 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight 00:15 Top Gear 01:20 Nigel Slater’s Middle East 02:20 Royal Recipes

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 Bob and Laurel get close. 20:30 Tonight Jonathan Maitland investigates the price the British public is willing to pay for its love affair with pets. 21:00 Emmerdale Priya makes a mistake. 21:30 The Cruise: Voyage to Alaska With over four hundred and fifty cruise ships around the world competing for passengers, offering a unique journey is a must, but taking five-star luxury to the remote Alaskan seas means the Captain and his crew must go the extra mile. 22:00 Serial Killer with Piers Morgan An interview with Lorenzo Gilyard, who was convicted of killing six people in and around Missouri and suspected of murdering a further seven more, earning him six life sentences. Piers sets out to discover what drove a seemingly well-adjusted family man to kill. 23:00 News 23:45 100 Years Younger in 21 Days 00:45 Lethal Weapon 01:30 Jackpot247 04:00 Tonight

BBC One announces !mpossible Celebrities !mpossible Celebrities is coming to primetime BBC One, following three successful series of the !mpossible quiz show on daytime. Hosted by Rick Edwards and produced by Mighty Productions for BBC One, !mpossible Celebrities will see 18 celebrity contestants begin their !mpossible journey and compete across sixepisodes to give themselves a chance of winning £10,000 for a charity of their choice. Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment Commissioning, says: “Viewers will find it !mpossible not to love this show which has had great success under Dan McGolpin in BBC daytime. I can’t wait to see the celebrities commence brainy battle as they try to avoid that !mpossible answer!” Lynn Sutcliffe, Mighty Productions Managing Director, says: “We are totally delighted to be bringing the excitement and humour of !mpossible to a primetime audience - and are very much looking forward to seeing a group of famous faces take up the !mpossible challenge.” !mpossible Celebrities is the

quiz with the third dimension: as well as right answers and wrong answers there are also !mpossible answers - they are not just wrong, they couldn’t possibly be right. In each episode, the celebrities must avoid giving !mpossible answers as they battle it out across three rounds of !mpossible style multiple choice questions. Every right answer takes them a step closer to a shot at that jackpot - but a single !mpossible answer will knock them out for that episode. !mpossible Celebrities will be executive produced by

Lynn Sutcliffe and Hugh Rycroft for Mighty Productions, and Jo Street is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC. The series has been commissioned by Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, for BBC One. !mpossible Celebrities will be recorded at the BBC's Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow and will be produced from the new enlarged Mighty Productions Scotland base in Union St, Glasgow. It will start filming later this year and the celebrities will be announced in due course.

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 M a k e r s 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 News 21:00 George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces A tailor hopes to fashion a work studio in his garden - creating a space where he'll be proud to welcome his clients, while in Bristol, an enterprising team are building a cabin in a crane 150 feet off the ground, to raise money for Friends of the Earth. George visits a capsule hotel in central Tokyo and a sleep pod measuring only two metres deep and one metre wide. 22:00 Married at First Sight Police officer Stephanie and quantity surveyor Benjamin were the first couple to marry this series and are now living together and learning that the path to true love does not always run smoothly. 23:00 The Job Interview 00:05 Gogglebox 01:05 24 Hours in Police Custody 02:05 The Great British Skinny Dip 02:55 One Born Every Minute 03:50 How to Get Fit Fast

Thursday TV 07:00 Milkshake 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! 13:10 News 13:15 GPs: Behind Closed Doors 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Film - My Family’s Secret 18:00 News 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 News 20:00 The Secret Life of Puppies The puppies enter a new phase of their lives as they leave their littermates and join their new human families. It’s a wild ride of first-time experiences in this strange human world, each one going on to shape the rest of puppies’ lives, and viewers are there to observe every important milestone. 21:00 Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun Geoff is the first Mr Whippy of Benidorm. Katie is on a mission to persuade businesses to donate items for a charity auction and Mandy is hoping to raise cash with arts and crafts. 22:00 Airline Emergency A packed passenger jet bursting into flames just moments from take-off, the panicking pilots who caused a catastrophic crash, and the family fun flight that ended in disaster when a mid-air collision left them free falling through burning debris. 23:00 Concorde 01:00 SuperCasino 04:10 Cowboy Builders 05:00 My Mum’s Hotter Than Me! 05:45 House Doctor

07:00 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 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 Who’s Doing the Dishes? 12:10 Dress to Impress 13:15 Emmerdale 13:50 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 CelebAbility 23:50 Family Guy 00:45 American Dad! ITV 3 07:00 Classic Coronation Street 07:55 Heartbeat 09:00 The Royal 10:00 Judge Judy 11:25 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 18:25 Rising Damp 18:55 Heartbeat 20:00 Murder, She Wrote 21:00 Agatha Christie’s Marple 23:00 Unforgotten 01:05 DCI Banks ITV 4 07:00 The Chase 07:50 Pawn Stars 08:30 Ironside 09:30 Quincy, M.E. 10:30 Minder 11:35 The Sweeney 12:40 The Avengers 13:50 Ironside 14:50 Quincy, M.E. 15:55 Minder 17:00 The Sweeney 18:05 The Avengers 19:10 Storage Wars Texas 20:05 Pawn Stars 21:00 River Monsters 22:00 Film - The Outlaw Josey Wales (15)

Roseanne star reveals why she expected to be left out of revival

Roseanne is coming back to our screens after 21 years. And one of the characters confirmed for the epic revival of the '90s sitcom is Nancy Bartlett, who was played by Sandra Bernhard. The American actress gave a rare interview on Good Morning Britain and admitted to presenters Susanna Reid and Kate Garraway that she didn't expect to be included in the highly-anticipated comeback. She explained: "I didn't think I was going to get to be on this reboot because they

were only doing eight episodes – but then they added a ninth and Roseanne said to me, 'Right, you're back as Nancy, what do you think she's been doing all these years?'" Following that conversation, Sandra admitted she was screaming with excitement. Nancy was the first openly lesbian recurring character on American television. Opening up about how her character's sexuality was portrayed and why she was so popular with viewers,

Sandra said: "Nancy was married to Arnie, who was played by Tom Arnold, and he drove her into the arms of [Maria, played by Morgan Fairchild]. "The great thing about Nancy was that it was done with such a great sense of humour. Roseanne and I got to collaborate on the idea of the character and you got used to a fun character who had sexual fluidity." Sandra then went on to reveal that her character will not appear in the reboot until the very last episode of the new season. However, when she does finally grace our screens, the star hinted that political issues surrounding the current US President Donald Trump will be addressed. Sandra added: "Working class people move the world and sometimes we don't have enough empathy or understanding of what they go through." The actress is currently in the UK as she is performing her new show Sandemonium at London's Ronnie Scott's this week – the first time she has taken to the stage in the UK for seven years.

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: Ray was having trouble getting the pictures from ADVICE: David had a Brother printer bought in Germany with language problems. his BlueTooth enabled mobile phone.



Hi. Hoping you can help me. I have a Toshiba Laptop with Bluetooth. I cannot get it to recognise my phone or if it does my phone doesn't recognise the computer. I have tried with Dongle that says it works with Vista plus another one that includes a disc, but I just cannot get photos from my phones to the computer. Hoping you can help. Thanks in antic ipation. Regards Ray

Hi Ray, it “sounds” like you are missing the software that is specific to your phone. I.e. Nokia PC Suite for a Nokia phone. Have you “paired” your phone and your “bluetoothed” PC already? If you have, then do a search on your phone’s manufacturer’s website for your phone’s com puter software and you should be home and dry.

Email: Mobile: 655 044 970



Hi Richard, I read your article regarding changing the display language on a Brother printer bought in Germany. I have a Brother printer model MFC-240C bought in Germany. Can you change the display language, and if so how? Thanks

Hi David, I have had a good look through the user manual for your machine and I am afraid there doesn’t seem to be an option to change the language. You can of course install the English language software available free from so that all the functions on your PC are in English. NEW: Tel: 965 987 032

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Across 1 Into The Valley was the only British top 10 hit for which Brit punk band? (5) 4 Building materials laid in alternating courses of stretchers (6) 9 US state bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Mississippi to the west and Florida to the south? (7) 10 Musical note with the time value of half a whole note? (5) 11 In computing, name applied to symbol that denotes a programme, a command, a data file or a concept in a graphical user interface? (4) 12 Name given to plants that complete their life cycle in a year? (7) 13/17 Melvin Kaminsky is the real name of the writer/producer who wrote and produced the films Blazing Saddles, The Producers and Young Frankenstein? (3,6) 14 Capital of Western Samoa? (4) 16 Taj Mahal city site? (4) 18 First name of writer Fleming, politician Paisley and actor/knight McKellen? (3) 20 Ibrox Stadium is home ground of which Scottish football team? (7) 21 Island in Indonesia, one of the

world’s most densely populated regions? (4) 24 Constellation on the equator containing the stars Betelgeuse and Rigel? (5) 25 Pear-shaped tropical fruit with green/black skin and rich yellow pulp enclosing a single large seed? (7) 26 Name given to an instrumental composition of 3 or 4 movements in contrasting forms and keys? (6) 27 Word meaning an aggregate of 12 dozen things? (5) Down 1 Name given to the crackling or hissing noise caused by electrical interference? (6) 2 Name applied to insect in its final, adult, sexually mature, and typically winged state? (5) 3 Name given to the scum formed by oxidation at surface of molten metals? (4) 5 Birth nationality of former world no. 1 tennis player Ilie Nastase? (8) 6 In classical mythology, which race of creatures fabled to be half man and half horse lived in the mountains of Thessaly? (7) 7 Small turnover of Indian origin filled



1 Relating to rural life (8) 7 Quiver (5) 8 Liberal prime minister (1868–74, 1880–5, 1886 and 1892–4) (9) 9 Constrictor snake (3) 10 Finger part (4) 11 Mastermind (6) 13 Neckwear (6) 14 Stroke affectionately (6) 17 Summon (6) 18 Tree branch (4) 20 Standard or average (3) 22 Extrication from danger (9) 23 Disorder (5) 24 Ineffective (8)

1 Heathen (5) 2 Enduring strength and energy (7) 3 Remove from office (4) 4 Highest point (6) 5 Coats with plaster (5) 6 Stays behind (7) 7 Meeting for the exchange of views (7) 12 Dead body of an animal (7) 13 Closely knit (7) 15 Building (7) 16 Long-haired dog (6) 17 Fracture (5) 19 Incentive (5) 21 Endorse (4)


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1 Vestidos (de mujeres) (7) 5 Caminos (5) 8 Planchas (utensilios) (5) 9 With you (7) 10 Ingenieros (9) 12 Azada (3) 13 To finish (doing something) (6) 14 Limones (6) 17 Grape (3) 18 Waiters (9) 20 Lottery (7) 21 Imagen (5) 23 Floor (of room) (5) 24 Motores (7)

1 Conducir (5) 2 That (3) 3 Sixty (7) 4 Secreto (6) 5 Monday (5) 6 Vecino (9) 7 Duchas (7) 11 Garantía (9) 13 Eagles (7) 15 Pendiente (joya) (7) 16 Draw (equal score) (6) 18 Pork (5) 19 Tallos (de flores) (5) 22 Still (even) (3)

with veg or meat, fried and served hot? (6) 8 In Islam, name given to meat from animals that have been slaughtered in the prescribed way according to Sharia law? (5) 13 Which German-born painter was a co-founder of Dadaism and developed the technique of collage? (3,5) 15 Name given to a regular payment to a person intending to allow them to subsist without working? (7) 17 See 13 Across 18 In the Old Testament, which son of Abraham and Sarah was offered by Abraham as a sacrifice? (5) 19 Surname of the actor who played the part of the Six Million Dollar Man, Colonel Steve Austin? (6) 22 From the Spanish for ‘cottonwood’, name of 18th-century Franciscan mission in San Antonio, Texas, which was, in 1836, the site of a historic resistance effort by a small group of determined fighters for Texan independence from Mexico? (5) 23 Which percussion instrument consists of a metal plate that is struck with a softheaded drumstick? (4)


Last Week’s Solutions Quizword Across: 7 Caviar, 8 Harvey, 9 Nest, 10 Sheridan, 11 Ugandan, 13 La Paz, 15/17 Elgin Marbles, 20 Steerage, 21 Rusk, 23 Encore, 24 Taiwan. Down: 1 Cage, 2 Piston, 3 Gresham, 4 Shrek, 5 Eroica, 6 Delaware, 12 Gelatine, 14 Magenta, 16 Ice box, 18 Barrie, 19 Camel, 22 Seal.

Double Crossword Across: 1 Cremated, 7 Curse, 8 Impartial, 9/20 Big top, 10 Alas, 11 Mirage, 13 Canoes, 14 Beagle, 17 Orator, 18 Calm, 22 Evocation, 23 Emits, 24 Strategy. Down: 1 China, 2 Explain, 3 Acre, 4 Elixir, 5 Tribe, 6 Newgate, 7 Cleaner, 12 Menaces, 13 Centred, 15 Granite, 16 Cohort, 17 Optic, 19 Money, 21 Data. Quickie Across: 1 Ancestry, 8 Ignorance, 9 Sue, 10 Near, 11 Defile, 13 Stream, 14 Mutate, 17 August, 20/18 Mug shot, 22 Nectarine, 23 Eject, 24 Roulette.

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Down: 1 Align, 2 Centaur, 3 Sore, 4 Ranges, 5 Amuse, 6 Intense, 7 Serious, 12 Tangent, 13 Scamper, 15 Atheist, 16 Psycho, 17 Agree, 19 Theme, 21/7A Paul Simon.

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Friday 23rd February 2018

VAUXHALL REVEALS ALL NEW TEAM TITLE FOR BUILDBASE HONDA Charles Lefrancois helped secure the Pro Team Championship for Buildbase Honda at Wembley on Saturday night

Charles Lefrancois and Fabien Izoird overturned a big points deficit to secure the coveted Pro Team Championship for Buildbase Honda in the 2018 Power Maxed Arenacross Tour at Wembley Arena on Saturday night. Heading into the seventh and final round of the series, the Frenchmen were 18 points behind in the team standings but emerged 14 points ahead after typically solid performances. Although neither rider made the podium at the finale, Thomas did enough to end the championship in third with Fabien just four points behind in fourth. “It has been a really good night for me in Wembley,” said Charles. “I’m very happy to have finished third in the championship at my first attempt. It’s a really good series. “Tonight I won my first heat and my speed was really good and I would like to say a big thank you to the team for making this possible.” Fiercely-competitive Fabien, the 2014 champion, was disappointed after failing to take a

Main Event win this year. “Tonight I could feel better but I am not so bad. In the Main Event I had a really good start and was second but I had a little contact with Dan Reardon and Thomas Ramette in the first corner and then didn’t jump the finish line but I passed up to fourth and stayed there the whole race. “Of course, I would have liked to win at least one Main Event this year and I missed my goal. I think out of the seven rounds I finished six times in the top five so it was not a bad season and I hope to be back next year and win the title.” Team owner Dave Thorpe was delighted to take the team title for the first time. “It’s been another great night for the team,” said the three-time world 500cc motocross champion. “We did amazing in the heats and were always in there fighting but when we needed a really good start in the Main Event it didn’t quite happen and as we know this sport is all about the start.”


Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 34,500 vehicles to customers worldwide. That is 1.4 per cent less than the previous month. This decline is due to the temporary suspension of deliveries of the T6 with passenger car registration (M1).

per cent to 1,400 vehicles), the AsiaPacific region (+17.5 per cent to 1,700 vehicles) and the Middle East (+7.4 per cent to 1,600 vehicles). The North America (Mexico) region 650 vehicles were delivered (-9.7 per cent).

In Western Europe, the 21,400 units delivered mean that 11.5 per cent fewer vehicles were delivered. In Eastern Europe deliveries of the brand increased by 5.9 per cent to 2,800 vehicles.

Overview of worldwide vehicle deliveries in January 2018:

In South America deliveries increased by 37.0 per cent with 4,900 vehicles. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles also delivered more vehicles in Africa (+58.7

10,600 vehicles from the T-model range (13,200; -19.8 per cent) 13,000 vehicles from the Caddy range (13,200; -1.6 per cent) 7,500 vehicles from the Amarok range (6,200; +20.4 per cent) 3,400 vehicles from the Crafter range (2,300; +45.7 per cent)


Techrules will reveal the production design for its high-performance Ren RS supercar on 6 March 2018 at the 88th Geneva Motor Show. In addition to establishing key partnerships with China-based global companies, Techrules is in discussion with potential international automotive partners to form strategic alliances to assist with the production and launch of vehicles for markets around the world. The Beijing-based company is prioritising the growth of its commercial capabilities by working with a number of global automotive and non-automotive companies. This will enable Techrules to further the development of its range-extending proprietary micro-turbine technology for a variety of mobility and industrial applications. The performance-focused Techrules Ren RS is a new single-seat, lightweight variant of the Ren supercar first previewed at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. Presenting a similar dramatic, aerospace-inspired design and fighter jet-style canopy, the Ren RS has been crafted by world-renowned automotive designers Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Designed for track use only, Ren RS has been honed for high performance racing by renowned motorsport specialist L.M. Gianetti of Turin. The Ren RS can be configured with four or six electric motors – with the latter configuration featuring two motors at the front and four at the rear, delivering a maximum power of 960 kW (1,287 hp/1,305 ps) to launch the car from 0-100 kph in just 3 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 330 kph. At the heart of the Ren RS is Techrules’ revolutionary Turbine-Recharging Electric Vehicle (TREV) powertrain. The patent-protected range extender system uses a turbine to drive a generator which rapidly charges the high capacity 28 kWh battery pack, which combined with several proprietary technical innovations delivers an exceptional range of 1,170 km from 80 litres of diesel fuel. Strategic alliances are currently being formed for its supercar and premium car business. This will allow Techrules to enhance its engineering and production capabilities, ahead of the launch of the Ren supercar within two years, as well as other vehicles and products.

VAUXHALL REVEALS ALL NEW COMBO LIFE Arriving in Vauxhall showrooms late 2018, the new Combo Life is full of innovations that makes it a great choice for the whole family. The spacious, highly practical and versatile Combo Life is equipped with two rear sliding doors and can be ordered as a five or seven seater, making it perfect for those needing plenty of room for people and luggage, such as a small sports team and their equipment. The latest addition to the Vauxhall range makes longer trips more comfortable and enjoyable for the whole family, thanks to three individual rear seats, all with ISOFIX child seat brackets, and the optional panoramic glass roof. The Combo Life raises the bar for safety and comfort in this segment. It is fitted with technologies and driver assistance systems that are more commonly seen in the compact or SUV segments, such as Driver Drowsiness Alert, Rear View Camera with 180° bird’s-eye view, Headup display, and IntelliGrip, as well as improved comfort features such as heated seats and a heated steering wheel. Technology and safety features include: The Head-up display, which reduces the danger of distractions and projects the most important driving data into the driver’s direct line of sight. Forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking that issues an alarm and a visual warning, and will brake automatically

if the driver does not react to the alerts. Front camera system, which gathers and processes data for additional driver assistance systems such as Speed Sign Recognition and Lane Keep Assist. Automatic Cruise Control adapts to the speed of the vehicle in front. It works in conjunction with Intelligent Speed Adaptation, which informs the driver when a new speed limit is detected and prompts the driver to adjust the speed accordingly. Driver Drowsiness Alert detects for signs of driver fatigue and suggests the driver takes a break at the next service station. Parking manoeuvres are made safer and easier by Advanced Park Assist and the Panoramic Rear-View Camera. The new Flank Guard system supports the driver while turning at low speeds, providing a warning when there is a risk that the flank of the vehicle will collide into an obstacle, such as pillars, barriers, walls or other vehicles. Flank Guard consists of twelve sensors that analyse the surrounding area and warn the driver though the infotainment screen if a potential collision is detected. The Combo Life is also equipped with IntelliGrip traction control for safer handling, while a heated steering wheel and heated front seats keep the chill at bay. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible infotainment systems with colour touchscreens, are available to keep drivers connected.

FORD FIESTA WRC RALLY CAR JOINS EXCLUSIVE LEGO ® SPEED CHAMPIONS RANGE On sale March 1st for £12.99 Ford, The LEGO Group and rally specialists M-Sport today revealed a new model from the LEGO® Speed Champions range that is set to bring the thrill of the rally stage to living room floors across Europe – the title-winning M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC rally car. The designers at LEGO have recreated the striking looks of the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC car complete with powerful wheel arches and dramatic front and rear spoilers. The new set includes a choice of wheel trims, two interchangeable bonnets – one featuring spotlights for night driving, authentic miniature race-graphics and a driver minifigure with helmet and racing overalls that can be placed inside the car through the removable windscreen. When complete, the 203-piece Ford Fiesta M-Sport WRC LEGO Speed Champions model measures 6 centimetres (2 inches) high and wide, and 13 centimetres (5 inches) long. “With two World Rally Championship titles and five rally victories in 2017, it’s hard to think of a more worthy addition to the LEGO Speed Champions range than the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC car”, said Mark Rushbrook, Ford global director of Motorsport. “The LEGO Speed Champions series is a

fun way to celebrate the success of Ford cars in motorsport. “We hope it will inspire future generations of car designers, engineers and rally drivers.” The M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC car last year powered to victory in both the FIA World Rally Championship Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ competitions, driven by Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia, who are driving for the new MSport Ford World Rally Team this year alongside upcoming talent Elfyn Evans co-driver Daniel Barritt. Powered by Ford’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, the real-life M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC rally car is based on the allnew Ford Fiesta launched across Europe last year, and has already started the 2018 World Rally Championship season in winning-style with victory for Ogier and Ingrassia at Rallye Monte-Carlo last month. Ford and LEGO have also introduced a new 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback model to the LEGO® Speed Champions range, with the 184-piece kit featureing green bodywork with gold-coloured wheels. It also comes with a timing board, racegraphics stickers, removable windscreen and a minifigure driver wearing a classicstyle racing suit.



Friday 23rd February 2018

Changing The Handicap

The R&A and the USGA have announced plans for a new World Handicap System to be introduced from 2020, enabling more golfers to be able to obtain and maintain a handicap. The changes have been designed to provide a "consistent measure of playing ability", with the system governed by the two governing bodies and administered by six handicapping authorities currently in operation. A players' handicap will be average-based from the best eight of the past 20 scores, with both 18-hole and nine-hole rounds allowed to be considered when generating a new handicap. The transformation sees players being able to have a handicap of up to 54, with the aim to be a system that is portable from courses across the world. Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, "We are working with our partners and national associations to make golf more modern, more accessible and more

Playas Youngsters

The latest set of matches for the Escuela Racing Playas De Orihuela saw the Infantil team (pictured) romp to an impressive 11-nil victory over Elche Sporting to keep themselves very much in title contention. Though Anderson Escobar was the man of the match, it was an all-round team effort, and equally impressive was to keep a clean sheet for another week.

Elsewhere, there was only one other Racing victory, with the Juvenil side winning five-two at Rafal, whilst the Prebenjamin team were shaded out, three-two at Guardamar. The Infantil-Cadete girls team lost two-nil away to Campello, with the Infantil Brave side going down fivethree at home to Redovan, and the Alevin’s losing fourthree, as they entertained Hamkan.

enjoyable as a sport and the new World Handicap System represents a huge opportunity in this regard.” "We want to make it more attractive to golfers to obtain a handicap and strip away some of the complexity and variation which can be off-putting for newcomers.” "Having a handicap, which is easier to understand and is truly portable around the world, can make golf much more enjoyable and is one of the unique selling points of our sport." “For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I‘m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap.’ We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game,” Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA, said. Golfing authorities now have a two-year transition period to get ready for the new system, with approximately 15 million golfers across 80 countries currently maintaining a golf handicap.

Peter’s Present

The AGM of the Sailing Association Mar Menor (SAMM) was held last week at the Las Claras Social Centre in Los Alcázares. Treasurer Peter Ewers confirmed he was stepping down after seven years in the position and his replacement Martin Beenham was unanimously elected, as were the other committee members who were restood unopposed. In appreciation of his hard work, Commodore Paul

Shard presented Peter with an Aviator Chronograph watch. Last year, 2017, was recorded as a fairly stable year with membership figures close to those the previous year, with good income levels recorded through SAMM’s various activities. If you are interested in sailing or just want to find out more, you can read up about SAMM and contact them through their website

Wellens Victory

British rider Chris Froome finished 10th in his first race since his adverse drugs test was made public, which was won by Tim Wellens (pictured). The four-time Tour de France winner was never in contention on the final day of the Ruta del Sol in Andalucia on Sunday - having started in 14th - and finished one minute and 57 seconds adrift of winner Tim Wellens. The Belgian posted a time

of 17 hours 41 minutes and 50 seconds. Froome was 11th in the final stage - a time trial which was won by Team Sky colleague David de la Cruz. Double Olympic bronze medallist Froome has to explain to cycling's world governing body, the UCI, how he returned double the allowed level of legal asthma drug Salbutamol in his urine during his Vuelta a Espana victory in September.



Long Wait Over

CD TORREVIEJA 1 MONFORTE CF 0 With the Torrevieja players refusing to train last week because of non-payment of their wages, Sunday’s first win in three months came as a welcome relief against a side second from bottom in the Preferente Group Four table. The priceless points for Torry has realistically banished any fears of relegation with a 12 point cushion between them and the drop

zone, whilst the behind the scenes politics continue, with rumours continuing that “investors are waiting in the wings”, and that a financial package has been worked out for the rest of the season. As for Sunday’s match, it was poor stuff from both sides in the first half, but Torrevieja upped the ante in the second period, and played some of their best football for quite some time.

They were rewarded with a fine individual goal from recent signing Calderon in the 67th minute, and then hung to the advantage to get their first victory since midNovember. Torrevieja now go to fourth bottom side, Benferri this Sunday morning for an 11.30 am kick-off at the Rocamora ground, with a Torry victory pretty much guaranteeing their status for next season.

Roberto’s A Winner!

UD PETRELENSE 1 CD ALMORADI 2 A familiar face in local footballing circles became the fourth man to take charge of struggling Almoradi this season, and he got off to a winning start with a vital victory at bottom side Petrelense in a Preferente Group Four encounter on Saturday. Roberto Cases had been coach at CD Montesinos

and UD Horadada, and ironically those teams met at the weekend(see right column), whilst his new side raced to a two goal advantage, with Petrelense pulling one back in the second half to get the Almoradi faithfull biting their finger nails. Del Cueto put the visitors up after just four minutes, and Sami made it two-nil to

Almoradi in the 25th minute. Victor Hugo got the home side back into it on the hour mark, but Almoradi secured the points to take them four points above the relegation area. There’s a big match for them on Sunday as the team above them in the table, Calpe, come to the Sadrian stadium.

Tough For Thader

CD THADER 1 JOVE ESPANOL 2 This was a massive match for both sides in Preferente Group Four that was played in Rojales last Sunday, with Jove coming out on top to lead the table, whilst Thader dropped out of the play-off placings. The two teams were on winning runs, with Thader failing to make it eight in a row, and actually slipping

now to fifth in the table, with victories for both Villajoyosa (over Hercules) and Alicante University. It’s certainly going to be a very tough battle for the play-off placings! The match lived up to the billing in being a tight affair with Valentin putting Thader ahead in the 15th minute, as Jove were put under great

pressure. The visitors fought back in the second half with goals from Fuentes in the 56th minute and Vendrell getting the winner in the 77th minute. Thader now have a big match in front of them this Sunday when they go to second-placed Hercules, who appear to have gone off the boil of late.

Monte’s Big Day

UD HORADADA 0 CD MONTESINOS 1 After a disappointing home defeat at the hands of Rafal, Montesinos came away with three points in a blood and thunder match that was typical of a cup tie, with no quarter given. Horadada, joint leaders of the Valencia Primera regional group eight started really well forcing saves from Dani, but Vaz (pictured shirtless above!) nearly put the visitors ahead before the break. No sooner had the second half started, when Vaz took

full advantage of sloppy control by the Horadada centre half, to score his 18th goal of the season from an acute angle much to the delight of the travelling supporters. Horadada threw everything they had at Montesinos, but the visitors rode their luck as the home side hit the woodwork twice, whilst Dani and the Monte defence held firm. Both sides gave their all in match when saw British player George Brooks (see page 47) come on for his

Montesinos debut to make a last-minute crunching clearance when Horadada looked odds-on for an equaliser. Horadada are now second in the table, and now go to Santa Pola CF this weekend. Meanwhile, CD Montesinos are in a very healthy fifth position with 33 points, and entertain Alicante side CF Barrio San Gabriel at home this Sunday, with a 5.00 pm kickoff.


Friday 23rd February 2018

Lucky Barca

Weekday Win


Impressive Elche

LEGANES 1 REAL MADRID 3 CHELSEA 1 BARCELONA 1 Lionel Messi's first goal in nine Champions League games against Chelsea gave Barcelona a potentially vital away goal as they rode their luck to earn a draw in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge. The Blues had subdued Messi, and Willian had struck the woodwork twice in the first half before a fine low finish from the edge of the area made it third time lucky for the Brazilian and gave Antonio Conte's side a deserved lead after 62 minutes. Barcelona had barely threatened but a misplaced pass from Andreas Christensen gave Andres Iniesta the opportunity to allow Messi to end his 730-minute drought against Chelsea with a crisp left-foot drive 15 minutes from time. It was cruel on the hosts after an outstanding display - but gives Barca the advantage of an away goal for the return leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday March 14th.

Real Madrid moved up to third in La Liga after coming from behind to beat Leganes on Wednesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo sitting out the contest. Unai Bustinza put the hosts ahead in the sixth minute when he dived at the feet of Theo Hernandez and managed to divert his clearance into the net with his head. But Real, who started with Gareth Bale on the bench, hit back before half-time with goals from Lucas Vazquez and Casemiro. Sergio Ramos wrapped up the win with a 90th-minute penalty as Zinedine Zidane's side closed the gap on leaders Barcelona to 14 points, while they are now seven points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid. Real are back in action tomorrow afternoon as they entertain Alaves.

Wobbly Victory

A Real Comeback



The league leaders stuttered to victory - which equalled their all-time La Liga unbeaten record of 31 games - despite naming a full-strength side at Ipurua last Saturday and regularly struggled to deal with the hosts' high pressing. But from two moments of magic before half-time, Lionel Messi fed Suarez with a brilliant through-ball to round Marko Dmitrovic and score, before the Argentine struck the post from a tight angle. Eibar pressed and hit the woodwork themselves despite Fabián Orellana's second-half red card for dissent, but were undone in the final moments as Alba slotted in the rebound from a Messi shot. Barca are seven points clear at the top of the table, and entertain promoted Girona this Saturday evening.

ELCHE 1 ATL. SAGUNTINO 0 The Ilicitanos got a deserved victory on Sunday to keep them third in the Segunda Division B table, with Benja getting the only goal of the contest after just seven minutes. Elche were especially good in the first half creating a string of chances that should have seen all the points sewn up by the interval. In fact, it was probably the best football seen at home since the much criticised Josico took over as coach. Eight minutes into the second half, the normally reliable Nino (pictured below) saw his penalty saved by keeper Lluna, as the Ilicitanos continued to dominate. The one goal advantage meant that something had the ability to go wrong, and though Elche’s goalkeeper José Juan was barely troubled, a late Saguntino corner saw a chance go abegging as the ball whizzed over the crossbar. Next for Elche is one of their shorter journeys of the season away to Ontinyent this Sunday lunchtime, with their opponents just six points behind them in the table.

Orihuela March On

Real Madrid came from 2-1 down at half-time to earn themselves a La Liga victory on Sunday. Marco Asensio handed Madrid the perfect start inside 11 minutes but Aissa Mandi (34) headed Betis level before Junior Firpo forced Nacho (37) into an unfortunate own goal to give the home side a surprise lead. Madrid looked stuck for ideas but Sergio Ramos (51) headed them level from a corner and Asensio (59) swept home his second following a quick break down the right wing. Cristiano Ronaldo (66) thundered the visitors into a two-goal cushion before Sergio Leon (85) reduced the deficit to set up a grandstand finish. However, substitute Karim Benzema scored Real's fifth in injury-time to seal the points for the visitors.

Orihuela kept their top slot at the top of the Valencian Third division on Sunday with a two-nil victory at relegation candidates Recambios Colon. Antonio scored for the leaders in the 27th minute, with Benja doubling the advantage eight minutes into the second half. With rivals Levante and Castellon both winning, Orihuela remain a point clear of them, and this Sunday, they take on fifthplaced La Nucia, who are eleven points behind them in the table. Inconsistent Crevillente are 13th in the league after losing three-nil at Torre Levante, and will hope to return to form this weekend as they play Paiport, who are in 15th position. Elche Ilicitano are just above the bottom four in the table, despite having recorded a decent away nil-nil scoreline at Novelda. They have a must-win match at home to bottom side Borriol this weekend.

Hi George! Nico’s Target

CD Montesinos welcomed a new British player to their ranks as the Valencia Primera Regional club, under manager Carlos Perez and president Felipe Paredes, continues to grow both on and off the pitch. The latest addition is an English lad. George Brooks, a 20year- old, left-sided centre half, who was born in Southend, but whose family originated from Bethnal Green. George arrived in Spain at the age of 13 and lives in the Elche area, and we caught up with at training this week. “I started playing youth football with Ciudad de Elx (Elche) as a youngster and played all the way through to the Juvenil age group (Under 19). I actually played against a lot of the players that are currently in the Monte side today so felt right at home when I arrived,” says George. When pushed to say how he came to join CD Montesinos, George explained that another lad from Elche, Jaime Pastor, introduced him to the club. “After I finished at youth level, I decided to take a break from football so I didn’t play last season. This season, having spoken to Jaime Pastor, I was excited about what was going on at Montesinos and after chatting to the management of the club, I have been training here for nearly a month and almost back to full fitness.” George made a winning debut for CD Montesinos last weekend, coming on as a late second-half substitute (for new signing Patri) in the away fixture at UD Horadada (report on page 45). It was a tough game to make his debut, especially as Horadada were top of the league. But George enjoyed getting involved in a competitive game again, and made a great contribution with a last minute tackle when it looked as if Horadada would equalise. When asked about his future role at CD Montesinos, George was upbeat: - “This season I have been told is all about settling in, and getting used to this higher level. However, those running the club appear to have a real desire to make a concerted effort next season with a view to achieving another promotion in the next campaign”. Should that be the case, a small town and humble club like CD Montesinos would be punching even further above their weight and George could end up having a very big role in the club creating yet another piece of history.

Javier Medal

Spain’s Javier Fernández got a bronze in figure-skating last weekend – the second medal for the country at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and only the fourth in Spanish sporting history and the first games in 26 years where the nation's competitors have made it to the podium. Although Javier really wanted the gold – with two world championships and six consecutive European championships under his belt, a Winter Olympic win is the only one missing from his collection – the Madrid-born skater is said to be delighted with his result, having waited four years since falling short of the podium in Sochi.


A year after splitting with his tennis mentor Juan Carlos Ferrero, Nicola Kuhn is ready to follow the former world No.1 to the very pinnacle of the game, writes DONNA GEE. The 17-year-old Torrevieja sensation, tipped by many to become Spain's next Rafael Nadal, went into this week's ATP Bergamo Challenger in Italy poised to enter the world's top 200 for the first time. The 48 ranking points Kuhn picked up as runner-up to Vadek Pospisil in the Hungarian Challenger Open (as reported last week in The Courier) lifted him 33 places in the men's rankings. And,12 months after severing his five-year link with Ferrero's prestigious academy in Villena, he has no regrets about fleeing El Mosquito's nest. Nico is now playing his best-ever tennis under the wing of a support team led by Pedro Caprotta, the Torrevieja Tennis Club coach who oversaw his training before he began his daily 110-kilometre commute to Villena in 2012. "My game has changed a lot,'' Nico told me as he celebrated his success in Hungary, where he and 17year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime also won the doubles. "I am playing more aggressively and it gets better day by day. My game has more variation now than it did before and the results prove it. "In Budapest, my level was that of a top 100 player. The main target now is to be consistent and to keep getting results.'' Now that his days of having to qualify for Challenger events are more or less over, Kuhn's eyes are firmly on the ATP World Tour - and the mouthwatering prospect of playing the likes of Nadal and Roger Federer. Top names in world tennis are tipping the blond sixfooter for a big breakthrough very soon. He has already beaten a handful of top 100 stars - including two victories over 62nd-ranked Marton Fucsovics in Challenger tournaments. "My game has changed a lot. I am playing more aggressively and it gets better day by day,'' he said after disposing of top-seed Fucsovics in the semifinal in Budapest. "In general, my tennis has more variation now than it did before - and the results prove it. "In Hungary, my level was that of a top 100 player. The main target now is to be consistent and to keep getting results.'' The main draw at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows are now in sight for the first time and Kuhn has also leapt to No. 14 in the NextGen Race to Milan, which will culminate in a €1,000,000+ shootout between the top-ranked under-21s at the end of the season. The top seven in the rankings will battle it out in Italy, along with one wild card entry, but Nico insists: "I am in no hurry. I will do my best to reach the finals but it’s not my main goal.'' Meanwhile, his newly-forged doubles partnership with Auger-Aliassime is here to stay. "We will play together more often, that's for sure. We have a great understanding and play good tennis together. "We deserved to win the title in Budapest and are both excited about teaming up again in coming tournaments.''

FIXTURES Friday 23 February English Football League - Championship 20:45 Hull City V. Sheffield United Scottish Championship 20:35 Livingston V. Dundee United Saturday 24 February English Premier League 13:30 Leicester City V. Stoke City 16:00 Bournemouth V. Newcastle United 16:00 Brighton and Hove Albion V. Swansea City 16:00 Burnley V. Southampton 16:00 Liverpool V. West Ham United 16:00 West Bromwich Albion V. Huddersfield Town 18:30 Watford V. Everton English Football League - Championship 16:00 Birmingham City V. Barnsley 16:00 Burton Albion V. Millwall 16:00 Leeds United V. Brentford 16:00 Norwich City V. Bolton Wanderers 16:00 Preston North End V. Ipswich Town 16:00 Queens Park Rangers V. Nottingham Forest 16:00 Reading V. Derby County 16:00 Sheffield Wednesday V. Aston Villa 16:00 Sunderland V. Middlesbrough 18:30 Fulham V. Wolverhampton Wanderers English Football League - League One 16:00 Bristol Rovers V. Scunthorpe United 16:00 Bury V. Gillingham 16:00 Charlton Athletic V. Shrewsbury Town 16:00 Fleetwood Town V. MK Dons 16:00 Northampton Town V. Oxford United 16:00 Oldham Athletic V. Southend United 16:00 Peterborough United V. AFC Wimbledon 16:00 Plymouth Argyle V. Bradford City 16:00 Portsmouth V. Blackpool 16:00 Rotherham United V. Doncaster Rovers 16:00 Walsall V. Blackburn Rovers 16:00 Wigan Athletic V. Rochdale English Football League - League Two 16:00 Accrington Stanley V. Cambridge United 16:00 Chesterfield V. Swindon Town 16:00 Colchester United V. Barnet 16:00 Forest Green Rovers V. Crawley Town 16:00 Grimsby Town V. Exeter City 16:00 Lincoln City V. Crewe Alexandra 16:00 Luton Town V. Cheltenham Town 16:00 Mansfield Town V. Coventry City 16:00 Notts County V. Stevenage 16:00 Port Vale V. Newport County 16:00 Wycombe Wanderers V. Morecambe 16:00 Yeovil Town V. Carlisle United Scottish Premiership 13:30 Kilmarnock V. Hibernian 16:00 Dundee V. Motherwell 16:00 Hamilton Academical V. Partick Thistle 16:00 Rangers V. Heart of Midlothian 16:00 St. Johnstone V. Ross County Scottish Championship 16:00 Falkirk V. Dumbarton 16:00 Inverness Caledonian Thistle V. Morton 16:00 Queen of the South V. Dunfermline Athletic 16:00 St. Mirren V. Brechin City Scottish League One 16:00 Ayr United V. Airdrieonians 16:00 East Fife V. Albion Rovers 16:00 Queen's Park V. Forfar Athletic 16:00 Raith Rovers V. Arbroath 16:00 Stranraer V. Alloa Athletic Scottish League Two 16:00 Annan Athletic V. Stenhousemuir 16:00 Berwick Rangers V. Montrose 16:00 Cowdenbeath V. Peterhead 16:00 Edinburgh City V. Elgin City 16:00 Stirling Albion V. Clyde Sunday 25 February English Premier League 13:00 Crystal Palace V. Tottenham Hotspur 15:05 Manchester United V. Chelsea English League Cup 17:30 Arsenal V. Manchester City English Football League - Championship 13:00 Cardiff City V. Bristol City Scottish Premiership 14:30 Aberdeen V. Celtic Tuesday 27 February English FA Cup 20:45 Swansea City V. Sheffield Wednesday English Football League - Championship 20:45 Hull City V. Barnsley 21:00 Reading V. Sheffield United English Football League - League One 20:45 AFC Wimbledon V. Blackburn Rovers 20:45 Bristol Rovers V. Wigan Athletic 20:45 Peterborough United V. Walsall

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Ander Herrera could have a "bad injury", says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after the midfielder was substituted in Wednesday's Champions League goalless draw at Sevilla. The Spaniard picked up a muscle injury 17 minutes into the last-16 first-leg tie and was replaced by Paul Pogba. Herrera had returned from injury after missing games earlier in February against Newcastle and Huddersfield.



Nathan Hughes starts at number eight as England make one change for Saturday's Calcutta Cup match against Scotland at Murrayfield tomorrow (live on BBC 1, 5.45 pm kick-off). Hughes replaces Sam Simmonds in his first appearance of the Six Nations after recovering from a knee injury, with the rest of the XV unchanged from the side that beat Wales. Prop Joe Marler is a replacement after serving a suspension. "We are really excited about this game," said head coach Eddie Jones. "We will need to be very tough and

relentless in our defence to keep the pressure on his Scottish team." Hughes has made a swift recovery from knee ligament damage, and is fit to start after a conditioning crashcourse in England camp over the past few weeks. Captain Dylan Hartley becomes England's second most capped player of all time when he makes his 92nd appearance, surpassing Jonny Wilkinson. Despite Scotland's buoyant recent form at Murrayfield, England will travel to the Scottish capital with confidence,

having not lost there since 2008. Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named the same starting line-up that began their 32-26 win over France. England have won their first two matches, like Ireland, who earlier tomorrow take on Wales in Dublin (live on ITV, kick-off at 3.15 pm). This weekend’s Six Nations action starts this evening in Marseille, with a battle to avoid the wooden spoon, as France entertain Italy, with both sides having lost their first two matches (live on BBC 1, kick-off at 9.00 pm).


Real Madrid want Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25, to delay agreeing a new contract until April, acording to media reports. Zinedine Zidane’s side allegedly plan to choose between signing him or Manchester United's Spain international David de Gea, 27. Courtois has reportedly said that his agent will listen to any offer from Real.

Manchester City take on Arsenal in Sunday's EFL Cup final (live on Sky Sports, kick-off at 5.30pm), with City still licking their wounds from Monday’s FA Cup exit at the hands of League One Wigan. The fitness of Aaron Ramsey is Arsenal's principal injury concern as they head to Wembley. The central midfielder missed their 1-0 defeat to Spurs with a 'minor' groin injury but Arsene Wenger revealed last week he had not progressed as quickly as anticipated. The Arsenal manager is expected to respect his policy of starting second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina in cup competitions, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cup-tied. Pep Guardiola will have to pick his Wembley left-back with Fabian Delph suspended following his straight red card in the FA Cup upset at Wigan. Leroy Sane has returned from injury, while Kevin De Bruyne will be restored to the starting XI after his rest at

the DW Stadium. Claudio Bravo has been City's goalkeeper throughout the competition, but Guardiola could recall first-choice goalkeeper Ederson. Playmaker David Silva has missed games for family reasons but is back in the fold, while Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi are available. Gabriel Jesus remains sidelined. Arsenal have won the FA Cup a record 13 times, but have only won English football's other domestic cup twice. The last time was in 1993, when Steve Morrow scored the winner against Sheffield Wednesday. City have won the cup on four times, including in 2014 and 2016. The 2014 victory over Sunderland was famous for two sumptuous strikes from Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure, while Wily Caballero was the hero in 2016 in a penalty shootout triumph over Liverpool.

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