Tagged: Motor Insurance

TWO CITIES

It seems that in our world have originated two opposite thoughts with resonance to Saint Augustine. Many people are attracted to the Catholic Church in view of the image of unity in doctrine and the moral authority of its teachings.

However, we see that Catholics fall into the infidelity, are absorbed by moral relativism and leave the religious practice. The outside noise can override the inner silence that faith needs to grow.

The respect for human life from conception to death; the dignity of the person; the central character of the family or the sanctity of marriage and the solidarity are determining factors for that dilemma. In this game we must not forget the pressure exerted by the media content, as on their programs as on advertising, which contributes to the loss of moral or the strength of family values, perhaps without the person is aware of its influence.

In many cases it seems that the faith has ceased to have the support of the reading doctrine of the Sacred Scripture. Pope John Paul II in his letter “At the beginning of the new millennium”, is still saying that “it would be a contradiction to settle for a mediocre life, lived according to a minimalist ethic and a superficial religiosity”. The childhood experience of walking on the edge of the pavement shows us how the road disappear but in the case of the faith is not a game.

In that letter, the Pope John Paul II continues warning that according to this practice would not be mediocre Christians, but “Christians with risk” which “would be the insidious risk that their faith will gradually erode, and perhaps they will surrender to the seduction of the substitutes, even welcoming alternative religious proposals and tolerating extravagant forms of superstition.”

The personal experience will show examples of these situations that would surely not have been produced from one moment to another. For example, the fall in the temptation of evil or the election of an inappropriate behavior model is not something sudden, it happens little by little. First, there is something insignificant, then injected of moral relativism, is transformed into something that move us away from the first way, displacing the old habits in other new that makes us a different person.

The ability to act with principles that ensure the dignity of the person has deteriorated. For example, we have shortly gone from the respect for human life to widespread abortion, research of embryonic stem-cell artificially fertilized and then sacrificed and euthanasia.

We have made that marriage is the contract less consistent; to be able to be broken by the mere will of any of the parties. A Copernican revolution that some people may find themselves vulnerable to the misconception that it is an inexorable change of the development of the times.

Perhaps, the replacement of the personal ambition for the collectivism, of the truth for the relativism is the more relevant transformation in our times.

We have been instilled that beliefs are to be relegated to the personal and intimate field. As a result of this people retract to express or transmit to others their convictions, and worse when such transmission is omitted in the family. In this breeding ground of the loss of identity, the unbelief carries its roots. If we have something in the heart it has to be transmitted. The inaction shows our weakness of faith.

The crossroads that leads us to the two cities is complex since it repeated from one stretch to another and indicators may not be sufficiently explicit. For this reason, we must take the risk in the best decision, knowing that the risk of loosing grows when we are not awake and drowse by siren sons: what is close enough to touch to the light is hidden and deletes in the twilight.

Agustín PÉREZ CERRADA

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/45412/

Car and Motor Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | International Money Transfers | Send Money to Spain | Spain Property | Online International Payments | Property in Spain
Costa Blanca Property for Sale | Cabo Roig Property for Sale | International Payments |

HANSSEN HEADING BACK TO HOLBY

HANSSEN HEADING BACK TO HOLBY

Fan favourites Guy Henry, James Anderson and Kaye Wragg will make a dramatic return to BBC One’s popular medical drama in the New Year.

Guy Henry will resurrect the role of highly intellectual and enigmatic, Swedish-born Henrik Hanssen – former CEO and director of surgery at Holby City. Viewers last saw Hanssen choose family over medicine when he returned to Sweden to spend time with his son and grandson.

However, Hanssen’s desire to bring his surgical brilliance back to Holby has got the better of him and Guy Henry explains how much he missed playing his character: “I’m so pleased to be reunited with Mr. Hanssen, he’s such a weird and wonderful character to play – I’ve missed him! And the cast and crew at Holby are such fun to work with – I’ve missed them too. We don’t know what dark acts may have befallen Henrik during his time away in Sweden but I do believe that, when he looms down the corridors of Holby once more, his wit and his scalpel will be as incisive as ever! Can’t wait – see you on the ice!”

Kaye Wragg rejoins the cast as Estelle ‘Essie’ Harrison. Essie returns from her trip to Germany and becomes a full-time nurse on Keller ward, resuming not only her nursing duties but also her turbulent romance with Sacha Levy.

Kaye, who was last seen in Holby in September 2014, is delighted to be joining the show on a more permanent basis. Kaye Wragg said: “Essie is a such a layered character that I can’t wait to see how things unfold once I return. She’s a fantastic nurse with a big heart, but a broken life that leaves her unsure of who she is and where she’s going. I adore working with Bob Barrett and am very excited to work alongside his big hearted Sacha again, ups and downs regardless.

“As for joining the Holby family , I’m very lucky to be a part of a talented team of cast and crew, and am delighted to be given the opportunity to nurture Essie and open the character into a new chapter of her life.”

In addition James Anderson rejoins the cast as troubled and sensitive surgeon Oliver Valentine. Before leaving Holby, Oliver’s professionalism was called into question as he struggled to come to terms with the death of his wife, fellow doctor, Tara Lo. Seeing the hospital as a constant reminder of Tara, Oliver left in order to find himself and restore his love for medicine.

On returning to the role of Oliver Valentine, James Anderson said: “I’m so thrilled to be given the opportunity to bring Ollie back to Holby. There are lots of surprises in store, but one thing I can say: he’s older now – wiser, even – and I can’t wait to get stuck into playing this altogether more grown up Valentine to the one I left behind. Step up Oliver 2.0! Holby is a wonderful, nurturing family to return to, and I’m hugely excited.”

Oliver Kent, Executive Producer Holby City and Casualty, said: “This news is sure to excite Holby fans old and new and we’re delighted to welcome back characters that are so loved by our viewers. The arrival of Henrik Hanssen and Oliver Valentine will cause waves from the boardroom to the operating theatres where new friendships will be tested as old alliances are reformed. Also with Essie’s return we’ll find out if Sacha finally gets his happily ever after!”

Guy, James and Kaye will begin filming in the New Year and fans will see them on-screen from early spring 2015.

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/45390/

Car and Motor Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | International Money Transfers | Send Money to Spain | Spain Property | Online International Payments | Property in Spain
Costa Blanca Property for Sale | Cabo Roig Property for Sale | International Payments |

COST OF BRITISH DRIVING LICENCE SLASHED

Cost cuts The new fees showed here are for motorists applying for driving licences online

Following a public consultation which closed a little over 2 months ago the British Government has announced that the cost of obtaining a driving licence will be cut from the end of October with prices slashed by up to 32% as new drivers see cost of a provisional licence drop by 32% from £50 to £34.

There will be a similar reduction for online renewals with motorists paying £14 instead of £20 to renew their licences online every 10 years

Transport Minister Claire Perry said: “Thanks to DVLA making large scale savings to their running costs, we have been able to cut the cost of the driving licence which will save drivers and businesses £150 million over the next 10 years.”

Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander also said that the move was part of “giving savings back to the taxpayer”.

As well as the cut in the cost of driving licences, the fee for driver tachograph cards, which record information about driving time, speed and distance and are used by businesses to monitor how far their staff drive, will fall from £38 to £32.

Ministers say new drivers will save £82.2million over the next decade, with businesses and motorists expected to save in total £150million between now and 2024.

The drop in driving licence costs comes as car insurance went up for the first time in more than two years in the last quarter, according to the latest AA index.

The average cost for an annual comprehensive motor insurance policy rose by £6 to £531 in the last quarter.

The motoring organisation found efforts to clamp down on fraudulent claims have not delivered the savings that insurers had anticipated.

The DVLA processes one million ‘first licence’ applications every year, with more than 77 per cent of these applications made by 17 to 24 year olds.

Transport Minister Claire Perry said: ‘The cost of driving, especially for young drivers, can be significant and we are committed to cutting costs where we can.

‘Thanks to DVLA making large-scale savings to their running costs, we have been able to cut the cost of the driving licence which will save drivers and businesses £150million over the next 10 years.’

Cost cuts: The new fees showed here are for motorists applying for driving licences online

Some 2.1million photocard licences are renewed every year, meaning motorists already on the road would save £61.3million collectively over a decade.

Businesses make another 85,500 renewals a year and will save £2.44million over 10 years, while cost cuts to tachographs will save businesses another £3.58million over the decade.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: ‘Giving savings back to the taxpayer is a key element in this government’s drive for a stronger economy and a fairer society. That’s why we’re slashing the cost of getting a driving licence and giving it straight back to young people and businesses, saving £150 million over 10 years.’

Other cuts being considered include vehicle first registrations and duplicate registration certificates.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: ‘The Department for Transport’s own surveys show the three things that do most to put young people off driving are cost, cost and cost: of learning, of insurance and of buying a car.

‘Incomes for teenagers have been under downward pressure at the same time as motoring costs have generally been rising. This move is welcome.’

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/45382/

Car and Motor Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | International Money Transfers | Send Money to Spain | Spain Property | Online International Payments | Property in Spain
Costa Blanca Property for Sale | Cabo Roig Property for Sale | International Payments |

TWO INGENIOUS ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS AROUSE LOVE FOR OUR FELLOW

This video is a love story. Undoubtedly the greatest love story ever told. It can be seen on YouTube under the title: “The best love story.” It is also a story of dedication and sacrifice, solidarity, of redemption and holocaust. A love story between a father and son that transcends all cultures in all ages.

The pace of the video is slow, soft, contemplative. This let the emotions flow slowly. Perhaps the first minute may seem slow, but then it gains momentum and flock expressiveness, drama, emotion. The images come from a short film called “Most”, a production of Eastwind Films directed by Bobby Garabedian.

The idea of the second ad campaign was a lucky break. One of the persons responsible for AFAL (Association for Families with Alzheimer’s in Spain) attended a conference and at the end of the sessions, came to know the city. He was accompanied by a tour guide, Elena, who enjoyed remembering all the relevant data from the history of the city. In that drive, Elena transmitted more than the art data: she made him live the spirit that remains on the stones, the dregs of history, the identity and feeling that time has stopped there, and which is still alive because every day someone reminds it to others.

In this guided tour, the manager of AFAL realized a terrible fact: we are what we keep in memory: in it are our roots, our loves, our history; without memory, we are nothing. If we forget what others did, and if we forget what we did and love, we were greatly reduced; we keep, simply, the most basic emotions of our primal brain.

Forgetting everything is what makes the Alzheimer patient to become a being in permanent farewell. This cruel disease robs the sufferer of his history approached from itself and requires the exclusive interpretation of others.How important it is in these situations that we know to give love … even if the patient does not notice! (Source:: Publicidad y Cine con Valores).

clementeferrerrosello@gmail.com Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of advertising and public relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing.

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/45292/

Car and Motor Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | International Money Transfers | Send Money to Spain | Spain Property | Online International Payments | Property in Spain
Costa Blanca Property for Sale | Cabo Roig Property for Sale | International Payments |

‘MIKE PROBERT TALKS GOLF – (Sponsored by Costa Blanca Green Fee Services).

Leader Green Fees

Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.

‘Closure of Corvera Golf & Country Club’

Two months ago I reported the demise and closure of Corvera Golf and Country Club prompted mainly by debts to the Spanish tax authorities and a failure to obtain regular water supplies to keep the fairways in a playable condition.

A local private web-site forum has recently posted the following information in respect of the latest developments on the Corvera site:

“Today there was a new development when this morning the Police arrived with a Court order and a repossession company and took away all of the commercial machinery for the course including mowers, tractors, etc.

All of the equipment needed to maintain the course, around seven low loaders worth.

The green keepers have been working normal hours however now they will not be able to”

From the above I think that we can safely say that like Mosa Trajectum and La Tercia before them Corvera Golf & Country Club will now return to the Murcian desert it was before the developers moved into the area.

We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us.

The deals shown in the attached table are some of the best currently available to you.

Deal of the week: €53 for green fee and buggy (any time) at Alicante from 28th-31st October.

For bookings and more information contact Mike at info@costa-blanca-greenfees.com or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

Quotation of the week

“Procrastination is the thief of time” – Dale Carnegie

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/45247/

Car and Motor Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | International Money Transfers | Send Money to Spain | Spain Property | Online International Payments | Property in Spain
Costa Blanca Property for Sale | Cabo Roig Property for Sale | International Payments |

FABRA ANNOUNCES 375 MILLION EUROS FOR NEW JOBS

Fabra said that the data has now begun to generate optimism within the Valencian society

The President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Alberto Fabra, announced last week that the Valencian Government will allocate 375 million euros over the next three years to boost training plans and job creation aimed at particular groups such as young people under 25 years of age, the long-term unemployed and people who have special difficulties in finding employment.

In a ceremony held on Tuesday at the Elche Business Park, Fabra presented the project entitled ‘Strategy Employs’ stating that Valencia will be able to create 200,000 new jobs under this initiative by 2016.

The President announced that the Regional Government Budget next year amounts to 170 million euros which will be used to start boosting the actions needed to implement the plan ‘Strategy Use’. In the following year the budget will increase by 5 million euro to 175 million.

Fabra predicted that this year will end with the creation of 50,000 new jobs and that in 2015 and 2016 respectively the figure will be increased by 75,000 new jobs each year.

“The data has now begun to generate optimism within the Valencian society,” he said. “We are second nationwide in terms of reduced unemployment and the second also in job creation, which shows how all of our businesspeople are working together in a true entrepreneurial spirit.”

Fabra also stressed that Valencia is currently running third nationwide in terms of growth at 1.3 per cent of GDP and next year it is forecast to be second with GDP growing at 2.4 percent.

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/45174/

Car and Motor Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | International Money Transfers | Send Money to Spain | Spain Property | Online International Payments | Property in Spain
Costa Blanca Property for Sale | Cabo Roig Property for Sale | International Payments |

16,661,703 PEOPLE REGISTERED WITH SPANISH SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM IN SEPTEMBER

Of the 16,661,703 contributors in September, 8,969,954 are men and 7,691,749 are women.

In September the average number of contributors to the Spanish Social Security System stood at 16,661,703. This figure represents an increase of 12,182 (0.07%) on the previous month.

It should be noted that these are the best figures for September in eight years, as this is traditionally a month in which a negative result is posted.

The year-on-year data show an increase of 356,258 contributors (up 2.18%) for the eighth consecutive month. This figure is five points higher than the result posted a year ago.

The increase is even greater in seasonally-adjusted terms: the increase of 46,961 is the best September result since 2006.

The State Secretary for the Social Security System, Tomás Burgos, believes this figure “reinforces the upward trend in employment despite the time of year. Generally speaking, this performance by contributor figures in September provides a highly significant confirmation of the currently strong growth in the number of people contributing to the system”.

Sectors

The number of contributors registered under the General Regime rose by 9,337 last month (0.07%) to stand at an average total of 13,480,121 in September. It is worth noting the increased number of contributors within education, together with administrative activities and ancillary services.

Also within the General Regime, it should be noted that the Special System for Agricultural Workers posted an increase of 39,138 (5.58%) to a total of 741,005. The Special System for Domestic Workers shrank by 1,439 contributors (-0.34%) to stand at an average total of 424,597.

3,114,225 contributors were registered under the Regime for Self-Employed Workers, following an increase of 4,358 (0.14%).

1,486 fewer people were registered under the Regime for Seamen (-2.3%) to an average total of 63,220. Finally, the Special Regime for Coal Workers shrank by 27 contributors (-0.65%) to stand at 4,137.

Year-on-year change

As regards the year-on-year change, the average number of contributors rose by 356,258; in other words, an increase of 2.18%. Specifically, the General Regime grew by 2.11% or 278,091 more contributors. As regards the Special Regime for Self-Employed Workers, it should be noted that the rate rose by 2.59% following an increase of 78,734 contributors over the last 12 months.

The Regime for Seamen fell by 319 (-0.5%), as did the Regime for Coal Workers by 248 (-5.66%).

Autonomous regions

In the last month, the number of contributors rose in seven autonomous regions: led by the Region of Madrid, up by 27,145; Castile-La Mancha, up 23,128; the Canary Islands, up 6,600; the Basque Country, up 2,479; La Rioja, up 1,915; Castile Leon, up 925; Navarre, up 834; and the Autonomous City of Ceuta, up 232.

Of the 16,661,703 contributors in September, 8,969,954 are men and 7,691,749 are women.

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/45146/

Car and Motor Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | International Money Transfers | Send Money to Spain | Spain Property | Online International Payments | Property in Spain
Costa Blanca Property for Sale | Cabo Roig Property for Sale | International Payments |

SPAIN CONDEMNS MURDER OF BRITISH AID WORKER ALAN HENNING

The Government of Spain strongly condemns the brutal and cowardly murder of the British aid worker Alan Henning at the hands of the self-proclaimed terrorists “Islamic State of Iraq and Levant”, that took place on Friday.

At this time of great dismay, the Spanish Government expresses its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased, and to the authorities and people of Great Britain and hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be brought to justice.

Spain similarly appeals for the immediate release of American citizen Peter Kassig and the other hostages taken by the IS terrorists.

Jihadi terrorism represents a threat to the international community as a whole. Spain is well aware of this through its own experiences. That is why it is essential to adopt a strategy based on a broad consensus among all the regional and international players that promotes peace, human rights and respect for human life.

The aim of the international community must be none other than wiping out the blight of international terrorism from the Middle East as soon as possible. Spain, which maintains strong ties of affection with the people of Iraq and Syria, accepts its share of responsibility in this arduous task.

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/45144/

Car and Motor Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | International Money Transfers | Send Money to Spain | Spain Property | Online International Payments | Property in Spain
Costa Blanca Property for Sale | Cabo Roig Property for Sale | International Payments |

OVER 200 MILLION CHRISTIANS MARTYRED WORLDWIDE FOR NOT RENOUNCING THEIR FAITH

The Foundation of the Holy See “Aid to the Church in Need” has launched two advertising campaigns under the slogan: “Christians have fled Mosul. They need your help urgently.

We have promised the archbishop of Mosul, Mgr. Dhimon Amel Nona, 100,000 Euros to aid 1,000 Christian families who have fled their homes for the jihadists attacks and have been welcomed into the Church of Nineveh. We must not leave them alone.” Another message said: “Emergency aid from persecution in Iraq.

They have nothing left, no house, no financial resources after years of sacrifices. But they fear above all that this situation lasts long time “donations can be entered in the current accounts: Popular: ES12 0075 0080 17 0601667548 and La Caixa: ES21 2100 2415 42 0200140293.

Father Werenfried, the founder, wanted “Aid to the Church in Need” to be the voice of the voiceless, the more suffering, the needy, the persecuted, and martyrs.

An exhibition was born from the need to sensitize the public and media on a reality often ignored: it is now estimated that more than 200 million Christians are suffering for their faith, with many who are suffering violence and even martyrdom. 150 million suffer other forms of oppression and discrimination and restriction of religious practice.

Through a tour of various countries, the exhibition aims to show this reality not so far away and yet unknown. In it we see how the Catholic Church reaches the smallest members of their own church and how faith and hope help them not kowtowing to the difficulties. As a missionary said, “despite everything, they do not wrinkle.” The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.

“Aid to the Church in Need” has a library of images that is the result of the trips the Foundation is doing to countries where the Catholic Church suffers more, in order to broadcast what is happening there and help pastoral and economically . One way to support the Foundation of the Holy See “Aid to the Church in Need” is to visit these exhibitions now traveling throughout Spain.

clementeferrer3@gmail.com Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of advertising and public relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing.

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/45140/

Car and Motor Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | International Money Transfers | Send Money to Spain | Spain Property | Online International Payments | Property in Spain
Costa Blanca Property for Sale | Cabo Roig Property for Sale | International Payments |

DIERDRE SWAPS CORRIE FOR MOJACAR

Oldham born Kirkbride, 60, has a Casa in Mojácar in the south east of Almería in Andalucia

CORONATION Street star Deidre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride) is to take a break from the cobbled streets of Manchester at her Villa in Mojocar.

Oldham born Kirkbride, 60, has a Casa in Mojácar in the south east of Almería in Andalucia, southern Spain. Kirkbride, married to Ken Barlow (Bill Roache) in the TV soap, has requested extended leave until 2015, that was given by Granada chiefs.

Croaky-voiced Kirkbride has played the part of cigarette smoking Deirdre Barlow spanning over four decades. In 2009 Kirkbride fled her villa in Mojocar after bush fires hit the area. She was among hundreds of people evacuated after raging fires spread.

TV bosses have had a ‘shake-up’ in the show – with leading stars leaving the cast – and Kirkbride has revealed that her schedule left her mentally exhausted. Kirkbride, who lives in Manchester, and has complained of the long hours in the TV studios, said: “At times, it is worse than being delayed at Alicante airport.” Kirkbride is set to take her extended break in Spain, with a flight, via Manchester Airport to Alicante-Elche airport

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/45095/

Car and Motor Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | International Money Transfers | Send Money to Spain | Spain Property | Online International Payments | Property in Spain
Costa Blanca Property for Sale | Cabo Roig Property for Sale | International Payments |

GAME IS UP FOR SUSPECTED DRUG TRAFFICKER

 Knight, who is wanted connection with a conspiracy to import cocaine, was apprehended on a European Arrest Warrant.

A poker-playing fugitive was dealt a pair of handcuffs during a tournament at a bar in Valencia last week.

Robert Knight, aged 53, from Walsall, was tracked down as part of a joint operation involving the Spanish National Police, the National Crime Agency and West Midlands Police

Armed officers swooped as Knight was playing Texas Hold’em poker at Saffy’s sports bar in the port area of Calpe at 7pm Spanish time.

Knight, who is wanted connection with a conspiracy to import cocaine, was apprehended on a European Arrest Warrant. He is the 62nd fugitive to be caught out of 76 publicised through Operation Captura.

Hank Cole, Head of International Operations for the NCA, said: “Knight is believed to be a member of an organised crime group involved in the importation and distribution of illegal drugs.

“He had been on the run for a number of years but we were able to track him down. Spain is not a safe haven. The NCA and its partners will continue to pursue fugitives relentlessly.”

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, Founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers, said: “Robert Knight has been at large for six years and I am delighted that the collaborative work of the agencies involved in Operation Captura has once again brought success.

“This latest capture brings the arrest rate to 82 per cent, and with just 14 individuals still to be located, I am appealing to the public to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or 900 555 111 from Spain, with the information that will lead to them being caught. It will happen – it’s just a matter of time.”

West Midlands Police had been seeking Knight following the seizure of six kilos of cocaine at Heathrow Airport in April 2008. Five other men were arrested at the time and later jailed for their roles in the crime.

Inspector Dave Simpson, from WMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “I am delighted that Knight has been caught, it has been a long time coming.

“This just demonstrates that there is no hiding place for criminals and we will work with police forces from other countries along with the National Crime Agency to seek them out.”

Knight will be appearing at the Spanish National Court in Madrid on Sunday where extradition proceedings will begin.

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/45083/

Car and Motor Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | International Money Transfers | Send Money to Spain | Spain Property | Online International Payments | Property in Spain
Costa Blanca Property for Sale | Cabo Roig Property for Sale | International Payments |

LANCASHIRE TOREADOR GEORGE FORMBY – AKA DON PEDRO

Andrew Atkinson outside George Formby's former home in Lytham

LANCASHIRE Toreador George Formby’s final days with fiancee Pat Howson are to be revealed in a book by Alicante based author Andrew Atkinson. Formby – named bull-fighting hero Don Pedro in the song Lancashire Toreador – died 53 years ago, leaving £2.24m in his Will.

“It’s ironic that 45 years after passing Formby’s Georgian Mansion House in Lea, Preston, on my weekly fishing outings, that I’m penning this book,” said Andrew. Andrew, 57, lives in both Los Montesinos, Alicante, and Penwortham, Preston – where Formby suffered a heart attack while dining at the Howson family home in 1961. “The story is right on my door-step!,” said Preston born Lancastrian Andrew.

Ukelele legend Formby died, aged 56, in March 1961 – three months after his wife Beryl’s death. “Eight days into their engagement George Formby and Pat Howson dined by candle light.

However Formby complained of stomach pains – and was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Preston. “During Pat’s visit on March 6 1961, she spoke to George, while sat at his bedside, about their forthcoming wedding plans,” said Andrew.

Hours later George Formby died – of a massive heart attack. Their wedding day was set for March 1961 – and a honeymoon cruise to the West Indies was booked: “Pat’s dad Fred Howson was a personal friend of Formby, whom he sold cars to. “Fred would never have imagined that his daughter was set to marry him,” said Andrew. In his Will George Formby left Pat Howson £135,000 – value £2.24m today

– that was contested by his mother Eliza, and two sisters. Formby’s mum had labelled Pat a ‘floosie’ – a woman of no morals and a prostitute tag. Pat Howson died of cancer, aged 46, in 1971.

The Lancashire Toreador (1937)

I’ve been to Spain but never again, I couldn’t go there twice ‘Cos my name’s John Willie but they said it sounded silly And they wouldn’t call me that at any price. They soon made me change my name and a real proper Spaniard

became:

Don Pedro, the big bull-fighting hero, The Lancashire Toreador. They cheer me and when the bull gets near me To show how far a brave man can go with the bull I danced the Tango. Then when I hung on his tail my pants he tried to gore. I went dashing round the ring with him giving chase, Three times he tossed me in the air, I looked a disgrace. They shouted, ‘Look at all that skin and bone round the place, It’s The Lancashire Toreador.’

Don Pedro, the big bull-fighting hero, The Lancashire Toreador.

I met-a charming senor-eta She said, ‘To love you I can never’, then kissed me good-bye for ever. That night, as she retired, she locked her bedroom door. She started to undress and timidly she looked round, Said, ‘Thank God, I am rid of him for he’s homeward bound’, But when she pulled the bed clothes down now guess what she found? Why The Lancashire Toreador.

Don Pedro, the big bull-fighting hero, The Lancashire Toreador. I scare ’em, no mercy ever spare ’em. In the dead of night I ramble, Spanish castle walls I scramble. I saw a shadow above a girl in her boudoir. I climbed up her balcony, it started to sway. She shouted, ‘Murder! there’s a bandit, spare my life, pray’. But when my castanets I rattled she said, ‘Hooray! It’s The Lancashire Toreador’

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book email the author Andrew Atkinson for further details at: lancashiremedia@talktalk.net

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/45079/

Car and Motor Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | International Money Transfers | Send Money to Spain | Spain Property | Online International Payments | Property in Spain
Costa Blanca Property for Sale | Cabo Roig Property for Sale | International Payments |

Translate »