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Page 16-17 Island of Extremes Fuerteventura We all know that the months of July and August are the main ‘fiesta’ times throughout the Canary Islands. Each and every village, town and city has something to celebrate in the height of summer, therefore most of them start early evening when the heat of the day starts giving way to the welcoming breeze which wafts gently over the islands. As many of the residents take their traditional siesta

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in the afternoon, the partying is able to continue long into the night, and Agaete is no exception. Agaete is one of the most isolated settlements on the island of Gran Canaria. Located to the north of our island, it is mainly known as being the port where the Fred Olsen ferry departs from to go to Tenerife. But this fishing village also hides other little secrets

such as the “Dedo de Dios”, (Finger of God); a rock formation resembling a long finger, although the top of this collapsed a few years ago following an exceptionally strong storm. But what it is really well know for, all across the islands, is its’ local fiestas in honour of La Virgen de las Nieves. Continued on page 4 ...

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Markets in Gran Canaria Agüimes In front of the municipal swimming pool Thursdays 09:00-14:00 Arguineguín La Plaza Negra: Every Tuesday 08:00-14:00 CC Ancora Every Thursday 08.00-14.00 TARA Second Hand Market, Plaza de Pino Seco, Arguinegín Every Saturday 9.00 onwards Arucas Calle Francisco Gourier: Every Saturday 08:00-14:00 Gáldar General Market Plaza de Santiago de Apostól: Every Thursday 08:00-14:00. Gáldar Collectors’ Market Guaires, 26, Tel: 928.55.21.40 Ingenio En el Ejido: First Sunday of every month 09.00-15.00 Jinámar Ramblas de Jinámar (Telde): Sundays 9:00-15:00 Las Palmas Rastro Terrace on top of the bus station Every Sunday 8.00-14.00 Maspalomas Second Hand Market CC Faro 2, Campo Internacional, Maspalomas Sundays 10.00 onwards Maspalomas Artisans’ Market Next to Global Bus Station Meloneras Mercadillo en Meloneras: Every Thursday 10.00-17.00 Mendizábal Calle de Mendizábal, Vegueta, Las Palmas Third Saturday of every month Moya On top of the bus station: Every Sunday 08:00-14:00 Playa del Inglés Artesan market, at Parque Europeo, (next to the Minitren) Everyday except Sunday 19.30-23.30. Puerto de Mogán Traditional craft market Plaza del Parking, Puerto de Mogán: Every Monday 09.00-14.30 Puerto de Mogán General Market El Muelle Deportivo: Every Friday 08:00-14:00 San Fernando San Fernando Municipal Market, Maspalomas. Every Wednesday and Saturday: 08:00-14:00 San Fernando Municipal Market Skating ring in San Fernando Every second Sunday 09:00-14:00 San Mateo Every Saturday: 08:00-20:00 and Sundays 08:00-15:00. Santa Brígida Underneath the municipal park in Villa de Santa Brígida. Every Saturday 08:00-20:00 and every Sunday from 08:00-14:00 Santa Catalina Mercadillo in Las Palmas de G.C. Art Gallery of Parque de Santa Catalina Every Sunday between 08.00-14.00.

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Fiestas and Upcoming Events 1st Santa Lucia Tapas Route Till 31st August. 1 tapa and a drink for 3€ in participating bars and restaurants. Avenida de Canarias in Vecindario and Santa Lucia Village. For more info contact your local Tourist office.

Saturday 25th September: Romería de San Miguel en Valsequillo. Saturday 25th September: Romería de San Miguel Arcángel, Temisas Saturday 25th September: Romería de Agüimes (Bajada del Gofio). 18th / 26th September: Romería de San Miguel Arcángel - Vegueta.

Romerias For August & September: Sunday 15th August: Romería in honour of la Virgen del Buen Suceso (Carrizal-Ingenio) Sunday 15th August: Romería de San Roque (Firgas) Saturday 21st August: Romería de San Bartolomé - Fontanales - Moya Saturday 21st August: Bajada del Carbonero. Tunte. San Bartolomé de Tirajana. Friday 27th August: “Vará del Pescao”, romería for sailors in la playa de Arinaga. Saturday 4th September: Romeríain honour of the Patron Saint San Gregorio Magno (Siete Puertas, Tamaraceite) Tuesday 7th September: Romería de La Virgen del Pino de Teror Friday 10th September: Romería de San Nicolás - La Aldea Saturday 18th September: Romería del Sobradillo en Sardina del Norte Saturday 18th September: Romería de Virgen del Socorro - Tejeda Saturday 18th September: Romería de Virgen de Los Dolores - Schamann (Las Palmas) Sunday 19th September: Romería de las Marías en Santa Mª de Guía. Monday 20th September: Romería de San Mateo. Vega de San Mateo.

Alejandro Sanz in Concert 26th August. Tickets available at: Cajatique, Generaltickets, TickTackTickets, and Noda music Shops. XXI Pasito Blanco Big Game Fishing Competition. 26th, 27th and 28th August. Pasito Blanco Recreational Port For more Info: XVIII Sabine International Padel Open. 6th till 21st August. Maspalomas Tennis Centre. More info on: I Costa Maspalomas Padel Tournament. From 14th August till 5th September. Maspalomas Ciudad Deportiva. XV Gran Canaria Beach Football Championship. 13th, 14th and 15th August. Playa del Ingles. For more Info: Painting Exhibition “Canvas Moons” Till 4th September. Every day. Hotel Neptuno, Playa del Ingles.

HIKING ON THE CANARY ISLANDS Hiking routes on the Canary Islands are among some of the most spectacular in the world. The scenery is magnificent, the views are unforgettable and the sense of adventure from exploring the islands is exhilarating.  But you need to be prepared in order to enjoy hiking safely. Every year we hear of people in trouble whilst hiking or trekking on the islands, sometimes with serious consequences.  Fortunately, many of these situations can be avoided by some careful planning.  Using information provided by local authorities, here are some top tips to organising your adventure:   1. Don’t hike alone unless you are an experienced walker and are familiar with the area. 2.  Always plan your trail in advance.  There are many useful websites with well researched routes, e.g., 3.  Choose an appropriate trail according to your fitness level. 4.  Take a map with you and don’t go off the trail. 5.  Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and length of your hike. 6. Take enough water and food. 7.  Don’t forget other essential gear like sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. 8.  Inform someone of where you are going and when you expect to return.  9.  Take a fully charged mobile phone with you. 10. Phone 112 if you urgently need assistance.    The Island Councils’ Tourist Offices will have more information about exploring their area: Tenerife: La Gomera: El Hierro:     La Palma:    Keep safe and happy hiking!   Matthew Vickers, British Consul, Canary Islands

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Fiesta Time, La Rama! exception. Historically a member of the community would travel up to the forest area of Tamada and collect branches from the white eucalyptus trees and bay leaves, then accompanied by the village band, they would parade dancing towards the chapel of ‘La Virgen De las Nieves’where they offered them to her, after they had been submerged in the sea.

The most important day of these unique fiestas is called ‘La Rama’, which attracts thousands of people; even though this year it was celebrated on a weekday. The previous 4th August I made my way up to Agaete, together with my brother, in order to experience it first hand!

This ritual is simply done to ask the Virgin to bring the much needed water for their agricultural needs. Over the years the fiesta has become very popular and slowly people from other regions and towns have started to travel to this village in order to take part. Today the fiesta of La Rama is one of the most popular summer fiestas in the Canaries attracting up to 30,000 people. We all congregated in the village square and impatiently waited. Those of us who

From the early hours of the morning Villa de Agaete was already buzzing with people of all ages and nationalities, each wanting to have a good a time. Good humoured banter and laughter was slowly taking over the usually quiet streets of this fishing village. Improvised car parks had been set up almost everywhere, as each year the number of visitors simply grow and grows. It is true that because of the summer holidays, which this month affect schools and universities, the crowd was mainly made up of youngsters, however older, more mature people partied with the best of them and sometimes even displayed more energy! It just doesn’t cease to amaze me that yet again there were a great number of foreign visitors who did not want to miss out on the fun, and who joined in with the locals. Well done! As tradition dictates, most of these festivals are born out of age old religious customs, which were started by the villagers themselves, and this one is no

did not make it that early to travel up to the mountains and accompany the band down to the village were trying to get the best places. The atmosphere could not be better, it is true that on occasions youngsters could get a little weary during these traditional fiestas but that was certainly not the case on this occasion. People of all ages were there simply to have a good time and enjoy the party atmosphere. I had heard that the descent of the Rama was a long process and it

was not until 14.00 hours that the bands started to arrive in the village square. Purely by accident my brother and I were caught right in the middle of it, due of course on my insistence to capture a good photograph. We were simply take over by the crowd, who like a wave swept us down the narrow slopes of Agaete village. Everyone simply let themselves go with the flow, holding high their branches and dancing to the music played by the bands who were protected from the crowds by a line of policemen who ensured they could play comfortably without being squashed. The more religious carried incredibly big and heavy bundles of branches made up from the traditional white eucalyptus and bay leave trees, and undeterred by the midday heat and the scorching sun also made their way down to the port as they didn’t want to miss the party. The parade was slow but exceptionally enjoyable as participants also asked the neighbours, who curiously watched from their balconies and windows, to refresh them with buckets of water whilst singing the rhyme “Agua, Aguita que La Rama esta sequita”, (Water as the Branch is Dry!). Eventually it arrives at the port next to the Chapel of La Virgen de las Nieves where everyone simply jumped into the water with their branches in order to alleviate the heat and sweat accumulated during the parade.

The party then continues to the early hours of the morning with live concerts, D.J.’s and many more activities, but I am a believer that an early getaway is a victory, and I had simply had enough partying for one day.

For me it was the first time I had attended this particular fiesta and I had a really good time and know for a fact that my brother did too. It was a healthy atmosphere in a massive party which involved the whole village, where everyone simply wanted to have a good time. By Tito Cabral

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Beach Rugby in Playa del Ingles

Last month the first Beach Rugby tournament took place in Playa del Ingles, an initiative sponsored by the Ayuntamiento of San Bartolome de Tirajana, amongst others, and promoted by the Spanish National Rugby Federation in an attempt to promote the sport on the Islands. Following a massive campaign the promoters managed to attract a total of 10 teams to take part in the tournament,with a mixture of male, female, youngsters and seniors who congregated simply to enjoy themselves in front of the beach crowd.

For the event the Ayuntamiento provided a massive seating facility to accommodate the thousands who, every weekend, travel from all over the island to enjoy this magnificent beach. The court which measured 40m in length and 30m wide was designed to allow teams of 5 a side to play following the rules established by the Spanish Rugby Federation. Added to this each team could have 3 extra players on the bench

New Technique Developed to Elongate Tomato Life The Barcelona based Biotechnological development company, Ninsar Agrosciences, has developed a technique which prolongs the shelf life of tomatoes to 100 days, without affecting its nutritional values.

From 12.00 hours, when the event was due to kick off, people gather round the improvised stadium regardless of the heat, music and dancers (Cheerleaders if you prefer) who ensured that the crowd was kept entertained between matches and at half time. In Addition the Ayuntamiento provided a powerful hose pipe which was used to shower the crowd randomly in order to help them combat the midday heat.

who would take over from their colleagues. Each game lasted a total of 12 minutes, 6 each half, and then the final lasted 14 minutes.

This has been in response to councils’ all over the island trying to embrace new technologies which tourists ask for.

The atmosphere was fantastic, both Canarians and tourist visitors really know how to get in the summer mood and enjoy themselves, and the event was a total success as we witnessed spectators from all ages gathering round and actively participating as well as cheering during the matches. By Tito Cabral

government refused to authorise plans which would see the population of Mogan grow from 22,000 to around 44,000. Although the local council sees Mogans growth as a natural consequence of the increasing population of the south of the island, the regional authorities fear the repercussions of a building boom in the area which is heavily dependent on tourism. However, Mogan is adamant that it has to release land

The Technique named “Extended Shelf Life” (ESL) has just been launched on the market, and hopefully the technique will help the sales of this very Canarian product and avoid producers from having to throw away their crops.

The tourist office of Teror is one the first on the island to offer the service and will serve as a ‘pilot’ as part of the project in progress by the Patronato de Turismo de Gran Canaria, who plan to then roll out the service throughout its’ many offices on the island.

A Shining Example The Council of Santa Maria de Guia is running a programme to clean up rural pathways, beaches and tourist areas in its’ municipality. What is a good example of this is that they have taken a total of 25 unemployed people from the area to carry out the work.

As well as this, the company is also developing techniques to increase the production of potatoes, increase the firmness of tomatoes as well as a way of eliminating the seeds.

Teror Library and Tourist Office offer Wifi Connection The library and tourist office in the town of Teror are able to now offer its’ visitors new technology by enabling them to connect to the internet by Wifi. As long as you have the hardware such as a laptop top or 3G mobile phone off you go!

With this programme, explains Pedro Rodriguez, the farmers also benefit from the work as we will be helping them dispose of the many types of rubbish left in our countryside and also ensuring that wild fires are kept to a minimum by clearing away dead tree branches.

Plans for Mogan Blocked Plans by Mogan council to release large areas of land for building have hit trouble with the regional government. Contacts at the Regional Planning Department say that Mogan wants to build up to 3,000 new properties to help the town develop – a figure it thinks is excessive and unsustainable. The friction began several years ago when the

by reclassifying non-building land in order to provide housing for the ever increasing numbers of young people who are being forced to move elsewhere in the south due to the lack of possibilities.

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Spectacular Show from TeotroKdo

spectacular light displays as well as the use of fireworks which simply added to the magnificence of the show.

low clouds in its branches. In Aboriginal times the tree was considered magical as it provided the different tribes with water practically all year round, and because of this rituals and ceremonies used to be carried out under it.

As part of the 14th International Theatre, Music and Dance Festival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the theatre company TeotroKdo would be performing a street show called “Arbol Garoe”, in the Canarias Plaza, which sounded extremely interesting so I decided to go up to the capital city and see it for myself.

Upon arrival, I could see a small centre stage which slowly but steadily filled with the crowds on all sides, and in the middle a huge tree-like structure stood majestically with spotlights illuminating

it in different colours. On the top 6 actors emerged from what looked like the branches of the tree, these symbolised the different parts of nature on the island of El Hierro.

A total of 2,000 people were attracted by the show which turned out to be well worth the trip to Las Palmas, so keep your ears and eyes open for other events like this as I’m sure more than one of you would really enjoy it. By Tito Cabral

Underneath a further six actresses danced as if performing the ancient rituals and ceremonies to invoke rain which used to be performed by the aboriginals. These were supported by

You must know before I begin that the Garoe Tree is a very special tree in the island of El Hierro, as it collects what is known as the vertical rain brought by

Puerto Rico Big Game Fishing Competition Once more Big Game fishermen from all over the world congregated in the recreational port of Puerto Rico to take part in this international competition which this year celebrated their silver anniversary. Puerto Rico is well known in the fishing world for its’ magnificent Blue Marlin, a fish that all sportsmen and women want to catch at least once in their lifetime.

A total of 42 boats participated in this year’s event, travelling from the mainland and all the other islands with well over 200 participants. Some even travelled from Europe to join the local boats which take out tourists everyday on our famous fishing expeditions. This year the organisation, Club Pesca de Altura de Gran Canaria, wanted something a bit more special due to the

significance of the anniversary, so they prepared a whole range of new activities and events for participants, sponsors and organisation members to enjoy. But the whole reason for this event is the fishing, which unfortunately this season is proving to be sadly lacking in quantity of fish, however undeterred the boats lined up each morning outside their ports, ready and waiting for the starting signal which would see them sail into the horizon. With their fishing equipment ready the boats were keen to start and throw their bait into the water in order to attract the big Blue Marlin. Day 1, saw some action from the early hours of the morning when the Ibo announced that they had a hook up, although after a few minutes of fighting realised it was a drifting net which had been lost by a local fishing boat.

validate the hook up which would have put them in first position. Day 3 saw a little more action than the previous two days with regards to fishing, several boats announced hook up from the early hours of the morning with joy in some cases and disappointment in others. By the end of the day 5 more boats had added their names to the points list making it a total of 11 vessels which drew by the end of the day. However the rules state that in this case the boat which catches the first fish will be declared victorious and finally the classification ended as on day 1, first place for Naiss, 2nd for Black Marlin and third and final place for North Shore.

The day passed without incident until 14.30 hours when the Naiss announced a hook up, shortly after the Black Marlin joined in and the North Shore also called through the radio announcing another hook up. All three boats tagged and released their fish giving the rest of us a temporary podium at the end of the day. Day 2, also made us wait until midday when the first fish started to be caught, although there were a few close calls during the morning but no luck at bringing the fish in. Lydya, Ibo and the Dorado joined in the classification list with the same points as the three boats on day one, leaving the competition wide open amongst these 6 boats. Unfortunately, La Cañita a boat very well known for their crew had to withdraw from the competition due to an accident which affected its’ captain. Also 45 seconds after announcing the lifting of the lines from the water the Lydia announced a second hook up and pleaded that due to complications on deck were unable to announce it earlier, however, and although they had sympathy from the rest of the participants, the organisation had to go by the rule book and could not

The event ended as always with a gala award winning ceremony to which all participants and their crews were obviously invited. After dinner the prizes were given to the winners who with great joy and pride collected them from the stage. All in all a great fishing event which every year becomes stronger and more consolidated amongst the Canarian Sports fishing community, well done to everyone! By Tito Cabral

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Norma, The Female Drag Queen

A couple of weeks ago I went down to the prize giving ceremony which took place in Sparkles Bar down at the Yumbo Centre, and as I reported, several awards were given to the winners of the different categories; Miss Lesbian, Mr Gay and a very special one to the Drag Queen of Gay Pride 2010, and it was special because for the very first time a women came first.

as she quite rightly commented “people can talk all they like, there are good people and there are bad jealous people, if they don’t want women to take part they should put it in the rules and that’s that!” In the Las Palmas Carnival even one of the Murgas (Singing groups, who using humour criticise almost everything) included her in one of their songs, but she simply found it amusing.

In a competition historically reserved for men only this was a fact which obviously caught everyone’s attention and mine too, so I decided I had to speak to her and report back to you.

The following year, again Norma took part in several galas including the Las Palmas and Maspalomas Carnivals, going through to the finals of both competitions, but her biggest achievement was winning the Galdar Carnival gala; becoming the first ever female to win a Drag Queen Gala in the Canaries.

I met up with Drag Noa, (her artistic name), with Norma being her real name in the Yumbo Centre and contrary to what I had previously imagined, found quite a shy and reserved person.

But Norma has always been attracted to the Drag world from a very young age; the heels, the colours and the general glamour surrounding it caught her attention from the age of 10. Since then she had always wanted to take part in these shows but was restricted by her age. However she did perform as a dancer with several Drag queens before she could take part herself. When the time came she carefully studied the rules of the Drag queen Gala of the Las Palmas Carnival in 2008 and

Fiestas de la Cuevita From the 14th to the 30th August, the people from the Artenara region celebrate one of their most important fiestas to honour their ‘Saint of Cuevita’. As in previous years’ the area will be packed with residents and tourists all

could not see any which did not permit women to take part - as a matter of fact other women had already participated but never got through to the final stages. With her “Noche de Brujas” (Witches’ Night Fantasy) Norma, in all her finery, entered the competition and to everyone’s surprise made it through to the finals. This in itself was a huge achievement, as she had become the first women to enter the final stages of a Drag Queen competition.

When I asked how much longer she would participate in the competitions she said, “until I win the Las Palmas Carnival”, although she did say it with a touch of a smile in her voice. Whatever her decision is I can only hope she accomplishes all her dreams as it is very pleasant to meet people like her.

Norma was heavily criticised for being a women and taking part in these galas, but

This year, their ‘A night in Artenara with ...’ is going to be extra special with artists from the musical world paying tribute to the mentor of this evening, Jose Antonio Ramos.

Norma, like the other Drag Queens, prepares with a lot of work to perfect her performances and invests, as they all do, a lot of money in her shows - up to 3000€ for a themed costume, so has the same right to take part.

Norma simply surprised me because of her individuality, her charisma and the simplicity of her world “Live and let live” is her motto. And although she is still very young, she is exceptionally mature and down to earth.

Elated, she entered three more that year in Arrecife ending up with a 3rd place, Marzagan again ending 3rd, and in the Arucas Carnivals gaining a very respectful 2nd place, this only motivated her more to continue the following year.

taking part in the main events which include taking advantage of specialist courses on offer, religious ceremonies, sports and cultural events and of course social activities.

As she puts it, it would not have been possible without the support of her Designers, Echedey Fernandez and Sebastian Betancourt, who are also dear friends of hers, her sponsor Lamparas Perdomo, and her friends and father who according to her is her number one fan.

But for her it’s not about winning, she has always been a massive fan of Drag Queens and for her it’s a dream come true to be able to get on a stage and perform as one. She does it for fun, it feels good to her and critics are simply not important, “it is a priority to feel supported by my friends and family, as they are the ones who are important in my life”, as she quite rightly puts it.

It was quite an eye opener considering the flair and courage you obviously need to get up on a stage and perform in front of thousands of people. I was even more surprised to find out that Norma was only 21 years old and has been performing and taking part in Drag Queen galas since the age of 18, as marked out by the rules of all contests of the islands.

Her relatively short career so far, took her into 2010 where again she started from a strong position, and steadily gained momentum culminating in her success of being crowned in the Gay Pride Gala.

By Tito Cabral But the real highlight of this event will be the evening of the 29th August where the image of the Virgin of La Cuevita is taken to her temple, followed by the many people who come from all over the island to pay their respects to her. You have plenty of notice to go along and enjoy this fiesta if you haven’t already been in previous years.

8 Letters to the Editor

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Letter of the week I would like, through your letters page, to thank the Hospital Insular in Las Palmas Gran Canaria and all the Doctors & Nurses for saving my husbands’ life after he had a massive stroke while on holiday in March.  Before his operation there he was given only a 5% chance of survival, and I would now like to say that he is now walking virtually unaided, speaks well and we are looking to bring him home from our local Hospital September/October time.  Please print this letter in the hope that someone from the Hospital, English speaking staff, will see it. We as a family would also like to thank a lovely Irish lady who helped us greatly during our extended 7 week stay. Would it be possible to let me know if you are able to do this for us, and even maybe send us a copy of that issue. Best Wishes & many thanks from Lynda Cridge, Son Stephen & Daughter Leanne and the rest of our family. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to acknowledge the great work the hospital and staff do. We leave copies of The Canary News in the reception and cafe areas and know they are always appreciated as English speaking people wait anxiously for news of their loved ones. We have had a lot of good feedback on the treatment received by the hospital and hope to write an article in the near future on this. Good luck. Ed

Dear Editor, I just had to write to you to tell you about a funny incident whilst visiting Puerto Mogan. My wife and I decided to spend Sunday in the port and have lunch. When we arrived it was good to see the place packed with people, especially the beach. The Canarians seem to love Mogan on a Sunday and were there in all their glory, umbrellas up, tables and chairs set out and their lunch boxes taking pride of place. (No money being spent here then). We have already tried most of the places in the port so decided on a ‘new’ one in front of the beach called Saffron. It looked quite posh from the tables and chairs but when we looked at the menu saw that the prices were very reasonable so decided to give it a try. We had only been there about 10 minutes when two young men arrived and sat down on the terrace seating area. They ordered two beers and sat back to enjoy the sunshine and seaviews. Our main course arrived and as we tucked in we looked over at the men and to my absolute amazement saw them take bread rolls and meat out of a plastic bag and start to make sandwiches. I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes, and as I looked over at the chef he stood there mouth open in complete disbelief. The guys starting eating their ready -made sandwiches and so the chef promptly took two menus and carried

them over to where they were sitting. They sat there totally unashamed and asked if there was free tapa with their beers – they had already eaten a full bowl of nibbles and had the cheek to ask for more! I just couldn’t help it, I burst out with laughter at the absolute cheek of these two – they were from Holland or so they said. Needless to say they didn’t order anything, but stayed for a further half hour, got up, smeared sun tan lotion on themselves and then went back onto the beach. The staff was speechless and really didn’t know how to react, apart from the chef who at least gave it a go. This really does give the ‘all inclusive’ another meaning. However, we had a great meal, good food and wine and had a laugh to top it all! Great newspaper Alan and Kay What a cheek! Here we are trying our best to get people to spend their money in the ‘locals’ and support the businesses and this happens! May they learn what it is to strive to earn a living. Ed Dear The Canary News, I am from Norway and come to the island each year in our winter time for the weather. But this time we decide to come in summer for two weeks holiday. We always come to Arguineguin as there are many Norwegians and cafes for us to meet, but this time we find that there is no people about and lots of the places are closed. Why is this? We go to Playa del Ingles, San Agustin and the same thing is happening. Where have all the people gone, or do they not come in the summer? We think that many English people come to Gran Canaria in summer time but do not hear people speaking this language. Everywhere is so quiet and it is very sad to see in the evening that there is no music or laughter or people eating and drinking like before. We are not coming here again for the summer because it is too sad, we will go back to Tenerife where there are lots of people who all enjoy themselves and we have lots of happy times. I like your newspaper as it tells me what is happening. Lots of good luck Eva from Norway Unfortunately Gran Canaria is suffering tremendously from the lack of tourists in the summer season. We have covered this subject many times and until the Canarian government starts listening to what everyone is saying sadly the island will continue to suffer with too many businesses closing down. Ed

Leaving the Island – We touched on this subject a while ago when our writer, Theresa, encountered problems trying to obtain the travel discount for her partner who is a resident. If you intend claiming the residents’ discount for travel purposes you must follow the correct procedure. For example, if you want to use the interisland or mainland ferry services and try booking online through their website, your booking will be accepted but then you cannot print off the boarding card or booking details. Why not? It’s because you are non-Spanish even though you have residency here. The Armas website doesn’t explain this at all and it was only when a friend of mine tried to do exactly this, but then in mounting frustration phoned the number on the site and was put through to an extremely annoying young man, who seemed to find the whole thing a joke! Asked if he spoke English she received a curt no, so using her hesitant Spanish she finally got him to explain why she couldn’t print off her details and boarding card despite having already paid by credit card. “You are not Spanish, only a resident here, so you have to go to the booking office, taking your passport and original green residency document, together with photocopies of each”. So what is the benefit of residents booking online? Non actually, you still have to stand in line at the crack of dawn if you are taking the first ferry out of Las Palmas to say Fuerteventura. The same rules apply with some of the airlines, although they don’t all seem to require photocopies. But just in case I would take photocopies with you. It seems there is one rule for the Spanish and another one for residents – residents, whom I might add, try and go ‘by the book’ registering on the ‘padron’ so the local councils can add to their headcount and coffers, but are then treated like second class citizens. So, don’t get caught out! Has the UK gone mad? If you have been following the despicable events leading up to, and following the funeral of the murderer Raoul Moat, you will have seen the interview of the equally mad woman who took her children to attend the funeral. This is what she said to reporters, “They enjoyed it - it was better than Legoland.” Teresa Bystram, a twisted fan of Moat, added the service in Newcastle upon Tyne made for “a nice day out for my kids”. Warped Bystram was defiant after admitting she paid for her family day out to the murderer’s funeral with benefits. And she said: “If social services have a go at me for it, I’ll tell them where to go. The single mother, who sports swastika and White Power tattoos, receives several hundred pounds a month in handouts to help her care for the five children who live with her. Taxpayers also fund the rent on their £350,000 house in comfortable Addlestone, Surrey. The 53-year-old woman took her three youngest children on a 550-mile round trip by coach to attend Moat’s funeral. She hailed the killer as a hero and called him a “good role model” for her kids. Jobless Bystram, who has never married, was in the same Chelsea soccer shirt she wore to the funeral. She was swathed in gold jewellery with a chunky ring on every finger and three heavy chains around her neck. Is this is what our society has now become, where the likes of Bystram live in relative luxury whilst you and I have to work hard just to survive? And don’t get me started on the subject where British schools may be forced to serve halal meals!

Properties Abroad First-time buyers seek properties abroad as UK house prices rocket. One in four first-time buyers in the UK are considering purchasing property overseas, and nearly three quarters (70%) are abandoning plans to buy UK property due to increasing prices, according to research commissioned by Moneycorp. The currency specialist’s third biennial report reveals that over a third (34%) of first-time buyers have been put off buying in the UK by the volatile housing market. The number of investments in UK properties remains low and sales are unlikely to pick up in the near future unless house prices drop. Britons have been treading on uncertain ground due to sterling volatility against the major currencies, with the pound having fallen in value by almost 17 percent against a basket of currencies during the last two years. In May 2008 100,000 euros would have cost an investor £78,500, whereas today the same amount of currency would cost £83,300. Despite this, the research shows that many home buyers are still prepared to look overseas. “Despite turbulent economic times our report shows that a staggering one in four first-time buyers are still considering investing in overseas property at the moment due in part to the high costs of UK housing, which has recovered over 12% since the lows seen in 2008, making it far harder to get onto the UK property ladder,”, said Moneycorp Private Client Dealing Manager, David Kerns. “When looking to buy property overseas almost one third (31%) of first-time buyers consider currency to be of top priority. This is unsurprising given that sterling is facing

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10 Family Life

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Rules of Marriage, as described by kids HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that. Curt, age 7 

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. Alan, age 10 

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do. Howard, age 8   IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED? 

No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.  Kristen, age 10

It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. Anita, age 9 (bless you child )

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?  Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. Camille, age 10 HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF 2 PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?  You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. Derrick, age 8   WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?  Both don’t want any more kids.  Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE? Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.  Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?  There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?  Kelvin, age 8

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.  Martin, age 10

And the number 1 Favorite is .....

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE? When they’re rich.  Pam, age 7 

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck. Ricky , age 10 


Summer Reading Keep in touch. Children don’t have to go away to write about summer holidays. Even if your family stays home, they can send postcards to tell friends and relatives about their adventures. Ask a relative to be your child’s pen pal and encourage them to write each week. Keep up the reading rituals. Even if everything else changes during the summer, keep up the reading routines around your house. Read with your children every day — whether it’s just before bedtime or under a shady tree on a lazy afternoon. And don’t forget to take a book to the beach! Just brush the sand off the pages — it’s no sweat!

When the lazy days of summer arrive and the schedule is packed with swimming, camping, and family holidays, it can be a challenge to find time for learning. But children’ reading skills don’t have to grow cold once school’s out. Here are some ways to make reading a natural part of their summer fun:

Books make great gifts for children, but it’s not always easy to find reading material that fits a child’s interests, maturity, or reading level. Before you set off to the bookstore or library, here are some guidelines.

Babies and Toddlers

Explore your library. Visit your local library to take out books and magazines that your children haven’t seen before. Many libraries have summer reading programs, book clubs, and reading contests for even the youngest borrowers. With a new library card, a child will feel extra grown-up taking out books. Read on the road. Going on a long car trip? Make sure the back seat is stocked with favourite reads. When you’re not driving, read the books aloud. Get some audiobooks (many libraries have large selections) and listen to them together during drive time. Make your own books. Pick one of your family’s favourite parts of summer — whether it’s the beach, ice cream, or the pool — and have your child draw pictures of it or cut out pictures from magazines and catalogues. Paste the pictures onto paper to make a booklet and write text for it. When you’re done, read the book together. Re-read it whenever you need to fend off the bad-weather blues!

Until children are about 2 years old, think tactile and short. Thick board books with bright colours; bold, simple pictures; and few words are ideal. These books may include interactive elements, such as parts that move, items that invite touching, and mirrors. Books with different textures, fold-out books, or vinyl or cloth books also are appropriate for babies and toddlers. Books that can be propped up or wiped clean are excellent choices. Look for books about bedtime,

baths, or mealtime or about saying hello or goodbye, especially if they’re illustrated with photos of children. And if peek-a-boo is your little one’s favourite game, books with flaps are a perfect choice.

Pre-schoolers Around the time children are 3 or 4, they start to enjoy books that tell stories. Their increasing attention spans and ability to understand more words make picture books with more complicated plots a good choice. Stories with an element of fantasy, from talking animals to fairies, will spark their imagination, as will books about distant times and places. Try non-fiction books about a single topic of interest that the child likes. Since many children this age are learning the alphabet and numbers, books with letters and counting are ideal. Those dealing with emotions, manners, or going to school can help children navigate some of the tricky transitions that happen during this time.

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C S Imports Expand ‘middle man’, and very often his end price is cheaper than the wholesale price. A full container load arrives each month, and he tells me that they also air freight in pallets, and can usually guarantee products within 48 hours. And so because of the success of their first shop, Chris and Linda decided to take a much larger unit of around 600sq.ft in El Tablero. Looking around their new premises it was easy to see why they had made this good business decision, as the room for future expansion is definitely on the cards.

Husband and wife team, Chris and Linda, have been in the retail and wholesale business for quite a number of years and have always chosen to spend their holidays here on Gran Canaria. It was during one of these holidays that they discussed opening a shop selling British products over here. With 25 years experience behind them in the wholesale market in the UK, they opened their first British shop over a year ago in CC Gran Chaparral which was an immediate success – especially at certain times of the year like Christmas and Easter. At first it proved a little difficult trying to get their products through the customs, but determination and sheer hard work paid off. Chris brings in his own goods, unlike many other businesses, which means a much lower price for the consumer as there is no

Besides the much requested English teabags, biscuits, sauces and chocolates, C S Imports also stock a good range of greetings cards, and a new range of childrens’ ladybird clothing and toys, (which Chris bought from the old Woolworth chain stores), together with a large range of the ever popular British bacon, pies, sausages, bread and cheeses.

is a very astute businessman who has plans to expand even further in the future. Alway listening to what his customers’ want he tries to accommodate their needs whilst bearing in mind the price; it’s no use to anyone if the prices are too high as Chris knows the goods won’t move, so price is tantamount to success. They always try to have special offers on and the turnover of stock is quite rapid ensuring that freshness is kept to a maximum. Look out for their fantastic Christmas range which they are already planning. Their motto is ‘If you don’t see it ask’ and they will try their very best to satisfy the request. So let us wish Chris, Linda and their staff the very best of luck in the future. By Debbie Wenn

English chocolates are proving to be very popular with Spanish customers, who make a beeline for tins of quality street, roses, celebrations and so on, all starting at the very reasonable price of 10 euros. Another very good value buy for bars and restaurants is their long life bottles of cooking oil, crabbies alcoholic ginger beer – C S Imports being the first company to import this beer. See their advert on page 19. As we chatted easily, it was quite evident that Chris

40 Years of Wedded Bliss Roger and Eileen Bradley celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary on August 8th.   They met at a New Years’ party in 1969, and then were engaged a year later. They married at St. Gregory´s Church in Bearwood near Birmingham on August 8th 1970.  Eileen had trained as a State Registered Nurse and was working at Dudley Road Hospital, whilst Roger was a teacher at Billesley Common Secondary modern School.    In 1977, Roger and Eileen purchased an Airedale terrier, an event that was to change the direction of their lives.   Kelly the Airedale was great character, and a few years later they started to breed Airedales.  Over the next 14 years they would help produce 100 Airedale puppies, and kept 6 generations themselves. Their last Airedale died in 2004 but they now have 2 rescue dogs here in Gran Canaria.   Whilst breeding Airedales they decided to leave Nursing and Teaching and open their own business, a boarding kennels and cattery in Shardlow. The existing

business was in a bad state of repair, but within 3 years they had a new cattery, probably the best in the area, and totally re-built the kennels to a much better standard. In 1989 Roger and Eileen bought an apartment in Playa del Ingles, and so started their Gran Canarian experience.  After 10 years of running the kennels, the time was right for a new adventure, so they sold the kennels and purchased a finca in Fataga.  Again it was in a bad state of repair so the first few years were spent renovating the property.

Roger and Eileen have always been active people so when the majority of the work was complete they started investigating the island more thoroughly and discovered the joy of mountain walking. Over the last

10 years they have become probably the most knowledgeable English couple about walking routes on the island, and have written a book entitled ´Don´t leave Gran Canaria without seeing it´ . They have lived in Fataga for 15 years now, and have no plans to move in the near future.   At present they are again renovating their finca in Fataga and looking forward to next seasons walking program.  If asked what has kept them together happily for 40 years, they reply that having a mixture of shared and differing interests, and tolerance of each others’ points of view, is their recipe for a long and happy marriage.  Congratulations to you both from The Canary News.

TUI and Thomson Eco Tourism Campaign We have reported on the magnificent Eco-Tourism initiatives which these two tourist giants have been supporting in the past, encouraging their own staff to actively participate in them. Again under the supervision of Joe Jordan they have taken these actions a little bit further to include their guests by trying to make them think of the benefits of ‘going greener’. To be more precise they targeted the Hotel Orquidea in Bahia Feliz, a family-orientated hotel complex where the children were the stars of a very different day.

Arranged by Angel Alice and assisted by her staff -  Silly Steph, Laura the Explorer, Dandy Mandy, Disco Donna, Crazy Craig, Lollipop Laura, Ellie Wellie and Rocking Rachel who are based in Hotel Orquidea they did a ‘Be Green’ day to promote different aspects of looking after the environment. The team, who are usually in charge of the mini club and the general entertainment of the younger family members, prepared a whole range of activities and games which would teach the children the importance

of being eco friendly, as well as giving tips and advice on what to do to be greener.

(saving electricity) but would also get the whole family together to participate instead of just sitting in front of the TV. Thomson the Dog, the children’s mascot, also made an appearance and after the daily story telling he and the children had a chance to get to know a little bit more about recycling and other tips to save energy. These types of initiatives should not be an isolated event; other tour operators should be considering incorporating these actions into their weekly programmes as it is the younger ones who can still be educated to take care of the environment and change the bad habits that many of us from the present generations have.

Children were encouraged to paint t-shirts for themselves as well as making others for friends and staff members, they also left ecological messages on a large banner which they all signed, designed and invented their own board games, which not only would help ecologically

Congratulations to Joe, Alice and the wonderful team down at the Hotel Orquidea for such great work and especially the nature of it, thank you! By Tito Cabral

12 Scandinavian Scene

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Back to school! with Nina Blaafjell

Before the summer break the situation at the Norwegian School here in Gran Canaria reached crisis point. Both local and Norwegian media reported the mass firing of staff, financial discrepancies both with regard to salaries and the doctoring of student numbers to increase financial support received from Norway. The new school year starts in the middle of August so has the situation been resolved?

Mr Rise has also addressed the issue of fictitious student numbers at the school. He claims it is correct that the school invited family and friends to enrol at the school and to be present for the 1st October.

The principal at the school, Sven Erik Rise, has addressed the issue on the school’s official website. He starts by saying that there is no doubt that the last year was dominated by ill feeling and conflicts at the school but that they now have to look past these issues to the future. He then goes on to discuss specific plans for the next school year. The same website presents the new staff who have been employed. The official department in charge of educational issues in Norway confirmed that they have been contacted by several people concerned about issues at the school and as a result opened a file on the school on the 5th May this year.

However, last year the first of those groups cancelled due to the swine flu crisis and the principal decided to try to salvage the government support by having extra students enrolled on the crucial date of the 1st of October. He claims this was within his understanding of the law surrounding student numbers albeit in a grey area.

The areas the department wants to look into include making sure the financial support received by the school is benefitting the students, looking into the hours allocated to each subject taught, the tasks and responsibilities of the school board and the general environment for students at the school. The school

The reason being that the school takes ten groups per year of children who receive a month’s stay at the school as part of their treatment for conditions such as asthma. The support the school receives for all of those groups depend on the number of students present on the 1st October.

needs to comply by providing documentation so that the department can compile a report that will most likely be finished sometime this autumn. Mr Rise does, in his address on the schools website, welcome this report and says that the school will work hard to rectify any issues raised by the report. However, at the same time some of the teachers who lost their jobs are still taking action against the school. Kirsten Aamodt, one of the teachers who was let go, confirmed to website that six of the teachers are taking legal action against the school. She confirms that they first and foremost want their jobs back.

Gran Canarian Dogs Re-homed in Norway We have previously written about Marianne Ă˜yen who runs a home for dogs in Norway. She has also worked to bring unwanted dogs to Norway from Gran Canaria to be re-homed. Marianne has contacted us to let us know that the last two dogs she brought home from Gran Canaria have both found new and loving homes. Her husband and son visited Gran Canaria in July and also brought two dogs home with them. These dogs have also found new homes, and so once again Marianne would like to appeal to anyone travelling from Gran Canaria to Norway and who would be willing to take a dog with them to get in touch with her. This is a simple process with all the paperwork being taken care of by Marianne or one of her colleagues who will be there to receive the dog on arrival in Norway. If you think you can help please contact Marianne at mariaoyen@hotmail. com or visit her website at www.

It seems that the school is determined to put the past year behind them and focus on the future. However, there are without doubt issues that still need to be addressed. The department for education will address some of these issues and once their report is published there will be a finality to some of the disputed areas. It remains to be seen whether the teachers that claim to still have a case for unfair dismissal will be successful in any action against the school.

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ARIES Mar 21 - April 20 The more you analyse and examine your situation, the more you may feel inclined to doubt this. But, then, where’s the alternative? Until or unless you can see a demonstrably better option, stick with the one you have already selected.

CANCER June 22 - July 23 You can’t stand back very far from a situation that is currently upsetting you. You are too emotionally involved. There’s an investment that you are keen to protect and preserve.

LIBRA Sept 24 - Oct 23 You may feel, though, as if you are being asked to let go of an option you have been keen to hang on to. If you trust your deepest wisdom now, you will be strong and decisive.

CAPRICORN Dec 23 - Jan 20 Somewhere, within reasonably easy reach of you now, is a world rather different to the harsh environment to which you have grown accustomed. Go beyond your normal boundaries if you want to find it.

TAURUS April 23 - May 21 You will find a pleasing outcome, but you will attain it through simple faith and patience, not a process of mental gymnastics. Your heart now knows more than your head. Trust it. .. now.

LEO July 24 - Aug 23 You don’t need a fairy, an elf or even a genie in a bottle. You just need a good idea and the determination to carry it out. .. now, big changes are due to happen in August.

Scorpio Oct 24 - Nov 22 If you relax a little, you will start to see an easier way to proceed. This should enable you to make a breakthrough. Look at what’s potentially good about a worrying situation and things will soon start to seem very different.

AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19 Are you swinging to an extreme this week? Not really. You are just compensating for a situation that has gone too far the other way. Don’t worry. Just work to redress an imbalance.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21 Some blessings in life may well be mixed - but they remain blessings. Don’t dismiss something good just because you’re now aware of what’s bad about it. .. now, big changes are due to happen in August.

VIRGO Aug 24 - Sept 23 You are now trying to make sense of a This week brings an increased chance of a helpful coincidence. To maximise that chance, you just have to decide to go fishing in a pool where there actually are some fish!

SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 22 If all you want is change, and you hardly care what form it takes, you are probably better off staying right where you are.

PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20 Though you now need to be careful about not putting two and two together and making five, you also have to recognise that the numbers you are currently being presented with don’t add up.

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by Barrie Mahoney

Barrie Mahoney was a teacher, head teacher and school inspector in the UK, as well as a reporter in Spain, before moving to the Canary Islands as a newspaper editor. He is still enjoying life in the sun as a writer and author.

The Boob Job

Ladies, have you ever thought about breast enlargement? Gentlemen, have you ever considered having your ‘man boobs’ removed or maybe ‘levelled off’ a little? How about a ‘nip and tuck’ or maybe teeth implants or eye surgery? Well, you will be pleased to know that in the Canary Islands we can offer all such delights and at a much lower price than in the UK and many parts of Europe. In short, if it’s hanging off, bulging, or not working as well as it did then we have specialists on hand here to help you!

It was only recently when I met Karen in one of the busy tourist bars in the south of the island a few days that I realised that the medical tourism business in the Canary Islands is growing so fast. Karen, a bride to be, with a six year old daughter, Shelly, from her previous marriage had always felt self conscious about her figure and she felt that she had reached the ‘now or never’ time of her life. When the new love of her like, Mike, finally popped the question, and they decided to get married, Karen decided that as a special treat to herself, as well as for Mike, she would have breast enlargement surgery. After considerable research and recommendation, Karen came on holiday with Mike and Shelly to Gran Canaria to have her operation in one of the private hospitals. As part of the package, she was accommodated in one of the five star hotels close to the hospital. Karen told me that she received wonderful treatment and excellent post-operative care, as well as the ideal conditions for

A new pair of breasts seems a strange souvenir to take back from holiday, but Karen assured me that she would do it again if she needed any other kind of cosmetic surgery. Hospital superbugs are virtually non-existent in the Canary Islands, and the cost of treatment is up to 40% less than other UK and European medical tourism destinations, even with the current exchange rate. These benefits, combined with the fact there are no waiting lists, appear to make the Canary Islands an ideal destination to meet medical needs safely and in a superb location for recovery. As I bought Karen another drink, I asked her if it was really Mike that had persuaded her to have the operation. Karen dismissed the suggestion and assured me that it was all her own idea and that Mike was now considering having his man boobs reduced. “It’s either that or a honeymoon cruise,” sighed Karen.

recovery. Mike and Shelly flew back to the UK the week after Karen’s operation, allowing Karen a further week on the island for recuperation.

Personally, I am quite happy to resist the temptation of assessing the various qualities of ladies’ breasts, because there are greater experts that I. However, I thought Karen looked confident, fabulous and indeed beautifully proportioned. Indeed, I am happy to reassure readers that there would be absolutely no question of Karen drowning should she fall overboard during her honeymoon cruise! © Barrie Mahoney

If you enjoyed this article, take a look at Barrie’s websites: and or read his latest novel, ‘Journeys and Jigsaws’ (ISBN: 9781843865384). © Barrie Mahoney

Spanish Lesson

Lesson 23 Verb endings made easy! All original (unchanged) verbs end in AR, IR or ER, e.g cantar (to sing). We saw in lessons 9 and 10 how you knock off the last two letters of each complete ‘action’ word, adding different endings depending on who or what is doing the activity. Here are some tips to help you remember what goes where: 1) YO (‘I’) ENDS IN ‘O’ AS DO VERBS WHICH FOLLOW IT. Entonces, (yo) hablo español, y estudio por la noche (So, I speak Spanish and I study at night. To study is ESTUDIAR). An important exception is yo sé (I know) or yo no sé (I don´t know). And okay, there are a few cheeky verbs that sneak the ‘o’ into the middle, but it´s still there: yo voy (I go), yo doy (I give), yo estoy (I am, temporary/location) and yo soy (I am, for hard facts or permanent characteristics). 2) YOU (TÚ) COME SSSECOND. In grammar terms, ‘I’ come first and ‘you’ come second.

With Theresa Coe

This might help you remember that ALL present tense verbs referring to tú (you, informal) end in ‘s’. For –ar verbs you add -AS while for –er or –ir verbs you add -ES. E.g. with HABL/AR: ¿Hablas español? (do you speak Spanish?), with COM/ER: ¿Comes carne? Do you eat meat? with the irregular verb TENER: ¿Tienes un momento? (do you have a moment?), and with ABR/IR: abres la tienda a las cinco, ¿no? You open the shop at five o´clock, right? 3) HE/SHE/IT/‘USTED’: JUST DROP THE ‘S’. Four for the price of one! Using the same verbs as above,we can say: ¿John habla español? (Does John speak Spanish?), Jane come carne (Jane eats meat), la casa tiene dos baños (the house has two bathrooms) and usted abre el bar a las séis, ¿no? which translates as ‘you (formal/polite) open the bar at six, right?’ 4) ‘WE’ GROW MOSS! The endings for verbs or actions about nosotros (us/ we) are either –AMOS, -EMOS, or –IMOS, depending on whether the original verb ends in -ar, -er, or -ir. However, the MOS is always there: cocin/amos [kohsin-AH-moss] en casa (we cook at home; because to cook is cocinAR), ten/emos [ten-EH-moss] un negocio aquí (we have a business here; to have = tenER), escrib/imos [es-cri-BEE-moss] por email porque es más conveniente (we write by email because it´s more convenient; to write = escribIR).

‘They’ is the plural of ‘he/she/it’ so if you know how to say he/she works in a hotel (trabaja en un hotel), then to say ‘they work in a hotel, you simply add the magic ‘n’: trabajan en un hotel. Similarly, mi vecino tiene dos niños (my neighbour has two children), but mis vecinos tienen un perro (my neighbours have a dog). This ending also works for ‘you plural’ (ustedes) but to avoid confusión, and as a mark of respect, we often include the subject: Ustedes tienen un jardín precioso (you both/all have a beautiful garden). As you can see from these examples, the Spanish rarely bother to use the subject pronouns like I (yo), you (tú), he (él) she (ella),we (nosotros), or they (ellos or ellas). This is because the verb endings tell us all we need to know (hablo can ONLY mean ‘I speak’) though it´s never wrong to include the extra word, and may avoid a misunderstanding if you make a mistake with your verb endings. I´ve missed out vosotros (you plural, informal) as we can avoid it by using ustedes instead, which has easier verb endings – you just add the ‘n’. It´s common for less well-spoken Canarians to drop their s’s at the end of words, just as the English sometimes drop their t’s – it´s up to you if you want to speak perfect Spanish or copy them!

As you can see with TENER, even irregular verbs behave themselves and go back to their normal root for the ‘we’ form. 5) THEY/USTEDES: ADD ‘N’ instead of ‘S’.

If you have any questions or comments relating to this column or the Spanish language in general: Please email

‘The Canarian Lawyer’ In response to the question from two independent President of Owners committee about our article in The Canary News, Esther of Rivero & Mendoza replies as follows; “ ... The Community president can apply for a Court Order which allows the debt to be seized from the debtor’s bank account ....”. The law establishes the regulation to claim the owed arrears from the owners. First the debt of each owner must to be accepted in the General Assembly. In this meeting the President must to be authorised to claim this debt in the Courts.   Second Step is to present a claim to the Court for the debt.  This claim must to be notified to the debtor who has 20 days to pay or to make an opposition to the claim. If he pays in 20 days the procedure is finished. If he makes an opposition against the claim a trial will be held to clarify the amounts in

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discussion. If he doesn’t dispute the claim within the 20 day period and the debtor doesn´t react in any way, the Courts can seize its assets, starting with the “embargo” of his bank accounts. If there are any amounts in the account the bank should transfer it to the Court, which will then transfer them to the Community.   However, we must bear in mind that deadlines and procedures of the court can exceed 30 days. New system for reporting traffic fines   Traffic fines will be notified now by means of a message that the traffic Department will send to driver’s email? It could be done, but that electronic notification system, published in November 2009, will enter into force on 25th of November 2010 and will only affect corporations or legal departments and not drivers or normal people, who will be notified at the address given to the Traffic Department.

Now in Mogan every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30am to 1pm

However, all drivers or normal persons can voluntarily give an e-mail in which to receive notifications, and from that moment on, they will not send any more any notifications to our home address. It is true, Government (state, regional and local) with penalty traffic powers shall notify complaints not delivered in the same moment and other notifications to lead the sanctioning procedure in the E-Mail given to Traffic (e-mail driver) and if you do not have one, at your home. If the driver doesn’t open the notification within 10 days, it means that he rejects this - unless it is proved that there had been technical failure - and the procedure will continue. It is the same thing that happens when he rejects it at home. Notifications that cannot be done by e-mail or an indicated home address are then published in the Edictal Traffic Sanctions Board (TESTRA). After 20 days since it was published in the TESTRA you have no means of readdress. There is no longer any way to avoid the Traffic fines citing lack of notification. You even have to notify the change of home address. Compensation for damage by outage of electricity  

As result of a outage of electricity which lasted all night, the food in the refrigerator and freezer is damaged: Have I the right to apply for compensation for the amount of food I had to throw away? Of course, the electric company is obliged to provide services of a particular quality. When they do not comply with this, the electricity company must compensate, in the first three months of the year, consumers that had experienced this lack of quality in the provision of the service. Regardless of the above, if the supply cut has produced some damage, the electric company is liable and must compensate the damage caused duly accredited.

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San Agustín: Extraordinary stylish 4-bed, 3-bath house with dreamlike views, private pool, double garage. € 940.000,– ID-No. W-009KYU

Ayagaures: Romantic finca with own water supply, lux. ext. kitchen, 300 m2 living area, 50.000 m2 land. € 990.000,– ID-No. W-008OIQ

Maspalomas: Elegant 4-bed, 2-bath 142 m2 house in small complex at the golf course, private parking. € 650.000,– ID-No. W-009QJC

Las Palmas: Highly representative 7-bed, 6-bath fengsui positioned hill slope PH with sea views and garage. € 1.990.000,– ID-No. W-00APTG

Playa del Inglés: Secluded 1-bed 54 m2 central top floor apartment with panoramic views. € 90.000,– ID-No. W-008OKJ

Bahía Felíz: 2-bed, 2-bath apartment at first sea line with spectacular views, 70 m2 living area. € 290.000,– ID-No. W-008OKI

Sonnenland: Renovated 1-bed apartment with fantastic sea views in wellkept complex. 50 m2 living area € 87.000,– ID-No. W-00AP13

Meloneras: Luxury 6-bed, 4-bath semi-detached house with high-quality extras. Delivery Sept. 2010. € 2.2 million ID-No. W-00AQ44

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An Island of Extrem A couple of large industrial estates are well sited outside the ports’ perimeter and easy to get to as you can see them from the motorway. There are a number of large furniture shops, cash and carry electrical warehouses, soft furnishing units and a good selection of smaller shops selling unique pieces for the home and garden.

In the centre of the port are the usual shopping centres and chain store units like ‘Rocasa’, which was one of their biggest stores I had seen, and if you are furnishing a holiday home looking for kitchen items etc. they had everything there under one roof.

As we are always discussing why more and more holidaymakers are deciding to book the ‘all inclusive’ holiday instead of self catering, I decided to take a trip to the island of Fuerteventura and experience, not just the island, which was new to me, but also a fully inclusive hotel package deal. Instead of taking the 40 minute island flight, we decided to take our own car, and booked the three hour crossing from Las Palmas to Morro Jable, which is practically the most southern tip of the island. The ferry was spacious with plenty of seating areas and the television lounges were showing a recent comedy film to make the journey pass quicker. The area we had decided to stay was Corralejo, in the North, and approximately 122 kms driving distance. It didn’t seem to be particularly far, but when I say there is just one main coastal road running the length of the island, you can imagine how long it could take if you happened to get stuck behind a lorry or bus. However, we were lucky and the traffic was fairly sparse so it only took a couple of hours. Fuerteventura really is an island of extremes, and as we drove along the coast we were amazed at the ever changing landscape; from harsh, black volcanic beaches, which in turn changed into a ‘lunar like’ countryside complete

with brown, barren mountains and then swiftly changing into pure white, soft sand dunes which gently slope towards one of the clearest and bluest seas I have ever seen. The middle area between the north and south is distinctly dry and barren and you could go for miles without seeing an animal, person, plant or any other sign of habitation. But as we came nearer to the ‘half way mark’ signs of the tourist industry started appearing and whilst driving around Caleta de Fuste, it was more than evident that this is one of the preferred spots for the British to spend their island holiday. The usual British pubs and restaurants, shopping centres and entertainment areas jostled for position, whilst the tour operators’ coaches disgorged their eager new holiday makers. Just next to an eighteen hole golf course, Caleta de Fuste is modern, clean and bright. And so we continued our journey northwards along the Costa Antigua, but apart from the odd motor home owner, who had set up their spot right on or near the beach, not much was evident until we passed the island’s only airport and reached Puerto del Rosario. This is a typical Spanish port and seemed to be one of the main towns on the island where residents come to shop.

Prices reflected the fact that Puerto del Rosario is not a tourist area, with a typical ‘menu del dia’ costing between 6 and 8 euros. The harbour was quite adequate with a number of smaller motor cruises and yachts moored alongside. A ferry from Las Palmas arrives here twice weekly, but unfortunately takes eight hours and is overnight. And like Caleta de Fuste, Puerto del Rosario is quite modern and clean, with the odd fisherman’s home giving character to the narrow little streets. We finally arrived at our destination, Coralejo, and made our way to the hotel we had booked. Tucked back, but quite near the beach, this four star hotel seemed to provide everything you could want for a family holiday. Seven swimming pools were scattered throughout the gardens ensuring that everyone could enjoy a refreshing dip without it being too crowded. The design was more along the lines of a sprawling low rise complex, with the rooms at ground and first floor level. Each had a private entrance and once inside, the room was spacious and reasonably equipped. However, we had come to sample the ‘all inclusive’ and as it was now lunchtime we made our way to one of the poolside bars and decided on a light snack, saving our appetite until later. The choice was good, with both hot and cold snacks, but the sandwich bar seemed to be the most popular with an excellent selection of fresh fillings to choose from. There were plenty of salad dishes and fresh fruit available. The hotel had two ‘a la carte’ restaurants – one Spanish and one Italian, which guests had to book the day before they required a table, yet the buffet-style restaurant seemed to be the one most used, for both lunch and dinner. Guests could eat and drink virtually all day if they wanted. At 7.30pm we made our way to the buffet restaurant and was shown to a table by a smartly dressed waiter. You had the choice to dine in or outside on a covered, spacious terrace. Both areas were well presented and very large and airy. The choice of food was just unbelievable with something for everyone, from the

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mes - Fuerteventura vegetarian to the health conscious to hot barbecue dishes and finally baby food.

Deciding to be healthy, I chose one of the salad bars, where every type of salad ingredient was available together with cold cuts of beef, ham and pork. My partner chose to take a hot meal and we were both surprised at the good quality and choice of food. All wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water was included, it was just ‘help yourself’. The staff were extremely helpful, pleasant and hard working. During the time we spent here we never once saw a table with dirty dishes or linen still on it. Baby high chairs were plentiful and were brought immediately the staff saw a need for them. I spoke with quite a few families who were holidaying at the resort and one subject seemed to repeat itself time and again – the all inclusive was excellent value for money, their children were safe and quite happy during the day to play around the swimming pools and the evening entertainment allowed the parents to watch their offspring enjoy themselves whilst they sat drinking cocktails. “Why was there a need to go outside the resort?” they asked. Even if you did want to venture further afield, the hotel provided a ‘lunch box’ so you didn’t have to spend any money. Maybe this is one of the main reasons families are choosing this type of holiday, as they can budget exactly what they need to spend without being caught out. I really couldn’t fault the hotel, staff, choice of eating places or relaxation areas. Coralejo itself is the usual touristtype town full of shopping centres and entertainment places, all bright, new and well kept, whilst the port area is very similar to our own Puerto Mogan. Quaint little fishing cottages sit side by side with the modern apartments designed for luxury living and with the most fantastic views towards Lanzarote. You can take a ferry to the island which only takes 12 minutes! Prices in the port are slightly higher than in the town itself, yet it was still quite busy, with a good mixture of British, German and Italian holidaymakers. As our holiday came to a close, we left the hotel early to take a slow drive back down the coast, stopping at various seaside places which were typically Spanish and packed as usual with ‘weekenders’ enjoying their time off. Again, restaurant prices were very respectable for a menu del dia, and as we approached the ferry port we still had time to have a quick look around Morro Jable. Not much to see here, but it was very hot compared to the north of the island; perhaps everyone was indoors taking a siesta, and so we decided to return to the ferry port and wait for our ship to arrive.

Fuerteventura really is an island of extremes, from the volcanic beaches, lunar landscape and pristine white sand dunes, to the searing heat of the south and lesser temperatures of the breezy north; a kite surfers paradise whilst still retaining its’ peace and tranquillity for the more affluent older person; a safe haven for artists and authors who can practice their chosen subject to their hearts’ delight. By Ann Turner

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happy I say and rejoice! But she never listens so today is my way of trying to boost her morale a bit, nudge her in the right direction sort of thing.

Ciao Ciao Italian Café, Playa Del Ingles Beach Awarded 1 star (out of a possible 5)


Simon´s Guide Taberna Bulgaria III (Yumbo Centre) Restaurante Centrum (Yumbo Centre) Grand Italia (Meloneras) Ciao Ciao Italian Café (Playa del Inglés, Anexo II)

Oh what shall I wear? It is day time so maybe a white outfit with a nice pair of brown brogues and a panama hat and an enormous pair of Dior sunshades so I can pout my lips like Posh… (I met Posh once at a boutique opening in LA, she dropped a tuna finger puff on my white

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linen I dare say! I’m not worried about the odours though because I’m using L’Oreal for men, it’s now endorsed by a Former French Footballer, or shall I say a French Former Footballer? What I mean is he is French and he was a footballer. Marching off to Ciao Ciao I go, not a soul in the world can bring me down, so full of life and bouncing in every stride with glee! I will sing! Nnnyyessss…. I do provide so much happiness for people, I

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Why can’t someone go and buy me a walk in freezer? WHYYYY…. WHYYYYYYY?? WHHHHHHYYYYYY!!!!! Oh I am simply so hot I am wiltering like one of those flower things, you know the ones, it wilters just like me it does.

I know I’m a man magnet but I can’t keep buying new vases it’s ridiculous! I’m using jugs, drinking glasses, buckets, I even have a dozen roses in my blender! (I swear they came from the apprentice down at the fish market, the one with the eye, you know the one I mean, brown hair, hairy chest and all that – not really my thing, I’m more of a Michelin Star person myself, being in the food critique business and all that malarky…) Well look at the time! I should have been out that door 10 minutes ago I swear it! I said I’d meet Mavis at Ciao Ciao for waffles, ice cream and coffees. She’s having man problems herself, I just tell her to sing for joy! Sing like thisssss you see like thissss lalalalalala!!! Just be

Normally you get two waffles and a generous serving of topping in one portion of waffles but apparently this has now changed, as Ciao Ciao is under new management, so you are expected to pay the same money but you only get half a portion so you get one waffle and half as much topping for the same money. “Huh!” I said “But we are starving! We want our normal portion, my Mavis is having a crisis, a man crisis of all things and this is her treat!

I mean how dare they slice my waffle in half and charge me for a full one! Who do they think they are? Even George Osbourne wouldn’t do a thing like that!

The heat on this island gets me down, to the point that I’ll eat ice cream with my main course at supper and snack on ice cubes in between courses. Anyway I’m digressing…

Let me read you the note on the card… “My darling mystery Mr Spit, you make my eyes water, although it’s probably too much cologne, you are my idol, blar blar blar blar blar?”. Well how about that then? Nnnyeesss… it’s strange because I seem to have a sudden influx of flowers recently, maybe it’s the love potion I poured down the drain and it’s seeped into the drinking water? (well it did come from a joke shop I mean you didn’t expect me to take it seriously did you?). I went on a blind date once and kept bumping into things. Oh the wonders of life!

their mouths full of all sorts of ice cream decorative toppings and bits of waffle and nuts and things all munching around as they babbled and spat bits out at me.

This is the only way her mind can be removed from men for just a short period of time, and you’re sabotaging the recovery of my Mavis!” and the girls said “Don’t like it then go! We don’t care. You want more then pay more!” Well I never, this is a shock to the system. I mean how rude is that! I do like a good gossip I know and I’m sure you do too but I am telling you this place is a big no, no.


Oh, did you hear that? That’s my doorbell, I expect it’ll be for me, oh I am so popular! Wait there a minute…. Fresh flowers delivery from my mystery admirer, see they all love me!

loafers and I’ve got a yellow stain from the mustard sauce the tuna was dressed in and to remember the moment she said “whoops there goes another one! Sorry about that I tend to drop canapés when I’m dieting so I don’t have to eat them darling” so I smiled and thought to myself “These shoes cost me £1,800 and you’ve just dropped finger buffet on them, well thank you very much luvy!” and she pouted at me like she’d been stung by a wasp… nnnyeessss…) So I shall pout my lips and take one giant step for mankind, out of my door and onto the public highways of Gran Canaria extravaganza! Must be careful not to get too excited or I shall have giant sweat patches to deal with; not a good look on

should start charging for it shouldn’t I? I can be the happy bank. As I skip down the road all the cars hoot and the tourists point and shout (can never quite hear what they are saying but I am sure it’s something nice). On arrival at Ciao Ciao I see Mavis skateboarding down the road clutching on to her phone bill, good ole Mavis always trying to keep fit and active, wonder who that angry chap is chasing her… oh maybe it’s not her skateboard after all, oh well a leopard can’t change its spots. Our Mavis is a bit of a dare devil, she’s got an adventurous spirit. We ordered our waffles and the girls who served us were eating the ingredients as they were serving us and spoke with

We paid 7 euros each for waffles normally costing 3.50 euros (we tend to have a lot of filling on them and ice cream too… it’s good honest comfort food as they say and was a perfect afternoon treat). But I left half of mine (which I paid extra for), when I found the hair, nnnyyesss I know people wash their hair but the thought of it puts me off when its embedded in waffle mix urgh! Can’t be doing with hairy food (although sometimes they make food look like hair don’t they? Candy Floss looks like hair, grated cheese looks a bit like hair…). The coffee was served in cups with lipstick marks on them and there was a lot of commotion coming from the serving area. Other people moaning about all sorts of things. Overall the experience at Ciao Ciao was really rather disappointing to say the least. It’s one of the most prominently positioned cafes and ice cream parlours in Playa Del Ingles yet they are simply ripping us all off by cutting portion sizes and keeping prices the same!! On top of all that they have poor hygiene and rude service. The general attitude of Ciao Ciao is just that – Go Away and Don’t come back! Well hip hip hooray! I won’t be going back because I have principles! They’ve just been spat by Spit! I am awarding them 1 star because I’m feeling generous; they don’t really deserve even this. Hey ho onto another day! Ciao for now!

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Costillas Asadas con Pimientos – Roast Ribs with Peppers



1.8kg of fresh pork ribs 100ml olive oil 400g red peppers 400g cooked potatoes 400g cooked sweet potatoes 4 semi-ripe bananas 400g Spanish padron peppers 25g lard 4g sea salt

Remove most of the fat from the ribs, cut into wedges of about three centimetres and season. Grill for fifteen to eighteen minutes. Roast the peppers on the grill, season and cook the potatoes and sweet potatoes and roast the bananas (parboiled) separately in lard. Place a frying pan on the heat with the oil, sauté the Spanish padron peppers and season with the sea salt. Place on a serving dish and add the rest of the ingredients. Garnish to taste and serve with either red mojo sauce, ali-oli garlic mayonnaise or any other sauce which isn’t too spicy.

Merluza con Salsa de Almendras y Almejas Hake with Almond & Clam Sauce Ingredients: 800g hake steaks 100g toasted almonds 200g clams 80g butter 200g julienne sliced leeks 4 garlic cloves 50ml cognac 100ml white wine 100ml cream 40g flour 2g salt


Heat the butter in a frying pan, add the leeks and soften over a low heat. Season the hake steaks, rub them in flour and add to the frying pan. Cook lightly on both sides, flambé and add the clams and the white wine and reduce before adding the cream. Mash the garlic cloves and almonds with a pestle and mortar, add to the sauce and cook for a little longer until done. Serve on a serving dish with a fresh green salad or vegetables of your choice.

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The World’s Greatest Catwalk

A fashion event of unseen dimensions takes place in Copenhagen on Saturday, August 14th 2010 at 3pm as the culmination of this summer’s Copenhagen Fashion Week. It is called The World’s Greatest Catwalk.

fashion for both women, men and children. Two of Denmark’s biggest names in fashion are supporting the initiative; Kopenhagen Fur, the world’s largest fur auction house and the leading provider of luxury fur, and Vero Moda, one of Europe’s largest clothing brands for young women. The project is furthermore supported by the Danish State, via The Branding Denmark Foundation.

Helena Christensen, Denmark’s very own supermodel, has accepted the role as patroness of the event and will be opening the catwalk with a speech to the expected 100,000 spectators.

High-end Italian fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana have designed a range of suits for English football club Chelsea.

The World’s Greatest Catwalk will take place on the pedestrian street in the centre of Copenhagen, Strøget. The street will be transformed into one long runway where 220 models will walk 1 mile (1.609km) and beat the world record for the longest catwalk ever.

The designers have signed a three year deal with the club, courtesy which players such as John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole will be dressed in exclusive three-piece suits created by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, reports

The partners behind The World’s Greatest Catwalk The World’s Greatest Catwalk is being organised by Copenhagen Fashion Council, a group comprising Copenhagen Fashion Week and Dansk Fashion & Textile, as well as the four trade fairs Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF), Gallery, CPH Vision and Terminal 2.

The blue suits have been teamed with dark blue shirts and a matching tie while casual clothes including blue denim jeans have also been designed. Apart from the players, managers, and coaches, other male staff at the club will also get formal outfits.

To lift the practical and technical tasks of the project, the production company Stage 7 will be in charge of the construction of the 1 mile long and pink runway, tribunes and scene, lighting, sound system and big screens broadcasting the event along the route. The design agency, Femmes Regionales, will be co-ordinating the show; the 220 models, the clothes from more than 500 Scandinavian brands as well as the teams of around 100 make-up artists and hair stylists from two of the industry’s true heavy weights in professional make-up and hair care/styling; Max Factor and Wella. Max Factor and Wella will be directing the looks for the event that will be presenting the best of autumn’s

Soccer player Daniel Sturridge said: ‘Dolce & Gabbana are top class designers, everybody knows them worldwide and it’s beneficial for the club that we have a brand on the same level as we are.’ Even women working for the club have much to cheer about as they will receive a pair of black high heels and a matchingcoloured trench coat. The designer duo, who have earlier dressed the likes of David Beckham, Kylie Minogue and Madonna, will also re-design Chelsea’s director’s lounge and the club’s main reception area. Players will also receive a trolley case designed by the duo.

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Healthy Nails

What you eat will reflect on the health of your nails. Lack of vitamin A and calcium causes dryness and brittleness. Lack of protein, folic acid and vitamin C causes hang nails. White bands across the nails are caused by protein deficiency. A lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid can cause splitting nails.

When you are in a rush, decisions have to be made. Prioritize. Do you shape or polish? Do you quick-dry or go the long, slow route? New formulas allow for snap decisions: Speed-dry enamels are worthy of their name (you can open mail, search for keys, or put on your tightest longsleeved shirt within seconds), but there’s a downside: “As fast as they dry, that’s as fast they chip,” insists manicurist Elisa Ferri, so save them for emergencies. Eke a few extra days out of a fast-dry manicure by doing a daily touch-up with a quick-drying coat.

Here are the guidelines to follow for improving the health of your nails:

Drink plenty of water and other liquids. You may supplement your diet with royal jelly, spirulina or kelp, which are rich in silica, zinc and B vitamins and help to strengthen your nails. Drink fresh carrot juice daily, this is high in calcium and phosphorus and is excellent for strengthening nails. Tips to Keep Your Nails Strong and Sexy When you write down your shopping list, as you punch a phone number into your cell, while you wash dishes, do the ironing, clean the windows, or do one hundred other things that women do on any given day do you take notice of the condition of your nails? Our hands are such an integral part of our daily lives, and constantly, we risk their health and strength, often without even noticing, because of the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day activities. Take a few moments each day, or at least a few times a week, to monitor the condition of your nails, the colour, the texture, the appearance of ridges or white marks. Make a greater effort to take good care of your nails, and you will be thrilled with the way they complement your wardrobe and your own personal style. Consider the following tips as a way to enhance the health and quality of your nails. Apply speed-dry nail polish when time is of the essence. Drink lots of water. Keep your body hydrated everyday to maintain healthy nails. Fortify your diet with FDA approved vitamins or supplements. Your fingernails count on you to be responsible with your health and your diet. Unless instructed otherwise by your

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water or contact with harsh detergents or chemicals. How To Do Your Nails Fast

Insufficient intake or vitamin B12 can lead to excessive dryness, very rounded and curved ends and darkening of nails. Insufficient zinc can cause development of white spots on the nails. Cuts and cracks in the nails may indicate a need for more liquids. Red skin around your cuticles can be caused by poor metabolism of essential fatty acids.

Eat a diet composed of 50% fruit and raw vegetables in order to supply necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Eat foods rich in sulphur and silicon, such as broccoli, fish and onions. Include foods rich in biotin such as soy, brewers yeast and whole grains.

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physician, increase your daily doses of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, folic acid, protein, Vitamin B12, and zinc. Touch up your manicure on a daily basis to prevent chips and cracks. Your nails depend on you to maintain a healthy diet. Take in lots. Nail polish tips: Finish with a clear topcoat to add gloss and sheen. Start with a base coat to strengthen and protect the nails. Store nail polish in the refrigerator to maintain a smooth consistency. Try not to store nail polish in a room that becomes cold. The nail polish bottles may break without warning, leaving you with a big mess. To avoid breaking nails or brittle nails: Avoid using your nails as tools. This means no picking, scratching, digging, pinching, etc. You know who you are! Increase the amount of calcium in your diet. Use products containing alcohol, especially perfumed lotions, sparingly. These items can make nails prone to breaking. Wear rubber gloves when you do chores that involve continual submersion in

In the other corner, there are strong, chip-resistant formulas - the tortoise of the polish race. To pick up the pace of these tougher enamels, like L’Oreal Shock Proof, carefully submerge freshly painted nails in a bowl of ice-cold water for 30 seconds to harden still tacky polish. Light or sheer shades are best for hasty manicures, Ferri says. “You can even get away with just a wide stripe down the center” rather than painstakingly painting the entire nail. If a manicure is beyond the repair of a topcoat or two, face facts and call in the remover. You can keep singleuse packets of nail polish remover (Cutex and Get Fresh make them) on hand so you can strip away colour on the run. When there is no time for polish, just clean underneath the nails, rub on a buffing cream, and shine them with a chamois buffer.

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The Power of the Sun By Ann Mather, Celebrity Nutrition Advisor , We have all heard the saying “Mad Dogs and Englishmen out in the Midday Sun”! Well maybe this little ditty has been misleading afterall! Many of you will have heard people starting to talk about Vitamin D – doctors and other health professionals, dietitians and nutritionists. Why has it suddenly taken on such importance? Well, the truth is that it is only in recent years that we have actually been able to measure it commercially and it is only in the past few years that it has gained popularity and that its health benefits have started to be fully understood. Research now suggests that it has far more wide reaching effects than we previously understood. Every cell in our body cries out for it. That makes sense really. We know that without the life on our planet would not exist – so our lives without it will also not exist.

Vitamin D supports a huge list of important biological functions in the body, and regulates more than 2000 genes: • Heart health • Skin health • Eye health • Respiratory health • Pancreatic health • Cell formation • Cell longevity • Aging process • Vascular system health • Athletic performance • Reproductive health • Immune health • Sleep patterns • Weight management • Digestion and food absorption • Strong and healthy bones • Muscles • Hair and hair follicles

The best way to ensure that you get enough Vitamin D is actually to spend 15-20 minutes a day in the direct midday sunlight!

With all of the scares about skin cancer, we have tended to overprotect ourselves from the sun and slather ourselves with creams and lotions that block our skin´s ability to absorb it. People who spend long winter months in the northern hemisphere are especially affected! As a result, there is increasing evidence that we are becoming Vitamin D deficient and this is contributing toward a breakdown in our health. So get out there every day – unprotected – but just for 15 minutes! An alternative is to use a tanning bed that uses UV-B rays , or you can get Vitamin D supplements but it is important that you take these under medical direction to ensure that you don’t overdose.

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Never Judge a Book by Its Cover … or Thereby Hangs a Tail Kay Owen, Comfort Corner Last week I lunched with my dear friend Dora- a wonderfully zany character. I was a little surprised when she laughingly produced a black wooly Balaclava and a blue all-silk-and -feathers Spanish fan from her shopping bag.

which tells us that this rainbow has already been caught twice before, literally the one that got away … TWICE! Photo call please! And so to bank. I step out of the boat, head and trophy held high, but ego soon deflates as my husband reveals he doubts I will be admitted to the hotel weighing room “improperly dressed”. Oh really? Just strip down to bra and pants then is it?

Seems that whilst extolling the attributes of our fair isle to friends due here on holiday, they had sounded a tad sceptical when she proudly told them “Gran Canaria has EVERYTHING”. Now it was 40C in the south that day and my pal just could not believe her eyes, when purchasing the fan in an attempt to cool down she saw, right next to the ornate wafters, a shelf full of balaclavas. Dora says she’s tempted to meet her UK pals at the airport holding aloft a homemade ‘Bienvenidos’ sign, a-waving of the fan and a-wearing of the balaclava. Methinks security may have a field day! She asserted that the unbecoming balaclava would even turn Brad Pitt ugly, and should only be worn by would be bank- robbers. At this point I reveal that yours truly is in fact the proud owner of 3 said bonny bonnets! Hand knitted – in blue, pink and white- each quite attractive – although I am aware that no matter how feminine the slant, they will never make the owner a “fashionista”.

One day said spouse booked us into a rather posh hotel, in the heart of Wales, a heavenly haven advertising comfortable four-poster beds, gourmet cuisine, with its very own mountain lake. A combination of romantic weekend, dining delights and fishing…a lady angler’s dream. On arrival our stylish room overlooking the lake, in this grand old country house, exceeds expectations. We enjoy a leisurely candle-lit dinner …and so to bed… The brochure forgot to mention that everything in this 16th Century boudoir makes a noise…even the taps! Within minutes we give up on conversation - etc; The slightest movement produces squeaking and creaking that drowns out speaking - etc; “Let’s just go fishing” we agree simultaneously at 1a.m. …and so to boat… My husband is somewhat aghast to discover that along with my nighty and evening dress, all I have wardrobe –wise, is sea fishing gear. Embarrassed to the gills if anyone sees me in my grey trousers, (rudely referred to as ‘elephant bottoms’) and pink balaclava? I suspect so, for the dawn finds us fishing the end of the lake farthest from civilization.

Originally designed and worn during the Crimean war to protect the ears and nose from the cold, I wear mine for same the reason. When sea fishing, (my hobby) along with tacky-tracky-bottoms and wellies they are an acceptable part of the ‘uniform’. Whereas when fly fishing, (my spouse’s hobby) purists would not deem to venture forth in less than designer gear. Moleskin trousers, waistcoat hunter footwear and a dashing titfer, hatband full of favourite flies – naturally. Even if you are bored mindless by fishing yarns - stick with me – there’s a twist in the tale (if you’ll pardon the pun) and a moral to the story.

Conditions are appalling. Lashing rain, howling wind and no sign of fish. After several hours, we are about to give up when suddenly a fish snatches my fly. A heart-stopping fight ensues as I play the lovely rainbow to the net. “Not a leviathan, but still one for the weighing scales” I say, trying hard to keep smug out of my voice as I smile broadly from under a cloud of soggy pink fleece. Obviously it is not the fish that are snobby. “It must be how one presents the bait rather than how one presents oneself after all then” concedes my other half, twinkling something about womens’ pheromones. Now all fly lures have names, and all fly men have their favourites. My fish fell to a Greenwell’s Glory; and when I examine this fine fish I find it already sports two flies in its mouth - a Kate McClaren and a Black Zulu

Turns out, this is the ONLY fish landed that day even though there were twenty anglers on the lake. After a sniffy consultation the powers that be allow me to weigh my prize. I carefully wring out my sopping balaclava as my trout tips the scales at 3pounds 4ounces! Even a couple of grumpy observers cannot diminish my euphoria, though as they give me sulky looks I witness my first non- Botox- induced ‘Trout Pout’. Later at dinner, now glowing and resplendent in my designer evening gown, I overhear the same old trout pouts on the adjacent table discussing their blank day’s fishing. As the evening progresses and the wine goes down, they exchange tales of the “one that got away” and the size goes up! They each tell of ‘being broken’ by a huge fish- (3 ¼ pounds actually!) - bemoaning the fact that each had lost a favourite fly in the process. One a Black Zulu … the other? Yes, a Kate McClaren. Oh joy! I am not usually known for a mean streak, but I suddenly find myself extracting these very same two flies from my elegant gold evening bag. I lean across and place my souvenirs on the pristine white tablecloth. “Could these be yours?” I ask purring sweetly. “Seems Mister Trout was more partial to a Greenwell’s Glory today gentlemen”, I say with a wink as I adjust my diamond tiara. Kay Owen. August 2010.

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Ryder Cup Qualification Mark McGeehan, PGA Golf Professional, Lopesan Meloneras Golf The Lopesan Meloneras Golf is currently in fantastic condition with the tournament season up and running. The Academy is continuing to improve all golfers’ abilities and the results in tournaments are proving the teaching techniques applied at the LGA do work. These methods are well studied and practiced, and combined with years of advanced experienced teaching, you will be sure to improve your game in the best possible way. The level of tuition conducted is first class, with attention to detail and a holistic approach taken at every step of the programme. The professional instructors ensure that the correct diagnosis and analysis of individual’s technique is fully understood, and then appropriate work begins by using drills, explanation and demonstration to ensure that the pupil understands their own game. Psychology tips and mind coaching will also be covered, so that you can take your key practice from the range onto the course and play your best golf yet! A pupil at the Academy, Diego Cambreleng, won the longest drive at hole 13 playing in the Lexus Tournament, whilst Teresa Gloria Casusus Artiles, a young dedicated pupil, is playing fabulous golf shooting a round of level par, and the highlight being an eagle 2 at the 17th hole. Keep up the good work!! If you would like to take your golf forward and improve, then please call the Lopesan Golf Academy on 928 145 309 to book your golf improvement package.

Talk from the stars. Fired up! At firestone! Just by listening to how the great players talk in front of the media and how they govern their body language, can tell you a lot about their moods and anticipated performance. I feel that we will see Tiger return to the form that we all know he is capable of.

He talks much about patience, and that is a major key attribute for any golfer to process. Maybe even if he does not win at Firestone, I do not think he is far off the much-talked victory that could get him going in the right direction again. Tiger Woods believes patience is the key to a turnaround in his fortunes as he looks to defend his title at the WGCBridgestone Invitational. The world number one has not been victorious since the BMW Championship in September 2009, two months before his life was transformed following revelations about his personal life. However the 34-year-old can see some positive signs in his game, and insists that it is now just a matter of “putting the pieces together”. A return to Firestone will certainly give Woods plenty of confidence - he has managed seven wins in 10 starts there since the event became a World Golf Championships tournament. Trends “I’ve been through stretches when I haven’t won and it’s a matter of putting the pieces together and being patient, it’s not something that happens overnight,” he said. “I’m not one of those players who plays really badly and then really well. You start seeing trends and I’ve started to put things together and I am very excited.” The 14-time major winner readily admits he is struggling with his putting, something he attributes this to speed. He explained, “It has been off all year. I’ve three putted quite a few times, which I don’t do normally, so I’ve had to go back to basics and practise a bit more. I haven’t worked on it as much as I should have the last couple of years, so I’ve had to go back to that.” There is more than just a trophy up for grabs in Akron with Woods facing a battle to retain his place at the top of the world rankings. Phil Mickelson could reach the summit for the first time with a top-four finish, providing Woods is well down the field, but if the leftie wins, there is nothing his rival can do to prevent him taking over as number one.

Lee Westwood is also in the running, though the Brit has to finish first or second just to have a chance of overtaking the two Americans. Woods, though, is remaining calm under pressure: “Am I conscious of the pack closing in? Yes, because every tournament you guys remind me. You play - how I got here was playing golf tournaments and winning golf tournaments.”

Great talk from a great player. We should all learn to focus only on what we can control on the golf course, and stick with a pre-shot routine that will lead to consistent results.

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Aston Villa start search for Martin O’Neill replacement Sven-Goran Eriksson and Gareth Southgate are interested in managing Aston Villa, BBC Sport understands. Villa are beginning the search for a new manager after the abrupt departure of Martin O’Neill on Monday.

Tyson Gay beats Usain Bolt in the 100m in Stockholm. Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt has ruled out competing for the rest of 2010 with a back injury. The Jamaican suffered only his second professional 100m defeat on Friday when he was easily beaten by Tyson Gay at Stockholm’s Diamond League meeting. Following an examination in Germany, Bolt said: “2011 and 2012 are very important championship years and I hope to be back fully fit and healthy.” Bolt will miss the remaining Diamond League meets in Zurich and Brussels. The triple Olympic champion was examined on Monday by a Munich doctor who found a problem with his lower back, who suggested that if not treated could cause injury to his hamstring or calf muscles. Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms said in a statement: “With a view to his future career we believe further treatment to loosen his back followed by rest will be in his best interest.” The world record holder in the 100m and 200m, along with American Gay and Asafa Powell - the three world’s fastest 100m runners in history - had been scheduled to face each other at the year’s final Diamond League meet in Brussels on 27 August. Bolt has been struggling with an Achilles tendon injury and in Sweden last Friday looked far from 100% as he stuttered behind Gay in the 100m final, who cruised to victory in 9.84 seconds - just 0.02s slower than the season’s fastest time.

The club have yet to comment on the situation but former England manager Eriksson and ex-Middlesbrough boss Southgate are being linked.

In May, Lerner insisted O’Neill had pledged his future to Villa after speculation over whether or not the former Celtic boss would leave. But it is widely believed that O’Neill felt it was the end of the road after learning that he would not be able to reinvest most of the money generated from England midfielder James Milner’s imminent move to Manchester City.

Lewis Hamilton

The club’s American owner Randy Lerner - said to be shocked at O’Neill’s swift exit - has flown into Birmingham to meet Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner as the club look to replace a man who led them to sixth in the league, and to the Carling Cup final, last season.

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Former Australia coach and schoolteacher John Buchanan, whose off-the-wall methods have drawn a mixture of praise and derision, is to join up with the England camp this week to provide insights ahead of this winter’s Ashes series. Lewis Hamilton says he is excited by the intense competition for the Formula 1 drivers’ championship - with five men in contention to win the title. The top five drivers are separated by 20 points going into the summer break with Red Bull’s Mark Webber in top spot after he won the Hungarian Grand Prix. McLaren’s Hamilton told his website: “We’ll resume as if it’s the start of the year, with everything to play for. “None of the top three teams are really behind on points. That’s exciting!” With seven races to go, Hamilton has 157 points, four points behind Webber, while Webber’s team-mate Sebastein Vettel is third on 151 points, McLaren’s Jenson Button is fourth on 147 and Ferrari’s fifth-placed driver Fernando Alonso is on 141 points.

O’Neill is believed to have resigned after four years with the club over its current transfer policy - but neither he nor Villa have disclosed any reasons behind the decision, which has thrown preparations for the new campaign into turmoil.

A transmission problem forced him to retire in Hungary but the 2008 world champion is confident McLaren can still be competitive. “I know we can come back even stronger in the final seven races,” said Hamilton. “We have some very promising developments in the pipeline, and we’re making progress in lots of other areas, too. “We have dug deep before, and I know absolutely that we will dig deep once more.”

England’s cricketers had better get their thinking caps on because the coach dubbed “the mad professor” is about to set them some very important homework.

Others in the frame include Ajax manager Martin Jol and the United States coach Bob Bradley. Sources close to Eriksson said: “Of course, Sven would be interested in this job. “He has always said that he would like to go back into the Premier League. It is a big target for him.” Villa play West Ham on Saturday, with reserve-team boss Kevin MacDonald preparing the team in a caretaker role.

Prior to Hungary, Hamilton had led the championship since the eighth race of the season in Canada after collecting backto-back wins in Istanbul and Montreal but the 25-year-old has not topped the podium since.

Hired as a consultant by the England & Wales Cricket Board, his brief is to provide coach Andy Flower and his men with information about the Australian players he once mentored and the secrets to success at the five venues where Andrew Strauss’s men will attempt to cling on to the famous urn. “He’s part of that extra 1% that might help them win a match or two,” Mike Gatting, who captained England to their last Ashes success on Australian soil in 1986-87, told BBC Sport. “Let’s hope it will help the England team.” Buchanan, who also provided assistance to England prior to their successful 2009 campaign against their bitter rivals, coached Australia to three Ashes victories and two World Cup triumphs in a remarkable period of success between 1999 and 2007. But his tenure is also remembered for some unorthodox coaching methods that led to fall-outs with senior players and much mockery in the English media, who dubbed him the “mad professor”. During the 2001 Ashes tour to England, Buchanan’s handwritten memos to his players, based around the teachings of fifth century Chinese warlord Sun Tzu, were leaked to the newspapers. At other times, players were encouraged to recite poetry and give lectures on subjects ranging from wrestler Hulk Hogan to the Bee Gees to boost their confidence. Legendary spinner Shane Warne was among his fiercest critics, constantly repeating his belief that good players did not need a coach and ridiculing Buchanan for holding an army-style bush training camp in 2006.

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Fuerteventura Grand Slam By Danny Alcock Current World Champion wins Slalom and trick master Estredo clinches 2010 Freestyle world title in epic conditions in the Fuerteventura Grand Slam!

three he’d returned to form and a win in the final race was enough to secure his position in third.

Set in windsurf heaven Sotavento, Fuerteventura, and with a 11 day waiting period to enjoy, the wind-gods blew down on the grand slam this year, marking the 25th anniversary of this event with perfect windsurfing conditions for the worlds’ best to show their stuff on our neighbouring island.

1st Antoine Albeau (JP, NeilPryde) 15.5pts

French slalom legend, Antoine Albeau, claimed his fifth consecutive Fuerteventuran crown whilst three times world freestyle champion from Venezuela, Jose Gollito Estredo claimed his fourth title from Fuerte but more importantly, secured the 2010 freestyle world title!

4th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard, North) 28.7pts

Of the 11 day waiting period, Sotavento provided five days of world-class conditions on her beautiful white sands. With winds of 10-30 kms, conditions were good but varied, providing the PWAs’ elite slalom fleet with many challenges during the racing. As so many races were held, it was always going to mean that consistency was key. This was crucial as through the week, all of the top ten fell victims to their own errors. Maybe it was the pressure of so many races or the varied conditions; perhaps it was just the pressure of having so many quality windsurfers at the top

Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2010 Salalom Results:

2nd Finian Maynard (RRD, Gaastra) 21.7pts 3rd Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard, Severne, Mystic) 26.4pts

5th Kevin Pritchard Gaastra, Dakine) 44pts


With these results, reigning PWA slalom world champion Albeau moves one step closer to yet another world title after claiming victory in the 25th Anniversary Fuerteventura Grand Slam, and moves ahead of archrival Bjorn Dunkerbeck. Freestyle Day one of the Freestyle was a wash-out but when the wind returned, we saw an excellent display. With gusts of over 30 kms the surfers were able to experiment with smaller boards and brought yet more variety of tricks to the 2010 Freestyle Championship stage. The level of sailing continued to grow through the event as countless sailors gave a display of the latest freestyle wizardry. Hot off a victory in Lanzarote weeks earlier, three times world champion Jose Gollito Estredo started well in Fuerteventura with closest rival Thode his nearest threat.

of the field. All this ensured an exciting climax to the racing right up until the very last final. Despite a big crash on day 1, the current world champion Antoine Albeau sailed fairly consistently throughout the week. A perfect day two helped him climb the rankings and consolidate his position at the top of the podium but then by day 4 things were tighter again. It took right up to the last race of the event for it to be decided as Alberaus’ closest rival Fininan Maynard, with nothing to lose, pushed too hard - earning himself a penalty and handing Alberau the title. Gran Canarian living legend and many times World Champion, Bjorn Dunkerbeck was the only sailor to qualify for every winners final. Despite never finishing outside of the top 8, Dunkerbeck had a fairly inconsistent start to the event resulting in him playing catch up right from the word go. By day

Sailing incredibly himself, Estrado owes part of his victory to an in-form Tonky Frans, who was at the same time crashing through the field, eliminating Estrados closest rivals and meaning that before Esrado had even sailed his last heat, he had already won the event and the 2010 Freestyle championship! Despite not having to sail his last heat (he had already won the event) Estrado proved his sportsmanship and as if in a lap of honour, blew away the Canarian crowd with his windsurfing display, going on to win this heat also. Fuerteventura Grand Slam 2010 Freestyle Results 1st Jose Gollito Estredo (Fanatic, North) 2.7pts 2nd Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra) 4.7pts 3rd Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2, Gaastra) 7pts

4th Tonky Frans (F2, Gaastra) 7pts 5th Taty Frans (Starboard, MauiSails, Mystic) 8pts As the PWA moves on from their successful events here in the Canary Islands, the next stop is Alacati, Turkey. The events in the Canary Islands are popular with the PWA Windsurf tour due to their consistent conditions. Likewise, the tours’ stops here on the island are extremely important for us too; once again the islands have shown to the world that they are world class windsurf

spots and stamping their position on the must go to map for all expert windsurfers. For these people this is the very best advert for our island. It is great for sport and tourism on the islands for us to have such importance on the wind surf and surfing professional tours and (directly and indirectly) this is one of the motors of the tourism industry on the island. Here’s to more wind and waves for future events! By Danny Alcock


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m². Consisting of: living, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, seperate built-in kitchen, study, terraces and garden. Completely furnished and in perfect condition. Price: 450.000 euro. Europa Real Estate 928 765 813 PLAYA DEL INGLÉS, 2º BEACHLINE AVENIDA MADRID. Excellent one-bedroom apartment with a large sunny balcony, livingroom and fullfitted american kitchen and bathroom. This apartment is recently completely refurbished, tastfully furnished and equipped with all extras. The very well maintained and beloved complex has a large swimmingpool. PRICE: 139.000.- € PUERTO RICO Bungalow with panoramic seaview over the beach and harbor of Puerto Rico. 100 m² Living-area, 3 bedrooms and 2 large sunny terraces. Parking-lot and Pool. Price: 330.000 Euros PLAYA DEL CURA, EXCLUSIVE APARTMENT WITH PANORAMIC SEAVIEW This apartment has 72 m² livingarea and a large very private terrace of 36 m² with whole-day-sun. Bedroom and bath are ensuite. Situation and the use of only the most luxurious materials make this real estate to an unique exquisity. Price: 290.000 Euros PLAYA DEL INGLÉS, OUTSTANDING BUNGALOW WITH GARAGE AT THE BEACH PROMENADE This unique dreamhouse with aprox. 100 m² living area and large private garden consists of living-diningroom, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large terrace and solarium with spectacular view to the dunes of Maspalomas ans ocean. The bungalow is equipped with all luxury. Heated cummunity swimmingpool. Price: 588.000,- Euros. SAN AGUSTÍN, DREAM BUNGALOW with beautiful view over the ocean. 64 m² Living-area, 2 bedrooms, full-fitted kitchen, bathroom and 32 m²-large sunny terrace. Parking-lot and Pool. Monthly communityfee only: 78,- Euro. PRICE: 290.000,-- € Europa Real Estate: 928 765 813 PLAYA DEL INGLÉS, TOPFLOOR.

Bright, furnished two-bedroom apartment with balcony. Central. Quiet. Near Yumbo. Only three minutes walk to the beach. Heated pool ! Price: 114.000,- Euros. Europa Real Estate: 928 765 813 SAN FERNANDO, LARGE APARTMENT With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, seperate kitchen and a balcony with seaview. Parkingspace in garage included. Price: 144.000.- Euros. Europa Real Estate: 928 765 813 PLAYA DEL INGLÉS, BEAUTIFUL COMPLETELY RENOVATED APARTMENT. It consists of one bedroom, livingroom, full equipped kitchen, bathroom and terrace. Tastfully furnished. Complex with large pools and parkinglots. Price: 96.000,- Euros. Europa Real Estate: 928 765 813 PLAYA DEL INGLÉS, QUIET CORNER-APARTMENT WITH PRIVATE PARKING Very centrical located spacious two-bedroom apartment consisting of: livingroom with amarikan kitchen, bathroom and large balcony.The complex offers 2 large swimmingpools, 2 tennis courts and private parkinglots ! Low community fees. Price: 168.000,- Euros. Europa Real Estate: 928 765 813 -------------------------------------

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Puerto Rico Brand new family home with beautiful pool area and views over Puerto Rico. This secure residential complex boasts a

pool, children’s pool and baby pool as well as jacuzzi and communal gardens. The house has never been lived in and has marble floors, utility area, large patio, fitted bathrooms and fitted kitchen with appliances included Ref. PR699. Price: €198,322. Tel. 928141202. www. Playa del Inglés Two bedroom apartment situated on the top floor of a very popular complex on Avda. Tirajana in Playa del Ingles. Very near the Yumbo centre, shops and restaurants. Nicely kept complex with a communal swimming pool. The apartment has had new floors throughout and is very well presented. The main bedroom has fitted wardrobes and there are sea views from both the bedroom and the livingroom balcony. Very well priced! Ref:PI698.Price:€130,000. Tel: 928141202. www. Playa del Inglés Apartment for sale in Playa del Inglés. Very centrally located right next to the comercial centre Yumbo and only a few minutes from the beach. Closed-in balcony. Apartment is fully furnished and ready to move in to. Ref. PI696. Price: €105,250. Tel: 928141202. www. San Agustín Beautiful apartment for sale in San Agustín. The complex is on the hillside of San Agustín and from the apartment you have a great view over the sea and the Maspalomas Sanddunes. The complex has a communal pool and a parking space is included in the price. Ref. SA665. Price: €95,000. Tel. 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. Playa del Inglés Beautifully refurbished one bedroom corner apartment for sale in Playa del Inglés. The apartment is close to the CC Kasbah and only a few minutes walk from the beach. The complex has a communal swimming pool and Pool bar. Ref.PI657. Price: €95,000. Tel. 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. --------------------------------------PLAYA DEL INGLÉS Beautiful 1 bedroom Apartment, very private balcony with sea view, luxuriously fitted, quiet location and well-kept complex with pools, private parking, 24hour security etc. 95.500 Euro (Ref. 1.004U). INMOBILIARIA

KSR,, Tel. 928 766 684 PLAYA DEL INGLÉS Near the promenade and Tropical shopping center, beautiful 2 bedrooms apartment (85 m2), with 4 balconies fully furnished, off-road parking, tennis. 176.400 Euro (Ref. 1.013D). INMOBILIARIA KSR, info@, Tel. 928 766 684 PLAYA DEL INGLÉS Cosy Maisonette-Bungalow, 95 m2 living space, 3 bed rooms, 2 bath, spacious terrace partly covered, roof terrace, large storage room, fully equipped, offroad parking. 275.000 Euro (Ref. 4.008O). INMOBILIARIA KSR, C/. Escorial, Edif. Danubio, Tel. 928 766 684 PLAYA DEL INGLÉS Unique position over looking dunes and Atlantic, cornerbungalow with 2 bedrooms (facility for converting in 3), 60 m2 covered terraces, roof terrace, tastefully equipped with an eye for the detail, 645.000 Euro (Ref. 4.028). INMOBILIARIA KSR,, Tel. 928 766 684 SAN AGUSTIN Terrace house with wonderful sea view, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living and dining room, open kitchen, 70 m2 sunny terrace, completely furnished, carport, INCLUDE in the price a Suzuki Vitara Cabrio. 298.000 Euro (Ref. 4.804P). INMOBILIARIA KSR, C/. Escorial, Edif. Danubio, Tel. 928 766 684 SAN AGUSTÍN A dream front line to the Atlantic: top-quality apartment (52 m2) with bright rooms tastefully, modern designed, fully equipped, lot of storage space, complex with heated pool and direct access to the promenade, low maintenance costs. 178.000 Euro (Ref. 1.507D) INMOBILIARIA KSR,, Tel. 928 766 684 SONNENLAND Charming Duplex-bungalow in private complex with beautiful pool area in tropical gardens, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, separate WC, front and rear terrace, small fenced garden, the property comes fully equipped (washing machine etc.). 125.000 Euro (Ref. 3.810B). INMOBILIARIA KSR,, Tel. 928 766 684 SONNENLAND Spacious Family home built 2006, living space approx. 130 m2 on two floors, plus approx. 115 m2 souterrain (own entrance) and garage, two large terraces (BBQ+Jacuzzi), high standard equipment with

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newest technology. Privileged and very quiet location. 595.000 Euro -FORM OF PAYMENT NEGOTIABLE- (Ref. 8.009C) INMOBILIARIA KSR, www., Tel. 928 766 684 MONTAÑA DE LA DATA Exeptional Villa with los of possibilities on 1.300 m2 fenced ground, peaceful and quiet place with amazing views towards Maspalomas and the Atlantic, 384 m2 living space (plus enormous terraces), include 2 separat apartments, each with 2 bedrooms, wonderful garden, pool, BBQ house, 1.100.000 Euro (Ref. 6.300C). INMOBILIARIA KSR, Tel. 928 766 684, MASPALOMAS Near the Golf Course and short distance to the light house, quiet terraced 1 bedroom bungalow in very well kept complex with heated pool and tennis, ample parking space, nicely furnished with all comfort. 135.000 Euro (3.509K2). INMOBILIARIA KSR, C/. Escorial, Edif. Danubio, Tel. 928 766 684, ---------------------------------------

ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667 STUDIOS OPPOSITE PUERTO RICO BEACH Very central location, all facilities nearby, fantastic views. Residential complex with pool. Ref: 10051 Sale price: 60.000€. REFURBISHED STUDIO, PUERTO RICO, central location, complex with large pool, pool bar, restaurant, minimarket, parking, sea views. Ref: 10073A. Sale price 70.000€ PUERTO RICO 1 BEDROOM APARTMENTS, CENTRAL LOCATION, large pool, solarium, parking, reception, lifts, sea views. Ref: 10042. Prices from: 65.000€ 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT OVERLOOKING AMADORES BEACH, Spacious apartment, in a quiet residential complex. Large terrace, with fantastic views over Amadores, Teide and the ocean. Ref: 1013B. Sale price 84.000€ 2 BEDROOM DUPLEX, PUERTO RICO, VERY

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CENTRAL RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX. Refurbished and beautifully furnished. Ref: 10129. Sale price: 126.000€ ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667

PROPERTIES FOR RENT PRIVATE Beautiful Bungalow Campo de golf Maspalomas 2 bed, garden, terrace, airconditioned and swimming pool. Situated in a very quiet small complex. 750pcm all bills included. Tel: 618 647 027

PROPERTIES FOR RENT Agent San Fernando Beautiful new house in San Fernando. Close to all amenities. Nicely and tastefully furnished. Garage for up to two cars. Direct access from the garage to the house. Third floor is now used as an office but can be turned into another bedroom. Ref:SF688a.Price:€1000/month. Tel: 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. Playa del Inglés. Bungalow with two bedrooms in excellent position only mins from the Yumbo centre in Playa del Inglés. Situated close to the off-street parking. Large terrace to the front and the back. Totally refurbished throughout. Large awning and solar panel provides all hot water. Communal swimming pool. Ref:PI686a.Price:€850/month. Tel: 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. Playa del Inglés Very centrally situated 1 bedroom apartment in the complex Iguazu on the Avenida de Tirajana. Available for longterm rental. Only steps from the shops and the Yumbo Commercial Centre. The monthly rental price includes community, water and electric. Ref. PI685. Price: €550/month Tel. 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. San Agustín Dúplex for rent in San Agustín. Only a few minutes walk to the beach in San Agustín. Very secure and gated complex. Streetball court and three communal swimming pools. Rental price includes all bills. Ref. : SA678a. Price: €600/ month Tel. 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. Sonnenland Beautiful family home with four bedrooms. The house is very spacious and is very nicely decorated. There is also parking for up to three cars included. Private swimming pool. Very secure complex of villas in the popular residential area of Sonnenland. Only 5 mins from the beach and 5 mins into Playa del Ingles. Excellent long-term rental property. Ref. SN670. Price: €2.500/month Tel. 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. --------------------------------------ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667 STUDIOS, ONE & TWO BEDROOMS APARTMENTS AND BUNGALOWS, in Puerto Rico, & Playa del Cura, long term lets. Prices from 440€ / month. ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT, LA LAJILLA, ARGUINEGUIN, very central, great sea views, available for long term rental, 600€/month plus bills. AMADORES BEACH, FOR LEASE, 50 m2 unit and 37 m2 terrace, fully fitted as a bar restaurant, very popular with tourists and locals. Rent 2.400€/month, Traspaso: please enquire. Ref: 15207. ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667

Call 607 671 617 OCEAN EXCURSION BUSINESS Gran Canaria Everything Included, Boat, Client Contracts, etc. 10 years of Proven Success, Fully Documented, Put 2-3000€ In Your Pocket Every Month. A Lifetime Opportunity 149.000€ Call 607 671 617 Sportfishing Business Top Boat/Top Equipment In-place Contracts/Website/ Publicity - A Proven Track Record, South Coast of Gran Canaria, No Debt, Just Profits Exceptional Opportunity for Only 159.000€. Call 607 671 617 Liberty Insurance! Complete Coverage Canary Islands and Around the World Inexpensive, Quality Coverage By A World Class Broker That Pays! Call 607 671 617 for Cars, Boats, Businesses, Homes, Health Boat and Yacht Sales/ Service - Marine Surveys International Marketplace. All Logistics Included. We Find Your Dream Boat & Bring It To Where You Want It! Get Twice The Boat For Half The Price Call 607 671 617


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speaking AA meetings every Friday at the church in the Kasbah (door on the left hand side) Playa del Inglés, 8.30pm. Monday 12pm in San Fernando, behind Market Maspalomas and Tuesday 7pm at the Catholic Church (enter by the stairway on the right hind side), Behind the taxi rank next to the police station. Do you believe that you have a problem with alcohol? Perhaps you are looking or some help? Alcohol Anonymous meet in Telde on Mondays and Thursdays from 20.00 until 21.30. Call 928 202 638 TARA Animal Charity Shops Big & Beautiful - In Arquinequin 63 & 67 c/Tanausu near Pino Seco family park Monday thru Saturday 10am till at least 4pm All Kinds of Donated Items ON OFFER! 607 671 617 or TARA Animal Car Boot Sale Every Saturday 0800 - 1400 Across from TARA Animal Charity Stores. Pino Seco Park, Arguineguin. Great Buys & Ambience Call - 607 671 617 or TARA Annual Members Meeting Saturday, 7 August, 1300-1500 hrs. 63&67 Calle Tanausu Arguineguin, Mogan RSVP 607 671 167

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Free tandem bike rides for blind people or people with any other physical disability who are unable to ride a bike by themselves.  Also free excursions into the mountains in my car for people in wheelchairs together with a companion. Minibus trips can also be arranged at an agreed reasonable cost.  For more information call Franz at 699 124 985. WANTED. Second hand books, in good condition, to be sold in support of Registered Childrens’ Charities 1) RUBBISH DUMP CHILDREN in Cambodia 2) ORPHANS/ SCHOOL projects in China. Please drop books off at Original Designs, Ancorra C. Arguineguin. donations gratefully received. Contact kay.r.owen@gmail. com Together we can make a difference Drinking Problem? International, English

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TARA Telephone: +34 607 671 167. WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: Tara Animal Respect TARA BLOG: Arguineguin Cultural Society meets every Thursday at Tío Pepe bar from 20.00 at the C.C. Ancora in Arguineguín. As mentioned previously in TCN, the group were looking for a place to build up our string puppet stage and to train people in the making and operating of string puppets. The group has now found a suitable place

in Arguineguín and if anyone is interested in joining them please call Peter on 639 229 414 and go to the meetings on Thursdays. Grupo Montañero de Mogan. Every Sunday all through the year this group arranges guided walks in the magnificent mountains and beautiful valleys of Gran Canaria. The walks are guided, and the members come from all over Europe, and also many Canarian members. Meeting place: Commercial Centre Ancora,

Arguineguin. Time 08.00. Departure 08.15. Leaving from San Fernando (Viuda de Franco) 08.00 or 08.30. For more information call before 12.00 on Fridays 689 919 580 Can you spare a few hours each week to help feed stray and abandoned cats in San Agustin? There are special feeding places, all the cats are sterilised, have names and are very healthy. Of course, we will buy the cat food. We only want help to give the food to the cats.Please call Christina on 928770 019 for more information.

Join the library in Maspalomas with your NIE number and passport and picture or residencia. No charge. English books and other European languages too. Also free internet access.!! The library hours are 8.00 am till 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm to 10 pm Monday to Friday. Biblioteca Municipal Maspalomas, Casa del Cultura Maspalomas, Avda De Tejeda 72 Phone 928 720 035 Amigos contra el Sida is a charity that provides support for people with HIV and Aids and has information about sexually transmitted diseases Amigos contra el Sida - Friends against Aids Av. Alejandro del Castillo, Mercado Municipal, 2º floor San Fernando Maspalomas Contact: 695578004. Timetable: Tuesday

and Thursday - 9:00 to 15:00 hour. Amigos contra el Sida Calle El Escorial nº 7, Vecindario Teléfono: 928 149 570 Timetable: Monday to Friday - 9:00 to 14:00 hour. Website: Support Maria Templeman’s Dog Rescue. You can find Maria’s stall in Arguineguin market on Tuesdays and Mogan market on Fridays. You can also find Maria in Maspalomas market next to the big, main flood light on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Money raised from Maria’s stall goes to funding dog rescue in Gran Canaria, including vet and kennel fees and re-homing dogs.

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BOOKS -BOOKS -BOOKS... ( English, Spanish and German.) Many new titles. Support Children in Need. Find us - The MAD (Making A Difference) Team at Faro 2 Market . First Sunday in every month from September 5th 2010. Book donations please (can collect).

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Price: 199,000â‚Ź Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Bungalow in complex Santa Barbara only mins from the Yumbo centre in Playa del InglĂŠs. Large terrace to the front and the back. Totally refurbished throughout. Communal swimming pool.

Price: 140,000â‚Ź Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 The apartment is situated on the top floor in the complex Barbados on Avda. Tirajana. Very near the Yumbo centre, shops and restaurants. Nicely kept complex with a communal swimming pool. The main bedroom has fitted wardrobes. There are sea views from both the bedroom and the livingroom balcony. Very well priced!

Price: 105,250â‚Ź Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Apartment for sale in Playa del InglĂŠs. Very centrally located right next to the commercial centre Yumbo and only a few minutes from the beach. Closed-in balcony. Apartment is fully furnished and ready to move in to.








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Price: 283,000â‚Ź Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Price: 348,000â‚Ź Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Price: 529,000â‚Ź Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Fabulous roomy triplex with amazing views over San Agustin and the sand-dunes. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, jacuzzi and sauna - this house has it all. Nice community pool and also barbeque area next to the kitchen. Excellent value for money.

Duplex has a seperate dining area and an additional utility room with dishwasher, freezer and washing machine. It has a new kitchen, a fully refurbished upstairs bathroom and aluminium windows. The property has a big roof terrace and a 90m2 garden and communal swimming pool.

Luxurious villa with beautiful views overlooking the golf course in Tauro. Completely refurbished and marble floors throughout. Sold partly furnished. Very well located and only a few minutes from the beach and the shops. There is also a heated community pool. Must be seen!






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