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ISSUE 14 JULY 2012
IN THIS MON ACROSS SPAIN-MINORCA
JULY MOVIE RELEASES
MAGIC OF MOISTURISER
WOMENS SHOPPING SECRETS
DO YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR MAN IN TIGHTS KEEP YOUR CANINE COOL
IN SEARCH OF SHANGRI LA INTERNET
NTHS ISSUE THE TORCH’S HISTORY
CITY BEACH VOLLEYBALL
BLUEWATER GRANADA LONG HAUL-BERMUDA
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES
TASTE WHAT YOU EAT
JENSON BUTTON AND MUCH MORE……...
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Minorca meaning â€œminor islandâ€? takes its name from being smaller than the nearby island of Majorca. It is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to Spain. The island is known for its collection of megalithic stone monuments, which show an early prehistoric human activity. Because of its location in the middle of the western Mediterranean Minorca has been influenced by many different cultures including the Roman, Moorish, Turkish and British. The capital of Minorca is Mahon, popularly known as Mao and is located on the East Coast. Influences of the British occupation during the 18th century remain with Georgian town houses alongside Spanish apartments. Mahon has one of the best natural harbours in the Mediterranean Sea. In Mahon you can find some of the best restaurants and cafes of Minorca and a range of small boutiques, markets and souvenir shops. The larger retail outlets and shops along the beach are normally open 7 days a week in peak season and only a few close for the Spanish siesta between 2pm and 5pm.
There are many great restaurants in Minorca offering everything from a light tapa snack to a three-course meal as well as international cuisineâ€™s such as Indian, Chinese and Thai. If you have some Euros to spare you can try your luck at the Casino Maritim located on the harbour front of Mahon. There is a restaurant and bar as well as gaming tables where you can play blackjack, roulette and poker and over 20 slot machines. Minorca is well known for its traditional summer fiestas. The Festes de Sant Joan is held annually in Ciutadella and lasts for three days. On the first day, a man bears a well-groomed sheep upon his shoulders and parades around the local streets. In the late evening the main streets are closed and bonfires are lit. On the second day black horses, dressed with ribbons and rosettes are ridden through the streets with the riders coaxing the horses to rear up on their hind legs. On the third day the riders compete to spear a suspended ring with a lance. The fiesta ends with a firework display. Ciutadella is located west of Mahon and is the second biggest town on Minorca. It is famous for its excellent restaurants and shopping malls and Ciutadella Cathedral, which was built in 1287 by King Alfonso III of Aragon with beautiful Catalan Gothic architecture.
Other places to visit include Torre deâ€™en Gaumes which is the largest prehistoric town of the Balearic Islands and features many ancient ruins including a defensive wall and a temple made of stone. Fornells is a pretty fishing village on a large bay and is famous for its fantastic seafood restaurants and is a paradise for seafood lovers. There are many beautiful beaches on Minorca including Binibeca which attracts snorkelerâ€™s who explore the mini caves along the coast, Son Bou which is a 2 mile long sandy beach with excellent nightlife and Cala Blanca which is the newest resort on Minorca, built in the 1990â€™s to meet the increasing demands of tourists to the island. Cala Blanca is situated south of Ciutadella and has lovely sandy beaches and offers numerous water sports as well as restaurants, bars and shops. Minorca is rich in wild flowers with over 900 species including 25 species of orchid. It also has 30 species of butterflies, which take to the air between March and September.
Spanish Fe SAN FERMIN RUNNING OF THE BULLS
More commonly known as the Pamplona bull running, the festival of San Fermin begins at midday on July 6th. It is one of the most internationally renowned fiesta in Spain. In 1926 Ernest Hemingway published his novel â€œThe Sun Also Risesâ€? which first told the world about the Pamplona bull running festival and therefore attracted people from all over the world. Nowadays over a million people visit to watch the festival. Setting off the chupinazo, a rocket that is launched from a city hall balcony marks the opening of the fiesta. The running of the bulls happens at 8.00 am from July 7th to July 14th. The runners musts be in the running area by 7.30 am. The run stretches from the corral at Santo Domingo where the bulls are kept to the bullring where that same afternoon the bulls will fight. Six fighting bulls and two herds of bullocks run the route each day. To watch the Pamplona Bull Run you can stand behind fences along the route but get there early to get the best views or you can watch the end of the run at the bullring as the bulls arrive. The week long festival includes other traditional events. The Sanfermines is held in honour of Saint Fermin, the co-patron of Navarre. The end of the fiesta is July 14th when the people of Pamplona meet in the Town hall Plaza at midnight and sing the traditional Pobre de Mi (Poor Me) by candlelight.
estivals July FEAST OF SAINT JAMES
The Feast of Saint James is held on July 25th. Which is a public holiday in Galicia. Saint James is the Patron Saint of Spain and the annual Feast takes place in Santiago de Compostela, a city full of history with a religious atmosphere. In the two weeks leading up to the Feast of Saint James there are drama productions, art exhibitions and concerts. On the evening of July 24th at midnight the cathedral is illuminated by an incredible pyrotechnics display. On the 25th the streets are lined with people watching processions of different carnival groups and the music and dancing carry on well into the next morning. There is a lot of drinking and eating to do, especially oysters or scallops which are eaten to ensure health and wealth in the following year. The celebrations include an official mass, which is attended by representatives of the Galician government and often by members of the Spanish Royal family.
Spanish Festivals July
TRUJILLO INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Each July the beautiful medieval city of Trujillo transforms into an international platform for the finest classical musicians in the world. The Soloists of London host the International Music Festival – eleven hand picked string players from the world’s greatest professional orchestras; The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Academy of St Martins-in-the-Fields and The English Chamber Orchestra. For three evenings The El Palacio de los Duques de San Carlos becomes the stage for some of the finest live classical, performances ranging from Italian opera, classical chamber music to romantic classics. The Soloists of London ensemble provide the heart of this music while also showcasing Spain’s leading artists, concert soloists and international singers. You will find yourself enveloped by the beautiful music, accompanied by candlelight with some of the most delicious wines and Tapas that the region has to offer.
Paz Campos Trigo the Spanish actress better known as Paz Vega, a name she took from her grandmother, was born in Seville, Andalucia in 1976. Her Catholic family was very traditional, her mother was a homemaker and her father a retired bullfighter. At the age of 15 she became convinced she wanted to become an actress after attending a performance of Federico Garcia Lorcaâ€™s La casa de Bernarda Alba. At the age of 16 she was accepted at the Centro Andaluz de Teatro stage school where she studied for two years. She studied journalism for a further two years before moving to Madrid. Paz made her television debut in the Spanish TV series Menudo es mi padre which starred rumba singer El Fary. She appeared in two further series Mas que amigos and Companeros before making her film debut in Zapping in 1999. She also had a minor role in David Menkes movie I Will Survive that same year. The film starred Emma Suarex, Juan Diego Botto with a cameo role from Boy George.
In 1999 Paz starred as Laura in 7 Vidas, one of Spains best loved sitcoms, billed as a Spanish Friends. The series was broadcast on Telecino and ran until April 2006 albeit without Paz.
She found a larger audience in the film Sex and Lucia in 2001 and she became better known in the United States after playing a supporting role in the film Spanglish opposite Adam Sandler. 10 Items or Less was an independent American comedy drama starring Morgan Freeman and co starring Paz. The film was shot in fifteen days and made its release as a digital download - the first such release via the Internet, while it was still in theatres. In 2008 Paz co starred with Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson in The Spirit and in 2011 she had a role in the Italian move The Flower of Evil. Paz is also a model signed to 1/One Management in New York. In May 2011 she replaced Penelope Cruz as the face for L'Oreal Spain. Paz Vega is married to Venezuelan Orson Salazar and they have three children, Orson, Ava and Lenon.
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Hi to all you unfortunate people basking in the heat when you could be back here in damp England clearing up after the floods knowing that for the next two weeks at least (Wimbledon) we will need our wellies on permanently. My name is Mick Edgeworth and I am the manager of Storage King in Sittingbourne, Kent and have been so since the store opened 3 years ago. Would you believe that 10 years ago I was prematurely retired from the Fire Service and ended up as a bar/restaurant owner in Torrievieja, Spain and enjoyed two years of fun in the sun. Then I fell in love and returned to be with my lovely Claire (wedding next year) so the dream had to be put on hold. I started with storage King as an assistant and within 9 months was offered the chance to manage the new build here and at the moment have around 90% full capacity storing anything from household goods to printing presses, which i later found out following a visit from the old bill that it was used to print dodgy ÂŁ20 notes , he always paid with a debit card thankfully. I like to think that we offer a friendly flexible service here so if you are after storing a small box or a 5 bedroom house we will be able to cater for your needs. So if at any time Spain is too much for you give me or my assistant manager Natale a call on 01795420247 or e mail us on Sittingbourne@storageking.co.uk and we will be pleased to talk to you. Mick Edgeworth Facilities Manager Storage King Sittingbourne
ICE AGE CONTINENTAL DRIFT DIRECTED BY: STEVE MARTINO STARRING: RAY ROMANO QUEEN LATIFAH DENIS LEARY JOHN LEGUIZAMO J.B. SMOOVE JEREMY RENNER RELEASE DATE: JULY 13
Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world changing consequences - a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these earth shattering upheavals, Sid reunites with his long lost family and the gang encounters a ragtag menagerie of colourful new characters determined to stop them from returning home.
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
DIRECTED BY: CHRISTOPHER NOLAN STARRING: CHRISTIAN BALE MICHAEL CAINE GARY OLDMAN TOM HARDY ANNE HATHAWAY JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT RELEASE DATE: JULY 20
This is the epic conclusion to the Batman trilogy. Oscar winner Christian Bale again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne & Batman. Michael Caine plays Alfred and Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon. Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, Batman faces challenges from the brutal Bane played by Tom Hardy and the stealthy Catwoman played by Anne Hathaway.
DIRECTED BY: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN STARRING: MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY EMILE HIRSH GINA GERSHON THOMAS HADEN CHURCH JUNO TEMPLE RELEASE DATE: JULY 27
When 22 year old drug dealer Chris (Emile Hirsh) has his stash stolen by his mother, he has to come up with six thousand dollars quick or he’s dead. Desperate, he turns to “Killer Joe” (Matthew McConaughey) when he finds out that his mother’s life insurance policy is worth $50,000. Although Joe usually demands cash up front, he finds himself willing to bend the rules in exchange for Chris’ attractive younger sister, Dottie (Juno Temple), who will serve as sexual collateral until the money comes in …. if it ever does.
By the time the First World War was over, it was estimated that some 995,000 residents of the United Kingdom, or 2.19 per cent of the country's population, had perished as a result of the conflict. The scale of this devastation is unimaginable. With a death toll like that, few people need to be told about the nightmare of a battlefield between 1914 and 1918. Thankfully, the likes of Siegfried Sassoon, whose poetry satirised this 'vainglorious war' whilst simultaneously painting painfully vivid portraits of trench life, remain on the syllabus, lest we forget such human cost. The circumstances surrounding the Great War were unique to that era. The advancement of technology in the form of machine guns, artillery, tanks and chemical weapons hadn't yet been matched with similar steps forward in mobility. Defence, therefore, had the upper hand, and as such things quickly descended into a bloody standoff, and flashpoints turned into massacres. Today, it's unlikely any country would ever find itself caught up in such an intense stalemate situation with tens of thousands of men being killed in a single battle. But if one lesson can ever be learned from such wholesale sacrifice, it's that things should never be allowed to escalate to the point where most of the world is fighting someone. This message is reinforced even further with poignant wit and brave spirit in a book released on April 12th. Not unlike the aforementioned poet's work in terms of attitude, Len Smith's Drawing Fire is no less authentic or accurate either. It's also absolutely unique, as the author was a soldier on the frontline during the First World War, and this is his diary, complete with copies of colour drawings sketched in between shell storms and enemy offensives. As you can imagine, it's eye opening stuff that offers a completely new perspective on the conflict. Smith survived some of the deadliest moments in the war. Loos was the scene of one of the major British offensives in 1915, where poison gas was used for the first time. The result was scores of friendly casualties, before a breakdown in communication, problems within the supply chain and delayed reinforcements added further complications. Eventually, troops from the UK and France found themselves back where they began: 20,000 men down. Meanwhile, at Vimy Ridge, the outcome was notably different, with the largely Canadian-led operation ending with the Allies claiming victory, albeit with large numbers killed or wounded in the process. Both battles feature in Smith's journal entries (in addition to scores more), and the imagery painted in our minds - and on the pages by way of the artist-author's own depictions of the war - is both horrific and moving. But what's most remarkable is the sense of humour evident throughout this account of mass trauma, and the overwhelming strength that must have been required in order to cope with such circumstances. Inspirational, educational and alarming, Drawing Fire is a worthy addition to our collective memory.
The older generation may have been raised on a soap and water beauty regime but thanks to a booming beauty market and an endless pursuit of youth, we have a huge range of lotions and potions that work some magic on our polluted, delicate skin. Sometimes it gets all too confusing trying to select the right cream for your skin. Who on earth knows what hydroquinone or poly-hydroxy acids do? It might all sound like marketing mumbo jumbo, but science never lies. Always select your creams according to your end goal. Decide what you want your lotions and potions to do and look for products that contain the magic ingredients. Fighting wretched wrinkles Look for retinol, which is a vitamin-A derivative. It encourages the production of collagen, which, over time, plumps up the skin and reduces the formation of wrinkles. Use moisturisers containing Retinol twice daily on cleansed skin. Fine lines will benefit from gentle exfoliating ingredients. Alpha, beta, and poly-hydroxy acids work to remove surface layers of your skin, which will improve its appearance and rub out tiny lines. Use moisturisers twice daily and treatments weekly. Remove dark spots Sun damage is the leading cause of dark spots, known as hyperpigmentation. Some drugs, such as the contraceptive pill, can cause your skin to produce patchy-brown dark spots from the over-production of melanin. The best way to reduce dark spots is to always use a moisturiser with a high-factor sunscreen (15SPF or higher). But there are bleaching products on the market that help reduce them. Look for hydroquinone and kojic acid, which lighten over-pigmented areas. These ingredients take about two months to work, so be patient when using them. For luminous skin Moisturisers containing alpha, beta and poly-hydroxy acids will buff your skin and bring healthier, more radiant skin cells to the surface. Use twice daily.
Many moisturisers and foundations contain light-diffusing particles, which give the illusion of softening the light that is bounced off your skin, providing a soft, luminous effect. This is only temporary, however. Facial protection from the sun whether you are on holiday or in the middle of winter, always select a moisturiser with a high SPF factor. Look for micronised zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, Parsol 1789 (also known as avobenzone). These three ingredients block both UVA and UVB rays. Vitamin C has also shown to have a photo-protective effect on the skin. Eye creams The skin surrounding your eyes is far more delicate than the rest of your face and demands a bit of extra care. It is important to use a cream that is designed for the eye area. Not only will it reduce reactions in allergic-prone skin but it will also produce great results, like firming or reducing circles and puffiness. Eye creams contain a number of active ingredients, which tighten under-eye skin to reduce puffiness and lighten dark circles. When you are shopping for an eye-cream, here are the ingredients you should be looking for. Firming ingredients: these include caffeine, alcohol, retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids, copper and vitamin C. Caffeine and alcohol temporarily dehydrate skin, making it appear taut. Retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, copper and vitamin C actually work under the skin to stimulate collagen growth. Because collagen supports the skin from within, stimulating its growth may, over time, firm the skin and smooth lines and wrinkles. Darkness-inhibiting ingredients: these include vitamin K, kojic acid and hydroquinone. Vitamin K has been shown to inhibit bruising and doctors suspect it helps to counteract dark shadows caused by too much blood flow and minor bruising under eyes. Kojic acid and hydroquinone are skin-lightening agents, often found in bleaching and age-spot creams.
The deceitful depths to which women stoop to conceal their spending from their partners have been laid bare in a new study. Excuses, secretly stashing away purchases and downright lies are a regular ritual for a shocking amount of women.
Researchers quizzed 2,000 women and found two thirds of them relied on excuses to feel better about spending money on themselves. "I haven't bought anything for ages" and "I deserve this" are the most popular pleas trotted out by women after a shopping spree, while a third use a pre-prepared list to justify their spending to their partners - "It's a bargain", "I need this to cheer me up" and "It was on sale" completing the top five. The research, commissioned by money-saving website LoveFashionSales.com, found "I'll get my money's worth'" or "I really need this" were regularly used, while many are convinced they have nothing to wear. "I've wanted one for ages" and "I'll wear it all the time" rounded off the top 10 excuses for shoppers - a third of whom admitted to reciting their justifications aloud to themselves, ready for a grilling on their purchases. The researchers also found that half the women questioned confessed to hiding their buys and on average have stashed three big purchases in the last six months to avoid being caught out on their spending habits. The bottom of the wardrobe was the most popular hiding place, although four in 10 use a drawer they know their partner will never look in. A fifth of shopaholics stash their guilty buys under the bed, while kitchen cupboards and the bathroom were also popular spots. More than a quarter of women admit to lying to their partner's face about their bills, while the fibs stretch to parents, friends and other family for a sneaky 30%.A bare-faced one in five said they've worn a brand new item and pretended it was old while 20% buy clothes and accessories in the supermarket because they know their partners will think the cash was spent on food.
And a manipulative one in 10 make sure they buy their partner a present when shopping, purely to soften him up so they can spend more on themselves. Three quarters genuinely believe in the power of retail therapy, with the buzz of a bargain proving the strongest high - 70% say they love saving money on new clothes, while half feel justified buying something if they can get it at a discount. Almost 50% say internet shopping, with payment taken at the touch of a button, doesn't feel like spending. A third told researchers they don't feel as guilty about shopping online and find it the best way to bag a bargain. Interestingly the research revealed that when it comes to indulging themselves, women prefer to spend money on clothes, shoes and handbags instead of holidays, spa treatments, hair appointments or food. Company founder Rob Gorton says: "It's amusing to think of women hiding their purchases and the lengths they will go to avoid being confronted on their spending. "Finding something at a bargain price while still getting that new purchase feeling is the best way to ensure women get the treats they work hard to afford, without having to break the bank. "Many women pride themselves on their ability to know a bargain when they see one and in these tougher financial times it's more important than ever to know where to look."
You can rely on pop icon Madonna to break new ground on both the music and fashion front. The Material Girl has been at the forefront of both fields for the last 30 years and now the video for her latest single Girl Gone Wild has caused a storm in, unusually, the world of hosiery. For while we are well used to the Queen of Pop gyrating on our screens, even though she's now in her fifties, her latest production features a backdrop of equally limber males - all dressed in tights and high platform heels. Yes mantyhose have been given the Madonna seal of approval so can we expect to see our boyfriends, brothers and - God forbid - our dads adding this new fashion accessory to their wardrobes? Also known as brosiery or guylons, mantyhose are big business according to Italian designer Emilio Cavallini as he launched his latest creation at a star-studded London party to accompany Madonna's endorsement. Vice president Francesco Cavallini explains: "The category really grew organically. "When we launched our e-commerce site, we began to notice that tights in size Medium-Large were quite often being purchased by men. "The right fabrication was essential, since men perspire more than women do and because of the obvious 'anatomical differences' between the two genders. Cavallini's unisex tights, which account for two to three per cent of the company's overall sales of a million pairs a year, are a combination of cotton and nylon, which has greater elasticity and stretch, as well as a high degree of breathability. According to the executive, they are designed to be worn for lounging around on the weekend as an alternative to sweatpants with the biggest sellers solid black and solid white, worn with rolled-up trousers, shorts or with worn-out jeans.
At ÂŁ17 a pair, the company claims mantyhose make men feel young, fashionable, and hip - as well as adding a layer of comfort and warmth, especially in winter. However a new survey by online retailer Tights Please has revealed that British men are in fact secret mantyhose wearers with 99% of male and female respondents claiming men wear tights under their trousers because they feel good against their skin. When quizzed about the type of tights their men prefer, 44% of women said their fellas opted for those specifically made for women, with the plus size versions being more sought-after. Brands such as Falke, Cette, Charnos and Wolford that make extra large sizes are particularly popular, with many men preferring opaque tights in dark and neutral colours, although women's sheer and semi sheer tights also sell well. Comfort, warmth and support are cited as key factors when it comes to male hosiery choices, according to the retailer which added that men have no compunction about picking tights made for women, as the price is often more competitive. Sophie Hawkins of Tights Please adds: "It's perhaps not a big surprise that women's tights are becoming increasingly popular with men as they are generally manufactured to a more luxurious and using much softer materials. Sales of our Cette Dublin Tights plus size are double that of the normal sized range due to the number of men who love these tights." But while it would appear there is a growing army of hidden mantyhose fans out there, it may be some time before we see the fashion conscious male openly sporting his stylish leg wear - especially with a pair of platform heels.
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While most of us are looking forward to soaking up a few rays in the summer sun, our four-legged friends are probably thinking otherwise. Unlike their human counterparts, dogs can't enjoy a refreshing iced drink or luxuriate in the cool of a gentle breeze through light summer clothes. Our hot and hairy hounds need a little extra help to keep them happy and healthy this summer, and animal welfare organisations are anxious to alert owners to the potential perils for their pets. Overexposure to the sun presents particular problems for animals as they can't sweat though their skin in the same way as humans. Dogs cool down by sweating through glands in their feet and panting so it's vital owners help their canine companions to stay cool. Warm or hot weather can be very uncomfortable for pets and cause distress, suffering and even lead to death. Owners should avoid leaving animals in cars, caravans, conservatories or outbuildings - even if they are in the shade during sunny spells as temperatures can quickly rise to a potentially fatal 47째C (117째F). Whilst enjoying fun in the sun please remember that dogs can suffer from the same problems that humans do including overexposure to the sun, overheating, dehydration and even sunburn. Pets should never be left in direct sunlight and need to be able to access a cool shady spot to escape from the sun at all times of the day. They also require a constant supply of clean, fresh drinking water to replace water lost through sweating and panting. Without this, your canine companion could become dehydrated so it's important to check and fill bowls regularly.
And remember to bring a supply of water if you and your pal are taking a car journey. Animals still need exercise when it's hot, but should not be allowed to exercise too much in the heat of the day. Experts recommend walking dogs early in the morning or later in the evening, when it's cooler, and make sure shady spots and water are available. Pets can also get sunburnt, especially those with light coloured noses, or light coloured fur on their ears. Human sunscreen can be toxic to our four-legged friends so buy a special pet version and apply to areas most likely to burn - ears, nose and bellies. Owners of very hairy hounds should also ensure their pooches are clipped to ease the weight of their summer coats. Most importantly, it is vital to be alert to the symptoms of heatstroke, which can be fatal. Signs include excessive panting, heavy salivation, rapid pulse, very red gums/tongue, lethargy, lack of co-ordination, being unable to get up after collapsing, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in extreme cases, loss of consciousness. Extra vigilance is needed with older, short-nosed and overweight dogs as they are more prone to overheat. If you suspect that your pet has heatstroke, move it to a shaded area, wet thoroughly with cool water (never iced) and use a household fan to blow cool air over their head and body while seeking urgent veterinary advice.
The perfect holiday home is a small villa by the beach in Spain, according to a new survey. With over 40 per cent of UK homeowners considering buying property overseas some time in the future, nearly one-quarter of those are planning to do so say hola to the Spanish coastline. The Overseas Desirability Report , from thinkproperty.com, highlights the most desirable elements that home buyers are looking for when it comes to finding their ideal overseas property. Mark Goddard, managing director of thinkproperty.com, says, "We have found the demand for overseas property growing steadily over the past six months and we predict that it will continue to rise. "Our new Overseas Desirability Report gives a good indication of what home owners want from a property abroad, giving estate agents a clearer picture of requirements."
As with property in the UK, the most important factors are location, location, location. The results show that an overwhelming 45 per cent of respondents said their ideal home would be situated by the sea. A further 15 per cent would like a property in the heart of town, 13 per cent would like a village location, 10 per cent would like property in the hills and only nine per cent want property in busy tourist areas. Of those questioned, 35 per cent said their ideal home would be a small villa, followed by 20 per cent who would like an apartment and 17 per cent who wish to live in a large villa. Just eight per cent would be happy to live in a townhouse. The top five features listed for an ideal home abroad are the overall location, followed by being situated close to local amenities, having central heating/air conditioning, a good sense of local community and being located in a quiet area. Some 35 per cent are looking for a holiday home for personal use. One quarter want to emigrate permanently, 22 per cent would like buy-to-let property to rent out to tourists and 15 per cent want to buy a home for when they retire abroad.
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Chalet in Cerro Gordo, Almu単ecar Unique opportunity to buy a three storey villa with pool and sea views. The chalet is built in a modern style and located on the Cerro Gordo Natural landscape, in a unique and privileged place. Reduced in price from 550,000E to 490.000E The property has 3 bedrooms, living room with a large terrace, kitchenette, 2 marble bathrooms and 1 toilet. Floating wood floors. The swimming pool is 4m x 8m. Garage 65.9m2. There is an open porch of 94m2 which has the possibility of uniting as a living part of the dwelling or separate apartment or entertainment room. The view of this house are exceptional, to the Mediterranean Seas and the natural park of Cerro Gordo. The property is South West facing and very tranquil. A five minute drive will take you to a small beach with an exotic restaurant and live music. The landscape is declared by Unesco as a place with unique biosphere.
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1 BEDROOM APARTMENT IN TORREMOLINOS 130.000 € 1 bedroom apartment with large terrace with sea & mountain views in a superb location in the centre of Torremolinos. Close to supermarkets, restaurants, bars, pharmacy and all services. Only 10 minutes from the beach. The apartment has been fully renovated with high quality materials. It has “Climalit” windows with white shades, black slate floors, air conditioning, 1 bathroom with shower hydro massage and fully equipped kitchen. Portal with two lifts and intercom.
2 BEDROOM, 2 BATHROOM LUXURY APARTMENT IN THE PUERTO DEPORTIVO MARINA DEL ESTE. 330.000 € Very bright and spacious luxury apartment with 2 bedrooms with wooden wardrobes, 2 bathrooms, furnished kitchen complete with AEG oven & Zanussi refrigerator and dishwasher. White marble floors throughout and 20m2 terrace with barbecue overlooking the sea. Air conditioning system both hot and cold. Private garage, satellites dish and telephone line. Community garden. The apartment is located 2 minutes from the marina and has its own tie of 8 x 3 for a boat. The mooring price is 100.00 €
A LUXURIOUS RURAL COMPLEX SITUATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL NATUAL SETTING OF LA ALPUJARRA. 850.000 Operating as a tourist rental business with a portfolio of international clients this luxurious rural complex is close to the National Park of Sierra Nevada. Its location is ideal for relaxation and hiking. The main house has 10 bedrooms, 3 kitchens and 3 bathrooms and is now divided into 3 separate houses that can easily be connected between if desired. There are a further 2 independent and fully equipped houses and a fully equipped apartment with bedroom, lounge, kitchen and bathroom. The electrical installation has been completely renovated and there is a new septic installation. The complex has been restored in a traditional style with chestnut beams and double glazed windows. There is ADSL internet connection.
LUXURY VILLA IN LA PUNTA DE LA MONA, GRANADA 2.300.000 For sale exclusive luxury villa in the best residential area of the Costa Tropical. This Mediterranean style villa has spectacular views of the sea and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The villa is located on a cliff near the 16th century watchtower. The total plot size is 545.25m2. It has 5 bedrooms suitable for 8 people, 6 bathrooms, parking, private garden, private pool, terraces, barbecue, jacuzzi, air conditioning, internet, cable TV and satellite, telephone, WIFI, washing machine, central heating and a safe. The property is an hour from Malaga Airport and Granada, 45 minutes from the Sierra Nevada ski resort and 5 minutes from the Marina del Este. The villa was built by a famous, nationally recognised, award winning architect using the highest quality materials with hand carved wood doors, high quality terracotta floors and ancient elements of granite and wood.
MPC minutes, inflation The ongoing shambles of Euroland sovereign debt and politics has festered for another month with no fresh sign of resolution. In Britain David Cameron and his cabinet colleagues have taken it in turn to make embarrassing revelations to the Levy inquiry, unsupported by their LibDem coalition colleagues. Little kudos has accrued to either side, as reflected by the lack of change in sterling's value against the euro. The last month has seen the pound wander back and forth across a two-and-a-half-cent range that has led nowhere. The euro is very slightly weaker than it was before the first abortive Greek election six weeks ago but the difference is minimal. At the beginning of June the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee decided to keep the Bank Rate steady at 0.5% and to refrain from any new quantitative easing "printing money" as the tabloids would put it. The minutes of the meeting, published a fortnight later, showed how close a call it was. Four of the nine members - including the governor himself - wanted to increase the asset purchase programme beyond the ÂŁ325 billion of government bonds already in the scheme. Investors were surprised by the narrow majority and concluded that it might be no more than a couple of weeks before the Bank rolls out the next phase of its monetary stimulus. That anticipation was reinforced by data the previous day showing that UK inflation had fallen back into its 1%-3% target range in May. It was the first time in two and a half years that consumer prices index inflation had been below 3%. It is possible that the Bank of England governor had such numbers in mind the previous week when he announced, together with the chancellor, a new scheme to feed low-cost money to the country's banks, conditional on them making cheap loans to individuals and small businesses. Tread with caution however as it is just possible we could see an increase in borrowing costs to all sectors even though Bank of England rate is still at its lowest.
One matter The UK could have done without was the recent scandal concerning LIBOR manipulation and the negative impact upon the UK banking sector, with credibility rapidly disappearing. The central banks of Spain and Italy are green with envy at the low borrowing costs enjoyed by Germany and Britain. For its five-year loans Britain pays roughly 0.7% and Germany pays 0.6%. Investors charge Italy 5.5% and Spain 6.4% for the same privilege. Proportionally the difference is enormous and it exists because lenders fear Spain and Italy could go the same way as Greece, defaulting on their obligations and leaving private sector investors in the lurch. The EU is trying to dispel this fear and, by doing so, to make it more affordable for Spain and Italy to borrow the money they need and fortunately with a recent agreement made by Euro leaders it looks as if success has been achieved and Brussels' approval of a €100bn bailout for Spain in mid-June simply drew attention to the country's troubled banks and raised the question of how much more support it might need further down the line. In Italy the problem was certainly brewing and costs were following Spain’s so the position to help had all of a sudden become ever more critical. In Greece the New Democracy party has managed to form a three-way coalition after the second general election in six weeks but the new government is almost certain to approach Brussels - and Berlin - with a request for an easing of the onerous austerity imposed as a condition of its financial bailout. So with possible fixes for Spain and Italy how the EU treats Ireland will be an interesting factor of restoring eurozone confidence. They will want to receive similar support particularly before they go to the market to raise funds for the first time since the crisis gripped. States wide concern is being expressed over the forecasts for further recovery even though their unemployment numbers are dropping its not as quick as economists wish and with the recent extension of the “Twist” operation the Federal Reserve are keen to show they are quick to respond Exchange rates during the month have been in the ranges below £ to Euro 1.2247 to 1.2539 so the markets have been quite responsive. If you wish to find out how you can make your transfers cost less contact our preferred Commercial Exchange company Moneycorp on 951319700 or click on the link on our web site. When contacting Moneycorp please mention Across Spain
The internet and social media are now as much a part of everyday life as the air we breathe. We all know people - and you may be one of them - who are virtually addicted to their mobile phones and can't make a move without checking their Facebook account. But could you live without it and what would you be prepared to sacrifice to hang onto your handset? According to a study by London's Science Museum, most people are prepared to give up having a shower or a flushing toilet rather than lose their internet connection. The museum surveyed 3,000 adults about what they couldn't live without and the internet ranked as second most important, beaten only by sunshine for us weather-obsessed Brits. Incredibly, everyday essentials such as having clean water and owning a fridge were considered to be less important than having access to the internet, ranking at third and fourth respectively. And Facebook came in at number five in the league of things we couldn't live without, beating the National Health Service which only managed to secure enough votes to make it into sixth place. Sarah Richardson, the museum's exhibition manager, called the results "crazy" and when you consider that most people voted the internet as more important than having a shower or fresh fruit and vegetables, it's certainly difficult to disagree. "Brits are obsessed by the weather, so it's not surprising sunshine was rated as the top thing we couldn't live without," says Ms Richardson. "But to say you can't live without material things over drinking water is crazy. "It seems having fresh drinking water is something that many of us take for granted but is becoming scarcer in many parts of the world. If you see how little water others have to drink or grow food you soon realise water is fast becoming a luxury for millions. "The survey was carried out as part of the museum's exhibition, Water Wars: Fight the Food Crisis, which looks at five different technologies being developed to help solve the problem of water scarcity and head off a future global food crisis. The museum hopes that the survey will show how many people take things like clean water for granted. Ms Richardson adds: "Many of us don't realise how much fresh water goes into the food we eat everyday - from vegetables to our favourite chocolate bar. "It takes 13 bath tubs to grow ingredients for just one bar of chocolate! As we import about 40% of our food from abroad we're indirectly using a lot of other people's water."
And because we know you're curious, here's the list of things we can't live without: 1. Sunshine 2. Internet connection 3. Clean drinking water 4. Refrigerator 5. Facebook 6. National Health Service 7. Cooker 8. Email 9. Flushing toilet 10. Mobile phone / smartphone 11. Tea and coffee 12. Washing machine 13. Shower 14. Central heating 15. Painkillers 16. Fresh vegetables 17. Vacuum cleaner 18. Kettle 19. Sofa 20. Shoes 21. Fresh fruit 22. Google 23. Car 24. Hair straighteners 25. Public transport 26. Laptop 27. Chocolate 28. DVD player 29. Wristwatch 30. Make-up 31. Flat screen TV 32. Wedding ring 33. Tumble dryer 34. Bottled water 35. eBay 36. Bicycle 37. iPod 38. Air conditioning 39. Disposable nappies 40. Light bulbs 41. Spell-check 42. Satellite navigation system (GPS) 43. Push-up bra 44. Nintendo Wii 45. iPad
The Olympic Torch is one of the inspiring icons of the Games but what do we really know ab the origins of this fascinating tradition? We check out the facts. According to Greek mytholo was a champion of mankind, the Titan Prometheus, who stole fire from the father of the go Zeus and gave it to mortals. His brutal punishment was to be tied to a rock while a great eag devoured his liver by day, only for it to grow back at night to be eaten again. This myth, beli to date from the 5th-6th century BC, is thought to have been the inspiration for the ancient Greeks' torch relay races, or Lampadedromia. These saw the winning team light a sacred fla possibly as part of the cult worship of Prometheus and his defiance of the gods to impart knowledge to mankind. The ritual developed to become an integral part of the Olympics in ancient Greece when a sacred flame burned on the altar of the goddess Hera and heralds w summoned to travel throughout Greece to announce a truce. Today, the Olympic Flame is kindled from sunlight in the Temple of Hera at Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among th ruins of the home of the ancient Games. After a short relay around Greece, the Flame is han over to the new host city at another ceremony in the Panathenaiko stadium in Athens. It is delivered to the host country, where it is transferred from one torchbearer to another, spre the message of peace, unity and friendship. It ends its journey as the last torchbearer lights cauldron at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, marking the of start of the Games. An Olympic flame first burned at the Amsterdam Games in 1928, but it not until the 1936 Berlin Games that a relay with a torch took shape under the Nazi regime. torch relay was embraced by organisers of the 1948 London Olympics, and was mobbed by enthusiastic crowds along the route but it wasnĂt until the 1950s that women were allowed take part. The design of the torch has changed with each host city and the relay has sometim been themed like the Ancient Relay at the Rome Games in 1960 and Harmony and Progress Seoul 1988.And it has been taken on its journey in an increasingly bizarre ways - on Concord by steamboat, by swimmers, on skis and has even been into space twice. Of course acciden can happen and the flame is sometimes accidentally extinguished en route. But it can be re with special back-up flames from Olympia, carried with the relay. There are also a series of back-up flames from the practice kindles there. A galaxy of sporting legends have used the to light the cauldron including Muhammad Ali, athlete Li Ning who was suspended on wires Paralympic archer Antonio Rebollo. In the words of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement, the torch continues to "pursue its way through ages, increasin friendly understanding among nations, for the good of a humanity always more enthusiasti more courageous and more pure".
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As Britain gears up to get into shape for the Olympics, Londoners are being offered the chance to get involved in an unusual city pursuit - beach volleyball. Sport and social club GO Mammoth has partnered with the city's new urban beach on the Greenwich Peninsula to exclusively host volleyball 6v6 and 4v4 social leagues aimed at young professionals playing after work. The sport and social club has been running grass volleyball leagues at parks across the capital, including Regents Park & Battersea Park. The new venture will see arrival of the longest artificial city beach in Europe. Luke Mohr, GO Mammoth founder, says: "Beach volleyball is a huge social sport on the continent and in north America, but it's never really got going over here largely due to a lack of appropriate facilities. "Our first beach volleyball leagues are planned to begin on July 1, just a few weeks prior to the London Olympics, so it's kind of the perfect combination. We are really aiming to put beach volleyball on the map over the summer as a mass participation sport." The Beach is a cutting edge new urban leisure space project based on the Greenwich Peninsula, next door to the O2 Arena. A perfect catchment area for young professionals, only one tube stop from Canary Wharf on the Jubilee line, it will house a fully licensed bar, indoor corporate space for hire, and plenty of golden sand for relaxation and activities. As well as leisure programmes, the 5,000-capacity Beach will also play host to a wide variety of activities from outdoor concerts, exclusive beach parties and corporate entertainment. Its arrival could not be more timely and GO Mammoth is hoping to leverage the general wave of sports enthusiasm to grow the beach volleyball. A league typically runs for around eight weeks, and leagues will be played on the new beach between 7pm-9pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The emphasis is on having fun, rather than high levels of competitiveness and anyone over 18 can enter a league, either individually or as a team. Mohr adds: "We're not looking for Olympic champions - you'll see enough of those during the real Olympics! As with all our sports, our leagues are designed for people who just want to play some relaxed and fun sport after work whilst meeting new people. It doesn't matter whether you've played beach volleyball a few times on holiday or never before in your life, just rock up and I guarantee you'll love it. "What better way to unwind after the daily stresses of work, during the Olympics summer no less, than to play some sets of beach volleyball with your friends, and then watch the sun set behind Canary Wharf with a cool drink in your hand?" London's Mayor Boris Johnson comments: "I'm delighted that after a thousand years, London will soon have the golden shores to rival even the best of the Caribbean. Greenwich Peninsula has already been transformed from industrial hinterland into a vibrant commercial and entertainment hub, and the Beach will be a magnificent addition."
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As a magazine it is always brilliant for us to interact with all of our advertisers and when possible try their products and services for ourselves. Well to our pleasant surprise we received an invitation from Captain Pat of Bluewater Granada to board his vessel the ‘ANA LUIS’ from the beautiful port of La Herradura on the spectacular area of the Spanish coast called Costa Tropical. We jumped at the chance to have a glimpse of what delights his client’s experience. We arrived at the sun baked Marina del Este and parked with ease in the ports ample car parking area and were immediately astounded by the serenity of the area, with the ports many quaint bars, Tapas, restaurants and pizzerias even a mini market. The plethora of different boats from yachts, fishing boats to luxury vessels for fishing, diving, pleasure charters and cruisers are a sight to see. It did not take us long to find the Ana Luis on her berth and from our first impressions we just knew we were in for a special treat - a pristine vessel with the height of luxury. We were greeted onboard by Captain Pat hand his deck hand, Mark, both of whom were dressed in smart attire and we were shown around the boat. After the additional 8 guests arrived onboard that we were introduced to, we were taken through the necessary safety procedures. We were then asked if we needed any sun tan lotion which they keep onboard. (Although we declined, it was a big mistake – the power of the sun out at sea is strong - so always accept the lotion if offered!) We were then treated to a taster of things to come with canapés and Champagne of the highest, exquisite quality whilst we were still in the port just to get our taste buds tingling. All the fresh food is professionally created and served and with Captain Pat’s meticulous eye to detail it was almost a shame to dig into the gourmet display: But we just had to do it! Canapés & Champagne just for Starters When everyone was ready the powerful engines were fired up and we set off out of the port into the shimmering blue Mediterranean Sea. It seemed very strange at first, as we did not know any of the other couples onboard but within minutes everyone was chatting to each other and enjoying the sunshine and company.
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Mark made sure we had plenty of soft drinks, beers or spirits during our trip and catered to our every whim in a polite and professional manner whilst Captain Pat was at the helm. Being very knowledgeable Pat knows just about everything there is to know about the waters and scenery we were viewing and is always chatting away, answering questions clients may have. After cruising by for some time in the glorious sunshine and being treated like Kings and Queens the boat anchored off a scenic stretch of coastline. We were treated yet again to more gourmet cuisine and of course drink whilst we took in the scenery, relaxing but keeping our eyes open, hoping to see the local dolphins. You also had the opportunity to swim in the sea and enjoy the rich blue shimmer of the water with an expert looking out for your safety. Everyone took the opportunity to do the Titanic scene at the front of the boat whilst it was anchored. When everyone was fed, watered and relaxed, the anchor was lifted and we started our cruise back to the port. As we re entered the port the cruiser was professionally reversed into the berth where it all started and our new friendships were made. Would we recommend a charter with Bluewater Granada? Oh yes 100%. Whether it is a corporate or club event or a couple on holiday that would like to experience the finer things in life or celebrate perhaps a special event, anniversary or birthday perhaps or just something you do not do in your normal day to day life and crave a different experience and at a price that is surprisingly affordable, call +34 655 224 055
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Bermuda or Somers Isles is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, consisting of 181 islands, the largest of which is Main Island. Bermuda was discovered in 1505 by Spanish sea captain Juan de Bermudez after whom the islands are named. Bermuda makes up the easternmost point of the so-called “Bermuda Triangle”, a region of sea in which a number of aircraft and ships have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Bermuda is warmed by the nearby Gulf Stream and has a humid subtropical climate. The beautiful pink sandy beaches and clear turquoise ocean make Bermuda a must for tourists. The pink sand is the result of the remains of a tiny organism known as red foam combined with tiny particles of broken shells and bits of coral. Bermuda has the northernmost coral reefs in the world stretching from the waters edge to out over 15 miles from shore. Scuba divers have voted Bermuda the best place in the Caribbean for snorkelling and the third best place for underwater wreck diving. Snorkelling guides and water sports companies know where the best spots are so snorkeler's can enjoy Bermuda’s underwater world. Church Bay is the most popular snorkelling beach located on the main island. Or if you don’t fancy getting wet you can opt to look at the beautiful underwater world as well as the sights above the water line in a glass bottom boat. If you prefer fishing you can try fly fishing for Bonefish or take a charter boat out on the ocean to fish for Grouper, Rockfish, Snapper and Tuna. Charter boats make daily full or half-day trips. If swimming with dolphins is on your “bucket list” Dolphin Quest Bermuda offer the chance for visitors to meet the dolphins for just five minutes or to indulge in an hour long adventure where alongside the trainers you can touch, feed and play with the dolphins.
The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo is located in Flatts Village and was established in 1926 by the Bermuda government to enhance the growing tourism industry. It contains an aquarium, a natural history museum and a zoo and focuses on conservation and education. The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute has two floors of interactive exhibits and is designed to inform visitors about the importance of preserving the world’s oceans. The Jack Lightbourn Shell Collection is one of the largest shell exhibits in existence. You can explore the mysteries surrounding the Bermuda Triangle or get transported to the mysterious underworld of shipwrecks and historical artefacts. If you’re feeling brave you can experience a simulated shark attack in the shark cage. If you’re a golfer, Bermuda is a golfer’s paradise with more golf courses per square mile than any other place in the world. The courses vary in difficulty and length from a par-3 executive course to a championship-level course. There is a golf academy to brush up on your skills as well as a mini golf course for families.
Crystal Cave is the most famous of Bermuda’s many subterranean caverns discovered in 1905 it became a tourist attraction in 1907. It is one of the most spectacular and beautiful caves with many stalactites, stalagmites and crystal clear pools. An excursion to Crystal Cave includes a visit to the neighbouring Fantasy Cave. Outside the two caves is a sub-tropical garden lined with palm trees and filled with many species of trees and flowers. If you need some pampering Bermuda has many salons and luxury spas specialising in facials, manicures, pedicures, massage and skin & body treatments where you can relax and indulge yourself. For a night out there are many wine bars and lounges or the informal “English pub”. Many bars have their own DJs or live entertainment but there are a few night-clubs if you want to dance the night away. When you’re hungry Bermuda offers 100’s of options from fine dining to dining al fresco. Specialities include fresh local fish such as Wahoo, rockfish and conch or succulent lobster, in season from September to March. Fish chowder is a favourite livened up with dashes of sherry peppers and rum. If you like spicy food opt for the well-seasoned Jamaican or West Indian cuisine’s. Two well-known drinks worth trying are Dark n’ Stormy (a mix of Bermuda dark rum and ginger beer) and Rum Swizzle (a mix of fruit juices and rums). All restaurants are non-smoking and for most the dress code is casual although some more upscale restaurants may require a jacket. With the island’s stunning views and spectacular sunsets many restaurants offer outdoor patios to enjoy your dining experience. Whatever time of year you visit, beautiful Bermuda has something for everyone to do from sightseeing, watersports or golf to just pure relaxation.
CANCER The Sun in your sign this month helps you feel powerful and creative. Your confidence will soar and you'll have renewed purpose. The New Moon here on July 18 can help you make a new start, build your self-esteem, and feel good about your life. Mars moves to Libra and your sector of home and family early in the month. Expect a few arguments and a tendency to get defensive when challenged. This planet won't be in good aspect to Pluto in your relationship sector, so you'll probably experience a lot of inner tension. The Full Moon in Capricorn will only add to your stress.
LEO Mercury moves through your sign this month, and turns retrograde on July 14. You may dominate conversations and require a lot of attention, but you'll be engaging and charming with everyone you meet. People respond to your warm and generous nature, but you'll have to pay attention to what others have say and not ignore important details. Jupiter and Venus in Gemini will bring good times with friends and associates and the chance to reconnect in a relaxing atmosphere. The Full Moon in Capricorn on July 3 could add stress to the workplace for a few days.
VIRGO If you want to boost your career this month, attend networking events and get some training to update your skills. If you're asked to present material or ideas, you'll be charming and engaging. Others will be interested in what you have to say, and this could bring new opportunities. Mars is in your sign until July 3, bringing a proactive approach and the ability to be assertive. You'll be supportive for a few weeks if a friend or group needs your help. Your ruler Mercury turns retrograde in Leo on July 14, bringing the need to be careful and aware of details. Being distracted will cause problems and possibly losses or misunderstandings.
LIBRA The Sun in Cancer, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn make it clear that life won't be too easy this month. You'll have to balance your career, family, and personal relationships. All of this will put pressure on you, and it might be difficult to cope at times. You'll have to set priorities and delegate tasks. Do only those for which you have the time and energy. Mars moves to your sign on July 3, adding to the strain. You'll be more confident and assertive, but others could take this the wrong way. The people in your life are used to calling the shots.
SCORPIO There could be a chance to travel to your childhood or family home if you live far away. You also might take a trip to the place where your ancestors came from. This would be a good time to do some reading about things you're passionate about. The right book or information will magically appear when you need it. A New Moon in Cancer on July 18 will bring the urge to talk or write about your early experiences or family life. You might decide to take a cooking course, learn about working with children, or build your skills in home repair.
SAGITTARIUS Be open, honest, and respectful when communicating with your spouse, business partner, or the public. Diplomacy and a high level of cooperation will be necessary. This could be difficult to achieve at times, but it's possible. Mars in Virgo until July 3 will make it necessary to attend to details regarding your career. You might have to put some energy into learning new skills or updating your resume. A Full Moon in Capricorn could bring some stress over money matters. You might be forced to deal with things you've been avoiding, such as paying bills or making a budget.
CAPRICORN Pluto and a Full Moon in Capricorn on July 3 will bring a sense of uneasiness and possibly a small personal crisis. You might feel overwhelmed by responsibilities or financial issues. It will be important to face and deal with your problems. A New Moon in Cancer will bring plenty of support from your partner or people you're close to. All you have to do is ask and be willing to receive help if you need it. It isn't always necessary to be the strong one. Jupiter and Venus will be bringing positive energy to your work and health sector.
AQUARIUS You'll feel upbeat, fun-loving, and flirtatious with Jupiter and Venus in Gemini and your sector of love and creativity. Others will find you attractive and charming, and if you're single you may meet someone special. Mars in Libra for most of the month will bring a desire to take a vacation somewhere relaxing, such as an all-inclusive resort. Go somewhere you can meet new people, have little to do, and eat and drink 24/7. If funds are tight, try to find that kind of experience closer to home. Mercury will be retrograde in Leo as of July 14. Misunderstandings could become more frequent.
PISCES Neptune is retrograde in your sign, so you might feel a little lost and confused this month. You'll be highly intuitive and creative, however. If you're musical or artistic, this would be a good time to express yourself. The Sun in Cancer and your sector of love and creativity will strengthen a desire to nurture and mentor others. Jupiter and Venus in Gemini could bring misunderstandings with family or people with whom you share your home. Be honest with others. Avoid gossiping and talking behind someone's back. Mercury retrograde in Leo as of July 14 could bring mistakes at work due to carelessness.
ARIES There may be some stress at home or with a family member this month with the Sun in Cancer. Emotional reactions will only complicate matters. You could resent authority, be impatient, and refuse to bend to anyone else's will. Mars moves to Libra on July 3, bringing conflict and bickering. There's the potential to resolve issues by being empathetic, diplomatic, and willing to communicate. Mercury in Leo will bring out your playful, flirtatious side. If you have a partner, be careful of your behaviour around him or her. You'll feel the need to express yourself.
TAURUS The Sun in Cancer and your sector of relatives and neighbours will help you be the go-to person if anyone needs your support and assistance. You can be a calming and helpful presence. A New Moon in this area of your chart on July 18 will help you make a new start with the people around you. It will also help with building skills and learning new things. You could be inspired to take a short course or workshop in a subject of interest. If you don't have the time, opportunity, or money, you may be able to do some reading or research online.
GEMINI Life is good and you feel positive this month. Jupiter and Venus move into your sign, bringing optimism and the ability to attract what you need. Relations with others will be happy and easy, and you'll be popular. Mercury in Leo and your sector of relatives and neighbours will ensure that you're tuned in to the latest news and your social life is busy. You could be the centre of attention in several situations. Mars is in your sector of love and romance for most of the month to boost your passion and sex appeal.
JULY CELEBRIT PAMELA DENISE ANDERSON – JULY 1 1967 Pamela Anderson is a Canadian actress and model known for her roles on the television series Home Improvement, Baywatch and V.I.P. Her Playboy career spans three decades and she has appeared on more Playboy covers than anyone else. Anderson was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars partnered by professional dancer Damian Whitewood. For a time she was known as Pamela Anderson Lee after marrying Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.
LIV RUNDGREN TYLER – JULY 1 1977 Liv Tyler is the daughter of Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler. She began modelling at the age of 14 but after less than a year she decided to focus on acting. She is known for her portrayal of Elf maiden Arwen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Other films include Jersey Girl, Reign Over Me, Armageddon, The Strangers and The Incredible Hulk. Tyler has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2003. She is the spokesperson for Givenchy perfume and cosmetics.
THOMAS CRUISE MAPOTHER IV – JULY 3 1962 Tom Cruise has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards and won 3 Golden Globes for Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire & Magnolia. His first leading role was in the film Risky Business but he is famous for his roles in Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Rain Man, Days of Thunder, A Few Good Men, Vanilla Sky, Minority Report, The Last Samurai, Collateral and War of the Worlds. He has been married to actress Mimi Rogers, actress Nicole Kidman with whom he had 2 adoptive children and he is currently married to actress Katie Holmes. He is known for his support of the Church of Scientology.
THOMAS JEFFREY “TOM” HANKS - JULY 9 1956 Hanks is an American actor, producer, writer and director who is best known for his roles in Philadelphia, Forest Gump, Big, The Green Mile, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code and as the voice of Woody in Toy Story. Hanks will be the first actor to portray Walt Disney in the film Saving Mr. Banks due to be released in 2014. He is ranked the highest all time box office star with over $3.639 billion total box office gross. He is married to actress Rita Wilson.
TY BIRTHDAYS KELLY ANN McGILLIS – JULY 9 1957 The American actress first came to prominence playing an Amish mother in the film Witness with Harrison Ford. Her next role was in Top Gun with Tom Cruise. In 1982 she was assaulted and raped, an experience that helped her film role as the lawyer who supports Jodie Fosters character in The Accused. In 2009 she came out as a lesbian during an interview. She lives in North Carolina with her girlfriend Lynn.
HARRISON FORD – JULY 13 1942 The American actor and producer is famous for his role as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy. Other well known films include Blade Runner, Witness, Patriot Games, Clear & Present Danger, The Fugitive, Air Force One and What Lies Beneath. In 1997 Ford was ranked No.1 in Empires Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time. He is the third highest grossing US box-office star. Ford is married to actress Calista Flockhart.
DANIEL JACOB RADCLIFFE – JULY 23 1989 Radcliffe made his acting debut at age ten in the BBC One television movie David Copperfield but the English actor rose to prominence playing the title character in the Harry Potter film series. He starred in the Harry Potter series of films for ten years until the release of the final film in July 2011. He has starred on stage in Equus and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He starred in the 2012 horror film The Woman in Black. He will play poet Allen Ginsberg in the 2013 indie film Kill Your Darlings.
CATHERINE “KATE” BUSH – JULY 30 1958 At the age of 19 Kate topped the UK singles chart for 4 weeks with her debut single Wuthering Heights. Other Top 10 hits include Running Up That Hill, King of the Mountain, Babooshka, The Man with the Child in His Eyes and Don’t Give Up. She won a Brit Award for Best British Female in 1987. She has released ten albums, three of which topped the UK album charts. She is the first female artist to have Top 5 albums in the UK charts in 5 successive decades.
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DIANA, PRINCE DIANA PRINCESS OF WALES JULY 1 1961 - AUGUST 31 1997 Diana was the fourth of five children born on July 1st 1961 to Viscount and Viscountess Althorp. The Spencer family is one of Great Britains oldest and most important families, closely allied to the royal family for several generations. Diana was only seven years old when her parents were separated. Diana received the title of Lady after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. She was a shy child but she took an interest in both music and dancing. She also had a great interest in children. After attending a finishing school in Switzerland she moved to London and began working as a nursery teacher at the Young England School. The Prince of Wales first took a serious interest in Lady Diana as a potential bride during the summer of although he had known her for several years. They were guests at a country weekend where she watched him play polo. She received an invitation to meet the Royal Family at Balmoral. Lady Diana was well received by the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen Mother and Prince Charles and Lady Diana subsequently began courting. The prince proposed on 6 February 1981 and Lady Diana accepted but the engagement was not made official until 24 February 1981. Her sapphire and diamond engagement ring was made at Garrards and cost £30,000 at that time. The couple were married on 29 July 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was billed as a “fairytale wedding” and was watched by a global TV audience of 750 million people. A further 600,000 people lined the streets. Princess Diana’ first pregnancy was announced on 5 November 1981 and on June 21 1982 she gave birth to William Arthur Philip Louis, Prince Charles’ first son and heir. Two years later on September 15 1984 she gave birth to a second son Henry Charles Albert David. She was a devoted and demonstrative mother and when they were older would often take them to school herself as often as her schedule permitted.
ESS OF WALES She became associated with many charities including AIDS and leprosy as well as being the patroness of charities working with the homeless, youth, drug addicts and the elderly. From 1989 she was President of Great Ormond Street Hospital for children and during her final year Diana lent her support to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines for which she received a Nobel Peace Price in 1997 just a few months after her death. It was during the early 1990’s that the marriage of the Prince & Princess of Wales fell apart. Affairs had by both the Prince and Princess were made public in the 1992 Andrew Morton book ‘Diana: Her True Story’. In December 1992 Prime Minister John Major announced the “amicable separation” of the Prince and Princess of Wales. In December 1995 Buckingham Palace publicly announced that the Queen had sent letters to the Prince and Prince and Princess advising them to divorce. The Prince immediately agreed and after negotiations the Princess agreed the following February. The divorce was finalised on August 28 1996. Diana lost the style Her Royal Highness and instead was styled Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince William was said to have wanted her to have the style of Her Royal Highness and was reported to say “Don’t worry Mummy, I will give it back to you one day when I am King”. After the divorce Diana retained her double apartment on the north side of Kensington Palace and it remained her home until her death. Diana dated respected heart surgeon Hasnat Khan but the relationship ended in June 1997 and within a month Diana had begun seeing Dodi Fayed, son of Mohamed Al-Fayed her host for that summer in the south of France.
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DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES On August 30 1997 Diana and Dodi arrived in Paris intending to stay overnight at the Hotel Ritz Paris owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed. He also owned an apartment in Rue Arsene Houssaye, a short distance from the hotel and located just off the Avenue des Champs Elysees. At around 12.20 am on August 31 1997 Diana and Fayed left the Ritz to return to the apartment. Henri Paul, the Acting Head of Security at the Ritz had been instructed to drive the black Mercedes-Benz through Paris to elude the paparazzi. A decoy vehicle left the Ritz first, attracting the paparazzi while Diana and Dodi left from the hotel’s rear entrance. At around 12.23 at the entrance to the Place de l’Alma tunnel their driver lost control of the car. The first patrol officers arrived at the scene at 12.30. Shortly afterwards the seven paparazzi on the scene were arrested. Diana was moved to Salpetriere Hospital but despite attempts to save her, her injuries were too extensive and she died at 4 am. An eighteen-month French judicial investigation concluded in 1999 that the car crash was caused by Henri Paul, who lost control while intoxicated. However, in October 2003, the Daily Mirror published a letter from Diana in which, ten months before her death, she wrote about a possible plot to kill her by tampering with the brakes of her car. Diana’s death was met with extraordinary public expressions of grief. Members of the public were invited to sign a book of condolence at St. James Palace and more than a million bouquets were left at Kensington Palace. By September 10 the pile of flowers outside Kensington was 1.5 metre deep in some places. Her public funeral at Westminster Abbey on 6 September drew an estimated 3 million mourners in London as well as worldwide television coverage watched by 2.5 billion people. Elton John performed a rewritten version of his song “Candle in the Wind” that was dedicated to Diana. Diana’s younger brother Earl Spencer strongly criticised the Royal Family for their treatment of her in his speech and protocol was disregarded as the guests applauded. After the ceremony the coffin was driven to Althorp as mourners cast flowers at the funeral procession for almost the entire length of its journey. Diana was buried on the Althorp estate on an island in the middle of a lake in a private ceremony.
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As we get older we sometimes begin to doubt our ability to “make a difference” in the world. It is at these time that our hopes are boosted by the remarkable achievements of other “seniors” who have found the courage to take on challenges that would make many of us wither. Harold Schlumberg is such a person.
An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut. The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest’s breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He says “Sir, have you been drinking?” “Just water” says the priest. The trooper says “Then why do I smell wine?” The priest looks at the bottle and says “Good Lord! He’s done it again!”
QUOTE FROM HAROLD: “I’ve often been asked ‘What do you old folks do now that you’re retired?’ Well I’m fortunate to have a chemical engineering background and one of the things I enjoy most is converting beer, wine and vodka into urine. I do it every day and I really enjoy it.” Harold should be an inspiration to us all.
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A campaign has been launched to encourage consumers to take time to taste their food after research showed that nearly 80% of people are unable to identify even basic sandwiches. Busy, stressed workers are being encouraged to reawaken their taste buds by a leading psychologist after 60% of the population admitted to never or rarely tasting what they ate - 1,000 people were polled. The majority of British workers eat at work most days with just 13% leaving for lunch, with only 28% saying they savour their food and almost half describing lunch as a means to an end to refuel their body. Incredibly, with Britain a multicultural melting pot of global cuisine, awareness levels around food nutrition and healthy eating never higher, it seems the ability to actually taste food is under threat. The scientific research into the UK's lunchtime eating habits was commissioned by food brand Glorious! and led by Dr David Lewis with scientists at Mindlab. The 1,000 participants were able to only correctly identify 35% of ingredients and most did not detect flavour swaps - 93% were unable to tell the difference between beef from Chinese pork, 92% couldn't tell ham from tuna, 82% could not detect Quorn from chicken, while 78% could not distinguish pork from chicken.
Researchers found that, on average, 79% of people were unable to detect when basic flavours had been swapped, rising to 88% when people ate whilst distracted and 93% for people eating against the clock.
Dr David Lewis says: "The abundance of great flavours food experiences have never been more diverse, yet our findings suggest consumers are lazy when it comes to tasting and appreciating their food. "I doubt there's ever been such a rich tapestry of food and flavour combinations at our disposal, yet we're not savouring what we eat, which is not just a shame but a genuine waste of taste. "Apart from denying ourselves the pleasure that savouring tasty, well-cooked and presented food provides, there are other negative consequences of what Dr Brian Wansink has termed mindless eating." " Dr Lewis pointed out that eating inattentively results in insufficient chewing and bypasses the first stage of digestion resulting in indigestion, heartburn and an inadequate intake of essential nutrients. Poor chewing also means we fail to savour and appreciate the true taste and texture of the meal and food goes down so rapidly that we have in fact overeaten by the time the stomach tells the brain it has had enough, causing unwanted weight gain. Top tips to reawaken your taste buds include: * Focus on what you are eating - not the TV * Set aside time to enjoy food. Leave at least 15 minutes for a snack and 30 minutes for a full meal * Chew the food carefully and take small mouthfuls * Avoid talking while chewing. Not only does it prevent you paying full attention to your food but also causes you to swallow air. *Avoid drinking too much while eating. Fluid not only distends the stomach but also dilutes the digestive enzyme in the mouth and the stomach's essential acid * Eat with your eyes as well as your mouth. Anticipating how food will taste not only adds to your enjoyment but also triggers the release of enzymes ensuring good digestion.
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1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided 4 garlic cloves, thinly chopped 1/2 cup of dry white wine 1 teaspoon of sweet Spanish paprika* 1 lemon, thinly sliced 1/8 teaspoon of salt* 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper 1lb of large shrimps, peeled and cleaned 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh Italian or flat-leaf parsley *Or you can optionally use high quality Flake Sea Salt Paprika
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet on a medium heat. Add the garlic, and cook for one minute or until lightly toasted. Slowly add the wine and cook for another minute. Stir in the paprika and add the remaining ingredients, including the shrimps.
Reduce heat, and cook for two minutes or just until the shrimps turn pink.
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CAJUN SPICED SEA BASS INGREDIENTS 1 TSP PAPRIKA QTR TSP GROUND CAYENNE PEPPER 1 TSP DRIED THYME 1 TSP DRIED BASIL 1 TSP GARLIC GRANULES QTR TSP DRIED OREGANO 2 TBSP BUTTER 1 TBSP OLIVE OIL 6 SEA BASS FILLETS SALT TO TASTE Sea bass is delicious in its own right, but you can liven it up with common store cupboard ingredients to create a real Cajun treat. Make sure the pan is sizzling hot for the best results. Serves 6
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In a large bowl, combine the paprika, cayenne pepper, thyme, basil, garlic and oregano until thoroughly mixed. Place the butter and oil in a saucepan and melt, stirring together, over a medium heat. When melted, brush both sides of each fillet with the mixture and retain the excess for frying. Dip the fillets in the spice mix, making sure each is completely coated. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan on high, until it's hot enough to sizzle a drop of water. Gently pour half the remaining butter mix over each fillet, then fry, butter side down for 5 minutes or until the fish is almost blackened. Drizzle the remaining butter mix over the fillets and turn the fish over, then fry the other side for a further 5 minutes. When the fillets are thoroughly browned and flake with a fork, season to taste and serve immediately with a fresh green salad or new potatoes and seasonal veg.
PASTA WITH CHORIZO SAUCE INGREDIENTS 1TBSP EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 1 SMALL ONION (FINELY CHOPPED) 2 X 400G TINS TOMATOES 4 CLOVES OF GARLIC (PEELED & CRUSHED) 2 TSP FRESH ROSEMARY (FINELY CHOPPED) 2 TSP CASTER SUGAR 225G CHORIZO SAUSAGE (SLICED) PINCH OF CHILLI FLAKES 175ML DOUBLE CREAM 1 TBSP FRESH CHOPPED PARSLEY 500G PASTA 50G GRATED PARMESAN SEA SALT & BLACK PEPPER TO TASTE
This quick and easy pasta sauce is perfect for a speedy mid-week supper. The chorizo gives a wonderful smoky flavour and mild spicy kick, blending perfectly with the sweet tomatoes. Serves 6. METHOD 1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil, then add the onion and cook gently until softened, about five minutes. 2. Add the tomatoes, garlic and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper, then add the sugar. 3. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. 4. Add the chorizo, chilli, cream and parsley. Continue to simmer, stirring frequently, and reduce the mixture to half its original volume while the pasta cooks. 5. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the instructions and drain. 6. Season the sauce further to taste, then spoon over the cooked pasta. Sprinkle over the fresh parmesan and serve.
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Engine Engine Entirely driver focused with a large emphasis on fun. Let us introduce the new GT86.Toyota’s all new sports car combines the impressive pull of its 200 DIN hp 2.0 litre engine with a rear wheel drive and a kerb weight of just 1,240kg. The result is a hugely engaging drive: a vehicle that can be driven as an extension of the driver’s body. This is a true sports car, and one that can be enjoyed every day. Striking Design The taut, aerodynamic exterior design says so much from a distance, but it’s up close that the full character of the GT86 comes to the fore. Special 17" alloy wheels feature the exclusive ‘86’ piston logo, while the rear spoiler, LED daytime running lamps, high-intensity discharge headlamps and dual exhausts finished in chrome enhance an already powerful presence. Inside, sports seats deliver the perfect driving position. The simple, bold instrument cluster encircles a large tachometer. And styling details include carbon-effect trim, aviation-style rocker switches and lightweight aluminium pedals. On board, the critical driver touch-points of the steering wheel, gearshift and switches are natural, instinctive and rewarding. For example, the buckskin-trimmed wheel has a 365mm diameter, making it the smallest ever fitted to a Toyota, for a truly involving driver experience. GT86 will also feature the innovative Toyota Touch as standard. Ultra Compact The GT86 is 4,240mm long, 1,285mm high and 1,775mm wide, with a wheelbase of 2,570mm, making it the most compact four-seater sports car available today. Both the powertrain and the driver’s seat have been set as low and as far back as possible, for a near-perfect 53:47 front-torear weight balance and an ultra-low 460mm centre of gravity. The GT86 makes the most of a light kerb weight, making it easy for the driver to exploit its nimble handling. The suspension features McPherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear, with ventilated disc brakes fore and aft.
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Mazda's NC MX-5 is nearing the end of its life cycle, and speculation is rife on what the next model will deliver. For its part, Mazda has promised a platform that will remain loyal to the original "Jinba ittai" formula, focusing on a lightweight build, moderate power and segment-leading handling. While the small roadster has always stayed true to tradition, Mazda has shown in the past that it isn't averse to the odd dose of forced induction. From the outside, the intentions of the Yusho - Japanese for "victory" - are clear. Sitting on lowered suspension and wide 17inch alloy wheels wrapped in semi-slicks, this factory customised MX-5 looks the business. Under the bonnet, the Yusho backs up its looks with a supercharger-packing version of its 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, boosting output to a relatively massive 177kW and 274Nm of torque - up from 118kW and 188Nm. Helping the supercharger get the most out of the MZR engine are new fuel injectors and metal sport catalysts, and power is sent to the rear hoops through a strengthened transmission package. While the small roadster has always stayed true to tradition, Mazda has shown in the past that it isn't averse to the odd dose of forced induction. From the outside, the intentions of the Yusho - Japanese for "victory" - are clear. Sitting on lowered suspension and wide 17inch alloy wheels wrapped in semi-slicks, this factory customised MX-5 looks the business. Under the bonnet, the Yusho backs up its looks with a supercharger-packing version of its 2.0 litre fourcylinder petrol engine, boosting output to a relatively massive 177kW and 274Nm of torque - up from 118kW and 188Nm. Helping the supercharger get the most out of the MZR engine are new fuel injectors and metal sport catalysts, and power is sent to the rear hoops through a strengthened transmission package. The all-important performance figures haven't been released, but with the regular model shuffling to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds, we can likely expect this example to hit a sub-seven-second century.While these sorts of enhancements aren't unusual in the aftermarket world, it's something else to see the brand's own team put it together. What can we expect from the all-new model? A Skyactiv engine is assured, and forced induction is unlikely - but for the rest, only time will tell.
2012 HARLEY 2012 Harley-Davidson VRSCDX V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition Review Celebrating 10 years of V-Rod power and performance in shining style. The V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition is a tribute to the original 2002 V-Rod, the motorcycle that introduced the liquid-cooled Revolution engine and a new styling direction for Harley-Davidson. Brilliant Silver Pearl bodywork with colour-matched frame are exclusive in the VRod line and evokes the anodized aluminium bodywork of the original V-Rod. Extra chrome and polished surfaces dazzle on the engine, exhaust and speed screen. Harley-Davidson celebrates a decade of pavement-pounding performance with the V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition motorcycle, one of three models in a 2012 V-Rod line that also includes an updated Night Rod速 Special and the V-Rod Muscle速. Introduced as a 2002 model, the original V-Rod ushered in a new era of Harley-Davidson performance. Its 1130cc 60-degree Revolution速 V-Twin engine was the first Harley-Davidson production engine equipped with overhead cam shafts and liquid cooling, and came with a high-winding 9000-RPM redline. Inspired by drag-racing bikes and monster-motor customs, the V-Rod debuted with aluminium disc wheels, a raked out chassis, fastback seat and anodized aluminium bodywork, a new styling direction for Harley-Davidson. In just 10 years, the Harley-Davidson V-Rod family grew to include a number of new models. V-Rod took to the track as the basis for the 2007 Custom Vehicle Operations V-Rod Destroyer, an eightsecond factory drag racer. A tribute to the original V-Rod that will be offered only in 2012, its Brilliant Silver Pearl bodywork with colour-matched frame is exclusive in the V-Rod line. Extra chrome and polished surfaces dazzle on the engine, exhaust and speed screen. This special edition features all of the new additions made to the Night Rod Special for 2012. All 2012 V-Rod models are powered by the latest version of the Revolution engine, a 1250cc liquid-cooled V-Twin with dual overhead camshafts, four-valve cylinder heads and Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The powertrain is equipped with an Assist and Slip clutch, five-speed transmission and high-performance carbon-fibre drive belt. Tires are Michelin Scorcher radials, including a 240mm rear.
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The Tri Glide™ Ultra Classic is a full-feature, factory motorcycle built to confidently chase the horizon with long-haul comfort and freedom on three wheels. The Harley-Davidson® Trike platform brings originalequipment design, quality and service to the three-wheel motorcycle segment. Trike models utilize a frame and associated chassis structure and geometry engineered specifically to handle the loads generated by the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle.
Experienced two-wheel touring enthusiasts have an authentic three-wheel alternative with real performance, excitement and style that is truly Harley-Davidson. The Tri Glide™ Ultra Classic® Trike features ultra-comfortable, long haul conveniences, a large Twin Cam 103™ engine, lengthened and raked front fork with steering damper, a deluxe Tour-Pak® carrier and integrated trunk for 6.5 cubic feet of storage. Loaded with features like a 4-speaker, 80-watt Harmon/Kardon® Advanced Audio System, electronic cruise control and electric reverse drive, the Tri Glide Ultra Classic is ready to redefine “long haul.” 2012 Trike Models: Three Wheelin'
The 2012 Tri GlideTM Ultra Classic® motorcycle brings original-equipment design, quality and service to the three-wheel motorcycle segment, based on chassis structure and geometry engineered specifically to handle the loads generated by the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle. With a deluxe Tour-Pak carrier and integrated trunk, a four-speaker/80-watt Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio
System, electronic cruise control and electric reverse drive, the Tri GlideTM Ultra Classic motorcycle inspires confidence, passion and independence in any riding situation. The Tri GlideTM Ultra Classic® motorcycle will be available in three colour combinations: Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl/Vivid Black or Ember Red Sunglo/Merlot Sunglo.
Backed by father (and former rallycross racer) John, Jenson Button charted a rapid rise through the ranks of Karting, beginning with a flawless performance in the 1991 British Cadet Karting Championship in which he won all 34 races. Further Karting successes followed: he was British Open Karting Champion on three occasions and later became the youngest ever winner of the European Super Benetton 2001. 2002 - Jarno Trulli arrived in Fisichella’s place for 2002 and he and Button proved quite closely matched. Button was on target for a podium finish in the second round at Sepang until a tie-rod broke in his suspension, slowing him down and letting Michael Schumacher by for third on the final lap. 2003 - Fortunately Button found a strong supporter in BAR’s David Richards, and he showed well alongside Jacques Villeneuve, whom Richards dropped at the end of the year. 2004 - In 2004 Button became a regular visitor to the podium. The team were the closest thing Ferrari had to rivals. A row over Button’s contract developed as he tried – and failed – to make a return to Williams. BAR – Button got on the podium six times in 2004.2005 - Incredibly the same dispute happened in reverse in 2005 as he tried to extricate himself from a Williams contract after Honda bought out BAR. The season was more or less a write-off after the team were banned for two races after the stewards discovered an illegal reserve fuel tank in the car at Imola. Button finally ended his wait for an F1 win at Hungary in 2006 with Honda. 2006 - Button’s reward came the following year at Hungary. After a difficult season where the team (now taken over by Honda) had failed to deliver on their strong off-season promise, Button put in a cool performance to win from 14th in slippery conditions.2007 - But the next season was a disaster. The Shuhei Nakamoto-designed RA107 was shockingly uncompetitive, the team even languishing behind Super Aguri (who used the 2006 Honda chassis) in the opening rounds. Button carved out a meagre six points that year. 2008 - Somehow it got even worse the following year. The latest Honda proved well off the pace again, and this time Barrichello had the beating of him. All year long the team’s focus had been on readying itself for the 2009 season – but at the beginning of December Honda announced it was quitting the sport, and Button was left wondering if he’d ever get back into an F1 car. Button's 2009-championship win was a remarkable triumph.
2009 - Honda’s policy of sacrificing their 2008 campaign to work on the 2009 campaign would have paid off if they’d stayed around to see it happen. Instead they put the team up for sale at the end of 2008 and Ross Brawn took over the running of the outfit. He won the championship at Brazil with a race to spare. It was a drive worthy of a champion – Button started 14th after a rain-hit qualifying session but raced to fifth, passing several rivals on the way despite needing to exercise caution to defend his championship lead. Button scored his second win of 2010 in Shanghai. After the jubilant scenes at Interlagos there came a surprising announcement: Button revealed he was leaving the team, which had been taken over by Mercedes, and moving to McLaren. There he joined the driver he’d succeeded as champion – Lewis Hamilton. 2010/11- To the surprise of many, Button held the upper hand early on in 2010. Over the balance of the season Hamilton’s edge on raw pace told and he was usually up the road from Button. In 2011 he scored a remarkable win in Canada thanks to his skill in mixed weather conditions. Despite an early collision with Hamilton, a puncture following contact with Alonso, and a penalty, Button bounced back to reel in Sebastian Vettel as the race drew to a close. On the final lap, as the McLaren got within range of the Red Bull, Vettel slithered wide and Button stole victory. He won again in Hungary in another race of mixed conditions, which he read better than Hamilton. A third win came in Japan, this time a straight fight between Button, Vettel and Alonso – the three outstanding talents of the year. The MP4-26 may not have been a championship contender, but Button ended the year runner-up to Vettel and comfortably ahead of Hamilton.
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