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You really get a lot for your money with this villa and guest accommodation - 6 beds in the main home & 2 in the guesthouse. The pool is fenced & the views are wonderful from here & the top terrace. Access is great as it is close to all amenities plus less than 10 minutes drive to the airport. Could make a good business. Viewing is a must. Like this? Then checkout ADT141 on our website

ALA532 - Alora


This is a fabulous brand new country property that will be finished by the February 2008. The quick deciding buyer can choose the tiles for the floor, bathroom and kitchen. The build is to a hi-specification including quality materials, double glazing, damp proof course etc. The home will come complete with a swimming pool, own well and water deposits plus mains electricity. There will be two large terraces on either side of the home, one of which will be covered. The views are spectacular towards Alora and access is mainly via a new tarmac road to be completed end December 2007. Like this? Then checkout ALA319 on our website

A more attractive villa & grounds would be hard to find - 327m2 build - enormous ensuite bedrooms, large lounge, fitted kitchen, conservatory, perfect pool & poolside bar/BBQ. 10,000m2 of landscaped mature grounds with pond, bridges, walkways plus garage & carport. All services supplied - spectacular views & easy access. Like this? The checkout ALA441 on our website

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Both houses are over 150m2 built (7 beds, 3 baths, 2 kitchens, lounges) and share fabulous grounds (6,552m2) with a converted outbuilding, stables, paddock, swimming pool, 80m2 garage, fruit trees, great views & easy access. Each home is private - perfect for an extended family, a business or many guests. Like this? The checkout ALA323 on our website

ECH464 - El Chorro CAS398 - Tea on the Terrace?


Location, location, location - this one, in Casarabonela, is exceptional. Beautiful 245m2 home with 250m2 of terraces, guesthouse, ´sauna´ (infrared), double garage & summer house for afternoon tea! 25,000m2 of remarkable, fully fenced flat land that is full of trees - all combined with breathtaking views from incredible terraces. Like this? The checkout AEG476 on our website


Now available at a bargain price - a beautiful cortijo plus casita and 2 bed apartment. The design and materials used are fabulous and the layout is ideal for a rural retreat/hotel, large family home or a combination of the two! The infinity pool & terraced surround are in a perfect position to take full advantage of the grounds and the views. On the practical side the homes are supplied with mains electricity, Internet access and town water - an advantage when you are catering for many guests. The property is less than 200m from a tarmac road and located less than 2km from train station and within 15min from the incredible Lakes of El Chorro. Great views, great homes, great access, great facilities - we can not say more - come and judge for yourself!

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Cover story Cadiz Carnival Cometh by Mike Wilkinson

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Calahonda yesterday and today

Cover story From Poinsettias to Tapioca by Simon Hill

Costa Business Advice ‘‘At the very ‘lease’... check everything and then check and check again...’’’

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Age Concern Fashion Show at the Tamisa Golf Hotel

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Costa Cuisine

Strange But True & Challenge

Animal Health

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Hello and welcome... to issue 34 of Costa Life Magazine and also hello to 2008! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and we also hope that you are ready for the challenges of the coming year. The magazine has had a re vamp over the Christmas period and we have a number of new clients and also some new editorial material. We have said goodbye to Harvey Mann for a while as he has to have a shoulder operation in the Spring which will put him out of action for a while. Harvey has written for us for over 3 years now and we know that loyal readers of Costa Life will be sad to see him go but we are hoping to entice him back to his keyboard as soon as we can. He has also been a stalwart of support over the last 3 and 1/2 years continually offering his advice and encouragement to us for which we will always be grateful. So, thank you Harvey and good luck with the operation. If you would like to send Harvey a word of support I am sure he will appreciate it, you can contact him on 2007 is a year that I personally will be glad to see the back of although I have to say that I learned some valuable lessons throughout the year which I know are going to stand us in good stead for 2008. Now we have only the two projects to consider i.e. Costa Life Magazine and we are already seeing that sometimes you can have too many fingers in too many pies and you can end up losing sight of your main objectives. So, I have to say that I am grateful for last year but I am looking forward to taking those lessons learned, some painful, and applying them to 2008. Otherwise what's the point? I have started to write for the magazine again, which for me is one of the benefits of having more time and I hope you like the pieces I have written. In particular, the goal setting article which I have wanted to do before as part of a motivational series. There is now more editorial as we gain more clients keeping to our promise of establishing the right balance of ads and reading material. Look out for some new contributors over the next few issues. Our determination this year is to improve Costa Life and see it established as the most popular and unique magazine on the Costa del Sol . We sincerely believe that we have created a successful and "stand alone" product with Costa Life and we are looking forward to celebrating our 4th birthday in May, which in anyone's book is worth 10 years in business back in the UK. So we must be doing something right. As always we are grateful for your continued positive comments throughout last year and I can assure you that some of them couldn't have come at a better time, so thank you. But enough about the past, let's look to the future and hope for a better 2008 for everyone in business here on the Costa del Sol . Work hard, keep going and have a great 2008. We now distribute full time from Benalmadena to Estepona and also to the inland areas of Andalucia. For a full list of where you can pick up your copy every month log onto

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ell, that’s the Christmas festivities over with then. Three weeks of drinking, dancing, partying and Spanish merriment have now come to an end. Three weeks of overindulgence and understated insobriety conclude our religious celebrations in memory of the birth of our Lord Baby Jesus for another year. Now it’s back to work and back to reality. Well for a couple of weeks anyway… after all, we are in Spain.

Yes indeed, in a few weeks’ time we have the joy of yet another religious Spanish celebration to battle our way through. And if you thought that the Spanish were a little overindulgent over Christmas, just wait until you’ve seen the Spanish celebrating overindulgence. People transform themselves into beasts, social station is scorned upon, authority is ridiculed, peasants strut about like kings and disrespectability goes unchallenged. Are you ready for CARNIVAL!? Under numerous different guises, Carnival is celebrated throughout the globe: the world-renowned Carnival of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the Notting Hill Festival in… Notting Hill; and they all have their roots stemming from the same trunk. Actually, that’s a pretty poor analogy - unless of course it is the trunk of a tree that has been cross-bred with countless different cultures and breeds over many centuries, because it is precisely that that has made carnival what it is around the world today. And, coincidentally, they are the same influencing cultures and civilizations that have stamped their mark on Spain’s own history and culture - and that’s probably why the Spanish people have such a deep affinity with partying and dressing up and having fun. And who am I to complain... any excuse for a pi… for a party. So, let’s don our acutely colourful carnival costumes (obligatory) and make a feast of the festivities, for fasting is not far in the future. There you go, did you get that clue? Maybe it came in a bit fast for you. Fasting, that’s what it’s all about. Or rather, consuming and indulging and debauching and ridiculing as much as you possibly can before you give up all for Lent. That’s because, in the Catholic calendar, Lent is a time of

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Mike Wilkinson penitence, fasting and renunciation, which is physically demonstrated by recalling the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness through a discipline of self-denial in order to demonstrate a personal sacrifice of one’s will to the purpose of God. (I used to go to catechism, don’t you know.) In other words… when Lent starts, you stop. But luckily, we know when Lent starts (the day after Pancake Day) so we have plenty of time to prepare for these 40 days of abstinence. And the carnival is the culmination of that preparation - making sure that there’s no food or drink left by Ash Wednesday (the day after Pancake Day) because it’ll be no good come Lent’s end (41 days after Pancake Day). It is said that the word ‘‘carnival’’ derives from the Latin carne (meat) and valle (farewell) or ‘‘a farewell to meat’’, a statement reflecting the doctrine that you’re only supposed to eat fish during the upcoming 40 days of Lent. The consumption of dairy products during the same period was also prohibited which is where Pancake Day derives from. On Shrove Tuesday pancakes were made to use up all the milk, eggs and butter in the household, and everything else that was to be off the menu for the next five Sundays also got ate. People got fat on Shrove Tuesday. And

coincidentally, that’s what Mardi Gras means, ‘‘Fat Tuesday’’. Can you see it all coming together now? We have a world-wide Catholic celebration where outrageous extravagance, drunken debauchery and excessive indulgences are actively encouraged, as is blasphemy, mocking the establishment and lampooning the authorities without fear of retribution. This is not exactly the sort of stuff that Catholics are reputed to tolerate well, is it? So what’s going on… what’s the real story? The real story is that the true origins of carnival carry right on past the Catholic Church and into beliefs from eras gone by. The time between Christmas and Easter is springtime, which has always been a very important time of year, regardless of religious beliefs, because it is dictated by the lunar cycle which heralds the end of winter and signifies rebirth and fertility. Whether you were an ancient Greek, a Roman, a Druid, a heathen, a pagan, a Celt or whatever, any faith that ever followed the sun and the moon would celebrate the beginning of spring with a big party - and when the theme of your party is ‘‘new youth and fertility’’ it can understandably get a bit wild. Then the Catholic missionaries came to spread their word - sometimes quite forcibly so. It’s quite understandable that the Church would have had difficulty in suppressing these well-loved and wild spring celebrations, so the Church took them, tweaked them, adapted them and made them over to accommodate their own purpose, which was to ease the people into the acceptance of a new religion. And because the inhabitants were not removed from their homeland, their own local influences and customs got intermingled with the Church’s agenda and the timely arrival of Lent. So we end up with a dash of paganism accommodated by Catholicism where everyone can enjoy a hearty laugh in a moment of freedom. The origins of carnival celebrations in Spain don’t go quite so far into the past but can be traced back to the 16th century, to a time when there were many Spanish merchant galleons sailing the busy trading routes between Italy, Spain and The Americas. Carnival was already wellestablished in Italy and when the Spanish visited Venice and witnessed the grandiose spectacles of the Venetian masked balls, the lavish processions and the decadently decorated floats in all their pompous extravagance… well, they had to copy them, didn’t they, and then try and outdo them. So they took the basics and added to it their own musical traditions and styles, along with the vibrant new rhythms and musical influences from the recently discovered Americas. And so we now end up with African, Jamaican, Cajun and Creole rhythms, along with sambas and rustic Columbian tunes, all intermingling on the streets with local Andalucian songs and traditional flamenco music. I think I can feel a party coming on. And the best place to witness the partying in this neck of the woods at this time of the year is Cádiz (which is not pronounced ‘ka-DIZ’, by the way, but ‘KA-deeth’ as in similar to Cardiff - we try to educate where we can). The Cádiz Carnival is famous around the world for being one giant street party that’s up there with Rio, New Orleans and Notting Hill. This year it runs from January 31st until February

10th, but the city spends the whole year preparing for those eleven days of open air parties, grand parades, fireworks, fancy dress balls, humorous competitions, fabulous feasts and non-stop entertainment from endless activities. One of the central themes to the carnival are the agrupaciones, groups of singers numbering anything from between three and forty who compete to be deemed the wittiest when it comes to mocking and parodying authority figures. The most popular of the choirs are the chirigotas, a group of ten friends or workmates singing in harmony (much like a barber-shop quartet - but with ten singers not four) accompanied by a caja drum and guitar, singing satirical verses about events of the past year, with an especially political theme. The competition is seriously fierce as the final heat is televised nationally from the Falla Theatre in Cádiz during the festival. Some of the groups competing this year include names like ‘‘The New Dental Clinic of the Lady Angustias and Sorrows of the Mouth’’, ‘‘The Bad Evils That You Shit’’, ‘‘After 25 years we got Bail’’ and ‘‘Those Who Lose Trial’’, so you can get an idea of the kind of subjects being sung about in a humorously vitriolic way. And as I mentioned earlier, the groups take the competition quite seriously, even to the extent of hiring professional songwriters, and so the quality of the material can be quite high and even if you can’t understand the satirical lyrics you can still enjoy the music. And out on the streets you will find the ‘‘charangas ilegales’’, unofficial groups of friends whose repertoire of humorous songs compete for laughs with the registered groups. With so much going on everywhere around the city it’s difficult to decide where to be and when to be there. One thing is for sure, though... if you like to party, like to dress up, like to be outrageous, like to take the mickey out of people (heaven forbid), like to drink, to dance, to sing and to have fun… then you’re going to just love CARNIVAL! Let the celebrations commence.

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alahonda has always been a place close to my heart, ever since I was a young lad. My first ever holiday abroad was in 1982 and it was to sunny Spain that I flew, also something that I did for the first time in 1982. (I was a poet and I didn’t know it.) It was the first time I drank San Miguel and the first time I smoked Fortuna cigarettes, in the days when I partook of the filthy habit. I came here with my cousin Rob Henderson whose Dad, Bill, owned one of the studios in Alguida, the tenth floor if my memory serves me well.

Aye, those were the days - a mere slip of boy out to conquer the Spanish and when 100 quid in Spanish money would see you right for two glorious weeks on the Costa del Sol. There is not much I remember about the area apart from the place where we spent most of our misspent evenings, which believe it or not is still here, and that place is the Black Cat (now the New Black Cat). Every night we would put our lives at risk on the N340 and dodge the looney Spanish drivers tearing down the road (not much changes there then). There was no central reservation and, if I remember correctly, it was only two lanes. There were no bridges or underpasses; just a dash for life and a pat on the back from your mates for making it across the road in one piece!! Road commandos! We live another day, we thought.

The Black Cat

Well, for a few more hours anyway, at which time we would be considerably worse for wear and have to make it back across the road dodging drivers who were also considerably worse for wear like ourselves! Round two, they say. My favourite meal at the time was a true Spanish delight indeed, liver and onions with fried eggs and dry bread!! I had it every night for two weeks along with San Miguel every night and many packets of the already mentioned Fortunas. Ah, memories, memories. That was the time when I made a commitment that one day I would be back to live. I nearly had the chance to stay when I was offered a fiver a night to work in a disco but I bottled it and went home with my mates. Those were the days when it would have been illegal to stay and work but I do always think what would have become of me if I had made that choice. In 2001, a whole 19 years later, we (we being with the wife that I would never have been blessed with had I stayed in 1982, heh, come on guys, got to take them when you can, that’s worth brownie points) made that plunge and after 10 months in Benidorm we bought a caravan and set off on our travels. The goal was fulfilled on a dark night in June 2002 when

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New Developments in Calahonda we arrived on the Costa del Sol. We came down the coast road from Benidorm and 10 hours later we came trundling down the N340 and took the wrong exit on to the toll road at the Fuengirola slip road. We were low on fuel and the car was starting to sound a bit peculiar but like a shining light in the sky we came to the Calahonda exit off the toll road and we were saved. We came down the hill, out onto the N340 again, saw a sign for Los Jarales camp site, pulled in for the night and went to bed. Next morning I walked out to the front of the camp site and, lo and behold, across the road to my right I saw the Alguida apartment block where over 19 years before I was enjoying my first Spanish holiday. Now, I ask you, how cool is that? Well, that was 25 years ago, wow, how long ago is that?!! And here I am writing about it as an introduction to this month’s piece on the history of Calahonda. Isn’t life strange and wonderful at the same time? Now, to the serious stuff about how the area came about. Calahonda can surely claim to be one of the finest developments along the Costa del Sol. Since its foundation in 1963, Sitio de Calahonda has won several awards over the years, including an international award for the best Spanish urbanisation for the year 2000-2001, the Resident Tourism Award organised by Mijas Town Hall in 1986, and the Barclays Bank award for the best development on the Costa del Sol. Situated in the province of Málaga, and midway between Marbella and Fuengirola, Calahonda offers the possibility of living in an urbanisation of quality and prestige. Puerto Banús, Southern Europe’s premier boating and leisure centre, is only 15 minutes away and Málaga's large international airport can be reached within 20 minutes. Calahonda also has its own harbour, Puerto Cabopino, where you may practise any kind of nautical sports and activities, like sailing, wind surfing, parascending,

Los Jarales on the right with Alguida in the distance on the left

kite surfing, boat trips, dolphin watching and skin diving. Puerto de Cabopino offers 170 berths for small and medium size vessels and has many excellent restaurants from most corners of the world. From Puerto Cabopino, the fine sandy beaches stretch to Calahonda, and to the west you can walk along the beach all the way to Marbella, passing the Artola dunes (a protected national park) with its restored Moorish lookout tower. Puerto Cabopino is surrounded by wide, fine sandy beaches and, in the main season, life guards watch the activities. On the beach are chiringuitos, bars and restaurants for your pleasure. The urbanisation extends gently from the coast up to the undulating hills 300 metres above sea level, offering fantastic views of the surrounding countryside running down to the sea, and along the coastline to Gibraltar and Africa. The Atlas Mountains and African coastline are often clearly visible. With its superb position, Calahonda enjoys well-run administrative services, financial stability, over 60 hectares of green zones that have been restocked with pine trees, parks and interior and exterior communications, analogue, RDSI [ISDN] and ADSL telephone lines are also now available. There are now a selection of commercial centres to choose from including Centro Commercial Calahonda near Los Jarales campsite and El Zoco offering a wide choice of supermarkets, shops, banks… in fact everything you need to survive without having to travel anywhere else. Due to its exceptional quality of life, Calahonda is the ideal place to spend long periods of the year or even to become your place of residence. Calahonda is known as one of the leading and most popular resident communities on the Costa


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Old Fort now El Campanario del Sol. Its population varies dependent on the time of the year from a minimum of 14,000 to 45,000 at the highest.

be prepared. The El Campanario dates back to the same time when the watchtowers were built.

In Calahonda, not only has the typical pueblo look survived, but it has flourished. The urbanisation is a classic example of how to preserve the traditional splendour of Arabic/Spanish design, while blending it with modern touches and comforts that the discerning home-buyers desires. The majority of houses on the urbanisation retain a Mediterranean style. The original Calahonda was founded by the Van Dulken family, and was formed by joining two real estates, each of 280 hectares. Today’s Calle Conde de Jordana was the former main access to the fort house which is now known as El Campanario (the first turn on the right towards Rattan Tom’s Furniture at the end of Centro Commercial Calahonda). Back then the fort house was painted in white and ochre to be able to watch the beaches and the coast without being seen. The reason for that was against the attacks of the Moors that took place. The fort house was shelter for residents and used to have a large fireplace where food could

Due to these attacks, the fort house had and still has very thick walls and small openings through which arrows were shot for defence. The walls also offered protection from the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter.

Calle Don Jose de Orbaneja

Mr Juan Orbaneja is another important name in Calahonda’s history. He developed the area further and created Cabopino after purchasing some of the land off the Van Dulken family. Also created by Juan Orbaneja was the La Naranja social club which was the beginning of a new and more modern lifestyle; a lifestyle that can still be found here today. The expansion of the area went further in the late ’60s when planning permission was given for 45,000 people. Buildings were not allowed that were more than six floors - on the contrary to before when buildings could have up to 12 storeys. The planning and architecture of Calahonda as we know it today was started by Garcia de Castro and Gabriel Allende. Due to the property boom that took place in this time the architects decided to split the area into plots of 5000m2 as well as even larger plots of 8000 m2. To retain and improve the already existing lifestyle, polo courts and a social club in El Campanario and a lake were constructed. Fernando and Juan Orbaneja were the ones who took care of Calahonda’s water supplies. Fernando Orbaneja was the one who found several wells in the area but also realised that this water supply would not be enough for the size of the urbanisation. Juan Orbaneja found the solution and he started pumping water out of the well into a deposit which was found in Calle Monteparaiso. Here the water was collected and later distributed. This worked very well until 1969 when Calahonda suffered a water shortage. Water had to be supplied by water wagons during the summer. Thanks to the construction of a reservoir in 1968 (the Rio Verde reservoir) Calahonda did not need to suffer for too long. Soon water pipes were laid and the problem solved.

Calle Van Dulcan

In 1966, 120 hectares of pine trees were planted and already existing pine woods were thinned out. They received special care and treatment when the trees were struck with a pest called ‘barrenilla’. Electricity, phone connections and sewage were up and running, and these had a major effect on the popularity of the area. By 1980, Calahonda had 500 houses and has expanded ever since. Some would say too much now with the myriad of developments that extend into the campo. Calahonda enjoys a privileged setting directly on the Mediterranean coast and is blessed with an amazing climate. Hot summers and mild winters combined with a wonderful breeze that keeps you cool during the summer months make the region a great place to be. Calahonda is part of the municipality of Mijas. Due to the enormous property development it has grown so much that it is already the size of

La Campanario as it is today a small town. It is the largest urbanisation in between Marbella and Fuengirola which is the reason for recent attempts to separate Calahonda from Mijas. Unfortunately the attempts failed, which means that residents will have to keep on paying taxes to Mijas. The urbanisation’s greatest features are the tranquil lifestyle, the spacious plots, the limited apartment buildings and the numerous green areas. All of this makes Calahonda a great place to live. It is likely that the growth that took place in recent years will continue but you can be certain that the rustic fashion that is provided here will be maintained. Also located in Calahonda are four excellent golf courses which make the urbanisation very attractive to golf lovers. There are 45 restaurants, bars and cafés as well as supermarkets and seven banks.

Calle Conde de Jordana what was the original track It’s a far cry from 1982 and the days of 20 pesetas a beer, but that’s progress they say. Some people call Calahonda little Britain but there is a far more diverse crowd here now compared with 1985 when apparently over 90% of the population here were British. Now you will find Germans (they were putting their towels on the sun beds even back in ’82) Swedes, Danes, French… in fact a multitude of nationalities now reside in Calahonda just like most areas of the Costa del Sol. But we all seem to get along very well, which begs the question ‘why doesn’t it work in the UK’ - but that is definitely a question for another day. Thanks to for information on the history of Calahonda. Next months Costa Getaway is Fuengirola.

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SEO Services Spain Search Engine Optimization What is SEO? SEO or Search Engine Optimization, is the practice of attaining good placement and positioning within the major search engines for a chosen keyword/s using a combination of on and off-site techniques. This is done to aid search engine crawlers in finding relevant information from your site and placing that data within their databases so that that information can be presented when matching a users search query. Why do I need SEO? Whether you have an online business or a more conventional bricks and mortar business, SEO is crucial in helping you to become more profitable in your business endeavours. As with any business, the more prospects or customers you get, the more opportunities you have to convert those customers into sales and revenue. Common sense says that the more leads or customers you have online or through your shop door, the more money you will make. With an internet business you will not have people accidentally pass by your virtual front door unless you work hard at promoting it online.

How does optimization work? One of the first things that must be done once you have selected your chosen keywords, is to optimize the site and it’s pages to aid crawlability by the search engine spiders. A vital part of optimizing a site is to make sure certain things exist such as good unique page titles that contain targeted keywords, relevant back links to your site from other websites, catchy meta descriptions, keywords placed within the pages copy/text, good use of sites urls and filenames, good internal linking to pages using the correct anchor text and also a good navigation system devoid of search engine speed bumps such as JavaScript and Flash. So now you know what SEO is all about, all you need now is to find a good Search Engine Optimization consultant to help you increase your web presence. Robert Griggs is an SEO consultant based on the Costa del Sol. For more information please visit or call Rob on

0034 617940022

If you have an internet business and don’t work hard to get good rankings and search engine placement, you may as well not exist. ‘‘It’s like arranging a lavish party and then forgetting to send out the invitations’’. Nobody will turn up for the big event!! What is a search engine and how do they work? Firstly, how many websites/pages do you think there are on the internet? Who knows for sure (apart from the search engines) but you can bet that it runs into the billions. With this in mind, it would take you a life time to search every website on the internet for the information that your require. Luckily, this is where search engines come in handy. To enable us to search billions of web pages in a split second for the information that we require. So how does a search engine manage to gather all the information on the internet and place it into a searchable database of data? Search engines use software called spiders or crawlers that ‘‘crawl’’ the internet looking for hyperlinks in pages, text, images and other data to place into the search engines database. They will also check the pages to find out if they have been updated since they were last pulled from your site. If they have changed then a copy of the new page is indexed in the database. If not, they are left alone. How do search engines ‘‘rank’’ your pages for certain keywords? Once your site and it’s pages have been indexed by the different search engines, it is then the job of the search engine to present your pages when a relevant search is performed on the search engine. Google and other search engines use what’s called an algorithm (sometimes shortened to ‘‘algo’’ by techs) to ‘‘weight’’ pages and sites and to help decide where those sites and pages should be placed depending on the algorithm score for certain keywords. It is thought (as nobody knows for sure, except for the search engines) that Google’s algorithm is made up of around 100 different criteria to enable scoring. For example, the age of the domain is considered important, as the older the site the more trust is placed on it compared to a site that has just popped up overnight. The amount of back links to a page/site, internet url paths, keyword density on a page, global link popularity and meta titles are other factors that are important to the scoring of a page. So as you can see, there are many factors which determine where your site is placed for certain keywords. So it is important that your site is well designed and has good on-site and off-site SEO performed.

SEO Services Spain Search Engine Optimization Want your business website to appear at the top of Google, Yahoo and MSN? Do you have a website but nobody knows that it exists? I am an SEO consultant and can help you to attain good rankings and increase web traffic to your site and your sites visibility on the internet. Call for a free no obligation analysis of your current search engine placement and websites optimization. Different packages available to suit all budgets and requirements. Websites designed from just € € 400 and include free hosting, domain name and email.

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>> costa COMPANIES Please feel free to contact us to discuss your special event and we will be more than happy to talk you through the whole procedure and explain any query you may have.

If you are looking for an alternative party feature for that special occasion then why not consider fiesta sky lanterns? They really are a stunning addition to any event and will enhance any celebration and make it a night to remember Welcome to the world of Fiesta Sky Lanterns. This is a new event product that is totally spectacular and is taking Europe by storm. Anybody who is having a wedding, a birthday, a party or any celebration, now wants to mark their occasion with Fiesta Sky Lanterns. You can buy Fiesta Sky Lanterns to let off yourself, with a group of friends and family or we can come to your event and do a display with our Fiesta Sky Lantern team. Our lantern display prices for weddings and parties are amazingly affordable and in comparison to, for example, fireworks which not everybody likes they are fantastic value. We can offer a range of packages to suit any occasion you have. These magnificent flying lanterns are a perfect way to celebrate a wedding, personal, private or corporate event and they are a stunning alternative to a predictable fire work display. They can be seen for miles around and really leave a lasting impression on your guests. Lanterns are the perfect solution for your WOW factor event. It is a spiritual and captivating experience your guests will never forget. Fiesta Sky Lanterns are safe to let off amongst friends, family and clients where everyone can be involved and really feel part of the occasion. They are so affordable that a lot of our customers buy them for regular BBQ gatherings. Each box of Fiesta Sky Lanterns comes with 10 individually wrapped paper lanterns, ready assembled and with an instruction leaflet. Our specially designed lanterns are non-flammable unlike many fire hazard copies on the market. We give you 5 red and 5 white to create an even more captivating experience. This also allows you to set off the red lanterns during the day as well as night. Our Chinese lanterns are made from non flammable rice paper and are 90cm in height and 105cm diameter. The wick has been specially designed for ease of lighting and it is non drip and perfectly safe. Lantern Displays If you prefer to have your event catered for by our Fiesta Sky lantern display team, we can come along to your chosen venue and let off any number of lanterns required. The effect of having 50, 60, 70, 100 or even 300 sky lanterns going up into the night sky is something you will never forget. The Lanterns are let off in stages by a full team of professionals for the ultimate viewing for you and your guests. You can have music to accompany the special occasion. You just sit back and allow yourself to be mesmerized by the display. (PLEASE NOTE: expect a few tears!) Our Fiesta Sky Lantern display team will contact your chosen venue and carry out a site assessment for safety and authorization.

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Safety Guide Before Lighting the Fiesta Sky Lantern, Please take note of the following safety procedures.  Ensure the wind is not more than 5 mph  Ensure there are no trees, buildings or electric cables within the flight path of the Lantern  Fiesta Sky Lanterns must be released a minimum of 5 miles away from Airports  Do not release in the vicinity of Dry Crops  Do not allow anyone under the influence of alcohol handle the Fiesta Sky Lantern  Whilst Fiesta Sky Lanterns are for the enjoyment of all ages, responsible ADULTS should light them.  Keep children under supervision at all times  Always have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher handy Lighting the Fiesta Sky Lanterns You will need 2 people to release the Fiesta Sky Lantern  Take the lantern out of the plastic wrapping  Gently Unfold the Sky Lantern  Holding the bottom rim of the lantern, drop it down sharply and this will allow air to fill the lantern.  Turn the Fiesta Sky Lantern so it is facing upwards  Whilst one person holds the top of the lantern gently, being careful not to rip the paper, the other lights the wick at the bottom.  Hold the Lantern for approx 30 seconds whilst the wick burns.  DO NOT throw the Lantern into the air.  Once the Lantern fills with hot air it will start to pull, you can then allow it to gently rise into the sky.  WATCH and ENJOY‌ 

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Nail and Hair Parlour Are you satisfied with your nail technician? Are the shapes of your nails aesthetically pleasing? Are your nails becoming thin and damaged? Are they natural looking extensions or overlays?




How do you know if your technician is using MMA? Strong or strange odour which doesn’t smell like other acrylic or gel.  Enhancements are hard and difficult to file with coarse files.  Will not soak off in solvents designed to remove product.  Cloudy or milky colour when finished.  MMA does not bond well to the nail. Electric or coarse files are used to rough the nail so it takes hold.  Low price.  Unlabelled containers - technicians will show what product is being used if concerned. 


If the answer is no then read on.. My name is Mandy I started in the nail business, NOT because it’s what I’ve always wanted to do, because I found it very difficult finding a nail technician that provided care and attention, safe and sanitary conditions, with a result I was happy with. I bought a Gel kit and after studying and practicing I started to get complimentary comments on my nails and friends asked if I could do theirs. I soon realised that there was more to nail enhancements/ extensions than I originally thought. So I decided I would invest in the proper training with Creative and passed with flying colours.

Browse my website for useful information, prices, comments, before and after photos showing amazing results. Ring or email for advice or book an appointment. I am based in Reserva Del Higueron, near Benalmadena Pueblo. Exit 217 on the Fuengirola to Arroyo motorway. And at Urb Rivera, Calahonda close to the toll road.

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I found Nail Systems International Gels too so had more training to convert to that system, took another course and passed that one too. I still do my own nails and have a regular client base. I still get a buzz when I get a new client and I am as passionate now about the industry as I was 4 years ago. I also like to educate my clients about how to care for their nails, about the gels I use and how it does NOT damage the nails. I provide a brochure explaining what the client should expect before, during and after a nail service is performed. 1. Nail enhancements/extensions will not damage the natural nail if you follow the nail technicians aftercare advice, nor will the gel damage the nail. 2. The nail plate will only go thin if the nail technician files them at the start of the service, during the infill procedure with an abrasive file or the nail gets caught and forced from the nail. 3. Nails do NOT breathe. 4. The point of having nail extensions/tips is to extend your own nails if you have trouble growing them or they break easily etc. With each infill, every 2 weeks, the plastic tip will be filed away, in time, your natural nail will then remain and the technician will continue to apply the gel to the natural nail to add strength. No need for a new set, only a repair if any break. I offer the following services. 1. Manicures, Pedicures and Spa treatments for hands and feet. Just relax and enjoy the experience. 2. Gel overlays for fingers or toes, lasting from 2-3 weeks for fingers and 6-8 weeks for toes, as toe nails grow at a slower rate and they are dry to the touch at the end of the procedure and will not smudge or chip. Your nails will look great for much longer leaving you to spend more time on other things. 3. Coloured Gels that maintain their colour, shine, and will last 2-3 weeks before an *infill is needed (*fresh coat to fill in the nail growth gap). No more hassle waiting for polish to dry or risk smudging. No more re-touching up your favourite colour for that night out. 4. Repairs for the natural nail and Gel enhancements/ extensions. 5. Nail tips to extend the nail length and then a coat of Gel. The products I use are free of MMA (Methyl Methacrylate)

Nail & Hair Parlour NSI and Creative Gel trained nail technician offers UV Gel tips, overlays, manicure and pedicures. Gel on your toes, french or colour will last 6-8 weeks. Let me transform your nails. Having your nails done should be a relaxing experience. I practice a safe and sanitary service. Try the coloured gels and your favourite colour will last 2-3 weeks and safe to touch immediately. Hair Extensions made with 100% Human hair.

Call for more details Check out my website at for examples of Nails and Hair extensions Also available for home visits. Ring Mandy

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>> costa COMPANIES fingertips. The stylish salon backs on to a picturesque garden courtyard with a fountain, where customers can pass the time with food or refreshments served from the café next door. The pretty setting belies the fact that the salon is situated in the heart of Fuengirola near the horses head roundabout, and easily accessible by foot, car or bus. Opening times are Tuesday and Wednesday 10am - 6pm, Thursday and Friday10am - 7pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm. You will find them at Calle Maestra Angeles Apiazu. Edificio Salos, Local 4, Pueblo Lucia, Fuengirola. David Glenn Hairdressing nestles in the beautiful urbanization of Pueblo L u c ia , in t h e c e n t r e o f Fuengirola. In the first six months since opening, owner Calvin has established a professional team with a wealth of experience. Calvin himself has over twenty years experience in high-end hairdressing. Before moving to Spain he ran a highly successful and well know salon in Manchester and has worked in two well known hairdressers here on the Costa del Sol where he has built up a loyal bank of customers. At David Glen you are sure to be impressed not only by the professional service you receive but also by the idyllic setting the salon sits it. Calvin says ‘‘Both Julie and I are expert hair stylists with a wealth of experience in the industry. There are no junior staff members at the salon therefore every customer benefits from our senior expertise.’’ Stylist Julie is the salons other technician. Having learned her trade at Clynol she then became artistic director at Saks in the North East of England. The salon itself is both spotlessly clean at all times but also welcoming and they use only top name products like Tigi and Wella assuring you of the best possible results. David Glenn hairdressing has the best of both worlds, a modern, contemporary feel, coupled with a professional, friendly atmosphere. So whether you are looking for a fabulous re-style, to brighten yourself up with multi-tonal colours or just a fantastic cut, the team at David Glenn Hairdresser’s have the answers at their

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If like me you enjoy live music you should get yourself down to Bonanza Bar in Benalmadena for a great night out. The Bonanza Bar in Bonanza Square, Benalmadena is one of the longest established and best loved live music venues on the Costa del Sol. Every night you can be entertained by the top acts on the coast from comedians to 70’s Nights and a bit of everything in between. All managed in articulate fashion by host and compere Dave Hixson. Every night is party night at Bonanza Bar as they are open 7 days per week. New owner Jamie who originates from Colchester has done an excellent job in turning the place around. He took over in 2006 and has completely refurbished the premises to an exceptionally high standard. There is seating on the floor area for about 140 people and there are approx 10 very comfortable alcoves all along the two back walls which give the room a great atmosphere for live shows. The toilets are spotless which is always important and the stage has been moved to a position that now allows an additional 10 tables and the premises can now accommodate up to 200 people in all. With the long bar and waitress service you will never be struggling to get served your favourite tipple and the staff always have a smile on their faces so you are made to feel most welcome.

a lively and professional performance. On other nights they have drag artist Terri Fox, top local vocalist Laura Ellen, UK top comedian Alan Wallace and on Saturday there is the seven piece ‘‘solid soul band’’. Also during the day the Bonanza Bar is open for senior citizens bingo, line dancing and a host of other activities so whatever your age and whatever your tastes the Bonanza Bar has something for everyone. For more information on up coming events call.

952 566 007 or 649 809 814

Bonanza Bar is ideal for families because there is now a separate games room that has a pool table, air hockey and video games so parents can enjoy the night’s entertainment while the kids are taken care of. The whole family can have a great night out and nobody can whine!! Hey kids?? If you fancy something to eat but don’t want to miss the entertainment Bonanza Bar now do fabulous basket meals including scampi, chicken, sausage and chicken nuggets all served with chips, they also do veggie and chicken burgers and a choice of baguettes. All prepared fresh and to a deliciously high standard. You can also treat yourself to a selection of cocktails or even a jug of Sangria. Alternatively you can choose a drink form their wide selection of draught lagers and beers or spirits and wines they have on offer. Bonanza Bar is the perfect venue for a girls or lad’s night out or in fact for any special celebration and you can even reserve your tables in advance. Host and compere Dave Hixson gets things going at around 9.30 pm and the first act is on around 10.15. We went on a Sunday night and caught the first act; Ricky Lavazza from Wales. He put on a great show and if you like Elvis, Tom Jones and Neil Diamond among others then you won’t be disappointed. Has a great voice and presents

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Personal service from the very first meeting to the completion of the installation  A stunning range of over 50 styles  Co-ordinated bedrooms

And not just Bedrooms......with Hammonds we will create you a professional working environment The UK’s leading fitted bedroom, closet and home office people - bring their stylish range to the Costa Since 1926 Hammonds - the closet, bedroom and home office people - have grown to become one of the UK’s leading creators of quality fitted furniture and over the years they've helped hundreds of thousands of people to make the most of their living space. Each Hammond’s bedroom, closet and home office is custom designed to fit any room but most importantly to fit individual storage needs. As rooms come in all shapes and sizes part of Hammonds service is that each bedroom is planned out individually to meet particular storage needs. Hammonds experienced designers are experts in maximising even the smallest space. They also manage the installation by qualified professionals, so no need to get the screwdriver out and start building flat pack furniture! It isn’t just the practicalities of storage that the designer looks at; Hammonds appreciate that a dream bedroom must have serious style so offer over 50 stunning styles from the classic, through to the very contemporary.

Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to keep your office at home tidy? Chances are, far from being purpose-built, your existing space has probably evolved over time. And it doesn’t help that piles of paper, tangled cables, cluttered desktops and a complete lack of storage all seem to present a constant distraction.

The right environment can make all the difference Fitted furniture is a great way of maximising space and providing a coordinated, streamlined look with lots of flexibility.

Feel the difference.... You wouldn’t buy a car from a catalogue and similarly we don’t expect you to choose your bedroom without being able to see (and touch) for yourself, that’s why we’ve set up a showroom right here on the Costa, with over 7 beautiful displays for you to see Call us today for a no obligation design visit and details of the showroom on 952 592868 or

There’s something for everyone as Hammonds’ furniture compliments any home. Modern styling and finishing touches can add a contemporary feel to a new apartment, bring European styling to a villa conversion or keep an elegant theme in a traditional home with real wood veneers. Whatever style your new home has, fitted furniture will maximise space, solves storage issues and create a stylish, harmonious room.


With a Hammonds bedroom you get so much more...... For starters a bedroom shouldn’t just be a flat pack affair that is pushed up into a corner. Hammonds offer a complete package from design through to fitting and finishing. Each bedroom is carefully designed to suit each Clients particular requirements and tastes and of course adapted to fill the space available. Even the insides of the wardrobes will be tailor made, from the basic needs as to how many sets of drawers through to pre-dresser, illuminated hanging rails, pull-out shoe and tie racks, the list goes on. The beauty of a Hammonds bedroom is that the choice doesn’t end with the wardrobe, select from a beautifully co-ordinated range of matching bedroom furniture, including bedside tables (with pull out tea trays), dressing tables, framed mirrors, window seats, tall boys and even a concealed TV cabinet. Of course if you want the bed, that will match too and comes complete with headboard upholstered if you wish in a sumptuous range of fabrics.

Why a fitted bedroom? As you can imagine, bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes often with their own little quirks. Things like chimney breasts, sloping ceilings and uneven walls may add character but can also cost valuable storage space if you rely on free-standing furniture.

The UK’s leading fitted furniture now available in Spain 

Fully Fitted Wardrobes & co-ordinated Furniture Sliding Doors  Walk-in Dressing Rooms  Home Office 

For a free no obligation in home design consultation, call

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652 351 612

Whatever your storage restrictions, there's a range of inspirational ideas and configurations to suit the space you have available.

Why Hammonds? 

A family business with over 80 years experience and a name that stands for quality and service  All furniture is made in the UK to exacting standards

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diesel. It also has fewer emissions in all other categories, with the exception of NOx. 


n March 2008, starting and finishing in Valencia, Spain, Earthrace will attempt to set a new speed record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe running 100% biodiesel, and with a net zero carbon-footprint, in order to increase awareness of the environment and the sustainable use of resources.

She is rapidly becoming the highestprofile powerboat in the world - not surprising as she is 78feet of 21st century design, a wave-piercing trimaran that would look at home on the set of a James Bond movie. She's also one of the greenest - a showcase of environmentally friendly technologies such as low-emissions engines, non-toxic anti-foul and efficient hull design. Earthrace is also one of the coolest looking boats ever imagined!

The antifoul (underwater paint) is completely non-toxic, unlike the antifoul used on most large boats, which are iso-cyanate based and highly toxic. This means the crew need to clean the hull every month or so.

Earthrace is the first boat in the world to use hemp composite. This is visible on the floor of the helm. Hemp is renewable, unlike carbon and Kevlar, and has some interesting properties making it ideal for medium impact areas.

The team are currently trialling biodegradable lubricants and hydraulic fluids made from canola oil. These are again renewable, and completely non-toxic.

The hull shape is extremely efficient, reducing fuel consumption compared with conventional craft.

During construction, Earthrace used a number of recycled products (such as ice cream containers) that were collected from local Schools. In exchange, the team provided the schools with discarded MDF and pine to use in their woodworking departments.

Earthrace has already completed a tour of New Zealand the United States, and in early 2007, made her first attempt at the world record. Throughout her trip so far, over 50,000 people have been able to go on board and meet the crew. A unique attribute of the boat is that she has the ability to submarine through waves, and can in fact go up to 7m underwater as she does so. This enables the boat to maintain a higher average speed through big seas as compared to a conventional craft. New Zealand skipper and founder of the project, Pete Bethune, believes that Earthrace has a great opportunity to nourish and grow the European biodiesel industry, as well as to advance biodiesel as a genuinely viable alternative to petroleum diesel. Bethune said ‘‘The vision of a world using fuel produced from sustainable sources is an idea whose time has come. By demonstrating the power, reliability and environmental safety of biodiesel, Earthrace is committed to transforming this vision into reality’’. Circumnavigating the globe represents the pinnacle of powerboat challenges, and at more than 24,000 nautical miles, is also the world’s longest race. The current record of 75 days was set by British boat ‘Cable & Wireless Adventurer’ in 1998. Pete Bethune believes the boat has a realistic chance of completing the circumnavigation in 65 days or less this time. He said ‘‘We have gained a huge amount of experience having already made one attempt and have been able to put that to good use to make sure we succeed this time. Our goal is to smash the record by 10 days or more, although we will still be popping champagne corks if we make it in 74 and a half days!’’ If Earthrace succeeds, it will mark the first time in history that an official UIM Powerboat world record has been broken using only renewable fuel. Earthrace Environmental Initiatives Earthrace is full of technologies and innovations that reduce our overall environmental impact. 

Earthrace runs 100% biodiesel, which reduces CO2 emissions by around 78% compared with conventional

Since Earthrace was launched, the team continue to actively measure all their CO2 emitting activities, and work on ways to reduce them. With the help of Project Andromeda, at the end of each month they see what their net CO2 emission has been, then balance this with the purchase of carbon offsets from UN accredited organisations to become climate positive.

These pictures were taken by Caroline Gautron from the Face to Face Press Agency in Paris and Jim Burket and Buddha Brideson.

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Body Language; is she interested… The Head Toss Women do this to throw their hair back over their shoulders, attract attention and to show off their neck. The head toss is not exclusively for women with long hair and can still grab someone's attention when used by women with short hair. Exposed wrists If a woman is interested she will expose the smooth, soft skin on the inside of her wrists. She will also show the palms of her hand whilst talking. The leg twine Apparently many men consider this the most appealing sitting position for women. With one leg pressed against the other it appears to be extremely toned and, combined with the woman placing one hand on her thigh, gives a clear call for attention and probable interest. Sideways glance How to spot the 'intimate gaze' Look out for the eyes following the 'triangular formation': - eye to eye, then down to the mouth and chin, down to the rest of the body and back up to the eyes again in a triangular formation.

Male Pattern Baldness…

Top tip…

Going bald is a fact of life for millions of men. Adults lose about 10,000 scalp hairs each and every day. Hair normally lives for around five years. With male pattern baldness these hairs do not always get replaced and gradually bald areas appear. This process can however take a long time and the age at which you start to lose hair does not necessarily provide any clues as to how long it will be until you define yourself as bald.

Never even try to answer the question, "Does this make me look fat?" If you say yes, you're in for it - but if you say no, she'll pick up on the split-second pause before you say it, and you'll still be in for it. The best you can do is laugh and say, "There's no way you're getting me to answer that."

Normal Hair Loss There are a number of reasons why men start to go bald, but if you are a man between the ages of about 20 to 45 and you start to lose scalp hair, then the chances are 95 per cent certain that you are experiencing male pattern baldness. As the term suggests, male pattern baldness follows a typical sequence or pattern. Hair loss can start in different areas but is usually at the temples and/or on the crown of the head. Initial thinning of hair progresses over a number of years and may lead to total baldness but more typically loss of hair over the top surface of the head. Most men are genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness. It is the effect of horm ones on the hair follicle that produces male pattern baldness. But remember you are not alone with the likes of high profile stars such as Bruce Willis,Vin Diesel, Billy Zane, Patrick Stewart, Sean Connery, and Samuel L Jackson.

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Work out tip… Never wear a weight belt unless you're performing a movement that puts a direct compressive load on your spine. Studies have shown that wearing a belt during workouts may weaken the abdominals, which can result in back problems.



>> costa LIFESTYLE Woolen pullover with v-neck and jacquard pattern Benetton

Cargo pants Benetton

Cotton baseball cap with contrasting sewings Benetton

>> Step out in Style...

Granite marl ribbed hem vee neck jumper Topman

Dark stonewash bootcut jeans with contrast colour stitching Topman

Black socks with a naked lady design at the ankle Burtons

Dark brown polo pigment dyed to give it a vintage effect Burtons

Black luxury fine knit cardigan with pale grey tipping Burtons

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Store Locator A to Z

Black leather pointed lace up formal brogue with leather sole Topman

Benetton Fuengirola. Burtons Gibraltar. Dunnes Stores www.dunnesstores.ei Fuengirola, Coin, Malaga, Velez Malaga. Dorothy Perkins Miramar, La Cañada. Evans La Cañada, Miramar. H&M La Cañada. Monsoon Gibraltar. Promod La Cañada. Topman La Cañada. Topshop La Cañada.


costa LIFESTYLE >> >> Dress it up…

Grey bubble dress with corsage Dorothy Perkins

Grey cable knit dress Dorothy Perkins

Patterned knit dress Dorothy Perkins Bonny dress Monsoon

Gypsy dress Monsoon

>> These boots are made for walkin… Georgina Goodman ankle boot Evans Patent knee high boot Evans

>> Wrap it up… Denim jacket with short sleeves and knitted collar Benetton Chunky zip knee high boot Topshop Studded horse back riding boot Promod Charcoal tweed belted cape Dorothy Perkins

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BYE BYE, CHAPPED LIPS! This is the time of year when many of us experience dry, cracked lips and can’t seem to find relief anywhere! Well, help is on the way! To begin with, make sure you are hydrating yourself from the inside. This means drinking LOTS of pure water every day. Next look for a lip balm that includes any of the following ingredients: Mango butter, coconut milk, avocado oil or honey, to name a few! Most lip balms are petroleum based and really don’t replenish lost moisture. Use as and when needed and try to avoid using long lasting lipsticks until the dryness subsides.

In a rush in the morning? If you want to make your powder eye shadow and liner last all day, apply a cream eye shadow base. Put the lightweight base on your eyelid first and then apply your regular eye makeup. It will last for hours without having to take the time and reapply! If you’re looking for a quick, yet gorgeous makeup look on the run, use suggest a multi-purpose blush stick. It’s used as an eye shadow, blush and lipstick. It feels so smooth and natural and looks fantastic. Mix it with light eye shadow then apply to the eyelid in order for my eyes to really open up and brighten the eyes. For smoky eyes, line your bottom lid semi-heavily, blink hard, and run a finger across the line. It smudges more easily and looks more ‘I don’t care’ than the multi-stepped techniques.

SOS for skin this winter The stress of the festive season makes our skin susceptible to a severe case of the winter blues.

Face it You can wrap up your bod in snug winter warmers, protect your hands with gloves and indulge your feet with snuggly socks, but your poor face bears the brunt of the winter weather. Short of spending the winter season in a balaclava, your face needs extra protection from exposure to the elements. Your skin changes from season to season, so if you are still using a light moisturiser it is time to switch to a richer cream as winter sets in. Just don’t over apply! At least once a week, treat your skin to a moisturising mask. Most can be applied and left on overnight. Use a Facial Oil under your night cream for that extra moisture boost.

Feet First We’re approaching the season where our feet have really just taken a pounding - high, heels and extra dancefloor manoeuvres and Christmas shopping sprees can make feet super-sore and dry. Regularly scrub with a pumice stone to reveal the soft skin underneath, then moisturise with an intensive hydrating foot cream.

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Beautiful body Now we are covering up and hiding our legs in trousers or opaques it is no excuse to let your moisturising routines flag over winter. Your body needs extra attention at this time of year if you want to avoid unsightly scaly skin. It’s the ideal time to run a body temperature bath and indulge with an exotic bath oil or milk. Exfoliate regularly, around twice a week in winter, to slough off dead skin cells and prevent the skin from looking dry and depleted.

Hand-some Hands are often the first beauty casualty when temperatures plummet. It is best to apply a thick layer of moisturiser twice a day, especially after washing your hands. It’s also important to take care of nails and cuticles - our cuticles are essential to healthy nails and can become dry and cracked in winter. Give hands a softening winter boost with Jessica Nail Care Geluscious gloves to wear alone or with your favourite cream, lotion or essential oil.

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ARE YOU FIT FOR SKIING As we are approaching the time of year that makes skiing very popular, for those who love a holiday on the snow slopes, now is the time to make sure that you are actually fit enough to ski. Skiing is very demanding on the body, and the 3 key areas to focus on for your training are;-

1. STRENGTH LEGS: Focusing on the quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh is particularly important because maintaining the correct position means the quadriceps will be taking the pressure the whole time. TRICEPS: Balance when skiing is very important. Continually driving your ski poles back into the snow means that the triceps at the back of the upper arm are under great pressure. CORE MUSCLES: Your core muscles keep you upright and help with balance. Core strength helps maintain the control on the slopes.

2. CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS (CV) Skiing requires total body control just to stay upright! A continual demand will be placed on your CV system as you use every muscle group in order to remain balanced.


STRENGTH TRAINING: Twice a week CV TRAINING: 2/3 times per week FLEXIBILITY TRAINING: after every strength and CU training session

HOW TO INCORPORATE THIS INTO SOME TYPE OF TRAINING PROGRAM 1. STRENGTH EXERCISES Skiing is both strength and endurance, so build up to completing 2 sets of 12 to 15 reps of the following leg and triceps exercises, separate by a 60 seconds recovery period. For the care exercise, build up until you can hold position for 60 seconds. LEGS Squats are great for skiing preparation. Start by squatting without using additional weights, and as your legs become stronger add more weight with dumbbells. TRICEPS Triceps dips using a chair or bench will strengthen these muscles.

Skiing involves a lot of twisting and turning, which means you, must be flexible enough. To have a good range of movements you also need to be flexible in the calves and Achilles tendons (backs of the lower legs). The ski boot will make you ‘‘hinge’’ at the heel, stretching the calf and the Achilles in each leg. If you are tight in these areas you are risking an injury.

CORE Try ‘‘The Plank’’. Lie face down on the floor with your arms bent at 90 degrees and tucked close to your sides, with elbows directly under your shoulders and your hands pointing ahead. Push up until you are just supporting your body on your forearms and toes, and holding rigid flat ‘‘plank type’’ position.



The main focus must be flexibility training most important, in the legs. The claves and Achilles tendons are important areas, as are Quadriceps (front of the thigh) and Ham strings (back of the thigh).

Any exercise that gets you breathless, that you can maintain for at least 20 minutes is great. Try walking, Jogging, Running, Swimming or Cycling.

While skiing, as parts of you’re off Piste time - try and have a few sports massages. This will flush out the waste products in your muscles from the days skiing and help keep muscle in great condition through out your skiing holiday.

TRAINING - HOW MUCH? Start your training as early as possible before you go. Build up slowly, especially if you don’t normally take regular exercise, and make sure you cover the three areas of strength, flexibility and CV. Make sure you incorporate plenty of recovery days, as your body will need to get used to the new demands that you are placing on it.

3. FLEXIBILITY EXCERCISES After each strength or CV exercise workout, look to stretch the major groups that you have used. I.e., if you have been running, do some leg stretches, focusing on the calves, Achilles tendons, quadriceps and ham strings. If you have been focusing on triceps exercise, then this is the area to focus on ECT… Have fun. You don’t have to be an athlete to have a great time. But, the more training you do, the more you will get out of your holiday. So start training as soon as you book your holidays, rather than cramming a few months training into a week!! Allow yourself gradually!




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n December or early January, almost everyone has the desire to plan a wonderful New Year. We plan holidays catching up with friends and family, and we imagine that any goal can be achieved. We eagerly make New Year’s Resolutions and set our biggest goals ever. It’s a perfect time to reflect on the changes we want to or need to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Resolutions, if carried out successfully, not only act as short-term goals to success but also help in improving life and overcoming those habits which we ourselves do not like

Top ten New Year’s resolutions: Spend more time with family and friends Fit in Fitness Tame the bulge Stop smoking Enjoy life more Quit drinking Get out of debt Learn something new Help others Get organised.

The History of New Year’s Resolutions: The tradition of New Year’s Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 BC when Janus, a mythical king of early Rome, was placed at the head of the calendar.

Set Your Goals: Maintain a core focus. Be clear if you really want the change. Don’t flow along with the trend. Don’t let the cup spill over: Do not create too many resolutions at a time. They may distract you. Go with one at a time. Let it be for a year not a day: New Year is the time to plan for the entire year. Let the resolution not be something for which you need just couple of days. Acknowledge the price, and decide to pay it: Any worthwhile human achievement requires sacrifice, risk, effort and perseverance. Be accountable to someone in case you don't follow your resolution seriously. Reminders: Sometimes it’s easy to forget the resolution after the New Year passes away, and one is tempted to postpone the resolution to the next year. Plan to remind yourself of it throughout the year. Make a mention of it in the diary, online reminders or if required inform people close to you about your resolution. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities Threats: Enhance your strengths, act against your weaknesses, see what and how you can utilise the opportunities for the year and see if you have to prepare yourself against any threats.

With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.

Pamper Yourself: Keep a gift for yourself wrapped beautifully and give it to yourself if you accomplish your resolution at the end of the year.

Tips for New Year Resolutions:

Stop smoking

Review your last year’s resolutions: Have you succeeded or, if not, why did you fail? Examine it and if necessary keep the same resolution this year too.

Do not skip meals: Each puff of nicotine allowed you to skip meals without experiencing blood-sugar swing symptoms such as not being able to concentrate or hunger related anxieties. Don’t add needless symptoms to withdrawal but instead learn to spread your normal daily calorie intake out more evenly over the entire day. Don’t eat more food but less food more often. Believe in yourself - Build up a strong determination to quit smoking. Believe that you can quit. Ask yourself Why? - Write down your reasons for wanting to stop and keep the list with you for extra motivation. Search for alternatives - Have alternatives to smoking available, such as peppermints, carrot sticks, or cinnamon sticks.

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water and fibre to keep your digestion going. Also try to eat fruit every day for at least two weeks after you have stopped.

Fit in Fitness Swimming, cycling, jogging, skiing, aerobic dancing, walking or any of dozens of other activities can help your heart. They all cause you to feel warm, perspire and breathe heavily without being out of breath and without feeling any burning sensation in your muscles. Whether it is a structured exercise program or just part of your daily routine, all exercise adds up to a healthier heart. Start Slow! Many beginners make the mistake of doing too much when they first start out. If you haven’t worked out in a while (or ever) start with a walking program of about 20 to 30 minutes, 3 days a week. Each session, add a few minutes to your workout to progress each week. See your doctor before you start any exercise program. Get a full physical to make sure everything’s in working order. Write down your workouts every day, making notes about what you did, how you felt and how you improved since your last workout. Every day, ask yourself how you will make your life healthier. It can be as simple as drinking more water or parking further away from the front door.

Smokers sometimes use their habit to give themselves little breaks during the day. Taking a break is good for you, so carry on taking that time off - but do something different. Walk round the block, have a cup of tea or drink of water. If possible drink a lot of fruit juice. When you stop smoking the body goes through a big change. The blood sugar levels tend to fall, the digestion is slowed down and your body starts to eject the tar and poisons that have accumulated. Fresh fruit juice contains fructose which restores your blood sugar levels, vitamin C which helps clear out impurities and high levels of

Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym peddling away on a stationary bike. It doesn’t mean you have to spend money on exercise gadgets you will likely never use, either. Anything you do to get your body moving is going to be better than doing nothing. Walking is an easy exercise that you can do just about anywhere, in any climate, not to mention that it’s what your body was designed to do. Even though you might feel too tired to exercise, give it a try anyway. You might be surprised to find how energised you feel while you're at it and afterwards, when you're finished. Exercise is a great stress-reliever too.

And remember... Not every New Year’s resolution was meant to be kept. Some are easier to keep than others. Sometimes it helps for a person to make a few fun resolutions you know are unrealistic and have no intentions of keeping. Since you’ll break those right away, you will then have more time and energy to focus on the real ones. This may or may not work for everyone, so give it a try.

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Artificial Joints They Could Make All The Difference


orty years ago, when pioneer surgeons such as Mr. Charnley started to replace worn out hip joints with artificial ones made of metal with a poly-ethylene inlay, the world was amazed but also very sceptical about the possible long-term outcome. Four decades later orthopaedic surgeons do not just replace hip or knee joints, but also ankle, shoulder, elbow, finger and toe joints. And the ideas and techniques that Mr. Charnley initiated have been further developed so that nowadays the artificial joints have a fantastic outcome and a survival rate on average of 15 to 20 years. The problem occurred, however, when the person who needed the joint replacement was younger than your average patient and therefore is more likely to have to replace that joint replacement!! Especially for hips and knees, advancements in orthopaedics now mean there are other options available to almost everyone before actually facing a total joint replacement. The key is of course to see the doctor in the early stages of osteoarthritis. This is usually very difficult in an NHS-type situation, which is very slow in dealing with these sorts of problems because they are so common and the waiting lists are long enough as it is. But hopefully things will change so that younger people suffering from osteoarthritis can also enjoy an active and pain-free life. These advanced techniques have also given people a choice that never before existed. For example, the ankle joint replacement is becoming more common and avoids the need to fuse a worn out joint, which in the past was the only option available. A fused joint cannot move and therefore will not hurt anymore. But it also means that the mobility is decreased significantly and therefore the use of that joint in daily life. The ankle prosthesis replaces the worn out surfaces between the tibia (the shin bone) and the talus (the central bone inside the ankle). This enables that person to use the ankle normally, keeping a full range of movement and even making it possible to perform some sporting activities such as cycling, playing golf or even having an easy game of tennis.

The development of the joint replacement is now so advanced that it is possible to replace the knuckle joints, the middle joints of the fingers as well as the base joint of the thumb. This is particularly important for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, which is known to affect mainly the joints of the hand. This disease can severely damage these joints, leaving them almost useless and very painful, and often resulting in losing functional use of the hands. Once an artificial one has replaced the worn out joint, that person will be able to use the affected hand again. And advances in orthopaedics continue. The press is full of the new minimally invasive surgical techniques that use the same prosthesis but has changed the surgical approach used by the surgeon. The surgery decreases the amount of muscle and soft tissue damage during the surgery and by doing so means that people can get up and move almost immediately and hospital stay decreases to just a few days. Hip and knee replacements are at the forefront of these techniques but because it is a fairly new technique it is not yet widely available to the general public. As the general population in the western world is living longer our joints are paying the price. But as with any disease, and osteoarthritis is a disease, early treatment and care will be able to extend the use of your own joints before facing the need for a joint replacement. For any further questions regarding bursitis or any other bone, joint or soft tissue problem, please go to or ring 952 57 77 66

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Common cold or Flu... Causes… Colds and flu are caused by viruses. The infections are contagious, passed on by tiny droplets and hand contact. Flu is caused by the influenza virus. There are three major types: A (often the cause of flu epidemics), B and C. The flu virus is constantly changing its structure, so new strains appear each year. We don’t have immunity to the new strains, which is why we can catch flu repeatedly.

Treatment… Most colds don’t last long and need no specific treatment other than painkillers and simple measures such as decongestant rubs or

vaporisers. Antibiotics are of no benefit. Zinc supplements may help to settle a cold faster.

Flu Jab… Gives you good protection from flu and lasts for one year. The vaccine is normally available in the autumn and is made from the strain of flu that is expected in the coming winter. In order to remain protected, you need to ensure that you have a flu jab every year.

Don’t let winter prevent healthy eating… For many people, those infamous winter pounds are back, invited by holiday food and not enough exercise. We are lucky to have the benefit of the winter sun, so take advantage of this and get out there and enjoy it… a brisk half hour walk along the pasao or in the Campo can burn up to 500 calories. This will help shed those extra calories you have consumed over the festive period. You still need to get your five servings a day of fruits and vegetables. Make an effort to include fruits and vegetables at every meal. Since your options are more limited during the winter months, now’s the time to get creative by trying new recipes as well as sampling produce you haven’t eaten before.

Health tip… Never take medications together with grapefruit juice without a doctor’s OK. Chemicals in grapefruit juice have an odd effect on medicines, possibly because they interfere with liver enzymes. This can cause either decreased or increased concentration of a drug in your bloodstream, making it less effective or increasing the risk of side effects.

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Zinc… Is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell. Zinc supports a healthy immune system, is needed for wound healing, helps maintain your sense of taste and smell, and is needed for DNA synthesis. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, a n d adolescence. Zinc is found in a wide variety of foods. Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food, but red meat and poultry provide the majority of zinc in the diet. Other good food sources include beans, nuts, certain seafood, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, and dairy products. Zinc absorption is greater from a diet high in animal protein than a diet rich in plant proteins. Phytates, which are found in whole grain breads, cereals, legumes and other products, can decrease zinc absorption.

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Biostimulationbrought to you by Dr. Potdevin, Cosmedica. It is increasingly common these days for people to take advantage of cosmetic medicine and surgery. There is a new approach in cosmetic medicine which is at the very leading edge of progress, something that we call biostimulation. This technique is a cosmetic procedure - it respects the curves and fullness of the anatomy within the limits of its possibilities - and above all, it is non-invasive. Just a few sessions of biostimulation can restore a fresh, youthful appearance. It is quite possible to make a face look younger without needing to make use of various serious surgical procedures under general anaesthetic with all the drawbacks that that involves - coupled with major traumatic scarring, both psychological and aesthetic.

What is involved in a session of biostimulation First of all, the doctor removes some fat-rich cells from the patient's buttocks. To do this, he applies a little local anaesthetic where the cells are to be drawn and uses a ‘mini incision’ to suck out enough mixed cells, corresponding to the subcutaneous tissues. This harvest will be directly injected under the skin of the face, without the addition of any chemical products whatsoever. This technique leaves no scars and at worst, a few small bruises at the injection sites.

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The pain is minimal and the benefit of this type of procedure is the low level of rejection, since it uses the patient's own body cells. This is also known as an ‘autologous graft’. This technique allows the doctor - who has a perfect understanding of the process of skin ageing and in addition approaches the work in an artistic way - to restore the curves and fullness to a face which is gaunt or careworn, or which has been marked by the passage of time. The doctor next draws two tubes of blood from the patient. These tubes are centrifuged to separate out the plasma, (which is rich in platelets and thus in growth factors), from the rest of the blood. This plasma will then be directly injected via micro-injections into the surface layers of the skin on the face. This is done in full compliance with all the rules on hygiene, asepsis and sterility and without any unnecessary manipulation or the addition of any foreign or synthetic products. This session of micro-injections is followed by the application of a cold mask (cryotherapy) to soothe the skin, which has been somewhat stressed during this session. The final stage in this completely full treatment is a session of ‘electromagnetic vibrations’, which will regulate the exchanges between the newly injected cells and the host cells. This final treatment is entirely painless and actually even produces a relaxing effect on both the skin of the face and the general well-being of the patient! To round off this treatment, it is also possible to apply a little local anaesthetic and add some dissolvable suspension sutres. This technique is carried out in the operating theatre for sterility reasons. It causes little pain and delivers very good results in the days ahead and lasts a considerable length of time. These sutures are slipped in under the skin and by following the curves of the face, they give the effect of a facelift, but WITHOUT surgery.

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he Bedroom is a place of tranquillity, a hideaway from an outside world of stress and worries. It is somewhere to retreat when life gets a bit too much.

A space to unwind and de-stress: where your body and mind heals itself whilst sleeping. A private room that’s all your own to gather your thoughts where you can relax and let your worries drift away. A bedroom is a little piece of heaven on earth. Give your bedroom a hint of heaven with these exciting and inspiring idea’s with the use of accessories. Enhance your bedroom scheme enlightening the tones and creating a harmonious balance.


hen accessorising your bedroom, it must compliment your lifestyle, creating a tranquil space that reflects your personal life and moods. Choose glorious colours, fabulous fabrics and tantalizing textures to enhance the tones you have used in your chosen furniture and wall treatment creating a visual equilibrium. Decide on what compliments your scheme complimenting and achieving balance. You may want to create a mood board so that you can envision what your room will eventually look like and keep you on the path of the theme/style you want to achieve. Blend your accessories with the natural harmony of the room taking into account the natural light flow.

>> Let there be Light Use the natural light to your advantage in the bedroom, which enlightens oneself to awaken to. If you don’t mind a bright room whilst sleeping, voiles are a fabulous material to use. They are light, airy available in all colours and lengths and fall beautifully to the floor creating a feminine aura.

>> Let There Be Colour To create a beautiful bedroom, you need a combination of elements. Simply choose a colour, scheme, pattern and texture. Make a mood board this will give you a general idea of what your bedroom will look like and what you want to achieve. You can be as creative as you wish but be careful not to go over the top, there is a fine line between design and disaster – take note, less is always more. Carefully plan your colour schemes, shades you feel comfortable with and reflect your relaxed character; remember you will sleep in this room.

>> Fine Flooring When it comes to flooring living in Spain gives you two choices, cool stone and marble floors keeping your home cool during those hot summer months or spruce it up to modern mode with a wooden floor which keeps cool during the summer and adds a little warm comfort during the chilly days of winter. Both types of flooring are easily maintainable and are not expensive especially marble as it’s so widely used and accessible in Spain. Whatever you choose keep within your scheme and keep it light in colour.

>> Bedroom Bliss The next stage of designing your bedroom is of course the storage space or wardrobe fittings. This is a major part of bedroom design as this is the most dominant feature or can be the largest piece in the room, so choose it carefully. My advice to you is to choose a light or warm wood or material as this enhances and creates the optical illusion of space even in the smallest of bedrooms. Remember your mood board; will the style compliment your room scheme? If you’re a modern loving person choose a simple style with sleek lines and a contemporary finish. On the other hand if you’re a traditional person there are many beautiful styles with even aged/worn looks (slight Victorian appearance) but be careful not to

have too much decoration or ornate finishes as this can look heavy and dated.

>> Dreams Begin Bedrooms are not just a matter of wardrobes, choosing from ultra modern to traditional chic, flexible bedroom designs allow you to choose how it looks. Bedroom design is fun, creative, stylish and can push the boundaries whilst maintaining practicality and purpose. Bedrooms are designed for individuality reflecting your personality, style, creating your own space, comfort and sanctuary away from everyday life.

>> The Scent of Spain Last but not least, add orange blossom scent or jasmine to float around the room in those summer evening breezes. These are the two most aromatic descriptions of Spain. Now you will be looking forward to going to bed in a beautiful designed bedroom with yourself to take the credits.


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Coffee stains on the Rug… Once you make that spill, the first thing to do is not to panic, accidents happen after all. Get a wet cloth and immediately start blotting the stain. It’s important for you blot right away so the stain doesn’t have time to set in. It’s also important to blot instead of rub. If blotting with plain water doesn’t work, there are several other steps you can take to remove the stain from your carpet. Try pouring baking soda or salt (a coarse salt works best, but table salt will do) on the stain until the entire area is covered. Leave it on the stain for at least a half-hour and then remove with a cloth or vacuum. If you don’t have one of these items handy, vinegar is also a worthy stain fighter. If the stain isn’t too bad, dilute one part of vinegar to two parts of water, pour on the stain and blot until the stain is lifted. If it’s a big, deep stain, pour the vinegar directly from the bottle, saturating the coffee spot. Dab until the stain disappears. Once the stain is removed, blot again with a clean, damp cloth to rinse and get some of the vinegar smell out of the rug. A mild dish detergent is also wonderful for stain removal. Be sure to use a product that doesn’t contain any alkalis or bleaches. Mix a couple of teaspoons of dishwashing liquid with a cup of water and blot using a sponge or a cloth. Once the stain is removed, rinse by blotting with a clean, damp sponge.

Tips for cleaning the Microwave… If there is baked-on food spills that have hardened, resistant crumbs, long-dried splashes, or other stubborn residue, place a cup of water in the microwave and heat for two minutes. As it becomes hot, the resulting steam will loosen cookedon debris, making it easy to wipe away. Then remove the hot cup of water and empty it carefully in the sink, avoiding getting burned or scalded. Use the wet cloth to remove the loosened stains and wipe the surfaces. Do not use perfumes, oils, or other additives to cleaning products, as they might have a negative impact on the microwave’s interior

Remove water marks from wood furniture… Toothpaste is supposed to work wonders on waterstain removal. Apply a small amount of toothpaste the non-gel kind, to a damp, clean cloth and gently rub into the water stain. Wipe toothpaste off with a clean, dry cloth and polish as you normally would. You can also try a paste of baking soda and water. Gently rub paste into the stain and leave on for a half-

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hour or so. Remove the paste with a clean dry cloth and polish with your choice of furniture polish. Another home remedy to try is a paste of salt and cooking oil. Rub this paste into the stain and wait about fifteen or twenty minutes. After that amount of time, wipe off the paste with a clean, dry cloth and polish as usual.

Remove rust and scum… If you’re looking for an inexpensive or more environmentally safe way to get rid of rust and scum, there are several household products you may already have handy at home that you can try. Lemon juice can be affective on rust because of the acid in it. To use, apply the juice of the lemon to a scrubbing pad sponge and rub vigorously into the affected area. Repeat if necessary and rinse thoroughly with water. White Vinegar is another common household alternative for rust that can be applied in the same manner as the lemon juice with similar results. To break up stubborn soap scum from your shower fixtures, apply a non-sticking cooking spray to a cloth and wipe the troublesome area clean. Another way to eliminate scum is by filling a zip lock bag with vinegar, wrapping it around the showerhead fixture with a rubber band and leaving it overnight. Baking soda formed into a paste with water can remove any stubborn scum and freshen your shower as well. Rub the mixture into the showerhead fixture with a sponge and rinse well with water. Dishwasher detergent in both powder and liquid form is also said to clean scum from stainless steel fixtures. You can apply the detergent with a cloth or sponge then scrub the fixture and rinse thoroughly with water. Fabric softener believe it or not is another option you can try that is also said to keep scum from forming in the future. Simply apply the fabric softener with a cloth and rub into the fixture until clean. You can also eliminate future scum buildup by wiping down your showerhead fixture after every use.

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Simon Hill s we leave Christmas behind for another year, many of us find ourselves contemplating pots of Poinsettias, bought as gifts or for decoration. These often have yellowing leaves or have lost them altogether. Do we throw them in the bin or try to save them for another year? How should they be treated and will they survive? I remember my Grandmother, year after year, trying to save her plants. After following advice from books, this always seemed to be a struggle.


The Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) has become one of the global symbols of Christmas and a vast commercial interest that occupies millions of square metres of glasshouse. The plants we buy at the florist or garden centre bear little similarity to the original plants found living along the Mexican pacific coastline, still to be seen today. As with many plants, horticulturalists have pioneered the breeding and growing of smaller, bushier and more ornamental varieties. There are various scientific techniques for dwarfing the plant and encouraging it to flower on much shorter stems than in the wild, resulting in an unnatural but showy plant. It is this form of Poinsettia that we buy at Christmas.

Euphorbia pulcherrima

Euphorbia characias Thanks to the enthusiasm of Spanish Euphorbia myrsinites gardeners, specimens of Poinsettia - Foliage that resemble the native species in the wild bring seasonal cheer to some Andalucian gardens. Because the favourable Mediterranean climate allows us to grow Poinsettias outside, those grown successfully can reach up to three metres in height with a similar spread. Plants we buy and receive at Christmas may be encouraged to survive by following simple steps. Firstly, do not keep your plant in a saucer of water, only water from above. Poinsettias prefer damp soil not waterlogged roots! Secondly, prune each stem back to two buds and keep in a cool, light place watering sparingly. In spring re-pot in fresh compost and move the plant outside to a warm spot. As it gets bigger you will need progressively bigger pots. When in active growth you may choose to plant it in the ground in a sheltered spot. Whether your plant will flower depends on the length of the days. Day length is a factor determining the flowering time of many plants.

Euphorbia marginata Snow in Summer

Euphorbia myrsinites - Flowers

Poinsettias need short days to induce flowering, and your plants should reliably flower in the following December. Remember that electric lights, such as those on the terrace, can, by artificially extending day length, prevent successful blooming. If you are successful in keeping a Poinsettia alive and thriving, then all you need is an annual hard prune and a summer thinning and shortening of branches to prevent it getting leggy. Some say that a light, acid soil is best, but I see no evidence of this when I see examples growing in alkaline clay near to where I live. Few Euphorbias are grown primarily for their flowers, which are on the whole insignificant. What we see in Poinsettias and other species are brightly coloured floral bracts that surround the flower. Among other species valued for this show of ‘flowers’ is the Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii). Originally found in Madagascar, this perennial, succulent Euphorbia has long been cherished among gardeners and collectors. As the English name suggests, the stems of the plant are said to resemble the thorns of Christ’s crown at the crucifixion. A similar name is given in Spanish and no doubt in many other languages around the world. Stems will grow to more than a metre, though often less. Many favour this thorny succulent because it thrives in pots or the ground in a sunny position. Another advantage is that its clustered red flowers are borne almost perpetually. Many other colours are now available as a result of hybridisation and plant breeding. Euphorbias are found all around the world and there are many fine species originating nearer to home. Of the group commonly called spurges, E. characias is found growing wild around our region and other parts of the western Mediterranean. Widely grown by gardeners in northern Europe, this spurge is valued for its ornamental glaucous, leafy stems that terminate in clusters of lime - green bracts each surrounding a brown flower. E. characias sub.sp. wulfennii has lime green flowers. This plant is a fine addition to a garden border or dry garden, in full sun. Eventually of a shrubby habit, each plant should be cut back to the ground after flowering to maintain a bushy appearance. Locally, wild examples can be Euphorbia milii

found on limestone outcrops in the Ronda area and elsewhere. Care should be taken when handling spurges, as an irritant, allergenic, milky sap is exuded when stems are damaged. E. rigida is another good Mediterranean species with similar, glaucous blue leaves, on sixty-centimetre stems. The floral bracts may turn orange with age. Place in a dry sheltered spot. E. myrsinites, again from the Mediterranean is popular with gardeners who love lime green. This Euphorbia grows into a neat forty-centimetre mound with terminal limegreen bracts. After flowering, cut back stems to ten centimetres from the ground. Snow on the Mountain (E. marginata), is an annual Euphorbia, often freely seeding itself on roadside verges and a fine sight when seen enmasse. Many of the plants seen in the garden centres and thought of as cacti in fact belong to other plant families. For example, we often see in gardens Euphorbia ingens, the Candelabra ‘Cactus’ from South Africa, and E. horrida, known as the African Milk Barrel. Both these plants appear to be cacti, largely due to their spiny and succulent appearance but their milky sap gives them away. The plant world can be very deceiving. I can’t leave the fascinating world of the Euphorbias without mentioning some of medicinal and economic importance. Very common in Andalucia, on roadsides and waste land, is the castor oil plant Ricinus. This large vigorous shrub or small tree with its palmate leaves and spiny fruits, bears large, bean-like seeds that are the source of an economically important oil (with purgative properties!) and of a powerful poison. Even more important on a world scale, is cassava, Manihot, (also called manioc or yuca) another shrubby euphorbia that produces large, starchy tubers and is an important food crop in the tropics. You can buy the tubers in many supermarkets and they make a fine addition to meat stews. Less popular might be the memory of cassava manifesting itself in tapioca pudding! Simon Hill can be contacted via E-mail: Euphorbia rigida

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Costa Business Advice … Brought to you by David Fairweather from Bars in Spain SL

At the very ‘lease’.... check everything and then check and check again....


ost of us are familiar with buying a residential freehold property, however when it comes to commercial premises, the would be business owner will find him or herself having to negotiate the complex world of the lease! A good gestoria or lawyer is a necessity, however as the buyer you should also be aware of the pro’s and con’s of your lease before you sign on that dotted line. In other words, when it comes to leases … the more said the better! I am looking to buy a bar/restaurant and have been shown both leasehold and freehold properties…. Which would I be better off buying?

Neither option is necessarily better, it simply comes down to what will suit both you and your pocket! There are two main differences between purchasing a lease and a freehold property… ownership and cost. Like most things in life you get what you pay for, so if you can afford the freehold… great, as you get to own the property with all the added benefits, if not go for the cheaper lease option with monthly rent! On average a bar that might cost you only €50,000 as a leasehold (plus rent) will cost you €150 -200,000 as a freehold (without rent) As business mortgages can be difficult to obtain, it is easy to see why leaseholds are a much more viable option for new and first time business owners. With a lease you pay one price for the lease and then monthly rent to the freeholder. Leases, known in Spain as Traspasos, usually run for 5 - 10 years (although some can run for 20 years! ) with the possibility of renewing once the term has ended. During the lease term the rent can only be increased by inflation from the Spanish government, however when it comes to renewal the freeholder can and usually will increase the rent! During the term of the lease, the leaseholder would be expected to run the business according to the terms in the lease. Therefore if the lease states the premises must be run as a fast food takeaway, you can’t turn the property into a restaurant. Similarly if you want to serve food in a bar you must check that your lease allows for catering on the premises. There are so many different types of lease and licensing arrangements that it can be a minefield without expert advice. You are allowed to alter the general fittings and furnishings but not to make structural or major changes to the premises. Finally the leaseholder would of course be responsible for all utility bills and charges.

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If you have the budget to stretch to a freehold property then the benefits are much greater. As the freeholder you can sell the lease yourself, receiving a premium up front and a monthly rent, or simply run your business with no monthly rent to pay. Don’t forget that new businesses tend to eat up spare cash, especially during the first few years, so even if you have the funds for a freehold you might find it more cost effective to buy a less expensive lease leaving you with more in your pocket for your business or for ‘a rainy day’. On the other hand however with a freehold you always have control over the property and your money is invested, so even if your business does not work out quite the way you planned, you still have a fixed asset to sell in the property itself. For those without the finances to purchase either a freehold or leasehold, another option would be to rent. It is unusual for bar owners to rent their businesses as opposed to selling the lease, however many of the Spanish shop ( local ) owners will rent out their properties, meaning you could start a business with only a deposit and one months rent in advance. However most of these rental options are for new or empty locals so you may have to invest in the fixtures and fittings, decoration and all the legal and licensing issues relevant to your business. Renting might get you off the ground with minimal outlay but your long term prospects could be limited as you would have little control over your premises, just as if you were living in a rented apartment. So, after all that work your rental agreement could be terminated, leaving you without a business and out of pocket! Friends of ours recently tried to sell their leasehold bar but were told the terms stated they were not allowed to sell. Can something like this really happen and if so how can you protect yourself? There are many lease ‘horror stories’ but the good news is most are exaggerated and with the help of a good agent or gestoria, resolvable. The key to avoiding problems when it comes to selling is to check everything before buying! We strongly advise anyone buying a leasehold to ensure that a reputable lawyer or gestoria examine the terms of the lease and that these terms are then translated. Don’t assume all leases are the same and do not sign anything until you are absolutely clear about the terms and how they will affect you in the long term. For example, you must find out what will happen when the lease is due for renewal. You should be entitled to renew your lease for a lengthy period without problems, however some contracts may state that freeholders can take back the lease without having to renew or can only renew on an annual basis. The contract

may also state that the lease can not be sold on to a third party. We have also known cases of rogue agents selling a property as a lease when in fact it is only a rental agreement, and in one instance this was with the advice of a corrupt gestoria working with the agent! Clauses such as these should be picked up and explained to you by your gestoria and ironed out BEFORE signing so all parties are happy. If you were given poor advice when buying, there are still ways a good gestoria can help you solve your problem. If your friends for example have found a keen buyer, it is likely that the freeholder will provide a new lease for them, but this may result in a rent increase and your friends may have to negotiate the terms with the freeholder via their agent or gestoria. Make sure you understand all the wording in your lease and don’t be afraid to ask obvious questions even if you feel silly going over and over the same points. For example don’t assume that just because you are buying a property termed as a ‘café bar’ the property can actually be used as a café bar! It could be that you run your café bar for years, only to find when you come to sell that all along the property was licensed for ‘drinks only’! So, not only would you have been breaking the terms of your lease, but your ‘café bar’ is now much more difficult to sell. Once again a reputable gestoria should spot these problems before signing, and if you are still in doubt ask for a complete official translation of your lease. All this sounds rather scary but remember lease horror stories tend to be the exception rather than the rule and in most cases leases are fair and equitable. Simply follow the correct channels, don’t cut corners and always check the small print! For example, most buyers forget to ask about the freeholder’s commission, which will be charged when selling the lease on. This could be anything from 0 to 20%, so it is important that you are aware of this prior to signing and the exact percentage is written into your lease. Some people buy a bar with a view to selling it on quickly, not realizing that this ‘kick back’ exists and the bar or business that they bought wasn’t such a good investment after all! So in terms of leases, don’t be put off by complex and frightening looking documents. Ensure that you obtain professional advice and cover every angle and you’ll have nothing to worry about! Bars in Spain SL is a Franchised Real Estate Network throughout Spain offering business advice & information for anyone considering starting or purchasing a bar, business or franchise in Spain. To find out more call 952 499 400 or visit




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Cerros del Aguila




3 bed, 3 bath, 690m² plot, 160m² build, This is a very nice private villa, with a separate guest apartment, private pool, views, central heating and communal areas.

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4 bed, 4 bath, 550m² plot, 217m² build.

5 bed, 3 bath, 330m² plot. 290m² build,

Guest apartment, air conditioning, renovated with nice Views.

Own pool and garden, separate guest apartment, everything new, very stylish, car port, Great views, lots of starage.

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Atico central Fuengirola



3 bed, 120m² Build. with garage, not far from the beach, with nice views to the mountains.+ A/C fitted kitchen etc. Price Just 215.500€ € Bargain.

3 bed, 3 bath, 4500m² plot, 528m² build, Double garage, Horse riding course, horse boxes, pool, sea views, 2 separate apartments, 4,5km from Fuengirola.

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Penthouse Duplex



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Las Lagunas


Apartment - 148,600€

1 bed, 44m² build Close to everything, close to McDonald’s, fitted kitchen, brand new ready to go in.

3 bed, 2 bath, 200m² build, 80m² terrace. Breathtaking views, 2 communal pools, A/C, fireplace, marble floors, various terraces, sunny all day long… This is a very good price, a must see.

Penthouse Duplex 295,000€ € R PE TA SUFER O

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Riviera del Sol

Apt. - 168,500€

2 bed, 90m² constr., 20m² terrace + large private garden/patio Communal pool and garden, views, needs a little personal touch.

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Mijas Costa





3 bed, 2 bath, 147m² build, 45m² terrace, Communal pool and gardens, tennis, close to beach, ideal for holiday renting. Nice views.

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2 bed, 90m² build, 10m² terrace Close to all shops and transport, garage, lift, 3 years old.

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Finca Tropical Coin

Euros 700,000 Contact: Finca Tropical is a lovely, traditional style finca with 4 bedrooms and private pool together with its own secluded two bedroom guest villa, Villa Maria, (also with its own pool). Both houses enjoy a wonderfully peaceful semi rural location set amidst their own avocado grove on the outskirts of the typical Andalucian ‘white’ town of Coin occupying a total plot of 7055sq.metres. Malaga airport is just 30 minutes drive and the coastal resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus just 25 minutes away. The main house has 3 double bedrooms plus a 4th double size bedroom with ensuite shower in a separate annex adjacent to the house. 1 bathroom plus a shower room, large sitting room with log fire and dining area leading to sun room. Well equipped family size kitchen. Internet access, satellite TV. Private, well maintained gardens with a wealth of fruit trees plus magnificent views across open countryside from both houses. Large 6.5m x 4m heated swimming pool with Finca Tropical above Villa Maria non-slip pool surround and pool side shower. Double garage, ample parking space, large outside storage building. Gated driveway, outside kitchen and bbq area plus ball games area. Total floor area approximately 150 sq.m.

Authentic, Old Farmhouse (Álora)

Built: 135 m² Land: 20.000 m² 3 bedrooms · 1 bathroom Restored with great care Pool · Own well · Nice views Ample kitchen + living room Storage room with 30 sqm Priced to sell · 275.000€ € Charming, rustic Townhouse (Casarabonela)

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Delightful Country Villa (Casarabonela)

Built: 360 m² Land: 130.000 m² 6 beds · 4 baths · Built 2004 to high standard · Pool 10x5 Central heating · Best views Reservoir with 500.000 l Special Prop. w."wow" factor 1.090.000 €€

Cosy Country Cottage (Álora)

Built: 80 m² Land: 307 m² Semi-detached, located 1 km from main road & surrounded by fruit trees · 2 beds · ff/kitchen · Landline telephone · Aircon. · Views · Car port · Vegetable garden at rear. 148.000 €€ Built: 130 m² Land: 150 m² 3 beds · 2 baths · Renovated 2004 · Semi-detached · Patio w. stone house · Nice, uninterrupted views even from ground floor+patio · Excellent value for money…. 108.000 € €

Villa Maria nestles against the hillside just 100 metres from the main house separated by a thick band of avocado trees. Beautiful 5m x 8m private pool and sun terrace. Lovely shaded dining area on pool terrace plus roof terrace with magnificent views. Two double size bedrooms, good size kitchen, living/dining area. Ample parking space and own gated drive. Total floor area 56 sq.m. Finca Tropical represents an ideal investment opportunity either through holiday rentals or for someone looking for a ‘‘place in the sun’’ where guests can be accommodated in their own separate guest villa. The avocado grove yields good crops which can generate an annual income of several thousand euros. For further details please contact; Dr Simon Petrides at

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952 498 454 mobile: 609 454 409

AP89: Fully refurbished village house on one level situated in Alora. The house is 130 m2 and offers an entrance hall, lounge, 3 bedrooms one of them en-suite, family bathroom, large modern kitchen. Garage and patio. Air-conditioning hot-cold. Mains water, telephone and electricity.

AP207: Country villa on the outskirts of Pizarra set on 13,000 m2 of land.150 m2 constructed plus 30 m2 foundations for further two bedrooms. The house offers a 40 m2 lounge/dining-room with fireplace, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. BBQ area, 10x6mt swimming pool. Mains electricty. To be sold furnished. Good access. Nice views.

PRICE: 152,250€ PRICE: 375,000€

tel: Plaza Fuente Arriba s/n Alora

AP220: Village house in hamlet of El Chorro in need of complete renovation. This property is ideal for climbers. The property offers 5 rooms and attic space. Build 90m2 on a plot of 115m2.The location of this property is close to the lakes and to local shops, bars and restaurant. Also close to the station of El Chorro.

PRICE: 54,210€

AP321: Pretty village house in a pedestrianised street with views over the most historical part of Alora. The property is being sold fully furnished. Accommodation is on 2 levels. The property offers a lounge, open plan kitchen/dining room, 3 bedrooms and bathroom. 109m2 built on a plot of 144m2. There are lots of outdoor space and various outbuildings offering further development potential. Many sunny and shady areas.Spectacular views of Alora castle and valley. Mains water and electricity.

PRICE: 105,000€

RESTORED CORTIJO WITH GUEST COTTAGE & SWIMMING POOL - MONTEFRIO, GRANADA  Beautifully restored, tradtional cortijo with 5 double bedrooms plus seperate 3 bedroom cottage and swimming pool. - Well presented throughout with lots of character and many original features.  MAIN HOUSE: 5 Double bedrooms (some with beamed ceilings), Fitted & tiled bathrooms, Lounge has fireplace with log burner installed, & Andalucian style kitchen / diner.  COTTAGE: 3 Double bedrooms (2 with patio doors to gardens & pool area), Lounge has fireplace with log burner installed, Fitted & tiled bathroom. Stone floors throughout.  OUTBUILDINGS: Second fitted & tiled kitchen / diner with fireplace, Pool side fitted & tiled bathroom, Plus 3 outbuildings which could convert for further accommodation / workshop / garage etc.  OUTSIDE: Swimming pool with terrace area, flat fenced gardens with numerous fruit trees (including fig, olive & nispero), shaded courtyard area, private entrance with double gates, road access.  POSITION: Peaceful, coutryside location with country & mountain views

Sale Price: 279,000 €

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MACP 442 Malaga / Pizarra

A superb country property on a private plot with the best view you could wish for. This traditional designed Spanish property is very spacious with bundles of character and many special features. A delightful garden to be enjoyed with a lovely private casita for guests or letting, the pool area is gorgeous with a Jacuzzi looking over the beautiful county side. Built Area: 225m2 Storeys: 2 Bedrooms: 4, 2 en-suite Bathrooms: 2 en-suite and 1 family bathroom Living Room: yes 2, with fire Kitchen: Yes, fully fitted to high standard Outhouses: Detached casita 14m2 Garage: Detached covered carport Pool: yes plus a Jacuzzi Land Area: 18,500m2 Telephone line: Yes, plus Internet Track: Good A charismatic property with much potential.


MACP-438 SOLE AGENT 699,000 €€ Alhaurin De La Torre NEW onto the market. BUILD: 240M2, PLOT 3,800M2, BEDS 3, COULD BE MORE, BATHS, 3 EN SUITE & SHOWERS, PLUS CLOAKROOM. An incredible 5 year old luxury villa, built to very high standards in a sought after village of La Alqueria . Situated in the centre of its lovely plot, with good privacy and pleasant views of the pretty countryside and mountains. Every room in the house is totally flawless, with an impressive hall and bar area, a kitchen that is a cooks delight, spacious lounge, cosy dining room and airy study. All the bedrooms are full-size, the third bedroom also has a big lounge area, that could be possible another two extra bedrooms. The under build garage is absolutely enormous (150m2); again this could quite easily be more accommodation, gym or games room.

ED 67


MACP-390 SOLE AGENCY Alhaurin El Grande


749,000€ €

Build 242, Plot 1,925 Beds 5/6, Baths 4 Rarely is a property of this quality and location on the market. Very good sized country house in superb location backing straight on the Sierra de Mijas forest area. Perfect for dog walks etc onto mountains. This property has very good sized rooms and 4 bedrooms in main part. Across the courtyard is a completely self contained bedroom with en suite facilities; attached to this is bedroom 6 currently used as study but easily adaptable to form a sitting room and creating a self contained guest apartment. Beautiful gardens, wonderful pool/bar area in a quiet and lovely location with superb views.

ED 33


MACP-394 SOLE AGENCY Alhaurin el Grande

359,000€ €

Build 120, possible to build up another level, Plot 2,500m2, Beds 3, Baths, 2 A wonderful country house very close to the town with fantastic access. This property is in a very peaceful location with absolutely lovely views. There is the added bonus of doubling the size of this property by building up another level making the property 240m2. The garden is very long and pretty with a nice terrace area. A great property in a fantastic sought after location.



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D 199

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MATH-404 Alhaurin El Grande

Build 180 sq m Beds 5 Baths 2 Spacious 5 bed roomed townhouse situated in a fantastic location within walking distance to the town centre. Great investment opportunity for anybody wanting to improve on this existing property which is in good condition but with some slight improvements has the potential to be a stunning townhouse.




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MACP-331 Alhaurin El Grande

A superb property in a tranquil location, yet only a short distance from Alhaurin and only 15 minutes from Malaga airport. The property is set in 12000 sq metre gardens and fruit orchards, large enough to ensure privacy but not so much that all your time will be spent in upkeep! This is the ideal country residence, a beautiful main house but with a guest cottage as well.

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495,000€ €

Build: 195m2, Plot: 3000m2, Beds: 5, Baths: 3 A fine country property. If you enjoy the beautiful peace and quite of the Spanish countryside then STOP LOOKING this has just that. A large property on one level with a huge entertaining kitchen which leads out onto the terrace that over looks the swimming pool. What make this property special is its privacy, lovely views and gorgeous out side space. There are good size outbuildings which can be converted into guest accommodation. A superb property.


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MACP-400 Alhaurin El Grande

425,000€ €

Build 135m2, Plot 2,750m2, Bed 3/4 or study, Baths 3 A lovely modern country property, only 5 minutes from Lauro golf and 5 minutes drives to Alhaurin el Grande town. This house is very spacious, with a great out side private pool that looks over the garden with mature trees and pleasant views. The villa is fully fenced, electric gates and in a peaceful location. Great value for money.


1,195,000€ €


MACP-416 Alhaurin El Grande


Build 50 sq m 1 bed studio apartment New Luxury studio or office for sale located in the best part of Alhaurin town next to all amenities. The studios have all been finished to a very high standard, with marble floors, solid oak doors, beautiful tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms. Some have small charming court yards with water features.


Finca, Good Position, Fitted Kitchen, Carport, Garden: Private, Facing south views of Mountains, Air conditioning Hot/Cold, Built to High Standards, Charming Property, Close to all Amenities, Condition - Good, Fireplace, Fitted Kitchen, Fitted Wardrobes, Good Rental Potential, Independent Studio, Living room with fireplace, Quality Residence, Sought After Area.

375,000 € €

MAAP-402 Alhaurin El Grande

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299,000€ €


Build 143 sq m Plot 600 sq m 3 bedroom 3 bath Detached single storey Villa . Large Lounge with cathedral ceiling and chimney. Court yard patio to rear. Large covered porch to the front. Good size Kitchen. Off road parking. Preinstalled electrics for air-conditioning. Double-glazed windows and doors with persianas. Fully walled & fenced plot. Stunning views towards Coin & the mountains.


209,000 €€

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MACP 412 Coin

725,000€ €

Superbly finished country property that has recently been totally reformed. All rooms completely redecorated, tiled etc to a very high standard. This a 4 bedroom property with very unique features. Each bedroom if you so wished could be separate from the main part of house or all used as very spacious family home. This is no square box - it is a property with masses of character with lots of unexpected nooks and crannies. Pool, terraces, bank valuation higher than selling price.


D 368


MACP-424 Guaro

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640,000 € €

Build 180 sq m Plot 12,000 sq m Beds 3 plus I guest accommodation Fantastic country villa with feature split level open plan living room and separate dining room. 3 bedrooms (one currently used as a study) with a superb self contained one bedroom guest cottage in separate building. There is full central heating plus air con. This villa is located in one of best parts of Guaro, in the country yet near enough to the town to enjoy its typically Spanish atmosphere. Guaro's "Luna Mora" celebrations in September are world renowned and form a major attraction in the area. The villa has an excellent south facing pool covered BBQ area and benefits from fabulous views across the surrounding area from its dominant hilltop position.


D 590

,000 €

MARP-371 Alhaurin El Grande - Rural


595,000€ €

Beautiful 4/5 bed plus 2 bathrooms, lounge, dining room 220 Sq m build on 6000 sq m plot. Ideal situation in highly sought after part of Alhaurin El Grande. Good access, 20 min walk to town. Ideal property placement high up enough to enjoy summer breezes whilst not so high that it will suffer from cold in winter. Well laid gardens and superb kidney shaped pool. Finally absolutely superb views. Priced realistically to sell, a must to add to your viewing list.




995,000 €€


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525,000 €€



Build: 170m / 14 X 3 Guest Accom, Plot: 1,269m , Beds: 4/5, Bath 2/Half An absolutely exquisite villa on a popular urbanization. This beautiful villa is fully fenced with a nice drive and electric gates. The property comes with heating, air-conditioning double glazing and is gorgeously decorated throughout .The property is spilt into two levels with both having 2 bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms, and could be converted into a large family home This property also benefits from a large double garage and workshop and a wonderful pool and B-B-Q area with an easily maintainable garden.

D 210

,000 €

MAAP-393 Alhaurin El Grande

Build: 110m2, Beds: 2/ Sleeps 5, Baths: 2 A Luxury fully air-con/heating, two bedroom front-line golf apartment situated within the prestigious Alhaurin Golf Complex. There is a great club house to enjoy, which offers all day dining and a comfortable lounge & bar. The apartment also has an entry phone, remote control for gates and garage, alarms and a lift. Alhaurin Golf complex is situated in the hills of the Mijas Mountains and surrounded by pine forests and countryside.


MACP-381 Coin

ED 49

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Build: 300m2, Plot: 12,000m2, Beds: 2 Baths: 3 Magnificent country villa with many Andalucian features including Romano brick arches and wooden beams in most rooms. In construction, but near completion, it is a short drive from Coin, with 360-degree mountain views. The house 300sq.m built offers 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms and a cloakroom. It has pre installed, pipe work for central heating with radiators and air-conditioning in the bedrooms.

280,000€ €

Build: 180m2, Plus Guest Accom, Beds: 4, Baths: 3 This lovely villa is situated in a sought after area. Attractive mature garden with lovely trees, fantastic pool area and outbuildings which can easily be converted into extra accommodation. The town is of Alhaurin is within walking distance and there is also a local bus which will also drive straight into the town centre. This is an enchanting villa really must be seen, new on the market and a great buy.

D 499

,000 €

MACP-214 Alhaurin de la Torre

950,000€ €

Build: 166m2, Plot: 4,750m2 Beds: 4, Baths: 2/Half A stunning villa, with permission to build another villa on the same plot of similar size. This lovely one level villa is totally beautiful though out. Every room is a dream to walk into; the vendors have finished this house with such elegance and style. The pool area is to the side of the property and offers spectacular views over the country side and mountains. There is also a pleasant seating area situated away from the house which is very private and tranquil. Air-condition and heating throughout.


249,500€ €


MACP-347 SOLE AGENCY Alhaurin El Grande


551,000€ €

,000 €

Build: 146M2, Plot: 600m2, Beds: 3, Bths: 2/Half A great opportunity to purchase this beautiful villa in a great location. It has a very light and airy feel to the property with an open ST floor hallway over looking the main entrance and an open wood burning fire place. Situated on the very popular urbanization, it is ideally located for Malaga airport and Marbella only 30mins away. A great buy.


995,000€ €

D 450




Build: 700m2, Plot: 62,000m2, Beds: 5, Baths: 5 En-Suite. Two hundred years ago a farmhouse converted into a beautiful and secluded villa, on the boarders of Alhaurin and Mijas. All 5 bedrooms are en-suite with whirlpool baths or hydro/massage showers. Three of the bedrooms have walk in wardrobes and wrap around balconies. There are many reception rooms a tower room with panoramic views; many cloak rooms, luxury kitchen with a joining laundry room, and huge grand dining room with a charming open fireplace. Many other amazing features.

530,000€ €

MACP-282 Alhaurin de la Torre


Build: 179M2, Plot: 1,700m2, Beds: 6, Baths: 3 A beautiful country villa in a superb location, excellent condition, a fully self contained guest apartment that currently produces a proven income. Within 500 m walk of the beautiful forested Sierra de Mijas. All extremely well looked after and well decorated. Guest/Rental apartment:-145 sq m built area. Completely self contained. Currently used as holiday rental with proven income. Large lounge/dining room, 3 large bedrooms, bathroom, fully fitted kitchen, steps to terrace overlooking pool and 10 x 5 pool, 2 car size car port, extensive other parking, fully alarmed, electric gates.


ED 44

MACP - 160 Alhaurin de la Torre


Beautiful country Finca on the outskirts of Coin. 200 sq m 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, lounge, 2 conservatories, indoor patio, open reception area (can easily be converted to 4th bedroom). All doors and windows double glazed and with mosquito screens. Extensive outbuildings of 90 sq m approx, including large garage, storerooms and workshops. A feature of this property is its well tended tranquil gardens with views across the valley to Coin.


Build: 438m2 Plot: 4,500m2 Beds: 6 Bths: 6 A Rustic style dwelling, but with all up to date facilities; built in the year 2000 (completed 2001) using the finest materials and quality craftsmanship. There are two (heated) swimming pools (joined by a water cascade), one of which is truly an infinity pool; they can be used separately or together. Extensive terraces and decking together with a complete outside summer kitchen and barbeque area, guest accommodation and a gym.

,000 €

MACP-388 Coin

,999 €

MACP-360 Voltocado

D 475


MAPB-250 Coin

00 €

360,000€ €

Plot in Coin. 10,000m2 with Permission to build a 2 bedroom almacen house of 65 m2 with an 8x4 pool. Fully approved plans and project, and ready for immediate construction. The land is very gently rolling fertile farmland, suitable for horses, with access for a normal car (no river beds or mountains to negotiate!)It is situated in a very peaceful and unspoilt area, approx 15 mins from the town. The plot is fully legal, and the escitura plans and permissions are available to prospective purchasers. Electricity has been applied for, and the land has been successfully Surveyed for water.




MACP-439 SOLE AGENT Alhaurin el Grande

875,000 €€

BUILD: 225, PLOT 18,200M2, BEDS 3 COULD BE MORE, BATHS: 2/HALF PLUS OUTSIDE TOILET AND SHOWER A magnificent villa on a lovely private plot with the best view you could wish for. The villa is very spacious with bundles of character and many special features. A charming court yard that can be enjoyed or easily covered over making more living space, an out side exclusive Jacuzzi, a great pool area and rap around covered terraces. The garden is totally landscaped and surrounds the property perfectly. If you take pleasure in privacy, spectacular views and tranquilly then this property is for you.


ED 89


995,000 €€


MACR-422 Ronda

Build: 440m2, Plot: 18,700m2 Beds: 5 en-suit. A fantastic opportunity to purchase this small friendly and informal hotel runs as a family business. Situated in an area of great beauty with panoramic views over the Ronda Mountains and its spectacular sunsets. The hotel, built in a traditional Andalucian style, has five double rooms which all have a terrace or balcony overlooking the mountains. Surrounded by three Natural Parks, Arriadh Hotel makes an ideal base for a wide variety of activities for clients, including: horse-riding, nature walking, rock climbing mountain - biking and bird watching.



MACP-425 Alhaurin de la Torre

999,000 €€

245,000€ €


MACP-423 Coin

Build: 180m2, Plot: 610m2 Beds: 6, Baths 2/half A perfect spacious property, with great views and close to all animates. This property is nicely divided into two sections 3 bedrooms, kitchen lounge on one level and repeated again on the lower level, perfect for guests or a huge family home. The garden is easily maintained, with a lovely swimming pool, seven seated Jacuzzi, sauna and bar area. This property has many added features and needs no further improvements, an ideal home to move straight into. A wonderful property.


MATH-426 Tolox

Build: Beds: 2, Baths: 1 A beautiful town house in a lovely location, perfect as a family home or for holiday lets. Spiral staircase to roof terrace Valley views Sale includes all furnishings. Great investment property, possibility to go up another level.


MACP-427 La Alqeuria/Alhaurin

599,000€ €

400 sq m 6 bedroom New on the market only renovated to very high standard a year ago. This property is on the outskirts of La Alqueria a village between the 2 Alhaurin's. This is a large family home with all the extras - full oil fired central heating, log burning stove, air con. Newly decorated and fitted out this is a superb home that needs to be viewed to fully appreciate. It is situated in a very quiet lane but still within 10 minutes of 2 major towns.


MACP-424 Guaro

635,000€ €

Build: 180m2, Plot: 12,000m2, Beds: 4, Baths: 3 Fantastic country villa with feature split level open plan living room and separate dining room. 3 bedrooms (one currently used as a study) with a superb self contained one bedroom guest cottage in separate building. There is full central heating plus air con. This villa is located in one of best parts of Guaro, in the country yet near enough to the town to enjoy its typically Spanish atmosphere. Guaro's "Luna Mora" celebrations in September are world renowned and form a major attraction in the area. The villa has an excellent south facing pool covered BBQ area and benefits from fabulous views across the surrounding area from its dominant hilltop position.


99,000€ €

560,000 €€

BUILD: 216M2, PLOT: 10,000M2, BEDS: 3, BATHS, 2. If its amazing views and privacy that sells a property to you then this one is just right for you. With no other property over looking, you can enjoy this delightful villa and all it has to offer with pleasure. The villa itself is lovely throughout and finished to a high standard with marble floors, neutral decor throughout and pre-installed for hot and cold air conditioning. There is the possibility to extend this property by another 30m2 of living space and a huge area to the rear for a garage and another area of 2000m2 of flat land for a casita/workshop or for horses. You will find it very difficult to beat the views from this property.


540,700€ €


MACP-410 Sought after area Alhaurin el Grande


80 sq m Build 2 bedrooms RENOVATED FINCA OUTSKIRTS COÍN 10 minutes from Coin town centre If you enjoy the peace and quite of the countryside then this lovely little property is for you. Fantastic country views.


Build: 256m2 + Garage + 90m2/Guest, Plot: 8,500m2, Beds: 7, Baths: 6 A superb country property near to La Alqueria, with guest accommodation within main house plus a completely separate and self contained 2 bedroom house with its own pool within the grounds. The main house is in excellent condition and benefits from al mod cons - full central heating and air conditioning. Beautiful fitted kitchen large lounge and dining area plus all those bedrooms and accompanying bathrooms. This will be ideal for a family home with enclosed but separate accommodation for visitors and the benefit of another house to use for guests or to let out.

349,000€ €


MACP-431 Coin


990,000€ €


131 sq m build plus 62 sq m outbuildings 2/3 bedroom A fully fenced plot with a great a garden full of flowers. The main house at present has two bedrooms but was once a three bed and can easily be turned back. There is the option of converting the outbuilding into more accommodation or left as it is now a big work room.


327 sq m build 3 bedroom. New onto the market. The villa is an elevated position, which is perfect for the fantastic panoramic views of the countryside and mountains. The garden is truly magnificent, totally landscaped, with winding paths, hidden areas with a water feature, bridge and great palm tree's everywhere. The pool area is very individual, which a grand bar and outside kitchen area, fantastic for entertaining. The villa is very spacious with two bedrooms taking up all the second level and the remaining one on the ground level, which opens out onto one of the many the terraces.


MACP-435 SOLE AGENT Alhaurin el Grande

MACP-432 Alhaurin El Grande



MACP-433 Alhaurin El Grande

1,260,000 €€

BUILD: 475M2, PLOT: 1,500M2, BEDS: 5, BATHS 3/HALF Rarely does a house come on the market that has that genuine "wow" factor. This beautiful designer built and designer fitted out property has it all. From that magnificent central spiral marble staircase with its unique balustrade, its fabulous awe inspiring kitchen that takes up virtually all of one of the three floors of this property. This is a truly rare home that needs to be seen to be believed. Set in wonderful grounds the whole house has had no expense spared in its fixtures and fittings.

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Obtaining a Mortgage In Spain W

ho offers mortgages?

a margin over EURIBOR generally EURIBOR +0.75% to 1.5% but individual circumstances can dictate higher or lower rates. Fixed rate mortgages are available at slightly higher interest rates. Some lenders offer a lower Start up interest rates for the first year or part interest only mortgages, ideally suited for funding new construction.

Mortgages are available from most High street Spanish banks and saving banks[Caja] and International lenders in Gibraltar. Most Developers will have a loan scheme in place on ‘off-plan’ purchases, but you need to be aware that these are only available on completion and will not cover any stage payments i.e. normally 30% deposit. Resale properties are also sometimes offered for sale with a mortgage in place that can be easily transferred.

How often will interest rates be reviewed? Usually once a year, fixed rate mortgages are available at higher interest rates.

What is the maximum repayment period?

What is the cost of arranging a mortgage?

Mostly commonly, 15 or 20 years, but up to 35 years can be arranged.

The cost of a Spanish mortgage varies greatly from lender to lender and also from broker to broker. Generally you should allow between 23% of the purchase price of the property.

What information will the bank require:

Why is it so expensive? The up-front costs on a Spanish loan are much higher than in the UK for a number of reasons. Firstly the Bank itself will charge an arrangement fee ranging from .75% - 2% of the loan depending on the loan to value and the complexity. The higher fees are generally charged for ‘non-status’ lending or bridging finance and for a normal mortgage you should not pay more than 1.25% There is also mortgage tax of 1% of the value of the loan and 1% of the interest due to be accrued over the term of the loan e.g. on a loan of €100,000 over 25 years at 3.5% the total interest payable is approx. €50,990 making the tax payable €1000 + €509.90 As a Spanish mortgage is attached to the property and not the owner it has its own title deed. You will have to pay for the deed to be produced and also land registry and notary fees. The cost of this varies from area to area and on the value of the property. Valuation fees vary depending on the value of the property and the valuation company but start at about €200 for a small apartment. Lastly you have the services of a mortgage broker and again this can vary tremendously. Some charge nothing and just rely on the commission the banks pay them whilst others charge up to 1.5% of the loan. It is recommended that a broker is used if income is hard to prove as they will know which lenders are the most flexible and can save valuable time. The break-even point for a Spanish loan as opposed to a UK loan or remortgage is approximately 5 years, so if you are considering paying the loan off in full before that time you need to think long and hard about which way to proceed as it may be cheaper to raise the funds at home.

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How much can I borrow? As general guide a non resident will be able to borrow 70%-80% of the valuation of a property, whilst residents can borrow up to 100% of the valuation. The key to obtaining the maximum mortgage offer is in achieving the maximum valuation, which is the job of the Tasador [valuer]. Most Banks will accept valuations from 1 or 2 Tasadors whilst a few employ their own. Your income is the other determining factor and the monthly repayments have to be covered by up to 40% of your NET salary, but most banks will only accept 35% Land purchase is limited to 60% of valuation by most lenders, as is lending on ‘Finca Rustica’ property. If you already own land and want to build then construction loans are an option. The bank will lend up to 70% of the projected completed value which in most cases will be more than enough to cover 100% of the build cost.

Which Currency should I borrow in? Mortgages are available in most major currencies. You should be aware that if you borrow in a currency that does not have a fixed value against the euro, currency fluctuations could make your borrowing more expensive or less expensive depending on whether your chosen currency weakens or strengthens against the euro.

What Interest rate will I pay? Interest rates again will depend on the currency you choose to borrow. Interest rates for mortgages in euros are based on the European Inter Bank Overnight Rate, or EURIBOR for short, which has largely takeover from the older MIBOR. The lenders rate will be

Banks vary in the amount of information that they require, but in general the more you can provide the easier the loan is to procure. Ideally the following would be good

If you are employed: Last 3 wage /salary slips. Latest P60. Last 6 months bank statements. Reference letter from your employer confirming date of employment, proof of income and position and prospects within the company Bank reference (The lender may have to apply for this themselves depending on who you bank with) Some lenders require an experion credit check to be carried out Copy of passport/residencia.

If you are self employed: Last 2 years tax returns. Copies of accounts for the last 2/3 years Chartered accountants copy report, confirming your annual personal drawings from the company Copy of your passport/residencia 6 months personal bank statements Bank reference letter

You will also need: In relation to a specific property, the nota simple from the property registry, offer letter or sales purchase contract. If you are applying for a construction loan then you must provide the Escritura for the land. The plans stamped by the College of Architects and a 10 year building guarantee. An NIE number from the local police station, which you or your lawyer can arrange. You will also need to open a Spanish bank account and it is advisable to use the same bank as your mortgage is with.

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EUINSURANCE DIRECT Mansion House Conveyancing & Legal Services

Mansion House specialises in property conveyancing & legal services on the coast & inland areas. If you are looking to buy a property in Spain you need a qualified independent conveyancer, to ensure that the property you are buying meets all the necessary legalities. Our Conveyancing services include in depth background searches on properties to ensure their legality, assisting with mortgage applications, arranging surveys and topographical reports for plot measurements and boundaries, as well as post-purchase utility bills change over.

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Offices in FUENGIROLA & CARTAMA Contact our friendly bilingual staff for information or an appointment on:

All insurance and financial needs in plain English We cover Cars, motorbikes, homes and contents, boats and life/critical illness We also offer Mortgage protection, Mortgages, private health plans, travel protection, savings plans and much more Also agents for AXA products We can insure you for less!! Call now for quote 952 830 843 or 676 098 464 Fax: 951 310 524 Framire Residencial, Local Comercial 6, Cerrado de Elviria, 29604, Marbella, Malaga

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Gapp Properties Rentals and Sales Different name, Same people Local 9, Edificio Jupiter, Arroyo de la Miel, 29631

Specialist Property Management and Rentals company.

Extensive selection of rentals and re sales

We cover from Benalmadena to Sotogrande.

We manage over 60 holiday apartments in Jupiter, Minerva and Benal beach

Professional property management including: Weekly Inspections  Maintenance Issues   Cleaning & Laundry Service  Fiscal Affairs 

We also have a selection of long term properties, and if we haven’t got what you want we will find if for you. 7 years experience Enviable reputation for providing a quality service, over 100 long term clients can’t be wrong. Call 952

574 051 or 952 577 751 open Mon - Thur 10am - 6pm Fri 10am - 5pm

STUDIO in MINERVA, 4th floor, east facing, good views, fully equipped & furnished, communal pool, gardens, 24hrs reception. Guaranteed rental income scheme available. ONLY 99.000 €€ (apprx £68,000) ref: csp557

REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE !!!! 1 BED APT in GEMINI, 2nd floor, very good condition, totally renovated, new floors, new kitchen and bathroom, west facing terrace with afternoon sun. Very low community fees. Centrally located close to all amenities. ONLY 131.000 €€ (apprx £90,000) ref: csp533 BENAL BEACH, STUDIO, 7th floor, fantastic views to pools and La Paloma park, nicely furnished, incredible rental potential. 5 communal pools with slides, gardens, bar, restaurant, 1 minute walk to the beach. BARGAIN AT 126.000 €€ (apprx £87,000) ref: csp556 1 BED APT IN JUPITER, 5th floor, 51m2, open plan kitchen, lounge, bathroom, west facing terrace with afternoon sun and fabulous sea views, furnished and fully equipped. Communal pool, gardens and parking. GOOD VALUE 157.000 €€ (apprx £ 108,000) ref: csp558 2 BED, 1 BATH, EDF BONANZA, centrally located in Benalmadena, close to all amenities, kitchen and bathroom have been renovated, west facing with views over communal pool and gardens, 2nd floor, BARGAIN AT 165.000 €€ (apprx £112,000) ref: csp486 3 BEDS/1 BATH APT, Benalmar Social, 2 min walk to Arroyo centre, 1st floor, 90m2, kitchen, separate utility room, longe, terrace, storage room, furnished and fully equipped. Communal pool, gardens and parking. GOOD VALUE 217.000 €€ (apprx £ 149,000) ref: csp542

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We take the hassle out of owning a property in Spain A one stop shop for all your property needs. Specialists in long term rentals High success rate at renting properties out long term. Check out our long term web site on We also cater for owners who wish to do holiday rentals in their properties. Check out our holiday web site on

SPM Rentals S.C. Call now 952 961 047 mob 610 791 097

LOCAL / OFFICE with large window display. Centrally located in Arroyo de la Miel. Good passing trade, low monthly rent. Furnished and ready for use. LEASEHOLD 15.000 €€ (apprx £10,700) ref: B515 RESTAURANT in the heart of Benalmadena Costa, amongst many apt blocks. Recently refurbished. Very large kitchen. Seating for 90 +. Well established. Option to buy freehold as well. LEASEHOLD 59.500 € € (apprx £41,000) ref: B518 CAFÉ´BAR, Benalmadena Costa, ideal starter bar for 1 person, serving drinks + Light snacks, skating approx 30 people inside + 16 outside. LEASEHOLD 48.000 € € (apprx £33,000) ref: B510

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Fashion Show Age Care Association recently held a fashion show at the Tamisa golf Hotel. The Tamisa in Mijas Costa. This was run in association with Hair at Aztec and Karen’s fashions. A total of 150 people including models, hair and make up artists, dressers, M.C. and general helpers attended a superb sit down lunch and show. Special mention must be made of Helen and her staff from Hair at Aztec who gave us their professional help and time to support the charity. Also Judith from La Cala Lions who was caller for the models, one of whom you might recognize from the editors page! Also congratulations to Beverley for yet again a great job on selling the raffle tickets and to cabaret singer Sylvia Kendal who entertained us so well. It was a terrific effort by all those concerned. We are delighted to report that the event raised a total of 4058 euros which included a very generous donation of 2000 euros from the Mijas Lions La Cala Lions Club and was a hugely enjoyable day helped by the organizational skills of John Peach and his professional staff at the Hotel Tamisa Golf. Age Care Association is a fully registered non profit making c h a r i t a b l e organization (recognized by the Junta de Andalucia) and is run entirely by volunteers. The majority of our work is dealing with older English speaking people living in the Province of Malaga. We offer welfare information and advice, practical support and emergency help and back up when needed (emergency tel no. 691 761 088). The association also has a hospital and home visiting team. The telephone helpline is available to give advice, help and information on support services, homecare services, residential and nursing homes and any other problems concerning living on the Costa del Sol. All our clients can be assured that your problems will be discussed in absolute confidence. Many of our volunteers have had careers in the caring professions and therefore they are accustomed to being individuals who listen and give considered advice in a sympathetic and kind manner. Our volunteers can be contacted at the Manila Bar in Los Boliches (near the Yaramar hotel) where we hold a drop in centre every Wednesday 1-.3to 12.30. Like any other voluntary organization we always need dedicated volunteers who are interested in and willing to spend time in helping others people. If any reader would like to volunteer please contact us on 952 447 637. We have recently published 5000 copies of a comprehensive information guide and booklet as an advice and help tool. It is abundantly clear that people are living longer with possible health, social, emotional and community problems and needs. Age Care Association is doing as much as we can and with your help we can do much more.

The amount raised would not have been possible without our sponsors and donors of raffle prizes and we would like to publicly thank them, namely: Dunnes Stores in Las Rampas, Hair at Aztec, Selene at Aztec, Karen's Fashions, Irving's restaurant, Calahonda, Boutique Yusra Leather Factory in Las Rampas, CafĂŠ Fresco in Las Rampas, Cecilia, Miraflores Bowls Club, La Cala Golf Resort, Someplace Else, La Cala Hills, The Thai Lanna restaurant, Los Boliches and last but not least Hotel Tamisa Golf. We thank them all for their generosity and co-operation. Don Cameron, events and social organizer A.C.A. Lesley Cameron, Welfare Coordinator A.C.A. Images by Laila Tabbit and Jim Baker

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On our arrival in Spain we spent nine months in an apartment on the coast with a beautiful view of the Mediterranean but it was only a few days before we realised that we were in fact living right in the middle of a community that constantly created noise and then shouted above it. Quite a shock to 'extranjeros' who had left behind life in an English village with only the occasional mooing of a cow or bleating of sheep disturbing the peace. We found ourselves completely immersed in dogs barking, babies crying, heels click-clacking across the floor above us, loud snoring through the night from the balcony below us (where one of the young men slept as the 'piso' was full), cars driving by right under our small balcony and the girls downstairs coming back each night at 4.00am which set the dogs barking again. Needless to say, it became very stressful. No doubt you could add your own experiences such as the ‘basura’ truck emptying the skips every morning between 1.30am and 2.00am, the motor scooters in the dead of night or the ‘coche-discos’ compelling you to listen to their particular brand of music as they drive by regardless of the time of night. So how do we cope with all this you may be asking?

lamenco music with castanets and rhythmic handclapping….wonderful! Brass bands with processions at fiesta time, vibrant and different…..exciting! Waves lapping on the seashore, the squawking of seagulls, children's chattering voices in the villages and the old men's gruff voices as they discuss the news of the day. The different sounds of Andalucia! But when does a sound become noise?!! In the Oxford Dictionary ‘noise’ is defined as ‘‘loud clamour, shouting, confused sound of voices and movements, any sound especially loud or harsh or undesired….’’ Have you ever been in a situation when a normally pleasant sound becomes NOISE? For instance, what about sitting in a Spanish restaurant hoping to enjoy a good meal and you find yourself shouting above all the other voices in order to make yourself heard to the others at your table. As you stop to take a breath you realise that everyone is making the same effort to be heard while the sound bounces from floor to wall to ceiling in a never-ending cacophony of noise. It’s quite a shock to the system until you become adjusted to the volume and realise that this is normal here in Spain. Have you experienced the joys of staying in a holiday apartment right next to a construction site when the jackhammer or angle-grinder starts up regularly each morning as you open your eyes and the usual noise on a building site continues throughout the day? No escape, the building sounds follow you wherever you go! You begin to realise that this is all part of life on the Costa.

Well, it is possible to find peace and tranquillity right in the middle of confusion and clamour. Susannah Wesley, the mother of Charles and John Wesley, when surrounded by her hectic household of thirteen children, would simply sit down on a stool in her kitchen, pull her apron up over her head and take a few minutes to talk to God and receive His peace. What an example! When we take time to enter into God’s presence His peace will pervade our lives giving us strength and patience to cope with every stressful situation. The Apostle Paul wrote ‘‘Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again - rejoice! ………Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus…….’’ God can give us His peace which enables us to love those around us instead of becoming stressed by their activities. Jesus said ‘‘I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives.’’ (Philippians 4:4-7, John 14:27 New Living Translation) Annette Riggall The Evangelical Christian Fellowship ‘‘an oasis where the Word of God is preached and the love of God is shared.’’ Sundays 4.30pm Iglesia San Miguel, Calahonda Tel/Fax (0034) 952 46 73 94 E-mail: Pastors Peter and Annette Riggall

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Buffy in a porn role…

We are about to see a different side to Buffy, Sarah Michelle Gellar the vampire slaying star is about to take on a new role as a porn star, it seems Sarah took the role for a bit of shock value. She is quoted a saying ‘‘how exciting to do something so the antithesis of what would be expected of me’’. Also she is now known as SMP instead of SMG after five years of marriage to Freddie Prinze Jr she has decided to take on his surname… Wow that’s really sweet Sarah Michelle Prinze

Show biz it's like a circus sideshow… Julia Roberts reckons that if she was starting out now in show biz she probably wouldn’t pursue it. It seems she is not that impressed, ‘‘It’s too fast, before you could build a career over many years and many movies, now it’s like you do one good movie they throw a ton of money at you and a ton of attention at you’’. She was also quoted as saying ‘‘I don’t know why anybody would like to go into show business these days with all the different magazines and shows it just wouldn’t be worth it.’’ She finished by saying ‘‘I think it’s just grotesques, it’s like a circus sideshow.’’ Say it how it is pretty woman

Kiss me Quick… Kirk Douglas presented John Travolta with the SBIFF Excellence Award, when congratulating him there were no handshakes or air kisses, it seems those acting types’ express themselves in a different way, with a smacker full on the lips, but don’t worry Johns wife Kelly Preston was present.

From rehab to arrest… Wow what a busy girl Lindsay Lohan has been, first rehab and now jail. She was given a 24hour sentence for two drinking under the influence; of this she served a mere 84 minutes of hard prison time. Lindsay was released early due to overcrowding. A prison spokesman quoted ‘‘Lindsay was finger printed, photographed and put in a holding cell but was let go due to our early release policy.’’

>> I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry

>> Rush Hour 3 Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker & Hiroyuki Sanada

While in Paris, Chief Inspector Lee's (Jackie Chan) latest assignment is to escort and to protect Chinese Ambassador Han as he delivers a major address before the World Criminal Court Summit in Los Angeles. While delivering his announcement, he is shot and nearly killed. Meanwhile, former LAPD Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker), who has recently been demoted to traffic duty, just happens to be listening to the radio when the tragedy occurs. He rushes to the scene to help, but instead interferes with Lee's pursuit of the culprit. To get his status back, Carter teams up with Lee one more time to help track down the assassins. With the trail leading to Paris, both will find themselves in unfamiliar territory.

Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi & Dan Aykroyd

Chuck Levine and Larry Valentine are the pride of their fire station: two guy's guys always side-by-side and willing to do anything for each other. Grateful Chuck owes Larry for saving his life in a fire, and Larry calls in that favor big time when civic red tape prevents him from naming his own two kids as his life insurance beneficiaries. But when an overzealous, spot-checking bureaucrat becomes suspicious, the new couple's arrangement becomes a citywide issue and goes from confidential to front-page news. Forced to improvise as love-struck newlyweds, Chuck and Larry must now fumble through a hilarious charade of domestic bliss under one roof. After surviving their mandatory honeymoon and dodging the threat of exposure, the well-intentioned con men discover that sticking together in your time of need is what truly makes a family.

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>> Shoot ‘Em Up

Monica Bellucci, Clive Owen & Paul Giamatti

John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson & Mary McCormack

Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin (Cusack) only believes what he can see with his own two eyes. After a string of bestsellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous haunted houses and graveyards around the world, he scoffs at the No name, no past... Nothing to loose! concept of an afterlife. Enslin's phantom-free run of long and lonely nights is about to change forever Shoot ‘Em Up is a gritty, fast paced action when he checks into suite 1408 of the notorious thriller starring Clive Owen as Mr. Smith; a Dolphin Hotel for his latest project, "Ten Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms." Defying the warnings of the mysterious loner who teams up with an hotel manager (Jackson), the author is the first unlikely ally (Monica Belluci) in order to protect person in years to stay in the reputedly haunted a newborn baby from a determined hitman room. Another bestseller may be iminent, but like all (Paul Giamatti) who hunts them throughout the Stephen King heroes, Enslin must go brought to you by from skeptic to true believer - and bowels of the city. ultimately survive the night. 64 costa life

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Written by

Erny Harrison


he most common form of deception in human beings may well be found in the army. In an effort not to be seen by the enemy the militant will blacken his face, put twigs over his helmet and don green, black and brown coloured outfits.

Animals do better than that. Camouflage in all shapes and forms is the way the prey tries to escape from becoming one and to fool predators into thinking that what they see is reality. In the animal world colour change, where an animal is capable of changing the colour of its body in accordance with his environment, is the best known. It is interesting to notice that where the main predator is colour blind the hunted animal has no means to change colour. Zebras are a good example of this as the lion, their main predator, is indeed colour blind.

In some species the right colour has already been provided. Dolphins and other sea fish have a blue colouring to blend in with the water they live in. Land animals, such as hedgehogs, squirrels and foxes have the right greyish-brown colour to blend into the soil and trees of the forest. The fur of the squirrel is chunky and uneven to resemble more of the tree bark. In mammals their camouflage is found in the colouring of the fur. In reptiles, amphibians and fish it will be in the scales. and birds produce their camouflage in their feathers. As with human hair and nails, furs, scales and feathers are dead tissue and the animals can do nothing to bring about a change in their composition.

centuries women were often depicted as greedy temptresses, out for power. That image, combined with a certain part of the female anatomy linked the plant to the pagan goddess of love and money: Venus. Hence the name. The reason why the Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea Muscipula) is carnivorous lies in its original environment. To survive, a plant needs a combination of minerals and nutrients. The boggy area of the mud plain in Carolina didn’t provide it with all its needs such as nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium etc, but insects and spiders offer these in abundance. Over the centuries the plant developed a set of leaves which serves as both mouth and stomach. To attract a prey these leaves secrete a sweet nectar that draws a victim looking for food. The leaves have a set of six short, stiff hairs, called cilia, on the surface of the leaves. The insect or spider only needs to touch two hairs, set closely together or one single hair twice for the trap to close partially, trapping the insect inside. Unlike humans, who can change the colour of their hair by dying it and the colour of their nails by painting them, a mammal or bird has to grow a completely new coat or set of feathers to change their colour in accordance with the season. The artic fox goes from brown to pure white in the winter. Several moth species have developed a completely alien design on their wings. The back of the Hawk moth caterpillar looks like a snake’s head, threatening enough to ward off most predators who do not fancy a bit of poison. Colour mimicry exists in many ecosystems, where smaller poisonous animals protect themselves by bright colouring. In my view the most fascinating form of camouflage is found in the Venus Fly Trap. As an exception to the billions of mostly harmless, sweet smelling plants, there are well over 500 different kinds of carnivorous plants, devouring anything from one or two cell aquatic organisms to different kinds of insects and spiders. The definition of a carnivorous plant is that it must attract, capture, kill and digest animal life. Why the Venus Fly Trap has become so popular over the years is easy to see. It looks like a sweet, colourful and intriguing plant and intriguing it certainly is. The plant originates from a 700 miles area between North and South Carolina in the USA where it lives in muddy bogs. The Venus Fly Trap was first studied in the 17th and 18th century. The origin of the name has a somewhat bizarre background. In those

Although the plant has no brain or nerve cells it can distinguish between a living prey and a piece of debris which may have fallen by accident into the trap. The insect or spider will thrash about in an effort to escape but the debris will be motionless. If indeed it is a piece of debris inside the trap it will stay in the half closed position for around 12 hours. Then the leaves will open and wind or rain will dispose of the piece. If however the prey is alive and kicking the trap will shut within a split second. The Venus Fly Trap is however a most economical plant. If the catch is found too small to provide enough food for all the effort to digest it the cilia will allow it to escape. Any insect that is too big to close properly will cause the death of the Venus Fly Trap. Bacteria and mould on the insect will find their way inside and blacken the trap which will rot and fall off. If however the insect is the right size and fits properly into the trap its second function as a stomach will start to work. Just like our stomach the trap secretes acidic juices that will help to dissolve the soft tissues and all the membranes of the prey. The insect will be bathed in these juices for a period of up to twelve days, depending on its size and the age of the trap. The older the trap the slower the process. Once the nutrients have been absorbed from the acidic bath the Venus Fly Trap will re-absorb the digestive fluid. This is a sign to reopen the trap and the process will start all over again.

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by Jan Morley of FreezerMor Make this THE one New Years’ resolution that you will not break! Think ‘‘eating breakfast is like switching your batteries on!’’

As we are constantly reminded, those who eat breakfast tend to weigh less, despite the fact that those tested, generally consumed more daily calories than those who skip breakfast. Those children who take breakfast show a positive improvement of concentration in class. Fuel for the mind………. Those of us who say they have no time to eat breakfast just need to be more organized. Try deciding the night before what you, (or your children) would like, then lay as much out as possible, saving time in the morning. Our word for the first meal of the day, ‘‘breakfast,’’ has almost religious overtones, as if the hours in which we sleep are a purposeful abstention from sustenance, a break from the fasting whilst asleep. Almost uniformly in other countries, the word for breakfast is not so portentous. In some languages, it barely rates meal status. The German frühstück is, literally, an ‘‘early bite.’’ In France and Italy, petit dejeuner and prima colazione are both just a bridge to the midday meal -- a ‘‘little’’ or a ‘‘first’’ lunch. The Dutch ontbijt can mean either breakfast or a snack. And often, the idea is pared down to its bare minimum -- coffee -- as in the Portuguese cafe da manhã, or ‘‘morning coffee.’’ In the end, whether it is a large or a small meal, one thing is expected from breakfast: it should get you going. This is usually done by combining a rousing stimulant with strengthening substance, in varying proportions that are largely cultural .In Asian countries most people eat the same sorts of foods for breakfast that they would eat for any other meal.

For 2 people

Smoothies are a great way to get kids to eat more fruit.

Any combination of fruit can be used, the method is the same, or you can substitute some cream for yoghurt. Serve sprinkled with nuts, or seeds.


1 Banana 1 small punnet strawberries 2 tablespoons honey ½ pint single cream 1 pint glass ice Q Whizz fruit in a liquidizer for 30 seconds Q Add ice, honey and cream, blitz again on pulse. Q Serve in a tall glass When you have little time for good breakfast, just make up these breakfast seed bars, and you can eat them on the go.

BREAKFAST SEED BARS Ingredients ½ cup chopped apricots 2 cups sesame seeds 2 cups sunflower seeds 2 cups coconut, flaked 2 cups cashew nuts 1 cup honey

Method 1. Blend together all of the ingredients. Pour into a square tray. 2. Cover with foil and chill for a few hours until set firm. 3. Cut into bars and wrap each in cling film or foil and refrigerate.

Other recipes worth trying for breakfast; Eggs Benedict

Can there be anybody who doesn't drool at the thought of Eggs Benedict? Soft, squidgy, lightly toasted muffins, really crisp bacon and perfectly poached eggs which, when the yolks burst, drift into a cloud of buttery hollandaise sauce.

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Misers last wish…

How to maintain a level of insanity…

There was a man who had worked all of his life and had saved all of his money. He was a real miser when it came to his money. He loved money more than just about anything, and just before he died, he said to his wife, ‘‘Now listen, when I die, I want you to take all my money and place it in the coffin with me. I want to take my money to the afterlife.’’ So he got his wife to promise him with all her heart that when he died, she would put all the money in the coffin with him. Well, one day he died. He was stretched out in the coffin; the wife was sitting there in black next to her closest friend. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the coffin, the wife said ‘‘Wait just a minute!’’ she had a shoe box with her, she came over with the box and placed it in the coffin. Then the undertakers locked the coffin down and rolled it away. Her friend said, ‘‘I hope you weren't crazy enough to put all that money in there.’’ She said, ‘‘Yes, I promised. I’m a good Christian, I can’t lie. I promised him that I was going to put that money in that coffin with him.’’ ‘‘You mean to tell me you put all of his money in the coffin with him?’’ ‘‘I sure did,’’ said the wife. ‘‘I got it all together, put it into my account and I wrote him a cheque.’’

Put your waste paper bin on your desk and label it ‘‘IN’’.

Celebrity Quotes… ‘‘I have to remind my dad, ‘Journalists - no matter how many cigars they smoke with you - are not your friends, so don’t talk to them.’’ Cameron Diaz ‘‘I’ve always wanted to be a spy, and frankly I‘m a little surprised that British intelligence has never approached me.’’ -Elizabeth Hurley A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.-Madonna

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Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso. Specify that your drive-through order is ‘‘to go’’. Sing along at the opera. Tell your children over dinner, ‘‘Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go.’’

Growing old… The senility prayer: Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference. It’s scary when you start making the same noises as your coffeemaker These days about half the stuff in my shopping trolley says, ‘‘For fast relief.’’ My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.

Girlie Wisdom… One of life’s mysteries is how a 2-pound box of chocolates can make a woman gain 5lbs. My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely. I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my knickers. Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like... ‘‘You know, sometimes I forget to eat!’’ .........Now, I’ve forgotten my address, my mother’s maiden name and my keys. But I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat! The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then they marry him.

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The rules of Sudoku: place a digit from 1-9 in each empty cell, so every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9.

Across 1. Floorshow (7) 4. Spooky (5) 7. Detection device (5) 9. Vertical (7) 10. Inactivity (7) 11. Measuring implement (5) 12. Dictator (6) 14. Ecclesiastic (6) 18. Copious (5) 20. Drawn (7) 22. Pouch worn with a kilt (7) 23. Diadem (5) 24. Admittance (5) 25. Spiny anteater (7)

Down 1. Transported (7) 2. Emblem (5) 3. Tropical bird (6) 4. Mistake (5) 5. Dependable follower (7) 6. Go in (5) 8. Magnitude relation (5) 13. Reinforcement (7) 15. Reasoned judgment (5) 16. Musical passage (7) 17. Opportunity (6) 18. Part of a church (5) 19. Ahead of time (5) 21. Obviate (5)

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n this issue, we're going to talk about one of the most current diseases in our hospital: Fractures!

Who is usually affected? Dogs and cats of any breed, size or age (Small thin boned dogs are particularly susceptible to breaking their legs when jumping, even from low heights. What is happening? External traumas (such as being hit by a car or jumping from a height) causes bones to break. Clinical signs you might notice in your pet -Severe limping or complete lack of weight bearing on a leg -Swelling at the site of injury -Pain upon touching the site of injury -Improper positioning of a leg Diagnosis -X-Rays are used to evaluated a possible fracture Surgical Treatment -Medical treatment must precede surgery when the patient has collateral problems -Depending of the specifics of each case, surgical options to stabilize bone include: -pins, plate and screws, plate and intramedulllary pin, external fixator…. Here, we present x-ray from fractures made in Myramar animal Hospital by Dr. J.S.Nicolás. If you want to see more, go to: Myramar animal hospital Fuengirola Málaga

Myramar animal Hospital. Av/Santa Amalia esq voluntariors 29640 Fuengirola. .

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Looking for a new computer This is one of the best times time of year to buy a new computer. After Christmas (after we have all spent our money!!) the computer industry have MANY offers as they try and clear last year’s stock from the shelves, so it’s a great time to get a bargain basement deal. A new computer is like a clean slate. There are several basic programs that should come with a new computer to get you up and running straight away. Some programs automatically come with a new computer. Others have to be bought or downloaded separately.

Things you should check when buying a new computer: Operating system Modern computers mostly come with Windows Vista. There are different versions but basic or premium is sufficient for home use. If your Spanish isn't so hot check that Vista is in your language otherwise you may get a shock at the price for buying Windows vista as an extra.


There are many extra programs to keep your computer secure, windows comes with a perfectly good Firewall and Spyware detector but you may need to add strong virus protection for a more complete security solution.


If you are using the internet your new windows computer will do the basics as it comes with a web browser, ftp and Email programmes.


Programs like Microsoft Office, Photoshop have to be purchased separately and can come with great discounts if purchased with a new computer. If you are looking for English (or any other European)versions give us a call we may be able to help.


There are many programs that make computing fun. Listening to radio, watching DVD’s or using a local encyclopaedia on your new computer is great. But add a webcam, Skype or VOIP phone and your computer turns into a multimedia telephone with video.


Make sure you have ample USB ports to connect your printer, keyboard, mouse, VOIP phone or TV adaptor.

To watch DVD’s or TV on your computer opt for at least a 17in screen and invest in some good speakers.

REMEMBER computers purchased here in Spain have a two year warranty so buying in the UK can be expensive if you have a problem.

Wireless Internet in your home So over the holidays you acquired a new computer now comes the problem of sharing your internet with the new computers in your house. With recent innovations in the internet world you can get wired for wireless from as little as €60 euro. Most wireless routers are plug and play, with the only thing that needs attention is the security of the wireless connection in your house. A wireless router can reach ranges of 300mtr outside and up to 150 mtr in your house or office (walls and windows decrease the range).

Are your neighbours getting Free Internet Your WiFi router will broadcast an ID so that your computers can log on, this ID is visible to anyone in range of your signal and without basic security they can also share your internet connection without your knowledge, has your internet got slow lately others may be using your internet connection for free BEEF UP your WiFi security. Even your old computers can have wireless devices installed so you can share your internet without wires. If you need some advice call me.

I am interested in starting a computer club to meet once a month in Alhaurin el Grande. We will get together and share hints and tips. Each month we will have a speaker that will share some great tips for new and experienced users alike. If you are interested in getting involved email me at Russell Vaughan - Mintmicro computers 82 costa life 951 160 411

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when that discipline would have seen me further down the road than where I am now as regards achieving the things I want to achieve. So, as an introduction to my new series of motivational pieces, I have decided to lay down the gauntlet, not only to Ronan Holdsworth but to anyone out there who is thinking the way I am. Or you may be someone who has never understood the principles of goal-setting but are wondering how it is you can’t keep focused on where you want to be or even how to get there. Life is one great big opportunity but sometimes we just settle for second best, and before you know it, it is gone. I have always promised myself that I will never have what Anthony Robbins calls the ‘‘rocking chair effect’’ when I am old and grey (steady, don’t be cruel!!). The rocking chair effect is basically being sat in your rocking chair in your twilight years thinking, ‘‘I wish I had have…, I wish I’d tried that…’’ basically, no regrets. ‘‘Better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all’’ is what I always say. In my life I have made a lot of mistakes and, if I were to be completely honest, I know I have not achieved or fulfilled my potential by a long shot. However I also know that anyone can turn their life in a completely different direction in a matter of months and make up for lost time in no time. I also understand that everything I have done in my life can be utilised for my future; nothing is lost and nothing is worthless if you can develop the right attitude and approach. By setting a plan and using your mistakes as the building blocks to success, YOU and I can achieve anything. The only real obstacle before you and I is….. you and I. Goal-setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn this vision of the future into reality.

Are you planning to fail by failing to plan? Part 1


ooking back on 2007, anyone in business here on the Costa del Sol or in fact anywhere at the moment has to admit it wasn’t the best year. Having clearly defined goals can help to keep you going when others give up. Did you achieve the things you wanted to achieve? Did you reach the goals you wanted to reach? Did you even set any goals last year? My experience has been mostly in the sales environment and goal-setting is something that is paramount in any organisation and is accepted as the bedrock of any future success. However, I, like many of you out there, know that you have to set goals and targets but somehow we get sidetracked and it isn’t long before we lose track of what we are trying to achieve. Having well-established and thought-out goals and targets can keep you going when others have quit for no other reason than you keep focused on the end result. You remind yourself of that big all important question - why? People who plan their future and set goals achieve more than those who don’t - it’s a fact. I always remember one of the first things I heard when I was introduced to the new world of motivational speakers back in the 80s was this question, ‘‘Are you a wandering generality or a meaningful specific?’’ Zig Zigler was the guy who asked that question as part of his goal-setting teachings. You see, if you haven’t got a target to aim for, how are you going to hit it? I have been extremely guilty of abandoning the discipline of goal-setting in my life for a few years and I have to say that there have been times

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The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You’ll also quickly spot the distractions that would otherwise lure you from your course. (This was a big failing of mine: too many fingers in too many pies.) More than this, properly-set goals can be incredibly motivating, and, as you get into the habit of setting and achieving goals, you’ll find that your self-confidence builds fast. Goal-setting techniques are used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields. They give you long-term vision and short-term motivation. They focus your acquisition of knowledge and help you to organise your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life. By setting sharp, clearly-defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals. You can see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. By setting goals you will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognise your ability and competence in achieving the goals that you have set. The biggest problem though, for people to set their goals is this: it takes time and effort. It’s not a five minute job. But, and it’s a big but - and remember I am not preaching here, I am talking to myself also - by spending the time defining your goals and mine we can recover lost time and get to where we want to go much quicker, so it has to be worth it. In any area of life, whether in business, sport or whatever, you have to start with a plan. The first thing your bank manager will ask for when you go to him to borrow money is ‘‘Have you got a business plan?’’ How much more important is it for our own lives? Like the title says, ‘‘Are you planning to fail by failing to plan?’’ So this month, to the best of my ability and based on tireless research! I am introducing to you a step-by-step guide to goal-setting that I hope will set you on the road to achieving the things you want to achieve in YOUR life. Now, of course, people have written book after book on goal-setting but all I have is a few pages so I have picked out what I think to be the main principles that you need to apply to at least get you going, and then next month we will look at how both you and I can start to put our plan into action. The rest is up to you, and of course, me!

costa STUFF >> In February’s issue we are going to take the time to understand how to split our goals up into sections of life, ie financial, material etc, and also terms, ie short, medium and long term, but for now and the next couple of weeks, let’s just have some fun. Now, remember I said it takes time and effort, it can’t be rushed, take your time. So your exercise and mine between now and next month’s issue is to go wild with our dreams, I mean it, let’s go crazy; if there were no limitations and we had all the time, all the money and all the skills we needed at our disposal what would we like to do, be, give and have? Say after me, NO LIMITS. Go wild and work on the premise that NOTHING is impossible and there are no restrictions. Remember this adage: think small, achieve small. Think big, achieve big. The only limitations are the ones we set ourselves. Okay, get yourself an A4 pad (I have) and leave it out somewhere at home in full view with a pen and then just start writing. At first you will come up with a long list of stuff and then think that is it. It won’t be, after your initial investment of time and you put down the pad you will constantly remember goals from years ago as your subconscious mind gets to work on the project you have set it. Make sure you describe in detail each goal because then it becomes easier to visualise it. For example, you might want to buy a new car by the end of the year. Don’t just write down ‘‘new car;’’ describe the car you want, what make, what model, the price, the colour etc. Or if you want a new house then where do you want it to be, what would you like to spend, what kind of property, an apartment, a villa, etc. Do you get the picture? Go into detail and most of all write it down. Something happens with the written word, so don’t even bother if you are not going to write down your goals. This is essential. You are in effect establishing a contract between you and the future you want to achieve. If you went to a builder and said ‘‘Build me a house,’’ he would laugh you out of his office without a written project, a plan, a blue print. Why is it any different with your goals? The answer is, it isn’t any different. But, as we have already established, most people don’t have any goals, or should I say they don’t invest the time required to set them, properly. Amazingly, it is agreed that you can actually reset your life clock by setting goals that take you into old age. I believe this to be true. I always remember when I was at school that it was estimated that nearly 40% of OAP’s died within five years of retirement. Why? Because the human being is like a machine and if there is no use for it, it will simply shut down with no purpose and no goals. So, are we agreed? We need to have clearly defined goals in life. How can you get there if you don’t know where you are going? To help you set your goals correctly here are seven points you should follow: 1. Make sure the goal you are working for is something you really want, not just something that sounds good. When setting goals it is very important to remember that your goals must be consistent with your values, plus is it really what you want? ie will the goal create enough desire to make you get off your backside and put in the effort to bring it to pass?

2. A goal cannot contradict any of your other goals. For example, you can’t buy a €750,000 house if your income goal is only €50,000 per year.

3. Develop goals in the different areas of life. We will deal with this one next month. For now, just write, write, write.

4. Write your goal in the positive instead of the negative. Work for what you want, not for what you want to leave behind. What would get you excited? ‘‘To pay off my debts’’ or ‘‘To be in profit.’’ Accentuate the positive in the description of your goal.

5. Write your goal out in complete detail. Instead of writing ‘‘A new home,’’ write ‘‘A 200 square metre villa with sea views, four bedrooms, swimming pool, etc’’. The more detailed the description of the goal, the stronger the desire will be to achieve it.

6. By all means, make sure your goal is high enough. Shoot for the moon. If you miss you’ll still be in the stars. Remember think small, achieve small, think big, achieve big.

7. This is the most important, write down your goals. It can’t be emphasised enough. Writing down your goals creates the roadmap to your success. You are making a commitment with your future. It is in effect a contract between you and the future you want to create. WRITE IT DOWN. Okay, that’s it for now. See, I told you it requires effort, but one thing for sure, I have had enough of second best, and if you are thinking the same in this New Year then let’s make a change, starting now. Good luck and remember, think big, no limitations. See you next month with a long list.

Famous quotations about goals: ‘‘Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.’’ ‘‘Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.’’ ‘‘The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.’’ ‘‘Progress has little to do with speed, but much to do with direction.’’ ‘‘You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.’’ ‘‘The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.’’

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The Restaurant offers an innovative menu, featuring fresh fish, the finest quality meats, a good selection of vegetarian options and, if a full meal isn’t to your fancy, there is also a wide choice of light meals and snacks to be enjoyed in the bar area or out on the poolside terrace. The first of seven new superbly appointed Scandinavian log cabins is now ready for viewing. This first phase will be located close to the pool, patio, restaurant and boasts some of the finest views the club has to offer. Anyone interested in a viewing please contact the club to make an appointment. Available from September. Ideal for short breaks, long weekends etc. We are also the perfect venue for your private function, weddings, birthdays, celebrations and corporate events. We can arrange live music, buffets, set menus and barbecues. Opening Hours From 10am (open 7 days per week) Please call for further details Marbella Gun and Country Club, Monda, Málaga, Spain Tel:952 112161 Mob: 627 963 747 Fax: 952 112162

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This is a fabulous brand new country property that will be finished by the February 2008. The quick deciding buyer can choose the tiles for the floor, bathroom and kitchen. The build is to a hi-specification including quality materials, double glazing, damp proof course etc. The home will come complete with a swimming pool, own well and water deposits plus mains electricity. There will be two large terraces on either side of the home, one of which will be covered. The views are spectacular towards Alora and access is mainly via a new tarmac road to be completed end December 2007. Like this? Then checkout ALA319 on our website

A more attractive villa & grounds would be hard to find - 327m2 build - enormous ensuite bedrooms, large lounge, fitted kitchen, conservatory, perfect pool & poolside bar/BBQ. 10,000m2 of landscaped mature grounds with pond, bridges, walkways plus garage & carport. All services supplied - spectacular views & easy access. Like this? The checkout ALA441 on our website

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ECH464 - El Chorro CAS398 - Tea on the Terrace?


Location, location, location - this one, in Casarabonela, is exceptional. Beautiful 245m2 home with 250m2 of terraces, guesthouse, ´sauna´ (infrared), double garage & summer house for afternoon tea! 25,000m2 of remarkable, fully fenced flat land that is full of trees - all combined with breathtaking views from incredible terraces. Like this? The checkout AEG476 on our website


Now available at a bargain price - a beautiful cortijo plus casita and 2 bed apartment. The design and materials used are fabulous and the layout is ideal for a rural retreat/hotel, large family home or a combination of the two! The infinity pool & terraced surround are in a perfect position to take full advantage of the grounds and the views. On the practical side the homes are supplied with mains electricity, Internet access and town water - an advantage when you are catering for many guests. The property is less than 200m from a tarmac road and located less than 2km from train station and within 15min from the incredible Lakes of El Chorro. Great views, great homes, great access, great facilities - we can not say more - come and judge for yourself!

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Costa Life Magazine #34 Jan 08  

Jan 2008 Issue 34 of the people's magazine for the Costa del Sol and inland Andalucia.

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