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Telefonica may find itself taken to court by angry customers seeking compensation after a fire at a telephone exchange plunged the Costa del Sol into communications chaos for four days. The blaze at the exchange in the Huelin district of Malaga broke out on Friday night and it is believed to have been caused by a bolt of lightning. It left around 90,000 people in the capital, along the coast and inland without a telephone line or internet connection, and as of yesterday (Tuesday), 10,000 were still waiting to be reconnected.

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What a big change in the weather - and long may it last - we’ll be able to get the garden done, dry the washing and walk the dogs without bringing half the campo home on the bottom of my feet. In a months time I’ll be moaning about the heat and wishing it would rain again, I expect! last week saw the local “grua” man’s tow truck parked by the town square up here in coin. There was a big sheet over it saying “Pagame clavijo” (pay me and the name of the local mayor) and stated that he was going on hunger strike until he had been paid by the local council for all the cars he had towed away on their behalf. He told The news that he was owed thousands and wanted his money. As it happens, the local council still owes us just over €460 for advertising they ordered and got almost two years ago ! While I think that if you do a job for a price that has been agreed on, you should certainly get your bills paid - and on time, not two years hence - I bet there were a few people whose cars had been towed in the past who were having a quiet snigger. His truck wasn’t there on Monday and we understand that he was paid on Saturday - it just goes to show that a silent and peaceful protest sometimes works. Hmmm....wouldn’t have anything to do with the elections coming up, would it?? not that I’m a cynic you understand! Have a good week.

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Spain and Morocco reconciled King Juan Carlos ended his five day visit to Morocco on Monday with a two-hour visit of condolence to Marrakesh, where a suicide

bomber killed 17 people on April 28th. The King was in Morocco as a personal

guest of King Mohamed VI. The two kings met daily and diplomatic sources said on Tuesday that relations between the two

countries, which were strained after incidents at the border with Melilla and in the Western Sahara last year, are now back to

normal. One indicator of the friendlier climate is that Iberia has announced new flights between Madrid and Rabat as of July 1st.

Spanish crisis pushing out immigrants Immigrant labour from Latin America and Africa helped fuel Spain's economic boom, but today the unemployment rate for immigrants is 32 per cent – more than 10 per cent higher than the average national rate. As a result, many lost their residency permits after they lost their jobs and now face expulsion. The government has not issued any figures, but the Catholic charity Caritas has reported a sharp rise in the number of people it describes as "suddenly irregular" using its services. It estimates up to 800,000 people could be affected. Now, with local elections this month, and unemployment the voters'

biggest complaint, Caritas fears that that immigrants are becoming a scapegoat. A spokeswoman said there had been a rise of xenophobia and racism and Caritas is urging public and political figures to run sensitivity campaigns to maintain social cohesion. Instead, police identity checks on immigrants are on the increase, even inside Caritas soup kitchens, and a spokesman for the country's biggest police trade union admits police


National football team trainer Vicente del Bosque and tennis ace Rafael Nadal were two of the Marca España honorary ambassadors appointed by Crown Prince Felipe last week. The others were jurist Antonio Garrigues; Carmen Cafarell, director of the Cervantes Institute; conductor Irma Shara, the Vicente Fererer Foundation and architect Santiago Calatrava. The Prince said the new honorary



are under pressure to take a harder line and has warned that “the mode of policing now is returning to how it was under Franco". As a result the number of foreigners leaving Spain is on the rise. There were more than 6,000 applications for aid to return home last year, a sixfold increase, although many thousands more want to stay in Spain and try to work, despite the economic crisis, and seek to renew their permits.

Prince names honorary ambassadors ambassadors were “a source of inspiration for everyone in Spain because they mark out the path to excellence for us and help us travel along it”. He also said that Spaniards had a tendency to overestimate everything that came from abroad and to underestimate things Spanish. “Fortunately this is changing and today nobody doubts that in Spain we have the talent to do things much better,” the prince said. ”







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Anti-smoking law under fire Carrying posters that read “this anti-smoking law is ruining us”, hundreds of businessmen from the hospitality sector marched through the centre of Madrid on Monday, demanding talks with the government aimed at making the law more flexible, in line with most other European countries. The law, which came into effect on January 2nd, bans smoking in all public places, replacing the one that allowed smoking in bars smaller than 100 m2 and in specially adapted sections of restaurants and hotels. The organisers had tried to make the march more attractive, adopting the style of Berlin's Love Parade. As a result, the march was accompanied by three buses flying multi-coloured balloons and music by Shakira and Juanes. The National Committee for the Prevention of Smoking

counter-attacked, saying the law had not had a negative impact on the hospitality sector. The deputy president of the Spanish Hospitality Federation, José Luis Guerra, replied: “It must be that we're here because we like marching, leaving our businesses unattended.” He then produced figures from the most recent Active Population Survey, which showed that in the first three months after the law came into force, 53,200 jobs were lost in the hospitality sector. The president of the Federation, José María Rubio, said it had been

decided to hold the march just a few days before the regional and local elections on May 22nd in the hope that the politicians would hear their complaints. He said: “When the political parties attack us, the least we can do is defend

ourselves. They voted for the law in Parliament and now we'll vote on May 22nd.” He said the members of the Federation realised that the days of being able to smoke anywhere would never return, but he pointed out that similar laws in

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Map of mass graves published The map of mass graves from the Civil War and the Franco era which was published last week shows more than 2,000 sites, of which only 250 have been opened so far. The map, which has been posted on the internet, is based on information provided by historical memory associations in regions governed by the Socialist Party – regions governed by the Partido Popular had refused to participate in the project. The remains of just over 5,407 people have been recovered since 2000, when the government of José Maria Aznar allowed excavations to go ahead. Of these, 2,840 were found in a single grave at the San Rafael cemetery in Malaga, generally considered the biggest mass grave in the country. The map, which can be found at the websitewww.memoriahist, will be updated as new

Red: Fully or partially exhumed Yellow:Transferred Green: Unopened information available.


Future of Valley of the Fallen Shortly after the map was published, deputy prime minister Alfredo Perez

Rubalcaba told a press conference that the government had decided not to dig up the remains of Republicans buried at the Valley of the Fallen the vast mausoleum outside Madrid built by Franco to mark his victory. He said the forensic team

sent by the government to examine the remains had concluded that the bones are mixed up and so severely decomposed that it would be impossible to identify them. The Valley of the Fallen contains the remains of 33,847 people, of which 21,317 were positively identified. Sr Rubalcaba has asked the representatives of all political groups in parliament to put forward proposals on what to do with the Valle de los Caídos. He said the government was in favour of turning it into a memorial for all the Civil War dead and that a committee has been convened to decide if Franco's remains should stay there.

An agent of Barcelona's Mossos d'Esquadra has reported two Guardias Urbanos, the equivalent of the Guardia Civil, for refusing to speak Catalan to him when they flagged him down for reckless driving. They had seen him zigzagging on his motorbike among cars at a busy roundabout, forcing one of them to brake sharply. When they finally caught up with him after a car chase, they informed him in Spanish of their reasons

for stopping him. When he told them that he only spoke Catalan, he alleged they replied: “This is Spain and we will speak Spanish”. The Guardias claim he reacted violently to being stopped and told them they were fascists. He accused them of repressing the Catalan language and said they were a disgrace to the police of Catalonia. The Mosso reported them to his superior, who brushed off his complaint. As a result, he decided to take the matter to court.

Wolves the star attraction The popular Cañada Real environment education centre opened in 1988 to raise awareness of the need to preserve endangered species and let the public them in the next best thing to their natural habitat, just a few kilometres away from Madrid. Now the crowds are flocking to see a new draw following the arrival

of a pack of Iberian wolves - once common in Spain but now hunted almost out of existence. This particular pack are especially popular because they starred in the film “Entre lobos” (Among wolves), about a boy who grew up with wolves until he was captured by the Guardia Civil some 30 years ago.

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Empire re-lived Spain lost its South American empire by 1830 but companies like Repsol, Iberdrola, Endesa and Telefonica have been reconquering those lost territories in recent decades. Some companies obtain as much as 25 per cent or more of their profits in the South American market. The Santander Bank, for example, earns twice as much there as it does in Spain. The big construction companies have found a healthier market “over there”, where the Zara label is one of the most popular. BARCELONA

The prison sentence of 439 years each for two Somali pirates for their role in Chicken beats meat the hijacking of a tuna fishing boat was expected, but the court's ruling that A study by La Caixa shows that shoppers are buying more "without doubt a public organism linked to the government had paid the chicken than beef, lamb or pork because of its competitive price. Sales of beef and pork have dropped by 4 per cent and ransom” of €2.7 million to secure the Alakrana's safe return was not. those of lamb by 10 per cent. Customers are also deserting Foreign minister Trinidad Jiménez categorically denied that such a payment had been made. She was echoing thendeputy prime minister María Teresa Fernández de la Vega's statement that "Spain did not pay any ransom money" when the Alakrana was released by the pirates in the Indian Ocean in November 2009. Abdu Willy and Raageggesey Adji Haman, the two men found guilty

last week of 36 counts of illegal detention and robbery with violence, but absolved of charges of terrorism, membership in an organised crime group and torture, had been captured by a Spanish Navy patrol boat as they sailed away from the Alakrana after she was hijacked but before she was released. During the trial, the suspects said they had been fishing and were themselves seized by the pirates who later hijacked

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Students look abroad Seven out of ten university students would be prepared to live in another country if that was the only way they could get a job, according to the latest University-Society Barometer. Most would prefer a European country, especially Britain, Germany, France and the Scandinavian countries. Nearly all students use the web when looking for post-university work – less than 15 per cent would go to the INEM (labour exchange). More than a quarter of the students questioned work their way through university.

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Several hundred people are feared to have drowned off Libya, after a boat carrying some 600 refugees trying to reach Europe broke up at sea last Friday. The UN's refugees agency, UNHCR, said migrants arriving on the Italian island of Lampedusa had reported seeing the boat carrying some 600 people foundering shortly after leaving the port at Tripoli. If confirmed, this would be one of the largest accidents so far involving migrants leaving North Africa for Europe, often in unseaworthy boats. A UNHCR spokeswoman said it appeared that hundreds of people were missing bodies were seen floating in the sea and those of 16 people, including two babies, have been washed ashore. She said it was

unclear whether anyone was looking for the missing people, but that Nato was not involved in the operation. The UNHCR has said all ships using the Mediterranean should be ready to assist such vessels, as thousands continue to flee North Africa in inadequate boats. Meanwhile, Nato has denied claims that its naval units left dozens of migrants to die aboard another boat in distress, which reportedly was adrift for more than two weeks after running out of fuel. On Monday, UK media reported that 61 of the 72 people on board the boat died of hunger or thirst,

despite being spotted by a military helicopter and the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. The passengers had made contact with a priest in Italy, Father Mussie Zerai, who confirmed that he had alerted Italian coastguards, who said they would take action. But he lost contact with the boat when its phone battery went dead. Nato said in a statement that only one aircraft carrier was under Nato command around that time, the Italian ship Garibaldi, which was operating over 100 nautical miles out to sea. "Therefore, any claims that a Nato aircraft carrier spotted and then ignored

the vessel in distress are wrong," the statement said. At least three other boats have been reported missing in the Mediterranean. In a separate development, UN aid chief Valerie Amos has called for a pause in hostilities in Libya to help ease the humanitarian crisis. Baroness Amos told the UN Security Council that Misrata, the only rebelheld city in western Libya, was in a dire state and short of food and water. Three-quarters of a million people have fled Libya since an uprising began against Col Muammar Gaddafi's rule.

Police arrested eight people after a mob of about 200 stoned to death a young couple who had a love affair which met with their disapproval. The accused include the parents of the woman, a student who had fallen in love with her

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Cuba may permit foreign travel The Cuban government is studying plans that would allow its citizens to travel abroad as tourists for the first time in more than 50 years. The proposed move is one of 313 reforms backed by the Communist Party Congress in April and published in new economic guidelines.

Other reforms include legalising the private sale of property and cars and expanding private cooperatives. The moves are

part of a major shake-up of Cuba's struggling economic model. At the moment, Cubans wishing to travel abroad must file an exit

request that may be turned down. Since Fidel Castro took over in 1959, only highprofile Cubans have been allowed to travel abroad.

TV crime and spy dramas suspended The government has ordered TV stations across the country not to air any detective shows, or spy thrillers for the next three months . The Communist Party is preparing to mark 90 years since its founding and the authorities want the country’s one billion television viewers to tune into patriotic propaganda that will glorify the party ahead of the anniversary on July 1st. an official at one station said it often received orders about which programmes should and should not be aired.




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U.S. raises pressure on Pakistan President Obama’s national security adviser, Thomas E. Donilon (pictured), demanded on Sunday that Pakistan let American investigators interview Osama Bin Laden’s three widows in an effort to find out how he could have been hiding near Islamabad for years before he was killed by commandos last week. The United States government also wants to know to what extent, Pakistani government,

intelligence or military officials were complicit in hiding Bin Laden. Both Mr Donilon and Mr Obama, were careful in interviews not to accuse the Pakistani government of knowing that Bin Laden was in Abbottabad, a military town 35 miles from the country’s capital. They have said that the United States still regards Pakistan, an unstable nuclear-weapons state, as an essential partner in the

FACTORY CLEARANCE! American-led war on Islamic terrorism. But by describing the trove of data seized by the Navy Seal team that killed Bin Laden as large enough to fill a small college library, Mr Donilon appeared to be warning Pakistan that the US might soon have documentary evidence that could reveal who, inside or outside their government, might have helped harbour the Al Qaeda leader.

People flee as river rises Rising flood levels in Memphis have forced people from at least 1,300 homes, while officials downstream in Louisiana have begun evacuating prisoners from one of the state's toughest prisons the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola and opened floodgates to

relieve pressure on levees outside New Orleans. The authorities have warned residents beware snakes and rats seeking shelter on higher ground. Graceland, home of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley, was out of harm's way, as was Beale Street, a tourist attraction known for Blues

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A bidding war looks like breaking out over the future of the former aircraft carrier Ark Royal as a number of interested buyers were last week being shown around the decommissioned warship. Investors from Gibraltar were one of 17 potential bidders to visit Portsmouth Naval Base to tour the iconic vessel, which is up for sale after being axed in Government spending cuts. Their plan would be to turn the ship into an exhibition celebrating the history of the Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Navy and make her a key tourist attraction for tourists visiting The Rock. Ben Marr, of the Gibraltar based company Fairhomes was quoted in the UK media as saying: ”We are seriously looking at a possible plan to bring HMS Ark Royal here to put her on display to the several million visitors who come to The Rock each year. We hope the Ministry of Defence will be supportive of our proposals. We certainly know the Great British Public will be.” The ship is listed on the

Ministry of Defence’s auction website and potential buyers have to register their interest on and submit outline plans before they can tour the ship, which was decommissioned after 25 years of service. Defence chiefs were reported as backing a plan to keep her in London to be used as a floating helipad but that seems to have run aground - the London Assembly headed by mayor Boris Johnson is believed to have indicated that the London Plan does not allow for more heliports. Interest is now hotting up before the bidding deadline of 10am on June 13th. Most firms interested in the ship are understood to be scrap metal merchants and sister ship HMS Invincible was towed

to a scrapyard in Turkey after being sold in the internet sale. Other ideas being floated for Ark Royal include using it as a base for security forces at the 2012 London Olympics, or being used as a night club or school in China. Ben Marr believes it would be a “national disgrace” if Ark Royal followed the Invincible to the scrapyard. He believes she would be a big hit for tourists, and Fairhomes is reviewing the figures in its bid. In the meantime, the name Ark Royal may not die out – it may be passed on to a a new aircraft carrier being built for the navy. The current ship is the fifth to carry the name. The first saw battle in 1588 against the Spanish Armada.

Princesses to be stripped of protection Prince Andrew’s daughters Beatrice and Eugenie hit the headlines and became an internet sensation after their royal wedding outfits – including the now famous hat – caused gasps of horror and amusement around the world. The week has not improved for the pair. It has been revealed that they are to lose their round-theclock police protection, which costs the nation £500,000 each year, as part of a review by Scotland Yard into security arrangements for the Royal Family. In future the Princesses will only be given protection when they attend official events on

behalf of the “Firm”. Their father had argued strongly for the continued presence of protection officers, believing that his daughters should be treated differently to other minor royals, because they have HRH status. But their cousin Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne, has no protection and arguably has a higher profile. Observers believe that the recent controversy surrounding Prince Andrew has not helped his case. Nor has media coverage of his daughters leaving nightclubs in the early hours with protection officers in tow. The Queen is also believed to have made it

clear that the princesses should pursue their own careers after university, rather than go on the royal payroll – the Civil List – to be paid as working members of the Royal Family, as their father had hoped. Eugenie, 21,is studying at Newcastle, and her sister Beatrice is at London University. They each have two protection officers operating a 24 hour service at a cost of £250,000 per princess. Their father had insisted on them receiving full protection although police had assessed them as low risk targets. The annual cost for protection for the Royal Family is £50 million.

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Iron Lady gets armoured car due to new security measures Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher has had her security stepped up amid fears that she could be a target for Irish republican terrorists marking the 30th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strikes. Baroness Thatcher’s security had been downgraded in recent years as the 85-year-old’s health took its toll, and prevented her from making speaking engagements and public appearances. She had to decline her invitation to the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. But the Metropolitan

Police have apparently put in place a security upgrade, which includes a new armour-plated government car, because of fears that the anniversary of the hunger strikes could make her vulnerable to increased activity by dissidents. The former PM refused to make any concessions to IRA and Irish National Liberation Army inmates of the Maze Prison, 10 of whom starved themselves to death. The move comes in the wake of recent republican terrorism in Ireland – a police constable was killed –and a perceived threat to the mainland.

The most famous of the hunger strikers was Bobby Sands. He was the first to die and the anniversary of his death was last week. Mrs Thatcher refused to recognise the acts of the prisoners as political. During her premiership her close friends Airey Neave and Ian Gow were both killed by terrorist bombs under their cars and she herself survived the attack on the Grand Hotel in Brighton in 1984, during the Conservative Party Conference, in which five died and many were injured.

Proceeds from book to aid Maddie search Kate McCann’s book about the disappearance of her daughter Madeleine, will go on sale tomorrow (Thursday) and has topped the Amazon pre-order sales list. The book, “Madeleine”, is being published on the day of what would have been the little girl’s 8th birthday and tells of the horror of her disappearance on May 3rd in 2007. Madeleine, aged three, was snatched from her bed

in the family apartment in Praia de Luz in Portugal’s Algarve, while her parents were eating with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant.

writing the book. She is hoping that its sales will raise £1 million for the Find Madeleine Fund, so that the search can continue.

It’s a painful and emotional account by Kate McCann of the night that her daughter disappeared and the overwhelming impact the event has had on the lives of Kate and her husband Gerry, and their two other children.

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Kate McCann has never returned to her work as a GP and spent nine months

William and Kate leave the UK

But only for a short while. Prince William and his bride have left the UK to go on their honeymoon at last, although the venue is being kept a closely guarded secret. There have been rumours that they are in the Seychelles where there are 115 islands to choose from, or perhaps they are on Richard Branson's Necker Island which was why he wasn't at the

wedding of the year – he was already on the island sprucing it up for the happy couple. One source has confirmed that, wherever it is, the couple will enjoy the attentions of a personal chef for romantic dinners and a whole staff to pick up those wet towels after their swim. They have been reported as being excited about getting “some quality time on their own” following all the glitz of the wedding itself.

The book is expected to be translated into Portugese.

Moseley loses court case Ex-formula One boss Max Moseley has lost his case against newspapers in a court involving seven judges in the European Court of Human Rights. He was asking that tougher privacy laws be implemented and that newspapers should give celebrities and famous people prior warning of what was going to be printed about their private lives, giving them time to seek a court injunction against certain facts being published. However, the court ruled that the UK system already had sufficient protection for individuals, declaring: "The European Convention on Human Rights does not require media to give prior notice of intended publications to those who feature in them."

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UK Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was assassinated by John Bellingham in the House of Commons Lobby

Tow truck driver goes on hunger strike Tow trick driver Antonio García went on hunger strike in Coin's central square, Plaza de la Villa, to support his demand for payment of money owed to him by the Ayuntamiento. The council ran up a bill of €90,000 with his family's company, Gator, before switching to another company based in Marbella. He told reporters his father had bought the tow truck

specially to work for the Coin council, which had a contract with them for two years. “They didn't even give us a chance to extend it, as one of the clauses stated,” Sr Garcia said. “So now we have no

money and no work for the tow truck.” Sr Garcia said the council wanted to pay off the debt in two parts but he was pressing for a single payment. However, by Friday it looked as if some agreement had

been reached, as Sr Garcia and his tow truck decamped from the square. Mayor Gabriel Clavijo said the contract, which had been put out to tender, was for two years only and the council

had decided not to renew it after receiving a negative report from the Local Police on the company's work. He insisted the council had been paying off the debt at the rate of €16,700 a month and that

only this month's payment was outstanding. Sr Clavijo insinuated that the Partido Popular was behind the protests because “it had insisted on bringing up the matter at council meetings”.

Ronda expects floods of visitors

Prison for doctor attacker

Ronda is expecting at least 50,000 visitors for the May Fair, which will be held from May 12th to 15th this year because the weekend it is

usually held on would have coincided with the local elections. Outstanding features of the May Fair include the flamenco dance

and fashion shows, a dog show, and bullfights, as well as the Tapas fair, all of which will be held on the 15,000 m2 Angel Harillo fairground.

A Malaga court has sentenced a 61-year-old man to 18 months in jail for threatening two women doctors at the Hospital Clinico last December. They had given him a clean bill of health, which he did not agree with. The man told Dr Maria C.P.R. that he was going to have her struck off the medical register and “that she would remember this”. She ordered him out of the

building. As he left he ran into another doctor who he called a s**t, and said he would be waiting for her when she finished work. The prosecutor had also called for a restraining

order, which the judge denied. A court official said more sentences like this one were to be expected because incidents of violence by patients were on the increase.

Fashion show sponsors needed The organisers of the next Animals In Distress fashion show – to be held at Lauro Golf Restaurant on June 1st - are looking for sponsors to make the event even more of a spectacular success than the last one. Shop manageress Sue Taylor and volunteer Sue Hart who are organising it are making good use of the many quality garments that are donated to the charity, as well as jewellery,

perfume, a full range of beauty products and accessories, to put on a fantastic summer-themed show. Anyone interested in

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Small but power hungry In the current climate of discontent with the parties that have traditionally dominated the local councils in Andalucia - the Socialists (PSOE, Spanish Workers Socialist Party) and the Partido Popular (PP) 283 small parties will be challenging their power across the region on May 22nd.

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the PA, which puts the region above party politics. Some 1,600 people in La Viñuela are eligible to vote, including 430 foreigners, 90 per cent of whom are Britons. Mr Smalley is convinced that his party will be able to make a difference after the election.

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Potatoes to help Cameroon A farmer in the Axarquía has donated 1,500 kilos of organic potatoes to the Centro de Documentación para la Paz (Peace Documentation Centre, Ahimsa) to help raise funds for a cooperation project in Cameroon. The president of the ONG, Antonio Ruiz zamora, said the money obtained from the sale will help finance two extra classrooms for older students at a school in north Cameroon who currently have to travel 70 miles if they wish to continue their studies. SeviLLe

Most of them will get little more than a handful of votes but the will to seek power is there. They range from the far right – España 2000, Democracia Nacional – to the far left – Partido Comunista de los Pueblos de España, Solidaridad y Autogestion Internacionalista – while others are more focused, like the Pensionistas en Accion (Pensioners in Action Party). One of the more exotic ones is the Partido de la RISA (laughter) for those who want an independent and republican Andalucia. Of the eight provinces in the region, Malaga has the highest number of such parties – 75 – of whom eight are based in Estepona.

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Phone and internet blackout causes chaos No matter how big the financial loss suffered, most of those hit will receive less than one euro for each day they were without service. The Royal Decree of May 2009 approved the Chart of Rights for Users of Electronic Communications

Services, which included compensation for each day a consumer was without service for reasons beyond his control. In the case of “Acts of God”, users would be reimbursed the €15 monthly rental for their fixed lines at the rate of €0,50 per day without

service. Consumer protection group Facua has said that Telefonica will classify last Friday's blaze as an Act of God, caused by lightning. It has also calculated that 90,000 users were cut off for 24 hours, which was reduced to 45,000 on the second day. By Monday

night, around 10,000 were without service and Telefonica calculated that everyone should be back on line by Wednesday. Facua has reminded consumers that if they are not satisfied with the compensation paid, they can take the matter to court.

Gay couple files Fighting drug dens a losing battle complaint A gay couple made a formal complaint to police in Seville after they were stopped from dancing traditional sevillanas together in one of the many casetas at the city's April Fair, which ended on Sunday. The couple said that when one of the women realized they were gay, she ordered the group that was

playing music to stop. She and her husband, who was the "president" of the caseta, approached them to tell them "they could not dance, that they were in a respectable caseta, and that two men could not dance together." The couple were then invited to leave the tent.

Malaga's police chief Juan Jesús Peñalver admitted recently that it was getting "harder and harder" to combat dealers in what he called the drug supermarkets, that is, the shanty towns and rundown neighbourhoods that ring the city. Police go into them three or four times a week, arresting small-time drug dealers. But within

Urbanización Jardín Botánico, La Cala de Mijas, Malaga.

hours, the gangs that control the drugs trade have replaced them, Sr Peñalver said. While the raids and seizures continue, the government's national drug policy is focused on harm reduction, to limit the negative impact of drugs on both individuals and society in general. But despite all police and

government efforts, the drug traffickers are getting more and more sophisticated, investing in state-of-the-art video surveillance systems and installing heavy protective doors and windows in the buildings they use to sell drugs. These delay entry by as much as 45 minutes which gives the dealers time to get rid of their

supplies. At the other end of the scale, two small-time dealers were caught running away with a mop – it had around 25 hits of heroin-laced cocaine inside its handle. Sr Peñalver said drug clans have taken over most of the poor neighbourhoods in the outskirts of Málaga, Cadiz and Seville.

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Popular choir seeks new director Marbella mayor Are you a musician who has what it takes to continue building the reputation of one of the Costa’s most popular choirs? TIMS, The International Music Society, is seeking a new musical director. Current director Brian Marton has guided the choir for the past 10 years and now feels the time is right to pass on the baton. 


on the Costa del Sol. TIMS was founded 27 years ago by enthusiasts who wanted to create a choir performing to professional standards while remaining strictly amateur. The choir has 40 multi-national members and sings all over the costa at a variety of venues. It performs annually at Malaga Cathedral every January and the Fuengirola Theatre each April and is famous for its “concerts for everyone” with musical choices spanning opera, operetta, spiritual and old favourites. The choir has also performed at

The job is unpaid and the search is on for someone who is a keen musician with wide musical tastes and the ambition to play a part in the cultural life of residents



weddings and funerals. If you think your musical abilities are up to the challenge and would like to get involved in something enjoyed by so many then contact Sylvia on 952 449 298 for more information or email The choir will be presenting a concert of popular and classical music tonight (Wednesday) at 6pm in the patio of El Campanario (The Norwegian Church) in Calahonda. Tickets cost €10 on the door. Call 952 939 800 for more information.

  Walking for Cudeca     It’s that time of year again. draws a good crowd and Benalmadena. If you would           The hugely raises like or want  popular    annual     vital  funds   for  to  take  part  CUDECA walkathon will be CUDECA and the hospice. more information contact        taking place on Sunday As usual the event kicks off 952 564 910. May 15th. The event always at Sunset Beach,

provides platform for foreign voice As the May 22nd local elections get nearer a number of political parties are wooing the foreign residents in their areas. They have now been joined by Marbella’s mayor Angela Muñoz, who is to host two meetings designed exclusively for foreign residents to provide a platform to pose questions and address local issues. The mayor will use the meetings to explain the work of the Partido Popular in Marbella and set out its achievements, aims and objectives. She will chair question and answer

sessions designed to provide a forum for foreigners in the town. The first meeting will be held on Monday May 16th at 5pm at the Starz Restaurant in the Centro Plaza, Nueva Andalucia for those who live in western Marbella. The second will be held on Tuesday May 17th at Da Bruno Restaurant, Cabopino at 5pm for those who live in the eastern part of the constituency. Refreshments will be available and reservations will not be necessary.

Lions help orphanage The Mijas La Cala Lions will be stepping out in fashion style in aid of charities Adimi Village Ventures and the Malaga Orphanage on Monday May 16th. The Lions will be holding their fashion show at the Tamisa Golf Hotel. There will be a splendid buffet lunch, including a glass of wine, for €15 and plenty of stalls to browse, as well as a raffle with top prizes. Tickets are available from the Lions’ charity shop, from Tamisa Golf or telephone 952 273 325 for more information.

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Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools celebrated their twelfth year in Spain and Gibraltar recently with another fabulous show, this time at the Palacio de los Congresos, La Linea de la Concepción. The three schools combined their considerable talent in a non-stop extravaganza which featured musical and dramatic excerpts from such favourites as ‘Grease’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’, punctuated with more unusual items from theatrical gems like ‘Snoopy the Musical’ and ‘Peter Pan’. It also kicked off and ended with recent chart hits which gave it modern flavour and provided a varied and uplifting evening of entertainment. The cast comprised pupils aged between four and sixteen along with several of their talented teachers and a special guest appearance by the velvet-voiced Andrew Kennedy who is best known for his recent West End roles in Grease, Rocky Horror and The Rat Pack

and took the role of Teen Angel and also performed a crowd pleasing solo with ‘Sway’. The stars of the night were undoubtedly the youngsters and having had the pleasure of being in the audience for previous annual showcases, I was truly taken aback at the progress being made by these talented stars of the future. Their stage presence, discipline and ability is constantly improving and there seems to be no limit to their diversity when it comes to the range of material they are able to perform. A special mention should go to the ‘Early Stages’ and ‘Stage Ones’; as the younger members of the troupe, they showed remarkable confidence and ability. Stagecoach continues to nurture a whole generation of future stars who obviously have great fun whilst honing their skills. For details of how you can join Stagecoach, please see

The Costa del Sol Photographic Society held its Annual Exhibition at Castillo de Bil Bil, Benalmadena Costa, and it has now closed with a presentation evening. President Maggie Strodder welcomed the Mayor, Snr. Enrique Moya Barrionuevo, Joanna Drozdowska from the Foreign Residents Department, and all the other guests. She expressed the Society's appreciation and thanks to the Ayuntamiento of Benalmadena for the use of Castillo de Bil Bil and to Mr. Robert Seaton for his continued sponsorship. The Founder of the Society, Ray Challinor, presented the awards, as follows: Photographer of the Year (jointly): Eleanor Smith and Maggie Strodder; Gold - Monette Caldon; Silver Valerie Bales; Bronze Monique Tovey Mansfield; Highly Commended (jointly) Duncan MacDonald and Sue Taylor and Founder's Award Chris Hicks. Further information about the Society can be seen on the website www.photoclubspain.

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News More sand for the beaches Sand replenishment works are being carried out on beaches prior to the start of the summer season. A sand suction dredger will gather sand from the bottom of the sea and put it on the beaches and while the work is being carried out beaches will either be closed or have restricted access. Catalan Bay's replenishment was due to be completed yesterday and the beach re-opened. However, a 50 metre section of the bay will be

closed from the 18th to the 20th of this month to allow the contractor to remove his equipment. From yesterday until May 17th it will be the turn of Sandy Bay. A Gibraltar Government spokesman said: “The public are kindly requested to stay clear of the works area as large machinery will be employed and, immediately after the placing of new sand, there will temporarily be areas

where the ground will be extremely soft and potentially dangerous. The contractor will avoid causing noise disturbance during the silent hours. This operation is intended to maximise the usage of Catalan Bay Beach, and to recreate Sandy Bay for the summer season. There is of course the risk that storms will destroy part of the work to be done although it will be possible to top up any sand lost in that way.”

Spanish warship orders boats to leave British waters When ships anchored two miles off The Rock were hailed by the Spanish Navy corvette Atalaya in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters telling them they were in Spanish waters and had to leave recently, they contacted the Gibraltar Port Authority and refused to leave. The Gibraltar Government has issued a furious response to the Spanish authorities saying that it was “a direct and most serious challenge” to British sovereignty which the UK cannot permit or allow to occur. Port Officers immediately sent the signal to all ships stating: “You are anchored in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters and Spanish Warship P74 has no jurisdiction over these waters, please remain at anchor” and sent an inflatable to intercept the Atalaya with two radio messages telling them that were in British waters and must leave immediately. The Gibraltar Government said: “This most serious incident explodes the myth

Foreign Office to Where can I get my review exercise copy of e News in A full security review is to be carried out into the advisability of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment carrying out its annual September exercise in Morocco. The exercise, codenamed Jebel Sahara, would take place in the hills outside Marrakesh. But recent attacks in the city, along with general political unrest throughout the Arab nations, and the death of Osama Bin Laden are being taken into account. Representatives from the Foreign Office will be in Morocco this week to start the assessment with the co-operation of Moroccan authorities.

Gib fuel prices from Morrisons Is it worth going to Gib with an empty tank? Usually the answer is yes! We check Morrison’s prices each week Unleaded per litre £1.089(€1.24) Super unleaded £1.189 (€1.37) Diesel per litre £1.049 (€1.21) The exchange rate used by Morrisons is €1.15 to £1 and the prices are as at 4pm Tuesday May 10th.

of Spanish Foreign Ministry briefings to the press that the current impasse in the Trilateral Forum is the fault of the Gibraltar side. Gibraltar has no desire to discuss sovereignty with Spain, but certainly seeks to ensure that no concessions are made on sovereignty and jurisdiction.There appear to be elements in Spain that are determined, for their own reasons, to ensure that matters remain blocked. There is no other credible explanation for today’s unprecedented incident. It is absurd to imagine that co-operation could co-exist side by side with this sort of behaviour. Dual jurisdiction masquerading as cooperation is not acceptable. That is what the Chief Minister is

guarding against and seeking to protect Gibraltar from.” They added that they would deploy “appropriate vessels” to assert and uphold British sovereignty of The Rock and its surrounding waters. The Opposition said in a statement: “The incident is intolerable and totally unacceptable and it represents an escalation by Spain which can only be regarded as a hostile act.” In May 2009, the Spanish Navy fisheries patrol vessel Tarifa carried out inspections on Spanish fishing boats in Gibraltar waters, prompting a diplomatic row. There is now ongoing questions as to why the Royal Navy's vessels took so long to respond to the incident.

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ocal elections may not seem very important in the big picture but they reveal quite a bit about behind-thescenes machinations that the government keeps from the general public.


ast time around – and this time again, from the looks of it – the spectre of ETA hovered in the background.

y May 2007, it was obvious that the truce declared by the Basque terrorist group in March 2006 was getting nowhere. Zapatero had seized upon the initiative to ask Parliament for permission to open a “peace process” with ETA, and received it. However, we now know that the Socialists had been holding occasional talks with ETA from as far back as 2001, when Zapatero – as leader of the opposition – was signing the anti-terrorist pact with the ruling Partido Popular aimed at weeding out all the smaller Basque parties that sympathised with, or were façades for, ETA. Zapatero, as usual, was not letting his right hand know what his left hand was doing.


n December 29th 2006, when asked how the peace process was going, Zapatero said “satisfactorily but it will be much better by this time next year”. The following day, ETA blew up the fourstorey Terminal 4’s car park at Barajas airport, killing two men. That effectively put an end to the peace process on the government’s side.


t also left Zapatero and several ministers with egg all over their faces because of jailed ETA terrorist Iñaki De Juana Chaos – whom they had described in January 2006 as a “bloodthirsty killer” when it became known he was about to get out of prison after serving only 17 years of his 3,000 year sentence for the murder of 25 people in Madrid in the mid-1980s. But that was before ETA declared its ceasefire. After staging two hunger strikes, at the end of that year the government decided “for humanitarian reasons” to let De Juana serve out the 14 months that remained of a new sentence (three years for threatening certain government officials in articles written in prison) at home under police supervision. To justify this leniency, Zapatero insisted the bloodthirsty killer now agreed with the peace process. In fact, to this day De Juana has not expressed one word of regret for his murderous actions.


espite the Barajas bombing, the government did not revise its attitude to De Juana Chaos. But that

was before the May 2007 local election and regional elections, which the government thought it would win big. In fact, in the total tally the Partido Popular got 156,000 more votes than the Socialists, mainly because the latter had ignored the polls that indicated time after time that the majority of Spaniards did not agree with the peace process. They wanted ETA annihilated once and for all and for good. While Zapatero and his pals were working this out, on June 5th ETA declared an official end to the March 2006 truce.


apatero reacted quickly – for once. De Juana was sent back to jail to complete his sentence, and the National Court ruled that he would be force fed if he went back on hunger strike. ETA sympathisers - especially its political wing, the banned Batasuna Party – objected loudly, but the government had a nasty surprise lined up for them too. Batasuna leader Arnaldo Otegi was due to appear in court in Madrid that same week on a charge of inciting terrorism. He already had a suspended sentence hanging over his head, which meant that if he was found guilty of the second charge he would go to jail. Otegi was confident he would beat the rap but as he was preparing to speak to a Batasuna rally later that week, the police turned up at his home in Bilbao and hauled him off to jail, where he still is. De Juana went to Belfast after finishing his sentence and is currently on the run from both the Spanish and North Irish authorities.


n this year’s replay, ETA declared a “verifiable truce” in January. Batasuna and Basque left-wing parties formed a coalition under a new name which was first disallowed by the Supreme Court, then allowed by the Constitutional Court, to participate in this month’s local elections. When the coalition’s supporters heard the news, many of them started shouting “Independence” so we can see where all this will lead if the coalition ends up dominating some 40 local councils, as expected. Meanwhile, the polls once again show that a majority of Spaniards were against allowing the coalition to run, and the police and Guardia Civil insist that it is just a front for ETA and obeys the terrorists’ orders.


he coalition may not affect voting in the Basque Country but it's just one more gripe to add to the long list of gripes for people living in the rest of Spain. If the Socialists get the beating that the polls predict, what will Zapatero's next U-turn be?

o why is Bildu allowed to run and Sortu isn’t? The Constitutional Court apparently doesn’t have a clear answer, even though last Thursday in a divided decision it approved the 254 candidate slates that were drawn up by the Basque “abertzale” radical left for the May 22nd elections. According to the Attorney General’s Office, there is little difference between Bildu and Sortu. Both organisations, prosecutors say, are strategies drafted by ETA to get its supporters in public office in the Basque Country and Navarre where voters later this month will elect mayors and councillors in municipalities across the two regions. Sortu, which was grouped in February, was filled with former members of Batasuna, the political wing of the Basque terrorist group, which was outlawed in in 2003. Among those who appeared prominently on the lists were Txema Azkuenaga, a lawyer, who wanted to run in the Bilbao mayoral race, and Aitziber Ibaibarriaga, the daughter of former Batasuna councillor Kepa Ibaibarriaga. When the government successfully challenged Sortu, keeping it from registering as a legitimate party at the Interior Ministry, the abertzale radicals took to Plan B and came up with a coalition, Bildu, in an effort to field candidates.


ildu was created through a partnership with two pro-Basque independence but legal parties Eusko Alkartasuna (EA) and extreme-left Alternatiba. Hundreds of Bildu candidates will be running for office later this month. Confidential police reports have concluded that Bildu, just like Sortu, was an idea drawn up by ETA over the past several years to give the terrorist organisation a political voice in Spain’s two northern regions where the criminal group has lost a lot of support over the past decade. ETA is no longer the powerful, feared insurgency it once was. With the help of French and Portuguese authorities, the Spanish government has dealt a series of blows to ETA, arresting five of its military leaders in succession since 2008. Police have also uncovered a string of clandestine caches of weapons and explosives, known as “zulos,” in different parts of Spain and France, and confiscated dozens of records and documents that detail the secret organisation’s innermost workings. As ETA tries to survive on its last breath, members are trying to generate much needed political support. They have lost their international reputation as a legitimate pro-independence movement as most nations have reduced ETA to nothing more than a criminal organisation dedicated to creating havoc and destroying people’s lives without just cause.


n early April, Bildu published its lists of proposed candidates, which demonstrated that all, except for two people, have no known past connection whatsoever to illegal parties or

organisations linked to ETA. Because of this, many politicians and jurists supported giving Bildu a chance to create a legitimate coalition and place its contenders on the May 22nd ballot. But the Socialist government, with the backing of the main opposition Partido Popular, was adamant in keeping Bildu from forming. The Supreme Court sided with the government, ruling that Bildu cannot be present on the ballot. But after filing an appeal, the Constitutional Court overturned the justices’ decision last Thursday after lawyers for the new coalition argued that the government was trampling on its members’ rights by not allowing them to run for office.


here is still a lot of suspicion over whether Bildu is a genuine front for ETA. But what is even more troubling is the attempt by the opposition PP to use the Constitutional Court’s decision as a campaign weapon. On Sunday, former Prime Minister José María Aznar blamed the Socialist government for allowing Bildu to win its legal battle. Speaking at a campaign rally in Guadalajara, Aznar promised that if his PP party will win next year’s general election “we will once again expel the terrorists from our institutions.” His comments also ignited comebacks from the Socialists who, like their PP opponents, are digressing from the regional and local issues in the race, and concentrating more on matters that should be dealt with on the national stage. Also worrisome is that the Socialists and the PP have broken their informal agreement not to use terrorism as election fodder.


ith the two major parties going at each others’ throats on the Bildu issue, it seems inconceivable, but not at all surprising, that the real issues of the May 22nd election – unemployment, infrastructure, social programs – are being overlooked. It is time for the parties to put aside their bickering on a matter that has been dealt with by the courts. As for the Bildu coalition, it will be up to voters to decide whether they believe ETA is behind this group and subsequently it will be the government’s responsibility to remain vigilant should any of its candidates are elected.

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as neighbours andalucia and valencia benefited from the explosion of mass tourism sleepy old Murcia remained relatively unscathed.


he region stayed charmingly untouched as the package holiday market and second home buyers looked elsewhere. And that has meant that this part of Spain has stayed very Spanish, even if it is sandwiched between the two tourist chart toppers.


he beauty of its historic cities, Murcia itself, the ancient naval port of Cartagena, and the lovely renaissance town of Lorca, has remained a reasonably well kept secret. Which is a shame because all three are steeped in history and boast fascinating museums,

palaces, churches ancient monuments.



he region does though have some of the best golf and tourism facilities at the exclusive La Manga Club by the Mar Menor – a favourite for UK football clubs taking short training breaks.


ut the sleepy nature of the area is all set to change. The masterplan to build Paramount Studios’ theme park in Murcia was officially unveiled last week, with an expected opening date of 2015.


he park will be situated in an 158 hectare site on the Mazarron/Alhama de Murcia border, about 15 minutes from the pretty beach resort of Puerto de Mazarron. Paramount will use its top rated franchises like Star Trek, Mission Impossible and Shrek to inspire the various themed areas as it takes on Disneyland Paris. The plans also include a number of three to five star hotels, themed shopping malls, restaurants, bars and clubs, plus a huge conference centre and an open air auditorium to take 15,000 people.


aramount and its partners are putting their money where their mouth is. Original cost estimates have been well overtaken and the project is now going to cost €1 billion. Targets are high. It is believed that by 2020 there will be up to five million family and corporate visitors each year. And its construction will bring a huge fillip to the area. It is expected to provide 10,000 construction jobs and 15,000 jobs associated with the theme park and local industry as well as major road improvements and two new international airports. Estate agents will be rubbing their hands too – theme

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isney in Paris has had to cope with the downside of north European weather, and there is nothing like a downpour to dampen the spirits of the keenest youngster – or adult for that matter. But Paramount has made it clear that Spain is key to the company and the



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300 sunny days a year on the Costa Calida are a major bonus. So, everything is set to turn this part of Spain into a major tourist draw, and with the weather to rival Florida, Paramount look like they are ready to take on the big kid on the block.

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competition with a category for every type of cat and something for every cat owner, so get snapping. Bring the photos but DO NOT bring your cat to the show! The winner will be chosen by sponsors Cat and Dog World and entry is €1 per picture. If you fancy yourself as a baker then enter a cake into the baking competition entries will be sliced and sold for charity. There’s plenty for youngsters, including donkey rides. For more information or to book a stall please contact Jill on 656 935 613 or Denise on 630 197 435.

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Backroom blogger speaks TAPAS do Blithe Spirit Tim Montgomerie is the after dinner speaker for the Costa del Sol Conservatives Abroad function on Friday May 13th at the Tamisa Golf Hotel. He runs the influential Tory blog ConservativeHome and is the founder of the Conservative Christian Fellowship. The CH site offers a running commentary on the Tory high command and a forum for debate for grassroots Conservatives – David Cameron ignores it at his peril. "The internet is

an historic decentralisation of power," said Montgomerie. "If political parties don't listen, they'll be swept away by an internet-based movement." A former Bank of England official and political secretary to the then Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, Montgomerie set up ConservativeHome in 2005. Its power and influence has outflanked another Tory blogger, Guido Fawkes, who hasn't

set off many fireworks of late. Dubbed the “backroom powerhouse” in an article in the Observer newspaper, he has hinted that he will not be blogging much longer. He told the New Stateman:"By the end of the year I want to be doing something different." Everyone is watching as to what he has in mind! He is also a columnist for The Guardian.Tickets are available for the event from Juliet Butterworth on 952 565 777 or 666 434 839.

TAPAS are once again transforming their venue near Coin at Km6 on the A7059. The cosy TAPAS theatre is taking on the style of a comfortable mid-20th century drawing room for the production of Noel Coward’s improbable farce ‘Blithe Spirit’. The play concerns socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material

Cakes, bakes & New to the coast preservatives and Busby’s Friends in Focus are holding a second-hand book, cakes and preservatives sale on Friday May 13th from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm at Sizzlyn's restaurant, which is located in Plaza De Picasso, Fuengirola. The Friends in Focus camera club are selling lots of second-hand books at very reasonable prices plus there will be cakes plus

there will be stalls of home made food items. The day promises to be a most popular event with the proceeds going to help fund the clubs exhibition in October and they will be also assisting Cudeca. Please contact Lyn Carter for further details on 605 423 985 or visit their web site on http://friendsinfocuscame

Female impersonator “Miss Queenie del Bra” is appearing exclusively at Busby’s Friday and Sunday nights this week, May 13th and 15th. Queenie has an amazing voice and will astound and entertain you with her original vocal range and comedic talent. So, come on down to Busby’s to hear the only

authentic singing female impersonator on the Coast. Busby’s can be found on Avenida Antonio Merchado on the main drag through Benalmadena. Give Mad Terry @Buzby’s a call for more information and show times for Queenie plus any information on his other acts performing throught the week on 645 404 911

for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, following the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Originally opening in 1941 Blithe Spirit played for over 2,000 performances and has been one of the world’s favourite comedies ever since. Aside from some

excellent dialogue and comic scenes, the play is also notable for the splendid comic character of Madame Arcati. With an excellent cast directed by Leroy Lingwood the show is to be performed for 3 nights – May19th, 20th and 21st at 8pm. Tickets : Thursday 19th: €5 members, €7 nonmembers; Friday 20th and Saturday 21st: €7 members, €9 non-members. Available from the Box Office, tel 635 293 714 or from the usual TAPAS outlets.

Rumours! Once again the rumour machine has been working - it has been going around that the very popular monthly charity auctions at JK’s in Coin have stopped. Not true! In fact they are now being held twice a month, despite them not being run by animal charity CHAIN who have done a marvellous job over the last two years. The charities to benefit in future will be announced on a month by month basis and will include all charities from now on. For more information call 654 396 651.



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Pirates of e Caribbean On Stranger Tides BY ROB MARSHALL Starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz

The crowds were out in force at the weekend for the premiere of the fourth in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which features Spain’s Penelope Cruz for the first time. The movie was unveiled in Disneyland in front of a 2,000 strong audience and 25,000 fans lined the black (yep, not red) carpet in Main Street, to wave at the stars of the show, filmed for the first time in 3D. In the latest outing Capt Jack Sparrow (Depp) and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) are joined by the lovely

Angelica (Cruz) as they embark on the quest to find the elusive Fountain of Youth, only to discover they are pitted in a race with Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Is Jack in love with Angelica, or is she a con merchant using him to find the fabled fountain, as they battle mermaids, cutthroats and zombies along


the way? The two have history – and the sparky dialogue between them shows that they have shared some saucy moments. It’s the first time in the franchise that the movie does not feature Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly. On the other hand, it does feature a fun cameo from national

treasure Dame Judi Dench as a noblewoman who falls under Jack’s spell. Rolling Stone Keith Richards reprises his role as Jack’s father Captain Teague. It’s destined to be a huge draw at the cinema, no matter what the critics say. Spain is showing the movie in advance of UK cinemas.


Arnie to start filming e last picture show

Arnold Schwarzeneggar, 63, has still got what it takes to be a box office draw. He is already lined up for a return to The Terminator franchise but a script has yet to surface. When it does, the movie will be directed by Justin Lin, director of The Fast and The Furious franchise. But come September Arnie will start filming “Cry Macho”, about a retired

horse trainer who goes to Mexico to kidnap a young boy at the request of his former boss. He will reportedly be paid $12.5 million plus 25 per cent gross ticket sales. The movie is being produced by Al Ruddy, who produced Oscar winners “The Godfather” and “Million Dollar Baby”. Arnie has announced a split with wife Maria Shriver.

Cinemas are locked in battle with the big Hollywood movie studios about how soon new blockbusters can be screened on television. Some studios, including Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox, have decided to make films available on pay-television just weeks after their big screen premieres. But cinema bosses fear that film fans will be prepared to wait for a film to appear on television rather than travelling to their local multiplex and paying out for seats. In the UK the Cinema Exhibitors Association, the trade body, fears that even a small impact on admissions could make a

huge difference to the viability of a number of smaller cinema sites and the National Association of Theatre Owners in the US shares those fears. Traditionally cinemas have a four month window, during which time they are the only place to legally be able to see new films. When the window closes studios release films on DVD or pay-TV. But the drop in DVD sales, coupled with the rise in piracy has left studios looking elsewhere to recoup the costs of movie making. More positive voices believe that nothing can replace the cinema experience. You just cannot beat the big screen for a blockbuster movie.

s a result of better living standards, increased access to health care and a better knowledge of how to keep our bodies fitter and healthier, more and more people, especially in ‘developed countries’, are living to be older than their grandparents could have ever imagined. In the last century life expectancy in the UK has risen by about 30 years and the predictions for the forthcoming centenarian population boom are staggering.


ith an ever active and long living population knocking around, it’s no wonder that senior film heroes are also becoming more visible in plots that might have been impossible to comprehend just a few decades ago.


he film ‘Harry Brown’ (2010) has a violent, bloody, gun-slinging, knife wielding drugs-crazed revenge plot that could have been headed up by heavy action figures like Steven Segal, Bruce Willis or Sylvester Stallone in their heydays. Instead, the protagonist of this particular story is none other than the nifty ninja that is Michael Caine. Not the loose limbed mob henchman Michael Caine of Get Carter fame but an ’arthritic, peaceful widower living out his days’ kind of Michael Caine. He was after all 76 when he made the film!


s Harry makes use of his military training and the skills he picked up while serving in Northern Ireland, he carves his way through the movers and shakers of the local underworld until he suffers an emphysema attack that sees him hospitalised. The local police investigate claims of a vigilante style attack on the local hoodlums, although all but one officer discount the idea that it could be the hospitalised pensioner that left the trail of bodies around the darkest corners of the estate.


s the menace of scared and armed youths causes tensions on the estate to boil over, Harry finds himself betrayed by one of his friends and faces a fight to the death protecting officers of the law that have been caught up in the escalating violence.


lthough the violence in the film is graphic, it is not gratuitous because it IS the story. It is both the implied and actual threat of violence that keeps those living on the estate from using the underpasses and going out at night. Pensioners 1, yobs 0.


ge is no barrier to conviction though and when Harry Brown´s best mate and drinking buddy Leonard is killed by a group of local drug dealer thugs, Harry sets off on a course to rid his housing estate of the scum that are terrorising the local community.

ith Harrison Ford celebrating his 69th birthday in just a few weeks. it’s perfectly feasible that the next Indiana Jones film is going to be played by a 70 year old action hero. Harrison Ford himself is quoted as saying that Stephen Spielberg has already decided on a plot line for Indiana Jones’ fifth outing and that if the script is good, he’s happy to don the famous Fedora one more time.




n a series of encounters with local yobs and dealers, Harry exacts revenge for Leonard’s death, spurred on by his own anger at having not been at his wife’s deathbed because the shortcut to the hospital through the underpass was blocked by jeering youths. Presenting himself at a local drugs den, Harry catches them on the back foot as they mistakenly underestimate the abilities of the ex-Royal Marine, who they assume is more likely to be accustomed to drawing his pension, than drawing a gun.

hen veteran actor Sean Connery played Indiana Jones’ father in ‘The Last Crusade’ in 1989 he was actually only 58 and did a lot less running around than Ford did at 65 in film number four, ‘ The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’. The charismatic James Bond actor is only 12 years older than Harrison Ford but as he has already bowed out of Indiana Jones 4, it’s unlikely we’ll see that particular pensioner back in the action hot seat, preferring I suspect, to be gently stirred and not shaken these days.

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by Cathy Stronach

This is a prime time for you if you use your ingenuity and think outside of the box. Financially this is an excellent time when opportunities abound. Break out of old ruts and routines and look at giving a fresh, new venture a go. Put those ideas into motion - are you waiting for someone to give you permission? I doubt you need to, it is more a matter of you can see what needs to be done, so just check your facts and assume control. You are naturally attuned to nature and the senses and this is an ideal time to use that gift to the full when your sixth sense will be required to steer a ship through choppy waters. The key is it only appears choppy; the real challenge is to remember this and keep moving in the direction you intended. When you reach the edge of the cliff, just close your eyes and take that leap - you will instinctively know how to play the game. Those who go that extra mile and are willing to put in the effort always seem to prevail over those of us who are fickle. There is always someone who will find fault with what someone else does but there are those who ignore the mutterings and carry on resolute and focused. What you sow this week is what you will reap. Instead of juggling the balls, pull them down to earth, stand tall and rooted to the spot, then you will achieve your dream. There is a hot fire under your feet forcing you to increase the speed of your stride, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. Discomfort comes with the territory and it could be hard to keep up with the speed of things. Walking on hot coals may not be something you have ever wanted to do but after a while you will learn the technique required to get to the end without getting burnt. Make conscious choices with your time and energy and get rid of any feelings of doubt. It is up to you to take the lead in a situation that has been dragging on far too long, you are now in a position to make a dramatic difference in a situation that has been getting the best of you. So strike while the heavens are hot - as you are in a powerful position. Someone you care for deeply will respond in kind once you lay an issue to rest - perhaps they have been waiting for you to also be more willing to negotiate. Things are finally getting sorted, Leo. The fastest way to a little more peace is to initiate conversation and extend the olive branch. The smallest well-intended gesture will go far in bridging a certain troubling gap. Don’t forget to be gentle with yourself in this process, which starts with knowing what you need and then going about getting some of those essential needs met. The better you are to yourself and the more you believe in you, the better others will be and the more they will believe too.


You may be feeling complacent and laid back this week, as if you were locked in a feel good dream world that appears as though it will never end. Well enjoy, Libra. If you can muster up some energy and focus on your future then there are many opportunities for abundance just waiting for you to give them the nod. Try out some new ideas, methods or plans - there is fresh and September 23rd inventive energy around for you to capitalise on, if you are willing to put the October 22nd energy in.


October 23rd November 21st

You could be feeling impatient this week – others may seem incredibly slow to you. This is because there is an increased fiery energy inside of you that is making you feel excited, passionate and ready for action. This is the time to get busy, as you no longer want to be waiting in the wings but to be in the centre of creating your own plan. Wealth, power and status are calling you – it is all or nothing time so let your accomplishments do the shouting for you.

SAGITTARIUS Your ruling planet Jupiter is the King of all the planets and acts as Earth’s protector, deflecting asteroids that are on their way to collide with our planet. You are being protected right now, your energy levels are about as high as they get and you will need an outlet to channel some of this dynamic fuel, so let that propel you onto those distant shores you have been trying to reach November 22nd December 21st for so long.There is a brand new adventure waiting for you.

CAPRICORN All you want to do is curl up in luxury and total sensuous pleasure, you do not wish to be disturbed or have to deal with the everyday duties of life. What you need is time out from a routine so that you can spend some time indulging your imagination. Unfortunately most of us still have to function in the real world, so try to allow some pamper time, some space for relaxation amidst the nd December 22 hustle and bustle. Important news could be coming your way shortly. January 19th


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The focus this week is directed towards your personal relationships with social acquaintances and friends playing a significant role in your life. A new intensity will begin when it comes to an existing relationship so be ready for the sparks to fly and new levels of intimacy to begin. A new relationship will feel intense and passionate – be careful not to get too carried away in the fire and try not to rush things initially. It may be up to you to make the first move. There is so much work that needs to be done this week so handle the details early and do any jobs right the first time round. Attention to detail will help you get and remain on the right track. The more you do the more energy you will have, so clear the decks and mentally make a note of where you have filed everything. Issues that continue to drag you down must also be sorted out and confronted. By the weekend it will be time to have some fun.

Kym’s Kitchen don’t have to be a chef!

This week's recipe is light yet filling and with the weather improving, I thought fish would be rather nice for a change. Sea Bass (Lubina) in Spain is relatively inexpensive and can be cooked in a number of ways. This recipe is for pan fried Sea Bass..

Sea Bass with couscous Ingredients:

(Serves two)

● 150gr couscous ● 100ml red wine vinegar ● 2-3 tbsp golden caster sugar ● 100gr shallots, peeled and finely sliced into rings ● 50ml olive oil ● 2 x 200gr fillets sea bass (Lubina) with the skin on ● 100gr peeled smallish prawns ● Zest of 1 lemon ● Small handful flat leaf parsley, chopped ● 1 bunch dill weed, chopped

Directions 1. Put the couscous in a bowl with enough boiling water to barely cover it, put clingfilm over the top and allow to swell somewhere warm for 10 minutes.

down. Cook for 3-4 minutes, gently flip over and cook on the flesh side for another 2 minutes or until the fish is just cooked. Allow to rest in the pan somewhere warm while you finish the dish.

2. In the meantime, in a small pan warm the red-wine vinegar and enough of the sugar to taste pleasantly sweet and sour. When the sugar has completely dissolved add the shallots and allow them to take on the sauce, off the heat.

4. Mix the couscous with the sweet and sour shallots and their liquid and add the brown shrimps, lemon zest and herbs. Mix with the remaining olive oil. Season.

3. Heat a little olive oil in a non-stick pan then fry the seasoned bass fillets skin-side

5. Arrange a pile of the couscous on a plate, top with the sea bass and drizzle with a little more olive oil.


You’re never too old Keeping the brain active is a good way of helping to combat the onset of Alzeimers, so here’s how Val can help Research has shown that learning another language can help stave off Alzheimers for four or more years so that’s as good a reason as any for taking up the chance to get to grips with Spanish - after all, when you live here it all adds to the fun. And there’s certainly no excuse now for thinking that you are too old, now that a new course of classes is being set up especially aimed at the “Golden Oldies”! Really we should all be

able to speak some of the language of the country we live in and what better way to do it than to attend classes with Valerie Mitchell at Centro Idiomas in Coin. Valerie writes The News bi-weekly articles, Poco a Poco, which have been a great success with readers, and her fun way of learning makes her classes a pleasure rather than a trial. There are courses for all levels available, including ones that cater especially for children. She is about to

start a series of new classes entitled “Golden Oldies” for those of us over 50-yearsold so there’ll be no having to keep up with the young whizz kids! But whatever your age the classes are fun and conversation based so no need to fear tough homework assignments! They will be held on El Rodeo, Coin, on Tuesdays and Thursdays so call Valerie on 952 450 747 or visit her helpful new website at for more information and to find out how you can join.

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Blue to go buff for a Eurovision song contest win

To be a princess – every girl’s dream

The stakes are high for boy band/man band Blue, tasked with salvaging the UK’s national pride when the boys take to the stage in Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Kate Middleton’s wedding dress became the most famous garment on the planet when it was seen by billions on television – and it has inspired a Chinese dress factory to turn out copies for just £200. The Muyi Wedding Dress Company is based in Suzhou – the city is home to well over 1,000 factories who specialise in wedding gowns. The Muyi factory owner, 24-year-old Yang Lifei, said that Chinese brides wanted to feel like royalty. The £40,000 Sarah Burton original had intricate lace work hand-stitched by artisans at the Royal College of Needlework, using traditional techniques dating back to the 1820s. The Chinese version

features factory made lace costing just £1 per metre, an eight foot train and a close fitted bodice. Zhao Tingting was the first Chinese bride to wear the dress, just 36 hours after the royal nuptials. Groom Wang Jinwang wore an imitation scarlet Irish Guards uniform like that worn by Prince William. Kate’s dress won plaudits around the world – but Princess Diana’s wedding

dress continues to draw huge crowds. Thirty years after her wedding to Prince Charles the dress with its 25 foot train is touring the world. it has been seen by more than a million people and has raised around £1 million for charity. The dress and train stand on a mock staircase inside a huge glass display case (pictured above), and it has travelled thousands of miles. Its permanent home is at Diana’s family seat Althorp House, where her body is

buried and where her brother Earl Spencer has created an exhibition to commemorate her life. The dress is owned by Princes William and Harry, and on the day of William’s wedding it drew sell-out crowds in Kansas City. It’s now in Vancouver, Canada, as it continues its tour. Diana’s engagement dress was sold last year for £192,000 but the wedding dress is deemed to be priceless.

Kate and Cole both sexy as Cheryl heads to US X factor

The song “I Can” has not been getting much airplay from the BBC – which finds and promotes the UK entry as well as screening the event, and Blue fear that this will not have helped their cause. To counter the lack of airplay the boys have been on a Europe wide charm offensive. Blue reformed after a six year break, and the one time huge hits in Europe are tipped at 7/1 by bookies and are second favourites behind France. All eyes will be on them to see if they can do better than last year’s UK performance. Josh Dubovie’s “That Sounds Good To Me” didn’t sound so good to voters. It scored just 10 points and came last – the third time the UK has finished bottom in eight years. The show is seen by 130

million people and presents Blue with a huge showcase to relaunch their career. Band member Antony Costa said: “If we get a top five place it will be amazing.” But what happens if it’s the dreaded “nul points”. “We’re emigrating,” said Antony. All the boys have been hard at work in the gym buffing and toning – and if the group pull off a win then fans can expect them to bare all to celebrate their success. Ireland’s entry are the XFactor twins Jedward, not actually noted for being that good at either singing or dancing. They have to get through the semi-finals before the weekend to stand a chance of winning. The sound of BBC presenter Graham Norton sharpening his wit can be heard in the distance....

The new Duchess of Cambridge is not too proud to do her own shopping – she was spotted in a supermarket on Anglesey sorting out Prince William’s dinner. And that’s despite the fact that she is now officially one of the sexiest women in the world. Catherine has made it to No 39 on FHM Magazine’s annual Top 100 of the world’s sexiest females – the only member of the royal family to have made the list. Nation’s sweetheart Cheryl Cole lost her crown to Transformers actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Cheryl has taken the No 1 slot for the past two years but this year slumped to 12th. Katie Perry has nabbed the No 2 spot, while Rihanna is at No 3 and exPussy Cat Doll Nicole Scherzinger is at No 9.

two women have already jostled for prime position next to Simon. And it looks like the American audiences are really in for an ear bashing accent wise – Welsh presenter Steve Jones will be presenting the show, along with Nicole Scherzinger. But the Girls Aloud star is unlikely to be too worried that her star is waning. She has joined Simon Cowell on the judges panel for the September launch of American X Factor - despite fears that her Geordie accent might have proved too difficult for American audiences it now seems it

was a done deal all along. The 27-year-old arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday in time for the first set of auditions on Sunday. She and Simon have been joined on the panel by music producer Antonio “LA” Reid, and Paula Abdul, Simon’s sparring partner from American Idol - the

The US version of X Factor is slated as being the biggest and best yet with a whopping $5 million record contract up for grabs. Back in the UK news was out yesterday (Tuesday) that Gary Barlow will take over from Simon Cowell, juggling his Take That tour commitments with the show.

The scores in happier days for the UK

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Health &beauty

News - Breakthroughs - Treatments - Trends

Ageing not such a big problem

Sex, coffee among stroke Instead of seeing the growing number of elderly people triggers as a problem, we should actually see the over-60s as a bonus, according to old age psychiatrist Dr Julian Hughes. Drinking coffee, energetic sex and even blowing one’s nose can For the individual, the the other way around. And shown that 85-year-olds, burst blood vessels in the brain, according to Dutch researchers. problems of ageing are more aches and pains, wrinkles and memory failure, while governments see it as an economic problem. However, Dr Hughes points out that while governments have to spend money on older people, if we take so-called intergenerational transfers into account, older people are giving more to their offspring by and large than

the majority of people who do voluntary work in hospitals, communities and for all sorts of charities tend to be naturally silver-haired. This is active citizenship, but also active ageing. Remaining active is good for you, both mentally and physically. Dr Hughes also points out that studies all over the world show ageing can bring contentment. The most recent, by researchers at Newcastle University has

despite having significant levels of disease and impairment, are very positive about their health and are able to function well. And while it’s true that living longer brings with it an increasing risk of ageassociated conditions, biomedical science and technology are making great strides in many areas, including cancer, heart disease and dementia.

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bleeding on the brain. They all increase blood pressure which could result in blood vessels bursting. The study only looked at the triggers for the burst. High blood pressure weakens blood vessels in the first place and can be caused by being overweight, smoking and a lack of exercise. The researchers found that coffee was responsible for more than one in 10 burst brain aneurysms. While coffee drinkers had only a 1.7 times greater risk, it is more common than other risk factors. Being startled increased the risk by more



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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl The eccentric Captain Sparrow is on a mission to rescue the Governor's beautiful daughter, Elizabeth, and his ship, the Black Pearl,

Sat, May 14th 00:55


Sugarhouse Tom is a middle-class city boy whose life has reached breaking point. D is a young drug addict: smart, witty, desperate. Tom is completely out of his depth when he finds himself in D's abandoned warehouse attempting to do a deal with him. The two enter into an irrational, deadly game...


Tue, May 17th 22:35

The Pelican Brief Taut thriller about a young law student whose legal brief about the assassination of two Supreme Court justices causes her to be targeted by killers. She realises just how accurate her accusations have been when her lover and mentor is murdered....


Sat, May 14th 23:10

Epic Movie Four adult orphans, all raised in different situations, have an incredible adventure in a spoof of blockbuster and fantasy films. Starring Carmen Electra, David Carradine and Jennifer Coolidge


Mon, May 16th 23:00

Evil Woman A couple of dim former high school buddies and Neil Diamond fans - set out to save another friend from marrying a fiendish and spiteful bombshell threatening to break up their three-way friendship.


Tribute: The Comedy Genius of John Sullivan

Life Stories: John Prescott

Sun, May 15th 20:00


Tue, May 17th 21:00

Secrets of the Superbrands:

Sat May 14th 21.00

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17:00 Newsround 17:15 The Weakest Link 18:00 BBC News at Six 18:30 BBC London News 19:00 The One Show 19:30 Waterloo Road 20:30 Life of Riley 21:00 The Apprentice 22:00 BBC News at Ten 22:25 BBC London News 22:35 The Lottery Draws 22:45 Would I Lie to You? 23:15 Bad Company 01:05 Weatherview 01:10 See Hear 01:40 Watchdog 02:40 Atlantis 03:40 One Man and His Campervan

06:00 Breakfast 09:15 Missing 10:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:00 Don't Get Done, Get Dom 11:45 Cash in the Attic 12:15 Bargain Hunt 13:00 BBC News at One 13:30 BBC London News 13:45 Doctors 14:15 Escape to the Country 15:00 BBC News 15:05 Copycats 15:40 Wingin' It 16:00 Project Parent 16:30 My Life 17:00 Newsround 17:15 The Weakest Link

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06:00 Breakfast 09:15 Missing 10:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:00 Don't Get Done, Get Dom 11:45 Cash in the Attic 12:15 Bargain Hunt 13:00 BBC News at One 13:45 Doctors 14:15 Escape to the Country 15:00 BBC News 15:05 Copycats 15:40 Wingin' It 16:00 Remote Control Star 16:30 All Over the Place 17:00 Newsround 17:15 The Weakest Link 18:00 BBC News at Six

19:00 The One Show 20:00 EastEnders 20:30 The Comedy Genius of John Sullivan 21:00 Have I Got News for You 21:30 Outnumbered 22:00 BBC News at Ten 22:25 BBC London News 22:35 The Graham Norton Show 23:20 The Lottery Draws 23:30 The One Show 00:30 The Best Man 02:00 Weatherview 02:05 The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best 03:05 The Boat That Guy Built

09:05 The Koala Brothers 09:15 Guess with Jess 09:30 Big and Small 09:40 Buzz and Tell 09:45 Big Cook Little Cook 10:05 Mighty Mites 10:20 Nuzzle and Scratch: Frock and Roll 10:40 Waybuloo 11:00 In the Night Garden 11:30 The Daily Politics 13:00 See Hear 13:30 To Buy or Not to Buy 14:15 Real Rescues 15:00 Flog It! 15:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 16:30 Pointless 17:15 Show Me the Monet

18:00 Eggheads 18:30 Great British Menu 19:00 Escape to the Country 20:00 Two Greedy Italians 21:00 Wonderland: The Trouble with Love and Sex 21:50 Coast 22:00 The Apprentice: You're Fired 22:30 Newsnight 23:20 Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle 23:50 French Film 01:15 BBC News 01:30 ABC World News with Diane Sawyer 02:00 BBC News 02:30 The Record 03:00 BBC News

09:15 Guess with Jess 09:30 Big and Small 09:40 Buzz and Tell 09:45 Big Cook Little Cook 10:05 Timmy Time 10:20 Nuzzle and Scratch: Frock and Roll 10:45 Waybuloo 11:05 In the Night Garden 11:35 Pink Panther 12:00 The Daily Politics 12:30 GMT 13:00 Diagnosis Murder 13:45 To Buy or Not to Buy 14:15 Real Rescues 15:00 Flog It! 15:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 16:30 Pointless

17:15 Show Me the Monet 18:00 Eggheads 18:30 Great British Menu 19:00 Coast 20:00 The Animal's Guide to Britain 21:00 The Shadow Line 22:00 Psychoville 22:30 Newsnight 23:20 Business Nightmares with Evan Davis 00:20 Children's Craniofacial Surgery 01:20 BBC News 01:30 ABC World News with Diane Sawyer 02:00 BBC News 02:30 The Record Europe 03:00 BBC News

09:05 The Koala Brothers 09:15 Guess with Jess 09:30 Big and Small 09:40 Buzz and Tell 09:45 Big Cook Little Cook 10:05 Timmy Time 10:20 Nuzzle and Scratch: Frock and Roll 10:45 Waybuloo 11:05 In the Night Garden 11:35 Pink Panther 12:00 The Daily Politics 12:30 GMT 13:00 Diagnosis Murder 13:45 To Buy or Not to Buy 14:15 Real Rescues 15:00 Flog It! 15:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

16:30 Pointless 17:15 Show Me the Monet 18:00 Eggheads 18:30 Great British Menu 19:00 Windfarm Wars 20:00 Gardeners' World 20:30 An Education 22:00 Later... Live with Jools Holland 22:30 Newsnight 23:00 The Review Show 23:50 Later... with Jools Holland 00:55 Sugarhouse 02:25 BBC News 02:30 The Weather Show 03:00 BBC News 03:30 Click

06:00 Daybreak 08:30 Lorraine 09:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 10:30 This Morning 12:30 Loose Women 13:30 ITV News and Weather 14:00 60 Minute Makeover 15:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:00 Midsomer Murders 17:00 Britain's Best Dish 18:00 London Tonight 18:30 ITV News and Weather 19:00 Emmerdale 19:30 Poms in Paradise

20:00 The L'Oreal Paris National Movie Awards 22:00 News at Ten and Weather 22:35 Cops with Cameras 23:35 Long Lost Family 00:30 The Zone 02:35 Alien Siege 04:00 ITV Nightscreen

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06:00 Daybreak 08:30 Lorraine 09:25 The Jeremy Kyle Show 10:30 This Morning 12:30 Loose Women 13:30 ITV News and Weather 14:00 60 Minute Makeover 15:00 The Alan Titchmarsh Show 16:00 Midsomer Murders 17:00 Britain's Best Dish 18:00 London Tonight 18:30 ITV News and Weather 19:00 Emmerdale

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06:10 The Hoobs 06:35 The Hoobs 07:00 Freshly Squeezed 07:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 07:55 Frasier 08:25 Friends 08:55 Wife Swap USA 09:50 Relocation, Relocation 10:55 A Place by the Sea 12:00 Channel 4 News 12:05 Make Do & Mend 12:35 The TV Book Club 13:05 Live: Channel 4 Racing 15:10 Countdown 16:00 Deal or No Deal 17:00 Come Dine with Me 18:00 The Simpsons 18:30 Hollyoaks

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06:10 The Hoobs 06:35 The Hoobs 07:10 Freshly Squeezed 07:40 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:05 Frasier 08:35 Friends 09:05 Wife Swap USA 10:00 Relocation, Relocation 10:55 A Place by the Sea 12:00 Channel 4 News 12:05 Make Do & Mend 12:35 The TV Book Club 13:05 Live: Channel 4 Racing 15:10 Countdown 16:00 Deal or No Deal 17:00 Come Dine with Me 18:00 The Simpsons 18:30 Hollyoaks

19:00 Channel 4 News 19:55 20:00 Three in a Bed 21:00 Cutting Edge 22:40 The Secret Millionaire 23:45 The Big Bang Theory 00:15 The JD Set 00:30 The Album Chart Show 00:45 4Play 01:00 The Model Agency 01:55 Supersize vs Superskinny 02:50 Dispatches 03:45 Hill Street Blues 04:35 Great British Brands 04:50 Wogan's Perfect Recall

08:25 Friends 08:55 Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance 09:55 Relocation, Relocation 10:55 A Place by the Sea 12:00 Channel 4 News 12:05 Make Do & Mend 12:35 Jamie at Home 13:05 Live: Channel 4 Racing 15:10 Countdown 16:00 Deal or No Deal 17:00 Come Dine with Me 18:00 The Simpsons 18:30 Hollyoaks 19:00 Channel 4 News 19:25 Unreported World 19:55

20:00 A Place in the Sun: Home or Away 21:00 The Million Pound Drop 22:25 That Peter Kay Thing 22:55 Phoneshop 23:30 The Ricky Gervais Show 00:00 Mercury Prize Sessions 00:20 The Album Chart Show 00:35 My Name Is Earl 01:05 My Name Is Earl 01:30 Supersize vs Superskinny 02:25 Enough 02:30 Whatever Turns You On

08:10 The Milky and Shake Show 08:15 Peppa Pig 08:20 Peppa Pig 08:25 Milkshake! Show Songs 08:30 Roary the Racing Car 08:40 Olivia 08:50 The WotWots 09:00 Ben And Holly's Little Kingdom 09:15 The Wright Stuff 11:05 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green 12:05 Meals in Moments 12:10 5 News Lunchtime 12:20 Law & Order 13:15 Home and Away 13:45 Neighbours

14:15 The Vanessa Show 15:05 Meals in Moments 15:15 Victor 17:00 5 News at 5 17:30 Neighbours 18:00 Home and Away 18:25 OK! TV 19:00 5 News at 7 19:30 Zoo Days 20:00 Essex Jungle 21:00 NCIS 22:00 Law and Order: Criminal Intent 22:55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 23:55 Poker: Aussie Millions 00:50 Super Casino 04:05 Meals in Moments

07:30 Thomas and Friends 07:45 Make Way for Noddy 08:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 08:15 Peppa Pig 08:20 Peppa Pig 08:30 Roary the Racing Car 08:40 Olivia 08:50 The WotWots 09:00 Ben And Holly's Little Kingdom 09:15 The Wright Stuff 11:05 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green 12:05 Meals in Moments 12:10 5 News Lunchtime 12:20 Law & Order 13:15 Home and Away 13:45 Neighbours 14:15 The Vanessa Show

15:05 Meals in Moments 15:15 The Reading Room 17:00 5 News at 5 17:30 Neighbours 18:00 Home and Away 18:25 OK! TV 19:00 5 News at 7 19:30 Rough Guide to City Breaks 20:00 Emergency Bikers 21:00 Extreme Fishing: Ends of the Earth 22:00 Impossible 23:05 Banged up Abroad 00:05 Super Casino 04:05 Meals in Moments 04:15 How Not to Decorate 04:55 County Secrets

07:30 Thomas and Friends 07:45 Make Way for Noddy 08:00 Fifi and the Flowertots 08:15 Peppa Pig 08:20 Peppa Pig 08:30 Roary the Racing Car 08:40 Olivia 08:50 The WotWots 09:00 Ben And Holly's Little Kingdom 09:15 The Wright Stuff 11:05 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green 12:05 Meals in Moments 12:10 5 News Lunchtime 12:20 Law & Order 13:15 Home and Away 13:45 Neighbours

14:15 The Vanessa Show 15:05 Chinese Food in Minutes 15:10 Perfect Romance 17:00 5 News at 5 17:30 Neighbours 18:00 Home and Away 18:25 OK! TV 19:00 5 News at 7 19:30 Fifth Gear 20:00 Ice Road Truckers 21:00 The Mentalist 22:00 Law & Order 22:55 The Walking Dead 23:55 Cops in Crisis 00:15 Super Casino 04:05 Motorsport Mundial 04:30 Fifth Gear 04:55 County Secrets

19:00 The Apprentice 20:00 Eurovision Song Contest 22:00 EastEnders 22:30 Russell Howard's Good News 23:00 Family Guy 23:20 Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show 23:45 So What If My Baby Is

Born Like Me? 00:45 Russell Howard's Good News 01:15 Eurovision Song Contest 03:20 So What If My Baby Is Born Like Me? 04:20 The Apprentice 05:20 SIGN OFF

19:00 Doctor Who 19:45 Doctor Who Confidential 20:00 Misbehaving Mums to Be 21:00 Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps 21:30 Russell Howard's Good News 22:00 EastEnders 22:30 Young, Rich and

19:00 The Apprentice 20:00 The World's Strictest Parents 21:00 Bizarre ER 21:30 Bizarre ER 22:00 Russell Howard's Good News 22:30 Family Guy 22:50 Family Guy 23:15 Young, Rich and House Hunting

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Drama!: Eurovision Song Contest 2011

Based on votes cast by the British cinema going public. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Pt 1 has five nominations. Christine Bleakley is unshackled from Daybreak to present.

National Movie Awards

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Wed May 11th 20.00

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06:00 Breakfast 10:00 Saturday Kitchen Live 11:30 Great British Menu 12:00 BBC News 12:10 BBC London News; Weather 12:15 Football Focus 13:00 British Olympic Dreams 13:30 Cash in the Celebrity Attic 14:15 Bargain Hunt: Famous Finds 15:00 Father of the Bride 16:40 Don't Scare the Hare 17:15 BBC News 17:25 BBC London News; Weather

17:30 So You Think You Can Dance 18:30 Doctor Who 19:20 So You Think You Can Dance 19:50 The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 20:00 Eurovision Song Contest 23:15 BBC News 23:35 Match of the Day 00:35 Black Sheep 01:55 Weatherview 02:00 BBC News 02:30 HARDtalk 03:00 BBC News 03:30 Our World 04:00 BBC News

06:00 Breakfast 07:55 Match of the Day 09:00 The Andrew Marr Show 10:00 The Big Questions 11:00 Country Tracks 12:00 Politics Show 13:00 EastEnders Omnibus 14:55 Bargain Hunt 15:20 Escape to the Country 16:20 Life of Riley 16:50 Lifeline 17:00 Points of View 17:15 Songs of Praise 17:50 BBC News 18:05 BBC London News; Weather 18:10 Land Girls 19:00 Countryfile

20:00 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 22:10 BBC News 22:30 BBC London News; Weather 22:35 Meet the Multiples 23:35 The Night Listener 00:50 Weatherview 00:55 The Apprentice 01:55 MasterChef 02:55 Holby City 03:55 Churches: How to Read Them 04:25 BBC News 04:30 HARDtalk

06:00 Breakfast 09:15 Fake Britain 10:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:00 Don't Get Done, Get Dom 11:45 Cash in the Attic 12:15 Bargain Hunt 13:00 BBC News at One 13:45 Doctors 14:15 Escape to the Country 15:00 BBC News 15:05 Copycats 15:35 Sam and Mark's Guide to Dodging Disaster 15:40 Wingin' It 16:00 Sadie J 16:30 Blue Peter 17:00 Newsround

17:15 The Weakest Link 18:00 BBC News at Six 19:00 The One Show 19:30 Saints and Scroungers 20:00 EastEnders 20:30 Panorama 21:00 The Street That Cut Everything 22:00 BBC News at Ten 22:35 The Street That Cut Everything 23:05 The Graham Norton Show 23:50 Churchill: The Hollywood Years 01:10 Weatherview 01:15 The Apprentice 02:15 Arena 03:45 MasterChef

06:00 Breakfast 09:15 Fake Britain 10:00 Homes Under the Hammer 11:00 Don't Get Done, Get Dom 11:45 Cash in the Attic 12:15 Bargain Hunt 13:45 Doctors 14:15 Escape to the Country 15:00 BBC News 15:05 Copycats 15:35 Sam and Mark's Guide to Dodging Disaster 15:40 Wingin' It 16:00 Sadie J 16:30 Blue Peter 17:00 Newsround 17:15 The Weakest Link

18:00 BBC News at Six 19:00 The One Show 19:30 EastEnders 20:00 Holby City 21:00 Crimewatch UK 22:00 BBC News at Ten 22:35 Crimewatch 22:45 See You in Court 23:15 The Lock Up 23:45 The Football League Show 00:45 Weatherview 00:50 The Prison Restaurant 01:40 Hairy Bikers 02:40 Churches: How to Read Them 03:10 One Man and His Campervan

07:00 One Minute Wonders 07:25 Arthur 07:50 Shaun the Sheep 08:00 Fee Fi Fo Yum 08:30 Prank Patrol Down Under 08:55 Sam and Mark's Guide to Dodging Disaster 09:00 Dick & Dom Go Wild 09:30 Serious Explorers: Livingstone 10:00 Relic: Guardians of the Museum 10:30 League of Super Evil 10:40 Wolverine and the XMen 11:00 Mortified 11:25 OOglies 11:40 MOTD Kickabout

12:00 The Spanish Main 13:35 Battle Cry 16:00 Two Greedy Italians 17:00 Flog It! 17:45 Dad's Army 18:15 The Comedy Genius of John Sullivan 18:45 Citizen Smith 19:15 The Two Ronnies 20:00 Domesday 21:00 Have I Got a Bit More News for You 21:45 Blood Diamond 00:00 Later... with Jools Holland 01:05 The Hotel New Hampshire 02:50 Pages from Ceefax

06:00 Wibbly Pig 06:10 Penelope 06:15 Toddworld 06:25 Tinga Tinga Tales 06:40 Octonauts: Creature Reports 06:45 Charlie and Lola 07:00 Space Hoppers 07:25 Arthur 07:50 Shaun the Sheep 08:00 Fee Fi Fo Yum 08:30 Gimme a Break 09:00 Friday Download 10:00 Live: Athletics 12:00 World Olympic Dreams 12:30 Live: MotoGP Motorcycle Racing 14:00 Live: Great Salford Swim 15:30 Live: Athletics

17:05 McLintock! 19:10 Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections 20:00 Britain's Secret Seas 21:00 Operation Crossbow 22:00 Match of the Day 2 23:20 The Shadow Line 00:20 On a Clear Day 01:55 The Reporters 02:00 BBC News 02:30 Dateline London 03:00 BBC News 03:30 The Record Europe 04:00 The Super League Show 04:30 Pages from Ceefax

09:20 Guess with Jess 09:35 Big and Small 09:45 Buzz and Tell 09:50 Big Cook Little Cook 10:10 Timmy Time 10:20 Nuzzle and Scratch: Frock and Roll 10:45 Waybuloo 11:05 In the Night Garden 11:35 Pink Panther 12:00 The Daily Politics 12:30 GMT 13:00 Diagnosis Murder 13:45 To Buy or Not to Buy 14:15 Animal 24:7 15:00 Helicopter Heroes 15:45 Flog It! 16:30 Pointless 17:15 Show Me the Monet

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09:20 Guess with Jess 09:30 Big and Small 09:45 Buzz and Tell 09:50 Big Cook Little Cook 10:10 Timmy Time 10:20 Nuzzle and Scratch: Frock and Roll 10:40 Waybuloo 11:00 In the Night Garden 11:30 The Daily Politics 12:00 BBC News Special 13:00 Diagnosis Murder 13:45 To Buy or Not to Buy 14:15 Animal 24:7 15:00 Helicopter Heroes 15:45 Flog It! 16:30 Pointless 17:15 Show Me the Monet 18:00 Eggheads

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17:30 Come Dine with Me Down Under 18:00 Come Dine with Me Down Under 18:30 Channel 4 News 18:55 19:00 The Restoration Man 20:00 The Untold Battle of Britain 21:00 The Million Pound Drop 22:20 Stand up for the Week 23:10 Epic Movie 00:50 Supersize vs Superskinny 01:45 The Dead Zone 02:25 The Astronomer's Sun 02:35 Tomorrow

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See how many words of four or more letters you can make from the given nine letters. In making a word each letter may be used only once. The key letter must be used in each word.





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1. Authorised Lib peer to allow a young woman in apparently? (11) 9. Heard a salesman on a bike. (7) 10. Unmistakeable stitch, perhaps? (5) 11. Invest old fashioned principles to popular US delinquent. (5) 12. Hear toy with flipper being confused with a playful sea mammal. (7) 13. Observe in advance the waiters unknown perceived task. (6) 15. Printer might use this style of counterbalance. (6) 18. Study, den hollow. (7) 20. Gunslingers incision. (5) 22. Trap ring in facial feature. (5) 23. Gunnery team learns a lesson at armoury. (7) 24. Repayment periods for TV episodes. (11)

2. Concluded the wind up. (5) 3. European, almost a sweetie. (7) 4. Measure editors gait without old rule applied. (6) 5. Influence the naughty spirit of the Spanish. (5) 6. Hates to look down on and around a lost male person. (7) 7. Time taken after a quick break. (5,6) 8. Rapidly expound and place a concise brief explanation. (2,1,8) 14. Exhausted stock holding, maybe? (3,4) 16. Penalizes Home Counties for displaying savoir-faire. (7) 17. Lament for us upright and still in warranty. (6) 19. Alter circumstances and be heedful. (5) 21. Which ever way it has principled credence. (5)












2. The age that Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Kurt Kobain all died?


3. A bronze desk (anagram)?




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4. A Nebuchadnezzar wine / champagne bottle equates to how many normal bottles?



5. The average age of a US combat soldier in the Vietnam war (also a 1985 Paul Hardcastle No1 hit song)?




1. Long-term planner (10) 7. Fabric like spider's web (8) 8. 13 flower (4) 9. See 19 10. Percussionist (7) 12. Order (one of ten) (11) 14. Coastal area (7) 16. Wicked giant (4) 19. Invalidate - upset (8) 20. Bearing - conveyance (8) 21. Wicked character of fairy stories (10)

1. Fat - strong (5) 2. Platform (7) 3. Grave (4) 4. Hamlet's mother (8) 5. Go away! (5) 6. Appearance (6) 11. Disadvantage (8) 12. Stick - split (6) 13. An official language of the Republic of India (7) 15. Small fish (5) 17. 13 composer, 1857-1934 (5) 18. Group of three (4)






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6. Traditionally (UK/US) the years of a pearl wedding anniversay? 7. Legs of the largest group of species on earth?



1. 'The curse of Scotland' diamonds playing card?


8. Considered unlucky in Italy, probably because its Roman numerals are an anagram of a Latin word which can mean loosely 'I have lived', implying 'I am dead' ?

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9. Red balls on a snooker table at the start of a frame (traditional full game version)?



10. Yards in a chain? SOLUTION FOR QUIZ


ment 14. Seaside 16. Ogre 19. Over 20. Carriage 21. Stepmother

1. Strategist 7. Gossamer 8. Rose 9. Turn 10. Drummer 12. Command-

15. offset 18. concave 20. notch 22. noose 23. arsenal 24. instalments

1. permissible 9. peddler 10. plain 11. indue 12. dolphin 13. survey


1. Stout 2. Rostrum 3. Tomb 4. Gertrude 5. Scram 6. Aspect 2. ended 3. Maltese 4. stride 5. impel 6. loathes 7. split second







1. 9 2. 27 3. 13 (bakers dozen) 4. 20 5. 19 6. 30 7. 6 (insects) 8. 17 9. 15 10. 22


The 9-letter word CHARACTER



11. Handicap 12. Cleave 13. English 15. Sprat 17. Elgar 18. Trio 8. in a nut shell 14. run down 16. finesse 17. bewail 19. alert 21. tenet

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Name supplied We have lived, shopped and dined in Torremolinos for 9 years. We chose to live in Torremolinos because of its lively, diverse, easy-going atmosphere and city centre, and have tried to be good citizens by buying a home, registering on the Empadronamiento and paying taxes. We live a ways from the centre so frequently drive in to shop, bank and dine, but that has come to a sad end for us now and we wanted to alert others to the danger of doing so. Recently we drove into the centre for an evening meal, as we do several times a week, and we parked on a quiet side street lined with other cars where we've parked for 9 years now without incident, but this time we received a 200 Euro parking fine! We thought there must be some mistake so

Torremolinos visited the Local Police, who have always seemed to have no particular job to do, driving right past cars double-parked on the main street blocking traffic, not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks and ignoring people allowing their dogs to defecate on the pavement right in their sight without taking any action. Apparently Torremolinos' ruling party is now looking for ways to increase its coffers because the Local Police told us that the street we've parked on, with many others, on both side for so long, is a no parking street, though there are no yellow lines nor no parking signs. We mentioned that the town is full of streets just like the one we park on and all lined with cars since there is so little parking in town and we were told it is all illegal and not allowed. The young uniformed woman we spoke with even

Arthur Webster I have recently decided to cancel my Facebook account, closing it completely rather than suspending it and want to pass on this information. I have always assumed that much spam originated on Facebook but I have been

denied that anyone else parks on these streets, though we showed her photo proof. Because of this outrageous Londonesque fine and the fear of receiving more of them we will no longer be shopping or dining in Torremolinos centre but will be going to neighbouring towns. This hostile policy towards shoppers will only hurt the many struggling businesses even more as more people stop parking and shopping in the centre. Already there are many shops and restaurants that have closed. Our town council now seems intent on closing all the rest of them. Hopefully, the May elections will change this and a new party will restore the easygoing way of life that attracted us here in the first place.

By Ken Campbell

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e Spring Sky With the warmer evenings here now and sitting out on the patio at night becomes a regular event I thought we’d have a quick constellation recognition guide to help you pick one or two of them out for yourself.


ou don’t need to learn all of the constellations but being able to pick out the obvious ones and watching how they move and the way the sky changes throughout the season can be fun.


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staggered to find that my daily receipt of spam has almost disappeared (5 or 6 emails a day compared with 2-300 a day) since Facebook acknowledged my request to cancel my account.


accounts identified by the various games and applications on Facebook. Obviously my conclusion is not scientifically precise but the fall in spam can't be a coincidence.

There is no doubt in my mind that the spam is sent to


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o start off by finding The Plough, also known as Ursa Major or the Great Bear; the Americans call it the Big Dipper it’s the most famous constellation and probably the easiest to find. Look almost directly overhead and you will see a group of seven stars that looks a bit like a saucepan. It has three stars forming the curved handle and four stars make up the bowl. At this time of the year it appears upside down with the handle to the right, if you watch it over the course of an evening you’ll see that it moves around the sky in an anti-clockwise direction like the hand on a giant clock.


f you follow the two left hand stars in the bowl of the plough, called the pointers, in a straight line directly downwards then the first brightish star that you come to is the North Star or Pole Star. Everyone is surprised when they first find the Pole Star because there is a general idea that the North Star is the brightest star; it isn’t the brightest and in fact it’s not very noticeable at all, even I have to use the plough to find it. The North Star just happens to lie almost directly over the North Pole of the Earth so as the Earth spins on its axis during a day then the North Star never moves, it is always in the same place like the centre of our celestial clock.


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ow follow the curve of the handle of the plough and as the curve continues you’ll find a very bright red coloured star called Arcturus. You should be turned around now and looking south out over the sea. Arcturus is a huge red giant star near to the end of its life. It has swelled up so much that if you placed it where our Sun is then the edge of it would stretch out to Mars!


o continue the arc past Arcturus and onto a bright bluey white star called Spica. The difference in colour between Arcturus and Spica is very noticeable. Spica is the brightest star in the constellation of Virgo. The rest of the constellation though is fairly faint stars and it is not very recognisable.


ust to the right of Spica at the moment is the planet Saturn appearing as a yellow star. If you look at Saturn even with a modest pair of binoculars you will easily be able to make out the rings. With binoculars they look like two little spikes coming out from the sides of the planet.


o back to the Plough again only this time instead of following the two pointer stars to the North Star follow them in the opposite direction and here you will find Leo. Leo looks like a big reversed question mark or sickle, this is the head of the lion with the body stretching off to the left. With a bit of imagination it does look a bit like one of the lions in Trafalgar Square.


o while you’re sipping a G&T outside this summer take a minute to look up and while you count your blessings, see if you can spot a constellation or two.

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Ex-Rover chiefs banned from serving... The four men at the head of British car maker MG Rover when it folded in 2005, resulting in the loss of more than 6,000 jobs, were banned on Sunday from serving as directors for between four and six years.Peter Beale, Nick Stephenson, John Edwards and John Towers ( pictured) were directors of the Phoenix Venture Holdings company which bought MG Rover, based in Birmingham, for £10 ($16) in 2000.

Vettel untouchable in Istanbul Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel was delighted after winning the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park and said the victory was payback after his shunt in Friday practise

“It was a great result today – especially after I gave the team so much work on Friday,” said the reigning world champion. “I hope giving a victory back goes some way to help them forget it. “Saturday morning was crucial. When I walked into the garage everyone gave me the impression that nothing was wrong and there was nothing to worry about. The whole team was working so hard to get the car back together and times like these are important. “The team are close to me and if they are not happy or unmotivated it reflects on me and the other way round, so after being a bit down on Friday, it picked me back up. In the race today we had a very good first stint and got a gap and you can always benefit from that cushion. At the end I did two short stints, which was the right

which Alonso held on to until lap 52 when Webber used his DRS to great effect and finish on a high.

Fernando Alonso This was Ferrari's first podium of the F1 2011 season and while the Spaniard was encouraged by the result, he warned it is only 'the first step'.

thing to do, it was seamless today.” Despite a dominant run Vettel isn't taking anything for granted and warned that it won't always be so easy. “We don't know what happens next, so we have to take it race by race,” he continued. “There will be days when we are beaten for definite, but we need to minimise the loss – but for today, it was a really great result for everyone at the team.” Once again the racing was intense, with seemingly endless overtaking manoeuvres throughout the race; one man who seemed to struggle with this, unbelievably, was former world champion

Michael Schumacher. He just isn't used to being overtaken. Usually at the head of affairs in his glittering past, here he drove like a rookie when being pursued by drivers intent on passing the once unbeatable Schuey.

Mark Webber Webber secured the runners-up spot and conceded he was relieved to have got back in front of Fernando Alonso in the closing stages. Webber was passed by Nico Rosberg going into the first corner, but overtook the Mercedes man on lap 5 to get back second spot, but was hounded by Alonso, eventually losing position on lap 30 to the Spaniard,

Hooray - no rain !! At last the weather has relented and gave us last Sunday a glorious day for cricket. The recent mix of rain, warmth and sunshine, aided by skill and more than a little hard work by David saw the New Cartama Oval looking at its beautiful best. The pre-lunch training session was lighthearted but purposeful to an accompaniment of some serious sledging by the umpires. After lunch the mood changed as the players divided into two teams for a 20-20 match and each one set about the serious business of trying to beat the other. Rayeez opened the batting and managed to carry his bat to the end of the innings for an unbeaten 55 -no mean feat

in this short form of the game. A head up swipe from a batsman your correspondent can’t bring himself to name brought in Rafa, possibly the first Spaniard to bat at Cartama. He became the second highest scorer of the innings with 14 in a partnership of 32.. After the allotted 20 overs the score had moved on to 106 for 6. An early loss for the team batting second brought together Mark and Charlie and they set about scoring in a manner more appropriate to 20/20 cricket. Thwack after thwack from these two raised the score to 53 off just 9 overs and victory seemed a short cruise away. When Mark was bowled for 16

Charlie slowed his pace, possibly distracted somewhat by the split that opened from the toe of his old favourite bat to half way up its length. The innings cracked with the bat and the game ended with a whimper, with one wicket left and 15 runs short of the target. What is the name of Andalucia’s latest cricket club. watch this space. For now we’ll just have call it Club X. No, wait, perhaps we’ll make that Club M instead. Next Sunday it is back to the Southern Spanish League with Combined Colleges CC v Malaga CC, 10:30 start. Report by: Ray Fry

Alonso raced well and enjoyed a good battle with Mark Webber for second. Although he lost out to the Red Bull man near the end, Alonso remained upbeat. He also felt that getting stuck behind Nico Rosberg in the early part of the race had damaged his chances, and felt that he might have been able to put more pressure on race winner Vettel.

Hamilton also said that he had too much front wing, which made it difficult to look after the rear tyres. “Considering the time I lost at my third stop I think we recovered reasonably well.” he continued. “I was quite happy with the way the car behaved once we'd taken out some wing. “But we were definitely able to do better today – although to finish fourth was a good recovery.”

Jenson Button

to hold off his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, both had fourstopped, and he eventually finished more than 10 seconds behind Rosberg. “Strategy-wise, I don't think we got it right today. My battle with Lewis in the early stint was great fun and there was a lot of excitement on the track, but I was disappointed to finish where I did: the car felt very good but we just went the wrong way on strategy.”

Button, who opted for a three-stopper, was running fourth in the closing stages, his tyres though were failing fast and he was powerless

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Lewis Hamilton Starting on the dirty side of the grid he had a great start, but went wide into turn three and lost ground to Alonso and Jensen Button. Hamilton thought that was the defining moment of his race “If I hadn't dropped behind Fernando and Jenson, I think I could have got up to third and battled for second in the race.”

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Las Brisas Golf Niños Mariposa raise over €22,000 Charity Golf for Cudeca Hospice! Tournament on Joan Hunt, President of CUDECA, was thrilled to receive a big cheque following the charity golf tournament hosted by The Royal Golf Club Las Brisas. The club, in Nueva Andalucia, held its annual event in aid of Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice. Golfers teed off at 9.30am and played 18 holes and then onto the beautiful front green to participate in the putting competition before sitting down to a superb luncheon organised by Antonio from the club restaurant. The holes were sponsored and players were encouraged to donate generously and buy tickets for the grand tombola. The event proved to be a

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huge success and together with the funds raised during the course of the year, a grand total of €22,071 was raised for the Hospice, which will help CUDECA to continue offering care and support to patients suffering from advanced cancer and to

their families. All the support provided is completely free of charge. A special thanks to Gina, Marilyn, Josephine, Caroline, Thelma, Karen, Pat and Shirley for all their support and for making it such a special and successful day.

Malaga edge ever closer to safety Atletico Madrid 0 - 3 Malaga After three great wins in the last three weeks, Malaga knew that Atletico would provide a sterner test and would gauge how far Malaga had come in the last few weeks under Pellegrini.

Rondon after opening the scoring

breaking up all of Atletico's attacks. Malaga themselves began to push forward and Jesus Gamez set off down the right wing and his brilliant cross was headed powerfully in by Rondon leaving Atletico's keeper De Gea rooted to the spot on 29 minutes. Six minutes later it was Seba providing the cross but this time Baptista met the ball to head back across goal to beat De Gea - two nil up before half time with the Malaga attack proving itself once again.

Malaga began knocking the ball about well and

The second half began much the same as the first

with Malaga again the better team in all departments and with the game won Malaga made a change. Maresca came on for Rondon, and with his first touch latched onto a Baptista rebound to slot the ball home and seal a superb three nil win for Malaga.

DEBRA Spain "The Butterfly Children's charity" works to improve the lives of children affected by Epidermolysis bullosa (EB). EB is a rare and incurable disease which causes the skin to become as fragile as a butterfly wing. Butterfly children suffer from even the lightest touch and require daily bandaging to protect their delicate skin.So make a date in the diary for the annual golf fundraiser. The event celebrates its 9th edition this year. It has become one of the most renowned and relevant golf events on the Costa del Sol with over 180 international players participating each year. Theevent takes place on one of the best golf courses on the coast, Aloha Golf Club, which has over 1,500 members. Along with a welcome pack for each player, all players will receive a complimentary snack at the halfway point. Team photographs will be offered to all players. There are currently over €10,000 worth of prizes: with 5 first prizes for gentlemen and 5 first prizes for ladies, a prize on every hole and a charity raffle at the halfway point. At sundown, the main sponsors and representatives of the Club and Charity, present the prizes to the winners during

a place in the final, where they lost 12-5 in a closely fought, physical game. Next up, the women´s teams from Jaen and Cordoba played a skilful game, with Jaen proving too strong for the girls from Cordoba prevailing 20-0. Later, the women´s team from the University of Malaga played a joint side from Cordoba-Jaen, winning by 33-0. The Axarquia seniors finally kicked off their tournament in the late

Further into the evening there is to be a Charity raffle with fantastic prizes worth over €5,000, and auction of memorabilia with items donated and signed by professional golfers like Sergio García. Companies can support

Report by: Scott Forbes

afternoon with a tough match against their rivals from El Ejido rugby club. Axarquia won this match 8-7 to set up a final with Cordoba.The seniors gained revenge for the U17s Colts defeat, beating their visitors in a tight, physical game 12-7, to become champions of the 5th Annual Quadrangular This coming weekend the seniors and Colts teams of Axarquia Rugby Club play host to La Estacion rugby club from

the event by inviting their clients, employees, etc., to play at the tournament and/or attend the dinner. The green fee is €65 pp, and dinner only is €60 pp. If you feel would like to help you can do so in a number of ways, sponsorship /donations etc. To find our more you can contact the charity on tel:952 816 434 or email Espana DEBRA Spain, is a certified non profit organisation designated as a PUBLIC INTEREST charity by the Spanish Ministry for Internal Affairs. Accordingly, it is entitled to raise receipts for both monetary and nonmonetary donations, for tax deduction purposes.

With Sporting Gijon at home on Tuesday a point should be enough as a team has never been relegated from La Liga on 43 points.

Axarquia host a festival of rugby Axarquia Rugby Club played host to a festival of rugby at the Fernando Hierro stadium on Saturday May 7th in front of over 300 spectators. Teams from Cordoba, Jaen, El Ejido, Motril and Malaga all arrived at the club to play in various competitions and to enjoy the great atmosphere of rugby, music, food and drink Axarquia Colts (U17s) opened the tournament with a 21-12 victory over Motril Rugby Club to earn

a cocktail at the Club House.This will be followed by a Gala Dinner served on the terrace, with live music by ‘Shameless’.

Seville. Entrance to watch the games is free. For more information on joining Axarquia Rugby Club or if you would like to sponsor the Axarquia teams, please ring Michael on 669 899 064 or 952 514 898. Trainingsessions are held at the Fernando Hierro Stadium in Velez-Malaga every Tuesday and Thursday from 19.00 for the Juniors and 20.30 for the seniors (all age groups welcome).


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Weylandt dies after Giro d'Italia crash Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt has died after crashing during Monday's third stage of the Giro d'Italia. The Leopard-Trek rider fell at high speed during a descent about 25km (15.5 miles) from the finish of the stage from Reggio Emilia to Rapallo.The 26-year-old lay motionless and bloodied as paramedics tried to revive him using CPR and cardiac massage.


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Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, in floods of tears after being told his great friend and former Ryder Cup partner Seve Ballesteros had died on Saturday, went on to shoot a 75 in the third round of the Spanish Open . The players wore black ribbons, the flags at El Prat were at half-mast and a minute’s silence was held at 2.45pm and his death was marked by a stream of tributes.. Tournament director Miguel Vidaor said: “All the players were devastated, but they have all gone out to play, which I am sure Seve would have wanted them to do.” BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss said:"He was wonderful to watch, he

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‘Cav’ in the pink Britain’s Mark Cavendish earned the right to wear the leader’s jersey in the Giro d’Italia after finishing second in the second stage from Alba to Parma. Alessandro Petacchi of the Lampre team just edged Cavendish in a battle for the finish line in the 244km stage, the longest of the 21stage race. Another Brit, David Miller, finished 2nd on the 3rd stage to then overhaul Cavendish in the overall General classification.

The funeral of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros will take place today (Wednesday) in his home village of Pedrena in Spain. The ceremony will be at the San Pedro parish church at 1 pm. Ballesteros died aged 54 in the early hours of Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer. "Seve will be cremated at a ceremony that will be as intimate as possible and at a place that nobody will know," said the Ballesteros family. "That was his express wish. His ashes will remain at his estate, at his home in Pedrena."


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The News Newspaper - Issue 123

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