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Four arrested after Brazil nightclub fire

Police have arrested four people in connection with the fire at the Kiss nightclub that killed 231 people in the southern city of Santa Maria on Sunday. A co-owner of the nightclub handed himself in to police on Monday afternoon for questioning after police had detained another owner of the club, a member of the band Gurizada Fandangueira, and its security chief.

The country's deadliest fire in five decades reportedly started after a member of Gurizada Fandangueira, which was performing at the venue, lit a flare on stage. Local journalist Marcelo Gonzatto told reporters that the flare had "started

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a huge and fast fire that grew quickly and made a very dark and heavy smoke". "Lots of people couldn't get out and died mainly because of the smoke not the fire," he said.

Officials are currently investigating claims that many of those who died were unable to escape as only one emergency exit was available. Most of the dead were students from the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) who were holding their freshers' ball. Witnesses

spoke of scenes of panic after the fire started, and a stampede as people tried to escape. One told local television: "It was sheer horror. The emergency exits did not work." A large number of victims were trapped in the club's toilets, the witnesses said, possibly after mistaking them for an exit. Survivors and police inspector Marcelo Arigony said security guards briefly tried to block people from leaving the club.

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Bad news not having been brought up in a proper family atmosphere I am really poor at keeping in touch with my birth family that we contacted some years ago. However, on Saturday I phoned to have a chat with my cousin, Geraldine, only to find that she had died last May. As I said, lousy at keeping in touch, but it was such a shame we hadn’t spoken more. She was a sunny little thing who generally never had a bad word to say about anyone and seemed to me to be the “glue” that held the family together. Gerry had been just that bit “unwell” with a variety of small things coming up but the doctors could find nothing wrong with her. As a child she had broken her back and, not that many years ago, went through an operation which meant that she was in a plaster cast for six months. Previously she had been around my height but, all of a sudden my cousin was inches taller than me – that was weird! She collapsed at home and was found by her much adored husband James but just couldn’t be saved. Some time later, James found letters she had written when she had her back done “just in case” saying what a wonderful life she had had because she was with him and I thought, this is something we should all do. Any of us could “pop our clogs” at any time, no matter what our ages, so we should all make sure that those near and dear to us, family and friends, know exactly how much they mean to us. do it before it’s too late!

Bars in Brazil commonly make customers pay their whole tab at the end of an evening before they are allowed to leave.

One of the owners of the club is reported to have confirmed that they were in the process of renewing its licence to operate, and that its fire safety certificate had expired last year. He is said to have received threats on the internet – as have surviving members of Gurizada Fandangueira. Its guitarist, Rodrigo Martins, told local radio: "It might have happened because of the Sputnik, the machine we use to create a luminous effect with sparks. It's harmless; we never had any trouble with it. When the fire started, a guard passed us a fire extinguisher. The singer tried to use it but it wasn't working." He said the band's

accordion player had died in the fire.

The national sense of loss is profound. The government declared three days of national mourning and postponed a ceremony scheduled for Monday in the capital, Brasilia, to mark 500 days to the 2014 football World Cup. In Santa Maria, 30 days of mourning were declared. President Dilma Rousseff,

Devistation after the fire

who cut short a visit to Chile, has been visiting survivors at the city's Caridade hospital along with government ministers. "It is a tragedy for all of us," she said.

Authorities released the names of the victims after revising down the death toll from 245. More than 100 people were treated in hospital, mostly for smoke inhalation.

Single market created The Cabinet has approved a draft bill to create a single market that will allow companies and professionals in Spain to offer their goods and services across the country. Under the proposed legislation, a company that has obtained a license from one of the regional governments to sell goods that comply with technical specifications can sell

them in the rest of the country.

Companies have been lobbying the government to remove obstacles to setting up new companies, and the Chambers of Commerce have welcomed the move. In a statement, they said: “This will serve to re-launch the trade, industrial and productive fabric in Spain and increase competition.” The Chambers said there

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are currently more than 100,000 rules and regulations relating to business activities in the country, two thirds of which have been issued by the regions.

When she announced the development, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría said the cost savings entailed could add €1.5 billion to the GDP over the next decade.

Cyclists' doping court case opens Dr Eufemiano Fuentes appeared in court in Madrid on Monda, accused of running one of the world's largest doping rings.

In May 2006, police carried out a series of raids on offices, laboratories and flats in Madrid, Zaragoza and El Escorial as part of an investigation known as Operation Puerto. They found about 200 bags of blood or frozen plasma with labels that were believed to be code-names for Dr Fuentes's clients – athletes who were allegedly benefiting from a highly-sophisticated doping programme.

Dozens of cyclists were allegedly implicated in the scandal, including former Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, who is expected to give evidence

in the trial. Dr Fuentes, his sister and three former cycling coaches are charged with breaking public health laws. They could not be charged with doping-related crimes because Spain had no antidoping law at the time of their arrest. Prosecutors must prove that the defendants' actions put the lives of the athletes at risk – something the defence is expected to deny.

The trial is expected to last until mid-March. If found guilty, the defendants could face up to two years in prison and a two-year professional ban. The case comes days after former seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong admitted to using banned drugs and blood doping during his cycling career.

PIVE car subsidy renewed Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told reporters during an official visit to Santiago, Chile, last Friday that the government will extend a subsidy scheme to encourage people to scrap their old vehicles for new, more efficient ones.

Rajoy said the move would help to extensively renew the pool of motor vehicles. “It has also served to save many jobs in the automotive sector,” Rajoy said. The first socalled PIVE plan, which expired this month, had funding of €75 million for

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Unemployment affected just over 26 per cent of the working population at the end of last year, while the rate for workers under 25 years was 55 per cent. Sra Báñez said one of the measures would be to cut the social security contributions of people under 30 registering as self-employed to €50 a month for six months.

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for the Cabinet's approval soon. Speaking to reporters before the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) summit held in Madrid on Monday to celebrate its 40th anniversary, the European Union commissioner for economic affairs, Olli Rehn, said he was very concerned about the increase in unemployment in Spain, and especially the high

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Majority approve of Crown Prince Felipe Just over 80 per cent of people questioned in a recent survey for La Razon newspaper to mark Crown Prince Felipe's 45th birthday on January 30th said he was the best person to succeed his father and would represent the country "with dignity". Just under 10 per cent disagreed. As regards the Prince's relationship with the public, three quarters

said he was "close to the people". Nearly 80 per cent approved of his marriage to Letizia, a former journalist and a divorcee, and consider the Prince acted correctly when he married a Spaniard and not a foreigner. The Prince has been standing in for King Juan Carlos at many public ceremonies in recent

months when the latter has been unable to carry out his duties for health reasons.

Most Spanish newspapers splashed the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on their front pages on Tuesday press, as if to hint that a similar announcement in Spain would not be inappropriate.

However Queen Sofia has dismissed the possibility of abdication in the past, saying that "Kings do not abdicate, they rule to the end."

King's son-in-law excluded from official royal website The Royal Household has removed all references to Iñaki Urdangarin, the king’s son-in-law, from its official website. The section on www.casareal.es featuring the Duke of Palma, the husband of the Infanta Cristina, disappeared overnight last Saturday – two days after a direct

attack on the monarchy by Urdangarin’s former business associate Diego Torres, who also faces charges of misappropriation of public funds while in charge of Nóos Institute, allegedly a non-profit-making body. Torres revealed emails that he says prove that

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Survivors of the italian air force's bombardment of the city in 1938 have persuaded a barcelona court to treat it as a war crime. The Catalan capital was one of the first major cities in the world to be subjected to a campaign of aerial bombardment, as mussolini broke non-intervention treaties to support General Francisco Franco's rebels in the Spanish civil war. The use of attacks from the air was designed to provoke panic, kill civilians and destroy morale. Within a few years, the technique would spread through war-torn Europe as cities such as Coventry, Hamburg and dresden were subjected to blanket bombing. mussolini's troops allegedly also committed atrocities in Libya and Ethiopia, and later in Slovenia and Greece, but only one public apology has ever been given – in 2011 Silvio berlusconi apologised to his friend in Libya, Colonel muammar Gaddafi, and offered compensation.

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French-led troops secure Timbuktu

French soldiers together with the Malian forces are consolidating their position in the historic Malian city of Timbuktu after seizing it from Islamist extremists. Early on Monday, about 1,000 French soldiers – including paratroopers – and 200 Malian troops seized Timbuktu airport and entered the city. Col Frederic Gout, head of French helicopter operations at Timbuktu, said: "There were no shots fired, no blood spilt. Not even passive resistance with traps." Welcoming the French and Malian force, residents said that the

Islamists had left several days earlier, following French air strikes on their bases. French military commanders say soldiers are patrolling the streets looking to flush out any remaining militants. Once Timbuktu is secured, troops are expected to focus on the last rebel stronghold, Kidal. Meanwhile, an international donors' conference has opened in

the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to raise funds for a multinational force to fight the rebels. On Monday, the International Monetary Fund agreed an $18.4m emergency loan to Mali.

On Tuesday, a conference opened in Brussels to decide on troops for an EU military training mission for Mali. The UK has already said it will contribute to the mission.

Queen Beatrix Now Australia battles floods to abdicate

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced on Monday she is abdicating in favour of her son, Prince WillemAlexander. In a pre-recorded address broadcast on TV, she said she would formally stand down on April 30th. The queen, who will be 75 on January 31st, said it was time for the throne to be held by "a new generation", adding that her son was ready to be king. Prince WillemAlexander, 45, is married to Maxima Zorreguieta, a former investment banker

from Argentina, and has three young children. A trained pilot and an expert in water management, he will become the Netherlands' first king since Willem III, who died in 1890. Queen Beatrix's mother Juliana resigned the throne in 1980 on her 70th birthday, and her grandmother Wilhelmina abdicated in 1948 at the age of 68. Queen Beatrix is the sixth monarch from the House of Orange-Nassau, which has ruled the Netherlands since the early 19th century.

In Queensland, helicopter teams have picked up more than 1,000 people stranded by flood waters in the city of Bundaberg as the Burnett River burst its banks, flooding 2,000 homes, while two air force transport planes evacuated patients from the local hospital.

Some 7,500 people are reported to have been displaced across the city, with more than 1,500 in evacuation centres. In New South Wales, parts of which saw torrential rain on Monday as the cyclone moved south, 2,500 people

were told to evacuate in the city of Grafton, where levees were threatened by rising water. Tropical Cyclone Oswald, which triggered the flooding, is now heading out to sea south of Sydney.

Four people are now known to have died in the severe weather, after a toddler who was hit by a falling tree in Brisbane died on Monday. Two years ago severe flooding in southern Queensland left 35 people dead and tens of thousands of homes were flooded.

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Vladimir Tretchikoff's original painting of the Chinese girl, believed to be the world's most reproduced print, is to go on sale in Bonhams' South African art sale on March 20th. The russian artist, who grew up in russia and Shanghai, settled in South Africa in 1946 and painted the Chinese girl in Cape Town in 1952. Before he died in 2006, he claimed that he had sold half a million large-format reproductions of the print worldwide. The portrait of a young Chinese girl with distinctive green-hued skin and ruby lips became one of the most important pop culture icons in Britain and the Commonwealth in the 1950s. The work will be exhibited in Johannesburg prior to its sale. POrTUgAl

1000s flee economic crisis

More than 2% of Portugal's population – some 240,000 people – have emigrated in the past two years, since the country entered the worst recession in decades, according to Jose Cesario, the secretary of state for emigrant communities. Most were young, highly-educated people fleeing to Switzerland – where Portuguese now constitute the largest foreign community – or the oil-rich former Portuguese colony Angola.

Mr Cesario said the numbers heading for Mozambique were also growing fast, while many Portuguese were still striking out for countries closer to home such as germany, the Netherlands and the UK. He added that only Europe's economic slowdown and the high level of unemployment in other EU nations had kept overall emigration from being far higher. VENEzUElA

Jail closed after riot

Prison minister Iris Varela has announced the closure of Uribana jail in Barquisimeto where more than 60 people died in a riot last Friday. The riot started after soldiers entered the prison to search inmates for weapons after reports that rival gangs were preparing for a fight. Ms Varela did not say how many prisoners had died in the riot, but local hospital staff said there were 61 bodies in the morgue and that around 120 had been injured. Vice-President Nicolas Maduro said there would be a thorough investigation into the riot. Uribana prison was among the most dangerous in the country and suffered from overcrowding. According to the non-governmental Venezuelan Prisons Observatory (VPO), in 2012 more than 50,000 inmates were housed in prisons built to hold 14,000.

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The royal family has never been more popular in Britain and concern over the military connections the royals have is understandable.

Prince Harry recently left Afghanistan at the end of a four-month tour of duty as an Apache helicopter pilot, with a number of national newspapers carrying the story about the third in line to the throne on their front pages. As a co-pilot gunner he confirmed he could have been responsible for the deaths of insurgents raising fears that he could be a high-profile target for a revenge attack. The 28-year-old prince

and many other young royals before him have always stated quite plainly that they want to do their duty and do not expect special treatment.

Prince Harry was pulled out of Afghanistan when news of his deployment was leaked in 2008 and he was considered a risk to his fellow soldiers. But he wanted to return to the front line and retrained as an Apache pilot in order to do so.

The debate has followed Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement that people in Britain will be given the opportunity to

have a say on the issue and whether to stay or go.

Most observers think that Britain was right not to adopt the euro and the big problem with European union is that ‘one size fits all’ simply does not work, making legislation difficult.

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Cultural differences and the need for a national identity are much more tangible than was at first thought, and while the principle of a common market has broad appeal, the shambles in Greece has shown what can go wrong in a worst case scenario.

Shops still declining The number of shops fell by almost 600 last month even before the recent collapse of a raft of High Street names, according to new research. Despite the grim statistic, employment in the retail sector rose by 0.6% in the final quarter of 2012 compared with a year earlier, driven entirely by part-time workers, the study found.

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Half of the firms questioned by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said they planned to cut staffing levels in the next few months, with only 4% expecting to create jobs.

The survey, covering 1.3 million workers at 25 major retailers, showed that Christmas was not a disaster for traders, but staffing levels were kept "modest". Helen Dickinson, director general of the BRC, said: "The fact that total employment edged up during this quarter, driven by part-time workers, is a shaft of light against an otherwise challenging backdrop. It shows that, despite relentlessly tough times, retailers are continuing to invest in people and support job creation as much as they can. But the record drop in store numbers is stark evidence that this investment should not be taken for granted. We're by no means out of the woods yet, and given the administrations of recent weeks, the next quarter's figures are likely to make difficult reading." The reduction in the number of stores – 573 in December compared with

a year earlier – was the highest since the BRC started monitoring the situation four years ago.

Christina TolvasVincent, of business law firm Bond Pearce, which helped with the report, added: "After a lacklustre Christmas, the New Year has started badly for retailers. Well publicised failures such as HMV, Jessops and Blockbusters have yet again placed the spotlight on the struggling high street. This will have an even greater impact on store numbers that are already falling at the fastest rate for over four years."

A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: "High streets are facing challenges such as the rise of internet shopping, which is why the Government is offering practical support. That's why we've doubled the amount of small business rate relief and extended it for a year to help up to half a million new and smaller shops. For budding entrepreneurs, we're providing over £80 million of start-up loans for young people starting their own businesses."

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Prince Harry What they say on returns from Britain and Europe the war zone I have been offshore myself recently and it has been interesting to listen to views on Britain’s future role in Europe.

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The appalling weather continues in Britain and over the weekend there were over 200 flood alerts in place because of concerns over river levels. There were fears that melting snow could be adding to the problem in many areas. Farmers have been hit hard. Apart from losing crops they have been finding it difficult to get on to the land to do even the smallest of jobs with machinery. SOUTHAMPTON

Not fair WHILE the Manchester giants of English soccer’s Premier League battle it out for supremacy we might pause for a moment to consider the plight of Southampton’s former manager Nigel Adkins. He led Southampton into the Premiership, the best competition of its kind in the world, his team was adjusting quite well and certainly punching above its weight, so the club sacked him. Much loved by the Southampton fans who chanted his name, he was forced out to make way for Mauricio Pochettino. While we will never know the whole story, this sort of thing raises questions over the activities of clubs in England as it is perceived as disloyal. TOTTENHAM

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The magic of the FA Cup has an odd effect on some people and Leeds United manager Neil Warnock told journalists he was going to celebrate his side’s giant killing win over Tottenham with a bag of crisps. Tottenham fielded a strong side but Warnock’s useful championship side went 2-0 up through Luke Varney and Ross McCormack to leave the London Premiership side chasing the game. Spurs got one back through a Clint Dempsey header from a Gareth Bale cross but it was not enough to keep Warnock from his bag of crisps and a place in the fifth round of the competition.


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Gangs now smuggling Brits warned to get people OUT of the UK! out of Benghazi

Criminal gangs are smuggling illegal immigrants out of Britain for up to £1,500 per person, an undercover investigation has revealed. A secret travel network, which operates up to three times a week, ships foreign nationals abroad under the nose of immigration officials, the BBC Panorama probe found. Some of those who use the service have lived illegally in the UK for years and want to move on

in the hope of finding opportunities elsewhere in Europe, while others are criminals on the run from British authorities. During the course of a year, Panorama made contact with three such criminal gangs, all offering to smuggle illegal immigrants out of the country with no questions asked. In one case, reporter Paul Kenyon met with a fixer as he posed as an illegal immigrant from Moldova who wanted to

return home to his sick wife. The fixer, a former Indian police officer called "Munga", explained that for a charge of £1,500 per person, the gang would smuggle groups of three or four illegal immigrants across the Channel in the back of a lorry to Calais train station. It is thought as many as half a million migrants are hiding from the authorities in Britain – the equivalent to a city the size of Sheffield.

The Foreign Office urged Britons to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday in response to a "specific and imminent threat" against Westerners.

The FCO has been advising against travel to most of the country since last September, but has now stepped up its warning. A spokesman said: "We are now aware of a specific

Baby in stolen car is safe A thief drove off with a seven-week-old baby in a car after stealing the vehicle as the father stood nearby talking to a friend.

The 24-year-old dad, who had briefly left the engine running, suddenly became aware that someone had sneaked in the driver's-side door and was driving off with little Leo on the back seat. He tried to open the

passenger door shouting that his baby son was in the back but the thief drove on. It was a frantic 15 minutes before the child was found safe and well in the car, which had been left close to a pub.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the drama – which happened in Moor Road in Orrell, Wigan on Tuesday – to contact them.

Detective Constable Brendan Greally, from Wigan CID, said: "We can only imagine the distress that the parents of this young baby must have gone through after their son was taken from them in this manner. Thankfully, their nightmare was only shortlived after the baby was found safe and well inside the vehicle around 15 minutes later."

Police were informed that the baby had been left in the abandoned blue Subaru Impreza on Maine Street, Billinge, by an anonymous caller – presumed to be the thief himself. The thief is described as a white man in his 20s, wearing a dark-coloured hat, a dark hooded top and lighter-coloured trousers or tracksuit bottoms.

and imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi, and urge any British nationals who remain there against our advice to leave immediately. We have updated our travel advice to reflect this. The British Embassy in Tripoli has been in contact with British nationals for whom we have contact details to alert them to the advice."

Sky News foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall said: "As I understand it there are somewhere between one and two dozen Britons in Benghazi. This is not to do with the oil fields. This is to do with the city of Benghazi and its immediate surroundings itself. I believe all of the Britons have been told of this credible threat to them. Benghazi airport is working, so they have a choice to go or not." The threat against Westerners comes one day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded fiercely to a review of

security at US diplomatic missions.

The review followed an attack on the US mission in Benghazi in September last year which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

In her last formal congressional testimony on Capitol Hill as America's top diplomat, Mrs Clinton took full responsibility for the department's mistakes leading up to the attack. "Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger, and more secure," she said. On another note, it was announced yesterday, Tuesday, that troops from the UK will be joining an international force going into Mali to train Malian troops in an attempt to stem the conflict in that region.

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Ivo Bligh, captain of the England cricket team, was presented with an urn containing ‘the ashes’ of a bail in Sydney following the ‘quest to regain the ashes tour’ of Australia

Dog owners beware Enticing the tourists back to the Costa Antequera town council is studying the possibility of organising "dog excrement patrols" to make dog owners comply with the legislation in force.

Councillor Juan Alvarez said the fines of €300 would not only help the council economically but the absence of dog excrement would make the town even more

attractive for the increasing number of people who visit it every year.

He said the Local Police would be in charge of the patrols, which would not start until after a campaign had been carried out to make dog owners aware of the

consequences of allowing their pets to dirty the streets.

Almond trees to beautify the view Mijas council's Parks and Gardens department is currently planting 1,000 almond trees on municipal land on the slope below the wall of Mijas Pueblo to afford people on the coast below a more beautiful

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view of the town on the mountainside above. Councillor Juan Carlos Gonzalez said the whiteness of the houses would be reinforced by the white blossoms when the trees bloom at the

beginning of the year to give a "spectacular" view of the town. He said pathways were also being built in the area so that residents and visitors would be able to enjoy the almond blossom close up.

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The Tourist Board and Malaga City Council have installed 10 banners and 31 murals showing scenes from the capital and the Costa del Sol that they hope will stay imprinted on tourists' memories and make them want to return.

Tourist Board president Elias Bendodo said the murals and banners would also show arriving tourists the delights that lay ahead of them. "We want the Costa del Sol to be much more visible, to tell the tourists that we will miss them when they're gone, hopefully with a pleasant taste in their mouths," Bendodo said at the

Villanueva del Rosario mayor Jose Antonio Gonzalez complained on Monday that the Madrid government has still not sent the economic aid it promised the victims of last September's floods which had such a

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museums, cultural complexes and monuments will only open from 9 am to 3.30 pm from Tuesday to Saturday from June to September this summer, and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday and public holidays.

A spokesman said the objective was to save money but the workers at the centres involved, as well as cultural associations and political parties have said some 75,000 visitors – and the resulting economic benefits – will be lost. They said it is "an absurd cut" that will damage both tourism and the region's image.


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David Beckham turned Marbella into a movie set on Monday – in town to shoot an ad for Adidas.

Fortunately for him and the rest of the actors involved in trying to pretend it was the middle of summer along the Promenade, the temperature had risen to around 20 degrees by midday so they didn't freeze to death in their shorts, T-shirts and flip

First Jewish cemetery As Marbella's Jewish community gathered to mark International Holocaust Day on Sunday at the Beth-El synagogue, opened in 1978 – the first in Andalucia since 1492 when the Catholic Monarchs drove out the Jews – a municipal source informed a local newspaper that the town council had decided to meet the community's request for a burial ground, which would be first on the Costa del Sol. Steps are under way to sell a municipal plot of land of 10,000 square metres located on the Istan road to the community, which would bring in a much needed €106,000 for the municipal coffers. When completed, the cemetery will be open to Jews across the province. Currently there is only one – in Casabermeja – serving Malaga's Jewish community.

flops – which could have been the case earlier!

However, it was quite a confusing morning for passers-by eager to get a glimpse of the celebrated footballer through the tight security cordon surrounding the shoot – because more often than not the figure in the spotlight was his double standing in while the film crew rehearsed for the real shoot.

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David himself finally appeared around 1 pm, and it took only half an hour to get the ad in the can. He then headed back to a nearby hotel to change and disappeared. Beckham and his family returned to the UK only a few weeks ago and the Marbella authorities hope they will visit the town often in the future, to recapture some of the sunshine they left behind in California.

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Shopping centre roof caves in

no-one was hurt when several ceiling panels fell down last Saturday evening in one of the busiest areas of the la Veronica shopping centre, showering the area below with water. the police, the fire brigade, and Civil Protection quickly arrived on the scene and evacuated the area, situated on the upper floor near a restaurant and the cinemas, as well as the eroski hypermarket on the floor below. a fire brigade spokesman said a dripping water pipe had created a small lake in the roof and had eventually burst through the panels. He said it was a miracle that no-one had been hurt. marbella

Natural gas arrives

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was appalled to discover last week that one of the country's most reputable newspapers, El Pais, had published a photograph of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez lying in a Cuban hospital bed with a life-support tube in his mouth on the front page – only to realise about 3 am that it was a fake. Fortunately, most of the copies for regions outside Madrid were still sitting on planes at Barajas airport and were easily retrieved. Getting the paper back from kiosks around the capital took more time and no doubt quite a few people are waiting to see how much they can ask for the copies they managed to keep once the fur stops flying.

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ow the newspaper managed to commit such a tremendous gaffe still has to be explained in a satisfactory manner. Apparently three of the paper's top editors decided to publish the photo – supplied by the Gtres Online agency – over a brief caption explaining that the newspaper could not verify its authenticity. Yet apparently the photo had been floating around on Facebook for a couple of weeks, something any member of their staff could have told them if they'd bothered to ask. However, they seemed to be under the impression that they had a tremendous scoop on their hands, and to add salt to the wound, they apparently paid €15,000 for the photo.

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l Pais was founded 35 years ago and quickly carved out a reputation as being the country's best daily paper. In Venezuela and other Latin American countries it was spoken of with reverence. But that reputation started to bite the dust after the Socialists won the 2004 general election. It soon became obvious to the discerning reader that the Socialist government was not be attacked or criticised under any circumstances, which is why I started reading El Mundo, ABC and La Razon to get a more rounded view of what was going on. A lot of other people seemed to have done the same – all three newspapers, especially El Mundo, gained readers, although El Pais continued to lead the field and still does.

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he explanation offered at length in El Pais on Monday fails to convince. The editors involved seem to have been aware from the very beginning that the photo could have been a fake. The Gtres agency refused to give them the name of the source, saying it was a nurse at the hospital in Cuba who was putting her life on the line. The agency claimed she had sent it to her sister who lives here in Spain, who in turn had passed it on.

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eedless to say, I have instructed the young lady who lays out this page NOT to print the photograph, which is still floating around out there. The Venezuelan government is threatening to sue El Pais and we don't want to become Number Two on their hit list. Mind you, nobody in the Venezuelan government seems to read my column otherwise I might have been dead meat a long time ago. So let's keep it that way. It's easy to make a mistake, which is why most newspaper stories pass through a series of editors, subeditors and proofreaders, the "filters" who usually catch them. However, I remember "beautifying" Sister Theresa on the front page of The Town Crier and nobody at the paper spotted it. Not many readers spotted it either if the lack of letters was anything to go by. As we were taught in the good old days at the BBC – check, check, check again and then again. It saves you a lot of trouble.

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s much as I love and admire King Juan Carlos, I'm hoping Queen Beatrix's abdication will give him pause for thought. The Spanish Royal family can't say abdication is not a tradition here as it is in Holland – Juan Carlos's grandfather Alfonso XIII left the country voluntarily in 1931 to avoid the Second Republic abolishing the monarchy. And we won't even mention the kings and queens who were sent into exile or otherwise disposed of.

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've been worried about the king's health for some time now and the little episode involving elephant hunting last year did a lot to tarnish his image, more because of the presence of a German princess than a dead elephant. But we won't go into that!

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owever, in the wings we have a handsome, still young Crown Prince (just turned 45), who hates hunting and bullfights and whose marriage to an attractive, highly intelligent commoner seems to be as solid as a rock, with not a whiff of an extra-marital affair. The latest poll shows that more than 80 per cent of Spaniards appreciate him – a far cry from the times when the accepted wisdom was that Juan Carlos would be a one-off king. I think it's time to strike while the iron is hot – this country needs a stable, popular monarchy to offset the havoc the Loonie Left seems bent on wreaking.

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here they were, Crown Prince Felipe and the former Spanish Olympic handball champion Iñaki Urdangarin at Sunday’s world handball championship in Barcelona where Spain beat Denmark 35 to 19, racking up another global title to make us all feel a bit better – albeit temporarily – as we continue to swim our way out of the economic doldrums. The future king and his brother-in-law were not on speaking terms, or it appeared that way in front of the cameras. Urdangarin didn't sit in the special honours box with the future king (see pictures below). Just less than 24 hours before the Royal Household announced that the scandal-plagued king’s son-in-law would no longer be listed among the family members on the Zarzuela palace website. More trouble reigns over the family as Urdangarin awaits his next day in court, scheduled for February 23rd, when he will have to answer all the latest allegations that have popped up since he first testified in the so-called Nóos inquiry last summer.

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rosecutors are asking a Balearic Islands court judge to charge the husband of the Infanta Cristina with public fraud and embezzlement stemming from an alleged scheme in which some €2.3 million of public money was diverted from the regional government and went to his private businesses by way of the non-profit Nóos Institute. His former partner, Diego Torres, now his bitter enemy, has been releasing barrages of emails that purportedly suggest members of the royal family, including King Juan Carlos, were privy to Urdangarin’s actions for quite some time. As reported this week, the monarch may have known as early as 2005 that anticorruption prosecutors were looking into Urdangarin’s business practices. The 45-year-old Duke of Palma has denied any wrongdoing. He blames Torres for any irregularities that have might taken place at Nóos but his former partner isn't going down without a fight. Torres is also the target of the inquiry as are several others who worked at Nóos.

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t is alleged that the king told his son-in-law to get out of the business some time in 2006 when he got wind of the inquiry. But despite this, investigators say that the former Olympic sportsman may have continued conducting his affairs behind the monarch’s back. The batch of emails turned over to the court raise many interesting questions, and will no doubt be part of Judge José Castro's interrogation later in February when Urdangarin has been subpoenaed to appear. Interestingly, it comes on the same day as the 32nd anniversary of the 1981 attempted coup against his father-in-law.

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he Royal Household no doubt is in disarray. Instead of sticking together, the residents of Zarzuela palace want to disconnect themselves from Urdangarin – even if it means removing his name from a website – as if the problem will go away; never mind that he is still the Infanta Cristina's legitimate husband.

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n Monday, we saw the announcement of Queen Beatrix’s abdication in favour of her eldest son Willem-Alexander. The House of Orange was also tainted in scandal in the 1970s when her father Prince Bernhard was accused of receiving $1.1 million in bribes in the infamous Lockheed bribery scandal that involved political figures in several nations. Queen Juliana threatened to abdicate if her husband was prosecuted. More controversy arose when it was discovered that Beatrix’s late husband Prince Claus had been a member of the Hitler Youth. But that too was forgotten and he later became a popular member of the Dutch Royal Family until his death in 2002. ow more dirt will be kicked up in the coming weeks when accounts will again be brought to light about the new queen’s father and his role during the last military dictatorship in Argentina. Jorge Zorreguieta served as agriculture minister under former dictator Jorge Videla, who was responsible for initiating the Dirty War in the 1970s in which as many as 30,000 people died or disappeared. Again, we have an instance where the Royals will try to keep the grime from visibly creeping up to the surface. Máxima Zorreguieta’s parents won’t be “allowed” to attend her husband’s investiture on April 30th. Instead, they will reportedly watch the ceremonies on television from London. If the House of Orange has survived many gruelling scandals within the past 40 years, it unlikely that the House of Borbón will collapse over a few million euros that Urdangarin may have pocketed.

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Community News Do you have some spare time? Age Care Association is opening a new Advice Centre at Dona Lola, opposite El Zoco, Calahonda, Mijas Costa, next to Oscar’s Bar and on the 220 bus route.

Coffee mornings will be held at the Advice Centre every Tuesday at 11 am to 1 pm, starting yesterday, Tuesday, 29th January. Everyone is welcome.

Age Care Association is looking for an English/Spanish speaking volunteer with good communication and administrative skills to set up and manage the Advice Centre which will provide information and help for the local elderly English speaking community in a supportive and practical

way. The Advice Centre will be open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 2 pm. So, if you have some time on your hands and are willing to help out while meeting new people and friends, why not give them a call and make that first step?

If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Julie Grenfell, Welfare Officer on 635 407 255 for further details.

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The “useless” Residencia Age concern vacancy Many Brits miss the old style photo “Residencia Card” and still wonder why this useful piece of identification was withdrawn and then replaced, firstly with an A4 certificate and currently with a card – but both without a photograph. The quick answer is the residency card is not meant to be an identification document, it is simply a receipt that shows you have included yourself on the central register of foreigners as living in Spain, as is required by Spanish law. From 28th March 2007, Spanish Royal Decree, 240/07 (law), required all EU citizens who have been in Spain for more than three months and who intend to continue living here, to register themselves with the foreigners office or at a

national police station. Whether they are working or not.

To visit for a period of less than three months or more correctly for a maximum of 183 days, EU citizens need only to be in possession of a valid EU passport, or an ID card if they have one. Brits, of course, do not. The only true ID a UK citizen has is a valid passport, although other identification may be accepted depending on who you are talking to and the situation. The rules go on to say that, once registered, you must be immediately given a copy of the information on an appropriate certificate. This is exactly what it says – it is a certificate (or receipt) to show you have been added to the central register of foreigners.

Although it shows the

date of registration, your name, nationality, address and N.I.E number (Numero Identificación Extranjero – fiscal number for banking etc.) it is not a form of identification and is stamped as such in large letters. It is not “useless”, it is your “receipt” nothing more and nothing less and you maybe asked to show it. Yes, the old Residencia Card was very useful and many a Brit abroad would love to have an UK ID card but that is not a problem or of concern to the Spanish authorities. Regarding the issue of UK ID cards or lack of them, this can be taken up for the time being with Messrs Cameron and Clegg, care of 10 Downing Street, London. SW1A 2AA .

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The loss of a pet. Part 4 Guilt There is often much guilt involved in the loss of a pet. People find themselves haunted by thoughts portraying what could have been done to prevent the death. When a pet has to be put down by the means of euthanasia, there is always doubt on whether the decision is correct. To let your pet fall into an endless sleep can also be viewed as a last sign of betrayal. In times like this it is important to remember the reasons behind this decision. If your pet is put down it is a means to stop its suffering and a chance to end its life in a dignified way.

Depression

This is by far the longest stage in the mourning process. You are no longer denying the facts. You are no longer hoping for a miracle – to wake up one morning to

The Age Concern Charity Shop in Calle Zaragoza, Estepona, has hundreds of books for sale and in reserve. The current librarian has decided to concentrate on other work for Age Concern and therefore there is a vacancy for a ‘frustrated librarian’ – someone who loves books and who can give a morning of their time to sort out donated books and replenish the shelves in the shop. If interested please contact Eileen Dry on 608458555 for more details. For older people who require help or advice Age Concern operate a telephone service called Lifeline. This gives the individual a direct point of contact with the charity. The telephone number is 650 163 928.

It should be noted that Age Concern is not an emergency service. There is also an email address where you can contact Age Concern, Estepona and Manilva acesteponaymanilva@age concern-espana.org so to find out more why not give their web site a visit on acespana.org – and follow the links.

find your pet alive and well – like waking up from a nightmare. This is the stage where you simply miss the pet or feel sorry that he/she is no longer there. Many people are surprised about the depth of the sorrow they can experience. Many expect to be over the loss relatively fast, mostly due to the fact that is was “just a pet” and not a person that died. Thoughts like these aren’t just unrealistic, they are also unjust. It is the memories left that make it so wonderful to have pets – their unconditional love, loyalty and camaraderie. And for those whose pet has become their main companion, this step in the process can indeed be very timeconsuming. Written by Susanne Kamu, Veterinary Surgeon Part 5 next week


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Please help Cudeca At the beginning of the week we at The News received the following statement from Cudeca. All charities need as much help as you can give them right now as, with the “crisis” they are not getting as much in their coffers. We all know that times are hard but there are those among us that do have “a few bob” to spare so, please, give as much as you can.

Statement from Cudeca

“While 2011 was a financially positive year, thanks to the unexpected income from the sale of three inherited properties, in 2012 Cudeca will close accounts with losses in excess of €400,000, which is of serious concern to the immediate future of the Hospice. This situation is mainly due to the worldwide economic crisis, which since 2010 has significantly affected public subventions and donations from savings banks, and in 2012, for the first time in 20 years, has caused a concerning drop in income from individuals, both

Spanish and foreign, who have been the firm base that has supported Cudeca since the very beginning. This has therefore resulted in event revenues dropping by 15%, and donations by 14%. Furthermore, it was not possible to sell any properties during 2012. Despite lowering price values, the housing market crisis is severely affecting this source of extraordinary income which in previous years had helped to overcome the annual deficit. The Board of Trustees, the Hospice’s highest level of management, together with the Board of Directors, are constantly evaluating this hard situation, anticipating that the current economic crisis will continue for some years to come. Measures are being explored to increase revenue and reduce costs, which will be implemented in the coming months. One of the first steps which is already underway is to reduce employee salaries, thanks to the effort and commitment of all the employees. For the time being, it is not contemplated that the

Hospice care programmes will be affected, given that the reserves can sustain the programmes in the short-term, ever hoping that the measures that have been taken onboard will improve expectations for the near future. In May 2013 the situation will be re-assessed at an extraordinary Board meeting. Cudeca in 2013 and 2014 will be facing a huge challenge: to continue providing the necessary level of care to people with cancer or other advanced and non-curable illnesses, aiming to alleviate symptoms and to accompany them to the end of life. Each year 750 patients and their families need the special kind of caring provided by the Hospice. In the past Cudeca has successfully overcome similar crises, and hopes that this time they will win the battle to keep the Hospice care available to all who need them. Cudeca feels deeply grateful for the interest, encouragement and support received from everyone who has shared their journey over the past 20 years.”


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Family cases with an international or cross border element have increased enormously. Reunite figures showed an 88% increase in just under a decade. The most high profile cases are those involving the â&#x20AC;&#x153;kidnapâ&#x20AC;? of children where one of the parents takes the children to another country without the other parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consent. Some statistics released in December are surprising revealing that 70% of cases are where the mother removes the children from their country of habitual residence although most people assume it is where the father takes them to another country.

Reunite International Child Abduction Centre has also provided figures that show that a quarter of people questioned were unaware that it is a criminal matter if no consent has been given and one parent is depriving the other of contact in the country of their habitual or normal residence.

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Your Weekly Entertainment Guide INSIDE THIS WEEK A Little Of What You Fancy - Does you good at The Salon from Friday 8th TIMS - A date not to miss for the latest concert is Friday 15th February Mad Terry @ Buzby’s - Re-opening for new season next Wednesday

Dangerous Ellis keeps on riding far and wide Riding a motorcycle while you’re on tarmac roads and you have garages at hand normally isn’t a problem but go way off the beaten track and you’ll need to learn a whole new set of skills to keep you and your bike safe. Later this year a group of local Royal British Legion Riders are planning to visit the Atlas Mountain among many other locations in Morocco on their motorcycles. As part of their preparations they need to fine tune their mechanical skills. One such skill is the repairing and changing of tyres in the remote areas

they’ll be visiting where it won’t be possible to just call a “grua”. To assist them with this they called on the help of Jose Sierra the boss of Moto Fast (a Malaga specialist motorcycle tyre and servicing company). On Saturday 19th January a group of Riders visited the Moto Fast facility and were given an excellent demonstration on the manual removal and repair of motorcycle tyres – both tube and tubeless. Jose also passed on many other tips that will assist the Riders on their travels. The Riders Branch is a National Branch of The

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Antonio and his staff would like to welcome you to the new year re-opening on 12th February following vacations, to enjoy their usual high standard of service and food

Royal British Legion whose members are to be found worldwide. Details on the Legion Riders can be found at www.rblr.co.uk, local info can be found at http://rblrinspain.blogspot. com/ local “Ride Outs” are every Sunday. Many thanks must go to Jose and his team for their valuable assistance in giving up their time and providing the necessary help towards this Africa trip. Moto Fast can be found on Poligono Industrial El Viso in Malaga www.moto-fast.es – Jose speaks excellent English.

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Coming up at The Salon Varietes Next week in Fuengirola at the Salon Varietes Theatre, just off Church Square, a sweet and sour moment will take place. The sweet is that the theatre is presenting its annual Old Time Music Hall – with a bizarre collection of characters attempting to keep sufficiently sober to give, to what is usually a packed house, a very British evening of entertainment. Our Spanish friends think us mad and they may be right but under the watchful eye – actually he has two so beware – of Mr. Colin Pollard, one of the most experienced and professional of sadistic Music Hall chairmen, the audience will be treated to a team of performers bringing back one of the great traditions of UK entertainment.

Music Hall started at the beginning of the 19th century with singers in pubs and saloon bars. It took off in such a way that by the 1850s the pubs were being knocked down and replaced by purpose built theatres but ones in which you could eat, drink and smoke. The mix of entertainment with singers, musicians and comedians made this a different experience to the

normal theatres of the day. With drink involved the audience could get out of hand and the compere's job was not just to tell jokes and introduce the acts but to try and keep the audience in some sort of order. Colin Pollard is rather good at this so if you bring your drink into the theatre and eat a sandwich or caviar and chips, he will spot you and ....! No smoking now of course.

The best Music Halls – and the Salon Varietes is the best in Fuengirola – had lovely singers (Miss Lizz Freeman herself and Miss Sian Hopkins), Speciality Acts (The Salon's own Synchronised Swimmers) beautiful dancers (choreographed by Miss Alexandra Avery and company) Female Impersonators (Mr Bunny Lane) and audience mayhem (we hope). This article began by saying that it was sweet and sour, well this is the

last Music Hall directed by Miss Lizz Freeman. She has been a stalwart of the theatre for many years (though still a young and lovely singer) as a performer in Musicals and straight plays. Her input will be sorely missed but she may return in the cold winter months from England to delight us once more. However this may be your last chance, how could you live with yourselves if you passed it up? The theatre box office is on 952 47 45 42 and Mr Brian Hindley will ensure you are seated safely away from the line of vision of The Salon Chairman!


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Your Weekly Entertainment Guide OUT & ABOUT EL Potro Valentine’s Night TIMS February WEDNESDAY, January 30th 2013

Valentine’s – the special night for love and romance, dinner just for two with fine food, roses and wine or a meal out with close friends. This year El Potro restaurant will be hosting their Valentine's Special Dinner on Thursday 14th February. Valentine's night at El Potro is a fine affair that starts with your complimentary welcome Bellini Cocktail and ends with entertainment and dancing. This year's entertainer is the popular singer Tina Rose. Tina, a talented professional, regularly performs at some of the best venues on the Costa del Sol and is a very good choice for such events.

The Valentine’s dinner itself is an excellent three course gourmet menu, priced at fifty-five Euros per couple which includes table water and a bottle of wine. The main course choices are salmon, pork and Sirloin steak or a vegetarian main course by prior request. Preceded by excellent starters and followed with delicious desserts or a selection of cheeses. All very scrumptious and nicely served.

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Urbanization La Sierrezuela just outside Fuengirola. Telephone 952 470 284 for your 2013 Valentine’s night table

The annual Valentine’s Dinner at El Potro is popular and well attended, the restaurant lends itself nicely to the event so this is an ideal opportunity to relax, enjoy, dine and dance. The restaurant is easy to find on

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Entry is free of charge and the performance starts at 7.00 pm sharp so please be early (especially if you want a good seat). The Casa de la Cultura is two minutes from the Arroyo de la Miel train station. As you leave the train station, go straight ahead, past a couple of bars and it's right in front of you. TIMS The International Music Society is a talented non-profit amateur choir, enquiries and singers interested in joining the choir are welcome to contact Gilly Bareford on 952 573 983 for more information.

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Followers of the TIMS choir and people who enjoy choral music will be delighted to hear that the choir will perform for one night only at the Casa de la Cultura on Friday the 15th of February in Arroyo de la Miel. The programme for this musical evening is rich and varied, ranging from Anything Goes by Cole Porter and Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma, to Sing a Song of Sixpence, a selection of music from the Broadway song writer and classic composer George Gershwin, Mad about Mozart, Vivaldi and – as it is so close to Valentine’s Day – a tasty musical mix entitled Moon Magic where TIMS entertain you with songs of love and romance.

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The Grotesque Factor Mad Terry on Buzby’s Ranging from the unbelievably ugly, through the disgusting, the pitiable, the comic and the frankly bizarre, the exhibits in the temporary exhibition at the Museo Picasso in Malaga provoke a wide range of reactions in visitors.

The Grotesque Factor has brought together a huge range of works – by more than 74 European and American artists – produced over the past 500 years. From curious decorations adorning the palace of Emperor Nero in the First Century AD to the meticulous line drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci; from the vicious political satire of Hogarth to the horrors painted by Goya after his visits to Spain's terrible mental asylums; through to the dark intensity of Francis Bacon and the unmistakable colours and lines of Picasso. Most of the works on show are

drawings or paintings though there are some equally strange models and sculptures, as well as a host of books and magazine illustrations. The exhibits have been lent from prestigious art galleries and collections worldwide.

While it does not do to be too squeamish, the exhibition is ruthless and fascinating in its pursuit of what can be termed “grotesque” – a definition which, of course, changes from period to period and is always open to subjective interpretation. The variety of expression, the extraordinary features and the frankly mystifying ideas make for a most entertaining few hours – there is so much to see

that you could literally take hours to view it all in sufficient depth.

The Grotesque Factor is on show until February 10th at the Picasso Museum, Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustin 8. You don't have to pay full admission charges for the whole museum to see the temporary exhibition and there are concessions for the over 65s. If you have enough stamina you can purchase a combined ticket and make a day of it!

This will be the third year I have owned, in partnership with my fiancé Julie, Mad Terry @ Buzby’s – Julie being in her ninth year as owner.

of karaoke and compère.

As always, you will be guaranteed a warm welcome from myself, Julie and Tommo, our king

Looking forward to seeing you all again

And what a fantastic time we have had! We have enjoyed all the top acts such as Ian Jacks, Tony Keys, Alexandra Avery, Mario Ross, K. T. Peters, Lesley Harrison, Danny Grant, Colin Price, Danny Thomas, Rob Stevens and many, many more – the list is almost endless. And most of them, plus a few new faces will be back with us from 1st March when we will open seven nights a week and be looking forward to another great season.

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along to the auction on Saturday 23rd February and make some money for yourself and a bit for the chosen charity of the month too. This month’s charity is going to be Animals In Distress (AID). For more information call Tracey on 670 374 191

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Tarantino Unchained

MOVIES AND DVDS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2 0 1 3

By Amy Thomas

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Zer o Dar k Th i r Ty Directed by Kathryn Bigelow Starring: Jessica Chastain, James Gandolfini, Mark Strong

Director Bigelow picked up the Oscar for The Hurt Locker and returns to the terrorist landscape of the Middle East for her latest Oscar-nominated movie – and fans of Homeland will recognise the film's resonances with that Emmy-winning TV series. The death of Osama Bin Laden at the hands of a highly trained Navy SEAL unit was a drama that gripped the world. But leading up to the powerhouse action were

years of painstaking and investigations research in which teams of analysts poured over tiny pieces of information until finally they were led to Bin Laden's courier, and from there to the terror chief himself. The last 40 minutes of the movie are nerve-shredding high octane action drama.

Before that Chastain plays Maya, the real-life CIA agent (above right) who helped puts together (as Carrie does in

Homeland) the pieces. The has caused movie controversy for appearing to condone waterboarding as a method of obtaining information, and Maya appears to play her part in sanctioning 'whatever it takes' actions to secure success. Bigelow doesn't offer comment on torture – hence the criticism. But her movie does intelligently portray the determination and the persistence that

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underpinned the successful bid to find Bin Laden and there is plenty of gripping suspense along the way. It's been picking up awards already and may well garner some Oscar wins.

DVD NEW RELEASE Release date: February 4th 2013

THE LOOKOUT attention of Mattei (Daniel Auteuil – Hidden) a disgruntled cop and head of the team that Vincent is targeting, who is hell-bent on bringing him to justice. When an anonymous tip off puts him behind bars, Vincent suddenly finds himself a target, and a deadly game of cat and mouse emerges when

those close to Vincent begin to die. Also starring Olivier Gourmet (Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1) and Arly Jover (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), The Lookout is a high-octane thriller packed with tense and gritty action that's a

any people aren’t fond of Tarantino’s work, they say he is too violent. Granted “Django” isn’t for the faint hearted, however, much of Tarantino’s violence is almost cartoonish. Of course he goes purposefully over the top with the violence – giving it a comic element that complements the quirky script and several ‘laugh out loud’ moments.

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arantino is well known for reviving the careers of actors (e.g John Travolta) and it’s Don Johnson’s turn this time. Cast as plantation owner Big Daddy, Johnson has quite a small but very memorable role, heading a pre-KKK mob who are less than happy with the way the eyeholes in their head sacks have been cut. Only Tarantino could make a hilarious scene about the infamous lynch mob.

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amie Foxx’s performance was also impressive and I think that it is his best work to date. It certainly seems that QT manages to bring the best out of his actors.

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n a negative note, I do think that the film was a little overlong and may have benefitted from a bit of editing. Eagle-eyed critics will also have a field day spotting many anachronisms, but hey, this is entertainment, not a history lesson!

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he plot of “Django” consists simply of bounty hunter, Dr Shultz (Christoph Waltz) freeing slave Django (Foxx) to assist him locate his ‘bounties’ in return for his freedom and finding and reuniting him with his wife, Broomhilda.

sure-fire hit. In French with English subs.

Academy Award. Well, he’s done it again, and from the very beginning of the film we are intrigued and enchanted by his character. I suspect his Oscar will be getting a partner in February when the winners are announced.

lthough “Django” is nominated for five Oscars, I seriously doubt that it will win “Best Picture”. The academy are warming to Tarantino, however Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is a little more “factual and historical” and less violent, so I think “Lincoln” will win best picture.

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Directed by Michele Placido. Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Mathieu Kassovitz, Olivier Gourmet

When a bank heist goes wrong it's up to the expert and deadly sniper Vincent Kaminski (Mathieu Kassovitz – La Haine, Haywire, Munich) to take out the army of police outside the bank waiting for the armed robbers. Vincent's accuracy from behind the scope of his rifle soon gains the

ack in 2009 when Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” was released, I was awfully distressed as I was unable to get to the cinema and had to wait for the DVD release. As we all know Tarantino’s movies are very cinematic and should be seen on the silver screen to get the full Tarantino experience. So, before it was too late, this week I made my way down the cinema to seen “Django Unchained”, and boy, was it worth it!

ou may recall Christoph Waltz was first brought to our attention as the ‘Jew Hunter’ in “Inglourious Basterds”. He completely stole the movie with his charismatic performance and quite deservedly walked away with an

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owards the end of the movie we see the director himself and Tarantino stable Michael Parks as The LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. employee and I had to give a silent cheer for his untimely demise – if only for his dreadful Australian accent.

s with the majority of Mr Tarantinos’ films, once you’ve stripped away the violence and the shock value, you are left with a good old fashioned love story which goes to prove the Big Movie Rebel, is just a Big Softy at heart!


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HOROSCOPES

by Cathy Stronach

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ARIES

March 21st April 19th

TAURUS April 20th May 20th

GEMINI May 21st June 21st

CANCER June 22nd July 22nd

LEO July 23rd August 22nd

VIRGO August 23rd September 22nd

An emotional crossroads is looming, something that connects you to your past and another that connects you to your future. You do have a choice, you can either stay where you have been or follow the intense tidal wave forward where things feel uncertain and yet somehow inevitable. Objectivity is the key here, take a step back before taking action and try to see the bigger picture, this will enable you to be rational and make the right choices for you.

Your earning potential and livelihood is on your mind with an opportunity towards the end of the week which can turn things in your financial favour. There is a key person in your life that you can positively depend upon for support and even when your emotions or pressure take you by surprise, this person will help you to breathe a little easier. Although it is hard for you to remain adaptable it serves you well and a little bit of compromising gives you wings. This is a spontaneous week where you will need to be ready to change direction in order to fulfil what is now required of you. This is the time to rise to the challenges, shift gears where needs be, in order to support what surfaces. One of your talents is the ability to think on your feet and others will look to you to energise conversations – don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the centre of brainstorming sessions. Expect sudden and quick journeys. When you share the load then some things that seem like an impossible task become easy to achieve and fun to do. This week break free of the usual ruts and routines and try doing something different, something new. New relationships could be formed at this time and you are likely to be drawn to those of a like mind. By the weekend it is time for some socialising, a chance to let your hair down whilst improving your connections. Something has reached a true limit, a bottom line in the area of relationships, there is no more room for maybe. You have been pushed until you are standing now at a junction, if you take the right-hand lane, then a new set of rules have to be laid down, communication needs to happen to clear the air. The left-hand path is the opposite, taking off any restrictions that have been wearing you down, and embracing freedom. There is a choice. You can’t have things both ways, so before you put your foot down, be absolutely sure of what you want. Like all things, choices have very powerful consequences so be aware of what could happen as a result of your words and actions. Pay attention to the details and if you are going to do something then make sure you give it your best. Others are still looking at you to take the lead right now and your popularity increases as a result.

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Be ready to put a plan into motion as stalled projects can spring back to life with new growth and opportunities. Your creative and inventive inspirations will find an outlet and you are likely to be in demand. Any restrictions that you have been feeling will be removed and this will allow you to express your inner rd September 23 - sensuality. Some inside information may come to light that will prove useful and can make a considerable financial improvement to your life. October 22nd

SCORPIO October 23rd November 21st

Something is about to change forever as you outgrow a habit that has been with you for many years. Habits take time and repetition to manifest so it may take tremendous will to change this pattern but you are determined. This will enable you to release some of the emotional weight you have been carrying and to restore the balance within without harbouring any resentment. By the weekend there is passion and romance in the air.

SAGITTARIUS Things that have been covered and hidden will now be revealed and also November 22nd December 21st

CAPRICORN December 22nd January 19th

AQUARIUS January 20th February 18th

PISCES February 19th March 20th

opportunities that were once lost will somehow re-appear. You will exude a sense of confidence and optimism that shines out to all, this is a time you have been waiting for. As you start to feel energy rising within you may have to force yourself to attend to the details but these are as important as the bigger goals. They are the stepping stones – keep your feet on the ground and you can’t go wrong.

You could feel under the spotlight right now, the centre of attention and you could be worrying that you are going to get something wrong. Putting yourself out there in a new way can be nerve racking, it can create this sense that everyone is staring at you, in some cases judging you. Feeling out of control is your greatest tripping point this week, there are only two options though back or forward, step out of your comfort zone and embrace this new territory. Your home life is very important to you right now and this is a great time to reconnect with friends and family. Things in the other areas of your life are about to move quickly, there could be possible career changes and shifts, perhaps a promotion. Be ready to take action and be adaptable to move in different directions from what you expect. This is the time that dreams are made of and lady luck is riding with you.

Well one thing is sure you are not going to be allowed to get trapped in old ruts and routines, although things may not be easy or without a challenge, this is all designed to prepare you for the changes that are coming. The key to keeping harmony within your relationships this week is to keep the mood light, this will allow you ample time to resolve, fix, tackle and improve all that is going on within your home environment without becoming too overwhelmed.

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

If you like spicy food and fancy something a little tastier as an accompaniment to rather plain dishes, then this is definitely a recipe to keep. Or you can just eat the rice on its own!

Nice 'n' spicy savoury rice

Ingredients:

( Serves 4 )

• 375ml stock (1 stock cube • 200g basmati rice dissolved in 375ml boiling water) • 1 tbsp sunflower oil • 1 large onion , peeled and chopped • 2 garlic cloves , peeled and sliced • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger,

peeled and chopped • 2 whole cloves • 1 cinnamon stick • 1½ tsp medium curry powder • 50g frozen peas • 50g frozen sweetcorn • 50g flaked almonds (optional)

Directions Preparation time: 15 mins Cooking time: 30 mins

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Rinse and soak the rice for 10 mins. Heat a large, ovenproof saucepan. Add the oil, then the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook on a low heat until the onion is soft. Add the cloves, cinnamon and cardamom pods and cook for a further two minutes on a low heat. Add the curry powder and cook for a further two minutes, then stir. Drain the rice and add it to the saucepan. Stir, so that the rice is coated in the oil and

spices. Add the peas, sweetcorn and half the flaked almonds, if using. Pour over the stock and stir. Cover the pan with a lid or with a sheet of foil, then cook in the oven for 15-20 mins. Remove from the oven, scatter with the remaining almonds, if using, and serve. Nutrition Per Serving 247 kcalories, protein 6g, carbohydrate 49g, fat 4 g, saturated fat 1g, fibre 2g, sugar 4g, salt 1.09 g

Trout with green beans & almond butter Ingredients:

( Serves 2 )

• 200g French or green beans, trimmed • 2 trout fillets, about 150g each

• 25g unsalted butter • 50g toasted flaked almonds • ½ lemon , juiced Directions Preparation: 5 mins Cooking Time: 10 mins Bring a pan of water to the boil, then simmer the beans for three minutes until just tender. Drain. Meanwhile, heat a nonstick frying pan. Season the fish, then fry skin-side down for 4-5 minutes until the skin is crisp underneath and the flesh is cooked almost all the way through. You won't need to add any fat to the pan. Flip the fish over and cook for 1 minute more.

Pile the beans on to warmed plates. Top with the fish. Add the butter to the pan and let it melt. Once it foams, add the almonds and let the butter turn golden. Season with a squeeze of lemon juice (it will foam up), then salt and pepper. Spoon the buttery almonds over the fish and beans to serve.


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News - Breakthroughs - Treatments - Trends

Improving sleep 'may slow memory rot' It may be possible to slow the decline in memory and learning as people grow older by tackling poor sleep problems, researchers at the University of California have said, after their study of 36 people – 18 in their twenties and 18 in their seventies – revealed an intimate relationship between an ageing brain, sleep and memory. Experiments showed that changes in the ageing brain damaged the quality of deep sleep, which in turn hampered the ability to store memories.

However, the researchers said it was unknown whether changes in the brain, sleep and memory were all separate signs of ageing or deeply connected. Their series of experiments with the 36 volunteers first showed that they could

use the state of a region of the brain, called the medial prefronal cortex, to predict how much deep, or slow-wave sleep a person would have. That part of the brain is essential for entering deep sleep, but with age the region degrades.

Secondly, they showed that the amount of deep sleep could be used to predict how well people would do on memory tests. The younger patients getting plenty of good quality sleep performed better on tests than their older colleagues who had worse quality sleep. They said: "Taken all together, the deterioration of the brain leads to the deterioration of sleep to the deterioration of memory."

cementing new memories you've recently learned. It's like clicking the save button."

However they said there might be a silver lining – they are not able to restore the ageing section of the brain, but they believe they can do something about sleep. They said it is possible to boost the quality of sleep by stimulating the right region of the brain with electricity during the night, which had been shown to boost memory

"Slow wave sleep is critically important for

performance in young people. The researchers now want to begin experiments on elderly patients too, describing their aim as "jumpstarting" the system. In patients with dementia, the symptoms of brain cells dying, bad sleep and memory loss are far worse than in normal ageing. A recent study has suggested sleeping problems may be an early sign of Alzheimer's and a spokesman for the charity Alzheimer's Research UK,

said further studies were needed to confirm the link.

"Increasing evidence has linked changes in sleep to memory problems and dementia, but it's not clear whether these changes might be a cause or consequence. "The people studied here were followed for a very short period, and one of the next steps could be to investigate whether a lack of 'slow-wave' sleep may also be linked to a longterm decline in memory."

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This week a man from Liverpool should make it into the Guiness Book of Records

Trains, trucks, taxis, cargo ships and not a plane in sight

… but to get into Russia, you must have the appropriate and accepted visa! Graham Hughes, 33 from Liverpool is about to get himself into the Guiness Book of Records. Did he spend the longest time bouncing on a space ball? Nope! Did he eat more hamburgers in ten minutes than anyone had ever done before? Nope!

Graham Hughes is the guy who has visited every country in the world, and he’s done it without getting on a plane. Other restrictions put on him by Guiness were that he

couldn’t use private transport over large distances, nor could he hitch-hike.

His odessey of visiting all 193 UN-recognised countries started in January 2009 and he has done it all on a budget of less than £7,000 a year for the first couple of years and then less than £3,000 after that. He has also undertaken "surface journeys" to all the world's hot spots – including

Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea – and visited every sovereign nation in the world including Vatican City, Palestine, Taiwan, Western Sahara and Kosovo, which do not have seats at the UN.

However, once he thought he’d finished, the Guiness Book of Records ruled that his visit to Russia hadn’t counted because he had basically entered the country illegally by wading across the River Narva to get there from Estonia. So, this

Monday he travelled by train for 25 hours from London Victoria to Gdansk, Poland, after which he got the bus – this time with a visa.

During his journey Graham filmed a TV show for the National Geographic Adventure channel and raised money for the charity Water Aid . He also blogged about the experience on www.theodys seyexpedition.com/

Shakespeare and A bit of a break Luther King together A genetic storage device has been used to "download" all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets on to strands of synthetic DNA. Scientists were then able to decode the information and reproduce the words of the Bard with complete accuracy. The same technique made it possible to store a 26-second excerpt from Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech and a photo of the Cambridgeshire laboratory where the work took place. Researchers were also able to turn a copy of Watson and Crick's paper describing the nature of DNA into genetic code. The landmark study

paves the way to storing huge amounts of data using the same method evolved by nature to write the "Book of Life". Theoretically, 100 million hours of high definition video could be stored in a cupful of DNA – equivalent to every film and TV programme ever created. Unlike magnetic tape, which degrades within a decade, DNA is a hardy material that can last for tens of thousands of years. A DNA archive also requires no constant supply of electric power, as do hard disks. For their experiment, the British scientists employed a Californiabased company to create

strands of artificial DNA that corresponded to their coding instructions. The end result was a small test-tube the size of a little finger containing a tiny amount of dry dusty material. This was the DNA, which was then "read" and decoded to reproduce the original files. Details of the technique are described in the journal Nature.

The star of 'Django Unchained', and the forthcoming 'The Wolf of Wall Street' with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio revealed during an interview with the German newspaper Bild, “I am a bit drained. I'm now going to take a long, long break. I've done three films in two years and I'm just worn out.” Asked about his plans, he said that he'd be taking up his interest in

environmental issues instead of appearing in front of the camera. “I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment. My roof is covered with solar panels," he added. “My car is electric. A normal person does not drive more than 50 kilometres (31 miles) a day. That can be done with a plug.” So, now you know!

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Thur, Jan 31st 12:20am

Silkwood

Drama (1983). A nuclear power station worker is exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. Her employers insist this an isolated incident, but she is convinced there is more to it and gathers evidence of their near total disregard for safety standards. Meanwhile, the company is ready to go to any lengths to keep her quiet. Fact-based drama, starring Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T Nelson and Ron Silver.

FILM

Sat, Feb 2nd 11:15pm

The Good Shepherd

Drama (2006). Fact-based drama exploring the secret history of the CIA, from the Second World War to the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. Agent Edward Wilson's job involves leading a double life, until one day he is forced to make the terrible choice between national security and ensuring the safety of his family. Directed by and starring Robert De Niro, with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.

FILM

Sun, Feb 3rd 3:05pm

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Adventure (2001). An orphaned boy endures a miserable childhood, until he discovers he has magical powers and enrols at a special school for young wizards. However, his suspicions are aroused by a sinister teacher who seems to be up to no good. Fantasy adventure, adapted from the first of JK Rowling's books.

FILM

Sun, Feb 3rd 9:00pm

Source Code

Science Fiction (2011). Premiere. A military pilot is the subject for a top secret experiment that transfers his mind into the body of a man killed in a terrorist bombing on a train, but only for the last eight minutes of the dead man's life. His mission is to use that time to find out who is responsible and if they intend to strike again. Scifi thriller, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright.

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Cool Runnings

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THURSDAY January 31st

6:00am Breakfast 9:15am Wanted Down Under Revisited 10:00am Homes Under the Hammer 10:58am BBC News 11:00am The Sheriffs Are Coming 11:45am Cowboy Trap 12:13pm BBC News 12:15pm Bargain Hunt 1:00pm BBC News 1:30pm Regional News 1:45pm Doctors 2:15pm Moving On 3:00pm Escape to the Country 3:45pm Perfection 4:30pm Antiques Road Trip 5:15pm Pointless 6:00pm BBC News 6:30pm Regional News

7:00pm The One Show 7:30pm EastEnders 8:00pm Waterloo Road 9:00pm Silent Witness 10:00pm BBC News 10:25pm Regional News and Weather 10:35pm Question Time 11:35pm This Week 12:20am Movie: Silkwood 2:30am Skiing Weatherview 2:35am Asia Business Report 2:45am Sport Today 3:00am BBC News 3:30am Asia Business Report 3:45am Sport Today 4:30am HARDtalk 4:50am BBC News

9:05am MasterChef: The Professionals 10:05am Robbed, Raided, Reunited 10:35am HARDtalk 11:00am BBC News 11:30am BBC World News 12:00pm Daily Politics 1:00pm The One Show 2:00pm Coast 2:15pm Classic Mastermind 2:45pm Reel History of Britain 3:15pm Rick Stein's Spain 4:15pm Life on Earth 5:15pm Vintage Antiques Roadshow 6:00pm Eggheads 6:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 7:00pm Welsh Railways: Beating Beeching

7:30pm Great British Menu 8:00pm The Planners 9:00pm The Genius of Invention 10:00pm Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe 10:30pm Newsnight 11:20pm Football Focus: Transfer Deadline Special 11:50pm Winter Viruses and How to Beat Them 12:50am The Culture Show 1:20am The Great Disability Scam? Panorama 1:50am A Very British Holiday: A Wonderland Film 3:55am Schools - Andrew Marr's History of the World

6:00am Daybreak 8:30am Lorraine 9:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 10:30am This Morning 12:30pm Loose Women 1:30pm ITV News 1:55pm ITV News London 2:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 3:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 3:59pm ITV London Weather 4:00pm Tipping Point 5:00pm The Chase 6:00pm ITV News London 6:30pm ITV News 7:00pm Emmerdale

7:30pm How Much Could You Save?: Tonight 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Nursing the Nation 9:00pm The Secret Life of Dogs 10:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 10:30pm ITV News London 10:35pm The Jonathan Ross Show 11:35pm The Golden Rules of TV 12:05am Jackpot247 3:00am How Much Could You Save?: Tonight 3:25am ITV Nightscreen

7:00pm Top Gear 8:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 9:00pm Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands 10:00pm Way to Go 10:30pm EastEnders 11:00pm Family Guy 11:25pm Family Guy 11:45pm American Dad! 12:10am American Dad! 12:30am Way to Go

1:00am Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands 2:00am Prince Harry: Frontline Afghanistan 2:55am Pramface 3:25am Way to Go

7:00am According to Jim 7:25am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:25am Frasier 10:00am Undercover Boss Canada 11:00am Come Dine with Me 12:00pm 4 News 12:05pm Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 12:35pm Kirstie's Vintage Gems 12:45pm Blithe Spirit 2:40pm Countdown 3:30pm Face the Clock 4:00pm Deal or No Deal 5:00pm Four in a Bed 5:30pm Come Dine with Me 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Hollyoaks 7:00pm 4 News

7:55pm 4thought.tv 8:00pm Location, Location, Location 9:00pm The Restoration Man 10:00pm Secrets of the Pickpockets 11:05pm Random Acts 11:10pm The Undateables 12:10am The Real Man's Road Trip: Sean and Jon Go West 1:05am Saving Face: True Stories 2:10am Weight Watchers - How They Make Their Millions: 2:40am Time Team 3:35am Tony Robinson's Gods and Monsters 4:30am Deal or No Deal

When a skeleton was reported found under a Leicester council car park in September 2012, the news broke around the world. Could it be the remains, lost for 500 years, of England's most infamous king? The tests to prove this theory have been carried out in secrecy but, in this programme, a team allowed to follow the scientists....

FRIDAY

February 1st

6:00am Breakfast 9:15am Wanted Down Under Revisited 10:00am Homes Under the Hammer 10:58am BBC News 11:00am The Sheriffs Are Coming 11:45am Cowboy Trap 12:13pm BBC News 12:15pm Bargain Hunt 1:00pm BBC News 1:30pm Regional News 1:45pm Doctors 2:15pm Moving On 3:00pm Escape to the Country 3:45pm Perfection 4:30pm Antiques Road Trip 5:15pm Pointless 6:00pm BBC News 6:30pm Regional News

7:00pm The One Show 7:30pm A Question of Sport 8:00pm EastEnders 8:30pm Room 101 9:00pm Silent Witness 10:00pm BBC News at Ten and weather 10:25pm Regional News 10:35pm The Graham Norton Show 11:25pm Lesbian Vampire Killers 00:45am The Weather Man 02:20am Weatherview 02:25am BBC News

6:00am Homes Under the Hammer 7:00am The Sheriffs Are Coming 7:45am Cowboy Trap 8:15am Don't Get Done, Get Dom 9:00am Antiques Roadshow 10:00am Question Time 11:00am BBC News 11:30am BBC World News 12:00pm Daily Politics 1:00pm The One Show 1:30pm Weakest Link 2:15pm Classic Mastermind 2:45pm Reel History of Britain 3:15pm Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey 4:15pm Life on Earth

5:15pm Vintage Antiques Roadshow 6:00pm Eggheads 6:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 7:00pm Railway Walks 7:30pm Great British Menu 8:00pm Mastermind 8:30pm Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 9:00pm Monty Don's French Gardens 10:00pm QI 10:30pm Newsnight 11:00pm The Review Show 11:45pm Weather 11:50pm The Last Station 1:35am Question Time

7:00am According to Jim 7:25am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:25am Frasier 10:00am Undercover Boss Canada 11:00am Come Dine with Me 12:00pm 4 News 12:05pm Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 12:35pm Kirstie's Handmade Treasures 12:55pm Santa Fe Passage 2:40pm Countdown 3:30pm Face the Clock 4:00pm Deal or No Deal 5:00pm Four in a Bed 5:30pm Come Dine with Me 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Hollyoaks

7:00pm 4 News 7:55pm 4thought.tv 8:00pm First Time Farmers 9:00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats 9:30pm The Last Leg 10:00pm Paddy's TV Guide 10:50pm Rude Tube 11:50pm The New Normal 12:20am Random Acts 12:25am 2 Broke Girls 12:45am Happy Endings 1:10am Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 1:30am Bob's Burgers 1:55am Glory Daze 2:35am Smallville 3:15am St Elsewhere 4:00am Deal or No Deal

6:00am Daybreak 8:30am Lorraine 9:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 10:30am This Morning 12:30pm Loose Women 1:30pm ITV News and Weather 1:55pm ITV News London 2:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 3:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 3:59pm ITV London Weather 4:00pm Tipping Point 5:00pm The Chase 6:00pm ITV News London 6:30pm ITV News and

Weather 7:00pm Emmerdale 7:30pm Coronation Street 8:00pm Wild Britain with Ray Mears 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Great Night Out 10:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 10:30pm ITV News London and Weather 10:35pm Demolition Man 12:40am Jackpot247 3:00am Enter the Dragon 4:40am ITV Nightscreen

7:00pm Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel 7:15pm Doctor Who 8:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 9:00pm World's Craziest Fools 9:30pm Pramface 10:00pm Russell Howard's Good News 10:30pm EastEnders 11:00pm Sun, Sex and

Suspicious Parents 12:00am Family Guy 12:25am Family Guy 12:45am Pramface 1:15am Way to Go 1:45am World's Craziest Fools 2:15am Russell Howard's Good News 2:45am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents


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SATURDAY February 2nd

6:00am Breakfast 10:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 11:30am The Good Cook 12:00pm BBC News; Regional News and Weather 12:15pm Football Focus 1:00pm Live Six Nations Rugby Union 3:30pm Live Six Nations Rugby Union 5:55pm BBC News; Regional News and Weather 6:15pm Pointless Celebrities 7:00pm Britain's Brightest 8:00pm The National Lottery: In It to Win It 8:50pm Casualty 9:40pm Mrs Brown's

Boys 10:10pm BBC News; Weather 10:30pm Match of the Day 12:00am The Football League Show 1:15am Weatherview 1:20am BBC News 1:30am The Bottom Line 2:00am BBC News 2:30am Dateline London 3:00am BBC News 3:30am Our World 4:00am BBC News 4:30am Click 5:00am BBC News

6:00am Devil's Canyon 7:30am Great British Menu 8:00am Great British Menu 8:30am Great British Menu 9:00am Great British Menu 9:30am Great British Menu 10:00am A History of Britain by Simon Schama 11:00am Meet the Ancestors 11:30am Map Man 12:00pm Indian Food Made Easy 12:30pm Mastermind 1:00pm University Challenge 1:30pm Talking Pictures 2:10pm Anchors Aweigh

4:25pm Final Score 5:30pm The Great Comic Relief Bake Off 6:30pm Flog It! 7:00pm Top Gear 8:00pm Dad's Army 8:30pm Natural World: Kangaroo Dundee 9:30pm Howard Goodall's Story of Music 10:30pm QI XL 11:15pm Movie: The Good Shepherd

7:05am Almost Naked Animals 7:40am Matt Hatter Chronicles 8:05am Ultimate SpiderMan 8:30am Victorious 9:00am Jessie 9:25am ITV News 9:30am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 11:20am Saturday Cookbook 12:20pm ITV News and Weather 12:25pm Murder, She Wrote 1:25pm Countrywise 1:40pm My Tasty Travels

with Lynda Bellingham 2:40pm Dinner Date 3:45pm The Flintstones 5:30pm ITV News London 5:45pm ITV News 6:00pm New You've Been Framed! Top 100 Talent 7:00pm Splash! 8:30pm Take Me Out 9:45pm The Jonathan Ross Show 10:50pm ITV News and Weather 11:05pm Pride and Prejudice 1:25am The Store 2:55am In Plain Sight 3:40am ITV Nightscreen

7:00pm Merlin 7:45pm Doctor Who 8:35pm Movie:Cool Runnings 10:10pm Russell Howard's Good News Extra 10:55pm Family Guy 11:20pm Family Guy 11:40pm American Dad! 12:05am American Dad! 12:25am World's

Craziest Fools 12:55am Way to Go 1:25am Pramface 1:55am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 2:55am Make Me a Muslim

6:05am Sali Mali 6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:05am Beach Volleyball 8:00am The Morning Line 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am The Big Bang Theory 11:30am The Big Bang Theory 12:00pm The Simpsons 12:30pm Undercover Boss Australia 1:30pm Channel 4 Racing 4:00pm Come Dine with Me: Ireland

4:30pm Come Dine with Me: Ireland 5:05pm Come Dine with Me: Ireland 5:35pm Come Dine with Me: Ireland 6:05pm Come Dine with Me: Ireland 6:35pm Channel 4 News 7:05pm 4thought.tv 7:10pm Crocodile Dundee 9:00pm World Without End 10:00pm Along Came a Spider 12:05am Chatroom 1:50am Birthday Girl 3:20am Hollyoaks 5:25am Countdown

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Martin Clunes narrates a documentary exploring how dogs see, smell and experience the world around them, revealing insights into the behaviour, loyalty and remarkable intuition of man's best friend. The programme follows the development of a Labrador puppy from birth through to her own pregnancy as she trains to be a guide dog for the blind and also hears personal accounts of canines that have saved lives.

The Secret Life of Dogs

Thur, Jan 31st 9.00pm

SUNDAY

February 3rd

6:00am Breakfast 7:25am Match of the Day 9:00am The Andrew Marr Show 10:00am The Big Questions 11:00am Sunday Politics 12:25pm Countryfile 1:25pm Call the Midwife 2:25pm Live Six Nations Rugby Union 5:00pm Africa 6:00pm BBC News; Regional News and Weather 6:30pm Blandings 7:00pm Countryfile 8:00pm Call the Midwife 9:00pm Ripper Street 10:00pm BBC News; Regional News and Weather

10:25pm Match of the Day 2 11:15pm Room 101 Extra Storage 11:55pm The Sky at Night 12:15am The Celebrity Apprentice USA 1:40am Six Nations Rugby Union 2:25am Weatherview 2:30am Asia Business Report 2:45am Sport Today 3:00am BBC News 3:30am Asia Business Report 3:45am Sport Today 4:00am BBC News s HARDtalk

6:50am A Walk in the Sun 8:45am Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 9:15am A to Z of TV Gardening 10:00am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 11:30am The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo 12:00pm EastEnders 1:55pm Coast 2:10pm Natural World: Kangaroo Dundee 3:10pm Natural World: Kangaroo Dundee 4:10pm The Great Comic Relief Bake Off 5:10pm Songs of Praise 5:45pm Ski Sunday 6:30pm Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey

7:30pm Open All Hours 8:00pm Top Gear 9:00pm Wonders of Life 10:00pm A Night with the Stars 11:00pm Live American Football: Super Bowl XLVII

6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:05am Will & Grace 7:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 7:55am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:25am Frasier 8:55am Frasier 9:30am Sunday Brunch 12:05pm The Big Bang Theory 12:35pm The Big Bang Theory 1:00pm The Simpsons 1:35pm The Simpsons 2:05pm Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 4:20pm Time Team 5:20pm Deal or No Deal 6:20pm Channel 4 News 6:50pm 4thought.tv 6:55pm The Political Slot

7:00pm Come Dine with Me 8:00pm The Hotel 9:00pm Movie: Source Code 10:50pm The Accused 12:55am Rebound 2:20am Smallville 3:00am Coming Up 3:30am St Elsewhere 4:15am Deal or No Deal 5:10am Countdown

7:40am Matt Hatter Chronicles 8:05am Rated A for Awesome 8:30am Big Time Rush 9:00am The Aquabats Super Show 9:25am ITV News 9:30am House Guest in the Sun 10:25am 60 Minute Makeover 11:25am May the Best House Win Vive la France 12:25pm ITV News 12:35pm Dickinson's Real Deal 1:35pm Rosemary & Thyme 2:35pm You've Been Framed!

7:00pm Great Movie Mistakes 2011: Not in 3D 7:05pm Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers 7:35pm Superman Returns 10:00pm Being Human 11:00pm Family Guy 11:25pm Family Guy 11:45pm American Dad! 12:10am American Dad!

3:05pm Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 5:50pm ITV News 6:15pm Dancing on Ice 7:45pm All Star Family Fortunes 8:30pm Dancing on Ice: The Skate Off 9:00pm Mr Selfridge 10:00pm ITV News at Ten 10:15pm It'll Be Alright on the Night 11:15pm Anglo-Welsh Cup Rugby Union 12:10am The Store 2:15am Monk 2:55am ITV Nightscreen 5:05am The Jeremy Kyle Show

12:30am Being Human 1:25am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 2:25am World's Craziest Fools 2:55am Prince Harry: Frontline Afghanistan

MONDAY

February 4th

6:00am Breakfast 9:15am Wanted Down Under Revisited 10:00am Homes Under the Hammer 10:58am BBC News 11:00am The Sheriffs Are Coming 11:45am Cowboy Trap 12:13pm BBC News 12:15pm Bargain Hunt 1:00pm BBC News 1:30pm Regional News 1:45pm Doctors 2:15pm Only Fools and Horses 3:15pm Perfection 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:30pm Antiques Road Trip 5:15pm Pointless 6:00pm BBC News

7:00pm The One Show 7:30pm Inside Out 8:00pm EastEnders 8:30pm The Great Abortion Divide Panorama 9:00pm Outnumbered 9:30pm Mrs Brown's Boys 10:00pm BBC News 10:25pm Regional News 10:35pm Being Eileen 11:05pm Blandings 11:35pm The Graham Norton Show 12:20am The Celebrity Apprentice USA 1:45am Weatherview 1:50am ABC World News 2:00am BBC News 2:30am Asia Business Report 2:45am Sport Today 3:00am BBC News

6:00am Daybreak 8:30am Lorraine 9:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 10:30am This Morning 12:30pm Loose Women 1:30pm ITV News and Weather 1:55pm ITV News London 2:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 3:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 3:59pm ITV London Weather 4:00pm Tipping Point 5:00pm The Chase 6:00pm ITV News London 6:30pm ITV News

7:00pm Emmerdale 7:30pm Coronation Street 8:00pm Cornwall with Caroline Quentin 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Lewis 10:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 10:30pm ITV News London 10:35pm The Agenda 11:05pm Monk 12:00am Jackpot247 3:00am The Jeremy Kyle Show 3:55am ITV Nightscreen 5:05am The Jeremy Kyle Show

7:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 8:00pm Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands 9:00pm The Year of Making Love 10:00pm World's Craziest Fools 10:30pm EastEnders 11:00pm Family Guy 11:25pm Family Guy 11:45pm American Dad!

12:10am American Dad! 12:30am The Year of Making Love 1:25am World's Craziest Fools 1:55am Prince Harry: Frontline Afghanistan 2:55am Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands

7:10am The Sheriffs Are Coming 7:55am Cowboy Trap 8:25am Show Me the Monet 9:10am MasterChef: The Professionals 9:40am Countryfile 10:35am Click 11:00am BBC News 11:30am BBC World News 12:00pm Daily Politics 1:00pm The One Show 1:30pm Six Nations Rugby Union 2:15pm Classic Mastermind 2:45pm Reel History of Britain 3:15pm Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey 4:15pm Life on Earth

6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:05am According to Jim 7:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:25am Frasier 9:30am Frasier 10:00am Undercover Boss Canada 11:00am Come Dine with Me 12:00pm 4 News 12:05pm Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 12:35pm River Cottage Veg Heroes 1:00pm High Noon 2:40pm Countdown 3:30pm Face the Clock 4:00pm Deal or No Deal 5:00pm Four in a Bed 5:30pm Come Dine with Me

5:15pm Vintage Antiques Roadshow 6:00pm Eggheads 6:30pm Great British Railway Journeys Goes to Ireland 7:00pm Railway Walks 7:30pm Great British Menu 8:00pm University Challenge 8:30pm Food & Drink 9:00pm Dancing on the Edge 10:30pm Newsnight 11:20pm Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways 12:20am Film 2013 12:50am Holby City 3:55am Schools: Children at Work 1 - Football

6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Hollyoaks 7:00pm 4 News 7:55pm 4thought.tv 8:00pm Dispatches 8:30pm Wild Things 9:00pm Richard III: The King in the Car Park 10:35pm The Plane Crash 12:10am Random Acts 12:15am The Shooting Gallery 1:15am Supersize vs Superskinny 2:10am Scandal 2:50am I Am Slave 4:20am How to Look Good Naked 5:15am Deal or No Deal

NOTE: Add 1 hour for Spanish viewing times.

TUESDAY February 5th

6:00am Breakfast 9:15am Wanted Down Under Revisited 10:00am Homes Under the Hammer 10:58am BBC News 11:00am The Sheriffs Are Coming 11:45am Cowboy Trap 12:13pm BBC News 12:15pm Bargain Hunt 1:00pm BBC News 1:45pm Doctors 2:15pm Only Fools and Horses 3:15pm Perfection 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:30pm Antiques Road Trip 5:15pm Pointless 6:00pm BBC News 7:00pm The One Show

7:50am Cowboy Trap 8:20am Show Me the Monet 9:05am MasterChef: The Professionals 10:05am Robbed, Raided, Reunited 10:35am HARDtalk 11:00am BBC News 11:30am BBC World News 12:00pm Daily Politics 1:00pm The One Show 1:30pm The Super League Show 2:15pm Classic Mastermind 2:45pm Reel History of Britain 3:15pm Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey 4:15pm Life on Earth 5:15pm Vintage

7:30pm EastEnders 8:00pm Holby City 9:00pm Death in Paradise 10:00pm BBC News 10:25pm Regional News 10:35pm Out of Jail and on the Streets 11:35pm Rumble in the Bronx 1:00am Weatherview 1:05am Newsday 1:30am ABC World News 2:00am BBC News 2:30am Asia Business Report 2:45am Sport Today 3:00am BBC News 3:30am Asia Business Report 3:45am Sport Today 4:00am BBC News

Antiques Roadshow 6:00pm Eggheads 6:30pm Great British Railway Journeys Goes to Ireland 7:00pm Railway Walks 7:30pm Great British Menu 8:00pm The Mary Berry Story 9:00pm Dancing on the Edge 10:00pm The Sarah Millican Television Programme 10:30pm Newsnight 11:20pm Wonders of Life 12:20am Britain's Hidden Heritage 3:55am Schools: Young Legal Eagles

6:00am Daybreak 8:30am Lorraine 9:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 10:30am This Morning 12:30pm Loose Women 1:30pm ITV News and Weather 1:55pm ITV News London 2:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 3:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 3:59pm ITV London Weather 4:00pm Tipping Point 5:00pm The Chase 6:00pm ITV News London 6:30pm ITV News and

Weather 7:00pm Emmerdale 8:00pm Midsomer Murders 10:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 10:30pm ITV News London 10:35pm River Monsters 11:35pm Grimefighters 12:05am Jackpot247 3:00am Loose Women 3:45am ITV Nightscreen 5:05am The Jeremy Kyle Show

7:00pm Total Wipeout 8:00pm The Year of Making Love 9:00pm Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 10:00pm Pramface 10:30pm EastEnders 11:00pm Family Guy 11:25pm Family Guy 11:45pm American Dad! 12:10am American Dad! 12:30am Sun, Sex and

Suspicious Parents 1:30am Pramface 2:00am The Anti-Social Network 3:00am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents

6:35am The Hoobs 7:00am According to Jim 7:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:30am Frasier 9:30am Frasier 10:00am Undercover Boss Canada 11:00am Come Dine with Me 12:00pm 4 News 12:05pm Jamie's 15 Minute Meals 12:35pm Kirstie's Vintage Gems 12:40pm Written on the Wind 2:40pm Countdown 3:30pm Face the Clock 4:00pm Deal or No Deal 5:00pm Four in a Bed 5:30pm Come Dine with Me

6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Hollyoaks 7:00pm 4 News 7:55pm 4thought.tv 8:00pm Supersize vs Superskinny 9:00pm The Undateables 10:00pm Utopia 11:05pm Random Acts 11:10pm Derek 11:45pm One Born Every Minute 12:45am European Poker Tour 1:40am KOTV Boxing Weekly 2:10am Sailing: America's Cup Discovered 2:35am Beach Volleyball 3:30am Monkey Business 5:10am Deal or No Deal


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R. G. Waugh I apologise for once again taking up precious space in your columns. I thought we had put the Winter Fuel Allowance issue to bed so to speak, however the letter from Leighton Curtis deserves a response. First of all not all ex-pat pensioners who move to Spain are RICH. Many moved here for the better climate and the more relaxed lifestyle and only live on their pensions. Many pensioners come here for three to four months in the winter to escape the UK climate, staying in hotels which offer full board at a minimum price in order that they can stay open and not have to lay off staff thus damaging the country’s economy. These pensioners use their pension to cover this.

I was appalled by the letter from Mr Curtis in last week’s copy of The News.

What I would like to say in reply would be unprintable in a newspaper but, suffice to say that I have rarely read anything that sounded so smug. Most people who live here in Spain in part enjoy it so much because it is cheaper than living in the UK. Of

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As is well known and was widely reported the euro dropped dramatically against the pound in 2008 and still remains at around 1/3rd less. That resulted in many pensioners seeing a big drop in their income and for many this lead to a struggle to pay mortgages and in some cases survive. The difference Mr. Curtis between ex-pat "immigrants" to Spain and immigrants to the UK is that we CONTRIBUTED to the system ... in some cases for up to 44 years! Immigrants to the UK contribute NOTHING in the vast majority of cases and milk the system to the full. "You chose to leave the UK so you should not be allowed to claim anything" claims Mr. Curtis. We are STILL UK citizens and

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many of us still pay taxes to the UK Govt. therefore we have the right the same as citizens in the UK to claim the same benefits they are entitled to. And finally Mr. Curtis you defeat your own argument by stating if pensioners can’t make ends meet here they should move back to the UK. Well many pensioners who are struggling here can’t afford to live in the UK either and that is why they claimed benefits there in the first place!!!! So go back and smell your coffee Mr. Curtis and have a think about people who are obviously not as well off as you. Editor says: I thought we’d get a few replies to that one!

Sabinillas course, the sun plays a huge part in our enjoyment of the country but to be able to afford to live somewhere as well is an added bonus.

I am a retiree living on a pension. I never made enough money in the UK to fund a private pension although I worked all my life, payed my dues into the system and never, luckily, had to go “on the dole” and take money out of the system. Idiots like Mr Curtis therefore just make my blood boil with his insinuation that people

here are just taking money from our mother country because we can. I don’t know if this man hibernates in the winter but it does get rather cold here and fuel for gas heaters and wood for “estufas” does not come cheap. Clearly the man doesn’t feel the cold as much as the rest of us!

So, Mr Curtis, I would say to you, we have paid our dues and are not rich so we should still get our entitled moneys from the UK. What a po-faced idiot and I thank my lucky stars that I don’t know this man!

Michael Hi Amy, I enjoyed reading your review of the film, Moonrise Kingdom, but did you forget to mention where it was showing?

I'm new to The News so it's quite possible that your readers understand that the movies you review are shown at one particular cinema. Regards, Michael

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email Amy says:

The film I reviewed was out two years ago but you may all be interested to know that you can legally watch films on your computer for €2.50 each by going onto www.filmin.es then you will need to add for the film you wanted /pelicula/moonrisekingdom. Others will have other extensions so everyone can give this a try.

Comment By Ken Campbell

Astronomy Society

For anyone who is interested in finding out more about astronomy, the best place to learn is at an astronomy society.

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y interest in astronomy started very early on in the ‘60s as I sat mesmerised in front of the TV watching Mike Mercury in Supercar. Shortly afterwards came Steve Zodiac in Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds and Star Trek, I was in sci-fi heaven! nd if that wasn’t enough to stir a young boy’s imagination, over in America real astronauts were flying in real spaceships in an attempt to beat those pesky Russians in a space race to the Moon. I was 10 years old when Neil and Buzz landed on the Moon in 1969 – my school teacher at the time had given my Mum permission for me to stay off school on the Monday as the astronauts were due to land late on Sunday night. y parents bought me my first telescope when I was nine years old but hard as I tried I could never really see anything through it. I was distraught until a neighbour who had his own telescope heard about me and invited me to look through his telescope. The first thing I saw was Saturn and its rings, from then on I was well and truly bitten by it all. discovered there was an astronomy society in Liverpool and when I was 11 my Dad took me there. The other members were much older than me and a lot more knowledgeable but they showed me patience and taught me not only how to use my little telescope but also what I should be looking at – it opened up a whole new world to me. Up until then I had been on my own late at night in my parent’s garden – mostly being scared out of my senses – but soldiering on with Patrick Moore’s guide to the stars trying to make sense of it all while learning the constellations. oining an astronomy society or even just popping along every now and then is the ideal learning ground. For me, meeting people with a shared interest who were always more than willing to help out was really what kept my enthusiasm alive. I think I probably would have dumped my ‘useless’ telescope if it hadn’t been for them showing me how to use it properly. hen I moved to Spain and started writing for ‘The News’ and also the previous newspaper (The Town Crier) I found a lot of people emailing me and asking me to form an English speaking astronomy society. So in 2008 I formed the Fuengirola Astronomy Society. Nothing fancy I thought, just a few people able to meet up once a month or so to share stories, tips and ideas. I was shocked!

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People came from miles around and very soon there was a call for a second Astronomy Society. So my friend Laurie Yates formed the Coin Astronomy Society with the U3A for people living in that area. Laurie is an excellent astrophotographer and takes incredible images with his telescope using equipment that in my youth could only be afforded by NASA. s I had to move back to Liverpool in 2011, my friend Lee Osborne agreed to take over the running of the Fuengirola Astronomy Society. Lee has taken the society to new heights and holds regular monthly meetings on the third Thursday of every month at the Café Manila on the sea front just past the Yaramar Hotel heading toward Los Boliches. Lee also holds observing sessions travelling to El Torcal nature reserve where there is a very impressive observatory and telescopes. If you are interested in going along to any of Lee’s meetings then he can be contacted at www.astronomycostadelsol.com – email info@astronomycostadelsol.com or Tel 616 679 453 for further details. y wife Marilyn and I will be coming back to Spain next week for a few days and I will be giving a short talk about the stars at the Café Manila on Tuesday 5th February at 8.00pm if anyone would like to come along and say ‘Hi’. riends of mine who teach at Swans School in Marbella have also asked if I could spend the day talking to some of their senior pupils who apparently have been swept up by astronomy after watching the recent BBC Brian Cox Stargazing live programmes. I’m hoping to be able to do some evening observing with the students as many of them have their own telescopes. o much for my little Spanish holiday!

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Sunny Finish to Miraflores Benavista Bowls News Pairs Competition Miraflores Bowls Club held its annual drawn pairs competition last week amid a very mixed weather forecast, but apart from a few showers on Tuesday the rain held off.

When the draw was made there were many comments from the members about the strength of many of the resultant pairings. This led to an air of expectation of an exciting competition which was to be fulfilled.

The semi-finals saw Graham Rowley & Frank Tofts up against Fred Stevenson & Brian Hurst, while the other semi-final had Derek Shemmings & Bryan Collier playing Pam Shemmings & Pam Kinane. In the first semi, Graham & Frank got off to a flying start and Fred & Brian were unable to repair the damage and close the gap, leaving Graham & Frank worthy winners. In the other semi-final, Derek & Bryan also got off to a good start leaving the two Pams with too big a hill to climb even though they kept battling away until the last end. Finals

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Wednesday was played in glorious weather and pitted some of the most experienced bowlers in the club against each other with Derek (winner in 1995/6) paired with Bryan (seeking his first Club The victors Derek and Bryan competition win) and Graham (never won this holding a Valentine's Day event) & Frank (winner in event on 14th February, 2001/02). The match was again all are welcome at a to prove to be an green fee of €8. Dress code exhibition of excellent is red and white and there draw bowling, particularly will be various prizes. by Bryan Collier whose Contact Craig for more accuracy placed Graham information. & Frank under constant pressure which was Report by Grant Frost reflected in the final score of 20-13. Finally, as previously mentioned the footbowl league starts on Sunday 3rd February, all are welcome. The games will be starting at 10.30 a.m. with a green fee of €7. For more information contact Craig on 655196616. The club are also Runners-up Frank and Graham

Wayne’s weekly Poker Tips Holdem is now the main format of poker played in Europe and the USA. Back in the 1990s and `80s Omaha was the main game played in Britain and Europe so let’s talk about Omaha this week. If you’re a Holdem player learning and playing Omaha will enhance your skills. At Omaha every street brings a new draw and AA/KK is not such a good starting hand as in Holdem. The hand rankings in Omaha are the same as in Holdem as well as the betting pre flop, flop, turn and river. The only difference is each player is dealt four personal cards face down. Unlike in Holdem you can't play the board as you must use two from your hand and three

from the board. The best starting hand is AK/AKsuited, single pairs don't play well such as AcAd/7sJh because you need to hit an A to make a set but again at Omaha a set is not a strong hand. Ideally we want to be able to make two good starting hands from our four hole cards – an example being AdQd/Jc9c – because we have two flush draws, one being the nut draw, and all four cards are connected for a straight draw. Do not overplay two pairs, sets, weak straights and flushes, if there are three of a suit on the board flushes are likely to be out there and if the board pairs remember full houses are common in Omaha. If you play Holdem give

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Man Utd’s ‘Scholsie’ gets frostbitten Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes has had his car stolen after he left its engine running while defrosting the windscreen. Police said the grey Chevrolet estate had been taken from the drive of his house in Greenfield, Oldham at around 08:00 GMT on Monday. A police spokesman said "Inquiries to locate the car are ongoing."Scholes is understood to have the car as part of the motor company's sponsorship of the Premier League club.

It wasn't as easy as expected, and it took longer than expected, but Tiger Woods finally wrapped up his seventh win at the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday. Woods dropped four shots in the last six holes as he closed with an even-par 72. He finished his 75th PGA Tour title at 14-under-par 274.

"It got a little ugly towards the end and I started to lose my patience a little bit with the slow play," Woods said in a greenside interview. "I

kind of lost my concentration a little bit there, but got it back on 18. I knew I needed to play it as a 3-shot hole and make my par." He moves within seven wins of Sam Snead's record PGA Tour victory total of 82. Woods won at Torrey Pines for the eighth time, giving him the most wins at any one venue in PGA Tour history. Woods played the final 11 holes on Monday after all but 10 minutes of Saturday's play was stopped by fog. Those 11 holes took well over three hours, and the pace

of play had clearly got to Woods.

"I started losing my patience out there cause it was so (bleeping) slow. We played in just over three hours for nine holes and three of them are par-3s," Woods said in an interview with Golf Channel. "I started losing my patience and consequently I made a few mistakes." The tour heads to Arizona next week for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where Kyle Stanley came from eight shots back to win last year.

Málaga back to winning ways Mallorca 2 : 3 Málaga After their epic Copa del Rey exploits against Barcelona in which Málaga lost 4-6 on aggregate it was back to La Liga in Palma. Málaga had a new look defence with Uraguay’s Diego Lugano partnering Weligton. And it was Málaga who started well and within ten minutes they were in front. An in-swinging freekick had the Mallorca defence in trouble and the ball fell to Saviola who smashed it home from inside the box. And just six minutes later Málaga made it two as Monreal picked out Isco who was returning after injury, and he volleyed home well. Mallorca rallied well though and after 27

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Fernando Alonso will miss the first test of Ferrari's 2013 Formula 1 car in Spain next month. The Spaniard, who has finished second in the championship in two of his three years at Ferrari, will not drive the car until the second pre-season test. Instead, team-mate Felipe Massa will drive for three days at the first test at Jerez, starting on 5th February. The Brazilian, 31, will hand over to new development driver Pedro de la Rosa for the final day.

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England's Chris Wood clinched his first European Tour title with an eagle on the final hole at the Qatar Masters. Wood started the last round in Doha with a threeshot lead but trailed South Africa's George Coetzee and Spain's Sergio Garcia by one after 17. Coetzee closed with a sevenunder 65, while Garcia's 66 kept the pressure on. However, 25year-old Wood followed a big drive on the par-five 18th with a five-iron to 12 feet and kept his nerve to sink the putt to win by one shot.

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