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IN THIS MON MUSIC STARS IN SPAIN

SPANISH FESTIVALS AUGUST

MOTORING TIPS

THE BIG BOOB BOOM

FILM REVIEWS

HOUSE TIPS

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NTHS ISSUE HOROSCOPES

LONG HAUL DESTINATIONS

EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS

JUST FOR LAUGHS

JET TO LET PROPERTY

YOUR PETS

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INTRODUCTION Dear Subscriber, Welcome to Across Spain’s Second Edition. We hope that you enjoyed last months copy. We received some really positive feedback & want to keep improving our magazine to make it extra special for you. This is the newest website that is your entry to the heart of our fast expanding online tabloid portfolio. Each magazine is not only dedicated to promoting local services, business’s & trades people so the consumer has the widest choice available, but also offers interesting articles for your enjoyment. From here you can also be easily linked to our Spanish Online Discount Voucher site where you can download & print vouchers to save your precious Euros in selected stores. We will also be expanding the “Across” group in the very near future to incorporate Across Gibraltar & Across Portugal. Each month in ACROSS SPAIN we will have property advice, motoring tips, restaurant & film reviews, recipes, horoscopes and lots, lots more for you to enjoy. Want To Advertise Your Business or Place A Classifed Advertisement? If you would like to advertise your Business or a forthcoming event, we have budgets to suit all businesses both large & small from as liitle as 80 cents per day. The advantage of advertising with us: We can offer a design service for your advertisement for a minimal fee. Advertisements are fully interactive if you wish to change your advert mid-campaign and this can be done FREE of charge. Reaching nearly 100,000 homes across Europe. Ecologically friendly. To Advertise with us contact the Across team—sales@acrossspain.es

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MUSIC STARS IN SPAIN JULY More than 3,500 fans watched Janet Jackson perform in Barcelona on July 19th.

Peter Andre played two gigs. One at The Bull Ring, Benidorn on July 20th and one at Playa del Pinillo, Marbella on July 22nd.

Black Eyed Peas with David Guetta as guest performer wowed crowds at Estadio Vicente Claderon, Madrid on July 14th. AUGUST AUGUST 4TH

Jamie Cullum will be performing at Sohail Castle in Fuengirola on August 4th. Although primarily a jazz musician, Jamie Cullum performs in a wide range of styles and is generally regarded as a "crossover" artist with his musical roots firmly based in jazz. In 2007 Cullum won the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Award for “Best British Male”. Cullum is well known not only for his abilities on the piano, but also for his style and charisma. Cullum never works to a set list and on average his gigs last just over two hours. AUGUST 13TH

The Prodigy will be headlining at The Creamfields Festival in Jerez de la Frontera on Saturday August 13th. For details of The Creamfields Festival, held over the 13th & 14th August go to www.creamfields-andalucia.com AUGUST 18TH

Sir Tom Jones will be performing at Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella on August 18th. The Welsh singer, noted for his powerful voice has sung many styles of music from pop, rock, dance to country, soul & gospel. His first international hit single was “Its Not Unusual”. He has sold over 100 million records. He was awarded a CBE in 1999 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 for his services to music. In 2000 Tom Jones performed for US President Bill Clinton on New Year’s Eve at the Millennium celebrations in Washington D.C. Tom Jones received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2003. 7

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Spanish Festivals August LA TOMATINA TOMATO FESTIVAL

La Tomatina Tomato Festival, one of Spain’s maddest festivals is held in August in Bunyol near Valencia. It is the worlds biggest tomato fight. The sheer number of people who turn up for this event means that its extremely difficult to get anywhere near the central area where the tomato lorries arrive but the street partying goes on no matter where you are. RULES OF LA TOMATINA The Bunyol Town Council has set down the following rules: It is illegal to bring any kind of bottles or other objects that could cause an accident. You must not tear t-shirts. Tomatoes must be crushed before throwing so that they don't hurt anybody. You must be careful to avoid the lorries, which carry the tomatoes. As soon as you hear the 2nd banger you must stop throwing tomatoes. In the La Tomatina festival there has never been a mishap so please respect these rules and the people.

FERIA DE MALAGA

Malagas annual festival is one of the biggest on the national calendar of fiestas. The Feria begins with the 'Pregón de la Feria' which is the official announcement of the opening of the festival which is read out by a famous local celebrity from the balcony of the town hall. An enormous firework display and ten days of raucous partying Andaluz style follow this with open-air bars serving thousands of litres of sherry, spontaneous flamenco dancing in the street and the city's main annual bullfighting festival at the city's Plaza de Toros. By day activities are centred around Marques de Larios in the heart of the city centre just opposite the port. Throughout the city beautiful women with their daughters stroll around in flamenco dresses whilst the city's horse and cart taxis are decorated with colourful ribbons and their drivers wear traditional costumes. Street music and sherry consumption are ever present whilst there's plenty of entertainment to keep the children amused. The Feria de Día lasts from around noon until 7pm then there's a lull before the storm as the evening session begins. By night the focus of the Feria moves to the Real de la Feria on the outskirts of the city where the Feria de Noche starts to warm up around 9pm and continues until dawn. This is a huge fairground with over 200 marquees (casetas) specifically erected for the Feria each of which houses different groups of Malagueños, known as peñas, who meet here to party every evening. These casetas are open to visitors and you can buy food and tapas there whilst enjoying the party. There are shuttle buses running back and to from the city centre to the fairground throughout the night whilst the taxi business does a roaring trade. 8

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THE SANLUCAR HORSE RACES

The Sanlucar Horse Races or "Carreras de Caballos" take place in August on the beach at Sanlúcar de Barrameda near Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia. Officially these famous horse races have been taking place since 1845 but in actual fact they were happening way before that. It was in 1845 that the Sociedad de Carreras de Caballos de Sanlúcar de Barrameda was established thus making the races the first ever regulated horse races in the whole of Spain. However, long before the races were officially recognised there is evidence that much more informal races took place along the sands between the owners of working horses, which were used to transport fish from the port to local towns and markets.

THE MYSTERY PLAY OF ELX

The Mystery Play of Elx, or Elche, is one of Spain’s oldest and greatest cultural events and is truly a never-to-be-forgotten experience, even amongst the multitude of compelling Spanish Festivals. The production is held annually at the Basilica of Santa Maria every August 14th and 15th. In the Basilica itself there is a temporary ramped stage in the central transept, a false ceiling, stage machinery to open the Gates of heaven and lower and raise angels and the Virgin herself. At the play’s moving climax, a shower of silver tinsel billows from above during the Virgin’s coronation. All this is accompanied by breathtaking choral music, employing Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque melodies and exquisitely performed by a completely amateur choir recruited specifically for the festival. The Mystery Play is the culmination of the celebrations in Elche in honour of the town’s patroness, the Virgin of the Assumption. Beginning with colourful and noisy parades of Moors and Christians, commemorating the Christian Reconquest of Elche in 1265, and culminating on the 15th, the Day of the Assumption of the Virgin, Elche becomes a spectacular mix of religious piety and pagan partying! The Mystery Play itself is actually in two separate acts – La Vespra (the eve of death) which is performed on the 14th and La Festa (the assumption and coronation) on the 15th. Immediately after the first part, the vigil of the Virgin’s body occurs when there is a candle-lit procession through the Walled City’s old streets. A further procession follows the next morning as the image of the Virgin is carried through the Old Quarter. The whole celebration is rounded off with, naturally, a midnight firework display, followed by a lot of partying. Elche is a city worth spending time in because of its incredible Palm Grove – Palmeral de Elche – of more than 200,000 trees, a World Heritage Site, as well as the Mystery Play itself

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Some of my observations from living in Spain for a little over three months now:- Susan Costa Del Sol Parking is a total nightmare, which is why we never move our van, apart from the one day the local council decided to re-tarmac our road. Signs were put up on the buildings along the street saying no parking on a particular day as work began at 7.00. Nobody bothered moving until the local police showed up at about 8.00. Those that didn’t move their cars had them towed away. Boy do those guys work fast. Hooks under the rear wheels lift it up and away it goes! There isn’t anywhere to let our poor dog off the lead for a long run around. Beaches don’t allow dogs and neither do the small parks we’ve found on our travels. Need to purchase him a doggy running machine for indoors – lol. Iceland, although one of our favourite stores (especially their sticky chicken skewers) have a nasty habit of overcharging at the tills. First visit I was charged for 3 packs of minted lamb chops when I had only purchased one. Didn’t notice the mistake until we got home so nothing I could do about it. Second visit - the till tried to ring up €154 for an English newspaper. Now I know it was all about the Royal Wedding but I thought that was just a little bit too steep!! I love Mercadona and Bally for shopping!! Even if I don’t know exactly what all the goodies in some of the packets are? The shutters at our windows whilst adding a little bit of extra security and stopping the glaring light of the sun during the day also make me think that it’s the middle of the night, even if I wake up at 8 or 9 in the morning. Has totally messed up my body time clock. Whilst all the car drivers seem to follow the rules of the road, scooters are a total law unto themselves, going the wrong way down streets and shooting past traffic lights. The police look very scary! Even the traffic wardens carry guns or batons. I find that I can read Spanish a lot easier than I can speak it. The trains are clean, punctual and very cheap. Coffee sombre in a glass is scrummy! Alcoholic drinks measures are ENORMOUS!! Hic! Cheers!!

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BLOGGING IT Getting published used to be a hard thing to do when print only appeared on paper. Today anyone who fancies themselves as a writer of sorts to post their words, thoughts and knowledge online. The even newer addition of web logging - or blogging for short - brings even greater possibilities for expressing yourself to a mass audience. Back to basics, a blog is pretty much an online diary, often interactive, that is updated on a regular basis. A blog can include text, images and even sound files. Some bloggers just write for the benefit of long-distance family and friends, while others aim to make a living out of it. The format generally places the most recent blog, or post, at the top and the oldest at the bottom ranging in chronological order. Blogs can be personal diaries or, more often than not, written on a particular subject area, such as news and entertainment. Or they can be educational, about any kind of hobby, craft or leisure activity. Most novice bloggers, however, write about what they know and what they are most passionate about in life, whatever that may be. The primary author of a blog, of course, will fuel the content, though visitors should be able to add comments, so if you're thinking of starting one, you really need to know what you're talking about. More importantly, you really need to have something to say that will interest other people who may share your passions. Writing skills and a sense of humour are paramount to blogging and anyone can do it with little technical know-how. You will, however, need to give careful consideration to the type of blog platform to choose - that is the software you use to create your blog and how you get it online. For beginners who just fancy playing around with blogging for fun, there are many free blog platforms available. These provide free software to create and host your blog. Different free blogging platforms offer different levels of service. Some, like Blogger.com and WordPress.com, offer both the platform, domain name and hosting for free. Others offer the platform for free and host your blog under their domain name free of charge. Some will require you to pay for certain things, such as creating your own domain name if desired. Free blog platforms provide you with basic design templates. While these templates suit a beginner, if you want to take your blog to a wider audience and earn money from advertising you will really need to pay a designer to create a more unique template. This, though, can develop in time. The main benefit of free blog platforms is ease of use. Most design templates can be set up in a matter of minutes and involve only filling in a few details and choosing your design template. Thankfully, you need to know very little about the technical side of the internet. You just need to add a little sparkle with your writing, knowledge or comments in a concise, reader-friendly way.

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DRIVING EACH OTHER NUTS Next time you and your partner go out together, it may be a good idea to get a taxi or use public transport rather than the car. According to recent research, put a couple together in a car and the only place they're likely to drive each other is round the bend. The survey, by breakdown specialist Green Flag, found that one-in-five people regularly argued with their partner about their driving skills and bad habits. We're not too happy about lending our pride and joy to each other either. Women are slightly more trusting than men, with three-quarters saying they would allow their partner to use their car. When it comes to men, only two-thirds would be prepared to hand over the keys. There is some basis for caution here: one-in-five respondents admitted to having had an accident in their partner's car. How bad can the differences become? Well, among the 17 to 24-year-olds, almost one in 10 had broken up with a partner over their car. The figure for all ages is slightly lower, with just three per cent admitting a car was the reason for a relationship break-up. When it comes to fixing things, half of the women surveyed said they would trust their partner to carry out minor maintenance checks or repairs, yet eight in 10 men said they would never ask their partner for help. When asked if they have ever stopped to help someone who had broken down, half of men said they had helped, compared with only one-in-five women. Maybe that shows a sensible regard for safety in public, but there is a generational difference too. Older people were more willing to help, with over a third of drivers aged over 55 having stopped to help someone, whereas only a tenth of the 17 to 24-year-olds surveyed had ever offered to assist. The advice for helping to maintain a happy relationship would seem to be straightforward then: if you're going out, especially on a nice romantic date, keep your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel and leave the car behind.

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TUNED IN TO SAFER DRIVING Most drivers turn up the car stereo to make their car journeys more entertaining, but having a little sing song to your favourite music in the car may actually reduce your chances of having an accident. Whether you listening to relaxing music or tunes to perk you up, what you listen to in the car has a direct effect on your mood. As a result, 84 per cent of motorists questioned in a survey by Sainsbury's Car Insurance believe listening to music helps them to relax when driving. Half believe that music helps them to concentrate on the road and 65 per cent also said music helps them to stay awake while driving. Worryingly, however, the findings also show that in a minority of cases music can result in more dangerous driving habits. Around nine per cent of motorists confessed to being distracted while listening to music when driving - that equates to about 2.9 million drivers out there on the roads - and 14 per cent said they tended to drive faster while six per cent admitted to driving more aggressively. Lucy Hunter, Sainsbury's car insurance manager, says, "Many motorists clearly enjoy listening to music when they drive, but it's important to recognise the effect it has on your driving and pick your music accordingly. "It may well be tempting to listen to music to perk yourself up, but our advice if you feel tired is to pull over and have a break. Similarly, consider switching to something soothing if you're beginning to feel a little irate." The impact of music on your driving habits can be linked to the genre you listen to and your age. Ten per cent of motorists aged 35 and under, who tend to listen to pop, rock, hip hop or dance, said music made them drive more aggressively and 22 per cent said it made them go faster. However, 84 per cent of motorists aged 45 and over, the majority of whom listen to classical music, said it helped them to relax when driving. In terms of the most popular music to listen to when driving, classical and general pop are joint top, each enjoyed by 13 per cent of motorists. Rock is second (11 per cent) followed by country and western (5 per cent). A further 17 per cent of motorists enjoy everything from hip hop and dance to easy listening and jazz. Surprisingly, the biggest group of music loving motorists, 31 per cent of people, are not at all fussed which type of music is played and are happy to listen to anything. 13

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AVOIDING PAINFUL GOLF HAZARDS There are some serious hazards associated with the game of golf that have nothing to do with water and sand. There are fast flying balls ready to clonk you on the head, lightening threatening to strike you down on the green and the occasional idiot in a runaway golf cart. However, the hazard most likely to strike you is a serious back injury. Swinging a golf club puts a tremendous strain on the back. As a result, golfers injure their backs more than any other part of their body. Statistics show that back injuries make up around 50 per cent of all the injuries sustained by male golfers, including professionals. In the 1980s, Jack Nicklaus' career almost ended because of back problems. The good news is that injuries don't have to be par for the course for golfers. The first mistake to avoid is taking up golf in order to get in shape. If this is your main reason for picking up clubs, you'll be much better off getting in shape before you play. You'll get far more enjoyment out of it and much less pain. If you are really out of shape, consider having a few personal training sessions with a qualified fitness instructor. They can help improve your general level of fitness and set you on a training regime to help with your game of golf and a stretching routine to help reduce the likelihood of back strain when you play. Professional golfers take time to stretch and warm up so you should too. Once you're in good enough shape to take up your clubs, learn the proper swing technique and body mechanics from a professional golf tutor, not from your know-it-all friends and family. A golf tutor will teach you how to maximise your swing without putting undue strain on your delicate back. You should also be taught the safest way to lift and carry your heavy golf bag to avoid injury. When buying golf equipment, buy the best quality that you can afford. Buying second-hand is a financially savvy option, but you risk buying equipment that doesn't fit your size and shape, which can put added strain on your body. If you are buying second hand, take advice from a golf shop on the best sizes for you and then use their recommendations to shop around in online auctions or private listings. Before you do anything, make sure you visit your GP, especially if you are over 35, overweight, easily fatigued, smoke heavily or have other health problems. Oh, and if you do hear any warnings of lightening strikes whilst you're playing, remember that a metal golf club makes for a rather effective lightening conductor, so it's probably best if you avoid swinging it above your head.

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THE BIG BOOB BOOM Breast enlargements were once thought of as tacky and the domain of glamour models and footballers' wives, but it seems the taboo has lifted, as more of us are opting for this procedure. When it comes to cosmetic surgery, forget facelifts, liposuction and tummy tucks, breast enlargement is the most popular procedure and has been for the past 20 years.

Unlike the boob jobs of old - think Pamela Andersen and Jordan - the breast enlargements of today are less obvious and more natural. Typically, 10 years ago, 48 per cent of breast augmentation patients went up by three cup sizes, whereas over the past couple of years the most popular size increase was a more modest two cup sizes. The most popular implant is currently the "round high profile", which produces a more rounded appearance to the upper breast, while "contoured" breast implants are designed to reflect the slope of the breast but are not as effective for improving cleavage. Silicone has always been the implant of choice as it gives a more natural shape and feel than some of the alternatives. However, its not just breasts that have changed: our attitudes, too, have changed dramatically from 10 years ago. Having breast surgery is no longer kept secret and women are now happy to flaunt their new look and tell others about their operations. 18

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The dramatic rise in people undergoing cosmetic treatments is indicative of peoples changing attitudes to cosmetic surgery. Patients are more than happy to tell people that they have had surgery and often recommended a particular surgeon to their friends. According to industry estimates, women spent a staggering â‚Ź100 million on breast implants last year and this looks set to rise. But despite its rising popularity, breast enlargement is not something that you should rush into. The invasive surgery is no different from any other operation, involves months of aftercare and can take a while to adapt to. With the popularity of surgery on the increase it is important to highlight the need for each patient to undergo a thorough consultation. For any patient who is considering having surgical treatment they should check their clinic's credentials. Despite numerous celebrities implant disasters and its once tacky image, breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, with the majority of patients between 25 and 35 years old.

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TUNE UP YOUR SKIN WITH TONER Cleansing skin twice daily is an important step in any skin care regime, male or female. People tend to focus on cleansing and moisturising their skin, but many ignore the important middle step of toning. While facial cleansers are vital for removing makeup, dirt and excess oil, most leave some impurities behind; some may even leave cleansing particles behind. Toning ensures complete removal from the skin of all cleansing particles, makeup and dirt. They freshen and tone up the skin and prepare a clean surface ready for hydration and makeup through the gentle exfoliation of dead skin cells. Aside from all that, toning forms a refreshing and cooling part of a skin care regime. Part of the essential role of toners is to restore the skin's natural pH balance. When you wash your face with some facial washes and cleansers, the pH balance of the skin is distorted leading to skin working overtime to restore pH levels. The process of skin restoring the pH levels on its own can take up as much as half and hour or more. By using a skin toner, the pH level of your skin is restored instantly. You should always choose a toner appropriate for your skin type. A wide variety of toners are available, some of which provide deeper cleansing, some are extra moisturising, some contain alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) to exfoliate dead skin cells, and some are gentle. Whatever your skin type and needs, you should try to avoid toners that have a base of alcohol, which dries the skin and harms the soluble collagen below the surface of the skin. Choose instead an alcohol-free toner for your skin type. There are many toners that contain natural ingredients including herbs and essential oils. The common herbs and essential oils used in toners include witch hazel, geranium, honey, lemon, ivy, sage, nettle and burdock. Rosewater for normal or dry/sensitive skin and witch hazel for oilier skins are ideal bases for toners. Rosewater helps keep skin and face moisturised, fresh and balances the pH levels. Witch hazel has a tendency to dry the skin so it's ideal to combine it with moisturisers such as vitamin E or honey. Oily skin benefits from juniper or lemongrass whereas drier skins would benefit from rose or sandalwood. Apply the skin toner to a cotton ball and sweep it gently across your face using smooth, gentle upward strokes or sprayed on the face. The cotton wool should come out relatively clean when toning. If it's not clean it indicates the cleansing has not been done properly. Don't be tempted to tone the skin whenever you feel it has become dirty. It should be used only after the skin has completed a cleansing routine and not as a substitute for cleansing. Your toner must function as a toner and not as a cleanser.

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DANCE YOURSELF FIT Most of us want to stay fit, but exercise can be dull. If you are not the type who likes to pump iron in the gym, sweat it out pounding the pavements or swim length after boring length in your local pool, how are you going to hone your figure the way you want it? By dancing, that's how. One of the smartest ways to exercise, say sports psychologists, is to do it while also doing something you enjoy, such as dancing. You're not only more likely to do it for longer but more likely to do it more intensely. Singing and bopping along while your favourite performer's CD is on the player is one way of doing it. But better still is to enrol in a dance class. Great for kicking those calories is the sexy salsa, the Latin dance craze that first hit Britain in the mid-70s. It's a heady fusion of Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances performed to hot rhythms. Over the past few years it's become much more mainstream and hugely popular, with classes and salsa nights now widely available. It's super-sociable and sexy and offers one hot workout. Generally, it's pretty energetic and involves lots of steps and turns so you'll get an aerobic workout doing it. How many calories you burn depends entirely on how long and how intensely you do it, as with any exercise. To really see the fat-blasting effects though you need to do it non-stop for at least 20-30 minutes at a time, intensively and regularly, at least a few times a week. Salsa specifically focuses on moving the hips from side to side and turning. Rotating the torso is something most people neglect in their workouts. "Our bodies are designed to twist and turn," says Nick Hudson, head trainer at Holmes Place Academy. "These days we lead sedentary lifestyles, which means we don't work the muscles that rotate our spines enough, which can make us prone to injury. Salsa is a good way of gently waking these torso muscles up and helps to lightly tone your midriff as well as your legs." If salsa doesn't sound like your thing, there are loads of other dance styles which you may find more appealing, each one working on your body in a different way but all brilliant at keeping you trim and healthy. Tap is tipped to be the next big thing. It's energetic and exuberant fun. Belly dancing has soared in popularity lately as a glamorous way to exercise, plus you get to wear sexy outfits. Ballet is the latest keep fit craze of the stars, jazz is young and funky, while flamenco will allow you to stamp your feet in fiery passion. Check out what's on offer in your area by looking in a local further education prospectus. It is a good place start and costs are always affordable.

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REVIEW: HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 STARRING:

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Gary Oldman, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall, Miriam Margolyes, Julie Walters.

Any parent who has ever waited in line with their child outside a bookshop for the midnight launch of the latest edition of Harry Potter will understand the frenzy that surrounds J.K. Rowlings fantasy fiction series. Rowlings incredibly imaginative stories of good versus evil with the unlikely hero, quiet bespectacled Harry Potter has turned the subsequent film series into the most successful franchise in movie history with box office takings of more than $6.9 billion. Part of that success has been due to the casting, with a veritable who’s who of brilliant British actors filling exceedingly vivid parts.

The film series began in 2001 with Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone and now ten years on culminates with Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2, based on the seventh & final novel which was split into two parts, Part 1 being released in 2010.

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Deathly Hallows Part 2 is about the final confrontation between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort, the ultimate showdown between good and evil. After destroying one Horcrux and discovering the significance of the three Deathly Hallows, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) continue to seek & destroy the other Horcruxes, which contain fractions of the Dark Lords soul, in an attempt to destroy Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Hermione has to disguise herself as Bellatrix (Helena Bonham Carter) to gain access to her bank vault, where one Horcrux may be hidden. However, with Voldemort weilding the coveted & unbeatable Elder Wand he aims to complete his final stage to ultimate power and launches an attack on Hogwarts School, which is now run by Snape and guarded by Death Eaters. As preparations are made for the final battle McGonagall (Maggie Smith) helps by creating a shield around Hogwarts to try & delay Voldemort’s army. This is where Harry, Ron & Hermione return for one last stand against the dark forces that threaten to take over the Wizarding and Muggle worlds with the help of a group of loyal friends including Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) and Harrys girlfriend Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright). The final wand duel between Harry Potter and Voldemort is the climax that the entire series has building towards from the beginning. This is a hugely exciting & massively eventful finale to the series that will be enjoyed by anyone who has ever been a fan.

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REVIEW: PAUL STARRING:

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Jo Lo Truglio and the voice of Seth Rogen

Nerdy science fiction writer Clive (Frost) and artist Graeme (Pegg) are on vacation visiting the Californian comic book & movie convention Comic-Con and then embarking on road trip taking in famous UFO sites. When a car crashes in front of them on a deserted road at night they encounter Paul (voiced by Rogen), a chain smoking, beer drinking, foul mouthed alien who has been a guest of the US Military at Area 51 for the past 60 years. After outliving his usefulness for the government, who now want to dissect him, Paul is on the run from Agent Zoil (Bateman) and his two bungling side kicks (Hader & Lo Truglio) and he needs help to meet his lift off of this world. Graeme & Clives whole road trip takes on a new dimension as they try to help Paul and outwit Zoils. With a voice cameo from Steven Spielberg you’ll notice how Paul pays tribute to several well-loved sci-fi movies. Overall this is an entertaining and enjoyable comedy with a mooning alien, car chases, gun battles & people getting totally squished. Enjoy!

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FUSS FREE WAYS TO DECORATE If you have just splashed out a small fortune buying your dream home, the chances are that funds are now pretty tight. That is nearly always the case for first time buyers, who once they have moved into their new nest must think about how best to decorate and furnish it without breaking the bank. First think about dĂŠcor. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. It's better not to go for anything too fussy - keep it clean and simple and add splashes of detail with the occasional throw, textured cushions, strong statement artefacts and wall decorations. Even an eye-catching ceramic bowl filled with fruit can give a room designer detail. Many big furniture stores sell end of line items and have sections where they keep slightly damaged, but very inexpensive models. Also keep in mind that most furniture stores periodically sell off used furniture when they get rid of showroom samples or floor models. Ask about both possibilities when you shop. Flea markets and charity shops can be a great source of inexpensive, one-of-a-kind interior decorating materials. If you fall in love with a piece of discount furniture, bare in mind that moving it can be an issue. Some vendors will deliver, but only at the end of the day in the case of a market and only for an additional fee. Don't be afraid to bargain. Flea market vendors expect it, and with a little negotiation inexpensive items can become even cheaper. If you have any wholesale furniture warehouses in your area, consider stopping by. Buying wholesale furniture is almost always cheaper than buying retail. When looking at used furniture - or any used furnishings - don't think of what they look like now but what they could look like with a little TLC. Maybe that coffee table wouldn't look right your living room as it looks now, but sanded down and stained and it will look quite different.

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When looking for home furnishings, try to think outside the box. You might not want to eat off that set bright pottery plates but they might make colourful wall hangings. Unless you have a large home, select furniture and accessories on a small scale. They'll fit into most spaces as you move them around in your home. Storage is in short supply in most homes. Select furniture pieces that offer drawers or hanging space, such as a chest of drawers or an armoire. When furnishing a living room or family room, choose two-seater sofas rather than one huge sofa. They'll be easier to move and can be used forming a corner seating area opposite each other to create a conversation spot, or separately in different rooms of your home. Select a pleasing natural or neutral colour such as tan, camel, navy, dark green or black for upholstered furniture pieces. This will be your anchor colour. Make sure the fabric is durable so it holds up under years of use. Gather together a collection of pillows, fabrics and accessories that harmonise with your anchor colour. You'll be able to change the look with the seasons, giving your furniture a new, fresh look throughout the year. On a green sofa for example, you might choose yellow floral pillows for summer and camel tapestry pillows for autumn. Buy lamps, vases, side chairs and pillows in pairs. They'll add symmetry and continuity to a room. When you're arranging furniture try to use furniture or accessories in unexpected ways, such as a love seat at the end of a bed or a big dresser that holds videotapes and DVDs. Don't be afraid to experiment. Find what works best for you in your present situation. If you've selected items with versatility in mind, you'll end up with an arrangement that's just right.

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SCRAMBLED EGG AND BACON BASKETS These egg and bacon baskets are a fun way of turning a breakfast favourite into a truly tasty snack or dinner. Serves 4.

INGREDIENTS

4 large squares slices white bread, crust removed olive oil for brushing 4 rind rashes of smoked back bacon 4 large eggs 15ml snipped fresh chives 15g lightly salted butter

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5. 2. Using a rolling pin, roll each slice of bread very flatly then lightly brush each side with a little oil. 3. Press each bread piece into a deep sided muffin pan or a mini pudding basin at an angle so that the bread forms a flower shape. 4. Cook in the preheated oven for 5 - 8 minutes or until crisp, lightly browned and the baskets holds its shape when lifted from the pan. 5. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium and then cook the bacon for 3 - 5 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Then using a pair of scissors cut each rasher into small dices. 6. Beat the eggs together with the chives in a jug. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until foaming, then add the egg mixture and snipped bacon using a wooden spoon, cook, stirring constantly for approximately 3 - 5 minutes or until lightly scrambled. Taste and season if necessary. 7. Place the bread baskets on serving plates then divide the egg and bacon mixture between the baskets and serve immediately. Do not leave these to stand for long as the bread will go soggy. 30

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LIKE CHALK AND CHEESE There are certain wines and foods that delight the taste buds when mixed. Wine seeks relationships with the finer ingredients in life, yet many have a tough time making a sound partnership with cheese. In fact, some cheeses can make a good red wine dull and lifeless. If you love to end a special meal with a cheese platter, balance the flavours of your wines and cheeses carefully. The stronger the cheese, the more intense its partner should be. But remember that balance isn't about matching like with like, it can be as different as chalk and cheese.

SOFT TOUCH

PORT & CHEESE

Soft, creamy cheeses such as brie and camembert coat the palate with a layer of soluble fat, masking tastes. Even if you are drinking an excellent red, you will loose some of its flavour. Team soft, creamy cheeses with extra-dry champagne and the effervescence will clean the fats from the palate.

A perfect partner at any restaurant or at a dinner party is port and creamy blue cheese. A non-vintage port is a perfect partner for Creamy stilton, while vintage port pairs beautifully with feisty cheeses such as gorgonzola.

SWEET WHITE FOR CHEESE

When serving a sumptuous cheese platter at a dinner party, remove the reds and opt for a fruity, vibrant white to complement your range of cheese. Sweet, spicy and fruity German wines such as gew端rztraminers and rieslings are good all-rounders. For blue-veined cheeses, choose a sweet dessert wine. These will also work well if you are also serving desserts at the table.

PUNGENT CHEESES AND REDS

If you must be awkward and insist on red with your cheese platter, choose a concentrated, rich red such as Amarone della Valpolicella. This Italian dry red is made from air-dried grapes and can stand up to the most pungent cheeses including Parmigiano-Reggiano and Pecorino. A cheaper alternative is Ripasso di Valpolicella made in the same region. 31

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FUENGIROLAS WORLDWORLD-RENOWNED “FISH ALLEY” In Fuengirola, just a couple of minutes walk from Church Square, down towards the sea front you will find Calle Moncayo, known amongst the British residents and regular visitors as “Fish Alley”. It is a kilometre long pedestrian street that runs almost parallel to the Fuengirola Promenade. Many establishments just off the main street also claim to be on Fish Alley. Not only are there excellent fish restaurants but you will find a collection of every imaginable type of bar and restaurant, including steak houses, Tapas, Indian, Thai & Chinese restaurants, pizzerias and much more. You could choose English fish and chips or top quality international cuisine. Tables and chairs are set outside to tempt you to sit down and eat and menus are set out for you to choose the type of food and budget that suits you. Many restaurants offer great value 3 course menus for around 10 Euros. Fish Alley is known & loved worldwide and each year millions of visitors come to enjoy some of the best food in Spain. Even in the cooler winter months the restaurants are open and buzzing with activity. Whichever establishment you decide to eat at you will surely not be disappointed.

For delicious authentic Chinese cuisine try El Cisne (See their ad on facing page)

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EL CISNE (THE SWAN) - FISH ALLEY Le Cisne translates into THE SWAN, a beautiful Restaurant in the heart of Fish Alley or to give it its real street name Calle Moncayo 11, Fuengirola. This family run establishment has been successfully serving customers from all parts of the world for the last 14 years with their fine Chinese and Cantonese cuisine. The bright and relaxing atmosphere within the restaurant and also on the ample terrace combined with authentic freshly cooked dishes from the orient make you return time and time again. Zhung Huixu, the owner and his wife Ling along with 4 other members of staff are all from the When Zhon region of China near Shanghai and this dedicated team work hard. They are open 7 days a week catering for the tourists and Spanish population alike. The Head Chef, Chen Tamning, who trained at the number one cookery school in China, has over 21 years experience in the kitchen. His speciality is with sea food and when you get to taste the freshly cooked fish, prawns etc you know you are being served dishes from a professional cook - absolutely exquisite. With the meal of the day starting from just €5, 95 you can be sure all budgets are catered for. As you can see from the pictures the inside of The Cisne is well decorated and tables beautifully set for all sized parties or individuals with 64 seats within the restaurant and 40 seats on the terrace for those who like it a bit cooler during the evening or hotter during the day watching the bustle of the visitors. With a full sized reproduction “tree” as the centre piece of the restaurant and subtle lighting you really do feel the ambience of the orient as you dine. With a Take Away service available and even a doggy bag service if you cannot finish the ample fare. One thing you can be certain of is a fantastic dining experience and you will come back time and time again. Party bookings and families with children welcome. Call them on 952 58 13 27 or just pop along. Reservations not required for parties under 20 people. Open from 13.00 to 16.00 and the evening sitting from 19.00 to midnight, 7 days a week all year round.

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Your Monthly Horoscopes LEO The Sun and Venus will be in your sign this month, helping you feel confident and attract what you need. Mercury will be retrograde from August 2 to 26, though, so some of your plans may get complicated. There could be lost information, miscommunication, and confusion to deal with. A New Moon in your money sector will bring the chance to organize your financial affairs. Jupiter in Taurus all month will create opportunities in your career, but you may have internal conflict over the choices available. During the Full Moon in Libra on August 13, you'll need to compromise with relatives or neighbours. VIRGO A New Moon in your sign on August 28 will help you use your talents and skills to the fullest extent and in a positive way. You will be very organized and mentor others. Many of your feelings will be hidden this month, and you may be critical of yourself. Try to be forgiving if you make a mistake or overlook something important. With your ruler Mercury retrograde this month, you may be frustrated when things go awry or there's a miscommunication. Mars in Cancer from August 3 on will keep you busy looking out for your friends and being supportive.

LIBRA This could be a difficult month for you. Mars moves to Cancer on August 3, and this planet will be in square to Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto at different times during the month. You may feel frustrated and tense for several weeks. Saturn has been in your sign for a while, and you've been feeling the strain. A Full Moon in your sign on August 28 will complicate matters. Personal relations will be difficult and you will probably feel restricted and lack confidence. The Sun and Venus in your house of friendship will bring support from those you trust. SCORPIO There will be positive developments in career matters this month, but you need to be realistic about what's possible. Overconfidence or arrogance could lead to disappointment. Mars will move to Cancer as of August 3. You'll be restless and have a strong desire to learn new things and see the world. Jupiter is in Taurus and your relationship sector. This planet will help you feel secure and satisfied with your partner, if you have one. You will be generous and kind to your spouse and the public. Expect delays and frustrations with Mercury retrograde as of August 2. SAGITTARIUS Unexpected events, delays, and losses this month will keep you on your toes. Some developments will be positive and surprising, while others will cause hassles. Uranus in Aries affects creativity, love, and romance. Since this is found in another Fire Sign, you'll be flirtatious and full of good ideas. Mercury will be retrograde, though, from August 2 to 26. Be patient if things don't go as planned or if you experience delays or lose important information. Much of this will be due to a lack of organisation, but some things will be out of your control.

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CAPRICORN Your love life will be satisfying and full of sensual delights this month. You'll be creatively inspired by nature, too. Mars moves to the sign of Cancer on August 3, helping you be assertive and proactive when dealing with your partner and relationship issues. Uranus in Aries will turn retrograde this month, so there may be some changes happening on the home front or with family matters. Pluto in your sign will be in difficult aspect to Uranus and Mars during the month, so patience will definitely be required. AQUARIUS The Sun and Venus in your relationship sector will help your interactions with your partner or the public. You'll be charming and supportive, which will help smooth over any difficulties. Jupiter in Taurus will make any family issues worse, but there may be an opportunity to grow if you handle things with compassion. Neptune will move back into your sign as of August 4. You may feel lost and lack direction into next year, since this is a slow-moving planet. Mars will be in Gemini for a couple days at the beginning of the month, and you will feel motivated to work on a hobby. PISCES Neptune turns retrograde in your sign and moves back into Aquarius of as of August 4. You had been feeling positive and more like yourself, but for a while you will lack direction and tend to overanalyze situations. Jupiter will be in Taurus all month, bringing a helpful and kind attitude toward some of your relatives and neighbours. If you need assistance, you can also count on support. A New Moon in Virgo on August 28 will help you articulate your thoughts and feelings to your partner, if you have one. Also, you will be clear and concise when dealing with the public. ARIES Uranus will be a prominent influence in your sign this month, bringing erratic energy and unexpected events. You'll thrive on the variety this planet creates, but some developments may be unsettling. The Sun and Venus in Leo will make you flirtatious and charming. There may be some surprises in store for your love life. If you're in a committed relationship, though, there could be problems if you're playing with the wrong person. A Full Moon in your relationship sector on August 13 could signify trouble in paradise. TAURUS Jupiter in your sign all month will bring plenty of opportunities for growth, both mental and physical. You may increase your earnings or attract love, but there's also a caution not to overindulge. Focus on getting financial advice and being proactive with money matters at the beginning of the month. If you're single, you may meet someone new. There is a Full Moon in Libra in your work and health sector on August 13. This will bring a strained relationship with a co worker or health issues. GEMINI Mercury retrograde in Virgo from August 2 to August 26 will initially bring miscommunication with family and then extend to neighbours and community members. If you're giving instructions, put them in writing. You'll have fun with and enjoy interacting with these people, but don't make assumptions. Put some energy into your financial affairs this month. You can make a new start with home and family matters if you're willing to work at whatever needs improvement.

CANCER Mars will move into your sign on August 3. This planet will energize you and bring the motivation to make changes in your life. With Venus and the Sun in Leo and your money sector, you will be generous to a fault with cash and resources. Consider your budget when splurging on luxury items. A Full Moon in Libra on August 13 may bring personal struggles at home or within your family. You'll feel burdened by responsibilities. There will be constant changes regarding your career. 35

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AUGUST CELEBR Halle Berry - Born August 14th 1966. Former fashion model & beauty queen, American actress Halle Berry best known for her roles in The Flintstones, Bulworth, Die Another Day, Cat woman & X-Men. She won an Emmy & Golden Globe for the film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball.

Edward Harrison Norton - Born August 18th 1969. American actor, screenwriter, film director and producer. His films include Primal Fear, American History X, Kingdom of Heaven, The Illusionist, The Painted Veil, Rounders, Fight Club and The Incredible Hulk. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Primal Fear and for Best Actor in American History X.

Matthew Langford Perry - Born August 19th 1969. The Canadian-American actor is best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the long running popular TV sitcom Friends. He has also appeared in a number of films including Fools Rush In, The Whole Nine Yards and 17 Again. He has also voiced one of the characters in the role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas.

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RITY BIRTHDAYS

Claudia Schiffer - Born August 25th 1970. German model and occasional actress, Claudia Schiffer is one of the world’s most successful models, appearing on over 500 magazine covers.

Sir Thomas Sean Connery - Born August 25th 1930. Best known for playing James Bond in seven Bond movies between 1962 & 1983, the Scottish actor and producer Sean Connery won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Untouchables in 1988. He has starred in several films including Marnie, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Highlander, Dragonheart & The Rock. He was knighted in 2000 and at the age of 69 he was voted “Sexiest Man of the Century”.

Cameron Michelle Diaz - Born August 30th 1972. Former model and American actress, Cameron Diaz became famous during the 1990s with roles in The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and two Charlie’s Angels movies. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance in There’s Something About Mary. She is also the voice of Princesa Fiona in the Shrek movie series.

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTON Michael Joseph Jackson - Born August 29th 1958 - Died June 25th 2009 American recording artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, musician. Referred to as the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. Jackson's 1982 album Thriller is the best selling album of all time. His achievements include 13 Grammy Awards, 26 American Music Awards and estimated sales of over 750 million records worldwide. Michael Jackson died on June 25th 2009 at his rented Los Angeles mansion.

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Long Haul Breaks

INDIA

A PASSAGE TO INDIA If lying on a beach is not your thing and you yearn for a bit of adventure set against an exotic backdrop, have you thought about the possibilities the vast sub-content of India has to offer? The country offers a wealth of ancient temples and monuments for lovers of culture and heritage and many travel companies now offer fantastic sight-seeing trips. For example, a Golden Triangle with Tiger tour traces the rugged landscape of northern India beginning in Delhi, where you will find the best food and markets, apart from the significant monuments, before tasting the spirits of adventure at Sariska. As the landscape unfolds the magical city of red sandstone, the excitement flows to Jaipur, the pink city. Then you may just spot a tiger at Ranthambore and later experience the romance and magic of magic of the Taj. In southern India witness magically carved temples, walk through markets dazzling with silks and sandalwood items and open your eyes to a landscape embroidered with banana leaf, paddy fields and coconut groves. This may not be a land of forts and palaces but it is dominated by temples and natural beauty. Whether its Chennai, Bangalore or Mysore, whether the beautiful Cochin or the wild Periyar, you can fill your visit with memorable events such as an elephant ride, kath kali dance performance or enchanting boat cruise at Alleppey. Desert camel safaris in India are now one of Asia's fastest selling adventure holidays. These include camel treks ranging from short rides around Jaisalmer to extensive trips that remind you of Lawrence of Arabia on his epic journey across the Sahara or Marco Polo on the historic silk route. They are a great way to see the desert and to enjoy a novel and adventurous holiday. The Great Indian Desert may not have great expanses of sand dunes and incredible spaces of wilderness as large as those of the Sahara and Namibia, but it offers some glorious citadels and extremely colourful and unspoilt villages. The Camel Safari Circuit in India covers Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner, all in Rajasthan. They were the princely kingdoms in the desert belt of India, each comparable in size to many modern nations of Europe. All the former capitals prospered from trade with the camel caravans that travelled from west Asia and Europe to Mongolia and were impressively fortified to protect these riches. The result was a wealth of palaces built for royalty, havelis or courtyard mansions built for merchants and nobility and intricately carved temples for the subjects. 38

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A camel safari is a great way to see the desert, visiting the villages, seeing wildlife and riding across the open desert sands. Typical camel safaris organised around Jaisalmer take in the architectural ruins of Lodurva, which was the former capital of the Bhatti Rajput desert kingdom before the founding of Jaisalmer, the Anasagar oasis, the sand dunes of Samm and the water source of Moolsagar where village women gather with pitchers at dusk. Night halts on basic safaris are at villages on the way or temporary bivouac camps in the desert scrub, where camels are hobbled and let out to graze. Packing the right clothing is important on one of these holidays as the climate is extreme. In the desert afternoons may seem much hotter than the actual 26-30 degree temperature may suggest and night temperatures may drop below zero on the dunes. It is essential to take both woollen and cotton clothing. Shorts and skirts are comfortable for camel safaris, but remember, some of the off beat routes visit villages that have not have seen many tourists and locals may look askance at ladies who do not wear ankle length clothing and men in shorts. Sun hats with large rims or cotton caps that can be dipped in water when it gets too hot around midday are essential, preferably with a balaclava or scarf for covering the neck and forehead. If prone to sickness you should carry suitable medication against the swaying gait of the camel. Finally patience is an important piece of baggage on a camel safari as it takes time to get to grips with camel travel. There's a huge variety of other special interests that can be catered for in India, including angling and fishing, gliding, mountaineering and rock climbing, skiing and winter sports plus white water rafting and, of course, elephant safaris. Trout fishing in the rivers and ice-fed mountain streams is a great sport. You may pit your wits against the wily trout - both brown and rainbow - while those who enjoy solitude can spend hours in quiet contemplation of the beauty around. The fast flowing clear water streams and high altitude lakes of the upper Himalayas are excellent for trout fishing. The challenge and thrill of an encounter with the powerful mahseer, the hardest fighting fish on the planet, attracts anglers from all over the world. It offers a holiday with a fish, which not only rules the Indian waters like the tiger does the jungle, but also battles the way, no other can. 39

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ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS OF EUROPE Europe's great ruins and cities are mighty testament to the ancient and modern world. These are cities of legendary proportions, each with its unique charm, history and works of classical and modern art. Europe is on your doorstep: take a journey through its wondrous history. Ancient History, Modern Wonders Two of the most widely recognised relics of the civilised world can be found in Athens, Greece. Perched on a hilltop high above Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the acropolis is architecture's undisputed champion of classicalism. The majestic Parthenon is the country's most famous temple and was built between 447 and 437BC. The Roman ruins extend far and wide, to places such as Ephesus in Turkey, once the Roman capital of Asia Minor. Here you'll find an impressive array of temples, agoras - areas of political activity where citizens used to do business - and fountains, as well as such ancient marvels as the Great Theatre and the Celsus Library. In Rome stands the grandest of all Roman ruins, the Colosseum, where gladiators once drew crowds of up to 50,000 spectators. Alongside are the ruins of the forum - the elite residential address in ancient Rome - and the ancient Palatine Hill, the mythical site where the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, were supposed to have been raised by a she-wolf. Italy's legendary Pompeii is another captivating destination. Buried under 6m of ash and pumice when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, the excavation of this advanced ancient city revealed life perfectly preserved as it was on the fateful day of the eruption. Also visit Herculaneum, the second city in the Bay of Naples to be destroyed in the same catastrophe. Italy's Marble Monuments Rome's Vatican Square is home to St Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. Built on the site where St Peter is said to have been martyred and buried, this holy emblem of high Renaissance style is adjacent to the Sistine Chapel, which boasts the world's most renowned ceiling fresco, painted by Michelangelo. When in Rome, you can follow the fictional trail of the secret society of the Illuminati, mapped in Dan Brown's bestseller Angels & Demons. Do Gian Lorenzo Bernini's sculptures really point to the Illuminati's secret lair?

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The northerly city of Pisa has one of the most photographed monuments in Italy, the gravity-defying, 180 foot Leaning Tower. In Venice, Gothic palazzos line the Grand Canal, while St Mark's Basilica beckons with its intricate gold mosaic arches and carved marble entrance.

Classically Modern Paris In Paris, the architectural wonders extend far beyond the shadow of the city's iconic Eiffel Tower. The City of Light is awash in the Gothic style, most notably the Cathedral de Notre Dame with its famous flying buttresses. The commanding Louvre museum, built in the classical style, gained even more prominence in 1989 with the addition of IM Pei's controversial, ultramodern glass pyramid entrance. Most prominent of all is Versailles Palace, near Paris, which is the largest and most sumptuous royal residence ever built.

Viva Espana Two of Spain's most famous landmarks hail from opposite ends of the 20th century. Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia, an early modernist church designed by revolutionary artist Antoni Gaudi. Much more recently, Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum, with its limestone and titanium curved shapes and blocks, has earned a spot on the list of Europe's most intriguing structures.

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BEAT UNWANTED PET PONGS We are famed as a nation of animal lovers. Dogs, cats, fluffy bunny rabbits, small furry caged animals, birds, reptiles; we love them all. But animal care comes with its own set of risks and problems, with one serious area for concern being cleanliness and hygiene. And that is one in which you cannot afford to cut corners because there can often be a risk of passing on infections to members of the family. One of the biggest risks can be toxoplasmosis - a disease which can be passed to humans through direct contact with contaminated cat faeces. This can occur through hand-to-mouth contact following gardening or cleaning a cat's litter box. But you can make 100 per cent sure you don't contract it by always using rubber gloves while doing the chore. But what if your cat misses the litter box altogether? Accidents happen, and getting to the stain fast is the key to dealing with the problem and the smell. Here's our foolproof guide: Soak up as much liquid as possible. Use old bath towels (or a lot of paper towels) and stand on them. Keep doing this until no more moisture comes up. To clean, use one of the commercial carpet cleaners or make your own using 1 teaspoon liquid dish-washing (not dishwasher) detergent with 8 ounces room-temperature tap water. Using a clean cloth or sponge, blot the area, working from the outside of the stain toward the centre. Rinse with clean water and blot with a clean towel. Mix 1 ounce white vinegar with 8 ounces water and repeat the above steps. This helps remove any soap residue, and it also deodorises. Place a clean, dry towel over the area and stand on it to pull up moisture. Keep doing this until no more moisture comes up. Here are some more tips to help pet owners: Remove pet hair from upholstery or carpets by wiping the furniture with a slightly dampened sponge or cloth, or using a roller or rubber glove wrapped with double-sided sticky tape. Dry your dog with its own personal chamois - it takes moisture off fur faster and makes their coat soft. Banish dog smells from carpets by sprinkling baking soda, then vacuuming after 15 minutes.

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Q. How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail? A. Rename the email folder 'Instruction Manuals' "It's just too hot to wear clothes today," Jack says as he stepped out of the shower, "Honey, what do you think the neighbours would think if I mowed the lawn like this?" To which she replied "Probably that I married you for your money." A dog is truly a man's best friend. If you don't believe it, just try this experiment. Put your dog and your wife in the boot of your car for an hour. When you open the trunk, see who is really happy to see you One day, a man came home and was greeted by his wife dressed in a very Sexy nightie. Tie me up, she purred, 'and you can do anything you want.' So he tied her up and went golfing. KIDS WRITE ABOUT THE SEA - Innocent Misuse of Language by Small Children 1. This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles. (Kelly age 6) 2. If you are surrounded by sea you are an Island . If you don't have sea all round you, you are incontinent. ( Lyle age 7) 3. Sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily Richardson. She's not my friend no more. (Kylie age 6) 4. A dolphin breaths through an arsehole on the top of its head. (Billy age 8) 5. I like mermaids. They are beautiful. I like their shiny tails. And how on earth do mermaids get pregnant? Like, really? (Helen age 6) 6. Divers have to be safe when they go under the water. Two divers can't go down alone, so they have to go down on each other. (Beth age 8) 44

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TOP 10 COMPLAINTS FROM DOGS 1. Blaming your farts on me..... 6. The sleight of hand, fake fetch throw. not funny... not funny at all !!! You fooled a dog! Whoooo Hoooooooo what a proud moment for the top of the food chain.

2. Yelling at me for barking. I'M A FRIGGIN' DOG

7. Taking me to the vet for 'the big snip', then acting surprised when I freak out every time we go back!

3.Taking me for a walk, then not letting me check stuff out. Exactly whose walk is this anyway?

8. Getting upset when I sniff the Crotches of your guests. Sorry, but I haven't quite mastered that handshake thing yet.

4. Any trick that involves 9. Dog sweaters. Hello ??? balancing food on my nose. Stop Haven't you noticed the fur? it! 10. How you act disgusted when I lick myself. Look, we both know the truth. You're just jealous. 5. Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your stuff up when you're not home.

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ROMANTIC SUCCESS ROOTED IN CHILDHOOD If you are continually unlucky in love, you may begin to wonder what on earth may be wrong with you. You probably ask yourself: 'Is it me?' Research in a leading journal of psychology suggests relationships are often shaped by early experiences of social interaction, so perhaps it could be you after all. In a report published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology , it is suggested that the way in which you think, feel and behave in your adult romantic relationships is governed not only by what's happening in your current life, but is also a direct result of your past. This can include previous romantic relationships as well as social relations extending all the way back to childhood. Following 78 people over a period of 25 years, the report authors studied four pivotal points in their lives: infancy, early childhood, adolescence and adulthood. At the first checkpoint, when the participants were 12 months old, caregivers reported on the children's attachment and exploratory behaviour. At the second checkpoint, when the participants were 6 to 8 years old, the participants' teachers were asked to rate how well the children interacted with their peers. At the third checkpoint, 16-year-olds were asked to describe their close friendships. At the forth checkpoint, the participants' romantic partners were asked to describe their experiences and their partner's expressions of emotion during their relationship. Interactions between couples were then observed, to evaluate their expression of emotion. The findings of this study suggest that the expression of emotions in adult romantic relationships can be related to a person's attachment experiences during earlier social development. Those participants who were secure and attached as infants were rated as having higher social competence as children. Children who were socially competent among peers were found to be more secure and closer to their friends at age 16. Participants who were closer to friends as a teen were more expressive and emotionally attached to their romantic partners in early adulthood. "The findings highlight one developmental pathway through which significant relationship experiences during the early years of life are tied to romantic relationships during early adulthood," said W Andrew Collins, the report's lead author. "One encouraging finding, however, is that the study does not suggest that an individual's past unalterably determines the future course of his/her relationships." Collins points out that the report is not suggesting that people cannot overcome ongoing relationship difficulties. If you seem to fall out of one bad relationship and into another, it could well be you at the heart of the problem, but that doesn't mean you will never live happily ever after. However, it might be worth thinking about whether your relationships seem to follow a familiar pattern. Admitting that "it's not you, it's me" may be just what you need to stop repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

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Richard Alexander has worked in financial services for 36 years and provides specialist financial planning services to expat and UK clients with accumulated capital who prefer the personal touch of a dedicated and trusted financial adviser. At the core of financial planning is recognition of the main objectives, which can often be expressed as a need for growth or income. Even when the objective is simply wealth preservation, a focus on growth will be needed to offset the effects of inflation. For people moving or retiring abroad, currency risk is a further consideration. Pension income may arise in the currency of the country of origin and fluctuations in exchange rates will affect the level of income. However, some private pensions can be transferred into a new plan held in the appropriate currency which will remove future currency risk. Inheritance Tax may be a major consideration; Inheritance Tax in the UK is calculated by reference to the Estate of the deceased person whereas in Spain, it is calculated by reference to the beneficiaries, with the rates of tax varying, depending on who the beneficiaries are and their relationship to the deceased. Tax may also be due in both countries but there is a dual tax treaty which should ensure that double taxation can normally be avoided. Earlier UK planning may have involved the use of Trusts in the UK or offshore. If this is the case, you need to be aware that Spain does not recognise the status of Trusts and if you are the Settlor of a Trust who has become Spanish tax resident, the local tax authorities are likely to ignore the Trust and treat the assets and income or gains arising as your personal income or gains and seek to tax you accordingly.

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LIVE AND LET BUY Jet-to-let purchases are the talk of the property industry as more and more Britons plough money into buying up properties overseas. But not all overseas property owners purchase with the intention of being part of the jet-to-let set. Most buyers intend to enjoy their property as a private holiday home and a future investment, only later realising the benefits of letting, according to a survey of holiday homeowners. To assess the mood among those buying property abroad, Holiday Lettings (www.holidaylettings.co.uk) conducted a survey of its holiday homeowners. It revealed that while 74 per cent of owners said rental income was the most significant benefit of their overseas purchase, only seven per cent stated this as their original reason for purchase. More than half - 51 per cent - of holiday homeowners originally purchased because of the advantage of low cost holidays. However, with the rental market abroad booming, many are tempted by the added income during the peak seasons. Buyers view their properties as a long-term investment, with 42 per cent not expecting or intending to sell their overseas property for the foreseeable future. Most also chose their property's location because of easy access to and from the UK, making them ideal for the letting. For those buying property in Spain, research has also indicated a distinction between holiday home and retirement home purchases. Buyers looking to retire there had a preference for property located inland, where you can get substantially more for your money. For a holiday or rental property, being close to the sea is still the most attractive feature. Holiday Lettings says, "The survey exemplifies the current dynamic of the overseas property market and the lucrative aspect of letting out holiday homes. "It is interesting to monitor the mood regarding overseas property purchase from an owner's perspective." Another study, conducted by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), has estimated that 5.5 million Britons are opting to live abroad. IPPR found Spain to be one of the top locations for emigration, alongside English speaking nations such as Australia and the US. In line with that research, the largest group of Holiday Lettings' homeowners looking to emigrate were those with property in Spain. 49

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TAKING EARLY RETIREMENT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Although research shows that, surprisingly, most people are actually quite happy in their jobs that doesn't mean that given half a chance many of us wouldn't take an early retirement. But leaving work before 'official' retirement age isn't as simple as packing up your desk and heading for the golf course. When considering early retirement the first thing that will come to mind is the effect on your finances. Obviously the government isn't going to roll over and give you a couple of extra years' state pension, so what are you entitled to and how can you make the most of your money when you're no longer supported by a full-time wage? As things stand men are entitled to draw state pension at 65, women at 60. However, between 2010 and 2020 women will reach pensionable age at 65 until 2024 when both men and women will need to reach 68 before drawing a state pension. Likewise, the earliest one is entitled to draw a company or personal pension is 50, rising to 55 in 2010. Serious illness with a life expectancy of less than a year is the only situation in which your pension can be drawn early - 100% in a lump sum for a single person, 50% for those married. Retiring early may also affect your state pension entitlement. Why? Simply because while working you're building up entitlement through paying money to the taxman. So what can you do to ensure you get the maximum from your retirement fund without spending any longer than you have to behind a desk? If you're under 60, voluntary National Insurance contributions can be made while part time or casual workers can also add to their NIC record. Likewise men aged between 60 and 65 may be entitled to contribution credits. Speak to your local tax office to get good advice on how to make the most of your state pension. Personal or company pensions will also be affected by early entitlements - you will have saved less money which needs to fund you, in theory, for a longer time. In addition, final salary schemes, based on how many years you have worked, will be less too. Pension schemes differ and indeed some may make allowances for retirements due to ill health or redundancy, so be sure to check your policies carefully. To be sure to get the most from early retirement trace entitlements from past jobs which you may have forgotten about, where possible buy additional years from a final salary scheme, increase your contributions to existing pension schemes and use tax-friendly savings such as ISAs to boost your income and give you the lucrative and relaxing retirement you've always dreamed of.

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