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Syria accused of torture and 11,000 executions

There is clear evidence that Syria has systematically tortured and executed about 11,000 detainees since the start of the uprising, according to a report by three former war crimes prosecutors Sir Desmond de Silva QC, former chief prosecutor of the special court for Sierra Leone, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, the former lead prosecutor of former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic, and Professor David Crane, who indicted President Charles Taylor of Liberia at the Sierra Leone court. The report was commissioned by Qatar, which supports the Syrian rebels. It is based on the

evidence of a military police photographer, referred to only as Caesar, who reportedly leaked about 55,000 digital images of 11,000 dead detainees after he defected. He told investigators his job had been to take photographs of corpses, to allow a death certificate to be produced, but did not claim to have witnessed killings or torture himself. "There could be as many as 50 bodies a day to photograph

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which require 15 to 30 minutes of work per corpse," he is quoted as saying. The photographs cover the period from the start of the uprising in 2011 until August last year. Investigators said most of the bodies were emaciated; many had been beaten or strangled.

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and consistency of the killings provided strong evidence of government involvement that could support a criminal prosecution.

Forensic pathologist Stuart Hamilton said that in the images that he saw, a large number of detainees were showing "evidence of significant starvation". He said that many looked as if they had been bound or restrained. "There were a large

number who had been beaten. And there were a significant minority who had clearly been strangled," he said.

The Syrian government has not commented on the report, but has denied accusations of human rights abuses during the 34 months of the conflict.


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The Centre for Contemporary Art (CAC Mijas) is now open in Mijas pueblo, showcasing ceramics, lithographs and paintings by Picasso and his contemporaries.



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Having spoken about heroes last week. I am pleased to announce that to coincide with the opening of their new offices in La Cala, Avalon, in conjunction with The News and the Tamisa Golf Hotel are running a competition to find local heroes. The idea is that there are many people on the Costa del Sol and inland who help loved ones, neighbours, friends, charities and all manner of things and get no praise whatsoever, and often not even a word of thanks from those they’re helping, and it’s time they were recognised for what they do. It may not be you they’re helping directly, but someone you have noticed as they carry on quietly helping others. If you know of someone like this: they maybe pop in to check on an elderly neighbour to have a cup of tea, a chat and make sure they’re alright, or they may tirelessly raise funds for people or animal charities. Whatever these people who do these good deeds for others do without expecting payment of any sort do, we’d like to know and, at the end of February we would like to reward the winner with a cheque to say thank you for all the residents along the Costa for their help plus a night’s stay at the Tamisa with breakfast and dinner included, courtesy of the Tamisa Golf Hotel, Mijas Costa. You can email me details of who they are, what they do and why you think they deserve to be thanked to, by mail to The News, Buzon 300, Spanbox, CC La Trocha, Coin 29100 Malaga, or you can phone me on 952 454 491 and tell me all about them.

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Foreign correspondents in Syria have said claims of systematic and bureaucratic torture are the unifying story among the rebels. Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "This report offers further evidence of the systematic violence and brutality being visited upon the people of Syria by the Assad regime. We will continue to press for action on all human rights violations in Syria, and for accountability for those who perpetrate them." Nadim Houry of Human Rights Watch said his organisation had not had the opportunity to authenticate the images.




But he added: "We have documented repeatedly how Syria's security services regularly torture – sometimes to death – detainees in their custody. "These photos – if authentic – suggest that we may have only scratched the surface of the horrific extent of torture in Syria's notorious dungeons. There is only one way to get to the bottom of this and that is for the negotiating parties at Geneva II to grant unhindered access to Syria's detention facilities to independent monitors." The report came a day before peace talks were due to begin in The Coin News Group S.L. Post: Spanbox B300, La Trocha CC, 29100 Coin (Malaga)

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Montreux conference which began on Wednesday. On Monday the UN secretary-general withdrew an invitation to Iran – a key ally of the Syrian regime, over its refusal to support the plan to form a Syrian transitional government, the basis of the conference. The invitation to Iran had angered the US, while the National Coalition had threatened to pull out if it

was not rescinded. The conference is the culmination of months of diplomacy. In May last year, Russia and the US agreed to try to bring both sides together. Later, the UN Security Council called for a conference to implement the Geneva communiqué – a deal on a transitional government agreed at a UN-backed meeting in 2012.

Boulevard cancelled but protests continue Burgos Mayor Javier Lacalle called a definite halt to a controversial boulevard project in the Gamonal area of the city, saying that “social circumstances” had forced

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him to do so.

Despite that, the protests continued – this time the residents who took to the streets to stop the boulevard are now demanding the release of the people who turned the protest violent. The protest had spilled over to Madrid where it became especially violent and dozens were arrested.

On Monday, council workers started filling in the holes, eventually to leave the street as they had found it. When announcing his decision, Mayor Lacalle said "coexistence is much more important than 60, 50 or 40 projects,” adding that he believed that the road expansion “wasn’t the problem” but “an excuse” for the unrest that had taken place. Interior



Switzerland, and its release appears timed to coincide with the conference, in the resort town of Montreux. The talks are being seen as the biggest diplomatic effort to end the three-year conflict which has left more than 100,000 dead and millions displaced. The Syrian government and the main exiled opposition group, the National Coalition have sent delegates to the

Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said that youths belonging to anti-system or anarchist groups had come from all over Spain to Burgos and Madrid to join the protests.

The project would have cost €8 million which local residents said should be spent on social services.

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Spain ceded the Falkland Islands to Britain

PM gives rare TV interview In an interview given on Monday night to the private TV network Antena 3, Mariano Rajoy took a firm stand on a number of issues but it was his defence of Princess Cristina that made the headlines. The Princess is embroiled in the investigation into the business dealings of her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, who is alleged to have siphoned off €5.8 million of public money through the nonprofit Noos Foundation he ran with a business associate. The princess was not involved with the foundation but she jointly owned a company called Aizoon with her husband.

The investigating judge wants to question the princess in connection with Aizoon to determine whether she was involved in any wrongdoing. Rajoy said he was convinced of the princess's innocence and went as far as

rejecting the notion that Cristina should give up her rights to the throne.

Rajoy pointed out that the princess has the right to be presumed innocent: "She has been called in to testify – she has not been convicted.” He also put in a good word for King Juan Carlos, to whom he reports every week. "He is always there on the frontlines,

keeping abreast of what is going on in Spain and helping out with a number of very useful things,” Rajoy said. The king's popularity is currently at its lowest, largely as a result of the scandal surrounding his son-inlaw. On the prickly issue of the abortion law reform, Rajoy suggested that the

text may not be as open and shut as Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, sponsor of the reform, claims it to be.

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Altamira caves to Catalan police charged over beating reopen The Altamira cave complex, which contains some of the most outstanding examples of Paleolithic art anywhere on the planet, is to reopen, but the visits will be very restricted. Between now and August visitors will be chosen at random from the nearby museum as part of an “experiment,” to see whether the site can be reopened to limited numbers, Altamira’s board of directors said. The main chamber at Altamira, which was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1985, features 21 charging bison painted in red and black. The paintings are estimated to be between 14,000 and 20,000 years old. In 2002 the cave complex was completely shut off to most visitors after scientists detected green mould stains on the paintings in the main chamber. An exact replica of the caves and its paintings was created in a museum a few hundred feet from the original near the town of Santillana del Mar in Cantabria. The Altamira board of directors said its goal is to provide limited public access to the cave, but without further

Prosecutors in Barcelona last week asked for eight members of the Catalan Mossos d’Esquadra police force to be charged with murder in connection with the beating of a 50-yearold businessman in the city’s Raval district. Juan Andrés Benítez, who owned shops in the city's gay-friendly "Gayxample" district, died the following day from respiratory failure related to his injuries.

damaging the paintings.

“What we have done is to agree on an experiment, which is part of the conservation programme,” said José Antonio Lasheras, the director of the Altamira National Museum and Research Centre. The “experiment” will involve analysing the impact the presence of humans has on the paintings, examining air and rock temperature, humidity, microbiological contamination, leaks, and CO2 levels.

Lasheras added: “But anybody coming into the caves will have to wear the appropriate clothing and follow certain procedures. They will be required to fill in a questionnaire afterwards, and will then take part in an anthropological survey.” He said a total of 192 people are expected to take part in the experiment. Visitors will also be invited to make suggestions on how the site should be managed in the future.

Prosecutors have also filed torture charges against the officers. They described the police action as “excessive, out of proportion and an overreaction”.

Big companies such as El Corte Inglés, Inditex and Ford have started to buy from national rather than foreign suppliers now that lower labour costs have made their products more competitive.

Business sources said it was no longer profitable to buy from China and other Asian countries, where labour and transport costs are rising, adding that

In the first 11 months of 2013, Spain received 57.6 million foreign visitors, more than the figure for the whole of 2012. The industry lobby Exceltur said the trend remained upward in December, particularly in the Canary Islands and Catalonia. It estimated there were 60.4 million overseas visitors last year and predicted that this year will be even

better. Foreign visitors also spent more – a record €55.9 billion in the first 11 months of last year.

However, Exceltur said the positive figures disguise the fact that it was the beach-holiday segment that buoyed the market, with the north and the interior of the country, which rely much more on domestic tourism, still suffering from weak demand.

Exceltur also noted that while Spain received close

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A toxicology report showed he had a small amount of cocaine in his system at the time of his death but, according to experts, the level was “insignificant”.

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Bumper year for foreign visitors While the country is still struggling to emerge from a long economic crisis, it looks as if when the figures for 2013 are all in, the number of overseas visitors will top 60 million – for the first time ever.

The eight men told an investigating judge that Benítez, whom they arrested in connection with a public disturbance, was extremely violent. They said he appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, and was even

deliveries were also delayed because of the huge distances involved.


They said the big department stores and the




automobile industry, among other sectors, have been among the first to stop looking abroad for the products they need.

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US tech giants dodge Spanish taxman

Large US technology corporations continue to dodge paying taxes in Spain by channelling the profits from their sales here to countries with lower corporate tax rates. according to the tax office, the Spanish affiliates of seven major companies – Google, apple, amazon, Facebook, Yahoo, eBay and microsoft – paid a joint total of just €1,251,608 on the profits they made in Spain in 2012.

the companies also dodge paying taxes elsewhere. For example, Google transfers most of its US profits to the Bermudas to avoid taxes. apple discovered what one US senator termed “the Holy Grail” of tax evasion: its affiliates do not pay taxes in the US because they are based in ireland, yet pay no taxes in ireland because they are run from the US. the Spanish tax authorities have loudly condemned these tactics, and have created a special unit that has scored a few successes among traditional multinationals. But an inspection of Google Spain only found minor discrepancies in its tax filings. its fiscal technique was thus validated.


Carrefour’s sales up again to three million more overseas visitors in 2013, Egypt lost 2.5 million. Given the political turmoil there, many tour operators are redirecting tourists who normally go to Egypt's Red Sea resorts to the Canary Islands where

the climate is similar.

Exceltur said this situation has created a one-off record and solid structural growth was needed to sustain the trend.

Hypermarket giant Carrefour’s sales grew by 1.2 per cent in the last quarter of 201, “confirming the improved momentum recorded throughout 2103,” the company said in a statement. the last time sales were up was in the fourth quarter of 2008. a company spokesman said this provided further evidence that the Spanish economy is starting to emerge from a deep crisis. He said the gradual improvement in Spain was reflected by the fact that sales fell 5.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, 1.7 per cent in the second and 0.9 per cent in the third. Spain is Carrefour’s third biggest market globally after France and Brazil. Global organic sales of the retail distributor were up 2.3 per cent for the whole of 2013 to €84.3 billion and climbed 3.4 per cent in the fourth quarter.


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Cardinal says gays can be cured The comments made by Spain’s newly appointed cardinal to Rome to the effect that homosexuality can be cured, likening it to other “bodily deficiencies” such as high blood pressure, has provoked an immediate backlash.

In an interview with Malaga's Diario Sur on Sunday. Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, the 84year-old Archbishop

Emeritus of Pamplona, said homosexuals can become normal with the right treatment. He went on to compare homosexuality to his own deficiency of high blood pressure. “Our bodies have many deficiencies. I have high blood pressure – a deficiency I have to correct as I can.” He said it was not an insult to say homosexuals suffer a deficiency.

Socialist Party spokeswoman Maria Gamez said: “These are not the winds of change that seem to be blowing from the Vatican. Pope Francis himself has distanced himself from these backward, insulting and anti-constitutional theses.” Pope Francis said last July: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Meanwhile, gay activists have criticised a former commander of the Swiss Guard for demonising homosexuals serving in the Pope’s protection force. They said that warnings made by Elma Maeder, who commanded the Swiss Guard from 2002 until 2008, of a “dangerous gay lobby”, would stoke hatred against gays. Earlier this month a former Swiss

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World News 'One-punch' laws announced in NSW

The government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia has announced tougher sentences against drunken violence including one-punch assaults.

The measures include minimum eight-year sentences for fatal onepunch assaults influenced by drugs or alcohol. Liquor shops will close earlier and premises in parts of Sydney will have to stop serving drinks by 03:00. Campaigners called for measures tackling alcohol-fuelled violence after 18-year-old Daniel Christie died after being punched in Sydney's

King's Cross area on New Year's Eve.

Another 18-year-old, Thomas Kelly, died after being punched in 2012. Single-punch attacks have been described colloquially as "king hits". However, campaigners and families of victims have called for them to be referred to as "coward punches" instead. In a statement, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said: "I have been horrified

by the continued drug and alcohol-fuelled attacks on city streets and the increase in violence used in these attacks."

"The idea that it's OK to go out, get intoxicated, start a fight or throw a coward's punch is completely unacceptable." "I expect opposition to some or all of the measures," he said. "These new measures are tough

and for that I make no apologies."

The measures also include lockouts in parts of Sydney's central business district, where people will be prevented from entering venues after 01:30, and the introduction of a statewide 10pm closing time for liquor stores. Similar lockout laws are in place in NSW's Newcastle area, and South Australia.

30 drug smugglers to be executed A court in Vietnam has sentenced 30 people to death over heroin smuggling in what is said to be the largest such trial ever held in the country. The trial, over the smuggling of nearly two tonnes of heroin, began in Quang Ninh province in early January. Dozens of others were also given

prison sentences from two years to life. This is the largest-ever drug trial in Vietnam in terms of the number of defendants and the death sentences given. A total of 89 defendants, including the 21 men and nine women who were sentenced to death, were arrested last

year on various charges. They belong to different drug rings accused of smuggling the heroin from Laos through Vietnam and China since 2006. Presiding Judge Ngo Duc told reporters that the trial was held at the prison because of the seriousness of the case. Punishments for drug-related crimes in

Vietnam are relatively harsh, but the trial has revealed the immensity of drug trafficking problems in the country. At least 86 people were sentenced to death in 2012, with more than 500 on death row in Vietnam, Amnesty International said in its 2013 annual report.


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Earthquake shakes North Island

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 rattled New zealand's North Island on Monday, but there were no reports of major damage or serious injury. The quake struck 24 miles north-east of Masterton at 15:52 local time. Goods tumbled off shelves and pictures were knocked askew, residents said.

A sculpture of a giant eagle suspended from the roof at Wellington airport – used to promote the Hobbit movie – fell to the ground but no-one was injured. Shaking was felt in much of central New zealand, including in the capital, Wellington. Local media said there were reports of broken chimneys and windows in rural areas close to the epicentre of the quake, which hit at a depth of 17 miles.

New zealand is located on the boundary of two tectonic plates – the Pacific and Australian plates – and experiences around 14,000 earthquakes a year. In 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit the city of Christchurch, in the South Island, killing 185 people.


Berlusconi's back

Controversial ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi has returned to the centre of the political stage, after striking a reform deal with a centre-left rival. Berlusconi was thrown out of parliament in 2013 after a tax fraud conviction, but he still heads the opposition Forza Italia party. Lengthy talks with Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo renzi late on Saturday ended in an agreement to back electoral and constitutional proposals aimed at making Italy more governable. The current electoral system has left Italy with a series of shaky coalitions.

Berlusconi said the deal would "consolidate the biggest parties and simplify the political system". Last year's general election left no party strong enough to govern alone, until a broad coalition emerged, headed by Enrico Letta of the PD. Much wrangling is expected in parliament over the reform proposals, with smaller parties hostile to changes likely to diminish their role in future governments.


Fire chars Heritage wooden village

A night-time blaze consumed at least 30 buildings in the heritage village of Laerdalsoyri in Laerdal, on Sognefjord fjord in southern Norway, famous for its unique wooden buildings. Scores of people were evacuated as winds fanned the flames the village, which has a population of 1,150. At least 90 people received hospital treatment but no deaths were reported. residents expressed shock at what one described as "terrible" destruction. The Laerdal district contains a stave church and many other historic wooden buildings, hundreds of years old, and much visited by tourists. Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited the village as investigators look for the cause of the fire. Local farmers helped out while emergency services waited for firefighting helicopters to arrive. At one stage, police told reporters that a helicopter was being delayed because of suspected media drones taking pictures. The police could not say how many drones had been operating in the area.


Floods hit the south east

Two people have died, a third person is missing and more than 150 people have been airlifted to safety after floods hit the south east, local authorities said on Monday. Some 4,000 homes have been left without power. One woman, who was evacuated by helicopter with her five-year-old daughter, said she had seen a huge wave wash her empty car away. "It was really staggering," she said. "We had called the fire brigade who told us to move the furniture upstairs, we had very little time, the house flooded very quickly." Amid forecasts of further rainfall, local official Laurent Cayrel told reporters on Sunday that there had been "record rainfall". Some 100mm (4in) of rain has fallen in the Mediterranean resort of Nice since Thursday evening, compared with the average of 85mm for the entire month of January. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault travelled to the flooded area on Monday morning.



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Iran curbs uranium enrichment Iran has begun curbing uranium enrichment under a deal which will also see international sanctions eased, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog, said on Monday.

The move is part of a six-month nuclear deal which was hammered out between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, Russia, China, Britain and France – plus Germany, in Geneva last November. The agreement followed months of secret talks between Iranian and US officials. It is designed to

provide breathing space while a more permanent deal can be reached. The US and the EU have now responded by lifting some sanctions on Iran for six months which clears the way for Iran to resume export of petrochemicals. Measures affecting the trade in gold and other precious metals, as well as the car industry, have also been lifted. US estimates suggest the relief could amount to some £4 billion. However, most of the sanctions against Iran – which began in 2006 – will remain in force. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the agreement will not stop

Iran from "realising its intention to develop nuclear weapons".

At an extraordinary parliamentary session on Monday, he warned the deal was a "fast track" to the nuclear bomb. The session was attended by Canada's visiting Prime Minister Stephen Harper who said his country would not lift sanctions against Iran.

The nuclear deal is designed to prevent Iran from developing atomic weapons. Tehran has consistently denied trying to do so, saying its nuclear programme is solely for peaceful purposes.

Pakistan bombs Taliban positions Pakistani military aircraft bombed suspected Taliban positions in North Waziristan on Monday, following a wave of attacks against security forces.

A military official said 25 militants had been killed in the air strikes in the tribal area, which borders Afghanistan. On Sunday, soldiers and paramilitary personnel were preparing to leave Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,

for Razmak in North Waziristan when their convoy was hit by a bomb, killing 20.

On Monday, a suicide bomber killed at least 13 people near Pakistan's army headquarters in Rawalpindi, south of the capital Islamabad. Among those who died were eight military personnel. The Pakistani Taliban claimed both attacks, which follow weeks of relative calm since their leader,

Hakimullah Mehsud, died in a US drone strike in November. The new leader, Mullah Fazlullah, has vowed to continue attacks against Pakistani forces.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – under pressure to take a tougher stand on militants – cancelled his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos after Sunday's attack.

Greek extremist threatens government

A Greek fugitive who disappeared while on prison leave earlier this month has threatened the government with armed action, accusing it of ruining the country with austerity measures. Christodoulos Xiros was convicted in 2003 of belonging to the far-left November 17 organisation and was serving six life sentences for bombings and shootings. In a video posted on the internet, Xiros said: "I've decided to fire the

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guerrilla shotgun against those who stole our lives and sold our dreams for profit." He criticises the media, the judiciary, the police and the extreme rightwing Golden Dawn party, and invites Greece's security forces to join with him. November 17, which emerged in the mid-1970s, was named after a student uprising against Greece's US-backed military junta in 1973.

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Anger after documentary on ‘work shy’ in Britain The ‘benefits baby factory’ is how the welfare system has been described in Britain and the pressure group The Taxpayers’ Alliance has suggested that thousands of work-shy parents have for decades had babies as a lifestyle choice.

The government is now clamping down as taxpayers have been picking up the tab for almost 70,000 jobless families with five or more children. Ministers are now considering in future restricting benefits to two children per family and a cap on welfare payments of £26,000 a year could be reduced further. Robert Oxley of the Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “If you are stuck on Benefits Street, welfare shouldn’t create a perverse incentive to have more children.”

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Future for Britain outside the European Union? British Chancellor George Osborne has hinted at what might happen if Britain fails to renegotiate major reforms in Europe and voters decide to leave the European Union.

The Conservatives have promised a referendum in 2017 if they win the next


General Election and Mr Osborne has suggested a small block of nations could break away and form a free-trade alliance.

The Chancellor told a think tank that Europe urgently needs economic reform or it will decline. He said the Government

was determined to bring about reform and then let the people decide.

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) does not believe adequate reforms to cut bureaucracy will be possible.




Christmas food and drink sales up

The rats that beat cancer He said families should have children when they can afford it, not expect others to pick up the bill and welfare should never be an alternative to work.

A Channel 4 television documentary shown in Britain has fuelled anger at the cigarettes and booze lifestyle of many of those who claim benefit and do not work. It featured a road in Britain where nearly every family is on the dole, and showed people standing around in the street drinking beer, some of them pocketing £400 a week.

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A researcher from Israel has been in London presenting to health professionals details of two species of rat which have developed a resistance to cancer. It is hoped that if the defence mechanism can be identified and isolated it might be possible at some stage in the future to develop drugs that can stop the disease progressing in humans.

The professor at Haifa University studied two species of rat that live mainly underground and found that none of them developed tumours when tested with potent carcinogens. The findings have been welcomed by Cancer

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As predicted, sales of Christmas food and drink rose in Britain’s supermarkets and Lidl and Aldi outlets did best of all in increasing their market share. Waitrose, a slightly more upmarket operator, also did well, but Morrisons saw sales fall slightly, the result in a delay in launching its on-line operation. In total sales were 2.9 per cent up across the board suggesting increased optimism and continued improvement in the economy.


Early spring as waters subside

The storms have swept in this winter causing damage and flooding in Britain, but the weather has been relatively mild encouraging an early spring. Many tortoiseshell butterflies, which had a good breeding season last year, have emerged from hibernation and hazel trees are budding, but there are fears that a cold snap could bring it all to an end. An early spring has become more common over the past decade according to the conservation body the Woodland Trust. CORNWALL

Cars rescued

Christmas Day will be remembered by many residents of the Cornish Village of Calstock, where a road runs along the River Tamar on a steep hillside to a dead end at the quayside. The road collapsed leaving around 40 cars stranded and last week the Royal Marines were busy using landing craft to reunite around 40 vehicles with their owners by ferrying them along the river.

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The Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, gave birth to a baby girl – as yet unnamed – at Gloucester Royal Hospital, weighing 7lb 12oz, who now becomes 16th in line for the throne. The baby’s father, rugby player Mike Tindall was present at the birth and both he, his wife, the Queen and the Duke Of Edinburgh were all said to be delighted by the new arrival according to a

statement issued by Buckingham Palace. Odds at the bookies, William Hill, of the baby girl being named Poppy have been slashed from 33/1 to just 8/1 and bookmakers' other favourites are Charlotte, Elizabeth, Victoria and Anne. William Hill is also offering bets at 50/1 that Zara’s daughter will be an Olympian and at 33/1 that she plays international rugby like her father!

The body of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was found in woods behind his aunt’s house in Kirkaldy, Fife, Scotland, just after midnight on Saturday morning. According to his mother, she had put the toddler to bed at 9pm on Tuesday night and she claimed that the child, together with a beige hooded parker style coat and his shoes were missing the following morning. A major search involving emergency services and hundreds of local people turned out to look for the small boy but police confirmation that the body found was Mikaeel’s brought gasps from the attending press covering the incident. His mother, Rosdeep


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Kular, 33, was detained on Friday night and was charged with his murder on Saturday. She appeared in Edinburgh Sherrif Court on Monday. His body was found near his aunt’s bungalow where he, his mother and siblings had been living up until 18 months ago when they moved to Edinburgh. One report said that Mikaeel had been born in the house and the family were still frequent visitors and well known to neighbours in the area.

It is believed that the aunt was away as was his grandmother, a wellrespected local doctor who lived in a larger house nearby in this affluent area. Police say that they are not under any suspicion in connection

with Mikaeel’s death.

It was confirmed that the child had not been to school since Christmas. Tributes of flowers and soft toys have been left at both houses and also messages of condolence on the internet.

Briton killed on boat at paradise island Roger Pratt, 62, from Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire left for a round the world trip last July with his wife Margaret. While offshore at Vieux Fort, St Lucia, on their boat he was killed in front of his wife while he tried to defend her. His wife, Margaret Pratt, 60, was also attacked but survived. Earlier she had posted on her blog of the trip, that was a special trip to celebrate her birthday, that they had been delayed from their intended departure from St Lucia because of “bureaucracy” and would be spending the weekend exploring St Lucia before departing for their next destination on Monday. It was reported by police that there has been a rise in violent crime in St Lucia over past few years due to drug trafficking.

Police confirm at least three people were being held in connection with the murder but no arrests have been made yet.

Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard could be facing new investigations into his conduct following claims of sexual harassment last year following complaints by fellow party members that he had brought the party into disrepute by not apologising.

The peer was due to return to the Lords last Monday but party leader Nick Clegg said that he should not return until he has apologised to the women involved. Lord Rennard has denied the claims and previous investigations found that there was not enough evidence to find him guilty. The new disciplinary process could mean Lord Rennard is suspended until it is complete. However, he has not been found guilty and, at this stage, says he has nothing to apologise for.

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US wants to expand Bad weather lashes rapid-reaction force Andalusia More than 250 emergencies were caused by the snow, rain and wind that affected most of Andalusia in recent days.

The United States has asked the Spanish government for permission to expand its 500-strong Marine rapid-reaction force for Africa by at least 50 per cent and extend its presence at the Morón de la Frontera base by one more year.

The request was made during Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's visit to the White House last week. A bilateral agreement between the two allows the US to temporarily station its Marines in the southern airbase, which provides fast access to the Mediterranean region. Because of this temporary nature, the Spanish government could approve the increase to anywhere between 750 and 900

Marines without modifying the agreement and without consulting Parliament. The Cabinet authorised the deployment of 500 Marines and eight aircraft to the Morón airbase in Sevilla province in April 2013 as part of a rapidreaction strategy against crisis situations in Africa. The initiative was triggered by the

Costa no longer a Mafia paradise The Costa del Sol is no longer a paradise for international criminals, Malaga's provincial government spokesman, Jorge Hernández Mollar, told reporters last week.

Up to seven hundred organised criminal gangs were counted at one time in the area but thanks to police operations like the Ballena Blanca, Hidalgo and Malaya cases, and persistent action against organised crime, the criminals have decided it is safer elsewhere, Hernandez said. The crime rate has been dropping steadily in recent years, he said. In 2006, there were more than 50 kidnappings but last year there were none. Hernandez said part of the problem was that thousands of tourists visited the area and thousands had also

September 2012 attacks against the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The latest request raises the issue of what "temporary" means, with regard to a military presence that will last at least two years. Diplomatic sources admit the agreement was meant to cover specific situations lasting no more than a few months.

However, national and local authorities woke up to that fact a few years ago and started to clamp down to improve the image of what had become known as the Costa del Crimen (Crime). Hernandez said the whole province now enjoyed a high level of safety and that Malaga was the Andalusian province that had registered the biggest drop in the crime rate.

A hailstorm caused a lot of material damage in Motril, while fallen trees

Mayor's unusual offer Malaga Mayor Francisco de la Torre has said he is willing to take a shower before a notary to prove that it is possible to have one using only 15 litres of water.

established their residence here, making it easy for the international criminals to pass unperceived.

Most of the calls to the 112 Emergency line came from Cadiz, Huelva and Granada and maritime traffic was suspended in the Strait of Gibraltar because of high winds. The State Meteorology Agency reported winds of up to 105 kph in San Fernando (Cádiz)and rainfall of up to 62 litres per m2 in Nerja (Malaga). In Almeria, a dozen roads were closed by snow. In Granada, the bad weather made circulation in Alpujarra almost impossible.

The mayor had been monitoring the amount of water he uses and found that on average he did not need more than 11 litres to emerge sparklingly clean from the shower.

He started monitoring the amount of water used in response to complaints about the rise in water rates.

During the last drought, the people of Malaga became experts at using as little water as possible but they seem to have abandoned the good habits they acquired during those years.

Above: Rain in Malaga. Below: Snow in Almeria


were a common sight across the region. Five people were injured – four



in Granada province and one in Huelva, but no deaths were reported.

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'Gripe A' claims first victim

a 54-year-old doctor died on monday of the a type flu which has hospitalised hundreds of people across the country. it was the first flu-related death to happen in malaga province. The doctor, a gynaecologist at the Hospital gálvez where he had been in the intensive care unit for two weeks, succumbed to a severe pneumonia. He had not had the flu vaccination. The type a flu has so far claimed four victims in aragon and one in Teruel. Currently there are 13 people with type a flu in hospitals in malaga.


Dutch drug trafficker arrested

The national Police have arrested a 50-year-old man who is wanted in Holland on charges of possessing a paralysing weapon and dealing in ecstasy and cannabis. The man was picked up when the police made a series of preventive searchers in the Playa Bonita part of the town on monday. according to the european Detention order, he still has to serve a jail sentence of fifteen months and three days in Holland.


Campaign to 'empadronar' foreigners

The local council has launched an information campaign to persuade all foreigners living in the town to register at the town hall. five thousand pamphlets in three different languages – Spanish, english and finnish – explaining the advantages of registering have been published and are available in all municipal offices, as well as at foreigners' associations. The empadonamiento is necessary for all official dealings with the authorities, while the local council's funding from the Junta de andalucia depends on the number of people registered in the town.


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Court suspends anti-eviction law

The Constitutional Court has upheld an appeal lodged by the ruling Partido Popular against the anti-eviction law introduced last year by the Junta de Andalucia. The court’s decision effectively signals the automatic suspension of the legislation, as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had requested.

The regional measure allowed for the temporary expropriation of a property involved in an eviction

order and allowed the Junta to take over any empty property owned by the banks and let people who had been evicted live there for up to three years.

The Constitutional Court is empowered to maintain the suspension

for five months, before deciding whether to extend the stay or issue a definitive ruling on the matter.

The country’s highest legal panel imposed a temporary injunction last July after the Rajoy administration had

registered an appeal the previous month against a regional decree, which later became the antieviction law.

The Madrid government’s reasoning for both legal challenges is based on the central government’s jurisdiction,

which it said the Junta de Andalucia had impinged upon.

Several evictions in the region were prevented under the legislation. In a country just emerging from a long recession and with unemployment

standing at around 26 per cent, the number of foreclosure claims reaching the courts nearly quadrupled between 2010 and 2013, according to figures from the General Council of the Judiciary legal watchdog.

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Muriel Pilkington

Strutting his stuff


love watching Mariano Rajoy at the international meetings he always seems to be attending. He swans around, totally at ease, stopping to chat here and there with all the world's leaders present and looking as relaxed as if he were in his own living room. Unlike poor Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who always looked very uncomfortable at such meetings and usually ended up hiding away in a corner while all the other heads of government and their entourages stood around gossiping while waiting for the meeting to start. A lot of people attributed it to the fact that he spoke no English, but Rajoy doesn't speak much more – he always has an interpreter almost perched on his right shoulder. In fact, at these international meetings, the participants have to speak in their own language and use highly professional interpreters to make sure that there are no misunderstandings.


ut last week, Rajoy excelled himself. He got off that plane on his arrival in Washington and walked down the red carpet like a conquering hero, obviously looking forward to the heady experiences that awaited him during his brief visit. It started off with Barack Obama praising his "great leadership" during the PM's first visit to the White House. His critics back home kept going on about how it took him two years to achieve this dream of a têteà-tête in the Oval Office, overlooking the fact that both Obama and Rajoy have full agendas but managed to meet and talk at several international meetings. In fact, they set last week's date when they met at Nelson Mandela's funeral.


ajoy then visited IMF chief Christine Lagarde in her lair, who told him that the fruits of the drastic reforms he has had to carry out "can already be seen". This was confirmed later in the week by European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso during his two-day visit to Spain to receive the Carlos V

Award at a ceremony in the monastery at Yuste in Extremadura, followed by talks with the PM in Madrid the following day.


o in all, it was a good week for Rajoy, except back here at home where the Socialist Party have latched on to the abortion law reform as their ticket to winning the next election, and the anarchists are wriggling their way into any protest held anywhere in Spain for any reason. So while we had Rajoy doing everything in his power to improve Spain's image abroad, we had the anti-system yobos burning more than 100 rubbish containers in Burgos and Madrid at protests that had nothing to do with them, photos of which were printed in newspapers and online around the world.


ut Rajoy need not despair. The fact that the economic figures are improving almost on a daily basis is driving the Left mad. They used Spain's very fragile economic situation to try to bring down Rajoy during his first year in office, and to hell with the consequences for Spain and the Spanish people – a very patriotic attitude, wouldn't you say? They then latched on to the Barcenas scandal during his second year, but that didn't bring him down either. Spaniards see too much corruption in their own towns and regions to get too excited about what's going on in Madrid – cynical, but true.

Martin Delfín

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ur Justice minister just doesn’t get it. Alberto RuizGallardón has put his name on the line to back a controversial abortion reform measure that has the entire international community questioning the Partido Popular's retrogressive move. In his latest interview given on Tuesday, the minister said that there was no place in the world where abortion is considered a right. But he forgets that the option to an abortion in Spain is an acquired right, which was first introduced in 1985 and later modified in 2010 by the Socialists. When guarantees are in place that allow a woman to make that choice, there are also assurances that a progressive society will offer her and her family the best support.


o why is Gallardón so adamant in placing more restrictions on women in Spain? If you believe his argument that it was part of the PP's election platform, then you should be reminded that there are countless other pledges in that 210page manifesto that the government has until now overlooked, such as strengthening mechanisms to create jobs.


nd now Artur Mas has thrown a spanner into the opposition works, with his insistence on breaking Catalonia away from Spain. No opposition party – apart from the Basque nationalists – can be seen to back that, so now they're desperately grasping at any straw that comes their way. The Socialists have settled for the abortion issue as a vote catcher. However, I doubt that the draft law presented by Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon will ever become law because too many in his own party are against it.


s for my current favourite bête noire, the United Left, I'm getting really worried Commissar Cayo Lara has been conspicuous by his absence recently, or is he too busy organising those violent anti-system types in the hope of finally bringing about the Revolution?


'm sure Rajoy doesn't need any advice from me but if he did it would be – just carry on as usual – which is what I'm sure he's going to do. Right on, Mariano.


embers of the European Parliament last week in a public session bashed the PP government’s insistence in changing the abortion law. There is also much dissention among party officials over Gallardón’s actions – even the local PP committee in Extremadura, with its most vocal opponent premier José Antonio Monago, has voted to reject it. The rebellion inside the PP has become so tense that even Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has asked the “party barons” to stop discussing the abortion reform in public. Unfortunately, for him, the issue will not go away.


hat the Partido Popular wants to restrict are the reasons to allow the termination of pregnancy. Women would only be able to undergo the procedure in cases of rape or if there is a serious risk to the mother’s health. And only then, women will only be able to obtain an abortion in certain clinics around the country, making it difficult for many who have financial burdens to travel to other parts of Spain.


he PP’s insistence in pushing through the reform in Congress is nothing more than a pressure manoeuvre aimed at getting the Constitutional Court to decide on the issue. In 2010, when the Socialists under Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, decided to relax some of the restrictions in which a woman can terminate their pregnancies, the PP rushed to file an appeal with the top court.


t has been almost four years since that complaint was lodged and still no answer from the justices. (It took the Constitutional Court seven years to decide in favour of the gay marriage law after the PP filed an appeal shortly after it was introduced in 2005.) Meanwhile, the PP has been packing the court and the rest of the judiciary with conservatives. Its aim is to get the justices who side with the governing party to rule in favour in many of the controversial issues, including the abortion appeal, that the PP has and will be challenging.


t is a sly move, but many of the hardliners inside the PP feel confident that this time the Constitutional Court will side with the government, based on the historic framework that was put into place that helped legalise abortion in 1985. If that does happen, there will be a heavy political price to pay. Not all PP supporters are in favour of going back in time and placing restrictions. And the argument that the Socialists are bringing up – that the proposed law is an affront to women – is perhaps the best electoral weapon to be launched by the opposition in quite some time. With the European Parliament race just months away, Spain’s abortion reform will no doubt become a major issue throughout the entire continent.


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Snow on the mountains Happy 8th birthday It has long been said of the area in which we live that you can swim in the morning, ski in the afternoon and dine well in the evening. Well, on Monday morning the people of Coin rose to find the Serrania de Ronda mountains covered in snow and, if you were early enough on Monday or Tuesday morning, they were a perfect peach colour as the rising sun was reflected on them. The bottom picture on the left

shows the mountains behind Coin in all their splendour while the one at the top shows the Granada Mountains as

seen from beach.


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Photos taken by Geoff Heading

Around 80 members of the Coin branch of the Royal British Legion gathered together at the Miralmonte Bar and Restaurant last Wednesday to celebrate the branch’s eighth birthday.

Wendy Fader congratulated all members of the branch on reaching this important


stage of development and took the chair as question master for the celebratory quiz.

Penny White (pictured) made fabulous cakes; a light and a dark fruit cake and a lemon curd and fresh cream cake with her own home-made lemon curd. Fortunately she shared them with a very appreciative crowd while

“raffletes” took advantage of the birthday atmosphere to sell hundreds of tickets.

Several members commented on Facebook afterwards that it was a terrific morning and the branch’s best birthday ever.

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Community News Train your brain - it’s free! I've written a brief description of two websites that are really helping me with the after effects of chemotherapy (chemobrain). These can also help stroke victims, people with brain function impairment of any kind and even healthy people who need to keep their brains working!

One that I’m using is a brain training game, the other helps vital cancer research in real time while exercising my brain.

Following having to undergo chemotherapy a while ago I was finding that I was forgetting the simplest of things such as people’s names and even words were coming out wrong. I had been working in a retail outlet and someone would come in and say, for example; “You had a hat in the window last week that I liked but it’s not there now.” I would go and have a look, come

back and instead of saying: “I’m sorry, it’s gone,” what would come out is “I’m sorry, it’s died!” and not understand at all why I was getting funny looks. The symptoms were frightening and I thought perhaps I was becoming a dementia victim but, no, it turns out this is quite common among people that undergo large amounts of chemotherapy (I wonder how many of your readers have just given a huge sigh of relief) and you have to re-train your brain to go along the right paths of thought. The main two I am using are very good, cost nothing and are also quite fun to do so, if you’re worried, why not have a go? They are: 1. Your Spare Time Online Helps to Kill Cancer

Cancer Research UK and the Zooniverse team

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Log on to www.cellslider .org to count how many irregular blood cells you see in a small picture cell which will help with vital research.

Don't worry if you find it difficult at first – you are taken through a training guide to help you. You can log on once or as often as you wish, every little helps.

Cures are within our grasp and one day we will beat cancer. You can help to make it sooner.

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It has been put together by around 30 neurologists and is part of an ongoing worldwide cognitive research project. Unlike other brain training games, this programme changes and adapts to your needs. You simply register on and it is free. It is recommended that you log on 3-5 times a week and it will update your monthly progress every four weeks. This is completely free of charge or you can pay for extra games and a more detailed personal profile and comparison which goes towards the project. written by Jane Clarke


This is CHARLIE a female cross, born 12th November 2011. She is a medium-size dog, 45cms in height, and weighs 15.20kgs. She was abandoned, lost and hungry but luckily she was found and brought to FAMA on the 17th Feb 2012. She is a happy dog who enjoys life. She has no issues with other dogs, and settled down well with us.

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David The Dogman Ecumenism is coming back! course I will be starting my new column next week with my friends at The News and thought it might be an idea to make this a “chatty” column giving you different views from Nazli, a vet from Pointer Clinic East, Anna Frick a trainer and behaviourist from CDS-Dogcentre and Celia Haddon, author of over 40 books and top feline expert – well known and loved by listeners to my show.

We also broadcast on Talk Radio Europe TRE 88.9 or 91.9 fm. every week so why not tune in and listen?

I will also be including other contributors in my column, people that I recommend as being safe and knowledgeable. They too will be giving me interesting information for you.

If you have any questions or interesting events let me know. I look forward to sharing my new column with readers of The News. David The Dogman

There will be a course in Ecumenism held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 29th, 30th and 31st January. This will take place in Coin at the San Juan Parish Church, at 18.00h each evening. The first two evenings of Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th will be talks only in Spanish, but on Friday 31st there will be a bilingual Taize

Prayer. Please come and light a candle with the name of the departed, which will be placed near the cross as a symbol of their memory and as a thanksgiving for their lives amongst us. For further information and bookings please contact the Lux Mundi Centre, Torre del Mar Tel.952 543 334 E-mail:

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George William Hawkins, long time resident of Fuengirola has passed away and his funeral service was held at the crematorium on January 10th.

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clientele as well as the British ex-pats and his love of singing came to the fore with his karaoke nights. He also sang in many other local bars. George was a longtime member of the Royal British Legion in Fuengirola and became Membership Secretary for them. He was also a well respected member of the Good Companions Club, raising funds for the CUDECA hospice.

Everyone will miss George's happy smiling face and his great sense of humour especially his friends Joan and Mike.


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Comedy at the Salon - enjoy the farce “Not Now Darling” The truth behind the tales - A U3A lecture on Hans Christian Anderson Book now for Valentine’s night - special menu at La Risa

El Acebuchal comes back to life with love The small village of El Acebuchal came to our attention around 2006. Whenever we want to visit somewhere new we always investigate a little but never realised the extraordinary history attached to this village.

In the 1940s this small, poor, sleepy mountainous village set in the municipality of Cómpeta at the edge of the beautiful Sierra Tejeda-Almijara Natural Park had 150 inhabitants living in 32 simple dwellings. They worked the fields, made charcoal or sold pine seeds for reforestation – Frigiliana being only 7 kilometres away, Cómpeta 12 and Nerja 13. In 1948 the Franco authorities became suspicious that the local

Resistance Movement (el Marquís) were receiving support from the villagers as the setting of the village favoured refuge for antiFranco guerrillas. In the summer of that year and without any warning whatsoever, all the residents were ordered to abandon the village, leaving behind all their personal belongings, their houses and their lives. The thinking of the authorities was that if the entire population was moved out and the village abandoned, there would be no provisions or support for the guerrillas. Many people went to live in the closest towns of Frigiliana and Cómpeta and others went further afield to Barcelona and the Basque country. Some of the inhabitants did not survive – being accused of simply having a father or

brother in the guerrillas and were never seen again. It was a time of great apprehension and terror for everyone associated with the village.

Needless to say within a few years the village fell into ruin. In the mid 50s to early 60s a few of the villagers returned but the task of any repair work on their old properties was immense and the village was totally abandoned. Antonio García was one of the younger inhabitants of El Acebuchal and Virtudes Sánchez (who married Antonio) lived in a village not far away. It was Virtudes who in 1998 convinced Antonio that the time was right to “move back” to El Acebuchal and when the opportunity of buying one of the few

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remaining standing houses came up they jumped at the chance. There was no running water or electricity. They slowly began to restore the house to its original state and at the same time their contagious enthusiasm convinced other descendants to do likewise. More than thirteen years later all the village streets are paved, they have a purifying plant, water, electricity, proper roads in and out of the village and a strict building code that all the houses are to be restored to exactly the same as they were originally in 1948. Numerous families have now returned to live there permanently. The first time we visited, we could almost feel the soldiers marching into the village shouting their orders for everyone to get out. Although there is not a lot of sight-seeing as such, we love going there and taking friends and family, giving them “the short version” of the history of the place and all marvel on how after such a tragic past, this village in the mountain has literally come back to life. In 2005 Antonio and

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Virtudes with the help of their children and now their grandchildren, opened the bar-restaurant, the entire walls of which are covered with marvellous black and white pictures – a testimony to what life was like before the bloody and cruel period of the Civil War. They serve a very ample plate of superb venison, wild boar and other delicacies. And I must mention their cherry dessert – it is probably one of the best I have ever tasted. If there is any left by the time you have finished your meal, grab it – it’s to die for!

During the months of August and September they do a BBQ, opening on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 - 16.00. If you want to enjoy a Sunday lunch make a reservation by calling 650 617 901 – there is nowhere else to eat in the village! For evening opening times you need to check with the restaurant.

Some of the now charming and beautifully restored cottages are for rent. Because of its idyllic

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location, it is proving popular with artists and writers who want to relax and simply enjoy their surroundings in total tranquillity.

If you can read Spanish, type in on the web El Acebuchal, and you will find out all about the available activities and also learn much more about the history of the village right from the very beginning to the present day. To get there, just take the Autovía del Medíterráneo, turn off at the 292 km exit to Nerja and at the roundabout turn left in the direction of Frigiliana. Don’t go into the centre but turn left at the roundabout at the edge of the town. When you reach the end of the town, turn left at the T-junction in the direction of Torrox. After a few kilometres you will see a sign on the righthand side of the road indicating BarRestaurant Acebuchal (that’s the only sign!). Just follow the narrow concrete road and finally you will reach your destination. Although you can drive easily to the village, the streets are too narrow to drive through but there is enough space to park just before you enter the village. Now that you have some insight on the place, it is well worth a visit and is very different – stay for lunch, we always do but next time we visit we plan to wine and dine the evening away and ”smell the flowers”.

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Continuing our look at tracks and signs of wildlife, this article’s focus is on feathers and bird’s eggs.

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Discarded feathers can be found at any time of year, although autumn is a particularly fruitful time, as the number of feathers found on the ground increases because the birds are moulting, shedding their old feathers and growing new ones. It’s not usual to go on a feather hunt, as most discarded feathers are found by chance. However, one of the best places to keep your eyes open is in the woodlands. Woods shelter many birds and feathers lost through injury, death or moulting catch in the undergrowth and are less likely to blow away than in more open areas. Feathers are particularly difficult to identify and any books available are usually American and focus on birds of prey. Whilst camping in Uganda, I was very lucky to see a Great Blue Turaco drop its feather and this feather takes pride of place in my collection. Pictured are some of the feathers found in and around the Coín area.

Tell tale signs from egg shells found on the ground will tell whether the egg was safely hatched or robbed.

thin membrane inside the shell.

A neatly topped shell is a sign of a normal hatching. The chick has used a bony projection on the tip of its beak, called an egg tooth, to chip round one end of the egg shell from the inside. The chick then lifts the loose portion like a lid leaving a

and magpies smash eggs from the outside. Their teeth or beaks leave jagged edges. The broken edges of the shell are forced inwards from the attack. The entire contents – albumen, yolk, chick and membrane are eaten, leaving the inside of the shell clean and shiny.

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Mr Jeeves 2 opening Chase the blues party this weekend away at the Salon Mr Jeeves 2 is opening this Saturday 25th January at 7pm and they will be celebrating the opening in style. The first drink will be free (house wine and spirit or bottled beers) and there will also be a free buffet and light music. Mr Jeeves 2 is on the

Avenida de Mijas opposite the Hotel Triton on the Arroyo side of the N340 coast road in Benalmadena Costa, next to the garages and veterinary clinic. Come and enjoy fantastic drinks – prices such as house spirit and mixer at €2.50, house wine €1, pint of beer €1,

and half a pint of beer just 80 centimos.

Kat and staff will be waiting to make sure you have a good time at the Mr Jeeves 2 opening party this Saturday so, come on in and enjoy yourselves at this new early evening drinks venue.

Shutterbugs trip

Set in the elegant fur salon of Bodley, Bodley & Crouch. Gilbert Bodley, a flamboyant extrovert, is scheming to seduce a beautiful stripper, Janie, with the aid of a £5000 mink.

Shutterbugs, an Inland Photographic Group, had its monthly photo shoot at the Museo del Vidrio Y Cristal de Malaga on Friday 17th January.

They were very fortunate to be given a guided tour by one of the owners, Professor Ian Phillips. This private glass collection is housed in the most beautiful 18th century house and the whole experience was magical, especially the Belen scene which featured hundreds of Lladro figurines.

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Wednesday 22nd 60s night - listen to all your favourites PLUS music Quiz Thursday 23rd Rob and Dave - Comedy vocals Friday 24th Siobhan - female vocalist from Dublin Saturday 25th Stelvis - tribute to The King Sunday 26th Explosion - vocal duo with the soulful sounds of Motown and more Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th Live Football on 7 big screens followed by Robbie’s Roadshow & Karaoke *FREE ENTRY* Shows start at 9.30pm. Open all day.

The museum is located in the centre of Malaga and is well worth a visit. Details are on their website http://www.museovidrioy Shutterbugs always welcomes new people who are interested in

A Fuengirola tradition to lift the winter gloom has been to present a farce every January at the Salon Varietes Theatre. This year it is 'Not Now Darling' by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. Being Egland's top farce writers you would expect the play to be very funny and a hit all over the world. It is and it was.

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Unfortunately, she is married and her husband, Harry, would notice such an acquisition. So Gilbert reduces the mink to £500 and Janie tries to get Harry to buy the coat for

her, Gilbert paying the difference. Harry realises a bargain when he sees one and buys it instead for his own curvaceous little secretary, Sue. Gilbert is quite demented by this turn of events and both he and his dithering assistant, Arnold Crouch, are further embarrassed when Janie strips and refuses to leave the salon without the mink. Their frenzied attempts to retrieve the coat from Sue and hide the naked Janie are further complicated by the unexpected arrival of Gilbert’s wife, Maud. Soon husbands, mistresses, lovers, wives and gorgeous girls – wearing nothing but their underwear – are entangled in a hilarious romp before everyone gets their just desserts.

The play is directed by and stars David Vincent. Before coming to Spain his professional work included weekly Rep., TV (from Kenny Everett Show to Dr Who) and whilst in the West End he was part of the Theatre of Comedy at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly, working with Ray Cooney himself. He is joined by a cast of eleven which includes many regular Salon Varietes performers. The play opens on Friday January 24th and runs until Wednesday January 29th. Evenings at 8.00, Sunday at 7.00. Box Office is 952 47 45 42 and you can book online at www.salonvarietestheatre .com. Stay in touch on our Facebook page too. by Graham Cherry

The U3A Costa del Sol Monthly Lecture

This month’s lecture is entitled “Hans Christian Andersen – His Life,

Times and Works”, by the lecturer Chris Beckett. The lecture is to be held


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What is Soca? Enjoy at La Risa If you say “Salsa” everyone will know what you’re talking about. Well, Soca is another great dance that comes from the Caribbean but, unlike Salsa where you pretty much definitely need a partner, Soca allows you to dance even if there are no guys around to whirl you around the floor. Coming mainly from the southernmost islands of the Caribbean such as St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, you’ll find many clubs dedicated to Soca on the islands. It can be found everywhere from festivals to carnivals and, in some cases, Soca has even replaced the traditional steel bands. The reputed father of Soca was Lord Shorty (born Garfield Blackman), in Trinidad and Tobago, whose 1973 recording of "Indrani" started the trend. There are great Soca artists coming out of all the Caribbean Islands like St. Vincent, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, etc. All these islands produce Soca music but they are not given a lot of exposure so Soca is not so well known in Western Europe... YET!

Sparrow (considered a T&T artist as well), Inspector, and some great new talent like Mr. Killa. Barbados has Rupee and Alison Hinds among other artists. Trinidad and Tobago has too many to name – but Machel Montano, Destra and Shurwayne Winchester are some of the better known ones – while Antigua has some very talented artists like Burning Flames With the rolling of your hips known as “whining” Soca‘s popularity is growing rapidly across the globe. With few basic steps to learn this dance is something that everyone can get into. And now Soca is coming to Spain – to the Wellington Centre on Maria Zambrano, nº5, in Coin. Beef will be holding classes on Saturdays from 12 noon until 2pm that will include Salsa, Merengue, Bacahat, Cha Cha, Cha and, of course, Soca. The first class you attend will be free and after that only costs €6.

St. Vincent especially has done very well for itself – with artists like Kevin Lyttle, Jamesy P, Beckett. Grenada has the incomparable Ajamu,

All these dances are fantastic to learn and Beef is one of the best teachers around having studied under some of the best dancers in the world. For more information give him a ring on 679 185 078 or email wellingtoncentre



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Always a very popular restaurant with their lovely intimate and warm dining room, now is your chance to sample the delights of a meal at the La Risa Restaurant situated on Lauro Golf. For lunchtimes on sunny days, the restaurant has a shady terrace with big umbrellas under the trees, a favourite with all. With Valentine’s night fast approaching, Jan and her staff are offering a special Valentine’s themed night on Saturday 15th February. Dinner will be three courses for just €19.90 per person and there are a few places left so it would be wise to book as soon as possible.

To delight your taste buds you can chose from butterfly cut tiger prawns pil pil or Mulligatawny soup to start, followed by pork fillet in a port and mushroom sauce or sole with black pepper and lemon butter. Then for dessert there’s a choice of crêpes with hot strawberries or chocolate orange cheesecake served with vanilla ice cream. What’s more at La Risa,

you don’t have to be a couple to enjoy their food, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming to singles too! La Risa are also going to be offering their twocourse special meal on a Monday again, consisting of a starter and main course or main and dessert (which are rather yummy) for €8.50.

La Risa’s strength lies in delivering good food, on time and at reasonable prices and that’s why this is a favourite haunt with lovers of good food.

For more information call La Risa on 653 010 208. Please note that La Risa do not accept payment by debit or credit card.

Craft Workshops for Adults Beginners & Men Welcome

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Also in Nueva Andalucia: MARLOWS, formerly Fishita, behind the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel

Evening & entertainment rep required - must have experience Call for more details:

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CASA KON-TIKI The Home of Fish and Chips Open 7 days a week, 12 ‘til 11pm

Traditional Fish, Chips & Mushy Peas probably the best on the coast Jumbo cod, chips, mushy peas only €10.95 you’ve got to see it to believe it! Daily 3 course menu served until 6pm - €6.95 including small beer, juice, water tea or coffee. Light bites - sandwiches from €2, baguettes from €3

Don’t forget the coast’s nº 1 Sunday carvery - all you can eat, 4 meats, 7 veg only €7.95 €5 main meals with a choice of 14 different dishes including Chris’s famous Fish, Chips & Mushy Peas (12 noon ‘til 6pm) (Find “The Fish”, the same as the one on the left, in The News and get another 10% off your bill!)

Call Glyn on 634 081 264 or Chris The Fish on 664 028 310 to reserve your table

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Ladies Lunch Thursday 23rd January 1:30pm We have an extensive Menu plus changing daily Specials, including Curry on a Monday and Beer Battered Cod and Chips on Wednesdays and Fridays. Sunday we serve traditional Sunday Roast: Beef, Pork, Lamb or Chicken with all the trimmings, various fresh Salads & homemade Beef Burgers are also available. Kitchen opens all day Monday to Saturday between 11am - 9pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm

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Release date: January 21th

Director: Lake Bell Starring: Lake Bell, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry Carol Solomon is a voice coach who has lived for most of her life in the shadow of her father, Sam Soto, who is famous for his movie trailer voice-overs. One day, an unexpected break comes her way. When her father sends his protege Gustav to do a voice-over for an upcoming adventure film

trailer, he doesn't show up and the producer asks Carol to fill in. She does such a great job that they decide to use her voice instead.

Suddenly, she begins to get offers from all sorts of people, and she is rolling in the dough and the prestige. However, she hasn't told her father about her new-found

Blue Jasmine



The Railway Man Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman

There’s no-one better equipped than Colin Firth to play a man struggling quietly with his strangled emotions and here he brings those skills to the fore in this account of the famously barbaric treatment meted out to British prisoners of war by their Japanese captors, as they were forced to build the Thai-Burma railway during World War Two. It’s based on the memoirs of Eric Lomax, who was tortured by his captors while working on the socalled Death Railway and famously forgave one of his Japanese guards half a lifetime later. The movie contrasts the wartime horrors that Lomax went through (the young Lomax is played by War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine) with the later years of his life when he

success, and he is so narcissistic that he can't begin to guess at it.

Release date: January 21st

Director: Woody Allen Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K.

New York City socialite Jasmine French has lived a life of prestige and privilege, but dark secrets have nipped at her heels her entire life.

As her narcissistic tendencies come to haunt her at last, her struggles with other issues and a host of bad choices rise to the top, and everyone around her is sucked into her self-destructive spiral.


Unfortunately for Jasmine's sister, who lives in San Francisco and hasn't seen her in ages, Jasmine decides that reforging old family connections is the best way for her to proceed with her life.

It's unlikely that she will be able to help Jasmine break out of her dangerous cycle, while the likelihood of Jasmine bringing strife

Captain Phillips

and turmoil into her life is all too pronounced.

Release date: January 21st

10th5th continued to struggle with what we now know is post-traumatic stress syndrome. Forty years after the war he meets Patti (Kidman) on a train heading to his native Scotland. She becomes his second wife but finds herself isolated and lonely and her marriage under threat as Eric retreats into the acutely painful memories that he cannot share with her.

She finds a way to unlock those memories with the help of fellow prisoner Finlay (Stellan Skarsgard) who reveals the terrible brutalities

that have shaped and damaged Eric, and the story of how Eric comes to terms with what happened to him is moving and powerful, and leads to an emotional face-to-face confrontation with one of his captors (Sanada).

Lomax was a brave man who died in 2012 aged 93, and before his death he was able to visit the film set. Irvine and Firth between them in their powerful performances do the man himself justice, in the telling of this tale of courage in the face of absolute terror.

Director: Paul Greengrass Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini Oman is the starting point of a startling journey for Richard Phillips, captain of the MV Maersk Alabama.

He knows that when he nears Somalia, pirates are likely to become a concern, so he takes extra precautions and beefs up security on his ship for that part of the trip, but he still ends up being boarded by pirates.

While most of his crew are able to isolate themselves in the engine room, Phillips is left to deal with the pirates. His negotiation skills are his most valuable asset as he tries to keep them calm enough so that no one will end up getting hurt. Meanwhile, anxiously awaits

he the

arrival of the Navy SEALS, who he hopes will be able to rescue them.

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For your personal birth chart please contact: An emotional exchange with someone who helps you get to the other side of a ARIES worry will materialise this week and you will come up with a clever solution that is far from a pipe dream but a realistic and desirable way forward. By the weekend, you will not only experience a new found trust in this current process, but you will feel yourself on the right track once again. It is all about not letting your emotions March 21st stop you from keeping your head. Nice and easy does it every time. th April 19


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It is time for a change, only a small one is needed but you now need to adjust yourself to your environment. Things are not as they were and making adjustments, before you feel as though you are stretching yourself too thin, will save a lot of hassle later. Defending your truth within a close relationship may be an issue as someone may doubt your word and integrity. Perhaps a little reassurance is needed. Money and resources are on your mind; you will be working hard this week to forge a plan to balance your books in order to give yourself the best chance, finding that through this focus you discover an ingenious way forward. Personal temptations are all around you and if you can raise yourself above it all, including the many distractions, then this can prove to be a real turning point for you. There may have been something you have been putting up with for a good long time and you are ready to take back the reins and direct your life in ways that better support your essential needs. It has taken things to become out of balance for you to see that adjustment is needed. This is a point where no compromises can be made if they impact your essential needs. In fact you could be taken out of your usual comfort zone to enable you to see things from a different perspective. Many of the vulnerable parts of you could feel exposed this week, however, understanding what makes you feel vulnerable and the reasons why can help to make you feel stronger. By the weekend your heart will be given a lift and someone new will help you to remove a belief pattern that has become worn out and doesn’t serve you any longer. You will find it very easy to express how you really feel about someone because of this. It could be hard for you to find the right words this week and when you do think you are there the delivery is probably going to be tinged with emotion and will not come out exactly how you had planned. Others in turn may also not be revealing their true feelings and motivations. It can be a confusing time, therefore, give others the space and time they need to work it all out for themselves and you will discover that they care more than you think.


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Others will likely be looking to you for the answers, there could be a problem that mystifies those around, and you are their hope. These are creative weeks and as you have the ability to not only think outside of the box you also have the ability to hone right in on what the actual issue is. Your powers of concentration are second to none right now. However, be flexible and open to new ideas and directions. What a social time this is for you, it would be nearly impossible for others to encounter you and not remember who you are, your natural charisma is unforgettable. Extra attention is coming your way and you will find it quite flattering and this makes it easy to give in to temptation. Even if you are just playing be aware that others may take you seriously. Your home life brings rewards too and any improvement you do in that area brings inner contentment.

This is a perfect time to get on top of things and make plans for the future. Your powers of concentration and focus are intense and strong. The pace of life at the moment is extremely fast with a lot happening, therefore, you may find it difficult to keep up and forget to relay messages on the communication side – information overload. Friendships are vital for your success and a bit of delegation wouldn’t go amiss. Pay closer attention to your health this week as old emotional wounds could bring you a bit of discomfort until you deal with them or lay them to rest. You are where you need to be and very shortly you are likely to meet a key person that will play a big role in your future. Slow down and take your time then the emotional and mental conflicts will reside, get things done right even if you feel you are too slow. There is not as much urgency as you think. For the dream that you envisioned to become possible you know that some key things in your life will have to change and not everyone will be able to join you. Generally there is a lot of stresses and strains around now so rest and relaxation is a must, keep a low profile and take care of tasks that need to be completed. Keep problems in perspective so that you ensure you get the well needed rest you require.

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

This is a sweet cake made with potato! It tastes delicious, and is gluten free too. It is sticky and moist and, a treat when made with butter – although, you can make it with polyunsaturated margarine for a healthier option.

Sticky Orange Potato Cake Ingredients:

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• 350g Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and quartered • 200g butter, softened • 155g caster sugar • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 4 large eggs • 175g ground almonds • 2 tbsp baking powder • Finely grated zest and juice of 2

• Finely grated zest of 1 lemon • 3 tbsp granulated sugar


Directions 1. Cook the potatoes in a steamer set over boiling water for 15-20 minutes, until tender then press through a potato ricer or mash well, then set aside to cool. 2. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC /fan 160ºC/gas mark 4 then butter and line a 20cm deep round cake tin. 3. Beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, then mix in the ground almonds, baking powder, cooled mashed potatoes, orange and lemon zest. Spoon into the cake tin, smoothing over the surface and baking in the oven for 45-50 minutes. 4. While the cake is cooking put the orange

juice in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, reducing by half. Cool, then stir in the sugar. 5.When cake is just firm and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 15 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Spoon or pour the orange juice mixture over the cake and allow to cool completely before slicing. Prep time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 60-70 minutes

Sharp unveils ink Geek huge 16-inch Tablet Sharp has thrown down the gauntlet to Samsung and Apple after it took the wraps off a huge 16-inch tablet. The Sharp RW–16G comes with 15.6-inch screen with a 3,200 by 1,800 WQHD display and a Core i504200U processor. It also comes with 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD for storage, a Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot. It runs on Windows 8.1 and is predominantly aimed at businesses. According to Sharp, the 1.2kg, 12.7mm thick tablet will come with a battery life of around nine hours. There is no word on when the tablet will be launching, or how much it will cost. Before you get too excited, you should know that it appeared on Sharp's Japanese website only, and there's no clue if it will hit other markets around the world or not.

Samsung and Apple's rivals Samsung unveiled a 12.2-inch tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show last week. The large tablet was part of Samsung’s new TabPro range, along with 10.1-inch and 8.4inch tablets. As with the screen sizes, the specifications decrease with each model. While both the 12.2-inch and 10.1-inch models boast the same octacore processor as the also

announced NotePro, the 8.4inch variant runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip. All three models boast the same 2,560 x 1,600 WQXGA resolution of the NotePro. Apple is rumoured to be working on a new iPad Pro, which will have a 13-inch screen. The iPad Pro is rumoured to be launching later this year. It is rumoured to be ditching the Retina display, instead opting for a 4K resolution.

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Ask Calvin and Sue: Hair & Beauty Dear Sue,

I have huge, unsightly pores on my nose. Can I "shrink" them? Sonya, Fuengirola Dear Sonya,

The size of your pores is determined by your genes. You can minimise large pores on the nose but this requires intensive treatments performed by a trained therapist. Regular use of a pore-minimising cream will help keep them clear of an oily residue – minimising ingrained oily build up will prevent them from appearing larger than they are. Regular cleansing toning and exfoliating will all help and remember to apply your sun cream as sun damage can make pores look larger.

Dear Calvin,

I think the shampoo I am using is stripping my hair. Would it be something in the shampoo that is doing this? Kim, Los Boliches Dear Kim,

It is probably not the shampoo that you are using but the water. Most shampoos will not affect your colour. When you colour your hair the hair can become more porous,and that means that everything you do to your hair can affect it more. Sun exposure will make the hair more brassy and dry, and ultra violet rays can change the colour of the hair.

Don't stay in the shower for too long and don't let the water just run over your hair

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Use a shampoo and conditioner such as Paul Mitchells colour care range. These will protect your colour, but it is more likely the water than the shampoo that is stripping your hair Dear Sue,

My skin gets dull and dry in winter, even though I moisturise. What can I do? Vicky, Mijas Dear Vicky,

Skin will be naturally drier in cold weather, with the cooler temperatures the skin produces less oil, resulting in a dull complexion and more visible lines. Staying indoors in heated offices and homes further affects the

complexion. You should change to a cleanser and toner for dry skins and use a richer moisturiser. A facial such as a "hydradermie" is specifically designed to moisturise and balance your skin so will give you an immediate improvement. Dear Calvin,

I am pregnant and some of my friends say my hair will probably feel thicker. Is this right ? Tammy, Alhaurin el Grande Dear Tammy,

Some women when pregnant do notice that their hair feels fuller and thicker and this is down to hormonal fluctuation. Your hair has three cycles of growth, a growing phase,

Football 'can tackle male obesity' A Scottish study has shown that playing football is a good way to get men to slim down. Researchers at Glasgow University invited 374 overweight soccer fans to take part in a 12-week programme of training sessions at their local football club, while another 374 were put on a waiting list for the next programme. All 748 men in the study were offered healthy-eating advice and tips on weight management. A year later, the men who had participated in the training sessions had lost and kept off about 11lb each compared with the 374 overweight fans on a waiting list.

The researchers said it proves male-friendly weight loss plans work: "Weight management and dieting are often wrongly viewed as women's issues, meaning that some men do not want to take part

in existing weight management programmes." But given the right circumstances, men are also keen to slim, they said.

"Participants really enjoyed being with other men like them, with a shared interest in football and similar health issues to address. They loved having the opportunity to spend time at the club, using parts of the stadium that they couldn't ordinarily access. And they appreciated the chance to be encouraged, trained, and informed by the club's coaches. This model has real potential for the future."

a resting stage and a falling out stage. Sometimes with the hormones and changes in pregnancy, your hair stays in the growing stage longer. Because you have more hair in the growing phase your hair will look thicker and fuller and grow longer, often it will look more shiny too.

But be aware after your pregnancy the cycle will

often balance back out.

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Sudden death relatives should be screened Relatives of people who die from sudden death syndrome should be screened for hidden heart problems, the British Heart Foundation has said.

Many of the 12 unexplained deaths a day among young people in the UK are found subsequently to be the result of inherited heart conditions, and a simple blood test can establish whether blood relatives carry the same genetic risk.

The BHF is urging more people to have the tests, because hundreds of lives could be saved by better uptake of the screening, which is on offer to any relatives who have lost a loved one because of an inherited heart condition. Testing will mean some can be reassured that they do not carry the same risk,

and those found to have inherited culprit genes can take action to lower their own heart risk – for example, by changing their lifestyle.

Guidelines are being issued to all coroners in England and Wales, asking them to promote screening, as they are often the first point of contact after post-death investigations. Prof Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF, said: "The death of a loved one can, sadly, be the first time people find out about an inherited heart condition in their family. "Yet even after a 'suspicious' death, family members are not always screened themselves. Their life could be in danger and their family could be devastated all over again – something a simple blood test could set right."


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Once again it wasn’t a very good night for the British at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Mama Mia – Meryl sets another Oscar record! … and American Hustle wins with the industry’s own awards last weekend.

American Hustle bustles its way into contention as the awards season continues When the Oscar nominations were announced Meryl Streep continued to set records – her 18th best actress nod for August: Osage County makes her the most nominated actor in the ceremony’s 86-year history. But her chances of scooping the statuette are slim and hot money is on Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, with Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Amy Adams (American Hustle) and our own Dame Judi Dench (Philomena) in the mix.

Blanchett continues to sweep all before her with Golden Globe, Critics Choice and SAG awards, the BAFTAs to come and her date with destiny at the Oscar’s ceremony on March 2nd. In the meantime Matthew McConaughy has been collecting awards and nominations all over the place for his role in the Dallas Buyers Club and he is being tipped to top this with Oscar success. The surprise omission from the best actor Oscar category was Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Road to Freedom, so Brit hopes hang on Chiwetal Ejiofar for 12 Years a Slave, facing

fierce competition from Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street and Christian Bale for American Hustle. The front running movies vying for continued recognition are American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years A Slave so it looks unlikely that there will be a grand slam winner. But there was Oscar disappointment for 77year-old Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey. One actor is potentially destined to scoop masses of awards though – but he will have to bring a big sense of humour to the occasion

our group, like cancer we do not discriminate. If you have been affected by cancer and want to talk to like-minded people please come along.

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and it will be interesting to see if Adam Sandler handles himself as well as Sandra Bullock, when she gamely attended the Razzies to collect her worst actress of the year award! Sandler, and his adult comedy Grown Ups 2 was slaughtered by the critics and cinema audiences stayed away in droves. But he and the movie have been nominated in 8 categories in the 34th annual Razzies – and as there are only 9 categories that is no mean achievement! The other top contenders for Razzie recognition are The Lone Ranger, with Johnny Depp as Tonto – the movie has

its fans but sadly lost the studio a cool $200 million – and After Earth, in which Will Smith and his boy Jaden perform in a thinly disguised paeon to Scientology. Like John Travolta’s Battleship Earth it crashed and burned – the movie cost $170 million to make but brought in just $60 million. The next big awards ceremony will be the BAFTAS on February 16th where Dame Judi Dench and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks) go toe to toe in the best actress category and Tom Hanks is nominated for best actor. The plaudits are split pretty evenly between

Costa cancer help group grows Cancer Sucks Spain is a facebook group that started about five months ago. We have over 150 members who feel they benefit from having a group where they are able to chat, vent, scream or offer advice. Our group is open to anyone who has been affected by cancer.

Many of our members have become close and offer each other support in many ways. As the group began to grow we thought it would be nice to have a coffee morning to meet up and chat which we did a few times, that then grew into the AECC in Carvajal inviting us to hold our meetings at their venue. This was wonderful news for us as the AECC is a Spanish support organisation so our group is now able to benefit from many of their services such as yoga classes, meditation, massage etc. They also offer many other services and help with paperwork, forms and entitlements. It has been a wonderful opportunity for us to merge more with the Spanish. Anyone is invited to join

We have meetings every other Friday, the next meetings being the 24th January, the 7th and 21st Feb. The address of the AECC is as follows, Paseo Maritimo, no. 136, Carvajal, the end of Fuengirola (opposite end to Castle).

We are pleased to announce that as of February we will have a councillor join the group with Macmillan based training. She is also a life coach helping members to look forward and not back. She will also be attending our coffee mornings.

We have a Spanish doctor of haematology on board with us who speaks perfect English. She is great help and a fountain of knowledge, willing to offer her services and advise our members. We are very lucky to have her – you will be surprised when chatting to her just

Please join our facebook group Cancer Sucks Spain so as to benefit from regular support and information. Alternatively email cancersucksspain@outlook .com or call 662 446 388 if you have any questions or would like to know about future meeting dates. written by Carlie of Cancer Sucks Spain.

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Sun, Jan 26th 10:25pm

Meet the Fockers

Comedy (2004). A hapless groom-to-be appears to have finally won the approval of his stern prospective in-laws, but faces a new challenge when he takes them on a vacation to Florida to meet his free-spirited sex therapist mother and eccentric house-husband father. The tension rapidly mounts as the mismatched families struggle to get along. Comedy sequel, starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand.


Sat, Jan 25th 10:15pm

West is West

Historical/Period Drama (2010). A traditionally minded Muslim father living in 1970s Salford decides the solution to his troubled youngest son's problems is to reconnect with his roots. He takes the reluctant teenager on a trip to Pakistan, only to have an awkward encounter with his first wife. Comedy sequel to East Is East, with Om Puri, Aqib Khan and Linda Bassett.


Sat, Jan 25th 4:10pm

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

One For The Family: A woman is left running the family farm alone while her husband is fighting in the Second World War. The wart-faced magical nanny is on hand to help her cope with her unruly children, their even more mischievous evacuated cousins, and her scheming brother-in-law, who wants the farm for himself. Fantasy comedy.


Sun, Jan 26th 10.50pm

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Science Fiction (2009). When a powerful experimental weapon is snatched by a mysterious terrorist organisation, two of the soldiers guarding it are recruited into a top-secret military strike force. As they go in search of the stolen technology, they uncover a plot by its creator to take over the world. Action adventure, with Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller and Christopher Eccleston.


Sat, Jan 25th 8.15pm

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

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6:05am Homes Under the Hammer 7:05am The Sheriffs Are Coming 7:50am Helicopter Heroes Down Under 8:20am Paul Hollywood's Pies & Puds 9:05am Tudor Monastery Farm 10:05am Kangaroo Dundee 10:35am HARDtalk 11:00am BBC News 11:30am BBC World News 12:00pm Daily Politics 1:00pm Live International Bowls 5:15pm Flog It! 6:00pm Eggheads 6:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 7:00pm The Great Interior

Design Challenge 8:00pm Restoration Home One Year On 9:00pm Winterwatch 2014 10:00pm Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe 10:30pm Newsnight 11:20pm Russia on Four Wheels 12:20am International Bowls 1:20am Police: Shooting to Kill? - Panorama 1:50am Iceland Foods: Life in the Freezer Cabinet 2:50am This Is BBC Two 3:55am Schools - Andrew Marr's History of the World

6:25am Countdown 7:10am Will & Grace 8:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:00am Frasier 9:30am Frasier 10:00am The Secret Millionaire Australia 11:00am Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses 12:00pm 4 News 12:05pm Come Dine with Me 12:40pm Come Dine with Me 1:10pm Come Dine with Me 1:40pm Come Dine with Me 2:10pm A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun

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6:00am Homes Under the Hammer 7:00am The Sheriffs Are Coming 7:45am Helicopter Heroes Down Under 8:15am Paul Hollywood's Pies & Puds 9:00am Sacred Wonders of Britain 10:00am Question Time 11:00am BBC News 11:30am BBC World News 12:00pm Daily Politics 1:00pm Live International Bowls 5:15pm Flog It! 6:00pm Eggheads 6:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 7:00pm The Great Interior Design

Challenge 8:00pm Mastermind 8:30pm An Island Parish 9:00pm Italy Unpacked 10:00pm QI 10:30pm Newsnight 11:00pm Weather 11:05pm Steve McQueen: Are You Sitting Uncomfortably? A Culture Show Special 12:05am International Bowls 1:05am Question Time 2:05am The Culture Show: Gaga - The Mother Monster

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6:10am The American Football Show: The Road to the Super Bowl 7:05am Trans World Sport 8:00am The Morning Line 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Frasier 10:00am The Big Bang Theory 10:30am The Big Bang Theory 11:00am How I Met Your Mother 11:30am How I Met Your Mother 11:55am The Simpsons 12:25pm The Taste 1:30pm Channel 4 Racing 4:00pm Come Dine with Me 4:25pm Come Dine

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Stephen Fry narrates another fascinating documentary revealing the survival techniques of the animal kingdom's smallest creatures. This film follows a young tree shrew as it darts through the rainforest of Borneo on the lookout for food. The creature's super-fast metabolism means it is always hungry, but as it searches for fruit, it must avoid fire ants, giant snakes and even a carnivorous plant. Including Hidden Kingdoms Revealed, a behind-thescenes report on how the programme was made.

Hidden Kingdoms

6:00am Breakfast 10:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 11:30am The Good Cook 12:00pm Football Focus 12:45pm Saturday Sportsday 1:00pm BBC News; Regional News and Weather 1:15pm Inspire: The Olympic Journey 1:45pm Live Athletics: UK Indoor Match 4:30pm Final Score 5:20pm Dynamo: Magician Impossible 6:00pm Reflex 6:45pm BBC News; Regional News and Weather 7:00pm The Voice UK

7:00am Canimals 7:05am Canimals 7:10am Om Nom Stories 7:15am Sooty 7:30am Scrambled! 9:25am ITV News 9:30am Dinner Date 10:25am Murder, She Wrote 11:25am ITV News 11:30am Catchphrase 12:15pm Live FA Cup Football 3:00pm All Star Family Fortunes 3:40pm You've Been Framed! 4:10pm MOVIE: Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

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7:00am Canimals 7:10am Om Nom Stories 7:15am Sooty 7:30am Scrambled! 9:25am ITV News 9:30am The Crocodile Hunter Diaries 10:00am Inside the National Trust 11:00am ITV News 11:15am Splash! 12:45pm From Russia with Love 3:00pm Live FA Cup Football 5:50pm ITV News London 6:00pm ITV News 6:15pm Dancing on Ice 7:45pm All Star Family Fortunes

6:10am The Hoobs 6:35am The Hoobs 7:00am Snowdonia Marathon 8:00am Will & Grace 8:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:00am Frasier 9:30am Sunday Brunch 12:30pm The Big Bang Theory 1:00pm The Big Bang Theory 1:25pm How I Met Your Mother 1:55pm How I Met Your Mother 2:20pm The Simpsons 2:50pm The Simpsons 3:20pm Deal or No Deal 4:25pm Channel 4 News 4:55pm Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night

7:00pm Great Movie Mistakes IV: May the Fourth Be with You 7:45pm The Voice UK 9:00pm Russell Howard's Good News 9:30pm Russell Howard's Good News 10:00pm Family Guy 10:45pm Uncle 11:15pm American Dad!

7:00pm Countryfile 8:00pm Call the Midwife 9:00pm The Musketeers 10:00pm BBC News; Regional News and Weather 10:25pm MOVIE: Meet the Fockers 12:15am Weatherview 12:20am BBC News

8:30pm Dancing on Ice: The Skate Off 9:00pm Mr Selfridge 10:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 10:15pm Birds of a Feather 10:45pm FA Cup Football Highlights 11:45pm Anglo-Welsh Cup Rugby Union 12:45am The Store 2:45am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 3:30am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 4:10am ITV Nightscreen 5:05am The Jeremy Kyle Show Feast 6:00pm Mirror Mirror 8:00pm The Jump 9:00pm Unstoppable 10:50pm MOVIE: GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra 1:05am Mesh: Tourist Trap 1:10am Night Walking 1:15am Day Watch 3:25am Southland 4:10am Enough 4:15am Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 5:10am Kirstie's Vintage Gems 5:30am Deal or No Deal

11:40pm American Dad! 12:00am Bad Education 12:30am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents: Thailand 1:25am Live at the Electric 1:55am Growing Up Down's 2:55am Pramface 3:25am Pramface


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6:00am Breakfast 9:15am Wanted Down Under 10:00am Homes Under the Hammer 11:00am The Sheriffs Are Coming 11:45am Helicopter Heroes Down Under 12:15pm Bargain Hunt 1:00pm BBC News; Weather 1:30pm Regional News and Weather 1:45pm Doctors 2:10pm Father Brown 3:00pm Perfection 3:45pm Escape to the Country 4:30pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 5:15pm Pointless

6:00pm BBC News 6:30pm Regional News Programmes 7:00pm The One Show 7:30pm Inside Out 8:00pm EastEnders 8:30pm Putin's Games Panorama 9:00pm Britain's Great War 10:00pm BBC News 10:25pm Regional News and Weather 10:35pm Have I Got Old News for You 11:20pm BBC News: The Editors 11:50pm The Graham Norton Show 12:35am Weatherview 12:40am BBC News

6:00am Breakfast 9:15am Wanted Down Under 10:00am Homes Under the Hammer 11:00am The Sheriffs Are Coming 11:45am Helicopter Heroes Down Under 12:15pm Bargain Hunt 1:00pm BBC News; Weather 1:30pm Regional News and Weather 1:45pm Doctors 2:10pm Father Brown 3:00pm Perfection 3:45pm Escape to the Country 4:30pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 5:15pm Pointless

6:00pm BBC News 6:30pm Regional News Programmes 7:00pm The One Show 7:30pm EastEnders 8:00pm Holby City 9:00pm Death in Paradise 10:00pm BBC News 10:25pm Regional News and Weather 10:35pm The Zoo Next Door 11:35pm Little Voice 1:10am Weatherview 1:15am BBC News

6:05am Homes Under the Hammer 7:05am The Sheriffs Are Coming 7:50am Helicopter Heroes Down Under 8:20am Paul Hollywood's Pies & Puds 9:05am Britain and the Sea 10:05am Britain's Empty Homes 10:35am Click 11:00am BBC News 11:30am World News 12:00pm Daily Politics 1:00pm Britain's First Photo Album 1:30pm Cash in the Attic 2:15pm The Great British Bake Off 3:15pm Coast 4:15pm The Secret Life

of Elephants 5:15pm Flog It! 6:00pm Eggheads 6:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 7:00pm The Great Interior Design Challenge 8:00pm University Challenge 8:30pm Food & Drink 9:00pm The Many Faces of Dick Emery 10:00pm The Best of The Sarah Millican Television Programme: Vol 1 10:30pm Newsnight 11:20pm Russia on Four Wheels 12:20am Film 2014 12:50am Trust Me I'm a Doctor 4:00am Exploring the Past: Post War Britain

6:05am Homes Under the Hammer 7:05am The Sheriffs Are Coming 7:50am Helicopter Heroes Down Under 8:20am Paul Hollywood's Pies & Puds 9:05am Great Continental Railway Journeys 10:05am Britain's Empty Homes 10:35am HARDtalk 11:00am BBC News 11:30am World News 12:00pm Daily Politics 1:00pm Britain's First Photo Album 1:30pm Cash in the Attic 2:15pm The Great British Bake Off 3:15pm Coast

4:15pm The Secret Life of Elephants 5:15pm Flog It! 6:00pm Eggheads 6:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 7:00pm The Great Interior Design Challenge 8:00pm Children's Emergency Rescue 9:00pm Inside the Animal Mind 10:00pm House of Fools 10:30pm Newsnight 11:20pm The Tea Trail with Simon Reeve 12:20am The Midwives 4:00am The Last Days of Anne Boleyn 4:20am Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways

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 News London 2:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 3:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 3:59pm London Weather 4:00pm Britain's Best Bakery 5:00pm The Chase 6:00pm News London 6:30pm ITV News 7:00pm Emmerdale 7:30pm Coronation

Street 8:00pm A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm The Bletchley Circle 10:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 10:30pm News London 10:35pm Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Beverley Callard 11:35pm The Unforgettable Sid James 12:05am Jackpot247 3:00am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 3:40am ITV Nightscreen

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 Britain's Best Bakery 5:00pm The Chase 6:00pm ITV News London

6:30pm ITV News 7:00pm Emmerdale 8:00pm Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 9:00pm Paul O'Grady's Animal Orphans 10:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 10:30pm ITV News London 10:35pm Eric Bristow: Sports Life Stories 11:35pm The Crocodile Hunter Diaries 12:05am Jackpot247 3:00am Loose Women 3:45am ITV Nightscreen

7:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 8:00pm Snog, Marry, Avoid? 8:30pm Would I Lie to You? 9:00pm Live at the Apollo 9:30pm Live at the Apollo 10:00pm Uncle 10:30pm EastEnders 11:00pm Family Guy

11:25pm Family Guy 11:45pm American Dad! 12:10am American Dad! 12:30am Uncle 1:00am Live at the Apollo 1:30am Live at the Apollo 2:00am Live at the Electric 2:30am Pramface 3:00am Pramface 3:30am Uncle

7:00pm Top Gear 8:00pm Tough Young Teachers 9:00pm Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents: Thailand 10:00pm Bad Education 10:30pm EastEnders 11:00pm Family Guy 11:25pm Family Guy 11:45pm American Dad!

6:25am Countdown 7:10am Will & Grace 8:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:00am Frasier 10:00am The Secret Millionaire Australia 11:00am Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses 12:00pm 4 News 12:05pm Come Dine with Me 12:35pm Come Dine with Me 1:10pm Come Dine with Me 1:40pm Come Dine with Me 2:10pm A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun 3:10pm Countdown

4:00pm Deal or No Deal 5:00pm Come Dine with Me 5:30pm Coach Trip 6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Hollyoaks 7:00pm 4 News 8:00pm The Jump 9:00pm Benefits Street 10:00pm Three Wives, One Husband - Married to the Mormons 10:55pm My Daughter the Teenage Nudist 12:00am Random Acts 12:05am The 2014 56th Annual Grammy Awards 1:35am Random Acts 1:40am Hostages 2:25am World Without End 3:25am Random Acts

6:25am Countdown 7:10am Will & Grace 8:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:00am Frasier 10:00am The Secret Millionaire USA 11:00am Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses 12:00pm 4 News 12:05pm Come Dine with Me 12:35pm Come Dine with Me 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:10pm A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm Deal or No Deal 5:00pm Come Dine with Me 5:30pm Coach Trip

6:00pm The Simpsons 6:30pm Hollyoaks 7:00pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm The Jump 9:00pm The Taste 10:00pm Benefits Street 11:00pm The Undateables 12:00am Random Acts 12:05am Poker 1:05am KOTV Boxing Weekly 1:30am Trans World Sport 2:30am Brief Encounters of the Sporting Mind 2:35am Snowdonia Marathon 3:30am Brief Encounters of the Sporting Mind 3:35am Secret Removers 4:35am Phil Spencer: Secret Agent

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Roy Packham

When and if the UK terrestrial channels disappear from Spain, one of the principal ways to receive the channels will be by a method known as IPTV (Internet Protocol Television), but if a household does not have Internet it will be necessary to subscribe to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as Telefonica, Wifinetspain, Telitec, Mowitel and others. Equally, if a household has Internet but its speed is not at least 2 Mbs (megabits per second), more probably 3 Mbs, (to obtain a decent reliable and quality picture) then it will be necessary to ask your ISP to increase the Internet speed, which will come at a cost.

(It is important to be sure that these speeds are provided when everyone is watching Coronation Street etc., as many ISPs will quote speeds of UP TO 2,3,4, Mbs, etc, but when everyone is using the

Well here we are in 2014 with us all still receiving Sky TV pictures despite all the ex-pat residents on the Costa del Sol being deliberately fed with malicious information about the loss of our TV pictures for the last 14 months. (Do you remember

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Internet, this speed may drop dramatically).

If the household does have Internet with a sufficient speed, but has a television that does not have an Internet connection or an HDMI (high definition multimedia Interface) connection, then to get a good quality picture it will almost certainly be necessary to buy a new “smart” television .

Assuming the household does have Internet and a “smart” TV, or a TV with an HDMI connector, then it would then be possible to buy a set-top box that would allow connection from a “content provider” (company that provides the TV channels via the Internet) and connect to and display the channels on the television. But this would come at a cost. It would be necessary to not only buy the set-top box, but also to pay for a subscription to or for the content provider. This initially could be a

Roger  Child

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combined cost of £100 to £200 (or possibly more) and then further a subscription each year. However, if the household has Internet and a computer, then it is possible to receive the TV channels, including Channel 5, for free. Just use the computer to go to https/ and you will find all the TV programmes (and many more channels). If you then connect the computer HDMI to the television’s HDMI, the channels will be displayed on the television. If you have a tablet such as an IPad or a Kindle Fire that does not have an HDMI connection it is possible to “mirror” the tablet on to the television, but this does require the purchase of a small box such as Apple TV, or, in the case of a Kindle, a box such as a Netgear Push2 TV. Again the filmon web site can be accessed on the tablet and the pictures should appear on the television.


we were going to lose our pictures before last Christmas.) Subsequently throughout 2013 we were continually "advised" that the loss of the signal was imminent. I believe that this misinformation was a deliberate crude attempt by people in the industry to create a market for alternative TV receiving equipment for which they could charge 200/300€ installation fee + a monthly rental charge of 20/30€,

I have information from different parts of the Iberian peninsula who use the same Sky signal as us and they are totally unaware of this proposed loss of British TV. Indeed I understand that the reception in Portugal has improved dramatically. Add to this the fact that 10/11 years ago exactly the same scare tactics were used, only then they actually gave a date for the fake switchoff which, like now, never happened. I believe that we ex-pats

are being taken for idiots and I would welcome seeing any genuine documentary evidence from an independent source which would support the claims that Sky TV was ever in danger of being lost. I am not holding my breath.

Editor says: And still nobody knows when and if it is actually going to disappear. Some say it is now next month and, yes, if that happens we will all have to queue to get the relevant equipment. We have had quite a few people who have not advertised during this time as they did not want to sell anybody anything that might not be needed and thereby waste their money, so there are quite a few reputable companies on this coast still. I have heard rumour after rumour about what is going to happen, many of them totally contradicting each other but you can rest assured that, as soon as we KNOW something definite, we’ll let our readers know what is going to happen to their TV.

Comment By Ken Campbell

Are Stars Brighter in the Winter? I T

Apart from the cold, winter is the best time of year to go stargazing. t gets dark earlier, there are more interesting objects to see and strangely the stars seem brighter somehow. But are they brighter?

o see the stars in all their glory, you need to be in a really dark area away from streetlights or light pollution. Any extra light in the sky will simply drown out the stars and you will only get to see the really bright ones.


n June, July and August, the evening sky seen from the entire Earth is facing in toward the centre of our Galaxy and the Milky Way can be seen stretching directly overhead running from horizon to horizon. The galaxy is about 100,000 light years across, and its centre is some 25,000 to 28,000 light years away. It contains about 400 billion stars.


e can’t see into the exact centre of the Milky Way, because it’s obscured by galactic dust. But during those summer months as we peer edgewise into the galaxy’s disk, we’re gazing across some 75,000 light years of star-packed space (that’s the distance between us and the centre of the galaxy, plus the distance beyond the centre to the other side of the galaxy). So at that time of year, we’re looking towards the combined light of billions upon billions of stars creating a background glow.


n winter, we’re looking the opposite way, outwards toward the less dense part of the galaxy and into the spiral arm of the galaxy in which our sun resides. So we’re seeing fewer background stars on winter evenings as we look across only about 25,000 light years of Milky Way, toward the deep Space beyond our galaxy’s boundaries.


ur spiral arm of the galaxy is called the Orion Arm, or sometimes the Orion Spur. It’s not one of the primary spiral arms of the Milky Way but only a ‘minor’ spiral arm. Our local Orion Arm is about 3,500 light years across. It’s approximately 10,000 light years in length. Our sun, the Earth, and all the other planets in our solar system reside within this Orion Arm. We’re located close to the inner rim of this spiral arm, about halfway along its length.


hroughout the winter evenings everyone on Earth is looking away from the star-rich centre of the galaxy, toward the outskirts of our Milky Way galaxy. We are looking into the spiral arm of the galaxy to which our sun belongs. That’s why we see so many bright stars; they are neighbours of sorts to our sun in

our local spiral arm. And it’s one reason why this part of the sky has a sharp and clear quality; we are seeing fewer stars, surrounded by the inky depths of space beyond our galaxy’s boundaries.


t also just happens that of the brightest stars in the night sky, most of them are visible in the wintertime. The brightest of all the stars is Sirius, which can be found by following the line of Orion’s belt down toward the horizon. Sirius is also one of the closest stars to us at only eight light years away. Orion itself is made up of vividly bright stars, Betelgeuse, Rigel and Bellatrix all figure in the list of brightest stars.


he second brightest star in the night sky is Canopus or Sohail. Canopus was a very important star for the Moors people living further south. When the Moors invaded southern Spain it is said that the only place far enough south in Spain where Canopus could still be visible was at Mijas. If you are driving past the castle at Fuengirola then there is a star marked out on the embankment just in front of the castle; this star represents Canopus or given its ancient Moorish name, Sohail.


will be coming back to Spain the first week in February to give a series of talks at Swan’s school near Marbella. I was there last year and we had a splendid time. The school also purchased several telescopes and I taught the students how to use them during an evening observing session. Many of the parents also came along and I was able to point out various stars and planets to them.


f any other schools would like me to come along and give a talk whilst I am in Spain then please contact me at appy Stargazing.

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Formula 1 winter testing GM’s Man Utd jersey deal at the Jerez Circuit looks like a bum one Winter testing gets under way next Tuesday 28th January at Jerez, and it will be the start of a new era in Formula1. The old V8 cars have been retired and the all-new V6 turbo-charged cars will be on show. McLaren has refused to confirm whether or not the team will be ready for the opening pre-season test, and there are rumours that the squad's 2014 F1 car, the MP4-29, has failed certain mandatory crash tests, with claims that the Wokingbased outfit is now in a 'race against time' to get its new car ready. When asked about the situation, and if the rumours are correct, a McLaren spokesperson merely said: “At this time of the year it's normal for all teams to be pushing everything to the limit in an effort to extract the most performance, and crash tests are no different. “McLaren will pass all the tests prior to track running.” They will have to pass too, as the rules brought in back in 2012 make it obligatory. Teams before then only had to pass the crash test before the first grand prix of the year. The speculation about the MP4-29 comes following the news this week that Ron Dennis has been reappointed as McLaren Group CEO. He has replaced Martin Whitmarsh, who for now at least, looks likely to retain the team principal title, although after a troubled 2013, in which the squad failed to secure a single

It looks like General Motors Co.'s recent announcement that it is pulling it's Chevrolet brand out of the European market will impact on it's expensive sponsorship deal with Manchester United.

podium, his position is in doubt, with former Mercedes man Ross Brawn being one of those named as his replacement.

The testing will last for four days – 28th-31st January – and it could turn F1 on its head, with no one really sure how the turbo engines will affect the established pecking order. It is the most anticipated winter testing for years, and also sees Kimi Raikkonen returning to Ferrari alongside Fernando Alonso, and the arrival of Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull.

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The Chevrolet brand has never really taken off in Europe, with the region's tough competition and the economic situation. GM said it plans instead to focus on expanding its Opel and Vauxhall brands in the region. GM still sells its Chevy brand in most other markets around the world. "Anyone who's ever lived in Europe or understands

Europe will know that there is not a high proportion of Germans that support English soccer clubs. They follow the Bundesliga" or German professional soccer league, Alan Batey, GM's North American chief, said at the Detroit auto show on Monday. Batey is also GM's global head of the Chevy brand. "We never, ever did this for Europe," he added. "We did this because frankly soccer is the sport of the world. We really did this for our emerging markets, particularly China and Asia."

The data on Manchester United's fan base backs GM's argument because the club says almost half of its 659 million followers globally are in Asia, including 108 million in China. Another 173 million are in the Middle East and Africa, and 71 million in the Americas, while only 90 million are in Europe. Manchester United officials are not fazed by GM's decision in Europe.

"Chevrolet are very clear that the partnership with us is a global one and we both intend to continue this partnership to help build their brand around the world," club spokesman Phil Townsend said.

Manchester United's season seems to have stalled,(if it ever got started) under new manager David Moyes, and United are currently only seventh in the Premier League. They have never finished outside the top three since the Premier League was launched in 1992.

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Costa del Sol Annual Ladies' C.O.G.S Season Opener and Men's Triples held at at Alhaurin Mijas Bowls Club

With an entry of 20 men's and 15 ladies' teams the Costa del Sol Annual Triples took place at Mijas Bowls Club from 6th to 9th January in the most glorious sunshine.

One of the highlights of an early round was when a team of Mijas ladies, namely Val Thornton, Ann Fenton and Doris Mellor, who all normally play lead position, achieved a “hot shot”. To the uninitiated readers that means all nine of their woods scored and it is not often accomplished. These three made their way to the semi finals but were knocked out by one shot after an extra end by the team from Bel Playa.

was a very close contest between two teams from Santa Maria, skipped by Lynda Hall and Margaret Kain. All six ladies played well but it was Margaret's team which went through into the final. The men' semi finals were both exciting matches featuring a Mijas team headed by Hal Briscoe, who admitted getting off to a bad start, but catching up later, versus the eventual winners from Bel Playa. The second semi final was between Craig Lewis' team from Miraflores and Gordon Kain's team from Santa Maria, with Gordon's team becoming the winners of that match.

So, both finals were Santa Maria versus Bel Playa. The men's final, Gordon Kain, Dale Tomlin and Alan Turner, the Santa Maria three against Brian Todd, Lennie Dineen and John Pearce of Bel Playa was not such a close match and, after seventeen ends the Santa Maria men conceded leaving The Mijas Hot Shot winners, the Bel Playa team the from L to R Ann, Val & Doris, with sponsor Judy victors. The ladies' final The other ladies' semi final between Margaret Kain,

Sue Walker and Nancy Shaw of Santa Maria and Mary Moynihan, Cynthia Scott and Amber Dineen from Bel Playa was a much closer game with a score of 12 all after 15 ends. At one time it looked as though it was going to be a Bel Playa double, but in the end it was the Santa Maria ladies who were victorious.

Following an excellent afternoon's bowling the prizes were presented by the Specsavers directors, Judy and Amrik, to the very worthy winners.

Golf Club The short journey to Alhaurin Golf Club for the start of a new season was made with our newly installed Captain, Ian Vaughan in charge. An overcast day but no rain was very much appreciated by the players.

The Ladies winners L to R, Margaret Kain, Sue Walker & Nancy Shaw

Would you like to play bowls in Spain not on an outdoor green but on a carpet? If so please contact Ann Fenton, telephone number 952 The Men’s winners, from L to R 588 321 for further Lennie Dineen, John Pearce & information. Coaching Brian Todd is available for beginners, but whether afternoons at 1.30pm for you are a novice or an 2.00pm and on Sunday experienced bowler you will mornings at 10.00 for be made very welcome. 10.30. Come along and give Mijas Bowls Club is it a try. situated on the Carretera de Mijas behind Bugar, the Report by Christine Wilson Peugeot garage. The club Photographs by Eric Wilson days are normally held on Tuesday and Thursday

Wayne’s Weekly Poker Tips In one of the more honest statements that you’ll find in the poker world, 2004 World Series of Poker Championship Event winner Greg Raymer (pictured) writes that he is looking for backers for his 2014 tournament efforts.

At the start of a post on Two Plus Two’s Staking forum, Raymer recounts the past ten years of his poker career. “It has been ten years since I won the Main Event and 21 years since I started playing poker,” Raymer writes. “I still love the game and am looking forward to a great year in 2014…(I) would like you to be a part of that.”

The reasons behind Raymer’s decision to accept staking is quite simple. Raymer departed his sponsor, PokerStars, in 2011 and, since that time, has played “about 20-25

major tournaments”. “Since I no longer receive a guaranteed source of income (his PokerStars sponsorship), my wife has become more and more nervous about me playing poker,” Raymer writes in the post. “Although I have a 21 year track record of winning … she is worried I will start losing. Without a paycheck to immediately recoup any losses, she gets anxious.”

In respect to his wife’s concerns, Raymer says, “To make her happy, I have chosen to sell of a big piece of my bankroll so that the downside risk is a lot more limited.”

The deal that Raymer is offering is quite an appealing one, considering that he has had a great deal of success since his 2004 Championship Event victory. Raymer is looking to raise a bankroll of

$100,000, with one share beginning at $1000, and Raymer has stated that he is purchasing 20 shares himself. During the 2014 calendar year, Raymer will take 40% of the winnings while the investors receive the other 60%. In the event that 2014 is a bad year for “Fossilman,” then the appropriate deductions will be made.

For those that may think that $100,000 won’t go very far in the tournament poker world if you count the expenses, Raymer has already thought of that. “No expenses will be deducted from the bankroll,” Raymer declares, meaning that travel, lodging and other expenses will come out of his pocket or be comped by the tournaments he attends. “As it is now, investors will be able to participate in tournaments and cash

games played around the country at no extra expense above the buy-in.”

Raymer is asking that serious investors contact him through the Two Plus Two thread, where he provides a full explanation of what is involved. For those that have an itch to get in on action with one of poker’s more consistent players, it might be a profitable endeavor.

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Longest drive on hole 15 was won by Andy Macfarlane, nearest the pin on hole 14 Geoff Heading and also nearest the pin Andy Macfarlane. Nearest the hole in two shots was shared by Dave Haworth and Brian Millwood. Team prize with an average score of 27.5 was won by Ian Hold and Ian Holden. In the day's main competition the results were: third place with 28 points Ian Hold, in second place with 31 points was Andy Macfarlane and in

first place with 32 points was Sav Ramayon.

Last place with not many points and the winner of the wooden spoon was John Bamber.

Well that’s it, the first game of the season over and we are busy finding new venues for the rest of the season. Don’t forget if you would like to join us, see the notice board in Lainey’s Bar, Sierra Gorda Coin, for the relevant contact phone numbers. We would like to thank Elaine at Lainey’s for the nibbles and Andy Macfarlane our Secretary, John Bamber our Treasurer and Ian Vaughan our Captain for arranging the match and looking after us. Nig Bowler, Chairman.

Jamaica make Sochi Jamaica’s Bobsleigh team have qualified for Sochi 2014. Thirty teams will take part and, although 39th in the rankings, Jamaica were just one place away. The only team that stood in their way was the Dutch second team but they were withdrawn because they have not achieved the standard agreed with their national governing body. Speculation that Jamaica had already secured a berth followed a post on Twitter claiming to be from Jamaica's Olympic account. It was further

fuelled when the official Sochi 2014 account appeared to back it up, but it transpired the line-up was finally confirmed on Monday. Driver Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon will compete in the two-man bob in Russia. "It means the world to me," Watts, 46, told BBC Sport.



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Málaga held at home Málaga 0 - 0 Valencia On a rain drenched Friday night in Málaga, both teams took to the pitch hoping for three points to move them up the table and take the pressure off both their managers. Málaga started well Goalie Alves kept Malaga at bay as Santa Cruz had a half chance and Samu Alves going down to his left tested Alves in the Valencia to brilliantly palm the ball goal with a volleyed shot. away for a corner. Postiga In the 17th minute a Duda for Valencia had an effort free kick after Jeremy from long range but an Mathieu had fouled Samu overall poor game ended forced Alves to nudge the with both teams unable ball round the post. to break the deadlock. A Valencia free kick Valencia stay eighth, while on 25 minutes forced Málaga moved five points Caballero into a double clear of the relegation save after he had pushed zone. out the initial effort, (that A disappointing effort was the Málaga goalie’s from Málaga after first real action). Parejo for performing so well for the Valencia again was denied last two weeks to no avail. by Caballero on 53 minutes Next week the daunting with another great one-on- task of an away trip to the one save. Camp Nou against Pablo Perez came on for Barcelona on Sunday at his debut for Málaga and 9.00pm. he showed some good touches. He nearly scored Report by Scott Forbes with a great header only for

The trial of French footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema, charged with having sex with an underage prostitute, has begun in Paris. Bayern Munich winger Ribery, 30, and Real Madrid striker Benzema, 26, deny knowingly paying for sex with Zahia Dehar while she was under 18. They each face up to three years in prison and fines of up to 45,000 euros ($55,000). Neither was present in court, allowing their lawyers to represent them. Ms Dehar, now 21, did not attend either.

Violinist Vanessa Mae will ski at the Sochi Olympics

Violinist Vanessa Mae is set to ski for Thailand at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, which next month.

Mae, a keen skier since childhood, has been competing as Vanessa Vanakorn using her father's surname. She raced four times in Slovenia at the weekend in a last-ditch bid to meet the qualifying standard.

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appear that she's done it. She's done it by a whisker, but she's done it."

"Vanessa Mae has unofficially qualified for the Olympic Games, " added Marko Rudolf, a Slovenian masters skier with links to the organising committee. Under current Olympic qualification rules, countries with no skier ranked in the world's top 500 may send one man and one woman to the Games – to compete in slalom and

giant slalom – if those athletes meet a second set of criteria. Thailand has no skiers ranked in the world's top 500 for any Alpine discipline. To meet the second criteria, Mae had to produce an average of 140 points or fewer over five recognised races.

Vanessa Mae: “I'm British but realistically there is no way I could represent my own country. Because my natural father is Thai, they have accepted me”.



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Andy Murray is ready to face a rejuvenated Roger Federer at his attacking best in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open today (Wednesday.) The Wimbledon champion takes on 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer in the night session in Rod Laver Arena at 08:30 GMT. It is a repeat of last year's semi-final, when Murray won in five sets to claim his first Grand Slam victory over the Swiss. "I've played him around 20 times," said the Scot, who leads their head-to-head 11-9. "You know how you need to play against him, and you know tactically the things that work and the things that don't work."


Ronnie O’Sullivan the Master Ronnie O'Sullivan clinched his fifth Masters title with a convincing 10-4 win over 2013 champion and world number two Mark Selby at Alexandra Palace. The world champion won the first five frames and led 7-1 after the first session. Selby won three of the next four frames before O'Sullivan completed his win. "It is a miracle," said O'Sullivan. "I don't know how I won it this week. I wasn't sure how I would perform." A year ago, the 38-year-old Englishman was on a selfimposed sabbatical from the sport, but a visit as a spectator to the Masters revived his interest.

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The news newspaper issue 261