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15 years ago he was told he had terminal cancer. Now Ralph Roebuck is...

A GOLDEN MIRACLE WHEN Yorkshire steel worker Ralph Roebuck was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1996, his wife Barbara prepared for the worst.

June 3, 1961: Wedding day

Despite major surgery in the UK along with six months of invasive chemotherapy, doctors told him the cancer was highly likely to return. And it did. The most optimistic prognosis gave Ralph 10 years to live and when he developed a kidney tumour, his days really did seem numbered. He lost his left kidney, and then found himself facing a THIRD conflict with the Big C - this time a prostate attack. But not before Barbara herself deve-

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loped breast cancer and, like her husband, had to endure major surgery and chemotherapy. All of which puts the couple’s Golden Wedding celebration last Friday - more than 15 years after Ralph’s initial joust with death - in the ‘true miracle’ bracket. Even now, he faces more chemo for his prostate cancer, but, battle-hardened by his previous ‘victories’, he dismisses it by insisting: ‘‘It’s something you die with, not from.’’ To celebrate the 50th anniversary

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Picture by Colin Whitfield

Barbara and Ralph toast 50 years of marriage


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A Santa Pola setting...but which century? TELEPHONE

96 672 6437 JUNGLE DRUMS E-MAIL office@thecourier.es WEB www.thecourier.es HEAD OFFICE Alto del Moncayo s/n, Guardamar del Segura, 03140, ALICANTE PHONE: 96 672 64 37 Email: office@thecourier.es OPENING HOURS Mon - Fri 1030 to 1730 EDITOR Dave Bull (English/Spanish) ADVERTISING SALES 96 672 6437 office@thecourier.es TELESALES 96 672 6437 616 332 178 Sally Los Alcazares, San Javier 618 391 491 Myra Quesada, Rojales, Torrevieja, San Miguel Tel. 618 583 765 Vanessa Gran Alacant, La Marina, Guardamar Tel. 638 741 847 Denise La Zenia, Playa Flamenca, Cabo Roig Tel. 697 241 753 Jean La Zenia, Playa Flamenca, Cabo Roig Tel. 618 898 034 Writers Dave Bull Malcolm Palmer Mick Hardy Donna Gee Suzanne Manners Spike Paul Payne Sally Bengtsson Tony Mayes Jake Monroe Dan Smith Photographer Mark Welton

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GOLDEN JOY! From Page 1 they never expected to reach, Ralph and former newspaperoffice receptionist Barbara enjoyed a knees-up with 35 friends Stan and Olly’s restaurant in the El Raso area of Guardamar, where they live. ‘‘I’m certain that bringing Ralph out to Spain five years ago has extended his life,’’ insisted Barbara, 67. ‘‘Had we stayed in the UK, I’m convinced I’d now be a widow.’’

The Roebucks, who met at a teenage dance in Rawmarsh days before Barbara’s 16th birthday, were married at Rotherham Registry Office on June 3, 1961. They have two sons, six grandchildren and three great-grandkids. They are also the driving force behind their local Neighbourhood Watch Guardamar branch, of which Ralph is president and Barbara secretary. So why did a man with Ralph’s health problems

King’s knee op ‘a success’ - hospital KING Juan Carlos was said to be recovering well at a Madrid hospital after undergoing an operation on Sunday to replace his right knee joint. The 90-minute procedure to insert an artificial knee was carried out to alleviate pain from old sailing and skiing injuries suffered during the 73-year-old monarch’s younger years. There has been frenzied speculation over the King's health since he had a tumour removed from his lung last year. When he was spotted walking with a cane recently, negative headlines saw him rip into the media’s obsession with his health. It seems that the usually respectful Spanish press is

Monday Sunny and warm High Temperature: 33°C RealFeel: 34°C

take on such a demanding job? ‘‘Because I didn’t step back fast enough when they asked for volunteers!’’ comes the tonguein-cheek reply. With Neighbourhood Watch increasingly active in El Raso, Ralph – a former British Steel shift manager - says the job can be both rewarding and frustrating. He added: ‘‘At least people are now reporting incidents to the police, who are committed to getting someone out to you in a matter of minutes.’’

beginning to mirror the British media! A Zarzuela Palace statement said the King would be kept under overnight observation following the knee op and would then be transferred to a ward for physiotherapy. ‘‘The surgery was concluded with success under epidural anaesthesia and involved carrying out a total artheroplasty of replacing the joint,’’ said a statement from the San Jose Clinic in Madrid. With Juan Carlos’s heir, Crown Prince Felipe, hosting official functions such as the visit of the Prince of Wales in April and seemingly ready to shoulder more responsibility, some believe the King is preparing to step aside - a sure indication of failing health. Today Partly sunny High Temperature: 23°C RealFeel: 28°C

Saturday Chance of showers High Temperature: 22°C RealFeel: 25°C

Sunday Mostly sunny High Temperature: 27°C RealFeel: 28°C

Tuesday Sunny High Temperature: 25°C RealFeel: 27°C

Wednesday Sunny High Temperature: 29°C RealFeel: 30°C

Thursday Sunny High Temperature: 31°C RealFeel: 32°C


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Friday, June 10, 2011 THE poor old Spanish cucumber was blamed for the outbreak of E.Coli in Germany, when it appears that all along the source of the infection was soya bean sprouts grown in Germany!

Cucumber is back on menu, but stop the bean sprouts!

The outbreak had killed 22 people by last Sunday, when the new likely source was discovered. Gert Lindemann, agricultural minister of Lower Saxony, said there was a "direct link" between a company in the town of Bienenbuettel and "these people getting sick." The firm has been shut down and its products have been recalled, Lindemann said. It is not immediately clear how the E.coli strain may have got into the sprouts, officials said. Sprouts are bred in large drums of water. If this water were contaminated it would By SALLY BENGTSSON go into the sprout. No E. coli had been found bought sprouts from the comin the company yet, but pany, officials said. Two workers at the agriculauthorities say the infection may have taken place too tural company, which was not long ago to be found at the identified, have come down company itself. However, with severe cases of diarrhoseveral restaurants and ea; in at least one of those cafes linked to the outbreak, cases, E.coli was the cause,

Lindemann said. The outbreak of a virulent strain of E. coli has infected more than 2,200 people in at least 12 countries, European health authorities said on Sunday. All but one of the 22 fatalities were reported in Germany, where officials say it's too early to determine

whether the peak of the outbreak has passed. One person in Sweden also died after visiting Germany. Last week, Spain vehemently rejected suggestions that its cucumbers could be blamed, after the European Food Safety Alert Network said E. coli was found in

A TRIP DOWN FOOTBALL’S MEMORY LANE

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY TWO FULL-BACKS AND A GOALIE...

IF you’re getting on a bit, and your footie memories go back to just after that little skirmish with Adolf and his merry men, you’ll remember Derby County winning the first FA Cup after the war. Raich Carter and Peter Doherty were in the side, and Billy Steel whacked in the only goal. The ‘big boys’ were around then, as now, but along came Portsmouth, with the elegant Jimmy Dickinson, and that uncompromising brute Jimmy Scoular, and soon we were watching Blackpool win one of the best cup finals ever, Stanley rst Matthews weaving his magic to let u H ff o Ge in the other Stan (Mortensen) to smash in the goals. Middlesbrough were a nice side to watch at that time, with Wilf Mannion and a young Brian Clough, and Burnley flared briefly, with Jimmy McIlroy and the underrated Billy Bingham. Along came the ’60s, and West Ham’s era, with Bobby

Wizard of the dribble: Stanley Matthews weaves his magic Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, to name but three. Then it was the turn of the great Leeds side – many of you could name every member of it, going to European glory, all based on the midfield genius of Johnny Giles. Ipswich denied their small-town status by rising briefly to the top. Southaampton had their good times, with Peter Shilton in goal, Mick Channon, Jimmy Case... But then Cloughie surfaced lough Brian C again, this time as one of the greatest managers ever, taking Nottingham Forest to untold heights. And what links all the above? Why, they’re all to be found in next season’s second division – OK, they call it the ‘Championship’ now. There are those still lower down the current pecking order who have had their post war moments too – Preston, with Tom Finney, Sheffield Wednesday, Tom Fin ney Wimbledon. Makes you think!

organic cucumbers originating from Spain, packaged in Germany and distributed to various countries. The World Health

Organisation says that in Japan in 1996, an ‘outbreak linked to contaminated radish sprouts in school lunches caused 9,451 cases’ of E.coli


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A ‘mountain’ of supplies delivered for tragic Lorca

COURIER READERS – SIMPLY THE BEST! A message from the Editor

Happy to assist: The team of helpers - very, very nice people

MONDAY saw The Courier, with the help of Brent Savage from Unblockarod, deliver some much-needed supplies to the volunteer centre in Lorca. The grateful volunteers thanked Courier readers for their kindness and generosity and made Mitch Bull and Brent, who delivered the van full of essential goods, very welcome. Thanks to you, the best readers out there, we’ve helped the people of Lorca a little and, just as importantly, put smiles on their faces! A very big thank-you from us at The Courier .

No.1 depot - there are three more like this one helping the people of Lorca

Cafe Golf handing over a boxful

The Head of staff and one of the many volunteers

GIVE HULL A HAND Local entertainer to help the people of Lorca with extravaganza

LAST week we received an email from entertainer Pete Hull, who is putting on a show at Quesada country Club later this month and asked if I’d publish his letter. His email touched us so we decided to print his words and let him explain what he is doing himself. But if you can help, and/or get down there and support him and the people of Lorca, well, that would just be great. Thanks! THE EDITOR

PETE WROTE: I HAVE decided to do this as I feel it’s important that we expats to show some support for our Spanish hosts, especially as the earthquake was only about 60km away and it could have happened here. My name is Pete Hull, I am a local singer and entertainer. On Thursday June 30, starting at 2pm, I am organising a free Benefit show at the Quesada Country Club in aid of the Lorca Earthquake appeal fund.

I have a number of entertainers lined up to perform throughout the day and there will be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, plus a barbecue. The Quesada Country Club will also have their new children’s play area open and the new crazy golf; the swimming pool will also be open. This will be a great day out for all the family and all the money raised will go to the Lorca appeal fund. Everybody is giving their services for free so please come along and have a fantastic time. Any businesses or performers who would like to appear or donate to this event please contact me by telephone or email. Many thanks in anticipation… PETE HULL Email: pete@peterhull.co.uk Tel: 965725573 Mob: 659013882

‘BENIDORM’ TV SHOW STAR! COMPETITION WINNER MR Terrence Hughes from Punta Prima was the first person to call Jean at the office to claim the tickets for the Shaun Foster Conley show at the La Zenia Hotel. He answered correctly that Johnny Vegas starred in the series Benidorm until recently.


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THEY DON’T LIKE IT UP ‘EM Tony Mayes reports on the recent scares and the on-going cucumber wars‌

QUESTION. How do you destroy the livelihoods of thousands of people at a stroke? Answer - rubbish what they are doing. And to really complete a hatchet job, say that what they are doing is a serious health risk. Thank you, Germany, for wrongly pointing an accusing finger at the Spanish agriculture industry over the horrendous e.coli outbreak and, at a stroke, destroying the fresh vegetable industry in an entire country. It was so sad watching the tons of perfectly good vegetables being dumped, especially as we know that millions in the world are starving, but it must be devastating for those thousands of growers who have worked tirelessly for months to bring their products to the market, and it has also put at risk the jobs of countless thousands more workers who rely on farms for their livelihoods. All this is the very last thing Spain needs as it tries to cope with the Debt Mountain and fights to avoid the sort of remedies which other less fortunate European countries are having to face. I can understand the dilemma the health authorities in Hamburg had to face, with hundreds of otherwise fit and healthy p e o p l e suddenly being overcome by the virulent disease, leading to the tragic deaths of 17 people to date, 500 people with serious damage to their kidneys and at least 700 more with less life threatening symptoms. The victims had one thing in common, they had eaten fresh vegetables, and it was basic human nature to release this information as quickly as possible. Germany imports much Spanish produce, so it was perhaps understandable why the finger was pointed there. However, Spain exports fresh vegetables to

many other countries too, including Britain and, obviously eats a considerable amount internally, so why no other cases other than in Germany and among people who had been in Germany and returned home? Perhaps a bit more information shared between other European countries before Hamburg's officials went public might have saved Spain the vast amount of damage that has been inflicted on it. But Spain has ben shooting itself in the foot for generations over the problems of not dealing with sewage adequately. It was a joke when I first isited Spain and the Spanish islands in the '70s and '80s as so often we would walk past a hotel or down a street and smell the most vile sewage pong. Even today you still come across places where things are far from healthy. Most farmers and growers

today know the dangers of putting untreated sewage and raw animal products on to land. But it's my guess that it still goes on and I know for a fact that there is land close to an urbanisation in Murcia province where sewage has been pouring onto for years. The contamination arose though a dispute between the developers and water company and as a result no maintenance was carried out on the sewage plant for four years. The result? Raw

sewage pouring out into the nearby field for all that time. The affected farmer knows the danger of using the field for growing, but who knows how far the contamination has spread from this source over the years? There is another example on our doorsteps in La Zenia. During intense downpours, water backs up in the sewerage network and untreated sewage pours down the streets and onto the sand. OK, clean-up teams get to work on it but the real answer is to separate the sewerage network from surface water drainage and divert it to a sewage works, and not use the sewerage system for storm water drainage. It will cost money - but it eliminates the risk of serious health problems. These are two cases I know about where the health of the public is put at risk because the treatment of sewage is not given top priority in Spain. Control over such an important public health factor is ultimately the responsibility of local, regional and central government. The authorities must ensure that any new development has an adequate sewerage system. It must be inspected and passed as fit for purpose by government officials, and then properly maintained and regularly inspected. In Britain water and sewerage companies are responsible for ensuring that raw sewage does not escape into the open. If it does, the company is legally responsible and is prosecuted. This system must be carried out in Spain so that the country is not an easy target for the next food scare. In the meantime, I hope Germany does the decent thing and immediately compensates Spain for the damage inflicted on its farmers and growers, who can ill afford to take such a devastating hit. I hope it doesn't become the subject of years of legal argument with fat lawyers the only gainers.

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THEY WALK AMONG US! By DAVE BULL THERE are lots of Celeb’s who have chosen to buy a home on this wonderful stretch of Spanish coast, but do you know who, and where they are? We’ve put together a short list of just some of the famous people living amongst us (now and again at least) but do you know better than us? Is Bianca living on the Blanca? Does Mick Hucknall really own the castle on the hill? The rumour mill is at full speed with Celebs on the Costas, so we’re asking you, the reader, to let us know who is out there living the dream. Did you know that Sam Allardyce, former manager of Bolton and current boss of West Ham has a house in Moraira, as does Chris Eubank? David Lloyd (Bumble) ex-England cricketer and now cricket commentator has a house on La Finca Golf, as does Welsh golfer Bradley Dredge and Terry Venables has a home in Javea in the northern Costa Blanca. This is not so surprising since the former England manager used to manage Barcelona and fell in love with Spain during his time there. Nigella Lawson, famous for her cooking shows and daughter of former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson also has a home in Javea and is neighbours with Michael Douglas and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, who have a home in Javea. Carl Fogarty, four-time world superbike champion used to have a house in Javea (I know because I used to run him and his family up there from the airport a few years ago). Surprise, Surprise, Cilla Black has an apartment in Guardamar and Terry Wogan has a villa in Villamartin. So come on folks, do you have a star living next door? Let us know at The Courier – and we promise not to ‘pap’ them!

Mick has been rumoured to own a castle near Algorfa

As more and more stars look to buy a home on the Costa Blanca, The Courier asks if you’ve spotted any and reports on where those who are here are living (allegedly…) Four times World Champ Fogarty used to have a home in Javea

Eubank - a Moraira lad these days

Douglas and Jones snapped outside their home El Big Sam has a in Javea home in Moraira

El Tel at Barcelona

Wogan visits the plaza to chat to Togs

Email us here at the Courier with your Celeb sightings or stories and we’ll let everyone know just who has got famous neighbours! Send all sightings (with pic if possible) to: editor@thecourier.es


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PAINT IT BLACK!

What’s happened to cars? Have you noticed that over the years the colour, or more accurately, the fashion for the colours of cars being churned off the production lines, has now evolved to ‘officially dull’? TWELVE years ago, when I was renting out cars to holiday-makers at Alicante airport, I had 13 cars. Two dark blue, two light blue, four green, one white, three orange ones and one pink. But now you look at the cars on the road and every one of them, apart from anything over ten years old, will be a version of silver. Maybe it’ll have a hint of green or blue or red but mostly it’ll be silver…ish - or, worse, some variant on gun-metal grey. Gun-metal grey? What dullard came up with that one, a colour that isn’t even a colour and is the effect of making a tube of metal very, very hot. In the ’70s, ’80s and even the relatively downbeat ’90’s, the cars on our roads were proper colours that looked distinctive in colour, and shape, from those around them. Nowadays you’ll be lucky if you can tell a Passat from a Mondeo - and as they’re painting them all the same colour it doesn’t really matter what you buy. I was in a queue of traffic the other day and I’m not kidding when I say the five cars in front of me were all shades of silver. The one behind me was silver with a ‘hint of bluebell’ as it’s no doubt described in the

brochure. There aren’t even any black or white cars around any more. You can’t count hearses – especially around here – but white used to be the colour of choice when we were playing car-counting in the back of dad’s red Austin Princess. And as for black, where are all the gangsters? Any selfrespecting (and well off) crook should have at least one intimidating black set of wheels in which to cruise but I fear they too have fallen victim of the current mode for dull and are driving around in silver Skodas because they look the same as a Merc. If you have a silver (ish) car, can I suggest putting a couple of numbers on the door and a stripe down the middle to liven it up a bit? Obviously you won’t all want to do that or we’ll be back to square one…but a prize for the best photo of a ‘decorated’ car is on offer from me. A free year’s subscription to The Courier.

Doesn’t it make you hot under the colour?

It just doesn’t add up

THE chancellor, George Osborne (who looks the image of a public school boy WHO got one too many slaps during his formative years), claims that ‘‘the Ministry of Defence's initial view is that the cost of the Libya operation (this one is an ‘operation’) will be in the order of the tens of millions not the hundreds of millions of pounds’’.

But the real cost won’t be known until months, even years, after the operation has ended – and there is no end in sight. Here’s how much it is costing: The four RAF Tornado GR4s based in Italy have running costs of €45,000 for every hour they are in the air. For example, last weekend they flew eighthour round trips from

Dear oh dear: Chancellor George Osborne counts the cost

RAF Marham in Norfolk to Libya – so that’s a cool €720,000 for that little excursion. While on their jaunt to oust the despicable despot (no, not Sepp Blatter), the Tornados fired Storm Shadow and possibly Brimstone missiles during the first two sorties, but the MoD won't say how many they used. Not surprisingly, as each mis-

sile costs €900,000 to €950,000. Add to that the twoApache attack helicopters that we happened to have lying around, worth another €11 million each. And the missile they have been firing? Yours for around €500,000 each. Then we’ve given World Hide and Seek champions Pakistan - €700 million to help them retain their title or something, and are spending so much on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan that they make the Libya ‘operation’ look like loose change. And this is at a time when our government(s) are apparently skint. The world’s gone mad when we’re sending in bombs at half-a-million euros a piece (I bet you the Chinese could make them cheaper) and a flat in London is looking for buyers in the region of €75 million. The only ones who will buy it, of course, will come from an oil-rich state that doesn’t waste its huge reserves of cash on daft things like ‘operations’ or bailing out a country that didn’t notice the Bin Laden had moved

in. The banks are making huge profits again and doing exactly what they did before the crash – paying out huge bonuses while in the meantime refusing to lend to those who actually need it. This is a world where they tell us just €1 could feed a child in Africa for a day and where the likes of Wayne Rooney earn €300,000 every week. If just 10 footballers gave up their wages for one month, they could feed 10 million starving

children in Africa. Just imagine if they all did it all around the world for a month? I don’t blame sportsmen for taking it (I would at a shot) but until people like Richard Branson can really influence the powers that be, we’ll be playing catch up. If they could just refrain from shooting one missile this weekend from an Apache, 10 junior doctors could keep their jobs with the money we would save…

TWEET OF THE WEEK LAST weekend I was at Alicante airport picking my mum up. I’d not seen her for a year and the first thing she said was what she always says: ‘‘Have you eaten?’’ No mum, I absorb it... Not a good start to the following day. Had a row with the dog...some awkward moments during the morning avoiding each other but why does she think it’s hilarious to sneak into my bedroom, crap on the rug and then run around the house at 100mph in celebration? In the square the following evening and from a loudspeaker (somewhere) was ‘Oops upside yer head' playing on radio. I felt like sitting in the town square and rowing. This IS Spain...nobody would have minded. On Saturday, after once again telling my Spanish hosts that ‘this time they'll play well’’, the England players ]conspired to make me look a prat. And in Sunday’s paper, four Virgin crew are sacked for sending around a video of a Taliban man being ‘romantic’ with a donkey. I’m not sure why there’s all the fuss. Apparently they ARE married…


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BRITISH HOSPITALS DON’T MAKE ME FEEL ANY BETTER PROBABLY the factor which causes most expats to return from Spain to the UK is the problem of health care in Spain. The fear of either being left on their own in old age, or failing health and having to cope in hospital and afterwards with limited or no knowledge of the language, fills people with dread. And understandably so. Ironically, we have just sold our UK home to an elderly couple who have lived most comfortably in Almeria - comfortably until he suffered a stroke a few weeks ago. Thankfully he is now well on the mend, but the couple have decided to uproot and return to the UK, to be nearer their family. Obviously we clicked straight away, because we were able to talk with knowledge about life in Spain and the health fears of Brits. It would be an interesting exercise for health experts to do an in-depth assessment of hospital treatment and care both in the UK and Spain with the object of comparing and pinpointing shortcomings and strengths. But those folk in Spain who fear the future should be very wary in believing that things in Britain are better - because in some places they are decidedly worse. What has worried me was a story that the NHS care regulator was seriously concerned at the way some hospitals in England look after the elderly. I can recall stories when I was young about shortcomings in the care of the elderly, so much so that I shuddered at the prospect of getting old. And here we are, 40+ years on, with the self-same problems. Unannounced, inspectors found patients not being helped to eat, not given water to drink, or left out of reach for long periods, and failings by staff to monitor patients' weight properly. There were also cases of staff treating patients with disrespect or, in the words of one patient, "treating them as if they were daft". The inspectors found a large majority of hospitals were functioning properly, but a minority were a cause for concern. And the sad fact is that hospital and after-care shortcomings have been going on in the UK for generations. It really is about time that chief executives and senior staff of these failed hospitals were taken by the scruff of their miserable necks and publicly sacked, and "fined" by way of the loss of some of their vast inflation-proofed pensions. If

Is hospital treatment in Spain superior to that in the UK, asks TONY MAYES

heads of establishments like hospitals, the police, local councils, government departments, et al, upon which vast numbers of people rely, were treated in this way when they failed, it would exercise their minds to make sure they didn't fail. It's no use them blaming staff for any problems - ultimately it is the bosses who are responsible. After all, these bosses are rewarded with big salaries and pensions and the public deserve they earn their pay. If they don't, then they should suffer the consequences, rather than the frail elderly suffering in their place. And it's about time that bosses in hospitals ended the rule which prevented staff going to the press to whistle-blow bad practice, on fear of losing their jobs. Ironically, my wife is a nurse and, married to a newspaper editor, she and I had to be very careful there was never any suggestion that she had spoken to me about her work. But when she went into a care home and saw some dreadful practices there, she had no alternative - but, of course, we had to act in a very careful way. Back in our part of Spain it is comforting to know that the

British community is getting organised to help people who for one reason or another need help at home. We know that the Spanish hospital system is good. There are still communication problems, but the chances are that you will get as good, if not better, hospital treatment in Spain as in the UK. The problems come when people are discharged from hospital and need to be looked after at home to fully recover. That's where organisations like HAH (Help at Home) come in, offering all manner of assistance, from basic nursing care, to help with shopping, or doing odd jobs around the home. They need more volunteers and also financial help so volunteers can receive out-of-pocket expenses like travelling to people's homes or hospital visits. The Spanish authorities are also working to improve life for ex-pats, after all, it's in the interests of the Spanish that more and more Brits are not put off living in the sun and pack up and return to grey old Britain because of ill health fears. It's one of the most important problems and must be resolved as quickly as possible.


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LOOKY, LOOKY MAY NOT BE SO LUCKY, LUCKY! The facts about cheap sunglasses

You could be risking your sight with those super-cheap shades Surprising as it may sound, those cheap sunglasses you picked up at the local discount store could actually be doing your eyes more harm than good. There's no way to tell if a pair of sunglasses offers any UV protection just by looking at them. UV protection is unrelated to the tint of the lenses. Even dark shades could be giving you no protection at all, and vice versa. In fact, not only do cheap sunglasses offer no protection, they actually make your eyes more vulnerable.

Cheap sunglasses increase your UV exposure When you are out in bright sunlight, your pupils contract, limiting the amount of light and harmful UV radiation that can enter your eyes. Cheap sunglasses reduce the amount of light reaching your eyes, causing your pupils to dilate, but do nothing to block the UV rays. In other words, by wearing cheap sunglasses, you are actually allowing more harmful radiation into your eyes than you would be if you were wearing nothing at all.

Comfort is misleading Discomfort is your body's way of telling you something is wrong. When you are outside on a bright day with no eyewear, it can be difficult to keep your eyes open. It's unpleasant, it makes you squint, it makes you feel uncomfortable and can even give you a headache. That's when you know you're getting too much sun, and it's time to go indoors. Unfortunately, wearing cheap sunglasses brings you comfort, but doesn't do anything for your eyes. You're getting rid of the warning signal, but not

the cause. You end up staying outside a lot longer than you would have without your shades, increasing your sun exposure.

the glasses. Wraparound sunglasses are a good choice, though they don't quite block all the leaks. Glacier glasses are even better, though they may look more appropriate during outdoor sports than at the beach.

What to look for when you buy sunglasses

Can't remember if your old sunglasses block UV rays? Take them to your eye doctor. He or she can test them for you. And don't forget, sunglasses aren't just for adults! Children usually spend even more time outside than their parents, and their eyes need protection too.

Look for sunglasses with 100% UV protection. Many pairs will have a little sticker on them advertising this. Also consider frame styles that let in less light from the top, bottom, and sides of

Murcia holidays: Check your 2011-12 timetable here FOR those of you who want to book holidays, the region of Murcia has published the official dates for the 2011-2012 school year. It will restart on September 9 for primary schools, who will break up on June 22, 2012, and September 15 for secondary schools, which will break up on June 29, 2012. Music and dance conservatories and the official schools of languages will start classes on September 22. Christmas holidays will be from December 23 to January 6, and Easter will be from April 2 to 9. Other official holidays will be October 12, November 1, December 6 and 8, March 19, May 1 and June 9. Both primary and secondary schools offer 175 school days a year.

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How do you brighten a Sunday for Maria? You give her something special to Pink about! The Powerhouse Gym team

The Pink Ladies: Maria and her Helpers get into the mood Let’s go!

The boy winner

Call me Bra-bar-a!

AND IT’S GOING TO BE EVEN BIGGER IN 2012! ORIHUELA Costa was painted bright pink on Sunday as the local community joined forces to help Maria Wilson’s fundraising campaign for cancer charities.

Beer we go: Maria’s husband Carl gets in the mood

Up to 700 supporters flocked to Playa Flamenca promenade to join in the Pink Lady action - with 470 taking part in the sponsored five-kilometre walk, 100 of whom registered on the day. Sunday’s big event, in aid of the AECC charity and breastcancer awareness, was attended by Orihuela Mayor Monica Lorente, who promised that next year she would provide the municipality’s full backing to make the fun day an even bigger event as she was overwhelmed with the support. And as Maria underwent another exhausting session of chemotherapy this week in her own battle against breast cancer, her husband Carl vowed: ‘‘Next year we’re going to

make this bigger than ever. It’s not just about people like Maria - it’s about all those people who are going to be affected by cancer in the future.’’ As for financial aspects of Sunday’s event, Carl and Maria reported: ‘‘We don’t know yet how much money was raised but will let everybody know the total amount via the press and media.’’ Meanwhile, Maria gushed with gratitude to everyone who helped to make the day such a success.

Fantastic act

‘‘I’d like to thank Suzie G for pulling the whole day’s entertainment together along with Davie Jones of TKO radio,’’ she said. ‘‘I’d also like to thank all of the performers for contributing their time namely Nick Gold, Thomas and Kara - a fantastic brother-and-sister act - the Ghost Academy and all their star acts. What a fantastic show GREAT OUTDOORS Malcolm Palmer they put on for the day! ‘‘The show climaxed with The Truth, a fabulous group who must be the best on the Costa Blanca. And there were many other performers to whom we would like to say thank you very much. ‘‘A special thank-you to all our Spanish friends from Orihuela who helped to make this such a very special day. Also to Louise Clarke at the Town Hall for all her help and the Policia Local for all their help and support - and to Ranis and Times Square restaurants in Playa A FEATURE of summer evenings is the presence of Flamenca for kindly donating Geckos on older walls. Gonzalo lives in my patio, and is the water for the walkers.’’ Walkers who raised sponmost welcome, even if he terrifies my wife while she waters the plants by racing up the wall with the speed of sorship are requested to pay light. Welcome, that is, because he lives on mosquitos all monies in to their original registration centre. and other nasty beasties. So encourage your geckos!

Go get ‘em, Gonzalo


LIN ‘N’ TONIC

LINE DANCING can seriously help charity funds – just ask Help at Home! HAH’s latest cash boost arrived last Wednesday when dance organiser Lin Chittly handed over a cheque for €1,237 at The Arches in Los Narejos. The money was collected over the last eight months from the ladies who attend Lin’s Line Dancing classes. And with their agreement, Lin, who is renowned for her generosity to local charities, invited HAH’s Lesley Eburne to accept the donation follo-

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Dance girls cheque in with €1,237

wing a demonstration of line dancing at The Arches. Thanking them, Lesley said she was astounded and humbled by the support being given to HAH, and the continued generosity of local people. She added: ‘’This month alone has seen some fantastic donations being made to HAH. We are now in a position to employ Lynda, our first Nurse Practitioner, who, whilst waiting for her Spanish registration, has voluntarily helped over 50 clients who have had various health issues.

X Factor? Nurses prefer the Variety Show Group THE X Factor’s loss was San Luis’s gain as the Variety Show Group headed the entertainment the first-ever Paul Cunningham Nurses Summer Show at Casa Ventura. You can join them for another night of fantastic summer entertainment – including feelgood numbers like We’ll Sing in the Sunshine - next Wednesday (June 15) at

Tony G's in Toretta II, near Torrevieja. And another great show is booked at Hotel El Corazon in Quesada on Thursday June 23. The Variety Show Group has six members - all with boundless energy. The 'variety' contained in their performances is amazing and will almost certainly have you tapping your feet and singing along with the music!. The Marina Tappers who often join The Variety Show Group will also be there to entertain with some of their fantastic routines. Wednesday’s show at Tony G’s starts at 20:30 and tickets are just €2. There will be a raffle and a tombola so if you have a spare bottle or unwanted gift, feel free to drop them into Tony G's at any time. Food will be available on the night.

Energy

HELP Murcia Mar Menor’s Thelma Manning attends to Gordon Ridley following his kneereplacement surgery in Universidad Los Arcos del Mar Menor, near San Javier. Thelma organises the roster for hospital visiting and the volunteer visitors take in magazines, help with language difficulties and generally help with the particular needs of a patient, especially those with no relatives available to visit. She would like to hear from anyone, particularly men, willing to join the team. Please call the office on 968 570 059 and leave your contact details.

As for the Variety Show Group and Marina Tappers, the charity’s verdict is: ‘‘These two wonderful groups are putting so much time and energy into supporting local charities Paul especially and Cunningham Nurses. ‘’Do come along and see for yourselves what the X Factor is missing out on!’’ More shows are planned throughout the year, so please check www.paulcunninghamnurses.com for details. You can also call or text 639 318 526 to reserve tickets for all PCN fundraising events. And to book The Variety Show Group for your venue, contact Eileen or Bonnie on 966 921 153 or 966 926 294.

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BLOODY CHEEK!

I HAVE this afternoon been to the medical centre in Gran Alacant to give blood, like the kind citizen that I am, and I was told, after spending nearly an hour completing paperwork and questionnaires, that I couldn’t because I was English. Something to do with Mad Cow disease. I know I’m a bit mad but my blood is nice and clean after giving birth to four kids in the last 15 years. I was bloody appalled when the nurse told me this and asked her if she was joking. I can’t believe it as the guy on reception told me they were crying out for my blood type (which is the really rare one) and would it be OK for them to call me to donate blood more often than usual. Of course I said yes and when I presented my British passport he said there was no problem as I had lived here After seeing for five years. What really red over her made me mad was the fact treatment at that an African guy (like the her local ones who sell on the beach) m e d i c a l was accepted before me! I c e n t r e , don’t say this with any malice but purely for the fact that SUZANNE there are much more infecMANNERS tious diseases in Africa than wonders if the UK, like malaria.

Opinion Feeling like a social outcast, I left the doctor’s surgery after kicking off and voicing my opinion. I ‘m still so p***ed off about this. I was with my partner from Argentina (again, his blood was OK). He was also really mad that they wouldn’t take my blood - and said that if they wouldn’t take mine

I’m a rare group...but they rejected me as a donor because I’m British. It’s to do with Mad Cow Disease The flyer advertising for donors states that you need to be a certain weight, age etc. – but nowhere does it say NO ENGLISH DONORS!

EDITOR’S COMMENT

the Spanish know more than we do

then they couldn’t draw blood from him on principal. That p***ed the nurse off and she commented on his attitude, saying it was bad and that he shouldn’t be like that because people are desperate for blood.

I think it’s really disgusting that this is happening here in Spain and think the British public should be aware of this. Then they won’t make complete idiots of themselves and be publicly humiliated like I was today.

Suzanne’s anger is understandable and the refusal to take her blood is a big loss to Spain. Particularly to anyone in her rare blood group. So why is British blood still taboo so many years after the outbreak of the so-called Mad Cow disease? Well, the Spanish government passed a directive in 2003 prohibiting anyone who had lived in the UK from 1980 onwards from giving

blood here, regardless of whether they were a regular donor in the UK or not. The reason for the ban is linked with the 90s outbreak of Mad Cow disease in UK cattle, which can be transmitted to humans in the form of a fatal brain disease called variant Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease (vCJD).

Studies According to the sur.com website, there is sufficient evidence from a small number of case studies involving patients and laboratory animals that vCJD can be transmitted through blood transfusion. This was the case with three of the UK’s 168 vCJD cases during the outbreak. As yet, there is no scree-

ning test for human vCJD that could be used to screen potential blood donors, although development of tests continues . This means that blood collections from those who have been where this disease is found are banned in Spain, where several people have died from vCJD. It’s not surprising that UK donors are angry that this is the case, given that they have not personally come into contact with the disease and are regular donors in Britain. They protest that worldwide blood supplies are already low, and will continue to drop even lower despite their willingness to donate.

NO, YOU WON’T FIND IT ON YOUR BLACKBERRY!

The game’s bananas, but the cherry-picking is nice I SAY, old fruit, do you want to have some fun win prizes? Then get yourself down to Palms Equestrian Centre in Catral on June 25 and pit your wits against the Human Fruit Machine. The HFM concept, devised by Derek Rogers, mystified many of the 1,000-plus visitors to the festival at Casa la Pedrera in Torremendo. They thought that either fruit would be thrown at them or they to pelt the three people in the ‘stocks’ with fruit. Well, TKO’s Ian Rockford can vouch that it’s not the slightest bit painful.The only task is to hold up a piece of fruit when the claxon sounds! Just like a conventional fruit machine, certain combinations win certain prizes including money vouchers! On offer at Casa La Pedrera was a scuba dive, Temptations tickets, a huge teddy, crazy golf tickets, lots of wine and also Liquor 43! The Human Fruit Machine is kindly loaned out to raise funds for Paul Cunningham Nurses. For details, call 629 869 959, see www.paulcunninghamnurses.com or email sueinthesun@hotmail.co.uk If you’d like to be on the fruit panel for June 25 and spend half an hour in the stocks, please email or call.


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A CIRCULAR from the local Neighbourhood Watch warned last week about the latest ploy being operated by muggers and pickpockets in Torrevieja. Apparently, a guy drops a heavy bag he is carrying in front of an unwitting passer-by - and pebbles tumble out by the score (stone me, pebbles of all things!) The bag-dropper and his companion ask the victim-to-be to help them pick up the stones, which gives the artful robbers the platform to quietly lift purse, wallet, handbag and anything else at hand. It all sounds ridiculously silly but apparently that’s how it is. The bottom line with these petty crimes is that if we all took the right precautions, we could put the seedy little villains who blight our lives out of business.

IT’S FAR SAFER BEHIND BRAS!

Victim The gullibility of folk in the Costas, and not only tourists, never ceases to amaze me. Virtually every day I hear that someone or other has been the victim of a pickpocket or handbag snatch. And the Neighbourhood Watch’s alert following the pebble incident rings a new alarm bell. ‘‘At this time, there are a very large number of people out of work, particularly in this area,’’ they warn. ‘‘A number have now reached the time when they do not get any state aid whatsoever and therefore have no means of income at all. ‘‘We are likely to see a variety of distraction thefts as a result, this being one of them.’’

A little more vigilance can put pickpockets out of business The ordeal of being mugged is both traumatic and disruptive, particularly if your passport happens to be among the stolen items. Which is why I have always been ultra-careful when it comes to protecting my pos-

sessions. I have never been robbed – unless you count the evening I found 45 euros in notes on the floor of the Irish bar in El Raso and gave it to a tipsy punter who claimed he had dropped it. I realised when I got home that the money had fallen out of my own purse! OK, that was stupid – but nowhere near as daft as those male tourists who wander around Spanish markets with their wallets wedged in the back pocket of their shorts. And the women who leave their handbags on a table or chair while they chat to friends – only to discover when they come to pay the

bill that they have no money…and no handbag. It happened to a friend of mine a few weeks ago. She went for a coffee after a busy day at work, plonked her handbag down alongside her and when she next looked whoosh, it had vanished.

Saddest The sting was that this particular lady invariably carried all her documents, including her passport, in that bag, not to mention a considerable amount of money. It was an experience that will live with her until her dying day – and the saddest thing of all is that it could have so easily been avoided. My friend has been living

in Spain for some time, but most of the victims of the petty thieves tend to be holidaymakers. They are so hell-bent on enjoying themselves that being robbed is the last thing on their minds. What juicy pickings for the villains... I follow a regular procedure with my handbag. When I am in a public place, I invariably wrap the strap around my wrist so it can’t be snatched. And when I sit down, the strap goes under a chair or table-leg so it can only ‘vanish’ accompanied by an entourage of furniture. Oh, and I NEVER take a bag to market – I carry cash

in notes and wedge it into my bra. It means that no-one can rob me without being arrested for indecent assault! My advice to men is that if you go anywhere there’s a large crowd, leave your wallet at home, in your hotel, or hidden under the carpet in your car boot. Put the cash you need in your trouser pocket (not the back one!) and to make the fortress impregnable, how about keeping your hand in your euro-packed pocket as you walk around? While Spain’s Moroccan and Romanian communities are thought to be behind the majority of bag-snatches, I suspect the perpetrators come from more diverse roots. What one does have to concede is that these ladrones, however much reviled, possess a remarkable skill.

Unzipped One person I know had her purse stolen from the handbag on her shoulder as she browsed her way around a crowded department store. The thief not only unzipped the bag and removed the purse without anyone noticing – but also zipped the bag up again! It was the best part of half an hour before my friend realised she’d been robbed. And the way it was done suggests that the perpetrator could make a decent living as a stage magician or in a circus. But then, theatre audiences are not quite so generous to the sleight-of-hand merchants as the mugs they feed off every day…

WRONG, TONY - IN ANY LANGUAGE MY Courier colleague Tony Mayes hit a raw nerve with his assertion last week that expats need not bother to learn Spanish because English is so widely spoken. I’m not convinced that Tony’s brain simply won’t take in Spanish grammar, as he claims. I suspect he might also be suffering from a touch of lazy-itis, that lethargic condition which seems to be afflicting expats in ever-increasing numbers. It’s ironic that the ‘‘no need to learn Spanish’’ brigade are often the first to condemn Asian immigrants to Britain who for one

reason or another don’t speak English. ‘‘If they are going to live in our country, then they should bloody well learn our language,’’ is the all-too-common cry from the masses back home. Yet if you listen to Tony, mastering the local lingo is purely an optional extra for those who opt for a new life in the Costas. Sounds like double standards to me. I find it sad that Tony tries to justify his non-integration by

bragging about the money he has invested into the Spanish economy. He reckons we Brits are doing Spain a favour by being here and claims we are injecting £400 million into the Spanish economy each year. ‘‘And the Spanish are benefiting from it’’, he boasts. But WHY are we investing in the Spanish economy? Not to help the Spanish people - but to feather our own nests with the benefits of being here. So don’t

Whether you agree or disagree with Donna’s views, email your comments to donna@thecourier.es

give me that nonsense about how much lolly British expats are pouring into Spain. Any benefit Spain has achieved from the arrival of so many expat Brits is consequential - we all came here for our own reasons, not to help the natives. I am honest enough to admit that my adopted homeland has done far more to improve the quality of my life than anything I could possibly do for Spain in return. I find it worrying that Tony felt the need to turn to BNP-type propaganda in his observation that many immigrants to the UK

‘’are contributing nothing and living on benefits’’ Interesting that he made no mention of the many thousands (could even be millions) of British-born scroungers who do exactly the same thing. The right-wing rhetoric comes from someone who thinks it would have made sense, language-wise, had the British ‘‘imposed their will over the countries it has defeated in the past’’. Sense? In my book, the consequences of colonial expansionism is why the UK is in such a mess today.


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WHAT THE SPAN

GROVEL TIME FOR Spanish press SORRY GERMANS want me dead Regret for accusing Spanish farmers By DAVE BULL

By SPIKE THE German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Zapatero moved to calm a diplomatic row over the source of the deadly E.coli bacterium that has continued to spread around the world from its source in northern Germany, reaching a dozen countries by last Friday evening. Confusion still reigns, though, and the Czech Republic and USA have joined the list of those dealing with cases that have raised concern that at least some of those infected had not visited Germany and therefore must have been infected elsewhere. Chancellor Merkel announced that she would be asking for EU help for farmers in Spain - the same farmers whose cucumbers were wrongly blamed by German authorities for the outbreak in the first place. Up to last weekend Germany had reported another 200 cases diagnosed during the first two days of the month. The total number of people infected around the world increased to more than 1,800 with 19 deaths reported in Germany. A further 11 cases have been confirmed in England.

Infection In a statement the World Health Organisation said: "All these cases except two are in people who reside in or had recently visited northern Germany during the incubation period for the infection … or, in one case, had contact with a visitor from northern Germany.” The good news is the outbreak of cases in Germany has begun to slow down but the authorities were hesitant about raising hopes that the epidemic might be controlled as Germans took note of the warnings to wash and prepare vegetables carefully and

Joint concern: Chancellor Merkel and Spanish prime minister Zapatero avoid raw cucumber, tomatoes and lettuce. Dr Reinhard Brunkhorst of the German Nephrology Society confirmed the decrease saying: "There is no reason for hysteria because it's not spreading and it's not increasing. It is decreasing." Scientists at the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Infectious Diseases are working to try to understand how the new strain evolves. They commented that the O104:H4 strain causes illness by colonising the human gut and releasing a toxin called Shiga into the intestines. A professor from the centre told the press: ‘‘The toxin is absorbed into the blood and then attacks the kidneys and the small blood vessels, resulting in a life-threatening condition called haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). Damage to the blood vessels supplying the gut is also largely responsible for the severe, often bloody diarrhoea suffered by patients with ... infection.”

KING Juan Carlos dramatically attacked the Spanish press following unfavourable headlines and frenzied speculation over his health since he had a tumour removed from his lung last year. The Spanish monarch admonished the usually respectful media for their obsession with his health and showed his anger as he was asked during a press call how he was feeling. He barked back at the reporter: "Terrible, terrible, terrible, can't you see that?"

Coffin He added: "What you like to do is kill me and have me in a coffin every day. This is what you do in the press." His outburst was captured on camera and became an instant Youtube hit. But with his heir, Crown Prince Felipe, prepared to take on more responsibilities, such as hosting official functions and other royal duties including the visit of the Prince of Wales in April, the press in general took it as a clear signal that Juan Carlos was preparing to step down or move sideways. This would indicate that his health was becoming a worry for officials. In a statement, Zarzuela Palace

KING HITS OUT OVER HEALTH HEADLINES

announced that the king Juan Carlos would remain in hospital overnight for observation after the successful knee surgery and would be transferred to a ward for physiotherapy. A statement from the San Jose Clinic in Madrid :, "The surgery was concluded with success under epidural anaesthesia and involved carrying out a total artheroplasty of replacing the joint. ‘’The King is now feeling well and will stay under observation for the next 24 hours before being transferred to a floor where he will begin specialised physiotherapy." According to sources, the apparent discolouring around the eyes suffered by the king fuelled rumours of haematomas which were later proved to be . But the recent appearance of a scruffy and dishevelled beard on the king’s face only led to more press speculation that he is suffering from ill health.


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NISH PAPERS SAY

CHE’S MOTORBIKE PARTNER DIES AGED 88

Banderas cancer BARMY BRITAIN scare FEELS THE HEAT STAR HAD A LUMP THE ‘SIZE OF HIS FIST’

By SPIKE

By SPIKE SPANISH heart-throb Antonio Banderas, who stars in Pedro Almodovar’s new thriller The Skin I Live, has revealed that he had a tumour on his back ‘the size of a fist.’ Speaking to an Italian magazine, the Malaga-born actor broke his silence after two years to explain that when showering one day

he discovered the huge lump. Said Banderas, 50: “Two days later I was in the operating room to have it removed. The biopsy revealed, to my great relief, and that it was a benign tumour.” Banderas, says he has opened up about the condition ‘’to advise people to listen carefully to your body’’. His surgeon had told him: “You had a lump as big as

my fist” but the film star decided to keep the problem quiet while he underwent treatment. Banderas had spoken to his family and close friends about the cancer but wanted to use the interview with the Italian magazine as a way to encourage people to ‘run to the doctor’ if they have any doubt about a strange lump on their body at all.

WE’RE used to the warm weather here in Spain but what happens to Nanny-state UK as soon as the sun pokes its head out for a few hours? You get told to stay indoors. With temperatures set to eclipse our bit of the Mediterranean last weekend, the British government has seen fit to issue a warning that jogging along next to your pet in the sunshine could be bad for the animal's health… After reports that temperatures in the West of England and Wales would reach a (‘sweltering’?) 26C, the Department of Environment thought it prudent to release a statement telling dog owners that their pet should not run 'too much'. Now either everyone has been eating stupid pie since I left the UK ten years ago, or they are just barmy. But Harvey Locke, president of the British Veterinary Association, felt it necessary to state: ‘‘It is up to the owner to stop the animal’before it suffers'’. Just in case you are as stupid as the British government think you are (and if you are this thick please do not come to Spain), the chief vet at the Department for Environment, Nigel Gibbens, also called for owners not to lock pets in their vehicle in hot weather.

'You’d think that everybody would know about the dangers of leaving animals in hot cars, but it was still happening last year when we saw some really tragic cases of dogs dying because they were trapped inside cars in high temperatures,’’added Mr Gibbens. ‘‘This just shouldn’t happen these days.’’ Temperatures were expected to reach 26C in the south and 24C in parts of the north last Saturday, before plunging to 16C on the Sunday. On the Friday, temperatures peaked at 27C in the south – five degrees higher than Alicante. For about ten minutes probably.


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Don’t be stung by summer woes

WITH summer in full flow and kids trotting off to the swimming pool every day, we definitely know that summer is here. It’s the time for eating al fresco, slowing down your pace and spending time as a family at the beach and the pool. Despite our laid back attitude at this time of year, it is sensible for us to be a little cautious when it comes to our children’s health and safety. Prevention, of course, is always better than cure and there are a number of ailments which can cause trouble in the summer if we don’t try to protect our little ones.

eaten lots of the B vitamins. You could try giving children a daily helping of marmite on toast to see if this helps! Make sure children have mosquito repellent cream when out and about particularly if you are going out in the evening. The best way to avoid them in the house is to use ‘plug ins’ particularly in your bedrooms to stop them flying in, in the first place. If your child is unfortunate enough to get bitten, a liberal dose of afterbite or equivalent antihistamine cream should do the trick.

Sun Burn IIT IS definitely much better to take precautions to avoid sun burn afflicting us in the first place and this goes for adults as well as children. Applying a factor 25 suncream or above before setting out is important all of the time. Don’t just apply it when you are going to the beach or the pool. Children will be playing outside when they are at school or whilst taking a walk so make sure they always have sunblock on. It should also be reapplied every half an hour or more frequently if swimming or sweating. If your child does get caught out and has sunburn on their skin, let them have a bath or shower using luke warm water and apply liberal amounts of after sun cream morning and night to cool down the affected area. They could sleep under a thin sheet with a fan on to keep them comfortable during the night.

Mosquitos MOSQUITOS here can be a real problem from spring through to autumn. They seem to like the taste of some people more than others but again prevention is best! Apparently mosquitos are less likely to bite you if you have

calm attitude towards insects yourself even if you feel nervous of them. Let children see that you keep still and calm when bees and wasps are around rather than flailing your arms around! If they land on your clothing just flick them off gently. Make sure you don’t leave open cans of drink unattended as wasps might crawl inside and a sting in the mouth can be particularly painful. If children are unfortunate enough to be stung, first job is to keep them calm as a sting can be quite painful. Wasp and bee stings are alkaline so need to be cleaned up with something acidic to take out the sting. Try vinegar or lemon juice Keep a close eye on the child for a while just in case they have an allergic reaction to the sting. This is actually very rare but it’s best to play it safe.

Hayfever HAYFEVER, asthma and eczema are all part of the same gene so children prone to one of these ailments may get one of the others. Hayfever is a particular problem at this time of year. Most pharmacies will provide antihistamine over the counter. Ask for a non-drowsy version to ensure kids can keep awake during the day. Using cold compresses on eyes can help to relieve the soreness but if all else fails, take your child to the doctor for a proper diagnosis. A course of injections is sometimes on offer for children with very bad symptoms.

Wasps and Bees THERE is not much that we can do about wasps and bees and it is almost impossible to avoid them especially if eating sweet, sticky food and drink outside. Wasps and bees generally won’t sting unless they feel threatened or provoked. This applies particularly to bees. It is sensible to have a

These are just a few of the mild ailments that can sometimes plague us in the summer season. Having said that, most of us can survive the summer pretty much unscathed especially if we take a few simple steps to practise prevention so have a happy healthy summer.

Rattlesnake Rustlers

WHEN Heather Ramirez of Auburn, California, went to the dentist recently with her husband Len, she wasn’t there to have her teeth cleaned. She and her husband are professional snake removers. They were there to catch and return to the wild a rattlesnake that had slithered indoors. She describes her work as “protecting people from rattlesnakes—and protecting rattlesnakes from people.” In her part of the country, the northern Pacific rattlesnake (Crotalus virudis oreganos) often comes face-to-face with humans. Studies show these snakes generally only bite people who are trying to catch or kill them. Keeping your distance prevents bites, which are serious but not usually fatal with today’s medicines. A rattlesnake can even give a loud warning that says, “I am here, stay away” with the rattles located at the tip of its tail.

Frightened “We find rattlesnakes everywhere,” says Ramirez. “In houses, in yards and woodpiles, under decks.” She says that the snakes aren’t invading human homes—it’s the other way around: “These animals were here first, and we humans came in and built houses. We are living in their territory.” Many people are frightened when they see a rattler and call for help right away. When the Ramirez phone rings, the couple drops whatever they are doing and rushes to work, often leaving a meal half-eaten on the table. The team is good at finding snakes that have gone into hiding. A tool that looks like long spaghetti tongs allow them to handle the snakes without harming them (see

photo), and the tongs are long enough that the snake cannot reach them to bite. “Never pick up a rattlesnake,” says Ramirez. “I’ve been doing this job for 12 years, and I have never touched one with my hands. There’s no reason to take that risk.” “We put the snakes in wooden crates in our pickup truck. Those crates are bolted to the floor and locked for safety,” explains Ramirez. She takes the captives to holding pens at her house until she can let them go far away from human activity. Ramirez tells people to read all they can about snakes so they understand these amazing animals. For example, snakes actually help humans. Small mammals like rats, mice, and gophers carry fleas and ticks that spread serious illnesses like bubonic plague and Lyme disease to people. A snake might eat a dozen rodents a year, helping control the population—and the spread of disease. Ramirez and her husband relocate more than a thousand snakes a year. “The longest was 5 feet 9 inches (1.8 meters), and I’m only five-foot-three, so that was amazing to see.” She enjoys every day working with snakes. “I just love my job!”


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A WRITE-UP ON A WRITE-UP MY name is Ellis Nastri, I’m 15, and I am on work experience. I was told that I could write an article of my choosing, so I thought: ‘Why not write an article on work experience and about what school I got to, what I am doing for my work experience, how this might help out with my job later on in life - and what are my friends are doing for their work experience?’. I go to the British School of Alicante (and if you don’t know where that is, it’s in Alicante hence the name). I chose to work at The Courier (as you might of gathered) and TKO radio station, and this is my second out of four. On Monday I worked at TKO, and they showed me how it all worked and also the harder and longer, but equally important, jobs involved in running a radio station. Getting the advertising and the music, that is. Afterwards I went “on air” as they call it, and was interviewed

by Rachael Angus (who is must say showed lots of spirit towards the radio station and advised me to get a job that I would enjoy). When I am older I would like to be a comedian so I felt that this would help me with talking to audience, albeit on a radio. Here is what some of my friends are doing (unfortunately my friend Carlos R. forgot to hand in his permission slip to the school, so he had to continue going to lessons, unlucky Carlos!). My friend Roberto is working at a school of music. He wants to be a musician and says he gets to play as many instrument as he wants. My other friend is Alexandra Petrova (but we call her Sasha), who is a great artist and is working at an Art Gallery. I don’t know why many other schools don’t have work experience. I would like to say a special thanks to The Courier (which I think is the best newspaper) and TKO radio station for allowing me to work with them.


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WANDERING BACK La Regia – Cabo Roig

Having started this series of visits to businesses up and down the Costa Blanca, Courier Editor, Dave Bull was once again invited to amble along the La Regia and Cabo Roig strip and rediscover a little more about the area and of course, end up eating somewhere, again.

Clinica Cabo Roig THEY don’t listen here at the office when I tell them that exploring one of the prettiest areas in the region and chatting with customers, and eating their food, is work. Never mind, I’ve got the gig and once again, happily, in La Regia, just off the Cabo Roig strip. There still seems to be some confusion about which side of the road is La Regia and which Cabo Roig, but as I said before, this is Spain…does it really matter what their post code is? This time I wandered down to take in the terrific views from

Sophia Wellness the beach along the pretty walkway that takes you down to the sand; as I said last time it really is a walk that makes you feel like you’re on holiday, even when you’re working. I spent a good hour just sitting there taking in the view before heading back up to check up on some of the businesses I visited last time, and some interesting new ones along either side of the N332 which has a new bridge to carry me over the busy thoroughfare. The first place I revisited was the Clinica Cabo Roig which is below the Sophia Wellness Centre building just off of the Cabo Roig Strip. Its Hi-tech here I know and like most of Spain they have the very latest equipment. Inside the Clinica, the staff were happy once again for my unannounced visit and sent me off to look around. They showed me where they treat patients for Cardiological & Cardio-thoracic medical care, ECG, Blood Pressure monitoring and Echocardiography. Having forgotten what half the treatments were after being told last time, they showed (again) and reintroduced me to more of the facilities available for patients and clients including Ultrasound, health and sports checkups and as I commented last time that one thing that isn’t readily available in Spain which is pre and postoperative care. They also deal with pain therapy and wound care, make house calls and can run a full range of laboratory tests, plus minor surgery. Nice people too. Once again and a nice welcome from the staff at the Sophia Health and Wellness Centre which once again was busy with ladies, and a few gents, (are there really this many people doing this sort of stuff? – I’m learning all the time, you know) on the toning tables having a work out. Again the atmosphere was light-hearted and jovial with everyone being looked after by the cheerful staff. Leaving the laughter behind me (they were laughing ‘with’ me…I’m sure) I went in

Piscimar Pools the door marked ‘Beauty Treatments’ and inside were several ladies, chatting while being looked after, and who were making the most of the Pamper Packages which they all enthused about while also adding that the hairdressing salon was also highly recommended. I thanked them and moved on noting that monthly membership was now available, according to a poster allowing customers to save as well as get healthy – the monthly membership scheme seems to have taken off well after its introduction a short time ago.


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Black Rabbit Over to Piscimar Pools who, I know, get lots of recommendations from past clients and people go back to them because they have been around and doing the same thing for over 28 years now. Alfonso has owned the company for that time and his son Alfonso Junior works with him keeping the family tradition, and reputation, in good hands. They are not so traditional that they can’t deal with today’s current multi-national populous on the Costa. In the office they have Anna, controlling everything (and who actually seems to do everything) and who speaks fluent English, Spanish and French so translating is no problem for a clear understanding for all and Anna is

very helpful. They work hard to offer great work and service and offer competitive prices with 10 years guarantee on pools, which in my experience is well worth investing in. The two Alfonso’s also repair pools, covers, heaters, pumps and pretty much anything to do with your pool. Anna also told me that if you so wish you can have your swimming pool custom built or come up with an idea of you own, or they can even show you some of their pools that have already been built for their customers. Another benefit of having a pool built by these guys is they can now supply and fit Salt Chlorinators which

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Don Decades means you can maintain your pool without the need to use chemicals, there’s also no smell and with the absence of chemicals there is no irritation on the skin or the eyes. The other benefits (I’m already sold on the idea) are customers save money by not having to fork out for chemicals. What’s better for someone as (not) organised as me is it’s fully automatic, and it’s good for the environment. I’ve signed before I leave. Intriguingly named I find the Black Rabbit and anyone reading these trips before will know I like to find out what’s inside. It turns out to be a shop for new age giftware, but not perhaps what you’re thinking; here

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there is a big difference from the average run of the mill souvenir shop. Handmade soaps, handbags and incense, paintings by local artists, and, they state ‘we are so very happy to say we have several local artisans supplying us with their exclusive handcrafted goods’. The Black Rabbit really is a proper treasure trove of goodies, somewhere you would want to spend time wandering around to examine every nook and cranny to see if you might have missed anything particularly special…and then look again, there’s so much to see. If the spirits are with you (and I don’t mean MR J Walker) you could even take advantage and have your tarot read by either Rachel or Stewart. I did and it said readers should send in 20€ notes in brown envelopes marked for the ‘editor), well, that was my interpretation… Ok, hungry and again I’m spoilt for choice which means I’ll end up doodling around not making my mind up and getting hungrier. It’s the restaurants fault for making it all look and smell so blooming nice… Looking familiar, I headed for Don Decades with its large outside area with room for smokers and diners and where an outdoor bar and stage are ready to serve you with liquid and ambient music. Plenty to do by the look of it with two pool

teams and tables of course, darts, cribbage free line dancing and, a dedicated kid’s area to keep little ones, and parents, amused at the same time. With fresh food being served daily and, I wasn’t going to break the bank eating here, with a Sunday Lunch for just 5.95€ - and a choice of Beef, Pork or Lamb Don Decades has offered up the diner good food at a good price. Along with tasty fare they are also bringing top entertainment into the area plus all the big games are on the sports screens and if you need a venue for a party or function, you would be wise to consider Don Decades in my opinion. And now summer’s coming there will be BBQ'S and an alternative to a warm Sunday roast; a choice of cold meats and succulent salads freshly prepared on a daily basis. More options tempt me as I wander to the restaurant Rianxeira at La Regia which is next to the health centre. Here is a place to enjoy a typical Spanish menu choosing from either the a la cart menu, the menu del dia at only 10€ or settle down for the evening set menu at 15€ which includes wine. Another chat with owners, Karen and Jose who had my mouth watering once again, (they do it on purpose I’m sure…or is that the idea?) by the time they’d got to the main course I was salivating, sort of. Now a favourite

with diners is fresh from their aquarium, a tasty fresh seafood platter which you can’t miss. But as I said last time if your taste is for adventure – try and find the next place I was recommended to, Manhattan restaurant. And if you do? You’ll find a welcoming and homely charm in a lovely setting that leads out onto a poolside dining area. Their secret, you’ve gathered by now that I found Manhattan, is in their special recipes that offer up superb homemade dining but at pocket friendly prices. The Steak Pie bears witness to that with huge chunks of meat filling it, as does the ‘Full of Fish’ pie which really lives up to its name; stuffed with Salmon, Smoked haddock and prawns. I could go on but suffice to say there’s plenty on the plate but I can’t end my wander around without mentioning their Sunday roasts which range from 5.95€ to 7.95€ for three courses. Three superb restaurants to choose from and still plenty of other reasons to come back to La Regia and Cabo Roig, don’t forget the busy market every Thursday and once again, a big thanks to the kind assistance of all the businesses mentioned who put up with the questions (even the sensible ones) sometimes when they had plenty to do. Dave Bull


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RICHARD CAVENDER

Bluemoon Solutions www.bluemoonsolutions.es

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

ADVICE: Adam had a laptop that would not start

ADVICE: Jim had a PC that was making a strange noise.

Hi Richard, I have a laptop that is quite old but has done me fine for the past 5 years, it’s a Dell and recently it has stopped working, it will turn on fine, I get the Dell logo appear on the screen but then I get a message telling me “inaccessible boot device”. I am pretty worried that this means that its dead, can you offer your opinion please?

Hi Richard, could you help me please? I have a tower computer that has started to make a loud noise when its turned on, it starts really loud when the computer is first switched on and then dies down a bit but then gets loud again when Windows starts to load. Do you have any idea what I can do, will it be expensive to repair?

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Hi Adam, it’s pretty clear what the problem is here, your laptop is reporting that it cannot access the hard drive (the thing inside your computer that stores all of your programs and data). I do hope that you have a good back up of your important files? The best thing to do would be to take your laptop to a qualified engineer (look for the Microsoft MCP or MCSE qualification to be sure) and they will attempt to recover your data. There is a chance that your data will be lost, this doesn’t mean that your computer is for the scrap yard yet as you can have a new hard drive fitted and the operating system reinstalled, your laptop should then be back as good as new. However you should weigh up the cost of a new hard drive and its fitting against the cost of a modern laptop, you might find that you have more to gain by moving to a new laptop (built in webcam, wifi and all that) rather than repairing your old laptop, but that choice is obviously up to you.

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ADVICE: Dot wanted help with a new keyboard Hi Richard, I have been given a new wireless keyboard for my birthday, its working fine, however because its Spanish some of the letters don’t seem to work correctly. For example, when I press the ñ key I get a semi-colon? Any ideas?

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Hi Dot, yes I know exactly what is going on here, I suspect that your old keyboard was a UK keyboard? What I think is happening is that the computer is still set up for a UK keyboard, we need to change it so that its expecting a Spanish keyboard and then all those strange Spanish character keys will start to work. You don’t mention which operating system you are using so it’s going to be hard to give you exact instructions, but if you go into the control panel (Start, control panel) you are looking for a section in Windows XP called “regional settings”, in Windows 7 that’s under “clock, language and region” and is called “region and language”, in there you will see a “keyboards and languages” tab and from there you can change your keyboard from English to Spanish. After you have made the changes try it, if it doesn’t work then just restart the computer and it should be fine.

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Hi Jim, this could be one of three things, it could either be the cooling fan in your power supply, if its this then you can probably do a little more investigation yourself, have a look around the back of your computer and usually at the top where the power cable goes into it there is a fan, you should be able to hear if it’s this fan that is making the noise. If it’s not this then its either the processor fan (the thing that cools the brain of your computer down) or just another fan inside your computers case, either way any of these fans should be easily replaceable by a qualified engineer at a reasonable cost. The point is that the fans are there to cool down various components inside your computer, if you fail to get them seen to then sooner or later something will overheat and then you could be in a real pickle.

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ADVICE: Mary wanted to know where her favourites had gone.

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Hi Richard, I have recently lost all of my favourites in Internet Explorer, do you have any idea how I might get them back?

Hi Mary, I think I may know what has happened here, I suspect that you have recently accepted a request to upgrade to Internet Explorer 9? Your favourites have not gone anywhere, they are still there on your computer, its just the link to your favourites that has “gone” - well moved actually. This is something that I have been receiving a few calls about during the past few weeks, Microsoft in their infinite wisdom have decided to move the link to your Internet Explorer favourites from the left side of the screen to the right hand side. If you launch Internet Explorer as normal and look to the top right of the screen, you will see a star shape that lights up yellow when you move your mouse pointer over it – this is where your favourites now live, just click on the star and you will see all your old favourites.

Read Richard’s fantastic computer page only in Jungle Drums Magazine.

OUT NOW office@bluemoonsolutions.es www.bluemoonsolutions.es Mobile: 655 044 970

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At The Rocajuna Punta Prima Torrevieja The Rocajuna The Rocajuna, Punta Prima now has a beautiful facility to hold celebrations, weddings, blessings and parties in the grounds of the premises. The setting is beneath the shades of palms and equipped with a Permanent Marquee area aptly named “Casa Blanca”, the white house! The Rocajuna welcome all enquiries for celebrations and gatherings of any kind. This new garden area can seat from 20 to 150 people and can provide catering (if required), for any event you may wish to hold. From cocktails, canopies to BBQ and full a la carte menus, anything is possible to suit your budget or requirements for your celebration.

Weddings at the Rocajuna

Jackie and Debbie have a vast information service on all aspects of your wedding or special event, from what to wear to what to eat!! Friday June 3rd hosted the first event in the new garden area. The event was a renewal of Vows Ceremony, after 50 years of marriage for Jack and Eileen (See photo). Jack and Eileen arrived at 5pm, greeted by family and guests waiting for them in the garden, seated in the ‘Casa Blanca’ area dressed by jackiewhiteweddings in beautiful aqua blue and cream chair covers and floral arrangements. Following a very romantic and moving ceremony, the guests sampled sangria and nibbles in the garden and then moved downstairs to the function room for a celebration. Testimony was given with compliments from Jack and Eileen, their friends and family to the Rocajuna, Jackie and Debbie for the wonderful table dressings, buffet and entertainment that followed into the early hours.

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Jack and Eileen were presented with a wonderful 2 tier cake by Valerie from www.cake-magic.net. The photographer George Browne from www.oropix.com paid much attention to replicating their original cake cutting pose from 50 years ago.

Wedding services:

The new Casa Blanca in the garden area, or indeed the roof top are ideally situated to suit your wedding or wedding blessing, party or gathering. Jackie White, along with Debbie Gray from Jackie White weddings are on hand at the Rocajuna to offer advice on wedding planning, menus, colour schemes and scene setting for your event at the Rocajuna or indeed for many other venues in the area. Within the Rocajuna, on display is a wide range of information on wedding services. Venues, catering, mobile catering, wedding shop, photography, transport, wedding cakes, videography, accommodation, hair dressing, entertainment, in fact everything you need to know, with Jackie or Debbie on hand to assist you with any questions. Although the setting at the Rocajuna is beautiful, you can request to view other exclusive venues by contacting Jackie or Debbie who will be happy to oblige. Their aim is help YOU to plan your wedding or special event.

The Dress and what to wear! Very often, with the ladies, this is the first decision and purchase made!.

At the Rocajuna, there is a range of ‘off the rail’ wedding dresses for sale at knock down prices.


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Thank you and Congratulations Denis, Andy, Ronan, Maz and all the members of the team at the Rocajuna congratulate Jack and Eileen on their 50th wedding anniversary on June 3rd 2011 and wish them well for the future. The Rocajuna would like to sincerely thank all their customers for the support over the years and invite new and existing customers to visit them anytime during opening hours of 10am to late. (Closed Wednesdays) Gratitude is expressed to the Courier newspaper, available to collect at the Rocajuna every Friday!

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For information on events and menus available at the Rocajuna, contact enquiries@therocajuna.com or telephone 0034 965997260. For information on Weddings and Celebrations at the Rocajuna contact Jackie on jackiew@jackiewhiteweddings.com or deborahg@jackiewhiteweddings.com

Memories of the day One of the most important aspects of your wedding or celebration is the memories that will remain for years to come. Jack and Eileen are living proof!. Photography and videography pricing is available on request. Sample booklets are on the premises for your perusal. Don’t miss this opportunity to find your wedding dress or evening wear, while stocks last. The sale will end shortly, only 29 wedding dresses left ladies! Sizes range from 8-24! Alteration advice is available from Andrea Peers at Jarva Couture Wedding Dress design specialist. See advert for details

Tel Numbers: Rocajuna Bar: 0034 965997260 Denis: Rocajuna 0034 659536077 Andy: Rocajuna 0034 644299108 Jackie: Weddings and Celebrations 0034 664591795 Debbie: Weddings and Celebrations 0034 637153738 Valerie: Cake specialist 0034 667603141

Hair and Beauty Head to toe in La Zenia and Cabaroig can assist with advice on hairstyles and beauty to suit you for your wedding or celebration. ‘If you can’t go to them, they will come to you’! See advert for details.

There is also in permanent stock, a range of men’s and children’s formal and informal wedding attire for hire. Appointments are necessary for fittings. Tel Jackie 0034 664591795.

Designer dresses: The wedding team at the Rocajuna recommend Louise at Lyndyloo Bridal in La Zenia for specialist stockists of Bonny Bridal, Romantica, Alexia, Allys, Alfred Angelo, Gino Cerruti, Adini and many more at unbeatable prices. Bride and Mother of the Bride specialist. See advert for details.

The Cake: Valerie from www.cake-magic.net is based at the Rocajuna. Seeing is believing, therefore a visit is a must. Simply make an appointment with Valerie who will oblige with mouth watering tasters of wedding and specialist cakes.

Photos by George Browne, oropix.com 697 836 463

Contact

Jackie white Weddings Professional wedding planning and advisory service Jackie 664 591 795 Debbie 637 153 738 Rocajuna, Punta Prima.

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It’s easy to forget to eat healthily at this time of year, so here are our top five exotic seasonal foods that taste exceptional and are also good for you

GET EXOTIC FOR SUMMER 1. Sushi

2. Nasi Goreng

The traditionally Japanese dish called sushi consists of all healthy ingredients, blending vinegar seasoned rice with a multitude of vegetables and seafood, as well as raw fish. The name of the dish stands for “vinegar rice” in the Japanese language, with “Su” being the word for vinegar while the second part, “Shi”, is a shortening of the Japanese word “Meshi”, which means “cooked rice”. Most people only think of raw fish when they hear the word sushi, especially when it comes to Americans, but that is not true. In reality only some types of sushi use raw fish as an ingredient, while other recipes can use vegetables, fruit, or even cooked fish. The only limit to what sushi can contain is that of the cook’s imagination.

3. Spanish Paella

Combining a multitude of natural and healthy ingredients such as rice, chicken broth, garlic, red peppers, olive oil, chopped onions, tomatoes and a selection of either chicken or shellfish, this tasty dish originates from the country of Spain. Preparation is done by letting the garlic, along with leeks and tarragon simmer with the rice, vegetables and meat, all until the dish becomes a thick and delicious meal. The principles of Mediterranean food preparation are very evident in the making of Paella: not using salt as seasoning in favor of garlic or onions, using low fat olive oil as well as grains and lean proteins.

Nasi Goreng is another exotic dish, popular especially in Indonesia and Malaysia. The basis of the dish consists of pre-cooked rice, garlic, shallot and the popular soy sauce, all garnished with a couple of spring onions. In preparing the meal the rice used is cooked before-hand and left to cool, which usually means using rice cooked a day earlier. When ordering this meal in restaurants, you can expect to also be served other items like fried chicken or eggs, satay, vegetables or kerupuk.

4. Greek Soulvaki (Meat Kebabs) with Salad

Preparing the exotic dish of Soulvaki means marinating chicken or lamb in olive oil, lemon juice and some garlic, all of which are sodium free.

The meat is then grilled on a skewer with sliced onion and green bell peppers. The most common and healthy side dish for Soulvaki con-

sists of rice flavoured with turmeric, an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory spice. Served with the main dish is also the traditional Greek salad, a nutritious combination of black olives, cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, romaine lettuce and crumbled feta, a type of Greek cheese. Another common addition to a good Soulvaki is non-fat yogurt sauce, mint or dill flavoured, that can be used as seasoning or dipping sauce.

5. Tamale

Cooking this Mexican dish involves stuffing a sweet or savoury filling inside corn dough and steaming it until firm. The dish is so popular in its native Mexico, it has almost 1000 variations on how it can be prepared, but the most common recipes

include pork or chicken as the main meat of the filling, while adding green or red salsa or mole. There’s even the tamale de dulce, a sweet tamale cooked by using pink coloured sugar in the dough and dry fruit such as raisins as filling.

International cuisine has lots of exotic dishes to offer, all using low-fat proteins and sodium free seasonings. If you’ve had the pleasure of enjoying the amazing flavour of any of these dishes in your little escapade to a faraway country, you will certainly want to try recreating the taste of these exotic meals in your own kitchen. And if you haven’t travelled yet, that’s even more of a reason to try a new culinary experience.


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Cafe Golf offers a warm welcome to EVERYONE! Nike, Jason and Mayra, the friendly staff

The entrance

One of the outdoor seating areas CAFE GOLF in San Javier has been described as the local community centre. It is often the first port of call for regular visitors to the area, to find out what’s going on, and the last port of call, as it’s enroute to the airport, so visitors can say so-long and let Nike know when they’ll be next back. This says a lot for the friendly atmosphere that Cafe Golf breathes. It is the place where everyone comes to pick up the local papers, exchange their paperbacks and most importantly, enjoy some great homecooked food and a thrist quenching drink, in relaxing company. Cafe Golf opened three and a half years ago, providing an excellent combination of golf repairs and good food. It is as popular with non-golfers as golfers alike, with Spaniards, Brits and a host of other nationalities, the simple home-cooked food going down a treat. The menu is always changing, so there’s no chance of getting bored of the same dishes. There is a long list of entertainment and activities going on at Cafe Golf. Every Thursday there’s a barbecue, with occasional entertainment. This is a popular event so booking is advisable, especially if you want to have fish. Every other month there’s a golf auction, which is widely publicised in the local press. Line Dancing is every Monday afternoon, from 3.30 to 5.30. Beginners are welcome to come along, and the sessions cost just 3 euros. There is quiz night every Wednesday evening from 8.30pm.

Sunday lunches are served 1pm to 6pm, and consist of three courses, including a choice of three meats. The regular menu is also available. Booking is advisable. And one date worth pencilling into your diaries is Sunday 19th June, when the Hot Tamales Show will entertain the crowds, with Los Pistoleros, and Red Strokes providing the music. The event will begin at 4pm and go on into the evening. There will be a barbecue to provide mouth watering food. Table reservations are required, but the event is free. Other special events include regular shows by Showaddywaddy, Lewis Laking (16th June)and Wardi. The Cafe Golf Society plays every Thursday on a variety of courses, and new golfers are always welcome. Cafe Golf has a large indoor seating area and two outdoor areas, one of which is more private, with a cool breeze and palm trees to provide shade. So what is the secret of Cafe Golf’s success? Could it be Nike’s wide smile? All the staff are friendly and welcoming. Nike works with a number of local charities, collaborating especially with MABS and HAH, and is one of the collection points for The Courier’s Lorca Appeal. So why not pop along to Cafe Golf to see why it is one of the most popular places in the area. It is situated in the up and coming part of San Javier, near the new Mercadona, on the N332, towards Los Alcazares.

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Get rid of the guests this summer – send them on their way to explore Spain

HAPPY DRIVING!

WITH millions of Brits coming to Spain each year, family, friends or colleagues maybe, the need for a set of wheels while they are here is an essential part of the holiday experience. Whether they stay in your villa or an apartment, you should recommend that they go on a road tour around some of Spain's best sites or book into a hotel on the coast or inland, and having a rental car means they will have a totally different holiday experience. But think about it too, advise the experts. Help your guests by planning their break; tell them think carefully about the best vehicle for them before seeking a good car hire deal. Can they keep costs down and rent a mini economy or economy car? Or do they need the extra space of a family or large saloon, maybe even a people carrier (if they’re minted) for all those cases and members of the family or group. If you want to go off road then they would be better off going for a 4x4 (although you made need to check the availability) and if fancy having a pose as they travel the Spanish roads then maybe a convertible or luxury model would suit you better, but again check stock first. Whatever they choose, book early is the advice and always compare and read the small print of quotes as sometimes the cheapest doesn’t always work out that way in the end. Car hire in Spain is often cheaper than using taxi services or private transfer companies and will give your guests much more flexibility during their stay.

ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS FOR RENTING A CAR • Spain drives on the right hand side of the road. – Good one to remember! • Road rules should be adhered to especially those involving speed restrictions. You can expect hefty fines, many being on the spot fines. There are also plenty of speed cameras throughout the area, both permanent and mobile. • You will need to be at least 18 to drive in Spain. Drivers fewer than 21 can expect to pay an additional premium when hiring a car – if available at all. • You will need a driving licence. Either the standard two parts of card ID and paper licence or an old style green licence together with an international driving licence. • Seat belts in the back and front of cars are compulsory and children need to be seated in child seats • Nearly every company renting cars from Spanish locations will require a credit card when you pick the vehicle up. • Before driving away from your rental location, check which fuel type is needed for your vehicle. Most cars will run on unleaded or diesel. Unleaded is sold as Sin Plomo and comes in two grades of Octane, 95 and 98. Diesel is often referred to as gas-oil. Shopping around for lower fuel prices will not save you much. Some stations are self-service, however many are staffed to do the job for you. • As driving in Spain can be quite different to the UK then make sure you ask for into on road signs a well as checking

WHERE TO EXPLORE BY CAR? Generally speaking the cities are best covered on public transport or by foot, so drive into town, park up the rental car and off you go. It will avoid parking issues and slow traffic. Once out of the

on the quirks of Spanish roads. Your rental company will be able to offer advice as well as things like road maps. You can also check motoring organisations for advice. • There are many toll roads in Spain, especially motorways so it is wise to have some cash on hand at all times. Using these roads will get you about far quicker than on the normal a roads, especially on the coasts and in the cities. • Take care when parking. Try and use designated car parks where you can. On street parking is often hard to find in towns and cities and usually require some form of permit.

Get out and have some fun

coast from the French border to Alicante will take you near to a huge range of must see towns and cities including Barcelona, Tarragona, Valencia and Alicante as well as the tourist resorts of Murcia and Almeria. • The Balearics - using your hire car to explore

cities then a car hire is going to be the best way to get around • Andalucía - drive along the Costa del Sol or inland to the white villages of hillside towns. Add in UNESCO sites such as

Madrid

Andalucia

Granada and Cordoba or a visit to Seville, Jerez, Cadiz, Malaga and Gibraltar. • Spain's interior - with Madrid as your base head

out to the historic cities of Toledo to the south or Valladolid, Salamanca and Segovia to the north • The East coast - driving your hire car along the

OUT ON THE 5th EVERY MONTH

Canary Islands

the islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza will help you make the most of these islands • Canary Islands Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria offer some unique scenery, easily discovered by getting out and about by car


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CLASS PERFORMANCE! The friendly Centre for quality service at the right price SINCE opening The Performance and Diesel Centre in Guardamar back in January 2007, the Centre has been an unprecedented success by providing a British service at Spanish prices. The garage is 500m² in size and equipped with 4 vehicle lifts and specialises in mechanical and engine repairs on all vehicles and (both petrol and diesel), from routine servicing, to repairing gearboxes, alternators, starter motors, welding exhausts and re-conditioning complete engines. The Centre has up to date diagnostic equipment, and can re-gas your Air con while you wait. If you own a Motorhome, that’s no problem as the Centre has the door height and space to accommodate the largest camper van on the road. Mark (the owner) has more than 23 years experience as a mechanic and was a time served toolmaker and has engineering

equipment on site, and can fabricate almost anything that may be required. He is joined by Steve Hanson, who is a Ford trained master technician – which is the highest standard awarded to any technician in Europe – with 20 years experience. Mark says: “Our reputation is built on expertise and quality of service. We do not do bodywork or painting, and nor do we getinvolved with re-registrations; we are simply motor engineers who focus on what we do best”. Due to the Centre’s high level of expertise, customers (new and old) travel for miles to bring their vehicles to the Centre. We have customers from Benidorm; others travel from the Mar Menor, Fortuna, Aspe, Crevillente and the Hondon Valley. All customers are given a full quotation in advance, so they know the exact cost of their repairs.

THE Centre’s long-standing proven track record means that many customers are referred by word of mouth recommendation, and their nationalities include German, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, and of course British! The Centre is located at Carrer Ferrers 90, Poligono Industrial Estate Santa Ana, Guardamar del Segura and is open weekdays from 9am until 6pm and do not close for siesta. Saturday opening is 10am until 2pm. For a friendly chat or advice, or cup of coffee, please contact them on 966107606 or 647162821.


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The crazy world of the chef who turned to comedy WELCOME to another week of great entertainment. A very popular and unusual act here on the Costa Blanca is Lynden B and his fantastic quick-changing comedy shows. Back home in Hinckley, Leicestershire in the ’80s, Lynden had no idea of the crazy times ahead. He had just left the Army as a fully qualified chef and his passion was in the catering world. Then one night in 1998 he went for a drink at a friend’s bar and she begged him to join their team for a karaoke competition as they were one person short. He didn’t normally do karaoke as he never believed he could sing. But that night totally changed his world. Lynden won the contest and was sent through to the finals and subsequently to auditions to work for a large organisation that supplies entertainers to big-name companies like First Choice and Thomson in more than 15 countries. They loved him and within a few days he was sent abroad to work in the top hotels in Crete, Portugal, Tenerife.He went on to live in Fuerteventura for several years, starting his own one-man show, which was a massive success in local bars and restau-

rants. When his Murcia-based father was taken ill three years ago, Lynden decided it was time to move closer to the family. And since arriving in the Costa Blanca he has never looked back.His first show, ‘Man of Many Faces’, was an outstanding success featuring characters such as Benny Hill, Rolf Harris, Elton John and even Sir Cliff. The audiences just loved it as it was completely different to anything they had seen before.Lynden’s stage is his audience. He climbs on the tables and sits on people’s laps, has everyone in fits of laughter - and no two shows are ever the same.Lynden’s second show, ‘Crazy Cabaret...Viva not quite Vegas’, is another highly original and clever act with more crazy characters. Buddy Holly and Freddie Mercury are both involved

– as is a fairy in pink lycra!His new show, which started last month, is a must for Elvis fans. ‘The Comedy - The Tribute’ sees both styles of Lynden’s mad world. The first half is still the crazy humour that all his fans love – with a fantastic tribute to The King following. And this guy really has a fantastic sound of Elvis. All Lynden’s shows are must-see events as he is totally unique definitely nights out with a difference. This weekend he will be at The Park in Playa Flamenca on Friday night doing his ‘Crazy Cabaret show, then on Saturday in Hondon at Bar Pepin with the ‘Man of Many Faces’. He will repeat that show on Tuesday night at Bar Martini’s, the new Villamartin Plaza venue. And this Sunday Lynden will be doing his new Elvis Show at Marks Bar in San Luis. Well, that’s me finished for another week. If you’re a bar or an entertainer and want to appear in the gig guide or have any events coming up that you’d like me to tell everyone about, then please contact me by email on mandy@starsinbars.org or call me on 685302529 - or just visit my website www.starsinbars.org

Mandy

DATE

VENUE

ACT/ EVENT

OTHER INFO

FRIDAY 10th

Celtic Drop in Playa Flamenca The Park in Playa Flamenca Hillside in La Marina Inn at the Green in Entre Naranjos Bar Rosa in Los Montesinos Los Belgas in Gran Alacant Marina Sol in Cabo Roig Diablo’s in Cabo Roig Las Naciones in Quesada Bar Martini’s in Villamartin Plaza Cheers bar in Eagles Nest

Cabaroke with Davy Jones Lynden B Tony Lincoln Jimmy Mac Red Strokes Tina Turner Tribute Terry Jay Bingo with Deano Richie Lorna Michelle Steve Dale

Starting at 10pm Comedy Show

Celtic Drop in Playa Flamenca Lodosol in San Pedro Bar Pepin in Hondon Inn at the Green in Entre Naranjos Los Belgas in Gran Alacant The Arches in Los Alcazares The Club in Quesada Casa Nicolas in Altos del Limonar Sams bar in Quesada

Cabaroke with Davy Jones Jimmy Vincent Lynden B Woody Grease Tribute Shirelle Bee Gees Tribute & Nilo Jukebox Legends Lorna Michelle

Starting at 10pm

Pablo’s International bar in La Florida Murphy’s on the Park in Torrevieja Snug Bar in Torre de la Horredada Inn at the Green in Entre Naranjos Bar Liquid in Cabo Roig Casa Ventura in San Luis Diablo’s in Cabo Roig Billy’s Bar in El Chaparral Morgan’s Bar in El Galan Cheers Bar in Eagles nest Hoggies in San Luis Smiling Jacks in Cabo Roig Mark’s Bar in San Luis

Cabaroke with Davy Jones Shirelle Debbie Slater Cabaroke with Matt Christian Cabaroke with Bono Fun Music Quiz with Lynden B Stevie Spit Karaoke with Dodgy Diva Celena Deans Kye Jaymes Jukebox Legends Terry Jay Lynden B Nick Barker Celena Deans Terry Jay

Starting at 8pm

SATURDAY 11th

SUNDAY 12th

MONDAY 13th TUESDAY 14th

WEDNESDAY 15th

THURSDAY 16th

Pirate Bar in Playa Flamenca The Vault Cafe Bar in El Galan Judges Chambers in Playa Flamenca Inn at the green in Entre Naranjos Cheers Bar in Eagles Nest Bar Rosa in Los Montesinos Celtic Drop in Playa Flamenca Arches in Los Alcazares Bar Martinis in Villamartin Plaza Temple Bar in Playa Flamenca Marina Sol in Cabo Roig

Starting at 7pm Starting at 7pm

Comedy Show

Starting at 5pm Comedy Drag Show Starting at 5pm & BBQ Starting at 8pm

Starting at 10pm Comedy Show Starting at 9.30pm Starting at 8.30pm Starting at 10pm

Kens Quiz Nikki G Quiz night with Darren James Cut loose Karaoke with Ruby Blues Lynden B Celena Deans Terry Jay

Starting at 9pm

Inn at the Green in Entre Naranjos Montes Bar in Los Montesinos Restaurant La Boca in Playa Los Locos Cheers bar In Eagles Nest Billy’s Bar in El Chaparral The Abbey in La Florida The Arches in Los Alcazares

Crazy Bingo with Spike Fun Music Quiz B.J Bluesman Quiz Night Chilli-oke with Peter Jay Celena Deans Jukebox Legends

Starting at 4pm Starting at 9pm

Inn at the Green in Entre Naranjos Berny D’arcys in La Fuente Stray Sod in La Fuente The Priory in El Galan Cheers Bar in Eagles Nest Nia Restaurant in Torrevieja

Fun Music Quiz with Lynden B Cutloose Celena Deans Lenny Mitchell Protocol Jukebox Legends

Starting at 10pm Comedy Show Starting at 10pm Starting at 7pm

Starting at 10pm

Starting at 9.30pm


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EYES WIDE OPEN

Time to LOOK after your vision SUMMER is here, and for some, summer is year 'round. For those who enjoy a warmer climate, it is important they take good care of their eyes. UV radiation from the sun can cause serious damage to your vision. That is just one reason you should learn ways to protect your eyes on sunny days. Do not think sunglasses alone are enough however, to protect your eyes. Follow these tips to make sure your eyes are summer ready: Make sure you get a health check-up yearly. Many underlying health conditions can predispose your eyes to damage from the sun, or vision problems in general. One example is diabetes. An annual medical exam and trip to the eye doctor will help prevent disease before it has time to sink in. Make sure you have your eyes checked by your eye doctor regularly, and have them dilated at least once every few eye visits to rule out diseases like diabetes. When caught during its early stages, diabetes treatment can help prevent serious complications including diabetic retinopathy, a disease that may lead to blindness during its advanced stages. If your doctor suggests you have problems with your vision, or early stage diabetes or other medical conditions, make sure you follow their advice for proper treatment. Your doctor does know best. Become aware of any medications you take that may make your eyes or your body more sensitive to the sun.

If you are sensitive, take proper precautions. Do not buy sunglasses unless they provide UV protection, otherwise they will not provide your peepers much in the way of sun protection. You can even get regular eyeglasses these days with UV protection built into the lenses, colour-free even! Buy sunglasses that fully cover your eyes and the surrounding area. Those small, tiny round frames may look cute, but if you find you still have to squint while wearing your glasses, chances are they are not providing you with the sun protection you need. While protecting your eyes, do not forget to protect your body. Whole body health is just as important to your eyes as eye protection. Slather on the sun block, and do not use less than an SPF 15. If you are smart, you will use an SPF of 30 or higher.

Damaged A suntan is not a sign you are protected from the sun; it is a sign the sun already damaged your skin, and possibly your eyes. Make sure you wear sunglasses when driving, because UV radiation can penetrate the windows of your car. Wear a wider brim hat when you go out. This will shade your eyes and your face, doubling up on your sun protection. Wear your sunglasses even if you lay out with your eyes closed. UV penetrates anything, even skin. Wear clothing with UV protection built in. This will help protect your entire body.

Do not forget to wear protective eyewear during the winter. UV radiation exists year 'round. If skiing, wear protective masks to keep your eyes from drying out. Dry eyes are a common problem. If you drive a motorcycle, always make sure you wear protective eyeglasses. If you wear a helmet (and you should) get one that allows you to see, but one that allows you to shield your eyes from the sun too. Avoid staying out in the sun if you can during the hottest and more dangerous times of the day (usually between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you have a job requiring you work outdoors, see if your employer will chip in to buy protective eyewear for you and your co-workers. If you find you have trouble convincing your employer, contact OSHA. See the link below for more information. Always have a pair of extra sunglasses handy, even if they are the cheap ones, in case you break yours. Encourage your children to wear sunglasses at an early age, when their eyes are more likely to experience damage from the sun. If you burn your lids or the area around your eyes, visit your eye doctor for a check-up to make sure you haven't done too much damage to your eyes. Remember, eye protection is important all year long. It does not matter whether it is hot or cold out. You can burn on a cloudy day just as you can on a sunny one. Your eyes need UV protection just like your body needs sun block.


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Friday, June 10, 2011

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, 13 represents W and 21 represents J, when these letters have been entered throughout the puzzle, you should have enough information to start guessing words and discovering other letters.

QUICKIE

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

CRYTPIC CLUES Across 1 Driver’s compartment is the scene of a fight (7) 5 Search for public relations award (5) 8 Annie is peculiar looking and not very smart (7) 9 Tenant has no right to come in (5) 10 Tropical fruit among corruption (5) 11 So often destroyed decoration (7) 12 Is saga about a tennis star? (6) 14 Pet socialist leader following worries (6) 17 Chance I find the obstacle (7) 19 Corner for fish (5) 22 A novice joins a doctor at a famous mission (5) 23 A gate Len rebuilt is very pleasing to the eye (7) 24 Creep off with a thin pancake (5) 25 Actor’s assistant’s bureau (7) STANDARD CLUES

Across 1 Scars (5) 4 Optic (5) 7 Purse (5) 8 A rope (5) 9 Discretion (10) 11 Idle phrase (10) 15 Wings (5) 16 Ideas (5) 17 Roans (5) 18 Dents (5)

Down 1 Aces (4) 2 Optical pain (11) 3 Sever (5) 4 Tutor (5) 5 Pie portions (11) 6 A score (6) 10 Scalps (6) 12 Agree (5) 13 Tarts (5) 14 Gels (4)

Last weeks Solution Across: 1 Must, 3 Crash, 6 Class, 8 Smart, 10 Regardless, 12 Apparently, 16 Extra, 17 Enter, 18 Chief, 19 Grip. Down: 1 Much, 2 Spare, 4 Residence, 5 Share, 7 Staircase, 9 Task, 11 , 13 Patch, 14 Later, 15 Trip.

Across 1 Pilot’s compartment (7) 5 Investigate (5) 8 Foolish (7) 9 Go into (5) 10 Fruit (5) 11 Adorn (7) 12 Tennis player (6) 14 Stroke (6) 17 Movable barrier (7) 19 Point of view (5) 22 Scene of famous siege (5) 23 Stylish (7) 24 Fabric (5) 25 Chest of drawers (7)

Down 1 Allegation about mail dispute (5) 2 Dog in car is in a bad way (5) 3 Weigh in avoirdupois on scales and you will find toxins (7) 4 Chew toffee when you start to drive (3,3) 5 Looks intently at aristocrats (5) 6 Beaten due to no make-up (7) 7 Foreign currency in queen’s trips (7) 12 Rickety chair included in bill is very old (7) 13 Rock, it’s set in stone (7) 15 Expert made waves in the world of scholarship (7) 16 Be top of the class or I’ll cut you off! (6) 18 Be passionate about promotion or direction (5) 20 Flies the men only back north in (5) 21 Compound discovered in yesterday’s experiments (5) Down 1 Maintain (5) 2 Type of terrier (5) 3 Venoms (7) 4 Commence (3,3) 5 Upper class (5) 6 Defeated (7) 7 Everyday jobs (7) 12 Old (7) 13 Stir up (7) 15 University circles (7) 16 Decapitate (6) 18 Worship (5) 20 Insects (5) 21 Organic compound (5)

Last weeks Solution Across: 1 Seance, 4 Rhesus, 9 Against, 10 Drama, 11 Obese, 12 Onetime, 13 Belligerent, 18 Open-air, 20 Motet, 22 Cease, 23 Early on, 24 Ritual, 25 Repeal. Down: 1 Shadow, 2 Amaze, 3 Congeal, 5 Hedge, 6 Station, 7 Stamen, 8 Strong armed, 14 Elegant, 15 Remorse, 16 Concur, 17 Atonal, 19 Arena, 21 Thyme.

FILL IT IN

Complete the crossword grid by using the given words:

2 letter words Is So 3 letter words Age And Ate Doc Fed Had Ley Oar Psi Ran Sob

Ute 4 letter words Acid Coop Daft Dyed Eats Erse Oboe Odds Real Serf 5 letter words Agora Coral

Dandy Debit Eaves Haste Inane Scree 6 letter words Aboard Averse Corona Eatery Footed Reused Tepees Triple

SPANISH-ENGLISH CROSSWORD Improve your Spanish - clues in Spanish, answers in English or vice versa.

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

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


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Friday, June 10, 2011 Across 7 What name was given to ‘an open-roofed entrance hall or central court in an ancient Roman house’? (6) 8 What name is given to ‘a musical composition of three or four movements of contrasting forms’? (6) 10 According to Irish legend what name is given to ‘a female spirit whose loud cry is believed to be heard when someone is going to die’? (7) 11 Which word is an archaic name for a puppy? (5) 12 Which river rises in Cumbria and flows 80 miles (128 km) south-eastwards to the North Sea at Middlesbrough? (4) 13 What name is given to ‘a loose overall worn to protect one’s clothes’ often worn by artists? (5) 17 See 18 18/17 Which comedy performer starred with Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden in the television series The Goodies? (4,5) 22 Which resort town on the south coast of England near Bournemouth, has a speedway team nicknamed the Pirates? (5) 23 Which duo topped the British singles chart in 1992 with the Abba-Esque EP? (7) 24 Tiziano Vecelli was the real name of which 15th/16th century Italian artist? (6) 25 According to Greek mythology, what was the name of the goddess of the moon who fell in love with Endymion? (6)

SUDOKU

Quiz Word

Down 1 Which Scottish king came to the throne after killing his cousin Duncan I in battle? (7) 2 What was the surname of the actor who won an Oscar for his role as the Siamese monarch in the 1956 film musi-

cal The King and I? (7) 3 Which Japanese dish consists of small balls of vinegarflavoured cold rice served with a garnish of vegetables, egg, or raw seafood? (5) 4 Which city is the county town of Norfolk? (7) 5 What was the surname of the 19th century American outlaw brothers Jesse and Frank? (5) 6 In Greek mythology which vicious winged monster was often depicted as a bird with the head of a woman? (5) 9 Which city is the state capital of Iowa? (3,6) 14 What name is given to either of a pair of complex endocrine glands situated near the kidney? (7) 15 Which black viscous mixture of hydrocarbons is used for road surfacing and roofing? (7) 16 Which word can mean both ‘a spy or saboteur or terrorist planted in an enemy country who lives there as a law-abiding citizen until activated by a prearranged signal’ and ‘one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track’? (7) 19 What is the surname of the American swimmer who won seven gold medals in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games? (5) 20 What was the name of Harry Corbett’s most famous glove puppet bear? (5) 21 What was the surname of the 20th century French composer best known for his orchestral work Bolero? (5)

SALLY’S SIMPLE SPANISH Articulos de la cocina – Kitchen Items Match these words with their Spanish translations then find them in the wordsearch. (Answers below) 1. AJEDREZ, 2. BALÓN, 3.

15. LIBROS, 16. ORDENADOR,

BARAJA, 4. BICICLETA,

17. OSITO, 18. PALA,

m.s tamp-collecting, n. CDs,

5. CASCO, 6. CDS.

19. PATINES, 20. PUZZLE.

o. dice, p. colours, q. dominoes, r. rubber-ring, s. books,

9. DADO, 10. DAMAS, 11.

science QUIZ 1. What is the correct name for a female Badger? 2. What is 2000 in Roman Numerals? 3. What comes in varieties called Duncan, Burgundy and Marsh? 4. Which Piece of science history was created at the Roslin Institute in Scotland on 5th July 1996? 5. What does an alopecia sufferer lack? 6. How Many Teeth Should A Normal Adult Have? 7. In what country does the cow tree, whose sap looks and tastes like milk, grow ? 8. What Was Sellafields Former Name? 9. What was the world's first passenger jet aircraft? 10. Dr. C. W. Long was the first to use which anaesthetic in 1842? 11. What Is The Common Name for Alopecia? 12. Which Is The Largest Land Living Carnivore? 13. What are formed by Orogeny? 14. What is the condition called when an internal organ protrudes through the wall of the cavity in which it is normaly contained? 1. Sow 2. MM 3. Grapefruit 4. Dolly The Sheep Was Created 5. Hair 6. 32 7. Venezuela 8. Windscale 9. Comet 10. Ether 11. Baldness 12. Brown Or Grizzly Bear 13. Mountains 14. A Hernia

ANSWERS

Last Week’s Solutions Code Cracker Last weeks Quiz Wordsolution Across:7 Avalon, 8 Zurich, 10 Manatee, 11 Shire, 12 Toad, 13 Titan, 17 Baggy, 18 Page, 22 Alamo, 23 Apricot, 24 Obrien, 25 Sickle. Down: 1 Mammoth, 2 Gainsay, 3 Booth, 4 Russian, 5 Tibia, 6 Sheep, 9 Leningrad, 14 Samoyed, 15 Pancake, 16 Bentley, 19 Hanoi, 20 Hairy, 21 Mr Big.

a. jigsaw, b. helmet, c. bucket,

DIANA, 12. DOMINÓS,

d.s pade, e. teddy, f.c hess,

13. FILATELIA, 14. FLOTADOR,

g. skates, h. draughts, i. ball,

S WH WF Z U T Y N C A Z B C I ÓZ NGI A Z RNT E E A D X X NV J B L HP E RNRL S F B T I OCCA L OV K DÓB K I B S MX C C T S D L E N A K S I B J O I F WE B H J G N UT QK L CDL P K L B A A A OP L OI S A OJ UOI J L I G D R B E WO T Q D Z A A V D S E NI T A P A A V RZ QP M S L I B ROS DCA S QL HL P A L A OQMOB U L A D E S L MR GS I J R T QB QML Q R P U K F L U WS Q O O T A S ORDE NA DOROCS A CD Soduko

Span - Eng

t. computer. Answers: 1f, 2i, 3l, 4j, 5b, 6n, 7p, 8c, 9o, 10h, 11k, 12q, 13m, 14r, 15s, 16t, 17e, 18d, 19g, 20a.

7. COLORES, 8. CUBO,

j. bicycle, k. dartboard, l. cards,

AJEDREZ

DIANA

BALÓN

DOMINÓS

BARAJA

FILATELIA

BICICLETA

FLOTADOR

CASCO

LIBROS

CDS

ORDENADOR

COLORES

OSITO

CUBO

PALA

ADO

PATINES

DAMAS

PUZZLE

Quizword

Fill It In


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Friday, June 10, 2011

Horoscopes By Pandora

Marriage problems

Aries March 21 - April 19 Pants, socks, t-shirts, sweaters. These are all parts of your wardrobe. Remember this. Destiny is more like a buzz-word than something you'll ever have to think about. The scars left on your knee are there for everyone to see.

(due to in-laws) Dear Tia Maria I am so dissatisfied with my marriage due to in-laws problems that I am thinking of getting a divorce. My wife is not at the root of the problem, but my father and mother-in-law are. Perhaps they think their son-in-law will always dance to their tune. They will decide what I will wear, what I should do in holidays, what I should eat, even where I should purchase a flat! Now I am a simple minded person, not tactful enough to deal with continuous in-law pressure. I give in often mainly because I think otherwise my wife will be hurt. But I have reached my limit of endurance. I cannot waste

Taurus April 20 - May 20 It's marvellous. No, really, it is absolutely marvellous. You'll see. Prepare to gape widely at the beautiful horror you'll experience this month.

Gemini May 21 - June 20

time doing things I actually hate. Can anybody please advise me about steps to get divorce (in India)? I just want to lead a peaceful life. My

wife is a school-teacher. I do not have precise idea about divorce rules. Am I supposed to give compensation? Who decides the amount? I am ready to compensate for the mistake I have made (unknowingly). However it the amount is too high then I will have to think of something else. Any other useful suggestion will also be appreciated. Any help appreciated. Nigel Dear Nigel, Make it very clear that you respect and adore your in-laws. However, you do not let them to com-

mand you. Respecting is something which has nothing to do with the commanding and you hate very much. At the same time, you make it clear that if they do not change the habit, you may go to any extreme. Make your wife understand the reality and thank her for not having the same attitude that of her parents. Of course, there is a limit and the saturation. Before taking any decision, give them the immediate ultimatum so as to avoid any sort of misunderstanding. Best of Luck, Maria

STUBBORN HUSBAND

Dear Tia Maria, I and my husband have been married for almost 4 years, and our anniversary is June 24, 2011. He wants to go to but Canada we have been to Canada already this year. I want to go to France to sit on the beach and relax so we can do everything not just visit friends and family. So we have not been talking since the argument, and he has been sleeping on the sofa i think I am right, but he doesn’t. I miss him so bad, but I don't want to show him that he is right when he isn't what should I do? Jane, Torrevieja. Hi Jane, Hmmm, he sounds like a procrastinator. Sometimes people can get really stubborn when they feel like something might be a bad idea. If i were you i would take a vacation with a girlfriend or your mother or sister or something. And just let him know it's obvious he doesn't want to go to France and so you’ll just go with (so and so) to spend more time with them. Take pictures, go places, have a blast. And when you get back show him a few pictures, and tell him you had fun. It may change his mind but if it doesn't at least you still got to go. Best. Tia Maria

Lunchtime is the best time of day for you today. Being mean is what makes bullies happy - don't make them have to be unhappy. Imagine what the mean spirited little twats would do then.

Cancer June 21 - July 22 Armchair politicians will affect your life today as they rise from their dank pits and begin to conquer the known world. Monsters plague your every move and will soon be there to eat your flesh.

Leo July 23 - August 22 All your better ideas have already been stolen and used in the past. Which perhaps suggests you should prefix "crackpot" to the unofficial title you give yourself.

Virgo August 23 - September 22 Hats have always looked good on you. Yes, today is definitely a hat day. Go hat! Hearing clicking noises in your head is not a good sign for you today.

Libra September 23 - October 22 Don't take everything you have for granted insure everything for 125% of the original cost. Cups of tea and coffe will start to rack up around your desk today as you try to get everything done under the heady influence of a bucket of caffeine.

Scorpio October 23 - November 21 Opening up to a close friend will probably be the worst thing you could do, in your situation. Deja vu is the feeling that someone's patronised you before (often by telling you what deja vu means). Your magical fingers may be called into practice this week.

Sagittarius November 22 - December 21 Your words are, to some, like finger-nails scratching a black-board. Reading through a dictionary is the least effective way to learn more about the world. Get out there! Dentist's teeth are not always as great as you'd think.

Capricorn December 22 - January 19 Avoid low-level lighting this week, and any power lines that you might have to pass under on the way to work. Horrible smells and green patches on your body may make your day turn sour.

Aquarius January 20 - February 18 Chasing cats and dogs around the streets after midnight is probably not the best way to endear yourself to new neighbours. Your sub-conscience may decide to rebel against you today and force you to re-remember everything you had managed to block out.

Pisces February 19 - March 20 Pisces are to astrology what the Vulcans are to Star Trek. They are the peacekeepers, devoid of any true spirit, and least likely to form meaningful relationships. OK, Pisceans aren't all that bad, but they do tend to be the more mellow kind of people


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Friday, June 10, 2011

WHAT’S ON THE TELLY..? Murder on the Orient Express (Film,1974)

Reservoir Dogs (Film,1991)

Friday, June 10th ITV3 11:00pm to 01:40am All-star adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel set on the Orient Express. A financier travelling from Istanbul to Paris is found dead, stabbed a dozen times, and it is up to celebrated Belgian detective Hercule Poirot to solve the crime. He painstakingly interviews those in the same railway car and through an elaborate re-creation aims to discover just who carried out the deed.

Sunday, June 12th Channel 5, 12:15am to 2:15am A group of perfect strangers have been assembled to pull off the perfect heist. Meticulously planned, nothing can go wrong. But it turns into a bloody ambush when one of them turns out to be a police informer. Now some of crime's most ruthless killers are pitted against each other in this unbelievably graphic Tarantino masterpiece.

Monster-in-Law (Film,2005)

The Game (Film,1997)

Sunday, June 12th Channel 4 11:10pm to 01:05am Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini lives on Venice Beach, works as a temp and is lucky enough to be engaged to the handsome Dr Kevin Fields. But Fields has the mother from Hell, Viola, a disgraced chat show host just out of rehab who will do anything short of murder to stop her son marrying Charlie. Fonda is wonderfully OTT as the acid-tongued, relationship-destroying harridan but Lopez gives as good as she gets in Robert Luketic's romantic comedy.

Tuesday, June 14th ITV1, 11:35pm to 13:55am Nicholas Van Orton, a selfish, self-obsessed investment banker, is presented him with an unusual present from his younger brother - a gift certificate from a specialised company claiming to devise devilish games for its wealthy clients. Before too long, Nicholas' life begins to fall apart: the world seems to be conspiring against him as dirty dealings, drugs, hidden cameras and even dying people make an unwelcome appearance in his previously successful routine. Is this all part of the game or has it gone terribly wrong!


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The Courier Friday TV 00:35 This Week 01:25 A Job to Get Work Panorama 01:55 Countryfile 02:55 Antiques Roadshow 03:55 Britain's Next Big Thing 04:55 Our World 05:00 BBC News 05:30 HARDtalk 06:00 BBC News 06:30 World Business Report 06:45 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News; Weather; Regional News 16:05 Copycats 16:30 Deadly 60 Bites 16:40 Wingin' It 17:00 Remote Control Star 17:30 Fee Fi Fo Yum 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 A Question of Sport 22:00 Have I Got News for You 22:30 Outnumbered 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Graham Norton Show BBC2 00:20 Psychoville 2 00:50 Queen: Days of Our Lives 01:50 HARDtalk 02:00 BBC News 02:30 ABC World News with Diane Sawyer 03:00 BBC News 03:30 HARDtalk 04:00 BBC News 04:30 Our World

04:55 Close 07:00 Wibbly Pig 07:10 Dip Dap 07:15 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:30 Tinga Tinga Tales 07:45 Octonauts 08:00 Wild Tales 08:30 The Scooby-Doo Show 08:30 Leon 08:55 Newsround 09:00 Basil and Barney's Game Show 09:30 Show Me Show Me 09:55 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:05 The Koala Brothers 10:15 Guess with Jess 10:30 Nina and the Neurons: In the Lab 10:45 Buzz and Tell 10:50 Big Cook Little Cook 11:10 Little Charley Bear 11:20 Zingzillas 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 The Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Tennis from Queen's 18:15 Cash in the Celebrity Attic 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain's Empty Homes 20:00 Petworth House - The Big Spring Clean 20:30 Coast 21:30 Gardeners' World 22:00 Julia Bradbury's Canal Walks 22:30 Paul Merton's Birth of Hollywood 23:30 Newsnight

00:35 Amanda Holden's Fantasy Lives 01:30 The Zone 03:35 British Touring Car Championship 04:50 ITV Nightscreen 05:35 The Jeremy Kyle Show 06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Meridian News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Love Your Garden 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 Injustice 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 American Pie Presents Band Camp

CHANNEL 4'S COMEDY GALA If you like your stand-up delivered at close quarters in a basement club, this is not for you. It's the behemoth of comedy occasions, a gathering of 20 or so top comics in front of a vast audience at the O2 arena. The event happened a couple of weeks ago and the consensus was that Sean Lock took the honours with his routine.

00:05 The Secret Millionaire 01:10 The Film Show 01:45 Style the Nation 02:10 The Model Agency 03:05 Perfect 03:20 Unreported World 03:45 America's Secret Killers: Dispatches 04:40 Get the Picture 04:50 Hill Street Blues 05:40 Wogan's Perfect Recall 06:10 Countdown 06:55 Sali Mali 07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:00 Frasier 10:00 Friends 10:30 Accidentally on Purpose 10:55 Location, Location, Location 11:55 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 Kirstie's Homemade Home 14:00 The Way Ahead 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 Unreported World 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 22:00 Channel 4's Comedy Gala

10th June

01:10 SCXTRA 01:40 SuperCasino 05:00 The Family Recipe 05:10 Michaela's Wild Challenge 05:55 County Secrets 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 House Doctor 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 The Beeps 07:20 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 07:35 Castle Farm 07:40 Igam Ogam 07:50 Peppa Pig 07:55 Milkshake! Bop Box 08:00 Little Princess 08:15 The Mr Men Show 08:30 Thomas & Friends 08:40 Milkshake Monkey 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Hana's Helpline 09:50 The WotWots 10:00 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:05 The Hotel Inspector 13:00 Meals in Moments 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:20 Law & Order 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Vanessa Show 16:05 Meals in Moments 16:20 They Come Back 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Fifth Gear 21:00 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Law & Order 23:55 CSI: Miami


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The Courier Saturday TV

11th June

00:20 The National Lottery Friday Night Draws 00:30 Disturbia 02:05 The One Show 02:05 Weatherview 03:10 Monty Don's Italian Gardens 04:10 Two Greedy Italians 05:10 BBC News 05:30 Five Minutes With 06:00 BBC News 06:30 Our World 07:00 Breakfast 10:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 11:30 Trooping the Colour: The Queen's Birthday Parade 13:15 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:30 A Question of Sport 14:00 Tennis from Queen's 18:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 18:15 Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix - Qualifying 20:15 So You Think You Can Dance: The Final Live 21:20 The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins 22:10 Casualty 23:00 So You Think You Can Dance: The Final Results 23:30 BBC News; Weather 23:50 Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow BBC2 00:00 00:50 03:05 07:00 07:10 07:15 07:30

The Review Show Brazil Close Wibbly Pig Dip Dap Pinky Dinky Doo Tinga Tinga Tales

07:45 Octonauts 08:00 Ed and Oucho's Excellent Inventions 08:30 Arthur 08:55 Shaun the Sheep 09:00 Little Howard's Big Question 09:25 Prank Patrol Down Under 09:50 Dennis and Gnasher 10:00 Dick & Dom Go Wild 10:30 Deadly 60 11:00 Relic: Guardians of the Museum 11:30 League of Super Evil 11:40 Wolverine and the X-Men 12:00 Mortified 12:25 OOglies 12:40 MOTD Kickabout 13:00 The Sky at Night 13:20 Homes Under the Hammer 13:50 Diagnosis Murder 14:35 The Fall of the Roman Empire 17:30 Escape to the Country 18:30 Flog It! 19:30 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World - The Week Ahead 20:00 Dad's Army 20:30 Trooping the Colour Highlights 22:00 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 22:45 QI XL 23:30 Grumpy Old Holidays

01:15 The Zone 03:20 Jeremiah Johnson 05:00 ITV Nightscreen 06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:25 House Gift 10:25 Coronation Street 12:45 This Morning: Saturday 13:45 ITV News and Weather 13:54 Meridian Weather 13:55 Being There 16:10 Octopussy 18:35 Meridian News and Weather 18:45 ITV News and Weather 19:00 New Kids Do the Funniest Things 20:00 Ice Age: the Meltdown 21:40 The Cube Celebrity Special: McFly 22:40 ITV News and Weather 22:54 Meridian Weather 22:55 Batman Begins

CAMELOT

New series. When King Uther dies, the wizard Merlin searches for the man he believes to be the rightful heir to Camelot. He faces a challenge from the monarch's daughter Morgan, who plots with her new ally King Lot to usurp the throne. Featurelength episode of the fantasy adventure, starring Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Eva Green and James Purefoy.

00:45 The Ricky Gervais Show 01:15 Comic's Choice: Sean Lock 02:15 Mercury Prize Sessions 02:30 4Play: Frank Turner 02:45 My Name Is Earl 03:45 Ugly Betty 05:20 Hill Street Blues 06:10 Countdown 06:55 Sali Mali 07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Film Show 08:00 Ginetta Challenge 2011 08:25 The Grid 08:55 The Morning Line 09:50 Friends 10:20 Hollyoaks Music Show 10:50 Glee 11:50 Friends 12:25 Style the Nation 13:20 The Big Bang Theory 14:25 That Paralympic Show 15:00 Channel 4 Racing 17:05 Come Dine with Me Extra Portions 19:10 Channel 4 News 19:40 4thought.tv 19:45 Sahara 22:00 Camelot

00:55 Rough Guide to Short Breaks 01:10 SCXTRA 01:40 SuperCasino 05:05 Motorsport Mundial 05:30 Fifth Gear 05:55 County Secrets 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 House Doctor 07:00 Peppa Pig 07:05 Roary the Racing Car 07:15 Fifi and the Flowertots 07:25 Fireman Sam 07:40 Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends 07:50 Elmo's World 08:05 Chiro 08:15 Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 08:30 Noddy in Toyland 08:45 Hana's Helpline 09:00 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:30 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 Gerald McBoing Boing 11:00 Fifth Gear 11:30 The Gadget Show 12:30 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green - At the Ends of the Earth 13:35 The Violent Men 15:30 Objective, Burma! 18:10 See No Evil, Hear No Evil 20:00 5 News Weekend 20:05 NCIS 21:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 22:00 CSI: NY 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation


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The Courier Sunday TV

12th June

00:35 City Hall 02:25 BBC News 02:30 Question Time 03:00 BBC News 03:30 Cannes 2011 04:00 BBC News 04:30 Our World 05:00 BBC News 05:30 Click 06:00 BBC News 06:30 The Record Europe 07:00 Breakfast 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Live Pentecost from Halifax Minster 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 The Politics Show 14:05 EastEnders 16:00 Escape to the Country 17:00 Songs of Praise 17:35 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 18:00 Formula 1: Canadian Grand Prix Live 21:15 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 Case Histories 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Moving On BBc2 00:00 Then She Found Me 01:35 In Search of a Midnight Kiss 03:10 Close

07:00 Wibbly Pig 07:10 Dip Dap 07:15 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:30 Tinga Tinga Tales 07:45 Octonauts 08:00 Ed and Oucho's Excellent Inventions 08:30 Arthur 08:55 Shaun the Sheep 09:00 Gimme a Break 09:30 Me and My Monsters 10:00 Friday Download 11:00 Something for the Weekend 12:30 Flog It! 13:30 Live MotoGP 15:30 Tennis from Queen's 18:10 The Story of Ireland 19:10 Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections 20:00 Top Gear 21:00 James May's Toy Stories: The Great Train Race 22:00 Coast 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 The Shadow Line

01:25 Grimefighters 01:55 The Zone 04:00 In Plain Sight 04:45 ITV Nightscreen 06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:25 May the Best House Win 10:25 Dickinson's Real Deal 11:25 60 Minute Makeover 12:30 This Morning: Sunday 13:30 Dinner Date 14:25 ITV News and Weather 14:34 Meridian Weather 14:35 Survival: Tales from the Wild 15:30 Inspector Morse 17:30 Midsomer Murders 19:30 Meridian News and Weather 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 The Royal 21:00 Popstar to Operastar 22:00 Scott & Bailey 23:00 Popstar to Operastar: The Results 23:30 ITV News and Weather 23:44 Meridian Weather 23:45 Vanity Fair

JAMES MAY'S TOY STORIES: The presenter tries to construct a functioning 10-mile-long model railway between the Devon towns of Barnstaple and Bideford. His previous attempt to complete the challenge ended in failure in 2009 after series of equipment problems, but James refuses to accept defeat - and even challenges the German owners of the world's largest toy railway museum to a race along the route.

00:05 The Quick and the Dead 02:10 Bogus 04:00 The Real Housewives of New Jersey 04:55 Hill Street Blues 05:50 Wogan's Perfect Recall 06:15 Countdown 07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 That Paralympic Show 08:25 Rat Race Stockton 08:55 Style the Nation 09:20 Friends 09:45 Hollyoaks 12:20 Friends 12:50 Glee 13:50 The Simpsons 14:55 Four in a Bed 17:30 Help! My House Is Falling Down 18:35 Deal or No Deal 19:30 Channel 4 News 19:55 4thought.tv 20:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 21:00 Definitely, Maybe 23:10 Monster-in-Law

00:50 Rough Guide to Cities 01:05 SCXTRA 01:35 SuperCasino 04:55 Rough Guide to Journeys 05:10 Great Scientists 05:35 HouseBusters 06:00 Hana's Helpline 06:10 The Milkshake! Show 06:35 Thomas & Friends 06:45 Roary the Racing Car 07:00 Peppa Pig 07:05 Roary the Racing Car 07:15 Fifi and the Flowertots 07:25 Fireman Sam 07:40 Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends 07:50 Elmo's World 08:05 Chiro 08:15 Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 08:30 Noddy in Toyland 08:40 Mio Mao 08:45 Hana's Helpline 09:00 Little Princess 09:10 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 09:15 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:30 Mist: Sheepdog Tales 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:30 Gerald McBoing Boing 11:00 Animal Rescue Squad 11:15 McFly on the Wall 11:45 The Restaurant Inspector 12:45 The Hotel Inspector 13:45 Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 14:45 Brave Warrior 16:15 The Duel at Silver Creek 17:45 Stuart Little 2 19:15 5 News Weekend 19:20 The Mask of Zorro 22:00 Collateral Damage


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The Courier Monday TV

13th June

00:10 Andrew Marr's Megacities 01:15 The Apprentice 02:15 Holby City 03:15 A History of Ancient Britain 04:15 BBC News 04:30 The Record Europe 05:00 BBC News 05:30 HARDtalk 06:00 BBC News 06:30 World Business Report 06:45 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Doctors 15:15 Escape to the Country 16:00 BBC News; Weather; Regional News 16:05 Copycats 16:40 Wingin' It 17:05 Sadie J 17:30 Blue Peter 17:55 Shaun the Sheep 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Saints and Scroungers 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Can You Trust Your Bank? Panorama 22:00 Case Histories 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 A Question of Sport BBC2 00:30 02:05 02:30 03:00 03:30 04:00 04:15 05:00 07:00

Catch a Fire BBC News Reporters BBC News Dateline London BBC News The Super League Show Close Wibbly Pig

07:10 Dip Dap 07:15 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:30 Tinga Tinga Tales 07:45 Octonauts 08:00 Wild Tales 08:30 The Scooby-Doo Show 08:55 Newsround 09:00 Basil and Barney's Game Show 09:30 Show Me Show Me 09:55 Bob the Builder: 10:05 The Koala Brothers 10:15 Guess with Jess 10:30 Nina and the Neurons: 10:45 Chuggington: Badge Quest 10:50 Big Cook Little Cook 11:10 Little Charley Bear 11:20 Zingzillas 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 The Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Only Angels Have Wings 16:00 Animal 24:7 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 The Hairy Bikers' Food Tour of Britain 18:15 Cash in the Celebrity Attic 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain's Empty Homes 20:00 James May's Toy Stories: The Great Train Race 21:00 Springwatch 2011 22:00 Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die 23:00 Choosing to Die: Newsnight Debate 23:30 Newsnight

02:20 The Zone 03:00 Motorsport UK 03:50 ITV Nightscreen 06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Meridian News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Dales 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 The Walton Sextuplets: Moving On 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 Lethal Weapon

POLICE INTERCEPTORS New series. Officers in South Yorkshire's Road Crime Unit, which is based in Sheffield, pursue a drunken driver and join forces with the helicopter to track down a wanted criminal on a motorcycle. Meanwhile, a new driver crashes into an unmarked police car.

01:05 The World's Oldest Mums 02:05 Teen Horse Whisperers 02:35 Swimming 02:50 Cleopatra 04:15 The Lost Legions of Varus 05:15 Men of Iron 06:10 Countdown 06:55 Sali Mali 07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Frasier 09:55 Friends 10:25 Accidentally on Purpose 10:55 Location, Location, Location 11:55 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 Superscrimpers: Waste Not Want Not 13:35 The Kentuckian 15:35 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 The Thief Catchers: Dispatches 22:00 Embarrassing Fat Bodies 23:00 Premonition

00:15 Reservoir Dogs 02:15 SuperCasino 05:00 Rough Guide to Bang for Your Buck 05:10 Great Artists 05:35 Nick's Quest 06:00 Hana's Helpline 06:10 The Milkshake! Show 06:35 Thomas & Friends 06:45 Roary the Racing Car 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 The Beeps 07:20 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 07:35 Castle Farm 07:40 Igam Ogam 07:50 Peppa Pig 07:55 Milkshake! Bop Box 08:00 Little Princess 08:15 The Mr Men Show 08:30 Thomas & Friends 08:40 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Mio Mao 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Hana's Helpline 09:50 The WotWots 10:00 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:05 The Hotel Inspector 13:05 Meals in Moments 13:15 5 News Lunchtime 13:20 Law & Order 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Vanessa Show 16:05 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:15 The Elizabeth Smart Story 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 How Do They Do It? 21:00 Police Interceptors 22:00 The Restaurant Inspector 23:00 Cleaner


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The Courier Tuesday TV

14th June

00:05 In with the Flynns 00:35 The Graham Norton Show 01:25 Wonders of the Universe 02:25 Inside the Human Body 03:25 Saints and Scroungers 03:55 Great British Railway Journeys 04:25 BBC News 04:30 Cannes 2011 05:00 BBC News 05:30 HARDtalk 06:00 BBC News 06:30 World Business Report 06:45 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Royal Ascot 16:20 BBC News; Weather; Regional News 16:25 What's New Scooby-Doo? 16:45 Wingin' It 17:05 Sadie J 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Luther 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Lock Up BBC2 00:20 Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections 01:10 BBC News 01:30 HARDtalk 02:00 BBC News 02:30 ABC World News with Diane Sawyer 03:00 BBC News 03:30 The Record 04:00 BBC News

04:25 Close 07:00 Wibbly Pig 07:10 Dip Dap 07:15 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:30 Tinga Tinga Tales 07:45 Octonauts 08:00 Wild Tales 08:30 The Scooby-Doo Show 08:55 Newsround 09:00 Basil and Barney's Game Show 09:30 Show Me Show Me 09:55 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:05 The Koala Brothers 10:15 Guess with Jess 10:30 Nina and the Neurons: In the Lab 10:45 Chuggington: Badge Quest 10:50 Big Cook Little Cook 11:10 Little Charley Bear 11:20 Zingzillas 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 The Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Gunga Din 15:50 Animal 24:7 16:20 Royal Ascot 18:15 Cash in the Celebrity Attic 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain's Empty Homes 20:00 This World: The Invasion of Lampedusa 21:00 Springwatch 2011 22:00 The Country House Revealed 23:00 Lead Balloon 23:30 Newsnight

01:35 The Zone 03:40 Nightwatch with Steve Scott 04:35 ITV Nightscreen 05:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show 06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Meridian News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Animal Kingdom 21:00 Countrywise 22:00 Baby Hospital 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 The Game

LUTHER New series. A grieving Luther returns to work in the wake of his ex-wife's murder, and immediately finds himself plunged into a nightmarish case. A killer wearing a Punch mask has started to stalk the streets, and as the body count rises, it becomes clear he is determined to enter folklore. However, the detective's attentions are divided as he also tries to rescue an old friend's daughter from the dangerous world of prostitution.

00:50 The Album Chart Show: The View 01:25 4Play: Ed Sheeran 01:40 Poker 02:35 24 Hours in A&E 03:30 Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic 04:25 This Is Me 04:30 A Midsummer Night's Dream 06:25 Grudge Match 06:35 Wogan's Perfect Recall 07:05 The Treacle People 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:00 Frasier 09:55 Friends 10:25 Accidentally on Purpose 10:55 Location, Location, Location 11:55 A Place in the Sun: 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 Kirstie's Homemade Home 14:05 River Cottage Bites 14:10 The Riddle of the Sands 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Four Rooms 22:00 The Fairy Jobmother 23:00 Jamie's Food Revolution Hits Hollywood

00:50 The Cannibal that Walked Free 01:50 SuperCasino 05:05 The Family Recipe 05:10 Michaela's Wild Challenge 06:00 County Secrets 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 House Doctor 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 The Beeps 07:20 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 07:35 Castle Farm 07:40 Igam Ogam 07:50 Peppa Pig 07:55 Milkshake! Bop Box 08:00 Little Princess 08:15 The Mr Men Show 08:30 Thomas & Friends 08:40 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Hana's Helpline 09:50 The WotWots 10:00 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:05 The Hotel Inspector 13:05 Meals in Moments 13:15 5 News Lunchtime 13:20 Law & Order 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Vanessa Show 16:05 The Family Recipe 16:10 Mary & Tim 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Zoo Days 21:00 Supersize Grime 21:00 5 News at 9 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation


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The Courier Wednesday TV

15th June

00:05 The Scheme 00:55 The Getaway 02:50 The Animal's Guide to Britain 03:50 The Country House Revealed 04:50 Great British Railway Journeys 05:20 BBC News 05:30 HARDtalk 06:00 BBC News 06:30 World Business Report 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Royal Ascot 16:20 BBC News; Weather; Regional News 16:25 What's New Scooby-Doo? 16:45 Wingin' It 17:05 Dani's House 17:30 Deadly 60 Bites 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Waterloo Road 21:30 In with the Flynns 22:00 The Apprentice 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Not Going Out BBC2 00:20 James May's Toy Stories: The Great Train Race 01:20 BBC News 01:30 HARDtalk 02:00 BBC News 02:30 ABC World News with Diane Sawyer 03:00 BBC News 03:30 The Record 04:00 BBC News 04:30 Reporters 05:00 BBC News

05:20 Close 07:00 Wibbly Pig 07:10 Dip Dap 07:15 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:30 Tinga Tinga Tales 07:45 Octonauts 08:00 Wild Tales 08:30 The Scooby-Doo Show 08:55 Newsround 09:00 Basil and Barney's Game Show 09:30 Show Me Show Me 09:55 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:05 The Koala Brothers 10:15 Guess with Jess 10:30 Nina and the Neurons: In the Lab 10:45 Chuggington: Badge Quest 10:50 Big Cook Little Cook 11:10 Little Charley Bear 11:15 Zingzillas 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Coast 14:40 Bringing Up Baby 16:20 Royal Ascot 18:15 Cash in the Celebrity Attic 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain's Empty Homes 20:00 Escape to the Country 20:30 Springwatch 2011 21:30 Springwatch Unsprung 2011 22:00 Wonderland - The Kids Who Play with Fire 23:00 The Apprentice: You're Fired! 23:30 Newsnight

01:55 The Zone 04:00 Crossing Jordan 04:45 ITV Nightscreen 06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Meridian News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Poms in Paradise 21:00 Agatha Christie's Marple 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 Fisherman's Friends

BRITAIN'S EMPTY HOMES Property expert Jules Hudson meets Fiona Power, who has a budget of ÂŁ500,000 to spend on a new home along the south coast. He takes her to view houses within her guidelines, and offers advice on how vacant properties can make her money go farther.

00:05 Sri Lanka's Killing Fields 01:10 European Poker Tour 02:05 The Grid 02:35 Ginetta Challenge 2011 03:00 FIM Superbike World Championship 03:25 KOTV Boxing Weekly 03:50 Ironman UK 04:45 Catching the Impossible 05:35 The Best of Scrapheap Challenge 06:30 Grudge Match 06:40 Wogan's Perfect Recall 07:10 Sali Mali 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Frasier 09:55 Friends 10:25 Accidentally on Purpose 10:55 Location, Location, Location 11:55 A Place in the Sun: 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 Superscrimpers: Waste Not Want Not 13:35 River Cottage Bites 13:55 Pimpernel Smith 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 Desperate Housewives

00:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 01:55 SuperCasino 05:00 The Family Recipe 05:05 Michaela's Wild Challenge 06:00 County Secrets 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 House Doctor 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 The Beeps 07:20 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 07:35 Castle Farm 07:40 Igam Ogam 07:50 Peppa Pig 07:55 Milkshake! Bop Box 08:00 Little Princess 08:15 The Mr Men Show 08:30 Thomas & Friends 08:40 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Mio Mao 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Hana's Helpline 09:50 The WotWots 10:00 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:05 The Hotel Inspector 13:05 Meals in Moments 13:15 5 News Lunchtime 13:20 Law & Order 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Vanessa Show 16:05 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:20 McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty? 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 20:00 5 News at 7 20:30 Pawn Stars 21:00 Giant Animal Moves 22:00 NCIS 23:00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent


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The Courier Thursday TV

16th June

00:15 Final Analysis 02:15 See Hear 02:45 Country Tracks 03:45 The British at Work 04:45 Click 05:00 BBC News 05:30 Fifa: Football's Shame? Panorama 06:00 BBC News 06:30 World Business Report 06:45 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Crimewatch Roadshow 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Royal Ascot 16:20 BBC News; Weather; Regional News 16:25 Copycats 17:05 Project Parent 17:30 Horrible Histories 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Weakest Link 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Andrew Marr's Megacities 22:00 Breaking into Britain 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Question Time BBC2 00:20 Portillo on Salmond 01:20 BBC News 01:30 HARDtalk 02:00 BBC News 02:30 ABC World News with Diane Sawyer 03:00 BBC News 03:30 HARDtalk 04:00 BBC News 04:30 Click 04:45 Close 07:00 Wibbly Pig

07:10 Dip Dap 07:15 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:30 Tinga Tinga Tales 07:45 Octonauts 08:00 Wild Tales 08:30 The Scooby-Doo Show 08:55 Newsround 09:00 Basil and Barney's Game Show 09:30 Show Me Show Me 09:55 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:05 The Koala Brothers 10:15 Guess with Jess 10:30 Nina and the Neurons: In the Lab 10:45 Chuggington: Badge Quest 10:50 Big Cook Little Cook 11:10 Little Charley Bear 11:20 Zingzillas 11:45 Waybuloo 12:05 In the Night Garden 12:35 The Pink Panther Show 13:00 Daily Politics 13:30 GMT with George Alagiah 14:00 Holiday 15:35 Animal 24:7 16:20 Royal Ascot 18:15 Cash in the Celebrity Attic 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Britain's Empty Homes 20:00 The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011 - A Culture Show Special 21:00 Springwatch 2011 22:00 The Shadow Line 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight

00:35 Baby Hospital 01:35 The Zone 03:35 The Hindenburg 05:40 ITV Nightscreen 06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Meridian News and Weather 15:00 60 Minute Makeover 16:00 Secret Dealers 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Maternity in Crisis: Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 The Choir That Rocks 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Dannii Minogue

THE CHOIR THAT ROCKS New series. Documentary following five months in the life of the Rock Choir, which is the largest amateur singing group in the nation and has more than 8,000 members. Founder Caroline Redman Lusher has booked Wembley Arena and plans to get all of the choir to sing together for the first time there, and leaders Nic Slack and Stef Conner head to York to publicise the organisation.

00:05 The Big Bang Theory 01:00 Live from Abbey Road 01:45 Friendly Fires: Video Exclusive 01:50 The Album Chart Show: Spotlight 02:05 Mercury Prize Sessions 02:20 S1MĂ˜NE 04:20 New Love 04:45 Hill Street Blues 05:35 Wogan's Perfect Recall 06:00 Countdown 06:45 Yo Gabba Gabba! 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:55 Frasier 09:55 Friends 10:25 Back to You 10:55 Location, Location, Location 11:55 A Place in the Sun: 13:00 Channel 4 News Summary 13:05 Kirstie's Homemade Home 14:05 Dreams of a Dinner Lady 14:10 The Fighting Seabees 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Four in a Bed 18:30 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 4thought.tv 21:00 Help! My House Is Falling Down 22:00 Born to Be Different 23:00 The Sex Researchers

00:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 00:55 Poker: Aussie Millions 01:55 SuperCasino 05:00 Meals in Moments 05:10 Michaela's Wild Challenge 05:55 Rough Guide to Beaches 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 House Doctor 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 The Beeps 07:20 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 07:35 Castle Farm 07:40 Igam Ogam 07:50 Peppa Pig 07:55 Milkshake! Bop Box 08:00 Little Princess 08:15 The Mr Men Show 08:30 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Hana's Helpline 09:50 The WotWots 10:00 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:05 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green - At the Ends of the Earth 13:05 Meals in Moments 13:15 5 News Lunchtime 13:20 Law & Order 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 The Vanessa Show 16:05 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:15 More than Meets the Eye: the Joan Brock Story 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:25 OK! TV 19:55 5 News at 7 20:00 Cricket 21:00 Emergency Bikers 22:00 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green - At the Ends of the Earth 23:00 The Corruptor


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TKO GOLD – THE BEST IN CLASSIC HITS AND THE MUSIC OF YOUR LIFE.. HERE IS THIS SUMMER´S LINE UP OF QUALITY PRESENTERS Weekdays 8-11am – The All New Breakfast Show with Chris Ashley - Sponsored by Linea Directa Our Ex BBC & Talkradio presenter Mr Ashley will be waking you up with top tunes that will jog your memory, along with a daft joke or two & of course you can join in the fun...text , phone, or email Chris. Also join in with the pop quiz every Monday morning in association with The Courier Newspaper. www.thecourier.es and win a meal including wine.

11am – 2pm Golden Lunch with Alex Trelinski Alex continues those feel good tunes and musical memories as well as inviting his friends from around the world to give you the inside track on all the latest news. On Monday's, Paul Smith from "Soaplife" magazine gives you all the latest soap gossip, Tuesday's coming live and direct from Los Angeles, top showbiz reporter Linda Harris has all the Hollywood gossip and Friday's sees Paul Darby "The Feng Shui Doctor", the UK's leading Feng Shui expert giving you tips on how this ancient system of aesthetics can change your life.

2 – 6pm – Afternoon Tea with Darren James Darren returns to TKO Gold and invites you to join him for a civilised and sophisticated 4 hours every weekday afternoon. Playing you some of the widest variety of both established and contemporary music from Frank Sinatra to Will Young, Barbra Streisand to Katie Melua, ABBA to Take That, along with his notorious competitions, Spanish Lottery Results (and how to play them) The History of UK No1's, Tomorrow's News Today and more, coupled with an innuendo or two! Get out the Duraglit and polish up that Tea Service!

6 – 9pm – Sundowners with Dave Knights Join Dave as he takes you through 3 hours of music guaranteed to help you recover from the stresses and strains of another hectic Costa Blanca day! With competitions, great feelgood music and a little of something to help you relax. Sundowners is the perfect cocktail every single day.

Weekends 9 – 12 midday Saturday – Chris Ashley Weekend Breakfast - Sponsored by Autos Direct Join Chris Ashley (ex BBC & Talksport) for Saturday morning breakfast. Wake up with Chris and enjoy plenty of good time music along with plenty of fun.

12 – 3pm - Tony Moore Sponsored by Quesada Fish & Chips Mr Moore digs deep in to his music box and takes you gently down memory lane. Full of good old golden classic and vibrant chat.

3 – 6pm - Rai Woods Saturday; "Rai's Saturday nostalgia" A mix of easy listening music from Gold's music base, dipping into some older hits for the 50 to 70 year olds as well as tunes for the younger listeners of 30 to 50,s. A few sport results along with an open phone line for your requests.

Sunday; Rai's Country Rodeo. 3 hours of Great Country music, with artists like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Marty Robbins and the Ladies, Tammy and Dolly Crystal right up to the modern day with Garth Brookes and Miranda Lambert. Not forgetting the Irish artists too! Feel free to call the studio for your favourite country track

9 – Midday Sunday Darren James - Your Choice Sponsored by the TV Choice Magazine Probably the only show on local radio totally devoted to YOUR CHOICE of music. Darren James hosts 3 hours of your requests from all around the world and revives the popular radio combination of Uncle Mac, Junior Choice and Family Favourites, albeit with a modern twist! Listener driven radio at its very best! Have a go at the Sunday TV nostalgia question, and keep an ear out for the featured TV memories spot. Also check your Spanish & UK Lotto numbers straight after the 1100 News!

WIN A MEAL FOR TWO AND WINE AT QUESADA FISH & CHIPS POP QUIZ June 10 1 Who recorded the most popular versión of White Christmas ever? 2 Which American vocal group rode on the Love Train? 3 Who sang about a Rock Lobster? 4 Which radio station were Queen broadcasting on? 5 This American mega band recorded the song Tequila Sunrise. 6 Who had a hit with Einstein A Go Go? 7 Who sang At The Hop in 1958? 8 Which German band sang Live Is Life? 9 Who sang Blueberry Hill in 1956? FIND THE KEY WORD AND TO TAKE PART LISTEN TO CHRIS ASHLEY'S SHOW ON TKO GOLD, SATURDAY MORNINGS, 9am to 12 noon

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SPORT ON THE BOX All the top TV action in your Good News paper CRICKET Saturday, June 11 West Indies v India (Third One-day International) Monday, June 13 West Indies v India (Fourth One-day International)

GOLF June 09 – 12 BMW Italian Open Royal Park I Roveri

FORMULA 1 Canadian Grand Prix June 10-12 (Circuit Gilles, Montreal) Practice 1&2: Fri June 10, 4pm and 7pm Practice 3 and qualifying: Sat June 11, 4pm and 7pm Race: Sun June 12, 7pm

LEAGUE OF IRELAND Premier Division Friday, 10 June All 8:45pm Bohemians v Sligo Dundalk v Drogheda Utd Galway Utd v Bray St Patricks v Derry City UCD v Shamrock Rovers

VICTORY’S SO SWEDE!

Saab glory for Noren

SWEDE Alex Noren won his second European Tour title at The Celtic Manor Resort - and this time all it needed was solid golf rather than a moment of magic. The 28-year-old's previous win came in Switzerland two years ago after he sank a bunker shot for an eagle four holes from the end. Noren has now added the Saab Wales Open at The Ryder Cup venue by two strokes from Dane Anders Hansen and

WORLD SPORTS ROUNDUP with Mick Hardy from Kidease

Championship qualifying at Sunningdale on Monday. "It will be weird, but I will look forward to it," he said. "My driving has been the best it's ever been. I never really believed I could do well on tough courses, but now we play them all the time. "I've proved to myself I can hit a lot of greens and not just rely on my short game." His name follows that of Graeme McDowell onto the trophy - and last year, of course, the Ulsterman went on to capture the US Open Championship as well. McDowell had hopes of a successful defence when he was in second place behind Noren at halfway, but then came a nightmare Saturday 81 and even an improvement of ten strokes lifted him only to 30th place.

Reid all about it!

Frenchman Grégory Bourdy after a closing 70 containing just two birdies and one mistake. That came on the driveable 15th when, with confidence high and a three stroke cushion, he went for the green with a three wood and saw it go left and kick down a bank into a hazard. A bogey five brought the gap down to two, but he parred the last three holes for a nine under par total of 275. It completed a dream week that began with him qualifying for the US Open Championship - his first ever Major in America. But Noren's work goes on. Winning the title and €344,358 does not spare him from 36 holes of Open

ENGLAND’S Melissa Reid came from five shots behind overnight leader Holly Aitchison to clinch her second Ladies European Tour victory at the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland. Reid carded a two under par 70 in the final round at Golfclub Broekpolder near Rotterdam, which proved enough to dislodge Aitchison, who had led from the start after opening rounds of 67 and 71. Reid was able to celebrate with her friends on the practise putting green before Aitchison had completed the 18th hole. She missed her birdie chance to tie Reid’s 54-hole total of three under par and had to settle for a share of second, which was her career best finish. Caroline Hedwall followed up her wins at the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open and PowerPlayGolf last week with a tie for second and also finished on two under with Aitchison and Caroline Afonso from France. In one of the most exciting climaxes to a Ladies

European Tour event all year, Reid stepped her foot on the gas in the final round following a disappointing three weeks. The 23-year-old from Derby had tied for 25th, 13th and 29th in Portugal, Germany and Slovakia respectively and she vowed to ‘step it up.’

Strick the slick

STEVE STRICKER was forced to dig deep but eventually closed out a one-shot victory at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament in Ohio. Stricker finished on 16under-par to beat Matt Kuchar and Brandt Jobe by a stroke, securing his 10th career title and a first since he defended his John Deere Classic crown last July. However, it turned into a tense finish for the 44-year-old despite the fact he had held on to his comfortable overnight lead for the majority of the final round.As it had all week, the back nine proved Stricker's Achilles heel and he began to struggle when the players returned following a weather delay. Standing on the 15th tee he was still three clear but then dropped a shot at the par-five after driving into a water hazard.He then required clutch putts of around 15 and seven foot respectively to save his par at both 16 and 17 to ensure he headed down the last with a two-shot cushion. In the end he needed it after driving into a fairway bunker but, following an unconvincing chipped third, he settled for a Continued on Page 46two-putt bogey


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RUMOUR MILL: THE LATEST

Spanish joy for Stoner CASEY STONER took his 26th victory in the premier class at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, with last year’s race winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) finishing in second followed by teammate American Ben Spies in third. Despite missing out on pole position, Repsol Honda rider Stoner took the lead in the second corner and faced no challengers for the entire 25-lap race. Reigning MotoGP World Champion Lorenzo finished just under two-and-a-half seconds behind him across the finish line, cutting the Mallorcan’s championship lead over the Australian to just seven points. Lorenzo got a great start and was first into turn one, but he could not hold off Stoner, who passed the reigning World Champion in the second corner and held the lead. Ben Spies started from fourth and quickly moved in to third position, where he remained until he crossed the finish line for his first podium finish for Yamaha Factory Racing this year. With 12 laps to go, drops of rain hit the track under threatening skies and the white flag was produced, allowing riders the option to change bikes for the anticipated downpour, though the rain drops stopped shortly after and none of the riders left the track.

All the transfer gossip first in WITH Liverpool set to land Henderson, and Spurs wanting Scott Parker, Charlie Adam’s future has been left in doubt. Aston Villa were previously linked with a move but have shown no interest of late and Everton are still struggling for funds. QPR are now the favourites to land the Blackpool skipper. A move to Old Trafford for Wesley Sneijder is looking promising. United are trying to arrange face to face meetings this week. The money does not seem to be a problem; Sneijder just needs some convincing that England should be his home for the next 4/ 5 years. Forget Sanchez, there has been only a general enquiry made. No transfer fee was discussed. And Ashley Young will only happen if Nani goes. Dimitar Berbatov will be offered to Tottenham irrespective of any swap with Luka Modric. United will look to seriously overhaul their entire squad this summer with the promise of funds from the Glaziers.

Historic win for Li LI NA became the first woman from the continent of Asia to win a grand slam event when she beat defending champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4 7-6 in the French Open final. The sixth seed from China lost her first major final at the Australian Open earlier this year but went one better against the Italian with a determined performance.

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On NEWCASTLE’S radar: Crouch €8 million (pictured) Defoe 9€ million Parker 8€ million Bassong 7€ million Pallaceos 10€ million Reports coming out of Italy suggest that Liverpool are close to completing the signing of Brazilian keeper Doni from Roma. Alan Smith could be set for an emotional return to former club Leeds after being told he is not needed at Newcastle. The Leeds-born star is willing to meet their wage structure. Word from Spain relates to Barcelona selling some of its 'La Masia' fringe players to United, Lyon, and FC Bruges. There are several young players in the mix who will yield a sizeable profit for the club in the coming weeks. Barcelona's current intent is to purchase the likes of Rossi to complement the current first team. The youth team will take a back seat for the next two seasons as Guardiola's quota of junior promotions has been met.

McDowell at double

BRITTANY LINCICOME won the ShopRite LPGA Classic with an impressive up-and-down for birdie from the thick grass on the 18th hole. She shot 5-under-par 66 on Sunday to record her fourth-career LPGA victory – a one-shot win over Rolex Rankings No. 3 Jiyai Shin and No. 4 Cristie Kerr – and claim the $225,000 first-place cheque. With former LPGA Tour member A.J. Eathorne on her bag, Lincicome started the day two shots behind second-round leader Kerr and carded an eagle on the third hole to move into a day-long fight for first. Kerr started the day with birdies at three, five and six, but faltered with bogies at seven and eight, opening the door for Lincicome and Shin, who posted the clubhouse lead at 10under-par with Lincicome in 18th fairway.

GRAEME McDOWELL expects Congressional Country Club to provide one of the toughest-ever major tests when it hosts the US Open next week. McDowell will head to the course just outside the nation's capital Washington DC as defending champion following his memorable triumph at Pebble Beach 12 months ago. The Ulsterman is excited to be defending his crown and believes Congressional - which has had no fewer than seven US presidents as members throughout its prestigious history - will prove an outstanding venue. "This is a great golf course; aesthetically it's beautiful, it's got that old-school look, tree-lined with great definition," he told Sky Sports News. "It's just a quality, quality golf course and it just depends how the USGA set it up. "They can make it as hard as they want, they could have ten-over par winning this tournament if they wanted to. "The rough is going to be up, the greens are quite fast and quite undulating, it's as tough a test as I've seen - maybe tougher than Bethpage Black was a few years ago. This is a really, really tough test." Congressional last hosted the US Open in 1997 when Ernie Els won with a four-under-par total of 276.

Lincicome hit her second shot to the par-5 into the tall grass left of the 18th green, but managed to chip out to fivefeet and sink the birdie. Kerr left a 80-foot eagle try short that could have forced a playoff, tapping in for birdie and a share of second at 10-under. Lincicome played her final 38 holes bogey-free dating back to the 16th hole on Friday where she made double bogey. Her previous-best finish this season came at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, where she tied for second and punched her ticket to the CME Group Titleholders.


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NISTELROOY JOINS MALAGA

Veteran striker ‘proud to be here’

RUUD VAN NISTELROOY, who came to international prominence with PSV Eindhoven, then moved on to Manchester United in 2001 and who will be 35 next month, has agreed terms to join Malaga. The Dutch striker was presented to media and the supporters at a ceremony in their La Rosaleda stadium. Backed by billionaire Qatari businessman Sheikh Abdullah al-Thani, ambitious Malaga are determined to compete at a higher level having finished 11th last season. Nistelrooy, who has reportedly agreed a one-year contract, said in a statement: "Throughout my career I have been with many clubs and have shared a dressing room with world-class players. I feel very proud and happy to be here." The Dutchman left United for Real Madrid in 2006 and had three-and-a-half successful seasons at the Bernabeu, before joining Hamburg on an 18-month deal. But with that contract coming to an end this summer, he has joined Malaga on a free transfer.

Hercules in ‘Kiko’ hunt SAN PEDRO KIDS SHOW THE QUALITY OF MURCIA Perfecto Palacios, Hercules’ new Director of Communications, at a meeting called for all members of the press, presented the club’s new structure, headed by President Valentin Botella, who was present at the meeting. He stressed a need to reconquer the club’s fans, after the bad taste left by the descent from the Primera Liga, and subsequent demonstrations at the ground. Palacio vowed that three young players from the youth teams would always be incorporat-

ed in the first team squad from now on, ensuring a ready connection, and the chance of finding more ‘Kikos.’ He also urged fans to get behind the second team’s bid for promotion, so that they may build upon the 2-0 lead they hold from their first leg against Requena. He said that no decision has yet been taken regarding technical staff, but the word is that Sergio Fernández looks certain to return as ‘Director Deportivo’ – replacing Paquito.

AFTER a rocky start San Pedro del Pinatar junior team won the Murcian League. They worked their way up the table, reaching second place, where they stayed for weeks, until they man-

aged to beat the leaders, in a breathtaking match, two weeks before the end of the season. They managed to hold on to the lead over the last two matches and celebrated in style when they won the final

match 6-0. Unfortunately the regional Murcian government has no money for a cup for the winners, so after the players’ hard work and dedication they won’t be rewarded with some form of memento.

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tinue even though Joshua was down and injured, Jacariila broke and took advantage of the Blues being a defender down to seal the game to become champions.

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THE Benjamin Blues had to accept second place in this The Blues Alevins turned their season around after a poor great final. Jacarilla started the brighter of the two teams cre- start to be competing in this Vega Baja Final. Junior Strikers ating some good chances, after countless attacks Jacarilla were actually the better of the two teams for the first ten minfinally took the lead. utes but San Miguel managed to take the lead against the Junior Strikers replied minutes later through Jordan Turner run of play to go 1-0 up. With their confidence dented the who met a cross from Jordan Harding with a thunderous Blues let their heads go down and conceded a further three shot into the top corner to level things up. Jacarilla managed goals. San Miguel’s number 7 Alex was running the show to get their noses in front once again just before half time with a long range free kick. The Blues came out from the break with more Benjamin final team determination and found themselves all square after some great work from Sheldon Green who delivered an inch perfect cross for Eddie Corbit to fire home at the back post. This was a great moment for Eddie Corbit who after three and a half years was playing his last competitive game for Junior Strikers before heading off back to the UK where a trail has been lined up for him at the Watford F.C youth academy. Within minutes of the restart Jacarilla fired themselves ahead with a well taken goal to leave Junior Strikers chasing the game. The Blues had to push for the equalizer; Captain Joshua Charles tried to take matters into his own hands and went on a fantastic individual powerful run from his own half which unfortunately ended with a strong tackle from a Jacarilla defender inside the penalty area. The ref allowed the play to con-

and caused Junior Strikers all sorts of problems throughout this game. Max Gillespie was by far Junior Strikers best player on the day and it was Max that gave the Blues a glimmer of hope with a wonder strike to go in at half time 4-1 down. The half time break seemed to give Junior Strikers a new lease of life; Blues defender Kyle Nash was then given a more attacking role which paid of when he got himself on the score sheet with a well taken volley. San Miguel answered back with a goal of their own shortly after. Max Gillespie once again found the back of the net with a powerful free kick to set up a great final 10 minutes. Junior Strikers dominated the last period of this game by creating some good chances that were unfortunately for the Blues not taken. Junior Strikers coach Added” I am so proud of all my players, they have all done fantastic to be competing in this final day of the season. Junior Strikers are now well and truly on the football map here in Spain after two great years in the Vega Baja league. I want to sincerely thank all the children, parents, sponsors and everyone else that has supported us. I would also like to say Good Luck to Eddie Corbit and his family who I will miss dearly. Eduardo has been an absolute pleasure to work with and Watford F.C will gain from Junior Strikers loss”. Junior Strikers training sessions take place at the new sports centre in Playa on Monday and Wednesday dfrom 6pm-7pm. Mini Strikers group for age 3-5 is on Mondays from 6pm7pm. For more info about Junior Strikers please visit our website www.juniorstrikers.com


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Elche’s Grand Estadio Martinez Valero Stadium expects capacity crowd

BORDALÁS BOYS’ DREAM IS ON! by DAN SMITH

JOSÉ Bordalas is looking to rewrite club history this Sunday evening when his team take on Valladolid in the second leg play off and hopefully nudge Elche one step further to a place with the elite of Spanish football. La Liga hopefuls, the fans were eager not to be disappointed and were first in line as the tickets went on sale first thing Tuesday morning. A capacity crowd is expected at the Martinez Valero stadium for the Sunday evening 9pm kick-off. A general air of composure in and around the club belies the fact that this is a one-off chance. Players, directors and fans all secretly understand that for the club to have a future the step up the top division is imperative. Years of cost cutting and unpaid bills have taken their toll, modest wages have meant the club have been unable to attract big names and with an ever dwindling number of season ticket holders the club has been very close to taking drastic measures. Manager Bordalás has worked miracles since taking charge in May 2009. Unlike many in football, his playing and managerial career has always been within a short drive of his home town of Alicante. Well liked and much respected but with very little money to spend, Bordalás has managed to turn bargain third division signings into players with status. Alcoy born, Jorge Molina didn't need to be asked twice to join Bordalás at Elche last year after ten years of low league football. He became the Second Division’s top scorer and subsequently made a 2.5€ million move to Betis. Ghanaian Wakaso, another product of the Bordalás influence, is now playing Europa League football with Villarreal - putting another million into the empty Elche till. Pleased with not only his managerial skills, the Elche board have been desperate for further commitment, and it appears a deal has been struck keeping the Alicantino at Elche for next season regardless of the play off outcome. Elche need to keep the dream alive, it’s going to be tough and they know the road to a brighter future could end abruptly this Sunday but hopefully they can keep their composure.

Tickets are on sale at the club shop. MAIN STAND (tribuna) 50 euros OPP MAIN STAND (preferente) 35 euros GOAL & CORNERS (fondos-curvas) 25 euros WAKASO: Now with Villarreal Photos: Mark Welton

TOP TIER SIDES 20 euros ENDS 15 euros CHILDREN 10 euros

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