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Welcome to the May issue of the increasingly popular Resident Plus. Last month’s April issue enjoyed over 30,000 views and we received some great feedback. From the outset we have aimed to bring out this supplement on the 1st of the month, but this issue we have had to delay until the 6th of May due to the Spanish electoral laws which forbid any political campaigning until midnight on the 5th May. As you will see as you read through this issue that would have left some serious holes in our content. So now the gloves are off and the campaigning gets underway in earnest. You will see from our cover photograph that the political supporters wasted no time in getting their posters up, and were ready with pot and pastebrush in hand as the church bells chimed midnight. Over the coming fortnight they will all be touting for your vote, and we would not presume to tell you who should receive your ballot. All that we would ask is that if you have the right to vote you should ensure that you cast it on Sunday 22 May. It is only by doing this that the foreign community will be taken seriously amongst the local community. Don’t forget Don’t Vote; Don’t Care; Don’t Complain.

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NEWS

Andalucia’s plastic bag tax

SAN ROQUE

San Roque’s IV Gastronomic Marathon gets under way

San Roque has launched its IV Gastronomic Marathon which is designed to encourage people to broaden their knowledge of the boroughs bars and restaurants whilst at the same time boosting the economy in the hostelry sector. There are some 59 establishments participating in the marathon, catering for all tastes and pockets. To take part diners must enjoy a minimum of 2 meals (breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner or tapas) at any of the associate restaurants or bars from 5th until 20th May 2011. When paying the bill, you can either: 1. Fill in a leaflet with your personal details, the 2 codes of establishments (ask at the bar or restaurant you visit) and leave the leaflet at one of the participating establishments, the Tourist Office, the Town Hall or the village council offices. 2. Send us an e-mail to: turismo@sanroque.es with your personal details and the two codes. 3. Send us a SMS (text message) with your personal details and the two codes to the following number: 661 868 384. 4. Join “Turismo San Roque” on Facebook and upload 1 or 2 pictures of you eating or of the dishes you eat. A prize-giving ceremony will be broadcasted live on the municipal TV channel Canal San Roque after the event ends. The prize-winners will be announced on our website and will be contacted personally. Leaflets will be available at hotels, guest houses, golf courses, tourist offices and at other important public or private buildings in the area, as well as on the internet. Visit www.sanroque.es/tourism or contact the San Roque Borough Tourist Office.

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The Junta de Andalucia has introduced its ‘green tax’ on plastic bags, five months later than originally planned. The law, which came into force on Friday, 29 April, places a levy of 5 cents on all single use plastic bags issued by shops and supermarkets, with the tax rising to 10 cents next year. The introduction of the tax was delayed due to an outcry by the retail industry which demanded more time to make arrangements for this introduction. Learn Spanish with Nuria Experienced teacher from Madrid Based Duquesa-Manilva-SabinillasEstepona. 1 to 1 dedicated tuition at your place. Group lessons also available. Friendly, gain confidence, learn properly. Tel. 620753865 email: nuria@nuriafernandez.com www.nuriafernandez.com

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4 NEWS MANILVA

Duquesa Arts and Craft Market

Every Thursday evening throughout the Summer - From 7 pm to 11 pm

There will be an Arts and Crafts Market every Thursday evening throughout the summer in Duquesa Port. The market will be held in the newly pedestrianised Calle Los Arcos in Puerto de la Duquesa and will offer an excellent variety of local stallholders selling jewellery, silver and glassware, handbags, shoes, belts, watches, ceramics, clothes, cards, lace, etc. The market is presented in collaboration with Manilva’s Foreign Residents Department and is open from 7 pm to 11 pm. For more information contact Richard Docker on 647 678 513. GIBRALTAR

Ark Royal could become latest tourist attraction for Gibraltar

A report in the UK press has announced that an international consortium is planning a bid for the aircraft carrier Ark Royal which was recently decomissioned and facing an uncertain future. The ship is currently moored in Portsmouth where the MoD has invited tenders from interested parties. If a buyer cannot be found this former Royal Navy flagship will face the ignomy of being scrapped. If the Gibraltar bid is successful the Arl Royal will brought to Gibraltar where it will turned into a museum to the Navy and Fleet Air Arm. The Resident plus www.theresident.es


NEWS ESTEPONA

MANILVA

IV Estepona Charity Motorbike Rally Lunch is at 2 pm after which there will be various events including a rideout through the town. For more information visit www. motoclubondevamos.com or check out the next issue of The Resident newspaper. Estepona’s Onde Vamos motorcycle club will be holding their IV annual charity motorbike rally at Estepona’s fairground on Sunday 29 May. Registration is between 9 am and 12 noon and costs 10 euros per person, with the first 500 registrants receiving a gift bag.

Manilva’s Environment Department has announced that work will begin shortly on transferring the high voltage power lines at the Pueblo Mexicano urbanisation from their pylons to underground conduits. Councillor Salvador Zotano stated that the action was being taken to reduce the dangers posed by the cables and to improve the image of the area. GIBRALTAR

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MANILVA

Trip to Cordoba Patios Festival

Manilva’s Foreign Residents Department is organising a trip to the famous and spectacular Patios Festival in Cordoba on Wednesday, 11 May. Cordoba’s Patios Festival, is celebrated every year since 1964 and has become famous around the world. Locals

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throw open their gardens and terraces to visitors who can enjoy the riot of colours and scents created by the green-fingered residents of the city. There is no itinerary so visitors can go where they wish. Why not visit the Los Jardines de Los reales Alcázares gardens, La Mezquita and the old Jewish Quarter. Coach leaves Castillo at 7.30 am and from Sabinillas at 7.45 am. There will be a stop on the way to enjoy breakfast before arriving in Cordoba where there will be a tour of the Patios. After wards there will be free time to explore the Mezquita and the Jewish Quarter, including lunch. Price is 45 euros per person.

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Two Spanish Nationals have appeared before the Magistrates Court charged with possession, unlawful transportation and knowingly concerned in the exportation of a commercial quantity of cigarettes. As a result of ongoing risk-profiling exercises by Customs Officers, R.A.P.B., a Spanish national resident in Chiclana and Y.G.M. also Spanish and resident in La Linea, were arrested on Good Friday as they were about to leave Gibraltar In a motor caravan. A search of the caravan revealed a total of 500,000 cigarettes (50 master cases) stored throughout lockers, cabinets and shower room. Both persons were remanded in custody until their appearance yesterday in court, where they pleaded guilty to the charges. The Stipendiary Magistrate imposed a fine of £25,000 each to be paid forthwith, or in default, sentenced each to 180 days in prison.

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6 NEWS MANILVA

Manilva International Family Day On Saturday May 7 Manilva’s Foreign Residents Department welcomes everyone to the International Family Day celebrating the local community and its 70 different nationalities. in collaboration with the Association of Western Costa del Sol Municipalities (Mancomunidad) and Manilva town Hall the event begins at 11 am and carries on throughout the day until 10 pm. The event will be held in the Parque el Huerto next to the Castle in Castillo de la Duquesa, and starting at 11 am there will be a wide range of children’s activities, entertainment and competitions including face painting, sack race, balloon modelling and a magician.

The local authorities will be offering visitors the opportunity to sample traditional Andalucian pastries and at 2.30 pm there will be a giant paella for everyone to enjoy. During the day there will be a number of stands representing various nationalities who will be offering examples of their traditional cuisine and culture. From 4 pm onwards there will be an extensive programme of entertainment starting with the ASABAM music group, and including singers, performance by the Iplacea Spanish Dance Academy and culminating with a concert of World Music by the group Etnobabu.

Artists’ Market

At the same time as the International Family Day you can also enjoy the next edition of Manilva’s International Artists’ Market which is held on the first Saturday of each month and this month will feature the work of over 40 artists from across the region. Among these works will be oils, watercolours, photographs, flower arrangements, ceramics, fabrics, macrame and much more. The market is open from 11 am to 7 pm. The Resident plus www.theresident.es


NEWS

How to vote by post if you are planning to be out of your area on the 22nd May The postman will hand over to you PERSONALLY the documentation and will ask you to confirm your identity (ID card, passport, residence) If you are absent, he will leave a note asking you to collect the documentation at the post office. Again this is something that you will have to do personally.

The Spanish voting process gives you the opportunity to vote in the forthcoming local elections even if you are out of the area on the 22nd of May. HOW TO PROCEED You will have to ask personally in any post office for the form. An identity card is compulsory to show when requesting to vote by mail. The period is from the 29th March to the 12th May. Complete the form with the address where you would like to receive the documentation. It has to be an address in Spain, it cannot be sent abroad. Sign it and give it back to the post officer that will confirm your identity (your passport, residence or any ID card with a photograph will do). The post officer will stamp the form and will sent it by registered mail (free of charge) to the Oficina del Censo (Census Office) The Oficina del Censo will send to the address indicated in the above mentioned form the documentation to vote. This process started from the 25th of April.

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Voting documentation You will receive an envelope containing: 1. A certificate of being registered in Manilva electoral census. 2. A white A5 form for each of the political parties with the logo of the party, listing the names of the representatives leaded by the candidate to mayor, and a small white envelop marked “Elecciones Municipales”). 3. Another envelope (bigger) addressed to your voting district (Mesa Electoral) Process as follows: • Choose the form of the political party you would like to vote for and insert it into the small white envelope, and close it. (DO NOT MARK THE PAPER IN ANY WAY ( NO X ) • Put this small envelope into the big envelope together with the certificate of being registered in the electoral census (Certificado). If you fail to insert this certificate your vote will not be valid. • Close the big envelope marked with the address of your electoral district (mesa Electoral). • Take it to any post office before the 17th of May to be sent by registered mail. This process is free of charge.

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If you feel like a break from the Royal Wedding then why not come and see us on 29th April when we will be playing music from the Rat Pack together with other Swing ar sts to create a relaxing atmosphere for the whole family. Quiz Night is back a er Easter on Wednesdays star ng at 9pm. Each team will receive a voucher worth €5 off drinks on the following evening. CLOSED ON THURSDAY 21 APRIL 2011 Open from 18.00 to late - Plaza de la Fuente, Puerto de la Duquesa Join us on Facebook (CJ’s-Cocktail Bar) and follow us on Twi er for more informa on or visit our web site – www.cjcocktailbar.com

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8 NEWS ESTEPONA

Estepona celebrates its patron saint - San Isidro Labrador Sunday, 8 May - Romeria From 8 am to 9.30 pm in San Isidro Park, Los Pedregales. 12 noon - Prayers and bellringing in the chapel followed by a petanque competition. 1.30 pm - Children’s procession around the chapel accompanied by the Ntra. Sra. de Los Remedios music group. 2.30 pm - Music and dancing to the group ‘La Cala’. 4 pm - Dance performance by the Isabel Ortega Dance Academy. 5 pm - Performance by the Monica Peña Dance Group. During the morning there will be children’s activities and in the afternoon guided tours of the Necrópolis Dolménica de Corominas visitor centre and museum. Estepona will be celebrating its Patron Saint, San Isidro Labrador,this month with a Romeria (pilgrimage) on the 8th May and the feria from the 11th to the 15th May. San Isidro Labrador, who incidentally is also Madrid’s patron, lived in Madrid during the 12th century when it was but a village, where he worked as a lowly farm labourer. He was always engrossed in prayer but according to legend his workload was taken on by angels so as to leave hin time for his devotions, must remember that one! The Romeria or pilgrimage is held at the Ermita San Isidro at the Las Pedregales park on Sunday, 8h May, and draws thousands of Esteponeros who come to the park to party and celebrate their patron saint with picnics, barbecues, and maybe a few drinks! Los Pedregales is at the foot of Los Reales, that’s the big mountain behind Estepona and can be reached via the Estepona-Casares road. The saint’s day San Isidro Labrador is actually celebrated on the 15th May, which this year falls on a Sunday, and this is traditionally accompanied by a feria with celebrations, competitions, processions throughout the town and a funfair at the fairground. This year’s feria runs from Wednesday 11th to Sunday the 15th when the feria will reach its finale with a firework display. Worth noting also is that Monday, 16th is a local holiday in Estepona so expect many of the shops and businesses to be closed.

Wednesday, 11 May 7 pm - Traditional parade of the ‘Giants and Bigheads’ through the streets of Estepona accompanied by the Ntra. Sra. de Los Remedios band. 10.30 pm - Innauguration of the funfair and presentation of the Queens and Ladies at the official pavillion accompanied by the Estepona Town Band, performance by the Classical Spanish Dance Group, directed by Isabel Ortega followed by the music by ‘Dj’. Children’s Day with all rides on the funfair half price.

Thursday, 12 May Day 1 of the Spanish Purebred Horse Competition from 10.30 am and 6 pm. 12 noon - Musical entertainment by ‘Dj’ in the official pavillion. 5.30 pm - Fruit and Vegetable Competition in the Agricultural Cooperative in Calle Terraza with a first prize of 100 euros in each category. 9 pm - Performance by the Classical Spanish Dance Group, directed by Mónica Peña. 10.30 pm - Dancing until the early hours to music by the group ‘La Cala’.

Friday, 13 May Day 2 of the Spanish Purebred Horse Competition from 10.30 am and 5 pm. 11 am - Estepona Wine Contest in the official pavillion with prizes of 200, 140 and 100 euros for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the categories: dry, semi-dry and sweet. 12 noon - Musical entertainment by ‘Dj’ in the official pavillion. 2.30 pm - An opportunity to sample the traditional ‘country soup’ in the official pavillion. 5.30 pm - Chainsaw Contest in the fairground. 6 pm - Axe work competition. 6 pm - Children’s Party in the official pavillion. 10.30 pm - Variety Spectacular by the Municipal Theatre Group in the official pavillion. 11.30 pm - Dancing until the early hours to music by the group ‘La Cala’. The Resident plus www.theresident.es


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Sunday, 15 May - San Isidro Day 11 am - Various dance performances on the esplanade of the Iglesia San José Church throughout the day. 12 noon - Horse parade. In various streets of the town, there will be performances by musicians, dancers, and other traditional activities, there will also be contests for the best balcony floral display, etc. 6 pm - Grand procession starting out from the Parroquia San José church entering Calle Valencia and continuing through various streets in the town, accompanied by the Estepona Town Band. 10 pm - Dancing until the early hours to music by the group ‘La Cala’. Midnight - Bonfire and fireworks to round off the week’s celebrations.

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10 NEWS MANILVA

Saint George Dinner Dance

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The Duquesa Society of St. George held its annual St. George’s dinner dance on Thursday 21st April. The Society, which was formed in 2005, organises at least two events each year, the actual St. George’s celebration dinner dance which has been held for the last few years at Macues Restaurant in Duquesa Port, and a summer ball and barbecue which is held at the H10 Hotel in Estepona. Over the years, the organisers have managed to raise money from these events for charites such as Help the Heroes, Los Claveles Cancer charity, and has raised money to go towards the building of a school in Nepal for the orphans of Ghurka soldiers. For its main organisers, William Downes, commonly known

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by those that frequent Duquesa Port as “Billy the Fish”, it was his last St. George’s dinner as Billy is leaving Spain to return to the UK to run a country inn called the Rose & Crown in Wiltshire. Billy moved to Spain approximately 10 years ago and opened “Billy’s Fish & Chips” in Duquesa Port. The current Mayor of Manilva, Antonia Munoz, was also in attendance at Thursday’s dinner dance as everyone showed their appreciation for all the hard work that Billy has put into the organising of the annual events and to wish Billy and his wife, Sandra, a safe journey back to England. Billy has handed over the future organisation of the events to another well known supporter, Dean Shelton.

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12 NEWS ESTEPONA

Estepona2007 calls on the international community

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Rosa Díaz, candidate for mayor for the political party ESTEPONA 2007, invites the Foreign Residents’ community of Estepona to the presentation of their electoral program. The candidate for mayor for Estepona 2007, Rosa Diaz, wants to integrate the foreign residents of Estepona to participate actively in the municipal elections which will take place on 22nd May 2011. During this meeting, Díaz will present the electoral programme of Estepona2007 for the coming four years. One of the priorities is the creation of the Foreign Resident Councilorship. In the year 2000, Rosa Díaz, then Mayor of Estepona, created the department of foreign residents, being a pioneer on the Costa del Sol. Other leading projects are: the creation of the Youth Club (a meeting place for young people of all nationalities), a Nature Observation Centre as well as the implementation of the Single Point of Contact. “The participation in this event is extremely important as all of the citizens living in Estepona, both foreign or Spanish residents are part of the community and hence, they need to get involved to ensure the well-being as well as the future of our children, the elderly, etc. We will welcome you with open arms because we will all benefit if we cooperate closely”, states Díaz. Estepona2007 is an independent political party that works for Estepona and its citizens. Rosa Díaz has a wide experience in local politics. She has been mayor of Estepona and Estepona2007 currently manages eight municipal departments such as Youth, Women, Culture, Heritage, Festivities and the of Foreign Residents` Department. We want to convert Estepona to a truly European City. Please join us! We look forward to meeting you! The meeting will be held in English and will take place on Saturday, May 7th at Bar Eden, at 1 pm, next to the Equestrian School located in Padrón. For more information contact Silvia Cabrera de Vreeze email: silviacabrera@estepona.es

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NEWS SAN ROQUE

San Roque’s beaches under repair

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14 CASARES

Foreigners more important than ever in upcoming local elections

Dutch National Joins Partido Popular Casares in Mission to Make the Foreign Vote Count The 22nd of May is when local elections are held for all the municipalities of Andalucia. According to official statistics, almost 34% of residents in the municipality of Casares are foreigners; in Manilva, the figure is closer to 44%. These figures only reflect registered expatriates; estimates suggest that the true figure is probably closer to 50%. “Now more than ever, it’s time to make ourselves heard”, says Anita Schmidt, who has joined the Partido Popular standing in the local elections in Casares; a first for a Dutch national. Anita’s decision to get involved in local politics was borne out of her frustration that many expatriates still consider themselves interlopers, even though they live here permanently, pay their taxes here, support the local economy and in many cases educate their children here as well. “We have to stop thinking of ourselves as guests in another country. We are a permanent part of the community; our opinion is important and our vote counts”. The Partido Popular explicitly takes this into account in its manifest: • Partido Popular will ensure that all information from the town hall will be available in English: the town hall website, blog, Facebook as well

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as all leaflets, announcements of activities, programmes, etc. We will improve our means of communication. We understand that not everyone listens to Radio Casares! We will increase our media presence by providing regular newsletters including the use of foreign media so information will better reach our foreign residents. Partido Popular will create a ‘Foreign Residents Office’ where non-Spanish speakers will be able to conduct all their business with the town hall in English. Partido Popular will make language courses available, but will also organise bilingual activities and language exchanges. We will promote bilingual nurseries and schools on the coast A bilingual summer camp for young people on the coast. Partido Popular acknowledges that the foreign residents of Casares come from diverse backgrounds; most will have unique expertise, skills and possibly contacts at home that may help our community prosper. We want to create an environment that utilises this knowledge and expertise: to help tourism grow; to create new companies and opportunities for employment; to transform our coast into an attractive and appealing

place to be. • We will create a forum in which everyone can participate and share their ideas. • We will actively invite those interested to participate in brainstorming and development sessions to create and facilitate new tourism activities, new services and new business opportunities. • We will organise a ‘cultural week’ that truly reflects all the different cultures present in our community. If you favor these changes than please Vote Partido Popular on the 22nd of May. What’s important is that foreigners exercise their democratic right to vote and to have their voices heard. The voting process in Spain is fairly straight forward: How to Vote Registered voters receive a notice in the post confirming their right to vote along with their allocated polling station. On the 22nd of May, voters need to identify themselves with their passport and NIE at their assigned polling station. It’s then simply a matter of placing the envelope with the list (party) of choice in the ballot box. The envelope can be either from home (the participating parties deliver them to your home) or collected and completed at the polling station. Postal Vote: See page 7 The Resident plus www.theresident.es


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Partido Popular Casares: United to make Casares Coast more attractive Are you one of the many Casares Costa residents that feel abandoned by Casares town hall? Do you sometimes feel like a second class citizen? Think perhaps the taxes you pay don’t benefit the area you live in? Frustrated by absent services, facilities and infrastructure? Partido Popular share your frustrations. For too long, the residents of Casares’ coast have had to put up with being second best. We believe passionately that everyone in the municipality of Casares deserves equal treatment, whether they live in the village, on the coast or in Secadero; if they’re Spanish or foreign, if they speak the language or they don’t.

Vote PP on May 22nd if you’d like to see: • •

An improved infrastructure including a long overdue bridge. Better services: a permanent Police presence, medical support, regular maintenance of public spaces, gardens and roads. Facilities and amenities: we will create an environment that encourages and supports shops, bars and restaurants.

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A proper community hub offering bilingual advice, courses and support. A Casares coast alive with activity and possibilities; where people want to live, work and play. A party that listens to and responds to YOUR needs, in any language!

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16 MOTORING

Motoring - How desperate can we get? their vehicles onto Spanish plates but who have not paid the relevant UK etc. taxes as well. Many have sworn out a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) to the DVLA thinking that it only applies in the UK and they can still use their vehicles here without

Motoring correspondent and author of Motoring in Spain, Brian Deller, looks at the lengths people will go to get around motoring laws. We are, as we all know, in a financial crisis that is said to be the worst since the 1929 Stock Market Crash and like then it has spread throughout much of the World causing many hardships to us common folk and also a rise in fraudulent crimes as people try anyway to make income to either live, or to be rich without a lifetime of hard work. As a result, some people take shortcuts that seem inexpensive at the time to get them out of the legal messes they get themselves into by not learning the laws and then sticking to them. We read earlier this year of the couple, who were living in a caravan in Essex who over 4 years of running the scam were reported to have operated a fraud where expats who needed a current MOT certificate to keep their vehicles that were being used on the Continent especially here in Spain, legal in the UK. They have been caught and the report estimates that they took in a million pounds in those four years and also now own a luxury villa in Portugal (which will probably be confiscated if they are found guilty in the forthcoming court case). But most of us who take an interest know that there are many hundreds of resident expats who have deliberately not bothered to re-register

breaking that law. As I have advised before, sorry folks, any vehicles used within the EU must be legal in all aspects in the country of registration as well. They can be impounded if not. Now the driving licence scam once again raises its ugly head, the one where the perpetrators offer any one a driving licence of their choice even if they have been legally banned or not passed any driving test for the classifications. One such website openly states that “due to a glitch in the EU regulations� anyone who is resident in an EU country may use a driving licence from another EU country, (even if they have not visited that country and are not resident in it?) The information does not say which country is supplying the genuine driving licences but my research the last time seemed to indicate Hungary was the one.

So it would seem that the government department concerned there has employees who are selling stolen, genuine but fraudulent licences, and they are not cheap. Also we see adverts in the English language press here offering UK vehicle tax discs as well as (still) current MOT certificates by return post. It is not for me to criticise those whose moral standards allow them to cheat and pay the crooks that make these offers, but imagine the scene where after a serious road accident, the expat is asked by the Court to present his Eastern European driving licence as well as proof of his tax residency there for at least 183 days a year. The Courts are not stupid, and unlike the policeman at the roadside who is used to dealing with Spanish drivers’ problems and he/ she may not know of the scam, the Courts do and being found to not only NOT have a genuine driving licence as well as consequently driving without insurance, being charged for the costs of the Court appearance as well as the damages that may have been inflicted to other Third Parties, is it worth it? For all us legally set-up drivers, we are paying in our insurance premiums an amount to cover those who drive uninsured. If we suffer a lot of this fraud we end up paying more to cover the costs. It is like a stealth tax. As an example, take a look at www.123drivinglicence.com The web-site offer openly advises that you can buy a driving licence even if you have not passed the test or have been banned. What to do about it? There are still those of us who have a duty to report such criminal activities. But sadly far too many also who will take advantage of such offers such is the big drop in our moral standards since I was younger. Do you want to be on the same roads as big truck driver who has never taken a driving test? It is no good complaining when you are dead. Let us be safe out there. Brian Deller, Motoring in Spain www.spainvia.com. The Resident plus www.theresident.es


INFORMATION

Costa Advice Bureau Spanish Lawyer wins first case on an action for a group of duped expatriates There is often bad press relating to the competence or goodwill of some lawyers in Spain. This bad publicity is unfortunately more than often justified, although credit must be given where it is due. We should also be made aware of the cases where lawyers have achieved favourable outcomes for their clients. I would like to shed light on one of these success stories that I firmly believe should not go unnoticed. The news is in relation to a Marbella lawyer and a recent and ongoing case where numerous home owners who had bought their dream homes in various Spanish provinces were happily contemplating a relaxed and problem free existence. This was not to be. The affected parties who were in the majority retired expatriates who had used their life savings to either purchase a property or had paid off their mortgages leaving their properties free of encumbrances. These same people had previously been approached by a team of unbeknown to them, unauthorised financial advisors who used scaremongering tactics and incorrect information to recommend to these unsuspecting families, that they should take out hefty loans on their homes to avoid paying excessive inheritance taxes. These taxes they were told would on the death of either or both partners leave little if anything for their spouses or children to inherit. With shocking tax figures being bandied around, couples were motivated into taking out a type of equity release on their homes. The deal went sour when an Icelandic bank went into receivership. Worrying letters were then received asking for the loans of often half a million euro and more to be repaid and that failure to do so would mean the loss of their homes and a legacy of a massive debt. The now highly celebrated Spanish lawyer took on this daunting case. Many were skeptical, they could not imagine that there was the slightest possibility that a case could be won against a major bank and also considering the size of the loans. The case which had been taken and fought in the Spanish courts has been triumphant with an extremely positive outcome for one of the families affected. The lawyer won the arguments put forward and the courts declared that the loan was null and void. This particular family will now keep their home and do not have to repay the loan. The judge also ruled that the plaintiffs are to receive twenty three thousand euro in compensation for the suffering and stress caused and demanded that the defendants cover the lawyers’ fees. A precedent has been set so now it must be considered that the others implicated in this matter will also receive a favourable result for their individual cases. . Congratulations are in order for this extremely professional and competent Spanish lawyer. Sharing this story, demonstrates that there are success stories reassuring the expatriate communities that cases can be won and that there are some exceptional lawyers in Spain. Involved in an argument in Spain? Imperative steps to take First piece of advice is to avoid any altercations wherever possible. If you are involved in any type of arguments especially those which result in any physical contact those concerned should be made aware of the legal implications and of the legal process that should be adhered to. Follow the motions necessary to avoid being taken to court as the defendant and more than likely The Resident plus www.theresident.es

find that you are landed with a large fine and costs for damages. If,m and you can be assured that if the person you had the disagreement with is local he will whether on the side or right or not be aware of the actions he must take. The police will most certainly be called and you will have to file a report at the police station. Do not for one moment considers that because you feel you are the innocent party, that there will be a satisfactory conclusion, regardless of what you are told you must not only make a statement but present a formal police complaint against the other party. IF there has been any serious name calling or physical contact you will more likely than not find a formal complaint with a date for a court appearance will be presented to you at your home. It is quite common that you will only be given few days notice to prepare for your court appearance. If you have received injuries no matter how minor, you must go the nearest health centre or emergency department and be tended to. You should also insist on a report of your injuries. This can be taken to your local police station or better still the local court house and a formal report against the aggressor lodged. Make sure to obtain copies of the complaint. Presenting witnesses if any is an advantage. There are often numerous situations where a dispute has occurred and an expatriate may believe the matter has been settled between the parties. Do not for one second be deluded and expect the matter to be reported to the police even if they were not called to the scene. Please take note of the difference in the Spanish legal system. The denunciante (complainant) and the denunciado (denounced) If you have been denounced, you are not as you may believe be the defendant which by definition alone means that you have the opportunity to defend yourself. Unfortunately if you appear as the denounced with no complaint by you against the plaintiff and no medical report you will almost certainly be found as the guilty party. For some confirmation of what this article is trying to describe to you, go to an English Spanish legal dictionary to see that the translation for ‘defendant’ is accused. Myra Azzopardi Costa Advice Bureau, Calle Real 58, Estepona

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Flowers by Lisa

Lisa Gisby, Antonia Muñoz, Mayoress of Manilva and José Maria Rodríguez León the proprietor of Natura Garden Centre

On Sunday, May 1 the Mayoress of Manilva, Antonia Muñoz, officially opened the new florists ‘Flowers By Lisa’ owned by Lisa Gisby N.D.S.F. Although this is a new venture, Lisa’s floral talents are most certainly not. Tutored by multiple World Champion florist Paul Norman, Lisa is an N.D.S.F trained and qualified florist, with many years experience in the UK & European floral industry. This beautiful shop is situated in the successful and tranquil Natura Garden Centre in Sabinillas just off the “Lidl” roundabout and will be offering fresh flowers everyday. Specialised bouquets are also available to order with the option of delivery. Having worked with the rich and famous along the golden mile for many years nothing fazes Lisa when asked to make that unusual floral creation on the spot. For Wedding planners and event organisers this is a shop you must visit, not only can the most beautiful bridal flowers and displays be offered to meet any budget requirement, the shop is also a little haven for wedding favours, gifts and other items. Appointments available on request to discuss special events & wedding creations. Nothing is too much to ask Lisa and the team. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday - 10 am to 2 pm and from 5.30 pm to 9 pm; Saturday - 10 am to 2 pm; and Sunday 10.30 am to 2.30 pm.

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The Over 50s Show is looking for new ideas

The ever popular event always attracts a huge amount of visitors

The unmissable Over 50s Show the lifestyle event for the Coast’s seniors is back this November for an incredible fifth year – and the organisers are looking for your help. Said director John Low: ‘Every year we try to add something different to the mix so that the event does not becoming predicable and stale, but when we start talking to visitors we are asked ‘why was this or this not in? ‘So in a sense we are throwing it back in the visitors court and asking them to contact us with ideas and features they would like to see at the show. And just as import, things they would prefer not to be at the event!’ Whatever new features are taken onboard, all the usual attractions – so far! -- will be there: health advice and presentations, gardening clinics, finance advice, art, golf lessons, musical entertainment, computer tuition, home security, fashions, aerobics, and much, much more.

Added John Low: ‘The fact that the show has survived, when many events have folded, is testament to the great support we have had from both the business community and the very loyal visitors. Even a massive rainstorm last year did not stop people making the effort, and that’s why we want to hear their views which will be essential to the development and future of the event’. The Over 50s Show is described by the organisers as ‘the ultimate lifestyle event for the Coast seniors, which is entertaining, informative and educational’. Once again, admission and car-parking is free, as well as all presentations and tests. They also add that the event offers the over-50s ‘a one-stop shop’ to get information on their physical and financial health as well as enjoy many of their interests and hobbies, not to mention an excellent opportunity to meet-up with their peers from all over the Coast and beyond. If you want to offer the organisers ideas, or event promote a product or service at this hugely successful event and engage with thousands of the Coast’s seniors bring 902003896. Or email info@slp.ie

Roadshow EU will be interested in buying your gold and jewellery

The Over 50s Show takes place at the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos, Estepona, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November, 11 am until 6 pm daily. For more information on The Over 50s Show, you can get details by contacting the organisers at 902 003896. Or email: info@slp.ie Once again the British Consulate will be on hand to offer advice to British residents

There will be a series of food presentations

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Manilva Life Property Selection A shop window on some of the best property deals on the coast Duquesa

From €120,000

Sabinillas

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€95,000

We have partnered with a number of Estate agents, developers and promoters to bring you a selection of genuine property bargains. Serious buyers should not miss this opportunity, as these offers are as good as it gets.

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2 and 3 bed apartments in a popular secure development. Large communal pools and gardens, storage rooms and private underground parking. Most of the properties have sea, countryside and golf views. Short drive to Duquesa port and beach. Finished to high 3 standard.

2 bed, 2 bath apartment on gated development set in spacious tropical gardens. 2 double bedrooms, living dining area leads to fully ¿tted kitchen and large sunny terrace. Sold fully furnished with underground parking space. 4

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1 and 2 bedroom apartment in this urbanisation next to the beautiful Puerto de la Duquesa and is situated just metres from the beach and just a short walk to the village of Castillo. The development offers quiet seclusion and privacy, 2 swimming pools, communal gardens, lift access to each Àoor and direct access to Duquesa promenade. Barrington Homes have two apartments available direct from the developer and at heavily discounted prices, both face west towards La Duquesa Golf and boast the superb build standard expected of Marina Real. We have a 2 bedroom apartment available with a 49% reduction in price and a studio available with 38% discount.

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2 bed, 2 bath apartment close to Finca Cortesin Golf Course, and 10 min walk from beach. Apartment enjoys garden views and is close to swimming pools. Spacious accommodation and courtyard style dining terrace. 6

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REDUCED FROM €245,000. 2 bed, 2 bath apartment, communal pools, gardens, underground parking and a store room. Next to the Finca Cortesin and Casares Golf clubs just 5 mins from the beach. The property is being sold with 100% FINANCE. 7

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Setting out on the King’s Highway

Peter, Andrés and Diego, in Sabinillas

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

As part of these celebrations Peter Ritz, a resident of Görlitz is setting out on horseback to ride the Via Regia from Spain to his hometown, a journey of around 4,000 miles. Peter is no stranger to such epic rides having clocked up some 40,000 kms over the past ten years since he gave up his job as an accountant, including a trip to Rome where he was presented to the Pope. Whilst not trekking Europe Peter Ritz works with horses in the theatre and film industry, recently working on such projects as ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and ‘The Reader’. As with all such expeditions the Via Regia Ride has been a long time in the planning, and Peter is backed by an experienced team of assistants, in particular the Horse Project’s managing director, Jana Hanke, who is responsible for coordinating the press and sponsors, and in the role of on-the-road support is Diego who will make sure that both horse and rider are well fed and watered as well as drive the support vehicle. "We must give many thanks to Andrés and his staff at Cafe Lo de Andrés in Sabinillas, for all their help and support, without which we would not have met Colin from Andalucian Style (www.andalucianstyle.com). Thanks to Colin and his insight, enthusiasm and dedication to this project in just the few days thus far he has been involved, our project has taken on a new dimension. The contacts that Colin has been able to call upon, especially The Resident, have been invaluable to our project and we cannot thank him and The Resident enough."

A horse named Corvacero Apart from the human elements, the key member of the team is Corvacero, a 6 year-old pure bred Andalucian stallion who will be bearing Peter on this epic journey. Corvacero is from Estepona and was chosen for his strength of body and spirit. “To test the horses i would throw down a rubber snake at their feet” said Peter, “they all panicked and fled at the sight of the imitation snake apart from Corvacero, who calmly lifted his hoof and stamped on the reptile. I then knew that this was the horse for the task.” The plan is to ride three days then rest for one, this way the journey should take just under 6 months, with Peter and the team hoping to set off in the coming week.

Get involved Due to the delays incurred as a result of Spain’s notorious bureaucracy, the team have lost the camera team that were to record the journey so they are looking for volunteers who might fancy a six month adventure in return for filming the trip. As with all expeditions of this kind the project depends a The Resident plus www.theresident.es

Peter and Corvacero

great deal on sponsorship, so if you would like to support this high profile trek then contact Jana Hanke at jana. hanke@t-online.de We will be following Peter and Corvacero’s journey over the coming months, but if you’d like more information then visit the website www.viahop.com

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26 WHAT’S ON

Concert ‘Music from the Children’ by the Pequeña Orquesta Mediterranea

Rio Manilva Road, Sabinillas-Manilva info@armstrongs-restaurant.com or call 95 892 690

Entertainment for May at Armstrongs The Small Mediterranean Orchestra, comprising a number of young violinists, under the musical direction of Alison Harling will perform at the Padre Manuel Cultural Centre in Estepona on Saturday 21 May from 5.30 pm.

Molly Blooms Plaza Cruz Herrera, La Línea de la Concepción 956 762 078 Crossroads Band 8 May 10.30 pm Clapton tribute act.

Coraje 15 May 10.30 pm

Saturday 7th FRANKIE B The Soul & Motown king is back to sing all your favorites Saturday 14th THE FRANK & DEAN SHOW Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin show with guests Michael Buble and Tom Jones Saturday 21st JAMES BOND CASINO ROYAL A spectacular James Bond Show with the Casino Royale Theme including Roulette, Black Jack & Craps in our Casino Marquee! Saturday 28th BEATLES TRIBUTE

The Andalucia sound

All In One 22 May 10.30 pm Classic rock and pop

Bluekey 29 May 10.30 pm Rhythm & Blues, Funk 5 piece

COMING THIS SUMMER Malaga’s Auditorio Municipal will be hosting a number of concerts this summer including:

Juanes Colombian hit singer, whose tracks include “La camisa negra”, has won seventeen Latin Grammys, more than any other artist, and one Grammy Award. Juanes will be at Malaga on 27 July

Jamiroquai Later in the summer the same venue will play host to Jamiroquai on August 3 More information on these concert in next month’s Resident Plus.

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Ricky Martin in concert

Custom Radio

Jazz, Funk, Underground Friday 6 May from 11 pm Entry 6 euros includes a gift of their first CD

Sergio LEIK

Unplugged Saturday 7 May from 11 pm entry 6 euros

Antilopez in Concert Friday 13 May from 11 pm entry 10 euros Flamenco Festival

La Milana plus guest artists Saturday 14 May from 11 pm entry 6 euros

Junterita Decente Friday 20 May from 11 pm entry 7 euros

Jennifer Castro & Raul Ortiz

Latino superstar Ricky Martin will be bringing his brand of La Vida Loca to Malaga next month when he performs live in concert at Malaga’s Auditorio Municipal on Friday 24 June from 10 pm. Tickets start at 35 euros and are available from www. ticketmaster.es More information in next month’s Resident Plus.

In concert Saturday 21 May from 11 pm entry 6 euros

Daniel Casares

Presents his latest album ‘El Ladrón del Agua’ Friday 27 May from 11 pm Entry 15 euros - book ahead 697 596 708

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Jerez de la Frontera - August 13 and 14 The Prodigy + much, much, more More information www.creamfields-andalucia.com

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28 WHAT’S ON

Multi-Grammy Award winning jazz/soul legend George Benson live in concert!

Albert Hammond in Concert

Performing at the Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella on June 25th 2011, George Benson is quite simply one of the greatest guitarists in Jazz history and he is back in Marbella by popular demand, entertaining us with his greatest hits including Never give up on a good thing, On Broadway, Give me the Night and many more. At various points along the four-decade continuum of George Benson’s career, he has been heralded as a jazz guitarist of unparalleled talent, a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication or a combination of both and with 14 Grammy´s in his pocket, another spectacular performance is guaranteed in Marbella.

Pop legend and one of Gibraltar’s most famous sons, Albert Hammond will be performing live in concert at La Linea’s Palacio de Congresos on Friday 6 May, at 9 pm. As part of his ‘Legend’ tour. Albert’s latest album features duets with a number of Spanish stars including Dani Martín, Rosario, David Summers, Julio Iglesias, Raphael, Ana Belén and Miguel Bosé as well as international artists like Al Stewart, Cliff Richard, Bonnie Tyler, Claudio Baglioni, his son Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes), Courtney Taylor (The Dandy Warhols), Ron Sexsmith and Jeane Manson. Tickets 25 and 35 euros online from www.telentrada.com

Location: Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club, Marbella, Spain Date: June 25th, 2011 Doors: 8 pm Support: 9 pm George Benson: 10 pm Hotline and VIP Reservations: +34 951 082 134 Tickets start from 30€ El Corte Ingles, www.ticketmaster. es and www.rocklounge.com

Awesome Premier Events is offering a 10% discount if you purchase tickets on both shows at the Hotel Puente Romano for George Benson (June 25) and Earth Wind & Fire (August 13). Please call the hotline number for more information. This offer is only available from the ticket hotline +34 951 082 134.

Jazz Concert The Beginning

Andy & Lucas

Saxophonist Abdu Salim and pianist Daahoud will present an evening of jazz at the Padre Manuel Cultural Centre in Estepona on Friday, 20 May from 8.30 pm. Subscribe now and make sure you don’t miss your issue of The Resident Plus available online on the 1st of each month visit www.theresident.es/list and register your email address with us.

SOLROK CHOIR From Gershwin to Gaga! Solrok Choir welcomes singers of all ages and ability. The choir meets every Wednesday evening at 8.30 pm at Martina Merkel’s Dance studio, Calle Nueva, Manilva Town Call 656 358 137 e-mail: bailedesalon.merkel@ yahoo.es

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Popular Spanish pop duo, Andy y Lucas perform at La linea’s Palacio de Congresos on Saturday, 7 May, from 9 pm as part of the nationwide tour, presenting their latest work ‘Pido la Palabra’, a duet with Diana Navarro. Tickets 15 a 25 euros available online from www.telentrada.com The Resident plus www.theresident.es


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The prog rock ‘supergroup’ ASIA to perform in Malaga next month

The four original members of the supergroup ASIA will perform live in concert in Malaga’s Sala Paris15 on the 18 June as part of their Omega Tour. Thirty years after it was first formed from members of some of the legendary bands of the 70s progressive rock movement, ASIA will be visiting Spain to present their latest album Omega. One of the first bands to be given the label ‘supergroup’ ASIA comprised Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Geoff Downes (The Buggles and Yes), Steve Howe (Yes), and John Wetton (King Crimson y Uriah Heep). The band’s launch in the early 80s coincided with the launch of MTV, a platform to which they were ideally suited and over the next few years ASIA enjoyed phenomenal success, until tensions in the band led to a split in the mid 80s. The band came and went under numerous line-ups until in 2006 ASIA reformed with its original members. Omega is their second album since reforming, and was released in the Spring of 2010. Tickets are 25 euros each and are available from FNAC in Marbella or online from www.ticketmaster.es

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30 ART & CULTURE

Nueva Arte - an AIA exhibition all living and working in Andalucía. Further information is available from the AIA web site www. aia-artgroup.com

Mail order bride by Ian Hunter ▲ Orange Groves by Richard Wood ►

In the tranquil village of Villanueva de la Concepción, nestled at the foot of the Torcal mountain range in Antequera the latest Andalusian International Artists Group exhibition will be taking place in the Sala de Exposiciónes in the Ayuntamiento Casa del La Cultura. The eight participating artists from three countries are Enrique Linaza and Juan Cruz, Spain; Roger Cummiskey, Dolores Cummiskey and Philip Magee; Ireland; Nalini Shanthi Cook, Olivia Garner, and Richard Wood, UK. The exhibition runs from the 6 May to the 22 May on Fridays from 5 to 8 pm; Saturdays from 11 to 2 and 5 to 8 pm and Sundays from 11 to 2. All are invited to an opening preview reception on Friday 6 May 2011 from 7 to 8.30 pm. The AIA-ArtGroup was formed six years ago by professional and dedicated visual artists from around the world, who are

Top Left to right: James Joyce by Roger Cummiskey; The River by Juan Cruz; Eyes wide shut by Nalini Shanthi Cook. Bottom: Deers by Dolores Cummiskey

FIAM III - A Global Treasure Trove of Artists 3rd Festival International de Arte Marbella, 23-26 June 2011

With eighty high calibre artists confirmed to participate in the third edition, the Festival de Arte International Marbella is on track to become an even more successful cultural spectacular when it takes place in the centre of Marbella from Thursday 23rd June in the evening with the inauguration event to Sunday 26 June 2011. Fifteen different nationalities are represented among the artists exhibiting, and the FIAM is living up to its name as an international art festival. The multicultural mix of participants is a true reflection of the cosmopolitan community in Marbella. There are artists from Spain, UK, Germany, USA, Sweden, Denmark, Russia, Georgia, Italy and Cuba among others exhibiting their works in the 2011 edition of the FIAM. With an outstanding selection of artists from around the world preparing to display their works, FIAM is anticipated to attract a spectacular number of visitors.

an explosion of colourful art, music and performances over three days. Sprawling down the Alameda and the Avenida del Mar in the heart of Marbella between the quaint Old Town and the Paseo Marítimo, artists will display their work in an attractive line up of individual white tents. With artistic styles ranging from impressionism, to hyperrealism, in every media from painting, photography and sculpture to digital art, the festival is a mesmerizing showcase of artistic and cultural diversity. The event kicks off with a VIP inaugural cocktail party on Thursday 23rd June, and the festival organizers are interested to hear from potential sponsors, as well as Friends of the Festival, giving everyone a chance to support Marbella’s cultural landscape. For full details of the three days of varied entertainment on offer, look out for the colourful, A5 festival programme, available in a wide range of establishments along the coast from June or log onto website: www.festivaldeartemarbella. com

A Cultural Melange Some 20,000 people visited the event last year, and this year’s festival promises to be even more popular. With an ever more enticing programme of entertainment, the new Buddha Bar Chillout Lounge area, a gourmet food corner, a media centre, an exhibition of retro furniture from the 50’s and 60’s and much more, the festival which is fully supported by the Tourism Council of Marbella Town Hall, comprises a dynamic street festival bringing the centre of town to life in The Resident plus www.theresident.es


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Exhibition “Torero” in Estepona’s Stoa Gallery MARGRIT FULSCHER Only one work of art, “Half past Five” (“Las cinco y media”), in which the sculptor summarizes perfectly the spirit and the title of the exhibition, in a symbiotic language between surrealism and abstraction. She uses mixed techniques with predominance of various metals and terracotta. The iron from the ranches, Dali’s head turned into a clock with the hour, half past five, and the bullfighting costume jacket, elegantly articulated to show a bullfighter-warrior, a gladiator.

Bullfighter, universal word on which everyone has an opinion. This exhibition, compiled by Conchi Alvarez from STOA Art Gallery in Estepona until July, is the first of a series to try to show some of the visions and interpretations, sometimes conflicting, always complementary, which this National tradition causes. The start of the journey is the man, the bullfighter, the matador, the ordinary

fighter... the object of inspiration, in this case, for seven artists, four painters and three sculptors. The result is a multifaceted view, eclectic, juxtaposing artists’ works with very different forms of expression, techniques, training. This exhibition’s catalogue has a luxurious introduction: the extraordinary prose of Antonio García Barbeito, inseparable companion of his personal and enveloping voice.

THE ARTISTS

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JUAN E. MENDOZA

The sculptor, friend of the fire, models iron as if it were clay. His works “Montoliu” and “José Tomás”, in small format, escapes from the hardness and heaviness inherent in this metal, appearing light, ductile, and capable of transmitting elegant delicacy, despite the assurance of its everlasting nature. In a different scale and with greater force in the plastic language, this artist performs “Manolete”, conceived as an imperial bust in which he synthesizes in just a few lines and features a legend.

PEDRO CASERMEIRO

Artist of the goyestic bullfighter, whose torso stands in the middle of the ring in a very close composition. They are works in large format, featuring drawings and lines, of highly original comic art forms close to the Pop Art and Naïf. “Goyesco Happy” (“Goyesco Feliz”) and “Goyesco Peace” (“Goyesco Paz”) could be the advertising slogans for the pro-bullfighting group against the anti-bullfighting group, they are full of abundant material, making them true bas-relieved of flat, literally palpable colours. The Resident plus www.theresident.es

Figurative painter of great command of techniques in magical realism. His “Minotaur in Las Ventas”, a great work of art in a reduced format, reinterprets the myth par excellence, while the “Allegory of bullfighting”, a bullfighters “vanitas”, reflects the dreamy melancholy of a bullfighter in front of a field, conceived as a technicoloured “flashback”. “The reaper is coming” (“La parka se acerca”), a surrealist work with the only bull in this exhibition, because of his dreamlike nature, unreal, is the view of an impressed spectator filled with terrible presentiment, of which the bullfighter is not aware of.

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“Torero” Stoa Gallery JOAQUIN MOLINA

Takes a unique approach to the bullfighting from his philosophy of life, bodybuilding, and with an unmistakable label, like the obese, plump and happy view in Bottero´s world. His paintings put a hyper-muscular bullfighter in mid-agony and gloomy atmosphere enhancing his tremendous sense of loneliness. Made with oil technique, “Bullfighter Nude I” and “Bullfighter Nude II”, are surprising due to the provocative nudity of its abundant muscles and astonished look, of that who does not see anything or anyone except the bull. In “Bullfighter I” and “Bullfighter II”, of mixed techniques, he hardens even more the point of view, a threshold approach, revealing the sculptural passion of the author and his particular skills of sculpting details of the bullfighter’s costume.

C. ALVAREZ Painter who focuses on the ritual, almost liturgical, which precedes the bullfighting show. A purification process in which the man, stripped off his fashionable clothes, begins catharsis to achieve the interior sublimation. A delicate and quiet protocol in which each garment is a step in spiritual transformation. Her works of art, dominated by bright colours and strong Mediterranean light, were painted using two techniques: oil on canvas, with detailed finishing, and acrylic on panels, with swift implementation and easy-flowing brushstrokes. “Esences of bullfighting” is a mixed media with different materials (for instance, capote of Enrique Ponce, famous torero).

MANUEL FERNANDEZ Unravels the depths of the soul of the bullfighter culled from centre of the earth. His bullfighter is inspired by the most pure and elegant Jose Tomas. “Heart and Overcoat” (“Corazon y Capote”) is a pyramidal composition of a veronica, in which the cape seems to erupt from the depths, wrapping the man, becoming one being. In “Volapié”, he describes this crucial moment. The fighter, standing right next to the still bull, leans in a helical composition, with convulsive motion, revealing a sculptor rooted in the Mannerist and Baroque arts. His figures are possessed with deep feelings and an energy shock that invites to interaction, a stereometric vision, made possible by the use of swivel stand on them.

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Author Chris Scott Wilson says Almeria a great inspiration

“With five westerns under my belt, it was exciting for me to visit Tabernas and the desert in Almeria where they shot the ‘Spaghetti westerns’ that made Clint Eastwood a star. Later, when I travelled to the real Old West of Arizona and Nevada, I realised what a great inspiration that trip to Mojacar and the old film sets had been,” says British author Chris Scott Wilson. “They are a very close second to the real ghost towns in the USA.” Today Boson Books of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA is proud to announce signing Chris Scott Wilson to an exclusive contract for six books to be distributed world-wide as e-books. “We believe his westerns to be gritty and authentic,” a spokesman for Boson Books said. “There will always be a market for entertaining, well written stories, and with the advent of e-books it is now possible to reach everyone who wants to read one wherever they are. Even without a dedicated e-book reader, they can download Amazon’s free Kindle reader for their computer. It’s simple and easy to select a book then download it in under 60 seconds.” Wilson’s first reissue by Boson is Double Mountain Crossing. The plot? “Everybody thinks money is the answer to everything,” Chris Scott Wilson says with a half smile. “It isn’t. When Morgan Clay finds a mountain full of gold, he

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Kettal - Brewing traditional English ales in Southern Spain Connoisseurs of good English beer will be pleased to know that tucked away amongst the discount furniture stores, engineers and paint shops of the Palmones industrial estate in Los Barrios is a microbrewery/brewpub brewing and serving traditional English ales. The brainchild of local chartered accountant Tim Revill and his partner Mercedes Lynch, Tim had always wanted to own a brewery (well who wouldn’t) and after five years of planning and bureacratic wrangling, the Fabrica de Cerveza Kettal opened its doors in August last year. According to Mercedes the biggest problem for the authorities was the unique nature of the business, Kettal is the only microbrewery in the province, and other than one more in Almeria, probably Andalucia. In charge of brewing is FCK’s brewmaster Jonah Jones, an Englishman from Lancashire who learnt his craft whilst living and running a microbrewery in Australia before returning to Spain recently. The brewery produces batches of 1,225 litres (about 7.5 barrels) with the process taking some 5-6 weeks from start to the finished product ready for the glass. Recently Kettal have begun supplying limited amounts of their beer to other bars, something which they intend to expand as the business develops. One such bar is CJs in Duquesa Port which currently offers El Trillo.

Brewmaster Jonah Jones gets the process underway

El Trillo (the threshing board) summer ale; ABV 4.2%: made with 100% Maris Otter malt and flavoured with Golding hops. A light straw coloured ale -very thirst quenching. El Almiar (the haystack) IPA; ABV 5.1%: made with Maris Otter and Crystal malt and late hopped with Cascade. A bitter beer with a fresh hoppy taste and aroma. Rather “New World”. El Alambique (the still) Irish style red ale; ABV 4.0%: malts used include Maris Otter, Crystal Pale, Chocolate Pale, Cara Special and hopped with Northern Brewer and Hersbrucker. Toasty aroma with a caramel and toffee flavour. La Fanega (measure of grain) double malt; ABV 5.6%: brewed from Maris Otter, Crystal Pale and Cara Amber and Brewers Gold hops. This is definitely the favourite with our customers. Our brewer invented it when he forgot to divide by 2 on the first brew and we’ve continued from there. El Yunque ( an anvil) porter; ABV 4.8%: contains Maris Otter, Crystal, Chocolate Pale and Black Cara special malts with Fuggles hops. Dark and mysterious. La Espiga (the ear of corn) wheat beer; ABV 3.5%: made with Marris Otter and Malted Wheat with Hersbrucker hops. Clearer than most Weissbiers, but with the distinctive wheat beer flavour. Often served with a slice of fresh lemon in a tall glass.

The Beer Kettal brew English style ales, which are kegged and served chilled and under pressure. Although CAMRA would not approve, casked beer just will not survive at this latitude and temperature. The beers are made only from natural ingredients malted barley, hops, yeast and water. They are unpasteurized and chemical free. FCK offers six beers throughout the year and seasonal specialities, when appropriate. The names of the beers reflect the historical agricultural atmosphere of their tap room and restaurant:

The Pub The Kettal offers the perfect blend of English pub and Spanish bar and apart from their great selection of homebrewed English beer, also offer an extensive menu which can be enjoyed in their dining area which can accommodate up to 80 people, bays are separated by curtains which provide private spaces , alternatively the curtains can be drawn back which provide open areas for larger groups. Kettal can cater for groups, and will be developing their brewery visits in the future. Fabrica de Cerveza Kettal, Calle Brujula 5 Poligono Industrial de Palmones III, Palmones, Los Barrios Tel: 956 675 430 info@fabricadecervezakettal.com www.fabricadecervezakettal.com

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Sylvie Fleury Exhibition at CAC Malaga The Contemporary Art Center of Málaga, in collaboration with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, is presenting the first exhibition in Spain of the Swiss artist, Sylvie Fleury. It comprises a survey of her output over the last 20 years and will allow the visitor to see some of her most important works through which she offers an ironic vision of consumer culture and the angst that prevails in contemporary society. Sculptures, murals, videos and neons constitute the key pieces in a comprehensive display of works which demonstrates that nothing is what it seems while revealing the most destructive side of present-day aspirations. The artist guides the viewer through the world of fashion, luxury and leading brand names, using the vehicle of art to criticise the superficiality of a capricious, dissatisfied world. The exhibition runs until June 9 Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.

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Marlows is a modern spacious comfortable restaurant with an outside terrace to accommodate smokers. At Marlows you will find expertly fried fish & chips, north sea haddock, cod, plaice together with starters. Ribs, chicken, pies, sausages, salads, desserts and a kids menu at only €4. Marlows have 50 years plus in the fish & chip trade and is fact opened the very first fish & chip shop in Gibraltar, back way in 1966 (Irish Town Fisheries, for those of you old enough to remember it). Quality, Value and Service excel at Marlows. So why not try for yourself! Marlows can also cater for any party, Big or Small up to 100 people.

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DFAS de la Frontera

International Club of Estepona

18th May 2011 THE MONASTERY PALACE OF EL ESCORIAL Gail Turner: Historian, art historian and painter. Philip II’s vast granite palace near Madrid was intended to be “a dwelling for God on Earth”. It is a palace, a monastery with a great church, and the royal mausoleum of the Spanish Hapsburgs and Bourbons. The lecture examines its architecture and the artists, craftsmen and personalities behind it, not least the ascetic king himself, who chose the ghoulish paintings of Hieronymus Bosch for his private quarters.

The ICE Club is a social club for all English-speaking people, and holds many events during the week, such as: Music, dancing and themed supper evenings. Day and holiday coach trips. Golf, bowls, rambling, drama, cards and quiz. Monthly magazine and much more. Sundays - Bar open 12.30 to 2.30 pm for drinks and tapas. Tuesdays - Bar open 11 am to 2.00pm for drinks and tapas. Thursdays - Bar open 10.30 am to 2.30 pm for drinks and lunch. 6th, 7th, 8th May - ICE Drama Group Production – ‘Mary Popout’ Monday 9th May - Film Night Wednesday 11th May - Ladies & Gents Lunch Out Friday 20th May - Quiz Night. 13th, 14th, 15th May - Trip to Cordoba - decorated patios and courtyards Saturday 21st May - 60’s Night Wednesday 25th May - Ramblers BBQ Friday 27th May - Anne’s Estepona Walk Friday 27th May - Music Night ICE Club, Urbanisation Bahia Dorada Entrada 4 or 5 at km 149, A7, Estepona Tel 952 802 549 Visit their website - www.siberme.com

DFAS de la Frontera is a society who get together for lectures, special interest days, trips, and social events. Regular monthly lectures are held at the San Roque Golf & Country Club on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11 am, and usually last between an hour and an hour and a half. Vistors are welcome to come along to lectures; entrance for visitors is €12 and €10 for members of other NADFAS societies. Entry is free for members of DFAS de la Frontera. The lecturers are experts in their fields and are selected from the NADFAS accredited directory and the programme is designed to be wide ranging and interesting. In addition to the lectures the programme may also include one or two ‘Special Interest Days’, where the lecturer gives an additional in depth lecture on a specially selected subject. In addition a number of special events are organized each season. For more information call 956 794 582 or visit www.nadfasdelafrontera.org

Estepona Today and Viewpoint A weekly radio programme in English each Saturday from 2 pm to 3 pm on Radio Television Estepona 107.2 fm. National and local news; what's on; where to go; club and association information, etc. Also interviews and discussions. It is planned to have a 'round table' discussion once or twice a month on various themes. Presented by Rona Bourke.

AREME AGM (Estepona Foreign Residents’ Association) The AGM of AREME will take place on Monday May 9th at the Padre Manuel Cultural Centre, Estepona at 11.00 am. All members please make every effort to attend this meeting. Two volunteers are required, to join the present committee a Secretary and a Membership Secretary. From May there will be two AREME events per month, (excluding August and December).

REGULAR EVENTS. On the second Wednesday of the month there will be various events at The Boys’ Bar near Supersol at 7.30 pm for 8 pm. A Coffee Morning and Table Sale will also be held on the third Saturday of the month at the Padre Manuel Cultural Centre, Estepona from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm (Contact Heather Butler-Rawlinson on 658 128 496). Why not join AREME - it only costs one euro per year to be a member. AREME is a Non-Political association working for the benefit of all the Foreign Residents in Estepona; whilst also meeting socially and helping to raise money for local charities at the same time. The Resident plus www.theresident.es

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Estepona Floral Art Club This month’s demonstration will take place on Tuesday 17th May 2011, at The Upper Deck, Villacana. Exit opposite Agro Jardin Garden Centre, Estepona, (Beachside). This is a change from last month’s published venue. The club shall be welcoming Elizabeth Graham, NAFAS National Demonstrator, from Newport, Wales. This will be an opportunity to see the art of ‘Flower Arranging’ at its best! Don’t miss out on this afternoon!! The demonstration begins prompt at 3 pm – 5 pm. This includes a raffle of all the wonderful Flower Arrangements that Elizabeth will be creating that day. The well-stocked sales table will have a good selection of flower arranging sundries and other gift items, so please allow time for browsing and purchasing. Refreshments will be available at The Upper Deck before and after the demonstration. Elizabeth will also be holding an ‘Informal Workshop’ which will be the perfect chance for you to learn a new skill! These classes are always very well supported, so please contact the Chairman, Marilyn Pemberton for further details on this event. In June they will be holding their AGM and lunch. Therefore, there will not be a demonstration that month. Details for the AGM. can be obtained by contacting Marilyn Pemberton. During July and August the Club takes a break for the summer and will resume on Tuesday 20th September 2011. For further information on the above events and future Demonstrations, please contact the Chairman, Marilyn Pemberton, Tel: 952 928 197.

Sotogrande Women Animal Charity Lunch The Sotogrande Women group is holding a special lunch in aid of its animal charities on Thursday 12 May from 12.30 pm at the Hotel Almenara, Sotogrande. Guest speakers will include animal communicator and energy healer, Inge Beaujean, along with a number of charity representatives. You do not have to be a member to attend as Sotogrande Women is open to everyone and is not just for “ladies who lunch”. Sotogrande Women is open to all women regardless of whether you live in Sotogrande or not. The atmosphere is informal and non stuffy and group hopes that you will come along to make friends, network and have a good time. They will also be announcing the planned regular programme of involvement and fund raising with Animal Charities, starting off with a donation of 25 euros for each new or renewing Sotogrande Women member. If you have been thinking of joining, now you can be confident that you will receive all the benefits of being a Black Card member (please see details on www.sotograndewomen.com) whilst supporting local animal charities at the same time. Black Card Holders 25 euros Visiting Guests 35 euros To find out more and reserve your place contact: irene@ luxury-partners.com www.sotograndewomen.com

CAP walks for ASPANDEM

On a blustery Sunday 17 April, ASPANDEM director Jose Juan and a number of his charges joined CAP members on the paseo at San Pedro de Alcantara for their annual sponsored walk to raise funds for the Association. Club Charity and Pleasure is a friendly, social organisation based in El Paraiso, Estepona, meeting at 11 a.m. each Wednesday morning at El Paraiso Country Club for coffee; many weeks there is a speaker. Weekly activities include bridge, whist and bowls, and members have recently started a choir. Other events and excursions include visits to the theatre and exhibitions; lunches and dinners at different venues along the coast; mystery trips, etc. A full programme of events is published in CAP’s free quarterly magazine, and regularly updated online. They also raise money for local charities, mainly Alzheimer’s, Aprona, Aspandem and Cudeca. New members are welcome – annual membership is only €15. Why not go along for coffee? You will be assured of a warm welcome. For more information contact Denise Ghazi, President, on 952 810989, or visit www.capsonlinemag.net. Special events for May (available to members and members’ guests only): Tuesday 3 May - Afternoon tea at D’Alicia, El Pilar €10. Tuesday 10 May - Trip to Ubrique by coach €10. Friday 20 May - Lunch at Guey, Nueva Andalucia with speaker €20. An afternoon car treasure hunt and evening meal is planned for 3 June, and the Summer Ball will be held at El Paraiso Country Club on Saturday 18 June.

Adana bids farewell to Marjorie ADANA lost yet another of its valued workers as Marjorie Bedford, who has for the past four years been our Administrator, left to run a hotel on the Isle of Wight. Marjorie was thanked for her sterling work by ADANA President Maria Cawsey at a farewell lunch at Bar Eden, Forest Hills. She said that Marjorie had not only carried out her administrative duties in an exemplary manner but had also been a valued friend to many ADANA members as well as being well-known to the general public. The Resident plus www.theresident.es


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ADANA Dog Show 8 May 2011

Age Concern, Estepona and Manilva Sponsored Walk Age Concern is holding a sponsored walk on Sunday May 8th. There will be 2 walks both meeting in Sabinallas on the seafront opposite Lidls. There is a long walk of approximately 14k which will leave at 9.30 am. This walk is designed for people who can cope with hills, rivers, and some quite tricky walking terrain and will take about 4 to 4.5 hours. The short walk will leave at 11.30 and is flat. It goes along the sea front from the Lidl end of Sabanillas to Castillo then crosses the A7 by Duquesa Golf and so back on the land side of the road. A short version of the walk is suitable for wheelchairs. The walk is about 4.5 km. long and should take about 1.5 hours – there are plenty of cafés on the way for refreshments, or simply bring your own for a beach picnic! People can do as much, or as little, of the walk as they wish. To make the walk a success both walkers and sponsors are needed – contact Richard on 952 913 174 for sponsor forms, or pick one up in our shop, or leave your details on the office ‘phone – 951 318 234.

The 21st ADANA Dog Show on 8 May in The Palacio de Congresos, Estepona is an enjoyable fun show. All are welcome - from the top pedigree to the most adorable mutt - big and small, young and senior, and very importantly, ex ADANA dogs. There are classes to show off all behaviour, good or naughty, somewhat reluctant, and for those willing to have a go once they have watched the first round. There is no pre-requisite for dogs to be trained at all, let alone trained to ‘Olympic` standard to enter the ring. There are four prizes in each class plus rosettes and a trophy for the winner. It is not necessary to pre-register on arrival at the Registration Desk for every class the handler may wish to enter. Decide to enter any others as you watch and enjoy the show. Entry to the show is free to those 15 years and under and the Junior Handler class is free provided the dog has been entered in one other class. A wide range of stalls lines the Palacio for those pets and owners unable to resist shopping for jewellery, pet accessories, cook books and yummy pet food. Our Artist will be in the main concourse ready to commission your Pet Portrait. Following the success of the ADANA cookbook, the event sees the launch of ADANA greetings cards which are available individually or as pack of notelets. The cards feature “Adano”, a typical ADANA mutt. The finale to complete a truly memorable day will be Best in Show. All the winners from all the classes will compete for the magnificent Marion Sturton Trophy which the mayor of Estepona, David Valadez, will present to the overall winner at around 3 pm. Calling all dogs: Come along, watch the classes, see which you fancy, and just enter your owner on the spot to ensure you both go home with a rosette, a cup, great prizes and some very happy photos. Registration starts at 10 am and judging at 11 am sharp. For more details see the web site www.adana.es The Resident plus www.theresident.es

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Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith visit the Cudeca Hospice

Last month, Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice, had the pleasure of receiving a private visit from Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith at the Hospice Centre at Benalmadena. The visit has been aimed at understanding more fully the reality of Cudeca and the support given to patients who are cared for at the Hospice. The Banderas family expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the humanitarian work carried out by Joan Hunt and the Cudeca staff. Both Melanie and Antonio, and his brother Javier who accompanied them, took great interest in the patients in the Day Centre and In-Patient Unit. The patients enjoyed the surprise visit immensely and were again able to realise the significance of the Cudeca philosophy:

Perhaps you cannot add days to life, but together we can add life to days. At the same time, Antonio and Melanie, together with the trustees of the Brotherhood Fundación Lágrimas y Favores, presented a donation of 25,000€ which will be destined to Cudeca’s Special Kind of Caring which is given without cost to people suffering from advanced cancer, as well as offering support to their families. These funds have been raised by the Brotherhood Fundación Lágrimas y Favores throughout 2010, thanks to events such as the charity gala “Starlite” held last summer at the Hotel Villa Padierna of Marbella, with the support of Antonio Banderas, the American actress Eva Longoria, (through her Foundation Eva’s Heroes), and also thanks to the organisation by Sandra García-San Juán and María Bravo. Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice, is deeply grateful to the constant support received from our friends the Brotherhood Fundación Lágrimas y Favores, and particularly to the Banderas family in helping us to raise both awareness and funds which enable us to continue offering our Special Kind of Caring with which we have offered without cost to more than 6.500 people suffering from advanced cancer, and giving support to their families throughout the Malaga province.

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Gibraltar Festival of the Seas

Whether your little ones fancy hooking up with Captain Jack Sparrow for breakfast or you’re a serious yachtsman looking to win the Ocean Village Cup in the inaugural Yacht Rally, there is nowhere better to be than Gibraltar’s Ocean Village this May. Packed with land and water-based fun for all, the Festival of the Seas runs from Saturday 14 May to Sunday 22 May and is quite simply unmissable. The Festival kicks off on Saturday 14 May with a skippers’ breakfast and briefing ahead of the exciting Yacht Rally in aid of the GBC Open Day and Rainbow Ward at St Bernard’s Hospital. Leaving Ocean Village at midday, participating sailing yachts will follow a course round the Bay of Gibraltar with some surprise fun activities along the way. With entrance to the Rally priced at just £15 per person to include a meal and two nights’ free berthing for visiting yachts, there are big prizes up for grabs including an £800 yacht toolkit courtesy of Hire-U-Shop. A further Dragon Boat Race will appeal to those with impressive teamwork skills where up to 20 paddlers and one drummer will battle over a 200m course – fancy dress and a carnival spirit is essential. Whilst Saturday’s Rally’s underway, landlubbers won’t miss out as Ocean Village becomes a hive of Festival activity. Following a welcome from Captain Jack Sparrow, the younger visitors will be let loose on a host of activities from trampolining to a ball pond, arts and crafts to face painting and temporary tattoos. Mini makeovers and a score-a-goal challenge should inspire a battle of the sexes and, regardless who triumphs, Clarence the Clown will be handing out lollipops, balloons and magic tricks to keep everybody happy. Also on Saturday, children of any age (including those old enough to know better) can water orb across the Marina whilst the Royal Gibraltar Police will offer rides on their high speed RIBs. The competitive juices can flow with a fancy dress contest or perhaps avail yourselves of the Gibraltar Sports & Leisure Authority’s generosity as they make all their facilities available to include the climbing wall. Later on, the Minister for Culture will be presenting an award for the best outdoor painting whilst keen fishermen will be reeled into the Gibraltar Federation of Sea Anglers (GFSA) demonstration. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, take a stroll around the market stalls along the promenade whilst listening to a full programme of live music and entertainment on stage in the sunshine. The Resident plus www.theresident.es

Sunday 15 May brings plenty of the same with water orbs and the bouncy castle plus the added treats of a Where’s Wally treasure hunt, discounted dolphin trips, fashion show and diving experience by the lap pool. During the week, from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, children can descend on the arts and crafts corner by the Tahiti Hut on Leisure Island where local artist Giorann Henshaw will be holding outdoor painting classes for aspiring young artists. Meanwhile parents can grab the opportunity to take some ‘me’ time browsing the Ocean Village shops or having a bite to eat. Saturday 21 May will gather together an impressive fleet of motors from the Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association for a mini Rally around the Rock. The Festival of the Seas will conclude not on the water but in the skies with some of the world’s best aerobatic pilots putting on a breathtaking show in ultimate high-performance piston aircraft. Having flown well over 300 displays in front of more than 18 million people, there’s little doubt that The Blades Show, brought courtesy of Barclays Wealth and Bwin. party, will round off an incredible Festival with a first-class flourish. To make an afternoon of it, Ipanema are offering a ‘Meal & Show’ deal where diners can be whisked off by coach from the restaurant to Eastern Beach to see the air display - and back again for a cocktail. What better way to end the Festival? A full programme of activities can be found on the Ocean Village Official Facebook Site. All Festival profits and donations will be made to the GBC Open Day and Rainbow Ward at St Bernard’s Hospital. To register for the Yacht Rally on Saturday 14 May contact pieroffice@oceanvillage.gi or telephone 00 350 200 73300 . For the Dragon Boat Race contact thesafarishop@gmail.com or telephone 00 34 952 905 082. For general information on the Festival of the Seas contact Jeanette Obytz on info@ medweddings.com or call 00 350 580 08355. For more information on The Blades in Gibraltar visit www.theblades. biz. For “Meal & Show” Tickets call Ipanema on 00 350 216 48888 or email info@ipanema-restaurant.com.

The air displays will take place at the Caletta Beach area of Gibraltar at 2pm and 5pm on both the Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd May.

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World’s top three headline Volvo World Match Play Championship

Luke Donald at the Madrid Masters

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orld number three Luke Donald, Jhonattan Vegas and Anders Hansen confirmed today that they will play in the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesín from May 19-22. With all eyes on the current battle for the top spot on the Official World Golf Ranking, the Volvo World Match Play Championship marks the next time the three top ranked players in the world - Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald - will compete in the same tournament. The tantalising prospect of the three most in-form players in the world taking each other on head to head on the glorious stage provided by Finca Cortesín underlines the global significance the Volvo World Match Play Championship now has in the player’s schedules. They head up a stellar field which includes Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari, Retief Goosen, Alvaro Quirós, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Y.E. Yang, Ryan Moore, Ross Fisher, Nicolas Colsaerts, Søren Kjeldsen, Johan Edfors and Paul Lawrie. World number three, Luke Donald, who won the Accenture Match Play Championship earlier this year and whose skill in the art of match play has been much admired in his three winning European Ryder Cups performances, said “I have had a great start to the year in the States and now I am really looking forward to returning to play in Europe. I grew up watching the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth and certainly dreamed of winning it as I watched so many of golf ’s legends battle it out over the years. I love match play and it seems to suit my style of golf, so to have the possibility to hold both the WGC and the historic Volvo World Match Play Championship in the same year is a great opportunity.”

He continued, “Obviously having Lee and Martin in what is a fantastic line-up, adds some extra spice to the week with the Number One spot up for grabs and with the ‘champions league’ format I will probably end up playing against several of my Ryder Cup colleagues which will be fun. Also, I’ve heard so much about the luxurious Finca Cortesín Hotel that I can’t wait to get over there to see it for myself.” Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas, 26, who won his first PGA Tour title at the Bob Hope Classic earlier this year is excited to be making his debut, saying, “It is a real privilege to get the chance to play in such a historic Championship and, after everything I’ve heard about Finca Cortesín, I am looking forward to playing in my first Volvo World Match Play Championship very much. It is my first time to Spain and will be my first professional event in Europe so add that to the thrill of match play and it will be a very exciting week.” Denmark’s Anders Hansen commented, “Qualifying for the Volvo World Match Play Championship was definitely one of my goals this year. With such a strong field and only 24 places available, I was delighted to hear when I had qualified. I’ve had some great finishes this season but no wins yet so where better to start than at Finca Cortesín in a couple of weeks.” Per Ericsson, President of Volvo Event Management Golf, added, “We now have 21 fantastic players confirmed with the three last stars to announce next week. We are absolutely delighted with the quality of the field this year and all the buzz around the Number One Ranking certainly adds to the excitement of the week.” On arrival at Finca Cortesín in May the players will be divided into eight groups of three players to be played out on Thursday and Friday with 16 players progressing to Saturday in a knock-out format with the semis and final played on Sunday. The prize fund for the 2011 Championship has increased to €3.4 million with a first prize of €800,000, the highest on the European Tour outside of the Majors, World Golf Championship events and the Dubai World Golf Championship.

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La Quinta Golf & Country Club, in Benahavís has been awarded the Open de España Femenino 2011

The tournament will be played September 15-18 with the sponsorship of Turismo de la Costa del Sol, who have committed to the event until 2012 with the option to continue between 2013 and 2015. The selection of La Quinta Golf & Country Club, an internationally recognised golf complex, comes with the announcement that the event will continue to be played on the Costa del Sol, one of the most important tourism destinations in Europe. The Open de España Femenino will be the 20th event played on the 2011 Ladies European Tour calendar and will be the third of the year in Spain, following the European Nations Cup at La Sella and the Tenerife Ladies Match Play, taking place from June 10-12 at Golf Las Américas, highlighting the importance of Spain on the LET schedule. La Quinta Golf & Country Club will host the Open de

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España Femenino for the first time in the event’s history, with the support of the Real Federación Española de Golf and the Real Federación Andaluza de Golf. A total field of 126 players including 120 professionals and six amateurs will compete for the title over four rounds, with a cut to the leading 60 professionals and those tied at halfway. The legendary Laura Davies added her name to the champions roster when she earned a two stroke victory at nearby Flamingos Golf in 2010. Founded in 1989, La Quinta Golf & Country Club is internationally famed for it’s extremely high quality golf course. The golf complex is one of the busiest on the Costa del Sol and was designed by Manuel Piñero.

UD Castellar win this year’s Iberian Trophy for Peace

As every Easter holiday for the last 4 years, the Arsenal soccer school in Spain hosted the Iberian Trophy for Peace, an international U14s football competition. The tournament, which aims to promote multicultural relations among players, was contested by 6 teams this year, including an English team and a Moroccan team which participated in this event for the first time. Due to the great success achieved last year, the tournament was again held at the sports facilities of Castellar de la Frontera thanks to the support received by both the mayor and locals. The 6 teams who took part this year were UD Castellar, Arsenal Soccer Schools España, Lincoln Nature, Misgav FC, Arsenal Soccer Schools Marruecos and Ashford Town. The participation of England and Morocco in this edition, brings to 8 the number of nationalities that have taken part in the tournament since its beginning four years ago: Spain, Portugal, France, Gibraltar, Israel, England, Morocco and Denmark. The tournament took place over the Easter Weekend and despite the weather saw some encouraging performances from these young footballers. Arsenal Soccer School who were defending their title were beaten in the final by UD Castellar who lifted this year’s trophy.

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Black Clouds and Silver Linings With our expatriate retirees in mind For most of us our main concerns lie closer to home. Here in Spain, our families, homes, finances and of course, our health. These are the issues which have a direct impact on our everyday lives. For example, Sterling, which for many years has been a safe and stable currency has recently weakened against the euro and other currencies, raising the cost of living and has most expatriates wondering how they will cope. Let us find ways to adapt. Let us take a look at the black clouds and better still the silver linings. It is now time to take the bull by the horns and take control of our lives and finances. Surely now is the time to bring to an end the “feeding of the fat cats” on the Costa del Sol. Let us stop paying extortionate and unfair fees for services provided. For example, the costs involved in buying or selling our properties, our yearly tax declarations, taxes due, making or changing a will, the additional expense of the unwarranted exchange of our European driving licences for the Spanish version. It is our obligation to inform ourselves and put an end to the misinformation which results in unnecessary tasks and expenditure. It is time to assess the present perturbing situation and start asking questions. When advising our members, I find myself constantly repeating “seek legal advice, and then double check that advice” Is it not enough that we have assisted in building up the economy in our adopted home without a few of the professionals on the Costa, both local and foreign alike seeing us as a way to make a quick shilling? I have listed a few things that we can do immediately to manage our finances and in turn take command of our lives. We ought to insist that all Sterling transferred to our Spanish accounts be at a business or commercial rate. No charges or commissions whatsoever on the transfer on pensions. Further saving can be made by talking to your bank director. Tell him that you have been offered an account elsewhere free of charges. You require the same agreement otherwise you will transfer your account elsewhere. This will not be an empty threat; I personally know banks where this type of banking is a reality. Time to put behind us the loyalty we feel towards our service providers, your duty is to you and your families. Consider the possibility of increasing your income by moving your investments and opening a sterling account here in Spain where the interest rates are greater. Be wise in your choice of bank. Shop around as the interest offered on savings varies. Do not let the banks dictate to you, it is your money. It has now become more expensive to shop. Look around there are bargains to be had. A number of restaurants are reducing the prices on their menus. If your favourite restaurant has no new offers, it is time for a change and to try out somewhere cheaper. You may enjoy the variation. All resident pensioners sixty five and over are entitled to their tarjeta sesenta cinco. This card entitles you to cut price glasses, hearing aid equipment, free or reduced prices into museums theatres and places of interest, free travel, and reduced hotel prices in all areas of the Iberian Peninsula. Home care by professional nursing staff is also available at no expenditure. Respite homes are set up for short stays to allow partners who are acting as carers to recharge their batteries. You can be assured that some of these homes are like hotels. This could be a lovely way to enjoy a free holiday. The IBI (rates) have increased considerably due to the revaluation of the valor catastral. On paper this has increased

the value of your property which means that all payments based on your house value will also increase. Some examples include our yearly tax, rates, rubbish, and capital gains charges when you sell your property. Not to mention the increases in inheritance tax. Now we should know how to scrutinise all the reductions possible. An example of this is the possibility of non-payment of the plus valia and the exemptions from inheritance tax. Unfortunately this tax is one of the most distressing, especially on what is a sad occasion with the loss of a partner. When you are at your lowest you trustingly follow the system and may find that you are either being overcharged or worse still not advised that you may be totally exempt from this costly tax. Costa Advice Bureau with the assistance of one of our reliable fiscal representative have recently had to deal with various inheritance tax cases and happily were able to advise the inheritors that there was no tax due. IF this issue is not handled with expertise, residents and non residents alike are handed a substantial bill from the tax authorities.

The silver lining; the autonomous government has ruled that everyone should be reimbursed whether or not a claim has been put forward to the company Some of the banks insist that you take on a life insurance with their branch when taking on a mortgage. This is not a legal requirement. Saying this check your home insurance and what it covers. We assisted a family to avoid a 1.300 euro bill given to them when the local Estepona fire brigade had to enter a property due to the owner having had a bad fall. which resulted in her death. Her insurance did not cover the expense of calling out the brigade. Consider giving a friendly neighbour a spare front door key. This will also avoid the expense of calling out a cerrajero when you accidently lock yourself out. This is not the UK where the friendly fire brigades respond to a call out to bring down kitty from a willow tree. Endesa the electricity board has recently increased their charges yet again and in the previous increase decided on monthly billing systems which as so many of us are aware has resulted in the miscalculation of invoices. This is sometimes to your advantage but more than often not. The bad news was that if we had been overcharged and had not made a claim to Endesa we would not be reimbursed. The silver lining; the autonomous government has ruled that everyone should be reimbursed whether or not a claim has been put forward to the company. So please keep and eye on your facturas and your meter readings. With the high costs of telephone calls, pensioners have the right for reduction on their monthly bills. In spite of all the advice given, should you be unfortunate enough to discover that after spending the last ten years as a resident, exhausted your savings and are considering returning to the UK because you do not have pension. Do not despair you may be entitled to a Spanish pension. When you have to realise any new transactions be it paying a bill, taking a neighbour to court, accepting a quote. The writing up of documents, making a new will. Be aware when implementing these or any future transactions. To coin a catchphrase, “Look before you leap”

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

“Curiouser & curiouser,” said Alice - 1 As pensionistas on the Manilva padron, my wife and I enjoy monthly pedicures at the Edificio Multiples Usos in Sabinillas. We are accustomed to the pedicurista not being in attendance for whatever reason... live here long enough and you learn to ride the punches, ‘Go with the flow’ as they say. Our April appointments were booked for midday; on arrival, sure enough, the door to the consulting room was closed and locked. Waiting outside the room however was an elderly lady. I asked, “Que hora tiene?” (“What time is your appointment?”) She looked at her wristwatch, but I could see her appointment slip in her hand: it read ‘10.40’ “You have been waiting for an hour and a half ?” She nodded. “Is **** (the pedicurista) here?” She shrugged. “We had best go home,” I said to my wife. “Let’s wait a while,” she replied. ‘A while later’, I went down to the office and asked a functionaria “Where is ****?” She glanced up at the clock and sniffed. “Domicilio - house visit.” Another ‘while later’ (as I said, you learn to ride the punches), I asked again downstairs and got the same answer. “Please call **** on her movil AND ask when she is coming back.” “I’m not allowed to make personal calls.” I smile sweetly, (as in Arabia, you learn to do that here too.) to no avail however. Now the young guy at Reception I have known since he was knee-high. I explain my problem, he goes to the functionaria’s phone, dials, speaks and says to me, “**** is in her room, been there all the time.” As for the lady who had been waiting before us, she had the wrong day....

“Curiouser & curiouser,” said Alice - 2 April 29 and we receive two of those letters with the pink card that you have to sign as receiving. The ones that make you think some faceless person has denounced you for some unknown reason. (“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you...”) The letters, dated Mar 30, were from the ‘Most Excellent Ayuntamiento of Manilva’. Signed by the Mayoress herself they jnformed us that “according to law, la, la, la, and the Bureau of Statistics, our ‘Residencias’ had expired, so officially we no longer lived in Manilva”.! But another paragraph of said law conceded us 10 days to go to the Sabinillas Tenencia and appeal. Which I did on May 3, ie after another ‘long weekend’ and certainly long after the ‘concession’ had expired. I confront this very nice lady at Reception and no, she wasn’t on the ‘phone to Mama, marido or clandestine novio. I lay out my papers and valid residencias. “You have received a letter,” she says. The Resident plus www.theresident.es

“Yes, but firstly I want to explain...” “No pasa nada. Give me your residentias.” She goes to the photocopier which of course breaks down. She reappears. “Finito. Sign here.” “What’s finito?, What am I signing for? Are we back on the padron?” “You were never removed from the padron.” “But why these official letters?” A shrug. “No pasa nada. Adios.” A Resident of Sabinillas The Resident Plus is a collaborative effort and we are quite happy to consider any contribution that has a local connection and we feel would be of interest to our readers. Send your contributions to editor@theresident.eu by the 28th of the month for inclusion in the following month's issue. The editorial team reserves the right to reject any contribution and will not enter into correspondence on the subject. All your printing, publishing, signage, marketing and publicity requirements in one location. Business cards, flyers, brochures, magazines, menus, tryptichs, leaflets, posters, booklets, etc. A wide range of signage available for shops, restaurants, offices, communities, bars, menu boards, A boards, vehicles signwritten. Trade vinyl cutting service available at keen prices.

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46 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Have a day out with The Resident The Resident, in collaboration with Viajes Transandalucia, would like to invite our readers to take advantage of our special ‘Readers’ Offers’ on a selection of trips and excursions. As well as discounts on Viajes Transandalucia’s regular trips each month we will also select

a featured excursion at a special price for Resident readers only. You must book directly to take advantage of these offers. Telephone: 952 893 227 or 619 814 233 or email viajes@transandalucia.com. Don’t forget to mention The Resident or you won’t get the discount!

Cordoba

Fuengirola Market & Mijas

Every Thursday - (lunch optional add 12.00€) - During May Cordoba celebrates its world famous Patios Festival. Our trip on the 12th of May fall within the festival, so book early to avoid disappointment. This elegant city was once the capital of Islamic Spain. As a result of this it boasts the “Mezquita”, one of the most fascinating buildings in the world. This building was the most beautiful and largest mosque outside of the Middle East and is now the cathedral of Cordoba. It is also possible to just wander through the old Jewish Quarter. Adults: Normal price 60€ The Resident price 56€ Children: Normal price 45€ The Resident price 42€. Entrance to Mesquita included.

Every Tuesday - A morning visit to Fuengirola to enjoy the famous Tuesday market, one of the largest on the coast, then its on to the delightful mountain village of Mijas, probably the most famous of the Andalucian White Villages. Time to explore this beautiful pueblo, with its narrow streets and wonderful views. Adults: Normal price 25€ The Resident price 23€ Children: Normal price 20€ The Resident price 18€

Fuengirola Zoo Every Tuesday - One of the world’s finest, with state of the art facilities, active participation in species conservation. And its in the centre of town! Adults: Normal price 40€ The Resident price 38€ Children: Normal price 32€ The Resident price 30€.

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Seville Every Friday (lunch optional add 12.00€) - Seville is the capital of Andalucia. One of Seville’s major landmarks is its cathedral minaret “La Giralda”, built in the 12th century and the third largest temple in christianity. Upon arrival, we take a short tour, including a visit to the majestic Plaza de Espana, La Giralda, and the Cathedral. (entrance fee included in price). You will then have free time to explore the city (with optional lunch available). Adults: Normal price 60€ The Resident price 56€ Children: Normal price 45€ The Resident price 42€

Every Wednesday - (lunch optional add 12.00€) The city of charm and mystery was the last Arab stronghold in Spain until conquered by the Christians in 1492. The Alhambra complex is world renowned as the best conserved example of Islamic architecture in Spain. During the walking tour of 2.5 hours the guide will reveal to you the fascinating history of the Alhambra, after which you are free to explore the city. Adults: Normal price 74€ The Resident price 70€ Children: Normal price 58€ The Resident price 54€ (subject to 20€ deposit per person)

Tangier Every Tuesday & Saturday Please note: PASSPORTS REQUIRED! By coach to Tarifa, the fast ferry getting us to North Africa in approximately 35/40 minutes. The tour will include the Caves of Hercules, followed by a typical Moroccan lunch (which includes live music, belly dancing, etc.) After lunch, we escort you to the Medina (old part of town), Souk (shops and market) and Kasbah (fortress), with time for shopping. Our guide will accompany you at all times. Adults: Normal price: 79€ (lunch included) The Resident price: 75€ Children: Normal price 65€ The Resident price 60€. A 24-hour cancellation fee applies to this trip PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED WHEN BOOKING

Gibraltar - a choice of trips: Wednesdays, Fridays and some Saturdays

Gibraltar - Shopping only: Take this opportunity for 5 hours retail therapy in duty free Gibraltar. Normal price: 20€ The Resident price: 18€. Children: 13€

Gibraltar Rock tour & shopping Your mini coach will take you on a tour of the Rock. Admission prices to St. Michael’s Caves and the Upper Rock & Barbary Apes are included. The tour finishes in Main Street, leaving you time for your duty-free shopping Adults: Normal price 45€ The Resident price 43€ Children: Normal price 35€ The Resident price 33€

Dolphin boat trip and shopping Join us on board the ‘Brixham Belle’ to enjoy the wild dolphins in the bay of Algeciras. You will get the chance to see three different species of these playful mammals, and possibly even a whale or two. The excellent commentary on board will make this a very special adventure for everyone. Also includes plenty of time for duty free shopping etc. Adults: Normal price 45€ The Resident price 43€ Children: Normal price 35€ The Resident price 33€

Gibraltar - Rock the boat Combined Rock tour and Dolphin World. Subject to sailing times, and has less shopping time. Adults: Normal price 70€ The Resident price 66€ Children: Normal price 53€ The Resident price 50€ Please note: PASSPORTS REQUIRED FOR ALL GIBRALTAR TRIPS!

Ronda by Train

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Every Thursday - By coach to Algeciras, then mountain train to Ronda, on a singletack line, built over 100 years ago. This spectacular mountain scenery can only be seen by train, with many villages and delightful stations en route. In Ronda you can explore the old Moorish town, including the 18th century bridge over the famous El Tajo Gorge, before returning by coach.Adults: Normal price 43€ The Resident price 41€ Children: Normal price 33€ The Resident price 31€.

Nerja

Spanish Lakes & Orchards

Every Tuesday (includes breakfast) - Visit the eastern side of the Costa del Sol including a visit to its most famous town of Nerja. Our trip takes us first to the small town of El Palo, where we enjoy a typical Andalucian breakfast. After breakfast we will visit the famous cave of Nerja, with the 32m high ‘Cataclysmic Hall’. After the cave, we visit the town of Nerja, with free time to explore the sites such as the Balcon de Europa or just amble amongst the shops and bars of this interesting town Adults: Normal price 45€ The Resident price 43€ Children: Normal price 34€ The Resident price 32€

Every Friday (Lunch optional €12) - Our trip takes us inland, to an old Olive Mill, for a fully guided tour and, when in season, where we see the full olive oil production process. (Light refreshments included.) We then visit an authentic citrus fruit farm of around 17,000 trees where, if in season, we can sample fresh fruit straight from the tree. A tour of the scenic Spanish Lake District follows, via the dramatic El Chorro Gorge, stopping for lunch, before then returning to the coast. .Adults: Normal price 46€ The Resident price 44€ Children: Normal price 34€ The Resident price 32€.

Tel.: 952 893 227 or 619 814 233 Fax: 952 893 658 or email viajes@transandalucia.com Don’t forget these rates are only available when booking direct through the main office (See telephone numbers above) and you must mention the resident to receive these special prices.


The Resident Plus May 2011  
The Resident Plus May 2011  

Online supplement from The Resident newspaper serving the Western Costa del Sol.

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