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NOT A ‘LORRA LORRA’ FUN (for me…

I know friends have my best interests at heart and in their (desperate) search for a suitable companion (human) for me they sometimes get it wrong…very wrong, but then I guess I can’t knock them when they’re only trying to be nice? But I will. You see this month they excelled themselves by setting me up on not one but two blind dates. This is from the same people that set me up on a date with a woman who was a recovering alcoholic (no problem there) but she’d only started ‘recovering’ about an hour previously when she went for some ‘Dutch courage’ before meeting me… So I didn’t hold out much hope, and unfortunately I was right. The first one turned out to be beautiful, but mental (I mean really mental) and the second needed a shave more than me… But they’ll keep trying, bless ‘em but if I didn’t know better I’d say they were enjoying themselves with these dates just a bit too much.

So there we were. Standing outside of a bar near my home, my son alongside me and both of us injured; my son with blood pouring down his face from a head wound, and me with claret pumping out of my cut hand and onto my already blood-soaked clothes. Anyone could be forgiven for thinking we’d been involved in a brawl, and one later had to be… You see it all started with a wasp. I don’t have space on this page to go into all the reasons why they shouldn’t exist, but for a start they can’t even make anything to spread on your sandwich and, they’ve got a serious attitude problem that only Joey Barton can match when it comes to fights per week. Anyway, for no other reason than to incite trouble, the wasp attacked us (me, my son and his girlfriend) as we

sat at a busy terrace bar one afternoon. I, knowing how to deal with these things, grabbed a drinks tray to defend my family, and took a decent (I thought) onehanded swing at the stripy git and not actually missing him by much. However, I did manage to catch my son on the follow-through; opening up a four-inch horizontal gash on his forehead that immediately started dripping blood into his eyes. Undaunted the wasp came back for more, but I was ready for him this time. Unfortunately I hadn’t told my Labrador (Woopy) who’d decided to join in what was now starting to resemble a Western saloon bar brawl - by jumping up in front of me and trying to eat our attacker. She didn’t fare much better than me and only succeeded in knocking over the drinks on the table and smashing all the glasses. A silence followed, only filled by the heavy breathing of me

and Woopy, as the wasp taunted us even more by landing on the table right in front of us. I smashed the tray down on it, killing it instantly, and for a brief moment I smiled….just before I realised a large piece of glass was now embedded in my hand, so I started screaming. I didn’t actually scream out loud, but silently so I could use the full range of swear words necessary at that point. By now my shirt was untucked and I had blood dripping down onto my trousers, and my sleeve had gone a different colour. My son’s head wound was rapidly dripping blood over his eyes as the bar owner came out, and promptly went back in. We found out soon after, to call the police... Took some explaining.

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On a level playing field and with a decent wind behind me, I would not class myself as the sort of guy that panics very often, or in too many

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challenging circumstances or situations. In fact, moments of panic happen for me so infrequently that I can prob-

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its close relative, the Whimbrel, probably the commoner bird along our shorelines. The Whimbrel has a more marked eyestripe, a dark crownstripe and a distinctly shorter bill than its close relative, but

the really lucky thing

is that both birds have a tendency to be quite vocal.

Ministry of Fish and Wildlife Province of Inhambane Ministry of Fish and Wildlife MOZAMBIQUE

In my last two articles, I’ve

The Curlew’s plaintive trill will be familiar to anyone

Due to the frequency of human-

looked at the smaller and

who was used to visiting Pennine moors, or even the

lion encounters, the Ministry of

medium-sized waders, and,

muddy shores of British estuaries, but the Whimbrel,

although

someone

less common thereabouts – though a few breed in

Fish and Wildlife, Inhambane

said, isn’t important, and can be

Scotland – has a highly distinctive call – a loud stac-

size,

as

especially misleading when comwith distance, the waders I now want

bined to look at

are appreciably larger than those already mentioned. Just a bit larger than the ‘shanks’

cato whistle, all on one note, usually repeated seven times- hence the old English name ‘Seven-whistler.’ Just to round up my review of waders, it ought to be worth mentioning one or two

Branch, Mozambique is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen and any motocyclist that use the outdoors in a recreational or work related function to take extra

are the godwits – two species

related and semi-related species.

worth looking at here. The Bar-

The Stone Curlew gets its English

tailed, much the commoner bird

name from a voice only superfi-

around,

British

cially resembling the Curlew’s – it

coasts, is the smaller of the two,

is dry-country bird, which may still

shorter in the leg, more ‘squat’ in

be found around the shores of la-

to any lions that might be close

the water, with its long bill always

goons, when its streaky plumage,

by so they will not be taken by

slightly upcurved – and it can look

huge eyes, and yellow legs mark it

quite markedly so. The tail is in-

out, but its ghostly calls are best

surprise.

distinctly marked and pale, with

heard at dusk, when birds fly over,

no black band at the tip, but with

often in sizeable flocks.

a white wedge up the back when

The Grey Plover is another large

it flies. Although not restricted to

wader, distinguished by its black

for

example,

precautions while in the bush. We advice the outdoorsman to wear little noisy bells on clothing so as to give advanced warning

We also advice anyone using the out-doors to carry “Pepper Spray” with him or her in case of an encounter with a lion.

coasts, Bar-tails have a marked preference for salt-

axilliaries (‘armpits’) in flight and its very short bill.

Outdoorsmen should also be on

water, and can be found along beaches in winter. A

Like many waders, it is easily fooled by a passable

high-Arctic breeder, it is a winter visitor and passage

immitation of its ‘weee-uu-weee’ whistle, and will fly

the watch for fresh lion activity, and be able to tell the difference

migrant. Its relative the Black-

close by to investigate.

tailed Godwit is a more ‘upstand-

I am well aware that the above,

ing’ bird, longer in the leg, with

and the previous two articles are

a long, straight, bill, and unmis-

far from complete in the matter

and contains lots of berries and

takeable in flight, with a sharply-

of wader-identification and many

dassie fur. Big lion poo has bells

defined black tip to its white tail,

more species are ‘on the cards.’ Any

and

wing-bars.

serious student could do worse than

in it and smells like pepper.

Black-tailed Godwits breed much

acquire a copy of, say, the Collins

further south than their cousins, a

Bird Guide, by Killian Mullarney et

few even in Britain, and big flocks

al. But when all is said and done,

are present here in almost every

there is no real alternative to get-

month of the year, frequenting

ting out in the field, preferably with

both fresh and salt water lagoons.

people who know.

dazzling

white

between lion cub poo and big lion poo. Lion cub poo is smaller

Enjoy your stay in Mozambique

Immediately before and after the breeding season, adults take on a lovely cinnamon shade to their plumage, something rarely seen in the more northerly-nesting Bar-tail. A bigger bird altogether is the Curlew, the largest of the brown waders we may see. Its long, downcurved bill would make it unmistakeable, but for

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“Go-Go” Verbs Simple Spanish

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Tener- to have- tengo- I have. Salir- to leave/go out- salgo- I leave/I go out. Poner- to put- pongo- I put. Traer- to bring- traigo- I bring. Oir- to hear- oigo- I hear. Hacer- to do/make- hago- I do/I make. Decir- to say/tell- digo- I say/ I tell. Venir- to come- vengo- I come From these the verbs salir, poner, traer and hacer are otherewise regular verbs, i.e they follow the usual conjugation pattern for an “er” or “ir” verb, wheras tener, oir, decir and venir are also dipthongs, or stem-changing verbs. They conjugate as follows:

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If there is one lesson I have learned from my many years living here in

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time I witnessed such a thing my initial thought was that it must have been some kind of charity fundrais-

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by Mr Grumpy

wear his hair in any way he could, let alone in a style of their own choosing.

I was on my way to my Spanish language class the other night. The course, which is kindly funded by my local Ayuntamiento for the benefit of foreign residents, is held in the local village school, and as I live in the campo I have to drive there. It was almost dark when I pulled up to the parking space and got my books out of the car boot to make my way across the car park and towards the school. As I walked away from my car I was conscious of about five teenagers stomping across the car park towards me. I gave them my best glower

and prepared myself to give the largest one a kick to the jangly bits before they could jump me and leave me in a puddle of my own bodily fluids. They ignored my glower and instead bid me good evening in faltering English and asked me if I had had a pleasant afternoon, and if I was there for the Spanish lessons. I was obviously taken aback at this new mugging tactic, until I realised that they just wanted the opportunity to practice a bit of English with me. The sign on the school gate, which I was heading for, together with the fact that I could not possibly

look any more English than I already do - even if I had a union jack tattooed across my forehead, told them that I was a reasonable target for them to chat with. I wonder, if roles were reversed in my local town in the UK, would the teenagers rush up to a stranger in a darkened car park to practice their Polish or Latvian or Urdu with them? Or would they be more likely to tax their unsuspecting visitors for the privilege of crossing their ‘turf’? My money is on the latter.

Half of the time I’m not sure if the haircut is aspiring to be a Mohican, or if the victim could not decide between wearing his long or short, and so chose both. And then there are the glasses. It seems that Spanish women of the late teen to mid-twenty age group like to wear crazy spectacles. Elton John would have to think twice. Particularly when coupled with a mullet, I am instantly reminded of watching Timmy Mallet on some Saturday morning kids TV program. Not especially an image that I would have thought many sexy Spanish chicas would have chosen to aspire to. Thank god they steer clear of the brightly coloured dungarees or they would not only look like they were from the 1980’s, but that they

WHY DO THE SPANISH HAVE A SIESTA? Since the siesta is the traditional daytime sleep of Spain, and through Spanish influence, of many Latin American countries, the word siesta has been taken from Spanish, from the Latin hora sexta – “the sixth hour” (counting from dawn, therefore noon, hence “midday rest”). Einhard’s Life of Charlemagne recounts the emperor’s summertime siesta: “In summer, after his midday meal, he would eat some fruit and take another drink; then he would remove his shoes and undress completely, just as he did at night, and rest for two or three hours.” Factors explaining the geo-

graphical distribution of the modern siesta are mainly high temperatures and heavy intake of food at the midday main meal. Combined, these two factors contribute to the feeling of post-lunch drowsiness. In these countries, the heat can be unbearable in the early afternoon, making a midday break at home ideal. In many areas with this habit, it is common to have the largest meal of the day in the very early afternoon, as is practical and common in cultures dominated by agriculture. The original concept of a siesta seems to have been merely that of a midday break

had been shipped in especially from Greenham Common. It needs to said that there are probably no greater number of offenders of the fashion code here in Spain than there are in the UK - it’s just that those who do offend do so with such enthusiasm that it is very fortunate for them that Spain abolished capital punishment some time ago. I’m quite certain that there is no greater number of offenders of the fashion code here in Spain that

intended to allow people to spend time with their friends and family. It has been suggested that the long length of the modern siesta dates back to the Spanish Civil War, when poverty resulted in many Spaniards working multiple jobs at irregular hours, pushing back meals to later in the afternoon and evening.

there is in the UK - it’s just that they flaunt their disregard and contempt under the noses of the fashion police over here. And they do so with such enthusiasm that it’s a good thing that capital punishment was abolished here some time ago. I would show more pictures, but I fear that I may be in breach of public decency regulations. Our thanks as ever to Mr Grumpy,

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ob Dylan sang: “I was so much older then I’m younger than that now”, and like his self critical alter ego in ‘My Back Pages’ I was a very serious teenager. I read only the classics (handily categorised as such in the literature section of W.H.Smiths in Ilford) oft seen with a thick copy of something by Dostoyevsky or in my more militant moments, Leon Trotsky (I once took home a copy of Vladimir Lenin’s ‘What Is to Be Done?’ but had to ditch it to stop my father repeatedly singing “I’m a Lenin on the lamppost at the corner of the street...”). Regarded with suspicion and even derision by my more fun loving peers (aforementioned fun normally consisted of hanging around outside W.H.Smiths waiting for me to emerge), not street smart or savvy or cool, not the brightest penny in the common sense purse and most definitely not one of the pretty, blonde girls whose charms had become blatantly obvious while mine were still hiding somewhere refusing to show their come hither faces, my teen years were tough. Life is cruel enough for a dorky teen but add ginger hair and freckles to the mix and you have the perfect candidate for persecution. Whichever omnipotent being thought that the colour orange was a good idea for human hair may just as well have tattooed a giant V for victim on my forehead and have done with it, in fact it could have been rendered in freckles. I have a theory that when humans were evolving there was a full solar eclipse sometime around the Neanderthal era and in the darkness the ginger gene snuck in and planted its freckled feet firmly on the evolutionary timeline. It was the punk era (Gawd bless ya Malcolm) that eventually freed me from the shackles of dorkdom. No need to be blonde or pretty. Monkey boots and Harrington Jackets covered with badges were my mode of dress and suddenly it was fashionable to read heavy tomes and be good at art. Siouxsie Sioux was considered the height of cool beauty and appearing in public with black eye liner streaked over your face was considered acceptable if not de rigueur. Several years, and a failed engagement, later, acceptance onto the Fine Art degree course at Goldsmiths College (Malcolm McLaren’s Alma Mater) completed my rise from gawky, quirky looking (and believe me that description is kind) frazzle haired teen into a cool, arty pre Raphaelite, Chelsea market shopping, French philosopher quoting, vintage clothes wearing, deep thinking, bore. I blush when I remember that person. I cringe when I recall those heated debates about Roland Barthes and semantics and whether or not it was correct in a post feminist, post modernist, (post haste) age to wear makeup and miniskirts and how honest was it to use paint when the Zeitgeist demanded that art workers (artist being too decadent a term) used found objects and scrap (we used to call this ‘skipping’)...oh how I would hate that girl now. Serious is a word that does not fully encapsulate the persona that was me. There was a metaphorical stick involved somewhere.

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But life intervened, as is her wont, sometime after my 25th birthday and suddenly Dostoyevsky, Barthes and Derrida no longer seemed important (having said that I’m not entirely cured of my snobbishness when it comes to writing, you would still have to staple anything by Katie Price to my eyeballs in order for me to read it) and like the caterpillar from the cocoon, the Butterfly of fun emerged at last... then flew into the flame of responsibility when my son was born. As we trudge through the smelly mud of adolescence onto the dark and slippery shore of adulthood we accumulate spores of responsibility which stick to us like bits of Sellotape. One of the most difficult to successfully remove is the decision making one. As children the only decisions we have to make are of the, “which side of the Mars Bar do I eat first” kind, or the difficult choice between a Stylophone or the new David Cassidy LP (One of the joys of adulthood is that you can buy yourself both, except now it would be a Springsteen CD and a bottle of Napoleon Brandy). Decision making is not one we can learn at school. The successful decision maker has achieved this state of grace through years of trial and error and the speed at which we educate children does not allow for a familiarity with trial and error. If only the decisions in my life were to do with eating Mars Bars (a definite no as they contain enough calories to sustain the population of a small country) if only the issues were as simple as wearing red knee length socks or blue tights (blue tights as the knee length sock look is not a good one for anyone over the age of 5). Making the best decision for ourselves or our kin is one that only experience can aid (although the offer of a well paid job with accommodation included would certainly help). Adults make mistakes all the time. I once decided that a tight curly perm was a good idea and that Ade the actor was actually a good bloke and would make a nifty boyfriend (and he was neither nifty nor good) and dear reader...she did not marry him, perm or no perm. This year I have a pretty important decision to make. If I make the right one it is hoped that my life will improve significantly, if, however, my decision turns out to be the wrong one then there is a distinct possibility that I and my son (poor sod always caught up in the wake of his mother’s inability to make a quick but decent decision) could be worse off. I am at this moment making a list of good points and bad points in the hope that one will be longer than the other making the whole process easier. Oh who will rid me of this grown up bit of Sellotape so that I can start having fun? Over to you Uncle Bob; “Ah but I was so much older then I‘m younger than that now.” I mean look at me I’m barely out of red knee high socks and short pants (???)

Lucky friends and followers of CHESS the band (well know locally as a tribute to Queen) were thrilled to get a preview of their first album. Due to debuted on Sunday in Torrevieja however Friday night at Huginn & Muninn the band made the decision just before going on stage to play a few tracks. One of the songs from the album VICTORIA has been available in a promotional video on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=MBXgwfRKmk4 Entitled KILLING OURSELVES the track with the words spread around Facebook like wild fire as soon as its existence was known. Although this title may sound melancholy the track is anything but, a true rock ballad at its best it slipped in seamlessly beside well known Queen Tracks. The audience amazed the band by singing along word perfect. Saturday there was a large audience at the Benihofar fiesta which strangely enough was mostly English or perhaps Scottish!! The energy of the crowd fed back to the band creating an amazing atmosphere. So again the band added a few of their own tracks. Oddly prophetic as one of the songs is entitled FAITH the band changed in the rectory beside the church in the main square. For Sundays official launch the band had posted on the CHESS facebook page that this was a gala. For the English reading this our first thought was we’re going to play bingo but the Spanish immediately understood this to mean dress up in your finest as this was an important night. The Spanish were correct as I looked up the word “gala” in The Oxford English Dictionary - Origin: early 17th century (in the sense ‘showy dress’) Once we had got to the bottom of the dress code we were able to plan our outfits. I always begin mine from my feet so my precious boots I bought many years ago in Brighton still nestling in tissue in their original box were gently woken to prepare them for a night on the tiles. With an unusual mix of cocktail dresses and kilts (Scotland v Spain in Alicante) the excitement in the audience was tangible. The haunting intro CHESSITURE was played as the band made their way on stage. They kicked off with VICTORIA the title track already a favourite with the regular audience the men in kilts were quick to catch up. LEMON HEAVEN sat seamlessly between Queen’s Tie Your Mother Down and A Kind Of Magic. The tight vocal of FAITH combined with the depth of the lyrics gave it a haunting quality. LIMITED COMPANY is a great number with very eloquent lyrics, but Juanma’s solo SO MUCH BETTER NOW is stunning. His mix of vulnerability and sexiness made the whole front row instantly fall in love. But with an upbeat ending leading us straight into the track KILLING OURSELVES and a doffed cap to punk FAT BASTARD was one of my favourites for the sheer fun factor. Followed by Radio Gaga, Another One Bites The Dust, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions to round the night off. The feedback and energy from the audience was electric and invigorating. Talking to some of the band afterwards they describe how the adrenaline kicks in and focuses them to always try and perform to their best whether the audience is 10 or 10,000 people. From the bands point of view their job is to entertain the crowd and they love to play music but especially their own. Now at home with my own copy of the album every time I listen a different aspect of it comes to me. Initially I loved the music. So well produced and so much depth to it but as I get to know it better and start to really listen to the lyrics I appreciate their power.

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This season really is starting to hot up for the managers in the MASA international Fantasy Football League. Plenty of goals scored, conceded, injuries and cards to contend with for everyone. Some shock results, namely Man City thumping Man Utd on their own patch and QPR securing their first home win of the season against Chelsea, albeit with the help of some dubious refereeing and self destruct defending from the blues.

Wandering aimlessly in European cities is well starred, especially down dark alleys in the rougher parts with particular luck dealing with Taurus ruffians until the clock strikes three on the 17th of the month. After that time the true meaning of the word ‘skeedaddle’ will become apparent to you for the first time in your life. You are about to absentmindedly mix the exact same serum they used when they made the 1957 horror movie The Incredible Shrinking Man. Don’t worry, it was only Orange squash. “Ah the magic of the movies,” thinks Planet Pluto. Your attempts at logic will fall short of the Star Trek Mr Spock benchmark by an historically large margin of 75% at times this month, especially when dealing with government or local authority departments, traffic wardens, or policemen under-quota on their ticket allocation towards the end of the month. Beware fat women with noticeable cleavage and arms filled with flowers this month, especially if you look kissable. Any creative endeavor will be improved 300% this month if you are leg bendingly drunk, until well into October. Writing the letter ‘s’ is your lucky letter this month.

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Bald heads are set to become pivotal this month in some sort of decision or other. Keeping to a deadline has never been your strong point, but a cross bald person, under the influence of Saturn and a funky Neptune, is about to impose a deadline that cannot be ignored. Bunting, balloons and witty phrases hand painted on boards people carry at protests, are all well starred this month, especially if there is a red color involved somewhere. Talking expressively while holding food is set to, once again, become lucky this month, particularly if the food you are holding and waving about does not break up due to the movement. Get this down pat and people will start inviting you to dinner parties just to watch you do it. Hippopotamus is your lucky water mammal all month, as long as you don’t tell that old joke ‘why the long face’ near one, as there is a danger that someone in your group will actually find what you just said funny or annnoying. Beware conspicuous consumerism in all of its forms, but particularly beware the wording on those posh stiff paper carrier bags they give you in department stores when you buy something - check nothing rude has been put on one side which could doom you to Fail Blog hell for the rest of your walking life if you are photographed.

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Loud troublemakers are about to become useful this month especially as a diversion to your il doing, or cheap street entertainment that won’t be coming round with a hat later for a contribution. This month your destiny joins the end of the queue like everybody else...

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Just in case Chris Foy, the referee from the QPR v Chelsea match is reading and contemplating joining the league we have decided continue the article in extra large font size just for you. At the time of writing the monthly report we still have a whole weekends worth of points up for grabs, so be sure to check the final October standings by logging on to http://fantasy.premierleague.com So far this month we see Neil Parson and his team Pirelli Pirates top the table for points scored this month. He is closely followed by last year’s overall winner and Fantasy Football League Ninja Alan McGinn – Armoured FC. Ashley Perham and his team Santa Pola Bomberos appear to have put out their own fire and have been unable to continue their blistering start to the season. The overall standings see Marray Rangers under the stewardship of Raymond Wilby top of the table closely followed by Rooney’s Rompers who are managed by another member of the McGinn Fantasy Football dynasty – Elliott ‘The Prodigy’ McGinn. Spare a thought for Damon Rose and his team Dive Academy. It seems that he’s not only an expert in taking scuba divers down to the bottom as proved by his position securely at the foot of the table. Good luck to everyone for November and don’t forget to check if you have won the October manager of the award by checking the league table online. To claim your prize of dinner for two at the Hotel MASA email me before 10th November – paul@masainternational.com

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YOU’RE BARD! Mandy Tams The Jungle drums, I remember it well. From issue number one, we could all tell, A great little read and informative too, what a damn shame they have done this to you. We will support you still, in new All Abroad. Just keep in the good stuff; we don’t want to get bored. The letters and adverts have been a real treat it couldn’t be better, it’s right up our street. So good luck with the name, The magazine too. Will pick up the new one when we

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claim to be a fluent Spanish speaker,

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My racing machine all those years

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ago was a ‘lightweight’ compared

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if we’re not in your local shop yet – ask them ‘why not?’ and to drop us a line here and I’ll be along (on the scooter) to…er…make it so… Since we started out as Jungle Drums in 2004 we’ve concentrated on the coast but with more and more expats asking us to take All Abroad to other areas (now we’re also distributing in La Zenia, Villa Martin, Campoamor,

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WOMEN

WHY WE’RE GETTING FATTER

We spoke to the experts to find out what they see as the reasons behind the global obesity epidemic. Recent studies suggest that by 2030, there will be 26

million people in the UK who are obese - a rise of 73% from the current 15 million. Over in the US, it’s predicted that there will be 65 million more obese adults by 2030, if trends continue. However, the problem extends around the world - in Australia, one in four women are obese, while you’ll probably be surprised to learn that a shocking seven out of 10 women in Tonga are obese. We take a look at the reasons why we’re getting fatter. Digital dilemma When was the last time you walked to the postbox, visited the post office or popped over to a friend’s house just for a chat? With social networking and smart phones, we’re able to carry out all these tasks without getting up from the sofa. “With the internet and other forms of communication such as social media and

smart phones, more people

made versions.”

are becoming dependent on

this form of communication,

Diet dilemmas

which then leads the indi-

According to Robert Houtman,

viduals away from an active

managing director of National

lifestyle,” points out Austan

Slimming and Cosmetic Clin-

Torson, owner of the Utah

ics, while the majority of

Live-In Fitness Camp.

overweight people would love

“They find themselves eating

to shed a few pounds, the

and snacking on unhealthy

problem is that they simply

foods because of the con-

don’t know how to. “Lack of

venience, and will consume

dietary information is a huge

more calories than they burn

problem,” says Robert. “Very

throughout the day.

few diets actually teach you what you should be eating.

Takeaway trouble

Instead they focus on the

Kebabs, burgers and take-

‘fast’ weight loss. All these

away pizzas may all look

fad diets counting points or

more appealing when we’re

eating only protein or just

short on time, but the decline

cabbage soup have no educa-

in popularity of the home

tional value whatsoever. So,

cooked meal spells disas-

as soon as you stop the ‘fad’

ter for our waistlines, says

diet you simply go back to

Nathalie Jones, freelance

your old eating habits.”

dietician and founder of www. nathalie-jones.co.uk. “People

Fast food

eat outside of the home

You only need to peer into

more often,” says Nathalie.

a McDonald’s and watch the

“There’s a shift away from

hordes of teens chowing

homecooked meals that can

down on salt-laden fries and

be made healthier (with

burgers to realise that too

less added fat and more

many people simply aren’t

vegetables, for example),

aware of the effect such food

towards grabbing a ready-

can have. “There’s a lack of

made sandwich for lunch or

education on the type of food

a takeaway on the way home

to consume and the amount

from work - both of which can

of those foods we should be

contain two or three times as

eating on a daily basis,” says

many calories as the home

Iain Reitze, managing director

of the Prestige Boot

little effort. “Our bodies are

Camp. “This education should

still hardwired for a different

start at a very young age so

and far tougher world, one

it can continue into the teens

where survival required find-

and eventually be passed

ing food, a world when there

on to their children also. For

might be periods of famine,

example, on average a male

followed by feast,” points out

should consume around 2,500

Angela Walker, founder of

calories a day to maintain

www.fabulousnutrition.co.uk.

weight but in the USA the

“In that type of environment,

average calorific consumption

it’s pretty helpful to have the

is currently 4,000 calories a

type of hardwiring that fa-

day.”

vours storage during times of excess or feast that will help

The evolution issue

you survive through times of

Millions of years ago, organis-

famine. In our current world,

ing an evening meal was a

the food we are surrounded

much more strenuous affair,

with doesn’t necessarily meet

while these days, micro-

the needs of the bodies we

waves, fast food outlets and

have.”

takeaways mean preparing our food has never been easier - or required such

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WHAT DO I MISS ABOUT SPAIN?

a few things about being back

to keep the child in a routine it

“Home” in Spain:

seemed a shame to send them out of the way before they could

The Children - Difficult to explain

chill out with the rest of the

– especially of you are not a

family – be taken out to Parks

parent! - I was back in the UK

and Bars or Restaurants or

in August and every night all

whatever.

of the Toddlers (and under 5’s) As much as there are many

were sent to bed at 7pm sharp,

It was also noticeable how few of

things that I love and Miss

regardless of whether Dad had

the older children were playing

about the UK, whenever I

got back from work and given

in gardens and the streets

return for a break to see my

them a kiss goodnight, regardless

(regardless of time and day) -

family and friends and do a

of whether they were tired or

where are they all? - At home

bit of shopping, it doesn’t

not. It was simply the done

watching TV or Playing Computer

take me long to start missing

thing!- Whilst it may be good

games?

WOMEN

Weight Loss Myths - Test Your Fitness IQ

WHY MEN DIE FIRST...

Careful ladies...they walk among us!

6.

with Richard Draper

You’ve tried virtually every “diet” you can think of and still haven’t lost weight. Or, perhaps you’ve lost weight only to quickly gain it back. You feel like you are in a never-ending battle that you just can’t win. Does this sound familiar? Stop beating yourself over the head in frustration! To help you get started on the path to permanent weight loss and healthy living read below to learn what’s true and what’s false in the world of dieting. Take the quiz below to test your knowledge and you’ll learn what it really takes to beat the scale. Read each question and answer true or false. Then read below to find out whether or not you guessed right. 1. Skipping Meals Is a Good Idea 2. You Can Spot Reduce Certain Parts of Your Body 3. Eating Late At Night Makes You Fat 4. If Something Is Fat Free, You Can Eat As Much As You Want 5. Eating Less Than 1200 Calories Will Accelerate Weight Loss 6. Salads Are Always A Great Eating Out Choice 1. False. The idea behind this myth is that you’ll consume fewer calories in the entire day. The reality is that you probably will consume at least the same amount, if not more. Skipping a

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meal lowers your blood sugar. Low blood sugar usually makes you very hungry. In return you end up eating quickly and probably making poor food choices when those hunger pains come a knocking. Eating several small meals per day helps you stabilize blood sugars and control your appetite. 2. False. If you slave over 200 sit ups a day, it still isn’t going to get rid of your spare tire. Fat is lost evenly throughout the body. You can’t focus on one body part and only work it in an attempt to reduce that fatty area. To help a trouble spot you must focus on overall fitness - aerobic workouts, strength training, good nutrition and more. That’s the only way to reduce extra fat. 3. False. Your body doesn’t determine your weight based on WHEN you eat. It just cares how much you eat. What’s important is determining how many calories are coming in versus how many are going out. You need to find the right balance based on how much your eating and exercising. If you take in more calories then you burn, then the extras will be stored as fat. That’s true whether you eat at night or not. 4. False. For the most part, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. Sure, it is a little more complex than that but just keep in mind that

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for every extra 3,500 calories that you take in and don’t burn off, you will gain a pound. Does it matter if all of those 3,500 calories are fat-free? No! Your body just cares that the extra calories were consumed. Plus, fat makes you feel full. If you don’t eat enough of it, you may find yourself constantly hungry and you may end up consuming more calories than if you had eaten something with fat in it.

5.

5. False. In fact, it may have the opposite effect. Too few calories per day causes your body to adapt to a minimal amount of food, and slows down your metabolic rate. The body may think it’s “starving” and actually hold onto every bit of food to ensure survival. Then, when you begin to eat normally, your calorie needs are reduced and you end up gaining more weight even though you are consuming less food.

4.

3.

6. False. Sometimes you’d be better off eating a burger than a salad. Many restaurant salads are dripping in high calorie, high fat dressings. Plus, they often add fatty toppings like croutons and bacon bits. If you are going to choose a salad, be sure the dressing and extras don’t sabotage your calorie counting.

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THIS ‘BONO’ HAS FOUND WHAT HE’S LOOKING FOR.

Rob Bloomer talks to Dave Bull about his life as a singer and how moving to Spain has helped fulfil his dreams in life. Being a lifelong U2 fan and living on the Costa Blanca Rob Bloomer’s life is a dream come true; to be able to earn a living doing something that is so close to his heart and in the superb climate of Spain’s south-east coast based in Spain on the Costa Blanca Rob performs

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along the coast as his extremely popular alter ego and U2 tribute ‘Just Bono.’ but Robs singing career began many years ago back in the UK, in the west midlands to be precise, and by accident. On a night out and after having ‘possibly a few more beers than I needed’ he was asked to make the numbers up in a karaoke final, not having tried anything like it before Rob gave it a go with just the idea of having some fun but to his surprise he won, and not just cash prize but the chance to do some recording too. That was the first time that Rob realised that he actually could sing and from there he went on to form some bands with pals and perform at charity gigs in the west Midlands.

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culminating with an impromptu concert, by Rob, whilst waiting to go in the Staples Centre in Los Angeles 2005 with at least 500 people U” mad fans surrounding him and joining in with guitar to accompany him. The same thing happened again later in the year in Las Vegas when the fans recognised him from LA and he was asked to perform again, realising that he was actually quite good at it he at last formed a U2 tribute band U2-4u who toured the UK building a good reputation until Rob decided it was time to go solo as Just Bono. After relocating to Spain two years ago Rob has once again made his mark and is now a fixture on the costa Blanca doing a live U2 performance almost every night and in that short period has

Singing covers of their favourite bands the friends soon built up a reputation but Rob’s business meant time was limited and he couldn’t dedicate as much time as he wanted to his passion but in the early 90’s the tribute scene kicked off and Rob, being in the right place, joined “Fred Zeppelin” who are now recognised as the band who were the instigators of the (now huge) tribute movement, ‘Fred’ along with a band called ‘Limehouse Lizzy’ were the big names in the tribute scene in the UK at that time. Rob has always been a massive U2 fan and thought joining ‘Fred’ would be a step towards what he was always destined to do, front a U” tribute band, but in the meantime ‘Fred’ had really taken off and they were beginning to get noticed. Three of four times they were visited by Robert Plant himself (see pic) who was very impressed. Rob continued to front the band for a few more years; growing a reputation as the best frontman in the midlands but he was still restless and moved on to form a Black Sabbath tribute which, again, was successful but he knew inside that he wasn’t heading where he wanted to go. He had already been following U2 all over the world and had begun to get recognised as being an amazing lookalike,

endeared himself to the residents and tourists; Spanish and expats alike. Blissfully happy with his life in Spain, Rob, who will be making an honest woman of girlfriend Sue in October, is a showman (very much like his lookalike, the real Bono) and puts on a performance his hero would be proud of; mixing with ‘his’ fans and charming the ladies with ballads before jumping on a table or hugging a pair of police officers! Full of life and with an appetite for living the life in Spain Rob says he couldn’t be happier in his adopted home of Spain. And living along the coast from Torrevieja he has his days to enjoy the sunny sands of the Costa and the nights to live out his destiny; performing as his hero to big, and adoring crowds.

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1. Volume with a lot of volume 5. Up to snuff 10. Student’s org. 14. Designer Cassini 15. Followers of Muhammad ibn Ismail ad-Darazi 16. Kinks hit 17. Columbus caravel 18. Strauss material 19. Sign 20. Does this mean I’m ignorant or... 23. Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’ project, for short 24. Relative of 17 across 25. No spring chicken 28. Marches 32. Tie a knot 35. What the ‘fat lady’ sings 37. Susan on “Coupling” 38. La Sorbonne, e.g. 40. ... that I don’t read this guy’s books or... 43. ___ voice (conscience) 44. Just a drop 45. Knows what’s up 46. Make lace 47. Takes in 50. __ Spiegel 51. Collection 52. Shaq’s shoe width 54. ...that I don’t buy this guy’s booze? 63. Sound of displeasure 64. Shocking 65. Having the resources 66. Eric of Monty Python fame 67. In reserve 68. Lawsuit 69. Word with swap or track 70. Leveled 71. Sherpa’s specialty

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2. Ships - Einstein’s Riddles There are 5 ships in a port. 1. The Greek ship leaves at six and carries coffee. 2. The ship in the middle has a black chimney. 3. The English ship leaves at nine. 4. The French ship with a blue chimney is to the left of a ship that carries coffee. 5. To the right of the ship carrying cocoa is a ship going to Marseille. 6. The Brazilian ship is heading for Manila. 7. Next to the ship carrying rice is a ship with a green chimney. 8. A ship going to Genoa leaves at five. 9. The Spanish ship leaves at seven and is to the right of the ship going to Marseille. 10. The ship with a red chimney goes to Hamburg. 11. Next to the ship leaving at seven is a ship with a white chimney. 12. The ship on the border carries corn. 13. The ship with a black chimney leaves at eight. 14. The ship carrying corn is anchored next to the ship carrying rice. 15. The ship to Hamburg leaves at six. Which ship goes to Port Said? Which ship carries tea?

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Riddles - Answers below 1.Bear - Einstein’s Riddles The famous physicist allegedly made this riddle for his scholars. A fellow encountered a bear in a wasteland. There was nobody else there. Both were frightened and ran away. Fellow to the north, bear to the west. Suddenly the fellow stopped, aimed his gun to the south and shot the bear. What colour was the bear? If you don’t know, this may help you: if the bear ran about 3.14 times faster than the fellow (still westwards), the fellow could have shot straight in front of him, however for the booty he would have to go to the south.

Fun Fact: The moon. 1.It all happened on the North Pole. When the man shot, he must have been right on the North Pole. Getting it? So it makes sense to assume that the only color the bear could be was WHITE.

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Fun Fact Where is the only place in the universe where a flag flies all day, never goes up or comes down, never flies half-mast and does not get saluted?

2 Spanish ship goes to Port Said and French ship carries tea. However, tea can be carried by the Brazilian ship, too, if you understood position ‘to the right’ as anywhere on the right side from the given point (not only right next to).

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Word riddle

RED? all BORED? all BORED? all BORED? all BORED? all

all BORED? all BORED? all BORED? all BO

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Roger, 85, married Jenny, a lovely 25 year old. Since her new husband is so old, Jenny decides that after their wedding she and Roger should have separate bedrooms, because she is concerned that her new but aged husband may over-exert himself if they spend the entire night together. After the wedding festivities Jenny prepares herself for bed and the expected knock on the door. Sure enough the knock comes, the door opens and there is Roger, her 85 year old groom, ready for action. They unite as one. All goes well, Roger takes leave of his bride, and she prepares to go to sleep. After a few minutes, Jenny hears another knock on her bedroom door, and it’s Roger, Again he is ready for more ‘action’. Somewhat surprised, Jenny consents for more coupling. When the newlyweds are done, Roger kisses his bride, bids her a fond good night and leaves. She is set to go to sleep again, but, aha, you guessed it - Roger is back again, rapping on the door and is as fresh as a 25-year-old, ready for more ‘action’. And, once more they enjoy each other. But as Roger gets set to leave again, his young bride says to him, ‘I am thoroughly impressed that at your age you can perform so well and so often. I have been with guys less than a third of your age who were only good once. You are truly a great lover, Roger..’ Roger, somewhat embarrassed, turns to Jenny and says: ‘You mean I’ve been here already tonight?’ The moral of the story: Don’t be afraid of getting old, Alzheimer’s has its advantages.

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