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Issue 125 • September 2009


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september 2009 the THEME

Year of Darwin 12 Evolution 30

The News

Films 20 Latest DVD Releases 22 CD Releases 24 Book on Evolution 26

the people

David Attenborough 38 Michael Jackson 40

The trend

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport 48 The Latest Gadgets 52 New Domain Names 54 One Dazzling Moment for our Planet 56

the chic

A 1960s Dream Home 62 Décor News 70 Art News 72 Profile – Pavés 74 Papillon Bleu Cruisewear 76 Fashion News 84


The Anti-ageing Revolution 87 Beauty News 88 Wellness Dojo 90 Health News 92 Research 94


98 Paradise Lost and Regained 102 Enterprise 110 Finance 112 Business Service


the Traveller

114 Cerrado del Aguila 116 Jerez 122 Hotel Campanile 124 The Galapagos Islands


133 Boulevard 135 Buddha Beach 136 Food News 138 Chef Profile: Jean-Christophe Novelli 140 Lanzarote Wines 142 Listings – Directory


155 Pet News 156 What’s On in September 158 Your Stars for the Month Ahead




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Readers may be wondering why this months is centered around evolution. Well, apart from it being the 200th anniversary year of the birth of Darwin, whose revolutionary ideas quite literally influenced the course of history, evolution itself can be seen on a number of different levels. We all need to make changes in ourselves, to evolve to become better people with more fulfilling lives and to protect the planet that supports us. Consequently, our September issue is themed on evolution and among the highlights in these pages you will find information on the Year of Darwin and the many commemorative events that are taking place around the world and a feature article, focusing on his life, discoveries, theories and the stormy reception they received in a strict religiously repressed Victorian society. We also travel to the Galapagos Islands, as did Darwin, and find out why they presented the perfect platform from which to demonstrate evolution in action. Naturally enough, our featured personality is Sir David Attenborough, whose countless brilliantly narrated documentaries have brought the natural world right into our living rooms in all its harsh reality and vivid colour. However, not wishing to go overboard, you will find that there is a wealth of other reading material coming up. After the sad news about Michael Jackson, we review his life and achievements. We also visit Jerez to find out what is going on during its annual grape harvest - La Vendimia. If awesome power and unsurpassed speed are your thing, check out our adrenalin-pumping ride in the new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, the world’s fastest commercial car. Having got suitably wound up, we stand up and repudiate ITV’s recent Spain-knocking Paradise Lost programmes, and then relax and wonder, while being shown round an exquisitely designed property near Mijas. As September is one of the loveliest months for dining out, don’t miss our reviews of Boulevard and Buddha Beach. We also profile and chat with Jean Christophe Novelli at his newly opened Novelli’s in Marbella and take a look at and a satisfying tasting of Lanzarote wines. Elsewhere, there’s décor, fashion, health & beauty, business and finance, local news and events, golf and hotels, what’s on and your stars for the month ahead – a full quota of material guaranteed to keep you in the picture. Many people have been telling us recently how much they enjoy reading and that’s the kind of feedback that inspires us to the limit. So, look out for even more mindblowing editions coming your way in the forthcoming months.

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By Iain Blackwell Muchos de vosotros os preguntaréis por qué esta edición se centra en la evolución. Aparte de ser el 200º aniversario del nacimiento de Darwin, cuyas ideas revolucionarias influyeron en el curso de la historia, la evolución se puede observar en muchos sentidos. Todos necesitamos hacer cambios en nuestras vidas, evolucionar para ser mejores personas con vidas más satisfactorias y proteger el planeta que nos da vida. Por este motivo, la edición de septiembre se centra en el tema de la evolución. Encontraréis artículos sobre el Año de Darwin e información sobre muchos eventos que tendrán lugar en todo el mundo. También os deleitaréis con el reportaje sobre la vida de Darwin, sus descubrimientos, teorías y la polémica que desataron sus ideas en la sociedad Victoriana, extremadamente conservadora. Viajamos a las Islas Galápagos tal como lo hizo Darwin y descubrimos por qué fue el escenario idóneo para demostrar el funcionamiento de la evolución. Naturalmente, nuestra personalidad del mes es Sir David Attenborough, cuyos documentales brillantes nos acercaron al mundo de la naturaleza en toda su brutalidad y con todo su color. También tocamos otros temas como el triste fallecimiento de Michael Jackson, y hablamos sobre su vida y sus logros. Hacemos un viaje a Jerez para adentrarnos en La Vendimia, el evento más importante del calendario jerezano. Si la velocidad y la potencia son lo vuestro, montaos en el Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, el coche comercial más rápido del mundo. Ya que nos han tocado la moral, criticamos los últimos programas televisivos, Paradise Lost, que han sacado lo peor de España. Luego nos relajamos, caminando por una preciosa casa en Mijas. El mes de septiembre es uno de los mejores para cenar fuera. Os llevamos a los restaurantes de Boulevard y Buddha Beach. También hablamos con el chef famoso Jean Christophe Novelli en su nuevo restaurante, Novelli’s, en Marbella. Y bebemos algunos de los mejores vinos de Lanzarote. En otras secciones os ofrecemos noticias sobre la decoración, la moda, la salud y la belleza, los negocios y las finanzas, los eventos locales, e información sobre el golf y los hoteles. Hay también una amplia sección sobre los eventos destacados del mes. Mucha gente nos dice que les encanta leer y esto nos inspira inmensamente. Así que os prepararemos unas ediciones de escándalo en los meses siguientes.

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This month, in his bicentennial year, is dedicated to the man whose groundbreaking theory of evolution turned the world on its head: British naturalist Charles Darwin. His revolutionary ideas on natural selection, based on his voyages of discovery aboard HMS Beagle, rocked the scientific and religious spheres and remain contentious to this day.


ore than 750 events have been hosted by 45 countries to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth on February 12, 1809. More are planned in the leadup to another important date: the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work, On the Origin of Species. Perfectly timed for our own commemorative issue, October premiers the flagship programme in BBC One’s Darwin Series: Life, a 10-part documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough which was four years in the making and captures some of the most extraordinary animal survival behaviours ever filmed for television. Although the biggest events have centered on Darwin’s native Britain and namesake city in Australia, the world is his stage this year, uniting top scientists, academics, artists, writers, performers and film makers around the globe for lectures, exhibitions and festivals, unleashing a tidal wave of creativity: TV programmes, commemorative stamps and coins, books, works of art and a host of websites where you can gen up on his theories and read his complete works online. Three major conferences are planned around our shores alone, later this month: the International Symposium on Islands and Evolution (September 14-17, University of the Balearic Islands, Menorca – www.; the European Science Foundation’s Darwin and Evolution (Costa Brava, September 15-20 –; and the Calpe Conference 2009, Human Evolution – 150 Years after Darwin (Gibraltar Museum, September 16-20, museum)

Darwin’s birthplace of Shrewsbury has launched a Town Trail and unveiled a £350,000 sculpture – Quantum Leap – designed by Pearce & Lal, some 40 feet high and 60 feet long, likened to a shell, human vertebrae, DNA and a dinosaur’s skeleton. Britain’s Natural History Museum has a new Tree Gallery, inspired by Darwin’s iconic Tree of Life drawing – a 17metre-long section of a 200-year-old oak tree inlaid into the ceiling, created by Tania Kovats. Cambridge University, where he spent his undergraduate years, is dedicating its tri-annual Music Festival (November 8-29) to Darwin and his restored college rooms are open to the public until mid-November. Down House, his family home in Kent whose garden served as his outdoor research laboratory, offers interactive multimedia tours narrated by David Attenborough and Andrew Marr, plus a full-scale reproduction of his cramped cabin on hms Beagle. Later this year, cinemas will premier Creation, a movie adaptation of Annie’s Box whose author, British conservationist Randal Keynes, is a great-great-grandson of Darwin. Some events will carry on into next year, such as Manchester Museum’s major exhibition, Charles Darwin: The Evolution of a Scientist, which runs from October 3 to July 2010 ( museum). And a project is underway to build a replica of hms Beagle which will sail around the world in Darwin’s wake during 2010, carrying an international crew of young scientists. In tribute to Darwin, this month we look at the man and his theories, follow in his footsteps to the Galapagos Islands and profile one of the most passionate Darwinians of all, Sir David Attenborough. Read on, and prepare to be amazed!

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Funny People [Genre] Comedy [Director] Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) [Actors] Adam Sandler, Jason Schwartzman, Jason Long, Eric Bana, Leslie Mann, Seth Rogen When successful comedian George Simmons (Adam Sandler) discovers he is terminally ill, he decides to hire upcoming comedian Ira (Seth Rogen) as his opening act, leading to a strong friendship between the two seemingly incompatible characters. The film reveals snippets from the numerous bad but hugely successful films George has starred in, including Re-Do, the story of a high flying entrepreneur who meets a wizard who agrees to make him young again. The only problem is, the wizard turns him into a baby, leading to ridiculous scenes in which George tries to conduct his business life, dressed in nothing but a diaper. The official synopsis of Re-Do reveals the kind of material George has been reduced to: ‘Craig, a workaholic lawyer, never made time for his relationships. Alone and depressed on his 40th birthday, he wonders about the life he could have lead. But be careful what you wish for… you might just find yourself in diapers! When a wizard gives Craig a second chance at his youth, he discovers that sometimes it takes becoming a baby to learn how to be a man’. Funny People is a clever mix of sentimentality and raucous humour, typical of Judd Apatow, whom critics have already styled this decade’s King of Comedy.

The Informant [Genre] Thriller [Director] Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11) [Actors] Matt Damon, Frank Welker, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Bakula Based on Kurt Eichenwald’s 2000 book, this is the true story of Mark Whitacre, an Ivy League Ph.D. and top executive at the Fortune 500 company, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), in the 1990s. Whitacre, incensed by his company’s illegal, million dollar price-fixing tactics, decided to help the FBI, taping company meetings and conversations for three years in cities such as Tokyo, Paris and Mexico. This marked the first time a participant in illegal price-fixing tactics had ever helped the FBI. Ironically, when the deals were uncovered and the executives punished, Whitacre himself received a far longer sentence than his colleagues when it was revealed that he defrauded $9 million from his company, at the same time that he was working with the government. Whitaker, who also suffered from manic-depressive disorder, grew increasingly delusional, serving a long jail sentence despite the FBI’s subsequent recognition of the important role he played in the undercover operation. In 2008, the supervisor of the price-fixing case, Dean Paisley, told the press, “Had it not been for the fraud conviction, he would be a national hero. Without him, the biggest anti-trust case we’ve ever had would not have been.”

The Life Before Her Eyes [Genre] Drama [Director] Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) [Actors] Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri The peaceful, sunny suburb of Briar Hill, Connecticut is turned upside down when an armed student kills 15 students and teachers before holding two teenage girls hostage: the imaginative, daring Diana (Evan Rachel Wood) and her best friend, the gentle, conservative Maureen (Eva Amurri). Some 15 years down the track, Diana (Uma Thurman) has the perfect life. Her childhood sweetheart, Paul, is now her husband and a successful Professor of Art at a prestigious University. Their daughter, Emma, a teenager herself, is showing signs of having inherited her mother’s character, and the same rebellious streak that brought Diana and Maureen together all those years back, when Diana was rolling herself a joint in the girl’s restroom and Maureen warned her that a teacher was coming. Diana and Maureen do everything schoolgirls are expected to do: cut class, think of boys, slip into their neighbours’ yards to use their inviting pools… but their relationship begins to falter when Diana’s erratic behaviour clashes increasingly with Maureen’s strict beliefs. The 15th anniversary of the shootout starts to approach and Diana grows more and more obsessed by her tumultuous relationship with Maureen. As her husband starts spending less time at home and her daughter grows distant, Diana contacts Maureen and discovers the redemptive power of their friendship, tainted though it is by echoes of violence.

(SIC) Inglorious Basterds [Genre] Action/ War Film [Director] Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs) [Actors] Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Melanie Laurent During World War II, Jewish-American Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organises a group of soldiers known as ‘The Basterds’ to take revenge on the Nazis in a brutal, summary fashion. In Paris, their paths cross with Shossana Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent), a young Jewish woman who has seen her entire family assassinated by Nazi Colonel, Hans Landa (Christophe Waltz). In Paris she has created a new life for herself, saving enough to open a popular cinema, but she never stops dreaming of taking revenge against her oppressors. Her meeting with The Basterds will finally enable her to unleash the terrible fury she has been hiding inside for years. Inglorious Basterds gives us a whole new vision of World War II as seen through the eyes of a tortured group who refuse to be victims of an inadequate justice system.


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New in Town [Genre] Comedy [Director] Jonas Elmer (Nynne) [Actors] Renée Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr. Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger) is a high-flying Miami executive sent to a small village in Minnesota to restructure a manufacturing plant. The minute the airport doors open and she is bowled over by a gust of below-zero wind and snow, she realises the experience may be more than she bargained for, since her yuppy lifestyle, fashion sense and materialistic values have little to do with the local folk. The only good thing about her stay is the possibility of a promotion when she gets back home, but a spanner is once again thrown in the works when she meets Ted (Harry Connick Jr.), a big time hotshot who voluntarily decides to move to Minnesota, much to Lucy’s shock. Ted, the factory workers and the many interesting locals who cross Lucy’s path make New in Town a Northern Exposure-style foray into the wonderful meeting of unlike minds.

Inkheart [Genre] Fantasy/Adventure [Director] Iain Softely (K-Pax) [Actors] Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren Inkheart is the film adaptation of Cornelia Funke’s fantasy novel about the voyage of a father and his daughter to worlds both real and imagined. Mo Flochart (Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter Meggie (Elizabeth Hope Bennett) share a passion for all things literary. Father and daughter also share the secret ability to bring any character from a book to life, when they read stories aloud. The only problem is that, for every fictional character who enters the real world, a person from the real world is lost to the world of fantasy. One day, Mo visits his favourite old bookshop and cannot believe his luck when he hears voices he hasn’t heard in years coming from Inkheart, a book inhabited by strange characters living in medieval castles. Inkheart is the book he has been looking for since Meggie was three and her mother Resa (Sienna Guillory) disappeared into its fictional world. Mo’s plan to use Inkheart to rescue Resa is threatened when the book’s evil villain, Capricorn (Andy Serkis), kidnaps Meggie and demands that Mo bring to life other evil characters from the book. Determined to rescue his beloved daughter and wife, Mo enlists the help of a disparate group of friends – some real, some imaginary – and goes on a perilous journey to restore the old world order.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno [Genre] Comedy [Director] Kevin Smith (Jersey Girl) [Actors] Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Traci Lords, Jason Mewes, Brandon Routh If we were to make a list of the top selling comedies of the past five years, Seth Rogen would probably be in most of them. Rogen, who has starred in hits including Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, seems to strike the perfect balance between sexy and silly and, in Zack and Miri Make a Porno, he once again manages to bring a big soppy smile to our faces. Rogen plays Zack, a small-town loser who shares a flat with his high school buddy Miri (Elizabeth Banks) and still works at the same job he’s had for years at a coffee shop. Zack and Miri can barely manage to pay the rent so, when at a school reunion, they discover that one of their former classmates is now making it big as a porn star, they decide to get into the trade and make their own flick, hiring actors and starring in the film themselves. But their foray into the porn underworld makes them realise that easy money is not so easy after all, especially when they discover that they may have more than friendly feelings for each other.

Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen: Dynamic duo

Few actors are lucky enough to have a role specifically written for them, but Zack and Miri Make a Porno Director, Kevin Smith, would not have written his latest film were it not for the comedic talent of Seth Rogen. Smith fell in love with Rogen when he first saw him in 40-Year-Old Virgin, saying, “I thought he was hilarious! I started thinking about him for this film but I didn’t get around to writing the script for a while. When I finished the script, I started seeing his face everywhere. He was on billboards all around LA for Knocked Up. I figured he’d never consider my flick anymore.” When the pair met by chance while Rogen was shooting Fanboys, Smith emailed him, mentioning Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Much to his surprise, Rogen told him that when he first arrived in Hollywood and an agent asked him what he wanted to do, he’d replied, “I want to be in a Kevin Smith movie.” When the curly haired actor read the script, he nearly burst with laughter, recalling, “I just loved it. I thought it was great, I thought the idea was really funny, I thought it was sweet and I thought the romance of it worked really well. I then gave it to my girlfriend to read, and she’s a really good gauge of this stuff also. If we both like a script, then I generally think its good, because we kind of have pretty different sensibilities. And she really liked it too.” Shooting the film was a breeze as well, with actor and director getting on so well that Smith followed many of Rogen’s suggestions, including the choice of Elizabeth Banks for the role of Miri, and Brandon Routh and Justin Long as a gay porn couple.


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V V Brown [Travelling Like The Light] There’s a huge amount of pressure on VV Brown. Fashion designers, style magazines and trend forecasters are already telling us she’s going to explode with her own fabulousness. This is before you’ve even heard her sing. Thankfully, though, the retro-quiffed Londoner’s debut album, Travelling Like the Light, does deliver. It will certainly silence her critics who, due to the overwhelming support she’s received in the mainstream press, feel they’re duty-bound to snub her. The album is described as ‘doo-wop indie’ but it’s more that a certain 50’s feel comes creeping through each track, including her first release, Shark in the Water. This, and other tracks such as Quick Fix, have a beautiful pop simplicity which is a rarity amongst a slew of over-produced music in the charts. With a charming lack of arrogance, VV Brown’s songs are of heartache packaged in a summery, upbeat way which leaves you feeling this is in no way contrived. She’s not just writing a love song for the sake of it. An artist usually receives this kind of expectation on the second album, but VV Brown’s debut verifies her as a one-off. And behind the hype and pressure, the music speaks for itself.

Daughtry [Leave This Town] Chris Daughtry is the former American Idol contestant (and Vin Diesel lookalike) who’s probably the only real rock star to have ever come out of the show. His album is mainstream rock for the masses. His fan base is mainly female who have fallen for his soft-rock-by-number ballads. Rather than playing tough guy, or talking about wild, hedonistic orgies with groupies, he muses over marriage and fidelity. Formulaic stadium rock it may be. Clichéd, definitely, with lines like ‘Tonight the sunset means so much’ but it’s rock, nonetheless, and it’s big and bold. Over the last few years, rock fans have grown to include people who like fishing and crosswords, as well as drinking tequila and smashing up hotel rooms. And this album reflects this with a safer rock album. Daughtry, the band put together by Chris, should not be under-estimated. Their fan base will grow and grow.

a-ha [Foot of the Mountain] The boys are back and they’re wielding their synthesisers once again. They’re embracing the current retro-electro trend which has seen the likes of La Roux shoot to the top of the charts. However on this, their ninth studio album, it feels less cutting-edge electronica and more mature piano pop. This can’t be a bad thing though – look at the success of Take That over the last two years! Like Gary Barlow and the boys, a-ha are growing into themselves with perfectly written and produced adult pop. However, they seem more melancholic than the generally uplifting Take That. This may have a knockon effect on their album sales and chart success.

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Florence + The Machine [Between Two Lungs] Time was, Florence Welch said she was trying to be what everyone else (namely the record labels) wanted her to be: a wild child to replace Amy Winehouse, who seemed to have disappeared off the radar in St. Lucia. She struck gold when she didn’t give a damn and created what she wanted in a bedroom studio. The result was Between Two Lungs. With goth-like themes and fierce imagery evoking full moons, crucifixes, bleeding hearts and stained wedding dresses, Florence conjures up a dark, yet soulful and moving album that Tori Amos or Kate Bush would give their right arms for, while Evanescence may even give both of hers for the haunting I’m Not Calling You A Liar. But this is 100 per cent Florence Welch. She’s found her musical self and she wants us all to hear it.


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BOOK REVIEWS The Charles Darwin Bicentennial has rekindled massive interest in natural history, evolution and the man himself. Belinda Beckett leafs through the pick of the literary crop.

The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals by Charles Darwin A Penguin Classic edition of Darwin’s most popular book during his lifetime, with dozens of colour photographs from his original publication, makes this classic study newly accessible to modern readers. Darwin’s main goal was to demonstrate the power of his theories for explaining the origin of our most cherished human qualities: morality and intellect. The work engages some of the hardest questions in the evolution debate, and shows the ever-cautious Darwin at his boldest.

The Rough Guide to Evolution by Mark Pallen A complicated subject shoehorned into the easier-to-understand Rough Guide format by Pallen, Professor of Microbial Genomics at Birmingham University, you’ll soon be expounding your own evolutionary theories at dinner parties. The book pulls together a vast array of information, from early pre-Darwinian ideas about organic change to a nutshell version of Darwin’s own ideas and discoveries and how his writings have affected human life in so many ways – from Darwinian tourism to the evolution of The Simpsons. And, on the controversy of evolution versus creation, this book pulls no punches.

Galapagos: Preserving Darwin’s Legacy by Tui De Roy Travel agents everywhere are preparing for ‘the Darwin Effect’ – a boom in travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, which this year mark the 50th anniversary of the Galapagos National Park and the International Charles Darwin Foundation. In 2007, growing pressure on the natural habitat prompted UNESCO to put the archipelago on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Lavishly-illustrated with a foreword by botanist Sarah Darwin (a descendant of the great man), the book includes insightful essays by 30 of the world’s leading researchers, describing the challenges and successes of conservation efforts, past and present. Naturalist De Roy’s images vividly show the stunning alien beauty of these inhospitable islands and the unusual wildlife that has adapted to its strictures.

Life on Air by David Attenborough You’ve watched his amazing natural history documentaries on TV – now find out what went on under the tent flaps in this entertaining autobiography. The book traces his career from 1950s BBC trainee, through his escape from overlit studios into the natural world, first with Zoo Quest and on to the making of his famous Life series. Readers will be gripped by fascinating details of his often hairraisingly uncomfortable, not to mention dangerous, expeditions to capture rare wildlife footage and bring the wonders of the natural world into the global living room.

Darwin’s Universe: Evolution from A to Z by Richard Milner This is great family browsing – authoritative, amusing and abundantly illustrated, illuminating the ways in which ideas of evolutionary biology have leapt the boundaries of science to influence philosophy, law, religion, literature, cinema, art and popular culture. An updated successor to Richard Milner’s acclaimed Encyclopaedia of Evolution, it contains more than 100 new essays, including entries on animal behaviour, new human fossil finds and many other discoveries.

Mrs. Charles Darwin’s Recipe Book: Revived and Illustrated by Dusha Bateson Darwin fever going OTT? Maybe not, as retro cuisine is back in fashion. Bateson tested every one of Emma Darwin’s 55 recipes for the book, and peppers each with anecdotes from everyday life in the famous naturalist’s household. Comfort food from the past includes Turnips Cresselly and Penally Pudding, while the recipe for boiling rice (if one were needed) is written in Charles Darwin’s own hand. More than just a cookbook, this is a sentimental trip back to the Upstairs Downstairs world of Victorian society where food may not have looked pretty but was simple, nourishing and tasty.

The Darwin Awards Next Evolution by Wendy Northcutt Fifth book in the series of stories collected over 15 years by molecular science graduate Wendy Northcutt, dedicated to the recipients of a tongue-in-cheek honour, named after Charles Darwin, awarded to those who “ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool in a sublimely idiotic fashion”. Read about the guy who got drunk by somewhat unconventional means (alcohol enemas) and ‘consumed’ three litres of sherry. Next morning he had the ultimate hangover – he was dead. Then there’s the three guys who tried flaming alcohol shots… without realising they were supposed to blow out the flames before drinking… And many more gems.


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In his bicentennial year, Belinda Beckett profiles the life and legacy of Charles Darwin, whose ideas revolutionised science and religion, inspired Hitler to commit genocide and still impact life today.


hen Queen Victoria saw her first orangutan during a visit to London Zoo, she remarked, “He is frightfully, painfully, and disagreeably human.” Charles Darwin had been struck by a similar thought when he met an orangutan named Jenny at the same zoo, a few years earlier. For the Queen, the likeness was merely a passing curiosity. Darwin sought answers and made it his life’s work, coming up with the earth-shattering conclusion that, “Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.” History has not recorded Queen Victoria’s opinion of Darwin’s deductions but it is to be guessed that she was not amused. She was certainly insufficiently impressed to give him the Knighthood proposed by her Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston. When it finally hit the streets in 1859, On The Origin of Species appalled much of God-fearing Victorian society. Even the author delayed publishing for nearly a quarter of a century, saying it would be “like confessing to a murder”. His claim that all life shared common ancestry

“The main conclusion arrived at in this work, namely, that man is descended from some lowly organized form will, I regret to think, be highly distasteful to many. But there can hardly be a doubt that we are descended from barbarians.” The Descent of Man, 1871

and evolved to survive, rather than being created uniquely by God in 48 hours, was a direct challenge to Christianity and The Bible. Darwin’s revelations earned him harsh criticism. “Is man an ape or an angel? I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new-fangled theories,” raged Chancellor Disraeli. The Church, too, was scandalized. During one stormy debate Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, sarcastically asked pro-Darwin biologist Thomas Huxley whether it was on his mother’s or father’s side that he was descended from a monkey. Huxley retorted that he would be less ashamed to be related to an ape than to a man who used his talents to suppress debate. Today, Darwin’s explanation of evolution is as established a scientific fact as the Earth is round, while his theory of natural selection remains the most logical explanation for the diversity of life. In his own lifetime, little was known of genetics or the geographical distribution of animals through continental drift. Darwin himself devoted two chapters of Origin to apologising for the lack of fossil evidence recording evolutionary change but predicted that his ideas would eventually be proved. New fossil finds, advances in genetics and the identification of the DNA double helix at Cambridge University, more than a century after Darwin studied there, have confirmed beyond doubt that all life shares a common origin. One of the most dramatic Darwinian proofs came

about in 2005 when an international team published the genome of our closest relative, the chimpanzee. With the human genome already in hand, they could line up chimp and human DNA and examine, one by one, the 40 million evolutionary events that separate us. They found that, although humans and chimps evolved separately since splitting from a common ancestor six million years ago, at least 96 per cent of their DNA is identical. Darwin’s extraordinary findings resulted from his famous voyage on HMS Beagle, during which he

“As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected. From the strong principle of inheritance, any selected variety will tend to propagate its new and modified form.” Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, 1859


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of mockingbird, a marine variety of the land iguana that had developed a flat tail for swimming, and 13 species of finch whose beaks were all of differing shapes and lengths. Much later, the light dawned: these creatures had adapted genetically to survive and had, over time, become entirely new species which no longer bred with the original species from which they sprang.

“In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.” shipped home 1,529 species preserved in spirit and 3,907 labelled samples of fossils, skins, bones and other dried specimens. A born naturalist, his childhood experiences growing up in Shropshire – a county rich in geological specimens – nurtured a burning desire to understand his world. But although both his grandfathers were well-known intellectuals, Darwin was far from being a child prodigy. Enrolled at Edinburgh University to study medicine, he found the lectures dull and surgery distressing. His disappointed father, a wealthy society doctor, sent him to Cambridge to study for Holy Orders. Instead, he joined in the popular craze for beetle collecting, although he did pass his finals. He was also a member of the university’s Glutton Club whose members met to eat unusual foods, an appetite he sated during the Beagle expedition when he sampled everything from owl and tortoise to (inadvertently) a new species of rhea, although he preserved the remains of his dinner for study! That he took part in that expedition at all was a twist of fate. It was supposed to be a mapping trip to South America, Darwin was only third choice for gentleman companion to the captain and his father initially forbade him from going. He was eventually allowed to set off on the Victorian equivalent of a ‘gap year’, to see the world, before becoming a parson. He returned, five years later, a science celebrity, having had his letters published in Britain during his absence. The gigantic fossils he collected of extinct mammals, then known from only very few specimens, shook his belief in a God-created world but it was in the Galapagos Islands that he found evidence integral to his theory of evolution by natural selection. There he discovered that some of the islands supported endemic species that were closely related but physically diverse: giant tortoises with different styles of shell, three types


Back home, his father was impressed with his findings and funded his research. Darwin spent the next two decades amassing facts to back up his observations, turning his kitchen garden into a lab and developing a far-flung network of correspondents, also finding time to marry. He was only half-way through his book when he received a paper from fellow naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, pre-empting his own work. They agreed to publish a joint paper and, one year later, Darwin had sufficient impetus to go public with his own big idea. Inspired by Origin, Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton published his own book, Hereditary Genius, based on the idea of eugenics – the breeding of humans for excellence. Galton reasoned that the aid given by human societies to protect the underprivileged and weak was undermining natural selection, and that only by changing these social policies could society be saved from a “reversion towards mediocrity”. Darwin also explored this theme in his next blockbuster, The Descent of Man, covering the evolution of homo sapiens. Controversially, he wrote: “Excepting in the case of man himself, hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed”; but he drew a line, adding that because of “the human instinct of sympathy, which was originally acquired as part of the social instincts, we must therefore bear the undoubtedly bad effects of the weak surviving and propagating their kind”. However, he prophesied: “At some future period, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace, throughout the world, the savage races.”

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For decades, the peppered moth was the textbook example of evolution in action, unassailable proof that Darwin got it right. Generations of students learned how, during the industrial revolution in England, a dark-coloured mutant quickly replaced the lightcoloured, speckled form in polluted areas because it was better camouflaged against birds. Following the 1956 Clean Air Act, the black moth population was again overtaken by the light form. Despite a long campaign by anti-evolutionists to throw doubt on the facts, a seven-year study by Mike Majerus, Professor of Evolution at Cambridge University, recently gave the peppered moth back its status as an example of Darwinian evolution. “It’s easy to understand because it involves things that we are familiar with: vision and predation, pollution and camouflage, lunch and death,” he says. “That is why the anti-evolution lobby tried to discredit it.” There are many other examples of evolution in action: u The ability of the new swine flu virus to hop from pigs to humans and then to skip from person to person is an excellent example of evolution at work. Viruses not only evolve by the same means as humans but employ trickery, stealing genetic code from other viruses in order to mutate and survive.


u Human preference dictates evolution. Large

snow lotus plants are used in traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicine, which has meant that only the smaller plants go to seed. Hence, the snow lotus is getting smaller. In the same way, the hunting of trophy game such as big fish and caribou is driving these species to become smaller and reproduce at younger ages. u Blue Moon butterflies on a South Pacific island evolved resistance to a killer bacteria in the blink of an eye, in evolutionary time. The bacteria infects females and selectively kills males before they hatch. The strategy reduced males to just one percent of the population but, 10 generations later – one calendar year – males made up nearly 40 percent of the population. u Scientists in America have found that flowers change colour to match the mouthparts of pollinating birds and insects. They studied red columbines, favoured by hummingbirds, and white or yellow columbines, which attract hawkmoths. Each time the plant population shifted from being predominantly hummingbird-pollinated to hawkmoth-pollinated, natural selection worked to change the flower colour, an event that has occurred five times in North America.

England also backed down, stating: “Charles Darwin, 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still.” Even Queen Victoria relented, granting Darwin a state funeral. He was one of only five 19th-century British non-royals to be so honoured.

“I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars.” Darwin was born a Christian but he died an agnostic. Some biographers argue that it was personal tragedy, rather than science, that made him doubt – notably, the death of his beloved daughter Annie, at the age of 10. That story will be retold later this year in the film, Creation, based on the biography Annie’s Box by Randal Keynes, Darwin’s great-great grandson. After his daughter’s death, Darwin no longer attended the village church but his failure to find spiritual comfort from grief seemed to strengthen his trust in natural laws. Perhaps, only then, was he able to write the book that changed the world.

u A toxic toad, introduced in 1936 to wipe out a

beetle species wreaking havoc on Australia’s sugar cane crop, has become an uncontrollable pest itself, through evolving longer legs. From travelling at six miles per year, they now clock up 30 miles, allowing them to secure the best habitat. Researchers found that their legs had grown six per cent longer during that time scale,. u Flat fish like sole and halibut seemed to be evolutionary oddities. Both eyes are on one side of the head, an adaptation that allows them to lie flat on the ocean and spot passing prey. The transition happens in adolescent fish, with one eye migrating up and over the top of the head. Anti-evolutionists argued that this curious anatomy could not have evolved gradually, as suggested by the theory of natural selection, because there would be no advantage for a fish with an only partially-migrated eye. But now scientists have found those intermediate forms in fossils. u Australian lizards called Lerista skinks have evolved from being five-fingered to limbless, like snakes, over the last 3.6 million years. Scientists said the skinks’ lifestyle appears to be driving the change as they spend most of their time ‘swimming’ through desert habitats, for which limbs are a hindrance.


Although perhaps he meant no harm, his words inspired a new scientific racism which lead to compulsory sterilisation (now a Crime against Humanity) of the insane, the physically disabled and certain ethnic minorites, in 27 American states and other countries. Eugenics reached its horrific zenith with Hitler, whose belief that the human gene pool could be improved by selective breeding resulted in the murder of 70,000 people suffering from mental or birth defects in the Third Reich’s Euthenasia Programme. It culminated in the ‘Final Solution’, the extermination of six million Jews and four million others deemed ‘inferior races’ by German scientists. Darwin went on to publish The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animal (one of the first books to feature printed photographs), a series on plants and his final book, which examined earthworms and their effect on soil. Creationists and believers in ‘intelligent design’ continue to discredit Darwin’s theory of natural selection which cannot explain all genetic traits, such as seemingly-pointless male nipples, ostrich wings and, some scientists say, the female orgasm! Nor does his survival of the fittest theory explain the random selection of a whale passing through a shoal of fish with its mouth wide open… Nevertheless, in 1996, Pope John Paul declared Darwin’s evolution “more than a hypothesis” while, last year, the Church of

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f the countless dangerous and unpleasant creatures he has encountered during the making of his amazing wildlife documentaries, only one animal still terrifies Sir David Attenborough – rats. But at an age well-past normal retirement, he has allowed them to crawl up his trouser legs in the interests of science. And, whether he’s hacking his way through Amazonian jungle or scaling giant rainforest trees with simian agility, picking up leeches, lice and tapeworms en route, he tells the tale with the same infectious enthusiasm. His epic Life series of nine programmes and 79 episodes, aired on the BBC between 1979 and 2008, made him the most widely-travelled person in human history and, vicariously, his viewers too, taking us through the evolution of the living planet and all that crawls, prowls, swims or flies within its orbit. No one in the history of dull textbook science has brought the natural world so vividly to life on screen or told the story with such reverential, almost childlike fascination for every creature, great and small. People sometimes forget that this shorts-andsafari-jacket naturalist (who writes all his own scripts and the companion books to every series) was also a ‘suit’ during the BBC’s pioneering days, introducing groundbreaking programmes like The Ascent of Man, Man Alive, Match of the Day, Whicker’s World and Monty Python’s Flying Circus (in which he was parodied by Michael Palin on a quest to find the Quercus Nicholas Parsonus tree). Along with a Knighthood, he has three BAFTAs, a CBE, an OM, a CVO (for producing the Queen’s Christmas broadcast) and several species are named after him, including a prehistoric fish fossil giving birth – Materpiscis attenboroughi – the world’s oldest mother.

In his private life, he is less nomadic and still lives in the Richmond home where his son and daughter were born but, at the age of 83, the alpha male of natural history documentaries is still hungry for adventure. This year saw him packing his thermals for Antarctica to monitor the effects of global warming, while continuing to enthrall viewers with Nature’s Great Events, Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life and, this autumn, Life, a new 10-part blockbuster on extreme animal survival behaviours. Nowadays more narrator than globetrotter, he explains: “If you are a network controller – and I’ve been one – and someone comes along and says ‘I have a terrific idea for a 13-part series, it will cost you ten million quid and when I’m finished I’ll be 86,’ what do you say?” Like Darwin, an inveterate collector of fossils from childhood, he grew up on campus at University College, Leicester, where his father was Principal. One of three talented siblings, his elder brother Richard (Lord Attenborough) is a leading actor/director, his younger brother, John, a car industry executive. With a degree in Natural Sciences and Royal Navy National Service under his belt, his first job in civvy street was editing children’s science textbooks. He found it “boring beyond belief” but took solace in his marriage to childhood sweetheart Jane, to whom he was devoted until her death in 1997. Rejected for a job on BBC radio, his CV interested the factual broadcasting department of its fledgling television service. Attenborough, who didn’t own a television and had seen only one programme, recalls: “I got a letter out of the blue saying, ‘Dear Mr Attenborough, we are in a part of the BBC that has started a new thing called television, and we wondered whether we could persuade you to come along and look at it.’ No

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This autumn in Oviedo, Crown Prince Felipe of Spain will present the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences to Sir David Attenborough, cited as, “One of the most outstanding science broadcasters in the world and a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking”. Belinda Beckett profiles the man who, for over 50 years, has been the armchair traveller’s guide to the wonders of the natural world.



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one wanted to be in television then because it was regarded as rubbish.” His early projects were studio-bound, the only two natural history programmes spoken for. One was presented by the Superintendent of London Zoo who would “stuff these poor little animals in sacks in the middle of the night, fish them out under the studio lights and, needless to say, they acted in a rather odd way, displaying their bottoms, wetting his shirt and biting him. It was very good because it was live!” Burning to get out in the bush, his opportunity came through Jack Lester, the zoo’s Curator of Reptiles. ”I said to Jack, ‘I desperately want to go to Africa,’ and Jack wanted to collect some more stuff for the zoo. He said, ‘I know exactly what we want – it’s a bird. We could call the series Quest for Picathartes gymnocephalus. ‘Well that’s a bit of a mouthful, is it called anything else?’, I asked. ‘Yes’, he replied. ‘It’s also called the bald-headed rock crow.’ In the end, we called it Zoo Quest. Halfway through the series, the cameraman and I were driving along Oxford street and a bus driver lent out of his cab and said, ‘Hullo Dave, how’s Pickafarties then?’ and we knew we’d hit the button.” When Lester was taken ill, Attenborough presented. Years later, he came across a note in the files, written after his first to-camera appearance, saying: ‘Attenborough is an intelligent young man and may well be producer material but he must never be used as an interviewer again. His teeth are too big’. Each trip in old two-engined Dakotas took three months, the budget for the crew of six was just £1,000 and their clockwork camera had to be rewound every 40 seconds. “But the main problem was smuggling all these animals into our hotel rooms. We put pythons and anacondas in sacks under our beds, armadillos in the bath and had bats hanging up on the curtains! In Madagascar I found some marvellous things called pill millipedes which are about the size of a golf ball. They escaped overnight and there were pill millipedes everywhere. I got into a lot of trouble for that!” Returning from an armadillo-collecting trip in Paraguay, unusually on a First Class-only plane (Sir David always flies economy unless his crew can be upgraded), he recalls, “The journey took longer than

we’d thought and the armadillos were running out of food. Our hostess said, ‘Oh, how awful! But we’ve only got caviar and Californian peaches’. So I said, ‘That’s funny, that’s exactly what armadillos like!’ So that’s what they ate, all the way to New York!” In the early 1960s, Attenborough resigned to take a postgraduate degree in social anthropology but was lured back before he completed it, as Controller of BBC Two. He oversaw the transition to colour, instigating TV snooker with Pot Black, and was promoted to Director of Programmes for both BBC channels. But, with the call of the wild beckoning, he turned down the top job of Director General. His idea for Life on Earth (1979) didn’t impress everyone at Auntie Beeb. “You mean you’re going to start this ground-breaking series with 60 minutes about green slime?” was one comment. The first programme received rave press reviews but Attenborough was told: “Bit of a disaster… one should not do more than one species every two-and-a-half-minutes, maximum, and you did seventy-nine.” He went on to make eight more groundbreaking series, braving subzero Antarctica for Life in the Freezer, wrestling with insects (Life in the Undergrowth) and reptiles (Life in Cold Blood). “One of the great advances of technology exploited in The Life of Mammals is the ability to see in the dark,” he recalls. “We were able to use infra-red, which the animals can’t see at all. We got elephants going into a cave deep in an extinct volcano in Kenya to find salt, a fantastically atmospheric sequence. We also used thermal cameras to film some extraordinary behaviour by near-frozen bats in a cave in Canada, covered in ice! You see a male firing up his body which goes from blue to scarlet. First thing he does is nip over and see if he can nudge a female into life. One is tempted to say he gets a bit of frigid reception, but it’s not all that frigid!” One of the most brutal wildlife sequences ever captured on film, aired in The Trials of Life, showed ‘cuddly vegetarian’ chimpanzees hunting down Colobus monkeys. Says

Attenborough, “People would be appalled if they saw what lay on the cutting-room floor. One has to tread that narrow line between neither sensationalising violence nor pretending it’s a fairy story where animals just lay down and die.” A passionate Darwinian and agnostic who believes evolution is “as solid a historical fact as you could conceive”, he says: “When Creationists talk about God creating every individual species as a separate act, they always instance hummingbirds and beautiful things. But I think of a parasitic worm that is boring through the eye of a boy sitting on a West African riverbank, that’s going to make him blind. And I ask them, ‘Are you telling me that the God you believe in created this worm that can live in no other way than in an innocent child’s eyeball? Because that doesn’t seem to me to coincide with a God who’s full of mercy’.” Although Attenborough supports many environmental causes, he keeps his role as broadcaster impartial. “As Samuel Goldwyn said, sending messages is for Western Union. What I am doing conforms to the great values of Lord Reith, founder of the BBC – ‘to entertain, educate and inform’. There are no messages in any of our films, no morals to be drawn, no insights into the human condition through a wild creature’s wisdom. The reason I’m in natural history film-making is because observing the natural world is, quite simply, one of the greatest pleasures in life.” n

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ost of us will probably never forget precisely what we were doing when we heard the news that many of us are still struggling to come to terms with: that Michael Jackson, King of Pop, was dead. For many of his fans, his sudden demise propelled us back in time to specific moments shared with Jackson in our childhood: his cheeky smile in the last scene of Thriller; his silver jacket shining like the stars in Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough; his innocent voice rising from our cassette players as he begged us to understand why things were the way they were: “Tell ‘em that it’s human nature.” At his memorial service, broadcast live all over the world, many lamented the loss of ‘the greatest entertainer of all time’ but the sense of grief also generated related feelings, such as regret, injustice and indignation. Musician Pete Wentz hit the nail on the head when he said, “There will never be another. I have never felt such public grief for someone I have never met.” Back in Spain, rock singer Dani Martín said, “Michael Jackson was an angel sent from above… people just didn’t get him.” When a great artist loses his life it is always difficult but, when that life has been marked by constant crucifixion, there is no solace with time… there is no ‘thanks for the memories’. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993, following 14 years of silence, Jackson clarified many questionable rumours about his life. “The press has made up so many awful stories. It has made me realise that the more often you hear a lie, you begin to believe it.” Many of these ‘lies’ have become part of popular folklore: that he slept in an oxygen chamber and bought the bones of the Elephant Man, for example. The first of these rumours, which appeared complete with a photo of Michael lying in what does indeed appear to be a kind

of chamber, is a telling example of the power of the press in affecting public opinion. Michael explained the mystery behind the ‘secret oxygen machine’: “I did a commercial for Pepsi and I was burned very badly … we settled for $1 million and I gave all the money to build this place called the Michael Jackson Burn Centre and [the machine is] a piece of technology used for burn victims. So I’m looking at it and I decide to go inside it and somebody takes the picture. The person who processed the picture made a copy and these pictures went all over the world. With this lie attached to it.” As for the Elephant Man? “I love the story of the Elephant Man. He reminds me of me a lot. It made me cry because I saw myself in the story but no, I never asked for the bones,” he said, begging, “Don’t judge a person, do not pass judgement, unless you have talked to them, one on one.” His clarifications would land on deaf ears, since a great percentage of the population probably still believes these urban myths. Upon Michael’s passing, Elizabeth Taylor, the quintessential Tinkerbell to his Peter Pan, said, “People always talk about one side of a person but never about their accomplishments – the things they did, the money they gave to children. Who knows that, when Michael was on tour, he would visit hospitals, without anyone knowing? There was no point. People didn’t understand who he was.” Who was Michael Jackson? According to Taylor, “The least weird man I have ever known… highly intelligent, shrewd, intuitive, understanding, generous – to almost a fault… a good man.” Taylor describes the effect on the artist of the two lawsuits brought against him for child abuse, first in 1993 and then in 2003: “Nothing in the world could have hurt him more if it had been calculated. It almost broke his heart.” Despite

testimony by Michael’s pal, child actor McCauley Culkin, stating the absence of any such abuse; despite the words of the many children suffering from cancer and terminal illness whose diseases were cured thanks to aid from Michael; despite the fact that Michael Jackson merits his place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the artist who has given the most amount of money to charity, it is sad that many will remember him for lawsuits that garnered the plaintiffs millions of dollars – although they were never able to produce enough evidence to even merit a trial. When Oprah Winfrey paid a visit to Neverland for her groundbreaking interview, she was amazed to find rooms with hospital beds for very ill children, so they could lie down while watching films or performances to transport themselves away from their pain for a day. “You have to really love children to incorporate that into your house,” she said. Undoubtedly one of the most painful betrayals of Michael was that of Martin Bashir who filmed the documentary, Living with Michael Jackson, in 2003. Were it not for the fact that Jackson also had his own crew filming the same events, Bashir’s dishonesty could very well have prevailed. Bashir represented Michael as an irresponsible father and Neverland as a dangerous place for ill children, yet in Michael’s (uncut) version, Bashir is seen telling Michael, “Your relationship with your children is special and it almost makes me weep when I see you with them, because your interaction with them is so natural, so caring, so loving.” Bashir’s foiled attempt to discredit Michael makes patent the extent to which we, the public, will never really know the famous people we love or hate. We are pawns, as much as the stars themselves, of greater interests. How do we understand Michael Jackson? Spanish dance sensation Sergio Alcover gives us one suggestion. Interviewed by magazine last year, when he cited Jackson as the reason he started dancing, Alcover asks a very simple question: “Cannot we leave room in our hearts for the kind of innocence that would give him the benefit of the doubt?” Michael openly told the press many times why

Michael “You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you, Peter Pan.” Tinkerbell


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“He was a massively talented boy-man with a gentle soul.” Paul McCartney

he loved spending time with children: “People always wonder why I have children around. It’s because I find the things that I never had through them – Disneyland, amusement parks, arcade games. I adore all that stuff because, when I was little, it was always work, work, work. If it wasn’t a concert it was the recording studio, if it wasn’t that it was TV shows or picture sessions.” Once, he recalls, “I was at the recording studio and I looked outside the window and saw children playing in the park and I was dying to run outside and play with them.” Michael, who was beaten and insulted as a child by his father, Joseph, tells us how the very presence of his father would make him shake and feel like vomiting, even as an adult. He told both Martin Bashir and Oprah Winfrey that Joseph would frequently insult him for having a “fat nose” and pimples, calling him “ugly,” which perhaps explains his later recourse to surgery. “I love my father, and I forgive him, but I don’t know him,” said Michael. If we speak of benefit of the doubt, what can we make of the public scepticism every time Michael had a relationship? Lisa Marie Presley, his first wife, published a letter when he died, stating, “Our relationship was not a ‘sham’ as is being reported in the press. It was an unusual relationship, yes, where two unusual people who did not live or know a normal life found a connection… nevertheless, I believe he loved me as much as he could love anyone, and I loved him very much.” In the same communication, she explained their break-up: “I became very ill in my quest to save him from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetise around him. I had my children to care for, I had to make a decision…” But she admits, “After the divorce I spent a few years obsessing about him, about what I could have done differently, in regret…”

The man whose record, Thriller, is still the bestselling album of all time, who achieved eight Grammy awards in one year and had 60 platinum records, admitted that when the lights went out, he would often “cry from loneliness”. How can we even try to understand the kind of life he describes? “You are in your hotel room and you hear thousands of fans chanting, shouting ‘I love you,’ and you can’t get out. You feel all that love out there but you’re trapped. If you go to a bookstore, a club, every book you buy, people will be asking, ‘Why is he buying this?’ I go to a nightclub and every song they start playing is mine…” Michael found his solace in what he deemed his mission in life: “To give, in the best way I can, through song, dance and music. I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal – the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine. I feel I was chosen as an instrument to give music and love and harmony to the world.” Despite his many tribulations, Michael vowed, “I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to,” and, to his dying day, he proclaimed his love for children: When I see children, I see the face of God. That’s why I love them so much.” At Jackson’s funeral, the Reverend Al Sharpton put into words what many of us felt, when he told the star’s three children: “There was nothing weird about your daddy. What was weird was what they did to him.” Michael, in turn, once said, “Everyone who knows me will know the truth, which is that my children come first in my life and that I would never harm any child.” Michael Jackson, we hope the world will never forget what a magical human being you were. We cannot believe we will never see you again. Never is an awfully long time. n

“I cannot stop crying over the sad news. The world has lost one of the greats but his music will live on forever.” Madonna

“There is no one in the world like MJ! Never has been! Never will be! In some way he has touched us, been the voice of our sweetest memories. And what a wonderful, genuine, compassionate, soft-spoken giant, so full of love. Long from now, when we are all dust, he will never be forgotten.” Alicia Keys

“Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father in the world.” Paris Jackson

“Kind, genuine and wonderful man.” Liza Minnelli

“Every step he took was absolutely precise and fluid at the same time. It was like watching quicksilver in motion.” Martin Scorsese

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y passenger, Olivier Thevenin, waved me to a stop on an arrow-straight road in a backwater of Sardinia and his serious look suggested something big. “Now,” he said, “use all of the power, really, and then feel the brakes.” As I was sitting behind the wheel of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, and his was the voice of reason designed to keep it safe, I could have kissed him. Just a few of us were invited to the €1,000-a-night Hotel Pitrizza on the Costa Smeralda to drive the latest model in the supercar world, in suitably glamorous surroundings. The Top Gear guys had headed off on their merry way the day before and, apparently, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká and Rod Stewart were among the guests at the hotel. Bugatti brought us here to enjoy the car in the relative absence of police and in the exclusive atmosphere that Veyron drivers take for granted – a world apart from recession and the grinding realities of everyday life. This is a world with a private beach for every room, a golf cart to take you to dinner and a waiter who knows your name and exact preference when it comes to truffle shavings. This is Bugatti world. It was that kind of event, but it led to that kind of road, which was the more important factor. I floored the throttle and the car simply took off. A Haldex clutch and rear transverse diff lock battle with 1001PS (987bhp) and 922lb/ft of torque that should leave the tarmac with emotional scars and the car off the road, but revealing this internal conflict with the simple laws of nature is not the Veyron way. It simply goes like a bullet from a sniper’s rifle.




Grand The power meter swung round like a circus hammer and, just for a second, I was God, using the full force of the ultimate car. The engine, just a whistling collection of electrical pumps which whine and whinnie at low speed, suddenly found its eight litre, W16 lungs and roared like some woken giant directly next to my head. 100kph fell in 2.7s and 200kph in 7.3s. Every flick up the seamless seven-speed DSG paddle shift box sucked a fresh gulp of air into those perfectly sculpted airboxes above my head, there was a deep mechanical sneeze but no let-up in the forward thrust. The skin stretched on my neck and my stomach bounced off my spine and then, as suddenly as it began, the horizon simply arrived at the windscreen and it was over. Had there been space, the Veyron Grand Sport would have blasted through 300kph in just 16.7s. This is pure unadulterated power, perfectly harnessed to throw a car down the road at the fastest possible speed. And with the roof removed and that exposed engine nestling right next to the luxuriously trimmed sports seats, it’s an even richer experience. Of course you don’t just chop the roof off a 407kph car; that would be a recipe for aerodynamic catastrophe. The bodywork has been modified to

manage the airflow, there are new A-pillars, door sills and a larger central tunnel, as well as aerospacegrade beams in the doors that are, themselves, made of carbon-fibre now. It’s a hell of a lot of work for so few cars and undoubtedly plunged the Veyron project further into the red but, for the 150 souls lucky enough to get one, it will be worth it. The mechanical roar of the Veyron was replaced with a tapestry of noises: the sound of the fuel injectors, the four turbos joining the fray and even the music of these perfectly engineered pistons at work. Every fibre of this grand construction that the cynics decried as an act of madness, every moment of the five years of agony that went into creating what could just be the epoch car – the best of any of our lifetimes – comes to the fore. This is not a simple exhaust note, this is the symphony of Bugatti’s quad turbocharged masterpiece. The car screamed forward at a stupid pace until, well beyond 200kph and at a point when this is highly inadvisable, I stamped on the middle pedal (with all the finesse of a drunken elephant) as instructed, and sent the eight-piston caliper backed pads slamming into 400mm carbon ceramic brake discs. With just two almost-transparent lock-ups, the Veyron slowed to

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an eye-popping, stomach-rupturing halt in a perfect straight line. Demonstrating the full effect earlier, Thevenin even took his hands off the wheel. I didn’t. And right there, in the face of transcendental engineering, the asking price of €1.4 million plus taxes (which, it’s fair to say, would be substantial on these shores) seemed almost cheap. This is a car, just, but it’s so much more as well. It is a defining moment in engineering, a landmark happening. While I was searching for the eloquent terms to describe what had just happened, I resisted the temptation to clap my hands, giggle and possibly lick the window. Apparently, current F1 drivers have returned the same ridiculous inane grin when confronted with this insane power. There truly are no words that spring to mind, except those trite superlatives that plague our youth. “Wicked!”, I think I remember saying. With the polycarbonate roof on, this car will hit 407kph, just like the standard car. Roof down, it is limited to a mere 350kph, or just 160kph with the frankly ridiculous carbon-fibre, umbrella-like contraption used for weather emergencies in place. There’s no room to stow the hood on the move, or anything else, for that matter. Although they’re sunny, the tight, twisting roads of Sardinia are far from ideal for a car with such immense power and driving takes a staccato rhythm, constant shoves on the gas and then a confidence lift before the next brow or bend. Not because this 4,387lb car can’t take the speed into the corner; in fact, that weight feels like a typo as it handles with sublime fingertip, almost Lotus-like control. There isn’t quite the feedback of supercars as we know them but then, that is the payback for crushing control. And that’s without even touching handling mode, which raises the rear wing like a rock star through the stage, and drops the nose to the deck for even greater turn-in assurance and stability at 200kph+. Only once did the car slip wide on the way in, thanks to braking too late. But going back on the gas was all it took: the four-wheel-drive fixed everything. That aside, there was not one corner on the island that ruffled the car’s immaculate feathers. It simply hunkered down and powered through on the epic 265/680 ZR500 front and 365-710 ZR540A rear Michelin Pilot Sport Pax tyres. Overtaking, too, is a cinch as every single gap in

traffic becomes a red carpet. I twisted the wheel, tramped on the gas and passed two, three, four, even 10 cars at a time, as the engine roared into life. It is an all-enveloping feeling of superiority and nothing, literally nothing, can stand in its way. Other cars come blessed with monster power but cannot access it in the same way. This is a rocket that your gran could drive, quickly. But that staccato rhythm persists, the constant confidence lift is because the weakest part of the car, the part holding the steering wheel, needs time to assess what lies ahead. This is the beauty and the frustration of the Veyron, it’s faster than the human brain. There is no pitch, there is no roll; it stops, goes and turns faster than we could ever truly imagine possible and you simply can’t manhandle it – the thing is too damned good. Every preconception of fast driving, even of a fast car, goes into the bin when the Veyron comes knocking. And it’s even better than that. Because while the Bugatti is lauded for its highspeed skills, perhaps it’s greatest skills come to the fore at lower speeds. Bugatti purposefully sent us through slow moving traffic along Porto Cervo harbour, and up a side road into a quaint Italian village that would have ripped the nose, and then the floor, from a Ferrari or Porsche. It was so bad, we even phoned to make sure this was the right turn, and the Veyron just effortlessly glided up the hill, through the craters and even over a branch or two. In town, in automatic mode, it became as simple to drive as a Volkswagen Golf and handled 5kph with the same gusto it took to 105kph.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport PRICE u €1.4 million + taxes ENGINE u 8litre W16 Quad turbo Power u 1001PS 0-100kph u 2.7s Top speed u 407kph

There is no jerking supercar recalcitrance, no nervous moments, nothing… the car is perfection, down to the last titanium single-use bolt. And everybody seems to know it. The Veyron may have been with us since 2005, and trailered for years before that, but the incomparable shape retains its sledgehammer impact. Kids run to wave at the €1.4-million King of Kings on its way, the super rich stop to give it a thumbs-up, tourists pull out cameras and beautiful women suddenly seem interested. As the well-practiced Olivier smiled and waved, I shrank a little in my seat, unused to the movie star treatment. “Look, some of them don’t know what it is, they just know it is special,” he explained. “And when you are driving the Veyron and you go past a guy in another supercar, any supercar, you just look at each other and they know, and you know.” And that is what has drawn 30 customers already for a €1.4 million creation, an automotive artwork and an engineering masterpiece the likes of which we will almost certainly never see again. It’s the chance to feel like a bizarre combination of God and a giggling teenager, if only for a few seconds at a time. n

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GADGETS HP Mini 5101 Netbook

Gateway LT3100 Laptop The LT3100 is one of a new wave of laptops containing the AMD Athlon chip, which marries excellent processing ability to streamlined performance, allowing users to quickly handle home applications, view e-mail, surf the Internet, upload photos and download videos and music. In the graphics department, ATI Radeon X1270 technology provides seamless action, similar to that found in Intel’s integrated GMAs. The laptop comes with a traditional 250 GB hard drive, featuring 2 GB RAM DDR2 memory, USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet and WiFi b/g. Sizewise it is impressive, with a 29.5cm screen and an HD resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. The design is lovely, too, thanks to a high-polish finish and classic design.


Just when you thought you’d seen enough of netbooks, along comes HP to entice you with its Mini 5101, a tiny notebook in a stunning aluminium and magnesium chassis offering the ultimate in durability and design. User friendliness has been improved, with the mouse buttons now being located below the trackpad, and keys that are 95 per cent the size of normal keys. The Mini 5101’s screen is larger too, at 25cm, and allows the user to select from 1,024 x 600 or 1,366 x 768 resolution. The netbook keeps the old Intel Atom processor but increases storage space with a 7,200 rpm hard drive and the option of an 80 GB or 128 BG SSD disk.

i Samsung C10 Ergonomic Camcorder Finally, camcorder manufacturers have paid heed to users’ incessant complaints about hand, wrist and forearm pain from too many hours of recording! Samsung’s C10 camcorder contains an active angle lens, which allows you to grip it in a more relaxed manner, reducing fatigue to a great degree. This beauty is also a highly compact gadget that allows you to upload videos directly onto Youtube, or to watch it on your iPod, without having to convert files. Files are stored on SD-type memory cards, allowing the battery to weigh an impressively light 162 gr. With a 10x zoom and a 6cm touch screen, almost three hours of recording life and a very reasonable price (it sells for a mere €200), the C10 is the perfect gift for those who love to keep a sentimental record of their special moments and travels.


Transcend MP860 Digital Music Player Listen to all your favourite music on Transcend’s new digital music player, which plays new file formats such as FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) and OGG; as well as standard files including MP3, WMA, WAV and WMA-DRM10 protected files. The MP860 allows you to personalise your musical experience to an impressive degree, thanks to advanced equaliser effects and customisable options that enable you to programme your sound output to individual taste. Share your favourite hits with friends via the large built-in speaker, or invite them to a karaoke party using the MP860’s karaoke-synchronised lyrics display, which works in 13 different languages. This device is much more than a music player, since it can play MPEG4 SP (XVID) and FLV with top-notch listening and viewing quality. You can also use it to store files, since it boasts 8GB of built-in memory space and comes with a microSD/microSDHC expansion slot for long hours of listening and viewing. Additional features include A-B repeat and variable track playback speeds, an FM radio, a voice and external source recorder and an intuitive interface. We think we’ve finally found the perfect gadget for the man who thinks he has everything!


HTC Hero Smartphone Talk about giving the iPhone a run for its money! The Hero is HTC’s third Android smartphone, featuring an 8.1cm, HVGA capacitive touch screen, WiFi b/g connectivity and, best of all, HTC Sense (the company’s own custom made UI). This technology allows access to various shortcuts that get you to the application you’re after much quicker, whether it be Facebook, Internet, your personal calendar, the weather, your address book, etc. And here’s where it gets really good: the phone comes with a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and GPS, adding a whole new world of leisure pursuits to be enjoyed. The phone also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and Adobe Flash support, so you can sit back and watch all your favourite videos on YouTube without a hitch. Stylistic temptations include a Teflon-coated casing (which avoids the cold, slippery feeling of metal), while the screen has fingerprintresistant coating that keeps it clean and clear all day.


GameBone Pro Game Controller Now you can use your iPhone to do much more than talk or listen to music. The new 8-way, 6button D-Pad controller, GameBone Pro, connects up to your iPhone by Bluetooth or with a 30-pin dock connector cable, and comes with a battery which also charges your phone when necessary. Not only can it be used for improved game control, it also comes with built-in speakers, mike and 3.5 audio headphone jack, as well as an iPhone stand supporting vertical and horizontal positions.

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s we reported in Magazine August 2008, ICANN (International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) plans to open up the root of the Internet’s DNS  (Domain Name System) next year to hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of new generic, top level domains over and above the 22 that currently exist. Look out for .anything or .city or .hotel or .sex Judging by the majority of public comments on the ICANN website, grave doubts about the wisdom of this enlargement persist. “It’s a one way street,” said one delegate at the recent ICANN public meeting in Sydney. This includes the views of the US Government, which has asked ICANN to carry out a full economic analysis. ( correspondence/baker-to-dengate-thrush-18dec08en.pdf ) Governments of the world have problems dealing with ICANN. Unlike all other important world organisations – the ITU (International Telecommunications Union, for example – it is not borne out of international treaty. As Jean-Jaques Subrenat, board member and retired French diplomat told me, “At ICANN, the governments are only one stakeholder group of many.” They can advise, but not direct or control. In the expansion, new country, region and capital city names will be reserved, and other place names will have some protection. If you want to apply for .marbella, to sell domains about chicken recipes, that is fine but if you want to sell domains related to the town in southern Spain, you will need to produce evidence of the local council’s support for your plans; .berlin, .nyc and .sydney already have this support. Business owners have similar issues to resolve. The degree reserved for Trademark protection for brands is the other prominent issue raised in the comment process. Businesses all over the world are unhappy about the costs of defensive registrations to protect their brands from cyber squatters. A representative of the Pope has expressed concerns over how ICANN would ensure that sensitive religious domains: .catholic, .muslim or even .god would not fall into the wrong hands. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) posted a strong letter saying that it ‘reserves its right to take action against ICANN for damages resulting to the


IOC or the Olympic Movement from the implementation of the gTLD proposal’. ICANN argues that neither governments nor trademark holders have the right to deny others a slice of this new domain space. Unfortunately, it is not just young innovators and entrepreneurs here and in the Third World who missed out last time round. There is now a multi million dollar industry of ‘domainers’ waiting to pounce. The subject has raised questions that, until now, were under the surface and only of academic interest, such as: who controls the Internet? That’s something I have not been asked by a client for 10 years. I think we just take a functioning and uniquely-addressing Internet for granted now. In the background to all this, and largely unreported in the media, is the expiration on 30th September 2009 of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between ICANN and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. It is this agreement that separates ICANN from being a fully (not-for-profit) private sector organisation. The department is publicly seeking comments (http:// No78_Apr242009.pdf) about the future control of the Internet. Back in Europe, Viviane Redding, the Information Society and Media Commissioner, posted a video blog video/index_en.htm in which she proposed that ICANN be overseen by a ‘G-12 for Internet Governance’ with 12 geographically balanced governments. Other European groups have suggested that the United Nations take over. Before you wonder whether you will be downloading your emails for the last time on the 30th September, should ICANN be captured without a JPA, there is a strange safety net. It is the 13 root name servers (named A to M) whose addresses are hard coded into all our computers. They provide the DNS service that glues the Internet’s domain names together. Although there are over 100 mirrors, the 13 are run by disparate organisations selected, primarily, by historical accident. Most of the 13  have strong US Government influence over them, being US military, educational or commercial establishments. They routinely collect the domain list

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from a hidden master root zone server which is run by a company called Verisign Inc. The 13 have no legal obligation to ICANN, which has avoided asking the roots to do anything they might not want to do. Nobody wants to know what would happen if some of them just said ‘no’. Some still remember January 28, 1998, when the late great Internet pioneer, Jon Postel, on his own authority, carried out an experiment. He emailed eight of the 13 and instructed them to change the root zone server from Network Solutions (later purchased by Verisign). The operators complied with Postel’s instructions, thus splitting control of Internet naming. He soon received a telephone call from a furious Ira Magaziner, President Clinton’s senior science advisor, who instructed him to undo this change – which he did. Within a week, the US Government issued a Green Paper asserting the US Government’s authority over the Internet DNS root zone. For government, the Internet has passed from being a commercial network to a critical infrastructure network and much now rests on the shoulders of Rod Beckstrom, ICANN’s new CEO, appointed in Sydney. A former cyber-security tsar at the US Department for Homeland Security, Mr Beckstrom has been striving for a neutral stance during his first days in office. “You can look at domainers in many ways. Some see them as cybersquatters, some look at them as entrepreneurs. I think there is a rich and healthy debate to be had,” he says, adding, “There is no solution where everyone will get what they want.”


Chris Chaplow is founder and managing director of If you are interested in Internet Governance and how to join the ‘business constituency’ of ICANN, he may be contacted on

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Jyske Bank is also a TV station

Jyske Bank’s financial TV station is for people needing analyses and background information – when and wherever it suits them. For people on the move. For people who are mobile. And for people needing information about what is happening in the field of investments, in the world of economy and finance and in respect of global trends etc. also offers you freedom and flexibility. Watch and listen to the programmes at your convenience – on your PC, mobile phone, iPhone or iPod. You can also customise your own programme interface with video and audio podcasts as well as RSS feeds. We look forward to seeing you – when it suits you. broadcasts programmes in English with the Bank’s specialists taking an in-depth approach – and brought to you by professional journalists.

Jyske Bank (Gibraltar) Ltd. is licensed by the Financial Services Commission, Licence No. FSC 001 00B. Services and products are not available to everybody, for instance not to residents of the US.

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his month, rather than provide advice, guidance or tips on saving the planet, I decided to simply give you an excerpt from a book I recently read: The Last American Man, by Elizabeth Gilbert. I believe this passage delivers a very appropriate and significant message to our generation. The book is based on a real person named Eustace Conway, who ultimately believes in nature and disapproves of the way the world has developed into a ‘box culture’, where everyone lives in boxes, travels in boxes, eats out of boxes, sits and watches boxes, etc. He believes in “the high art and godliness of nature”. It is his belief that we, through our own constant striving for convenience, are eradicating the raucous and edifying beauty of our true environment and replacing that beauty with a safe but completely faux environment. What Eustace sees is a society steadily undoing itself, it might be argued, by its own overresourcefulness. Clever, ambitious, and always in search of greater efficiency, we have created a world of push-button, round-the-clock comfort for ourselves. The basic needs of humanity – food, clothing, shelter, entertainment, transportation, and even sexual pleasure – no longer need to be personally laboured or ritualized or even understood. All these things are available to us for mere cash. Or credit. Which means nobody needs to know how to do anything anymore, except the one narrow skill that will earn enough money to pay for the conveniences and services of modern living. But in replacing every challenge with a shortcut we seem to have lost something, and Eustace isn’t the only person feeling that loss. We are an increasingly depressed and anxious people – and not for nothing. Arguably, all these modern conveniences have been adopted to save us time. But time for what? Having created a system that tends to our every need, without causing undue exertion or labour, we can now fill these hours with...? Well for one thing, television – loads of it, days and


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weeks and months of it. Also, work. People spend more and more hours at their jobs every year to pay for all these goods and services. Which means a lot of stress. Less connection to family and community. Fast-food meals eaten in the car. Poorer health all the time. (We seem to have the same disregard for our bodies as we do for our other natural resources; if a vital organ breaks down, after all, we always believe we can just buy a new one. Somebody else will take care of it. Same way we believe that somebody else will plant another forest, one day, if we use this one up. That is, if we even notice we are using it up.) There’s an arrogance to such an attitude, but more than that, there’s a profound alienation. We have fallen out of rhythm. It’s this simple. If we don’t cultivate our own food supply anymore, do we need to pay attention to the idea of, say, seasons? Is there any difference between winter and summer if we can eat strawberries every day? If we can keep the temperature of our house at a comfortable 70 degrees all year, do we need to notice that autumn is coming? Do we have to prepare for that? Respect that? Much less contemplate what it means for our own mortality that things die in nature every autumn? And, when spring does come round again, do we need to notice that rebirth? Do we need to take a moment and maybe thank anyone for that? Celebrate it? If we never leave our house except to drive to work, do we need to be even remotely aware of this powerful, humbling, extraordinary and eternal life force that surges and ebbs around us all the time?

Apparently not. We have fallen out of step with the natural cycles that have defined humanity’s existence and culture for millennia. Having lost that vital connection with nature, we’re in danger of losing our humanity. We are not visitors to this planet, after all, but natural residents and relatives of every living entity here. This earth is where we came from and where we’ll all end up when we die, and, during the interim, it is our home. And there’s no way we can ever hope to understand ourselves if we don’t at least marginally understand our home. That is the understanding we need to put our lives in some bigger metaphysical context. Instead we seem to be a citizenry so removed from the rhythms of nature that we march through our lives as mere sleepwalkers, blinded, deafened, and senseless. Robotically existing in sterilised surroundings that numb the mind, weaken the body and atrophy the soul. But Eustace believes we can get our humanity back. When we observe the superb order of water and sunlight, we get it. When we experience firsthand the brutal poetry of the food chain, we get it. When we are mindful of every nuance of our natural world, we finally get the picture: that we are each given only one dazzling moment of life here on Earth, and we must stand before that reality both humbled and elevated, subject to every law of our universe and grateful for our brief but intrinsic participation within it.

i Victoria Wood is a representative for the Terra Sana Life Team.

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‘Brazil is where all the smart money is going in International property investment. It is a stable country with strong growth, low inflation and the potential to be one of the most affluent countries in the world.’

The North-east of Brazil is the target region for investment, international tourism, and local holidays, with the best climate, beaches and quality of life.

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The Caponga Beach Resort is located 30 minutes south of the buzzing city of Fortaleza in the North East of Brazil - the “Land of the Sun”, just a few degrees under the equator and enjoying year-round sunshine and hundreds of kilometers of the best beaches in the world.

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The Economy


Brazil is the B in the phrase ‘BRIC Economies’, a term first coined by Goldman Sachs who predicted that the 4 emerging economies of the future - Brazil, Russia, India, and China - would increase so significantly in the years to come that they would eclipse the combined economies of the current richest countries in the world. Currently Brazil is the eighth largest economy in the world, with a GPD of 2 trillion Dollars, putting it ahead of Canada, India, and most European countries. As well as its exports of natural resources, Brazil leads in manufactured exports including planes, cars, and parts. It also holds the position of being the only country to host the main assembly plants of the world’s top 10 car manufacturers. Brazil has only been marginally affected by the global economic crisis and it will be one of only 5 economies in the world who will grow in 2009, with a projected trade Surplus of 200 Billion dollars. The country continues to boom with a 5% GDP growth in 2008. As only 3% of residential housing has a mortgage, house prices did not explode at the same level of most other countries, and the banking crisis had little affect.

The World Cup FIFA recently announced that Fortaleza would be a host city for the 2014 World Cup. This has been an amazing boost for the city, and was followed by the announcement from the Mayor Gomez that they have a budget approval to spend 9.6 Billion Reais (over 3 billion pounds) on improvements to the city on the run up to the World Cup. This includes an expansion to the airport – more than doubling its existing capacity to 13 million passengers per year, new roads and connections, and a new underground metro system.

Previous host cities to the World Cup saw huge rises in property prices including Athens, Barcelona, Sydney, and Atlanta where they outperformed the rest of the property market by an average of 20% per annum. In some cases property soared even more and in Barcelona for example properties increased 49% more on the run-up to the World Cup than other Spanish Cities.

Fortaleza is the capital city of Ceara and a host city of the 2014 World Cup.

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A 1960s Dream Home


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A Sixties

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t was the stand-out decade of the 20th century, liberating the world from its post-war doldrums with a radical new creativity. Think the cutting edge designs of Habitat, or the strident new pop culture with its messages of peace, free love and transcendental meditation; all these elements of Swinging Sixties nostalgia are reunited in this exquisite villa, a serene yet stylish retreat from the world, complete with Cinemascope views of the coast from its hillside eyrie on the fringe of Mijas Pueblo.

Belinda Beckett visits a stunning Sixties-influenced villa in Mijas that is both the designer’s home and a showhouse for his work.


From the geometrical architecture and open, contemporary interior of this four-bedroom, split-level villa housing a fascinating collection of whimsical 1960s ‘antiques’, it’s no surprise that the designer was shaped by that decade. Tony Wilson saw the Rolling Stones’ first concert at Hyde Park and Bob Dylan on the Isle of White, wore his hair long and even joined the hippy trail to California. It’s a love affair that has lasted throughout his career, from advertising agency office junior to senior partner of WCB Designs of

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Buckinghamshire whose clients included Marks & Spencer, Next and Avon. Having grown up in a caravan where style was a luxury his family could never afford, in more affluent later life he indulged his passion for the past by driving a collector’s E-Type Jag and wearing made-to-measure suits styled on James Bond’s and Cary Grant’s. Every project he has undertaken over the last 40 years – from interior design to bottle and packaging concepts for clients such as hairdresser Nikki Clarke, lingerie company Agent Provocateur and skincare specialists Elemis – has been imbued with the youthful energy of that era. While refurbishing his Mijas villa, different in design from anything else on the coast, he was inspired by time spent in Bali, resulting in an architecture that fuses minimalist Sixties chic with more restful, organic references – a look that is totally right for 21st century Mediterranean living. It impressed one set of friends so much that, after vacationing here, they commissioned Tony to redesign their own villa.


Seeing is believing, which is why Tony offers potential clients the unique opportunity to spend a few nights at the villa, in order to experience the exceptional lifestyle he has created. The garden surrounding this secluded 3,500m2 terraced plot is planted with dwarf olives, cacti, yuccas and palms. Beautiful fragrances float up from lemon, orange, avocado and fig trees, between whose trunks hammocks are strung, affording contemplation of the world from the ultimate in laid-back viewpoints. Guests will enjoy sitting on the slatetiled terrace, sipping one of Tony’s speciality iced watermelon, honey and ginger smoothies and drinking in the views: the inviting blue pool, flanked by a grapevine-entwined pergola, and the glittering sea beyond. It’s the Spanish way of doing business – relaxed, dressed down and with no time pressure, as well as providing a chance to inspect and touch the results of an attention to detail that Tony admits, “borders on the obsessive”. As project manager of the villa’s top-to-toe refurbishment, no minor imperfection escaped

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his critical eye. “I made drawings for the builder of everything I wanted done and signed them, ‘God is in the details’… not the devil, because it’s obsession in a good way,” he laughs. Although the villa was built in the 1970s, it has a Sixties ambience that now looks brand new. Tony and his wife Melanie originally bought it in 2000 as a bolt hole from their busy lives back home. The location was perfect, two minutes from the village, and close to Tony’s son who works for a local film company. “Our primary home was an apartment in a 14th century manor house in Amersham which I refurbished in the style of the period, with chandeliers and swag curtains,” says Tony. “One day on a trip to Paris, I bought a beautiful Sixties-style, teak salt and pepper set. It brought back memories and I started to question why I was living in a style of house that had no relevance for me. I resolved that my next project would be something in my own genre and the villa was the perfect starting point, although it meant gutting it.” Tony obtained quotes from three builders and found someone who understood his vision in Matt Bollen of Valtovilla, whose attention to detail was as particular as his own. The original villa was rustic in style, with horsehair plaster walls, exposed ceiling beams and a multi-level roof, producing jarring angles. These, and several of the interior walls, had to go. All the supporting steel joists are now hidden, while some of the sloping atelier-style ceilings have been retained. The arched windows were also ditched. Tony opened up the south- and west-facing walls of the living room, putting in rectangular floor-to-ceiling glass doors with extra thick, 15mm double-glazing. These slide open onto a catwalk balcony edged with fine, polished steel ship’s railings, designed by Tony so as not to obscure


the view. All the white doors were brought complete from Belgium. As well as air-conditioning/heating, there is oil-fired central heating. Mijas’s elevated position means it can get cold in winter and underfloor systems take too long to heat up, Tony points out. The originally-planned white aluminium window frames were changed for wood after that trip to Bali, and there are Asian touches throughout the house, from statues of Buddha’s to a tangled Balinese tree root, used as a wall sculpture, softening the angularity of the architecture. The Indonesian island also provided every piece of exterior furniture, including a luxurious day bed and tasseled parasol, creating a haven of tranquility. The original rose beds and floral borders that gave the exterior an incongruous English country garden look were replaced with more indigenous local plants. Aspects of Zen philosophy dictated much of the interior layout: en suite bathrooms semi-open-plan to the bedroom; windows facing both north and south to create a harmonious yinyang balance of natural light; kitchen, dining and living areas which flow into one another; beds close to the floor, and therefore to God. Oversized abstract art decorates the walls and, in most cases, what’s not antique or pure nostalgia is bespoke, creating a very individual yet holistic look.

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Says Melanie, whose property-finding company is the perfect complement to her husband’s business, “I’ve seen a lot of houses which look like furniture package showrooms because that’s how they’ve been fitted out, so there’s no originality or stamp of the owners’ personality.” The spirituality of this hilltop retreat is apparent as you approach the contemporary, slate-tiled entrance where the villa’s nameplate is inscribed with a tiny Hand of God motif, an auspicious symbol used in early religious architecture. On the terrace, a pair of bonsai bay trees displayed in alcoves let into the wall radiate peaceful symmetry, giving voice to another of Tony’s mottos: “You need balance in your life to have balance in your mind.” Through glass doors from the terrace, the entire living area opens up as one fluid, bright space, accentuated by over-sized 60cm x 60cm white porcelain floor tiles – a refreshing change from marble and the current ubiquitous trend for wood flooring. “It’s not about trend, it’s about style,” says Tony. “Last year, everything was lime green. This year, it looks horribly dated. It isn’t about money either. Wealth alone can never buy style.” The upper level of this large living space is divided into three zones: dining area, guest lounge and kitchen. A six-seater oak dining table by cutting-edge German company, e15, flanked by

Eames chairs, is strategically placed to take advantage of those cinematic views through the lower level lounge windows; a more diffused light comes through floorto-ceiling frosted glass on the north-facing walls. The guest lounge showcases some genuine Sixties design classics: a G-plan-style, cream leather sofa, a cowhide rug and an Arco floor lamp by Flos, its satin-finished stainless steel bowl lamp bobbing gently on a willowy stem. Here, family and friends hungrily anticipating dinner can watch their hostess making preparations in the kitchen beyond. Here, too, is the only TV screen in the house. “I don’t like television, we prefer to read or just look at the view – that’s my TV screen,” says Tony, pointing to an abstract painting by international artist Stuart Briggs, sold to him by fine art dealer Stephen Howe and placed strategically to draw the eye away from the TV. Forming an artistic buffer between these two zones is an imposing kitchen island reminiscent of a Henry Moore sculpture: a massive hollow cube of double layer granite, assembled on site and so heavy that the floor had to be reinforced to take the weight. The bespoke kitchen is an Arctic world of iceberg-

white, high-gloss silestone worktops and units, the material also used for the extractor hood, creating a seamless, streamlined look. Behind handle-less cupboard doors, drawers glide effortlessly open on silky-smooth runners to reveal gleaming cutlery, crockery and glassware that is also of retro design. A halogen ceramic hob and a double larder with electronic screen for uploading family photos add high tech touches while even the most utilitarian features, such as the sink shower tap, are works of contemporary art; and, with mountain views through the wide kitchen windows, washing up is no hardship. Down four steps from this level, the panoramic main living room is an art gallery to retro chic: an Art Deco chair and coffee table by Mies van der Rohe (the man who coined the original ‘God is in details’ phrase as well as the ‘less is more’ motto that still dictates good design today); nobbly 60’s glass bowls by Whitefriars; an elegant day bed on casters dating from 1931; a stunning Murano glass wall lamp by Brotto; and a rare Sixties Archie Shine rosewood sideboard, rescued from Melanie’s parents and lovingly restored. “They were going to throw it out because it was ‘old-fashioned’,”

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Further information, Tony Wilson, Tel: 663 852 202/ Stephen Howes, fine art dealer,


says Tony, his eyebrows raised in mock horror at such sacrilege. A modern, glass-fronted, wood-burning fireplace is let into one wall. Off the lounge, the master suite encloses the continuation of the front elevation’s glass wall which frames the mountain peaks and the white pueblo houses of Mijas, tumbling down the hillside like tossed dice. The view is almost dizzying, except when lying in bed, a wenge wood platform raised just inches from the floor and, thus, well below anyone’s centre of gravity. All the bathrooms are semi-open plan wet rooms with rainforest showers and suspended w.c.s with automatic lids. Tiled in cream porcelain, with white designer washbowls, they exude relaxation and cleanliness. In the master bathroom, Tony has positioned the shower for an in-your-face view of the mountain vista. A mirrored cabinet running the length of one wall conceals the clutter of toiletries while strips of underlighting in vivid violet and pink (“Deep Purple and Pink Floyd,” jokes Tony) add a funky vibe. Of the other three guest bedrooms on the lower floor, two are en suite, one has an adjacent bathroom and all showcase pieces of art – a B&B Italia bed, an Eames chair, Philippe Starck lamps – alongside giant full-length mirrors by Ikea, economical accessories that fit well with the overall theme. The villa has a 300m2 cellar and a 600m2 undeveloped side plot for which Tony is collecting seeds from the countryside, to create another garden. “The villa has plenty of scope, and although I’ve no immediate plans to sell it… who knows, if someone offered the right price I do have another project in mind!” Tony embarked on this year-long project at a very inauspicious time for the property market. “Quality will always sell. But in the current economic climate, home owners are seeing that staying put and refurbishing makes more sense, adding value to their properties which they can realise later on, when the housing market returns.” Meanwhile, Tony can continue to enjoy the best of both worlds: living in a dream home that is also his working portfolio. Far better even than word-ofmouth recommendation, it is a shop window for his evident talent that prospective clients can see, touch and experience. Better still, it’s the incarnation of a love affair with a time in history long gone but which, for Tony, is requited day after day. n

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DECOR NEWS Jungle japes with the Captain Banana corkscrew and Fruit Mama fruit bowl, by Alessi


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The Tree of Charge by Radius Design is a decorative charger for your cell phone, digital camera or mp3 player, while it’s magnetic branches are ideal for hanging keys so you’ll never lose them


Style, like life, is in constant evolution; so, continuing this month’s theme, here are some whimsical ideas for decorating your home, drawn from the world of nature. The Stingray rocking chair’s undulating shape was inspired by the swimming motion of rays underwater. Made in African Macassar ebony by Fredericia Furniture


i Elite Small Jungle bean bag chair

i The Bean coffee jug by Stelton comes with a stainless-steel insert to keep your morning cuppa warm for hours of refills


Camouflage coat rack, by Frost Design, doubles as a three-dimensional wall sculpture

i Snakes alive! The all too realistic PizzaKobra luminaire, by iGuzzini illuminazione of Italy, can be used as a table lamp or floor lamp and will attract attention anywhere

i Dinosaur-print kids’ rocker/recliner by Dozydotes


You don’t need a firearms license for this eco-friendly wallmounted Trophy coat rack by Yuniic Design of Switzerland

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tPhotography exhibition by Gary Edwards Photographer Gary Edwards, famed for his sensitive, alluring photographs which capture the beauty of both magical and everyday moments, presents his latest exhibition at El Campanario. The exhibition, which is available for viewing until September 11, features both colour and black-and-white photos, revealing Gary’s love for the exotic and simple aspects of life, the natural as well as the divine.

i Urb El Campanario, CN 340, km 168, Marbella. Tel: 952 882 988. qPolígono Gallery: The magic of China in Marbella Polígono, a new gallery specialising in contemporary Chinese art, has been opened by three former directors of prestigious art galleries in Beijing. The founders seek to bring to the Costa del Sol the industrial atmosphere of Beijing’s famous Factory 798, an old Communist building converted into an artists’ studio, collection of galleries and chic cafés, which together form the nucleus of avante-garde Chinese culture. Although the primary focus will be on Chinese art, Japanese and South East Asian art will also have its place at Polígono Gallery, as will photography and works by young European artists. Currently on show is an exhibition of various Chinese painters and photographers, including Huang Yan, Jiagang, Shen Qi, Llu Baomin, Rao Songqing and Huang Ming.

i Pol. Industrial La Ermita, C/ Madera 9, Marbella. Tel: 615 381 119.

Rona Koot at El Corte Inglés Caprichou Dutch artist, Rona Koot, renowned for her sensitive portrayal of women and her use of Swarovski crystals in her paintings, presents her latest works at El Corte Inglés Capricho. The Diva Collection features a host of different women, some famous, such as legendary film goddess Sophia Loren, and some unknown, such as the mysterious Chinese princess, draped in shiny Austrian crystals. Rona, who lived and worked in both European and Asian countries, bridges the gap between painting and jewellery making in an exhibition that is as luxurious as it is creative.


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Gallery opens in Puerto Banús

Artique International Gallery, with branches in Egypt and the USA, recently inaugurated its first European gallery in the heart of Puerto Banús. Art buffs will find both furniture and paintings that marry the past and the present, with some pieces dating back to the 19th century and others that are thoroughly modern. Artique specialises in art nouveau, art deco, contemporary and antique art, featuring renowned artists as well as prestigious brands such as Duam and Lalique.

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icholas Yeoman of jewellery house Pavés, in Puerto Banús, pulls out a funky, super-sized yellow gold amethyst ring shaped like a tiger’s eye, surrounded by a plethora of feminine diamonds weighing over half a carat. The ring is one of many pieces of jewellery designed by Nicholas and his team and is a lavish, brilliant harbinger of things to come. The rediscovered popularity of rose gold, says Nicholas, is opening the floodgates for a major comeback for yellow gold, “though the pieces have to be modern; otherwise we would just be going back 20 years, imitating old designs.” Pavés’ yellow gold rings, generally large, always noticeable, are the perfect symbol of a jewellery boutique that likes to keep in with the times. With everything from classical pieces to ultra-modern items for the very daring, Pavés aims to stay true to its motto of creating the ultimate in bespoke luxury pieces which combine personalisation with the guiding eye of gifted designers and craftsmen. The existing collections are a mere reflection of the creative and technical capability of a team which boasts over 30 years in the business. There are countless occasions, such as the birth of a child, an engagement or an anniversary, which pose quite a challenge when it comes to selecting the perfect gift. Pavés makes it all easy, with a team that can design a piece from scratch or work with what the client already has. They can resize gems, revamp an old setting or create a piece from gems brought in by the client. Nicholas opens a folder of designs, revealing some of the many interesting projects he has brought to life. One case is of a stunning pearl and gem necklace, which began as a collection of three gems: two tourmalines and one amethyst. Says Nicholas, “One tourmaline was bigger than the other, so we did some re-cutting so both would match each other and make an identical pair.” Nicholas shows me three distinct sketches, differing in degree of modernity and

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elaborateness. “The different designs also come with three different quotes, which is relevant when budget is an issue,” he says. Nicholas also brings out sketches of a stunning diamond and ruby pendant representing the client’s initials, showing me how the size of the ruby and degree of modernity varies in each design. My favourite is the ultra-contemporary design, the simplest of the three, although Nicholas tells me that the client opted for a more curvacious mediaeval design. Another set of sketches, for a ring, impresses for its eclecticism. One design, highly traditional, represents the timeless appeal of classicism while another, featuring a preponderance of black diamonds and a geometric, minimalist structure, appeals to more avante-garde tastes. If uniqueness is an important factor in a special present, take note. Pavés is capable of much more than the typical ring, necklace or bracelet. Nicholas recalls designing and manufacturing everything from a largescale menorah, in silver with gold relief, to cigarette cases. One particularly challenging piece was an exact copy of an art deco Cartier bracelet. Says Nicholas, “A client had missed out on the piece at an auction and he brought us a picture, asking us to recreate it.” The challenge? Finding old cut diamonds from the 1920s, a crucial element of the bracelet. “It took us four months to find all the diamonds we needed. We had to talk to a lot of dealers and ended up finding what we required from a dealer in Israel.” Fear not about the time factor, though; a typical piece takes only between four and 12 weeks to complete, giving plenty of time for last-minute gift choices. “A small ring evidently doesn’t take as long as a tiara,” laughs Nicholas, adding that luckily, most tiaras are inherited rather than commissioned. Looking at the collections within the shop, it is hard to imagine a client who couldn’t find what they


are looking for among the many elegant, beautifullydesigned pieces. I am particularly taken by a white gold and diamond necklace with a baby dummy pendant, ideal as a gift from a new father to his wife, complete with the baby’s name and birth date engraved on the piece. Another favourite is the white gold and diamond puzzle ring which, oddly enough, dances like a romantic moving bridge. “This ring was designed using a special 3D computer programme with a laser wax injector. It would have been impossible to manufacture manually,” Nicholas informs me. Pavés also dabbles in watches, Nicholas’s personal hobby. During my visit, a client was tickled pink with his newly-arrived purchase: an RM005 Richard Mille from a collection manufactured four years ago, which he never thought he would find. Ten days after speaking to Nicholas, the client was able to marvel at the watch’s lightness and sporty design in person, a feeling which certainly has no price. “We specialise in high-end watches, exquisite pieces with complicated movements, tourbillons, perpetual calendars and minute repeaters,” he says. Nicholas and the Pavés team are ready to make any wish a reality: and those wishes are as bright and sparkly as the stars. n

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1 - Angora cap, by Benetton 2 - Gourmande Pastel earrings in yellow gold, with diamonds, green beryls, purple sapphires, and grey mother-of-pearl, by Dior 3 - Pastel clutch bag, by Chanel 4 - Cocktail dress, by Miguel Palacio 5 - Embroidered silk pink dress, by Dior 6 - Embroidered lilac silk dress, by Dior 7 - Pink lace lingerie, by La Perla 8 - Mini-dress, by Sita Murt 9 - Fabric cruise shoes, by Chanel

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The Anti-Ageing inflammation can be caused by the following factors: Consuming a pro-inflammatory diet (i.e. one containing high glycemic carbohydrates, which play havoc with our glucose-insulin balance). u Environmental stress u A weak immune system u Excess exposure to UV light u Hormonal problems u Mental/ psychological stress Diet is particularly important. When we consume refined and processed products containing a high glycemic (sugar) index on a daily basis, we progressively destroy our cells and their ability to fight free radicals. According to Perricone, we need to fight ageing using a three-pronged method: u

1. Consuming an anti-inflammatory diet: “Before you eat a meal, hold up 3 fingers and think to yourself: I need a protein, a good carbohydrate and a small amount of unsaturated fat,” says Dr. Perricone, urging us to consume the following: high quality protein (present in fish, shellfish, poultry and tofu) u low glycemic carbohydrates (including fresh, raw fruit and veg and whole grains such as oats and legumes) u healthy fats (especially from wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies, herring, nuts, seeds and olive oil) u pure spring water; anti-oxidant-rich green tea u

2. Taking supplements: The following are potent warriors against cellular inflammation. Amounts given are the recommended daily dose: u Omega-3 fish oil, 3,000 mg. u Alpha Lipoic Acid, 25-30 mg.

If you agree that beauty comes from the inside, and that how you live, what you eat and the products you use on your skin can actually make you look younger, then you are on to a revolution first started by US Doctor Nicholas Perricone. The groundbreaking dermatologist is a popular guest on top-rating US shows such as Oprah, Larry King and Good Morning America and the subject of articles in the New York Times, Vogue and People. He was the first scientist to popularise the idea that the main cause of ageing, and age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and some cancers, is inflammation; not visible irritation, as can be seen when we receive a bump, but microscopic inflammation that takes place inside your cells. “Wrinkled, sagging skin is not the inevitable result of growing older. It is a disease and you can fight it.”

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Perricone urges his followers to buy only organic meat, fruits and vegetables, to ensure the absence of toxic substances. His list of Top Ten Superfoods reads thus: u Wild Salmon u Allium Vegetables (garlic, onion, leeks and chives) u Non-instant oatmeal u Blueberries u Ginger and turmeric u Extra virgin olive oil u Nuts and seeds u Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables u Sprouts u Yoghurt/kefir For an extra boost of youth, try Dr. Perricone’s three-day facelift which is easy to follow but will require a prior, planned trip to the greengrocer’s and the supermarket, to ensure you’ve got all the ingredients:

u Astaxanthin, 2-4 mg.


u Carnitine, 500 mg.


u Acetyl L-Carnitine, 500mg. u Conjugated Linoleic Acid, 1,000-4,000 mg. u Coenzyme Q10, 30 mg. u Chromium, 100 micrograms. u Gamma Linolenic Acid, 200-400 mg. u Dimethlaminoethanol, 50-100 mg.

3. Be aware of the skin care products you are using. Many contain harmful parabens and chemicals that pollute your cells. Dr. Perricone himself has a wonderful range of anti-ageing products, treatments, moisturisers, sunscreens and serums which contain active substances such as ALA. We also suggest the wonderful range from South Africa, Environ, which is rich in Vitamins and anti-oxidants. If you are after 100 per cent natural skincare, try Éminence from Hungary, a luxurious brand made of natural fruits and vegetables, or Essentially Yours, 100 per cent organic and free of all harmful substances and preservatives.

3-egg omelette and/or 4-6 oz. grilled salmon (smoked salmon or lox are not recommended because of their salt content) u ½ cup cooked oatmeal u 1 cm wedge of cantaloupe or 1/3 cup fresh berries, both potent anti-oxidants u No juice, coffee or toast. Drink black or green tea to prevent caffeine withdrawal u 8 to 10 glasses spring water

Lunch 115-170 gr. grilled/canned salmon. Mix in some mayonnaise and lemon for more taste u 2 cups green salad made with romaine lettuce or other dark leafy greens. Dressing: extra virgin olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon to taste u 1 kiwi fruit or cantaloupe and berries as above u 8 to 10 glasses spring water u

Snack u 1 apple u 56 gr. slice of turkey breast or 170 gr plain yoghurt u Small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds

Dinner u 115 -170 gr. grilled salmon u Green salad as described above

½ cup steamed vegetables, especially asparagus, broccoli and spinach. Avoid root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, since they have a high glycemic index u Cantaloupe and berries u 8 to 10 glasses spring water u

Before Bedtime Snack u 1 pear or apple u 56 gr. sliced chicken or turkey breast or 170 gr. plain

yoghurt u Small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds

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Éminence Available at the Éminence Med-Spa. Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona CN 340, km 159, Playa el Padrón, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 399. Environ Available at Magda Skin Care & Beauty Clinic. Marina Banús Bl 2, 2E, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 814 671. Essentially Yours Tel: 678 575 241.

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1 - Organic Neck Serum by Natural Elements They say the first signs of ageing can be found in the delicate skin of the neck, so start taking good care of this area with Natural Elements’ Organic Neck Serum. Natural Elements is a fabulous brand founded by Essentially Yours UK, a committed company manufacturing only 100 per cent natural products (no parabens, synthetic perfumes or petro-chemicals) for the face and body. This serum is made with real seaweed and is excellent proof of the fact that what is natural is always best.

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4 - Light-Weight Body Lotion by Kiehl’s

Kiehl’s, the renowned New York cosmetic firm founded in 1851, brings us Light-Weight Body Lotion, a potent cream with an SPF factor of 30 which is ideal for all-year-round use, owing to its soft, non-oily texture. The lotion contains essential oils such as jojoba, olive, almond, sesame, olive and apricot.

2 - T-38/40 Lipo Plan by T-38/40

5 - Gommage Eclat by Bvlgari

If you didn’t manage to make your weight loss goals last season, fear not: T-38/40 Lipo Plan is a new supplement, made from natural plant extracts, that helps you lose unwanted fat. The capsules are made of green tea, beans, bitter orange and an extract called garcinia cambogia, which helps the metabolism along. The supplement’s effects are four-fold: it prevents the build-up of fatty tissue, stimulates fat burning, delays the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and imparts a satiating effect.

Beauty experts will always tell you that the first step in fighting ageing is exfoliation. Unless skin is properly buffed, and dead skin removed, it cannot soak up the goodness found in anti-ageing products. For a super soft experience, try Gommage Eclat by Bvlgari, a new generation exfoliator with a double-action pearlized formula and an advanced transforming texture that leaves skin soft as a baby’s.

3 - Source Defense Creme and Source Defense Emulsion by Bvlgari The new cellular antioxidant, hydrating and longlasting skincare line by Bvlgari is the ultimate in luxurious anti-ageing products. The products contain Thioneine, a powerful anti-oxidant, and Hydra Filaggrin, an intense moisturiser. Together, these elements make a powerful formula that puts an end to free radicals and dryness. Like all Bvlgari’s products, those in the Source Defense line contain Bvlgari’s Gem Essence, a patented formula that harnesses the positive energy and rich minerals present in precious stones to fight environmental stress.

Marisa Cutillas brings us the best beauty items to prepare us for the cold weather ahead…


6 - Intensive Hair Mask by Malin + Goetz If your hair has received a beating from the hot sun and wind this summer, treat it to some intensive regenerative therapy with Malin + Goetz’s Intensive Hair Mask. Created specifically for dry hair, the mask contains natural plant extracts and olive oil, which leave hair soft and silky for many days.


Bvlgari Available at El Corte Inglés, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990. Kiehl’s Available at El Corte Inglés, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 909 990. Natural Elements: Available at the stand opposite Zara Home on Plaza Antonio Banderas, Puerto Banús. Tel: 678 575 241. Malin + Goetz: T-38/40 Lipo Plan is available at all pharmacies.




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Wellness Dojo Wellness Therapies from the Future I

magine being able to know if one of your vital organs is not performing its functions to full potential, which vitamins you lack or what foods you need to avoid. Imagine curing a painful tendonitis, sprain or chronic back pain via a non-invasive, painless machine that sends ‘intelligent currents’ to heal compromised areas. Imagine treating stress, insomnia, a poor immune system, chronic pain or fatigue, through ‘acupuncture without needles’. All of this is possible thanks to ground breaking technology that is already being deemed ‘the medicine of the future’. In Marbella, these therapies are being carried out by Charles Rey, Psycho Body Therapist, Neuro Stimulation specialist, expert in Bio-Nutri Energetics, Active Cellular Nutrition and an IAC Master Life Coach. Terms such as ‘Neuro Stimulation’ or ‘Bioenergetics’ are unknown worlds to most people, even those who love to keep up to date with the latest in health and medicine. Yet the possibility of relieving pain, improving our general wellness and restoring imbalances or disorders in the body, in a simple, painless manner, is appealing – so much so that it prompted me to pay a visit to the Wellness Dojo Centre, Puerto Banús, to see what all the buzz is about. As it turns out, while wellness therapy may involve terminology and concepts which are difficult to explain, undergoing a session with Charles in the flesh was a practical, enlightening experience that left me keen for more. A typical first visit with Charles involves a health assessment using the patented Nutri-Energetics Systems scan, to determine any possible imbalances, disorders, lack of nutrients and food intolerances. Charles asked me to place my hand over the scanner, which is able to read cellular information at a molecular level. In a few minutes, a high tech computer programme revealed vital information


about my body, including its stress level, functionality of my digestive system, nervous system, organs (liver, kidney, pancreas, lungs) and bones, and my current ability to eliminate toxins and fight free radicals. The scanner is able to read everything from possible emotional factors to environmental, nutritional, muscular/skeletal issues and intolerances to food. Most interestingly, it was able to tell me what specific B vitamins, for instance, I lacked – unlike blood tests which are unable to reveal such specific information. Each patient’s results indicate which minerals are needed to re-programme the information in cells, and which vitamins and supplements are needed to restore equilibrium and avoid deterioration of the body’s systems, thereby reducing the risk of long-term diseases such as cancer which occur when the body is unable to fight off the many free radicals we encounter daily in our diets and the environment. Pain, often the result of inflammation caused by poor diet, can also be avoided if we pay heed to simple advice, which includes trying to lower our consumption of red meat, refined and processed foods and cooked foods (since raw foods contain more anti-oxidant power). Following the Bioenergetics scan, Charles then asks patients to fill out a questionnaire which asks for detailed information on diet, lifestyle, pains, disorders and emotional state. This information, in addition to the results of the scan, permits Charles to create a personalised programme for detoxifying the body and increasing vitality, as well as mental and emotional ability. When a patient visits Charles for pain, either acute or chronic, he usually tackles the problem with a patented Interactive

Neuro Stimulation device (which sends delicious currents to the cells at a neuro-muscular fibres level, restoring equilibrium, stimulating lymphatic drainage and oxygenation, inducing ligament and muscular distension and improving energy levels. It is ideal for the treatment of sports injuries (tennis whiz, Maria Sharapova, uses this treatment for her shoulder) and chronic pain (lumbar and back pain, cervical pain, arthritis, loss of mobility, sensitivity, etc.). Now used by Olympic teams, it is a unique, non-invasive method that does not involve acupuncture or electrotherapy. A perfect complement for Interactive Neuro Stimulation is Energetics Therapy, the so-called ‘acupuncture without needles’. A kind of glove and socks are applied to your hands and feet, embedded with small metallic disks which stimulate acupuncture points and allow all the body’s meridians to flow in natural harmony. It also stimulates the immune system, reduces chronic pain and treats chronic fatigue. For those suffering from painful conditions like fibromylagia, it is a must. For Charles and the Wellness Dojo system, wellness, pain relief and physical and mental equilibrium need to be approached inside-out, at a cellular level. As Charles explains, “There are between 10,000 and 20,000 cells in our body which group together to form organs, each of which has its natural function. Our cells cannot work properly when they are contaminated (because of an accumulation of toxins or a lack of essential nutrients, such as oligo-elements, vitamins, polyunsaturated fatty acids, anti-oxidants and amino-acids). This affects our health and well-being, and opens us up to possible diseases such as cancer.” Wellness Dojo is all about restoring equilibrium, detoxifying our cells and feeding them with all the ingredients they need to do the job they were intended to… leading to a long, healthy life free of pain, disease and mental and emotional anguish.

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Celebrity post-baby bodies unnatural

Skin cancer most common cause of malignant tumours A recent report by the Oncology unit of the High Care International Hospital indicates that the most common form of malignant tumours can be attributed to skin cancer. There are two types of tumours: epithelioma and melanoma. The first is mainly found in patients over 60 years of age, fundamentally in areas of the skin exposed to the light, such as the face. The second is less common but is slowly growing in numbers. High Care International Hospital warns of the importance of protecting the skin at all times, not only when sun tanning. Those with pale skin which turns red instead of brown should take particular care, as should those with freckles or moles, or those with skin cancer in their family. There is a simple A-B-C-D rule to be followed. A visit should be made to the dermatologist if any of the following are present: u A: Assymetry: If one side of the lesion/mole is different from the other u B: Border Irregularity: If the border of the lesion/mole is irregular or has a nick/notch u C: Colour: If the colour of the lesion/mole changes, or brown or black tones appear on it u D. Diameter: If a lesion/mole grows to over 6mm, it may have become malignant

Good news for recent mums who are finding it hard to shed excess weight after giving birth: the celebrity trend of going down to a size zero just weeks after giving birth is dangerous, for you and for your baby’s health, since both mother and baby need proper nourishment, especially when the new mother is breastfeeding. According to Germany’s Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Heath Care, women can take between six months to a year to lose excess weight. “About half of all women take longer to lose the weight while, for others, just the effort of looking after baby and breastfeeding helps the kilos melt away,” said The Institute’s Director, Peter Sawicki. Women should aim to follow a sensible diet and slowly ease back into their pre-pregnancy exercise plan, rather than rush to get back into their skinny jeans. Next year, new mothers should read up on the new UK guide to weight management for mothers after childbirth, published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

i Casa Santa Isabel, Urb. Las Mimosas s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 908 628. The BIG issue of health Ever thought that the key to living long was staying slim and trim? If a six-pack abdomen has always been a pipe dream for you, then you’ll be thrilled about the new findings published in the journal, Obesity. A study conducted on 11,326 Canadians aged 25 and above, over a 12-year period, found that those who were overweight (possessing a body mass index of 25 to 29.9), but not obese, were less likely to die earlier than those with a normal weight (possessing a body mass index of 18.5-24.9). Those who were underweight, on the contrary (with a body mass index of under 18.5) had a 73 per cent higher risk of dying than normally-sized people. As early as 2007, studies by America’s Centre for Disease Control and National Cancer Institute found that overweight adults were less likely than those of normal weight to die from a myriad of diseases, including infections and lung disease. According to the authors of the study, the results indicate that excess weight possesses a protective capacity, either because those at greatest risk of dying are elderly, or because many overweight patients are on medication for associated illnesses, such as high blood pressure, which may delay death.

Concordia worried about morning-after pill AIDS association Concordia has expressed its concern over the morning-after pill now being available over the counter. “Over 15 years’ experience in fighting AIDS has taught us that proper use of the morningafter pill is directly dependent upon a good sex education, which the majority of young people lack. Giving adolescents a system of contraception with no control worries us, because this will lead to the disuse of condoms, vital for stopping the contraction of STDs,” said the representatives of Concordia in a public press release. Considering that Spain has the highest rate of AIDS in western Europe, it seems that unwanted pregnancy is not the worst thing that could happen to teens: the transmission of HIV is, evidently, a life-threatening matter which should be taken into account before passing legislation that eases access to methods such as the morning-after pill.

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Platypuses Help Fight Ovarian Cancer

Monkey Facial Recognition Apes Humans Monkeys and humans have even more in common than naturalist Charles Darwin thought. Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, have proved for the first time that rhesus monkeys and humans share configural perception, a mechanism for discriminating among the numerous faces they encounter daily and noting the smallest differences. The study provides insight into the evolution of the critical human social skill of facial recognition, which enables us to form relationships and interact appropriately with others. “Humans and other social primates need to recognize other individuals to discriminate kin from non-kin, friend from foe and allies from antagonists,” said lead researcher Robert Hampton. “Our research indicates the ability to perform this skill probably evolved some 30 million or more years ago in an ancestor humans share with rhesus monkeys.” Hampton and his research team used the Thatcher Effect, a perceptual illusion named after Margaret Thatcher because it was first demonstrated using an image of the former British Prime Minister. First, they presented images of six different monkeys to four rhesus macaque monkeys raised in large social groups at the research centre. They then ‘Thatcherised’ the images of faces by positioning the eyes and mouths upside down, relative to the rest of each face. When the faces were upside down, the monkeys did not react but, in the upright position, they were surprised by the distorted features and began looking at the pictures again – just as humans did in the Thatcher tests. Dr. Hampton concluded: “This study advances our understanding of social processes critical for a healthy and successful social life in primates. Early primates apparently solved the problem of recognizing each others’ faces in this way well before humans arrived on the planet.”

DNA mapping of the duck-billed platypus has uncovered an interesting relationship between their sex chromosomes and DNA sequences found in human ovarian cancer. The discovery could help in the development of an early detection test and more effective therapies against the most lethal gynaecological cancer. The scientists found that DNA on the sex chromosomes of the platypus is similar to the DNA that is affected in ovarian cancer, and other diseases of reproduction like male infertility. “Cancers often show a large number of DNA changes and it is difficult to decide which ones are important for the development of the disease,” said Dr. Frank Grutzner, a geneticist at the University of Adelaide, Australia. “The comparison with distantly-related species like platypus helps us in identifying important DNA sequences that have been conserved by evolution over millions of years. We are excited by the fact that the analysis of the platypus genome gives us new directions in investigating the molecular basis of ovarian cancer.”

How the Elephant Got It’s Trunk: Just So Scientists have discovered fossilized remains of the oldest-known elephant relative, dating back 60 million years. The fossil mammal was found in Morocco, in the same area that yielded the previously oldest elephant relative, dating back 55 million years. According to Emmanuel Gheerbrant of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, the newly-identified species, Eritherium azzouzorum, extends the record of the Proboscidea order (whose sole survivors today are modern elephants) back to the Late Paleocene era. Eritherium azzouzorum would not have looked much like an elephant, being only around 60 cm long and weighing four-to-five kilos. Its relation to pacyhderms was determined via analysis of its teeth and skull. While it lacked a trunk, the animal had an enlarged first incisor – a primitive tusk. “The trunk evolved with the modern elephant group, called elephantiform, at the beginning of the Oligocene period, some 33.7 million to 23.8 million years ago,” said Gheerbrant.

Darwin Dunces A post-Darwin Day survey carried out by science students at the University of Kent has revealed a disappointing level of knowledge regarding the life and works of Charles Darwin. Less than half of those surveyed were able to select Darwin’s picture from a selection of five bearded Victorians. And, when asked to identify the type of animal most prominently featured in On The Origin Of Species, only 14% were able to correctly select birds from a list of five options. The most popular answer was ‘monkeys’. The general public and university members alike scored lower than they should have done. The surveyors concluded that TV coverage emphasizing Darwin’s relevance for human evolution has been at the expense of an understanding of what he actually wrote.


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uch to your collective disappointment, I know, I am not about to embark on an ALevel ‘Compare and Contrast’ exegesis on the works of the 17th Century poet and theologian, John Milton. No, my task is more secular. I want to add my thoughts to the debate that seems to be raging in the UK media, about hard hit expats living in Spain who are apparently ‘struggling in the sun’. Struggling with what, in particular? The language, the diet, their digestion… or do you mean, like everyone else in the free world, struggling to get by. I don’t think the thrust for these pieces is so benign. Aside from the well-worn arguments of the ‘politics of envy’, I sense that these pieces are motivated by a collective ‘We’ll feel better about the mess we are in if we can highlight those who


we thought had it better than us but, if you slant the story in a particular light, it appears that they may be having a worse time” – Primary School of lazy reporting. For the last seven years I have lived on Spain’s Costa del Sol – where there is a mix of some exceptional developments and, let’s call them as they are – some pug ugly ones. I strongly believe that the future is more than bright for those looking to make a lifestyle or investment purchase in this area. So much so, I recently launched a new style property agency, Domus3Sixty, to deliver certainty, value and integrity to clients keen to take advantage of the prospects this market has to offer. So why is Spain getting such a bashing from those corners of the media which, not five years ago, were eagerly carrying expensive ‘rate-card’

advertising from those companies promoting off-plan purchases in the South of Spain? Using its editorial policy to build up a market, person or thing and then, if it turns ‘a bit rats’, using the same editorial to scurry away from your previous endorsement, is not only cheap journalism but also completely transparent. The idea that we’ll forget the intended message of an advert or advertorial the day after it wraps chips is naive. Every article, TV or radio show about Spain broad-brushes the coastal strip as ‘the Costas’. This does a disservice to Spain and its extraordinarily diverse and varied population. To dismiss the entire region from Barcelona to Huelva with one general expression at best shows convenience and, at worst, plain ignorance. In alphabetical order – and this is not all of them – they compromise the Costa

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burden squarely onto the shoulders of the buyer, with little or no hope of that property ever being worth the valuation. Watching the owner as he squirmed at a local auction as his lot was withdrawn due to lack of bids was horrid. Also featured in Paradise Lost was an Irish gentleman who had purchased, a few years ago, in an incomplete development on the Costa Blanca. He was seen struggling to finish a variety of building work, as the developer who had sold him his property had abandoned the site after going bust. This poor man was at the end of his tether. The only question to ask is, why? Why had he been allowed to complete at all on a purchase in a development that was patently incomplete. The drainage was a mess – a health hazard – and the external rendering was non-existent. Surely he could have expected more from his advisors? In the second episode of this two part ‘exposé’, we heard the story of retirees Mr. and Mrs. Prior who tragically had their home bulldozed on the Costa Almería. The programme followed the Priors as they prepared to march in support of another 19 owners of properties on an illegal urbanisation in Cantoria (also Costa Amería). We all know that there is often a lengthy delay between the filming and transmission of documentary-type TV programmes. During this time, events move on. Usually, a voice-over at the end of the show explains the current position. Sadly Studio Lambert, the producers of Paradise Lost, seemed to buy into the ‘why ruin a good story by telling the truth’ school of film making. Like anyone, they could have Googled the key words, ‘Priors Almería’, and they would have discovered that since filming, Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled in Mr. and Mrs. Prior’s favour, stating that the demolition had been carried out illegally because the Priors were not made aware of a crucial court case in which the building’s fate was decided. And, thanks goodness, the newspaper added that, ‘The Prior’s will now use the ruling to support their claim for compensation’. Almeria, Costa Blanca, Costa de la Luz and Costa del Sol. We cannot hide from the fact that the Costa del Sol has had its fair share of property disasters; but learning the lesson of history is what evolution is all about. The last couple of years has seen the weeding out of the scam artists and dodgy dealers and, I believe, we have now all but seen the back of the worst excesses of the manifest greed that dogged a property purchase here – particularly an off-plan purchase. The victims of such scams include the poor, soonto-be-retired, chap who purchased at the Manilva Beach development west of Estepona, as featured in ITV1’s Paradise Lost. There’s no doubt about it – he’s been diddled. He was, I fear, the victim of a well-known operator whose commissions were eyewateringly high and whose sharp business practice was (in addition to receiving chunky commissions from the developer) to deduct further sums from the deposits paid by his clients before passing on the


much-reduced balance to the developer. In this way, a modestly-priced property was sold at a hugely inflated price, often with the assistance of a ‘tame’ valuer who would ensure that the property was approved for a high loan-to-value mortgage, thereby passing the


Mark FR Wilkins The Rights Group SL. Domus3Sixty. Tel: +34 600 343 917

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ENTERPRISE Report Marisa Cutillas

tStephen Webster launch party Celebrity jeweller and rocker Stephen Webster, the edgy, rebellious designer famed for creating Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s wedding ring and Cristina Aguilera’s wedding and engagement rings, recently hosted the party of the season at Olivia Valere, to celebrate the recent opening of his boutique in Puerto Banús. Webster, who is also Creative Director of international jeweller Garrard, is proud to have been named the UK’s Best Brand of the Year in 2008, and is excited about bringing his unique, visionary jewellery to the frontline of Puerto Banús. “Marbella is an ideal location because it attracts tourism all year round and not just on a seasonal basis,” Webster told us. We wish Stephen and his dedicated team every success in their latest venture.

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Muelle Ribera Casa F, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 976.

qSur in English turns 25

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English language newspaper, Sur in English, will this month celebrate its 25th anniversary with a lavish party in which staff, clients and members of the press will gather to commemorate the important achievement. The newspaper caters for English speaking readers on the Costa del Sol, featuring everything from cutting edge news stories right through to classified columns, useful information and events. In a lead-up to the party, Sur in English held several competitions, including a photo, mini story and slogan competition, in which readers vied for exciting prizes.

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pAgent Provocateur seduces fashionistas at Nikki Beach Whether you’re petite or full-figured, young or mature, chances are that few things make you feel more like a woman than sexy lingerie, especially when it’s from designer Joseph Corre’s, Agent Provocateur. At a recent fashion show, sexy models strutted their stuff along a specially erected caltwalk at Nikki Beach, wearing the very latest Agent Provocateur collections. Women refreshed their shopping lists while men simply enjoyed being dazzled by delicate lace items, seductive half-cup bras and pasties, and the sexiest of G-strings.

i All items are available at the Agent Provocateur store in Puerto Banús. Muelle De

Ribera, s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 810 171.

tMills&Mills announces merger Mills&Mills cosmetic surgery clinic has just announced a multi-million pound merger with the UK’s second largest cosmetic surgery provider, The Hospital Group. Mills&Mills was founded in Marbella some four years ago by British husband and wife team David and Debbie Mills, who boast over 35 years of experience in cosmetic surgery and are pioneers in medical tourism. The Hospital Group, which offers safe options for surgery abroad, has continued its process of international expansion, having acquired four clinics in Ireland. For Mills&Mills, this means that their patients can continue to benefit from pre and post surgical consultations at The Hospital Group’s UK and Ireland based Clinics. Both companies are looking to expand worldwide, with plans to employ top surgeons from around the world. Renowned Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Mario Russo, has just been appointed Clinical Director. Following the merger, a Spanish brand and website has also been set up, which can be accessed on www. David Mills told us, “We want Mills&Mills to be viewed as more European and our aim on launching the new site was to encourage the inclusion of the Spanish community. We are currently opening clinics all over mainland Spain, the Canaries and the Balearic islands. Since the launch of the site we have literally seen hundreds of new customer enquiries. The Hospital Group is investing massively in new computer systems to integrate Mills&Mills and the Spanish operation into the Group, along with investment in marketing.”

i H.C. International Hospital, Casa Sta. Isabel, Urb. Las Mimosas, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 908 538/ 902 906 058.

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Residencia Thebussem: When history goes high-tech

Eyecatching new collections at Eyedonist Designer eyewear boutique, Eyedonist, is proud to present its latest (Autumn/Winter 2009) collections, by a host of top designers, including Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Giorgio Armani. Bottega Veneta’s range is made to suit every woman, with sunglasses such as Mod Modern (large, oval-shaped acetate frames in warm, delicate shades like amber and topaz), On The Road (a modern take on classic 1950s models), Cutaway Chic (lightweight, metal shades with a playfully seductive design) and Pure Elegance (large, rounded acetate models). There are also many optical frames to select from, such as Quintessentially Bottega Veneta, a unisex frame without temples, made of ultra-lightweight, hypoallergenic titanium combined with natural horn. Gucci, meanwhile, promises sophisticated elegance with its iconic Flora sunglasses, among many other designs including large, rounded shades that bring back the glamour of the 1970s, and metal and acetate frames featuring a sophisticated crest in filigree. Giorgio Armani also stuns us with models such as the Dragonfly glasses, inspired by the Giorgio Armani jewellery collection and featuring a delicate dragonfly in the centre of the frame.

i Avda. Ricardo Soriano 12, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 904.

Residencia Thebussem is a new development in MedinaSidonia, aimed at those attracted by historic settings and rural areas but who don’t wish to forego mod cons. Composed of four two-bedroom apartments and one three-bedroom, extending over several floors, this glorious 19th-century building has been completely refitted to include all the comforts we have become used to in the new millennium. Located in a cobbled street close to the town’s main square, Residencia Thebussem retains its most charming original features: period wood beams, arches, glasswork, antique doors, atriums and courtyards, which are designed to seduce any lover of historical architecture. Contemporary touches include under-floor heating systems, air conditioning/heating in all rooms, and satellite connections.

i For further information, contact Surmarly Promociones, S.L. Marbella Design Academy Graduation Students of Marbella Design Academy, which teaches interior, graphic, web and fashion design in English, recently celebrated their graduation with a party and exhibition of their work, which included a host of designs that displayed their talent, and how much they had learned at the Academy. The students, who proudly master a host of computer programmes including Auto Cad, 3D MAX, Photoshop, Illustrator, In-design, Flash and Dreamweaver, come from many different countries and enjoy a high employment rate once they finish their courses.

i Camino Hoyanca, s/n, Monda. Tel: 952 459 677. La Cala Resort 20th Anniversary Competition La Cala Resort in Mijas held a special 20th anniversary competition on Campo Asia, the oldest of its three golf courses. Although it was a perfect day for scoring, only one player managed to beat his handicap: former La Cala Captain, Francisco Cervilla, shot 39 points off six handicap to win the overall award and the Men’s Category by three from Torsten Berg, one of the original shareholders in the resort. La Cala’s current captain, Mike Fisher, was third on 34. The Ladies’ Category went to Sylvia Robbins, with 36 points. She won by three from Ritva Hagglund, and Sonya Foster was third on the same score. Francisco Cervilla said he had played all his golf at La Cala Resort since he took up the sport in 1995 and stated that the resort was so good he decided to stay as on as a member. Torsten Berg also recalled the early days when you had to cross a river bed to reach the complex. He said he was delighted to still be involved with La Cala and hoped to witness many more positive changes in the future.

i La Cala de Mijas, s/n, Mijas Costa. 952 669 000. Tel: 104

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LInea Directa launches night-time assistance for motorcyclists Linea Directa Aseguradora, a market leader in direct vehicle, motorbike and home insurance, has launched a new programme called Night-time Assistance for Motorbikes, to help reduce the high accident rate for two-wheel vehicles. This service, the only one of its kind in Spain, offers motorcyclists the possibility of being transported home free of charge when they have consumed alcohol or feel unwell. Linea Directa thereby seeks to reduce customers’ accident rates by nearly 1 per cent. The new service, which operates throughout Spain between midnight and 7am, covers a radius of 25 kilometres from the pick-up point. If the driver feels ill or has consumed too much alcohol, a recovery vehicle will collect the driver (and companion if relevant), and the motorbike, and transport them to the policy holder’s home address. Linea Directa is strongly committed to expats, offering them the possibility of taking out their insurance and carrying out all procedures quickly and easily and in their own language, 24 hours a day. The company is also proud to announce its Fully Comprehensive Insurance with Excess and Extended Third-party Insurance for motorbikes. The policies include an excess of 20 per cent, which means that the company, according to the type of insurance being taken out, assumes 80 per cent of the cost of the claim. In addition to these two new products, Linea Directa is also offering an insurance policy for electric motorcycles and courtesy motorcycles for the first time in Spain.

i Tel: 902 123 104.

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Save a child’s life at Smokey Mountain You may remember our article on Smokey Mountain, the dumpsite in The Philippines where families live in precarious and unsanitary conditions in order to scavenge enough recyclable rubbish to sell for a few pesos a day. At Smokey Mountain, it is typical to find toddlers walking with no shoes on, their feet black, their bodies malnourished, as they help their parents collect scrap from the toxic heap. At Smokey Mountain, the mortality rate for children under two is high and the future for the those who survive is bleak, since they lack the nutrition and hygiene to be able to develop properly and go to school. Young Focus International is a charity dedicated to helping the children at Smokey Mountain and has already set up a Day Care for children under five, where food, clothing and hygiene are provided to severely undernourished children. Now, it is possible to sponsor a child or young student as part of an educational programme that gives them the tools they need to learn, including a learning centre with computers where they can study after school, as they have no electricity or water at home. For as little as €80 you can sponsor a child for a year.

i For further information, please e-mail Anne, who fundraises for Smokey Mountain from Marbella,

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Fox Me Up: New agency makeover team Have you been wanting to change your look or make the most of your face and figure but not known where to start? Fox Me Up is an exciting new agency makeover team providing exclusive style and beauty services to anyone wanting to look and feel better. The agency performs the same magic seen on programmes such as How to Look Good Naked and 10 Years Younger but works in reality, rather than on reality TV. Georgina Shaw, a professional makeup artist with a background in events and corporate communications, is heading the team and has already found local businesses, beauticians and stylists (including makeup artists, hairdressers, beauticians, nail technicians, reflexologists, photographers, etc.) keen on working with her.

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If you’re relocating your business to Spain and you don’t know where to start, relocation specialist Del Sol Packaged (DSP) can help. DSP offers a complete portfolio of relocation solutions for businesses of all sizes wishing to relocate to the Costa del Sol, Gibraltar and surrounding areas. DSP works closely with each client to create a tailormade relocation package to suit the client’s needs, directing the whole moving process from initiation to arrival and repatriation. The basic services included in the package are: an introduction to Spanish culture and language, orientation tours of the local area, assistance with transporting goods and furniture, sourcing business premises and accommodation for employees, handling all legalities and administrative issues with local authorities (such as setting up NIE numbers, bank accounts, tax payments) and setting up international business networks in Spain. DSP also specialises in coordinating events and conferences for corporate clients.

i For further information, Tel: 951 894 026.

Starwood Hotels on Road to Awareness

Princess Ira Von Fürstenberg recently exhibited her Objects Uniques collection at the Marbella Club Hotel. Objects Uniques is the fruit of her passion for objects and, throughout her life, the Princess has travelled to many countries collecting pieces for her unique creations. The objects fuse historical and cultural references, with animals and especially birds, playing a starring role. The collection includes animal figurines, shells and boxes, as well as antique coins, sculptured heads and carved items from Europe, Africa and the Americas, all of which have been ‘recreated’ by Ira with precious gems and semi-precious stones.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has embarked on the Road to Awareness, a new initiative in aid of UNICEF destined to help poor children in Cairo. All you need to do to help out is book a stay at any of Starwood’s hotels in Spain or Portugal, through a special website created for UNICEF – www. – and two per cent of all booking fees will go to the charity. Through this website, you can also donate directly to UNICEF using your credit card. Last year, over €250.000 were raised to fight AIDS in Mozambique. This year, Starwood hopes to be able to help over 2,000 children living in abject conditions in Cairo.

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Objects Uniques by Ira Von Fürstenberg


Corporate Relocation Solutions on the Costa del Sol

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Tod’s opens in Puerto Banús Tod’s celebrated the opening of its second boutique in Spain, in Puerto Banús (the first is in Madrid) with an evening cocktail hosted by Claudio Castiglioni, Tod’s General Brand Manager, together with Paolo Orefici and Ruben A. Vidiella Salgano, partners of Tod’s in Marbella. Guests, who included entrepreneurs, journalists, artists, photographers, socialites and politicians, sipped Italian wine while they watched a Tod’s artisan reveal the traditions behind the original, hand-made accessories. The store layout is elegant and sophisticated, featuring two shop windows: one dedicated to the women’s collection and the other to the men’s. Tod’s first received worldwide recognition with the Gommino driving shoe in the late 1970’s. The shoe, identified by 133 pebbles, is the brainchild of President and CEO Diego Della Valle. The introduction of the Tod’s handbag collection in 1997 made the brand one of the most successful companies for luxury accessories in the world. Tod’s products are coveted by the most influential style-setters, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Uma Thurman, Diane Kruger, Sarah Jessica Parker and Tom Cruise.

i Muelle Benabola Casa BC, Local 3, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 872. Lights, camera, action at the Marbella International Film Festival Marbella will soon play host to the 4th edition of the Marbella International Film Festival from October 1 to 4. The Festival provides a platform for independent film producers and emerging talent to showcase their work to an international market. Of the 650 films that have been submitted for this year’s festival, just 50 independent artistic works of the highest calibre have been selected for exhibition, including works from Europe, Canada, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, attracting a high level of international media coverage. Kicking off the festival is a 24 hour film challenge whereby each candidate is given the same brief to produce 4 ½ minutes worth of footage in 24 hours on a theme chosen by a film industry guest panel. Each day of screening will feature a red carpet premier with events from film themed showcases, fashion shows, musical entertainment and gala dinners at the Hotel Lorcrimar and Novelli’s. Precise programming is yet to be confirmed.

i For further information, Angels with wings at Nikki Beach A fashion show with a difference was recently held at Nikki Beach. The show, Angels, featured designs by Rumanian fashion designer Rita Muresan in support of LOVE 8, a campaign against violence. Rita Muresan’s Collection for Autumn/Winter 2009/2010, was dedicated to the late Rumanian handball player Marian Cozma, who was stabbed to death on February 8, 2009, aged 26 in a club in Veszprem, Hungary. The Angels collection was first presented at Bucharest Fashion Week, featuring models wearing Rumanian designer Rita Muresan’s beautiful creations with angel wings. Many evocative photos were taken by the international news agency Reuters, giving the initiative worldwide coverage.

i CN 340, km 192, Marbella. Tel: 952 836 239.

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Casares del Mar: Into the blue

Mr. and Miss Marbella at Polo House

The Vilamar Banco Pastor Group recently invited friends, clients and members of the press to a cocktail event promoting Casares del Mar, an exclusive apartment complex located on the beach frontline of Casares coastline. The apartments in Phase One of the development are already available for sale and boast features such as intelligent home systems, climate control, and optimum acoustic insulation. One of the most appealing features of the Casares del Mar complex is its proximity to Sotogrande and Estepona, making it an ideal spot for golfers as well as for those seeking sophistication and tranquility.

Marbella is known for being an excellent showcase for hot bikini bodies and the recent election of Mr. and Miss Marbella, at Polo House, showed that our standards still soar. Daniel Rivero, 23, took home the Mr. Marbella title, his smouldering dark looks giving him the edge over the other swashbuckling males. The Miss Marbella title, meanwhile, was won by the lovely Belinda Gutiérrez, 22, whose angelic beauty and elegance sealed the deal. James Hewitt played host at the glamorous affair, also attended by Miss España 2006, Elizabeth Reyes, who hails from Málaga.

i CN 340, km 147, Casares. Tel: 951 273 500.

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Femme fatales know that one key ingredient of the art of seduction is sexy lingerie and beachwear, so it was no surprise that the Hotel Puente Romano was packed for a fashion show revealing the latest wares of RCrescentini for Cotton Club. The latter is an Italian brand known for haute couture, luxurious garments that spare no detail when it comes to stunning, artistic designs. This season, watch out for floral prints, bright colours and string bikinis, guaranteed to set your loved one’s heart on fire.

Cars and Art at Guarnieri We always knew there was a fine line between luxury cars and fine art but, this month, Grupo Guarnieri set out to make it manifest with the presentation of its new showroom, Cars and Art. Slick, smooth luxury cars vied for the guests’ attention with beautiful works of art by a variety of artists, including Alejandro Hermann and Osvaldo Lobalzo. Guests pondered on the question, what caprice would they first give in to: a luxury car or a painting they have had their eye on for a long time? A difficult question to answer!

i Avda. Ricardo Soriano 60,

Marbella. Tel: 606 837 855.

i Avda. Velázquez 468, Málaga. Tel: 902 320 530. Polígono Industrial San Pedro, Crtra. Ronda, s/n, San Pedro. Tel: 951 775 575.

Antonio Gala comes to Marbella Andalucía’s most famous novelist and mesmerising speaker, Antonio Gala, recently visited the latest exhibition by the young beneficiaries of his Fundación Antonio Gala, created to support the work of budding talents in art, literature and music. The exhibition took place at Galería Demo Solera, featuring a wide range of paintings, photographs and sculptures. Gala was delighted with the artists’ works, encouraging them to pursue their dreams at all cost.

i Centro de Negocios Puerta de Banús, Local 38, Marbella. Tel: 952 815 723.


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Status Quo plays Gibraltar What better way to finish National Day in Gibraltar than with a performance by Status Quo? On September, 10, at the Ocean Village outdoor car park, rock and rollers will enjoy a night of top music by one of Britain’s most legendary bands, as well as a shouldn’t-be-missed performance by charismatic support band, Natura.


Tickets are available on Tel: 633 327 722 or on and at various establishments in Gibraltar, including O’Reilly’s, Lord Nelson, Music Corner, Vijay’s and Bland Travel and in Algeciras at Disco’s Grammy.

Concordia summer gala a hit Every summer, one of the most well-attended charity galas is always the event held by Concordia, the association dedicated to helping sufferers of AIDS and their families. This year, Concordia managed to raise a whopping €155.000, impressive indeed considering the current crisis. The Marbella Club chiringuito was the chosen venue for the party, presided over by Princess Maria Luisa of Prussia, who managed to entice 380 people to join her for the event of the season. Following a speech by the Princess, in which she announced that the Queen of Spain was soon to meet with members of Concordia, there was a raffle draw featuring the many gifts donated by fundraisers. Afterwards, guests delighted in musical performances by Misterio de Oriente, Uwe Kröger, Thomas Henry and Carlos Lipara.

i Deadly Secrets: corruption, money laundering and murder on the coast Deadly Secrets, the new novel by Robert Tenison, is a must-read for anyone addicted to thrillers. The book, which will have you flicking through the pages at lightning speed, features many of the coast’s hot spots, cleverly disguised through creative renaming. It centres on Andy Montalvo, who moves to the fictional southern coastal town of Los Cipreses following the unexpected death of his old friend and business partner, Mike Cameron. He soon finds himself drawn into an investigation involving greed, corruption and money laundering by the beautiful Cristina Ibañez.

i Deadly Secrets is available at all Bookworld stores, Málaga airport and online at

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Report Michael sherlock

he latest predictions by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) show that Germany and France may enjoy a very small growth in 2010. This augurs well for the Eurozone, as both of these countries represent the economic engine of Europe. However, the full impact of the recession on other countries, such as Greece and Spain, will be evidenced by the weight of unemployment which will temper any good news emanating from Europe. The strict regulations imposed by Spain’s central bank, Banco de España, prevented Spanish banks and the Spanish financial markets suffering from the ‘subprime’ effect. The Banco de España has been hailed by proponents of a heavier regulatory regime as an example to follow. However, the Banco de España is having difficulty grappling with the problem facing the banking industry in terms of the huge amount of debt that Spanish banks and cajas de ahorros carry in respect of mortgage repayments. The Bank can be blamed for exercising laissez faire, in allowing banks and cajas de ahorros to grant mortgages to all and sundry. Rising unemployment has exposed many who were financially vulnerable and are now unable to meet their repayment obligations. According to the latest advice by the OECD, Spain must undergo a fundamental change in its labour laws and programme the restructure and diversification of its economy in order to avoid a repetition of the current situation in the future. The UK is not expected to enjoy economic growth

in 2010, and trails behind France and Germany in predictions as to when it will emerge from the recession. The UK is not dependent on Europe for bail-outs and, unfortunately, the British taxpayer has had to fork out billions of pounds in bank rescues. Cutbacks in public services will be made in an attempt to bring debt under control and an austere regime of government spending will follow for years to come, in order to reduce the extravagant amount of government borrowing. Gibraltar fairs well, despite the uncertainty in the financial world, and is likely to come through the global recession unscarred. But Gibraltar is not without problems. It has to affirm ten more tax information exchange agreements (TIEAs) by the time the G20 meets next, most probably in the autumn, in order to avoid being blacklisted as a tax haven. So far, Gibraltar has signed TIEAs with Ireland and the United States. TIEAs with Germany, France and Italy are in the offing. Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, Peter Caruana, was upbeat in this year’s Budget speech. Gibraltar’s economy appears to be doing well and the following figures support this: u The economy grew in 2007/8 by 8.8% u In the year to March 2009, the economy is estimated to have grown by almost 6% u The number of jobs grew in 2008 by 813, to a total of 20,509 The 10% corporate tax will be introduced in Gibraltar on 1st January 2011. This will undoubtedly remove the uncertainty that has surrounded Gibraltar’s corporate

tax regime hitherto. The rate is among the lowest in the European Union. The success by Gibraltar in the European courts, which established that Gibraltar is a fiscal jurisdiction in its own right and separate from the UK, is a watershed in Gibraltar’s history. However, Spain’s appeal against the favourable judgement will try to reverse the decision. The implication of the judgement dilutes Spain’s sovereignty claims under territorial integrity principles and, therefore, Spain has no alternative but to fight the judgement tooth and nail. The probability of success is low, and described by Peter Caruana as “long on politics and short on legal merit”. The shift by Gibraltar from a nil tax jurisdiction to a low tax jurisdiction, in addition to the TIEAs, will go a long way to removing any vestiges of Gibraltar’s tax haven label. It should propel the Rock to new heights, and commence a new chapter in its economic development. The opportunities are many, as Gibraltar will be able to offer its products with confidence, and in the knowledge that it is a jurisdiction recognised by the international community.


Michael Sherlock is a financial expert at Fiduciary Group.Suite 23, Portland House, Glacis Road, Gibraltar. Tel: +350 200 76651.

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ngaging your customers is not rocket science. With all of the articles, books, blogs, videos and conferences that are available, it can seem that creating an engaging service experience requires a lifetime of training. Not true. If you asked me, “How can we improve our service tomorrow?”, I would advise you to begin with your touchpoints. I’m sure that you have heard this word before but I’ll go ahead and define it anyway. A touchpoint is any moment of interaction between two parties. If I pass you in the hallway, that’s a touchpoint; when you answer the phone, that’s a touchpoint; when you open the door for someone, that’s a touchpoint. If you think about it, there are literally hundreds of touchpoints in a typical workday. Now here’s the interesting part; every touchpoint has either a deposit or a withdrawal. If I’m an employee at Company X and I pass two customers in the hallway without acknowleding them, that’s a withdrawal. If I give eye contact and smile, that’s a deposit. Better yet, if I give eye contact, smile, stop, give a greeting, and offer assistance, then that’s an even bigger deposit. This same concept works for every touchpoint, every time. So how do you identify your touchpoints? The fastest way is to sit in your office and brainstorm by yourself. Unfortunately, you would be missing a tremendous opportunity to involve your staff in matters that directly affect them. If the goal of identifying touchpoints is to engage your customers, then you must first engage those who serve your customers. While you’re at it, get your team’s input on deposits and withdrawals for each touchpoint as well. Trust me, they will respect you for asking them AND you would have just made a big deposit to your staff! If you haven’t guessed by now,

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deposits equal more engagement and withdrawals equal less engagement. Not too long ago, I was on board a transatlantic flight from Europe to Washington DC. Since these flights are at least six hours long, airlines tend to offer beverage service at multiple times… especially for those of us who fly coach. When the flight attendants were on their third cycle of beverage service, one passenger asked: “So what drinks do you have?” The attendant looked at the passenger and said, “The same drinks we had 2,000 miles ago!” If there was ever a candidate for the “king of all withdrawals”, this was it. The sad part is that I was four rows back and could hear the flight attendant clearly. That means the attendant’s statement was a withdrawal for everyone else on the flight that could hear him. The key business point here is that most passengers will not remember the attendant who made the withdrawal, but they will remember the airline. Learning point: all it takes is one employee, one touchpoint, and one withdrawal, to lose a customer. On the other hand, one employee, one touchpoint, and one deposit can create an engaged customer. At a recent hotel stay, I missed the breakfast buffet by a few minutes. As the buffet attendant was cleaning up, she saw the disappointed look on my face when I approached. She told me that she would be happy to get me something so I asked for cereal with skimmed milk. She returned with two boxes of cereal, skimmed milk and a big smile. She then asked if there was anything more she could do and, when I said no, she wished me a pleasant day. I did not feel like I was an interruption of her job, but the purpose of it. As we examine this touchpoint, there were multiple deposits made: offered to get breakfast, brought two types of cereal, offered additional assistance and

wished me a pleasant day. The beautiful part is that the entire transaction took less than five minutes and this article will eventually be seen by thousands of readers. Learning point: multiple deposits encourage free, word-of-mouth advertising. In the same touchpoint, multiple withdrawals could have easily been made. The buffet attendant could have pretended not to see me; she could have fled when she saw me coming; or she could have told me that the buffet was closed and there was nothing she could do about it. All it takes is one touchpoint. My challenge to you is commit to identifying your department’s touchpoints, and be sure to involve your staff in the process. Then, as a team, brainstorm multiple deposits that can be made for each touchpoint. (Hint: there are members on your team already making excellent deposits. Use this as an opportunity to solicit and share them with the entire team.) Be sure to include a few withdrawals as well. It’s amazing how many people make withdrawals and don’t even know it. Let this be your year for maximising every touchpoint, for every customer, at every possible moment. Soon you will have a legion of engaged customers who can’t wait to tell others about your exceptional service and how you were able to engage them, one touchpoint at a time.

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rupo C has one of the best reputations as developers on the coast. A family-run firm – father Benedetto Civiero came to the coast in the late 60s, and sons Carlo and Lorenzo manage the day to day running of the company – Grupo C has been responsible for some of the most highly regarded developments on the coast that include Puerto Cabopino and Cerrado de Elviria. And, while the rest of Marbella may be wringing its collective hands with tales of gloom and doom about the credit crunch, Grupo C made somewhat of a statement with the official inauguration of the Cerrado del Aguila clubhouse, earlier in the summer. Situated in an enviable location surveying the Mediterranean, Cerrado del Aguila is certainly impressive, with the striking clubhouse overlooking the nine-hole golf course (work on a further 9 holes is due to start soon), driving range, paddle tennis courts, apartments and individual villas. Lorenzo Civiero, the urbane Italian managing Cerrado del Aguila, showed me around the development and explained the philosophy behind the company. “We like to think that we have brought the business up a notch. We know that we can give our clients a quality development with quality construction and service for 30 per cent less. We started work on Cerrado del Aguila three years ago, putting in the infrastructure, such as the roads, and the first

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phase to be completed was Los Iris with 132 apartments as well as the clubhouse.” Grupo C employed three sets of architects, including Liev-Rodrigez and Eduardo Oria, who was formally awarded the title of Best Architect in the World, as well as being the genius behind the internationally renowned Puerto Benalmádena. The family were also closely involved with the architects. “We brought our own ideas,” explains Lorenzo. “Everything comes from the Italian blood that runs through our veins, which is very important.” Cerrado del Aguila and the clubhouse in particular, have a distinctive look. “We don’t build typical Andalucían cortijos,” says Lorenzo, “everyone can do that, which is fine but there are millions of those. We’re not typical people – you can see that in the design of the clubhouse. We wanted to do something that was modern but integrated.” Although Cerrado del Aguila has a nine-hole course by award-winning golf designer, Francisco Navarro (whose other work has included Río Real and the daunting task of redesigning Valderrama), permits should be through for a further nine holes by the end of the year so, by summer 2010, Cerrado del Aguila will boast 18 holes. “It’s a course that is easy enough for beginners to play but difficult enough to provide a challenge for professionals,” states Lorenzo, and the course is open for all.

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The nine holes have over 1,000, hundred-year-old olive trees as well as Mediterranean pines and superb sea views, giving a round of golf a different feeling to some of the identikit courses on the coast. “There are more than 60 courses on the coast and I would say that perhaps 40 of them look the same,” explains Lorenzo. “We haven’t done that, and we want people to come here and say, ‘We played Cerrado del Aguila yesterday. Boy that was different!’” That difference goes as far as the top of the range Yamaha and E-ZGo golf buggies. There are also six top quality paddle courts with plexiglass and artificial grass, with more to follow. Another accolade is that Cerrado del Aguila is the only officially recognised fitting centre for Titleist and Cobra in all of Andalucía. Lorenzo shows me around the impressive clubhouse, whose signature restaurant and terrace are busy with people enjoying its innovative Mediterranean fusion cuisine and catching a little summer sun. It has two pro shops, one for paddle tennis and the gym, the other for golf. Downstairs is a state-of-the-art fully equipped gym with fantastic views over the golf course. Work on the spa, which will have a Roman feel to it, will start in September. There’s even a supervised crèche for the children, so

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that adults can enjoy their workout or spa pampering in peace! The whole clubhouse is beautifully designed and has a modern and stylish Italian feel to it, even in the changing rooms, which are beautifully presented in Italian Travertine marble. Although Cerrado del Aguila has planning permission to build 1,344 units, Lorenzo points out that Grupo C will never build that many. “It has always been our philosophy not to mass build, and there is more green area than construction in all of our projects. People think that this is ridiculous and tell us that there is no money in it. Well, there is money in it because we are here for the long run and we take pride in what we build. We are a family company with my father and brother running it and, one day I hope that our children will run the company. I like to think that we have contemporary style with traditional values,” he smiles. As well as a new nine holes, plans for Cerrado del Aguila include individual villas, as well as a five star hilltop hotel that will enjoy panoramic views over the Mediterranean. And Lorenzo even has plans to make olive oil from the olive trees around the golf course, which means that you’ll be able to enjoy a little taste of Cerrado del Aguila’s distinctive style!


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Sherry has long been regarded in Britain as a genteel aperitif sipped from thimble-sized glasses by maiden aunts and vicars, more than a few of whom thought it was made by Harveys of Bristol. But in Jerez de la Frontera during Vendimia, when sherry flows by the vat, vicars and genteel maiden aunts are in for an education, reports Belinda Beckett. Report BeLinda Beckett Photography Ayuntamiento de Jerez

Muscle-bound men in shorts and grape-crusher boots begin the first pressing at Vendimia

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nce upon a time in September, tractors piled high with plump, pungent-smelling grapes were a common sight in Spain’s country byways, signalling the heady harvest season. Sadly, modern techniques in viticulture have relegated most such charming spectacles to the confines of high tech bodegas; but, in some parts of the country, a few ancient customs survive and one of those places is right on our doorstep: Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its sherry and brandy and one of Andalucía’s four Denominaciones de Origen, together with Málaga, Montilla-Moriles and El Condado de Huelva. La Vendimia – the Grape Harvest, celebrated in Jerez from September 5-20 this year – is a fiesta

steeped in religious tradition, handed down through generations of growers, and the Jerezanos celebrate the occasion in typically tumultuous Spanish fashion. The blessing of the first harvest – primera cosecha – takes place on the first Sunday, following a solemn mass in the cathedral. Then, four muscle-bound men in shorts and grape-crusher boots begin the first pressing while white doves are released from the church and the bells ring out from the tower. A grand procession of floats winds its way through the city, lead by the elected Queen of the Vintage and her handmaidens, chosen from the beautiful girls of Jerez, who wear white dresses and blue silk scarves, representing the chalky white soil and blue sky that give life and body to the vines.

But it’s not just grapes that takes centre stage, these days. Just as its famous sherries are blends of many different wines, La Vendimia is fortified by a massive two-week programme that puts all the town’s famous elements on show: flamenco and equitation, puppetry, street theatre, art exhibitions, a festival of magic, bullifighting, polo and gastronomy, including the Tapajerez – a competition among bars and restaurants to promote the city’s famous tapas. Many of the events are free, such as the popular music concerts in the Alameda Vieja which attract contemporary artists to the city. For the seat of the great bodega dynasties – Domecq, González Byass and many others since swallowed up by international conglomerates – has other claims to fame. It is also

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the home of flamenco and the producer of the king of horses: Andalusian thoroughbreds, the Nijinskys of the equine world who are put through their paces at the Royal Andalucía School of Equestrian Arts, as highly-respected as Vienna’s famous L’Escurial Spanish Riding School. The citizens’ intense pride in their rich patrimony has earned them the derogatory nickname of señoritos (toffs) among their compatriots – allegedly because, like Britain’s horsey set, they are prone to strut about in tweeds, Barbours and green wellies and speak Spanish with a ‘posh’ accent. Truth or legend, all straight-laced tendencies dissipate, come September, when the first ripe fruits are plucked from the vine for conversion into fragrant finos, elegant olorosos and golden amontillados. Encircled by vines which thrive in the chalky soil, Jerez de la Frontera lies 35 kilometres inland from Cádiz and is one of the world’s most ancient wine producers. The oldest reference comes from Strabo, the 1BC Greek geographer who wrote that the first vines were brought to Xera, as Jerez was then called, by the Phoenicians. Archaeologists recently discovered two wine presses at a 4BC Phoenician site in Castillo de Doña Blanca, four kilometres from the city, confirming that the same people who founded Cádiz brought the art of growing vines and making wines from the faroff lands of Lebanon to Europe and Spain. However, in 966, Moorish Caliph Al-Haken II ordered the uprooting of the vineyards on religious grounds. It was only because the Jerezanos told him that the grapes were used to produce raisins to feed the troops in his Holy War (which was partly true) that two thirds of the vineyards were saved.

After the Reconquest, it was another story. Jerez wines became especially popular in England where King Henry I established a trade-off – wine for English wool. From that moment, the Jerez vineyards became an important source of wealth for the kingdom, to the extent that King Henry III of Castile prohibited by Royal Order the up-rooting of even a single vine, and the first guilds were set up to control production. During the Age of Exploration, the ports of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Cádiz were the starting points for many voyages to the New World and, in 1519, Ferdinand Magellan loaded his ship with 253 kegs of sherry (spending much more than he had on weapons). British merchants began to trade in this ‘liquid gold’, which they called sack, later setting up their own bodegas. The English love for sack was epitomised in William Shakespeare’s bibulous character, Sir John Falstaff, who noted in Henry IV, Part 2 that, “If I had a thousand sons, the first humane principle I would teach them should be to forswear thin potations and to addict themselves to sack.” But Shakespeare’s sack would have been unrecognisable today. Until 1775, the Jerez wine exported was always from that year’s harvest and highly fortified to preserve it during the long voyage. The Vintners’ Guild, dominated by the winegrowers, expressly prohibited the storing of wines of different vintages. However, opponents of this restrictive practice won the day. This, coupled with the need to supply the market with a product of a consistent quality, gave birth to one of the fundamental contributions of Jerez to the history of wine: the ageing method known as Criaderas y Solera: the first sherry is laid down in a

cask, the next year, a similar-tasting sherry is put above it. Some sherry is taken from the bottom cask, which is replenished with liquid from the cask over it, and so on, for a minimum of three years. The subtle nature of the flor, the yeast cap that forms over the surface, and the addition of grape distillate in different quantities, led to the creation of the wide range of sherry wines available today. A tour of one of the bodegas is de rigeur although, with sampling restricted to a couple of tots at the end of a tour, it’s not like the days when the 19th century travel writer Richard Ford described visitors emerging into the daylight “stupified by drink”. The guided tour of González Byass takes visitors on a fascinating journey through this cathedral of wine production – from the cellars to the vine-shaded courtyards to the tasting rooms, where you may spit or swill, according to your inclination. Many famous feet have trodden this well-worn path and left their signatures on the barrels – Bobby Charlton, Orson Welles, Chelsea Clinton and Roger Moore, who cheekily signed his barrel ‘El Santo’ after his 1960s TV programme, The Saint. Bodegas aside, Jerez is a great place for a leisurely tapas crawl and all the major sights are concentrated within a few minutes’ walk of the elegant, palm-fringed Plaza del Arenal. One must-visit is the Alcázar, a Moorish palace that is a fascinating blend of architectural styles, with parts dating back to the 12th century. The interior contains a well-preserved mosque and bath house and, the jewel in its crown, a camera obscura in the tower, a dark room which projects a panoramic view of the city on to the wall, providing a fascinating view of daily life in Jerez.

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The Equisur contest for thoroughbreds – one of many horsey events in Jerez

High adrenalin at the Jerez Grand Prix racetrack

The Easter processions in Jerez

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Showjumping – one of many equestrian spectacles

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The city’s part-Gothic, part-Renaissance cathedral plays a starring role during La Vendimia and is also worth visiting to see a little-known painting by Zurbarán, The Sleeping Girl. Uphill from here, lost in a maze of narrow alleys, is the ancient Barrio de Santiago gipsy quarter with its flamenco peñas, a great way to see an authentic performance of this passionate genre in the home of the late flamenco diva, Lola Flores. You can discover the rich history of this culture at the Centro Andaluz de Flamenco, which has a sound and vision archive preserving the performances of its greatest proponents. On the top floor, a teaching room is devoted to passing on its secrets to students from all over the world. Jerez has a good Archaelogical Museum and it’s also worth giving time of day to the Museo del Tiempo, which claims to display the largest collection of working antique clocks and watches in Europe, all chiming in unison on the hour. However, a bigger draw is the neighbouring Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, with its horse and carriage museums, gardens, palace rooms and 1,600-seater arena. The immaculately-choreographed horse dancing shows begin with a burst of disco-style laser lights and flamenco guitar, as dashing riders dressed in 18th century costume make their grand entrance on prancing steeds. If you are interested in animal conservation and nature, Jerez Zoo & Botanical Gardens

is among the most interesting parks in Spain, not only because it is one of the oldest, but also for its captive breeding programme and the great number of endangered species that it shelters, including the white tiger, red panda and Iberian lynx. The history of this zoo is a strange one. It began when a small consignment of wild animals arrived in port at Cádiz with no apparent destination or owner. Temporarily, the animals were placed in the Tempul’s garden, created in 1869 to decorate the local water reservoir. They attracted so much attention that the then Parks and Gardens Councillor, Alberto Duran Tejada, decided to create a permanent zoo, which opened in 1953. Over the years, the zoo has grown to house over 200 different species from five continents while the lush gardens are a profusion of more than 500 different species of exotic plants, trees and shrubs. For sports fans, another big draw is the Circuitio de Jerez, opened in 1985, which has hosted Formula 1 and Motorcycle Grand Prix events. And, if motoring is a hobby, there are plenty of interesting excursions from Jerez. Four kilometres out of the city lies the magnificent Carthusian monastery of La Cartuja, whose Baroque façade is one of the most spectacular in all Spain. Another must-do is the Laguna de Medina, a small freshwater lake surrounded by meadows of sunflowers and, at this time of year, populated by thousands of migrating flamingos, spoonbills and varieties of duck returning from northern Europe to Africa.

Some of Andalucía’s prettiest white villages are within easy reach of the city, such as Arcos de la Frontera. Alternatively, catch the Atlantic sea breeze in the coastal towns of Sanlucár de Barrameda, famous for its seafood, or El Puerto de Santa María whose Restaurante Aponiente – – is owned by the talented Ángel León, the Ferran Adría of fish. Like Adría, León takes a scientific approach to food and has even invented a machine that creates fatfree lard by filtering it though algae. Like many modern restaurateurs, he offers sherry as an alternative to wine. Manzanilla goes well with fish, such as marinated scallops and sushi; amontillado complements bigflavoured dishes; oloroso is a good partner for rich patés; while cream sherries go well with most desserts. Even the British have changed their taste for sweeter sherries since the growth of tourism to Spain, which triggered a boom in UK tapas bars, pushing up sales of the perfect accompaniment – fino. The genteel aperitif of maiden aunts and vicars has become an alcoholic drink with attitude. Salud! n

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Sherry by the barrelful

Sherry Savvy u Fino The driest and palest of the traditional varieties of sherry. u Manzanilla A variety of fino made around the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. u Amontillado Sherry that has been aged first under a cap of flor yeast, and exposed to oxygen, which produces a result darker than fino but lighter than oloroso. u Oloroso Aged oxidatively for a longer time than a fino or amontillado, producing a darker and richer wine – stronger, too, with alcohol levels between 18-20%. u Palo Cortado A rare variety that is initially aged under flor, like an amontillado, but develops some of the richness of oloroso and crispness of amontillado. u Jerez Dulce Sweet sherry is created when one of the preceding varieties of dry sherry is sweetened with Pedro XimÊnez or Moscatel wine. u Cream sherry is a common variety of sweet sherry made from oloroso, with other varieties including pale cream sherry (made from fino) and medium sherry (made from amontillado).

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n these times of crisis, few events can be more exciting to a local economy than the opening of businesses attracting tourism, especially when it involves foreign investment. So, when the new Hotel Campanile opened its doors in Málaga, there was much excitement among business people and local politicians. The Campanile is one of 832 establishments owned by the Louvre Hôtels Group, a name which may not sound too familiar but is actually present in nine different countries, including Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Italy, France and Portugal. Louvre Hôtels, founded in France, comprises three brands: Campanile, Kyriad and Première Class which, together, occupy second place in their market in Europe. The Campanile brand itself is present in 380 hotels and its focus is on practicality and a good quality-price ratio, adapting to clients’ necessities without unnecessary frills. The three-star Hotel Campanile is located in the heart of the business centre of Málaga: Avenida Velázquez, next to the Mare Nostrum commercial centre and multi-cinema complex. While this will obviously be an attractive factor for business travellers, it also has family appeal, being a mere five-minute drive from the Old Town, two minutes from the airport and three kilometres from some of Málaga’s main attractions, including the Museo Picasso, the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos and top beaches, such as Los Álamos and the emblematic Malagueta. The Campanile has been designed by Patrick Jouan, who aimed to create a ‘hotel for the new generation’ where practicality, and clients’ needs, reign supreme. Thus, in the 114 rooms, guests will

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enjoy air conditioning, LCD television (cable and satellite) and free WiFi access. The design is simple, spacious yet youthful, with nutty, grey and wood tones livened up by lime green accessories and walls. A good sleep is of the essence when away from home and, at the Campanile, guests will love the Simmons Dorsopedic four-star king-size beds, luxurious duvets and bed linen. All bathrooms have a bath and shower, as well as a handy hairdryer. Those who wish to mix business and pleasure can stimulate their brain cells at a special work desk, make calls on a direct line or work on their computer in a relaxed setting. Coffeeand tea-making facilities provide a perfect excuse for a break and there are rooms for both non-smokers and smokers. If business is the reason for your stay, you may be interested in making it a group event. There is 90m2 of space available for conferences and meetings, fitted out with modern projectors, televisions, DVD players and video cameras. Best of all, the lighting in the business area is natural. The hotel offers special prices for groups, who can enjoy a room and breakfast for as little as €26 a night, or a three-course meal for only €12, prices at which the Campanile hopes to attract parties of all kinds,

including golfers, business travellers and tourists. The special rates apply to groups of 20+, or for those occupying 10 or more rooms. Gourmets are also a serious target, with a restaurant that opens every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast buffet serves a plethora of savoury and sweet temptations, including natural fruit juices, home-made breads, pastries, cheeses, cold cuts and yoghurts, as well as plenty of fresh fruit. For lunch and dinner, enjoy fresh Mediterranean cuisine, focusing on quality fish, meats and the best of market produce, with a seasonally changing menu. Every day, there is a reasonably-priced three-course lunch menu which will undoubtedly attract hungry staff working nearby or even avid foodies, since the restaurant tempts the palate with exquisite wines, which it offers by the bottle or glass, a great attraction for wine tasters. Families will love the kids’ menu, once again specially priced and sized for little ones. The staff is also eager to illuminate guests on the very best Málaga has to offer, informing them of cultural events at city museums, as well as parties and fun days and evenings on the beach. The Hotel Campanile is a refreshing addition to the three-star hotel market on the Costa del Sol, offering features and a level of client attention one would normally associate with a four-star hotel. It is only one more reason why Málaga, and the Costa del Sol, is still the place to be for business people, families and those simply seeking a well-priced holiday by the sea.


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heir jagged silhouettes rise bleakly from the Pacific Ocean, a lost world of volcanic islands formed from coal-black lava frozen in time. Their fiery craters, salt-water lakes, mangrove forests and arid scrubland have given rise to creatures of mythological beauty and extraordinary biodiversity that can only be found here, in this small corner of the world: sub-aquatic lizards, flightless cormorants, prickly pears with no prickles, tropical penguins, cacti as tall as trees and ancient tortoises with shells the size of bath tubs. Underwater

ledges encrusted with magenta starfish, chartreuse seahorses and flame-orange crabs form an exquisite underwater necklace encircling lagoons where sea lions and green sea turtles perform an ethereal underwater ballet. Sometimes, when the sun warms the moist air rising from the swirling waters of the icy Humboldt Current, the islands disappear from view in a thick bank of fog. These are The Galapagos, a.k.a. Charles Darwin’s Laboratory because the specimens he collected here

“We can screw up The Galapagos in the way that we can very easily screw up the whole planet. These islands are a parable for how we treat the natural world.” Sir David Attenborough A sea lion poses on the beach on Española, Galapagos

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were vital components in the biological equation that explain the mysteries of our origin. Each island is a world in microcosm with its own unique ecosystems and subspecies that are brand new on the evolutionary timescale. Española, the oldest island, only dates back three million years while the youngest are still being formed, with the most recent volcanic eruption this year. In 1835 when HMS Beagle dropped anchor off this archipelago of 14 islands and 120 islets, 973 kilometres west of Ecuador, the intrepid naturalist compared their forbidding blackness to industrial Wolverhampton! “Nothing could be less inviting,” he complained, describing the weather as “overpoweringly hot” and the tortoise meat “very indifferent.” But before long he was bewitched by an endemic wildlife with no natural predators, fearless of humans and perfectly adapted to survive in their harsh environment in an amazing variety of ways: the world’s only Marine Iguana, which grazes seaweed on the ocean floor; giant Galapagos Tortoises, the emblem of the islands, whose saddleback shells and elongated necks allow them to reach vegetation above ground level; on those islands without plant-eating iguanas, a species of prickly pear that has swapped its defensive spines for soft bristles, inviting birds to land and assist in their pollination; and 13 varieties of finch that “approached


Galapagos Hawk landing on a cliff

so close that any number might have been killed with a stick,” wrote Darwin. Darwin had discovered a strange alternative universe where beauty and cruelty walk hand in hand: Vampire Finches drink the blood of other birds; Waved Albatross with two-metre wingspans mate by gang rape; Magnificent Frigatebirds which balloon out their scarlet throat sacks like Valentine’s hearts when breeding but ruthlessly dive-bomb other birds in flight to hijack their food; even Blue-Footed Boobies, the clowns of the avian world with their comical courtship dances, produce killer chicks which will massacre their siblings to gain a head start in life. Here, too, are Land Iguanas as fat as house cats, Swallow-Tailed Gulls, RedFooted and Nazca Boobies, mockingbirds, petrels, hawks and the world’s only equatorial penguin. Almost two centuries on from Darwin’s visit, more than 20 per cent of the islands’ native flora and 50 per cent of its fauna are on the endangered list, while over-fishing, climate change, pollution and tourism pose other challenges. Although only four islands are inhabited, their population has doubled to 40,000 in a decade. Early pioneers brought with them invasive species that have wrought havoc on the fragile ecosystems and defenseless wildlife. Their pigs destroyed turtle nests, their poultry spread disease, their dogs and cats killed the iguanas, black rats

arriving as shipboard stowaways (possibly even from Darwin’s ship) all but wiped out the native rats while guava, avocado and citrus trees eliminated endemic plants. Feral goats razed whole hillsides of vegetation, causing erosion and wiping out food sources. Culling has helped to solve these problems – even the dilemma of rounding up fleet-footed goats, solved with the use of a ‘Judas goat’ wearing a radio collar, which enabled hunters to track the elusive herds. But the damage had been done. Although a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978 and a Biosphere Reserve since 1985, by 2007 the islands had joined the World Heritage in Danger list. The Galapagos National Park, founded in 1959, threw a protective cordon around 97 per cent of the land while a research station established by the Charles Darwin Foundation on Santa Cruz island in 1964 is working to prevent further devastation. Both have been targets of attack from a local population resentful of outside interference – in particular, attempts by Ecuador to limit the powerful whaling, fur seal, tuna and shark-fishing industries. In 1994, local fishermen burned the research station’s chief scientist in effigy and slaughtered 86 giant tortoises, leaving their butchered corpses hanging from the trees. A park employee was shot and injured while participating in a raid on an illegal operation to harvest sea cucumbers, considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac in Asia. In

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2007, Ecuador’s President signed a decree making the islands’ protection a national priority. Now ecologists fear a new threat from The Darwin Effect – a backlash from the worldwide publicity generated during Darwin’s Bicentennial Year which, while helping to raise awareness of the conservation work vital for the islands’ survival, could trigger an unsustainable influx of visitors. Galapagos tourism is Ecuador’s biggest economic asset, bringing a record 173,000 visitors to the islands last year, a fourfold increase in 20 years. Initially, tourism was almost exclusively sea-based, with visitors sleeping on board, but new hotels on all four inhabited islands are encouraging land-based stays – and the boats are getting bigger. There are now several scheduled daily flights to the islands from Ecuador’s capital, Quito, to Baltra and San Cristóbal islands, and private charters are increasing. Gabriel López, Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation, has warned: “We have a narrow window of opportunity to set the Galapagos on a sustainable path. There has to be a comprehensive master plan and a meaningful cap on tourist numbers.” Broadcaster Andrew Marr, President of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, has gone further, calling for individual visits to be limited to once in a lifetime. Fortunately, this is one of the most tightly controlled tourist destinations on earth. Visitors are shepherded on

approved trails to 60 designated sites by super-vigilant licensed park guides who invoke the ‘Two Metre Rule’ if people get too close to the wildlife. Visitors must constantly rinse their feet and snorkeling gear so as not to stir the evolutionary soup by carrying excrement, disease or seeds from one island to another. Separated by distances of five to 160 kilometers, the 7,880km2 archipelago straddling shifting tectonic plates is spread over 45,000km2 of ocean, in both north and south hemispheres, either side of the equator. The El Niño phenomenon can bring heavy rains, the season known as the Garua (June to November) heralds cold winds, dense fog and continuous drizzle but, from January to March, the sun shines and temperatures average 25°C. The islands were discovered by Spanish explorers, whose ships drifted off course there in 1535. Originally named Insulae de los Galopegos (Islands of the Tortoises), they became a hideout for English pirates harrying Spanish galleons laden with gold and silver from South America. In 1684 one of those buccaneers, Ambrose Cowley, made the first crude map of the islands and named them after English Kings, explorers and noblemen. They now have Spanish names. In 1892, they were officially renamed Archipelago de Colón, to mark the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s discovery of America. They have also

been known as The Enchanted Isles, after a short story by Herman Melville. The author’s visit to the islands aboard a whaling ship also inspired his most famous novel, Moby Dick. Hitherto nominally owned by Spain, in 1832 the islands were annexed by the new Republic of Ecuador and are now one of its 24 provinces. Early colonists set up small farms and supplied produce to the burgeoning whaling industry and a makeshift post office, made out of a wine barrel was set up on Floreana. (As a gimmick, tourists today can still leave unstamped mail there for future visitors to find and deliver personally, on their return home.) Between the mid-18th-to-mid-19th centuries, it’s estimated that whalers captured 20,000 Galapagos tortoises as a living larder of fresh protein, since the creatures could survive for several months on board without food or water. Due to their strategic proximity to the Panama Canal, during World War II the United States established naval and air force bases on Baltra, now the site of the islands’ main civilian airport – a three-hour flight, with a 40-minute stopover, from Ecuador. Most cruises depart from Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz, an hour away by boat and bus. Most of the hotels, restaurants and tourist facilities are found on this 986 km² island whose lava tunnels, lush highlands, flamingo lagoon and Charles Darwin Research Station are tour highlights. essential marbella magazine

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Itineraries also take in the three other inhabited islands: San Cristóbal, home to a large freshwater lake; Isabela, six volcanoes merged into one seahorse-shaped landmass; and Floreana, whose Devil’s Crown underwater volcanic cone is a diving paradise filled with schools of colorful King Angel Fish, Balloon Fish, Tiger Snake Eels, Eagle Rays, Hammerheads and White-Tipped Sharks. Other ports of call are Genovesa Island, with its bird-watching plateau and forest of palo santo, belonging to the same family as frankincense and myrrh and widely used in folk medicine; Santa Fe, with its giant Opuntia cactus forest; and Española, an island slowly dying, with little vegetation but beautiful beaches for swimming with sea lions. Wherever they go, visitors will be amazed by this cageless natural zoo which provides close encounters with 500 native species.


In an article for the Darwin Bicentennial, Sir David Attenborough wrote: “Tourism is a mixed blessing for the Galapagos but the fact is, if the local people did not get any income from it, there would be nothing left there now. It is a lesson for the world that, unless the people who live in such places are on the side of conservation, you’re doomed. So tourism, if it’s evil, is a necessary one that, in this instance, can be controlled. “The interesting thing is that what is going on in the islands relates to man’s exploitation of the world and what we are proposing to do about it. We can screw up the Galapagos in the way that we can very easily screw up the whole planet. These islands are a parable for how we treat the natural world.” n

Lonesome George is the tragicomic symbol of the devastation caused by non-natives in the Galapagos – the last of his Pinta island subspecies. The variety was thought to have been extinct since 1906 but George was discovered on the island in 1971 and brought to live at the Darwin Research Station. The gentle giant weighs 88 kilos and, at around 70 years old, is in his prime, with a life expectancy of 150 years. He has many friends but no lovers. Scientists have searched the world’s zoos for a mate, offering a $10,000 reward for a Pinta female, but none has been found. George shares a corral with two females from Isabela island (genetically the closest match) but has never shown the slightest interest in sexual encounters either with them or the female researcher who tried to take a sperm sample. Several clutches of eggs have been laid by his lady companions but, thus far, never fertilized. However, George is not past his ‘shell-by date’ and the research team lives in hope. George’s life has been eventful in other ways. In 1995, fishermen invaded the research station, taking George hostage and threatening to kill him. He survived and today occupies pride of place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the rarest living creature on the planet.

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ake any seaside promenade from Blackpool to Barcelona and you’re sure to find plenty of opportunities for eating… from fast-food hot dogs and burgers to seafood of all varieties, served at simple beach bars. Opportunities for dress-up dining with elegant food and exotic wines are rare… unless you happen to be on Marbella’s paseo marítimo. Lined with succulent palms and elephant sculpture beach showers, it’s a fashion catwalk with Armani sunglasses and sandals by Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana much in evidence. Where can such fashionistas dine, other than at a paper cloth-covered table next to holidaymakers in damp swimming costumes and sandy flip flops? The answer is Boulevard, a chic restaurant which rises to its frontline location in style, with candlelit tables covered in linen cloths, a spacious terrace with sea views and luxury food and wines (lobster, scallops, Vega Sicilia!). Dishes you just wouldn’t expect to find on the prom include tomatoes stuffed with chipirones, black rice and cheese, skewer of angler fish, grouper and red king prawns, and grilled duck breast with sweet coffee rice. The extensive menu of 82 dishes is served from midday to midnight and you can also find a traditional menu del día for under €10 (noon-7pm). Plainer eaters can still enjoy simpler fare (home-made hamburgers, salty and sweet crêpes, sandwiches and salads) and Boulevard has also introduced a three-course Crisis Menu, with entrecote steak and swordfish among the choices – not bad for €14,90, including bread and IVA! You can expect attentive service under the direction of close friends, Enrique Leal and Miguel Ángel Najarro, who learned their trade (for 21 years and 11 years respectively) at one of Marbella’s finest hotels – the five-star Don Carlos. Enrique has run Boulevard for the last 15 as a traditional café but, 18 months

ago, he invited Miguel Ángel to join him in giving it a decidedly more upmarket image. They started with the décor – wengue wood, designer lighting, white tablecloths with black runners, burgundy and gold awnings and a beautiful porcelain stone floor, creating a clean, contemporary look – before tackling the menu. Explains Miguel Angel, “Eating is our hobby and, for three months, we travelled through Andalucía, researching the best restaurants in the region.” Adds Enrique with pride, “We believe you won’t find any menu as varied, or of such a high standard, anywhere along the paseo.” The two partners found the ideal Head Chef in 24-year-old Pablo Sagredo, who trained at Benalmádena’s prestigious La Fonda Catering School and worked at Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum restaurant (serving 700 diners at a sitting), as well as Las Rejas in Quenca, renowned for its Cocina de Autor. Pablo’s speciality is traditional food with a modern twist. “I like to take dishes my grandmother used to make and refine them so that they are still recognisable but presented with greater artistry and subtler flavours – and in portion sizes that are satisfying,” he says. I can assure you that, having enjoyed more than an elegant sufficiency, Pablo’s dishes are as good (and generous) as his word! Seated at a table overlooking the passing scene (the elevated terrace is a great spot for peoplewatching, without having to sit among the passers-by and street sellers), we ordered spring water (one of us was driving) – from an à la carte choice of designer tipples, including Sole (Italian), Elsenham (English) and the delightfully-named King Island Cloud Juice (Australian). But there are many fine wines to enjoy, too, as well as Dom Pérignon and dessert wines. We began with a duck liver paté with raisins and pine nuts,

drizzled with molasses – a great contrast of sweet and savoury. Next came moist, flaky cod, coated in a crisp, light tempura batter, served with tangy red pesto sauce (we want the recipe, Pablo) and his speciality ‘Pringa’ del Puchero croquettes – literally, a stew, translated here into bite-sized, deep-fried potato morsels filled with tender pork, lamb, chicken and beef. For mains, I chose a very avant-garde dish: ox tail lasagne! The pasta worked brilliantly with the slowcooked, melt-in-the-mouth beef in rich gravy, like a healthy version of suet pudding. Accompanied by cream of carrots and potato straws, it was lipsmackin’ good! My friend was most impressed with her sea bass, especially as it was perfectly boned and served au natural, without garlic or sauce to mask the fresh flavour. It came with sautéed potatoes and petit pois, French-style, with bacon lardons. The standout freshness of both fish dishes is down to Miguel Ángel’s father, who has his own fishing boat. Naturally, Boulevard gets the pick of the day’s catch. We finished with a mini-degustación of desserts – leche frita, strawberry cheesecake, vanilla ice cream and brownies with rich hot chocolate sauce… scrumptious. At Boulevard we enjoyed great food, wonderful views, a friendly ambience… and there was one more surprise: When you dine here, you get two free hours of underground parking just around the corner (opposite Edificio Skol). Now that IS service with a smile!

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he beach club scene in Marbella is famed for its variety and ambience: from the humblest chiringuito, still serving sell-out espetos to both locals and tourists, to grand-scale, designer clubs in Puerto Banús, there’s something for everyone – whether family dining or partying the night away with a bottle of Cristal are your caprice. Buddha Beach Marbella, now enjoying its second season, seems to have taken notes from both ends of the spectrum, with DJ-spun music, luxury sun beds, an inviting circular swimming pool and friendly service from attractive staff. All this in a delightful Zen-like setting, with images of Buddha, a dark wooden raised deck, Balinese wooden and rattan furniture and irresistible touches such as stone conduits in the rest rooms which whisk you off to exotic destinations as you refresh your hands and face from their cool, flowing waters. Despite Buddha Beach being smaller than some of its rivals, it is possible to discover hidden nooks in its interior, such as a romantic lounge area behind the champagne bar with a full-length wooden mirror, inviting rattan couches and a stone conduit shower. On a really hot day, you can imagine putting aside your inhibitions and refreshing yourself under the cool cascade. Buddha Beach also has a little boutique where shoppers will find reasonably-priced summer wear, fashion jewellery and signature Buddha Beach clothing. And, when privacy is desired, you can even hire a private cabana to enjoy a little tête-à-tête with friends or loved ones. The spa is highly popular, with a select choice of massages that does away with fancy ingredients and names and gets to the basics: Take your energy levels up a notch with a Chi energising massage, or chill out Zen-style with a more relaxing version, for 20, 40 or 60 minutes. And of course there is the cuisine. The team of chefs at Buddha Beach has hit upon a winning combination for the long summer. The selection of dishes is ideal, containing everything from sushi to refreshing options such as the Thai beef salad, impressive seafood platters (served on a raised platform for star effect), hearty chateaubriand with mushrooms, potatoes and fluffy onion rings, as well as wraps and pasta dishes.

But in the scorching summer, few things appeal more than Thai cuisine and Buddha Beach serves plenty of it. Indeed, on a recent visit, my friends and I decided to keep it Oriental, ordering some classic favourites. The starter menu includes everything from tapas to pil pil prawns and a tender carpaccio, but we opted for the tender chicken satay sticks and the beautifully crisp yet tender salt and pepper calamari with chilli and ali-oli sauce. The highlight of our main meal was the creamy Thai green curry with chicken, which delighted us with its aromas of coriander and lemongrass, served over warm Basmati rice. The flavours and spices transported us to far-off lands, and it was easy to imagine ourselves enjoying the same meal in a wooden hut by the seashore in Thailand. One of the best things at Buddha is the cheesecake. Every day, the chefs surprise you with a different variety made on the day and, on our visit, we chanced upon a sinfully smooth white chocolate and vanilla variety, rich and high-cal enough to raise the guilt factor a few notches. We also tried a brownie, served with cool vanilla ice cream, which was moist and tender, a fine discovery indeed, since the number one sin when it comes to this fine dessert is over-baking. We capped off our meal with a lovely Irish coffee, raising our alcohol levels enough to merit a long walk home, by the sea of course. Throughout the meal we had enjoyed the cool, fruity Viña Orvalaiz house white and rosé wines, which accompanied our seafood and chicken choices well. Buddha Beach has been a Mecca for international celebrities since its opening, attracting footballers such as Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Jenas and Paul Robinson. Tito Jackson also stopped by for lunch on his recent visit to Marbella, as have many entertainers and UK beauties. While this raises the glam factor considerably, for me the best thing about Buddha Beach is that it invites you to be yourself. Don’t worry about decking out in Dolce or doing your hair – this is definitely the place to lose yourself in the rhythm of the House music while you gaze at the glimmering sea and take it down to chill mode with an exotic cocktail or glass of chilled champagne. Buddha Beach invites you to come just as you are. n


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Montecarlo: fine international dining with a French twist French restaurateur, Christian Bittighoffer and his Spanish wife, Isabel, are passionate about food. So much so, they have opened a new restaurant that is already the talk of the town when it comes to fine international dining with French flair. Montecarlo, whose Head Chef boasts experience at some of the finest restaurants in the Basque country, brings us delights such as a homemade foie gras mi cuit, red tuna marinated in soy sauce and ginger with a Bloody Mary sauce, and many more interesting dishes which put quality at the forefront and add a splash of creativity. The choice of entrées, mains and home-made desserts is wide-ranging, with everything from the freshest of fish right through to fine solomillo, entrecote and magret of duck. Sides such as gratinated potato pasty and Thai veggies add an exotic, Oriental touch to many dishes. Few know how to whip up a fine dessert quite like the French, and Christian and the team tempt diners with delights such as a chocolate soufflé with raspberry sorbet and Baileys mousse parfait. Every Wednesday, enjoy live music from Pablo Petri, who sings and plays 1980s hits on his guitar. Montecarlo is open every day for lunch and dinner.

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Terra Sana Elviria Launch Terra Sana is a fine example of how businesses can thrive and multiply, even in trying times! In addition to the four in-house restaurants in Nueva Andalucía, Marina Banús, the Golden Mile and the centre of Marbella, Terra Sana franchises are now popping up across the Costa del Sol, allowing new owners to enjoy the fine reputation associated with the Terra Sana name. Thus far there are four franchises, in Laguna Village, La Cañada, Fuengirola and now, Elviria, the latter owned by Adrian Butler. At the recent launch, Terra Sana’s Steve Sweeney expressed excitement about additional new openings in the near future.

i C.C. Los Arcos 7, Elviria, Marbella. Tel. 952 833 250. ©KH Photography

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Marbella Food and Sun Festival lights up our town

La Moraga: new tapas haven in Puerto Banús

Foodies are bound to delight in the Marbella Food and Sun Festival, a culinary event from September 1 to 6, organised by the Marbella Town Hall. The open air festival will take place at the town’s Parque de la Constitución, featuring a host of activities including wine and cheese tasting, a sardine cooking competition, live cooking shows by renowned chefs such as Dani García, Pedro Subijana and Paco Torreblanca, and a gala dinner whipped up by Michelin star chefs from the restaurants Calima, El Lago and Skina. Similar events have already enjoyed great success in countries such as the United States, Holland and Belgium. Precise times and events are yet to be finalised.

Michelin-starred chef Dani García, of Calima fame, recently opened a classy tapas bar in Puerto Banús: La Moraga, inspired by the typical beach barbecues so popular in Málaga, where a warm fire, delicious food, wine and beer make for a perfect evening by the seashore. The idea is that you can order a variety of typical tapas in a contemporary, elegant setting with excellent service and advice on top wines. García hopes, “to show how traditional cuisine can be converted into haute cuisine,” popularising and making accessible to everyone what, thus far, most people have only read about. Tuck into treats such as the Iberian kebab, cherry gazpacho or foie millefuille, all at affordable prices. The restaurant opens every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Jean-Christophe Novelli Kitchen Messiah

hen I first met Jean-Christophe Novelli he was doing an impression of a dessert; more precisely, his 1992 Egon Ronay Dessert of the Year and Best Dessert in Great Britain: Jackin-the-Box, complete with caramel ‘springs’. I had cornered him at his swish new restaurant, Novelli’s at the Hotel Lorcrimar, but his expressive brown eyes were darting around the room, in case he should be needed. Now a customer sought his autograph and he was out of his seat like a rocket to sign a copy of his latest book, Everyday Novelli. With his extraordinary energy, he is the ‘Road Runner’ of restaurateurs: he doesn’t dwell on the past or even the present for long because, mentally, he’s already moved on. He was doing it now. “I’m going to turn the tables and interview you,” he exclaimed, taking my pen. “No one has a chance to explain me anything about Marbella and it will be good for my cooking classes.” Jean-Christophe helped design the superb kitchen for the new Cooking Academy in Benahavís, similar to his Hertfordshire establishment where students have included Gordon Ramsay (although he turned up for a prank). “I never knew Gordon had put his name down and there’s a six-month waiting list – I had to sack him,” he laughs. To a string of expletives, I wonder? “No, he’s just a pussycat. Now, Marco Pierre White, a few years back, he was the one to be scared of!” The handsome Jean-Christophe has already taken several guest chef master classes, inspiring students with his passion for creating taste sensations. With a reputation for making women swoon with a flick of his whisk, and hands-on demonstrations promised, it’s no surprise that the first classes were heavily subscribed by females. “But at the last class, 65 per cent were men, including a professional chef,” he says. “It makes me happy to teach people in a friendly atmosphere, and not in the horrendous conditions I experienced as a trainee, under psycho chefs who taught me nothing,” he says with feeling. But students will have to pay attention if they want to emulate the complex-sounding dishes on the menu at his restaurant: Spider Crab Tian with vanilla and lime crème fraiche, baby basil and chilled mango gazpacho; or roasted fillet of sea bass with Picudo olive tapenade, Provençe piperade, sage fritters and chorizo oil sauce. It’s thanks to his younger brother, Anthony, that Marbella has this charming and gifted chef in its midst. Anthony had moved to Spain to sell real estate, and didn’t expect to be back as his brother’s Maitre d’ quite so soon … but then he introduced Jean-Christophe to the Sisu Vision Group. This dynamic British company has big plans for the area, including upgrading the Lorcrimar to a four-


star boutique hotel and opening the Sisu Retreat, attached to the Academy, to offer residential courses. Jean-Christophe’s CV is so long it would destroy a sizeable tract of rainforest on paper. The baker’s assistant from Arras has cooked for Eli Rothschild, Keith Floyd and London’s Four Seasons Hotel and, at 35, owned seven restaurants, five AA Rosettes, four Michelin stars and enough titles and trophies to fill a small museum. When he’s not in a kitchen, he’s in TV studios, taking part in Hell’s Kitchen, Celebrity X Factor, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Daily Cooks, Saturday Cooks – there aren’t enough days in the week for this guy. In the last six months he’s been a judge on America’s Top Chef reality show, held a Cookery Theatre in Earls Court, flown to Moscow as the only international guest chef for French Cuisine Week, devised a salad dressing for Pizza Hut, launched a new high street eating concept in Northampton and is opening a third Academy in Los Angeles, being filmed by NBC Bravo. AND he’s training for this month’s London Triathlon … He sounds like a chef with too much on his plate but his energy seems boundless. “I’ve been asked to take part in Strictly Come Dancing but I’m not sure – my fiancée and I want to get married too, but when?” he laughs. Somehow, he finds time for everything … and he proudly holds out his phone to show me a photo of his new baby son, named Jean after his father. Family is important and, in no matter what elite circles he moves – whether pheasant shooting with Madonna or mingling with royalty – he never loses sight of his origins. “I’ve cooked in restaurants where one dish cost as much as my mother spent to feed a family of six for a week,” he says. “The foundations of my cooking techniques were all learned from her. It’s why I believe in honest food that is appetising and good value.” Home is Great Britain officially but, more often, wherever he lays his hat. Although he won’t always be here in person, he leaves his reputation in the safe hands of his loyal team. And, with his magnetic personality, he leaves behind something else – a bright aura hanging in the air, like the cloud of dust left by Road Runner, which says: Jean-Christophe Novelli was here.


Jean-Christophe Novelli will host his next master classes on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6. Further information, Tel: 608 810 548.

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ny wine lover wishing to have an insight into the behind-the-scenes wine wars should get the DVD of the prize-winning documentary, Mondovino, directed by Jonathan Nossiter. This highly-entertaining film follows a family succession saga of Napa Valley (the Mondavis) across seven countries and three continents, interweaving two aristocratic Florentine dynasties with the generation gap separating a Burgundian family trying to preserve its few acres of vineyards. It overlays these human stories with the exploits of flying winemaker Michel Rolland, and even Robert Parker plays a part. It is far more riveting than a work of fiction (every character plays him/herself) and, since this is real life, there is no neat ending. Rather, nothing is resolved and you are left wondering what subsequently happens to the characters. The urge to plumb the fascinating depths of this film is tempting, but my editor does not employ me to review films, although my excuse is that the underlying, unwritten, unspoken, even unspecified plot of Mondovino can be nailed to that five-word familiar phrase that you have heard before, whether you agree with it or not:  Wine can be made anywhere. This is the philosophy of the flying winemakers, of which one of Mondovino’s stars, Rolland, is the epitome. Working in five continents, and Bacchus knows how many countries, his job is to show the Argentineans how to make a good tempranillo, or the Chinese how to make an acceptable cabernet. The philosophy, if not the business motto, is that wine can be made anywhere. The counterplot allows smallholders whose families have cultivated the same vines for centuries to counter this claim with a one-word bon-môt: Terroir. There could be no more extreme views in any business environment, and there are no recorded defections from one side to the other. You are born on one side or the other of the great divide – and the divide is an impasse. Great wines are born, not made. But some wines can, indeed, be made anywhere. Take the Canary Islands. This little piece of what is now Spain was inhabited by the Guanche tribe, still living in Stone Age conditions when the French captain of a Spanish ship landed there in 1402. He claimed the islands for Spain and, following the example set by earlier visitors, the Romans, who were struck by the huge packs of wild dogs that had made the isthmus their home, called them Las Islas Canarias, (The


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Dog Islands, because can = perro = dog). While the indigenous inhabitants had nothing in common with Spaniards then – and not much more, now – they were eventually persuaded that these sticking-out-of–thesea volcanoes were blessed with a vast number of microclimates, many of which favoured wine-growing. Five hundred years ago, Canary sack was exported to England and, since it was made in open butts, the wine oxidised, to the English palate; therefore, there was little to distinguish it from the other favourite of the time, Jerez sack, similarly oxidised. Nevertheless, if a flying winemaker had been asked if this was favourable wine territory, he would have taken one look at the barren black landscape with its almost non-existent rainfall and continual hot winds, and taken the next boat out. The Timanfaya volcano on Lanzarote erupted continually for seven years from 1730 and, when the ash finally stopped raining down, the island was covered with a thick layer of black powder. It still is. There is not a single natural tree in the place, so colour photography is a waste of time. (Ever seen a jet-black beach?) However, volcanic soil is highly fertile and, when they did get around to it, the newly-planted vines flourished with little hindrance from unwanted weeds; even the beetle that laid waste to mainland Europe’s vineyards never made it here, so all Canary grapes are grown on pre-phylloxera vines. The vines actually look more like small bushes, as they cannot be made to stand up straight due to the hot and humid westerly winds that can shrivel a grape in a matter of days. Which is why each individual vine has its own little protective wall built around it, and is deliberately planted in a man-made hollow called a zoco that can vary from one-to-two metres deep, and helps to preserve what remains of the meagre rainfall. (Lanzarote is 100 kms from Saharan Africa.) Nor are

they the most productive vines in the world, and costs are high. Don’t expect any price bargains. It would be boring to list the autoctonous grape varieties that no-one has ever heard of, with the exception of Malvasía and Moscatel. The first is the star, and the original Canary sack element, while the second keeps sweet-toothed tourists happy. There are four main sub-categories of Malvasía, of which only the seco joven (young dry) is really of interest. Many Lanzarote wine growers pin their future hopes on the variety, uva Diego, more adapted to barrel-ageing due to its minimal tendency to oxidise. The only defect these wines have is their lack of minerality, something that makes white wines interesting; but the Bermejo Malvasía is about as good as you will get and is notably a better-made wine than most, with a subtle finish. Since four times as much wine is consumed on the island than it makes, export is hardly a priority. There are two local red wine grapes (but not to be recommended) and a sparkling wine (ditto). The El Grifo bodega, with over two centuries of tradition behind it, is Lanzarote wines’ reference point, but La Geria, not quite so old, also makes some excellent white wines. Its harvest is fun to watch, as camels are used to transport the grapes from the vineyards to the bodega. In the highly unlikely event that you find a dry white Malvasía in your local wine store, it will cost you around €8-€10 per bottle. The Los Bermejos wines are also good and come with a very attractive presentation. Not an everyday tipple but you will probably never have drunk a wine before that is made so near the Equator. n

“But i faith, you have drunk too much canaries and that’s a marvellous searching wine, and it perfumes the blood ere one can say: What’s this?” Henry IV, Shakespeare

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Under €25


€25 – €40

Open seven days a week from noon till late. Puerto Banús, Tel: 952 813 625, Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 563 673

Valderrama Restaurant

El Gaucho

Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only and on Sunday for Buffet Lunch. Apartado 1, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 132.2 Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 791 200

Open daily for dinner from 7.30pm. Galerías Paniagua. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 795 528

€40 – €60 €60 plus

Yanx Open from 9am Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 11am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Centro Plaza, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 861

TGI Friday’s


Open from 12pm to 12am. Avda. Muelle de Ribera, locales 4-5, Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 993

Tony Roma’s


Open from 1pm-4pm and from 7pm to 12am. Ctra. de Cádiz, km.176, 29600, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 533

ARGENTINEAN B.Ayres Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. CN340, km.178, Marbella. Tel: 952 863 922


Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 176, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 599

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. Antonio Belón, 22, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 683.

Per head for a three-course meal with wine




Buenos Aires South

GREEK Red Pepper Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 148


Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Ronda (El Madroñal), San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 786 688

IGuana grill Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, and for breakfast from Monday to Friday. CN340, km 189, Pinomar, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 735

MARBELLA CLUB GRILL Open every night for dinner. Marbella Club Hotel. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

Asador Criollo Grill

Old Town Grill

Open nightly for dinner. CN340-A7, km. 166, Cancelada, El Saladillo. Tel: 952 784 463

Open Monday to Saturday for dinner and Sunday for lunch. C/ San Lázaro, 3, Pza. Victoria, Marbella. Tel: 952 867 306

Asador guadalmina Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Urb. Guadalmina Alta, C.C. Guadalmina, Local 3, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 883 003

El Carnicero

puente romano beach club Open every day for lunch. CN 340, km 177, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Pueblo Viejo Cancelada. Between San Pedro & Estepona. Tel: 952 886 307

Restaurante Rancho

El Carnicero 2


Open daily for lunch and dinner. Ctra. Cádiz, exit Las Chapas. Tel: 952 831 922




Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C/ Virgen del Pilar, 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 779 297


El Coto


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iNGS LISTINGS LISTings Open daily for dinner except Tuesdays. Puerto Banús (opp. the car park). Tel: 952 812 358

INDIAN indian dreams Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. Duque de Ahumada, Paseo Marítimo 9, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 096

available. Ctra. Cádiz, km 179 (behind Venta los Pacos). Tel: 952 857 670/ 629 244 659

Taj Palace Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. La Cañada, local 151, Marbella. Tel: 952 779 715


San Luis s/n and Hotel Fuerte Miramar Spa, Plaza José Luque Manzano s/n, Marbella. Tel: 902 343 410

beach house Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Coto de los Doles, Carril del Relojero, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 458

Chic brunch & café Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Centro de Negocios Puerta de Banús, local 22, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 929 411

cortijo fain Open every day for lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Algar, km. 3, Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz. Tel: 956 704 131

al bacar


Open daily for dinner except Tuesday. C.C. Costasol, local 3, Estepona. Tel: 952 888 353

Open Friday for dinner and Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner. El Castillo de Monda s/n, Monda. Tel: 952 457 142

Open every night for dinner. Avda. Camilo José Cela 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 868 898

Little India


Open daily for dinner from 7pm. Conj. Buenavista, L 21-22, Avda. de España, Calahonda. Tel: 952 931 829

Open Thursday to Monday for dinner. At the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km. 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

Open for dinner from 8pm. Avda. La Fontanilla, esquina Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 860 583



Open daily for dinner. 57, Duquesa de Arcos (Sabinillas seafront). Tel: 952 897 358

Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday from 8.00pm. Calle del Pilar 3, Benahavís. Tel: 952 856 026

bubbles Open daily for dinner and drinks from 7.30 pm. Plaza Antonio Banderas, Puerto Banús. Tel: 606 070 979

Open for lunch from 1-4pm and dinner from 711pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday. C/ Ortega y Gasset 87, Marbella House, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 603


Buddha beach

Don Quijote

Open every day except Sunday for lunch and dinner. C/ Mediterráneo, Edif. Mediterráneo, 1 (next to Marisquería Santiago), Marbella. Tel: 952 777 334

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. Villa Marina, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 813 882

Open every evening for dinner (7pm-12am. Flamenco show on Sundays. Urb. El Rosario, km. 188, Marbella. Tel: 952 834 748

baboo lounge and restaurant


El Bolero

Open from 7 pm ‘til late night every day. Parque de Elviria, local 7-9, Las Chapas (take second exit, after Hotel Don Carlos), Marbella. Tel: 952 830 146

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Winter season: closed Sunday and Monday nights. Ctra. Arroyo de la Miel, s/n, Benalmádena. Tel: 902 102 675

Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Hotel Meliá Don Pepe, C/ José Meliá, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 764 252

Open every night for dinner from 8-11pm. The San Roque Club, CN 340, km. 127, Cádiz. Tel: 956 613 030


El Corzo

Taj Mahal

beach club restaurante grill

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Private parking

Open every day for lunch. Hotel Fuerte, Castillo de

Open every day from 6pm except Sundays. C/ Ancha, 8, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 450

Open daily for dinner. Hotel Los Monteros, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 187. Tel: 952 771 700

Jaipur purple

Mughal village Open every night for dinner. Urb. Torrenueva, Mijas Costa. Tel: 902 463 426

Mumtaz Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Casa No.7, P. Banús. Tel: 952 812 090



Brunings Open for dinner Monday to Saturday from 7 pm. Las Palmeras 19, San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 786 156

Deli-icious Open from 9am to 6pm. C/ Califa, Edif. La Maestranza, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 907 876

Don Leone Open every night for dinner. Puerto Banús, Marbella. Tel: 952 811 716


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iN el fogón de elías Open Wednesday to Monday for lunch and dinner. Bloque 7-8, Centro Diana CN 340, km 168.5, Estepona. Tel: 952 884 977

EL MIRADOR Open for breakfast every day. At the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Resort. CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL Open for lunch and dinner daily. CN 340, km 199, Urb. Torrenueva, Mijas Costa. Tel:952 587 550

EL OLIVO Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for lunch. At Marbella Golf & Country Club. CN 340, km. 188, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 500

Herrero del Puerto Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Casas de Campos, 1, Málaga. Tel: 952 122 075

Open for breakfast and lunch until 8pm. Closed Sunday. Flamingo Golf Club, Cancelada, Benahavís. Tel: 951 318 815

Finca Besaya

hotel marbella club buffet

La galería del mar

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Urb. Rio Verde Alto, s/n. Tel: 952 861 382

Open every day for lunch. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

Finca El Forjador

Hotel LoRcrimar

Open daily for lunch from 1-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Ctra. de Casares, km. 10. Tel: 952 895 120

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. CN 340, km. 173, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 906 105

Open every day for lunch and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona CN 340, km 159, Playa El Padrón, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

Finca las brasas


Open daily for lunch and dinner. Ctra. FuengirolaMijas, between CN-340 and highway. Tel: 952 580 513

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for lunch. The coffee shop opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. Urb. El Rosario, Club de Tenis el Casco, Marbella. Tel: 952 831 989


Open daily for dinner. C/Aduar 1, Casco antiguo, Marbella. Tel: 952 828 650

Open Monday to Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday for dinner. Entrance to El Rosario, in front of Las Chapas school, Marbella. Tel: 952 839 910

El Relicario

Galeria San Pedro

Open from Mon. to Sat. for dinner. C/La Concha 11, El Ingenio, San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 686

Open from 11am until midnight. Closed Sundays. Avda Las Palmeras 15, San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 780 927

El Patio de los Perfumes

El Restaurante del Casino Open every day for dinner from 8pm-4am. Hotel Andalucía Plaza s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 814 000

El rincón de gVadalpín Open for lunch Friday to Sunday and dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Monday. C/ Edgar Neville, s/n, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 929 001

Fabiola Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and


on Sundays for lunch. Cortijo Los Canos, Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, CN-340, km. 132, Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 695 114 / 619 694 484

Garum Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Paseo marítimo, Avda. de la Fontanilla, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 858

hermosa Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner from 7pm. Closed Monday. Local 1A. Puerto de Cabopino. Tel: 952 837 483

Khala Open Mondays to Saturday from 8.30pm to midnight. NH Alanda Hotel, Marbella. Tel: 952 899 600

LA biznaga Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for lunch only. Ctra. Ronda, km. 46, Urb. Las Medranas, local 4, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 951 275 750

La cabaña del mar Open every day for lunch and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona CN 340, km 159, Playa El Padrón, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500


La Esencia Open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner. Hotel Incosol, Urb. Golf Rio Real, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 831 303

la fonda de marbella Open every night for dinner. C/ Los Caballeros, 4-6, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 288

La Hacienda Open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 193, Hacienda Las Chapas, Marbella. Tel: 952 831 267 / 831 116

La Loggia Open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. Hotel Villa Padierna & Flamingos Golf Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 166 (Cancelada exit), Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150

La Menorah Open from 1-3.30pm and 8-11.30pm. Closed Mondays. Arena Beach, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 151.2, Estepona. Tel: 952 792 734

La Terraza Open everyday lunch and dinner. Golf Hotel Guadalmina, Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

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iNGS LISTINGS LISTings La Terraza Open daily for dinner. La Cala Resort, La Cala de Mijas, Mijas. Tel: 952 669 000

La veranda lobby bar Open every day for lunch and dinner. At the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

La Verandah

dinner. Marbella Club Hotel. Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe, s/n. Tel: 952 822 211

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. Lola Flores s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 908 137



Open daily for dinner. Creative Cuisine. Gran Hotel Gvadalpín, Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 899 400

Open from Wednesday to Sunday for dinner. Hotel Don Carlos. CN 340, km 192, Marbella. Tel: 952 768 800



Open for dinner Monday to Saturday. Avda. Severo Ochoa, 12, Marbella. Tel: 952 864 895

Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. C/ Moncayo 12, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 460 232 / 648 502 822

Open week days for dinner at 7:30pm and weekends for lunch and dinner, closed Tuesdays. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 136. Playa Guadiaro, Torre-guadiaro, Cádiz. Tel: 956 615 998

Open every day for lunch and dinner except for Sunday. C/Ramón Areces, Complejo Marina Banús. Tel: 952 815 840

Lee’s bistro

Miraflores Golf Restaurant

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and every night for dinner. C.C. Guadalmina, Local 8, Edif. Barclays, Marbella. Tel: 952 928 610

Open daily for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 199. Urb. Riviera Golf. Tel: 952 931 941

los bandidos


Open every night for dinner. Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús.Tel: 952 815 915

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. Litoral s/n, Estepona. Tel: 951 273 994

Open Wednesday to Sunday for dinner from 7pm-10.30pm. AGH Estepona Hotel and Spa, 5th floor, CN 340, km 166.5, Estepona. Tel: 952 889 040

magna café

Nikki beach


Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C/ Calderón de la Barca, s/n. Tel: 952 929 578

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday lunch until 8pm. Playa Hotel Don Carlos. CN 340, km 192, Marbella. Tel: 952 836 239

Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for lunch. C/ Acera de la Marina 4, Marbella. Tel: 952 772 461


Mc café

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Hotel Locrimar, CN 340, km 173, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 929 269

Open daily for dinner from 7pm and Sunday Lunch, with club/dancing. CN 340, Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso von Hohenlohe 11, Marbella. Tel: 952 900 380

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and

Ocean club

polynesian’s restaurant &

max beach Open every day for lunch and dinner except Mondays. CN340, km 198, Riviera (cambio de sentido), Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 937 780

messina puerto banús

Ogilvy & Mailer Open everyday for lunch and dinner, except Tuesday and Sunday evenings. Los Naranjos Country Club, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 815 398

Over the clouds

polo house

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iN cocktail bar

340, km. 198, Marbella. Tel: 952 935 039

Open every night for dinner. Urb. La Alcazaba, CN340, km 175, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 100

The orange tree

Puro Beach


Open every day for lunch and dinner. CN 340, km 159, E15 Exit, Estepona Este (beside Kempinski Resort Hotel). Tel: 952 316 699

Relais de Paris Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Paseo marítimo Benabola, s/n. Tel: 952 819 078

roca tranquila


Open every day for lunch and dinner except Monday. Urb. Torreblanca de Sol, C/ Tortola, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 196 067

Rojo Open every day for lunch and dinner except Sunday. C/ Granada, 44, Málaga. Tel: 952 227 486

Open every evening from 6:30 pm-11 pm. Plaza General Chinchilla 1, Plaza de los Naranjos, Marbella. Tel: 952 924 613.

Tikitano Beach Restaurant Open daily for lunch and dinner. Guadalmansa, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 164, Estepona. Tel: 952 792 820

trocadero playa Open every day for lunch and dinner. Playa Santa Petronilla, km 178, Marbella. Tel: 610 704 144

Zozoï Open every day for dinner from 7.30pm-12.30am. Plaza Altamirano, 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 868

ITALIAN Open 7 days a week for dinner. Closed on Mondays. Urb. Jardines del Puerto, local 12, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 181


Al Dente

Open Thursday to Saturday for dinner. Hotel Finca Cortesín. Crta. Casares s/n, Casares, Málaga. Tel: 952 937 800


Amore e Fantasía

Open every day for lunch and dinner. At Sentidos en Río Real Hotel. Urb. Río Real s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 732

Open every day for lunch and dinner from 7pm onwards. Muelle Benabola, Casa 5A, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 464





Open for dinner Monday to Saturday. C/ Aduar 12, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 277

Open daily for dinner. Front line P. Banús. Tel: 952 812 898

Small world café

bora bora beach club

Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. C.C. Le Village, local 15, Ctra. Istán km. 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 046

Open every day for lunch and dinner except Tuesday. Avda. del Mediterráneo, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 789 100



Open Monday to Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Centro Plaza, kiosko 3, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 816 313

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera, Local 6, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 357

SUi-to Dinner and afterwards dance to music by resident DJ. Thursday to Saturday. Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday 7pm until midnight. Avda. de la Constitución, corner C/ Andalucía, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 782 293


Casa Nostra

Open from 12-4pm and 7.30pm until midnight. Closed Wednesdays. Arena Beach, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 151, Estepona. Tel: 952 796 320

Open daily for both lunch and dinner. C/Camilo José Cela 12, Marbella. Tel: 952 861 108


Open all day. Pasta Da Bruno: Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 27, Marbella. Tel: 952 860 348 – closed on Sunday. Da Bruno Cabopino: CN-340 Km. 194,7. Tel: 952 831 918. Da Bruno a Casa: Marbella Mar, Local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 857 521 – closed on Sunday.Da Bruno A San Pedro: Avda. del Mar, local 1E,San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 860 – closed on Monday. Da Bruno Sul Mare: Edif. Skol, Paseo Marítimo, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 318/19

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. CN 340, km.168, Benamara, Estepona. Tel: 952 883 259

Terra Sana Open Monday to Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nueva Andalucía next to the Casino. Tel: 952 906 205. Golden Mile, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 480. Terra Sana Express@ ILounge. Avda Antonio Belón, 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 901 274. Marina Banús, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 977. C.C. Los Arcos, Elviria. Tel: 952 833 250

The Clubhouse Bar & Brasserie Open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 908 844

The far isle Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner except Tuesday. Edif. Lubina Sol, Riviera Exit, CN



Da Bruno

Dalli’s Pasta Factory Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Second Line Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 812 490, Paseo de Reding, 43, Málaga. Tel: 952 217 078

Da Paolo Open everyday for lunch and dinner. Muelle Ribera, casa G-H, local 43, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 453

De Medici Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Urb. El Pilar,

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gold restaurant

Prado, Via 1, local 2, Aloha Golf, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 112

Open every day from 10am to 12 am. Complejo Benabola 13, Beach Side, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 929 055

Villa Tiberio

la brisa


Open every night for dinner except for Wednesday and Thursday nights. Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona. CN 340, km. 159, Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500

Open every night for dinner except Sunday. C/ Gloria II, 11, Casco Antiguo, Marbella. Tel: 952 863 125

la pappardella di estepona

Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 178, Marbella. Tel: 952 771 799


Open every day for lunch and dinner from 1pm to midnight. Puerto Deportivo de Estepona. Tel: 952 802 144


LA pappardella sul mare


Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 807 354

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Complejo Cine Gran Marbella, Marbella. Tel: 952 814 819

Leonardo da vinci Open every night for dinner. Urb. Doña Lola, Local 21-22, Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 934 667


Open every night for dinner. Urb. Río Verde, Avda. Juan Chinchilla, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 202

Oriental Asia Food

Open daily from 7pm. Galerías Paniagua, Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 795 924

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Centro Comercial, Pinares de Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 850 060

Luna Rossa

Dragón de Oro

Open daily for both lunch and dinner, closed on Sundays. Paseo Marítimo Benabola, local 12, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 810 543

Open every day from 12.30-4pm and 7pm until midnight. Closed Monday lunchtime. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 141, Urb. Hacienda Guadalupe, Manilva. Tel: 952 890 956

MADE IN SARDINIA Open every night for dinner. C.C. Cristamar, Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 906 608

Marco dallis Open daily for dinner. Avda. Fontanilla, Marbella. Tel: 952 776 776

Metro Open every day for lunch and dinner. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 907 037, Puerto Marina, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 446 460

Pizza Marzano

Kaede Open everyday for lunch and dinner. At the Hotel Westin La Quinta. Urb. La Quinta, s/n, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 762 059

Kaiden Sushi Open daily for lunch and dinner. Centro Com. Guadalmina Alta, Guadalmina 4, local 2, lower floor, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 896 508

Kama Kura

Open every day for lunch and dinner. C/ Ramón Areces, local 7, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 810 448

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 8-11pm. The San Roque Club, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 127, San Roque, Cádiz. Tel: 956 613 030

pizza real


Open every day from 12pm until late. C.C. Pino Golf Don Carlos, Elviria. Tel: 952 850 039

Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Pino Golf, Don Carlos, Local 1, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 830 365 / 658 646 829

Pizzeria Picasso Open daily from 12 noon. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 813 669

portofino laguna village Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C.C. Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 808 035

Ristorante Roberto Open daily for dinner. Beach Club, Hotel Puente Romano, CN-340, km 177.5, Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Rosmarino della Piazza Open Sunday to Friday for lunch and dinner and Saturday for dinner. C.C. Pinares de Elviria, s/n, Elviria, Marbella. Tel: 952 850 148

terraza dual Open every day for lunch and dinner. C.C. Marbellamar s/n, Marbella. Tel: 952 925 250

saleto Open Monday to Saturday for dinner. Avda. del

Naga Open daily for lunch and dinner. Locales 18-21, C.C. Cristamar, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 319

Osaka Open every day 13:30-16:00 & 19:30-24:00. CN340, km. 166 (Benavista). C.C. Costa del Sol. Tel: 952 885 751

RestaurantE asiático Bangkok Open daily for lunch and dinner. P. de las Orquideas, C/ Iris, 11B, Edif. Excelsior no. 1, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 813 603

Sakura Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. Jardines del Puerto, L.5, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 536

Sapporo Open daily for lunch and dinner. C.C. Costa del Sol, upper level. CN-340, km. 166 (Estepona). Tel: 952 essential marbella magazine

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Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 392

El Barlovento

shangai express

Wok Away

Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday. At the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Urb. Benamara, Avda. Dos Hermanas, CN 340, km. 168, Estepona. Tel: 951 055 531

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Avda. Julio Iglesias, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 907 304

Open from 11am-4pm and 7.30-11pm every day except Mondays. Puerto Deportivo de Sotogrande, Cádiz. Tel: 956 790 370

Wok Buffet

Restaurante La Marina

Open every day for lunch and dinner. Urb. El Pilar, 22, Estepona. Tel: 952 887 092

Open every day from 1-4.30pm and 8pm until midnight. Paseo Marítimo s/n, La Atunara, La Linea de la Concepción, Campo de Gibraltar. Tel: 956 171 531

Sukho Thai


Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday. Centro Comercial Marbellamar. Tel: 952 770 550

Sushi des artistes


Open every evening for dinner and Wednesday to Sunday for lunch. CN 340, km 178.5, Marbella. Easy parking. Tel: 952 857 403

Sushi Katsura Open for lunch from Monday to Friday and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. C/Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 863 193


Tai Pan Open seven days a week for dinner. H. Puente Romano, Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 177, Marbella. Tel: 952 777 893

Open every day for lunch and dinner. C/ Camilo José Cela, C.C. Plaza del Mar, planta 0, local 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 925 478

Yuan Open every night for dinner. Hotel Torrequebrada, Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 441 414.

SCANDINAVIAN Skandies Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7pm to 11pm. Closed Mondays. Avda. Antonio Belón, 26 (behind the lighthouse), Marbella. Tel: 952 776 323


Open daily for lunch and dinner except for Tuesday lunch. CN 340, km 197, Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 017

Asador Santiago

Thai Gallery


Open seven days a week for dinner from 8pm. CN-340, km.175, Edif. Rimesa, Bajos, Nueva

Open daily for both lunch and dinner. Playas del Duque, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 077

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo, 5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 078

La Torre Open daily for lunch and dinner. Muelle de Honor, Club de Mar, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 811 561

Marisquería La Pesquera Open daily for lunch and dinner. Plaza de la Victoria, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 765 170

RestaurantE Eddy & Marisa’s Open for breakfast and lunch from 9am - 6pm.Urb. Coral Beach, The Golden Mile, Marbella. Tel: 952 824 534

Restaurante El bote Open every day for lunch and dinner. Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 660 084

SNACKS & Brasseries Megabowl and Sports Bar







Wok Wang


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iNGS LISTINGS LISTings Open seven days a week from midday until late. C.C. La Cañada, 1ª planta, Marbella. Tel: 902 232 999

SPANISH al lago Open every day for lunch and every night except Wednesday and Sunday for dinner. C/ Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente 11, Zahara de la Sierra, Cádiz. Tel: 956 123 032


la moraga

Casino Torrequebrada

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. C/ Ramón Areces s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 448

CN340, Km220, Benalmádena T: 952 446 000

La Taberna del Alabardero


Open everyday for lunch and dinner except Monday. San Pedro Playa, Urb. Castiglone. Tel: 952 785 138. Also at Ctra. de Ronda, km. 167, San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 265


La Veranda

Plaza de España, Recinto Ferial. Tel: 952 379 521

Plaza de la Libertad 2. Mijas. Tel: 952 590 380


Open every day for lunch and dinner. Plaza de la Iglesia, 5, Old Town, Marbella. Tel: 952 858 069

Open for dinner from Monday to Sunday. Hotel Villa Padierna & Flamingos Golf Club. Ctra. de Cádiz, km. 166 (Cancelada exit), Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150

Casa de la era

Mesón el adobe


Open every evening for dinner. Ctra. de Ojén, km 0.5, Marbella. Tel: 952 770 625

Open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesdays. Avda. La Fontanilla, Edif. Balmoral, Bajo 3, Marbella. Tel. 600 003 144

Garcia Morato, s/n. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 968


La Cañada. Marbella. Tel: 902 333 231

Open from Tuesday to Sunday for both lunch and dinner. C/José Aparacio,1, Ronda (pedestrian street between bullring and Parador). Tel: 952 190 291


Casa Fernando Open from Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Avda. del Mediterráneo s/n, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel: 952 853 344

Hacienda Open from 1-4.30pm and 7.30 -11pm. Closed on Sunday afternoons and Mondays. Urb. La Alcaidesa, La Linea de la Concepción. Tel: 956 582 700

La Meridiana Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays. Camino de la Cruz, Marbella. Tel: 952 776 190




Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 816 421

MULTICINES ALFIL Avda. Camilo José Cela, s/n. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 800 056


Casino Nueva Andalucía

Mijas. Tel: 952 663 738

Hotel Andalucía Plaza, Km153. N. Andalucía T: 952 814 000


Casino San Roque


CN340, Km124, San Roque T:956 780 100

Calle Córdoba 9, Málaga. Tel: 952 213 412

Recinto Ferial. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 589 349

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GOLF guide




Club de Golf La Cañada

18 holes. Tel: 956 695 209

Sotogrande Club de Golf

Ramos Marín, 199, Málaga. Tel: 952 224 109

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 956 794 100

La Zagaleta Golf & Country Club

18 holes. Tel: 956 785 012


El Paraiso Club de Golf

18 holes. Members only. Tel: 952 695 209


Plaza Ramón Martínez, Marbella. Tel: 952 903 159

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 883 835

Lauro Golf 18 holes

Estepona Golf

Alhaurín de la Torre. Tel: 952 412 767

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 791 200


18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 937 605.

Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club

Finca cortesín golf club

Los Naranjos Golf Club


18 holes, Par 72, Tel: 952 937 883.

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 815 206


Veracruz. Estepona. Tel: 952 800 056

Marbella Club Golf Resort

C.C. Alhamar, CN-340 km 197. Tel: 952 934 684


Flamingos Golf Club

18 holes, Par 73. Tel: 952 113 239


Plaza Mayor. Tel: 902 902 103

18 holes, Par. Tel: 952 889 157.

Marbella Golf & Country Club

Barquilla 1. Marbella. Tel: 952 776 240

18 holes. Tel: 952 830 500


Golf Río Real

Mijas Golf

Urb. Riviera del Sol, Mijas-Costa. Tel: 952 934 477

Alcaidesa Links

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 756 733

36 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 476 843


18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 956 791 0400.

Golf Torrequebrada

Miraflores Golf

Av. El Fuerte s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 861 624

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 442 742

18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 931 960


Monte Mayor Golf & Country Club

Ramón y Cajal 21. Marbella. Tel: 952 773 804

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 595 970.

Guadalmina Golf

18 holes. Tel: 952 113 088


36 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 883 375

Parador Málaga del Golf

Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 074

Almenara Golf

La Cala Golf Resort

18 holes. Tel: 952 381 255


27 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 582 027.

54 holes, Pars 71, 72 and 73. Tel: 952 669 033.

Real Club de Golf Las Brisas

Tennis /paddle classes. Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 810 875


Aloha Golf Club

La Dama de Noche

Real Club de Golf Sotogrande

Amapolas, s/n Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 817 916

18 holes. Tel: 952 907 085.

9 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 818 150

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 785 014


La Duquesa Golf & Country Club

San Roque Club

Atalaya Golf

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 890 425

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 956 613 030

Trav. Huerta de los Cristales, Marbella. Tel: 952 828 217

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 882 812.

La Quinta Golf

Santa Clara Golf


18 holes. Tel: 952 850 111

Atalaya Park Hotel, Marbella. Tel: 609 571 920

Cabopino Golf

27 holes, Par 72.Tel: 952 762 390

Santa Maria Golf & Country Club


18 holes, Par 70. Tel: 952 850 282

La Reserva Sotogrande

18 holes, Par 72. Tel: 952 831 036

CN340, Km77,5. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Emancipación 30. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 474 542



Alhaurín Golf


18 holes, Par 71. Tel: 952 784 600

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iNGS LISTINGS LISTings MANOLO SANTANA RACQUETS CLUB Ctra. de Istán, Km2. Marbella. Tel: 952 778 580


Tel: 952 446 000

Hotel Triton


Almenara Golf Hotel & Spa

Avda. Antonio Marchado, 29. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 443 240

Monda. Tel: 952 112 161

Avda. Almenara s/n. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 582 000

Hotel Westin La Quinta Golf Resort

Km171.5. San Pedro Alcántara.Tel: 952 788 315

Coral Beach Golden Mile. Marbella. Tel: 952 824 500

Urb. La Quinta s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 762 000


Gran Hotel Elba & Thalasso Spa

Incosol Hotel Medical Spa

Avda. Picasso 27. San Pedro. Tel: 952 782 801

Urb. Arena Beach. Estepona. Tel: 952 794 308


Gran hotel gvadalpín Marbella

Urb. Golf Rio Real s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 828 500

Plaza del Mar. Marbella. Tel: 952 900 420

Bulevar del Príncipe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, Marbella. Tel: 952 899 400

Kempinski Resort Hotel

P-E SPORTS CLUB Urb. Parcelas del Golf, Aloha Gardens, N.Andalucía. Tel: 952 818 357

Gran hotel gvadalpín puerto banús

Las Dunas Beach Hotel & Spa


Arroyo El Rodeo, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella. Tel: 952 899 700

Los Monteros


Marbella Tel: 952 761 475, Elviria. Tel: 952 834 835

CN340, Km159. Estepona. Tel: 952 809 500 CN340, Km163,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 794 345

Gran Hotel Playabella

CN340, Km187. Marbella. Tel: 952 771 700


Urb. Costalita. Estepona. Tel: 952 880 868

Marbella Club Hotel

Tai Chi & yoga. Pasaje Estrecho, Estepona. Tel: 952 923 055

Gran Meliá Don Pepe

CN340, Km180. Marbella. Tel: 952 822 211

José Meliá s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 770 300

NH Alanda Hotel & Spa


Hotel Don Carlos

CN340, Km176,6. Marbella. Tel: 952 899 600

Ctra. Mijas, 1.5km. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 461 648

CN340, Km192. Marbella. Tel: 952 831 140

Villa Padierna

Hotel El Paraíso


CN340, Km167. Estepona. Tel: 952 883 000

CN340, Km166, Exit Cancelada. Benahavís. Tel: 952 889 150

C.C. Alhamar. Calahonda. Tel: 952 934 684

Hotel La Cala Golf


La Cala de Mijas Tel: 952 669 000

AGH Estepona

Hotel Puente Romano

CN340, Km 168,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 888 212

CN340, Km179. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

CN340, Km 166.5, Estepona. Tel: 952 889 040


Hotel Torrequebrada

Alanda Carib Playa

Cristamar, Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 905 082

Avda. del Sol s/n, Benalmádena Costa.

CN340, Km 194. Tel: 952 902 537

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Alanda Club Marbella

Hotel Fuerte Miramar Spa

Tel: 952 853 040

CN340 Km192. Marbella. Tel: 952 902 537

Parador de Ronda

C/ Pilar 3. Benahavís. Tel: 952 856 026

Pl. José Luque Manzano. Marbella. Tel: 952 768 400. Spa & Beauty Miramar. Tel: 952 768 410

Plaza de España, s/n. Ronda. Tel: 952 877 500

Laude San pedro international college Ages 2–18. San Pedro. Tel: 952 799 900 Mayfair Academy Ages 4-18.

Atalaya Park Hotel

Hotel Marbella Playa


Atalaya Park, Estepona. Tel: 952 784 923

Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra

CN340, Km189. Marbella. Tel: 952 831 345

CN340, Km185, Urb. Golf Rio Real s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 765 732

CN340, Km168,5. Estepona. Tel: 952 889 000

barceló golf

Hotel Meliá Marbella

Sunset Beach Club

Performing Arts Academy

C/ de Granadillas, s/n. Urb. Guadalmina Alta, Marbella. Tel: 952 889 099

CN340, Km175. Pto. Banús. Tel: 952 810 500

Avda. del Sol, 5. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 579 400

Ages 3-18. Marbella. Tel: 952 906 865

Beatriz Palace & Spa

Tamisa Golf Hotel

CN340, Km207. Fuengirola. Tel: 952 922 000

CN340, Km217. Benalmádena Costa. Tel: 952 442 840

Ages 0-3. Bilingual nursery. San Pedro. Tel: 952 782 051 Benalmádena. Tel: 952 562 103

Benabola Apart Hotel

Hotel Princess Playa

Benabola. Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 815 000

Paseo Marítimo. Marbella. Tel: 952 820 944

CALEDONIA GOLF Aparthotel & spa

Hotel Riu Rincón Andaluz


St. Javier’s International School

CN340, km 165, Cancelada exit. Estepona. Tel: 952 889 999

CN340, Km173. N. Andalucía. Tel: 952 811 517

Avda. Rotary International, s/n, Puerto Banús. Tel: 952 817 353

Ages 1-7. Marbella. Tel: 952 823 457

El Oceano Beach Hotel

Hotel Selenza

CN340, Km199. Miraflores Playa. Tel: 952 587 550

CN340, Km165, Estepona. Tel: 952 899 499

Aloha College Ages 3-18. Nueva Andalucía.

Golf Hotel Guadalmina

H10 Andalucía Plaza

Tel: 952 814 133

Ages 2–18. Torremolinos. Tel: 952 383 164 Swans Ages 3–12. Marbella Tel: 952 773 248

Guadalmina Baja. Marbella. Tel: 952 882 211

CN340 Km 174. Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 812 000

Angela’s School

TLC Tutorial College

Ages 6-14. Marbella. Tel: 952 823 042

NH almenara golf

Calahonda International College

Ages 13-18. Calahonda. Tel: 952 933 249

C/ Almenara s/n, Sotogrande. Tel: 956 582 000

Ages 3-18. Tel: 952 930 080

wendy kindergarten

Calpe School

NH Marbella

Ages 3–8. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 029

Ages 4 months - 5 years. Marbella. Tel: 952 772 910

Amanhavís Hotel & Restaurant

Gran Hotel Benahavis Huerta de Rufino, Benahavís. Tel: 902 504 862

HM gran hotel costa del sol La Cala de Mijas, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 587 710

Hotel El Fuerte Avda. El Fuerte, s/n. Marbella. Tel: 952 861 500. Spa & Beauty Miramar. Tel: 952 920 000



street markets


tourist offices




Hotel Playa Bonita

C/ Conde Rudi, s/n. CN340, Km178. Marbella. Tel: 952 763 200

NH SAN PEDRO C/ Jerez 1, San Pedro de Alcántara.

Camino Viejo de Coín. Km 3.3. Mijas Golf. Tel: 952 585 988

Ages 3-16. Marbella. Tel: 952 770 077

Peter Pan School

Saint George’s School Ages 2-8. San Pedro. Tel: 952 786 606


Childrens placE Bilingual nursery

Stagecoach Theatre Arts School Ages 4-16. Tel: 952 900 453

Sunny View School

street markets

Atalaya, Estepona. Tel: 952 928 444

Monday Marbella

Colegio Alborán

Fairground (Avda. de Juan Alameda), 9am-2:30pm

Ages 3-18. Ricmar. Tel: 952 839 645


Colegio Alemán

Monda. C/ Los Huertos, 8am-2:30pm

Ages 3-18. Elviria. Tel: 952 831 417


Colegio Las Chapas

C/ Chaparil, 9am-1pm

Ages 5–18, girls school. Elviria. Tel: 952 831 616


Colegio San José Guadalmina


Tel: 952 883 858 Estepona. Tel: 952 800 148 Dolphin Nursery Ages 6 months-5 years. San Pedro. Tel: 952 799 563 Ecos College Ages 1–18. Elviria. Tel: 952 831 027


English InteRnational College

Benalmádena Costa

Ages 3–20. Elviria. Tel: 952 832 221

(Second hand items) Recinto Ferial, 10am-2pm

Fiona Jones School of Dance

La Cala

Ages 9–14. Manolo Santana Racquets Club. Fuengirola. Tel: 610 764 439

Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

Hijas de María Auxiliadora

Calypso, 9am-2pm

Ages 3-12. Marbella. Tel: 952 771 396


III language schools

At the entrance to the town, 9am-2pm

San Pedro. Tel: 952 778 492 Marbella. Tel: 952 822 191 Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 952 908 558 Estepona. Tel: 952 794 059


Inlingua Language School

By the Guardia Civil Offfices, City Centre, 9am-1pm

All ages. Marbella. T: 952 774 942

Vélez Málaga

the InteRnational SCHOOL of ESTEPONA Ages 2-12. Estepona.

Opposite the Guardia Civil Offices, City Centre, 9am-1pm

Tel: 952 884 789

Torre del Mar

International School OF Sotogrande

Avda. Europa, 9am-1pm

Ages 2–18. Sotogrande. Tel: 956 795 902

Opposite the Guardia Civil Offices, City Centre.

Recinto Ferial (close to the CN340, on the same side as the bullring), 9am-2:30pm

Wednesday Alhaurín de la Torre. Avda. del Limón, 9am-2pm


Avda. Juan Carlos II, 9am-2:30 pm

Thursday Alhaurín El Grande


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iNGS LISTINGS LISTings Torremolinos

Sunday Fuengirola.

Ctra. de Istán, Km2. Marbella. Tel: 952 778 580

El Calvario, near Town Hall, 9am-1pm

Recinto Ferial, 9am-2:30pm

Miraflores Tennis Club

San Pedro


By the sports pavilion, in the Divina Pastora district, 9am-2pm

Next to Rosaleda football stadium, 9am-2pm

Urb. Miraflores, Km199. Calahonda. Tel: 952 932 006


Puente Romano Hotel


Puerto Deportivo, 9am-1pm

Marbella. Tel: 952 820 900

Rincón de la Victoria, Málaga.Plaza de la Iglesia, 9am-1pm


Tenis El Casco

At the Marina, 9am-1pm

El Rosario. Marbella. Tel: 952 837 651


Benalmádena In the area between Tivoli World and the Plaza San Pedro, 9am-1pm

Las Chapas

TENNIS CLUBS Aztec Country Club

La Víbora, 9am-2pm

Urb. Riviera del Sol, Mijas-Costa. Tel: 952 934 477


Club deL Sol

Calypso, 9am-2pm

Tennis/paddle classes. Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595

Saturday Maro Close to the Nerja Caves, 9am-1pm

Club de tenis don carlos


Hotel Don Carlos, CN340, km 192. Tel: 952 831 739

C/ Urbano Pineda, 9am-1pm

Club Internacional de Tennis

La Cala Recinto Ferial, 9am-1pm

Ctra. Cádiz, km 173. Marbella. Tel: 952 813 341

Mijas Costa

Club Madroñal

Las Lagunas, 9am-2pm

Benahavís. Tel: 617 647 223

Puerto Banús

Club Nueva Alcántara

Near bullring, 9am-1pm

San Pedro Alcántara. Tel: 952 788 315

Nueva Andalucía

Lew Hoads Tennis Club

Next to the bullring. Park near CN340 and walk upwards, 9am-1pm

Ctra. de Mijas, Km 3,5. Mijas. Tel: 952 474 858

Manolo Santana Racquets Club

tourist offices Benahavís Tel: 952 855 500 Benalmádena Tel: 952 442 494 Estepona Tel: 952 802 002 Fuengirola Tel: 952 467 625 Gibraltar Tourist Board Tel: 956 774 950 Marbella Tel: 952 822 818 Málaga Tel: 952 213 445 / 952 216 061 Mijas Tel: 952 485 900 Ronda Tel: 952 871 272 San Pedro Tel: 952 785 252 Tarifa Tel: 956 680 993 Torremolinos Tel: 952 381 578

TRAIN Customer assistance T: 952 128 267 General Info T: 902 240 202 Reservations T: 902 240 202 Ave T: 952 128 079

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Tel: 952 575 697

Crocodile Park Pose with the offspring of the half-tonne adult crocodiles. Open 10am-6pm. C/ Cuba, 14, Torremolinos. Tel: 952 051 782 El Refugio del Burrito Visit this donkey sanctuary just 40 minutes north of Málaga. Open 11am7pm. Fuente de Piedra, Málaga. Tel: 952 735 513 Fuengirola Zoo Go to mysterious Madagascar, Africa and the Far East. Open 10am-6pm. C/ Camilo José Cela, 6. Tel: 952 666 301 Funny Beach Kids paradise with go-karts, trampolines, mini-motorbikes, mechanic bull. Open daily. East side of Marbella. Tel: 952 823 359

Ice Skating Rink and Indoor Swimming Pool New sports centre with public ice skating, inAFA Marbella – Football Academy Football Academy for boys and girls of all ages, just opposite La Cañada in Marbella. Training is on Mondays and Wednesdays. Call Craig on 609310409 for more info. Born to be Wild Jeep and dolphin Eco-tours for the whole family. Open 9am-8pm. Blue Dolphin Beach Club, Estepona Beach. Tel: 639 720 246 Cable Ski Marbella Water ski cable system and pool. Open 11am-9pm (closed Mondays). Urb. Las Medranas, San Pedro. Tel: 952 785 579 Congo Come face to face with the world’s largest spider and visit a real rainforest. Inside Tivoli World.


door pool, children’s pool. Avda. García Lorca, Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 577 050 Jayne Melville Performing Arts Courses at all levels: ballet, tap, jazz/modern, hip-hop/street, drama, mime and singing. London Studio Centre. Tel: 952 906 865 Karting Club Málaga Go-kart circuit for kids and adults who feel a need for speed. Open 10am-midnight. Ctra. De Coin, Mijas Costa. Tel: 952 581 704 Natura Aventura Theme Park Rock climbing wall, pot holing, kayaks, quads, archery, paintball etc. C/ Santa Beatriz, San Pedro. Tel: 902 011 077 Original Dolphin Safari Watch, touch and

swim with dolphins. Open 10am-5pm. Marina Bay, Gibraltar. Tel: 9567 71 914 Paint & Fun Ceramic Café Ceramic painting studio closed Mondays. Apt for all ages. C/ García Morato 8, El Ingenio, San Pedro. Tel: 952 783 884 Parque Acuático Mijas Thrills and spills to be had in this family friendly water park. Open daily from 10am. Fuengirola by-pass. Tel: 952 460 404 Plaza Mayor Family entertainment with multiscreen cinema, bars, restaurants, bowling alley and kids play area. Málaga. Tel: 952 247 580 Saturday Club Ages 6 to 12, tennis, martial arts, skating, aerobics, dance and ball games. Open 9.30am-2pm. Route 66, Fuengirola. Tel: 952 448 713 Sealife Centre See 2 metre long sharks. Touch pools and walk-though glass tunnel. Open daily 10am-6pm. Benálmadena Port. Tel: 952 560 150 Selwo Adventure Park Over 2,000 animals, 4x4 tours, plus adventure activities. Open 10am-9pm. CN340 Km 162.5, Estepona. Tel: 902 190 482 Selwo Marina Dolphins, exotic birds, penguins and virtual reality shows. Open 10am-6pm. Parque de la Paloma, Benalmádena. Tel: 902 190 482 Send El Retiro Classical gardens with exotic plants and birds. Ctra. Coín, km 88, Churriana. Tel: 952 623 540 Steam Train Ride Enjoy a steam train ride crossing the Andalusian mountains with a scenic trip from

San Roque to Ronda. Tel: 952 931 186 Swim Bebé Swim Swimming classes for under 4’s and AquaNatal classes for mums-to-be. Tel: 617 520 588 / 609 474 038 Swim Squad Swimming lessons and Pool Parties. Professionally run by fully ASA qualified swimming teachers and lifesaving staff. Child protection approved. Tel: 697 714 905 Teleférico Benalmádena Cable car to top of Calamorro mountain, falconry, trekking and horseriding. Arroyo de la Miel. Open 10am-6pm. Tel: 902 190 482 Tennis Camp Tennis lessons for kids from 4 years on, with professional coaches. Open 10am-1pm. Club del Sol, Calahonda. Tel: 952 939 595 The Music Factory Music, dance and drama academy in Mijas Costa. First class free. Hip hop, ballet, tap, modern, yoga and freestyle. Tel: 952 582 077 The Swimming School (Marbella) Professionally run Learn to Swim ASA swimming courses for children aged 4-12. Tel: 657 581 961 Tivoli World Biggest amusement park on the Costa del Sol. Open daily from 1pm. Avda. de Tivoli, Benalmádena. Tel: 952 577 016 Trenecito de Marbella Take a relaxing way to view the main sights of Marbella. Daily 10am-1pm. Paseo Maritimo. Tel: 639 765 981

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“I find in animals the same thing I find so wonderful in children. That purity, that honesty, where they don’t judge you, they just want to be your friend.” Michael Jackson Report Marisa Cutillas

Toxic plants threaten pets It’s hard to believe, but some of the most common, seemingly harmless plants and shrubs in our gardens could seriously threaten our dogs and cats, causing heart, liver and kidney failure or even death! Rethink your garden layout if you have any of the following: cycad palms, lily of the valley, azaleas, oleander, foxglove or castor bean. Just think: if a cat or dog chews on just one petal or leaf of a lily of the valley, it can immediately begin to suffer from kidney failure and die within 24 hours. Experts recommend adopting the following measures: uAssume that pets will always smell and nibble any new plant, so check on its toxicity before bringing it into your home or garden. uIf your cat or dog has eaten something toxic, do not induce vomiting, which could be harmful in the long run. Get it to the vet immediately and don’t waste time, which is very much of the essence in poisoning cases. uFind out from your vet what local plants may be harmful, despite not appearing on international toxicity lists. uBe careful of any products being used in your garden. Slug and snail bait causes seizures and possibly even death within minutes. There is a product called Sluggo which uses non-toxic ingredients. For insects and fungi, use a product called Phyta-Guard EC, made of natural essential oils, rather than dangerous chemicals. uSome plants, like castor bean, are often used to make jewellery. If Fido or Moggie chews on your bean necklace, serious damage could also ensue. Find out what your jewellery, accessories and home decorations are made of. uRemember that pets will tend to eat or sniff what has made it ill in the first place. Immediately remove the cause of poisoning from your home or garden.

How can you tell if your cat or dog is in pain? Unlike human beings, dogs and cats have a natural tendency to hide their pain, a kind of self-defence mechanism that is highly useful in the wild but not so helpful for their loving owners. Here are a few tips to help you determine whether something’s not right with your beloved pet and a visit to the vet is in order: uDramatic weight gain or loss: When your pet is in pain, chances are it will change its normal eating habits. If your pet is suffering from muscle pain or arthritis, it may find it difficult to bend down to feed, or it may avoid running and exercising because of painful joints. When pain is really bad, a pet may refuse to eat. uA change in chewing habits: Is your dog chewing on only one side of its mouth? It may have a mouth tumour or a dental problem. If it also rubs its face, has bad breath or loses weight, a visit to the vet is called for. uAvoiding affection: If your normally energetic, sweet dog or cat prefers to sit alone in an isolated corner of the house, it may be suffering from arthritis, bone or vertebral issues. You may be hurting it just by petting alone. uDoing its business in the house: A trained cat or dog will usually do its business in the kitty tray or outside but, if it is suffering from joint or arthritis related pain, it may not be able to make it to its usual area. Urinary infections may also lead to ‘accidents’ around the house. Watch out, also, for fever, difficulty urinating, a tender lower abdomen and a decrease in energy. When in doubt, or you feel something’s not quite right with your pet, see your vet.

© Sonoma-Marin Fair

Pabst is the World’s Ugliest Dog As the crowd chanted “Pabst, Pabst”, the judges deliberated between the sonamed boxer-mix shelter dog and Rascal, a former world champion Chinese Crested, to determine which would be the 2009 World’s Ugliest Dog Champion at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California. First timer Miles Egstad from Citrus Heights, California was stunned at his dog’s win. “ I don’t think he’s that ugly!” he said of his boxer mix whose underbite was his most compelling physical feature. Egstad won $1,600 from the Sonoma-Marin Fair for sweeping to victory in all three rounds ($100 for mutt class, $500 for runoff with the pedigree class winner, and $1,000 for World’s Ugliest Dog). The sponsor, House Of Dog, upped the ante with another $1,000 in prize money, a table of accessories, including collars, leashes and bowls, plus a year-round modeling contract that Pabst signed with his paw. Pabst was a rescue dog adopted by Egstad three years ago. It was the first time a ‘mutt’ has won the contest in more than seven years. The fair also staged an Ugly is the New Beautiful Fashion Show with rescue dogs and models.

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Regular Events

Monthly on different days

GUIDED WALKS – MIJAS PUEBLO Departing 7pm. Further information, Tel: 952 589 034.

AMERICAN CLUB – COSTA DEL SOL The American Club Costa del Sol’s chapters meet monthly for lunches, excursions, sports and social events for members and guests. Further information, For the American International Club Nerja, http://

Every third Wednesday of the month

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

CINE CLUB – ESTEPONA Top films shown weekly in Spanish or original soundtrack, Padre Manuel Cultural Centre, 9pm. Entry €3. Further information, Tel: 952 802 002/

FIVE-A-SIDE FOOTBALL – MARBELLA Aloha Gardens Multi-Sports Club organises men’s five-a-side matches from 7.30-8.30pm, all welcome. Further information, Tel: 952 814 086.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday MUSEUM TOURS – MÁLAGA Getting to Know the Collection – a tour of selected works of the Picasso Collection for adults, conducted in English on Wednesdays at 11.30am and in Spanish on Tuesday and Saturday at various times, free with purchase of admission ticket. Also every last Sunday of the month, entrance free from 3pm. Further information, www.

LUNCH – MARBELLA The American Club of Marbella meets at a different local restaurant, with an occasional guest speaker, 12.30pm. New friends welcome. Further information, Tel: 952 862 770.

Every Thursday

Every third Thursday of the month BRIC-A-BRAC SALE – FUENGIROLA At Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, 10.30am-12pm. Further information, Tel: 952 543 334.

Every last Thursday of the month TENNIS & NETWORKING – MARBELLA Organised by The American Club of the Costa del Sol (Marbella Chapter) at the Don Carlos Hotel and Tennis Club,10am-2 pm. Entry, €25, includes court time, buffet lunch and drinks. Further information, Tel: 675 094 494/

COFFEE MORNING – ESTEPONA ADANA animal rescue charity coffee morning at Plaza Manilva (outside Longman’s Bookshop) 11am-2pm. Kennels open 10am-5pm MondayFriday and 10am-2pm Saturday, Sunday and fiestas. Further information, Tel: 952 797 405/ 606 274 206/

Every Saturday ART FOR CHILDREN – MÁLAGA Talk based on selected works from the Collection, weekly at 12 noon, conducted in Spanish. Further information,

Every Saturday and Sunday CHILDREN’S STORYTIME – MÁLAGA Cuentacuentos – free sessions in the library of Málaga Contemporary Arts Centre, 12 noon, to teach children aged 3 to 10 to read Spanish and develop an interest in the arts. All welcome. Further information, Tel: 952 120 055/www. KID’S CAMP – MARBELLA Aloha Gardens Multi-Sports Club weekend camp for 4-14 year-olds, 10.30am-1pm. Activities include tennis, football, cricket, basketball, hockey, handball, paddle tennis. Further information, Tel: 952 814 086.

Alameda, daily. Further information, www.

Until September 27 ART EXHIBITION – MÁLAGA Solo exhibition by American sculptor Jack Pierson at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga; also, Teenager Beach, an installation by Israeli artist Tal R, a complex mix of sculpture and painting. C/ Alemania s/n, Málaga. Tel: 952 120 055. www.

Until September 28 EXHIBITION – MIJAS PUEBLO Paintings by Jorge & Luciana Nevani, Casa Museo. Further information, Tel: 952 590 380.

Throughout September EXHIBITION – MARBELLA Samantha Baxter presents her latest collection of inspirational contemporary paintings at Magna Café. Further information, Tel: 622 031 270. www.

Thursday September 3 OPEN AIR CONCERT – MARBELLA Ntra. Sra. De la Encarnación Choir, Marbella Old Town’s Plaza de la Iglesia, 10pm. KIDS’ THEATRE – FUENGIROLA La Niña que Riega la Albahaca, presented by Teatrola, 8pm, Parque España.

Every first Tuesday of the month

Every Sunday

GARDEN CLUB – BENALMÁDENA Meeting of Garden Club La Capellania at the Manila Restaurant, Los Boliches seafront, from 3pm. Members €20 per annum, visitors 4€. Further information, Tel: 952 442 603.

MARKET – GUADALMINA Market of antiques, clothes, fabrics and objets d’art, 10am-3pm, in front of the VTA3 shop (behind Supersol) at Guadalmina Commercial Centre. Further information, Tel: 952 904 137. FERRARI CLUB – MARBELLA The Ferrari Owners’ Club of Andalucía-Puerto Banús meets in front of Toni Dalli’s Restaurant, 11.30am. Further information, Enrique, Tel: 616 917 283/ CONCERT – MÁLAGA The Málaga Municipal Band performs at 12 noon in Málaga Park, Ocon bandstand.

Thursday, Friday, September 3, 4

Every first Sunday of the month

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION – FUENGIROLA Mundos Soñados, by Pilar García Merino, Casa de la Cultura. Inauguration, 4th Spetember 9pm. Further information,

Every second Tuesday of the month JAZZ APPRECIATION SOCIETY – MARBELLA Meets 8.30pm at Magna Café, Magna Marbella Golf, with food and refreshments. Further information / Tel: 952 787 364.

Every third Tuesday of the month FLORAL ART CLUB – ESTEPONA Meets from 3-5pm at the Benavista Country Club, visitors welcome. This month, NAFAS National Demonstrator James Burnside, who will also hold an informal teaching class on Monday September 14th, 11am-2pm at the same venue. Further information, Tel: 952 890 352/ www.

Every Wednesday TOASTMASTERS CLUB – MARBELLA Weekly meeting of this public speaking organisation, 7.30pm at Aloha Gardens, Nueva Andalucía, above Café El Jardin. Further information, FLAMENCO – MIJAS In Mijas Pueblo main square, 12 noon, including complimentary glass of Málaga wine. Further information, Tel: 952 589 034.

First Wednesday of the month CULTURE & COCKTAIL – MARBELLA The Asociación de Arte y Cultura Marbella monthly cocktail party at Magna Café, Magna Marbella Golf. Further information,

Every Wednesday

OPEN DAY – MIJAS PAD animal shelter, Cerros del Aguila, welcomes visitors from 12-3pm. Further information, Tel: 952 486 084/ LUNCH – MARBELLA Organised by the British Association of Marbella at a local restaurant. Also weekly coffee mornings at Da Paolo’s Cafe (above Pavarotti´s), Ricardo Soriano, 11am-12.30pm. Further information, Tel: 952 825 191/ 647 773 130.

Every Friday and Saturday OPERA – MARBELLA Various opera singers entertain diners at Da Bruno Sul Mare restaurant, 9pm. Further information, Tel: 952 903 312.

Every last Friday of the month BUSINESS LUNCH – MARBELLA Marbella Business Institute monthly luncheon at a different restaurant in the area. Non-members welcome with advance notice. Further information, Tel: 952 773 500.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS Until September 11

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION – MARBELLA Gary Edwards exhibits his latest collection of alluring limited edition photographs at El Campanario Golf & Country House, Urb. El Campanario. Further information,

Until September 20 ENGRAVINGS EXHIBITION – MARBELLA Miradas, a special exhibition of works by Picasso, Miró, Sempere and other artists, plus an exhibition of books from the archives, Museo del Grabado, Marbella Old Town, Monday-Saturday, 9am-2pm and Tuesday-Friday, 3.30-9pm. Entry €3. Further information, BOOK FAIR – MARBELLA Open-air sale of Spanish books, Paseo de la

THEATRE – MARBELLA Dos Mujeres Solas, Teatro Ciudad Marbella, 9pm. Tickets, €5 from the box office. Further information, Tel: 952 903 159.

Friday – Sunday September 4-6 Baobab festival – MARBELLA Third edition of this annual festival including concerts, DJs, theatre, art and workshops, with all proceeds going to fund a school in Guinea. Further information, Tel: 617 037 061. baobabfestival

Friday September 4-25

Saturday September 5 & 26 KIDS’ WORKSHOPS – MÁLAGA One, two, three… welcome to the discovery tree! Children’s workshops, 12 noon at the Museo Picasso de Málaga, with tour and fun discussion. Further information, Tel: 952 127 611/ educacion@

Saturday September 5 CONCERT – MARBELLA Singer Stephen Lloyd-Morgan presents Musical Theatre under the Stars at El Paraiso Country Club, entry €10 with optional Gourmet Cava Picnic, €35. Reservations, Tel: 952 883 799.

Sunday September 7-14 FERIA – MIJAS PUEBLO Flamenco, music, dancing and family fun, Plaza Virgen de la Peña. Further information from the Tourist Office/

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Monday-Saturday, September 7-12 HORROR FILM WEEK – ESTEPONA The 10th Semana Internacional de Cine Fantástico y de Terror, with screenings and awards organised by the AGH Hotel including, from 9th-11th, a celebration of Zombie Gastronomy. Further information,

Wednesday-Sunday, September 9-13 MARB ART 09 – MARBELLA Fifth edition of Marb Art, the popular annual contemporary art exhibition with works on show from top national and international galleries and leading artists, 12 noon-9pm daily, Congress Palace. Further information,

PICASSO SPECIALS – MÁLAGA The Picasso Museum celebrates the new season with a Family Morning of activities, free with entrance ticket, from 10.30am–2.30 pm. Also, Saturday September 19, A Night with Picasso, 8pmmidnight, with music and reduced entry price of €2. Further information, www.museopicassomalaga. org

Saturday, Sunday September 12, 13 MINI MOTORBIKES – ESTEPONA Andalusian Mini Motorbikes & Pit Bike Championships at the Fairground, Avda. Juan Carlos I. Further information,

Sunday September 13 DOG SHOW – ESTEPONA Animal charity ADANA’s 19th annual Dog Show in the Car Park of Los Pedregales Park, with 17 different classes for dogs of all shapes and sizes, an agilty competition, stalls selling pet accessories, a cafe, bar and restaurant and fun for all the family. Admission €4, children under 14 free. Further information, CHARITY FASHION SHOW – ALHAURíN DE LA TORRE Brian Piccalo, UK couturier, will be giving a fashion talk and hosting a show organised by Cudeca’s Coín Charity Shop from 2pm at Sol Andalusí. Garments on sale after the show. Plus the TAPAS Singers, raffle and a fun family day for a good cause. Admission free.

Wednesday September 16 DAY OF THE TOURIST – MIJAS Fun for all the family at this touristic celebration, Plaza Virgen de la Peña. Further information,

Organised by Costa Business Club, 7pm at Ogilivy & Mailer Restaurant, Los Naranjos Country Club, followed by a light evening meal. Members, €25, non-members,€35. Newcomers should bring business cards, note pad and pen and a oneparagraph summary of your business. Further information from Sandra Pointing, Tel: 639 564 031/

Friday 8.30pm, Saturday, 8pm. Wednesday–Sunday, September 23–27 – Spectacular show of dance and drama by Tel Aviv group Mayumana, at various evening times, with two shows on Friday and Saturday. Ticket sales, Tel: 902 360 295. Further information, Tel: 952 224 100/

Friday September 18-October 26

* BUS & TICKET For the concert on Saturday 19th, music lovers can take advantage of transport to and from the Cervantes, including ticket, for €35. The coach departs from San Pedro at 5.25pm with stops in Marbella and Fuengirola (and along the N-340 at Elviria, Calahonda and La Cala if required) to arrive in time for refreshments, returning directly after the concert. Reserve in advance from Elizabeth, Tel: 606 167 356/ 952 936 403.

ART EXHIBITION – LA CALA Paintings by Susana Velasco, Centro Cultural. Further information, Tel: 952 587 750.

Friday September 18-October 28 PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION – FUENGIROLA Cuadernos de Viaje, by Rubén García Fernández, Colectivo Imagen, Puebla Lucía. Inauguration, 8.30pm. Further information,

Saturday September 19 TABLE TENNIS – ESTEPONA Summer Table Tennis Championship, from 10am, El Carmen Sports Centre, C. Clara Campoamor. Further information,

Monday September 21-October 17 EXHIBITION – ESTEPONA La Expresión en el Cuerpo y el Retrato, painting exhibition, Padre Manuel Cultural Centre. Further information,

Thursday September 10 JAZZ – FUENGIROLA New Orleans Jump Band in concert, Parque de España, 8.30pm.

Friday September 25 THEATRE – MARBELLA Tristan and Isolde, in Spanish, 9pm, Teatro Ciudad Marbella. Tickets, €10 from the box office and El Corte Inglés. Further information, Tel: 952 903 159.

Thursday September 10–October 12 EXHIBITION – MARBELLA Retrospective by Bulgarian artist Valentín Kovatchev, Cortijo Miraflores Cultural Centre, Monday-Friday, 9am-2.30pm and 5-9.30pm. Entry free.

September 25 – October 26 EXHIBITION – fuengirola Photographs by Moisés Collado, Jesús Chacón and Ana Ortiz, Casa de la Cultura de Las Lagunas. Further information, Tel: 952 586 926.

Saturday September 12 Charity golf tournament – MARBELLA Marbella Lion’s Club’s annual charity tournament at Marbella Golf & Country Club, followed by Gala Dinner and tombola at the Hotel Don Carlos. Further information, Tel: 951 310 508.

Saturday, Sunday, September 12, 13

Sunday September 27 SPORTS FISHING – ESTEPONA 8th Sports Fishing Championship, 7am, La Rada Beach. Further information,

THEATRE – MARBELLA Un Dios Salvaje, by Yasmina Reza, starring Aitana Sánchez-Gijón and Maribel Verdú, 9pm Saturday, 8pm Sunday, Teatro Ciudad Marbella. Tickets, €20/€22, from the box office and El Corte Inglés. Further information, Tel: 952 903 159.

Wednesday–Sunday, September 16–20

Saturday September 12, 19


TANGO FESTIVAL – MARBELLA 6th International Tango Festival, celebrated at various venues in the town, headlining top tango artists. For full programme, see

Thursday September 17

Until December 31 MMM… MÁLAGA – COSTA DEL SOL Try the haute cuisine of 14 of the coast’s top gourmet restaurants with a tasting menu of tapas, fish and meat course and dessert – for the special price of €45, inc. IVA (drinks not included). Contact the participating restaurants for details. Málaga: Adolfo, Café de París, Limonar 40, Montana, Palo Cortado. Marbella: El Lago, La Hacienda, Messina, Roberto, Taberna del Alabardero. Torremolinos: Restaurante Med. Fuengirola: Girol, Roca Tranquila. Ronda: Tragabuches.


Thursday–Sunday, October 1–4 4TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – MARBELLA Red carpet celebrities, glitzy screenings and award ceremonies are the highlight of this annual international event, hosted by the Hotel Lorcrimar in aid of the New World Trust charity for young artists worldwide. Further information, www.

Friday, Saturday, October 2–3 CERVANTES THEATRE – MÁLAGA Friday, Saturday, September 11, 12 – Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra concert to mark the centennial of the death of Ruperto Chapí, 9pm. Friday, Saturday, September 18, 19* – Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra performs works by Fernández Blanco, Chopin and Manrique de Lara,

CONCERT – MÁLAGA German chanteuse and musical theatre actress Ute Lemper presents a repertoire inspired by everything from Berlin cabaret songs and French chanson to contemporary alternative rock, at the Museo Picasso’s MPM Auditorium. Further information, Tel: 952 127 600 / essential marbella magazine

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ST forARS September ARIES [21 MAR - 20 APR] Work responsibilities and challenges are highlighted this month, particularly in the days surrounding the 18th. Reviews of projects you thought were complete become necessary. You possess much energy for work, on and in your home, as well as activities with family. Although your main focus is on work and organisation in September, others are easily charmed by your warmth and sincere approach to the world. You may be investing more money in hobbies, creative activities and pastimes this month, with less focus on savings and security!

TAURUS [21 APR - 20 MAY]

LEO [23 JUL - 22 AUG] September is a month in which your desire for pleasure and comfort tends to rule. The Goddess of Love, Venus, is occupying your sign until the 20th and you’ll find that others are especially appreciative of your sense of style. Although you are typically a straightforward go-getter, this month you’re in a more receptive state, taking a little extra downtime and, perhaps, engaging in more private activities and passions. Financial responsibilities need attention, especially around the 18th, when it’s a great time for creating a new budget.

VIRGO [23 AUG - 22 SEP]

Hobbies, enjoyable pastimes, activities with children, and romance are all top priority for you in September. Getting serious about a romantic relationship or creative project is likely in the days surrounding the 18th, leading to a fresh start or sense of renewal. The Full Moon on the 4th brings the need to help out a friend. Your home life is satisfying and heart-warming and you might find domestic activities especially rewarding. Energetic conversations and communications are highlighted in September. You are presenting your ideas with passion.

September is a strong month for making your intentions known and creating an impression. While you may be feeling misunderstood at times you are, nevertheless, getting noticed and appreciated, even if it’s simply admiration from afar. Love affairs, activities with children, and creative endeavours are especially rich and rewarding. Relationship tests or challenges may arise around the Full Moon on the 4th, but nothing you can’t handle. You are called upon to take a supportive role. Activities with groups or friends are energising this month.

GEMINI [21 MAY - 21 JUN]

LIBRA [23 SEP - 23 OCT]

September is a strong month for harmonising, collecting yourself and peacemaking. Your larger focus is on your home, family, and domestic activities. The need to assume more responsibility with family arises mid-month, leading to a sense of renewal on the domestic front. Increased awareness of your desire for a solid, functional home base comes now. Money-making activities and plans are energetic this month, although you might not always agree with others regarding these matters. The 4th brings a flurry of activity on a professional level.

Focus is on career, friendships, long-term goals, and weeding out that which is unnecessary or holding you back from accomplishment this month. A serious assessment of your attitude towards life, mid-month, brings you to a whole new life plan and motivates you to start afresh. Rigorous honesty with yourself is necessary now. The strength you derive from this assessment is especially clear by the last week of September, when others begin to take note of your newfound confidence and positivity. Friends are especially supportive, and you of them.

CANCER [22 JUN - 22 JUL] A sociable and energetic month is in store. You have big plans and plenty of spunk in September, sometimes surprising those around you. You are feeling especially independent and determined, and you receive an energetic boost from the cosmos that helps you to accomplish much. Your need for healthy and light social interaction is clear. However, a serious discussion mid-month helps to renew your focus on what is most important in your life. Conversations often turn to the past. Making purchases and investments for luxury items is an urge.


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SCORPIO [24 OCT - 21 NOV] Your social circle, community, and more expansive goals come into strong focus this month. Connections made now may be surprising and especially rewarding at the same time, both on personal and professional fronts. You might find yourself building bridges between others, and enjoying the process. The need for adventurous excitement and mental stimulation is strong in September, and impels you to reach out for new experiences, fresh ideas and interesting friendships. Romantic excitement is likely around the Full Moon on the 4th.

SAGITTARIUS [22 NOV - 21 DEC] September is a time to shine on a professional or public level. The more responsible and competent side of your nature is activated, and others more easily place their faith in you. It’s a good time to ask for what you have been wanting from your boss, or for promotion and sponsorship. While your personal life may be on the backburner much of September, your family and domestic life requires special attention around the Full Moon on the 4th. You cook up a new, more responsible plan for your career mid-month.

CAPRICORN [22 DEC - 19 JAN] Impatience is something to watch for this month, in your drive for new experiences that take you far beyond the ordinary. With that in check, you could enjoy a rich, playful and spirited month. Intensity in a partnership or other close relationship is likely in September. It’s not the time to sweep anything under the carpet. Grievances surface, and it’s best to manage them promptly. The goal is to connect at a deeper level. Business matters begin to take priority towards the end of the month.

AQUARIUS [20 JAN - 19 FEB] Work, research, and partnerships are big themes for you in September. Committed relationships are especially rewarding. Significant others and their agendas are assuming more importance in your life than your personal goals now. You have much energy to pour into work, health routines, and taking care of business. Drawing up a budget, or seriously assessing shared finances, loans, and debts, is favoured midmonth. Drawing upon support from others is easier now than usual. A taste for adventure and increasing your knowledge grabs hold in the last week of the month.

PISCES [20 FEB - 20 MAR] You attract strong, supportive and powerful people to you this month. Relationships with others are spirited, dynamic and in sharp focus. You are especially willing to please a partner, but not afraid to take the lead either. Emotions run high in the days surrounding the Full Moon, in your sign on the 4th. Responsibilities to others, and especially a partner, are magnified mid-month. A feeling that you don’t know where you stand with a significant other eases towards the month’s end. Work is pleasurable, and so is leisure time.

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