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The Battle of La Albuera Editorial Health & Beauty Nutritional Therapy Andalucia Life News View from The Clubhouse Pets & Pet Care Technology The Book Review Cordoba A Walk on the Wild Side Art & Craft Sudoku Ruta Gastronomique What’s On Tales from The Fig Tree

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Copy Deadline for March Issue - 15th February 2011

Contributors: Dr. R. Gonzalez, Age Concern, Pauline Bowden, Joanna Wyndham, NADFAS, Tracey Parker, Tom Crowley, Zoe Fisher, Michele Blindeman, Christine Bourton. Front Cover: Black Storks nesting at Estacion San Roque. Disclaimer: No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means without prior permission from the publisher. Andalucia Life does not accept responsibility for the contents of articles supplied by contributors nor for the claims made by advertisiers. Andalucia Life S.C. Aptd. De Correos 119, Sabinillas 29692, Manilva, Malaga. CIF: J92740919 Deposito Legal: MA-373-2004


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New Bar for Estepona Port Opening just in time to ‘wet the babies head’; ‘Echoes’, Estepona Port’s newest bar opened its doors on Friday 21st January. On the top level Echoes is set to become a favourite ‘local’s bar as well as one to attract visitors. Good luck to Adam and Jackie who have worked so hard to make it happen. Their baby is due on Valentine’s Day, the 14th February. Congratulations on both achievements.

The Battle of La Albuera Thousands, hundreds of thousands even, will have travelled north on the old N630, the Carratera de la Ruta de la Plata from Seville, across the border into Extremadura and so to Mérida, famous for its well preserved Roman ruins. How many though, passing through Los Santos de Malmona will realise that the small monument on the right hand side of the road commemorates the dead at one of the bloodiest battles of the Peninsular War, the Battle of La Albuera fought on the 16th May 1811.

Wellington sent a British and Portuguese force under Sir William Beresford to take Badajoz and they laid siege to the town. Soult gathered a new army in Andalucia and reinforced them with troops retreating due to Beresford’s activities. Beresford had now been joined by a Spanish force led by General Joaquín Blake. An Allied From 1810 the French Army of Portugal, army of 35,000 oppossed the French army commanded by Marshal Masséna, had been of 24,000 and the two met at Albuera. By tied down in a stand off against Wellington’s the end of the day 6,000 Allied soldiers and Allied forces entrenched behind the Lines of 4,000 French were dead. Although the French Torres Vedras, a continuous line of fortifications retreated to Seville the result of the battle is across the narrow peninsula north of Lisbon, considered indecisive for either side. Spanish and was thereby unable to complete the gratitude to the Allied soldiers who helped French occupation of Portugal. By early 1811 evict the French from Spain resulted in the Massénas forces were starving and withdrawing monument you see today. into Spain. Meanwhile Napolean had sent The inscription ( in four languages) by Lord Marshall Soult from Andalucia into Extremadura Byron reads, Oh Albuera, glorious field of grief’ to relieve Masséna. He captured Badajoz from - ‘In rows just like they fought, they lay like the the Spanish and was then forced to withdraw hay in the open countryside when the night back to Andalucia leaving a strong garrison at falls and the mower falls silent. That is how Badajoz. they were slain.’ What’s On Calendar, Business Directory and much more.... on 5

Editorial by Nick Nutter

Early one morning during the Christmas break I planned to go to the allotment to dig up the first early potatoes, make sure ‘the girls’ were happy and to pick up the eggs. Julie reminded me that I should wear my scruff, cleaning out the chicken run does leave one with a distinctive aroma. I dutifully went and dressed in my oldest jeans and shirt topped with a fleece that has seen better decades never mind days. As I was leaving the house Julie asked if I would mind calling at the bank, the garage for fuel, the correos and, whilst I was in the area, I might as well go to Mercadona as well. I went back for the list. Julie took one look at me and said, ‘You can’t go out like that, what if somebody sees you?’

I do not often make in depth comment about politics but my old instincts have been aroused since the New Year. On the 17th November 2011 Nick Clegg said, ‘It is wholly untenable to have millions of people making sacrifices in their living standards only to see the banks getting away scot-free – the banks should not be under any illusion: this Government cannot stand idly by.’ On the 17th December, David Cameron said, ‘Every decision the banks make like that [paying large bonuses] makes it more difficult to keep a tax regime that they might favour.’ On the 14th October, the Chancellor, George Osborne said, ‘We will not allow money to flow unimpeded out of those banks into huge bonuses, if that means money is not flowing out in credit to the small businesses who did nothing to cause this crash and suffered most in it.’ At the same time as these strong statements were being made up to £1 trillion of tax payers money was being injected into the banking sector. Now the coalition are backing right off. The bonus pool at RBS, 84% owned by the British taxpayer, is set at £1.3 billion and they received £45 billion of direct aid. Similar bonus banks exist at the other big three lenders, Lloyds, Barclays and HSBC of which Lloyds and HSBC were also bailed out during this economic crisis. It makes you wonder who is really running the country. Surely after the expenses scandal no politician or civil servant responsible for policy would have accepted an unexpected Christmas present.

“You can’t go out like that, what if somebody sees you?”

I know many of you are interested in the progress of the allotment. The first potatoes, eaten at Christmas as planned, from a crop planted in October, were gorgeous but the rest will be left until March or April. On Boxing Day we ate a perfect white round cauliflower and the other brassicas are doing well. The aubergines and tomatoes have been taken out now. I am looking at a thousand and one things to do with frozen tomatoes. The broad beans are flowering and the leeks, lettuce, onions, carrots and turnips are well on. We will soon be into the spring planting frenzy. The horseradish, fearsomely hot stuff from ‘up north’, seems to have adapted to its warmer habitat and is growing strongly as are the globe artichokes that Julie bought as plugs. I am a little doubtful about the raspberry canes though. They are sending up shoots but they definitely prefer somewhere cooler. We shall just have to wait and see. 6

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) CFS/ME is a condition that causes marked long-term fatigue and other symptoms which are not caused by any other known medical condition and have lasted for at least four months in adults and three months in children and young adults. they can be eased with a holistic therapeutic Most of the features about this syndrome are approach: controversial and have filled pages and pages in the media. The cause is not known: the Rest and a healthy sleeping pattern is most accepted theory is that a viral infection essential. may trigger the condition but inherited genetic Different relaxation techniques may help your susceptibility, exhaustion and mental stress or resting periods. a traumatic event, are contributing factors to people developing CFS/ME. Healthy balanced diets will improve digestive symptoms. From children to adults it can affect anyone, with a peak at early twenties to mid-forties, and Medication like painkillers and antidepressants it is three times more frequent in women than may be prescribed to help with pain control. men. Specialized groups that will offer nursing The common main symptom is persistent support, home equipment and cognitive fatigue. The onset can be sudden or more behavioural therapy will attend more severe gradual. It is often felt to be both physical and cases. mental fatigue, and said to be ‘overwhelming’. In most cases, the condition has a fluctuating The fatigue is often made worse by activity, course. There may be times when symptoms and rest does not ease it. Other symptoms are: are not too bad and times when symptoms flare poor concentration, poor short-term memory, up and become worse. The long-term outlook is sleeping difficulties, headaches, and muscle and joints pain. The severity of these symptoms variable: varies from some patients to others. Some can Most people with CFS/ME will show some do normal daily activities and light jobs with mild improvement over time, especially with difficulties, and others cannot do minimal tasks treatment. Some people recover in less than like personal hygiene. two years, while others remain ill for many years. However, health and functioning rarely Your doctor will usually diagnose CFS/ME completely return to previous levels. based on your symptoms. Some tests are usually done to rule out other causes of fatigue Some people will continue to have symptoms or other symptoms, like anaemia, an under or have relapses of their symptoms. active thyroid gland, and liver and kidney The outlook in children and young people is problems. All these tests are normal in people usually better. with CFS/ME. sponsored by The treatment for CSF/ME depends on the Dr Gonzalez Medical Centre severity of the symptoms. There is no cure but Top Plaza Ginebra, Sabinillas 8 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers


With Proper Care Your Teeth will OutlastYour Body

Should I use a mouthwash?

Many people use a mouthwash as part of their daily oral health routine. They are usually used to help freshen breath but they also help to dislodge any food debris. Some mouthwashes contain an anti bacterial agent to help control gum disease and to reduce plaque.

Why do some mouthwashes contain alcohol?

Some mouthwashes contain alcohol for a number of reasons. It helps to enhance the taste, helps in the cleansing action and adds to the antibacterial effect. However, some people find alcohol mouthwashes too strong and prefer a milder alternative that is alcohol free. Mouthwashes containing alcohol should be kept away from children. Are there any mouthwashes for gum problems? Some mouthwashes, especially those containing Chlorhexidine, are particularly effective at treating gum infections and other oral problems, such as those following a dental extraction. These mouthwashes must be used in moderation and not used over a long period of time. This is because they can cause staining, although this can be easily removed by the dental hygienist. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions at all times. What about ‘total care’ mouthwashes? Some mouthwashes contain anti-bacterial agents which work against the oral bacteria responsible for producing unpleasant odours and plaque. Some total care mouthwashes contain a variety of ingredients. They help in controlling plaque, dental decay and gum inflammation. What’s On Calendar, Business Directory and much more.... on



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Food Intolerance

According to Allergy UK up to 45% of people in the UK suffer from a food intolerance.. Food allergy involves an immune-system response and is usually immediate, whereas, food intolerances don’t necessarily involve the immune response, and a much wider range of symptoms may occur, for example headaches, fatigue, rashes, itching, diarrhea or constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, vomiting. Some people may make abnormal antibodies which mistakenly ‘fight off’ the food when they eat it. One explanation for this is called ‘leaky gut‘. Spaces can develop between the cells of the gut wall, allowing larger undigested food molecules to pass into the blood stream. The body responds to the normal food as a toxin and responds with an immune reaction, which can cause many of the symptoms. The gut wall has a protective barrier of bacteria which can be upset in a number of ways. Medication (particularly antibiotics), some infections, painkillers, stress and alcohol can upset the balance of bacteria and damage the barrier. Sometimes the response is not due to the immune system but an enzyme deficiency (like lactose intolerance where people deficient in the enzyme lactase cannot break down the lactose sugar in milk), or chemical sensitivities to food additives (MSG, sweetners, colours, preservatives), or other substances in foods like histamines or sulphites. For example people with asthma are more likely to respond to sulphites found in wine and foods. In a few people, underlying conditions such as low levels of digestive enzymes, infection, parasites or excessive yeast levels, as well as leaky gut can make food intolerances worse. So, what can you do about it? This depends on what the cause of the food intolerance is. One way is to identify which foods are causing you the problem (there are several ways to do this with which I can help). A good first step is to keep a basic food diary, with what you’ve eaten and when you experienced any symptoms. With food intolerance it can take many hours to notice symptoms and intolerance tends to occur with frequently eaten foods. Dairy products, wheat and other grains, coffee, sugar and yeasts are probably the most common foods that cause intolerance problems.

Then avoid the food/s strictly for about 2 weeks and your symptoms should improve significantly. It is useful to get help substituting foods and meal planning to ensure a balanced diet. Sometimes symptoms can get worse in the first couple of days before improving. Then you could challenge with the suspected food (one at a time) and look for a reoccurrence of symptoms. Unlike allergies, with intolerance most people can tolerate a reasonable amount of the food, but eating too much (or too often) gives them symptoms. You should not try reintroduction if you suspect you have a food allergy or suffer from severe asthma or eczema due to the risk of serious reactions. Sometimes avoiding the food may not be enough. For those with an underlying condition, identification and treatment may be needed before symptoms can improve. For leaky gut it’s a good idea to minimise the lifestyle effects of medication, stress, alcohol and help the gut out with restoring the good bacteria. Eating a diet rich in pulses and vegetables gives the bacteria a source of food and eating natural probiotic yogurt (rather than the sweetened probiotic yogurt drinks) can encourage growth. Probiotic supplements can be very useful for those with irritable bowel or anyone who has recently taken antibiotics. Take a multiple strain (as they have different effects) with a quantity of at least 10 billion per strain, and don’t take with hot liquids/foods which can destroy the bacteria. Food intolerance is common and has many causes resulting in a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms, and not just digestive ones. Symptoms can be relieved by correctly identifying and removing the underlying cause or food.

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Stay Healthy after the Christmas Excesses Most people eat and drink too much over the Christmas and New Year period. If you are still feeling sluggish try these treatments from our experts in their fields.

Detox your body

Detox your body with a massage treatment designed specifically for those wishing to cleanse their body and purge the muscles of toxins. Ideal for use in conjunction with a detox plan or as a start to a diet regime; or simply if you’ve been burning the candle at both ends. A detox massage incorporates specific lymphatic drainage strokes and meridian acupressure to stimulate and aid the drainage of toxins. The technique utilizes a specific blend of aromatherapy oils - citrus lemon, rosemarinus officinalis, daucus carota and helichrysium augustifolium. All of these oils are well known for their detoxifying effects on the body. The treatment starts with a full body brush to stimulate blood and lymph circulation. The body is then massaged using a variety of techniques tailored to the individuals needs, with particular focus on problem areas. Detox is an intense massage ritual drawn from a fusion of Eastern and Western techniques enabling the therapist to work on your body, mind and spirit. It detoxifies, relaxes and revitalises the body. Treatment benefits include, augmentation of detox programs, stimulation of circulation and drainage, improvement of blood and lymph circulation, a strengthening of immunity, improved muscle tone and stress relief.

Therapist Marie Christine Bourton. SotoVital Natural Skin & Body Centre. Torreguadiaro – Sotogrande. Tel: 662 321 075

Your skin is the body´s largest organ and a direct reflection of internal wellbeing as a result of over indulgent eating and drinking during the Christmas and New Year festivities. Our skin can look dull, eyes can be a bit puffy and some spots may have appeared. Overall your skin can do with a little bit of TLC and the perfect remedy to bring the natural radiance back is to treat yourself to a luxury facial treatment. A facial is very beneficial in many ways. The double cleanse and exfoliating procedure will elliminate all dead skin cells which will immediately result in a much brighter complexion. A deeply purifying mud mask will deep cleanse and refine the pores by eliminating the excess sebum which is especially beneficial for oily skin. The intensive nourishing mask will replenish moisture and plump up fine wrinkles, a must for mature skin. The massage which is an important part of the facial stimulates blood circulation, cell renewal and collagen production and is very relaxing for the whole body and mind. The luxury rejuvenating facial is a ninety minute pure indulgence treatment which will leave you completely relaxed and your skin feeling softer and revitalized, giving you a younger appearance.

A Facial Treatment

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Alhambra Top Tourist Attraction

The Alhambra in Granada has been Spain’s most visited monument for a number of years. In 2010 it maintained its position with 3,345,311 visitors, a 4.85% increase on 2009. Almost half the visitors are Spanish with a third coming from the rest of Europe. Expectations for 2011 are optimistic.

Roman Baths Unearthed in Málaga

Readers of this magazine will remember mention of newly discovered Roman remains near the Roman theatre in Málaga in the December 2010 issue. It has now been ascertained that the remains are the Roman Baths, including the hypocaust where the water was heated. Archaeologists working at the site have expressed surprise at how well conserved the remains are.

Most Corrupt Countries

It has taken four years to assess and publish the results of numerous surveys undertaken worldwide to calculate the 2006 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. Between 3 and 10 individual surveys were undertaken in each country and the targets were business people and country analysts. Where 10 is squeaky clean and 0 is very corrupt, Spain came in at 6.8 and a position of 23, the UK scored 8.6 and was joint 11th with Austria and Luxembourg. The United States was just better than Spain at 20th with a score of 7.3. The cleanest countries were judged to be jointly Finland, Iceland and New Zealand with 9.6 and the most corrupt was Haiti with a score of 1.8. It’s all to play for.


Light a Light

Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice once again celebrated Light a Light in memory of loved ones on the 17th December at the Hospice Centre. Light a Light is a special tribute to a loved one when a light and candle is dedicated to them for a donation. The performances of John Mathisen, Leslie Thompson, the Tapas choir, Sunny View children’s choir and the Spanish choir “Cantando Entre Amigos” (Singing Amongst Friends) along with lighting of the Hospice Centre, helped to create a night full of emotion, especially for our patients and friends of Cudeca. Thanks to everyone we enjoyed a great afternoon and raised more than €8,325.

Talk Radio Europe Telethon raises over 23,000€

Talk Radio Europe, the renowned radio station, broadcasting on the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, once again held their annual radio auction in aid of Cudeca on the 10th December. The show was hosted by the TRE team alongside some special guests and there was also an array of musical talent performing live on air in the studio. The auction opened for live bidding at 10am and by midday the atmosphere in the studio was alive and buzzing with listeners partaking in the bidding frenzy which lasted until late that night. Cudeca also received lots of generous donations and dedications and together with the items sold, we managed to raise over 23,000€ for the Hospice Centre and donations are still coming in.

€52,545 raised in Cudeca’s Collection Tins

Despite another difficult year, Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice reached the magnificent total of €52,545 in their collection tins for 2010. From Nerja to Sotogrande, Cudeca has tins in bars, restaurants, shops, private homes and 2 stand-up collection points at Málaga Airport. A team of hard working Volunteers are taking care of the tins all year round and as Marisa Ballestracci, Cudeca´s Tin Army General says, “our Volunteers deserve a massive thank you for the tireless effort they put in and I also thank the general public for their continued support.  I also wish to give my sincerest gratitude to Richard Sturman, Hazel Pettit and Brendan Dalley for counting the coins at the Hospice Centre.” If you would like to become one of Marisa´s Tin Soldiers, or have a tin in your home, please telephone her on 952 56 49 10 or alternatively email at 16 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers

As we bid farewell to 2010 The Clubhouse is proud to say that we did it in Style. Our New Year´s Eve gala Dinner & Dance was a great success with friends & customers from both near and far gathering together to ring in the New Year. Our 3 Chefs Vittorio, Carl & Jorge did us proud serving up an exquisite array of dishes while music was supplied by Ashley. Our Kids Christmas Eve party was also a triumphant success with Santa Claus himself being star of the show. Children and parents alike sang their hearts out and then enjoyed some festive cookie decorating with KRAFTY KIDS. Christmas day lunch was also a first for The Clubhouse and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Clubhouse Golf Society Would you like to play with a Golf Society that: Promotes Ladies & Gentlemen Plays every Wednesday on some of the Best Courses on The Coast Plays a different course each week Has competitive rates Has great food at fantastic value at the presentation afterwards Then…call

Doña Julia has opened its 18 holes again and The Clubhouse Golf Society played it recently. A lot of work has been done to it of late and all at Doña Julia deserve great credit for what has been achieved to date. Even though it is still not up to the standards of old, with a bit of time this will surely happen. As a local course it deserves to be supported and we wish them all the best for the future.

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Fiesta of San Antón On the 15th January the weather was glorious for ADANA’s fourth annual celebration of the Fiesta of San Antón the patron Saint of domestic animals that attracted a good crowd of animal lovers and their pets. The motley crew walked in procession from the Tourist Office through the town with a police escort to Plaza Antonia Guerrero where Father Maurice Horsey kindly performed the blessing of all the animals. Thanks to all who attended, rattled tins and donated. For more information about ADANA, adopting a homeless dog or cat, becoming a member and details of our forthcoming events please see www. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter please contact Marjorie at administracion@

5th February - Car Boot Sale From10am until 2pm at Bar Eden on the Forest Hills road. Stalls costs €10. Commercial traders not permitted. There is plenty of space for stalls so if you have goods to sell or like a rummage amongst other people’s This is the opportunity For more information please contact or Marjorie on 636 934 146 18 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers


Motorists - Horses On The Road

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The Highway Code is the same all over Europe regarding animal rights on the road. It seems the ones controlling the death machines need reminding of this and of what hand signals mean. Twice recently a car has passed so close it knocked my stirrup with the wing mirror and more seriously another hit one of my horses, sending the rider crashing onto the crash barrier. Fortunately on this occasion there were no serious injuries. When passing a horse you must do so slowly and leave the width of a car. If the rider signals you to stop, then do so. They have the advantage of seeing further ahead or around a corner and see on-coming traffic which would impede your progress without you slamming into the horse or the other vehicle. Equally both horse and rider must be suitably attired and visible, respect other road users and know the signals. School your horse so he is not nervous in traffic. Don’t ride on roads unnecessarily. We are fortunate to have lots of country trails here. Motorists please remember, the horse was here long before your car was.

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Technology The Future is Electric There has been a wave of media interest in electric cars lately. During January BBC’s Brian Milligan set off from London in an electric mini car on a four-day journey to Edinburgh. His aim was to see if it was possible using the few charging points already installed along that route. It took four days because the car needs charging at regular intervals. To make the 484 mile (780 km) journey the vehicle had to be recharged ten times for periods varying between 8 and 2 hours. The mini has a range with a ‘full tank’ of less than 87 miles (140 km), not enough to prevent a new phobia that Brian experienced on his last leg, range anxiety. On day 3 Tesla Motors decided to compete with Brian using their £88,000 electric sports car that, if they are also competing for plug space could spark off another phenomenon, charge rage. Meanwhile, Ford introduced their all-electric Ford Focus at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. With a range of 100 miles, a top speed of 84 mph and a full charge time of only 3 to 4 hours it is clearly an improvement on the mini. Technology tends to leap forward under stress, in this case the pressure to provide a realistic alternative to petrol and diesel before the oil runs out, it will not be many years before the electric car is the norm. Back at the CES, Fulton Innovation were showing the power of induction. Cereal boxes that glowed in the dark were only the draw to attract people. Induction works by generating heat within a ferro magnetic container. An induction hob for instance has a copper coil below the surface that, when an AC current is passed through it, produces a magnetic field that in turn produces an electric current in the container placed on the hob. This current

passing through the container that is also a conductor, produces heat. What Fulton has done is introduce the conductor into packaging so, with the right kitchen surface, a can of their soup will heat up to the perfect temperature. Not only that, the induction surface, similar to an induction cooker hob, can be used to allow kitchen devices to communicate with each other so the blender can talk to the saucepan. The whole thing can be programmed to produce a meal with all the components ready at the same time. Neat and very efficient.

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Portfolio Management The past year been a rewarding one for most investors, with soaring commodity prices, healthy rises in equity markets (apart from China which has been marginally weak) and positive returns for corporate and sovereign bondholders. The big losers have been those who have retained large sums in short term bank deposits. The year produced the second consecutive rise in equity prices recovering much of the losses incurred during the 2008 banking crisis. In a scenario of respectable global economic growth, especially in the US, China, Germany and many emerging markets, a number of US Fund Managers are forecasting an increase in the S&P 500 index of up to 10% in the coming year. Similar predictions are being made for the UK. This is particularly so in an environment of extremely low interest rates. The general view is that, with strong demand from China and other Emerging Nations together with an improving international growth picture during 2011, commodities should remain strong. Pricing does tend to be influenced by speculators, but, should speculative buying wane, the slack should be taken over by basic demand. Commodities are also seen as a good hedge against rising inflation.


Overall, the general picture is positive and the majority expectation is of a continuation of rising markets. One should, however, remain aware that the structural imbalances within the world economy are not yet resolved and will take many years to achieve sustainable equilibrium. The world is changing with the ascent of China as the world’s second largest economy and the growing economic power of India and other “new kids” on the block. Although this will present new challenges, the principle of optimal asset allocation within one’s portfolio, depending on your own risk profile and time scales, remains as true as ever and should ensure long-term success in investment. To review your portfolio of asset classes or to confidentially discuss your personal financial situation and investments, contact Pauline Bowden now on 95 289 0383

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Estepona May Benefit From Luxury Urbanisation In 1978 the Saudi Royal Family purchased a 60-hectare plot of land east of Estepona. The land has remained unused since. Now King Fahd’s descendants are applying for permission to build a hotel, 1,477 houses and a golf course on the land. If approval is granted 18 million Euros will be invested in roads and infrastructure and hundreds of jobs will be created. It is hoped that work will start in 2012.

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What do we do? Finding volunteers to help us in the work we carry out as a charity for older people in the area is a continuous task – as new people join us others have to give up because of ill health, or finding a paid job, or returning to the UK. All charities depend on the time that volunteers give to the cause and Age Concern is no different.

People often ask ‘what does volunteering mean’? To me it means offering some of the free time I have to help others who are not as fortunate as me and who have problems that they need help with and make them feel full members of the society within which they live. Some volunteers want to help by working with older people in the community and that can cover, for example, some of the following: Visiting and talking to people Giving information on where to obtain nursing advice Liaising with Social Services when possible Giving information about residential care homes Assisting with shopping Accompanying people to the doctors or to hospital, providing volunteers are available Helping clients to obtain their resident documents, and other legal requirements Translating Helping with repatriation Counselling Other volunteers want to help raise money to support the work being carried out in the community by working in the charity shop we have in Calle Zaragoza, Estepona, or by helping with fund raising in general. Others want to help run the Drop-In-Centre soon to be opening in Estepona. What is needed though is for more people to come forward and volunteer. Training is given to all volunteers meaning that no experience is necessary – all you need is a desire to help and a willingness to commit yourself to using some of your leisure time. We have an excellent group of volunteers who will welcome you with open arms and make you feel part of the Age Concern community. If you are interested why not find out more by calling Eileen on 608458555, or email – we look forward to hearing from you. FINALLY: For elderly people who require help or advice Age Concern, Estepona and Manilva operate a telephone service called Lifeline. This gives the individual a direct point of contact with the charity. The telephone number is 650 163 928. 26 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers

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Estepona Reading Group Book Review

The Hidden Agenda - Philip Pryce What is it about the Costa del Sol that makes it such a hub of creativity for artists and writers? Yet another local author has emerged to claim his place in the hallowed halls of publishing with his first novel, The Hidden Agenda. Following an industrial accident Philip Pryce settled in Andalucía after many years working for a large multi-national company, which included time spent in the Middle East. With Philip’s love of history, and the encouragement of the Estepona Writing Group, he has succeeded in realising the dream of many an aspiring novelist, although he is the first to admit that it wasn’t an easy task and that perseverance is one of the keys to success when it comes to finding a publisher.

happened to the fabled Ark of the Covenant remains a mystery, and although there are many books that feature this powerful object, Philip’s rendition takes us on a thrilling journey that involves President Nasser of Egypt and the Russian KGB. The fast-paced storyline is one that is certain to enthrall readers of both sexes, featuring a touch of romance, a beautiful secret agent, a sprinkling of subterfuge and a good handful of espionage.

The Hidden Agenda is an absorbing historical thriller that is action-packed from start to finish, and the only question that needs to be The Hidden Agenda is set against the backdrop addressed now is ‘Who will play Simon in the of the Suez crisis in 1956. Senior Mossad film?’ operative Simon Davidson has uncovered an Egyptian plot to nationalize the Suez Canal to pay Joanna Wyndham for an attack on Israel. Simon is also informed by a long standing friend that ex-King Farouk is in negotiations with a private collector to sell a golden box that was removed from Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1923. Although much of the plot is fiction, the successful integration of people who were involved in the events of the time lends a semblance of reality to the novel. As well as first-hand knowledge of the area he is writing about, Philip’s passion for getting his facts and figures correct can be seen throughout; however he also admits that there are a few ‘literary inventions, such as the bridge that he created in the area around the Suez Canal. So with the Middle East about to go to war, Simon is instructed to find the box presently hidden in Egypt. What

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By the time William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066, Cordoba was one of the most important capitals in Europe with a mixed population of Jews, Muslims and Spanish Christians. It hosted visitors from all over the civilised world. The city was home to many philosophers, scientists and artists and the third largest mosque in the world, La Mezquita. Little wonder that one visit to Cordoba is not enough to appreciate this incredible city that straddles the upper reaches of the Rio Guadalquiver at its highest navigable point. During the Roman period Corduba Patricia as it was known was a port exporting olive oil, wine and wheat back to Rome. They built the Puente Romano that crosses the river over 16 mighty arches. The road on top was part of the fabled Via Augusta that ran from Cádiz to Rome.

Started in the year 785 the architecture of La Mezquita reflects the already cosmopolitan nature of the city combining elements of Roman, Gothic, Byzantine, Syrian and Persian elements in a unique style called Califal that dominated Moorish – Hispanic architecture until the 16th century. With over 850 jasper and marble pillars together with some, originally Roman, columns topped by innumerable candy striped Moorish arches within the 23,000 square metre space, the first continued overleaf >>>

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view of the Mezquita is breathtaking. It has been suggested that this first impression was deliberately evocative of the Bedouin tents used by the Moors, even down to the thousands of small spirit lamps that augment the meagre light that flows in from the four cupolas. When the mosque was first completed there were even more pillars, 1,293 of them, over 400 were removed to accommodate the Catholic Cathedral that now sits in the middle of the mosque. Because the pillars came from a number of sources rather than being built for the job, they were all of differing heights. The taller ones were sunk into the floor and the ones that were a shade short had square columns fixed to the top. La Mezquita is on the north bank of the river and it is via the Puente Romano that you cross the river to the Torre de Calahorra. As you cross the bridge just glance downriver to the remains of the Moorish mills. As well as grinding wheat for flour one mill, the Albolafia, whose wheel is still pretty well intact, pumped water up to the gardens of the Alcazar. The Torre is now a museum of Islamic culture and includes a collection of navigational instruments invented and used up to twelve hundred years ago by the fleets of lateen rigged dhows that carried produce down the Guadalquiver, into the Atlantic at Sanlucar de Barrameda, hugging the coast south into the Gibraltar Strait and across the Strait to North Africa where they visited and traded with all the sultanates back to the eastern Mediterranean. Back on the north bank and just west of the Mezquita, easily spotted from Torre de Calahorra, you will see the Alcazรกr de los Reyes Cristianos built by Christians in 1328, after Cordoba was retaken from the Moors in 1236. Later it was used as a prison for the Moorish caliph, Boabdil. The Alcazรกr originally had four towers, one at each corner. Only three remain, the Torre de Los Leones that forms the entrance to the castle, the Torre del Homenaje which is octagonal and the round Torre del Rio. The walls enclose a rather superb garden. In 1492 it was here that Columbus sought an interview 34 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers

Try to be there on the hour. The clock chimes sound like a Spanish guitar. with the Catholic Monarchs to try to obtain funding for his first voyage. Later it became the headquarters for the Inquisition. Of particular interest is the Roman mosaic, one of the largest complete mosaics in existence. Staying with the Roman theme, a visit to Cordoba is not complete without walking in the Plaza de la Corredera. The Ayuntamiento building was built on the site of a Roman temple and the square itself was once a Roman amphitheatre. During the 16th century it was the site of Inquisition burnings and then became a bullring. In contrast is the orange tree shaded Plaza del Potro. This square is mentioned in the book Don Quixote and the author, Cervantes, is reputed to have stayed at the inn there. Nearby is the central square, Plaza de las Tendillas. Try to be there on the hour. The clock chimes sound like a Spanish guitar. North of the Alcazár, tucked under the city wall is an area called the Juderia. This is the Jewish quarter and it is a maze of narrow

streets. Following the reconquest in 1492 many Jews were expelled from Spain. Others, as in Cordoba, were confined to one area within the city or town. Just east of the Jewish quarter you enter an area of Cordoba that has been famous for its silversmiths and leather workers since Moorish times. You will find many tiny shops selling intricately worked silver jewellery, ornaments and household items. You will also find vendors of Cordoba’s other speciality, leather. Leather from Cordoba was prized by the Caliphs. It is particularly fine leather with the hide being taken from a middle layer of muscle, the finest from horses. It was then tanned using vegetable dyes until it was a deep maroon colour and then polished. At that stage the leather is extremely strong and was used for upholstery and for shields and breastplates worn by the Moorish army. The leather workers boasted that any article would last the lifetime of its owner. The caliphs and wealthy Moors employed goldsmiths to decorate the leather resulting in exquisitely performed wall hangings and furniture that was never designed to be sat upon. It was a display of their outrageous wealth. During the 15th century ladies and gentlemen also purchased fine leather gloves made from goatskin that incorporated all sorts of designs. The fingers of the ladies’ gloves were perfumed. These were not made to wear. They were rather tucked inside a belt to demonstrate the wealth of the individual. The tradition of fine leather working continues in Cordoba.

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A Walk on the Wild Side

This is, primarily, a beach walk with a couple of diversions onto the road to avoid rivers. However it is much more fun to take a towel and wade the rivers as you come to them. From: Duquesa to Estepona Distance: 12kms (5 hours) Grade: Easy Essential: Waterproofs, food and water Start: Puerto de la Duquesa Finish: Puerto Deportivo de Estepona The walk there and back is daunting but there are buses from Estepona Bus Station to La Linea at 12:00, 15:00 and 16:30hrs daily including weekends and holidays.

The Walk Make your way to the short stretch of paseo at the bottom of the car park before Don Marino and start walking. You cross a wooden footbridge and walk past Almjara chiringuito onto the pedestrian paseo that takes you all the way to the far side of Sabinillas. You now have a choice. Walk up to the main road past La Noria and across the bridge over the Rio Manilva, returning to the beach via Marina Casares, or take your shoes off and wade the river. Either way you arrive at the pedestrian paseo that takes you almost as far as La Sal chiringuito where you have another stream to cross. After heavy rain you will have to wade but most of the time you will be able to jump or stride across. You now have another choice. You can stay on the beach at the foot of the small cliff and then scramble up to join the path to Torre de la Sal or walk off the beach behind La Sal and turn right up a path that takes you to Torre de la Sal perched on its rocky promontory and then down to the beach again. You will often see cormorants ‘drying their 36 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers

wings’ on the rocky outcrops just offshore here and it would be difficult to miss the plovers, ring necked and Kentish, that run down the beach following a retreating wave and then scamper back as if afraid of getting their feet wet. Once east of Torre de la Sal walk on the beach. In a hundred metres you will reach another stream. The sand often forms a dam behind which will be a murky looking lagoon or you may have a narrow gully to jump or wade. The next kilometre is entirely on the mixed sand, rock beach. This stretch is less well visited than other parts and consequently less spoilt. You are sure to see waders near the tide line and around the half submerged rocks that increasingly litter the shoreline until you reach a low rocky promontory with only a few metres of shore between the foot and the sea. If there is any swell you will have to time your run between rocks but its all good fun. Once in the next, small, rocky bay you will see a pedestrian paseo that takes you along the sea wall below the urbanisation Bahia Dorada. The paseo is broken by another promontory where you have to take to the beach. Once back on the paseo it is only a short walk to the next major barrier, Arroyo Vaquero.

This can be a fast flowing river so, apart from in the driest conditions, following the paseo round the eastern end of Bahia Dorada to the main A7 is normally the best option. The walk along the road is on the ‘safe’ side of the crash barrier past the entrance to the Arroyo Vaquero urbanisation and past the entrance to the Fuerte Hotel. You will then cross a bridge over a second stream. On your right is a stretch of scrub with, apparently abandoned, a tennis court. Just after the tennis court a track takes you through the scrub, across the old N340 and back to the beach. The next section of beach, Costa Natura, is used by nudist bathers but they are soon left behind as you reach the Hotel Elba in front of which is another section of pedestrian paseo at the end of which you descend to the beach and start the most attractive part of the walk. After a couple of hundred metres you will cross a small river. It can easily be waded at the seaward end and from there you can walk dry shod in front of the H10 Hotel and onto a rocky path that takes you around the final headland. Rounding this promontory the port of Estepona comes into view with just the sheltered bay of Cristo Beach to negotiate.

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LÍNEA DIRECTA WITH YOU Via its International Department, Línea Directa offers all foreign policyholders residing in Spain customer service by telephone in both English and German. As a result, customers can take out their policy, make any type of enquiry, present claims, send documentation and enjoy 24 hour road assistance, all in their own language, with a single call to 902 352 325, at a time which is convenient for them, whatever product they have purchased. In addition, the same department offers its policyholders a translation service for dealing with repair garages. The customer service in English is the only one in Spain which also makes it possible for the customer to make contact by telephone from outside Spain, by calling 0034 91 807 49 06 from a mobile phone or 0034 902 325 325 from a landline.

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David Hockney Pools of Perfection After a trip to Tibet for our January lecture, our February lecture brings us back to Britain and one of the most influential and seminal artists the 20th century. Perhaps most famous for his series of luminous paintings of Californian swimming pools, David Hockney is now in his seventies but his work continues to be surprising at times, although it is always accessible. Ann Peerless, guest lecturer on cruises and for The Art Foundation and commissioned by the Government of India and Air India for design work and photographic exhibitions, will be telling us about this important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s on the 16th February.

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We ended 2011 with a scintillating lecture by former Royal Librarian Oliver Everett and enjoyed the opportunity to imbibe a festive glass of cava in the warm sun at our post-lecture drinks reception and a group of members were privileged to go on a superb trip to the see the glittering Christmas lights in MĂĄlaga. The de la Frontera lectures are held at 11am on the third Wednesday of the month at the San Roque Golf and Country Club, Km. 127 (A7). There is a chance to socialise with members and friends at our after-lecture drinks reception and an opportunity to win a book on the lecture subject in our raffle. Entry at the door is â‚Ź12, with free entry for members.

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Exhibition of Art

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John Wright’s group of artists will be exhibiting original works in a variety of mediums and styles at the Palacio de Congresos from the 14th February until the 28th February. The inaugeration, with drinks and nibbles, will be from 7pm until 9pm on Tuesday the 15th February

Opening the Way

‘Opening the Way’ is the title of the exhibition at Galeria Lucia in Fuengirola. Richard Wood and Nalini Shanthi Cook jointly exhibit their new works until the 28th February. Richard is exhibiting some of his marine paintings and distant landscapes for the first time whilst Nalini displays powerful portraits and figure paintings.

Big Hit For Art Group The first exhibition staged by Axarquia Art proved to be a big success. The beautiful building of the Riogordo museum formed the perfect backdrop to display the works of art. The contributing artists showed a variety of media and materials with paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramics on display. The event proved to be very popular with between 150 and 200 people attending the opening. There were many highly favourable comments on the variety and quality of work on display, a fact confirmed by the viewing public with sales exceeding €1,000 on the first night. The groups’ next major exhibition will take place at Easter. More details on their website For more information about the group and information on becoming a member email What’s On Calendar, Business Directory and much more.... on 43

International Club Of Estepona

ICE is for all English speaking people and meet at Urbanisation Bahia Dorada Entrada 4 or 5 at km 149, A7 Estepona. Tel 952 802 549

VISIT OUT WEBSITE Every Sunday from 12.30 to 2.30pm and every Tuesday from 11.00am to 2pm the bar is open for drinks and tapas. Every Thursday from 10.30am to 2pm the bar is open for drinks and lunch. Weekly meeting 11.30am. New Members always welcome. Members AGM Thursday 3rd March first call 10.00am, second call 10.30am Special Events February Friday 4th February – Fish & Chip Supper Wednesday 9th February - Ladies & Gents Lunches Friday 11th February Quiz Night Saturday 12th February – Valentines Celebrations Monday 14th February - Film Night Wednesday 16th February - Málaga Trip to classic car museum or dolls house museum. Time for lunch and shopping. Friday 25th February - Music, Supper & Dancing Night For further regular events & information visit our website

Estepona Floral Art Club

(Affiliated to NAFAS London & Overseas)

The Estepona Floral Art Club will welcome Tom Hodge, NAFAS National Demonstrator from Southport, on Tuesday, 15th February 2011. This will be a very entertaining afternoon of colour and design. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience with the closure of the Benavista Country Club in January, which has been our venue for the past few years, and we are sorry that it has closed. We wish Trevor and Debbie success in their new venture and thank them for all their support that they gave our Club. We are currently looking for new premises for our monthly meetings, and therefore suggest that if you are interested in joining us for this months demonstration, then please contact the Chairman on the number below for information regarding the new venue. A well stocked Sales Table for those all important items for Flower Arranging will be available at the demonstration. We look forward to your company on the 15th February. For information on the above events and future events please contact our Chairman Marilyn Pemberton on Tel: 952 928 197 Alternatively go to our website: and click on the link, Culture and Associations, or enter Estepona Floral Art Club in the Google space bar, to view all our forthcoming events. 44 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers



Sea salt has been an important export from the coastal towns of southern Spain for thousands of years, but has anybody wondered what happens in cooler climes where sea water evaporation would never happen? In Scandinavian countries salt was, until recently, a very expensive commodity. When the price dropped Scandinavians rushed to buy and use salt, often to excess, to such an extent that they gave themselves violent thirsts. Now that is unfortunate for Norwegians. Norwegian drinking laws always immensely amuse foreigners. There’s a certain humour in laws that permit people to buy a whole crate of beer at the local store, but not one bottle on its own. Or when a local inhabitant is refused a drink on the terrace of the local hotel, while his good friend from the neighbouring town can order as much as he likes. This is the tail end of a tradition of fighting the evils of alcoholism that Asbjorn Kloster, a pioneer in prohibition, inaugurated a century ago. A campaign that meets with little enthusiasm today.

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Sometimes the true stories are funnier than the made-up stories. Here are some funny stories which really are true. A guide at Windsor Castle was struggling to make herself heard over the roar of low flying aircraft coming into land at nearby Heathrow. She was interrupted by a tourist who demanded what was wrong with the town planners, and why had they built the castle so close to the airport. The highlight of a cruise liner’s visit to the Alaskan port of Valdez was a guided tour of the southern end of the great 800 mile pipeline through which, the guide informed them, some 1.3 million barrels of oil came daily from Prudoe Bay in the north. When he asked if there were any questions, someone solemnly enquired, `How do they get all those empty barrels back up to Prudoe Bay?’ A group of tourists escorted around the British Houses of Parliament suddenly found themselves in the presence of the then Lord Chancellor, Lord Hailsham, resplendent in full wig and gown. Spying behind the group the figure of Neil Marten MP, the Lord Chancellor called out in greeting.`Neil’ with dignified vigour. And all the tourists did. A tourist, on a driving holiday in Britain was reported to have been overcome by the Cotswolds but astonished at the number of villages with the same name. `After Chipping Sodbury,’ he said, `there were three villages in a row called Loose Chippings.’ The story is told, apocryphal no doubt, of the DJ working on a small and remote radio station in Scotland midway through his programme late at night on 1 October 1977. News came to the station that Bing Crosby had died (the station producer happened to be on the phone to the States and picked the word up almost as it occurred). The DJ thought he could possibly be the first person in the UK to publicly announce the death, so he put on a long track and rushed off to record library to get an old recording to play. Upon returning, nervously excited by now, he put the first record onto the turntable without looking at it and broke into the record then playing with a sombre voice: ‘I am deeply sorry to have to inform you listeners that I have just received news from America of a great tragedy. The legendary Bing Crosby is dead. As a humble tribute, I would like to play one of his songs,’ and as he switched over to his Crosby ‘selection’, the melody was beamed out, ‘Heaven . . . I’m in Heaven...’

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What’s On Along The Costa 28th February Andalucia Day, the 28th February, is a public holiday throughout the autonomous community. Expect banks and many shops to be closed. Estepona 5th February – Monthly car boot sale at Bar Eden in aid of ADANA 14th – 28th February Exhibition of Art by John Wright’s artists at the Palacio de Congresos 15th February – 14th March Exhibition of art by John Hutchinson at Estepona Port Business and Internet Centre.

Regular Markets Mondays San Enrique Tuesdays Puerto Banus Wednesdays Estepona Thursdays San Pedro Torreguadiaro Estacion San Roque Fridays Manilva Saturdays Nueva Andalucia Puerto Banus Sundays San Roque Sotogrande Port Estepona

Jerez de la Frontera 10th – 13th February. Formula 1 testing at the Circuito de Jerez. Open to the public 10am to 5pm. Payment at the box office on the day. VIP tickets – 20 Euros. Standard ticket 10 Euros. Children 3 to 14 years half price.

Manilva Foreign Residents Department 4th February – Tapas Day Enjoy a tapa and drink at Rey Arturo which is on the paseo at Sabinillas courtesy of the Manilva Foreign Residents Department Collect your voucher from the Foreign Residents Office at the castle at Castillo de la Duquesa

Puerto de la Duquesa Each Weekend Live sport at Ryders Bar 3rd February Frankie B at Bar Duquesa 10th February The Maia Project at Bar Duquesa 14th February Valentines Dinner at La Traviata 17th February Frankie B at Bar Duquesa 24th February Peet Rothwell at Bar Duquesa Friday Nights Karaoke Kinsale Friday Nights Karaoke Hemingways

New Host for The Penguin For five years Christine has been the friendly face behind the bar at The Penguin in Duquesa and host to some memorable occasions from impromptu Sunday afternoon karaoke courtesy of Damien to lively football and rugby days. She has been a centre of the community, organising trips to the races, lottery syndicates, birthday surprises and more as well as being the first port of call for many regular visitors to the area. Like life itself, things move on and Christine is now looking at new challenges and has had to relinquish the bar. We wish Christine all success and happiness with her new venture and new host John Rockett every success with The Penguin.

Sabinillas Monday Nights Quiz at Fathoms Tuesday Nights Quiz at O’Callaghans Friday Nights Karaoke at O’Callaghans

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Tales from The Fig Tree Hello again and a belated Happy New Year from the Fig Tree. Apologies for missing the January addition, a busy December and a very snowy week in Dublin meant I missed the print deadline. Now, of all the recipes that people ask me about, soda bread is the one that comes up time and time again. Last year I talked about wholemeal or brown soda bread, so this time I will give you a recipe for white soda bread. You can vary this in so many ways by adding sweet or savoury ingredients, I will give you a few suggestions at the end of the recipe.

Basic White Soda Bread.

450g (1lb) plain flour (not strong bread flour) 1 level teaspoon caster sugar 1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 teaspoon salt 350–425ml (12–15fl oz) buttermilk (available in Lidl or SuperSol) Preheat the oven to 230°C (425°F), Gas mark 8. Reduce the temperature by 20°C if using a fan assisted oven. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl and make a hole in the centre. Pour in most of the buttermilk (leaving about 60ml/2fl oz in the measuring jug). Using one hand with your fingers outstretched like a claw, bring the flour and liquid together, adding more buttermilk if necessary. Do not knead the mixture or it will become heavy. This is the only tricky bit about this, it takes a little while to know when it is just right. The dough should be softish, but not too wet and sticky When it comes together, turn onto a floured work surface and bring together a little more. Pat the dough into a round about 4cm (1.5in) deep and cut a deep cross in it. Place on a baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 200°C (400°F), Gas mark 6 and cook for 30 minutes more. When cooked, the loaf will sound slightly hollow when tapped on the base and be golden in colour. You can turn it upside down for the last 5-10 minutes for a crustier loaf. As I mentioned you can make various additions to this basic bread. For a savoury loaf, great with soup, add some chopped herbs, rosemary, parsley, thyme etc. or pieces of crispy bacon and cheese are also great. Add these at the dry ingredients stage and proceed as normal. For a sweet loaf add 100g of dried fruit to the dry ingredients. You can of course make scones out of the dough, in stage 3 just cut into your preferred shape and bake at 230°C for 15 to 20 minutes. 50 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers


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Andalucia LIfe Magazine January 2010  

Andalucia Life Magazine is published monthly and contains articles and stories from contributors, days out, things to do, places to go on th...