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Strasbourg ruling on UK winter fuel payments
Friday, June 29, 2012

In todays Courier newspaper  it seems that a Strasbourg ruling against the UK government, that it must pay the 440,000 expat pensioners there winter fuel payments even if they were under 60 when they left the UK.
You can imagine the government will do all it can to wriggle out of that one if they can get away with it.
Ian Duncan Smith is saying he will create a rule on eligibity by temperature. Whose figures will these by taken by. Government person who has no idea what the temperatures can drop to here. Bet they don't take into account there is no insulation in the houses here so they do get very cold in the winter and also the fact that there is no damp course so the cold of the ground comes into the houes in the winter.
Just stop giving all this money to IMF and other wasteful orginazitions and we can all get the payment. I supposeall the illegal immigrants that get into the UK will be entitled to it if they are coming up to 60 and never paid a penny into the system.

More info can be found by searching 'strasbourg ruling on uk winter fuel payments.
The editor of The Courier is non other than Spain's Grumpy Old Gran DonnaGee 

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New Spanish prescription scheme starts 1st July
Friday, June 29, 2012

Source:   Murcia Today

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Corvera airport: President Valcarcel says delays are down to the PSOE
Friday, June 29, 2012

Source Murcia today

You'll need to click blue link as the site has copyright & I can't copy from it.

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The Costa Azul bus network has announced the launch of a new direct service between Playa Flamenca and Alicante airport, which will run in addition to the express service that also operates from Torrevieja.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Costa Azul bus network has announced the launch of a new direct service between Playa Flamenca and Alicante airport, which will run in addition to the express service that also operates from Torrevieja.

The service, which starts operations on the 1st July, will also collect and drop off at La Marina and Guardamar and will offer 4 services each way until 31st August.

The bus to the airport will depart the Mercadona roundabout at Playa Flamenca at 08:00, 10:30, 15:00 and 17:30, picking up at the bus station in Guardamar at 08:30, 11:00, 15:30 and 18:00, then at the Mercadona roundabout of La Marina at 08:40, 11:10, 15:40 and 18:10, before reaching the destination of Alicante´s El Altet airport at 09:10, 11:40, 16:10 and 18:40.

The service from the airport will depart at 09:15, 11:45, 16:15 and 18:45, taking around 30 minutes to reach La Marina, 40 minutes to reach Guardamar and just 70 minutes to reach Playa Flamenca.

This provisional service will be welcomed by many a resident and tourist alike and will provide a much more cost effective service from the airport, without the risk of using unlicensed and illegal taxis, which are also going to be facing further crack downs during the summer as licensed taxis from Orihuela city will be allowed to operate on the coast for the first time.

Source The Leader

Relevant Costa Azul web page

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Speeding fines, cost & points!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012



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Viva TV Commissioned by British Government
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Viva TV is delighted to announce that two videos shot for the British Foreign Office have now gone live on Consular websites all over Southern Europe. Since he became the British Consul in Alicante Paul Rodwell has worked closely with Viva TV filming a number of the consular events which were then posted on their website giving many more expats access to the information. It was quickly recognised by Paul and his team that this was a very effective way of circulating important news and information to holiday makers and British residents in Spain.


So the Foreign Office decided to use this method to head a new video campaign about the importance of looking after your passport, and earlier this year commissioned Viva TV to produce the films.

Every year hundreds of British holiday makers lose their passports or have them stolen and the British consulates are keen to show how not looking after yours can lead to a ruined holiday. The two videos called "Lose Your Passport, Lose Your Holiday" give advice on how to keep your passport safe and show the possible consequences if the worst happens.

With a very tight deadline of just two weeks Viva TV had to come up with the concept and script, locate actors, source film locations, film, edit and then present the two films. Viva TV were delighted when the Foreign Office in London passed on their very positive comments and the videos are now going live on the consular websites throughout Southern Europe and are being made available to newspapers, holiday travel companies and any other related tourism businesses and organisations to use on their websites. 

Director of Viva TV Richard Haywood said. "We were over the moon when Viva TV was asked by the British Government to produce these video casts. With such a tight deadline it was a testament to the professionalism and talent of our team that we could produce such a quality product on time and within budget". 

Last week British Consul Paul Rodwell took the opportunity to showcase both videos at a meeting with representatives of major tour operators in Benidorm and asked for help to promote the message. He said that throughout the summer the Consulate can issue up to 20 emergency passports per day and is confident the videos will reinforce the message of how important it is to look after them.

Viva TV’s work has now caught the eye of another British government department and they have been approached to produce another project, this time based in Malaga.

Mr Rodwell said: “As British Consul for Alicante, I am delighted that Viva TV, a local British business, was chosen to produce these video clips and it was great to see them produced in such a professional way and in record time.” 

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Source: Coastrider

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Opening date for Corvera Airport in the air.
Friday, June 15, 2012

Confusion has been surfacing about the scheduled opening dates, as the President of the region seemed to move the goalposts and start talking about an October opening for the airport, having said not long ago that it would not open until next summer.

However, the government ministry with responsibility for granting the licences has today confirmed that the process of defining the airspace is "complex" due to the fact that the airport is hemmed in by four military zones with the Military airbases of San Javier and Alcantarilla almost on top of Corvera airport, and that it is "premature " to be talking about opening dates.....

Read lots more at >>> MURCIATODAY

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GUARDAMAR DEL SEGURA: Hogueras– Fires, Beach Disco and Party and more
Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Guardamar del Segura

From 15 to 20 June

The Bonfire starts to take shape. The ‘Els Milotxes’ group and other volunteers

get together to carefully plan the Bonfire and the effigies to be burned. The

Bonfire will be located, as in previous years, beside the Church, in Sant Jaume


At 10 p.m. Cena de sobaquillo

(an open-air picnic. Bring your own food)

Thursday, 21 June

8 p.m.

parade along the streets, accompanied by traditional musicians. The ‘Party

Zone’ is opened and the ‘Bonfire Beauty 2012’ is presented to the public.

The ‘Bonfire Beauty Queens’ make their way to the Bonfire area. They

Friday, 22 June

9 p.m.

‘Puesta de largo’ Party, with a tradicional music band

10.30 p.m.

Fancy Dress Party

Cena de sobaquillo (an open-air picnic. Bring your own food) and

Saturday, 23 June

11 p.m.

‘Magic Night of St. John’ on the beach (Centre Beach area)


Fireworks display followed by Disco and dancing on the beach

Sunday, 24 June

8 a.m.

Despertà (Wake-up call from the organising Group ELS MILOTXES)

2 p.m.


Mascletà (Fire crackers and noisy gunpowder event in the Town Hall

8 p.m.

Offering of flowers to our Lady of the Rosary

Mass in honour of St John in the town’s parish church followed by

8.45 p.m.

Parade in traditional costume with musicians

1 a.m.

and dancing

Cremà de la Foguera 2012. The Bonfire is eventually lit followed by Disco




Tourist Info Guardamar Plaça de la Constitució, 7 03140 Guardamar del Segura

Tel. 96 572 44 88 Fax 96 572 72 92

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Scam warning for anybody using Expat Shield
Monday, June 11, 2012

I saw this in another forum, be aware please!

This is a Scam warning for anybody using Expat Shield, not that I think it has anything to do with them actually.

This morning I switched on Expat Shield to watch BBC ‘I’ Player, then logged into MCF as I usually do, I didn’t notice that the Shield was still engaged.

All of a sudden the above appeared on the screen purporting to come from the ‘Met’.

It accuses me of illegal activity, such as watching ‘Kiddy porn’ and Rape videos and other disgusting things I don’t even understand (or want to!). It then goes on to accuse me of terroristic (?) activities and says that if I don’t pay GBP100 within 24 hours my computer will be confiscated (don’t ask me how!) and wiped clean.

It also states that I live in the UK. Now apart from one or two grammatical errors it also struck me as hilarious that a hundred quid fine will clear you of terrorist activities or of being a pedophile. They also don’t want you to pay by Debit/Credit card but by UKash or PaysafeCard which I’ve never heard of which are presumably untraceable.

It was impossible to clear and I had visions of trolling down to the PC repair shop on Monday morning. My expensive anti-malwear, anti-virus, anti-everything protection didn’t affect it or get rid of it and after 7 or 8 hours of scratching my head I eventually got rid with Spyware Blaster a free download that I’ve had on the PC for a few months.

Needless to say, Expat Shield is no longer on my laptop...........!



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Halifax to raise overdraft charges for customers deep in the red
Friday, June 8, 2012

Halifax is raising fees for customers who are deep into their overdraft.

The hikes, which come into force on 2 November, hit those struggling already, who are £2,000 or more overdrawn. It will mean a doubling of charges for many.

Someone permanently £2,000 overdrawn currently pays £365 a year but will be faced with a £730 bill under the new regime. Anyone £3,000 overdrawn will see charges rise from £730 to £1,095 a year.

Anyone overdrawn by up to £2,000 continues to pay £1 per day, up to £365 a year. understands sister bank Lloyds TSB will announce changes to its current accounts next week.

Read more here >>>> Moneysavingexpert

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Mosa Trajectum assets are seized for imminent auction
Friday, June 8, 2012

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