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Welcome to the first issue of 2014. The coast seems to be a hive of activity gearing up for the new season and there is an air of positivity at last for this year, so we have lots to share with you once again in this issue. Positively Pink and Positively Blue have already commenced their free screening programmes for 2014 with more screenings available for both men and women thanks to the generosity to the charities in 2013. Please see page 19 for further details and ways in which you can help the charities in 2014 for them to continue with the scheme in future years. Well, BBC has now gone from Spain with other channels to follow. On page 31 you will find some useful information on how to still view these channels via the internet. As the 2014 motor sport season is about to commence, we are

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pleased to bring you the first of our Formula 1 reports this year, which we hope you will enjoy. This on page 36 in our motoring section, with the calendar of both F1 and Moto GP for this issue on the following page. We have also introduced a new entertainment section from pages 74-77 with classified listings of some of the entertainers and venues available on the coast as well as details of some exciting, forthcoming events including the Pink Floyd Tribute at the Salon Varietes and the Derek Acorah event at the Beatriz Palace Hotel – enjoy! Last, but by no means least is our Restaurant Guide which starts on page 50. Plenty of new ones again for you to try and don’t forget to book early for the ever-popular, annual Grand National extravaganza at El Oceano Hotel, Miraflores Playa, details on page 59. See you again in April!

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KEY BEAUTY Botox & Fillers

By HAIR MAGIC

This month we are going to talk about Botox and Fillers. A lot of people, in fact most people, don’t know how they differ from each other and what they really do. BOTOX We use Botox from the tip of the nose upwards. There are three areas - around each eye (crow’s feet), the muscle in

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between your eyebrows, and the forehead. What does it do? Botox actually freezes the muscle so it does not move. It’s amazing because the muscle doesn’t move; your skin becomes wrinkle free and smooth. How long does it take? Once you have had your first FREE consultation, which will take about 20 minutes as we need to know a little about your medical history and exactly the look you want, in other words if you need FILLER or BOTOX. The injections are not painful and only take 10 minutes (longer for filler). How long will it last? Botox lasts for 3 to 4 months. You won’t see any difference the day you have Botox done as it kicks in gradually over 5 to 8 days so your friends won’t notice a sudden change in your appearance. FILLERS Fillers are used from the nose down. There are three areas again, lips, cheeks and around your nose and mouth. What does it do? Fillers literally fill, as we get older we lose tone and our face loses the fullness it once had. When you use filler, you will look fuller in the face and your skin is much smoother and the wrinkles disappear. Unlike with Botox, your muscles aren’t affected; you can move the same as before and you will see the results immediately. How long will it take? Again, after your initial consultation which is free and lasts about 20 minutes, the injections take longer than Botox, 20 minutes for each area. How long will it last? Depending on which filler you choose, they can last up to 2 years. If you are interested in any of these products, call us at HAIR MAGIC and we will give you a free consultation.

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KEY BEAUTY Mary Cohr CatioVital “Dual Ionisation” DEEP-CLEANSING SKINCARE TREATMENT Much more than a traditional beauty care treatment, CatioVital “Dual Ionisation” is a fully unique and revolutionary method that leaves the skin visibly more beautiful in just over an hour. This treatment deep cleanses the skin, thanks to the “sauna effect” of the thermal masque, which helps the skin breathe freely and effectively absorb the active ingredients. CatioVital” Dual Ionisation” is twice as effective as classic skincare methods as it allows the penetration of high performance products such as Hyaluronic Acid, Depolymerised DNA, Vitamin C and Fruit acid enzymes. It also includes a ten minute relaxing facial massage as well as the fabulous Mary Cohr Ice Lift masque leaving the skin visibly fresh and supple.

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your face. You will see the difference! Recommended as an intensive 3 session treatment, for a visibly more youthful you or incorporate this with the CatioVital for an extra boost. This is available with a full facial for 48.00 Euros or as a 30-minute express treatment for 36.00 Euros. For any other enquiries regarding our hair or beauty treatments, please do not hesitate to call us on 952 599 098 or check out our Facebook page - Forumhair Andbeauty. Please see advertisement for our special offers.

This treatment is tailor-made, based on the client’s skincare needs and is available in 6 versions according to beauty goals. It is one of many specialist treatments performed in the salon by the proprietor Claudia, who is highly qualified in Guinot, Mary Cohr and Christina skincare treatments. These treatments are available per session for 50.00 Euros or as a course of three sessions over three weeks for 140.00 Euros. MARY COHR CATIO LIFT Spectacular Lifting for your Skin Rejuvenate your facial muscles through muscle stimulation. Unlike most lifting treatments that only target the skin’s structure, CatioLift works deep down by stimulating the facial muscles which recover their tone, beautifully firming the skin. The features appear spectacularly “lifted” and the facial contour is reshaped. The face is lifted, wrinkles and fine lines are visibly diminished, the neck skin is refined and the complexion appears more youthful. An immediate lifting effect from the first session! As soon as the CatioLift treatment is over, do a mirror test on half of

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KEY BEAUTY Fabulous feedback yet again! Fabulous feedback yet again! ..... from the International CIBTAC Examiner on her recent visit to Marbella Beauty Academy. We are looking forward to some amazing results in a few weeks time! Cannot wait! Well done Girls & Boys! We have already said a sad farewell to our students who are starting some fantastic jobs working in 5 star spas, hotels and salons! We wish Lucy all the best starting her new venture in Jersey! The remaining students are staying with us to study Hairdressing, Fashion & Photographic Make-up, Level 3 Body Therapy & Facial Electrical Therapy. Level 2 Courses and Body Massage also start over the next week! Please contact us for further information on availability on these courses, they fill up fast.

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By Giselle Beck-Davies

Offers are still valid ie; FREE Indian Head Massage course when booking Body Massage Training or 700â‚Ź Discount on the Full Beauty Therapy Course starting in September if your deposit is paid before the end of June; there are many more!! Please contact us for details! The staff at MBA are enjoying running short courses in Gibraltar. We have received such a warm welcome! .... Thank You!! We are very excited about launching Full Beauty Therapy there in September. A skill is your security for a great career throughout your life! You deserve it! We have all ages at MBA. Maturity can be an asset in this caring profession. More and more men are entering the Beauty Therapy, Make-up and Nails professions. I hope we will see men having their pampering in a Spa or Clinic as comfortably as they visit a hairdresser, in the not too distant future!

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KEY HEALTH Treatment by an Osteopath and Chiropractor The main point to remember is that, no matter which professional gets chosen, excellent care will be given. In simple terms, both osteopaths and chiropractors tend to treat similar conditions with similar techniques. Especially in Britain, where the two evolved along parallel but converging paths, there is a significant overlap between the disciplines. In some countries, such as Australia, the two fields are overseen by the same regulating body and a practitioner can graduate from university with both an Osteopathic and chiropractic qualification. Both osteopathy and chiropractic share a common history and philosophy which set them apart from the more traditional allopathic medical fields. Rather than focusing on the individual components of the body, osteopaths and chiropractors view the body in a more holistic manner, as a self-contained, self-healing, fully interconnected unit. The first proponent of this philosophy, Andrew Taylor Still, is credited with founding osteopathy in America in 1874. Just twenty-one years later, a former student of Dr. Still, Daniel David Palmer, founded the chiropractic discipline. In many cases, patient experiences with osteopaths and chiropractors will be very similar; however, there are some differences. When diagnosing patients, osteopaths and chiropractors both use visual inspection (observation) and palpation (touch). Chiropractors frequently rely on more diagnostic procedures, such as X-rays, MRI scans, blood tests, and urine tests. Osteopaths tend to place more emphasis on the physical examination and will generally refer patients on for more diagnostic procedures if required. The type of treatment a patient will receive at an osteopathic clinic can vary greatly. Osteopaths employ a number of techniques in order to influence the body’s innate healing system. These include; soft tissue, muscle work, joint articulation and mobilisation/manipulation. Some osteopaths work with and thereby influence organ function and movement (“visceral osteopathy”) and movement of cerebrospinal fluid (“cranial osteopathy”). The specific treatment will depend upon the patient’s unique circumstances. Osteopathic manipulation consists of positioning a joint into its close packed position and imparting a small but rapid impulse in order to separate the joint surfaces within their normal range of motion. This may produce a pop or a cracking noise; it is not a painful technique. The manipulation has the effect of freeing up any adhesions and encouraging better movement, it has a secondary, but very useful analgesic effect (pain relief). In contrast, chiropractors tend to concentrate on influencing the nervous system by employing a technique called “adjustment”. The actual technique is similar to that of osteopathic manipulation. The theory is that adjusting the vertebrae will allow it to return to its proper alignment along the spinal column and permit optimal nerve transmission. In an adjustment, the chiropractor applies pressure to the bone, unlocking it from its improper position. The technique is not painful, though patients do sometimes hear “popping” noises. These are thought to be due to small pockets of gas being released from within the joint

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By Chris Howard

capsules. This is completely normal. The length of treatment also typically varies between osteopaths and chiropractors. In general, chiropractic appointments tend to be shorter as the practitioner focuses on adjusting the spine (this does not mean to say that chiropractors don’t adjust areas other than the spine). However, chiropractors tend also to see patients more frequently, as the muscles connected to a misaligned vertebra can pull the bone back out of place, and it may take a few adjustments for the spine to settle into its proper alignment. Osteopaths tend to spend more time with a patient per visit, as their focus is somewhat broader and their treatment techniques are more varied. Osteopathic treatments also tend to be spaced out over a longer period of time. Having described these differences, it is important to remember that both chiropractors and osteopaths address the same structures and use principally similar manipulative techniques. There are a huge number of variations between individual practitioners of both disciplines, from what they focus on to how they apply treatment. Each chiropractor and each osteopath is an individual with his or her own unique style of practice, and it is important for a patient to find a practice that fits his or her unique needs, regardless of the label.

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KEY HEALTH What is Bio-Pycnogenol ® Pycnogenol ® (pic-noj-en-all) is a natural plant extract obtained from the bark of the French Maritime Pine, trees which grow exclusively in the south western coastal region of France, in sustainably managed plantations free from chemical pesticides and fertilisers. Pycnogenol ® contains a unique combination of beneficial active substances called flavonoids, some of which are responsible for the colouring of fruits and vegetables. Pycnogenol ® is regarded as one of the so-called “superfoods”, because of its high content of antioxidants. The health benefits of pine bark extract have been recognised in traditional medicine since the sixteenth century. Modern scientific research has resulted in the publication of more than 200 studies, including 30 controlled clinical trials, documenting the safety and beneficial effects of Pycnogenol ® in cardiovascular health, immune function and skincare. Why should you take Bio-Pycnogenol ®? Fight Free Radicals Because of its high content of powerful antioxidants, Pycnogenol ® is one of the most effective natural scavengers of free radicals. These are toxic substances produced continually within the body as an unwanted by-product of normal metabolism, as well as by exposure to environmental pollutants such as pesticides, cigarette smoke and UV light. Maintain Healthy Circulation Pycnogenol ® helps to strengthen and seal the blood vessel walls of arteries, veins and capillaries. Pycnogenol ® helps to maintain normal blood pressure, inhibits cholesterol oxidation, and promotes the normal clotting of blood. These characteristics are particularly relevant for maintaining health blood circulation during long-haul air travel. Immune Health Pycnogenol ® helps to maintain a healthy immune system and normal inflammatory response. Pycnogenol ® modulates the activity of Nuclear Factor Kappa B, the so-called cellular “master switch” controlling initiation of the inflammatory response. Inappropriate inflammatory response by the immune system can result in conditions, for example, such as hay fever, asthma and certain types of arthritis. Pycnogenol ® and the Skin Pycnogenol ® helps to maintain the strength, flexibility and suppleness of skin. Antioxidants in Pycnogenol ® inhibit free radical induced degradation of collagen, which provides the support structure for skin. In addition, Pycnogenol ® maintains the microcirculation of blood to the skin, ensuring the latter is well provided with nutrients. All of Pharma Nord’s skincare products feature Pycnogenol ® as a key ingredient. Bio-Pycnogenol ® and You How much Bio-Pycnogenol ® should you take? Pharma Nord recommends that you take 2 tablets twice daily for the first two weeks, followed by one tablet twice daily thereafter. Is Bio-Pycnogenol ® Safe? Pycnogenol ® boasts one of the most comprehensive science portfolios of any naturally occurring nutritional supplement.

By Anni’s Vital Shop Extensive research has reported the toxicity to be extremely low, with no reports of any significant adverse effects in clinical trial studies. There are no known drug interactions or contra-indications. Pregnant or lactating women, and those on medication, should seek professional advice before taking any nutritional supplement. “Bio-Pycnogenol ® is 30 times stronger than vitamin E in antioxidant activity and 50 times stronger than vitamin C. One of its main uses is as a natural alternative to antihistamines for hay fever and allergies”. Gareth Zeal, Expert Nutritionist. Exceptional Quality and Great Value for Money A price comparison has identified Bio-Pycnogenol ® as the best value for money Pycnogenol ® product in the UK amongst leading high street brands. All nutritional supplements marketed by Pharma Nord are produced to pharmaceutical standards, using Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) – a guarantee of quality and safety and are nanotechnology free. All products conform to EC regulations relating to quality and safety. We adhere to ISO9001 standards and we are a member of the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association.

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KEY HEALTH Headaches & Dental Pain

By Chris Weir, Sonrisa

Headaches and dental pain have a lot in common. An estimated 80% of headaches are caused by muscle tension. Head pain can trigger toothache and vice versa. Headache and toothache pain are both transmitted by the same sensory nerve, the trigeminal nerve, and pain originating in one branch of the nerve can be referred to other branches of the nerve, causing pain elsewhere. Acute dental pain may spread unilaterally to the head, but rarely crosses the midline, whilst head pain often will spread to both sides of the head and sometimes into the jaws. Sometimes a persistent headache may be the result of a dental problem, and will disappear when the dental problem is treated. Sometimes the headache is secondary to another condition and not the primary cause. Migraine and cluster headaches can cause pain in the lower face and mimic toothache, and sinusitis often causes toothache and jaw ache. Sometimes the toothache can be very convincing and teeth have been root canal treated or extracted when the primary cause was from the sinuses. Dental conditions that can trigger headaches: 1. Bruxism (nocturnal grinding) 2. Temporo mandibular joint dysfunction 3. Badly aligned bite 4. Dental abscess 5. Post extraction infection 6. Pulpal pain 7. Impacted wisdom tooth

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All these conditions can cause headaches. Headaches from dental stress are a type of muscle tension headache. Normally it is on one side of the head, but can also be on both sides. The pain feels like a non-throbbing ache (dull). Indications of dental origin: 1. Pain behind the eyes 2. Sore jaw muscles 3. Teeth grinding 4. Clicking jaw 5. Head and scalp tender to touch The most probable, common, dental cause of headaches is TMJ disfunction (temporo mandibular joint). Approximately 24% have associated headaches and facial pain caused by trauma, occlusal interferences and emotional stresses. TMJ dysfunction can be corrected by: 1. Posture & stretching exercises 2. Wearing a bite correcting appliance 3. Muscle relaxants 4. Sometimes corrected with surgery The condition is associated with limited jaw opening, clicking noise from the joint, and tenderness of the joint. Once successfully treated, the headaches normally resolve within 3 months. So, if you suffer from persistent recurring dull headaches, it is worthwhile visiting your dentist for a full dental examination to exclude causes of dental origin, which may be the primary cause of your pain, and will resolve when they are treated.

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KEY HEALTH Why is PSA Testing so Important in Men’s Health? Men are often renowned for taking risks, generally you get a kick out of living life in the fast lane and acting as if you are invincible; sadly this is mission impossible! Looking at recent trends, the incidents of prostate and testicular cancers are increasing sharply. With a few simple changes to your lifestyle, you could dramatically improve your well being, your functioning and durability as well as your stamina and performance. Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer is a common cancer in older men. Every year 22,000 men are diagnosed in the UK alone. Around 8 in 10 cases occur in men over the age of 65. It is rare in men under 50. Unlike many other cancers, prostate cancer is often present for many years without you realising it. This is because in many cases the cancer is slow growing and can take many years to cause any symptoms. By the age of 80, more than half of all men will have some cancer cells in their prostate – but only 1 in 30 of them will actually die from it. However some prostate cancers can be fast growing and

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spread to other areas of the body. What is a PSA Test? It is a blood test that measures the level of PSA in your blood. PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen. PSA is a protein made by the prostate which naturally leaks into the blood stream. The PSA level is often raised well before any other symptoms of prostate cancer develop. So the test is a useful tool for early diagnosis and treatment. The benefits of having a Test • It may provide reassurance if the test result is normal • It can help detect prostate cancer before any symptoms develop • Treatment in the early stages of prostate cancer could help you live longer and avoid the complications of cancer. A simple blood test carried out annually as a stand-alone test or as part of a more comprehensive yearly health MOT could make all the difference to your future health.

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KEY HEALTH Forthcomng Events at Passion Studio Charity Fayre On 8th March from 4.00pm until late we will be holding a Charity Fayre at the Tamisa Golf Hotel to mark International Women’s Day. There will be over 20 stalls and information stands with business networking from 6.00pm. There will also be a raffle, food and entertainment from Gillian McAtee and Funky Vocals. Entry is free. We look forward to seeing you there. Seminar on Shoulder Problems Passion Studios have invited the qualified Physiotherapist, David Peromingo Garcia, to talk about and explain the different problems associated with joints and articulations such as shoulder, knee, hip or back problems. On 15th March at 11.00am at the Passion Studios, David will give an overview of shoulder problems and what you could do to resolve these without the need for an operation, if possible.

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By Britta Pampus, Passion Studios

Take this opportunity to talk to a specialist free of charge at Passion Studios in the Tamisa Golf Hotel, Camino Viejo de Coin. David Peromingo Garcia: David qualified as a Physiotherapist at Robert Gordon University with BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy in 2001. David has advanced training and experience that will deliver positive results for patients seeking physiotherapy in the Costa del Sol due to his continual professional development that keeps him at the forefront of clinical research and practice. He also collaborates and rehabilitates post surgery patients for two Orthopedic Consultants: Mr. Alf Neuhaus (Benalmadena) and Mr. Wolfgang Schmitt (Marbella). David: “My promise to you is a quality of care that will allow you to enjoy a better quality of life”.

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KEY HEALTH Deep Oscillation® Massage Many of us view massage as a luxurious treat that we get on ‘away days’ or holidays but in reality, the benefits of massages are fundamental to our long-term physical and mental well-being. When a general body massage is combined with the Hivamat 200 Deep Oscillation® the body becomes completely and deeply relaxed within a relatively short period of treatment time. I have written about the Hivamat 200 Deep Oscillation® in previous issues of this magazine. Regular readers will know that I am a firm believer in the effectiveness of this machine. I can say from personal experience Deep Oscillation® will always be my first choice of treatment whether I am treating a client with lymphoedema, ulcers, burns, cellulite, surgery aftercare, fibromyalgia or sports injuries to name just a few.

By Pat Kaines

Deep Oscillation® is a gentle non-invasive, relaxing massage that can be applied all over the body. It quickly improves circulation, thus allowing fresh oxygen to be pumped to the organs and the skin. Nagging aches and pains reduce, tight tense muscles are relaxed, back /shoulder stress knots can be sorted out without further pain being caused. Sleep, during or following this type of massage is easily achieved. A normal massage often results in a sleeping client but with Deep Oscillation® this happens very quickly. Mental stresses and strains disappear as the mind and body welcomes the deep, rhythmic, low electrostatic impulses which are characteristic of this treatment. Patricia is available for treatments at Clinica Medicare in La Cala de Mijas. For further information please call the clinic on 952 835 776 or call Patricia directly on 666 170 868.

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KEY HEALTH Dream, Believe,

Achieve with Cambridge 800 Losing weight is never easy; keeping it off is even harder. But with the right type of weight loss programme and support it is easy. Cambridge 800 is a nutritionally balanced range of weight management Programmes, which offer you choice and flexibility to help you lose weight, stabilise your weight and keep it off once and for all. Why is Cambridge different? Cambridge was developed back in the ‘60’s by Professor Alan Howard. It came to market in the UK in 1984, so it is no fad diet. And it is not just a diet; it is a range of 5 different Programmes that can be used with and without food. It can be incorporated into your daily life. And it tastes delicious. Lots of choices and flavours, you will not be hungry. With Cambridge you can reduce your calories far lower than with conventional food without losing any lean tissue. Because it was developed by a medical professor, it was clinically trialled prior to becoming available to the general public, so its safety and efficacy is proven. It is only available from professionally trained and qualified Cambridge 800 Consultants that will help you rebalance your eating habits and help you to develop a healthy relationship with food. Your Consultant will be there for you all the way … through the highs and the lows. No one expects someone who has had a lifelong weight problem to be able to solve their problem over night. But with the right support, guidance and motivation, you CAN do it. And Cambridge has the proof, having helped thousands of people all around the world to make healthy changes to their lives. Cambridge work closely with Obesity Forums and sponsor National Obesity Week and Diabetes Week.

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By Sarah Hawes. Cambridge 800

The link between overweight and obesity and its relationship with medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and joint pain is well documented. Cambridge have an ongoing independent clinical research provision to provide scientific, evidence-based information to both you, the public, and to the medical profession. This is one of the reasons that Cambridge 800 has many medically trained Consultants in Spain, including nurses and doctors. So whether you have 5 kilos or 95 kilos to lose, Cambridge has a Programme to suit most people. Why try to lose weight on your own, when you can have help and someone to share the excitement of that new outfit as you drop down clothing sizes to unveil the new you? So, if you want to improve your health and regain your vitality, whether you are a man or a woman, talk to Cambridge 800…the experts and specialists in their field. With our 30th anniversary looming ever closer in June of this year, Cambridge know a thing or two about weight. Cambridge 800 is part of the successful group of Cambridge Weight Plan Limited companies developed in the UK, formerly known as the Cambridge Diet, available throughout the world and in Spain. Cambridge can help you, in confidence and with clear direction to find the new you. So don´t just Dream of losing weight, Believe in yourself and you, together with your Consultant can Achieve with Cambridge 800. www.cambridge800.es Facebook: Cambridge 800 España-Spain Tel: 952 586 324 or 952 475 954 Email: admin@cambridge800.es

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KEY HEALTH Make the Difference in 2014

By Anne Stark

It’s official – on 1st January we all start a new diet and join the gym! Some people actually do it and others just talk about it, as they have done in years gone past. Maybe it is worth thinking differently about your body, for example how to cleanse it from the inside? Pancreatic and Liver Cancer are silent killers, hard to detect and a small chance of survival once diagnosed. So what should we do? Detox The body is detoxing naturally every day. However, depending on what you eat, how you live your life and how your body performs, natural detoxing often needs some help. It is always best to turn to the professionals when choosing natural products to aid your detox regime. We all have our favourite Health Food Shop to provide us with the best product knowledge for our individual needs. Anni Dahl is the founder of Anni’s Vital Shop with branches along the coast (see page 11 for the one nearest to you). Anni is a walking encyclopaedia with her vast knowledge of natural health and best remedies for everything; she and her knowledgeable staff can give you this valuable information free of charge and you never feel pushed into buying anything. The right diet and exercise are key ingredients to your wellbeing but other treats such as a lovely massage or facial, an evening at the theatre etc also help! If you need some help to accelerate your progress then try Genie slimming, toning and lymphatic drainage treatments. If you lose a lot of weight, then it is vital to take care of your skin. Dry brushing is an old but effective remedy for body exfoliation. Genie Take 10 is a muscle builder for your facial muscles. After just the first session, and in very short treatments, you will already see the difference – guaranteed! For the best results, please do not be fooled by imitations and also make sure your therapist is certified to operate Genie Complete. By the end of February I will have completed a 5-month refresher course in deep tissue massage. New techniques and general knowledge will ensure your massage with me is of the highest standard. My excellent, heated massage bed will make your treatment even more enjoyable at this time of year! I specialise in massages to treat sports injuries, tension and for general well-being. You are welcome to call me to arrange a free, no obligation consultation for more information on any of my treatments.

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KEY HEALTH Positively Pink & Positively Blue’s 2014 Screening Programmes Commence

We are delighted to advise that both the Positively Pink and Positively Blue screening programmes for this year have already commenced. Positively Pink & Positively Blue are the Mijas-based charities with the sole aim to raise the necessary funds to provide education, support and a FREE breast or prostate/testicular screening for British Men and Women living on the Costa del Sol. For the ladies, “Positively Pink” offers a comprehensive (Gold Standard) screening process that includes a consultation, physical examination, health education as well as a mammogram or ultrasound, in some cases both. As well as this, ladies will also receive a translation into English of the result(s). 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 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. For the men, “Positively Blue” offers a free consultation and PSA blood test as well as education and awareness on how to self examine. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with more than 30,000 men diagnosed annually. Around 10,000 men die from it every year, making it the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men. Testicular cancer affects 1 in 500 men between the ages of 15 and 50. Often in the early stages Prostate cancer has no symptoms. Both screening programmes are carried out in conjunction with Clinica Medicare, a nurse-led British health centre based in La Cala de Mijas. Dr. David Deardon, a UK-trained Breast Specialist, oversees the screening programme for Positively Pink (he also heads up The British Surgical Clinic). Dr. Wolfgang Kleimeier is a Specialist in Urology and he oversees the Positively Blue screening programme (he also heads up Clinica Urologica in Marbella). Clinica Medicare, Dr. Deardon and Dr. Kleimeier all provide their time, clinic space and expertise free of charge to the charity.

By PP & PB A Special Message from the Charities’ Founder: Lorraine Palmer, the founder of both Positively Pink & Positively Blue, continues to believe that “early detection is your best protection”. She would like to thank everyone who continues to support the charities, from our small team of volunteers who work tirelessly (especially Pat & Lee Jay from YJT Inland Radio, who give so much) to those who have attended the programmes and made a donation, through to all the local businesses that have given so generously to ensure that we have sufficient funds to continue this potentially lifesaving work in the years to come. A special thank you must be given to Sarah Hawes, Director of Cambridge 800 Spain whose generosity knows no bounds! What can YOU do to help Positively Pink & Positively Blue, Costa del Sol? If you would like to host or organise an event (such as a coffee morning, sponsored walk/run), have an event in mind, would like to help us raise awareness or you would like to get involved with the charity please get in touch on Tel: 952 835 776 or email: info@positively-pink.com Alternatively you can support these great charities by participating/attending or supporting one of the planned events for 2014 which are on the Events page in this magazine. Positively Pink & Positively Blue campaigns will run through to mid-December 2014. Appointments will be available every Tuesday for ladies and every other week for men, at Clinica Medicare in La Cala de Mijas, 952 835 776. In 2014 we aim to offer 1,000 breast screening appointments to ladies and 200 screenings for prostate and testicular cancer to the men. We would encourage people to book their appointments for 2014 sooner rather than later, as in 2013 all of the men’s appointments for the whole programme were booked within a very short space of time. As in previous years, these screenings are offered FREE of charge. All that the charity asks of attendees to either of the programmes, is to make a donation to assist in funding future years’ programmes. For more information about Positively Pink & Positively Blue please visit our websites: www.positively-pink.com/www.positively-blue.com or follow us on Facebook.

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KEY FEATURE Costa Cancer Help Group Grows Cancer Sucks Spain is a Facebook group that started about five months ago. We have over 150 members who feel the benefit from having a group where they are able to chat, vent, scream or offer advice. Our group is open to anyone who has been affected by cancer. Many of our members have become close and offer each other suppor t in many ways. As the group began to grow, we thought it would be nice to have a coffee morning to meet up and chat, which we did a few times; that then grew into the AECC in Carvajal inviting us to hold our meetings at their venue. This was wonderful news for us as the AECC is a Spanish suppor t organisation. Our group is now able to benefit from many of their services such as yoga classes, meditation, massage etc. They also offer many other services and help with paperwork, forms and entitlements. It has been a wonderful oppor tunity for us to merge more with the Spanish. Anyone is invited to join our group. Unfor tunately, like cancer, we do not discriminate. If you have been affected by cancer and want to talk to like-minded

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people, please come along. We have meetings every other Friday, the next meetings being on 21st February and 7th March. The AECC can be found at Paseo Maritimo No. 136, Carvajal - at the end of Fuengirola (opposite end to Castle). We are pleased to announce that a councillor has now joined the group with Macmillan based training. She is also a life coach, helping members to look forward and not back. She will also be attending our Coffee Mornings. We have a Spanish Doctor of Haematology on board with us who speaks perfect English. She is a great help to us and a fountain of knowledge. She is willing to offer her services and advice to our members and we are very lucky to have her. You will be surprised when chatting to her to find out just the kind of things you are entitled to. Please join our Facebook group, Cancer Sucks Spain, to benefit from regular support and information. Alternatively, email cancersucksspain@outlook.com or call 662 446 388 if you have any questions or would like to know about future meeting dates.

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KEY FEATURE Worry, Worry Worry! Dear Joy Help needed! I’m writing on the off chance you can help me with some business problems I’m having. I’ve had a small business for four years and have really enjoyed working for myself but over the last 6 months things have started to go very wrong. I seem to have lost all my motivation, I feel very stressed, I can’t sleep and I’m in a constant state of worry. I would really like to continue my business but I get so overwhelmed with it all I can’t focus and concentrate on what needs to be done. I would really like some help and your thoughts on this. Thanks Garry Dear Garry I totally understand there are many people going through the same situation but the good news is there are solutions. It’s very easy to feel overwhelmed when you get tired and worried; it can turn into a vicious circle and you can’t see the wood for the trees. You need to give yourself some head space to find a new way forward. Trying to control things on the ‘outside’ is usually quite impossible, so we have to connect to ourselves from the inside. The best and only way is to stop and take a breath and relax. May sound crazy but it works every time! Here are a few ideas and a good place to start. Step 1. Get a note pad and pen. Step 2. Give yourself some you time and find a quiet place to sit and relax for 5 minutes; breathe really deeply and let go. Try as much as possible to clear your mind and focus on your heart, breathing and letting go. Relax, let go, release. Step 3. In this relaxed state make a list of all the things you need to do, you can prioritize this later. The idea is to clear a space in your mind to get back into the flow. Step 4. Draw a line down the middle of the page and in list 1 write down all the things you’re great at, your achievements, all the things you’re proud of that you feel good about. List 2 - List the things you need to improve and that you don’t feel

By Joy Fahey good about. I‘ll put money on the first list being the longer! Feels good doesn’t it? This gives you a boost of confidence and lifts your self esteem. You see when you are stuck and overwhelmed, a bit like your computer when it goes into overload, you have to switch it off and let it rest before rebooting it! Same with the mind, you have to stop and take a breath. This little exercise helps you put things in perspective, it shifts your energy and focus, frees up energy and space to see a clearer path forward. All of us can get so wrapped up with the problem, it can overtake us and nothing moves forward and has a knock on effect to everything we do. Once we clear the path, we can make a new plan, re-establish our goals and purpose and get back in control of it rather than it having control of us. Usually the problem isn’t as big as you think, it just seems that way when it’s running round your head at 2am! Writing it all out unquestionably helps and gives you the opportunity to evaluate things better. I hope that helps you get started; let me know how you get on. Kind Regards Joy

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KEY FEATURE Dario Meets TV Star Alan De Ward On Saturday the 25th of January a gathering of guests celebrated Scotland’s favourite son, the famed poet philosopher Robbie Burns on “Burns Night” that was held at the Tamisa Golf Hotel. The popular hotel owned by John Peach, a Scot himself, was decorated with Scottish banners. The glamorous event was filled to capacity and as the guests arrived, many were dressed in Scottish tartan regalia. I was there to take some photos of the event, when I heard the distinctive sounds of the bagpipes being played to welcome the guests and to my surprise, there was my neighbour and showbiz colleague, Alan de Ward, a star of German TV, confidently playing the bagpipes and perfectly attired in classical Scottish dress. Following an exchange of congratulations and niceties, we arranged to meet for this Key Magazine interview. I need to mention, that after I wrote the music to the song “Marbella Marbella,” it was Alan de Ward who first heard it, saw the potential in the song, and recognised the value of my idea for the campaign to promote Marbella, especially and the Costa del Sol, against the negative international propaganda that the coast was experiencing at that time. So he and I sat down at his lovely home in Puebla Aida and together we wrote the English lyrics that were later registered in Alan’s name with S.G.A.E Malaga. Following a meeting with David Mairs, the popular musician entertainer, David recorded Alan in his Fuengirola studio. So Alan was the first artist to sing this song and it was played on radio stations up and down the Coast. After his version was sent to Germany, I received a couple of phone calls from the popular German singer/ TV star, Roberto Blanco, who told me that this song “was the hit of the summer” and showed interest in it. Alan De Ward still sings this song wherever he performs, and he told me he always receives positive responses from the audiences, not only in Spain but also abroad. I asked Alan how his show business life began and shyly smiling he began. “I was introduced to show business

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from an early age, through my mother and grandfather and moved to Germany in 1966 and together with my brother John, we started a children’s show, which was a big success all over the country. In 1971, John and I formed the ‘The Ward Brothers’, a musical comedy act, which started us climbing the show business ladder and following years of effort and dedication, in 1982 we performed our first TV show on Germany’s ZDF channel. More shows followed throughout East and West Germany. During this time we were also performing in Austria, Switzerland and Holland; doing over 20 Galas a month, meeting and working with all the top international artists. The Ward Brothers also worked in theatre, which was always a 1–2 month engagement. We performed all over the world: in the UK, at Blackpool’s Winter Garden, in London’s Café Royale and also in Monte Carlo. We also performed in a German musical entitled ‘Swinging London’ and performing shows on cruise ships, led us to travelling round the world 4 times entertaining the passengers which we enjoyed immensely. As well as the hundreds and hundreds of live shows we performed, we have recorded various songs, including ‘Forget All My Yesterday Lovers’ and ‘What A Shame’. Impressed by his professional achievements, I asked Alan what brought him and his attractive wife Inga to Spain. “It was in 2000, looking for sunshine, I decided to live and work in Spain; starting my solo career under the stage name of Alan de Ward and as I sing, play the pan pipes, the bagpipes, plus various other instruments, I began performing up and down the coast on the Costa del Sol and of course, I enjoy a good game of golf and play as often as engagements permit, and where better to play, than here in this glorious weather.” As I left Alan, I reflected on how many interesting artists I have been fortunate to meet since I came to Spain, and Alan de Ward is most certainly one of those talents. Contact: info@ward-brothers.com.

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KEY FEATURE Making Scents (continued) Harry took the large shepherd’s pie from the oven. He had put lots of grated cheese on top before browning it to a deep caramel colour. “Is there any pudding Dad?” Ricki’s eyes lit up at the sight of the meal. “You know we only have a pudding at the weekend when there’s more time. There’s yogurt in the fridge or you can have fruit,” Harry smiled as he dished up Kristin’s meal. “Yuk – I hate yogurt. It’s lap sap.” Nina screwed up her nose in disgust. “Well, don’t have any then,” Kristin said. “Have an apple –it’s good for your teeth.” She ignored the sulking that followed this remark as she tucked into the meal. Ricki was the first to finish his food, scraping every last scrap onto his fork with a knife before starting to taunt Nina, “Lap sap Chung, lap sap Chung.” “All right, that’s enough.” Harry only had to look at Ricki with his normally cheerful mouth a straight line and this had the desired effect. “I said some food was lap sap at school the other day and everyone laughed at me. In Hong Kong we all knew what lap sap meant,” Nina whined. “How do you expect them to understand Chinese at an English school, dummy?” Ricki was scornful of his younger sister. “Darling, this is yummy. How would I manage without you?” Kristin smiled appreciatively at Harry. “Oh, I’m sure you’d find a way.” Harry winked. “I had a weird experience today in the salon. A new client went to sleep during her facial and I couldn’t wake her up. In the end I almost had to yell at her and squirt water in her face. I just could not wake her up and she appeared dead.” “So, did she die in the treatment chair?” Nina asked. Deciding to put the family out of their misery, she described the situation. “Eventually, I realised that she was drunk.” Kristin’s eyes were alive with the drama of the events of the afternoon.

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By Sue Cross The children found this highly amusing; Harry just chewed and shook his head. “I don’t know,” he said, “I think you attract these dramas. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. And you know that selling these oils is only making more work for yourself. Why can’t you just be content that the salon is doing all right? You seem to thrive on all this excitement and then complain that you’re tired all the time…” Before Kristin could defend herself, the phone rang. “I’ll get it,” she insisted. Harry did not bother to answer the phone, knowing that Kristin preferred to. “Hello,” Kristin bit her tongue – she had almost said, ‘The Works Beauty Salon’ out of habit. “Hi, Kristin – this is Heather. I wondered if you and Harry are free on Saturday evening. I’m having a few friends round for a meal. Are you free?” “Yes, we are – how lovely. What sort of time?” Kristin did not know Heather well. They had met at a Ladies’ Circle talk that she had given to promote the salon and Heather had been in a few times for a facial. “Half seven for eight. I know you must be busy – does that give you enough time?” The women chatted for a while before Kristin rang off. She felt uncomfortable that she had not had anyone around for dinner since the family had returned from Australia, where a business venture had failed. This was not because she did not like entertaining, far from it, but simply that all her energies had been spent on running the business and looking after the family. Her only consolation was that her working life provided plenty of social interaction. It was in this house that she worked, lived and socialized. MAKING SCENTS by Sue Cross is available as a paperback or ebook on Amazon. Check out Sue’s website www.suecross.com

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KEY FEATURE Artisticas Eclécticos

By Margit Björklund & Elaine Carlton

The most exciting art organisation for decades, with a truly international feel, has formed offering opportunities for businesses, venues and professional artists alike: Artisticas Eclécticos!

other countries and also undertake commissions and guarantee a variety of exciting exhibitions. The artists produce work in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolour, mixed media, fabric, silver and ceramic.

Artistas Eclécticos is a group of professional, International Artists, who have exhibited extensively across much of the world before joining together in Andalucía, Spain. They offer varied and interesting exhibitions which are a delight to see.

If you are a business who would like to host an exhibition, or perhaps you have a suitable venue and would like to show some quality art, then please contact Margit Björklund or Elaine Carlton: info@artistaseclecticos.com.

This is a fluid group of artists who still show their work in

If you are already an artist then visit the website to find out more about joining the group: www.artistaseclecticos.com.

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KEY ASTROLOGY February 2014 - Signs on the Cusp…

By Janet Powell

and More

In previous issues I’ve written articles about the personal planets: Moon, Mercury Venus, Mars and Jupiter and what they represent astrologically, and while most people know their Sun sign and what this means for them personally, there are some who were born on what is called ‘the cusp’ of a sign... this is the point at which the Sun is about to move from one sign into the next. Because this changes from year to year, the sun-sign dates given in daily papers and magazines can often be misleading. As an example, the Sun went into Scorpio at 10.30am GMT on 23rd October in 1956, but in 1955 it didn’t go into Scorpio until 4.30am GMT on 24th October! These varying times apply to all Sun signs. So, if you were born on the cusp of a sign, you know your time of birth and would like to know the correct sign you were born under, write to me with the date, time and place of your birth at the address below and I’ll send you the details. The Sun, Moon and Ascendant are the most significant points in a birth chart but whichever sign and house the sun falls in the chart is where we want to shine. The Moon helps define our emotional development and the sign and house positions show the way in which we express our emotions and nurturing habits. The birth time gives us the sign on the Ascendant; the Rising sign. This is also the sign of the first house which reveals the characteristic way in which we project ourselves to the world and how the world sees us back! Learning astrology may seem complex but once the meaning of each planet, sign and house is learnt using a few short keywords, it becomes very much clearer… i.e. why do we ‘think’ (Mercury) in the way we do? Why do we ‘relate’ (Venus) in the way we do? Take an example birth chart where Mercury (the mind, ideas, communication) is in Aries (active, impulsive, energetic) in the 7th house (one to one and close relationships): this person is likely to be mentally active

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and energetic and somewhat impulsive in the area of personal relationships! This is only a brief example but it shows how you could quite easily start reading your own chart… and come up with amazingly accurate results! Of course this is only part of the process but when you discover just how precise your chart compares with your own life, you may be spurred on to learn more about yourself and what makes you the way you are… why you do the things you do! It is only when we learn about and understand ourselves that we can truly understand others! This is how my journey began more than 30 years ago and why I want to share what I have learnt over those years. To do this, I’m planning a series of Astrology Seminars over the coming months, introducing the basics of astrology to those interested in finding out more on the subject. In the autumn, a Beginners Astrology Workshop will also be held in Fuengirola. If you are interested in attending a Seminar, call or write to me for details. Also for your diary, on 12th March I’ll be joining Sandy from Key Magazine on Mijas 340 International TV when we’ll be talking about astrology and what our cosmic friends have in store over the coming months. Finally, on a parting note, Mercury is currently retrograde in Aquarius until 28th February… in technical terms you may get shocks from the computer or it could break down altogether! Also be careful about leaving cups of coffee near keyboards during this time. Communications over the internet may be the most sensitive to this Mercury retrograde (Uranus (Aquarius) rules the internet) and for once snail mail might actually be more reliable than cyber post! Good luck… Until next time :) Astrology4everyone@yahoo.co.uk 625 987 575. Janet is also available for one to one readings.

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KEY SPORTS World Cup Extravaganza

By Steve Billingham

Part 1Memories of Mexico 1986 The obvious ones are Gary Lineker’s goals and Maradona’s ‘hand of god’(boo! hiss!). Manuel Negrete’s spectacular scissor-kick against Bulgaria. The smart goalkeeping and long throw-outs of Morocco keeper ‘Zaki’ and West Germany’s Harald Schumacher to the halfway line and beyond. France keeper Joel Bats blinder against Brazil in the quarter finals saving a Zico penalty and further pens in the shootout – and stinker against Germany in the semis. Brazil keeper Carlos’s outrageous rugby tackle on Bruno Bellone yards outside the box which went unpunished. France back-up keeper Albert Rust with the big Afro coming in for the third place play-off with Belgium, a very entertaining match won by France 4-2 after extra time. It was Rust’s only appearance for his country. Dead ball specialist with the sweet-left peg Bernard Genghini played his only match of the tournament and scored France’s third goal. Poor distribution by Denmark keeper Lars Hogh in the second round match with Spain. Hogh passed out (with his wrong foot) to Jesper Olsen but the ball was awkward and behind Olsen, so he had to turn and for some reason decided to pass it back. The pass was a mile short and off-target and Spain striker Emilio Butragueno raced in to score. Spain won the match 5-1 and Butragueno scored 4. Italy 1990 ‘SupermanMusabah, the flying United Arab Emirates goalkeeper, who dived for everything. Yugoslavia number 6 Jozic had a solid tournament and scored a cracker against Columbia, chesting down on the edge of the area and volleying past Higuita. Maradona snidely clearing off the line with his hand with one of the group games. What about old Des Washington at right-back for USA with Tony Meola in goal and Costa Rica beating Scotland? Bryan Robson always seemed to go off in World Cup games with shoulder injuries, didn’t he? Salvatore Schillaci, who was also known for some reason as ‘Toto’, was an unknown reserve weeks before the tournament but scored 6 goals and won the Golden Boot. Voller and Rijkards ‘spitting duel’-both off. USA 1994 Cafu at right-back for Brazil. Russia stuffing Cameroon in the first round with 40 year old Joseph-Antoine Bell in goal (and 39 year old Thomas N’Kono on the bench), veteran of

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the 82 and 90 World Cups. In 1982 N’Kono wore £2.95 Uhlsport gloves which were available from TV Sports. 42 year old Roger Milla, another veteran of 82 and 90, (4 goals and celebratory dances) came on and scored a consolation goal. Republic of Ireland’s John Aldridge and manager Jack Charlton effing and blinding with officials because there was for some reason a delay with Aldridge coming on. Was it at this World Cup or the 1990 one (or both) where Romanian midfielder, Marius Lacatus, had hair like a beetle? France 1998 Jim Leighton by now 40 flapping hopelessly at something during one of the Scotland group games. Would Matt Elliot have made a difference to the Scotland back 4? Michael Owens wondergoal against Argentina (I was round a friend’s house eating a Chinese meal when that went in) and a perfectly legitimate Sol Campbell header being disallowed. Paul Gascoigne and Matthew Le Tissier (missed 1 penalty ever) were of course left at home. Dennis Bergkamp’s goal against Argentina, a carbon copy of one he had scored earlier in the season for Arsenal against Leicester, and SlavanBillic’s play acting to get France skipper Laurent Blanc sent off. 2013 UK Snooker Championships in a Nutshell The tournament took place at the Barbican Centre in York between 26 November and 8 December. A change in the format meant that the tournament was longer and was open to the top 128 professional players. 7 players withdrew so 7 amateurs were introduced. 21 year old Mitchell Travis ‘took out’ World number 6 Marco Fu and then won another round in a run to the last 32. Also 15 year old Shane Castle performed creditably going down 4-6 to reigning champion Mark Selby, having been surprisingly 3-1 up. There was a first appearance on television for 3 years for Jimmy White although he went down 2-6 to World number 10 Stuart Bingham. ‘Not sure about the 4 table format and this many players in,’ remarked an observer. ‘Some of the matches seem a bit one sided and the standard of snooker in some of them isn’t great.’ Mark Selby knocked in a 147 in his semi-final match with Ricky Walden. Selby cut a tricky black into the middle pocket, by no means a gimme by a stretch to complete the 100th maximum in tournament play. The final was won by Neil Robertson who beat Mark Selby10-7, although Selby missed a black (easier than the one he knocked in for the maximum) along the bottom rail to level it up at 8-8.

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KEY EVENTS Age Care Advice Centre Age Care Association weekly Coffee Mornings are held every Tuesday from 11 am to 1 pm, at the El Zoco Café, Supersol, El Zoco, Calahonda. People can chat, share experiences and find out about living in Spain. Pop along for a chat or call on Tel 952 933 409 for more information. Cancer Sucks Spain Cancer Sucks Spain meet every other Friday, the next Meeting being 21st February at the AECC, Paseo Maritimo 136, Carvajal (the end of Fuengirola - opposite end to Castle). Markets Wednesday – Outdoor Market, Fairground La Cala 9.00am to 2.00pm Thursday – Outdoor Market - Centro Valdepino, Calypso 9.00am to 2.00pm Saturday – Fairground La Cala 9.00am to 2.00pm Sunday - Calypso Boot Sale from 9.00am to 2.00pm Hipodromo - Boot Sale from 9.00pm to 12.30pm 1st Saturday of the Month entrance to Elviria Eco Market 10.00-14.00 Last Sunday of the Month La Cala Boulevard Eco Market from 10.00am Art Exhibitions AIA Sol de invierno/Winter Sunshine Until 3rd March. Original watercolour paintings by Roger Thomas Cummiskey and Enrique Agusti Lafuente. The artworks are Figurative and Abstract images in small format. The artists, AIA - Artistas Internaciónales en Andalucía members, are from Ireland and Spain. Presented for your pleasure at Galeria Restaurante LUCIA, C/Maestra Ángeles Aspiazú 17, Fuengirola. Open daily M-F 12.00-21.00. Closed Sat and Sun. www.aia-artgroup.com, Phone 666 78 26 42. Artistas Eclécticos Beginnings! Four artists from the group Artistas Eclécticos have a new exhibition with unique pieces each telling stories which will make a favourable impression on the viewer. Richard Woods’ works are representational in a classic style produced in both oil and watercolours. The landscape and architectural subjects are confidently presented with precision and subtle brush work in true colours. Although Jane Gomis works in acrylics and oils, lately she has been working with watercolour and has been drawn to more ethereal subjects. However, she also still loves to paint from nature and depict the wonderful old buildings, gardens and flowers that abound in Andalucia. Gunn Jonsson Shabetai is a fashion and textile print designer who studied and worked in NY City for many years before moving to Paris and devoting all her time to painting. She works mostly in mixed media and acrylic but also uses aquarelle and paints on silk. Her inspi-

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ration comes from nature, music, travel and current events. Niki Marko, an acrylic painter and ceramic artist, is known for her dynamic sport and tango images with a twist of humour. The exhibition can be seen at Venta el Jinete, Carretera La Cala Golf, Km 4.5, La Cala de Mijas until 10th March, every day, except Fridays 12.00 - 22.00.Telephone El Jinete on 952 11 91 70. More info at www.artistaseclecticos.com. Blossoming in La Luna Elaine Carlton, a founder member of the group Artistas Eclécticos, has a new exhibition in a new venue. Elaine is a textile artist who has always loved creating with fabrics and threads, and taught Art through the medium of Textiles for over thirty years. Her pictures are usually composed of a combination of mediums, but always involve machine and hand embroidery. The Andalucian heat and the sun influence the colours, textures and the content. Her Piscean nature means that a great deal of her work involves the sea, beaches and the associated flora and fauna. This exhibition concentrates on Andalucia. The exhibition can be seen until 30th March at La Luna Restaurant, Urb El Coto , Mijas Campo, Tuesday – Saturday 19.00 - 22.00 and Sunday 13.00 - 17.00 Tel 952 588 036. More info at www.artistaseclecticos.com. Charities PAD 20th February PAD Ladies’ Lunch at The Aroma Restaurant in Fish Alley, Fuengirola. From 1.30pm - 25 Euros. 27th April Spring Fayre in Mijas Pueblo. Positively Pink & Positively Blue Saturday 29th March 2014 – Skydive From 15,000ft Saturday 19th April 2014 – Pay to Walk for Positively Pink Events Organised by Mijas Town Hall Flamenco in the Square A Flamenco Spectacular takes place every Wednesday at midday in the Main Square of Mijas Village FREE of charge (weather permitting). The charge for the whole day in the municipal car park is only 1 Euro. Soup and Stew Route La Cala, Mijas Pueblo and Las Lagunas Residents and tourists are invited to enjoy the best gastronomy of Mijas during coming months. This innovative idea from the Department for Tourism of the Mijas Town Hall offers a succulent, traditional tapa, with a drink for just 2 Euros. The tapas are all served in 10 cm wide clay pots. La Cala de Mijas - Wednesdays and Saturdays in February and March, from 12 noon to 4pm. Mijas Village - Fridays and Saturdays in February and March, from 12 noon to 3pm and from 7pm to 10pm. Las Lagunas, Mijas Costa until 23rd of February, from 12noon to 3pm and from 7 to 10pm. See Key to Mijas Costa Facebook Page for more information on this and other events. Full schedule was not available at the time of going to print.

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KEY COMPUTERS The Big Switch-Off So, it has happened! - At the moment of writing this article, all channels and services from the BBC are unavailable via satellite to the Costa del Sol (and most other areas outside the UK). - The Irish channels, too - There has been no distinction between SD and HD channels, nor between Sky subscribers with or without a “plus” package. - On the 11th February all the ITV services will apparently also be lost and more Freesat channels are due to follow. - All systems based on satellite reception are as from now useless for Freesat channel reception “What’s the fix this time, then?” people ask on the social medias. In short, there is none, unless you bring in the Internet. I shall sum up the situation again very briefly; for further in-depth information about the different options, I refer to my former articles in this magazine, you can have copies of these in our offices. You shall need the Internet in order to obtain your favourite channels; there is no way round it! If you are a resident and here more or less permanently, we recommend the services of our “beloved” Movistar, formerly Telefonica. They are by far the most arrogant and rigid company in Spain, but their actual core product delivers exactly what you need, which is the possibility of a steady connection with enough speed to stream the signal and unlimited traffic. Unfortunately they only accept a minimum contract of 12 months. We are official agents for Movistar and you can contract their services through us in your own language. If you only live here for shorter periods over the year, you can opt for a wireless Internet Provider, there are several in the area, which will install the necessary infrastructure in your home, such as antenna, router, cabling etc. at an initial cost and charge you only for the periods you actually need their services. Normally there is a minimum billing period of a month. Watch out whether you are buying the equipment or only the installation with a right of use. You should make sure the signal received is adequate not only at the moment of the installation but over time, both during the day as well as during peak periods in the season. The latter is of course difficult to initially control and you might want to assess whether the company in question offers you the necessary confidence and guarantee. Needless to say there are many cowboys around; this is the Costa del Sol after all! Again, we can help you out with the choice of provider and do the necessary paperwork in our offices. Once you’ve obtained a satisfactory connection, you should choose

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your TV provider. Again, beware, specifically for companies offering you a “good” deal on a yearly subscription. It would not be the first time these would turn out to be resellers of other companies’ signals, only a couple of months later to vanish into thin air with your money, not having paid their original provider and thus leaving you without a signal! If you only wish to watch the news on a daily basis and you’re not fussy about live TV, you could sign up for a VPN tunnel provider. They will channel your internet connection through their system, thus disguising your Internet address (IP), making it possible to watch what’s online on the different websites in the UK, BUT do not expect to get all channels live, nor even a fraction of the programmes formerly available on the satellite. Bear in mind these are all different companies and as such do not promote the competitors’ signal. You will have to constantly swap between websites and you also tie up your computer in order to watch your preferred shows. We recommend an equivalent to the classic STB, Set-Top Box, where you just connect the box to your Internet, then to the television, power it on, and off you go. With a simple remote control you switch between channels from your sofa, just as before the switch off, only through a different box. Again, a vast selection of providers is available. You should ask yourself, in which quality you need to watch your shows, if you can watch them in different places in your home, even different channels at the same time, if there is a catch up service, any radio channels, recording facilities, is my router far away from my television and does this mean extra cabling and finally whether you can watch other inputs, such as Spanish television, cc-tv, blu-ray, dvds etc at the same time. But most important of all, have a look at the system before you decide; we offer you the possibility of a demo of various providers in our shop anytime you wish. Give us a call or just come round whenever you like. We offer you a comparison of signals and systems so you can choose the better option. Whatever you do, make sure you can get a refund of all your installtion fees if you are not happy with the result. Different providers might blame other companies for your lack of signal, so make sure you deal with a company which offers you a global solution. We at WISE are such a company. Finally you might want to take up with your community the possibility of a larger, and maybe more economic solution, if there are enough people interested; we shall be happy to advise you and your community on this in our shop. The address can be found in the advert on this page. Regards, please do not kill the messenger! Hans J. Nielsen Manager, WISE

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KEY ARTICLE Winter Testing in Jerez

By Ally Rennie

Welcome to the first of the regular articles on Formula 1 this season. We would like to start off this article by wishing Michael Schumacher a full and speedy recovery after his skiing accident at the end of December. The 2014 Formula 1 Season kicks off with, as always, the winter testing in Jerez. Typically, Jerez provides a variation in track temperatures, weather, air density, not to mention the first chance for the world’s media to see the new cars in action. With huge changes this year in car specification, the testing was eagerly anticipated. Engine rules now incorporating a shift from 2.4-litre V8 engines to 1.6 litre V6 turbo engines should give some interesting results and hopefully a variation to the almost predictable podiums of late. We summarise the week’s testing at Jerez giving the main points of interest: Day 1 Kimi Raikkonen was fastest on the opening day - with limited running throughout the paddock. Raikkonen was the only man to manage more than 20 laps on a day featuring a number of stoppages, the most serious coming when Lewis Hamilton crashed the new Mercedes after a front wing issue. Red Bull and Caterham failed to post timed laps having only joined proceedings late in the day, while McLaren and Marussia weren’t ready to start their testing programmes. With the early running being more about reliability and system checks with the revised regulations rather than outright performance, lap times were notably down on those set in the corresponding test last year and not representative of what is expected during the season ahead. Day 2 Having been forced to skip the first day of Formula 1 pre-season testing, Jenson Button marked the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29’s track debut by going quickest on day two at Jerez. The British driver completed 43 laps to edge out day one pace setter, Kimi Raikkonen, by just over six tenths, while Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg and Sergio Perez ensured Mercedes-powered cars took up four of the top five positions. By contrast, Renault had a disappointing day with Red Bull Racing and Caterham suffering issues, while Scuderia Toro Rosso didn’t make it out on track at all. So far Renault-powered cars have completed just 38 laps in two days, compared with Mercedes on 212 and Ferrari on 100. Day 3 Mercedes-powered cars continued to dominate proceedings during the third day of Formula 1 testing at Jerez, with McLaren rookie, Kevin Magnussen, marking his debut by setting the fastest lap time of the test thus far. His first outing in the MP4-29, Magnussen completed a strong day for the McLaren

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team, with day two pace setter, Jenson Button, following up his team-mate in fourth position. The pair were split by a late flyer from Williams’ new signing, Felipe Massa, in second and Lewis Hamilton driving the works Mercedes in third. In all, five Mercedes-powered cars filled the top six, with Fernando Alonso breaking the run in fifth for Ferrari, ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg. Meanwhile, Sauber’s Adrian Sutil suffered an accident that curtailed his running, Red Bull’s technical issues continued and Marussia made its track debut as Max Chilton completed a handful of untimed installation laps. Day 4 Felipe Massa is quickest for Williams on the final day of running at Jerez as the first test for the latest specification of F1 machinery draws to a close. While some are able to rack up the miles however, Red Bull is forced to head home early after further issues with the new RBV10. Summary One should never read too much into testing times - especially when that test was effectively an extended shake-down. Kevin Magnussen will no doubt be more than happy to leave Spain with the quickest overall time after his debut as a McLaren race driver. This week’s official aggregate top 10 test times from Jerez: 1. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1m 23.276s, 162 laps 2. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1m 23.700s, 133 laps 3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 23.952s, 121 laps 4. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1m 24.165s, 83 laps 5. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m 24.812s, 78 laps 6. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1m 25.344s, 42 laps 7. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1m 25.495s, 173 laps 8. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1m 25.588s, 188 laps 9. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1m 26.096s, 17 laps 10. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1m 28.376s, 48 laps Total laps run - by team (power unit, where different): 1. Mercedes, 309 2. Ferrari, 251 3. McLaren (Mercedes), 245 4. Williams (Mercedes), 175 5. Sauber (Ferrari), 163 6. Force India (Mercedes), 146 7. Caterham (Renault), 76 8. Toro Rosso (Renault), 54 9. Marussia (Ferrari), 30 10. Red Bull (Renault), 21 From Jerez, the teams will now head back to their respective factories to consolidate their findings and prepare for the second pre-season test, which takes place in Bahrain on February 19-22. Opening Fixtures for this issue of the magazine are on page 37.

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KEY MOTOR F1 and Moto GP Fixtures for this Issue

By Medicare

The opening fixtures of Formula1and Moto GP for this season are as follows: F1 16th March AUSTRALIA Melbourne 30th March MALAYSIA Kuala Lumpur 6th April BAHRAIN Sakhir

Moto GP 23rd March QATAR Losail 13th April USA Austin

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Hard Disk Drives vs. Solid-state Drives: Are SSDs finally worth the Money? SSDs today are far more reliable, have greater endurance and perform better. Perhaps the single biggest change, though, is price. In 2009, SSDs cost around 2 Euros per gigabyte. That meant a 120GB SSD cost you more than 200 Euros. If you were paying 500 Euros for a laptop, it wasn’t reasonable to expect to pay almost half that for a new drive. Today, however, SSDs cost close to one-third of what they did in 2009 -- in many cases, less than 1 Euro per gigabyte. For example, Crucial in July announced its new low-cost v4 SSD that costs 70 Euros for a 128GB model and 140 Euros for a 256GB model. One thing hasn’t changed, though: While they may never beat out hard drives in price, SSDs will always have one major advantage: No moving parts. This means no mechanics to break, even when a machine is jostled or dropped. SSDs are natively more resilient than hard drives, particularly when it comes to mobile applications. Standard mechanical hard drives have to physically move an access arm and wait for the disk platters to rotate past the heads. This takes time - a lot of it in computer terms. It takes about a million times longer to access data on a hard drive than it does to retrieve it from RAM. SSDs are entirely electronic. The system still has to go through more hoops to get at SSD data than RAM data, but all of the mechanical delay is eliminated - so SSDs can retrieve data much faster than a hard drive. How much faster depends on how you want to measure it. There are two primary measurements for drive performance: Latency - when you’ve asked for the data, how long do you have to wait before it starts coming back?

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By Marcus Yarwood, Computer City

Transfer Rate - once you start getting the data, how much data per second can you get? Think of latency like looking for a particular passage in a book. It depends on how many pages you have to flip though before you find what you’re looking for. Think of transfer rate like the number of words-per-minute that you can read. Once you’ve found the right page, how long does it take you to read it? The latency of a hard drive (how long it takes to find something) is around 150 times longer than that of an SSD. The transfer rate of a hard drive (how fast it reads once it’s found the file) is around 2 to 3 times slower than an SSD for reading, and (very roughly) similar to an SSD for writing. So the exact performance improvement you’re going to see depends a lot on how many individual things you have to look for and how big they are (the very much shorter latency of an SSD means it’s a LOT faster to look for something, while it’s somewhat faster transfer rate is less of an advantage the bigger the item you’re reading). Booting an OS and starting up application programmes normally means reading lots and lots of small files from the system drive. This is where SSDs really shine - lots of file finding and relatively small file sizes play to its big strength over hard drives - very small latencies. For other uses, the drive will be faster but the difference may not be as dramatic, particularly if you’re writing to the drive. Computercity is now selling refurbished laptops with the option of a Solid State Hard drive upgrade.

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KEY FINANCE Insurance = Family Protection and Peace of Mind At Right Way Insurance we are here to provide you advice, assessment and services in all areas of family and business protection. Our aim is to provide peace of mind for you and your family by assessing your insurance requirements and providing you the necessary policies to ensure that peace of mind. Insurance is much more than just the Certificate of Insurance and the Policy Booklet that we provide you. Insurance is security and peace of mind. Give us a call, make an appointment and come in and discuss all your insurance requirements for the protection of you and your family. We take away the hassle for you by managing all your insurance requirements under one roof. We discuss and assess your needs with you and then make recommendations to you for coverage. And we only use the best insurers that provide the best products, coverage and services. Now the first thing the majority of people think about when we talk about insurance is car insurance, however, there are even more important subjects to discuss. Think of your health and that of your family. Have we discussed Medical Insurance with you? Full Medical Coverage is available in Spain from just 23 euros per month. What about inheritance tax? Do you have an Inheritance Tax Protection Policy? Are you even aware how much Inheritance

By Rightway Insurance & Finance

Tax you or your loved ones would need to pay? Life Insurance coverage for Mortgage Protection. You may have coverage with your Bank, which means that you are paying more than you have to and you are not obligated to have coverage with your Bank. Or maybe you want to provide security for your family and maintain their standard of living. Funeral Insurance. A subject that we don’t like to talk about, but there is no escaping the fact that funerals are expensive and it’s important to make provisions to ensure your family is not left with the financial strain and responsibility at what can be a very difficult and emotional time. You should always discuss your Insurance requirements with the Insurance Professionals. Do not allow your Insurances to be arranged via other sources, such as Banks, Lawyers or Administrators. There is more to insurance than just providing you with the policy documents and collecting the premium. We have to be knowledgeable about the products and coverage that we recommend and that comes with the years of experience that we have at Right Way Insurance, both here in Spain for the last 15 years and prior to that in the UK. Go the Right Way for all your Family Protection policies and contact Right Way Insurance today.

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KEY FINANCE The UK saw 1.8% y/y sales growth in December. But it wasn’t all a happy story as in all games there are winners and losers. In the winners’ corner were Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl whilst Tesco and Sainsburys were cast as losers. Another big winner came from on line shopping as high street stores continue to adapt to changing shopping needs. The Cooperative Bank remains a storyline as they managed to raise the capital to continue trading and Standard and Poor, the credit reference agency, acknowledged this by upgrading the senior debt from B to B+ as the bank prepares itself for a market placing probably during 2014. The Bank of England left interest rates on hold. Consumers are spending as new car sales rose 11% and employers are suggesting during 2014 they will start to take on more people. The last month (late Dec and Early Jan) did see the pound as a favoured currency. In the Eurozone Mr Draghi has been voted Central Bank Governor of the year and the ECB also left rates on hold at .25% but faces issues with the threat of deflation. The unemployment rate stayed at 12.1% however there were

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By Moneycorp signs that a small recovery is in place as Spain saw better data, Italy has seen manufacturing improve and Spanish and Italian bonds yields dropped. Even the sick man of Europe (France) actually saw a small improvement in recent data. Portugal also joined the party by raising 3.25 billion Euros in a 5-year bond sale. The IMF added to the confusion in the markets by placing Denmark, Finland, Norway and Poland on the watch list for countries to have regular check ups of their financial services sector. Rates during the period 15 Dec to 14 Jan 2014 £ to $ £ to Euro Euro to $

High 1.660 1.214 1.386

Low 1.624 1.181 1.355

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KEY LAW Spanish Data Protection

Agency Fines Google Spain

By Victoria Anzola, Iberdata 21

The Spanish Data Protection Agency has fined Google Spain for committing three serious offences against the Data Protection Law, each fine being 300,000 Euros and has verified that: 1. Google Spain illegally collects and uses personal information. 2. They do not provide the user with adequate information about what type of data they collect and for what purpose. This is a serious breach of the users’ right to their personal data protection as recognised in article 18 of the Spanish Constitution and regulated by the LOPD. The sanctions are due to illegal handling of personal data derived from Google’s new privacy policy. BACKGROUND : Illegal use of information. Last April, the Spanish Data Protection Agency sent a letter to Larry Page, CEO of Google, and to the personnel in charge of Google Spain. These actions were aimed at examining if Google’s uses of private data following their new privacy rules respect the Spanish and European Data Protection Laws and also to determine, who is liable in this case.

The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AGPD) has imposed penalties totaling 5,000 Euros on two jewellery companies for misuse of cookies. The AGPD, responsible for ensuring compliance with the Data Protection Act (LOPD), Internet and Cookies Laws (LSSICE), acted against two companies after a denunciation by a citizen who accused them of failing to supply information on their websites about cookies or seek consent for use. The AGPD considered that these companies linked to cookies in third-party websites without informing the users in a clear manner on the use of these cookies. The AGPD considered that the use of cookies by the jewellery companies was carried out without the users’ consent and in breach of any the provisions of the LSSICE computer Laws. Various fines of 1,500 Euros, 3,000 Euros and 5000 Euros have been imposed. Iberdata21 helps your company comply with the law by training workers and offering our services. All our training and our services are available in both Spanish and English.

INSPECTION: The inspection proceedings have now determined that Google collects personal information via almost one hundred different products and services that they offer in Spain: - without in many instances providing adequate information in regard to what data they are collecting - to what aims this data is used for - without obtaining valid consent from the users Against the requirements of Spanish legislation, Google stores and keeps personal data for indeterminate or unjustified periods of time, thus contravening the legal obligation of proceeding to the destroy the data when it ceases to be necessary for the use for which this data was originally required. When treating personal data we must always state clearly who is going to handle this data, ask for consent to use the data and to explain clearly and simply the uses/aims for which this data will be used. January 28th - Global Day of Data Protection …and in Spain, Two Companies fined 5,000 Euros for misuse of Cookies…

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“COOKIES LAW”

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KEY RESTAURANT GUIDE Issue93 17th Feb - 16th April 2014 In this issue we cover Mother’s Day and part of the Easter week, so please have a good look through to see what is on offer and don’t forget to book as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment. We are delighted once again to have several new restaurants in this issue as well as the return of some of your favourites after the winter break. The Key to Mijas Costa magazine’s website, www.keytomijascosta.com, is fully compatible for Smart device use. For simplicity, we have also individually adapted the restaurants in this guide so that you can click through directly from the QR codes to your Smart device, thus storing the details of your favourites for future use. Just a reminder that we have highlighted the USP of each venue in the Restaurant Guide and given a brief “taster”, but you will still be able to read the whole updated review either online at www.keytomijascosta. com or through the individual QR codes on the adverts. We are delighted to report that, at the time of going to print, the majority of the restaurants in our restaurant section could be found on the first page of Google through our restaurant guide! The reviews of new restaurants and the restaurant of the issue will continue to be shown in full text in the magazine.

Bar Tuta Ultimate Chill Out Bar in Jardin Botanico - open

every day from 4.30 p.m. Large, airy terrace, fully airconditioned, comfortable seating, choice of cocktails and an impressive selection of alcoholic drinks. Easy parking. Please check for events and music.

Cafeteria Los Olivos Top Notch Spanish Café & Restaurant in the Los Olivos Shopping Centre - Large terrace, spacious air conditioned interior, large car park. Ideal for an informal business meeting. Open 8.30 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday serving English and continental breakfast, Tapas, lunch and dinner. Attentive service.

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Caffe Stella International cuisine with an Italian twist. Lower floor, El Zoco, Calahonda, next to Viva. A very popular haunt amongst locals and tourists. Open from 8.30 every day until late. Breakfasts, snacks, daily fresh tapas, lunch and dinner. Menu del día Monday to Saturday from 1-5pm, 3 courses only 9.95, changes daily. Evening special Menu 5.45pm until late 3 courses 11.95, changes daily. Sunday Lunch – 3 courses, Meat, Chicken and Fish only 13.95. Specials, pizza, pasta, meat and fish, international cuisine with an Italian Twist, all freshly cooked by owner/ chef, Gino. Live music Thursday and Saturday Nights and many events throughout the year. Check at venue or on Facebook. Air conditioned and al fresco on the terrace.

Cravings Delicious Deli, Salt Beef and Greek Food Near Barclays Bank in Nueva Andalucia. Open from 8.00 a.m. until 9.00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and Mondays until 18.00. Spacious terrace, early bird breakfast, Hot Salt Beef, Latkes New Green Cucumber, Salads Fish Balls, Chicken Soup, Chopped Liver etc. Now stocking Kosher frozen chickens and Salamis (Wurst). Three-course Greek menu of the day for only 10 euros. Terrific value for money. Something for all tastes.

Da Rico Restaurante Recently opened in Riviera del Sol. Emphasis is on Italian home-cooked food. Delivery Service available. Special winter offers. See Riviera map at back of the magazine for location. Open Mon-Thurs 18.00-23.00, Fri, Sat and Sun 13.00-16.30 and 18.00-23.30, closed Tuesdays.

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Cosy, indoor restaurant for winter and extensive terrace with great views. Emphasis is on Italian home-cooked food. Extensive menu and daily specials. Winter offers – Mondays – for those eating in the restaurant – for a couple, 2nd Pizza Free, and on Wednesdays all Pizzas are 6 Euros. Free delivery to Riviera, Calahonda and La Cala, order times 18.00 to 23.00.

El Zoco Café the new, classy café at the Supersol, El Zoco right by the supermarket. Sister café to Cafeteria Los Olivos. Keen prices, top quality food and service, daily specials, a range of tapas, selection of breakfasts or simply a cup of coffee or refreshing drink. Established since 1975, prides itself on attention to detail and is renowned for being spotlessly clean. Ideal venue. Open from 9 until 9. Key Recommended.

Hotel Tamisa Golf Comfortable venue, great ambience and views over the golf course and beyond. Camino Viejo de Coin overlooking Mijas Los Lagos golf course. Fine food, fine wine, attentive service and lively entertainment make for a perfect evening. Renowned for Traditional Sunday lunch. Happy Hour Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 18.00 - 20.00 with half price drinks. Numerous and varied events throughout the year including fund raisers, contact the hotel for more information. Special events for Mother’s Day and Easter Day. Please see main ad.

Japanese Restaurant Ginza Wide range of authentic Japanese food including Sushi and Sashimi and Teppanyaki Show plus much more in its sophisticated surrounds. Ginza is in Jardin Botanico, La Cala. Decorated to a high standard. Highlight 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. The chef will show

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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 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. Food here is consistently of the highest standard, excellent service, Teppanyaki show makes for a very entertaining night out. Japanese Restaurant Ginza was voted restaurant of issue 91.

L’Oriental Finest Lebanese food on the coast. Next to Crowne Plaza Hotel, Benamara. Beautiful décor, lovely, extensive outdoor terrace with fountain in the summer months. Meze unbeatable with many dishes, all delicious and really fresh. Vegetarian’s paradise. Pop in, you will not be disappointed. Well worth the drive. Belly dancing at weekends. Please ring for details. We love it! Key Recommended. L’Oriental will be re-opening in March after refurbishment with some additions to the menu. Please phone first as the date or re-opening had not been confirmed at the time of going to print.

Ristorante Zia Lola Located in Mijas Golf opposite the Eurostars Hotel. Good quality, genuine Italian food, friendly, family service with reasonable prices, high standard of cuisine. Recently opened in Mijas Golf opposite the Eurostars Hotel. Owned by Dolores, who previously ran Fellini’s at the Aztec Country Club in Riviera for many years. Cosy, indoor restaurant with bar area and large terrace with plenty of room for the kids to play. Open all day from Tuesday to Sunday. Good quality, genuine Italian food, friendly, family service with reasonable prices, high standard of cuisine, and extensive kids’ menu. Great Italian menu of family favourites - pastas, thin and crispy pizzas, meat and seafood dishes cooked to perfection and also available as take away. Good selection of home-made desserts, fine wine list including Italian favourites. Key Recommended.

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Sofia’s Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant In Jardin Botanico, La Cala. Fresh Mandarin Cuisine cooked to order. Extensive menu with something for everyone - you will be spoilt for choice. Fronted by Sofia, affectionately known as “Mrs Wu” among the locals and husband, Gi, is the chef. Hong Kong is in Jardin Botanico, La Cala, next door to Henry’s. Spacious indoor restaurant with modern décor with large, covered and outdoor terraces. Hong Kong serves fresh Mandarin Cuisine cooked to order with many meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes to eat in or take away. Open from 12.00 to 16.00 and 18.00 – Midnight every day. Selection of keenly priced menus for two or four people. Special lunchtime menu only 7.80 Euros per person and includes TWO starters, main course, rice or noodles, and dessert or tea/coffee, with plenty of choices. You can see what is on offer in the ad in this section of the magazine. Good quality food, great choice, keenly priced. Key recommended.

Snack Attack Mijas Costa’s Favourite Café - Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary! In Jardin Botanico, La Cala.Open weekdays 7.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Saturday’s 7.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and Sundays 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. for breakfast from only 3.95 Euros and of course their wonderful Sunday Roast, two courses only 10 Euros! Super Saver Meals including drink only 5 Euros, changes daily. Large selection of daily specials and sandwich fillings. Healthy eating options. Everything available as take away for days out or take a baguette of your choice to the airport? Extensive menu, something for everyone. 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 three screens at Snack Attack, please ask a member of staff.

Ssalathai The best quality, authentic Thai food in Mijas Costa Situated at Urb Playa Marina, Mijas Costa, (see La Cala map). Special menu for two only 50 Euros giving good selection to sample this exotic cuisine. Recommended

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dishes - Coconut Soup with Chicken, Special Mixed Starter, all of the curries, Beef Massaman and the very best Pad Thai on the Coast! In fact we love everything on the menu! Thailand is renowned for its attentive customer service and is known as the land of smiles and you will certainly find this in abundance at Ssalathai. Please see main ad on page 61. Ssalathai will reopen after the winter break on 1st March.

Streets of London Serves typical London Pub Grub, caters for kids and has a great Beer Garden. Los Claveles opposite La Cala. Open all day from 12 until 12 – no siesta. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch Club Monday to Friday 12-4pm 2 courses plus drink only 6.99 Euros. Monday and Tuesday kids eat for free from 1-7pm, (one only per adult, eating from main menu). Tuesdays and Thursdays 2 for 1 on selected main meals. Curry Night unlimited Buffet continues Wednesdays, great value only 10 Euros a head. Steak Night Fridays only 10 Euros including a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. Saturday is Family Day – in the proper English Beer Garden, totally safe and includes pool table, Kid’s Play Area with Bouncy Castle and Climbing Frame. Live spor ts all day. Excellent Sunday Roast served all day. Choice of five meats plus every trimming at only 9.50 per head for one course, two courses 12.50 and 3 courses 15.50. NEW 4 courses for 6 people or more only 20 Euros per head including Free unlimited wine. Delicious home-made desser ts! Restaurant faces the ocean and is fully air-conditioned. Ideal place for kids, kid’s par ties and a general place for a good laugh. Great value for money.

The Boat House Fish & Chip Restaurant and Take-Away The best fish and chips on the coast! In El Zoco, Calahonda, open from Monday to Saturday 6.00 to10.30. Large portions, peas, pies and a slice. Skate now available as well as suet puddings, pies and vegetarian options. Large selection of yummy desserts, Eat al fresco by the fountain in the square, weather permitting, or in the large air-conditioned/heated restaurant. Take-away service available. Friendly atmosphere. Key recommended. Freehold/Leasehold for sale of this well established and popular Fish and Chip restaurant.

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Venta El Jinete Nestling in beautiful scenic countryside, the large imposing terrace has views across to the Sierra de Mijas and the Mediterranean. 4.5 kms from La Cala on golf road,

just before Golf entrance. Open every day except Fridays for Lunch through to Dinner. Enjoy a long, lazy lunch on warm days, sundowners and supper or a romantic dinner in the evening. 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. Excellent set menu only 17 euros with a choice of starters, main course and desserts is wonderful value. A la carte reasonably priced includes various Mediterranean dishes, succulent steaks and meat from the charcoal grill. Everything beautifully presented by attentive and charming staff. Excellent wine list. Live music on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (please enquire) when menu is priced at 22 Euros. Scan QR code for full details. We enjoyed our evenings at El Jinete immensely during the summer. Great service, food and entertainment. Stunning views and art exhibitions held here regularly. Lovely venue to get away from the coastal area for a change. Venta El Jinete is very popular so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Voted restaurant of issue 90. Ideal venue for Easter.

Yazan Moroccan Restaurant and Bar Lounge This venue is a little treasure. Breakfast, international menu, tapas and dinner including Cous Cous and Tajines. At Las Jarales,

Calahonda. Open for Full English Breakfast only 4.00 Euros including tea or coffee. International menu for lunch, tapas and dinner. Moroccan tapas highly recommended as are the Cous Cous and Tajines, but there is plenty for everyone on the menu, including vegetarians. Halal meat is used at Yazan. Well-stocked bar and very comfortable cocktail lounge to chill out in. Check Facebook for events. Nadia welcomes her guests very warmly. Food is really good, something a bit different, and very reasonably priced. Now open 7 days a week. Direct access is now available again from the road beside the vet from El Zoco roundabout.

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Zorba’s Greek Taverna At last our very own Greek Taverna on the Strip. Attentive service, good-sized portions and the prices at Zorba’s are very reasonable. The Kleftico was outstanding! On the “Strip”, (Avda de España, Calahonda).

Open all day for Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner from Monday to Saturday. Large indoor restaurant has lovely appeal and includes good sized bar area with private terrace overlooking pool, plus a large front terrace. The usual menu during the daytime, but in the evening many traditional Greek dishes to choose from. Starters include Pork Marinated in Red Wine, Hummus, Tzatziki, Hallumi and many more. Make up your own Meze from any 3 from the starter menu. Main course includes Kleftico, Stifado, Afelia, Moussaka, Kebabs, Grilled Salmon and Vegetarian options. The Mixed Meat or Mixed Fish Platter will give you an overall taster. Good-sized portions, reasonable prices, attentive service. Key recommended. RESTAURANT REVIEWS

BISTROT EL OLIVO Deliciously different – a Franco/Belgian Brasserie with a Mediterranean Touch. Bistrol El Olivo is located in the middle floor of the El Zoco shopping centre in Calahonda and is under new management. Renowned Chef, Ezequiel Castro, puts his individual spin on classic dishes. Chef Castro is passionate about using fresh products bought daily from local markets – in fact I passed by the restaurant in the early afternoon and noted the inviting smell of freshly baked bread gently wafting through the air. Note the Daily Specials as you pass by – I am sure they will entice you. Here are some selections from the a la carte menu – Cold Starters include Belgian Croquettes, Salmon Tartare or Home-made Foie Gras, Brioche and Chutney. Among the hot starters are classic French Onion Soup with Croutons and Emmental Cheese. Fish dishes include Grilled Salmon, Seabass, Sole Meunière and Grilled Red Tuna, and meats - Grilled Argentinean Beef, Belgian Steak Tartare and Duck Confit with Apple Mash and Orange Sauce. There is also a selection of Pasta dishes as well as sauces to ac-

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company your steak. Desserts include a childhood favourite of Floating Island, Crème Brûlée and Banana with Chocolate, flambéed with Rum, served with Vanilla Ice Cream. There is also a good selection on the wine list. I can’t wait to try some of the classic favourites from this menu.

EL OCEANO BEACH HOTEL The fabulous El Oceano Beach Hotel re-opens its doors for another wonderful season on Thursday 3rd April! This Mecca for locals and visitors alike offers exquisite cuisine, impeccably presented right by the water’s edge with top class live entertainment almost every evening. Why not join them on Saturday 5th April as they host one of the now legendary race days, with none other than the greatest sporting spectacle on earth, the Grand National... El Oceano will be offering a sumptuous 4-course menu with welcome bubbly, live entertainment plus all racing shown live on big screens! 2014 promises to be a spectacular year at El Oceano to include Full Moon Gala Dinners and Royal Ascot Ladies day to name a few!! El Oceano serves lunch and dinner, right by the ocean and close to perfection....and not forgetting the return of the famous Sunday lunch! Non residents are welcome to spend the day relaxing by the Polynesian Pool area for a small supplement, which includes full use of the facilities, VIP sun lounger and waiter service from our expert cocktail mixologists...over 14’s only! Or simply pop in ...prepare to be impressed! Don’t leave your Easter to chance; for reservations email info@oceanohotel.com. El Oceano... paradise is closer than you think!

GOODFELLAS recently opened in Torrenueva. The finest décor we have ever seen in a restaurant. Ambience second to none – truly magical! One of the few 5* venues in the area. Goodellas is situated on the Cambio at Torrenueva (see Riviera map at the back of this issue). Goodfellas boasts the finest décor we have ever seen in a restaurant. For example, the lighting can be changed to any colour using the latest technology. This gives an ambience second to none – truly magical! The bar area is inviting, comfortable and modern, so it is an ideal venue for you to enjoy the outstanding selection of spirits, fine wines and champagnes. Relax and enjoy your favourite tipple! Seating is comfortable and spacious with different areas to accommodate you. Goodfellas also have a stage and will be bringing you the top live acts on the coast every night. Oh, we forgot to mention the food. Goodfellas have employed a fabulous French chef who has worked

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with them to ensure that your meal will be most enjoyable and always made from a selection of the freshest products, sourced daily from local markets. Sunday lunch will be a fantastic experience and as well as top quality food, the daily dessert selection will round off your meal. Goodfellas is Mijas Costa’s newest, premier bar, restaurant and event venue and is an ideal place for a function or to celebrate a special occasion. We are currently working on the Goodfellas’ menu, so watch our website for updates, menus, photos etc. Their Valentine’s menu was awesome and at the time of going to print they were already fully booked! Prices are competitive. One of the few 5* venues in the area. We are sure you will really love this special experience and we can’t wait to bring you more. Watch this space!

HERMOSA In the picturesque port of Cabopino. Specializes in the unique. Creative, fusion-style dishes inspired by Californian and Mediterranean cuisine. Hermosa is a fine-dining,

Californian-style bistro and grill that was established in 2007 by ex-Los Angeles chef, Alex Nicoll, and Melissa Nicoll and has become one of the most popular fine dining destinations on the coast. Hermosa specializes in the unique. Creative, fusion-style dishes inspired by Californian and Mediterranean cuisine. The menus are seasonal to take advantage of the local fresh produce but expect to see things like Andalusian Goats Cheese with Beetroot Carpaccio, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds & Black Truffle-honey Dressed Leaves or Indonesian Spiced Salmon Cake with Asian Pickled Cucumbers & Citrus Aioli. Other innovative dishes include Indian Spiced Fillet of Salmon with Madras Mash, Lemon & Cumin-scented Broccoli & Raita or Flame-grilled Irish Fillet Steak with Slow-roasted Garlic Mash, Sautéed Asparagus and their ‘signature’ peppercorn sauce. For those with a sweet tooth you’ll be pleased to know that all desserts are home made. The “Cup Cake of the Day” is especially popular - examples include Jamaican Spiced Ginger Cupcake with Rum Ice Cream. At Hermosa you have a choice of three menus - 1) A La Carte, 2) The Grill Menu (where you can l design your own dish) and 3) The Red Menu (A fantastic offer that gives you a choice of 2 courses for 19 Euros or 3 courses for 23 Euros). If you dine before 8pm during February and March you will receive an additional 10% off your bill and as if that wasn’t good enough, you’ll also get a free glass of house wine or beer (the wine list is excellent by the way and very reasonably priced). If you haven’t tried Hermosa, then you’re in for a treat. They take their food very seriously (but not themselves) and it really shows. So, expect a slick ‘London’ style, fine-dining experience with a laid back Californian vibe right on your doorstep in the picturesque port of Cabopino. What are you waiting for? Reservations are recommended.

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LA CASA BAR RESTAURANT AND EVENT VENUE ALGAIDA Reasonably priced, cosy, friendly brasserie-type restaurant where fresh local produce is prepared on a daily basis ensuring optimum taste, quality and service – you will find it hard to leave La Casa – it will be an experience you will want to repeat. Recently opened at Urb Algaida, Calahonda just past the Macdonald’s turning off the A7 in the direction Marbella - Fuengirola. La Casa is headed up by Paul James (PJ) and Adam Green. Paul is Head Chef; his experience in the hospitality industry spans over four decades, which includes over ten years in a famous restaurant located in Puerto Cabopino. Adam has over a decade of experience within the hospitality industry and is also an experienced mixologist, having worked in exclusive cocktail lounges and bars. Overlooking the garden and pool area, La Casa is a friendly, cosy bar, restaurant and event venue. The enthusiastic owners are keen to bring their expertise and knowledge so that guests enjoy their visit to the full and we understand that several of them return regularly. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, in winter Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00 am until late, and in the summer every day from 10.00 am until late, with Happy Hour from 5-7. The international menu has a selection of fresh salads, fresh seafood, meats and vegetables purchased daily. The menu has been carefully selected to suit all tastes and budgets and here is a selection to whet your appetite. Breakfast includes from Cheese on Toast, Kippers, to a Full English. Tapas are served from noon until late and Paella is also available to order. From the main menu, starters include Gambas Pil Pil and Wild Mushroom Risotto. For main course we understand the Fish & Chips are second to none. Whole Fresh Water Trout with Garlic, Butter and Almonds is also a winner. Burgers, Chilli and other favourites are also available. Sumptuous desserts include White Chocolate Amaretto & Apricot Pudding, plus daily specials. Curry Night is on Thursdays, freshly prepared using authentic Indian spices. Menu changes each week. Only 9.95 Euros per person, including a glass of wine or small beer. Sunday Lunch is already becoming a firm favourite with the locals, so we suggest you book. The Sirloin of Beef with 5 freshly prepared vegetables is highly recommended. It is also great value for money with choices of one, two of three courses, the latter costing only 11.50 Euros per person. La Casa also pays special attention for those with limited mobility. Please check out their website or Facebook for various events. We thoroughly enjoyed the ambience and the quality of the food at La Casa and we are sure you will too.

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LE PAPILLON RESTAURANT & BEACH CLUB Eat at the Beach, Dine under the stars! Stunning sea views and glorious sunsets, it is the perfect location to set the scene for a romantic meal. Restaurante & Beach Club Le Papillon is situated on the beautiful beachfront in Marbesa. The Restaurant has recently been refurbished with comfortable, chic furniture and provides the perfect setting for lunch and dinner. Le Papillon has an extensive range of culinary delights offering International dishes and traditional Spanish Cuisine. Choose from a wide selection of fresh fish and succulent meat dishes. 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. The Restaurant offers a fine wine list (over 60 varieties). Great Cocktail menu available in our new bar - try one mixed by the Gin Specialist! The open roof terrace and decking is now open at Le Papillon. 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. Live music every Sunday. Le Papillon has a heated glass terrace which makes it a great winter dining venue. The fire place in the Restaurant creates a warm ambience. Chill-Out beds from only 25 Euros per day in the warmer weather. Present the Le Papillon ad in this magazine to claim your 10% discount off food and drink! Easy parking. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. Follow Le Papillon on Facebook or visit their website. Le Papillon really is a place for all seasons and an experience not to be missed! Early Bird Menu everyday from 5-6 pm. 2 courses for just 15.95 Euros IVA included. Drinks charged separately.

NUTTY BAR Hey You! Don’t Watch That! Watch This! OPENING THIS SPRING in Marbella on The Costa del Sol. Come and skank to your favourite tunes at the House of Fun in the Sun! The Nuttiest Bar Around dedicated to Camden’s Finest! A Madness-themed bar run by Madness Fans for Madness Fans the World over and One Step Beyond! So get ready to feel the heat and start to move your feet to the Rockinest Rock Steady Beat at The Nuttiest Bar in Town! Apart from planned live per-

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formances, the dance floor shall be available to skank and dance your hearts out to your favourite 2Tone, Ska, Reggae, Mod tunes and the Heavy Heavy Monster Sound of Madness!

and tea. Good quality, fresh food and friendly service. Needless to say, this restaurant is tried and tested (more than once) and gets the Key to Mijas Costa’s thumbs up!

Ô PARADISE Stylish bar lounge with large, sunny terrace. International menu plus some live entertainment. Open until the early hours. On the top floor of Los Jarales, Calahonda (McDonald’s end). Recently opened, this is a lovely, stylish bar lounge with large, sunny terrace. Ô Paradise is open from Tuesday to Sunday from midday until late. International menu, tapas and snacks served all day. Pool table, darts and good music plus some live entertainment. See website or Facebook for details. From the international menu, starters include Melon and Ham, Prawns Pil Pil and Prawns with a Pastis Cream or a choice of salads. Fish includes Grilled Salmon with Saffron Sauce or Sole with a Shrimp Stuffing and Creamy, Leek Sauce. There is a good selection of meat dishes including Magret of Duck with Fruits of the Forest Sauce and the delicious pork cut called Presa with Mixed Mushroom and Honey Sauce as well as Sirloin Steak grilled or with a selection of sauces. Desserts include Ice Cream, Fruit Salad, Amaretto Coffee Pannacotta and Cheese Cake. Friendly staff, superior venue, live entertainment and open until the early hours.

THE BLARNEY Owned by Tom and Gerry – I kid you not! A lovely Irish welcome awaits you at The Blarney which is situated behind the Supersol in the Boulevard de La Cala. A nice place to meet up with friends for a drink and a chat and if you are feeling a bit peckish, breakfast is served all day. Alternatively you can order a sandwich, Quiche and other comfort foods such as a Burger or Jacket Potato, Steak Pie, Ham off the Bone, Ribs, Lasagne etc. Some events held here, so please enquire. Nice, friendly venue.

RANOOM GARDENS High Class Lebanese Restaurant newly opened in Calypso, Calahonda. We are delighted to

welcome Ranoom Gardens Lebanese Restaurant to the Key to Mijas Costa. Opened at the end of 2013 near Barclays in Calypso, this is a lovely venue with ample terrace and smart interior. If you were wondering where you have seen the chef before, it is Marroush next to the cinema in Puerto Banus, so you know that the quality of the food is going to be excellent. Most of the tasty Lebanese favourite dips are available such as Hummos, Mutabal, Labne etc and Tabuleh and other salads as well as various other starters such as Falafel, Kebbeh, Musakaa, Arayes etc with many vegetarian dishes and nice to see Okra on the menu. Ranoom Gardens has a BBQ so you can choose from the different options of skewers including Kafta and Shawarma served with salad and Ranoom Gardens Rice. If you would prefer a snack, then the pitta wraps are perfect, especially as a take-away, either Shawarma, Pinchito, Kafta, and Falafel or Halloumi Cheese for Vegetarians. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs are also available. There is also a good selection of Lebanese desserts such as Baklawa on the menu as well as Arabic coffee

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RESTAURANTE LA MANDRÁGORA Calahonda’s Premier Restaurant specialising in the finest International Haute Cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. Established 25 years, and situated on the middle floor of CC El Zoco. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 7.00 pm. Open kitchen and decor combines modern design and traditional European decor with many antiques and paintings by Slovakian artist, Jaro Jelenek, adorning the walls. Small terrace overlooking the Mediterranean and a much larger terrace outside the entrance. Service always very attentive and friendly. Owner, Rudolf, pays great attention to detail and is constantly sourcing new products from the freshest of ingredients and coming up with new, innovative ideas, which are expertly prepared by chef, Mario Kasala. Some of the dishes that have excited diners at La Mandrágora over the years are starter dishes such as Chicken below 0, marinated fried chicken strips with olive oil ice cream over coloured lettuce, seasonal fruits and Greek yoghurt. Another firm favourite is Caesar’s mushrooms sautéed with spring onions – you really must try this! Main course favourites are the Slovakian Beef Goulash, which I always enjoy, and the Lamb Fillet with sugarcane honey and balsamic vinegar reduction is also highly recommended. Please leave room for a delicious dessert – I personally love the Apple Strudel but there are many more to choose from. La Mandrágora is also renowned for its extensive and excellent wine list of which the staff are very knowledgeable and can help you choose the perfect wine to complement your meal. Please see main advert for comments made by Easyjet Magazine, Enrique Bellver, the renowned Diario Sur critic, and the Essential Magazine Marbella. Enjoy this gem! This restaurant really is a cut above the rest and we are honoured to vote Restaurante La Mandrágora restaurant of issue 93.

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KEY ENTERTAINMENT Welcome to the new Key to Mijas Entertainment Section which we hope you will enjoy. A few years ago, a lady on holiday asked me where she could go to enjoy live entertainment and I just shrugged at the time as there was nothing in the area! Judging from the response we have had from the entertainers, things sure have changed! In this issue, and the one in April, we are giving the entertainers and some entertainment venues a FREE, no obligation listing. If you are not featured in these pages and you would like to be, then please contact me (see page 4 for details). We have included a wide range of genres from 50’s to classical and bellydance to recording studios, so there is something for everyone. If you are a reader and would like to enjoy live music on the coast or are having a party and need some entertainment, here are some suggestions. If you are a venue looking to book an act, we hope this section will give you some ideas. See you again in April. Amanda Rosa Classically-trained Wedding Singer. Available For Weddings, Corporate Events and Private Parties. www.amandarosa.com. www.facebook.com/amandarosaclassicallytrainedweddingandeventsinger. Amelinde sings a wide variety of genres with her strong, soulful voice and is available not only as a solo artist but also with her four piece band. Suitable for weddings. Check her out at theqspain.com or contact 659 296 272. Andy Claridge Saxophone, piano, guitar and vocals. Professional, live entertainer on the Coast for some 16 years. All events catered for. Music from 60’s to present day. Also available for technical support on lighting and sound. Tel: 672 891 695. Andy Claridge Studio - For all your studio requirements, Music productions, sampling, CD Mastering, Orchestrations and backing tracks (including analysis of equalisation to ensure a more levelled sound performance), radio jingles and backing tracks. Tel 672 891 695. Antony Wolfson For an amazingly talented rock and roll vocalist to make your event one to remember. As a solo artiste or accompanied by his band, Antony Wolfson will entertain you in true 50’s style. Tel: 603432825 email: antonywolfson@gmail.com or facebook https://www.facebook.com/antony.wolfson. Astra Bellydance International Dance Artist, Performer/Teacher/Choreographer. Bellydance, Bollywood, Burlesque & Fire Dance plus. Contact 622 668 948 / astrabellydance@live.com or Facebook to book/enquire. Add a little Middle Eastern magic to your event! Available for weddings, hen do’s, film/TV, parties etc. Bar Tuta Ultimate Chill Out Bar in Jardin Botanico, La Cala - open every day from 4.30 p.m. Large, airy terrace, fully air-conditioned, comfortable seating, choice of cocktails and an impressive selection of alcoholic drinks. Easy parking. Please check for events and music. Craig Newhouse A magnificent guitar vocalist playing 60’s with his own distinct tone. From working men’s clubs, European tours and even playing on the QEII, finally available for private and venue booking here on the coast. Tel: 603 662 136 www.reverbnation/craignewhouse email:

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craig.newhouse@btopenworld.com. Deborah Dee International artist available for all kinds of celebrations or events. From classical Maria Callas through to musical theatre, jazz and Bossa Nova to contemporary melodic and ballads. Contact the lovely Deborah Dee website: http://deborahdeesinger.wordpress.com.Tel: 677 106 103 email:deborahdee. musical@gmail.com. Forever Divas Female duo of two of the best voices on the Costa del Sol. Unique voices and enchanting harmonies, and a repertoire in four languages that includes all of the best songs interpreted by our favourite divas, they will make your evening one to remember. Contact them for weddings, anniversaries, parties or any other kind of celebration or event. https://foreverdivas.wordpress.com/email: foreverdivas2@gmail.com Tel: 677 106 103/617 724 708. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ForeverDivas/494924410573571. Frank Valentine Sings it your way! Frank sings Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Matt Monro and so much more. Tel: 952 273 027/610 864 869. Fretbuzz play everything from Eddie Cochran to Eddie Van Halen, rock and roll, rock and pop. Contact Steve Milburn on 952 538 287 or email stephen_milburn@yahoo.co.uk/ bob@kwiksendmail.com.During the summer months regular fortnightly slot on the terrace at Meson La Terraza, Torrox Pueblo. You can find us on Facebook as well - https://www.facebook.com/ FretbuzzTheBand. Goodfellas Newly opened and very stylish venue to enjoy a delicious meal or even just a few relaxing drinks to the sound of live music. Join us here at Goodfellas, just on the roundabout at Torrenueva. Tel: 952 494 410, email: goodfellasbarrestaurant@ gmail.com, www.goodfellasbarrestaurant.com or see the entertainment bill board. Jason Luis A mix of Soul, Motown, Swing, and Rock n Roll Classics. Entertaining crowds young and older. 664 200 001/662 441 394. Johnny G Energetic showman with huge repetoire (350+ songs) specialising in dancing. Elvis, Soul, Swing, RnR, Country, Disco and Modern Hits. Tel: 675 595 059 email: bookings@johnnygspain.com FB: Johnny G Singer. Jordana - International Singer & Tribute Artiste. Tel: 639 241 137, www.jordanatribute.com. La Casa Overlooking the garden and pool area of the Algaida complex, Calahonda. La Casa is a friendly, cosy bar, restaurant and event venue. Resident entertainer for Sunday Lunch. Please check out their website or Facebook for various events. 952 930 296/627 815 326/666 394 215. www.lacasabarrestaurant.com. Laura Oldfield For all your entertainment needs. Tel: 681 265 203, email: lsoldfield@hotmail.com.

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KEY ENTERTAINMENT Legends La Cala’s most thriving live music venue to date. The weekend kicks off on Thursday now! Then for the rest of the season we have seven nights a week of the best the coast has to offer. Tickets may be purchased in advance and start at 5 Euros, some shows are free. To book in advance or consult availability call Andrea and Paul on 628 353 884 or go to https://www.facebook.com/andrea.gallacher. Lucy Faye Female soul and jazz vocalist covering all genres of music. Available for private events, functions, restaurants and entertainment venues. Tel: 633 284 250 or search on facebook for Lucy Faye. Martyn Wood DJ Big M. Experienced DJ with the best 70’s/80’s Mobile Disco in town. Quality sound with mirror ball, smoke and great music for your retro party. 667 759 355 or www.costadeldisco.com. Having a party and need more volume? Rent your sound system from 50 Euros. Also available are lights and effects. Call Martyn 667 759 355. Mo-Jo Acoustic Guitar and Vocals, Modern and Soul Show with unrehearsed comedy. High Energy Dance Routines, Songs from The Commitments, Blues Brothers, Sam & Dave, Bruno Mars, C Lo Green. Jason 664 200 001/662 441 394 and Baz 689 490 885. Not to be missed. Nikki Rea Delight your clients or friends with one of the most amazing vocalists on the coast. Nikki Rea is at her best when singing Adele. But don`t take my word for it, go to www.nikkitribute.com and see for yourself. Contact by nicolaphilpot@gmail.com. O Paradise Bar Lounge Join us at this beautiful venue in the heart of Calahonda for a delicious meal from our international menu, while you are entertained by some of the coast’s bests live acts. For more information please visit our website oparadisebarlounge.com, see us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/%C3%94-Paradise-BARLounge/416120891841535 or call 952 932 725. Paul Maxwel For the more discerning ear and for a truly magnificent showman, Paul Maxwel, The Piano Man. To make enquiries or bookings please call 639 161 257. Rob And Dave Benalmadena’s Top Entertainment Duo with many years experience in the Industry. Specialising in Disco, Karaoke, Birthdays, Weddings plus a spectacular show. Contact Rob 603 272 338 Dave 603273579 or email djrobanddave1@ gmail.com. Sean Murray Private guitar tuition with one of the coast’s

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longest running and most dedicated entertainers. Phone Sean for more details 663 067 024. Professional, private recording studio available with all the latest equipment. Contact Sean on 663 067 024. Steve Crouch If you’re looking for a “Monster” Karaoke & Disco for your venue or private party then call Steve Crouch now. 650 142 324 or see his facebook page https://www. facebook.com/steve.crouch.520?ref=ts&fref=ts. Steve Nelson Guitar/vocalist entertainer. Established here since 1982. Playing rock tunes from the 70’s till present day. Tel: 634 030 171. Stephen Summers Swing, Rock, Pop, Soul, Disco, Buble and much more. Tel: 952 599 244/661 067 476. www.stevesummers.webstarts.com. Stuart Ashing Over1million entertained...60,000 Hypnotised...Experienced enough for you? One of the top comedy hypnosis shows here and in the UK. Why? Imagine a rock concert energy mixed with some lunacy…He can perform in Spanish & English for mixed audiences. A very unique experience. A firm favorite at the Holiday Village & Polynesia Hotel Complex, Benalmadena. For show booking enquiries call Stuart direct on 667 448 040 or visit www.stuartashing.com. Terri Fox The Queen Of The Costas. If you want your bar or club full, book the best! Contact direct 686 230 770 or on 00447508512847 (24hr) or join the party on my face book page https://www.facebook.com/terri.fox.90?fref=ts. The Nutty Bar Come and skank to your favourite tunes at the House of Fun in the sun. 2nd line Marbella port. www.facebook. con/thenuttybar. The Rob Sas Band - a powerful, high quality covers band for the Costa del Sol. Classic songs ranging in styles from Rock and Pop to a little Soul and Blues, the band delivers a different and uniquely varied set sometimes with a twist and certainly with something for everyone. http://www.therobsasband. com. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rob-SasBand/239003852831664 Wags & Lads VIP Music Events Need DJ’s or help promoting your venue? We specialize in hosting speed event parties, Club Nights/ Pool Parties etc. Eye Candy party hosts – call 603 192 800.

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KEY ENTERTAINMENT What’s on at the Salon Varietes The Salon Varietes Theatre in Fuengirola had a good start to what should be a good Spring. British culture was shown at its best in the pantomime which received high praise from the audience and excellent takings at the Box Office. This is a major source of revenue as the theatre receives no grants so beating last year’s panto attendance by nearly 300 began 2014 in high style. Then American culture was on display with a breathtaking performance by Bobby Aaron in ‘Zelda’. The appetite for serious work is alive and well on the Costa del Sol and it was well served with this piece. From 21st to 23rd February, a play which has been devised by a stalwart of the theatre, Stephen Burns, about Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Oscar, comes after a hugely successful professional tour of Ireland. Our big Spring Musical is ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This opens on the 21st March and runs to the 30th. This will be a premiere in Spain of the West End and Broadway hit and directed by Peter Mitchell, the standard will be high.

By Graham Cherry

Scattered through the theatre programme are a series of one off performances by local entertainers. The theatre gives them an opportunity to show their work and range in a different context. On 27th February there will be a tribute to Ray Charles followed on March 1st by a St. David’s Day evening with special guest Ricky Lavazza, who doesn’t sound Welsh but is. Into April we have ITS from Marbella with the Peter Brook’s production of The Anniversary. That’s 4th to 6th. Peter is back as director of the theatre’s own production of ‘Fawlty Towers’ from April 25th to 30th. David Vincent will Basil away. It will be a busy spring but with lots of good things to look forward to. Timings of all our shows are each night at 8 but on Sunday at 7. The Box Office number is 952 47 45 42 and Sarah Jane or Helen will be there from 11.00 to 2.30 each day except Sunday and for an hour before curtain up on show nights. For more information, check out our website, http://www. salonvarietestheatre.com/ or on Facebook - The-SalonVarietes-Theatre.

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KEY NEWS AIRTECH AC

for all your air conditioning needs whether for your home, bar, restaurant or commercial premises. Over 15 years’ experience, fully qualified engineers. Prompt, reliable service. Free, no obligation quote. Airtech AC complies with all European regulations for supply and maintenance of AC systems and for the transport and use of refrigerants. Please see main ad.

GARDEN PROFESSIONALS

specialise in garden and pool maintenance. They have over 30 years’ experience and undertake both private and community garden works. English and Spanish are spoken. They cover the area from Marbella to Fuengirola. Please see main ad.

IMMACULATE ANNI’S VITAL SHOP

in Elviria has new opening hours, weekdays 10.00am to 6.00pm and Saturdays 10.00 to 14.00. The branch at Carrefour is now open from Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 10.00pm. Please see page 11 for main ad and a very interesting article on Bio-Pycnogenol ® which can help alleviate the symptoms of Hay Fever.

ASTRA BELLYDANCE

is an International Dance Artist, Performer, Teacher and Choreographer. She is also available for Weddings, Parties, Educational Talks, Hen Do’s, Workshops, TV/Film, Concerts/Gigs etc. She specialises in Belly Dance, Bollywood, Burlesque and many others such as Fire Dancing, Zambra Mora, Bellynesian, African/Samba Fusion etc. Can tailor costume to event or provide a duo/trio/group etc. She has performed all over India for large Indian weddings, corporate events, beach hotels, cruise ships and Bollywood film and is a regular guest teacher in the UK & Jersey. In the UK she has performed for large events such as Majma, JOY, Planet Egypt and many more. Add a special something to your event with Astra Bellydance! Please see main ad.

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Have you ever seen those programmes on TV about famous footballers and other celebrities that have their super cars cleaned by a professional detailing company? A complete polish, for example, can take up to two days, depending on individual requirements. We can now accommodate you on the coast with this service. With many years’ experience in Scotland we bring the service to you here on the coast. Just see the photos yourself and for more information, see their website. They do boats, cars, motorcycles, trucks or even bring your property up to the highest standard. Just call for a friendly chat. They guarantee your car, boat or property will look unbelievably better. As some of you may know, we have a 1989 Toyota which had recently had a valet and wax. We called … They had a good look round the car and expressed how much better they could make it look. So, as usual with us, believing the proof is in the pudding, we watched our car being washed and leathered, special lights were set up around the car and the process began. We were absolutely astounded at the finish of the paintwork. Please check out the photos above to see the difference and once the whole car was completed, it looked like it was new. It is now also protected against all the elements, sun, rain, sand in the air, wind etc. Now all the car needs is a wash and leather and the shine is maintained. Warm, friendly service. Please see main ad.

JARDIN BOTANICO MINI MARKET

is now well established in Jardin Botanico, La Cala, a few

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KEY NEWS doors away from Snack Attack and boasts a large selection of fresh bread, milk, cold drinks, ice creams, groceries, snacks, newspapers, magazines, beer and wine and phone top-ups etc. They also stock beach and pool accessories, in fact everything you might need while you are on holiday or if you have forgotten something from your main shopping. Please see main ad.

JOY FAHEY

Are you happy, fulfilled, making the money you want, got your perfect relationship and job – well that’s now what I heard! If you would like some help, then contact Joy for strictly confidential and professional advice. Please see main ad.

LA CALA BLUE

is established as the leading rental agency in Mijas Costa. The range of services offered include holiday rentals, winter long stays, and long term rentals. The travel agency offers fabulous deals on cruises, our popular excursion programme, car hire and competitive licensed taxi services including airport transfers. If you are buying or selling a property, we can help you with a rental evaluation or a rental guarantee for the property. This makes it more attractive for potential investors or a guaranteed income if you are buying a property for investment. The property management team offer professional care for your home. We can furnish your home at a competitive rate to include light fitting and all installation costs, we even make the beds for the first guests. We have a team of professionals offering services from changeover clean to home improvements. Our multilingual team offer 24/7 care for your guests and are qualified in health and safety. This means you can comply immediately when the new rental regulations come into place. New for 2014, we offer a low cost option for internet TV and Wi-Fi solutions to suit your needs. Come and see us and see what we can do for you. Please see main ad.

toughening plant which means that the complete glass curtain system, including the glass, is manufactured under one roof. We also manufacture UPVC and Aluminium windows and doors. The Glass Curtain system that we manufacture is a German system, it is typical of German design; much time and thought has gone into the system making it one of, if not the best, system available on the market today. The system is completely different to other systems that are of similar money. It is top hung which means that the weight of the glass is distributed evenly and not all sitting on the bottom, rubbing metal against metal. This system runs on stainless steel wheels and bronze ball bearings, each panel of glass has four holes drilled into it so that the profile can be bolted to the glass as well as glued. This is the only system to do this; all other systems are merely glued to the profile. Other companies will claim that a bottom hung system is better; however as glass manufacturers who make our own glass and understand the weight that is involved per square meter for 10mm glass, we know that the best way for a system to function correctly is to hang the glass so as not to impose such weight and strain onto the system below, causing scraping and juddering over a period of time and regular use. Our system has undergone many tests, including an opening and closing test of over 10,000 cycles and also a wind test of up to 2,000 Pascals; all the test documentation can be viewed at our offices. For any information, please email us on rdmcsglass@hotmail. com or check out our website on www.rdmcsglass.com or see our Facebook page for regularly updated installations. Tel: 952 477 963/677 712 742. Please see main ad.

RECYCLING ANALYST

Have you ever had old furniture or white goods that are broken or that you have replaced and quite simply do not know what to do or who to contact to dispose of them? Why not give Recycling Analyst a call and they will remove it for free. Recycling Analyst also remove commercial and industrial rubbish. Just phone. Friendly, helpful service. Please see main ad.

SENIOR WORLD RDMCS

is a family run business. We are specialist manufacturers of Glass curtains and stainless steel. We have our own Glass

has their showroom in Avda Los Boliches at the corner of Calle Gibraltar. Senior World stock a wide range of mobility scooters with a new range now in stock; wheelchairs, nursing beds, daily living aids, riser/recliner chairs etc. either for sale or rent. Knowledgeable, friendly service. Please see main ad.

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KEY NEWS SIGNDSIGN

Well established on the Costa del Sol has now moved to their new studio in Calypso, Calahonda which is between Riviera and El Zoco and has Barclays Bank and Santander at each end (or see main Calahonda map at the back of this magazine). Alan is well known for his meticulous eye for detail and is very competitive price wise for any sign you way require. Shop and vehicle signs, banners and window signs, ‘A’ boards and printing are also available. We recommend this service. Just give him a call or pop in for a friendly, honest chat. Easy parking. Please see main ad.

ing an income from renting out your holiday home, to cover your ownership costs and generate extra spending money for when you are here, Suncoaster Holidays is properly licensed to offer you all the marketing and suppor t services you will need. Our 20 years’ experience in the holiday rental market and massive database of previous clients is your guarantee of successful results. If you are thinking of buying or selling, Suncoaster Estates offers professional estate agency services and advice you can rely on. If you have need of any of the services we offer, why not come and see us in our new offices in Calahonda. We are next to Bankinter and opposite the Farmacia. Or call us on 952 93 94 15 or visit www.suncoastergroup.com. Please see main ad.

THE BED WAREHOUSE SPANISH MOVES

With over 30 years’ experience in the removal business in the UK and 15 here in Spain, Spanish Moves can accommodate you in moving from one box to a whole household. So if you are going back to the UK or you are moving from the UK to Spain or you are just moving along the coast, their professional, English service is second to none. There is a full packing service available (and unpacking if required) along with storage facilities. Spanish Moves is fully insured. Both we and our friends have used Dennis on several occasions and have found him to be honest, reliable and competitive. Give him a call. Please see main ad.

SUNCOASTER GROUP,

now incorporating Craiglea Management, offers all your proper ty requirements under one roof. Our SuncoasterHomeCare division offers the full range of proper ty management services for the non-resident home owner – looking after all your housekeeping and maintenance issues so you can relax and just enjoy your visits to your holiday home. We have flexible schemes designed to suit your needs. And, if you are also interested in earn-

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now well established in their new showroom in the Camino Viejo de Coin, can give you sound advice on all the beds and mattresses they have available. There are many types to choose from with many UK top-named manufacturers, but at a fraction of the price. When you consider how much time you actual spend in bed and what a pleasure it is to get into it after a hard day at work, it’s really impor tant that you have the right bed to suit your individual needs. There are many examples for you to try (as long as you kick your shoes off first). Delivery is no problem and they will even take your old bed away for you. We have three beds from The Bed Warehouse and I must say that my bed is my favourite piece of furniture in the house. In fact, when we are on vacation, apar t from my dogs, I miss my bed most! If you are looking for a new bed, or just a mattress, pop into the showroom. Give them a call first for directions if you can’t find them. See map in main ad.

WILLIAMS REFRIGERATION

A professional service with many years’ experience. As well as air conditioning repairs and replacement, Simon also undertakes under floor heating, pool heating, commercial refrigeration for bars and restaurants, refrigerated catering equipment and repairs to domestic fridges and freezers. Key recommended. Please see main ad.

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Key to Mijas Costa #93  

Issue 93 of the Key to Mijas Costa magazine - Mijas Costa's Only Local English Language Magazine for the International Community. Issue 93 r...

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