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ONE CAREFUL OWNER

The Guardia Civil says that a Torrevieja car-dealership may have ripped off at least 200 buyers over the last three years by knocking off up to 246 thousand miles from second hand More »

NEWS GREAT BALL OF FIRE

GREAT BALL OF FIRE

An unidentified fireball was seen soaring across the sky last Sunday night from many areas of Spain, including the Costa Blanca. It was visible for several seconds and changed colour constantly, leaving More »

Ashya King

CAM WASTES A GOLDEN CHANCE

THERE are some moments when I wish I was the British Prime Minister. I´m sure many of you have had those same thoughts too, when you feel that your personal intervention could More »

Lacey Turner in 'Our Girl'

ANOTHER TRAILER COMING SOON

I’ve never understood the hysterical trailing and promotion of sure-fire popular TV shows that people are going to watch in their millions anyway! ITV is the worst offender with countless plugs for More »

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ROASTED SWAN?

Something’s Got To Give At The Top! Never mind the Badger cull, will the Swans of Swales become an endangered species come tomorrow afternoon at the Bridge? Can equal-top max points Swansea More »

ONE CAREFUL OWNER

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The Guardia Civil says that a Torrevieja car-dealership may have ripped off at least 200 buyers over the last three years by knocking off up to 246 thousand miles from second hand cars.
The doctored vehicles were then sold to mainly elderly people and foreign nationals, including British people in the area. It’s the latest development in a long standing investigation, Operation Masina, which The Courier reported on during the summer. Car dealers were raided across Spain, including the one owned by a Romanian man in Torrevieja, which was closed down by the authorities in July.

GREAT BALL OF FIRE

NEWS GREAT BALL OF FIRE

An unidentified fireball was seen soaring across the sky last Sunday night from many areas of Spain, including the Costa Blanca. It was visible for several seconds and changed colour constantly, leaving a long trail of smoke behind it before disintegrating. Residents and holidaymakers photographed and videoed what looked like a massive, multi-coloured meteorite, with the featured photo taken in Blanes in Catalunya.
According to the Spanish Meteorite Investigation Network, the fireball was travelling at speeds ranging from 11 to 73 kilometres a second, and may have been a particle of the 20-metre asteroid which came very close to the Earth on Sunday. These fiery particles rarely cause a meteorite when they penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere, with only about 10 of the 500 or so a year detected impacting the planet. The Investigation Network has 25 comet detector stations which cover at least 95% of Spanish territory.

FROM BAIRD TO WORSE…

Baird Demonstrating

60 years on and text maniacs are killing the art of television

I CAN still hear my father scoffing at the impact of television on the British public.
“It’s killed the art of conversation,’’ he would moan, echoing the verdict of most 1950s geriatrics on John Logie Baird’s vision of the future.
(To my young brain, every grown-up was a geriatric, even though I had no idea what the word meant).
Killing the art of conversation? I can’t recall discussing ANYTHING significant with Dad over the entire 24 years we were on this earth together. I loved him dearly but when it came to meaningful conversation, he had less patience than a struck-off doctor (oops, that pun only works verbally).

MY SCHOOL DAZE

Rocket

My MOTHER’S voice streaked up the stairs, blasted into my bedroom and homed in on my half-conscious ears like a son-seeking missile. ‘Get up, David, you’ll be late for school!’
‘Oh, no,’ I groaned, pulling the covers over my head. Where had half the weekend gone? For I remembered going to bed on Saturday night but what had happened to Sunday? I had no memory of what I had done the previous day. And now it was Monday. Another school week was about to begin.
The voice came again. ‘David, if you don’t get up in the next five minutes I shall never, ever speak to you again!’

DOGS ENJOY THE PRESENT

PETER CAPTION  A DOG LIVES IN THIS MOMENT

Does a dog have a memory? It is a popular question that I am often asked and the answer is yes, they do. If they didn’t have a memory they wouldn’t remember certain tasks they have been taught. If a dog has been abused, then yes, they do remember that they were abused, but they will not sit there replaying the abuse over and over, which is what some humans do.
Thats the clinical difference between a dog and a human, the dog knows something happened, but they choose to live in this moment, rather than some humans who will replay the past in their minds. I have worked with dogs who have been physically abused and also sexually abused by humans, but they do have the ability to move on and start a new and loving life, which is why I will always remind people, that the dog should be our major inspiration in this life.

BEGGARS BELIEF

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It seems like you can’t go to any supermarket at the moment without having to pass someone sitting on the floor with a begging bowl being as nice as they can with the hope of a few coins being thrown their way. There are also those who accost motorists waiting at traffic lights, making those of us so inclined to have to shut our windows and lock our doors, avoiding eye contact at all costs.
I do feel for these people. It can´t be easy to have to do this day after day in the searing heat, having to put up with negative comments, and I can´t imagine that the amount of money they make here in this area can be very much, after all none of us have a lot of disposable income.

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE?

Pro-independence march

It does say something about the jitters in the pro-union camp ahead of next week’s historic Scottish Independence vote that unnamed Buckingham Palace aides have been conveniently quoted as saying that the Queen is very worried about the “yes” camp winning on Thursday.
It may all be true or a pure piece of made-up bunkum trying to frighten people into voting “no”, but should Scotland go it alone, then the monarch would remain as head of state of north of the border anyway, so we are talking red herrings here. But something certainly does seem to have happened over the last fortnight to make it all appear to be a much closer contest than most experts believed, even resulting in one opinion poll giving the “yes” camp the lead last weekend. It may have been a rogue poll, but the apparent closeness of the contest may still further increase the turnout, which is no bad thing for democracy.

CAM WASTES A GOLDEN CHANCE

Ashya King

THERE are some moments when I wish I was the British Prime Minister. I´m sure many of you have had those same thoughts too, when you feel that your personal intervention could make a real difference.
I had these highly emotional feelings last week over the heart-wrenching rollercoaster over five-year-old Ashya King, suffering from a brain tumour. Through the appalling insensitivity of officialdom, this seriously ill boy was without the love and care of his family for days in a Malaga hospital, while his parents were banged up in a Madrid prison. Previously they had been arrested and handcuffed, having committed no offence, and they had not been arrested or charged with anything! This is not the 18th century, it´s the 21st, and nothing like this should have happened.

Spanish 139

¡Hola! Bienvenido a aprender el español conmigo. Espero que hayas pasado una semana genial y estés preparado por más del verbo dar.

I´m going to start with one of my favourites, when I first came to learn Spanish I thought this phrase was one of the rudest things I had ever heard, however as I became more familiar with the language I began to accept it as something that is said, and how the language is, I still don’t like it but tend to use it because it´s the common phrase, the Spanish is me da lo mismo or, in my experience, more commonly me da igual which basically means ´It´s all the same to me´ or ´I couldn´t care less´ which sounds quite strong to us Brits used to saying things like ´I don´t mind´ but if you use it as I don´t mind then you will be getting into the Spanish mindset. The phrase no me importa is used in the same way and is just as common as me da igual.

ANOTHER TRAILER COMING SOON

Lacey Turner in 'Our Girl'

I’ve never understood the hysterical trailing and promotion of sure-fire popular TV shows that people are going to watch in their millions anyway!
ITV is the worst offender with countless plugs for The X Factor coupled with non-stop reminders of the imminent return next weekend of Downton Abbey, along with a cinema-length trailer. This is a terrible trait pinched from the US TV networks and treats viewers as simpletons, especially with irritating captions appearing during actual programmes telling us what is coming later on, because the companies know that you are fast-forwarding through the ad breaks! You are going to be trapped come hell or high water on ITV and the rest of the UK commercial channels into being told what they have in store for you, and I hate it. The only consolation is that Spanish TV is far worse, with one of the worst offenders being the ad-free public TVE channels who should have no reason for indulging in such stupidity