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Visitors to the capital, arriving on the main GC1 motorway, will have noticed an iconic newcomer on the beach of La Laja. 9m tall and 6m wide, the 6,000Kg god Triton, messenger of the sea, stands naked, his face upturned and blowing on a twisted conch shell he silently heralds the arrival of drivers from the south of Gran Canaria and points majestically toward the city of Las Palmas. Inspired by Canarian writer Tomás Morales’s

poem The Rose of Hercules sculptor Manolo González has created a most memorable guardian for our city of palms. Mythology holds that Greek god Triton, could calm or raise the seas with one terrible trumpet note, which when loudly blown would cause giants to flee imagining it to be the roar of a dark wild beast. The sea-hued son and herald of Poseidon who helped the

Argonauts return to the sea when they were driven ashore on the coast of Libya raised his daughter Pallas alongside the Goddess Athena, who he fostered. Athena, who was protected from harm by Zeus, mortally wounded Pallas in a friendly fight and out of sadness and regret created a statue in her likeness, the first palladium on which the safety of a city was said to depend. Edward Timon

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Fiestas and Upcoming Events Las Palmas International Film Festival To: 9 Apr 2011 (annual) Las Palmas International Film Festival presents features and shorts at venues all over the city Trail X Gran Canaria K42 Adventure Marathon 09-04-2011, Parque del Sur Maspalomas Folk Canaries 2011 From: 08-04-2011 To: 10-04-2011 Playa de Mogan Celtic rock, folk sound canary or klezmer, gypsy music, Basque, Galician, Swedish or French.Move with the rhythm of Cuba the most beautiful melodies of the old Hibernia and Caledonia … Info: Capilla Real de Las Palmas Classical Music 13-04-2011 San Agustin Church 35th Canary Islands Rally 14 - 16 Apr 2011 (annual) Free to watch. Arucas, Moya, Teror, Valleseco, Santa Lucia, San Bartolomé, Tejeda, San Mateo and Santa Brigida. In total, the drivers cover over 600km. TOURISM FORUM - Intelitur April 11, 2011 ExpoMeloneras Convention Centre, Maspalomas. Tourism Department Tel: 928390390 Fax: 928362350

Verdi’s I Due Foscari April 9th Teatro Perez Galdos, Las Palmas Part of the 2011 Las Palmas Opera Festival Le Corbusier presents To 10 April 2011 CAAM - Balconies 11. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, known as a painter, architect, planner and as a theorist of the arts made systematic contributions in the various facets of his work, whose centenary was celebrated in 2010 Halftime moments, intervals, durations To: 17-04-2011 Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 20 h. Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 15 h. The exhibit of a group of 17 artists that have made time one of the key issues of their contemporary photography.More than 200 works including photographs, videos, installations and films Art Centre The Regent - León y Castillo, 427, Las Palmas Exhibition: Roots of the Atlantic To: 22-04-2011 10:00 to 22:00 h. Art exhibition “Roots of the Atlantic” Alfredo Henriquez, present the magical realism of the landscape. Art Room of the Hotel Neptuno Avenida de Alferez Provisional 29 Fine Art: Espal Exhibition 2011 To 31-05-2011 Monday to Friday 17:00 to 21:00 h. Contact:

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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 09:0014:00 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

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Thousand More Beds for Mogan that allow for the proposed investment of €100 million in the luxury hotel chain Aldiana’s proposed thousand bed development in the Fraile ravine, next to Playa del Cura. The project has been stalled since 2007.

Aldiana group plans for thousand more hotel beds in Mogan. Thomas Cook planned investment in Playa del Cura expected to reach €100 million Government and Mogan council were working hard this week to try and avoid

losing a major investment on the south of Gran Canaria. The CEO of Thomas Cook, Peter Fankhauser, and representatives of the Santana Cazorla construction group held a meeting with the Mayor of Mogan, Francisco Gonzalez, in an attempt to streamline the municipal planning laws

Francisco Gonzalez said that later this month the municipality fully intended to approve the change of urban planning that will enable the investment. First, you must have the approval of The Committee on Planning and the Environment of the Canary Islands COTMAC before the City Council can proceed in finally granting planning permissions. The mayor estimated that the project could be completed in four to five months,

however the developers are worried that the election in May could delay the investment. This meeting was to seek to use the moratorium extension of the second law of urgent measures of the regional government, which would allow the construction of the luxury hotels so long as the plans included its use as a hotel industry training and recruitment centre for the Canaries. Santiago Santana Cazorla, who have the most capital in the Aldiana chain, reminded the Mogan council that this initiative could create around 300 jobs a “and in this way provide help for many families.”

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Fuerteventura Flights Announced



A new plan was unveiled last week to market the Morro Jable area of Pájar on Fuerteventura primarily for its oceanrelated natural features such as the Saladar de Jandia which was declared a protected area of scientific interest by the Canary Island’s government in 1994, as an example of a coastal ecosystem unique to the Canaries. The plan to modernise the area’s image and improve competitiveness was announced at a meeting of the Fuertevenura Chamber of Commerce. Also in attendance was the President of the Canary Islands, Paulino Rivero, the Minister of Rural Planning, Dominfo Berriel, the president of the Fuerteventura Cabildo, Maria Cabrera, councilman for Pájara, Blas Acosta and the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Antonio Rodriguez .

The planning document now in its final drafting stage analyses various current problems in the area, such as deficient architecture, urban density, obsolete street furniture and unattractive commercial areas. The planners have also conducted surveys among local business people, visitors and residents for their views so as to assess services and infrastructure. The final document is being drafted by the Canaries Government sponsored environmental planning company GESPLAN.

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PUERTO DEL ROSARIO The presence in Fuerteventura last weekend of the Norwegian heir to the throne Crown Prince Haakon Magnus is expected to be a huge promotion for the great attraction of the Majorero coast for water sports. This illustrious visit is expected to attract many Scandinavian tourists over the coming months. Haakon arrived on the island on Friday to practice one of his favorite hobbies, kitesurfing, in the municipality of Pájara, with his friend Kyril Saxe-Coburg, the second son of the deposed King Simeon of Bulgaria. The island’s tourism minister, Agueda Montelongo, said Prince Haakon’s historic visit “reinforces the important promotion of the island as an ideal destination for water sports to which we have been committed. At the Patronato Insular de Turismo our aim has always been to make Fuerteventura a destination for water sports. “

By choosing Fuerteventura, the heir to the throne of Norway, “will attract Scandinavian tourists, motivated by Haakon’s visit, Fuerteventura will be seen as the ideal place for water sports” said the minister. Montelongo believes that Scandinavian countries “are a particularly important market for Fuerteventura as a destination, and we have made a strong commitment to promoting the island aimed at attracting tourists with a high level of purchasing power “ Summer Flights Agueda Montelongo, added that “the results of this investment are beginning to be visible: as a result of the promotional work done in recent years, we have for the first time in history flights from Scandinavia to reach Fuerteventura during the summer months, which until now was only a market from which we benefited during the winter.”

Iberia airlines have said they will have daily flights between Fuerteventura and Madrid during the summer months. This was announced by Iberia’s commercial manager, Carlos Manzano, Head of Sales for The Canary Islands, Maria Teresa Olmedilla, and the island’s Tourism Minister, Agueda Montelongo, who held a meeting to

identify further joint actions aimed at strengthening the Spanish domestic flights market. They also agreed to consider changing the frequency of flights from Madrid next winter. The meeting comes after Iberia recently announced the sale of their route from Madrid to Fuerteventura to low cost airline Vueling.

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Water Supply Contaminated El Tablero, Calderín, Salobre, Montaña La Data y Lomo Gordo suffer damage reportedly from an act of vandalism to three supply tanks. Gran Canaria

Bartolomé, Carlos Alamo. Both Alamo and Canaragua expected the supply to be fully restored the following day and said they would be working to clean away any deposits and make safe the grid.

SAN BARTOLOME DE TIRAJANA Neighbours in El Tablero, Calderín, Salobre, Montaña La Data y Lomo Gordo and Media Fanega, where more than 4,000 people live, were shocked earlier this week to discover their water supply had been contaminated with hydrocarbons. Water company Canaragua and the city council cut off the supply in an emergency measure. The contamination was caused by diesel having found its way into three water tanks, from which the six districts are supplied, said a statement from Canaragua. The Directorate General of the Canary Islands on Tuesday ordered them to clean their networks and restore deposits before resuming delivery.

want to restore the service and then we will be asking the company to explain what happened,” Alamo added. The cut in supply is believed to be the result of drinking water in the Lomo Gordo well having been contaminated in an act of sabotage with about 3,000 liters of diesel oil. It is not yet clear how vandals could possibly be able to gain access to the a public water system, however it is obvious that this is a question of great importance to public safety. It was the water company themselves who initially reported the incident at the police station in Maspalomas and forensic police are now investigating the course of events. As we go to press there have been no arrests in connection to it. Latest Information Canaragua used loudspeakers to announce the emergency distribution of water and have set up a 24 hour information line on 902 300 323.

The company proceeded in immediately emptying and cleaning the tanks in Montaña La Data, with a capacity of 254 cubic meters, in Lomo Gordo, with 180 cubic meters and Salobre, with 3,000 cubic meters. While the workers emptied and decontaminated water tanks and pipes, in a statement a City spokesperson said that the tanks and cisterns would not be used until the cleaning process had been completed fully. The Montaña La Data tank was emptied into a ravine by eight workers working late into Tuesday night. One employee is reported as saying “There’s enough diesel for the smell to be very strong,” There was no water overnight in El Tablero said Councilman for San

As we go to press [Thursday], Canaragua have not ruled out the need for temporary distribution tanks in the streets, should they need to further postpone recovery of the service. Carlos Alamo said that officials were being sent to all local schools and public institutions to warn them not to drink tap water until it was safe.”First we

As we go to press the water supply has not yet been certified as safe for reactivation, after two days of mayhem throughout the southern districts as people attempt to go about their daily business. Once it is reconnected residents are being advised to run their taps for a while to flush through any remaining contaminated water in the system. This situation poignantly highlights the importance of water on the islands and the necessity to safeguard our supply. Edward Timon

Miss Poland in Fuerteventura


Costa Calma, in the municipality of Pájara, will host the Miss Poland beauty contest on Sunday where a dozen young ladies from that country will vie for the prestigious title. This event will be important for promoting tourism on the island and is a bid to attract tourists from new Eastern European markets such as Poland.The event will have prominent media coverage from central Europe in a one-hour-long broadcast. It is expected that this will have an audience of about 7 million who will also enjoy images of the natural wonders of the island of Fuerteventura.

The show will be this Sunday 10th April, at the R2 Rio Calma hotel and spa, who have worked closely with the event as a result of an agreement between the Tourist Board and the Majorero tour operator Polish Itaka. A group of 80 Poles will remain for several days on the island until Monday. These include, as well as the candidates and staff for the ceremony, many journalists and Polish media who have come to cover the event. The island’s tourism minister, Agueda Montelongo, visited the 20 candidates vying for the title Queen of Poland, at Sotavento beach. The candidates are also

planning a trip to the Oasis Park in La Lajita, and a tour of various parts of the island so they can experience some of its excellent attractions.

“With events like this, related to our commitment to diversify our offering, we have the multiple effect of attracting tourists from new markets like Poland.” Montelongo said.

three elements offered by the Majorero territory. Last year the island saw 5417 more Polish tourists than in 2009, “for January and February 2011 we received 142.79 percent more Polish tourists as in the same period of 2010” announced the minister Agueda Montelongo.

Emerging market It is hoped that through this event Fuerteventura will be unveiled to Polish tourists as a potential 2011 holiday destination. Polish tourists demand sun, beaches and water sports, the

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European Islands’ Pact areas, and there is a lack of infrastructure with which to store surplus energy that is generated.

The Canary Islands government and the seven island councils have signed a commitment to the ‘European Islands Pact’ to promote sustainable energy policies for the future. The development of renewable energy in the Canary Islands has two main problems, said representative of the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias (ITC) Gonzalo Piernavieja on Wednesday. The two main barriers for expansion in the use of clean energy are both territorial issues, much of the archipelago contains protected natural

Piemavieja made the statements during the ceremony at which the regional government signed up with the seven island councils to the European Pact Islands initiative of the European Commission (EC) that aims to boost sustainable energy policies in island communities. “The electrical network is not yet capable of an increase in the penetration of renewables,” siad Piernavieja, who also said that “transitions in the energy industry are very slow.”

Referring to the mainland the ITC representative clarified by saying “we can not compare the peninsular with an island. In Navarra [Northern Spain] when you have left over energy, it can be exported to other regions as they will consume the extra to make up any shortfalls, which we can not” . Piernavieja said that the Canary Islands would need to find a way to store excess renewable energy “at the moment we can not with the current network,” pointing out that there are no commercial technologies for mass storage of excess renewable energy, and that Islands hope to resolve this with the use of reversible hydro. The Canaries join other European island regions the Balearic Islands, United Kingdom, Azores, Madeira, Sardinia,

Malta, Cyprus, Sweden, Denmark, Greece and Crete in this initiative to promote sustainable development, with the intention that these territories can converge on an European Union objective scheduled for 2020 to reach a total of 20 percent renewable energy, 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency and 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases. The ITC will support island corporations to identify and study the feasibility of investment projects related to the promotion of renewable energies in order to attract private investors as well identify different sustainable technologies adapted for each island, and actions or projects of common interest to all the European island regions involved, sharing experiences that can be extrapolated from these territories.

€3000 Raised Already for ACCM GLAY (Gay and Lesbian Association Yumbo) – the organisers of Gay Pride Maspalomas in May – have announced that they have raised more than €3,000 so far on behalf of ACCM (Canarian breast cancer charity), a campaign supported and sponsored by The Canary News. The Fuze Bar barometer tracking their progress leapt up this week thanks to sponsorship monies raised by Ricky’s and Sparkles Bars in the Yumbo centre, in Playa Del Inglés, both of which are putting forward a member of staff to make a tandem parachute jump on 30th April to raise even more money for the charity appeal. GLAY’s spokesperson, Jacky Donovan, commented “There is also some superb fund-raising taking place in Puerto Rico where The Pub and The Highlander in particular have organised some amazing events [see p.7]. We’ll be adding all their monies at some point in the next few weeks as their activities

To help keep people’s focus on the campaign GLAY are also collecting unwanted bras and bikini tops (which will later be donated to a third world charity) and have over 400 currently stored in Fuze Bar of the Yumbo. “We know many other bars have collected lots over the past few weeks – often cheekily directly from the customers sitting in their audience - and we intend to empty some of their collection boxes soon so that we can decorate the Yumbo with the bras during Gay Pride in May”, Jacky added. “We hope holiday makers and locals alike will keep raiding their drawers and contributing to the collection as it’s such a good cause”.

Counting the monies are (left to right) Jacky Donovan, Les Chambers and Jo Johnson from the GLAY committee are ongoing. We’re also really pleased to have received a contribution from an evening’s entertainment in Club Puerto Atlantico in Arguineguin. so it’s great

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to see news of the ACCM campaign spreading across the island and people being so enthusiastic in their support”.

If anybody would like to organise a fundraising event they can email Jacky at or write directly to us here at

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Kimtastic Appeal Boost venue Kim’s husband Steve, who runs the place, had to enlist extra help.

GLAY’s ACCM Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign finds huge support in Puerto Rico The night life capital of the south, Puerto Rico, was this month treated to a brand new cabaret show produced by and starring Kim Higgins, one of the most dearly loved English comediennes on the island. Having been diagnosed herself over a year ago and been shocked by the lack of facilities in the Canary Islands for cancer sufferers, Kim and a group of friends were inspired to raise funds to award to a charity who could help people better than she had been, however finding one proved difficult. Undaunted they got together with local costume designer and hair dresser Graham Tate, who choreographed the show, decided on a Burlesque theme from the recent film starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, and worked solidly for five weeks to produce a corsets and diamonds extravaganza.

“Kim’s acts are well known to be, shall we say, a bit risqué” says Graham “I just knew that it was going to be an astonishing show. She had created a line up of fabulous ladies” What the girls lacked in stage experience many made up for in life experience and fantastic enthusiasm. With outfits, purchased from London by the performers themselves, a glamorous makeover from Marion and hair by Graham from Rejuvena, the troupe looked stunning. Word had got round quickly that Kim was back and working after a year of operations and therapy and so on the night itself The Pub at the CC Comericial in Puerto Rico was heaving to the brim “I just thought ‘is there no stopping this lady?’” continued Graham. With so many customers at this already busy

“You could hardly get to the bar which was 20 deep, we actually had to tell people to get their drinks from the surrounding venues so that our poor staff could cope, we just could not physically serve them all,” says Kim “the atmosphere was electric, and this caused Sexy Suzy a little stage fright which we remedied with more than just a drop of Dutch courage. In fact we had to send her straight home at the end, not that our customers would have had any qualms man-handling our bubbly bundle of bar fun out the door, but we’re just not that sort of establishment”

Compèred by Graham, himself in tilted hat and slinky black, the cheering crowd were treated to a spectacular line-up of local personalities who had rehearsed hard in secret for the moment they could show their solidarity with Kim and those affected by this awful illness. Luscious Lynda, Adoring Annette, Havea-go Helen, Seductive Sylvia, Sexy Suzy and Man-eating Marion trooped provocatively for their audience led by the lady herself Kinky Miss Kimberley, who opened with her usual spice and a couple of knock-out innuendoes to get the crowd going. Sexy leopard print and sensual silk clad acts followed in rapid succession each droolingly provocative with numbers including Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend performed by Marion and I Am a Good Girl performed of course by barmaid Suzy, who is often imagined to be anything but. While the audience were still in a frenzy the girls immersed themselves among the customers eagerly waiting to shove cash in their buckets to a papparazi-style oscar-night series of flashbulbs and photography poses. At the end, a surprise finale was provided by Steve and Graham with friends Dave, James and Andy who suddenly appeared dressed as The Village People and campily strutted a dance to the uproarious appreciation of the assembled spectators. The boys subjected the crowd to a well planned routine, who in turn began to bay for the Full Monty. As they stripped down to their thongs and with one final glance to each other all 5 triumphantly revealed their pride at being able to support such a

worthy event. As out popped the cameras they quickly raced off, clutching their belongings and giggling.

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again at The Highlander in Puerto Rico who have raised a similar amount and we are planning further shows over the next month and hope to significantly contribute to the final total” Our amazed editor asked if, to help with the fund-raising, she might like to sponsor someone to jump out of an aeroplane on April 30th “Oh that’s no problem” said Kim “We’ll throw Sexy Suzy out of it”

After a phenomenal success the group were yet to find a charity to whom they would award the money raised when they heard about The Canary News working in partnership with GLAY for Canarian cancer support group ACCM. After a little due diligence Kim rang the editor and offered a donation of more than €1,000 to the campaign “That’s not all” she said “We’ve done the show

As we go to press Suzy has now raised over €500 worth of sponsorship for her parachute jump and still counting. Well done Suzy! Well done Kim! Well done Puerto Rico! Your next chance to see the Kimtastic Appeal burlesque show is at The Harp pub also at Puerto Rico’s CC Comercial next Monday 11th April. More information can be found by contacting The Pub’s fan page by searching on for The-Pub-Puerto-Rico-Gran-Canaria

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8 Your Questions Answered

‘The Canarian Lawyer’ This has been reprinted from edition 42 by popular request.

the best way to proceed:

The importance and excitement involved are good enough reasons to consider the buying of property abroad as a serious matter and not to be undertaken lightly. Therefore, our first piece of advice for people planning to buy a property in Spain is to bear in mind that the procedure to complete a pleasant and successful transaction requires an accurate knowledge and understanding of the legal formalities and obligations to be fulfilled both by the vendor and the buyer.

First of all, your lawyer should provide you with an estimate of all costs and taxes involved in the purchase procedure: Notary and Registration fees, Transfer Tax / IGIC (Canarian VAT), Plusvalía Tax (if any), compulsory tax retention for cases in which the vendor is not a Tax Resident in Spain, etc. Once you know the total amount involved in the purchase you will be able to confirm whether or not you are financially ready to proceed. Secondly, your lawyer should check the legal situation of the property in order to avoid any kind of unpleasant surprises regarding mortgages, attachments or any other kind of problems that could affect your ownership after completion.

Once the decision to buy a certain property has been taken and the price has been agreed with the vendor, the wisest move is to instruct a registered Spanish lawyer to start dealing with the legal issues involved. The main point at this stage is neither to sign any documents nor to pay any amount or deposit before your lawyer provides you with his or her professional advice about

Once confirmed that the property is free of those encumbrances your lawyer will be in a position to draft a private document between you and the vendor in which all the terms and conditions of the agreement will be ratified on paper. The usual practice is to draft an “Option contract” by means of which the vendor grants an option in favour of the buyer to have a priority to buy the property

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within a certain term and according to the conditions agreed. The buyer is normally required to pay a deposit in advance (5%-10% of the price) to obtain this option from the vendor. This document is of huge importance to secure a safe outcome for your interests as it is the contract in which both parties definitively state essential issues such as the price of the property, the payment conditions and the prospective compensations to be awarded in case of breach of contract. Although private contracts are fully valid and enforceable according to Spanish Law, the Spanish property system requires the previous notarisation of every document to be registered at the Land Registry. Therefore, the next step in the purchase procedure is to sign the Public Title Deeds at the Notary´s office. Your lawyer will provide the Public Notary with all the relevant information and documents required to draft the Title Deed. Furthermore, on the completion date it will be very important for you to be assisted by your

currencies it has only lost ground to the Swiss francwhere it is down by six cents. The Swiss franc’s gains are down to nervousness among investors. They worry about Portugal going down the same path as Greece and Ireland moving towards sovereign bankruptcy. Recently Portugal announced a further bond auction and the outcome will determine if the next step is cap in hand to IMF. And they are worrying now about Australia and New Zealand. The pound has achieved a substantial recovery this year against the Aussie and Kiwi dollars following

Finally, your lawyer will also be able to undertake on your behalf the “aftercompletion” tasks: Payment of all relevant costs and taxes within the relevant legal term and subsequent Registration of your Title Deed at the local Land Registry in order to obtain full and public protection of your rights to ownership. Correct professional advice provided by a duly registered lawyer will guarantee a safe outcome for your investment leaving you to think about how to enjoy your new home!

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Over the last three months the foreign exchange market has generated plenty of noise but hasn’t thrown much light on relative currency values. From sterling’s point of view in late February, nothing had really changed from its position in late November against the euro, the Australian dollar and the Canadian dollar. The pound has strengthened by three yen, four US cents and six New Zealand cents. Among the major

lawyer during the reading of the public document by the Notary, so that you fully understand the contents of the “closing ceremony” of the purchase procedure.

natural disasters there; flooding in Australia and earthquakes in New Zealand. It looks as though both countries’ economies will stagnate in the first part of 2011. Concerns about America are more entrenched. By the end of its ‘quantitative easing’ programme, the Federal Reserve will have printed some 2.6 trillion dollars. What happens when it stops the printing in June? Will the States follow Greece and Ireland into receivership? Maybe not, but the unease lingers. Sterling is currently feeling the benefit of investors’ belief that interest rates will head higher this year. The Bank of England argues, perfectly reasonably, that at least half the current 4% inflation rate is down to two things: high oil prices and January’s increase in the standard rate of VAT. Critics say the Bank is neglecting its duty to keep inflation at 2%. The pressure on the Bank to be seen to be doing something is growing. It looks likely that rates will go up this year- though not by much - and that the anticipation should support sterling. Furthermore the rash of revolution spreading across North Africa and the Middle East is causing considerable

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Letters to the Editor 9

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Editors Column

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Letter of the week Dear Editor, They say the fear factor is gone in the middle east, however it is the indifference factor that we must contend with here in the canaries. I live in Puerto Rico with my wife. I am originally from Northern Ireland and 91 years of age. Sorry to sound like a complainer but I would like to draw your attention to a problem I have been having with getting the post in my area. Nothing has arrived at our complex for almost 2 weeks and I have had real trouble getting any information about it from the post office. One of the girls from reception rang them up and was told, without apology, that this was due to the postman’s son being very ill and that he has had to take a lot of time off. Now while I fully sympathise with the man and his family I ask you why is it that the post office are unable to send somebody else to my building. There are several people here of an advanced age and we have trouble enough staying in contact with the world around us without being deprived of what little post we do get sent to us. Furthermore, I am very friendly with our excellent receptionists, who look after us well and work very hard; but can someone please tell me how come they so easily accept the situation described without questioning if things ought to be different? I appear to have been met with the absolute acceptance that the postman’s son’s illness was the cause of my current isolation, that there is nothing odd about it and that when he recovers, which I hope he does soon, my letters will arrive soon afterwards. I find this hard to believe. I mean don’t get me wrong I do like a good challenge, as they say it helps to develop the function of the brain, especially in later years, but I am afraid I am at a total loss over these perhaps not so pressing nor urgent questions. I send you this message via carrier pigeon in the hope of putting the Canaries postal service to shame. Yours Norman, Poroto Novo Thank you Norman for your letter, received in good order. We have heard similar stories about the lackadaisical attitude to such issues demonstrated by many public services on these islands and are very glad to hear from you at all. I think on one hand we must accept that part of the reason many of us come here is precisely for the more relaxed attitude to many

things, however you are right that in the modern age you would certainly think that a postman could be replaced should he need to take time off to care for his family. Please do continue to write and share with us your observations as they are not only insightful but also rather entertaining. And do not worry in the slightest about complaining, remember it is the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. P.S. I believe you have been our Letter Of The Week winner before yet never claimed your prize, I am guessing the Fusion restaurant may be a little outside of your usual stomping ground, so will ask them if would be so kind as to deliver directly to you as a special treat. I live in Sonnenland and would like to share with you a complaint I have had for a long time. I very much need your help. Since having had my home telephone installed I have not received a bill for over 2 years. Not usually something to complain about I hear you say, but you see they say they do send it, just not to my postal code of 35100. Instead they send it to 35109, and so it never arrives. I have informed my service provider MOVISTAR more than 70 times and have had no joy from them whatsoever. Every time it is the same, they promise to send my phone bill with the correct postal code but then I get nothing, I do not pay bill and so they disconnect me and charge me €25 extra to connect again each time. This month I received a bill for €6429 Euros and have had to pay because otherwise they will cut me off and then charge me extra again.. I am sick and tired of the situation and now every time I call MOVISTAR they put the phone down on me.. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME? Alan B. This is an extraordinary situation. I wonder if any others have experienced something similar and would love to hear from anyone who has. If we get enough letters of a similar nature then we can investigate further. MOVISTAR are unable to comment to us on an individual case, however if what you say is true then surely you are due some refund. We will look in to this further for you and try to report back on exactly what steps you can take. In the mean tine, I suggest you change provider immediately.

Net and Computer problems?

We live in Gran Canaria for most of the year, however our family is in England. I spend a lot of money on telephone calls to the UK and they are reluctant to call too often as it costs them a lot of money too. Can you advise me in the digital age of a better way that I might stay in touch than expensive long distant calls? In a word VoIP. Voice over IP is a way of making telephone calls over the internet, but for a fraction of the cost. Often if the other person is using a similar system the call will be completely free. Many people however say that they can not use this service in The Canaries as their internet connection is too slow. I say, get a faster one. Over recent weeks we have had such an extraordinary response to our talk of faster WiMax internet connections

that we have actually gone into partnership with our provider to connect people to the service ourselves. If you live in one of the areas currently covered our WiMax partner can give you significantly better internet speeds and also provide an excellent VoIP telephone service using the same technology which gives you a normal landline number here, free calls to all European landlines as standard and for a tiny extra fee (less than €10 per year) you can even get a UK telephone number as well so that your family can ring you for the same price as a local call here in The Canaries. Sound too good to be true? Email our connections advisor on to see if you can be one of the first to take full advantage of this amazing new technology.

Leaving the things you know and starting anew is always difficult. However my beloved and I both knew that this could be a very good thing, so hurriedly packed all we own in to 7 trunks and sent them with a UK shipping company to be delivered to the island. We were told that it would be a simple process of going to Las Palmas port, where they were due to arrive, and showing identification to the customs officers and that there would be nothing more to pay than the transit fee. Simple. In the two weeks the shipment took to travel from London to Las Palmas, we were moving to our new flat when we had a little disaster, I managed, through too much haste and not enough care, to drop a large television on my beloved’s feet, breaking both her big toes and a little one. As soon as it happened we rushed her to the local state hospital. I was filled with trepidation as I had been led to believe that unless you have private health insurance that facilities on offer here would be a little more rudimentary than I was used to. It was a great relief to discover that in fact the hospital nurses and doctors were not only helpful and friendly but extremely professional and efficient. Within an hour of the accident she had been X-rayed and was being seen by a specialist. The recovery of course took a little longer. Through her pain I more than once questioned if we had done the right thing, or if she might ever forgive me for such an awful start. She bravely coped, unable to walk let alone look for work, and with being somewhat isolated in our new home. Luckily her family were around to help her through it all. Now, 6 weeks later, she is back up and running around and finally starting to enjoy our wonderful new life together. She’s even forgiven me. However we are still without our belongings. The shipment arrived on time, but the company at this end told me I would need to pay import tax as the shipment was being sent to a resident of the island. After I explained that we were new residents and these were my personal belongings they told me I would need to get my foreign resident’s identification number (NIE) and present it to them, and if I didn’t want to incur import tax I would also need proof that I was a new resident. It took 2 weeks to get my NIE and a further two weeks to get proof I’d registered with my local council as a new resident. When I sent copies to the customs officials, the Aduana said my number had not been activated. It took several phone calls to find out I also needed fill out a special form and present it in person to the tax office in Las Palmas. Almost two months after shipping I’ve still yet to receive my belongings. I’ve learned that life here is often not as easy as you think its going to be, and that much of the time a little local knowledge is very, very useful. But most of all if you have a little patience and try not to rush, things will usually work themselves out. I wonder if this is the first step to really becoming part of the Canarian way? PLEASE SEE THE BACK PAGE AND SPONSOR ME FOR OUR ACCM BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PARACHUTE JUMP AT THE END OF APRIL. I´M NOT FOND OF HEIGHTS AND DON´T USUALLY TRY TO FALL OUT OF AEROPLANES BUT IT´S FOR A VERY GOOD CAUSE. GULP!

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10 Canarian Character

ACCM Founder Marisa Herrera Marisa Herrera Ramos – President of ACCM (Asociación Canaria de Cáncer de Mama - Canarian Breast Cancer Charity)

Marisa’s most recent initiative has been to expand the charity’s remit to include support to women with other forms of gynaecological cancers.

The Canary News was fortunate enough to hear Marisa’s inspiring speech at the Breast Cancer fundraising launch organised by GLAY (Gay & Lesbian Association Yumbo) on 8 March 2011 (see edition 42, page 10). We were keen to find out more about this exceptional lady who has been through more than her fair share of tragic breast cancer experiences. Jacky Donovan relates the story of Marisa’s life for us.

With a grown-up daughter herself, Marisa commented that breast cancer is like the sword of Damocles hanging over them. Her daughter is tested more frequently than other women but she has decided not to have the blood tests that would show whether she has the genes that indicate a strong likelihood of breast cancer during her lifetime. Who can blame her for not wanting to know?

Marisa was born in December 1950 in the Canarian village of Teror. An excellent student, she was also renowned for her mischievous behaviour and frequently found climbing the chestnut trees of Teror, a habit she says she has definitely grown out of!

then known on this island for being the richest Englishman and the biggest exporter of tomatoes of his era. A street in Carrizal, where he had his tomato warehouse, now bears his name. Whilst working for him, Marisa made many trips to London where she met Sir Thomas Beecham - best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic orchestras - taking lessons with him and staying in his majestic and imposing house on occasion. When Marisa was 31 her cousin, with whom she’d shared such good times in London, died from breast cancer at only 28 years of age. This was the first contact Marisa had with the disease and, at the time, she had no idea how it would come to affect her own life so dramatically. Only eight years later, Marisa herself was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy along with the corresponding treatments needed to ensure its success. Two years later she went through successful reconstruction surgery although this would not end the long journey on which this disease would take her.

At the age of 12, Marisa moved to England partly as a result of excellent foresight on the part of her father who believed that tourism would become key to Gran Canaria’s future success and partly due to her own desire to learn languages. She lived with her uncle and cousins, with her uncle receiving £2 a week from the state for her keep, which she supplemented to pay for her English studies by serving afternoon tea at the Olympic pool in Cardiff. Years later, benefitting from her ability to speak English, she worked as executive secretary for Leonard Hamaton Pilcher,

With heart-rending coincidence, on exactly the same day as her reconstructive surgery, her aunt, having battled with breast cancer, died of the illness. Subsequently, in 2005, breast cancer struck her mother and, 4 years later, another aunt (mother of her cousin who died of it at only 28 years of age) was diagnosed with the disease. Marisa’s own experience of the lack of information and help for breast cancer patients in Gran Canaria led her to start to fight against the illness to ensure her own recovery and then to form ACCM, the Canarian Breast Cancer Association.

Today ACCM provides both physical and mental help for patients, supporting them through the trials that the disease ravages on their lives and those of their families. With a small team including physiotherapists and psychologists she endeavours to ease the pain for those recently diagnosed. Helping them through the struggle to acknowledge that breast cancer is no longer a death sentence, but a challenge that can be overcome with an opportunity to live life to the full despite the undoubted trauma, Marisa is a tower of strength and support to all involved. Having worked in a variety of roles in different Canarian hospitals over the years and attended numerous conferences across Europe in support of ACCM and other breast cancer initiatives,

Working tirelessly as President of ACCM despite (or maybe because of) her own traumatic story, Marisa Herrera Ramos is undoubtedly a “Canarian Character” that Gran Canaria is truly proud to call its own!

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Scandinavian Scene 11

with Nina Blaafjell

Royal Visit to the Canaries

Rumours have been flying with regard to a visit to Fuerteventura by the Crown Pprince and Princess of Norway, Haakon & Mette-Marit. Both Norwegian and Spanish press have reported that the couple would visit the island from the 1st to the 4th April.

but was observed windsurfing and kitesurfing at playa de Sotavento in the south of Fuerteventura on Saturday. As he was observed arriving at the airport with what appeared to be a surfboard as part of his luggage this is thought to be main purpose of this private visit to the island. Both the Crown Prince and Princess were, according to their official programme published on the Norwegian Royal Family website, scheduled to take part in a meeting at midday on the 4th April. It is therefore thought that the Crown Prince’s visit to Fuerteventura ended on Sunday the 3rd April. The couple had an official visit to Ghana scheduled for the 12th- 14th April.

They were reported to have decided to stay in the north if the island at Corralejo. Representatives for the Crown Prince & Princess have refused to comment. They only comment on official trips and visits by the Royal Family, and no official trips to the Canary Islands were scheduled. On Friday the 1st April it was the Crown Prince Haakon only that arrived in Fuerteventura with a group of friends. Crown Princess Mette-Marit, contrary to some reports, did not accompany her husband on his trip. The Crown Prince stayed at the five star Bahia Real hotel in Corralejo. He has kept a low profile during his visit

Cheap Flights and Holidays to the Canaries Due to the unrest in Egypt most Scandinavian tour operators cancelled all their holidays and charter flights to Egypt for the duration of the winter season. Many of the operators moved the flights originally bound for Egypt to the Canary Islands. One of the Tour operators, Star Tours, has three extra flights per week to the Canary Islands while operators Apollo and Ving have four and three extra flights per week respectively. The extra volume of flights available means it is the best time to get a cheap deal to the Canary Islands from Scandinavia. Star Tour has also reported that Gran Canaria is more popular than ever while Ving have reported that they are flying from 13 airports in Norway to Gran Canaria at Easter and are almost fully booked with only the odd seat available. Ving also reports that Gran Canaria is the clear favourite for Easter Holidays from Norway.

Kindergarten at the Norwegian School to Close After the final report from The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training about the Norwegian School was finalised it came to light that the school did not have permission to run a kindergarten at the school as they currently do and will have to close it. The school are currently looking for another party to take over the running of the kindergarten, which will then be a completely separate activity. They have

applied for permission from The Directorate to rent the premises currently used for the kindergarten to a potential new owner. If they do not get this permission it would still be possible for someone to set up the business in new premises. The Norwegian Kindergarten has been a popular option for parents with young children so it is hoped a solution will be found to avoid loosing this service entirely.

Carnival Celebration at the British School

The yearly carnival bash at the British School (south) follows no strict theme, except fun and games for all. The school established in 1966 teaches children from over 20 nationalities, aged between three and eighteen, based on a British curriculum model using English as a primary language, though it concentrates heavily too on Spanish.

This year’s school carnival celebration took place on Thursday 24th March. The staff and many of the students kept with the local Carnival theme, Maspalomas and The Sea, so there were numerous mermaids and sailors who joined in the seasonal revelry throughout the day.

The playground was decorated in a multicoloured display as each class in the school performed a song and paraded their fancy dress costumes to the delight of their proud parents.

The children enjoyed class activities and playground games organized around the theme, including decorating masks, assorted word games, musical statues and many more fun-filled activities. The grand finale of the day was the school assembly where the best costumes and best decorated masks received a prize.

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12 Enviroment

4th Environmental Conference Santa Lucia The Fourth Environment Conference held last week in Vecindario’s Victor Jara Theatre, the Casa de la Cultural, focused on ‘green jobs’ as a viable economic alternative, stating that this is a sector that can help to develop a sustainable model of economic growth for the Canaries.

Organized by the Department of Environment for the City of Santa Lucia, with accreditation from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria about 250 people were confirmed to attend.

The area councillor, Ofelia Alvarado, stated that this initiative has three major objectives, “first, to analyse the development potential of the islands around so-called ‘green jobs’ as an alternative for economic development, second, to share experiences, initiatives and projects carried out successfully in this sector, and thirdly, to serve as a meeting point for technicians, politicians, businessmen, entrepreneurs and citizens interested in the ‘green economy’. “

The agenda of this fourth edition, which was opened on Monday 4th April by the

Mayor Silverio Matos and began with a presentation by the head of Corporate Technology Development for the Division of Innovation Technology at the Canarias Institute of Technology (ITC), Valentin Brito, on green employment opportunities in a sustainable economy. The Canaries oceanic platform and opportunities in marine energy around the Canaries, was the subject of guest speaker Javier Gonzalez of Banco de Ensayos de PLOCAN, who closed the conference the first day of the conference, which continued on the Tuesday with analyses

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To encourage technology development and dissemination of best practices in the tourism sector by adapting their offering to new demands and opportunities.

The Canary Islands have been a first rate tourist destination for decades and tourism is today one of the pillars of the economy of Spain.

Intelitur Actions • Creating a technology platform that allows companies to access knowledge, services and tools centrally • Tool making, repositioning and new business models for SMEs. • Design and implementation of a common methodology, funding and mechanisms for technology transfer and innovation sector. • Market research, competitive applied intelligence systems. Providing companies and government agencies looking information on the evolution of supply and demand, and promoting better strategic positioning of companies in the public sector. • Conducting an outreach and revitalization forum to raise awareness among SMEs in the sector of the need to innovate. • Creation of four watchdogs looking at: ◦ Sustainability: to analyse companies and tourist destinations. ◦ Standards: A Compilation of regulatory aspects of applications in the tourism sector. ◦ Competitiveness: monitoring and improving on the competitiveness of Spanish tourism companies and the industry in general. ◦ Employment: analysis of supply and demand of employment in the sector, and the relationship between industry demand and current training plans.

However, this situation is not assured in the future. The tourism industry is undergoing major structural changes worldwide due to an increased range of destinations, goods and services, changing consumer habits and the emergence of new technologies. At your side to keep up To help tourism businesses to innovate and compete, “The Chamber of Commerce, with funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the Ministry of Tourism, created Intelitur, for Knowledge, Intelligence and Innovation in Tourism. Intelitur helps Spanish companies, SMEs, and the other agents involved in tourism to address current industry challenges. Three main objectives Sharing and communicating existing knowledge about the tourism sector. To promote innovation and technology transfer, creating tools that allow companies to better position themselves in the market and to be more competitive.

of land banks as a source of employment and the sustainable environment as a business opportunity. Environment Days such as these are included in the aims of the Strategic Priority Area 1, aimed at promoting employment and enterprise creation, which includes the Santa Lucia Strategic Plan 2020. Climate change in the islands, clean energy and biodiversity, sustainable development and urban and tourist potential of Santa Lucia are the issues that have been dealt with at the previous conferences in the city.

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Feature 13

Folk Canarias Festival Weekend The Folk Canarias Festival Comes to Mogan. Friday 8th April to Sunday 10th 2011.

They tell us Folk music has not gone, it is the present and future. That’s why this festival, now in its sixth year, is not only alive but represents a continuous and unstoppable flow of creativity. Representing artists dedicated to both creating and experiencing the roots of music, too often excluded from the media by big business interests. Mixing styles to discover a world of folk alive and well in the present reminding us of where we came from or the traditions of our various cultures. More than mere historical interest, we open a large

vein of continuity and permanence using expressions of the memory itself. Trying to stop the flow of roots music would be like trying to stop time.

Let yourself go ... standing, sitting or lying down. Enjoy mingling with the Celtic rock, Canary islands folk sound or klezmer. Dive into gypsy music, Basque, Galician, Swedish or French. Move with the rhythms of Cuba or feel the most beautiful melodies of the old Hibernia and Caledonia. The Festival continues throughout the weekend.

You just gotta Zumba! Zumba is a cardio-based workout with sculpting exercises designed to tone the entire body from top to bottom. It is fun, which motivates you to adhere to the program, even after you get the results you desire. You’ll keep coming back simply because it is FUN. Zumba Fitness headquarters is in Miami Florida. The original person behind Zumba is Beto Perez, a former fitness instructor from Columbia, who forgot to bring his music to work one day. Luckily he had his favourite salsa, cumbia and merengue in the car with him so he used this instead for the class and improvised a mixture of dance and fitness steps to it. The participants just loved it and Zumba Fitness was born. It grew from just selling DVD’s on ‘Telsell’ to a company who now train instructors, created zumbawear and have their own magazine devoted to Zumba. Feeling a little flabby? Looking for something fun to do that will help keep you healthy without really trying? For many group exercise has become boring and stale over the last 10 years. Aerobics classes are old news Zumba is the latest in fun and fitness. People of all ages love to move to upbeat music, and a little choreography can make it all the more rewarding. Perhaps you’d like to bring family and friends. From now on you can look forward to “going to the club” for a fun time that “doesn’t feel like working out!”

Zumba Comes to Gran Canaria: Certified instructor Mika Brouwer’s background is group fitness. She has taught many forms of exercise class. When in the Caribbean, she heard that Zumba was the hottest fitness craze sweeping across Europe. As soon as she tried it she was hooked. This was fun exercise in disguise. Her aim now is to bring Zumba to Gran Canaria to let people here enjoy this fantastic way to exercise, have a good time, laugh, have fun, get into shape, burn calories, and provide, as they say in Spanish “suda la camiseta sin darte cuenta”; sweat on the T-shirt without realising.

The unique Zumba Latin inspired international music and dance steps create a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness system. Non-verbal cuing allows the class to feel the music and movements rather than worrying about what the instructor is going to yell at them next! It’s a fluid program.

She is certified in the Zumba Specialties: Aqua Zumba (pool party), Zumba Gold (for the mature party crowd), Zumba Toning (for rocking party bodies) and ZumbAtomic (Zumba for kids).

Zumba is designed for everyone, every shape and age. Anyone can start a class and have fun. It is in no way limited to dancers, fitness fanatics or seniors. All exercisers from beginner to advanced level will enjoy the benefits of a Zumba class. Everyone is welcome.

As a special introductory offer you can try your first class for just €5 with many more special offers appearing regularly on the website and in The Canary News. Wear easy fitted clothes and sport shoes. Bring a bottle of water and a towel. Check out for more information. Or Call 608 395 745

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14 ‘Twitters from the Atlantic’

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.

A Tortoise called ‘Aduana’

Despite all the positive aspects of living in the Canary Islands there are, as in all things in life, a few negatives too. One of my main irritations is slow delivery of parcels, which is often due to the Aduana (Customs) process. Even though the Canary Islands are part of Spain, and within the European Union, we are outside of both for the purposes of taxation. This state of affairs is of great benefit to residents and visitors alike, who can buy all the luxury goods they can afford whilst on holiday, and pay only 5% IGIC (local tax) instead of IVA or VAT in Spain of 18% and in the UK at 20%. However, there are downsides too.

I have several publications in this format. However, if you live in Spain and the Canary Islands, the only option is to purchase the Kindle from in the US.

Two months ago, my publishers in the UK sent me a box containing copies of my new book, ‘Letters from the Atlantic’. One month later I was still waiting for the box to arrive when I received a telephone call. The publishers had just received the box of books back in the offices, undelivered. Undaunted, they tried again. Three weeks later, the same thing happened and the box was returned to them. No reason given, and just returned. “We send all over the world, even Oman despite the recent troubles, and the books always get there. It is always the Canary Islands that are the problem” commented one irritated member of staff.

If, for example, I wish to purchase an item from outside the Canary Islands, I invariably end up paying both the tax from the country of origin, as well as the local Canary Islands tax, plus a delivery surcharge of around €6! Fortunately, those very good people at Amazon have now seen the error of their ways after I challenged them recently. I was surprised and delighted to receive a hefty refund for all the VAT that I had paid on items delivered to the Canary Islands over the last few years. Yes, if you contact them after delivery they will refund your VAT! Now back to the Aduana. This organisation does seem to move at the pace of a tortoise on Prozac. They appear to be totally unaware that we have a global economy nowadays and that many of us also like to shop globally. After all, there are some things that cannot be purchased in the Canary Islands. Take, for example, Amazon’s very clever new device - the Kindle e-reader. I do confess to having some interest in the success of this product as

arrived in Madrid the next day and was in Las Palmas the day after that. I think that four days for a package to get from the US to the Canary Islands is rather good. However, as I write this, my box of goodies has been sitting in the office of the Aduana in Las Palmas awaiting release - 7 days so far, and still counting.

On the face of it, this is not a problem. Ordering from is quick and simple, apart from having to deposit an additional sum for local tax to be paid to the Aduana upon arrival. The tracking information was fascinating; my Kindle left Kentucky in the US and arrived in Germany the following day. The package

The whole episode was just a little embarrassing. I have been receiving messages from friends, family, readers and the media in the UK commenting and asking me about my new book, without having actually seen a copy myself. In the end, out of desperation, I ordered a couple from Amazon - they were with me five days later. Now, I am not suggesting that it is the fault of the Aduana, but I do wonder? © Barrie Mahoney

If you enjoyed this article, take a look at Barrie’s websites: and or read his latest book, ‘Letters from the Atlantic’ (ISBN: 978 184 386 6459).

With Theresa Coe

Spanish Lesson This and that… Sorry to break it to you, but you won´t be surprised: there are three ways to say ‘this’ in Spanish. Este (masculine), esta (feminine) and esto (neutral). The latter is for when we´re speaking in general or don´t know the name of the object we´re referring to.

THIS: the one with the ‘t’


To make plurals, we normally add an ‘s’, but for both masculine and neutral words, ESTOS means ‘these’, or ESTAS for feminine words. Similarly, ‘those’ would be ESOS or ESAS. Estos son mis hijos, y estas son mis sobrinas. These are my children, and these are my nieces. En la panadería (the bakery, pointing):

ESTE hombre es mi marido, José. This man is my husband, José. (Masculine).

No quiero esos, sino estos aquí. (I don´t want those, but these ones here).

ESTA mesa es mía. This table is mine (because ‘table’ is feminine: la mesa).


Todo ESTO es fantástico. All this is fantastic. (Neutral/general). THAT: just drop the ‘t’: ESE dia fue horrible. That day was horrible (‘day’ is masculine – el día despite ending in ‘a’) ESA falda es preciosa. That skirt is beautiful. (Feminine). ¿ESO es todo? Is that all? (Neutral)

While we use four words in English, it’s just one in Spanish: ‘That one over there’ is translated as AQUEL (masculine) or AQUELLA (feminine). For plural (those over there) it´s AQUELLOS/ AQUELLAS. We use this word for objects that´s are far away or not visible. Eg: Aquella playa parece bonita (that beach over there looks pretty)

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describing a thing/person) goes BEFORE the noun. For example, uno becomes un, bueno changes to buen and aquello to aquel:


¡Quiero uno! (I want one!) but un momento (NOT uno momento - one moment). Un trabajo bueno (a good job) but un buen trabajo (same meaning).

En ese momento – at THAT moment (in the past)

Note 2: It´s easy to confuse the verb ESTAR (to be), e.g. está aquí (it is here) with esta (this, feminine). Estar is the only verb in the present tense where you ‘push down’ at the end, as indicated by the accent. If you stress the wrong syllable of a word, people either won´t understand you or will think you´re saying something different. So when practising ‘this/that/those’ etc , make sure you push down on the second-to-last syllable, (which may also be the first, if there are only two of them). Here´s an example: ¿Quisiera seleccionar una tarta? Vale. Esta está bien [ESS-ta es-TAH bee-EN]. Would you like to select a cake? Alright. This (one) is fine.

Aquellos hombres están mirándome (those men over there are looking at me)

Common expressions with this/that:

Note 1: Normally we drop the ‘o’ in the rare event that an adjective (word

Esta mañana/esta tarde/esta noche – this morning, this afternoon/evening,

En este momento – at the moment (the Spanish say: in this moment).

¿Eso es? - Is that all? - Sí, eso es. (Yes, that’s all). Remember to change your tone of voice to indicate whether you´re asking, or telling. Por eso – that´s why (lit: ‘for that’). Eg: Me encanta el sol - por eso vivo aquí. (I love the sun – that´s why I live here). Aquel dia… That day (a long time ago). LOVING THE LANGUAGE EXCHANGE If you´d like more practice speaking Spanish, do get in touch to be assigned a speaking partner in your area, or to find out about our monthly ‘intercambio de idiomas’ in Las Palmas and Playa del Inglés (Spanish in exchange for English, German or whatever languages you have to offer). This free initiative is also a great way to make friends with people from different nationalities. For more info, e-mail:

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Elegant April Awaits in Las Palmas Meanwhile at Casa Africa at the other end of town on Alfonso XIII, there is a photographic exhibition well worth a visit. Two photographers, Hector Mediavilla from Spain and Baudouin Mouanda, from the Republic of Congo have captured eighty-one images of the Congolese S.A.P.E (Société des Ambianceurs et Persons Élégants).

conduct, there is is an uncomfortable shadow cast by the lengths some of the men go to to finance their wardrobe in such harsh economic circumstances. However, one thing you can be sure of is the amazing images which are provided when two such contrasting cultures collide. The exhibition is on until the 29th of April.

Spanish contemporary music scene. One of Maike’s songs was recently played on the BBC’s 6 Music, the last stronghold of independent music on British national radio. The concert starts at 8.30 and tickets cost 15€ from the CICCA ticket office.

Maike Makovski

Swan Lake The arrival of spring signals a host of cultural events in Las Palmas to choose from writes Gordon Sutcliffe The Moscow Ballet bring their performance of Swan Lake to the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium on Las Canteras on the 19th April.

Swan Lake With music composed by Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake was first performed in 1877, at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. It was the first ballet to have a score written by a symphonic composer and has become one of the most popular classical ballets. Split into four acts, the plot is based on Russian folk tales and follows the emotional story of Odette the young princess, who due to a curse placed by evil sorcerer Von Rothbart, has been transformed into a swan by day and can only regain her human form at night. Swan Lake was recently exposed to the wider audience of the big screen in the Academy Award-winning film Black Swan. The psychological thriller, directed by Darren Aronofsky, revolves around a production of the ballet by a prestigious New York Ballet company and in particular the relationship between two ballerinas vying for the dual role of the fragile White Swan and darker Black Swan. If you enjoyed the film, now is your opportunity to see the original production. The performance starts at 8.30 p.m and this version lasts just over two hours.

Maike Makovski

Casa Africa The “sapeurs”, as they are known, are a group of Congolese men, predominantly from the capital Brazzaville, who adhere to a cult of high fashion above all else, against a backdrop of extreme poverty. In this resource-rich central African country, ravaged by decades of colonial rule and more recently, corruption and brutal civil war, men wearing Gucci and Versace can be seen strutting through the city slums.

If alternative rock music is more your thing, on Thursday 14th April, Maike Makovski and her three-piece band (David Martínez on drums, Juan Carlos Luque on base and Oskar Benas on guitar ) will be performing songs from her self-titled new album, at the Cultural Enterprise Centre (CICCA) in Plaza de Alameda de Colon in the old town. The Andalusian-Macedonian musician, born in Mallorca, recorded the album in Bristol with producer John Parish who is best known for his work with Mercury Award-winner P.J Harvey.

CICCA later in the month, April 29th and 30th, sees two concerts by Madrilean acoustic guitarist Quique Gonzalez. During a thirteen-year career Quique has released eight studio albums and supported legends including Bob Dylan. He is currently touring Spain with his new project, the Desbanadados which according to his own website, offers “a freer, more intimate repertoire including b-sides and tracks that have not fitted in previous concerts”.

The roots of the movement can be traced back to the 1920s and 30s when the first privileged Congolese who had spent time in France returned with wardrobes of elegant suits. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s and 70s that the cult of style really took off, thanks to musician and singer Papa Wemba. One of the origional WOMAD artists, Papa Wemba returned from various trips to Paris with a flamboyant, escapist fashion sense to challenge the government’s strict traditional dress code, which was accompanied by a ban on all imported clothes. Quique Gonzalez Maike Makovski

Casa Africa Though the S.A.P.E follow a moral code of impeccable manners and gentlemanly

The British singer-songwriter has clearly had a an influence on the sound that Maike and her group generate. This highly talented musician who is a singer, composer, pianist and guitarist is evidence that an alternative to the traditional Latino sound and manufactured pop exists in the

Should you pay a little visit to the capital this month, now that the evenings are lighter you should able to find something to entertain you, be it with blues or ballet, in the run up to summer, when the real party season begins. Gordon Suitcliffe

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16 Pagina en Español y Ingles

By Fulgencio Cerrajero

¿Podría Gran Canaria sufrir un Tsu Could Gran Canaria suffer a Tsuna En estas últimas semanas los medios de comunicación canaria se han hecho eco de unas fantásticas fotografías retocadas del artista gráfico y fotógrafo Jorge Leal. En ellas podemos ver La ciudad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria completamente devastada por un hipotético tsunami. Después de observar estas impresionantes imágenes en sets/72157622745626694/ me pregunto si no habrá algo de cierto en todo esto. In recent weeks the Canarian media have featured the fantastic graphic work and retouched images of photographer Jorge Leal. In them we see the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria completely devastated by a tsunami scenario. After seeing these amazing images at sets/72157622745626694/ I wondered if there is any truth to them. Dos son los tsunami que la Isla de Gran Canaria ha registrado a lo largo de su historia. Y todos ellos causados por temblores volcánicos y terremotos. There have been two tsunamis recorded on Gran Canaria during the island´s long history. Both caused by volcanic tremors and earthquakes.

El primer registro conocido es de hace unos 800.000 años. Se trata del tsunami gigante que inundó Agaete cruzando la distancia que separa Tenerife de Gran Canaria en tan sólo 15 minutos. Según estudios de la ULPGC y el director de la estación volcanológica, Juan Carlos Carracedo, los sedimentos marinos de aquel tsunami se encuentran hoy en la zona de los Berrazales, a 90 metros por encima del nivel mar. Fue provocado por el desplome de 40 kilómetros cúbicos del valle de Güimar en Tenerife. Dio lugar a una ola gigante de 30 metros de altura y se adentró en más de 3.5 kilómetros por el Valle de Agaete a una velocidad de 50 kilómetros por hora. The first of these was about 800,000 years ago. This was the giant tsunami that swept across Agaete crossing the gap between Tenerife and Gran Canaria in just 15 minutes. Studies by ULPGC and volcanological station director, Juan Carlos Carracedo, show that marine sediments from that tsunami are now in the area of los Berrazales, 90 meters above sea level. It was caused

by the collapse of a 40 cubic kilometer section of the Güimar valley in Tenerife. This resulted in a tidal wave 30 meters high reaching into the Agaete Valley more than 3.5 km inland at a speed of 50 kilometers per hour. El segundo tsunami se lo debemos al terremoto de Lisboa, en 1755, que arrasó las costas del Golfo de Cádiz causando más de 2.000 muertos, y aunque mucho más mermado llegó hasta El Puerto de La Luz, y la Playa de Maspalomas. Se estima, además, que fue la causa principal de la formación de las Dunas de Maspalomas. (Ver The Canary News edición 43) The second tsunami was due to the Lisbon earthquake in 1755 that devastated the coasts of the Gulf of Cadiz causing more than 2,000 deaths, and though much diminished reached El Puerto de La Luz and Playa de Maspalomas. It is also suggested that this was the primary cause for the formation of the dunes of Maspalomas. (See The Canary News edition 43)

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unami? ami?

La amenaza del volcán Cumbre Vieja en La Palma The threat of the volcano Cumbre Vieja in La Palma Bill McGuire y el equipo de vulcanólogos del Benfield Hazard Research Centre de Londres, están convencidos. El próximo tsunami se producirá dentro de 20 o 200 años, sin fecha determinada, pero según su equipo es seguro que el hundimiento de la ladera occidental del volcán de Cumbre Vieja, en la isla de La Palma provocará un tsunami. mayor que recientemente en Japón. Una enorme roca de 500 kilómetros de ancho y del tamaño aproximado de la Isla de Man se desprenderá, y 15 minutos después una ola de 300 metros chocará contra las islas vecinas. En El Hierro, La Gomera y Tenerife alcanzará los 100 metros; al llegar a la costa africana, Lanzarote y Fuerteventura superará los 50 metros. Y tres horas más tarde, olas de 5 metros alcanzarán todo el litoral Atlántico de la Península Ibérica, para seguir su camino hacia Norte América, Sudamérica, Caribe, Irlanda y el Reino Unido. Bill McGuire and his team of volcanologists from London’s Benfield Hazard Research Centre, are apparently convinced that the next tsunami will occur within the next 20 to 200 years due to his estimated calculation that the collapse of the western slope of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma will cause a mega tsunami in that time higher than recently seen in Japan. A huge rock of 500 kilometers wide, that is about the size of the Isle of Man, is expected to break off, and 15 minutes later cause a 300-meter wave to crash into the neighboring islands. In El Hierro, La Gomera and Tenerife the wave will raise up to 100 meters and reach the African coast, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura still more than 50 meters high. Three hours later, 5-meter waves would reach the entire Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula, continuing its journey to North America, South America, The Caribbean, Ireland and the UK. Sin embargo el vulcanólogo Juan Carlos Carracedo del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas de Canarias, que ayudó a McGuire a realizar su primeras

mediciones, y los científicos Russell Wynn y Doug Masson del Centro de Oceanografía de la Universidad de Southampton, califican de «tremendamente exagerado» el estudio del equipo de McGuire. However, the volcanologist Juan Carlos Carracedo from the National Research Council of the Canary Islands, who helped McGuire to make his first measurements, as well as scientists Russell Wynn and Doug Masson from Oceanography Centre of University of Southampton, has described this study as “wildly exaggerated”. Nosotros preferimos quedamos con las tranquilizantes palabras del profesor Juan Carlos Carracedo, «Nadie puede jugar con las fechas de una hipotética catástrofe. Y menos aún cuando se habla de la aparición de tsunamis tras la caída al mar de una parte del volcán de Cumbre Vieja. No podemos saber cómo va evolucionar esta montaña. Es muy probable, según nuestros estudios, que lo haga hacia configuraciones estables. En este caso, no habría problemas. Pero aún poniéndonos en el peor de los escenarios, que el volcán empezara a romperse de forma preocupante, el proceso duraría miles o centenares de miles de años. Estamos hablando de un tiempo geológico admitido por todos los científicos serios, y no del que habla McGuire».

We prefer to stay with the soothing words of Professor Juan Carlos Carracedo, “No one can play with the dates of a hypothetical disaster. And even less can we talk about an hypothetical occurrence of tsunamis after the supposed collapse a part of the Cumbre Vieja volcano. We can not know how this mountain will evolve. It is very probable, looking at our studies, that the mountain will acheive a stable configuration. In this case, there would be no trouble. But even putting in the worst case scenario, if the volcano began to break in a worrying manner, the process could take thousands or hundreds of thousands of years. We’re talking geological time as agreed by many serious scientists. “ Así que no se asusten al ver las fotografías de Jorge Leal. Son solo una demostración de lo que se puede conseguir con un buen retoque. So do not fear the photographs of Jorge Leal. These are just a demonstration of what can be achieved with a good retouch. *(Photograph kindly provided for this story by Jorge Leal for The Canary News. For any request or query contact with Jorge Leal at


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18 Feature

Rally Fever - El Corte Inglés Trophy

The Organizing Committee of the 35th Canary Islands Rally “El Corte Inglés Trophy” are about to announce the final enrolment list for the the prestigious Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), the European Cup Championship Rally Spain and Canary Rally Championships. The last count having met with the approval of the FIA and RFEDA, amounts to 76 registered teams, 35 of which are FIA approved and 41 approved for the Championship of Spain and Canary Islands.

for production based race cars. The specification is split to cover both rally and touring car racing. Super 2000 rally cars are also permitted to compete in Super 2000 World Rally Championship events. The goal of the Super 2000 classification is to allow more manufacturers and privateers to race by reducing the cost of a competitive car.

Tarajalillo circuit, off the GC500 near the Aeroclub at Bahaia Feliz and will have a limited capacity. Ticket information can be found on the official website: www.

on Wednesday 13 April from 19.00 and Miller Building in Las Palmas, there will be an autograph signing by the IRC drivers.

A preview of the various events and presentations of the teams will take place

Several teams of the Super 2000 Championship cars have joined the second of the two Rally standards under RFEDA rules, on the basis that their vehicles can way up to 50 kg less, though they will not appear in the rankings of IRC championship, just on the championships listing for Spain. Super 2000, also known as S2000, is an FIA specification and classification

Presentation of the final list is planned to take place on Friday 8th April at 13.00 hours in the Hotel Santa Catalina’s Garcia Escámez room, in Las Palmas, the venue for the official presentation of the 35th edition of the Canary Islands Rally, El Corte Ingles trophy. T.C. Gran Canaria - Festina Trophy The Stages of Gran Canaria - Festina Trophy to be held twice on Friday 15 April at the Gran Karting Club de

[All images © RAMON RODRIGUEZ SOSA under CC from]

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Tortilla Paisana

Cookery 19

– Omelette Country-Style Ingredients: 500g potatoes 6 eggs 100g green beans 100g peas 50g ham 50g chorizo sausage 1 onion olive oil salt

Method: Peel the potatoes and chop into small pieces. Finely chop half the onion in the same way. Heat a good amount of olive oil in a frying pan and add

Sangria Punch A Pinot Noir style red wine is used in this special version of the traditional recipe

Ingredients: 6 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick

55g castor sugar 750ml orange juice 125ml port 10cm thin strip orange rind 750ml bottle light red wine 125ml brandy 125ml gin 125ml vermouth

80ml grenadine 1.25 litre bottle lemonade 1 large orange, sliced 1 large red apple, sliced and cored


Combine spices, sugar, juice, port and rind in medium pan; stir over heat without

the potatoes and onion; add a little salt. Fry on a low heat, stirring occasionally, making sure it is cooked but not browned. Chop the beans and cook together with peas until tender. Chop the second half of the onion and add to a second frying pan with olive oil. Fry until onion becomes transparent, then add the ham and chorizo (both diced), the beans and peas and finally add the potatoes, draining off any excess oil. Beat the eggs with a little salt in a deep bowl, and add the mixture from the frying pan, stirring well. Heat a frying pan, well greased with oil, and cook the omelette on both sides. Serve sliced into small portions with a green salad.

boiling, until sugar is dissolved. Simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes, strain into large bowl and let cool. Add alcohol, grenadine, lemonade and orange to juice mixture; cover and refrigerate for three hours or overnight. Add apple just before serving.

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20 Restaurant Critic with Simon Spit

Sponsored by

By Simon Spit

Amber Real Indian Restaurant

Amber Real Indian Restaurant, Corralejo, Fuerteventura

At last the food arrived and we tucked in. The portions were more than generous, but it was the taste which took my breath away. Absolutely wonderful! The ingredients used were definitely the freshest and prepared with such care that one could still taste the spices lingering long after the food was finished. We ate every last bit and even ordered a second chapatti bread to dip in the exquisite curry sauce.

Awarded 5 Stars

(out of a possible five) ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Simon´s Guide Amber Real ☆☆☆☆☆ (Corralejo, Fuerteventura) Greek Taverna ☆☆☆☆☆ (San Agustin) Saffron ☆☆☆☆☆ (Puerto Mogán) El Arepazo Latin Grill ☆☆☆☆ (Avd. de Canarias Vecindario) Il Duomo di Milano ☆☆☆☆ (Veril Playa Hotel) Las Caracolas ☆☆☆☆ (C.C.Eurocenter) Taberna Bulgaria III ☆☆☆☆ (Yumbo Centre) Restaurante Centrum ☆☆☆☆ (Yumbo Centre) Rimini ☆☆☆☆ (Playa del Inglés) Restaurante Roma ☆☆☆ (Playa del Inglés) Subway ☆☆☆ (Playa del Inglés) Grand Italia ☆☆ (Meloneras) Hooters ☆☆ (Playa del Inglés.) Restaurant Miami ☆☆ (Puerto Rico C.C.) Ciao Ciao Italian Café ☆ (Playa del Inglés, Anexo II) Lei Beilo ☆ (Yumbo Centre)

Well hello again my lovelies. You’ll never guess who paid me a surprise visit – my dear old mum, Petunia Spit. Yeesss, that’s right, came over last week for Mothers Day and didn’t tell me until she phoned from the airport in London and asked me to meet her at Puerto de Rosario airport. Wait a minute I replied, we don’t have an airport with that name, it’s Las Palmas for Gran Canaria. Oh horror of horrors she had managed to mix up the islands and in ten minutes was boarding a plan for Fuerteventura! Lordy, Lord whatever could I do? I could see even more of my inheritance slipping down the drain if I let her loose on her own over there; within minutes of landing

she will have hooked up with one of those ‘gigolos’ who prey on scatty old women. I still had about five hours before she would land so I immediately took a taxi back home to pack a few clothes and then whisk off to Fuerte. My good friend Lionel lived there so we could stay with him for a couple of days. Yes that was the answer, so after having packed a couple of gorgeous outfits I boarded the forty minute flight and landed just half an hour before hers was due. As I waited by Arrivals I could see that my previous thought about ‘gigolos’ was right, there they all were in the skin tight jeans and body hugging t-shirts, thank goodness I was there to look after my inheritance. And then I saw her, waving madly at me and dressed in a bright pink lycra jumpsuit with gravity-defying black ‘Manolo’ boots, Oh my heavens she has been shopping again. She kissed me excitedly and said she couldn’t wait to try out some of the expensive restaurants she had heard about and ‘shop til she dropped’. Not if I had my way, oh no! I had heard about a nice little Indian restaurant in Corralejo, we would go there. Friend Lionel was out but had left the keys in his plant pot, so we let ourselves in and decided to change before we had lunch. I had brought with me my baby pink silk trousers, white linen shirt and topped it off with a jaunty white Fedora. Petunia had changed into a baby pink seethrough blouse and white, flowing seethrough trousers. Heavens, what did we look like, a couple of fluffy candy floss in reverse, but it was too late to change so we sauntered along to the restaurant, amidst much laughter and whispering from onlookers whom, I felt sure, were captivated at such a magnificent sight. As we entered the restaurant we were immediately greeted by a very friendly Indian waiter who took us to our table, set with proper tablecloths and napkins – very nice. He brought the menus and proceeded to ‘talk through’ the various dishes on one of the most extensive menus I had ever seen – 226 choices. He explained to us that Head Chef, Ajit Singh, from the State of Punjab, has spent the last ten years cooking Indian food in restaurants all over Europe and finally decided to settle in Corralejo. He hand picks all the ingredients and spices to ensure only the best and freshest produce is used to create his masterpieces.

Completely satiated and happy in the knowledge that my inheritance would be protected at least for a short while, we gladly paid the bill which came to a very reasonable 28€. I simply had to compliment Chef Ajit for his superb food, We decided to share a couple of dishes which he accepted graciously, whilst (got to protect my inheritance you know) continuing to cook for the never ending and chose a chicken biryani, keema stream of orders. mutter (minced lamb with peas and spices), chapatti bread and a nice bottle And so my dear readers, a slight deviation of Torres de Casta wine. We were asked from the norm, but one which I can highly how spicy, hot, sweet etc. we wanted our recommend, after all the short flight over food and off the nice young man went. here only cost me 30€ and car rental is quite inexpensive. After ten minutes or so we could smell the delightful odour of spices, rice and Kissee, kiss from Spit and mum Petunia chicken wafting towards us from a smart open kitchen. Well mother I said, this is a real find and if it tastes as good as it smells then we are in for a real treat. Petunia was too concerned with eyeing up the nice young waiter to make conversation, so I just sat back and relaxed, listening to the soft Indian music in the background.

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Flower Power

Remember the key is that if you wear a flower print on the top half then try to keep it simple with neutral colours on the bottom half and this works the same the other way round so that you can keep it pretty without looking like you just stepped out of a hippy commune (the 70s love revolution is done, we live our own new ways of romance in 2011 darling!)

Morgana on Spring is nature’s way of saying “Let’s party” and what a better way to start one than by looking gorgeous in some of the most romantic prints of the year. Taking inspiration from painters like Jan Van Huysum, or the vivid beauty of Van Gogh’s “Iris” the spring/summer catwalk 2011 reminds us once again that no winter lasts forever. Flowers pack a botanical punch, ranged from romantic to seventies tropical to the trashy fizz of pop art. There are enough styles of flower for each and every one of us to become our own unique walking garden. You can obtain a sweet fresh look just by choosing a flowing floral skirt and pairing it with a simple white T-shirt or cardigan. If you choose floral printed dresses or jumpsuits you can break the busyness of your outfit with monochrome accessories, such as a belt to emphasize your waist.

Garden embellishments are another way to update the look, adding a beautiful brooch to jackets or adorning your hair with cute butterfly clips. German brand Bijou Brigitte has a great range of garden inspired accessories at very good prices and can be found in many shopping centres on the islands. They have everything from honeybees and colourful rhinestone encrusted insect rings and brooches to flower print earrings and chains. Have a little peek at their collection on For beautiful flower print dresses visit Stradivarius, Mango and Punto Roma with shops across Spain and if Vintage is more your thing then you must give a try. This wonderful little website is where to can find a great range of handmade and vintage styled clothes plus so many other wonderful things (I am hooked on this site as you buy most items from little business and artists that individually make and sell their own stuff, so all the profits go directly to them, meaning a more honest fashion trade).

Lifestyle 21

Spring Clean

Matis, in the higher price range, have a really good choice of skincare products for different skin types.

The skin is the largest organ of the human body and often despite being the most visible it is neglected. We tend to focus more on its basic outer appearance rather than how we can nourish it on the inside. Our skin gets damaged by various external agents and many of them we cannot avoid such as changes in the weather, stress, dead cell build up, pollution and many others. If you use make up good skin care is even more important. The first basic step for beautiful looking skin is to regularly cleanse it, this will provide the perfect canvas for any make up or look, it is not only a matter of hygiene but also of healthy aesthetics. Each person’s skin has it’s own properties and its own problems and it is very important that we recognise what those might be as this will be our guide for choosing the right products to look after it properly, using the wrong products can have opposite to the desired effect. Whether your skin is greasy, clogged, dry or a mixture of all of those there are 3 magic words for all of them CLEANSER, TONER, and MOISTURISER

So whether you like it bold or refined make sure you invest in a floral print; with a royal wedding around the corner there is no better time to do it. Enjoy the sunshine and the flowers. XXX Dior

Andreina Barbella

For a healthy looking skin, a few minutes spent on skincare daily can help to improve it’s condition immeasurably. There are some really good brands out there like Avene available at most major pharmacies (and not very expensive) and

If you must use make up why not try a tinted moisturiser as that won’t clog the pores and will also protect you from UVA rays Regular facials are a must to get rid of black heads, and to attain well balanced skin it is better to leave that task to a professional (sometimes I try doing it myself and can end up living marks on my face. Not Pretty) If your not sure who to go to in the south I can highly recommend Zamira’s salon in San Fernando Calle Lanzarote Number 8 Local 2 or phone 928 777 524 for an appointment or Rejuvena in Puerto Rico (see their ad below) Andreina Barbella

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22 Health

By Ann Mather, Celebrity Nutrition Advisor,

The Nasties - Part 2

Monosodium Glutamate Whether Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is good for us or not is another hotly debated subject, and once again I invite readers to do their own research and make up their own minds. MSG as a food ingredient/flavour enhancer was invented in 1908 and was introduced to foods in the West following the Second World War. During the 1950´s tests were undertaken on rats and mice which indicated that there were neurological effects from taking MSG. In the 1960´s there were an increasing number of reports of side effects after having eaten MSG – notably Ho Man Kwok coined the phrase “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome”. In 1969, responding to the increased concerns about the safety of MSG, the glutamate industry formed a not-forprofit organization to defend the safety of the product which has worked hard to discredit the findings of others. Literature and research is clear that approximately 25% of the population suffer adverse effects from taking MSG, and it has been implicated in a number of neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson´s Disease, Alzheimer´s, Multiple Sclerosis and Huntington´s Disease. It has also been associated with hypertension, diabetes, hypoglycemia and stroke, and it is suggested that the young and the elderly are particularly at risk. The more typical symptoms associated with MSG include migraine, upset stomach, fuzzy thinking, diarrhea, heart irregularities, asthma, and/or mood swings. So what is it? Glutamic acid is a protein (amino-acid) that is found naturally in the human body in an unprocessed and unadulterated form. However, monosodium glutamate is processed. As the naturally occurring glutamic acid is freed from the protein, this process or fermentation generates impurities which may include pyroglutamic acid, mono

and dichloro propanols, and heterocyclic amines, some of which have carcinogenic properties. Some organisations argue that there is no reason to believe that processed free glutamic acid will act any differently from unprocessed naturally occurring glutamic acid, and that the brain has a natural defensive barrier from allowing too much glutamic acid. Others simply argue that “a little will not hurt you”. The problem is that MSG is now found in more than 40 different food products. Obviously this includes anything with the words Glutamic Acid, Glutamate or Monosodium Glutamate. It also includes yeast extracts, gelatin, textured protein, soy protein, whey protein, bouillon and stock cubes, citric acid, pectin, barley malt, many protein fortified foods, many fermented foods, many seasonings, corn starch, corn syrup, dextrose, milk powder and reduced fat milk.

Given the amount of food that contains MSG and the carcinogenic impurities that are associated with its production, I have made the choice to avoid the foods that contain it so that I don’t run the risk of what might result from accumulated effects. Once again, just check to see how much you are consuming and make your own decision.

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However, we must not forget that a small amount of unprotected sunlight is essential for Vitamin D … just 15 minutes a day…

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24 Comfort Corner

By Kay Owen

Take a Chance on Me

(or “Never judge a book by its cover”)

A hit song released in 1978 by Swedish dance-pop group ABBA contains the lines: ‘Gonna do my very best, And it ain’t no lie – If you put me to the test; If you let me try. The song continues: “I’m still free - take a chance on me”. Here’s personal proof that taking a chance, and letting someone give it their best shot, really can be productive.

a child prodigy, I have had my share of ‘musically challenged’ pupils.

Robby was 11 years old when his mother brought him for his first lesson. I explained that I really preferred pupils to start at an earlier age. He replied that it had always been his mother’s dream to hear him play the piano, so I took him on. From the beginning he was high cringe factor; though Robby tried hard he just had no natural ability. At the end of each lesson he would say “My mum’s going to hear me play someday”’. Although his

only. He revealed that his mother had been sick and unable to bring him, but that he had been practising. “Please Miss, I’ve just got to play,” he insisted. What led me to say “Yes”? His insistence? Something inside of me saying, ‘It’ll be alright on the night’? The school hall was packed. I put Robby last on the programme - just before my ‘thank you’ speech. After all, I could always salvage his poor presentation with my own ‘curtain closer’ performance.

A few years ago I was faced with a dilemma. Running a 12-week adult training course, I asked for volunteers from a local youth group to get involved. One of the young girls who signed up was asked to help with registration. Greatly embarrassed, she admitted that she could neither read nor write.

I read recently the following similar but even more poignant story . Giving piano lessons for 30 years I discovered that children have many levels of musical ability. ‘Though I have never had the pleasure of teaching

Through the microphone Robby explained: “Well, Miss Honor, remember I told you that my mum was sick? She actually had cancer and passed away this morning. And well, she was born deaf, so tonight was the first time she had ever heard me play, and I wanted to make it special.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, as the people from Social Services led a very special 11-year old boy from the stage to be placed into foster care. I thought how much richer my life had become by having Robby on as my pupil, and what I had learned by taking a chance on him in the recital. Robby had become the teacher and I the pupil. He taught me the meaning of perseverance and love and believing in yourself and maybe how to take a chance on someone ... when you didn’t really know why. -------------------------------------------------

By now all jobs had been allocated, leaving only a ‘vacancy’ for a dessertmaker (for 40 people each week). I felt so bad telling Lydia this, and possibly embarrassing her further, when she grinned broadly and said, “Oh, that’s really brill, I love cooking ... especially puddings!” The delicious sweets (no Delia Smith required here as all the recipes were stored in Lydia’s head) were so enjoyed by all that she remained our much loved dessert chef for several more courses over the next 4 years. -------------------------------------------------

next. His fingers danced nimbly over the ivories. He went from pianissimo to fortissimo, from allegro to virtuoso; his suspended chords that Mozart demands were magnificent! Never had I heard Mozart played so well by anyone his age. When Robby finished with a grand crescendo, he received a standing ovation and wild applause! In tears I rushed onstage and threw my arms around him. “I have never heard you play like that Robby, how did you do it?”

mother always waved and smiled at me from a distance, we never met. One day Robby stopped coming for lessons. I assumed his lack of ability had led him to other pursuits. I was rather glad he had given up - he was a bad advertisement for my teaching skills!

The recital went off without a hitch, the students’ hard practice evident. Robby came on stage. His clothes were wrinkled and his hair looked as though he had run an egg beater through it. ‘Why wasn’t he dressed properly?’ I thought. ‘Why didn’t his mother make him comb his hair for this special night?’

Weeks later, Robby called to ask me if he could play in a forthcoming recital. I explained that it was for current pupils

Robby announced that he had chosen to play Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 in C Major. I was not prepared for what I heard

So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people often present us with choices don’t they? A choice to respond with warm compassion or pass up on an opportunity and leave the world a colder place. Personally, I have a new mission! To look out for the’ Little Robbies’ of this world ... and respond appropriately when I hear : “Gonna do my best - take a chance on me”. Kay Owen

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Horoscopes ARIES


There are several powerful planets in your sign which is causing you a little anxiety that there is just not enough time. You need to trust that time is an endless resource we choose how to use.

You don’t have to fully understand how the universe works to know that sometimes you magically get what you want. Have faith in the magic, don’t worry about the ‘How’.

Mar 21 - April 20

April 23 - May 21



Don’t be afraid Gemini. You have far to go and wonderful things can be achieved if you just trust that all will end well. Take heart and seek your inspiration.

Questions seemingly just lead to more questions at the moment. Don’t spend so much energy worrying about things. The answers are there if you seek them.



Your finances are at last feeling less pressured. You are carrying less doubt and feeling inspired. Fresh ideas abound and you are feeling more comfortable with everyone around you.

Anger is often just a simple disguise to avoid showing that you might feel upset or afraid. Yelling about irrelevant things though will not help. Find your peace.



The planets collecting in your opposite sign suggest many opportunities to be seized. You are firing on all cylinders trust your sharp instincts.

Use your past to feed your intuitions. You have a great ability to see through people and find their real motives. Now is the time to use it.



May 22 - June 21

July 24 - Aug 23

Sept 24 - Oct 23

Nov 23 - Dec 22

You have amazing inner strength that you must use right now. Your an extremely talented individual. Prepare to show it.

June 22 - July 23

Aug 24 - Sept 23

Oct 24 - Nov 22

Dec 23 - Jan 20

Life is beautiful. Breathe deeply and take in your surroundings. There is magic in the air and you must be grateful for all you have.



You are much further down the road to where you want to be than you think. Take stock in April, you don’t have to push so hard.

It does not matter which part of life you focus on, there will always be issues to deal with and benefits to be had. That’s life, try to have fun with it.

Jan 21 - Feb 19

Feb 20 - Mar 20

Heart, Mind and Spirit 25 with Cheyne Towers

Letting Go

Without exception every client that comes to see me initially is full of tension. Not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. Very often people seek help from a hynotherapist because they don’t know what else to do. They may have reached the end of their tether sometime ago but not known what to do about it to practically change the way they feel, think and behave. Sometimes people have been in therapy for many years, they have become reliant on prescription drugs to help them “cope” with the day to day stresses and strains. But these kinds of drugs only serve to mask the symptoms and not the causes of the challenges that the individual is facing and very often the causes of those challenges lie in the past. Very often I have heard the same w o r d s spoken in one form or another by the majority of the clients I have worked with which are “I can’t let go” or “It’s so hard to let go” Now, one great example of the positive benefits that we gain when we let go of tension and resistance in the mind, the emotions, and the body happens to us every time we fall asleep. At the moment when we begin to sleep the flesh of the body softens, yields and releases. And as it does so we begin to recharge our batteries, and obviously this is why sleep is so important, because when the body lets go and the muscles soften and the conscious mind releases its grip and we yield to sleep, then the energy of the body naturally can replenish itself ready for a new day. When someone says it’s so hard to let go of the past, consider this metaphor: if someone was to give you a sack full of bricks and broken stones and you were told to carry it with you always, and that you weren’t allowed to put it down no matter how tired you were, you weren’t allowed to let it touch the ground and had to hold it up constantly when you were sitting down, when you were brushing your teeth, when you were watching television or making your dinner, and

no matter how much of a strain it was that under no circumstances were you allowed to let it go, then ask yourself this; would you agree to carry such a weight voluntarily, and not a useful weight to carry by any means, just a pile of broken stones and bricks, would that be a reasonable burden to bear or not? And if not, how much effort would it be to simply relax and soften your hands and muscles to the point where that heavy weight would simply slip from your g r i p and fall to the floor by your feet; what a

wonderful sense of relief we can feel h a v i n g put down that heavy w e i g h t thankfully once and f o r all. And what a lovely thought it is, to feel lighter when walking away from that old weight with our heads held high and a much more comfortable feeling in the body, setting one foot in front of the other, feeling centred and in balance once more. So think on this, maybe there are things that you may be able to let go of right now in the very same manner. Simply let go of it and get over it. Cheyne Towers MBAThH, GQHP is a fully qualified Hypnotherapist, Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Self Defence instructor based in London. He works with a variety of simple yet highly effective methods of natural therapy, in order to provide the right approach for the needs of each individual, whether it’s for self-development, physical health and fitness or self-protection. For more information please visit

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26 Entertainment

Updates & Chart

Nicki Minaj has asked a number of high-profile female stars to appear in her new music video.

The rapper, who mentions a total of 16 female artists in her new single ‘Girls Fall Like Dominoes’, revealed that she wants them all to appear in the video. Minaj tweeted her plans to organise cameos earlier in the week, writing: “Two questions: How many divas did I name in Girls Fall Like Dominoes’ and who should make a cameo in the video?” Stars the rapper mentions include Mariah Carey, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé and Rihanna amongst others.

Chart Toppers

Despite Chris Brown making headlines for the wrong reasons after his backstage tantrum on a TV show, it hasn’t affected his album sales. US magazine Billboard reports that Chris’ new disc F.A.M.E. is on course to début at number one on its album chart, knocking Adele from the top after 5 weeks. His first-week sales are set to top an impressive threehundred thousand copies.

Meanwhile, Lady GaGa’s fought off competition from Katy Perry to spend a sixth week at the top of the American singles chart with ‘Born This Way’. Tinie Tempah’s ‘Written In The Stars’ and Jessie J’s price-tag have hit the Top 40 and Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ is a new entry at 72!

But it now seems he’s pulled out of the planned 26-date tour with his manager saying in a statement: “Enrique has great respect for Britney and is a longtime fan of her work. He’s very sorry for the confusion this might have caused to anyone.” Representatives for Spears have not yet made a comment although Britney called Kiss London last night to talk about her her tour and we asked her if she thinks it can top 2009’s all-singing-all-dancing Circus Tour spectacular. NO it will not Femme Fatale’s released on Monday

A source tells kiss canaries , Aguilera appeared to be “extremely intoxicated” and was “unable to take care of herself.” Aguilera’s boyfriend Matthew Rutler was also arrested during the melee and slapped with a DUI misdemeanor indictment. His bail was set at $30,000.

Since her split from husband Jordan Bratman late last year, Aguilera has been running wild with new boyfriend Rutler. A source recently told tells Us Weekly that the Burlesque star and Rutler even had sex in a bathroom at a recent family gathering.

It’s all about Britney!

Britney, whose seventh album Femme Fatale is out now, announced on Tuesday that she’d be touring America with Enrique this summer.

Aguilera Arrested A recent comment about Christina Aguilera being “out of control” may be true. The pop starlet was arrested early this morning for being intoxicated in public. According to the reports, Aguilera was booked at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station on a misdemeanour charge at 2:45 AM.

The source added: “If the driver had NOT been arrested for DUI, [Christina] would have never been in trouble.”

You can hear Nicki Minaj taking over Kiss this weekend on Saturday from 10am and on Sunday Bruno Mars will be here for his Ten O’Clock Takeover.

First, there was confusion about her Tour announcement after a rep for Enrique Iglesias has officially confirmed he won’t be touring with Britney Spears this summer.

Not such good news for Britney though – despite her album being released on Monday it’s nowhere near any of the Top 10 lists on pre-order.

“Her friends are fed up,” the source says of Aguilera’s recent antics, which included a New Year’s Eve blowout fight with her mom and a booze-filled night of crying at L.A. club The Dime in January. “Nobody can get through to her. They think she’s trashy. And her ego is out of control.

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Surfing News 27

By Danny Alcock

Arguineguin Beach Cleaned or two of flat ocean, we had WAVES! The beach clean was put on hold for an hour whilst the Surf Canaries Team took a quick training session… On return, it was to work in earnest… 16 people (a number slightly down on last year but compensated by lots of enthusiasm!) carried out the beach clean which took them from the Playa de la Charca (the beach in front of Fusion) right up to the cement factory.

Surfrider Ocean Initiavive Beach Clean 2011 comes to Arguineguin On the 26th March, 2011 Arguineguin Beach clean went off with a bang, simultaneously with 973 other beach cleans around Europe. For the 16th year in a row, the Surfrider Foundation launched its Oceans Initiative throughout Europe and 2011 was one of the biggest years on record. The initiative had several incentives, not the least of which was to achieve beaches, lakes and rivers which are now clear of plastic, but

also to highlight to people that if they leave plastic on the beach, they should change their ways.

As organisers of the Arguineguin beach clean, we were overwhelmed by the children’s drive and commitment. Nobody left until the entire beach had been cleared. Everyone was united in the task and although the sun was strong, noone complained and just got right on with it with a sense of fun. A Cleaner 2011

Locally, our beach clean was organised by Surf Canaries Surf club and sponsored by Super Chano, CaSa Cleaning and the British Medical Clinic and with plenty of online build up, the day eventually arrived. The big day As we awoke on the big day, we were greeted by a nice surprise – after a week

The level of beach litter was far down on last year. This is a great sign – are people

sitting up and taking notice? Dropping less rubbish on the beach or in the sea? Are the local councils being more diligent with their beach management? We don’t know, but it is great news that our area is cleaner this year. BBQ/Party After the beach clean, it was time for another surf and to fire up the free BBQ for all hungry participants. Our BBQ was very kindly sponsored by Super Chano (the supermarket just round the corner from Fusion), Surf Canaries, CaSa Cleaning and The British Medical Clinic. All these companies are small, family run businesses in the area and willingly supported the cause. Nice, considering that some of the bigger, multinational companies that enjoy trade in Arguineguin couldn’t help out at all due to the “crisis” – still, we had to fetch some of their red logo emblazoned plastic bags off the beach (no names mentioned! Rant overJ) - so please, support your local small business! So, once again, these young surfers have proved, with no shadow of a doubt, that they love their surf beach and will go to great lengths to look after it and continue looking after it. Congratulations to all involved! Until next year…

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28 Puzzles

Answers in the next edition of The Canary News 22nd April. First correct answers to wins a prize

Last Edition´s Quiz Answers 1. How many main islands are in the Canary archipelago? 7 - All seven islands are inhabited to greater or lesser degrees. There are a number of smaller islands in the archipelago, notably Graciosa, but only seven contain the major populated areas.

Sudoku Each row and column of the square must contain all the numbers 1-9

Last Edition´s Suduko Answer

2. The Canary Islands derive their name from the brightly coloured native birds. False - The islands’ name is likely derived from the Latin term Insula Canaria, meaning Island of the Dogs, a name applied originally only to the island of Gran Canaria. It is thought that the Romans gave the island this name due to the large number of native dogs they found when the islands were first visited. 3.  Gran Canaria is the largest island in the archipelago in terms of land area. False - The largest island is in fact Tenerife with an area of 2,034 square km. Gran Canaria is the second largest with an area of 1,560 square km. The smallest of the seven major islands is El Hierro with an area of 278 square km. 4. The local elections in Gran Canaria will be in which month of 2011? May – the local elections are on the 22nd of May. Foreign residents registered with their ayuntamiento are eligible to take part in deciding who will be running their local council for the next 4 years. 5. The earthquake in Lisbon which created a Tsunami that reached Gran Canaria and America was in which year? 1755 – The Tsunami wiped out several coastal towns and villages in portugal, southern Spain and the coast of Morroco. It was reported to have reached Las Palmas port, filling the church with fish and depositing the hull of a ship in the town.

Chess Puzzle. White to play and win in two moves.

Last Edition´s Chess Puzzle Answer White to Move mate in 3 1. Na6+ Ka8 2. Qb8+ 2...Rxb8 3.Nc7++

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PLAYA DEL INGLÉS Only some steps to the promenade, near to all amenities and beach, nice Studio in wellkept complex, fully refurbished, furnishing include, 98.000 Euro (Ref. 1.003D) INMOBILIARIA KSR, C/. Escorial, Edif. Danubio, Tel. 928 766 684 GRAN CANARIA SOUTH Best time to buy excellent properties for reasonable prices. We are pleased to provide you with details. Our priority since over 25 years is to offer the highest quality of service, also after the sale, to our clients. Karin-Sybille Rosenfeld, qualified Estate Agent, INMOBILIARIA KSR, C/. Escorial, Edif. Danubio, Tel. 928 766 684, SAN AGUSTÍN Frontline to the Atlantic: Luxury 1-bed room corner-apartment with exceptional view onto the sea and to the dunes and with bright rooms, tastefully and elegant equipped (incl. washing machine/dryer), lot of storage space, heat4ed pool, low maintenance costs. 162.750 Euro (Ref. 1.507D) INMOBILIARIA KSR,, Tel. 928 766 684 MASPALOMAS Near the Golf Course and short distance to the light house, quiet

terraced 1 bedroom bungalow (+large storage) in very well kept complex with heated pool and tennis, ample parking space, nicely furnished with all comfort. 135.000 Euro (Ref. 3.509K2). INMOBILIARIA KSR, C/. Escorial, Edif. Danubio, Tel. 928 766 684, SONNENLAND Charming Duplex-bungalow in private complex with pool area in tropical gardens, 1 bedroom with balcony, kitchen and storage, complete (new) bath, terrace, small fenced garden, fully equipped (washing machine etc.). 122.000 Euro (Ref. 3.800I). INMOBILIARIA KSR,, Tel. 928 766 684 ARGUINEGUÍN Feeling comfortabel at highest level (NO comunity): beautiful detached chalet, 174 m2 living space on private 351 m2 plot with pool, BBQ, carport, guest flat on basement, first class equipment, tastefully decorated. (Ref. 6.811B) € 596.000. INMOBILIARIA KSR, C/. Escorial, Edif. Danubio, Tel. 928 766 684 SAN AGUSTIN Hillside bungalow aprox. 130 m2 livingspace, include guest apartment with sep. entrance, plus large terrace of aprox. 50 m2 with panoramic view, carport, quiet complex with tennis and nice pool, 325.000 Euro (Ref. 5.505I). INMOBILIARIA KSR, C/. Escorial, Edif. Danubio, Tel. 928 766 684 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. 91.800 Euro (Ref. 1.004U). INMOBILIARIA KSR,, Tel. 928 766 684 MONTAÑA DE LA DATA Exceptional Villa with lots 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 separate apartments, each

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with 2 bedrooms, wonderful garden, pool, BBQ house, 1.100.000 Euro (Ref. 6.300C). INMOBILIARIA KSR, Tel. 928 766 684, SAN AGUSTIN Hillside bungalow aprox. 130 m2 livingspace, include guest apartment with sep. entrance, plus large terrace of aprox. 50 m2 with panoramic view, carport, quiet complex with tennis and nice pool, 325.000 Euro (Ref. 5.505I). INMOBILIARIA KSR, C/. Escorial, Edif. Danubio, Tel. 928 766 684 EL SALOBRE GOLF RESORT Luxurious, modern Chalet (brand new) on 236,34 m2 private plot, with fantastic views over Golf Course to the Atlantic, 2 bed rooms, 2 bath rooms, terraces, garden and private pool, very tastefully furnished, all topquality, Euro 595.000 (Ref. 5.900D). INMOBILIARIA KSR,, Tel. 928 766 684 --------------------------------------ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667 STUDIO WITH A TOURIST RENTAL CONTRACT Very good location, recently refurbished complex and apartments. Ref: 20083. Sale price: 50.000.-€ ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT PUERTO RICO central location, quiet residential complex with a pool. Ref. 10037. Sale price: 60.000.-€. 1 BEDROOM APARTMENTS IN PUERTO RICO excellent complex, very central, fantastic sea views. Ref. 1004. Sale price from: 63.000.-€. 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT IN A RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX One bedroom apartment in good condition, complex, with fantastic views over Amadores and the ocean. Ref. 10013. Sale price 89.000.-€ 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT, GROUND FLOOR, LARGE TERRACE Beautifully refurbished apartment in a residential complex, with a large terrace, very central location. Ref: 10064A. Sale price: 180.000.-€ FANTASTIC 3 BEDROOM HOUSE IN RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX Corner house with excellent sea views, totally refurbished

and furnished. Large terraces, community gardens and heated swimming pool. Ref. 10070. Sale price 395.000.-€. ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667

PROPERTIES FOR RENT Agent Playa del Ingles Totally reformed one bedroom studio-apartment with separate kitchen in Playa del Inglés. The complex is very centrally located and has a communal swimming pool, children´s pool and a tennis court. The commercial centres are near by and the beach is only around 250 meters away. Ref:PI730a.Price:€500 /month. Tel: 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. Maspalomas Very cheap rental for cosy bungalow in Maspalomas. Monthly rental price includes all bills. Nicely kept complex with swimming pool, childrens pool, childrens park, tennis court and gym. Only a few minutes walk to the Faro II shopping centre and about 15 mins walk to the beach. Ref:MP633.Price:€550/month. Tel: 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. Sonnenland Totally refurbished dúplex for rent in Sonnenland. Groundfloor with living room, kitchenette and guest toilet. Second floor with bedroom, bathroom and balcony. Complex has three communal pools and a tennis court. Bills are not included and minimum rental period of one year. Ref. SN658. Price: €550/month Tel. 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. Salobre Golf Beautiful modern and luxurious villa with three bedrooms and beautiful views of the Salobre golf course and the sea with the sand-dunes in the distance. Nicely furnished and with marble floor throughout. Marble bathrooms include bath and shower. Fully fitted kitchen with oven, ceramic hob, fridgefreezer, microwave and even dishwasher!! Washing machine also included in the utility room. Private garden and with a beautiful communal pool shared by only a few houses. Excellent value for money. Ref. : SG481. Price: €1.500/month Tel. 928141202.

DREAM HOMES www. San Agustin Nice three bedroom villa in a unique location right in front of San Agustin beach. Large terrace with direct access to the beach promenade. Villa with amazing views over the sea. Located in a very quiet area . Fully furnished and equipped with private pool including additional bathroom for the pool area, microwave and dishwasher. Ref. SA486. Price: €2250/month Tel. 928906890. 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. PIZZA & PASTA established business for traspaso in Puerto Rico. Fresh italian food produced to supply many of the local restaurants. Includes all machinery, ovens, and a refrigerated van (Renault Express). Traspaso 15.000.-€ Rent 800.-€. BAR FOR LEASE IN PUERTO RICO SHOPPING CENTRE Small bar for lease in Phase IV, Puerto Rico Shopping Centre. Rent per month 1.000.-€, traspaso 8.000.-€ RESTAURANT IN PUERTO RICO SHOPPING CENTRE, PHASE III Restaurant for lease, fully fitted and open, including all fixtures and fittings. Traspaso 30.000.-€, rental on the premises 1.750.-€ a month. ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667

PROPERTIES FOR sale Private Apartment 8th floor Don Paco Quiet, fully equipped, 32 square meters interior plus large balcony overlooking the sea. Sunsets, beachfront and seaviews included. 149,000€. Stan Kossen, Apto. Don Paco, 817; Av. Los Canarios, 27; 35129 Patalavaca. Tel: (34) 928 062 871.

PROPERTIES FOR RENT Private Playa de Arinaga For Rent, 1 & 2 bed apartments with lounge, kitchen, bathroom and parking space, near to the beach, quiet area. Building has

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a lift, internet and satellite tv, which is included. Prices start from 395€ per month. For more information call 649 730 486 or email franciscomoreno1975@ Rooms to let in spacious, shared house in San Fernando. Own bedroom with en suite shower, internet and English

tv. Shared kitchen, patio, internal patio and roof terrace. All mod cons. 300/350€ inclusive of bills. Tel: 626 306 826.

PROPERTy exchange Apt. Exchange. IBR Apt. overlooking harbour Inihbofin Island, Connemara, Ireland. Avaliable August. Will exchange for apartment January/ February. Email: Wanted Apt. Rent/Exchange November 6 weeks Feb March 9 weeks Exchange anytime letter Kenny Donegal Ireland

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Contact kay.r.owen@gmail. com Together we can make a difference 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 Drinking Problem? International, English speaking AA meetings every Friday at the church in the Kasbah, Playa del Inglés, 8.30pm. Monday 12pm in San Fernando 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. Anonymous meet in Telde on Mondays and Thursdays from 20.00 until 21.30. Call 928 202 638.

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Salobre Golf

Price: 500€/month Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 2 Lovely one bedroom duplex on a quiet residential complex in Maspalomas. Good condition and well situated. The bungalow has two bathrooms and a utility area. The rental price includes all bills. Brand new kitchen and bathrooms. Excellent value!

Price: 450€/month Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 bills. Nicely kept complex with swimming pool, childrens pool, childrens park, tennis court and gym. Only a few minutes walk to the Faro II shopping centre and about 15 mins walk to the beach.

Price: 1500€/month Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Beautiful modern and luxurious villa with beautiful views of the Salobre golf course and the sea with the sand-dunes in the distance. Marble bathrooms include bath and shower. Fully fitted kitchen. Private garden and with a beautiful communal pool shared by only a few houses.

For Sale Sonnenland

Playa del Inglés

Playa del Inglés

Price: 575,000€ Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

Price: 105,000€ Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1

Price: 344,000€ Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2

Beautiful family home. The house is very spacious and is very nicely decorated. There is also parking for up to 3 cars. 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.

Spacious one bedroom apartment for sale near the Yumbo. The apartment is also located only about 250m away from the beach. The complex has a communal swimming pool and a very nicely kept garden. The apartment is sold fully furnished and ready to move into.

Immaculate detached bungalow in the heart of Playa del Ingles. The bungalow has been refurbished to a very high standard with a ceramic floor and aluminium windows and doors. The bungalow boosts a beautiful garden and also a winter garden which can be opened entirely.

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