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Breast cancer charities

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re lunch sunbathers along the southern Tenerife coast were startled off their sunbeds recently as, to the thunderous rhythm of a batucada drum band, around 1,500 people strolled, swam, marched and sambaed along the sea front in aid of breast cancer projects run in Tenerife by the charities Ámate and AECC.

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Financially this was the most successful Walk for Life so far, raising over €13,600 to date and grateful thanks go to everyone concerned. Members of the tourism initiative centre, CIT Sur, turned out in force to support the event, physically and financially as did local councillors from Adeje and Arona and both the boroughs’ mayors. As always a fun and upbeat mood ruled the day and there were some weird and wonderful costumes with a special mention for the brave lady survivor of breast cancer with a double mastectomy who was body painted by members of Ámate to spread the word – Walk for Life. More photographs on page 2.

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Callao Salvaje

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 hey came to witness, after years of empty promises. Residents and regular visitors to the resort village of Callao Salvaje in South West Tenerife had been promised a beach for so long that when the council finally said it would happen few believed. So when, on December 14th the Madrid government’s senior representative in the Canaries, Carolina Darias, arrived to ‘lay the first stone’, though work in earnest won’t begin until January they turned up to bear witness. Darias said the tur nout “proved how important this project is to Callao Salvaje”, adding that it was an indication of the commitment the Spanish government has “to the Canary Islands and specifically to Tenerife”. She told those in attendance, “the government has currently promised €35 million in various projects in

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Tenerife”. There was a huge sense of celebration on the day, with residents, business owners and tourists, the curious and those with a huge vested interest, making sure they were there to make sure it was really happening. “We’ve been waiting for over 30 years for this”, restaurant owner Paco told Island Connections, “this is hugely important for the area, everyone will benefit”. Nestor, a resident for over 45 years said he was delighted this day had finally arrived, and it would be a huge help “for local bars, restaurants and businesses”. German bar owner Michael agreed. “How many people do you see waiting at the bus stop to leave the village to go to a beach – now they’ll stay”, he said. Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said the beach was “fundamental” for Callao Salvaje, and publicly apologised to the residents for having to wait so long. “People have waited for a long time, and we

The Adeje mayor looks on as the Spanish government’s senior representative here, Carolina Darias, cements the ceremonial first stone in place

thought we were ready to go ahead but there was a hitch…I didn’t want to announce it until I was sure”, he told Island Connections, adding that the beach would represent an enormous boost for Callao Salvaje, and was just the beginning of a new phase for the zone, promising that soon he hoped to announce the opening of the local church, a cultural centre, the plaza and sports area. He also confirmed that now the money was promised and the project up and running it wouldn’t be affected by the local elections in May. “This has nothing to do with the elections; once the project has been approved and decided it goes ahead”. Though he might have stayed in the background on the day, Adeje’s tourism minister Miguel Ángel Santos couldn’t hide his delight that work on the beach was at last about to begin. “I’m extremely happy. We’ve been waiting for years, it’s vitally important for the area, the beach can be the economic motor for Callao Salvaje, one of the oldest parts of Adeje. I hope to be here to open it officially in June”, he told us.

Christmas 2010

Advent Calendar Still loads of prizes to win in our Advent Calendar

Air strike fall out

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Security cameras on Titsa buses

Tenerife’s bus company, Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife (Titsa) has approved the introduction of security cameras on its buses for the safety of drivers and passengers.


anager Juan Carlos Pérez Frías also stated that new buses which would join the fleet next week already contain these cameras, while they would be incorporated into the remainder of the fleet at a later date.


enerife Cabildo councillor for economy and competitivity Carlos Alonso explained that this measure has been demanded by Titsa employees who wish to strengthen certain aspects for the benefit of clients, such as frequency of services, punctuality and safety both on board buses and at bus stations. Private security guards are already present in some cases, but company representatives explained that it is difficult

to have one on each vehicle. However, their presence is increased at times when there are usually more incidents, such as Carnaval and Christmas, and on some nighttime bus services, the drivers are protected by a screen

the father prevented what could have been a dangerous situation.

Christmas message


Meloneras hotel 10th birthday

‘Hostage’ incident

Quick thinking tourist

A Gran Canaria hotel that was the biggest in Europe when it was built celebrates its tenth birthday this month.

A potentially dangerous hostage incident was resolved in the centre o f S a nt a C r u z b y a quick-thinking tourist whose son was grabbed by a syringe-wielding woman.


he Costa Meloneras Grand Hotel, which opened on 1 December 2000, has organised a series of events to mark its birthday and success over the past decade since it revolutionised the hotel sector in the south of the island. Despite its massive size (over 1,130 rooms), the Meloneras has posted an impressive 90 per cent occupancy rate throughout thanks largely to its popularity with German holidaymakers, who account for around 60 per cent of the seven million guest nights recorded thus far. The hotel recently broke into the Top 10 world hotels on the Holiday Check rating site, with a 92 per cent recommendation rate.


ccording to witnesses, the woman threatened to infect passers-by on the busy Calle Castillo with AIDs using the syringe and when police approached her she seized the young boy and held the syringe to his neck. His father inter vened immediately, punching her in the face to free his son. The 35-year-old woman, believed to be a foreign prostitute, was taken into custody although not before she bit one of the arresting officers. Police said the rapid reaction of

From the President of the Tenerife Cabildo

It is Christmas again, the most dearly loved time of the year, and I would like to share with you a few moments of reflection. Because, above all, that is what Christmas is about: showing our willingness to help others and strengthen the most solid values in an exchange of joy and hope. Only with hope shall we be able to face difficult situations. With spirit and determination. Christmas awakens our need to be closer to our loved ones, our family and friends with whom we share a special sense of togetherness. It is these good intentions which make us reach out to the people who need our help and support. This is why we should have confidence in the future and in our own ability to succeed… together. I wish you a very merry Christmas. Ricardo Melchior

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abildo president and mayors alike have expressed their “satisfaction” at the positive answer from the central government in Madrid regarding improvement works at the island’s two main tourist

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resorts, Valle Gran Rey and Playa Santiago. Funding of nearly seven and a half million euros will be made available for “...improvement of beaches and maritime promenades in the two towns”, according to Cabildo chief Casimiro Curbelo. “This announcement comes from Madrid at an especially opportune moment, given the current economic crisis. It constitutes a real boost for these two municipalities, whose main source of income is undoubtedly tourism”, continued Curbelo, who went on to underline the, “...hard work over several years that we have put in to obtain this funding, which was finally agreed upon at a recent meeting between Regional and Central Government representatives in Madrid”.The money will be spent on improving access and use of coastal areas in the two southern towns, with both locals and tourists in mind. Adjacent roads will be pedestrianised and open air rest and

relaxation zones provided, with the objective of “...improving and exploiting the image of both Valle Gran Rey and Playa Santiago”. Mayor of Alajeró (Playa Santiago), Manuel Ramón Plasencia, echoed Curbelo. “It’s ver y important that we are sensitive to the demands for tourism places on the town. A lot of jobs here depend on the continuing presence of tourists and we must be competitive”. Ruymán García, Valle Gran Rey’s mayor, spoke of the, “... many people from all over the world who come to Valle Gran Rey on holiday. We’re going to provide improved swimming options from the valley’s various beaches and build a pedestrian only zone beside the sea, lined not only with quality buildings, but also children’s play areas and gardens”. Whilst we may tremble at “quality buildings” in place of our present green banana plantations, we hope for the best.


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Strike fall out

Sack all controllers, urges Rivero C

anarian president Paulino Rivero has added his voice to the growing calls for much tougher action against Spain’s air traffic controllers for holding the countr y to ransom yet again.

Speaking at the height of the wildcat strike that brought chaos to Spanish and European airports during the long holiday weekend earlier in December, leaving hundreds of thousands of passengers stranded, Rivero said the time had come for a no-nonsense approach, including a repeat of the action taken by former US President Ronald Reagan in similar circumstances in the early 1980s. “Reagan did not back down and replaced the controllers. We should do the same here. Sack all of 2,400 of them immediately for the damage they have caused yet again to Spain and the Canaries in particular”, said the furious president. Rivero revealed that the Canarian government intends to file criminal proceedings against the controllers, whom he described as a “sect” which has been untouchable for far too long.

Strike fallout

Costs of chaos

Hotels consider claim against controllers

Hotels in the Canaries may seek damages from air traffic controllers over the loss in revenue caused by the wildcat strike earlier this month.


ernando Fraile of the FEHT hoteliers’ federation says members are taking legal advice to see whether a collective claim is feasible to recoup the heavy losses sustained during the biggest bank holiday weekend of the year. “We were anticipating 90 per cent occupancy across the Canaries during the five-day break

Strike fallout

but the cancellations caused by the flight chaos led the figure to drop to around 60 per cent in many hotels” explained Fraile. Several leading hotel chains here, including Dunas, are also exploring the possibility of filing individual claims based on the fact that the controllers went on strike without giving prior notice, in breach of union legislation. The hotels say that the extra nights generated by passengers who could not leave the Canaries due to flight cancellations and delays did not make up for the lost business.

The Tenerife authorities calculate that every hour of the chaos triggered over the bank holiday weekend at the start of December by striking air traffic controllers cost the island’s economy one million euros.


reliminary studies of the impact on a range

of sectors hit by the crisis reveal that the cost were at least €17 million, without taking into account what the authorities say is the “incalculable impact” on the island’s image. An estimated 96,000 passengers were affected by the crisis in the Canaries, say the authorities. In Tenerife alone, accommodation had to be found on Friday night, the busiest of the week, for approximately 6,000 holidaymakers who were prevented from leaving due to the closure of Spanish air space.


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Inter-island rivalry

CabildoNews Traditions

Craft day November 22nd has been unanimously declared Tenerife craft day by the island council. The councillor for this area of economic development, Efraín Medina asked all the island’s institutions, political and private to join in with this initiative and create tinerfeñan craft prizes in the various areas of development, maintenance, support and execution etc.

New wine

Corking time An impressive and cosy gathering of around 900 people celebrated the opening of this year’s wine vintage at the Casa del Vino in El Sauzal.

Bickering could hinder US investment


he eternal rivalr y between Tenerife and Gran Canaria is an accepted fact of life in all sectors here but it could prove a hindrance to investment by US firms, according to the head of the US Chamber of Commerce in Spain. Interviewed by the Diario de Avisos newspaper earlier this month, Jaime Mallet, who accompanied US Ambassador Alan Solomont on a fact-finding

visit to the Canaries in September, said the rivalry between the two is “not understood” across the Atlantic. “Instead of always thinking that the other island’s gain necessarily has to be your loss, which is what tends to happen here, each should focus on what it has to offer US investors, who are interested in a range of possibilities from logistics to telecommunication hubs” explained Mallet. However, despite the media hype of

recent months, the influential Chamber boss played down the prospects of significant direct US investment in the Canaries, due to the small market size. “American businesses would see the islands more as an opportunity to work with Africa than for direct investment here. The Canaries definitely have a niche in that respect and should capitalise on it” he added. US Ambassador to Spain, Alan Solomont


Teachers lose ‘honour’ Toasting the vintage

This year’s San Andrés prize for work in the wine sector fell to Rafael Armas Benitez, who has been a stalwart in the Tenerife, El Hierro and overall Canarian wine sector for over three decades. The island councillor for agriculture, José Joaquín Betancourt, underlined the months of hard work that culminates in the production by the Tenerife residents of, “one of the great heritages of our island – our wines”. He called for support from all those involved in the industry from the farmers and transporters to those who sell and serve the finished product and made a call for unity. “Only together can our wines cross boundaries and make our way forward, which is how we of the islands have always progressed.” His call for unison was supported by the President of the island council, Ricardo Melchior. Both men were talking in terms of the need for a united D.O. (guaranteed quality level) label and marketing the Tenerife wines together at home and abroad.

British Consul

Adios Mathew, welcome María

L-R, Matthew, María and Ricardo

The Tenerife Cabildo president, Ricardo Melchior, recently met with the outgoing and incoming British Consul to the Canary Islands. Matthew Vickers, who has been posted to Madrid, expressed his delight at how well and warmly he had been treated during his time in the Islands. Joining them was María Leng who takes over in the Consulate.


eachers in the Canaries have failed in their bid to have the region’s former vice-president convicted for libellous claims that they are lazy. José Manuel Soria hit the headlines last year when he announced a series of changes to sick leave provisions for civil servants and quipped that “the days

Taking the hump

Camel milk U-turn

The owners of an animal park in Fuerteventura have had to rectify a widely-publicised media article in which milk produced by its camels was attributed extensive medicinal powers.


he feature, which included a picture of people milking one of the Oasis Park camels, listed the multiple health benefits of the milk but was followed a day later by a statement from the attraction in La Lajita pointing out that some of the information may have been misleading. “The person who wrote the article mistakenly stated that camel milk is an alternative to daily insulin injections, although it is true that there is recent scientific evidence suggesting that the milk can have anti-diabetes effects. Similarly, it was wrong to state that drinking camel’s milk is a good treatment for tuberculosis, hepatitis and osteoporosis” said an Oasis Park spokesperson, who insisted that information supplied for the feature article had been ‘misinterpreted’.

of teachers lying on the beach while on sick leave for things like depression are over”. The remarks, widely quoted in local papers, prompted a furious reaction from teacher unions, one of which (STEC) called on him to retract the allegation, or face a day in court, if he could not name the culprits. The case was heard by a Las Palmas

court recently and Soria was cleared of offending the honour and reputation of the teaching profession. In its ruling, the court said that for the remarks to be considered libellous, Soria needed to have identified specific individuals by name and to have tarnished their reputation in public. The union was ordered to pay Soria’s legal fees and court costs.


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o see one of the nicest ‘belenes’ (nativity scenes) in Tenerife you should pop down to the Centre for Older residents, or Centro de Mayores on the bottom floor of Adeje’s cultural centre and have a look.

The belenes are much more than just a traditional manger, and tend to include village scenes and be well populated with figures and homes. Here this belén has been created and built from scratch, with each detail handmade by the group of older Adeje citizens who regularly attend the centre. From the buildings to the small ‘papas arrugadas’ (made from plasticine and tights!), each element has been carefully manufactured. “it encourages and helps dexterity and everyone is working together”, explains councillor Carmen Rosa, whose remit includes the activities and concerns of the borough’s older residents as well as equal rights and protection of women. She is at pains to stress that this day centre for older residents, whose doors appear to be open pretty much all the time, is for everyone over 60 in Adeje who is registered in the town hall, regardless of country of origin, and “language is never a problem”, she adds. In fact during my visit I met two extremely contented Italian ‘swallows’, who love to call to the centre on a regular basis, to meet and make friends, play a board game, read….it’s a social focus point as much as anything else. “People can often feel lost when they retire, wonder ‘what do I do now?’” but through the centre and via the Club de Mayores de Adeje (a separate but linked association, residents need to apply for a Carnet de Mayores (like a pensioner’s card)) an incredibly busy agenda is arranged annually. From days out, spa treatments, workshops, theatre, mountain walks, cultural visits,

teem and independence - a life beyond the house. The council is also actively involved in the establishment of an equality body that encompasses all the south Tenerife boroughs, which is in the process of being set up, and is a project very close to the mayor’s heart. For women under threat the council offer a complete


Services without barriers and trips abroad as well as a healthy concentration on local culture and folklore, all comes easily under the ongoing theme of ‘convivencia’ or co-existence – yet again that welcome theme of integration, activities for all. People have something to look forward to, busy days, and new friends to make. The council have also recently taken over a day and residential care centre in El Galeón which was previously in private hands to offer Adeje senior citizens a home from home at subsidised rates– while places are limited (10 day places and 11 residential), Carmen Rosa stresses that it’s a move in the right direction and the council is also on hand to help those who cannot get a place

there (it’s currently full with a waiting list) to find somewhere as close to their family in Adeje as possible. One of the activities that has developed into an annual tradition is the ‘Sabores de la memoria’ (tastes of the past) in conjunction with the Hotel La Plantación. It began as an invitation to older residents to come to the hotel and prepare a traditional recipe, the best of which would then be incorporated into the hotel’s menu. The idea has taken off and is now one of the highlights of the senior culinary calendar in the borough.

Equality and protection The other area within the remit of Carmen Rosa, equally

range of protection and legal services, without precondition – in other words if a woman is abused or hurt in the home she can go to the council for help and, while they would prefer that she report her abuser, won’t make it a condition of any help they offer - a fear of many women who won’t seek personal help. Carmen Rosa points out that if a woman does have the courage to report her abuser it opens up a whole range of legal resources that can and will be used to protect her and her family. Any woman who approaches the of fice will be listened to, cared for, and the council also have some safe houses for battered women and their children. Obviously that location cannot be revealed here. “What is important to remember is that there is no prototype male in domestic abuse cases”, the councillor stresses, “they can be any age, from any social class, any culture”. She adds, “many women don’t realise the help we can offer, and again language is not a problem”.

important and equally open to anyone in the borough, are the services offered to families and to women who are in danger or on the receiving end of domestic violence. Within the world of equality the council offer a series of activities designed to promote understanding of roles within the family and encourage family activities, such as rural walks which even the smallest son or daughter can undertake, and even a couple’s challenge with a range of tasks that couples who enter have to undertake (ironing, fitting a plug, sewing on a button, making a soup….) together, with a prize for the winning household. For women there are a range of activities designed to encourage self es-

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ecently opened, Cervecería 100 Montaditos, in the church square, is the latest ‘in’ place for food and drinks in Los Cristianos. In typical bar style, the interior has white marble table tops with high bar stools, or you can sit outside. Ideal for business people, workers, visitors and residents, food is served during all opening hours, from 8am to 2am, with breakfasts available from 8am to 12.30pm. It’s the place for breakfast, coffee, lunch, snacks and drinks, with or without alcohol, to eat in or take away. Owned by Vicente Benítez Baute and Domingo Tomás Díaz, this is a franchise of a company which has grown to more than 170 restaurants in Spain, France, Portugal, the US and Mexico since 2001. The varied menu, in Spanish, English, German, French, Italian and Portuguese, is based on ingredients with the traditional Mediterranean diet flavour, and at unbeatable prices. If you only fancy nibbles, then order aperitifs, chips (choose from four sauces), crisps or mouthwatering cheesy nachos. More hungry than that? Order a healthy salad (five varieties) or the speciality – Montaditos. This is a term for a type of sandwich or roll, and there are no less than 100 fillings to choose from, hence the name of this wonderful establishment. The secret of Montaditos is the bread, with several varieties to choose from. All are light with crunchy crusts, and at €1

Fuller details of the ferocity of the three-day storms that hit the Canaries between 2830 November have emerged from the regional Met Office, including figures for the number of bolts of lightning that hit the ground at the height of the storms.


he Office says that a maximum wind speed of 191 kmh was recorded in the early hours of 29 November in the mountains at Izaña (near Mt Teide), with San Juan de la Rambla and Puerto de la Cruz posting speeds of 142-162 kmh around the same time. More than 500 bolts of lightning were recorded as reaching the ground in the islands, making the storms among the most active in terms of cloud to earth discharges in recent times.

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Cerveceria 100 Montaditos to €2 each, Montaditos really are value for money because when you buy one, you can also purchase a half litre of beer for just €1 (on Wednesdays, a large beer for €1), and for dessert, try a delicious ice cream for only €1. Have your personal card signed every time you purchase, and when the card is full you could be invited for a free breakfast (choose from toasted ciabatta bread with a choice of 10 fillings, croissants, muffins or doughnuts, plus a

drink). The wonderful coffee is 100 per cent natural, you can buy wines by the glass or bottle, and children’s parties can be catered for. In fact, 100 Montaditos can cater for all ages from six months to 99 years! If you’re in a hurry, the staff can move fast, if you have time to relax then you will be served in a relaxing manner. This is not exactly a self-service restaurant, the system is quite different. What you have to do is write on your copy of the

menu, the number of each item you wish to order, put your name at the top, tick the box if it is to take away, and give the completed menu to the staff at the bar. Within a maximum of five minutes, your name will be called and you can collect your order from the bar where it says ‘recogidas’. They are open every day, closing at 4pm on the 24th and 31st December,


Back at work

The doctor at the centre of the doping allegations that have rocked Spanish athletics was back at his desk in Las Palmas, just hours after being released by a Madrid court on bail. and opening from 1pm on the 25th December and 1st January. On January 5th, they will stay open until the end of the Three Kings fiesta, no matter how late that is! Make a date soon to visit 100 Montaditos where they are always baking something new – you won’t want to leave a single crumb on your plate!


r Eufemiano Fuentes is among 14 people, including top athletes, arrested in raids recently as part of Operation Greyhound. He is charged with supplying performanceenhancing substances. Fuentes appeared as usual at his surgery in the capital, to the surprise of waiting patients, who had expected him to lie low until the storm blows over.




C.C. Fañabé Plaza (opp. Hotel Jacaranda)

C.C. Hotel Columbus, Playa de Las Américas

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Beverly Hills Club

Inset: Miriam, Nikki and Susana Club who dressed up as pirates, Magi, Father Christmas, a giant crocodile and Santa’s helpers. They also took care of decorating the club rooms and entrances with sails, skull and crossbone flags and a pirate ship. Even the cups and plates were in theme. All the facilities were free, those who didn’t want to dance with the animators could play pool or basketball, have a go at bowling or use the bouncy castle and the kid’s climbing frame and ball park before watching the magician and queuing up for their gift. Everyone in-

Merry little Christmas K

ids from three local children’s homes enjoyed the party of a lifetime recently thanks to some charitably minded folk. Resort Properties and Excel Hotels and Resorts staff and clients all chipped in generously as always, as did Taylor’s Bar and Angelo. Viajes Teide pro-

vided free coaches, Lineker’s never fail to support, Max Mart supported and David the magician and his partner, Yasmín, gave all those present an outstanding and astounding free show once again. Susana Thraves pulled it all together, Cecile Laniel used some of the over €3,000 raised to shop for and wrap the spe-

cial present that each child had asked for in their letter to the three kings, and the rest of the cash will be split between the three centres. Miriam worked tirelessly, as did Nikki Lamberti and her truly amazing team of around 30 supercharged animators and senior members of staff from the Beverly Hills

volved volunteered their time and even the contents of the buffet were donated. Lots of organisers’ children joined in the festivities with the 75 kids who are in care, an absolutely unforgettable day was had by all and the Beverly Hills Club have already volunteered their help for next year when an even bigger party is planned.

Storm damage

Aid for stormhit farmers ‘urgent’

Hundreds of farmers throughout Tenerife whose crops were devastated during the storms a few weeks ago should be granted urgent financial aid by the Canarian government, says the island Cabildo. Initial damage estimates paint a bleak picture for many of the farmers, particularly in the La Orotava, San Juan de la Rambla and Icod areas, where recently-planted crops, as well as others about to be harvested, have virtually disappeared due to the effects of the storm. Cabildo experts reckon between 75-100 per cent of the fruit and vegetables grown in the area have been lost and the majority of the plastic greenhouses used have been destroyed. The picture is slightly less serious on the other side of the island but the Cabildo says that the farmers will not survive unless an aid package is approved quickly by the regional government. The destruction caused by the gale-force winds, which exceeded 140 kph in several agricultural parts for three days, could lead to major price increases in the coming months due to the vastly reduced supply of essential fruit and vegetables.



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Los Realejos

Deeds received The time it takes to obtain the deeds after buying property has long been a bone of contention but the situation of a group of home owners in Los Realejos must be a record of some kind. Over 40 families who have been living in the Cruz Santa district for almost half a century have finally received the deeds proving they are legiti-

mate owners. Ironically, many of the houses, which were originally built to rent to less well-off families, have since been pulled down and replaced with newer ones after structural problems were detected. The families were offered the chance to buy their rented properties due to the length of time they had lived in them as tenants but only now have all

the formalities been completed. Many of them, including old couples, have spent years worrying that legal complications caused by the demolitions and replacements might impede formal recognition of their ownership entitlement but all ended well earlier in December when the all-important deeds were handed over at a ceremony organised by the council.

san isidro

Removing barriers The Granadilla council have allocated €137,000 for work to improve access to those with mobility difficulties in particular zones in san Isidro.

part of the Cabildo’s plan to improve commercial zones in the island, was completed, with major improvements to Avenida Santa Cruz and Calle Arzobispo José González Rivas. The plan seeks to introduce measures in urban areas to strengthen the potential business for small and medium enterprises, given their importance to the socio-economic life of the particular urban zone in question.

Stung for €5,000 Victims of a timeshare scam in Tenerife lost up to €5,000 each, say the police’s Organised Crime Unit, which arrested 26 people in connection with the massive fraud.


t is still unclear how many people were conned out of their money by the wellorganised gang, which accessed details of timeshare owners and contacted them to offer to sell their weeks for about €25,000. Duping their victims with an elaborate range of documents on headed paper and even bearing notary seals, the gang extracted sums of between €3,000 and €5,000 as down payments for the administrative costs and work involved in selling the timeshares.


oncerned owners contacted the authorities after months went by and the sales failed to materialise, by which time the ghost firms had disappeared. The arrests were ordered earlier in December after a painstaking investigation lasting several months by the Organised Crime and Cyber Crime Units

Tenerife Select

Tenerife Targets jet-set

Te n e r i f e ’s t o u r i s m authorities hope the recent participation in a luxury holiday fair will pull in more top-end visitors to the island.


he island’s tourist board sent a delegation to the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), held in Cannes between 6-9 December, to advertise Tenerife’s attractions for the niche. José Manuel Bermúdez from the Cabildo says this seventh participation in the event aims to raise Tenerife’s profile among select travellers by highlighting its four and five-star hotels, limousine tours, spa facilities and yacht charters. “We are gaining a name for ourselves increasingly in this segment thanks to the creation of our Tenerife Select brand, which currently comprises 24 members, from golf courses to luxury restaurants” said Bermúdez.

La Florida

New Football pitch

A new football pitch built in La Orotava is at the centre of a political row after it emerged that the total cost is expected to exceed 3.5 million euros.


he facility in La Florida should be finished early next year, four years after it was begun, and completion has only been possible thanks to an extra injection of €700,000 by the local council. etails of the full cost have triggered massive criticism among opposition parties in La Orotava, who say the money could have been used for other projects. Manuel González, of the PSC party, says that a pitch is necessary for La Florida “but not at any price”. González complained, “this is costing more than our main street and two new community centres put together”. The local IPO party says the cost is entirely due to the poor choice of location, which necessitated the building of expensive foundations and reinforcements to protect the perimeter.


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Over the next five months work in the zone will include lowering the level of footpaths at certain points and where there are pedestrianised roads to allow wheelchair users access to all streets in the town. According to the Granadilla

mayor, Carmen Nieves Gaspar Rivero the plans have been drawn up to meet local demand and the needs of those who have an equal right to use the streets of the town despite their mobility challenges. San Isidro has been at the centre of major roadworks in recent times, and the mayor promises these latest changes won’t be as disruptive. Just a few weeks ago the upgrade of the town’s commercial zone,

Timeshare resale victims

of the Spanish police. Just over a year ago a similar scam run by a group of French nationals in Tenerife was also smashed by police.



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SW / playa san juan

News in brief

Isabel Canino

Making a difference

Los Menores

Road repairs

Night repairs are being carried out on the road surface of the TF 82. The area being mended is the section of this busy road near the Los Menores bridge. Breeches in under the road water and waste installations caused this area of the road to sink and made for a bumpy ride. Work is being carried out between 10 pm and 6 am to avoid causing delays on this stretch of road which carries the majority of the traffic from the Atalaya roundabout to Guía de Isora, Tamaimo and beyond. The repairs are expected to be finished by December 20th.

School holidays

‘Christmas school’ in Arona

Parents in the Los Cristianos area who need to work over the holiday period can apply to leave their youngsters at the two Little Christmas schools organised by Arona Council. The two primary schools (Cho-Parque de La Reina and Chayofa-La Camella) will remain open throughout the Christmas

Recycling Christmas

“Others involved in murder” says sister

The sister of a Tenerife woman who was murdered in 2009 has urged the authorities to broaden the investigation into the killing because she is convinced more than one person was involved.

These recyclers used plastic bottles for their tree

As part of an ongoing local initiative, Adeje Recycles, the councillor for youth, Nayra Medina Bethencourt has been working with local youth groups and centres and the borough’s waste disposal company, UTE Ascan Torrabonaf to recycle Christmas. Young people from different town’s youth clubs, from Miraverde, Las Nieves,

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Armeñime, Tijoco and the Los Olivos Occupational Centre chose a range of materials to work with in preparing their decorations and of course the all important Christmas tree. They used bottles, cans, plastic and paper. According to Nayra Medina Bethencourt all those taking part were active in developing the design ideas, sourcing the materials they wanted to use,

Santiago del Teide

New signposts

Santiago del Teide is boasting new signposts as part of an overall facelift for the town. Other embellishments include restoration of building fronts, placing information panels in strategic points of the old town centre, the marking of ‘places of interest’ and the opening of a tourist information office.

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and of course creating the final product, the tree being the most important. There were prizes for the best trees, with first prize of €600 and second prize of €300. The money goes to the winning centres.

Salvador Morales, a former boyfriend of Isabel Canino, is due to go on trial in the spring for her murder and faces a 23-year jail term if convicted. However, Isabel’s sister Eladia says Morales, who was not arrested until two months after her disappearance, has hinted several times he did not act alone. “We know from statements made by him that someone else knows a lot about how she died and we want it all to come out in court, no matter how painful the details might be”, said Eladia. Bus-driver Isabel’s disappearance in March 2009 sparked an island-wide hunt, with posters put up on all TITSA buses at the time. Her decomposed remains were found in a septic tank at a house owned by her ex-boyfriend which he rented to students in La Laguna.

Tenerife Sur Lions

Paradise pledge

All Saints’ Church

Events roundup

Over 80 guests gathered for the Shipwreck fun evening at the end of November.


hen the ship went down, the captain was still holding his bottle of port, the prize for best turned out costume. Volunteers made sure the evening was ship shape and Bristol fashion and the food was first class. Sadly the ship was sunk and the guests were left adrift. A drunken sailor with his cask of rum was awash and two ladies, one in her nightwear and curlers and the other in her evening dress were also washed ashore and won prizes. The NLI was on hand to those that floundered – thanks to John Hughes who came to the rescue with his lifeboat on wheels. The ‘Cod Fishers’ performed the finale. Bill, Mike and Brian arrived by raft to sing a medley of sea shanties – they will not be booked again!!


he Grand Christmas car boot sale was a wonderful day with over 1,000 people shopping and enjoying the good food available. Father Christmas made an appearance, handing out presents to the delight of the children. The next car boot at the Church is on Saturday February 5th at 12.00.

Norman Goodall, MBE and Nino Riobo

Paradise Park Hotel, Los Cristianos has been supporting and co-operating with the Tenerife Sur Lions Club for the last fifteen years and it was appropriate that Club President Norman Goodall MBE presented the Commercial Director Nino Riobo with an award commemorating this alliance. The Hotel Director pledged their ongoing help to the club in continuing their many charitable activities in the local community here in the south of Tenerife.

Muñeco de Nieve

No clean-up for snowman

One of Santa Cruz’s most controversial sculptures is in the news again, this time because the city council refuses to pay to have it cleaned up to remove the graffiti that has accumulated on it in recent years. The statue of the giant Snowman, which sits on a busy roundabout that is widely taken as marking the boundary between the capital and La Laguna and is visible from the TF2 road linking the island’s two motorways, was designed by Czech-born Jiri Dokoupil and placed on the roundabout despite opposition from locals who objected to the idea of a snowman in Tenerife. In recent years the snowman has been a favourite target for vandals and graffiti artists but the council’s culture department says it has not been included on the general clean-up list because it was not part of the series of street sculptures commissioned for two artistic events back in 1973 and 1994. The news was received by locals with disbelief, with some complaining that “we never wanted the snowman in the first place and now that it has been forced on us we can’t even have it cleaned properly”.

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Business NEWS


Dementia costs add to the demographic time bomb

Another challenge to global economies

By Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Franks


ementia will cost the world £388 billion in 2010, the equivalent of one per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP), the World Alzheimer Report 2010 on the Global Economic Impact of Dementia reveals.

The cost will soar as the number of sufferers doubles by 2030 and more than triples by 2050. Governments around the world will have to find extra billions to fund dementia alone, on top of other expensive issues related to longevity, such as the cost of pensions and longterm care. The report issued on World Alzheimer’s Day by Alzheimer’s Disease International revealed that the costs of caring for people with dementia are likely to rise even faster than the prevalence, especially in the de-

veloping world, as more formal social care systems emerge and rising incomes lead to higher opportunity costs. It warned: “World governments are woefully unprepared for the social and economic disruptions this disease will cause.” In a repor t by the International Monetar y Fund on Long-Term Trends in Public Finances in the G7 Economies, director of the IMF’s fiscal affairs department Carlo Cottarelli, also warned that reforming healthcare systems for developed economies would be “the fiscal challenge of the 21st century”. Major additional pressures on public finances are arising from pension and healthcare spending but the nature of these pressures is often misunderstood. “There has been a great deal of emphasis on pension spending, but much less on the rising trend in healthcare spending,” the IMF report stated. Governments would find it hard enough to deal with the

increasing longevity costs at the best of times, but coming on top of the financial crisis it is an even bigger challenge. In its quarterly Sovereign Monitor published in August, Moody’s warned that “genuinely adverse debt dynamics were only expected to materialise in 15 to 20 years. The crisis has ‘fast forwarded’ history, eroding all the time available to adjust”. It explained that after the Second World War the young economies were able to outgrow the debt spikes but this time the threat lies ahead as the aging crisis drives up pension and health costs on a static tax base. “While the current stock of debt is large, it is dwarfed by the accumulation of future liabilities if policies do not change”. Governments need to find the funding for soaring healthcare and pension costs, which may involve more tax increases, additional taxes and spending cuts. Individuals also need to prepare to part finance their health and social care in later life and, if required, to find

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Mongolian BBQ restaurant

Heart and soul T

he Mongolian BBQ restaurant opened very recently, but this new concept restaurant has become an instant hit with residents and visitors.

To the delight of its creators, Emanuele Mechilli and Oscar, who also runs the restaurant on a day to day basis, people are already hopping into taxis and asking for it by name. “Thank God we’re very busy,” Emanuele beamed. However, instant hits need a lot of behind the scenes work and a great deal of research. It’s by no means the first eatery that this pair has been involved in starting and everything that they have created has something in common, each restaurant has its own individual and authentic identity, or as Emanuele put it, “a soul”. They were looking around for a new challenge and a new gastronomic style and direction around four years ago, when a Chinese friend mentioned the Mongolian BBQ restaurants in Asia and Europe. Legend has it that the Mongolian nomad warriors of Ghengis Khan heated up their shields and used their swords to toss the food over the heat and the Mongolian BBQ

Emanuele and Oscar

restaurants mimic this style so that a meal there is not only good on the taste buds, it’s also flamboyantly entertaining. They began researching on the Internet and then began to travel. Emanuele headed to Europe to investigate in London, Hessen, Amsterdam and Stockholm whilst Oscar went East to Taiwan and Hong Kong. They were thrilled by

what they saw and putting their hearts into the project they began to source materials and personnel. Their total zeal to get everything perfect, “we only want the best for our clients,” may have been expensive, but it has paid off. Emanuele found no difficulties in explaining to the European restaurants where he was based and obtaining help, after all, they

weren’t aiming to set up a rival establishment next door. Oscar had more problems in the Far East however, the majority of people he spoke to didn’t know where Tenerife or the Canary Islands were, so he ended up saying he was from Barcelona, famous all over the world for its football team, “it was easier” he laughed. Two adjoining empty premises were found in a popu-

lar location on the corner of the Avenida San Francisco and Avenida Amsterdam, in front of the Apartamentos Reverón in Los Cristianos. Work began to merge them to create a spacious and comfortable area which even has elegant patio heating fitted in case it’s needed. A special round hotplate that heats up to 600ºC was ordered from Germany and an industrial

sized water filter fitted, which supplies the whole restaurant, so that the purist water is used not just for the contents of the dishes, but also for washing the plates and all parts of the food preparation chain. Furniture

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Corvus Corax from Germany played on the opening night

for the spacious terrace came from Bali and a designer and decorator was hired to perfect the combination of the clean and minimalist look they wanted for the interior, white and brushed stainless steel, with the exotic, elegant and cosy oriental terrace. A multinational team was hired who can communicate in English, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Chinese, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Japanese and Mongolian if required. Gradually all the threads were drawn together but with one month to go to the inauguration, they were still waiting for the chefs to arrive. One was coming from Taiwan and through contacts made there, more were sourced in Europe but they were still, “on their way”. There was a frisson of panic in the home camp, but it all turned out well in the end and by the time the doors opened, there were ten chefs on call to prepare the major Chinese cuisines as well as Thai, Japanese and Mongolian dishes. Initially getting used to the ‘sword and shield’ technique

took some time and there were some delays in the preparation time, but now each of them can manage two or three sets of the metre-long ‘swords’ at a time and the service has speeded up accordingly. One of the chefs was especially brought in from Madrid to prepare the 18 sauces

Instant hits need a lot of behind the scenes work and a great deal of research that guests can choose from and which cover the full gamut of spice and piquant desires and include Teriyaki, Satay, Sweet and Sour, Oyster and Black Bean, a spicy Mongolian Curry and Kung Pao. He even makes his own soy sauce from scratch and the restaurant staff also grow their own beansprouts and prepare their own Naan bread

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Health News

Dr. De La Flor

Placebo effect?

Dear Dr. De La Flor

No funds for homeopathic cures Credit: AELTC

Dear Dr. De La Flor, I recently had mono but am starting to finally feel better. How long do I need to wait before I can I get back to my regular activities?

Buenaventura Fernández San José, who is also a doctor, said that they would continue to “solely finance treatments that have been scientifically proved to work and, further, are the most effective”. The remarks have added to an ongoing discussion at regional level about the efficiency of homeopathic treatments and who should finance them. The director general said, “we have looked again at all the scientific evidence and there are no studies that prove that homeopathy does any more than advance the placebo effect”, adding that in other countries the inclusion of these kinds of treatment under a public finance scheme was a decision made wasn’t a scientific argument but one regarding the boundaries of authority.

Sincerely, Jeff

Dear Jeff, This condition got some attention a couple of years ago when Roger Federer had to take several weeks off the ATP Tour due to ‘mono’. It’s a common illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus that can leave you feeling tired and weak for weeks or months. Mono goes away on its own, but lots of rest and good self-care can help you feel better. It is most often seen in adolescents and young adults. Mono can be spread through contact with saliva (also nicknamed the ‘kissing disease’) and mucus from the nose and throat. As soon as you get over mono, your symptoms will go away for good, but you will always carry the virus that caused it. The virus may become active from time to time without causing any symptoms. The most common symptoms are a high fever, a sore throat, swollen glands and tonsils, and fatigue. Usually only self-care is needed for mono. Plenty of rest is vital. Gargle with salt water or use throat lozenges to soothe your sore throat. Ibuprofen can help you

The director general of the department of Pharmacy in the Canarian Health Service has insisted that they will not include homeopathic medicines in the public finance remit.



Roger Federer has suffered from Infectious mononucleosis/mono

reduce fever and relieve the inflammation. During the infection your spleen may be enlarged, and impact or straining could cause it to burst. Therefore, please avoid heavy lifting or contact sports for about four weeks after you become ill with mono or until your doctor says it is safe. Best wishes!

Dear Dr. De La Flor, I’m experiencing missed or irregular periods Sincerely, Sophie

Dear Sophie, Most women have between 11-13 menstrual periods each year. Missed or irregular periods must be looked at in terms of what is normal

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Coaching Corner :: By Dr. De La Flor



he victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.” Og Mondino. We can take advantage of the feeling of renewal and excitement (I hope!) as we look to 2011, a new beginning, a new opportunity, a sense of excitement for making changes or adopting new habits. Let’s focus on being successful at one goal, only one goal this year—and that is accomplishing one or two small goals we know we can accomplish. I say start small so we can build the confidence and strength to do more. After all a mighty flame starts with a tiny spark!

Resolution: For the next two weeks, let’s set small goals, and let’s make sure we enlist the help of someone close to us. It’s essential to have some support, encouragement and a system of accountability. Work together and create synergy to help each other, and make sure you don’t feel bad about failures because we are all made of the same stuff and what’s key is to stand up and fight! I wish you a Mer r y Christmas and a purposeful 2011, full of physical, emotional and spiritual renewal and health. You have the potential for greatness in you! Go for it! Start small. Make a promise and keep it! Talk to you next year! Dr. De La Flor, licensed G.P. Holds certificates in coaching, nutrition and medical exercise from Berkeley University and the American Council on Exercise. His medical approach is highly influenced by Positive Psychology; an empowering, encompassing way of approaching patients through the study of their strengths and virtues to enable them to thrive and lead fulfilling lives, accept the past, find happiness in the present, and hope for the future. You can reach the doctor at 0034-697.888.666 to schedule a consultation in his surgery or in your home/business

American Medical Association

Predicting heart attacks According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, a blood test can predict the likelihood of someone having a heart attack, up to six years in advance. Following a study conducted by the University of Maryland involving 4,000 people in 1989, an American team has adapted a blood test which is normally used to determine if someone is actually suffering from a heart attack. It can now identify proteins in the blood which signify that heart cells have been dying in seemingly healthy people. If the protein, Troponin T, was present, the patient was seven times more likely to die from heart disease within the next six years. The test could also predict heart failure, where the heart fails to pump strongly enough. This development could reduce the number of deaths from heart disease by allowing high risk patients to take action in time, adopting a healthier lifestyle and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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Describing your symptoms

I have a pain (here) Tengo dolor (aquí) I have stomach ache Tengo dolor de estómago I have chest pain Tengo dolor en el pecho I have a sore throat Tengo dolor de garganta I feel sick Tengo nauseas I feel dizzy Tengo mareos I have a temperature Tengo fiebre I have diarrhoea Tengo diarrea I have cramps Tengo calambres I have sunburn Tengo quemaduras del sol I have something in my eye Tengo algo dentro del ojo I have difficulty breathing Tengo dificultad en respirar I am sick a lot Vomito mucho It itches Me pica I get pain when I pass urine Me duele cuando orino

Existing conditions I am allergic Soy alérgico(a) I’m diabetic// Soy diabético(a) Asthmatic Asmático(a) Epileptic Epiléptico(a) I’m pregnant Estoy embarazada I have anaemia/arthritis Tengo anemia/artritis I have high blood pressure Tengo hipertensión I have low blood pressure Tengo hipotensión

Looking for health care Buscando asistencia sanitaria

I need a doctor / dentist / midwife Necesito un médico / dentista / matrona

Where is the nearest hospital/doctors’ surgery / dentist / out of hours chemist? ¿Dónde es el hospital / clínica / dentista / farmacia de guardia más cercano?

Can I get treatment on the national health here? ¿Puedo recibir atención aquí por la Seguridad Social? Please call an ambulance. Por favor llame a una ambulancia

Frequency & type :

Sometimes A veces All the time Todo el tiempo A lot Mucho A little Poco Stabbing p��� ain Dolor punzante

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Eat, drink, be merry Shellac

Nail the look By Diana Clavijo

Say hello to Shellac, 14-Day Wear, Zero Dry Time, Mirror Finish and say goodbye to chips, nicks and smudges. If long lasting wear and polish-like application don’t draw you in, the removal certainly will. “Is this just like another soak-off gel?” Those were my first words at the CND (Creative Nails Design) Stand on the trade beauty exhibition in Madrid, last October. Have you ever worn those colour gel nails that look thick and fake and that have to be removed roughly? I have, and definitely I’m not a fan. Now let me introduce you to Shellac. Shellac truly is a hybrid of traditional nail polish and UV gel polish. Unlike soak-off gels it comes in a polish bottle and unlike traditional polish it cures/dries under a UV lamp. Shellac paints on like polish – base coat, colour, top coat – and is cured in a UV light so there is zero dry time. The colours are hypo-allergenic, and ‘3-Free’– no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP. Shellac was launched in a range of 12 varieties of shades, from pretty French pinks and whites, to siren red and rich darks. The formula is thin and flexible like polish, so it not only looks natural, it provides strong natural nail protection with a resilient mirror finish that resists dullness and chipping, even during the most rigorous activities. Shellac will last 14 days (or even longer!); however, you will notice a line of demarcation as your natural nails grow away from the cuticle. Fast and safe removal is the big whoop on Shellac: no soaking, drilling or filing. Nails are wrapped in individual Shellac Remover Wraps -integrated cotton pads that limit finger and skin exposure to acetone by keeping it pinpointed on just the nail. Ten minutes of time in exchange for two weeks of perfect colour is all it takes. Say goodbye to manicure frustration and hello to pure manicure satisfaction. Another great thing about Shellac is that there’s no dry time. It dries under UV light in just two minutes. Completely! With this new technique you are going to be able to leave the salon without being worried about taking your keys out of your handbag, having to wash your hair right after your manicure, cook, clean, shop or work. Twist your hair, close your buttons, send hundreds of e-mails, and then look at your nails: you’ll be surprised. Isn’t this great for the Christmas period? Isn’t it great having your nails done just a while before having to go home and get ready for the party without waiting for them to dry? So, whether you have given up nail polish or you love getting a manicure, or you love your own natural strong nails why not give Shellac a try? It definitely will make a difference and your manicure will win a “wow” every time you show it. Available at Zhen Estetica C.C Passarella Oasis, local B-8


eck the halls with boughs of holly! It’s time to be merry, eat and drink with your loved ones, even the ones that belch and fall asleep after the turkey!

Deck the halls would appear to be one of the few Christmas traditions that isn’t German in origin, and in fact comes from Wales. We all know that the Christmas tree itself was imported by Prince Albert for his beloved Queen Victoria, but did the Advent Calendar start in Germany and was a German immigrant in the United States that invented the Christmas card… but enough of pub trivia and the answers to questions from your newspaper’s quiz! It is Christmas time and it’s also the time that we see one year out and bring another one in. So I say, eat, drink and be merry… not what you expect a fitness guru to advise, and it’s not a cynical ploy to get you to put weight on now so that you have to come to see me in the New Year to lose it. I am not even going to say that you should do anything in moderation or try and be your finger pointing mother. Instead let me tell you, one of the things you should always know about being healthy is how and when to enjoy yourself and relax. Just as your muscles need to take a day’s rest from hard exercise in the gym for them to rebuild and be stronger, the body as a whole also needs to take a break from the routine that we have developed for

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ourselves. Whether you are a work-at-home mother or a 9 to 5-er we all need a break that’s more than just a weekend. Time away from work and the routine means more time for ourselves and our loved ones and therefore however you look at it a time for our spirit… mine is, naturally, Jägermeister!

On the flip side of Christmas with all the excesses, let’s go through the joys

Cranberry One of the oldest remedies known to man for helping with your blood system in preventing cholesterol and also cleaning the pipes, and should be promoted as more than a sauce with one meal a year. Nuts! Nearly all nuts have essential and beneficial oils that the body craves (probably why they are so more-ish.)

Turkey Of course one of the best meats you can eat, full of protein and very little fat (if you don’t like eating the skin), also containing lots of iron for blood, riboflavin B2 – among other things very useful for processing fats, zinc helps the metabolism and prevents many ‘biological’ problems,

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B6 for metabolism and B12 for the nervous system – and overall turkey is great for the muscles.

Swede Is a great source of vitamin C and also fibre, Chestnuts help prevent colds and flu, carrots keep you sane and I’ll even let you indulge in a potato or two if you promise to eat the skin. So that leaves us with the two big ones - sprouts and

Sprouts Are a much abused vegetable that always gets bad press. Sprouts are your friend at Christmas as studies show that eating them, or more the glucosinolates they contain, helps you prevent cancer, both breast and colonic. Though what will be of more interest to you, at this time, will be that fact that those little green gas bombs, that most kids hate, actually help the liver break down highly toxic poisons… so maybe that’s why we naturally have more of them at this time of year as we consume more poisons! Pudding Then there is the pudding. Well, to be completely honest, there is nothing healthy about the Christmas pudding – even if you add your thick yellow custard or cream to it but one thing I can tell you is that it is really yummy, so give your taste buds a holiday too. Until 2011 then, I will leave you with the following good news, we will of course have a discount offer for all Island Connections readers who want to keep their New Years promises but if it makes you feel any better, I expect to put on about five kilos myself over the next few weeks, so don’t panic as you always have the one day diet (see the last issue on-line for that).

Keep healthy and happy and have a great Christmas.

Away in a manger…

Drop in abortions Premature celebrations?

The number of abortions carried out in Spain in 2009 was less than in 2008, the first time there has been a drop since 1999.


ccording to the Minister of Health, Leire Pajín, there were 111,482 terminations in 2009, a drop of four percent on the previous 12 months, and the figures from her department also show that fewer teenagers requested an abortion in the last year and a half than before. The minister was speaking at a New Economics Forum and referred to the wider availability without prescription of the morning-after pill, a factor in the drop in the number of abortions, as “a very effective move”. “I believe we are moving in the right direction; what is important is the prevent of unwanted pregnancies and sex education” she told the forum.

It has not been uncommon in some cultures to try and make sure a baby is born in a certain month or year but here in Spain there are many parents who are hoping that babies due between the end of December and the start of January (over 44,000 according to records) will be born before January 1st 2011.


n fact many mothers-to-be are adopting all sorts of habits to try and advance their birth date, and all because the government’s €2,500 baby cheques will cease to exist at the end of the year. In the past being the first baby of the new year has been a cause for celebration, making news headlines, but maybe this time celebrations will be less lively!


Christmas events

Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. Port of Santa Cruz. Entry free

Events in Arona: Church services:

All Saints’ Church Puerto de la Cruz December 16 ,6.30 pm Carol Service followed by mince pies and wine December 24,11.30 pm Midnight Mass December 25, 9.30 am Holy Communion (traditional). 11.00 am Sung Eucharist December 26, 9.30 am Holy Communion (traditional), 11.00 am Sung Eucharist


December 20, Christmas concert at El Marqués, 7pm in aid of the Lions Club, Santiago del Teide. €6 per person with the option to buy a delicious buffet on the night for just €13. Tickets from The Dive Centre, or call Mary or Sheila, 607 435 267 and 637 819 204 respectively.

Events in Adeje:

December 18, 6.30 pm to 11 pm, Christmas in Calle Grande with traditional market, children’s area, food tasting, storytelling, Christmas personalities, mime and much more December 18, 7 pm, concert: United for Christmas, performed by the Escuela de Música de Adeje and folklore groups. Plaza de España December 19, 8 pm, Christmas concert by Los Sabandeños and the Escuela de Música de Adeje choir. Jardín Botánico August Park, Las Nieves December 23, 5.30 pm, street puppet theatre, Plaza Piedra Rodonda, La Postura December 23, 9 pm, inauguration of the living nativity scene and carol singing, Fañabé village December 31, 11 pm, New Year’s Eve party with live music by Wamampy and La Fortaleza, to be transmitted live by TV Canarias. San Sebastián. La Caleta

Events in S.Cruz:

December 25, 10 pm, Christmas concert by the

Christmas street processions. 6pm to 10pm: December 14, Las Galletas, El Fraile, Parque de la Reina December 16, Arona, Valle San Lorenzo, Buzanada December 21, Cabo Blanco, Los Cristianos December 18, 8 pm, Festival of Canarian Christmas Traditions with carols and traditional dancing. Cultural Centre, Los Cristianos December 19, 5 pm, Christmas chess tournament. Civic Centre, Cabo Blanco December 23, 9 pm, Christmas concert by Ramón Domínguez and friends. Plaza de la Iglesia, Los Cristianos December 31, 10 pm, New Year’s Eve Party with live music by Sensación Gomera and Deliciosa, Plaza del Pescador, in front of the Cultural Centre, Los Cristianos Christmas activities for children with inflatable castles, workshops, puppets and more, all between 5pm and 8pm: December 13, Plaza de Centro Cultural, Parque de la Reina December 14, Calle Flor del Sur, Guargacho December 14, Urb. Virgen del Carmen, Guargacho December 15, Rambla, Las Galletas December 16, Plaza de La Camella December 17, Plaza de Guaza December 18, Plaza de la Iglesia, Cabo Blanco December 19, El Palmar December 20, Plaza del Valle San Lorenzo December 21, Plaza de la Iglesia, Arona December 22, Plaza de la Iglesia, El Fraile, December 23, Plaza de la Iglesia, Buzanada

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Eastenders As the residents of Walford celebrate Christmas, Janine carries out her final, devastating act of revenge against Stacey.

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oreen finds a travel companion, but he may not be all he seems. There is confusion at the Solana when Donald and Jacqueline check in with a group of close personal friends - including king of the swingers Marvin. Madge is left in charge of the Christmas Spectacular at the Benidorm Palace but when star of the show Su Pollard takes an unexpected detour via a Spanish nudist camp it looks as if the event will be left without its big finale. Can Donald and Jacqueline’s famous friend save the day?

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Brothers and Sisters The Treacle People Yo Gabba Gabba! Freshly Squeezed Everybody Loves Raymond According to Jim Frasier One Tree Hill Friends Double bill. Glee Channel 4 News Summary River Cottage Bites Iron Chef Ivanhoe Saxon hero Wilfred of Ivanoe, who sets out on a quest to raise the ransom to free KIng Richard the Lionheart, imprisoned in an Austrian castle. Countdown Deal or No Deal Come Dine with Me Four in a Bed The Simpsons Hollyoaks Channel 4 News Teen Undertaker The Million Pound Drop Live The Event President Martinez confronts the traitor in his administration but is blackmailed with threats that the cover-up of Avias Air 514 will be exposed. Peep Show It’s the day of Mark’s baby’s christening and he arranges to pick up Jeremy, the baby’s godfather, from Zahra’s flat on his way to the church. But unfortunately the lads get locked in the hallway. Robert’s Web Robert’s Web offers an alternative take on the week’s online news and happenings - scouring the internet for the funniest tweets, the most talkedabout uploads, the weirdest new Facebook groups and the best celebrity websites. Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights The Morgana Show


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Ashes Cricket Australia v England on day two of the third Ashes Test from the WACA, Perth. 10:00 Test Cricket Australia v England on day two of the third Ashes Test from the WACA, Perth 4:00 Ashes Highlights 5:00 Barclays Premier League World 5:30 Football League Weekend A look ahead to the weekend’s games in the npower Football League, including all the latest stories, features, team news and player interviews. Presented by George Gavin. 6:30 Barclays Premier League Preview 7:00 World Darts Championship Day two of the World Darts Championship from Alexandra Palace in London. 12:00 Take it Like a Fan 12:30 Barclays Premier League Preview


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Good Morning Sports Fans Ringside The Rugby Club Ashes Highlights WWE Special WWE Raw NFL Tight Lines Test Cricket South Africa and India at Newlands, Cape Town. The Ashes Australia v England on day two of the third Ashes Test from the Western Australia Cricket Association. Take it Like a Fan The Sky Sports football quiz filmed at Premier League, Football League and SPL grounds. Barclays Premier League Preview A look ahead to the weekend’s Barclays Premier League games. Football League Weekend



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18th December - 11:20pm Sting

Highlights of Sting’s Symphonicity world tour in September 2010

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Breakfast Saturday Kitchen Live Nigella’s Kitchen BBC News BBC London News Football Focus Sports Personality of the Year 1:40 Olympia Clare Balding presents highlights from the Puissance at the London International Horse Show. 2:45 The Game Plan Family sports comedy about a successful football player who has to sacrifice his career to look after the seven-year-old daughter he never knew he had. 4:30 Final Score 5:10 BBC News 5:20 BBC London News 5:30 Total Wipeout 6:30 The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson Ant calls the police when Dec goes missing for five minutes, Boris Johnson apologises a lot, and Bill Gates meets Ricky Gervais in The Microsoft Office. 7:00 Strictly Come Dancing 8:00 The National Lottery Saturday Night Draws 8:15 Casualty Lenny resorts to desperate measures in order to find a suitable donor match for his sister Helen, drafting in Yuki to illicitly test patients as they come into the ED. 9:05 Strictly Come Dancing Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present a two-part Grand Final as we find out who will dance off with the Glitterball trophy. The remaining couples again perform to earn high scores from the judges as well as viewer votes. 10:05 BBC News 10:25 Match of the Day Gabby Logan presents highlights from the day’s Premier League matches, including Liverpool’s game against Fulham. 11:45 The Football League Show 1:05 The Apprentice




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One Tree Hill Sali Mali Yo Gabba Gabba! The Treacle People World Sport Extreme Sailing Series The Morning Line One Tree Hill Ugly Betty Koko Pop with Vision Express T4 Movie Special Friends The Hollyoaks Music Show Christmas Special Channel 4 Racing Ascot 1.35 Commercial First Partnership Graduation Chase; 2.05 BGC Long Walk Hurdle; 2.40 The Ladbroke; 3.10 Sodexo Prestige Silver Cup H’cap Chase. Haydock Park 1.50 Maxilead Metals Face It Make Up ‘Fixed Brush’ Novices’ Hurdle; 2.20 Maxilead Metals Supports Racing Welfare H’cap Hurdle; 2.55 Maxilead Metals Tommy Whittle H’cap Chase. Come Dine with Me Double bill. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino’s animated family film, based on Dr Seuss’ book, stars Horton, a elephant. One day, wandering through the jungle, he hears a voice coming from a mote of dust. It turns out to be the tiny planet of the Whos, who are threatened with destruction Come Dine with Me Three back to back episodes. Channel 4 News Kirstie and Phil’s Perfect Christmas Double bill. The Million Pound Drop Live Scary Movie 2 Director Keenen Ivory Wayans rounded up the survivors of the original, Cindy, Ray, Shorty and Brenda for this gag-fest. King of the Hill


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Ashes Cricket Australia v England on day three of the third Ashes Test from the WACA, Perth. 10:00 Cricket 1:00 European Rugby Heineken Cup round 4: Bath v Ulster in a Pool 4 clash at the Rec. 3:15 European Rugby Heineken Cup round four: Ospreys take on Munster in a huge Pool 3 game at Liberty Stadium. 5:30 European Rugby Heineken Cup round four: Leinster meet Clermont Auvergne in a Pool 2 match at RDS Arena. 7:30 World Darts Championship Day three of the World Darts Championship from Alexandra Palace in London. 12:00 Scottish Premier League 12:30 Cricket 1:30 Football’s Greatest Ronaldinho.


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/ Sunday 19/12/10

BBC 1 / Entertainment

19th December - 7:00pm Sports Personality of the Year 2010 Gary Lineker presents the biggest-ever Sports Personality of the Year event

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/ Monday 20/12/10

ITV1 /Drama

20th December - 8:30pm Come Rain Come Shine

David Jason stars as cockney ex-docker Don Mitchell in this emotional drama

one 6:00 Breakfast 9:15 Animal 24/7 10:00 Homes under the Hammer 11:00 To Buy or Not to Buy 11:30 Cash in the Attic 12:15 Bargain Hunt 1:00 BBC News at One 1:30 BBC London News 1:45 ‘Allo, ‘Allo! 2:35 The Young Ones 3:35 Father of the Bride Family comedy about a well-heeled Los Angeles family preparing for their daughter’s wedding. 5:15 The Weakest Link 6:00 BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 6:30 BBC London News 7:00 The Nativity Four part drama retelling the classic biblical tale. In Nazareth, Mary counts her blessings when her parents arrange to marry her to a local carpenter, Joseph. 7:30 Inside Out 8:00 EastEnders Despite Pat’s pleas, Janine finally admits the unpalatable truth about Ryan’s condition - but will the police be told too? Denise is devastated when Lucas’s sister Gloria arrives with some upsetting news, and Ian accidentally reveals a dangerous secret to Peter. 8:30 Carry on Banking!: Panorama As Christmas approaches and Britain’s bankers prepare to receive their annual bonuses, Panorama asks if anything has changed since the financial crisis of two years ago, or whether it is a case of ‘Carry On Banking’. 9:00 Accused 10:00 BBC News at Ten 10:25 BBC London News 10:35 A Question of Sport 11:05 The Graham Norton Show 11:55 The Apprentice 1:55 Weatherview




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Daybreak Lorraine The Jeremy Kyle Show This Morning ITV News This Morning Loose Women ITV News & Weather House Gift Christmas Special 3:00 Midsomer Murders When a photo of DCI Barnaby with another woman is displayed shortly before her estranged husband is murdered, he becomes the prime suspect in the crime. 5:00 The Unforgettable A celebration of the life and career of Sir Harry Secombe, one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers. 6:00 London Tonight 6:30 ITV News & Weather 7:00 Emmerdale David is stunned by Justin’s shocking revelation. Hazel works out who her mystery benefactor is. Rhona makes a life-changing decision. 7:30 Coronation Street Steve confronts Becky with his suspicions. A struggle ensues after a husband takes desperate measures to win back his family. As another funeral takes place, can a murderer continue to evade detection? 8:00 Countrywise Kitchen Paul Heiney visits a village Stilton factory, chef Mike Robinson cooks up a very special roast goose and the team produce the perfect last-minute alternative to Christmas pudding. 8:30 Come Rain Come Shine David Jason stars as cockney ex-docker Don Mitchell in this emotional drama. 10:30 ITV News & Weather 11:05 Intolerable Cruelty Comic drama. The ex-wife of a wealthy philanderer seeks revenge upon the divorce lawyer who represented her husband and denied her a financial settlement 12:55 The Zone

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The Treacle People Freshly Squeezed One Tree Hill Everybody Loves Raymond According to Jim Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas Friends Double bill. The Album Chart Show with Tesco Entertainment Glee 3 Minute Wonder Triple bill. Baby’s Day Out Patrick Read Johnson’s comedy, scripted by John Hughes, stars Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano and Brian Haley as Eddie, Norby and Veeko, three inept criminals who kidnap Baby Bink, the son of a rich Chicago family. Harry and the Hendersons When the Henderson family, headed by John Lithgow and Melinda Dillon, run over a large shaggy animal while on holiday in the American northwest, they assume it’s a bear. Deal or No Deal Celebrity Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Jason’s family struggle to accept that he wants to dress as a boy, and after they attempt to persuade him to wait until after Christmas, Jason turns to self-harm. Channel 4 News River Cottage Christmas Fayre Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas This first programme features all the recipes viewers need for the perfect, stress-free Christmas Day Alan Carr: Chatty Man Peep Show Omid Djalili Live in London Party Poker Premier League Poker









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Ashes Cricket Cricket Ashes Highlights European Rugby Special Soccer A.M. - The Best Bits Netbusters Ford Monday Night Football Manchester City v Everton at the City of Manchester Stadium. Netbusters SPL Round-Up All the goals from this weekend’s Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League fixtures. A League of Their Own Unseen The popular sports panel show runs into extra time. Ford Monday Night Football Andy Gray has the final word on the weekend’s Premier League games, plus highlights from Manchester City against Everton at the City of Manchester Stadium.



/ Tuesday 21/12/10

ITV1 / Documentary

21st December - 5.00pm The Unforgettable: Danny La Rue

Long before Lily Savage, La Cage aux Folles or Priscilla Queen of the Desert, there was Danny La Rue

one 6:00 Breakfast 9:15 Animal 24/7 10:00 Homes under the Hammer 11:00 To Buy or Not to Buy 11:30 Cash in the Attic 12:15 Bargain Hunt 1:00 BBC News at One 1:30 BBC London News 1:45 Keeping Up Appearances 2:45 The Young Ones 3:45 George of the Jungle Family comedy in which a clumsy jungle savage rescues a beautiful explorer from a rampant lion, and promptly falls in love with her. 5:15 The Weakest Link 6:00 BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 6:30 BBC London News 7:00 The Nativity 7:30 EastEnders Bianca resorts to desperate measures to ensure her children get the Christmas they deserve, while Max and Vanessa struggle to play happy families with Tanya and Greg. Ryan’s declaration of love leaves one of the women in his life broken-hearted - but will it be Janine or Stacey? 8:00 Holby City When Chrissie struggles to cope with life as a single working mum and opens up to Sacha, she starts to think that they could be more than friends. Will Chrissie realise that Sacha is the man for her? 9:00 Accidental Farmer With Mike’s scorn ringing in her ears, Erin decides to make a go of it without realising just how much work is involved. 10:00 BBC News at Ten 10:25 BBC London News 10:35 Imagine 11:55 Taking Sides In the aftermath of World War II, a brilliant German orchestra conductor is interrogated by a toughtalking American major. 1:40 Weatherview




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One Tree Hill Freshly Squeezed One Tree Hill Frasier According to Jim Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas Friends Double bill. The Album Chart Show with Tesco Entertainment Glee Because of Winn-Dixie Wayne Wang’s charming family film stars AnnaSophia Robb as Opal, who lives with her dad Preacher. Alaska Action adventure yarn set amongst beautiful snowy scenery in which two children search for their father following a plane crash. Deal or No Deal Celebrity Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Bart is disturbed to find Jasmine cutting herself so he tries to encourage her to come out as a boy by getting Jason into Guy Candy for their performance at The Dog. Channel 4 News Time Team Special Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas The second programme brings together some of Jamie’s favourite festive season food, from his Nan’s Boxing Day brunch to amazing jerk ham, pancakes, asian salads, clementine jelly, and refreshing party drinks. Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights The first series from the Glaswegian comic, blending acerbic, razor-sharp stand up with unique, hilarious sketches crafted in the darkest recesses of the human psyche. The Morgana Show The Family Mencap Presents Little Noise Sessions Supported by Ovi Nokia


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21st December, 7.00pm Emmerdale

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/ Wednesday 22/12/10

Channel 4 / Cookery

22nd December - 8.00pm Christmas with Gordon

The most delicious Christmas recipes, cooked at home by the world’s greatest chef, Gordon Ramsey

one 6:00 Breakfast 9:15 Animal 24/7 10:00 Homes under the Hammer 11:00 To Buy or Not to Buy 11:30 Cash in the Attic 12:15 Bargain Hunt 1:00 BBC News at One 1:30 BBC London News 1:45 Only Fools and Horses 2:45 The Young Ones 3:40 Herbie: Fully Loaded The small car with the big personality is retrieved from a scrapyard by Ray Peyton Sr, a luckless racing driver who buys his daughter, Maggie, the banged-up old Beetle as a graduation present. 5:15 The Weakest Link 6:00 BBC News at Six 6:30 BBC London News 7:00 The Nativity 7:30 Dig 1940 8:00 Jimmy’s Christmas Food Factory 8:30 Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers Nigel inspires us with a range of dishes that can be easily adapted throughout the week. 9:00 Supermarkets: What Price Cheap Food? In a Panorama Special, reporter Paul Kenyon looks behind the special offers to examine the true cost of Britain’s cheap food, asking how the leading supermarket chains can afford to keep expanding and slashing food prices in the middle of a global recession. 10:00 BBC News at Ten 10:25 BBC Weather 10:35 The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws 10:45 Catherine Tate: Nan’s Christmas Carol It’s Christmas Eve and Nan receives some unexpected visitors, in the form of Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future 11:35 Holiday in Handcuffs Romantic comedy. A struggling artist working as waitress loses her boyfriend and flunks a job interview. 1:05 Weatherview




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Daybreak Lorraine This Morning Casper ITV News & Weather Miracle on 34th Street A young girl claims that she does not believe in Father Christmas, but when a department store Santa convinces her otherwise 3:00 The Queen In the wake of a national tragedy, the prime minister and royal family find themselves quietly at odds. 4:55 Countrywise at Christmas 5:55 The Santa Files with John Sergeant 6:50 ITV News & Weather 7:00 Emmerdale On the eve of the wedding Chas continues to have cold feet. Hazel looks forward to bringing Jackson home for Christmas. Pollard is unnerved by a voice from the past. 7:30 Coronation Street Christmas Eve arrives and families prepare to remember those they have lost. Steve is under pressure as he tries to solve his financial problems. 8:00 You’ve Been Framed! Christmas Special 8:30 Coronation Street Emotions run high as a fight breaks out in the Rovers. Burdened with guilt, Gary finally snaps. 9:00 Paul O’Grady’s Christmas Dropping in for some seasonal fun is the divine Bette Midler, who will be chatting and performing. Plus homegrown legend Cilla Black joins Paul for a special routine. 10:00 ITV News & Weather 10:15 The Holiday Two single women on opposite sides of the Atlantic who, depressed at their love lives in the run-up to Christmas, agree to swap houses for the season. 12:45 Christmas Tales

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25th December - 8.00pm All Star Family Fortunes

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Barclays Premier League Preview 6:30 Take it Like a Fan 7:00 Gillette Soccer Special 9:00 Barclays Premier League Preview 9:30 Take it Like a Fan 10:00 Soccer A.M. 12:00 Gillette Soccer Special 2:00 Netcrackers At this festive time and as 2010 draws to a close, here is a look at some of the best goals. 2:30 Take it Like a Fan 3:00 Soccer A.M. 5:00 Netcrackers 5:30 Take it Like a Fan 6:00 Gillette Soccer Special Christmas special: the experts test their coaching skills. 8:00 Take it Like a Fan 8:30 Netcrackers 9:00 Monty’s Ryder Cup A sit down interview with Colin Montgomerie. 10:30 Ashes Cricket Australia versus England on day one of the fourth Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground.



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26th December - 5.10pm Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Film adaptation of the hit Lloyd-Webber stage musical based on the Old Testament story of Joseph starring Donny Osmond


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Breakfast CBeebies Panto Grandpa in My Pocket - A Christmas Special Who Framed Roger Rabbit? BBC News Spy Kids The Ant Bully Over the Hedge Computer-animated animal caper. Enchanted Fantasy adventure, combining live action and animation, about a genuine fairytale princess lost in Manhattan. BBC News BBC London News Songs of Praise Nigel Slater’s Christmas Suppers Countryfile Antiques Roadshow EastEnders Janine recovers from the dramatic events of Christmas Day while the Square deals with the fallout from Stacey’s departure. Pat struggles to come to terms with an awful truth, and has Kat’s Christmas wish finally come true? Bianca and Phil form an uneasy alliance in order to trap Connor, and Dot hosts a Boxing Day party. Upstairs, Downstairs Revival of the iconic period drama series. Sir Hallam Holland and his beautiful wife Lady Agnes inherit a dilapidated 165 Eaton Place, and set about restoring the house to its full glory. BBC News Match of the Day Gary Lineker introduces highlights from a packed day of Barclays Premier League action. Manchester United play host to Sunderland, and Manchester City travel to St James’s Park hoping to complete a league double over Newcastle, while Blackpool welcome Liverpool to Bloomfield Road for the first time in 40 years. The Football League Show




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Lesley and Steve at the Cosy Corner, El Trebol, Costa del Silencio, welcome everyone to the family fun day on Sunday 26th December - Boxing Day - in aid of ‘Help for Heroes’.

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/ Monday 27/12/10 BBC1 / Soap

27th December - 8.00pm Eastenders

Kat is horrified to witness Jean’s downward spiral as she struggles to cope without Stacey

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One Tree Hill World Sport Audi Med Cup Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier According to Jim Friends Ugly Betty Friends The Simpsons Ugly Betty The Simpsons Benji: The Hunted Ladyhawke Deal or No Deal Celebrity Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Jasmine is furious when Heidi refuses to tell Silas the truth about Jason but when she decides to tell him herself, she’s hurt by his response. Channel 4 News Porridge Cell-mates Fletch and Godber find themselves on the wrong side of the bars when they’re inadvertently bundled out of Slade Prison during someone else’s escape. Lee Evans: Access All Arenas Access All Arenas features all of the hilarious moments taken from the Lee Evans Arena Tours including: Wired and Wonderful - Live at Wembley, The XL Tour 2005 and Big - Live at The 02 all introduced by the great man himself. Lee Evans: Up Close Fellow comedian Phill Jupitus chats to Lee Evans about his remarkable career and sheds light on how he prepares for his big arena shows. Produced and directed by: Anthony Caveney. There’s Something About Mary Hilarious slapstick comedy about a man so tormented by memories of a missed high school date with a beautiful girl that he hires a detective to trace her several years later


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6:00 Ashes Cricket 8:00 Cricket 11:00 Soccer Extra Bank Holiday Special 1:00 World Championship Darts Day nine of the World Darts Championship from Alexandra Palace in London. 5:00 Super League Super Tries A look back at a thrilling Super League XV season. 5:30 Goles y Goles y Goles 6:00 Ashes Highlights Australia versus England on day two of the fourth Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground. 7:00 Ford Monday Night Football Arsenal v Chelsea in a massive clash at the Emirates Stadium. 10:30 SPL Round-Up All the goals from this weekend’s Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League fixtures. 11:00 Ashes Cricket Australia versus England on day three of the fourth Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground.



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28th December - 8.00pm Smile: This Was Candid Camera

One-hour special marking the 50th anniversary of the first screening on ITV of Candid Camera


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Breakfast The Sarah Jane Adventures The Slammer Spy Kids 3: Game Over Peter Pan II: Return to Neverland Just William BBC News at One BBC London News Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out Doctor Who Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind Chicken Run Final Score Countryfile Winter Special BBC News BBC London News Celebrity Mastermind EastEnders A broken Jean makes a painful decision as she finally surrenders to her demons. Meanwhile, Kat’s delight soon turns to anger when things take longer than expected, and Carol’s best intentions backfire when Tiffany receives a shock. Holby City Connie faces tough choices when her dad is rushed into Holby on Christmas Day and she is brought face-to-face with consequences of the cuts. Upstairs, Downstairs BBC News at Ten BBC London News Live at the Apollo Stephen K Amos presents an evening of stand-up comedy in front of a 3,500-strong audience at the Hammersmith Apollo, with special guest appearances from the brilliant Jon Richardson and London’s very own Micky Flanagan Blades of Glory The uncouth rivalry between two very different figure skaters gets them both banned from competing, and for three years they both languish in dull day jobs Weatherview




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Breakfast The Sarah Jane Adventures Ooglies A Goofy Movie Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Just William BBC News BBC London News Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave Doctor Who Flushed Away Animated adventure. Pet rat Rodney, evicted from his lavish but lonely lifestyle, finds himself in a rodent city in the sewers, where adventurous Rita is doing battle with minions of the villainous Toad. Mary Poppins Disney’s musical fantasy, combining live-action with animation, about a highly unorthodox nanny who takes a job with a family in London. BBC News BBC London News Celebrity Mastermind Dig 1940 Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice Rock and Chips It is Christmas, 1960, and Cupid’s little arrows are flying through the wintery skies over Peckham. Fred is in love with his new charlady; Joan is in love with her new baby, Rodney; and Del is about to get engaged three times in the same week. BBC News at Ten BBC London News BBC Weather The National Lottery Wednesday Night Draws Match of the Day Gary Lineker presents highlights from the Barclays Premier League, as Chelsea welcome Bolton to Stamford Bridge, a side they have taken maximum points against in each of the last two seasons. Hard Rain Weatherview

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Planet Cook Wilde Stories Yo Gabba Gabba! Everybody Loves Raymond 7:30 Frasier 7:55 According to Jim 8:25 Friends 8:55 The Hollyoaks Music Show 9:25 T4 Movie Special 10:00 Friends 10:25 The Simpsons 11:00 Glee 11:55 An American Tail 1:25 River Cottage Bites 1:35 Zulu Based on an actual historic event, this is the story of a small group of British soldiers stationed at Rorke’s Drift in Africa who are forced to defend their tiny outpost against an attack by powerful Zulu warriors. 4:10 Deal or No Deal 5:00 Come Dine with Me 6:00 The Simpsons 6:30 Hollyoaks Anita tries to show Bart how Jasmine feels by putting make-up on him. 7:00 Channel 4 News 7:10 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt return as Tom and Kate Baker, parents to 12 kids, in Adam Shankman’s sequel to the comedy hit. 9:00 The House That Made Me Famous figures take an emotional trip back to meticulous recreations of the homes they were brought up in, exploring how their past shaped who they are today. 10:00 Peep Show 10:30p Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights 11:00 11:05 Jason Manford: Live Renowned for cheeky storytelling, Jason employs his acute observational humour to talk his audience through the rules of driving, urinal etiquette and the lies that dads tell.


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Ashes Cricket Australia versus England on day four of the fourth Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground. 8:00 Cricket 1:00 World Championship Darts 5:00 Ashes Highlights 6:00 Super League Super Tries A look back at a thrilling Super League XV season, with all the best tries from the campaign. 6:30 Goles y Goles y Goles Guillem Ballague looks back at the current La Liga season. 7:00 Netbusters 7:30 Ford Football Special Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield. 10:00 Ford Football Special Chelsea v Bolton plus Wigan v Arsenal. 11:00 Ashes Cricket Australia versus England on day five of the fourth Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground.


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Breakfast The Sarah Jane Adventures The Slammer Antz Bridge to Terabithia Just William BBC News BBC London News Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers Doctor Who 102 Dalmatians After a spot of therapy Cruella De Vil is released from prison a changed woman. Devoted to dogs and good causes, she is delighted that Chloe, her parole officer, has a dalmatian family and connections with a dog charity. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Family adventure based on the darkly comic stories of Lemony Snicket, the pseudonymous children’s author. Three orphaned children are passed from one eccentric guardian to another following their parents’ mysterious demise, with the conniving Count Olaf, a distant cousin, taking a keen interest in their welfare BBC News BBC London News Celebrity Mastermind EastEnders Carol continues to follow her heart, unaware that Whitney’s happiness is on the line. Meanwhile, the Brannings and the Slaters rejoice as both Ronnie and Kat meet their longawaited arrivals. DIY SOS Toast BBC News BBC London News Sport Relief 2010 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Skiing Weatherview




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Wilde Stories Yo Gabba Gabba! Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier According to Jim Friends Top 20 Friends The Simpsons Glee Inspector Gadget It’s the comedy with a thousand moving parts, the story of the crazy, crackpot crime fighter who’s not so much a detective, more a toolbox! Wowser, you’ll thrill to the tall tale of a naïve and inept security guard who dreams of becoming the world’s greatest law enforcement officer. River Cottage Bites True Grit John Wayne won his only Oscar for his portrayal of the one-eyed whiskyloving Marshall Reuben J ‘Rooster’ Cogburn in Henry Hathaway’s classic muscular western. Deal or No Deal Celebrity Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Kathleen locks Myra and Mercedes upstairs while her ‘priest’ friend Lenny conducts Angel’s christening to officially name her Kathleen. Channel 4 News Kirstie and Phil’s Embarrassing Bits Location, Location, Location Phil and Kirstie’s Homes for Heroes Bill Bailey: Tinselworm Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights The fifth show in the first solo series from the Glaswegian comic.


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Letters & pastimes


Walk for life Dear Editor


an I just use your paper to say to the or ganisers of the Cancer Walk for Life, well done all of you. I was there with my friends, and we have all taken part in various walks over the years – mostly protest marches in fact. This was so different. We were thrilled to be part of such a large crowd of people who weren’t griping about anything, were not yelling at anyone in particular, and despite the fact that cancer is such a devastating illness in its worst form, this was a very happy bunch. People were joking and laughing, all happy to be there, delighted with their balloon, hat, t-shirt, and the great entertainment at either end. And well done those who organised free bottles of water for all the walkers too. Well done, give yourselves a

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pink pat on the back. E. Gregg

Do they know it’s Christmas time…?

have made any kind of seasonal effort. I do remember in years gone by that the towns and villages would also be decorated adding to the festival feeling which we love at this time of year, no matter where we are. So come on Adeje council, readjust your electricity budget for next year and give us a bit more Christmas cheer. Yours in tinsel Mr G. Keary

Dear Editor


aving chosen Tenerife for my winter break year after year I have to say that this year I’m rather disappointed at the lack of Christmas lights on the streets of the outer areas of Adeje. While I did have occasion to drive through the town itself last week, and thought the decoration and figures at the main roundabout as you enter the town were very nice indeed, in the outlying areas there is little to show that the council

I’m coming to town

and lights out. And let me reassure those that are a bit concerned, even if you are here on holidays I know where to find you and where to leave your presents. By the way, as I’m driving I won’t be drinking on the 24th, so a nice glass of juice, or an alcohol-free beer would be nice, and of course something to nibble. Rudolph likes carrots or something sweet, though not too many chocolates or we’ll never get off the ground. As you’ll all be asleep when I drop in, can I take this opportunity to wish you all the best and take care. Mr S. Claus

Dear Editor


an I use the pages of your fine newspaper to remind all good little boys and girls that on Christmas Eve I expect them to be in bed early



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Katy column

Hello everyone,

I’dliketowishyouallaveryHappyChristmas, and hope that you get the present you’d most enjoy and had wanted Of course, not everyone is that lucky. Last Christmas, my brother Rod told me about his exploits at Sunderland Football Club. Rod and his pal John were fortunate enough to have a season ticket to watch Sunderland. But they couldn’t help noticing that there was always a spare seat (B14) next to them, and thought it was a shame as they had a friend who would love to buy a season ticket, especially if all three could have seats together. One half-time Rod went to the ticket office and asked if they could by buy the season ticket for B14. The official said that unfortunately the ticket had been sold. Nevertheless, week after week the seat was still empty. Then on Boxing Day, much to their amazement the seat was occupied for the first time that season. Rod couldn’t resist asking the newcomer, “Where have you been all season?” “Don’t ask”, he said, “my wife bought the season ticket back last summer, and kept it for a surprise present on Christmas morning.” Be careful if you’re cooking this Christmas, and if you get a new appliance, read the instructions before using it. Back in the late 80s, I really wanted a microwave, which I was thrilled to find was under the tree on Christmas morning. All the family had arrived by mid morning, so I had a houseful. We all mucked in merrily together to make the dinner, then my new son in law said he wished we’d bought a Christmas pudding as it was his favourite. I immediately said it would be no bother as I could now use my new microwave. I found most of what I thought I needed in the cupboard, and proceeded to mix up a massive pudding. I even got every member of the family to stir it and make a wish. The turkey was in the oven, the vegetables were prepared, so we all got ready to go to my neighbour’s for a Christmas drink. Before we went, I turned the microwave on

as I knew that Christmas puddings took ages to cook. I also knew microwaves did the job in half the time, so I’d no worries on that score. I knew that by the time we came back, the dinner, apart from the gravy and the veg, would be ready to serve. Supping mulled wine and singing carols, we had a lovely time. A lovely time that is…. until we arrived back in our house. The smell of burning was horrible, and it emanated from the new microwave. Being a dizzy blonde, and being the first one in the family to own a microwave oven, I’d assumed the time would be half that of a regular oven. It wasn’t. It was much, much less, so we had a large cannonball smoking away like one of Guy Fawke’s bombs. Donning oven gloves, we heaved it out, and couldn’t even prod it with a fork. So we threw it out onto the front garden to stop it smoking, and there it sat, like a canon ball door stop, and was a talking point for years to come!!! And a reminder to those of you flying this Christmas, don’t be cheeky to airline staff at the check in desk. One of the staff at Gatwick had a sprig of mistletoe hanging on a hook over the conveyer belt for the cases. And there’s always one wag who’s had a couple of drinks and who has to be cheeky to the girl behind the desk. He made a comment about her having to wait as long for a Christmas kiss as he’d have to wait for the check-in. Quick as a flash, she replied, “That’s not for a kiss for me. That’s for you to kiss your luggage goodbye!” And finally, on a sad note, I have to tell you that I’ve been robbed. I got home to find all the doors and windows wide open, and all the contents gone forever. I reported it to the Guardia de Civil, who said, “Anyone who could steal the entire chocolate contents of an Advent Calendar from a little chub like me should be ashamed of themselves!” Have a wonderful time, and I’ll see you all in the New Year.


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Switch on!


The lights:

The Movie:

Piano and sax

Joe N’Gale, RIP

Los Gigantes December 17th. Deferred switching on of the Santiago Lion’s Tree of Lights in Los Gigantes is now taking place on December 17th. You can sponsor a light for €5, money raised will fund cataract operations in the Third World. Look out for payment points in Los Gigantes, Alcala and Puerto Santiago.

Lions club

Coming to town

San Miguel Lions club and some little helpers held a Christmas Party for local children in the Cosa del Silencio area, at the Beach Bar. With a bouncy castle and special entertainment from Paul Goldney the kids had a great time, and there was a surprise visit from Santa who made sure no-one left without a goody bag. Thanks to all those who helped.

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oe N’Gale, known to thousands of jazz lovers all over Tenerife and beyond, passed away recently. Despite the fact that he had been battling cancer for months, Joe was singing up to the end, and his many fans and friends will be devastated at From the staff at the Molino Blanco restaurants, where Joe worked for many years, we received the following tribute: “A part of your heart

dies when a friend goes. For us at Molino Blanco we have lost a great and lovely friend, someone who was there for us, worked with us, and was much more than just a colleague, and who for Felipe Neri, our boss, shared half his life with him. Joe, on all our behalf, thanks for being a part of our lives. “We send a greeting to heaven, where all the good guys go. We know that you are already making some

great music up there, no doubt in the company of one of our other great friends, The Professor, Robert, who left us a while ago”. Joe’s music and his personality touched so many people in Tenerife over the years his loss will be felt far and wide. We at Island Connections join in the many who are missing him and send our deepest sympathies to his family.

Symphony Orchestra

Parque Jardín Botánico


os Sabendeños, probably the best known and most acclaimed Canarian folk group, will perform in the Parque Jardín Botánico in Adeje on Sunday December 19th at 8pm.

Open air Christmas concert

enerife Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Gospel Choir

December 25th, 10pm, Los Llanos Port, Santa Cruz This annual open air concert is one of the highlights of Christmas in Santa Cruz and it usually televised live on TV Canarias if you can’t make the trip to the capital. Probably could be compared to a Night at the Proms, as the orchestra play a range of favourite songs, medleys, well known classical pieces, and all wreathed in seasonal delights. This year they are joined by the Mississippi Gospel Choir.

One of the most popular concerts of the season


his movie, the third instalment from the children’s series of fantasy, magic and high adventure, is bound to please moviegoers, and the good news is that Aslan the lion is back, roaring once more from the silver screen. The story begins in World War II London, where Lucy and Edmund Pevensie live in their boring uncle’s home. They yearn to escape to see old friends and have a bit of nonworldly adventure. Lucy and Edmund return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace through the portal of an enchanted painting. There, they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Their expeditions to rescue missing lords and collect mystic swords include encounters with dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

Los Sabandeños’ Christmas cracker


Los Sabandeños are much more than a folk group. They were formed over forty years ago, and are more akin to a male vocal choir with musical accompaniment, and also perform many songs from Latin America, and Hispanic sources. Their arrangements and wonderful vocal skills make a Sabandeños concert a treat indeed. This concert is aptly titled ‘From Adeje, Los Sabandeños sing for Christmas’ and, according to mayor Rodríguez Fraga, the hope is that it will become an annual event, “because of who Los Sabandeños are, we want to consolidate this

Los Sabandeños who will perform in Adeje on December 19th

event…and hope that each year this would become a point of reference which will enrich our cultural offering here in the south”. During the day leading up to the concert there will be a La Gomera food fair in the park, with 15 stalls sponsored by the Cabildo. The concert will also see the premiere of a new Christmas carol dedicated to Adeje, written by jour-

nalist Luis Ortega and sung by the junior choir from the Adeje School of Music. At a press conference to announce details, Ortega congratulated Adeje for “continuing to conserve its identity”. He also said that in this time of global economic crisis, where people’s cultural and spiritual dreams as well as their illusions had been sidelined, “holding an event of this

nature was very positive, and was a symbol of hope, which is the primary message of Christmas”. Tickets for the concert, at €15 each, are available from the Adeje Cultural Centre, IKA Garden centres in Cabo Blanco and Adeje. The concert will also be broadcast on Canal 4 TV and Canal 11 in La Palma on December 24th and 25th.

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A pet is for life A present for the future!


Loro Parque

Baby boom

Four young meercats joined the baby boom at the Loro Parque recently. It’s been a busy year for the staff at the island’s most popular animal theme park with successful births of a killer whale, two-toed sloth, clownfish, tamarins, redfoot tortoises and twin jaguars as well as continued success with their breeding programmes for threatened parrot species such as the Spix’s and Lear’s Macaws. These delightful and popular mammals have been a big draw since their introduction in the park, especially for children who relate them to Timon, the meercat so charmingly portrayed by Disney in the film The Lion King. The high birth rate in the multiple species housed at Loro Parque are an excellent indication of the comfort and happiness the animals enjoy in their custom designed quarters with varying ecosystems laid on.

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Live Arico

Christmas Gala Night

ooking after a pet is one of the most educational and rewarding relationships a child or an adult can experience, but it requires time, money and dedication. A pet cannot be pushed onto a back shelf when the novelty wears off, it’s a lifelong commitment. Just like us, animals need regular exercise and whilst a hamster will happily go round and round on its wheel alone, a dog needs the company of its owner for its daily constitutionals. Most pets need regular washing and grooming, some need their habitat cleaned frequently, some leave hairs in the home which can provoke allergies. All animals need daily feeding and fresh water, bowls and bedding have to be cleaned etc. Possibly the highest expense is for the veterinary surgeon, but apart from the normal annual vaccinations and worming, the cost of spaying or castrating an animal has to be taken into consideration, or the possibility of congenital illnesses which would have

Think twice before making a lifetime’s commitment

to be treated for the animal’s lifetime. It is also obligatory in Spain to microchip all dogs and in some boroughs cats and other animals too. Whilst some responsible breeders will provide cheap lodging for ‘their’ offspring during vacations, if they don’t you’ll have to find an alternative or pay for kennels, cattery or whatever. Weekly food bills can be quite high, depending

on the size and type of animal chosen and they also require bedding, toys and grooming equipment. Many animals need to be house trained and dogs especially require much more time for overall training. It is unlikely that a child will have the knowledge to do this and the task would fall on the parents. Year after year, the shelters fill with animals

Pets Portrait

The Live Arico Christmas Gala takes place on Saturday 18th December at Vivo, Playa de las Américas, starting time 8 for 8.30pm. Tickets are €25 per person which buys you a three course meal with half a bottle of wine. Mark from the Wild Boyz will be on stage, joined by guest artists, and two shows from Estrellas Theatre School. The show will be followed by a disco from midnight. Call Suzy Q to reserve your tickets as soon as possible, on 629 388102.

which have been bought with a lot of love but not enough forethought. If you are still determined to go ahead make sure your choice has a clean bill of health from a vet and see it with its mother if possible, or even better go to one of the local homes and make it a double gift by adopting a stray animal and making their Christmas wish come true as well.

Santa’s helper

k9 ::

Can I live with you?

Todd’s Story


ello, my name is however he did not want to Todd and this is my abandon me and found me story. another home to go to. These

I am a five year old pointer. My story starts back in October 2007 when I was lucky enough to be found by a lovely lady and taken to K9 Animal refuge. I was in poor condition and very skinny. But they fed me and took care of my sores, I stayed there until February when I was even luckier, as a lovely man came and took me home to give me a new life. For two years I was very happy, but unfortunately life can be unkind and my owner found it necessary to return to the UK, in April of this year,

new owners were not currently living in Tenerife but were due to arrive in July of this year, so I went to live with a family who worked with K9 and agreed to foster me until my new owners arrived. July and August came and went, finally the new owners arrived but they have a new baby and they already own dogs, and they decided that taking a new dog would not be a good idea. So here I am still with my foster carer and looking for a new home. I am a great family dog, get

on with dogs and cats – well, although I do like to play with cats not all cats like to play with me. I am house trained and obedient (most of the time, I do like to jump into the vegetable patch although I know I am not allowed to). I cannot stay with my fosterer for much longer and will have to go full circle and return back to K9 unless anyone reading this story can give me a home. Pleeeease.. I will love you for ever if you can help me. Let K9 know (kennels 667 638 468).

Woof woof, Todd

Santa’s little helper

“My nose might not be red, I have no antlers and OK, I can’t fly, but I bet my gift carrying talents will see me go down in history! Happy Christmas”

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Seasonal food

Gastronomic promotion


Christmas starters

Taste Spain

Serve in style Glass lazy susan.


t this time of year the cooks amongst us tend to get tied up with thoughts of what to serve for that special meal on Christmas day.

The island’s unique way of promoting its gastronomy has been crucial in their possible inclusion in Saborea España

Tenerife is at the doors of being included in Saborea España, the most important of the gastronomic promotions that the Spanish tourist board coordinate.

Spanish association of resorts for the promotion of gastronomic tourism, Euro-Toques (the European organisation of the best known chefs) and the association of chefs and bakers of Spain (Facyre). It’s the main he Saborea España associa- voice of Spanish gastronomy tion was set up in 2009 and is internationally. The island has made up of four national and in- been knocking on the door of ternational bodies, the Spanish the club for a long time but hotels federation(FEHR), the so far has been unlucky. The


door seemed closed and the list of destinations restricted to Cambrils, Gijón, Lanzarote, Lleida, San Sebastián, Santiago de Compostela and Valladolid. However the association has recently announced the upcoming inclusion of Albacete, Badajoz, Ciudad Real, Valencia and Zaragoza and Tenerife hope to be added too.


aborea España has also confirmed that they expect to have around 30 destinations registered by the end of 2011 and be present in each of the regions. It would be an enormous boost for the wine and food industry here and provide a perfect two-base stopover for gastronomic tourists between Tenerife and Lanzarote. The application has been made through a plan drawn up by the tinerfeñan gastronomy plan, run by Tenerife tourism and we understand that one of the reasons for the island’s possible inclusion is the unique way they are promoting various areas of the island by concentrating on a locally produced agricultural product, getting local restaurants and cultural associations involved and linking it to local traditions. José Manuel Bermúdez, the tourism councillor, affirmed that if accepted, “the island would become one of the most outstanding gastronomic destinations in Spain with all the advantages that supposes.”

Champagne jams Mrs Bridges special preserves.

This simple Spanish dish is made by the sauce, huntsman’s sauce, and our recipe is from a personal friend, Maria Jesus, who had a restaurant in San Vincente de Somosierra for many decades. She has given us many recipes over the years and this one was a particular customer’s favourite with a secret ingredient much sought after by her rivals and never revealed until now. The sauce can be used with all game including venison and wild boar. We chose to use it here as a suggestion for a starter with one quail, but three would be a main course serving, with fresh vegetables and puréed potatoes. Our quails cost €3.48 for four from the frozen food shop, making the total cost of this starter less than €1 per person. Great food doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Pork pie pals

Pickle and chutney sets.

Quails in huntsman’s sauce (Codornices a la cazadora)


• 4 quails • 1 medium onion, chopped • 2 cloves of garlic, whole with skins • 2 bay leaves • Olive oil • 1 level tsp sugar • 25g dark chocolate • One small hot pepper

Seasonal piper


Shortbread tin.

1. Clean and open the quails in half from the underneath so that the wings and drumsticks are on the outside. 2. Barely cover the base of a frying pan with olive oil and fry quails on both sides with the bay leaves, hot pepper and garlic cloves. 3. Set aside when cooked through and browned, remove bay leaves and peel from garlic. 4. Turn down the heat and return garlic to the pan with the onion and sugar, cook gently until soft. 5. Pass through the blender and return to pan and if the sauce looks too thick add a little water. It should be the consistency of a thick creamy soup. 6. Return the quails to the sauce with the chocolate and heat gently to reheat the quails and melt the chocolate. Serve.

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Restaurant Review ::

El Refugio

Food never tasted so good


f you love to go a-wandering along the mountain tracks then you will need somewhere rather special to feed your body and soul during and after said wander. El Refugio, near the village of Ifonche, between Arona and Vilaflor, is just such a place.

Located in an old Canarian farmhouse and in the vicinity of the Roque Imoque, the volcanic mountain top named after a Guanche princess, and the Barranco del Rey, a deep ravine which is turned into a gigantic waterfall when it rains, El Refugio is also at the cross-

roads of many mountain walks and paths. You can find your way to El Refugio from Taucho, Vilaflor, Arona or Adeje, and the road to the Mount Teide national park is also very close by. El Refugio has for thirty years, been feeding people excellent food. This experience is made all the more wonderful by the excellent menu on offer, homemade food that will tantalise your palate and bond with your stomach! Fresh produce is used to produce a selection of local as well as international dishes, and with a highly creative team in the kitchen, your taste buds will be well looked after. Run by Carmen (Austria) and

El Refugio: Fresh Products & Homemade Food La Escalona direction Ifonche Open: Sunday- friday Table Reservations :

922 725 894.

Andreas (Switzerland), the food on offer is as mouthwatering as the views are breathtaking, surrounded, as they are, by local farms not to mention their proximity to Spain’s highest vineyards in Vilaflor. They have recently introduced an excellent tapas special, with a mixed plate (five tapas), served

with Canarian potatoes for just €9.90 per person. Speciality of the house is beef goulash, the beef imported specially from Lleida. From December 18th El Refugio is offering a special Christmas menu. The meal begins with a Prickly Pear Kir accompanying salmon in a dill-mustard sauce. The main course is venison steak with game cream sauce, home made Swiss pasta, red cabbage and cranberries and pears. The menu is €24.50 per person. If you want a special menu prepared or something different just ask to speak with the Chef in advance. You can also seat up to 30 if you are planning a party or event. And you can

even arrange to have El Refugio’s excellent menu served in the comfort of your own home. And with the excellent range of Vilaflor wines on offer, from Spain’s highest vineyards, your repast is complete. The combination of the location, the food and the excellent prices makes this a place worth seeking out. From the TF-1 motorway take the exit for Arona, staying on the main road following the signposts for Teide National park. On reaching La Escalona, turn

left towards Ifonche, and three kilometres further you will see a small sign for El Refugio on the left of the road. You can either park here and stroll a kilometre or so to your final destination or drive if you prefer. Open Sunday to Friday, reservations and more information on 922 725 894.

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Gran Canaria MUSIC December 17 and 18, 8.30 pm, Mestisay, poresenting new album Romántico, with Nancy Vieira (Cabo Verde) and Luis Morera (Canaries). Fundación Mapfre Guanarteme, Arucas

Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas. December 17, 8.30 pm, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria conducted by Pedro Halffter December 18, 9 pm, Christmas with Los Sabandeños December 19, 6.30 pm and December 20, 9 pm, The Glenn Miller Orchestra conducted by Ray McVay December 21, 9 pm, Rosana December 24 and 25, Christmas concerts with Christopher Tainton. Casa de los Músicos, Maspalomas December 27, 8.30 pm, Christmas concert by the Joven Orquesta de Gran Canaria December 28, 29 and 30, 9 pm, Grand New Year Concert with the Strauss Festival Orchestra and ballet December 29 and 30, 8.30 pm, Christmas concert: Voces de mujer and the Gran Canaria Big Band. Teatro Cúyas, Las Palmas December 30, V Festival Gospel 2010: Rainbow Gospel Choir. Costa Melonera, San Bartolomé de Tirajana

SCENIC ARTS Teatro Pérez Galdós, Las Palmas. www.teatrop-

December 17 and 18, 8.30 pm, Ballet Preljocaj – Blancanieves (Snow White) December 27, 28, 29 and 30, Ballet: El Cascanueces (The Nutcracker) by the Ballet Estatal Ucraniano de Harkov January 6 to 21, Chicago, the musical Teatro Cúyas, Las Palmas

December 23 and 26, musical: La lengua del dragón by Clapso Producciones La Aldea de San Nicolas: December 18, 6 pm, Little Red Riding Hood and other Grimm’s tales by Teatro Alegre. Plaza del Pilar, Guanarteme CICCA, Las Palmas: December 21 and 22, 9 pm, El Cascanueces (The Nutcracker) by dance centre Trini Borrull. Entry: €6

EXHIBITIONS To December 17, Alfredo Hierro: Fusion. Casa de la Cultura,

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Santa María de Guía To December 17, 20 Libros, 20 Noviembre, 20 aniversario. Biblioteca Insular, Las Palmas To December 30, Retrospectiva by Robert Capa. CAAM, Las Palmas To December 31, paintings: Trahit sua quemque voluptas by Mátias Sánchez. Galería Manuel Ojeda, Las Palmas To January 10, exhibition by students of the UP de Moya. Casa de la Cultura, Moya To January 11, photographic contest: Islas del Mundo. Gran Canaria Espacio Digital, Las Palmas To January 12, La Caja Chica, animated puppets by Román y Cía To January 16, Pedro Garhel. Retrospectiva. CAAM, Las Palmas To January 21, Negro. African art. Casa África, Las Palmas To February 28, El cerebro, la gran cepa azul. Museo Elder, Las Palmas

OTHER EVENTS To January 8, Nativity scene sculptured in sand. Las Canteras, Las Palmas

SPORT & NATURE Trekking: Local councils in various areas of the island organise guided treks and other open-air activities. For more information, call UPNature, Guanarteme 928 270084 or 928 473265, Arucas 928 621754, Maspalomas 928 764201, Tablero 928 140640, Mogán 928 158805, Aldea de San Nicolás de Tolentino 928.891.252 or www., or Valleseco 928 618740. Archaeology Guided visits to the principal digs in the island: Bentayga (Tejeda), Cenobio de Valerón (Guía) etc. For more information 928 219 229.

MARKETS Arguineguín: Tuesday Gáldar: Thursday Mogán: Sunday Puerto de Mogán: Friday Telde: Saturday Terór: Sunday Vecindario: Monday & Wednesday – all 8am to 2pm. Playa del Inglés: Every day except Sunday, 7.30 to 11.30pm. Las Palmas Rastro: Sunday 8am to 2pm, bus station.

MUSIC & SCENIC ARTS Auditorio de Santa Cruz December 17, 8.30 pm, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. €15 to €30 December 26 to January 2, Chicago (musical). €30 to €50 Teatro Leal, La Laguna Tel: 922 255 141 December 17 and 18, 9 pm, Andrés Molina December 19, 12 noon, 32nd choral concert in aid of Cáritas December 20, 8 pm, Gospel concert by the Mississippi Mass Choir December 23, 6 pm, una entrada, un juguete December 26, 8.30 pm, concert: worldwide Christmas music through the ages December 29, Compañía Entredanza Teatro Guimerá Santa Cruz December 17 and 18, El Pisito ?? Cultural Centre, Los Cristianos: V Festival de Gospel de Canarias Arona 2010: ??? December 19, 9.30 pm, Shine Voices (Tenerife). Entry free December 21, 9.30 pm, Mississippi Mass Choir (USA). Entry by invitation. Collect your invitation from December 13 at the Cultural Centre, Los Cristianos, weekdays 9am to 1pm and 4pm to 9pm until tickets run out Adeje: December 19, 8 pm, Los Sabandeños. Jardín Botánico, August Park, Las Nieves Astoria Bambi Centre, Puerto de la Cruz: December 18, 8.30 pm, jazz: Fran Rodríguez Quartet December 19, 6 pm, clarinet quartet: Di Basetto December 26, 6 pm, Christmas piano concert Espacio Cultural, El Tanque: December 17, 18, 28 and 29, Refinado, la cruda historia. Actors, musicians and dancers present a theatrical presentation of the history of the Santa Cruz refinery

LIONS CLUB EVENTS Arona, Las Galletas, Costa del Silencio: Second Sunday of the month: barbecue with entertainment at Coral Mar Square Last Sunday of the month: buffet and entertainment at Habla Habla, Las Galletas. Cath 629 506 882. The Lions shop in the Apolo

Center is open Mon to Fri 11am to 3pm. The Costa del Silencio shop is open Mon to Fri 11am to 2pm. Donations of clothing, books, bric-a-brac etc welcome. Ken Sadler 670 647 765.

EXHIBITIONS TEA: To January 6, El silencio de los objetos. Sala C To January 31, Si Quebro El Cántaro, focusing on child abuse. Sala A To February 13, El cuerpo inventado. Sala A To October 16 2011, Nessun Dorma by Laura Gherardi Santa Cruz: To January 8, El retrato español en El Prado. Works by Tiziano, Antonio Moro, El Greco, Velázquez, Goya and Soroll among others. Espacio Cultural de CajaCanarias, Santa Cruz To January 11, paintings, Calidoscopio, by Tomas García Mesa. Cabildo Library, Avda Islas Canarias No. 4, Santa Cruz La Laguna: To December 31, La Magía de Miró by Joan Miró. Sala Juan Cas and Fundación Cristino de Vera ??? To January 9, photograph collection, Aqua Seca, by Miguel Ángel Roldán. Sala Mustelier del Patio Canario To January 22, collection: Por eso, y muchas cosas más, ven a Stunt esta Navidad. Galería de Arte Stunt. La Orotava: To January 6, Hipercolectiva. Sala Aperitivos Visuales, La Orotava South, cultural and civic centres: To December 20, paintings: Animalia by Leticia Figueroa. Las Galletas December 21 to January 19, photos: Lenin, resumen de anécdotas 5. Las Galletas To December 21, paintings by Greta Nebel, Los Cristianos December 23 to January 18, paintings by Mary Andreu, Los Cristianos To December 31, digital impressions: Naxos, Capriccio Italiano. Arona Town Hall To January 7, photos: Un viaje en el tiempo. Cabo Blanco To January 12, photos: Entre el ayer y el hoy: una mirada al pasado. Cho-Parque de la Reina

OTHER EVENTS December 19 to 22, 10 am to 10 pm, Craft market. Outside Casa del Mar, Los Cristianos December 24 to January 9, Parque Infantil y Juvenil Tenerife (PIT). Fun and entertainment for all the family with a Wild West theme. Recinto Ferial, Santa Cruz To December 26, Muestra Gastronómica de Güímar. Come and try typical Güímar cuisine To January 5, MerKarte 2010

(art market). Casa Viña Norte, La Laguna To January 10, Isla de Hielo, ice skating rink, Plaza de España, Santa Cruz To April 14, 2011, 8 pm, Canarias Folk Fest Arona. Music and processions, Thursdays: Los Cristianos Paseo Marítimo. Fridays: Las Galletas. Saturdays: Playa de las Américas

SPORT AND NATURE Failte fun walks Stretch your legs every Friday morning with Failte. Meet outside the Hotel Gran Arona in Los Cristianos for a trek over Guaza mountain followed by refreshments. Wear stout shoes, meet friends and get some exercise. New faces always welcome. More information from Tony on 628 689 306. Tourist routes 922 127 938 Every Tuesday: Montes del Agua 1st Saturday of each month: Teide National Park 2nd Saturday: Masca ravine 3rd Saturday: Volcanic tube at Cueva de San Marcos 4th Saturday: Kayak trip off Los Gigantes cliffs, Punta de Teno Kayak routes Tours by kayak for all abilities which may be combined with snorkelling, hiking, climbing or potholing. More info on 922 127 938 or Surfing North: Escuela de Surf y Body Board OAD La Laguna, for those aged 12 years and over. More information on 922 256 244 or South: Escuela Oficial de la Federación Canaria de Surf K16 (Playa de las Américas). Groups or individual training for those aged seven years or over. More information on 922 798 480 or

Hiking Discover Arona More info about trekking routes on 922 725 180 www. All year round, guided walks for groups through the most emblematic buildings of the lovely northern town of Los Silos. Contact Oscar on 922 841 086. Barranco del Infierno (Adeje): Closed for repairs Information on 922 782 885. Guided trails for the general public: The National Park’s interpretation service offers guided tours free of charge. You need to book in advance with the National Park Office (Tel. 922 290 129/922 290 183)

Museums & Theatres Tenerife Auditorium Tenerife www.auditoriodetenerife. com Santa Cruz- Tel.902 317 327 Guimerá Theatre Santa Cruz - Tel.902 364 603 CajaCanarias Cultural Centre Santa Cruz - Tel.922 471 000 Museum of Science & Space La Laguna -Tel.922 315 265 Museum of Nature & Archaeology www. Santa Cruz - Tel.922 535 128 Tenerife History Museum www.museosdetenerife. org La Laguna -Tel.922 825 949/43 Anthropology Museum La Laguna -Tel.922 546 300 Casa Lercaro La Laguna -Tel.922 82 59 49

Gran Canaria Cuyás Theatre Pérez Galdós Theatre

K9 & Friends of the Animals K9 car boot sales • First Sunday of every month / 8am to 12 noon Happy Days, Costa del Silencio. • Second Saturday of every month/ 9am to midday. Nearly new sales, Outside Shimmers Bar, Callao Salvaje • K9 also have a stall on the Playa San Juan market every Wednesday, and Alcalá every Monday, from 9am to 2pm. • For more information call Pat the Cat on 608 121081. The Friends of the Animals car boot sale • Last Sunday of every month at Tipsy Terrace, Los Gigantes from 8am to midday. • They now have a good as new shop next to the Medical Centre in Playa de la Arena, open 10am to 6 weekdays and 10am to 2 Saturdays. • A constant supply of goods is needed. Any full collection boxes, call Hazel on 667 638468 or Pat the Cat on 608 121081. www. Email:





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ver the past year we have spent more time at the Iceland shop than many shoppers.

Santa’s little helpers at Iceland (From front to back, left to right) Santi, Roz, Sarah K, Natz, Julie, Denise, Sam Fran, Kelly, Rachel, Sarah J Lol, Helen, Sandra, Elaine, Toni, Vicky, Sarah W, Sarah C, Jean, Karen W, Steph, Karen M Midge, Oakie, Hayley, Steve, Fiona, Zak, Nuala, Sonic, Griff, Jay, Simon, Paul, Rob

LegalMatters By John Hatrick, Tenerife Solicitors

As part of our job in Island Connections we have been photographing a lot of you who shop in Iceland on a regular basis for our ‘happy shopper’ slot on their advert, and it’s been one of the fun gigs of the year. Why? Because it’s true, you are what it says on the tin. You are all happy shoppers, every one of you. Let’s look at why. When we’ve asked people at the tills of Iceland to tell us why they shop there we’ve heard so many genuine reasons. Big Al from Golf del Sur said he loved the value for money, while Denis and Steve Ashton, who are members of the Lions

Sur said they love being able to get the English products you can’t get anywhere else. Nikki, who is Belgian but lives in Llano del Camello, said that for her Iceland is great for buying for the kids, and Sue Brennan, who is a cake maker, said that Iceland was the place to go for all her baking supplies. Iceland is a bit of a home from home for many ex-pats, stocking all their favourite products, but it’s not just British people who shop there, as the product range is excellent, the prices competitive, the fresh fruit and vegetables are as good as you get anywhere, and the meat cuts are quality and great value.

But there’s one thing that unites all the shoppers, something they are all agreed upon. The thing that makes Iceland really special is the staff. You’d be hard pressed to find a nicer, friendlier bunch of shop workers anywhere. Always with a cheery smile, a helping hand and a genuine ‘thank you’ at the till, it makes shopping at Iceland a real pleasure. So, if we can be so bold, on behalf of all you happy customers, we would like to say thanks to the staff at Iceland and wish them all a very merry and happy Christmas and peaceful new year.

New year’s L resolution – New Year make a Spanish End the year in style Will! Telecommunications

La Muse Vin


: I have been told that my British or Irish Will can validly administer my assets in Tenerife. So why should I make a Spanish Will?


: Whilst a foreign Will can technically administer your Spanish property, the cost and administrative hassle of doing so is generally prohibitive. The first step would be to obtain probate in your home country. This would obviously take some time. Once the Probate Certificate has eventually been obtained, it would then have to be officially translated, notarised, apostiled and brought over to Tenerife, when the beneficiaries could then finally begin the process of applying for Spanish probate. The typical cost of converting the document would be in excess of €500. It is worth noting that whilst one is obtaining foreign probate

and then translating/notarising the documents, it would be impossible to deal with the Spanish property. The beneficiaries would be unable to rent, re-mortgage or sell the property. It is also unlikely that they would be able to renew the insurance on the property. They may even experience difficulties in paying ongoing taxes and utility bills. However, if there is a valid Spanish Will, the applications for probate in both Tenerife and the home countr y can begin simultaneously, thereby speeding up the administrative process in Tenerife by several months or more. It is also worth noting that probate must be applied for in Spain within six months of the death, after which penalties and interest will start to run. Any delay caused by the wait for foreign probate does not create an excuse or exemption to this. When making a Spanish Will, it is also worth noting that Spain will apply the national law of the deceased to his or her testamentary affairs. Hence, an Englishman who has lived

in Spain for many years will still be entitled to leave his property under his Spanish Will in accordance with English law. It is therefore important that the solicitor preparing the Spanish Will has an understanding of the applicable national law and can ensure that the Spanish Will does not clash with or other wise affect an existing Will made in the home country. Tenerife Solicitors offer Spanish Wills at a fixed price of €190 per Will (inclusive of all taxes and Notary’s fees). A discount of €10 per Will is also available where two Wills are completed at the same appointment.

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Why leave your assets and estate to chance? Contact Tenerife Solicitors now on (0034) 922 717845 (or 0871 218 0063 from the U.K.), or you can complete our Will Questionnaire and Application Form at http:// www.tenerifesolicitors. com/spanish-will-formenglish.php Reservations> 922 740 825 Extension 6571 / 636 336 154

M editerranean Restaurant 31st December, 8pm

New Year’s Menu

Dancing and party bags

€95/person, wine included Children’s M enu, €25 (soft drinks free) Marazul Del Sur between Callao Salvaje and Playa San Juan Reservations: 922 740825 ext 6571 or 636 336 154 (Mariela) • FREE PARKING

ooking for a truly wonderful gourmet way to end the year? At La Muse Vin in the Marazul complex between Callao Salvaje and Playa San Juan they are presenting a very special end of year menu, with dancing and party bags for all guests, at €95 per person. Starting at 8pm, they will ser ve Caviar canapés ‘à la Stendhal’ (marinated in champagne and vodka) followed by Fried clams in Chablis with garlic tips, Tiger prawns in a gratinéed béchamel sauce with truffle a la béarnaise and for the main course, roast beef ‘à la Casanova’ (white wine, mustard and morels). This is followed by an excellent cheese board and dessert, a special ‘Heart of the year’ with champagne, and coffee, tea or infusion of your choice. Wines to accompany the meal will be (Red) Côtes du Rhone Comble St. Sauveur 2008, (White) Entre deux mers (Bordelais) and (Rosé) Torrealdea (Rioja). The children’s menu, for just €25 (soft drinks free) is Canapés: quail eggs with Iberian ham, Shrimp cocktail with fresh pineapple, cocktail sauce, and Fillet of beef Escalope Milanaise, Spaghetti Bolognese with the ‘Heart of the year’ for dessert. Reservations, Tel. 922 740 825 Extension 6571 / Tel. 636 336 154, lamusevin.marazul@


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Homestyle Direct

Stock Clearance sale now on! Up to 50% off! W

ith many Items up to 50 per cent off original price, Homestyle Direct is more than worth a visit. Home Style Direct continues to provide fantastic value, choice and style with their huge clearance sale. Every sale item is reduced by up to 50 per cent off the original price. So if the current euro rate is eating into your budget, a visit to Home Style’s ample well-stocked showroom is a must. They are now clearing stock at greatly reduced prices to make way for the brand new 2011 Ranges, which include many new items at lower prices without compromising on quality. With over 20 years in the business they can

offer customers superb quality in home furnishing in different sizes and colours to suit your home and all at incredible

Royal Crown Crow Jewellers


hen you buy jewellery for yourself or for someone special, you want to know that you are buying from a reputable and trustworthy store. At Royal Crown Jewellers, owners Mohan and Nireka, and their staff, pride themselves on an excellent standard of service with that all important personal touch. Mohan tells us that usually, his regular customers turn into friends. So much so that they receive many Christmas cards, and send out over 300 each year to their clients. Mohan and Nireka have already spent 10 successful years at Golf del Sur, earning a reputation with their clients which sees them returning year after year. A unique feature is their visitors’ book, a gift from one of their loyal clients. Many regular customers have left comments in this book which are very reassuring to read. Their testimonies are a credit to

prices. They also have many styles of furniture to choose from, not only from stock, but also in a variety of cata-

logues. Their extensive range includes leather suites, dining room and bedroom furniture and also a range of bedding in

English sizes (feet and inches). Home Style have possibly the biggest choice in UK manufactured divan beds and mattresses and sofa beds in the South. Not only are they available in different sizes, you can also choose the quality (soft, orthopaedic or back-care) plus storage options at low, low prices. And now with the new bed and sofa bed centre opened they will be able to offer over 50 different styles of beds and sofa beds all under one roof! Since opening in Tenerife more than six years ago, Home Style Direct has doubled in size. They are now not only a well established store here in Tenerife, but also have a 20 year highly successful track record behind them in the UK where they carry most items in stock thus reducing delivery times to a minimum. With a one bedroom furniture pack

Royal Crown Jewellers

Special gifts from a special store Mohan, Nireka and their dedicated staff who work hard to ensure that you make the right choice and are totally happy. As well as a fantastic range of fine jewellery to suit every taste and pocket, there are watches from brands such as Gucci, Tissot, Calvin Klein, Guess, Seiko and Rotary, as well as TW Steel oversized watches. You can find elegant costume jewellery at Royal Crown too, including the well known Swarovski Crystal brand. While we were there, a particularly attractive range of delicate ankle chains arrived, and priced from €10, this would make a wonderful inexpensive Christmas gift for a special lady. An amazing range of colourful Guess handbags, purses and belts are always in stock, and the current offer is 30 per cent off all bags and accessories during the Christmas season. Offers apply to jewellery too, with 50 per cent off all gold and diamond jewellery, 30 per cent off silver and 10 per cent off Majorica pearls.

Royal Crown Jewellers stock the Oliver Weber jewellery collection and a new range of Italian silver jewellery in the Ti Sento Milano range, both of which include Swarovski Crystal, as well as the Italian Morellato range. If you are seeking a gift other than jewellery, then take a look at the wide selection of Nao porcelain figures, which includes the Disney collection. Royal Crown also offer a repair service for watches and

jewellery and can custom design a piece for you or that special person to treasure. Pop in and look around, you will be under no pressure to buy, but we are sure that you will not walk away empty handed. There are gift items to suit every pocket, from €10, and each will be Christmas wrapped for you if you wish. A perfect solution if you have left things to the last minute! You can find Royal Crown Jewellers at Edificio Ocean

Golf, Calle Galván Bello, Golf del Sur. The store is easy to find, just follow the one way system and you will see Royal Crown Jewellers on your left just after the turn-off for Santa Barbara. Their opening hours for the remainder of December and until January 5th are from 10am to 9pm including Sundays (Christmas Eve 10am to 8pm), or you can contact them on 922 737130.

C.Ten Bel, Polígono Industrial, Manzana 35º, Las Chafiras, San Miguel de Abona, Tenerife Tel.: 922 736 849 now starting at €2,995 there has never been a better time to refurbish your apartment or turn your new house into your dream home. The pack includes two sofas, dining set, beds, coffee table and lamp table set, TV unit, kitchenware, mirrors, pictures, lamps, bedding and curtains, plus much more. This special offer includes free local delivery and assembly. You also have the option of changing anything within the pack to meet your individual requirements and tastes. The in-store stock is constantly being updated so whether you need just one piece of furniture or to furnish a full house Home Style have the facilities to meet your needs. So if your New Year resolution is to freshen up your home be sure to visit Homestyle’s vast showrooms in Las Chafiras.

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Island Connections Media Group Karen Swift -

Classifieds Manager

Contact numbers

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El Hierro:

Monday to Friday: 8am to 3pm 922 550 302

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Games played in organised over 35 years of age league every Monday and Tuesday evening

The Sports Megastore 8.000m2 Motorway Santa Cruz - La Laguna, Exit “Las Chumberas”. La Laguna, Tenerife. Tel: 922 62 79 00

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Is your computer running too slow? Do you need to install new software or hardware? Have you accidentally downloaded a virus? Has your computer just decided to give up the ghost? Do you need to upgrade your computer?

Tel. 699 626 686 • Email:


Classifieds / motoring / contacts


Contacts  Danna, new, Cristianos, two friends, beautiful, sexy, erotic massage, discreet, apartment, 634 273126 / 664 077390  Las Americas, professional massage without clothes, artistic, relaxing, stress relief, spor t massage, erotic and more…harmonise your body, heart and mind. Natural and clean, magic hands, escort, 627 114090  Attractive professional Masseuse!! Experience, relax. Sensitive and Tantric massage in one. The body and mind coming together with my special sensitive hands. 634 166295  English model, showgirl, professional striptease, quality service, general entertainment, stag night, dominatrix, fetish, luxur y conditions, visits 24 hours, 697 227139 / 803 520060  Polish very beautiful, blonde girl, slim Barbie, blue eyes, all services, lesbian too, private apartment, hotel visits, 672 845107  Massage. Centro oasis del Tantra. Relaxing massage, Sensitive, Thai, Tantricos, final enjoyment. Professional masseuse. Tlf. 922719267 / 671206324. Puerto Colón Playa de Las Américas.www.  Cristianos, 2 friends, dark and blonde, French, Greek, various massages, ½ hour 60 euros, one hour 120 euros, Avda Amsterdam, Valdes Center, in front of the bus station, 07002300 hours, 922 797684 / 637 118298  Las Américas, erotic and Thai massage, relaxing, large breasts, nice skin, green eyes, small waist, round bottom, fantasies, fetishes, very willing, only for wealthy gentlemen, maximum discretion, hotels and homes, private apartment, 636 228811  Las Américas, dominant maid, fetishes, sado, submissive males, obedience, 24 hour service, vibrators, whips, sado light/medium-strong, 1.80, large breasts, do you want to be my slave, hotels and homes, 619 854 397  Cristianos, 50 euros, sweet beautiful sexy lady, nice body, big breasts, erotic massage, other services, discreet apartment, home and hotel visits, 630 723353  Sexy Italian young lady, slim, attractive, ver y passionate, big breasts, call me.. hotel and apar tment visits, good English spoken, 00 34 671868681  Cristianos, Erika, Brazilian, attractive, complete natural French, Greek, massage, vibrators, all services, apartments Funchal in front of Aguamar, 622 333292

 Las Verónicas, ladies, Latin sexy, young, complete services, relaxing massage, kisses, home and hotel visits, 24 hours, 676 118108  Cristianos, 50 euros, sweet beautiful sexy lady, nice body, big breasts, erotic massage, other services, discreet apartment, home and hotel visits, 630 723353  Sexy Italian young lady, slim, attractive, ver y passionate, big breasts, call me.. hotel and apar tment visits, good English spoken, 00 34 671868681  Cristianos, Erika, Brazilian, attractive, complete natural French, Greek, massage, vibrators, all services, apartments Funchal in front of Aguamar, 622 333292  Las Verónicas, ladies, Latin sexy, young, complete services, relaxing massage, kisses, home and hotel visits, 24 hours, 676 118108  Las Verónicas, transsexual, 160 breasts, round bottom, Greek, massages, natural French, hotel and home visits, 676 118108 / 677 161914  Las Verónicas, Transvesti, Riama Michelly, 20 years. Blonde, sexy, 140 breasts, nice bottom,, active / passive, home and hotels, 676 118108 / 646 401873  Las Américas, Las Verónicas, near Hotel Gala, relaxing house, best escor ts in Tenerife, blonde, dusky, young, complete, sexy, all services, 24 hours, ladies, transvestites, beauties, feminine, young, free drink, 676 118108 / 634305680, 24 hours  Lady, 19 years, Thai, natural breasts, exper t in massages, French, kisses, couples, visiting, 676 118108 / 634305680  Tenerife South, Top Class Escort Service, visiting your hotel or apar tment, prices start from 50 euros male. Attractive female blonde 100 euros, ex-model call 0044 7837941327, leave your name and number we will call you back in 10 minutes. 11.00am-2am Also attractive English female staff wanted

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Cars For Sale:


Motoring Motorbikes :  Yamaha 250cc. Horsepower: 24HP. 10000 kms. Price: 2900€. Tel: 676459081  Ducati 750 SS 750cc. Year: 2000. 42000 kms. Price: 2000€. Tel: 600684726  Suzuki SV 650 650cc. Horsepower: 72HP. 38000 kms. Price: 4000€. Tel: 666774872  Honda CBR 125 125cc. Horsepower: 13HP. Year: 2005. 10000 kms. Price: 1500€. Tel: 620975519  Aprilia SR 74cc. Year: 1996. 5000 kms. Tel: 669767565  Suzuki LTR 450 Quad 450cc. Year: 2007 Price: 4500€. Tel: 619648116

 Fiat Dobló Panoramic 2002, 230,000 km. €350ono. Failed ITV. New tyres, brake pads, electric windows. Selling for spares. 660731913  Ford Fiesta 1.4 l, Air Con., CD, Radio with Bluetooth, Year 2005, ITV 06.11, Price € 4500, Tel. 630 531 568  BMW 740i (E38), 1997, Spanish plates, 8 cylinder engine, 296 HP, fully equipped with television, GPS navigation, on-board computer, BMW telephone, satellite, steering wheel, electric windows and mirrors, heated electrical front seats, remote control, BMW alarm system, good condition, 1 year ITV, €5,000. 922 749 660 or 606 635 630

Pick-up, Nissan Navara, blue/silver 150,000kl, 99, new i t v, 4 new tyres, 2-5 diesel, very economical, €6900. Tel 636025160 The family friendly car hire company

TOP CLASS PAINTER/DECORATOR Façade renovation Painting and plastering Wood and metal protection Flat roof sealing Stucco Veneziano

Dieter Zwick • Tel. 616 663 575


922 33 41 13

pa s Aqualux S Stockist of luxury spas, saunas and pool accessories Tf. 922 736 944 • 619 781 924 Email

Call in for our Special Autumn Offers

FREE, no obligation survey & quotation

Polígono Industrial Las Chafiras III, C. Caracas Nave 4 - 38639 S. Miguel de Abona · Tenerife Tel: +34 922 736738 Fax: +34 922 735 123 Email: · web:

Canaries & British Aluminium Systems S.L. A British owned company - Established in Tenerife 1992 VISIT OUR COMPREHENSIVE SHOWROOM "See the best display in Tenerife" We manufacture, supply and fit: All types of doors and window systems, insect screens, mirrored wardrobes, balcony screens and partitions. All types and sizes of gates, electric, manual and telephone entry etc. Garage doors, louvered shutters, fixed or adjustable louvers, pergolas, balustrades, cupboards, roofing, mobile roofs (manual or electric),extensions, conservatories, shower screens and cubicles, tiling, building. All types of glass mirrors. Security shutters, high security locks and glass. Take advantage of our free security survey.

Family company 27 years on Tenerife



We guarantee:

· A reliable and friendly service · Fully comprehensive insurance, no extras · Free child seats, GPS (3 Euros a day) Special offer: · Special long term rates Citroen C1 7 days only €134, VIP hire car service · all included

Handicapped accesible living Recover your mobility within your home!

Tel. 922 81 50 54

Fittings of stair, wheelchair and small house lifts 25 years of experience in Tenerife

Hotel drop off and collection Airport service, street maps, tour information Voucher for free entrance into theme parks

 Contact Polish blonde girl, green eyes, sexy, erotic massage, escort service, hotel visits 24 hours, private apartment also a possibility. Tel: 685571624, Rebeca

Tel: +34 922.740.742 ·

Mon-Fri, 8.30am – 12 midday, 5pm – 7pm / Sat 8.30am – 12 midday / Sun 10am – 12 midday

NEW BEETLE 2004 TDI (TURBO DIESEL) 2000 Limited edition

 Model, Brazilian, 90-60-90, educated, sexy, erotic, bronzed skin, 20 years, all ser vices, home and hotel visits, have a great time, 630 558202

 Call me, beautiful Italian young lady, sexy, slim, fantastic body waiting for you. I love erotic games, escort service, 00 34 671 868 681

General Services

See all the above in our showroom and watch the manufacturing process. WE ONLY SELL WHAT WE MAKE - WE ARE NOT MIDDLE MEN. Directions: With Iceland on your right, take the second turn left after the ITV station and we are on your left behind Autos Tenerife.

Poul's Auto – your car-hire company in South West Tenerife

 Salome, professional massage, a massage couch relaxing with unbelievable ending, Cristianos, 606 509736


NEW - GLASS CURTAINS 'Why spoil the view" *Frameless folding glass doors and windows* Ideal for balcony/terrace enclosures and for existing patio areas

 Los Cristianos, young ladies, like everything, body to body, Greek, various kisses, in front of the bus station, from 60 euros, 610 593030

 24 hours, services for your pleasure, relax, private parties, massage and escort service, all Tiffany, 600 845184, free drink available.


Bluetooth, phone charger, 6 cd reader, car accessories, jump leads, light bulbs, 120,000 km, ITV and up-to-date service (with the approved garage), 4 new Pirelli tyres (2 months old). Always housed in garage, well looked after. Price €10,000 negotiable. Call 670 760 859 or mail

Items For Sale : TECHNICS KEYBOARD, SX-KN600 NX SOUND Complete with stand, stool & case. Also tutorial video & music books. Hardly used – price new 1,400 Sterling. Now €500 complete. Absolute bargain

Tel 922 724 829 or Mobile 626 118 982


Plans & permits included. Long term guarantees on all work.

Kitchen Co. Muebles de Cocina S.L. Mark employs an excellent team of professionals to cover all aspects of building work, inc. kitchen & bathroom design & installation, electrical installations, domotica (intelligent homes), plumbing, aluminium doors & windows, building extensions, painting & decorating, plastering, parquet flooring, etc. Happily living & working in Tenerife Since 1987 For general help & advice, please call Mark on 619 472 458 or 922 089 182 or email

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Classifieds / General services


WE BUY GOLD all kinds of gold


0 2 8 1 €

/ gr.

t a r a C 18

PAWN MIN. €15-17/GR. 18 CARAT

9 carat €8-10/GR.

Tel. +34 922 789 764 686 370 728


WE PAY IN CASH Pawn/reclaim option

--- OFFER ---

200 Euro/Unit for Sovereingn Coins (Sterling 7,98 grams) in good condition!


Situations Vacant

Classifieds deadline

The deadline for edition 633, which is published on 31st December, is Tuesday 21st December at 5pm. No classifieds will be taken after this date.

Job Vacancy in an established waste management and recycling company based in the South of Tenerife. Position available for a marketing professional. Job entails negotiating new contracts with Hotels and catering companies. Must speak Spanish and English and have own transport. Excellent pay structure. Please send CV to:


Promotions company with more than 10 years experience in selling attractive, high quality products in Tenerife markets, 5 star hotels and superstores is looking for open minded full/ part time promoters, who like to present and sell in live promotion. No selling experience is required. Contract + Social Security + fixed salary + commission is guaranteed. Feel free to contact us for further information. Office 922 781548, fax 922 781548, 629 493799

New Year, New Career Even in the current economic climate we need extra help in order to fulfil our customers needs... We require the best in the marketplace. Have you got what it takes? Our media group has traditionally led the field and will continue to do so by hiring the best and remunerating them accordingly.

Edif. Cristian Playa, C/ Amalia Alayón 28, Los Cristianos. In front of CEPSA PETROL STATION, 1st floor above BAZAR BELLO

Advertising Consultants (Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera)

Open: Mon - Fri: 9.30 am - 1.30 pm & 5 pm - 8 pm Saturday: 9.30 am - 1.30 pm

Night Owl (Sales person) (Tenerife)

Michael Rhodes

Do you possess:

Legal Services

Positive attitude and strong character. Self discipline and sales experience. Spanish or German language to negotiation level. Self motivation and team skills. Teachability and 100% integrity. Trustworthiness and references.

British Lawyer Tel. 0034 922 796744 • Mob. 0034 699 755157 C/María Amalia Frias. Edif. Corina, Local 2. Los Cristianos •

If so then you could be what we are looking for. Media experience would be an advantage, but not essential as training will be given.


If you would like to apply for any of the above positions, send your CV, two references, an up-to-date photo and covering letter to • • Fax: 922 79 58 10


Tenerife’s leading Specialist in the Manufacture, Repair and Installation of all types of Awnings, Canopies, Interior and Exterior Blinds. Manual or Electric.


SATTLER the highTEX company


Oasis Lanz Club, Lanzarote




who represent


High Quality Garden and Terrace Furniture, Lighting and Accessories

PRESTIGE SECURITY COMPANY Specialists in the Manufacture, Repair and Installation of all types of Industrial

and Domestic Shutters, Security Grilles, Garage Doors. Electric or Manual. Remote Controlled Systems.

JAC Enterprises SL, Agustin Millares 20, Armeñime 38678, Adeje

Tel/Fax: 922 74 08 88. Mobile: 649 159 155 Showroom open: Monday to Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-1 ·

- a company specialising in traditionally made quality food products - is looking for a professional sales representative. The ideal candidate should speak English and Spanish fluently. An excellent commission based package is offered to the right person. For more details telephone 922 167 044

Our in House Sales Department are looking for Motivated Sales Consultants Experience is not essential as full training will be given. Ideal candidates will be aged between 20 - 55, possess an outgoing personality, and be customer focused, honest and ethical in their approach. Please apply by email to: Martin Bacon (Kipper) martin.bacon@ Or alternatively telephone Martin on 626 834 434

Educator required Full/part time for 3 year old boy. Teaching background is not necessary. South area. 696 713 635 Lin. Send CV to:


Tel. 699 627 211


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Classifieds / General services




General Services

I’m a very hard working lady able to help you with, Cleaning, Baby Sitting, Driving, daily household work, etc.

Every Monday at 8.30pm in the Hotel Gran Tinerfe. All visitors welcome

Call on 603 120028

Conveyancing • Criminal law • Wills Employment law • Family law • Personal injury RESIDENT SPANISH LAWYERS & ENGLISH SOLICITOR

922 719 520 for friendly professional advice Celebrating 25 years of expertise - Residencial Villaflor B20, San Eugenio, Costa Adeje. Email:


Windows Company

Windows • Doors • Shut ters

High quality German UPVC at competitive prices • We also supply & fit all types of aluminium products





Tel/Fax: 922 766 494 • Mobile: 627 511 606 C/Aldaba No. 274, 38652 Chayofa Alto • Arona

5FM • email:



In Adeje, next to the new

922 782 683 -

Windows, Patio Doors, Shutters & Conservatories. Roller Blinds, Mosquito Screens, Security Grills and Garage Doors.

922 721 353 -

Delfin Tenerife expatriates/en




Hardware & Software Sales Full Technical & Maintenance Services

C/ Turquesa, 16 - San Isidro • Tel: 922 783 177 • Fax: 922 783 141 email: •

Hotels, Travel, Holidays, Rent a Car & Excursions

Business Opps :



“The Beauty Secret of the Stars�

Bring the best to your Beauty Salon or Spa‌

Pet Lovers

We have rental property in The Palms and Island Village and welcome you and your small dog for long term contracts.

Call for availability 922 715 030 or Nicola 619 121 058 / Tel. +34 922 104 358 /

Daniela Herzberg & Roger Keller are based in the south-west of Tenerife. They both are certified Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology consultants and Cosmic Healers and work and teach in Tenerife and Germany. Their comprehensive knowledge about Feng Shui, Chinese Astrology and the five elements is a result of their work with Derek Walters, one of the most respected Feng Shui masters in the world. They have published several books about Chinese Astrology and how to increase your health and vitality with the five elements, with recipes from all over the world.

ď š Rat (1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) Utilise this bright achievement wave to get things done, arrange meetings, organise celebrations or discover fresh employment. Plan and shop for the festive season – you won’t regret it.

ď š Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010) Tigers do enjoy expressing their love through generosity, but be prudent with your festive season spending. Concentrate on original and hand crafted gifts, rather than expensive and enormous ones. ď š Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) Follow your Rabbit intuition when it comes to developing a love relationship, entering a new artistic field or progressing with an existing one.


Offering an efficient and professional service for over 15 years. Kitchens, Wardrobes, Pergolas and all purpose made joinery...

By Daniela Herzberg & Roger Keller

ď š Ox (1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) This is the time to step forward, use and express your ideas. It may not be readily apparent but your efforts will be appreciated. You’re building up a tide of excellent fortune for the New Year.

Ventanas Tenesur SL


Chinese Horoscope

OXYjet literally breaths new life into the skin

A Luxurious & Relaxing Experience that really does work The leading Ox ygen Treatment is now available in the Canaries and offers you an Exciting Opportunity to stimulate your business For More Information please call Julie at Oxybeauty Canarias Tel: 627 890 570 Email:

ď š Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) You should adopt any opportunities that arise to make extra money, but make time to socialise too. Be sure not to let awkward individuals stress you out. Ignore them and concentrate on people that matter. ď š Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001) You might experience some drama now. You could be called on to help out, or find yourself dealing with an emergency. Keep your nerve and you’ll win through. ď š Horse (1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002) Focus on family and loved ones. Presents are all very well, but relationships need time and attention if they’re to be maintained and developed. ď š Sheep (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 Partnered Sheep will be empowered to create a closer togetherness with their special person. All Sheep will find new social avenues opening up whilst still being able to enjoy old friends. ď š Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004) Plan for the future, especially if you’re considering moving home, or cementing a loving relationship by making a long-term commitment. ď š Rooster (1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005) It’s a rare person who is as giving, focused and hard working, or who pays as much attention to detail as a Rooster, but team up in this time frame and you could be disappointed. ď š Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006) Before the month’s end, single Dogs will find they’ve attracted some welcome attention. Celestial energies will ensure you’ll be able to evolve your career or current romance. ď š Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007) Single Pigs will find that a newcomer makes quite an impression, and pre-partnered Pigs should endeavour to try to put the romance back into their relationship.

Quiz question Day 17. When

is Nochebuena in Spain and when is Nochevieja? The Chinese solar year starts around February 4. If your birthday is in January or at the beginning of February your Chinese animal sign belongs to the year before. Example 27.1. 1967 still belongs to the year of the horse.

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Property Business Opps :   F a n t a s t i c B u s i n e s s opportunity. Fully equipped Beauty Salon with income from two hairdressers and sunbed room. Move to UK forces sale. €6,000 o.n.o. 666 124 925/922 785476

Wanted :  The island’s premier Cash Buyers of freehold property. We complete within 28 days. No agents, no viewings, no delays. Call (0034) 922 720222 or visit www.tenerifehomebuyers. com  Mature British couple seek reasonably priced 2 bedroom apartment / villa, 4-6 weeks from around mid January 2011. Mobile 07954 314912, tel 0044 1922 85011 email

Rent :  Studios, 1 and 2 bed apartments from 400€ for rent to mature-minded people in Tor viscas Alto. UK TV channels. For details, phone Nadine: 922 715 162  Lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom duplex apartment for rent in Amarilla Bay, Costa del Silencio. Fully furnished, English community TV, three terraces, washing machine, communal pool, 600 euros per month. Minimum six months contract. Tel 659 489690 for more details   D u p l e x L a H i g u e r i t a 95m2. 1 Room. 500€. Phone: 922248514

Quiz question Day 18. The tradition of Advent calendars originated in which country

 Playa Américas, studio for rent, central location, quiet area, close to beach, well furnished and equipped, no finders fees, 390 euros per month, call 922 751113 / 620 230871  Bakery to let. Industrial bakery to let in Las Chafiras, 320 metres, industrial machinery. Bakery is let with a purchase option on the machinery. Call 600352041/667268240  Studio San Fernando 30m2. 360€. Phone: 670242080  Apartment Urb. El Durazno 65m2. 1 Room. 800€. Phone: 922248514  Apartment Las Dehesas 52m2. 2 Rooms. 600€. Phone: 670242080  Terraced house Golf del Sur. 2 Rooms. 700€. Phone: 670242080  Double garage, Victoria Court; Los Cristianos, 14.500 euros, tel 663 571587  Apartment La Quinta 50m2. 1 Room. 500€. Phone: 670242080  Terraced house San Miguel Las Chafiras. 3 Rooms. 790€. Phone: 670242080  Chalet Mesa del Mar 133m2. 2 Rooms. 1050€. Phone: 670242080  Terraced house Durazno 240m2. 3 Rooms. 1200€. Phone: 670242080

Lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom duplex apartment for rent in Amarilla Bay, Costa del Silencio. Fully furnished, English community TV, three terraces, washing machine, communal pool, 550 euros per month plus bills. Minimum six months contract.

Tel 659 489690 for more details.  Terraced House La Montaña 115m2. 3 Rooms. 650€. Phone: 922248514  Apartment La Paz 66m2. 1 Room. 600€. Phone: 670242080

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Sale:  Apartment for sale, 101 Aparthotel Altamira, in excellent condition, one bedroom, fully furnished, American kitchen, near the beach. Tel 0049 92130832

Penthouse Residential Biltmore Las Chafiras 3 bed, 2 bath, fully furnished. Pool, sea and park views. Price €185,000 (valued at €206,247). Private sale, no offers or agents Tel 690 927776

For Sale - Rural house in Aldea Blanca, San Miguel, Tenerife

 Apartment San Fernando 68m2. 2 Rooms. 550€. Phone: 670242080  Studio La Paz 40m2. 390€. Phone: 670242080  Apartment La Paz 40m2. 1 Room. 450€. Phone: 670242080  Apartment El Durazno 60m2. 1 Room. 550€. Phone: 922248514

 Apartment Playa Jardín 55m2. 1 Room. 500€. Phone: 670242080

 Studio San Fernando 35m2. 350€. Phone: 922248514

 Apartment Toscal 90m2. 3 Rooms. 450€. Phone: 922248514

 Apartment San Agustín 70m2. 3 Rooms. 400€. Phone: 922248514

 Apartment Taoro 60m2. 2 Rooms. 550€. Phone: 922248514

 Apartment Puntillo del Sol 64m2. 1 Room. 470€. Phone: 670242080

 Apartment San Vicente 92m2. 3 Rooms. 550€. Phone: 922248514

 Apartment Punta Brava 50m2. 2 Rooms. 500€. Phone: 922248514

FOR RENT, APARTMENT  3 beds, 2 baths, Parque de la Reina, 550 euros per month, excluding water and electricity.  Tel. 639 152766

 Terraced house Durazno 150m2. 3 Rooms. 800€. Phone: 670242080  Apartment Punta Brava 36m2. 1 Room. 450€. Phone: 670242080  Terraced house La Montaña 90m2. 3 Rooms. 600€. Phone: 922248514

El Camisón, 247.56m2, very quiet, close to the park and Hospiten, triplex and private garage with electric doors. Three bedroom with three complete bathrooms. Independent kitchen, dining room with air conditioning, terrace with awning and BBQ. Independent water tank (750 litres). New electrical system. Own satellite system and community TV. Tel: 639 515154

La Duquesa Playa Fañabé

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, front and back garden, community pool. €465,000 Tel. 629 244 958

CHARACTERISTICS Penthouse corner apartment, 60m2, tastefully furnished with two bedrooms, one bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, large terrace 40m2 with stunning views of the sea and Mount Teide. Garage place with direct access to lift.

Contact José Guadalupe Mobile 676 399 652

Iñaky - Tel. 629.24.49.58

New 3 bedroom luxury villa 750,000€ Tel. (0034) 655 914 691 (0034) 922 71 33 56


Playa Fañabé, corner apartment for sale, two bed

Land 400 m 2, built 230 m 2, three bed, two bath, barbecue and wood burning stove, pool, garage for two cars, patio with planters, kitchen with pantry, fireplace, wood fitted ceilings, fitted wardrobes. €398,000.

Urb. La Tagora San Eugenio Alto


Excellently located , near to commercial centres and just 500m from Fañabe beach. Price €235,000.

Urb. Oasis Dakota, Playa Fañabé 3 bed semi detached, toilet, complete bathroom, separate kitchen, totally equipped, furnished, 35m2 terrace, secure access to pool, infant park, good views, beside commercial centres, 800m from Playa Fañabé, community fees 30€/ month, 110,000 € Tel 629 244958

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Port Royale Los Cristianos 2 bedroom apartment

If it's great views that you're after then this lovely 2 bed, 2 bath apartment has some of the best. Great views over Los Cristianos out to sea with La Gomera on the horizon. To be sold furnished & fully fitted, the property consists of an American style open plan kitchen and dining area combined with the large airy & light living room with patio doors leading onto the large 36m2 terrace which enjoys the afternoon sun. Master bedroom is en-suite with patio doors leading out to the terrace and both bedrooms have fitted wardrobes.

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Buenavista del Norte: Traditional onestorey Canarian house with two bedrooms, large garden and fruit trees. Central. Garage. €400 per month. 660 731913

Prices start from €50 Tel. 922 748 116 / 610 629 987 · e-mail ·

The complex benefits from a large communal pool, reception, supermarket and many other amenities within a short walking distance.

Reduced from € 270,000 to € 230,000 for a quick sale. Contact Horizon Property Group on 922 777 652 quoting ref C-1456


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Classifieds / property


GranOasis Resort





Property ď †  R e s t a u r a n t f o r s a l e in centre of Los Gigantes, freehold, owners would like to retire after 20 years, price on application, 922 860723 or 616 960353 ď †â€‰AlcalĂĄ, plot of land, 3000m2, planning permission, breathtaking views, paved access, stone walls, drinking water supply, private sale, â‚Ź109,000. Tel 662401101. ď †â€‰Double garage, Victoria Court; Los Cristianos, 14.500 euros, tel 0044 1869 252265 / 00 44 7802618392 ď †â€‰To sell, precious finca in Los Silos, 3 minutes to main street, building to reform, 150m2, 4500m2 ground divided in terraces with big water tank and irrigation system, tel 670 810247 ď †â€‰Substantially reduced for a quick sale! Spacious apartment in Los Gigantes. â‚Ź 222.222. Attractively furnished (102 sqm), 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, large air conditioned lounge, well equipped, separate kitchen, terrace (43 sqm) overlooking

Los Gigantes, ver y quiet location (cul-de sac), private garage‌ no community fees! Situated in a small residence (only 3 units) in a sought-after area, large terrace offering superb panoramic views over the sea and the cliffs. Contact us to arrange a viewing on 6 9 7 7 9 9 0 2 2 . Grab the opportunity now! ď †â€‰Apartment Playa Jardin 70m2. 3 rooms. 225000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080 ď †â€‰Apartment San Luis 115m2. 3 rooms. 188500â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080 ď †  A p a r t m e n t S a n L u i s 105.51m2. 3 rooms. 176000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Apartment Playa Jardin 50m2. 1 room 260000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Apartment San Antonio 119m2. 3 rooms. 258436â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

3 rooms. 790650â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080


ď †â€‰Terraced house Green Golf 167m2. 3 rooms. 270000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080 ď †â€‰Apartment El Durazno 57m2. 1 room 198000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080 ď †â€‰Apartment Aguagarcia 41m2. 1 room 150000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080 ď †â€‰Apartment Barranco De Ruiz 96m2. 3 rooms. 170000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Apartment San Fernando 50m2. 1 room 149000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080 ď †â€‰Apartment Las Dehesas 78m2. 2 rooms. 305000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Apartment Las Aguas. 3 rooms. 167000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080 ď †  D u p l e x L a s A g u a s. 3 r ooms. 167000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Apartment La Paz 60m2. 1 room 169000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Apartment El Mayorazgo 94m2. 3 rooms. 212000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080 ď †â€‰Apartment Cuesta de La Villa. 2 rooms. 210000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080 ď †â€‰Apartment Puerto Santiago 96m2. 3 rooms. 294500â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Studio La Paz. 129000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080 ď †â€‰Apartment El Tope 58m2. 1 room 196350â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Apartment Las Aguas. 3 rooms. 167000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Chalet El Mayorazgo 321m2. 6 rooms. 890000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Terraced house Tabaiba Alta 186m2. 4 rooms. 355000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Apartment La Quinta. 2 rooms. 183909â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Chalet La Palmita 216m2. 4 rooms. 650000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

Canary Country house El Salto - Granadilla

Beautiful family home on prestigious, residential complex Adeje Park, only 200m from beach. 3 beds, 3 baths, fitted kitchen, A/C, 50m2 garden, private garage. Sold fully furnished. Must be seen. Reduced by â‚Ź60,000 to â‚Ź475,000!! Tel: 649 882366

ď †â€‰Terraced house Cruz Del Teide. 3 rooms. 342577â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Terraced house La Quinta. 3 rooms. 286081â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Apartment La Citrona 128m2. 4 rooms. 252000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Chalet Los Naranjos 225m2. 3 rooms. 499000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Terraced house La Paz 95m2. 2 rooms. 400000â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

Day 19. What is the

country of origin of the ď †  C h a l e t L a P e r d o m a poinsettia? ď †â€‰Chalet El Rincon 160m2. 8 0 m 2 . 2 6 8 8 3 0 â‚Ź . P h o n e :

ď †â€‰Apartment San Luis 120m2. 3 rooms. 192500â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

ď †â€‰Apartment La Zamora 71.38m2. 3 rooms. 147218â‚Ź. Phone: 670242080

Quiz question

325sqm, 15 rooms, indoor pool, car port, extra wooden house (22sqm) in the garden, patio with bar, billiards, TV, washhouse with machine and dryer, 440sqm grounds, perfect for private club or small pension. Tel. (0034) 609 504 380

Opportunity in Torviscas Alto (Playa FaĂąabĂŠ) Apartment, 60m2, one bed, furnished with terrace 8m2, views over the pool and La Gomera. Quiet neighbourhood, near to commercial centres, Playa FaĂąabĂŠ , safe, communal zones. Community pool. Community monthly fee, â‚Ź49. Excellent investment. Price â‚Ź75,000. IĂąaky - Tel. 629.24.49.58



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Quiz question Day 20. Who designed the first Christmas card, in 1843?

The 2010

Dr ivi ng lic enc es

108,000 drivers almost out of points

Toyota Rav 4


ome 108,000 drivers are at the point of losing their driving licences, with three or less points left according to data provided by the DirecciĂłn General de TrĂĄfico (DGT).

RAV4, the Toyota which inspired a whole new market segment for compact recreational SUVs, is proving the master of sustained success with a new-look 2010 model.


s well as benefiting from new styling and higher equipment levels, the line-up has been revised to offer more choice, all with the performance, fuel efficiency and emissions rewards that come with Toyota Optimal Drive. The current 2.2 D-4D diesel engine is featured in a new entry-point model in the range, with two-wheel drive and six-speed manual transmission. And, for the first time, the range-topping 148bhp 2.2 D-4D D-CAT unit is offered in XT-R trim, with six-speed automatic transmis-

sion. The 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol engine with Toyota’s Multidrive S CVT system remains part of the RAV4 portfolio, now exclusively in XT-R specification with all-wheel drive. The 2010 RAV4 has a strong new front-end design, anchored by a new, wider grille with horizontal blades and chrome accents, strengthening the model’s ‘contemporary urban’ style appeal. The grille, a signature feature of the latest Toyota models such as Avensis and Verso, is framed by new-look headlights. These incorporate projector-type low beam lamps, integrated into the new bonnet and front wing design,

emphasising RAV4’s wide track and dynamic appearance. There is also a new, fullwidth, aerodynamically styled front bumper which accentuates the vehicle’s stable stance. The addition of chrome accents to the grille, bonnet molding and fog lamp surrounds reinforces the premium quality of the new design. Two new exterior colours have been added for the new 2010 RAV4: Deep Titanium metallic and White Pearl pearlescent. There is an extra touch of luxury for the RAV4 XT-R AWD models with the introduction of a new leather and

Alcantara upholstery combination as standard, together with heated front seats. In addition, both AWD and 2WD versions ride on new-design 17-inch alloy wheels. The RAV4 SR also benefits from an improved specification with Toyota’s hard disc drive (HDD) satellite navigation system, previously optional and now part of the standard package. This sophisticated navigation technology, which is also optionally available on XT-R models, includes dedicated disc space for owners to set up their own on-board ‘jukebox’ of their favourite audio files. These introductions build on what are already generous

specifications. Highlights of the XT-R grade include cruise control, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, seven airbags, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and rear privacy glass; AWD versions add Intelligent All-wheel Drive and, with automatic and Multidrive S transmission, Downhill assist control (DAC). The RAV4 SR, offered exclusively with the 2.2 D-4D D-CAT engine and six-speed automatic transmission, gains 18-inch dark-finish alloys, smoke-finish headlamps, a reversing camera, Smart Entry and Start and over-fenders. All RAV4 powertrains benefit from Toyota Optimal Drive technologies to deliver an excellent balance of power, fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions. For more information about the 2010 Toyota RAV4, visit your nearest dealer, or

These drivers are to be notified in writing shortly by the DGT of their situation and informed of the alternatives available to them for recovering points. They can attend an awareness course at an authorised driving training centre, which will regain six points, or if they have been driving for two years without committing an offence, they could finish the course with a balance of 12 points. Of the 108,000 drivers involved, 40,538 have three points, 50,807 have two and 16,911 have only one point left. Since the driving licence by points system came into effect in July 2006, 85,381 drivers have lost their licences by running out of points. Additionally, 5,115 drivers have lost their licences twice in a period of less than five years. The overriding message is – drive safely.




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Quiz question Day 21. Who banned Christmas in England between 1647 and 1660?

Boxing By George Reed

The life of ‘Irish’ Micky Ward


any famous film stars have played the part of boxers during the entire history of the silver screen, going way back as far as the silent film days. “Millions and millions of movie fans in the world during the entire history of movieland have cried, suffered, and enjoyed boxing through the performances of some of the most beloved and greatest movie stars in history, filling our hearts with nostalgia and a deep respect and love for this noble sport”, the World Boxing Council acknowledged in 1994. Hooked on boxing as a youngster, I remember going to watch my first boxing film which was Gentleman Jim, with Errol Flynn in the title role of James J. Corbett who took the world heavyweight title from the great bare-fist champion John L. Sullivan on 7 September 1892. It was the first heavyweight championship in which the use of gloves was stipulated. The latest boxing film made in America and due for release in the UK on 4 February is about the life of former light welterweight boxer ‘Irish’ Micky Ward from Lowell, Massachusetts, USA, with Mark Wahlberg playing Ward and Christian Bale in the role of Ward’s older half brother and trainer Dickie Ekland, a fighter himself whose only claim to fame was to have slugged it out with the great ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard in the ring once Ekland went on to fight against drug addiction, and according to press reviews in the States, Bale gives a tremendous performance of the ex-fighter as he goes downhill, a lost cause who becomes skin and bone, yet still gives his brother guidance on fights. The film entitled The fighter should be a real knockout with the subject being Micky Ward, one of the most consistent warrior-like pugilists over the past 20 years. He never held a major world title belt but by the time he was contracted to fight Arturo Gatti in 2002 in the first of a trilogy of hard battles between the two hard men, he had already captured the imagination of the American public with some thrilling wins after showing great heart and desire to win against boxers far superior to him on the technical side. The first fight with Gatti turned out to be one of the greatest and most punishing in living memory, a classic battle with both fighters showing unquestionable spirit and thirst for sheer survival. The ninth round turned out to be one of the most dramatic and brutal rounds of boxing that I’ve ever seen. Both ring warriors were known for providing thrills and blood and guts, but on this occasion they exceeded even themselves. After the gruelling fight which Micky Ward won on points, the fighters embraced, a moment which captured boxing’s uniqueness. The two men had fought hard, inflicting hurt, but in so doing had formed a special bond that only those who have been through it can know: they had survived the ordeal. After the fight they became great friends, and with their wives spent holidays together. However, it was a tragic ending for Arturo Gatti last year when he was found dead in a hotel room in Brazil, having hung himself according to police. Gatti certainly packed a hell of a lot of living into his 37 years on this Earth and like ‘Irish’ Micky Ward, will be remembered in boxing as the ultimate warrior.

Bowling bonus Helping Hands

The Early Birds Bowling Club that plays at Happy Days in Costa del Silencio held a Charity Dinner Dance at Westhaven Bay, Costa del Silencio on Friday 3rd December.

During the evening Alan Hood the Captain of The Early Birds presented €500 to Liz Montague from Helping Hands who will distribute the donation to the Granadilla Children’s Home on the bowler’s behalf. Liz made an emotional and heartfelt acceptance of the money and said it would be used to buy the children Christmas presents and pyjamas which would brighten up their Christmas morning at the home. A further €500 was presented to Bill Jeffries from The Christian Fellowship Church of Costa del Silencio which supports battered wives, helping to relocate and assist them, plus many other people in need of help and support. The money had been raised throughout the year by events and raffles held by the club. There was also a nearest the bottle competition on the

Liz Montague and Alan Hood

night in aid of Cancer Research on the island and this raised €84 which was given to Carole Hart who runs The Swallows which The Early Birds are a part of. The bottle of whisky was kindly donated by Westhaven Bay with the winner generously donating it back to be raffled again at a later date. The Swallows meet at El Tejar, Apollo Center, and Los Cristianos for coffee on a Monday at 11am. Alan Hood said “An excellent night was had by all and many thanks go to Rita and Nele and her staff but especially to the Early Birds members for their kindness and generosity throughout the past year”

Precedents ominous for Mourinho

The not-so-special one

Socas Canarias

Flemings comes good at last U

nder-pressure Rod Flemings produced his best performance of the year so far to help Socas Canarias win a vital home game against Melilla in the LEB basketball league (86-64). The American, who became a father recently, has been under fire virtually from day one for underperforming and had been tipped by some for an early exit at Christmas. With the La Laguna side depleted by the injuries to stars Richi Guillén and Jaime Heras, many feared that big-spending Melilla would leave

the island with an easy win but Flemings came good and netted 26 points, easily his best showing so far. Also outstanding were fellow American Mike Gansey (19 points) and Sudan-born Mac Koswhal (12), who were pivotal in helping the Tenerife outfit to a comfortable win against Melilla. Coach Alejandro Martínez said he hoped the impressive showing by Flemings was the start of even better things to come as the fixture list becomes heavy during December and January.

ACB The repercussions of Barcelona’s thrashing of Real Madrid at the end of last month continue to provide fodder for the sporting media, with several papers looking to the history books for guidance. Among the anecdotes discovered is the finding that only one Real Madrid manager in history has saved his job at the end of a season in which the side was badly beaten by the old enemy. Francisco Bru was in charge back in 1935 when Real were on the end of a similar hiding (5-0) but his contract was renewed for the following season. Ominously for José Mourinho, for whom the Nou Camp humiliation was his worst ever defeat as a manager, his predecessors in recent decades have all parted company with the Bernabéu after losses to Barcelona. Famous names chopped include Gus Hiddink, Jupp Heynckes, Juande Ramos and, last year, Manuel Pellegrini. The most famous dismissal of all was Bernd Schuster, who was sacked on the spot after publicly admitting on the eve of the big game in December 2008 that “Barcelona were impossible to beat”.

Gran Canaria overcome kit problems ACB

side Gran Canaria provided one of the biggest stories of the league so far with an impressive win away to Bilbao despite having to borrow kit and basketball boots for the game. Pedro Martínez’ side managed to get to the Basque Country despite flight disruption but the team luggage went missing in Madrid and had still not arrived at the hotel when the players left for

the stadium. Bilbao not only lent them their change strip but also provided the Canarian side’s players with boots to enable the game to go ahead. The ‘grateful’ visitors, led by Green and Carroll, showed their appreciation by winning 7572 to notch up a vital away victory. The Bilbao players quipped afterwards that “if they had known their loan was going to spur Gran Canaria on they would have had second thoughts”.



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Rolling back the years: So ccer Exper ience I nter national Masters 7’s Tou r nament

Connections 6, who play in the Over 35s league


he Soccer Experience Over 35s league is in full flow once again with some of the players now just recovering from the International tournament hangover.

While the poor weather over the last few weeks has not given us much to shout about, the leading sides in this season’s veterans league have, with goals galore, throughout

the league. This season has seen some of the ‘older’ players within the league roll back the years and they are beginning to find form they never thought would return!

Over 35s league summary: After nearly a season and a half, Shaine’s L.A. Veterans lead the way and still hold their undefeated status but

are finding that all teams this season are trying that bit harder to be the first to finally beat them! The surprise package of the season thus far has to be Scuffy Macs as they hold an undefeated record so far and seem to get stronger with each passing game, making their game against L.A. Veterans hugely important for the outright lead. Both the leaders are closely followed by the ever present Ironcraft who them-

selves have a few new additions and will look to be taking points off the top two in the second round of games. Morfitt Rentals side are pushing for a look-in as they have moved from bottom to fourth in a matter of weeks. Heavy defeats in recent weeks have hit both Cana bar and Tony’s The Pub side but with both teams having a wealth of quality and rather a large amount of experience they will expect to bounce back. New boys Los Chachos are making noises finally, now showing their strengths and moving off the foot of the table for the first time this season, and based on recent performances they will surely be looking to rise even further. Weekly Soccer Experience 7s adult football results, league positions and up and coming fixtures on all the leagues are available on: http://www.

Kids’ league news

de cotta mckenna & santafé English Lawyers and Spanish Abogados

team and new players. The league is for young players from seven years old upwards, and there are already a few teams competing, but two more are needed to ensure lots of good fun and a wee bit of a weekly competitive spirit for the kids. So if you have a group of young players or if your son or daughter is looking to play they can be placed on an existing team or we build a new team with individuals. These league games will be played every Saturday with either a 12.30pm or a 1.30pm kick off. Please get in touch ASAP so your kids can join the football fun!

Adult slot There is only a one hour slot open for one team of adults to play against a team which is looking for an opponent on a Saturday lunchtime, so if you cannot play during the week then this is for you and your friends! There are friendly games available on Saturday

The new Kids’ weekly fun league is looking for a new

La Laguna roundup By Bruce Urquhart


laying the league lead- what bewildering and it was a ers was always going governed game rather than a to be a challenge in managed game. The ultimate

Las Palmas won the league last year and is a very organised and complete team. We, La Laguna, went into the game at home, with a weakened side due to injury and exam commitments. The 35 - 21 score line result is quite flattering for Las Palmas, since we played 30 minutes with 14 men due to yellow cards. Our own high points were due to a well constructed driving maul of some 22 metres when we were at full strength. Hats off to Las Palmas they capitalised on their advantage both in numbers and our errors. Both sides found some of the interpretations of the referee some-

Quiz question Day 22. Which well

known actor died on Christmas Day in 1977?

Quiz question

Day 23. In the TV show The Simpsons, who or what is Santa’s Little Helper?

International League Special

Megabowl Compiled by Doreen Lemm



mornings 11.30 to 12.30 if you and your friends would like a game without committing to any leagues. In the next issue we will be looking back at the Soccer Experience year in Tenerife that is coming to a close! Please contact Soccer Experience if you have any interest in the adult or kids weekly soccer by calling or SMS+34654200470 or email: soccer@soccerexperience. com. More details available on the website:

decision was indeed to send off one of the crowd back towards the stands. I believe the translation was something like, “do you know the rules regarding off side and where is your white stick”, or at least that’s my guess at the translation. Against Nandu we were able to field our first choice pack, only the second time this has happened and I think the 35 - 10 result showed our domination of the game. Nandu were living off scraps of possession and were unable to capitalise on what little they had. Scoring a try immediately after half time showed they are not a side that likes to lose. A few replacements towards the end

of the game led to one score and one disallowed so the fines committee were out in force later on the evening for scoring after two minutes of being on the pitch. As an aside, La Laguna take the opportunity of saying a big thank you for the Family Day, well done Nandu, and we hope they continue to prosper in their community. I know Pablo is unstoppable when it comes to new initiatives in attracting more people into sport, especially Rugby. A hard fought match against Fuerteventura, saw a battle between two determined sides. 15 - 10 was a fair reflection of the considerable effort of both sides, which did more defensively than they did in attack, neither side was in any mood to give any space and some of

the hits were brutal. It was a nail-biting game Fuerteventura scoring a late try and taking the conversion to boot, meant we were in for a very trying last seven minutes. We hung on despite some stupid errors that gave away penalties. However, after turning over possession we kicked deep and in the subsequent ruck were awarded a penalty which was kicked to touch to hear the final whistle. The result makes for an interesting return match in 2011. We go into Christmas with our final game of 2010 away in Lanzarote, who defeated us in the Cup, so it makes for an interesting match. Both sides are close on points and I am sure will provide us with yet another stern test.

Special Day

Game 1

Sue and Bradley = 1164 pins v Ron and Franck = 1208 pins Jacquie and Ivor = 1144 pins v Rafa and Ueli = 1270 pins Miguel and Dave = 1063 pins v José and Avril = 1114 pins

International Thursday Bowling League Week 43

Clivina Beach Club (24) Delfin Computer San Isidro (0) No team (0) Golf Costa Adeje (24) Forfeit Canal Ocio Dayu (18) Megabowl Poppets (6)

Week 44

Clivina Beach Club (12) Megabowl Poppets (12) Canal Ocio Dayu (18) No team (0) Forfeit Golf Costa Adeje (6) Delfin Computer San Isidro (18)

Week 45

Canal Ocio Dayu (24) Clivina Beach Club (0) Delfin Computer San Isidro (24) No team (0) Forfeit Megabowl Poppets (24) Golf Costa Adeje (0)

Final League Standings

1st Clivina Beach Club: Miguel Rodríguez and Ron Howling 2nd Canal Ocio Dayu: Rafa Minaya and José Sobral 3rd Megabowl Poppets: Sue Long and Jacquie Gibb 4th Delfin Computer. Mile Pilipovic and Ueli Salvisberg 5th Golf Costa Adeje: Franck Avrillon and Avril Taylor

Best wishes for a pleasant Christmas and a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2011 to all the bowlers, the owner and staff at MegaBowl. Rack ‘em!

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ISLAND CONNECTIONS :: EDITION 632 :: 17/12/2010 - 31/12/2010

CD Tenerife

By Chris Todd


Guide to Adeje Sports

The third edition of Grada, the Adeje council’s guide to local sports, has just been published. This is becoming an essential part of any family household as it details all the sports that are on offer through the local council, with details of the activities, ages, levels of difficulty, location, and contact and further information details. The guide also pays tribute to those who do take part in sports in the area and encourages everyone to take up some sport, as part of a move towards a healthier lifestyle as well as acting as a record of everyone’s sporting prowess in the year’s gone by.

player out

Vitolo sidelined for whole season

Las Palmas starlet Vitolo’s brilliant start to the second division season has been brought to a painful end by a serious knee injury.

The left winger, a target for considerable attention from bigger clubs since September, damaged cruciate ligaments in his right knee against Rayo Vallecano and required major surgery, which will keep him out for around seven months say club sources. A second opinion by specialists in Barcelona days after the injury confirmed that an operation to repair the ligaments was the only solution, which was subsequently carried out in the Clínica Quirón in Barcelona. The lay-off is a massive blow to the young player, who emerged from the ranks of the junior side in the summer and was an ever present in the starting line-ups in the first three months of the season.


An ill wind…

ue to the air traffic controllers strike on Friday 3rd December, CD Tenerife´s home match against CF Granada was postponed as the team from Andalucia was unable to fly to the Island.


Teams usually travel the day before a match to Tenerife and with air chaos gripping Spain the Granada club asked the Spanish FA for a suspension of the game. The fact that the team were struggling with six players out of action may have meant that they did not try ‘too hard’ to make the trip in my opinion, considering that flights did resume later on in the day. The match has now been rescheduled for Wednesday 26th January at 8.30pm. This will mean that the blanquiazules will play three home league matches in just one week with the Granada game sandwiched in between the big Canarian derby against Las Palmas and the Girona match.

12/12/10 Recreativo de Huelva 3:0 CD Tenerife It is so frustrating being a Tenerife fan at times, some might say all the time! The team travelled to Huelva on the back of two straight wins and there was a distinct air of optimism surrounding the club prior to the match. The Spanish 2nd division is as close as ever and a team that can string a few positive results together will begin to climb the league table with ease. Recreativo have improved themselves recently under their new manager Juan Carlos Rios and had gone eight matches unbeaten, winning their last three home encounters. The blanquiazules were without suspended Ricardo and Natalio for the game but Nino managed to pass a late fitness test. The small group of travelling Tenerife supporters were surprised by

Second Division 13 /12/2010 CLUB 1. Betis 2. Rayo Vallecano 3. Celta 4. Barcelona B 5. Cartagena 6. Xerez 7. Elche 8. Salamanca 9. Granada 10. Valladolid 11. Numancia 12. Las Palmas 13. Villarreal B 14. Girona 15. Recreativo de Huelva 16. Alcorcón 17. Córdoba 18. Huesca 19. Albacete 20. Ponferradina 21. Tenerife 22. Nástic

W 11 10 8 7 7 7 6 7 6 6 6 5 6 4 3 5 3 3 2 3 3 2

Mikel Alonso found the back of the net this season. All twelve Tenerife goals have come from just those three players! Dani scored the second for the home side on the hour mark and the game, bar the shouting, was over. Tenerife attempted to reduce the scoreline in the closing minutes but they were caught on the break and Recreativo added the third with the last kick of the match. A deserved victory which takes Recreativo de Huelva out of the relegation area. CD Tenerife have some tough games ahead with the visit next Saturday of runaway leaders Real Betis. There will certainly be a white-hot the lack of atmosphere before the game outside the Nuevo Colombino Stadium with the local club selling match tickets at just €5 to season ticket holders to try and boost the crowd. Ex-blanquiazul player Alexandro Alfaro (now playing with nearby Sevilla FC) took his place in the stands to cheer along his old companions. Recreativo dominated the early stages although a couple of defensive mistakes almost led to Tenerife taking the lead. Soon after Nino produced a superb long range effort that was tipped over the bar by the Recreativo keeper. As the game progressed the local outfit forced a few half chances and the deadlock was broken with virtually the last kick of the first half. A sweet low cross by Ex-Real Betis player Dani was met perfectly by Pablo Sanchez who, with a bit of fortune, beat Aragoneses in the Tenerife goal. There was a hint of offside but the goal stood. It was a cruel blow for Tenerife

Natalio, one of the few players who is finding the back of the net for the blanquiazules this season

to concede just before the break after a fairly confident first half performance. Worse was to follow in the second half for the blanquiazules as the ‘other Tenerife’ took to the field and it was difficult to imagine this side climbing out of the bottom four with this lack of spirit. Dani Kome and Julio Alvarez came off the bench to try and spur the team into action but to no avail. It is about time that someone apart from Nino, Natalio and


D 3 3 6 5 4 3 6 3 4 4 3 6 3 6 9 3 8 8 8 5 4 6

L F A PTS 2 3 2 4 5 6 4 6 5 6 7 5 7 6 4 8 5 5 6 8 8 8

38 27 28 25 22 24 15 19 29 24 21 25 19 21 16 19 21 12 14 12 12 13

16 15 16 23 19 23 14 19 20 23 21 27 26 21 18 24 23 17 19 27 23 22

36 33 30 26 25 24 24 24 22 22 21 21 21 18 18 18 17 17 14 14 13 12

atmosphere in the Heliodoro Stadium, especially for the return of ex-Las Palmas player Ruben Castro who is not exactly loved on the Island. The blanquiazules usually (and annoyingly) raise their game for the big occasions and it certainly will not be a stroll for Betis despite the gap in the league table. It should be a cracking match. Early in the New Year an away fixture at Valladolid will prove a tough task, although let us face it, every away game is a tough task for this team.

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