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creating a happy home with the right interior design

Regardless of whether you believe interior design is important or not, all humans have evolved to respond to environmental stimuli. The design of your home can promote or inhibit productivity, intimacy, efficiency, and even feelings of happiness. Everything in your home triggers an emotional response. The spaciousness of your home, the layout of the room, the lighting, the use of materials, the presence of plants and flowers, the use of color and the use of art can improve your mood, increase your concentration and reduce anxiety.

Use colors to improve mental health

Based on insights from studies, research and psychology, our interior designers work to create spaces where our clients feel satisfied, safe and relaxed. Good interior design, tailored to each individual’s personal story and emotions, has been shown to promote mental health.

If you’re not sure if your home is lifting your mood, check out each room. As you walk through or spend time in the space, think about how you feel. Do you enjoy spending time there? Is it your favorite place to relax after a long day? Do you avoid certain rooms or wonder why you never spend time in that room? Do you sleep well in your bedroom? Do you enjoy spending time in your kitchen? Does your family enjoy spending time in the dining room, or is it a chore to eat there?

One of the most well-documented mood-altering design elements is color. For many people, color is integral to our experience of the world. Our modern understanding of psychology dates back to the 1800s, when Johann Wolfgang von Goethe published The Theory of Color. Researchers and interior designers have continued to revisit and revise their views on the effects of color. In addition to the psychological properties and benefits attributed to colors, the saturation and brightness of individual colors are important components of their emotional impact. Saturation refers to the degree of purity of the color. Less saturated colors contain more gray or black, for example. Steel blue is less saturated than true blue.

Bring the elements into play: Water, Wind, Fire, Metal and Earth

Sunlight, space, plants and flowers make people feel more relaxed and less anxious in their homes. It’s no coincidence that these are all natural elements. Throughout history, people have tried to bring the beauty and calming effects of nature into the home. Whether it’s furs, woven grass mats or Christmas trees, people have been bringing nature into their homes for thousands of years.

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Ancient feng shui teachings celebrate shapes and textures that represent the natural elements of earth, water, wood, metal and fire. In today’s home, we can incorporate these elements in a variety of ways. Fountains and pools celebrate water, but mirrors and reflective surfaces offer some of the same benefits. Fans and open windows bring the wind into the home, but fabrics that move quickly and mobiles also offer some of the psychological benefits of wind. Fireplaces and candles bring the fire to us. Metal and earth are found in iron, brass, silver, wood, and stone.

In addition to the literal interpretations of the elements, a healthy, happy home should make it easy to calm down with the help of the elements. Deep baths and rain showers, for example, allow us to use water in therapeutic ways. Bowls of smooth stone allow us to use stone as a decorative element. Sunrooms and porches allow us to create cozy indoor spaces that bridge the gap between indoors and outdoors.

We all want a safe space where we feel secure and accepted. If you don’t feel welcome when you come home, it’s time to rethink the design of your home. Whether your home is a tiny apartment or a huge estate, simple interior design changes can have a big impact on your mood. If you need professionalassistance with the design of your home, contact THE ART Interior Design so we can help you create a home that makes you happy.

Plants and flowers bring the calming effect of nature into the house. Art in the house has a positive impact on mood.
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FEEL THE LOVE!

Put some romance back in your life with this month’s essential. Feel the passion in these pages with specials on Engagement Rings, Casanova, and sharing love with your pet. The revival of Marbella’s landmark La Fonda Hotel and the architectural acumen and sumptuous styling of Villa Lúa and La Concha Villas are also projects emanating from the heart.

Marvel at the retro lines of the Hispano Suiza Carmen, a motor car with real pedigree, and find out why the SHA Wellness Clinic was recently awarded Best in the World.

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Elsewhere, join us on a flying visit to Davos, follow our feature on those visionaries who were renowned for predicting the future, and don’t miss our one-on-one with Christian Bale, who has been popping up a lot in a variety of versatile roles of late.

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In this month of love, check out the latest engagement ring trends and read about the world’s infamous lover, Casanova. Don’t miss our one-on-one with Christian Bale, and marvel at the classic lines of the Hispano Suiza Carmen, and the revival of Marbella’s iconic Hotel La Fonda.

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DAVOS

THE GENUINE SWISS ALPINE PALETTE

Davos – the very name spells the ultimate in Swiss luxury and I was fortunate to visit this renowned mountain destination a year back, courtesy of a FAM Tour organised by Swiss Air that took us to destinations like Geneva, Basel, Zurich, and of course Davos.

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Ihad heard of Davos being a venue for prestigious international conferences and I was pondering onboard the Swiss Air flight what ethereal beauty this Alpine settlement holds for the global business honchos and the movers and shakers of the world that compels them to head for Davos year after year.

We landed in Zurich airport and from there drove by road to Davos, passing through the magnificent Alpine panorama and the Swiss countryside. This two and a half hour road journey is forever etched in my memory, being probably the most scenic drive I have ever experienced.

Swiss Air had made elaborate arrangements for our stay at Davos’s outstanding Arosa Kulm hotel. The surroundings here are stunning with undulating ski slopes and snowy hiking trails that can be accessed directly from the doorway. The hotel’s outstanding location at 1,835 meters offers unobstructed exquisite views of the Grison Alps. ›

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Davos has indeed come of age as an in ternational Alpine holiday destination – its impressive set of congress resorts, relaxation avenues and a plethora of winter sport activities have catapulted Davos into a much preferred Swiss vacation spot.

We were informed by the Resident Manager

that twelve classic resorts belonging to the European Alpine region have joined together for better brand marketing: ‘Best of the Alps’ (BOTA), which includes Chamonix Mont Blanc, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Davos, Garmisch- Partenkirchen, Grindelwald, Kitzbühel, Lerch Zürs am Arlberg, Megève, St.Anton am Arlberg, St. Moritz, Seefeld, and Zermatt.

They signify the most prestigious summer and winter tourist destinations.

The ‘Best of the Alps’ resorts are considered to be the epitome of rich Alpine tradition and superb hospitality offering the discerning international visitor a variety of accommodation options, ranging from the homely hostel to a super luxury hotel. ›

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Davos is not all nature. This bewitching Swiss town also offers a colourful cultural palette – often in a quietly premeditated contrast to the more recognisable scenic attractions. We were lucky to appreciate The Davos Festival ‘Young Artists in Concert’ that draws talented young musicians from across the globe. For the culturally inclined, a visit to the historic Kirchner Museum will be very

rewarding. Here, the great collection of the renowned Swiss expressionist, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner is carefully preserved.

The evolution of Davos as an international high-altitude health resort (1860 - 1930) began in 1853 and is intimately linked with the name of Alexander Spengler. He was sentenced to death by the Germans for his participation in the March Revolution of 1848 and sought

asylum in Davos. As a qualified doctor, he quickly recognised the beneficial effects of a highaltitude climate and in 1868, Spengler and Dutchman, Willem Jan Holsboer together founded the Kuranstalt SpenglerHolsboer health clinic. Later on Holsboer also established the Rhaetian Railway and, thanks to his pioneering initiative, the Landschaft Davos set up its first railway link with the lowlands back in 1890.

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Thereafter, the development of Davos as a much sought after health resort was quick to evolve. Hotels, sanatoriums and villas sprang up from nowhere, almost overnight. If statistical records are anything to go by, at the beginning of the 20th century, an annual 700,000 overnight bookings were recorded!

With the passage of time, visitors to Davos’s many sanatoriums also introduced both summer and winter sports to this town. Renowned British author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – creator of Sherlock Holmes – contributed a great deal on this front. The introduction of Europe’s first T-bar ski lift at Bolgen and the construction of several mountain railway projects played pivotal roles in generating the skii boom in these areas.

Newer scientific methods in

treating tuberculosis led to a gradual decline in the volume of patients coming to Davos, and the number of long-term guests in the sanatoriums dropped remarkably, as a result of which, elegant buildings were converted into contemporary hotels. However, the town gradually evolved as a centre for medical expertise and today there are a number of research centres based in Davos. With the construction of the magnificent Congress Centre in 1969, Davos truly established itself as a seminar and congress venue.

Davos boasts a long skiing tradition. During the early 19th century it was mainly the British, who together with the local people introduced Alpine ski sport. The world’s first ski lift became operational at Bolgen in 1934. This lift is now on display at the impressive Davos Winter Sports Museum. ›

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Very few visitors are aware of the fact that Davos was one of the first resorts to recognise the importance of snowboarding as a sign of the times rather than just a passing fad. In the early 1990’s, the localty had gained a tremendous reputation as a Mecca of snowboarding, a reputation that has been reaffirmed with every passing year. Today, Davos is a

wonderful example of old traditions blending with the new. Cross-country skiing remains a perennial favourite in the Landwasser Valley. There is also a spectacular 75 km network of trails stretching from Davos Wolfgang flanking the scenic lake towards Davos Glaris. The Flüela run in particular has been standardised by the FIS and today serves as a traditional

World Cup course for the planet’s top ranked crosscountry skiers.

I was stupefied by the sight of Davos’ ice rink. Europe’s largest natural ice rink (over 1,800m2) comprising an outdoor artificial ice rink and a state-of-the-art ice stadium that are much sought after venues for ice hockey, ice skating, speed skating, curling

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and ice-stick shooting. Davos hosts numerous prestigious competitions like the International Speed Skating Championships, the much-hyped HC Davos Ice Hockey Championship matches and the one-and-only Spengler Cup, which happens to be the most important international ice hockey event, held annually in Davos between Christmas and New Year.

If you aren’t a ski buff, there are numerous other wonderful options for spending your winter days. For instance, the 97 km long winter-walking paths around Davos-Klosters offer an irresistible temptation to discover the Swiss countryside and there are also amazing trails for Nordic walking. ›

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I have seen many visitors to Davos try snowshoe trekking, an innovative way to unwind in the Swiss Alps. Toboggan runs on Schatzalp, Rinerhorn, Madrisa and Parsenn totalling around 22 km of tempting valley runs extend a bewildering array of snow thrills.

Whoever knows Davos, would

testify to the fact that the après-ski is extraordinary! Refreshing entertainment is on offer at a host of Alpine ski huts that are close to the ski slopes, at rugged Swiss bars near the valley stations and in Davos town itself. Many visitors also go to the cinema followed by happy hours at the Casino. A welcome change from the

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arduous time spent on skis or snowboard.

If you are a business magnate, Davos should be on your priority list as a conferencing centre. Today it has carved out a niche identity as a successful and competitive international congress venue. In the world of conferences, there is a saying that Davos is blessed with a special ‘congress climate’.

The most highly acclaimed international congress is the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which has been held in Davos since 1970. Every year in the month of January alone, Davos is host to over 200 high-flying guests from the worlds of politics, finance, business, science, technology, and civil society.

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IN THE OLD TOWN REOPENS ITS DOORS

WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LA FONDA HERITAGE HOTEL

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Last year, it was pretty exciting to hear that one of Marbella’s most emblematic buildings, La Fonda, was undergoing renovations with a view to launching a luxury boutique hotel. Its main entrance would be in the stunning Plaza de Santo Cristo, home to one of the most beautiful 16th-century old Churches in the Old Town: Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz. The La Fonda Heritage Hotel has now opened and the results are clearly worth the hard work (and the €7.5 million investment). This is undoubtedly an exciting new era for a building that has hosted the who’s who of national and international celebrities and has been an essential meeting point for intellectuals and artists.

At the helm of La Fonda Hotel is Victor Krensler, its charismatic General Manager. Victor, who grew up in Marbella, has honed his craft at some of the Coast’s leading luxury hospitality and food establishments. The new, 20-room hotel, he says, is “the first Relais Châteaux Hotel in Andalucía” – something to

be excited about indeed, since the hotels under this brand are known for their elegance, design, and unforgettable élan.

A RICH HISTORY

La Fonda Heritage Hotel comprises three buildings that date back to the 16th century. It was originally a private residence, but also served as a church, a school, and (in the 1960s) a

hotel, designed by no less than Jaime Parladé and Duarte Pinto Coelho. In the late 1980s, it became Marbella’s first Michelinstarred restaurant. Throughout its colourful past, La Fonda never had the ambience of a typical hotel. It was a home with many stories to tell, thanks in no small part to the glitterati who gathered together within its walls.

Currently, most of the original buildings still stand, as do the two high towers with 360º views of Marbella. Quality materials such as stone, brick, and wooden beams abound and the eye is enamoured by magnificent archways, high ceilings, artistically tiled rooms, stately columns, painted walls, tapestries, and ancient trees. ›

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THE ROOMS

The rooms are accessed by covered passageways that look over the courtyards. No two are alike and some have spacious terraces that are nestled amidst the branches of 200-year-old trees. The interiors are airy and light-filled. They are graced with stylish bespoke furniture, tall ceilings, and stunning metalframed, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and white wooden-beamed ceilings.

Victor says, “We have equipped

all our rooms with state-of-theart gadgets such as Marshall Bluetooth speakers and Loewe smart TVs with inbuilt Chromecast so our clients can mirror their phones to the screens (for Netflix, Youtube, HBO, Disney +, and more). Each room also has powerful Dyson hairdryers.

Our beds, pillows and bedsheets are all made with the finest materials and each room has three standard pillow types (goose feather, memory foam and cotton pillows), plus an

additional pillow menu.”

Safety and rigorous hygiene standards are given due importance in the post-COVID age. “All rooms have Dyson air purifiers, which can eliminate 99.95 per cent of all pollutants from the air, including odours and dust for clients with allergies,” Victor assures me. ›

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PLACES TO DINE

La Fonda has two restaurants and a sky bar. Victor says, “The night restaurant, JANE, will be open every evening from 7pm until after midnight. The food concept marries local and Mediterranean products with cooking techniques and flavours from around the world.”

JANE is divided into three main areas: an

interior dining zone with a signature cocktail bar and lounge, a Garden Patio, and the interior of the 16th century Hermitage of San Sebastian. “This hermitage was ‘lost in construction’ as the Old Town began to expand in the 18th century. It was almost completely forgotten for 200 years, and was rediscovered when the renovation works started five years ago.” ›

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The lush Garden Patio is the external area that combines the three historical buildings which make up the hotel. Victor states, “This area has an outdoor bar that specialises in Champagnes, signature cocktails, and fresh, healthy juices. It will host DJ nights, creating a lively vibe which, alongside the antique surrounding walls and beautiful old town settings, will be unlike anything else in Marbella.”

JANE boasts a large open fridge with freshly-caught fish on display, as well as a barbecue and Josper oven (which delivers unique, authentic smoky flavours to meat and lends it an incomparable juiciness).

For breakfast and lunch, the

place to be is Los Patios de La Fonda, which serves one of the best breakfast buffets in town and lavish high tea service.

La Fonda’s sky bar is called La Cima (‘The Summit’). From this elevated position, you can enjoy raw food, juices, smoothies, cocktails, and Champagne, while losing yourself in the beauty of the Old Town and its rooftops.

La Fonda Heritage Hotel is an excellent choice for discerning travellers in search of a hotel with a unique appeal; one surrounded by architectural wonders and the hustle and bustle of city life. Sophisticated design, topof-the-range gastronomical

offerings, and antique art and architecture are just some of its strong points. If you are a fervent foodie, book a table at one of their restaurants. All are open to the general public, as well as to guests.

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ENGAGEMENT

RING TRENDS

The year 2023 promises to be a big one for weddings and glamour. Full-scale receptions and luxury jewellery are back with a vengeance. Marisa Cutillas presents just a few engagement ring trends that may inspire you if you are planning a magical proposal to your beloved.

Engagements have always been a momentous occasion for couples who are madly in love, but today’s proposals differ vastly from those in the 20th century. Not only are they more customised and creatively planned (think Flash Mob, helicopter, or deep sea engagements) but they are also more elaborate. Wedding Pro reports that nearly one quarter of all proposers feels the pressure to come up with a unique moment, about one in three engagements take place during a romantic trip, and one in five proposers are

relying on the expertise of photographers, events organisers, and other professionals who can add a touch of sophistication to the moment.

Things have also changed when it comes to wedding rings, which are no longer the objects of surprise they once were. Around three quarters of people being proposed to help choose their ring or indicate the style or brand they prefer. Moreover, although the average expenditure on rings has gone down by about $2,000, luxury engagement rings are still highly valued, with an average sales price of around $13,500. ›

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Styles are also vastly different from the way they were a couple of decades ago. In the past, the classic engagement ring comprised a solitary Diamond over a white or yellow gold band. Today, however, it’s all about personalisation; giving the recipient a ring they would actually love to wear daily, even if they weren’t tying the knot. As such, new shapes, materials, and colours are holding sway. It is great news for those with a sartorial leaning and for lovers who are interested in expressing themselves through jewellery. Many are also choosing to sport designer wedding bands that have little to do with traditional, plain yellow bands. Below are just a few trends modern brides and grooms are favouring.

HEART-SHAPED RINGS

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BrightgreenTourmalineandDiamond ringfromthe‘ExtraordinaryLights’ collectionbyPiaget

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COLOURED DIAMOND AND GEMSTONES

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck wowed the world with her green Diamond engagement ring, David Beckham stunned his wife Victoria with a five-carat Emerald and Diamond ring, while Scarlett Johansson was proposed to with a light brown Diamond set on a black band. Many brides and grooms are more into colour than transparency; those who are lucky enough to get their hands on a rare black or red Diamond, or a flawless Tsavorite or Emerald, are impressing their loved ones with rings that stand out from the norm.

Ruby and Diamond ring from the ‘Unique Solitaires’ collection by Van Cleef & Arpels Emerald and Diamond ring from the ‘Unique Solitaires’ collection by Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire Diamond ring from the ‘Unique Solitaires’ collection by Van Cleef & Arpels
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DiamondringbyMessika

Modern rings by Nina Webrink
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GravitationalWavering byNinaWebrink

theWeddingbandwithabezelDiamondfrom ‘PiagetPossessionWedding’collection

ETERNITY-STYLE ENGAGEMENT RINGS AND STYLISH WEDDING BANDS

Another trend taking the fore is that of eternity-style engagement rings and fashionable wedding bands embellished with diamonds and other materials. Band-style rings appeal because of their informal, easy-to-ear, unisex nature.

‘PiagetWeddingbandwithDiamondsfromthe PossessionWedding’collection
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NATURE-INSPIRED RINGS

Nature has come to take a whole new importance in the current millennium, with the events of 2020 strengthening trends such as the biophilic interior design trend and nature-based fashion and jewellery. This trend focuses on the vital connection between nature and human beings and on the many benefits that the outdoors can bring to human physical, mental, and spiritual health. It also celebrates the timeless appeal of jewellery that is inspired by nature’s most beautiful forms.

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Wave-inspired Diamond ring from the ‘Piaget Possession Wedding’ collection

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CASANOVA

THE LIBRARIAN WHO WAS THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS LOVER

In the latter part of the 18th century there was a librarian called Giacomo Girolamo who spent his days among the dusty tomes of Dux Château, the palace of the Count of Waldstein in Bohemia, modern day Czech Republic. By the time he penned his autobiography, Histoire de Ma Vie, he could look back upon a life most extraordinary.

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Casanova moved in the upper circles of society, where he met many of his conquests © Wikimedia Commons

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hat memories they were, and little did he know what a fuss he would create as he set pen to paper in the same turbulent year that heads began to roll in Paris, during the French Revolution. Giacomo had spent a good deal of his life in Paris, courting upper society and ladies alike, for this Venetian ‘would-be’ noble, as he often presented himself, was in fact the progeny of a family of actors. This ability was certainly innate in Giacomo, as he had the astounding capacity not just to pass himself off as what he was not – an aristocrat – but was also gifted with a silver tongue that made him loosen the purses of

Wnobles and weaken the morals of otherwise chaste women. By the time he had reached full adulthood, Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, had become the soon to be infamous man we to this day associate with womanising and macho pursuits. He is said to have bedded hundreds of women in his life, and survived it – quite a feat in an age of rampant venereal disease and limited medical answers to such problems. In fact, the bon vivant Casanova reached the ripe old age of 73, outliving many of his conquests both financial and amorous. Though his life was rich in all manner of adventure – he is, after all, officially defined as an adventurer –Casanova’s undying fame, or infamy, stems from his ability to

captivate the fairer sex.

A HANDSOME FACE AND SLIPPERY TONGUE

Casanova was by all accounts a handsome man, endowed with bundles of confidence, bravado, daring and of course a slippery tongue and quick wit. His dashing charm and charisma, not to mention his mischievous sense of fun and excitement, made him irresistible to the ladies, and it is for this skill set that we remember him to this day. The fact that he had intercourse (of the intellectual kind) with cardinals, dukes, kings and also contemporary geniuses such as Voltaire, Mozart and Goethe, is all but forgotten today, overshadowed by an altogether different kind of communion. ›

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Venice, the romantic capital of Europe © Henrique Ferreira @Unsplash

For a long time now, the very name Casanova has been synonymous with that of a womaniser. In his earlier years, he was above all a man to be admired for his seduction skills – an example much envied by other hotblooded men – but

perhaps the ladies were a little less sure. In them, the name Casanova seems to have instilled a contradictory combination of anger and awe. Not so the younger generations, though, for in today’s world so obsessed with political correctness and focused

upon newly defining genders, let alone gender roles, there is no ambiguity to the man: he is a scoundrel and a criminal. Were it not for the fact that he seems to have also preyed upon what we would now call vulnerable and under-age females, one could have debated the point.

THEN AND NOW

But people act according to the prevailing mores and customs – not to mention penal codes – of their era, and in his day what Casanova did was more shocking to the church’s morals than it was in breach with laws or even traditions. You see, back in the 18th century there was no clear stance on under-age people engaged in such adult endeavours as working 12hour days or having sex. This is still the case today in large parts of the world, but the fact that it isn’t in the West blurs our vision of almost everything that went before. By today’s standards, Casanova would be in prison, clear and simple, but in his day he was a dashing cad. Then again, his was an age of undeniable macho chauvinism and exploitation of the poor and vulnerable.

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Giacomo Casanova has gone into history as the ultimate seducer and lover © Wikimedia Commons

What Casanova did, however, was to exploit the wealthy, bored and feeble, for he moved in high circles and preyed upon man and woman alike, albeit in different ways. He was more of an imposter when securing coin or position with men in high positions than when courting the ladies, as this was where his true nature lay. Voracious he might have been, but Giacomo Casanova was no brute, and in an age where alcohol and violence were rampant in malefemale relations he stood out as a gentleman who time and again came to the rescue of a damsel in distress. Herein lay both his modus operandum – a deep-seated desire to save the

object of his desire and win her gratitude – and his appeal to women.

THE LEGEND OF CASANOVA

There are of course rumours about the extent of his endowment and of him consuming 50 oysters every morning to fuel his crazy sexual escapades. What is clear, however, is that he was an accomplished person whose gentlemanly demeanor accorded him an entry into the upper echelons of society.

Today, the legend of Casanova lives on, and while modern mores look leniently upon a drug dealer or those who break

into your house, they uniformly condemn a man who was no saint but lived in an altogether different era. Casanova was a lover not a hater of women, but what can modern men take away from such a figure? We would certainly not want them to follow in his footsteps, but it has to be said that in an age where maltreatment was common, he was characterised by kindness and flirtation. e

Born in Venice, Casanova died a librarian at Chateau Dux in Bohemia © Wikimedia Commons
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Casanova’s adventurous life required many a precarious escape from protective fathers or angry husbands © Wikimedia Commons
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SHA

DEEMED THE WORLD’S BEST WELLNESS CLINIC AT THE WORLD SPA AWARDS 2022

The World Spa Awards recently held its eighth edition, recognising SHA as the World’s Best Clinic and Spain’s Best Wellness Retreat for the year 2022. SHA, which opened its doors in Altea (a charming village located between Alicante and Valencia), focuses on helping people achieve and maintain an optimal state of health and wellbeing. Human warmth, innovation, and excellence are the pillars upon which it has been built. The World Spa Awards recognition adds to an impressive list of achievements the brand has garnered since its inception.

THE WORLD SPA AWARDS 2022

The World Spa Awards annually recognise and reward excellence in the spa and wellness tourism industry. The vote, which was open for 12 weeks, involved wellness tourism customers and industry and media professionals. Within a short space of time, SHA has become an international benchmark. Its success can be attributed to numerous reasons, including its global, integrative approach to health. At SHA, the latest advances in scientific medicine are fused with effective, proven holistic therapies. The combined approach enhances the effect each therapy would have separately. SHA aims to achieve the best results in a healthy, sustainable way and in the shortest time possible. Since its launch, it has helped produce a positive change in the health and wellbeing of over 65,000 people from across the globe, including a long list of celebrities. ›

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MEANINGFUL BEGINNINGS

AND THE SHA METHOD

SHA was born of the personal experiences of Alfredo Bataller Parietti, who suffered from health issues that negatively impacted his quality of life. Upon receiving a worrisome diagnosis, he met a renowned doctor who specialises in integrative medicine and nutrition. Bataller Parietti managed to achieve an improved a state of health by adopting a bespoke nutritional regimen. Since then, he launched (with the support of his family) a unique project that is built upon centuries of wisdom and the latest scientific advances. In the SHA Method, healthy, balanced nutrition plays a starring role, enhancing the positive impact of other

disciplines. The aim is to tap into the intrinsic physical and mental potential that all human beings possess. SHA has also opened centres in Mexico (north of the Mayan Riviera) and the Emirates (between Abu Dhabi and Dubai).

THE PHILOSOPHY

SHA is a transformative life experience, where health is viewed as not only the absence of illness, but also an optimal state of physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing, in harmony with the environment.

A DEDICATED TEAM

The SHA team comprises internationally renowned experts in nutrition, preventive medicine, anti-ageing, genetics, holistic medicine, dermo-aesthetic medicine,

regenerative medicine, revitalising medicine, sports and physical activity, psychology, odontology, bioenergetic medicine, and cognitive stimulation (to name a few specialities).

PERSONALISED NUTRITION

SHA Nutrition is a healthy, energetic and balanced diet inspired by millennia-old principles, adapted to modern life. It is a practical, attractive approach that respects nature’s seasonal and regional offerings and is customised for each guest’s needs. It follows the recommendations of the World Health Organisation and recent studies by top universities in the field such as the Harvard Medical School and the Cornell Nutritional Studies Unit. ›

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Highly effective, proven natural therapies are available at SHA. They work to reactivate the regulatory power of the body, which can be blocked or weakened by bad habits. SHA seeks integrated

solutions to strengthen the immune system and enhance the body’s own healing power.

HEALTHY LIVING ACADEMY

SHA’s goal is to make it simple to maintain longterm health through the

incorporation and learning of new habits. It offers a selection of conferences, healthy cooking classes, relaxation, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and other activities that provide the tools and knowledge people need to enjoy lasting wellbeing.

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HEALTHY AGEING

Ageing begins when life does; it is impossible to stop. However, SHA relies on knowledge and advanced techniques to delay its effects. Through these approaches, you can live longer and enjoy a better quality of life by slowing down cell degeneration and preventing premature ageing.

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

The SHA Regenerative Medicine Unit applies advanced biotechnology to mimic the bodies’ own regenerative processes to treat diseases. SHA offers pioneering scientific treatments such as cell therapy, gene therapy and tissue engineering. This unit offers guests the possibility of having a ‘Cryopreservation Bank’.

REVITALISING MEDICINE

The Revitalising Medicine Unit combines procedures based on the integration of the human biosystem and the regeneration of the healing system itself through the application of four specialised treatments: Ozone Therapy, Serum Therapy, Revitalising Intramuscular Treatment and, Cellular Analysis.

AESTHETIC MEDICINE

Aesthetic Medicine is a fastevolving field. At SHA, you will find some of the world’s most advanced treatments, imparted

by an internationally recognised aesthetic medicine team that relies on ultra-modern, innovative, and effective equipment. The SHA team can help you achieve amazing results for your face and your body using minimally invasive treatments that will enable you to resume your daily routine in a minimal time.

INNER BALANCE

SHA offers disciplines focused on optimal emotional and mental balance. Approaches and activities include meditation, mindfulness, yoga, Pilates, stress management, coaching, and psychotherapy. ›

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PHYSICAL FITNESS

SHA boasts an outstanding team of experts, innovative exercise equipment, and ideal environments to challenge your limits, improve your performance, and increase vitality through a personalised, functional, and balanced training approach.

COGNITIVE STIMULATION

The Cognitive Stimulation Unit at SHA relies on cutting-edge methods and technology to develop the potential of your mind, maximise its cognitive capacities, and prevent or reverse some neurodegenerative symptoms.

HEALTH PROGRAMMES

The multidisciplinary team of experts at SHA has a comprehensive, integrative vision of health and wellbeing. It can customise a series of health programmes for guests, including Optimal Weight, Detox, Intensive (Optimal Weight & Detox), Healthy Ageing, and Rebalance programmes.

THE WELLNESS CLINIC

Thanks to its integrative and innovative nature and its size, wide range of therapies and facilities, its Wellness Clinic is a world leader.

SURROUNDINGS AND SUSTAINABILITY

SHA is the perfect refuge in which to realign your body, mind,

and spirit. The brand’s locations have a warm climate most of the year, they are surrounded by nature, and they provide easy access to the sea. At SHA, you can disconnect from the noise and stress of the world and reconnect with yourself. SHA’s buildings adapt to the land, prioritise natural materials, enhance the surrounding environment, and rely on natural energy sources.

ACCOMMODATIONS

At SHA, you can stay at a wide array of Suites and private Residences, all of which boast an aesthetic design scheme and beautiful views.

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HAS THE WORLD TURNED OUT AS PREDICTED?

FUTUROLOGY

Though the term futurology originated in the 20th century, the concept of visionaries predicting the future goes back even further. Who were the most inspired futurologists and did they get it right?

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H.G. Well’s ‘War of the Worlds’ stirred the imagination © AdobeStock

There were those, such as Nostradamus, who made cryptic predictions built upon visions received in dreams or discerned from other sources considered to be rather magical and mysterious. Futurology, on the other hand, is based on more rationalised ideas of how the world will evolve in the medium to long-term, and it has often been associated with science fiction, and formed the inspiration for it.

Futurology is by nature visual, as it involves painting an unfamiliar picture of the

world we live in. Visionaries of this kind, who had the ability to look beyond their contemporary environment, imagined how mankind would develop, and this involved describing new technologies, future cities and homes, forms of transport, exploration and other advances. Jules Verne was perhaps the most visual of all, and one of the early pioneers of futurology.

THE WORLD JULES VERNE DESCRIBED

French author Jules Verne painted a very clear picture of a future world that had audiences

in the 19th century transfixed. In his Voyages Extraordinaires adventure series – written from the 1860s to the early 20th century – he laid out the foundations of a world where technological advances would allow mankind to travel to the depths of the ocean (Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea) in a sophisticated submarine, venture to the moon in a rocket (From the Earth to the Moon), live in A Floating City, explore the inner depths of the earth (Journey to the Center of the Earth), or travel Around the World in Eighty Days. ›

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If it were up to Leonardo da Vinci, mankind would have discovered flight in the 15th century © Wikimedia Commons

For millions around the world, it was the clarity of his futuristic visions that captured the imagination, accompanied by evocative illustrations which gave shape to his ideas. It was an imagined world of space rockets, submarines, floating cities, balloons and wondrous machines that opened up new dimensions to humanity. Jules Verne got it pretty much spot on, but how could he have envisaged so many things so well, writing in many cases 50 to 100 years before they actually became a reality? The answer lies in the visionary abilities of a futurologist, which rest not so much in mysterious visitations of the future, as in a power to analyse the present

and project developments further ahead.

Leonardo da Vinci had done much of the same, drawings and all, but from the technical perspective of an inventor/ engineer. His concepts for a moving fortress (tank), advanced pieces of artillery, helicopters and more have immortalised him as one of the greatest intellects of all time, and in many ways, he was one of the first true futurologists, even though only a handful of his outlandishly avant garde ideas actually made it off the drawing board. The mere idea of having ideas so far ahead of his time marks Da Vinci as a true genius and visionary.

H.G. WELLS –TRAVELLING IN TIME

By the turn of the 20th century, futurology had become an increasingly serious pastime among intellectuals, scientists and engineers. The previous century and a half had been characterised by rapid technological development, leading up to what is called The First Machine Age, an era in which machinery was notably impacting human society, life expectancy, travel and fastevolving economies, paving the way for a level of prosperity not seen before. It is within this environment that Britain’s very own H.G. Wells explored the more distant future, maybe even as far ahead as 2023!

The futuristic drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, centuries ahead of their time © AdobeStock An imagining of one of Jules Verne’s futuristic 19th century machines © Fred Romero
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Like those before him, he foretold a world populated with tanks, aircraft, space exploration and devastating weapons of the kind we know as nuclear missiles. He even described something akin to satellite television and the Internet, not to mention biological engineering and aliens. At the birth of the 20th century, he wrote The First Men in the Moon, which came out shortly after The Invisible Man and The Time Machine, in which he showed great understanding in the origins and evolution of human societies. The War of the Worlds dealt

with alien invasions from Mars, and in so doing became one of the earliest works of science fiction, and in The Shape of Things to Come, H.G. Wells penned a future history of the world that would end in 2106 – not so very far from now. ›

Science fiction writers such as Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry also seem to have had a looking glass into the future © Wikimedia Commons

Leonardo da Vinci conceived of inventions that would only be realised centuries later © Nevit Dilmen

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THE DYSTOPIAN VISIONS OF GEORGE ORWELL

If H.G. Wells was mostly hopeful of a good outcome for humanity in The Shape of Things to Come and not The Time Machine, then his fellow social and political thinker George Orwell wasn’t. Having lived through the experiences of the Spanish Civil War, followed by World War Two, this futurologist predicted a rather more sombre future. Even though he fought on the

side of the Left in Spain, in the seminal book Animal Farm, he very neatly summed up the inherent failings of communism, or any similar system. It is, however, 1984 for which he is best known, and this work makes some very chilling reading in the present moment.

Now-famous terms such as ‘Big Brother’, ‘Thought Control’ and ‘Newspeak’ come from this novel, for which he drew inspiration from Hitler and Stalin’s regimes to outline a

future technocratic dictatorship where citizens were monitored, recorded and controlled with the use of technology. If it sounds familiar that’s because there are already elements of our modern-day life which resemble those described in the book, and if you live in China anno 2023 then you would be tempted to think Xi Jinping resembles Big Brother – the omnipresent leader of dystopian 1984 who is always ‘watching you’. For your own good, of course...

Some futurologists predicted destructive wars and alien invasions © Freepik Few futuristic books made as big of an impact as 1984 © Abdul Ahad Sheikh/Unsplash George Orwell’s Animal Farm based on the failure of communism © Shraddha Agrawal/ Unsplash
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FROM SCIENCE TO FICTION… TO REALITY

In reality, science fiction was born in the late 19th century, but it became more popular as the 20th century progressed, reaching a fevered peak in the 1950s, when the future looked rosy and everything seemed possible. From children’s programmes such as Thunderbirds to Marvel’s many creations and the writings of Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, the idea of a socially and technologically advanced utopian world in which people would fly to work, have robots (a phrase termed by Czech

futurologist Karel Čapek) perform their menial tasks, and space travel would be an almost normal thing.

No specific timeframe was usually given, but surely by 2023 all the above would be a reality and life would be both sweet and easy. Gene Roddenberry, another celebrated futurologist, made his fame with the futuristic Star Trek series, which projected into a more distant future, while George Orwell believed his pessimistic visions would have become a reality by the mid-eighties, yet might only have been roughly half a century off. In futurology, it is not so much the accuracy

of your timing, which is after all a guessing game, as the ability to accurately foretell trends both technical and scientific as well as societal and political.

Some writers and thinkers also predicted climate change, social trends, technologies and political developments with unnerving accuracy, and while hindsight is a deceptive tool in analysing the true futuristic vision of claims made many decades before, it cannot be denied that some people just have an almost otherworldly ability to get it right. Take Alvin Toffler, who in his focus on future technologies divined the digital and communications revolutions, complete with the now-familiar concept of ‘information overload’. In a similar fashion to George Orwell, Aldous Huxley pencilled a dystopian control state in Brave New World, a term that like many other futuristic descriptions has become part of our modern vocabulary. ›

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The wonderfully adventurous world of Jules Verne included futuristic visions © Freepik

Even if your positive outlook on life rejects the negative predictions of Aldous Huxley, his early recognition of such features as sleep learning and psychological conditioning place him well ahead of his time. The fact that it takes all kinds of futurologists to cast light on the future is shown by the visionary architect and industrial designer, R. Buckminster Fuller, who took the avant-garde notions of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier a step further to come up with truly sci-fi designs that were fifty to one hundred years ahead of

the curve. The futurologists of the past decades and centuries have predicted many details and scientific inventions with uncanny accuracy, but the big question is: is the world of today, and tomorrow, as they predicted?

In futurology, as in most things, there seems to be several schools of thought, with a prominently positive and a prominently pessimistic leaning. Looking at the world in the 1960s, the enthusiastic vision of the future might have been considered the more likely one to have won out, but in the

present climate one is tempted to accredit the pessimists with having got it right.

No-one knows exactly what the future will bring, but there are those among us with the capacity to look around them, analyse what is going on and create a picture of what might very well lie ahead. Some use these talents to predict consumer, economic or marketing trends, while others turn to science, fiction or even warnings of what lies in store if we don’t guard our freedoms. In all cases, it serves us well to pay heed to their predictions. e

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HISPANO SUIZA

CARMEN HYPERCAR

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It’s always exciting to see a fabled nameplate revived and such is the case with Hispano Suiza and its Carmen electric hypercar. Though it was a top choice of royalty, movie stars and celebrities back in the 1920s and 30s, Hispano-Suiza may not be a name that’s familiar to newer generations of motoring enthusiasts. Back in the day, Hispano-Suizas (the hyphen has now been dropped) were owned by such luminaries as Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso and Coco Chanel. The company has a long and distinguished (and complex) history that goes all the way back to 1904 and operated out of Spain and Switzerland, hence the name. Ultimately, the company became a solely Spanish operation. Car production ended in 1946.

Interestingly, the first car that can be traced used electric power but it wasn’t long before internal combustion engines were adopted. The company grew rapidly and eventually would produce aircraft engines and armaments in addition to cars. Hispano Suiza always had roots in Barcelona

and that’s where the new carmaker is headquartered. The current proprietors are descendants of the founding family, the fourth generation to be involved with the cars. The Carmen is a stunning looking car and seems to draw no inspiration at all from rival hypercars. It’s highly original design is distinguished by a distinctive

teardrop profile. There’s a familiar looking Hispano grille up front but the rest of the car features all kinds of fascinating styling touches like rear wheel spats 1930s style. The back window tapers to follow the curvaceous rear bodywork and looks as though it may not provide very good visibility. ›

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The doors open upwards and access is quite good for a car in this class. The bodywork is fabricated from carbon fibre and is thus exceptionally rigid and light. This helps minimise overall weight, always a challenge with any EV with its battery packs.

The Carmen uses four electric motors, two at each rear wheel, which may not create the wondrous sounds of a vintage Hispano V-12, but certainly provide massive levels of power. The

basic car, if such a term is appropriate for the Carmen, develops 1,005-horsepower and an uprated Boulogne variant offers an additional 94-horsepower. A lithiumion battery unit is located behind the two seats. Hispano Suiza has built five of the cars so far and they’ve been displayed all over the world from Monterey Car Week to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The factory is located close to the Circuit de BarcelonaCatalunya and the chosen

constructor has a history of building successful Formula E racing cars. Right now, a production run of 19 Carmens is planned. The interior design team did not go quite as wild as the people who penned the bodywork, but that’s not to say that it isn’t a very luxurious and original cockpit. As might be expected of a car priced in the millions, customers can opt for all kinds of materials and exotic woods for the trim. ›

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The hip-hugging seats are superbly trimmed by Spanish leather artisans and look as good as anything you’re ever likely to encounter – even at this price. It’s good to see four round air vents ranged across the dash and not some fiddly-to-operate hidden units. The digital instrument panel in front of the driver is a delightful mixture of vintage and modern

with an ‘engineturned’ aluminium appearance rather like a Hispano Suiza from the early 1920s.

The Carmen is a bold effort to say the least and hopefully will spawn other cars bearing the fabled nameplate, perhaps at more affordable prices. One thing’s for certain: if you ever see a Carmen out on the road, you’ll never mistake it for anything else. e

» EV DRIVE SYSTEM Four electric motors, 1,005-horsepower. 80-kWh, 700volt battery pack.

» TRANSMISSION Direct drive.

» ACCELERATION Zero to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds (top variant).

» TOP SPEED Governed at 290 km/h.

» I LIKED Revival of one of the great marques in automotive history. Stunning, if eccentric, styling. Wonderful detailing and build quality, inside and out. Outstanding performance. Great vintage touches around the car.

» I DIDN’T LIKE Many purists want to hear some engine noise when they open up their supercar. Price is startling, though probably justified.

» MARKET ALTERNATIVES Lotus Evija, Pininfarina Battista, Rimac Nevera, Deus Vayanne.

» WHO DRIVES ONE? Discerning collectors and enthusiasts who are familiar with the great nameplate and would love to own one with state-of-theart technology and a green powerplant.

» PRICE AND AVAILABILITY The first car was set for delivery to a customer in Miami at the end of 2022. Expected to cost at least €2 million.

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Penthouse in Los Robles – Los Arqueros

This south facing modern and luminous penthouse with 2 bedrooms (one en-suite) offers an elegant lounge diner and kitchen with a contemporary feel. This open-plan style is very well suited to today’s way of living and features views from all areas, where you can savour superb vistas of the Mediterranean Sea.

On the main terrace you can enjoy sun and shade all year around with a very wellappointed lounge area, plus ample dinning space for six or more.

Accessed by a full staircase, you can luxuriate on the private roof top solarium with pergola. Here the panorama extends to the sea and includes golf views of the new Higueral Golf course which is soon to be extended with a further 9 holes.

The penthouse comes fully furnished, with a garage and storeroom, making it the ideal property for your holidays or investment.

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It’s always been hard for audiences to get a fix on Christian Bale. The handsome Welshman has invested himself in so many diverse roles that he escapes traditional star image-making.

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Bale is a chameleonic performer whose work will run the gamut from a homicidal maniac in American Psycho, to the emaciated insomniac in The Machinist, to his embittered crimefighter in the Batman trilogy, to an ambitious magician in The Prestige, and even a U.S. navy pilot facing torture as a Vietnamese POW in Rescue Dawn. And that’s before we’ve even discussed Thor, Dick Cheney and Ford v Ferrari

What’s interesting is that none of Bale’s films give us a consistent picture of the man behind his various masks. So, while he doesn’t find ease or comfort in playing any character, the 49-year-old Welshman admits if there is one type of persona he thrives off most, it’s a villain.

That makes his recent turn in the Netflix drama The Pale Blue Eye all the more interesting. He switches dynamic, taking on the role of a detective who is looking to find answers to the murder of an army cadet, yet is met with a wall of silence.

Does the taking of this role,

and the embracing of the period comedy thriller vibes of Amsterdam – in which he plays war veteran Burt Berendsen –signify a change of tact for the actor as he arrows towards his half-century?

You’ve shown a fair amount more diversity in recent roles than you are perhaps renowned for – is this a conscious shift?

I think it’s easy to fall into a way of viewing genres, making films and acting, and when you are fully on that path it’s difficult to move to others.

Like most things in life, when you do begin to take in other ideas and influences, it does then become somewhat simpler to explore that area. They say familiarity breeds contempt, but it also provides comfort and confidence.

You don’t come across as someone who has ever lacked confidence?

All actors are incredibly fragile underneath [laughs]! We all require constant reassurance and affirmation that what we’re doing is the right thing and worthwhile.

You may have a string of performers who are at the point

where they really don’t care what people think; though those same performers are probably knocking out content that no-one wants to watch anyway.

It’s a bit like adrenaline on a sports field. Even the very best and more experienced athletes have it, and if they didn’t have it, they wouldn’t be as good as they are. For actors, what keeps a lot of them coming back is the fear of not being invited back. That element is pretty terrifying, no matter how rich you are or how long you’ve been in the business.

What is the thing that truly connects you with a role?

I guess it’s the ability to be what I would call an intense idealist. I’m someone who likes to push myself to extremes and enjoy the ride for all it’s worth because there’s an incredible purity to being part of that process. I need to throw myself into my work that way because that’s where the fascination lies. I want to experience the raw emotions that come with certain characters and their experiences which go way beyond anything you would normally be confronted with in life. ›

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Ultimately, that means I am lured and wired more towards controversial characters… and controversial characters are usually wrongdoers, or those who have some dark or rebellious element within them.

Has it always been this way for you?

I have an extremist sensibility. It’s my way of raging against the machine and releasing some of the negative energy that builds up inside us that maybe we ourselves don’t even know we’re accumulating.

That must mean you need to throw yourself into characters?

I need to find the clarity that comes with being that character and separating myself from everything else that might be going on in my life or in the world for the time I’m inhabiting his world. I don’t mean that I’m walking around all the time pumped up like Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, but you

want to enjoy the beauty of being able to reach a level of intensity and dedication.

It’s an incredibly freeing and stimulating experience for me and I take pride in being able to say that I achieved something when I’m looking back on certain films. A lot of the work just doesn’t take you there.

It must be a relief to your loved ones that you can play out this side for pretend, and that it doesn’t permeate your normal life… at least, the assumption being made here is that it doesn’t permeate it? No, I am pleased to say you are correct in that assumption. At home, I crave a normal, relaxed life, so I save all my inner rage for work. My wife prefers it that way!

Ever since my children were born, I’ve learned that it doesn’t make much sense to be gloomy when you have such beauty and wonder in your life. My

wife also understands my occasionally obsessive streaks and she’s able to just laugh and tell me, ‘You’re crazy!’, and I’ll just laugh right back.

You must have felt you were perhaps stepping away from that a bit with Batman?

It doesn’t make any difference. I’m doing other roles, all the time. I do non-Batman so I don’t get pigeonholed as Batman, and I do Batman so I don’t get pigeonholed in serious drama. It cuts both ways. What I enjoyed with Batman, and was very surprised and thankful for, was that I got some bloody polite people come up and say they enjoyed the work and what I did with it. I did not find myself radically altering my life, thank God, simply because I had more money to spend or that I got recognised more often.

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Even now, I like to live very quietly, very privately, and don’t like to let the public get to know me too well.

Why is that?

I’d rather be a mysterious figure than one of those celebrities whose lives are an open book. I find it easier to appreciate the work of a painter or musician when I know very little about their private life or history.

It’s not important when it comes to the work, is it? So, I think the less people know about my private life the more

they can appreciate seeing me in different roles.

Do you wish you could have done a fourth Batman movie?

The discussion never happened. It was a great chapter in my life, but I was happy to move on.

And playing baddies is most fun, ultimately?

I can understand why people like to see me that way, but the truth is probably just that I like the chameleonic aspect of an actor’s career – experiencing new things in

life and challenging myself and learning something knew about life or about myself under certain situations. That’s the kick for me.

I can safely say that my more recent projects have been just as satisfying without that sinister, dark element. I had a lot of fun in Amsterdam which, along with The Pale Blue Eye, offers a diversion from the norm in trying to do good. It’s a refreshing take on life and the fact I’ve enjoyed it so much has made me feel a little peculiar [laughs]… like I’m letting someone down or cheating!

Do you agree that villains seem to be more likely to land big awards?

I’m not sure that’s true. I think villains and heroes, in equal measure, attract attention by very nature of the fact they are away from the norm. ›

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“I like the chameleonic aspect of an actor’s career – experiencing new things in life and challenging myself and learning something knew about life or about myself under certain situations. That’s the kick for me”.

Awards are a funny one, anyway. Awards, filmmaking… it’s all very subjective, isn’t it? It’s all opinion, it’s all conjecture. To say a performance is the best of that year, it’s tricky. How can you really say that?

You’ve always been quite practical when it comes to your career…? Practical, how?

In the way you’ve spoken about movies that haven’t done so well or that you weren’t too happy with. Has that attitude served you well, do you think?

Sure, maybe, but that’s any actor’s career. That’s anyone’s career. I mean, put my hands up, I made some bad choices. Some I thought had legs before I went in and others I thought, ‘fucking hell, I’m an actor and I

need a fucking job’.

Now, I’m at a stage in my career, very gratefully, where I can decide when and where and be very methodical in my thinking, but I still remember very vividly needing a job, needing a job to survive, needing a job so my house wasn’t repossessed, needing to pay the bills for my family.

I remember hating the job, especially when I was young. I felt trapped in it and that made me want to shut down… and that’s maintained a realism in my attitude because I’m always aware that, at any moment, I could be back there.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you about the business? So much advice is useless, but Robert Duvall told me

something when I was 17. He told me not to have my life revolve around movies and acting. Live life properly, have friends who have nothing to do with it. Don’t drift into this circle of competitiveness and just associate with other actors. That’s when life becomes really dull.

Nobody wants to see actors who all they know is about acting. It’s easy to become this kind of artistic, divaish, precious person in this business, because people treat you automatically as if you’re something special. Our work might enable us to achieve something artistically interesting and vital, but as far as our personal lives are concerned, we aren’t necessarily that interesting. e

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Thor: Love and Thunder

Find out how the Iberostar Group is following a structured approach to attain its sustainability targets. Review the latest films, books, and series for some cosy diversion on a winter’s night. Check out what is trending here in Spain and further afield.

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IBEROSTAR

LEADS THE WAY IN RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

At a time when the focus has shifted to the environment and developing sustainable ways of living and working, the hospitality industry has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050. It’s an ambitious target, but not as bold as that of Spanish hotel group Iberostar, which is taking action to be carbon neutral by 2030 – 20 years ahead of schedule!

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In November last year the hospitality sector came together at COP27, the climate change conference at Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, and committed itself to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. A resolve of this kind is a big undertaking, but the Iberostar hotel group headquartered in Palma de Mallorca has gone a step further and decided to achieve this gargantuan task 20 years ahead of the global timeline – by 2030.

To achieve this, the chain will implement a host of initiatives across its more than 100 hotels in Europe and the Americas that will enable it to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 85%, and Scope 3 emissions by 50%, thereby cutting its CO2 emissions by almost 600,000 tons per year. Driven by the principles of responsible tourism, the company will also apply nature-focused solutions to the green zones in and around its resorts. ›

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GOING A STEP FURTHER

Most businesses around the world struggle to meet the environmental requirements currently being placed upon them, but Iberostar has voluntarily gone a step further to develop a strategy accredited by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). As the Vice Chairwoman and Chief Sustainability Officer of Iberostar, Gloria Fluxá says, the firm is keen to show that you can build a successful business model that also respects, protects and restores the natural environment.

“Real progress demands bold, immediate actions such as those we’re practising at Iberostar. The Iberostar roadmap is based on science, data and strong corporate leadership.” It is this combination of factors that sees the group investing in the energy-efficient systems and protocols that will reduce consumption by 35%, partly also by replacing electric appliances with other solutions, including artificial intelligence.

Fossil fuel use will be replaced by electric options and renewable energy sources, which along with waste reduction and recycling complement a trend towards

smarter, cleaner buildings, gardens, lighting and internal F&B, cleaning and entertainment systems. To achieve this, the entire supply chain has to be analysed and, where necessary, adapted, replacing ‘dirty’ materials with clean, recyclable ones and optimising efficiencies in water, light, heating/cooling, transport and many other related fields.

ELIMINATING WASTE

Iberostar is declaring war on waste, be it in the field of heating/cooling, lighting, irrigation, water usage and catchment, landscaping, architectural design, energy and even food. The company is investing in Winnow AIbased technologies that will

eliminate food wastage. It will extend this to its suppliers and collaborators, including airlines, car hire firms, etc. Ultimately, the decarbonisation roadmap will lead to a circular business model that is free of producing waste.

In the case of food alone, this will result in the avoidance of upwards of 1,600 tons of food dumping in the first year, rising to more beyond. Iberostar committed itself to such targets in 2020, as issues such as food wastage are an important contributor to CO2 emissions. Taken together with detailed staff training, the initiative will save the equivalent of 618,000 meals per year, as well as over 1,000 tons of CO2 per year. ›

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APPLYING TECHNOLOGY

By analysing in detail what is consumed and what is thrown away, the AI systems designed by Winnow will soon develop a clear picture of consumption trends and begin to optimise the logistical supply of the ingredients in question. Though it is primarily focused on reducing the environmental impact and involves a serious investment, the system will eventually improve efficiencies to a point where they also reduce costs.

Smart technology is now also making its

way into the restaurant kitchen, creating hitherto unheard of efficiencies and up-todate data flows possible. But the process goes further, extending to also include the use of natural and environmentally friendly materials, new slow-cooking culinary approaches and health-based options.

By focusing on the well-being of their guests and nature alike, Iberostar is bringing a hopeful future closer to the present.

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MARRIOTT RESORT PALM JUMEIRAH

The Marriott Group has announced the opening of its first resort in the United Arab Emirates: Marriott Resort Palm Jumeirah. Located on Palm West Beach, the new resort features more than 10 distinct gastronomic concepts, a sumptuous pool with multiple Jacuzzis, a kid’s club, Spa and fitness centre, with incredible views across the bay.

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LAURENT-PERRIER – METAL JACKET BAMBOO

Perfectly presented for Valentine’s Day, Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé is characterised by aromas of enticing forest fruits with a fine intensity and a fresh finish. Its elegant Bamboo Jacket, providing a unique shine to the bottle and enhancing the service of this wine, is reusable and adaptable to all 750ml Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé bottles.

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SOROLLA THROUGH THE LIGHT

From February 17 to June 30, art buffs can visit the centenary exhibition of Valencian painter, Joaquín Sorolla at the Royal Palace of Madrid. Unfolding through four rooms of original work, the exhibition will encompass 24 canvasses featuring Sorolla’s main themes of family portraits, royal portraits, gardens and the sea, largely from private collections.

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NOBU HOTEL MARRAKECH

Nobu’s first hotel in Africa has opened in Marrakech. Ideally situated in the fashionable ‘Golden Triangle’, the much-anticipated establishment is in the historic heart of the city, close to the Djemaa el-Fna Square. Guests can avail themselves of signature accommodation, Nobu’s famed gastronomic offering, the sumptuous Rooftop Garden and Pearl Spa.

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BERONIA – A MODEL OF SUSTAINABILITY

Renowned Rioja winery, Beronia became the first in the world to obtain the LEED V4 BD + C: NC and LEED Gold rating, the highest recognition for sustainable construction. It’s eco-respecting credentials are also proven in its production system and wine tourism experience, having recently received the Best of Wine Tourism 2023 Award.

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MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK AWARDS

Annie Bonnie, the agency in charge of its social network strategy, has received awards for Best Execution in Online Viral Action and Best Efficiency in a Social Media Campaign at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid. The social media campaign it masterminded attained new records of 42 million impacts on social media, with 275,000 interactions. WWW.IFEMA.ES

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LUXURY RIVER CRUISES IN DEMAND

Starting from April 2023, Seaside Collection will offer luxury Danube cruises aboard the Riverside Mozart, widely known as the most luxurious river-going ship. The Riverside Ravel will feature cruises on the Rhône and Saöne, while the Riverside Debussy will cruise the Rhine. Further vessels, the Riversides Bach and Mahler are due to join the fleet in 2024.

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PLASTIC ODYSSEY SETS SAIL

With upwards of 20 tons entering the world’s oceans every minute, all initiatives to combat and reverse this scourge on humanity are very welcome. Plastic Odyssey has launched a three year expedition that will visit 30 ports in Africa, Latin America and Asia, with the aim of transforming plastic waste into construction materials and fuel.

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HOT NEW MOVIES

February is the month of love and romance, so why not take your partner out to the movies and dinner? Here are some of the top releases this month.

THE WHALE

» Director: Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler)

» Genre: Drama » Cast: Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau

Brendan Fraser plays Charlie, a morbidly obese, reclusive English professor who teaches his online university students how to write while keeping his webcam switched off. Charlie is cared for by his nurse and best friend, Liz, who encourages him to see a doctor for his heart condition. Charlie shuns all human contact yet seeks to reconnect with his daughter, Ellie. He offers her the entire contents of his bank account if she spends time with him, and she agrees, provided he helps her rewrite an important school essay.

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THE FABEL MANS

» Director: Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List)

» Genre: Drama

» Cast: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle, Judd Hirsch

Steven Spielberg is ready to dazzle audiences once again with The Fabelmans: a semi-biographical story that is loosely based on his teen years and his commencement in the cinematic world. The acclaimed director gives us an insight into his visionary mind, while also sharing the highs and lows of his dysfunctional family. The film is dedicated to the memory of his parents, Leah Adler and Arnold Spielberg.

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WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

» Director: Shekhar Kapur (Mr. India)

» Genre: Romantic Comedy

» Cast: Emma Thompson, Lily James, Shazad Latif

This British cross-cultural comedy follows Zoe, a renowned documentarian, who is basing her latest work on the arranged marriage of her childhood friend, Kaz. Set in London and Lahore, Pakistan, the film highlights the different means through which human beings search for happiness. Zoe, who has always had many preconceived notions about arranged marriage, begins to wonder if she might have something to learn from a dramatically different approach to love.

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KNOCK AT THE CABIN

» Director: M. Night Shyamalan (The Village)

» Genre: Psychological Horror

» Cast: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge While holidaying at a remote countryside cabin, a family is suddenly held hostage by four strangers. These cultlike individuals force them to make an impossible choice: that of choosing one family member to be sacrificed so the Apocalypse can be stopped. For every ‘no’ the family utters, hundreds of thousands of people lose their lives. Nobody is allowed to leave the cabin until they decide who should die.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA

» Director: Peyton Reed (Bring It On)

» Genre: Superhero Film

» Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne embark on an exciting adventure that sees them exploring the Quantum Realm. In this alternative universe, they face a powerful enemy, Kang the Conqueror, a time-travelling entity who can rewrite existence and shatter timelines. Antman makes a dangerous pact with Kang in the hopes of regaining lost time with his daughter, Cassie. e

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SERIOUS SERIES

2023 has started with a bang, with so many new series to stream by the fireplace. Below are a few picks you can enjoy in the month of February.

LADY VOYEUR (NETFLIX)

» Creator: Marcela Citterio » Genre: Thriller

» Cast: Débora Nascimento, Emanuelle Araújo, Nikolas Antunes

This Portuguese drama series follows Miranda (Débora Nascimento), a highly gifted hacker and voyeur whose fate takes a turn when she falls for someone she has just met. Through a series of flashbacks, we discover that Miranda has reasons for her secretive existence and her interest in spying on others. A series of challenges will force her to come to terms with her trauma and fight for survival in the midst of betrayal.

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COPENHAGEN COWBOY (NETFLIX)

» Creators: Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Sara Isabella Jønsson Vedde (Miss Osaka)

» Cast: Angela Bundalovic, Andreas Lykke Jørgensen, Li li Zhang

Miu is a mysterious young woman who is hell-bent on exacting revenge on criminals from the Danish underground. She has supernatural powers that have led others to brand her as a ‘living lucky charm’. For many years of her life, she has been passed on like chattel to fulfil the wishes of everyone from a woman wanting to get pregnant to a family of psychopaths. She also happens to be an alien abductee and the leader of a special team whose arch-foe, Rakel, has just returned from the dead.

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KALEIDOSCOPE (NETFLIX)

» Creator: Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men)

» Genre: Heist Drama

» Cast: Giancarlo Esposito, Rufus Sewell, Paz Vega

Master thief Leo Pap (Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad fame) leads a crew who attempt to ace an epic heist worth $7 billion while punishing some of the most powerful, corrupt people in the world. The talented squad comes up with clever ways to hack a ‘weatherproof, shock-proof, and thief-proof’ vault considered to be the most effective of its kind. They agree to split the money evenly, demonstrating loyalty in the face of a thrilling adventure that few would have the courage to embark on.

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GINNY & GEORGIA S2 (NETFLIX)

» Creator: Sarah Lampert (Lambs of God)

» Genre: Comedy-Drama

» Cast: Brian Howey, Antonia Gentry, Diesel La Torraca

In Season One of Ginny & Georgia, we were introduced to Georgia (a 30-year-old single mother) who moves to New England with her alienated teen daughter, Ginny and her nineyear-old son, Austin. Mother and daughter tackled issues such as class, sexuality, race, and identity, while finding they had more in common than they thought. In Season Two, a new challenge will face the family: the arrival of Austin’s father, Gil, who is ready to initiate trouble in his ex’s life.

FREERIDGE (NETFLIX)

» Creators: Lauren Iungerich (On My Block), Eddie Gonzalez (All Eyez on Me), Jeremy Haft (On My Block), Jamie Uyeshiro (Liza on Demand), and Jamie Dooner (Awkward)

» Cast: Ciara Riley Wilson, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Peggy Blow

Freeridge is the long-awaited spinoff of On My Block, a hit series that mixed teen drama with heavy lashings of humour. It presents us with a new crew of four friends, who become involved with supernatural threats when they come across a cryptic box that will forever change their lives. The main characters are siblings and rivals, Gloria and Ines. They will need to put their differences aside and think as a team if they are to reverse the effects of the powerful curse they are up against. e

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SNUGGLE UP with a good read this February

SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES BY JOJO MOYES

The new novel from the bestselling author of Me Before You is a heart-warming story of mix ups and second chances. Socialite Nisha Cantor lives a life of glamour and privilege until her multimillionaire husband says he is divorcing her and cuts her off. After her bag is taken at the gym, Nisha doesn’t even have the clothes on her back. Sam Kemp, who has accidentally taken Nisha’s bag, is struggling to keep herself and her family afloat. She discovers a pair of beautiful red Cristian Louboutin high heels in the bag she has mistakenly brought home, puts them on and feels her confidence surge and decides at that moment to take control of her life. However, Nisha needs to return the shoes to her husband to receive her divorce settlement. What follows is a hilarious and touching story of friendship, resilience, and reinvention.

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VICTORY CITY

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning author, Salman Rushdie is back with an epic novel of magic and Indian lore. Told in the style of a translated fable, Victory City is the story of Pampa Kampana. After witnessing the brutal murder of her mother, nine-year-old Pampa becomes a vessel of the Gods. Using her new divine abilities, Pampa whispers a new city and all its inhabitants into being. The city is Bisnaga which translates as Victory City. For 250 years Pampa’s life is intertwined with the city and its various rulers, in a multigenerational tale of good and evil, turmoil and hope. A beautiful, captivating, and engrossing tale by a master of storytelling.

HOLD MY GIRL

Hold My Girl is the story of an IVF switch and its heart wrenching consequences. After spending seven years trying, and failing, to conceive, Katherine finally gives birth to her miracle IVF baby, Rose. However, Rose’s skin is so pale in comparison to Katherine’s, leading her to worry that her daughter may not be hers. Also going through IVF is Tess whose daughter Hanna is stillborn. Almost a year later Katherine and Tess are contacted by the fertility clinic. Their eggs were switched before fertilisation. What follows is a custody battle which raises a number of difficult moral questions regarding maternity, paternity and racial identity. An exploration of grief and compassion for fans of Celeste Ng and Liane Moriarty.

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THE LAST ORPHAN

When he was a child Evan Smoak was taken from a children’s home by a secret organisation working for the government. As part of the Orphan program, he was trained as an assassin. Eventually Evan escaped and went underground, deciding only to help the desperate and deserving against the guilty who should be punished. Evan was not the only Orphan to desert and over the years the government has managed to eliminate most of the rogue agents. However, he now finds himself in the clutches of the President who has a proposition for him. Assassinate a rich, powerful rival and he can go free. Evan must now decide if his principles are worth more than his life. A fast paced, actionpacked crime adventure.

RED DIRT ROAD

In a small, isolated town in Australia’s outback with a population of only fifty, two men are murdered in separate incidents. Their bodies are arranged on panels like angels, mimicking the towns art installation by local artist, Axel DuBois. When local law enforcement fails to come up with any motives or suspects, Detective Dana Russo is sent from the city to investigate, but given only a few days to solve it. Knowing she is being set up to fail, Russo is all the more determined to crack the case despite the unwillingness of the townsfolk to assist her. An atmospheric and unnerving psychological crime thriller perfect for fans of Jane Harper and Chris Hammer. e

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VILLA LÚA

A NEW WAY TO EXPERIENCE SIERRA BLANCA

Situated at the base of what is arguably Marbella’s most iconic landmark, La Concha Mountain, Villa Lúa is one of the few newly constructed luxury villas built in the prestigious residential community of Sierra Blanca. A fine example of contemporary engineering and architectural styling, this seven-bedroom home is a modern mansion within a few minutes of the town centre and Golden Mile bustle.

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From its private hillside position, Villa Lúa casts its glance across a wide expanse, following the Golden Mile to the sea and all along the coast. With its 21st century architecture and technology, this home sets the tone for contemporary comfort and style in Sierra Blanca, occupying over 1,400m2 of space surrounded by its own landscaped greenery.

Named for the moon (Lúa means moon in Galician and Portuguese), the villa’s prominent views are particularly impressive as the sun sets and the night sky creates an array of sparkling lights emboldened by the waxing and waning phases of the moon. On a full moon night, its cool white light shimmers on the sea much like the sun does during the day.

Turn the other way and you behold the grandeur and intense greenery of La Concha, crowning glory of the Sierra Blanca mountain range to which Marbella owes so much, not least its cherished microclimate. For owners and residents lucky enough to call this property home, hiking trials running through protected mountain scenery are just a short walk away.

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The beaches and amenities of Marbella and Puerto Banús are close by, as are the courses of the Golf Valley, but the gated community of Sierra Blanca has the privately tranquil air of a select country club that should be much further removed from the downtown area. In many ways, it is a location that brings together the best of all elements, and as it is the only newly built modern villa within Sierra Blanca, no compromise has been made in its design and no effort spared in its construction and finishing.

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21ST CENTURY MANSION LUXURY

Villa Lúa may be modern, but the entrance to the property has all the presence of a classical home, taking you through greenery as the villa comes into view. Built over four levels linked by stairs as well as a lift, the home features seven private suites, including the luxurious 59m2 master bedroom with its custom-made dressing room and bathroom.

You will be impressed upon entering a hallway of classic proportions, with a double-height ceiling, which provides access to bedroom suites and living spaces on three levels. The lower floor also incorporates a professionally equipped gymnasium, a beautifully finished private cinema room, and an alluring heated indoor pool, all linked to outdoor spaces. Natural stone floors add light-toned elegance to this perfectly proportioned home that caresses the eye from every angle. ›

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The terraces that connect such entertainment areas with the main living room, dining spaces, garden and pool, form a centrally important part of life at Villa Lúa, providing the outdoor areas used for relaxing, sunbathing, socialising, family meals and also lounging in style. In all, there are 300m2 of open and 200m2 of covered terraces to complete a rather spectacular outdoor living space – always in the presence of panoramic sea views from a wide range of different perspectives. ›

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BOUTIQUE LIVING

In its finesse and carefully detailed finishing, Villa Lúa cannot be described other than offering boutique refinement and sophistication, for this is a home where the elements of luxury come together with exquisite balance and harmony. From the driveway and the gallery-style five-car garage to the modern wine cellar bordering the home cinema and entertainment area, this is a five-star deluxe mansion.

Slide the doors open from the spacious master suite and the sea opens up before you. Do the same in the 109m 2 living room and the formal dining area that flows on from it, and the same scene unfolds. Glide into the tastefully styled heated indoor swimming pool, and you’ll enjoy yet another perspective of this stunning spectacle, to be enjoyed with new eyes when the sun sets and dusk turns to night. ›

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Ambient lighting which illuminates the sleek white architecture and elegant gardens adds further sparkle to one of the finest new villas designed and built in Marbella in recent years. Villa Lúa may be a Costa del Sol property, but it is one on a truly international scale that would stand out as much in California, Florida or the French Riviera. For all this, the décor is neither minimalist nor superfluous, but instead speaks of a refined sense of balance and taste. ›

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This is also visible in the state-of-the-art kitchen and the beautifully appointed modern bathrooms and dressing areas, all exquisitely detailed and finished. Yet the crowning glory of Villa Lúa has to be the stunning rooftop terrace from which the Marbella coastal area appears to literally spread at your feet. Fitted with plush lounging and dining spaces, as well as an outdoor kitchen, this is the ultimate

lifestyle area in a property made for the good life.

With a private spa, cinema and leisure hub fit for a luxurious boutique hotel, Villa Lúa offers its residents a dreamy home with all the comfort and style of a modern-day palace, which is exactly what this 21st century architectural jewel of a home is – a high point of contemporary design in Sierra Blanca. e

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L’ORÉAL

BEAUTY IS AN ADVENTURE

The L’Oréal Group, whose revenue amounted to an impressive €35 billion in 2022, was founded in 1907 by Eugène Schueller, the son of pastry shop owners from Alsace. Schueller, who joined the Institute of Applied Chemistry in 1900, launched his first hair dyes in 1907. Two years later, he started the ‘French Company of Inoffensive Hair Dyes’, keen to offer wearers lasting, safe colour options. Far from limiting his activities to France, Schueller dreamed big, marketing his products in other countries and hiring sales representatives from across the globe. His talent was that of identifying customer demands before his rivals did. For instance, in 1934 he launched Dop, the first

mass-market shampoo without soap and stunned sun lovers with Ambre Solaire – the firstever sunscreen oil.

Schueller was as creative as he was scientific. He composed his own radio jingle and surrounded himself by some of the most talented poster designers in France. In 1933, he published the magazine Votre Beauté. In 1954, he meritoriously took home an ‘Advertising Oscar’. By then, Lóreal was firmly established as a force to be reckoned with in the beauty sector.

Today, L’Oréal is as relevant, fresh, and exciting as ever. Just a few of its best-loved brands are L’Oréal Paris, Garnier, Maybelline New York, NYX Professional Makeup, Essie, Dark & Lovely, Magic Mask, and Niely. e

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Since L’Oréal is a multifaceted company with a plethora of products, we have chosen to hone in on just one of its specialities: makeup. Even the most discerning beauty lovers will tell you that they have various L’Oreál Paris items in their collections. Here are just a few products that have become no less than iconic owing to their longevity, quality, and luxurious texture.

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INTERMITTENT FASTING

CAN BOOST YOUR HEALTH AND AID IN WEIGHT LOSS
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This type of fasting generally involves foregoing food for specific periods of time. If the topic of intermittent fasting has always piqued your curiosity, read on to discover what it involves and what scientifically proven benefits it possesses.

INTERMITTENT FASTING WORKS

A study published in JAMA Network Open has shown that there is ‘moderate to highquality’ evidence indicating that intermittent fasting aids in weight loss among overweight and obese people. It additionally reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by helping to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as blood pressure. The basis behind it is that, after 12 hours without food, the body exhausts its sugar stores and

starts burning fat.

WHAT TYPES OF INTERMITTENT FASTING PLANS EXIST?

There is a wide range of options when it comes to intermittent fasting. The list includes:

» 16:8 – This method is one of the most popular, as it is easy to follow. You simply restrict your eating to an eight-hour time frame, enjoying two or three meals. You then fast for 16 hours. For instance, if you finish dinner by 7pm, then you should have breakfast at around 11am and have lunch and dinner within the next eight hours.

» 20:4 – This method, sometimes called ‘the Warrior Diet’, is more restrictive since it allows you to eat for only four hours and fast for 20.

» 5:2 – This method is

based on days rather than hours. Proponents fast for two days and east normally throughout most of the week. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, though, they keep their total caloric intake to around 500 or 600 calories.

» 24-hour fast — The aim is to fast for 24 hours between each meal. For instance, you might have dinner at 8pm on Monday then consume nothing until 8pm on Tuesday.

» Eating on alternate days

– Eat one day, fast the next. How simple is that? When fasting, you can still consume up to 500 calories daily.

» Skipping meals – A lighter type of fasting that simply involves giving your digestive system a break by occasionally skipping meals.

» One 24-hour fast a week –This type of fasting involves fasting for one full day a week. ›

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FASCINATING SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS

Numerous studies have been conducted on intermittent fasting. Below are just a few of their results:

» A 2022 study showed that intermittent fasting could help reverse Type 2 diabetes.

» Two studies by the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust found that overweight women on the 5:2 intermittent fasting diet lost the same amount

of weight as women who restricted their calories. However, the fasting group did better in terms of insulin sensitivity and reduced belly fat.

» A 2021 study demonstrated that fasting lowers blood pressure by disrupting the gut microbiota positively.

TIPS FOR STICKING TO YOUR INTERMITTENT FASTING ROUTINE

Regardless of the type of fasting regimen you choose, make it a point to stay hydrated. Consume

water, as well as liquids like herbal teas. Plan to do something exciting on your fasting days, so you can keep your mind off food. If you are counting calories on specific days, make each meal count by selecting high-fiber foods (since these foods increase your sense of satiety). High-water foods like watermelon can also aid in this pursuit. Finally, make your meals exciting by cooking with herbs, spices, citrus fruits, and high-quality, Omega-3-rich oils. e

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FEEL THE LOVE FOR YOUR FURRY FRIEND

More than 90 per cent of dog and cat owners see their pets as part of the family, as found in a survey by Lily’s Kitchen Pet Food. Pets can be one of the most important sources of unconditional love for many human beings. They provide companionship, entertainment, and stress relief. They express great joy when their owners get home and love nothing more than a snuggle on the sofa. Studies have shown that pets have measurable benefits in child development, mental illness, dementia, abuse and trauma recovery, and physical impairment. If you’ve always wondered about the capacity of pets to love and you are keen on strengthening the bond you have with your furry BFF, read on!

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DOGS VALUE THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH HUMANS

Research conducted by scientists at Emory University has shown that dogs deeply value their relationship with humans. Given the choice, they prefer to receive praise from their owners over food rewards. The research debunks previous theories, which saw dogs as ‘Pavlovian machines’ that deemed their owners to be little more than a means to obtaining food. The more current view of their behaviour, said the scientists, is that “dogs value human contact in and of itself.”

DOGS UNDERSTAND HUMAN EXPRESSIONS

Numerous studies have shown that dogs are clued into human emotions. A 2018 study published in the journal Learning & Behavior, for instance, indicated that dogs are perfectly capable of understanding how people feel. Moreover, they tend to react with specific body language. For instance, if a dog turns its head to the left, it could be sensing that you are

fearful, angry, or happy. When they sense a look of surprise, they tend to turn their head to the right. Finally, their heart rates go up when they notice someone has had a bad day. Interestingly, some 150 years ago, Charles Darwin proposed that the similarities in human and non-human emotional responses suggests shared evolutionary roots.

CATS ARE SECURELY BONDED TO THEIR OWNERS TOO

Cats have a reputation for being aloof and independent but most cat owners feel a strong connection to their kitties, and the Internet is awash with photographs of cats accompanying their humans at work, sleeping in their arms, and purring with happiness. A 2019 study published in the journal, Current Biology, found that cats’ social abilities and the depth of their attachment to human beings has been sorely underestimated. In fact, much like children and dogs, most pet cats are securely attached to their owners, seeing them as vital sources of support.

ENHANCING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PETS

To improve your relationship with your dog and/or cat, observe them. Scientists agree that the most important secret to getting closer to your four-pawed friend is simply doing things your pet enjoys. Additionally, you can aim to:

» Make time for play every day.

If you have a dog, aim to spend at least an hour with them outdoors, playing games like fetch and hide-and-seek. Cats can also play hide-and-seek and gentle tug-of-war. Many also enjoy running after toys and playing with cat puzzle feeders.

» Offer your pets treats. Entice your dog with natural snacks like bananas, watermelon, cooked sweet potatoes, and apples. If you have cats, reward them with snacks like dried liver and small pieces of lean meat.

» Give pets enough space so that they can be alone and rest quietly when they wish to.

» Respect your pet’s needs for affection. Not all canines and felines enjoy being caressed. Some simply want to be near you, while others enjoy a good massage. For cats who love being petted, concentrate on areas such as their forehead, face, and behind the ears. Dogs, meanwhile, like to be rubbed on the chest, and massaged behind the ears, the back of the neck, and the lower back (close to the tail). Of course, every pet has individual tastes. Some hate being touched on their paws, for instance, while others don’t mind a gentle toe rub.

Pets bring plenty of love and friendship to our lives. Science has finally proven that they are not only capable of understanding how we feel, but also of having profound positive feelings towards their owners. To make the most of this connection, spend quality time with your pet and aim to spend precious moments doing the things they love. e

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La Concha Villas comprise two magnificent mansions with inspired design currently taking shape on the Golden Mile. With many recent changes having occurred, find out about the rules governing taxation in Spain and the new system of contributions being faced by autónomos.

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INSPIRED DESIGN ON THE GOLDEN MILE

The latest offering by boutique villa developer Andara Villas takes luxury on the Golden Mile in a new and exciting direction. These architecturally styled villas offer the latest design trends in a classical location.

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When Eric Muller and Paula Tempelaar moved to Marbella in 1996, they struggled to find the kind of property they were looking for. “The homes here were charming and, in many ways luxurious, but they lacked the kind of up-to-date amenities and design references we were used to,” says Eric, so after an exhaustive search the couple decided to buy a plot and build their dream villa in Marbella themselves.

Little did they know that this was the beginning of an unexpected new turn in their careers, for the villa became a design reference that spurred many others. Eric and Paula

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eventually sold their home and built others, always finding people eager to buy them, and so they’ve become boutique villa developers with more than 20 luxury homes to their name over the past 25 years, including award-winning designs such as ‘Best Villa in Spain’ by the International Property Awards.

“We originally didn’t come from this field, but discovered a hidden passion and talent for design, development and

decoration that has been a joy to unfold and evolve,” says Paula, who relishes the creative process. Together, they started a small specialist villa development firm that as one of the pioneers of modern design in Marbella has become synonymous with it.

LA CONCHA VILLAS

The latest offering of Andara Villas is a select collection of two unique villas in Nagüeles on the Golden Mile. Here, within

a few minutes of the beaches and downtown area of Marbella and Puerto Banús, they have created two bespoke luxury homes within panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and La Concha Mountain, after which the villas are named.

Archidom Studio was commissioned to develop a forward-thinking design that applies all the experience Andara Villas has built up over a quarter of a century. As a result, the seven-bedroom villas measuring 1,300m2 on a 2,000m2 plot are beautifully proportioned, built with the latest technology and sustainable construction standards, and finished with fine quality materials, including stone and wood.

Iron adds a truly architectural detail to these homes that represent a move away from stark white. “Modern architecture, by definition, should always be creative, forward looking, and offer a fresh perspective. The styling of La Concha Villas is exactly that, fresh, eye-catching and welcoming,” says Eric, “For these are superbly luxurious homes that offer a tasteful but also very homely living environment.”

A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Effectively a mini gated urbanisation of two private villas, La Concha Villas offers a very bespoke proposition for living in one of Marbella’s most sought-after locations. The villas feature a pleasant flow distributed over four levels, including a spectacular rooftop terrace with first-class leisure amenities, a lower floor with private spa, heated indoor swimming pool, professional gym and modern wine cellar, as well as a garage and staff quarters.

Guests use a multi-vehicle carport and will love to spend time on the panoramic terrace overlooking the pools and manicured garden, not to mention the sea. The imposing entrance hall with double-height spiral staircase leads into a

spacious and elegant living room, both highlights of design and decoration within the home, offering tantalising views as they flow on to the formal dining area, the outdoor living spaces with lounge, barbecue and dining area, as well as a state-of-the-art show kitchen and a butler’s kitchen with expansive catering capacity.

In addition to seven bedroom suites, including an impressively stylish and cosseting master suite, is a private office, while the main living area includes several reception rooms that look out onto the garden and pool house. The sound of waterfalls and trickling water features accompanies you as you stroll through the grounds or contemplate the sea and mountain vistas from a tranquil spot – one of many

cosy perspectives that make relaxing and entertaining such a pleasure in a La Concha villa. In fact, with all the care and attention that specialist developers Eric Muller and Paula Tempelaar lavish upon their bespoke projects, the La Concha Villas add up to a pretty desirable lifestyle concept within one of the best locations you could wish for. “Having found such a wonderful setting, we were honour-bound to create something truly special here,” says Paula. “La Concha Villas is the culmination of 25 years of experience in designing luxury homes. It’s our finest project yet and a true labour of love.”

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Ilanga Investments Acquires Incosol

Ilanga, an investment fund specialising in ‘alternative hospitality assets’, has signed an agreement to purchase the Incosol resort, with a view to converting this emblematic site into a world-class wellness and clinic resort. The deal will boost investment and create stable employment, deseasonalising demand and marking Marbella as a standard-bearer in the health and wellness sector. The renovation works and fitting of equipment alone will generate over 500 direct jobs, plus additional indirect ones. Some €150 million has been invested in the project. The opening is expected to take place in 2025.

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Elie Saab and Urbania Announce First-Ever Elie Saab Branded Residences in Spain

Elie Saab has partnered with Urbania to launch the first Elie Saab Villas in Spain, on the prestigious Golden Mile. The five villas will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and the unrivalled aesthetic touch of Elie Saab’s exceptionally crafted interior design, featuring exclusive pieces from the Elie Saab Maison collection. Each villa will occupy around 2,000m2 of space, half of which will comprise outdoor areas. The exteriors will feature an infinity pool, beautiful gardens, and two lounges – one of which will be equipped with an elegant and cosy fireplace. WWW.ELIESAABVILLASMARBELLA.COM/

The Marbella Club Is Recognised in Condé Nast’s Gold List 2023

Congratulations to the Marbella Club for being one of three hotels in Spain to be included in Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List 2023. This list is the answer to the question Condé Nast’s editors are asked most frequently: “What are your favourite places to stay?” The editors described the resort as “a heritage property on the Andalusian coast that has been synonymous with unassuming luxury since it began life as a hangout for Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe’s friends in the 1950s.”

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Breathe Embarks on Reforestation Project

Breathe Marbella has launched a Reforestation Project. Its essence is Breathe GiftTrees, which are specially selected and planted in combination to create a viable, self-sustaining ecosystem that restores the soil and air and provides a natural habitat for wildlife. The initiative provides local communities with much-needed harvest work, and is based upon sustainable farming principles. The project stands at the heart of a community of like-minded people who are committed to making a difference at a grassroots level.

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The San Cristóbal Hotel to Reopen as the Óbal Urban Hotel

Family-owned holding company, Solvento Group, will be reopening the historical San Cristobal Hotel in Marbella in the summer of 2023, following a complete refurbishment involving an investment of over €6 million. The new, four-star establishment will be known as the Óbal Urban Hotel and will have 110 rooms. The work is being carried out by the Montoya Molina architecture studio and the Talasur Group. The project will also be overseen by highly experienced Director, Francisco Giménez Pérez del Pulgar.

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Ángel Fernández, New Territorial Director of the Coast for AEDAS Homes

Ángel Fernández has been named the new territorial director for AEDAS Homes on the Costa del Sol. Fernández boasts over 10 years’ experience in the sector and has worked on numerous prestigious projects, including Valdebebas and Operación Chamartín. He has formed part of AEDAS Homes since its launch in 2016 and previously held the posts of director and delegate in Catalunya and Madrid.

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Club Med Magna Marbella Enjoys Laudable Occupancy Results

Club Med Magna Marbella closed the year 2022 with historic results. With an average occupancy of 90 per cent during the summer of 2022, its launch was considered a resounding success and management forecasts an occupancy rate of more than 80 per cent by the end of the year. Elsewhere in the news, Henri Giscard d’Estaing, President of Club Med, received the French Personality of the Year Award from COCEF (The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in France) for his work in trade relations between the two countries.

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Greenlife Golf Makes Golfing More Informative With Top Tracer

Greenlife Golf Club Marbella is making the game of golf far more informative than in the past, thanks to a new interactive technology called Toptracer. A total of 28 posts equipped with this technology will offer a unique golf experience. The system tracks golf balls via several cameras strategically located on the driving range. It provides information on the real distance of each shot, as well as its trajectory and height. This enables players to make any necessary adjustments t o their swing and gives teachers a handy tool. Among its most used parameters are ball speed analysis, launch angles, and distances to the target. WWW.GREENLIFE-GOLF.COM

Casino Marbella Presents

Mural by Curro Leyton

Casino Marbella recently presented its new artistic mural, created by the Malagueño painter, Curro Leyton. The launch was attended by the artist, as well as Javier Burgués, Director of Casino Marbella. Guests viewed an additional 14 works by Leyton in the interior of the Casino, including a large, four-bytwo-metre work that pays homage to master painter, Picasso. There are an additional 11 sculptures on show, all of which were made using recycled materials. One of these sculptures is a four-meter bear, located at the main entrance.

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Palo Alto Makes Donation to Cáritas

The Palo Alto community has donated €2.000 and a plethora of baby products to Cáritas’ Santo Cristo del Calvario parish, to help families in need. The donation took place at the headquarters of Cáritas. It was attended by Matías Villarroel (Director of Development of Palo Alto Marbella) and José Luis Traba García (Director of the Caritás Santo Cristo del Calvario parish). Villarroel explained that Palo Alto has always aimed to make a positive impact on the local area. This was one of various initiatives it has undertaken over the past few years in Marbella and Ojén.

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Gallery S1A Opens in Cancelada

The Sotano Uno Arte Gallery (Gallery S1A) recently opened its doors in the popular residential area of Cancelada. The gallery was founded by local business owners and award-winning sommeliers, Sergio Vergara Romero and José Villar Pérez, owners of Bacus Vinos y Licores. For some time, the entrepreneurs had dreamed of turning their wine shop’s vast basement space (already in use for their popular wine tastings) into a gallery.

OPENING HOURS ARE FROM 10AM TO 2PM AND 5PM TO 9PM.

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Garry Waite Publishes New Book

Garry Waite, the renowned restaurateur, actor, writer, and bon viveur who has called the Coast home for many years, has just published a new book called The Actor, The Barrister and The Dropout. It tells the story of Julie, a 15-year-old who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand and gives birth to triplets, who are adopted by different families. The story follows the families and the children as they reach adulthood, giving readers an insight into attitudes, morals, and the liberated life of the 1960s and 1970s.

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The Mayor of Málaga Visits Quirónsalud’s New Day Hospital

The Mayor of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre, recently visited Quirónsalud’s new Day Hospital, which measures over 6,500m2 and boasts a new surgical area with four high-tech operating theatres, plus eight day hospital boxes, eight recovery boxes, an oncology area, and two floors for outpatient care. In related news, the Quirónsalud Málaga has launched a new plastic surgery unit, featuring the very latest technology for facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasties.

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The Sierra Blanca Foundation Makes a Generous Donation to Cáritas Marbella and Bancosol

The Sierra Blanca Foundation (Fundación Sierra Blanca) has donated €15.000 to two charities: Cáritas Marbella and Bancosol. The donation took place at the Frescoes Salon of the Marbella Town Hall and was attended by the President and Vice-President of Fundación Sierra Blanca, as well as the respective Directors of Bancosol and Cáritas. The Foundation has been involved in various initiatives to help the needy, supporting Cáritas during its annual fundraising dinner and coordinating and aiding in efforts to support families who were forced to seek refuge owing to the war between Russia and Ukraine.

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Higuerón Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton 5* Presents Leiro Suites

The Higuerón Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton 5* has launched Leiro Suites – an initiative offering guests who reserve a Leiro Suite or Sky Suite exclusive, personalised service. The experience will include a special breakfast, a Balinese bed at the infinity pool, and exclusive reservations at The Beach Club Higuerón and the Michelin-starred Sollo Restaurant. The brand-new service was announced at renowned tourism and hospitality fair, FITUR.

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Fundación El Pimpi Launches New Culinary Training School

Fundación El Pimpi (The El Pimpi Foundation) has launched a new training school called Cantera, alongside the Diputación de Málaga, the Fundación La Caixa, and Cervezas Victoria. The school’s ethos is based on social, ecological, and innovative interests, and its aim is to provide opportunities to the unemployed. Cantera will train future professionals in kitchen-based work and in service to diners.

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VILLA SAADATI OPEN HOUSE

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Invitees recently gathered at luxurious Villa Saadati on a beautiful sunny afternoon to view the stylish interiors designed by Noemi Saadati, one of the top interior designers from Bucharest. The sumptuous villa, with four bedrooms and five bathrooms, is located in a prominent plot in Elviria, which enjoys panoramic sea and mountain views.

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HUGO INVESTING FORMERLY BINCKBANK

Always lovely to combine business with pleasure! Hugo regularly hosts a ‘drinkEXchange’ – an informal cocktail where clients and associates share a drink and discuss shares, options, ETF’s and opportunities. Hugo is a regulated broker that takes care of traders and investors and has been in Marbella for over 16 years.

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SPANISH TAXATION IN 2023

HOW DO THE CHANGES AFFECT YOU?

There are a few tax changes to be aware of, both regionally and nationally. The key ones are the surprise announcements we had in September, when Andalucía suddenly abolished wealth tax and the State introduced a new solidarity tax.

The good news, though, is that the solidarity tax only affects very wealthy individuals, and Andalucía is now one of the most tax-attractive regions in Spain.

ANDALUCÍA WEALTH TAX ABOLISHED

Residents of Spain are assessed for wealth tax each year. If your total worldwide assets exceed the allowances, you are subject to this annual extra tax.

Last September, however, the Andalucía government began

applying a 100% relief for wealth tax – which means residents no longer pay this tax. This applies from 2022.

Taxpayers with wealth over €4 million will however pay solidarity tax for two years (see below).

OTHER ANDALUCÍA TAX REFORMS

Andalucía also modified its general income tax scale rates and most taxpayers should see a small improvement in their tax bill. The 'mínimo personal y familiar' increased to reduce the tax burden for lower earners.

Over recent years the local government also reduced the succession tax liabilities for residents, particularly for immediate family.

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STATE INCOME TAXES

Likewise, the State budget included measures to ease the income tax burden on low earners for 2023 and 2024. At the same time it increased tax on higher levels of savings income by adding two tax bands. Your savings income (interest, dividends, capital gains, etc.) will be taxed as follows:

» Up to €6.000 19%

» €6.000 to €50.000 21%

» €50.000 to €200.000 23%

» €200.000 to €300.000 27%

» Over €300.000 28%

SOLIDARITY TAX

The new, but temporary, ‘solidarity tax on large fortunes’ was approved at the end of December and applies for the 2022 and 2023 tax years (when it will be reviewed). 2022 labilities will be due between April and June this year.

Autonomous communities cannot amend this state tax, so it affects wealthier taxpayers in Andalucía. People living in other regions can deduct the amount paid in wealth tax from their solidarity tax liability.

IN SUMMARY

» It only applies to net wealth above €3 million (worldwide assets for residents).

» The progressive tax rates are 1.7% for wealth over €3

million, then 2.1% for wealth over €5.347.998 and 3.5% for €10.695.996 upwards.

» Spanish tax residents get a general €700.000 allowance plus €300.000 against the main home. Therefore, solidarity tax only really affects those with wealth over €4 million.

» A taxpayers’ combined solidarity, wealth and income tax liability cannot exceed 60% of the sum of the personal income taxable bases. If it does, the tax liability will be reduced until the 60% threshold is reached (maximum reduction of 80%).

THE START-UP LAW –DIGITAL NOMADS AND THE BECKHAM LAW TAX REGIME

After years of negotiation, the law for the promotion of the start-up ecosystem companies has been approved. It aims to attract and retain investment and talent in Spain and the key new features relate to immigration and taxation. A new ‘digital nomad visa’ has been created and the ‘Beckham tax regime’ (which originated when David Beckham was playing for Real Madrid) modified.

This special tax regime can apply to individuals who become resident because of working in Spain and has been expanded to include teleworkers and entrepreneurs.

If you meet the requirements, you can be taxed as a nonresident for your year of arrival and following five years.

You can now apply if you were not tax resident here the previous five years (it used to be 10) and is available to those on a non-EU/EEA employment contract and non-EU/EEA nationals who obtain the residence visa for teleworkers.

The rules are detailed and complex, so if you think you’re eligible seek personal advice.

It is sensible to review your tax planning regularly in any case, but more so following tax reforms. While Andalucía compares very favourably to the rest of Spain, you still need to understand how the changes affect you personally and make sure you are making the most of the local tax regime. As with all wealth management, your tax planning needs to be structured around your personal situation and objectives and take your estate planning wishes into account.

Tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; individuals should seek personalised advice.

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NEW CONTRIBUTIONS BY THE SELF-EMPLOYED (AUTÓNOMOS)

From January 2023 onwards, Royal Decree-Law 13/2022 comes into force affecting those self-employed contributing to the public (social security) system and registered on the general regime (RETA). It does not apply to the self-employed contributing to private schemes or on other public regimes (such as sea workers or members of the Catholic church).

Until now, the self-employed enjoyed great freedom to choose the base income upon which they wanted to contribute, at a 30.60% rate. This changes under the new system. The starting point is an estimate of the worker’s average monthly real income, derived from all their professional, business or commercial activities. They may then choose to contribute at any base rate within the bracket corresponding to their estimated real earnings. The following table applies for 2023:

So, suppose a person has an estimated average real monthly income of €3.000. They would be in bracket 8, and hence could choose to contribute for any base-value between €1.143,79 and €3.190,00, for example, €2.500,00. They would apply the 30.60% rate to €2.500 and pay a social security contribution of €765.

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As said, the system will be implemented gradually, with the minimum base values rising every year. As a result, the minimum payable contributions of 2023, 2024 and 2025 will be:

Continuing with our example, while in 2023 our worker could choose to pay social security taking the minimum base value of €1.143,79, in 2024 the minimum base they can opt for is €1.176,47 and in 2025 its €1.437,91. This means the minimum monthly cost goes from €350 to €360 in 2024 and jumps to €440 in 2025, an annual cost of at least €1.080 more. For the lower incomes, however, the cost is reduced or remains constant.

The system is mandatory for the self-employed persons on the public general (RETA) system, included partners in a company, and whether they are above or below the minimum income. Even in the case where no income is declared, a selfemployed person will have to pay contributions taking

as reference a minimum theoretical monthly income of €1.166,70.

Real incomes are calculated taking taxable net income, adding social security cost to that and deducting 7% for general expenses (3% for partners in companies).

The mechanics are as follows: contributions are paid as until now at the end of each month, at the going rate of 31.60% of the provisional estimated monthly income. This estimate may be varied every two months to adjust for fluctuations in real income. The first provisional estimate must be communicated to Social Security before the 31st October 2023. If no notice is given, you will carry on paying the same, but risk facing a penalty.

In September 2024, once

personal income tax has been declared, the Tax Office (AEAT) informs Social Security of the real incomes each worker obtained. If you paid below the applicable bracket, you receive a bill to be paid in the following two months; if you paid according to the right bracket, nothing happens; and if you paid above the maximum in your bracket, the excess is reimbursed before the 30th April 2025, unless you choose to renounce it.

The law also includes a series of new benefits, among others a flat €80/month rate for new (not working in the two previous years) selfemployed. It lasts for one year, extendable by a further two years and up to five if you have a disability or are a victim of domestic violence or terrorism. e

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Izakaya+81 is a new concept for the Coast in Japanese cuisine – highly recommended! Dani Carnero, who has gained a Michelin Star for Kaleja in Málaga, is reviving traditional Andalusian dishes lost to time.

Danish winemaker, Peter Sisseck is the mastermind behind world-famous Pingus.

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Constantin Lagemann, who was previously the General Manager of Las Dunas Healthouse Hotel and Hotel Villa Padierna,has rejoined forces with JeanPierre Decque, who served as the M aître at the famed Las Félix Bistro. Carlos Padilla, the former Executive Chef of Inch completes this trio who are very serious about their new venture but still manage to inject a lot of fun into the proceedings.

A NEW JAPANESE CONCEPT FOR THE COAST

Izakaya is the Japanese word for a tavern, typically found throughout Japan, serving a variety of smaller dishes which patrons can mix and match and this is the concept they have set their sights on. The menu at this taberna features a good variety of very reasonably priced tasty dishes and just perusing it will cause your mouth to water. Coupled with weekly specials, repeat visits are going to be a joy

for regular customers. The restaurant itself is compact and inviting, with an open kitchen running down the left hand side, adjoining a bar facing the seating area. The pièce de résistance is the heated covered terrace, where both the roof and sides can be opened according to the weather. It was to this latter that we repaired on a recent lunchtime visit, where we found ourselves spoiled for choice when deciding what to order. ›

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IZAKAYA+81

A SUCCESS IN THE MAKING

When the ideal team comes together, it is felt throughout every facet of the business, from the pride involved in uniting their expertise to the excellence of the service received by the clients. Such is the case at recently opened Izakaya+81, where a group of gourmet stalwarts have gelled, and you can sense it from the moment you step through the door.

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This is a nice problem to encounter, accompanied by a cool Japanese beer – there are even three of these to choose from.

FOOD THAT IS GUARANTEED TO ENTICE YOU BACK

After some amount of deliberation, we opted for the Aubergine Miso and KFC, Korean Fried Cauliflower to start. Both apt for vegetarians, the former was a delicious mix of Aubergines sautéed in Miso sauce with toasted Sesame Seeds. The KFC meanwhile

was a revelation – battered and deep fried Cauliflower florets with Korean Barbecue Sauce –showing how a fairly innocuous vegetable can be transformed into a very addictive snack! The Laksa – Singapore Curry Soup with Chicken and Prawns – a special of the week, was a welcome addition to the above delights.

These were followed by succulent meat cuts served on wooden skewers of Guayu Entrecôte with Asparagus and Kimchi, Glazed Meatballs with Pickled Radish, and Asian BBQ Pork Rib with Pickled Cucumber

– all three accompanied by Rice with Sesame. We also sampled Katsu Sando, a homemade Japanese bread sandwich containing battered Beef Tenderloin and Tonkatsu Sauce, as well as a special dish of the week – a flavourful Bao with Duck Confit. ›

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It’s worth pointing out that this is not a sushi restaurant, but you will not miss it with the delicacies created at the hands of Carlos, who is of oriental descent and has travelled widely in the Far East and Japan. Vegetarians will also find plenty of welcome dishes on his menu and some Japanese dessert options will delight those with a sweet tooth, such as Mango Togarashi and Pastel Húmedo de Yuzu. We could have tried the Chef’s Gyozas – there are three varieties – the Japanese Salad, Shiitake Mushrooms or other options with Prawns, Calamares, Salmon or Octopus. Particularly appealing was the Tuna plate, consisting of Almadraba Tuna with Ponzu Sauce, Wasabi, Wakame and Sesame Oil, and the tempting bowl of Ramen, so we resolved to return again soon on another occasion. e

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“Evolution is our revolution” is the motto of Kaleja: the newest recipient of a Michelin star in Málaga. Marisa Cutillas shares the scoop on this restaurant and its Chef, Dani Carnero.

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MICHELIN-STARRED JEWEL IN THE HEART OF MÁLAGA

When you hear the words ‘Michelin Star’ and ‘Andalucía’, your mind may immediately travel to conjure up iconic establishments such as Skina (two stars), Nintai (one star), El Lago (one star), and Messina (one star). For many years, the capital city of Málaga had just one star, that of José Carlos García Restaurant. In November 2022, a second restaurant was added to the list: a minimalistic gem in the historic centre of Málaga called Kaleja.

‘Kaleja’ is a Sephardic word meaning ‘narrow street or alley’. Indeed, the establishment is ensconced in a tiny street in

Málaga’s ‘judería’ (old Jewish quarter), opening out onto a stunning plaza that overlooks the Moorish Alcazaba.

At Kaleja, Chef Dani Carnero surprises diners by working with embers in a traditional ‘cocina de candela’. This heating system is elongated and able to produce large quantities of food. It fills the ambience with a subtle, smoky aroma that is an indicator of what’s to come. Carnero remains true to the candela to rescue the flavours he first encountered as a child and to recreate a myriad of traditional Andalusian dishes he is striving to save from oblivion.

The name of the two tasting menus on offer (Memoria y Gran Memoria – Memory

and Great Memory) also let you know where the Chef’s heart is. All his dishes bear a fascinating story related to the Chef’s life or the unique part of the world we live in. Gran Memoria comprises four starters, nine savoury dishes, and three desserts. Carnero calls it the “star of the house,” as every item is made with market-fresh produce. Memoria is a smaller menu that allows you to savour the essence of Carnero’s inventiveness in a shorter time frame. It contains four starters, six savoury dishes, and three desserts. Both menus can be accompanied by Armonía, a selection of wines that has been specifically selected to complement key dishes.

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As is the case with other savvy Andalusian restaurateurs, Carnero is by no means keeping all his embers in one oven. He owns two other restaurants – La Cosmopolita and La Cosmo, which serve more informal, traditional fare. La Cosmopolita is known as a ‘guiso bar’, the result of over 40 years’ experience in cooking over embers. As is the case with Kaleja, market produce dominates and dishes are the product of adapting to the present moment.

La Cosmo is Carnero’s newest venue, launched a little over a year ago in pursuit of “fluidity rather than formality.” In the chef’s view, Málaga is

in need of restaurants which “lend the city its identity.” La Cosmo’s menu takes diners back to the past through Malagueño recipes that were once forgotten. Here, you can tuck into tempting bites like a classic steak and mollete ‘a la candela’, meatballs with Caesar sauce and aerated cottage cheese, and Iberian ham croquettes. Many dishes are served with bread by the famous artisanal bread house, Juanito Baker.

In Málaga, Carnero is known for his war cry: “Guisa que te guisa María Luisa,” which can be loosely translated as “Keep on cooking, María Luisa.” The words are emblazoned on the

facade of La Cosmo and they can also be found on Kaleja’s website. The chef knows that his goal of highlighting and enhancing the gastronomic memory of Málaga is no mean feat and hard work is ultimately what will bring him closer to success. His clientele at Kaleja may mainly hail from abroad, but he is and always will be “un cocinero de Málaga y para Málaga” – a Chef who lives and breathes to restore and share the magic of some of his most cherished culinary memories.

RESTAURANTE KALEJA

C/ MARQUESA DE MOYA 9, MÁLAGA. TEL: 952 600 000.

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CELEBRATING VALENTINE’S AT THE SO/ SOTOGRANDE RESORT

The SO/Sotogrande, the first five-star resort in the Sotogrande area, is spicing up Valentine’s night with a special menu aimed at delighting the five senses and surprising even the most discerning foodies. The menu features an aperitif, two starters (one cold, one hot), two main dishes (one featuring sea bass, the other Josper-grilled tenderloin), and cheesecake for dessert.

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A BREAKFAST FOR LOVERS WITH FINCA LA TORRE AND GOLD GOURMET

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so if you’d like to surprise your beloved with something more than the standard bunch of roses, check out this amazing basket, curated by Finca La Torre and Gold Gourmet. It contains prized olive oil and a wide range of fruits. Buyers can select between Finca La Torre’s Hojiblanca or Arbequina varieties when making their order.

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TÍO PEPE RECEIVES MAJOR RECOGNITION

Two Tío Pepe wines have received prestigious recognitions. Tío Pepe Cuatro Palmas (an Amontillado) was deemed one of the best wines of 2022 by the Spanish Association of Journalists and Wine Writers (the AEPEV). The AEPEV decided that it was the best biological, oxidative, and blended wine of 2022. Meanwhile, the Proensa Guide has granted Tío Pepe Tres Palmas (a Fino Amontillado wine) 100 points for its “refined, harmonious, flavour and impressive character.”

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CHEFS FOR CHILDREN BRINGS 47 CHEFS TOGETHER FOR A GOOD CAUSE

The Chefs for Children event will unite 47 chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants together for a good cause: that of teaching children how to eat more healthily through fun workshops. The event will take place on April 24 at the Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavís-Marbella Resort. This year, the group of chefs will work alongside Fundación Pequeño Deseo, which supports children with serious and chronic illnesses and aspires to make their wishes come true.

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VISITESSENTIALMAGA Z I EN ENILNO EROMROF ! ONLINE IN OUR HYBRID DIGITAL EDITION video THE WINEMAKER SISSECK « BACK TO CONTENTS ESSENTIALMAGAZINE.COM » GOURMET | WINE 180 | FEBRUARY 2023 | MARBELLA, SPAIN

hy Sisseck decided to work in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain is not clear, although his uncle was in the wine business and suggested he visit the area while he was waiting to take up a job in the US. One version relates that he ran out of petrol in Peñafiel, and ended up as technical director of Hacienda Monasterio, an excellent bodega just outside the official Duero Denomination of Origen region. Be that as it may, Sisseck decided that he was in the best area and was soon embarking on a project in an old four-and-a-halfhectare vineyard near Burgos. This would turn out to be the

Wbirthplace of the legendary Pingus, the 5,000 bottles of which started with grapes from those long-established vines. Even the early vintages must have been outstanding, as wine critic Robert Parker tasted the first Pingus in 1995 and awarded it 95 points, at that time the highest Wine Advocate score given to a Spanish wine. Pingus has changed over the years, owing to Sisseck’s original love affair with new oak losing traction. The current vintages are matured increasingly in used oak barrels, resulting in a less spectacular first taste but one more in keeping with current consumer trends. If you are lucky enough to find a bottle (nearly all online distributors show it

as agotado (sold out)), it will cost you around €1.150 for the 2017 vintage and €1.550 for the 2014. There is a less expensive stablemate, which by any standards is a superb wine, Flor de Pingus, of which ten times the quantity is made, enabling it to be sold for around €115 for the 2018 vintage. Yes, a very high price by any standards, but it is probably among Spain’s 10 best red wines. Even if you only taste it once in a decade, you may understand what the fuss is all about. Sisseck’s third project is arousing great interest, known as PSI, aimed at getting local growers to concentrate on old vines on small land holdings and focused on the Garnacha grape. Once again, finding a bottle takes patience. ›

If the name Peter Sisseck does not ring a bell, then you may have heard of Pingus, one of Spain’s premium wines and possibly the flagship Ribera del Duero of all time. Sisseck is from Denmark, a country where they have only been making wine since 2009. He attended Copenhagen and Bordeaux universities and studied agriculture and enology.
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Sisseck’s life has not been free from tragedy. Apart from the accidental death of his 20-year-old daughter in a traffic accident, the first cargo of 30,000 cases of his new wine sent to the US went down in a shipwreck in 1997. After a divorce he changed the colour of Pingus labels from blue to black, which they remain today. Sisseck

works hard and is continually involved in new projects. With an interest in biodynamic growing techniques, he would like to teach people how to grow crops sustainably. One example is his commitment to use natural fertilisers and horses in the vineyards instead of machines.

Out of respect for his contribution to Spain’s winemaking community, Sisseck has been appointed to the Ribera del Duero Regulatory Council. He also consults for a Catalan bodega, and part-owns a Bordeaux vineyard. Perhaps his reputation was confirmed when royals Federico and Mary of Denmark visited Ribera del Duero, hosted by Sisseck, a visit since repeated. But what has recently caught the interest of wine lovers has been his new-found interest in Jerez wines. Sisseck made the accurate observation that the solera system, the basis of sherry maturing, is one of the wonders of the wine world. ‘Fino sherry is Spain’s best

white wine, although worldwide it is not recognised as such. It is a forgotten wine or maybe little understood.’ Having successfully produced one of Spain’s best red wines, he will make Spain’s best white wine. The produce from each of the two plots Sisseck has acquired with his partner, Carlos del Río González Gordon, will remain independent and unblended. The result is a ‘Fino de Pago’ like Pingus. There are several young idealists, notably Willy Pérez and Ramiro Ibáñez, working on similar projects aimed at demonstrating that wines of character can triumph over the traditional varieties. Another perhaps not unexpected development is Sisseck’s cheese business, which produces a classical Manchego-style hard ewe’s cheese which is distributed by the same wholesalers that distribute Pingus. Cheese and wine, the classical blending of tastes.

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99 SUSHI BAR MARBELLA - Indulge in Japanese flavours

From Madrid to the Mediterranean via Dubai, 99 Sushi brings rich and complex - yet authentic - Japanese flavours to a serene lake setting. Guests can enjoy a cozy summer terrace as well as an intimate indoor space.

The menu of this 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant located in the Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Resort, offers a gastronomic proposal which combines traditional Japanese recipes and cutting-edge references, giving priority not only to excellence and the maximum respect for the product, but also creativity and innovation in the different dishes. Among them are the “star recipes”, such as the famous crispy Tiger Prawn Tempura, the free range Chicken Gyozas with saffron glaze, roasted almonds and sour passion fruit gummies, its cold or warm Nigiri, not forgetting the Toro Sashimi or the acclaimed Alaskan Black Cod au gratin with two layers of red miso.

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