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I WANT HIM TO PAY Dad denounces serial paedo over his daughter By Alex Trelinski

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A TORREVIEJA father says that his daughter was abused by the paedophile that was mistakenly pardoned by Morocco last week. Daniel Fino Galván, who was arrest­ ed in Murcia City on Monday, used to live on Calle Guardamar off Plaza Islas Canarias in Torrevieja, until 2002, whilst he worked at the University of Murcia. He left the country 11 years ago for Morocco. The father “denounced” Galván at the Guardia barracks in Torrevieja on Monday with a written statement about alleged sex­ ual abuse involving his daughter, between 2004 and 2006, when she was 5 to 7 years old. The father, who lived in the same Torrevieja area as Galván, said that his daughter recognised him from all the pictures in the media coverage over his release from a Moroccan jail. In a brief comment to the TV channel, Telecinco, he said that he wanted Galván “to pay for what he did to my daughter”. Galván was arrested at the Hotel Legazpi in Murcia City, after King Mohammed VI of Morocco revoked his formal reprieve. He was among the 48 Spanish prisoners in Morocco par­ doned at the request of Spain's Royal family. The High Court in Madrid will now oversee the case, with the Moroccan authorities issuing a warrant for his arrest via Interpol. The judge decided on Tuesday to keep Galván in

custody until Morocco’s extradition proceedings go ahead, as he viewed him as a flight risk. It’s also emerged that plain clothes officers from the National Police had kept a watch on Galván from the moment he set foot again on Spanish soil. It remains unclear what impact the fresh allegations from Torrevieja will have on his extradition. Galván, was an Iraqi who became a Spanish citizen, and he worked for the International Relations department at the University of Murcia until 2002, as well as living in Torrevieja not far from the Acequion School. It was revealed in the Spanish media that he actually

worked for the Guardia Civil in Torrevieja for a year as an Arabic inter­ preter. He moved to Morocco 11 years ago where he owns three apartments in Kenitra, north of the capital, Rabat, and was jailed for 30 years in 2011 for the rape of at least 11 chil­ dren aged between four and 15. His reprieve and release from custody sparked violent protests across Morocco last week. During his trial, Galván, was asked by the judge: "Why did you come to Morocco to abuse children?" He replied: "Because it's cheap and with

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PEDESTRIANS in Santiago de la Ribera have come across an intriguing new road sign. In this age of mobile phones, a warning notice has appeared telling walk­ ers not to look at their phones or to send WhatsApp messages when crossing the road. San Javier Town Hall have put up a number of signs around the area try­ ing to prompt people to think more when they are walking close to traffic or crossing a street. The signs look like text mes­ sages, and say : 'Atención

peatón, preste aten­ ción mientras camina. Su 'WhatsApp' puede esperar’ (Look out pedestrian, pay atten­ tion while you are walking. Your WhatsApp can wait). The signs have been placed along the promenade in La Ribera, and other areas in the munici­ pality. The council says they have got hold of figures that suggest some 7% of accidents on the roads are caused by distracted pedestrians on


their phones, and that doesn’t take into account any trips or falls on the pavement.

Killer sleep at the wheel


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AT LEAST one in five car accidents are caused by driver tiredness, a survey shows – and 10 per cent of people in Spain who hold a driving licence suffer from chronic insomnia, which aggravates the problem. The Spanish Sleep Society, which works with treating sleeping disorders, and the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) are preparing a report on the effects of drowsi­ ness and fatigue on accident rates. They have asked the public to contribute their experiences – anonymously – to a sur­ vey on the traffic department's website,

One in three people in Spain experience insomnia from time to time and one in 10 are chronic sufferers, and they – along with peo­ ple who have sleep apnoea, where they briefly stop breathing several times a night whilst asleep, or narcolepsy, where they fall asleep without warning – are the most likely to have an accident whilst driving as a result of tiredness. But many drivers who suffer from sleep­ related health conditions are undiagnosed, says the DGT, which urges anyone who thinks they may be affected to discuss the matter with their family doctor.

Murcia local police got more than they bargained for as two officers got injured in a street brawl involving neighbours in the city. Two officers were hurt after trying to calm down a row on Sunday night between neighbours on Cecilio Pineda de Murcia. The quarrel got out of hand when a 50 year old Moldovan national hit two of his neighbours with a chair, with one of them having two of his front teeth knocked out. As the police tried to arrest the Moldovan, his 54 year old wife injured both officers with a sharp object: ­ one suffered a mild wound, whilst the other had bruising on his arms. The couple were carted off to the police station whilst everybody else was given a check over at a local health cen­ tre.

SHOP TILL YOU DROP THE ORIHUELA COSTA region, which includes the La Zenia Boulevard, has been given the green light to have shops open all week, all year round. The change comes into effect on October 1st, with the Orihuela Costa being allowed to extend shopping hours because of it being classified as a major tourist area. Some unions and trade associations have opposed the move, say­ ing that some businesses may suffer, especially at the hands of bigger retailers. Supporters of the decision have pointed out that the liberal shopping hours in the neighbouring Murcia region do not appear to have caused any problems.


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40 YEAR OLD Brit, Maxime Marin, has given birth to the heaviest ever new born baby in Spain. The baby girl, Maria Lorena, was born at the Hospital Marina Salud in Denia, early on Wednesday morning, weighing in at 6.20 kilos, which is just short of a stone at 13lbs 7ozs. Larger weights have been delivered through Caesarean section, but records suggest that this is the heaviest record­

ed natural birth in Spain. Maxime said that she was 41 weeks pregnant adding that she “knew that the baby would be big but not as big as that!” She did not need any anaesthetic either for her record breaking moment. “My three other children were born weigh­ ing more than four and a half kilos,” she added, “….and my labour was very easy and hassle­free!” Both are believed to be doing well, although the new­born ­ Maria Lorena ­ remains in the neonatal care unit. Dr Javier Rius, the head of the hospital's department of obstetrics and gynaecology, said: "In my 40­year profes­ sional career I have never known of any case of a birth with this weight by natural childbirth. "We are all very satisfied with the work which we carried out."


SOME of the area’s leading car hire companies have been found guilty of price fixing and hit with massive fines, led by a huge penalty for Goldcar. 17 companies have been fined 35 million Euros by the country’s competition regulator, the CNC, which proved they ran a cartel between 2005 and 2011. The CNC said that their actions were especially strong in tourist areas like the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol. Goldcar, which has offices in Torrevieja as well as Alicante and Murcia airports got hit with the biggest fine of 15.45 mil­ lion Euros, with the next highest penalty being over 5 million Euros for another popular local company, Centauro, which also has offices in the same venues. Also on the list of shame was Record Go Hire, who were fined just under 5 mil­ lion Euros, followed by international company Avis with 1.46

million Euros. Local company, Dickmanns Rent a Car, with offices in Torrevieja and Los Alcazares was penalised 332 thousand Euros.

TWO Torrevieja youths shock. have been arrested by the The youths were tracked Orihuela Costa police for down at the start of last stealing purses and hand­ week through a routine bags from young women on check as well as the police holiday in the area, with one finding a mobile phone that of them being jailed already. had been stolen. The 17 Police said that most of year old has already been those robbed were foreign sent to a detention centre for with the incidents happening 6 months, which could be close to or on various extended further for another beaches along the Orihuela 3 months, whilst the other Costa. In most cases, the 17 man has been charged with and 18 year old robbers armed robbery. would threaten their victims Authorities have warned with a knife, before stealing visitors to the beaches to be But King Mohammed VI says he had their property. Some of the extra vigilant in protecting not been made aware of the nature victims suffered bruising their property during the of the crimes of the released prison­ from the attacks as well as summer months. ers in many cases, and in particular that of Sr Fino Galván. His cabinet insists that had he known the man was a paedophile, the monarch – A SPANISH tourist could face up to three years in jail for who is father to a young son – would using a fake disabled car parking pass in Guardamar. never have released him. The holiday­maker from the Madrid area faces a speedy The list of 48 prisoners was com­ trial in Torrevieja after police carried out a check on cars piled not by the royal palace in parked in a disabled area. Officers spotted what they Madrid but by the Spanish embassy thought was a forged card in an Opel Corsa, and on mak­ in Rabat, under the supervision of ing checks they impounded the car and arrested the the Spanish foreign ministry. The driver. fiasco has cost the chief of the Besides a possible jail stretch of between six months Moroccan prison service his job, but and three years, the tourist faces a prospect of a hefty as yet no heads have rolled on the fine. Spanish side.


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money you can get anything you want." Following King Juan Carlos of Spain's recent visit to the North African country – his first Royal engagement abroad since his latest operation, this time on his spine – the Moroccan monarch, a close per­ sonal friend of HRH Juan Carlos, agreed to release 48 Spaniards. Reprieves to prisoners are standard practice on the day of the national festival to celebrate the anniversary of the King's coronation. Most of these had been jailed for offences related to cannabis­smuggling, and

included a 67­year­old man who has always claimed the drugs were plant­ ed in his delivery lorry without his knowledge. Initially there was specu­ lation that Galván was pardoned on the orders of Spain's secret service, for which he had allegedly been working as a spy in Iraq. It then emerged that the Moroccan authori­ ties had been presented with two lists by the Spanish government: one with the names of 15 prisoners to be pardoned, and the other with 33 prisoners to be sent to Spain to complete their sentences. The king mistakenly pardoned them all, including Galván, who went to Spain with the help of Spanish authorities



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A GRIZZLY RETURN Spain’s high mobile rates

THE brown bear, better known as the ‘grizzly bear’ is back in the western province of Zamora, after being thought to be extinct there for over a century. Experts say a colony of the bears has been found in the La Carballeda valley and the vil­ lage of Sanabria, according to witnesses and, although these statements are not scientifically conclusive, the infor­ mation given has been enough to show that the animals are likely to still be breeding and living in the wild. One of the witnesses was a bee­keeper whose hives in Vega del Castillo were attacked by brown bears at the end of May, and who has allowed the authorities to set up CCTV cameras in the area to capture the mammals on film. The same bee­keeper took photographs of his own, which were found to show animals that looked enough like the Ursus Arctus to spark suspicions that they had not died out in the early 20th century after all. Brown bears are still found in other parts of Spain, but in very small numbers. A total of 210 are known to be out in the wild in the northern coastal region of Cantabria, and just three have been catalogued in the Pyrénées. The ones seen

in Zamora may have been part of the western Cantabria sub­population of brown bears, having migrated south. Scientists say these animals tend to travel over a long dis­ tance, and if the ones seen in the La Carballeda valley are indeed from Cantabria, this means they would have migrat­ ed over some 200 kilometres.

THERE’LL be more places to swap wedding rings in Torrevieja, as the city plans to increase the number of places where a civil ceremony can take place. The Plenary Hall has been the traditional venue, but the council is to now allow the Park of Nations, the Eras de la Sal, and the Doña Sinforosa park to stage ceremonies. Happy couples and their families will have to make sure that there’s no damage and they will have to provide a security deposit.

TWO of Spain’s major copyright organisations have praised Torrevieja’s stand against illegal street sellers. Mayor Eduardo Dolon has got messages of support from them for the stand that he and the police have taken against the sell­ ing of fake goods in the city, with some recent confrontations turning violent.


All clear before crash: - rail boss

THE head of Spain's public railways says the crew of the train which derailed at high speed last month killing 79 peo­ ple had not reported any problems before the crash. Renfe chief Julio Gomez­Pomar yesterday spoke to a par­ liamentary panel in Madrid about the crash near Santiago de Compostela. The derailment on 24 July also left about people 170 injured. Train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo is under investi­ gation but has not been formally charged. "Throughout the journey there is no record of communica­ tion from the train to the monitoring centre to report any dam­ age or abnormality," Mr Gomez­Pomar said. He said all normal security procedures had been followed and that the driver had not been on duty more than the stan­ dard number of hours, having just returned to work after two days off.


SPAIN charges the fourth­highest tariffs per minute for calls made from mobile phones in the European Union, at an average of 13.3 cents per minute, research claims. And vice­president of the Commission Neelie Kroes says there is no relation whatsoever between price, quality of service or level of buying power in customers. The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium are the most expensive countries in the EU to make a telephone call, at an average of 14.6 and 13.8 cents respectively, with Spain fourth. International calls on a mobile are cheaper in Spain at an average of 65 cents per minute than in Belgium, where cus­ tomers spend 97 cents, or Germany at 75 cents, whilst in the UK calling a number abroad on a mobile costs an eye­water­ ing 1.19 euros. France, Italy and Hungary charge just 35 cents per minute for an overseas call from a mobile phone. She intends to put forward her findings and a package aimed at consolidating a single telecommunications market at a Commission meeting in September.


The Cruz Roja rescued 2 people from a boat fire yester­ day morning in the Mar Menor. The incident was close to the Tomas Maestre harbour, with the uninjured sailors being taken to Lo Pagan.

Terror terriers

A POLICE dog detected close to a kilo of hashish that was in a backpack on a bus in Alicante bus station on Tuesday morning. The bus was en route between Algeciras and Barcelona, with the backpack owner not wanting to claim his lost property.

Airport record

SIX suspected cocaine traffickers have been arrested by the National Police in Alicante. The four Spaniards and two Columbians are alleged to have operated around Alicante City. Police seized over 21 thousand Euros, as well as 300 grams of cocaine which was packaged up in individual wrap­ pers. Two homes were raided in the city, with guns, comput­ ers and mobile phones being impounded.

Death in Alfas

A body was found in L’Alfas del Pi near Benidorm yester­ day lunchtime. It had been spotted in an inaccessible steep area next to a sewage outlet by a helicopter crew. No further information was available when The Courier went to press.

A bedridden old lady from Extremadura in western Spain has lost a leg after her grandson's dogs attacked her. The 85­year­old was savaged by several Staffordshire ter­ riers when she was lying on her bed in the village of Pacense. The woman was alone on Monday night when the hounds attacked her and ripped into her body. She had to have her leg amputated as a result of her injuries. According to Extremadura’s government, the dogs man­ aged to escape from their kennels and made it into the house. The terriers are being examined to find out why they leapt onto the 85­year­old. Meanwhile, the victim’s grandson has been charged with gross negligence.

ALICANTE­ELCHE airport has smashed the record for the number of July passengers. 1,176,814 people used the airport last month which was 9.4% more than the same period last year. The previous July monthly milestone was in 2011, when 1,174,540 people used the airport. Alicante­Elche handled 8,048 air operations in July, representing an increase of 12.6% compared to the same month in 2012.

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TRIPLE HIT A 40 year old driver who knocked over a 10 year old cyclist has been arrested by the Guardia Civil in the Mar Menor area. The Cartagena man, who was said to be three times over the alcohol limit, was stopped at a checkpoint on

the AP7, after visibly “weaving around the road. He’s accused of colliding with three cyclists on the road between El Agar and Los Urrutias. The injuries suffered by the bike riders were only

minor as they were wearing crash helmets, whilst the dri­ ver’s car was damaged on the right­hand side.


A gang that stole items from homes in San Pedro del Pinatar, and then sold them on in Torre Pacheco has been smashed by the Guardia Civil in what they called Operation Rogues. 16 charges of bur­ glary have been laid down against 3 people, whilst 2 others have been charged with selling drugs and dealing in stolen goods. The group of 3 would case out a partic­ ular house for a period of time, and then

use a ladder to get onto the first floor of a prop­ erty, forcing doors and win­ dows to gain entry and to steal items. One of the gang would stay by the ladder acting as a look­out. The stolen items would then be sold at knock­down prices at Torre Pacheco. In a joint operation with the local police, the Guardia recovered computers, mon­ itors, cannabis, and some 2 thousand Euros in cash.


IT will be even quicker to get to Madrid this autumn, with 15 minutes slashed on the new AVE train service from Alicante. The section between Albacete and Alicante is going to get an earlier than expected go­ahead for new signalling systems, which means that trains will be able to travel over 200kms an hour on that stretch. The total journey time between the Spanish capital and Alicante will then be 2 hours and 5 minutes.

La Zenia slowdown

Motorists are going to have pay the penalty for speeding in the La Zenia area as a new radar trap is being set up. The link road to Villamartin from the N332, which goes past La Zenia Boulevard will have cameras installed to make sure that a 30 mph speed limit is strictly observed. The move has been made after the police got many complaints from local residents about speeding motorists. Orihuela council have said that they are across some of the big jams from the N332 to the Boulevard last weekend, and are looking at various ideas, including sign­posting alternative routes.

MURCIA TO GET NEW BOSS Murcia’s President is to call it quits next year in a bid to get a seat in the European Parliament. Ramón Luis Valcárcel said he would stand aside ahead of next spring’s elections, and that it was up to the PP, and not him, to decide who would replace him. Valcárcel reiterated that the high speed AVE train link would reach Murcia either next year or in 2015, despite disagreements over where the new train station would be located. He also pledged that construction work would start at the end of the year to build a new motorway that link up Yecla and Jumilla to the Valencia route.

Happy hols Torrevieja council is claiming a 13 per cent increase on tourist numbers to the city in July compared to the same period in 2012. That’s based on visitors making enquiries at the various tourist offices in the area, whilst hotel occupancy reached 81 per cent in three and four star hotels. For this month, the Valencia Tourist minister, Max Buch, is projecting Alicante Province as having a 78 per cent room occupancy, whilst Benidorm will climb to around 92 per cent.




How do I cat the cost of vet care? AS an animal lover with a special love for cats, I have been quietly helping to control the local feral population by trapping animals and having them neutered or cas­ trated by the local vet. I have spent hundreds of euros of my own money and spent a lot

of time trying to trap the cats. And while it gives me great satis­ faction to know that my efforts are helping to control the feral population, I am wondering if there is any organisation out there that can help to defray the vet’s charges? Having a female cat ster­ ilised can cost as much as 80 euros and whilst I would not expect the local author­ ity to help (I suspect they would rather see all the cats dead), I know that many expat Brits care deeply for the welfare of the animal population. I see stalls for all sorts of animal support groups at the local markets but feel a bit cheeky asking about support for voluntary helpers like myself. I would rather you don’t print my name because I find the whole thing rather embarrassing. However, the funds I have available for veteri­ nary fees are dwindling

BARMY BRIT SHOOK THE HELL OUT OF ME MY 400 cc motorbike is ideal for getting around in Spain. Early morning is the best time ­ it's cool and not so much traffic around. I have to dodge tractors, sheep, goats, overloaded trucks full of oranges and cyclists. I was working this morning, drop­ ping paperwork off in Bigastro and going to a bank in Montesinos. Going past Entre Naranjos on that nice straight road towards Montesinos, there were 20 cyclists coming towards me. In front of me were four cyclists travelling in the same direction as me on my side of the road. I indicat­ ed to pass them, giving them loads of room and heading towards the 20 cyclists coming my way. All of a sud­ den, some Idiot in a UK­registered dark blue right­hand drive car decid­ ed to overtake the 20 cyclists. He was blind, no passenger ­ and he just pulled out. We were on course for a head­on collision.

I could see all around me. I had clear view, it was safe for me to overtake. The idiot in the RHD car had to screech on his brakes, caus­ ing alarm to all the cyclists and me! My heart was pounding ­ I was shaking all over. A very near­death experience. I have lived and worked here for 26 years now; I have seen and know of many people who have died in accidents involving right­hand drive cars. Apart from the obvious inconveniences, it's a major hazard trying to overtake in one, while rely­ ing on your missus to say it's safe to go, causing tailbacks stuck behind the tractor I mentioned earlier. Turning right at a T­ junction, you have blind spots. The biggest pain is going to put your ticket in parking machines if alone. You mostly have to get out your car and walk around to put your ticket in the machine while holding everyone up. Motorway tolls are another problem

if you are alone, not to mention the drive through at Bic Macs! Why own a Brit reg RHD car? In one year's time you will have no MOT, therefore NO insurance so what then? RHD cars are very dangerous

here. My advice is to buy a Spanish registration LHD car here or in the UK. There are loads of dealers. Rant Over.From a very shaky KEITH BARRY, and it would be good to San Miguel de Salinas know that there might be support available some­ for future treatment The Courier where for the feral population. does not I hope the animal sup­ groups will answer my necessarily port question because I feel I could be wrong, but agree with sure more people would none of my Spanish help if they could claim the views friends are in the slight­ some sort of subsidy est bit interested in expressed towards the vet’s charges. Gibraltar (left). They care on this NAME AND ADDRESS more for the government SUPPLIED, making sure that they Page Guardamar del Segura have a job and that their children have some kind of a decent future, as opposed to this stupid sabre­rattling from Madrid. It just seems to be a convenient distrac­ tion from Rajoy's prob­ Letters and emails will only be considlems with the economy ered for publication if an address and and the corruption allega­ tions. contact number are provided to GERALD ROBINSON, confirm authenticity Rojales

ITVs with a sense of rumour

I'VE been reading your Letters page with interest over the last two weeks over car ITVs and why Alicante regis­ tered cars have to allegedly use ITV stations only in the Valencia region. Since I live in Pilar, and whilst not being totally nosey and looking at every windscreen, a casual glance suggests that everybody makes the quick journey across "the border" to San Pedro as opposed to heading to Torrevieja or Orihuela. Surely if something was up, then the police would have a field day around here fining every single car owner? Methinks it has all been another classic Brit rumour that has gathered the usual moss of rubbish. JEZ HALLAM, Pilar de la Horadada



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WELCOME TO SPAIN, SO SORRY I’M AWAY IT’S that time again. In the newspa­ per business we call it the silly season because nothing seems to happen in August. Well, nothing mind­blowingly sensational, that is. Which is why you might find quirky lit­ tle tales about pot­bellied pigs or brown Spanish cats (i.e chocolate gatos) occupy­ ing the important space normally reserved for major political scandals, terror alerts or Beyonce’s boobs. It is also the smelly season for retired expats as our children drop in on flying vis­ its, armed with an array of Pampered pixies whose sole aim in life is to out­scream the noisiest creature on earth. The actual sound varies depending on the age of the Pampered one. But it is ALWAYS at least six times as much as an expat pen­ sioner’s ears can tolerate. A fate worse than deaf, you might say. The imminent arrival of the tiny terrors is usually brought via what is known in 21st century cyberspeak as an ApplePear Mackintosh, or something like that. This is

A PAIN IN SPAIN?  Not Buddy likely, Nanny Donna!

The text messages that suggest it’s time to leave the country

an all­embracing piece of electronic gadgetry which, among other things, can be used as a photograph album. Problem is, the minute it is handed to you, the pictures spin around, disappear or change shape so it’s useless having them there in the first place. I have therefore resis­ ted any inclination to put my box Brownie in part exchange for an Apple, a Blackberry or even a fresh fruit salad. The one useful function of these modern machines is that you can make phone calls on them and it was via this method that I was reminded that No.1 daughter Hayley arrives in Guardamar on August 19 with partner Steve and children Daisy and Buddy. Purpose of the visit is a two­week ‘rest’ at Casa Donna. The exact wording of Hayley’s text mes­ sage was: “Could you ask around your friends who have grandkids and see if they have a car seat we can borrow. It needs to be one that takes an 18­month old.’’ That’s weird. I thought Steve was 46. Then I remembered – little Buddy’s com­ ing too, so a few dozen more instructions would inevitably be following over the next couple of minutes. Sure enough, another text followed almost immediately. And another, and another. ‘’Do you know where we can hire a cot?’’ “Do you have a hair dryer that works?’’ “Is your new car big enough to hold three big cases as well as the four of us?’’ What does Hayley think I’ve bought – a fleet of double decker Madrid buses? It’s actually a 17­year­old Saab 900S convert­ ible which I suspect has around two weeks to live. It’s going to be sand and deliver as Hayley, Steve and the kids requisition my beloved banger as their personal daily taxi to

Putting on the smile I’M saying it quietly to avoid embarrass­ ment but I think the UK Passport Office is about to make a fool of me. Last week, I laid into the faceless bureaucrats who decree that we must NOT smile for passport photos ­ and labelled the UK the most miserable coun­ try in the world. I also had a dig over the renewal of my passport and asked why pensioners can’t just have their documents renewed auto­ matically with the substitution of a new photo. I had three goes at getting the form right before I managed an acceptable one. And when it finally went off in the post last week, I predicted that I’d not heard the end of it. “You can tell if your application has

been successful by checking if they have taken the payment from your debit/credit card,’’ I was told by someone in the know. So on Tuesday I checked. And there, lit­ tle over a week after I posted the applica­ tion, was a Passport Office debit for £147.86 against my Visa card, dated August 2. All I need now is my the new passport, which I am reliably informed will be wing­ ing its way to me in the post from Northern Ireland. Th big question now is whether the local Correos gets it to me...or whether I have to trek to the Post Office in Guardamar to queue up and sign for it. And from previous experience, that lit­ tle exercise could take longer than a ten­ year passport is valid for.

FOUR­WARNING: Hayley, Steve, Daisy and Buddy are on their way!

and from the beach. I’ll be brushing the sand out until Christmas but it won’t matter because the engine will long have seized up under the strain of Steve trying to achieve pole posi­ tion for the next Guardamar Grand Prix. I’m thinking of sending Hayley just one

reply to her text messages…which she’ll see after they land at Alicante airport on the 19th. “Have a great time at my place. The car’s in the car park at Alicante airport,’’ it will say, adding the parking­bay number . “I’ve got a key to your place in Lancashire. I’ll let myself in.’’


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Friday, August 9, 2013


I went to see a fortune teller once. She told me I would become wealthy and suc­ cessful. Was she having a laugh? Not that I don't believe in matters mystical. When I was young we had a neighbour who read the tea leaves. She had the knack of foretelling future events in my family with unswerving accuracy. I can picture her now, sit­ ting at our dining room table, her eyeballs swivelling in deep concentration as she gripped my Dumbo the Elephant drinking mug by its ear­shaped handles. Suddenly, her body went rigid, she turned ashen and, shrieking horrendously, the demented woman fled our house. How strange, I thought at the time. Barely a week later I secured my first job on an evening newspaper. Our tea­ reading neighbour popped round to congratulate me and also to explain her agitated state on her last visit. Apparently, she had gotten her wires crossed. Instead of

pursuing my personage through the tea dregs, the lady had somehow latched onto the psychic waves ema­ nating from the newspaper editor and his future horror in hindsight at ever having employed me. Go figure. The tea reader's name was Eunice. Her husband was called Harold. And he was telepathic, too. Indeed, the couple were a match made in the heavens. They had found each other in the ether. Eunice and Harold would send each other get­well cards before they became ill. Harold would do the shop­ ping and then return home and compare the gro­ ceries he'd bought with the list that Eunice was about to write for him. However, the couple's domestic arguments were bland in the extreme. Because each knew what the other was about to say, they never uttered a word but

merely glared at each other for daring to think such horrid thoughts. I always knew when Eunice and Harold were hav­ ing an altercation because it went very quiet next door. I would reach for the nearest drinking glass and press it and my ear against the

divid­ ing wall in the hope of hearing some­ thing tasty.

But all I achieved from my attempt to eavesdrop was a magnified silence and rim­ shaped Vimto stains on the wallpaper. One evening, Eunice came to our house. 'Sorry to bother you, David's Mum,

but m y Harold should have been home ages ago. Would you mind putting the kettle on?'

'I get it,' I said with all the tactlessness of youth. 'If something terrible has hap­ pened to Harold, you'll be able to contact the Other Side by reading the tea leaves.' 'Nope,' said Eunice. 'I could just murder a cup of tea, that's all. And when my hus­ band gets home I might kill him, too. The pub is the only spirit world he really cares about.' At that moment our phone rang. 'Tell Eunice I heard what she said,' said Harold from the hostel­ ry. 'No milk, two sugars, David's Mum. I'll be round at yours in 10 minutes.' David's Mum, I mean MY mother, hung up the phone and went into the kitchen. 'Tetley, Twinings or Typhoo?' she called. 'I do like the taste of teas which begin with a T.' 'Oh, just dunk any old tea bag into a cup,' said Eunice. 'I'm not planning on any read­ ings tonight. And a few fig bis­

cuits would go down nicely, too.' 'Coming up,' said Mother. 'Our David, would you get Eunice sat comfy at the table. But don't change the table­ cloth ­­ the paper lad was late delivering and your father hasn't read the racing pages yet. And you'd better put a new toilet roll in the lavvy. Those fig biscuits can be pretty lethal.' Our phone rang again. I answered it this time. 'Just leaving the pub, David's Mum's Son,' announced Harold. 'But no fig biscuits for me. Got any custard creams?' Which reminds me. My Uncle Jake would have loved the occasional fig biscuit but his mother said it might inter­ act with the liquid paraffin she insisted on spooning down his throat every morning. Anyway, Uncle Jake thrived on the paraffin and lived to a ripe old age. He was seen off at a lovely cre­ mation ceremony even though the fire raged on for another two weeks.


Friday, August 9, 2013

SAY IT IN SPANISH Learn the lingo - with a little help from JEANETTE ERATH Spanish 83

means to make oneself a mess, but in English we say to make a mess of things. Last week we learnt some idiomatic expres­ Caerse del nido – translates as to fall out of the nest and is sions, and this week we are going to carry on used to mean to be completely surprised, you don’t say! with more idioms. There are many in Spanish as in Cortar los lazos – or to cut the bows means to cut all contact English, but I am only going to concentrate on the ones that La pelota aún está en el tejado – literally means the ball is you are likely to come across or that you may find useful. There is no way to learn all Spanish idioms, I am sure you are not familiar with every English one, I know I´m not, and when I showed my book of Spanish idioms to some Spanish students even they were unaware of some of them, however, these ones may prove useful, some more than others! Acostarse con las gallinas – this literally translated means to go to bed with the hens, which basically means to go to bed very early. No oír ni el vuelo de una mosca – literally means to not even hear the flight of a fly but in English we would say you could have heard a pin drop. Tomarle el pelo a uno – literally means to pull ones hair, but is used when in English we say to pull someones leg. Llamar el pan pan y el vino vino – to lite­ rally call bread bread and wine wine, which of course the English idiom is to call a spade a spade. Echar leña al fuego – literally means to throw wood on the fire which is close to the English idiom to add fuel to the fire Caer chuzos de punta – means to rain sharp pointed spe­ ars, or to rain cats and dogs as we know it. Hacerse un lío – as it´s used as a reflexive verb it of course

Como un pez en la agua still on the roof, this idiom refers to the English idiom the game isn´t over yet Echar agua al mar ­ is one that makes me smile, it of course translates as to throw water into the sea and basically means to be pointless Estar en las nubes – literally to be in the clouds of course,

but in English we would say to be daydreaming El mundo es un pañuelo – means the world is a handker­ chief, which is another way to say it´s a small world. Quien no se arriesga no pasa la mar – a strange one in Spanish but it translates as one who does not take risks does not pass the sea, in English we say it, I think, somewhat bet­ ter: nothing ventured, nothing gained. Como pez en el agua – I hope you´re all like a fish in the sea or in your element every day. Parecerse como dos gotas de agua – to look like two drops of water or to be like two peas in a pod. Andar a Herodes a Pilato – to walk from Herod to Pilate, which if you know your bible stories means to go from bad to worse. Costar un ojo de la cara –to cost an eye of the face is the equivalent to cost an arm and a leg. Those are just a few Spanish idioms that you may hear or be able to use in future, try and throw one or two into conversation with friends, see what reaction you get when you suddenly say a Spanish phrase, impress everyone with your knowledge and feel good about speaking Spanish. It is worth all the hard work in the long run. Esta semana disfruta el sol pero tengais cuidado, pon crema de sol y bebe mucha agua, no dormís en el sol, antes de saber algo estaráis quemados y con mucho dolor, y no podeis disfrutar nada así. ¡Que tengais una buena semana! Disfruta las fiestas si te vayas ¡hasta la próxima!


Friday, August 9, 2013


When I visit clients or host a seminar, one of the main points I make is that a dog comes into our lives to teach us things. Some people will take it on board and their lives change dramatically in a very positive way but sadly others fail to take notice. So here is your chance and my wish is that you read carefully here as to what a dog has to teach you. Your dog will be so happy you did and I simply cannot stress this enough. Dogs are on this earth to teach us four things. They are as follows:­ Teaching One: Dogs have no ego. When I was younger, I though only footballers and movie stars had egos, but I was wrong. We all do. Ego is the thinking that I am right and you are wrong. It is the "Who do you think you’re looking at?" mentality. It is what causes wars throughout time and much suffering. When you drop the need to be right, you are allow­ ing happiness into your life. Like I say to people now, "I would rather be happy than be right". Imagine if someone does something horrible to you in life. You have two choices. The first is to fight back, which will cause you misery. The second is to ignore it, which will give you balance and peace. Teaching Two: Dogs have instant forgiveness. I have worked with dogs who have been physically abused and even sexually abused by human beings, but when I work with them, they show instant forgiveness and give me a chance, although I am a member of the same species that did the wrong to them. Instant forgiveness is an amazing thing and it

takes away the bitterness that can grow inside you for years and therefore ruin your life. I used to rarely forgive and it made me a very bitter person. I now forgive and bitterness is no longer part of me, only peace is. Teaching Three: Dogs live in the now. Not the past or the future, only the now. Many humans live in a negative state, which is either thinking about the past, or thinking about the future and sadly never living in the now. That is why, when a dog walks down the street, they notice the beauty of the float­ ing butterfly, but the human rarely does, as they are wrapped up in thought and not the present moment. All you ever have in life is the present moment, so learn from the dog and live

it to the fullest. Teaching Four: Dogs follow calm. Many humans in the world follow chaos and anarchy. Look at the world at the moment and the mess it is in. A lot of this is caused by humans not following calm. Give a dog a choice to follow either a calm person or an erratic person and they will follow the calm person a hundred times out of a hundred without fail. So nurture calm in your life and not chaos. So there it is: ­ the teachings of a dog. Now you have a choice to make. Turn the page and forget about what you have just read or make the most amazing change in your life and follow what our furry friends have to teach us. The choice is yours. I so sincerely hope you follow the latter, as I did. Then you will forever know the wisdom of a dog. I am available for consultations throughout the Costa Blanca region, if you are having problems with your furry best friend. To book a session, just 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, and I would also like to say a very special thank you to Else Tue Andersen. Else, you are an earth angel.

PETS’ CORNER: CAN YOU TAKE IN A HOMELESS DOG OR CAT? Beauty born Feb 2012 Boxer/Labrador cross, beau­ tiful, very friendly playful dog. She was found wande­ ring on a mountain. She loves being around people and is just bursting with love. She would make a great family pet. For more infor please call the P.E.P.A helpline 650 304 746 or email p.e.p.a.animalcha­

Beauty Robin is approx 1 year old, is a very small boy that was sadly given up by a Spanish man who couldn't care for all his dogs. Robin is castrated, vaccinated, chipped and has his pet passport. Call: 659 274 573.


STEFFI & SERENA are now 12 weeks old and are part of an original abandonded litter of seven. Five puppies are left, 2 boys & 3 girls. They love to play together. They are all now fully vaccinated, micro chipped and ready for adoption. Please call 966 710 047 or email

Nieves is around 11 years old and had to have his ears removed due to cancer from sun exposure but is ok now. He is good with older cats and dogs and is and neute­ red. Call: 634 330 134.

Dougie was found in a field after being hit by car, back to full health now and has been castrated, chipped and vaccinations to date. He is around 12 months old, medium size and loves ever­ yone! Should you be able to re­home, foster or sponsor one of the adorable dogs please contact – Eleanor 610188349.

Gracie is a pretty black and white girl born late March 2012 and hand reared. She has been spayed and is a happy indoor cat although would adapt to being allo­ wed outside when she wan­ ted. To meet Gracie please phone Joe (The Cat Man) on 966719272.

Whiskey is a small to medium sized female dog that is 8 years old, she is a sweet affectionate dog, great with other dogs, good with cats and children. She would make a great addition to any family. If you can offer Whiskey a home or if you want to find out more about her, please call on 650 304 746 or email p.e.p.a.animal­







Friday, August 9, 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


Friday, August 9, 2013

HISTORY IS NOT BUNK When I was at school, I was not really inter­ ested in history. I did apply to do it as one of my options but I ended up taking economics instead. It just didn´t seem to apply to me. What had happened in the past was in the past and I imagine many young people felt and still feel that way. As we age however, I believe we take a bigger inter­ est in history, and what happened many years ago. I was reading that young people today learn more about histo­ ry from TV shows such as Blackadder, which are far from being factually correct and I do wonder why they don´t make these programmes as truthful as possible, but I digress! I grew up in the 1980´s, at least this was the decade I first remember; having been born in the 1970´s, and one of the situations that remains in my mind from those years is the knowledge that my formative years were spent under the shadow of the threat of nuclear war. Russia and the USA were enemies and there was the constant belief that one day Ronald Reagan or someone in The Kremlin would press the button and we would all be sent spinning into eternity. There was never a thought that anyone would survive; the aftermath of a nuclear war was almost more horrific than the actual bomb itself being dropped. I remember a film called “When The Wind Blows.” It was a cartoon about the effects of a nuclear bomb being dropped and how an elderly couple built a shelter out of an old door and lived under there until they had to go out and get supplies and return, and how they soon succumbed to the effects of radiation. It was a touching, heart­tugging story and although the characters were cartoons, their pain as they slowly grew weak and sick, could be felt deeply.

There were leaflets in Britain about what to do in the case of nuclear attack called Protect and Survive, although most adults I remember said the best thing to do would be to run to the bomb and hope you got taken first. As it is, all those years of worry were in vain, thank goodness, and I wonder if the reason is because of something that happened on this date; 9th August, in the year 1945? That was the date of the second nuclear bomb being dropped by the Americans, this time on Nagasaki, Japan. The first bomb on Hiroshima on August 6th 1945 did not have the desired effect on the Japanese government and they refused to surrender, howev­ er after Nagasaki it was felt that if the Japanese tried to hold

on any longer, Japan itself would be obliterated. The bomb at Nagasaki killed between 60,000 and 80,000 people, though the exact number could never be worked out due some bodies being totally disintegrated. The Americans warned that another bomb would be ready to be used against Japan a week later, but Emperor Hirohito met with his war council, and declared that “continuing the war can only result in the annihilation of the Japanese people.” On August 10th, Japan officially surrendered and it marked the end of the Second World War. One can only imagine what might have happened in the following months had all those sacrifices not been made, and would the Japanese have held on longer and fought harder? Would the war have gone on longer and what would have happened? Going forward, did those two nuclear strikes against Japan in 1945 put a pause on a nuclear clash between the USA and Soviet Union in the 1980´s, or even more crucially in the wake of the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis? Were those huge August 1945 milestones in the world’s history, the saving of planet Earth as we know it? If so, then whatever your thoughts on the dropping of the bombs all those years ago, they could easily be viewed as a saving grace for future generations with the deaths of those thousands of people being the sal­ vation of many more. We should never forget history. It is from what happened in the past that we learn about the future and to avoid making the same mistakes is what we should all strive for. This is a good lesson in life as well as on a greater plain. If we look back and see where we went wrong, or we learn from others mistakes, then we can only move forward and make this life as good as it can be.


Friday, August 9, 2013


In the long running TV soap, Coronation Street, there’s a bit of a boring and overblown saga over a racist phrase that was overheard in the Rovers by taxi firm owner, Lloyd. Yet, on a regular basis he calls an unseen character, who works as a con­ troller at his firm, as Fat Brenda. So racism and homophobia is rightly wrong, but other personal insults that are just as nasty seem to be fair game. I mention that since the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, seems to suffer a stream of abuse over his portly nature in the media (alongside TV presenter, Eamonn Holmes), yet I venture to sug­ gest that if he was black or gay as well as having a large build, there would be howls of protest from all sections of the media. I’m not inter­ ested in whether

Pickles looks like a refugee from Biafra or a stand­in for the Fat Controller, but whether he has interesting things to say and put forward, and often he does, whether you agree with him or not. Take the problems facing UK town centres with smaller shops and family businesses under the cosh. Pickles flew an interesting kite the other week by suggesting that some kind of limited parking for say a quarter of an hour on double yellow lines might help to revitalise some areas. Yes, some lines are there for purely safety reasons, but others are there just to make money for local councils. It’s a point worth exploring further but the level of the debate reached a low when some wag suggest­ ed that Eric Pickles was only talking about it because there are double yellow lines outside his favourite takeaway and restau­ rant. Pathetic, and of course that poor joke would

not be made if a Muslim MP was involved and a bad taste gag about a mosque was substituted for the takeaway. Mr.Pickles has also come up with a good idea, welcomed by the UK motoring organisations, that private driveways should be hired out as parking spaces. He added that park­ ing charges and fines should not be seen as cash cows for town halls, and that he might well look at unfair council tar­ iffs. I humbly suggest that his ideas are looked at, as he appears to be more in touch with ordinary voters, than the majority of his Cabinet colleagues who also choose to rib him over his weight, rather than thinking that he might have a good point to make. So American whistleblower Edward Snowden has been given temporary asylum by Russia, much to the annoy­ ance of Washington. And you can tell that they feel like a baby that’s chucked a rattle out of a pram. Obama and Putin were set to meet next month for a private chat outside the G20 summit in St.Petersburg. That has now been scraped because the Yanks are very upset! Surely the best way of Obama telling Russia what he thinks about the Snowden affair, is to turn up in Vlad’s own backyard and to point a fin­ ger at him, unless he does it with every other country watch­ ing. Even at the height of the Cold War, summits used to happen, and going into a big sulk, clouds bigger and more important matters that the two countries need to sort out. The war of words continues over Gibraltar. After a stream of incidents in recent months and big traffic hold­up’s at the border a fortnight ago, we now have Spain’s Foreign Minister suggesting a 50 Euro border fee to help Spanish fishermen affected by Gibraltar’s building of an arti­ ficial reef. I suppose that Jose Manuel Garcia­Margallo hasn’t thought of the big damage that would be done to the already struggling economy of the Spanish border town of La Linea? But since La Linea is run by the opposition PSOE, I don’t believe he’ll lose that much sleep over it!




Friday, August 9, 2013


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x 400g cans chickpeas in water, drained fat garlic cloves, roughly chopped tbsp Greek yogurt tbsp tahini paste tbsp extra足virgin olive oil, plus extra

8 seedless grapes 100g/4oz mango chunks 100g/4oz melon chunks Method 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into 1. Put everything but the corian足 chunks der into a food processor, then 100g/4oz pineapple chunks whizz to a fairly smooth mix. For the drizzle Scrape down the sides of the juice 2 limes processor if you need to. 2. Season the houmous generously, then add the coriander 4 passion fruits, halved and seeds scraped out and pulse until roughly chopped. Spoon into a serving bowl, 1 tsp icing sugar Method drizzle with olive oil, then serve. 1. Mix the drizzle ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. If you want the sauce to be smooth, MANGO & BANANA SMOOTHIE pass it through a sieve to remove the seeds, or leave them in Ingredients if you prefer. 1 medium mango 2. Skewer the fruits onto wooden skewers and drizzle the 1 banana sauce on top, reserving a little for dipping. Pop the skewers 500ml orange juice in the freezer for 45 mins, until just starting to freeze. Serve 4 ice cubes with the leftover drizzle. zest and juice 2 lemons 20g pack coriander


1. Cut the mango down either side of the flat stone, then peel PEACH MELBA SMOOTHIE and cut the flesh into chunks. Ingredients 2. Peel and chop the banana. 3. Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender, 410g can peach halves then process until smooth and thick. Keep in the fridge and 100g frozen raspberries, plus a few for garnish 100ml orange juice use the day you make. 150ml fresh custard, plus a spoonful for garnish

FROZEN FRUIT STICKS WITH PASSION FRUIT & LIME DRIZZLE Ingredients 100g strawberries, hulled and halved


1. Drain and rinse peaches and place in a blender with rasp足 berries. Add orange juice and fresh custard and whizz togeth足 er. 2. Pour over ice, garnish with another spoonful of custard and a few raspberries. Best served chilled.


Friday, August 9, 2013

The toast of Playa Flamenca THE NEW HOGGIE´S BAR!

If you are after a bar which offers you nice and relaxing atmosphere, then why not try out Racin Toast at the Citrus Centre, Playa Flamenca? Alan, who has run the bar for 5 years, even has an extra pair of helping hands, thanks to his new wife Linda, and you can be guaranteed of a very warm welcome on the 1st floor of the Centre. If you like to create your own breakfast, then you can build up your own plate at just 50 cents per item, and breakfast at Racin Toast is served all day. Why not try a light snack, as well as the Daily Special and a BBQ every Saturday? The unique touch of

Racin Toast also extends to the traditional Sunday lunch or alternatively you can choose your own meats and visit the Salad Bar for all your side dish favourites. There’s plenty of fun to be had as well with eyes down for Bingo every Thursday, as well as a pool table and a darts board. And win or lose, you can celebrate or drown your sor­ rows with some special 1 Euro beer promo­ tions! Racin Toast also has 5 screens to take in all the live sports TV that you can possibly want, and in a new twist, there’s a Ladies Club starting soon, so that the blokes don’t have it all their own way!

The New Hoggies Bar and Restaurant in San Luis has re­opened after a refurbish­ ment under new manage­ ment. Their new fantastic Chef has revamped their already extensive menu. You can enjoy a full tradition­ al English breakfast served daily from 9.30am – 12 noon. The 3­course Menu del Dia served from 12noon to 4pm is priced at only 7.90 euros, and a 3­course Menu del Noche for only 9.90 euros is served between

4pm and 9pm. You can choose from a large selec­ tion of authentic home­ made tapas and light snacks and a full A la Carte Menu is also available. These can all be enjoyed in the comfort of the air conditioned restau­ rant or outside on the ter­ raced area. Bingo and Cards are played on Mondays and Thursdays, with a Fun Quiz on Thursday evenings. Wednesday and Saturday evenings you can enjoy Karaoke with Michelle

and DJ Juan from 9pm. Live entertainment is also provid­ ed every Tuesday evening. To launch their new Menu, The New Hoggies Bar and Restaurant is hold­ ing a “Taster Menu” Event on Monday 12 August between 4pm and 7pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and sample items off the New Menu and Wine list. To book for this event or for more informa­ tion on other events please Tel: 966 785 476.


Friday, August 9, 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!

TIP: James wanted to know how to connect his new laptop TIP: Mary needed to get all of her husband’s photo’s to Wi-Fi together in one place


How do I get wireless Internet access for my laptop? I just bought a new laptop with Wi­Fi, and I'm having trouble getting on the Internet

Hi James, in order to use a wireless connection you need to have a router (the box that pro­ vides you with access to the Internet) that offers such a service – it could well be that you simply don’t have a Wi­Fi router. The best way to find out what you have is to give your Internet provider a call, they can tell you whether you have a wireless router and if you don’t they can tell you how much it will cost for them to send you one. Once you have a wireless router then it’s a pretty simple mat­ ter of securely connecting your laptop to it to use the Internet.

TIP: Sue was having problems with her external hard drive. I download TV series off the internet onto my external HDD. I delete each episode after watching it but occasionally the file stays there. When I left click on it, it says folder is empty. When I try to delete it or drag it to the recycle bin, it says ' cannot delete ­ file or directory is corrupted & unreadable. Is there a way of getting rid of them? Sue



Hi Mary, probably the easiest way to do this would be to create a new folder on the desktop and then just drag and drop the photo’s that you want to be in the book into that folder. You can create a new folder by right hand clicking on the desktop and choosing “new” > “folder” and then just type the name of the folder (i.e. book) and press enter. Once you have that folder you can browse through your pictures folder and once you locate a picture that interests you, just drag and drop it into the new folder you cre­ ated, you will quickly get a number of images into your new folder. Remember that by clicking and dragging in this way you are moving the pictures (i.e. remov­ ing them from the current folder and placing them in the new folder), if you would prefer to copy (i.e. leave the original image alone and create a new duplicate image in the new folder) then you can just hold down the CTRL key while you are dragging and dropping the picture, you will see a little + sign appear and this indicates that you are copying rather than moving.

TIP: Kurt wanted to know whether there was an easy way to track his laptop and smartphone I travel often with a smartphone and a laptop, so I'm look­ ing for something to help me locate these gadgets if they are ever lost or stolen. What do you recommend? Hi Kurt, there are a number of ways to track your hardware but we don’t have much space here to cover them all, sorry. I would how­ ever recommend that you read an article that comes out with this month’s Jungle Drums about a new product called The Tile App, it’s a great new device for doing just what you want. You can see more at­tile­app­coming­soon ­ I’ve already ordered mine!


Hi Sue, it sounds to me like there is some file corruption going on there. What I would do, once you have watched all the programmes that you want is format the external drive, this should get rid of everything and give you a nice clean drive to start working with again. You can format the drive by plugging it into your computer, opening up “computers” and right clicking the drive and choosing the option to format. Make sure you read the instructions carefully and ensure that you have the correct drive as formatting will delete everything from the drive you select.

A Mobile: 655 044 970


I have many photos loaded on my computer. My husband died in December 2012, and I would like to gather the photos of him, all together in one folder, and then send them to a service and have a book made. Is there an easy way to find all of them? I am running Windows 7. Most of the pictures are not tagged with his name. Also once I find them, can I just drag them into a new folder?

Office: 902 906 200

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TIP: Mark had a great tip to get access to UK TV player sites like iPlayer Hi Richard, try Media Hint ­ ­ for Firefox and Chrome, it’s a free add­on and seems to work ok as just watched BBC iPlayer and have been able sign up for a trial Netflix account.

Friday, August 9, 2013



Friday, August 9, 2013

TEN KEYS TO HEALTHY EATING In a time of fast food, dinner­to­go and Pizza hot­lines it becomes more and more crucial for people to remember healthy eating in order to stay active, feel good and maintain a healthy weight. For those that already chronically feel sick, fatigued and overweight it is important to review these keys to healthy eating in order to change back to a healthier lifestyle. 1. Eat Green Green vegetables have a huge amount of minerals and dietary fibre in them. The minerals are essential to your health, wellbeing and fighting sickness. Dietary fibre is like the magic pill when it comes to keeping your colon healthy and working efficiently. Greens that are good to eat are spinach leaves, broccoli, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, fresh wheat grass and collards. 2. Get Moving Start with a very small amount but do it continually to build up a habit. When the habit is there you can increase the amount of exercise you are doing. For weight loss the slow increase over time will be more beneficial than a long work­ out over only a short time period. Exercise has been proven to work as a hunger depressant. A few minutes of walking before dinner also helps in keeping the portion size down. 3. Laugh and Be Social When you eat with others you can focus more of your attention on the conversations and the interaction that is tak­ ing place. You do not have to rely solely on your food to make you happy. Also, laughing is good for the soul. It defeats stress and works against depression, two major rea­ sons why people overeat and turn to food as their comforter. 4. Drink Water Somehow we forget this a lot during our busy lifestyles. If you don't drink enough your body actually starts to store water, which will lead to weight gain and will counteract weight loss. Therefore, make sure you are getting your rec­ ommended eight cups a day. 5. Get Enough Sleep Most people need about seven to eight hours of sleep a night. When losing weight and going through physical changes you will be needing more sleep. Not getting enough sleep will lead to fatigue and a craving for high energy foods to keep you going through the day. When you notice fatigue,

try a power nap of maximum 30minutes instead of a candy bar. 6. Eat Fresh Everything that comes in cans, bags, boxes, bottles and so on is processed food and has already lost a large amount of its minerals and vitamins. It might have the same calories as it did fresh, but the quality has degraded. Make sure you get enough fresh food in your diet to fuel your body with all


Will it surprise you to know that doctors in EU countries spend an average of 7 minutes during a face to face consultation with their patients? Just7 minutes! If your computer broke down, or your car suddenly stalled in the middle of the road, it would take a technician more than 7 minutes to fig­ ure out what went wrong. In fact, it takes on average 3­5 days to fix a basic problem with a computer. And it can take up to 2 hours just to find out what went wrong with it in the first place. To under­ stand how complex the human body is, consider this about your own brain: A thimble full of brain tissue, contains 50 million nerve cells, several hundred miles of axons, the wires over which nerves send signals, and close to a trillion con­ nections. Nothing made by man comes close to that

level of complexity. And yet somehow your doctor is expected to magically come­ up with the cause of your ill­ health in just 7 minutes! And that’s without any form of diagnostic technology. Guess work medicine is really the proper name for what goes on in consultation rooms today. Not long ago, medical consultations were conducted quite differently. Doctors would take time to take a detailed history and even carry out long clinical examinations if need be. Those days are long gone. These days you are lucky if you can get your doctor to look away from the comput­ er and look at you. Absolutely Appalling! You may find it hard to believe, but the fine art of medicine is still taught and practiced in medical schools, but sadly in consultation rooms, the fine art of drug prescription has

taken over. The reason why people accept such poor practice of drug prescription without diagnosis is because like their doctors, they have come to view the human body in parts, and not as a whole. For exam­ ple, let’s say you have a problem with your chest, your doctor will assume that the problem is localised in your heart or lungs and if you are lucky you’ll be sent for a chest X­ray or ECG. However our bodily systems overlap. There are no clear boundaries between the organs that make up the dif­ ferent systems of the body. And some systems overlap such as the immune system or detox system. If you have high blood pressure, it may not be due to a weakness in the structure of the heart or arteries. It may be due to an over secretion of a hormone such as aldosterone, or over

stimulation of a nerve, or even the presence of con­ taminants in the tissue of the heart. The body is very com­ plex, with interlocking and interconnecting organs and systems. To truly treat a dis­ ease, the whole body must be investigated. Every sys­ tem must be considered in therapy. The detox system which filters out contami­ nants and toxins from the body can lead to problems in all other systems or organs. The immune system is equally vital as it defends us against deadly microbes that are always lurking around waiting for a chance to invade the body. Surely it will take more than 7 min­ utes to give the body a thor­ ough check. FOR A FULL BODY DIAG­ NOSTIC SCAN CALL 965071745

the nutrients it needs. Always have fresh fruit in the house, keep fresh vegetables in your refrigerator and if you can afford it buy your fresh produce in the organic section. Also, a farmers' market is usually the better choice than a big store. 7. Avoid Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils More and more people are picking up on this. Hydrogenated vegetable oils have been linked to many dis­ eases lately. They are being used in pastry to extend its shelf life. Therefore, always check the ingredients before buying pastries and other baked goods. 8. Choose Whole Wheat Instead of White Flour The diet experts are screaming it at you all the time. Avoid the white flour. A grain consists of its shell, the seed and a starch pocket. In the process of producing flour the grain is stripped off the seed, which is fatty and would make the flour turn bad in short time. For white flour the shell is also taken away, leaving mainly the starch. In whole­wheat flour the shell is left with the starch providing dietary fibre, minerals and vitamins. If you want to use whole­wheat flour for baking add about 10% more water to the dough. If you want to com­ promise use 2/3 whole­wheat flour and 1/3 white flour. 9. Say 'No' to Sugar White sugar is so refined that it does not have any vita­ mins or minerals left. Actually, when white sugar is digested it takes those minerals from the body that it needs to be processed. Sugar has an addictive effect on the body. Some people may have mild symptoms of dizziness, headache and sweating when stopping to consume sugar. 10. Exchange Bad Eating Habits with Good Ones Changing to healthy eating is about exchanging bad eat­ ing habits with good ones. This is the important thing to keep in mind when pursuing weight loss and health improvement. Take time to think about bad eating habits that you have and instead of ending them, exchange them for good ones. Once you have that good eating habit implemented move on to the next bad habit you have and keep continuing on this path of permanent health.

GET MOVING! Breakfast, lunch and supper. Instead of eating three meals at once, we spread our intake of food across the day. Why not do the same with exercise? Try these tips: * Before getting out of bed, do ten stomach crunches while lying flat on your mattress. This will also help you find the energy to face the day. * Always climb the stairs instead of using the esca­ lator. * Make a mental note to improve your posture. Use your abdominal muscles when sitting or standing. * Give a room in your house a thorough spring clean. * Don’t take your car to the car wash. Bring out the bucket and sponge and do it yourself. *Take a stroll with your family after supper. It’s help­ ful for your digestion and is the perfect way to wind down your day.


Friday, August 9, 2013



Sometimes you hear that you cannot live without the sun, and other times that the sun can kill you through skin cancer. Can you shed more light on the matter please?


You are right; there is so much confusion about the dan­ gers and benefits of sunlight to the body. People have come to believe that sun exposure can cause skin cancer. But how true is this? There are 2 types of skin cancer – Melanoma and Non­melanoma. Melanoma is malignant, so it can spread to other parts of the body: skin, bones, intestines etc. Here is what’s interesting about Melanoma. It is known to appear in the parts of the body that are not usually exposed to the sun. In men it is usually seen in the upper back, while in women it’s the inner thighs. No one has been able to offer any reason why melanoma does not occur in the face or arms – the parts of the body that are constantly exposed to the sun. Non­melanoma is so rare, that you are more likely to die of food poisoning than for it to grow on your skin. So really, there is not much evi­ dence linking sunlight to skin cancer. But there is evidence linking sunburns to skin cancer. However sunlight is necessary for our very survival. We all know that sunlight is necessary for the production of Vitamin D. What is not so well known is how important it is in overall health. Even though it’s called Vitamin D, it really isn’t a vitamin, but a hormone. And it is the most powerful hormone in the body. The role of Vitamin D in pre­ venting cancer has been known for many years now. As far back as 1980, researchers discovered that men with higher than normal levels of Vitamin D were half as likely to develop the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer. And those with normal levels of vitamin D had an 80% reduced risk of devel­ oping colon cancer. Many other studies have shown that vita­ min D can protect the body against cancers of the lungs, kid­ neys, ovaries, thyroid and pancreas. Vitamin D also protects the body against a host of many disorders: heart disease,

hypertension, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia and many other illnesses. That’s why sunlight is so important because it is the only good source of Vitamin D. When the rays from the sun hit the skin, it converts cholesterol in skin cells into Vitamin D. But there are a number of reasons why people do not get enough Vitamin D from the sun. Sunscreens are top on the list. A sunscreen lotion marked SPF 15 will block out an incredible 99.9% of sunlight – necessary to form vitamin D. Then there are medications. Statins are commonly prescribed to reduce blood cholesterol levels, and they do so by blocking the pathway for the production of Vitamin D. So the trick is to stay in the sun without any protection, but not long enough to get sunburnt. You can do this by sunbathing in the early morn­ ing or late evening. If you live in the Northern countries, you may consider taking Vitamin D supplements in the form of Cod liver oil or supplements from the pharmacy



Selenium is considered by many to be the most important trace elements in our diet. Trace elements or minerals are needed in very small quantities, and also include; zinc, copper, manganese. Selenium is said to be the only mineral that is coded by our genes. This is because it is a component of pro­ teins which are directly controlled by our genes. Selenium is needed for normal growth of cells and also for developing a powerful immune system. It helps the body protect against many degenerative diseases such as emphysema, liver cir­ rhosis, cataracts, arthritis, stroke and heart attack. It is also required to repair damaged genes. In parts of the world were the soil is poor in selenium, the risk of contracting cancer increases up to 6 times. And those with the lowest soil levels of selenium have the highest risk of developing cancers of the colon, rectum, breast, pancreas, skin, prostate and lungs. In the laboratory, selenium has been shown to reduce the growth of cancer cells. The best food sources of selenium are ­ Brazil nuts, fish, poultry, mushrooms, onions, garlic, broccoli and cabbage. Although food sources are always better for all min­ erals and vitamins, the lack of selenium in the soil is of growing concern to many experts. The mineral content of crops depends on the soil in which they are grown. Researchers have shown that the selenium intake in Europe fell dramatical­ ly between 1978 and 1994 from 60 mcg per day to 34 mcg per day due to poor soils. The selenium levels in UK were also shown to have fallen by 50% about the same time period. Selenium stimulates the production of natural killer cells which fight viruses and cancer. Selenium also has powerful anti­oxi­ dant properties that protect the brain and heart against dis­ eases. The daily requirement for selenium is about 100­200 mcg daily. Doses above 800 mcg may cause side effects such as dizziness, nausea and hair loss. PLEASE EMAIL





This guide will give you the basic directions for nail care; however, it cannot provide the same direction and hands­on experience offered by a professional school of cosmetology.

when it comes to nail polish. Thick layers lead to messy results. 11 – You have two choices to complete this process and make your manicure last. (1) You can dry nails with a blow dryer or similar device set on slow speed at a moderate temperature. You should keep hands positioned under heat source for at least three min­ utes and then sit still, touch nothing, and wait for another minute or two to avoid smudges or smears that will ruin your efforts. (2) You can skip the dryer process and sit still, touch noth­ ing and wait for at least five minutes to create lasting results that will make your manicured nails look their best.


1 – Nail scissors 2 – Small tray, about the size of a soap dish 3 – Gentle dishwashing detergent or other skin softening, bubbly liquid (such as some bubble bath products) 4 – Warm water 5 – Two to three hand towels 6 – Moisturiser or hand lotion with Aloe Vera, cocoa butter or similar ingredient to condition skin 7 – Clear base coat nail polish 8 – Coloured nail polish 9 – Top coat nail polish 10 – Small lamp or other radiant source of light 11 – Table or desk so that, when seated, your arms can easily extend across from the relaxed position of a comfort­ able chair 12 – Hair dryer or similar device (not required) 13 – Cotton swabs


1 – Fill tray with warm water and sudsy liquid (the trick is to add water at just the right temperature so it will soften skin without being too hot to the touch) 2 – Place one hand in tray and let it soak for several min­ utes 3 – If you're giving someone else a manicure, you can use oil or Moisturiser to massage one hand while the other one is soaking 4 – Remove soaking hand and pat dry with hand towel 5 – Place other hand in tray to soak for several minutes 6 – While the second hand is soaking, you should careful­ ly begin trimming cuticles that form around the edges of the nail itself (NOTE: Pay close attention to what you're doing, so you don't cut too close and end up causing skin to bleed. If you take your time and trim slowly with tiny strokes, you should be fine.) 7 – If your timing is perfect, you will be finished cutting the

Seaweed Nutrition Facts

cuticles on that hand before the first hand gets wrinkled from being in the warm water too long. (Tip: Don't try to hurry the cuticle trimming process to make your timing work. Instead try to remember to check on the soaking hand half­way through the course of cutting cuticles. If the water is cold or the hand shows hints of wrinkling skin, that's your cue to stop the soaking operation and pat hand dry with hand towel, apply some lotion and go back to the trimming proce­ dure.) 8 – When you have completed trimming cuticles on both hands, you should make sure all loose skin is removed from nail area. Begin to polish nails with clear base coat by apply­ ing a thin layer as smoothly and carefully as possible. Try to keep polish on nails only. If you accidentally apply too much or get extra polish on skin around nails, use a cotton swab dipped lightly in nail polish remover to correct your mistake. 9 – After applying base coat to both hands, choose polish colour and repeat previous procedure beginning with the same hand you started with last time. Follow guidelines described above to produce best results. 10 – The next application will be a top coat to create a seal or protection for coloured polish. Repeat previous steps to ensure success in this process. Remember less is better

Seaweed is the richest source of natural iodine of all foods and is also high in vitamin B12, which makes it an excellent choice for vegans and vegetarians. Iodine is an essential trace element that is essential for the normal growth and development. Around 60 percent of the iodine in the body is stored in the thy­ roid gland. Iodine plays a very important role in the normal functioning of the thyroid glands, which secretes thyroid hormones that control the basic metabolic rate of the body. Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is one of the eight B vitamins. With its good levels of potassium, calcium and mag­ nesium, eating seaweed can be a good way to add these important minerals to your diet, and as an added bonus it also contains protein and soluble fiber. Seaweed is rich in beta­carotene, and in China and Japan especially it has long been used in both food and natural medicine. Some varieties of seaweeds are kombu, nori and wakame. Buy them dried and soak them just before use, unless of course you are adding them straight to your soup or stew.


Friday, August 9, 2013



Friday, August 9, 2013




This week I am going to write about the British economy. Now, please, don't sigh and turn to the next page, because this is very serious, and extremely scary. Everyone should read it and use it to start putting their financial houses in order and prepare for what could be a sticky future. But first, I was interested to read in last week's Courier letters page from a Mr Donovan who was saying Britain would be better off under Labour and Mr Osborne was a dreadful Chancellor ­ decimating Britain. It's a letter which leads me into what I am going to write about. He made a number of claims that are simply not true. The British economy has grown for the past six months, exceeding City expectations; the NHS had an appalling record under Labour's watch with failing hospitals responsible for numerous unnecessary deaths. The rich are being made to pay their way and there are fewer places where they can now hide their money and avoid tax than when Labour was in power and did nothing about it. He says the Tories should stop immigration ­wasn't it under Labour that immigration spiralled? I think so, and they did little if anything to stem illegal immigra­ tion. The banks are being made to pay their way and are under much firmer regu­ lation. And, for the first time for ages, they are all making a profit. Thank goodness, they need to. On one level it seems the British economy has turned a corner, and to a limited extent it's true. But unfortu­ nately politicians don't tell you the whole story. Sadly, Mr Donovan, you are looking at Labour with rose coloured glasses. However, there is one thing I can agree with you on and that is Mr Osborne is bor­ rowing more, yes, more than ever...because he has to.


And this leads me nicely into the sub­ ject of this week's article ­ the British economy. The problems started way back in 1909, when the then government decid­ ed to introduce a pension of a few pennies a week for the over 70s. No problem with that, it was a massive help and it was affordable because life expectancy was at

best a few years more. But since then, successive governments have demon­ strated their "generosity" with our money by spreading the welfare state ever wider; benefit being added to benefit ­ remember that wonderful promise for "the state to look after everyone from cradle to grave" and "the public never had it so good"! Nobody back then thought it would be the poison chalice it now is. Fast forward to the 1970s, and by then interest rates had spiralled to 15% and Britain was facing an economic mess. It had to go cap in hand to the International Monetary Fund for a bail out. By then, the welfare state had mush­ roomed and the huge interest rate was crippling. The number of people employed by the State was in the millions and the State wage and pension bill was enor­ mous. Since then, every year, government spending and borrowing rocketed. Up and up it went, as more people relied on bene­ fits, and the pensions bill went skyward, thanks to people living far longer than they did at the turn of the century. But the gov­ ernment were able to pay the ever­ increasing interest rate bill thanks to one lifeline ­ interest rates were continually falling, from the dizzy 15% to the 2% today. People living on investment income as interest rates fell, know all about it to their cost, especially those who thought they had enough savings to give them a comfortable retirement and suddenly found they hadn't. So, today, we have an appalling debt burden and historically low interest rates. Let's first look at Britain's debt burden. If you add together all government debt, cor­ porate debt and personal debt it now stands at 900 times the country's gross domestic product, or GDP, according to City figures. And that is, in the longer term, simply not sustainable. The Coalition has tried to do something about this massive debt, but they can only tinker around the edges. All they have managed to do in the last three years is to reduce the rise in debt and they have no hope in actually reducing it. And Britain's debt is one of the largest of any country in the world. It's at the same level as pre­WW2 Germany,

when the economy collapsed, people had to take wheelbarrow loads of money to the shops to buy a day's food, with it leading to the rise of Hitler and Nazism. Now let's look at interest rates. They just can't drop lower than 2% ­ the only way they can go from now on is upwards. If interest rates just doubled, to a mere 4%, which is noth­ ing in historical terms, Government debt would rocket, just adding to the problem. People with mortgages would find a big jump in their repayments and we would see many in trouble. House prices would go through the floor. Companies with big debts who are struggling now to pay the interest on their debt would be hit with a pincer attack of increased charges and falling demand as customers rein in spending. And in a worsening scenario, government would do what all govern­ ments do: ­ turn to taxpayers like you and me to pay the bill. We could see an attack on State pensions, the nationalisation of private pensions, huge taxes on company dividends, and a massive reduction in ben­ efit payments and big tax rises. But that's not all, because the £ would be hit, it would be worth far less abroad, import prices would rocket, hitting inflation and we could see a run on the banks. Yes, the banks are better protected now, but not for a sustained run. Hopefully, any rise in interest rates is some time away, but rise they will. So, what can we do? The most important thing for you and me is to reduce, and, if possi­ ble, pay back all our debts. If we have a spare pound or two, then pay it off the loan and then the mortgage. Next, people when in the UK should try, wherever possible, to buy UK goods. That will help keep compa­ nies in business and help our balance of payments. Also, when in Britain, use a UK­ based supermarket for the shopping, or local shops, and avoid the foreign chains. Next, people should look to bringing back into use any available land to grow pro­ duce ­ get your garden working for you. Dig for victory may well be a revived slo­ gan. On a governmental level, Britain must try to be as self­sufficient as possible. It's crazy to import so much gas and oil when it's under our feet, and that's why I con­ demn the blinkered nonsense going in in Balcombe, the West Sussex village where the country's idiots and nimbys are lined up to try to stop drilling for our own oil, the very thing Britain needs. Under "Middle England" it is believed there are many oil and gas deposits and people better get used to it ­ the country will need it and it's no good the "great British unwashed" and the not in my backyard brigade protesting about it. They would be better off trying to get a job ­ because they will need one! Government, both local and national, should be looking at every item of spend­ ing with a fine tooth comb. Is the spending vital, or can the money be saved? We must produce as much electricity as cheaply as possible, and we must do our utmost to grow as much of our own food as possible. Also, companies must redou­ ble their efforts to export their goods and services. All this puts into context what David Cameron was banging on about

when he came to power ­ trying to promote the "big society". It's all about people help­ ing each other. It's something that could be more urgent than ever, so let's start working to achieve it. Now, back to you, Mr Donovan. Mr Osborne's opposite number, Ed Balls (he is so well named, isn't he!) has at last admitted that if Labour got back into power, they would have to continue to cut government spending. Of course they would. Sadly, all politicians always try to present a rosy picture; it's a weakness they have to promise better things than the government in power. In the process they distort the truth, or try to ignore it. It's been going on for decades. And you are not going to get the facts I have written about being discussed by politicians yet, it's called political suicide. The problem with Labour is that they and the unions have not learned you cannot throw money into getting out of debt, or out of recession. If it was ever possible, it just isn't now, because the ball park has changed. All it would do is to drain confidence in Britain's economy and push up interest rates: ­ the very thing that Britain must avoid at all costs! That's why, Mr Donovan, the very last thing that Britain needs right now is any hint of any Socialist ideas. It would be an absolute disaster, because it would threaten to push interest rates up. If, by writing this, I have encouraged anyone to prepare for the inevitable ­ a rise in interest rates ­ then it has been worth the effort. Because, as I see it, it will very soon be far better to be debt free than having the worry of wondering where the money is coming from to pay off a loan or mortgage on top of everything else which could be coming down the tracks to hit us.


I had to have a chuckle to myself when I heard that the Co­op and Tesco were requiring the publishers of lads' mags to cover them up or they would remove them from supermarket shelves. They've gained themselves masses of free publicity, haven't they? Yes, on one level, it's right that these magazines should not be on display in front of children. But hang on ­ in today's permissive society isn't this a mere drop in the ocean? These maga­ zines are very soft porn, with pictures of young, attractive women in bikinis and perhaps topless. Go down to any beach in summer and you will see the same thing ­ although perhaps not so appealing. It puz­ zles me why it's not the most attractive who want to strip and expose themselves but those who you would rather see cov­ ered up! And wait, aren't there children on the beach getting an eyeful of female naked flesh? Isn't all this a dose hypocriti­ cal? If people want to expose themselves to real porn, there's far more in sex shops and on the internet. Yes, there is far too much sexual exploitation at every level, and it leads to so many unwanted prob­ lems. But if we start down the road to a puritanical attitude we will end up with the hypocritical nonsense of women having to cover themselves up in public because their menfolk don't want others to see them.


Friday, August 9, 2013

THERE IS NOTHING Elvis is in the building LIKE A DAMA A petition is gathering strong support in Elche for a return of a stone bust to the city, which is currently in a Madrid museum. La Dama de Elche was found during an archaeo­ logical dig on an estate just outside the city back in 1897, and is claimed to be a piece of Iberian sculp­ ture dating from the fourth century BC. The Encyclopaedia of Religion says she had a direct asso­ ciation with Tanit, the god­ dess of Carthage, who was worshiped by the Punic­ Iberians. La Dama is on display in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid, but the petition calls for at least a tempo­ rary return of the old lady to her home city.

It’s almost 36 years since the death of the King of Rock n’Roll, Elvis Presley, and to commemorate his life, the Quesada Spiritualist Church is staging a special night. Next Friday August 16th is the anniversary of his death, and the El Alto La Dolores near Guardamar will be full of great music and memories. Martin Dean will be singing some

of his great hits in a special Elvis tribute, as well the screening of film extracts and rare footage featuring the man himself. Tickets at just 10 euros, which includes a BBQ meal, are available from the Restaurant itself; The Post Room, Benijofar and The Card Place ,Benimar, or by calling 965 323 028

If you want to have some fun, make new friends, and raise money for local caus­ es, then the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club might just be the group for you. The club meet every second Thursday in each month at the Cabo Cevera Hotel in La Mata, Torrevieja, with a 7.30pm start. They are classified as “Business

Meeting nights” and gives you a chance to see what the Lions get up to, includ­ ing a busy programme of social nights. For more details, get in touch with David Daniel via E­mail or check out the club website, www.torreviejacostal­

Bargain buys and helping local charities is the name of the game for a weekly auction in Quesada. Every Tuesday, the Bull Flanagan bar next to the golf course hosts the auction with all the proceeds going to Charity 4 Charities. Over 120 thousand Euros have been raised in the last 4 years, and this year the group is supporting 10 charities as well as giving food on a regular basis to Caritas, who pass it on to those who need it in the Rojales area. Booking in to put items on sale is from

9.30am every Tuesday, with the bidding starting at 1pm. Items booked in pay only 50 cents for any item sold, and 50cents is added to those goods that are sold, and then the money raised goes to charity. As well as the actual auction, Charity 4 Charities has an outside stall at the bar, which is open from 9am until the auction fin­ ishes. For more information about Charity 4 Charities or the weekly auction, phone, Sandra on 966 712 803 or E­Mail:­

Lions seeking new cubs GIVE, BID, AND HELP

ALL FOLK AND DANCE Music and dance from around the world will be highlighted in the 2013 Alicante International Folk Festival which starts tomorrow (Saturday). Groups and performers from Venezuela, Serbia, and Taiwan will join more local outfits from Murcia and Albacete in a province­wide celebration of traditional world music running until the end of August. The festival starts with tomorrow’s concert

in Alicante City’s Auditorio Municipal de la Concha located along the Explanada, and there’ll be events across the region, includ­ ing Pilar de la Horadada.


HELP Murcia Mar Menor have a stall out as always this Tuesday August 13th at the monthly charity market at the La Zona bar, Los Narejos. And the HMMM Friendship group will get together at Café Golf, San Javier on Friday August 30th at 11am.

Pack light, pack very light on Ryanair

The scare stories about the low budget airline's plans to charge for use of the toilets has not yet come to pass, but its boss Michael O'Leary is determined to remove heavy baggage entirely. By adding more tax on larger items he is attempting to wear passengers down to the point where they leave all those extra shirts and shorts and shoes at home. Ryanair's tax on larger lug­ gage has gone up by €20 for

the summer period O'Leary says that Ryanair has no plans to follow Wizz Air's example by charging for extra cabin baggage (the first one is free). But he envisions a time when all airlines will charge for carry­on bags. He told the Daily Telegraph: "At some time in the future I think it's likely that airlines will charge for carry­on bags but I can't get my head round how you would do it. I think it's

unlikely that we will do it ­ until I can see what's in it for us." It may be a way of making extra revenue but it would slow down airlines who like to make a fast turn­around. He says they can never be completely rid of bags "but I would be surprised if we can­ not reduce the number of pas­ sengers with heavy luggage from 19% to 10%". Some people may mock O'Leary ­ he's either eccentric

or charismatic depending on who you ask ­ but the passen­ gers just keep coming. For 2012, Ryanair reported pas­ senger traffic had risen to 75.8m, 5 % up on the previous year. Profits rose by 25% to €503m. O'Leary did not mention if he would tax passengers who attempt to avoid the extra bag­ gage tax by wearing several sets of clothing at the same time.

Oldest human fossil in Western Europe found in Spain An international team of researchers have announced the discov­ ery of the oldest hominin (early or archa­ ic human) fossil ever found in Western Europe, pushing back the clock on when early humans first colonized Western Europe after their exodus from Africa. The find, a fossil tooth (molar) uncovered through excavations at the site of Barranco León in the Orce region of southeastern Spain, was dated to about 1.4 million years ago using

several combined dating techniques, including Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) in combination with paleomagnetic and biochronological data. "While the range of dates

obtained from these vari­ ous methods overlaps with those published for the Sima del Elefante hominin locality (1.2 Ma), the overwhelming majority of evidence points to an older age," reports study author Dr. Isidro­Moyano and colleagues. "Thus, at the moment, the Barranco León hominin is the oldest from Western Europe."* Until now, Sima del Elefante, a rockshelter located in the Sierra de Atapuerca mountain range of north­ ern Spain, held the record for the earliest human fossils in Western Europe.

Friday, August 9, 2013



San Javier Jazz Festival star Bettye LaVette came to Spain this summer ­ on the back of meeting USA President Barack Obama ­ and performing for stars in the calibre of Barbara Streisand. Down to earth LaVette, celebrating her 50th anniver­ sary as a performer, wowed the appreciative audience in Murcia recently at the 26th International San Javier Jazz Festival. “It was so good to be in Spain,” said LaVette this week. Proclaimed in the 'New York Times' in the same ilk as Aretha Franklin, Lavette met President Obama at his Inaugural Celebration in 2009. And LaVette, who sang 'A Change is Gonna Come' for President Obama at The White House ­ dueting with Jon Bon Jovi ­ told The Courier: “So many things have hap­ pened to me, as I celebrate with my 50th anniversary tour” LaVette has no heirs and graces ­ despite mixing with world leaders and stars. The San Javier Jazz Festival crowd appreciated LaVette sing 'Keeps Me Searching for a Heart of Gold

and Nights In White Satin'. Story­teller LaVette, born in Michigan in 1946, shared her career with the 1,500 crowd, saying: “My first recording was My Man in 1962. In 1969 I did a Neil Young song ­ and it didn't sell a copy!!" And LaVette, who released her first single, aged 16, 'My Man ­ He's a Loving Man', on Atlantic Records, which lead to a national tour, with Ben E. King, added: "But now things have changed for me." LaVette, given a standing ovation following the song 'As Close as I'm going to get to Heaven', was debuting at the San Javier Jazz Festival. With a mix of Rhythm 'n Blues, and Soul, Lavette was backed by band members Brett Lucas on guitar, Alan Hill, keyboards, James Simonson, bass and Darryl Pierce, drums. LaVette has been nominated for "Best Female Contemporary Blues Artist 2013" ­ her 5th Blues Music Awards nomination ­ having won the category in 2010 and 2004.

You will be in the panto!

Fillies and nags show a leg

When Stagestruck advertised for new members to join them for their panto Jack and the Beanstalk, little could they have bargained for three generations of the same family pitching up for the show! One of the Stagestruck members, Bianca Sierra brought along her daughter and mother to the panto auditions, and both have needed up with leading roles, which may well be a Costa Blanca first, with three generations of one family star­ ring in one production. Rita has bagged the part of the Good Fairy, whilst Bianca will be Jack, and her daughter Sofia will play the Princess. Rehearsals are in full swing for the show which will be on Friday November 29th and Saturday 30th November at San Fulgencio’s Cardinal Belluga Theatre. And there’s going to be a Sunday matinee as well for the very first time on December 1st. Tickets will be on sale shortly but to book in advance call Stella on 965 076 700

The red carpet came out as the cat­ walk was full of fashion in La Zenia recently. Over 400 Euros was raised for the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales, with a Summer Fashion Show at Alfie’s Place. 80 people enjoyed the latest fashions supplied by the Looking Good Boutique, with the Rescue Centre shop volunteers from La Zenia act­ ing as the models who strutted their stuff on the catwalk. The next fundraiser in La Zenia will be a charity auction at Alfie’s Place in October on a date to be confirmed. Donations will be gratefully received by Vicky Feest on 636 062 000 or E­ Mail:­

FINAL CURTAIN CALL Happy return to Las Colinas

The Torrevieja Gilbert and Sullivan Society may have bowed out with their final show in May, but they were more than delighted to help out the Torrevieja Alzheimer’s charity AFA, with a final cheque from their funds. The G & S treasurer, David Farrer, hand­ ed over 240 Euros to Matilde Sanchez, AFA President(pictured on the left), who said she was sorry to hear of their clo­

sure, as AFA greatly appreciated all the money and support that had been given by the society over the years. Some of the members and their friends still meet socially under the umbrella of GASPS (Gilbert & Sullivan Preservation society), and if you are interested in join­ ing or going to any of their future social events, then E­Mail:­ members made an enjoyable return to the Las Colinas Golf course just off the CV941 road on the Orihuela Costa. It was the first time they had been there for a couple of years, and it was such an enjoyable experience, that the society now plans to add Las Colinas to their regular set of courses. They are at the Vistabella course at Entre Naranjos tomorrow (Saturday), and then at the Seve Ballesteros designed course at La Peraleja in Murcia on Friday August 16th. For more details about, you can phone David Winder on 626 774 157 or E­ Mail


Friday, August 9, 2013



THE WORLD'S first test­tube burger, made from lab­grown meat, was on Monday cooked Daily Mail and served in London ­ thanks to a very well­ known benefactor from the world of tech. Google's resident 'mad scientist' (and co­ founder) Sergey Brin reportedly invested £215,000 in the project, and was on hand (via video) to explain the mission. In a video shown before the burger was cooked in butter by chef Richard McGeown ­ wearing a pair of Google Glasses, naturally ­ Brin said he was backing the technology because it could be "transformative for the world". He said: "There are basically three things that can happen going forward ­ one is that we can all become vegetarian. I don't think that's really cells. likely." After trying his own creation for the first time today, he Brin went on: "The second is we ignore the issues and that leads to con­ said: "I think it's a very good start, it proved that we can do tinued environmental harm and the third option is we do this, that we can make it and to provide a start to build upon ­ I am very pleased with it." something new. Chicago author Josh Schonwald and Austrian food "Some people think this is science fiction ­ it's not real, it's researcher Hanni Rutzler gave the meat's taste a mixed somewhere out there. I actually think that's a good thing. "If what you're doing is not seen by some people as sci­ review after becoming the first to try it. After taking a bite, Ms Rutzler said there was "intense ence fiction it's probably not transformative enough. It's real­ taste" but that she had expected a softer texture. ly just proof of concept right now. "It's close to meat, it's not that juicy, but the consistence is "We're trying to create the first cultured beef hamburger. From there I'm optimistic we can really scale by leaps and perfect," she said. "The absence is the fat, it's a leanness to it, but the bite bounds." The 5oz (142g) patty, which cost £250,000 to produce, feels like a conventional hamburger," Schonwald said. "This is kind of an unnatural experience in that I can't tell was dished up before an invited audience. Scientist­turned­chef Professor Mark Post produced the you over the past 20 years how many times I have had a burger from 20,000 tiny strips of meat grown from cow stem burger without ketchup or onions or jalapenos or bacon."

Prof Post believes the new burger could herald a food revolution, with artificial meat products appearing in supermarkets in as little as 10 years. The raw ingredients which went into creating the burger sound distinctly unappetising ­ 0.02in (0.5mm) thick strips of pinkish yellow lab­grown tissue. A multi­step process is used to turn a dish of stem cells into a burger that can be grilled or fried: • First the stem cells are cultivated in a nutrient broth, allowing them to proliferate 30­fold. • Next they are combined with an elastic colla­ gen and attached to Velcro "anchor points" in a culture dish. Between the anchor points, the cells self­organise into chunks of muscle. • Electrical stimulation is then used to make the muscle strips contract and "bulk up" ­ the laboratory equiva­ lent of working out in a gym. • Finally the thousands of beef strips are minced up, together with 200 pieces of lab­grown animal fat, and mould­ ed into a patty. Around 20,000 meat strands are needed to make one 5oz (142g) burger. • Other non­meat ingredients include salt, egg powder, and breadcrumbs. Red beetroot juice and saffron are added to provide authentic beef colouring. A major advantage of test­tube meat is that it can be cus­ tomised for health, for instance by boosting levels of polyun­ saturated fats, Prof Post has said. Manufacturing steaks instead of minced meat presents a much greater technical challenge, requiring some kind of blood vessel system to carry nutrients and oxygen to the centre of the tissue. Making artificial chicken or fish from stem cells might be easier.

THERE are plenty of hazards you are taught to avoid to stay safe while driving a car... but a woman giving birth in the passenger seat next to you is not one of them. This is the exact quandary Mokhles Raheema faced as he drove his pregnant wife and two young children to hospital along a motorway in Sweden. As Samaher Mezban suddenly began to give birth, Mokhles took his eyes off the road to check she and the baby were OK ­ only to veer into a ditch and roll the vehicle four times. Miraculously, not only did he, his wife and their two chil­ dren survive, so too did their newborn daughter who they found lodged under the front passenger seat, her umbilical cord still attached. 'She told me, "she's coming out, she's coming out!" ' Mr Raheema told Swedish television on Monday. '[Then] I saw my daughter come out and fall headfirst onto the floor of the car.' He said Samaher was in the passenger seat as they

Samaher added: 'I feel better. But I still hurt all over.' Mokhles, however, may have some explaining to do, admitting he was sorry that he totalled the car which he had borrowed from a friend.

You’ve got to roll with it

rushed to hospital in the eastern city of Gavle when she went into labour with the couple's third child. The other two, aged one and eight, were on the back seat. Happy and healthy: The newborn survived the crash after getting lodged under the front passenger seat Unable to hold the baby in any longer, brave Samaher was forced to deliver the little girl herself as Mokhles tried to keep a steady hand on the wheel. But, worried about his wife and new daughter's safety, he looked over before crashing the car. When the car came to a rest, Mokhles again looked over to find his wife beside him and his first two children con­ scious in their seats but the baby was nowhere to be seen. After a frantic search, he finally found it tucked under the front seat. 'I fetched her and held her against me,' he said, adding, unsurprisingly that she was crying. An ambulance soon arrived, having been called by a passing motorist and took the family to hospital.

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BACK TO THE GRIND PRINCE WILLIAM returned to work this week after his two­week RAF paternity leave ended Tuesday. The proud new dad, 31, tore himself away from two­week­ old Prince George to go back to his RAF search and rescue job. George will stay with mum Kate, 31, at the home of her parents Michael and Carole Middleton in Bucklebury, Berks. But the family will not be apart for long as William plans to quit his role at RAF Valley on Anglesey next month. An announcement is expected soon about what the Duke of Cambridge’s military role will be when he and his young family move into their new home at Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace. William, who received statutory paternity pay of £137 a week while he was on leave, is likely to rejoin the Household Calvary Blues and Royals Regiment at its Windsor or Knightsbridge barracks. Possible new jobs for him include squadron leader or adjutant, which will give him more regular office hours than his pilot job, allowing him to take on more royal duties and be a hands­on dad. A royal source said yesterday: “Like any new dad, William is finding it difficult to imagine going back to work and leav­ ing the new baby at home. “However, he has known all along that he is entitled to the same as every other father, which is just two weeks’ leave.”

The Mirror

When William has a break in shifts he is expected to fly to the Middletons’ £4.7million mansion using private helicop­

ters to cut the journey time from North Wales so he can make the most of every precious moment. Kate’s mum Carole has designed a nursery at the house. The newborn future king may be taken to Anglesey for a brief visit later in the month, as William promised his RAF colleagues he would introduce his son to them before he moves off the island. Little George may also accompany William and Kate to the wedding of their close pals James Meade, 30, and Lady Laura Marsham, 29, in Gayton, West Norfolk next month. At a charity polo match in Ascot, Berks on Saturday, William said becoming a dad had been a “game changer”. Making his first public appearance since leaving hospital with his new son, he said it was “good to get out of the house” for the afternoon – but added: “I’ve got to make sure I’m not late back.” William scored the winning goal as he played alongside brother Harry on a four­man team – but said he had been distracted “thinking about nappies”. Harry, 28, was back for day two of the Audi Polo Challenge yesterday but there was no sign of the doting new dad. Wills took most of July off work, using annual leave ahead of the birth so he could stay with Kate in the run­up to their son’s arrival on July 22 at St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, Central London.

Now you see it!! Arrested for stealing an entire road

IT’S no optical illusion… this is a real­life zebra crossing. The animal led police a merry dance around the city of Bitburg, in Germany, 200km (125miles) west of Frankfurt, when it escaped from a circus then suddenly vanished from view. Baffled officers couldn’t understand where the zebra had disappeared to – then realised its black and white mark­ ings were the perfect disguise to blend in with striped markings at a road junction. The camouflage confusion sounds like a

A MAN has been arrested after apparently stealing a complete stretch of road in a remote area of Russia. The man stole 82 rein­ forced concrete slabs that formed the route from the village of Parcheg in the republic of Komi to the Vychegda River, the RIA tall tale, but police say it took them a few Novosti news agency seconds to realise the circus performer was standing directly in front of them as it stood motionless in the middle of the road. Police say the animal showed no fear as cars drove past the unusual sight. It obediently waited in the road until a cir­ cus keeper came to collect and return it to the Big Top. ‘Everything went smoothly in the end,’ a police spokesman told German newspa­ per Bild.

reported. It is thought he used an industrial manipulator ­ a machine that is both a bull­ dozer and forklift ­ to dis­ mantle the slabs. The pieces of road were then loaded onto three trucks which were later intercepted by police. The stolen slabs were

worth about 200,000 rubles (£4,000), according to Russia's Interior Ministry. The chief suspect, a 40­ year­old resident of Syktyvkar, the capital city of the northern republic, is said to have admitted his guilt. He now faces up to two years in prison for theft. There have been a spate of infrastructure robberies in Russia in recent times. In June, another man is reported to have disman­ tled a bridge over the Nozma River in the village of Frolovo with a welding torch. On that occasion, a trail of tractor tracks led police to the culprit's home. He also faces a possible two­year jail term.


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FRANCO’S VICTIMS ON THE ROAD TO “DESERVED IT” RECOVERY? A mayor in northern Spain has got himself into hot water after saying that those who were sen­ tenced to death during the regime of former Spanish dictator Franco "deserved it". Manuel González, the Popular Party mayor of Baralla in the region of Galicia, uttered the unfor­ tunate words during a recent council meeting. The session included a vote condemning violent acts by separatist group Resistencia Galega. But when González and his PP group were asked to also denounce the mur­ ders committed during Spain’s 40­year Francoist regime, the conservative leader said “they probably got what they deserved”. Baralla’s socialists were immediately appalled by González’s claims, labelling them as “hurtful and inacceptable in a democratic society”. “If they (the PP) don’t apologize, all they’ll be doing is showing how dic­

tatorial conservative town hall leaders are in Spain,” said the socialists in an official statement. The Galician mayor has insisted “his words were taken out of context” but they were nonetheless

The research department of BBVA agrees with the government that the Spanish economy is at last turning the corner and will gradually emerge from its second recession in four years. The Bank of Spain has estimated that GDP contracted only 0.1 percent in the second quarter after declining 0.5 per­ cent the previous three months, a figure subsequently confirmed by the National “unfortunate”. Statistics Institute. In response, the gov­ Although the exact num­ ernment said this marked a turning point. ber of people murdered Unemployment in the second quarter of during the Franco regime the year also fell from record levels to is unknown, it is estimated just under six million people. that anywhere from In its latest report on the Spanish 15,000 to 50,000 economy released Tuesday, BBVA said Spaniards lost their lives. on the basis of available figures, GDP


SPANIARDS overwhelmingly believe Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy lied when he denied taking any money after his name appeared in a corruption scandal according to an opinion poll Rajoy was grilled in parliament last week after documents published in the Spanish media showed he and other members of his conservative Popular Party had received kickbacks from con­ struction companies. He survived mounting calls for his resignation by denying he had ever received any cash but admitting he had been wrong to trust his party's former treasurer Luis Barcenas.

According to the survey published in El Mundo newspaper, 72.1 per cent of Spaniards think he "is not telling the truth." Even among supporters of the Popular Party, which he has led since 2004, 43 per cent do not believe he was truthful when he defended himself in parliament. More than 90 per cent of opposition supporters think he lied and close to 60 per cent of all people surveyed say he should step down. The opinion poll was carried out by the Sigma Dos institute on a sample of 1,000 people and has a mar­ gin of error of 3.13 per cent.

will probably grow by 0.1 percent from the previous three months, confirming a “trend of improvement.” For the whole of this year, BBVA’s economists predict output will contract by 1.4 percent, slightly more pessimistic than the government, which is expecting a decline of 1.3 percent. For next year, BBVA expects GDP to grow 0.9 percent. “Spain is expected over the coming quarters to mirror the recovery process that has normally been seen in other economic cycles,” BBVA said. The bank also believes an increase in investment will lead to a sustained recov­ ery in employment, which should start to show through in the first half of next year.

Teen girl found in suitcase A COUPLE was arrested in Malaga last week for trying to smuggle a 13­year­old girl into Spain inside a suitcase. The Moroccan man and Spanish woman were stopped by police officials while entering the country from Melilla with a large, unusually heavy suitcase in their car.

U p o n opening the suit­ case, the officers found the girl, dis­ tressed and disoriented. She is not a family mem­ ber of either the man or the woman. She was reportedly treat­ ed by Red Cross officials at the port before being admit­ ted to a hospital.

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GIB TENSION STOKED UP BY FEE IDEA THE WAR of words between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar increased at the start of the week after the Spanish Foreign Minister suggested a border tariff for going in and out of the disputed British territory. On Wednesday, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron called the Spanish PM, Mariano Rajoy to express his concerns, and said on “Twitter” afterwards that he had a “construc­ tive call and that our position over sovereign­ ty would not change”. Meanwhile, the European Commission has entered the row over recent border delays by saying that Spanish border checks must “fully respect EU law and stay proportionate” They are to send a team of monitors to the border sometime in next month or October. Spain has said it is considering a range of proposals including a new 50 Euro fee to cross the border into the British territory. Mr Cameron said none of the measures had been raised with the UK government. Spain's latest move followed increased vehicle searches at the border a fortnight ago which caused major delays. In an interview with the ABC newspaper published on Sunday, the Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia­ Margallo said he was considering charging people to enter and exit Gibraltar through its border post. Mr Garcia­ Margallo also hinted at the introduction of other measures, including tax investigations into property owned by Gibraltarians in neighbouring parts of Spain, and the clos­ ing of Spanish airspace to flights heading to Gibraltar. Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo accused Spain

of "sabre­rattling". Speaking to the BBC he said: ­ "The things that Mr Garcia­Margallo has said are more reminis­ cent of the type of statement you'd hear from North Korea than from an EU partner. We've seen it before during Franco's time during the 1960s, but I think all of us hoped that those politics were never going to come back." British Foreign Secretary spoke to Picardo to reiterate the UK's commitment to the people of Gibraltar at a "time of increasing Spanish pressure and rhetoric". "We agreed that it was important to respond to actions, not rhetoric, and I confirmed that we would continue to raise our concerns with Spain," he said in a statement. The European Commission said Gibraltar was not part of the passport­free Schengen zone and therefore Spain was decided to 'strip off for inde­ pendence', as their slogan claims, as a symbolic act of 'casting off all that suffo­ ners between several peo­ cates us'. ple proclaiming in English, The protest was organ­ 'Catalunya is not Spain', the ised by the local branch of demonstrators said they had the Catalana National Assembly (ANC) as a prac­ tice run for a 400­kilometre human chain across the entire north­eastern region on September 11, a public holiday in the four provinces of Barcelona, Tarragona, Girona and Lleida. But it is not known how many, if any, of the human chain partici­ pants will leave their clothes at home that day


Around 70 stark­naked protesters formed a human chain along the Cala Estreta beach in Palamós on the

Costa Brava last Sunday calling for Catalunya to become an independent state. Carrying huge ban­

"obliged to carry out checks on persons and on goods", but must abide by EU law. "The commission urges both Spain and Gibraltar to allow for smooth and efficient border crossings while taking into account these obligations," it said in a statement. The commission said it had received assurances at the beginning of 2013 that border checks would be "proportionate", but said it had suggested "a technical meeting with the Spanish authorities in order to address the issues raised by the border checks, including the alleged excessive waiting times". Gibraltar has linked Spain's hardline stance to the creation of an artificial reef in waters off Gibraltar. Last month, Gibraltar dropped 70 concrete blocks into the bay to create the reef, but Spanish fishermen, who trawl the area for shellfish, say the move has prevented them working. Spanish authorities said the blocks had been laid "without the necessary authorisa­ tion". Mr Garcia­Margallo told the newspaper the proceeds from the border fee could be used to "help fishermen affect­ ed by the destruction of fishing grounds". The newspaper article is the latest of several incidents in recent weeks that have escalated tensions. In June, shots were reportedly fired by a Guardia Civil vessel at a jet skier in waters around Gibraltar. Then at the end of last month residents and tourists had to endure three days of delays at the border as a result of increased vehicle searches by the Spanish authorities. The Spanish government said it had a duty to prevent smuggling.

Mayor nicked THE former mayor of Velez­Malaga has been charged with a double offense: running into a Guardia Civil officer and fail­ ing a Breathalyzer test. At about 1 pm on Friday afternoon, Antonio Souviron drove his car into a police officer on a motorcycle, who had attempted to stop him for a driving infraction. In a Breathalyzer test, his blood alcohol level was .29. The legal limit in Spain is .05.

The officer, who was stopped at the time of the collision, only suffered ‘a few bruises,’ according to sources at Guardia Civil. Souviron was arrested at the time of the incident and since has been released. Antonio Souviron was mayor of Velez­Malaga between 1996 and 2007. He served as provincial delegate for the Tourism Ministry for the Junta de Andalucia from July 2008 to 2012.


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Friday, August 9, 2013


Rendezvous with Cliff has Marian on Cloud Wine! EXCLUSIVE by DONNA GEE!

“I’d heard on the grapevine that he was doing a signing of his Portuguese wine so I persuaded my husband to drive me there,’’ she told me. “I booked us a hotel which wasn’t too far

He made his way to the table in the store sat down to a loud applause from the waiting crowds and began signing his wine. A box JOHN DONOVAN knew on his or a bottle, he didn’t mind at all. wedding day in 1968 that he’d “When it was my time to have to share wife Marian with meet him I was quite nerv­ another Bachelor Boy. ous but he made me feel Forty­five years, three at ease immediately. I children and a thousand told him I’d come from headaches later, the Costa Blanca in Spain London­born couple are just to see him. He was no longer The Young amazed and then my Ones. But Cliff Richard husband said to him: “Do has become such a big you realise I’m the other part of Marian’s life that man?’. He laughed and for their Summer Holiday said ‘Really?’ ­ then they this year, she and John shook hands. have just completed an “Cliff’s sister Joan 18­hour round trip to turned up and there was Portugal to attend one of lots of banter. He stayed FROM A DISTANCE: Marian and Sir Cliff last weekend the singing legend’s wine a while just chatting and gatherings. when he started to leave describes herself. “Our first date from Basingstoke in 2006 follow­ Sir Cliff has a winery in I walked with him to his was watching the Cliff film Summer ing John’s retirement as a dia­ Guia on the Algarve and Holiday,’’ she recalls, “and John mond polisher. They now live at El car, when Marian heard on the ES: also took me to a panto Cliff did in Raso, near Guardamar, and ON G UN “I asked him if he YO E TH grapevine that her hero s 70 the in Marian dreams of getting local Cliff ard ch Ri could possibly do a con­ London called Cinderella. was going to be around, Marian with Cliff “I’ve been to loads of concerts ­ fans together here on the Costa cert here in Spain and he John was promptly recruit­ said he’d love to if he was asked. most recently in June at Hampton Blanca. ed to drive over a Cliff, you might from Cliff’s winery in Guia. “I’ve always wanted to start up a “The area was set up with a That’s an invitation to any promot­ Court and Exeter. I met him a few say. times when I ran a fan club in UK group which could meet once a Marian has been a fan of the table and boxes of his Vida Nova ers out there! I took lots of amaz­ for a while. I used to go and see month maybe to listen to his wine and a giant cut­out of the man ing photos and Cliff was very ageless superstar since she first him when he lived in Weybridge, records and discuss his career,’’ patient with everybody. saw him on TV at the age of 10. himself. Surrey, so had a few photos with she says. If you’d like to join Next day was the day. He was “It was for me a very special day John knew the score when the met him in the ‘70s. Marian’s group, drop an email to his wife to be five years later – and due to arrive at the Intermarche and I’m still up there on Cloud “John always preferred The and we’ll for­ store at 11am but got there at Nine. He’s just the best. half a century on, Marian could be John knew when he met Marian Shadows but he admires Cliff as ward it to her. found last weekend chatting with 10.45. As he climbed out of his car, he smiled at me and said ‘Hello’’. that she was “a crazy fan’’, as she an artist.’’ Sir Cliff as if he was an old friend. The Donovans moved to Spain

Britain's 'meanest' traffic wardens

After a traffic warden issued a parking ticket to a dead driv­ er in a van in Belfast, here is a list of the top ten harshest penalties given out by war­ dens. • Last month good Samaritan Richard Yadgar, 27, stopped his car on double yellow lines to help an injured man who had collapsed in north London. He was given a £70 ticket which Barnet coun­ cil later cancelled. • Disabled parishioners in Oldbury in the West Midlands were issued £50 parking tick­ ets while they were at Sunday mass at Our Lady and St Hubert Catholic church in Warley in May. Wardens were photographed placing tickets on about eight vehicles, despite being told by a parish­ ioner that holders of blue badges, for disabled drivers, were allowed to park outside the church. Sandwell council has said they will be investigating and there would be an appeals process for each of the drivers who have received fines. • In 2011 scooter rider Karlos Dearman was given a ticket as he lay in hospital, recovering from injuries caused by another traffic warden. The 19­year­old ended up being taken to hospital after a careless traffic warden in a parked car suddenly opened his door in Sheffield while he was rid­ ing along the road. • Traffic warden Karl Crompton was jailed earlier this year after the power of being able to issue tickets ‘went to his head’ and he lied about being run over. The 43­year­old falsely claimed to police he was mown down by a disgrun­ tled driver he had given a ticket to in Bridgnorth, Shropshire on October 9, 2011. He was jailed for four months. • A driver who abandoned his car because he was having a heart attack was given a parking fine ­ despite colleagues

explaining to the warden he had been taken to hospital with chest pains. Steve Archer, 51, was given the £30 fine in 2011 in Swansea. • In April warden Steven Jarvis, 35, was fired after he told hundreds of drivers in Brighton and Hove he would cancel their fine, if they posed for a photograph with their ticket. • Taxi driver Steve Woodwards was slapped with a £50 fine after he pulled over for a nap in a short stay car park in 2010. He said he fell asleep before getting a ticket and woke up 20 minutes later to find a fixed penalty notice had been put on his wind­ screen, with no one checking if he hadn't died behind the wheel. • A driver, who claims she stopped her car to observe the two minute silence on Armistice Day, was given a ticket as she stood next to her vehicle. Stephanie Jost claimed she went over her hour’s parking as she stood to observe the silence in Chiswick in West London and said the parking attendant faced away from her while writing the ticket, before slapping he £60 fine on her windscreen in 2008. • Leighton Leyton­Purrier won a victory against a traffic warden after he was issued with a parking ticket by a warden who in logs claimed he visited two towns 28 miles apart in 35 seconds. Mr Leyton­Purrier, 53, had parked his car and then moved it for more than two hours when he went home, before returning to the same space which was free. He was given a parking ticket, and believed the warden hadn't both­ ered checking if he'd moved. He won his appeal after he managed to get traffic logs that appeared to show the war­ den travelling between Shrewsbury and Ludlow in almost half a minute– only possible if he had reached 3,012mph,

the speed of a private jet. • While comedian David Walliams did his Thames swim for charity Sport Relief in 2011, motorists complained they were ambushed by traffic wardens. They claimed they could be seen ‘swarming like wasps’ as crowds gathered to cheer on Walliams in Maidenhead and parked in side streets because the council car park was full. The council later agreed to cancel tickets.


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Horrorscopes Aries March 21 ­ April 19 Everything you feel about yourself will be confirmed today as you're put through the mill and emerge victorious. You yearn to be a farmer just so that you can be out standing in your field. Sometimes the only way to succeed is by murdering the entire board of directors. Any satisfaction you had about not having a police record, may be undone today.

Taurus April 20 ­ May 20 You may never find what you're looking for, but at least you managed to find that picture of the chimp sitting on a toilet reading a newspaper. Life will throw many things at you over the coming months, including a book­shelf which you probably should have ensured was fixed more firm­ ly to the wall.

Gemini May 21 ­ June 20 Weather can change in an instant, so be prepared for every eventuality today. Even and especially if that means dressing up in 3 different types of clothing. You are weak at heart and must endeavour to become stronger by subjecting yourself to ritualistic torture. LEDs may come to the rescus for your today, shining fluorescently to the answer you truly seek.

Cancer June 21 ­ July 22 Angles may become a nuisance today, especially 90 degree angles. Boy ­ they're the worst! Tomatoes can be your best friend ­ go Red for the day. * This horo­ scope is not sponsored by Heinz, or the Communist Party. Crying over spilt milk may seem like a folly, but perhaps not if you've spilt piping hot milk over your naked body.

By Pandora Leo July 23 ­ August 22 Tantalising new evidence that you're about to have fun is going to reveal itself today. When you put your mind to it, you can be one hell of a person. Go get 'em! The night may feel like a safe time to parade naked through the local city streets, however, you may find there are some that oppose your freedom. Your patronising ways will only make someone angry with you.

Virgo August 23 ­ September 22 You may feel like starving yourself today in order to lose some weight. Christmas may seem like it's just around the corner, but really that's just nonsense. "Shout, shout, let it all out." A rhyming message which can really help you out today. The phenomenon of time standing still may occur to you numerous times today.

Libra September 23 ­ October 22 Romantic evenings are much overrated. Instead of romance, think about mutated pigs. If Jesus were here, he'd probably bless you in light of what's going to hap­ pen to you today. The odds that you'll escape today without a serious injury, are incalculable. Release your anger safely, write a story for TheSpoof.

Scorpio October 23 ­ November 21 Rudolph, who is admittedly good at knaw­ ing on branches, is probably not that good at flying. Hence your planned trip to the local cliff edge, is probably not in his best interests. The week may start well, but fall into sharp decline later on Saturday. Post­ it note your entire life and you can become some kind of local hero. You're almost cer­ tainly to star on the local news.

Sagittarius November 22 ­ December 21 You have many more years ahead of you. You claim that no­one is able to see the future, and yet I foresee that you will understand this never to be not untrue in your own destiny. Any long­lasting thoughts about colours will fade later today. The word "Wobble" might mean something to you today that it simply has­ n't meant before.

Capricorn December 22 ­ January 19 Subconsciously, you've always felt free to say and do what you want so today's county­court judgement against you might affect your life in ways you hadn't considered. Oil and water are to you what Fish and Gin are to a drunken fisherman. Everything you hear today will sound echoey and dull. A trip to the doctors might be necessary later next week.

Aquarius January 20 ­ February 18 You must be cautious to ensure that you can make a quick getaway should unex­ pected events occur. Bevels. You like bevels ­ both the word, and the effect. However, the bevel may cause you dis­ tress today as it takes away your dignity in some random manner. This is not the first time you've been caught out. You must really be careful in future.

Pisces February 19 ­ March 20 The Americanisation of many words often gets you angry. However, don't get upset about such trivial things ­ it is evolution of a sort and doesn't actually affect you in the slightest. Color center. Your funny bone may have disappeared momentarily. However, it may turn up where you least expect it.


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Friday, August 9, 2013

Jaguar XKR-S GT on sale in the UK

Jaguar has confirmed that the XKR­S GT, it’s most extreme road­going model, will go on sale to customers in the UK. The “track­prepared” ver­ sion of the XKR­S will be priced at £135,000, and available on a strictly limited edition basis of just 10 examples. The XKR­S GT first saw light at the 2013 New York Motor Show in March, where is was announced Jaguar would build 30 for the American market and 5 for Canada. However, interest has been so “intense” that the

British marque has now cho­ sen to expand that offering to a few lucky buyers in the UK. First deliveries are expected to take place here in October this year. The XKR­S GT, based on the ‘standard’ XKR­S, boasts a 550hp 5.0­litre supercharged V8, driving the rear wheels via a six­ speed automatic transmis­ sion and an active electronic differential. 0­60mph takes 3.9 sec­ onds and the top speed is electronically limited to 189mph. Special features include the unique aerodynamic

package, which provides 145kg of downforce, and the carbon­ceramic brakes – a first for any Jaguar. The chassis is also significantly overhauled, using data gath­ ered from the F­Type pro­ gramme. Since its New York debut in April, the XKR­S GT has been hard at work, wowing crowds at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed with Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Hoy at the wheel, and undergoing development work both at home in Germany. In the latter case, with support from a team from

Jaguar’s Engineered To Order (ETO) division, it’s recently lapped the Nürburgring in 7 minutes 40 seconds – a new Jaguar record. Not bad, until you learn the new 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 has completed the same challenge in 7 minutes 25 seconds, and costs £100,540. But perhaps that’s missing the point.

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Friday, August 9, 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, 22 represents R and 14 represents Z, when these letters have been entered throughout the puzzle, you should have enough information to start guessing words and discovering other letters.




1 Triumph (7) 1 Break into pieces (5) 2 Small, light boat (5) 5 Occurrences (5) 3 Bliss (7) 8 Memory loss (7) 4 Add flavouring (6) 9 Once more (5) 10 Dog­like African mammal 5 Indelicate (5) 6 Flowers’ male reproduc­ (5) tive organs (7) 11 Indecent (7) 7 Genuine (7) 12 Every time (6) 12 Praise (7) 14 Pure (6) 13 Fighting man (7) 17 Bloodbath (7) 15 Tackle (7) 19 Summarise (5) 16 Floating wreckage of a 22 Similar (5) ship (6) 23 Exceptional (7) 18 Wide­awake (5) 24 Deserve (5) 20 Porcelain (5) 25 Error (7) 21 Heartbeat (5) Last weeks Solution

Across: 1 See, 3 Sought, 8 Tractor, 9 Force, 10 Cheer, 11 Carries, 12 Signal, 14 Sudden, 17 Strange, 18 Anger, 20 Image, 21 Prepare, 22 Rested, 23 Yet. Down: 1 Scare, 2 Entertainment, 3 Struck, 4 Unfortunately, 5 Hurried, 6 Sticks, 7 Gets, 13 Garbage, 15 Nurses, 16 Helped, 17 Said, 19 Grant.

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 His Lordship’s nick­ name on all the pens (4) 3 We sing about needle­ work (6) 8 Email could start tense, terrible weather (7) 9 Escapes from para­ sites, one hears (5) 10 Some tiramisu, garibaldi biscuits etc are sweet (5) 11 Ulster’s builders are the consequences (7) 12 A thing hard to bear from one side to the other (6) 14 Mouth, and one who makes it up after a row? (6) 18 Musical work for dou­ ble act with nothing new (7) 20 Satisfies asset man­ agement (5) 22 Monounsaturated fatty acid contains sub­ stantives (5) 23 Some nice Bergen sandwiches have lettuce in them (7) 24 Hatred over a scarcity of food (6)

25 Favourites get out of step (4) Down 1 A coin is re­designed in Mediterranean capital (7) 2 Transport British Rail in Germany (5) 3 Make a mistake being reticent about having a drink (6) 4 Wide ship’s tail direc­ tion blows gently (5) 5 Irritates, but the darned things needed them! (7) 6 Mother, doctor and a Sikh leader are all from Chennai (6) 7 Goddess ­ one with lit­ tle sister (4) 13 Lonely man engineers disturbed clues (7) 15 They all moved at the same pace for the arch (6) 16 Gives notice that all singers will be put out (7) 17 Salad vegetable which is hard to chop up (6) 18 Very little time in New Year, initially (4) 19 Gods arise in disguise (5) 21 Three diverted close by (5)

STANDARD CLUES Down Across 1 Capital of Cyprus (7) 1 Writing parts of pen (4) 2 Take along (5) 3 Needle work (6) 3 Fortified wine (6) 8 Prevailing conditions (7) 4 Drifts (5) 9 Escapes (5) 5 Goads (7) 10 Sweetener (5) 6 City on the Bay of Bengal 11 Outcomes (7) (6) 12 From side to side (6) 7 Egyptian goddess of fer­ 14 Slang name for the face tility (4) (6) 13 Hermit (7) 18 Classical music piece 15 Arched part of foot (6) (7) 16 Quits (7) 20 Satisfies fully (5) 17 Edible root (6) 22 Substantives (5) 18 Minute (4) 23 Crispy lettuce (7) 19 Chief Norse gods (5) 24 Scarcity (6) 21 In that place (5) 25 Animal companions (4) Last weeks Solution Across: 1 Civet, 4 Leech, 8 Portion, 9 Gusto, 10 Creek, 11 Iterate, 12 Audits, 14 Peseta, 17 Leander, 19 Grave, 21 Reply, 22 Weapons, 24 Napes, 25 Doted. Down: 1 Cap, 2 Verse, 3 Trinket, 4 Lentil, 5 Eagle, 6 Hostage, 7 Moderate, 10 Crawlers, 13 Dead pan, 15 England, 16 Crowds, 18 Dry up, 20 Aloft, 23 Sad.


Complete the crossword grid by using the given words:

3 letter words Bap Den Dig Dip Hat Lei Lot Ore Pit Ski Soy Tee 4 letter words Akin Amid

Bale Bias Bran Ciao Dale Data Drip Eyed Gems Hoop Ices Item Lain Lens Lied Meme Near Neat

Nisi Obey Oboe Ocas Odds Owls Pace Pore Port Sake Seed Sere Snag Spur Undo Wiki 5 letter words

Aside Board Bombe Chute Comic Cycle Discs Glean Goose Laity Lists Lyres Onset Pipes Poser Resit Samba Stole

Theme Users 6 letter words Client Cornea Single Snoops 7 letter words Leotard Reseals 8 letter words Mongoose Songbird Trespass Unbutton


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

Across 1 Granjeros (7) 5 Amante (hombre, mujer) (5) 9 Constelación (13) 10 Aumentar (tamaño) (8) 11 Jaula (para animales) (4) 12 Sudeste (5­4) 16 Sierras (herramien­ tas) (4) 17 Enclosures (areas) (8) 19 Often (3,10) 21 Tierra (5) 22 Woodcutter (7)

Down 2 Ornament (6) 3 Setas (9) 4 Wheel (5) 6 Afuera (3) 7 Bastante (6) 8 Manga (6) 11 Rarely (4,5) 13 Turquía (6) 14 Street light (6) 15 Ground (coffee, spices) (6) 18 Causa (motivo) (5) 20 Gordo (persona) (3)


Friday, August 9, 2013 Across 1 In which skiing event do competitors race down a winding course marked out by poles? (6) 4 Which type of strong black coffee is made by forcing steam through ground cof­ fee beans? (8) 9 What name is given to a trinket or piece of jewellery usually hung about the neck and thought to be a magical protection against evil or dis­ ease? (6) 10 What name is often applied to performances of programmes of music by soloists or small groups? (8) 12 By what other name is autumn known in the US? (4) 13 What is the surname of the footballer who was England's first choice goal­ keeper during the 1966 FIFA World Cup? (5) 14 In darts, what name is given to the small barrier, behind or touching which a player's foot must be placed when throwing? (4) 17 Derived from the Italian for ‘Frankish tongue’, what name is given to a language that is adopted as a com­ mon language between

speakers whose native lan­ guages are different? (6,6) 20 In which swimming stroke are the arms are pushed forwards and then swept back in a circular movement, while the legs are tucked in towards the body and then kicked out in a corresponding move­ ment? (12) 23 What pseudonym was adopted by the English essayist Charles Lamb? (4) 24 Which city is the capital and largest city of Ghana? (5) 25 Which adjective means 'lacking sufficient water or rainfall'? (4) 28 In mathematics, what name is given to the part of a logarithm after the decimal point? (8) 29 What was the first name of the actress who played Ena Sharples in the televi­ sion soap opera Coronation Street? (6) 30 Which military and politi­ cal leader was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1815? (8) 31 What is the name of the colourless watery fluid of the blood and lymph that con­ tains no cells, but in which

SUDOKU (Medium)

Quiz Word

the blood cells are suspend­ ed? (6) Down 1 Which comedy, poetry

and music trio formed in Liverpool in 1964 consisted of Mike McGear, Roger McGough and John Gorman? (8)

2 Which adjective means 'like an eagle'? (8) 3 Which German motor manufacturer produces the models Corsa and Kadett? (4) 5 Which dish consists of raw minced steak mixed with raw egg, onion and sea­ sonings and shaped into small cakes or patties? (5,7) 6 Which word can precede: bow, cloud, coat, dance, drop, fall and forest? (4) 7 Which 2000 Guy Ritchie comedy­crime features Brad Pitt as Irish Traveller Mickey O'Neil? (6) 8 Which edible marine mol­ lusk found on the sea bed mostly in coastal waters, has a rough irregular shell? (6) 11 In which US city is the Golden Gate Bridge locat­ ed? (3,9) 15 What was the real sur­ name of the British short story writer known as Saki? (5) 16 Robert Falcon were the first names of which Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions, the Discovery Expedition, 1901– 04, and the ill­fated Terra Nova Expedition, 1910–13?

(5) 18 Which adjective is often used to mean ‘without unnecessary extras, espe­ cially ones for decoration or additional comfort’? (2­6) 19 What name for a blood feud in which the family of a murdered person seeks ret­ ribution on the murderer or the murderer's family, is derived from the Latin for ‘vengeance’? (8) 21 What nationality were the composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven? (6) 22 What name is given to the crime in which someone is taken away to an undis­ closed location against their will, usually in order to extract a ransom? (6) 26/27 Which 2003 American action/thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino follows a character initially identified as The Bride (Uma Thurman), a for­ mer member of an assassi­ nation team who seeks revenge on her ex­col­ leagues who massacred members of her wedding party and tried to murder her? (4,4)


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


el ramo


el regalo

el altar

el velo

el anillo

la dama de honor

el banquete

la iglesia

el cura

la luna de miel

el novio

la novia

el padrino

la pareja

sports QUIZ

ANSEWRS: 1. A Type Of Jump In Show Jumping 2. Hanse Cronje 3. Black 4. San Marino , Italy 5. Grass 6. The Tour De France 7. Kimi Raikkonen 8. Damon Hill 9. Saints 10. 7 11. Eagle 12. Cool Runnings

Last Week’s Solutions Code Cracker Last weeks Quiz Word Solution Across: 1 Sabotage, 5 Asgard, 10 Clapper, 11 Iceberg, 12 Lolly, 13 Argentina, 14 Marseillaise, 18 Athlete's foot, 21 Nissen hut, 23 Niece, 24 Crosier, 25 Eritrea, 26 Exeter, 27 Asbestos. Down: 1 Sickle, 2 Beadle, 3 Tipsy cake, 4 German shep­ herd, 6 Stein, 7 Aperitif, 8 Dog­eared, 9 Pilgrim Fathers, 15 Lyonnaise, 16 Barnacle, 17 Shoshone, 19 Ferret, 20 Vegans, 22 Exile.

Empareja estas palabras ­ Match the Spanish and English words You will find the answers at the bottom of the quiz. m.the honeymoon,

1.casarse, 2.comprometido, 3.el altar, 4.el anillo,

a.the bride, b.the altar,

n.the bridesmaid,

5.el banquete, 6.el cura,

c.the bouquet, d.the veil,

o.the reception, p.the church,

7.el novio, 8.el padrino,

e.the couple, f.engaged,

9.el ramo, 10.el regalo, get married,

11.el velo, dama de honor,

h.the best man, i.the gift, iglesia, luna de miel, novia, pareja.


j.the ring, k.the priest, l.the bride­groom,

Span ­ Eng


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

1. What Is An Oxer? 2. Which Former South African Cricket Captain Died In A Plane Crash In 2002? 3. What colour signifies a difficult slope in skiing? 4. At Which Grand Prix Circuit Did Aryton Senna Lose His Life? 5. In Tennis Which Is Fastest A Grass Court Or A Clay Court? 6. Irishman Stephen Roche Won Which Sporting Event In 1987? 7. Who Ended Up Winning The Formula One Drivers Championship In 2007? 8. Which British Driver Was Formula One World Champion In 1996? 9. New Orleans USA and Southampton Great Britain both have teams football with what name? 10. How Many Players Are There In A Netball Team? 11. What Bird's Name Is Given To A Score Of Two Under Par In Golf? 12. Which Film Starring John Candy Told The Story Of The Jamaican Bobsleigh Team?

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Friday, August 9, 2013

TRELI ON THE TELLY with ALEX TRELINSKI What the hell is up with Saturday night TV? I'm back to my favourite TV bugbear, and after the nadir of Your Face Sounds Familiar on ITV, which merci­ fully finished last weekend, BBC1 has popped up with the hideous I Love My Country. If those loving senti­ ments are to be echoed by everybody involved in this dollop of dung, then I sug­ gest that they leave on the next available flight to North Korea. Not satisfied in co­ presenting the awful Splash for ITV, the utterly uninspiring Gabby Logan (who is a mediocre BBC sports pre­ senter at best) fronts this trash with a hideous grin as if she is on a day release from Broadmoor. In the hands of say a Bradley Walsh, the show might have had a redeeming feature, but Logan is as funny as a sod­


den toilet roll as she lamely reads out her allegedly funny ad­libs off the autocue. She gets into peri­ ods of hys­ terics like a y o u n g teenager knowing that she’s off to meet a boy behind the school bike sheds later in the day. There was an odd titter to be had from team captains Frank Skinner and Micky Flanagan, as they took on a set of second­rate tasks to discover what their Z­list celebrity colleagues knew about Britain. And like with Your Face Sounds Familiar, I just couldn’t give a prover­ bial. So much of this nonsense

seemed to be rehearsed, including Frank and Micky’s gags, including the tedious rou­ tine play­ ing on the surname o f Casualty s t a r , Charlotte Salt: ­ gosh how I wet myself laughing…not! To add to the suffer­ ing, we had two groups of moronic supporters sat behind the teams in coloured clothing cheering at every­ thing and there was a house band fronted by the flop, Jamelia, who a few years ago was going to be the “next best thing”, and who clearly is only there for the money. Two other nuggets on this

rubbish show and format speak volumes for me, just in case you think I’m a tad harsh. Firstly, David Walliams was initially going to be the presenter, so I pre­ sume he knew what a turkey this would end up as, and chose to do something else. Secondly, in the ultimate insult, Your Face Sounds Familiar got close to 1 million more viewers! Things could get even worse tomorrow with the launch of a new pup­ pet quiz show, called That Puppet Game Show, ahead of I Love My Country. I shake my head in despair, but at least we have the re­vitalised X Factor returning soon, as well as Strictly Come Dancing. Much as I’ve loved Matt Smith as Doctor Who, I can’t wait to see Peter Capaldi take over the role at the end of the year. Despite


the best efforts of the BBC to keep the identity of the latest man to play the famous Time Lord a secret before Sunday’s night’s live reveal on BBC1, Capaldi’s name was all over the internet over a week ago, and what a great choice he is. Besides the obvious move away from casting young actors, Capaldi is versatile in both comedy and drama, and is a massive Who fan. The foul­ mouthed Malcolm Tucker in the hilarious Thick of It, is one of his best known roles, but he was ace in the sadly­ cancelled The Hour, and stole the show five years ago in the best ever Torchwood story, Children of God, and he‘s currently involved in shooting a BBC revival of The Three Musketeers. By an interesting coincidence, at 55, Capaldi’s exactly the same age that William

Hartnell started to play Doctor Who back in 1963, and his appointment has rightly been greeted with uni­ versal acclaim. I’d also sug­ gest that his arrival in the Tardis might just attract back some older viewers who may have felt that Doctor Who had just got a bit too left­field for some of them.


ITV bosses never admit mistakes like all their disastrous breakfast changes since axing GMTV nearly 3 years ago. The chemistry between Daybreak hosts Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones is akin to a kipper. GMTV should never have been scrapped, and in a tacid admission, ITV are now said to be lining up ex­GMTV favourites Eamonn Holmes and Ben Shepherd to co­pre­ sent with Kelly, to try to regain all the lost viewers.

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

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Final Analysis Holiday Weatherview BBC News Breakfast Heir Hunters Homes Under the Hammer Helicopter Heroes Fake Britain Bargain Hunt BBC News; Weather Regional News and Weather Doctors Only Fools and Horses Perfection Escape to the Country Flog It! Pointless BBC News BBC London News The One Show Nigel Slater's Dish of the Day EastEnders Celebrity MasterChef The Field of Blood BBC News Regional News and Weather Would I Lie to You?

The Men Who Made Us Fat Panorama This Is BBC Two Homes Under the Hammer

08:00 Great British Railway Journeys 08:30 Bargain Hunt 09:15 Saints and Scroungers 10:00 Hebrides: Islands on the Edge 11:00 Animal Park 12:00 BBC News 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Saint Joan 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 Journeys into the Ring of Fire 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 A Summer in Wales 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 Gardeners' World 22:00 Natural World 23:00 The Trip 23:30 Newsnight

00:35 Murder, She Wrote" 01:25 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 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 River Monsters 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Doc Martin 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 ITV News Meridian 23:35 Bridget Jones's Diary

BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY Romantic comedy adapted from the bestselling novel by Helen Fielding, starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Weight­obsessed 30­ something Bridget Jones is busy lamenting her lack of a good man when two come along at once: her flirtatious boss Daniel Cleaver and uptight childhood friend Mark Darcy.

00:05 Random Acts 00:10 Chopin Changed My Life 01:10 24 Hours in A&E 02:05 One Born Every Minute 03:00 Dispatches 03:55 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 04:55 SuperScrimpers 05:05 Deal or No Deal 06:00 Countdown 06:45 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh's 3 Good Things 08:15 According to Jim 08:40 Will & Grace 09:05 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 Young Sherlock Holmes 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 Sarah Millican: Chatterbox Live

August 9

00:00 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 01:00 SuperCasino 04:55 Great Artists 05:20 Divine Designs 05:45 House Doctor 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 Rupert Bear 07:20 Fireman Sam 07:30 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 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Billion Dollar Wreck Hunt 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Mentalist 16:15 A Decent Proposal 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 World's Busiest 22:00 Big Brother 23:30 Big Brother's Bit on the Side


The Courier Saturday TV

August 10

07:30 China Sky 08:45 Pot o' Gold

00:05 Pramface 00:35 Grosse Pointe Blank 02:20 Weatherview

10:10 Reel History of Britain 10:40 The Private Life of Plants 11:30 Live Athletics

02:25 BBC News

12:15 University Challenge

07:00 Live Athletics 10:30 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather

12:45 The Sky at Night 13:05 Carve Her Name with Pride 15:00 Escape to the Country 15:30 Exploring China: A Culinary

12:15 Live Athletics 19:30 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 19:45 That Puppet Game Show 20:30 I Love My Country 21:20 The National Lottery: Break the Safe

Adventure 16:30 Wild China 17:30 Final Score 18:15 Flog It! 19:00 Natural World 20:00 Proms Extra 2013 20:40 Dad's Army

22:10 Casualty 23:00 Mrs Brown's Boys 23:30 National Lottery Update 23:50 Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow

21:10 David Starkey's Music & Monarchy 22:10 Top of the Lake 23:10 QI XL

01:25 Jackpot247 04:00 Columbo: the Greenhouse Jungle 05:15 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 Gravity Falls 09:25 ITV News 09:30 Dinner Date 10:25 Saturday Cookbook 11:20 Murder, She Wrote 12:20 Saturday Farm 13:20 Countrywise 13:35 ITV News and Weather 13:39 ITV Meridian Weather 13:40 All Star Mr & Mrs 14:45 Smokey and the Bandit 16:30 Midsomer Murders 18:30 ITV Meridian Weather 18:45 ITV News and Weather 19:00 You've Been Framed! 19:30 You've Been Framed! 20:00 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 22:50 The Americans 23:45 ITV News and Weather 23:59 ITV Meridian Weather

00:05 Rude Tube 01:05 Random Acts 01:10 Blue Valentine 03:05 New Girl 03:30 The Mindy Project 03:50 Accidentally on Purpose 04:15 The Ricky Gervais Show 04:40 St Elsewhere 05:30 Deal or No Deal 06:25 Countdown 07:10 The Treacle People 07:20 The Hoobs 07:45 VW Racing Cup 08:10 The Grid 08:40 FIM Superbike World Championship 09:10 The Morning Line 10:10 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:10 Frasier 11:40 Frasier 12:10 The Big Bang Theory 13:10 The Simpsons 13:45 Undercover Boss Canada 17:10 Come Dine with Me 19:40 Channel 4 News 20:00 Grand Designs 21:00 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 23:50 Braveheart


00:00 Weather 00:05 Good Night, and Good Luck 01:30 The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution 02:30 This Is BBC Two 07:00 This Is BBC Two

Sci­fi action sequel starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. The ancient history of the Transformers' presence on Earth is revealed as the human race battles the first ever Decepticon, and once again Sam Witwicky is in the thick of the action.

00:30 Big Brother 01:00 SuperCasino 04:55 Motorsport Mundial 05:20 Divine Designs 05:45 House Doctor 06:10 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 08:25 Noddy in Toyland 08:40 City of Friends 08:55 Little Princess 09:10 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 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 The Mr Men Show 11:15 Power Rangers: Megaforce 11:50 Slugterra 12:10 Inside Hollywood 12:15 Big Brother 13:45 World's Busiest 14:45 Hell Boats 16:40 Columbo: A Bird in the Hand 18:30 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 NCIS 21:55 NCIS 22:50 5 News Weekend 23:00 Big Brother

The Courier Sunday TV

August 11

07:15 Angel on My Shoulder 09:00 Around the World in 80 00:35 The Football League Show 01:50 Weatherview 01:55 BBC News 07:00 Live Athletics 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Homes Under the Hammer 13:00 BBC News 13:05 Weather for the Week Ahead 13:10 The One Show: Best of Britain 13:40 Countryfile 14:35 Bargain Hunt 15:05 Escape to the Country 15:55 Songs of Praise 16:30 Live Athletics 20:05 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:30 Celebrity Mastermind 21:00 Countryfile 22:00 The White Queen 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Room 101 ­ Extra Storage

01:20 Tsotsi 02:50 This Is BBC Two 07:00 This Is BBC Two

Gardens 10:00 Gardeners' World 10:30 The Beechgrove Garden 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 Raymond Blanc: How to Cook Well 13:00 Coast 13:10 EastEnders 15:05 Hans Christian Andersen 16:55 The Making of King Arthur 17:55 First Knight 20:00 The Battle for Malta 21:00 Dragons' Den 22:00 The Hairy Bikers' Restoration Road Trip 23:00 Blackadder the Third 23:30 Numb: Simon Amstell Live at the BBC

00:00 Public Enemies 02:30 Jackpot247 04:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 04:45 ITV Nightscreen 07:00 Jake and the Neverland Pirates 07:25 Poppy Cat 07:50 Canimals 08:00 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 Ade in Britain 13:30 Love Your Garden 14:30 The Community Shield Live 17:15 The Mummy 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 The Community Shield Highlights

DRAGONS DEN Evan Davis presents the return of the business ideas contest and there are two new Dragons join­ ing the panel. Interior designer Kelly Hoppen and cloud­computing pioneer Piers Linney join Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden and Duncan Bannatyne to evaluate pitches from entrepreneurs, who now ascend to the Den in a lift. A former male stripper breaks down under pressure, and two British expats fly in from Australia to seek investment for their tanning range. Will anyone walk away with the Dragons' cash?

03:05 05:05 06:00 06:45 07:10 07:35 08:00 08:55 09:25 09:55 10:30 13:30 14:00 14:25 15:00 16:00 17:45 19:40 20:00 Free 21:00 22:00 23:00

Hollyoaks Deal or No Deal Countdown Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard The Hoobs Ironman 2013 Triathlon Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Frasier Sunday Brunch The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Simpsons Deal or No Deal Bride Wars Leap Year Channel 4 News Kirstie's Fill Your House for The Mill Southcliffe The Number 23

00:00 Big Brother's Bit on the Psych 01:00 SuperCasino 05:00 Wildlife SOS 05:25 Make It Big 05:50 Roary the Racing Car 06:00 Angels of Jarm 06:10 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 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 Castle Farm 08:25 Noddy in Toyland 08:40 City of Friends 08:50 Milkshake! Monkey 08:55 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:40 Mio Mao 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby's Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 11:10 Power Rangers Samurai 11:40 Slugterra 12:05 Highland Emergency 12:35 Big Brother 13:30 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 14:30 The Hotel Inspector Returns 15:30 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 17:00 Tinker Bell 18:30 Open Season 2 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 Once Upon a Time 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 Shoot 'Em Up


The Courier Monday TV

August 12

00:05 That Puppet Game Show 00:45 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! 02:15 Weatherview 02:20 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Don't Get Done, Get Dom 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 One Show

00:15 Perspectives 01:15 The Store 02:10 Countryfile 03:15 Monk 03:05 Holby City 04:45 Motorsport UK 05:35 ITV Nightscreen 04:05 This Is BBC Two 06:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:00 Daybreak 07:15 Live Athletics 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:35 Click 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 The Importance of Being 15:00 Storage Hoarders Earnest 16:00 Secret Dealers 14:30 Weakest Link 16:59 ITV Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 15:15 Mastermind 18:00 Take on the Twisters 15:45 The A to Z of TV Gardening 19:00 ITV News Meridian 16:30 Live Athletics 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:30 Wild Cameramen at Work 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 University Challenge 21:00 Tonight 21:30 Raymond Blanc: How to Cook 21:30 Coronation Street Well 22:00 Long Lost Family 23:00 ITV News at Ten and 22:00 Horizon Weather 23:00 QI 23:30 ITV Meridian Weather 23:30 Newsnight 23:35 Benidorm 00:30 The Visitor

20:30 Fake Britain 21:30 Fightback Britain 22:00 Death in Paradise 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Have I Got a Bit More News for You

Vanilla Sky Phil Spencer: Secret Agent Secret Eaters Deal or No Deal Countdown Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard The Hoobs Hugh's 3 Good Things According to Jim Will & Grace Frasier Everybody Loves Raymond The Big Bang Theory Undercover Boss USA Channel 4 News Summary A Place in the Sun Kirstie's Vintage Gems Yangtse Incident Countdown Deal or No Deal Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Channel 4 News Dispatches Food Unwrapped Benefits Britain 1949 Ramsay's Hotel Hell


20:30 BBC News; Regional News 21:00 EastEnders

01:00 03:15 04:10 05:05 06:00 06:45 07:10 08:00 08:15 08:40 09:05 10:05 11:05 12:00 13:00 13:05 14:05 14:20 16:10 17:00 18:00 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:55 21:00 21:30 22:00 23:00

Benefits claimants volunteer to live for a week by the rules of 1949, the first year in which the system was up and running, to find out how their income would change. Craig, 24, discovers that being born with spina bifida doesn't entitle him to financial help, but the post­war welfare state has another solution ­ it offers him training and work experi­ ence. Melvyn, 71, struggles to cover food, bills and transport with his £38.48 pension.

00:45 The Detonator 02:25 SuperCasino 05:00 Wildlife SOS 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 Bananas in Pyjamas 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 09:30 Mio Mao 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Nurses 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:15 A Time to Remember 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 The Billion Dollar Wreck Hunt 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 My Cyberstalking Hell: Liz McClarnon

The Courier Tuesday TV

August 13

00:20 Live at the Apollo

00:20 Make Me a German

01:05 Weatherview

01:20 Natural World

01:10 BBC News

02:20 This Is BBC Two

07:00 Breakfast

07:00 This Is BBC Two

10:15 Heir Hunters

07:15 Live Athletics

11:00 Homes Under the Hammer

11:35 HARDtalk

12:00 Countryside 999

12:00 BBC News

12:45 Don't Get Done, Get Dom

12:30 BBC World News

13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather

13:00 The Long and the Short and the Tall 14:45 The Super League Show 15:30 Mastermind

14:40 Doctors 15:10 Only Fools and Horses 16:00 Perfection

16:00 Animal Park 16:30 Live Athletics 20:30 Wild Cameramen at Work

16:45 Escape to the Country

21:00 Count Arthur Strong

17:30 Flog It!

21:30 The Cruise: A Life at Sea

18:15 Pointless

22:00 This World

19:00 BBC News

23:00 Family Tree

19:30 BBC London News

23:30 Weather

20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 New Tricks 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:25 National Lottery Update 23:35 Football's Suicide Secret

00:05 Monk 01:00 Jackpot247 04:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 04:55 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 News Meridian 15:00 Storage Hoarders 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 Tonight 21:00 Love Your Garden 22:00 On the Run 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 ITV Meridian Weather 23:35 Piers Morgan's Life Stories

YOU’RE KILLING MY SON Cutting Edge documentary about a couple who found themselves at odds over the treatment of their seven­year­old son's brain tumour. Sally Roberts ran away with Neon in December 2012 to spare him further radiotherapy, while her estranged husband Ben felt the boy was progress­ ing well and he supported the doctors' strategy. The film, by Sarah Burkeman, a friend of the fami­ ly, includes Ben talking at length publicly for the first time about his experiences.

00:05 Random Acts 00:10 Coming Up 00:40 How to Get a Council House 01:35 Dates 02:05 Misfits 03:00 Nashville 03:40 Southland 04:25 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 Swimming 10:00 Frasier 10:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 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 SuperScrimpers 14:20 Carry On Cabby 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 21:00 Kirstie's Fill Your House for Free 22:00 You're Killing My Son: The Mum Who Went on the Run 23:00 Rude Tube

00:00 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 01:00 The Walking Dead 01:55 SuperCasino 05:00 Great Artists 05:25 Divine Designs 05:50 House Doctor 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Bananas in Pyjamas 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 09:30 Mio Mao 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 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:10 Murder among Friends 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Cricket: The Ashes 21:00 Born to Kill? 22:00 CSI: NY 23:00 Big Brother


The Courier Wednesday TV

August 14

07:00 This Is BBC Two 07:30 Live Athletics 00:35 Litter Wars 01:25 Weatherview 01:30 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Don't Get Done, Get Dom 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 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Rip Off Food 21:00 Celebrity MasterChef 22:00 Who Do You Think You Are? 23:00 BBC News

00:35 01:25 11:00 The Chef's Protege 04:00 11:30 The Chef's Protege 04:45 12:00 BBC News 06:05 12:30 BBC World News 07:00 13:00 Coast 09:30 13:05 Wuthering Heights 10:25 14:45 Weakest Link 11:30 13:30 15:30 Mastermind 14:30 16:00 The A to Z of TV Gardening 14:55 16:45 A Taste of My Life 17:15 Journeys into the Ring of Fire 15:00 16:00 18:15 Antiques Roadshow 16:59 19:00 Athletics 17:00 19:30 Moscow: The Cold War 18:00 Olympics 19:00 20:00 Dig WW2 with Dan Snow 19:30 21:00 Restoration Home 20:00 22:00 Queen Victoria's Children 20:30 23:00 The Culture Show 23:25 23:55 23:30 Newsnight 10:00 Rick Stein's India

In Plain Sight Jackpot247 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA ITV Nightscreen The Jeremy Kyle Show Daybreak Lorraine The Jeremy Kyle Show This Morning Tipping Point ITV News and Weather ITV News Meridian Storage Hoarders Secret Dealers ITV Meridian Weather Midsomer Murders Take on the Twisters ITV News Meridian ITV News and Weather Emmerdale Live International Football ITV News and Weather ITV News Meridian

00:05 Random Acts 00:10 The Dealership 01:10 Poker 02:05 KOTV Boxing Weekly 02:35 Beach Volleyball 03:30 The Grid 04:00 VW Racing Cup 04:25 FIM Superbike World Championship 04:55 Ironman 2013 05:20 Triathlon 06:15 Deal or No Deal 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Hugh's 3 Good Things 08:10 According to Jim 08:35 Will & Grace 09:00 Swimming 10:00 Frasier 10:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 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 14:25 When Eight Bells Toll 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 21:00 How Not to Get Old 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 The Last Leg


23:25 National Lottery Update 23:35 The Call Centre

00:20 Horizon 01:20 The Iraq War

A new starter attracts the attention of the women and Nev searches for a sales agent to represent the office in a national ideal voice campaign aimed at getting more people interested in call centre work. Tea­lady Hayley tries to prove there is more to her than hot beverages and a former actress hopes to recapture past glories.

02:20 This Is BBC Two

00:00 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 01:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 01:55 SuperCasino 05:00 Great Artists 05:25 Divine Designs 05:50 House Doctor 06:10 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Bananas in Pyjamas 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 09:30 Mio Mao 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 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 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 NCIS 16:15 Class 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Emergency Bikers 21:00 Nurses 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 Love/Hate

The Courier Thursday TV

August 15

00:35 A Lot like Love 02:15 Weatherview 02:20 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Heir Hunters 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Countryside 999 12:45 Don't Get Done, Get Dom 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:40 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 BBC London News 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Celebrity MasterChef 22:00 Paul O'Grady's Working Britain 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Who Do You Think You Are?

00:05 International Football Highlights 01:20 Australia with Simon Reeve 01:00 The Dales 01:30 Jackpot247 02:20 This Is BBC Two 04:00 Escape to Victory 07:00 This Is BBC Two 06:00 ITV Nightscreen 07:30 Live Athletics 06:05 The Jeremy Kyle Show 07:00 Daybreak 10:05 The Chef's Protege 09:30 Lorraine 10:35 The Chef's Protege 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 11:05 The Chef's Protege 13:30 Tipping Point 11:35 HARDtalk 14:30 ITV News and Weather 12:00 BBC News 14:55 ITV Meridian Weather 15:00 Storage Hoarders 12:30 BBC World News 16:00 Secret Dealers 13:00 Rampage 16:59 ITV Meridian Weather 14:35 Weakest Link 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 Take on the Twisters 15:20 Mastermind 19:00 ITV News Meridian 15:50 The A to Z of TV Gardening 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 16:35 Live Athletics 20:30 Tonight 20:00 Dig WW2 with Dan Snow 21:00 Emmerdale 21:00 Dara O Briain's Science Club 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 The Men Who Made Us Thin 22:00 My Dwarf Family 23:00 ITV News at Ten and 23:00 Rhod Gilbert's Work Weather Experience 23:30 ITV Meridian Weather 23:35 The Secret Life of Dogs 23:30 Weather 00:20 Dara O Briain's Science Club

MY DWARF FAMILY Documentary following the stories of three fami­ lies affected by achondroplasia, the most com­ mon form of dwarfism. Gillian hopes she can pro­ tect her 13­year­old daughter from the problems she faced while growing up, Rebecca is embark­ ing on married life and wants to have children with Ben, a man of average height, and Phil pre­ pares his son Paddy for the challenges of second­ ary school using `tough love'.

00:25 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 01:25 Random Acts 01:30 Shameless USA 02:20 Stop­Loss 04:10 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 05:05 Deal or No Deal 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 Swimming 10:00 Frasier 10:35 Everybody Loves Raymond 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 Donovan's Reef 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 21:00 The Dealership 22:00 How to Get a Council House 23:00 Crazy About One Direction

00:10 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 01:10 National Heads Up Poker Championships 02:05 SuperCasino 05:00 Great Artists 05:25 Divine Designs 05:50 House Doctor 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Bananas in Pyjamas 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 Animal A&E 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:10 On Hostile Ground 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Animal A&E 19:30 NewsTalk Live 20:00 Police Interceptors 21:00 Why Did Oscar Pistorius Kill Our Daughter? 22:00 The Hotel Inspector 23:00 Big Brother


Friday, August 9, 2013



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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 966 923 963 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 RS110 : Immaculate detached villa for rent, 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, closed carport for parking on

plot, communal pool, no smokers or pets please, viewings from 4 Sept, 450 € pcm. Call 96 692 3963. 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. Butia Espana Are you trapped. Need to sell quick. We are the only answer for a speedy sale.UK buyers wait­ ing. Telephone 0800 612 7514 or Spain 678 756 644 (131) 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 RS80 : Spanish style town­ house in Algorfa, totally reformed and redecorated, 110m2, 3 lrg.bedrooms, 1 bathroom, many extras, absolute bargain at 99,500 €, call now on 966 923 963 for no obligation viewing. 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




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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: 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 Ref. BRJ1 – 1 bedroom top floor renovated apartment in San Luis. Great sea and lake views. 55.000 €. Tel. 966 923 963 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 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 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 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 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 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


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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 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







Friday, August 9, 2013 Ref: 520, €85,000. 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 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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Friday, August 9, 2013

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

PLAY FAIR TO HAVE A GOOD TIME I HAVE often written about the ‘Rules of Golf’ and even a section, Know Your Rules, but I know the ‘Rules of Golf’ is sometimes intimidating and overwhelming to most golfers, especially for beginners, with some just pretending to know them! So, should not golf teachers have part of the les­ son on etiquette and basic rules? Every sport has rules to make it fair for everyone to be on the same playing field of equal competition. The R and A has a website where you can download the rules, and there is even an app for your Smart phone, I­Pad or elec­ tronic device. If that is not enough, you can click on w w w. v e g a b a j a p r e m i e r ­ for the rules and decisions on the Rules of Golf. Think of the ‘Rules of Golf’ as a reference point like a dic­ tionary. It has definitions, explanations with specific wording for clarification and communication. Remember that being familiar with them can be to your advantage. The ‘Rules of Golf’ are less overwhelming if you know the first section of the book: Etiquette and Definitions. The definitions are repeated inside the greater part of the book as well. The index is very useful for researching certain situations when they arise. Etiquette is essential and is defined as having good manners….before, during and after the round to ensure enjoyment to all golfers.


Golf etiquette may seem complicated, and in truth you will learn the more you play. But if you start with the following points you will be okay. Arrival: Try to arrive early enough to time: ­ at least 30 minutes before your actual tee time to warm up, practice putt, find the toilets, check in with the caddy master, and be ready on the tee 10/15 minutes before you tee off time. Speed of play: The easiest way to keep up the pace has nothing to do with how well you play, but rather how fast. As soon as your group is on the first tee, it’s time to begin and move. The golf ball is the playing piece and it needs to move forward. That does not mean you have to rush your swing or run to your ball. It means one practice swing and be ready to play when it’s your turn. From the time you select you club until you hit your shot, you should take no more than 30 – 45 seconds. It’s always a god idea to agree with your playing partners that if you are not ready then they can play. That’s Ready Golf! A good way to monitor your pace of play is to always remain a half a hole behind the group in front of you. If you are new to the game and not keeping score, but feel the

TITTER ON THE TEE A sign seen in a Golf Clubs toilet 1. Back straight, knees bent, feet shoulder width apart. 2. Form a loose grip. 3. Keep your head down. 4. Avoid a quick back swing. 5. Stay out of the water. 6. Try not to hit anyone. 7.If you are taking too long, let others go ahead of you. 8.Don't stand directly in front of others. 9.Quiet please...while others are preparing to go. 10.Don't take extra strokes. Well done. Now flush the urinal, go outside, and tee off!

pressure of keeping up with the rest of the group, pick your ball up and start on the next hole to help the group to catch up. Eventually you will learn more on how to keep up when playing all your shots. It’s OK! When you start to keep score, then you will play by the rules, but feel comfortable first. SPEED of play is important to ALL golfers and golf courses. Shout “FORE”: Shouting “Fore” is merely a way of shout­ ing “Watch Out”! And it is used by golfers when they hit a ball astray that might come close to another person on the golf course. Don’t wait; the moment you realise the ball has even a remote chance of hitting another person, SHOUT IT OUT LOUD! Take Care of the Course: Its hard work making a golf course look as good as it is. Do your part to take care of it. For starters, if you are using a buggy keep to the paths or if the path runs out, keep to the edge of the fairway and NEVER close to tees or greens, and leave them and the trol­ leys at the exit of the green. NEVER at the front of the green. On the course if you take a divot, you should replace it by placing on the spot and pressing them down firmly with the foot. On the tee, if there is a seed mix box use its contents to fill the divot. When a shot hits the green it leaves a pitch mark, there is a right and wrong way to repair them so learn the correct way since it will repair quicker, and also fix someone else’s

KNOW YOUR RULES QUESTION A player rotates his ball on the putting green to line up the manufacturers name with the hole. The ball was not moved or marked. Is there a penalty? ANSWER Yes, there is. One stroke for touching the ball other than is provided in the Rules. If the player had marked the ball prior to rotating it, there would be no penalty.

left over’s too. The other day I actually saw a player drive his buggy to the bunker where he hit his shot and then drove away leaving his size eleven foot prints. Disgraceful! When I asked him why he did not rake the bunker he replied “That’s for the green keeper” GRRR!. Make sure you rake the bunker. The sand is daunt­ ing enough without having to contend with someone’s foot­ print. Rule of thumb: ­ all players should try to leave the course in better condition than they found it. Picking up rubbish and putting it in appropriate bins, fixing others' ball marks, sanding/replacing divots from careless players, and raking bunkers are examples of ways to help. Know where to stand: Golfers do not want anything interfering with their concentration on their shot. Stand to the side and slightly behind the ball several metres away. On the green, try to stay out of the line of sight of the person putting. Also, when walking on the green be aware of the line from the other player’s ball and the hole and don’t step on the imaginary line. Flagstick: Another consideration on the green is the flag­ stick. If you are closest to the hole, you are in charge of removing the flagstick if everyone says they can see the hole. Ball: Remember don’t move your ball under any circum­ stances unless you are on the putting green (after marking it). If you are unable to find your ball, only take a maximum of five minutes and call players through. Maintain a sense of humor: This is probably the most critical element of playing golf days. Enjoy the pressure and challenge of hitting golf shots that count towards prizes. Remember, no one cares if you play poorly. The only expec­ tation that others have is that you are good company. Sulking, cursing, and throwing clubs is totally unacceptable. Oh…and switch off that mobile phone! If you cannot be with­ out calls for a few hours you should not be there. Finally: At the end of the round, shake hands with your playing partners, remove your hat (if you are wearing one), and thank them for their company. At the end of the day, the greatest pleasure of the game is the time you get to spend with friends.


Friday, August 9, 2013


Fed up with Baled­out Suarooney rumours? I know I am. Well, from a forever faithful fervent fan, if you hadn’t noticed, the ‘Championship’ kicked­off last weekend, two weeks before the other grander kick­off w/e 17th August, and this secondary marathon will end in 46 games time w/e 3rd May 2014 – which seems a lifetime away. Bit of a misnomer, the ‘Championship’, isn’t it? You’re only the champion if you win it ­ and of what? What it’s always been ­ the Second Division: ­ the also­rans of one of the world’s greatest football leagues, dominated by the arrogantly­named ‘Premiership’, but conveniently leaving the stable door wide open for the old Second Division to be wrongly renamed ‘The Championship’. In case you think I’m a sourpuss who supports a Premiership team, looking snootily down at their inferi­ ors, actually I’m a Nottingham Forest supporter. Yes, I know, c’mon jokers ­ somebody has to be/nobody’s perfect etc, ha ha… But hey, we were big once, a little while back courtesy of Brian Clough, who took us so high we needed oxygen: but today we’re more modestly­placed. I feel this does qualify me to look

with interest at our very mixed secondary league, which is full of has­beens, never wases, pretenders and more. If your team’s been up there, you do tend to think you’ve got a divine right to still be back up there, and it’s really only a mat­ ter of time before you return. But as we at Forest well know, you can go even lower if things don’t go right – just ask Wolves, Sheffield United and poor old beleaguered Coventry. It’s only four seasons since Billy Davies got our Forest out of what my brother eloquently described as ‘that poxy league’ – he meant League One, or the old Division Three ­ and then took us twice, albeit unsuc­ cessfully to the Championship play­offs. Several years ago on a quick wintery trip to the UK, I took my wife for a nostalgic day to Nottingham, where I grew up. Having done the City sights, we ended up on a nice crisp sunny evening at Trent Bridge, where the Rowing Clubs sit by the mighty River Trent, right next to the City Ground. It was a midweek evening, and the ground was shut. I walked up to the main doors of the club and pressed my nose up against the huge plate glass windows and peered into reception. I could see life­size cut­outs of Jack Burkitt, holding up the FA Cup won in 1959, the year our family moved to Nottingham

Columbian Carlos joins Elche 27 year old Columbian midfielder, Carlos Alberto Sanchez, is the latest signing for Elche, as they get ready for next weekend’s return to La Liga. He joins Elche this coming Monday for his first training ses­ sion after 6 seasons with the French division one club, Valenciennes. He’s made 25 appearances for the Columbian national side, and he’s the 9th signing that Elche has secured this summer. The club are still chasing four more players, including 2 strikers.

Elche stop Herculian effort

and the event blew me away, hooking me forever to Forest. There were similar apparitions of the immortal Cloughie him­ self and right­hand man Peter Taylor holding the first European Cup won in 1979. What a team that was: Trevor Francis, John Robertson, Peter Shilton, Kenny Burns and the lads. Oh, the memories… as I pulled myself away, my reverent gaze moved upwards to a huge pylon, on which sat a large notice, which read: NEXT HOME GAME SAT MARCH 15: BRENTFORD. Excuse me? Brentford? Oh please…but yes, that experi­ ence was both humbling and humiliating. Sorry to all Bees supporters, but you’re not exactly neighbours Chelsea or even Fulham, are you? So yes, we’ve been that low, and so I’m personally happy right now, because I think we‘ve got the right man now to get us back to the big time. There’s a long, long way to go this season, but for the moment I’ll gladly set­ tle for last Saturday’s 1 – 0 win over Huddersfield. As for the rest of the season? Ask me next May!

Last second woe

A last minute goal from UCAM Murcia earned the visitors a 2­all draw at FC Torrevieja in Wednesday night’s friendly at the Nelson Mandela stadium. Torry went behind after just two minutes, with Murcia dom­ inating play until Eric squeezed the ball through to Pastor, who accelerated past the defenders and slipped it under the advancing keeper's legs. Torry went ahead midway in the second half with a volley from Javi before a corner in injury time was lashed home by Quintero before the final whistle. Carrasco and Rafa returned from injury to show their value to Torry, and Pastor once again had an impressive outing. Manager Anselmo takes the team to his former club, Almoradi, tomorrow (Saturday) for a 7.30pm start, and then on Wednesday August 14th Torry take on Cox. That match might be played at the Vicente Garcia stadium, as the pitch improvements continue.

Almoradi raided again The list of players joining new FC Torrevieja manager Anselmo from his old club, Almoradi, continues to grow with news that goalkeeper Carlos Moreno Aldeguer has made the switch. He becomes the second keeper signed by the club, after securing Carrion from Callosa Deportiva a fortnight ago. Upfield, Torrevieja has been boosted by the signing of inside left, 26­year­ old Alberto Berna Guerrero, known as "Alberto", from CF La Nucia. Meanwhile 20 year old Manu Amores, has decided to stay with Torrevieja, having had a trial at Cartagena.


Elche’s pre­season friendlies continued with a narrow win over their traditional rivals, Hercules, to lift the City of Alicante Trophy. Elche used most of their squad in a match that finished 1­all after full time at the Rico Perez stadium in Alicante. It went straight to a penalty shoot­out, which Elche won 4­1,

with goalkeeper Tonu pulling off a couple of excellent saves. Elche’s next match is at home to Real Murcia tomorrow night (Saturday) with an 8.00pm kick­off. The serious business in La Liga gets going the following Saturday at Rayo Vallecano.

The Ford­Dunn brothers from Murcia are continuing to make their presence felt on the Spanish Supermoto scene, with the season now taking a summer break. The latest championship races in Aragon saw Mat Ford­Dunn take the champi­ onship lead in the SM Masters class after two top three finishes. Bumps, bruis­ es, and punctures saw younger brother Anthony struggle in his SM Open class races at the same meeting, but despite hitting the deck, he still managed to gain a 6th overall placing.

Friday, August 9, 2013



The ‘Championship’ is a highly competitive league, and very diffi­ cult to get out of – upwards, that is: ­ it’s easier the other way! New ex­biggie arrivals Wigan, QPR and Reading will all feel jilted from coming downwards last year and no doubt will be bursting to get back up, whereas Watford, Brighton and Leicester will all feel like the bridesmaids who didn’t catch the bouquet at the play­off weddings back in unromantic spring. Newbies Doncaster, Bournemouth and Yeovil (who?) will all be raring to go. I rate nice Nigel Atkins at Reading, and can see him doing a Southampton again and getting the Royals back up there. Key Latics question: Can Wigan hold onto their good ‘uns? Owen Coyle needs some luck after the debacle of his previous failure at Bolton. Quite Possibly Rabid are still the same – barking. After spending a sickening fortune in vainly attempting to stay up, now the leading loyal­less laggards are leav­ ing – on loan, no less ­ like Loic Remy to Newcastle and Adel Tarrabt to Fulham, both for a year– presum­

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ably when Rangers return triumphantly, without them? What tosh… in being relegated has the hugely­expen­ sive bench been accordingly trimmed, Harry? That failed backroom bunch must cost more than the rele­ gated team of disinterested failed mercenaries. At Watford, has Gianfranco Zola still got it after last year’s glorious failure? Derby, under ‘our Nigel’ still don’t seem to be getting it right; is it a handicap with a name like Clough? This could be the year for neigh­ bours Leicester, though. Charlton? Not done much since Alan Curbishly had ‘em regularly punching above their weight ­ whatever happened to him? Ipswich Town, having outlasted Roy Keane and Paul Jewell now have dour­boot­experienced Mick McCarthy to mebbee gettumoop. Talking Yorky, Huddersfield Town don’t send any pulses racing, and at up­and­down Doncaster it’ll be a challenging year. This season there’s more ’B’s in this division than at an apiary. Birmingham (money­man needed), Bolton (Dougie Freedman’s big test), Barnsley (strugglers), Blackpool (Ince­perfect?), Blackburn (need stability, quickly) Bournemouth (Howe to do it?), Burnley (hmm… strugglers) and how will Gus­less Brighton fare now without him? Summary: no ‘B’s, he said (arguably!) are great names of modern English foot­ ball. They’d all like to be up there in the big time but

have no real experience of ’Premiership’ status today: most are ‘rebuilding’. Leeds United: now there’s a God’s coontreh name which used to raise some hackles – albeit not lately. Does a new Don Revie need to rise Phoenix­like from the ashes now that killer Ken Bates has gone? Astute move in getting Brian McDermott to Elland Road: he’s bin there, tee shirt acquired etc. As for Sheffield Wednesday – sigh… Dave Jones is trying, but sorry, can’t see it, sorry Dave, mate. The M’s: modest Middlesbrough enviously look up at nutty neighbours Newcastle and Sunderland towering financially above ‘em ­ and as for Millwall, well: ’Nobody likes us’ fits perfectly and the whole club needs a total 2013/4 re­think about their situation and desired direction – see Cardiff ­ it can be done. Yeovil: where’s that? Zummerzet, moi boy? Have they still got that sloping pitch? That’s unfair. The Division One play­off winners look like they’ve got that ‘noth­ ing to lose’ gung­ho spirit that worked so well for the likes of Wimbledon and Wigan – so ‘Y’ not? Have I missed out anyone? Oh, yes, my Nottingham Forest. Well, I think I’m a bit too partisan to give a bal­ anced view. However I do think we’ve got the right man for the job in Billy Davies: Forest only missed the play­offs by one point last year. This time? Ojala.

Week 129