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Family in last-gasp eviction escape A SAN Javier family have been dramatically saved from life on the streets by a reform in Spain’s home-eviction policy. The Anibis were due to be evicted last Tuesday after the entire family lost their jobs - and the thought of life under the stars with three children terrified them. But a day later they were reprieved and became one of the first families to benefit from the relaxation of the law.. An eviction notice delivered to the Anibis

By SALLY BENGTSSON on Monday morning seemingly condemned them to join the 400,000 families already evicted. But luck can change dramatically and on Wednesday, with pressure mounting for a halt to forcing impoverished families out of their homes, the bank reversed the decision. When the news broke that the Anibis, who are Moroccan, would NOT be kicked out, shouts of relief and applause were heard throughout the Los Pozuelos neighbour-

hood. A group of people gathered to celebrate the first eviction threat in the region with a happy ending. With two other evictions threatened in the area for next week, activists are hoping the ending is just as positive. In a scenario which has seen a spate of struggling Spaniards committing suicide rather than face life without a home. Both Mr Anibi and his eldest son worked for construction companies, earning a good wage. They bought their home in 2005, obtaining a mortgage through Caja Madrid.

When the crisis began, their mortgage payments rose from €500 a month to €800, but they still managed to meet the payments. It was when the whole family gradually became unemployed that things got difficult. Indeed, the eldest daughter managed to carry on studying languages because their grandfather sent money from Morocco. This month Mr Anibi’s unemployment benefit comes to an end and the family are wondering how they are going to make ends meet. But at least they will now have a roof over their heads.

FORMER Radio One DJ Dave Lee Travis was arrested yesterday by Met Police detectives investigating Jimmy Savile’s alleged paedophilia. Travis, 67, is the fourth celebrity to be questioned – leaving the showbiz world and public alike asking ‘’Who’ll be next?’’ Travis – known in his heyday as DLT and The Hairy Cornflake - was held at his home in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire as part of the Operation Yewtree investigation. In a brief statement, the Metropolitan Police revealed: "Officers working on Operation Yewtree have this morning arrested a man in his 60’s, in connection with the investigation. The man, from

Bedfordshire, was arrested at 7.45am on suspicion of sexual offences and has been taken into police custody. “The individual falls under the strand of the investigation we have termed 'others'. We are not prepared to discuss further.” Meanwhile, police sources confirmed that 450 victims have reported 200 allegations of sexual abuse since Operation Yewtree was launched last month, and that the team of 30 detectives and staff are still in the process of interviewing all of those concerned. Children’s Charity, NSPCC has logged 236 telephone calls connected to Savile since the first allegation was made.


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Benidorm hotel arson: Brit facing 9 years jail By HEIDI WARDMAN ALICANTE prosecutors are seeking a nine-year prison sentence for a British tourist accused of setting fire to a popular three-star Benidorm hotel. Andrew Dmytruk (51), from Nottingham, allegedly started the blaze during a rampage in which he set fire to tables, chairs and pub awnings, according to prosecutors. However, Dmytruk’s lawyer claimed the accused has the mental age of a seven-year old an argument which has gained the support of campaign group Fair Trials International. They say he is still totally reliant upon his 77year-old mother and unable to cope without support. Dmytruk (pictured) was staying at the Ambassador Hotel to celebrate his birthday, which coincided with Christmas festivities, along with his mother at the time of the incident.


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The hotel was evacuated after he allegedly set fire to the mattress in his room, filling the threestorey 200-room building with black smoke. Thirteen Britons, mainly pensioners, were treated for smoke inhalation, five of them needing hospital treatment. Dmytruk has been on remand in Spain since

his arrest in December 2010. Defence lawyer Marcos Castañer appealed to the court for the defendant’s release, arguing that he posed no risk to society and it made no sense to keep him behind bars. Various medical examinations ruled Dmytruk fit to stand trial for arson – but Fair Trials Abroad contests this. They said in a statement: “Owing to complications from meningitis that he suffered as a baby, Andrew has the mental age of a young child. He has been refusing much of the food given to him and in March 2012 attempted suicide, leaving him increasingly withdrawn and his mother increasingly worried.” The campaign group claim Dmytruk has been repeatedly denied bail, simply because he is “a foreigner”. Meanwhile, his mother continues to campaign for his release and maintains he did not start the fire.

More pain for Spain – official SPAIN admitted yesterday (Thursday) that the nation is facing a second year of recession. The news came just one day after millions took part in a general strike to protest at the Raja government’s stringent austerity measures. Spain's gross domestic

product shrank by 0.3 percent in the quarter, according to National Statistics Institute data, which means the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy, has been diminishing for 15 months. Over the year, economic output slumped 1.6 per-

cent, confirming earlier estimates of a persistent slump in a system crippled by the 2008 property market crash. Spain's UGT union seized on the news to batter the government's budgetcutting policies, which sparked Wednesday’s general strike and vast

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protests as part of a Europe-wide day of action. "They show how the government's policies are sinking us in an abyss of economic depression, massive unemployment and social inequality," said the UGT. Hundreds of thousands

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of protesters flooded Madrid, chanting, blowing whistles and setting off firecrackers at the spearhead of the Europewide action, which boiled over into sporadic violence. The government said about 820,000 joined the

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Meals and squeals as Ros finds Alicante show hard to swallow THEY call it Come Dine With Me – but the Alicante episode of the popular Channel 4 reality show was arguably more about Whine than Dine. In fact, there was precious little romance in last Friday’s serving to the programme’s two million viewers, which featured an explosive mix

of local expat personalities. It was perhaps predictable that camp hairdresser Dale Francis, cocky Bono tribute singer Rob Bloomer and 63-year-old party girl Carol Perkins would not see eye to eye with well-spoken retired businesswoman Rosalind Eastland. But what was it REALLY like to be


Rob, from Playa Flamenca, described his initial delight at being contacted by the show’s producers in May - and jumping at the opportunity. “I love entertaining and following the initial interview they said that I was a perfect candidate,’’ he recalled. “I had not met the other diners, but assumed that they would be entertainers like myself”. The first dinner date was held at Dale’s house. “My first impression was that he was a nice guy. His choice of entertainment was the Macarena, and the worrying thing was that I knew how to do it!” Rob also hit it off with fellow diner Carol.“She thought that I was eye candy”. He was less drawn to Rosalind, who he described as “somewhat strange”. His impression of the whole night was good, although he was not overly keen on the Spanish cuisine. Day Two was filmed at Carole’s house. “Carole chose a glamorous theme, so I wore a suit, and I would class this as the best meal of the week.” However, aside from the meal, Rob’s relationship with certain fellow diners was already on the rocks. “Rosalind was really grating on me and I couldn’t suss her out. We had a gay hairdresser, a 63-year old party girl and an entertainer. So what was her angle?” His curiosity led him to the conclusion that Rosalind had once been a man, and he was not shy about exploring the matter. “The camera crew egged my on to find out, but it seems that I was way off the mark,” he now admits. “It was all meant in fun, but she got quite upset by my probing.” Next it was all action at Rob’s place. Rob’s wife, Sue, had spent many hours preparing for the arrival of the guests, and was quite dismayed when the camera crew arrived and ransacked the place! Filming spanned the entire day and evening, from 10:00 to 02:00, which Rob admitted was pretty draining. His “U2 theme’’ menu was somewhat lost on his guests, who had not heard of the popular Irish rock band. Rob and Rosalind clashed once again, when according to Rob, she “intimated that it had been a long night” which he considered a “snotty remark” aimed at him, whilst she was reportedly labelled as “boring”. Off camera, the group congregated around the community pool after the

part of a rare overseas episode of a smash-hit show that Britain has exported to 38 countries? The Courier’s HEIDI WARDMAN spoke to Bloomer the Crooner, while disillusioned Rosalind gave us her personal take on the antagonism that at times reduced her to tears.

ROSALIND’S VERDICT I FEEL that I must add some comments to the vitriolic blog written by the deluded, self- opinionated Bono look- unlike! I am still puzzled by the fact he thought I was a man in drag! Was it the stubble on my chin or my hairy legs that gave me away? I have been clever to hoodwink my perfectly straight husband for 37 years and to bear two seemingly normal sons! As to the other contestants thinking and telling me I was a prude, boring and posh, the only one of these comments I was very upset about was being seen as boring. This is something I have been accused of but how can I compete with a pseudoBono lookalike who cannot even perform as himself but has to impersonate someone else? What a strange world it is. I never discussed my private life with the other three wannabe TV stars as we had nothing in common (fortunately!). I had

entered the competition misguidedly, still thinking it had something to do with cooking and entertaining - and hoping to enjoy a pleasant week with interesting and charming companions. How wrong could I have been? The whole point of the show now seems to be for the contestants to be as nasty and badly behaved as possible to appeal to television audiences. If I had realised to what extent this was the case I would never have taken part. Still, it was not all doom and gloom as it was another experience and not all bad. Will I be meeting up with my new-found friends in the future? What do you think?

THERE IS LIFE AFTER DEATH - OFFICIAL! meal, and Rob said they had a really nice chat. He summed up: “All week I had to creep and flirt so I was looking forward to the last night, when I could be myself!” The Last Supper was held at Rosalind’s house. Rosalind chose a Spanish theme for the evening. “We went up to the roof to be greeted by a duo of musicians which was all very nice. Then she offered us sangria from the fountain! She said she usually has champagne in it, but because we were there she was slumming it - snotty bitch!” He was also less than thrilled with her choice of gastronomy. “She served up bull’s cobblers, which I thought was a nasty trick, and I had a fly in mine too!” Reflection and Feedback Rob and Dale were named joint winners. “It was a magical week full of fun and I really enjoyed it!” says Rob. However, public opinion provided some rather contentious commentary. “I have been described as a creep, and we have all been called bingo playing, beer swilling idiots who are a disgrace to expats! To put the record straight, at no point was anyone drunk. There was never any beer drunk (Dale made sure we had the finest wines) and I have never played bingo in my life. At the end of the day it is a game show, and the positive comments described it as the best episode ever! In spite of the criticism, I would definitely do it again, and if anyone is looking for a contender for a similar show, I’m your man!”

IT is possible to survive death – at least the UK Pensions department seem to think so. Retired expat Dermot McLaughlin was astonished to learn that UK Pensions had informed Spain’s Social Security Services that he had passed away on April 3, 2012. As a consequence his pension, heating allowance and healthcare had been withdrawn. Mr McLaughlin tells how the helpful clerk at Torrevieja’s INSS Social Security Department spun the computer’s monitor in order to show him and his interpreter the notice of his death sent by their UK counterparts. The clerk was amused, Mr. McLaughlin bemused. He says: “After

jumping through hoops to prove I am still alive I have almost lost the will to live.” Dermot reckons his pension is again overdue. It appears that UK Pensions have now decided you only live twice. He says he has listened to every cock and bull story imaginable from UK Pensions. They had claimed he had failed to return his signed life certificate, but he insists his death was announced before they had sent the request. It appears that after their apologies they have now decided Mr McLaughlin is dead after all. The very much alive pensioner says: “The only death I can report is theirs, between the ears.”


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CHINESE TORTURE I REALLY had to smile after reading recently about the Chinese stores that went on strike for 24 hours because their takings were down, allegedly because a number of Chinese had been arrested for money laundering! Perhaps in reality they are now experiencing the effect that they have had on the community as a whole - too many stores, too close together, all selling the same cheap and poor quality products. It doesn’t take too many brain cells to know that this situation cannot keep on going without some undesirable effects. Can anyone believe that the majority of the customers would boycott them over money laundering? If customers were to use their brains it would soon appear obvious to most that something out of the ordinary must be going on for all these huge stores to be able to open and be stocked with millions of euros worth of 'goods', exactly the same as their neighbours and at the same prices whilst at

the same time, existing non-Chinese shops are closing down all over the place due to poor business sales. I had a shop which was struggling to stay open, mainly as a result of all the Chinese stores that were in the vicinity, or had opened over the previous 12 months. It has now closed at a considerable loss because two more huge Chinese stores both opened within a very short distance at the start of the summer. Within two weeks our takings had dropped by 50%. People are just not interested in anything other than cheap prices, regardless of how long the products will last. They have been brainwashed into bypassing established shops and going into chinese stores for this very reason. Many of the products we were selling were on a par pricewise and of better quality than our 'competitors'. DISGUSTED EX-SHOP OWNER (Name supplied)

Man of Mister-y IN the 15 years I have lived in Orihuela Costa I have been called many names but I have only been called “Mr. Kearney” once or twice. Yet on Page 6 of last week’s Courier I was called “Mr. Kearney” 10 times in two letters supposedly written by two different people. I know who and what Bob Houliston is, but I’d like to meet Pat Whelton from Playa Flamenca- the other letter writer with the same writing style as Bob. In his signed letter, Bob says that Pedro Mancebo is only on the Coast once a week. We all remember Bob sitting in his big posh office doing nothing for the people who voted for him while he spent taxpayers’ time moaning about his competences, his power, and his budget. In contrast, Pedro is on

the coast practically every day but he does not sit in an office, he is out and about, doing his job, finding solutions to problems and making decisions. Bob misquotes me as saying that “putting out garden rubbish on the wrong day is illegal and is akin to committing a crime”. What I actually said was “dumping rubbish in the street is illegal….” and later that “dumping large household items and even building materials… criminal”. Maybe Bob regards dumping as acceptable behaviour, I do not, it is disgusting and even if it is not crime by the letter of the law, it is in the spirit of the law. Bob is playing a key part in a cunning plan to vilify the democratically elected

government and Pedro Mancebo who is doing his job and working hard for the people of the coast. Bob knows why there are mounds of green waste in Orihuela Costa, Bob knows the truth. Bob now uses the same slick methods that the PP used over 25 years of neglecting the coast. His part in this deceitful plan was to organise a campaign of photos, protests, denuncias and articles in the newspapers. Bob knows that there are vested interests trying to discredit the democratically elected government and Pedro Mancebo so as to regain power in Orihuela and put Monica Lorente back in power. Bob is helping to make this happen. RAYMOND KEARNEY

Due to pressure of space, some Letters have regretfully had to be held over From Page 2 protests across Spain, but unions estimated more than one million in Madrid alone. Final government figures showed 155 arrests and 77 hurt, including 43 police. In Torrevieja, the protest was echoed outside some of the city’s most influential factories and businesses, such as Las Salinas, where almost 100 percent of the labour force downed tools.

Most secondary Education Centres remained closed, with some teachers, parents and students gathering to argue their need for increased resources and social support. The largest concentration of people was rallied by workers’ unions in the la Plaza de la Constitución . STEPV spokesman Vicente Henarejos said the event was “the most widespread general strike ever witnessed within the city”.



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THE FOOD AND THE BAD COME Dine With Me has never been one of my favourite programmes. And not just because I’m a useless cook. To me, it’s just a condensed version of Big Brother with kitchen humour as an extra ingredient. But it is the exploitation of the participants that really cheeses me off. The Alicante episode screened by Channel 4 last Friday was watched by an audience of millions. It will inevitably be repeated dozens of times and you can be sure the profits will be as healthy as the Costa Blanca climate. Otherwise the whole concept of the show would have been ditched muy rapido and the formula certainly not picked up by nearly 40 countries. So how much did they pay our intrepid quartet of expats for the 45-plus exhausting hours they spent in front of the cameras? Plus their time-consuming shopping trips to buy all the food plus the exhausting preparation of their individual dinner parties? The answer is nothing. Nunca. Not a cent. Not true, do I hear someone say? Each participant received £125 to purchase the ingredients for their own dinner party – and there was that tasty £1,000 prize shared between the joint winners. Sorry, that’s not paying them. It’s just a

Bono tribute singer Rob Bloomer. I reckon he looks more like Max Wall (inset) four-ticket lottery which you’re more likely to lose than win. Clearly it is unfair to employ people to make money for you…and not reward them. But I don’t blame the programme makers for keeping their hands in their pockets. The problem is the ‘I wanna be on telly’ mentality of a public which supplies an endless supply of willing volunteers. We’ve all seen it. A pimply, brain-dead teenager jumping about inanely behind a live TV news broadcast, yelling animatedly about his instant fame to an invisible moron

on the other end of his mobile phone. It’s something else when mature men and women voluntarily embarrass themselves and everyone around them by complete nutters in front of the cameras. Nevertheless, I hold my hands up at the honesty of OTT Bono tribute singer Rob Bloomer¸ who took it all on the chin. ‘’I have been described as a creep, we have been called morons and a disgrace to the expats,’’ said the self-styled Eye Candy Kid. But he still insisted: “It was a magical week full of fun and I really enjoyed it.’’ Good on you, pal. But get yourself a pair

of real specs because those dark glasses do you no favours. Eye candy? More a cross between Max Wall and Billy Dainty, I reckon. I’m told that goodtime girl Carol Perkins, who is almost as old as I am (if that‘s possible), was so embarrassed about her overthe-top behaviour that she vowed never to set foot outside her home again. As for uber-camp hairdresser Dale Francis, he had my gay friends fuming - not least for his perpetual criticism of the other contestants. And I must admit he sounded like someone who prefers to spend his time on the bitch rather than the beach. Which leaves me with Rosalind Eastland, the one participant to come out of the show with her dignity more or less intact. Mind you, she did come over as a bit of a ‘school marm’ at times. But the “snotty bitch’’ label was uncalled for. It was prompted by cerebrally challenged Rob taking Rosalind’s “we normally drink champagne’’ quip seriously. I have to declare an interest here, because Ros happens to be one of my best friends. But I can assure Mr Bloomer that the only snotty bitch I know is my daughter’s dog Milly when she sneezes. Bless U2, Rob.


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MY secondary school headmaster was just over 5ft tall but he was a giant when it came to frightening his daytime charges. A summons to his study was nearly as scary a prospect as taking a shower at the Bates Motel. Partway through a lesson, the classroom door would open slowly and in would sidle a pasty-faced individual with plastered-down hair and an awkward hunched-over gait. That strange individual was the general office factotum. He was known to his admin colleagues as Reginald, to the teachers as Uriah Heep and to us cruel kids as Death Warmed Up -- or simply Death for short. Death would creep over to the teacher and hand him a folded piece of paper. Then he would lisp a 'Thank you, master' and retreat in reverse to the door, bowing a couple of times. I shall never forget one particular episode (and Lord

knows over the years I've tried) when Death cast his shadow over Form 5W during yet another farcical attempt at a chemistry lesson. There we were, some 30 cherubim clustered around our science apparatus, feigning interest as we plotted the cooling curve of naphthalene, when Death came to call. The chemistry master unfolded the proffered piece of paper, read it, looked up and barked: 'Silver! Head's study! Now!' The blood drained from my adolescent features as I leapt off my stool. The sudden movement scattered my hidden poker hand. Along with the playing cards, betting chips made illicitly in woodwork class were strewn over the floor of the science laboratory. I turned to my best pal Eric the future dentist and furtively handed him the roll of predecimalisation one-penny pieces I had secreted about my person. In my absence it would be

Eric's task to wait for the teacher to turn his back before dunking the coins in a bottle of Milton's Reagent. That particular chemical process would transform the bronze into silver and we could then pass off the pennies as half-crowns when we visited the tuck shop during morning break. As we totted up our ill-gotten change, we kids would ponder the benefits of an education and how chemistry was perhaps the most rewarding of all the subjects. Anyway, back to the awful business at hand. Why had the headmaster called me to his lair? What had I done? What hadn't I done? Sympathetic hands patted me on the back as I made my way on rubber legs out of the science lab. 'Good luck!' someone called out to me. 'I was summoned to see the headmaster yesterday and he threatened to fetch in my parents unless I pulled my socks up.' 'Thank you, sir,' I respond-

ed to the well-wisher. 'You are a very understanding chemistry teacher and I hope your career works out for you.' Can we rewind a bit here. I can guess what you were thinking when I mentioned that I was in Form 5W. Sounds a bit lowly, eh? Well, not necessarily. You see, the alphabetical part of the class title had nothing to do with academic ability. It was conforming to the letter of our school law that senior classes took the initial of the form master's surname. My teacher was Mr Walker. Get it? Mind you, there was a splendid irony in that Mr Anderson's class comprised in the main a collection of fullblown dunces while most of the geniuses in our year were under the tutelage of Mr Yelland. It was perhaps fortunate for sensitive parents that Mr Zaibel never had a fifth-year class. Anyway, back to the story. I hesitantly entered the head-

master's inner sanctum. 'You sent for me, headmaster.' 'I did indeed!' he boomed. 'Now get out!' 'I don't quite understand, sir.' 'You didn't knock before you came in.' 'I thought I had, sir.' 'That must have been your knees, boy.' So I left the room, closed the door, knocked once, opened the door and reentered the study. 'Ah, Silver,' the head said as if he were surprised to see me. 'I have here your halfterm report and it makes dismal reading.' I didn't know what to say so I said: 'I don't know what to say, sir.' 'Hmm,' said the head. 'Biology -- bottom of the class. Chemistry -- bottom. French - bottom. Need I go on. It's the same with geography, history, maths and physics.' I thought what a brainteaser that would make in the annual school quiz. Question: What has seven bottoms and

not a leg to stand on? Answer: Me, mate. The headmaster tutted. 'Do you know what really saddens me, Silver? The fact that in the subject of English you are the first in your form.' Ticked off for coming top? 'I don't grasp your point, sir.' 'Heavens above, boy! It bothers me that your proficiency in English suggests you have some semblance of a thinking process no matter how nonsensical the configuration of your brain cells. 'Now, if I don't see any immediate improvement in the other subjects I shall recommend you for a career in journalism. And then God help you.' I arrived home feeling as limp as the limpest of limp dish rags. 'How did school go today, our David?' my mother asked. 'Fine,' I fibbed. 'I had to see the headmaster for a progress report. And it's good news. He's thinking of moving me into Form 5A.'


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SAY IT IN SPANISH Learn the lingo - with a little help from JEANETTE ERATH LESSON 46

my children – protejo mis niños, I distinguish between the good and the bad – distingo entre lo bueno y lo malo, the HELLO and welcome back to Say it in firefighters extinguish the fire (el incendio) – los bomberos extinguen el incendio, I correct my problems - corrijo mis Spanish. problemas, sometimes I pretend to be happy when I am sad Here are the answers to last week's transla- – a veces finjo estar feliz cuando estoy triste, I offer one tions, how did you get on? hundred euros to the winner – ofrezco cien euros al ganador, I scatter seeds (semillas) in the garden – esparzo I want a red car – quiero un coche rojo, I want to see an semillas en el jardin, I always bring wine for my friends – interesting film – quiero ver una película interesante, I siempre traigo vino para mis amigos want a new coat and skirt – quiero un abrigo y una falda nuevos, we want two ice creams -queremos dos helados, All you need to do once you have all the correct answers I work in a big office – trabajo en una oficina grande, the is to ensure that you are pronouncing the words correctly, third year in University is long and difficult – el tercer año en either by asking a Spanish person or someone that speaks la universidad es largo y difícil, A glass of cold milk please Spanish very well. – un vaso de leche fría, por favor, there are three green I hope you are managing to get the hang of adjectives chairs in the dining room – hay tres sillas verdes en el whilst remembering your verbs. salón, my husband is in a hurry – mi marido tiene prisa, These shoes are from Italy -Estos zapatos son de Italia, I This week we will be learning about pronouns and specifiam as short as my friend – soy tan bajo/a como mi cally prepositional pronouns. As ever, don´t get confused amigo/a, at what time do you eat? - ¿a qué hora comes?, I with the name I´ll take you through it and explain it as simply am going with you – voy contigo, I like cats – me gustan as possible. los gatos, today is Friday the fifth of November – hoy es A pronoun, basically is a word that is used in place of a one viernes el cinco de noviembre, do you want to go to the or more nouns or a word that refers to something or someone party tomorrow? - ¿quieres ir a la fiesta mañana?, who already mentioned. For example, if you tell your friend about wants to see the film? - ¿quién quiere ver la película?, how great your child´s new school is and you then say “I am you´re right, it´s very cold here – tienes razón, hace mucho going to enjoy taking him there”, your friend will know that frío aquí. him refers to your son and there refers to the school. It just Upon checking my lessons It appears that I didn´t give you the answers to the translations from lesson 42, so here they are: I belong to a club – pertenezco a un club, I translate a lot of sentences – traduzco muchas frases, I exert a lot of energy on my studies – ejerzo mucha energía en mis estudios, every day a lot of babies are born in the world – cada día muchos bebés nacen en el mundo, I drive very far every week – conduzco muy lejos cada semana, I protect

identical to subject pronouns and always follow a preposition: Singular Pronouns: mí = me; ti = you(familiar); usted = you (formal); él = him,it (masc.) ; ella = her, it (fem); sí = himself, herself, yourself, itself Plural Pronouns: nosotros/nosotras = us; vosotros/vosotras = you (familiar); ustedes = you (formal); ellos = them (masc); ellas = them (fem) Note: mí, ti and sí are different from the subject pronouns, mí and sí have accents, mí,ti and sí joined with the preposition con appear in the forms: conmigo = with me, contigo with you, and consigo = with you (formal), with him(self), with her(self), with them(selves) When do we use prepositional pronouns in Spanish? They appear as objects of prepositions: e.g. Paco recibe un regalo de ella – Paco recieves a gift from her, Traen la comida consigo – They bring the food with them. They are also used with the preposition ´a´ to emphasize the direct object. e.g. A ti no te aprecian – they do not appreciate you and with the preposition ´a´ to make clear who the indirect or direct object is. E.g. Los veo a ellos – I see them.

When don´t we use prepositional pronouns? When the following prepositions are used the subject pronouns yo and tú are used instead of mí and ti: entre = prevents using the same nouns over and over and reminds between, excepto = except, incluso = including, menos = the person you are talking to who is doing what to whom, etc. except, salvo = except, según = according to. A preposition indicates a relation between two things menExample: entre tú y yo, están locos – between you and tioned in a sentence, e.g in the sentence ´the cat sat on the me they´re crazy. mat´ the preposition is on because it links the cat and where it is sitting, in English the most used prepositions are ´of´, This is a fairly simple lesson once it is learnt but takes ´to´, ´in´, ´for´ and ´on´ some getting used to, therefore I will leave you this week with them and hope that you can think of some examples yourself So, what are the prepositional pronouns? They are almost of when to use prepositional pronouns.


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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

Getting into a dog’s mind I HAVE just finished my latest dog psychology seminar in London, which was very successful and has helped dog owners to see their relationships with their dogs from a completely different perspective. I will be bringing the popular seminars to the Costa Blanca, with the first starting in only 11 weeks. The seminars will cover 12 different subjects - the dog, the human, how to achieve calm for you and your dog, exercise, corrections, affection, separation anxiety, feeding, recall, aggression, dog body language and the spirit of the dog. The seminars are for humans only and are held in a very relaxed, friendly and easy-to-learn atmosphere. Many people have asked me in the past why it is humans only and the answer is simple. All problem behaviours shown by our dogs stem from human error, so the teachings are aimed at us and not our dogs. In other words, in order for our dogs to change, we have to change. On each seminar there are many opportunities for the attendees to ask me questions and I am pleased to say that for many people in the London area, not only have their relationships changed for the better with their dogs, but their own personal lives have remarkably improved. One of the key subjects talked about in the seminar is how to achieve calm for the human. This is the area that is vitally important and has helped turn around the lives of many of the people who have attended. The seminar is very different to a dog training environment and what I am teaching people is how the minds of their dogs work and what their needs are in order for them to be calm and balanced. We have to always remember that we have invited a different species to live with us for the rest of their lives and, as in all successful relationships, it is important that

there is a clear understanding between both parties that can only happen if we honour the dog and are educated in how they think. Hundreds of people in London have attended the seminars and here are just a few comments about what they thought of it all.

“The course has a strong sense of the spiritual and Peter's love of his canine friends and animals comes through strongly. I can't recommend this course highly enough, it can change our life and that of your dog altogether and help you to live in harmony with your four legged friend, giving your dog the peace of mind he or she needs to live a stress free life.” JAN YARKER, Animal rights campaigner.

throughout the concept of being present and mindful and I loved hearing how this benefits the bonds we have with our pets.” JOOLZ PERRY “I arrived quite sceptical but left understanding the whole ethos. It fell into place so well. The passion of your speech and clarity was really powerful. What I enjoyed was your explanation of the dog’s ability to teach us.” DENISE “Wonderful! Your passion to nurture and guide dogs and their owners in order to achieve balanced, loving and harmonious relationships is truly inspiring. Thank you for your knowledge, wisdom and compassion. I can't wait to apply your principles when my new rescue dog next comes along.” JULIA PERRY “The course is fantastic. Not only will your dog benefit, but you do as well. Changes your life and form of thinking.“ ANDY and DEBBIE SINFIELD “Really enjoyed it and so did my Mum and Dad. Especially my Dad – you really have inspired him!” EMMA HARRISON “Fantastic course. I learnt so much. Only wish it was longer. Peter is truly inspirational and his knowledge of dogs, coupled with his obvious love for these animals is a joy to behold!” JULIE OLDFIELD “I loved the course! What I especially enjoyed was the way you showed us how to keep calm and notice our energy. I have completed a diploma in canine psychology, but I feel I have learned more from you than I did from my diploma. Keep up the good work!” MICHELLE WHITE

“Thank you for being passionate and so informative about If you are interested in attending my first seminar in dog behaviour.” ANGELA LEWIS Spain in February, send me an e-mail to peter@thedogy“Thank you again for your inspirational teaching. What hit and I can then send you details. Your dog me most about your words, was the spiritual aspect running will thank you for it!

PETS’ CORNER: CAN YOU TAKE IN A HOMELESS DOG OR CAT? JESTER is a 3 year old small Pointer crossbreed who was found chasing cars on a busy main road. . He is a happy and healthy boy who is fully vaccinated, micro chipped and castrated. 966 710 047 or email


SAMUEL is a 3 year old male Breton Spaniel. He was found back in January in a very poor physical condition.He is a happy, healthy and nice natured dog. 966 710 047 or email us

Naomi is approx 4 months old and in urgent need of a new home. She was rescued from the perrera when she was just 6 weeks old and is sadly still waiting. Call: 966 725 975.


TIA is a 6 year old Cocker crossbreed. She was found with three young pups about 5 months old and also, sadly, a dead female adult. Tia is a gentle natured dog and very keen to be your friend 966 710 047 or email us

Tia is approx 8 months old and needs a new home, she is vaccinated, spayed, chipped and has her pet passport. She has lived in an apartment since being a kitten but would love a garden to play in. Call: 674 168 010.

Naomi TERESA is a 2 year old Fox Terrier who was found on an empty farm out in the campoTeresa has had all the necessary vaccinations and is micro chipped and spayed. 966 710 047 or email us


Rocky is a friendly, neutered, 6 years old male cat with semi-long white fur and green eyes. He is looking for a new home with his female companion Lucky. They have been used to living in an apartment. Please call Joe (The Cat Man) on 966719272.

Rocky Tia Tia Kiara is in urgent need of a new home. Her owner is leaving the country and can't take Kiara with her. She is a 3.5 years old Dalmatian cross and good with other dogs. Call: 645 469 253.


Molly is approx 8 weeks old and was rescued from a perrera. She looks like a Spaniel type and will be medium size when fully grown. Call: 966 725 975.


Lucky is a pretty, green-eyed tabby girl who has been spayed. She is 4 years old and is looking to be rehomed with her companion Rocky. To meet them both please call Joe (The Cat Man) on 966719272 or speak with Rose inside the shop.


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LÍNEA DIRECTA INSTRUCTS ITS CUSTOMERS ON THE STEPS TO TAKE IF THEY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE RECENT HEAVY RAINSTORMS Madrid, 2 October 2012.- Línea Directa Aseguradora instructs its customers affected by the recent heavy rainstorms recorded on September 28 and 29 in the regions of Andalucía, Murcia y Valencia on the steps required to speed up the processes of making claims, treating and repairing the damage caused. As any extraordinary risk resulting from a natural catastrophe, claims for damage to property and personal injury must be made to the Insurance Compensation Consortium (CCS), a body which is dependent on the Ministry of Economy and Finance. The Consortium will be wholly responsible for processing claims, assessing the damage caused and paying out compensation to those affected. In order to claim for damage to property, the customer can contact the Insurance Compensation Consortium directly by calling 902 222 665 from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Claims for personal injury or loss of profits must be presented in writing to the local office in question or by post by completing the corresponding form. In addition, in the case of Expatriate customers, Línea Directa will act as an intermediary, administrator and advisor with the public body, with an aim to speeding up the processes of compensation and repairing material damage to vehicles, which will be assessed, processed and compensated entirely by the Consortium. To this end, Línea Directa has set up a helpline 902 326 326 which its customers affected by the damage can call in order to receive help and information both in English and German on the correct processes required. Línea Directa wishes to express its deepest condolences to the families of those people who have lost their lives and offers its services to all customers affected to provide them with any type of additional information they might require. Insurance Compensation Consortium Addresses ANDALUCÍA ORIENTAL (Málaga, Jaén, Almería, Granada) Av. Aurora, 55, planta 1ª 29006 - MÁLAGA Tel.: 95 206 13 91 Fax: 95 206 13 92 ANDALUCÍA OCCIDENTAL (Sevilla, Cádiz, Huelva, Córdoba) C/ Luis Montoto, 107 41007 - SEVILLA Tel.: 95 498 14 00 Fax: 95 498 14 01 MURCIA Ronda de Garay, 10 30003 - MURCIA Tel.: 968 35 04 50 Fax: 968 35 04 51 COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA: Plaza de Tetuán, 15 46003 - VALENCIA Tel.: 96 315 43 00 Fax: 96 315 43 01


What is the secret to meeting someone you like and who likes you - and with whom you feel you can build a relationship? I can´t even remember how my first long term relationship started. I was 18 and before that had only had brief flings with guys at school; however this one lasted around two years although it didn´t turn into anything more serious than a long term fling. My next long-term relationship was many years later with someone I met at work. That lasted around five years and when we separated I came to Spain. I then met my son’s father in a bar and was with him for four years. Regular readers will know how that turned out! I recently finished with someone I’d been seeing for a while. I met him on the Internet and thought he was finally the one - but it seems he was just another one. So, where does a single person aged 30, 40, 50 or older go to find someone to share their life? A friend suggested that maybe I and my other single friends are too fussy and need to lower our standards. But why should I date someone who likes me even though there is no click on my part? I read a while ago that the most common way for people to meet their future spouse is through work; the second most popular way has now become the Internet. So is Internet dating as much of a taboo as it used to be? I must admit that I tried it before I met my son’s dad but would never tell anyone. However, when I met my last boyfriend I told everyone. It was only six years later but attitudes had changed considerably in that time. Where else can I see a photo of someone and find out all about them before deciding whether or not I want to meet them? Work, social groups and classes are other ways to get to know people for sure but I work on my own most of the time. I have no time for social groups or classes and in any case having a five-year-old son makes after-school activities for me pretty obsolete. I don´t have time to go to bars to meet people, my social life is a day at Chasers, the play area, which is sadly lacking in eligible bachelors as all the men seem to be dads with

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Where’s the one? their children and wives or partners. So it really should be discounted as a place to meet the future Mr Erath! Having said that, I did get someone’s phone number when I was there once, so maybe there is a chance… Internet, clubs, work, school I have met guys at all these places and am still single. So what now? Or am I just too fussy like my friend says? After all, my last boyfriend appeared to be everything I could possibly want. He had a job, money, security, was good looking, kind, caring and at first the perfect partner. Then, as time went on, the flaws started to show and his attributes became indifference, coldness and laziness. But should I be overlooking the flaws to concentrate on the positives or is there a set number of times for being let down before you should call it a day? To be honest I am thinking about renewing the relationship. I know he wants to but will it work any better next time? I soon got bored with the Internet six years ago. When I

tried again two years ago it was fun and I liked chatting to guys but I recently went back online and the men seem to be that much more desperate or only after one thing, which I am certainly not going to give them. So I came offline and will leave things to chance for now. There are certain types of men I like, of course. We all have our favourite hair style, colour, height, even nationality. I am lucky in that I like Spanish men and can speak Spanish so at least I have a chance! For now I will keep my eyes open in the supermarket and wherever I go. I may even venture online again at least that way I can practise my Spanish and at the end of the day my destiny is yet to be written. So I, for one, will keep looking without becoming desperate. The Single Life isn´t so bad after all. I look at my married or cohabiting friends who aren´t particularly happy, then look at my own free life - and I wonder what I am really searching for.

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I’D love to find the name and phone number of Abu Qatada’s solicitor, and put him or her in my file for possible future use! Whoever is representing the Muslim cleric must be a genius, as he’s now been released on restricted bail after a UK court ruled that he might not get a fair trial if deported to Jordan to face terrorist charges. Qatada couldn’t give a stuff about the lives of people, but he and his legal team have played the system to the maximum, helped by some crackpot judge called Mr Justice Mitting, who was worried that Qatada would not be treated fairly in Jordan. Even the European Court said he could be deported, so I hope this Mitting fellow will be able to sleep easy as he frees a man who wanted to inflict terrorist acts on Britain. Wouldn’t you also like to know h o w

Qatada has raised all the necessary funding to fight every legal battle imaginable over the last decade? I hope it’s not come out of the public coffers. It’s not rocket science trying to solve the problems at the BBC. There are simply too many costly layers of management who do absolutely nothing and it means that decision making and taking responsibility becomes something of an art. I was in BBC management for seven years, and all I seemed to do was to go to meetings with swathes of bosses from around the country, rather than doing the job I was paid to do, which is why I quit that role. The ex-DG, George Entwistle, was a perfectly decent man by all accounts, but he was let down by people below him in a complex structure that just isn’t fit for purpose. A friend of mine in a s e n i o r position a t


Sky News told me that it just took seconds to get authorisation and approval from his boss to cover stories and to make sure they were right, as opposed to jumping through every stupid layer of rubbish the BBC enjoyed creating. We need positive changes, but I have no truck for Rupert Murdoch and his mates who want to destroy what is still the world’s best broadcaster. There’s nothing more populist than trying to oppose a tax rise, and that was Labour’s tactic on Monday when they failed to stop the planned increase in UK fuel excise duty. The fact that the government has done a lot to keep the rates down, seems to have been largely forgotten. It’s all a classic game of polit-


ical ping-pong. Oppositions invariably oppose increases in excise duty, but when they’re in power, up go the taxes, accompanied by excuses. Ed Miliband seems to have forgotten the big hikes his former boss, Gordon Brown, levied at the petrol pumps, and so it is to George Osborne’s credit that he’s tried to limit the increases. Perhaps the major parties should try to get their heads together for a change to try and smash the oil cartels that are fixing prices and lining the pockets of their shareholders. Meanwhile, there were some good rumblings on Tuesday from the Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, on trying to get to the bottom of a statement from a “whistleblower” who said that the big

gas companies were “fixing” wholesale prices. I apologise for not being shocked by this news, and despite Davey threatening the full force of the law, you just know that a few people might get their bottoms smacked at worst, as they continue to treat hard-pressed householders with total contempt. How very nice of Nadine Dorries to say she’ll donate her MP’s salary to charity as she continues to romp around an Australian jungle to the complete bemusement of her constituents. It’s pretty small beer compared to the £40,000 appearance fee she’ll get for appearing alongside a Z list of celebrities, and of course she’s said nothing about that pot of gold at all! That’s plenty of


Christmas money for the Dorries household, whilst the good people of Mid Bedfordshire are trying to make enough savings to have themselves a happy Yuletide! Do you get the uneasy feeling that the Leveson report into the future conduct of the UK press is going to be shelved? The newspaper barons have been rolling up their sleeves with all kinds of deathly warnings about press freedom in the last fortnight, and the report hasn’t even been published yet. But, you just get the mood music that David Cameron is going to fudge it, despite appointing Leveson in the first place. Perhaps it was a grand and costly charade, with a lot of paper about to hit a few collective waste bins shortly.



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GIGANTES PLAKI Ingredients 400g dried butter beans 3 tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil , plus more to serve 1 Spanish onion , finely chopped 2 garlic cloves , finely chopped 2 tbsp tomato purĂŠe 800g ripe tomatoes , skins removed, roughly chopped 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp dried oregano pinch ground cinnamon 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley , plus extra to serve


1. Soak the beans overnight in plenty of water. Drain, rinse, then place in a pan covered with water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, then simmer for approx 50 mins until slightly tender but not soft. Drain, then set aside. 2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, tip in the onion and garlic, then cook over a medium heat for 10 mins until softened but not browned. Add the tomato purĂŠe, cook for a further min, add remaining ingredients, then simmer for 2-3 mins. Season generously, then stir in the beans. Tip into a large ovenproof dish, then bake for approximately 1 hr, uncovered and without stirring, until the beans are tender. The beans will absorb all the fabulous flavours and the sauce will thicken. Allow to cool, then scatter with parsley and drizzle with a little more olive oil to serve.

SPINACH AND FETA FILO PIE Ingredients 2 onions , halved and sliced

butter 2 garlic cloves , crushed 500g spinach , washed and roughly chopped grating nutmeg 200g feta cheese , cumbled 2 eggs , beaten 4 large sheets filo pastry


1.Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cook the onions in a large knob of butter until soft and turning golden. Add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the spinach in batches and cook until wilted. Cool, then tip into a bowl (leaving behind any excess liquid from the spinach) and mix in the nutmeg, feta, eggs and season. 2. Melt 30g more butter, and butter a non-stick springform cake tin, about 20-22cm. Put the first sheet of filo in the tin and brush with butter, letting the excess hang over the sides. Keep going with the rest of the sheets, turning a little before adding each additional pastry sheet and brushing all over with butter. When all the pastry is used up, tip in the filling and fold over the excess pastry to cover. Butter the top then bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes until the filo is crisp and golden. Leave for 5 minutes before turning out and cutting into wedges to serve.

GREEK ROAST LAMB Ingredients 1 large leg of lamb , about 3kg/6lb 8oz 6 garlic cloves 1 bunch oregano zest and juice 1 lemon 6 tbsp olive oil 1½kg new potatoes 400g can chopped tomatoes large handful pitted

baby kalamata olives


1.Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9. Pound the garlic, half the oregano, lemon zest and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar, then add the lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Stab the lamb all over with a sharp knife, then push as much of the herb paste as you can into the holes. 2. Tip the potatoes into a large roasting tin, then toss in the remaining olive oil and any remaining herb paste. Nestle the lamb amongst the potatoes, roast for 20 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Roast for 1 hr 15 mins for medium-rare, adding another 15 mins if you prefer your lamb medium. Baste the lamb once or twice with the juices and toss the potatoes. When the lamb is done to your liking, remove from the tin and let it rest. Throw the rest of the oregano in with the potatoes, scoop from the tin and keep warm. 3. Place the roasting tin over a medium flame, add the canned tomatoes and olives to the pan juices, then simmer for a few mins. Serve the lamb with the potatoes and sauce and a simple salad.

TZATZIKI Ingredients 350g/12oz Greek yoghurt

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1 cucumber 2 tbsp lemon juice 2 cloves of garlic, grated finely dash of extra virgin olive oil Paprika, for sprinkling


1.The best result is achieved by peeling and de-seeding the cucumber before grating. Hang the grated cucumber in muslin cloth or a tea towel in order to squeeze out all the excess liquid. 2.Combine the yoghurt, cucumber, lemon juice and garlic. Add a dash of olive oil and sprinkle with paprika

GREEK SALAD Ingredients 4 large vine tomatoes , cut into irregular wedges 1 cucumber , peeled, deseeded, then roughly chopped ½ a red onion , thinly sliced 16 Kalamata olives 1 tsp dried oregano 85g feta cheese , cut into chunks (barrel matured feta is the best) 4 tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil


1. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl, lightly season, then serve with crusty bread to mop up all of those beautiful juices.

HERBY BAKED LAMB IN TOMATO SAUCE Ingredients 1.8-2kg shoulder of lamb 2 tbsp olive oil

3 oregano sprigs, leaves stripped from 2 3 rosemary sprigs, leaves stripped from 2 3 garlic cloves , roughly chopped 600ml red wine 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp caster sugar


1.Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Put the lamb into a large ovenproof dish. Pour the oil into a small food processor with the oregano and rosemary leaves and the garlic, then whizz to a rough paste. Season the paste well, rub all over the lamb, then roast for 20 mins. Cover, lower the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2, then roast for a further 3 hrs. 2. Remove the lamb from the oven and carefully pour off all the fat, leaving any meat juices in the dish if you can. Pour over the wine and tomatoes, poke in the remaining herb sprigs, then return, uncovered, to the oven for a


further 40 mins. The lamb should now be tender enough to cut with a fork or spoon. 3. Carefully pour or spoon the wine and tomato sauce into another pan, skimming off any fat that rises to the surface, then re-cover the lamb. Let it rest for up to 30 mins while you roast the potatoes and finish the sauce. Heat the tomato mixture until bubbling, then simmer for 10-15 mins until thickened and saucy. Season with the sugar, and some salt and pepper if it needs it, then pour back around the lamb to serve.


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RAYZ AND SHINE Carol’s new career gets off to a flier

Carol with barmen Chris and Arthur. Photo: Colin Whitfield CAROL Buchan spent 10 years as an air hostess with British Midland before the company was swallowed up by British Airways. But until a month ago, the softly-spoken Scot was anything but a high flier. Then, out of the blue, she was offered the chance to run her own bar. Carol, 48, has spent most of her three years in Spain meandering along as a barmaid, while her partner Ray Batey does the major breadwinning 5,500 kilometres away on the Angolan oil rigs in Africa. Until the last few weeks, that is. Because Carol - from Burntisland in Fife - has suddenly found herself running Rayz - El Raso’s best-known and longest established bar/restaurant. Owner Ray Richardson’s son Chris had been running the popular venue since the previous landlady’s sudden departure in the summer. But when Chris and his family decided to return to the UK, Carol was asked if she’d like to take over – and an exciting challenge opened up. “I’m really looking forward to it,’’ she says, welcoming the chance to ‘take on’ a growing opposition bolstered by the recent opening of two new bars at El Raso. There are now eight hostelries and restaurants in the urban-

isation’s expanding Commercial Centre and Carol insists: ‘’Competition has to be a good thing – it gives people a wider choice and will surely encourage the local community to spend their evenings here rather than to go elsewhere.’’ With refurbishment of Rayz already under way, Carol is introducing a series of regular food events to add to the regular Bingo, Quiz and Pool evenings. These include a One Euro Night, a Steak Night (two steaks plus trimmings for €12.95) and a €5 Curry Night. She has also had an immediate stroke of good fortune in filling a key staff vacancy. Chris Lewis,28, left his native Belfast recently to be near his sick dad, Paul, who lives at El Raso. Chris needed a job, Carol needed another experienced barman. Result – two happy people. The former trolley dolly may be grounded these days, but her business wing is off to a flier. And who could be better to cater for a festive-season audience than a real, live Christmas Carol? She's marking her first December 25 in charge with a sumptious Christmas Day lunchtime banquet including wine plus cava on arrival. All for €34.95. For happy days, dine at Rayz..

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“Hair Fantastic” at Medaesthetics Karen and David are both London trained professional hair stylists and have brought a wealth of knowledge to us here at Medaesthetics… they are here to help you achieve healthy, glossy hair that will brighten up any festive outfit you choose! Shiny hair is one of the most attractive assets you can have, and Karen and David take great delight in helping their clients to achieve a sleek look with volume and style that’s easily re-created at home. Not only does a beautiful hairstyle look good but it makes you feel good too. One of the most important things we can do to help our hair to shine is to have a well balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals. Essential vitamins for our hair are vitamin B, vitamin E and vitamin C – the correct balance of these nutrients will help hair and scalp health

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Magnesium is the second most abundant mineral in the body, and most likely the most underrated mineral in human nutrition. After oxygen, water and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by the body. It plays a role in over 300 different biochemical reactions needed for the body to function properly. In fact without the muscle relaxing effects of magnesium, the human body will be in a permanent state of contraction. Magnesium not only protects against high blood pressure, but also against heart attack and stroke, diabetes, migraines and many more. It is more important than calcium, potassium and sodium and regulates all 3 minerals. Contrary to popular misconceptions, it is magnesium that is actually the most important mineral needed to maintain bone strength and density. Nearly all the magnesium in the body (99%) resides inside tissues and organs such as bone, and just 1% of it is found in the blood. This makes blood tests for magnesium extremely inaccurate. The role magnesium plays in controlling blood pressure is not new to medical science. It is routinely used to treat hypertension and preeclampsia in pregnant women. Magnesium is directly involved in the production of energy in the body, and this energy allows

the smooth muscles in the blood vessels to relax, making them larger and reducing blood pressure. Without magnesium, these muscles will be unable to relax fully, leading to high blood pressure. Magnesium is also a co-factor in the production of elastin, which is a protein found within the arteries to provide elasticity. In fact one of the early signs of magnesium deficiency is the degeneration of arterial elastin. Magnesium also plays a key role in maintaining cholesterol levels and limiting the formation of plaques which clog the arteries. Unlike statin drugs that block the production of cholesterol (the body’s repair putty) causing unwanted side effects, magnesium works naturally to

limit the production of cholesterol, and not to shut off the process completely. When inflammation damages the arteries, white blood cells and cholesterol move in to repair the damage. However if there is too much calcium present in the body, the repair job hardens and becomes easily breakable, causing life threatening plaques. Magnesium controls the amount of calci-

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Warming to the problems of Raynaud’s Q A

I have Raynaud’s and would like to know how to treat it. Raynaud’s syndrome is a condition where the small arteries in the fingers and toes are unusually sensitive to cold. When exposed to cold, they respond by constricting and cutting off blood supply. This causes the fingers or toes to become pale and numb. But as the sluggish blood flow returns to the heart, the blood circulation improves and colour returns to the digits. This occurrence usually causes pain and burning sensations. Raynaud’s tend to affect more women than men, and the fingers are more affected than the toes. Raynaud’s has been linked to a number of diseases such as atherosclerosis, blood clotting disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, as well as medications like betablockers used to treat hypertension. Raynaud’s can also be triggered by machinery such as pneumatic drills, and chain saws, and has been referred to as ‘Vibration white finger’. Typists and pianists also seem to be prone to the condition. Self-help measures include keeping the hands and feet as warm as possible especially in cold weather, and to avoid extreme changes in temperature. Omega-3 fatty acids have a slight blood thinning effect, and are known to improve the condition by improving the sluggish blood flow. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps to protect unsaturated fatty acids in the cells from toxic free radicals, including those in the blood vessels

that cause Raynaud’s. A recent clinical trial found that 80% of Raynaud’s sufferers who took Vitamin E supplements experienced relief. Garlic and G i n k g o extracts i m p r o v e blood flow to the peripheries. Ginger has a natural warming effect, and clinical trials found that a supplement containing ginkgo, garlic and ginger helped relieve the symptoms. Around 8 months ago, I noticed a sore in my mouth, but I ignored it, and it went away. And then 2 months later, it came back, and within a few days a few more erupted in my mouth and tongue. I went to my doctor who said I had canker sores. He gave me a dexamethasone mouth wash and tablets. The medications helped, but I have had a few other outbreaks, and my doctor is still prescribing the tablets which I have stopped because I read that steroids can have harmful effects on the body if taken for long. I will appreciate any advice you can give me regarding this problem.



C a n k e r sores seem to have a complex origin, but they are usually caused by a nutritional deficiencyZinc, Iron, Folic acid and Vitamin B12. Studies have linked zinc deficiencies to r e c u r r e n t canker sores, and in one case, supplementation with up to 150mg of Zinc a day reduced recurrence by 50-100%. Other studies have also found deficiencies of iron and the B vitamins in people with recurrent canker sores. You should talk to your doctor about having a thorough health check that will include checking your minerals and vitamins levels. Have you changed your toothpaste in the past 8 months? Several reports have found that Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), a component of toothpaste causes recurrent canker sores. In one trial, most recurrent canker sores were eliminated just by avoiding toothpaste containing SLS for three months. The positive effects of eliminating SLS have also been confirmed in another study. SLS is thought to increase the risk of canker sores by removing a protective coating (mucin) in the

mouth. Perhaps you should consider using SLS-free toothpaste for several months to see if such a change helps. Does Salt cause high blood pressure? There seems to be no scientific evidence linking the consumption of salt to high blood pressure. In fact a study done last year in Belgium actually linked lower consumption of salt to an increased rate of death from heart disease. The study followed 3700 Europeans split into 3 groups for 8 years. The 3 groups were those with the highest and lowest salt intake, and those with average intake. None of the participants had heart disease at the outset, and about two thirds had normal blood pressure. They were followed for an average of 8 years, during which researchers determined how many of them developed heart disease, and how many got high blood pressure. The researchers found that the chance of developing high blood pressure did not differ in the three groups. However, participants with the lowest salt intake had the highest rate of death from heart disease during the follow up (4%), and people who ate the most salt had the lowest (less than 1%). The researchers did find however, that the systolic blood pressure (Upper blood pressure reading), increased as salt intake increased over time - but the change was so small that it did not affect the health of the participants.



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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 seven 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: Ayliff was having problems with websites being ADVICE: Dave was having problems with Windows very different between browsers. Defender not starting.

Hola Richard, recently I was having problems with my credit card buying on line. I went to my bank and during the course of things we input the websites I'd been trying on and when we entered a website it was totally different from the one that was displayed on my system. I have noticed this occasionally before but not thought much about it. Is it possible? I was using IE as I believe the bank was. I eventually succeeded with my purchases but changed to Firefox though they displays were the same. Ayliff


Hi Ayliff, no this is very unlikely, websites do change a little between browsers (as long as each browser used is the current version), but should not change dramatically, if you have resolved your problem by moving to Firefox then that’s great but I would be wary about using Internet Explorer in the future until you have had an expert have a good look over your system. I would also recommend making sure you are on the latest version of whichever antivirus software you use (AVG is now on version 2013) and do a full antivirus scan.

Hola Richard Y colegas, hope you can help. I used AVG up to a few months ago until it ran out and I then had problems with it. At present I rely on Windows Security, Firewall and Defender. I’ve noticed, and tried to correct that Defender is switched off. I go into Defender, a box pops up telling me [defender is off, turn on and open.] I click continue, new box, [Windows need's permission,] continue, the first box then returns and freezes for five minutes during which another message appears: [error. 0x800705b4. This operation returned because the timeout period expired.]Any idea's, please, meantime I’ll try AVG again. Thanks’, Dave.



Hi Dave, if you still have AVG installed on your computer (even though its run out it still may be installed) then your Windows Defender is not starting because you already have software installed on your computer that is doing its job, the best way ADVICE: Barry was having some issues with Internet to sort this out is to not try to use Windows Defender, Firewall etc. but to install the latest version of AVG or Microsoft Security Essentials as both do a better job than the built Explorer not remembering passwords. My problem is that when I try to log on: It's Windows Internet Explorer, every time I in Microsoft products at protecting your computer. go to log on (in I Google ) I'm asked to put in my email address and password even READERS TIP: Peter had some great advice regarding though I have ticked the box to stay removing the adverts from Ex Pat Shield. connected. I know that I Google is being taken off in a years’ time but I would like to TIP: Hi Richard, as ever thank you for the information. The 'adds on Expat shield use it for a few more months before going over to are a bind but I have found a way to remove them. something new. Look forward to solving this In Google Chrome web store is a small extension called ADBLOCK and it does that, problem. Many thanks, Barry no more ads on expat shield or anywhere else. Regards With regards to the password issue, you don’t Peter mention which version of Internet Don’t forget you can follow me Explorer you are using so I am going to assume you are reasonably up to date on twitter @bluemoonspain and you have IE 7, 8 or 9. In order to Alternately why don’t you sign ensure that Internet Explorer saves your username and password for online forms, you up for my newsletter. You can need to ensure that this option is selected within do this by going to:the Internet Explorer settings, to do this you should… 1. Launch Internet Explorer and fill in the form that is on Select Tools from the menu bar (if you can’t see any page except the front the bar then just press the ALT key on the keyboard and it will appear) page. 3. Click Internet Options. 4. Select the Content tab. 5. Under "AutoComplete", click Settings. 6. Make sure the User names and passwords on forms checkbox is checked. 7. Click OK twice. Mobile: 655 044 970 Office: 902 906 200 8. Restart Internet Explorer. …I hope that sorts out your problem.



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Caught on the chop WOW, that was a week that was! The great and the good falling on their swords on both sides of the Atlantic after a very short time in their respective top jobs. Over there, the CIA chief says farewell when it was found he's been playing around where he shouldn't. And in the BBC meltdown, another top boss bids farewell when it's seen he hasn't a clue what was going on in the higher echelons of investigative journalism. Professionally I cannot imagine how Newsnight journalists failed in such an elementary way to check their facts properly before going on air. It brings a wry smile to my face because BBC staff journalists always thought themselves a cut above us lesser mortals. Little did they know I worked for BBC Radio and TV and commercial TV for years behind the scenes. There was also a load of fuss when Philip Schofield presented the Prime Minister with a list of possible top Tory paedophiles. The only thing anyone could moan about was being able to glimpse a name or two on the paper as it shot past. But did you catch the look of thunder on Cameron's face? One thing's for sure, Philip won't be in the New Year honours. Anyway, I want to write this week about something that's even more serious. It concerns the case of murderer Christopher Halliwell. He's the man who admitted killing two women and led police to where he buried their bodies. But he could only be convicted of one because the detective leading the investi-

gation concerning the second death took the decision not to follow police rules and allow him to show where the bodies were buried. The rules say a person has to be cautioned and offered the advice of a solicitor. The detective feared that if Halliwell was given time he might decide not to cooperate with police and not lead them to the bodies. Unfortunately, because the detective failed to follow procedure, he could not be convicted of the second murder, even though he had admitted it and shown them the body. Sadly, the relatives of the second victim have not had closure and are now demanding that the rules should be changed, so that guilty people do not escape justice. I wholeheartedly agree. It sickens me that there are defence lawyers going through evidence and procedures with a fine toothcomb to try to find some technicality or other in which to allow a defendant to escape justice. I would like to get their technicalities and shove them where the sun doesn't shine. Obviously, if there is a doubt whether a person committed a crime, he should receive the benefit of that doubt. But when there is no possible doubt, as in the the Halliwell case, the moral dimension should take over so that justice is seen to be done. MANY of us expats who live on the Costas are lucky enough to have somewhere to go in the summer months to avoid the searing heat. Some have bricks and mortar properties to enjoy in


the UK, the Republic of Ireland and other northern countries. Others, like myself, escape to mobile homes on parks. But now a crackpot union boss says "under-used" holiday homes should be compulsorily purchased by councils in areas of acute housing shortage. He says it is a scandal that while such properties remain empty for up to 11 months every year, there are thousands of families having to exist in B&B accommodation. A fair point, but the vast majority of these holiday homes are in the West Country, Wales and holiday locations where there are few work prospects. The State would be relocating people into places where they cannot make a living, which doesn't make much sense. Ironically, while Spain has countless empty houses, Britain has a chronic housing shortage. Given the choice (and available jobs), many of those Brits in B&B would love to live here. Ironic isn't it? Instead of concentrating on the politics of envy and focusing on people's second homes, this union boss should be pinpointing the one million homes in the UK permanently empty for more than two years. That is the real scandal, and councils should be able to double council tax on these for every year they are left empty, forcing owners to put them on the market. Brits have a worldwide reputation for being the best at queuing - we're prepared to queue all night if necessary to be first in line for sales bargains. But it looks as if patience


is wearing thin, and youngsters are leading the way in not being prepared to queue for more than a minute or two. A new study has shown that over 55s are prepared to queue the longest, up to four minutes, while 20 somethings will stay in line for less than three minutes. And young men are less prepared to wait than women. In Britain people are used to prompt attention in shops and banks. Go into a British supermarket and the chances are that the majority of checkouts will be in use. Go into a bank and there will be several staff behind the counters, and although there may be a queue, it moves pretty quickly. The worst place for queuing is the Post Office and the probable reason for that is the lack of competition. These bad queuers should come to Spain. How often do we go into a supermarket and find only one or two checkouts open and big

queues waiting? And banks? Don't go there, I just hate the experience, I know it's going to take half an hour or more to get to the front of the queue, because there's only one teller on. We're always hearing about the huge numbers of unemployed here in Spain. Well, wouldn't it be sensible for supermarkets and banks to employ more staff? Just imagine how many people would be in employment if they all employed just one extra person in every store and bank. On the subject of queuing, the Spanish seem to be the world's worst. We had been waiting five minutes to be attended to at a branch of Orange, and just as we were about to be served, an arrogant young buck barged straight to the counter and started talking Spanish to the assistant. There was nearly a third world war before this man backed down and accepted that we "foreigners" were

there first. POLICE, acting on a tip-off, raided a house in Derbyshire, smashing down the front door in a drugs raid. Unfortunately the woman tenant, babe in arms, was behind the door, trying to open it, when the gung-ho brigade smashed their way in. She suffered a fractured eye socket - and was very lucky not to lose her sight in one eye. Her home had been the subject of police raids before - all negative. I hope this woman gets substantial damages against the police. Yes, such raids are necessary because waiting for a door to be voluntarily opened gives a dealer chance to flush evidence down the loo. But perhaps this special task force demolition squad need lessons from the health and safety police. Luckily the baby did not suffer an injury. It could quite easily have been a disaster.



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Spotlight on San M By Heidi Wardman Located between Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada, San Miguel de Salinas is the town sitting at the highest town in the Vega Baja. Whilst it has in recent years become home to many foreign residents, it has certainly retained its Spanish culture and traditions which many boast they are proud to be a part of. It is

believed that people settled in the vicinity as far back as Roman times, when the zone was known as “Nisdomia”. Records show that it was closely connected to Orihuela until 1836, when the city’s urban zone was set apart, with further boundaries being laid in 1955 placing it within a triangle between the Pedrera Reservoir, the Torrevieja lagoon and La Peña del Águila. San Miguel is home to a number of talented tradesmen and women, including Lace- makers, and a Bee Keeper, who farms honey from his own home and sells it in pots from his garage! The quarries located within the municipality have provided employment for local people for centuries, and demand for manpower rocketed following the great earthquake of March 1829, when additional workers were required to excavate rock and prepare it to produce the tons of yeso which were needed in the renovation of the devastated area. According to

official figures, more than 100 people were offered employment in this sector during the late 19th century, with the high demand continuing right through to the late 1960’s. Alongside of the many new developments that have been constructed within the town, San Miguel is home to a

wealth of impressive buildings and monuments, including the impressive Castillo de Conesa, which is commonly referred to as “The Castle of San Miguel”. The castle was originally meant as a yeso factory and warehouse, although it has since been completely transformed by

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current owner, Don Antonio Conesa, to provide a popular eatery and fashionable venue for communions, weddings and other celebrations, attracting visitors from across the region. Other notable attractions include the derelict windmill, which local residents are hoping may

someday be restored to working order; and the famous cave dwellings, including two which have been converted into restaurants. There are a plethora of other restaurants to choose from within the town, serving all kinds of cuisine, from traditional Spanish food to good

old British pub grub, and you will never go far to find a bar that offers a friendly welcome and great value for money. If it is good company that you are looking for, you are also guaranteed to find it somewhere within the town, as whether in the bars, shops or standing at a

bus stop, the residents are generally happy to pass the time of day. Many of the older generation have lived in the town for several years, and are delighted to recall their fond memories of San Miguel in years gone by, including their experiences of life during the Franco Regime. The famous street market, which occupies the town’s streets every Wednesday morning, is another great place to meet friends, while away the hours and pick up a few bargains along the way. This is one of the best traditional Spanish “mercadillo� experiences taking place in the Alicante Province, offering a variety of goods from fresh fruit and vegetables to ceramics. Finally, there are a wealth of sports facilities, clubs and societies operating in and around San Miguel de Salinas, so you will never be stuck for things to see and do, whatever your preference



Friday, November 16, 2012

Community Spirit At Its Best in Eagles Nest!

By Heidi Wardman Nestled between San Miguel de Salinas and Villamartin, Urbanisation Eagles Nest is a peaceful, friendly area, where community spirit plays a huge part in everyday life. The Urbanisation was founded in 1987, when it comprised of only a few villas, and has since expanded to include two additional housing phases and a

selection of lively bars, stores and restaurants, making it a village in its own right. It is overseen by a pro-active Community of Owners or Comunidad de Propietarios, who have done wonders for the area, including encouraging its recognition and access to services provided by the Town Hall, as well as coordinating

the installation of new water pipes, road surfacing and street lighting. Eagles Nest is also proud to have founded the first Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in San Miguel de Salinas, which works in harmony with the Local Police and Town hall to ensure citizens safety. The popular Bars and Restaurants in the Urbanisation play a large part in many people’s

lives, providing a friendly environment and meeting place for friends and families of all ages. The Community also organises regular events which all residents are welcome to attend, such as the annual Street Party which took place in September, and according to those who attended “A great night was had by all!” The fun is set to contin-

ue in Eagles Nest over the Festive period, which is the perfect time to pay a visit to the area

if you haven’t already done so. A warm welcome is always guaranteed!

Morgans set fair for Christmas Morgans Bar Eagles Nest (2 mins from Villamartin Plaza on the San Miguel Rd) will be holding a charity Christmas fair on Saturday December 1st between 12 - 4pm in aid of the children’s home based in Elche. We have a great selection of stock from The Christmas Shop in Torrevieja, everything from Lights to Baubles, Tinsel to Cards all at reduced prices for one day only plus a great selection of local businesses offering vouchers for Beauty treatment, alternative therapy treatments etc.

It will hopefully be an ideal afternoon to pick up some fantastic and original gift ideas for all the family as well as getting to know more about the local businesses around us. We will also be drawing our grand raffle with the first prize two VIP tickets, courtesy of Heatwave Promotions, to see 80’s superstars “Alexander O´Neil” & “The Real Thing” with the chance to meet the guys at the exclusive after show party! Ultimately, though, we will be raising

much needed cash for the children in the Elche Children’s home, a cause that is, quite frankly, humbling. We will be a collection point for anybody who wishes to buy a little present for the kids to open on Christmas Morning. Please do not wrap the gifts as the staff will have to allocate them appropriately according to age, ability, gender etc. All gifts must be new guys and the ages are from 5 to 16 years, boys and girls. We are looking for a few more local busi-

nesses with gift ideas to come along and promote yourselves for free!! All we ask is that you make a small donation to the charity for the space you use. The tables/space you need will be under cover in the bar so we will not be hampered by the weather. If you are interested in taking a space for FREE, please contact bar owner, Trev Massey, on 698 702 529 and reserve yours today. We only have a limited number of spaces and once they are gone, they are gone!!

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DETTORI FACES COCAINE BAN The Sun TOP JOCKEY Frankie Dettori has failed a drugs test for a banned substance — believed to be cocaine. The three-times champ, 41, faces an inquiry after the shock at Longchamp, France. Dettori — dubbed “the housewives’ favourite” because of his good looks — could face a worldwide horse-racing ban if he is found guilty. The test happened on September 16 when the major trials for Europe’s richest race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, were being held at Longchamp in France. Dettori, tested at random and famed for his spectacular “flying dismount” after races, will be hauled before the notoriously strict French racing authorities next week. If the hearing goes against him, the Italian could face a global ban of up to six months. That would cost potential rides in the season’s first four Classics, covering the 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas, The Oaks and The Derby. A well-placed source said last night: “Frankie has failed a test for a banned substance which is thought to be cocaine. This is obviously very serious for him.” Dettori’s solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore released a statement saying: “On behalf of Frankie Dettori I can confirm that, as a consequence of a positive test at Longchamp on September 16, 2012, he will be the subject of an inquiry by the Medical Committee of France Galop next week. “In compliance with, and out of respect for, the regulations of France Galop, he will not be commenting further until the France Galop procedures are completed.” Bookies Stan James removed 12/1 shot Dettori from betting for next year’s Jockeys’ Championship. The dad of five plans to compete as a freelance in 2013 after the end of his 18-year association with bloodstock operation Godolphin. In 1993 he was refused a licence to ride in Japan after a police caution in London for possession of small amount of cocaine. Reporters at his home in Stetchworth, Cambs, were told he was overseas.

Frankie Dettori could face a six-month global ban

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Brave mum Dawn 'sacrificed own life' for her child Daily Mail A BRAVE mother 'sacrificed her own life' to save her baby from being hit by a recycling truck, just weeks before she was due to marry her partner. Dawn Graves, 25, (pictured)  pushed the pram, with her 20-month-old son Aidan, out of its path, but died after she was herself hit by the vehicle, an inquest heard. She suffered multiple injuries - described as 'unsurvivable' - as she crossed a street in the Breightmet area of Bolton, Greater Manchester, in May. Deputy coroner Alan Walsh said that the motherof-two gave no thought to the danger to herself as she pushed her son to safety. Witness Thomas Grimshaw said he flagged down the lorry driver - who was unaware of the accident - and his partner, Rachel Bell, rushed to help stricken Miss Graves. Miss Graves had been to

a local shop and Miss Bell said she saw her with what appeared to be a bag of sweets. Miss Bell told the inquest: 'She was just stepping off the pavement and she continued to walk. 'She was fiddling with what appeared to be some sweets as she pushed the pram.' She said she saw Miss Graves push the pram out of the way and then saw her fall to the ground. 'It was all very quick,' she added.

Police at the scene after the accident


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200 shape up in the Race for Life and €4000 By SALLY BENGTSSON THE skies may have been grey, and drizzle filled the air, but this didn’t put off over 200 people from participating in MABS 5th annual Race for Life along the beach of Los Alcazares last Sunday. Just before the runners (and walkers) set off for the 3km stretch at 11am, a minute’s silence was observed, to remember all those who have fallen in wars past and present. Participants were all shapes and sizes, old and young, some raring to go, others just happy to stroll along while giving their donation for the good cause that MABS represents. King’s College was well represented by teachers and pupils alike. Other groups and clubs includ-

It’s a dog’s life for the Courier’s Sally Bengtsson (right)

ed Running Wild from La Zenia, Lynn Preston’s Zumba from Los Alcázares, DFS Furniture from San Javier and Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus from Los Alcázares. Upon donating ten euros for the charity, all the participants received a T-shirt and number to pin on. A few donned fancy dress or a dash of pink. First man over the finish

line was Cesár Palazón, first lady was Christine Birkett, first teenager and overall winner was 14year-old Liam Holmes, first boy was Craig Holmes (Liam’s brother), first fancy dress runner was Tom Wiswould (a MABS volunteer) and first girl was Blossom Storey. There was a tie for the first doggie over the line between Jake and Bonny. Jake, a German Shepherd owned by the Courier’s Sally Bengtsson, was defending last year’s record, but was happy to share the win with Amanda Willet’s rescue dog Bonnie, who she found at L|ynn Beattie Stretton’s rescue home in Benidorm. Overseas FM and various stallholders helped to give the race finish area a festive feel. “This is a key,

annual fundraising event for MABS Murcia,” said MABS Director, Lyn Baines “and we’re so grateful to all who have turned out to support us today, despite the inclement weather. Everyone has made such an effort to arrive on a Sunday morning, create a great atmosphere and collect sponsorship money for us. Thanks must also go to all the MABS volunteers who have been here since the crack of dawn to organise such a great event and to the Policia Local, the ambulance service and the Ayuntamiento of Los Alcázares.” Sponsorship money will be coming in over the next 2-3 months, but MABS is expecting to achieve its fundraising target of €4,000 from the day. Officials would also like to thank the sponsors of the event: Iceland Overseas, DFS Furniture and Time Out Sports Bar in San Javier. MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call the HELPLINE 693 275 779.


THE balloons will go up for AECC at a special fundraising afternoon at La Fuente Commercial Centre on Saturday. The main event will be the release of up to 1,000 helium-filled pink balloons at around 3.30pm, each with a card tied to it. Cards can be purchased on the day and the balloon that travels the furthest will earn €100 for the person whose card is attached to it. The event features allday entertainment starting at 1pm on the terrace of Evolution. Entertainers

generously donating their time are DJ Sammy Starr, Geoff Watts (The Jazz Singer), Paul Allen, Suzy G, ABBA 2 and The Soul Power. There will also be a fashion show plus, for kids, face painting and pol. AECC’s Torrevieja president Maria Wilson will be there with some of her new Pink Ladies and both men and women will be able to book screening tests. A race night will be held for the Pink Ladies the following evening at The Friendly Bar in the Citrus Centre at Playa Flamenca.

TERRY Chapman and Janice Penning celebrate their double victory in Sunday’s fifth day of the SAMM Autumn Race Series on the Mar Menor. Seven boats competed with Chapman and Penning’s Sailfish Sorocco beating off the challenge of Robert Hudson and Ingo Wilson’s Sailfish Mistral in the first race and Mick Burgess’s Sea Hopper in the second.


SPANGLES Ladies’ Harmony Chorus are warming up their vocal chords in preparation for the 2013 contest in Benalmádena, Málaga. The group last felt success during the annual chorus contest of the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS), which was held in San Pedro del Pinatar in 2011 and where thanks to a lot of hard work, they won gold. Their preparation schedule has seen them teaming up with acclaimed barbershop/a cappella vocalist, Stuart Sides, who is helping them towards a repeat performance in 2013. Spangles’ musical director Gail Grainger says: “We want to bring the trophy back to Los Alcázares again next year. So we are all working really hard to hone the techniques that Stuart has taught us.” For further information, please call Lyn on 968 432 525 or Anthea on 968 334 527, or visit the website: THE date for the Rascals’ Los Montesinos Christmas Show “Disney Delights and Christmas Crackers” has been put back a day,


Short shorts due to unforeseen circumstances. The new date will now be Sunday December 2. Tickets at €5 from Sue on 96 678 4874 or Jill on 966 727 282. Further details on TO mark the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of the Teatro Romea de Murcia, San Fulgencio’s Office for the Urbanisations has organised a free excursión which takes in a tour of the theatre. Departure is from the Social Centre, Urb Marina at 8:15am on Thursday December 13, returning at approximately 3pm. Sign up for the tour at the Office for the Urbanisations. THE Velvetones Ladies Harmony Chorus entertain with a selection of old, new and seasonal songs at El Paraiso Restaurant in Torrevieja on December 5 (7.30pm). Tickets cost €5 and can be bought from Ena Fraser, telephone 965 707 598 - or just come along on the night.



TRIBUTE AT THE TRIPLE THE Desperados (Eagles), Fakers Quo (Status Quo) and Abba Elite Tributes have been thrilling local and international audiences for years. And next Thursday (Nov 22) they will all be together on one show for the first time when they appear at

Restaurante Los Rosales in Guardamar (doors open 7.30). A raffle will also be held for Elche Children’s Care Home. Tickets are €12.50 for show and meal. For more details, call 606192691/ 697501992 or email


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BY SALLY BENGTSSON A 50-YEAR record was broken on the roads of Spain last weekend. It was the first time since the general traffic agency (DGT) began keeping records in 1960, that only one death had been reported on the nation’s highways in one weekend. “It is a historic record,” DGT officials noted cautiously. Historic because it was an exceptional figure, and also because the DGT doesn’t know exactly why just one fatality occurred between Friday October 26 and Sunday October 28, 2012. The DGT added: “During that same weekend in 2005, 42 people died on the roads and there was another weekend the previous August where 50 people died. ’’ While these fatality figures may seem alarmingly high, they are not unusual — even though the average figure for 2012 is about 10 deaths per weekend. “There are many reasons for traffic accidents,” said an official from the Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE, He added that the high price of petrol and a decline in road travel are two factors that should be considered in relation to the drops in traffic fatalities. Some 69 percent of drivers — 32 percent more than in 2009 — have changed their driving patterns in an effort to save money, according to a poll. Of that number, 87 percent say they have avoided jumping into their car regularly for routine trips, while 70 percent have cut back on their maximum speed. The chances of getting a hefty speeding fine or having

Spanish traffic deaths hit new low on record weekend

an accident, which implies repair costs, are two other factors that have helped Spanish drivers change their driving habits, said publishing company Fesvial. The DGT says fewer traffic deaths and fewer drivers on the road are the only good things about the crisis. Some 79 million people travelled on Spanish roads this past summer — 1.2 million fewer than in 2011. During the Virgin del Pilar holiday, the DGT said there were around 400,000 fewer drivers on the road than in 2009, the last year the holiday fell next to a weekend. “Road trips have dropped between three and four percent,” say DGT officials, “but this indicator is lower than the road deaths, which have fallen some 10 percent.” The sole traffic accident victim of the last weekend in October was 60-year-old Damià Badia Serentill, a teacher from Raimat in Lleida province.

Greenpeace activists get their message across

SUICIDE SPARKS EVICTION FREEZE THE suicide of a Basque woman just minutes before she was to be kicked out of her foreclosed home has led to a temporary freeze on all evictions by Kutxabank, a merger of three Basque banks. Another regional lender, Caja Laboral Ipar Kutxa, previously decided to do the same. Public protests against the banks grew in intensity on Friday, after Amaya Egaña's death was reported by the media. Thousands of people took part in a spontaneous march in Barakaldo, the town

where the former Socialist councilor lived, and over the weekend several bank branch offices were spray-painted with the word "Murderers." In a two-paragraph press release, Kutxabank chairman Mario Fernández said he had "issued instructions for the [bank] to immediately suspend all eviction procedures" until new information emerges on mortgage legislation reform being hammered out jointly by the ruling Popular Party and the opposition Socialists. But Banco Popular chair-

man Ángel Ron warned that a legislative change would end up "rewarding" defaulters, harming the majority of mortgagees who pay religiously, and hindering economic recovery. There have been 400,000 evictions since 2007 in a country with extremely high home ownership levels. With the EU forecasting six million jobless Spaniards by 2013, growing numbers of people will foreseeably be unable to meet their mortgage payments.


Warning: Another Prestige disaster possible =

A DECADE on from the Prestige oil spill of November 2002, the greatest environmental disaster the Spanish peninsula has ever seen, Greenpeace has warned that a similar catastrophe could happen again in Spain. A lack of political, legal and economic liability; too much tolerance of floating "scrap piles" transporting dangerous cargoes across the oceans; and unreinforced maritime safety were all factors that mean "another Prestige is possible," the environmental organisation said. Greenpeace launched its warning last week in the port of Bilbao, with a protest against an oil tanker belonging to a business similar to that of the Prestige. They also issued an extensive report outlining how much remains to be done in order to avoid further spills like the one that battered 1,600 kilometres of the Spanish and French coasts 10 years ago. "Our best ally is not forgetting what happened," said Greenpeace Spain director Mario Rodríguez. "Its root causes remain.’’ Chief among those is the fact that no one has accepted responsibility for what happened. To highlight this, activists from the group in Bilbao unfurled banners in front of the Searacer oil tanker.


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Horoscopes Aries March 21 - April 19 Artifacts that appear on your eyeballs are an after-effect of going out on the razzle for 4 nights running. Brown is your unlucky colour for today. Avoid it where ever possible. The scars left on your knee are there for everyone to see. Half of what you think you're good at is actually a complete fluke.

Taurus April 20 - May 20 All the advice I could share with you would blow your mind and leave nothing to the imagination. Supper is something that comes to those who last out the day. You may be too tired, or otherwise incapacitated. All the yearnings you have will all of a sudden find explosive release this week. Dismiss this horoscope at your peril.

Gemini May 21 - June 20 A chance encounter with someone you hate will leave you feeling bitter and angry today. All of that which you experience today will be catalogued under "things not to do in public again". Rotten food can be an unhealthy way to lose weight! Harsh words may be spoken by a loved one today. One part love, one part hate.

Cancer June 21 - July 22 Only with your amazing skills were you able to find this horoscope, and for that you will be rewarded with only good news. The colour blue will give you cause for resentment today. Any jamborees you attend today are likely to be fun-filled as well as informative. You struggle with your sexuality like a lizard trying to put on a pair of y-fronts.

By Pandora Leo July 23 - August 22 Any dreams you have been granted recently will turn out to be hollow and easily shattered. Minor changes to your driving style allows you to feel like you're a better driver, but actually are making your behaviour quite erratic. Weather can change in an instant, so be prepared for every eventuality today.

Virgo August 23 - September 22 The accuracy of any prognostication is likely to be determined by how unlucky you generally are. If you can fit in this week, you'll know that your work is done. You may feel like today has started like a horror story, but it will get better this lunchtime. Don't let others stifle your creativity. It's alright to make paintings out of their droppings.

Libra September 23 - October 22 It's marvellous. No, really, it is absolutely marvellous. You'll see. Remember, his/her sweetness is your weakness. "His/her?", yes, we don't know your sex. Are you a woman? I really can't tell. If it were possible to hold onto your charm, then you'd find fortune. However, people will soon start to find you predictable and eminently hateable.

Scorpio October 23 - November 21 Employee of the month awards carry a penalty - the penalty of ridicule. You may develop a sudden interest in the backs of things today. "Shout, shout, let it all out." A rhyming message which can really help you out today. Weekend "raves" are not something that happen to you anymore. But it's okay, you have things like Wogan instead.

Sagittarius November 22 - December 21 Don't be a player hater. No, we don't know what that means either. Pants, socks, tshirts, sweaters. These are all parts of your wardrobe. Remember this. Cartoons will flavour the day for you, today, giving you ideas and humour. Your friends won't forgive you if you don't take the opportunity you are presented with.

Capricorn December 22 - January 19 The horse you received in the mail has a diamond-studded golden tooth. Just thought I'd mention it. Limericks are great, but perhaps you might avoid talking incessantly in one large storybook of tall tales. Chew the cud with some friends today. Their inane chatter may amuse you.

Aquarius January 20 - February 18 The manner of an exit you make today may lead others to assume things of you. Money makes the world go round only in a metaphorical sense. Now that you understand that, try not to embarrass yourself in front of other by declaring that other metaphorical phrases are indeed based on science and physics.

Pisces February 19 - March 20 our pedestal is going to be kicked out from under you today, as loved ones will embellish you with hateful phrases. The older you get the more you're starting to realise that everyone else is an idiot. Whenever you feel unhappy today, smile and go to the toilet. This action should soon turns things around for you.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Tax discs and licences from post TOYOTA RECALLS 2.7M offices for another 10 years THERE had been fears that the Department for Transport was preparing to strip the post office of a vital £450million contract for tax discs and driving licences. Politicians have been bombarded by letters from constituents calling for the DVLA contract to be renewed, as many fear it could lead to further closures. However ministers are expected to announce this week a new deal which will see post offices continue to provide the service for up to a decade from March 2013. The post office will also get the right to bid for other government services to become the “front office counter services for other Government departments”. Officials said a number of other departments have already expressed an interest in delivering their services through the Post Office. The service is seen as vital to those on low incomes and pensioners who do not

like to apply for the driving licences and car tax documents over the internet. A Government source said: “This is good news for the taxpayer, who will benefit from savings of up to £15m a year. It is good news for drivers who will get a better service. And it is good news for local post offices up and down the country

and the communities they serve." The new seven year contract - worth at least £450 million - will run from 1 April 2013 until 31 March 2020, with the option of an extension for up to a further three years. The current DVLA front office counter services contract is operated by Post

JAPAN'S biggest automaker said there were no reported injuries or accidents, but it had received about 400 comOffice Limited and was due plaints in Japan over the to expire on 31 March 2013. pump issue and a handSources said the DVLA ful about the steering had decided to award the problem. contract following a rigorous Toyota's latest recall for and extremely competitive UK drivers involves cerprocess. tain Avensis and Corolla The news will be wel- models from July 2001 to comed by SubPostmasters March 2009 and for some who rely on the DVLA con- Prius models from July tract for up to 20 per cent of 2003 to April 2009. their revenues. Last week, George In a worst case scenario, Thomson, the general sec- the steering shaft defect retary of the National could lead to drivers losFederation of ing control of the vehicle, SubPostmasters, said losing while the water pump the contract would be “cata- problem could render it strophic” for the network. inoperable, the company He warned: “Thousands said. of branches may be forced About 1.5 million of the to close and the govern- vehicles were sold in ment's policy on the post Japan, with the rest office network will be left in around the world, includtatters.”

ing 670,000 in the United States and 460,000 across Europe. Toyota, once lauded for its safety standards, has been forced into damage control mode in recent years after recalling millions of vehicles over defects. Tuesday's announcement comes after the firm last month issued a huge global recall of 7.43 million vehicles, including its popular Camry and Corolla models, over a possible fire risk tied to a fault with electric windows. Earlier this year it added two models to a controversial 2009 recall launched after floor mats became trapped under the accelerator, linked to accidents that allegedly caused dozens of deaths.

Mercedes announces SLS Black Series

If you lie awake at night worrying that the MercedesBenz SLS AMG is just a bit too soft, slow and heavy, then help is at hand, for there’s now a hardcore Black Series version of the car. Like the standard SLS, the Black Series is built by AMG, Mercedes’ in-house tuning division, only this time it has taken inspiration from the SLS GT3 race car. As a result, the power of the 6.2litre naturally aspirated V8 has increased from 563bhp to 621bhp, and the rev limit lifted from 7,200to 8,000rpm. AMG has also fitted a gas-filled strut to brace the engine on the car’s body to improve stability during fast direction changes. Thanks to its performance upgrades, the SLS AMG Black Series can accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.6sec. The seven-speed twinclutch gearbox sits 10mm

lower in the car to improve the centre to gravity and has faster shift times, while the mechanical limited-slip differential makes way for an electronically controlled one. The race-tuned suspension features adjustable damping (hard or even harder), as well as coil-over springs that can be adjusted depending on which circuit (or supermarket) you’re heading for. All of this is backed up with a styling makeover influenced by the GT3 racer, including wider wings, a carbon-fibre-reinforced front splitter and a diffuser at the

rear. For the full race-track refugee look you can specify the “AMG Aerodynamics package”, which includes a giant rear wing, also made of carbon-fibre. Inside the car gets bucket seats and plenty of racy Alcantara trim, while the satnav screen has been removed to save weight. Prices are yet to be announced for the SLS AMG Black Series, but suffice it to say that it is unlikely to be appearing alongside the Cclass on company car schemes when it goes on sale in the summer.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Motorists waste ÂŁ50m a year defrosting their cars

MOTORISTS who leave their car engine idle while defrosting their windscreen will waste nearly ÂŁ50m in fuel this winter, according to Direct Line Car Insurance. While the average person takes only three minutes to defrost their car, high fuel costs mean even using this small amount of petrol or diesel will see their money go up in exhaust fumes. The wasted fuel equates to over 300 million road miles, and would enable someone to drive an average sized car more than 13,000 times around the world. However, fuel waste should not be the only worry for motorists. Of those regular drivers who took part in the study, 42pc admitted to having left their car unattended with the keys in the ignition. This makes them

the perfect target for thieves, and they risk invalidating their insurance policy as well, should the vehicle get stolen. Steve Price, head of Direct Line Car Insurance, said: "With fuel prices having risen more than 40 pence per litre since 2007, it makes more sense than ever to consider alternative methods of defrosting your car on icy days. It is really important that drivers never

leave their cars unattended with the keys in the ignition under any circumstances, but particularly when defrosting their cars. "Many of us are pressed for time in the mornings and so leaving your car to warm up whilst running back indoors to tie up some loose ends can seem like a clever use of our time. However, if a theft occurs under these circumstances, policyholders may not be covered."



Friday, November 16, 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, 20 represents P and 13 represents B, 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 Take courage grab them, lest ten break out (7) 5 Britain finishes diver’s problem (5) 8 I leave reposing assembly for a hanger on (7) 9 Violent behaviour from punch bag group (5) 10 Dorsal vertebra contains soothing ointment (5) 11 Famous Frenchman is a purest revolutionary (7) 12 Copper trial is most shrewd (6) 14 Cannot change a country district (6) 17 Each vapour has a distinctive aroma (7) 19 Blow political influence (5) 22 I head riveting, intriguing and quiet nationality (5) 23 Well-bred and a little gentleman - but a slippery customer too! (7) 24 Terrorist admits blun-

der (5) 25 Getting this drug is easy. Hidden cost - nothing to it! (7) Down 1 They may give you breathing space (5) 2 Giant fish (5) 3 Very drunk Parry departs from the press gallery confused (7) 4 Bar rebel priest (6) 5 Wooden smiles (5) 6 Disregard the glen etc, it’s silly (7) 7 Hardly what a Scotsman would wear under the kilt (7) 12 A sudden desire to crash an epic car (7) 13 Rider at crash is farther behind (7) 15 Climbs like money (7) 16 Hound British bird of prey (6) 18 Show she is in an ancient city (5) 20 Last letter from the Rome Gazette (5) 21 Tall youth starts the count (5)




Complete the crossword grid by using the given words:

3 letter words Aga Ash Ass Ate Ecu Ere Far Psi Rag See Tee Vat 4 letter words Acid Ague Alit

Amen Anew Cola Cyan Dine Disc Dose Gala Hare Imps Iris Lame Lees Lira Neap Neat None Omen Onus

Ores Pens Prow Race Ramp Sews Sits Slat Slop Sore Spat Sway Tors Tree 5 letter words Acute Aroma Atlas

Dress Eager Elude Enter Ester Gassy Genet Icing Inter Nasal Pants Pilaf Saiga Shard Share Splat Tails Tsars Viola

6 letter words Engage Halter Ocular Recaps 7 letter words Casinos Console Largely Martial 8 letter words Agrarian Conceits Methanol Redesign

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




1 Household implement (7) 5 Sound made by a cat (5) 8 Distinguish oneself (7) 9 Felony (5) 10 Indulgence (5) 11 Catch in a web (7) 12 Organisation (6) 14 Arouses wrath in (6) 17 Disgraceful event (7) 19 Sample (5) 22 Perfect (5) 23 Make lively (7) 24 Awful (5) 25 Divide or split up (7)

1 Distress (5) 2 Strange and frightening (5) 3 Sudden involuntary movement (7) 4 Diminish (6) 5 Slippery secretion (5) 6 Stir up (7) 7 Ineffective (7) 12 Meeting or series of meetings (7) 13 Sportsmen who perform on ice (7) 15 Zero (7) 16 For all time (6) 18 Put off until later (5) 20 Frighten (5) 21 Throw out (5)

Last weeks Solution Across: 1 Holdall, 5 Bliss, 8 Reimburse, 9 Fan, 10 Ripen, 12 Pasture, 13 Cayman Islands, 15 Primary, 17 Nears, 19 Obi, 20 Identical, 22 Singe, 23 Lectern. Down: 1 Hirer, 2 Lei, 3 Albania, 4 Lord Privy Seal, 5 Bless, 6 Influenza, 7 Singers, 11 Physician, 13 Copious, 14 Lunatic, 16 Abide, 18 Salon, 21 Cue.

Scribble Pad

1 Nuzzles (5) 1 Stinging plants (7) 2 Fairy tale figure (5) 5 Stoops (5) 3 Falling-down drunk (7) 8 Freeloader (7) 4 Band (6) 9 Aggravation (5) 5 Rays (5) 10 Ointment (5) 6 Fail to take care of (7) 11 French chemist (7) 7 Highlander's pouch (7) 12 Most adorable (6) 12 Whim (7) 14 Swiss district (6) 13 More belated (7) 17 Scent (7) 15 Climbs (7) 19 Punch (5) 16 Hound dog (6) 22 Celtic language (5) 18 Doorkeeper (5) 23 Cultivated (7) 20 Greek letter (5) 24 Mistake (5) 25 Delight (7) 21 Correspond (5) Last weeks Solution Across: 1 Seam, 3 Cataract, 9 Rapport, 10 Grace, 11 Credo, 12 Aflame, 14 Nailed, 16 Garage, 19 Valets, 21 Halve, 24 Neigh, 25 Bramble, 26 Sinister, 27 Band. Down: 1 Saracens, 2 Apple, 4 Astray, 5 Angel, 6 Anaemia, 7 Teem, 8 Morose, 13 Reverend, 15 Italian, 17 Ashcan, 18 Usable, 20 Ethos, 22 Libra, 23 Ends.



1 Costilla (3) 3 Snails (9) 8 Cisnes (5) 9 Customer (7) 10 Like that (3) 11 Perdedor (5) 12 Oraciones (7) 13 Verano (6) 15 Bedsheet (6) 19 Walls (interior) (7) 21 Campanas (de iglesias, puertas) (5) 23 Demasiado (3) 24 Swimming pool (7) 25 Lino (ropa) (5) 26 Hombros (9) 27 Ver (persona, objeto) (3)

1 Resultados (7) 2 Frijoles (5) 3 To get married (7) 4 Receta (cocina) (6) 5 Young girl (5) 6 Lentil (7) 7 Semillas (5) 14 Seafood (7) 16 Trees (7) 17 Absent (person, thing) (7) 18 Hacienda (6) 19 Tuberías (5) 20 Taladro (herramienta) (5) 22 Monday (5)


Friday, November 16, 2012 Across 9 Who was prime minister of the UK from October 1963 to October 1964? (4,7-4) 10 What name for a partial or total loss of memory is derived from the Greek for ‘forgetfulness’? (7) 12 Which firm, smooth, yellow cheese takes its name from a village in Somerset? (7) 13 What name is given to the wheels used by surveyors that register distance traversed? (9) 14 What was the real first (birth) name of actress Marilyn Monroe? (5) 15 Which saltwater lake, whose surface is 1,292 feet below sea level, borders Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west? (4,3) 18 What name is given to an official pardon for people who have been convicted of political offences? (7) 21 What name is often applied to the wing of a helicopter or similar air-

craft? (5) 23 In the US, what title is often given to a junior supervisor with some responsibility but little authority? (5,4) 25 Which city is the state capital of Wisconsin? (7) 26 Which word is often given to a straight line between two places? (7) 29 To Catch a Thief (1955), North by Northwest (1959) and Psycho (1960) and The Birds (1963) were all directed by which English film director and producer? (6,9) Down 1 Which white sparkling wine, similar to champagne, is produced mainly in the Penedès region of NE Spain? (4) 2 The songs Ol’ Man River, Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, A Fine Romance and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes were all composed by Jerome [Who]? (4) 3 Which king of Ithaca, renowned for his cunning


Quiz Word

and resourcefulness, is the central figure of the Odyssey? (8) 4 Which flammable hydrocarbon gas of the alkane

series, present in petroleum and natural gas, is used in bottled form as a fuel? (6) 5 Which large, tideless,

almost landlocked body of water is bounded by Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania? (5,3) 6 Which adverb means ‘behind or towards the rear of a ship or aircraft’? (6) 7 Tegucigalpa is the capital of which Central America country, bordering on the Caribbean Sea and with a short coastline on the Pacific Ocean? (8) 8 In which month of 1929 did the infamous St Valentine’s Day Massacre occur in Chicago? (8) 11 By what nickname is the Scottish guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter James Ure better known? (5) 15 What name is often applied to the flesh of the legs of fowl used as food? (4,4) 16 Meaning ‘act of faith’, what name was given to the public announcement of the sentences imposed by the Spanish Inquisition on supposed heretics and the public execution of

those sentences, often by burning at the stake? (4-22) 17 Which potent green aniseed-flavoured liqueur was originally made with wormwood? (8) 19 Which city, the capital of India, was built between 1912 and 1929 to replace Calcutta (Kolkata) as the capital of British India? (3,5) 20 What is the surname of the former world boxing heavyweight champion who was nicknamed ‘Iron Mike’? (5) 22 Which dessert apple shares its name with a reddish-brown colour? (6) 24 What name is usually given to a partial refund to someone who has paid too much for tax, rent or a utility? (6) 27 Fe is the chemical symbol for which metallic element? (4) 28 What name is given to large northern deer with enormous flattened antlers in the males? (4)

SALLY’S SIMPLE SPANISH EL INVIERNO - WINTER Match these words with their Spanish translations then find them in the wordsearch. (Answers below)

el abrigo

la estufa

el frío

la hoguera

el gorro

la infusión

el radiador

la navidad

el trineo

la nieve

el viento

las botas

la bufanda

los calcetines

la escarcha

los guantes

sports QUIZ

ANSWERS: 1. Seven 2. 112 3. Rugby League 4. Cyclops 5. Bowls 6. The Crafty Cockney 7. Zara Phillips 8. Wyatt Earp 9. Pete Sampras 10. Cliff Thorburn 11. Pete Sampras 12. Rex Williams

Last Week’s Solutions Code Cracker Last weeks Quiz Wordsolution Across: 1 Cover-ups, 5 Intact, 10 Links, 11 Land Rover, 12 Pizzicato, 13 Hello, 14 Tennis, 15 Apropos, 18 A la mode, 20 Saigon, 22 Nasal, 24 Goldeneye, 25 Countdown, 26 Alamo, 27 Enamel, 28 Dead heat. Down: 1 Caliph, 2 Venezuela, 3 Russian roulette, 4 Pulsars, 6 Northern Ireland, 7 Anvil, 8 Tortoise, 9 Angora, 16 Promenade, 17 Barnacle, 19 Eggnog, 20 Silence, 21 Reboot, 23 Scuba.

Empareja estas palabras para animales - Match the Spanish and English animal words You will find the answers at the bottom of the quiz. 1.el abrigo, 2.el frío, 3.el gorro,

16.los guantes.

k.Christmas, l.the fireplace,

4.el radiador, 5.el trineo,

m.the hat, n.the boots,

6.el viento, bufanda,

a.snow, b.the radiator, escarcha, estufa,

c.the socks, d.the gloves, hoguera, infusión,

e.the scarf, f.the coat, navidad, nieve,

g.the heater, h.the tea,

14.las botas, 15.los calcetines,

i.the wind, j.the cold,


Span - Eng

o.the sledge, p.the frost,

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

1. How Many Players Comprise A Handball Team? 2. In a maximum snooker break of 147, how many points are scored on the black ball alone? 3. Which Sport Is Played By The Wigan Wanderers? 4. What Name Is Given To The Electronic Eye Used At Wimbledon Tennis Tournaments? 5. Which game was illegal in Elizabethan England? 6. What Is The Dart Player Eric Bristows Nickname? 7. Who Became The BBC Sports Personality Of The Year In 2006? 8. Who refereed, the 1876 Sharky vs Fitzsimmons fight with a gun? 9. Who Won The US Open Men's Tennis Title in 1990 At The Age Of Just 19? 10. Who Made The First 147 Break At The Snooker World Championships? 11. Which Tennis Player Won Their 5 th Wimbledon Title In 1998? 12. Who was World Professional Billiards Champion from 1968 to 1980?


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Friday, November 16, 2012

TRELI ON THE TELLY News ’n’ Booze Hour

with ALEX TRELINSKI BBC 2’s The Hour, set in a fifties BBC TV newsroom, was more of a triumph of style over content when it premiered last year. Despite that, I liked it and was happy to see it back on Wednesday for a second run. I’ve no complaints about the cast with Dominic West and Ben Whishaw in it and the added bonus of Peter Capaldi playing a new boss. It still looks glossy and there’s a bit more pace about the plot. Having worked in broadcast newsrooms over the years, I think there’s a fair amount of wishful thinking over the way the journalists worked. But at least the alcohol levels have stayed pretty much the same over the years! Channel Four’s drama department is really giving us a treat at the

moment. Following on from by dramas like Cathy Come their political thriller, Secret Home. This was not comfortable State, last night they screened a film called sofa viewing, but why should Everyday, which was actually it be? It had plenty to say, shot over five years. It’s the and I’ll eat my hat if Shirley story of a family where the Henderson doesn’t get an father (played by John Simm) award or two for playing is banged up in jail, and we mum Karen. I love modern see how mum and the kids historical cope. With the youngsters being real-life siblings and documentaries, improvising their lines, there especially those that deal with was a documentary the Second style feel to it all, W o r l d which was pioWar and neered way what led back in the up to it. sixties



There’s a personal interest here, as my parents were refugees from Poland, with a lot of suffering that to this day resonates loudly in their lives. You’re always left asking how and why did Hitler came to power, and then how did he manage to manipulate the German people? Laurence Rees, who has made some impressive films about the Nazis and the War, has now produced a new series for BBC 2 called The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler. He’s uncovered some fascinating unseen footage, as well as interviews with people who met Hitler. It really is a warning as to what can happen if people lose hope and dignity, and you wonder if some modern day politicians have learnt their lessons from history. Despite the BBC’s talent for self-destruction, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that it is still easily the world’s best broadcasting organisation. Take last weekend, when Strictly Come Dancing notched up record

figures at the expense of ITV, whilst on the other scale, we had moving and professional coverage of the Festival of Remembrance from the Albert Hall on Saturday, followed by live coverage from the Cenotaph on Sunday morning. It’s such quality and diversity that seems to be forgotten by those people with their own political agendas for wanting to stick the boot in, and tonight (though not to my personal viewing taste), there’s the annual Children in Need appeal which will help countless youngsters around the UK. I can’t think of another broadcaster in the world capable of doing what the BBC does, and a couple of horrendous blunders involving one particular programme shouldn’t lead to a wholesale trashing of an institution that is still greatly respected. News of two TV greats passing away reached me just after The Courier had gone to press


last week. Clive Dunn was a revelation as Corporal Jones in Dad’s Army, yet an unknown actor called David Jason was originally offered the role by David Croft and Jimmy Perry in 1968. The powers-that-be wanted a more familiar name, and as Clive had done many shows like Bootsie and Snudge, he was drafted in. His wonderful characterisation and makeup meant that he looked a lot younger in his retirement years into his nineties in Portugal! Bill Tarmey, along with Liz Dawn, made TV gold as the Duckworths in Coronation Street. Though Bill was first and foremost a singer, his comic timing in his near 30year partnership with Liz, helped to maintain the high standards of Britain’s favourite soap. What a shame that he didn’t have more time to enjoy his retirement, but with Clive Dunn, we have many reasons to thank both gentlemen for giving us countless hours of wonderful television.

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Dara O Briain's Science Club The Culture Show HARDtalk Newsday ABC World News BBC News Asia Business Report Sport Today BBC World News Asia Business Report Sport Today Schools Once Upon a Time Primary Maths Promo Primary English Promo Schools Fillers Zigby

07:10 Finley the Fire Engine 07:20 Little Robots 07:30 64 Zoo Lane 07:45 Chuggington: Badge Quest 07:50 Rastamouse 08:00 School of Silence 08:30 Pet Squad 08:40 Eliot Kid 08:55 Newsround 09:00 What's New Scooby-Doo? 09:25 Mister Maker Comes to Town 09:45 I Can Cook with You 10:00 ZingZillas 10:15 Baby Jake 10:25 Dipdap 10:30 Wibbly Pig 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Octonauts: Creature Reports 11:05 Big Barn Farm 11:20 Charlie and Lola 11:30 3rd & Bird 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Animal Park 14:00 Restoration Roadshow 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 21:00 Mastermind 21:30 An Island Parish 22:00 Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild 23:00 Children in Need 23:40 Newsnight

00:05 The Jonathan Ross Show 01:05 Jackpot247 01:05 ITV News Headlines 04:00 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 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson's Real Deal 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Island Hospital 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 Wanted

CHILDREN IN NEED Terry Wogan, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton return to present another bumper evening of fund-raising fun, which sees a massive line-up of stars singing, dancing or acting plain daft in support of disadvantaged children across the UK. The fun kicks off with the biggest boy band of the moment (and no, that doesn't mean Union J) as One Direction get the party started.

00:50 Random Acts 00:55 Embarrassing Fat Bodies 01:55 Freaky Sleepers 02:50 Time Team 03:45 Unreported World 04:10 Dispatches 05:05 Deal or No Deal 06:00 Countdown 06:45 Make Do & Mend 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News Midday Summary 13:05 Come Dine with Me 14:05 Channel 4 Racing 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:30 Unreported World 20:55 21:00 Come Dine with Me 22:00 Derren Brown: Fear and Faith 23:00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man

01:25 SuperCasino 05:00 HouseBusters 05:25 House Doctor 05:45 Michaela's Wild Challenge 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 The WotWots 07:20 Fireman Sam 07:30 Jelly Jamm 07:45 Peppa Pig 07:50 Olive the Ostrich 07:55 Little Princess 08:10 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:15 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Best House in the Street 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:10 The Perfect Marriage 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 The Gadget Show 21:00 Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan 22:00 The Mentalist 23:00 Castle 23:55 Law & Order: Criminal Intent


The Courier Saturday TV

November 17

02:30 Weatherview 02:35 Click 03:00 BBC News 03:30 The Week in Parliament 04:00 BBC News 04:30 Click 04:45 Newswatch 05:00 BBC News 05:30 On the Road With 06:00 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30 Baking Made Easy 13:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 13:15 Football Focus 14:00 Cycling 15:00 Live International Rugby Union 17:30 Final Score 18:10 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 18:30 Children in Need 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing 21:00 Merlin 21:45 The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 21:55 Casualty 22:45 Live at the Apollo 23:15 BBC News; Weather 23:30 National Lottery Update 23:30 Match of the Day

00:10 Weather 00:45 The National Lottery Friday Night Draws 00:55 Later with Jools Holland 02:00 Backstage 03:25 Battle beyond the Stars

05:00 Close 07:00 Zigby 07:10 Finley the Fire Engine 07:20 Little Robots 07:30 64 Zoo Lane 07:45 Rastamouse 08:00 Roar 08:30 Bear Behaving Badly 08:55 The Scooby-Doo Show 09:20 Dennis and Gnasher 09:30 Trapped Ever After 10:00 Jedward's Big Adventure 10:30 Sorry, I've Got No Head 11:00 The Ministry of Curious Stuff 11:30 Deadly 60 Bites 11:35 Splatalot 12:00 Prank Patrol 12:30 OOglies 12:45 MOTD Kickabout 13:00 That Darn Cat! 14:50 Miracle 17:00 Flog It! 18:00 Live International Rugby Union 20:30 Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild 21:30 Dad's Army 22:00 Formula One 23:15 The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane

01:35 ITV News Headlines 04:00 Enter the Dragon 05:45 ITV Nightscreen 06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 07:25 The Hive 07:50 Canimals 08:05 The Avengers 08:25 Rated A for Awesome 08:50 Horrid Henry 09:35 Shake It Up 10:00 My Phone Genie 10:25 ITV News 10:30 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 12:20 Dinner Date: Australia 13:15 ITV News and Weather 13:24 Meridian Weather 13:25 All Star Family Fortunes 14:10 Home Sweet Home 16:10 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 18:15 Meridian News and Weather 18:30 ITV News and Weather 18:45 The Golden Rules of TV 19:15 New You've Been Framed! 19:45 Take Me Out 21:00 The X Factor 22:20 I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:20 ITV News and Weather 23:34 Meridian Weather 23:35 Fast & Furious

00:05 Friday Night Dinner 00:35 8 Out of 10 Cats 01:25 Random Acts 01:30 Full English 02:00 The Ricky Gervais Show 02:25 My Name Is Earl 02:50 My Name Is Earl 03:10 Bob's Burgers 03:35 Bob's Burgers 03:55 Charlie's Angels 04:40 90210 05:20 Deal or No Deal 06:15 Countdown 06:55 Close 07:00 The Treacle People 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freesports on 4 08:55 The Morning Line 09:55 Channel 4 Presents 10:00 Example at iTunes Festival 2012 Special 10:30 Made in Chelsea 11:35 Suburgatory 12:05 The Big Bang Theory 12:40 The Big Bang Theory 13:10 The Simpsons 13:40 Deal or No Deal 14:45 Channel 4 Racing 16:55 Come Dine with Me Down Under 19:25 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 Heston's Fantastical Food 21:00 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 23:50 The Crazies

IM A CELEBRITY Ant and Dec reveal how the famous faces are getting on as they enter their second week Down Under. With the first eviction just around the corner, the prospect of an early escape from the horrors of the bug-infested Australian jungle is likely to be appealing for some of them - particularly those who have already endured a Bushtucker Trial or two - but the more ambitious contestants will be hoping to go all the way, whatever the survival challenge throws at them.

00:55 Inside Hollywood 01:05 SuperCasino 04:55 Motorsport Mundial 05:25 House Doctor 05:45 Michaela's Wild Challenge 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Peppa Pig 07:05 Roary the Racing Car 07:15 Fifi and the Flowertots 07:25 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 07:30 The Mr Men Show 07:45 Olive the Ostrich 07:50 Abby's Flying Fairy School 08:00 Roobarb and Custard Too 08:05 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:20 Animal Antics 08:25 Noddy in Toyland 08:40 City of Friends 08:55 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby's Travelling Circus 10:25 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35 ThunderCats 12:10 Looney Tunes 12:20 Looney Tunes 12:25 Highland Emergency 12:55 Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan 13:55 The Train Robbers 15:45 Brannigan 17:55 5 News Weekend 18:00 Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 20:40 NCIS 21:35 NCIS 22:25 CSI: NY 23:25 CSI: Miami

The Courier Sunday TV

November 18

01:00 The Football League Show 02:15 Weatherview 02:20 BBC News 02:30 The Bottom Line 03:00 BBC News 03:30 Dateline London 04:00 BBC News 04:30 Martha, Meals and Malawi 05:00 BBC News 05:30 Click 06:00 BBC News 06:30 The Bottom Line 07:00 Breakfast 08:25 Match of the Day 10:00 The Andrew Marr Show 11:00 Sunday Morning Live 12:00 Sunday Politics 13:25 Countryfile 14:20 Bargain Hunt 15:20 Escape to the Country 16:20 Nature's Miracle Babies 17:20 Lifeline 17:30 Points of View 17:45 Songs of Praise 18:20 Nigel Slater's Dish of the Day 18:50 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 19:20 Countryfile 20:20 Strictly Come Dancing 21:00 Antiques Roadshow 22:00 The Secret of Crickley Hall 23:00 BBC News; Regional News and Weather 23:25 Formula 1

01:15 The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus

02:20 Later with Jools Holland 03:25 Night of the Living Dead 05:00 Close 07:00 Zigby 07:10 Finley the Fire Engine 07:20 Little Robots 07:30 64 Zoo Lane 07:45 Rastamouse 08:00 Roar 08:30 Deadly Art 08:45 Copycats 09:15 The Scooby-Doo Show 09:40 Wingin' It 10:00 12 Again 10:30 Gastronuts 11:00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30 The Great British Bake Off 13:30 International Rugby Union 14:30 Cycling 18:15 Coast 18:30 Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve 19:30 Fawlty Towers 20:00 Operation Iceberg 21:00 Sandy: Anatomy of a Superstorm 22:00 Dragons' Den 23:00 Harry & Paul 23:30 Match of the Day 2

01:30 ITV News Headlines 03:35 In Plain Sight 04:55 ITV Nightscreen 06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Engie Benjy 07:10 Jungle Junction 07:35 Signed Stories 07:50 Canimals 08:05 Matt Hatter Chronicles 08:25 Almost Naked Animals 08:35 Almost Naked Animals 08:50 Almost Naked Animals 09:00 Phineas and Ferb 09:15 Phineas and Ferb 09:30 Big Time Rush 10:00 Good Luck Charlie 10:25 ITV News 10:30 There's No Taste Like Home 11:25 Dinner Date 12:25 Dickinson's Real Deal 13:25 Countrywise 13:40 ITV News and Weather 13:54 Meridian Weather 13:55 Carry On Henry 15:40 The X Factor 17:00 The Home of Fabulous Cakes 18:00 The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single 19:30 Meridian News and Weather 19:45 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Surprise Surprise 21:00 The X Factor 22:00 I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:30 ITV News and Weather 23:44 Meridian Weather 23:45 Piers Morgan's Life Stories

THE SECRET OF CRICKLEY HALL New series. Drama following parallel storylines that chronicle strange events at a mysterious building where secrets from the past threaten the sanity of its modern-day inhabitants. London couple Eve and Gabe relocate to the North with their daughters in an attempt to get over the disappearance of their young son a year earlier. They move into the grand old Crickley Hall, where it is hoped the change of scenery will give Eve some comfort - but before long, strange things start to happen.

01:50 Recall 03:40 05:45 06:30 06:55 07:00 07:10 07:35 08:00 08:30 08:55 09:00 09:30 10:00 10:30 13:00 13:25 13:55 16:10 16:40 17:10 17:40 18:10 18:40 20:40 20:55 21:00 22:00 23:00

Uncle Boonmee Who Can His Past Lives Hollyoaks Countdown Make Do & Mend Channel 4 Presents The Treacle People The Hoobs The Hoobs Extreme Sailing Series Sailing Channel 4 Presents Will & Grace Frasier Frasier Sunday Brunch The Big Bang Theory The Simpsons Channel 4 Racing Hugh's 3 Good Things Hugh's 3 Good Things Hugh's 3 Good Things Hugh's 3 Good Things Hugh's 3 Good Things Home Alone Channel 4 News How Britain Worked Homeland Watchmen

00:20 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 01:15 SuperCasino 05:00 House Doctor 05:25 Great Artists 05:50 County Secrets 06:05 Hana's Helpline 06:15 The Milkshake! Show 06:40 Thomas & Friends 06:50 Roary the Racing Car 07:00 Peppa Pig 07:05 Roary the Racing Car 07:15 Fifi and the Flowertots 07:25 Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures 07:30 The Mr Men Show 07:45 Olive the Ostrich 07:50 Abby's Flying Fairy School 08:00 Roobarb and Custard Too 08:05 Bananas in Pyjamas 08:20 Animal Antics 08:25 Noddy in Toyland 08:40 City of Friends 08:55 Mio Mao 09:00 Little Princess 09:10 The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky 09:25 Angelina Ballerina 09:45 Rupert Bear 10:00 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:15 Toby's Travelling Circus 10:30 Roary the Racing Car 10:40 Jelly Jamm 11:00 Power Rangers: Super Samurai 11:35 ThunderCats 12:10 Looney Tunes 12:15 Looney Tunes 12:20 Meals in Moments 12:30 Rolf's Animal Clinic 13:35 You've Got Mail 15:50 Open Season 17:35 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 19:40 5 News Weekend 19:45 Stealth 22:00 Unforgiven


The Courier Monday TV

November 19

01:25 Hooper 03:00 Weatherview 03:05 Holby City 04:05 The Paradise 05:05 Film 2012 with Claudia Winkleman 05:35 HARDtalk 06:00 BBC News 06:30 World Business Report 06:45 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Neighbourhood Blues 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Watchdog Daily 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 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:25 Leon 17:30 Junior MasterChef 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Weather 20:00 The One Show 20:30 Inside Out 21:00 EastEnders 21:30 Panorama 22:00 Richard Hammond's Miracles of Nature 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Four Born Every Second

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Hebburn Never Mind the Buzzcocks My Year without Sex Martha, Meals and Malawi BBC News Asia Business Report Sport Today BBC News Asia Business Report Sport Today BBC News HARDtalk Close Zigby

07:10 Finley the Fire Engine 07:20 Little Robots 07:30 64 Zoo Lane 07:45 Chuggington: Badge Quest 07:50 Rastamouse 08:00 School of Silence 08:30 Pet Squad 08:40 Eliot Kid 08:55 Newsround 09:00 What's New Scooby-Doo? 09:25 Mister Maker Comes to Town 09:45 I Can Cook with You 10:00 ZingZillas 10:15 Baby Jake 10:25 Dipdap 10:30 Wibbly Pig 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Octonauts: Creature Reports 11:05 Big Barn Farm 11:20 Charlie and Lola 11:30 3rd & Bird 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 21:00 University Challenge 21:30 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler 23:00 Never Mind the Buzzcocks 23:30 Newsnight

00:45 Anglo-Welsh Cup Rugby Union 01:40 ITV News Headlines 03:40 Motorsport UK 04:35 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 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson's Real Deal 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:00 Little England 21:30 Coronation Street 22:00 I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 The Agenda

02:05 American Football Live 05:45 Grudge Match 05:55 Deal or No Deal 06:50 Channel 4 Presents 06:55 The Treacle People 07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Dispatches 21:30 Stephen Fry: Gadget Man 22:00 999: What's Your Emergency? 23:00 8 Out of 10 Cats 23:50 Full English

THE CONTRACT Crime thriller starring Morgan Freeman and John Cusack. Ray Keene arranges a camping trip for himself and his son but finds himself trying to bring world-class assassin Frank Carden to justice. In doing so he must protect his son while evading the assassin's team who are methodically hunting them down in the wilderness.

00:30 Hatfields & McCoys 01:30 How Do They Do It? 02:00 SuperCasino 05:00 The FBI Files 05:50 County Secrets 06:05 Hana's Helpline 06:15 The Milkshake! Show 06:40 Thomas & Friends 06:50 Roary the Racing Car 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 The WotWots 07:20 Fireman Sam 07:30 Jelly Jamm 07:45 Peppa Pig 07:50 Olive the Ostrich 07:55 Little Princess 08:10 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Make Way for Noddy 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Best House in the Street 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: NY 16:15 Angel in the Family 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan 21:00 The Gadget Show 22:00 The Contract

The Courier Tuesday TV

November 20

00:35 Seraphim Falls 02:20 Weatherview 02:25 Question Time 03:25 The Choir: Sing While You Work 04:25 Wartime Farm 05:25 BBC News 05:30 HARDtalk 06:00 BBC News 06:30 World Business Report 06:45 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Neighbourhood Blues 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Watchdog Daily 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; Regional News 16:05 Deadly 60 16:35 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:25 Leon 17:30 Shaun the Sheep Championsheeps 17:30 Junior MasterChef 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Weather 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Holby City 22:00 Last Tango in Halifax 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Imagine

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Dragons' Den BBC News HARDtalk Newsday ABC World News BBC News Asia Business Report Sport Today BBC News Schools: Make a Musical Schools: Same But Different

07:00 Zigby 07:10 Finley the Fire Engine 07:20 Little Robots 07:30 64 Zoo Lane 07:45 Chuggington: Badge Quest 07:50 Rastamouse 08:00 School of Silence 08:30 Pet Squad 08:40 Eliot Kid 08:55 Newsround 09:00 What's New Scooby-Doo? 09:25 Mister Maker Comes to Town 09:45 I Can Cook with You 10:00 ZingZillas 10:15 Baby Jake 10:25 Dipdap 10:30 Wibbly Pig 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Octonauts: Creature Reports 11:05 Big Barn Farm 11:20 Charlie and Lola 11:30 3rd & Bird 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 BBC World News 13:00 Daily Politics 14:00 Royal Upstairs Downstairs 14:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 21:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 Dara O Briain's Science Club 23:00 Later Live - with Jools Holland 23:30 Newsnight

00:10 Coogan's Bluff 01:45 ITV News Headlines 01:45 Jackpot247 04:00 Champions League Weekly 04:25 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 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson's Real Deal 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 UEFA Champions League Live 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 UEFA Champions League: Extra Time

LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX New series. Old friends Celia Dawson and Alan Buttershaw are both widowed and in their 70s, and have not seen each other for 60 years. When they are reunited over the internet and arrange to meet up, they discover it was an unfortunate twist of fate that prevented them getting together all those years ago. All at once, their feelings for each other are reignited but when they make a snap decision, what will their daughters have to say about it

00:20 Rory Peck Awards 2012 00:25 Alan Carr: Chatty Man 01:30 Secret State 02:25 Derren Brown: Fear and Faith 03:20 The Good Wife 04:00 Moonfleet 05:30 Supernanny US 06:10 Deal or No Deal 07:05 Channel 4 Presents 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 08:55 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 George Clarke's Amazing Spaces 22:00 Heston's Fantastical Food 23:00 Fresh Meat 23:50 Rory Peck Awards 2012 23:55 Homeland

00:05 A Few Good Men 02:30 SuperCasino 04:55 HouseBusters 05:20 House Doctor 05:45 Divine Designs 06:10 Wildlife SOS 06:35 Wildlife SOS 07:00 Thomas & Friends 07:10 The WotWots 07:20 Fireman Sam 07:30 Jelly Jamm 07:45 Peppa Pig 07:50 Olive the Ostrich 07:55 Little Princess 08:10 Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 08:20 The Mr Men Show 08:35 Thomas & Friends 08:45 Noddy in Toyland 09:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 09:15 Peppa Pig 09:25 Peppa Pig 09:35 Roary the Racing Car 09:45 Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00 Tickety Toc 10:15 The Wright Stuff 12:10 The Hotel Inspector 13:10 5 News Lunchtime 13:15 Superior Interiors with Kelly Hoppen 14:15 Home and Away 14:45 Neighbours 15:15 CSI: Miami 16:15 Together Again for the First Time 17:55 Looney Tunes 18:00 5 News at 5 18:30 Neighbours 19:00 Home and Away 19:30 5 News at 6.30 20:00 Highland Emergency 20:30 5 News Update 20:30 Highland Emergency 21:00 Rolf's Animal Clinic 22:00 Body of Proof 23:00 CSI: NY 23:55 CSI: NY


The Courier Wednesday TV

November 21

00:40 Hollywoodland 02:40 Weatherview 02:45 Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure 03:45 Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs 04:45 Lorraine's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food 05:15 BBC News 05:30 HARDtalk 06:00 BBC News 06:30 World Business Report 06:45 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Neighbourhood Blues 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Watchdog Daily 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 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:25 Leon 17:30 Junior MasterChef 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Weather 19:30 Regional News Programmes 20:00 The One Show 21:00 Supersized Earth 22:00 Crimewatch 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 23:45 Crimewatch Update 23:55 Would I Lie to You?

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Storyville HARDtalk Newsday ABC World News BBC News Asia Business Report Sport Today BBC News Asia Business Report Sport Today Schools Zigby

07:10 Finley the Fire Engine 07:20 Little Robots 07:30 64 Zoo Lane 07:45 Chuggington: Badge Quest 07:50 Rastamouse 08:00 School of Silence 08:30 Pet Squad 08:40 Eliot Kid 08:55 Newsround 09:00 What's New Scooby-Doo? 09:25 Mister Maker Comes to Town 09:45 I Can Cook with You 10:00 ZingZillas 10:15 Baby Jake 10:25 Dipdap 10:30 Wibbly Pig 10:40 The Koala Brothers 10:50 Octonauts: Creature Reports 10:50 Big & Small 11:05 Big Barn Farm 11:20 Charlie and Lola 11:30 3rd & Bird 11:40 Waybuloo 12:00 In the Night Garden 12:30 Daily Politics 14:00 See Hear 14:30 Lifeline 14:40 Coast 14:45 To Buy or Not to Buy 15:15 Weakest Link 16:00 Real Rescues 16:45 Flog It! 17:30 Breakaway 18:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 19:00 Eggheads 19:30 Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two 20:00 Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 21:00 MasterChef: The Professionals 22:00 The Hour 23:00 The Culture Show 23:30 Newsnight

00:35 Take Me Out 01:45 ITV News Headlines 01:45 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 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson's Real Deal 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Coronation Street 21:30 I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 Exposure

01:00 European Poker Tour 02:00 Channel 4 Presents 02:05 Sailing 02:35 KOTV Boxing Weekly 03:00 Beach Volleyball 03:55 Bullrun: Cops, Cars and Superstars 04:20 Freesports on 4 05:20 Extreme Sailing Series 05:50 Volkswagen Racing Cup 06:15 Deal or No Deal 07:10 The Hoobs 07:35 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 09:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses 22:00 Grand Designs 23:00 Secret State

SUPERSIZED EARTH New series. Dallas Campbell traces the story of how humans have transformed the world in just a single generation, visiting the largest and most ambitious engineering projects, exploring the power of human ingenuity and the making of the modern world. He begins by visiting some of the most amazing constructions on the planet, travelling from the glittering heights of the world's tallest building in Dubai to the bustling favelas of Rio and to the planet's biggest city of all - Tokyo

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00:25 National Lottery Update 00:25 Film 2012 with Claudia Winkleman 00:55 Shank 02:25 Weatherview 02:30 See Hear 03:00 Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip 04:00 Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution 04:45 Cash Britain 05:15 BBC News 05:30 Panorama 06:00 BBC News 06:30 World Business Report 06:45 BBC News 07:00 Breakfast 10:15 Neighbourhood Blues 11:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:58 BBC News; Weather 12:00 Watchdog Daily 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 Lockie Leonard 17:00 Prank Patrol Down Under 17:25 Leon 17:30 Junior MasterChef 18:00 Newsround 18:15 Pointless 19:00 BBC News 19:30 Weather 20:00 The One Show 20:30 EastEnders 21:00 Young Apprentice 22:00 Hunted 23:00 BBC News 23:25 Regional News and Weather 23:35 Question Time

00:20 Great Continental Railway Journeys 01:20 BBC News 01:30 HARDtalk 02:00 Newsday 02:30 ABC World News 03:00 BBC News 03:30 Asia Business Report 03:45 Sport Today 04:00 BBC News 04:30 Asia Business Report 04:45 Sport Today

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00:35 The Great Train Robbery 01:30 ITV News Headlines 04:00 Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown 05:40 ITV Nightscreen 06:30 ITV Morning News 07:00 Daybreak 09:30 Lorraine 10:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30 This Morning 13:30 Loose Women 14:30 ITV News and Weather 14:55 Meridian News and Weather 15:00 Crime Stories 16:00 Dickinson's Real Deal 16:59 Meridian Weather 17:00 Midsomer Murders 18:00 The Chase 19:00 Meridian Tonight 19:30 ITV News and Weather 20:00 Emmerdale 20:30 Tonight 21:00 Emmerdale 21:30 I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! 23:00 ITV News at Ten and Weather 23:30 Meridian Tonight and Weather 23:35 Corfu: A Tale of Two Islands

YOUNG APPRENTICE The nine remaining candidates are challenged to create a tea service at one of England's most famous stately homes, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The junior business brains select drinks and sandwich ingredients, and then roll up their sleeves to bake cakes, hoping to entice hungry customers into the contestants' themed marquees - and while one team opts for a posh 1940s style, the other goes all out with a Mad Hatter's tea party, including psychedelic buns and cheap sandwich fillings.

00:05 Rory Peck Awards 2012 00:10 The Town That Caught Tourette's 01:15 Abbey Road Studios: In Session 01:45 Superstar DJs 02:10 Stooshe: Intro 02:25 Spotlight 02:40 Las Acacias 04:10 St Elsewhere 04:55 Deal or No Deal 05:50 Countdown 06:35 Make Do & Mend 07:00 Channel 4 Presents 07:05 Sali Mali 07:10 The Hoobs 08:00 Freshly Squeezed 08:30 According to Jim 09:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00 Frasier 10:30 Frasier 11:00 Undercover Boss Canada 12:00 A Place in the Sun 13:00 Channel 4 News 13:05 SuperScrimpers 13:35 Come Dine with Me 14:35 Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 15:40 Countdown 16:30 1001 Things You Should Know 17:00 Deal or No Deal 18:00 Come Dine with Me 18:30 Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 19:00 The Simpsons 19:30 Hollyoaks 20:00 Channel 4 News 20:55 21:00 Kirstie's Vintage Home 22:00 The Aristocrats 23:00 Living with My Stalker

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Bedroom Villa With Private Pool, in Quesada Close to shops and restaurants within a five minute drive, and Guadamar Beach is within a ten minute drive. Short term rental €800PCM. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref 702: Beautiful 2 bedroom apartment, located near los Locos beach, beautifully furnished. Short term rentals from 175€ per week. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 El Chaparel/La Siesta Two bedroom apartment in a quiet gated urbanisation for rent €350 per month plus bills. Reference No 17 Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 709, A lovely 1 bedroom apartment in Aguas Nuevas, within a 5 minute walk of the beach. There is a terrace outside with views to the sea. Short or long term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 117, A Lovely 3 Bedroomed 1st floor apartment on the outskirts of Torrevieja (Mar Azul). The Apartment is in walking distance of the excellent beaches and a good selection of restaurants, shops and bars. Long and short term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 63, Two bedroom 1st floor apartment situated in Monino Blanco. The property overlooks a superb communal pool area, in within walking distance of bars, restaurants and shops. Short or long term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397


including appliances, Has secure underground parking and faces large oasis communal pool. Walking distance to beach. 139.000 Euros, Call 627 711 155 and quote Ref No. K10 Ground floor duplex, with splendid views. Quiet location in Gran Alacant. Immaculate condition. Price has just been reduced to 105.000 and includes everything. For viewing call 627 711 155 Ref. No K27 Rare opportunity to purchase on Mediterrania III, Gran Alacant. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Private Parking, F/Furnished, Large communal pools & Tennis courts S/W facing, Dramatically reduced for quick sale to 126.000 euros. Ref No. K58 Call 627 711 155 for immediate viewing Ref: 521, €105,000. This comfortable bungalow is located in San Luis with a new roof and solarium tiles. It is close to supermarkets, bars, restaurants and is on the local bus route. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Don Pueblo, Gran Alacant. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Large Kitchen with Galleria, Secure underground parking, Gas Central Heating, Glazed in Porch, Solarium with stunning views. Viewings absolutely essential. Very large property at reduced price of 190.000 euros. Ref No. K38 Call 627 711 155 Opportunity to purchase at the off plan price of 195.000 euros. Large 4 Bed, 3 Bath Brand new property. Secure underground parking for 2 cars and communal pool.

Situated opposite Gran Alacant and over looks projected golf course. Ref No. K52. 627 711 155 Viva Villa and Vacation Services are pleased to offer property sales for the Torrevieja and Oriheula areas of the Costa Blanca, Spain. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 or Visit : 2 Bed, 1 Bath Ground floor duplex. Central heating, Grills, Fully furnished, Glazed in Galleria, 2 communal pools, private parking and walking distance to the Gran Alacant commercial centre. Situated in the popular urbanisation of Puerto Marino. Now only 96,500 euros for quick sale Ref No. K46. 627 711 155 Immaculate ground floor Duplex, 2 beds, 2 bath, Private Parking, Situated in Novamar, Gran Alacant. Price includes very tasteful furniture and white goods.


Walking distance to all local amenities and beach. Now only 129,750 euros. Ref No K24. 627 711 155 Gran Alacant Detached villa, located in a very sought after location.Situated on a 560m2 S/W facing plot and constructed in 2005. Comprising of 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 full baths), Lounge-Diner, fully equipped Kitchen, Porch and Solarium with Alicante & Sea Views. ref.L81. €258,000 neg. Tel. 680333242



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Ref 533: Lovely 2 bedroom Townhouse located in the popular area of Punta Prima, the property has a large lounge and fully equipped kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, one with balcony, bathroom with double shower. €126,000 Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Gran Alacant Town House with a difference. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Glazed in Porch, Quiet Location, Extra storage areas, and South Facing Private Pool as well as 2 communal pools. Fully Furnished, All mod cons. Greenland Views and all local amenities close by. Ref. No L79. 179.000 euros 680 333 242 Gran Alacant immaculate villa, 3 bedroomed, 3 bathroomed property maintained to a very high standard inside and out and the interior furnishings are top quality, offering a feeling of luxury and good taste. The plot

size is 400m2 and has been beautifully tiles, and graveled and has established palms and plants. Oil fired central heating throughout, log effect fire place, ceiling fans in all rooms, towel heater rails, glazed in shower units, instant hot water, water purifier, free English TV, phone & internet lines, fitted double hanging wardrobes, safe, glazed in front porch, vanity units and much more. The pool is an 8 X 4 m2 salt water pool, meaning maintenance is much easier plus outside toilet and shower. Sea views to front with Greenland views to the rear. ref K51. €245,000 Tel 680333242 Balsares is opposite Gran Alacant where the proposed golf course is now being started so this property will virtually be on the golf course, it is an investment not to be missed. The property is on a small gated urbanisation of 18 houses



with private underground parking for 2 cars and direct access to the house, communal pool and toilets/changing rooms etc. The house is brand new and consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, lounge with working fire place, large kitchen 12 m2, large galleria/ utility room, bedroom balcony and front tiled terrace. This property also has a converted under build for an extra lounge or bedroom. ref K52 €198,000 Tel 680333242 Ref: 516, €39,999. Studio apartment in San Luis, close to amenities. Open plan fully equipped kitchen. Good sized lounge, bedroom and out onto balcony which has been glazed to create another room. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 510, €70,000. Bungalow located in San Luis. It is close to the supermarkets, bars and restau-

rants and is on the local bus route. An Opel Corsa car is included in this sale. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: KP3100, €183,000. Three bedroom, two bathroom detached villa, located in San Luis, on a 450sqm plot, with communal pool. Garage to side of house. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 78, €120,000. Three bedroom Quad in Jardin Del Mar VII. There is off-road parking and small storage shed in the enclosed garden area, communal pool nearby. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Ref: 709, €60,000 A lovely 1 bedroom apartment in Aguas Nuevas, within a 5 minute walk of the beach. There is a terrace outside with views to the sea. Short or long term rental available. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Gran Alacant Opportunity to



purchase a beautiful 3 bedroomed, 3 bathroomed,large kitchen, detached property with roof- top solarium. Well established gardens and drive way for 2 cars, whilst also overlooking the projected 18 hole golf course. Comprising of fitted wardrobes, utility room, air con H/C, alarm system, electric wall heaters, intercom system, fireplace, ceilings fans, 8x7 gazebo, use of 2 large communal pools, immaculate condition with many extras. ref K12. €180,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant bargain, detached villa with pool on 400m2 plot. Briefly comprising of 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Lounge Diner, independent kitchen, solarium with views, well maintained gardens. Quiet location yet within walking distance of all amenities. Top quality furniture and appliances included in the price. Extras include, mosquito nets, grills, toldos blinds, built in wardrobes, gas fire, electric

heating, ceiling fans, English & Spanish TV, tastefully tiled & graveled garden with irrigation system. ref K43. €229,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant South facing attractive corner house Situated in the sought after urbanization of Monte Faro, this secure gated urbanization offers a stunning oasis pool, with mountain views, tennis courts and football courts. Consisting of 3 double beds with balconies, 2 bathrooms, kitchen leading onto court yard which can easily be converted into an extra room, lounge diner with working fireplace, front garden with private parking for 2 cars. Being sold fully furnishes with white goods, built in 2006 so immaculate condition hardly lived in. Ref K48 €168,000 priced for quick sale Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant, Large detached villa with beautiful gardens set on 550m2 plot, built in BBQ area and large 10x6 pool.Comprising of 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms,











Friday, November 16, 2012 Lounge Diner with fire place, Independent Kitchen, air con H/C, Solarium, front porch, converted under build with 3 extra rooms, private covered parking, irrigated gardens, close distance to beach and amenities. Ref. K18 €250,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant Gem! Fabulous detached Villa, with Alicante sea views to

the front and wood land views to the rear, means this immaculate villa is very private and un-overlooked. Comprising of 2 large bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, 2 bath, large fully equipped kitchen,glazed porch sitting area, solarium, Attractive Pool with cover, well maintained Gardens. Central Heating, Air Con, Ceiling fans, Private Parking, Alarm


system, Decorative working Fire Place complete with electric Fire. Outdoor workshop/storage area, Quality Pergola & BBQ. Constructed in 2006, on plot size of 380m2 and being sold fully furnished including white goods. ref L80. €234,995 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant, this mid terraced Puerto marino townhouse has been priced low purely for a quick sale. Briefly comprising of: 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Lounge-Diner, Independent Kitchen with Galleria, Porch area, Front tiled garden, Private gated Parking & the use of 2 large communal pools Ref. K22 €123,000 Tel 680333242 Gran Alacant villa located in a very quiet area , situated at the end of a cul-de-sac means there is no through traffic.3 bed, 3 bath, 330m2 plot, established large gardens, working fireplace, solar panel for hot water,private parking, south facing great views, fully furnished, fantastic opportunity. ref. L85. €215,000 Tel 680333242 Beach front Line property, over looks Carabassi Beach, Gran Alacant. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Secure Underground Parking, Fully furnished, Roof Top Solarium. 3 Large Communal Pools, Fantastic

communal Gardens, Tennis Courts and much more. 125.000 Euros Ref No. K23. Tel. 627 711 155 Gran Alacant, Situated front line to the famous blue flag beaches of Carabassi, the real beauty of this property is its proximity to the beach, but also on offer is a fantastic communal pool situated in beautifully kept gardens with little Spanish walk ways.Comprising of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge diner, American style kitchen including all appliances, roof top solarium with stunning views, front porch area with



front garden and a secure underground garage. fully furnished Ref. K23 €125,000 rare opportunity Tel 680333242 Ref: 520, €85,000. Two bedroom apartment in Dream Hills, with a fully equipped kitchen, large lounge, glazed-in terrace and a large solarium. This property comes with a large communal swimming pool. Call: 965 707 188 or 626 397 397 Top floor Duplex. Very good price of 108.000 euros for a quick sale. Furnished to a very high standard, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, Lounge Diner, Glazed in Porch, Large Roof Top Solarium. Choice of Communal Pools, Private Parking. Walking distance to all amenities and on the First urbanisation as you enter Gran Alacant. Viewing essential. Ref No. K44. Tel. 627 711 155

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Friday, November 16, 2012

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

SAND AND DELIVER Bunkers – raking up the facts

THE subject of bunkers arose during conversation with a good friend the other day. When he asked if there were golf courses in Croatia, I responded that I don’t know - but that the bunkers are there if not. Anyway, those dreaded sand things go back a long way. In fact they are as old as the Royal and Ancient game itself. The early bunkers were a great deal different to from the shallow and smoothly racked ones we have to negotiate today. Back then, bunkers were developed on Links land - a result of sheep grazing for protection and wind erosion. This natural feature quickly deterred the early golfers and with man’s ability to create them artificially; they soon became a common method of adding strategy to new courses. The architects in the early days used bunkers for two main reasons - to influence play and to add creative benefit to a hole. Combining these things allowed the formation of classic bunkers, which were hazards in every sense of the word. Don’t forget, there were no sand wedges, it was not until the 1930’s Gene Sarazen developed

such a club. It should also be remembered that bunkers were not raked (that’s strange, we seem to be going back in time). Today, many modern golf courses are strewn with flat, shallow lipped bunkers that have a firm base, which nearly guarantee that the ball will seldom plug. This is in complete contrast to the original hazards, to such an extent that today’s professional prefer to be in a bunker than the rough. There are some downsides. It takes armies of green-keeping staff to keep the bunkers in good shape and it is that amount of maintenance that some clubs cannot afford. The

TITTER ON THE TEE JUST after taking off, the Captain of a 747 makes his customary announcement to the passengers about the length of the journey, expected arrival time and so on. But after he finishes, he forgets to switch the microphone off. He comments to his flight engineer, “OK, I’ll finish this sandwich, then I think I’ll nip back and make love to that red-headed stewardess.” In horror the stewardess, who is at the rear of the plane, rushes down the aisle to prevent the captain’s indiscretions going any further. An old lady grabs her by the arm as she goes past. “Why be in such a rush, dear?” she says, “He says he’s got to finish his sandwich first.’’

main gripe at most courses when it comes to bunkers is that there is either too much sand or not enough - or the wrong type of sand. The real reason is that an awful lot of golfers do not know how to rake a bunker. There are a number of simple actions that can be taken to improve the everyday condition and performance of bunkers. 1. Much of the raking is one handed (while still holding the sand wedge in the other) thereby dragging the sand from the hitting area towards the rear lip of the bunker, which in turn creates the dreaded downhill lie which we golfers complain about. 2. Golfers should be aware of the importance of leaving bunkers in the same condition as they would like to find them. 3. Using rakes with shallow teeth or flat back can reduce displacement of the sand in hitting areas. If you don’t have a choice (which is often the case), push the sand back into hitting areas,

which is normally the centre of the bunker. Long toothed rakes should really only be used by green staff when they are required to redistribute sand or re-contour sand in the bunker. It is all part of the etiquette of golf to leave the bunker as you personally wish to find it. It is quite amazing how some golfers, male and female, tromp through bunkers leaving great footprints for your ball to land in. Make sure you are not one of them. One day I did ask a violator and his answer was, “There are greenkeepers to do that” Did you know… There is no official rule regarding whether rakes should be left in or out of greenside or fairway bunkers. This decision is left to each individual golf club and information on this sometimes can be found alongside local rules section of the scorecard. During the final construction phase on the Brabazon Course at The Belfry, persistent rain made it impossible to get the heavy lorries, which were used to transport the sand, onto the site. So in order to meet the projected official opening date for completion of the course, designer Dave Thomas (he of Hacienda del Alamo fame and quite a few other courses around the Costas) had the sand delivered directly into the bunkers by helicopter. The first mention of a bunker is thought to have been in 1636 in the context of a “bunkard club” – bunkard being the Scots word meaning a seat or bench “also serving for a

MURCIA LEAGUE, round three (at Roda): Club 25pts Sierra Golf 16; San Javier Celts 27 Celt Club 14; La Zenia 23 Rico-Juna 22; SP Crew 18 La Manga 13; Marina Sol 18 Hacienda 5. League table: Marinasol 74pts, San Javier 71, Club 25 67, SP Crew 65’ Roco-Juna 58’ Sierra Golf 66, La Manga 55, La Zenia 55, Celt Club 48, Hacienda 47

chest”. I believe many golfers are still of the opinion that bunkers should be places of repose where a consistently comforting lie can be found. These days, increasing demands for uniformity and consistency of quality are

perhaps nowhere better expressed than in the standards expected of the modern bunker. Golf greens may be the primary focus of attention, but bunkers often receive criticism regardless of the ability or error of the golfers’ ways.


When it comes to bunkers, amateurs fear them far more often than do touring professionals. It’s ironic, considering that most bunker shots require the kind of swing many amateurs have, which is a shorter, steeper golf swing. I suspect a lot of trouble in the bunkers has to do with a lack of both confidence and knowhow, two things we’re going to look at here. I’ve broken down bunker shots, with hopes of helping you to make your escape and get up and down.


To hit a short bunker shot, it’s not always necessary to dig deep into the sand and make an overly aggressive and steep swing. If you set up correctly, the shot becomes a lot easier. Start with a narrow stance and an open club face, place the ball forward in your stance. As you start your backswing, you’ll want to make an early hinge of the wrists. These four components will steepen your swing automatically, meaning there’s no need to try to dig or scoop the ball into the air. Allow the arms to swing down and make contact behind the ball on the forward swing, just as you would a normal shot—only this time you’re making the divot before the ball, not after. As far as how much sand behind the ball you’ll need, forget about any standardised method. All players have different swings, meaning you need to find a practice bunker and see how far behind the ball you can hit the sand and still execute a good shot. Different sand conditions and types can change the amount of sand you’ll want between the clubface and ball, too. As you swing down and through, allow the hands to hinge after the shot, as well. And keep that clubface facing the target while hitting a moderate amount of sand no more than an inch or so deep.


Q: Why can’t you tell ‘knock knock’ jokes to blondes? A: Because they keep getting up to answer the door.


Friday, November 16, 2012

THE ELCHE STORY, Part 2 IT’S now over 10 years since my football-following friend and I started to go to all the Elche home matches - and occasionally to Alicante. This ‘outing’ was to watch our Illicitanos against bitterest rivals Hercules, who play in the same division - as do our other nasty neighbours Real Murcia. The Rico Perez, home ground for Hercules, isn’t difficult to find in Alicante, just off the Gran Via. But the parking is not user-friendly, and you need a brisk walk to get to the rather tatty old stadium. Elche’s Martinez Valero ground is impressive, but dwarfed in regal comparison to Real Murcia’s fantastic almost-new ‘La Condomina’ stadium, which has one added huge benefit – adjacent to it is a huge new

All amigos, eh Manuel? shopping centre – how thoughtful, to provide a pleasant diversion for your wife/partner/whoever while you’re doing what you nearly like doing best, urging your team on to hopefully great heights! Initially for Elche home matches we bought tickets on the day: they usually cost 15 – 30 euros, depending on where you sit. We tried various places, always having a good uninterrupted view but after the first couple of seasons, we bought season tickets. Today our seats are on the ‘Preferencia’ side opposite the main stand, just under cover if it rains, and fairly well back near the halfway line with a great view.

Season ticket prices are a bargain by UK standards: 200 euros, and only 150 if you can prove you’re a youngster, or an old git… In our early days the Elche team always had a good defence and didn’t concede many, but neither did they have much in attack - not enough to get ‘us’ anywhere. Note the optimistic ‘us’ now. We’d got the bug, and become staunch fans, like you do. I’m not fluent in Spanish, far from it, but football’s football isn’t it? As long as you don’t try ‘Eh, Manuel, old Alfredo’s left peg is bloody useless, but his first touch is good…’ or some similar observation, you can have great ‘chats’ and

laughs with the local lads who are all there for the same reason as you. All football nuts who jump up, shout and scream when we score, and curse (but that’s good ‘cos no-one knows what you’re saying) when we concede. But at Elche we step up the verbal encouragement if we go a goal down - which is unusual and good. Isn’t it? Sure, there were plenty of exciting runs that came to nothing, and a few heartstopping worrying losses where the dreaded drop loomed, but usually the seasons ended in mid-table mediocrity. Elche then began a nasty habit of losing the first half-dozen games,


becoming rock bottom in the league, then firing the coach and playing catch-up all season to put it right. But in 2008/9 things changed with the arrival of Jorge Molina, a big and powerful striker, with a good shot in either foot and powerful in the air. Great excitement abounded in the City of Palms, but as Elche closed in for the promotion run, we lost one or two key games and ended up s i x t h . Marvellous Molina won the prestigious ‘Pichichi’ –

the league’s leading scorer with an unbelievable 27 goals. Immediately the club sold him to rivals Real Betis from Seville, who came fourth. The top three teams were automatically promoted then. That incident did not please us ‘real’ supporters, who accused the club of lacking ambition. But we all got the taste of real excitement at last - and there was plenty more to come! NEXT WEEK: John brings the Elche story right up to date…

CD Montesinos 6 Montesinos Todo Deporte 0

CD Montesinos won the local derby with a more than convincing victory at a very wet Campo Municipal which keeps them near the top of the division. Certainly the bad weather did not help either the players or the fans, who turned out in lesser numbers than usual. But the game itself, especially the scoreline, cheered up those who did attend. The fact is, that CD Montesinos missed a hatful of chances and even a 10-0 scoreline would have flattered the

visitors, who ended up with only nine players – two having been red-carded by young British referee Samantha April Cammidge, who had an excellent game throughout. Monte went in 1-0 at half time thanks to a long-range free kick from Andres. Further goals from Chulo and Sito, plus another Fernando effort, made the result a formality. And substitutes Omar and Iker scored further goals as Monte ran riot. Manager Juampe was pleased with

the result but confessed: “This would most certainly not be our most testing match of the season”. However, Monte remain joint second, having won six, drawn two, and lost just once all season. Next week Monte visit Sporting Orihuela in a match which will almost certainly be played on Saturday (17th November) evening. To keep up to date with CD Montesinos, please visit or email

SUB-MAROONED! Alzira 1 Torrevieja 0

THE muddy conditions and torrential rain were not the reasons that Torry lost - but they certainly did not help, writes JEFF SCOTT. Rather it was an 87th minute own goal by substitute Manu Amores that sank the team to 10th in the table as Alzira assumed a top four slot. Few of the drenched die-hards could comprehend why Manu was on the field in the first place. He took over from left back Javi Rosa, who was having a stormer, with Alzira never really troubling Torry's solid defence. Let's just say there were heated exchanges in the boardroom later. Torry dominated much of the match, but Alzira are a tough

Own goal puts Torry on loser

nut to crack and this fortunate win makes it six victories from their last seven. Torry lost their key cutting edge when ace marksman Koeman was felled by Flor, the Alzira keeper, just outside the box. All expected a free kick and a dismissal, but the referee saw nothing awry, only booking Ernesto for his protest. Koeman had to be replaced and although Luis Carlos threatened, he lacked Koeman's killer touch. Koeman must now be doubtful for the tense tie at Eldense on Sunday, the first match in charge at home for former Torry manager, Soto. Torry need to win to retain any aspirations of competing for promotion. Casimiro needs to rediscover the winning touch, or it could well be lonely this Christmas - with or without the Mud!

Last post delivery foils Saints Benferri CF 2 C.F Sporting de San Fulgencio 2

The Saints recovered well from losing their unbeaten run last weekend with a well-deserved point against a very good Benferri side, writes JORDAN LUCAS. However, it could have been even better… The wet conditions made the play extremely difficult but Benferri went ahead just after the 10 minute mark, a neat one-two on the wing seeing a precise cross converted by their unmarked striker. The lead didn’t last, though, as San Fulgencio’s top scorer Marco Aurelio’s instinctive finish diverted Fernando Mora’s wayward shot into the bottom corner. Moments before the half-time whistle, the hosts should have retaken the lead, but their centre-back could only head wide when free in the box.

A few minutes after the break, Benferri survived a vehement appeal for a penalty for handball, the man in the middle waving play on. This spurred the Saints on and they came close to taking the lead again. But Claudio, who had replaced Giacomo Marcello, hit the underside of the bar after the keeper had spilt Aurelio’s free kick. After a howler of a miss from Benferri’s No.7, Claudio put the Saints 2-1 in front after Aurelio’s shot had been deflected onto the post by the centre-back. But Benferri salvaged a deserved point when No.3 Villa’s left foot volley flew in off the bottom of the post leaving Jovi with no chance. San Fulgencio’s next game is at home against C.F La Coca de Aspe on Sunday (Nov 18).

Jorge Molina... big and powerful

Every Day’s a Football Day November Nov 16th 1938 Willie Hall gets three goals in 210 seconds in the home championship against Ireland at Old Trafford, thus recording the quickest hat-trick by an England player in a full international. Hall ended up scoring five and England won 7-0. Nov 17th 1873 The only occasion an FA cup tie has been won on the toss of a coin occurred when, after two 0-0 draws, Sheffield guessed correctly to put opponents Shropshire Wanderers out of the competition. Nov 18th 1989 AC Milan’s Franco Baresi is given a 10-month jail sentence and a £250,000 fine (6 million lira) for failing to declare unofficial payments to the tax authorities. The jail sentence is quashed on appeal. Nov 19th 1990 John Toshack is sacked by Real Madrid. His record with the club reads played 63 won 41 drawn 14 - losing only 8 games. The previous season he had guided them to the league title in which they scored a record 107 goals and only lost twice. Nov 20th 1969 Pele scores his 1,000th competitive goal, a penalty for Santos against Vasco de Gama in Brazil’s division one. Santos won 2-1. Nov 21st 1988 Jack Dunnett of Notts County becomes the first man to be voted president of the FA for a second time. Nov 22nd 1985 England’s unofficial mascot Ken Bailey is acquitted of child molesting at Gillingham Crown court. It was ruled that two boys aged 12 and 13 had invented the story that he appeared naked in front of them after Bailey had thrown them out of flat after catching them stealing cigarettes. Compiled by STUART EVANS


Friday, November 16, 2012


Villa’s fledglings cause a flap - but United still top pecking order PAST-IT pundit proverb: ‘Yer don’t win ‘owt wi’ kids!’ Well, nobody told Aston Villa’s (Scottish) boss Paul Lambert that, as he put his fledgling sparrows out against the veteran vultures of Manchester United. The chicks gave the old broilers a big peck with not one, but two Andreas Weimann (who?) strikes to leave the league leaders lacking. That is until half-time substitute Javier Hernandez singlehandedly turned the match round with his sizzling hat-trick. OK, if you want to be pedantic the second was an own goal by Ron Vloor (who?), but who cares? It’s usually United’s noisy neighbours who are the comeback kids (see below), but Fergie’s fliers have themselves have come from behind to win an amazing eight times this season, including Europe. Will Lambert’s lambs be slaughtered at Man City next? United are away at Norwich, who also do early leads… Following last week’s five-star fanfare, Everton’s Marouane Fellaini went further, equalising Adam Johnson’s first goal for suffering Sunderland. Three minutes later fantastic Fellaini superbly set up Nikica Jelavic to grab the winner, keeping the Toffees sweet

John McGregor reports

in fourth. Not to be outdone Everton have come from behind six times this sizzling season. In Dubai they don’t like the Flintstones - but those in Abu Dhabi do! Sorry, couldn’t resist it, but those in Abu Dhabi who own Manchester City must be wondering how this astronomically-costing team of mercenaries can keep coming back from the dead in the league, but can’t compete in Europe. Yet again they did their favourite trick, this time against an unpredictable Tottenham who led at half-time, courtesy of a Steven Caulker goal (he also did it on his debut for England on Wednesday). Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzecko are the usual suspects who take turns to star in such grandstand finishes: business as usual as each scored, but with Dzecko’s winner coming as early as three minutes from time, couldn’t he have waited until injury time for maximum effect? Psst… latest: Balo out, Falcao of Athletico Madrid in? What a time Chelsea and John Terry are having. Captain Controversial scores a cracking header against Liverpool, returning from his four-match racism ban. Then he’s carried off after a clash with Luis Suarez, whose razor-sharp reflexes subsequently get him on the end of Jamie Carragher’s flicked-on header. Brendan Rogers’ boys take a short trip to Wasted-by-West Brom Wigan this weekend as Worried-of-West London Chelsea go to visit the barnstorming Baggies in Brum. Boom-boom?

Arsenal were Dimied by Fulham after going 2 – 0 up early doors: deadly Dimitar Berbatov then darted in, scoring two including a penalty and making one for Fulham to go ahead - only for Oliver Giroud to score his own second to square it at 3 – 3. Except Mikel Arteta missed an injury-time penalty . Do it like Dimi, Dozy! NB. North London derby this Saturday lunchtime, Arsenal v Tottenham… In the battle of the Welsh druids (guess Hughes first to get the sack, then?) little love’s lost between Stoke’s Tony Pulis and QPR boss Mark Hughes. TP had the last laugh as Charlie Adam opened his account for the Potters with the only goal. In the ever-changing Championship, third-placed Cardiff hosting Boro in second looks the pick of this weekend’s fixtures with (Hairy) Ian Holloway’s Palace top. Wins for Barcelona, Athletico and Real Madrid mean little has changed in La Liga, Barca three points ahead of Athletico but a massive ten over the Real superstars. Elche drew goallessly at Xerez to stay top of Liga 2A by two points: Almeria did likewise but Girona won to go joint second: Elche host fourth-placed Alcorcon this weekend - need a win!

The Courier Week 91  

The Courier Week 91