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By Alex Trelinski

One of the worst ever train disasters in Spanish history has seen one of the driv­ ers put under formal investigation. The incident in Northern Spain last Wednesday night saw at least 80 people lose their lives in the crash close to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Security camera footage showed the Madrid to Ferrol train hurtling around a bend before flip­ ping on to its side. More than 160 people were hurt, at least 32 seriously, includ­ ing 4 children. The derailment happened on the eve of Santiago de Compostela's main annual festival where thousands of Christian pilgrims were expected to flock to the city in honour of St James. Spain is now holding 3 days of national mourning, whilst

the black box is in the hands of the judge who is carrying out the investigation into the incident. A spokeswoman for the

Galicia Supreme Court said the driver, who was slightly injured in the crash, was under investigation, but it was unclear which of the

train's two drivers she was referring to and whether anyone else was subject to investigation. The president of railway

firm Renfe, Julio Gomez Pomar, was quoted by El Mundo newspaper as say­ ing the driver, who was aged 52, had 30 years of experi­

ence with the company and had been operating trains on the line for more than a year. He said the train in the crash had no technical prob­ lems. The train had passed an inspection that same morning. Those trains are inspected every 7,500km... Its maintenance record was perfect," he told Spanish radio. But one of the drivers who were trapped in the cab of the train after the accident is quoted as saying moments after the crash that the train had taken the curve at 190 km/h when entering the curve despite a speed limit of 80km/h, unidentified investigation sources have told Spanish media. If this is the case, it remains to be seen whether a systems fail­ ure or driver error was the cause, correspondents say. Visiting the scene yester­ day, Prime Minister Mariano

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Seven Bulgarians have been arrested after a British man died in his Torrevieja home dur­ ing a burglary in November 2011. The victim was killed after being coshed by the intrud­ ers, who stole a gold watch, a credit card as well as a substantial amount of money. A friend of the dead man found the body in his house when he called round to see him. He was able to give a good description of the stolen watch, which led to a 46 year old Spaniard being arrested 4 months later for trying to pawn it in a gold shop. Various with­

drawals of cash made with the man’s credit card were tracked as well by the Guardia Civil. Four Bulgarian men aged between 27 and 36 had been involved in the burglary and the assault, three of whom were arrested in May this year in Torrevieja following a house raid, which uncovered four valuable watches, com­ puter equipment and other personal effects that may have been stolen from other homes in the area. The fourth man, aged 34, had returned


A beer­drinking contest had a shock end when a man died from a heart attack after guzzling down 6 liters in beer (equivalent to 10 pints) in just less than 20 minutes. Gea y Truvois near San Javier has staged the event for the last 20 years as part of the village fiestas, but tragedy struck when 46 year old Joaquin Alcaraz Garcia knocked down the booze and then keeled over with a heart attack, shortly after lifting the first place trophy. Mr Alcaraz began to vomit shortly after he was awarded with the coveted prize. He then appeared to pass out and onlookers thought he was sleeping off the effects of the alcohol. "He had drunk six litres of beer and when he won he lifted the trophy," said onlooker Antonio Alcaraz. "Then he just started to vomit without stopping and he never spoke again." Pedro Rodriquez, a member of the council

who organised the festivities, said: "He vomited a lot but I sat with him for ten min­ utes, and he was sleeping and snoring away." Paramedics tried to keep him alive en route to the Arrixaca Hospital, but he died in the ambulance. The Gea Mayor, Jose Manuel Gracia, scrapped the rest of the vil­ lage fiestas as a mark of respect for the dead man. He added that the beer contest may not be staged next year.

home to Bulgaria, but an international arrest warrant saw him taken into custody on June 25 this year and extradited to Spain. Guardia Civil officers in Torrevieja also arrested two Bulgarian women, aged 28 and 33. who although not thought to be involved in the burglary, were suspected to be part of the same criminal gang and may have been involved in selling the stolen goods. The identity and age of the dead British man has not been revealed, along with the location of his Torrevieja home.

NEW TENERIFE AIR LINK A new service between Murcia Airport at San Javier and the Canary Islands will start this September. The Spanish carrier, Good Fly will have two flights a week between San Javier and Tenerife North with prices starting at 89 Euros. The company announced earlier this year that services to Madrid and Barcelona from Murcia will also begin in September.


A British man in his 40’s died in the early hours of Wednesday morning after being hit by a car on the N332. The incident was close to the junction with San Fulgencio and happened at


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A gang of mortgage fraud­ sters has been smashed by the National Police in Murcia. Five Spanish nation­ als have been arrested in region accused of seven offences involving offering mortgages to unsuspecting customers who needed money. The group is accused of creating paperwork and repayment plans that were completely unrealistic, with wording that was difficult to understand: ­ the purpose being to seize a building that had been mortgaged, as well as creating a chain of mort­ gages involving buildings that were subsidising each other.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

EXCLUSIVE BY DONNA GEE JINXED expats Ray and Rachel Keates are count­ ing their lucky stars after their third lucky escape this year. London­born Ray is nurs­ ing a heavily stitched back after a falling lamp­post crashed onto the couple as they relaxed outside Sofia’s Bar in El Raso. The beacon­type lamp­ post had been rammed by fellow Brit Michael Bennett’s

newly­acquired Landrover Freelander as he drove into the council­owned car park in the urbanisation’s commer­ cial centre. The lamp­post tumbled towards the packed terrace outside Sofia’s, clipping the awning before splintering and glancing off Ray’s head as it crashed to the ground. Mr Bennett, from La Siesta, had just collected the vehicle from nearby El Raso Motors and was on his way to meet his wife at Sofia’s. He apparently misjudged the


Lucky Ray survives freak motor smash width of the Freelander as he drove past the bar and his insurers now face a hefty compensation and injury claim. However, the Keates’ say he is proving difficult to contact to discuss the matter. Sofia’s owner Dee Williams, who witnessed the incident, told The Courier: “Ray is lucky to be alive. A couple of inches further over and the lamp­post would have killed him.’’ And Mr Keates insisted: “If it hadn’t clipped the awning as it fell, I don’t think I’d be here to talk about it,’’ An ambulance rushed Ray,

Hitting the proverbial fan

72, to hospital where doctors stitched three gaping wounds in his back. “I lost count after the 25th stitch,’’ he added, reflecting on what was his second recent health scare. Earlier this year, Ray spent 11 days in hospital with dou­ ble pneumonia. That worry­ ing development was fol­ lowed by Rachel falling down a pothole and collecting 23 stitches herself. ‘’That’s our three for the year,’’ joked great­granddad Ray, who is no stranger to adversity but refuses to let it get him down. H suffered the ultimate


Spain's unemployment rate has fallen for the first time in two years, Callosa de Segura’s Mayor has hit the strongly after the Spanish National according to official figures. The national headlines after he wrote some Anthem was booed in Barcelona which rate stood at 26.3 per cent in the strong words about the Catalans and was hosting the World Swimming second quarter of the year, down their bid for independence from the rest Championships. Pérez has since back­ from a record 27.2% in the first of Spain. tracked and removed his comments quarter. Javier Pérez suggested on his from Facebook, adding that he respect­ A strong tourist season was credit­ Facebook page that the region was “full ed the Catalans and that his anger was ed with boosting employment, with of bull s­ ­ tters that ought to be given directed at those who booed the anthem the industry accounting for about independence and they should bloody and who also burned Spanish flags. His ten per cent of Spanish GDP. The well leave us alone. A 10 foot high wall PSOE opponents in Callosa accused news came on the back of a ought to be built around Catalunya to Pérez, in an interesting turn of phrase, Spanish central bank forecast that separate them from the rest of Spain”. of “smearing the good name of the the economy will return to growth The PP Mayor of the town reacted town”. before the end of the year. censorship during the early rule of Gen Francisco Franco gave the figure as 78 killed. Renfe said the train came off the tracks on a bend about 3 or 4km from Santiago de Compostela station at 8.41pm on Wednesday. It was on the express route between the capital, From Page 1 Madrid, and the ship­building city of Ferrol on the Galician Rajoy, who was born in Santiago de Compostela, coast, with 218 passengers on board ­ in addition to an expressed sadness and shock. unknown number of crew members. "Today is a very difficult day. Today we have lived through Firefighter Jaime Tizon, one of the first to reach the site of a terrible, dramatic accident, which I fear will stay with us for the crash, described the scene as "hell". "I'm coming from a long time," he said. "For someone from Santiago, like hell, I couldn't tell you if the engine was on fire, or one of the myself, believe me, this is the saddest Day of St James of carriages or what..." he told the newspaper ABC after drag­ my life." ging the injured and bodies from the train. According to official figures, the crash is one of the worst One witness, Ricardo Montesco, described how the train rail disasters in Spanish history. carriages "piled on top of one another" after the train hit a In 1972, a frontal train crash in Andalusia, in the south, left curve. A lot of people were squashed on the bottom. We tried dozens of people dead. The figures given at the time ranged to squeeze out of the bottom of the wagons to get out and between 76 and 86. In 1944, hundreds of people were we realised the train was burning... I was in the second believed to have been killed in a crash in Torre del Bierzo, in wagon and there was fire. I saw corpses," he told the Leon province ­ though the official account in days of heavy Cadena Ser radio station.


tragedy the day before the 40th anniversary of his first marriage when his wife was killed in a traffic accident on the M25. The couple had booked a holiday in Majorca to celebrate the occasion. Instead, Ray found himself in mourning after a Polish lorry driver pulled out and hit his wife’s car as she was over­ taking. He and Rachel, who had also been married previously, were given an insight into the bizarre happenings ahead when they set off with their two dogs for a new life in Spain 20 months ago. After

selling their pub in Brightlingsea, they hit the road in their Freelander and trailer ­ and headed for the sun. On their way, they suf­ fered a Monty Pythonesque sequence of disasters includ­ ing burst tyres, the trailer breaking down and finally crushing the trailer when a reverse manoeuvre went wrong. The journey took days longer than they had planned but they finally made it to Quesada. And that’s where they plan to stay…regardless of dodgy Freelanders, who­ ever they belong to.

Drugs deal gets smashed up A group of drug smugglers ended up being injured in a car crash after trying to get away from the National Police in the Mar Menor region. Seven alleged drug dealers, who had 1.5 tonnes of hashish, were collared after a tip off that they were going to be making a drop in the Dos Mares shopping centre car park between San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar. The police spot­ ted some passengers in a Volkswagen car and a Mercedes van getting out and having a conversation, before the car left travelling onto the AP7 and heading south to pick up another member of the group at Roda. A group of Moroccans in the van were

then arrested in the car park and 38 bales of hashish were seized. Meanwhile, the gang members in the car at Roda got suspicious that they were being trailed and a chase started which ended up with the car crashing and the occupants being seriously injured as well as being arrested.


Friday, July 26, 2013

ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES The Hells Angels got more than they bargained for on Mallorca on Tuesday as 25 members of the motorcycle gang were arrest­ ed as police raided 31 homes. Amongst those who were detained was their European leader, Frank Hanebuth. The Police said the 25 were wanted for suspected drug traffick­ ing, trafficking in human beings, extortion, money laundering and corruption. Among the items recovered were a shotgun, antique arms, pistols, detonators, a revolver and various knives. Also seized were an electrical defence mechanism, 10 cars, 4 top of the range motorbikes, boats, about 50 thousand Euros in numer­ ous jewellery and various amounts of cocaine, marihuana and anabolic steroids. Hanebuth owned an estate on the island which was valued at 2.5 million Euros where the gang had planned to build a Formula One race track. Authorities in Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Austria helped in the two­year investigation. In the summer of 2010, 20 members of another motorbike gang were arrested in Mallorca for public order offenses and violent behaviour.

DON’T LOOK MAVIS! Open and shut case

Everybody literally was in the “all­togeth­ er” as blushes were not spared in the record­breaking town of Vera last Sunday, with 729 naked bathers getting themselves into the Guinness Book of World Records. The Almeria seaside spot had the bare cheek to take the mass skin­ ny dipping record from New Zealand in some style, with the Kiwis only managed to round up 506 brave souls when they set the world record. With the slogan "The World's Biggest

Strip­Off,” the brave bathers made a bee­ line for Vera, heading towards El Playzo beach ready for the nudity at noon. An official count was made, and everyone was split into groups of 50 and given tick­ ets with their registration numbers, with the whole process recorded on video in front of a notary, who must have had the best seat in the house! By setting the new record, Vera wants to promote itself as a naturist resort, according to town councilor Juan de la Cruz.

Two men had their drugs stash sniffed out early on Monday morning when their bus stopped in Alicante bus station dur­ ing their journey to Barcelona from Almeria. The Morroccan travellers in their early 20’s got a surprise when a police dog started sniffing around the luggage hold of the coach, after police ordered the driver to open it for a random inspection. The passengers were ordered to claim their luggage, which the Moroccans promptly did, and were arrested for hav­ ing a suitcase crammed with 20 kilos of hashish split into 202 packets.


DRUGS LAB BUSTED A drugs gang who had a laboratory in Monforte del Cid has been arrested by the National Police. The 5 month opera­ tion has led to 6 arrests in Elda, Sax, and Monforte, along with the seizure of cocaine worth around 160 thousand Euros, marijuana plants, guns, ammuni­ tion, and money.


The body of a British mountaineer has been found in northern Spain over a week after he had disappeared. 24­year­ old Barrie Cadd, from Devon, vanished last week while on a trip supporting a party from a disability adventure trust in the Picos de Europa national park. He was last seen alive by friends when

he set off to climb 2617­metre Peña Vieja Mountain on his own. The alarm was raised when he failed to re­join them later in the day, with the Spanish police launching an air and land search 24 hours later.. Cadd’s body was discov­ ered last Monday, trapped in a 9 foot gorge.

PILAR’S FIGHT AGAINST FIRE Fire cover has been strengthened in the Pilar de La Horadada area for the summer. Four extra fire­fighters and an engine will be based at the local police station for 12 hours a day to provide a rapid response service until mid­September.

The new high speed AVE rail link between Madrid and Alicante appears to be a big suc­ cess. The Valencian Government’s Tourism minister, Maximum Buch, claims that there’s been a 40 per cent increase in passengers

compared to the number of users on the old link last year. He added that the Costa Blanca had seen a 14 per cent rise in visitors over the first six months of 2013, compared to the same period in 2013

MAN OVERBOARD A fisherman who fell off a Calpe trawler

was rescued on Tuesday lunchtime. Valencia Maritime Rescue were called in after the crew members noticed that he was missing, with the boat moored some 22 miles off Cabo de la Nao. The 38 year old

man was pulled out of the water by the Rescue team, and taken back to Calpe in relatively good health.

Friday, July 26, 2013

TASTE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE Two National Police officers could be sus­ pended for up to three years without pay after being caught on camera driving at three times the speed limit. They were reportedly on their way to separate urgent call­outs when a speed camera snapped them travel­ ling at 150 kilometres per hour in a 50­kilo­ metre limit on a road in Zaragoza. Authorities say at least 20 cases of police cars breaking the speed limit by a consider­ able margin on the Z­30 have been filmed on the hidden radar, and offending officers all said they were on their way to solve crimes. But the last two officers are considered to have committed such a grave offence that they face between five days and three years of their employment and salary being sus­ pended. One was on his way to deal with a knife attack, and succeeded in getting there in

time to stop the aggressor from causing any serious injuries. The other was attending a call from a bus driver over a violent incident among a group of young people on board a coach. A union spokesman for the policemen in question says they are not, by nature, 'dan­ gerous drivers', and that the road had four lanes in each direction, no pedestrian cross­ ings, and that the incident was between 2.00am and 3.00am when there were no cars on the road. He says police need to be allowed to do their job and that if in their professional judg­ ment they decide it is a case that needs urgent attendance, particularly where it could be a life­or­death situation, adhering to speed limits or other traffic controls may be more likely to cause fatalities due to the delay in handling the crime in question.

Man of La Manga is gone The man who made La Manga what it is today has died. Tomas Maestre Aznar passed away last Saturday at the age of 87, and back in the 1950’s he became the first person to buy land and build on La Manga strip. Building started in 1956 with Maestre managing to buy most of the area, with the big marina there named after him. The area took full advantage of the big tourist boom in the 60’s and 70’s. Maestre was born on December 24th 1925. His father died when he was just 9 and his mother when he was 18. The civil war and the difficulties in the post war period meant his youth was never easy, and he found himself moving all over the country. However, he got a law degree in 1948, and took over the agricultural busi­ ness his family had left him in San Javier. In 1952, he moved back to Madrid and set up a law firm, which became known as one of the best in the country. This is when his dream of making La Manga into an unbeatable tourist attraction formed in his mind. At the time, the strip of land was virtually unknown, and used by local fishermen.

Maestre had the support of the town halls of San Javier and Cartagena, and per­ suaded real estate investors to help his vision become a reality. By 1963 the first hotels were being built there: The Entremares and Galúa, and the Los Cubanitos houses, and the Bungalows. When Meastre joined forces with the American tycoon Gregory Peters, the first golf course was built, in the Atamaría val­ ley.


Benidorm has produced a non­alcoholic cocktail to cel­ ebrate last Monday’s birth of Prince George of Cambridge. Called “Royal Baby”, the idea came from the Mayor, Agustin Navarro, who went to the Red Lion Hotel yester­ day morning (Thursday) to try it for himself. He’s also extended an invitation to Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to come to Benidorm for a holiday.

Those boots were made for arresting A burglar tried to scramble out of a shoe factory in Sax with a thousand shoe moulds. The budding Imelda Marcos was

trying to escape with his bootie over a wall, but by then he had attracted the interest of the Guardia Civil, who had their suspicions aroused when they spotted his getaway car parked out­ side with an open door and keys in the ignition.




Change in ITV law could land you in a fine mess IT has been drawn to our attention of a recent change within the Region of Valencia to the law concerning recogni­ tion of ITV certificates. If your car is registered with an adresss within the Community of Valencia, the ITV check­up must be performed by a recog­ nised ITV station within the region. Police have instructions to fine car owners who are not complying with this law. You must instruct the garage

charged with obtaining your ITV certifi­ cate, to use only those ITV stations within the region such as Torrevieja or San Bartolomé (Orihuela). Otherwise you will face not only the fine but will have to have your car re­inpected at the local ITV station. Fines have started to be imposed in spite of the absence of publicity in this matter DEREK MONKS Councillor of Rojales

WHAT A RUBBISH RUBBISH SERVICE! YOU couldn't make it up! In the last week I have read articles and seen photos of garden refuse being deposited next to rubbish bins in the Costa Blanca ­ now I understand why! Last week my friend, who lives in Rojales, asked me to bring my pick­up truck to his house. He had cut up a large tree and wanted it taken it to the municipal tip in Quesada, opposite the Water Park. We loaded up the tree parts and drove to the municipal tip. Upon arriving, a man in the hut came out and said, 'Permit.' We asked him what he meant and he said that one needs a permit to tip there. Nobody may deposit rubbish there without a permit, which is available from the Ayuntamiento at Quesada. So we proceeded there. A woman at the Town Hall desk asked for identification but my friend didn't have it on him, having just been wearing shorts to load up the tree (hot work)! I had my papers, so I showed her them. She said that someone from the Town Hall would come to the premis­

Steering a route to better safety

es and inspect the tree cuttings within the next fortnight. I explained that the tree was already loaded on my truck and she could look out of the window and see it for herself. I told her that I actually don't live in Rojales and she asked me why I had then shown her my documents and I explained that I am the owner of the truck. She responded that we would have to take the tree cuttings away and unload them at my friends' house, and he would have to bring his own documents, relating to where the tree was located, to get a permit. Then an official could come and inspect the tree and make sure that the rubbish was actually coming to the tip from a Rojales address. This would apparently take two weeks to achieve. We felt like just unloading the whole lot at the nearest basura bin, but being responsible citizens, we took it all back and dumped it in the garden again, waiting for action from the authorities. Perhaps other people may take note and plan accordingly. PETER REALEY Callosa de Segura

Tight fit for unlucky burglar The 13th arrest of a habitual burglar proved to be a very unlucky one as the 32 year old man, identified as Francisco, got himself stuck in a restaurant’s air ventilation chimney. After being trapped for 4 hours, he was freed by emergency workers, walking out just wearing underpants and covered in fat which had been extracted from the restaurant’s deep fryers. Fire­fighters had to hose him down before he was carted off in a police car. His ordeal at the La Rueda Inn in Alcantarilla, a few miles out of Murcia City, started at 3.30 on Wednesday morning, when he tried to use the chimney to scramble down into the premises to rob them. But he got stuck and after shouting for help and getting no reply, he grabbed some sleep. A worker came in at 5.00am and heard

voices, initially thinking that they were coming from the bar. On further investi­ gation, he could make out the words of “Get me out!” coming from the extraction hood of the kitchen ventilation system above the cooker hob. He called the emergency services, who had great difficulty in getting Francisco out of the three metre tall chimney. He was unable to lift himself up with a rope that was sent down, and so the tubing had to be sawn off, with a har­ ness being used to lift him into safety. That could only be done after the burglar had to remove all his clothes for the escape to be completed. Well known to the Alcantarilla police, Francisco was charged with attempted robbery and was ordered to pay 1 thousand Euros in compensation to the restaurant for the damage to their chimney.

The Courier does not necessarily agree with the views expressed on the Letters Page

YOU reported that Volvo will be introducing steer assist or autonomous steering in its XC90. Why is no­one joining the dots and asking ­ especial­ ly given the recent fatal bus crash that you've also extensively reported ­ why this kind of affordable acci­ dent­avoiding technology is not being introduced in buses, coaches and HGV's? Indeed, shouldn't it be mandatory in HGVs and buses/coaches ? Sleep and exhaustion are usually the cause ­ I assume that as well as course­correction some kind of loud, rousing alarm is also activated by this system. Paul GOVAN (Electric Vehicles UK), Ciudad Quesada

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Friday, July 26, 2013

THE FATS OF LIFE AFTER nearly six months of diet­ ing accompanied by my weekly ramblings, boasts and dopey eat­ ing suggestions, I intended to take my weight off your minds forever.

But the bizarre happenings since I com­ pleted my self­set challenge of losing 16 kilos (35 lbs) have fired a warning that would leave any vegetarian weight watcher as sick as a carrot. I’ve discovered to my cost that it is far easier to GAIN weight than it is to shed excess pounds. Two weeks ago, I was Queen of the Lean after slimming down from 14st 9lb to exactly 12 stone – and with it, raising a heavy amount for research into Crohn’s Disease. I celebrated reaching my goal weight with my first full English breakfast of 2013…and over the next few days continued to cele­ brate. And celebrate. And celebrate. It was restaurant time again – Indian, Chinese, calorie­rich starters, desserts, the lot. And even sillier, I let my sweet tooth loose on everything from biscuits and cake to rich milk chocolate. One night last week, I had a mad 15 min­ utes before going to bed during which I saw off the entire remnants of an evening I had hosted for three friends. A pile of egg may­ onnaise sandwiches, EIGHT small cup

I put on over a stone in two weeks!

cakes and a whole 500g bar of milk choco­ late went down the hatch in a frenzied attack on anything containing sugar. It was the stupidest thing I could have done after working so hard to reach my goal weight – and I have paid for it big­time. On July 2, I weighed 76.5 kilos, or exactly 12 stone. When I stepped on to my bath­ room scales at lunchtime this Tuesday (July 23), the rotten Japanese nip­on­and­offs repaid me for my sins. Unbelievably, I had regained almost ONE­THIRD of my entire weight loss over the 22­week duration of my diet. More than A STONE…in a fort­ night. I simply couldn’t believe it. Surely such a weight gain in so short a period is impossi­ ble, I thought, resigning myself to another couple of months back on Donna’s Dopey Diet. By the end of the day I was down to a slightly more respectable 81.1 kilos, thanks to my prescribed daily water tablet which I invariably seem to forget to take. So, less than 12lb gained in 14 days then. Big deal. Fortunately, I’ve got the message before guzzling a route to becoming the widest

mountain in the Costas. The problem is regaining the moti­ vation that drove me on last time, namely the suffering of my grand­ daughter Daisy, who faced major surgery to beat off the ravages of Crohn’s Disease. The last fortnight has taught me that KEEPING weight off is much harder than reducing kilos in the first place. But I’m not going to let down the many sponsors who put their faith in me achieving my target. The diet is back on…with 12­ stone again the thin­ishing line. And I’m announcing it publicly because it’s tough to tell thousands of readers ‘Thanks for your support but I’ve made a pie and mash of it’. For me, accepting a challenge in the public glare is the ultimate motivation. How embarrassing to be spotted at an unguarded moment guzzling a plate of pie and chips. I promise that won’t happen ­ I’ll stick to fried chocolate with my

HAPPY DAY: Celebration time after reaching my goal weight

Garden of Eden? I’m already there

WHATEVER you think of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you have to admire their courage in the face of overwhelming rejection. How many of us would tolerate the insults and slammed doors they have to deal with every day, just to tell the few who will listen that death is not the end. I have always treated Witnesses politely and if I have time am happy to chat with them about their beliefs. But there is no way I could commit to the blind belief that drives these brave soldiers of God from door to door spreading their message of survival. When I asked one typically meek Witness about the sheer courage that drove her on, she said simply:”The courage doesn’t come from me.’’ I don’t know what percentage of people instinctively give Witnesses the old heave­ ho but I’d be surprised if it’s not the majority. Personally, I always try to find time for them, even if they invariably ring the bell when I am either busy or about to go out. But they can forget any thoughts of talking me into joining their march to eternal life. Ironically, their literature is littered with images of the world as they see it after Armageddon has decimated the non­believ­ ers. A blissfully happy Mum and Dad wander around a flower­filled, tree­lined garden, accompanied by a fascinated group of kids who marvel at every plant, insect, tree etc. Pet dogs and cats entwine their bodies with their owners’ legs and nudge them towards the kitchen door and a meaty tin of Whiskas, If there really is life after death, I hope these courageous people receive the salva­ tion they deserve. All I am worthy of in the

great scheme of things is a free drink for lis­ tening to their rabbiting. But I do have one commodity they desire more than anything.. and.that is the heaven­ ly environment in the sun where active Witnesses and their families will presumably spend the rest of their days. I also reached the Garden of Eden first. Monday to Sunday, seven days a week, I am finally fulfilling a dream I had nursed since I was a toddler. In my book, every day is a holiday. I have the sun, the sea, three gorgeous kittens, the magnificent colour of my bougainvillea­filled garden, and trees that bear the sweetest of oranges. I feel I really am in Paradise. And I have no intention of leaving just to make space for 144,000 squatters and their heretic leader who won’t even kill a few rivals to achieve the aims he believes in. HAVE you ever wondered what people REALLY think of you? About the things they say when you’re not around? And I don’t mean just the jibes about your perceived big bum I’m talking about the nasty stuff ­ and particularly the fabricated whispers. I rely on my network of friends to clue me in on all the gossip. But when one ostensibly good friend tells me, purely on hearsay, that another of my pals is “a horrible person’’, even though the first friend does not even know the perceived horrormonger, I can understand how relationships explode. The judgement, it turned out, was made by a mischievous third party and Friend No.1 delivered the “he’s horrible’’ message as fact rather than an opinion. Methinks Friend No.1 is heading for a horrible fall...



Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013



Friday, July 26, 2013


A distant flash of lightning Literature (and careers) heralded the approach of a teacher echoed in my ears: storm. Dark, evil­looking 'Nouns and verbs form an clouds scudded across the uneasy alliance in your mid­afternoon sky as head, Silver. The day Wild Bill Rickets you have a book pub­ tethered his horse lished, I shall and sauntered march through into the saloon to the school buy himself a beer. quadrangle clad And that's as far as only in my under­ he got. I mean pants, whistling the that's as far as I Colonel Bogey march got. To explain ­ in Latin.' ­ between leav­ Thus encouraged, ing school and I licked my pen­ s e c u r i n g cil stub employment, I had decided to write a novel. T h e words of my English

and put my brain into gear. I'd remembered reading some­ where that one should base one's first literary attempt on things familiar. I gazed out of the window of my terraced home, sur­ veyed the grimy cobbled streets of Manchester 8, and decided to write a Western. With Wild Bill Rickets still on pause as

the storm clouds descended, I called my mother into the kitchen and read aloud the two sentences I had just scribbled down. 'Well, Mother, what do you think? Do I have a future as a best­selling author?' She looked down at my work in progress and growled: 'Do you have to write on the kitchen table?' 'I had to, there's no paper,' I reasoned. 'Anyway, I prom­ ise I'll wash the pencil marks off the table after I've tran­ scribed my book onto the pile of betting slips Dad acquired from the bookies. But seri­ ously, what do you think of my saga so far?' Mother wrinkled her nose ­ ­ a bad sign. 'Well, for a start, you cannot call your charac­ ter Rickets. My sister had rickets when she was a little girl and I don't wish to remind her. Also, I wouldn't start your masterpiece with a storm. It's a cheap and clichéd dramatic device.' I shrugged. 'So, apart from the lousy weather and Auntie Vera's childhood Vitamin C

deficiency, might I assume that you are satisfied with your son's literary capabili­ ties?' Mother sniffed haughtily. 'Change the beginning of your book and I might revise my opinion that you have as much chance of becoming a successful author as your ancestor Long John Silver did of winning the quickstep heat of the annual dance contest on Treasure Island.' I scrubbed down the kitchen table and prepared to restart my Western novel. Bearing in mind that I must avoid reference to both Auntie Vera's ailment and the diabolical weather condi­ tions, I began anew: 'It's turned out nice again,' chortled Mild Nigel Clutterbuck as he tethered his mule and sauntered into the general store to buy a sun hat. But it didn't sound right. Curses! This writing lark was not working out at all. I wondered if young Shakespeare had had the same trouble with HIS mum.

Did Mother Shakespeare mock her son's first drafts and make him want to snap his quill in frustration? I doubt it. I just couldn't imagine her saying to him: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream is an awful title and you simply cannot call a character Bottom. Your Auntie Portia once had piles and she might get offended.' No way. Mrs Shakespeare probably gave her Will all the positive vibes he needed. 'Oh, Son, that Julius Caesar thingy is brilliant. I just love the bit where Mark whatsis­ name asks for a borrow of his countrymen's ears. Now that's what I call experimen­ tal theatre. I'm telling you, this play will run and run.' Ah, well, I decided, I guess I wasn't quite ready to make my mark as a literary legend. 'Mother!' I called. 'I have Western writer's block so I'm moseying on down the street for a walk to clear my head.' 'Good idea, Hopalong Silver,' she answered. 'Why not saddle up the dog and take him with you.'


Friday, July 26, 2013

SAY IT IN SPANISH Learn the lingo - with a little help from JEANETTE ERATH Spanish 81 ¡Hola! Welcome to another week of learning Spanish. I hope you are finding the revision weeks helpful in practising your Spanish and you are pronouncing your words properly and being understood. Here are the answers to last weeks pronunciation queries: AGUA, REPARAR VENTANA, VIVO, MARAVILLOSO, VERDAD, IMPORTANTE, CERVEZA, LECHE, PANTALO­ NES, LÁMPARA, MIÉRCOLES, VACACIÓN, MADRE. Remember the important rule when speaking Spanish, when you are practising your pronunciation separate each word into syllables, and pronounce each one clearly stressing whi­ chever needs to be emphasised. This week we are going to talk about the passive voice. Basically this is when we say a sentence without needing to mention the subject. It is not always possible or important to say who is doing the action of a sentence and this is when the passive voice comes into play. It is seen all over Spain and used regularly. For example if we have been told some­ thing or something has happened, we don´t need to say who by, we just say ´this has happened´ or ´I was told´ the person doing the telling or doing isn´t important. The passive voice is formed in the same way as in English, using the verb ser, for example: The kitchen has been pain­ ted – la cocina ha sido pintada, That will have to be trans­ lated – eso tendrá que ser traducido. The past participle used as an adjective has to agree in gender and number with the subject. Note that in Spanish an indirect object cannot be the subject of a passive sentence, the subject in a Spanish passive sentence must always be the direct object of the acti­ ve sentence. An active sentence is one where you know who is doing what, here are some active and passive sentences: I am repairing the car – active, she is reading the book – acti­ ve, the meal is cooked at 7 o´clock – passive, he is respected

by everyone – passive. An example of the active voice with is: Me han enviado una carta – they have sent me a letter. Me is the indirect object and una carta is the direct object. The only way this can be written in the passive voice is with: una carta me ha sido enviada – a letter has been sent to me. An impersonal sentence is like the passive voice in that there is no known subject of the sentence, and there are various ways to make these sentences in Spanish: Third person plural verb forms: I have been told that.... – me han dicho que....., They say that... – dicen que..... In these cases the subject could be anyone, and in some cases the speaker will not even know who the subject is. In other cases the speaker may not want to name the subject or believes it is clear: me van a inviter a una fiesta – I´m going to be invi­ ted to a party, me han enviado esta carta ­ I have been sent this letter. Third person singular forms: Spanish verbs which cannot be attributed to a person, an animal or a thing are impersonal. These verbs are always conjugated in their third person sin­ gular form. So, it´s raining is llueve, it´s windy­ hace viento Many ´personal´ verbs can be made impersonal when they are used with the relative pronoun que to introduce an opi­ nion or comment: parece que ella no sabe nada – It seems that she doesn´t know anything. Another way to make impersonal sentences is to use the reflexive pronoun se with the verb. This you will have seen all over Spain as it is very common. For example: how do you say hello in Spanish? The ´you´ is non specific. A better way to think about the impersonal voice in English is to use the royal ´one´ e.g ´how does one say hello in Spanish?´ so in Spanish we would say: ´¿cómo se dice hello en español?´ A familiar sign we would all have seen is ´se vende´ which means ´one sells´ Other examples of se: se entra por aquí – one goes in this

way, se puede nadar en el lago – one can swim in the lake, no se habla ingles en ese pueblo – English isn´t spoken in that town. To take a sentence from the active to the passive, the word order is changed and por is added before the subject e.g. ACTIVE –El professor escribe el libro PASSIVE el libro fue escrito por el professor, we are using the verb ser con­ jugated (fue) Now I am going to test your knowledge, this can be a tricky thing to master but as always, with practise it can make sense. See if the following is in the active (A) or passive (P) (don´t worry if you don´t understand the sentence, you should still be able to work it out from what you have read today): Hago un pastel con miel.............Todos ellos fueron inte­ rrogados.........., El libro es leído.........., La ciudad de Lima fue fundada en 1535.........., Hiram Bingham redes­ cubrió Machu Picchu en 1911.........., Varias personas visitan a Juana.........., Las colonias fueron establecidas hace 200 años.........., El pastel fue hecho con miel.........., Nuestra casa fue construida.........., Mi madre cocina la pizza en el horno.........., La pizza fue cocida en el horno.........., Francisco Pizarro fundó la ciudad de Lima en 1535.........., Se venden varios coches.........., Ella lee el libro.........., Anita cocina la comida a las ocho.........., Los ingleses establecieron las colonias hace 200 años.........., América fue descubierta en 1492.........., Reparo los coches.........., Los dramas fueron escritos.........., Ellos venden varios coches.........., Emilio escribe un libro en español.........., Paraguay fue ocupado entre 1870 y 1876.........., Cristóbal Colón descubrió América en 1492.........., Él es respetado.........., La comida es cocina­ da a las ocho.........., Todo el mundo tiene respeto por él..........


Friday, July 26, 2013


Working in London last week, I met a lady who said that she was scared of dogs. Just imagine turn­ ing on your television and tuning into Sky News, only to hear the following: Welcome to Sky News, the time is now 1 o clock. Breaking news and a German shepherd and a Border collie are hold­ ing twenty people hostage at a bank in central London. Both dogs were attempting to rob the bank, but police were on the scene quicker than expected, leaving the two dogs no option but to hold the customers against their will. Police have caught glimpses of the two dogs and they are sure that the German shepherd is known to them, apparently holding up several banks in the last few months. The Border collie is unknown to Police, but they fear that he could be the brains behind this recent spate of bank robberies. His eyes are very shifty and the cashier, who did manage to escape, said that he would not look at her straight in the eye, as he demanded she hand over the cash. Onto other news now, and Patch the Labrador who is the ruler of Egypt, has given orders to his soldiers to kill any pro­ testers who are against the cream coloured dog from being in power. Patch who has ruled Egypt for several years now is suspected of having hundreds of innocent people killed in his hunt for ultimate power. He spoke to our reporter live today as he was being groomed by his army of servants, this is what he had to say:­ "I have been in power now for some time and cannot under­ stand how ungrateful my people can be. Yes, I may have upped taxes and killed a few people along the way, but I am a good dog and am interested in the welfare of my people and more money and power of course. My breed has waited a long time for me to be in power. Look back on the last cen­ tury and look at the useless rulers we had in power. There was that Bloodhound that never did a thing but smelt every­

body. What did he get done in his time? Nothing! Then we had that Terrier mix with atti­ tude. She just sent us into war after war! I am the leader now and I am here to stay, so do not get in my way, as I have just spent $20million dollars on nuclear weapons that could kill have the world with a switch of a but­ ton" A golden retriever and a Yorkshire terrier were caught today, after a yearlong search for the two young dogs. In that time they had robbed over fifty old age pensioners, with five of the victims dying after their terrifying ordeal. The dogs, both from North London, will appear in court tomorrow. A survey today suggests that the UK has the most poorly behaved young dogs in Europe. It is a common sight for many to see groups of young dogs, loitering around outside off licences, fast food outlets, shopping centres and street corners. Many of the dogs wear hoods, so not to be recog­ nised and they have been known to make people's lives a misery in neighbourhoods around the country. One victim from Rochester, a thirty five year old lady who did not want to be named, described how her life has been a misery over the

last two years. "I moved into the area from London and straight away noticed a group of dogs who would hang around on the corner of my house each night. There were all different types but there was a Jack Russell and a Sausage Dog who were the leaders. They would throw stones through my window and leave graffiti on my house saying they would soon burn my house down while I slept". The woman, who has now been moved for safety reasons, said the results from the survey were no surprise to her. Finally, a drugs ring, responsible for smuggling up to £50mil­ lion worth of drugs into Europe has finally been caught. There were ten dogs involved and police had been watching them for some time, before they made their move. The leader of the gang, Poppy, a ten year old poodle, had been orches­ trating the drug deals from her plush apartment in Cornwall, along with her husband, an eight year old German Shepherd. The gang are expected to spend a combined total of over two hundred years in prison. And from London that’s all from me, have a good day! It is not the dogs you need to fear in this world, was my answer to her! I am available for consultations throughout the Costa Blanca region, if you are having problems with your furry best friend. To book a consultation you can email me at peter@thedogy­ and I will contact you straight away. We have also set up an animal charity, where we help the most severely abused and injured animals in Spain. If you would be kind enough to donate anything to this special cause you can do by PayPal, where the account details are or to our Nat West charity account, where the sort code is 60­16­03 and the account number is 73754900. Even one euro will help, so please, please, try and support us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

PETS’ CORNER: CAN YOU TAKE IN A HOMELESS DOG OR CAT? The owner of this beautiful cat has suffered bereave­ ment and has to return to the UK. She is desperately trying to find a new home for him. He has been spayed and he is just over 2 years old. Ring 616655789 for more info.

Maisey was born approx Feb 2013, she is a small Portuguese podenco cross so she will not be very big. She is full of fun and very loving and of course beauti­ ful to look at. If you can offer this super girl a home or for more information please ring 650 304 746 or email p.e.p.a.animalcharity@gmail .com

Drake is a friendly, young tabby male. Lots of APAH's adult cats were rescued as kittens, and have never had the chance to live in a home. If you are interested in giving a cat or kitten their first loving home, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563.

TAZ, TAZER & TROJAN were featured back in February as part of a litter of 9 week old puppies who had been found abandoned in an old ruin out in the campo. Three of the lit­ ter were lucky enough to find new families quite quickly but this trio of boys have not been so fortunate and are still here waiting to find someone to love. They are now 7 months old and are fully vaccinated and micro chipped. Please contact the SAT Kennels on 966 710 047 or send us an email to for more info about any of these pups.




Saffy Alfie was found wandering the streets a few weeks ago, he is around 4 months old and looks like a Fox Terrier cross with one brown and one blue eye. He has Alfie been vaccinated and ready for a home. Call: 645 469 253 Tessa and her sister, Labrador cross puppies, about 10 months old were rescued from the pound just before they were due to be put to sleep. Tessa is now ready to move to her forever new home. She has been chipped, spayed and her vaccinations are up to date. 610188349.



Calife is a beautiful 4 yr old pitbull, he has so much love to give but has sadly been over­ looked for so long now and been in the ken­ nels for 18 months. Calife He is excellent with people and kids, but not great other dogs. Calife has been neu­ tered, chipped and vaccina­ ted. Call: 673 238 974

Friday, July 26, 2013


LÍNEA DIRECTA ADVISES YOU HOW TO ACT IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT Línea Directa Insurance advises you of the steps to follow in case of a road accident in Spain. 1. Call the emergency number: 112. They will co­ordinate the procedure and will ask you in detail about the circumstances of the accident. 2. Remain calm at all times. Switch on the emergency lights and if the state of the vehicle permits, remove the vehicle from the road, in order to avoid delays and further accidents, to the extent possible. 3. Signal the accident location. Before stepping out of the car, put on your high­visibility jacket, which is compulsory, and place the emergency triangles correctly. The first must be placed about 50 metres behind the car in the direction of the traffic, and the second about 100m. 4. If someone is seriously injured, never try to move them, except if in danger of fire or imminent explosion. Cover the injured per­ son, keep them calm and wait for the emergency services to arrive. 5. If the circumstances of the location allow, always fill in the European accident report, which is an essential document for speed­ ing up the procedures and handling between the insurance companies. If you have any doubt about how to do this, don’t hesitate to call your insurance company.

For more information, Call 902 123 104


How do you keep yourself looking good when you are a single parent or a working mother? Even just being a working woman is difficult in this modern climate so should we be wor­ ried about what we look like or should we concentrate on other things, such as duties and obligations? Maybe the fact that I am single has something to do with my answer to that ques­ tion but I firmly believe that every woman has the right to look good and feel good about herself, and men too come to that! When I help my friend clean her houses, I just put my hair up and throw on some scruffy clothes, but when I get home I have a shower and put something half­decent on. When I go out shopping or visiting friends or taking my son to the park, I make sure my hair looks as good as I can get it that day. I put on some make up, even if it´s

Friday, July 26, 2013


just eyeliner and mascara, and I like to dress nicely. I wear dresses and heels because I feel feminine in them. I am a woman and I like to feel like one. It can be difficult trying to get appointments for beauty treatments, but I have found a very good nail technician. That’s Lauren, who comes to my house, so no boredom worries for my little man and when I have to go to a hair­ dresser, my son comes along with his laptop and some toys, or I try and find a babysitter. I am not going to suddenly stop looking after myself because I have a child and I work. I am willing to try and do whatever I can to look as good as I can for as long as I can. I am only too painfully aware that the years are creeping by and

every day there appears to be a new wrinkle. I can no longer smile without lines creasing around my mouth and eyes and I know that eventually my whole face will wrinkle and maybe look­ ing good will become a dis­ tant memory. I don´t know what my future holds but I hope I can grow old and see my son and daughters set­ tled with families of their own, and skincare may take a back seat. For now, whilst I’m in my early 40´s, I will take care of myself and make the effort to look good. I use cream on my face and body and I try and exer­ cise and eat well. The one thing I do not want to do is look back on my life in twen­ ty years and wish I´d done more with what I had. Because, for sure the body

that I will have in my 60´s will not be like the body I have now, as much as I try to keep aging at bay! It will one day catch up with me and when it does, I want to be able to say, yes ok, but look at how I was in my 40´s! I really made the most of my saggy belly and big thighs! I do slightly regret not making more of myself when I was in my 20´s and even my 30’s. I used to wear oversized clothes and almost hid my body. I never did anything with my long curly hair which lay unkempt over my shoulders and never ever wore make up unless I was going out in the evening or for special occa­ sions. Friends who see my pass­ port photo, taken just before I came to Spain 8 years ago,

think it´s a different person, and everyone who sees it or knew me back in my UK days, say I look so much better now, and, modesty aside, I think I do. I now make the effort to straighten my dyed blonde hair. I chose clothes which flatter my fig­ ure rather than hide it, and I never leave the house make up free unless I´m cleaning. I will never be 20 or 30 again but I will try to be the best 40­something I can, so that when I look back, it is with fond memories and the knowledge that I felt good. When I was experiment­ ing with my hair I caused quite a bit of damage to it with bleaching and colour­ ing and so it began to break and my once long locks were reduced to a short style, something I hadn´t

had since I was around 14 years old. Slowly though, and with care, it began to grow again, however I really wanted longer locks. When I was on Facebook, I saw extensions which don´t damage the hair and can last up to six months. The price was so good, I just had to give them a try. I now have long hair again, which is maybe a silly thing to do in this heat, but I can wear it up and I just love the feel of it down my back. Just check out my new photo at the top! I buy my clothes in charity shops and I get the cheap­ est make up that works for me. I don´t go for designer labels and I don´t have expensive taste, so occa­ sionally I like to treat myself to something that will make me feel good and age as gracefully as I wish! My life is filled with mak­ ing the lives of others as comfortable and happy as possible and if sometimes I want some of that, then it is down to me to provide it, at least until I meet my million­ aire!


Friday, July 26, 2013


British Prime Minister, David Cameron, keeps going on about internet companies doing something to stop nasty child abuse images appearing on search engines like Google. It’s not the first time the PM has talked about this in recent weeks, but surely the time for talking and persuading has now passed, and a law should be brought in to stop it. Or is it that there are cosy relationships involving the internet giants that the Tories don’t want to ruin? I’ll lay you any odds that nothing will happen in the same way that the press reforms have become a complete shambles. I have some sympa­ thy with the civil liberty argu­ ment over free access to the internet, but there surely has to be some kind of a balance between unfettered availability of news and information and comment, whilst stopping child sex abuse images being distributed. A more realistic hurdle is that in this technological age, there are many ways around a country trying to restrict internet access, as people in undemocratic China have found out, to try to get access to uncensored infor­ mation. Labour have said that Cameron is not

going far enough, but where have been their plans and ideas, especially when they were in power for 13 years? This kind of tit for tat politics really annoys me. For the last thirty odd years, school sports have been treated as a joke in the UK, with playing fields being sold off so that wealthy developers could make a quick buck. A report last week suggested that Britain got a 10 billion pound boost from the London Olympics, but Labour’s Tessa Jowell, who I normally have a lot of time for, merely commented that the government ought to reverse cuts she claims have been made to school sports funding. I don’t disagree with her, but this cheap jibe sheds absolutely no light on the identical sports funding cuts that Labour made when they were in charge. No wonder that people get fed up with the main two UK parties, with Labour hold­ ing just a moderate 7 per cent lead in the latest YouGov poll over the allegedly unpopular Tories. Lib Dem leader and deputy PM, Nick Clegg is apparently keen to intro­ duce free bus travel for everybody aged 16 in England. Great idea I say, but where is the funding coming for this? Part of the argument is to reduce the


number of cars on the road with parents taking their kids to school and to also cut the number of accidents involving young people. It’s an eye­catching idea, but many will remember Mr.Clegg’s pledge back in 2010 to oppose rises in tuition fees for students, and look what happened to that! Do you remember the Chilcott inquiry into the whole shambles of the UK and the wretched war against Iraq? It seems like ages since all the evidence was given, but the report is now due out very soon, and Sir John Chilcott has tipped off Tony Blair that he doesn’t come out of it very kind­ ly. I just want to know what status of sainthood Mr.Blair has that he is allowed the privilege of finding out what the report says about him ahead of official publication. Perhaps he should have just been given 45 minutes notice of the details, which was the same time and lie that was given by his gov­ ernment over the amount of time Iraq could deploy their non­ existent nuclear weapons in?



Friday, July 26, 2013

FERRY ACROSS THE MAR MENOR A DAY OUT WITH A DIFFERENCE If you fancy a great day out with a differ­ ence, why not pop along to Santiago de la Ribera and catch the ferry to La Manga. The trip takes a relaxing 40 minutes, passing breath taking scenery, and landing at one of most unique parts of Spain. La Manga is a strip of land 21 km long and 300 metres wide (on average). La Manga means 'sleeve' and this sleeve separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Mar Menor (Small Sea). It is not to be confused with La Manga Club, which is a huge, luxury, all­ round sports and leisure resort, about 10 km inland, and built near the beginning of La

Manga, hence the name. La Manga Strip has many hotels, shops, bars, clubs and restaurants. The great night­ life is well known. It became world famous due to the fact that you could choose to either bathe in the shallow, tranquil waters of the Mar Menor, or surf on the wilder waves of the Mediterranean beaches, just five min­ utes’ walk away. Driving along to the Strip takes a long time. There is just one lane of traffic, with many traffic lights. In the months of July and August the road is renowned for being choc­ a­block, with lots of jams. So the ferry is the ideal way to see this part of Murcia and enjoy the friendly service the ferry crew offer you. The ferry will take you to the Thomas Maestre Port, which is the largest marina on La Manga Strip and has some amazingly expensive yachts moored in it. It faces the Mar Menor side of the Strip, but has a canal, with a lift bridge, leading to the Mediterranean. There are lots of restau­ rants and cafes nearby and you can choose to stroll across to either beach, or have a relaxing drink or snack overlooking beautiful views. Back at Santiago de la Ribera, a small seaside town on the western shore of the Mar Menor, just to the north of the airport at San Javier, there is even more choice of things to do. In the summer the beaches are lively, and there is a wide selection of bars, cafes, ice­cream parlours and restaurants along the promenade and in the pedestri­ anised back streets. The Aviator and the Dog and Duck are firm favourites for visitors coming off the

ferry, and are just a couple of roads back from the beach, along the pedestrian road through town. Their snacks and lunches are extremely popular, as are their friendly serv­ ice, and the way they make all their cus­ tomers really feel at home. And if you want to try something a little dif­ ferent, the canoe club, situated about 500 metres along the promenade, rents out canoes for just ten euros per person. They’ll give you a crash course should you need one, and the friendly staff will even escort you out over the calm waters. It is an activity which once you have tried you will want to do again and again. Slightly further along, towards Lo Pagan, Socaire rent out windsurf equipment and small sailing boats, as well as offering courses. For the ferry times see their ad below. The trip costs just 4 euros each way, and if you would like to take your bicycle this will cost just an extra euro. The ferry terminal is right on the sea front of Santiago de la Ribera, opposite the Marino Hotel, along a little wooden jetty.


Friday, July 26, 2013

COOKING FOR KIDS SAUSAGE PLAIT Ingredients a little oil, for greasing 400g pack pork and apple sausages ­ about 6 fat sausages 1 roasted red pepper from a jar, patted dry with kitchen paper 1 large egg ½ tsp chilli flakes (optional) 2 tbsp tomato purée flour, for dusting 250g ready­made puff pastry baked beans or salad, to serve

4. Now spoon the filling down the middle of the pastry in a sausage shape – leave a little gap at the top and bottom (about 3cm) 5. Cut the pastry at a slight diagonal, on either side of the fill­ ing, into 1.5cm strips, the same number each side – we cut 12 strips each side. Brush the pastry all over with most of the saved egg 6. Tuck the top and bottom edges of the pastry over the fill­ ing. Starting at the top, lay the pastry strips over the filling, taking one from each side, to cross like a plait. Now brush the top all over with the last of the egg. Bake for 35­40 mins or until golden. Serve hot or cold with baked beans or salad.


50g ready­to­eat dried apri­ cots 50g soft butter Method 1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Grease a baking tray 50g light brown sugar with oil using a pastry brush, then cover it with baking parch­ 2 tbsp condensed milk (look ment. Put to one side. Remove the meat from the sausage for it in tubes) skins by snipping off the ends, then squeezing the sausage­ 50g rolled oats 85g self­raising flour meat into a bowl 2. Cut the pepper into small pieces with scissors. Break the egg into the cup, beat with a fork, and save 2 tbsp for glazing. Add the red pepper and remaining egg to the sausagemeat with the chilli flakes, if using, and purée. Mix well with a fork or clean hands 3. Sprinkle some flour on the work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out the pastry into a rough square shape, about 30 x 30cm. Put the pastry on the lined baking tray.


1. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Using children’s scissors, cut the apricots into small pieces. 2. Put the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat well with a wooden spoon. Use very soft butter to make it easy for young wrists to beat the butter and sugar together. Add the condensed milk, beat well, then add the oats and apricots, and mix well again. Finally, add the flour and mix until it starts to disappear – you can use your hands to mix it, too. 3. Bring the dough together into one big ball, then break into 6 equal­sized lumps (this ensures the cookies bake at the same time). Roll each into a ball, then squash onto the bak­ ing parchment with the palm of your hand. 4. Bake for 25­30 mins until golden on the edges. Leave to cool on the tray. The cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

CARROT & HOUMOUS ROLL-UPS Ingredients 200g tub houmous 4 seeded wraps 4 carrots small handful rocket leaves


1. Spread the houmous between wraps. Coarsely grate car­ rots and scatter on top of the houmous, finishing each wrap with a small handful rocket leaves and some seasoning. Roll up and eat.

PITTA PIZZAS Ingredients

4 wholewheat pitta breads 4 tsp sun­dried tomato purée 3 ripe plum tomatoes, diced 1 shallot, thinly sliced 85g chorizo, diced 50g mature cheddar, grat­ ed few basil leaves, if you like


1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and put a baking sheet inside to heat up. Spread each pitta with 1 tsp purée. Top with the tomatoes, shallot, chorizo and cheddar. 2. Place on the hot sheet and bake for 10 mins until the pittas are crisp, the cheese has melted and the chorizo has fraz­ zled edges. Scatter with basil, if you like, and serve with a green salad.

EGGY FRIED RICE Ingredients 200g basmati rice (or use cooked rice) 85g carrots, diced 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 eggs 25g butter 2 large spring onions, finely sliced 1 tbsp soy sauce 85g frozen peas


1. Wash the rice and cook according to pack instructions in lightly salted water with the diced carrots. About 5 minutes before it's ready, tip in the frozen peas. 2. While the rice is cooking, heat the oil in as mall frying pan (about 20cm) and lightly beat the eggs with a little salt. Pour the eggs into the pan to coat the base, and cook until almost set as a thin omelette ­ this should take about 2­3 minutes. Flip the omelette and cook for a few seconds more, then slide it out of the pan and roll it up into a sausage shape. Keep warm. 3. Melt the butter in a wok or large frying pan and sauté the spring onions for 1 minute. Fluff up the rice mixture with a fork (there should be no cooking liquid left). Tip into the wok with the soy sauce and a little salt and freshly ground black pepper, then stir fry for 2 minutes. 4. Divide half the rice between two bowls, cut the omelette crossways into strips and scatter over the top. (Keep the remaining rice in a cool place for later.)


Friday, July 26, 2013


Bluemoon Solutions

BlueMoon Solutions is the computer and IT services com­ pany on the Costa Blanca, they provide quality computer services at realistic prices and specialise in working with home users and small businesses.

Richard moved to Spain seven years ago hav­ ing 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 (usually) 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: Barry was having problems with emails being ADVICE: John wanted to know how to turn off the high grouped in Hotmail and wanted to stop it from happen- contrast screen settings. Hi, I clicked the ease of access icon on ing. the bottom left of the screen and found


Since hotmail moved to outlook some new emails to my inbox attach themselves to a previous message, instead as showing up as a new message, making it easy to lose emails.

among other things on the list " see more contrast in colour (high contrast)" I enabled this but having looked at it, decided I did­ n't care for it. I've tried everything to restore to the original but it will not return. I wonder if you could help with this please and look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, John

Hi Barry, this activity is by design and Microsoft call it con­ versations, linking emails together. You can turn this feature off by logging onto your email, clicking the cog icon in the top right hand corner of the screen and selecting “More Email Settings”. Next click “Group by conversation and pre­load messages” and select the option to “Show messages individually”. That should sort it out for you.

Hi John, it sounds like you have turned on the “ease of access” settings which are specifically designed to enable people with poor hearing / eyesight (like me!) to make the computer easier to use. To turn these settings off you need to head into the Control Panel (Start > Control Panel) then in the top right hand portion of the control panel window there is a search box, type “ease” in there and you will be offered the “Ease of Access Centre”, click on it. Now click the link “Make the computer easier to see” in the “Optimise visual display” section and remove the ticks from any of the boxes that have them in, then just click “OK” and you are done, you should be back to normal. Hope this helps?



ADVICE: Bob wanted to know whether there was any way to increase the strength of the wireless signal he receives ADVICE: Micl was having problems with Internet Explorer not starting. from his local bar.


A friendly local bar owner has recently given me permission to use his wifi hot spot from my home and it works well. The only problem is that I am nearly on the limit of the range and can never get more than 2 bars to light up. Is there anything I can do at my end to increase the signal?

Hi Bob, yes there is something you can do, you could buy a wireless extender and place it as close as possible to the bar whist still being in your home. Most wireless extenders have good aerials and are generally better at picking up wireless signals than your PC or laptop, they receive the signal from one wire­ less network, amplify it and then rebroadcast the signal, they are generally not that difficult to set up but I’m sure you will know a local computer guy that can do it for you.


Don’t forget you can follow me on twitter @bluemoonspain Alternatively why don’t you sign up for my newsletter. You can do this by going to:­ and fill in the form that is on any page except the front page.


Hello Richard. Just read a problem that is very similar to mine, my IE won't start, when I double click my desktop icon it starts to appear but then it disappears, it's not there long enough to click on anything. I can use Mozilla Firefox but it's not the same. I have windows XP with yahoo home page. If you could offer some advice i'd be grateful. Yours Micl


Hi Micl, this is an interesting one, it could be a more serious problem but in the first instance I would try resetting Internet Explorer, you can do this by going into the Windows Control Panel and then double clicking on “Internet Options”, then click on the Advanced Tab and under the “Reset Internet Explorer Settings” click on the “Reset” button and then click “Reset” again. Hope that works for you. Mobile: 655 044 970

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Friday, July 26, 2013



Friday, July 26, 2013


Looking for a fun way to exercise and stay healthy? Doctors say that rebound exercising is one of the healthiest, safest kinds of exercise for your joints and heart. It's aerobic, it's fun, and it doesn't put the same stress on your joints and ten­ dons that impact exercise like jogging does. What's rebounding? You probably know it better as ‘jumping on a trampoline’. Trampolines for the garden or yard have become one of the hottest sports in the world. And why not? It's great for you. You can do it alone or with others. You can use a trampoline to help you brush up on other skills — snow­ boarding, anyone? A trampo­ line in your back yard or gar­ den is like having a gym right outside your door. Alone or with others? Trampolining is a recognized Olympic sport, and was one of the official gymnastics events of the 2000 Olympics. It has been an official com­ petitive sport since 1947, though it wasn't recognized as one in the United States until 1967. Among the events

that are held in official com­ lines set at two different lev­ petitive trampolining and els. Just think — a trampo­ tumbling are Synchronized line for your yard or garden Trampoline in which two ath­ could start your family off on letes perform identical rou­ the road to competitive suc­ tines on two trampolines, and cess! the double mini­trampoline, Even if you've got no ambi­ in which one athlete per­ tions to become a tumbling forms on two mini­trampo­ superstar, though, the health

and fun benefits of having a trampoline in your yard/gar­ den are clear. To set up a trampoline, all you need is a backyard that is clear of obstruction around the width and height of the trampoline and for about 15 feet beyond. Trampolines


A few months ago, Cambridge University Researchers, Dr Rob Smith and Dr Michael Murphy pre­ sented to the world MitoQ: A revolutionary skin cream. What makes MitoQ so spe­ cial you may ask? Well, it is the only facial cream avail­ able today that is based on any real science, and you will soon see why. MitoQ is an anti­ageing serum that has a rejuvenating and heal­ ing effect on the skin. MitoQ reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and also improves the depth and strength of your skin. MitoQ really works! To appreciate the science behind MitoQ, you need to understand CoQ10 or Co­enzyme Q10. CoQ10 was discovered in the body in 1957, and caused great excitement at that time. It plays the role of a co­factor in the body, a substance that enhances the numerous chemical process­ es that occur in our cells. CoQ10 is found in all our cells, especially our active

cells such as those of the brain, heart, kidneys and skin. However as we grow older our bodies make less and less of it, and by the age of 55 the amount we pro­ duce falls to about a third. CoQ10 is also a powerful anti­oxidant: Anti­oxidants are vital chemicals produced in the body to soak up dead­ ly toxins called free radicals. UV rays from the sun pro­ duces free radicals that speed up skin ageing. CoQ10 has been consumed as a supplement since 1977 when it was first isolated by scientists due to its incredi­ ble health benefits. And since then, it has been mod­ ified a number of times. This is because CoQ10 is very poorly absorbed into the body, and scientists have battled with finding a way to get more of it into the body. That is until now. Dr Smith and Dr Murphy, researchers from Cambridge University, recognised the enormous health benefits we would enjoy if they could get more

of CoQ10 into our cells. And 10 years later MitoQ was born: A facial serum capable of concentrating CoQ10 an astonishing 1000 times more in the mitochondria of the skin cells! Mitochondria are found inside all our cells, and are known as the power houses of our cells because they generate energy. When CoQ10 is delivered 1000 times more into our skin cells, they become ener­ gized, and the effects can be profound. One of the func­ tions of our skin cells is to produce collagen and elastin. And as you know, the lack of collagen and elastin in the skin causes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. MitoQ allows your skin to function the way it did in your youth. By functioning more efficiently, your skin cells are able to produce more elastin and collagen to reduce fine lines and wrin­ kles, and more hyaluronic acid to make it soft and sup­ ple. MitoQ also brightens the skin and reduces the

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come in many different sizes and styles to fit your space and your needs. Round, square, rectangular or octag­ onal, in sizes from 6 feet across to 30 — there's a trampoline out there that's perfect for your yard or gar­ den space. Rectangular trampolines are generally made of more durable materials than round ones because the design requires stronger materials. They have criss­crossed springs to draw the tension

even, and create a uniform bouncing surface. You can buy rectangular trampolines in sizes starting as small as 10 feet in length. By contrast, round trampo­ lines have springs positioned around the perimeter and the tension tends to make a 'sweet spot' in the very cen­ tre. If you move out of the centre, the focus of the ten­ sion shifts, making it harder to maintain your balance. The frame needed is lighter, and can be made of less expensive materials, making them cheaper to buy than other shapes. There are special consid­ erations if you're buying a trampoline for the garden or yard for children to use. Paediatricians and children's safety experts warn against allowing children to use stan­ dard trampolines for a num­ ber of reasons. These include the possibility of little fingers getting caught in trampoline springs, children falling off the edge of trampo­ lines and children injuring themselves attempting tricks that they aren't ready for. Because of those safety con­ cerns, there are trampolines designed specifically for chil­ dren that use a different style of spring, and accessories available to make trampolin­ ing safer for them. Among those are enclosure nets and non­slip surfaces.

Nutmeg Health Benefits Nutmeg is a spicy, warming herb that is used to flavour baked goods, desserts and other dishes. It is unique among spice plants as it produces two distinct spices — the seed is dried, shelled and sold as nutmeg, while the fleshy outer part produces mace. Nutmeg, along with pepper and cloves, has been culti­ vated for over 1000 years. It is rich in potassium, calci­ um, phosphorus, and magnesium, and contains a fair amount of sodium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. It also contains vitamin A, B6, C and choline. Nutmeg is good for digestion, and is used for respiratory problems.


Friday, July 26, 2013


I suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis, and no longer get relief from my pain killers. What else can I take?

An effective therapy for any kind of arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis is MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane). MSM is the natural form of sulphur in the body. This sulphur is not the same as the sulphur found in Sulfa drugs or creams which some people may be allergic to. MSM is a mineral nutri­ ent that can be likened to Calcium or Magnesium. It is found in huge amounts in the body, and plays a major role in promoting and stabilizing numerous functions of the body. About half of all MSM in the body is concentrated in the muscles, skin, bones and joints, and the amount available in our body reduces as we age. MSM has powerful pain relieving and anti­ inflammatory properties. It is also critical for forming the carti­ lage and surrounding tissues that make up our joints. This is why MSM is so effective for managing all manner of bone, joint or muscle problem. According to many experts, MSM is the most effective agent – whether prescribed, or natural – for managing arthritis. Dr Lawrence, a renowned pain expert is quoted to have said that in his 50 years of practising medicine, he has never come across any substance as effective as MSM for dealing with pain. And I can agree with the doctor. In my clinical experience, everyone I have treated with MSM has experienced their pain reduce significantly and in many cases this has occurred soon after starting therapy. But the dose and quality of MSM consumed is important. I have come across people who have not had any pain relief from MSM either because they took a small dose or purchased a product of questionable quality. The dose I find most effective for Rheumatoid arthritis is a starting dose of 10 grams every 12 hours for a month, and then a maintenance dose of 10 grams daily. I have seen the pain of arthritis disappear within a day on this dose. The organic form of MSM from herbs is also of a far more superior quality than the low quality synthetic kind. I


I felt I had to write to you to say how totally impressed I have been with the treatment received from Dr Machi Mannu at Med B I have being an avid reader of the doctors weekly med­ ical column in the Courier for quite some time, and after browsing his website I came across the article written by the Couriers Donna Gee aka Grumpy Old Gran, this and the very informative Med B website prompted me to make my first appointment at the clinic, and to say that this was to turn out to be a defining moment in my life would be an understatement. Dr Macchi has a remarkable approach to assessing you as a person, and not just your medical condition, put­ ting you instantly at ease he actually has the patience, understanding, time and knowledge to listen to what you have to say, which is wonderfully refreshing and in com­ plete contrast to the NHS treatment I had received whilst living in the UK, with most ailments more often than not been met with the comment what do you expect at your age and within five minutes you were walking out the sur­ gery clutching a prescription for the obligatory painkillers. The scanning procedure was totally painless and non­ invasive and Dr Machi talked me through the whole process which was very reassuring, three days later I went for another review which highlighted my particular problem and from there I started a course of nutritional treatment, my main problem for quite a long time had been a total lack of energy and motivation and my get up and go had gone walk about, I had tried various natural products in the past to no avail, and even the wonderful climate and healthy living in Spain wasn’t helping enough, after three days I started to feel a flow of energy reappear which as the week progressed went from strength to strength, I was absolutely amazed, I will soon be starting my second course of treatment and thanks to Dr Machi I have now started to live the dream again. Mel Taylor Professional photographer Villa Martin, Orihuela

would not expect the same dramatic effect from poor quality MSM. Anyone suffering from any form of arthritis or connective tissue problem­ rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome – should try MSM for pain relief. It is truly a miracle supplement for arthritis.


Are there any health benefits of taking evening prim­ rose oil?

Evening primrose oil (EPO) has a number of health benefits because it is very rich in GLA – Gamolenic acid. GLA is one of the few Omega­6 fatty acids with anti­ inflammatory properties. Usually, Omega­6 oils trigger inflammatory reactions in the body. When GLA is consumed, it is broken down in the body into substances called prostaglandins which help lower blood pressure, improve blood cir­ culation, improve nerve function, and regulate calcium levels in the bones. And while the body can make tiny amounts of GLA, this process can easily be blocked by factors such as smoking, pollution, alcohol, sugar as well as a lack of vitamins and minerals. Evening primrose oil is consumed as a supplement because it is very rich in GLA. Other important sources of GLA are blackcurrant oil and starflower oil. EPO is very useful for combating diabetic neuropathy, a complication that occurs from long term dia­ betes. Diabetics are unable to process essential fatty acids (EFA) such as GLA. This causes a variety of disturbances, such as weak blood vessel walls and problems with blood clot­

ting. When this occurs, the blood flow and oxygen supply to the nerves becomes diminished, causing diabetic neuropathy­ dysfunction of the nerves due to diabetes. Researchers have observed that when people took 360 mg of GLA daily for 6 months they had reduced symptoms associated with diabetic neuropathy, compared to people who received a placebo in the same time period. Evening prime rose oil appears to help reduce dry eyes that are common with people who wear con­ tact lenses. One clinical trial involving 76 women found that those that took EPO for 6 months had reduced dryness and also felt a lot more comfortable with their contact lenses than the placebo group. Another advantage is that EPO maintains the health of the skin. If the skin is low in essential fatty acids, it becomes scaly, rough, itchy, prematurely wrinkled and dry. It also become prone to spots because the oily glands becomes distorted and blocked, trapping grease. Taking evening oil as a supplement helps to keep the skin soft. It also reduces the symptoms of eczema and dry or itchy skin. EPO also provides the building blocks for making sex hormones. Some evidence suggests that it can help treat pre­menstrual syndrome. It relieves bloating and the painful breasts that most women experience with PMS. In men, it has been shown to improve the symptoms of benign prostate enlargement (BPH). PLEASE EMAIL





Never underes­ timate the power of your hairstyle to add to your professional image or to undermine it. Having a profes­ sional image is more than having nice clothes. It is creating a look that is harmo­ nious which means paying attention to all aspects of image – makeup, skin­ care, clothing, posture, body type, accessories, etiquette and hair. If either of the aspects of image is dis­ carded the whole look is ruined. Hairstyle and hair upkeep play a major role in creating a professional image and keeping your look up­to­date is a must. To keep your hair looking great avoid these mistakes: 1. Wearing a lot of hairstyle products to keep your hair “in place” will leave your hair looking stiff and unattractive. Hair should be soft, natural and able to move. 2. Do you still have the same hair­

style you had in high school? Take out an old picture and have a look. If you answered ‘yes’ there is no doubt that it is time for a change. Also, if you are over the age of thirteen don’t put bar­ rettes or bows in your hair. 3. If you have curly hair and use straightening products and tools daily to get the look you want you are prob­ ably working too hard. Take pride in your curls and use products that enhance your hair’s naturalness and use straightening products sparingly.

4. If you make a slight change in your hairstyle and the compli­ ments start pour­ ing in it could be that your friends are giving you subtle hints and it is time for a change. 5. If it seems that your hair never looks the way you want and you end up wearing a pony­ tail most of the time it is time for a cut and style. 6. The number one hair buster is roots that show – especially if they are grown out an inch or more. Before you colour your hair decide if it is some­ thing that you will continue to do. If not, don’t do it. 7. When you colour your hair take your skin tone into consideration. For instance, if you have extremely white skin, don’t colour your hair black. As you age, your skin colour changes. Keep this in mind when choosing hair colour and ask your hairstylist for rec­ ommendations.


Friday, July 26, 2013



Friday, July 26, 2013




Phew! Brits haven't known what to do with themselves as they came to terms with the first heatwave in years. Temperatures in the 30s Celsius, high humidity and high night­time temperatures have brought heatwave warnings from the Met Office; a dramatic rise in hospital admissions, with people suf­ fering from heat exhaustion and exposure to the sun; fire­ men working overtime coping with heath and grassland fires; and travel agents with egg on their faces hoping that people would flock over­ seas and instead have opted for staycations. Ironically, we leave Spain for three months to go to our UK park home to escape from the Spanish heat ­ but there were days over the past fortnight when it was hotter in England than in Torrevieja! Last week we visited Telford, and if any of you are thinking of a holiday in the UK and want an interesting place to visit, this is it. Around Ironbridge is where the industrial revolution started ­ the discovery of how to smelt iron ore using coke to create wrought iron. It was the cata­ lyst which lead to a multitude of discovery and gave us our current lifestyle. A fascinating place, with numerous muse­ ums to visit over an area of around five miles ­ but sadly, even here, the British dis­ ease runs riot with dreaded pay car parks at each build­ ing. Museum entry tickets are high enough, so why does Britain have to find every way possible to screw more money out of you? Entry charges and having drinks and food at the various ven­ ues ­ isn't that enough with­ out having to pay through the nose for parking the car as well? During the heatwave, Brits have flocked to the coast ­ but what have they done? They’ve left piles litter behind. Brighton and Hove Council staff collected 20 tonnes of it off their beaches in one weekend. Why are

Brits so mucky, thoughtless and selfish? One remark from a 20­something who was interviewed on Brighton beach got my goat. “So what? Why should we take our litter home? Isn't that what the council is for, to clean up?” Back in Ironbridge, we watched a couple drinking from a bottle and the woman walked to a bin with the empty bottle, aimed it at the container, but missed and it crashed to the ground. Did she pick it up? Of course not! Lazy, good­ for­nothing!

offences, dodging the system and more than likely discov­ ered a way to claim benefits too. If only Britain had adopt­ ed an identity card system and the rest of the EU too, the criminal underworld would have had a far more difficult time than it currently enjoys. Hopefully, a future government will have the balls to introduce it. Meanwhile Scotland Yard officers are currently actively involved in trying to discover what happened to Madeleine McCann, the four­year­old who went missing while on POLICE from Eastern holiday in Praia de Luz, Europe have joined Portugal. I hope this latest British police on patrol in the attempt finally gets the UK and have been coming breakthrough all of Britain up trumps in catching foreign would dearly love to see. And criminals. A big problem wouldn't it be wonderful if the faced by British police is the British police succeeded language barrier when they where continental police stop someone they suspect failed, who instead tried to of committing a crime. But lay the blame on the girl's officers from Romania, parents. Next, it’s hats off to Lithuania and Poland have Doncaster and Enfield joined UK police and have been helping catch criminals councils for seeking permis­ which are wanted in their sion from the government to home countries. They’ve also introduce a by­law to make it caught nationals wanted on an offence to spit in the European Arrest Warrants, street. It is a disgusting habit, having made 54 arrests, seen so often and I find it sur­ seized 62 vehicles and prising that it hasn't been out­ uncovered a major crime lawed years ago. But there is gang. There is absolutely no far worse pollution on British doubt that hiding in Britain pavements and streets. are numerous villains from Take, for example, the multi­ overseas who have no right tude of pigeons pooping to be in the UK, committing everywhere. That's revolting



and a health hazard and pigeons in towns and cities should be got rid of if we're really going to take public health seriously. And pigeon droppings is nothing like as disgusting as dogs fouling public areas. I wonder how long it will be before dogs are banned from streets and public parks and only permit­ ted on private land. Like smoking, the majority should be protected from the annoy­ ing minority ­ the majority should be protected from the dog owning minority, whose pets carry disease. Bring it on. For years we've been hearing of all the crazy ways the banks have tried to make money at the expense of everyone else ­ granting mortgages to people who had no hope in hell of repay­ ing them; of fiddling interest rates; of mis­selling financial products. The list seems endless. The banks have paid out billions in compen­ sation and now, it seems, there's yet another big pay­ out on the way. This time it concerns the mis­selling credit card fraud insurance. Apparently a company sold so­called card and identity theft cover, via banks, between 2005 and 2012. Many debit and credit card customers were duped into buying policies which offered unnecessary cover. They


cost £120pa to cover losses of up to £100,000 if a card was lost or if a crook went on a spending spree with a stolen card. But banks already offered such cover with the card free of charge! Customers who thought they would be covered for up to £60,000 in losses suffered through identity theft, later found this was for legal or administration expenses – not the fraudulent debts that were run up. But the cost of meeting such debts is usual­ ly met by the bank itself, trig­ gering doubts about why customers even had to pay for such a policy. The banks will shortly begin sending out letters to affected customers with details of how to claim. The compensation will leave the banks with an estimated £1billion bill, but there are fears that it could be higher. I find it amazing that so much appalling practice was going on by the banks and nothing was done by the then Labour government to stop it and few if any bankers or bank bosses have really been called for account through court action. I also find it very sad that all this money now has to be paid back in com­ pensation ­ money that is vitally needed to lend to busi­ ness and entrepreneurs to kick­start the economy. One UK opinion poll which caught my eye


last week was that only 22% of those surveyed thought there was any prospect of Ed Miliband being the next prime minister. Who on earth could imagine he and his side­kick Balls possibly being in Downing Street? The 22% must need their heads examined. Could it be that, at long last, the majority of people have come to realise what a disaster Socialism is? I hope so. The latest revelations was the sheer volume of things that went wrong in NHS hospitals under Labour's last watch, leading to many deaths which must surely be anoth­ er nail in Labour's coffin. Wasn't it the claim of Labour that it would always safe­ guard the NHS? Good too for Tories now dubbing Labour the benefits party ­ a title rightly deserved. I would also call them the “let's help the illegal immigrants” party; the” let's try to get more peo­ ple dependent on benefits” party; the “let's do nothing to curb the excesses of the unions” party; and the “let's wreck the economy” party. It seems the Labour chameleons have now decided that cracking down on excessive benefits is good for votes ­ after so many Brits have applauded the coalition for introducing a cap. Ironic, isn't it, that Labour has been the party which for years has presided on doing little if anything to get people working and instead awarded them buck­ ets full of money ­ for their votes, no doubt! The poll also showed that people believe that the next election will see another hung parlia­ ment, and more people would prefer to see another Conservative/Lib Dem coali­ tion than a Lib Dem/Labour one. As I have written before, much better would be a Tory/UKIP coalition, which, probably, would intro­ duce policies which would really get Britain moving streets ahead of the rest of Europe.


Torrevieja police officers were involved in a fresh clash with illegal street vendors in the city last Sunday. Four Senegalese men were arrest­ ed after two policemen were injured during a fight on the Paseo Vista Alegre. Officers from the local police and the Guardia Civil were involved in a joint operation to seize fake goods and to arrest the ringleaders of the counterfeit selling business. As in previous occasions, stones and chairs were thrown at the officers as the gang members resisted arrest, with two officers being injured. One was

thrown off his motorbike, whilst the other was punched. It was the latest incident as the Torrevieja authorities have ramped up the pressure in the last fortnight on the illegal vendors, with the Guardia Civil joining a ramped up level of patrols and seizures of fake goods. Over 10 thousand items were seized and destroyed last week, with Torrevieja Mayor, Eduardo Dolon, praising the special joint operation to stop ille­ gal hawking which aims to protect legal shops in the area.


Friday, July 26, 2013

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BABYCHAMS HAS THAT SPARKLE If you like a sophisticated drink with good company and great surroundings, then why not try the new Babychams in Playa Flamenca. You’ll be impressed with the look which features a colourful new modern terrace with some funky lit­up tables. There are lounge areas both inside and outdoors, and the indoor area is fully air conditioned. Why not try some daily spe­ cials or a freshly made cocktail at the end of a busy day or after a relaxing session by the pool? Happy Hour is on every night between 7pm and 9pm, where you can enjoy some half price Champagne cocktails amongst other firm favourites. Non­alcoholic cocktails are available and there are kids cocktails as well! Jugs are on sale from 10 Euros, as well as water melon and pineapple cocktails that you can share. There are 3 for 5 Euros offers on all crazy shots, and you can buy a Vodka Redbull for just 3 Euros. And you don’t have to be in a hurry as Babychams runs a full service until 3am!

SENSATIONAL SIZZLERS AT GOODFELLAS As the weather really hots up on the Costa Blanca, why not try out the Goodfellas Steakhouse sizzling summer special? You can enjoy a 3 course meal for just 10.95 Euros, which includes a choice of 5 starters, 4 pasta mains or any pizza plus ice cream. Goodfellas brings you quality Scottish beef and lamb from a natural environment famed for its superior grass­fed live­ stock. There’s nothing which can beat properly hung Scottish beef, so give your taste buds a try with it. You can buy certifi­ cated Aberdeen Angus Beef with T­Bone, Sirloin, and Fillet, as well as that excellent Scottish lamb. You can eat indoors and try the large outdoor terrace. Needless to say all the dishes are prepared freshly every day, and the restaurant is open daily from 6pm. For bookings and enquiries, phone Lynn 653 673 008


There’s no doubt about it! Legends Bar is THE original and still best party bar on the Costas! It’s just had a makeover and exten­ sion for the summer season, as things just get bigger and better! You are in the right place if you love your football, as Legends can screen up to 6 matches at one time, with their big HD Plasma screens and a large indoor projector. If they can’t screen it, then it just isn’t on in the first place! And whilst you cheer or groan when the new season starts next month, there’ll be half time snacks provided during the weekend matches and also selected weeknight fixtures. And it’s not just soccer, as Legends will show all the other big sporting events live. If you don’t like sport, then Legends still has something for you, with DJ and Karaoke nights, as well as Theme nights and the always entertaining and outrageous drag act, Stevie Spit. Check out the daily drinks promotions including a Vodka & J20 or a Vodka & Energy for just 3 Euros. Pints are at 2 Euros, and you can buy 2 WKD’s, Breezers or Smirnoff Ice’s for just 5 Euros. And if you like it late, then Legends is open with a fully licensed bar until 4am.

GLAMOROUS / MARIA ELIZABETH WEDDINGS The one stop shop for ladies...why go anywhere else! Looking for that perfect dress for a special occasion? Call into Glamorous Boutique in CC Flamenca Beach...stunning range of dresses in stock now! Beautiful jewellery and hand­ bags also available to perfectly complement your glamorous new look! Getting married? Maria Elizabeth Weddings offers a unique bridal experience, providing expert advice to ensure you have the wedding day of your dreams. We stock classic and traditional wedding gowns in our bridal boutique. For that final touch, our Glamorous Beauty Room provides high quality service carried out by fully qualified staff, in our luxury treatment rooms. Wide range of treatments include waxing, pamper and collagen facials, manicures, pedicures, gel nails, shellac, Moroccan hammam, semi permanent make up and cosmetic surgery consultations.

TOP UP KEEPS YOU IN TOUCH The Top Up mobile phone store has 8 years of experi­ ence to pass onto you, and we have everything that you could possibly need to keep you connected, whether you use a mobile or a laptop. If you want it, we have it from a cable to a stylish carry case. If you need a repair, then we sort things out in­store. We unlock all makes of mobile phones, as well as carrying an extensive range of new and second­hand units, with new stock coming in every week. And if you fancy a refurbished laptop, then prices start at just 99 Euros, with wide selection to choose from. We also take part exchange on any laptop or mobile phone. We are open Monday to Saturday between 11am and 7pm

Friday, July 26, 2013

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SERVICE YOU CAN TRUST!! Here at Homes in the Sun we offer you the complete pack­ age when owning or renting a property here in Spain. Our sales department has had a great year but now needs more property to add to our portfolio because of our sales success this year. We have viewings booked for the rest of the year and need more realistically priced properties to sat­ isfy our customer’s needs. Our Property Management Service is a very professional and a fully legal service that offers the very best in service, peace of mind and great value for money. Our full mainte­ nance team will resolve any issues you may have. Our suc­ cess has been unprecedented and we are in desperate need of property for long term rentals. CAN YOU HELP US? WE NEED MORE PROPERTIES TO SELL AND LONG TERM RENTALS TO RENT NOW!!

MAKE THE MOST OF MACEY’S Macey’s Café & Newsagents is your one­stop shop for a bit of everything. Under new management, you’ll get a warm friendly welcome every day of the week from 7.30am until the evening. You can pop in and buy some freshly baked bread or try out Macey’s new varied menu of hot and cold snacks including sandwiches, baguettes, and baked potatoes. You can start the day with a hearty English Breakfast and there’s a range of daily specials. Whilst you are tucking in, then you can also check out the latest UK newspapers, and Macey’s also sell a range of magazines, as well as cards and beach toys. There’s a large variety of British branded goods including your freezer favourites, as well as cold drinks and ice creams to keep those temperatures down! The shop also stocks tobac­ co and filters, and is part of the Easypost network which means that you can send and receive mail from the UK and the rest of the world, as well as using their passport renewal service. You can also top up your Spanish mobile phone at Macey’s.

Spud Murphys - So Much More Than Fish & Chips Open from 10.30 serving Breakfast our kitchen is open all day until 10 at night. Our Lunch Menu has great variety from our famous Cod Chunks Mushy Peas & Chips, to our healthy freshly prepared sandwiches and salads or a choice of specials with our homemade chips. Located on the end corner of the centre we have two ter­ race areas, one shaded and non­smoking, or enjoy the bal­ cony terrace where you can see what’s happening in the cen­ tre. Our evening menu includes steaks, ribs, and burgers and of course of famous Cod & Chips, we have a great value two course menu € 8.95 available every evening. We are open Sunday evenings from 6.00pm for July & August, so come as see us for a warm Irish welcome, great food and service.

AGRA SPICES UP THE AREA You knew us before as the Kama Sutra Restaurant, and we are now called Agra Palace. Our experienced chefs blend their own spices to provide you with high quality authentic Indian cuisine which is the best in Spain You can expect a warm welcome from our friendly staff and can relax on our large sunny terrace while your dishes are cooked fresh to order just as you want them We are also happy to prepare meals to take away and have many special offers throughout the evening We look forward to seeing you again at the Agra Palace opposite The Papaya Tree


A unique and traditional live entertainment venue which caters for all live Irish sports and rugby. You can enjoy a touch of the Irish at The Lansdowne, and as the name suggests, there’s quite a sporty feel at the bar, with all the top Irish Rugby and GAA events screened there. The traditional Irish bar which has been running for 12 years has a large outdoor screen, with more inside as well as a large projector display. When the big games are on you can enjoy a bar­ gain drink or two as you cheer on your favourites in the air­condi­ tioned bar! You can also have a game of pool. The Lansdowne has a nightly Happy Hour between 6pm and 8pm with a pint of Lager at 1.80 Euros; a glass of wine at 1.50 Euros; and selected branded spirits and mixers for 2.50 Euros. There’s entertainment every night from 10pm including acts like The Cages, Kolted, Gregg Lomas, Dougie Munro, and Nikki G. And don’t forget to follow the bar on Facebook lansdowneplaya­ flamenca


Friday, July 26, 2013


The Royal British Legion in Orihuela Costa has won a major award for boost­ ing its membership. The branch has been awarded the McCrae Shield for the biggest increase in members of any overseas branch of the Legion over the last 3 years, pushing Chonburi in Thailand into second place. The Branch was also presented with a Certificate marking the award, which it keeps, as well as a 'Scroll of Award' which it can now display on the upper panel of its RBL Standard. Branch Chairman, Keith Carter, paid tribute to his local committee:­“We con­ tinue to take every opportunity to be represented at local gala’s, shows, exhi­ bitions and other events where the good

work of the RBL can be shown off. It is at these events where most of the recruitment takes place, the fruits of which have now been rewarded by the honour of the McCrae Shield.” The McCrae Shield is awarded in memory of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae who wrote the poem ‘In Flanders' Fields’ during a lull in the 2nd Battle of Ypres in 1915. The Orihuela Costa Branch of the RBL has only been going for just over 5 years, but the branch collections made during the Poppy Appeals has already passed the 100 thousand Euros mark. So far, the 2013 Appeal has already raised over 5 thousand Euros ahead of the major push in the autumn.

Song sung Neil A brush with success

Neil Diamond fans are in for a treat tomorrow night (Saturday July 27th), as the sell­out star of the Benidorm Palace, Geoff Watts, brings his tribute act to the Restaurante Los Rosales in Guardamar. His “Beautiful Noise” show also includes songs from Tom Jones, Chris Rea, and Barry White. Afghan Heroes will once again be holding a raffle at the show. Their last one at the “More Than Your Fair Cher” show raised 300€ for the UK based charity. Now known as True Heroes, they have achieved a great deal in the 4 years they have been in existence. The aim of the charity was to provide long term aftercare for any wounded or mentally affected member of the British forces. They have now achieved part of that aim by opening their second of the ten planned retreats. The facility mentors and retrains soldiers who are unable to work because of physical injuries and mental trauma. The show will include a served 2 course meal, along with bread, ali oli and salad. Tickets are 15€ and can be bought from Restaurante Los Rosales Guardamar; Cards and More, La Marina; The Card Place, Punta Prima or Benimar; The Hire Centre, San Luis and The Post Box, Dona Pepa. You can reserve via or phone 697 501 992.

QUESADA DATE Quesada Ladies Club has set the date for their AGM which will be on Tuesday September 3rd. They’ll be meeting at the Cooper’s Arms, Dona Pepa, with a 2.30pm start.


Budding Picasso’s and da Vinci’s helped to raise over 180 Euros for the Elche Children’s Home in a painting competition. 39 paintings were entered by 18 artists in a beginners contest staged at Bar Sofia on the Urb.El Raso, Guardamar.

Certificate winners were Katalin Gulyas, Gale Coultate, Felicity Dubarr and Ray Scott. The picture shows the hard­working judges Gloria Howes, Bob and Jean Vallins along with their son Vic.


A cooling dip in the sea was the order of the day last Sunday at Torre de la Horadada with 406 competitors

LOCAL LINKS ADAPT, based in San Pedro del Pinatar, have their monthly meeting a week on Saturday (August 3rd) at the Hogar de Pensionistas in the town, starting at 10.30am. The group fosters links between the British ex­ pats and the Spanish com­ munity with a wide variety of events within the local area. For more information, their website is or phone Enid Winskill on 966 189 402.

taking part in 3 sea swims. Club Natacion Torrevieja entered 20 swimmers in the

Los Montesinos cele­ brates 23 years this week­ end of being a stand­alone council area, after splitting from Almoradi in 1990. A medieval market opens in the Town Hall square this evening (Friday July 26th) from 7pm and Saturday night sees music and entertainment, ending with the traditional crown­ ing of the Queen. Events will run around the town until Tuesday night.

races, based at the beach next to the port at Torre. The ladies turned up trumps in the 1500 metres, as Gillian McNeice took first place and Vicky Connolly second in the younger category in the Masters. And the success continued for Torrevieja in the older Masters group, with victory for Beryl Altabas.


Friday, July 26, 2013

LA ZENIA THANKS FROM EASY HORSE Minature pony, Taffeta, was the guest of honour at the first birthday party for the Easy Horse Care Rescue shop in La Zenia. She was given a warm welcome when she arrived at the shop along with Charity co­founders, Sue and Rod Weeding. Customers were welcomed with a drink and invited to look around the shop which stocks a wide range of quality used furniture as well as the usual charity shop fare which is changed on a regular basis. "I really want to thank my volun­ teers for all their hard work and help in our first year here in La Zenia" explained Vicky Feest the manager. "We have been welcomed by every­ one in the community and we wanted to thank them also for their contin­ ued support" she added. The Care Rescue Foundation has


a delivery and collection van so if you have any large items you want to donate to help the charity with their work then please call Vicky on

The Butterfly Children’s Charity is better off to the tune of 1250 Euros thanks to Help Murcia Mar Menor. The charity helps youngsters who suffer from a rare genetic skin condi­ tion which makes it as delicate as a butterfly wing, which gave the charity its name. They need special and expensive bandages made of special material to help deal with severe blistering and wounds that never heal. HMMM President, Bernard Ash presented a cheque to Ann Whylie of the Butterfly Children at their last meeting at Las Claras in Los Narejos. The HMMM members heard that the 636 062 000. This applies also to Butterfly Children have raised over 40 thousand Euros for a their other shops in Guardamar, La respite centre in Malaga for sufferers of the condition and Siesta, Quesada and Los their families, and that the charity were also hoping to open a fund­raising shop in the Mar Menor area. Montesinos.


It’s going to be periscope up for a historic Spanish submarine based in Cartagena, as its set to grace the Naval Museum in the city. At the end of the 19th century, Spaniard Isaac Peral spent seven years working on his invention:­ a boat that could travel under water. Using propellers made by the British designer, John Thornycroft, what was called a submarine was designed and built, but then the project was stopped and the vessel eventually ended up on the Cartagena dockside in 1930 as a prominent water fea­ ture. It had been there until last year, but the sheer length of time has meant that urgent repairs have been needed, with rusting being the main problem. Restorers found that 21 coats of paint have been applied over the years to the submarine’s surface and they’ve discovered the kind of paint that Peral used in the first coatings! The plan is to have the submarine as the centrepiece of an exhi­ bition paying tribute to Isaac Peral, and for it to be ready this September to celebrate 125 years since the launch. Pablo Zarate from the Museum said: ­ “The time has come for the vessel to be treated as an impressive piece of industrial archaeology”.

La Union’s Underground Treasure On a hot sunny Sunday morn­ ing, 42 Members of Club Torrevieja Classics & Specialists Car Club and guests met at the Lo Monte hotel for a trip to the Parque Minero in La Union. En route to La Union on the AP7 the group came across a cloud of grey smoke which was coming from some conifers at the side of the motorway which were on fire! ­ as if it wasn’t hot enough with the weather you could feel the heat coming from the fire as you passed. It wasn’t long after that the Bomberos were on their way on the opposite side of the AP7 to tackle the blaze ­ fortunately all Members managed to get past the fire. On arriving at the Parque Minero we were met by our guides, Noemi and David who directed us into an area where we watched a short film giving the history and back­ ground of La Union. We then boarded the train which took us up to the mine entrance. Members split into two groups and were handed hair nets and safety helmets. Whilst one

group entered the mine with one of the guides, the other was given fur­ ther information to the mining industry of the area and how it worked. The second group then entered the mine and the guides did an excellent job of explaining each area and how the miners worked and the conditions they worked in. Inside the mine the tem­ perature was around 18 degrees due to modern ventilation but in the 1800’s the temperature was between 40 and 50 degrees! The miners life expectancy was between 35 ­ 40 years old and they didn’t actually get paid in money but by vouchers for a local supermarket, which was also owned by the mine owner. At the end of the tour, there was an area where a small stage had been erected and once a month there are Flamenco shows with singers who depict the sad story of the miners and the hard condi­ tions that they worked in. We then boarded the train to return back to the parking area. Time for lunch and the group took a slow amble into

the town centre to Meson Nuevo California where Miguel Angel greeted everyone and gave all a gift of a piece of “piri­ ta” which is fools gold from the mine. The meal was typically Spanish and excellent. All in all, a very interesting and enjoyable day. It is well worth a visit to this area to see the mine. If you are interested in cars / rallies and social events (especially if you have a Classic car ) Please contact us as below. For more information on Club Torrevieja please visit, or contact Ron Blackwell on 966791212 or come along to one of our monthly meetings which is every first Wednesday of the month at 19.30 in the Cafeteria Marina Club in the International Marina.


Friday, July 26, 2013


SCHEME FOR IMMIGRANTS TO GO COUNCIL 'HORRIFIED' A council leader has said he Daily is "absolutely horrified" over government plans to drive vans through his borough with adverts calling on illegal immi­ grants to leave. Brent's Muhammed Butt said the plan was an "act of desperation" and that more needed to be done to process people's claims. He added it would "just drive people underground". The Home Office said the scheme was an alternative to criminal procedures. The vans will drive through Barnet, Hounslow, Barking and Dagenham, Ealing, Brent and Redbridge. Leaflets, posters and messages in local newspapers will also be used to urge illegal immigrants to return home. They will all feature a text number they can message to arrange a return. The scheme costs just under £10,000, which is cheaper than forcibly removing someone. That process costs about £15,000. 'Whose fault is it?' Mr Butt said he first heard about the scheme on Twitter.


"I was absolutely horrified to find that Brent had been chosen and we hadn't been consulted," said the Labour leader of the council. "In a diverse borough like Brent when 65% of the population is from an immigrant background it's just a totally divisive policy." He added: "It just shows what con­ tempt national government has for local government and we have to face all the decisions made by them and they're giving us no support to move forward." Mr Butt said Brent North MP Barry

Gardiner had the highest caseload of immigration cases to look at as it was tak­ ing so long to process claims. "So whose fault is it? Is it the immigrants who've applied and their cases are not being processed?" Lowest levels The Home Office said the areas were chosen because they had either significantly higher or below average num­ bers of voluntary returns. It said voluntary returns were the most cost­effective way of removing illegal immigrants and saving the taxpayer money. Councils were not consulted as it is an immigration policy which does not require local consent, it added. Immigration minister Mark Harper said: "This pilot is just another part of the reforms of the immigration system that have cut out abuse and seen net migration drop to its lowest levels in nearly a decade. "The Immigration Bill being intro­ duced later this year will build on this work by restricting illegal migrants' access to benefits and services."

HORROR IN SUBURBIA POLICE have launched a murder inquiry after a young woman’s body was found stuffed in a suitcase near a kids’ play area. The corpse, which had not been dis­ membered, was discovered by a police sniffer dog in a wooded area just off a suburban street. Officers sealed off the area, which is next to a park at the back of a row of semi­detached homes.Donna Pickup, 42, who lives nearby, said yesterday: “It’s awful. “We could have walked past the poor woman without realising. It’s a big shock. There are lots of children and dog walkers who use the park. “You don’t expect this sort of thing

to happen where you live.” Richard Heraty, 44, told how he was walking near the spot in Mill Hill, North London, with his young chil­ dren when he noticed what looked like clothing or a blue tarpaulin against a fence. He said: “It looked weird. I thought it might be rubbish left by drinkers. It’s quite disturbing.” Police said the victim, described as a young adult, was yet to be identi­ fied. Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall said: “It’s not the biggest suitcase in the world. “We’re working as hard as we can to find out who is in that case and how they came to be there.”

Millions in sunken silver found off Irish coast

TREASURE hunters have salvaged €27m worth of silver bars from a ship sunk by the Nazis off the Irish coast. However, taxpayers here won't see a cent of the massive haul because the British SS Gairsoppa went down in interna­ tional waters about 300 miles off Galway. Odyssey Marine Exploration recovered 1574 precious bars, from the Gairsoppa, a 412 foot British cargo ship downed by a German U­ boat in February 1941. They have a salvage con­ tract by the UK Department for Transport and the com­ pany will retain 80 per

cent of the net value of the cargo. Odyssey boss Greg Stemm said the recovery has been an extremely complex operation. He added: “To add to the complications, the remaining insured silver was stored in a small compartment that was very difficult to access. In total, Odyssey has taken 2,792 silver bars from the ship, including the latest haul of ingots weighing about 1,100 ounces each or almost 1.8 million troy ounces. Last year’s payload of 1,218 bars was valued at €29m as silver prices were higher then.

Friday, July 26, 2013



It was the moment that everybody was waiting for, as the one-day old HRH Prince George of Cambridge made his first appearance to the world last Tuesday evening outside the Lindo Wing of St.Mary ’s Hospital in London. Weighing in at a bonnie 8lbs 6oz at 4.24pm on Monday July 22th, the young Prince was said to have “quite a pair of lungs on him”, according to his dad, The Duke of Cambridge, who also remarked that “he’s got his mum’s good looks”. The happy couple waited just 2 days to announce their son’s name which is George Alexander Louis, though he doesn’t have to be called George when he accedes to the throne.


Friday, July 26, 2013


CREDIT CARD HOLDERS UP TO THEIR NECK IN DEBT Spanish credit card users owe more than 89 billion Euros on their accounts according to the banking consumer asso­ ciation, ADICAE. Its leader, Fernando Herrero, says this had risen from 26 billion in 2005 with bad debts at a fraction of this – 137.8 million euros – and rocketed to 70 billion in 2010 with bad debt from unpaid cards hav­ ing increased five times over. This works out at approxi­ mately 1,900 euros per inhabitant, although when taking into account those who do not own credit cards, including children, the aver­ age debt per head is consid­ erably higher. The current figures are based upon those taken as at the end of 2012, but Herrero believes it may have risen by at least 400 million since. He criticises banks for responding to the rise in credit card debt by hiking interest rates up to an average of 19.3 per cent – compared to the average of 16.5 in the rest of the Eurozone. Herrero explains that the recession, job­loss and growing poverty is forcing people in Spain to use their credit cards

merely for survival, such as food shopping and bills. It is also because of the lack of facilities for staged pay­ ments in many areas of life, such as taxes and insurance, the ADICAE head reveals. Herrero also slams the practice of banks of increasing commission for credit and debit cards – the annual fee simply for the privilege of hav­ ing one – by 76 and 98 per cent respectively to make up for reduced profits. Between the end of 2005 and the end of 2012, the aver­ age annual fee for holding a debit card doubled, from 10.21 euros to 20.25 euros, and for a credit card, from 21.35 euros to 37.71 euros. In a survey conducted by ADICAE among 3,561 con­ sumers, a total of 95.5 per cent believe this is purely to line bank managers' pockets at the expense of the cus­ tomer, whilst only 4.5 per cent consider it an investment on the part of the bank in improving the service provided. And only 8.7 per cent say their credit or debit card service has improved as a result of commissions increasing in the last seven years

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, under fire over a corruption scandal, has said that he would appear in parliament this Thursday August 1st to explain the country’s political sit­ uation as well as answering questions on his personal position in regard to the Barcenas bung allegations. "I will go before parliament to offer all expla­ nations" he told a news conference when asked if he would address the issue of the Barcenas corruption scandal in parliament. "I want to give explanations to parliament, tell what happened and give my version, I think citizens need that," he added. Pressure has increased on the Spanish leader to answer parliamentary questions regarding the scandal over the past week, with fresh indications he may have received illegal payments from a slush fund run by his Popular Party's for­ mer treasurer Luis Barcenas. Barcenas testified in court on June 15 that Rajoy received 25,000 Euros in cash in 2010. Nearly 9 in 10 Spaniards, 89.1 per cent, feel Rajoy should explain himself in parliament over the scandal, according to

a poll published last Sunday in daily newspa­ per El Mundo. The survey also found that just under two­thirds (65.6 per cent) of respon­ dents believed Rajoy had received payments, with 19.6 per cent saying the opposite. Rajoy has denied receiving illegal pay­ ments and has said he will not step down over the affair Until now he has used the absolute majority his party won in a landslide election victory in 2011 to block calls for him to face questions in parliament over the scandal. Opposition Socialist leader Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba had threatened to introduce a motion of censure against Rajoy if he did not appear. Rubalcaba told the cen­ tre­left daily El Pais that Rajoy "cannot continue to govern if he does not explain" the scandal in parliament. Rajoy has batted off calls to resign over the affair as he fights a crippling recession and an unemployment rate of more than 27 per cent. He has denied any wrongdoing in the controversy, which first erupted in January when a newspa­ per published copies of account ledgers purportedly showing irregular payments to top party members.



A doping ring involving an undisclosed practising profes­ sional cyclist has been uncovered in Valencia with 13 people arrested. The cyclist involved is said to have been dealing in illegal performance­enhancing substances as well as using them himself. This is the latest in a series of high­profile doping scandals in Spain, where authorities are taking a zero­tolerance atti­ tude. But it is the first one to involve a cyclist who is currently competing, rather than a retired professional, according to the National Police in Valencia city. The most recent was in January this year, involving the retired professional cyclist from Murcia, José Luis Martínez, who had been involved in dope­testing in the Vuelta a España, Spain's version of the Tour de France. And in late April this year, Spanish medic Dr Eufemiano Fuentes was struck off and banned from practising for seven years – although he escaped jail with a suspended sentence – after blood­bags were found in his surgery. No cyclists were arrested in the racket uncovered seven years ago, although team managers Manolo Saiz and José Ignacio Labarta were charged. They were acquitted this year because doping was not a crime in Spain at the time they were involved in the practice. Spain was challenged by the international sports commu­ nity recently over the fact it had not officially criminalised dop­ ing, but with numerous cases coming to light where offenders had got away without charges, the country quickly pushed through a law and created the State Anti­Doping Agency. Later, at the end of June, 84 people were arrested on suspi­ cion of smuggling performance­enhancing substances into Spain. The country is keen to clean up its image in this respect ahead of the International Olympic Committee's choice of the venue for the 2020 games, which Madrid has applied for – the third time it has done so after losing 2012 to London and 2016 to Rio de Janeiro.

Friday, July 26, 2013



CHILD KILLER BRETON GETS 40 YEAR STRETCH A MAN was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Monday for killing his two children, aged six and two, to take revenge on his wife for leaving him. Jose Breton said the children, Ruth who was the eldest and Jose, went missing on October 8, 2011, while on an outing with him at a park in the southern city of Cordoba, a month after his wife had left him and moved to another city with the two youngsters. The 41­year­old former soldier, who has always pro­ claimed his innocence, was arrested ten days later on sus­ picion of kidnapping. Police drained local ponds, dragged rivers and searched properties but failed to find any trace of the children. However, the investigation which has gripped Spain took a twist in August 2012 when two forensic scientists hired by the children's mother determined that a mass of charred bones found in a homemade oven on a piece of land outside of Cordoba owned by Breton's parents belonged to a two­ year­old and six­year­old child. Police scientists had original­ ly said the bones found in the furnace belonged to animals. Forensics experts determined that the children were given tranquilisers but could not say if they were still alive when they were incinerated in the oven. The trial jury, made up of seven women and two men, found Breton guilty of murdering his young children on July


12. On Monday, a Cordoba court gave him a jail sentence of 40 years ­­ twenty years for each murder. "The accused conceived of the idea of killing the children as revenge against his spouse," the court wrote in its ruling. Breton's ex­wife, Ruth Ortiz, had insisted from the begin­ ning that he was behind the children's disappearance out of revenge for her leaving him. "He has to tell the truth. He is responsible for the disappearance of my children and he has to speak up," she told a rally of her supporters in January 2012, just three months after the children vanished.

HOLIDAY BOOST RACCOON CULL FOR SPAIN ON THE WAY Tourism gave the Spanish economy a massive shot in the arm, with June’s figures showing an all­time record. 6.3 million visitors on holiday to the country, which was a 5.3 per cent rise on last year, following on from a record­breaking May. UK and German holiday­makers made up 40% of June totals, which is a 5.3 per cent increase from last year. It was Russian tourists, however, that were primarily responsible for the national increase, their numbers rising by 33 per cent, and a 26 per cent rise in visitors from the Nordic countries. The Costa Blanca saw one of the biggest rises in Spain, with a 10 per cent rise compared to June 2012, with a total of a quarter of a million tourists. 69 per cent of British tourists to the region organised their visits independently as opposed to using a tour operator: ­ a 10 per cent rise on the same period last year. The UK continues to account for the largest share of tourism expenditure in Spain, representing 22 per cent of all international visitors.

Madrid’s regional govern­ ment has declared war on raccoons and two kinds of parakeets, according to El Pais. The paper quotes the authorities as saying they are a danger to flora and fauna. In just five years, these exotic species, which were being sold as pets until December 2011, have gone on the govern­ ment’s “most wanted” list. They have now approved “the capture and killing of any specimen” of raccoon, monk parakeet and rose­ ringed parakeet before they become a fully­ fledged plague.

“There is still time to con­ trol their population growth,” says Felipe Ruza, deputy director general of the nature conservation department. Authorities also considered adding American mink to the list of unwanted pests, but thought better of it

A PEÑÍSCOLA hotel faces legal action after allegedly blocking a stay by a group of handicapped people. Carers working with a group of young people from Tarancón in cen­ tral Spain have filed an official complaint when they arrived at the hotel and tried to book rooms back in May and were turned down. The carers say that that manager at ZT chain hotel in Peñíscola branch would not book the party in because they were all mentally­handicapped. Regional minister of health and social affairs for Castilla­La Mancha, José Ignacio Echániz, has called for the prosecu­ tion service for the province of Castellón to look into the pos­ sible discrimination on the part of the hotel. Echániz said the regional government would be 'right behind' the handicapped youngsters and offer its full support ahead of any legal action they wished to take. “This cannot happen again,” Echániz stated. “Nothing can justify a group of disabled people, who are protected by human rights and Spanish laws, being treated in such an unfair manner.” The hotel has not commented publicly on the issue. because of the animal’s out of their homes, and are physical resemblance to potential carriers of rabies other species such as and other diseases. 300 of European polecats and the them have been captured beech marten. in Madrid in the last four The parakeets are particu­ years. larly aggressive with Anybody who wants to pigeons and sparrows, hunt the animals down in who are forced to migrate, the 2013/14 hunting sea­ and they are carriers of son must have a hunting ornithosis, also known as license and pest control parrot disease. As for rac­ systems will not be coons, they push otters allowed to be used.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Horrorscopes Aries March 21 ­ April 19 Swollen ankles and sore knees are the best you can hope for today. A film will set you straight about a number of things today and will also serve to kill between one and a half and two and a half hours of the day. Probably. Sorry, it's a slow day for you, there's nothing much I can say that will make it any more interesting. Prognostication is not a good word when you are guessing the colour of a lady's real hair colour.

Taurus April 20 ­ May 20 I do not think this horoscope means what you think it means. Gun crime is said to be rising around the country. Political statis­ tics may become important for you today, but the mystics will not be clear as to how. Watch out for bullet­shaped objects. When faced with life's problems you gen­ erally prefer to stride in with both boots kicking.

Gemini May 21 ­ June 20 Business clothes are not suitable for the swimming baths. Please take your extraordinary ideas about personal free­ dom elsewhere. All the colours in the rain­ bow will come out to play on other peo­ ple's faces today. You may be diagnosed with flu at some point this week. Be playful at heart and you'll reap the reward of hav­ ing more friends under the age of 10.

Cancer June 21 ­ July 22 Everything will suddenly sound good to you today. This may be due to a syringing appointment you have earlier in the week, or it may be become love has just entered your life in the form someone floating down a river in a large plastic swan­type boat. Or it may just be because you've won a serious amount of money and peo­ ple want to shower you with platitudes.

By Pandora Leo July 23 ­ August 22 There may be trouble ahead...but while there's moonlight and music and love and romance, the blow caused by the exotic disease you are about to become infect­ ed with, will be somewhat softened. Everything you have to fear comes from within. You should have chosen the korma instead of the vindaloo.

Virgo August 23 ­ September 22 Changing your lifestyle and underwear are always a good start. The law may be your friend today, or it might turn round and bite you in the ass. Either way the word "law" is going to crop up. You don't have the right to tell anyone what to do, no matter how much you've lived through or how much you earn.

Libra September 23 ­ October 22 All your long­term plans will come into fruition this month. Beware of speeding busses. You must relax more, take long walks and fill the bath up really full so that you can soak those weary limbs. The sun doesn't wear a hat, and it's probably not a good idea to play with it. Something will stir your memory today and it may take a few hours for you to resolve your sense of deja vu.

Scorpio October 23 ­ November 21 Luckily, today is the best day you're going to have over the coming months ­ so let loose. Incidentally, it may be in your "let­ ting loose" that you cause the accident that sees you spend the coming months in traction. In biscuits one can find sweet, sweet redemption. Especially when soaked in Rum.

Sagittarius November 22 ­ December 21 The media will try to control your life today. Many congratulations! The older you get the more you're starting to realise that everyone else is an idiot. Money is literally no object for you this week as you lose all your money. Whilst you may think that this horoscope is completely useless... I have to admit ­ I have a very guilty secret. You see, all horoscopes are completely use­ less.

Capricorn December 22 ­ January 19 You will feel an overwhelming desire to kiss everyone in sight today. You must decide how to continue. If you are at all paranoid about webcams being placed around your room, your best bet is to hire a small specially trained monkey from your local gadget shop. They're small, cuddly and leave only the most minute traces of their own faeces spread in the corners.

Aquarius January 20 ­ February 18 Public speaking is a big fear for you. However, shouting "Bum!" inside a super­ market is not usually an effective way of curing your problem. Your appetites may increase today as the doctors finally remove the scissors they left inside you during your last operation. When the morning is done, you will have your sweet reward.

Pisces February 19 ­ March 20 Many of your feelings can be expressed in the form of haikus. However, you'll be lucky if you can find anyone who gives a flying hoot, or who actually finds them impressive in any way. When opening the door for a stranger, take care to notice any loose change that they may drop so that you can slam the door in their face, grab the money, and then run for dear life.

Friday, July 26, 2013



Friday, July 26, 2013

PETROL: DON’T WASTE TIME AND MONEY SHOPPING AROUND Research suggests driving out of your way to find cheaper fuel is a waste of time – and money With the AA predicting petrol prices are shortly set to rise 5p per litre, comparison website provides a timely – and somewhat ironic – reminder that shopping around for the best deal could be a waste of time. And

money. According to research it’s commissioned, up to 3.5 mil­ lion motorists will drive up to 10 miles out of their way in order to save 5p on a litre of fuel, and 2.5 million will drive up to 20 miles. Yet unless your car returns over 45mpg, you could be losing money after just nine miles. The research polled 2,000 British drivers, and found that 13% of them would take that 10­mile trip for a 5p per litre saving, while another 9% would divert 20 miles. All in the mistaken belief it will save them money. The problem is that a reduction of 5p per litre on the aver­ age price of a top­up – calculated at £38.81 by – will only save you £1.40 per tank if you buy petrol and £1.34 per tank if you buy diesel. Using an example of a 1.6­litre petrol Ford Focus, the same calculations suggest that such a saving will be can­ celled out in just nine miles. And that’s with the official fuel consumption rounded up from 37.7mpg to 40mpg. Given a reality where we all know that most cars don’t get anywhere near their official economy figures, it seems likely the ‘saving’ disappears in even less distance than that. Head of motor services at, Scott Kelly: “For drivers getting less than an average of around 45mpg

from their car, an extra 10­ mile round trip to get the cheaper fuel could result in you paying more for an aver­ age top­up. “And the 2.5 million drivers who would travel 20 miles or more out of their way for a 5p per litre saving would almost certainly lose money.” goes on to suggest that many drivers may be confused by the difference between miles per gallon (mpg), which is how fuel economy is indicated, and miles per litre – especially given that fuel is sold by the litre. 13% of motorists claim to know how many miles they can drive per litre, compared to 41% who know their approxi­ mate mpg. 20% feel fuel stations should show prices in both litres and gallons to make things clearer. If you do want to take advantage of forecourts with lower prices, the advice is to put plenty of fuel in when you get there – otherwise you really are wasting the trip, which means both your time and your money. Scott Kelly: “If you do drive out of your way to find cheaper fuel make sure you buy enough when you get there to make driving the extra distance worthwhile. Otherwise, using a reasonably priced station on your usual route will make more sense than driving further to save a few pence per litre.”

Friday, July 26, 2013



Friday, July 26, 2013

CODE CRACKER Code Cracker is a crossword puzzle with no clues; instead, every letter of the alphabet has been replaced by a number, the same number representing the same letter throughout the puzzle. All you have to do is decide which letter is represented by which number. In this week’s puzzle, 5 represents M and 19 represents W, when these letters have been entered throughout the puzzle, you should have enough information to start guessing words and discovering other letters.




1 Own (7) 5 Loft (5) 8 Sprint (3) 9 Friend (9) 10 Republic in north­eastern Africa (5) 11 Extreme (7) 12 Make up your mind (6) 14 Frightens (6) 17 Accidents (7) 19 Confess (5) 21 Positions (9) 22 Gone by (3) 23 Flowers (5) 24 Makes allowances for (7)

1 Vertical (13) 2 Summery (5) 3 Aroused (7) 4 Top (6) 5 Familiarise (5) 6 Paint additive (7) 7 Talks (13) 13 Opportunities (7) 15 Definitive (7) 16 On the beach (6) 18 Despises (5) 20 Repasts (5)

Last weeks Solution

Across: 1 Sharp, 4 Bling, 8 Crimson, 9 Cease, 10 Eagle, 11 Suspect, 12 Sparse, 14 Access, 18 Confuse, 20 Messy, 22 Lists, 23 Placate, 24 After, 25 Seeks. Down: 1 Success, 2 Aging, 3 Possess, 4 Banish, 5 Incas, 6 Glad eye, 7 Beat, 13 Amnesia, 15 Compass, 16 Shyness, 17 Temper, 18 Call, 19 Upset, 21 Scare.

Scribble Pad

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

CRYTPIC CLUES Across 1 Period in which devot­ ed man has little work (4) 3 Mischievous child to lie badly and rude (8) 9 Cause physical distress if calf damaged and start­ ing to twitch (7) 10 Let in fashionable group (5) 11 Fifty ripe risk being eaten (5) 12 Sadly I’m left with Ben, the agile one (6) 14 It’s spotted being used in a game (6) 16 Schemer gets more than enough to break through (6) 19 New sun due (6) 21 Where lying’s to be expected of this dead ter­ rible Tsar (5) 24 Excalibur manufac­ tured in the country (5) 25 Swell little simpleton is after a degree (7) 26 How plants may be trained to see April out (8) 27 Loiter in Flagstaff, Arizona (4)

Down 1 Running out of stock, all at once (8) 2 Not on with queen in bid (5) 4 Strike Greek charac­ ter’s money at the end of a journey (6) 5 Shame podium didn’t start (5) 6 Closed vandalised uri­ nals (7) 7 Consumes ingredients from meat safe (4) 8 Fiddle pouring mixture of oil into French wine (6) 13 Open nine shops in the mountains (8) 15 Tempestuous, ram­ pant seductress (3,4) 17 Stick one’s nose in award, we hear (6) 18 I bleed it so it becomes fit for eating (6) 20 Nails tipsy slow mover (5) 22 Plant an instrument (5) 23 Skilful Latin in Lincoln (4)

STANDARD CLUES Down Across 1 Mass rush (8) 1 Cease (4) 2 Bid (5) 3 Rude (8) 4 Rebellion at sea (6) 9 Cause suffering (7) 5 Dislike (5) 10 Map part (5) 6 Parochial (7) 11 Danger (5) 7 Consumes (4) 12 Agile (6) 8 Fiddle (6) 14 Dotted tile (6) 16 Come out (6) 13 British range of hills (8) 19 Fresh (6) 15 Femme fatale (3,4) 21 Couch (5) 17 Tamper (6) 24 Myanmar (5) 18 Fit for eating (6) 25 Swell (7) 26 Shrubbery framework 20 Escargot (5) 22 Stringed instrument (5) (8) 23 Can do (4) 27 Dawdles (4) Last weeks Solution Across: 7 Before, 8 Author, 9 Kale, 10 Interned, 11 Prosper, 13 Biped, 15 Rural, 17 Poisons, 20 Liberate, 21 Oder, 22 Novice, 23 Age­old. Down: 1 Repair, 2 Node, 3 Defined, 4 Nasty, 5 Steroids, 6 Popeye, 12 Spare rib, 14 Polecat, 16 Unison, 18 Needle, 19 Cadet, 21 Open.


Complete the crossword grid by using the given words:

3 letter words Bee Cue Ear Kit Lea One Ran Sue Vin Wet 4 letter words Adam Agar Arco Bail

Bash Bene Bile Clad Deli Drew Earl Ebbs Eely Epic Glee Ibis Isle Lira Nibs Ocas Pail Raft

Rice Root Salt Seer Sloe Teen Test Tree Tyre Used 5 letter words Aegis Chide Cooed Cruel Flake Hares

Laden Loser Lulls Peter Raise Rural Sells Smart Stoat Terms Tonne Usher 6 letter words Arched Serene Smarmy Supine

Sweets Yoking 7 letter words Cheetah Chunter Postbag Rasters Realign Recital Sleeper Soviets Tsunami Warlike 8 letter words Deselect Tsarinas


Improve your Spanish ­ clues in Spanish, answers in English or vice versa.

Across 1 Body (of person, ani­ mal) (6) 4 Equipos (deporte) (5) 8 Hornos (5) 9 Air hostess (7) 10 Pasas (7) 11 Llaves (de puertas) (4) 12 Propina (3) 14 Hervir (agua, leche) (4) 15 Eastern (side, part) (4) 18 Brazo (de persona) (3) 21 Cicatriz (4) 23 Manejar (máquina) (7) 25 Aguacate (7) 26 Ear (anatomical) (5)

27 Spider (5) 28 Wine cellar (6) Down 1 Coros (6) 2 Elected (7) 3 Tablet (medicine) (8) 4 Sapo (4) 5 Despierto (no dormido) (5) 6 Escaso (6) 7 Cintura (5) 13 Lazy (idle) (8) 16 Trapecio (en gimna­ sia, circo) (7) 17 Sword (6) 19 Monkeys (5) 20 Decade (6) 22 Now (at this time, immediately) (5) 24 Broad bean (4)


Friday, July 26, 2013 Across 1 According to their 1986 UK Top 10 hit single, what day of the week was ‘Manic’? (6) 4 What name for the time after sunset and before dark is derived from the Old English for ‘twilight’? (8) 10 Which British pop group from Lincoln are best known for their 1968 Number Two UK hit single Jesamine? (7) 11 What name was often applied to young children who are poorly or raggedly dressed? (7) 12 Which sin is missing from this list of the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’: pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony and sloth? (4) 13 What name for a dark shape and outline of some­ one or something visible in restricted light against a brighter background comes from the name of an 18th century French politician? (10) 15 By what stage surname is the English comedienne, nov­ elist and actor who was born Jenny Clare Hargreaves bet­ ter known? (6) 16 By what shortened name was the secret state police in Nazi Germany, the Geheime Staatspolizei, usually known?

(7) 20 Which large gregarious water bird with a long bill has an extensible throat pouch for scooping up fish and mainly white or grey plumage? (7) 21 What name is given to a sudden involuntary expulsion of air from the nose and mouth due to irritation of one’s nostrils? (6) 24 Which Joe South song was a 1971 hit single for both Lynn Anderson and New World? (4,6) 26 How many innings does each side have in a regula­ tion, non­tied game of base­ ball? (4) 28 What name is given to a set of straps and fittings by which a horse or other draught animal is fastened to a cart or plough and is con­ trolled by its driver? (7) 29 Which poisonous plant of the buttercup family bearing hooded pink or purple flowers is found in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere? (7) 30 Which small savoury ball of dough, usually made with suet, may be boiled, fried or baked in a casserole? (8) 31 Which word completes the title of a 13­part BBC docu­ mentary television series, first

SUDOKU (Very easy)

Quiz Word

transmitted in 1973, written and presented by Jacob Bronowski, The [What] of Man? (6) Down

1 Which predatory marine fish with a greenish­blue back, is important as a food fish? (8) 2 Which, city noted for its

music industry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, is the state capital of Tennessee? (9) 3 In Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby­Dick, what is the name of the Captain of the whaleship Pequod? (4) 5 According to the old saying, [what] is the best medecine? (8) 6 What occupation is shared by the characters David Bishop in Neighbours, Keith Bishop in The Office, Heather Black in Brookside, and Henry Grubstick in Ugly Betty? (10) 7 The [What] is the title of a novel written by the 19th­cen­ tury Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky, first published serially in The Russian Messenger between 1868 and 1869?. (5) 8 What name is given to a shaped sheet or ring of rub­ ber or other material sealing the junction between two sur­ faces in an engine or other device? (6) 9 Which savoury jelly made with meat stock, set in a mould is used to contain pieces of meat, seafood or eggs? (5) 14 What name is given to an open­bottomed chamber sup­

plied with air, in which a per­ son can be let down under water? (6,4) 17 Derived from the Latin for ‘abrupt descent’, what name is often applied to a very steep rock face or cliff, espe­ cially a tall one? (9) 18 What surname is shared by former Beatle George, boxer Audley and actor Rex? (8) 19 In Scotland and the US, what name is given to a room or a set of rooms forming a separate residence within a house or block of flats? (8) 22 The flavouring vanilla is derived from the pods of which plant? (6) 23 Historical, which enclosed chair for conveying one per­ son was carried between hor­ izontal poles by two porters? (5) 25 In both codes of rugby what name is given to the ordered formation of players, used to restart play, in which the forwards of a team form up with arms interlocked and heads down, and push for­ ward against a similar group from the opposing side? (5) 27 By what first name is the English actor, born Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland, better known? (4)



Match these words with their Spanish translations then find them in the wordsearch. (Answers below)

date prisa

qué asco

déjame en paz

qué maravilla

de todo caso

que pasa

hace calor

qué suerte

hace frio

te queda bien

ir de juerga

te toca

me caes bien

una belleza

no aguanto

un agua fiestas

no pasa nada

un imbécil

music QUIZ

ANSEWRS: 1. The Sweet 2. Weather Report 3. Freeway Of Love 4. Ronnie Van Zandt 5. Simply Red 6. Australian 7. Executive 8. Blue Oyster Cult 9. His Wife Diane 10. Cliff Richard 11. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away 12. 5

Last Week’s Solutions Code Cracker Last weeks Quiz Word Solution Across: 1 Casbah, 4 Psychics, 9 Nelson, 10 Rainfall, 12 Tony, 13 Unpleasant, 15 Prescription, 18 Counterpoint, 21 Almshouses, 22 Fame, 24 Atom­bomb, 25 Bikers, 26 Massacre, 27 Hiatus. Down: 1 Cenotaph, 2 Silencer, 3 Amos, 5 Scarlet fever, 6 Cantaloupe, 7 Isaiah, 8 Salute, 11 Indian summer, 14 Acrophobia, 16 Filament, 17 Atheists, 19 Napalm, 20 Emboss, 23 Kiwi.

Empareja estas palabras ­ Match the Spanish and English words You will find the answers at the bottom of the quiz. prisa, 2.déjame en paz,

17.un aguafiestas, doesn’t matter, todo caso, 4.hace calor,

18.un imbécil. suits you. o.hurry up,

5.hace frio, de juerga,

a.a beautiful thing, idiot,

p.I can’t stand, caes bien, aguanto,

c.any way,’s hot, go out disgusting, pasa nada, 10.qué asco,

to party, f.I like you,

r.what’s the matter?

11.qué maravilla, 1’s your turn,’s cold,

2.¿Que pasa?, 13.¡Qué suerte!,

i.leave me alone,

14.te queda bien, 15.te toca, wonderful,

16.una belleza,

k.a party pooper, lucky,


Span ­ Eng


Answers: 1o, 2i, 3c, 4d, 5h, 6e, 7f, 8p, 9m, 10q, 11j, 12r, 13l, 14n, 15g, 16a, 17k.

1. Which group went on a 'Teenage Rampage'? 2. Which Band Was Formed In The 1970's By Fomer Miles Davis Band Members Joe Zawinul & Wayne Shorter? 3. Which Freeway Did 'Aretha Franklin' Sing About? 4. Who sang lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd? 5. Which Group Recorded The 1991 Album 'Stars'? 6. What Nationality Are Bjorn Again A Very Successful Abba Tribute Band? 7. What Was The Name Of George Michael & Andrew Ridgeley's First Band? 8. Their most famous single is (Don't Fear) The Reaper. Who are they? 9. Who did Chris De Burgh Write His Hit Song 'Lady In Red' For? 10. High Class Baby' & 'Travellin Ligh' Were Hits For Which Singer? 11. In which Beatles song does the singer feel 2 foot small? 12. How Many Of The Top Ten Singles Of The 60's Were By The Beatles?

Fill It In


Friday, July 26, 2013


with ALEX TRELINSKI Burton and Taylor was the latest and last in the won­ derful series of celebrity drama biographies that BBC4 have produced over the last five years. Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter never do rubbish and they shined as the troubled leads in a richly entertaining 90 minutes. The old BBC management that was dethroned back in the autumn deemed that BBC4 would no longer pro­ duce any original drama, which is clearly nonsense for a channel that has made it’s reputation on it being one of the planks of its schedule. The good news is that the new Director General, Tony Hall, is a big BBC4 fan and knows what a dumb decision it was, so stand by (according to my ex­BBC colleagues) for something of a U­turn come

to their movie awards, they don’t allow non­British shows to be nominated, short of just one internation­ al best programme catego­ ry. Why don’t they open up the field to everybody, or they are scared that a clutch of superior American and European dramas will sweep the board rubbishing the out of date claim that British television is superior to everybody else? For my generation, Mel Smith will always be remembered as being part of a team of unknowns that starred in the groundbreak­ Men, Homeland, Game of ing Not the Nine O’Clock Thrones, and American News way back in 1979. Horror Story are up for With the TV Grim Reaper gongs, as well as multiple striking yet again to take nominations for Downton Mel at the age of just 60, Abbey. Here’s what annoys one of the best tributes to me, besides the fact that him would be to have a new BAFTA doesn’t believe that topical sketch show on the Downton exists. In contrast box. I can’t believe that


this autumn.


I’m no fan at all of the elitist BAFTA TV awards, and they are always put to shame by their American equivalent of the Emmys. In the recently announced Emmy nomina­ tions, great shows like Mad

golf on BBC TV with the Open last weekend. In Peter Alliss, we have one of now only three UK TV commen­ tators from the 1960’s that are still in the trade, the oth­ A big thumbs to the lat­ ers being Richie Benaud (on est US drama, Ray Channel 9 in Australia) and Donovan, to hit Sky Atlantic. Barry Davies. Much as I like Sky’s golf coverage, it was Liev Schreiber takes the title refreshing to see a different role in a show created by kind of presentation that did him, which revolves around not bow to commercial inter­ his work in trying to keep ests, along with Alliss and Hollywood’s rich and his fellow­commentators not famous out of the headlines. hesitating to say what they That dovetails with his com­ really thought about some of plicated family life, which the quality of play. Over on includes a great turn from ITV, a big black mark for not Brit actor, Eddie Marsan, as clearing their Sunday after­ one of his brothers and Jon noon schedule of tired Voight as Ray’s nasty dad, repeats to screen Chris who’s just been released Froome winning the Tour de from jail. It’s one of those France. The excellent cov­ shows that clicked for me erage stayed on ITV4, but from the very first minute. this really was a disgraceful What a treat it was to non­decision to keep it watch commercial­free there. British TV hasn’t had one in decades, whilst the Americans have had the sharp Saturday Night Live rolling since the mid­seven­ ties.



The Courier Friday TV

July 26

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Flog It! 00:45 Surviving Summer

08:30 Bargain Hunt

02:15 Holiday Weatherview

09:15 Saints and Scroungers

02:20 BBC News

10:00 Antiques Roadshow

07:00 Breakfast

11:00 Animal Park

10:15 Heir Hunters

12:00 BBC News

11:00 Homes Under the Hammer

12:30 BBC World News

12:00 Fake Britain

13:00 That Darn Cat!

12:30 Helicopter Heroes

14:55 Weakest Link

13:15 Bargain Hunt

15:40 Mastermind

14:00 BBC News; Weather

16:10 The A to Z of TV Gardening

14:30 Regional News and Weather

16:55 A Taste of My Life

14:45 Doctors

17:25 Wild Down Under

15:15 Land Girls

18:15 Antiques Roadshow

16:00 Only Fools and Horses

19:00 Eggheads

17:00 Perfection

19:30 Britain's Empty Homes

17:45 Flog It!

20:00 RHS Flower Show Tatton

18:15 Pointless

Park 2013

19:00 BBC News

20:30 Live Athletics

19:30 Weather

21:30 Gardeners' World

20:00 A Question of Sport

22:00 Springwatch Guide to

20:30 Nigel Slater's Dish of the Day

Butterflies & Moths

21:00 EastEnders

23:00 The Trip

21:30 Live Athletics

23:30 Newsnight

23:00 BBC News 23:25 National Lottery Update 23:35 Would I Lie to You?

00:20 Piper Alpha: Fire in the Night 01:50 The Review Show 02:50 Panorama 03:20 This Is BBC Two

00:35 Goodwood Festival of Speed 01:30 Jackpot247 04:00 Tonight 04:25 ITV Nightscreen 06:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV Meridian Weather 15:00 The Hungry Sailors 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Meridian Weather 17:00 Tipping Point 18:00 Take on the Twisters 19:00 ITV News Meridian 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Harbour Lives 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Doc Martin 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 ITV Meridian Weather 23:35 Paranormal Activity


Jimmy Carr returns as host for four more editions of the comedy panel show's version of the quiz, as 8 Out of 10 Cats team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are joined by Jason Manford and Rhod Gilbert. Countdown regular Susie Dent is in the Dictionary Corner, while Rachel Riley provides the letters and numbers with a little help from comedian Joe Wilkinson.

00:05 Random Acts 00:10 24 Hours in A&E 01:10 One Born Every Minute 02:05 Terror in the Skies 03:00 Dispatches 03:30 Notes from the Inside with James Rhodes 04:30 Food Unwrapped 04:55 Deal or No Deal 05:50 Countdown 06:35 SuperScrimpers 06:40 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Kirstie's Vintage Gems 08:15 According to Jim 08:40 Will & Grace 09:05 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:10 Frasier 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss Canada 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 A Place in the Sun 14:05 SuperScrimpers 14:15 Seven Days to Noon 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Ramadan Diaries 21:00 Four Rooms 22:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 23:00 Jon Richardson: Funny Magnet

00:00 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 01:00 SuperCasino 04:55 Great Scientists 05:20 House Doctor 05:45 House Doctor 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 Rupert Bear 07:20 Fireman Sam 07:35 Jelly Jamm 07:45 Peppa Pig 07:50 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 07:55 Little Princess 08:10 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Gadget Show 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 Out of Control 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Monster Moves 21:00 World's Busiest 22:00 Big Brother 23:30 Big Brother's Bit on the Side


The Courier Saturday TV

July 27

Magician 03:20 This Is BBC Two

00:05 Pramface 00:35 Edge of Darkness 02:25 Weatherview

07:30 Mary of Scotland 09:30 Back to Bataan 11:00 A History of Scotland

02:30 BBC News

12:00 Life in the Freezer

07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Lorraine's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather

12:30 University Challenge 13:00 The A to Z of TV Cooking 13:45 EastEnders 15:40 Wild Shepherdess with Kate Humble 16:40 Springwatch Guide to

13:15 Bargain Hunt 13:45 Inspire: The Olympic Journey

Butterflies & Moths 17:40 Live Challenge Cup Rugby League

14:30 Live Athletics

20:00 Proms Extra 2013

18:15 Formula 1 19:40 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 21:50 The National Lottery: Break the Safe 22:40 BBC News; Weather 23:00 Mrs Brown's Boys 23:30 National Lottery Update

00:00 Weather 00:05 Perfume: the Story of a Murderer 02:20 Isaac Newton: The Last

20:40 Dad's Army 21:10 David Starkey's Music & Monarchy 22:10 Top of the Lake 23:10 QI XL 23:55 The Kite Runner

01:20 Jackpot247 04:00 633 Squadron 05:35 ITV Nightscreen 07:00 Jake and the Neverland Pirates 07:25 Poppy Cat 07:50 Canimals 08:10 Bookaboo 08:20 Kick Buttowski ­ Suburban Daredevil 08:35 The Avengers 09:00 Gravity Falls 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Dinner Date 10:25 Saturday Cookbook 11:25 Murder, She Wrote 12:20 Saturday Farm 13:20 ITV News and Weather 13:34 ITV Meridian Weather 13:35 All Star Mr & Mrs 14:35 The Chase 15:35 You've Been Framed! 16:05 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 19:00 ITV News Meridian 19:15 ITV News and Weather 19:30 You've Been Framed! 20:00 You've Been Framed! 20:30 Your Face Sounds Familiar 21:45 All Star Family Fortunes 22:45 The Americans 23:35 ITV News and Weather 23:49 ITV Meridian Weather 23:50 The Invention of Lying

00:05 00:10 02:15 02:40 03:00 03:25 04:10 05:10 06:05 06:50 07:10 07:35 08:05 08:30 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:05 13:35 14:35 17:20 19:25 19:50 19:55 20:00 21:00 22:00

Random Acts The Kids Are All Right New Girl The Mindy Project Accidentally on Purpose St Elsewhere Phil Spencer: Secret Agent Deal or No Deal Countdown SuperScrimpers The Hoobs Caterham Motorsports The Grid FIM World Superbikes The Morning Line Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier The Big Bang Theory The Simpsons Undercover Boss Canada Channel 4 Racing Come Dine with Me Channel 4 News Ramadan Diaries Random Acts When Bjork Met Attenborough Grand Designs X­Men Origins: Wolverine

THE NATIONAL LOTTERY: BREAK THE SAFE New series. Nick Knowles hosts this against­the­ clock game show in which three pairs of contest­ ants take part in several question­and­answer ses­ sions in a bid to be the last pair standing. The win­ ners then have the chance to play for the money in a safe ­ with the amount depending on how much they've earned throughout the previous rounds.

00:30 Big Brother 01:00 SuperCasino 04:55 Motorsport Mundial 05:20 House Doctor 05:45 House Doctor 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Peppa Pig 07:05 Roary the Racing Car 07:15 Fifi and the Flowertots 07:25 Bubble Guppies 07:35 The Mr Men Show 07:50 Chloe's Closet 08:00 Roobarb and Custard Too 08:10 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:20 Milkshake! Monkey 08:25 Noddy in Toyland 08:40 City of Friends 08:55 Little Princess 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby's Travelling Circus 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:45 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers Samurai 11:35 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 12:00 Meerkat Manor 12:30 Big Brother 13:55 The Dirty Dozen 16:55 CSI: NY 17:45 CSI: NY 18:40 Jesse Stone: Thin Ice 20:10 NCIS 21:00 NCIS 21:55 NCIS 22:50 5 News Weekend 23:00 Big Brother

The Courier Sunday TV

July 28

03:30 This Is BBC Two 07:00 This Is BBC Two 01:15 The Jackal 03:15 Weatherview 03:20 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Homes Under the Hammer 13:00 BBC News 13:05 Weather for the Week Ahead 13:10 Countryfile 14:05 Bargain Hunt 14:50 Helicopter Heroes 15:20 Escape to the Country 16:20 Earthflight 17:20 Lifeline 17:30 Songs of Praise 18:05 Formula 1 19:35 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:00 Antiques Roadshow 21:00 Countryfile 22:00 The White Queen 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Room 101 ­ Extra Storage

01:55 Women of Valor

07:20 Death of a Scoundrel 09:15 Around the World in 80 Gardens 10:15 The Beechgrove Garden 10:45 Gardeners' World 11:15 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:45 Raymond Blanc: How to Cook Well 13:15 Inspire: The Olympic Journey 14:00 Live Diving 15:15 UEFA Women's Euro 2013 18:15 Flog It! 18:45 Live Challenge Cup Rugby League 21:00 Top Gear 22:00 The Mystery of Rome's X Tomb 23:00 The Real White Queen and Her Rivals

01:40 Jackpot247 04:00 In Plain Sight 04:45 ITV Nightscreen 07:00 Jake and the Neverland Pirates 07:25 Poppy Cat 07:50 Canimals 08:10 Bookaboo 08:20 Kick Buttowski ­ Suburban Daredevil 08:35 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! 09:00 Sonny with a Chance 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Country House Sunday 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:20 Murder, She Wrote 12:20 ITV News and Weather 12:29 ITV Meridian Weather 12:30 Columbo: Etude in Black 14:30 Love Your Garden 15:30 The Chase 16:30 A Touch of Frost 18:30 You've Been Framed! 19:30 ITV Meridian Weather 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Tipping Point: Lucky Stars 21:00 All Star Mr & Mrs 22:00 Law & Order: UK 23:00 ITV News and Weather 23:14 ITV Meridian Weather 23:15 Alan Whicker: Journey's End

THE MILL New series. John Fay's drama set in the 19th centu­ ry, based on the history of Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire. Children as young as nine work 12­hour shifts at the factory and the new class of mill­own­ ing families are prospering, but the so­called white slaves of England are about to take their lives into their own hands as outsiders with new ideas enter their world.

00:10 01:10 03:20 05:35 06:30 07:10 07:35 08:00

Rude Tube Trading Places Hollyoaks Deal or No Deal Countdown The Hoobs The Hoobs Triathlon

08:55 09:25 10:00 10:30 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 16:00 18:30 18:55 19:00 21:00 22:00 23:10

Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Frasier Sunday Brunch The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Simpsons Deal or No Deal Athletics Channel 4 News Ramadan Diaries Letters to Juliet The Mill The Returned The Final Destination

00:00 Big Brother's Bit on the Psych 01:00 SuperCasino 05:00 Nick's Quest 05:25 Make It Big 05:50 Roary the Racing Car 06:00 Angels of Jarm 06:05 Hana's Helpline 06:20 Angels of Jarm 06:25 The Funky Valley Show 06:40 Roary the Racing Car 06:50 Hana's Helpline 07:00 Peppa Pig 07:05 Fifi and the Flowertots 07:15 Bubble Guppies 07:30 The Mr Men Show 07:40 Chloe's Closet 07:50 Roobarb and Custard Too 08:00 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:10 Milkshake! Monkey 08:15 Noddy in Toyland 08:30 City of Friends 08:40 Mio Mao 08:50 Little Princess 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:15 Angelina Ballerina 09:30 Milkshake! Show Songs 09:35 Rupert Bear 09:50 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:00 Toby's Travelling Circus 10:15 Roary the Racing Car 10:30 Jelly Jamm 10:50 Power Rangers Samurai 11:25 Batman: The Brave and the Bold 11:45 Inside Hollywood 11:55 Big Brother 12:50 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 13:50 Rocky V 15:55 Stop! or My Mom Will Shoot 17:40 Zoom 19:20 Open Season 21:00 Once Upon a Time 21:55 5 News Weekend 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 Rocky Balboa


The Courier Monday TV

July 29

00:05 Luther 01:05 Right at Your Door 02:35 Weatherview 02:40 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Fake Britain 12:30 Helicopter Heroes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:05 Perfection 16:50 Escape to the Country 17:35 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Weather 20:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Death in Paradise 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Baby Born in a Concentration Camp

00:00 00:30 01:55 02:50 03:50

What a Load of Buzzcocks Welcome to Collinwood Countryfile Holby City This Is BBC Two

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Flog It! 08:35 Bargain Hunt 09:20 Saints and Scroungers 10:05 Restoration Home 11:05 The Chef's Protege 11:35 Click 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 A Tale of Two Cities 14:55 Weakest Link 15:40 Mastermind 16:10 The A to Z of TV Gardening 16:55 A Taste of My Life 17:25 Wild Down Under 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Swimming 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 Raymond Blanc: How to Cook Well 22:00 Caligula with Mary Beard 23:00 The Sarah Millican Television Programme 23:30 Newsnight

00:10 Murder, She Wrote 01:05 The Store 03:05 Motorsport UK 03:55 British Superbike Championship Highlights 04:45 Monk 05:30 ITV Nightscreen 06:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Tipping Point 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV Meridian Weather 15:00 The Hungry Sailors 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Take on the Twisters 19:00 ITV News Meridian 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Dales 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Long Lost Family 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 ITV Meridian Weather 23:35 Benidorm

00:45 Animal Kingdom 02:40 Southland 03:20 Secret Eaters 04:15 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 05:15 Deal or No Deal 06:10 Countdown 06:50 Kirstie's Vintage Gems 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh's 3 Good Things 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 A Place in the Sun 14:05 River Cottage 14:20 Town on Trial 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Ramadan Diaries 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Food Unwrapped 22:00 Undercover Boss 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

DISPATCHES Two reporters working undercover in call centres in Surrey and Bristol reveal shortcomings in the new NHS 111 medical helpline, from ambulances being dispatched for minor ailments such as scratches and colds, to patients left waiting for the care they need, plus concerns about training and staff short­ ages.

01:00 Love/Hate 02:05 SuperCasino 05:00 Nick's Quest 05:25 Make It Big 05:50 Roary the Racing Car 06:00 Angels of Jarm 06:05 Hana's Helpline 06:20 Angels of Jarm 06:25 The Funky Valley Show 06:40 Roary the Racing Car 06:50 Hana's Helpline 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 Rupert Bear 07:20 Fireman Sam 07:35 Jelly Jamm 07:45 Peppa Pig 07:50 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 07:55 Little Princess 08:10 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 I Survived a Fatal Flight 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:20 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:10 Blessed Stranger: after Flight 111 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 The Gadget Show 21:00 Monster Moves 22:00 Botched Up Bodies 23:00 Big Brother

The Courier Tuesday TV

July 30

00:10 00:40 02:45 02:50 07:00 10:15 11:00 12:00 12:30 13:15 14:00 14:30 14:45 15:15 15:45 16:30 17:30 18:15 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 22:00 23:00 23:25 23:35

BBC News: The Editors Michael Collins Weatherview BBC News Breakfast Heir Hunters Homes Under the Hammer Fake Britain Helicopter Heroes Bargain Hunt BBC News; Weather Regional News and Weather Doctors Only Fools and Horses Perfection Escape to the Country Flog It! Pointless BBC News Weather Nigel Slater's Dish of the Day EastEnders Holby City New Tricks BBC News Regional News and Weather Imagine

00:20 The Mystery of Rome's X Tomb 01:20 Burma, My Father and the Forgotten Army 02:20 Luther 03:20 This Is BBC Two 07:00 This Is BBC Two

07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 08:05 Flog It! 08:35 Bargain Hunt 09:20 Saints and Scroungers 10:05 You've Been Scammed 10:35 The Chef's Protege 11:05 The Chef's Protege 11:35 HARDtalk 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 The Magic Box 14:45 Weakest Link 15:30 Mastermind 16:00 The A to Z of TV Gardening 16:45 A Taste of My Life 17:15 Europe: A Natural History 18:05 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 Swimming 21:00 Count Arthur Strong 21:30 The Cruise: A Life at Sea 22:00 Kumbh Mela: The Greatest Show on Earth 23:00 Family Tree 23:30 Newsnight

00:05 Monk 01:00 Jackpot247 04:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 04:50 ITV Nightscreen 06:05 Jeremy Kyle: Morning Surgery 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Tipping Point 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV Meridian Weather 15:00 The Hungry Sailors 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 ITV Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Take on the Twisters 19:00 ITV News Meridian 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Nature's Newborns 21:00 Love Your Garden 22:00 Hunting the Doorstep Conmen 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 ITV Meridian Weather 23:35 Ray Mears' Close Encounters

NEW TRICKS New series. The crime drama returns with a two­ part story in which Brian is suspended after assaulting a high­ranking officer in the Met, sus­ pecting him of covering up a death in custody years before. Meanwhile, an Argentinian pistol recovered from the Thames is linked to two unsolved murders which took place 16 years apart ­ and with one of them having occurred in Gibraltar, Sandra takes the team ­ minus Brian ­ on an Iberian adventure to uncover the truth.

00:05 Random Acts 00:10 Coming Up 00:45 Catching a Killer ­ Crocodile Tears 01:45 First Dates 02:40 Dates 03:40 Nashville 04:20 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 05:20 Deal or No Deal 06:15 Countdown 07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh's 3 Good Things 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:05 Frasier 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 A Place in the Sun 14:05 Kirstie's Handmade Treasures 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Ramadan Diaries 21:00 Kirstie's Fill Your House for Free 22:00 Why Don't You Speak English? 23:00 Rude Tube

00:00 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 01:00 The Walking Dead 01:55 SuperCasino 04:55 Great Scientists 05:20 House Doctor 05:45 House Doctor 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 Rupert Bear 07:20 Fireman Sam 07:35 Jelly Jamm 07:45 Peppa Pig 07:50 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 07:55 Little Princess 08:10 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector Returns 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Safe Harbor 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Monkey Life 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 World's 22:00 CSI: NY 23:00 Big Brother


The Courier Wednesday TV

July 31

08:30 Bargain Hunt 09:15 Saints and Scroungers 00:50 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

00:35 01:20 04:00 Under 04:50 11:30 The Chef's Protege 06:05 12:00 BBC News 07:00 09:30 12:30 BBC World News 10:25 13:00 Lifeline 11:30 13:10 Mrs Palfrey at The Claremont 13:30 14:55 Weakest Link 14:30 15:40 Mastermind 14:55 14:55 16:10 The A to Z of TV Gardening 15:00 16:55 A Taste of My Life 16:00 17:25 Europe: A Natural History 16:59 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 17:00 19:00 Eggheads 18:00 19:30 Great British Railway 19:00 19:30 Journeys 20:00 20:00 Swimming 20:30 21:00 Restoration Home 21:00 22:00 Queen Victoria's Children 22:00 23:00 The Culture Show 23:00 23:30 23:30 Newsnight 23:35 10:00 Rick Stein's India

11:00 Helicopter Heroes Down

03:00 Weatherview 03:05 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Fake Britain 12:30 Helicopter Heroes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:00 Perfection 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Weather 20:00 The Sheriffs Are Coming 21:00 Celebrity MasterChef 22:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 23:00 BBC News 23:25 National Lottery Update 23:35 A Question of Sport

00:20 Caligula with Mary Beard 01:20 The Iraq War 02:20 This Is BBC Two

In Plain Sight Jackpot247 In Plain Sight ITV Nightscreen Jeremy Kyle: Morning Surgery Daybreak Lorraine The Jeremy Kyle Show This Morning Tipping Point ITV News and Weather ITV News Meridian ITV Meridian Weather The Hungry Sailors Secret Dealers ITV Meridian Weather Midsomer Murders Take on the Twisters ITV News Meridian ITV News and Weather Emmerdale Coronation Street You Saw Them Here First Neighbourhood Force ITV News at Ten and Weather ITV Meridian Weather Hunting the Doorstep Conmen

00:05 01:10 02:05 02:35 03:30 03:55 04:20 04:55 05:50 06:45 07:10 07:35 08:00 08:10 08:35 09:00 09:35 10:05 10:35 11:05 11:35 12:00 13:00 13:05 14:05 14:30 18:00 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:55 21:00 23:00 23:50

Don't Blame Facebook Poker KOTV Boxing Weekly Beach Volleyball The Grid Caterham Motorsports FIM World Superbikes Triathlon Deal or No Deal Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard The Hoobs The Hoobs Hugh's 3 Good Things According to Jim Will & Grace Everybody Loves Raymond Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Frasier The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory Undercover Boss USA Channel 4 News Summary A Place in the Sun Kirstie's Handmade Treasures Channel 4 Racing Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Channel 4 News Ramadan Diaries The Food Hospital The Last Leg Alex Brooker: My Perfect Body

THE LAST LEG Comedian Adam Hills and regular panellists Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker return to provide a comic review of the significant moments of the past seven days. The show features live studio challenges and recorded segments each week, including Alex's quest to participate in the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

07:00 Homes Under the Hammer 08:00 Great British Railway Journeys

00:00 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 01:00 CSI: Miami 01:55 SuperCasino 04:55 Great Scientists 05:20 House Doctor 05:45 House Doctor 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 Rupert Bear 07:20 Fireman Sam 07:35 Jelly Jamm 07:45 Peppa Pig 07:50 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 07:55 Little Princess 08:10 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Milkshake! Show Songs 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Cowboy Traders 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Earthstorm 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Emergency Bikers 21:00 Myra Hindley: The Untold Story 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 Love/Hate

The Courier Thursday TV

August 1

02:20 This Is BBC Two 07:05 Homes Under the Hammer 00:05 Swansea City: The Fall and Rise 00:45 DOA 02:20 Weatherview 02:25 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Fake Britain 12:30 Helicopter Heroes 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:00 Perfection 16:45 Escape to the Country 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Weather 20:00 Urban Jungle 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Celebrity MasterChef 22:00 DIY SOS 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Who Do You Think You Are?

00:20 Dara O Briain's Science Club 01:20 Horizon

00:35 The Dales 01:05 Jackpot247 Journeys 04:00 Columbo: Lovely but Lethal 08:35 Bargain Hunt 05:15 ITV Nightscreen 06:05 Jeremy Kyle: Morning 09:20 Saints and Scroungers Surgery 10:05 Peter Jones Meets 07:00 Daybreak 11:05 The Chef's Protege 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:35 HARDtalk 11:30 This Morning 12:00 BBC News 13:30 Tipping Point 12:30 BBC World News 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 ITV Meridian Weather 13:00 Animal Park 15:00 The Hungry Sailors 14:00 Live Golf: The Women's 16:00 Secret Dealers British Open 16:59 ITV Meridian Weather 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Take on the Twisters 19:00 Eggheads 19:00 ITV News Meridian 19:30 Great British Railway 19:30 ITV News and Weather Journeys 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 20:00 Swimming 21:00 Emmerdale 21:00 Dara O Briain's Science Club 21:30 Married to the Job 22:00 Hebrides: Islands on the 22:00 Tonight 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Edge Weather 23:00 Mock the Week ­ Again 23:30 ITV Meridian Weather 23:30 Weather 23:35 You Saw Them Here First 08:05 Great British Railway

HOW TO GET COUNCIL HOUSE Documentary looking at how Tower Hamlets and Manchester councils are dealing with a lack of properties and a large number of people in need of homes at affordable rents. The team at Tower Hamlets has the challenge of working out which individuals are in the most need of accommoda­ tion within their priority band. Mike Kemp, a for­ mer investment banker, is currently living with his family in a one­bedroom flat and has bid 400 times for social housing in two years ­ but faces a potential six years on the waiting list.

00:55 Random Acts 01:00 Undercover Boss 02:00 Shameless USA 03:00 Love Story 04:50 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 05:45 Kirstie's Vintage Gems 06:00 Countdown 06:45 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh's 3 Good Things 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:05 Frasier 10:35 Frasier 11:05 The Big Bang Theory 11:35 The Big Bang Theory 12:00 Undercover Boss USA 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 14:05 River Cottage 14:30 Channel 4 Racing 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 Ramadan Diaries 21:00 The Dealership 22:00 How to Get a Council House 23:00 Cutting Edge 23:50 24 Hours in A&E

00:10 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 01:05 National Heads Up Poker Championships 02:00 SuperCasino 04:55 Great Scientists 05:20 House Doctor 06:10 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 Rupert Bear 07:20 Fireman Sam 07:35 Jelly Jamm 07:45 Peppa Pig 07:50 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 07:55 Little Princess 08:10 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 World's Busiest 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 Rosamunde Pilcher's Four Seasons 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 Cowboy Traders 22:00 The Hotel Inspector Returns 23:00 Big Brother


Friday, July 26, 2013

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PROPERTY FOR RENT Viva Villa and Vacation Services, For Short or Long Term Rentals visit: www.vil­ or Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 2 or 3 bed / 2 bath apart­ ments in San Miguel. Lift, communal rooftop pool & solarium, video entry sys­ tem. Available for short or long term rent from 350 pcm. Tel 966723437 or 616 493 487. (128) Ref: 61, A lovely two bed­ roomed ground floor apart­ ment, located in the centre of the small Spanish town of Los Montesinos, With a pleasant communal swim­ ming pool adjacent & all amenities in walking dis­ tance. Long and short term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref 33, Ground floor spa­ cious 2 bedroom apartment,



located in Torre la Mata. Close to all amenities and beach. 3 month rental €300pcm Call: 965 707 188 Ref: 104, 2 Bedroom apart­ ment in Torrevieja, (near gypsy lane), small balcony, near all amenities and Friday market. €350pcm Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 112, Spacious 3 bed­ room detached villa with its private pool is located on the El Raso urbanisation near Guardamar. Convenient for all amenities, shops, super­ market, restaurants and bars. Short term rental avail­ able. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref 702: Beautiful 2 bed­ room apartment, located near los Locos beach, beau­ tifully furnished. Short term rentals from 175€ per week. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 63, Two bedroom 1st floor apartment situated in Monino Blanco. The proper­ ty overlooks a superb com­ munal pool area, in within walking distance of bars, restaurants and shops. Short or long term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Brand new 2 bed, unfur­ nished/ apartment. Algorfa town centre, swimming pool, rent € 250 per month or yearly advanced €2700 plus bills . 0044­7949­589­539 (134)


LONG TERM RENTALS WANTED! Properties, all types, in the Torrevieja area wanted for long term rentals. Call us on 96 692 3963 CBR32 : 3 bed, 2 bath apart­ ment in Los Montesinos, very spacious 120 m2, fully furnished, with pool on solarium, only 300 € p/m, available from beginning September, call now on 966 923 963 CBR31 : Town centre apart­ ment in Los Montesinos, with lift, lock up storeroom on solarium, all amenities nearby, spacious 2 bed 1 bath, 250 € p/m El Chaparel/La Siesta Two bedroom apartment in a quiet gated urbanisation for rent €350 per month plus bills. Reference No 17 Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 709, A lovely 1 bed­ room apartment in Aguas Nuevas, within a 5 minute walk of the beach. There is a terrace outside with views to the sea. Short or long term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 CBR33 : Townhouse for rent in San Luis, 2 bed 1 bath with garage, furnished, 300 € per month plus bills, call 966 923 963. Ref. CBR21 – A rare chance to rent a frontline beach apartment in Torrevieja! Ground floor with large ter­ race, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath­ room, direct and full­on sea views. 500 € pcm. 966 923 963 CBR18 – Detached Spanish villa, beachside Punta Prima, 4 bedrooms, garage, 1200 m2 plot, own pool, 900 € pcm. 966 923 963 CBR27 – Ground floor apartment in closed luxury residential with beautiful

communal gardens, pool, 2 beds 1 walk­in shower, redecorated this year. Only 250m walk to beach, inc.parking. 425€ pcm, call 966 923 963

PROPERTY FOR SALE Home and Contents cover ­ Comprehensive policies for house and contents with CASER Seguros ­ excellent prices for expats; policies available in. Call 966 923 963 for a quote. Rare opportunity to pur­ chase on Mediterrania III, Gran Alacant. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Private Parking, F/Furnished, Large communal pools & Tennis courts S/W facing, Dramatically reduced for quick sale to 126.000 euros. Ref No. K58 Call 627 711 155 for immediate viewing Ref: 104 Lovely 2 Bedroom Apartment, close to Shops, walking distance to Friday Market and Town Centre and the beach. The property is close to the Habaneres Shopping Centre and Aquapark. Recently refur­ bished apartment in a good central location. Conveniently situated for all the facilities of this modern vibrant town, and only a few blocks away from Torreviejas excellent sea front with its abundant cafes, restaurants and shops. Price €43950 Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Immaculate ground floor Duplex, 2 beds, 2 bath, Private Parking, Situated in Novamar, Gran Alacant. Price includes very tasteful furniture and white goods. Walking distance to all local amenities and beach. Now only 129,750 euros. Ref No K24. 627 711 155




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Ref: 510, €70,000. Bungalow located in San Luis. It is close to the super­ markets, bars and restau­ rants and is on the local bus route. An Opel Corsa car is included in this sale. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Lovely Corner property in Novamar V, Gran Alacant. 2 bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Being sold fully furnished including appliances, Has secure underground parking and faces large oasis com­ munal pool. Walking dis­ tance to beach. 139.000 Euros, Call 627 711 155 and quote Ref No. K10

Ref: 521, €105,000. This comfortable bungalow is located in San Luis with a new roof and solarium tiles. It is close to supermarkets, bars, restaurants and is on the local bus route. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref. BRJ1 – 1 bedroom top floor renovated apartment in San Luis. Great sea and lake views. 55.000 €. Tel. 966 923 963 Don Pueblo, Gran Alacant. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Large Kitchen with Galleria, Secure underground park­ ing, Gas Central Heating, Glazed in Porch, Solarium


with stunning views. Viewings absolutely essen­ tial. Very large property at reduced price of 190.000 euros. Ref No. K38 Call 627 711 155 Opportunity to purchase at the off plan price of 195.000 euros. Large 4 Bed, 3 Bath Brand new property. Secure underground parking for 2 cars and communal pool. Situated opposite Gran Alacant and over looks pro­ jected golf course. Ref No. K52. 627 711 155 Viva Villa and Vacation Services are pleased to offer property sales for the Torrevieja and Oriheula areas of the Costa Blanca, Spain. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 or Visit : 2 Bed, 1 Bath Ground floor duplex. Central heating, Grills, Fully furnished, Glazed in Galleria, 2 com­ munal pools, private parking and walking distance to the Gran Alacant commercial centre. Situated in the popu­ lar urbanisation of Puerto Marino. Now only 96,500 euros for quick sale Ref No. K46. 627 711 155 Ref 533: Lovely 2 bedroom duplex located in the popu­ lar area of Punta Prima, the property has a large lounge and fully equipped kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, one with balcony, bathroom with dou­ ble shower. €126,000 Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397

Gran Alacant Detached villa, located in a very sought after location.Situated on a 560m2 S/W facing plot and constructed in 2005. Comprising of 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 full baths), Lounge­Diner, fully equipped Kitchen, Porch and Solarium with Alicante & Sea Views. ref.L81. €258,000 neg. Tel. 680333242 Gran Alacant Town House with a difference. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Glazed in Porch, Quiet Location, Extra storage areas, and South Facing Private Pool as well as 2 communal pools. Fully Furnished, All mod cons. Greenland Views and all local amenities close by. Ref. No L79. 179.000 euros 680 333 242 Ref: 520, €80,000. Two bed­ room apartment in Dream Hills, with a fully equipped kitchen, large lounge, glazed­in terrace and a large solarium. This property comes with a large commu­ nal swimming pool. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Top floor Duplex. Very good price of 108.000 euros for a quick sale. Furnished to a very high standard, 2 bed­ rooms, 1 bathroom, Lounge Diner, Glazed in Porch, Large Roof Top Solarium. Choice of Communal Pools, Private Parking. Walking distance to all amenities and

on the First urbanisation as you enter Gran Alacant. Viewing essential. Ref No. K44. Tel. 627 711 155 Gran Alacant immaculate villa, 3 bedroomed, 3 bath­ roomed property maintained to a very high standard inside and out and the interi­ or furnishings are top quali­ ty, offering a feeling of luxury and good taste. The plot size is 400m2 and has been beautifully tiles, and grav­ eled and has established palms and plants. Oil fired central heating throughout, log effect fire place, ceiling fans in all rooms, towel heater rails, glazed in show­ er units, instant hot water, water purifier, free English TV, phone & internet lines, fitted double hanging wardrobes, safe, glazed in front porch, vanity units and much more. The pool is an 8 X 4 m2 salt water pool, meaning maintenance is much easier plus outside toilet and shower. Sea views

to front with Greenland views to the rear. ref K51. €245,000 Tel 680333242 Ref: 516, €39,999. Studio apartment in San Luis, close to amenities. Open plan fully equipped kitchen. Good sized lounge, bedroom and out onto balcony which has been glazed to create another room. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 513, €115,000. Two bedroom ground floor apart­ ment, in Aguas Nuevas, close to all amenities includ­ ing the beach. It has a good size lounge, kitchen and has off road parking facilities. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397



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Balsares is opposite Gran Alacant where the proposed golf course is now being started so this property will virtually be on the golf course, it is an investment not to be missed. The prop­ erty is on a small gated urbanisation of 18 houses with private underground parking for 2 cars and direct access to the house, com­ munal pool and toilets/changing rooms etc. The house is brand new and consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, lounge with working fire place, large kitchen 12 m2, large galle­ ria/ utility room, bedroom balcony and front tiled ter­ race. This property also has a converted under build for an extra lounge or bedroom. ref K52 €198,000 Tel 680333242 Ref: 78, €120,000. Three bedroom Quad in Jardin Del Mar VII. There is off­road parking and small storage shed in the enclosed garden area, communal pool near­ by. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 709, €60,000 A lovely 1 bedroom apartment in Aguas Nuevas, within a 5 minute walk of the beach. There is a terrace outside with views to the sea. Short or long term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Gran Alacant Opportunity to purchase a beautiful 3 bed­ roomed, 3 bathroomed,large kitchen, detached property with roof­ top solarium. Well established gardens and drive way for 2 cars, whilst

also overlooking the project­ ed 18 hole golf course. Comprising of fitted wardrobes, utility room, air con H/C, alarm system, electric wall heaters, inter­ com system, fireplace, ceil­ ings fans, 8x7 gazebo, use of 2 large communal pools, immaculate condition with many extras. ref K12. €180,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant bargain, detached villa with pool on 400m2 plot. Briefly compris­ ing of 3 bedrooms, 3 bath­ rooms, Lounge Diner, inde­ pendent kitchen, solarium with views, well maintained gardens. Quiet location yet within walking distance of all amenities. Top quality furni­ ture and appliances includ­ ed in the price. Extras include, mosquito nets, grills, toldos blinds, built in wardrobes, gas fire, electric heating, ceiling fans, English & Spanish TV, tastefully tiled & graveled garden with irri­ gation system. ref K43. €229,000 Tel 680333242 Ref: KP3100, €183,000. Three bedroom, two bath­ room detached villa, located in San Luis, on a 450sqm plot, with communal pool. Garage to side of house. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Gran Alacant South facing attractive corner house Situated in the sought after urbanization of Monte Faro, this secure gated urbaniza­ tion offers a stunning oasis pool, with mountain views, tennis courts and football courts. Consisting of 3 dou­ ble beds with balconies, 2


bathrooms, kitchen leading onto court yard which can easily be converted into an extra room, lounge diner with working fireplace, front garden with private parking for 2 cars. Being sold fully furnishes with white goods, built in 2006 so immaculate condition hardly lived in. Ref K48 €168,000 priced for quick sale Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant Limited edition bungalow. Only six of this type available in Gran Alacant. Constructed in 2003 and immaculately maintained on a large plot size of 500m2 with a 10 x 5 pool.Comprising of 3 bed­ rooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge­diner leading out onto front porch, independ­ ent kitchen including white goods, outside galleria, court yard, large garage with electric door, roof top solari­ um and private parking. Also built in wardrobes, Toldos blinds, air con H/C, security grills, alarm, security doors, bathrooms heaters, outside toilet, outdoor lighting, irriga­ tion system, attractive and well kept gardens, beautiful­ ly tiled inside and out, fire place, English TV, phone line. Being sold with top quality furniture. ref L95. €275,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant South facing attractive corner house Situated in the sought after urbanization of Monte Faro, this secure gated urbaniza­ tion offers a stunning oasis pool, with mountain views, tennis courts and football courts. Consisting of 3 dou­ ble beds with balconies, 2 bathrooms, kitchen leading onto court yard which can

easily be converted into an extra room, lounge diner with working fireplace, front garden with private parking for 2 cars. Being sold fully furnishes with white goods, built in 2006 so immaculate condition hardly lived in. Ref K48 €168,000 priced for quick sale Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant, Ground floor south west facing apartment in Puerto Marino close to G.A commercial centre, comprising of 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Lounge­Diner, Independent Kitchen with Galleria, Porch area and large tiled front garden, The property is being sold fully furnished and includes all kitchen appliances, H & C Air con is fitted as well as sky TV. The apartment enjoys the use of 2 large communal pools and has private parking in an enclosed electronically gated car park. Competitively priced for a quick sale. Ref. K40 €91,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant beautiful detached villa with very large pool and within walk­ ing distance to the Gran Alacant Commercial Centre. This villa comprised of 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, lounge­diner, Independent kitchen, roof top storage, solarium, porch & terrace. Large private pool, BBQ area, established gardens and private terraces, Private Parking, Solarium with Views to Alicante. 450m2 plot, fully furnished including white goods. Located in very quiet desirable road. ref.L96. €255,000 Tel 680333242

Gran Alacant Gem! Fabulous detached Villa, with Alicante sea views to the front and wood land views to the rear, means this immaculate villa is very pri­ vate and un­overlooked. Comprising of 2 large bed­ rooms with fitted wardrobes, 2 bath, large fully equipped kitchen,glazed porch sitting area, solarium, Attractive Pool with cover, well main­ tained Gardens. Central Heating, Air Con, Ceiling fans, Private Parking, Alarm system, Decorative working Fire Place complete with electric Fire. Outdoor work­ shop/storage area, Quality Pergola & BBQ. Constructed in 2006, on plot size of 380m2 and being sold fully furnished including white goods. ref L80. €234,995 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant, Rare invest­ ment!! corner south facing opportunity on Novamar urbanisation.This immacu­ late ground floor duplex has been kept and maintained to a very high standard inside and out the position is fan­ tastic, enjoys views over the lovely oasis communal pool, surrounded by lawned gar­ dens. Comprising of plot size 100m2 Build Size 90m2, 2 bedrooms, 2 bath­ rooms, fully furnished, Anti­ Glare Windows, Security Door, Security Grills, Built­in Wardrobes, Extra Storage, Galleria, Electric Panel Heaters, Heated Towel Rails, Air Con (h&c), Ceiling. Fans. Thermo Shower, Vanity Units and decorative­ ly tiled throughout, exquisite garden, Underground pri­ vate parking. Ref.K10 €139,000 Tel 680333242


Gran Alacant, Situated in the central area of Gran Alacant and within walking distance to all local ameni­ ties such as a selection of different cuisine restaurants, bars, pharmacies, banks, popular GA market and Carabassi Beach. Comprises of 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with a private garage and roof­top solari­ um. This property is part of a small urbanization which has the use of a large deco­ rative communal pool. Ref. K36 €149,000 Tel 680333242 Ground floor duplex, with splendid views. Quiet loca­ tion in Gran Alacant. Immaculate condition. Price has just been reduced to 105.000 and includes every­ thing. For viewing call 627 711 155 Ref. No K27 Gran Alacant detached villa with converted under build and pool. Comprising of 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Lounge­ Diner, Front Porch, Large Solarium, decorative­ ly tiled, Irrigated Garden. BBQ and Log Storage Cupboard. Raised walls for Privacy. Also many extras, toldos blinds, freshly deco­ rated interior, Grills, Mosquito Nets, Air Con H/C, Ceiling Fans, Log Burner Fire, Electric Radiators, Heated Towel Rails, Alarmed, Phone Line, Satellite UK TV, private parking. Plot size 310m2 under build 100m2. price includes all furniture.The under build consists of 2 beds, lounge, kit/utility room. ref L79. €250,000 Tel. 680333242 Ref: 520, €85,000. Two bed­ room apartment in Dream Hills, with a fully equipped








Friday, July 26, 2013 kitchen, large lounge, glazed­in terrace and a large solarium. This property comes with a large commu­ nal swimming pool. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Gran Alacant immaculate outstanding south facing villa in sought after road. Set on a 350m2 plot with 4 bed­ rooms, 3 baths,large porch, solarium and terraces. The large under build includes a lounge, kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom and patio doors leading to pool area. Internal & external access for under build. Extras include electric radiators, air con H/C, ceil­ ing fans, gas fire, heated towel rails, extended walk­in shower, fitted wardrobes. Decorative tiling inside and out. Panoramic views towards Alicante Bay, Sky TV, phone line and Internet & Private parking, estab­ lished gardens, water fea­ tures and fruit trees. Being sold with exquisite furniture and all white goods. Immaculate finishes and decor. ref L84. €278,000 Tel 680333242

Gran Alacant, Large detached villa with beautiful gardens set on 550m2 plot, built in BBQ area and large 10x6 pool.Comprising of 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Lounge Diner with fire place, Independent Kitchen, air con H/C, Solarium, front porch, converted under build with 3 extra rooms, private covered parking, irrigated gardens, close distance to beach and amenities. Ref. K18 €250,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant, Situated on the very first urbanisation as you enter Gran Alacant, this 2nd floor duplex offers taste and quality. Comprising of 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, lounge­diner, independent kitchen, full roof­top solari­ um with superb views and recently glazed in porch offering extra living area as well as extra privacy as the glass is mirrored. Ref.K44 €108,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant, Situated in the "Alto" part of Gran Alacant, this 3 bedroomed,



4th floor apartment, offers luxury accommodation, with absolutely stunning sea views, as well as views of Alicante bay and the famous Santa Barbara Castle.The apartment is 89 square meters with open plan kitchen / living room and includes all electrical appli­ ances & furniture also there is a utility room, open ter­ race, and private parking. The urbanisation also offers many communal pools, ten­ nis courts, restaurants and bars. Ref. K20 €109,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant villa located in a very quiet area , situated at the end of a cul­de­sac means there is no through traffic.3 bed, 3 bath, 330m2 plot, established large gar­ dens, working fireplace, solar panel for hot water,pri­ vate parking, south facing great views, fully furnished, fantastic opportunity. ref. L85. €215,000 Tel 680333242 Beach front Line property, over looks Carabassi Beach, Gran Alacant. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Secure Underground Parking, Fully furnished, Roof Top Solarium. 3 Large Communal Pools, Fantastic communal Gardens, Tennis Courts and much more. 125.000 Euros Ref No. K23. Tel. 627 711 155

Gran Alacant, Situated front line to the famous blue flag beaches of Carabassi, the real beauty of this property is its proximity to the beach, but also on offer is a fantas­ tic communal pool situated in beautifully kept gardens with little Spanish walk ways.Comprising of 2 bed­ rooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge diner, American style kitchen including all appliances, roof top solarium with stunning views, front porch area with front garden and a secure underground garage. fully furnished Ref. K23 €125,000 rare opportunity Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant limited edition villa, not very often available on the market. Only a few of this type were ever con­ structed­ Very large 5 bed­ rooms, 4 bathroom(2 en­ suit) property, situated on a large corner plot with a 10 x 5 private pool and private parking. Lounge­diner with working fireplace, fully equipped kitchen with utility room. Large landing area, leading onto solarium, with extra storage external room. Front porch area leading into large well established gardens with irrigation sys­ tem and fruit trees. Being sold fully furnished. Within walking distance to Gran Alacant commercial centre



and 5 minute drive to Carabassi beaches. ref. K11. €270,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant large detached villa with 3 double bed­ rooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge­diner, fully equipped kitchen, large porch, roof top solarium, 400 m2 Plot, with established low mainte­ nance very private gardens with irrigation system, elec­ tronic gates, private parking, outside wc, sink & shower, terraces, air con ( h & c ), mosquito nets, grills, alarmed, large spa pool with separate Jacuzzi section. Within easy walking dis­ tance to Gran Alacant com­ mercial centre and close to local bus and tram route. Ref K33. €260,000 neg Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant, detached villa in desirable road close to all amenities, comprising of 3 double bedrooms, 3 baths, lounge diner with working fire place, brand new kitchen with all appliances and black granite work tops, private pool, plot of 550m2, established irrigated gar­ dens and fruit trees, private parking, solarium, also there is a converted under build giving more bedrooms ,bathroom & kitchen, this house has many extras and is being sold fully furnished. Ref.k47. €280,000 neg Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant south­facing, very private villa, with wood­ land and Alicante views. Situated at the end of a small cul­de­sac which means this villa enjoys a very peaceful location.3 Bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, 3 Bathrooms, lounge­diner with working fireplace, fully fitted kitchen with including white goods, large front porch, solarium,workshop and stor­ age in under build, central heating, air con H/C, ceiling fans, grills, UK T.V, off road parking and plenty of out­ side parking also. Due to its orientation of this property enjoys full sun, all day, something very important in the winter months. Ref.K24. €237,000 Tel 680333242

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SITUATIONS VACANT RADIO COSTA INTERNA­ TIONAL needs motivated sellers. Spanish, English and German language is a bonus but not essential. Training and good earnings guaranteed. For more info call 644 126 600 or email info@radicocostainterna­ Installation company "Joval Accesibilidad" is looking for independent representa­ tives to sell their products in the province of Alicante and Murcia. Spanish and English language skills are essen­ tial. For an interview call 966 090 762. (125)

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Greenside Gossip IVIE DAVIES takes a weekly look at the golf scene -


Phil Mickelson took a huge step in cementing his legacy into golfing immortality on Sunday. His win at the 2013 Open Championship now ties him with John Henry Taylor, James Braid and Seve Ballesteros with 5 career major titles. Jack Nicklaus leads the list of major winners with 18 and Tiger Woods has been stuck on 14 since 2008. Sir Nick Faldo with 6 is still ahead of Mickelson, but his name becomes enrolled in a very exclusive club. Since 1892, The Open has visited Muirfield on 15 previous occasions and nearly everyone has been won by a golfing legend. There are no fluke wins at there! The list says it all: ­ Harry Vardon, James Braid, Ted Ray, Walter Hagen, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo and Ernie Els. To that line up, you can add another of the “Golfing Greats” winning an Open Championship over the Scottish course’s hallowed and historic links. Mickelson won a PGA Tour event while still an amateur and is without doubt one of the most charismatic and popular players in the sport. His Open win also gives him the 3rd leg of a “Career Grand Slam”. Only 10 others have won 3 of the major champi­ onships during their golfing career. Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen are the only players to have ever won all four major championships. Although Mickelson has never won the U.S. Open, he has been runner­up on 6 occasions. He is now 43 years old and is still playing some of the best golf of his career. If he could somehow add a U.S. Open win to his resume, he would also add his name to that very select list to have won the “Career Grand Slam”. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012, but it appears that his best golf is not yet behind him.


Sergio Garcia. Golf's favorite roller­coaster ride looked like he was completely out of it after a carding a 75 in the second round. He then shot a 68 in Round 3 and put himself in position to make a move. Garcia, who has played in 60 major events, sits only behind Lee Westwood as having played in the most majors without a win. He remains in that position with his 4th round score of 75 and tie for 21st place. Hunter Mahan. It shouldn't have been a shock to see him in the last group on Sunday at Muirfield. He held the same position just a month or so ago at the U.S. Open. In both cases, he failed to win the event, but he is definitely a winner for putting himself in the position to do so. Mahan, who is under the tutelage of golf­swing guru Sean Foley, hit Muirfield's greens with above­average regularity, allowing him to control his game and move up the leaderboard. (Foley also has Lee Westwood and Tiger under his tutor­ age). Even though he fell back to a tie for 9th place on Sunday, Mahan once again proved he is capable of a major win down the line. Angel Cabrera. The affable Argentinian with the big swing came out of the gate with guns firing and a laudable 69 on the first day. While not even ranked in the world’s top 50, the

KNOW YOUR RULES QUESTION While searching for his ball in a hazard that he believed to be covered by loose impediments, David moved some leaves and twigs. What is the ruling? 1. One stroke penalty because you cannot move anything in a hazard 2. No penalty because he is trying to identify his ball 3. Two stroke penalty because you cannot move any­ thing in a hazard ANSWER Under Rule 12­1:­ There is no penalty if a player moves loose impediments, such as twigs and leaves, in order to identify the ball if the ball is found, or identified as his, the player must return the loose impediments as it was before.

maestro of majors looked like he would pound the course into submission and run by his vaunted competition. But as the weekend transpired, his slashing style was not quite appropriate for the bouncy Muirfield course, and he slid back into a tie for 11th. Ian Poulter. It wasn't Lee Westwood, but that other Englishman, Ian Poulter, who had the crowd buzzing on Sunday with his excellent 67. The brash Poulter scorched the dried­out course by going 5 under in 4 holes as he made the turn, and it looked like his score would be the one to beat. The 37 year­old, who made a name for himself at the Ryder Cup, finally brought his match­play prowess to a major, but his four­under score for the day was just not quite enough when all was said and done. Rory McIlroy. When the dust settled and the leaderboard was finalised at Muirfield, there was one glaring but not unusual omission in the name of Rory. He has had his well­ catalogued troubles of late, and whatever is bothering him, it all came to the surface very quickly when he shot an 8­over 79 in the first round. His scorecard included 6 bogeys and 2 doubles that were not necessarily caused by the difficulty of the course. He followed with a 75 on the 2nd day and

TITTER ON THE TEE The room was full of pregnant women with their hus­ bands. The instructor said, "Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens the pelvic muscles and will make delivery that much easier. Just pace yourself, make plenty of stops and try to stay on a soft surface like grass or a path." "Gentlemen, remember ­­ you're in this together. It wouldn't hurt you to go walking with her. In fact, that shared experience would be good for you both." The room suddenly became very quiet as the men absorbed this information. After a few moments a man, name unknown, at the back of the room, slowly raised his hand. "Yes?" asked the instructor. "I was just wondering if it would be all right if she carries a golf bag while we walk?"

missed the cut. Beyond adjusting to his new Nike clubs and worldwide fame, he will have to figure out how to get his head and the ball back into play. Henrik Stenson. Known as one of the best ball­strikers and longest hitters on the tour, Stenson made a valiant run at the Open. He bounced back from a third­round 74 to finish one behind Mickelson. Currently ranked 3rd in greens in reg­ ulation, Stenson brought his A­game to the narrow Muirfield course when it counted most. On Sunday, it looked like he would be the man to beat when he began with 2 birdies in the first 3 holes. But 2 back­9 bogeys ended his run in the face of Mickelson's brilliant play. R&A. What incredible nerve the governing body had to penalise a player for playing too slowly on a course that was designed to muddle play. The R&A started by warning 21­ year old Hideki Matsuyama, Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink and Graeme McDowell in the 3rd round for breaking the rule. Then Matsuyama was docked a stroke when he took 2 min­ utes, 12 seconds—more than twice the allowable time—to play his 2nd shot after his drive went into the gallery. Matsuyama may not have won the tournament with that stroke, but it was a horrible call by the R&A, which lost favour for its unwarranted administration of the rules.


There are many reasons why Tiger Woods may not be everyone's favourite sports star, but there is one that will not seem to go away: ­ his habit of spitting. The world number one upset many spectators on Sunday with his persistent spitting around the course, and TV viewers were also quick to register their disgust on social media. It is not the first time that Woods has been caught in the act, so to speak. He vowed to "be more respectful" in 2010 after a spitting inci­ dent. In 2011 he followed that with a heavy fine for having been seen spitting on the 12th green at a European Tour event in Dubai. Well, this issue has sadly reared its head once more at the weekend with Woods lambasted for "spit­ ting his way round Muirfield" while the widely popular and his cheerful compatriot Phil Mickelson won his first Open title.

Friday, July 26, 2013


ELCHE’S BIG SISTER Is there anyone left at Seville? Following Elche’s signing of two players last week, Manu del one, Domingo Cisma, a central defender has signed for two seasons for Elche. The 31 year old was born in Seville, but has also played for Athletico Madrid, Almeria, Numancia and Racing Santander. Also from Seville comes another defender, left back Alberto Botia, a 24 year­old who started his career with Real Murcia and who has also played for Barcelona ‘B’ and Real Sporting of Gijon. The promising Ghanaian strik­ er Richmond Boakye is also being tracked by Elche: this big, competitive forward scores goals and has played for the national Under 20 side in Turkey, and also in Italy. Elche will do well to sign him, as Juventus are also said to be interested. In another tame pre­season friendly, this time at Santa Pola, Elche wacked local yokels Ontinyent 4 – 1, but a real test of progress will come this Wednesday evening, July 31st, when the Illicitanos entertain mighty Benfica of Portugal: with an 8.45pm kick­off at the Martinez Valero. Although there will undoubtedly be many substi­ tutes during the game, it will be interesting to see how the new young blades look, and how they blend with the old guard ­ and most importantly whether Elche look as though they can survive in the fierce pressure cooker of regular La Liga life.

BATTLING BERT WAS SPECIAL Can you imagine in today’s namby­pamby football world, where even if you breathe on the opposition goal­ keeper he goes down like he’s been shot, that any goal­ keeper could play on in a game with a broken neck? No, I can’t either, but that’s exactly what happened to the legendary German goalkeeper, Manchester City’s Bert Trautman who died last week not far away in Valencia at the ripe old age of 89. To call Trautman tough is like saying as a boxer Muhammed Ali was reasonable. In the Second World War, Albert Trautman was a paratrooper and was cap­ tured on the Russian front. He escaped but was caught again in France, by the British this time and kept in the North­West of England until the end of the war. Still fac­ ing anti­German hostility in post­war Britain, he went to play football for St Helens before being signed for Manchester City in 1949. With his heroic diving at feet (they don’t do that much now…), skill and bravery he steadily won the hearts and minds of the supporters, going on to play for his club 545 times before ending his league career at Maine Road in 1964.

But Bert’s bravest hour was in the 1956 Cup Final. City were leading 3 – 1 but 16 minutes from time Trautman characteristically dived at the feet of Birmingham’s Peter Murphy , as usual: but he didn’t know he had bro­ ken three bones in his vertebrae until three days later. ‘There were no substitutes in those days and it never occurred to him to come off. For a man who fought on both the Eastern and Western Fronts a neck injury was­ n’t going to put him off’, said Francis Lee, who played against Trautman for Bolton before joining him at City. The German later went on to manage Stockport County. He was not only held in great esteem in England and Germany, but also in Tanzania where he went in 1974 and did much to help and re­organise football there as part of a German sports initiative to help smaller coun­ tries. Bert Trautman will be remembered as a true gentleman: words rarely used today like ‘decency’ and ‘humanity’ apply to the man, who remains a true example of how to live one’s life with bravery and dignity, despite consider­ able setbacks along life’s way.


Pastoral aid for Torrevieja

FC Torrevieja have sacked new sign­ ing, 24 year old defender, Rodrigo Gomez Mateos "Rodri" before a single ball was kicked in anger. After the ex­Murcia Imperial player signed for Torrevieja just over a week ago, he’s failed to turn up to any training ses­ sions, and so has been shown the door for what the club called “a seri­ ous breach of dis­ cipline which will not be tolerated”.

FC Torrevieja’s new manager, Anselmo Serrano Carmon, has raid­ ed his old club Almoradi for his latest signing. He’s brought over the 22 year old midfielder, Alejandro Martinez Pastor, known as “Pastor”. He start­ ed his career with Elche Ilicitano before joining CD Almoradi two years ago.

RIVALRY RENEWED FC Torrevieja kick­off their pre­season friendlies this Sunday evening (July 28th) when they entertain old rivals Elche Ilicitano with a 7pm kick­off. The game will be played at the Nelson Mandela stadium, whilst on­going improvement work continues on the Vicente Garcia stadium pitch. Admission will be 5 Euros, and the new squad will be pre­ sented to the supporters ahead of the kick­off. FC Torrevieja will play UCAM Murcia CF at the Nelson Mandela stadium on Wednesday August 7th with a 7.00pm kick­off, and then they will host CD Cox at the same venue a week later.

TWO LOTS OF SEVENS Alcoy Rugby Club is staging their 2nd Rugby Sevens tour­ nament tomorrow (Saturday) with 10 teams planning to take part, after last year’s successful debut event. The action gets going at 9.30am at the Polideportivo Las Moreras, Concentaina, near Alcoy. Besides the home team, there’ll be sides from Elche, Albacete, Aspe, Alicante University, and Penyagolpsa. Meanwhile, San Juan beach in Alicante will be hosting their 16th annual Beach Rugby Sevens starting tomorrow at 10.00am.

Friday, July 26, 2013



shh, but the Etihad’s movers and sheikers look the part

While Mou­the­mouth has been manipulating matters dahn sarf at Stamford Bridge, 200 miles ‘oop north new Man Utd maestro Moyes has been Rooneying rumours and Fabricating fables. ‘Eh, but just down ‘road from Old Trafford, someone is enterprisingly ‘Engineering’ efforts at The Etihad. A certain new Chilean and his sen­ ior team are quickly and quietly building something which may surprise, nay astound not only the other two notable newbies – and also the rest of the Premier League, when City strike out on August 17th against – Newcastle ­ haway the lads! That’s only three weeks away. The becoming­boring/willy­wonty tugs­of­war involv­ ing the big unsettled ones: Rooney, Suarez, Bale and a few more are not an issue at Manchester City. Having refused to finance the purchase of the Urugyuan Edison Cavani for an obscene £54 million (he went to Paris St Jermaine) City have got going and showed the opposition how­to­do­it. Having previously got rid of managerially­misfiring Mancini, barmy Balotelli and temperamental Tevez, the City slickers have gone in

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less controversial directions and bought nearly half an exciting new attacking team, spending the not­ inconsiderable amount of £90 million doing it, but get­ ting a formidable four back in return City started out by paying £30 million for Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk, soon followed by speedy Spanish star Jesus Navas for £14.9m, supplied by sweet Sevilla. Sound striker sought? City signed Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina in Serie A, the £22m Montenegro striker being missed by Arsenal and Man United. 27 Cap Jovetic scored 13 goals in 31 games in Italy last season. Seville, senor? Si, second striker secured: £20m Spanish International Alfredo Negredo, scorer of 26 La Liga goals last season. The 27 year­old joins former Sevilla team­mate Navas in City’s reshaped squad, and will wear the number nine shirt. That’s taken City’s spending since the new manager’s arrival to almost £90m. Sadly poor Pellegrini has had to return home to Chile again, this time to deal with the death of his mother. It really all could not have come at a more difficult time for the 59 year­old, as he begins another huge phase of his career. ‘Old’ assis­ tant manager Brian Kidd, who had a brief spell in charge after Mancini's sacking took charge of City's 2­ 1 friendly defeat to Amazulu in Durban said “Manuel's

had to go back to Chile for personal reasons, but it's been a good work out in South Africa with two tough games.” So just what will Pellegrini bring to City? Well, the man has had considerable success here in Spain, firstly taking unfashionable Villarreal up and into Europe before being lured to the inevitable poisoned chalice at Real Madrid, where very few succeed ­ even Jose Mourinho couldn’t hack it at the bearpit that is the Bernabeu. Pelligrini lasted a year there before he was moved on, unable in one season to wrest the La Liga initiative from barnstorming Barcelona, taking his tal­ ents to Malaga. Here the quiet man from Santiago soon re­structured an ailing club with sage, patient management before taking the Andalucian club to the semi­finals of the Champions League last season, only to lose out in injury­time to finalists Borussia Dortmund. Now Malaga are in big trouble with the Spanish administra­ tors, and Pelligrini has wisely moved on to take over and calm the City circus that Roberto Mancini had been presiding over. It would appear that the Spanish­ orientated directors at the Etihad have used the Sheik’s sheckles shrewdly to enable Pelligrini to strike afresh with a huge bundle of exciting new talent. It’s been a sizzling summer in the City!

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