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Contents Page 6


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Health & Beauty

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A View from the Clubhouse

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Riding the Kings Road

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Sailing - The Giraglia Cup

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Direct from the Palenque

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Swimming with Horses

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Time to Pay Taxes

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Summer Spanish Lessons

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Book Review

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Sierra Bermeja

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What’s On

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Andalucia Life invites readers to contribute articles of interest, news and views, details of special events and special occasions.

Copy Deadline for July Issue - 15th June 2011 Contributors: Tom Crowley, Dr. R. Gonzalez, Jane Jewson, Joanna Wyndham, Drains in Spain, Tracey Parker, Zoe Fisher, Gary Beaumont, Camilla Sykes, David Russell. Front Cover: Polo in Sotogrande by Camilla Sykes Design: Manilva Media Workshop SLL tel: 952 936 198 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, Local 6, Calle Mijas, Sabinillas, 29692 Legal: MA-373-2004 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers 4Deposito


Blast rocks Gibraltar Port’s fuel storage depot A number of people were injured, one seriously, when an explosion ripped through a tank at Gibraltar Port’s main fuel storage facility on Tuesday, 31st May. At the time of the blast the huge cruise ship ‘Independence of the Seas’ was berthed alongside and it is believed that a number of injured were on board. The explosion triggered a fire at the port which took most of the night to extinguish, and the incident led to the closure of the airport, with flights being diverted to Malaga. An investigation is being carried out into the

cause of the blast, but early indications point to welding work being carried out at the time.

Manilva Wine School celebrates its first year all aspects of the process from the growing of the vines, harvesting, and on to the production and marketing of the wines. On qualification the graduates will be qualified to work throughout Spain and Europe. The wine tasting was attended by a number of invited guests, who were treated to a brief lecture by local dentist, and student of the school, Victor Hugo who explained the technical process of tasting - examining the wine for colour, clarity, smell (nose) and finally the various stages of taste. Manilva’s Wine School celebrated its first year On offer were a number of wines, all of with a wine tasting at the Manilva Wine Centre. which hailed from Andalucia, including a fino, Established in 2009 the school has around 15 manzanilla, rosado, reds and dessert wines, students from all walks of life, including a vet, a and all of which were appreciated by the dentist, a footballer, a school caretaker, etc., all tasters. who have been working towards qualification The school is accepting enrolment for the next as technicians in the grape and wine industry. school year which begins in September so if The course, which is presented by Pedro you are interested, bearing in mind you will Calleja and Laura Macias, both with many need a good level of Spanish, then get in touch years in the industry, involves instruction on with Manilva Town Hall’s Education department. What’s On Calendar, Business Directory and much more.... on 5

Editorial by Gary


Dear readers, I’d never have thought I would find myself sitting down one day to write the editorial for Andalucia Life. After some seven years with Nick and Julie ably manning the helm, I hope that I can continue to push the magazine forward and maintain its reputation. As you know Andalucia Life was bought by Jacquie from The Diary, and she has asked me to take on the role of Editor for the time being, which I am more than happy to do. To say it was a last minute move would be an understatement, but I’m looking forward to developing the magazine alongside Jacquie. Resident readers needn’t worry as there will be no change there, as I believe the three publications: Andalucia Life, The Resident, and The Diary, are the perfect complement to each other in serving their readers with interesting and useful information, news and articles. Well that’s enough of that, let me introduce this month’s magazine, which appears to have picked up something of a horsey theme this month. Over the last few weeks I have been following the progress of Peter

Ritz, who along with his horse Corvacero, has just set out from Estepona on a 6,000 km journey, ultimately tracing the Via Regia, an old trading route, from Santiago de Compostela back to his home town of Görlitz in Eastern Germany. We hope to bring you a steady update of news on the progress of this epic journey. An interesting article on the work of local farriers, along with a piece on polo in Sotogrande completes the equestrian content. Andalucia enjoys a vibrant live music scene, with artists covering all genres, but it can sometimes be difficult to uncover what’s on where, and so over the coming months we will be looking to address this issue. With this and other new ideas, along with the old favourites, I’m sure we can all look to the future of Andalucia Life with a sense of excitement and optimism. All the best for now, Gary

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Summer Ailments The summer season has already started and it will be appropriate to remember some good advices to ensure that we will enjoy the good weather without putting our health at risk. Swimmer’s ear (external otitis), is an infection of the ear canal (the tube that carries sounds from the outside of the body to the ear drum). Its most outstanding symptom is severe ear pain aggravated by touching the earlobe or other outside part of the ear. Sometimes there is itching in the canal before the pain begins but, there also may be a greenish-yellow discharge from the ear opening. This infection can be caused by many different types of bacteria or fungi. It usually develops in children whose ears are exposed to persistent, excessive moisture, especially when diving or swimming with their heads under the water (the water causes a breakdown of the skin in the ear, allowing bacteria or fungi to penetrate). For this reason it occurs most often during the summer months, and most often in older children and young adults. External otitis should be treated by a doctor. This is the fastest way to relive your child’s severe ear pain and to prevent the spread of the infection to nearby cartilage and surrounding bone. Also looking into the ear is the only way to distinguish between external otitis and other infections in the ear: it is very important to ensure the integrity of the ear drum before starting any treatment. The easiest way of preventing this common problem is by using ear plugs when swimming (to avoid water going into the ear), and stopping children from trying to clean their ears themselves, especially using straight, stiff objects. Acute gastroenteritis is another common summer problem and, in fact it is a group of clinical syndromes predominantly manifested by loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea of variable severity, and abdominal discomfort.

In most cases those symptoms can be little more than an inconvenience to an otherwise healthy adult, but can be of grave significance to persons less able to withstand the stress (e.g. the aged, debilitated, or very young). The change of usual diet, different concentration of minerals in tap water and the excess of alcohol can explain the well known traveller’s diarrhoea. In other cases, toxins in seafood, creams and mayonnaise sauce are responsible for the symptoms; viral infections in others. Supportive treatment is most important. Bed rest with convenient access to a bathroom is desirable. In mild cases of nausea or vomiting the need to replace lost fluids is the necessary treatment; there are preparations available at the chemist but, homemade lemonade with a pinch of salt and bicarbonate will do the same. Then, a low residual diet for a few days will help you recover in most cases. If vomiting persists then the risk of dehydration is prominent and professional help should be sought. It is important to note that antibiotics are of little or no help, except in particular cases. Finally, few words about sun exposure: skin cancer incidence is growing by the year. Those with white skin, and children are at especially high risk. Avoid midday sun and always use protection cream of a recognised brand. Those who have had sunburns in past years should remember that the skin regenerates well but keeps a memory of that previous damage and further aggression will produce malignant lesions in future years.

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Will yoga help me lose weight? Doing yoga regularly offers many benefits, including making you feel better about your body as you become stronger and more flexible, toning your muscles, reducing stress, and improving your mental and physical well-being. But will it help you lose weight? Doing yoga regularly offers many benefits, including making you feel better about your body as you become stronger and more flexible, toning your muscles, reducing stress, and improving your mental and physical well-being. But will it help you lose weight?Answer: Practicing any type of yoga will build strength, but some types may not raise your heart rate enough to make them the only form of exercise you need to include in your weight loss regime. It depends on the type of yoga you select and how frequently you practice it.In order to lose weight, you must eat healthily and burn calories by doing exercise that raises your heart rate on a regular basis. Some types of yoga, such as Iyengar, in which yoga poses are held for several minutes with a resting

period between each pose, will build muscles and improve your posture, but will not give you the cardiovascular workout you need to lose weight. If you plan to make yoga your primary form of exercise, you must do a vigorous 90-minute yoga class at least three times a week. Many people also choose to combine yoga with running, walking or other aerobic exercise in order to reach their weight loss goals. What Kind of Yoga Will Help Me Lose Weight? The type of yoga you need to do is called vinyasa or flow yoga. This style of yoga is based on the performance of a series of poses called sun salutations. Vinyasa includes many popular, athletic and sweat-drenched yoga styles. For weight loss purposes, try:

Ashtanga: Ashtanga Yoga is a very vigorous style of practice with a few distinct advantages for those who want to lose weight. Ashtanga practitioners are among the most dedicated of yogis, and beginners are often encouraged to sign up for a series of classes, which will help with motivation. Another advantage is that once you learn the poses, Ashtanga Yoga is ideal for home practitioners. Power Yoga: Power Yoga is extremely popular, because it provides a very vigorous cardiovascular workout. Hot Yoga: Vinyasa yoga done in a hot room ups the ante by guaranteeing you’ll sweat buckets. Keep in mind that if you are just starting to do yoga, are very overweight, or are quite out of shape, always choose a beginner-level class. Yoga Workouts at Home Keep yourself exercising by doing yoga at home on the days you can’t make a class. Follow along with a video or audio recording if you are new to yoga. When you are ready to plan your own workouts, use these yoga sequencing ideas to help you come up with yoga sessions of varying lengths that will fit your schedule.

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Children’s Weight With increasing concern over childhood obesity we look at ways of tackling the issue without resorting to extreme diets. More parents are becoming worried about Physical activity is critical for children to keep their children being overweight. Genes play a a healthy weight. Children and teenagers part in determining a child’s weight and their need 60 minutes of activity (that makes propensity to put on weight, but food and them warm and out of breath) every day, activity behaviours play a large role. Check which can be broken up throughout the day. your child’s BMI at That’s for maintaining a healthy weight so Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx as a overweight children need more. Reviews guide of whether your child is a healthy weight show that children and teenagers are more for their age and height. active when their parents get involved by Actively encouraging weight loss in children participating, encouraging them to be active, is dangerous. Encouraging dieting has been and telling them it’s good for their health. associated with increasing body concerns, Making physical activities available to them by and restricting certain foods can lead to eating transporting them and paying also encourages more when parents are not present and both them. have been found to increase weight gain. For Key healthy eating tips work well for children many children it is better to like reducing portion size and Actively encouraging consumption of fizzy and other retard weight gain so they grow into their current weight. weight loss in children is sweetened drinks, eating more Sleep deprivation can lead to fibre from vegetables, fruit dangerous overeating. The less you sleep and wholegrains, and having the more you eat, because you protein with a meal or snack are awake longer but also being tired makes to fill you up for longer. Parents have a huge you eat more. role to play in leading by example. Setting Think how much sleep your child gets (not just goals, praising and rewarding these activities the time from when they go to their bedroom) (healthy food habits, exercise, screen time and check how much they should be limits) has been shown to help change and having for their age at reinforce behaviours. Childrenssleep/Pages/howmuchsleep.aspx The best approach is to expose children The amount of ‘screen time’ (internet, to healthy foods and physical activity and computer games, TV) has been linked to a give them freedom to make choices. It child’s weight possibly because it displaces wont be long before they have to do it all for physical activity and increases energy intake themselves. during viewing or due to food advertising. sponsored by Limiting screen time has been shown to Zoe Fisher Nutritional Therapy influence children’s weight loss. At clinics in Estepona and Gibraltar

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Attack of the killer cucumbers!

The recent e-coli outbreak in Germany has created a crisis for Malaga’s growers. According to the Unión de Pequeños Agricultores y Ganaderos which represents small farmers in the Malaga region, the crisis of confidence in the region’s cucumber crop has seen the price drop from 50 cents a kilo to just 10 cents a kilo along with a 50% decline in

demand since the finger of blame was pointed d at Spanish produce. Malaga produces some a 8,500 tonnes of cucumbers on 163 hectares of 8 la land. T The UPA’s secretary general, Jose Gomez said tthat “it’s not just cucumbers that have been a affected by the crisis in confidence, and that tthe Province’s horticultural sector as a whole h has been hit by losses of around 1.7 million e euros a figure that is rising every day”. H However, the latest information from the German authorities is that there is no evidence G to support the initial claims that Spanish produce is to blame, and health officials are no nearer discovering the cause of the outbreak, although attention has turned to a German producer of beansprouts. Needless to say the political fallout from this whole affair will go on for a lot longer after the final case of the disease is diagnosed.

Ferrari Club visits Manilva Manilva reverberated to the distinctive sound of Ferrari engines recently, when the Ferrari Owners Club of Andalucia paid a visit. After a civic reception at the Town Hall in Manilva during which Mayoress Antonia Muñoz greeted the club’s president, Toni Dalli. The convoy of ten Ferraris then set off on a tour of Manilva and Sabinillas before parking up on the harbourside in Puerto de la Duquesa whilst the members and their guests enjoyed a meal at Il Capitano in the Port. The club were treated to entertainment by Trevor Brooks, along with flamenco dancing by Silvia and Yvonne.

L to R: Carlos Álvarez-Garmón, Diego Urieta, Antonia Muñoz, Toni Dalli

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“So, . . . tell me – What exactly is Tantra?” . . . continued Tantra encourages us to become more aware of our senses, our physical presence and to actively work with the natural energy within our bodies. There are several methods of practising Tantra, for example, Tantra Kriya Yoga, Tantric Meditations, Movement and Dance, and of course, Tantra Massage. Massage is part of the Tantric portfolio as it concentrates and focuses on the sense of Touch – the sense we as adults, in our culture use the least of all the senses. Tantra massage is one of the most popular methods of practising Tantric techniques. Known as ‘Conscious Touch Massage’ it is a sensual, rhythmical, slow massage that can deeply relax the body, leaving you feeling ‘blissed out.’ The aim of a Tantra massage is to deeply relax you, at the same time increasing the energy levels within your body, and then to distribute

the energy through your body, effectively recharging your batteries.. Massage is a powerful tool but, also – did you know that massage is one of the oldest healing mediums known to man? Remember when you were a small child, you fell over and hurt your knee? Your mother came to you and ‘rubbed it better’…. What she was doing, unconsciously, was to focus her intent to heal, together with her natural energy, sending it down her arm into the chakra in the palm of her hand, and massaging you better. If you remember – it worked… and we all do the same today. When we bump ourselves, we automatically rub that part, and the pain diminishes, so we all have the power to heal through touch.

If you want to learn more, I am offering a series of half-day day Tantra Seminars, covering a basic introduction to Tantric practice. For more detailed information on this subject, you can visit my website on, or call me, Amanda on 669 894 550.

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Estepona Floral Art Club

(Affiliated to NAFAS London & Overseas)

Club AGM On Tuesday, 21st June the Estepona Floral Art Club will be holding their A.G. M. and Lunch. This will be held at The Oak, N340 Benamara, (next to the Steak & Rib Shack Restaurant). The first call will be at 11.45 am and the meeting will start at 12.15 pm. Lunch will follow the meeting at approx 1.30 pm. There will not be a demonstration this month, but visitors are more than welcome to join us for our Lunch. Details for the A.G.M. can be obtained by contacting our Chairman, Marilyn Pemberton

We are a very friendly club and enjoy the varied events that the Committee organises throughout the year.

Summer Break During July and August the Club takes a break for the summer and will resume on Tuesday 20th September 2011.

The wonderful Flower Arrangements in Westminster Abbey, for the Royal Wedding were designed and arranged by a team of NAFAS Demonstrators, so, if you would like to have an afternoon watching some wonderful designs created by the NAFAS Demonstrators then this is your opportunity to visit us when we resume on Tuesday 20th September 2011.

Our demonstrations are held on the third Tuesday of each month. We begin at 3.00 pm and finish around 5.00 pm. Each month we hold a raffle of the wonderful designs that have been created and arranged by our visiting UK NAFAS Demonstrators, plus we have a well stocked Sales Table for those all important Flower Arrangers’ items. For further information on the above event or the Clubs’ Demonstrations, please contact our Chairman, Marilyn Pemberton on tel: 952 928 197 16 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers


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GITS - A look back over the year We are all looking forward to the first of our premier course dates, with La Reserva hosting our 4th golf day of the year

With no golf day in May (mainly due to the fact that it is high season and we try and keep green fees to a minimum for our members) we had a chance to reflect on our first 12 months, and what lies in store for our society for us G.I.T.S for the rest of 2011. Last year proved to be a very big learning curve for us with our very first golf day being rained off at San Roque, and our second being decimated as many of our players missed their flights from the UK because of the volcano in Iceland. You could be excused for asking what a volcano in Iceland has to do with a golf competition at El Higueral, in Benahavis, and I am afraid I would struggle to find an answer, but hey, it did. So we had a tough start, but things were to look up and we finished 2010, having played some wonderful courses on the way including El Chaparral, La Cala, Santana, Monte Mayor and La Quinta, and we finally concluded our inaugural year with a wonderful golf and charity dinner bash at Los Arqueros, with a plethora of fantastic prizes and superb hospitality by the Los Arqueros club. We were delighted to be able to present our chosen charity, Ciudad de los Ninos (The City of Children), in Malaga, with a cheque for 2,361 euros which our members so very generously contributed over the preceding 12 months. After our first three golf days of 2011 (Almenara, Cabopino and Calanova) we are all looking forward to the first of our premier course dates, with La Reserva hosting our 4th

golf day of the year. We are very excited to be playing, on not only such a prestigious course, but to be holding what we believe to be the very first 10,000 euro (yes 10,000 euro) putting competition on the coast. The contest revolves around all of our guys attempting to make a 10 ft, then a 30ft, and finally a 50ft putt, to qualify for the fantastic prize, of which 5,000 euros will go to our charity. Easy I hear you say, well if you want to give it a go contact us via our web site at The rest of 2011 we are sure will be littered with great fun and high jinks on our remaining golf days at El Paraiso (9th July), La Cala (13th Aug), Valle Romano (10th Sept), San Roque (15th Oct), Valderrama (12th Nov) and finally Los Arqueros to include our final day prize giving dinner once again (11th Dec). If any of you golfers out there would like to join us for any of these dates then we would love to hear from you. By the way, unlike other society’s, the G.I.T.S is free membership. Well that’s about it, so for now……. “Keep ‘em down the middle” Best regards, Barry

Watch out for the GITS golf days over the coming months including: El Paraiso (9th July), La Cala (13th Aug), Valle Romano (10th Sept), San Roque (15th Oct), Valderrama (12th Nov) and Los Arqueros - final day prize giving dinner once again (11th Dec).

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Donald foiled by Poulter Luke Donald’s attempt to become the World No 1 was foiled by Ian Poulter at sunny Finca Cortesin on Sunday, 22nd May. Had Donald beaten Poulter he would have overtaken Lee Westwood as No 1. The World Matchplay title went to the gritty Poulter who last month showed what a great matchplayer he really is. Poulter’s win is his 11th on tour, and moves him back into the top 15 in world rankings and he makes history by becoming the first player to win the Accenture Matchplay in 2010 and the Tom with Luke Donald Volvo World Matchplay. The winners of the free tickets to the Volvo Matchplay were 1 Peter Broadis, 2 Pat Hegarty 3 Byron Creighton.

Clubhouse Society

Clubhouse Golf Society. A fun day out for both ladies and gents of all handicaps. We play a different course each week, with great value. Post mortem and craic with great food at the presentation in the Restaurant at 8.30pm.

Summer Special Roast Hog nights at the Clubhouse Restaurant Book your groups,parties, birthdays etc on Tuesday nights here at the Clubhouse during the Summer. Beautiful cool terrace and lovely atmosphere to enjoy your night out. Call Noreen on 951 276 727.


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Hemingways Men’s Golf Society Season 2011 – 2012 Starting Saturday 2nd July Entry fee €30 to include members shirt, golf balls and tees. Best 20 scores over the year. Play on different discounted golf courses every Saturday. Great chance to meet new people and socialise. Average weekly price for golf over 1 year is €45 inc. buggy. To include the likes of Los Naranjos, Rio Real, San Roque, Flamingos, La Quinta, Santana Torrequebrada etc

Play more and pay less Entries being taken now, see Ashley for more info. or Tel 952 891 178

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QR Codes - What are they? You may have noticed the appearance recently of these small, square, black-and-white symbols on packaging and on advertisements in newspapers and magazines, called QR (short for quick response) codes, and wondered just what they are. psyche. Companies are using the codes to reinvent traditional ways of reaching consumers. Car magazine has recently begun to use the codes to direct readers to videos of road tests. In Ireland a food packaging company has added them to their new range of ‘smart packs’, These packs will include QR codes that allow consumers to find out more information about the fruit or vegetable in the pack. For example, consumers may be directed to a video on the company’s website describing Originally developed in Japan, to track

how best to prepare a particular fruit. The

vehicle parts, they are similar to barcodes

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smartphones with a camera and the right application installed. Popular in Asia, these QR codes are beginning to make inroads into the western

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Coping with woodworm Owning antique or quality wooden furniture in this part of Spain can have serious problems with woodworm or ‘caracoma’ in Spanish, due to the high humidity coupled with the summer heat. High humidity makes wood swell and glue soften causing loose joints and veneer to lift creating cracks and crevices. High heat causes shrinking, cracking and splitting. All objects made from wood should be regularly and carefully checked for the telltale small round holes made by the furniture beetle. The holes about 2mm in diameter are where the mature beetle has eaten its way out of the wood, but they are only the end of a long continuous hole which the beetle in its larval stage (woodworm) has bored in its two year search for food.New flight holes usually appear from April to June. The female lays her eggs in cracks and crevices in the wood. As soon as the eggs hatch the larvae start to bore through the wood. Small amounts of fine wood dust are a sign of fresh flight holes. Severe attack by woodworm can reduce a

chair leg or desk foot to a thin shell riddled with holes and susceptible to breaking. If caught early enough it is possible to fill and strengthen the worm-eaten parts with a synthetic resin glue. This must be done after treating with fumigation (the most effective method) or spraying or injecting a suitable insecticide. Injecting is a slow process but more effective than spraying. Remember to check any pieces if furniture before bringing into your house and clean all dust and dirt from furniture, filling any cracks and crevices with wax polish. If the crack is too wide pack it with thin pieces of wood or an acrylic resin. This article was written by Hugh Thompson of Retro Estepona, restorers and refurbishers of quality furniture.

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ADANA Dog Show - 8 May 2011 The XXI annual ADANA dog show was held in the Palacio de Congresos in Estepona. This year we had a new date and some new classes. The agility and obedience classes were adapted so that more novices or complete

newcomers could participate. The new classes emphasise the relationship between owner and dog and responsible care for your pet when out together in public. For more info visit

Results - And the winners are...

Best in Show - Einstein with Francesca Lee

Class 12 - Best Puppy (over 6 months and under 2 years) 1st Lupo with Sabrina Wrench Class 13 - Best adult (2 to 5 years inclusive) 1st Daisy withHannah Tribak Class 14 - Best Senior (6 to 10 years) 1st Truffles with Sonia Longman Class 15 - Best Veteran (11 years and over) 1st Einstein with Francesca Lee Class 16 - Dog with the waggiest tail 1st Scruffy with Sebastian and Gavin Class 17 - Dog most like its owner 1st Bimbo with Sharon Haley Class 18 - Dog with the cutest face 1st Zeuss with Ainara Quesada Retamero Class 19 - Best Ex ADANA Dog 1st Madison with Brenda Cuby Class 20 - Judges’ Favourites 1st George with Ann Somer, Campeón with Silvana Rolón, Otto with Sharon Haley, Truffles with Sonia Longman and Boytkie with Giles Lane

Class One - ADANA Fun Course Laura Lopez Bueno with dog Enya. Class 2 - Highest Jumper - small dogs 1st, Squirdle handled by Sally Russell Class 3 - Highest Jumper - large dogs 1st Kai with Marco Antonio Serrano Class 4 - Obstacle Class (Agility) for small dogs 1st Rolo with Rufus Class 5 - Obstacle Class (Agility) for large dogs 1st Sabi with Wendy Faber Class 6 - Round The Clock (Jumping Course only) Class 7 - Advanced Obedience 1st Smasher with Anita Mackie Class 8 - Best Trick 1st Enya with Laura Lopez Bueno Class 9 - Good Dog Test 1st Sabi with Wendy Fraser Class 10 - Food Distraction 1st Molly with Heidi Fenn Class 11 - Child Handler 1st Hugo with Teá Milla 26 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers

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Support your local world class rock band El Intercambio In this world of so much music offering so much variety it is becoming harder and harder to find stuff that sounds refreshing and new, yet luckily this is how I felt when presented with the 2nd studio album by Estepona’s own ‘Oh Trikelians. I was first introduced to this band by a friend a few years ago. I checked the link she provided and to my surprise my senses were assaulted by a wall of sound in the form of ‘Nemesis’, a musical collage of excellence which soon became one of my favourite songs. It was with this in mind that I bought their new CD ‘Revolutions’ without as much as a listen and I was not disappointed. Same sound quality, same song quality and quality of recording, same easy rock guitars reminenicet of the Nirvana/Seattle grunge sound building up to funky and rocking rhythms, same intelligent and thoughtful lyrics delivered via soulful and intense vocals. Yes you may have guessed by now that this

article is by no means objective, I am a fan. Six brilliant tracks of which for me my favourites are the odd numbers. ‘Jueves’ which like ‘Nemesis’, I can play and play and never tire of. Zero Gravity who’s mournful lyrics and soulful rock feel literally gives me goosebumps, this is an intensely beautiful song. (In fact it was only when I started hearing this song in my sleep I decided it was time to take the CD out of the car stereo ), and don’t forget the ‘Sistema de Classificacion de Colores’ remix putting a hard-core dance spin on another Oh Trikelian favourite. Available direct from Musisol Estepona and at 5 euros for 6 tracks it’s an absolute bargain or download individual tracks from El Intercambio (logon to this site for the Oh Trikelians, Facebook and videos).

Puerto de la Duquesa Summer Evening Arts & Craft Market Every Thursday evening throughout Summer between 7 pm - 11 pm. A selection of local stall holders offering excellent gift ideas including jewellery, silver, glass, handbags, shoes, belts, watches, ceramic goods, clothes, home gifts and cards. For more information Call Richard Docker on 647 678 513

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Riding the Kings Road ‘One man, One horse, 6,000 kms’

There are many ancient routes which criss-cross Europe, and one of the oldest is the Via Regia, a 2 thousand year old trade route connecting Spain’s Santiago de Compostela in the West with Kiev at its eastern end. Although thousands of years old, the Via Regia was declared a major cultural route by the European Union in 2006, connecting some eight countries namely Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and the Ukraine and covers over 6,000 kms. One of the cities on this route is Görlitz, in the German state of Saxony, which is celebrating this year 800 years since its founding. As part of these celebrations Peter

L-R: Johanna, Corvacero, Peter, Colin, and Silvia Cabrera

Estepona Town Hall arranged a big send off for Peter and the team with a blessing by Cura Francisco from the Brotherhood of San Isidro, local press and media, and official representation by way of Silvia Cabrera.

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Ritz, a resident of Görlitz, is setting out on horseback to ride the Via Regia from Spain to his hometown, a journey of around 6,000 kms. Peter is no stranger to such epic rides having clocked up some 40,000 kms over the past ten years since he gave up his job as an accountant, including a trip from Germany to Rome where he was presented to the Pope. While he’s not trekking Europe Peter Ritz works with horses in the theatre and film industry, working on such projects as ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and ‘The Reader’. As with all such expeditions the Via Regia Ride has been a long time in the planning, and Peter is backed by an experienced team of assistants, in particular the Horse Project’s managing director, Jana Hanke, who is responsible for the entire project and project manager, Colin Griffiths from Andalucian Style, a local here in Manilva who is responsible for coordinating the press and sponsors, and also overseeing the entire project from start to finish. Apart from the human elements, the key member of the team is Corvacero, a 6 yearold pure bred Andalucian stallion who will be bearing Peter on this epic journey. Corvacero is from Estepona and was chosen for his strength of body and spirit. “To test the

horses I would throw down a rubber snake at their feet” said Peter, “they all panicked and fled at the sight of the imitation snake apart from Corvacero, who calmly lifted his hoof and stamped on the reptile. I then knew that this was the horse for the task.” The plan is to ride three days then rest for one, this way the journey should take just under 6 months. Joining them on the first leg of the journey from Estepona to Sevilla is Johanna Mayrhofer from Planeta Animal, who is a veteran of the El Camino 2009 and 2011 hikes from Andalucia to Santiago de Compostela in which parties of volunteers, accompanied by dogs and donkeys, walked to raise money and awareness for the plight of abandoned animals. From Sevilla, the team will take the old ‘Ruta del Plata’, an old pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela from where he will pick-up the Via Regia for the journey home. The project depends a great deal on the backing of its sponsors, so if you would like to support this high profile trek then contact Colin Griffiths at We will be following Peter and Corvacero’s journey over the coming months, but if you’d like more information then visit the website

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The Over 50s Show needs you The unmissable Over 50s Show, the lifestyle event for the Coast’s seniors, is back this November for an incredible fifth year – and the organisers are looking for your help. Said director John Low: ‘Every year we try to add something different to the mix so that the event does not becoming predictable and stale, but when we start talking to visitors we are asked ‘why was this or that not in? ‘So in a sense we are throwing the ball back in the visitors’ court and asking them to contact us with ideas and features they would like to see at the show. And just as

The event is always well attended

An opportunity to sell your unwanted jewellery, gold and silver important, things they would prefer not to be at the event!’ Whatever new features are taken onboard, all the usual attractions – so far! -- will be there: health advice and presentations, gardening clinics, finance advice, art, golf lessons, musical entertainment, computer tuition, home security, fashions, aerobics, and much, much more. Added John Low: ‘The fact that the show has survived, when many events have folded, is testament to the great support we have had from both the business community and the very loyal visitors. Even a massive rainstorm

last year did not stop people making the effort, and that’s why we want to hear their views which will be essential to the development and future of the event’. If you want to offer the organisers ideas, or even promote a product or service at this hugely successful event and engage with thousands of the Coast’s seniors, why not ring 902 003 896. Or email The Over 50s Show takes place at the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos, Estepona, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November, 11am until 6pm daily. Free admission and parking.

Cooking demonstrations throughout the show

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The Giraglia Cup by David Latham Gibraltar based sailing school Atlantic Charters Racing will be setting off to St Tropez in June to campaign Seawolf, their race ready Pronavia 38, in the prestigious Rolex sponsored event, The Giraglia Cup

As well as guaranteed top level competitive racing, what better place to spend a week or two of the summer than in the glorious sunshine of St Tropez and Genoa in the Northern centre of the Mediterranean? Organised by the Yacht Club Italiano in association with the Société Nautique de SaintTropez, the Giraglia Rolex Cup comprises three days of inshore racing in the bay of Saint-

Tropez followed by a 243 nautical mile offshore race. The offshore component is one of the most renowned races in the Mediterranean, and has been a tradition for European sailors for over 50 years. From the start off the historic port of SaintTropez the fleet heads to the idyllic Iles des Hyères before turning east across the Ligurian Sea to round the Giraglia, a rocky islet off

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northern Corsica. This year the finish port is Genoa, Italy. Seawolf is a well known, easily recognised Yacht on the Andalucian coast, being sponsored by Ibex Insurance services, a Gibraltar based insurance company offering specialist EX Pat Insurance for home, car and travel needs by friendly English speaking staff. Atlantic Charters are also pleased to announce they have just signed another 3 year sponsorship deal with Ibex, enabling them to extend their sail wardrobe with the assistance of UK Halsey sails in Torremolinos, Malaga. To follow the progress of the race all yacht will be fitted with a tracking device, which will be viewable on line at event_giraglia.asp

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Art Exhibition

15th June

Featuring works by Sheila Mary Thompson

14th July

Estepona Port Business and Internet Centre

When I was young my ambition was to be an architect and although I had done well in my finals there seemed to be no vacancies for girls at that time. I took a post at the local Essex Agricultural College in the Biology Department where I was given the task of making teaching materials and large posters of anatomical subjects for use in the lectures. Six years later I went to Teacher Training College and was able to have some experience of craftwork of various kinds as well as studying Biology. When I married the demands of raising a family and teaching kept me busy but I was able to use my drawing ability in teaching which was a great success especially with young children when I started my own Nursery School. I have been fortunate to travel widely and I try to paint what I have experienced but again and again I return to my imagination and to me it all resolves around curves and colours and how they relate to each other. Painting has opened my eyes to the beauty around us if we can allow ourselves to see it. For more information call the Estepona Port Business and Internet Centre on 952 793 476.

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Feasting On Art As the season draws to a close we are looking forward to the now traditional grand finale, the Feasting on Art event, which will be held as usual at the beautiful La Cortijo la Vizcaronda, on Wednesday 8th June. Artistic members have been contacted and will be displaying their works between 11 am and 2 pm. Last year was a bit soggy but we have high hopes that this year we’ll be able to set-up in the grounds and enjoy the event ‘en el aire libre’. Entrance is free of charge and open to all so please encourage your friends to come along. For those that want them refreshments will be available at very reasonable prices! In addition to the open free event there is also an optional lunch. Members have first priority,

but there may be room for guests so please approach John Waddingham by email at john_ or phone him on 650 530 914. The menu and price are as per the side bar. Artistic members should have been contacted with regard to displaying and selling their work; if you haven’t heard from us and would like to participate, please contact Andrea Pegrum via We still have some capacity so if you are not a member, but are interested in taking a table please feel free to contact Andrea to see if she can accommodate you. Tables to non-members cost 40€ and must be used to display and sell ONLY your own work. Details of this event, along with a map of how to find Cortijo la Vizcaronda, are now up on the web-site at:

More information can be obtained by calling (00 34) 956 796 622 or 956 794 279 or at our new website

III Festival International de Arte Marbella With eighty high calibre artists confirmed to participate in the third edition, the Festival de Arte International Marbella is on track to become an even more successful cultural spectacular when it takes place in the centre of Marbella from Thursday 23rd June in the evening with the inauguration event to Sunday 26 June 2011. Fifteen different nationalities are represented among the artists exhibiting, and the FIAM is living up to its name as an international art festival. There are artists from Spain, UK, Germany, USA, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Georgia, Italy and Cuba among others exhibiting their works in the 2011 edition of the FIAM. For full details of the three days of varied entertainment on offer, look out for the colourful, A5 festival programme, available in a wide range of establishments along the coast from June or visit: What’s On Calendar, Business Directory and much more.... on 37



Starters eapple Salad or Prawn and Pin and Corn Cakes Spiced Potato Lime Leaf or Coconut and Soup

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 etc. Some 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. Some want to help run the Drop-In-Centre now open in Estepona. Other volunteers want to help by working with older people in the community. What is needed though is for more people to come forward and volunteer as our workload is steadily growing. 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. If you are interested why not find out more by calling Eileen on 608 458 555, or leave your details on 951 3182 34, or email – we look forward to hearing from you.

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Hawaiian and Caribbean Lunch Age Concern is holding a fabulous Hawaiian and Caribbean lunch at the renowned Armstrongs Restaurant, Sabinillas on Friday 24th June at 13.30 for 14.00. Tickets are 18€ per person for Age Concern Volunteers and also Friends of Age Concern, 20€ per person for all other guests. Seats will be reserved very quickly so to avoid disappointment save yours now by calling 951318234 or 608587538 and leave your details, or email, or call Richard on 639 542 387 Everyone is invited to come along in their best Hawaiian or Caribbean gear and be prepared to join in with a bit of reggae! Oh yes – there will also be a raffle – fancy winning a bottle of Jamaican rum?

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Direct from the Palenque by Camilla Sykes

The polo fields of Sotogrande are the most sought after destination by polo players worldwide. Santa Maria Polo Club has nine fields spread over three sites and in August almost 1200 polo ponies gather for the Bronze, Silver and Gold Cups. The world’s top ranking 10 goal players including Juan Martin Nero, Gonzalo Pieres, Facundo Pieres and Pablo Mac Donough descend on Sotogrande during the summer months with the sole intention of raising that prestigious Gold Cup at the end of August. Ayala Polo Club also holds a number of tournaments and has three polo fields in Sotogrande. A game of polo consists of six ‘chukkas’ lasting 7 minutes within which the four players in each team thunder up and down the field at high speeds, taco in hand, trying to score goals. The players are handicapped from -2 up to 10 goals and the teams are ranked into High, Medium and Low Goal according to the aggregate handicap of the players in the team. In between chukkas the players return to the ‘Palenques’, the open stables on the polo field, to change horses and you can see them jumping from horse to horse without touching the ground. Other stars from the polo world who regularly make the trip over from Argentina include Adolfo Cambiaso, Polito Pieres, Nico Pieres and Pelon Stirling. Going to watch a polo game makes an exciting day out for the whole family, Santa Maria have fantastic infrastructure at their Los Pinos grounds with shops, cafes, bars and a creche for small children. All of the games are free to attend except for the Final Cup days when the club takes a 10 euro donation for charity. This year there are games every day at Santa Maria Polo Club from 27th July until 28th August.

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This summer’s polo calendar June 17, 18, 19 Conde de la Maza Memorial Rio Sotogrande 24, 25, 26 Conde de la Maza Memorial Rio Sotogrande

polo players in the world will gather in Sotogrande to play the 40th BMW Polo Tournament. A flagship event on the polo world’s summer calendar and one of the major events of the World Polo Tour, with over 120 games, 100 players and over 1,000 horses. For more than a month of competition, Facundo Pieres, David Stirling, Pablo MacDonough and Juan Martin Nero, among others, will show their spectacular play on the fields of Santa Maria Polo Club.

July 8, 9, 10 Fundador Enrique Zobel Rio Sotogrande/Pte. Hierro 15, 16, 17 Toñanejo Rio Sotogrande/Puente Hierro 40 International BMW Polo Tournament 27 July until 28 August Sotogrande will once again host one of the most prestigious and exclusive sporting events in the world. The Santa Maria Polo Club in Sotogrande will again host this traditional polo tournament in which teams from the most diverse latitudes. Between 27 July and 28 August some of the best

September 2, 3, 4 Andalucian Championship Rio Sotogrande/ Los Pinos 9, 10, 11 Andalucian Championship Rio Sotogrande/Los Pinos

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Friday 2nd September and Saturday 3rd September at The Roman Oasis, Manilva 8 pm until late Price €50 includes: Welcome Cava, Entertainment throughout the Evening, the Famous Roman Oasis Banquet, Dessert and a Half Bottle of Wine. A truly magical evening under the stars, raising much needed funds for Animal in Need, la Linea For tickets and further information please telephone What’s Calendar, Business andor much more.... 41 IanOn and Deb on 951Directory 276 115 605 650 on 012

Swimming with horses by Jane Victoria Jewson Images of fancily dressed, champagne-sipping onlookers and stampedes of riders brandishing sticks, come to mind when El Polo is mentioned. Somewhat hidden behind scenes is a world filled with grooms, stable hands and all the paraphernalia that goes with the sport. These are things we know little about or can imagine, so when Jacquie asked me to write about ‘something else’ to do with the Polo, I was inspired to call my farrier friends to discover what else goes on. Would they allow me to delve into their world? The three strapping young men of Dawes & Sons the Farriers (looking more like three brothers) were enthused. They would tell me ‘anything you want to know’ about their trade and casually asked if I would ‘like to see the horses being exercised in the water as well?’ Yes please! Excited at the idea and praying that it would be river water and not that of some oversized tank, I called up Trevor Brooks, a fellow photographer who jumped at the chance of joining me for such a photo opportunity. In a noisy roadside cafe with Dad farrier John, and Fred his eldest son, I learnt something of the complex and highly skilled work of the farrier. Why does a horse have to have shoes? Barefoot is natural but if a horse is to be worked, shoeing them is a ‘necessary evil’ as John put it. Shoes to give grip and protect the hooves, are vital, they must be the right size and fit properly. A badly fitting shoe will cause no end of problems (sounds familiar?) Riding, dressage, hunting, racing, show-jumping, polo etc all require a different type of shoe: naturally there are a mix of sizes too. But unlike our shoes, the iron shoe for a horse is nailed to the hooves that grow like our nails do so

they must be changed every 6-8 weeks. The craft of the farrier is as old as Christendom. The Fellowship of Farriers was established in England in 1356 and later the Livery guild was established, but in Spain there is no officially recognised accreditation: here the trade is passed down from father to son. After training and passing his exams in the UK (where John trained), a farrier is expected to have at least 2 years practical experience before applying to be accredited by the Livery Guild. Whereas farriers of old often dealt with colic, worming, castrations and the like, nowadays as John explained, they deal only with the feet. But I had begun to suspect a deeper passion resided in these particular horse feet specialists, one that exceeded a mere interest in hooves. Leaving the cafe we drove to an area of forested common land alongside the Rio Guardiaro where the horses would be. On arrival my suspicions were confirmed. Rory, the younger brother sat bareback astride a chestnut mare to which four other mares were tethered: two on either side. Completing their circuitous route through majestic trees the troupe came to a halt. Rory’s expression was one of absolute joy. He was in his element. These guys are not just farriers, theirs is a natural affinity, at one with the horses, out of contact for any length of time, and they talk of missing them. A horse needs to be understood, the men talked of how they can ‘read’ the animal. Often times a horse needs to be calmed before shoeing can take place. Gone are the days of 4 or 5 men grappling a horse to the ground to hold it down before the farrier can to get to work. I was shown their tools of the trade and learnt of the mobile forging process...taking some suitably

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posy pictures of the ‘boys’! Enter Federico on horseback. Argentinean born, also known as ‘Fiero’, though he doesn’t seem to mind, he wore a permanent smile that I felt sure was not just for the cameras. Dismounting and speaking perfect American English he told us he arrived here from Florida in 2003 to do what he knows best: exercise horses in water. Stripping off to reveal a torso the envy of most bodybuilders, he stepped up on a vagrant tree stump to straddle the bare back of a tethered mare. Wrapping the rope of a second horse around his arm all three headed for the silt -laden waters with Federico’s little terrier dutifully yapping at the un-ridden horse’s heels. Plunging into the deepest part of the river, man and horses went swimming. It seemed so natural, almost ordinary, yet it felt extraordinary and utterly beautiful. Both horses and the smiling man were calm, relaxed, in the moment. I was too, in awe at it all. Emerging from the depths the horse’s coats glistened with every muscle and sinew clearly defined. Federico dismounted. ‘Frio!’ he exclaimed, but clearly it was of no account. With an even wider grin he promptly climbed onto another mare and headed back to the water. This time, holding fast to the rope he slid off the horse’s back into the swirling brown waters. With a calling sound and some surface splashing he coaxed the mare to circle him, until mid swim Federico took a hold of the horses tail and was pulled up stream for a distance before finally pulling himself back to regain position on the horse’s flanks and head back to the shore. One after another each of the horses took the plunge. Only the stallion remained. Watching all the girls go swimming had clearly excited him. We cleared the way: I took refuge behind a large tree. Back on dry land after a vigorous battle against the currents the testosterone pumped stallion, relaxed to display a distinctly productive urge which, given half the chance, would readily have been satisfied by a shiny wet mare! Swimming is one of the most aerobic activities that animals (including humans) can do. Apart from the obvious hydrotherapeutic benefits, a ten minute swim for a horse is equivalent to a several mile canter but without any impact. All fully qualified and experienced farriers, John,

Fred and Rory, know how impossible it can be to shoe a stressed or agitated horse. After calming in the waters the animals are docile and manageable. But taking a horse into the water the way Federico does involves considerable risk, requiring great skill and strength. Although I did not ask I am sure that he must have had his share of injuries. He exercises his horses and those of local and visiting Polo teams throughout the year. As horses who outlive their owner’s use are costly to keep, many are destined for the knackers yard, Federico often rescues them, bringing them back to health and fitness. He now finds his good work returned as he can hire them out again. I was too enchanted by my time spent in those tranquil glades to ask many questions, but I will treasure the experience forever as I recall the compassionate, gentler affairs that lie hidden behind ‘El Polo’s’ facade.

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Time To Pay Taxes As in previous years it is now the time to pay your annual income taxes to the Spanish Inland Revenue (Agencia Tributaria). During the months of May and June individuals who are tax residents in Spain (those who have lived in Spain more than 183 days during year 2010) must submit their annual Income tax returns, corresponding to the tax year 2010. Depending on the level of income, some individuals do not have to submit the annual tax returns, but it is recommendable that everybody does in order to avoid any future problems with the Inland Revenue. In Spain there is a self assessment system, so ignorance of the Laws is not a legal excuse for not fulfilling their obligations. It is better to get advice and file the tax returns at 0 zero, than not doing it at all. Also it may be possible that a taxpayer has the right to receive a refund from the Inland Revenue, so it’s worth spending 30 minutes with your tax adviser to discuss your particular personal circumstances, and to file your annual income tax returns. For non Spaniards who are living permanently in Spain it is also important to submit their annual tax returns as tax

residents in Spain in order to confirm and clarify their personal tax situation with the Spanish Inland Revenue. It could be very important to have annual tax returns duly submitted, just in case they wish to sell their property in the future and need to be considered as tax residents in Spain to be able to take tax advantage for reinvestment, etc. During the months of May and June (remember that dead line to file tax returns is 30th June 2011) the tax experts of Manilva Solicitors are happy to meet clients free of charge to discuss their particular personal and financial circumstances and advise them on the best course of action to take regarding whether or not their annual income tax return should be filed. If you wish to make a free appointment, please contact us on our land line 952 901 225 or Denise on 669 428 998.

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Fathoms continues to support African youngsters Tony, Hev, and the customers of Fathoms Bar in Sabinillas continue to support youngsters in South Africa. In the photo you can see the T-shirts provided for football teams in Isandlwana, Kwa Zulu Natal. They were kindly donated by suppliers and customers, and Fathoms are still raising money to enable further education for disadvantaged students. Fathoms would like to take this opportunity to thank all their customers and suppliers for their donations of either money, raffle prizes or T-shirts and of course footballs. The money has been raised by charity cards, books,

small raffles and, during football matches, Hev’s swearbox!

The Millionaires’ Annual White Summer Party announce plans to support the Japan Relief Fund such as two watches from sponsors Chopard. Organizer Caroline Hallett explains, “We’re delighted to be raising money for the Red Cross as part of our event. We believe that we can have a wonderful evening, enjoying great music in stunning surroundings, whilst making a significant contribution to the relief fund and reminding attendees of the plight of those in Japan. We are looking for companies to become charity partners in return for great promotional opportunities and we will be The organisers of the forthcoming event The holding a raffle including two watches from Millionaires’ White Summer Party, An Evening sponsor Chopard, worth over 9,000€. This will from Las Vegas Live, have announced this week that they will be combining this glamorous be a great opportunity for guests to win these stunning prizes whilst helping others and we event with a fundraising drive for the Red hope to raise over 20,000€ for this worthwhile Cross’ Japan Tsunami Appeal. cause.” The event has joined forces with The Rotary An Evening from Las Vegas Live will take place Club of Marbella to ensure every penny raised on 30th July 2011 at the Finca la Concepción in will go straight to the Red Cross in Japan who are helping those in need on the ground. In Marbella and will be a glamorous garden party, order to maximize their fundraising drive, they concert and After Show Party. To find out about are looking for companies to become charity becoming a charity partner of the event or to buy tickets, please visit partners of the event and also will be holding a raffle where attendees can win luxurious prizes 46 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers


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Manilva Foreigners Department can be found at the Castle, Castillo. Telephone: 952 893 548 or 663 969 636. Open 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

Summer Spanish Lessons Manilva’s Foreigners Departments is once again organising its popular Summer Spanish Courses this year. Beginning on the 4th July the course will run for the months of July and August with two 2 hour lessons each week totalling 40 hours per course. Lesson are available at three different levels: Beginners I and II, and intermediate. Groups are generally small - 8-10 people, and lessons involve practical exercises and conversation.

Timetable: Beginners I: Monday & Wednesday 9 Am - 11 Am Beginners I: Monday & Wednesday 11.30 Am - 1.30 Pm Beginners Ii: Tuesday & Thursday 9 Am - 11 Am Intermediate: Tuesday & Thursday 11.30 Am - 1.30 Pm The cost is 70 euros per person for residents registered with the Manilva Town Hall, and 90 euros for others. To enrol visit the Foreign Residents Department at the Castle in Castillo or after 3.30 pm at the Tourist Office in Duquesa Port. The lessons are held in the Edificio Usos Multiples, Calle Miguel Delibes. For more information contact 952 893 548 or email

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Estepona Reading Group Book Review

Night Train to Lisbon By PASCAL MERCIER This is a book that was hotly debated at the Reading Group generating an interesting discussion but leaving little room for middle ground views. It definitely had the Marmite effect – you either love it, or you hate it! Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon has been translated into fifteen languages, and there may lie the problem, for to quote that famous phrase ‘it was lost in translation’. Raimund Gregorius is a divorced fiftyseven year old Swiss Professor of classical languages whose life is defined by routine and his love of books. It is during the opening chapters that we empathise with the character of Gregorius, and an inciting incident offers the promise of a compelling read. As Gregorius walks to work at the school in the city of Berne he comes across a woman apparently about to commit suicide by throwing herself off a bridge. Although he succeeds in saving her, he is surprised when she writes a telephone number on his brow and utters the one and only word that he will hear from her ‘Português’. The woman accompanies Gregorius to school but walks out of the classroom and disappears. This is the catalyst for Gregorius to question his existence and he is overwhelmed by a desire to leave his old life behind and start a new one. He embarks on a journey that takes him across Europe to Lisbon clutching a book by Portuguese author and Doctor, Amadeu de Prado. Gregorius is intent on discovering more about the fate of Prado, who was persecuted under Portuguese dictator Antonio Salazar’s regime, but ends up on a voyage of selfdiscovery that sees him question the decisions

that he has made throughout his life. This is a multi-layered novel with some interesting themes and clever writing devices from Mercier, who is in fact a Swiss born professor of philosophy called Peter Bieri, when he uses the voice of Prado to impart some heavy philosophical concepts and thought provoking passages. Whilst the book could probably be seen as ‘just another mid-life crisis’ narrative, it also does highlight questions such as is life pre-destined, or can a chance encounter give us the courage to rise above the environment in which we are born? What happened to the woman on the bridge? Sadly we never find out anymore about her, and for some of us this would have made for a more interesting story! If you want an intelligent read with strong character analysis then this book is for you. One of our readers harshly stated that ‘the best think about the book was the title’! Ultimately you will have to pick up the novel to decide for yourself and you might then find out why, with over two million copies sold worldwide, it has become such an international best seller. Joanna Wyndham

The next meeting of The Estepona Reading Group will be held at the Elemi Café, near Estepona Port on Thursday, 2nd June from 6pm until 7.30pm when we will be discussing The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and then on Thursday, 30th June we will be discussing ‘The Suspect’ by Michael Robotham. For Further information call 956 794 279. 50 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers

New Author in Town Marion Leigh is set to become an author of International repute. Her first book, ‘The Politicians Daughter’ is, in the e authors own words, ‘A raunchy adventure novel set in Morocco and on the Costa del Sol.’ When Emily Mortlake, e, daughter of a high flying Toronto politician goes missing after taking a summer job aboard megayacht Titania, RCMP Marine Unit Sergeant Petra Minx is recalled from vacation to investigate. The trail leads Petra from Monte Carlo to Spain and then Morocco. Marion Leigh was born in Birmingham, England. After receiving her M.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford she worked for a year as a volunteer in Indonesia then moved to Canada where she became a financial and legal translator. She now lives on the Costa del Sol with her husband. This is Marion’s first novel featuring RCMP Marine Unit Sergeant Petra Minx. Marion will be holding signing copies of her book from 5 pm until 7 pm on Tuesday 7th June at Estepona Port Business and Internet Centre. She will be making short readings every half hour and would like to welcome e anybody that would like to attend. Guests will be able to share wine and cheese whilst hil t meeting ti the th author. th

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Noche de San Juan This is held each year on the evening of the 23rd of June and goes on into the early hours of the 24th (Dia de San Juan). It’s the old pagan midsummer celebration which has been ‘Christianified’ by tacking it on to a convenient Saint’s day (if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em sort of thing). There are a number of traditional ways of celebrating Saint John’s Night most of which involve a good bonfire. In many municipalities the central celebration is the ‘Quema de los bigotes de San Juan’ - literally ‘burning of the moustaches’ - where large papier mache figures, many of a satirical nature, are paraded through the town before being burnt on the beach. In Sabinillas a huge tableau is constructed on the beach a few days before the event. This work of art is based on a different theme every year, and it is almost a crime when, around midnight, the whole thing is set alight. It is also customary at this time to walk into the sea to wash away any bad luck. Another tradition is for the young men of the town to jump or dive over the bonfires once they have died down a bit, the higher the flames, the greater the challenge. The night is usually marked by firework displays, live music and dancing until the early hours of the morning. Sabinillas is by no means the only town hosting San Juan celebrations, Estepona holds a competition for the best ‘bigotes’, and Casares enjoys live music and bonfires on the beach.

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If Nelson were at Trafalgar in 2011 Nelson: “Order the signal, Hardy.” to the rank of admiral by playing the disability card.” Hardy: “Aye, aye sir.” Hardy: “Actually, sir, you did. The Royal Navy is underNelson: “Hold on, this isn’t what I dictated to Flags. represented in the areas of visual impairment and limb What’s the meaning of this?” deficiency.” Hardy: “Sorry sir?” Nelson: “Whatever next? Give me full sail. The salt spray beckons.” Nelson (reading aloud): “England expects every person to do his or her duty, regardless of race, gender, sexual Hardy: “A couple of problems there too, sir. Health and orientation, religious persuasion or disability.’ - What safety won’t let the crew up the rigging without hard hats. gobbledygook is this for God’s sake?” And they don’t want anyone breathing in too much salt haven’t you seen the adverts?” Hardy: “Admiralty policy, I’m afraid, sir. We’re an equal opportunities employer now. We had the devil’s own job Nelson: “I’ve never heard such infamy. Break out the getting “England” past the censors, lest it be considered cannon and tell the men to stand by to engage the racist.” enemy.” Nelson: “Gadzooks, Hardy. Hand me my pipe and Hardy: “The men are a bit worried about shooting at tobacco.” anyone, Admiral.” Hardy: “Sorry sir. All naval vessels have now been Nelson: “What? This is mutiny!” designated smoke-free working environments.” Hardy: “It’s not that, sir. It’s just that they’re afraid of being Nelson: “In that case, break open the rum ration. Let us charged with murder if they actually kill anyone. There are splice the main brace to steel the men before battle.” a couple of legal-aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like hawks.” Hardy: “The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. Its part of the Government’s policy on binge drinking.” Nelson: “Then how are we to sink the Frenchies and the Nelson: “Good heavens, Hardy. I suppose we’d better get Spanish?” on with it full speed ahead.” Hardy: “Actually, sir, we’re not.” Hardy: “I think you’ll find that there’s a 4 knot speed limit Nelson: “We’re not?” in this stretch of water.” Hardy: “No, sir. The French and the Spanish are our Nelson: “Damn it man! We are on the eve of the greatest European partners now. According to the Common sea battle in history. We must advance with all dispatch. Fisheries Policy, we shouldn’t even be in this stretch of Report from the crow’s nest, please.” water. We could get hit with a claim for compensation.” Hardy: “That won’t be possible, sir.” Nelson: “But you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the Nelson: “What?” devil.” Hardy: “Health and Safety have closed the crow’s nest, Hardy: “I wouldn’t let the ship’s diversity coordinator hear sir. No harness; and they said that rope ladders don’t you saying that sir. You’ll be up on disciplinary report.” meet regulations. They won’t let anyone up there until Nelson: “You must consider every man an enemy, who proper scaffolding can be erected.” speaks ill of your King.” Nelson: “Then get me the ship’s carpenter without delay, Hardy: “Not any more, sir. We must be inclusive in this Hardy.” multicultural age. Now put on your Kevlar vest; it’s the Hardy: “He’s busy knocking up a wheelchair access to the rules. It could save your life” foredeck Admiral.” Nelson: “Don’t tell me - Health and Safety. Whatever Nelson: “Wheelchair access? I’ve never heard anything happened to rum, sodomy and the lash?” so absurd.” Hardy: As I explained, sir, rum is off the menu! And there’s Hardy: “Health and safety again, sir. We have to provide a a ban on corporal punishment.” barrier- free environment for the differently abled.” Nelson: “What about sodomy?” Nelson: “Differently abled? I’ve only one arm and one eye Hardy: “I believe that is now legal, sir.” and I refuse even to hear mention of the word. I didn’t rise Nelson: “In that case................... KISS ME, HARDY.” 54 Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers

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To enter please call The Bobby Moore Fund raises money for bowel cancer research in memory of Bobby Moore who died from the disease. Charity Registration No. 1089464

Dave on 677 129 727 Duquesa members golf only - 15€* * Buggies not included

Evening meal & entertainment - 30€ Golf only without evening - 45€



Green Olive Menu del Dia 11.95€ 3 courses lunchtimes only Open 7 days a week

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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.

Special Events June Friday 3rd June

- Quiz Night

Saturday 4th June

- Summer Ball

Wednesday 8th June

- Ladies & Gents Lunches Out

Friday 10th June

- Fish ‘n’ Chip Supper

Monday 13th June

- Film Night

Fri 17th June

- Krista’s Candlelit Supper

Wednesday 22nd June - Annual Trip to The Lakes Wednesday 29th June

- Trip to Corominas, Pedregales Park

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Sierra Bermeja by David Russell Sierra Bermeja is situated behind and to the west of Estepona and at 1450m is the highest peak on the Costa del Sol. It is part of a national park and is therefore protected by the Junta de Andalucia however the summit is easily accessible via an excellent, if somewhat narrow and winding, metalled road. For the fit and mad, it is also possible to hike or cycle to the top where there is a large car park, a refugio (bar) at the weekend in the summer and a number of barbecue facilities by the side of the road (NB barbecues are forbidden during the summer months). You will need to take your own charcoal and firelighters. From the car park leads a narrow and very uphill, rocky footpath for about 500m at the end of which is a large viewing platform that provides stunning views of the Costa, North Africa, Gibraltar and inland to Jimena. The footpath is totally unsuitable for anyone in a wheelchair or who relies heavily on a stick or crutch. For those who can make it, further paths are signposted to walk around the park. The area is child friendly however beware of the drop around the viewing platform. To reach the summit takes 30 minutes by

car (half a day for hikers) from the centre of Estepona. Head inland and uphill from Mercadona in the centre of town for about 15km until you arrive at a bend to Ubrique and the road to the summit branches left here – it is well signed. Several walks start and finish at this point. The road then twists and turns until you arrive at the refugio at 1400m. You can then complete the final 50m on foot to the peak itself. Sierra Bermeja is well worth a visit, particularly on a clear, sunny day and allow yourself 3 hours for the trip. It can however become busy on summer weekends and holidays – Enjoy!

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Tales from the Fig Tree Hello again and greetings from The Fig Tree, after a brief absence I am back again with some tasty recipes for you to try for the summer, and of course a few anecdotes from The Fig Tree. Some of you might remember the pictures of the swallow chicks, born at the house last summer. Well, towards the end of the summer last year some house martins came along and extended the nest somewhat. This did not suit the swallows on their return this year, so after a day or two of flying around they set about building a new nest. The picture right shows the fruits of their labour, a semidetached nest with this years chicks patiently waiting for mum or dad to return with their next feed. Barbecue Sticky Chili Ribs Ingredients 2 racks pork spare ribs 2 bay leaves 1 onion quartered 1 carrot, cut into chunks For the sauce 325g tomato ketchup 1 chopped chilli or 1 tsp ‘really lazy’chilli 100ml dark soy sauce 175g dark muscovado sugar 4 tbsp teriyaki sauce

Well, with the hot weather here again thoughts turn urn to outdoor living. The recipe below can either ith be b finished i h d off ff in i the th oven or on the th barbecue.

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Preparation method 1. Cut the racks into manageable sized pieces of 3-4 ribs each, place the ribs in a large saucepan with the bay leaves, onion and carrot. Cover with water, bring


to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 1½ hours. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 or warm the barbecue For the sauce, put all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a simmer, cook uncovered for about an hour or until the meat is tender, but not completely falling off the bone. Remove the ribs from the water, dip them into the sauce and place onto a roasting tray. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes or barbecues them over medium coals basting with more of the sauce through the cooking. Serve with some baked potatoes or crusty bread and a green salad.

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Barbecued Steaks with Ratatouille

PREPARATION TIME - 20 minutes COOKING TIME - 20 minutes

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INGREDIENTS 2 (150g) Lebanese eggplant 2 (250g) green zucchini 1 small red capsicum, seeded 1 tbs olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 400g can chopped tomatoes 8 (125g each) minute steaks 2 tbs chopped oregano Mashed potato, to serve METHOD Cut eggplant, zucchini and capsicum into 1.5cm dice. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat then add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add eggplant, zucchini, capsicum, tomatoes and 1/4 cup water. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered with a lid, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. When ratatouille is cooked, season steaks to taste with salt and pepper. Preheat a barbecue or char-grill plate on high heat and cook steaks for 30 seconds each side for medium-rare or until cooked to your liking. Stir oregano into ratatouille then serve with steaks and mashed potato.

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This summer’s musical highlights Over the next few months the Costa del Sol will play host to a variety of bands and artists. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Ricky Martin

Latin superstar Ricky Martin will be bringing his unique brand of La Vida Loca to Malaga’s Auditoria Municipal this month when he performs live on June 24th

George Benson

Jazz/soul legend George Benson will be appearing on June 25th at the Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella. Regarded as one of the best jazz guitarists and a vocalist with a wide emotional range, and with some 14 Grammys under his belt, music lovers are guaranteed a spectacular performance. Tickets from 30€ available online from www.


Peter Andre

Fuengirola’s Sohail Castle plays host to Aussie singer, Peter Andre on July 21st. Tickets start at 35 euros and are available from www.


Colombian popstar Juanes, winner of 17 Latin Grammys and probably best known here for his hit single ‘La Camisa Negra’ plays one night at the Municipal Auditoria in Malaga on July 27th.


Jazz funk masters Jamiroquai will be performing this summer at the Malaga Auditorium on August 3rd. See www. for ticket details.

Simple Minds

Performing as part of Gibraltar’s ‘Rock the Rock’ festival on August 6th, Simple Minds will share the bill with Alan Parsons Project, Taxi, and Noiz. Tickets available from www.

George Benson

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Homemade barbecue sauce A good sauce will bring out and improve the flavour of your barbecue food significantly. That’s not to say that it’ll make badly cooked food taste good because it won’t. Both your barbecue food and your homemade BBQ sauce need to be well made and when put together the result will be more than twice as good. Barbecue sauce is generally always used with the likes of ribs, burgers, chicken and brisket, but you can make a barbecue sauce for use with all types of BBQ food including fish. You can make a general all purpose homemade BBQ sauce that will go with almost everything or when you really get in to making sauces you’ll want to make different sauces for different types of food. The foundation of the sauce can be tomato,

vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, or a variety of other ingredients. For more information on how to build a sauce from scratch, see the related article on how to build your homemade barbecue sauce recipe. The home made BBQ sauce recipe below is an all purpose sauce. Why all purpose sauce? Well sometimes you just don’t know which sauce to serve because you’re not sure what you’re guests will like. This barbecue sauce recipe is tasty but not too strongly flavoured and so will go nicely with most barbecued food. Try this one and adapt it to suit your own taste - you’ll end up with your own unique sauce recipe. This great all purpose sauce is suitable for plain chicken, meat, sausages and burgers. It’s also good as a marinade for all meats.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Serves: 6

1 tablespoon of light soy sauce 1 bay leaf salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently cook Ingredients the onion, garlic and chilli until the onion is 1 small onion, finely chopped soft and golden brown. 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 2. Add the tomatoes, tomato ketchup, 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped mustard, sugar, vineger, soy sauce 4 large tomatoes, chopped and bay leaf. Bring to the boil, stirring 4 tablespoons of tomato ketchup frequently. Then cover and simmer gently 2 teaspoons of mustard for 30 minutes until thickened and pulpy. 2 teaspoons of sugar Season with salt and pepper to taste. 3. Liquidise to make a smooth sauce, or leave 1 tablespoon of vegatable oil 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar chunky if preferred. Please mention Andalucia Life when talking to our advertisers 66

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Andalucia LIfe Magazine June 2011  

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

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