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Happy ! y r a u r b e F In true February fashion this month’s issue is packed with romance, excitement and all the latest news.

We’re turning up the heat with our cover star Penélope Cruz. This Madrid-born actress oozes sex appeal, sophistication and has always stayed true to her Spanish roots. Her recent work on Loving Pablo sees her reunite on screen with her real-life husband Javier Bardem as they tell the story of notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar and his romantic relationship with journalist, Virginia Vallejo. Always on hand to help, our Gift Guide for Her on page 20 is packed with inspiration and will hopefully help a few fellas get in the good books this Valentine’s Day. Plus be sure to check out movie reviews; a great choice for a classic cinema date (you can even enjoy complimentary cava at specific screenings at Cines TeatroGoya in Puerto Banus this month.) We are very lucky to have some fantastic contributors as part of our Society Marbella family; turn to page 32 to hear Victoria Wood sharing her verdict on parenting in a digital age, Clare Navas is talking all about CBD, how it works and how it can help ease Arthritis pain on page 56 and of course our favourite hairdresser, Jonathan Yeadon is on hand to make sure you pick the right hair cut for your face shape and don’t end up looking like Chewbacca! Turn to page 66 to find out what he is on about! You may know we are a big fan of Warrior Film Promotions here and their latest creation doesn’t disappoint. Patient: Hurricane V7497 is their first TV documentary series and tells the story of neurosurgeon, Peter Kirkpatrick and his journey restoring an original MK1 Hawker Hurricane shot down during the Battle of Britain. To give you a true insight into this remarkable series we talk to the star himself, Mr. Kirkpatrick, Director, Antony Meadley, Producer and Director, Jeff Clark and many more talents involved in creating this unique masterpiece. If you want to try something a little different for your Valentine’s date, La Sala in Puerto Banus have introduced their new Scandinavian corner; a delightful selection of Nordic inspired dishes that are sure to impress every nationality. So we’ve given you a good dose of inspiration for the upcoming romantic holiday and now it’s up to you. Whether you are booking a table at one of the coast’s finest restaurants, heading for a classic movie night or enjoying a romantic night in, make the most of Valentine’s Day and happy February!

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Born in Madrid, Spain, Penélope Cruz Sánchez, known to us now as actress, Penélope Cruz, achieved early success in Spanish cinema before establishing herself as an international star. Growing up just outside Madrid, Cruz studied ballet for nine years at Spain’s National Conservatory and received intensive training in not only ballet, but also classical and jazz. The eldest of three children, Cruz’s father, Eduardo worked as a car mechanic and her mother, Encarna was a hairdresser. At the age of 15 she won a modelling competition and began winning roles in music videos and on Spanish television with a gig hosting La Quinta Marcha. Her film debut in 1992 was with the dark film, Jamón Jamón, her performance earned her a nomination for the Spanish Actors Union Newcomer Award and the Goya Award (Spain’s Academy Award) for Best Lead Actress. She followed this with The Age of Beauty; the film won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and earnt Cruz the Spanish Actors Union Award for Best Supporting Performance. Multiple other Spanish films followed including Todo Sobre Mi Madre in 1999 which went on to win an Oscar and a BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film. When she was 25, Penelope made the big decision to move to Hollywood with roles in Woman on Top, All the Pretty Horses and Abre Los Ojos

“It’s always a little scar y and you’re going to attach material that is ver y disturbing so you don’t want that to touch you too much. But at the same time, you have to go deep into those scenes because there is no way to do those scenes lightly.“

following shortly afterwards. By now, Cruz had caught the attention of actor, Tom Cruise and director, Cameron Crowe. The duo created a remake of Vanilla Sky in 2001 catapulting Cruz to the front of all American headlines. She then went on to star with Johnny Depp in Blow, Nicholas Cage in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Patrick

Swayze and Billy Bob Thornton in Waking Up in Reno. The films continued both in English and Spanish with her role in Sahara in 2005 making headlines for her relationship with co-star Matthew McConaughey. The relationship fizzled out after a year, reportedly due to conflicting film schedules. Then in 2008 Penelope won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona alongside Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem. But it wasn’t only an Oscar that Cruz took away from the experience. Whilst they first met on the set of Jamón Jamón back in 1992, Vicky Cristina Barcelona cemented her relationship with her now husband, co-star Javier Bardem. The pair went on to marry in The Bahamas in July 2010 and now have two children; a son, Leo Encinas Cruz and a daughter, Luna Encinas Cruz. After the success of Vicky Christina Barcelona Penelope continued to star in an array of successes including the musical Nine, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides alongside her previous costar Johnny Depp and Zoolander 2 with Ben Stiller.

“I love roles where I am unrecognizable “ In 2017 Cruz was included in the star-studded cast of Murder on the Orient Express, based on Agatha Christie’s 1933 novel of the same name. She then took to the small screen to play Donatella Versace in the TV series; The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and costarred with her husband in Loving Pablo, based on the relationship between Pablo Escobar and journalist Virginia Vallejo as well as Spanish film, Todos lo saben (Everybody Knows) the story of Asghar Farhadi’s family drama. Loving Pablo was the first time the duo have filmed together since getting married and having their two children.


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“The most important lesson I've learned in this business is how to say NO. I have said no to a lot of temptations, and I'm glad I did “ Talking of her role as Vallejo, Cruz explained she had to get inside the character.. “without judging her… She didn’t know where she was going. She was terribly attracted by his magnetism but didn’t know up to what point she was putting her life in danger.” And finally, the question on everyone’s lips… What is it like for Cruz working so closely with her real-life husband in various television and film roles? “It’s always a little scary and you’re going to attach material that is very disturbing so you don’t want that to touch you too much. But at the same time, you have to go deep into those scenes because there is no way to do those scenes lightly. But you always have to have a balance of fiction and reality and be very stable in your reality so that when you jump into that fiction you can be as stable as you can because you are going to come back to your life.” Cruz continued... (when I was younger) “I used to maybe try to force things that were from my own life and I feel like that doesn’t work. It’s like manipulating the audience in a way and also you can always tell. It’s more like an ego trip or a forced therapy session and it’s not the place for that.” On discussing their recent TV creations together Javier summed it up perfectly; “We were very careful to make sure we kept that joy and that we keep being able to create and use our imagination.” Well they are obviously doing something right!


Millesia Cravache Basque in Black Rich in embroidery, this subtle mix of flowers and transparent tulle is both delicate and mischievous and as much of a gift for him as for her!

Beautiful Girlfriend Sign Flattery always goes down a treat and this cutesy sign with ‘Amazing Wonderful Beautiful Girlfriend’ definitely says all the right things.

Pink Quartz Long Gold Chain Necklace

When you combine pink and gold you are normally going to get it right! This beautiful necklace is fully adjustable and can be worn long or short.

Gift Guide for Her We all know men need a little (big) helping hand sometimes, so we decided to step in and provide some inspiration for Valentine’s Day. Simply leave this page open on your bed for a subtle hint for your partner, or if yours is anything like mine, circle what you want with:

Heart Stud Earring

9ct Yellow Gold 0.30c Opal & Diamond You can never go wrong with jewellery.. never! And these gorgeously romantic stud earrings feature dainty diamond details that are sure to go down a treat!

‘BUY THIS’ in giant red pen next to it!

Coco de Mer V&A Glided Arch Bandeau Bra

Discover decadent Deco elegance with the latest collaboration from Coco de Mer and the V&A. Explore the escapism of the Jazz Age, an era renowned for its fusion of tradition and modernity, marry luxury and function in a versatile way. Bold motifs and exotic embroideries adorn signature Coco de Mer silhouettes, capturing a film star sense of glamour.


VonShef Set of 2 Champagne Glasses

If you’re starting (or ending) the day with a bottle of bubbles then these gorgeous brushed gold glasses will have you sipping in style. Plus.. if you have one too many, they are shatterproof, so no need to worry about accidentally tipping your drink over!

LoveLi Prints Chase and Wonder Reed Diffuser

This beautiful room diffuser will have your bedroom smelling sweet, and lasts longer than a bouquet of flowers!

If you are one of those couples whose dog is part of the family, this print could do the trick! Combine it with the ‘dare to dream’ print for a dreamy Valentine’s gift.

Luxury Gift Ideas Aurora Lingerie Set

King of Cotton Centro Comercial Luxury Gift BoxLa Colonia - Marbella -

Nothing beats fresh sheets and King of Cotton’s fine Egyptian cotton bedlinen or deluxe bathrobes are the perfect additions to a romantic breakfast in bed!

Viscose ribbon embroidery with lame thread and a deep scallop eyelash lace trim gives this collection a contemporary twist.

Voyage Elemental Lucius Tall Amethyst Vase

This stunning hand blown glass vase by Bridgman is sure to get you brownie points with its beautiful striking design.

Morning Handsome Gorgeous Mug Set Show what a cute couple you are with this gorgeous mug set. What could be better than waking up on Valentine’s Day morning with a cup of tea delivered to you in bed in this!


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Red, pink or white roses? R  egular readers of this admirable journal will know that in the Christian calendar there are a number of “Saint Valentines”. Indeed, the church of Saint John Duns Scotus in Glasgow contains the forearm of one of them. The relic is decorated with red roses, and the location is a favourite spot for romantic Scots to propose to their girlfriends on Saint Valentine’s Day. Red roses represent love, respect and courage, but the meaning can be more subtle. Deep red roses represent beauty and passion. Pink roses mean friendship and admiration, whilst pale pink roses represent joy and happiness. Add white roses to the mix and you profess true love, whilst a combination of red and white represents an engagement. Having said that, a survey taken in 2017 in the UK revealed that 52% of the population did not plan to give a gift on Valentine’s Day, and 48% did not even intend to send a card. (This despite the fact that over 50% of British consider themselves to be romantic!)

But the 52% who did send cards sent 25 million of them. (Worldwide, however, some 144 million cards are sent.) Those gentlemen who gave gifts spent an average of £40, compared to £20 spent by the average lady. In the United States this figure for gentlemen reached $143 in 2018, bolstered, perhaps, by the fact that a bunch of flowers can cost nearly $50 in the run-up to the day. As with both Christmas and Easter, Saint Valentine’s Day


was an effort by the Church to “Christianise” a pagan festival. In this case it was the festival of Lupercalia, which was celebrated on the Ides (15th) of February. Dedicated to Faunus, the god of agriculture, and Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, priests called the “Luperci” would gather in the sacred cave where Romulus and Remus were believed to have been born. They sacrificed a goat and a dog. They then cut the goat’s

hide into strips, dipped them into the dog’s blood, and proceeded to go through the streets gently slapping women with the strips. The women welcomed such attention, as it was believed that it would make them more fertile during the year. Later in the day the unmarried ones placed their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors then drew out the names, and the couple then spent the year together. Often this arrangement ended in marriage.

These practices were outlawed by Pope Gelasius at the end of the 5th century AD. However, old customs die hard, and the celebration of the martyrdom of one of the Saint Valentines on February 14th, 273 AD, grew into a celebration of love. It was reputed that he had fallen in love with his gaoler’s daughter and had sent her a declaration of his love “From your Valentine”. Certainly by the fourteenth century the festival was being celebrated in England. It was believed that February 14th was the beginning of the birds’ mating season. And so in 1382 Geoffrey Chaucer was able to write;

FOR THIS WAS ON ST. VALENTINE’S DAY, WHEN EVERY BIRD COMETH THERE TO CHOOSE HIS MATE In 1415 Charles, Duke of Orleans, who had been captured at Agincourt and was imprisoned in the Tower of London sent his wife a Valentine’s day greeting, while a few years later his captor, Henry V, paid John Lydgate to compose a Valentine greeting for Catherine of Valois. In Great Britain the festival became popular around the 17th century, and these celebrations swiftly spread to the New World. It was there in the 1840s that Esther A. Howland, “The Mother of the Valentine”, began producing and selling the first Valentine

Cupid is also popular, with his bow and arrows ready to pierce the hearts of maidens or youths.

cards, made of lace, ribbons and pictures. A few years later these cards made their appearance in Britain. Advances in printing technology meant that such cards could be produced more cheaply. Their popularity was enhanced by the introduction of cheaper postage rates, which meant that lovers could express their feelings at a time when the expression of such feelings was often discouraged. Today, Hallmark, the card manufacturer, has found that about 50% of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased during the six days leading up to the day. Nowadays these cards tend to display hearts, as it is generally felt that the heart is the place where all feelings reside. In the past, however, ribbons, laces and frills were popular, harkening back to the days when a knight would bear a lady’s “favour” on his lance during a tournament, and a lady could show her feelings for a gentleman by dropping her handkerchief in his path.

In The Kingis Quair, a 15thcentury poem attributed to James I of Scotland, Cupid has three arrows: gold, for a gentle “smiting” that is easily cured; the more compelling silver; and steel, for a love-wound that never heals. The Greek version of Cupid, of course, is Eros. This may be seen as an anagram of the word “rose”, and these flowers are the flowers of choice on Saint Valentine’s day. As we have seen, their colour is important. To those that we have already considered, we can add orange for fascination, lavender for enchantment, yellow for hope, and peach for modesty. The type of rose is also important. A rosebud represents youth, while tea roses are for remembrance. But if your lover has taken the trouble to obtain a black rose, it means farewell! Love knots on cards are also popular symbolizing everlasting love. Before cards were introduced, “puzziks”, or a “rebus” were sometimes used. A puzzik is a piece of paper folded artfully and containing a secret message. The recipient, having read the message, has to refold the paper in exactly the same way. A rebus is a riddle in the form of a romantic verse with words missing. These words make up the message. It is, perhaps, easier to send a card!


With love in the air, here at SOCIETY Marbella we decided to turn to our clients to find out just how they will be spending their Valentine’s Day. So here it is… from business owners, dedicated employees and all-round Marbella enthusiasts…

How or where will you be spending Valentine’s Day? Do you have a favourite restaurant, hotel or beach on the coast? Good question! I would love to spend it in a restaurant next to the marvellous Mediterranean sea of Marbella and enjoying the company of my dearest Soraya, the best fiancée, friend and woman that a man could wish for! As Cousteau used to say "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever”. My favourite place to celebrate would be Estrella del Mar Vincci Hotel - Beach Club! Ángel Leiva, Brand Manager, Bynok, Valentine’s Day?

How or where will you be spending Valentine’s Day? I will be spending Valentine’s with my two beautiful boys in the Puente Romano Hotel.... the best date in the world! Clare Navas Founder of TLE

I would love to go to El Lodge in Sierra Nevada!!! (hint hint Oliver!!!) Lindsey Medina Jackson Grundy Real Estate

What will you be gifting your loved one with this Valentine’s? Where will you be spending Valentine’s Day? For me a classic date night - dinner and a movie - is the only way to spend Valentine’s Day. Especially when there is complimentary cava on offer for all couples at Cines Teatro Goya in Puerto Banús! Abby Tejada Society Marbella Photographer


I have thought long and hard about many gifts but finally I decided on something personalised, that I can use and remember the day I gave it to them in years to come. A bathrobe of the best quality with your initials Mr. Cameron. Buy it and personalise it in the King of Cotton store. A gift to remember. Angelica Cameron King of Cotton Manager How or where will you be spending

How or where will you be spending Valentine’s Day? In my opinion, Finca Cortesin is the best place to be for Valentine's in and around Marbella. Jimmy Widén CEO / Real Estate Broker

Where will you be spending Valentine’s Day? My partner is a big fan of BREATHE so I have booked to take her there for dinner to enjoy their special Valentine’s menu. The décor is stunning and I am sure the atmosphere will be very romantic; I think I will be in the good books! Gabriel Moya González Sales Executive, Society Marbella

How or where will you be spending Valentine’s Day?

New snowboarding equipment! Beats flowers any day!

I will be spoiling my husband with a romantic getaway at the Kempinski. They have 20% off for stays between the 8th and 18th of February 2019 including complimentary captivating add-ons such as a romantic candlelit three course dinner at Baltazár including a welcome glass of cava upon arrival, live music and a red rose to enhance the romantic experience, late checkout upon availability and free unlimited access to the Kempinski Spa facilities, tennis court and outdoor swimming pools.

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What will you be gifting your loved one with this Valentine’s? I will be gifting them an experience. Time has become so precious and its one of the nicest things we can gift each other. With no digital distractions. Bettina Campolucci Bordi Society Marbella Contributor

What is the most original gift you have ever given or received for Valentine’s?


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Half Way There The Essex boyband are back with a fourth album this month. Their new album may not be something the new generation will be into, but the boyband can be sure that the fans that grew up with them will certainly love it if it is anything like their latest single and their music before they split. Bandmember, Matt spoke to Digital Spy stating that: “we made something we love, and we hope our fanbase will love.”


A Symphony of Hits ED DREWETT


Having achieved huge songwriting success for the likes of One Direction, Olly Murs, Jonas Blue, Craig David and many more, Ed Drewett is understandably best known for his writing skills. “Ten” will see him step into the spotlight with his own original tracks alongside some of his bestknown creations, which include One Direction’s ‘History’, Jonas Blue’s ‘Mama’ and Olly Murs’ ‘Dear Darlin’, in the stripped-back acoustic style in which he originally wrote them.


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, international superstar, Michael Bolton releases “A Symphony of Hits”. “Over the years I have had the honour to collaborate with so many of my musical heroes and I’ve had the pleasure of delving into diverse musical genres,” explained Bolton. “To celebrate my 50th year in entertainment, I’ve selected a collection of songs that really marked the chapters in my career and it has been my dream to bring them to life with a symphony orchestra. As a little blue collar boy from Connecticut, I can honestly say, that if you put your gift to work and commit fully, that’s when dreams come true!” This iconic collection of hits follows the career of the singer/songwriter’s life, spanning from his first record deal at age 16, to his first Grammy eighteen years later. Each song reveals a page in his coming of age story, performing with his childhood inspirations Ray Charles and Percy Sledge, and working with musical legends Bob Dylan and Luciano Pavarotti to perfect his craft of song writing and singing.

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PAGES and... Did you know that reading enhances your memory; every time you read something new your brain “makes room” to fit it in. So, if you want to keep your memory on top form then here are our selection of fiction to fill your February featuring bestselling authors such as Sophie Kinsella and Pam Jenoff.

I OWE YOU ONE by Sophie Kinsella Your favourite romance author, Kinsella, is back with another irresistible tale. “I Owe You One” is the story of Fixie Farr, a women who has a chance encounter with an investment manager that evolves into a steamy relationship. Fixie & Seb meet in a coffee shop, a series of favours; big, small, lifechanging and life-saving change everything and leave Fixie with the chance to grab the life she really wants.

THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS by Pam Jenoff Following on from the success of “The Orphan’s Tale”, “The Lost Girls of Paris” is Jenoff’s latest release. Set in 1946 in Manhattan this novel tells a remarkable story of friendship and courage centred around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II.

MORE THAN WORDS by Jill Santopolo Bestseller, Jill Santopolo, the author who brought you “The Light We Lost” returns with a new novel about the sacrifices we make for our families and for our dreams and the story of one woman caught between the love of two men. This heart-breaking romance focuses on grief, loss, love and self-discovery and how we choose which life we are meant to lead.

FINDING DOROTHY by Elizabeth Letts


This is the story behind “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud. When seventyseven-year old, Maud finds out Hollywood is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece she sets out to find a way to get herself onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only way the producers can stay true to the spirit of the book as she is the only one left who knows all the secrets.


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...PICTURES THE LEGO MOVIE 2 Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett The second part of The Lego Movie reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city. It’s been five years and now the citizens are facing a huge new threat with invaders from outer space wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

COLD PURSUIT Starring: Liam Neeson, Emmy Rossum, Laura Dern Liam Neeson stars as Nels Coxman, a family man those quiet life with his wife is turned upside down following the mysterious death of their son. His search for justice turns into a vengeful hunt for a drug lord who he believes was connected to the death.

GREEN BOOK Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Linda Cardinelli, Mahershala Ali When a bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx is hired as the driver for a world-class black Pianist they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishment between Manhattan and the Deep South that are safe for African-Americans.

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Starring: Stephan James, Kiki Layne, Regina King Set in Harlem in the early 1970’s, If Beale Street Could Talk, is a moving love story of a couple’s unbreakable bond. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, this is the story of Tish, a newly engaged women who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first born child.


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Are you afraid of the dark?

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ISN’T IT ROMANTIC Starring: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, Priyanka Chopra Things go from bad to worse for Natalie, an architect in New York City, when she gets knocked unconscious in a subway mugging and wakes up in an alternate universe. A lifelong cynic when it comes to love, Natalie’s worst nightmare comes true when she finds herself the leading lady in a romantic comedy.







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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.

Parenting The modern digital age calls for screens as part of daily life. When it comes to parenting and wondering whether they will actually end up with visual impairment or be slightly deranged if they play too many video games, it can be problematic deciding what is for the best. We don’t want our children to be technologically inadequate yet how much time spent racing, chasing or even shooting at things is really developing any skills or positive outcome for their future?



o r me, as a parent, I chose to completely resist the world of video games, my personal reasons were that there is a huge playground outside full of learning, opportunity and fresh air which doesn’t merely require eyes and thumbs to operate. Kids used to play outdoors for hours, climbing trees and making up adventurous games with pure imagination. It gives you such joy to play, to freely conjure up new worlds, ideas and concepts, why limit them to structured applications that were created by other minds?


It is another concept to consider that it is also actually ok for children not to be doing anything. To sit at a restaurant table and not be given the direct instant gratification of a screen to keep them occupied. We have seemingly forgotten about the concept of boredom altogether as it has become something that must be avoided at all costs. A child should be able to just be, without entertainment. Imagination will become a lost art. Many of the greatest inventions were discovered whilst their



founder was not actively working at anything, but resting or just being. For example, Newton was not in a lab when the proverbial apple fell to install gravity into our lives. He was just ‘being’ under said apple tree and having a bit of time out. Having your needs met instantly is not, in the long run, good for you. Patience, respect, dedication and mindfulness do not develop when you’re used to food arriving at your door ten minutes after you ask for it, a phone being handed to you to watch youtube videos on if you’re waiting in a queue, or basically never having to wait for anything in your life without digital entertainment. It is not the fault of the child if it is all they have ever known. Having researched into occupational therapy and child psychology, plus knowing many primary school teachers and parents, I have come to know that parental emotional availability is the most essential and enriching element for a child’s development. Depriving them of this by replacing ourselves with screens is something that is becoming more apparent in this technological age.

As parents we hold all the power and tools to delay gratification;

AN IPAD IS NOT GOING TO GIVE A CHILD SOCIAL SKILLS nutrition and plenty of sleep, which every parent knows, so the eventuality is that kids aren’t being given what they essentially need to function effectively if we give in to their every whim. As parents we are in the game of doing the best by our children and so this pattern is proving to imply the opposite without it ever being the intention. Children need to learn from a young age that things are earned; you cannot become excellent at anything by chance, you have to work hard at it and practice in order to achieve. If they are only used to being handed what they want instantly they will have a harder time later on in life when this is no longer a reality; it will be something they are entirely unaccustomed to and will come as a huge shock. Not only this but they will be oppressed into thinking they are

not as good as they were always told, goals will be deemed unattainable, and rejection will come as a hard knock if they are unequipped to deal with the world they will eventually face alone. How will they react to becoming suddenly incapable of getting what they want?


we can resist to hand out what children want when they want it. It is this delay and their knowledge that they cannot get what they want on tap that will serve them well in their future. Learning to wait develops patience, respect, gratitude and heightens reward. It will also be a lesson in dealing with stressful situations, which life will inevitably hand them at many turns; as they rely less on instant gratification they will become better equipped. As parents we need to learn the power of “no” and not to give in to a negative reaction to it. The child is not the parent nor the guide; they are the ones requiring the guidance yet they are all too often, albeit unintentionally, being handed the reigns. It is this reversal of roles that is getting parents into the twist of saying “she won’t eat that”, or “he doesn’t like reading”, “he won’t get dressed alone”, “if I don’t feed her myself she just won’t eat”, “I can’t get them to go to bed any earlier”…the child has become the dictator due to parents finding it increasingly difficult to say the ’N’ word (no), and taking control. Children require




How can we combat this? I think one way is to allow a lull in constant entertainment. There can be quiet moments, literally sitting and thinking without distraction…how often do any of us actually do this? This should be a must in parental duty rather than the desperate attempt to fill every waking moment of their lives. They need to learn to help around the house, assist with monotonous tasks as part of daily life; they are only what we teach them to an extent. This training will help them to learn at school, which can prove less stimulating than some of the activities they do outside of school. Modern day kids are finding it tough to focus in class and one reason may well have a lot to do with how over-stimulated they are on a daily basis. They are not used to slow, they are not used to listening and they are not used to having to figure things out alone unless it is how to get to the next level of the game they are playing. We need make sure their work muscle within the brain is sufficiently trained, which does not happen via endless entertainment.

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So let us take heed, limit their technology time and when it is screen time gear it towards educational apps rather than persistent entertainment,. Reconnect with them emotionally - really get to know each other without a digital presence in sight. Get out together and ride bikes, play tag, read together, surprise them with time out alone with one parent, climb a tree together, go camping, play board games, practice yoga, meditate, take nature walks, etc. You get the picture and so will they; their joy and gratification will shift from initiating in alone time with a screen to outdoors with a parent, family and friends. Delay gratification when possible, their time must be spent on your terms, it is healthy to wait. It is perfectly ok to be bored. Creativity is inspired in these moments (remember Newton!). Teach that “I want doesn’t get”, and especially not immediately. Reduce the “I’m hungry” - “here’s food” scenarios. Schedules help; if a child knows the time when certain things are allowed, then this becomes the norm and the boundary. Those boundaries are never


crossed, that is the rule. These limits will serve them in developing respect for the rules and therefore their parents or other authoritative roles. Instruct manners; helping in the home, respectful language, please and thank you is essential, clean up after yourself, help others (especially parents!), compliment your siblings or friends, encourage your peers, be mindful, etc. These are all necessary attributes and can be achieved with rewards yet if instilled from a young age, it is just what is normal and correct. One big lesson to be learned from all this is that parents need to give their children what they need, which is not necessarily (more often than not it is the opposite) what they think they want. In the face of adversity (adversity being the strong will of our children) providing them with life’s essentials can be tough yet far more rewarding to their future; by doing this we are giving them more opportunity of success in life. More often than not once parents change their perspective toward parenting the children tend to follow suit easier than you would imagine.

THERE CAN BE QUIET MOMENTS, LITERALLY SITTING AND THINKING WITHOUT DISTRACTION…HOW OFTEN DO ANY OF US ACTUALLY DO THIS? THIS SHOULD BE A MUST IN PARENTAL DUTY RATHER THAN THE DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO FILL EVERY WAKING MOMENT OF THEIR LIVES. Our busy lives should not impact on our children’s by handing them a digital babysitter. They need to learn social skills and utilise their brain power in their natural environments. To give a child abilities they need to learn them, and parents are those who must teach. An iPad is not going to give a child social skills, it will not teach them to ride a bike and it certainly will not teach them good manners.


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Rebirth of a

British Icon

Warrior Film Promotions boasts some of the best Independent British films in its repertoire. Working with highly skilled Directors and Producers with impressive track records and endless experience creating films with both critical and commercial success. To date Warrior Film Productions have raised funding for over 10 high profile British films and worked with some of the most talented actors in the industry including Dr. Who’s David Tennant, Mamma Mia Here We Go Again’s Lily James, John Hurt, Charles Dance, Maxine Peake and Billie Piper.

What makes Warrior Film Productions different? Warrior takes care of investments in some of the best British independent films for clients all over the world, but most importantly they only represent film studios that fulfil their main criteria… The studio must display strong experience and have notable connections to the film industry, all lead actors must be confirmed or with Letters of Intent in place and there must be a sales agent tied to the film. This is imperative to give the investors security.


This year Warrior Film Productions, in association with Warrior Global Media are in pre-productions of their first TV documentary series. With the working title; Patient: Hurricane V7497, this remarkable series is narrated by writer, poet and British explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, OBE and tells the complete story of the nut-and-bolt restoration of an original MK1 Hawker Hurricane shot down during the Battle of Britain in September 1940. The six-part series follows one of the UK’s most respected neurosurgeons through his six year struggle to revive the iconic plane that was lost in Kent in September 1940 and his day to day professional career “fixing” people.

Filled with poignant, untold stories and interviews with members of the RAF, to breath-taking footage of this magnificent aircraft, lovingly restored and back in the skies, this is a monumental body of work, celebrating the 100 years of the RAF, as well as paying a respectful tribute to those that gave so much. Follow Dr. Peter Kirkpatrick on his journey resurrecting one of Britain’s finest engineering achievements. This month Society Marbella speaks to the key players involved in creating this masterpiece and learns a little more about the talented team on and off screen.

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Jeff Clarke Producer and Director What inspired you to produce this project? Being an Executive Producer on the feature film Hurricane 303 with Milo Gibson, Mel Gibson's son, last year and then meeting Peter Kirkpatrick an investor in the film, I realised that Peter had spent the last six years restoring a Mk1 Hawker Hurricane to flying capabilities. With the centennial year of world war being last year and then having the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings being this year I decided that a TV series showing Peter in his professional career as world class neurosurgeon “fixing” people, with a parallel to his hobby “fixing” one of the world’s finest pieces of engineering. What was the biggest challenge during the production of the series? To date, the research and locating of the living relatives of both the Hurricanes pilot and his German counterpart has been the most demanding. Any on-set anecdotes you could share with us? Peter being a seasoned pilot and with a passion for stunt flying has, over the past 6 months, tried on numerous occasions to try to get a member of the production team to go up with him in his Pitts two seater. To date, he has been unsuccessful, due to his reputation of being quite fearless! How did you manage to get the world’s greatest living explorer, (Ranulph Fiennes) on board? When looking for narration we wanted someone who represented the best of British achievement, with an attitude of anything can be achieved. I think for the production team Sir Ranulph Fiennes was top of the list with his unsurpassed achievement which have earned him the title of “The world’s greatest living explorer” He was happy to be part of a story that showcased an amazing British engineering achievement.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Narrator Photo by Gary Salter

Antony Meadley Director Please tell us about your vision for the series? I was approached by Jeff Clarke, of Warrior Films, who I had met and worked with a few years previously on a music video in Marbella. He told me that he had a unique story and exclusive access to the whole story of a particular Hawker Hurricane which was shot down during World War 2. One of the most interesting aspects to me was the fact that the man restoring the plane is also a highly skilled neurosurgeon. This led to the concept of treating the plane as a patient, and drawing direct parallels with one of his human patients whom he has successfully operated on. How is the outcome compared with your initial ideas? We have put together a fantastic team combining people I have worked with previously and had great trust in, and also new and talented people who have a lot to contribute to the project. We are still in the middle of production at the moment, but every week we uncover new information and the project becomes ever more intricate and fascinating.

What has the best part of the filming so far? We have been extremely privileged to have access to both the Hurricane plane during its restoration and initial testing and flights and being able to talk with a brain surgery patient at a hospital. So many locations and well known celebrities have given us exclusive access and their time to talk about both the plane and their experiences during the war. Can you tell us about your previous projects and how you ended up filming this series? I have been a filmmaker for nearly 14 years now. I have shot several feature films (two of which are currently being taken to the film market in Berlin), as well as music videos and adverts.


Peter Kirkpatrick Neurosurgeon Please tell us about your history and how you ended up filming the documentary? My career is in medicine but I learnt to fly hang gliders as a student. I competed in the National league in Scotland as a Junior Dr, then moved on Microlights, and finally fixed wind from around 1999. After a decade of flying various aircrafts including aerobatic types, I decided to explore whether I could get involved in a War Bird project. I contact a few notable individuals, and finally fell upon Tony Ditheridge in Suffolk who started up Hawker Restoration Ltd. His company was taken over at the time I became involved and I have been a share holder in the V7497 project ever since. What is special/unique about the series? Exploring the specific history of the aeroplane, the personnel involved during the war, and comparing this with modern life. The re-construction aspects have been fascinating. The highlight was exploring the LuftWaffe pilot who shot V7497 down, and meeting his surviving relative in Germany, and reviewing his dossier. What did you enjoy most about the filming? Meeting the characters behind the film industry, and engaging others to participate in bringing the story alive. Why V7497? She was a Battle of Britain serving aircraft, and one can very vigorously

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argue that the Mark I Hawker Hurricane was the most important machine ever built by mankind given what the Hurricane stopped happening. Can you tell us about your qualifications and your achievements? I am a Fellow to the Royal College of Surgeons with a specialist degree in Neurosurgery. Also, I am a retired Fellow to the Medical Academy of Science in recognition of my research portfolio. What does the future hold for you? I play to stay with the NHS for a further year or two, then devote my time fully to the V7497 project. Hopefully achieving a display authorisation with her so I can contribute to the air shows etc. around the UK. Also to teach aerobatics in my Pitts Special aircraft.

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Claire Lee European Sales Director Warrior Film Promotions How do you go about raising finance for each project? Finance is raised by way of private equity investors. Some of these investors are existing Warrior clients, many of which have invested time and time again in the majority of our films. Others get in contact with us through our advertising – this could be via our website or advertising campaigns in specific online publications Please give us a day-in-the-life of? What does your role involve on a day to day basis? First things first! Morning coffee! Then, emails are answered and any queries or potential problems are attended to. I then check for new potential clients who have registered for more information on the latest project we may be working on. All clients are contacted as soon as possible with a call from myself to make sure they understand what they have registered for. During the conversation we would go through exactly who we are and what we have to offer. I go through our history and what we have accomplished so far. I then give a rundown on the latest body of work and the benefits for investors. It’s not just work talk though! I take the time to get to know a little about the


person at the end of the line, giving them information on myself at the same time. It’s all about conversation, communication and making sure that the man or woman at the end of the line feels comfortable and realises we are human, honest and trustworthy! I tend to eat lunch at my desk so as to get through the workload – its nonstop! And of course we ALL enjoy “Dress down, half day Fridays”!

giving ‘surgery’ on his aircraft, showing an indelible synergy between the two. Each episode will have a title that entwines both the medical side and the mechanical side of this man and his journey! We want the series to entice and appeal to the younger generation as well as the older. The latter lived through hard, uncertain times and, wanting to make sure the former What previous films have you worked fully understand the sacrifice given on? by so many, we will use a fusion of We have worked on some incredible TV series such as the popular ‘Guy films to date:Martins Restorations’ and ’24 hrs in ‘Funny Cow’ with Maxine Peake, A&E’. With one of the world’s greatest Stephen Grahame (Pirates of the explorers, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, to open, Caribbean), Paddy Considine narrate and close this amazing story, ’Hurricane’ with Milo Gibson (Mel musical collaborations with Brit Award Gibson’s son), Iwan Rheon (Game of winners The D-Day Darlings amongst Thrones), Marcin Dorocinski others, and an interview with the last ’The Bromley surviving member Boys’ with Martine of Squadron 501, McCutcheon, Alan 104 year old Wing WE WILL FOLLOW THE Davies, Jamie Commander Foreman Paul Farnes, this DOCTOR IN HIS DAY TO DAY ’You, Me and Him’ is not just another LIFE IN SURGERY, HOW HE with David Tennant, standard WWII Faye Marsay, documentary with DIVIDES HIS VALUABLE TIME Lucy Punch (Bad a monotonous Teacher) and Simon BETWEEN HIS FAMILY, HIS voiceover! Bird (Inbetweeners) PASSION FOR FLYING AND ‘That Good Night’ How has the digital AIRCRAFT RESTORATION! with Sir John Hurt, era has affected Charles Dance the movie industry? WE WILL CLOSELY MIRROR The platforms HIS LIFE SAVING SURGERIES How did this series from which a film come about? ON HIS PATIENTS AND THE is released have We had a client changed in that LIFE GIVING ‘SURGERY’ ON who invested everyone knows in ‘Hurricane’ HIS AIRCRAFT, SHOWING that digital giants (see above) such as Netflix, AN INDELIBLE SYNERGY substantially. Amazon and now Through meeting BETWEEN THE TWO. even Facebook will him and building hit a wider global a relationship with market that, say, him, we found a release through out that, not only is he one of the cinema. (The digital arena is where our UK’s leading neurosurgeons but that TV series will be offered into!) he bought an original Mk1 Hawker Hurricane that was shot down in the The MAIN change is all down to Battle of Britain. Over a period of technology. Large cinema distributors about 6 years he has restored this are not paying what they used to aircraft to its former glory and flying back in the day to release a film at the capability. cinemas. This is due to films now being Our storytelling will begin with the initial development of the Hurricane, through to its service in WWII, to its recovery in Kent and finish with its delivery to Duxford Battle of Britain Air show 2018 where it took to the skies for the first time in over 70 years! We will follow the Doctor in his day to day life in surgery, how he divides his valuable time between his family, his passion for flying and aircraft restoration! We will closely mirror his life saving surgeries on his patients and the life

readily available to watch through various portholes, legal or otherwise! PLUS, the cost for a family of 4 going to the cinema can now reach up towards £100! Why pay that when for a lot less you can watch as many films as you wish in the comfort of your own home, takeaway beside you, with someone like Netflix? The only companies that now benefit from cinema releases are the big studios like, for example, Universal or Warner. They have budgets in the

mega millions! The average person doesn’t get the opportunity to invest in these films and, if they did, they wouldn’t get to see much profit as the studios often take over 80% of the profit themselves! We can fully expect to see cinema falling by the wayside in the next 3 – 4 years ! Sad but quite true!

Laura Whittal PA at Warrior Film Promotions What is your role in Warrior Film Promotions? I am the PA to Jeff Clarke, Steve Wallace and Warrior Film Promotions so I oversee everything Jeff and the team do. I deal with all administrative tasks, organising Jeff´s busy schedule, I look after the clients and the studio, dealing with all documentation and contracts. And with regards to the series, any direct involvement? I am a Researcher for Patient Hurricane V-7497, so this requires me to try and research any information that they need for the series. I also organise all Jeff´s appointments, travel for filming in amongst all my other day to day duties.

WE ARE BRINGING THE PAST INTO THE FUTURE BY WATCHING A TEAM RESTORE A HAWKER MK1 What’s your favourite part of being part of the production team for a series like this? I love the team I work with and I love the story line. That time period during WW2 has always been an interest of mine, so every time I research something and learn something new it sparks my interest even more. There are so many stories during that time period that deserve to be told and that is exactly what we are doing. With Peter Kirkpatrick we are bringing the past into the future by watching a team restore a Hawker Mk1 and we have a fabulous chance to be a fly on the wall peeking into his life as one of the UK’s top neurosurgeons. Even if I was not involved in this exciting project I would still watch it as it touches on so many of my interests.


Vikki Meagher & Bob Gwilliam Music & Score What was your initial vision? Bob and I read the outline concept for the series together but have a rule that we don’t discuss our initial thoughts immediately. We tend to read it through several times and then both go our separate ways and jot down ideas. Then we get together and discuss those. This was an interesting one – because we each had a match on 3 artists/ composers/producers on our lists. We had others to consider as well – but the 3 matches were key. So we broke it down into 3 pitch sections to the Warrior team for the direct matches. We wanted to ensure that our vision and their vision for the project was aligned. Section 1 was the soaring orchestral arrangements – which are composed, arranged and recorded by Tim Allen. Tim is a great addition to the team for this project and loves working on this. Secondly, we both thought that an act we had seen on Britain’s got Talent were a perfect fit for this - and the act is The D-Day Darlings. Not only were they a perfect fit in terms of musicality, but they were just about to release their first album and there were 2 tracks on it that were of particular interest to us. The timing of this is good for both the series and the Artists – so a win-win situation all round. We have a fairly strong company ethos also, to give a platform for up and coming young artists whose music or trajectory capture our attention in the course of the year. In this case the artist is “ Sasha” and one particular track was highlighted on both our lists – and was equally happily accepted by the Warrior team.

Stewart & Katie - D Day Darlings Please tell us about the D Day Darlings? The D-Day Darlings are a vintage vocal harmony group, we perform classic music from the war time era, and original songs which emulate the style of the period and give a nod to the iconic sounds of the 1940s. Our aim is to keep the message of Remembrance strong for the younger generation now coming through and to highlight the sacrifices made by our war heroes. The group has been going for 11 years now and we tour all over the UK and internationally. How did you end up working on the project? We were approached by Jeff Clarke from Warrior Film Promotions who had seen our work and was keen to get us involved. We had a meeting and were so thrilled by the concept and his passion for the project, and the relationship developed from there. What has been your favourite part of the project so far? We haven’t started filming in earnest yet but one of our favourite aspects of the being a part of the project is its roots in history and in particular one person’s story. The piece has such wide context but at the same time maintains a personal feel and is very authentic something that we always aspire to as a group.

We would also like to include - pending sync clearance – one well known theme tune that people of all ages identify with. How does this compare to the final result? Whilst still very much a work in progress, the aim of the soundtrack is to be very uplifting in some parts alongside being slightly melancholic in others, so getting the balance is key. We always bring in a very experienced dubbing mixer when the film edits are all complete - always someone who is not associated to the project as yet – to bring fresh ears and eyes to the situation as it gets nearer to completion. This is invaluable as


they remain objective while putting everything together with the visual. In this case we have a BAFTA award winning member of the team and are thrilled he has agreed to work on it with us! George Lucas famously said that "Sound is 50 percent of the moviegoing experience, and I've always believed audiences are moved and excited by what they hear in my movies at least as much as by what they see.” We totally agree with his theory.

What have you been up to over the past year? So the past year has been a real whirlwind for us, we auditioned for the TV Show Britain’s Got Talent and got all the way through to the live finals over the Summer. This brought a whole new audience to us which has been wonderful. We then went on to sign our first commercial record deal with Sony Music and released our debut album ‘I’ll Remember You’ in November which has since been awarded the BRIT Certified Breakthrough award, for sales over 30,000, although to date we are only a couple of thousand away from 60,000. As well as this we’ve been touring all over the country performing for numerous events celebrating the centenary of WW1 and the RAF, and this year looks to be just as busy with D-Day 75 commemorations and our own headline album tour. We’ve had an incredible year and feel very lucky! What is coming up for you over the next year? As I mentioned, we have our own tour which is a big focus for us now for 2019, the debut performance is March 1st 2019 at Union Chapel in London, but we also have events in Portsmouth for D-Day & Battle of Normandy commemorations and will be appearing with Dan Snow at an exciting event at the Apollo Hammersmith marking 75 years since the Great Escape. How did you get involved with Warrior? Our association with the Warrior team began several years ago as we invested in 2 or 3 of their movie projects. In conversations with them at premiere’s and red carpet events, they discovered we were involved in the music industry and the rest as they say ‘is history’. We are thoroughly enjoying the process and the team building with them. We have some very talented and passionate people, all really happy to be involved moving forward and some great projects in the pipeline - so it’s exciting times for all.


Celebrity Spotlight

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A ROYAL Sad Times for Tennis


ritain’s greatest ever tennis player broke down in tears last month when announcing he is forced to retire from the game he loves after failing to recover from a hip injury. The star hopes to end his career at Wimbledon, where he has won twice, but that may not be possible as he revealed the pain in his hip is so sore he struggles to put on socks and shoes. As a result the Australian Open may be his last ever tournament. To date Murray has won three Grand Slams, two Olympic Goals and the Davis Cup! We’re crossing our fingers for Wimbledon Murray!




or the first time in three decades, The Oscars will take on a new format, with a selection of A-listers introducing various segments rather than one host. This comes after presenter and comedian Kevin Hart stepped down from the role after a series of previous tweets and jokes dating back to 2008 were described as homophobic. “I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I moved on, and I’m in a completely different space in my life,” Hart said in a video on Instagram. “I’m going to be me; I’m going to stand my ground.” However, later that day, Hart quit - and apologized for the homophobic tweets. “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” he wrote on Twitter. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

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t has been revealed, Meghan Markle, who has settled into her royal role nicely, will be the patron of four charities. The former Suits actress will take over two patronages from the Queen, the National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The Queen held these roles for 45 and 33 years respectively. Her additional two organisations are charities Smart Works and Mayhew. Smart Works helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the confidence they need to get jobs. An impressive 60% go on to get the job following their visit to Smart Works. Juliet Hughes-Hallett, Chair and Founder of Smart Works said: “We are thrilled to announce that The Duchess of Sussex will become the Royal Patron of Smart Works. An acknowledged champion of women and their rights worldwide, The Duchess will motivate even more women to come to our centres and get the job that will transform their lives. The Duchess’ patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars.” Finally, Mayhew works to improve the lives of dogs, cats and the people in our community tackling the root cause of animal abandonment. Having spent years championing animal welfare and being a strong animal lover herself, the Duchess of Sussex is the perfect patron.

COACH’S Leading Man


or the first time in history, Coach reveals their first global men’s face in the new spring 2019 campaign. “Creed II” actor and producer, Michael B. Jordan makes his debut as Coach’s leading man. The campaign was shot by photographer Craig McDean and Jordan revealed his excitement via Instagram, “So excited for my first campaign with @Coach,” he wrote in a caption for the photo. “Showing it to you guys before everyone else.” Stuart Vevers, creative director for Coach, said partnering with Jordan was a “natural step.” “I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Michael over the last few years,” Vevers announced “He has been a true supporter of Coach so it felt like a really natural step to collaborate more closely and create a partnership we can take to the next level.”




t was revealed last month that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were expecting their fourth child via surrogate and we now learn that it’s another little boy that will be joining their clan. Sources revealed; “Since they had another embryo, Kim and Kanye always knew they wanted to try and implant that embryo too,”…”They hoped to work with the same gestational carrier, but it didn’t work out this time. They are working with a second carrier now that is pregnant and will give birth in the spring.” The new baby will take their family to six and join, oldest daughter North age 5, son Saint age 3 and their youngest, Chicago age 1.


WHERE ARE THEY NOW? By Ian Greenland As fireworks exploded triumphantly over the Thames and midnight struck, Big Ben bellowed 12 defiant gongs to the world. The very epitome of “strong and stable” in the post-truth era, the intimidating battle cry somewhat undermined by the zimmer frame of scaffolding propping him up, he marshalled in a new year most hoped would be slightly less farcical than the last. It wasn't just that 2018 saw scientists apply a doomsday clock to our planet, but also global political chaos, a gigantic Facebook privacy scandal, the rise and fall of various crypto-currencies, the leaders of the US and North Korea publicly comparing dingles and most worryingly, Bros staging a comeback. As real news threatened to outdo satire in absurdity and fake news threatened to outdo real news in reach, a bewildered Great Britain staggered drunkenly through Brexit into 2019, bleary eyed and looking for the edge of a table to lean on (though the consensus of top economists is we're going to knock over a few more pint glasses and throw up in the back of a taxi before we make it home safely, so strap in...) Since 2018 saw all semblance of normality, reason and journalistic integrity left floating down the river like a spent firework, let's look at some of the most iconic public figures of recent years and, in the hope of unlocking the secrets to our future, ask, “where are they now?”...


Alan Titchmarsh Throughout the 90s, Alan Titchmarsh was one of TV's most enduring hard men. The gruff Yorkshireman cut his teeth presenting the Chelsea Flower Show for the BBC but didn't truly become a household name until both Gardener's World and Ground Force propelled his no-nonsense, tough guy persona into the stratosphere. His imposing stature and propensity for secateurs quickly landed him the moniker Alan The Blade, whilst his bellowed catchphrase “Fucking weeds!!” became an instant classic amongst viewers young and old. They tuned in in record numbers to see him dispensing horticultural justice to unwitting flora and a reader's poll in Gardening Monthly magazine

revealed “one HUNDRED percent of readers” wanted to have “sex”, “sexual intercourse” or “sexy times” with him - “...even the men and the lesbians” proclaimed a mud-caked Titchmarsh on a subsequent edition of Ground Force. After a particularly fiery episode of Gardener's World where he called a wayward geranium a slag before dispatching it with a Flymo, he became bookies' favourite to play the next James Bond. Confounding an expectant public like slugs after his lettuce, Alan opted instead to parlay his reputation for tough talk and violence into another sweet presenting gig, this time on Songs of Praise. By aligning himself with the top boy himself, Alan's ascent to near untouchable status was complete.

A reader's poll in Gardening Monthly magazine revealed “one HUNDRED percent of readers” wanted to have “sex”, “sexual intercourse” or “sexy times” with him

The legendary brawler's since descended only periodically to kick the shit out of a Ming vase on the Antiques Roadshow and headbutt a macaroon on the Great British Bake Off, but the nation takes comfort just knowing he's watching over us if it all goes south.

Professor Katrina Price was finally awarded the Nobel Science Prize for her continued research into Chaos Theory. Her 2004 exposé, “Jordan: Pushed To The Limit” is now widely regarded as the quintessential thesis on entropy.

Katie Price Since the early 2000s, social handgrenade Jordan (played to perfection by shy, retiring Katie Price) provided the public with one of its most enduring soap opera characters. Her storylines were the stuff of tabloid dreams, replete with celebrity spats, love triangles, illegitimate kids, booze, botox, drugs, sex and Peter Andre. A mainstay of the gossip columns, for every admirer of her candour and business savvy, ten detractors took issue at the trail of destruction she left in her wake. It wasn't so much the trail of destruction itself, but her apparent desperation to sell everyone tickets to it. Somehow finding time between the public feuds with exes, ex friends and x-list celebs to spill all in a hundred interviews about just why it was they were all bastards and why exactly she'd probably never probably shag them again probably, she also managed to notch up three short-lived marriages, five elaborately-named children, a couple of serious driving convictions, one bankruptcy (of an estimated £45 million estate) and many, many books; some are autobiographies, the rest novels, all presumably writted worser and more difficulter to read than this last sentence. But then it happened. Last year Katie Price finally revealed her hand to a

stupefied public. Far from watching a life off the rails, it seems we'd been witnessing a genius at work, using her own hard-fought fame as a petri dish - In 2018, Professor Katrina Price was finally awarded the Nobel Science Prize for her continued research into Chaos Theory. Her 2004 exposé, “Jordan: Pushed To The Limit” is now widely regarded as the quintessential thesis on entropy. Fellow academic Dr. Angela Boundscroft Phd. summed up the esteem of the scientific community at a recent forum. “For years a true understanding of entropy has remained beyond our limited grasp. It describes an innate lack of predictability as order turns to disorder, whether at a systematic or molecular level. By its essence it therefore eludes our efforts to predictably harness its huge potential power, but Jordan... I mean Katie Pri... sorry, Professor Katrina Price, she was the first to truly master it, to make chaos predictable. Her 338 page paper Love, lipstick and Lies is the reason many of us work in this field; it's landmark research. I mean, she's fallen out with the entire cast of Hollyoaks during the prologue and by the second chapter she's had her tits done more times than she's had hot meals.... It seems it was neck and neck but then she skipped lunch....” Now working alongside top nuclear physicists at CERN in Geneva, the former glamour model hopes to unlock the secrets of the universe with her research into atomic particle theory and whilst New Scientist's gain may be Heat's loss, the gossip columns probably won't have to wait long as she's just started banging the bloke with the keys to the Large Hadron Collider....

Brad Pitt Pitt's marriage to Angelina Jolie crumbled in 2016 when she discovered he'd been leading a double life the likes of which Tyler Durden would be proud. Following drink and drug-fuelled LA parties he attended while Ange was stuck home with the 27 children, the Fight Club actor would then regularly disappear for stretches of up to three weeks. With a heavily bestubbled Brad citing everything from alien abduction to good old fashioned affairs when trudging home to beg forgiveness, Jolie eventually found the truth was even more bizarre... For several years, the former World's Sexiest Man had been using his frequently dishevelled, inebriated state to work in Hollywood as Benicio Del Toro, even going so far as to inadvertently win an Oscar in 2000. Fellow attendees failed to notice the ruse when a paralytic Brad Pitt disappeared from his table halfway through the Academy Awards in search of a kebab shortly before “Benicio” staggered onto the stage to collect a statuette for his role in Traffic. Del Toro's near unintelligible acceptance speech involved him repeatedly asking for more garlic sauce and saying he'd lost his chips. Hailed at the time as a masterclass in Puerto Rican subversive humour, the subsequent revelations that it was none other than a shit-faced Benjamin Button cast the episode in a very different light.

He'd been leading a double life the likes of which Tyler Durden would be proud.

The irony that Pitt, though nominated several times, has never actually won an Oscar when playing himself playing a character was not lost on his former wife who told the National Enquirer that Brad's jealousy of his craggy alter ego's success had led to more excessive drinking, thus resulting in more Benicio. A look at IMDB shows that Del Toro has six films slated for release in 2019, while Pitt seems to have a rather large gap in his schedule...


Sloth As a young man, Lotney “Sloth” Fratelli never stood out. He was a C-grade student, athletically unremarkable, artistically mediocre and described by a classmate as “...a nice kid but not someone you'd remember after Prom”. That all changed when Sloth found himself at the centre of a news story that enraptured the world. A group of charismatic children from Oregon, the self-proclaimed “Goonies” found themselves pitted against a merciless criminal family as they sought lost pirate treasure in an effort to save their homes from demolition at the hands of ruthless real estate developers. It sounds like something from a Hollywood movie, but it was real life and the part Lotney Fratelli ultimately played in aiding the Goonies turned him into an overnight global sensation. His catchphrase, “Hey you guuuuuys” was taken up by pretty much anyone shouting to their friends down a street and when designing his own costume, even Superman copied the T-shirt he'd worn. Despite his global fame, the object of a million teenage crushes, it was Sloth's matter-of-fact humility which viewers responded to when he won Celebrity Big Brother in 2017 - A humility he said he owes to his work as a baker's apprentice in Huddersfield throughout the 90s. “You can learn a lot from pies” Fratelli said in a 2006 interview. “...and bread. You can learn a lot from bread. Pastry is also something you can learn a lot from.” Shunning the on-air advances of Professor Katrina Price, as well as the book deals, chat show appearances and endorsement offers his fellow BB contestants tripped over themselves for, Sloth returned to Huddersfield to become the face of Greggs.... although sales have since seen a 42% decline.


Beyoncé Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has absolutely dominated the music and entertainment world for the best part of two decades. One of the planet's most beautiful, stylish, successful women, with a net worth of $355 million, she's sold over 100 million records, won 22 Grammy Awards and counts the Obamas as close friends.... which is why everyone was left stunned in 2018 when she came from nowhere to take the top title at The Torremolinos Darts Open. Having already witnessed her breathtaking assault on the group stages, a packed, absolutely leathered crowd sat dumbfounded as the singer and actress made her way out to the oche on finals night, supping from a pint of John Smiths in between drags on a duty free Rothmans. Opponent Raymond van Barneveld briefly delayed play by asking the former Destiny's Child to sign his shirt, but spectators weren't made to wait long for a result, with Knowles-Carter taking

him apart in straight sets. Checking out on her final leg with a coveted nine dart finish, she lifted the BDO trophy after a mere 21 minutes of play, having consumed just three cigarettes and four pints of bitter – a new record low for any professional game of darts. Nevertheless, Beyoncé made up for it afterwards, drinking into the wee hours with several players and lucky fans. Last seen staggering down Calle San Miguel at sunrise with toilet paper stuck to her shoe and wearing one of those hats with big straws leading to beer cans on either side, the A-lister was inexplicably well turned out whilst accepting an MTV award in L.A. some 14 hours later. When quizzed about her budding new career by reporters, a tight lipped KnowlesCarter remained aloof. Pundits are chomping at the bit to see if she repeats her surprise win at the 2019 Torremolinos Open but refuse to rule out the possibility that she may instead choose to dominate the world of cricket, curling or indoor bowls.

David Cameron In 2018, a barefoot David Cameron, dressed only in hessian sack and knotted head-hankie ascended a snow-capped mountain in Tibet to live out his days in a state of monastic simplicity. Shunning the comforts of the perfect utopia he had wrought through tireless work and utter lack of ego, he chose not to shade beneath the branches of the trees in his new Eden. A life's work complete, David William Donald Cameron crept past the everyday folk now singing in the gold-paved streets, frolicking in the Prosecco fountains and skipping through fields of Kinder Buenos. He politely ignored the crowds who cheered his progress, the thanks and accolades from every section of society he had helped. As waving children with perfect teeth picked Mature Cheddar and Caramelised Onion Chutney Kettle Chips off the vines they now sprung from, Saint David simply nodded with satisfaction. He cared not for the adoration, nor the hundreds of thousands to be made on the after-dinner circuit, the six-figure publishing deal for his

The singer and actress made her way out to the oche on finals night, supping from a pint of John Smiths in between drags on a duty free Rothmans.

He politely ignored the crowds who cheered his progress, the thanks and accolades from every section of society he had helped. memoirs, the outrageouslysalaried work for a US electronic payment firm or stewardship on a billion dollar UK/China investment initiative. No, Saint David the Humble had all he needed. A hessian sack, a knotted head-hankie, a soul at peace with the knowledge all he had ever done, he had done for others and an extremely large, shiny pink face to shield his fragile body from the biting Tibetan wind..... although deep down Saint David the Humble, King of our Hearts knew he would probably use it instead to protect a mountain goat or hare or yak or something - such was his way. Although the whole world would love David Cameron to come back so we can properly THANK him for all he did, it seems for now at least, he continues to tread a higher path. God bless you David.

Well there you have it, I think that's everyone.

Celebrities don't just entertain us with their talent and good looks. Their exemplary lives provide us with a roadmap to success, dignity and moral behaviour. In compiling this comprehensive list of icons of our time and asking the question “where are they now?�, both in the article title

and at the end of the third paragraph and then answering the question in subsequent paragraphs, I'm just glad I've been able to shine a little light in the darkness and clear up any confusion whatsoever about where it is we as a nation go from here. There's no need to thank me, just don't balls up 2019, ok? Ian Greenland is a freelance photographer and writer (allegedly)


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Someone recently asked me where I want to go on my next vacation and I told them any one of the five Blue Zones. “Blue Zones” are the five places in the world where people live the longest. They include the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California. We stand to learn so much from the locations were longevity reigns that visiting the people and learning more about their culture sounds pretty fascinating to me. We live in a society where for the first time in many generations life-expectancy is decreasing. In some of these places (the South) this generation is expected to live shorter than their parents for the first time ever, and in some areas as much as a five year drop in life expectancy could be seen.


earning what we can from parts of the world where longevity seems to come more natural is crucial in a world where our environment and lifestyles are more toxic than they were in previous decades. In general, we over consume, we’re lonelier than ever, our sense of community is lacking, and we are less active. In the U.S. there is no incentive in our healthcare system to keep us from getting sick in the first place – in fact, there is more of an incentive to keep you sick! We spend 90% of our healthcare dollars in the last years of our life making our health matter from a financial standpoint – but when you think about it, don’t you want quality of life in your last years as well?

National Geographic Fellow and Best-Selling Author of The Blue Zones, Dan Buettner has done extensive research on these Blue Zones. Along with his team of researcher’s, Dan determined that the people in each of these places have nine attributes in common with each other that are associated with their impressive longevity, this group of lessons have been coined the term Power 9 and they quite possibly could be the very attributes to work on to add years (and quality!) to your life in a culture that seems to be working against it.




In each of the five blue zones, people are not known for their high intensity workout programs. Instead, they live in cultures where natural movement is extremely common. Their environments encourage them to move often throughout the day without them even thinking about it. They do not have technological conveniences for yard work, so they literally get their hands dirty and tend their own gardens. They live in mostly walkable areas and choose using their body as a mode of transportation on a daily basis. The lesson for us is to get up from our desks and evaluate how we can add more movement into our lifestyle – a walk during lunch or perhaps an outdoor hobby.



People in the longest-living areas know how important it is to live for something bigger than themselves. In Okinawa, there is a word “Ikigai” and in Nicoya there is a term “Plan de vida.” Both of these words translate to “Why I wake up in the morning.” I think so many of us have lost our sense of purpose and, clearly, that can be detrimental to our health. Self-care, practices of gratitude and journaling can all help us to connect to our why and our purpose.



Dan Buettner’s term “Down Shift” refers to how the people of the Blue Zones manage stress. Each culture addresses stress uniquely, but they all do it differently than most of us Americans. They have a means of shedding their stress, rather than plowing right through or ignoring it. Okinawans take time each day to do a sort of meditation to remember their ancestors. Ikarians prioritize naps. What is one thing that most Americans do each day to reduce their stress levels? I cannot think of one stress reducer that the majority of us do daily, but I do love the idea of adding in 2030 minute naps or meditations. Even soaking in the tub after a long day or having a relaxation ritual can go a long way.



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In terms of the 80% rule, Okinawans have a mantra that is said before meals that reminds them to stop eating when they are 80% full. They know that ceasing to eat before they are completely stuffed could be the difference between staying at a healthy weight and gaining unnecessary weight. In all of the Blue Zones, people eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening and then do not eat again until the following morning. I apply the 80% rule both in terms of feeling full, but also in terms of splurges. If I make room for 20% of my diet to have more flexbility (say homemade pasta or that slice of pizza) I am ensuring that 80% of the time I’m still sticking to what works best for me.



More surprisingly, in these communities, moderate drinkers outlive nondrinkers, but consumption is moderate at 1 to 2 drinks per day (Sardinian Cannonau wine is best). The trick is to stick to one or two glasses of red wine a day ad enjoy with family or friends, not as a solo activity. After thinking about this, it might be the socializing part of the drinking that makes it so beneficial!



Not surprisingly, the people around the world who live the longest adhere to mostly plant-based diets. 95 to 100% of dietary intake comes from plants. Staples of the diet are whole grains, nuts, and tubers. Meat is eaten, on average, only five times per month in Blue Zones and fish about twice per week. The main part of most centenarians’ diets is beans like fava, black, soy and lentil. Eating this way is manageable for ALL of us, I recommend trying out plantbased in steps, first committing to eating this way for lunch, then M-F, and eventually plant-based eating can become the norm with exceptions 1-3 times per week.




The vast majority of the centenarians that Buettner and his team interviewed also belong to a faithbased community. It does not matter what denomination they are, it only matters that they have a relationship with a community that supports them. They also put their families first. They make sure any older family members are kept in their homes with them and they commit to one life partner. The longest living people are also part of social circles that support their healthy lifestyles. This makes sense since research shows that happiness, loneliness and even obesity are contagious.



A common theme in Blue Zone areas is an emphasis on family connection. Children spend time and care for aging parents/grandparents. Committed, long-term relationships with one partner is common. Spending time with children and grandchildren and living close by is also the norm. While this may not be an option because of distance, it is important to note the difference familial relationships make. Working to cultivate your family connection (or creating your “friends are family” group where you are) can go a long way.



Social circles that support healthy behaviours are key. In each community there is a support system, meals are prepared together, time is spent together, and communities are often active together. It does in many cases still “take a village”! It can be a little more difficult in our busy lives to build up the right tribe, but if you do a little research you will find everything from monthy vegan potlucks to wellness events being put together all over the country. There are hiking clubs, yoga groups, and running clubs – take a little time to seek out your community and if you can’t find one, why not build one?


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Hi my name is Clare Navas and I’m the founder of TLE the mother of two boys and a hemp enthusiast! I am dedicated to changing the perception of the cannabis industry and committed to producing the best organic range of hemp based products that will truly benefit the mind body and soul of my customers. Let’s kick off January 2019 with a fresh mind set to help improve our overall health and wellbeing!


The Leaf Elite To kick off this month’s issue we will look at what CBD is and how it can help ease arthritis pain. We investigate how CBD and hemp can have a significant impact on your homeostasis. Then we delve into more interesting facts about the PH levels of food and how this impacts our health. Then we finish with TLE … the journey continues with what we have been up to and who we have partnered up with.

So what is CBD and how does it work? CBD (Cannabinoid) is just one of the phytocannabinoids that is found in the HEMP/Cannabis plant. There are over 118 different cannabinoids, the other most well known one is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), this is the cannabinoid that makes you feel high. CBD can be used in several different ways including tinctures, capsules, vapes, edibles and creams. Unlike THC, CBD is completely non-psychoactive. Because of this, CBD can become an option for those seeking a natural alternative to treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis, PTSD, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and chronic pain to name a few. At first, many were sceptical, thinking that a natural compound, let alone a Cannabis-compound, could effectively treat such a wide range of conditions. But as medical researchers learned more, and the stories from tens of thousands of people began to stack up, the truth was undeniable, CBD works. The reason for this is is that it works in perfect harmony with our ECS


(endocannabinoid) system. CBD and the other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant interact with our CB1 and CB2 receptors found throughout our body. When the cannabinoids bind and interact, it helps bring our body into homeostasis.

Can CBD help ease Arthritis pain and alleviate joint pain? Over the winter months people with arthritis really suffer and recently I’ve been flooded with enquires regarding the possible benefits of CBD in relation to this problem. Due to the fact there is insignificant scientific research we are unable to say that it can medically help, but it cannot be denied there are 1,000’s of testimonials online stating that it does. A 2011 study found that CBD helped to reduce inflammatory pain in rats by affecting the way that pain receptors respond to stimuli. A 2014 review of the existing body of research on animals concluded that CBD may be an effective treatment for OA.

A 2016 study found that the topical application of CBD had the potential to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. A 2017 study found that CBD might be a safe and useful treatment for OA joint pain. You can find these individual studies online at Cannabinoids, such as CBD, attach themselves to specialised receptors in a person's brain and immune system. One of these receptors, called a CB2 receptor, plays a role in the immune system by managing pain and inflammation. Researchers believe that when CBD enters a person's body, it may attach to CB2 receptors. Alternatively, it may cause the body to produce natural cannabinoids that attach to the CB2 receptors. Either way, scientists think CBD affects the way that these receptors respond to the signals that they receive helping reduce inflammation and pain. A 2008 review of research into CBD and its possible mechanism of action suggested


The Human Endocannabinoid System Receptors are found on cell surfaces

that CBD could play a role in chronic pain management. However, its effectiveness will vary from person to person. It is essential that you listen to your body, to find the right balance of CBD oil for you as we are all unique.

What is Homeostasis and how does Hemp help? Homeostasis, in a general sense, refers to stability, balance, or equilibrium. Physiologically, it is the body’s attempt to maintain a constant and balanced internal environment, which requires persistent monitoring and adjustments as conditions change. Adjustment of physiological systems within the body is called homeostatic regulation. For example, during body temperature regulation, temperature receptors in the skin communicate information to the brain which signals the effectors: blood vessels and sweat glands in the skin. If glucose levels in the blood rise after a meal, adjustments in the body are made to lower them.

As we know the human body is mainly water. Our pH level can be tested through blood analysis to measure how well our body is staying in equilibrium. The pH, or potential hydrogen, is a scale between 0 to 14. If a body is functioning at its best, the pH will be close to 7, which is neutral. If a body is too acidic, it will be between 0 and 6.9, and if too alkaline, between 7.1 and 14. The pH level may change temporarily after such activities as eating, but the actual pH will be evident over several periods of testing and getting close to the same results. Homeostasis affects the body's pH level.

For example, a person who is consistently testing in the acidic range will not be able to achieve homeostasis and will be prone to health problems. They would suffer from an increase in colds, fatigue and digestive problems. In reverse if we are to alkaline the person’s stress levels are major factor in how they feel. Some foods will increase acidity, and some will alkalize the body. The more alkaline the food, the better the body will be able to stay in homeostasis. Homeostasis is also affected by stress levels. A stressful lifestyle will lead to a more acidic pH level. Dealing with stress by getting more sleep, exercising and eating more alkaline foods will help the body sustain a more neutral pH, thus affecting homeostasis and health. When we take CBD/HEMP oil, we can naturally help bring the body into homeostasis by infiltrating the body’s PH levels.



How Cannabidiol (CBD) can help your wellness

Quick Recip Super Sweet Potato Turmeric e Soup with hemp toppings This is fabulously heathy delicious soup and helps fight colds and inflammation! Drizzle and top with hemp oil and seeds‌ Enjoy!

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon coconut oil 3 tablespoon almond butter 4 large shallots, chopped (or 1 medium onion) 1/4 finger chopped ginger 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed with the side of your knife 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced (about 1.5 lbs) 2 large carrots, chopped 1 tablespoon turmeric + sea salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper + cayenne pepper 900ml vegetable or chicken stock 1 can coconut milk Juice from one lime Hemp seeds to sprinkle Hemp oil to drizzle


1. Add the coconut oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. When it melts, add the shallots and let them cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 more minute. Add the sweet potato, carrots, turmeric, sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne and stir the pot for about 30 seconds. 2. Add the stock to the pot and bring the pot to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. 3. Transfer the soup to your blender, add the almond butter, and blend until smooth. Pour the soup back into the pot, add the coconut milk and lime juice, and heat through. Number of servings: 4



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I’m Aga. Physical activity has always been an important part of my life since I was 6 years old. Sport and my interest in nutrition led me to discover how to live a healthy life and maintain a fit body without having to obsess about it too much. I’m an ISSA (International Sport Science Association in USA) licensed Fitness Coach & a ISAF (Institute of Health and Physical Activity in Spain) Fitness Personal Trainer and a certified pre and post-partum Fitness Coach by Oh! Baby Fitness. I decided to focus on future mums and those who have just become mums. I know that many women would like to stay physically active during their pregnancy but are unsure what type of exercise would be suitable and safe for themselves and their baby and many mums want to regain their figure after giving birth but have no time to go to the gym. So I created FitMama to hopefully assist you in your transformation into a sexy & happy FIT MUM. I want to show you that to get there and then keep it up doesn’t have to be only strict diets or hard workouts at the gym. It can be a lifestyle change, one that you can hang onto and once you get there you’ll never want to leave!


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Every year we promise ourselves we will behave this time of year and we won’t over eat during and after the festive period. We plan to go for a walk, for a run or for a quick gym session to burn off the slight excess of calories consumed. But most of the time we end up eating way too much anyway and this makes us feel tired and with little to no energy to do any of our planned activities. We think: What the hell! Christmas is only once a year!

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January comes around, work resumes and guess what… we don’t fit into our trousers from before Christmas! Then we get upset with ourselves, “Silly me! For these few moments of pleasure I ruined what I had worked for months for!” I know, it isn’t fair! It takes ages to lose weight and takes no time to put it back on! Statistics say an average person puts on between 2-4kgs over the Christmas break. That is a lot in such a short time! However, the good news is that it is not fat! To produce 1 kg of fat you would need to eat aprox 7.000 calories, which is a lot. The bad news is that if you don’t act quickly it WILL convert into fat in no time! Do not get depressed. There is a way out and it is easier than you think. Forget about miracle diets that make you lose 4kgs in a few days. Or those that switch from eating a lot to sudden

fasting. That is not a healthy way to do it. Instead, just make sure your diet is COMPLETELY sugar free, avoid saturated fat (butter, cream, ghee, regular fat milk, cheese, pork, fried food) if you have to consume any of these keep them to a MINIMUM! Eat clean and lean! Drink 2-3 litres of water a day and MOVE!!! Remember that 70% of your results are made in the kitchen and only 30 % in the gym! If you have done nothing over the last few months, take it easy. Start with 30 mins of fast walking or jogging. If you are a fitness person, fill your workout with cardio and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Trainings). Those that have trained in the past the good news is that muscles have memory and get back in shape much quicker. Eating healthy and training at least 3 times a week, you will be amazed how fast you will get back to your size.

Now, planning ahead, next time it’s your birthday, work party or holiday celebration try not to cross the line. It is okay to eat a bit more than usual, life is all about balance after all! But we often get too carried away CHERISH with food during the holidays and YOUR BODY celebrations.


Remember it’s easy to gain and REPAY YOU much tougher to lose! Don’t ruin all your hard work by overindulging.

Catch us in the next issue where we will be starting with - OPERATION BIKINI BODY. Stay tuned to let us help you get ready for the summer!

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We are once again joined by Reflections’ celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Yeadon, whose A-List clientele includes Victoria Beckham and Simon Cowell. Jonathan is loved not only for his mindblowing colouring skills but his outrageous personality as well.

Face It Instead of being a slave to the hair trends, Jonathan advises you to let the shape of your gorgeous face be your guide when choosing your next hair cut. Hairdressers always take a long look in the mirror with a new client, digesting the strong and weak points of bone structure and features before getting to them with the scissors. What we are looking at now, is the most defining part of the consultation. By looking at the clients natural face shape, whether it be round, oval, square, etc. this helps us decide which particular styles will enhance your beauty. In the simplest terms, a long face doesn’t need any height, it needs width to balance. Heart shaped faces - keep attention away from the chin area, while square faces need to be softened. If you are lucky enough to be blessed with an oval shape face you can pretty much wear anything. I also believe when taking into consideration the face, you also need to think about the person’s body shape. There are certain styles which will make someone look better, and others that will make them look ridiculous. You only have to look at Lucy Ewing in Dallas, aka the Poisoned Dwarf. The reason she was memorably dubbed that by the late Terry Wogan, was because she wore her hair past her backside. As she was only about four foot, it made her look like a troll. She would have looked so much taller just by cutting her hair shorter.


If you have got somebody who is on the larger side, you have to be really, really careful of volume. By all means add a little, but masses of volume on someone who is already carrying a lot of weight, well, you are just going to make them look MASSIVE. There’s going to be so much hair, so much of them, the two things together are not going to do them any favours. The same way skin tone influences which hair colours you should choose for a client, the same goes with someone’s style. You want to make the best of them. If you sit someone down in your chair and just do whatever you want, without taking the face shape and body into consideration you are never going to deliver excellence.


The long face Shorten the face with a curly bob or a mid-length or long style with layers at eye and cheekbone level to create texture. Avoid one-length straight styles as they just reinforce the long-faced impression. Ditto middle partings. Beware of buns balanced on the top of the head and quiffs as they add inches when what you really want to do is subtract them.

The round face One-length hair is too severe and can accentuate the roundness of the face. Work the layered look. If you’ve got wide cheeks and soft, non-angular features - longer, layered cuts look best. A scattering of light layers on the bottom keeps volume away from the sides and focuses it near the ends. Work those high ponytails and up-dos with loose tendrils around the hairline and sides. Avoid pudding basin cuts, rounded bobs and geometric styles as they add to the moon faced vibe.

The heart face As the name applies your face is wider at the top, coming into a point at the chin. A collarbone-length crop with sweeping bangs and uniform layers does wonders for this face shape. Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon often goes for shoulderskimming layer which draw your eyes away from the chin area and adds balance.

The square face For a quick trick, part hair at the side for an asymmetrical effect, which balances out the squareness of the jaw. If you choose bangs, create movement in a sweeping effect or definitely round the corners. Steer clear of straight-across bangs and sharp-edged bobs which can make a squareshaped face look boxy.

And stay away from… People who do not have much of a neck, MUST NOT put loads of hair around the front or they will look like the honey monster, so take the hair away from the face at all times. One of my REAL bug bears are people who have little forehead and thinks it a good idea to get a fringe cut in. All you are doing is cutting the face in half. Goldie Hawn! I love Goldie, but if she gets any more hair on her face you won’t be able to see her. I know it’s a clever way of hiding wrinkles, but she has taken it to such an extent now, that

all you can see is her mouth. She might as well just wear a burka. Her stylists have obviously advised her at some point to keep her bangs long, but she now has more hair on her face than Chewbacca. I would be weary of a pixie cut if you have a rather large nose. With this kind of hairstyle you are going to strip the face bare and this will put all the focus on your nose. A large honker needs hair at the sides of the face to disguise it and soften the face. Skip the strict centre parting, create volume at the

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hairline away from the face and with a side part instead. When it comes to men, if you have a big chin, don’t put a beard on it. It’s like under lining it with a black felt tip. All this does is make you look like Jimmy Hill. Also, if you are man with a large forehead, DO NOT have botox. Don’t make that big slab head smooth and for god sake do not stand your hair up at the front, you fringe will go on forever. If, like me, you have to shave your hair short, then tan it. Everything looks better brown, I promise. Ta-ra Love Jonathan


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ast month, we covered the Blockchain basics and how it will affect the way we do our finances. Today we’re looking at how the technology could impact the real estate industry for buyers, sellers and agents.

Less than 4 months ago, in October 2018, Spain was the first country in the EU to make a real estate sale on the Blockchain. The sale took place on a property in Seville via global real estate platform Propy and more are following suit. This is a major step for Spain’s property market, so let’s see what all the fuss is about...

n The future of property buying and selling Imagine browsing a website full of beautiful villas for sale in Marbella. You find one you love


and take a virtual tour of the property and know that it would make a fantastic rental investment. You are not in the country, so you have your agent in the area answer your questions and make a live video tour of the property. When ready to purchase, you click ‘buy’ on the website, deposit your money, and it’s done! The Blockchain records the transfer of ownership and new title to public records (authenticated by the Registrar) and the seller gets paid automatically via escow. That’s where Blockchain and real estate is headed.

n What makes Blockchain good for real estate? To put it simply, Blockchain allows all kinds of transactions to be processed, recorded and stored securely - either publically or privately. When a transaction is entered, thousands or millions of computer nodes will receive and contain the same information at the same time and they are updated continuously. This means if someone tried to enter a false transaction on one computer it would not be verified by the rest on the blockchain. Every transaction is encrypted and cannot be edited or deleted once entered, offering more transparency than ever before. For real estate, these features could help in three major ways: 1. STORING VALUABLE DATA – There are already companies that have been created to store property data on the Blockchain: from changes in holders

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of land rights or property titles, to property history, mortgage documents, and other legal papers, even images and videos of the property. This saves time and costs for the municipalities and agents when info about any given property could be accessed when required. 2. MAKING SALES – One of the biggest benefits of Blockchain for property sales is that it will significantly reduce delays and minimize payment transaction times from 7-10 days, to mere hours. With the help of Smart Contracts, Blockchain can also automate certain aspects of property and land sales. Smart contracts come into force automatically once the specified criteria has been met, making them ideal for transactions like mortgage deposits, fees, taxes, insurance and peer to peer payments. Some claim that Blockchain will allow peer to peer transfer of ownership, however, in my opinion it’s unlikely this would happen for commercial or residential real estate in Spain since there are so many conditions and laws to meet that it would be virtually impossible to do it without 3rd party human intervention. In Spain, the Registrar has several obligations to check on every property and even the best Artificial Intelligence would struggle to compete.

3. RENTALS - Smart contracts can help eliminate some of the worries traditionally associated with renting property long-term. Owners want to know the rent will be paid on time and that the state of the property will be left as agreed. Tenants want to know they are secure and will get their deposit back. This could be achieved by creating smart contracts that act as dynamic tenancy agreements on the Blockchain. The smart contract would contain details like the rent value, info about the state of the property at time of rent, the deposit value, and terms and conditions. Since Smart contracts are self-executing and can’t be edited or deleted, they provide a more legally-enforceable, transparent, and secure process for both landlords and tenants. The return of the deposit and any other agreed contractor payments would be paid automatically at the end of the tenancy once the pre-agreed conditions had been met.

n How will Blockchain affect Estate Agents in Spain? Despite the ability to make peer to peer payments, people will always want and need agents when they buy or sell property. Look at Blockchain like the

internet - it will enable agents to be more efficient. Estate agents can save time and unnecessary paperwork and evolve into a more streamlined approach. It’s very early days for Blockchain, and there are many challenges to face before it really hits mainstream. But if developed right, the technology has the potential to make the real estate market more cost effective and easier to work with for all parties involved.

Coming up in the next edition of Society Marbella... I reveal some not-so-tasty truths about our food supply chain and how Blockchain could help you know exactly what you’re eating and where it came from, so you can make more informed choices.


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Detached Villa Las Chapas This is a very impressive, luxury villa with 668m2 of contemporary and spacious living space located in the highly sought-after and prestigious area of Hacienda Las Chapas in Marbella East. The property features a spacious open-plan living room with large sliding doors and overlooks the beautifully-maintained gardens and private pool. The property uses its space to the best advantage, boasting fantastic proportions and is flooded with natural light flowing through every room. The bright dining room, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and fully-fitted modern kitchen complete the main part of the villa. There are

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magnificent roof terrace, with lounge area and complete bar. Also have store room, laundry room, 2 underground parking spaces, and lift. The furniture of the house is of the designer Pedro Peña, with the option to buy partially or completely. Ref: R3213292

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othing is more desirable for Valentine’s than crisp, Egyptian cotton bedding, a brand new soft robe or personalised cushions… well King of Cotton boasts all of this and more. Whether you are looking for stunning new bedding as a ‘just because’ treat for yourself or a luxury gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, you can rest assured King of Cotton will have just the thing to put a smile on your face. Established in the UK in 1995, its primary mission was to supply the UK’s finest hotels with top quality bed linens, towels, bathrobes, slippers and other accessories. As you can imagine, guests enquired about the luxury bedlinen and as a result King of Cotton’s retail operation was born. Marbella residents are lucky enough to have a bricks and


mortar store available at the Centro Comercial La Colonia to feel the quality first hand.

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ollowing on from the motorsport successes of the -02 range, it was natural that the 3-Series should go racing, and the many races and championships won only reinforced its sporting image. The 3-Series remains the marque’s core model to this day, and the amazing 15,543,000 units sold over six generations make it the world’s best selling premium car. Now the all-new seventh generation 3-Series has arrived, and while BMW were keen to introduce as much stateof-the-art technology as possible into its new car they were also keenly aware that you cannot be too radical with the styling of a core model like this. “While they want others to recognise it as a new model, repeat customers still want to feel at home with a new car,” explained Stephan Horn, Head of Product Management for the 3-Series. “Lineage and heritage are important to


buyer loyalty, which is why it is important for a new model to retain the familiar overall proportions and be instantly recognisable as a 3-Series.” While the styling of the new 3-Series may not exactly polarise opinion it is also not a universally agreed thing of beauty like the outgoing 4-Series Coupe for instance. Some of those present at the launch liked it more than others but there were no strong feelings either way. Perhaps that middle ground is best for a car that has to be all things to all men. Because it has more muscular rear arches the new 3-Series definitely looks better with at least 19-inch wheels, and results in a more purposeful stance. Cars with the base 16-inch and 17-inch footwear might well look a bit top heavy and under-tyred, but that is a cross that volume designs with a wide engine range often have to bear.

The tape measure reveals an increase of 76mm in length, 16mm in width with just 1mm added to height. Critically, 41mm has been added to the wheelbase, while the 43mm and 21mm wider front and rear tracks help the handling and stability. clever use of the right high-strength, lightweight materials in the right places has improved the structural stiffness of the new 3-Series by 25%. The bodyin-white is 20kg lighter thanks to the aluminium bonnet and front wings, and kerb weight can be up to 55kg less depending on the model. While the double-joint spring strut front and five-link rear suspension is similar to the previous model, all the components are new and re-dimensioned with lighter suspension control arms made from forged alloy instead of pressed steel. A further 7.0kg was shaved from the rear differential by using an aluminium alloy housing.


towards the driver. If the exterior of the new car is clearly 3-Series, the cabin design is a significant break with the past. The new style digital instrument pack was first seen on the X5 a few months back. While many X5 owners are conquest sales from other brands the serial 3-Series owners who make up the repeat customers may find the new design controversial, especially as the rev counter now reads the opposite way from normal. Personally I am not a fan. Beyond that the iDrive system works really well and the big widescreen display is one of the best in the business, while the Driving Experience Control is simple and intuitive in use. The latest version of the optional Head-Up Display projects a 70% larger image onto the windscreen.

As driving dynamics engineer Robert Rothmiller explained, “Good handling begins with a stiff bodyshell. In the past we looked at torsional rigidity as a static measure with the twisting forces applied at certain points of the shell. This time we homed in on measuring local stiffness where the suspension meets the body as this is where dynamic forces act on the shell in real world situations as opposed to on a test rig.” “This led us to create new style rubber suspension bushes that can be stiffer to add precision without adversely affecting ride comfort. We also designed new lift related dampers that cost more to manufacture but are worth it from a performance and comfort point of view,” he continued. “

The new sports suspension is eight percent stiffer than before, and the wider tracks allow us to make the front and rear axle kinematics more neutral so the steering rod to rack movement is less and the car is more stable when you hit a bump mid-corner. We now have 1° 5’ of negative camber in front, which makes the turn-in crisper. The rear camber of 1° 45’ is similar to the outgoing model.” Meanwhile the drag coefficient (Cd) has been pared from an already good figure of 0.26 to a class leading 0.23 on the entry-level 320d with the smallest wheels. This is efficient engineering in action. BMW interiors have always been driver oriented with big, clear round instrument dials and a centre console canted

The wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments allow most people to find a faultless driving position. In terms of cabin room, the slight increase in dimensions gives everyone just a bit more space, but the greatest benefits are felt in the rear seat. The launch rollout models were the 330i petrol and 320d diesel, both featuring updated versions of existing 2.0 litre four-cylinder engines. The former produces a healthy 258hp from 5,000 to 6,500rpm, accompanied by 400Nm of torque between 1,550 and 4,400rpm. The smooth eight-speed automatic helps the 330i deliver a rapid 5.8 sec 0-100km/h time, while sipping fuel at a best average of 5.8 L/100km. With a balancer shaft helping to filter out secondary vibrations this twin-scroll turbocharged four is smooth and willing away from rest. Mid-range is also strong, and you only notice the lack of cubic inches at the top end where there is simply no substitute for displacement and the extra two cylinders that come with BMWs finest engines. As always the 320d provides a great balance of performance and economy, its output of 190hp at 4,000rpm and 400Nm of torque from 1,750 and 2,500rpm translating into a brisk 6.8 sec 0-100km/h time, accompanied by a miserly 4.2 L/100km average fuel consumption. On the road it performs like a good 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo diesel with decent throttle response and strong and linear pull through its working range. It is probably as quiet and refined as any compressionignition four is going to get, but the key to its driver appeal is its strong and eager character. As diesels do not rev high this motor does its best work when coupled to the automatic transmission.



The all-new seventh generation 3-Series comes with the choice of three suspension options. Unfortunately, as happens on so many press launch events across the board BMW did not bring along the bog standard version, which would have given us a baseline to judge the M Sport and active damping equivalents. The M Sport suspension without active damping was paired with 19-inch wheels shod with 225/40R19 and 255/35R19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres on the 330i and 320d models we drove on the road. The camouflaged preproduction M340i xDrive cars we drove around Portimao Circuit on the second day had active damping, which is an option on lesser models along with the electronic M Sport rear differential.


However, the introduction of short, sharp bumps instantly changed that equation. While it maintained iron-fisted control over body movement thanks to effective rebound control the M Sport set-up was too restless for my liking. The M Sport suspension would therefore not be a box I would tick if I lived in a country with dubious road surfaces and was looking for a suspension set-up able to facilitate a rapid, yet comfortable and unstressed pace on such roads. While the optional adaptive damping set-up should combine maximum comfort at one end with optimum sportiness at the other, the base suspension with say 17-inch wheels might be a good compromise for the comfort seeking normal driver.

If I had to describe the suspension behaviour of the new 3-Series it would be composed, sure-footed and agile. However, our conclusions are not definitive as BMW chose to equip all the 330i and 320d test cars at the launch with the optional M Sport suspension, which is 10mm lower on uprated springs and dampers, and 19-inch wheels.

As the year progresses the two engines we tried on the launch event will be supplemented by the 184hp 320i, 150hp 318d and 265hp 330d models as well as the 330e Plug-In Hybrid. The xDrive all-wheel-drive system will be available for the 320d. In time the new 3-Series Estate, and then 4-Series Coupe and Convertible spin-offs will join the range.

More’s the pity, as I so wanted to try the basic suspension on bumpy Portuguese country roads. On smooth roads, the combination of precise steering, responsive and well-balanced chassis really shone though, making the car a real pleasure to hustle through the bends.

The new 3-Series looks tougher and sleeker than before, has a well-designed and ergonomically sound cabin with state-of-the-art telematics. There is no doubt that it has the right stuff to carry on the fine sales record set by its predecessors.




M340i xDrive We did not quite know what to expect when BMW told us that we would be driving camouflaged pre-production of the M340i xDrive, which does not go on sale till mid-2019. What we did know from the M5 was that that Dirk Haecker and his chassis development team at BMW M are masters of making a 4WD BMW handle a lot like a RWD one. Representing the M Performance entry in the new 3-Series range the M340i xDrive comes packing a tuned version of the B58 2,998cc twin-turbo straight six motor, known as the S58. Output is a healthy 374hp with 500Nm of torque, deployed through all four wheels. Add to this BMW’s M Sport suspension with active damping, quicker variable ratio power steering, uprated brakes and the electronic rear differential lock that is an option on lesser models and you have a recipe for a serious drivers’ car. Just leaving the pit lane at Portimao, heading for the first corner the engine showed its credentials as strong, torque rich, and eager to hit the redline. It also has a harder edge than the 330i motor, but is not as deep chested as a true M engine. By the time we were half way round the first lap of this familiar track it was also clear that the short ratios of the standard eightspeed auto make full and effective use of the engine’s output in any given situation. The extra weight M340i xDrive carries over the more powerful M2 Competition is marginally compensated for by its all-wheel-drive traction, which allows you to deploy more power earlier after the apex of each bend. The M340i xDrive lives up to this measure, and from the very first corner

it felt right, turning in crisply with a beautiful balance and a torque bias that felt rear-wheel-drive in a natural rather than contrived way. It certainly made trying to keep up with the faster M2 Competition a ball of fun rather that a white-knuckle ride. Importantly, where some rival 4WD systems have the annoying trait of putting more power to the front axle when rear wheel slip is detected this is not the case with the BMW system, at least not when it is in Sport mode. Then you can drift the car with the same abandon as you would a rear driver, but with the front end helping to stabilise things in extremis. Unlike the M5 you cannot disengage the front axle for rear-wheel-drive mode only, but the chassis feels really adjustable, and despite having all four wheels driven you can throttle steer this car like a good rear driver. This is a playful and engaging chassis with a built-in safety net. The active damping fitted to our M340i xDrive test cars provided perfect body control on the undulating Portimao track, and did a great job of keeping everything neat, tidy, and progressive under hard acceleration, cornering and braking. It is a pity we did not have the opportunity to try these cars on the road since past experience indicates that the active damping system might well be the answer to the firm ride encountered with the Sport suspension on the 330i. So is the M340i xDrive a poor man’s M3? Frankly no. A full fat M car will always remain a more engaging steer, but also one compromised by slippery weather conditions when all-wheeldrive really comes into its own.

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LA SALA GOLF at Marbella Club

We visited... the majestic Marbella Club Golf Resort for the first event of 2019.

A great turnout enjoyed... a fun texas scramble format with near perfect conditions, bacon rolls and copious on course refreshments.

Congratulations to... the winning team “Dilligaf” who carded an impressive gross score of 59 strokes with Anthony Carr claiming the long drive prize. For more information about the tournament or to join us for next year please contact Lindsay Medina on +34 603507628 or





Art Series 2019 at


We celebrated… a successful start to Kempinski Hotel Bahia’s Art Series 2019 with the talented international pianist Billy O'Brian.

We were delighted by… his classical repertoire including Four Mazurkas Op 17 by Chopin, Une Barque sur l’Océan by Maurice Ravel and concluded with Polonaise Op 53 by Chopin.

Congratulations and thanks to... Kempinski Hotel Bahía team for organising this extraordinary event and General Manager Axel Bethke, who stated: “As part of our dedication to the arts and culture and in conjunction with “project music” we were delighted to welcome such a prestigious artist to our hotel… it was an incredible evening”





Burns night IN BANUS

We celebrated... the birthday of Scotland’s greatest poet with a traditional Burns night supper at La Sala Puerto Banús.

We enjoyed... welcome cava, a fabulous four course dinner including traditional Haggis.

We loved... the Scottish songs by Mark Connor; Jimmy Smith as speaker, the amazing bagpiper Mitchell Laws and the joyful “ceilidh”. Oh and whiskey… plenty of whiskey !





RUNNING FOR CHARITY We enjoyed…. A glorious January day at Centro Plaza for the 4th edition of the “Marbella Race” in aid of the Red Cross.

We were astounded by… An incredible record turn out of adults and children with hundreds of local runners taking part.

Congratulations and a big thanks to… All the event supporters, public and private institutions including Siesta Interior Design, Frutas Eladio, ALC Global Health Insurance,, Abbey Wealth, Café Yanx, Elegant Marbella Estates, CIT Marbella, REM, Apymem, Apymemspa and the Marbella and San Pedro athletics clubs.





Beauty ALL AROUND We attended… Natural Beauty Studio’s highly anticipated reopening event, at their newly revamped salon in the Cristamar Center, Puerto Banus.

We enjoyed… a selection of canapés, cava and wines while being shown round the beautifully renovated and extended salon.

Congratulations and thanks to… owner Loana who delighted guests with demonstrations of her latest face and body treatments such as the innovative Novasonix which reduces cellulite and the renowned diode laser removal system.


Adventures from

Down Under

By Victoria Wood

Last year was a huge year for my family and I; my now husband and I got married in July, we moved house, and embarked on an adventure of a lifetime; a year travelling the world with our children. Nothing was booked except the first flight out of Spain. This is where I will be sharing some of the highlights with you and bringing new and interesting places in the world to your attention from a different perspective to that of your regular travel guide. Right now, as I write I am sitting overlooking Bluey’s Beach, NSW. This area, a few hours north of Sydney, boasts a wickedly rugged coastline and really epitomises a beach holiday in Australia; there is non-stop surf plus huge lakes with calmer waters backing on to the ocean which are full of wildlife. The place is just stunning and naturally diverse. Today we took a boat out on Wallis Lake where the kids went wakeboarding, we all swam, we rode on a doughnut, spotted dolphins, sting rays and all sorts of birds, and just had to stop at a delightful spot called Hamiltons on the waters edge near Forster and Tuncurry, to delve into a well earned fish lunch. Well, not only fish, we had plenty of oysters which are farmed directly in front of you in the lake. It doesn’t get fresher than that. The waters are clean and clear and so refreshing. Evenings are spent looking at and listening to the rolling waves whilst cooking up something delicious on the barbie and relaxing feeling salt and sun drenched and more than ready for melting into bed. Sydney has become a playground for the wealthy, however visiting is not just for the rich folk, we found plenty of things to do in and around the city which did not break the bank. Of course if you choose to you can find some of the most luxurious ways to entertain yourself including some


of the best restaurants in the world, which come with the most stunning backdrop. Sydney Harbour is mightily impressive, every time the gleaming teeth of the Opera House pass you by a feeling of posterity and glamour washes over you and you know that you really are present in one of the best places in the world. During our stay in Sydney we took advantage of all the city has to innocently offer: we rode bikes in Centennial park stopping numerous times to check out the kids’ wet park, the thousands of fruit bats (or Flying Foxes as they are named here), the huge duck ponds which are more like lakes teeming with all varieties of birds and fish. We were also lucky enough to stumble across the set as it was being constructed for the second Peter Rabbit movie coming out this year; looking directly into Mr. McGregor’s garden made us tempted to go and pinch a lettuce or two, Peter style. We took in some culture at the art museum as well as the Australia museum on a rainy day which was a perfect way to keep the kids amused as well as teach them (and ourselves) a thing or two about the history, culture, diversity and nature of the country.

Blue Mountains

The harbour beaches offer the calmer side of beach life in Sydney, if you can get around by boat then you are really living the finer life of a Sydney sider, we are fortunate enough to have family here with a little motor boat so we explored every curve, corner and cove of this side of the city, stopping to eat a picnic, leap off a not-scary-at-all (!) rock, swim with sting rays, and stop at Watson’s Bay for just one more deliciously fresh fish lunch at Doyle’s. We also took to the ocean beaches, Bondi was on the list of course but also we visited Freshwater on the Northern Beaches which has epic surf and great facilities. While in the area we went to the Narrabeen lake near Mona Vale, which backs on to the ocean. Here you can have some fun kayaking in the ‘rapids’, fishing and if you are anything like us just sliding down the sand dunes on a boogie board! Very slightly farther north we eventually came to Palm Beach where we took a boat over to The Basin. This is a really special place in nature, which you can visit for the day for a few dollars or camp

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.

overnight for a very reasonable price. We opted to camp alongside the wallabies, goannas, the odd snake (don’t be put off, this is Australia), and bush turkeys. We went catching Yabbies, tried a spot of fishing in the lagoon and swam our heads off in the harbour waters. The weather was perfect and the water felt like freshly poured silk. The rocky edges were just more invitations for exploration and clambering. Back in Sydney we headed over to Marrickville to check out the strip of Vietnamese restaurants that have popped up there, a few stops on the metro (grab an Opal card and just top it up when you need to), and a few more strolls up and down the street to try and decide which one to eat at; they’re all fantastically fresh, authentic and delicious and on top of that the most easy meal on the pocket so far in our whole stay. Next stop was the Blue Mountains, we headed to the sleepy (ish) little town of Blackheath, as well as having the most jaw dropping landscape peeking out from behind the main high street this place has just the most incredible countryside. It is barely possible to describe the intense depth of the

WE WENT CATCHING YABBIES, TRIED A SPOT OF FISHING IN THE LAGOON AND SWAM OUR HEADS OFF IN THE HARBOUR WATERS. THE WEATHER WAS PERFECT AND THE WATER FELT LIKE FRESHLY POURED SILK. central Sydney, Blackheath is only a two hour train ride, which once you’re out of the city is really beautiful to see. This was a huge highlight of our trip here, just being immersed in nature and feeling the freedom of life.

surrounding valleys and mountains, they stretch for way further than any eye could see and are steeped in waterfalls, creeks, caves, and historical native sites. We went on some epic walks which blew our minds and eyes! Swimming in icy cold pools under a thundering waterfall, taking stock of our spirituality in an Aboriginal cave was all in a day’s play. Easily reached by train from

That has been our Sydney experience, it isn’t just a place for wealth and overindulgence, it is approachable, easy to navigate, it is enriching, safe, clean, and beautiful, both immersed in and surrounded by the most abundant natural sites and a plethora of entertainment for all the family.

We love you Sydney! Follow our family adventures! @50_toes






a Sala is known for its allround dining experience and in true La Sala style their extensive menu caters for an array of cuisines. With the introduction of the Scandinavian Corner, the popular eatery boasts a delightfully fresh and light array of Nordic inspired dishes for the natives and simply for those who share our love of Scandinavian cuisine.

flavoursome meat is the shining star and ours was cooked to perfection. If you’re like me and squirm when someone orders a well-done steak, then we are sure you will love this rare treat as much as we did. The pickled dill and cucumber salad is the ideal accompaniment and the crispy onions add the perfect crunch to every mouthful.

Dishes found across Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and Finland are created with a variety of ingredients from the land and sea. It is often said… to cook the Scandinavian way is to re-create the past, well this delicious array of specialist delights transports us back to a Scandinavian heaven starting with Rare Roast Beef served with Potatoes, Pickled Dill & Cucumber Salad, Crispy Onions, Remoulade, Shredded Horseradish & Fresh Rye Bread. As described this succulent and

Throughout history Scandinavians have lived off the land, sea and lakes so a large portion of their fare does come from the sea, in particular cured fresh-water salmon is local favourite. A Scandinavian menu wouldn’t be complete without a Salmon Gravlax and La Sala doesn’t disappoint. Served with homemade mustard & dill sauce

and fresh rye bread, this traditional dish is light yet fragrant and an ideal lunch selection. If you prefer your salmon cooked why not try the Grilled Marinated Salmon served with Swedish Dill Potatoes and Fresh Salad Leaves. This classic dish offers an introduction to Scandinavian cuisine if you are a first timer. The heavenly salmon was marinated to perfection and would be my top choice if I was dining for dinner. Open sandwiches, known locally as smorrebrod are particularly popular in Denmark. Made with rye bread, these delightful creations are classically topped with various meats, egg and a spicy sauce. La Sala’s Open Shrimp Sandwich with Fresh Shrimp and Egg on a bed of Salad Leaves topped with Mayonnaise, Caviar & Lemon is as delicious as it sounds. The fresh shrimp melts in your mouth and marries harmoniously with the crisp salad, caviar and lemon.


The last two plates arrived at our table and as my jeans began bursting open I closed my eyes hoping the arrivals wouldn’t be my cup of tea. But of course that wasn’t the case and somehow I managed to devour the Skagen Toast with Shrimp, Avocado Salad, Red Onion, Crème Fraiche, Dill and Salmon Roe...every last mouthful! Avocado is one of my alltime favourite foods and match that with Shrimp and anyone else is lucky to get a taste! To conclude


our fabulous Scandinavian gastronomic journey was Marinated Herrings with Red Onions, Crème Fraiche, Curry Dressing and Fresh Rye Bread. The dressing in particular deserves its own mention and I was sure to mop up any last drops with the fresh bread. Herrings, I believe, is much like marmite; you either love them or hate them.. let’s just say no one at our table was the latter!




Bettina, our resident healthy travel foodie, will give us tips on hidden gems in places across the globe. Food has become such a big part of travel that peole will spend hours scouring the best places to stay and eat. Here are some insider tips.

Magical Herbs Traditional cures from plants and herbs have been used by herbalists and apothecaries throughout the centuries. Herbs do more than simply adding flavour and colour to your favourite dishes, their healing and restorative powers are pretty impressive too. Most of us have herbs and spices in our kitchen cabinet somewhere and they often get added to recipes and culinary creations.


erbs and spices have been used since ancient times for their medicinal properties, mostly concentrated into teas and tinctures. More recently, their healthful value as a food ingredient has been realized. Interestingly, most of them have health benefits attached to them, not to mention they improve the


taste of so many foods! The problem is, most herbs and spices have been sitting on a grocery store shelf for too long, and thus they don’t have much nutritional value left. I personally get any herbs fresh and spices I try and source organically and locally which minimizes the shelf life. When travelling to East Asia the use of herbs and spices there is essential to

any dish. Crushed into a curry paste, slowly cooked into a stew or sprinkled freshly on a dish. Herbs and spices have been and still is such a huge part of cooking and healing. This is also true for Europe and if you ask anyone from the older generation I am sure they will be able to tell you a lot more about the use of herbs and tinctures.


Mint Mint is a great appetizer or palate cleanser, and it promotes digestion. It also soothes stomachs in cases of indigestion or inflammation. When you feel sick to your stomach, drinking a cup of mint tea can give you relief. I love using it in salads, tea and smoothies for that extra fresh taste.


Coriander Coriander


Its uses in food preparation is only the tip of the iceberg. Unbeknownst to many people, coriander is packed with potential health benefits that most people completely miss when they toss this garnish into the garbage after eating their meal. It has eleven components of essential oils, six types of acids (including ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin-C), minerals and vitamins, each having a number of beneficial properties. In other words what a herby super star! I love using it as a fresh garnish on pastas, salads and curries!


Parsley and other green herbs and vegetables that contain high amounts of chlorophyll have been shown to be effective at blocking the carcinogenic effects of heterocyclic amines, which are generated when grilling foods at a high temperature. If you tend to like your grilled foods charred, make sure to pair them with green vegetables to help negate these effects.

Dill Dill


Dill is used a lot in Scandinavian cooking and it is a personal favourite. I use it a lot for dressings, sauces and dips. It’s a good source of calcium, manganese and iron and also contains flavonoids, known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. So all in all very good for you!

Anti infla mmatory “Some herbs decrease inflammation. This inflammation might be found in your joints, muscles, stomach, intestines, nerves, and more. A lot of these plants work on decreasing the activity of pro-inflammatory cells so people experience less stiffness, irritation, and less pain. Some herbs with this property include turmeric, cayenne, boswellia, and licorice.�


Whichever you choose make sure you spice up your life with these a mazing gems of goodness. 119



BREATHE is highly geared towards increasing its sustainably and respect towards the environment and this is how they do it.

Reduction and elimination of single use plastic


The concept of this new gastronomic venue aims to eliminate their purchasing and selling of single-use plastics. The global environment is being destroyed by the widespread and thoughtless use of single-use plastics, and in this respect they can make a difference both in the restaurant and the wider community. The point is not to take credit, but to change perception and help influence widespread change. Breathe do not sell nor offer plastic straws, plastic coffee cups, plastic bags, plastic utensils etc., even though commercial incentive promotes plastics. They take measures to avoid purchasing plastic packaging wherever possible, including pressuring suppliers to avoid unnecessary plastic packaging. They still face many challenges reducing the consumption of single-use plastics in their business (wrapped-in-plastic is deep rooted in our society!) and need your help to improve this. Wherever possible, they substitute plastic products with paper, cardboard, natural materials or plastic alternatives with greatly improved composability, such as PLA (plant based starch).

Recycling Breathe’s Company policy is to recycle as much as possible. Plastics & recyclable containers, glass, paper & cardboard and general waste are all separated and placed in designated recycling/waste bins. They are looking to recycle food waste as compost, using organic wastage from food preparation as compost for their farm or other local farms. Breathe use recycled paper for their menus, recycled toilet paper, bio bamboo and recycled paper napkins. Additionally, they recycle what they can from any paper waste.


Rain Water Catchment 
 Marbella’s not the wettest place on earth, which is why Breathe built a 9,000 litre rainwater catchment to collect rainwater from their terraces, to be used as irrigation for their plants.

Farm-to-table F&B Concept The farm-to-table movement developed in response to globalization and industrial production practices and the growing consciousness of food safety, sustainable practices and environmental appreciation. The core of the concept is literally about cutting out the middle-man and sourcing healthy and environmentally-friendly products directly from farmers and original producers. Breathe are doing this for almost all of their fruit and vegetables, some meats, fish, beer, wines, milk and more. The concept also extends to the process of food preparation, embracing more traditional and artisan methods to prepare food in order to improve quality and reduce the reliance on industrial processes.

Km0 Breathe use a very high percentage of KM0 products, drastically reducing their carbon footprint. The food industry is responsible for a very large chunk of global transportation-related environmental harm. Almost all of their fresh fruit and vegetable products come from farms in and around Marbella, mostly organic. Same with their beer! If they can’t buy top quality products locally, they prefer to buy from Spain rather than source international products (with some notable indulgent exceptions). Their menu changes daily, largely in response to local market availability and seasonality.

Km0 Water Breathe only serves KM0 water. They purify town supply water through a process of decalcification, dichlorination,

BREATHE BUILT A 9,000 LITRE RAINWATER CATCHMENT TO COLLECT RAINWATER FROM THEIR TERRACES, TO BE USED AS IRRIGATION FOR THEIR PLANTS. reserve osmosis and UV sterilization then remineralize it to create top quality water. Then they bottle the water in reusable glass bottles. These processes drastically reduce the environmental impact of the water bottling industry, including non-recyclable bottle manufacturing, high water and energy consumption and the negative environmental impacts of the transport industry. A common argument against osmosis is that the process wastes a lot of water. With modern machinery, such as Breathe’s, the waste is reduced to about 50%. But in their case, the “wasted” water is diverted to their irrigation tank, to be used on their plants.

Geothermal Energy System Breathe have their very own geothermal energy system, AKA ground source heat pump system. The system consists of deposit tank pump room in level -3 and a closed circuit of water/coolant mix which passes though 12 x 120m-deep vertical perforations into the earth, thus utilizing the year-round ambient temperature of the earth to either heat (in winter) or cool (in summer) the Breathe building. The geothermal system provides all of their air conditioning (both hot and cold), underfloor heating and domestic hot water for the entire Breathe building. The system operates at a Coefficient of Performance (CoP) of around 5 or 6, which ranks it amongst the most efficient energy sources (air source heat pumps operate at a CoP of around 2).

Landscaping Breathe’s extensive urban planting assists the reversal of the general global trends of deforestation and the construction of concrete jungles. Over 7000 plants in the BREATHE project really do help to consume CO2 and produce fresh O2, oxygenating the air while at the same time cooling it through transpiration (look it up). During planting they added hydrofertilisers to the soil, which reduce the need for irrigation by around 50-80%.

Reduced use of chemicals Breathe are using chemical-free NASA technology to alter the properties of water at specific outlets in order to temporarily convert it to an aggressive yet safe cleaning agent. After a few hours, the water reverts to its original properties and is completely harmless (it is then water). This technology allows them to drastically reduce the amount of chemicals they use and send down the drains. For cleaning products that are not suitably replaced by this “water”, they use biodegradable and environmentally safe alternatives to traditional cleaning products.


Ellen Wallace is longtime international news journalist and the author of the popular book Vineglorious! Switzerland's Wondrous World of Wines. She writes regularly about European wines and travel and splits her time between La Costa del Sol and the Swiss Alps. Ellen’s blog:



LIND PRICE TASTING: forget about the nose and palate of the red wine in front of us and just tell me what you think the price should be. Are we suckers to pay too much sometimes? Should we see every cheap bottle as plonk? Everyone fusses about this, at some point. The answer is more complicated than you might think and once you add it all up you wonder why wine doesn’t cost more.

The basics Here are the basic costs behind a wine bottle: rent or ownership and taxes on the land where the grapes are grown, grape harvest, stainless steels tanks and barrels and vats for the juice to ferment and then mature, cellar space for this equipment. Don’t forget about salaries for the employees who help the young wine along and keep a close eye on it so it evolves under healthy conditions. Time to bottle it: we need bottles, corks or caps, seals, labels. A bottling machine that trots the glass containers around while all these things are added automatically. A heavier bottle adds little except an impression of prestige - it costs more, and heavy bottles are more expensive to ship. Corks can be made from cheap materials, okay for wines meant to be drunk young, or they can be better quality (fewer problems for storage) and be personalized for quality wines. Add a few pennies.


Storing wine barrels means space and that means rent add it to the price of a bottle


But wait, if this is Tempranillo or one of several Italian grapes like Nero d’Avola or Barolo or the Sangiovese used in Chianti wines, we can’t bottle it yet. The tannins are too dry when they are young. In lesser wines they are sometimes not fully ripe; some have high levels of acidity, such as Chianti wines, which need more time. A Rioja Gran Reserva by law must be aged 5 years. Aging requires space, so the wine pays rent. Spain’s Rioja Gran Reserva must spend 2 years in oak, maturing, and

3 years in bottle, aging: it generally costs three times the price of a Rioja which may or may not pass through oak and spends 1-2 years aging. Stored wine is an asset: enter the taxman, who wants his share.

Champagne, that little extra oumpf In fairness to Champagne, “classic method” sparkling wines add in two more factors that cost their makers money: blending different vintages, which means some of the wines must sit and age, taking up space (never free), plus the process of fermenting the wine twice, with cellar masters keeping a careful eye on them during this process. Champagne’s high cost owes much to extreme marketing, and over the years, as it worked, land prices shot up. Forbes reported in 2015 that vineyard land in Champagne was €1.1 million a hectare, the most expensive in France by far.

What a wine costs a cellar The cost varies enormously depending on where the wine is produced and what quality level a winery aims for. A country like Switzerland, which is mostly mountainous, has high land costs. Manual labour can be significant where machines can’t be used to work the vines. On the other hand, most Swiss wineries are small family-run operations with low overhead for staff. But compare this to Napa Valley where, according to Wine-searcher, a bottle that costs the winery $19 to produce is designed, from the outset, to cost $100 in a restaurant. A broker channels the


Presenting Rioja wines in Zurich, Switzerland

wine to distributors across the country who pay $19, they sell it for $33 to retailers and restaurants; the shops sell it for the suggested $50 and restaurants double this because storage and service are part of the final price.

International wine competitions: wineries pay to enter their bottles, to win medals but also to see how they compare - add a little more to the price of your bottle of wine to cover the cost.

processes, and here, you get what you pay for. Over €10 and you start to pay more for sales, marketing and prestige, including obligatory presentations and tasting sessions for sommeliers, journalists and retailers, especially when new brands or wines are launched. Shipping alone can add €5 to the price of a bottle.

Ecce Vino, a French wine website, divides French wines into three price groups; Spanish wines are similar. Restaurant Under €5 wines: prices can vary it costs about from one place €1.40 to grow the to another grapes, less for a depending on fully mechanized Presenting Montefalco, Italy the restaurant’s winery that wines to visiting journalists. overhead – but if allows higher a €10 euro wine yields – low yields costs 30 in your favourite food place and are crucial if you want to make good quality wine. Wines in the €5-10 category they charge €700 for a €70 bottle, it’s include costs for better production time to complain.

Part of the cost of a Rioja wine will be marketing abroad, with presentations to foreign journalists, sommeliers and retailers

This fine old Rioja took up storage space for 54 years before it was opened



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

Bars & Clubs BAR SIX Avd. del Prado, Aloha T. +34 951 319 436 AQWA MIST Location: Beneath La Sala Tel. 951 506 248, ITAPU Location: Calle Revuelta 18, Cancelada, Estepona, Tel. 952 88 79 04 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, SINATRA BAR Location: The Marina, Puerto Banus,

MONEYCORP Tel. 952 587 657,

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CURRENCIES DIRECT Location: C. Orquidea, Local 6, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 90 65 81,

NORDEA BANK Tel. 952 816 925

LA SUITE Location: Hotel Puente RomanoTel. 630 962 852

FIDUCIARY Tel. 956 79 69 11,

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BANCO POPULAR Location: Av Ricardo Soriano, 36, Marbella, Tel. 952 76 57 05,

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Beach Clubs PURO BEACH Carretera de Cádiz, km 159, Estepona T. +34 952 800 015, FINCA CORTESIN Tel. 952 93 78 00, NIKKI BEACH Location: Hotel Don Carlos Tel. 952 836 239, PLAZA BEACH Reservations: Tel. 677 64 47 37 SALA BY THE SEA Location: Urb. Villa Marina, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 81 38 82,

Beauty & Health

SALON LA VIDA Urb. Aloha Pueblo, Local 23, Nueva Andalucia. T: 952 92 91 06/680 238 480, BARDOU Location: Playas del Duque, Puerto Banús. MEGAWHITE T. +34 671 404 393 ARIA MEDICAL GROUP Location: Centro Peninsula 8, Camojan Tel. 951 276 748 / 671 639 353 BODYWORKS Tel. 952 883 151, BOUTEE HAIR AND BEAUTY Location: Avenida del Prado, Plaza de Aloha, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 816 031 CENTRO CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE Location: Centro Comercial Casablanca, Office 3, Crta de Cadiz Tel. 952 900 626, CIRUMED CLINIC MARBELLA Location: Edif. Panorama, Planta baja, Local 2 Ctra. De Cadiz, km 184 Tel: 952 775 34


CLASSICAL ACUPUNCTURE Tel. 952 883 151 / 693 939 188

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

CLINICA DENTAL SORIANO Location: Edificio Marbelsun, Calle Calvario 8, pl. 6, arpt. 11, Marbella, Tel. 951 317 021,

MARION DIAS Tel. 711 771 972

CORTIJO CARE MARBELLA Location: C/ Joaquin Turina, Cortijo Blanco, San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella. Tel. 952 780 18, c 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 CRYSTAL HEALING ENERGY CENTRE Location: No.35 A7 Centro Comercial Costasol - (166km). Bel-Air Estepona. Tel: 697 972 032 DENTAL CARE: C.C. Laguna Village, A-7, km.159, Estepona Tel. 952 936 552 / 615 071 563 DYNAMIC TRAINING CENTRE MARBELLA Tel. 952 775 021 EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL RESTAURANT & SPA Urb Miraflores Playa, Crta. A7 km.199, Marbella. Tel. 952 587 550, ENN CARE Location: Marbella Golf and Country Club, Ctra de Cádiz, N-340 Km 188, 29604, Marbella Tel. 663 048 477 HC MARBELLA Tel.952 908 628 HEALTHOUSE Urbanización Boladilla Baja, Esetepona 29689 Tel. 951 082 090 LOOK YOUR BEST Location: Calle Ramon Areces, Marina Banús, Edificio III Local 3, Puerto Banús Tel. 951 134 990 LONG LIFE CLINIC Tel. 952 77 07 14, MARBELLA’S COSMETIC DENTAL CLINIC Location: Plaza las Orquideas 2, Exit 173,5 Casino, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 907 173, MARBELLA CHIROPRACTIC Location: Urbanizacion Guadalmina Alta, Centro Comercial 4, Local 8, San Pedro de Alcantara. Tel. 952 880 398

MARK DENTAL CLINIC Location: C. C Benavista, Puerto Banus and Fuengirola Tel. 951 272 267 / 952 810 408 / 952 917 164 OCEAN CLINIC Location: Av. Ramon y Cajal 7, Marbella Tel. 951 775 518 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, PURE SKIN BEAUTY ROOM @The Wellness Studio Los Naranjos Golf Club Plaza Cibeles, Contact Sofia Tel: 661 279 575 RAFAEL BUENO PELUQUEROS CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST Tel.: 952 107 196 SINERGIA PILATES Avda. de Espana 62, Estepona THAI MITICA Calderon de la Barca, 48, Nueva Andalucia + 34 951 279 250 THE HOUSE HAIRDRESSING Pino Golf de Don Carlos, Coto de los Dolores, Local 28, Elviria +34 952 835 317 THE BARBER CLUB Ed. Online, Local 6. Calle Las Malvas Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 907 202/203 THE BEAUTY ROOM SAN PEDRO Tel: 655 013 064, THE NAIL PLACE Location: Av Manolete, Tel. 952 818 636 TITANIUM CLINIC Location: CC Marbella Mar,2. Local 8 CN 340, Km179 Tel. 952 901 442 / 615 350 476 VILLAR-ARAGON CLINIC Plaza Joaquin Gomez Aguera 4, Marbella Tel. 952 823 155 WOOD HAIRDRESSING Location: C.C Le Village, Ctra de Istan Tel. 952 771 791


UNIQUE FIRES Tel: 951 27 74 43,

APHRODITE BEAUTY Location: 26/27 Ocean Village, Gibraltar Tel. +350 20062422

ANTONIO SEIJO Location: Avenida Ramón Y Cajal 7, Marbella Tel. 952 900 140,

STEPHANIE’S BEAUTIFUL BEGINNINGS Tel: +350 54012896 / +350 54015841,

ANTHONYS DIAMONDS Location: Avenida Ramon y Cajal 40 Tel. 952 588 795

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

Boutiques & Stores BOUDOIR BOUTIQUE Locaton: Cl Las Violetas nº4-5, Marbella. Tel. 952 813 068,, 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, NIMROD MESSEG Calle Aluminio 6, Marbella. Tel: 952 85 74 39,

BANG & OLUFSEN Location: Puerto Banús Main entrance. Tel: 95 281 72 50. 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, HOT OFF THE PRESS Location: Calahonda Commercial Centre Unit 7, Calahonda Tel. 952 930 392

Cafés D’ALICIA Location: Centro Commercial El Pilar (opposite the Crowne Plaza Hotel) Estepona Tel. 952 823 761 DEZENTRAL Location: Calle las Malvas Ed. Online 19 -20, Marbella Tel. 952 81 86 48 NELI G’S Location: Complejo Los Palmeras de Benavista El Paraiso, Estepona, Tel. 952 928 576, PAN Y MERMELADA Location: Urb. Marbella Real16, Avda. Bulevar Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Marbella Tel. 952 86 63 23, PASSION CAFÉ Location: Calle Marqués del Duero, 68, Marbella, Tel. 952 78 03 44, SMALL WORLD CAFÉ Location: C.C. Le Village Tel. 952 771 046

MARBELLA CARPETS Location: Edif. Casablanca, Bulevar Principe Alfonso von Hohenlohe Tel. 952 773 765

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Car dealerships & Rentals

DELICIAS DE LA HUERTA Location: C.Comercial Odeon, Local 1, Nueva Andalucia, Tel. 952 816 796, 628 330 396

CAR GALLERY Location: Calle Pablo Ruiz Picasso s/n, Edif. Ferroman, San Pedro de Alcantara Tel. 952 799 260,

Drink Suppliers

C. DE SALAMANCA Location: Ctra.N 340, Km.171, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 78 52 50 EUROPCAR Tel. 902105055, HARO Location: Urb El Pilar, Estepona, Tel. 952 883 122, MALAGA CAR Tel. 952 17 62 25, RACING LEGENDS Location: Urb. Nueva Andalucia Pol. Ind. Nueva Campana, nave 86, 29660 Marbella Tel. 637 93 79 59

Delis DELISH Location: Calle Las Malvas 12. 29660 Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 907 627 / 609 500 340 / 610 733 050, KOBE Location: Plaza Las Orquideas 6 y 7, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 951 398 618 / 628 330 396 / 665 119 263

BEERS WINES AND SPIRITS Calle Manuel Franco Cubeiro 28 Nave 4 Poligono Industrial El Pinillo Torremelinos, Tel:+34 952 373 233 D-WINE Location: Calle Norte 2, Marbella, (Take exit for Cortijo Blanco, immediately after the San Pedro) Tel. 952 81 44 46,

Entertainment CINE TEATRO GOYA Carrer de Av. Julio Iglesias, Marbella. T.951 196 665 / 951 196 666, COSTA JUMP Poligono Industrial, fase 2, Calle Carril de Picaza, San Pedro de Alcantara (ITV & Parque 3 Jardines) Tel: 952 787 018, AVENTURA AMAZONIA Location: Avda. Valeriano Rodriguez Tel. 952 835 505, ESTUDIO61 Location: Calle Notario Luis Oliver 9, Tel. 672 296 074

HOUSES OF ART GALLERY Marbella Club Hotel Blv. Pr. Alfonso von Hohenlohe, Marbella, Tel. 952857196 MARBELLA POLO CLUB, Tel. 639 30 85 55, PALACIO DE CONGRESOS MARBELLA Location: Calle Jose Melia 2 Tel. 952 828 244, PEDRO SANCHEZ RIDING Location: Ctra. de Ronda Tel. 952 788 189 SALON VARIETES THEATRE Location: C/ Emanicipacion, s/n Fuengirola Tel. 952 474 542 SELWO Autovia Costa del Sol, KM 162,500, Estepona, Tel. 902 19 04 82, TEAM4YOU Location: Puerto Banus Tel. 619 987 093 TIMELESS GALLERY Location: Avda. Jose Banús S/N, Edificio Málaga II, Marbella. T +34 670 25 62 75 W

Event Venues CORTIJO DEL MARQUES Location: Albolote (Granada). Tel. 958 340 077,


La Discret Restaurant, Grill & Garden is a lovely Spanish Hacienda recently renovated with Taste, Style and Elegance. Our chef Herman Stephan has designed an exquisite menu with French influences. A list of the most iconic cocktails will provide you with another “excuse” to extend you dinner with us!


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LE PAPILLON Location: Urbanización Marbesa (Exit Camping Marbella Playa) Carretera de Cádiz Km. 193 Marbella T: 952 834 113; SALA BEACH Location: Urb. Marina Villa (beachside) Tel. 952 813 882 THE COURTYARD MARBELLA Location: Carretera Ojen 2.8Km,, TIKITANO Location: Urb. Guadalmansa, Ctra de Cadiz 340 – KM 164 Estepona. Tel. 952 798 449, VILLA DEL MAR Loation: Marbella Club Hotel, Av. Alfonso de Hohenlohe Tel. 952 822 211

CALANOVA GOLF CLUB Location: Urb. Calanova Golf Club Tel. 951 170 194 EL CHAPARRAL GOLF CLUB Location: Urbanizacion El Chaparral, N-340 KM 203, Mijas Costa Tel. 952 587 773, EL PARAISO GOLF CLUB CN 340, km 167, Estepona 296880 Tel. 952 883 835 FINCA CORTESIN GOLF CLUB Location: Carretera de Casares s/n, Casares Tel. 952 937 883 FLAMINGOS GOLF CLUB Location: Ctra de Cadiz KM 166 Tel. 952 889 157 LA CALA GOLF RESORT Location: Urb. La Cala Golf, Mijas Costa Tel. 952 669 000

Golf Courses

LA QUINTA GOLF ACADEMY Location: Urb. La Quinta Golf, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 902 204 208

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

LOS NARANJOS GOLF CLUB Location: Plaza Cibeles, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 815 206

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

MARBELLA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Ctra de Cadiz, N-340 KM 188 Tel. 952 830 500

MONTE PARAISO Location: C/ Camino de Camojan s/n, Sierra Blanca Tel. 952 822 781 SAN ROQUE CLUB CN 340, Km 127, 11360 San Roque, Cádiz, Tel. 956 61 30 30, SANTA MARIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Urb. Elviria, Ctra. Cadiz-Málaga, KM 192, Elviria Tel. 952 831 036, REAL CLUB DE GOLF GUADALMINA Urb. Guadalmina Alta, A-7, Km.170, San Pedro de Alcántara, Tel. 952 88 33 75, SANTANA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Location: Ctra la Cala – Entrerrios, Mijas Costa Tel. 902 517 700, VALDERRAMA GOLF CLUB Location: Avenida de los Cortijos, San Roque Tel. 956 791 200,

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


NCT Location: Urb. Monte Paraiso Golf Tel. 952 866 843 MGM Gym Location: Avenida de Manolete 10, Nueva Andalucia Tel. 952 817 219 TITAN ACADEMY Location: Gaudi N. 11/13, Estepona, Málaga, 29680 Tel. 951 518 057 ; 608 337 171

Interior Design ELIGRASS T. 951 498 732, SECRETZA Edificio Casablanca, Golden Mile, Marbella +34 952 764 595, STOREY DESIGN Aloha Garden, Local 1-2, Avenida del Prado s/n, Nueva Andalucía T. +34 672 216 848 ; + 34 951 279 258, DESIGN SPACE Location: Avda. De Salamanca, Urb. Nueva Andalucia, Edif El Mirador, local 6, San Pedro de Alcantara, Tel. 952 799 440,


EZ HOME SOLUTIONS Location: Poligono Industrial Norte C/ Carril De Picaza, 23, San Pedro De Alcantara, Marbella, 29670 Tel. 952 799 344, FOC DESIGN Centro de Negocios Puerta de Banus, Local 18, Puerto Banus, Tel +34 952 817 129, G VEGA CERAMIC Location: Polígono La Campana Nva Andalucía Tel. 952 816 848 GRASSify Tel. 694 442 331,, INDIA EXOTICA Location: Calle Fragua 43, Marbella Tel. 952 778 500 JENSEN BEDS Location: Poligno Nueva Campana 23, Nueva Andalucia, tel. 952 90 88 55, MESSEG DESIGN Location: C/Aluminio 6, Poligono Industrial La Hermita Tel. 952 857 439 LA CASA BLANCA Location: La Colonia, Exit San Pedro, next to McDonalds, Tel. 952 78 91 98

LOFT & ROOMERS Location: Oasis Business Center, Ctra. De Cadiz km 183, Golden Mile, Marbella, Tel. 952 77 21 39 MARBELLA CARPETS Location: Edificio Casablanca, Golden Mile, Tel. 952 77 37 65, MOBILE & DISEÑO Location: A7 – Km. 189, 5, Marbella, Tel. 952 83 76 01, ROCHE BOBOIS Location: Centro Comercial Torre Real, Marbella, Tel. 952 77 78 58, NALIPEMI Tel. 660 676 322

Opticians ÓPTICA MARBELLA Location: Avda. Ricardo Soriano 21, Marbella, Tel. 952 77 46 24 SPECSAVERS Location: Avd. Ricardo Soriano, 12, Tel. 952 863 332, OPTIPRIX C.C La Canada, 30, Marbella, Tel. 952 82 03 56

ANNA GAZDA Tel: 633 654 476; IMAGE GURU Tel. 662 434 400, peter@imageguru. es, JEREMY STANDLEY Tel: 607 717 565; JB FORT OWEN FARRELL Tel: 670 664 341, (+35) 387 268 28 32 NANI & ANTONIO PEREZ, Tel. 615 31 44 46 REYNARD PRODUCTIONS Tel. 673 505 838, SAVE THE ROBOTS FILMS Tel. 600 625 520 SOL WEDDING Tel: 678 486 069;

Property Developers FOC DESIGN T. 952 817 129

Real Estate Offices CROWN ESTETS Hotel Puente Romano. T: 952 765 620 MARBELLA FOR SALE Edificio Marina Banús, Calle Francisco Villalón, Bl.4, Local 8, Puerto Banus. T: 952 90 73 86, ENGEL & VÖLKERS MARBELLA Blvd. Principe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, La Poveda, local 5 (CN 340, Km 178.2), 29602 Marbella, Málaga Teléfono: 952 86 84 06, marbella-ev. com

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DIANA MORALES Av. Cánovas del Castillo, 4, 29601 Marbella, Tel. +34 952 765 138,


JULIA RODER Tel: 678 521 108,,

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


Photographers & Artists

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


TRIPLE A Location: Ojen Road, up from La Cañada Tel. 952 771 586, aaahelps. com

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POINTER VETERINARY CLINIC Location: Nueva Andalucía and & Estepona Tel. 952 906 626 / 952 804 165,

BEACHGROOVES 97.1 Tel. +34 616 353 623,,

JACKSON GRUNDY Ed. La Rotonda, Av. Manolete Nva. Andalucía & Centro Plaza Nva. Andalucía T: +34 952 90 75 21 MP DUNNE Centro Expo 11-12 (Opp. Marbella Club Hotel), Tel. +34 952 866 072, PRIME PROPERTY MARBELLA Tel. 951 082 367 WASA INMOBILIARA Centro Comercial Plaza 65-66, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella, Tel. +34 952 818 000,


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


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FAMA Location: Camino de Campanallas Tel. 620 354 885

Fine Dining Restaurant & Bodega


CLÍNICA VETERINARIA ZARPAS Y BIGOTES Location: Urb. Marbella Real, 13. Tel. 952 857 863/ 659 069 000,

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

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ADANA Location: Camino Padre Cura, Urb. Huerta Nueva, 14 Tel. 952 113 467

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



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Restaurants SOTOGRANDE Trocodero Sotogrande Paseo del Parque s/n, 11310 San Roque, Cádiz. Tel. 678 456 047, L’Olive de La Reserva La Reserva Golf Club, Avda. La Reserva, s/n +34 956 785 252 CASARES FINCA CORTESIN EL JARDIN Location: Carretera de Casares S/N Tel. 952 937 800, BENAHAVIS Indian MASALA Location: C. Com, El Pilar, Local 2 Tel. 900 525 801, International HEAVEN BEACH BAR Location: Playa de Guadalmansa km. 164, Estepona, Tel. 659, 220 570, TANINO Location: Calle Pino Real, 5 Saladillo Benamara, Benahavis Tel. 952 883 259, SAN PEDRO International

THAI GALLERY Location: Puerta de Banus Tel. 952 818 392



CARPACCIO Location: Muelle Ribera, Casa M Local 20, Tel. 952 813 357,


PIZZERIA PICASSO Location: C/ Muelle Ribera Local 48 / 49 Tel. 952 813 669

CURRY LEAVES Avda. del Prado, Centro Comercial Aloha Local 1d Nueva Andalucia, +34 951 319 669,

International MISTER NOODLES Avda. Manolete 14, Nueva Andalucía. Tel: 951 40 00 08, INFUSCHIA Location: Plaza Antonio Banderas, (Within the club Tibu Banus), Puerto Banus. Tel. 952 815 325, JOHN SCOTTS Location: Muelle Ribiera Casa F, Local 24, Marbella, T. 644 954 872,

OLD JOY´S PUB Location: C/Muelle Ribera, Lc. 58-59 Puerto Banús, Marbella Tel. 952 84 283

THE FRESH FOOD CAFÉ Location: Urb. Los Naranjos de Marbella Tel. 952 907 364 Fresh food, simple ingredients, always freshly prepared to order.

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

SALA BY THE SEA Location: Urb. Marina Villa (beachside) Tel. 952 813 882 Luxurious Balinese setting with an al fresco restaurant serving an appetising selection of dishes ranging from fresh seafood platters to Thai fusion cuisine, sushi, creative salads and lighter dishes.

Spanish ALABARDERO BEACH CLUB Urb. Castiglione s/n San Pedro de Alcantara T. 952 780 552 PUERTO BANÚS American HARD ROCK CAFÉ Location: Calle Ramón Areces Esquina Marina Banús Tel. 952 908 024,

BOLLYWOOD RESTAURANT Location: Urb. Fuente Aloha Tel. 952 906 748 Exotic blend of fantastic fragrant food, with an ambiance inspired by rich culture, all topped off with excellent service. International

OCEAN CLUB Location: Avda. Lola Flores Tel. 952 908 137

URBAN BISTRO Av. Mediterraneo, ed. Los Arqueros Beach, San Pedro de Alcántara. Tel. 951 518 105

MASALA Avda. del Prado, Nueva Andalucía,

LA SALA BANUS Location: Calle Belmonte Tel. 952 814 145 La Sala offers eight individually styled settings to suit whatever mood you are in – for breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon drinks with friends, evening cocktails or private business meetings.

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

MR. BURGER Avenida Luis Braille no 20 San Pedro de Alcántara Tel. 952 785 257


JACKS AMERICAN BRASSERIE Location; Calle Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banús. Marbella. Tel: 952 813 625,


D-WINE Location: Calle Norte 2, Marbella, (Take exit for Cortijo Blanco, immediately after the San Pedro) Tel. 952 81 44 46,

MAGNA CAFÉ Location: Magna Marbella Golf Tel. 952 929 587, Exquisite cuisine in stunning surroundings. Bar and large terrace with breathtaking views. STARZ MARBELLA Location: Centro Comercial Plaza, Local 60-62 Nueva Andalucía,Marbella. Tel. 952 81 63 13,

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

YANX CAFÉ Location: Centro Plaza Tel. 952 818 861 A prized location and lively atmosphere make this a great choice all-round.

NAGA THAI Location: C.C. Cristamar Tel. 952 815 319 Wide range of exquisite and exotic dishes enjoyed in stylish surroundings. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Takeaway and full catering service also available.

Oriental ASIATICO ZEN Location: Calle Lirios s/n T el. 952 817 691 SENSATIONS DELI & SUSHI Location: Av. Manolete, 20, Tel. 952 814 964

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Calderón de la Barca s/n, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella


Little Black Book Innovative and tantalising sushi creations at competitive prices.


TUK TUK Location: Urb. Aloha Gardens Tel. 951 279 188

BECKITT’S Location: Calle Camilo José Cela, Nº 4 Tel. 952 868 898,


GARUM Location: Paseo Maritimo Tel. 952 858 858, Great for drinks, snacks and a la carte dining. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

International MC CAFÉ Location: Marbella Club Hotel Tel. 952 822 211, Creative and affordable fine dining open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. SMALL WORLD CAFÉ Location: C.C. Le Village Tel. 952 771 046, VILLA TIBERIO Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 771 799 Indian MASALA MARBELLA Location: Ctra. Cadiz Km.179 (opposite Marbella Club)Tel. 952 857 670, TAJ MAHAL Location: C/ Jazmines 17 Local 1 Tel. 952 814 719, Exotic Indian cuisine, perfect for intimate dining and takeaway. Italian CIBO Bulevard Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, 11, 29600 Marbella, Málaga Tel. 952 90 03 80,


TAI PAN Location: Puente Romano Tel. 952 777 893,


MIJAS COSTA International

NUEVA KASKADA Location: Urb. La Montua, Calle Chorreadero, Marbella Tel. 952 864 478,

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL & RESTAURANT Location: Miraflores. Tel. 952 587 637 El Oceano is an oasis of laid-back luxury, privately owned and operated, where guest comfort and satisfaction is paramount. The three restaurants serve up flawless food and the views are breathtaking.

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

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

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

Useful websites


CONFLICT INTERNATIONAL +44 (0)20 7917 2939,

TAHINI Location: Hotel Gran Melia Don Pepe, Tel. 952 902 936 EAST OF MARBELLA International ALBERT´S BAR & GRILL CABOPINO Location: Puerto Cabopino, Edf. B, Lc. B5 Tel. 952 836 886 LA DESPENSA DE ALANDA Location: Carretera de Cadiz Km 192, Elviria. Tel. 952 768 150

Oriental SUKHOTHAI Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 770 550 Fabulous Thai cuisine with intimate surroundings and cosmopolitan décor.

served in luxurious beach club surroundings either on he palm-shaded al fresco terrace, or from on the oversized beach beds.

THE BEACH HOUSE Location: frontline beach Elviria Tel. 952 839 458 Idyllic location by the sea with stunning sunsets over one of the Coast’s best beaches. Open daily for lunch and dinner. NIKKI BEACH Location: Hotel Don Carlos Tel. 952 836 239 Nikki’s signature ‘global’ cuisine

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VOVEM PASEO MARÍTIMO Avda. Duque de Ahumada nº 9. Marbella Reservas: 952 00 88 22

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Create a flipbook
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.