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I dare not do that these days

NOWADAYS, the quickest way into a police interrogation room, I reckon, would be to lean furtively across strangers’ garden walls, gates or fences, and snap pictures of their bonny wee toddlers. Yet that’s precisely what I did back in the early 1960s when I hit...

The Dickens of a Time

RARELY did I miss a day’s work during near fifty-years on the hamster wheel. My work ethic was a source of personal pride but my neighbour was not alone in thinking me foolish. I guessed my friend to be in his late thirties. As fit as...

All Right Now: The love of the Irish

OKAY my sun-seeking fans that hopefully lap up my music stories. It’s John Redfern, the bass man from Lady Godiva’s patch Coventry City, where Peeping Tom always keeps his beady eye on you (actually Tom was a bit of a pervert) Anyway, congratulations to the...

An appetite for simplicity

THE days are gone when British food was regarded by foreigners as drab and unimaginative.  I have never gone along with this sentiment anyway, not because I had nothing to compare it with, but largely because the Brits have always used to down to earth,...

Why time is more valuable than gold?

UNLIKE gold, "time" is a depreciating asset. The earlier we invest in time, the more valuable it is, each day its value decreases until it becomes of no use to us, we all eventually "run out of time". Of course we cannot really compare time to...

Entering a world of tips and tricks

TODAY YouTube taught me how to make a flamethrower using a can of lubricating oil, an elastic band and a cheap plastic cigarette lighter. I also learned that Coca-Cola is a fantastic toilet cleaner and that one can remove rust from metal bathroom surfaces...

BOOK BURNING FEST: Are Amazon publishing Nazi texts?

IT is reported that ‘organisations fighting for racial justice’ accuse Amazon book publishers of being distributors for ‘supremacist, racist and Nazi products’. Experience and common sense tell us that these weasel words are racist as they are solely aimed at removing the rights of ethnic-Europeans....

The long road to Paris

MONDAY MORNING and the sports festivals of World Cup football and Wimbledon tennis are behind us. A small hollow feeling is all that remains of the doubts, hopes, fears and excitements. The last months have been fantastic, the entertainment superb, the participants have won glory and...

PEARL OF THE BALTIC: The elderly are suffering in Riga

WHEN, in 2013, I predicted the collapse of the EUSSR (European Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) there were chortles but they are not laughing now. Germany lurches from crisis to crisis under a rickety coalition regime. As an aside, post-war Germany is hindered by...

Snowflake generation

LAST week I was banned from Facebook for 24 hours for violating its ‘community standards’ by posting a picture of a topless model on a page I manage for the atheist journal, the Freethinker, which I have been editing for more than 20 years....

TRADITIONAL FOOD: These Cornish pasties look good enough to eat

MY stomach was beginning to tune up loudly as I boarded the bus for the airport terminal. I was still mentally berating myself for missing a sumptuous breakfast that would have set me up for my journey, more so because I had paid in...

Diary of a Spanglish Girl – What you need to know about beach cocktails

Introducing Lauren, a 20-something, engaged, English girl living on the Costa Blanca who is obsessed with travel, love and elephants. She writes a regular blog about her life and RTN will be sharing some of her thoughts and ideas with readers on a regular...

Sánchez, you’re my man!

ON June 2, I posted on my Facebook page the following message: ‘Yay! Spain's handsome new PM is a Socialist and an atheist!’ Jesús Carmelo Padrón Gordillo, a Facebook friend who lives in Gran Canaria, responded by saying: ‘Handsome? He is so stupid!!!’ Gordillo, when asked...

A dynasty slaughtered

THIS year marks the centennial of the massacre of Imperial Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II and his family. In July 1918, their Bolshevik captors herded the doomed family into a basement in Yekaterinburg under the pretext that their photograph was to be taken. The Tsar and...

The perils of fancy dress

BECAUSE I was exceptionally fastidious as a kid, avoiding all forms of rough-and-tumble that might leave dirt marks on my clothes or skin, I reacted with outrage when my parents announced they were taking me to a primary school fancy dress event dressed as...

Grand designs, minimum planning

ONE of my favourite TV programmes, that’s to say one that is less awful than most of the others, is Grand Designs hosted by designer and writer, Kevin McCloud. It’s never an easy road that the subjects of each programme apparently travel, because without fail,...

The tomato and me

I HAVE never understood why I have this problem when it comes to eating or preparing tomatoes. It’s as if they possess some weird alien intelligence whose mission it is to make me look bad in the eyes of the Princess. A tomato is not even...

Why are you broke?

CAREFUL with your finances and pay your credit cards on time to avoid interest charges? Don’t be too smug. Every time you purchase a train ticket; buy a pair of shoes or use public services roughly 40 per cent of the outlay will have gone...

A right royal bash

WITH the royal wedding coming up, my mind went back to the last royal bash in 2011 when William and Kate tied the knot. Having heard that ‘The Girls’ were converging on our house on the big day to watch it on TV, I...

Living the high life

WHEN I tell folk that I live on the 31st floor of a tower block on the outskirts of Benidorm, they generally react with horror. “Oooh, I could never live that high”, they exclaim, adding “what happens when the lifts break down?” So far this...

Who really rules over us

VOTERS are bewildered by politicians who ignore their promises as soon as they are elected. Winston Churchill explained why: “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” This may be cynicism but we all know there’s many a true word said...

“Faster than cooking asparagus”

IT’S an expression credited to the Roman Emperor Augustus, implying swiftness, he also created the ‘asparagus fleet’ to bring the vegetable to Rome swiftly. Clearly an asparagus aficionado. Some claim asparagus is an aphrodisiac - others certainly claim that it has medicinal qualities. The Greek physician...

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‘Help find our dad’s killer’ plea on the Costa del Sol

THE family of a man who died after being punched to the ground is appealing for help in the hunt for his killer. Relatives of...

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WATCH: Heavy rain causes flood chaos on the Costa Blanca

STREETS across the Costa Blanca have began to flood as yellow weather warnings remain in place across the Costa Blanca. Earlier today police were forced...

26-year-old man dies at a Costa del Sol Fair

The National Police has opened an investigation into the death of a 26-year-old man at Malaga’s annual Fair. The death occurred in the early hours...

An Introduction to the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2018

The World Series of Poker, more commonly abbreviated to WSOP, is an internationally renowned tournament that draws the biggest names in the game and...

Costa Blanca cruising to a record-breaking year

ALICANTE has seen a substantial increase in the numbers of cruise passengers for the first six months of the year. According to data provided by...

Costa Blanca market traders suffer in heatwave

WORDS and phrases such as “insufferable”, “horrible” and “third world conditions” have been used to describe the conditions endured in the Alicante Central Market. This...

Air-con faults stress out patients and visitors at Costa Blanca hospital

HUNDREDS of patients attending the Alicante General Hospital have had to put up with the excesses of the current heatwave due to problems with...

Spanish taxis to get the blues

FOLLOWING on from similar initiatives in Belgium, the Netherlands and Greece, Spain is the latest country to introduce a system of blue number plates...

New study to tackle the rising number of jellyfish on the Costa del Sol

A NEW study has been launched on the Costa del Sol that will look into ways of dealing with ever-rising numbers of jellyfish on...

Costa Blanca bar robber forgets his backpack at the crime scene

A 58-year-old Spanish national has been arrested in the centre of Alicante after robbing a bar. The detainee had no choice but to eventually admit...

Costa Blanca dog cruelty suspect identified using microchips

SANTA POLA Town Council has been able to finally identify a local man believed to have mistreated a number of dogs. He faces a fine...