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KEY HEALTH MYUNIQUEBOOTCAMP

By Michael Ritchie, Mike’s Gym

At MYUNIQUEBOOTCAMP you will get a life changing experience. You will get the best fitness trainers and the best fitness facilities in one of the most beautiful climates in Europe. Our uniqueness comes in our fantastic facility, our scientific attention to detail (we leave no stone unturned) and our individual client focus! When you leave this boot camp you will be 100% prepared to get the exact body you want. All weekend is filled with a great variety of fitness sessions to push you to your limits regardless of your fitness levels but we also focus on your nutrition and diet to really get the results you want! MYUNIQUEBOOTCAMP will help you to transform your body to how you want it. More importantly you will be able to keep it that way without life being a constant struggle with the scales

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and without feeling deprived and miserable. This is no quick fix or magic formula but an extremely effective service that will deliver results quickly and will be easy to sustain for life. Everybody is individual in their eating habits, in their daily routines and especially in their behavioural habits. The whole concept of the nutrition side of MYUNIQUEBOOTCAMP is that it is all specifically designed around YOU. This is why it is so effective and achieves incredible results. It is geared towards lifetime results by educating you in effective, but simple changes to YOUR eating and training habits. You will be getting all the tools necessary for you to be in control of your eating and training and it is very sustainable. It is the specificity and individuality of it that makes it work for you.

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Welcome to the first issue of Key to Mijas Costa for 2013. Despite the crisis, green shoots are beginning to appear and most venues are re-opening for the anticipated busy tourist season after refurbishment and spring cleaning! If you are looking for something a little bit different, especially on a dull or wet day, why not try a visit to Hammam Almanzor in La Cala Hills, a genuine Hammam which opened recently. We welcome Hammam Almanzor to Key to Mijas Costa. Please see the advert on page 9 and Key News for more details. You are sure to be in for a treat! If you know anyone who is suffering from a gambling addiction, this can be very traumatic for all concerned. I am sure that the informative article provided by Medilink on page 14 will be very informative and helpful to you.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the advertisements and features contained within this magazine are accurate, Your Key to Mijas Costa can take no responsibility for any possible misrepresentation. No part of this publication, including text, illustrations or photographs may be reproduced without prior written permission from your Key to Mijas Costa. All artwork is the subject of copyright and is the property of your Key to Mijas Costa. Editorial is placed at Key to Mijas Costa’s discretion due to space restrictions.

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We welcome Optica Laza of La Cala and Fuengirola back into the magazine. Optica Laza is opening a new branch in Calahonda soon both as an Optician and also as a dedicated Hearing Centre. Please see page 19 for more details. Age Care Association has recently opened an Advice Centre in DoĂąa Lola which I am sure that our older readers will find really helpful. Locals will also be able to meet up and make new friends at the weekly coffee mornings every Tuesday at 11.00 a.m. Our extensive restaurant guide begins on page 49. We welcome the return of restaurants that have been shut for the winter, new ones that we have found in the meantime and those that we like to visit all year round. We hope you enjoy our great selection featuring restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. See you again in the Spring.

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KEY BEAUTY What Colour?

By Tracy, Hair Magic

This month we are going to give you some advice to help you choose the right colour by answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

If you need any advice about your hair, please contact Tracy at HAIR MAGIC. Consultations are free.

Q MY BLONDE HAIR IS ALWAYS YELLOW. HOW CAN I GET RID OF THIS? A You need to consult a hairdresser to make sure you are using a highlift ash colour with 40 vol or 12% peroxide if you are not using this already. The only way to get rid of the yellow is by using a little bleach in tin foil as very fine highlights so as not to damage your hair and this can’t be done more than three times a year as it will cause damage. Q I HAVE A RED COLOUR IN MY HAIR AND IT FADES REALLY QUICKLY. HOW CAN I STOP THIS? A We have some really good products now to stop this. I have red hair and I use a red conditioner and shampoo. This puts the red back into your hair every time you wash it. You need to wash your hands straight afterwards as it colours them as well. We sell these products at HAIR MAGIC. There is also sandy blonde, black and chocolate brown. Q MY HAIR IS GETTING REALLY GREY AND I WANT TO COLOUR IT BUT I’M TERRIFIED! A If you are not sure about it you can put a rinse through your hair that only lasts eight washes. Alternatively, try some hi lites (lighter) or low lites (darker) or maybe just at the front. It is best to experiment carefully. Also if you are not sure about a colour, always choose the lighter one because it is easy to go darker but it’s much harder to get a colour that is too dark out of your hair.

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KEY BEAUTY Join us for our 11th Anniversary Forum is a lively, modern salon providing high standards of excellence in hairdressing, beauty and customer care. Let our team of friendly yet highly dedicated and experienced hair stylists turn your hair dreams into reality using products from L’Oreal and Redken. Forum also provides a portfolio of cutting edge beauty services and luxury pampering treatments. Our highly trained beauty therapists will provide a prescriptive consultation to access your individual needs, using our specialist spa treatments and facials to deliver visible results. Enjoy our various massages including hot stones, aromatherapy, reflexology, fusion and shiatsu. Also available is a choice of luxury manicure and pedicure treatments and gel and acrylic nail extensions, not forgetting non-chip Shellac polish for that long lasting finish (see advert for offer). We offer a wide selection of spa facials suitable for all types of skin using products and equipment from Guinot, Mary Cohr and Christina Zahawi of Israel providing fantastic results from just a deep cleanse to a skin-altering course of treatments. Our most popular are the Mary Cohr Cathio Vital galvanic facial to cleanse, hydrate and brighten the skin and combine it with their latest lifting facial, the CathioLift which helps to improve the contours of the face, neck and jaw line to create the ultimate in facials and Genie Skin-Tech, an advanced, organic wheat germ micro-dermabrasion. Fine crystals are passed over the skin to remove dead skin cells and replaced with antioxidants and vitamins to feed the skin. The result is a visible reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, scaring, stretch marks and skin pigmentation. A course of treatments will have the added benefits of softer, brighter and suppler skin. However, still as popular as ever, is the Genie Take 10 nonsurgical face lifting treatment with fabulous effects from the first session. A course of ten is recommended, followed by a monthly maintenance session. We also offer a resident osteopath, Brigitte Reters ROP258. Osteopathy can be used to relieve pain from illness, injury and bad posture, treating shoulder pain, neck and back pain among many conditions like IBS. Our fully qualified practitioner has a comprehensive knowledge of physiology, anatomy, pathology and bio-mechanics and is therefore able to provide effective results. Acupuncturist Freddy Dahlgren has recently joined us and is now available for consultations and information on the in-

By Forum

credible Laser Pen and from April Hypnotherapist Ken Maybury will be joining us for single or group sessions to tackle weight loss, give up smoking, or boost self confidence. To celebrate our 11th Anniversary on March 5th we shall be offering crazy special daily offers during that week so pop in for more info and join the team for a glass of cava!! Dr Gray will be over from the UK for botox, restylane, collagen and thread vein removal on Tuesday 16th April and semi permanent make-up artist Lynda Martin is available for consultations at the salon. For appointments and more information please call 952 599 098 or check FB Forumhair Andbeauty.

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KEY BEAUTY Marbella Beauty Academy is Celebrating 5 Years!

Marbella Beauty Academy Delivering the Highest Standards of International Training! Do You Need Help Deciding if this is the Career for You? Testimonials from Students of 2008-2009 “My time at the Marbella Beauty Academy was great and full of lovely moments. Giselle and Jane are two people that mean a lot to me. They really helped me to achieve my dream and I know there are always there for me when I need them. When I started on my course, my dream was to join Steiner and work on board one of their luxury Spas. I have now been working on board ship on three separate tours and worked a season in a 5-star ski resort in Switzerland. Thank you very much for all your support and your trust. Good Luck with next year!!!” - Alex C “When I decided on a career change, Make-up was my first choice, but after a chat with Jane, I realized it was important to understand all aspects of skincare and so my decision to be a facialist was born. I was very nervous studying again at the age of 37, but I am glad I did, as I loved every minute of it!! Once on the course, I decided to add Waxing, Manicure and Pedicure in with my Facials as these

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treatments are in high demand. Studying again was the best decision I have ever made and I am really excited about the future, and that is mainly due to Jane being such an excellent teacher and never giving us a boring lesson for the whole year!! Giselle & Jane have always been there for me and I’ll never forget my year with them!!! A big thank you to you both!” - Bernice W “I started at Marbella Beauty Academy in October last year. I´ve learnt so much in such a short period of time. Hopefully in the next 8 weeks I will be qualified as a beauty therapist. My goal is to work on the cruise line which MBA has already put me forward for and I’m looking forward to my interview”. - Abigail Churchill “MBA has changed my life in many ways. The teaching is amazing, the classes are small which is great for me. MBA are helping me progress in makeup and fashion”. - Maxwell Mcgahan “I have been thinking of taking a course at MBA for a long time to change my career. I’m very happy I did it this year as I enjoyed it so much. I am opening my own salon in the near future. My teachers, Jane and Giselle, have been really helpful with everything. - Krisztina Pinter

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KEY HEALTH Soft Drinks Can Damage your Dental & General Health

By Chris Weir, Sonrisa

Soft drinks, known as soda, pop, or fizzy drinks can cause serious health problems. They are one of the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay. Acid and acidic sugar by-products soften enamel contributing to the formation of dental cavities. We are drinking more soft drinks across all demographic groups, but especially among children and teenagers. There has never been more choice of fizzy drinks than there is today. They come in all shapes, colours flavours and sizes. Over the last 50 years the fluid quantity has increased in size. Their long term use has a cumulative effect on the tooth enamel, slowly destroying the protective enamel layer of teeth and leaving the teeth sensitive and more susceptible to decay. 4 to 10 year olds get a fifth of their sugar intake from soft drinks, 11 to 18 year olds get a third of their sugar intake from soft drinks. These are very high levels for the most at risk groups. Children’s enamel is softer and more at risk to acid attack than adult enamel. Yet this is the group we can influence the most by controlling what we buy for the family. We should limit the number of soft drinks we give to our children, and reduce the frequency of their consumption.

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The Risks: 1. Enamel erosion 2. Dental decay 3. Obesity 4. Type 2 diabetes 5. Reduced bone health (due to reduced calcium intake) What can you do to help? 1. Reduce the number of soft drinks, and limit them to mealtimes 2. Drink water after consumption of soft drinks to help neutralise the acid 3. Drink more water, milk or diluted cordial drinks 4. Use fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes regularly 5. Topical fluoride treatment from your dentist Changing to sugar-free fizzy drinks has little beneficial effect, as they contain high levels of citric and phosphoric acids which can damage tooth enamel, and some reports suggest artificial sweeteners have a detrimental effect on health and may increase appetite and weight. To summarise, we should limit our intake of fizzy drinks, and not rely on them as our main source of fluid intake, especially during childhood, when we are more at risk.

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KEY HEALTH Why should we maintain Healthy Cholesterol Balance?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid and it is vital for the normal functioning of the body. Its roles include providing cell structure, insulating nerve fibres, making hormones and aiding in digestion and absorption of facts. 80% of the cholesterol in the body gets produced from within, mostly by the liver. From there it is carried in the bloodstream to other tissues. Cholesterol also comes from foods, especially those high in fat. Having an excessively high level of lipids in your blood (hyperlipidemia) can have a serious effect on your health as it increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. We need to ensure our cholesterol levels stay within a normal, health range. Good and Bad Cholesterol In order for cholesterol to reach those sites where it is needed, it needs “a ride”. In the body there are some molecules called lipoproteins that carry cholesterol to the different sites. There are two types LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) and HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein). LDL is also known as “bad” cholesterol because it deposits cholesterol in places where it may accumulate and cause trouble. HDL on the other hand is referred to as “good” cholesterol because it gathers excess cholesterol in the blood-stream and brings it back to the liver for re-processing. Stay in Balance with StatiQinon (R) You can do a lot to keep your cholesterol levels in the safe range, especially by eating healthily and exercising regularly. Another thing you can do is use StatiQinon (R). What are the ingredients in StatiQinon (R)? StatiQinon (R) is a new formulation product containing coenzyme Q10, Red Yeast Rice and ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid). Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like compound which all the cells in the human body depend on in order to produce energy. Coenzyme Q10 is an important antioxidant and protects cell membranes from the damaging effects of free radicals. Red yeast rice, a dietary staple is some Asian countries, is yeast cultivated on rice. It contains 14 active compounds called monacolins, which have been shown to inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol. ALA stands for “alpha-linolenic acid” and is a type of omega 3 fatty acid that is found in plants. ALA is an essential fatty acid meaning it can’t be produced by the body but must be obtained through the diet. ALA may also help reduce the build up of fats in the arteries thus reducing cholesterol and triglycerides. Did you know that: - Cholesterol has many important functions in the human body - Exercise is good for raising levels of HDL (“good” cholesterol)

By Anni’s Vital Shop - LDL cholesterol becomes dangerous when it oxidises (is attacked by free radicals). - High HDL levels do not pose a health risk - Cholesterol gets produced in the liver (so does coenzyme Q10). It is a good idea to have your cholesterol levels checked regularly. For more information on cholesterol visit www. statinq10.com. Testimonials: “StatiQinon (R) is a safe, natural aid for everyone who wants to keep their cholesterol levels in the normal range and maintain good cardiovascular health”. Gareth Zeal Bsc is one of the UK’s leading experts in the field of nutrition and naturpathy and has more than 20 years’ experience at advising patients and customers on the benefits of good nutrition. “I’ve taken Pharma Nord Q10 products for years”. Dr Chris Steele M.B.E. has been a regular on UK television for more than 20 years.

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KEY HEALTH Younger Looks – Naturally

By Anne Stark

Would you like to lift, firm and tone facial muscles without surgery or toxins? The patented Baxendale wave form used in Genie Complete is up to 1,000 times stronger than any other wave form of its kind. Don’t be fooled by “imitations”. The Baxendale patented wave form is ONLY created for Genie Complete. This miracle treatment is called Take Ten. The essential feature is that the Take Ten delivers an output close to the natural “firing” of muscles. It produces an electrical exercise in a controllable way which reshapes the muscle over the period of use. This aids in the building of muscle mass which ultimately helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Power exercises are carried out over a short period and are intense, holding muscles in contraction. This is how body builders and weight lifters train to build muscle mass and power. This is how Genie Take Ten works. As we get older muscles shrink, causing surrounding fat and tissue to take on a drooping appearance. With exercise and the right diet we can generally keep our bodies in shape but the facial muscles are more difficult to exercise until now. When the facial muscles begin to shrink, the drooping effect on the face can be really ageing. By re-building the ageing muscle mass to its previous state, the face is fuller and benefits from a visible lift which can be retained with regular treatments. This fuller, healthier look also helps to eliminate many lines and wrinkles. The Genie Take Ten is a perfectly natural way to exercise facial muscles because we are “power” building. A ten-minute treatment is sufficient to achieve all that is possible in one session. For 24 hours after a treatment the muscles are still working and re-generating. A course of treatments over 4 or 5 weeks should be sufficient for most people to achieve the desired effect. A top-up treatment is recommended every 3-4 weeks but more frequent treatments are perfectly safe if you so wish. Are you ready for the challenge? Join a growing number of men and women who have discovered the secret of Take Ten by Genie Complete. Would you like to kick start losing weight or your toning regime? No matter how much you need to lose or tone, the results are amazing. Genie Slimming and Toning Treatments are different from any other machine. Once again, don’t be fooled with imitations. In any regime diet is important. I can help you to choose the right one or if you want to try 2 Herbalife meal replacements plus complete dinner or any other kind of regime, this will accelerate your results. You are welcome to have a trial treatment and discuss what will suit you best. With my expertise and experience with Genie Complete your results are guaranteed. I welcome you to join the many satisfied customers who find Genie treatments excellent. Crystal Clear Exfoliation is one of the most important stages in your beauty regime. Why is that, you may ask? Regular exfoliation will help your skin renewal, eliminate fine lines and change your skin tone from ageing to radiant. Afterwards all your products will penetrate better and it will make you feel clean and renewed. The all time favourite, Crystal Clear, will be available here and you can come and have a “Wake Up Call” and see how Crystal Clear can revitalise your skin. Crystal Clear will be offered as an express treatment or together with your facial or as a Crystal Clear facial. We can also use it in body treatments. Any questions, just call me.

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KEY HEALTH What is Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) and How Can It Be Resolved?

If you have ever been given the “cold shoulder” then you know it can be unpleasant, but a frozen shoulder is worse as it probably takes longer to recover from. As a student (and it is a while ago!), we were taught that a frozen shoulder can take 6 months to develop, 6 months of difficult pain and 6 months to resolve. Hopefully with early advice and treatment it can be a much shorter-term hindrance to daily life. It may sound surprising, but as an osteopath I generally treat far more neck and shoulder/arm problems than low back or leg complaints. “Frozen shoulder”(or medically speaking, Adhesive Capsulitis) is not a pure diagnosis as such in my opinion, but refers to a condition which can occur as a result of a more specific illness, condition, problem or injury in the shoulder or elsewhere in the body. It’s used when a patient has difficulty associated with pain and stiffness at /near the top of the arm when trying to lift the arm out from the side of the body or with internal rotation (reaching behind your back) or external rotation (behind your head), so to avoid pain the patient stops using the arm for everything except very limited movements and so the shoulder appears to be “frozen” and is held to the patient’s side for protection. Differential Diagnosis i.e. (what it’s NOT) is a very important part of the osteopathic examination and history taking (the patient’s story) and shoulders can be complex. There are probably well over 30 diagnoses of shoulder pain which relate just to the “shoulder” itself (which includes the gleno-humeral joint, clavicle, and shoulder blade plus some input from the neck, ribs and sternum) such as impingement syndrome, or rotator cuff tear or acromio-clavicular arthritis or the one I believe I see most of, biceps tendonitis. But a variety of other things can “mimic” or cause referred pain and here I mention only a few without wanting to alarm you, including apical lung cancer (Pancosts tumor) breast tumours, ischemic heart disease, arthritic neck joints and disc prolapses, osteoporosis, diabetes, pancreatic, liver or spleen inflammation. An osteopath will refer you to another medical specialist if necessary for scans, x-rays or blood tests. Once it’s established that the pain is structural, shoulders can be more complex to treat than other parts of the body as they usually require more input from the patient in terms of changing or adjusting their lifestyle habits, to prevent ongoing irritation to the shoulder and to prevent future relapses especially in the areas of work, sleep and sport. The shoulders sacrifice stability in order to increase mobility, this is their main attribute. They (usually!) have an incredible range of motion and are only held onto our bodies by tendons and ligaments which can easily be irritated by repetitive/awkward movements, especially when the shoulders are not “sitting” correctly in relation to the rest of

By Chris Howard your body. If you think about it, shoulders are also useful indicators of your mental and emotional state, whether open and relaxed, or tight and hunched up due to internal stress or an automatic unnoticed response to repressed anger, fear or anxiety. Of course they are often painful simply as a result of injury or overuse and some sleeping/sitting postures but an osteopath, as a holistic practitioner, has to consider all possibilities when a patient presents at the clinic. Treatment using soft tissue and articulation can sometimes be a little painful to start with (not always!) and is aimed at undoing any tightness in the surrounding muscles and joints, stretch and exercise to increase muscle strength and joint stability and a lot of advice on how to reconsider your posture when working, carrying, driving, computing etc, and the best use of ice and anti-inflammatories are all part of the process to recovery. In the next issue I will be dealing with biceps tendonitis in more detail. Take a deep breath, breathe out and let those shoulders go!

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KEY HEALTH Gambling... some fun or a true addiction? “Gambling” a form of entertainment or recreation? There are many possible gambling activities, such as: slot machines, card games, roulette, state lottery, horse and dog racing, or bingo. In the last two decades the opportunities to gamble have expanded tremendously with the advent of Internet and legalized gambling. It is important to differentiate a social gambler from a pathological one. The former enjoys gambling with no harmful effects, the latter, present with a behaviour that harms themselves or others in major life areas. Professional gamblers on the other hand, will be disciplined and not show risk taking behaviours. Gambling as a disorder happens when a person gambles compulsively to such an extent that the wagering has a severe negative effect on his or her job, relationships, family life or financial status. The person won’t be able to stop gambling despite these harmful effects. Men develop the illness earlier and more frequently than women (ratio 2:1), but they reach out for help more often. Women because of the stigma attached to this disorder tend not to get treatment. One in every fourth case will be able to describe a close family member who suffered from a gambling disorder. The disorder develops slowly over time in most cases, but occasionally, social gamblers who have been using gambling as a recreational activity suddenly start doing so compulsively as a consequence of a major life event such as a divorce or the death of a family member. Pathological gambling refers to two items: the inability to control the impulse to gamble and alteration in the person’s life in different areas of their lives such as personal, financial, familiar and marital. If a person can identify with or has five or more of the following symptoms they have a gambling problem: 1. They think about gambling frequently 2. Uses more and more money when they gamble 3. They find it difficult to stop gambling 4. Lies or keep hidden the amount of gambling they do 5. They get moody and irritable when you try to stop gambling 6. Has tried to get money in illegal/ immoral ways to be able to gamble 7. Needs other people who help him/her financially because of the financial loss caused by the amount of gambling 8. They use gambling to deal with emotions or problems 9. Has problems at work or at home caused by gambling Treatment consists of individualized programs that include

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Provided by Medilink

cognitive behavioural approaches, insight oriented psychotherapy and pharmacological interventions. Gamblers Anonymous although promising, and in some cases very helpful, is a type of treatment less scientifically supported. Many of these patients experience high levels of dysfunction within the family setting and family sessions as well as couple’s counselling are recommended. It is common that patients suffering from gambling disorders present with other psychiatric disorders such as substance abuse and/ or anxiety. It is very important to detect and treat comorbid psychiatric problems; otherwise the patient’s recovery could be jeopardized. There is a higher prevalence of attention deficit disorder in childhood in males diagnosed with pathological gambling. Females have a higher rate of major depressive disorder and in some instances use compulsive gambling as an escape from depression. Very often, the pathological gambler seeks the mood alteration as the ulterior motive for their compulsive activities. It is the excitement and the emotional rush that these patients are after, the money itself is not that important. Pathological gamblers tend to be highly competitive, inpatient, impulsive and risk takers. They get easily bored and some of them are superstitious, needing a certain outfit or item to take along when they go gambling. The social environment in the casino or at the races for example can be stimulating and contribute to the patient’s sense of being high. Denial, as it happens in most addictions, is very common amongst these patients and family members can be the ones pushing the patient to seek for help in the initial phases. The rate of response is not related to the level of motivation of the patient when he starts treatment but to the number of weeks of participation in the therapeutic program. Treatment normally will last a few months. “Once a pathological gambler always a pathological gambler”, patients will not be able to gamble in a social manner again and it is very important to monitor relapses and to prevent the process of switching addictions. The prognosis is good if the patient ends up committing to the therapeutic process. This editorial was written by Dra. Hallin, Founder & General Director of “Centro Medico Dra. Hallin”, operating in both Marbella & Sotogrande, which is a Preferred Partner of “medilink” offering a specialist service here on the Costa del Sol. For more information on “Dra. Hallin´s Practice” or any of our other Preferred Partners please call “medilink” on: 952 93 38 76.

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KEY HEALTH Positively Pink’s 2012 Breast Screening Programme closes for another year

Positively Pink is a Mijas based charity and its sole purpose is to raise the necessary funds to provide education, support and a FREE breast screening programme to British Women and Men who live on the Costa del Sol. The screening programme is a comprehensive screening process (Gold Standard) that includes a consultation, physical examination, health education, a mammogram or ultrasound or in some cases both and an English translation of the result(s). This is carried out in conjunction with Clinica Medicare, a Nurse led British health centre based in La Cala de Mijas and Dr David Deardon a UK trained Specialist and the head of The British Surgical Clinic. Medicare and its medical team provide their time, clinic space and expertise free of charge for the charity. During the 2012 screening programme over 420 men and women have accessed the FREE programme with 9 ladies receiving a positive diagnosis but all are being treated and doing well. During the 2012 programme Positively Pink have spent in excess of 35,700.00 Euros to ensure that screening is available to all UK expatriates living on the Coast, regardless of age or circumstances. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is one in nine. Each year there are approximately 41,000 new diagnoses. The incidence of breast cancer for men is on

By Positively Pink the increase too with approximately 300 new cases diagnosed yearly in the UK. It has been shown that early detection of breast cancer can improve the outcome. Survival rates from breast cancer have improved partly in recent years due to early presentation and from individuals being breast aware. The risk of breast cancer increases with age. 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50 though Positively Pink believes that screening should be available to all women from 18 years of age. Lorraine Palmer, the founder of Positively Pink, believes that “early detection is your best protection” and this has certainly proven to be the case during this year’s campaign. The majority of the Ladies who received a positive diagnosis would not have ordinarily been screened via the State screening programme as they are over the upper age limit. Positively Pink has an amazing calendar of events planned for 2013 and remains committed to raising the necessary funds to continue with the FREE screening programme. For more information about Positively Pink please visit our website: www.positively-pink.com. Registered Address: Ctra. De Mijas, KM 199, Miraflores Playa, Mijas Costa, 29649, Malaga. www.positively-pink.com info@positively-pink.com Positively Pink Spain @positivelypink1 - Charity Reg No. G 92860477 / 1492

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KEY HEALTH Passion Studio now at Mike’s Gym Passion Studio... Your health and fitness club on the coast is now hosted at Mike’s Gym. A professional team is working hard to offer you the best classes and group training available. Try to compare this; Pilates, Cardio Training, Toning, Nordic Walking, Zumba, Belly Dancing, Stretching, Salsa.....

By Passion Studio

Independently of your age and fitness level, Caterina and her team of instructors, physiotherapist and dietologist will personally design the perfect training for you. - Do you need to restart training after a break? - Do you want to lose weight? - Do you need to rehabilitate after an injury or operation? Please call Caterina on 699 237 951.

First class is FREE! The founder of Passion Studio, Caterina Cupolo, is available for personal training. Why not give yourself a treat and try a one to one Pilates class?

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Caterina is also offering special weekend programmes and Boot Camps. Please check website www.passionstudio.es

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KEY HEALTH A Different Way to Detox

By Patricia Kaines

This is a popular time to start a detox after the excesses of Christmas and New Year celebrations. Many people embark on a detox by changing their dietary and drinking habits, introducing regular exercise and renewing a beauty regime. Adding Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) to the detox mix or trying it out as a stand-alone therapy will deliver powerful and noticeable results. Even though I have been regularly promoting the benefits of MLD here on the Costa, it is still described as ‘one of the best kept secrets on the health and beauty scene’. MLD’s intensely relaxing effect masks the strength of the treatment itself. It is a very gentle, light touch massage that improves the ability of the body’s lymphatic system to cleanse from the inside out. Specific and gentle movements of the skin stimulate and increase the rate of removal of waste products, toxins and excess fluid from the body’s tissues resulting in: - Clearer and cleaner skin - Reduced puffiness around the eyes - Reduced cellulite - Reduced fluid retention - Improved skin tone MLD also has a tonic affect on intestinal peristalsis, which in turn will aid digestion. I am available for consultations and treatments at Clinica Medicare, La Cala de Mijas. 952 835 776.

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Testimonials from two clients who tried MLD for weight loss: “As a New Year resolution I had decided that I would take myself in hand and try and lose those accumulated unwanted kilos. I started to follow a weight loss plan and at first I did lose weight. However as anyone who has ever dieted knows, the body soon learns to exist on less calorie intake and tends to plateau! After some research on the internet I decided to take a course of MLD massages. Well they certainly did the trick, I was soon back on track. The soothing therapeutic massages helped to rid my body of excess fluids and debris, which cured the water retention I was experiencing and gave my metabolism the kick start it needed. My skin felt tighter and looked toned and as the toxins left my body I soon found that another side effect of the treatment was clearer skin and a definite feeling of “well being”. I honestly believe that my immune system has had a boost as I used to catch cold quite easily but I am happy to say that in this past year I have not had one cold or sniffle. Thank you Patricia for a job well done!”. Lynn S. Benalmadena “I was recommended to try MLD by a friend who had successfully incorporated it into her recent successful weight-loss programme. I was delighted with the results and thoroughly enjoyed the treatments as well - double bonus!”. Debbie G. Mijas

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KEY HEALTH Difficulty Hearing? We have the Key Sound is a very important part of our lives allowing us to receive information, enjoy nature, be alert to a dangerous situation or hear the TV, but most important of all hearing allows us to communicate and be connected with others. In effect, to hear well allows us to lead the life we want. Loss of hearing, Tinnitus etc. is very common today throughout the world. Audio deficiencies are not exclusive to old age but can be present from birth or can occur at any stage of life due to an accident, illness or other causes particularly in today’s society when we are exposed to excessive noise. Hearing Aids Have Changed Radically Medical treatment or surgery can sometimes help hearing loss but in the majority of cases a hearing aid is the only solution. Nowadays there are many types of hearing aid to suit your needs and taste. Although hearing aids cannot restore normal hearing, hearing through a hearing aid gets better and more natural each day due to digital evolution. You will be able to hear sounds that you could not hear before in the most natural way possible. You will be able to hear your mobile ringing or the TV perfectly thanks to the technology of Danish company, Widex. With more than 50 years’ experience, Wi-

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dex is at the top of the league of pioneering hearing aid companies year after year. The Widex slogan is “Natural Choice” and encompasses design, technology and respect for the environment. Every year Widex invests substantial resources into research and development which has always allowed the company to make the latest advances such as up to the minute hands free technology. Widex is the first company in the world to produce hearing aids specifically for babies; their unique therapy called Widex Zen has considerably improved the quality of life for people with Tinnitus. The Search for a Solution is Key In Centro Auditivo Laza (Laza Hearing Centre) patients have access to Widex hearing aid technology and design. In addition, clients will be attended to in a professional and caring manner always taking into account that the process of adapting to hearing loss and finding a solution are very important moments for those affected. If you have any queries about your hearing you can have a FREE and without obligation hearing test at Centro Auditivo in Fuengirola (see details in the advertisement below) or at the branch that will open soon in Calahonda.

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KEY HEALTH The Benefits of Massage

By Michael Izon, Horizon Therapies

In a world where work stress, the juggling of schedules, and financial worries plague society on a daily basis, we look to any and every option to give us respite from the chaos. Stress relief comes in many different forms; and what works for one, may not work for another. But, one form of stress relief that typically relieves symptoms for most everyone is massage therapy. Massage therapy uses touch to soothe - and often heal - the body. Using a combination of strokes that are dependent on the type of massage being performed, different areas of the body are tended to in an effort to release energy trapped through stress or illness. Massage results in increased blood flow, the reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression, and even increased function of body systems - lowering blood pressure, heart rate - and giving the client an overall sense of wellbeing. The roots of massage therapy lie in ancient Chinese medicine; as a matter of fact, the first reference to therapeutic massage can be seen throughout Chinese medical reference books as far back as 2,700 B.C. The origins of mas-

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sage were about healing; ancient civilizations used the art of massage to boost immunity and speed healing from disease, illness, and injury. Physical and Mental Benefits: - relaxes the whole body - loosens tight muscles - relieves tired and aching muscles - increases flexibility and range of motion - diminishes chronic pain - calms the nervous system - lowers blood pressure - lowers heart rate - enhances skin tone - assists in recovery from injuries and illness - strengthens the immune system - reduces tension headaches - reduces mental stress - improves concentration - promotes restful sleep - aids in mental relaxation

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KEY HEALTH Calling all diabetics! Are you diabetic or do you know someone who is? If so please tell them about the La Cala Lions Diabetic Support Group. The Group was founded 10 years ago and has since helped hundreds of sufferers from this condition. Diabetes is very complicated and takes most people by surprise! Warning signs are dry mouth, thirst, frequent urination, tiredness, loss of weight and various skin conditions – to name a few! There are two types: Type One is when the pancreas is unable to produce insulin and is more prevalent in young people. Type Two comes with age and is equally serious because the side effects can be just as dangerous. Poor control of the condition can lead to depression, circulation problems, heart disease, leg ulcers and even amputations, kidney failure and blindness. Unfortunately there is insufficient time for the GP to inform the newly diagnosed diabetic how to take proper care of their

By La Cala Lions Diabetic Support Group. diabetes and for this reason our group has been able to help countless sufferers on the Costa del Sol and further afield. We hold regular monthly meetings in Puerto Banus, Fuengirola and Alhaurin el Grande. A Help Desk is also available every Tuesday at Lux Mundi in Calle Nueve, Fuengirola from 11 am to 12 Noon with our nurse in attendance to answer any questions. If you would like to find out more please visit our website www.lacaladiabetics.com or email annediabetics@gmail.com or telephone Anne Bowles on our Helpline 952 46 41 84. Our aim is to educate diabetics to enable proper control of their condition. Awareness is vital and we encourage our members to be detectives in their own bodies! We have a very friendly group and there are nurses and frequent guest speakers at our meetings. Why not give Anne a ring? It could be your first step toward better control of your diabetes and with it an improvement in your health, fitness and general wellbeing. Call now!

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KEY FEATURE Dario Meets the Da Bruno Family Living on the Costa del Sol, along with the sun, we are blessed with our share of good restaurants and bars, but one group of restaurants that in my opinion, stands proudly above others for their consistently high quality food and service, and that is the Da Bruno group created and managed by the effective and professionally dedicated Filippone family. So I was delighted when I heard they were going to open a new restaurant in Mijas Costa, bringing a touch of Marbella chic and style to our area. I have fond memories of this family as over many years, I have dined in their comfortable and delightfully designed premises, from Cabopino to San Pedro, without once being dissatisfied or making a complaint about anything. That’s quite an achievement! It was Bruno and Giancarlo who generously supported my campaign to promote Marbella and the Costa del Sol using my music “Marbella Marbella” sung in Spanish by Cuban star, Yanela Brooks. They officially presented the song at the beautiful Da Bruno Sul Mare Ristorante to around 400 guests including Royalty and the Ayuntamiento; the success of this well organized event was widely covered in the press and media. www.marbellamarbella.es Da Bruno Ristorante is a restaurant group with a history behind them of more than 45 years; founded in Germany, at Bad Säckingen close to the Swiss Border, and they have been serving their clients for nearly 20 years on the Costa del Sol, in a restaurant they first opened in Marbella in 1994. Today the Da Bruno Group employs more than 230 people. After owning and running very successfully the Da Bruno a Casa in Marbella, the son of the owners, Giancarlo Paparusso and his lovely wife Alexandra, have just completed the sixth restaurant on the Mijas Road in the Danish Commercial Centre “Centro Idea”. The new Da Bruno Mijas Costa is very easy to find if you drive up from Fuengirola to Mijas Village you find the new Da Bruno immediately before you cross the Highway next to Seat and in front of Opel. You really can’t miss it.

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By Dario Poli

If you step into the new Da Bruno you will find it a little bit different from what you are used to from the other Da Bruno’s, as this restaurant is a touch more elegant, using much less of the corporate colors, of green and yellow. I was fascinated to learn that until the present time, Da Bruno’s has served more than 10 million clients already! Not surprising if you look to their incredible variety of choices, which their menu provides. There is something for everybody. As with every good Italian restaurant, they offer a lot of homemade Pasta, crispy Pizzas and delicious Risottos. For the Risotto you will have to calculate to wait a few minutes more because every plate in Da Bruno’s is made a la minute! But if that’s not enough, you want to have some fresh fish like Dorada in a salt-cout or Lubina cooked in a bag of aluminum foil with fresh vegetables and seashells. Both a festival for the eyes and not only for your palate! In any case you should try the “Pil-Pil” as starter. They serve shrimps in a light spicy Olive Oil sauce and it’s hard to find a better Pil-Pil around. This is the most widely sold dish in the whole of the Da Bruno group. Just try it. You will be positively surprised. But if you are a lover of meat you’ll find on the menu some of the best pieces of Fillet Steak I ever tried and highly recommendable is the “Rossini” Filet with Goose Liver on top in a fine sauce, hmm!!! And the Rack of Lamb with fine Herbs is well worth a try and recommended. If that’s not enough, when you visit Da Bruno’s in Centro Idea, you’ll find every day of the week, a menu, starter and Main plate for only Euro 15--. This is exceptional value for money for such high quality food and service. I asked Giancarlo the owner what he sees as the main reason of success of Da Bruno’s. He immediately answered: “First of all because of our Service! Of course there are many details but if you try to treat every client as if you would serve your best friend or your brother, then clients will feel comfortable. That is what we want to give them; spending a nice time having lunch or dinner”. Mijascosta@ dabruno.com. Tel: 952 460 724.

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KEY FEATURE Tea at Sam’s

By Sue Cross

Showered and feeling refreshed, Celine fell into bed alone and luxuriated in the pure cotton white sheets which felt soft next to her bare skin – quite a contrast to her mother’s yellow nylon easy care bedding. Eventually James joined her, his breath sour with whiskey. She waited for him to reach out for her but instead he kicked the cat off the bed and fell into a deep slumber. Tears of rejection pricked her eyes, as the pent up grief that she had hidden from her mother in order to be strong, ran down her cheeks and soaked the pillowcase. Reaching out for Sasha, she fell asleep holding the animal close to her face. The next morning, James left early for work, without explanation. As an executive accountant for a city stockbroker, his work was always a priority. “Goodbye dear. Have a nice day.” Celine muttered to the wall before getting up. She felt disorientated to be back in Holland and thought she would busy herself to take her mind off the events of the past few weeks. Checking the laundry basket, she took out the shirt that James had been wearing the previous day and decided to change the sheets before unpacking. As she was peeling off one of the pillowcases her heart started to thud and she felt sick. A long black curly hair was stuck to it like a thin snake. She removed it and examined it closely, feeling breathless and so lightheaded that she found herself clinging to the bedstead to keep her balance. Then she remembered his words the night before “Blast, I forgot to change the sheets.” His words resounded in her head like a ghostly chant. Then suddenly her mind became sharp and clear. She now felt certain she knew why he looked different. His hair was unusually long and he was wearing new trendy clothes. He had a mistress. But he couldn’t. He loved her. Just as she could not countenance the thought of betraying James, so she believed that he would feel the same way. Looking again at the long black hair, she placed it carefully like a rare specimen under a perfume bottle on the dressing table. Then she stood back and stared at it in disbelief. ‘There must be a logical explanation,’ she thought. But the only explanation that she could imagine was that James no longer loved her. She wanted to scream “NO!” Feeling as if she was in a dream and not able to wake up, a sudden panic engulfed her. Should she speak to her husband? If she confronted James she knew that he would deny it.

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Then, she wondered if she should question her neighbours in case they had seen a girl with long black hair entering the apartment. ‘I only know them to nod to, how can I ask such a personal question?’ she reasoned. Going to the telephone, she started to dial her mother’s number, longing for her familiar voice to offer comfort and advice, but when the phone started to ring she slammed the receiver down. She could not upset her mother at such a difficult time in her life. Taking a deep breath, she took control of her wayward emotions and planned her strategy. Starting in the bedroom, she worked her way through each drawer, at first methodically and then frantically, looking for evidence. A scarf or item of clothing, maybe. Rummaging through James’s pockets the only thing she found was a receipt from American Express. It seemed that he’d been on a spending spree whilst she was gone. She sniffed his jackets for any tell tale signs of perfume and thought she detected Aramis. James never wore aftershave or cologne even though she tried to persuade him to use it for her benefit. ‘He was probably standing next to someone in a lift,’ she rationalised. Thinking that there may be some evidence in the sitting room, she proceeded to throw the sofa cushions onto the floor and ran her hand along the back of the upholstery. Nothing. Just the dark hair and a premonition. She wandered about the flat in disbelief, pausing at the sideboard to gaze at their wedding photo as if somehow it could restore her to sanity. The couple in the picture looked carefree. She was gazing up at him as a wry smile played across his mouth, his dark good looks heightened by the suit and white shirt that he wore with such elegance. What had happened to them? Lifting the photo, she held it to her breast and remembered her wedding and the hopes that she had for a future with James. She had never imagined that this could happen to her. This sort of thing only happened to other people. What had she done to deserve this? Celine had always thought of herself as a good wife who put her husband’s happiness before her own. Where had she gone wrong? The couple in the photo were strangers. She placed it face down on the sideboard as if to dismiss the events of the past hours from her life. Tea at Sam’s is available on Amazon. For more information, check out Sue’s website www.suecross.com.

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KEY FEATURE Age Care Association Advice Centre opens in Calahonda

A new advice and information centre run by volunteers for the local older English-speaking community has opened its doors at Dona Lola, Calahonda, Mijas Costa. The Advice Centre will be managed by the Age Care Association, Costa del Sol, and funded entirely by donations. It will provide advice and guidance on the services available on the Costa del Sol area, and Coffee Mornings will be held at the Advice Centre every Tuesday at 11 am. This is an exciting development for Age Care Association. Julie Grenfell, Welfare Leader, Calahonda said: “Having access to information and support when you need it is the key to helping older people cope with the day to day challenges they can experience living in Spain. The Advice Centre will provide a personalised service to support them with the right services and access to information by volunteers who understand their needs.” The Advice Centre will be managed by volunteer Claudia D. Langer who speaks Spanish, English and German, and

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also a little Portuguese, Italian and Dutch. Claudia brings a wealth of expertise to this position having worked as a communications professional with over 25 years’ experience of relationship building and management and has been a resident in Spain since 1986. The majority of Claudia’s career has been spent in the Finance Sector, where she managed 3 offices providing financial advice. Claudia said: “Over the last 10 years, I have been helping non-Spanish speaking people in regard to translations, visits to hospitals, doctors or police and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Age Care in this new role and play my part in supporting the local community.” The Advice Centre is situated in the Doña Lola Local, 10 Calahonda 26469, Mijas Costa. It is open Mon-Fri 10am – 2pm. The Advice Centre can be contacted by telephone on 952 933 409, or out of hours – please use our Helplines: 691 761 088 & 655 903 182

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ASTROLOGY Astrology4everyone My first article for the year 2013 features Jupiter, not only the largest planet in our solar system it is also Earth’s protector against meteorites and other ‘cosmic debris’ that might otherwise devastate our Planet! If we were to compare the size of Earth to that of Jupiter we would look like a small dot against this giant planet. In Astrological terms Jupiter is the planet of expansion and whichever sign it is transiting in the sky is where we have an opportunity to expand our experiences, our knowledge and our understanding. It represents optimism, growth, generosity, joy and abundance. On the flip side, Jupiter can also encourage us to be over-optimistic and over-confident; we could literally ‘run-away with ourselves’ and then some, only to find we’ve stretched ourselves and our resources just a bit too far! Balance is the key here! When Jupiter transited the sign of Taurus (21st June 2011 to 11th June 2012) we were urged to enjoy and appreciate what we already have and to adopt a patient approach to achieving our goals. Jupiter has been transiting Gemini since 12th June 2012 and will remain there until 25th June 2013. During this cycle we are likely to be more mentally adventurous, ready and willing to learn, while less attached to material values and putting a stronger emphasis on the intellect. We may find opportunities to grow and succeed through intellectual, verbal or written channels and be more inclined to believe that intelligence and

By Janet Powell knowledge are the major keys to solving problems. However as already mentioned aside, Jupiter’s optimism can go overboard and although well-intentioned it can sometimes blind us to excessive behaviour. Without any reigns Jupiter could just as easily expand on the negative traits of a sign as on the positive ones and some negative traits of Gemini include lack of follow through, too many ideas without a plan to set them into motion, fickleness and indecision! Even so, the “higher” vibration of Jupiter looks for perspective; an overview of the “big picture”. Ideally we need to rise above pettiness, mundane concerns and inconveniences etc. Where Jupiter is currently transiting in your birth chart is where you may find opportunities for expansion and growth …for more information about obtaining your birth chart and/or a personal forecast for the year contact me by email at astrology4everyone@yahoo.co.uk. Below is a brief description of how each Sun sign may experience the positive side of Jupiter in Gemini (June 2012 until June 2013) keeping in mind that balance is the key for all things related to this Planet. In a later issue we will look at Jupiter in Cancer where it will be transiting from 26th June this year and some of the qualities or traits it could manifest in that sign.

2013 HOROSCOPE ARIES - Jupiter transiting your 3rd solar house: Education and communication opportunities could present themselves. You will want to increase your knowledge and skills and express your ideas positively and with enthusiasm. TAURUS - Jupiter transiting your 2nd solar house: You could see and enjoy benefits to your earning power and value system. This Jupiter transit could be a profitable and/or productive period for you. GEMINI - Jupiter transiting your 1st solar house: Your personality is likely to be more expansive and enthusiastic and this period may see you greeting life with a fresh attitude and perspective. Events may occur that help you to overcome problems that previously seemed more than a bit challenging.

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CANCER - Jupiter transiting your 12th solar house: This is a cycle where you can become more compassionate, empathetic and sensitive or get deeper in touch with these traits. Jupiter in the 12th house is said to offer spiritual protection. LEO - Jupiter transiting your 11th solar house: Networking activities, formulating long term goals, acquaintances and organisations will come to the fore and you may rely on your friends for help and support. Your circle of friends could also increase during this period. VIRGO - Jupiter transiting your 10th solar house: You may experience professional success, new career opportunities and an increased recognition at this time. Influential figures could recognise your potential and help you advance in this area of life.

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2013 HOROSCOPE LIBRA - Jupiter transiting your 9th solar house: There may be opportunities to travel, study, go abroad and generally expand your horizons and meet people with diverse backgrounds. Legal matters or long standing legal problems could work in your favour. SCORPIO - Jupiter transiting your 8th solar house: This is a time of increased psychological understanding, intimacy, and possibly accumulation of wealth if you manage resources well. This is a good time to work on financial planning and strategy. SAGITTARIUS - Jupiter transiting your 7th solar house: This is the house of one to one relationships and Jupiter here could establish or solidify a significant partnership or enhance an existing one. You may also find joy in close relationships due to a more easy-going and tolerant attitude to others.

CAPRICORN - Jupiter transiting your 6th solar house: You could see benefits in the area of work and health as well as daily routines. This transit enhances your ability to handle the details required to do a good job, and others become more aware of your skills. AQUARIUS - Jupiter transiting your 5th solar house: Romance, creativity and simply enjoying yourself are a few of the positive manifestations of Jupiter in this house. You may be inspired towards creative projects that bring new opportunities and open up new avenues to explore. PISCES - Jupiter transiting your 4th solar house: Joy and pleasure may be found in your family connections and/or your home life during this cycle. You are likely to feel an increased sense of security and safety in your domestic life and improvements to your home may be on the agenda.

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KEY FEATURE Coping with Separation

By Joy Fahey

Dear Joy My partner and I moved to Spain six years ago as his family live here and have a small business which he is involved with. But now he has left me and our two very young children. I am finding it very hard to cope with day to-day life and find myself snapping at the children. The worst thing about it all is that now I am completely on my own. I don’t really have many reliable friends, only his family - who just want me to stay here because of the children. I don’t have any family other than an aunt in the UK and feel as if I am completely stuck. I don’t feel I can do anything about it - I can’t socialise because I have no one to look after the children. My ex and his family won’t. Please help me. I feel completely on my own and I’m so lonely. Susan Dear Susan I’m very sorry to hear of your troubles and feeling so lonely and unsupported. Break-ups can be very hard at first, but it is possible to recover from them and rebuild a happy life. It’s true that time heals; you will be amazed at how something like this can often turn out for the best in the end, even though it doesn’t feel like that now. There’s a lovely saying that goes ‘If you believe you can you’re right, if you believe you can’t, you’re right!’ So first off let’s look at the different possibilities. There are many different support groups that you can contact who can really help you to get your confidence back again and stop feeling so lonely and isolated. The internet can be a good place to start, there are great communities for example www.ivillage.co.uk offer information and chat rooms so you can find others in similar situations. Although you weren’t married, www.divorceaid.co.uk suggests helpful ways of overcoming the heartache for you and your little ones. My book Awaken Your Amazing Self, which is a free download on my website joyfahey.com will help you start to rethink your new direction. Also other recommendations are Paul McKenna and Hugh Willbourn’s book and CD “How To

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Mend Your Broken Heart” has some great self-help techniques and will help you boost your self-esteem. Counselling can greatly reduce recovery time. Local religious organisations can be a good source of support, with a creche for little ones and social events for adults. Depending on the ages of your children, you may find there are playgroups, parent and toddler groups, activities in your area, music, dance, art or sports either there or in community centres. There’s quite a list of these in this magazine and also the local English newspapers. All of these offer chances to make new friends both for yourself and for your children. Besides, it can add interest to your life. However difficult it may seem, it’s important to start thinking forward rather than backward. You have a great future in front of you if you want to have, our thinking frames our feelings. If you’re constantly focusing on what has happened rather than on what can happen, it will take you longer to feel better. Lots of people like yourself are looking for new friends, especially here on the Coast, we are all expats! Therefore it makes sense to initiate conversations with as many as possible to maximise your chances. Friendly overtures such as questions showing interest in other people’s children, helping make the tea or pass round the juice and rusks at a playgroup are all a good start. Most people will respond warmly. But you have to get out there and meet them! You aren’t alone, and if you want help, you have to ask for it! Most people are glad to lend a hand, particularly if you’re grateful and can offer them help or friendship in return for example, swop babysitting nights, have a little children’s party etc. You could even start your own mothers and baby group at home. There are many possibilities to helping others, whilst helping yourself. The past is not a map of the future, it’s inevitable things will change and you can come out of this happier and even wiser. I wish you and your family all the best. Much Love Joy

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KEY SPORTS Darts and Snooker Roundup BDO WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP - Frimley Green, Surrey, January 5-13 18 year old Dutchman, Jimmy Hendricks, was on fire as he took out the 3 time World Champion Martin Adams by 3 sets to 2. World Champion Christian Kist also went out in the first round. Characters The 2013 tournament promised a fresh winner and drew up some characters in the first round. There was a chap who had survived a heart attack 3 weeks previously and marvellously won his first round match and a 40 year old competitor who looked closer to 65. Plus the usual overweight, be-spectacled mob. ‘Scotty Dog’ Mitchell was that relieved he won in the first round (at the fourth attempt) that he wept at the end of his match. Apparently the boy had ‘Scotty Dog’ key rings for sale at last year’s tournament. Wonder if many were sold? Dutchman, Jan Dekker, nicked a hard fought second round game 3-2 with Gary Thompson but then went down to Richie George son of Bobby George (runner-up in 1980 and 1994) as he hit double 8 to nick a 5-4 win. Fellow Dutchman, Wesley Armes, powered through to the semi final with a win over Darryl ‘Dazler’ Fitton. Favourite for the tournament, Scott Waites, (who had also won the Grand Slam of Darts in 2010 and reached the final in 09, marvellously beating Terry Jenkins in the semi after Jenkins had appeared to take him too lightly), was ‘too hotty’ for Paul Jennings, running out a comfortable 5-2 winner. ‘Richie Rich’ George ran out of steam against Waites in the semi-finals. ‘I don’t’ think Richie George keeps his arm straight enough when he throws,’ remarked an observer. ‘He seems to be throwing down. The other bloke has a better technique.’ In the second semi-final (which was not shown on live TV – disgusting) Tony O Shea beat Wesley Harmes 6-4 to ensure that the trophy, thankfully, remained in this country. Scotty Too Hotty! In the all England final, Waites raced into a 5 sets to 0 lead before O Shea pulled a set back. Waites, although brilliantly taking out 110 to win 7-1 at a canter, also had the ignominy of scoring the lowest 3 dart score of the week with a ‘7’ in the 7th set. Take nothing away from Scott Waites though, an impressive win and no one really gave him any problems. Apart from beating O Shea up in the final, he also beat the Dutch up in earlier rounds.

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By Steve Billingham SNOOKER: THE MASTERS The Jesta from Lesta Had the Last Laugh The tournament took place at the Alexandra Palace in London between January 13th and 20th. Leading up to the tournament I felt that it would be won by 1 of 4 players – Judd Trump, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson or Ali Carter. Reigning champion Robertson didn’t have the easiest of openers against Ding Junhui. It all started brightly enough, Robertson racing into a 2-0 lead. The table hadn’t settled and Ding went 5-3 up. Robertson, however, levelled up and then won the decider with a 90 break. The match between Stephen Maguire and Graeme Dott was comparable to watching a tin of paint dry. Dott seemed to take about 6 hours to make a break of 34 in frame 6. As expected, the match finished late, Maguire fought back but after a cagey nip and tuck last frame Dott edged over 6-5 with a cross double/fluke on the green. Barry Hawkins was 2 balls away from victory, missing a relatively easy blue but a century by Judd Trump in the last frame saw him edge over 6-5. The ball stopped running as Stuart Bingham was eliminated. Bingham, 5-1 up on Mark Selby, started twitching shots and Selby did another Whodini act, ‘hoovering’ the frames up to nick it 6-5. Judd Trump looked out of sorts and appeared to show Graeme Dott too much respect as he was trounced 6-1 in the quarter finals. Dott’s semi final match with Mark Selby included 2 black ball frames in the first 6. Selby was 2-4 down in a match full of cagey safety play but he battled back to 4-4. He then missed an easy brown to edge in front which resulted in Dott winning the frame on a re-spotted black. A break of 80+ levelled it at 5-5 then he took the next frame and won the match to set up a final clash with Neil Robertson. The first session ended with Selby leading 5-3 but it might have been more. A great clipped red down the bottom rail in frame 6 was one of the shots of the tournament. Selby then hoovered 3 frames up to storm into an 8-3 lead but Robertson then replied with 3 on the bounce to reduce the arrears to 6-8. A cat and mouse 15th frame was won by Selby and a delicate red in off the cushion started a run of points in the final frame. A spectacular double on the pink and Mark Selby was a 10-6 winner and Masters champion for the third time. This follows a triumph by the same score line against Shaun Murphy in the UK Championships in December.

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KEY EVENTS What’s On Markets Wednesday – Outdoor Market, Fairground La Cala 9.00am to 2.00pm Thursday – Outdoor Market - Centro Valdepino, Calypso 9.00am to 2.00pm Last Friday of the Month La Cala Boulevard Eco Market from 10.00am Saturday – Fairground La Cala 9.00am to 2.00pm Sunday – Hipodromo Boot sale from 9.00am Charitable Events Pad Spring Fair will be held on 21st April and the Dog Show on 12th May, both in Mijas Pueblo. Art Exhibitions AIA Art Exhibitions Nuestra España - featuring artworks by Roger Cummiskey and Juan Cruz Plaza based on personal Spanish themes at: Caféacademia Picasso, Calle Miguel de Unamuno, 5, Fuengirola until 20th February 2013. 11.00-14.00 and 16.30-21.00. MonFri. Closed Sat and Sun. Website. nuestra España. Black is Black – until 28th February at Galeria Restaurante LUCIA, Fuengirola, seven black and white original one off charcoal images by Roger Cummiskey. Open daily M-F 1221 h. Closed Sat and Sun. For more information, tel. 666 782 642, www.rogercummiskey.com/black-is-black. Inspirational Art Margit Björklund from Sweden, Don Widdall from England and Sinikka Ahokas-Gröhn, the well known Finnish artist, have been joined by Gunn Jonsson Shabeti for their latest exhibition. Margit expresses her feelings through oil paint into colours and images, Don mostly works with watercolours and pastels whilst Sinikka expresses her creativity by painting on silk and produces beautiful, shimmering colours. Gunn, a fashion textile print designer, works in mixed media and has produced some topical images for the winter season. Their exciting joint exhibition can be seen at El Jinete, Carretera La Cala Golf Km 4.5, Mijas Costa until 4th March. It is open every day except Friday between 13.00 and 22.00. Further details from 952 119 170. From 4th March to 13th May, Elaine Carlton and Richard Wood will join Don Widdall and Sinikka Ahokas-Gröhn for a new exhibition where Elaine will be showing some of her new seascapes. General “I Speak English” – Volunteers Wanted The Programme set up called “I Speak English” by the Mijas Foreigners Department at local schools and high schools is helping Mijas children with their English language. Foreign residents volunteer to go and speak to the school children on weekly bases. “The programme has been running for a few years and is very successful” stated Ana Skou head of the Mijas Foreigners Department. “Our volunteers are very happy to

be able to contribute to the community and help the student’s progress in their English language” added Mario Bravo, the Councillor of the Mijas Town Hall. If you have a good command of English and would like to share your time to help school children improve their English (you don’t need to speak Spanish) contact the Foreigners Department of the Mijas Town Hall on TEL 952 58 90 10 or email: frd@mijas.es. Age Care Advice Centre Coffee Mornings will be held every Tuesday at 11 am to 1 pm at the Age Care Advice Centre at Dona Lola, opposite El Zoco, Calahonda, Mijas Costa, next to Oscar’s Bar and on the 220 bus route. Everyone is welcome. Events Flamenco in the Square - Every Wednesday at 12.00 a flamenco show is held in the Plaza Virgen de la Peña (Mijas Pueblo), weather permitting. Guided Walks - The Tourist Office organises several guided tours of the Sierra de Mijas. There will be two tours each Saturday (one low difficulty and the other medium/ high), which will begin at 9.00am from the Mijas Tourist Office or surrounding areas. Groups of 25 people. Cost 3 Euros p/p which includes refreshments at the end of the walk in one of the many bars of Mijas village. For more information: Tourism Office. Tel: 952 58 90 34. E-mail: turismo@mijas.es. Events Organised by the Foreigners’ Dept. Mijas Town Hall 19th February – Traditional Andalusia, Flamenco, Tapas and Wine – a get-togther at the Mijas Wine Museum 1.00 to 4.00pm. 18 Euros per person. Information and Bookings: 952 58 90 10. 6th March – Excursion “Andalusian Traditions” – Goat Farm at Casares – Excursion organised by Andalucia Experiences in collaboration with the Foreigners’ Dept. Visit to a goat farm to learn about cheese making and visit to Caseres. 47 Euros pp. Information and Bookings 952 494 116/630 983 058. 14th March – Excursion to Tangier, Morocco – The excursion with the Costa del Sol Culture Bus is organised by VIA Reisen in collaboration with the Foreigners Dept. 99 Euros per person. Information and bookings 951 881 860. In March. Friendship Day with Ireland. At the Nations’ Wall beside the Tourist Office, Mijas Village. Presentation and products from Ireland. For more information 952 58 90 10. Theatre Las Lagunas There is a full programme of entertainment at the Las Lagunas Theatre, Camino de Albero 16, next to Cuidad Deportiva de Las Lagunas. For more information telephone 952 47 25 96 from Wednesday to Friday from 17.00 to 20.00, email teatrolaslagunas@mijas.es. To include your event on this page free of charge, email us on keymagazine@yahoo.com or send a message on Facebook. The April issue will include events covering the period from 17th April to 16th June.

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KEY PETS Caterpillars (Processional Pine Caterpillars) Pine Caterpillars (Latin name thaumetopoea pityocampa) are probably one of the most unpleasant creatures you will find in Spain, certainly in areas where pine trees grow in abundance. They are found throughout the warmer regions of Southern Europe, the Near East and North Africa. As well as causing much damage to pine forests, they are a major danger to animals and, to a lesser degree, human beings. Do not touch them. Warn your children that they are not like the friendly English caterpillars. The very fine hairs on these creatures are poisonous and most dangerous. They can be seen living in silk cocoon style nests hanging in the pine trees to which they are most harmful, stripping them of their pine needles. When hungry, they leave their cocoon to seek another un-infested tree on which to feed. They travel nose to tail in a line, hence the name Processional. They are most noticeable from January to mid April and are at their most dangerous in mid/late February. The caterpillars are often seen in the evenings, walking in procession from tree to tree. If they drop onto you or your pet, don’t brush them off with your hands because the effect is most unpleasant, causing great irritation, rash and pain. Dogs, cats and people can suffer from shock. The hairs of the caterpillars are still virulent even when the creatures are dead. Do not hit them with sticks because hairs flying in the air are just as dangerous. Burn them, but be careful of floating hairs. If the caterpillars are in the tree cocoon state, first spray the nest with hair spray (to seal down the hairs), cover the cocoon and the

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affected part of the branch with a plastic bag, cut down the branch, place it on clear ground and burn it. If the caterpillars are on the ground marching, it is better first to spray them with lighter fuel and then set them alight. This reduces the risk of flying hairs. Take care to only do this where you cannot inadvertently start a forest fire because during the summer months the undergrowth and trees are very dry (any you may also need permission first from the Local Authority). If you live near pine trees, it is recommended that you keep Anti Histamine tablets handy as an early treatment. In particular, avoid ingesting the hairs. Dogs are most at risk by sniffing the ground where the caterpillars have marched. Take particular care with your eyes. If affected the result is serious, causing pain and swelling similar to a bad case of conjunctivitis. Treatment: If a person or animal shows signs of shock, get them to a doctor, hospital or vet. immediately. If you have children and are considering buying property, take the above details into consideration. Golfing. When these caterpillars march across golf courses, play ceases immediately because it is too hazardous to try to clear them away.

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KEY PETS Pedigree v Rescue Dog Because we are active in both fields, we often get abused by members of the public through networking sites. We feel this is a terrible shame. Yes, this seems to be a “new” thing here in Spain but it is a very accepted thing in the UK and America, with many experts in certain breeds of dogs breeding, rescuing and re-homing dogs of the breed they specialise in. These people are often very passionate about the breed they work with. Being at the top of their field, they often have a huge fan base with great connections in that dog breed world. Rescue centres are happy to call these people and ask for help when they take in a certain breed knowing that being experts, they are best to take on the dog and access and re-home it. So you choose you want a French bulldog. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the choice to rescue or buy? Yes, in an ideal world everybody would rescue a dog, but sadly this will never happen. There will always be people that want pedigree dogs. If you do choose to buy a pedigree pup, then it’s your choice to do the right thing and go to a legal breeder and not feel sorry for that pup in the pet shop, fuelling the horrible puppy trade which is still very active all over the world. As breeders, we are proud of every dog we bring into the world and aren’t ashamed of what we do, which is why we welcome you into our homes and lives. Should you buy a dog from us, we hope our friendship will last a lifetime, as good breeders will always be there for you. Sadly we do get French bulldogs that have been dumped or abused, but 99% of the dogs we have rescued have had health issues or social issues. That cheap pup you brought from a pet shop or out the paper looked perfect when you brought it, but six months later it’s got health issues due to bad breeding, incorrect worming, or worse still - bad social skills, meaning

By Frenchbullrus you are finding it impossible to live with. Having rescued 5 Frenchies last year, we are sad to say all had major issues; 3 had active leishmaniasis, a huge problem here in Spain, 1 had genetic breathing problems and was deaf and the other had no social skills with people and other dogs, so all of these dogs need special people prepared to take them and work with them, but not everybody should or would be able to take on such dogs. Take Mary, rescued by FAMA and brought to us 2 days after Christmas last year. Mary was from a puppy farm, bred within an inch of her life with active leishmaniasis. It was very obvious that she had been feeding pups (which were most probably sold to pet shops) as she still had milk. This poor girl could hardly walk and was scared of day light so we guessed she had spent her life in a pen. She had a mouth full of rotten teeth where she had been fed a poor diet, but the worst part was her fear of people. With some hard work from my son and the vet’s action she slowly got better. 6 months later we paid for her to be spayed and have some dental work and she is like a new dog. However she was never re-homed as she stole our hearts and is now part of our family! So if you can offer a rescue dog a home then the rewards are great. If you feel you want a pup then choose wisely, and never forget you, the public, really can make a difference to dog abuse, be it by rescuing or using only reputable breeders. Join us on Facebook, where we have a page for rescue dogs of all kinds, a frenchbullrus members’ page and a page all about leishmaniasis with helpful advice, up to date news and dogs that have tested positive looking for good homes. Go to our website www.frenchbullrus.com and follow direct links to our Facebook pages.

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KEY PETS Be Aware

By Graham Stark, Macfin Rotttweilers

It is not before time that countries throughout Europe are starting to get to grips with the fact that they can no longer afford to allow unscrupulous breeders and owners who have dogs they no longer want, turn these animals out on the street to fend for themselves or be taken into some shelter in the hope that they may be re-homed. It now appears that most European countries are moving to a mandatory microchip and license system for all dogs. Even this system is not full proof so long as you have vets who ignore the laws and give dogs annual injections whether these animals are chipped or not. I say this as many years ago we bought a quality puppy from Germany costing very much. We kept this pup at home until he was 10 months old only to find two weeks after he was stolen from the kennel. The dog was micro-chipped and registered in the Spanish system, reported as stolen through the European Veterinary system and reported to the Police but has never been located. So this means either the dog has never visited a vet, or has been locked away in some puppy farm and used for breeding. Dog Fighting is a growing business in Spain and many of these young so-called stray dogs are collected by gangs and used as bait for the production of killing machines. I would rather see strays kept for a stipulated period and, if not claimed or re-homed, then destroyed rather than be subjected to a horrible death to educate another dog to become a killer. Only last week we had a gypsy arrive outside our home blowing his horn and demanding we must breed his bitch which he stated he would bring the next morning at 9am. He had been drinking and/or probably taking drugs, became very abusive when he was told we would not breed his dog, but eventually got the message and left. We learned very quickly in our breeding programme that people see your dogs winning in the

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shows and suddenly get the idea that they will breed some dog without registration then make a killing on the back of your dog’s name. Breeding dogs, when done properly and you comply with all the rules and regulations, is a hard game and I can assure you it is not a big cash generation programme; in addition it is a lot of hard work. Above are photos of Gandalf. Macfin Rottweilers have an arrangement with the owners of Gandalf to breed one of their bitches later this year and below is a list of his achievements: GANDALF Marstal WORLD WINNER 2012 + Best of Breed Int. Show Champion, PL Champion, LT Champion, LV Champion, SLO Champion, Dt.-VDH Champion, LT Club Champion, PL Youth Champion, Winner of Poland 2009, PL Club Youth Winner 2008, Lithuania Club Winner 2009 & 2010 & 2012 (+Best of Breed) PL Club Winner 2010 & Best of Breed V1, Dt.-VDH Ch. Anw. - VDH Europasieger Dortmund 2010 V2, res. Dt.-VDH Ch. Anw. - ADRK Klubsieger Coesfeld 2010 V2, res. Dt.-VDH Ch. Anw. - VDH Europasieger Dortmund 2011 V1, Dt.-VDH Ch. Anw. - FCI Jahrhunderstsieger Dortmund 2011 PL Youth Show Ranking Winner 2008 & PL Show Ranking Winner 2009 & 2010 multi CAC/Best Male/Best of Breed, PT-I (PL BH), IPO-I, 17x CACIB

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KEY MOTOR Formula 1 and Moto GP Calendar for this Issue Streets of London in Los Claveles, La Cala, is the dedicated local Motor Sports venue showing live Formula 1 and Moto GP events in HD. If you would like to join like minded motor sport enthusiasts, see the calendar aside for the first events of 2013. Streets bar and kitchen will be open for drinks and snacks during the events so we look forward to seeing you there.

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F1 17th March AUSTRALIA Melbourne 24th March MALAYSIA Kuala Lumpur 14th April CHINA Shanghai Moto GP 7th April QATAR Losail

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KEY LAW Another Legal Problem Regarding Collection of Outstanding Community Fees

By Jose Luis Navarro, Intercala’s Solicitor and Property Administrator

In addition to all the problems we already have to face in order to get the outstanding community fees from debtors, as well as the long delays we have to suffer as a conse-

quence of ridiculous legal procedures and the Court’s collapse, we now have yet another legal problem to face. From 19th December 2012, a new Law has been passed in that all claims presented to Court for an amount in excess of 2,000 Euros will be subject to a Government fee. The amount to be paid is 100 Euros per claim plus 0.5% of the amount owed. This problem will specially apply to communities in which the total outstanding fees approved in the annual general meeting are higher than 2,000 Euros (this means more than 500 Euros per quarter), because the claim for the whole year would be higher than 2,000 Euros, so the community would have to pay these fees for every owner in arrears. Should the community have several debtors in this situation, you can imagine the problem. In fact it is a vicious circle: “You do not have money because you have many debtors, but you cannot claim the debts because you have no funds to pay the fees”. In my opinion this is absolutely unfair, but I believe a solution would be to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) half way through the year to approve the debts up to this point in time, so that every claim would be less that 2,000 Euros and you could then avoid the payment of these fees. This means that the community will have to make two annual claims instead of one, and none of them will be subject to the payment of these new fees. Taking this into consideration, please think in advance about the problem and take legal advice.

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KEY FINANCE Love your Dog or Cat Love your dog or cat but not keen on expensive vets bills? Well, it’s here at last! The pet insurance policy that we have been waiting for has launched this month and is now available at Right Way Insurance. Now our four-legged family members can also have the health insurance policy that they need too. We love our pets. They’re funny, cute and cuddly, and always there for you, which is why we want to be there for them. When it comes to protecting your four-legged family members, you want to make the best choices and take care of them. While our dogs can inherit our love for long walks and our cats for lazy Sundays on the sofa, they’re more likely to inherit costly health conditions. Right Way Insurance’s simple, affordable pet insurance packages provide cover for veterinary fees due to illness, not to mention total protection against any unforeseen accidents. With Right Way Insurance’s pet insurance on your side, the whole family can stay healthy. Getting a sick pet back on his paws can be draining, both emotionally and financially. The Right Way pet insurance can at least help ease the financial burden caused by a sick or injured pet. But this is more than just a health insurance policy for your pet. The package provides other additional benefits and coverage that include; cover for theft; costs to locate your lost pet; kennel costs

By Right Way Insurance & Finance SL due to you, the pet owner, being hospitalized; even euthanasia costs and burial costs at the hardest time of all. The package also provides a 24-hour telephone service for veterinary advice by telephone where you can obtain information regarding symptoms, veterinary treatments, health programmes for your pet, advice on administrative procedures involving public authorities and even legal advice over the telephone on matters concerning your pet. All in all, it’s a complete package, but more importantly it provides you with the peace of mind that the financial impact of those ever increasing vet’s bills will be covered. A number of discounts are available on our Pet Insurance Policies, helping you to cut your costs, without cutting your coverage. If you are an existing client of Right Way, you will receive your multipolicy discount when you take out a new pet insurance policy. Also, to celebrate the launch of this new product, a limited period Special Offer is available for all new pet insurance policies that take effect before 31st March 2013 whereby you will receive a 25 Euro El Corte Ingles Gift Card as a thank you for contracting this new product. Don’t delay and fetch a quote today the Right Way so that you can start to provide your dog or cat the coverage that they need.

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KEY FINANCE 2013 – Exciting or Frustrating? The world’s big decision makers are to meet later this month for their annual get-together in Davos. They will have plenty to think about particularly as the World Economic Forum has expressed concerns on the risks facing the global economy. The eurozone has restored an element of confidence in its currency and The ECB decided to hold rates for the time being. No further support was provided however there is a view in the market that The ECB could reduce rates next month should help be needed. The eurozone does still provide a lot of headlines not least of late Cyprus who requires 17billion euros, just a small drop in the ocean between friends. Pressure however is building in Nicosia as Moody’s have slashed its rating by 3 notches to Caa3 just above outright default. In France Mr Hollande is suffering as a flight of capital in October and November coincided with the string of tax rises also saw a collapse in French business. With youth unemployment rising above the 27% level, the question is, are bigger problems just around the corner? On a positive note however bond markets in Italy and Spain are easing

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with Italy experiencing its lowest costs since March 2010. In the UK manufacturing output was below expectations and 2.1% below the same period last year, with several major retailers suffering and job losses occurring, the UK could be heading for that Triple dip recession it so desperately wants to avoid. The FTSE 100 has been doing its best to contradict this with some decent increases and hitting its highest level since 2008. Around the rest of the globe recent data saw poor trade date from the US where the trade deficit unexpectedly grew 16% to $48.7bn thanks to a jump in imported consumer goods. In Japan the government has agreed its new stimulus package committing over 20 trillion yen or about £138bn which it hopes will drag Japan out of recession. So 2013 promises to be equally as exciting or frustrating as the last year. To make the most of your money transfers, talk to our preferred currency specialist Moneycorp and call them on 952 587 657 and mention The Key to Mijas Costa

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KEY LAW The Company Punished the Most for Breaking LOPD Laws Wins a Public Contract with the Data Protection Agency

By Victoria Anzola, Iberdata 21

With nearly 200 fines in 2012 for violating various provisions of the data protection legislation, Telefónica is the company most fined in 2012 but also the company that has managed to gain a contract of nearly 2 million Euros in a public tender for the Spanish Agency for Data Protection, in which, among other things, Telefónica will offer a storage solution and data security for the Spanish.

any other company for violating the Law on Data Protection (LOPD). Telefónica Móviles of Spain accumulated nearly 120 disciplinary proceedings, resulting in 180 fines worth over 7 million Euros. Likewise, Telefónica has received 17 fines totalling nearly half a million Euros. Virtually every 3 days a new proceeding against Telefónica is opened for violating fundamental rights to data protection.

On January 15, 2013 the Boletin Oficial del Estado published the Resolution of the Spanish Agency for Data Protection announcing the formation of the contract for voice communications services (fixed and mobile) and data, network management, security, outsourcing of housing systems and electronic services provided by the Spanish Agency for Data Protection, to run for four years.

The institution that offers up a particular contract for bidding should require that eligible candidates are capable of ensuring a high quality of guardianship of the purpose and objectives of the Spanish Agency for Data Protection, providing a positive addition to the obligations for environmental and occupational risk prevention. A candidate must have an immaculate record of legal compliance and respect for the fundamental rights as embodied in the Data protection Act.

Spain’s Telefónica SA and Telefónica Móviles SA bid to achieve the highest score, as assessed against the tender documents. A note on page 12 states that ‘...candidates must have different obligations on taxation, environmental protection, employment protection, working conditions and occupational safety...’, but says nothing about protection of personal data. The company is judged to be the most appropriate to clinch a deal with the Spanish Data Protection Agency Data, even though Telefónica has received more penalties in 2012 than

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KEY RESTAURANT GUIDE Issue87 17th February - 16th April 2013 Welcome to Key to Mijas Costa’s Restaurant Guide and Review. We are privileged to have such a variety of good quality restaurants in our area to suit all tastes and budgets. Restaurants in this magazine have been tried and tested where possible so this is an honest repor t from our own experience. If a restaurant does not measure up, it does not get to be in our magazine and for this reason as well as being so comprehensive, we believe this is the best restaurant guide in the area. We are delighted to welcome back some of our favourite restaurants after the winter break and to introduce you to the new ones - you will find these at the end in the restaurant review and we are sure you will enjoy trying them all. See main ads and Facebook for what is happening for Mother’s Day and Easter and don’t forget to book early to avoid disappointment.

Bar Tuta can be found in Jardin Botanico opposite the BP garage 3 doors from Snack Attack in La Cala. Bar Tuta is La Cala’s ultimate chill out bar and is open every day from 4.30 p.m. Bar Tuta has a large, airy terrace and a fully airconditioned bar for the warmer months with comfortable seating and a cosy and inviting indoor bar for when it is a little bit cooler. You can while away your evenings with a choice of cocktails or whatever drink you may fancy as Bar Tuta has an impressive selection of alcoholic drinks. We recommend either a pre or post dinner drink or just have

some fun with friends, family or locals. Easy parking right outside. Please see main ad.

Cafeteria Los Olivos You will find Cafeteria Los Olivos in the Los Olivos Shopping Centre on the road up to the toll. See map at the back of this issue and also on the advert on page 55. If you have not been to this shopping centre before, then it is fairly new and there is a great supermarket on the complex as well as other outlets. Cafeteria Los Olivos is one of the most spotless restaurants in the area. There is a large terrace and spacious air conditioned interior with plenty of room between tables, free wifi and an enormous car park which also makes Cafeteria Los Olivos an ideal place for an informal business meeting. Cafeteria Los Olivos is open all day from 8.30 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday serving English and continental breakfast, Tapas, lunch and dinner. Breakfast includes from a Croissant or Churro, Toast with Olive Oil and Tomato to a Full English. All kinds of sandwiches and baguettes are available as well as a large selection of salads. Tapas include Anchovies in Vinegar, Russian Salad with Prawns or Tuna, Meat Balls in Tomato Sauce with Chips, Pork Medallion with Pepper Sauce and rice to name but a few. Also available is Gambas Pil Pil, Melon with Serrano Ham and Gazpacho. Main meals include Burger with Chips and Salad, Half a Roasted Chicken with Chips and Salad, Rosada with Chips and Salad, Entrecote, Pork Chops and our own particular favourite, the

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Rosada Skewer with Prawns, Chips and Salad. Portions are generous, extremely fresh and competitively priced. There is also a selection of desserts, ice creams, drinks etc including freshly squeezed orange juice. Service is always very attentive. We hope you will all enjoy a visit to Cafeteria Los Olivos. Please tell them that you saw them in the Key to Mijas Costa. Please see main ad.

Cake Creations By Bettina As you are all aware, Spanish cakes are a little bit like a blind date – they sound great on the phone ….! Now you can have your cake and eat it! Bettina bakes exceedingly good home-made cakes with fresh ingredients made the traditional way from recipes handed down through generations in her family. Perfect for bars, restaurants, birthdays, anniversaries, or just to treat yourself. Carrot Cake, Baked Cheese Cake, Coffee Cake with Amaretto Frosting, Chocolate Fudge Cake plus many other favourites. Bettina also offers a great selection of cakes and cupcakes for your special day or any celebration. All birthday cakes and celebration cakes are unique and made to your specifications with prices to suit everyone. Taste it to believe it. We are often asked where to get a good cake for a birthday etc. – now you have the answer. We have test driven the American Cheese Cake and the Carrot Cake and they are yummy!! See her Facebook page to give you some idea of what she is capable. Boxes of 6 or 8 cupcakes now available. Perfect for pressies. Available with edible printed photos. Now taking orders for Mother’s Day and Easter. Please see main ad.

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Cerveceria Tipi Tapa is a fine example of a typically Spanish bar/restaurant, but of excellent quality at affordable prices. Tipi Tapa can be found at the Miramar end of Mijas Costa – come off at the first entrance to Fuengirola past the Sohail Castle. You will find the Mosque on your right and a few metres past that there is a roundabout with the Cayetano supermarket on it. Take a left there into C/Malaga and you will find Cerveceria Tipi Tapa a few metres down the road on the right. Cerveceria Tipi Tapa has a selection of fine meats from the BBQ all served with potatoes and salad, such as Mixed Grill for two people, other fine cuts of steak, pork or various meat skewers, a selection of fish etc. As the name of the restaurant suggests, it also serves a full range of the ever popular Spanish “tapas”, small portions either for a snack or to pick and mix with your friends. Tapas are served all day so Tipi Tapa is also an ideal place to eat if you are a little outside normal dining hours. A selection from the tapas menu includes favourites such as Russian Salad and other salad variations, a good variety of “embutidos”, different types of Spanish sausage, hams and Salamis from around the country, prawn and fish dishes, meatballs, croquettes, several vegetarian options such as Tortilla, Caramelised Goat’s Cheese with Crispy Almonds, Brie Blini with Cranberry Jam, Aubergine with Cane Sugar and many, many more both for meat and fish lovers and vegetarians too. Tipi Tapa is an ideal place to try Spanish favourites. We have now had the pleasure of visiting Cerveceria Tipi Tapa and have tried first hand some of the tapas mentioned above. We were warmly

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greeted, the service is outstanding but the food even more so. Everything comes beautifully presented and is of the highest quality such as the “Cinco Jotas” award winning ham which was the best we have had in a long time. Cerveceria Tipi Tapa serves the best quality Beef from Galicia which is renowned for its outstanding flavour. We have been able to sample this which was included on the Menu of the Day and I can confirm that the quality was indeed outstanding. There are also other options available on the menu del dia at a reasonable price. We are delighted to recommend Cerveceria Tipi Tapa to our readers. A video can be seen on www.keytomijascosta.com/videos/tipitapa/ to whet your appetite. Please also see main ad.

Cravings is now well established in their front-line premises near Barclays Bank in Nueva Andalucia so you can enjoy Cravings most delicious deli and Greek food in spacious comfort or on their large terrace as well as breakfast if you are an early bird. On the menu Hot Salt Beef (the picture in the ad was taken at Cravings on a recent visit) either with Latkes or in a sandwich (great flavour and generous portion), New Green Cucumber, Various Salads including Coleslaw, Fish Balls (THE BEST), Chicken Soup, Chopped Liver etc. If available, do have a plateful of the delicious Bean and Barley Soup. Cravings also offer a Greek menu to include Kleftico, Houmous, Taramasalata, Mousaka, Salads. For dessert try either the Cheese Cake, the renowned Apple Strudel or Lockshen Pudding. To take the pain out of entertaining at home, Cravings specialise in take away. Cravings is really worth a visit. You will be pleased to know that Cravings is now open daytimes including Sundays when roast dinner is also on the menu. NEW at Cravings, three course Greek menu of the day for only 10 euros. This is superb value. Choose starters from Houmous, Tsaziki, Taramasalata all home-made and freshly prepared served with pitta bread. We really enjoyed the Lamb Kebab which was absolutely delicious, taken from the choice cut of the leg and slowly grilled until tender and tasty. Mousakka was also tried and tested as well as Dolmades. For dessert we had a great portion of home-made Baklava. It was not overly sweet. Cannot believe that the three course menu was only 10 Euros. Terrific value for money. Of course we

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have visited more than once!!! There is something for all tastes at Cravings. Cravings is open from 8.00 a.m. until 9.00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and Mondays until 18.00. Please see main ad.

Darts at Smile is at the Castle end of the Paseo in Fuengirola and is now open every day from 5.00 pm. A wonderful venue if you are just popping in for a drink but as the name suggests, it is the only dedicated darts venue on the Costa del Sol. Regular money competitions are held for top prizes of up to 250 Euros. Darts at Smile has regular visits from professional darts’ players, see Facebook and website for details. Please see main ad.

Fellini’s, the well-known Italian Restaurant at the Aztec Country Club in Riviera del Sol, has been a favourite haunt for many years. The emphasis is on a friendly, family service with reasonable prices but retaining a high standard of cuisine. Fellini’s has an extensive Italian menu of family favourites such as pastas, pizzas, meat and seafood dishes cooked to perfection all of which is available as take away as well. Our particular favourites from the extensive menu are Minestrone Soup, Antipasto or Spaghetti Pil Pil for starters, Vegetable Risotto, Veal Milanese or any of the delicious pastas or pizzas for main course to name but a few. I am also rather partial to the Veal Saltimbocca. We are now also hooked on Fellini’s Pizzas which are authentic, thin and crispy and we believe the best in the area. There is also a good selection of home-made desserts and a fine wine list including favourite Italian wines. Fellini’s welcomes family dining with several suitable items on the menu for children. Why not celebrate your birthday, Engagement or other occasion at Fellini’s? Buffet or Menu from as little as 12 Euros a head. We hope you and your family have many enjoyable evenings at Fellini’s. For further details view Fellini’s website at www.restaurante-fellinis.com. We would like to say a

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special thank you to Dolores for making his lordship’s 50th a night to remember. You can see some of the photos in the feature on page 66. Please see main ad.

Japanese Restaurant Ginza can be found in Jardin Botanico, La Cala. Japanese Restaurant Ginza has been decorated to a high standard and offers a wide range of authentic Japanese food to include Sushi and Sashimi plus much more in its sophisticated surrounds. The highlight of eating at Ginza is the Teppanyaki show where exotic food using the best quality ingredients is masterfully prepared on a hot steel plate right in the middle of the table and the chef will show you the unforgettable cooking display called “Teppanyaki”. Pepper pots etc are expertly thrown in the air and you must watch the trick with the eggs. Try to catch a bit of the omelette in your mouth when cooked! This is great fun to experience for something a bit different or particularly if there are a few of you. Try one of the specially selected Teppanyaki menus which are great value for money. Ginza is open from 12.00 to 24.00. Places around the Teppanyaki spectacle are limited, so it is advisable to book. A video can be seen on www.keytomijascosta.com/videos/ginza/. Please see main ad.

L’Oriental next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Benamara for the finest Lebanese food on the coast. Meze unbeatable with many dishes to include humus, kibbe, stuffed vine leaves, tabouleh, falafel, arayes, and many, many more, all delicious and really fresh and this is just for starters. We can’t normally manage anything else but if you still have room, please try Kharouf Mashwi, which is lamb with rice, almonds and pine nuts, simply delicious! There are many dishes suitable for vegetarians. To finish off we always enjoy Baklawa washed down with a nice pot of mint tea. The food is always consistently fresh. Beautiful décor, lovely extensive outdoor

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terrace with fountain in the summer months. Pop in, you will not be disappointed. Well worth the drive. Belly dancing at weekends. Please ring for details. We love it! Ideal if there is a big group of you and it is a vegetarian’s paradise! Key Recommended. Please see main ad.

Ssalathai Many of you will know that we have a soft spot for Thailand having visited many times and therefore know good Thai food when we find it. Jack, one of the owners is Thai as is the chef, so you can be sure that the food at Ssalathai is authentic. You will find Ssalathai Thai Restaurant at Urb Playa Marina, Mijas Costa. If you are not familiar with Thai food, then I would suggest on your first visit that you try the special menu for two people at only 50 Euros which will give you a good selection across the board to sample this exotic cuisine. The special menu includes assorted starters followed by Tom Yam Koong, Thai’s favourite soup with Spicy Prawns. Main courses include Stir Fried Fish with Chilli Sauce and Basil Leaves, Chicken Panang Curry, Seasonal Vegetables in Oyster Sauce, Steamed Rice and Dessert. From the a la carte menu starters also include Beef or Chicken Satay, Thai Spring Rolls, Thai Fish Cakes and Soups. Salads include two of my favourites, Thai Beef Salad and Glass Noodle Salad with Prawns and Chicken. For main course Chicken dishes include Green or Red, Penang or Yellow Curries, Stir Fry with Ginger and Chinese Mushrooms, Thai Sweet and Sour and Thai with Cashew Nuts (both dishes being different from the Chinese dishes and rate amongst my favourites), as well as Stir Fry with Chilli, Green Beans, Garlic and Basil Leaves. Pork dishes also include Sweet and Sour, Stir Fry with Chilli and Basil Leaves or with Vegetables and Soy Sauce. Amongst the beef dishes is the delicious Beef Massaman. There are also several Duck, Fish and Prawn dishes, a nice selection of vegetable, rice and noodle dishes, including an outstanding Pad Thai as well as a selection of Thai desserts. The menu indicates the fieriness of the dish so that you can choose what is suitable or simply ask for it spicy if you prefer it that way! Thailand is renowned for its attentive customer service and is known as the land of smiles and you will certainly find this at Ssalathai. Please say that you heard about Ssalathai in the Key. Key recommended. Please see main ad.

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closed by then at this time of year. Please contact Soundbar Riviera Room or visit Facebook for details of live music and events and for what is planned for Easter. Soundbar Riviera Room also shows live football. Please see main ad.

Snack Attack is in Jardin Botanico, La Cala. Now in their 10th successful year. On the menu are Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, Healthy Granola, Yoghurt and Fresh Fruit and Smoothies. Great value breakfast at only 3.95 Euros! Super Saver Meals including drink at only 5 Euros, changes daily. We always enjoy the specials – there is a very large selection and this changes daily, including the sandwich fillings. You may be interested to know that there are many healthy eating options available at Snack Attack. An assortment of different salads, brown bread, jacket potatoes, an extensive choice of fruit juices, freshly squeezed orange juice and numerous flavoured teas, smoothies and health drinks, they are more than happy to accommodate you with your healthy eating option. Suggestions are poached or scrambled eggs instead of fried, jacket potato with tuna to name a small selection. Please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff to help you eat more healthily. Everything is available as take away for days out. Why not take a baguette of your choice to the airport? Snack Attack is now open weekdays from 7.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Saturday’s opening hours are 7.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and Sundays from 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. for breakfast and of course their wonderful Sunday Roast, two courses only 10 Euros. Extensive menu with something for everyone. Snack Attack now has full cyber-café facilities including 4 stations of high-speed internet, faxes, photocopying and all phone top-ups. If you would like to advertise on the screens at Snack Attack, please ask a member of staff. Key Recommended. Please see main ad.

Sound Bar Riviera Room is located on the ground floor of Terrazas de Miraflores, Riviera del Sol (see map at the back of this magazine) and is open from 7.00pm to 3.00am, so is an ideal venue any time of the evening or night, especially if you still want to party into the early hours as most places are

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Streets of London can be found at Los Claveles opposite La Cala. We asked Nick the secret of the continued success of Streets and he told us Streets is as good as it always was and serves typical London Pub Grub. Streets of London is open all day, every day from 12 until 12 for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a credit-crunch busting lunch at great value of only 5 Euros (changes daily)! Wednesday Nights we are loving Curry Night. Indian Starters include crispy Papadoms with home-made salads, chutney and relish, Tandoori Chicken, best ever Onion Bhajis and Sheik Kebab. There are four choices of curry for main course plus vegetarian and a selection of rice and naan bread. This is a buffet so you can help yourself to as much as you want and all this for just 10 euros per person!!! We love the Sunday Roast. We had the whole three courses which were very reasonably priced, cooked to perfection and there was plenty of it. Service was also very attentive. Main course includes a choice of five meats plus every trimming at only 9.50 per head. If you enjoy a good shoulder of lamb you will not be disappointed but please be sure to book it first! Steak night on Fridays is also tried and tested and comprises succulent Sirloin Steak plus all the extras and a glass of wine or beer for only 10 Euros. There is an attractive beer garden, pool table and Kid’s Play area with Bouncy Castle and now a separate terrace and restaurant for families. The restaurant itself faces the ocean and is fully air-conditioned. Food and service are as you would expect from a restaurant with several years experience under its belt. An ideal place for kids, kid’s parties and indeed any type of function. Great value for money. Nick is so full of ideas and enthusiasm. He is always looking for different ways to entertain his customers, whether they are kids, families or sports enthusiasts. Nick strives for quality at affordable prices, but most of all – fun. Join us at Streets for live F1 and Moto GP Events. See Calendar on page 38. Please see main ad.

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Suave is one of Fuengirola’s chicest venues – a bar in touch with Marbella but on the seafront in Fuengirola, Los Boliches, opposite Madrid Playa. Suave has a large, comfortable terrace and lounge café with tasteful décor. Open every day from 11.00 am. Suave can cater for private parties both big and small. Suave is open for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. A daily special 3-course menu is available from 12.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m., 7 days a week. The menu is changed every Sunday to ensure variety. Don’t forget Suave’s renowned Sunday lunch. To whet your appetite there are a variety of different breakfast options from full English to Muesli with Greek Yoghurt and everything in between. Sandwiches include Mature Cheddar with Tomato and Red Onion, Brie and Roasted Pepper, Roast Beef to name but a few. There is also a good selection of salads on offer as well as Ploughman’s. Perhaps you would prefer a sharing platter for two? Starters include Tempura Prawns with a Sweet Chilli Sauce, Gazpacho, as well as family favourites such as Prawn Cocktail and Soup of the Day. Main courses feature Fillet Steak with grilled Tomato, Mushrooms, Onion Rings and Fries, Beef Stroganoff with Rice, Lemon Chicken & Vegetable Skewers with Salad, Fries and Mayo plus vegetarian options, Pastas, Stir Fry etc. Desserts include Apple Pie with Cream or Ice Cream, Lemon Cheesecake, so plenty to suit all tastes and budgets. If you just want to chill with friends, enjoy a drink or cocktail in comfort from the extensive drinks menu, for us, Suave is one of the best venues in Fuengirola. It ticks all the boxes for décor, ambience and attention to detail, staff friendliness and service and of course the food. Please see our website or Facebook for Mother’s Day and Easter events. Please see main ad.

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6.00 to10.30 for the best fish and chips on the coast. Large portions, peas, pies and a slice. Skate now available. As well as being the best chippie in the area, The Boat House now has on the menu suet puddings, Steak and Kidney, Chicken and Leek and also Roast Chicken. Vegetarian options include Brie Wedges, Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni and Lasagne. A large selection of yummy desserts are also available. Eat al fresco by the fountain in the square, weather permitting, or in the large air-conditioned/heated restaurant. We had not had fish and chips for a while and were running too late to make dinner one night and we both just fancied a nice portion of fish and chips. Thanks guys. It was just as good as ever, if not better! Take-away service available. Friendly atmosphere. Key recommended. Freehold/Leasehold for sale of this well established and popular Fish and Chip restaurant. Please see main ad.

Venta El Jinete is on the La Cala Golf Road, 4.5 kms from La Cala and is situated just before the Golf entrance. Nestling in beautiful scenic countryside, the large imposing terrace has views across to the Sierra de Mijas and the Mediterranean. This is such a wonderful spot to enjoy a long lazy lunch on warm days, sundowners and supper or a romantic dinner in the evening. The warm and cosy interior restaurant has seating for small groups and additional areas for large parties, golfers and family gatherings etc., making it the ideal venue for events. The excellent set menu at only 17 euros with a choice of starters, main course and desserts is wonderful value. The a la carte is reasonably priced and includes various Mediterranean dishes and of course succulent steaks and meat from the charcoal grill. Everything is beautifully presented by attentive and charming staff and Karen and Roque will ensure that your meal is perfect. The excellent wine list provides choice, quality and value with the house wines specially selected for their high quality. Live music is now provided on Monday evenings with the ever popular Monkey Tennis. Thursday evenings remains with Essentials playing Jazz Ballads and accompanied by a Saxaphone player and Saturday evenings presents Paul Anthony, a versatile singer who performs hits from the shows to Frank Sinatra. The set menu in priced at 22 Euros on evenings with live music. If you are not yet one of El

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Jinete’s loyal clients why not try a visit and we are sure it will become one of your favourite places. Venta El Jinete is open every day except Fridays for Lunch through to Dinner. El Jinete is now taking bookings for Mother’s Day and Easter. Please see main ad. RESTAURANT REVIEWS

HOTEL TAMISA GOLF We welcome Hotel Tamisa Golf back into the magazine after the winter break. Hotel Tamisa Golf is on the Camino Viejo de Coin and overlooks the new Mijas Los Lagos course which has now re- opened after a 5m euro investment and is attracting a lot of attention. Comfortable venue, great ambience and great views over the golf course and beyond, fine food, fine wine, attentive service and lively entertainment make for a perfect evening. Hotel Tamisa Golf is renowned for its Traditional Sunday lunch with Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding and all the trimmings and is served until 5.00 p.m. Happy Hour is on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 18.00 - 20.00 with half price drinks. Hotel Tamisa Golf holds numerous events throughout the year including fund raisers which are always enjoyable, so please get in touch to find out what is going on or for details on how Hotel Tamisa Golf can help you with your event or celebration. Hotel Tamisa Golf specialises in weddings. Hotel Tamisa Golf is a firm favourite with the locals. Please see main advert for further details.

LA PLAZA BAR Brian is a familiar face in Cabopino as Brian’s La Plaza Bar is well established. It is in the Plaza just before you enter the port of Cabopino. This is a lovely, relaxed venue where there is a full menu of exotic cocktails to include Pimms, Sangria, Mohito, Daiquiri, Sex on the Beach etc. Beers, wine, exotic coffees, soft drinks and milk shakes are also served. Summer specials Sundowners are priced at

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only 3.75 Euros and are served from 17.00 – 22.00. They include Sex on the Beach, Tequila Sunrise and Sea Breeze. This is a popular place for a pre-dinner drink or to spend time chilling after you have eaten. Relax with a cocktail or a special coffee. A great place especially if you have some friends over from back home as you will be able to have a good chat and not be drowned out by loud music! Have a nice stroll viewing the boats in the port and then enjoy a great night out! Key recommended. Please see main ad.

LE PAPILLON RESTAURANT AND BEACH CLUB is Heritage Resort’s stylish, beachfront restaurant. Le Papillon has an extensive range of culinary delights offering International dishes and traditional, Spanish Cuisine. The Restaurant offers a fine wine list and Cocktail menu. The Restaurant has recently been refurbished with comfortable, chic furniture and provides the perfect setting for lunch and dinner. The lunch time menu has light snacks and more hearty dishes such as baked sea bass, rack of lamb, paella and the delicious Le Papillon chicken curry. Eat at the Beach, Dine under the stars!!! Le Papillon welcomes all kids. There is a great play area and the beach front is fantastic for kids. The Children’s menu offers healthy starters and traditional kids’ favourites such as Spaghetti Bolognaise and Chicken Nuggets and chips at very affordable prices. Le Papillon has a heated glass terrace which makes it a great winter dining venue. The fire place in the Restaurant creates a warm ambiance. Live Music takes place on certain evenings. Le Papillon really is a place for all seasons and an experience not to be missed! Coming summer 2013 - Every Sunday we shall be having a DJ at the beach. Come join the party, enjoy cocktails, snacks or a delicious paella! A very warm welcome to Joaquin, our new manager at Restaurante Le Papillon! Joaquin and his team are waiting to welcome you! Joaquin has worked in several excellent restaurants along the coast and in the UK. We are sure he will be a great asset to the team. Great cocktails menus available! Chill out beds available from 25 Euros per day. A new lounge area and decking opening soon at Le Papillon! We welcome Le Papillon back into the magazine after its refurbishment. Please see main ad.

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of rice and Naan breads. Swaghat also has a special children’s menu and unusually a nice selection of home-made desserts, not only Indian Kulfi and Lassi but also Crepes or Tiramisu. Altogether a very nice, relaxing venue with good food and service and nice views. Please see man ad.

SWAGHAT Indian Restaurant is on the Camino Viejo de Coin, La Cala Hills opposite St Anthony’s College. This is a modern, very clean restaurant where you can enjoy lovely views of the mountains when sitting on the extensive terrace. Swaghat serves authentic Indian cuisine freshly prepared and cooked to order using the finest herbs and spices. Free local delivery – please enquire. Swaghat offers a 10% discount on Take Away. To whet your appetite, as well as the traditional favourites, Swaghat offers Prawn Pakora (which is also offered in the Swaghat Mixed Plate) as a starter, also Prawn Puri and Chicken Chaat. There is a large variety of Tandoori dishes including the usual favourites but also Chicken Cheese Tikka, Garlic Chicken Tikka and a lovely Swaghat Special Tandoori Mix. Chicken dishes are plentiful and are reasonably priced and include from Korma to Phal and everything in between. There is also an extensive choice of lamb and prawn dishes on the menu including Balti and Lamb Ginger. Specials include Chicken Tikka Jalfrazi, Chicken Achaar which is pieces of chicken cooked with mixed pickle and spicy sauce and also a choice of Fish curries such as Madras, Vindaloo or Phal and also a Special Mixed Balti. There is also a large choice of Biryani dishes and a selection

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ELEGANTE RESTAURANTE RESTAU Recently opened, Elegante ResRA OF THE IS NT taurante offers some of the most SUE delicious and traditional European cuisine on the coast. Elegante uses the freshest ingredients. The year-long season attracted owners Christian Kent and Kate Baxendale to this venue so they packed their bags and moved from the UK to open Elegante Restaurant right opposite the beach in Fuengirola. They are a hands-on team and have years of experience in the hospitality industry. Before opening Elegante, Christian, also the Head Chef, worked in the kitchens of many well known restaurants in London, including two years at the Savoy Hotel, and as sous-chef at Claridges’s Hotel for 10 years. Kate’s experience is with front of house, as she was involved in bars and nightclubs for more than 15 years. Looking for something a little bit different, they opened Elegante Restaurante which offers fine dining in an exciting atmosphere. The well-stocked bar has a variety of beers, wines and cocktails. Bar Manager, Sasha Winzek, has received global awards for his bartending skills. Sasha can create almost any cocktail you can think of and also entertains you by juggling bottles and flame throwing! The staff at Elegante are highly trained, professional and attentive. They provide a high standard of service and quality at all times. Whether it is dinner for just the two of you or a night out with friends, Elegante provides everything you need for an enjoyable evening. You will be pleased to know that we have reinstated the Restaurant of the Issue for 2013 and we vote Elegante Restaurant of Issue 87 – Congratulations. Although Elegante has only recently opened, this is an outstanding venue and despite initial teething troubles, the owners are striving to ensure that everything is spot on. Please see main ad.

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SMILE BAR is at the Castle end of the Paseo in Fuengirola and is now open every day from 5.00 pm. Smile Bar is Fuengirola’s most luxurious bar and terrace, great décor with really comfortable seating yet despite all this, normal bar prices for drinks and cocktails. Friendly staff and service. Large TV screens showing all live sports. Smile Bar is available for private functions. Don’t forget that downstairs at Smile Bar is also the dedicated darts venue for the Costa del Sol (see Darts at Smile above). Please also see main ad.

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KEY RECIPE Mexican Tortillas with Pork Mince In this issue here’s something quick, easy and budget friendly. Ingredients 450g lean pork mince 1 onion, finely chopped 1 chilli, chopped (plus seeds if you like it hot!) 1 dessertspoon fresh ginger, grated 1 red pepper, chopped Salt and pepper 1 can chopped tomatoes 1 pack of soft flour tortillas Salsa of your choice, creme fraiche and mixed salad leaves

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Heat a non stick pan, brown the pork well. Stir in the onion, garlic, chilli, ginger, red pepper and season well. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 8-10 minutes. Heat the tortillas as instructed on the pack. Fill with the pork mixture. Serve with the salsa and a bowl of low fat crème fraiche. There are many varieties of salsas available in the shops. If you feel like making one, our favourite to serve with the tortillas is Celery and Pepper: mix together 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped; 1 chopped red pepper, 2 tablespoons oil; 1 clove garlic, chopped; juice of ½ lemon and season with a little salt and pepper.

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KEY FEATURE Happy Birthday at Fellini’s We would like to say a very special thank you to all of you who attended the Big Boy’s 50th at Fellini’s Italian Restaurant at the Aztec Country Club in Riviera. We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did. An extra big thank you to Dolores, the owner, and her chef who both did an excellent job on the night with delicious food, great portions and faultless service. I am sure that Fellini’s will have many new customers who have had a taster of what we always enjoy at Fellini’s, serving the fin-

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est Italian food at reasonable prices with seamless service. If you have children, then they can be kept amused in the play area leaving you free to enjoy your evening. The photos above will give you some idea of what’s available at Fellini’s, so if you are having a party, big or small, call Dolores to see how she can personalise your celebration for you. Thank you all once again for a wonderful occasion to remember.

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normally pay for the treatment in full. There can also be regional restrictions. Many local insurance policies will only permit treatment within the region where you live. With ALC Health you get Europe cover with the choice to have your treatment at any hospital, any doctor. Regional Support, Local Knowledge ALC Health has been Iberia’s leading international medical insurer for the last ten years with a local office in Marbella. We offer a choice of international medical insurance products designed to take the worry out of seeking what can often be expensive medical care. With the Prima Ibérica plan we offer comprehensive medical insurance cover at competitive premiums – see www.prima-iberica.eu. ALC Health appreciate how important it is to have complete confidence in our products and services and understand that no two individuals or organisations are the same, which is why we take the same individual approach for each and every one of our members. Contact us on: 952 93 1609 or visit our offices in Centro Plaza, Nueva Andalucia. Please see main ad.

BUGGY SAFARI LA CALA

is located next to Snack Attack in Jardin Botanico, La Cala. Buggy Safari La Cala is THE place to go if you are looking for excitement! Tours last from 2 to 3.5 hours and Safaris can accommodate from 1 to 40 people. Buggy Safari La

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KEY NEWS Cala is fully licensed and insured. All drivers must have a full driving licence and children from the age of three can be taken as passengers. This is an ideal day out for the family, friends, a birthday or corporate event. Food or picnics can be arranged. Paintballing and quads are also available. Enquire for group discounts. For something completely different, this is a great idea for a day out. Please see main ad for further details.

CAMBRIDGE 800

Jane confirms that dreams really do come true with Cambridge 800! At Cambridge800 they know that losing weight is only half the battle but that keeping it off long term is what really matters. All new Consultants begin their journey with Cambridge 800 as customers and after seeing how well the Steps Programme works for them, and experiencing first-hand the level of suppor t they receive, many decide that they too want to help others manage their weight. They know intimately the problems you face, the discrimination, the jokes and the pain. Having been at both ends of the scales – literally, they talk from experience and understand how hard it can be if you have weight to lose. They also understand the health benefits associated with a healthy weight and BMI. Here is the story about Jane, now a Cambridge 800 consultant who saw her dreams come true by losing

the weight and more impor tantly, keeping it off! “At the age of 8, my school nurse told me I was overweight my first memory of being ‘different’, the ‘odd one out’. After years of trying to lose weight, at the age of 18, the NHS considered me ‘untreatable and obese’ and I was told that no more could be done for me. From then on, my weight gradually increased. I tried in vain many weight loss diets yo-yoing up and down, but when you have half your body weight to lose, will-power alone is not enough. In 2002 aged 42 and 5.3 inches tall, with a BMI of 45, I tipped the scales at 18 Stone. Enough was enough! Unhappy with my size for far too long, I thought I had no other option than to make friends with my size and accept my fate gracefully as there was nothing I could do to change it – but I was wrong ....... During a break to Spain, a friend visited me from the UK. She was half the size since I had seen her previously and looked absolutely stunning! She told me all about the fantastic Cambridge weight loss plan she had been on, and it had only taken her 4 months to achieve it. Inspired, I truly believed if she could do it, so could I - and I did. It was then that I found Cambridge. I went back to the UK and met with my Cambridge Consultant who gave me ongoing, one to one suppor t and I finally lost the weight. That was 6 years ago, and in total I have lost 7.5 stone (47.6 kilos) and most impor tantly, have maintained it ever since. I have my life back! I wanted to help others achieve what I had, so I decided to train as a Cambridge Consultant in the UK. But the biggest twist of fate in all of this is that it has now lead me back to the country where it all star ted, and a new career with Cambridge800 in Spain!’’ Cambridge 800 is par t of the Cambridge Weight Plan Group of Companies, manufactured in the UK and of-

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KEY NEWS fers a range of weight management programmes, providing flexibility and choice as well as structure. The products can be used either as a total diet replacement for fast, predictable weight loss with nutritional assurance, or with conventional food for a more gradual weight loss and effective weight management. Contact Cambridge800 for the name of your nearest consultant and find out how they can help make your dreams come true too. Call Today: 952 586 324 or email admin@cambridge800. es, www.cambridge800.es. Please see main ad.

CENTRO AUDITIVO LAZA

(Hearing Aid Centre Laza) will be opening soon at the end of the Avda de España near the chemist (see Calahonda map at the back of this issue). Centro Auditivo Laza is the only authorised Widex centre on the Costa del Sol with their original branch in Fuengirola. Widex is a top quality and pioneering Danish company offering the latest technology in hearing aid products. Centro Auditivo Laza can offer you three years’ guarantee, free batteries, interest-free finance and loss or theft insurance. Free parking. Caring, professional service. Please see page 19 for fur ther information on these innovative products or contact Optica Laza in La Cala or Centro Auditivo Laza in Fuengirola for fur ther information.

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HAMMAM ALMANZOR

has recently opened in La Cala Hills. Enjoy this authentic, traditional and thoroughly relaxing “Hammam” steam room experience for one or two people. You and a friend or loved one can go together and try out what generations of Andalucians have been enjoying for centuries – The Arabic Hammam Steam Bath. First you enter the steam room to relax with music and the aromatherapy scent of eucalyptus. Then you will be cleansed with natural Beldi soap before enjoying a thorough head to toe exfoliation using a special black bristle glove called a “Kassa”. You will be amazed at how much dead skin this removes. To complete the treatment you will be treated to a soothing and gentle massage, leaving you feeling visibly revived and refreshed. Techniques used follow genuine and authentic Arabic rituals having been passed down from generation to generation. The soap does not irritate, is soothing and very moisturising and despite the glove’s effectiveness, it does not scratch or damage your skin. The Hammam room is complete with its own shower cubicle plus shampoos, robes, towels and slippers which are all provided free of charge. You will also be invited to enjoy a fruit juice at the end of your treatment to replace vital mineral salts that you may have lost during your treatment – along with those toxins of course! Hammam Almazor is already proving popular, with many clients returning to repeat their treatments. A full hairdressing service is also available plus manicures, pedicures, threading

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KEY NEWS and waxing, facial cleansing and treatments including professional make up, although after the Hammam experience we feel you may want to book these for another day. Please see main advert on page 9.

OPTICA LAZA LETS IN THE SUN

Want to go away this summer? You could escape the crowds and spend your holidays at a destination of your choice and still have money left over! Lets in the Sun have guaranteed rental income for selected properties so why not give them a call and have that summer break after all. See main ad.

optician can be found in the Bulevar de la Cala and also has a branch is Fuengirola. Eye tests are free at Optica Laza, so if you have trouble seeing clearly or think you may need to change your prescription, please contact Optica Laza for an appointment. Optica Laza stock a large selection of designer frames, sunglasses, lenses and contact lenses tailor made to suit your requirements and budget. Professional, helpful service. A new branch of Optica Laza will be opening soon in Calahonda at the end of the Avda de EspaĂąa near the chemist (see map at the end of this magazine for location). The new branch will also be an audio testing centre and stockist of Widex hearing aid products. In the meantime you can either visit the branch of Optica Laza is La Cala, or the optician and audio centre in Fuengirola for further information. Please see page 19 for more details.

MCQUEENS PAINT AND PANEL SL

is the top body repair specialist on the coast. From a scratch or bumper scuff or alloy wheel refurbishment to a full body repair. McQueens has been a favourite amongst the locals and classic car members for many years now. Top quality work. Very helpful, reliable and professional. McQueens can help you with your insurance claims. Key recommended. Please see main ad.

PASSION STUDIO

is now based at the ever popular Mike’s Gym in La Cala Hills. Passion Studio offers classes at all levels for Zumba,

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KEY NEWS Toning, Salsa, Nordic Walking, Pilates, Cardio Training, Belly Dancing and Stretching. Don’t forget, your first class is free! Please see main ad.

THE BED WAREHOUSE SG COAL

delivered direct to your door the traditional way the same as in days gone by. No need to go anywhere or carry any loads as this is all done for you. It is still chilly at night at this time of year, so what better and more economical way to keep warm and cosy than with a real coal fire? SG’s coal is longer lasting, consistent quality and low ash. It is very economical to burn on its own or together with logs. For special offers and more information, please see main ad.

can be found in the Camino de Coin, Km13 opposite the turning to RDMC’s. In the new, larger showroom you can try out a large selection of top quality British beds and mattresses at unbeatable prices. Coming soon to The Bed Warehouse is the finest Oak Furniture – watch this space! I will take delivery of my new mattress while this issue is at the printers so a report will follow in issue 88. Please see main ad.

THE TREE HOUSE CHILDRENS CENTRE SG TRANSPORT SPECIALIST

has now been established for 10 years and is fully legal. SG Transport is the furniture transport specialist. Other services range from private, domestic removals to shop and business deliveries. SG Transport can arrange from a single item to multiple loads. Their experienced, professional staff handle your goods with extreme care. Local, national and international work covered. Please see main advert for further details.

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We are pleased to welcome the Tree House Children’s Centre into the magazine. The Tree House is a bilingual private day nursery and can be found in Torrenueva (please see La Cala map at the end of this magazine for location). The Tree House boasts fully qualified staff, recently built premises, gardens and play area and is a safe environment with modern facilities. Your child can enjoy the facilities at the Tree House either full of part time. The Tree House also offers Afterschool Club and after hours child care. For more information see main ad.

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KEY FEATURE Salon Varietes Theatre

By Graham Cherry

Salon Varietes Theatre is in C/Emancipacion, Fuengirola (off Church Square). To find it, stand with your back to the Church and it is about 50 metres along the pedestrian road on your left. Attached to the theatre is a bar which is a popular meeting point for long term and residential tourists. Salon Varietes is the only English Language Theatre in Spain, although other nationalities do use it, especially Danes. It started 27 years ago and has survived since then. It has played an important part in the community life, for instance special concerts provided the seed money to get Cudeca off the ground. The social group of the theatre organises trips and short breaks in Spain at advantageous rates which longer term tourists often join. The theatre holds 300 people. The performers are all unpaid but often include professional singers and dancers working throughout Andalucia and Spain. The theatre has professional grade Lighting and Sound systems

and professional support staff. The programme is varied and usually there are two or three shows a month from September to June. Mostly the productions are musicals or musical revues and popular plays, comedies or mysteries. Some more serious work is done too. Information can be found in this magazine and in this issue the programme is on page 23. Notice boards at the side of the theatre give information on these as well as upcoming shows. Salon Varietes Theatre can be contacted by telephone on 952 474 542 or see their web page http://salonvarietestheatre.com for upcoming productions. You can also follow Salon Varietes Theatre on Facebook on http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-SalonVarietes-Theatre. The Salon Varietes Theatre has very kindly offered the winner of the competition two tickets for “Calendar Girls”. Performances will be from 10th to 14th May 2013, see competition below.

KEY COMPETITION

Sponsored by Salon Varietes Theatre, Fuengirola

We are delighted to bring you a special competition for this issue. The Salon Varietes Theatre in Fuengirola has very kindly offered the winner of the competition two tickets for “Calendar Girls”. Performances will be from 10th to 14th May 2013. The competition is very simple. Just let us know the missing words in the famous shows and films listed below: 1) The ---- Good Friday 2) ----- Christ Superstar 3) ------- of the Opera 4) Along came a -----5) --------- Express 6) Play ----- for Me

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Please send all entries by email to: keymagazine@yahoo.com together with the date on which you would like to see Calendar Girls. Closing date for this competition is on 16th April 2013. Good luck to you all and we hope you enjoy the show! We would also like to thank Salon Varietes Theatre for providing us with this great competition prize.

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