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THE TWELVE EVENTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS La Sala Puerto Banus is here to exceed all of your festive expectations leading up to Christmas and this year is no exception.

Check out our action-packed calendar of events, with something for everybody to enjoy. Get looking, booking and let’s celebrate together! 1st

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Official opening of the Sala Ski Lodge with Mulled Wine and a live performance from the Marbella Gospel Choir starting at 7.30pm.

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Jingle Rockin’ Wednesday with Tony Capo & Wall Street Band starting at 8pm.

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Jingle Rockin’ Wednesday with Tony Capo & Wall Street Band starting at 8pm.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town to collect your Christmas lists! Join us in the Live Lounge for plenty of games, singalong stories and prizes between 5-7pm.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town again to The Michael Buble Christmas Show LIVE collect your Christmas lists! Join us in the in our Main Bar & Restaurant. Live Lounge for plenty of games, singalong stories and prizes between 5-7pm.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town one last time to collect your Christmas lists! Join us in the Live Lounge for plenty of games, singalong stories and prizes between 5-7pm.

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The Michael Buble Christmas Show LIVE in our Main Bar & Restaurant.

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Svetlana Stanislav Comedy Show written and performed by British actress Danni Ravden LIVE in our Live Lounge starting at 7.30pm.

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Gather around the Christmas Tree and embrace the most wonderful time of the year together, with a live performance from The Marbella Gospel Choir starting at 7.30pm. Complimentary Mince Pies available, so please arrive early!


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irst things first, our whole team would like to thank each and every one of you for your support this year. Whether you have advertised your business in our pages or merely picked up a copy to read over coffee, we are grateful to you all and hope to enjoy your continued support throughout 2020. This December, we are bringing you a touch of Kylie magic ahead of Miss Minogue’s upcoming Christmas special set to hit our screens later this month. So, to get you in the mood we decided to take a look back at the pop star’s impressive career to date, from Neighbours to number ones and everything in between. As a Christmas treat, we are sharing with you the top 10 Christmas markets in Europe guaranteed to have you singing jingle bells to your heart’s content. From Prague to Strasbourg and Tallinn to Vienna, this is your guide to the best of the best. For your Christmas shopping inspiration, we have put together the ultimate Christmas Gift Guide to help you find the perfect stocking fillers for your loved ones. Browse for gifts For Him, For Her and even For Little Ones with delights such as festive hampers, edible bouquets, organic beard

oil and bibs designed to keep your kiddies mess-free this Christmas! Of course, it’s not all partying, fun and frolics. This month our resident food guru Bettina Campolucci Bordi is sharing with us the story of one of her favourite sustainable and ecofriendly brands, the'artyvegan and with the inevitability that overindulging is part and parcel of Christmas, Holistic Nutritionist and Lifestyle Cleanse Expert, Elissa Goodman is on hand to advise us on the many health benefits of black rice. Why not make it one of your new year’s resolutions to incorporate a little into your diet each week? Talking of food, this month we look at La Sala’s new vegan and vegetarian menu and sample an array of their Beyond Meat dishes. What is Beyond Meat you ask? Turn to page 130 to find out more. Of course, Christmas is party time and what would the festive season be without endless celebrations. Who’s In, Who’s Out captures all the best moments from the month and guarantees you don’t miss out on what’s been going on, along the coast. We hope you enjoy this fabulously festive issue of SOCIETY MARBELLA. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. See you in 2020; it’s going to be bigger, better and more beautiful!

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Who's in Who's out 100 34 The hottest parties and events

Alternative Gifts for Kids

A better way to spoil them this Christmas Image courtesy of: Getty/AFP

Kylie's Secret Night

The Aussie pop princess gets us into the Christmas spirit

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Rudolph the red nosed reindeer The real story of this magical creature

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Christmas Gift Guide

For Him, For Her and For the Little Ones!

Graffiti for good cause Street art creating movements

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Strictly Monkey Business

A stylish, vibrant ... and tasty photoshoot at Monkey Club

Nordic Noelle

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A picture perfect winter wonderland

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Costly Critters

A pulitzer-worthy piece by Ian Greenland

Torque Talk Christmas Markets The top ten across Europe

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Motoring author, racing driver and photo-journalist Ian Kuah reports on the PORSCHE TAYCAN

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Bees in Decline

The risks for agriculture in Europe


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"I wrote lyrics that were intensely personal to me a few years ago. Maybe people know me better now."

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certified pop legend, who could be better to grace the last cover of 2019 than our favourite soap star turned pop icon, Kylie Minogue. This Christmas, Kylie is set to surprise fans with money-can’t-buy gifts in a 90-minute special that will air on Channel 4. The Aussie pop princess will front ‘Kylie’s Secret Night’ which will see unsuspecting Kylie fans treated to extravagant performances, hidden camera clips, gifts and surprise stunts. In one of the most heart-warming moments, the star will surprise a teacher who runs Kylie-themed music classes for adults with learning difficulties, by turning up to a rehearsal. Hosted by Alan Carr the show will be followed by the UK television premiere of her Golden tour which ran for 22-dates across Europe and Australia from September 2018 to March of this year. Talking of the Channel 4 Christmas special Kylie shared, “This was such an incredible show. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It was like time stood still and I was able to hear some amazing fan stories, reminisce and really take stock of the journey we’ve been on together. All in all, a wonderful celebration, and a reminder of what a privilege it is to be able to connect with people over time and borders and to inspire me to do it all again.” So, to prepare for a Kylie Christmas, we decided to take a look back at the pop princess’ two-decade musical career to date and how she has come to amass a reported 13-million-pound fortune.

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Celebrity Spotlight

Born on May 28th, 1968 in Melbourne, Australia, to a Welsh mother and an accountant father, Kylie was the eldest of three children. Her acting career began early when she won the role of Charlene in Neighbours in 1985. She captured the audience with a starcrossed-lovers story line alongside reallife boyfriend Jason Donovan and was catapulted into international fame. Her first UK single, I Should Be So Lucky, entered the charts at number one, followed by a duet with Jason landing the pair the coveted Christmas number one spot in 1988. Media savvy and with a strong work ethic, Kylie saw her career skyrocket across Europe fast becoming a tabloid favourite.

In the early 1990’s Kylie broadened her image appearing with an edgier, raunchier look, which many said was thanks to her then boyfriend, INXS frontman Michael Hutchence who was believed to have been instrumental in Kylie’s metamorphosis into a pop princess. Her third, eponymously titled album received luke-warm reviews, but it didn’t matter, Kylie was hot property and went on to attract many eligible bachelors including Tim Jefferies and filmmaker, Stephane Sednaoui in the subsequent years. Kylie’s fifth studio album, Light Year, boasted success stories such as Spinning Around, which gave the pint-sized pop star her first number one in several years. Then in 2002, the double-platinum album, Fever, featured the hit single, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, which went to number one in multiple countries and broke the US market, opening the singer up to a whole new audience. The release of Body Language extended her renewed popularity and in 2004 she won her first Grammy Award for best dance recording with the single, Come Into My World. In 2005 fans were devastated across the world when Kylie announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer at just 36 years old. She underwent chemotherapy and was able to beat the disease and return to

her career but not without lasting side effects including losing the ability to have children. Kylie returned to touring in late 2006 followed by subsequent albums X in 2007 and Aphrodite in 2010. Within that time Kylie was also awarded with an OBE and was inducted into the Australia Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame. In 2012 Kylie began a year-long celebration for her 25 years in the music industry. This began with the Anti Tour in England and Australia followed by a greatest hits’ compilation album, The Best of Kylie Minogue. The following year Minogue and her long-standing manager, Terry Blamey parted waves before she signed a management deal with Roc Nation and joined The Voice UK alongside will.iam, Kaiser Chief’s Ricky Wilson and Sir Tom Jones. Last April Kylie released the album Golden which debuted at number one in both the UK and Australia. With this feat, she has now reached the coveted position in the UK Album Chart in four

“I'm just a natural flirt, but i don't see it in a sexual way. A lot of the time i'm like an overexcited puppy.” consecutive decades from the 1980’s to 2010’s. This year fans enjoyed another greatest hits compilation Step Back In Time: The Definitive Collection which also reached number one making it her seventh UK album to reach the top spot. In addition, on June 30th, Kylie debuted at Glastonbury Festival, fourteen years after her breast cancer diagnosis forced her to cancel the 2005 headlining slot. Her slot was revealed as the mostwatched set of the BBC coverage and now Kylie is back on our screens this festive season bringing that Christmas cheer and of course a touch of Kylie sparkle… what more could you ask for this Christmas! Don’t miss Kylie’s Secret Night this Christmas on Channel 4.

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he Duchess of Cambridge will reportedly hit our screens later this year in a Christmas cookery special alongside former Great British Bake-Off star, Mary Berry. According to the Mirror they are expected to create a feast to reward charity workers who are on duty over Christmas and New Year. Kate and Berry’s friendship formed thanks to their shared love of charity work.

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OCIETY MARBELLA’s October cover star, Kaia Gerber has found love… or, well at least a new lover. After splitting from Emmy-nominated actress Margaret Qualley, 25-year-old comedian Pete Davidson was spotted dining with Kaia in New York City which ignited rumours before cementing them by holding hands on a grocery store outing. Davidson’s famous exes include Ariana Grande and Kate Beckinsale.

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aris & Prince Jackson are determined to keep their father’s memory alive in subtle but important ways. The duo revealed at a recent event in Paris that they still work with their father’s stylist Rushka Bergman to achieve those flashy styles that Michael was famous for. “I remember Rushka was my dad’s stylist. She would always come in with these large racks... my dad loved shiny things, blingy, you know? So when I came in yesterday to look at the jacket, it was almost nostalgic,” Prince shares. “It was very cool that to see that I am like, not really being put in the same shoes, but almost doing a very similar thing.” He adds that it felt like everything was coming “full circle.”


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apper Kanye West recently took a leaf out of Johnny Cash’s book when he and his choir performed songs from his gospel album, Jesus is King, for two different jail facilities in Houston, Texas. He and his choir performed for more than 200 male inmates at one jail facility before crossing the street to another jail facility and performing for a smaller crowd of female inmates.

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fter 12 years on our screens, Kourtney Kardashian has revealed she’s decided to take a step away from the show that made her famous to spend more time focused on her three kids, Mason, Penelope and Reign. However, fans will be pleased to hear that she won’t be leaving completely, and Season 18 will go ahead as usual. But sister Khloe doesn’t believe Kourtney will be gone for long. “We definitely love Kourtney and we will miss Kourtney and whatever she decides to do, but people come, people go all the time in this family. We feel like it’s a revolving

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ritish actor, Clive Owen is set to play the former president in the upcoming series, Impeachment: American Crime Story. He better start working on his gravelly southern accent as he takes on the role of the 42nd president, Bill Clinton. The show’s third series focuses on Clinton’s 1998 impeachment trial which will no doubt attract comparisons to Trump’s current trial.

door, so Kourtney might leave this week, she’ll be back. They all come back,” she shared.

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t has been revealed Prince Harry joined his wife Meghan at a recent baby playgroup session near their home at Frogmore Cottage. “Archie had a fantastic time. He was crawling around and was particularly taken with two other redhaired babies,” a source revealed. The Duke then was said to have quoted, “gingers stick together.” Well, he would know!

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Harry Styles recently sent his fans into meltdown as he teased the release of his new album after weeks of cryptic social media posts. The former One Direction member took to Twitter to announce his album would be dropping on Friday 13th December via Columbia Records/Erskine Records. The album cover features a photograph of the star wearing a flamboyant pink ruffled plunging Gucci shift and high waisted white flared trousers with gold buttons. The twelve-track album will feature single Lights Up and he plans to celebrate the release with a special event in LA on the launch date; Harry Styles – Fine Line at the Forum – One Night Only.

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Liam Payne’s debut solo album arrives this month. The former One Direction member’s first full-length album will feature all singles released since 2017 including ‘Strip That Down’, ‘Stack It Up’ and ‘For You’ with Rita Ora which previously appeared on the 50 Shades Freed soundtrack. “I’ve had so many amazing experiences over the last few years that I’ve used as inspiration for this record,” Payne wrote in a statement. “It’s been a real labour of love. I’ve worked with some incredibly talented people in the studio to produce an album that truly represents me which I’m very proud of. Your support means the world to me and I can’t wait for you all to hear it.”

Only Kanye would release an album on Christmas Day entitled Jesus is Born. It’s unclear whether the album is going to be another gospel album, Christmasthemed or just whatever Kanye feels like when recording. However, Kanye has previously announced he will only be making gospel music from now

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New York rapper, Ja Rule, has teased the release of his new album for months. We now know 12.Twelve.XII will hit stores on December 12th and will mark the multiplatinum rapper’s first album since Pain is Love 2 in 2012. “It’s about a spiritual journey, shedding your past, transgressions and things and moving forward,” he teased. “I can’t wait to put it out, man. My sound is my sound. Over the course of five, 10 years now we’ve heard growth of that sound in many ways. I think what the new

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on, so with Jesus is Born, he may be living up to that promise but we will all have to wait until the big day itself to see… that is if it’s released on time, and going by Kanye’s previous track record when it comes to release dates, I wouldn’t plan your entire festivities around it!

artists have done is taken that sound that I kind of made cool and popular when I was doing it, they’ve taken it to a whole new level, which gives me the autonomy to go make this album and really go with it no holds barred,” he raved. “Whereas maybe when I was doing it back in the day -- like, I’ve made whole records back in the day where I sang the whole record, but I end up sellin’ ‘em ... because I can’t sing these records. But now I can. Now it’s the norm for a rapper!”


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Crafted from sumptuously full grain Italian calf leather. The soft textured Classic Croc Collection of luxury organisers and small accessories are the epitome of style. Complimented with gold foil details and branded matching hardware, each and every design detail has been considered to create the most luxurious designs. Each item from the collection has been designed to coordinate beautifully and is presented in luxury gift packaging. The perfect present to do your little bit in helping keep the family organised all year round.

Fruit Life Bouquet

Can’t decide between flowers or chocolates? Well now you don’t have to. Fruit Life offers the perfect gift for girlfriends, wives or in fact, anyone you want to treat! Their edible bouquets are beautiful and delicious; the ideal combination! Trust us, you can’t go wrong with this!

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Lapis Lazuli Earrings

These modern and fun chandelier earrings are made of semi-precious gemstones on Vermeil settings. The exclusive design showcases the natural markings of each gemstone at their finest, whilst playfully boasting the bead accents hanging from the golden hoop. If you want to see a smile on your partner’s face, make sure these are under the Christmas tree this year!

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Sophie Allport Woodland Walks Botanical Candle

Made in England from mineral wax blended with a high-quality fragrance, this handmade botanical candle will burn for up to 72 hours while gently perfuming your room. A reminder of country winter walks, crunchy autumnal leaves, sloe gin drinking, cosy times by the fire, frosty winter weather, festive family gatherings and the contrast between the icy cold outside and the warm inviting inside. You can never go wrong with a gorgeous candle.

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Hearts Sleep Mask

Give your partner the gift of sleep with this stylish heart sleep mask!

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Waffle Robe Gift Set

The King of Cotton Waffle Robe Gift Set contains a pure cotton waffle bathrobe, matching slippers, towels, white tea hand wash plus flower shampoo and conditioner, making it the ultimate bath time treat. Also included is a King of Cotton card to share a romantic message with the one you love. All this and it comes in a white gift box so all that’s left is for you to pop it under the tree!

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Festive Food Hamper

Do you have a lady in your life but don’t even know where to begin when it comes to buying her a gift? Why not opt for a Christmas hamper from Deleyte brimming with delicious cheese, wine and many other delights to enjoy over the festive period. Or for a gift experience why not try their wine & cheese pairing tasting at their shop in Marbella, what could be a more perfect Christmas date! C/Pablo Casals 17, Ed Atrium (corner Gregorio Marañon) Marbella / T.952 636 776 / 686 666 447

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Rocking Horse

Made with a sturdy wooden frame and super soft fabrics, this handsome rocking horse is the perfect playtime companion. Designed with a scrunchy velour mane and tail, your kiddywink will be kept busy for hours. Not forgetting Skip the mouse, she sits snuggly in the fabric side pocket, ready for their next adventure together. And when they’re all tuckered out, she loves nothing more than a bedtime cuddle! Available in other sizes and styles, which one will your little one fall in love with?

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Have you bought your little one a gorgeous Christmas outfit? Course you have! So, what do you do when Christmas dinner time comes around? Bibado offers the best way to protect baby’s favourite festive outfit. This super cute genderneutral design includes penguins sporting Santa hats on a background of frosty blue and icy white stripes. Now little ones can enjoy their Christmas lunch and save you some cleaning up after dinner!

Jellycat Orlando Owl

This cute tawny owl will have your children yawny within no time. Featuring flappy wings, a furry coat and a brown beak, Orlando will stay perched on your child’s bed all day and bring years of joy. The perfect bedtime companion add Orlando to your children’s Christmas stocking and see the smile when bedtime comes around!

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Metal with Sandstone Leather This minimalist men’s watch featuring a 60 second timer, 30-minute timer and 24-hour hand will get you all the brownie points this Christmas. All he needs in his stocking, it’s cool, sporty and redefines the idea that less is more.

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Complete with an intriguing leaf print case, this drinkware accessory is stylish and practical. Features a screw top lid and is ideal for enjoying a favourite tipple on the go. Are you doing a Secret Santa at work? Do you have a man to shop for and no idea what to buy? Presented in a beautiful giftbox, this would make a desirable Christmas gift for any man.

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www.annabeljames.co.uk Personalised Leather Golf Note Book

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The Ribble Valley Gin Company

Distilled and crafted in Ribble Valley, this gin has a unique layering of rich and delicate botanicals creating an elegant dusty floral based gin that still gives an earthy kick.

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Christmas in the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Finland) offers a picture-perfect winter wonderland. It’s a joyous time to visit and browse for traditional decorations, gifts or try the variety of local Christmas foods. This festive time of the year is celebrated with many similarities and some differences in each location.

CHRISTMAS FOOD OR JULBORD The Christmas buffet or ‘julbord’ is a food lover’s ultimate table. From sweet to savoury, the spread is a never-ending explosion of flavours. From varieties of cheese to cold cuts, fresh bread and spreads, pickled herring, gravlax, paté, knäckebröd, ham, beetroot salad, gingerbread, glögg…. Depending on which corner of the Nordic region you find yourself in, your Christmas Eve dinner table may feature: Pinnekjött (lamb stick meat) and lutefisk (a lye-soaked whitefish with a pungent aroma) in Norway, roasted goose in Denmark, Christmas ham or meatballs and pickled herring in mustard in Sweden, grouse with berries or fermented skate in Iceland, and roast ham with pork feet and Morotslåda (“carrot box”) in Finland. In Finland there’s also a Christmas rice porridge sweetened with sugar and cinnamon, which often has a blanched almond hidden somewhere in the kettle — whoever discovers it in their bowl gets a small gift.

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LUCIA (all Nordic countries, especially Sweden)

Lucia is one of our best loved traditions and it takes place on the 13 December every year. On this day you can see hundreds of girls and boys dressed up as ‘tomtar’ (gnomes), gingerbread men and stjärngossar (star boys), as well as one Lucia and her maidens. They all have their own theme songs to which everyone knows the lyrics. Each girl holds

a candle and the Lucia wears a crown of glowing candles in her hair. If you’re a Nobel winner, there’s no escaping this peculiar tradition, because December 13th is just a few days after the Nobel Prize gets handed out in Sweden, so the Nobel laureates traditionally get woken up in their Stockholm hotel rooms by Lucia and her fellow singers.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS (all Nordic countries)

For that winter rosy cheek glow take your joy outside, wrap yourself up and hit the skating rink before a stroll through the Christmas markets. Here you can find the most gorgeous handicrafts and Christmas decorations, as well as typical Christmas sweets and a warm glass of Glögg (mulled wine mixed with cardamom and a strong liquor) that will delight your senses and have you singing all your favourite Christmas tunes!

THE YULE CAT (Iceland) One of the more unusual Icelandic lores related to this season is that of the Christmas Cat (Jólakötturinn). This festive feline is huge and is said to devour anybody who is not gifted new clothes for Christmas. Yikes!

THE CHRISTMAS GOAT OR ‘JOULUPUKKI’ (Finland) The Christmas Goat has its origins traced back to the Norse god Thor and his two chariot-pulling goats. Over time, the goats of Thor have morphed into a devilish character wreaking havoc on villages across Scandinavia and punishing people whose homes weren’t clean in time for the holidays. Later still, the Christmas Goat lightened up, became a jolly prankster, and started bringing Christmas gifts centuries before the emergence of Santa Claus. So strong is the tradition that in Finland, Santa is still called by his name Joulupukki (Yule goat). Today, the Yule goat is best known as a Christmas ornament made out of straw and bound with red ribbons, usually found on the Christmas tree or as large versions placed in the cities as decoration.

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Christmas Markets across Europe By Victoria Wood

Christmas is a special time of year and what better way to experience the magic of the season than heading to one of the most incredible festive markets in Europe? The following Christmas markets are top of the list when it comes to votes from the public; their popularity stemming from the light displays, to the incredible range of gifts on offer, the shows to the ice skating rinks. These cities go all out to make sure that Christmas really is the most bewitchingly romantic time of year.

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BRUSSELLS, BELGIUM 29 Nov 2019 to 05 Jan 2020 Winter Wonders is top of the list of Belgian Christmas Markets providing constant entertainment for all the family, magical lights, artisan gifts, and plenty of local and traditional foods and drinks. This is one of the most popular markets in Europe and attracts over two and a half million visitors each year!

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 22 Nov 2019 to 01 Jan 2020

Get into the Christmas spirit Hungarian style at the Advent Feast in the capital city of Budapest. With the stunning backdrop of the Basilica (cathedral) this open-air market fills the vast area of the plaza and exudes festivity and atmosphere. The Hungarian food stalls boast all the local dishes from ‘flódni’ to traditional fish dishes. There is a big ice skating rink which is free for everyone to try, so anyone can take a shot at circling the towering christmas tree in the centre!

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Victoria Wood is a freelance writer and mother of three based in the south of Spain. Life for her is primarily based around a healthy diet, lifestyle and educating herself and those around her how to live well. Victoria has been a writer for the past twenty years and her work includes an environmental column, journalistic editorials and social media management. She is also a proofreader and editor, and is currently working on her first novel.

A better way to spoil the kids this Christmas? Christmas is coming once again and those of us who are fortunate enough to end up receiving and giving far more than we probably ought to. Not just on a sustainable, environmental level but on the note of spoiling ourselves rotten. When it comes to the children, we don’t want them to grow up having no concept of the value of money but rather to respect it, understand where it comes from and recognise that there’s not enough to go around the whole world. For me, the best way to learn anything is to see it with your own eyes, to live it. So what better way to treat the kids this year than to offer them an experience rather than more material objects that may soon end up at the back of a cupboard.

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ANNUAL PASSES: Everyone loves the zoo, the aquarium, interactive museums, them parks, etc. take a great day out for the whole family and rather than just head there once how about opting for a year long pass for either the family or a particular child. This way they can go multiple times throughout the year and enjoy the attraction to the maximum.

CINEMA PASS: many cinemas will offer great deals when you purchase in bulk or buy an annual pass. Going to the movies is always a fun afternoon or evening out so being given a multiple pass is a brilliant way to treat the kids.

BEHIND THE SCENES: think ‘A Night at The Museum’ but where no one gets chased down by Attila the Hun! Many attractions offer behind-thescenes days or nights, such as the aquarium in Sevilla puts on ‘a night with the sharks’ where you get to camp in the shark enclosure overnight - obviously not in the actual tank! These are experiences which get you up close and personal and feel like you’re getting an extra special insight into the inner-workings.

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES: Going to see a local show such as a real Flamenco show, a sporting event, a stage play or musical, pantomime, head to one of the cities to see the three kings parades, or even travel further afield to experience one of Europe’s many incredible Christmas markets (see our article on the top ten in Europe in this issue), and soak up some of the local traditions, foods, and language to get a real cultural experience. Travel is something which teaches children so much, to see and feel another country is something that can’t possibly be taught as effectively in a classroom, in a book, or online, it is priceless.

CAMP OUT: Learning how to camp under the stars is something every kid should experience in their childhood. To know what you need to survive out in nature, cooking by firelight, and preparing your shelter are all excellent lessons as well as serious fun! Throw in a little fishing and cooking your catch the very same day and you’re really living i the wild. Kids love an adventure and this is a simple yet effective way to deliver, even if you just start out in the back garden! Don’t forget the marshmallows.

SUPER SPECIAL DAY OUT: There are many different options when it comes to treating your child to a special experience and of course it all depends on what they’re into but - driving on a race track, off-road quad biking, drive a sports car or a tank, trail biking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, swimming with sharks at the aquarium, learning to cook their favourite food, helicopter ride, safari park, make your own chocolate at the chocolate factory, a tour of their dream stadium, etc. are all examples of achievable gift ideas and unforgettable experiences.

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Pages &... It’s December and whether you are looking for a good novel to gift a loved one, or a story to get stuck into whilst curled up under the Christmas tree, here are our top picks for go-to books this month.

REGRETTING YOU by Colleen Hoover

Morgan Grant and her daughter, Clara want nothing more than to be nothing alike! Morgan is determined that her daughter won’t make the same mistakes she did; getting pregnant and married too young. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps and as a result the two find it difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to their household is father and husband, Chris. But when Chris is involved in a tragic accident, the heart-breaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

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by Tarryn Fisher Imagine… You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other and because of the set up you only see your husband one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care… or at least that’s what you tell yourself. Then one day you have the opportunity to meet another of the wives, you strike up a friendship with her. She has no idea who you really are. Then she begins to show up covered in bruises, you know she is being abused by her husband… who of course is also you husband, but you’ve never known him to be violet. Who exactly is your husband? How far will you go to find out the truth? And who is the mysterious third wife?

THE DEAD GIRLS CLUB by Damien Angelica Walters

This supernatural thriller tells the story of two young girls and the tragic and terrifying consequences that follow one of them into adulthood. This is a scary story that becomes far too real. Someone has found out what Heather did and is determined to make her pay.

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LOVE LETTERING by Kate Clayborn

Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous but she has another skill too; reading signs that other people miss. In this warm and witty romance novel from acclaimed author Kate Clayborn, one little word puts one woman’s business, and her heart, in jeopardy.

REPUTATION by Sara Shepard

Aldrich University is rocked to it score when a hacker dumps 40,000 people’s emails; the entire faculty, staff, students, alums… all on a searchable database. Rumours and affairs immediately leak, but things turn explosive when Kit Manning’s handsome husband, Dr. Greg Strasser, is found murdered. With a killer on the loose, Kit and her sister, Willa must find out who killed Greg before someone else is murdered. A story of intrigue, sabotage and the secrets we keep… how far will people go to keep them hidden?


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...Pictures MARRIAGE STORY Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver Our November cover star, Scarlett Johansson is back this month in Marriage Story, starring as the wife of a stage director and actor as they struggle through a gruelling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes. Divorce is described by director, Noah Baumbach, as ‘death without a body.’ In this tender and stinging new film, Baumbach captures the insidious nature of divorce, how two well-meaning people who still care about each other will do things they never thought they would do.

CATS Starring: Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, James Cordon, Taylor Swift

A CHRISTMAS PRINCE: THE ROYAL BABY Starring: John Schultz, Rose Mclver, Sarah Douglas, Tahirah Sharif, MJ Lee There is nothing quite like a Christmas movie, and this year we are being treated to the third instalment of A Christmas Prince following the 2017 original and the 2018 sequel A Christmas Price: The Royal Wedding. The official plot is described as – It’s Christmastime in Aldovia, and a royal baby is on the way! Amber and Richard host royals from a faraway kingdom to renew an ancient truce, but when the priceless 600-year-oldtreaty disappears peace is put in jeopardy and an ancient curse threatens their family!

2019’s film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved smash-hit musical, Cats boasts an A-list cast like no other including comedian James Corden and pop star, Taylor Swift. If that’s not enough the movie is directed and produced by Academy Award winner, Tom Hooper, director of Les Misérables and The King’s Speech. The film is based on the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles who have to make what they describe as the, ‘Jellicle choice’ deciding which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Danny Glover In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang has returned but the game has changed. As they head back to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.

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Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver What could be described as one of the most eagerly awaited movies in history hits the cinemas this month. The longest Star Wars movie to date coming in at 2 hours and 35 minutes and follows the surviving Resistance as they face the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.

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So, you could say you were a newbie to the world of finance? Hi Kevin, tell us about your background before joining Traders Club International? I have always had an interest in the financial markets, but up until recently I have been too busy building my online business to learn more about it.

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Yes, you could say that. Other than buying and holding some long term stocks, I didn't really have much experience. What drew you to TCI? It's a funny story actually. I sat next to Shaun Taylor, the founder of TCI on

a flight to Malaga and he was telling me about an exciting new venture he had set up, and how he planned to educate people to trade. I then happened to jog randomly past the office in Nueva AndalucĂ­a and popped my head in. After chatting to the team I thought this could be my chance to finally get the proper education I needed before risking my money in the financial markets. Feeling excited, I signed up the following week.


How does your average day look? First thing in the morning we start the day with a coffee while we discuss the events that have moved the markets overnight and what could move the markets in the day ahead. I then look at the main products I have been following and potential trade set ups for the day. During the day I have my alerts on to let me know when to trade, alongside watching educational tutorials online, reading financial books and bouncing ideas off the TCI traders. What products are you focusing on at the moment? With BREXIT being such a big issue, I have been looking at some of the currency pairs affected by this, in particular the pound against the US dollar. The guys in the office have been really helpful with interpreting how the fundamental news headlines have had an impact on the currencies and how to profit from them. Can you give us any other tips on what you have learned? Well, just the other day there was an earnings announcement for a company called Boeing. It came out

with poor earnings but still managed to end positive at the end of the day. The moral of the story is the bad news was already baked into the share price. Interesting behaviour to know as well if a company sells off on good earnings. This is where the experience of the guys in the office who have traded the markets for over 30 years has been helpful. What do you like about the working environment at TCI? The main thing is the guidance I get off the experts there. It feels like I have someone coaching me along on this journey and helping me avoid the pitfalls. I also like the community feel in the office as it feels like everyone is trying to help each other be as profitable as possible. Any final words? I'm excited by the prospect of where this journey will take me and hopefully being able to make enough money to live off the income from trading. Good luck Kevin we wish you all the best!

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THE TECH SCENE

What a year it’s been for technology! Our TVs are sleeker than ever, with built-in ‘Alexa’ and every convenient setting we didn’t know we wanted. The iPhone 11 then the 11 PRO were released with a third camera, ultra-wide lens, and deep fusion technology for incredible photos. Not forgetting the astonishing things that have been created with 3D printing in 2019 – from cars to food and many things in between. Now, let’s check out the 5 biggest tech trends that we can prepare to see and use more of in 2020…

In November’s issue we talked about how AI is infiltrating many industries around the globe. What we will see in 2020 is more and more businesses developing their own AI that they can supply for others to use. For example, you could develop software with AI that completes specific tasks for your business, and you know other businesses would benefit from your technology too, so they could invest in your technology as a service for their business. McDonalds is a great example of this as they have just bought an AI service that handles orders by voice. Conversational AI is hot for 2020 and we can be sure to see these services being used by the biggest brands as well as smaller companies. We will get more used to being alongside AI throughout the next year, often times without even knowing it.

We’re already at a time where machines are able to recognize what’s on a photograph or identify things on video footage, we even have apps that can read text such as wine menus and it will tell us more info about each wine! Computer Vision is not a new technology, but we can expect to see it applied to many businesses in 2020 in ways we have not seen before. Increased security will be one of the biggest benefits of computer vision with face recognition technology, but autonomous cars may be arguably the most impactful. There is certainly momentum building up to the coming year with big automotive companies making moves to see self-driving cars on the road. Computer vision is critical to autonomous driving and the costs of developing the technology have dropped significantly since its early days, meaning growth is on the rise.

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We’re not quite at the stage where we will use and see self-driving cars on the road every day, but 2020 will be a year of exciting new announcements, tests and developments for autonomous vehicles. Not only cars, but vehicles like trucks, buses, and lorries are also being developed with self-driving features. Several companies including Tesla have plans to launch driverless taxi services, but we don’t think this will be happening on a large scale in 2020, although the testing or Beta phases have already begun. Before we routinely see fully self-driving vehicles on the roads everywhere, work would need to be done on the current infrastructure, new laws would need to be put in place and people still need to familiarize with the idea. It’s without doubt we will see more autonomous cars in the media and possibly being trialed on a road near you, but they won’t be completely relied upon for safety. Drivers will still need to be ready to take control of the vehicle if it runs into any problems. There have already been testing on the streets in the US, AU, UK, and here in Spain. Last year, ‘Erica’ the first driverless autonomous bus was tested in Catalonia to help citizens become familiar with the concept of driverless vehicles. Just because they are driverless doesn’t mean you would be alone on the bus, the ‘driver’ would simply become more like a guide for passengers, collecting tickets answering any questions and keeping an eye on the vehicle.

We kicked off 2019 with a whole series on blockchain, discussing industries it could be applied to like real estate, finance, health and food. Currently mostly known as ‘something to do with Bitcoin’, to put it simply, Blockchain is a highly secure, transparent way to track and store any type of information or files. Big companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, FedEx and Samsung have been heavily investing in blockchain technology throughout 2019, so we can expect to see the results of this in 2020, after the initial testing phases are over.

Developments in extended reality technologies have accelerated immensely throughout the past 12 months, and 2020 will see them become more mainstream. Companies like Rolex are already using this technology so you can use your phone screen to virtually try on the luxury watches using augmented reality, and many more are following suit. There are apps to virtually try on new hair colours, new eyebrow shapes and even try out new furniture in your house. We expect to see launches of many more start-ups and big brands using the ‘try before you buy’ concept using AR in 2020 as more companies see innovative ways to embrace the technology. Industries such as travel, education, entertainment, medical, automotive and real estate will see substantial benefits from incorporating extended reality.

It seems the crypto buzz won’t be over anytime soon either as 2020 will also be the launch of the Facebook cryptocurrency coin called Libra! According to their marketing materials, this will be connected to the Facebook messaging app via Calibra, a secure blockchain subsidiary which hosts your digital wallet so you can spend, send and save Libras as an online currency. This could essentially change the way we handle many things online. It will be as simple as – if you have Facebook you can send and receive payments quickly, easily and securely anywhere in the world.


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ost people live on autopilot without knowing it, and the only way to get back in the driver’s seat of your life is to become conscious of your thoughts and thinkingpatterns. Worrying is something that everybody can relate to so let’s use that as an example in this article. Next time you feel worried about something, instead of getting consumed by it and letting it determine your emotional state, see it as the perfect opportunity for you to observe your ego-mind (where fear-based thoughts comes from). Observe how it’s always ‘not here’, but always in the future or past, and by this new awareness you are able to draw your mind back to the present moment. When you do this successfully you will feel a sense of relief and inner peace and calm. This peace is always available to us at all times, it’s just our thoughts that pull us away from it. The ego mind is always either wallowing in guilt or resentment about some past event or worrying about an imagined future which may or may not happen. In reality we can’t know what will happen even five minutes from now! We can only ever know what’s Right Now, and it’s in this very moment that peace can be found, not out there somewhere in the future when everything is ‘right’. You have it already – and when you feel it – you’re in alignment with life itself, and from this alignment all good things flow. All we can know for sure is this moment right now, and the more we stay aligned

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with the present moment, the more peace we experience. And the more we follow the energy of fear and worry that is created by our thoughts, the more emotional and mental turmoil we experience. So, it’s all about becoming aware of the stories in your head and how they are shaping your life experience and affecting your overall well-being. With self-awareness they will begin to fall away, because once you see through them, they can no longer affect you negatively. This does not mean you won’t ever feel fear again! You will, because for as long as we grow and evolve, we all experience it every now and then.

EVERY TIME WE’RE ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING NEW IT WILL SHOW UP, IT’S ONLY NATURAL, THAT’S HOW WE GROW; BY MOVING OUTSIDE OF OUR COMFORT ZONE. Once we do that though, the fear goes away, so it’s not that kind of fear and worry that I’m talking about in this article. What I’m talking about is the stories in our heads that makes a person a worrier, or someone who is more or less constantly living in a worried/anxious/tense state. That type of worry is detrimental to every aspect of your life and should be banished for good, and self-awareness will help you with that. The one who is worried is not ‘you’, it’s your ego, and when you increase and grow in self-awareness, you’ll see this very clearly and that’s when you can become free from it.


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l Whatever the mind comes up with you don’t have to believe.

Become aware of how your mind always wanders from the present moment and what the stories are that creates the worry.

l The stories the mind makes up has no validity in your present life experience unless you choose to believe them. l I invite you to physically touch something right now, for example the table where you’re sitting reading this, or the ground beneath you, touch it with your hands. l Touch it and say to yourself that 'this' is right now, this is all there is. This will help you detach from your mind and become anchored in your body. l Close your eyes and feel the power of the present moment, which is completely unruffled and not affected at all by your inner drama and turmoil. l Nothing is actually happening but right now, and whatever you’re feeling is not you, it’s a story in your head that you’ve unconsciously believed in up until now. l You can now choose to release those stories by taking yourself and your mind back to the present moment and stay with it for a moment. l Just close your eyes and be fully in this moment, without the stories. l Stay in the moment even if your mind wants to wander or wants to get your attention and say “this is what actually IS. There’s nothing else going on but this, this moment right now”. l When you do this, then whatever you’re worried about or stressing about will lessen its grip on you and you will feel a sense of peace coming over you. l And then, from this more peaceful state of mind you will be able to handle whatever it is that you need to handle without feeling anxiety or stress about it. l The present moment is all we have, and when you get worried or fearful you become lost (in your mind)—and it’s all happening in the movement of thought! l Worry is just a thought that creates stories in your mind that are not true, and when you see this clearly you’re able to bring your awareness back to this very moment, which is where life really is, and that’s when you find the peace that is always present and available to you.

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Do you ever wish for a moment of total silence? Do you ever just want to close your eyes and hear nothing or maybe just the sound of the sea, some birds singing softly or the wind blowing. Or not even that. There is so much noise in our life these days and it feels like it is increasing all the time. And it’s not only during the day, even at night, when we are supposed to be asleep, when our minds are supposed to be resting, normally there is still interference. So how can we stop this or what can we do about it? Besides running around with earplugs in all the time. A few months ago a woman went searching for the most silent place on earth. Of course she found quiet places. But never silent. Never quiet enough. There was always some sort of noise; a car far in the distance or a plane in the background. She began to realise that nowhere is totally silent anymore.

So what about you now? Even with all the noise around you, where do you find peace? Where is the most silent place for you?

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Do you make enough time for yourself and your family in quiet surroundings? If yes, then congratulations, because our brain needs this time to reset, to calm down, to rest. If no and you feel the need to do so, then take some time now and think where you could find the most silent place for you. Which is of course different for all of us. Look at your calendar and make an appointment with yourself to go to that place or to go in search of it. Now we are definitely in winter, the coast is quieter‌ enjoy it. Take that walk in the

mountains or along the beach that you have been thinking about. Just do it. If you find it, enjoy it. Visit your special place more and more. And if you want to share it please do so. Like they say on social media – sharing is caring. So, now you have found your place and been visiting it for some time you will quickly notice a difference in your own behaviour. You will be much calmer. You will be able to think more clearly and find even answers to questions you have struggled with for some time. Silence will also give your body and mind a very healthy recharge.

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ONE-ing In 2014, after 10 seemingly blissful years together in which they raised two children, one named after a significant biblical figure, the other a piece of fruit, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow announced to the world their “conscious uncoupling”. The incredulous public met the news with understandable confusion – “But they're always smiling aren't they? They've got it all haven't they??.... ..“What the FUCK is conscious uncoupling??!Call your kid a bit of fruit if you must but call breaking up “breaking up”. Shout, throw stuff at walls, slag each other off to to your mates, try to shag theirs and then break up, but don't consciously uncouple. Nobody's glued you together. It's not a game of drunk Twister....”

Vogue interview in which she discussed very relatable insecurities about reaching 30 without a significant other or family nest, the actress managed to snatch a facepalm from the jaws of victory by describing herself not as happily single, but “self-partnered”. Whilst the (possibly ironic) choice of words might once again have carried a whiff of pretension or as some observed, defeat, the sentiment, if not the phrase itself has since been applauded for adding a substantial counterpoint to the widespread stigma of solitude.

For many the term smacked of newagey pretentiousness – an effort by millionaire stars to elevate themselves above the tawdry squabbles and perceptions of failure so often attendant to the end of a marriage.... “Do they reckon they're better than me just because I'm open about the fact I think my ex is a fucking plank??” Nevertheless, in the five years since, the term, coined by a psychotherapist and relationship coach (American obvs), has really taken hold, with literally... some people using it. The rest of us are still calling those people pretentious whilst we shout, throw stuff at walls and then use divorce proceedings to fight each other for the walls and the stuff we threw at them. Well, last month reformed witch Emma Watson hit the headlines with her own entry into the relationship lexicon. During a refreshingly honest and vulnerable

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Society screams to us to cosy up and settle down and studies have longsince shown partnering, especially through marriage is generally good for your health, resulting in increased life expectancy and improved recovery from serious illness or trauma. Conversely, loneliness is known to exacerbate both mental and physical health issues from depression to cardiovascular disease, stress to strokes. What Watson threw a big celebrity light on is the really-shouldn't-be-novel notion that being 30 and single doesn't automatically mean you're lonely or desperate for a partner, despite what your smug coupled chums might believe. If someone as beautiful, talented, intelligent and successful as the UN ambassador is single, perhaps it's through choice, rather than desperate, fugly, socially inept, spottyfaced, snaggle-toothed, smells-a-bit design. Of course we're presuming here that Ron fucking Weasley's not the only person who's shown an interest in her. Could it be there are actually benefits to bucking society's force-fed narrative and going it alone?

Being 30 and single doesn't automatically mean you're lonely or desperate for a partner, despite what your smug coupled chums might believe (...) Could it be there are actually benefits to bucking society's force-fed narrative and going it

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Data collated from over 13,000 Americans and 4,500 Europeans shows habitually single people are in better physical shape than their nested counterparts, exercising more frequently, weighing less and sitting lower on the BMI index. The cynics among us would say these buff singletons are desperately peacocking around the gym for a partner while the rest of us are contentedly cuddled up on the sofa eating takeaways but the cynics among us would still kill for those abs. Photo by Averie Woodard


Data collated from over 13,000 Americans and 4,500 Europeans shows habitually single people are in better physical shape than their nested counterparts, exercising more frequently, weighing less and sitting lower on the BMI index. Single people tend to sleep better and good sleepers generally have stronger immune systems and healthier hearts, a lower risk of obesity, diabetes, stress and depression. Single people can lie at whatever angle they want across the bed without being kicked and single people don't have to get up in the night to put jumpers on because single people's fiancée always rolls onto her front after a bit and takes the duvet with her. Single people aren't woken up at 6am by single people's fiancée's hairdryer even when they don't actually have to be up themselves until 7. Single people aren't kept up every night by snoring meaning single people have to go and sleep on the sofa which makes single people's back hurt. The only snoring single people do occasionally have to listen to comes from the revolving door of hot single people that single people are free to shag all the time because they're JAMMY BLOODY SINGLE PEOPLE!!! …. Single people also have less credit card debt. As well as that lower chance of credit card debt, single people avoid the potential strain of merged finances. A 2014 study of 2000 people showed 1 in 3 admitted to lying to their partner about money, with 76% of these saying the deceit caused strain on their marriage. A strained marriage leads to stress and the types of health complications mentioned before which a happy marriage helps mitigate - approaching half of all marriages end with couples fighting over those walls. It's a fucking tightrope isn't it folks? Single people are also more likely to excel in their careers, with more time and energy free to dedicate to higher education and career progression as opposed to passive aggressive conversations with in-laws, nappy changes and night feeds. Finally, single people tend to foster stronger bonds with friends, family and community. In a 2010 study of 300,000 men and women, researchers recorded mortality rates as 50% higher in the subsequent 7.5 year period for those participants who lacked a strong

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social circle. Friends and family provide entertainment and a support network to help ward off stress and illness. Relegating your mates to the sidelines when you're blissfully happy with the one is all well and good, but will those mates still be there when you and the one split up because the one shagged one of your mates... that one won't obviously.

So there you have it. Perhaps being single and 30+ isn't quite the desperate freak-show so many patronising comments and pitying dinner-party looks would have us believe and if you find yourself telling people you're “self-partnered”, you're not necessarily losing... ….you're just pretentious. Ian Greenland, www.iangreenland.uk

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Back to basics Having been a beauty and wellness journalist before I became a makeup artist, I understand the power of good skin care. 70 percent of a great makeup look is down to the skin prep. If you prepare the skin correctly, you will not only be able to get away with less makeup, but you will also achieve a more flawless application. We start the lesson with a look at your skin care routine and I teach you a few beauty insider tips on keeping the glow all day long.

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The newbie For young adults who have just started dipping their toes into the world of makeup it can be confusing on where to start. With the constant bombardment of beauty campaigns and insta-makeup tutorials it can be hard to navigate through them and find what works for you. I will help you to pick out the colours and tones that best fit your style and features.

Age is nothing but a number As women mature, their cosmetic needs change. Your skin tone, hair colour and even your face shape will change, and your makeup products and techniques need to adapt with it. In later life women tend to focus on their perceived flaws, choosing to cover up with thick foundation, concealers and layers of powder. This can end up emphasising problem areas and make you appear older. I believe in the less in more approach. My aim isn't to change you into someone you do not recognize, I want to help you be the best version of yourself, drawing attention to the areas you are more confident with.

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Taking it to the next level For budding makeup artists or muas who would like to refresh certain skills, or learn a new technique I offer different classes from bullet proof bridal that will withstand our humid summers to how to apply undetectable film makeup suitable for the latest HD technology. Book a makeup lesson for yourself or with friend, they make great birthday, Christmas or gift ideas. To experience your personalised makeup lesson at my makeup studio in Nueva Andalucia please contact me for more details.

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Black rice, also known as “emperor’s rice” or “forbidden rice” (only royalty in China used to be allowed to eat it), may seem like it is just starting to gain popularity as it is popping up in more health food stores across the U.S. than ever before. But this dark ancient grain has been a staple in various Asian cultures for centuries – and for good reason. It is much more nutrient dense than white rice and contains more benefits than many other rice varieties, yet it can still be used in all of the same convenient and delicious ways as the more traditional forms of rice. Black rice is sweeter than brown rice and has a nutty taste to it. There are different types of black rice and one of the more popular ones in the United States is often found in Thai desserts. Black rice is a mediumgrain, gluten-free heirloom rice. That is right, gluten-free folks can enjoy this rice, too.

Black Rice and Antioxidants Why does black rice hold its unique dark color, you may ask? It is extraordinarily high in anthocyanin – an antioxidant that provides the rice with its unique pigmentation. Fun fact: the outside hull of the grain has one of the highest levels of anthocyanin antioxidants of any food, which is the reason for its purplish hue (similar to other purple-tinted high antioxidant foods like blueberries and blackberries). In fact, research at the 2010 American Chemical Society meeting showed that a spoonful of black rice bran contains more anthocyanins than a spoonful of blueberries! So, what is the reason behind all the hype around anthocyanin? Anthocyanin has a whole slew of health benefits correlated with it. It has been known to help prevent cardiovascular disease, helps to protect against various forms of

cancer, improves brain function, reduces inflammation and more. And black rice is high in more than just the one antioxidant. It also contains a significant amount of vitamin E, which aids in immune, skin, and eye health (among may other important functions). So even though black rice contains similar nutrients and the same amount of fiber as brown rice, it is considered healthier because of its antioxidant levels. Aside from being loaded with antioxidants, black rice is also impressive for a number of other reasons. At only about 160 calories per serving, black rice is a significant source of phytonutrients, fiber and minerals. It is also a great source of plant-based protein at 4 grams of protein per ¼ cup of a cooked serving (which is almost double the protein of brown rice).


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The antioxidant benefits of black rice go a step even further to positively affect heart health. They help to reduce Low Density Lipo-Protein (LDL), aka bad, cholesterol, which is notorious for its role in heart disease. Black rice has also been known to limit atherosclerosis.

White rice has been known to increase blood sugar pretty significantly. It is high on the glycemic index, which means that it can lead to a rapid spike in blood sugar, which is dangerous for multiple reasons including the potential to increase the risk of diabetes. According to one study, eating a serving of white rice every day can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes by 10 percent. But black rice actually has the opposite effect. The antioxidants and other nutrients in the rice help to slow the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream. Unlike stripped carbohydrates such as white rice, black rice contains the whole bran of the grain (the part of the grain where the fiber is stored), which aids in the slower absorption of glucose.

Improves Digestion As I mentioned, black rice is packed with fiber, which helps to prevent constipation along with other uncomfortable digestive issues. As a quick summary of the function of insoluble fiber in the digestive process, it is able to bind with the toxins and waste within the gastrointestinal tract, leading to regular and healthy bowel function. So, if you are someone who regularly experiences digestive discomfort, it would not be a bad idea to up your intake of black rice.

Acts as a Detoxifier As another effect of black rice’s magnificently high antioxidant count, it can also act to remove harmful toxins from the liver and help to cleanse the rest of the body as well. You know that I am a huge fan of regularly detoxifying your system, so this is one of the main reasons why I love black rice.

Obesity Prevention The fiber and nutrients in black rice also help to turn off hunger signals to the brain, making it less likely for us to overeat. The same signals take longer to turn off with the consumption of white rice and other simply carbohydrates. Insulin resistance has also been linked to obesity, and whole grain forms of rice, like forbidden rice, have been known to reduce insulin rĂŠsistance.

In sum, black rice contains more protein, antioxidants, fiber and iron than other rice varieties. It contains more carbohydrates than other forms of rice, but it is not stripped of nutrients like white rice is and it is a whole grain, complex carbohydrate, so that does not bother me. Black rice helps to keep us full and removes harmful substances from our bodies. It tastes delicious and can be used in so many different ways. It can be found in health stores and many mainstream grocery stores along with various Asian grocers. Compared to brown rice, black rice has a similar amount of calories, protein and fat per serving. In terms of fiber, brown rice has 1 gram of fiber per serving and black rice has a whopping 5 grams per serving. Black rice also contains significantly more antioxidants as I discussed earlier. So, even if you have already made the healthy switch from white rice to brown rice, maybe it is time to start adding black rice into the mix.

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With hub motors powered by batteries with a terminal voltage of 60-80 volts and a capacity of 170-300 Ah the Lohner-Porsche had a top speed of 35km/h and a range of around 50km. Fast-forward 120 years and the new Porsche Taycan improves on those numbers dramatically. The range topping Turbo S model that we tested has a 93.4 kWh Lithium Ion battery pack and two electric motors that deliver 671 hp and 1,050 Nm of torque. The 800-volt power supply, a technology originally developed for the 919 Hybrid LMP1 racecar, is the secret behind the Taycan’s power and efficiency. It passes its ancestors top speed in less than a second on its way to break the 100km/h mark in just 2.8 sec, and 160km/h in 6.3 sec on the way to its electronically limited 260km/h top speed. Range on a full charge is 388-412 km for the Turbo S version and 381-450 km for the less powerful Turbo. So what does Taycan (pronounced Tai-kan) mean? After going through six hundred possible names, some existing others made up, Porsche settled on Taycan. This combination of two words of Turkic origin means “soul of a spirited young horse.” In Japanese “Taikan” roughly translates as “physical experience,” which is about right for a high performance electric car. Porsche is well known for constant technology transfer from their racing programme to the road cars. This is just as true for their hybrid, and now electric cars. “One of the major problems the race engineers had to solve during the development of the 919 Hybrid LMP1 racecar was increasing the electrical power while keeping the motors cool,” explained Michael Stange, Manager for the Taycan model line. “The hairpin shape copper winding technology they developed for the two permanently excited synchronous motors is a direct transfer from the 919 racecar, and this allows cooling air to flow better within the motors, which can then produce more power for longer. At the same time

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as the Panamera it does not have the sheer space or versatility of its bigger brother.

the 800 volt system helps to significantly reduce the size of the package.� The lack of a requirement for radiator air intake helps the aerodynamics and the base Taycan Turbo, which has 680hp and 850Nm of torque, and boasts a groundbreaking Cd of 0.22. The 0.25 of the more powerful Turbo S is still impressive. It should be noted at this point that the 680hp/850Nm of the Turbo and the 761hp/1,050Nm of the Turbo S are the overboost figures produced when Launch Control is activated. The output of both models in normal driving is otherwise a still potent 625hp, with the Turbo S gaining its extra grunt from a larger inverter for its front motor. This motor has a single speed transmission while its rear counterpart has a two-speed transmission that you can hear upshifting as we noted elsewhere. From a practical point of view although the Taycan is based on the same platform

While their silhouettes might imply that they have similar packaging, where the Panamera is a hatchback the Taycan has a bootlid like a conventional saloon. Together with the shorter rear overhang this restricts the size and shape of objects you can place in the rear luggage compartment, although the rear seat backs also fold in a one-third/two thirds split. To help make up for the loss of absolute cargo space the absence of a combustion engine allowed Porsche to place a 911/ Boxster/Cayman style additional luggage bay in the front. That said, half this space is taken up by the battery charging cable pack, although you could simply place this in the rear compartment or rear cabin. The rear seat arrangement also makes the Taycan a four or five-seater and its head and legroom are barely less capacious than the Panamera. However, it was interesting to discover that the Lithium Ion battery was restricted to 33 modules to maximise rear seat foot well space. A larger battery would have further extended range but compromised rear passenger comfort.

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Considering the way Porsche instrumentation and infotainment systems have been gravitating towards big graphics based touchscreens with their current generation it is not a big stretch to see how the Taycan cabin architecture and infotainment displays took a small leap further. If you are at all familiar with these systems accessing the relevant information is fairly straightforward. In fact the only function we could not find was the button to raise the small rear bootlid spoiler for a photograph. An engineer later explained that unlike other Porsche models there is no manual control for this part of the active aerodynamics. Problem solved. Unlike a combustion engine whose output increases with revs, an electric motor produces its peak power and torque just off idle. That is why pure electric cars are able to accelerate from rest so rapidly. So despite having less absolute power and torque than the 918 Spyder and weighing some 675kg more, the Taycan Turbo S benefits from the instant application of its 671hp and 1,050Nm of torque to the tarmac, which imposes incredible shock loadings on the driveshafts and the tyres. While Porsche engineers first encountered these issues during the development of the 918 Spyder, the instantaneous twisting forces acting on the driveshafts of the much heavier Taycan Turbo S are significantly greater and so they have been beefed up accordingly. The worse case scenario arrives when you use the Launch Control facility, which is really easy to use. All you have to do is select Sport Plus from the drive menu, press the brake

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pedal down hard with your left foot, apply throttle with your right foot and then release the brakes. Totally unleashed the Taycan catapults forwards like a cannon ball. So total is the cars grip on dry terra firma, and so fierce was the acceleration that I had visions of the tyres rotating on the wheels as we left the line. Only when we passed the 200km/h mark a scant 9.8 seconds later did I let off the throttle so that we could exhale and start breathing again! The only other time I have experienced such a totally explosive departure from the line was during speed testing with the Bugatti Veyron back in 2007. In fact the 0 to 100km/h time of these two cars is not dissimilar, although thanks to the latest electronic systems the Porsche’s traction off the line is even more formidable.

At the other end of the scale I simply cannot imagine a car of the Taycan’s performance abilities without the PCCB ceramic brakes. Yet these magnificent anchors do not have to work particularly hard in most situations because 60% of retardation is normally provided by the electric motors when you lift off. So those expensive PCCB brakes really are for life.

T H E TAY C A N ’ S A B I L I T Y O N A T W I S T Y R OA D I S S I M P LY M I N D BOGGLING Up in the mountains with very sparse traffic on a Sunday and great sight lines through most bends we charged the roads I am familiar with as a two-time contestant and 2017 Class Winner of the Silvretta Montafon Rally.


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On these fast mountain roads the Taycan seemed to bend the laws of physics out of shape with its sheer pace. Of course the optional rear steering fitted to our test car helps the car turn into a given bend more crisply, but it feels so nimble it is hard to countenance that the steel and aluminium Taycan weighs 2,295kg. Had I not known this beforehand I would have said that the car weighs 1,600kg, so responsive and agile is its handling in the bends. The way it keys into the line set by the driver, especially if you trail brake into a corner to settle the nose, is very rewarding to a keen driver. Control weights and linearity are an area where Porsche is very strong and consistent, and the Taycan’s power steering is on the heavier side of medium weighted. It requires more effort than a 992 Carrera for instance, but it has a very satisfying amount of feel and is perfectly matched to the response of the rear axle so that the car feels totally all of a piece. The fine chassis dynamics underline the low centre of gravity conferred by having the big Lithium Ion battery pack spread across the lowest point of the car. In absolute terms the Taycan’s centre of gravity is 9.8% lower than the 992 Carrera and 22%

lower than the Panamera, whose basic platform it shares. With most front or rear drive cars you still have to manage the throttle past the apex, but with the advanced traction management system of the Taycan reacting five times faster than any past Porsche control system the ability of the car to deploy its massive output is all the more incredible for the sheer lack of drama. While the average driver will likely bottle out well before the car’s limits the more experienced enthusiast will find that once the physical limits are finally broached the characteristic velocity of the chassis is very linear. I soon found the technique for exploiting this to liven things up a bit. Slow in fast out is still the order of the day, trail braking into the bend to settle the nose and balance the car. Then you gradually increase throttle using the seat of your pants to balance the chassis with power as the tyres begin to protest. Past the apex a bigger application of throttle allows the tail to gently step out. You catch it with a flick of the wrist and the system hooks up and fires you out of the bend and down the straight like a cannon ball.

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On the many uphill hairpin bends on the ascent this also proved to be the fastest way through the bends and the g-forces that instantly pin you back in your seat simply cannot be replicated by a combustion engine that requires revs to build its power and torque. Even a Bugatti Veyron or Chiron does not produce full grunt just off idle. That instant torque hit is also the key to rapid and safe overtakes that would be marginal with a normal car of the same power output. The combination of instant go and peerless traction allows you to literally look for a gap and almost the next second find yourself there. While the Taycan is blindingly fast pointto-point it is safe with it because its intrinsic handling and braking are on the same plane as its straight-line speed. And the fact that it has a cossetting ride even in Sport mode means that you can maintain a rapid pace across demanding roads as long as the battery charge lets you.

The Panamera derived three-chamber air suspension helps the driving dynamics in many ways. First of all its self-levelling capabilities significantly limit squat, dive and weight transfer under hard acceleration and braking, helping to maintain the cars equilibrium across its massive performance envelope. It also confers superb ride quality even with the huge 21-inch wheels worn by our test car. In Comfort mode the car just glides along with minimal disturbance from most surfaces, while in Sport mode its control over body movement is iron fisted. The only time the car felt slightly uncomfortable was when attacking a fast sweeping bend with a big undulation in the middle, which made the back end squirm a little on its bushes. Unless you have driven a hybrid car before the lack of combustion engine noise is eerie at first and is something you have to get used to. Porsche has engineered a synthetic noise into the car that you can active via the infotainment system. However, we thought it sounded like one of those sci-fi type synthetic sounds and a bit hollow so we turned it off after a few minutes.

The Taycan is not as quiet inside as the Audi e-tron or the Mercedes EQC, but of which are luxury rather than sporty vehicles and benefit from significant physical soundproofing material around their rear electric motors and inner wheel arch wells in particular. While the sportier Taycan allows a lot more of its electric motor noise to filter through to its cabin this slight whine never becomes intrusive. It is also interesting to note that you can hear the two-gear transmission shift up at around 80km/h (50mph) in normal driving. Even without special insulation from tyre noise the massive 265/35ZR21 and 305/30ZR21 Goodyears on 9.5J and 11.0J x 21-inch alloys did not produce significant rotational noise. We half expected Porsche to use tyres with a noise attenuating foam layer on the inside of the tread as used by McLaren for their 570GT and the new GT, but they do not. The debate over the sound an electric car makes to warn pedestrians of its approach has resulted in Porsche’s acoustic specialists engineering a reasonably interesting external sound for the Taycan as it drives away. However, unlike a combustion engine sound it is impossible to describe this with words so you will have to experience it for yourself.

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HARMONISE YOUR HOME WE ATTENDED… the launch of Bang & Olufsen’s new Beovision Harmony & BeoSound Stage at their store in Puerto Banus.

WE WERE IMPRESSED BY… the presentation of the new television which resembles a sculpture rather than an electronic appliance. The Harmony has been designed to become a meaningful object in homes rather than simply a TV.

WE LOVED… the delicious catering provided by 1870 Restaurant as well as learning about the features of the Harmony including its integrated systems such as Tune-In and Deezer and webOS that allows access to the most popular content service providers such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube.

CONGRATULATIONS AND A BIG THANKS TO… the Bang & Olufsen team for creating more than a television. When does ours arrive?!

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Blushing brides at theSea Grill We attended...

the first presentation in Marbella of designer, Raquel Lopez’s 2020 Collection at Sea Grill, Puente Romano.

We admired...

the stunning collection of 34 wedding and formal gowns complete with accessories and shoes also designed by the brand.

We were impressed by...

the exquisite Sea Grill Buffet lunch and the stunning November weather to complement. Not to mention the gift bags we headed home with thanks to organic eye lash brand, Astarte Diosa.

Congratulations & a big thanks to...the Sea Grill team for

providing the picturesque location and of course Raquel Lopez for choosing to share her gorgeous collection with us.

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TRUST THE EXPERTS WE ATTENDED… the open house hosted by seasoned professionals, Engels & Völkers, for a stunning property located in the prestigious and gated Marbella Hill Club.

WE ENJOYED… the opportunity to view this impressive home complete with an Andalusian courtyard, built with the finest materials and marbles and located in a privileged location, just five minutes’ drive to the beach and Marbella centre.

WE LOVED… the property’s beautiful panoramic sea views along the Mediterranean as well as the heated swimming pool, under-floor heating and five-car garage.

CONGRATULATIONS AND A BIG THANKS TO… Engel and Völkers on a fantastic event and an even more fantastic home that we are sure won’t be on the market for long.

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COLLECTIVE HOPE We attended…

a special evening of live music at La Sala to raise money for Collective Calling, the charity who bring hope to the street children of Tanzania. All proceeds raised from the evening went directly towards rescuing, rehabilitating and reintegrating street children back into a loving family.

We enjoyed…

fabulous entertainment by The Rat Pack Tribute and Peet Rothwell as Michael Bublé.

We loved…

contributing to the efforts by Collective Calling and the work at the Centre of Hope. So far 15 children have been successfully rescued, 4 of which are girls who were pulled directly from child prostitution.

Congratulations and a big thanks to… Collective Calling for their continuous charitable work and La Sala for hosting such an important and worthy event.

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When Only T he Best Will Do We attended…

the opening of the latest addition to the ever-burgeoning delicatessen stable, Delicias.

We sampled…

the incredible selection of fresh fish and the world’s highest quality meats. Delicias is your one-stop shop for the finest Christmas produce; all products are available to take-away or enjoy in-store. You can even select your meat or fish and the talented team will cook them right before your eyes.

We loved…

the vibrant 60’s inspired live musicians on hand to add an unbeatable atmosphere to the event.

Congratulations and a big thanks to...

Gabriel Moncada and his team for spoiling us for choice this Christmas with their endless luxury offering. We know we are looking forward to a ‘Delicias’ Christmas!

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Fitting Finale to the Kempinski 2019 Art Series We attended… an incredible evening at Kempinski Hotel Bahia in conjunction with Dragon Art and Maria Bravo, Founder and President of the Global Gift Foundation, for the last of Kempinski’s Art Series 2019.

We admired… the array of paintings, sculptures and crystalized works by Anna Schelberg, San B and Hannes d’Haese; a fitting farewell to the Kempinski Art Series 2019.

We loved… hearing that a percentage of all sales from the art exhibition will go towards the Global Gift Foundation to help continue its good work both locally and worldwide.

Congratulations and a big thanks to… all the contributing artists and the Kempinski Hotel Bahia on an exceptional creative event.

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BET ON TEAM BROBERG We attended…

the closing event at Casino Marbella for Broberg Racing Team following the completion of the Spanish Mountain Championship.

We enjoyed…

an event that brought together the participants, sponsors and family to celebrate a magnificent season where the team achieved Sub-Champion in Category 1 and the first position in Class 2.

We loved…

hearing from the team and the presentation of the new GT4 car for the upcoming season.

Congratulations and a big thanks to…

Casino Marbella for a fabulous evening of celebration and all the sponsors who have helped the team reach their goals this season.

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Most readers of this admirable publication will know that Santa Claus delivers his gifts riding through the night sky in a sledge drawn by eight reindeer. On a purely pratical level it has been calculated that it would take 5.6 million reindeer to pull Santa’s cargo of 925,000 tons of toys.

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ut practicality aside, Santa’s reindeers are magical creatures, and in any case since 1939 his original team has been increased to nine with the addition of Rudolph. How did this come about? One year, so the story goes, Santa’s nocturnal journey was imperilled by severe fog. Visiting one bedroom to deliver his presents, he observed a reindeer resting in a corner sporting a luminous red nose. He realised that this could help to guide him in the fog, and so he asked Rudolph for assistance. This was the first time that anybody had asked Rudolf for help, as he was shunned by his fellow reindeer on account of his nose. So he agreed with alacrity, and for the rest of the night guided the other reindeer through the skies. He returned home a hero for having helped Santa Claus. At least, this is the version told by Robert L. May in a small booklet written for children to be given to them at Christmas as a gift from the Montgomery Ward chain of departmental stores. May based his story on a poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas”, commonly called “‘Twas the Night before Christmas”. This first made an appearance at Christmas in 1823 in New York’s Troy Sentinel newspaper, having been submitted anonymously. Over the years it emerged that the author was Clement Clarke Moore, a Bible professor at New York’s General Theological Seminary. At least, he included it in a volume of his own poetry published in 1844. But questions were already being raised, and a New Yorker of Dutch descent named Henry Livingstone was touted as the true author. This was finally confirmed in 2000 by the scholar and textual analyst Daniel W. Foster.

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Whichever man was the author, the poem melds together elements of Scandinavian mythology with the then emerging Dutch-American idea of Santa Clause (a corruption of the Dutch “Sint Niklaas”) as a jolly rotund fellow. The original eight reindeer were named in the poem:

rapid than eagles “More his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name: Dasher! Now Dancer! “Now, Now Prancer, and Vixen! On Comet! On Cupid! On, Dunder and Blixem!

This was not the first reference to Santa’s sleigh being drawn by reindeer. They first appear in “Old Santeclaus with Much Delight”, an illustrated children’s poem published in New York in 1821.

initially Dutch gives way to German; “Dunder and Blixem” becomes “Donder and Blitzen”, then in turn “Donder” gives way to “Donner”. The reason for this is unclear, although possibly Marks felt more at home with German than with Dutch. And it is certainly true that “Blitzen” rhymes better with “Vixen” Since the 1950s these name changes have stuck, and Rudolph still leads the team. It is, of course, scientifically possible that Rudolph did indeed have a red nose. Scientists have discovered that some reindeer have noses of a red tinge because of the “presence of a highly dense and rich nasal microcirculation”. In effect this means a lot of blood vessels packed into a tight space. The effect may also be noted in corpulent elderly gentlemen with a lasting predilection for the produce of Oporto. In the reindeers’case port has nothing to do with it. Nature has endowed the animals with these blood vessels to help regulate their body temperature in the frozen north. This habitat is not at the North Pole, which is in the middle of the usually ice covered Arctic Ocean, but in the northern stretches of Europe, Asia and North America.

This poem, with eight coloured lithographic illustrations, was contained in a small paperback book entitled “The Children’s Friend: A New Year’s Present to the Little Ones from Five to Twelve”. It was from this that “A visit from Saint Nicholas” apparently developed. But Rudolph had to wait until 1939 to make an appearance, and only really became popular in 1949 when Gene Autry warbled “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”.

Here reindeer, known also as Caribou (Rangifer Tarandus), roam in herds normally numbering a few hundred, although sometimes giant herds of many thousands are to be found. The largest known herd has been known to reach a million animals. They do not, of course, fly. (The only mammals that fly are bats. Reindeer are not bats.) They can, however, float. They have two coat layers, one of which is made up of hollow hairs that trap air. This both captures body heat, and gives buoyancy.

The lyrics were written by Johnny Marks, who borrowed most of the reindeer names from the original poem, although

When Santa surmised that Rudolph’s nose would usefully provide light to guide his team and to find his way, he


was very near the truth. Reindeer have eyes that change colour. In summer, in abundant sunlight, their eyes are gold. In the darkness of winter they turn blue, which increases the scatter of reflected light and helps them to see better. They are aided in this by the fact that they are the only mammals that can see ultraviolet light, which enables them to pick out objects in the dim light of an Arctic winter. Some subspecies, to which Rudolph possibly belongs, have knees which make an audible click as they walk. This enables them to keep together in blizzard conditions, and would certainly assist in the close formation required to pull a sledge. But to whichever subspecies Rudolph belongs, one thing is certain. It is a somewhat unpleasant fact. Both male and female reindeer sport antlers. In the winter, however, about Christmas time, the males shed theirs. Santa’s team, therefore, is either all female, or they have all been castrated, including Rudolph.

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for Good Cause By Eva George The shops are filled with special gifts, shelves are bulging with festive foods, the sights and sounds of Christmas are everywhere. Since it’s the season of giving, the team at SOCIETY wanted to present to you some astounding artworks, all with deeper meanings that highlight important issues going on behind the tinsel.

These thought-provoking pieces have been created by anonymous street artists with a passion for helping those in need. This is not just art, it’s a movement. Every year there are more installations, paintings and murals that communicate global issues in creative ways. Here are some of our favourites from the past few years…

Santa Cause A thoughtful street artist, who goes by the name of Skid Robot, started ‘planting’ spray-painted Christmas trees around homeless spots in LA last year. These weren’t purely for decoration though, they were used as drop-off points for gift bags with supplies such as food, toiletries and blankets for the homeless, as well as raising substantial awareness of the situation. The campaign was organized as part of a collaboration with the ‘Anonymous Arts Collective’ who continue to help the homeless every year through their artwork. Members of the collective must remain anonymous as unauthorized graffiti art is illegal, even for good cause.

Hopes and Dreams for a New Year It all started with an anonymous artist drawing thought bubbles to show the hope and dreams of the homeless as they slept, but they soon progressed into detailed murals of beautiful landscapes and scenes dotted around LA. The artworks, by Skid Robot humanizes the struggles of the homeless living in the area, with some of the characters even being featured in the murals. Skid Robot posts his artwork on his Instagram account along with a description of the subjects featured. One photo showed a man in a wheelchair who had been shot in the back, the artist painted him a throne with castle battlements and scenery in the background. Another was of a man sleeping on the floor, painted behind him was a double bed with matching bedside tables, lamps and big cushions. The artist explains that he is not only creating awareness through art, but also sharing food with the homeless and raising funds for small mobile homes to keep them off the concrete. According to the artist’s Instagram account, Skid Robot is “an anonymous artist amongst the streets of skidrow, giving to those in need. Creating a dialogue for a solution to extreme poverty through art.” The posts regularly feature hashtags such as #FeedThePoor and #HelpTheHomeless.

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The Siren of the Lambs This piece by street artist, Banksy, definitely makes you think twice about the traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. The mobile artwork is called ‘The Siren of the Lambs’ and was driven around New York City’s Meatpacking district, with extremely loud toy animal noises blaring out as it went. The impossible-to-ignore stunt was created to bring awareness to the cruel conditions that animals suffer when being transported from factory farms to the slaughterhouses. It’s an impactful

Season s Greetings A heart-warming image of a child catching snowflakes, sledge by his side and magic in his eyes. Or is it? As you walk by the artwork, it’s not until you turn the corner that you realize it’s actually not snowflakes the child is playing in… it is ash from the skip fire. This amazing artwork was created by Banksy on a garage wall in Port Talbot, Wales, UK and it drew serious attention the minute news broke of the first sighting. Thousands of people visited the site last Christmas to view the artwork aptly named "Season's greetings". Staff even had to be hired to help control the traffic and hordes of people wanting to catch a glimpse. Banksy confirmed it was his work when he posted a video on his Instagram. The piece has since been protected for preservation.

piece, with every detail thought out, even the truck driver himself was part of the performance. It’s not the only artwork from Banksy to highlight animal cruelty, and we think it’s a genius way to let art speak louder than words.

Spread the Love Italian artist, Alessio-B has created some of the most incredible street art in Europe, with more of his works being featured in many art galleries. The stencil artist uses his talents to create unique pieces with short but incisive messages of peace and love. Whilst studying architecture in Venice during his college years, Alessio was inspired by the works of artists such as Banksy and Blek Le Rat. It wasn’t long before he started experimenting with the power of graffiti art, developing his own unique style in a short period of time. In the most unlikely locations, where people would not expect to find something so beautiful, Alessio crafts his masterpieces and leaves behind meaningful artwork that stops people in their tracks. In an interview with ‘I support street art. com’, they asked Alessio, ‘What do you think people first think or feel when they see one of your works on the street?’ His answer - “I hope to at least give them a moment of happiness … and forget everything that bothers them at least at that moment.” A message of love goes a long way through the festive season and all-year-round.

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Critters By Ian Greenland

Following the resoundingly positive

response to my recent article about drunk animals (ie. I didn't lose my job or even get asked to try harder by the editorial team), I've decided once more to wade into the teeming journalistic waters of the animal kingdom in a desperate bid to find something to talk about that isn't Brexit, climate change or politics. When humankind keeps letting us down, it's time to turn to our furry friends for help. Think of this article as the palate cleanser on the news wherein a novelty report about a skateboarding terrapin helps lift your spirits after the anchors have spent 20 minutes recounting to you how EVERYTHING is fucked. According to Routh Clarke solicitors, every year on our roads, cars, motorbikes and lorries are involved in accidents with

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WHEN HUMANKIND KEEPS LETTING US DOWN, IT'S TIME TO TURN TO OUR FURRY FRIENDS FOR HELP. over one million animals and ten million birds. Many of these incidents result in little more than a flat seagull and lost appetite, though deer-based accidents alone cause some 20 human deaths annually and creature-related insurance claims run to £20 million. Of course, like my older brother did when at 18 he stuck our mum's Nissan Micra 50 metres into a farmer's field, many motorists could be inventing the presence of a darting animal when quizzed by authorities / their mums. In my bro's case it was an imaginary fox. Nobody believed him in the slightest - even less so when he tried

to blame the same fox for tearing a hole in one of mum's original oil canvasses with a glass candle-holder whilst trying to sneak vodka out of the drinks cabinet at four in the afternoon. If he's reading this some 20 years later, frustrated by the knowledge that he really was framed by an art-hating fox, I apologise. The point is, even though many motorists and my brother Andrew are dirty liars, animals do frequently wreak havoc at a heavy cost to the human world and this is what my latest “article” is about.... (Jesus, surely you're going to have a word with me after this one ed. ?!?) Volunteer scientific researchers were recently forced to start a crowdfunding campaign to cover thousands of pounds racked up in data roaming charges by some incredibly thoughtless eagles whose migrations from southern Russia and Kazakhstan they were studying


over the summer. Transmitters on the birds were rigged to relay tracking data via SMS, but when some of the eagles flew out of signal range, backed up messages did not send until they entered more expensive airspace. One particularly irresponsible hawk, Min, went on a jolly to Iran, subsequently rinsing the entire project's budget. Of course, everyone these days knows you turn off data roaming before you go on holiday but eaglekind were obviously too busy texting their mates when that memo went round. It makes you wonder whether these animals are even worth saving.

ONE PARTICULARLY IRRESPONSIBLE HAWK, MIN, WENT ON A JOLLY TO IRAN, SUBSEQUENTLY RINSING THE ENTIRE PROJECT'S BUDGET.

Far from the only birds wreaking havoc, gulls, geese and starlings regularly direct themselves into the engines of speeding aeroplanes, causing extensive damage and on rare occasions, downing aircraft. Perhaps the most famous case of “birdstrike” occurred in 2009 when Captain Chesley Sullenberger lost both engines of a passenger liner to avian impact - in this case, Canada Geese. Defying subsequent investigative simulations which resulted in catastrophic results every time, the veteran pilot successfully landed the plane otherwise intact, gliding it onto the waters of the Hudson river at 140 mph, saving all 155 on board in what was dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson”. Most incredible of all was that the geezer's name was Chesley Sullenberger and apparently that's fine in America. Not even Chesney, but Chesley...?.... Sullenberger ...... fucking Sullenberger??! Dogs regularly eat things they shouldn't and numerous owners have reported that their pooches have ingested their hearing aids, or chewed them into a state that makes popping them back in unappealing. Replacement costs run into thousands.

Bits, a 15 year old tortoise in San Antonio caused some $150,000 of damage when he knocked over a heat lamp, starting a fire which spread to the neighbour's home. Luckily the human occupants escaped unharmed and Bits himself received only minor burns to his shell. It's entirely speculated by me that the armoured arsonist then led authorities on a wild chase which began next to his hutch and culminated nearly two hours later some four metres away. A tense standoff saw him refusing to come out of his shell until seasoned negotiators brought his tearful ONCE THE HERD'S owner to the scene FEMALES HAD SEEN HIM wearing a hat made of lettuce. Jason GETTING ALL AGGY Statham is expected AND DESPERATE AND (again, by me) to SMASHING STUFF UP IN play the part of Bits in the probably A HORNY GRUMP, THEY upcoming film of his WERE ALL OVER HIM life.

BECAUSE THAT KIND OF BEHAVIOUR IS HOT, WHATEVER SPECIES YOU BELONG TO.

We acknowledge different breeds of dogs display different qualities but it still seems a bit outrageous that some spend their lives selflessly helping the blind as seeing-eye companions whilst others run around depriving deaf people of their most vital means of communication. Of course if your seeing-eye dog has eaten your hearing aid, things have just taken a difficult turn. At least you'll be wholly oblivious to this drivel.

In March of this year, a lovelorn Asian elephant in China went on a rampage of destruction having failed to attract a female mate in heat. Pushed out of the herd by unsupportive wingmen, the large male took to the streets of Meng'a Town, destroying nine vehicles and damaging several houses before local forestry police halted his 30 minute temper tantrum and coerced him away from the human population.

Presumably once the herd's females had seen him getting all aggy and desperate and smashing stuff up in a horny grump, they were all over him because that kind of behaviour is HOT, whatever species you belong to. Ending this Pulitzer-worthy piece on one of the few animals bigger than that elephant and certainly one historians regards as even more of a dick, we have the story of Mocha Dick, the real life albino sperm whale who partly inspired Herman Melville's classic novel. Cruising the Pacific waters off Chile in the early 19th century, described as initially docile and even sociable, Mocha Dick nevertheless had the temerity to really not want to be murdered by whalers, surviving some 100 reported attempts by force and destroying more than 20 ships before he was eventually killed in 1883 whilst attempting to defend a distraught female whose own calf had just been harpooned to death – and HE's the dick apparently?!! At least in the case of Mocha, a violent end to a dramatic, hard-fought life demonstrated a noble determination to rail against the 19th Century's rapid encroachment of human kind on the natural world – an unwavering resilience to modern practises steeped in millions upon millions of years of basic animal survival instinct. Truly wild. Truly free. ...These days even the eagles are fucking texting. Ian Greenland, www.iangreenland.uk

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The risks for agriculture in Europe

The Situation

The Causes

The Solutions

Since the late 1990s, beekeepers around the world have observed the mysterious and sudden disappearance of bees, and report unusually high rates of decline on honeybee colonies

Bee-killing pesticides in particular pose the most direct risk to pollinators. The main reasons for global bee-decline are linked to industrial agriculture, parasites/ pathogens and climate change. The loss of biodiversity due to monocultures and the widespread use of bee-killing pesticides are particular threats to honeybees and wild pollinators.

To protect our bees and agriculture we need to shift from destructive industrial agriculture towards ecological farming. First and important steps are:

“If wild pollinator declines continue, we run the risk of losing a substantial proportion of the world’s flora”

1 Ban all bee-killing pesticides 2 Adopt a bee-action plan 3 Promote ecological farming

The role of the bee Bees and other pollinating insects play an essential role in ecosystems. A third of all our food depends on their pollination. A world without pollinators would be devastating for food production. Who would pollinate all the crops? Handpollination is extremely labour-intensive, slow and expensive. The economic value of bees’ pollination work has been estimated around € 265 billion annually, worldwide. So, also from a purely economic point of view, it pays to protect the bees.

Bee-killing pesticides Bee-killing pesticides in particular pose the most direct risk to pollinators. The main reasons for global bee-decline are linked to industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens and climate change. The loss of biodiversity due to monocultures and the wide-spread use of bee-killing pesticides are particular threats for honeybees and wild pollinators. Although the relative role of insecticides in the global decline of pollinators remains poorly characterised, it is becoming increasingly evident that some insecticides, at concentrations applied routinely in the current chemical-intensive agriculture system, exert clear, negative effects on the health of pollinators – both individually and at the colony level. The observed, sublethal, low-dose effects of insecticides on bees are various and diverse.

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Help save the bees

Visit http://sos-bees.org/demand/ and add your voice to thousands of people around the world who want to protect the bees by banning beekilling pesticides and unsustainable industrial agriculture and promoting ecological farming. The more people who sign, the more we can influence the governments and companies who can act to save the bees.

WHAT CAN WE DO? Any progress in transforming the current destructive chemical-intensive agricultural system into an ecological farming system will have many associated benefits on other dimensions of the environment and on human food security.

550,949 SIGNATURES SO FAR

Support the change towards ecological farming and help to protect bees, wild bees and other pollinators: buy regional and organic food, avoid pesticides in your garden, plant bee-friendly organic flowers and get active by signing the petition to save the bees and agriculture. Ban all pesticides that are harmful to bees and others pollinators ‌including clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, fipronil, chlorpyrifos, cypermethrin and deltamethrin and substitute them with ecological farming solutions Endorse non-chemical farming alternatives and increase biodiversity in agriculture Better assess the risks of pesticides and reduce their use Monitor the health of bees and other pollinators Dedicate more funding to support ecological farming

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Each issue we share with you Rob’s story… adventurer, activist, humanitarian. This month we continue with how he went from DRUNK DUDE to...

Living his best life, Rob Greenfield is an adventurist, environmental activist, humanitarian and a dude making a difference. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world.

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ow let’s talk about the bank account. Again, this was not a radical overnight change for me. Since I started to wake up to how my actions affected the world, I realized that spending money was often connected to destroying the things that I loved. Because of the globalized world that we live in, it can be very hard to understand and trace the impacts that come as a result our transactions. We have learned about children working in sweatshops to make our clothes, companies dumping toxic waste into our oceans and rivers, and animals being tortured and treated horribly, all with our money and for our money. I’ve found that the best way to make sure that I’m not doling out injustice with my money is to simply make far fewer transactions. The more transactions I make and the more places I make

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them, the harder it is to know the practices behind them and the impact I am having on the world.

SO, OVER YEARS I JUST STOPPED BUYING AS MUCH STUFF, AND THUS NEEDED A LOT LESS MONEY TO EXIST. I was slowly simplifying my life and removing myself from the monetary system. In October of 2014, I took my money out of the big banks and switched to a local credit union. Prior that, I had taken all my money out of investments that were causing environmental and human destruction. In summer of 2014, I cancelled my last credit card.

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The less convenient it was for me to make purchases, the less I made. And also, the more I removed myself from the financial system online, the more I started to purchase locally, from people who were connected to their food and their products. This made it much easier for me to ensure that I was causing less harm to the things that I love. All of that and more happened before I finally decided to go bank account free. This was just one step (again much smaller than the leading-up steps) that further reduced my personal involvement with money. But it’s not about what I gave up. It’s about what I gained through giving up.

CANCELLING MY BANK ACCOUNT HAS ALLOWED ME TO LIVE A PURER LIFE THAT IS NOT ABOUT MATERIAL POSSESSIONS OR WEALTH BUT RATHER HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND FREEDOM FOR MYSELF, HUMANITY, AND THE MILLIONS OF SPECIES WE SHARE THE EARTH WITH. Because I have chosen to largely remove money from my life, my dependencies are more visible. I am dependent on humanity and the earth. I don’t outsource my dependency through money. Now, some people would think that through my actions I am dependent on others in a way that I take from them and am not able to return. A “mooch” some would say. However, it is the opposite. By living simply and reducing my needs, I have been able to take myself out of the centre of my equation and instead put the wellbeing of my community and the people around me into the centre of the equation. I have the time to volunteer, to give my time, my resources, my care, and my love to people and Earth. This is a concept that can be quite hard to understand for someone who’s life fully revolves around the outsourcing created through the monetary system. A few paragraphs aren’t going to explain it all but if you are interested, my website and many other resources go deeper. Some would look at cutting up these documents as radical individualism. Some probably assume that I am anti-government. This is not about individualism. It’s about community. This is about removing the extraneous from life so that I can focus on what

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really matters, which for me is a healthy and happy community of people and all creatures. I am not anti-government. I am very much against many of the things that our government is currently doing. But I am not against the concept of a just and equal government by and for the people.

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This leads me to social security. Cutting up my social security card was not purely symbolic. It was much more. It was my commitment to further remove myself from that system. Yes, I do have a social security number still. That is something that I will have, at least for now. I do still use that number for verification for things online. However, one of the largest parts of cutting my social security card is my decision to not accept social security in this lifetime.

I’d also like to note that nothing is permanent. At the time of writing this, I am young, at the age of 31. It is possible that I will end up with a bank account later in life. But to go even ten years without one is more than just meaningful. Part of what I am doing is testing the boundaries of the human experience and seeing what is possible. Much of what I have done, I would not have known if it was possible as a younger me. Regardless of whether or not I have a bank account again in my lifetime, I am very certain that the overall path of my life will stay true. It will change and it will meander, but I will stay true to my morals and always aim to live a life that is beyond myself.

I am no longer paying into social security and thus have decided that I won’t be taking social security out (if it does indeed exist when I am eligible for it, or if I live to the age of eligibility). It is unlikely that I will ever take a job that requires a social security card. My full-time job is to make the world a better place. I don’t have a boss and I don’t need a social security card for my mission in life. I’ve chosen to live a simple life that is not centered around money. What I am doing is not illegal. I do this legally by making very little money. I have vowed to a life of making below the financial “poverty line.” I would like to be clear that I am not trying to simulate poverty in any way. Billions of people live with serious daily challenges to just make ends meet or to have enough to eat. This is very real.

I CONSCIOUSLY DO NOT PAY FEDERAL TAXES BECAUSE I DO NOT SUPPORT WAR, WHERE A HUGE SUM OF MY TAXES WOULD GO. I DO NOT SUPPORT THE USE OF TAX MONEY BY THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION OF THE US GOVERNMENT.

My hopes are to be of service to people in difficult situations and bring attention to the inequalities and problems in our system and solutions to these problems.

As a person with both white and Western privilege I can cut up these IDs, and I acknowledge this. I am not in any way saying that anyone can do what I’ve done or that this is even the right path for them. For people working on gaining citizenship in a new country, homeless people trying to get identification, working to make ends meet and needing a job, or many other situations, this could be more harmful than beneficial to their mission in life. I want to acknowledge the absurdity that a person needs these ID’s to be

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able to function in society and the problems with this system. Countless people have trouble getting a job or apartment because of the inadequacies of this system. Basic human rights are lacking in our current systems. This is what I aim to draw attention to through my life and my activism. This is my path and cutting up all these things is quite extreme. This isn’t designed for others to walk the same path as me. However, it is designed to get people thinking. It is designed to make many of us question what is typically never questioned and get us to deeply self-reflect on our own lives and the society in which we live in.

I would like to say again that I am far from perfect, and that I acknowledge the hypocrisy that I do have as a 21st-century human being. However, nearly all of my actions are deeply thought out prior to taking them. I am on a path of living in the service of humanity, our fellow species on the Earth, and Earth itself. For me, simple and radically different living is the path that I’ve chosen to take. It’s not the only path, but for me, it works. My intentions are not for anyone to follow my path exactly, but I do intend to influence and inspire people to be truly aware and conscious of the impact of their actions and to make proper changes to strive for a sustainable and just society and world. (to be continued)


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Enjoy a relaxed time for all the family at Baltazár Bar & Grill. Perfect for all the family! Early booking is recommended for this very popular evening.

With amazing views out over the hotel pool and gardens, this is the ideal winter-warmer spot. There will be plenty of delicious traditional Christmas specialities on this day, with a special menu created by Chef David Fernandez.

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An intimate event with Perrier Champagne, Debbie Wingham Diamonds Works and Chef David Fernandez five-course dinner experience. At the end each partygoer will toast to the lucky one who will find a real diamond valued EUR 2.000.

Roll up! Roll up! Enter the circus at Baltazar Bar & Grill and give free rein to an evening of fun at the Fair themed New Year’s Eve party. During your four-course meal, there will be live music and entertainment.

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Sustainability simplified at

Photo by www.aludomo.es

So, what exactly is sustainability? The dictionary definition is; avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance and Breathe aims to do just that. The lower level, aptly named Ground, has the mission of sustainability at the forefront using environmentally responsible, sustainable and ethical products. The team carefully select brands that support their beliefs and always ensure there is no use of plastic bottles within the establishment, whether it be out for the customers to see, in the kitchen or behind the bar. KM0 water (purified town supply water put through a process of decalcification, dichlorination, reserve osmosis and UV sterilization) is served throughout the establishment in reusable glass bottles. These processes create top-quality drinking water and also drastically

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THE MENUS AT BREATHE AND GROUND CATER FOR A VAST ARRAY OF DIETARY REQUIREMENTS INCLUDING VEGETARIANS, VEGAN AND CELIAC AND CAN CATER FOR HEALTHY, ORGANIC, 100% NATURAL AND BIO DIETS WITHOUT COMPROMISING ON FLAVOUR OR BEING STRICT TO A THEME. reduce the environmental impact of the water bottling industry, which uses high water and energy consumption and also has negative environmental impacts on the transport industry. You may wish to argue that osmosis is a process that wastes a lot of water, however with modern machinery such as that at Breathe, the waste is reduced to about 50% and in their case, the ‘wasted’ water is diverted to their irrigation tank to be used for the plants.

Breathe aims to avoid purchasing plastic packaging wherever possible, including pressuring suppliers to avoid unnecessary plastic packaging and alternatives are available on request for straws, bags, coffee cups and other packaging. Wherever possible, they substitute plastic products with paper, cardboard, natural materials or plastic alternatives with greatly improved composability, such as PLA (plant-based starch). The menus at Breathe and Ground cater for a vast array of dietary requirements including vegetarians, vegan and celiac and can cater for healthy, organic, 100% natural and bio diets without compromising on flavour or being strict to a theme. The chefs follow the farm to table concept avoiding shops, markets and distributors wherever possible, bringing you the freshest, organic produce around. Almost all of the fresh


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fruit and vegetable products comes from farms in and around Marbella, mostly organic. Open for breakfast from 9am, Ground boasts an impressive selection of speciality coffees thanks to their La Marzocca premium coffee machine as well as luxury organic teas. The fresh, organic bakery produces mouth-watering bakes daily including their famed sourdough bread, all baked in-house with no chemicals or preservatives. If dining at lunch time, choose from the a la carte menu inspired by the latest global trends or their excellent value set lunch menu for 19€ per person including two delicious courses followed by a coffee, tea or chocolate chip cookie! Examples include Vichyssoise of Green Asparagus with Estragon and Tomato Croutons followed by Teriyaki Marinated Salmon served with Roasted Fennel, Miso, Sakeada Orange and Ginger Jasmine Rice or their Buddha Bowl filled with Spiced Sautéed Chickpeas, Roasted

Sweet Potato, Dehydrated Kale Chips, Steamed Broccoli, Granny Smith Apple and Red & Yellow Peppers. All the menus are designed by the Breathe Executive Chef with all dishes carefully prepared in-house. Ground may be open 365 days a year but this New Year’s Day they will be offering something a little different, serving a delicious brunch guaranteed to ensure you start 2020 the right way, plus weekend brunches will be arriving soon and with 24/7 public parking facilities what more could you need to make your weekend extra special. If that isn’t enough, Ground is now offering a vast take-away selection so if you want to shop sustainably and don’t feel like cooking yourself, why not pop along and take a little bite of Ground home. www.breathe.life

THE FRESH, ORGANIC BAKERY PRODUCES MOUTH-WATERING BAKES DAILY INCLUDING THEIR FAMED SOURDOUGH BREAD, ALL BAKED IN-HOUSE WITH NO CHEMICALS OR PRESERVATIVES.

(+34) 952 036 494 Calle Los Lirios S/N. +34 952 036 494 reservations@breathe.life

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Bettina, our resident foodie, offers her insider knowledge on plant based cuisine and takes us on a culinary journey as she travels the world in search of gastronomic inspiration

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ollowing last issue’s article on sustainability, this month I wanted to share with you one of my favourite sustainable and eco-friendly brands.

We are all able to contribute to the movement in some way and that’s what I want to inspire – even if just means making a simple swap and supporting a brand who is doing something important for the world. The’artyvegan is one of those brands. Created by fatherdaughter duo Maurelio and Ellora Torchia, the’artyvegan make fresh, unprocessed tofu, seitan and plant-based cheeses inspired by the pair’s love for food, travel and environmental concern and deliver them to shops and people’s homes, including mine, across London. The story of how the’artyvegan became what it is today is one full of love, life and feel good food. Refusing to accept the social norms of the word success or failure, Maurelio encourages his daughter and ultimately his business to focus on the emotional aspect. You need to focus on the words [and their meanings] happy or unhappy rather than successor failure.

she started helping her father create his own business. “It began with my Father’s vision of making tofu and selling it – but ultimately it grew and is still growing into a far greater opportunity to have the conversations I have wanted to have for a very long time.” Both Maurelio and his daughter (plus the rest of their family) have been vegan for over 30 years and believe now is the time to speak up. “Now, more than ever, I believe we need to share the knowledge and be better in business” Maurelio comments. “It’s 2019 – there are more people that are now ready to think increasingly about where their food comes from and it’s major impact [on the world]. Now… is the right time”. But where did the idea for the brand come from?

“ YO U O N LY H A V E O N E L I F E A N D IT SHOULD BE FILLED WITH T H I N G S T H AT M A K E YO U H A P P Y … I F YO U D O T H I N G S O U T O F J OY, YO U C A N N E V E R R E A L LY F A I L” . M A U R E L I O S TAT E S .

The brand is only just starting out, after launching earlier this year and are already offering a voice to those wanting to shout about food waste and its impact on the world. Co-founder Ellora who still laughs at how she became a part of this brand-new movement tells us that she was “unsure about what was going to unfold” when

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Moving to Japan shortly after Ellora’s birth, Maurelio learnt the art of tofu.

Learning both the traditional and commercial processes, Maurelio realised there was something pure about the craft of turning the humble soya bean into something else. You have to really “respect the process and time taken to make by hand,” says Maurelio “it’s a feeling that has stayed with me ever since” and one which he credits the success of his business now. Having travelled around the world with his wife, Veena – the Torchia family experienced the art, culture and traditions of some of the most wonderful countries across the world. Turkey; SriLanka; Tunisia; Russia; France; India and Japan are just a few amongst the long list of places they called home. Setting base for 6 months to a year at a time, Maurelio, whose background saw him train as a chef in Switzerland helped him create multiple food businesses with each one bringing a new knowledge, skill or inspiration to his increasingly growing and impressive portfolio. “We are just two culinary souls brought together by our love of bringing fresh, homemade clean and green goods to food-lovers.” Ellora shares. “I fell into the business by accident. But I don’t think I’d change a thing about it. It’s been a beautifully creative thing and opened up possibilities that neither my father


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nor I could have ever imagined.” Ellora, who also works as an actress full time is in charge of the administrational aspects of the business and can be often seen waking up at 4am to process invoices and upload on social media before focusing on the other branch of the business. “My domain is the vegan cheese, and his [her father] the tofu – we do swap if things get too repetitive” but Maurelio thrives off the monotonous tasks, “I wake up at around 5.30, get ready, have a cup of tea – rinse out the soaked soya beans and start blending. I’ll then make tofu till it’s time to call it a day… I really enjoy it!” The pair are usually never in bed before midnight and with Ellora’s early wake-up call it’s no wonder she regularly warns new-starters to be prepared not to sleep very much and states that you must “pick a good, fun and reliable partner” and to make sure to allocate time off, regardless if you’ve finished the to-do-list or not – “it’s never ending! So, be prepared to let it go, stay on top of the boring things and when demand outweighs possibility for supply – get help.” For someone so inexperienced before now, Ellora has a true grasp on what it means to be an entrepreneurial start-up founder, but she hasn’t always been that way. “I stumbled into this so naively; it had been a real challenge to negotiate everything that needs to be done. But you must always remember why you’re doing it. Especially today with the topic of sustainability – it’s very hard not to be a hypocrite, so try not to beat yourself up too much, just do your

best, your bit… try to keep grounded and remember that you are trying – which is all any of us can really do!”. Utilizing his past business experiences, Maurelio has been a steady hand for Ellora throughout the business process but it even came as a surprise to him how fast things snowballed for the’artyvegan. “I often find myself a bit like a deer in the headlights, as things just move so fast nowadays! Technology has made it so easy for people to access their demand – I wish someone would have taught me how to use a mobile phone BEFORE I started my own journey!” Maurelio chuckles as he taps the device on the table in front of us. “Something else I wish someone told me before I started was - it’s never too late [to start a business]; it’s never too late to say YES at things coming your way. I couldn’t have imagined the possibility of all this, just a few years ago – I was very settled in a different routine and the thought of starting something again… well… it seemed like far too much work, and yet, things happen and opportunities form and sometimes you’ve just got to jump in not knowing the outcome.” Overcoming adversity and facing the unknown is something both father and daughter have learnt to deal with. “As an actress, I get rejection a lot – so I’m glad that I have that to help keep things in perspective for me. I will fail a lot, there’s no control over that, but it’s what you do after… that’s the most important thing. Dusting yourself off and trying and trying again means, fingers crossed – you’ll fail a little smaller next time.” Ellora expresses with a hint of excitement for the future in her voice. Working tirelessly every day the duo is taking small steps to grow into a larger company. The ultimate aim: a zerowaste plant-based production company. “We are slowly putting the action steps in place that can help us become a completely zero-waste company” one of the two comment with the other agreeing as they speak. “We are working on an initiative that allows people from vulnerable backgrounds, who have an interest in food to work with our fully edible waste and make ‘free-food’ for the homeless and others in need. Our company is one for those who can afford to buy our products, and to utilize our waste for those who can’t.”

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a Sala have always been known for a vast menu that caters to all… something for everyone. Well now they truly live up to that reputation following the launch of their new vegetarian & vegan menu. Gone are the days of one vegetarian option appearing on a menu and vegans having to visit vegan-only restaurants. More and more eateries are offering a vast variety of options for plant-based diets. La Sala have teamed up with ‘Beyond Meat’ offering plant-based meat meals like you have never seen before. Beyond Meat believe there is a better way to feed the planet and by shifting from animal to plant based meat we can address four growing global issues; human health, climate change, constraints on natural resources and animal welfare. With a mission so prevalent in today’s world we had to see what the hype was all about!

LA SALA HAVE TEAMED UP WITH ‘BEYOND MEAT’ OFFERING PLANT-BASED MEAT MEALS LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. To start our Beyond Meat experience we commenced with the Beyond Steak Tartare boasting Ground Beyond Meat, Capers, Gherkins, Olives & Traditional Spices served with Hand Cut Fries, Mixed Salad and Vegan Bread. So, what is Beyond Meat made of you might ask? Protein, fat, minerals, carbohydrates and water are the five building blocks of meat, Beyond Meat sources these building blocks directly from the plants to create delicious, mouth-watering plant-based meat. They use a variety of plant proteins

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COMPASSION PROTEIN, FAT, MINERALS, CARBOHYDRATES AND WATER ARE THE FIVE BUILDING BLOCKS OF MEAT, BEYOND MEAT SOURCES THESE BUILDING BLOCKS DIRECTLY FROM THE PLANTS TO CREATE DELICIOUS, MOUTHWATERING PLANT-BASED MEAT.

BY SHIFTING FROM ANIMAL TO PLANT BASED MEAT WE CAN ADDRESS FOUR GROWING GLOBAL ISSUES; HUMAN HEALTH, CLIMATE CHANGE, CONSTRAINTS ON NATURAL RESOURCES AND ANIMAL WELFARE. such as peas, mung bean, fava bean, brown rice and sunflower to deliver greater or equal levels of protein than their animal-based counterparts. The minerals used deliver the nutrients you expect from meat, such as iron, and wake your taste buds with each bite. Their blend of carbohydrates helps hold the ingredients together providing just the right amount of texture. Plus, the natural flavours and fruit and vegetable-based colours deliver a meaty taste without using GMOs. This combined with the fats; cocoa butter, coconut oil, sunflower oil and canola oil are what create the juicy plant-based burgers, beef and sausages that sizzle in the pan, yet all with less saturated fat than their animal counterparts. To put that fact to the test we tried the Vegan Hot Dog topped with Caramelised & Crispy Onions, stewed Red Cabbage, Salad Leaves and Almond Mayonnaise and served with Patatas Bravas. While a hot dog might be something you associate with a trip to the movies or the feria, this was an experience in itself and as a meat eater I was thoroughly impressed and swiftly moved onto the equally impressive Beyond Vegan Burger on a Burger Bun topped with Tomato, Red Onion, Salad Leaves & Chipotle Mayonnaise served

with Coleslaw and Hand Cut Fries. Beyond Meat claims to deliver the meaty experience without the compromise, and this alongside La Sala’s talented kitchen team seems to be a match made in heaven. Following our Beyond Meat journey we sampled two other plant-based alternatives on the menu; the Chickpea & Seitan Stew made with Mixed Vegetables, Tomatoes and Garlic served with Quinoa and the Jack Fruit Curry with Coconut Milk, Red & Green Peppers, Baby Corn, Shitake Mushrooms and Broccoli served with Basmati Rice. The latter was our designer’s absolute favourite and provides a delicious alternative to the Beyond Meats.


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GONE ARE THE DAYS OF ONE VEGETARIAN OPTION APPEARING ON A MENU AND VEGANS HAVING TO VISIT VEGAN-ONLY RESTAURANTS.

She even went as far to say that, despite being a meat eater, she didn’t miss meat from her meal and would be returning within no time for the Jack Fruit Curry again, proving that you don’t need to be a fully-fledged vegetarian or vegan to enjoy the new dishes. So, if you are hoping to have a few meat-free meals or even days

but don’t want to sacrifice your evenings out, now you don’t have to. Live music… unbeatable atmosphere… value-for-money… sophisticated décor and now plantbased perfection. La Sala really does have it all. +34 952 81 41 45 reservations@lasalabanus.com lasalabanus.com

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Each month gourmet food company, Delicias de la Huerta will be sharing their gourmet produce with us offering exclusive cheeses, select wines, fresh fruit and vegetables, unique meat cuts and much more. The growing company already has four stores in Marbella; Delicias de la Huerta (Nueva Andalucía), Delicias Kobe World Meats (Nueva Andalucía), Delicias Gourmet Shop Elviria (Elviria) and Delicias Urban Gourmet (Marbella center). However, they are more than just a shop. They offer home delivery, private catering plus a two-hour express delivery service… they will even deliver to your boat! Whatever your requirements, you can count on Delicias de la Huerta to offer the finest in quality produce. deliciasgourmetgroup.com

BLU`61 Blue cheese pasteurized cow's milk matures for two months alternating ripening days submerged in Raboso Passito IGP - strong red wine from the region - and days of drying on a wooden board in the cellar. Once it has reached its ripening point, meaning it has reached a creamy and melting texture, it is decorated with candied cranberries as if it were a cake.

A UNIQUE CHEESE It has a surprising appearance; a burgundy-red exterior and an ivory interior broken by blue veins and adorned with sugar-coated red cranberries. Taste wise, the presence of penicillium is vibrant and accompanied by a sweet cherry touch. There is a perfect balance between the penetrating taste of sweet wine, the creaminess of the paste and the strength of the blue.

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A CHEESE WITH HISTORY Blu61 cheese is a very peculiar cheese created in 2011 by Antonio Carpenedo to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his wife Giuseppina. Antonio Carpenedo was a young cheese master in Treviso, Italy. During the many wars and invasions that northern Italy suffered in the 19th and 20th centuries, farmers and peasants used to hide food (among which cheeses) under the remains of “orujo” (grape pomace) to prevent the troops taking their food and leaving them starved for winter. This survival technique gave the cheese a different colour, flavour and texture. In 1974, Antonio Carpenedo was inspired by this to create the first “Ubriaco” (Drunken) cheese for sale. Today Antonio's creativity, allied with the youth of his two children Ernesto and Alessandro, position the cheese factory as one of the most creative and emblematic in the country.

TODAY ANTONIO'S CREATIVITY, ALLIED WITH THE YOUTH OF HIS TWO CHILDREN ERNESTO AND ALESSANDRO, POSITION THE CHEESE FACTORY AS ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE AND EMBLEMATIC IN THE COUNTRY.

The Carpenedo family suggests serving Blu '61 with a compote of balsamic vinegar and fruit. For drink pairings, try it with a sweet Italian Passito or with another dessert wine.

PAIRING SUGGESTIONS Ideal to drink with a strong wine. It is advisable to remove from the fridge 1 hour before consuming. Cut with a very thin knife or a lyre.

Galera is a food supplier specializing in quality cheeses. They deliver to restaurants and professionals and among its main objectives is to spread the word about quality cheese culture in the province of Málaga.

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SANTA SUNDAYS

MALAGA’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS MOVE TO LIVERPOOL One of Málaga’s biggest attractions at this time of year is the Christmas light show in the city’s Calle Larios. Visitors come from all over to admire the fabulous show with the tunnel of light being one of the main features of the past three years. This year however, the famous tunnel has been sold and moved to Liverpool, UK, where it will become part of the festive display there. Excitement is growing over the replacement for the gigantic light tunnel feature, as the council have confirmed the theme will be a winter wonderland forest. €806,000 is being spent on the Christmas lights in Málaga City this year with a total of 730,000 sparkling lights guaranteeing a truly spectacular display.

Every Sunday from December 8th to December 22nd, Santa Claus is coming to town again to spread the magic of Christmas and collect wish lists from the kids! Take the little ones in to La Sala’s Live Lounge for some entertainment with festive games, singalong stories, prizes and of course a visit from Santa Claus. You can relax with a drink and some nibbles while the kids have fun! Santa Sundays are between 5-7pm at La Sala Puerto Banus, and booking is required. reservations@lasalabanus.com T. +34 952 81 41 45

REDLINE FOR UNICEF

To celebrate 15 successful years in business and to publicise this year’s chosen charity, Redline Company hosted the second RedTalks presentations, followed by a lively red and gold themed party. The event championed UNICEF’s new fundraising initiative “For Me and All My Friends” and was attended by over 150 clients, former employees, interns, press, local VIPs, suppliers and friends (and children).  

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Guests were treated to copious glasses of wine, freshly baked pizzas, and an eye-catching birthday cake featuring Redline’s ubiquitous Red elephant mascot. The company used this important milestone to thank everyone who has helped to make Redline the Costa del Sol’s leading marketing agency for 15 years. It was also an opportunity to publicise UNICEF’s new fundraising initiative, the Rescue Kit

Challenge, and present a cheque for 1,515.15€. This will help 505 children with things like measles vaccinations, sachets of therapeutic food, soap, notebook, pens and purifying tablets for up to 767 litres of water. Anyone can help by visiting UNICEF’s website at: www.unicef.es/reto-redline#kit-rescate.


NEW PLACE TO MONKEY ABOUT After the success of Monkey Club in Puente Romano, the creators of the renowned restaurant and cocktail bar are preparing to open a brand new project in 2020 on the Golden Mile, Marbella.

FEEL-GOOD FACTOR

Marbella aesthetics group, Ocean Clinic, are proud to announce that one of their top cosmetic surgeons, Dr Felix J. Paprottka MD, is now a member of the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons! This is a fantastic recognition to add to Dr Felix’s belt of achievements to recognize his intensive training and experience in aesthetic surgery techniques including facial and breast surgery, body contouring procedures, and cosmetic treatments such as fillers and Botox.

While the details are still under wraps, we can reveal it will be keeping the same quality standard as Monkey Club with an exciting new concept. Stay tuned, for more info check their social media. @monkeyclubmarbella

WALK FOR CUDECA More than 2,000 participants of 18 different nationalities were involved in four days of sponsored walks to raise funds for Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice. This was the ninth edition of the 4-day walking event with this year raising a total of €1,404 for the charity.   The first group of walkers started with a 30 km route that went through green areas in Puerto Banus and finished in San Pedro Alcantara. On the following days, the walkers took different routes around the area, heading through Altos de Marbella, Nagüeles, Lago de Tortugas, Sierra Blanca and various beaches. Words from the Cudeca Hospice, “Loving thanks are sent to the presidents of Marbella 4 Days Walking and their organisation for keeping their connection with CUDECA and helping to allow us to continue caring for more patients and their families at the end of life.”  

The medical colleges of Hamburg (Germany) and Malaga (Spain) qualified Dr Paprottka in the medical field of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery and he is listed as a fully-certified Plastic Surgeon in both countries. Dr Paprottka is also a frequent Scientific Reviewer for JPRAS, the most important European Scientific Journal for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery. www.oceanclinic.net

GLOBAL BLOCKCHAIN CHALLENGE WINNERS Rewire, a team from Malaga, has won the award for best scalable blockchain project during the Global Blockchain Convergence Congress, with their platform to promote vaccinations in underdeveloped countries. The competition identifies start-ups that fit the 17 UN objectives for sustainable development (2030 agenda). Rewire’s winning project brings gamification and blockchain technology together, presented in a digital platform aimed at improving vaccination rates in underdeveloped countries through a reward system for doctors and patients. The team from Malaga, led by Daniel

Santos and Vicente Ortiz, also aim to improve the security and transparency of records. Since many vaccinations go unused in developing countries, that's where gamification comes in. Via a reward system with tokens or points, doctors will be motivated to administer more vaccines and families will be encouraged to get them. As soon as a patient goes to a

doctor for immunisation or as soon as the vaccine is injected, the agreed tokens are transferred. Users can then store them or use an app to exchange them for traditional currency.

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CLASS A ENERGY AT THE VIEW MARBELLA Luxury complex, The View Marbella has been recognized as one of the first developments on the coast to be given the Class A energy efficiency rating. From the outset, developers of The View Marbella designed the properties with sustainable construction in mind. This resulted in achieving the highest possible energy rating for the blocks that make up the first part of the build, certifying their low CO2 emission and sustainability. The homes use renewable energy sources and fuels, while being positioned strategically to take advantage of the sun’s position throughout the day along with solar panels and aerothermal energy features. Aerothermal energy is a built-in system that supplies heating, air conditioning and domestic hot water, from a clean technology that extracts up to 77% of energy from the air.

PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR LES ROCHES Marbella Hospitality Academy, Les Roches, was honored with the 2019 Tourism Award in recognition of its 25-year achievement in educating professionals for the hotel and tourism sector on the Costa del Sol and worldwide. The gala awards ceremony, organized by La Opinión de Málaga y Prensa Ibérica, was held at the Edgar Neville Auditorium in Malaga, and was attended by more than 400 guests. The award, presented by Director of Operations of City Sightseeing, Luis Miguel Labrado, was received by the CEO of Les Roches Marbella, Carlos Díez de la Lastra who expressed his gratitude for the prestigious award. As quoted from their blog “Les Roches is proud to attract and develop talent from Malaga and the Costa del Sol. Local talent is a crucial element in the Costa del Sol tourism industry.”

SMART LIVING Property development group, Exxacon, recently participated in the SIMed Sustainable Building Technical Conference, showcasing ‘Urban Litoral’, the first Passivhaus certified building in Andalucía. Consisting of 44 multi-family homes, the properties are designed to be sustainable and friendly to the environment, boasting features for cleaner air, temperature control without artificial thermal regulation, and other health-promoting benefits.   Exxacon, is a pioneer in the development of housing with a sustainable approach, for its way of working and seeing the ‘Smart Living‘ way of life - a concept that essentially encompasses every parameter with which they develop a real estate development; technology, community, design, location and of course sustainability.  SIMed is a Mediterranean real estate exhibition on its 15th edition, organized by Passivhaus Costa del Sol and the Consortium of Sustainable Construction of Andalucía.

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TIME MACHINE SOUNDS Time Machine Sounds S.L. was launched in 2019 by Stephen Robinson, an English resident of Marbella. A biochemist by training, he worked internationally in the pharmaceutical industry before retiring, following which he decided to turn his passion for electronics into a business. Time Machine Sounds (TMS), designs and builds Hi-Fi valve amplifiers by hand. Valve amplifiers reached their peak in the 1950s to 1970s, before they were superseded by less expensive transistor amplifiers. Nevertheless, even today valve amplifiers still command great respect and admiration by the Hi-Fi community for their sonic qualities. TMS amplifiers are of course based on earlier ideas but have been significantly upgraded with proprietary circuitry developed over years as well as top quality modern components from the EU, USA, Canada, Switzerland and Japan. TMS sells on the internet where its’ products in classic and boutique packages can be found at www.timemachinesounds.com. The effortless performance of TMS amplifiers will attract music-lovers of all ages and directions, including professionals who desire to hear their music in almost original quality. Higher power units in the range of 60 to 100 Watt per channel are not only interesting for the domestic setting but also for properties with generous rooms, as well as entertainment venues, such as restaurants and clubs. They are a much-appreciated source of the unique and characteristic “valve sound” in the demanding environment of recording studios. The sound and sight of a genuine valve amplifier today is a special pleasure. Where transistor amplifiers can be unconvincing, TMS amplifiers cover the full sound range from bass to the highest notes evenly and easily, with solid power handling and a 3-dimensional soundstage in which every instrument and vocals can be distinguished. The sound comes across as warm, smooth and realistic and the glowing valves are captivating.

TIME MACHINE SOUNDS www.timemachinesounds.com

BEST HOTEL 2019 IS… The Kempinski Hotel Bahía in Estepona recently received the ‘Best Hotel 2019’ at the recent EURHODIP awards in Istanbul. The 5-star hotel received the award for its dedication to student education and job integration, creating the perfect setting for students to put into practice their knowledge and skills. The gala dinner saw more than 200 hotel and tourism education professionals from all over Europe attend the event. EURHODIP is a leading international association that focuses on the quality, vitality and public position of hotel and tourism education. Director of Human Resources at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia, Pedro Hidalgo, received the award as recognition for his students training.

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Banks & Financial Services TOURBILLON LIMITED Suite G2 The Eliott Hotel 2 Governor’s Parade. Gibraltar T. +350 200 66660 info@tourbillon-limited.com tourbillon-limited.com ABBEYGATE Tel. 902 87 77 28, abbeygateinsure.com BANCA MARCH Location: Camino de Camoján, 0, Marbella, Tel. 952 76 48 10, bancamarch.es BANCO POPULAR Location: Av Ricardo Soriano, 36, Marbella, Tel. 952 76 57 05, bancopopular.es CURRENCIES DIRECT Location: C. Orquidea, Local 6, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 90 65 81, currenciesdirect.com FIDUCIARY Tel. 956 79 69 11, fiduciarywealth.eu

FLUENT FINANCE Location: Tales de Miletos 11, Edif. Banana Beach, Blq. C3, Marbella, Tel. 952 92 64 81, fluentfinanceabroad.com GLOBAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT Tel. 952 768 376, gwm-ltd.com HOLA CREDITO Location: CC Negocios Puerta de Banús (opposite Iceland). Tel. 951 319 538 holacredito.com HiFX Tel. 951 20 39 86, hifx.co.uk IBEX Location: CC. Benavista, Local 3, Estepona, Tel. 952 88 71 25, ibexinsure.com JYTSKE BANK Location: 76, Main Street, Gibraltar +350 20072782, jyskebank.com LLOYDS BANK Tel. 902 02 43 65, lloydsbankinternational.es

Bars & Clubs HAVANA 65 Calle Marqués del Duero San Pedro de Alcántara sophia@havana65.com havana65.com

BAR SIX Avd. del Prado, Aloha T. +34 951 319 436 NEWS CAFÉ Location: Lugar Muelle de Ribera, Tel. 952 81 21 31 OLD JOY’S PUB Location: Frontline Puerto Banus, Tel. 952 81 42 83, oldjoyspub.com

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SINATRA BAR Location: The Marina, Puerto Banus, sinatrabar.com

NORDEA BANK Tel. 952 816 925 nordeaprivatebanking.com

LA SUITE Location: Hotel Puente RomanoTel. 630 962 852 suiteclubs.com

SANTANDER Lugar Muelle de Ribera, 3-4, Puerto Banus,Tel. 952 81 76 45, bancosantander.es

THE LIVING ROOM Location : Avda. Del Prado, Urb. Aloha Gardens bloque 1, Tel. 619 06 11 47 THE PLAYWRIGHT Location: C. Manzana, Local 18, Pueblo Los Arcos, Elviria, Tel. 952 86 88 98, theplaywrightmarbella.com THE STUDIO Location: Avda. Del Prado, Urb. Aloha Gardens bloque 1, Tel. 951 31 97 42 TIBU Location: Plaza Antonio Banderas, Puerto Banus, Tel. 952 81 09 18, tibubanus.com

Beach Clubs CLARO RESTAURANT & BEACH CLUB Laguna Village - Carretera Cadiz, Km 159, 29680 Estepona, Málaga T. +34 952 80 08 73, clarobeachclub.com FINCA CORTESIN Tel. 952 93 78 00, info@hotelcortesin.com fincacortesin.com NIKKI BEACH Location: Hotel Don Carlos Tel. 952 836 239, nikkibeach.com PLAZA BEACH Reservations: Tel. 677 64 47 37 info@ultimapromotions.com plazabeachbanus.com SALA BY THE SEA Location: Urb. Villa Marina, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 81 38 82, salabeach.com

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BARDOU Playas del Duque, Casas Sevilla 2, Local 7 Puerto Banús. +34 951 518 680 marbella@thebardou.com thebardou.com

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL RESTAURANT & SPA Urb Miraflores Playa, Crta. A7 km.199, Marbella. Tel. 952 587 550, oceanohotel.com ENN CARE Location: Marbella Golf and Country Club, Ctra de Cádiz, N-340 Km 188, 29604, Marbella Tel. 663 048 477 enncare.com HC MARBELLA Tel.952 908 628 marbellahighcare.com

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COSMOCLINIC AND ISABELLE’S Location: Carretera de Cadiz N340, Urb. Marbella Real, Local 1. Tel. 952 815 944 COSTA COSMETICA BEAUTY Location: C/Marqués del Duero 68, San Pedro de Alcántara Tel. 952 703 304 DENTAL CARE: C.C. Laguna Village, A-7, km.159, Estepona Tel. 952 936 552 / 615 071 563 dentalcaremarbella.com

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MARBELLA VEIN CLINIC Location: Camojan Business Centre, Office 12 Tel. 952 867 003 marbellavein.com

SUSANS SKIN CARE Location: Specialist Medical Clinic 1st Floor ICC, Gibraltar Tel.+350 20049999  susanskincaregibraltar.com

MARION DIAS Tel. 711 771 972 info@hypno-therapeutiques.co.uk hypno-therapeutiques.co.uk MARK DENTAL CLINIC Location: C. C Benavista, Puerto Banus and Fuengirola Tel. 951 272 267 / 952 810 408 / 952 917 164 markdentalclinic.com OCEAN CLINIC Location: Av. Ramon y Cajal 7, Marbella Tel. 951 775 518 oceanclinic.net Q MAX LASER TREATMENTS @ THE WELLNESS STUDIO Los Naranjos Golf Club Plaza Cibeles, Nueva Andalucia. Contact Sara Tel: 628936396 REFLECTIONS HAIR AND NAILS Centro Plaza Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 906 524, reflectionsmarbella.com PURE SKIN BEAUTY ROOM @The Wellness Studio Los Naranjos Golf Club Plaza Cibeles, Contact Sofia Tel: 661 279 575 pureskin.es SINERGIA PILATES Avda. de Espana 62, Estepona Sinergiapilates.es THAI MITICA Calderon de la Barca, 48, Nueva Andalucia + 34 951 279 250 thaimitica@my.com THE HOUSE HAIRDRESSING Pino Golf de Don Carlos, Coto de los Dolores, Local 28, Elviria +34 952 835 317 Thehousehairdressing.com THE BARBER CLUB Ed. Online, Local 6. Calle Las Malvas Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 907 202/203 thebarberclubmarbella.com THE BEAUTY ROOM SAN PEDRO Tel: 655 013 064, beautytherapistmarbella.com THE NAIL PLACE Location: Av Manolete, Tel. 952 818 636 thenailplacemarbella.com TITANIUM CLINIC Location: CC Marbella Mar,2. Local 8 CN 340, Km179 Tel. 952 901 442 / 615 350 476 titaniumclinic.com VILLAR-ARAGON CLINIC Plaza Joaquin Gomez Aguera 4, Marbella Tel. 952 823 155 clinicavillararagon.com WOOD HAIRDRESSING Location: C.C Le Village, Ctra de Istan Tel. 952 771 791 wood-hairdressing.com

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GLAMOUR HUNTER Calle Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 23, Marbella centre +34 951 51 88 25 info@glamourhunter.net glamourhunter.es DE LA FUENTE Calle Sierra Blanca 1, Marbella. Tel: 952 90 20 80 LOFT & ROOMERS Oasis Business Center, Ctra. De Cádiz KM 183. Tel: 952 77 21 39, loftroomers.com NIMROD MESSEG Calle Aluminio 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 85 74 39, nimrodmesseg.com UNIQUE FIRES Tel: 951 27 74 43, uniquefires.com ANTONIO SEIJO Location: Avenida Ramón Y Cajal 7, Marbella Tel. 952 900 140, antonioseijo.com ANTHONYS DIAMONDS Location: Avenida Ramon y Cajal 40 Tel. 952 588 795 anthonys-diamonds.com BANG & OLUFSEN Location: Puerto Banús Main entrance. Tel: 95 281 72 50. Bangolufsen.com ELLE MORGAN BOUTIQUE Location: Unit 31 Laguna Village (next to Purobeach) Tel. 647 869 831 FASHION VILLA Location: Paseo de Suiza, Elviria, Tel. 952 85 05 01 FEYDOM MUEBLES Pol. Ind. Nueva Campana, Nave, Nueva Andalucia, 15, 29660. Tel. 951 51 87 87, feydom.es HOT OFF THE PRESS Location: Calahonda Commercial Centre Unit 7, Calahonda Tel. 952 930 392 hotpgreen.com

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COSTA JUMP Poligono Industrial, fase 2, Calle Carril de Picaza, San Pedro de Alcantara (ITV & Parque 3 Jardines) Tel: 952 787 018, costajump.com AVENTURA AMAZONIA Location: Avda. Valeriano Rodriguez Tel. 952 835 505, aventura-amazonia.com ESTUDIO61 Location: Calle Notario Luis Oliver 9, Tel. 672 296 074 estudio61.com HOUSES OF ART GALLERY Marbella Club Hotel Blv. Pr. Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella, Tel. 952857196

Event Venues CORTIJO DEL MARQUES Location: Albolote (Granada). Tel. 958 340 077, cortijodelmarques.com LE PAPILLON Location: Urbanización Marbesa (Exit Camping Marbella Playa) Carretera de Cádiz Km. 193 Marbella T: 952 834 113; restaurantepapillon.com SALA BEACH Location: Urb. Marina Villa (beachside) Tel. 952 813 882 salabeachbanus.com

MARBELLA POLO CLUB info@marbellapoloclub.com, Tel. 639 30 85 55, marbellapoloclub.com

THE COURTYARD MARBELLA Location: Carretera Ojen 2.8Km, enquiries@thecourtyardmarbella.com, thecourtyardmarbella.com

MESSEG DESIGN Location: C/Aluminio 6, Poligono Industrial La Hermita Tel. 952 857 439 messegdesign.com

TIKITANO Location: Urb. Guadalmansa, Ctra de Cadiz 340 – KM 164 Estepona. Tel. 952 798 449, tikitano.com

PALACIO DE CONGRESOS MARBELLA Location: Calle Jose Melia 2 Tel. 952 828 244, marbellacongresos.com

VILLA DEL MAR Loation: Marbella Club Hotel, Av. Alfonso de Hohenlohe Tel. 952 822 211 marbellaclub.com

SALON VARIETES THEATRE Location: C/ Emanicipacion, s/n Fuengirola Tel. 952 474 542 salonvarietestheatre.com

Golf Courses

SELWO Autovia Costa del Sol, KM 162,500, Estepona, Tel. 902 19 04 82, selwo.es

ALOHA GOLF CLUB Location: Apdo. 141, Urb. Aloha Golf, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 812 388 clubdegolfaloha.com

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ATALAYA GOLF CLUB Location: Avda. de las Golondrinas, Estepona Tel. 952 882 812 atalaya-park.es

MONTE PARAISO Location: C/ Camino de Camojan s/n, Sierra Blanca Tel. 952 822 781 monteparaisogolf.com

CALANOVA GOLF CLUB Location: Urb. Calanova Golf Club Tel. 951 170 194 calanovagolfclub.com

SAN ROQUE CLUB CN 340, Km 127, 11360 San Roque, Cádiz, Tel. 956 61 30 30, sanroqueclub.com

MGM Gym Location: Avenida de Manolete 10, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 817 219 mgm.com.es

EL CHAPARRAL GOLF CLUB Location: Urbanizacion El Chaparral, N-340 KM 203, Mijas Costa Tel. 952 587 773, golfelchaparral.com

SANTA MARIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Urb. Elviria, Ctra. Cadiz-Málaga, KM 192, Elviria Tel. 952 831 036, santamariagolfclub.com

Interior Design

EL PARAISO GOLF CLUB CN 340, km 167, Estepona 296880 Tel. 952 883 835 elparaisogolfclub.com

REAL CLUB DE GOLF GUADALMINA Urb. Guadalmina Alta, A-7, Km.170, San Pedro de Alcántara, Tel. 952 88 33 75, guadalminagolf.com

FINCA CORTESIN GOLF CLUB Location: Carretera de Casares s/n, Casares Tel. 952 937 883 fincacortesin.com FLAMINGOS GOLF CLUB Location: Ctra de Cadiz KM 166 Tel. 952 889 157 flamingosgolf.com LA CALA GOLF RESORT Location: Urb. La Cala Golf, Mijas Costa Tel. 952 669 000 lacala.com LA QUINTA GOLF ACADEMY Location: Urb. La Quinta Golf, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 902 204 208 laquintagolf.com LOS NARANJOS GOLF CLUB Location: Plaza Cibeles, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 815 206 losnaranjos.com MARBELLA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Ctra de Cadiz, N-340 KM 188 Tel. 952 830 500, marbellagolf.com

SANTANA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Ctra la Cala – Entrerrios, Mijas Costa Tel. 902 517 700, santanagolf.com VALDERRAMA GOLF CLUB Location: Avenida de los Cortijos, San Roque Tel. 956 791 200, valderrama.com

Gyms and Tennis Clubs DYNAMIC TRAINING CENTRE Location: Ctra de Istan, Centro Comercial Le Village Tel. 952 775 021, dynamicmarbella.com GLOW WELLNESS & FITNESS Location: Avenida Playas del Duque, Edificio Sevilla, Puerto Banus Tel. 952 908 507 glowplayasdelduque.com

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NCT Location: Urb. Monte Paraiso Golf Tel. 952 866 843 nctmarbella.com

DESIGN SPACE Location: Avda. De Salamanca, Urb. Nueva Andalucia, Edif El Mirador, local 6, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 799 440, designspace.es

FOC DESIGN Centro de Negocios Puerta de Banus, Local 18, Puerto Banus, +34 952 817 129 info@wearefoc.com, focdesign.es EZ HOME SOLUTIONS Location: Poligono Industrial Norte C/ Carril De Picaza, 23, San Pedro De Alcantara, Marbella, 29670 Tel. 952 799 344, info@e-z-home-solutions.com e-z-home-solutions.com


G VEGA CERAMIC Location: Polígono La Campana Nva Andalucía Tel. 952 816 848 gvega.com

Photographers & Artists

GRASSIFY Tel. 694 442 331, marbella@grassify.es, grassify.es

JULIA RODER Tel: 678 521 108, julia@juliaroder.com, juliaroder.com

HEIDI GUBBINS contact@heidigubbins.com +34 653561867, heidigubbins.com

ANNA GAZDA Tel: 633 654 476; limelight.pl

JENSEN BEDS Location: Poligno Nueva Campana 23, Nueva Andalucia, tel. 952 90 88 55, jensen-beds.com LA CASA BLANCA Location: La Colonia, Exit San Pedro, next to McDonalds, Tel. 952 78 91 98 MARBELLA CARPETS Location: Edificio Casablanca, Golden Mile, Tel. 952 77 37 65, marbellacarpets.com MOBILE & DISEÑO Location: A7 – Km. 189, 5, Marbella, Tel. 952 83 76 01, mobiledis.com ROCHE BOBOIS Location: Centro Comercial Torre Real, Marbella, Tel. 952 77 78 58, roche-bobois.com NALIPEMI Tel. 660 676 322 nalipemi@gmail.com

Opticians

IMAGE GURU Tel. 662 434 400, peter@imageguru.es, imageguru.es JEREMY STANDLEY Tel: 607 717 565; jeremystandley.com JB FORT jbfort.com OWEN FARRELL Tel: 670 664 341, (+35) 387 268 28 32 owenfarellphotography.com NANI & ANTONIO PEREZ nanideperez.com, Tel. 615 31 44 46 REYNARD PRODUCTIONS Tel. 673 505 838, info@reynardproductions.com SAVE THE ROBOTS FILMS Tel. 600 625 520 SOL WEDDING Tel: 678 486 069; solwedding.com

Property Developers

ÓPTICA MARBELLA Location: Avda. Ricardo Soriano 21, Marbella, Tel. 952 77 46 24

FOC DESIGN info@wearefoc.com T. 952 817 129 focdesign.es

SPECSAVERS Location: Avd. Ricardo Soriano, 12, Tel. 952 863 332, specsavers.es

QUAY PROPERTY GROUP Location: Mellior Vasari La Alzambra Local 3-1, Puerto Banus Tel. 951 319 728 quaypropertygroup.com

OPTIPRIX C.C La Canada, 30, Marbella, Tel. 952 82 03 56

Pets ADANA Location: Camino Padre Cura, Urb. Huerta Nueva, 14 Tel. 952 113 467 adana.es CLÍNICA VETERINARIA ZARPAS Y BIGOTES Urb. Marbella Real, 13. Tel. 952 857 863/ 659 069 000, zarpasybigotes.com

PROPANA GROUP Centro de Negocios Puerta de Banus, Local 18. Propanaestates.com

Radio SPECTRUM 90.4 FM Location: Centro Comercial Diana Blq 3 Local 27 y 28, Urb. Nueva Atalaya, Estepona, Tel. 952 90 50 00, spectrumfm.net

MOBILE VET Location: Calle Santa Lucia, 23, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 78 07 33, mobile-vet.com

TALK RADIO 91.9FM Tel. 952 799 953, talkradioeurope.com

Location: Nueva Andalucía and & Estepona Tel. 952 906 626 / 952 804 165, pointerclinic.com TRIPLE A Location: Ojen Road, up from La Cañada Tel. 952 771 586, aaahelps.com

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BEACHGROOVES 97.1 Tel. +34 616 353 623, info@beachgrooves.com, beachgrooves.com

FAMA Location: Camino de Campanallas Tel. 620 354 885 famaspain.com

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Real Estate Offices BRIGHT Calle Países Bajos nº 6, Polígono Industrial San Pedro Alcántara +34 648 981 111, info@by-bright.com, bybright.com

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ENGEL & VÖLKERS MARBELLA Blvd. Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, La Poveda, local 5 CN 340, Km 178.2 +34 952 86 84 06, marbella-ev.com DIANA MORALES Av. Cánovas del Castillo, 4, 29601 Marbella, Tel. +34 952 765 138, DMproperties.com EXXACON Centro Comercial Guadalmina Edf. 3 Planta 1a Ofi. 4 +34 952 906 110, exxacon@exxacon.es exxacon.es JACKSON GRUNDY Ed. La Rotonda, Av. Manolete & C entro Plaza Nva. Andalucía T: +34 952 90 75 21, sales@jacksongrundy.es OTERO GROUP Avda Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe. Carolina park, local 36B, +34 951 56 97 22, info@ otero.com.es otero.com.es PALMERAS PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT palmeras.property PRIME PROPERTY MARBELLA +34 951 082 367 primepropertymarbella.com THE VIEW MARBELLA Urbanización La Alborada Benahavis, +34 951 664 390 theviewmarbella.com VILLA MARKETING Avenida Manolete, Conjunto Casaño +34 952 81 06 95, info@villamarketing.com villamarketing.com

MARBELLA LIVING Urb. Marbella Real, L21 Golden Mile Marbella +34 952 765 428 info@marbellaliving.com marbellaliving.com

MP DUNNE Centro Expo 11-12 (Opp. Marbella Club Hotel) +34 952 866 072 info@mpdunne.com mpdunne.com

NORDICA SALES & RENTALS Av. del Prado, s/n - C.R. Lorcrigolf, Locales 5 Y 6, Nva Andalucia, +34 952 81 15 52 info@nordicamarbella.com nordicamarbella.com

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Restaurants

DOLCE GAS

SOTOGRANDE

Av. Salamanca Local 3 B

Trocodero Sotogrande Paseo del Parque s/n, 11310 San Roque, Cádiz. Tel. 678 456 047, trocaderosotogrande.com L’Olive de La Reserva La Reserva Golf Club, Avda. La Reserva, s/n +34 956 785 252 sotogrande@sotogrande.com sotogrande.com CASARES FINCA CORTESIN EL JARDIN Location: Carretera de Casares S/N Tel. 952 937 800, info@hotelcortesin.com, fincacortesin.com ESTEPONA BENAHAVIS

San Pedro de Alcántara +34 952 155 705 dolcegas2017@gmail.com MR. BURGER Avenida Luis Braille no 20 San Pedro de Alcántara Tel. 952 785 257 mrgourmetburger.com URBAN BISTRO Av. Mediterraneo, ed. Los Arqueros Beach, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel. 951 518 105

MISTER NOODLES Avda. Manolete 14, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 40 00 08, misternoodles.com INFUSCHIA Location: Plaza Antonio Banderas, (Within the club Tibu Banus), Puerto Banus. Tel. 952 815 325, tibubanus.com/infuschia JOHN SCOTTS Location: Muelle Ribiera Casa F, Local 24, Marbella, T. 644 954 872, johnscotts.se OLD JOY´S PUB Location: C/Muelle Ribera, Lc. 58-59 Puerto Banús, Marbella Tel. 952 84 283 OCEAN CLUB Location: Avda. Lola Flores Tel. 952 908 137 oceanclub.es

Spanish

Indian MASALA Location: C. Com, El Pilar, Local 2 Tel. 900 525 801, masalamarbella.com International HEAVEN BEACH BAR Location: Playa de Guadalmansa km. 164, Estepona, Tel. 659, 220 570, heavenbeachclub.com

ORGANIC WITH LOVE

American HARD ROCK CAFÉ Location: Calle Ramón Areces Esquina Marina Banús Tel. 952 908 024, hardrock.com JACKS AMERICAN BRASSERIE Location; Calle Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Marbella. Tel: 952 813 625, metrogrupo.com

+34 673 17 50 42 organicwithlove.es

TOP THAI Centro Plaza, Av Manolete, 1, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951-31-97-78, topthai.es

Centro Plaza Nueva Andalucía

NUEVA ANDALUCIA

cafeyanx.com Italian CARPACCIO Location: Muelle Ribera, Casa M Local 20, Tel. 952 813 357, carpacciobanus.com PIZZERIA PICASSO Location: C/ Muelle Ribera Local 48 / 49 Tel. 952 813 669 pizzeriapicasso.com International

SAN PEDRO International

BREATHE™

ALBERT Y SIMON Urbanización Nueva Alcántara Edificio Mirador, Bloque 4-B San Pedro Marbella Tel: 952 78 37 14, albertysimon.com

Calle Los Lirios S/N, Puerto Banús +34 952 036 494 reservations@breathe.life breathe.life

PASSION CAFE Centro Comercial La Colonia, San Pedro de Alcantara. Tel: 952 781 583, passioncafe.eu

Oriental

THAI GALLERY Location: Puerta de Banus Tel. 952 818 392 thaigallery-restaurante.com

YANX CAFÉ

Tel. 952 818 861

TANINO Location: Calle Pino Real, 5 Saladillo Benamara, Benahavis Tel. 952 883 259, tanino.es

SALA BY THE SEA Location: Urb. Marina Villa (beachside) Tel. 952 813 882 salabeachbanus.com

NAGA THAI Location: C.C. Cristamar Tel. 952 815 319 naga.es

Urb. Paraiso Barronal

Urb El Pilar 8-10 Estepona +34 952 883 666 peggottysfishandchipsspain. com

Calle Belmonte, Puerto Banús. +34 952 814 145 reservations@lasalabanus.com lasalabanus.com

PUERTO BANÚS

Av. Benamara,

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LA SALA BANUS

ALABARDERO BEACH CLUB Urb. Castiglione s/n San Pedro de Alcantara T. 952 780 552 grupolezama.es/portal/alabardero-beach-club

Indian CURRY LEAVES Avda. del Prado, Centro Comercial Aloha Local 1d Nueva Andalucia, +34 951 319 669, Curryleavesmarbella.com MASALA Avda. del Prado, Nueva Andalucía, Masalamarbella.es BOLLYWOOD RESTAURANT Location: Urb. Fuente Aloha Tel. 952 906 748 International D-WINE Location: Calle Norte 2, Marbella, (Take exit for Cortijo Blanco, immediately after the San Pedro) Tel. 952 81 44 46, d-wine.es MAGNA CAFÉ Location: Magna Marbella Golf Tel. 952 929 587, magnacafe.com STARZ MARBELLA Location: Centro Comercial Plaza, Local 60-62 Nueva Andalucía,Marbella. Tel. 952 81 63 13, starzmarbella.com

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Oriental ASIATICO ZEN Location: Calle Lirios s/n T el. 952 817 691

TUK TUK Urb. Aloha Gardens

MIJAS COSTA

PACO JIMENEZ CULINARY ART Location: Plaza de los Naranjos, 11 (Orange Square, 11) Marbella Centre Tel. 952 77 36 10 / 627 625 952

International EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL & RESTAURANT Miraflores. Tel. 952 587 637

PAELLA’S Y MÁS Location: Calle Jacinto Benavente 33, Entrance Ricardo Soriano 40, 29601 Marbella, Tel. 952 82 25 11, restaurantepaellasymas.com

MAX BEACH A7, Km 198.1, 29649 Mijas Tel. 952 93 08 58 maxbeach.es

Av. del Prado, 71

OLIVIA’S LA CALA Location:Calle Torreon La Cala de Mijas Tel. 952 494 935, oliviaslacala.com

+34 951 27 91 88 info@tuktukmarbella.com tuktukmarbella.com

Useful websites

CHOOSY

SENSATIONS DELI & SUSHI Location: Av. Manolete, 20, Tel. 952 814 964 sensationsdeliandsushi.com

Calle Ramón Gómez de la Serna, 4, Marbella centre

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Japanese

MC CAFÉ Location: Marbella Club Hotel Tel. 952 822 211, marbellaclub.com

TAHINI Location: Hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe, Tel. 952 902 936

CONFLICT INTERNATIONAL +44 (0)20 7917 2939, conflictinternational.com EXPLORE MARBELLA A comprehensive business directory with real reviews and daily deals. exploremarbella.com

EAST OF MARBELLA International

SMALL WORLD CAFÉ C.C. Le Village. Tel. 952 771 046 eat@smallworldcafe.com smallworldcafe.com VILLA TIBERIO Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 771 799 villatiberio.com

ALBERT´S BAR & GRILL CABOPINO Location: Puerto Cabopino, Edf. B, Lc. B5 Tel. 952 836 886 THE BEACH HOUSE Location: frontline beach Elviria Tel. 952 839 458 thebeachhousemarbella.com NIKKI BEACH Location: Hotel Don Carlos Tel. 952 836 239 nikkibeach.com

LÍNEA DIRECTA Insurance for your car, motorcycle, and home. lineadirecta.com MEDIA OVEN whatsup@mediaoven..es PROPERTY PAINTERS Tel. 606 788 630, propertypainters@hotmail.com propertypainters.es SAVE THE ROBOTS FILMS Tel. 600 625 520

Indian MASALA MARBELLA Location: Ctra. Cadiz Km.179 (opposite Marbella Club)Tel. 952 857 670, masalamarbella.com TAJ MAHAL Location: C/ Jazmines 17 Local 1 Tel. 952 814 719, tajmahalmarbella.com Italian

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