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April 2014

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Happy Easter

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Upfront Well here we are; spring has taken over, the clocks have changed to summer time and all is well! Our Health and Wellbeing section is packed with information including giving birth and cleaning your babies’ first teeth. Oxygen therapy and different forms of cosmetic treatments to improve the face and body are discussed along with the issue of mental health. Maggie Wright talks about the new colours to wear for this season. There is also information on overweight pets. On the spiritual front, Pastor Mike Smith looks at Easter through an historical perspective, while another group of people from the Catholic parish are enacting the

Painted Easter Eggs Photographed by Marinescu Lenuta

passion play. Meanwhile, Bruce Parker takes a deeper look at Piero della Francesca’s ‘Resurrection’ on pages 24 and 25. Our regular contributors are also on the scene with news and views on topical themes.

Contents

While in our eating and drinking section Cherry continues her theme of cake making

News & Views

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– this month using the melting method.

Food & Drink

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It is also nice to see a lot more local events this month – probably because of the better

Homelife

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In Colour

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weather for outside activities. Anyway, take a look at page 8 and remember to send

Market Place

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Out & About

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Wellbeing

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details of any future events into the Grapevine on grapevine@cytanet.com.cy

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Service Point by Barbara Strain

There’s service with a smile and there’s bad service and total lack of service and innumerable other mutations. Service; help, assistance advantage - according to the dictionary. We have most of us experienced a great variety of attitudes by waiting staff in different restaurants and bars all around the island. A lot of people complain about service in the public sector, but personally – with one or two exceptions - I’ve found the staff in all those government offices to be really helpful. Whether it’s the ‘economic situation’ or something quite different, just recently I have noticed a great improvement in the attitude of people on the ‘other side’ of the desk or counter. I have been overwhelmed by helpful staff and given the sort of service one might usually only dream of. Even the Inland Revenue staff tasked with collecting the hated IPT last year had a smile and a friendly word when I went in to claim our 10% discount. Perhaps they were being nice in the hope that collecting more tax would ensure their job security. I had reason to contact the Electricity Board recently. First I called on the phone, and then I visited one of their customer service centres. On the phone I was impressed by the friendly and very helpful operator. At the office, I noticed that a clerk had to deal with customers in English, which was not the first language of either clerk or

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customer. Explaining the reasons for the need to provide passport, tenancy agreement and meter reading to a series of such consumers must take its toll on anyone’s sense of humour, but the girl seemed as fresh and pleasant after half a dozen customers as she was with the first. The Cyta man who came to fix our internet connections was also pleasant as well as efficient. All this despite the unions threatening ever more action against privatisation. It’s not only in the public sector; buying heavy electrical goods from a supermarket, I was offered assistance, not just down the stairs, but the salesman would happily take my purchases to the car for me. I have to wonder whether people believe the boss is watching and their attitude to customers may guarantee their jobs. Or maybe they are just so happy to have a job at all that it shows? Of course, there are exceptions. Stores with staff who sit chatting amongst themselves whilst customers are left to fend for themselves – or bars where the customers are left with empty glasses. Over-eager staff can be a nuisance too; when you are ‘just browsing’ there’s bound to be someone at your elbow waiting to be of service. Of course, they will disappear the moment you have made up your mind to buy something. Definitely an exception, but I know of one restaurant – since closed down – that employed staff who spoke neither Greek nor English. Nope, it wasn’t some ethnically specific place, just

your average taverna. With the best will in the world, the staff there could not hope to provide great customer service. A waitress in another establishment told us that the delay in serving our food was due to the fact that ‘here in Cyprus we cook everything from fresh when you order’. News to me – just as well we hadn’t ordered the kleftiko then. It was so funny. Obviously the girl was well-intentioned, and I told her that I thought it admirable that she should be proud of the preparation methods of her employers. All that said, my mind wanders back to those days when great personal service was the norm in Cyprus. Idyllic villages with idyllic villagers putting on a great feast for their infrequent visitors. Farmers passing by on their donkeys with a cheery ‘yiasou’; women threshing grain on rooftops, singing traditional songs. Hey, who am I kidding? Those were also the days you couldn’t get tradesmen to visit your house at an agreed time, or even the agreed date. Days of the long slow backward tilt of the head meaning ‘ochi’. Days of total indifference by anyone in the administration. I think I should acknowledge today’s service attitude with gratitude.


Local news Breaking a Leg at

Stage One Theatre Emba The expression ‘break a leg’ given to actors on the first night of a theatrical production is not meant literally. Curtains were held in place by a series of strings called legs. With numerous curtain calls the legs might break as the curtains were opened and closed according to the amount of applause. Stage One theatre audiences are often generous with applause, standing ovations and cries of ‘Bravo’, but so far the curtains have remained intact. All that could change however with the May production of ‘Separate Tables’ by master playwright Sir Terence Rattigan. Originally conceived as two one act plays with the same setting, the Beauregard Hotel in Bournemouth, and designed to showcase the versatility of two leading actors of the day Separate Tables was an instant West End success especially for Margaret Leighton and Eric Portman who played different roles in each play. Leighton, the beautiful imperious Mrs Shankland, determined to win back her erstwhile husband (Portman) and Sybil, mousy, dowdy daughter of an overbearing mother. Portman also played Major Pollock, a man with a dark secret. Experienced Stage One director Chris Ekin-Wood brings his considerable expertise to the May play with many innovative ideas in his adaptation of the play. The two plays are now combined with different actors in the lead roles plus a raft of Stage One’s finest as hotel residents revealing their own take on the events which occur. Audiences can expect shocks, tears, romance and laughter in this most intriguing of plays with its exploration of the human condition. Separate Tables is sponsored by Chloe’s Chinese Restaurants and stars many of Stage One’s accomplished actors. Performances run from May 6th-10th. All performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets are €12 each with concessions for children. Book by email at any time on boxoffice@stageonetheatre.com Telephone bookings commence on Monday 14th April between 10 am and 1 pm until 10th May. The box office at the theatre in Emba is also open on Mondays and Fridays between 10 am and 12 noon from April 14th until Friday 9th May for bookings and collection of tickets. Phone on 99967737. Stage One runs an ongoing social programme and welcomes new members especially those with acting or backstage skills. Come along to Club night at the theatre 7 pm (next one is April 17th) and find out more. Younger members enjoy the Youth Group which meets on Saturday mornings. Call Caroline on 26911641 for info.

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VANISHING CYPRUS: Obama Plan for Cyprus by Andreas C Chrysafis

The reunification talks on the Cyprus issue are on again! This time, there seems to be a new political development and a general consensus that a political solution may be near. It is possible that a “deal in principle” has already been drafted behind the scenes but no one is talking; not yet, anyway! The new turn of events can be attributed directly to America’s involvement: for the first time ever the Pentagon is backing the talks openly. In fact, US President Barack Obama publicly welcomed the joint declaration and in so doing gave the talks momentum. The US support changed the entire political climate; one may call this initiative the “Obama Plan”. It is also important to remember that in politics nothing is done without a reason and for nothing; there is always a price to pay. Most governments embraced the talks with enthusiasm but the general public is somewhat suspicious and not so convinced - not after last year’s Anastasiades-Troika mnimonio agreement that has shattered their lives and brought them misery! The government’s credibility has suffered badly and it’s now in serious question. People simply no longer trust politicians or the government; they have been betrayed by both too many times! It is also blatantly obvious that the Annan Plan has come back to haunt them again; this time on the sly and by the back door. A plan that was overwhelmingly rejected in a referendum by the nation. Hillary Clinton, US Foreign Secretary, was quite outspoken on this matter and commented: “The Annan Plan was extremely unfair for the Greek-Cypriots. The USA used improper pressure for its acceptance. This shall not be repeated.” It takes a brave and a wise person to admit one’s own error of judgment but she is also a politician; the Annan Plan is back. It seems that the President of Cyprus has decided - or succumbed to pressure by IMF EU/Troika and others - that the timing is perfect to settle the Cyprus issue; not tomorrow but this year. The AnastasiadesEroglu joint statement, calls for the Republic of Cyprus to be dissolved and be replaced by a New Cyprus based on a Bi-zonal, Bi-communal Federation (BBF) – a political system that does not exist elsewhere in the world. In fact the wording is designed to mislead and is full of political deceptions that can be unleashed at a later date – see full text. If the talks produce an agreement, constitutionally, it will create a new country with racial undertones reminiscent of apartheid in South Africa. It will certainly not be comparable to a Federation as prescribed in the United Nations Charter but rather a loose pseudo-confederation of sorts. There are also concerns that Mr. Eroglu (Ankara’s mouthpiece) already shows no respect for the terms of the agreement that he signed and cunningly keeps on repeating in public that: “each morning the sun rises over two peoples and two separate countries”. Where is the co-operation of unity in that? An esteemed Supreme Judge George Pikkis stated that the joint statement provides for: “two citizenships based on ethnicity; two self-governing component states and not answerable to the Federal government; each component state will have no jurisdiction over the other; the Federal government will not have powers over the two new states; the electorate will not be allowed to exercise their democratic right and vote for a candidate in federal elections – only the “appointed representatives” will share that privilege; the Republic of Cyprus is nowhere mentioned within the statement; there is also no mention of the removal of the Turkish troops or the Turkish settlers; no mention of the return of all refugees (both Greek/Turkish Cypriots) back to their ancestral homes; under a typical Federation system, citizens enjoy one single citizenship and one vote but not in this case.” In fact, a Federation is founded upon a mutual covenant of two independent states to unite under a federal political system. The selfgoverning status of the component states are typically constitutionally entrenched and may not be altered by a unilateral decision of either party a marriage without a divorce! One does not invade with military troops an independent sovereign nation - like Turkey did against Cyprus - occupies a sector of it’s territory and then “negotiates” to form a pseudo federation as a reward of its military invasion. The questions many citizens ask are: why such an urgency to reach a deal 6 © Grapevine • April 2014

this year especially when the country is near bankruptcy? Answers are hard to come by but in reality, a new geopolitical game is in process across the eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus is smack in the middle of it. Events of such a magnitude do not spring out of thin air but are well planned and well hidden deep within the echelons of power. It has come to be, that outsiders are now controlling the fate of Cyprus and the little island with its natural gas deposits has become the cherry on the cake. Due to the rapid political changes in the region, Ankara is beginning to feel isolated through no longer being the pampered child of western powers. Incensed Prime Minister Recet Tayyip Erdogan lashed out: “the Eastern Mediterranean will see Turkish battleships frequently” he warned with pompousness and total disregard of international laws. Ankara is also now threatening to start drilling for gas off the southern coast of Cyprus and within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). If that materializes it will trigger energy-related tension in the area, which will also involve Israel to protect its Leviathan and Tamar Gas Fields. The USA will certainly act to protect the Texas Noble Energy drilling platform and others will follow suit. As bad as the joint statement appears, it also offers a sliver of hope that through dialogue there is a small chance to reunify the island. Citizens will ultimately have their say at the polls. Under the terms of a referendum they will choose either to adopt or reject the agreement. However, if the referendum is worded to confuse so the government can swing the vote in its favour the outcome could plague Cyprus for generations to come. Such attempts cannot be excluded – especially when it involves important constitutional changes; politics are a dirty business. It is therefore imperative that Greek/Turkish Cypriots are well informed to make well-informed decisions and make the right changes that will transform the nation forever. The proposed referendum should be based on social equality, on a single citizenship and without a hint of discrimination or racial undertones; a good comparison of that is Canada and Switzerland. The vote should certainly not be divided into two ethnic “citizenships” as proposed or two communities but be based on one single “Cypriot Vote” for either “yes” or “no” to avoid political blame games afterwards - as the Annan Plan did by blaming the “Greek side” for voting against the proposal. Actually, the only way forward to a long lasting solution is to introduce the same political system enjoyed by all other democratic nations: one-man– one-vote; a single citizenship; one nation based on rule of law; justice that guarantees religion, culture and ethnic diversity with equal opportunities on the basis of merit and not nepotism. Certainly not the rule of man. Cyprus is in desperate need of a revolution; but not just any revolution - a Revolution of the Mind! Andreas C Chrysafis Author – Writer - Painter www.facebook.com/ACChrysafisAuthor www.facebook.com/ACChrysafisArtGallery


To the President of Lebanon, Michele Suleiman by Michalis D. Papas

My dear Michele Suleiman, There is an injustice done against all Arabian peoples. We want peace for Arabia, and the only solution is something similar to the Cypriot prototype; bi-communal, bi-zonal, and bi-peripheral, Federation of Palestine and Israel. This can be done of course as a matter of honour with all Arabs who will then be living in peace with the Israelis.

A First for Hadjiantonas!

It will definitely be an occasion to toast the success of local artist Tess Turner at Hadjiantonas Winery, Parekklisia later this month.

If it can be done for the Cypriots, why not for the Arabs and Israelis? The idea certainly is not new. The same can be done in Ireland, and we beg you to intervene for the sake of all, especially to the Arabs who have suffered war, and war, and war, and thus bloodshed. Perhaps the idea behind this is a new Spanish civil war, as the prototype, with a new Guernica ala Arabian. The only solution is a Federation like the proposed Federation for the Cypriots, unless this kind of solution is a trick to have a new civil war in Cyprus, now that petrol is in our area, especially under our sea. The Arabs are certainly a peaceful people, but now we have a new kind of solution, the FIP. Federation of Israel and Palestine. If all members concerned were to sit around the table and talk, then we shall save the world from a 3rd World War, which certainly will be the last one. We demand PEACE, SHALOM, now and for good with a FIP in action as soon as possible. In a few years petrol will be out of fashion with photovoltaic cells and the electrical moving war machinery, thus we shall have no need for benzene and other petrol products. So, everybody except Merkel agrees, but the new axe is set in motion. This is certainly USA, Germany and Japan. They forgot the Arabian peoples, the other Europeans and the idea of course is to have my family, the family of PEACE, killed as they are going on a cruise near there, to Rhodes island. Such hatred against my family is a phenomenon and I beg of you, as the saviour of all the Arabs and Israelis, to stop bloodshed and avoid thus a new Spanish civil war, as the prototype. The one who machinated all these is a relative of mine who is arteriosclerotic, and who wants a triptych Guernica ala Lebanese, to have an enormous value, like Picasso’s Guernica. Ma’a salami Michele, my fellow student in AUB, and let Allah bless all the Arabs and all those, like you my brother, PEACE and FREEDOM. Michalis Papas

Cypriot-born Tess is holding her premiere exhibition at the winery on Friday 25 April, 6.00-9.00 p.m. and it is going to be an evening to remember. Tess is a commissioned artist and the array of acrylic and oil on canvas display her versatility as they include portraits, landscapes and abstracts. As well as good art and wine, there will be music, provided by the popular singer/ songwriter Charleen Grace. Look on the website www.hadjiantonas.com.cy for more information.

Limassol, Cyprus

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Diary 0f events April

05 (Sat) St Barnabas Table Top Sale at 153 Leonitou A St, Limassol (opp old General Hospital) from 10.00am. For more info contact Nora Ananides on 99 356451.

05 (Sat) The Zingers in Polis The Stage and Screen Show will take place at the Community Theatre, Polis in aid of the Cancer Patients Support Group. Tickets €7.50. Contact Ruth on 99 389073 for more information. 06 (Sun) Seasonal Easter Market in Pano Akourdaleia Herb Garden. Farmers’ and Art & Crafts market. 10am-2pm. Local, natural, homemade and handmade. Supporting your local community. Coffee shop on site. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/heavenonearthherbals or contact 96425879/99993412. 09 (Wed) Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show at Paliomonastiro Restaurant, Peyia from 3pm to 6pm with Here and Now. Entrance €5 including a drink and cake. Tickets available from Here & Now, Hearns Bookshop or call 99 450933. 12 (Sat) Coffee Tea and Cake for Caritas at Fitzgerald Estates offices, 10am until 1pm. Contact Mary Penny Ingram 96398641 for more information. 12 (Sat) Revival ‘Spring Fashion Show’ at 2pm. Courtesy of Judith from Revival. All money raised will be for the Cancer Patients Support Group. Raffle prizes would be appreciated. Contact Maxine on 26 272701. Anyone wishing to be a model contact Judith on 99168545. 12 (Sat) Orphean Singers Concert featuring the Messa di Gloria by Giacomo Puccini. At the Markedeion Theatre, Paphos. 7.30pm. Tickets €10 from Carol on 99 043558 or from choir members. www. orpheansingerscyprus.com 17 (Thu) Mario as Elvis for one night only at Colosseum Restaurant, Kato Paphos. Price €20 includes a 3 course meal. For bookings call 26 962415. Early booking is advisable. Come and see the best Elvis since Elvis. 20 (Sun) Easter Bonnet Parade at The Phoenix Club. For The Cancer Patients Support Group and PASYKAF. Starts 1.00pm. Tickets €10 members, €11 non-members. Price includes finger buffet, judging best hat and a party of old time music. Contact Mike Dawson on 96542485 or Maxine on 26 272701 for more information. 21 (Mon) Cancer Patients Support Group Bazaar at the Harbour. Volunteers needed for book, crafts and cake stall. Contact Jan Handley on 97 890985 or Maggie on 96 735006. 24 (Thu) Roy Orbison by Tony Lee until 27th April direct from the USA/UK. For venues, tickets and dates please visit www.kendallandmorrelli.com or call 96 818066. 26 (Sat) Great Tribute to Frank Sinatra by Martin Rhodes at Colosseum Restaurant, Kato Paphos. He will perform many well known songs from the Frank Sinatra/Rat Pack era along with other songs by Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and others. For bookings call 26 962415. Early booking is advisable.

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For this month’s live music listings visit www.nitbats.com

27 (Sun) Elea Spring Fair and Sponsored Walk at Elea Golf Club by In-Any-Event. Spring Fair - from 10am to 5pm. Registration for Sponsored Walk is at 10.30am, walk starts 11am. Cost €10 per person. Sponsorship forms available from Beverley on 99 983550, email brownie@cytanet.com.cy or Maxine 26 272701, CPSG Centre, edandmax@hotmail.com or at CPSG Centre. 27 (Sun) Handicraft Fair outside ‘That Nice Shop’ in St Nikolaou Church car park near the Post Office, Polis. 10am - 4pm. Spaces for sellers - €20 per pitch. All items MUST be handmade. For more information or to book a space please contact Jeannette 99269284 or Tanith 99907499. 30 (Wed) 11th Annual Flower Festival to Friday 2nd May 2014 at Ayia Kyriaki Church, Kato Paphos. For more information contact: Margaret Keeble: 26 422380/99 533704 keeble@cytanet.com.cy or Jean Wickens: 26 322628 rwickens@cytanet.com.cy 01 May (Thu) Mayday 10K & 5K Challenge in support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity at Aphrodite Hills. Then enjoy the Mayday Fayre. Registration Opens 0800hrs. Adults €10 - Under 15 €5 - Under 10 Free. Further details from pdhogg@primehome.com. 01 May (Thu) Choral Music Evening at the Paphos Academy of Fine Arts, organised by The Cultural, Scientific & Research Foundation Paphos 2014 with The Bulgarian Choir, Angel Manolov from Sofia and the new Paphos Choir “ORFEUS”. 8.00 p.m. Entrance free. Booking recommended, call 99 632346. 03 May (Sat) Cyprus Samaritans Charity Quiz Night at Sid’s Taverna, Emba. Quiz entry with food €10 - Food served at 6.30pm, Quiz starts at 8.00pm. Call Josette on 96 732683 for bookings, menu and more information.


Church Groups ANGLICAN CHURCH OF PAPHOS Sunday Services - Ayia Kyriaki, Kato Paphos - 8.15am and 6.00pm Holy Eucharist (4th Sunday Choral Evensong); St Luke’s, Prodromi - 9.30am Holy Communion; St Stephen’s, Tala - 11.00am Holy Communion. Wednesdays Ayia Kyriaki 9.00am, Holy Eucharist. Contact: Church Office - 26-953044 or 99-212627.

NEW TESTAMENT COMMUNITY CHURCH

Every Sunday 10.30am at the Ascos Coral Beach Hotel, Coral Bay. A variety of midweek home groups and social outreach activities, etc. For more info, tel. Elder Mike Smith 97-650960, email mikeg4bte@gmail.com.

RegularS

Directory of Societies, Clubs, Groups and Regular Meetings Paphos Alcoholics Anonymous, tel. 99-916331 or 99-399240

Women’s Corona Society, tel. 26-652253 or 99-496153

Al-Anon family groups. Tel 97-699256 alanonpaphos@yahoo.com Alzheimer Self Help Group, tel. 26-621530 Bereavement Support Group, tel. 99-312662, 99-224147, 99-175510 or 99-541278 Cancer Patients Support Group, Coffee Morning, tel. 26-654007

LATIN PARISH OF PAPHOS

Cancer Patients Support, Craft Group, tel. 26-654007

Anyone is welcome. Holy Mass times at Agia Kyriaki Chrisopolitissa, Kato Paphos: Saturdays 18.00 (valid for Sunday), Sundays 10.00 (Latin), 11.00 (English-Polish), 12.00 (English); at Latin Parish Hall, Tombs of Kings Rd: Saturdays 16.00 (valid for Sunday); at St. Nicolas Church, Polis, Saturdays 10.00; at Columbia Resort, Pissouri, Sundays 18.00. Parish Priest: Fr. Carlos Ferrero. Tel: 26-931308. www.stpauls-catholic-parish-paphos.com

Cancer Support Group & Info Help Line, tel. 97-760989

PAPHOS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL

We welcome you to worship with us at 10.30am each Sunday. We are now at the former Welcome Inn, 12 Adamantiou Korai St, Paphos. Tel, Allan Hodgson 96-217416, servant@pcfi.com

THERE IS A REFORMED CHURCH IN LIMASSOL

Where the message of Christ’s saving power & love is proclaimed & the Biblical view of His Kingdom taught. All are welcome. International Evangelical Church (Reformed), 352 St. Andrew’s Street, 1st floor (near the Municipal Gardens) Services 10.30am Sunday, Bible study 7pm Wednesday. Tel. 99-384742 or email: iec.limassol@gmail.com for more info

CHRIST EMBASSY CHURCH

Invites you to join them for praise and worship each Sunday at 9.00am at Mesogi Council Offices. Holy Communion is celebrated on first Sunday of each month. Tel. 99-757138

New Friends Coffee Morning,

Coral Star Restaurant 10am Thurs, Coral Bay, Paphos

The Pajero Club of Paphos, www.pajeroclubofpaphos. com

Chicago Bridge, tel. 26-937551 or 99-557829 Children’s Craft Workshops, Saturdays 10am, tel. 99-079194

Limassol Alcoholics Anonymous, tel. 25-368265 or 99-559322 Bridge in Pissouri.com Every Friday at 2 Friends Restaurant. tel. 99-667592 C3A Cyprus 3rd Age, www.c3a-cyprus.org/limassol Cyprus Services Rambling Club, tel. 99-292092 Cyprus Women of Today, tel. 99-358525 Food for Friends, tel. 25-634487

Cribbage League, also Larnaca. www.paphoscrib.webs.com

Friends for Life Limassol Hospice Care, tel. 25-343000 or Admissions 99-189796

C3A Cyprus 3rd Age, www.c3a-cyprus.org/paphos

Happy Valley Hash House Harriers, tel. 99-434794

Cyprus Samaritans, tel. 77-777267, Freephone 80007773

Limassol (Coeur de Lion) Lions Club, tel. 99-921290

Diabetes Support Group, tel. 99-861279

Limassol Bridge Club, Mon & Fri 3.30pm, tel. 99-645338

Duplicate Bridge, twice weekly at 6.45pm, tel. 97 661061 Easy Strollers Walking Group, suehampson1971@aol.com Fitness for Life, tel. Yvonne 99-034576 Harmony Ladies at Angelikas, Chloraka Coast Road. Second Thursday of each month, 10am-12pm.

Man City Cyprus Limassol, tel. 99-130711 or 99-812393 RAFA Aphrodite Branch Meeting. Tel 99-298723 Royal Logistic Corps Association, tel. 25-717002

Jukebox Jiving, tel. 96-349276

Table Tennis at UKCA, tel. Antonio 99-334706

‘Learn about your Body’ Last Friday of every month For more info call 99 993412 or email caroline@heavenonearthherbals.com

The Limassol Ladies Club, tel. 99-951910

Line Dancing, Jane tel. 99-762047

Toastmasters International, tel. 99-754042 or 97-744285, www.limassol-toastmasters.com

Line Dancing, Frank tel. 99-424965 P.A.S.Y.K.A.F. (Paphos Bereavement Support Group - Saying Goodbye), tel. 99-312662

The Royal British Legion, tel. 25-315313

Larnaca Alcoholics Anonymous, tel. 24-645523 or 99-344339

PALMS (Paphos Area Ladies Multi-national Society), tel. 99-341929

Antidote Theatre Workshops, tel. 24-822677 or www.theatreantidote.com

St. Helen’s Anglican Church, Larnaca,

Paphos International Sailing Club (PISC), www.pisc.org.cy

Arsenal Cyprus Larnaca, tel. 99-015699

Tel. 24-651327

Paphos Writers Group, tel. Nikki 99-012601 or see

Chicago Bridge Club, tel. 97-671192

www.paphoswritersgroup.com

Dhekelia Sailing Club, www.dhekeliasailing.com

Int. Evangelical Church, Larnaca, Tel. 24-652331

St Barnabas’ Anglican Church Limassol

Opposite the Old Hospital. Sunday Communion at 10am with Junior Church & monthly 11+ group on 2nd Sundays. Scottish Country Dancing, tel. 99-298512 Tel. Derek on 96-612371 stbac@spidernet.com.cy Sequence Dancing, Tues Afternoons. Tel, 99-750332 or email www.stbarnabas-cyprus.com

GERMAN-SPEAKING LUTHERAN Church in Paphos

mgbennett1@yahoo.co.uk

All German-speaking Christians are warmly invited to a church service, second Saturday of each month at Ayia Kyriaki Church (St. Paul’s Pillars), Paphos at 4pm. Tel. 26-270619. Please confirm venue.

Short Mat Bowling, tel. 99-983684 or 26-960522

Welcome 10.00am Sundays to: Worship, Study the Bible, Care for each other. Kanika Complex, Flat 201, Apollo Building. Tel. 99-917195.

Singles Sunday Lunch Club, tel. 99-754078

Int. Christian Fellowship (East), Limassol

Pissouri Anglican Group

Meet for Communion Services at 6pm on the second and fourth Sundays of the month in a room at the amphitheatre, Pissouri Village. Tel. 96-612371 or email: stbac@spidernet.com.cy.

Duplicate Bridge, tel. 97-671192 Line Dancing, tel. 99-108391 Rubber Bridge, tel. 99-581827

Steni Village Art & Crafts Group, Thursdays, tel. 99-175988

St John Ambulance, British Forces Overseas, Dhekelia, tel. 99-378054

Stroke Association, Latin Parish Hall, 1st Saturday each month, tel. Brenda 99-804161.

The Royal British Legion, Larnaca Branch, www.rbllarnaca.org

Markets, Charity Shops & Car Boot Sales

Table Tennis, Thursday evenings, tel. 26-652763

Paphos Area

Taichi & Qigong at Kamares Club, tel. 99-923310 or email taichipafos@gmail.com

Timi Market & Car Boot Sale, tel. 99-611637

The Aircrew Association Cyprus, for Military Aircrew, tel. 26-815347 (island wide)

Aladdins Cave Charity Shop, tel. 99-927452 The Duckpond, tel. 99-875217 or 99-090253 Paphiakos Car Boot Sale, every Saturday, tel. 99-151996 Paphiakos, Shops, Paphos Area , Info tel. 26-910325 Stroumpi Farmers’ Market & Craft Fair. Second Sunday of every month. 10am-3pm. Tel. 97 839295. Craft Market, Thur 9-2, Coral Star, Coral Bay, tel. 99-387311 Farmers Market. First Sunday of every month 10am – 2pm. Tel 99 993412 or 96 425879

Limassol Area

Full Moon This Month April 15th

The Flea Market, Fassouri, tel. 77-778828 Friends Hospice Charity Shop, Pissouri, tel. 99-802414 Linopetra Corner, tel. 99-612832

Larnaca Area Marios Nicola Foundation, Xylophagou, tel. 99-541248 Paphiakos, Shop No.3, Larnaca, tel. 24-623494

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Dinner with M&S by Cherry Dobbins

One morning I went to see a friend called Emma. Not content with serving home baked biscuits and cakes with my morning coffee, she served some very good quiches with salad for lunch. When I commended her culinary skills she happily informed me that she had bought the quiches at Marks and Spencer. I had heard their ready meals were better than the usual prepared foodstuffs but I had not realised just how good they were. Remembering their ‘dine-in’ adverts I decided to investigate by organising an evening meal for myself, my mother and our editor, Ann-Marie. It was inevitably going to cost more than the television advert due to the high costs involved in transporting frozen foods and the fact that we have ‘the brand name of..’ rather than the actual shop itself. Marks and Spencer sell to them at a profit and so we, the customer, pay a higher retail price. It is now quite easy to park close to Marks and Spencer’s food hall. The clothes section of the shop has gone to the new mall along with many of that street’s customers. I parked directly outside on a Saturday morning. My mother is vegetarian but will occasionally eat fish. There was a good selection of dishes to choose from including meat, fish and vegetarian, although I understand it is a very small selection compared with what is available in the U.K. I chose tomato and ravioli as a starter and for the main course ‘lightly dusted’ lemon sole, spinach and potato gratin and a broccoli and cheese bake. The lemon cheesecake dessert was an easy choice. To drink I chose a Brut Cava and a bottle of Rioja Romeral. The preparation was easy. The cheesecake defrosted at room temperature for 2 hours. For the main course I heated the fan oven to 180°C and cooked the broccoli for 60 minutes, the potatoes for 40 minutes and the fish for 20 minutes. The pasta starter required boiling in water for 5 minutes. The washing up from the preparation is the pan, colander and grater for Parmesan on the pasta (my optional extra). I also sliced a lemon from the garden to garnish the main course adding a knife to the dirtied utensils. The one packet of ravioli would have served 4 as a small starter, for the

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three of us it was more than ample. It was very tasty with plenty of filling. The fish fillets were excellent. The outside dusting was light enough to allow the flavour of the fish to come through. This is important with lemon sole because of the very delicate flavour. The portions were about the size of a plaice and had some thickness. The potato and spinach gratin was delicious. The single container made for 3 small portions and would better serve 2 people. The broccoli and cheese bake tasted great and served the three of us just fine. The lemon cheesecake would have served four but the three of us had no problem eating the extra portion – it was scrummy! So the meal was easy to prepare and great to eat, the remaining question is cost. This was €45.87 for the three of us including wine. Adding on the cost of Parmesan, cooking costs and dishwasher costs I can round this up to €50.00 say €16.66 each. Fuel costs into town can be ignored as otherwise I would have to drive to a restaurant (and then not drink). The cost could be brought down by buying local wines. I thought the Brut Cava was good value for money at €7.50 but the Rioja Romeral at €8.50 was a little light for my taste and for the money would rather have had a local wine. Substituting frozen peas from the supermarket for the broccoli would also save some money. The broccoli cheese bake cost €3.35. The potato gratin was expensive at €4.10 but it was so good I cannot think of an easy substitute. I also felt that the main course I had chosen looked a little bland and I should have added a few roasted vine tomatoes for colour. I have to admit to being a convert. When visitors come to stay there will be an M&S meal in the freezer for the day I do not want to cook.


Cake-Making: The Melting Method by Cherry Dobbins

For this method the fat in the recipe is melted with the sugar and syrup or treacle. When it has cooled slightly it is stirred into the flour along with the other liquid ingredients, including the eggs. It is traditionally used for old fashioned gingerbread cake, parkin and date bread. The cakes made by this method have a coarse open texture.

or treacle are warmed together, gently, in a pan. Overheating will result in a toffee-like substance being formed so do it slowly and watch it carefully. If it seems hot let it cool a little before adding to the dry ingredients. Any additional liquid, such as the eggs, should be added to the flour with the fat mixture. The mixing should be done with a metal spoon as this helps to blend the mixture quickly and prevents a tough shiny crust on the cake. Do not beat the mixture.

The fat in modern recipes is generally butter however good quality lard or clarified dripping were considered preferable not so long ago as they would contain less water. Brown sugars are generally required as they will help to give a rich dark colour to the cake. Whether syrup, treacle or a mixture of the two is used depends entirely on the flavour required. Treacle alone gives a strong, slightly bitter taste. Dried fruits, nuts and crystallised ginger can all give additional flavour and variety to these cakes.

Because of the syrup or treacle in the mixture these cakes have a tendency to burn. The cake tins are best lined with greaseproof paper or baking parchment and the paper greased. Pre-heat a non-fan oven to 180°C and have a rack ready half way up the oven. After 20 minutes baking reduce the temperature to 170°C.

Plain flour is used for the melting method. The raising agent is baking powder or bicarbonate of soda alone. The bicarbonate of soda gives a darker colour to the cake when baked and because it gives off gas at a slow rate it improves a mixture that is heavy with syrup or treacle. The flavour of the bicarbonate of soda is disguised by the use of spices. When making parkin, some of the flour is replaced by oatmeal or rolled oats. The dry ingredients such as the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and spices should be sifted into a mixing bowl together. The fat, sugar and syrup

To test that they are cooked, press gently with a finger and they should feel firm. The cake will be evenly brown and have shrunk slightly from the sides of the tin. There should be no sound of bubbling. Remove the cake from the tin and paper whilst still hot and then allow to cool on a wire rack.

What Went Wrong and Why? The mixture rises and then sinks in the middle: Too much raising agent Too much syrup or treacle The oven was too hot The oven door was opened too soon The cake is too dark and hard on the outside: Too much syrup or treacle The cake was cooked for too long The oven was too hot The cake is overcooked on the outside and doughy in the middle: Too much syrup or treacle Too much liquid The oven was too hot The tin was too thin The cake has risen and cracked: Too much flour or oatmeal

These cakes store well in an airtight tin. It is best to store them for at least 24 hours before cutting as this allows the outside crust to soften and the cake to moisten.

Too little liquid

Having stated the above please remember that these are general rules and always follow the instructions of the recipe.

The cake is shiny on top and close in texture:

Too much raising agent Too high in the oven The mixture was beaten after the addition of the liquid.

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Recipes for the Melting Method by Cherry Dobbins

A selection of traditional and modern cake recipes.

Old Fashioned Parkin 280g medium oatmeal 170g plain flour

minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean in the middle.

5. Serve the parkin cut into squares.

Guinness Parkin

1 level tsp. salt

From ‘The Boy Who Bakes’ by Edd Kimber. I would argue that this is not parkin as it contains no oatmeal but it sounds a yummy cake!

130g lard or margarine

110g butter, melted and cooled plus extra for greasing

2 level tsp. ground ginger

250g plain flour

1 generous pinch mixed spice

2 tsp. baking powder

1 level tsp. bicarbonate of soda

3 tbsp. ground ginger

110g treacle

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

110g syrup

¼ tsp. ground cloves

55g brown sugar

225g black treacle

200ml milk

125 ml. Guinness

1 egg, beaten

¼ tsp. bicarbonate of soda

1. Turn oven to 180°C. Line an 18cm square tin.

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2. Into a mixing bowl, sieve the flour, salt, ginger, spice and bicarbonate of soda. Stir in the oatmeal.

200g caster sugar

3. Very gently warm the fat, sugar, treacle and syrup in a pan until the fat has just melted and the mixture is warm not hot. 4. Using a metal spoon stir the warm mixture into the flour. 5. Stir in the milk and egg. Stir until mixed but do not beat. 6. Pour into the prepared tin and bake half way up the oven. 7. After 20 minutes turn the oven down to 170°C. 8. The cake will take about 60-75 minutes in total to cook. It will look evenly brown and have shrunk away from the sides of the tin. Open the oven door gently and check that it is firm and there are no sounds of bubbling. 9. Turn out from the tin immediately and remove the paper. Allow to cool on a wire rack. 10. Store in an airtight tin for at least 24 hours to allow the flavours to develop.

Simon Rimmer’s Parkin

He recommends serving it with mascarpone mixed with double cream and vanilla. The cake will keep for 2 weeks in a tin. The flavour continues to develop the longer you leave it.

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan oven). Grease 23 x 10cm loaf tin and line with baking parchment, leaving a 5cm. overhang so that you can remove the cake more easily. 2. Sift the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and cloves together into a medium bowl and set aside. (note – do not add bicarbonate of soda at this point) 3. Put the treacle and Guinness into a medium pan and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and add the bicarbonate of soda. The mixture will bubble and foam; set aside until it settles down. 4. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together until thickened and pale. Drizzle in the melted butter and whisk to combine. Then whisk the Guinness mixture into the eggs. 5. Sift the flour mixture over the liquid ingredients and gently fold together until combined. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean. 6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Date Bread 225g plain flour

3 level tsp. baking powder

100g black treacle

¾ level tsp. salt

40g golden syrup

⅛ level tsp. bicarbonate of soda

125g butter

55g dark brown sugar

75g soft dark brown sugar

90g chopped dates

225g plain flour

55g black treacle

1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda

40g chopped walnuts

1 tbsp. freshly grated ginger

30g lard (or butter or margarine)

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

225 ml. milk

100g fine oatmeal

1. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin (1 kilo tin). Preheat oven to 180°C.

2 eggs 150 ml. milk

2. Into a mixing bowl sieve the flour, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.

1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C.

3. Add the chopped dates and nuts.

2. Heat the treacle and syrup together in a pan. As they soften, add the butter and stir in the sugar until it dissolves. 3. Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and oatmeal in a bowl. Add the treacle mix and stir to combine. Finally beat in the eggs and milk until the mixture has a thick pouring consistency. 4. Spoon into a greased and lined 20cm. baking dish and bake for about 45 12 © Grapevine • April 2014

4. Very gently warm the lard, treacle, sugar and milk. Avoid overheating. 5. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix together using a metal spoon. Do not beat. You should have a stiff batter consistency. 6. Pour into the lined tin and bake for 1¼ hours.


Man Bread 1 by Alan Robinson

Ok guys, I don’t know about you but I am not fond of the bread here. Not to sound too smart-aleck but I make my own, it’s dead easy. I make a batch for the two of us every couple of days.

Man Bread 2

The simplest basic method only takes a few minutes. Use normal white all purpose flour (not village flour), yeast (the stuff in the orange packet with Greek writing, comes in a strip of three of 8g each), salt, olive oil and water.

Now you have mastered Man Bread 1 (which should have taken about 15 minutes) we can go to the next level, and get really big headed.

For a ‘measure’ I use a plastic mug, 250ml, a glass or a normal mug will do. Whatever size you use it is the ‘measure’. Sling 3 measures of flour, 1x 8g sachet of yeast and some salt into a mixing bowl, mix it well with a spoon. Pour in 1 measure of cold water and a couple of glugs of olive oil. Mix it all up to a bowl of mess. Turn it out onto your worktop, the kitchen one, not the shed. Start kneading; it will turn into a ball of putty which you knead for 4 – 5 minutes until it feels smooth. Glug some olive oil into your mixing bowl and grease up your ball, cover with a tea towel and go for a few pints (about an hour). When you return it will be twice the size (the bread that is).

by Alan Robinson

Focaccia!! No, it’s not some foreign word for sneezing all over your face. It’s very tasty bread from Italy.

Using the same basic recipe, after the first 2 pint rising time add a few glugs of olive oil to your tin baking tray (10” x 15” tray) slide your dough in and press to cover the bottom. Pour on some more olive oil and stick your fingers in it all over (make sure your fingers are clean or you will have little black bits in all the holes). It will look like the Somme battle field, swimming in olive oil. Cover and do the 2 pint thing again to twice the size. Chuck plenty of sea salt crystals over and some herbs and garlic if you want to be a real clever clogs. Cook until brown all over (the focaccia that is).

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Take it out and press it a little, then turn it into whatever shapes or sizes you fancy, it will make 8 good sized rolls, put them onto a baking tray and cover again for another few pints or until it has risen again.

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Chuck the rolls in the oven for about 20 minutes, at 180° or something. Don’t burn the hairs off your arms when you check the colour to see if they are done.

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Garden Planning by Barbara Strain

Whether you have a new garden, or are trying to improve an existing one, it is worth taking time to reflect on just what you want. Rather than rushing out to buy a load of plants to fill empty spaces, or chopping down existing trees to create empty spaces, spend some time in your garden, getting the ‘feel’ of it. Are you a sun worshipper, looking for a sun-deck, or would you prefer a shady bower? Do you like to potter around, or are you a really keen gardener? Maybe you prefer a garden that more-or-less looks after itself? Do you have any particular likes, such as a rose garden? Or dislikes? Decide if you want a water feature, a pond or a fountain perhaps. The situation of these and pergolas or gazebos may affect how the rest of the garden will be dealt with. Although it is perfectly possible, with attention, fertilisers and lots of water, to have a green lawn in Cyprus, most people opt for gardens that give shade from the summer sun. Remember also, to provide a wind-sheltered area in sunshine for winter days. Look at your house from the garden to check if there are features that you would like to hide. Decide if you want a high hedge between you and any neighbours. On the other hand, perhaps your house has a good view; make sure your plans won’t ruin it. You should also look at the garden from the house; plan flower borders so they can be seen through windows. The herb garden is best near the kitchen door. Once you have a general idea of where different types of plants will go, the trees, hedges, flower borders and vegetable plots, it is time to plan the design of paths and pathways to give you access to each of the areas. Sketch out your ideas on paper, to scale if possible. Photographs of the existing garden will help, too. If you are new to Cyprus there is one essential fact to learn about plants here. They grow. And then some. This is of especial importance if you are only here for part of the year, since you will want to avoid being presented with an impenetrable jungle when

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you return in six months. One solution is to opt for a paved or gravelled area. If you are keen on DIY, you can buy paving slabs from builders’ yards, including different types of crazy paving. For areas that may have cars driven over them, you will need a concrete base, but if there will only be pedestrian traffic, it is possible to make a paved area by bedding the slabs on sharp sand and then grouting between the slabs. To prepare an area for gravel, line it with stout plastic sheeting. Make a trench 5 - 7 cm deep and 7 cm wide around the perimeter to stop the edges of the polythene curling up. If you want one or two trees or shrubs, keep these well spaced and away from paths and drives, so that they won’t cause problems when they grow. Leave holes in the polythene about 45 cm diameter for trees, a little less for shrubs. Then cover the polythene with an even layer of gravel. Now, you are ready to buy the plants. Still err on the side of caution, remembering that the little sapling you buy today will turn into a big tree before very long and that one small bougainvillaea plant can grow to cover a large area in just one season.

Taken from the Good Garden Guide available at the Grapevine Officece.

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Watch out ... by Barbarian

Watch out...there’s a thief about? Several thieves. Hordes of thieves in fact. In many spheres of our lives; particularly in the realm of technology. There are those who might break into your house and steal your PC, printer and all the other hi-tech things we all own these days. There are others who roam shopping centres, airports and the like, with their eyes on your mobile phone, laptop computer or iPlayer. Even the now ubiquitous memory stick has its value to a wouldbe thief. We all know that it’s necessary these days to keep an eye on the security of all these items. Don’t leave things in your unlocked car; take care when using mobile devices in public. As a just-in-case, you should make sure that your household contents insurance adequately covers you for any loss of these physical goods. Take

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security a step further and protect your property with passwords and screen locks.

turn on and go online. Of course, if you can gain access so easily, so can hackers of all sorts.

However, we must remember that your security does not stop with the physical objects. Using the internet is a great modern tool that most of us use to a greater or lesser extent.

It’s safer to use a connection that has a password, but don’t be led into thinking this is foolproof. If you can easily access a hotspot, then so can the bad guys. They can then do all manner of naughty things. They can lift your personal information and even go so far as to prompt you to give away stuff you would normally only give to trusted sites.

We have written before in this column about having secure passwords, especially when dealing with matters personal or financial. Take this a step further and take care when opening random emails that may or may not be spam-generated. Don’t be tempted to click on the icon that tells you that you have won a prize. The real prize may be a virus or spy-bug that can harvest information from your computer’s hard drives. By now you might be thinking, ‘Yes, fine, I do all that. I have adequate insurance and double locks on my doors. My passwords are rated as highly secure (if admittedly hard for me to remember). I never ever visit dodgy websites and I am scrupulous in vetting my emails and text messages.’ Stop a moment, though. How much personal information have you put up on social media sites like Facebook or LinkedIn? Make sure that your ‘friends’ are really just that. A step further and it’s not just what you do online, but where you do it. Today it is very easy to find a Wi-Fi hotspot wherever you are. Bars, cafes, hotels, airports, even my doctor’s surgery, all offer internet connectivity to visitors. Sometimes these are completely free; you can just saunter in,

With only a mobile phone – fitted out with a special app – it is possible to replicate a site and create an ‘evil twin’. The result? When you log on your computer has no way of knowing whether you are accessing the genuine site or the evil twin. The twin may be able to harvest any information you pass from your own device. You might think that it is safe to visit a site that has the https:// prefix (with a green padlock icon). Unfortunately, it is possible for the really determined cyber thief to hack into even these sites. The bottom line is never to use public or semipublic hotspots for anything that you don’t want the rest of the world to access. Your own home WiFi is obviously the safest, since you control who else may have access. Of course, you should still make use of the local cafe’s WiFi. It’s easy, convenient and a friendly atmosphere. Just don’t use it to transfer millions of Euros.


Celebrating Cyprus by Anna Shepherd

The Cultural Committee for Tala comprises three dynamic women including Areti Pieridou, Cathi Delaney and Maro Savvidou. Together, they are determined to increase the profile of their council and merge communicates through cultural events. They are full of energy and it’s difficult not to be enraptured by their enthusiasm and zest to succeed. One of the major factors is the incredible team work which is evident between the women and which led to the success of their first concert last month with Russian musicians Yuri Zhislin and Katya Apekisheva. This month, they are pleased to present an Art Exhibition titled ‘Celebrating Cyprus’ with Tala-based water-colourist Judith Constantinou and iconographer, Fotini Damalis. Curiously, both women lived in South Africa for many years, but met in Cyprus when they moved almost at the same time. Both wanted to celebrate their love of Cyprus through this joint exhibition. Born in South Africa, Fotini developed her artistic nature through flower arranging and did the arrangements for many high profile weddings. She also ran a very successful restaurant with her son Roddy, before permanently moving to Cyprus in 2001. (Roddy is the owner of the Limassol based ‘Ta Piatakia’ Restaurant.) A quiet, softly spoken lady, Fotini is very reserved about her talents. “I have always loved art and did it as a subject at school – I tried and explored many mediums, including oils and pastels, but my favourite is undoubtedly water-colours.” Whereas water-colours leave one considerable freedom in expression, iconography is very controlled and very precise. “I haven’t selected one or the other, as iconography is such a different art form, that one must learn from the beginning to master the Byzantine style. One of course can work freely, but in that case, the art will not be accepted in the church. The sheer beauty of the icons really inspires me.” Fotini also prepares the wood and explained to me what a labour intensive process iconography actually is. “Marine plywood is used and should last

forever. Muslin cloth is spread on the wood and stuck on with a solution of glue and water, with the glue made from rabbit bones. It must be very smooth and well sealed on the sides. This process is then repeated about seven times, and one must ensure that it is completely dry before painting on the glue again. The picture to be painted is then traced onto the prepared wood. The paints are a powder pigment mixed with a combination of egg yolk, vinegar and water. I combine the colours to achieve exactly what I want but generally, one works from dark to light to get the shadows of the folds on the garments. Finally, in order not to damage or scratch the icon, gold leaf is applied. One must be extremely careful here as it is not a reversible process – once it is laid on the ‘glue’ that you have painted on, it cannot be fixed. Ox gall is then painted over the whole icon. There is then a one month waiting period, before varnishing it with a matt varnish. So...” says Fotini smiling, “it is really a labour of love. I’ve done about 45 in total and have seven small ones at home and will exhibit six of the large ones commissioned for a church to be built soon.” Judith Constantinou, in this exhibition, has explored the medium of acrylics on canvas with a stunning collection of museum studies including Aphrodite herself. “I was always fascinated by Greek art and history at university and believe the artefacts still to be beautiful six decades later. I’ve included terracotta and limestone heads and pottery vases all from museums in Cyprus. I’m passionately addicted to water-colours though, so have also included works inspired by both the Cyprus landscape and architecture.” Judith has been captivated by the island since her arrival in 1961 and held her first exhibition in Famagusta in 1964. After 29 years in South Africa, where she held many successful exhibitions, she returned to Cyprus. “Although I lived for many years in South Africa, part of me, always remained here. This group of paintings is my homage and appreciation of this unique isle.” Mindful of the fast changing times and tastes, many of the still life paintings reflect more traditional times and crafts, such as pots, hand-painted plates and basket weaving. Judith’s love of teaching is also a source of inspiration. continued over page

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“I find the interaction between professional artists and students a vital part of the artistic process. I teach small classes either in the mornings or afternoons, in my studio in Stephanie Village, Tala. Painting is often a rather solitary affair and small classes of six allow for an interesting exchange of ideas. Teaching adults is especially rewarding, as they are all dedicated to painting and have often wanted to for many years, but simply not had the time until now. They are still open to stretching their creative abilities when they have the necessary techniques and skills” and with a huge smile, Judith says “Yes! I love teaching as much as painting.” “I must add that it is wonderful to have the Cultural Committee for Tala giving artists this opportunity to exhibit their work. With Paphos being Cultural Capital of Europe in 2017, artists across the cultural spectrum have a unique and wonderful opportunity to build, create and showcase their initiative.” Judith Constantinou’s works hang in the USA, Japan, UK and South Africa as well as across Europe. The exhibition, which will be held at the Museum of Archbishop Chrysostomos, under the New Church in Tala, will open on 4th April at 7pm and will remain open on Saturday 5th April, from 10am until 1pm and from 5pm until 7pm. On Sunday, 6th April, the opening hours are 9pm to 1pm. For information: 7000 9303.

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by TopQuotes

As I type this David Moyes still has a job. The ‘Chosen One’ remains first choice at Manchester United but I think we can all agree that at any other Premiership Football Club he would have gone by now. In this day and age, eight months of mediocre results would have got him the sack anywhere else. “Ah but he’s got a massive rebuilding job on his hands” and “look how long it took Ferguson to produce success” come the pleas of mitigation from Moyes sympathisers. “The team will be world class by 2017” – Hmmm. Maybe but how long should anyone be given to get it right?

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Tax Saving Opportunities from the UK Budget 2014 by Sam Orgill

The taxman continually looks for ways to take more money. The tax rate is the headline; the tax paid depends upon the allowances. There are some key changes for Expats in the UK budget that affects Expats in the UK and Living and Working Abroad. Savings UK tax saving interest as income so you get to use your £10,000 personal allowance to offset against any savings income. An additional £2,790 can be earned in this way without tax at source. Above this tax is 20% then 40%. If you have UK pension and property rental income or earnings then these are added to give your highest rate of tax. Against that in 2014 you pay 30% on Cyprus bank interest with no personal allowances. The ISA savings tax free allowance is increased to £15,000 per year for UK residents only. Top them up before you leave the UK because you can continue to hold while living offshore. ProACT Free review considers ways of saving and investing in the UK and offshore with lower savings tax. Pensions Legislation will now allow you to draw the whole fund if that’s what you want. Ignore the vested interests and consider if this is good for you. The UK funds are now like an offshore pension that has always been able to be cashed in full. Inside a pension fund you pay no income or capital gains taxes. If you draw the whole fund as capital you pay no income tax but the capital is then subject to tax at potentially higher rates on new saving income and gains. If you draw the fund to pay down debt you will save interest payments. If an expat draws the fund before returning to the UK then they can invest tax free and still top up tax free ISA’s on their return. If you keep your pension you can pay Cyprus flat rate 5% pension, very attractive if you have property investment and earned income. There are many options, contact ProACT to discuss your Tax Saving Options. Property Inheritance tax at 40% is a booming tax income for the UK by those who do not make a Tax Saving Will. By gifting property into trust or to beneficiaries you can save IHT tax on your estate. Businesses can also use offshore property companies and trusts to avoid capital gains and inheritance taxes. However, taxes are to be increased on some of these actions. Companies will now pay stamp duty at 15% on property purchases and transfers over £500,000. This can make this tax saving route less cost effective for the tax payer, but still beneficial for higher rate tax payers. Individuals and Expats can still use gifting especially for Cyprus property as a 40% inheritance tax saving tool. By transferring UK property before April 2015 you could also save this new 15% stamp duty tax. Free Review ProACT Partnership’s Tax Saving Experts offer a free review of your circumstances and identify what tax savings Expats can make after the 2014 budget. For sure if you do nothing you will pay more. Take advantage of a spring clean to sweep a new broom through your tax planning. © Grapevine • April 2014

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Is Euro Strength a Blip or the Beginnings of a New Trend? by Daniel Wray

Last month the focus of my monthly report was the race to raise interest rates. Sterling data during the first quarter of the year has been extremely positive, prompting flows into the currency from investors worldwide, resulting in the pound strengthening against most major currencies. Over the last month, however, I have watched as the eurozone data picks up and the markets gently respond to it. Perhaps the most significant data release that has happened in the last month took place after the ECB’s (European Central Bank) interest rate decision. With interest rates kept at a record low of 0.25%, ECB president Mario Draghi stated that the eurozone economy is improving and forecast a slight improvement in economic growth from 1.1% to 1.2% for 2014. He also expects a gradual increase in growth to 1.5% in 2015 and 1.8% in 2016, which all-in-all paints a far healthier picture for the longer term and shows that deflation risks in the euro region are easing. With GDP data up, PMI’s (Purchasing Managers’ Indexes) across the sectors up, industrial production rising, even retail sales making gains, the euro is finally making some headway and rates versus the pound have dropped under 1.20 again, having hovered near to 1.22 for the majority of 2014. The euro has also reached a 17-month high against the US Dollar, falling just short of 1.40 as concerns over China’s economy and tensions in Ukraine also helped the euro benefit from a ‘safe haven’ status. Tensions in Ukraine, in particular, have kept investors on edge and Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, warned Moscow it risked “massive political and economic damage if it refused to change course on Ukraine”, saying “Western leaders were ready to impose sanctions on Russia if necessary”. So, is a change in fortunes on the cards for the euro? In my opinion, no. Growth in Europe is still very low, and unemployment is a huge issue, so the ECB is perhaps a long way from raising interest rates. With the New Zealand Central Bank becoming the first major bank to hike interest rates, it is anticipated that the Bank of England could be next, in early 2015. As speculation mounts investors will start to seek a better return, and if the US also gets back on track then it could just be a matter of time before investors move away from a low yield euro to other major currencies. Therefore, my view is that this current movement is a blip and is a great opportunity to sell euros before rates head back up to more consistent levels seen earlier this year. For further information you can call our Cypriot office on +44 357 2693 3164. Alternatively, contact Daniel Wray at our London office on +44 207 989 0000. For the latest exchange rates, surveys, articles and market reports visit our website at www.fcexchange.co.uk.

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Reducing the Inheritance Tax Burden by Mrs. Vivian Nagel, MCSI

My last two articles about Estate Planning have prompted many readers to enquire about how they can potentially reduce the IHT on their estates. I have therefore decided to write about Discounted Gift Trusts which have proved popular for the retired expat (who has done everything possible to sever all fiscal ties to the UK and can demonstrate a reasonable intention of making Cyprus his/her domicile of choice). In the UK, transfers between spouses are exempt. Thereafter the first £325,000 (frozen until 2018) of each spouse’s assets is exempt, if the first spouse to die passes their £325,000 to another person that is not the spouse then the surviving spouse will only have his or her allowance of £325,000 to use on death, but if the first spouse to die has not used their allowance then the surviving spouse can use both; the remainder of the estate is taxed at 40%. Trusts are used extensively to plan for death taxes but the main issue facing many is that in order to be eligible for reduced or no IHT the assets placed (settled) into the trust must be given outright with the Settlor (the person gifting the asset) having no benefit whatsoever from the assets. This poses a problem for those who definitely do not want the tax man to benefit from their hard earned money but cannot afford to give up the income that the assets they wish to gift to the trust earn. There may be a solution. A Discounted Gift Trust (DGT) works as follows:Example: Mr. & Mrs. Smith both 70 years old, have property worth £700,000. Their other assets including valuables, investments and bank

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accounts total £500,000. Total Asset £1.2m Their current IHT bill would be approx. £220,000 (£1,200,000 less £650,000 allowances = Taxable estate £550,000) If they were to settle (gift) £400,000 from their investments and bank account into a DGT then the actuaries would look at the age and lifestyle of the Settlor and based on this would arrive at an amount that would be required to provide the Settlor with an income for the rest of their life. Assume that the actuaries decide that 40% of the Trust monies (the gift) needs to be used to provide income for the Settlor, then the remaining 60% will be considered an outright gift to the trust and ultimately to the beneficiaries of the trust. This 60% will be treated as a potentially exempt transfer which will fall out of the Settlor’s estate after 7 years (with tapering relief in earlier years as per my previous articles).

into consideration but these are far outweighed by the potential saving in IHT. The above is just an example and figures and income levels may differ in your own circumstances. If you return to the UK in years to come the potential savings in IHT may be reduced or eradicated. If you would like to discuss how a Discounted Gift Trust may be of benefit to you or have any other financial planning needs please contact me. Hollingsworth International Financial Services Ltd Tel: +357 99579149 E-mail: viviann@hollingsworth-int.com Website: www.hollingsworth.eu.com Authorised by the Malta Financial Services Authority to provide investment services, license IS/32457.

The 40% that is ‘earmarked’ to provide income to the Settlor falls out of the Settlor’s estate and therefore not liable for IHT, immediately on set up of the trust. The Settlor will still receive income of, in this example, approx. 4% p.a. or ₤£16,000. (Please note that the trust portfolio may well grow more than this or less depending on investments held and market forces, this figure is what the Settlor would receive from the trust regardless of portfolio performance) Any growth or income within the portfolio of the trust will not be liable for IHT. If the Settlor survives for 7 years they have managed to successfully save (at current rates) potentially £220,000 in Inheritance Tax. If they die sooner, certainly in the first 3 years, then they would have reduced the IHT burden by approx. £64,000 There are costs associated with these trusts which would need to be taken

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“Resurrection” (1460) Submitted by Bruce Parker

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In the pearly light of chilly dawn, Christ rises spectrally from the grave, transfixing us with an unflinching gaze. The thin air sharpens the forms as the soldiers, slumbering uneasily at the foot of the tomb, represent unawakened humanity’s inherent frailty as this transcendent moment of salvation is allowed to pass unheeded. The cycle of life and death is symbolised by the trees to the left and right; faith in the Resurrection, however, will lead us from barren emptiness to flourishing richness of life, the new (and only) hope for mankind. The composition is simple yet effective; a horizontal and vertical division overlaid with the basic expedient of a triangle which automatically draws the eye to the apex, to Christ’s face. Piero’s pale, flat colours, stylised figures and overall austerity of style made him unfashionable in his own lifetime and virtually neglected for centuries after. Thankfully, the modern aesthetic of minimalist content, coupled with a taste for understated colouration and rigorous linear quality have generated much interest in him. As a result, he is now rightly regarded as a leading figure of Renaissance art. Just as during those climactic moments of Christ’s passion the apostles were unable to stay awake, so in this marvellous painting humanity is yet again found wanting by succumbing to sleep. His look is uncompromising, the message very clear: stay awake, be vigilant for, as Mark 13 tells us (albeit in a different context), we do not know when the Son of Man is coming.


by Piero della Francesca

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Health Issues

Compiled by Dr Lenia Efthymiou Dental surgeon Dr Efthymiou welcomes articles from bona fide health professionals, particularly from local doctors and pharmacists. Contact her on: 26 946863

Efficacy and Safety The Winning Argument

R.O.C.S. toothpastes for children are available in a variety of attractive tastes which will motivate them to brush their teeth regularly.

Facts, Scientific Findings and Results of Clinical Trials - R.O.C.S. School with an aminofluoride concentration of 900 ppm increases resistance of enamel against acid significantly more effective than toothpastes with maximum allowable concentration of fluoride (1450 ppm) in the form of sodium fluoride. - The increase of enamel resistance to acids was noticed in absolute majority of children who used the toothpaste R.O.C.S. School. Average increase of resistance was 56.6% and time of remineralization of enamel shortened from 2.6 days to 1.5 days. - Due to the active complex AMIFLUOR, the toothpaste R.O.C.S. School influences gingival condition positively and it is at least as effective as toothpastes with antiseptic agents.

risk of caries and increases intake of calcium by the dental enamel. Taking into consideration the fact that a child of 4-7 may swallow up to 60% of the toothpaste, the concentration of fluoride should correspond to the age norms. R.O.C.S. kids contain 500ppm of fluoride. Also the R.O.C.S. collection for this age offers a toothpaste without fluoride (R.O.C.S. Kids Fruity Cone).

Ages 8-18 During all stages of childhood and adolescence up to the age of 18 years fluoride still has high efficacy for the prevention of caries and the strengthening of the enamel. R.O.C.S. School contains fluoride in a concentration of 900ppm.

- The toothpaste R.O.C.S. Baby helps to saturate the enamel by minerals in case of caries at the stage of white spot.

If you prefer toothpaste without fluoride you can select a toothpaste from the adult collection.

- The toothpastes R.O.C.S. School and R.O.C.S. Kids really interrupt development of caries (stage of white spot) and help to avoid formation of new sites of demineralization.

New Formula Amiflour

New Concept of Toothpastes for Different Age Groups The age ranging of the R.O.C.S. toothpastes for children is based on safety and efficacy. There are three groups of products with different composition.

The ingredients of R.O.C.S. toothpastes for kids and teenagers are not chosen according to economical reasons but from the viewpoint of efficacy and safety. The formula of R.O.C.S. school and kids toothpastes is based on the complex Amiflour, which combines aminofluoride and xylitol.

Aminofluoride:

All R.O.C.S. toothpastes for children contain high concentrations of xylitol to increase the efficacy of fluoride protection and inhibit cariogenic bacteria.

Highly effective source of fluoride.

Ages 0-3

Protective effect against caries.

Based on the experience of specialists it is recommended that children should use toothpaste without fluoride until they are able to spit the paste properly out after brushing.

Antiplaque action, improving the gingival condition.

Ages 4-7 Fluoride plays a major role in the structure of enamel: it significantly reduces

Fast formation of protective film on the dental surface.

Additional cleaning properties of the toothpaste,

Xylitol: Natural ingredients inhibiting cariogenic flora. Increases calcium intake by the enamel.

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Health Issues

Compiled by Dr Lenia Efthymiou Dental surgeon Dr Efthymiou welcomes articles from bona fide health professionals, particularly from local doctors and pharmacists. Contact her on: 26 946863

Note

Children should not use fluoride containing toothpaste:

Compared to other dentifrice R.O.C.S. toothpaste for children does not contain sodium laurilsulfate (surface active substance)

- If the concentration of fluoride in drinking water exceed the norm more than 1.2 mg/I)

Fluoride in the Form of Aminofluoride Provides Much Better Protection for the Teeth of Children

- If a child takes dietary supplements containing fluoride

Aminofluoride forms a protective film on the dental surface within20 seconds of brushing compared to sodium fluoride which needs 60 seconds of toothbrushing to start forming protective crystals. Monoflurophosphate, however, does not form any protective coat at all. The impressively fast action of aminofluoride is very advantageous, because children rarely brush their teeth for the appropriate amount of time (2 min.) Aminofluoride also remains in the oral cavity for a long time while gradually releasing fluoride ions.

Note

Aminofluoride R.O.C.S. for schoolchildren (F=900ppm) increases the dental resistance against acids significantly more effective than toothpastes containing fluoride in the form of sodium fluoride (1450ppm). R.O.C.S. toothpastes with aminofluoride can interrupt the process of caries at the stage of white spot and remineralize injured enamel.

R.O.C.S. Toothpaste for Children without Fluoride

- If a child has fluorosis symptoms - Under the age of 4 years

Note The protection against caries is based on the effects of xylitol. Calcium glycerophosphate is a bioavialable source of basic minerals which is used to strengthen the dental enamel.

Gentle Removal of Dental Plaque R.O.C.S. Toothpaste for Children of all ages have a very low abrasivity value (RDA). They are really safe for the dental enamel which can be easily injured by highly abrasive ingredients.

Note

Effective Hygiene For improvement of cleaning properties related to low concentration of abrasive substances, a combination of safe surface-active components is used in R.O.C.S. Toothpaste. In addition the high concentration of xylitol helps to reduce formation of dental plaque.

Safe for babies

R.O.C.S. toothpaste collection contains toothpastes without fluoride: R.O.C.S. Baby with lime-blossom extract an R.O.C.S. Kids Fruity Cone.

The process of tooth eruption is painful and disturbing for a baby and often accompanied by a gingival inflammation R.O.C.S. Toothpaste for babies helps to reduce these problems and also protect infant teeth against caries:

Children up to the age of 4 years should not use toothpaste with fluoride as they are not yet able to spit toothpaste on during brushing but swallow it.

- It contains an extract of lime-tree blossoms which have a mild antiinflammatory effect.

R.O.C.S. offers children toothpaste with age specific fluoride content:

- It contains xylitol which inhibits cariogenic bacteria.

- Baby and Kids Fruity Cone with no fluoride

Note

- Kids collection with 500 ppm fluoride

The composition of R.O.C.S. for babies was based on the fact that children up to 3 or4 years tend to swallow certain amounts of toothpaste during brushing. Therefore R.O.C.S. toothpaste for babies does not contain fluoride, sodium laurilsulfate, saccharine, artificial flavours or colours.

- School collection with 900 ppm fluoride For children using fluoride containing toothpaste such a Kids and School a maximum amount of the size of a pea is recommended per application.

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Intravenous Oxygen Therapy (Oxyvenation) by Elpida Mala

effects:

Our body needs oxygen for most of the vital functions. The lack of oxygen causes the rapid development of various diseases and premature aging. Oxygen therapy is the administration of oxygen as part of a medical intervention and is useful for treating many diseases. German physician Dr. H.S. Regelsberg, as a practical and safe therapeutic method with very few adverse effects, has developed intravenous administration of medical oxygen after thirty years of research. He called this treatment Oxyvenation and consists of a slow process with a dosing accuracy intravenous infusion (1-2ml/min) medical oxygen through the device Oxyven. Research and clinical studies continue today by doctors of various specialties worldwide. Intravenous treatment with oxygen (Oxyvenation) dilates blood vessels, has anti-inflammatory action and enhances the immune system. The mechanisms of action of such treatment have been the subject of many clinical investigations. Have shown that: a) Increases prostacyclin, a prostaglandin having a significant vasodilating action as well as anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, antioxidant and antimetastatic action. b) It also increases the formation of eosinophils (a type of white blood cell), which reduces inflammation. The swelling subsided and significantly enhanced the immune system.

When is Oxyvenation Treatment Indicated? Whenever and wherever an oxygen deficiency exists, oxyvenation therapy offers an excellent opportunity to improve the situation notably. • circulatory disorders in the legs • edemas in the legs • polyneuropathy • memory defects • consequences of stroke • migraine • consequences of heart attack • angina pectoris • cardiac insufficiency • circulatory disorders in the ears

• Stabilization of the cardiovascular system • Vitalization, e.g. by improvement of the cerebral circulation • Altered sleep habits: Improvements in sleeping times and depth of sleep; notable improvement in spirits (antidepressive effect) • Abatement of rest pains and movement pains • Measurable increase in walking distances • Improvements in seeing and hearing performance • Improvement of the respiratory function • Increase in the body’s own resistance

Applying Oxygen Treatment The treatment is applied with the patient in a lying position, slightly raised at the head end. The oxygen device is used to administer a small quantity of oxygen only. The inflow rate is about 1-2ml a minute. The oxygen supply is always undertaken using very thin needles, so that the puncture point is scarcely noticeable. After the oxygen input a resting time (lying position) of 20 minutes must be observed. During this period the oxygen in the blood will have essentially dissolved. Any tickling cough or feeling of pressure behind the sternum after the treatment can be avoided by reducing the oxygen dosage.

• tinnitus • circulatory disorders in the eyes • macular degeneration • allergies • hay fever and asthma

Skin diseases:

What Precautionary Measures Should be Observed? During the weeks in which the oxygen treatment is administered, moderating bodily activity is recommended. Strain and excessive effort should be avoided. Nicotine reduces the effect of the oxygen treatment. Smoking should therefore be avoided throughout the entire period of treatment.

• neurodermatitis • chronic eczemas • psoriasis The main indication is circulatory disturbance in all possible organs and all degrees of severity. Very good and verifiable success has been recorded in cases of DRY macular degeneration (circulatory disturbance of the eyes) and treatment following heart attack and stroke.

Period of the oxygenation treatment: Initial period of treatment: 4 weeks (if possible every day, except at weekends) Subsequent treatment: 2 weeks - Depending on the severity of the illness subsequent periods of treatment may be necessary at intervals of 2-6 months.

Other Points

For more information please call

• potency disorders

Drs Boris & Elpida Mala —Kouhartsiouk

• states of exhaustion

“Ayia Triada” Medical Centre ,Paphos

• backup treatment in oncotherapy, particularly for alleviation of side effects of the chemotherapy and radiotherapy

Te1. 26944343 / 26944349

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Sculptra by Dr. Natasa Mala

Sculptra is a new product which has been specially developed to help the body to ‘fill-in’ the lines, wrinkles and depressions which develop naturally over the years.

Ask the Midwife! by Sue Merriman-Clay

Q. Hi Sue, I am pregnant with my second baby, and it is due in a few weeks. With my first pregnancy, labour was induced (because I went past my due date) and I found it quite stressful and painful... how can I avoid that happening this time around? Thanks, Isobel. A. Hi Isobel, congratulations on your pregnancy! I can understand your concern about an induction of labour, as it is not risk free, and many women do find it uncomfortable. An induction of labour should generally only be offered when the risk of prolonging the pregnancy is higher than that of artificially starting it off, as, although it is best for labour to start naturally, there are occasions when it needs a little help.

Sculptra is a polylactic acid which occurs naturally and which helps to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen within the line or wrinkle, making the skin appear smoother and firmer. No skin test is required. Using a needle, Sculptra is injected into the line or wrinkle by a specially trained, qualified practitioner. Initially the gel fills the wrinkle, but Sculptra also works over time to stimulate the production of new collagen within the wrinkle, so the skin regains its previous elasticity. Sculptra can add volume to areas which may have become hollow or ‘baggy’. For most people, two sessions at least 30 days apart, are sufficient, depending on the depth and size of the area being treated. On occasions, a third session may be desirable. Immediately after having your Sculptra treatment you will see an improvement in the firmness of the skin as the wrinkles and lines have been literally ‘filled’ with the Sculptra. Within the next 2-3 weeks, the wrinkle or line may appear to regress. This is normal. After a few days, the gel starts to stimulate the natural production of collagen. You will be able to see the full effect approximately 20 days after having your treatment. Because of the way Sculptra acts to stimulate the body’s own collagen, results can last much longer than other types of cosmetic implant. Most patients should expect a sustained improvement for at least a year, up to two years. The injection process Sculptra Aesthetic is injected into the skin. The number of injections per treatment session will vary depending on the degree of correction you and your physician decide is right for you. Your physician may use a topical anaesthetic and you may experience injection site discomfort in the treatment process, however this varies from person to person. You should not receive treatment if you have an active infection or skin inflammation near the planned injection site. Immediately after each treatment session you may experience swelling, which can give you a preview of how you may look once your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds have been smoothed. The swelling on average subsides within a few days.

Why Might my Labour Need to be Induced? You are likely to be offered an induction if: Your pregnancy has gone beyond 42 weeks... being overdue is the most common reason for an induction. Obviously there is a possible issue with the accuracy of the ‘due date’ of the baby, and many women, on reflection later, feel that they were induced too early and wished they had been given the opportunity to let the baby come naturally. Your waters may have broken, but labour hasn’t started. If you don’t go into labour within a day or so of this, there is an increased risk that you or your baby could develop an infection. You may have a medical condition such as diabetes or pre–eclampsia, or you may have a personal reason for inducing labour. How will my Labour be Induced? There are various methods of inducing labour and it will depend on your personal situation on examination. Usually the less invasive methods such as a membrane sweep (stimulating the membranes to start the labour) or a prostaglandin pessary or gel (this can stimulate contractions that may lead into labour) are tried first. The artificial rupture of membranes (ARM) is not recommended as a way of inducing labour, although it is sometimes used to speed up labour that isn’t progressing. Finally there is a syntocinon or other synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin that is given intravenously. This starts at a low dose and is gradually increased to prevent it from over–stimulating the uterus. Because this can cause very strong contractions and put the baby under stress, you will need to be monitored continuously, which could well affect your mobility - and this also impacts on the type of birth you are likely to have as stronger pain relief is usually needed. How can I Prepare for a Possible Induction of Birth? Do your research, there is some good information out there (e.g. NICE – National Institute for Clinical Excellence, and WHO – World Health Organisation sites). Talk to your care providers, different hospital’s, clinics and doctors have differing criteria and policies, so find out as much as you can in advance, and if you don’t agree with what you are hearing then ‘shop around’. There is some research to suggest that women who had inductions of birth tended to have higher rates of instrumental (forceps/ventouse) deliveries and caesarean sections.... sometimes inductions can lead to problems in labour that then need to be fixed. There are many ‘old wives tales’ regarding natural ways of inducing labour, ranging from: sex, nipple stimulation, raspberry leaf tea, spicy food, castor oil, acupressure or walking. Some of these options are better than others – again, do your research! Hope all goes well for you this time around. Best wishes, Sue (www.birthwisecyprus.org )

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Overweight Pets WE all know somebody who has a fat dog or cat. It’s unfortunate but true - just as our general population is getting more obese, so are our pets. If you love your pet you’ll tend to spoil them. The health risks to the overweight family pet are many. One of the most common complications is the development of diabetes. According to one study, heavy or obese pets are two to four times more likely to develop diabetes. Other problems can develop in the liver, which stores fat. When kitty is overweight, an increased amount of fat can build up, a condition called hepatic lipidosis. Since it can result in decreased liver function, it can be life-threatening if an obese cat, for any reason, does not eat, loses weight rapidly, or is otherwise stressed. The risk of lameness and arthritis in heavy or obese dogs and cats is 3-5 times that of pets with optimal weight. Also, obese cats are twice as likely to develop nonallergic skin conditions. Veterinarians generally need to take extra precautions when anesthetizing and performing surgery on obese cats. Since many of the anesthetics are taken up by fat, an overweight animal will take longer to come out of anesthesia as the anesthetic must be removed from the fat by the body. In the end the responsibility for a fat pet can be placed on the shoulders of you, the owner. You’re not doing your pets a favour when you give them that extra can of food or kitty treat when they beg for it. Withholding things they like may have to be done for their own good!

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Mental Health

by Dr Vasilios Silivistris, DipComp DipSup MBACP BA MA FRSH PhD

Approximately, one in four adults in Europe and the United States experience mental health issues, or are affected by someone’s mental health issues in the course of their lives. At work, one in three is likely to have some mental problem in any given year. Mental health issues can affect relationships, work and quality of life. Problems can range from serious life-long illnesses affecting mood and perception (for example, schizophrenia, bipolar type 1) to a less serious emotional distress. The stigma of mental illness across cultures is profound, especially here in Cyprus. Prejudice and discrimination can prevent us from knowing about or seeking help. With the right help, many people with serious enduring psychological problems or illness can live and work successfully within the community. Medication is a common form of treatment; it is helpful for some things but may not be the best or only treatment for some problems. Non-medical interventions, like the talking therapies (such as psychotherapy and counselling) may be a more effective approach to dealing with deep-rooted issues that might stem from our childhood. The most important thing is to seek professional advice and guidance. Mental or emotional distress is a normal response to life events, for example, bereavement, relationship breakdown, or a life-threatening or serious illness. Getting support is an important first step in managing these responses and NOT a sign of weakness or failure to cope. Mental Distress

Terms like depression or anxiety are used freely in conversation so we underestimate the distressing impact they have. The terms describe a range of familiar states diagnosed by doctors that include: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Phobias. Bipolar Type 1 Depression A mood disorder often vacillating between two extremes of mania and depression. The mania phase means the person is likely to behave in a hyperactive, uninhibited, reckless way perhaps showing grandiose schemes and scattered ideas. They may go without sleep/rest for long periods and can spend wildly, running up vast debts. In the opposite phase, they may experience long periods of being totally incapacitated by depression, negative thoughts and feelings. Not everyone experiences both these extremes. Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a broad term for a spectrum of symptoms. Reaching a definite diagnosis is difficult and takes time. Schizophrenia can be a most debilitating mental illness and can severely interfere with someone’s ability to perform everyday tasks and activities. Symptoms may include experiencing an altered state of reality, having delusions, hearing (often-destructive) voices and seeing things that other people cannot. Someone with these problems may become confused, extremely fearful and withdrawn. Each person’s experience will be different and some people with corrective treatment can continue to hold down jobs and relationships and rarely experience recurrence of their symptoms. What are the Causes of Mental Distress? Opinions vary about what causes mental distress and there are no clear answers. Some people seem to be more vulnerable to mental health problems, which could be triggered by stressful or traumatic events. Even people who had abused drugs in their youth are also prone to develop mental health issues in later life. Causes seem to be any one of these factors or a combination of them. Difficult family background Difficulty in expressing/dealing with hidden feelings Stressful and traumatic events Biochemistry of fear and trauma Genetics/Inherited characteristics Mental health problems in the family Many people will have a partner, relative or child who has mental problems at some time, some will have chronic, enduring conditions. Supporting and caring for someone with mental health problems can also take its toll on the carers. It is also important for carers to seek support to enable them to cope with the difficulties that might arise caring for someone with mental health issues. South African/Cypriot Dr Vasilios Silivistris is a UK trained Psychotherapist and Counselling practitioner. He is a Patron of the Cyprus Samaritans, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health (FRSH - Patron: HM the Queen) and a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Tel: 99 109177. Email: v.silivistris@btinternet.com tiny.cc/drvasos SKYPE: dr.v.silivistris All enquiries will be treated in safety and in the strictest of confidence.

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Gynaecomastia by Harris Zavrides M.D, Ph.D

Gynaecomastia is the local presence of fat in the breast area of a man which gives the impression of a feminine breast. It is a condition frequently associated with devastating social and emotional trauma and is relatively common in adolescent boys.

In every case of enlargement of the male breast in the first stage any pathological causes should be excluded firstly. Such potential causes are various hormonal disorders or the use of specific drugs, puberty, steroid abuse, obesity, tumours, genetic disorders, chronic liver disease or side effects of many medications. If one of the above reasons happens, Gynaecomastia can be treated by the appropriate cure without any plastic surgery operation. However in the case where Gynaecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, male breast reduction can be achieved by liposuction or fat and gland removal through the nipple areola complex. If there is sagging skin in the area, then Gynaecomastia is treated also with removal of the excess

skin. The above three different procedures are possible solutions that can be offered as solutions to the problem of Gynaecomastia. Several times these procedures need to be combined, in order to have the best possible result. The Plastic Surgeon is the person to decide which procedure should be performed in a specific case according to the degree of the problem and the expectations a man has, along with the quality of his skin. Every treatment should be personalised. These three operations can be performed under local or general anaesthesia, depending on the problem. Usually the man spends one night in the clinic although, depending on the nature of the problem, he is likely to return to his home on the same day. When the surgery is finished the man needs to use a special corset for a month. Within one month from the day of surgery, he can return fully to his activities and social life without any difficulties. The treatment of Gynaecomastia is an example that plastic surgery is not a privilege exclusively for women. It is important to state that along with Gynaecomastia the psychological problems that accompany this deformity are treated as well. According to research the two things related to appearance that significantly affect a man’s psychology, especially a teenager, are prominent ears and Gynaecomastia. The prominent ears can be corrected at the very early age of 6 or 7, while Gynaecomastia can be faced only after the completion of puberty when the body and the breast area obtain their final form. Gynaecomastia treatment can greatly improve a man’s appearance and boost his self-confidence at any stage of his life giving him a better quality of life. Dr Harris Zavrides M.D, Ph.D. Plastic Surgeon info@harriszavrides.com www.harriszavrides.com Nicosia: Harris Zavrides Plastic Surgery Centre. Tel: 22445588 Paphos: Blue Cross Medical Centre. Tel: 26221111

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MAGGIE’S BEAUTY TIP: Bring out your Spring Colours Celebrate the new season with colour! Whether you make a statement wearing a head-totoe colour, or bring different shades together, you’ll be spot on trend. BLUE IS YOU This season’s blues are varying shades of cobalt and royal blue. The more vibrant shades are best on Cools, Clears and Deeps but Warms, Softs and Lights will wear their blues in lighter and softer versions (think Cornflower, Sapphire and even Aqua). Softer, muted fabrics will help tone it down (jersey, lace, etc). Blue is a great colour as a wardrobe staple - it is bold enough to make a statement on it’s own or you can wear it as you would your neutral shades (black, grey, browns, navy, etc). Once you have identified your best blue you can bring in other colours to make it YOU. PINK INC. From soft pastels to fuchsia, not forgetting this year’s Pantone Colour of the Year - Radiant Orchid pink is still THE colour of the season. Hot pink evokes drama and glamour and is best suited to Cool colourings or Deep or Clear colourings with cool skin tones. Blush pink in a key piece or top-to-toe can be a statement look too. It is a great shade on all colouring (a universal colour!). The delicate pastel pinks are made for the Lights, but can be mixed with bolder pinks for those that can. A pastel pink in shiny fabric will turn a simple garment into something more special. Warms should go for more corally shades of pink (think orange-pinks). And remember you can always wear pink in your accessories. HELLO YELLOW We are lucky to have lots of sunshine – yellow is a sunny, feel-good colour, but you need to get just the right shade for you and have the confidence to wear it. It is a warm colour so it won’t compliment Cool colourings or anyone with a cool skin tone (if you love it though, wear it as part of a print, or in accessories). The bold yellows are best for Warms as well as Deeps and Clears with warm skin tones. Mix your yellows with other shades in your palette. The Warms can wear it with browns, orange reds and even lime. The Deeps with Olive or Burgundy; whilst the Clears can mix their yellow with their blues and greens - there are plenty more ways to wear your yellows, so don’t be shy. The pastel shades are good for Softs and they can make it look softer still by mixing their yellow with neutral greys or taupes. Pale primrose looks fresh as a daisy on Lights and mixed with white will look beautifully crisp for Spring. Soft textured materials will tone it down. Treat yourself to a colour consultation to find which colours really suit you. Maggie Wright, Colour Me Beautiful 99318477 www.cmbcyprus.com maggiecmb@yahoo.co.uk 10% off for Grapevine readers.

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The Passion On Friday 18th April at 12pm to 1pm, outside the Agia Kyriaki Church in Kato Paphos (also known as the Church of St. Paul’s Pillar) a group of local people are enacting the Passion Play or Way of the Cross. We invite you to come, watch and listen and warmly welcome you to join us with the singing and prayers. This is a very special setting because Saint Paul was here to preach about Jesus Christ. At this historical place, tradition says that he was tied to a pillar and received 39 lashes as punishment for converting many to Christianity. What a wonderful and appropriate place then to remember and celebrate the Passion of Jesus Christ! As in many other locations around the world, we hope it will become a tradition here, as years go on, to represent The Passion for the Holy Week of Easter. In this way we shall discover more about the true meaning and importance of Easter. It is a time for us to reflect on Christ’s suffering, on what He did and continues doing for us. It is a time for us to share, to come together and celebrate, to remember how fortunate we are to have the knowledge and true love of our dear Lord. We hope you will join us for this special occasion. Fr. Miguel de la Calle. St. Paul Catholic Parish


Spring by Mike Smith

April brings the hope of spring turning into summer. As Easter is celebrated in April this year, we reflect on a season two thousand years ago when a significant event took place. The birth of a boy who was destined to become the leader of a vast number of followers who have the name Christians, after the man who at the time, made the extraordinary claim to be the Son of God. Of course the religious leaders of that era were not impressed with what this man had to say. He made claims that were considered blasphemous at the time. He said He was sent to earth by His Heavenly Father to bring the Jewish nation back to the God they had turned away from. However the people in the street witnessed the extraordinary power this man had. He spoke with authority and understanding, He had a powerful understanding of the law and how Israelites should obey it. He was aware of the situation of the ordinary people and their problems with leaders of those days. They were more dominated by religious politicians, rather than caring pastors of the flock and this man, Jesus, knew that and wanted to change the system. However, he was not a politician, did not want the ordinary people manipulated, and demonstrated a caring, loving attitude in action. The accounts of this man’s healing ministry are recounted again and again in the Bible. These are not stories and fables, but facts backed up by the writings of Jewish historians of the day, who reported the remarkable healings that this itinerant preacher was doing. The religious leaders saw this man as a rebel, and a threat to their authority. He was popular amongst the average man and woman in the street. He even convinced a few, although not many, in the religious community, Nicodemus being one, another was Joseph of Arimathea. However, He posed such a threat that the authorities wanted Him out of the way, so they plotted a way of having this man tried for blasphemy and treason. They eventually succeeded, because one of the disciples of Jesus betrayed Him, He had a mockery of a trial and was condemned to death. As He was being crucified, a cruel death, almost barbaric, he prayed that his murderers might be forgiven, saying that they did not know what they were doing. During His ministry He had made the remarkable claim that He would come back to life again, but even His disciples were not convinced. You can read about the account of two of them walking along the Emmaus road, full of sadness of the fact that their leader had been executed. A stranger walked alongside and explained the reasons for the event, and later it was revealed to them that their Master had indeed risen from the dead. Wow, what a revelation to these men, and many more witnessed this risen preacher, who was in essence, their Saviour. This event is celebrated around the world at this time of year. It is appropriate that spring is a time of rejuvenation after a season of winter, a time of renewal and regrowth, as gardeners know full well. So Christians celebrate a new life, through this man who enabled men through nearly 2,000 years to have a hope of rebirth, a changed life, and the promise of eternal life. Don’t take my word for it, read all about it, as it is written in the book of life, the Bible, and especially the Gospels in the New Testament. The many truths that lie in its pages come to life when you dig deeper. If you would like to know more, go to a Christian church near to you, or join an Alpha Course, which explains the meaning of life and how your life can be changed. Elder Alan Longstaff, whose phone number appears on this page, will be pleased to give you more information, it’s free and there’s no obligation. May you experience blessing at this Easter-time. © Grapevine • April 2014

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Paphos Classic Vehicle Club Paphos Classic Vehicle Club is a group of people who either own or appreciate classic vehicles; both two and four wheeled, and enjoy getting together, using and discussing them. We usually hold our monthly Socials at the Ayios Epiphanios Taverna in Anarita on the third Saturday of the month at 4pm. Not all members actually own a classic vehicle, and some that do are in the process of restoring them and use their ‘modern’ vehicles in the meantime. March has been a pretty quiet month, but with the brief cold snap that was perhaps just as well. We had our regular monthly meeting on the 15th, this time it was followed by a quiz set by Wendy Hart and Sonia Wiggins. This was greatly appreciated by all who participated and may well become an annual event. On the 19th, David Culpin had arranged for the club members to visit the new car museum in Ypsonas and it was surprising how many people participated, as some had to travel quite a distance, but it was very interesting. This was followed by lunch at Pasto’s Farm in Episkopi, again this was enjoyed by all those who attended. In April, we will be holding the regular meeting on the 19th, as usual in Anarita at Ayios Epiphanios Taverna and a skills event on the 27th in the car park to the Night Club on Geroskipou Beach. Contact us on e-mail address: paphclassics@gmail.com or phone: 99791872. View our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Paphclassics and website: www.paphoscvc.com for regular updates and details of events.

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Interesting Facts about the English Language by Demetris Georgiades

What would be more difficult to say? The longest tonguetwister in the English language: “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” or the longest single English word: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis? What makes the words “rhythms” and “almost” so unique? Which is the only English word that ends with the letters ‘mt’? Below is a compilation of some interesting facts about the English language, as published in the 2009 edition of the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language. 1. “Rhythms” is the longest English word without the normal vowels, a, e, i, o, or u. 2. Excluding derivatives, there are only two words in English that end -shion (though many words end in this sound). These are cushion and fashion. 3. “Therein” is a seven-letter word that contains thirteen words spelled using consecutive letters: the, he, her, er, here, I, there, ere, rein, re, in, therein, and herein.

23. Bookkeeper is the only word that has three consecutive doubled letters. 24. Despite the assertions of a well-known puzzle, modern English does not have three common words ending in -gry. Angry and hungry are the only ones. 25. “Ough” can be pronounced in eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all: “A rough-coated, dough-faced ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough, coughing and hiccoughing thoughtfully.” The Greek language also has its fair share of fascinating features! Discover the local language this spring with experienced Canadian-Cypriot teacher Demetris Georgiades. You will be speaking Greek in no time at all! Using a method designed for rapid and effective learning, the language is taught in a very approachable manner. The monthly fee is only €20 and your first month is FREE! Lessons start on April 12th. For further details or to register, please call: 26-910322 or 99-347502.

4. There is only one common word in English that has five vowels in a row: queueing. 5. Soupspoons is the longest word that consists entirely of letters from the second half of the alphabet. 6. “Almost” is the longest commonly used word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order. 7. The longest uncommon word whose letters are in alphabetical order is the eight-letter Aegilops (a grass genus). 8. The longest common single-word palindromes are deified, racecar, repaper, reviver, and rotator. 9. “One thousand” contains the letter A, but none of the words from one to nine hundred ninety-nine has an A. 10. “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English. 11. Cwm (pronounced “koom”, defined as a steep-walled hollow on a hillside) is a rare case of a word used in English in which w is the nucleus vowel, as is crwth (pronounced “krooth”, a type of stringed instrument). Despite their origins in Welsh, they are accepted English words. 12. “Asthma” and “isthmi” are the only six-letter words that begin and end with a vowel and have no other vowels between. 13. The nine-word sequence I, in, sin, sing, sting, string, staring, starting (or starling), startling can be formed by successively adding one letter to the previous word. 14. “Underground” and “underfund” are the only words in the English language that begin and end with the letters “und.” 15. “Stewardesses” is the longest word that can be typed with only the left hand. 16. Antidisestablishmentarianism listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, was considered the longest English word for quite a long time, but today the medical term pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is usually considered to have the title, despite the fact that it was coined to provide an answer to the question ‘What is the longest English word?’. 17. “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”. 18. There are many words that feature all five regular vowels in alphabetical order, the commonest being abstemious, adventitious and facetious. 19. The superlatively long word honorificabilitudinitatibus (27 letters) alternates consonants and vowels. 20. “Fickleheaded” and “fiddledeedee” are the longest words consisting only of letters in the first half of the alphabet. 21. The two longest words with only one of the six vowels including y are the 15-letter defenselessness and respectlessness. 22. “Forty” is the only number which has its letters in alphabetical order. “One” is the only number with its letters in reverse alphabetical order. © Grapevine • April 2014

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Rugs from 20€ - Carpets from 38€ - Fabric Suites from 85€ - Leather Suites from 95€ - Mattresses from 25€. Curtains, Roman Blinds, Vertical Blinds need to be surveyed. For a free quotation call Mark on 70 006766. All Areas.

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British electrician available for all electrical work big or small, fully qualified City & Guilds 236/2391 & NICEIC level. Extra sockets, water heaters, lights, installation work, testing, inspection and fault finding. Please call Martyn on tel 96 558321. Paphos, Peyia & Polis areas. 24-hour call out. For further info please visit www.electriciancyprus.com

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British trained and fully qualified electrician, plumber and gas engineer able to carry out all types of repairs and maintenance on your home, garden or pool. Call 99 009798 for a free quotation. Paphos district.

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Patio, main doors, louvered shutters, staircases, gates, fences, balconies, fly screens, double glazing, safety lock rollers, hinges. See our main adverts. T el: 99 598474.

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Friendly, reliable Englishman with 20 years gardening experience & City & Guilds qualifications, certificates & references available. Weekly/fortnightly/as required. For a free quotation & consultation call Peter 99 137874 or PJ 96 234965 or check us out at www.thepaphosgardeners.com

TIMBER, PLUMBING, PAINTING AND GARDENING Professionally done by UK tradesman fencing, decking, pergolas, door frames, plumbing, water pressure pumps, irrigation systems, roof repairs, painting & decorating. No Job too small. Please ring 99 598474 or 99 774231. Also Tiling & Crazy Paving.

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Soft furnishings, curtains, alterations, garden furniture, loose covers, canopies, large selection of quality fabrics & canvas available. For free quotation ring Busy Bees on 99 229778 or 99 250789.

MAN AND VAN No job too big or small, all areas covered, reliable service at reasonable rates. Superhome / Ikea pick up plus assembled in your home. Call Tony 99 943749.

ALPHA CARPENTRY & JOINERY

Fully qualified carpenters, 28 yrs experience, custom made joinery i.e. storage solutions. Radiator cabinets with wide range of grills. All types of fencing & gates, pergolas, carports, wooden or composite decking. Plasterboard partitions & suspended ceilings. References available & all workmanship fully guaranteed. For all your woodworking needs with free quotes please call Mark 96 395309 or Rab 96 845598. email: alphacarpentrycyprus@yahoo.com

THE COMPLETE PROPERTY SOLUTION

Madock Ltd, UK Insurance approved. All work undertaken by fully qualified tradesmen. Electrical (17th edition), plumbing including central heating, building work, carpentry, plastering, painting & decorating, tiling & roofing, mains sewerage connection, kitchens, bathrooms & bedrooms. No job too small. Call Tony on 99 009665 for a free, no obligation quote.

THE TIMBER SPECIALISTS

Carports, Sheds, Pergolas, Decking, Gazebos, Fencing, Gates. UK Tradesmen, reliable and trustworthy. For a free quote or consultation please call Alan 99 931667

TG CARPENTRY SERVICES

UK Qualified Carpenter - All aspects of carpentry undertaken. Decking, fencing, pergolas, sheds. Kitchen and bedroom fitting. All bespoke Joinery. Other services offered including plastering, rendering and decorating. Free quotes. Call: Tod on 99 237115.

SAM’S DECORATIONS

Professional plasterers and painters. Alterations, tiling, stonework, graffiadou, roofs and ceiling repairs, plasterboard works, tape and joining and much more. Please don’t hesitate to call Sam for your free quote. Tel 96 330553 or 99 262147.

KEY HOLDING SERVICES

Monthly security & maintenance checks, air property, run taps, sweep balconies, empty mail box or any other services required. Cheap rates. Excellent reliable service. Call Stacey 97 630067 – References available.

PRIVATE CHEF

Hire yourself a Private Chef to make a difference on your Special Occasion. To create, buy and execute a unique menu at your Villa. Chef Nico, tel 99 54 90 99.

STONE REPAIRS AND CLEANING

Repair and restoration of chipped, scratched, dull and stained Marble, Terrazzo, Stone and Ceramic tiled floors and surfaces. Professional repairs and cleaning of patio paths, driveways, internal/external ceramic tiles and grout lines. Tel Mark at Premier on 7000 6766 or email info@pcc-cyprus.com www.pcc-cyprus.com

POOL CLEANING & MAINTENANCE

All Inclusive Monthly Pool Cleaning by Fully Qualified, Insured and Legal Staff. Water Testing with Lovibond Photometers. Summer/Winter Tariffs. Home Tuition Available. Call Lynn on 99 259433 for quote or email deep.bluepools@yahoo.com

UNISEAL – THE BRITISH WEATHERPROOFING COMPANY The Exterior Coating, Damp Proofing and Roof Specialists. Offering FREE SURVEYS and QUOTATIONS. Only fully qualified British Tradesmen, the highest quality Workmanship and products all guaranteed. Please call FREEPHONE 8000 0016 or 26 93 42 45 www.unisealcyprus.com

PROPERTIES FOR RENT STUDIO - CENTRAL PAPHOS Studio to let for a practising artist at established art venue. Only €30 per week inclusive. Contact Nic 99 143293 or Dimitri 99 347502.

LAND FOR RENT

Plot of land 3800m2 directly on the Polis Road, next to Mobil petrol station. Tel 99 922823 for details.

PROPERTIES FOR SALE CORAL BAY – PAPHOS For Sale or Rent 3 bed Maisonette, Fully furnished with A/C, very close to all amenities and sandy beach. Private garden and communal swimming pool, Tennis court. Price €259,000. Title deeds. No agents. Also a 2 bed bungalow in Kings Gardens, nest to Lidl supermarket & opposite Venus Beach Hotel, communal swimming pool. Price €179.000. Please phone 99 598474.

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FREE BADMINTON Emba Badminton Club are pleased to announce the formation of their junior coaching sessions, every Saturday between the hours of 10am and 12 noon. These sessions last for one hour and are for children between the ages of 6 - 10 years of age. All equipment is supplied, all you need is gym shoes. The seniors membership list is now closed, however, people who wish to join our badminton club can ask to be put on the waiting list. For more information please ring Don on 96 537191.

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Suche actives Rentnerehepaar fuer die Bewaesserung (2 x 1 Stunde/Woche) meines Gartens. Als Gegenleistung freie Benuetzung des Gartens zum Anbau von Gemuese und Salaten fuer den Eigenbedarf. Tel 99 922923.

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To Advertise Here Send: Your advert clearly written including €10 for 30 words inclusive of VAT per month. Extra words are chargeable at € 0.25 each.

FOR SALE PAINTINGS FOR SALE Due to economic difficulties I am forced to sell some of my valued paintings by Michael D. Papas. Prices from €200 – €3,000. Please call 99 742037 for further information and viewing.

2000 MERCEDES SALOON C200 KOMPRESSOR

160,000 KM, 6 gear Manual Transmission,1998 cm³ (120kW engine), Average 9.7 – 13 l /100 KM fuel consumption. Grey (Silver), Excellent Condition, Cruise Control, CD Player, Electric Seat Adjustment. ABS & SRS Airbags Full Interior Black Leather, Front & Rear Parking Sensors. €8000 inc. 1 full vehicle service. Contact Regina on 99 922823 after 13th February.

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Susie Hecquer MCSP, SRP, OCPPP, MICSP. London and Dublin trained. Paphos area. Treatment in a fully-equipped clinic and caring environment. Tel 96 404436.

62068, Paphos, 8060

DIVA HAIR AND BEAUTY SALON AND BEAUTY ACADEMY Facials, reflexology, and massage and waxing training courses! Telephone: 99423207 www.gallinio.org Email: divagels@gmail.com

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