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Knife fiend Daulby faces 20 years for girlfriend’s murder By DONNA GEE

KNIFE maniac Alan Daulby was found GUILTY yesterday of the horrific stabbing of his ex-girlfriend in a Cabo Roig apartment. The gruesome 2009 murder of Avril Flanagan shocked the entire Costa Blanca – and this week’s trial in Elche took a dramatic turn on Wednesday when Daulby admitted being responsible. Daulby had previously blamed the 20-year-old's death on a mystery intruder but in court on Wednesday he admitted that he had stabbed her nearly FIFTY times. Defence lawyer Francisco Franco claimed his client was deluded into thinking his victim was an intruder through alcohol, drugs and paranoia fuelled by a row with her family the previous weekend. Avril, originally from County Dublin, bled to death from her massive wounds. He was arrested 200 kilometres away later the same day after allegedly trying to dispose of evidence linking him to the crime. Alan Daulby:Confession During the trial, psychiatrists testified that Daulby, who is 26, showed no signs of mental illness when they examined him. He faces up to 20 years in jail.

Avril Flanagan...she bled to death from her wounds

‘I killed Avril... I have to live with it for the rest of my life’ AVRIL FLANAGAN’S killer apologised to her family on Tuesday - moments after dramatically confessing in court that he had stabbed his ex-girlfriend nearly 50 times. Alan Daulby put up a wall of silence for more than three years and blamed her death on a mystery intruder, claiming he remembered next to nothing about the day she died. However, he admitted to the brutal killing, on May 29, 2009, after hearing a string of witnesses including his own father and sister give evidence against him. Then he used a last address to the court to say sorry to the Irish bar-worker’s parents and two brothers. “I just want to express how sorry I am to the family,” he said. “I will never know how this happened. I have to live for the rest of my life with what’s happened. I’m sorry for this ever getting so far.” Avril’s father, Gerry, a former Dublin bus engineer, and her 28-year-old brother Ger, remained impassive at the back of the court as he spoke. Daulby’s lawyer, Francisco Franco, told he jury: “We ask for Alan’s acquittal because he didn’t think it was Avril and believed it was another person coming after him. “If you consider he was conscious it was Avril, I understand it’s been demonstrated he was acting under Gerry Flanagan: Impassive the influence of drinks and drugs.” Avril was killed at about 10am after going to the flat the couple had shared in Cabo Roig before splitting up the previous week. Daulby’s father, Alan snr, found her body wrapped in plastic under a sofa in the apartment after Avril’s mother, Barbara, reported her missing. Barbara and her daughter were due to travel back to Ireland later that day for Avril’s 21st birthday. Jose Carlos Munoz, a private prosecutor acting for Avril’s family, blamed the killing on Daulby’s failure to accept the couple’s break-up.

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City Legends in blue heaven By KEITH NICOL

All systems Joe...holidaying goalkeeper Joe Potts meets his hero Joe Corrigan in Playa Flamenca

FORGET Euro 2012. Last weekend, the footballing clock was rolled back a few decades when the Manchester City Legends travelled to Spain to play City’s local Supporters Club in a charity match for the Ken Barnes Trophy. The Costa Blanca Blues are the only MCFC supporters club branch in Spain and one of the largest outside the UK. Their visit has become an annual affair, which many sup-

porters hope will become even more regular. The event proceeds was generously given to Sands, a charity supporting those affected by stillbirth and neo-natal death. After making an appearance at a dinner party last Thursday, the Legends joined supporters for a round of golf on Friday as a prelude to the big match. Fans were not disappointed as the ageing stars, most of them now in their 50s, put on a fine exhibition

against the Blues Ex-pat XI. The Legends included Joe Corrigan, Tommy Booth, Les Chapman, Eric Nixon, Andy Dibble, Asa Hartford and Bennett brothers, Dave and Gary. The game took place at the Community Stadium in Playa Flamenca in front of a decent crowd. Man of the match was keeper Eric Nixon who pulled off a num-

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It’s a pain in Spain going insane in a drain, but now we are...


WHEN dog-loving neighbours discovered a litter of abandoned puppies living in a drain in Algorfa, there was only one course of action. The unwanted animals had to be rescued - and rehomed in the real world. The Mission Unlikely went well, and four shivering pups were soon on their way to local animal rescue worker Michele. The problem was the fifth and last one, a nervous girl who proved a little bitch to catch - both literally and metaphorically. And with nearby Zocco Sunday Market due to open the following day, the rescuers feared the evasive creature would find her own way out and be flattened by a passing vehicle. Instead, she ended the day being FATTENED at Michele’s home after three hours of gentle persuasion and a kennelload of patience. “They all seemed well nourished, so I don’t think they had been in the drain very long,’’ Michele told me. “But they were all covered in ticks and fleas and needed a good dose of Frontline. Michele, from Horwich, near Bolton, has been in Spain for 10 years...during which time she has amassed a veritable zoo of her own. Four dogs, three cats, three terrapins and a goldfish have now been joined by the pups, which she believes have German Shepherd in their genes. The bad news is that anyone who wants to give a home to the ‘Drain Gang’ will have to move quickly. Three have aleady been snapped up - one of the girls by TKO DJ Nick Price. And Michele admits: “I am very tempted to keep one of the others.’’ Call Michele on 627 890 606 if you want to beat her to it!.

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Friday, June 15, 2012 QUESADA resident Yvonne Garnham wrote The Visitors ‘just for fun’ one rainy February afternoon - and has since penned sequels including The Bar and now The Beach. Gloucestershire-born, she and husband Ted have two children and three grandchildren. Yvonne is writing her first novel, Consequences, and would welcome advice from published writers at


FAIRY Godmother and Handy Husband sea breezes, a clear blue sky and watch the like nothing more on a sunny day white frothy waves break and disperse between May and October than a trip to silently onto the sand. Just as their eyes the beach. began to droop a ‘Looky- Looky’ man would There are many beautiful beaches on appear from nowhere with a box of sunthe Costa Blanca but their favourites are glasses in his hand. Well they used to be El Moncayo in Guardamar and Cala called Looky-Looky men but nowadays their Capitan in Cabo Roig. catch-phrases are usually ‘Lovely Jubbly’, Their beach experience in Spain differs ‘Cheaper than Primark’ or ‘Lovely family’. greatly from that of the UK where they would They must all have the same Sales Manager sit shivering, fully clothed with their towels because the one selling hand-bags and wrapped around them like a blanket, waiting another dresses and beach towels also had patiently for a brief glimpse of the sun when the same patter. the clouds decided to part. After resisting the retail therapy they They began to take their holidays in would be approached by one of the oriental warmer climates and one year decided to masseuses to be offered a rub-down on the take the family camping in the South of beach. One day Fairy Godmother and France. On arrival they discovered that the Handy Husband decided they would count campsite was actually on the beach and the how many times they would be asked nightly ritual of finding innovative ‘Massaj’? After two hours they ways of getting into bed in their had counted 25 and gave up caravan without bringing sand with counting after that. them began - but was never sucThere is always something cessful. interesting to see on the beach, The beach at Cap D’adge where like the Dads and Granddads they were staying stretched for who spend hours with children miles and Fairy Godmother and building sand structures. Handy Handy Husband took a daily walk Husband has always enjoyed this along the water’s edge. One day and there have been many phothey walked a little further than tographs taken with the grandthey had before and began to children standing proudly shownotice that there were people suning off their creations. bathing without any clothes on. One day Handy Husband and Not knowing where to look and grandson had just completed feeling grossly overdressed they their mini-city made of sand and continue walking and came across Yvonne Garnham had slipped off to buy a celebraa group of elderly pensioners tory ice-cream. Fairy Godmother returning enjoying a game of boules on the beach in from a dip in the sea accidently trod on their the buff. The sight of those men and handiwork as she made her way back to her women’s wobbly bits as they bent down to sun-bed. When Handy Husband and grandtake a shot will stay with them forever. But son returned they were mortified to see that worse was to come, the pensioners seeing their mini-city had been bombed and asked that Fairy Godmother and Handy Husband Fairy Godmother what had happened. Fairy were wearing swimwear began to slow Godmother with her fingers crossed behind hand-clap them. Handy Husband got his kit her back and hoping that her nose wouldn’t off and received loud applause but Fairy grow told them she had seen some children Godmother was having none of it and sped playing football and maybe one of them had off swiftly back to the sandy caravan. accidentally trodden on their masterpiece!! When Fairy Godmother and Handy Nowadays Fairy Godmother and Handy Husband first came to Spain and especially Husband travel much lighter to the beach when they had their family staying they preferring to hire sun-beds and an umbrella would carry to the beach their chairs, an close to the beach bar, although they still umbrella, a huge cool-keeper, bags filled take a few cold drinks and their favourite with beach towels and buckets and spades. cheese and onion rolls. Finding a spot to set up camp Handy Their day usually goes like this; snooze, Husband would produce his rubber hammer read, walk along the beach, paddle in the which he used to knock the umbrella deep sea, a glass of wine and a beer at the Beach into the sand in case anyone was garrotted Bar, prompting another snooze, and if they should a gust of wind attempt to blow it over. feel really naughty a white chocolate Then they settled down to enjoy the cool Magnum ice lolly – PERFECT.



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Riddle of Black Sea ‘vampire’, age 700 A “vampire skeleton” is to go on public display next week after the 700-year-old remains of two men with iron rods stabbed through their chests were unearthed in Bulgaria. The remains, which date back to the Middle Ages, were buried in a pagan ritual believed to be aimed at preventing the men from turning into vampires. A piece of iron next to the skeleton dated back in the Middle Ages, at the archeological site in the Black Sea town of Sozopol. According to pagan beliefs,

Animal shelter Faces up to future THE animal shelter in San Bartolome (Orihuela) has taken in hundreds of abandoned dogs and cats in the 12 months since it opened. More importantly, hundreds of animals have found new homes thanks to a small army of volunteers who have set up extensive adoption programmes. Various organisations in different locations in Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland are working effortlessly to find new families for these abandoned pets. While attempts to keep the shelter from being overpopulated have borne fruit, but the volunteers know that always more needs to be done. The latest initiative to keep the adoptions on par with the steady influx of abandoned newcomers is a Facebook page aimed primarily at the English speaking community in the Costa Blanca. The page provides information about the many dogs and cats for which the shelter workers are trying to find a new home. At any given time there will be 60 to 100-plus animals on this page - including a number of puppies. This approach is the next logical step towards keeping the shelter manageable - especially during the summer months when animals are abandoned more than ever. Many puppies are brought into the shelter or simply dumped outside the entrance gate. If the initiative is a success, there are plans to set up similar Facebook pages in other languages. The shelter´s Facebook page is: orihuelaanimalshelter.

people who were considered bad had a stake stabbed through their heart, to keep them from becoming vampires. Archaeologists discovered the skeletons while excavating a monastery near Sozopol. One of the ‘vampire’ bodies will now go on display at the National History Museum in Bulgaria. The finds in Bulgaria have sparked interest from vampire enthusiasts all over the world and the small Balkan country may seek to capitalise on its pagan heritage.

Plenty to smile about: Staff at Lo Marabu Medical Centre show off items donated by Quesada Ladies Club


By AMANDA BLACK SPANISH Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy refused to use the B word after Spain became the fourth eurozone country to receive a bailout. Struggling to put a positive spin on the rescue package the prime minister could only bring himself to refer to it as “what happened on Saturday”. Speaking on Sunday for the first time after the bank rescue, Rajoy tried to present “what happened on Saturday” as a victory for Spain and the euro, rather than a humiliating bailout for a country unable to clean up its own banking mess. He spoke of the massive rescue package of up to 100 billion euros as a “soft loan” with “the most favourable terms”. Welcome cheap money for Spain with little requested in return. “Yesterday the credibility of the euro won, the future of the euro won, the European Union won and the chances that Spain can soon recover a level of lending that will improve investment and job creation also won,” Rajoy declared. And, for around half a day on Monday his words had a slight ring of truth as markets rallied. But with confusion over the details of the package, where the money was coming from, just what the conditions were and how it would affect Spain’s sovereign debt, investors panicked. On Tuesday, Spain’s borrowing costs shot up to 6.8 per cent – a euro-era high – as Spanish debt holdings were dumped. And, ratings agency Fitch downgraded 18 Spanish banks, citing Spain’s weakening economy. “What happened on Saturday” has not solved Spain’s problems yet. Spain’s borrowing costs hit a new high yesterday (Thursday) after German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Europe not to overestimate her country’s ability to save the single currency. She added that Spain was right to seek aid for itsbanks as it needed to deal with the consequences of a property bubble. The Spanish crisiswas due to an "irresponsible" decade, she said. In the wake of her words, Spanish bonds (the rate at which the country can borrow money) rose aboveseven per cent for the first time. This followed bad news for Spain on Wednesday when credit ratings agency Moody’s slashed Spanish sovereign debt by three notches.


Mariano Rajoy... struggling for positive spin

Spike boy’s miracle escape A YOUNG boy is lucky to be alive after impaling himself on a seven-foot metal fence - with a spike lodged just centimetres from his heart. Leon Stone, 11, from Stapenhill, Derbyshire, was playing with friends in a park when he launched himself from a tree and went to grab a metal fence. But the youngster jumped too far and ended up with the metal spike stuck in his chest. In an incredible stroke of luck, the stake hit his chest bone and pushed itself upwards through his skin - rather than fully impaling itself through his body towards his major organs. And the schoolboy owes his life to three young girls he had been playing

with - who bravely lifted him off the spike and called for help. Leon’s mum, Jayne Stone, 31, said: “I got a text to say he was in hospital but I had no idea what had happened to him. All I knew is that he had been out playing with his friends. “When I got to him, he was lying lifeless - I thought I had lost him. It was terrifying.” After lifting him off the spike on Monday afternoon, Leon’s three friends laid him flat on the ground and called 999. He was air-lifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital, where doctors immediately performed life-saving surgery on the youngster.

Maria’s Pink walk a winner

Legends on a winner

MORE than 430 participants and an estimated 800 visitors flocked to Playa Flamenca Promenade last Sunday for the Maria and The Pink Ladies walk. Maria would like to thank The Blues Sistas, Nikki G, Showaddywaddy legends, Nick Gold, Dan Davey, Inside the Lines, the Pinnacle Bono tribute, Ricjie Alexander and Sammy Beck,

number of fine saves to save City’s blushes as they went on to win the closely-fought contest 1-0. City Life President Bernard Halford – who is also Vice President of the Supporters Club - said: “It was a fantastic weekend and it was great to see the explayers mingling and signing autographs with the crowd after the match. “Everyone had a great time and it was good to raise money for an important charity. I’d like to thank the organisers, sponsors and all who took part.’’

Raquel Peña dancers and the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums, who played the walkers off at the start and welcomed them back again. A fabulous day also featured market stalls, bouncy castle, face painting and displays from Fit4All, including Zumba, Spinning, a young children’s karate display and also Getting a kick out Suzy4Fitz entertaining the crowd of Spain...City legwith dance displays. end Tommy Booth

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ONCE upon time, there was a friendly, longhaired black moggy called Geoffrey. Geoffrey Boycat to give him the full title bestowed on him by his pun-obsessed owner. He lived in a lovely villa in El Raso with the lady punster he adopted after presumably fed up with the people he previously owned. Or perhaps, like so many callous expats, they returned to the UK and left him to rot. Either way, he wasn’t saying – and in any case, the lady didn’t understand the Cat-alone-ian language. For some time Geoffrey The lady took him straight was king of the cat-stle, his to the vet, who agreed to only rival for the lady’s affec- stitch up his chest and neuter tions being a small, him at the same time. Tests deformed black female called revealed that he was also Molly (PC brigade back off, afflicted with FIV – the feline I’m talking about cats). equivalent of HIV. Tabby or The general consensus not to be? That was the among the lady’s friends was question. that Molly had, in human terFortunately the vet conminology, learning difficulties firmed that Henry, as the lady – but Geoffrey doubted she had called him, could still live was intelligent enough for a normal life and that the that. danger to the other cats was For some months, the lady, minimal. Geoffrey and Molly lived With neither Geoffrey nor together as a happy family – Henry particularly territorial, then one day, a young tabby peace reigned in the lady’s tomcat appeared in the lady’s household, even when a garden looking very much couple of feral kittens sussed the worse for wear. He had out the food on the other side no fur on his chest, which of the catflap in the back door was scarred by an open and began to launch mealwound – but this was no time invasions. All was calm until, one fighter. He was as gentle as overcast day, a grey cloud he was timid.



How a grey cloud got Geoffrey Boycat out descended on the lady’s home. From the hideous non-human screaming, you’d have thought a cat was being strangled. The New Kitt on the Block had arrived. And Purr Wars was about to begin. When the lady went out to investigate, she came face to face with a big grey invader which was either a rampant tomcat or a female with an enormous pair of boobs between her rear legs. Over the next couple of days, the lady’s hosepipe was turned on the intruder several times to dampen his spirit. But this brazen purrdofile was bent on stalking and having his evil way with the young feral females. The lady managed to trap a couple of the feral girls,

who were promptly sterilised. One was found to be in the early stages of pregnancy… and there were no prizes for guessing who was the Dad. Then, one afternoon, the lady found Greyham (not another pun!) sleeping peacefully on one of her patio chairs. She stroked him…and his response was to nuzzle his head into her hand. He knew that all he had to do to win the lady’s undying love was to cuddle up to her at every opportunity. He could have done without the vet’s ball-juggling a couple of days later, though. Even if it did result in gelded Greyham being allowed to move in with Geoffrey and Henry. Well, that was the

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A kick up the crass HOW'S this for total crass stupidity and something which makes you want to give jobsworths at the tax office a good kicking? A millionaire businessman donated £2.3m to the Royal Marsden cancer centre to refurbish a ward as a ‘thank you’ to the hospital and staff for the care they gave to his wife. He was appalled that after the work was completed, along came the taxman who told him he would have to pay £460,000 more because the work attracted VAT. I cannot think of anything more crass and crazy - it's the sort of stupidity that makes me want to bash politicians' and bureaucrats' heads together. In the current economic mess Britain is in, you would think the government would welcome with open arms a gift from a generous millionaire. How ridiculously stupid for the taxman to come along with a bill. I would very quickly tell him to shove it where the sun doesn't shine. The millionaire is now calling for a change in the law and has raised his anger over the matter with David Cameron. I would also suggest we train jobsworths in local and national government to start using their brains. The matter should have gone straight from the tax office to the Cabinet for an instant decision for exemption. That would be real government in action. Instead we get a statement from the Revenue and Customs saying that VAT is payable on hospital building and refurbishment. Great, so we have NHS and tax minions paid to log in the tax having been paid by the hospital and received by the Revenue. God help barmy Britain, but sadly, here's a perfect example of how actions by the blithering idiots can deter other millionaires from being generous in future. AND now for a story which will make you want to join me and give selfish super rich a good kicking. Many super rich own lavish homes in Britain which are held offshore in corporate structures, allowing them to avoid stamp duty and more importantly, inheritance tax. A new survey has calculated that these wretched people are depriving the British Treasury of billions in revenue - at a time when the government is in desperate need of every penny. It means the rest of us have to pay much more in tax than we otherwise would - because of these greedy wretches. A whole row of the most expensive homes in London, each worth more than £35 million, are owned offshore. The government is now taking action to stop the practice and prevent the super rich using dodges to avoid tax. In my book they should never have been introduced in the first place. As for inheritance tax, I would like to see a law prohibiting anyone leaving more than £500,000 in cash or assets to one person. This would mean the super-rich having to spread their wealth over many more people. It would break up landed estates and wholly-owned companies and very quickly reduce the ever-increasing divide between rich and


diets. According to a study, one in four sevenyear-olds has been on a diet. And girls as young as five are wrestling with mental and physical illness because they are so worried about being fat, a group of MPs have warned. They say intense and unrelenting pressure over body image is 'damaging society', with a quarter of all seven-year-olds admitting they have tried to lose weight by going on a diet. A parliamentary report says a lack of self esteem is damaging a generation of children who may struggle with school work and forming friendships. But I strongly disagree with their conclusions as to what should be done. They are suggesting that calling someone fat could be made a hate crime. Could you imagine a doctor unable to tell someone they are fat, when they clearly are, for fear of prosecution? poor, which is proving so damaging to society. MPs are also suggesting that all children should attend I WAS amazed to hear that the sixth largest French city body confidence and self-esteem classes at school. What's is now...London! Yes, amazingly, there are now around 400,000 Frenchmen needed is parental education so they don't eat junk food and women living in the British capital. That's more than the themselves and encourage their children into the same bad habits. Too often you see fat parents with fat children. population of Bordeaux. Being fat can mean being bullied at school, but far worse It has prompted the French government to consider creating an MP for the French living in London. How about a is the damage being fat is doing to their health and quality of British MP for the Costa Blanca and another for the Costa life as they get older. And this British obsession with calling everything a hate Del Sol in the UK parliament to represent our interests here? crime so we can't properly discuss race, gender, sexual oriDIDN'T Auntie Beeb get it badly wrong when it turned entation, age, or disability without having the politically corcoverage of the Jubilee celebrations from a news story rect brigade on your back, is just plain crazy. into a magazine event. WELL, at long last Spain has admitted it will need The BBC was bombarded with complaints from viewers megabucks to bale out its banks, and hopefully, this will angry at the trivia ladled out by umpteen feature presenters start the process of bringing some stability back into the euro and, in the process, some of the events were missed. Some - provided Greece's elections show that a sizeable number of switched to Sky News to get a better coverage. I was furious at the presentation of the Jubilee concert. I Greeks accept austerity rather than a soft option. But one conclusion of the Spanish economic woes hit cannot stand the "modern" way of presenting a singer and home with me - and that was that Spain would not be in the dancers on stage. It seems the exercise is how many times the programme economic mess it is now if it did not have the misfortune to editor can switch from one camera shot to another during a have a Socialist government in power at the start of the recession. song. It was exactly the same remark as that levelled about It seemed that Cliff Richard was the worst - for about two seconds the picture was of Cliff and dancers and by the time Britain with Labour in power before and when the recession you had managed to locate Cliff it panned onto the crowds, hit, throwing money around like water when discretion should or a teenager eating an ice cream, or a long distance shot, or have been the order of the day. It amused me to hear that shadow chancellor Ed Balls had a shot along The Mall, back to Cliff for all of a second or two commissioned a survey to try to establish why he is not as before we were off on the travels again. Can't we just have on our TV screens what we would do if popular with the British public as he would like to be! I can tell him without his wasting his money. His politics are we were at a live concert and concentrate on the singer and wrong; he is the most arrogant twit on the Labour front bench accompanying dancers instead of the programme editor trying to impress us with how many cameras he has at his/her and he just cannot get into his thick head that it was his policies back in 2008-10 which made our situation today far disposal? worse than it otherwise would have been. I despair of Britain when I read stories about children as My best advice would be to get out of politics and try to find young as five worrying about their weight and going on a real job.





No Bull, GA Rocks Last Saturday 9th June put Plaza Major in Gran Alacant back on the map. With the square freshly painted and cleaned by most of the businesses, Saturday night got off to a rocking start with DJ Tony Hall warming up the increasing crowd with his funky style of music. As soon as the music started seats were being filled by many locals who

have not been to the square for ages. The atmosphere was fantastic; there was definitely a buzz in the air. The drinks flowed freely from the local bars (Hole in the Wall, Rumours and Times Square) accompanied by the waft of succulent Indian from Saffron and the unmistakable smell of fish and chips from Darby’s.

With the square packed and every seat taken, the fun was turned up a notch with the rocking sound of Midnight Express, a Bon Jovi tribute band belting out hit after hit such as “Wanted, Dead or Alive, You Give Love a Bad Name, Livin’ on a Prayer” and the rest of the classics. Your favourite newspaper, The Courier, was there to capture the event;

even the band wanted a copy of the Costa’s most popular paper. The band finished but the locals weren’t. Back came Tony Hall to keep everyone dancing into the small hours. All in all this was a fantastic turnout with the locals supporting the efforts of the businesses in the square and a great time was had by all.


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SAY IT IN SPANISH Learn the lingo - with a little help from JEANETTE ERATH LESSON 24 I HOPE you are having a great week and are practising your Spanish at every opportunity - at the beach, the shops and whilst out with friends. The more you use Spanish the easier it will become. The best way for most people to remember new vocabulary is repetition. You may feel a bit strange saying words over and over to yourself but it works. I will start this week with the answers to last week’s homework. How did you get on? This cat is fat – Este gato es gordo. Those earrings are very expensive – Estos pendientes son muy caro. This shop is near – Esta tienda es cerca. That boy is young – Ese niño es joven. This is a long

street – Este es una calle larga. Those trees are tall – Esos árboles son altos. These days are long – Estos días son largos. The words that join or help to make sentences are very important, so we are going to learn some possessive adjectives, that is words for saying what belongs to whom: my coat, his umbrella, your suitcase, their dog, our car, etc. In

English there is only one form of each, my, your, his, her, our, their. However, in Spanish there are singular and plural forms to agree with the nouns (but only two masculine and feminine changes - Vuestro/a and nuestro/a) Here are the forms of the above possessive adjectives: My – mi (singular) mis (plural); your (familiar) – tu (singular) tus (plural); his/hers/its – su (singular), sus (plural); your (formal) – su (singular), sus (plural); our – nuestro (masculine singular), nuestra (feminine singular), nuestros/nuestras (plural masc/fem); your – vuestro (masculine singular), vuestra (feminine singular), vuestros/vuestras (plural masc/fem); their – su (singular), sus (plural). The word for my agrees only in number with the noun it is describing, which means you use the singular form (mi) with singular nouns of either gender: mi hermana, mi hermano, mi perro, mi mesa. And for the plural you add an s to make mis: mis gatos, mis sillas, mis hermanas. The tu form is only to be used with children or people you know very well. The form is used the same way as mi in that there is no change with gender - tu hermana, tu hermano - and an s is added for plural nouns - tus gatos, tus sillas. The words for his/her/its - su/sus work the same way: su hermana, su hermano, sus gatos, sus sillas. These words are also used for your when you would use the usted form of you. The word for our does change depending on the gender of the noun; an o or os ending with masculine and an a or as ending for feminine - nuestro hermano, nuestra hermana, nuestras gatos, nuestras sillas. The same applies for your (familiar): vuestro hermano, vuestra hermana, vuestros gatos, vuestras sillas. The word for their does not change with gender, only, as all these words, with the plural: su hermano, su hermana, sus gatos, sus sillas. Study these words a little and you should soon be able to

incorporate them into your daily Spanish use. You may be aware of the saying mi casa es su casa, my house is your house, using the formal way to say your, if you are talking to a close friend you would say mi casa es tu casa. I hope you are learning at a steady rate; I enjoy receiving all your e-mails and feedback, so please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or suggestions as to what you would like to learn. Maybe you have heard something and are unsure what it means or why it is said. Don’t keep puzzling, drop me an e-

mail via The Courier and I will do my best to answer your queries. There will be no homework this week as you have had a lot to do and worked so hard over the past few weeks. Instead, take your time reading this week’s lesson, repeating and learning the possessive adjectives. Try to use them whenever possible and you will find they soon come naturally.


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WHY DO THEY DO THAT? Top dog psychologist PETER SINGH writes exclusively for The Courier. Check out or email Peter at

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT, FLAT FACE? DOGS use their noses in the same way as we humans use our eyes.

They smell their way through the world and we see our way. The canine sense of smell is everything to them. When they first meet us, they don’t want to look at us, they want to know what is our scent and our energy. They smell us to find out who we are - and they smell us for longer if we have dogs of our own. When I come home from a consultation, I am surrounded by my five dogs, all wanting to know which dog I’ve been working with. Sadly, some dogs have become a little mixed up and will use their eyes before they use their nose. This can get them into trouble with other dogs, as the one on the receiving end of the stare can take this as a threat. The dogs in question are the flat-faced ones, where humans have taken breeding to a ridiculous level and sacrificed the dog’s ability PETER SINGH will be to smell, for the sake of a flatter face. Boxers, Bulldogs and Pugs in this part of Spain are amongst these breeds. I’ve met many owners who say that their dogs always reacts in a for one-to-one consulstrange way if they meet this type of dog. This is why. tations from July 4 to There is a Boxer near where I live and my pack of five dogs view July 8. For a one-off fee of 145 euros, he him as a threat because of the way he looks at them, without bothering to smell them first. I love to watch when a dog notices another offers the following: 1 - Home consulta- approaching from a distance. That moment where they sniff the air tion with no time limit. to pick up the scent of the other is a joy to watch. That’s what dogs 2 - Written report are supposed to do. Not look first, but smell. regarding everything Other non flat-faced dogs I have met have stopped using their discussed. noses, and this is really sad to see. They are the aggressive or fear3 - Lifetime support ful ones and I say it is sad because the spirit of the dog has been for you and your dog. taken away from them. To book your conWe can get it back, with a lot of hard work, just as we can work sultation, e-mail with the flat-faced breeds to remind them to use their nose first, then peter@thedogyoune- their eyes. A dog experiences the world with the nose first, eyes second and ears last.

YOUR dog can learn from Peter


loves to run with the other dogs. If you can give Tyson the loving home he deserves, call Natasha on 616 210 850 or visit APAH is also looking for homes for 15 beautiful kittens, aged between five and eight weeks. Pera

TYSON is 18 months old. He was found with his two sisters in a cardboard box at just eight weeks. He is very playful and

PERA is a delightful and loving, large bitch of about 18 months. She was found wandering by a dog-loving Spanish lady and taken to the local vet to check for a Millie

chip. She had one but the owners could not to be found. She is being looked after by her saviour, but cannot stay as she needs more space. She is very friendly, a real gentle giant. If you may be able to give Pera a home call Silvena on 695 377 170 or Jean on 637 137 969.

INDIE is one of six four-month-old Labradortype puppies born to an abandoned dog. The mother, sadly, could not be caught. There are three female puppies still looking for new homes. Pirate is thought to have been surviving in the campo for up to a year. He is about threeand-a-half. Indie Puppies and Pirate are vaccinated and chipped. Contact SATS on 966 710 047 or visit www.satanimal

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Friday, June 15, 2012

The scourge of gossip I RECENTLY became aware of a community seemingly at war. There are two clearly defined sides of British people with very few neutrals and although the war was initially being fought with words, it is slowly escalating to petty incidents. Things recently came to a head which seemed to tip this community over the edge. Something was done for the apparent good of the community - but was unfavourable to a friend of some of the residents. And since this happened, the split between the sides has become even greater. It got me thinking about living in Spain. I love this country as most of you will know, I love the lifestyle, the sunshine, and I have made some great friends. However, I have noticed another side to living in his country, a darker side that is often talked about but not openly. It is whispered in corners and behind backs. It is the gossip. Since living here I have been the recipient of idle talk. It has always got back to me and I have always chosen to ignore

it... sticks and stones and all that. But in the last few weeks one community has been torn apart by a small group of people. This group are angry about a decision that was made by the committee and rather than ask about it they resorted to name calling, lies and telling tales. Absolutely no effort was made to ask anyone on the direct committee why the decision was made, instead, several peo-

ple ran to the administrators who explained that the decision had been made legally and was made for the good of the community. Since this decision there has been fallout which to the date of writing is still ongoing. People have stopped talking to the committee when once they were friends. Sides have been chosen and the truth is not going to get in the way. Spain in Gossip amongst the British is nothing new, as mentioned I have been aware of it for as long as I´ve lived here, I´ll admit at first to being shocked and amazed by it, that people have so little to do they have to talk about someone they hardly know, however as time has gone on I have, sadly, got used to it. It is such a shame to me that people can´t respect others decisions, that they can make decisions based purely on per-

sonal grounds and assume that everyone else does the same, that there can´t be a simple solution to disagreements without resorting to playground behaviour. Just one example of how far this has been taken is two friends in this community used to go to the same place together every month for over three years, since this happened one ´friend´ told the other he was sorry but he could no longer go with her. We all have to live together, including the people in this community, they will see their neighbours regularly and regretfully there will be an atmosphere. Everyone has differences, it is what makes us human, but most adults can work these out by having a conversation, unfortunately, it seems there are certain people unable to do this, and others left upset and saddened by their attitude. We have one life and we are not here forever, if only people could talk to one another and at least try to understand and find out the truth and if they can´t bring themselves to do this at least be civil, then this country would be an even nicer place to live in.


Friday, June 15, 2012

RAJOY’S GET OUT OF BAIL CARD WHEN is a bail-out not a bail-out? Simple. You just call it a line of credit, after spending a few days denying that you were after any money in the first place! That was just part of the strange Spanish tactics at the weekend, with the Madrid government pretending to be a reluctant bride stumbling her way to the altar for a union she didn’t seem to be keen on. Up to Saturday night’s announcement of a €100 billion credit-line, sorry bail-out, Mariano Rajoy and his ministers kept telling everybody that nothing was going on, and that everything was fine and dandy. This unnecessary parade of lies added a pathetic pantomime element to a very serious bit of business, but it got worse on Sunday morning. The Prime Minister, keen to get his flight to Poland for Spain’s Euro 2012 match with Italy, tried to get everybody into a good mood at a news conference by saying it wasn’t the government that was being helped out, but the ailing banks. There were no strings attached to the loaned money, he added, and it was all marvellous news for the Euro zone and for Spain. He almost reminded me of Young Mr Grace in the TV sitcom, Are You Being Served? - the old gentleman who would continuously croak that everybody had done very well indeed. I just don’t get Rajoy on this at all. The problems with the banks didn’t happen on his watch, and his administration have taken painful but necessary measures to deal with the economic situation in Spain. That’s been to his credit with the key European players, so why this stupid bout of spinning and deception to the Spanish people? I thought Rajoy was better than that - or perhaps his thoughts were on a football match on Poland’s northern coast?

It was all very nice to see Mr Charisma, Gordon Brown, q sneaking out from beneath his stone to spit some bile on the Murdochs at the Leveson enquiry. Many decent folk

would have agreed with the former PM’s stance about some of the dirty tricks that were used, especially in the leaking to The Sun about his son’s medical condition. But it’s all well and good saying these things when you are not in power. I wonder if Mr Brown now has some regret that he didn’t come out fighting against News International when he was in Downing Street? We might have had a very different view of him if he had done that when it really mattered. Staying in the UK, I’m a big fan of the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. Over the years, so many ministers of both parties have held senior briefs that they know little about, and when they are quizzed are left badly wanting. Gove is a passionate believer in improving education in England and Wales (the Scots have their own system), and I cheered when he announced measures to make language lessons compulsory for primary schoolchildren, and to get back to the basics of teaching mathematics. What’s really sad is that during my primary school days in the late sixties in a class size close to 40 pupils, everybody knew the fundamentals of arithmetic and we were all taught French. Does this mean we’ve gone nowhere in the last 40-odd years, with successive governments deserving to share the blame? Finally, the monthly General Election for Greece is on this Sunday. And guess what? The result could well be identical to what we got at the start of May. A congenital lunatic could have worked that out weeks ago, if even the Greek politicians couldn’t, which of course says a lot for them. Not!



Westlife singer Shane Filan is declared bankrupt

The Irish band have sold millions of records but Mr Filan suffered enormous losses in his country's property crash. In a statement, the 32-year-old said he had "worked long and hard" to tackle his debts and was devastated that his problems have come to this conclusion. The pop star filed for bankruptcy in the UK which has a less onerous bankruptcy regime

than the Republic of Ireland. In the UK the period of bankruptcy typically lasts for a year but in the Republic of Ireland it is at least three years and more commonly 12 years. Mr Filan owns a property company, Shafin Developments Limited, with his brother Finbarr.

It was established in 2004 and had been involved in developments in Counties Leitrim and Sligo in the west of Ireland. Last month, the company was placed in receivership. Earlier this week, the singer was declared bankrupt at Kingstonupon-Thames County Court and his name has

been placed on the UK insolvency register. The father-of-three is the latest in a steady stream of highly indebted Irish property developers who have filed for bankruptcy in the UK. Ireland has agreed to liberalise its bankruptcy regime as one of the conditions of its EU/ IMF bailout. However the country's banks are concerned that the reforms

could lead to a flood of mortgage defaults as ordinary homeowners use bankruptcy to escape from negative equity. Westlife is one of the most successful boy bands of the last decade, selling more than 44m records. Last October, they announced they were splitting up. The band is currently in the middle of a farewell tour and continues to fill major concert venues.


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Loco over the lingo MY one disappointment in life -- apart from being constantly bewildered -- is my lack of foreign language knowledge. I can converse in only two tongues, English and Garbage, and that state of affairs niggles me. 'But I don't see your problem,' commented Dave the barman down at the pub the other evening. 'All you need to do to order a drink is to point a finger at the beer pump or indicate the optic. You don't have to say anything. And besides, you can't speak anyway after a couple of hours of propping up the bar.' My fellow members of the pub discussion group sniggered at Dave the barman's smart sarcasm. Stung by their show of disloyalty, I slid off my bar stool and stormed out of the hostelry. But I had nowhere else to go so I sneaked back in and sidled back to my seat. There was a foaming pint of ale waiting for me on the bar top. 'No hard feelings, Dave?' asked Dave the barman. 'No hard feelings, Dave,' I replied. Following that scintillating exchange, the evening settled into a predictable pattern. We members of the pub discussion group would start off by setting the world to rights on such complex issues as politics, the economy, the environment, health care and the current energy situation. Towards chucking-out time, when an individual member's communication skills had become incomprehensible to the others, the pub discussion group would cease jabbering and launch into an off-key medley of Abba's greatest hits. This mishmash of song would invariably conclude with Bohemian Rhapsody which had never been recorded by Abba anyway. Ah, well. Thus another typical night at the alehouse would draw to a close. 'So why don't you enrol in an evening education class?' Mrs S asked me when I got home. 'It would make a change from seeing your pub cronies every day of the week and twice on Saturdays and Sundays.' 'So what do you suggest I study?' I asked. Mrs S thought for a moment. 'How about creative writing?' 'Nah,' I said. 'Too difficult.' 'Then how about flower arranging?' 'Flower arranging! Are you kidding

me!' I spluttered. 'I'd never dare show my face in the pub again.' I could hear Mrs S racking her brains in the silence of the living room until she came up with: 'Then how about a foreign language course?' I tried to click my fingers to indicate agreement. 'That's it!' I exclaimed. 'You know I've always wanted to be fluent in something other than English and Garbage.' 'No,' groaned an irritated Mrs S. 'You already said that at the start of this column. It's not funny NOW and it wasn't that hilarious THEN.' I lapsed into a sulk which I tend to indulge in NOW and THEN (sorry, I didn't mean to emulate Mrs S's harsh critical tone) and thought about a lads' holiday I had taken in Spain many years before. I was with my best pal Eric, then a trainee dentist, and we were spending a week in sunny Torremolinos. As usual, we were having a drink in the nearest bar (why waste time and flip-flop leather?) when we spied two lovely locals indulging in animated conversation at a nearby

table. Eric sighed. 'What a shame we don't speak the lingo. We coulda been in there.' 'Let's go over, anyway,' I said, drawing courage from the fumes coming from my newly-opened bottle of San Miguel. 'But what's the point?' asked my pal. 'We can't chat-up in Spanish.' I smirked. 'You forget something, Eric my boy. I've seen the film West Side Story more than 20 times and picked up most of the dialogue which includes Spanish spoken by the Puerto Rican characters.' 'I honestly believe I'm going to regret this,' mumbled Eric through his perfect teeth as he followed me over to the senoritas' table. 'Hola!' they greeted us. Eric looked nervously at me. I opened my mouth to speak . . . but my mind went blank. Eric looked like he wanted to leg it but then I suddenly remembered a line from West Side Story. The words I recalled were uttered in the scene after the tragic gang rumble when Natalie Wood is dancing about on the tenement roof unaware that her brother won't be coming back. But no matter. The line was in Spanish. What could possibly go wrong? I smiled at the girls and announced cheerfully: 'Bernardo muerto.' But instead of inviting us to sit down, the girls turned ashen, burst into tears and fled the bar. 'Was it something I said?' I cried after their retreating figures. 'Idiota!' exclaimed Diego the barman. 'You've just upset the delightful Rodrigues sisters. Their favourite uncle, old Bernardo, is slightly unwell at the moment.' 'You speak excellent English,' I complimented Diego the barman before Eric grabbed me by the arm and we ran off . .. I shuddered at the memory and swiftly returned myself to the present. 'Hmmm,' I said to Mrs S. 'On second thoughts, I don't think I'll bother taking a language course after all.' The next night I was back in the pub having a quiet drink with my pal Eric the dentist when the most beautiful woman I'd seen in a long time walked in. Alone. 'Yay!' cried Eric. 'You stay put, Senor Silver. You're married. But I ain't.' And he leapt off his stool and went over to introduce himself. A couple of minutes later my pal was back, looking acutely forlorn. 'Don't tell me,' I sighed. 'She's Spanish and couldn't understand you.' 'No,' mumbled Eric. 'She's English all right. But when I told her I was a dentist she said she only goes out with flower arrangers.'

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Easy jerk chicken

This is a quick and easy version of a classic Jamaican dish, jerk chicken. You can buy jerk seasoning from a supermarket. Ask your butcher to joint a chicken for you, cutting it into eight pieces. Alternatively, use a mix of thighs and drumsticks.

Ingredients 1. 2-3 tsp jerk seasoning (you can add more than this if you like spicy food) 2. 1 tbsp light soy sauce 3. 4 tbsp tomato ketchup 4. 2 tbsp honey 5. 8 small or 4 large chicken pieces, skin removed 6. A little vegetable oil, for greasing

Method 1. Put the jerk seasoning, soy sauce, tomato ketchup and honey into a big bowl and mix everything together. 2. Carefully cut slits in the chicken meat, without cutting all the way through. Put the chicken into the jerk mixture and use your hands or a spoon to move the chicken around so that it is coated in the seasoning. Wash your hands thoroughly. Cover and put in the fridge for at least 20 minutes, or

overnight if possible. 3. Turn the oven on to 190째c/fan170째c/gas 5. Spoon the chicken and all the marinade into a heavy-based roasting tin lightly greased with a little oil. 4. Carefully put the roasting tin in the oven and cook for 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. The cooking time will vary slightly depending on the size of your chicken pieces. Wear oven gloves to handle the hot tin and cut one of the pieces open to check that it is not pink in the middle. Cook for another 5 minutes if it is at all pink, then check again. Serve with rice and peas.



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Cafe Golf in San Javier invites you to come and try some delicious Spanish cooking prepared by a Spanish chef in one of the most welcoming restaurants in San Javier. Every weekend throughout the summer you will be able to come along and sample some exquisite dishes. Every Friday evening come and try their home-made pizzas. On Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes you may want to book a table to be able to enjoy the best rice dishes and Spanish roasts along the coast. And on Saturday evening who will be able to resist a succulent barbecue serving a selection of Spanish cuts of meat, including sea-food kebab, rabbit kebabs and spicy chicken, to name but a few. The prices are

unbeatable at 8 euros for one person and a plate of 3 pieces, 15 euros for 2 people and a plate of 6 pieces and 20 euros for a family, with 10 pieces on their plate. Also available are sirloin and rib-eye, cooked on the barbecue. On Sunday evening s come and enjoy a selection of no fewer than 75 delicious “tapas”. This is the ideal way to try Spanish food, where things can be explained to you, should you have any questions. So, don’t forget that from June 22nd you have an appointment with some great food in the welcoming atmosphere of Cafe Golf. We recommend booking for those who want rice or roast dishes. See Cafe Golf’s ad on page 17 for further details.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Spices To Spice Up Your Mood Some spices such as saffron, sage, cardamom and chillies are known to have specific anti-depressant effects, while other spices work indirectly by improving the general health of the individual.

GENERAL EFFECTS OF SPICES Spices have the highest antioxidant activity of all food types including fruit and vegetables Antioxidants are very important in countering free radical damage, which can in turn aggravate or cause many degenerative diseases. All chronic degenerative diseases are associated with free radical damage and an increased incidence of depression. Therefore preventing or treating them by eating antioxidantrich foods, like spices, will also help to reduce the incidence of depression.

SAGE A double-blind placebo-controlled trial has shown that sage reduces anxiety and elevates mood. It has been known for several years that compounds in this spice work by inhibiting cholinesterase, an enzyme that is intimately involved in the transmission of signals across nerve synapses. Sage has the added benefit of improving memory.



For centuries, saffron has been used to treat depression in traditional Persian medical systems. Recently, several clinical trials have shown that this yellow spice is indeed as effective as many of our current antidepressant drugs in treating mild to moderate depression. The first of these was a double-blind placebo-controlled trial where patients with depression were given 30mg of saffron extract daily for six weeks. By the end of this period depression in the treatment group had improved by a far greater extent than the placebo group. In two other clinical trials depressed patients taking saffron were compared to those taking two commonly prescribed anti-depressant drugs, imipramine and fluexitine (Prozac). In both these trials saffron was found to be at least as effective as the two modern drugs. An important bonus was that no side effects were observed in the patients taking saffron.

Cardamom has been used by traditional Ayurvedic practitioners to treat depression in India for thousands of years. Although there are no clinical trials to back up the use of this spice to treat depression there are biochemical reasons that give an indication as to why it is effective. As with other organs, the brain is subject to toxins, free radical damage and other environmental and genetic insults. Aging and damage caused by environmental agents can aggravate a propensity to develop depression. However, this susceptibility can be reduced by using one or more of those spices known to have anti-depressive properties. In addition, the diet should include a variety of other spices most of which contain neuro-protective phytonutrients; some of which may also have yet-tobe-discovered mood-elevating properties.

CHILLIES Chillies also have mood elevating effects. They work by stimulating a specific type of pain receptor (called TRPV1) on sensory nerve endings. When these nerves are stimulated they signal the brain to release chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins, in turn, stimulate the release of the brain chemical dopamine, which in turn acts as a mood elevator and relieves depression. Many modern antidepressant drugs also work by increasing levels of dopamine in the brain.


NUTRIENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT LOSS Many people struggle to lose weight but never succeed. For them, success may be apparent initially but does not last very long. Perhaps this is because most weight loss programs involve the restriction of a nutrient group over another. The general knowledge about food is that there are 5 major classes of food (Carbohydrate, Protein, Fats and Oil, Vitamins and Minerals) and certain foods contain more calories than others. But there is more to food than that. When certain macronutrients like Carbohydrates or fats are restricted, the brain does not get all the nutrients it needs, so the body sends out a hunger signal that results in overeating. The key to weight management is not found in counting carbohydrates, fat grams, or calories, but in balancing brain chemistry through nutrition. There are four major brain chemicals that interact delicately to control weight gain and loss. These chemicals are Dopamine, Serotonin, Acetylcholine and GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid). Dopamine increases metabolism and directly influences food cravings by controlling the feeling of satisfaction after a meal. When dopamine levels are balanced in the brain, the body feels physically and emotionally satisfied after a meal. However, if dopamine levels are low, the brain fails to transmit the message of satisfaction and fullness when it should, caus-

ing the body to want more food. High protein foods such as eggs, chicken, fish, and red meat stimulate the production of dopamine in the body. Nuts and seeds such as almonds and pumpkin seeds also increase dopamine levels. Acetylcholine provides the body and the brain with an internal lubrication. A healthy, high acetylcholine brain is fast moving, quick thinking and moist, so information can pass easily from the brain into the body. Low levels of acetylcholine cause a craving for fatty foods to help lubricate the brain. This is because fats found in food are the main source of choline, the building blocks of acetylcholine and foods rich in fat cause an instant acetylcholine boost. Organ meat, dairy, fish and vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and broccoli are good sources of choline. Serotonin reduces cravings for food by suppressing appetite. This is because when serotonin levels are low, the body sends out a signal that it needs more serotonin in the form of a food craving. Serotonin is also responsible for deep sleep needed to recharge the brain and repair the body. This revitalisation is important because a tired brain craves high energy foods to boost energy levels. When GABA levels are low, the body feels emotionally and physically unbalanced making it easy to fall into the trap of emotional eating. Low levels of GABA are also associated with problems of poor impulse control, often resulting in overeating. The best way to increase nutrient intake is through a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and a daily intake of meat and fish to supply the body with essential proteins. However it is important to realise that modern farming techniques have significantly depleted food sources of their nutrients, making it necessary to take nutrient supplements for optimal health. To find out more about nutrients and supplements discussed as well as for questions, please email


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Bluemoon Solutions

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: Rosanna was having problems with Internet ADVICE: Patricia was having problems receiving email Explorer displaying a pop up every time she started it. from her solicitor in the UK



Hi Richard, every time I start Internet Explorer I get a pop up with the heading “Dial-up Connection” asking me to select the service I want to connect to. Every time I have to click the cross to get rid of it and then it’s fine until I restart Internet Explorer – do you know what this is and how I get rid of it? Hi Rosanna, yes I know exactly what that is and how we can stop it from appearing. If you do the following please. 1. Go Into Internet Explorer 2. Click Tools, Internet Options 3. Click Connections 4. Towards the bottom of the screen you will see a set of options, select the option to “never dial a connection” Click OK to close the Internet options That should be it, give it a go and let me know how you get on.

Hi Richard, I am having problems receiving emails from my solicitor in the UK, no e-mails sent to my Gmail address have arrived - would appreciate any advice as I have no problems with any other company, person etc.



1. The solicitor is entering the wrong email address, in which case the mail would either be delivered to another person, if a valid address was used, or the email would bounce back to the solicitor but may of course bounce into their spam folder and they may not notice it.

ADVICE: Lea was struggling to book an appointment online – something that we looked at a few weeks ago


Hi, I am trying to use the medical booking appointment online. An error message has appeared, I unblocked that, but then a message appears regarding Explorer 7. Does it only run on Explorer 8? Regards, Lea

Hi Lea, I’m sorry I have no idea what the website developers requirements are for browser version, however if you are still using Internet Explorer 7 then you are missing quite a few security updates and you should seriously consider upgrading to IE 8 (or above if your operating system will allow) so that you have the benefit of the updates. Mobile: 655 044 970

Hi Patricia, apologies for the delay in replying, with regards to your email issue its pretty straight forward, one of 3 things is happening, assuming that the solicitor is not having any problems with their email server - either…

2. The solicitor is entering the correct address and you are not seeing the email because it’s in your spam folder 3. The solicitor is sending email from an address that is on a spam list and their email is being rejected by Gmail, again in this instance they would receive a bounce email that may not be seen if it’s gone into their spam

ADVICE: Barry wanted to know whether an email he had received was genuine


Hi Richard, received this from someone, I´ve checked hoaxslayer and snoopes and cannot find it, it´s the one from Simon Ashton, have you heard anything about it?? Regards Barry

Office: 902 906 200

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Friday, June 15, 2012

LIFE’S A BEACH IF your kids just can’t get enough of the beach but you’re looking for something a little different, then the Beach Blast Adventure could be just the thing. For one week only the International Christian Assembly Church, Torrevieja is transforming itself with a beach theme. There’ll be loads of fun with games, songs, crafts, skits, Bible stories and refreshment - and probably even one or two pirates to liven things up. The Adventure week for children

aged from five to 13 runs from June 26 to June 28, from 11am to 12.30pm, at the church in Calle Urbano Arregui 23 in the Acequion neighbourhood of Torrevieja. Activities are completely free. They are part of the church’s growing outreach programme, and are run by Mary Restrepo, the wife of the pastor. Parents can join their kids or leave them and enjoy a short break. For more information call 966 799 273 or 660 127 276 or visit the website

CHAS Hodges of Chas & Dave fame is returning to the Costa Blanca. The star is best known for his ‘rockney’ style, mixing humour, pub singalong and boogiewoogie piano as one half of the famous duo. But if you think Chas is all just rabbit, think again! “Chas is one of the legends of the music industry and his background stretches much further than just Chas & Dave,” says tour promoter Peter from Jukebox Promotions. “He was involved in many huge hits, including number ones, in the 60s, and his influ-

Rabbit-man Chas returns to Costa ences are too many to mention.” Chas will be teaming up with another Dave, Dave Seccombe, who toured with him in 2011, as well as songstress Fiona McLean. Fiona will perform a song written by Chas that she has recently recorded. The short tour is sure to be popular, so visit www.jukebox- or call the ticket hotline on 695 135 134 to nab your tickets. Catch Chas at La Marina Sport Complex, June 19, 966 796 389; The Lounge Bar, Torrevieja, June 20, 966 922 134; and Rocajuna, Punta Prima, June 21, 965 997 260. The tour will help raise funds for Help at Home, Costa Blanca.

THE SPIRIT OF SONG Defiant musicians call tune despite programme cuts

EVEN eleventh-hour time constraints that forced performers to cut the programme couldn’t dampen spirits at the recent Cantabile Singers concert in the Municipal Theatre, Torrevieja. The rousing show, The Spirit of England - Gala Olympica, was inspired by the Diamond Jubilee and the forthcoming Olympics. The Cantabile Singers were joined by Just Brass, with light relief and novelty between musical numbers provided by Terry Horvath Morris. Jeff Hyde did a great job of coping with the last-minute changes as compere for the night. What survived the cuts was a varied programme of songs, instrumentals and Morris dance music, written by English composers throughout the centuries. FINCA Montana HorsemanSoloists for Just Brass ship is holding an open were Matthew Maines and day this Sunday from 1pm Jayne Illingworth, and for - 7pm. Cantabile, Pat Yardley, Alicia Instructors in dressage Muddle, M.D., Jennifer and showjumping will be Morton, Phyl Webb and June available for questions. Sanders. Duets were perChat with Denise about the formed by Jan Robson and principles of Natural June Sanders and Eve Day Horsemanship. and Alicia Muddle. The riders from the The concert attracted a full Saturday and Sunday sad- house and raised muchdle clubs and Finca needed funds for the Montana Fillies will be Alzheimer’s Association. happy to chat. Plus info on The Cantabiles’ singers summer activities and raised even more money for a western saddle riding. See good cause with a or ance at La Siesta Church in call Denise on 672 806 098. aid of church funds yesterday.

Open for horseplay

Ruby’s Diamond day is a gem for charity

THE sparkle of Diamonds and Ruby’s helped turn El Raso’s celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee into a sunshine fiesta. Ruby’s proprietors Tracy and Dave Hadley seized the chance to have a party in the Square in conjunction with their neighbours, the Hot Stone and Stan and Ollie’s restaurants. EMAUS Orphanage and the Alzheimers Association benefited jointly to the tune of €1,514.80 - proceeds of the various charity stalls, raffles and tombolas. Nigel and Theresa Wright decorated the square with bunting, while Nigel and Gaynor of Night Out Promotions set up the technical side. TKO’s Lee Fox opened a show that featured indie rock band Inside the Lines, the LA Concert Band, Nick Gold, folk duo Frank and Phil, and the reggae of Dave Johnson. David Capper conducted making sure everyone was fed on time, an auction of items donated with each team of four’s meal ready and by local businesses and resiwaiting as they reached the 19th hole. dents. Dave and Tracy would After the meal and the presentation, like to thank Dee Williams, David Jones was thanked by club secre- Tina Fitzgerald, Sue & Kevin tary, Neil Fyvie, and a vote of thanks Green, Mandy Priestley, Ian went out to the staff at the venue. & Jaquie, Dave & Kathy of For more information on the Torrevieja DC bakeries , Mr & Mrs Retired Activities Club and their meetWilletts, Dave Capper , Tony ings and activities, contact Neil Fyvie on & Pat – plus all the residents 965 008 087. who supported the event.

Quesada golf day was right on TRAC TORREVIEJA Retired Activities Club (TRAC) members enjoyed a round of golf and a superb meal at the Mini Golf Centre in Quesada. Forty-one TRAC members took part in the fun day out organised by vice chairman of the club, David Jones. There were eight holes in one, and the winning male and female golfers were presented with a bottle of wine. Restaurant staff did a fantastic job of

CARDINAL Belluga Theatre Group’s Jubilee Party was a blast from the past with that proper 50s street party feel. Sarnies, pork pies, quiche, fairy cakes, scones with jam and cream and trifle were order of the day as the bunting flapped overhead and the best sounds of the 50s got everyone singing along. This was the Theatre Group’s way of thanking members for their input into the recent production Here we go again, A night of Musical Variety. For more information on joining the group contact Maria on 966 715 891.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Pink Lady chief to head up AECC

Sample the swinging side of the Samaritans LAS Colinas Golf & Country Club is holding a charity golf day in aid of the Samaritans in Spain tomorrow (Saturday). Entry is 65 euros per person, which includes a donation to the Samaritans and a complimentary pyramid of balls. Lots of prizes will be up for grabs for both teams and individuals. There will be a shotgun start at 9.30am, with prizegiving following immediately after the golf. An evening dinner dance with raffle and entertainment will complete the day. Tickets cost 40 euros. For more information call Albatross Golf Tours on 966 764 145, Canal Print Rioja on 988 764 403, John on 699 416 819 or email denise1sam@ The Samaritans in Spain offers a free, nonjudgmental emotional support service for English speakers of any age who are experiencing distress or despair, or feeling suicidal. Samaritans in Spain volunteers are there to listen on 902 88 35 35 from 8pm until midnight every day and Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am until 12 noon. Outside of these hours, Samaritans in the UK welcome calls on 0044 8750 90 90 90. More details on the work of the Samaritans in Spain can be found on

MARIA WILSON, chairperson of The Pink Ladies fundraising team, is the new president of AECC Torrevieja and will also be working for AECC in the Orihuela Costa area. Maria, pictured left, will share her time between the two locations. On Wednesdays between 12 and 2pm, she will be at the Civic Centre in Playa Flamenca.

Her hours in Torrevieja are still to be decided. Despite rumours to the contrary, the Torrevieja branch of the AECC is still operational but is moving to new premises. The Cancer Screening Programme is also still very active, but the donation previously requested by the Torrevieja office has been cut from €60 for a

mammogram and smear to €15 for each of the tests, with the donation to be made at the Alicante clinic. Anyone wishing to donate more than this is more than welcome to do so. To book a place on the screening programme call Maria on 603 292 963 between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm.

ALL THAT JAZZ First choice for culture

By SALLY BENGTSSON MURCIA is set to be the tourist destination of choice for culture lovers this summer as the region hosts a number of internationally renowned festivals. It all begins in San Javier where every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from July 6-28, leading jazz exponents from Spain and around the world will take to the stage for one of the most important dates in the jazz calendar - the Festival Internacional de Jazz. The musical delights continue when Cartagena hosts La Mar de Músicas from July 19-28, which

celebrates African music forms and pays special tribute to Mali’s renowned singer Oumou Sangare. San Javier will again become a cultural hotspot when it stages the Festival de Teatro, Música y Danza from August 3-25, with its mix of classical and avant-garde theatre, modern and classical dance, and music. For Caribbean spirit head to the Summer Carnival in Santiago de la Ribera and San Javier on August 4. Flamenco lovers will enjoy Cante de Las Minas, August 3-8 in the mining town of La Union, and the small town of Torre Pacheco’s Festival del Cante Flamenco de Lo Ferro from August 27 to September 2. For more information on cultural festivals in the region of Murcia visit murciaturisti

Royals play a round TORREGOLF celebrated the Diamond Jubilee at Font del Llop with a special golf tournament. Players turned out in red, white and blue to compete for golf and best-dressed golfer awards. Even the royal couple showed up, pictured. Among the winners were: Pearl Sabine for the Jubilee Competition; nearest the pins on the Corgi’s hole, Malcolm Harrison, who also won a prize at the newly weds’ hole; Geoff Betts for Prince’s hole; and Sue Owens for Queen’s. Phil Brigham, David Gill and Spencer Andrews were the category one winners. Peter Kerr, Peter Wells and Alan Darby took first, second and third in category two. And in three, top places went to Christopher Rose, Roger Twigg and Paul Looseley. For club details call 626 774 157 or email


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NHS CUTS KILLED MY BABY BLEEDING dangerously and with her baby’s life on the line, distraught Sarah Gould could see the ambulance depot from the window of the clinic where she lay. But there were no crews in the building that was just 300 metres away and the 21year-old had to wait almost an hour for an ambulance to arrive from a neighbouring county to take her to A&E. By that time it was too late and her unborn child was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Daily Telegraph

Daily Mirror Furious Sarah and partner Gary Day, 29 (pictured right), have blamed the Tories’ savage NHS cuts for the tragedy in Retford, Notts, which they insist could have been avoided if an ambulance had been available. The East Midlands Ambulance Service is shedding jobs and closing stations after losing £20million a year through a part-privatisation deal. Sarah, who named the baby Jessica, said: “When you phone for an ambulance you expect it to be there like it used to be.

Happy birthday, hope you survive NEW research suggests that we are more likely to die on our birthdays than any other day. According to the conclusions of a study published in the Annals Of Epidemiology “death has a preference for birthdays”. Researchers looked at the mortality rates of two million people to determine whether individuals were more likely to pass away on their birthday or ‘postpone’ the event. On average, people over the age of 60 were 14 per cent more likely to die on their birthdays. Heart attacks rose 18.6 per cent on birthdays, while strokes were up 21.5 per cent - mostly in women, reports The Telegraph. The phenomenon, drawn from data gathered over a 40-year period (1969–2008), is described as the 'anniversary reaction' by researchers. “We concluded that birthdays end lethally more frequently than might be expected,” says Dr Vladeta Ajdacic-Gross, who led the Swiss study. One explanation is that individuals may feel more stress on birthdays.

“If the closest ambulance is an hour away something has gone seriously wrong.” Sarah’s ordeal began when she started bleeding. She and rail engineer Gary rushed into the Hallcroft Children’s Centre just after 9.30am, where she had a midwife appointment. Worried staff could not find the baby’s heartbeat and

dialled 999. National guidelines say a crew should be with the patient within eight minutes. A lone paramedic arrived 20 minutes later and radioed for an ambulance. But he was told the nearest was more than 20 miles away in South Yorkshire. It arrived at 10.30am. A hospital scan later confirmed the 30-week baby had died. Sarah was even more furi-

ous when she discovered 999 despatchers did not treat the call as top priority. EMAS chief executive Phil Milligan said: “Given the information that we had at that time, we consider this to be an appropriate response.” But Sarah said: “Mine and the baby’s life were at risk, I don’t think there could be much more of an emergency.”

Nastiest gran gets an ASBO Daily Mail A FOUL-MOUTHED pensioner branded Britain's nastiest granny for making her neighbours' lives hell during a 12-year harassment campaign was given an ASBO on Tuesday. Joan Nisbet, 71, sprayed weedkiller in a woman’s face, blared gangster rap music, took part in naked sex acts and drove one neighbour to the brink of suicide. Nisbet was today handed an interim ASBO, after Croydon Council ruled that the restraining order she received in September was ‘insufficient’ to protect her neighbours in Kenley, Surrey, from her abusive behaviour. In an unprecedented move, Croydon Council in Surrey has also applied to place a closure order on her home in Kenley - a procedure normally used for shutting down drug dens.

The Sun

Benefits cheat had £4million from Lotto A LOTTERY winner carried on claiming benefits for nearly two years after scooping £4million, a court heard on Tuesday. Used car salesman Edward Putman is said to have asked Lotto organisers Camelot for “no publicity” when he won the jackpot in 2009. And he continued to pocket income support and housing benefit for 20 months, magistrates were told. In all, he allegedly trousered around £15,000. The case — and 46year-old Putman’s secret fortune — came as a surprise to his neighbours. One said: “I didn’t know he had won the Lottery.” Putman’s lawyer John Marchant told magistrates in St Albans, Herts, that he intends to plead guilty to two charges of dishonestly failing to notify the Department of Work and Pensions of a change in circumstances. He will also pay back the benefits money as soon as prosecutors calculate the exact total.

Friday, June 15, 2012

PURR WARS HENRY THE HUMBLE: He just wants a quiet life

From Page 7 lady’s plan until Greyham decided he was going to be top cat – and Purr Wars broke out. First, Geoffrey Boycat declared his innings at the villa over and went missing. Then Greyham began to bully Henry the Humble and the fur started flying. Geoffrey, who tolerated other cats rather than liking them, was well and truly hissed off and the lady didn’t see him again for almost two months. Then, on Sunday this week, he suddenly appeared on the garden wall, looking a little bedraggled, limping slightly – and hungry. The lady was overjoyed and went inside to get him some food. As she emerged with the goodies, Greyham, alerted to Geoffrey’s presence, leapt onto the wall, faced up to his perceived rival, and let out one of those awful screams. Geoffrey, eyes wide with fear, into the wasteland across the road and disappeared. The lady (that’s me just in case you haven’t guessed) scolded Greyham big-time before going in search of Geoffrey, whom she feared had gone for good. Fortunately, she found him cowering on a sandy bank in the wilderness of overgrown weeds.

She sat on a bench and called him from 25 metres distance. He hobbled towards her nervously, miaowing constantly…and gulped down the bowl of food she put in front of him. Then he lay next to her on the bench, and she wept as she thought how unfair it was that he’d been hounded (or rather catted) out of his own home by an aggressive usurper. Over the last couple of days, Geoffrey has spent more and more time in the garden and this morning he actually ventured inside, only to find Greyham asleep on a chair. That prompted a salvo of strange noises from Geoffrey - but from Greyham’s total non-reaction, it looks as if he has now called a truce. He certainly wasn’t up for a fight. Last night, the three boys sat in the garden,a couple of metres apart, and calmly preened themselves. Not a single hiss or scream was uttered, so the omens are good. Greyham and Henry get along OK, anyway, probably because Henry has conceded the newcomer is now top cat. Why don’t you get rid of Greyham, people say. Because, dear friends, he is the most wonderful loving pet you can imagine. Yes, when it comes to pleasing this lady, he’s the one who pulls the purr strings. Which reminds me…I’m nearly out of cat food.

‘I CAME LAST BUT WHEN YOU ARE 91 I THINK YOU’RE ALLOWED TO...’ At 91, Arthur Gilbert has got a few miles on the clock... in fact he’s the oldest triathlete in the world. The superhuman grandad has just completed another gruelling race when he swam 500 metres, cycled 20km, then ran 5km. He said: “I came last but when you’re 91 I think you’re allowed to. I keep saying I’m going to give up soon but I always end up going back to do more. This triathlon was my third ‘last one’. I just can’t give up.” He gives all notions about slippers and armchairs the old heave-ho as he puts on running shoes, or gets in the saddle or the pool for a punishing training schedule. Arthur, from Burnham on Sea, Somerset, goes to the gym three times a week, cycles 25 miles on Sundays and swims 50 lengths every day. Some friends think he must be bananas – and he

Easy rider... Arthur Gilbert reckons it’s fruit that helps him stay so fit. The retired helicopter engineer said: “The secret is staying stress-free, being happy, doing charity work

and being positive. I don’t drink or smoke and I have regular check-ups. “I also have a balanced diet with lots of fruit which helps tremendously – I love nuts and bananas. “I must be the world’s oldest triathlete. People think I’m bonkers but they inspire me to carry on, and I inspire them to do something like this for charity. I have a lot of help and I’m motivated by my wonderful family.” Widower Arthur, who has been awarded an MBE for his charity work, started competing in the sport at 68. He completed his 41st triathlon on Sunday – and he did it in less than three hours. Arthur, seven times British duathlon champion in his age group, carried the Olympic Torch in May - just hours after the flame had briefly gone out. But there was no way that Arthur was going to run out of gas.



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ROYALS TOLD ROCK IS UNDER ‘ATTACK’ El País GIBRALTAR is under attack, according to Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.

Fabian Picardo and Prince Edward meet flag-waving Gibraltarians

New war on sex will be fine for prostitutes La Razón

THE government is to study measures to crack down on street The inflammatory statement was made on day one of a prostitution, including fines for visit to the British territory by Prince Edward and his wife as prostitutes plying their trade. part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The minister of the interior, The “attack” was a reference to the dispute with Spain over Jorge Fernández Díaz said this fishing rights in waters that Gibraltar claims as its own but week that the fines are being conwhich Spain does not recognise as such. For the past two sidered along with reforms to the months, most of the fishing fleet from Algeciras and La Línea Penal Code to more effectively has been grounded while a solution to the conflict is sought. combat the sexual exploitation of Minutes before Picardo made his statement, journalists women. asked Prince Edward for his opinion on the fishing dispute. Speaking at a press conference But the Earl of Wessex and his consort, Sophie Rhys-Jones, after a breakfast meeting in remained silent on the issue. Barcelona on Tuesday with PP A Gibraltar government spokesman then tried to defuse Catalan president Alicia Sánchezthe situation by saying that “the issue is now technical, not Camacho, the minister stressed political,” and that experts were working on it. But the chief that his department is studying minister immediately contradicted him. both administrative and penal The latest bilateral meeting on the fishing issue took place measures to combat prostitulast Friday. Things seem to have calmed down since May, tion. “No civilised person when Spanish fishing boats were being harassed by wants to see this spectacle Gibraltar patrols to prevent them from casting their nets. That and we must put an end to it,” is why Picardo’s statement came as a surprise. he told journalists. Union flags were everywhere to be seen as people took According to the Catalan pictures with cameras, cell phones and tablets. government’s minister of the “We are British and they are our royalty. That’s reason interior, Felip Puig, there is enough to be happy today,” concluded Angelique Ruiz, 28. already provision in the But Spanish authorities have described the Royal visit as Penal Code to deal with the “unfortunate,” coming as it does in the middle of the fishing crime of prostitution. SPAIN ranks the highest among European countries in terms of cyclist deaths on the dispute. Previously, Queen Sofía of Spain opted not to attend Puig insists that the impoa Diamond Jubilee celebration dinner in Britain in protest road, according to a new study. sition of penalties under crimIn 2010, 67 bike deaths were reported across the country — 20 per cent more than over the situation. inal law will help to reduce Spain has also gone to the European Commission to appeal the previous year, said Julio Laria of the Mapfre Foundation’s Institute for Road the supply and demand of Security, which conducted the survey. against Gibraltar’s new tax regime, claiming it is incompatible sex on the streets. There were 564 seriwith European law. El País It is expected that this ous injuries in 2010 week Mossos d’Esquadra resulting from traffic cyclist deaths occurred (Catalonia police) will begin involving on highways, Laria accidents enforcing laws against prostiexplained. cyclists. know t sn’ tution on the streets, after the doe ova san ís Ca Pa El has crisis “The Ireland, Latvia and ISABEL Cambronero regional government passes ch”. mu board of CAM Bank m the the on her ce bot pla n’t a did got forced people to ride to Belgium ranked in that how she because “I to , the nod dge wle the a modification to the street e kno gav al t nci jus fina rd work on bicycles and order behind Spain. She said the boa despite having no ting the failed laws to allow them to do so. and that memiga it est ore inv bef n sio sed mis pas t com tha Valencian the politicians still don’t everything But reasons for the is. cris in s Although they will only be wa M CA t tha ek. Caja heard this we bers were never told understand [the need to fatalities were different, able to enforce these laws on nals who are cher in Murcia, sio tea fes let pro bal bt a dou is I o wh uld Isabel, “Why wo build bike lanes],” said with most of the cyclist regional roads, Jorge ed. of the Caja as a deposi entered the assembly doing their job?” she ask Alfonso Triviño, head of deaths in those coun- Fernández Díaz said he will lain ing exp iev ’t bel ldn not cou and she tor t doc Bu the e. to ativ ng ent goi “It’s like tor repres Professional tries attributed to the be looking at ways to make the the board. at he says.” how she ended up on wh n bee Association. Cyclists e hav y bad weather in which these fines enforceable on ma it that She ventured the idea of they happened. majority The state roads, too.

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The UK and pensioners’ healthcare

I HAVE today (Monday June 11) received the following info regarding state pensioners’ healthcare here in Spain. As many Spanish people seem to think we are a burden on their healthcare, would you please print the reply I received from the UK healthcare office. Please note, it concerns state pensioners legally resident in Spain. KR KELLY Dear Mrs Kelly, Thank you for your correspondence about healthcare for UK state pensioners resident in Spain. I have been

asked to reply. Under European Union Regulations, member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to meet the cost of any state-provided healthcare given to that country’s state pensioners when such pensioners choose to live in a different EEA Member State from the one that pays the pension. A member state can do this either by charging the actual cost per health episode or by charging an annual average cost per pensioner.

The UK and Spain choose to bill other Member States for their state pensioners through the average cost option. Therefore, the UK will pay Spain around £3,500 per year for each UK state pensioner’s medical care. A very similar charge is levied by the UK for Spanish state pensioners residing in the UK.I hope this reply is helpful. Yours sincerely, PETER WOZNIAK, Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries, Department of Health.

DAY THAT THE EARTH MOVED FOR MONICA EVERYONE in Orihuela was reeling in shock and aftershock around midday last Friday as an earthquake registering in excess of 8 on the Richter Scale devastated the region.

Shock waves were certainly felt as far south as Cabo Roig! The epicentre is believed to have been in the front room of the Dowding household. In a rare case of political openness Mr and Ms. M. Dowding accepted full responsibility for the quake. In a frank and open interview with Tittle & Tattle News the Dowdings admitted they had been celebrating the publication of their letter in the free press when the news broke that Ms Lorente & Co. are to be prosecuted for alleged fraud and other offences. On hearing this following so closely on their defence of the aforementioned, they were heard to beseech the Almighty to open up the ground to swallow them. Hence the massive seismic disturbance. Monica Lorente Clearly the Almighty also has a delicious sense of humour and granted their wish. The Almighty will no doubt shortly be accused by Mr Houliston et al of being in league with his detractors! I have to admit that as I grow older (and wiser?) my interest in politics and all things political has ebbed to ‘FUTURE’S BRIGHT WITH LORENTE’ such a point that I cannot I WAS surprised to see the above headline on your even contemplate local Letters page, so colourful and large taking the space issues without first making other readers might want to air their views. sure I don’t have my foot in You boast on TKO Gold Radio that you are a good my mouth. But, having met newspaper which, in my opinion, you normally are (and the CLARO 'resigners', I I love your quiz page!). However, this headline of yours found them to be both princiis suggestive setting the seed in peoples’ minds that pled and honest in their

Lorente headline let Courier down

Señora Lorente and the Partido Popular would be beneficial to Orihuela Costa. She had her chance and now we need a fresh start with leaders we trust. I trust our mayor Monserrate Guillén who works untiringly on our behalf. In a democracy newspapers should pride themselves on their neutrality. IRENE KOWALSKI Headlines on letters pages mirror the thoughts of the letter writer, NOT this newspaper. The writer suggested that Monica Lorente has learned from her mistakes of the past and that the citizens of Orihuela will benefit as a result. Hence the headline. The Courier does not take sides in the politics of Orihuela - EDITOR


intent: a rare commodity amoungst politicians (and bankers). I have also met and listened to Snr Mancebo, who equally impressed me with his determination to hold to a set of principles. Time will, of course, show how accurate this assessment is, and should I be wrong there may well be a second set of quakes of even greater magnitude. ALAN CLASPER Cabo Roig

World’s worst airline RYANAIR is by far the worst budget airline in the world. Those of us who fly with them know you get charged for every little thing. The plus side is that it is still cheap. You get what you pay for absolutely, but that will not stop us moaning. Some of the hand luggage allowed on planes is way too big, and then, when there is no room in the overhead lockers, ‘Don’t worry, we will put in the hold for you. No charge.’’ This cannot be true. If their staff were professional and consistent the problem would not exist Michael O’Leary (pictured above) runs a business that makes a lot of money. Ryanair is cheap and provides affordable travel, but let’s leave it at that. KEITH SMITH, Pilar de la Horadada

Thanks, Bull Flannigan - 2,000 times over! ON behalf of Charity 4 Charities committee members and all the registered charities we support in 2012, I would like to thank John Morgan and the Bull Flannigan golf society for raising over €2,000 on their fundraising day and night event on May 25. The event was a success from beginning to the end. We would like to thank all those

who supported us by playing golf in the daytime and the 100 people who came along to the Bull Flannigan in the evening to join the team at the fantastic BBQ put on by Chris from the Bull Flannigan and J.H.M to raise money for our charity. John worked his socks off to pull of a fantastic event. Well done. We would also like to thank the chefs and bar staff for working so

hard catering for so many, and still having enough food for seconds. Amazing! Lastly, thanks to all those who donated raffle prizes. You know who you are and without you we wouldn’t have raised so much money. Thank you, everyone. SANDRA KNOTT, Charity 4 Charities


Friday, June 15,16, 2012 Friday, December 2011

Stars of Euro 2012 and their cars Football's 2012 European Championships has seen many of the continent's wealthiest young men descend on Poland and Ukraine like a designer-clad, diamond-encrusted, elaborately tattooed horde. For the duration of the tournament, these leading lights of European football will probably be travelling on team coaches or planes with MP3 players engaged and high-stakes poker games in full swing on the back seats but when left to their own devices, soccer's elite favour the kind or vehicles that only the super-rich can hope to afford. It's those incredible cars we're taking a look at here.

him but the England captain is having another stab at delivering the trophy that England fans crave at the Euros. Here he is with Jaguar's XKR Convertible, an £85,000, 510hp drop-top that can see 62mph in 4.8s.


JAGUAR XKR STEVEN GERRARD Critics might say that Steven Gerrard's best marauding midfield displays are behind



This is the Mercedes-Benz CL of England left-back Ashley Cole. One of the few English players who can realistically be plonked in the world-class bracket, Cole is creeping towards his 100th England cap and is a cornerstone of England's defence at the Euros. He's pictured in the large and not particularly nimble Mercedes CL Coupe, a car that makes up for its bulk with oodles of technology and an epic engine range. The current lineup is topped by the £160,000, 630hp, CL 65 AMG. Despite failing to hit the high notes with club side Arsenal and spending most of last season on loan at Sunderland, striker Nicklas Bendtner's boundless self-confidence is undented. He'll probably be expecting to fire Denmark to Euro 2012 glory while the rest of his countrymen will be concentrating on avoiding the wooden spoon in a daunting group B that also boasts Holland, Germany and Portugal. Bendtner is pictured with the £190,000, 510hp, Aston Martin DBS.

Here's workaholic Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt with his Audi R8 mid-engined supercar. The tireless charging about Dirk does for his club sides is a great fit in combination with the more cultured players in their squad. The R8 opens at £88,000 but you can pay north of £115,000 for a top-of-the-line V10 model.



From the catalogue of madcap antics attributed to him, you could be forgiven for thinking that Mario Balotelli is a few studs short of a football boot but his car choice is definitely that of a right-thinking man. Whether you view the Manchester City striker as a genius or a liability, the 200mph+ Ferrari 458 Italia is unquestionably one of Italy's finest.

RANGE ROVER OVERFINCH JOHN TERRY He might seem to be perpetually on first name terms with controversy but on the pitch former England captain John Terry remains one of his country's most reliable defenders. Here he is in a Range Rover with modifications courtesy of those bling SUV specialists at Overfinch.

England fans will be praying that Joe Hart doesn't suffer a wardrobe malfunction like this during the Euros, otherwise he could join the growing ranks of England goalkeepers who've dropped a clanger on the big stage. A belt-and-braces approach would seem to be in order and possibly some rather more low-key pants too but there's no disputing his car choice. The mighty MercedesBenz CL is quick, comfortable and as safe as the Bank of England thanks to a raft of high-tech gadgets.


England winger Theo Walcott has pace to burn just like his choice of car, the superlative Ferrari 458 Italia. This mid-engined

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supercar has 570hp on tap, enough in theory to see Theo past 60mph in 3.4s and on to a 202mph top speed. If we had £180,000 kicking about, this is where it would go.

but you can't argue with its pace or road presence. A top-of-the-line W12 model today will cost £135,000.


RANGE ROVER OVERFINCH WAYNE ROONEY This is Wayne Rooney's Range Rover Overfinch being driven by a member of the England striker's security team. England normally pin their hopes on the mercurial defence-splitting talents of Rooney but he managed to get himself banned for the first two games of Euro 2012. A standard Range Rover can be had for £70,000 but the price tag for a top-spec model that's been given the Overfinch treatment could be half as much again.

To hold down a berth in the supremely talented midfield of reigning European Champions Spain, you've got to be good,

with yet another Continental GT from Bentley.

monsters in this gallery. It's still fiendishly quick and priced at nearly £90,000 though, so Florent's break from the norm isn't too drastic.


BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT JOHN TERRY Centre-half John Terry might have his work cut out holding together England's injury-ravaged rear guard at the Euros and he's not as young as he once was. This shot was taken when the Chelsea defender was looking a little fresher in the face. The Bentley Continental GT might be a tad unimaginative as footballer car choices go

Diminutive forward Andrei Arshavin will be buzzing around the Russian front line in

and Barcelona's Cesc Fàbregas fits that description. Here he is in his Arsenal days at the wheel of an ML-Class luxury SUV. Prices for this 4x4 open at £45,000 but you'll need £83,000 for the AMG range-topper.

BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT CRISTIANO RONALDO Portugal boast one of the most talented squads at Euro 2012 but if they are to reach the final, much of the responsibility must surely rest on this man's shoulders. Cristiano Ronaldo can strike fear into the hearts of defenders on his day and he's usually quite eye-catching off the pitch too thanks to the collection of top-end sports cars he uses to get about. He's shown here

TESLA ROADSTER FLORENT MALOUDA This is French wide man Florent Malouda with an unorthodox set of footballer's wheels. The Tesla Roadster is an all-electric sports car so it's that much easier on the environment than most of the fuel-slurping

Batman returns Ever since Nissan unveiled its Batmobilelike Le Mans competitor, petrolheads have been gagging to see it in action. The vehicle, which mimics the design of the model the Caped Crusader used in 1989 film ‘Batman’, set imaginations alight and for the first time it has been seen in the flesh tearing it round the track. Set apart from normal racers, the car ripped round the famous 8.5 mile Circuit de la Sarthe, venue for Le Mans on 16 June. The endurance DeltaWing is a unique vehicle that has half the weight, half the horsepower and half the aerodynamic drag of typical Le Mans entrants – meaning it can cut down on the amount of fuel needed to complete the 24 hour race. Despite using a 1.6 litre engine, the DeltaWing is turbocharged and packs 300 horsepower. Nissan claims the vehicle’s engine size is irrelevant as the car’s body is aerodynamically designed, allowing it to use just half the fuel of typical Le Mans racers.


And the vehicle’s design has really caught the imagination, with nothing else like it at Le Mans. The driver’s seat is positioned almost in line with the rear wheels behind the car’s long nose, while the vehicle’s twin front tyres each measure just four inches wide. “There is innovation in the car, the fact that we can perform to such a high level while using half the tyres, half the fuel,” said driver Marino Franchitti. “I’m not saying it is what the face of motorsport will look like the future but it has got people thinking.” Fellow driver M i c h a e l Krumm added: “At the Le Mans 24 our target is to show that we can race the same laps as the big cars to show how fuel efficient it can be.” Drivers Michael Krumm, Satoshi Motoyama and Marino Franchitti will take the DeltaWing to Le Mans, although the vehicle is not eligible to compete for silverware as it does not conform to regulations race organisers have set.

Euro 2012. He was on loan, in his homeland, with Zenit Saint Petersburg for most of last season but this shot of him with his Range Rover Sport was taken shortly after his arrival in London to join Arsenal. In the pic, Andrei has just had a mild fender bender in his £50,000 SUV and he's looking concerned at a minor component that's become detached.


Friday, June 15, 2012

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, 25 represents D and 26 represents Z, when these letters have been entered throughout the puzzle, you should have enough information to start guessing words and discovering other letters.


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 Traditional stories involving confused, shy and heartless Maoist (5) 4 Vehicle with black on, soot? (6) 9 Violent behaviour with sheep call (7) 10 Set up stall (5) 11 The kicker, is he so confused? (4) 12 Old-timer set on a pedestal (7) 13 Some wine tasters are remaining (3) 14 Disgusting evil doctor (4) 16 Found irritable in a hired gyroscope (4) 18 Ask one for an offer (3) 20 Increase general confusion (7) 21 Shout about everything (4) 24 Army divisions ruined Tunis (5) 25 It is a chore to put out this type of cigar (7) 26 Listen around, then join up (6) 27 Get rid of the trench (5) STANDARD CLUES

Down 1 Gold found in mass quagmire (6) 2 Part time worker has nothing like the rhythm (5) 3 Behind defense attorney’s disclosure (4) 5 Agreed, it’s like it was posted to the editor (8) 6 Winning or getting a hammering (7) 7 Signify agreement, and you’ll reportedly get growth (6) 8 Stale concoction is the bare minimum (5) 13 Nothing nurse is preparing for a mild mental disorder (8) 15 Malice shown when Shakespeare wasn’t at his best, perhaps (3,4) 17 Take exception to the East, otherwise prim (6) 18 A seat for the judiciary (5) 19 Grasp a number of eggs (6) 22 Legend on the move (5) 23 Legal document of French journalist (4) Down


Complete the crossword grid by using the given words:

Crane Leis Pea 2 letter words Hasty Lens Ply As Nerds List Rag Hi Panda Lure Rat It Peace Oats Sap Us Saint Para Sir 3 letter words Sales Pass Spa Ale Stoat Sale Tea All Upset Sane Ten Ant 6 letter words Scam Tut Ape Append Scan Use Are Dressy Sear 4 letter words Art Forget Semi Aloe Day Harass Sire Area Ens Parish Sold Arts Get Settee Sore Cast Had 7 letter words Span Cons Has Lattice Suds Cosh Lay Seaside Tent Dais Loy 8 letter words Trug Earl Nor Secluded Yeti Fees Oar Trotters 5 letter words Free Oft Aloes Hays Ore Aorta Isle Pan Cease Lees Par

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


Across 1 Opens a fastener (6) 4 Bother repeatedly (6) 9 Dramatic scene (7) 10 Fragrance (5) 11 Accepted practice (5) 12 Larval frog (7) 13 Noisy spirit (11) 18 Dampen (7) 20 Latin American dance (5) 22 Foreign-born (5) 23 Pledge (7) 24 Affectionate (6) 25 Make right (6)

Down 1 False (6) 2 Striped animal (5) 3 Gift (7) 5 Confer an honour (5) 6 Romantic (7) 7 Climbs up (6) 8 Street urchin (11) 14 Sentiment (7) 15 Surround completely (7) 16 Affect (6) 17 In the recent past (6) 19 Become tight (5) 21 Sound of any kind (5)

Last weeks Solution Across: 1 Genesis, 5 Amass, 8 Darling, 9 Error, 10 Yield, 11 Abandon, 12 Musket, 14 Adhere, 17 Shampoo, 19 Plant, 22 Agile, 23 Swollen, 24 Abate, 25 Liaison. Down: 1 Giddy, 2 Nurse, 3 Swindle, 4 Signal, 5 Arena, 6 Abridge, 7 Strange, 12 Mascara, 13 Stamina, 15 Diploma, 16 Fossil, 18 Piece, 20 Atlas, 21 Tenon.

Scribble Pad

1 Quagmire (6) 1 Fables (5) 2 Rhythm (5) 4 Chemical element (6) 3 Chair (4) 9 Run riot (7) 5 Agreed (8) 10 Endure (5) 6 Thumping (7) 11 Foot covering (4) 7 Small swelling (6) 12 Timepiece (7) 8 Smallest (5) 13 Mesh (3) 13 Psychological disorder 14 Disgusting (4) 16 Nervy (4) (8) 18 Offer (3) 15 Hostility (3,4) 20 Make bigger (7) 17 Overmodest (6) 21 Cry (4) 18 Long seat (5) 24 Items (5) 19 Cling to (6) 25 Type of cigar (7) 22 Walking (5) 26 Join up (6) 23 Document (4) 27 Trench (5) Last weeks Solution Across: 1 Desires, 5 Scope, 8 Twaddle, 9 Cater, 10 Ditto, 11 Cushion, 12 Sacred, 14 Causes, 17 Lasagne, 19 Music, 22 Crisp, 23 Rattier, 24 Sorry, 25 Springs. Down: 1 Dated, 2 Start, 3 Red rose, 4 Sketch, 5 Socks, 6 Obtains, 7 Errands, 12 Selects, 13 Cashier, 15 Ammeter, 16 Beards, 18 Guppy, 20 Scion, 21 Carps.



1 Three (4) 3 Garbanzo (8) 9 German (f) (7) 10 Long (in size) (5) 11 Now (at this time, immediately) (5) 12 Trono (asiento) (6) 14 Manzanas (6) 16 Enormous (6) 19 Al lado de (4,2) 21 Tiger (5) 24 Exilio (5) 25 Creamy (taste, texture) (7) 26 Disaster (8) 27 Parrot (4)

1 To work (8) 2 January (5) 4 Corazones (6) 5 Heat (warmth) (5) 6 Compañero (en pareja) (7) 7 Years (4) 8 Daño (a algo) (6) 13 Telephone (8) 15 Prizes (in competition, lottery) (7) 17 Nuez moscada (6) 18 To snore (6) 20 Árboles (5) 22 Balloon (5) 23 Cabeza (de persona) (4)


Friday, June 15, 2012

Quiz Word

Across 1 What name is given to the angular distance between an imaginary line around a heavenly body parallel to its equator and the equator itself? (8) 7 What name is applied to a natural stream of water smaller than a river and often a tributary of a river? (5) 8 Which city is the capital of Mongolia? (4,5) 9 By what nickname is someone called Henry often known? (3) 10 The name of which flatfish is also the name given to the underside of the foot? (4) 11 What name was given to the collection of Zoroastrian texts gathered during the fourth and sixth centuries? (6) 13 According to the Bible, what was the name of the sister of Moses and Aaron, and the daughter of Amram and Jochebed? (6) 14 Which medical publication takes its name from a surgical knife with a pointed doubleedged blade? (6) 17 Which plant is also known as the 'love apple'? (6) 18 Usually portrayed as a winged youth with bow and arrows, what was the name of the Greek god of love? (4) 20 What name is given to a profound emotion inspired by a deity? (3) 22 What name is given to the northernmost point of the Earth's axis? (5,4) 23 Rodrigo Diáz de Vivar was the real name of which 11th century Spanish warrior hero? (2,3) 24 See 12 Down


Down 1/5 Which soldier and statesman was the first premier of the Union of South Africa (1910-19)? (5,5) 2 What name is given to a fishing boat that uses a dragnet to

catch fish? (7) 3 Which type of jug or mug is in the form of a stout man wearing a three-cornered hat? (4) 4 In grammar, which category of nouns serve as the indirect object of a verb (6) 5 See 1 6 By what name is a small metal frying pan with a longhandle known as in the US? (7) 7 What was the surname of the actor who played James Bond in the films Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day? (7) 12/24 Which American author created the tough private eye Philip Marlowe? (7,8) 13 What name is given to optical illusions in which atmospheric refraction by a layer of hot air distorts or inverts reflections of distant objects? (7) 15 Lewis who was the British writer and mathematician who wrote the children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the sequel, Through the Looking-Glass? (7) 16 Which complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants is used in adhesives and as fillers and stiffeners for paper and textiles? (6) 17 Which freshwater dace-like game fish of Europe and western Asia is noted for its ability to survive outside water? (5) 19 The name of which long pointed weapon is also applied to the tip and stem of asparagus or broccoli? (5) 21 What name is given to the protruding part of the lower jaw? (4)


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

hacer carrera

hacer la rosca

hacer cola

hacer pucheros

hacer el agosto

hacerse a la mar

hacer el primo

hacerse el sueco

hacer eses

hacerse un lio

hacer la colada

hacer sombra

science QUIZ

1. Ozone 2. The Electric Toaster 3. catalyst 4. Microwave Oven 5. Photocopying 6. Brown Or Grizzly Bear 7. Orion 8. False Teeth 9. Sodium 10. Dragon Flies 11. South Africa 12. Joule


Last Week’s Solutions Code Cracker Last weeks Quiz Wordsolution Across: 1 Poseidon, 8 Anglicise, 9 Eva, 10 Hour, 11 Berlin, 13 Pedant, 14 Icarus, 17 Spider, 18 Isis, 20 Art, 22 Nectarine, 23 Sachs, 24 Voltaire. Down: 1 Plath, 2/7A Sigmund Freud, 3 Ibid, 4 Oliver, 5 Yemen, 6 Edwards, 7 Fetlock, 12 Indians, 13 Picasso, 15 Rossini, 16 Velcro, 17 Stock, 19 Sieve, 21 Kant.

Empareja estas palabras – Match these Spanish and English words for household objects. You will find the answers at the bottom of the quiz. 1.Hacer carrera, 2.hacer cola,

el sueco, 11.hacerse un lio, set sail, sulk,

3.hacer el agosto,

12.hacer sombra. the washing, do good business,

4.hacer el primo, 5.hacer eses, 6.hacer la colada, zigzag, queue, act

7.hacer la rosca,

dumb, be tricked, climb

8.hacer pucheros,

the job ladder, overshadow,

9.hacerse a la mar, 10.hacerse get into a muddle,


Span - Eng

Quizword butter up,

Answer s: 1e, 2b, 3k, 4d, 5a, 6j, 7l, 8i, 9h, 10c, 11g, 12f.

1. Which substance has the chemical symbol 03? 2. What Widely Used Kitchen Item Was First Marketed By The General Electric Company In 1909? 3. in dyeing what is the name given to the substance used for fixing the color? 4. Name The Kitchen Development Patented By American Radar Engineer Percy Spencer In 1945? 5. In 1937 American Chester Carlson Invented A Process Called Xerography What Do We Know It As Today? 6. Which Is The Largest Land Living Carnivore? 7. Which Constellation Has 3 Stars That Appear To Be In A Straight Line And That Are Referred To As A Belt? 8. What did Spanish scientists make for cows to increase milk yield? 9. Which soft metal is used in the production of soap? 10. What Type Of Insects Are Hawkers, Clubtails, Biddies, Emeralds, Darts & Skimmers? 11. Where Do Swallows Go When They Migrate From Britain In The Winter? 12. What Is The SI Unit Of Energy?

Fill It In


Friday, June 15, 2012

TRELI ON THE TELLY Chiles play for ITV in Euro footy war I’M not the greatest of football fans these days, having spent quite a few years covering the sport professionally, and seen money poison the game in all aspects. But I do like the international tournaments, and so I’ve spent a fair deal of time watching the first week of Euro 2012 from Poland and the Ukraine. As always, the UK coverage is split between the BBC and ITV, and I have to say I’ve enjoyed the ITV presentation a lot more. They’ve brought in new pundits like Patrick Vieira and Roberto Martinez who have something interesting to say, and Adrian Chiles as the main anchor is miles sharper and funnier than the

Salford studio base. After their deservedly praised French Open Tennis coverage, it’s another big notch for ITV Sport. It’s just a shame that neither they nor the BBC have a commentator of true quality who could be classed as an authoritative voice of football to rival past greats like Barry Davies, David Coleman or Brian Moore. It’s very rare these days that you get a hit drama BBC’s wooden Gary repeated within a matter of months on any UK channel, Lineker. ITV also have the mas- so it was a shrewd move to sive advantage of anchoring give an early re-run to Call the coverage from Warsaw, the Midwife on BBC1 on a with lots of colour and Thursday night. I’m all in atmosphere, whilst the favour of repeats, so long as Beeb, in austerity mode, the programme is worthy of have thrown the clock back being screened again. to the 70s by staying in their It’s also a chance to catch


Horoscopes Aries March 21 - April 19 This is not the first time you've been caught out. You must really be careful in future. Flapping your arms like a bird is a good way to call attention to yourself. The accuracy of any prognostication is likely to be determined by how unlucky you generally are. A pet of yours may die today. "Rankle" is a beautiful word, but may blow your world apart today.

Taurus April 20 - May 20 You may think that starting afresh on Monday would be of some comfort, but it really won't be. Your learning may give you cause to grieve today as you are unable to stop local flooding using trigonometry alone. Bovine tendencies may start to come out today as you....MOOOOOO!!! Excuse me.

Gemini May 21 - June 20 It all used to be so much easier, but with age you're finding certain things much more difficult. Raisins are a lovely dried up fruit. However, the old man who runs the hairdressers down the road, is not. All of your aims are achievable, although many of them would involve bionic implants and a lot of theft.

Cancer June 21 - July 22 Do you have any idea what you're letting yourself in for? Boy, I'm sure glad I'm not you. Dancing around like a fairy is a great way to lose weight and strengthen those legs. Find some candles, tonight will be filled with darkness. To make yourself feel beautiful, hug a tree, kiss a baby, read a classic, and then take a long train journey.

up on something you may have missed, which allowed me to act on a friend’s recommendation to start watching the Danish political thriller, Borgen, when it kicked off again on a Wednesday on BBC4. This BAFTA award winning drama is a cracker, and I promise you that you quickly forget about the sub-titles! It’s that time of the year when a lot of my American favourites have reached the end of their seasons. Shows like Mad Men, NCIS:- Los Angeles, Bones, Game of Thrones and The Good Wife to mention a few. But it was a sad and permanent farewell to Desperate Housewives, which had its last ever episode on Channel Four this week. It saw Teri Hatcher’s char-

acter, Susan, moving away from Wisteria Lane, and we got a glimpse of what the future held for the rest of the residents. Overall, a great little show over eight years, with time being called at the right moment and many happy viewing memories to cherish. Dara O’Briain is one of my favourite people on the box. From hosting award shows to science programmes, or consoling rejected Apprentice candidates, this guy is right on the money. He’s witty and intelligent, and is especially good at keeping order on the funny Mock The Week, which had a welcome return to BBC2 last night. The last round with the quick and often rude one-liners is always my

favourite, especially when Milton Jones is on. This show could run and run. It’s almost incredible that nearly a fortnight on, there’s still a lot of chuntering about the quality of the BBC’s Diamond Jubilee coverage. The use of B-list celebrities to waste time when events were happening was simply inexcusable, but it doesn’t surprise me that even after this period of time, nobody in charge has stood up to say sorry. Why didn’t the Director General, Mark Thompson, announce diplomatically that they could have done a few things better. I love the Beeb to bits, but it just hates admitting any faults, which is stupid, as most of the things it does are excellent.

By Pandora Leo July 23 - August 22 Telling tales is pretty much what keeps me going. How about you? Everything you say today will be like a very beautiful flower, spreading its seed amongst cactii. If you don't wear glasses now, the chances are that you're going to need to after an upcoming sports accident. This week will have a journey in store for you.

Virgo August 23 - September 22 In all my time I've never had anyone like you reading my horoscopes - you are bedevilled, a hustler of reputation. You are not wanted here. Your package will arrive today, delivered by an expected person. Most of your dreams will come true over the coming fortnight, so prepare for wealth, health and happiness, you lucky dog.

Libra September 23 - October 22 You won't be hospitalised today, but things may not go as planned Everything you have been taught will be forgotten in a crazy moment of rash behaviour. This week provides you with the greatest chance of making it. So pray to the planets that they stay in alignment or this horoscopes will not be fulfilled.

Scorpio October 23 - November 21 Take everything you've got and run like the wind. Bad things are afoot. I mean, can't you smell it? Lifting heavy objects may cause you pain later today. Did you happen to see a film called "Creepy Creatures of The Night"? It wasn't a good film. This week is your own personal "Creepy Creatures of The Night".

Sagittarius November 22 - December 21 Danger, excitement, thrills. Even spills. These are buzz words which may catch your attention this week, possibly in the form of a horoscope. Today will seem like a good day for disregarding advice concerning things that are generally considered to be bad for you. Remember, it's unfair to expect your friends and family to provide you with alibis.

Capricorn December 22 - January 19 You'll keep on fighting till the end. Thinking and driving at the same time can be hazardous for you today. When walking down the street, trying not to step on the cracks in the stone, you must take care to avoid all steaming piles. Wake up in a rubbish bin again? Don't let your drinking get you down, go and have a beer.

Aquarius January 20 - February 18 You're not jinxed so staying in bed all day is not going to work. Actions take a moment, consequences last a lifetime. Scroll further down any web pages you access today, just in case there are hidden clauses you aren't aware of. It may be time to accept that you're a failure and a loser.

Pisces February 19 - March 20 I can see bits of your future, and they look bloody. But I can't tell whether it's *your* blood. Actually, it might not be blood at all, but a red sock. I'm not sure. Get back to me tomorrow. The crystal ball which I sometimes use for divining fortunes for those like smashed beyond repair.


The Courier Friday TV 00:35 Euro 2012 01:35 Holiday Weatherview 01:40 Countryfile 02:40 Antiques Roadshow 03:40 Fake Britain 04:25 Great British Menu 04:55 Great British Railway Journeys 05:25 Sport Today 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 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 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 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Blue Peter 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 Euro 2012 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The Graham Norton Show

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This Week BBC News HARDtalk Newsday Asia Business Report Sport Today Newsday Asia Business Report Sport Today Newsday Asia Business Report

04:45 Sport Today 05:00 Schools - Children at Work 07:00 The Pingu Show 07:10 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:25 Timmy Time 07:35 Chuggington 07:50 Rastamouse 08:00 Roar 08:30 Leon 08:45 Frankenstein's Cat 08:55 Newsround 09:00 Driving Academy 09:30 Nina and the Neurons: In the Lab 09:45 Big & Small 09:55 Dipdap 10:00 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:10 Little Charley Bear 10:20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan's Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Tennis from Queen's 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 The Culture Show 20:00 Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Gardeners' World 22:00 The Great British Story: A People's History 23:00 Episodes 23:30 Newsnight

00:35 The Last Word 01:05 Jackpot247 03:35 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 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson's Real Deal 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 You've Been Framed! 17:30 Euro 2012 20:00 Meridian Tonight 20:15 ITV News and Weather 20:30 Emmerdale 21:00 Lewis 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 Euro 2012

EURO 2012 Sweden v England (Kick-off 7.45pm). Gary Lineker presents coverage of tonight's Group D match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, where the teams play their second match of the campaign. This is the fourth time that England have been drawn against Sweden in the group stage of a major tournament, having also faced them at the World Cup in 2002 and 2006, and at Euro 92, when a 2-1 victory for the Swedes saw them progress at England's expense.

00:05 Random Acts 00:10 Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket 01:10 The Secret Millionaire 02:05 All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry 03:00 Dispatches 03:30 Unreported World 04:00 Time Team 04:55 Deal or No Deal 05:50 Countdown 06:35 My Eden 06:40 Glamour Puds 07:10 Sali Mali 07:15 The Hoobs 07:40 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Secret Removers 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 Three in a Bed 14:00 The Four Feathers 16:10 Countdown 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:25 20:30 Come Dine with Me 21:30 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:50 Stand Up for the Week

June 15

00:00 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 01:00 SuperCasino 04:55 House Doctor 05:20 Great Scientists 05:45 Great Scientists 06:10 Michaela's Wild Challenge 06:35 Michaela's Wild Challenge 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 The WotWots 07:20 City of Friends 07:35 Jelly Jamm 07:45 Peppa Pig 07:50 Castle Farm 08:00 Little Princess 08:10 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Rough Guide: Ultimate Escapes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16:15 Beyond the Blackboard 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 20:50 NCIS 22:05 CSI: NY 23:00 Big Brother


The Courier Saturday TV

June 16

00:20 The National Lottery Friday Night Draws 00:30 White Van Man 01:00 EastEnders 02:00 Weatherview 02:05 Silk 03:05 Question Time 04:05 Great British Menu 04:35 Great British Menu 05:05 BBC News 05:30 On the Road 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 14:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 14:15 Tennis from Queen's 18:30 A Question of Sport 19:00 Pointless Celebrities 19:50 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 20:10 Euro 2012 23:00 BBC News; Weather 23:20 The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 23:30 Mrs Brown's Boys

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The Review Show Weather Klute Taken BBC News Click Newswatch BBC News

05:05 Close 07:00 The Pingu Show 07:10 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:25 Timmy Time 07:35 Chuggington 07:45 Rastamouse 08:00 Barney's Barrier Reef 08:30 Dennis and Gnasher 08:40 The Scooby-Doo Show 09:05 Alesha's Street Dance Stars 09:30 The Slammer 10:00 Blue Peter 10:30 The Ministry of Curious Stuff 11:00 My Genius Idea 11:30 Splatalot 11:55 Copycats 12:25 OOglies 12:35 Eliot Kid 12:50 MOTD Kickabout 13:10 Escape to the Country 13:40 Anatomy of a Murder 16:15 Goal II: Living the Dream 18:00 Flog It! 19:00 Dad's Army 19:30 Trooping the Colour Highlights 21:00 The Culture Show 22:00 The Young Victoria 23:40 TOTP2

00:35 Dante's Peak 02:25 ITV News Headlines 02:25 Jackpot247 04:30 Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot 05:50 ITV Nightscreen 06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mini CITV 08:25 CITV 09:25 Saturday Cookbook 10:25 ITV News 10:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 The Real Housewives of New York City 13:15 Murder, She Wrote 14:20 ITV News and Weather 14:29 Meridian Weather 14:30 Agatha Christie's Murder in Three Acts 16:15 Thunderball 18:40 Meridian News and Weather 18:50 ITV News and Weather 19:00 Primeval 20:00 You Cannot Be Serious! 20:30 All New You've Been Framed! 21:00 Agatha Christie's Poirot 23:00 ITV News and Weather 23:14 Meridian Weather 23:15 Euro 2012

THE YOUNG VICTORIA Historical drama starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend. Just as Princess Victoria is struggling to assert herself in the middle of a royal power struggle, the young woman meets her cousin Albert. Three years after becoming Queen of England at the tender age of 18, she marries Albert, but new problems soon arise and Victoria finds herself in the middle of a constitutional crisis.

00:40 Random Acts 00:45 Without a Paddle 02:35 No, No, No 02:40 My Name Is Earl 03:00 Dirty Sexy Money 03:40 The Million Pound Drop Live 05:10 Mesh 05:15 The Confession 05:20 Deal or No Deal 06:15 Countdown 07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 FIM World Superbikes 08:00 British F3 08:25 The Grid 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Rock of Ages: T4 Movie Special 10:30 Cheryl: T4 Special 11:00 Made in Chelsea 12:05 Revenge 13:10 The Big Bang Theory 13:45 The Simpsons 14:20 Road to London 2012: That Paralympic Show 14:55 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 Come Dine with Me 19:25 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 Sister Act 22:00 The Million Pound Drop Live 23:35 Patriot Games

00:00 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 01:00 SuperCasino 04:55 Motorsport Mundial 05:20 Great Scientists 05:45 Great Scientists 06:10 Michaela's Wild Challenge 06:35 Michaela's Wild Challenge 07:00 Peppa Pig 07:05 Fifi and the Flowertots 07:15 City of Friends 07:25 Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 07:40 Castle Farm 07:45 Abby's Flying Fairy School 07:55 Roobarb and Custard Too 08:05 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:15 Family! 08:25 Noddy in Toyland 08:35 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 08:50 Little Princess 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:20 Angelina Ballerina 09:35 Rupert Bear 09:50 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:05 Roary the Racing Car 10:15 The Mr Men Show 10:35 The Milkshake! Show 11:00 Inside Hollywood 11:05 Big Body Squad 12:05 Big Brother 13:05 Emergency Bikers 14:05 Chief Crazy Horse 15:50 Calamity Jane 17:50 Bewitched 19:55 5 News Weekend 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 NCIS 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit


The Courier Sunday TV

June 17

00:00 Live at the Apollo 00:45 The Uninvited 02:05 Weatherview 02:10 BBC News 02:30 The Bottom Line 03:00 BBC News 03:30 Dateline London 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 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Country Tracks 13:00 Sunday Politics 14:00 Bargain Hunt 15:00 Tennis from Queen's 18:00 Lifeline 18:10 Points of View 18:25 Songs of Praise 19:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather

00:40 Perfume: the Story of a Murderer 03:00 Close 07:00 The Pingu Show 07:10 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:25 Timmy Time 07:35 Chuggington 07:45 Rastamouse 08:00 Barney's Barrier Reef 08:30 Dennis and Gnasher 08:40 The Scooby-Doo Show 08:40 The Owl 09:05 Scoop 09:30 Friday Download 10:30 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:00 Rowing 13:30 Live MotoGP 15:30 The Four Feathers 17:30 Escape to the Country 18:00 Match of the Day Live 20:15 Flog It! 21:00 Secrets of Our Living Planet 22:00 Coast 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Episodes

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Take Me Out The Store In Plain Sight ITV Nightscreen ITV Morning News Mini CITV CITV Dinner Date ITV News Ade in Britain May the Best House Win The Hungry Sailors ITV News and Weather Meridian Weather Dickinson's Real Deal Murder, She Wrote Columbo: Prescription Murder Doc Martin The Chase Meridian News and Weather ITV News and Weather Emmerdale Euro 2012 ITV News at Ten and Weather Meridian Weather The Shawshank Redemption


19:30 Countryfile 20:30 Antiques Roadshow 21:30 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 True Love 23:55 Euro 2012

Drama starring Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin and Abigail Breslin. Eleven-year-old Anna Fitzgerald was conceived to provide blood, bone marrow and stem cells for her teenage sister Kate who suffers from leukaemia. But when it's decided that Anna should donate a kidney to help save Kate's life, she throws the family into crisis by hiring a lawyer to protect her interests.

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Dawn of the Dead Enough The Million Pound Drop Live This Is J03 Farewell Packets of 10 St Elsewhere Grudge Match Countdown The Treacle People Ironman Triathlon Football Short: Kingsmeadow Channel 4 Presents Cycling Everybody Loves Raymond Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Frasier Sunday Brunch The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Simpsons Speed 2: Cruise Control Deal or No Deal Time Team Channel 4 News The Political Slot One Born Every Minute Come Dine with Me My Sister's Keeper

00:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 01:00 SuperCasino 04:55 Nick's Quest 05:20 Nick's Quest 05:45 Rough Guide to Journeys 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 City of Friends 07:40 Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs 07:50 Castle Farm 07:55 Abby's Flying Fairy School 08:05 Roobarb and Custard Too 08:15 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:25 Family! 08:35 Noddy in Toyland 08:45 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 08:55 Little Princess 09:05 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:20 Angelina Ballerina 09:35 Rupert Bear 09:50 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:05 The Mr Men Show 10:20 Roary the Racing Car 10:35 The Milkshake! Show 11:00 Meerkat Manor 11:30 Grey's Anatomy 12:25 Big Brother 13:25 Police Interceptors 14:30 Last Action Hero 16:50 5 News 16:55 Getting Even with Dad 19:00 Dirty Dancing 20:55 5 News Weekend 21:00 Once Upon a Time 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 Bad Boys II


The Courier Monday TV

June 18

00:45 02:35 02:40 03:40 04:40 05:40 06:00 06:30 06:45 07:00 10:15 11:00 11:58 12:00 12:45 13:13 13:15 14:00 14:30 14:45 15:15 16:00 16:05 16:35 17:00 17:30 Magic 18:00 18:15 19:00 19:30 20:00 23:00 23:25 23:35

Alpha Dog Weatherview Two Greedy Italians Holby City The Great British Countryside HARDtalk BBC News World Business Report BBC News Breakfast Crimewatch Roadshow Homes Under the Hammer BBC News; Weather Real Rescues Cash in the Attic BBC News; Weather Bargain Hunt BBC News; Weather Regional News and Weather Doctors Escape to the Country BBC News; Weather Deadly 60 Diddy Dick & Dom Copycats Help! My Supply Teacher Is

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The Hours Reporters Newsday British Olympic Dreams Newsday Asia Business Report Sport Today Newsday Asia Business Report Sport Today Newsday Close The Pingu Show Pinky Dinky Doo Timmy Time Chuggington Rastamouse

Newsround Pointless BBC News Regional News Programmes Euro 2012 BBC News Regional News and Weather True Love

08:00 Roar 08:30 Leon 08:30 League of Super Evil 08:45 Frankenstein's Cat 08:55 Newsround 09:00 Driving Academy 09:30 Nina and the Neurons: In the Lab 09:45 Big & Small 09:55 Dipdap 10:00 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:10 Little Charley Bear 10:20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Iconicles 11:30 Driver Dan's Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Animal Park 14:30 Weakest Link 15:15 To Buy or Not to Buy 16:00 Heir Hunters 16:45 Hairy Bikers' Best of British 17:30 Flog It! 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best 21:00 Natural World 22:00 George V and Queen Mary 23:00 Sounds of the 70s 2 23:30 Weather

01:50 The Store 03:55 Motorsport UK 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 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson's Real Deal 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 A Touch of Frost 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 The Walton Sextuplets: Moving On 22:00 Benidorm 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 Euro 2012

THE SECRET MILLIONAIRE Former mobile-phone recycling company owner Philip Johnston goes undercover in Swansea, a city hit heavily by unemployment and heroin addiction, and where there has been a 55 per cent increase in the number of children taken into care over the past 10 years. He learns about the Roots Foundation, a charity supporting young people who are about to leave care, and meets a couple raising money to pay for treatment for their daughter's brain tumour, and is so moved by their situation he offers to do a parachute jump to help with their costs.

00:10 Little Miss Sunshine 02:05 Camelot 03:00 The Tannery 03:05 Hollyoaks 05:05 Channel 4 Presents 05:10 Deal or No Deal 06:05 Countdown 06:50 Glamour Puds 07:15 Channel 4 Presents 07:20 The Hoobs 08:10 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Secret Removers 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 Jamie's 30 Minute Meals 13:35 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 14:05 Channel 4 Presents 14:10 Damn the Defiant! 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 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Gok Cooks Chinese 22:00 The Secret Millionaire 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut 23:50 A Short History of Everything Else

01:50 SuperCasino 05:00 The FBI Files 05:45 Rough Guide to Bang for Your Buck 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 WotWots 07:20 City of Friends 07:35 Jelly Jamm 07:50 Peppa Pig 07:55 Castle Farm 08:00 Little Princess 08:10 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 09:45 Little Lodgers 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Rough Guide: Ultimate Escapes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Monkey Life 15:50 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:00 The Long Shot 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Emergency Bikers 21:00 The Restaurant Inspector 22:00 Big Brother 23:00 The Walking Dead


The Courier Tuesday TV

June 19

00:05 The Graham Norton Show 00:50 The Lonely Guy 02:15 Weatherview 02:20 Antiques Uncovered 03:20 The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo 03:50 Chaplains: Angels of Mersey 04:20 Great British Menu 04:50 Great British Menu 05:20 Newsday 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 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Royal Ascot 16:20 BBC News; Weather; 16:25 Deadly Art 16:40 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Who Let the Dogs Out? 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Weather 20:00 EastEnders 20:30 BBC News; Regional News 21:30 Inspector George Gently 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 True Love

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Secrets of Our Living Planet BBC News HARDtalk Newsday Asia Business Report Sport Today Newsday Asia Business Report Sport Today Newsday Asia Business Report Sport Today Schools The Pingu Show

07:10 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:25 Timmy Time 07:35 Chuggington 07:50 Rastamouse 08:00 Roar 08:30 League of Super Evil 08:45 Frankenstein's Cat 08:55 Newsround 09:00 Driving Academy 09:30 Nina and the Neurons: In the Lab 09:45 Big & Small 09:55 Dipdap 10:00 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:10 Little Charley Bear 10:20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:30 Driver Dan's Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Coast 14:05 Animal Park 14:50 Weakest Link 15:35 To Buy or Not to Buy 16:20 Royal Ascot 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best 21:00 Ocean Giants 22:00 Great Ormond Street 23:00 QI 23:30 Newsnight

00:35 In Plain Sight 01:25 ITV News Headlines 04:00 The Jeremy Kyle Show 04:55 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 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson's Real Deal 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 A Touch of Frost 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Euro 2012 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 Inside Man

HAIRY BIKERS MUMS KNOW BEST Si King and Dave Myers celebrate the traditional British picnic, meeting mothers who consider themselves experts at creating home-cooked delicacies for enjoying in the great outdoors. The pair reveal their own take on the Scotch egg, and demonstrate a complex Victoria sponge recipe. Plus, a Birmingham mum prepares a selection of spicy Indian treats.

00:20 Random Acts 00:25 Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic 01:30 The Good Wife 02:25 The Big C 02:55 Lost in Translation 04:30 Friday Night In 04:40 Southland 05:25 St Elsewhere 06:15 Deal or No Deal 07:10 Sali Mali 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Secret Removers 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 Jamie's 30 Minute Meals 13:35 River Cottage 13:50 Stalag 17 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 21:00 Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic 22:00 The Restoration Man 23:00 All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry

00:00 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 01:00 Sons of Anarchy 01:55 SuperCasino 05:00 House Doctor 05:25 Michaela's Wild Challenge 05:50 Michaela's Wild Challenge 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 The WotWots 07:20 City of Friends 07:35 Jelly Jamm 07:45 Peppa Pig 07:50 Castle Farm 08:00 Little Princess 08:10 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:40 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 09:45 Little Lodgers 09:50 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Rough Guide: Ultimate Escapes 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Monkey Life 15:50 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:05 Pretend You Don't See Her 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Cricket on 5 21:00 Killers Behind Bars: The Untold Story 22:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 23:00 Big Brother


The Courier Wednesday TV

June 20

00:05 Euro 2012 01:05 Highlander: the Source 02:25 Weatherview 02:30 The Great Euro Crash with Robert Peston 03:30 Death Unexplained 04:10 Crime and Punishment 04:55 Great British Menu 05:25 Newsday 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 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Royal Ascot 16:20 BBC News; Weather 16:25 Deadly Art 16:40 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 HH: Gory Games 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 Britain's Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones 21:00 EastEnders 22:00 Silk 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 True Love

00:20 The Secret History of Our Streets 01:20 BBC News 01:30 HARDtalk 02:00 Newsday 02:30 Asia Business Report 02:45 Sport Today 03:00 Newsday 03:30 Asia Business Report 03:45 Sport Today 04:00 Newsday 04:30 Asia Business Report 04:45 Sport Today

05:00 Schools 07:00 The Pingu Show 07:10 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:25 Timmy Time 07:35 Chuggington 07:50 Rastamouse 08:00 Roar 08:30 League of Super Evil 08:45 Frankenstein's Cat 08:55 Newsround 09:00 Driving Academy 09:30 Nina and the Neurons 09:45 Big & Small 09:55 Dipdap 10:00 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:10 Little Charley Bear 10:20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:30 Bob the Builder 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:30 Driver Dan's Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Lifeline 14:40 Coast 14:50 Weakest Link 15:35 To Buy or Not to Buy 16:20 Royal Ascot 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best 21:00 Ocean Giants 22:00 The Secret History of Our Streets 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Weather

02:00 Jackpot247 04:00 Loose Women 04:50 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 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson's Real Deal 16:59 Meridian Weather 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Midsomer Murders 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 The Enforcer

00:05 Random Acts 00:10 Extreme A&E 01:10 Poker 02:15 KOTV Boxing Weekly 02:40 Sailing 03:05 Beach Volleyball 04:00 British F3 04:25 The Grid 04:55 Cycling 05:50 FIA GT1 World Championship 06:45 Ironman Triathlon 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Channel 4 Presents 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss 11:00 Location, Location, Location 12:00 Secret Removers 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie's 30 Minute Meals 13:35 River Cottage Bites 13:45 Channel 4 Presents 13:50 Roman Holiday 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 21:00 Secret Eaters 22:00 24 Hours in A&E 23:00 A Short History of Everything Else 23:30 The Killing

THE ENFORCER Tough crime thriller starring Clint Eastwood and Tyne Daly. When his partner is killed, "Dirty" Harry Callahan is reluctantly teamed with female police officer Kate Moore. During their first assignment, they go in pursuit of a terrorist organisation that has kidnapped the mayor of San Francisco.

TKO Gold Programme Schedule Cut Out...Don’t Miss Your Favourites

Weekday Shows Chris Ashley 08.00 - 11.00 The Breakfast Show

Saturday Shows

Chris Ashley

Night Sounds

09.00 - 12.00 Saturday Breakfast

Lee Fox 20.00 - 23.00 The Monday Night Project

Peter Hurst 12.00 - 15.00 Saturday Selection

Andy James Alex Trellinski 11.00 - 14.00 Golden Lunch

Darren James 14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon Tea

Rai Woods 15.00 - 18.00 Saturday Nostalgia

Darren James 09.00 - 12.00 Your Choice

Sunday Shows Keith Nicol 12.00 - 15.00 Sunday Gold

Dave Knights 17.00 - 20.00 Sundowners

Rai Woods 15.00 - 18.00 Country Rodeo

Tue - 20.00 - 23.00 Old School Disco

Nick Price Wed - 20.00 - 23.00 I Love The 90’s

Peter Hurst Thur - 20.00 - 22.00 Classic Rock Plus+

Matt Graveling Thur - 22.00 - 23.00 The Best Of British

Night sounds are broadcast on both TKO and TKO Gold. Plus Non-Stop Music from 23.00 - 08.00 weekdays and 18.00 - 09.00 Weekends.

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POP QUIZ June 16th Welcome to the famous TKO Gold pop quiz! All you have to do is take the first letter from each answer to find the name of a band or artist. Once you have found the key word, listen in to Chris Ashley´s show on TKO Gold, Saturday mornings 9am – 12pm. 1. Front man with The Vagabonds. 2. Curtis Mayfield was an original member of this soul group. 3. Home of Sun Records. 4. Johnny Duncan was on the last train to where. 5. What time was Eric Clapton living on in 1979. 6. The Shadows first UK number one. 7. I Want To Know What Love Is was a chart topper for this group in 1984. 8. What song title connects Arthur Brown & The Pointer Sisters. 9. What song has Desmond with a barrow in the market place. 10. The surname of Motown soul brothers David & Jimmy. 11. What sort of guy was Randy Edelman in 1976.


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00:15 National Lottery Update 00:40 Possession 02:15 Weatherview 02:20 Great Ormond Street 03:20 Fake Britain 04:05 Great British Railway Journeys 04:35 Great British Menu 05:05 Great British Menu 05:35 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 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Real Rescues 12:45 Cash in the Attic 13:13 BBC News; Weather 13:15 Bargain Hunt 14:00 BBC News; Weather 14:30 Regional News and Weather 14:45 Royal Ascot 16:20 BBC News; Weather; 16:25 Deadly Art 16:40 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:00 Copycats 17:30 Young Dracula 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Weather 20:00 The One Show: Best of Britain 20:30 EastEnders 21:30 Call the Midwife 22:30 Would I Lie to You? 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Question Time

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BBC News HARDtalk Newsday Asia Business Report Sport Today Newsday Asia Business Report Sport Today Newsday Asia Business Report Sport Today Schools: Make a Musical Schools: 3, 2, 1 Go!: Key 3 The Pingu Show

07:10 Pinky Dinky Doo 07:25 Timmy Time 07:35 Chuggington 07:50 Rastamouse 08:00 Roar 08:30 League of Super Evil 08:30 Leon 08:45 Frankenstein's Cat 08:55 Newsround 09:00 Driving Academy 09:30 Nina and the Neurons: In the Lab 09:45 Big & Small 09:55 Dipdap 10:00 Tinga Tinga Tales 10:10 Little Charley Bear 10:20 Raa Raa the Noisy Lion 10:30 Bob the Builder: Project Build It 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Zingzillas 11:05 Kerwhizz 11:30 Driver Dan's Story Train 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Coast 14:05 Animal Park 14:50 Weakest Link 15:35 To Buy or Not to Buy 16:20 Royal Ascot 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Great British Railway Journeys 20:00 The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best 21:00 Ocean Giants 22:00 The Men Who Made Us Fat 23:00 Mock the Week 23:30 Newsnight

01:20 ITV News Headlines 03:25 The Marcus-Nelson Murders 05:50 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 May the Best House Win 16:00 Dickinson's Real Deal 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 A Touch of Frost 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:25 ITV News and Weather 19:50 Emmerdale 20:20 Euro 2012 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 Piers Morgan's Life Stories

THE EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE The story of a Vietnamese teenager who suffers a rare skin condition, and his unlikely friendship with the Essex grandmother devoted to helping him. Minh Anh lives on a special ward of a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, where both patients and staff call him Ka - the Vietnamese word for fish - because of the scaly, irritating, peeling skin that covers his body.

00:25 Random Acts 00:30 2 Broke Girls 01:00 Subculture 01:15 Gignics 01:35 Roots Presents 01:55 Benga: Intro 02:10 Spotlight 02:25 Mercury Prize Sessions 02:35 Launched at Red Bull Studios 02:50 4Play 03:20 How She Move 04:50 St Elsewhere 05:35 Deal or No Deal 06:30 Countdown 07:15 The Hoobs 08:05 Freshly Squeezed 08:35 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Frasier 10:00 Undercover Boss 11:00 Location, Location, Location" 12:00 Secret Removers 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 Jamie's 30 Minute Meals 13:30 Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard 14:00 Conspiracy of Hearts 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 21:00 Country House Rescue 22:00 The House the 50s Built 23:00 24 Hours in A&E

00:00 Big Brother's Bit on the Side 01:00 Poker: The Big Game 02:00 SuperCasino 04:55 House Doctor 05:20 Michaela's Wild Challenge 05:45 Michaela's Wild Challenge 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 The WotWots 07:20 City of Friends 07:35 Jelly Jamm 07:45 Peppa Pig 07:50 Castle Farm 08:00 Little Princess 08:10 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:10 Peppa Pig 09:20 Peppa Pig 09:30 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Olivia 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 Best House in the Street 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Big Brother 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 Monkey Life 15:50 Chinese Food in Minutes 16:05 The Last Trimester 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Big Body Squad 21:00 Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars 22:00 Extraordinary People 23:00 Big Brother


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Gran Alacant immaculate outstanding south facing villa in sought after road. Set on a 350m2 plot with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths,large porch, solarium and terraces. The large under build includes a lounge, kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom and patio doors leading to pool area. Internal & external access for under

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THE managerial merry-goround has been in full swing again in England. The biggest talking point now that Roberto Di Matteo's position as Chelsea manager has been resolved is the departure of Harry Redknapp from Spurs. It has not been a good couple of months for Redknapp. Pipped for the England job by Roy Hodgson, there was speculation he might end up at Chelsea. But now he finds himself with no club at all after failing to agree a new contract with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. Everton manager David Moyes is the first to be linked with the White Hart Lane vacancy, but the big question is where will Redknapp now go. Liverpool and Aston Villa may well be kicking themselves for not waiting a little

longer before appointing Brendan Rodgers and Paul Lambert as their new managers. Both signings may well be seen as knee-jerk reactions by clubs desperate for some stability and real success but Rodgers and Lambert appear to have got the jobs purely on the strength of having kept two newly-promoted clubs in the Premier League last season. That applies particularly to Liverpool, who are desperately searching for the formula to hoist them back into contention as a major force in the game after slipping out of both the Premier League and Champions League reckoning lately. Rodgers has many admirers. None more than Jose Mourinho, his mentor at Chelsea when Rodgers was a coach at the Bridge before leaving to dip his toes in the managerial waters at


Could Harry end up at Arsenal?

Watford and Reading - and then embarked on the most successful spell so far at Swansea. Inheriting a strong squad from now Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, Rodgers won plaudits galore for the

style his side adopted at Swansea, no more so than with the manner they defeated Arsenal in a titanic clash at the Vetch Field last season. Lambert, a former Celtic and Borussia Dortmund player, did an excellent job in keeping Norwich well above the relegation places all season last term and again the style of their play against some of the bigger clubs led to him being marked as one to watch in the managerial stakes. Villa have taken a gamble on him to replace fellow Scot Alex McLeish and Lambert's next job will be to

take Villa a step on and establish them as a club capable of pushing and achieving a European qualifying position next season. But what about Harry? There appear to be no vacancies suitable for a manager of his pedigree unless he knows something we don't. Barcelona have appointed Tito Vilanova, Pep Guardiola's assistant, to succeed him and thereby establish some continuity at Camp Nou and Sir Alex Ferguson has made no noises lately about looking towards retirement again at Manchester United. Quite

the opposite I guess. Manchester City's success in pipping United to the Premier League title will have fired Fergie's ambition even further and damaged his pride. There's nothing like a wounded Scot when it comes to thoughts of revenge and Fergie will not give up the bragging rights in Manchester without one heck of a fight. So watch this space for Harry's next move - or move for him. And who’s to say it won't be one to really get the tongues wagging with a switch to arch-rivals Arsenal if the board there decide Arsene Wenger's time is up.

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

UP AND AWAY VEGA BAJA Premier Golf League entertained their Costa Blanca North counterparts last Friday in the annual representative competition for the Garay Cup. The event, sponsored for the past eight years by Manolo Garay, saw the team from the North avenge last year’s defeat with a 78-66 victory at Golf Altorreal. The format was modified Fourball Better Ball Matchplay, with teams of 16 players, eight matches in total - and each fourball having 18 points up for grabs. Last year Vega Baja won

the Garay Cup at La Sella but were warned that it was only on loan, despite having won it five times.

VBPGL’s Ivie Davies and Ron Nicholson were following all the matches encouraging their players, but it did

Sweet revenge as Cup goes North

not have the same effect as their team were beaten by 12 points. As if to rub salt into the wounds, the Nearest the

INDIVIDUAL MATCH RESULTS Vega Baja Premier League Costa Blanca North League Result Bill Martin & Malcolm Foskett Clive Dresner & Dennis Pyman 5 to 9.5 Mick Brentnall & John Wheeler Wise & David Lee 6.0 to 12.0 Ian Faulkner & Alan Moody Ron Mitchell & Roger Stott 7.5 to 10.5 Ian Robertson & Alan Boggess David Knight & Chris Field 8.5 to 9.5 Brian Baker & Roy Baker Tony Carroll & George Braddick 9.0 to 9.0 Merv Williams & Rodney Smith Gary Stone & Kevin Ramsey 7.5 to 10.5 Camillus Fitzpatrick & Sam Curtis Campbell Lamont & Carlos Garcia 10.0 to 8.0 Paul Edwards & Tony Milne Anthony Burn & Edi Rogers 9.0 to 9.0 FINAL RESULT: CBN 78 VBPGL 66 (6 & 2) NTP 8: Kevin Ramsey (CBN) NTP 10: Anthony Burn (CBN) NTP 17: David Knight (CBN) Longest Drive NTP 18: Ron Mitchell (CBN)

Pins were all won by CBN players, exactly the reverse of last year. As always, the matches were played in a great spirit and the competition was fully enjoyed by all the players, who were a credit to their respective leagues. The weather was excellent for golf with sunshine and a hint of a cooling breeze. Manolo Garay presented the trophy to the winning captain, Tony Carroll. He also thanked Joaquin Serrano, golf director of the host club, along with the respective shirt sponsors, Campbell

Lamont Golf and Golf Med (CBNGL) and Skycaddie (VBPGL). VBPGL Secretary Ivie Davies thanked Manolo Garay for his continued support and Costa Blanca North League on their victory. The next match will be played in June 2013 at Oliva Nova.


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Striking out... (from left) Wayne Rooney, Alex OxladeChamberlain and Andriy Shevchenko

Sorry guys, we won’t get past last 8 WHERE was Rio Ferdinand when we needed him? Only joking! But seriously folks, I thought England's defending was appalling against France. If we let teams run at us and invite them into the penalty area to shoot at will, we will get mullahed by the likes of Spain, Italy and Russia. My colleagues in the British media displayed their fickleness to the full after the draw with the French. Hours after lambasting Roy Hodgson over the Ferdinand affair and other things, they were hailing the performance as a job well done and a stepping stone to greater things. Take it from me, England willl NOT get past the quarter-final stage. Even if they do get sufficient points against Sweden and the Ukraine they will have no answer to the pace and power of Spain or Italy, who they are expcted to come up against if they do make the last eight. I’m an admirer of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and am

STEVE BOTT reports

all for blooding good, fresh young talent, but to say he did well against France is way over the top. He did nothing and the best thing you can say is he stayed on the pitch and didn't get injured. All right, so maybe he was a bit overawed. After all, this was his first full competitive appearance for his country and he can only improve, but I would not risk him against Spain or Italy. Older, wiser heads will be needed there and the fact that Wayne Rooney will be available again is a massive plus. Granted, England remain unbeaten under Hodgson but I would now simply use these championships as a stepping stone to build on in readiness for the next World Cup. In other words, I refuse to get carried away just yet. Whatever happens I believe we should stick with Hodgson. I have been impressed by his handling of the media and his team selection is sound, with the odd minor exception. While Russia were impressive, I still take Spain to dominate and win the tournament. The way they opted for a team with no strikers and simply passed Italy to death makes me wonder what will happen when they do go for it. Fernando Torres for me continues to get better with every game and I still believe he will be the

man who will win it for his country. The goals WILL come from him, rest assured, and is there a more silky-smooth mover on the ball? He seems to glide effortlessly past defenders and if England adopt the tactics they did against France, he will have a field day. But what about old man Antonio di Natalie? At 34 he has got to be the best value-for-money finisher around at the moment. His goal was class and he showed team-mate Mario Balotelli how to do it. Just let your skills do your talking for you and leave the poncing about to Alan Carr and Co. Another veteran, Andriy Shevshenko, also gave a master class in the art of finishing and the Ukrainian may have a bit of a swansong here. Let's just hope he doesn't turn it on against England! Before we go, a word of sympathy for the Irish. The Bhoys in green always give it a go but after their demolition by Croatia I fear they are going to be the real whipping boys of the tournament and their goals against column could create a record once Italy and Spain have finished with them. But they did better than the other home countries, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. At least they got to the Finals!

The Courier Week 69  

The Courier Week 69