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or many people, inheriting wealth from their parents comes too late in life. The Institute for Fiscal Studies believes that those born in the 1970’s will be on average 62 years old when their last surviving parent dies. The wealth of the retired generation would be much better utilised if it were received by children and grandchildren at a much earlier time in their lives rather than as they approach retirement themselves. How much more pleasure can a parent or grandparent achieve than seeing their descendants benefiting from their wealth whilst they are still alive. What could be more rewarding than knowing that their wealth, which they are not relying on, can be utilised by children or grandchildren at a crucial time in their lives. There are tax advantages in passing on wealth during lifetime, especially if the parent is UK domiciled or has assets
in the UK subject to Inheritance Tax. Gifts made more than seven years before death generally fall out of account for UK inheritance Tax. There is an annual exemption of £3,000 of gifts each tax year and if you haven’t used last year’s allowance that may be added. You can make as many gifts of £250 each year as you wish, as long as they are to different people and not to those you have made other gifts to. You can make annual regular gifts of an unlimited amount each year out of surplus income as long as your standard of living is not affected. Assets don’t necessarily have to be given outright – the author [Wayne Barnett of Maplebrook Services Limited] has recently arranged for a property owned by parents and lived in by their son, daughter in law and grandchildren to be placed into trust for their lineal descendants, so that “hated daughter in law “will not personally financially benefit apart from living in the house,
especially in the event of a divorce. Trusts can be very useful receptacles to protect assets from scenarios of divorce, bankruptcy, care home fees or loss of benefits. Finally, we at Maplebrook Services wish all readers a very enjoyable Christmas and a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2021. For further information and advice on lifetime or legacy planning, please consult Wayne Barnett FCA MIPW STEP Affiliate on 26600780/99147650 or by email wayne.barnett@ maplebrookservices.com
JOKES OF THE MONTH A lawyer was reading out the will of a rich man to the people mentioned in the will: “To you, my loving wife Lucy, who stood by me in rough times, as well as good, I leave the house and €2million.” To my daughter Jessica, who looked after me in sickness and kept the business going, I leave the yacht, the business and €1 million, To my cousin Daniel, who hated me, argued with me and thought I would never mention him in my will – well you were wrong. Hi Daniel!” What’s the difference between an accountant and a lawyer? At least the accountant knows he is boring!
HELLO DECEMBER We made it to the end of the year didn’t we! And it may not have been the year we were expecting but looking on the bright side, there must have been some aspects that have been good. Lockdown has helped people assess their lives and shown them areas that they want to change, it has forced people to stop and assess their businesses and relationships and make
improvements. The pandemic has been crippling but also liberating, for me it gave me the opportunity to take the plunge and move to Cyprus, something I was always planning but was always putting it off for another year. I hope this year has given you the kick start to do something you have always wanted, for surely it has taught us that life is short and precious and we must make the most of our time. Lifestyle magazine has been going for six healthy months now, no one said it would be easy and everyone said I shouldn’t do it but here we are, going strong and it is only going to get better in 2021. Thank you to our advertisers who have supported us in
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ince CRPG leapt into action earlier this year, amidst one of the most dreadful global situations we have all witnessed, there has been much activity – and success - in helping UK National’s (UKNs) to obtain residency in Cyprus. For example, the Help Desk, which operates mornings only Monday to Friday, receives above average calls, emails and social media messaging, from people requesting assistance and information. This information covers a wide range of questions, one of the most pressing that is still asked is ‘why do I need to apply for residency’ – this is a predictable response from UKNs who have, perhaps, lived here for many years and who may still have their original pink slip or brown ID card – of course, there are some who do not have any form of residency - both are significant groups of people that CRPG needs to reach. Through media channels such as newspaper, magazine and radio advertising, CRPG continues to help and
explain the necessity of obtaining residency – especially those UKNs for whom the organisation exists. Recently, CRPG has released a series of informative videos via the CRPG You Tube channel streamed on the CRPG website and shared via social media and links on media websites. The work of CRPG has provided interesting analysis regarding UKNs living on island such as, to date, the majority of CRPG clients are female, the average age of CRPG clients is 73 years and across the island, the UKN population varies however, the highest UK population is in the Paphos region – perhaps no real surprise there! What is also interesting to CRPG is that the average length of time UKNs have lived here is 13.9 years. This type of analysis allows us to build a bigger picture of life for and amongst UKNs living in Cyprus by breaking down the basics so that we can ask critical thinking questions such as; what else can we do to reach more UKNs that need help and assistance
with their residency? This is, hopefully, where you, the reader, could help by passing on this article or calling CRPG if you need assistance with residency – or know someone that does. A principal source of CRPG is The British High Commission, based in Nicosia, which is central to the ongoing essential work of CRPG and provides an important link and relationship between CRMD in Nicosia and the UK FCDO in London - CRPG is funded by the UK FCDO UK National Support Fund which allows it to continue its essential work for UKN’s in Cyprus. The CRPG Team maintains their work even during these difficult times which means that the Help Desk and Operations Team are still working on your behalf to help you obtain those important residency documents. All it takes is just a phone call to the Help Desk 99 826 087 – or an email contactus@cyprus-crpg. org – or visit the website cyprus-crpg.org
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Playing the monarch would be a daunting task for anyone, but surely BAFTA-winning actress Olivia Colman is better equipped to pull off the required amount of pomp and posterity? As she revives her role in the new season of The Crown, the talented star reveals her hopes and fears at undertaking the most high-profile of high society roles.
livia Colman is already royalty in her own right as the established queen of prime-time drama, in award-winning shows Broadchurch and The Night Manager. It therefore made perfect sense for her to ascend to surely the greatest role of her career, in the Netflixproduced series. While her very British face, cool but entirely likeable demeanour, and measured, clipped accent reveal that, yes, there is certainly something very regal about the Cambridge-educated star, Colman reveals there was much work to be done in perfecting her portrayal. “They’re gave me a great voice coach who made sure I speak like the Queen,” she begins, “so I’ll just learn the lines and try to copy exactly what they do." Taking on the role of a living icon is fraught with a variety of hazards, but the seemingly unflappable Colman has
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he Traditional Christmas Market has been running for 9 years, it started as a small event in the courtyard of my craft shop Just So Crafty in Oroklini in 2012, having grown up in Manchester where they had lovely Christmas Markets, i found it to be a festive part of the island that I missed. It had an amazing turn out from the start, and each year it grew and grew with more stall holders wanting to take part, and 1000â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of visitors wanting to come and enjoy the festivities, and purchase their Christmas gifts and decorations. It has moved location several times, and this year it is moving again to a new location on Dhekelia Road called Pyla Beach Park, it is located just in front of the Havana Beach Bar, (next to the
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Your career related decisions will go very smoothly. Ambitions to study, teach, travel, write, move or export your ideas will take off this month. The desire for a warm and harmonious relationship gives you a tender, kind and affectionate behaviour.
TAURUS (20 APRIL – 20 MAY)
This is an excellent month for budget-making, asking for a raise and discovering new ways to boost your income. Office milieu will be great and new creative ideas will make your month. You will be forging many new friendships that will bring fun and even love into your life.
GEMINI (21 MAY – 20 JUNE)
Work is a scurry of activity and this period also favours stepping up physical activity or health routines. Creativity, information and ingenuity are the most valuable trump cards on your way to success. our charm runs very high and a love relationship reaches new depths of understanding.
CANCER (21 JUNE – 22 JULY)
Your innovative ideas and skills will come into limelight professionally. Sharing is the key to a happy life this month. You are feeling very contented on the home front. You will win hearts of all your loved ones by showing them love and affection.
LEO (23 JULY – 22 AUGUST)
You’ll have to cope with a very demanding, tiresome and stressful period. This is a month for putting in that initial effort that will yield positive results in the future. Love will be subjected to analysis and maybe even become a reason for worry
VIRGO (23 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER) This month
will see you getting more experienced and clearing all the differences of opinions to work in collaboration with colleagues. Your ambitions would be very high, nourishing your wish to succeed. You’ll be very sensitive emotionally speaking and your need for love will be accordingly.
LIBRA (23 SEPTEMBER – 22 OCTOBER) You’ll focus
energetically on profession and social accomplishment and this period will give you the opportunity to advance, to gain authority, admiration or fame. You will become more understanding and caring and will make your close ones very happy by expressing your feelings.
SCORPIO (23 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER) This is an excellent
month for personal finances. It is a time of gathering your resources for the days ahead. Your communication skills will come into light which will bring you gains. A lover or
partner pays a lot of attention to you and it feels fabulous.
SAGITTARIUS (22 NOVEMBER -21 DECEMBER) You will have a
happy time on the personal front. With spouse or love, a great time is indicated as you will get to express your deep feelings, which will bring closeness and intensity in your life. Professionally, you will have a happy state of mind.
CAPRICORN (22 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY) This is the time to
join forces with someone who shares your financial, property and business goals and then pursue the outcome. If you are in a relationship this is the ideal time for making a long term commitment to that special someone in your life.
AQUARIUS (20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY) You are likely
to enjoy your increased exposure and recognition on a professional level. Increased responsibilities continue to be an issue in your life, but you feel more in control. You are romantic and imaginative, but other interests will pressure you and you won’t be able to manifest freely.
PISCES (19 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH) A busy month
that involves plenty of errand-running, tending to paperwork, and attending appointments is in store for you. Love this month is rather business-like as well, or could be found through professional contacts. Friends and group activities would be strong in the last week.
DIGITAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS
t may be difficult to predict whether we will be able to spend the festive period together around the table, or in typical 2020 fashion - over Zoom. But fear not - the world of digital gifting means you can still spoil your close ones with a personalised gift, even if you have to spend the day apart.
OUR TOP DIGITAL GIFTS: Game Coaching
Is someone you know an avid gamer? Video game coaching is the latest phenomenon, particularly as the pandemic has meant people are spending more time indoors. Everyone from budding contestants for gaming competitions, to dads that want to keep up with their kids over the season are brushing up in gaming sessions with the experts. Sites like Fiverr offer sessions with professional gamers for as little as £8 an hour depending on the game and level of the coach.
Do you have any aspiring musician or comedian friends? Or maybe someone you know recently set up their own business and just needs a little help? Thanks to Fiverr, you could buy them online coaching from a famous TikToker to learn how to master the platform and even help them grow to be TikTok famous!
Audio books are rocketing in popularity. Logistically, you can now listen on the go for example, on a run or exercising. Some books are now only available via audio books. Therefore gift your loved one an
Audible subscription this year for £69.99 a year or £7.99 a month.
Trace your Family Tree Forget ‘Who Do
You Think You Are’ - if one of your loved ones are curious about their roots, you can hire a genealogist on Fiverr to trace your family tree for you. You can either gift your loved one some time with a genealogist, or do the hard work before-hand and prepare your own family tree in a frame as a heart-felt gift provided you don’t unveil any nasty surprises!
MU S IC
ANNOUNCES HIS FIRST EVER CHRISTMAS ALBUM
CHRISTMASLAND Tell us about your experience with bullying I’ve more or less been fat my entire life, which I’m sure you can imagine the implications of. Kids can be cruel, but that cruelty is borne of an inevitable narrowness of worldview. It is not a thing that anyone should be resented for, for narrowness of view is akin to a virus; hatred will never eradicate a virus, but careful education and
- OUT 4TH DECEMBER
caring for one another undoubtedly will. How do you help young people with their mental health? I try my best to treat each person as an individual. There is no single thing that any person can say or do that will cure all ails, and anyone who claims they have that ability is probably not to be trusted. One of the most important things I’ve learned recently is that we must accept the narratives of others
as though they were our own. It is easy to see the contradictions in the perceptions of a severely depressed person, and challenging to accept those contradictions as their honest truth. If we are able to accept that truth is in itself variable, then we can move towards changing it. Is this reflected in your music? I’d like to think so. In each song and across each album I try to tell many stories, often nested within one another and occasionally contradictory. The idea that the individual has the most power over their universe is something I’ve generally tried to stress in my music and my words. What plans do you have for Christmas? I’m releasing my second album this year, a Christmas album filled with classics of all different kinds, called ChristmasLand. I hope that it can provide some relief at this bizarre crossroads we’ve all found ourselves at. Other than that, I’ll be thankful to be spending Christmas day with my family. Twitter: @JonAntoine Instagram: @JonAntoine Facebook: @Jonathanantoinemusic
Image © Simon Fowler
TR AVE L IN S PIR ATION
Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all been in lockdown down this year and probably getting itchy feet to go on our travels again. As we hope borders slowly reopen here are our bucket list of places to visit in 2021.
A pagoda stands next to Nachi no Taki, one of the tallest single tiered waterfalls in Japan, in this photo by Lorraine Yip, taken at Nachi Falls.
Colours collide on Varadero beach, Cuba, in this summery shot by Kay Ludwig.
A picture postcard scene on the river in Strasbourg, France, is captured in this photo by Thierry Den Hartog.
A rider on a rock in Monument Valley, Arizona, conjures up scenes from the Wild West in this photo by Meike Heidemann.
Matej Kotula waited for the perfect moment to capture this sunrise photo in Bratislava.
For more information about the CEWE Photo Award visit https://cewephotoworld.com/ cewephotoaward
MU S IC
‘HEY MUSIC…THANKS FOR THE THERAPY!’
DECEMBER IS HERE, A TIME OF WARM FEELINGS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, JOY AND MUSIC!
My first mention is a young musician from Larnaca. Giannis Giannikou, aka MoulD, who studied music at BIMM Manchester and returned to Cyprus with his new project and released 2 songs, the most recent titled THEM. His music is a collaboration of Greek underground Rembetiko style fused with modern Rock and Grunge tones. An interesting refreshing combination with effective results which has been well received. I look forward to seeing MoulD perform in the future. Follow MoulD to hear his input into the local music 36 scene.
Moving across to Australia now to a dynamic pair, OPAL OCEAN. An instrumental guitar duo who have ventured to great acoustic heights to produce an amazing and unique fresh sound of flamenco technique and progressive Rock. Their second album The Hadal Zone, was released in October and is as magical to listen to, as it is to watch Alex and Nadav
OPAL OCEAN Photo credit: Four Eyes Production
Music expert Drew Andreou, who organises Cyprus Rocks, gives her insight into the music scene around Cyprus. If you want to be included email email@example.com
strum away passionately and vigorously on their guitars. I happily and thankfully came across this duo, who have performed in beautiful locations (pre Covid). Make sure to check out their music, their CD will make an amazing Christmas present.
December seems to be the month for live streaming events. I will be ‘attending’ three with friends or, I might even have a ‘house party’. This ‘Covid era’ is certainly surreal but I am positive that REAL LIVE events will be back! Until then, my first, will be the fabulous EVANESCENCE, who recently announced their first Live stream concert on the 5th December, playing songs from their upcoming album and other favourites…Amy Lee will be ‘bringing me back to life’ that night! evanescencelive.co
spectacular Teatro Regio Di Parma Opera House in Italy. A magical show for this magical time of the year. andreabocelli.lnk. to/tickets.
Secondly, on the 12th December, the enchanting Andrea Bocelli will perform a one day only worldwide exclusive stream, BELIEVE IN CHRISTMAS, from the
Ending on a positive note with a beautiful song, Tom McGraw’s Humble & Kind.
And finally, a childhood favourite of mine, New Wave pop group Boy George & Culture Club, will be presenting their Rainbow In The Dark live stream concert on the 19th December at Wembley SSE Arena. A night of optimism, colour, chameleons and hope in these times! Ticketmaster. co.uk SAVE THE DATES!
Merry Christmas everyone xx
“Our restaurant, our life’’
Our dream was to one day create good service for tourists that would make their holidays here in Cyprus, even more special. This dream came true in 1989, where we established a small family business in Ayia Napa, a restaurant, as I (Theo) am a trained chef and my brother (Peter) is a trained waiter. Since then we have tried our best to provide as much satisfaction as possible to our customers.
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