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Fun, Colour and A Lot of Imagination! As the Carnival programme in Las Palmas reaches its’ final stages and the celebrations start coming to an end the events get bigger and more spectacular for the grand finale. This is the case with the “Gran Cabalgata” or Parade, which invites everyone from around the island to dress up and actively participate. This year well over 200,000 people from around

the island got together along the main streets of Las Palmas, not only to watch the numerous floats, but also to see the ingenuity of the Canarian people when it comes to designing costumes for Carnival. The Carnival literally transformed the streets, with just under 100 different floats participating and creating a winding river of colour, fun and laughter and stretching almost 8 kms in the capital city. The

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mood for party was palpable from the early hours of the afternoon, with groups of friends and families heading to grab a privileged spot to watch the parade. At 17.00 hours the floats started to roll from el Sebadal towards Vegueta, all of which followed this year’s Carnival Queen, who elegantly lead them. Continued on pages 16 & 17 ...


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Emergency and Useful telephone numbers in Gran Canaria Belgium - 928 461 718

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Denmark - 928 264 764

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Jury Breaks the ‘Norm’ in the Drag Queen Gala ON FRIDAY 12th February in Santa Catalina Park, main venue of this years’ Las Palmas Carnival, the Drag Queen Gala took place; an event which right from its’ first exhibition has had a massive success amongst both locals and visitors from abroad. It is extremely difficult to obtain a ticket for this event, and the security measures on the night itself only confirm the magnitude and importance of it. Well over 4,000 lucky spectators congregated at the foot of the stage in order to enjoy what is today, the most exciting and ‘crowd pulling’ event in the Las Palmas Carnival.

professional military named “Ramon Santana”, shined from the very first moment and captivated not only the audience, but the jury composed of three groups of professionals who without a doubt proclaimed him Drag Queen 2010. Ramon who took part in this glamorous event for the fifth time could not hide his joy and excitement brought by the privilege and honour of winning this competition and has assured us that he will no longer take part due to the fact that he has already achieved his dream. He obviously had to thank all who believed in him and collaborated in making this dream come true, his crew of “dwarfs, the Pekeboys”, Juan, Jilson, Jimi and Guillermo, the designers of his fantasy Beatriz Alonso and Yoni Facundo Rivero and of course his family, who have always given him unconditional support.

Backstage,16 candidates were ready to present their shows and costumes with last minute nerves adding to the frantic rush of adjustment to details on their costumes and make up. The atmosphere was electric but full of laughter and best wishes amongst participants and their crews. As with previous Galas the organization incorporated several musical and choreography numbers between each Drag act, which only added to the spectacular content of the show. This year we all enjoyed the live singing of “Soraya”, who represented Spain in the Eurovision Contest 2008 and “Cristal Water” who I must say gave a fantastic rendition which got the whole of Santa Catalina on their feet. Amongst the Drag Acts we saw Monsters, Policemen, Demons, puppets, Characters from the Fifth Element film and the usual “aggressive” shows put on by these particular artists, but this year the jury seemed to be captivated by something completely different which broke all the clichés related with these artists. The first prize went

I felt very fortunate to be able to attend this Gala and will do everything I can to go to next years. It is perhaps with some sadness that I report on the final ‘Burial of the Sardine’ here in Las Palmas. I have enjoyed myself enormously covering and reporting on the various events I attended here in Las Palmas and look forward to next year to see what it brings.

to a re-invented Snow White and her little dwarfs in a musical show which was especially filled with humour. The 26 year old drag act, represented by a

I recommend you all try and visit the Las Palmas carnival next year as it is a show amongst shows with an atmosphere that is hard to beat! So bring on the ‘south’ and its’ carnival shows, to which I am looking forward to. By Tito Cabral

1st Canine Carnival Attracts 22 Participants AS A new initiative the Ayuntamiento of Las Palmas has this year opted to include a canine competition in order to get the pets involved this fiesta. Again the stage built in Santa Catalina Park was chosen and both owners and their dogs paraded with their respective costumes in front of 4,000 people who did not want to miss the show. The jury were looking for friendliness, grace and charm as well as the costume itself, although this was not difficult to achieve as seeing these pets all dressed up was already quite a sight. A total of 22 dogs accompanied by their owners took part in this first time contest. A strange mixture of breeds and sizes were represented including German Shepherds, Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, Bulldogs, Labradors and of course a few crossbreed.

with a Fantasy by Roberto Valentino, took the Aptitude Prize. Bambi a small Chihuahua with her owner Angela O’Connor with the Bean and The Broad Bean Fantasy, took the Fantasy prize. Chanel a Chihuahua and her owner Yolanda Avila, dressed as Hello Kitties took the Originality prize.

The final prizes went to: Roque a crossbreed with his owner Jaime Camacho

Special Effort Prize; Luna a German Sheppard who accompanied by her owner Maria Angeles Santana was dressed up as Red Riding Hood and is seriously ill, forcing her to move with a kind of wheelchair. By Tito Cabral

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their voices and asked Canarians to calm down, although these movements are quite common we do not have to feel alarmed as these are caused by the volcanic activity which characterizes us. “The Canary Islands are placed in the middle of a plate tectonic and not on the edge of one; a place where earthquakes usually cause more devastation and on a stronger scale”, as Francisco Perez Torrado puts it, Geologist and Coordinator of the Geovol Group in the University of Las Palmas, “Seismic Movements in the Canary Islands have never registered above 5 grades on the Richter Scale and are not likely to do so now. Added to this, they mostly occur underwater between Tenerife and Gran Canaria, so by the time the movement reaches our settlements we will only feel a little shake”. So sleep tight as it is highly unlikely that a devastating earthquake could affect our islands!

already caused the removal of the staff parking, but now will cause the transfer of a total of 700 pine trees.

Cable Railway for Tejeda

San Bartolome Invest in Infrastructure

Luis Molowny, was born in Tenerife 84 years ago and from his early beginnings in the football world he already showed his talent and soon started to play for some of the top teams in Spain. His career reached its height when in 1947 he signed up for Real Madrid, a club with which he would spend many years and even managing to win a European Cup in 1956. As a Canarian, he was worshiped for his sporting achievements which led him to be the manager of both Las Palmas and Real Madrid, who both achieved a great number of national and European titles during his leadership. Unfortunately on 12th February his life came to an end and with him goes a sporting figure that all Canarians feel proud of, a legend which will be difficult to forget. National and local sporting figures including football club presidents, coaches and players, as well as members of the political world, have flown to Gran Canaria in order to honour his memory and work.

The Canaries Suffer an Earthquake

It is a known fact that the Canary Islands suffer numerous land quakes at one point or another, and on 5th of February a small one was registered in the south western coast of Tenerife, reaching a 4.5 grade on the Richter scale. Due to its proximity to the earthquake, which devastated Haiti the past month, the debate on how dangerous or worrying these movements really are has been reopened. Again experts have raised


Due to the long distance that separates Tejeda from the coastal settlements they have always felt a little isolated, and for the small local businesses it has always been a challenge to attract tourists to their village. But the president of the Small Businesses Association of Tejeda has come up with a very innovative and ambitious proposal to achieve this attraction which they really need. He suggests that a cable railway is built from the centre of Tejeda to the Base of Roque Nuble, which would cover a total distance of 2,560 meters and climb a total of 600 meters in just seven or eight minutes, taking up to 40 visitors over the tops of the pine tree forest which surrounds this famous rock formation. The station which would receive the passengers at the “Degollada del Roque Nublo” would be incorporated into the cliff in order to minimize visual impact. The project has been presented to the Ayuntamiento of Tejeda, the Patronato of Tourism and the Association of Hotel and Tourism Businessmen, in order not only to start applying for the necessary permits for such a construction but also to try and attract interest for possible finance and execution of such an ambitious project. Rafael Cabrera is confident his proposal will be well received as he is convinced this would be an attraction no one would want to miss.

New terminal In Gando Affects 700 Pine Trees The much needed, and at the same time controversial enlargement of the terminal in Gando Airport has not

The building works which cannot yet be seen from the GC-1 will cost a total of 124 million Euros, and will host the new terminal for national flights. “It is an extremely delicate situation having to relocate these pine trees, as the younger specimens are relatively easy to move, but the older more mature trees will mostly have to be chopped down as their survival when moved is virtually impossible” an AENA spokesmen informed us, “ We are also contemplating the relocation of 15 pine trees near the military base, and when the building works are complete, we will create further green areas, with an increase of 20% compared to todays’ current situation.

The Ayuntamiento of San Bartolome de Tirajana has announced the immediate signing of construction contracts for the improvement of several tourist areas of this Municipal. The building works which will cost about 1 million Euros will affect the village of Fataga to which a new sewage system will be built with a total cost of 455,000€. The first phase of the new sporting facilities will be started with a total investment of 215,000€, 120,000€ for new pavements and new street lighting costing 165,000€. Further to these investments the streets adjacent to Plaza Maspalomas will all be repaved as well as other streets in the San Fernando area and tourist zone of Playa del Ingles, investment which amount to just over 500,000€.


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Body Painting Competition awarded to ‘Cursed Dog’ the Ayuntamiento of Valsequillo which did not surprise anyone due to the beauty and originality of its participants. The Second prize was given to the creation “Magic?” by Jose Saavedra, Mª Carmen Santana and Elizabeth Herrera, painted on the body of Toni Guerrero Suarez and sponsored by the Telde Academy.

mythological creatures and a lot of magic. Over the years this event has gathered its’ own followers and gained more and more importance as the models not only graciously display the creations on their bodies, but also elegantly use elaborate choreographies to further enhance them. By Tito Cabral

The third and final position was awarded to the fantasy “Gea y el Oraculo de Delfos”, painted by Mar Figueroa Quintana and modelled by Mar Figueroa. A SPECTACULAR “Cursed Dog” has been awarded with the top prize of this year’s Body Painting Competition. The creation by Leonor Martel, painted on the body of Carlos Suarez Pestana, represented

This years’ edition was full of television references, body paintings which took us through some of the most renowned and well known programs from the world of the little box, together with legendary and

Tejedas Almond Blossom Celebration Soaked by the Rain It was supposed to be their big day, on Sunday the 14th February for the Almond Blossom Fiestas in Tejeda, but the rain and harsh weather conditions which don’t seem to want to leave the Canary islands, spoiled the party for all. As most of you are now aware our traditional and typical celebrations all take part in the streets of the cities, towns or villages, and Tejeda is one of the first to organize their fiesta. On this occasion it was in honour of the Almond tree and the blossoming of its’ flowers, which during this season paint the mountain sides white with their petals. But unfortunately the weather would not accommodate the party mood of these rural celebrations. From the early hours of the morning the rain was very persistent, not in big quantities but the clouds so low that they created a dense fog around the village and the temperature fell to 12º Centigrade (which in Gran Canaria is

cold!). This made visitors very uncomfortable as they sought refuge under the stands, which were loaded with traditional products, and which lined the streets, or they took cover in the bars and restaurants of the village. For those more adventurous souls, who did try to make it into the village, on arrival, it was almost impossible to park their cars as all the parking areas had become mud pits impossible to manoeuvre in. Most were discouraged before arriving and turned around but I was fortunate, because I arrived before the police decided it was too dangerous to let any more cars through to the village and closed the road. But again it was very uncomfortable to move through the streets with the constant falling rain, so I did not last very long either. As the Mayoress, Encarnacion Dominguez put it, “this is just what we didn’t need, many people have been working for months preparing for these celebrations, with a great number of businesses investing in stands hoping to make a little money, and all for nothing. After the closure of the southern access to the village due to so much bad weather, local businesses have been a little discouraged and pessimistic this year, and now again the weather has cost us money”, she pointed out in a defeated way. Unfortunately it was not only the stall, bars and restaurants who were adversely affected, but also all the exhibitions, musical acts and typical local product demonstrations had to be cancelled despite months of preparation for this day. It was not until 14.00 hours that the

weather gave Tejeda a breather, but by then it was already too late. As I mentioned previously, I had the chance to run between rain showers to see a little of this fiesta, and felt it was a shame that the weather was so bad as what I saw impressed me. If it hadn’t been for the weather it would have been a fantastic celebration, what a shame! By Tito Cabral

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News In Brief CUT PRICE Spanish airline, Vueling, has announced a triple in profits, thanks it says because of costcutting helped by the fall in the price of aviation fuel. It has also noted increased ticket sales via travel agencies. Profits for 2009 came in at 27.7 million €, up 36% on the previous year. Travel agents have however broken relations with Spanair, accusing the airline of failing to meet its undertakings, and noting its accepting more direct bookings. THE BANK of Spain has backed the Government’s plans for labour reform and to delay the retirement age to 67.



Governor Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez thinks that the Government is ‘advancing in the right direction’ and said it was ‘fundamental’ that these undertakings be kept. If they were not then credibility could be badly affected. He said that the storm is not the captain’s fault, but it is in his hands to repair the damage. He made his comments at a debate organised by Expansión newspaper and KPMG, adding that it meant sacrifices so the changes needed to be introduced with the widest consensus possible. Earlier Ordóñez had advised lenders to increase their provisions for bad debt by 30% because of real estate assets.

THE OCED, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, has called on Spain to reduce the protection for ‘fixed’ workers as a way of stimulating new signings. Secretary General of the organisation, Ángel Gurría, said that the excessive protection currently in place will conspire against new contracts when the recovery starts. The OECD more optimistically says that it sees no reason to question the solvency of Spain. THE NUMBER of foreigners contributing to the Spanish Social Security system has moderated its fall to 2.23%. Immigrant workers now represent 10.29% of the total contributing workforce according to numbers for January which show 41,174 fewer immigrants over the month. There are now 1,168,108 immigrants working out of a total 17,546,011.

Car Importation and Registration. Contact the professionals ... MANY PEOPLE when moving abroad like to bring their own car with them, and, in most cases this can be straight forward and stress free. However in order to ensure this, you must check with the professionals. There are lots of pit falls, and if you are unlucky you can be told that your car does not meet Spanish specifications. It could cost you thousands of euros and up to two years to register. If you are really unlucky you could be told that you cannot register your car full stop. A tourist, someone who is not resident on the island, can drive a UK car for up to six months before it must be registered on GC plates. However, if you are a resident you only have a month before the car must be registered.

Before a car can be imported and registered you must check that the vehicle has a ‘Homologation’ number. This is not a problem for popular or newer cars; however, if you are thinking of importing an older, or classic car, this may be a problem. Cars like this may not meet E.U. standards for things such as CO2 emissions, and would therefore cost more to register, or not be able to be registered at all. So again check before shipping. The Homologation centre is in Madrid, and your shipping agent should check with them before advising you that your car can be registered here. If you ask five different people on the island about importation you quite often get five different well meaning answers.

Import taxes depend on the age and the calculation value of the car. It can vary depending on whether you are a resident or tourist on the island. There are, as you can imagine, lots of different factors, so each valuation is unique. If your car is leased, you are not allowed to take the car abroad for more than 30 days, and you cannot register it in Gran Canaria as the original documents will be held by the lease holder. If your car is here on UK plates you must make sure that your insurance is still valid. First you must check to ensure that no modifications have been made to the car, ie. different alloy wheels, differing steering wheel, added spoilers etc. If there are any modifications you must include the certificates to your export company to prove that these modifications meet E.U. standards with the log book. If you do not have proof that these modifications meet E.U. standards they can either refuse to register your car once it is here, or make you return the car to its original condition. Once your shipper has checked with the authorities that the paperwork is in order you can go ahead with the export of the car.

Once all the documentation is correct, you can ship your car, however, it must be loaded slowly and carefully into the container. This ensures no damage will be caused to the underside of the car, or the spoilers. The car must be properly secured with straps and wood, as any vehicle will move within the container on the journey, so let the professionals do it for you. Also you must have less than 10 litres of fuel in the tank as fuel can spill on the journey. If Customs open the container and smell fuel they will consider the car dangerous, and as well as a large fine, you will have to pay for the cleaning of the container. Once your car is here, your shipping agent will deal with the registration, which will include ITV, the Spanish equivalent of an MOT. Registration should take approximately 3-4 weeks. Make sure that this is part of your shipping agreement, as some shippers will say they do this, but then tell you it is up to you when the car arrives on the dock. Some unscrupulous parties will tell you they will register your car ‘without any questions asked’ however, when you take the car for its next ITV and some difference is spotted, the car could be impounded by the police and the owner fined. If you wish to safely store your car before import/ export, Phoenix can do this for you in a safe clean environment, and the car can be lifted off the ground so the tyres are not damaged (during a longer storage period), and the battery will be disconnected for the safety of your electrical systems.

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Letter of the week Dear Editor, As a long term resident of this island, a business owner and a qualified Massage Therapist, I am extremely concerned about the number of visitors to Puerto Rico who are falling into the clutches of orientals who are masquerading as masseurs on the beach. Most of these people are unable to speak the tourists’ language so are unable to communicate with the patient regarding medical problems etc., have no clear hygiene routine before and after massage (did he wash his hands?) and are unable to provide details of their qualifications. What’s more, they are carrying out massage with an un-identifiable oil, in broad sunlight without sun protection, and usually on a makeshift massage couch, otherwise known as the sun bed that the visitor has already paid for. In the last 2 months, we have spoken to several tourists who have tried this “massage masquerade” and who have returned to their apartment black and blue with bruises. I would like to appeal to the Tour Operator Representatives to add this little warning to their already long list of “Do’s and Don’ts” when speaking to our visitors and I would like to remind all visitors to Puerto Rico that there are a number of places where you can receive Massage, Beauty Treatments and many other types of therapy for very reasonable prices with all the safety and hygiene guarantees that any self respecting citizen should be able to expect, especially when paying for a service. Maybe Canary News would like to investigate this matter to see what the local authorities are doing in response. When the Local Police appear by the beach, they all seem to go into hiding, so obviously there is more to this than “meets the eye”. Kind regards, Joanne Blackwood Thank you Joanne for your good advice. So readers please take heed and warn any of your visiting relatives and friends not to participate, and yes, it’s a good idea for our Tour Operators to include this at their Welcome Parties. The Canary News will follow any developments on this with interest. Ed Dear Editor I moved to Gran Canaria from London 5 years ago mainly because of the fantastic weather, relaxed lifestyle & low cost of living. I loved it here & could overlook that where I live in San Fernando is rather shabby. Much of Playa del Ingles likewise, the word in Spain is cutre meaning “cheap & nasty”. Now it’s gone from cheap & nasty to expensive & nasty! I rarely go to bars & clubs but a friend of mine recently visited & we decided to go for a drink in the Yumbo. A local bottled beer (Tropical) was 4.50 Euro IN A BAR !!!! I was disgusted & my friend certainly won’t be back again. Why should she when it’s less than half that price on the Costa Blanca.

She commented on the price of food in the Supermarket being nearly the same as the price of food in London now. Ok ciggies & petrol are marginally cheaper but that’s about it. No wonder the second hand market in Faro 2 is full of sellers , yes they are selling up to return home & who can blame them. Gran Canaria ......Wake Up, you offer little in the way of value & you are pricing yourself out of the market ! Gary Ashcroft Oh dear Gary, sorry to hear about your negative experience, however members of our staff tell me that you can go to bars in the Yumbo where they are offering beer and branded spirits with mixer for 2.50€. It is back to our same old problems of landlords charging high rents and the lack of tourists who want to spend money. Yes, the tourists are still coming here but they are keeping their hands firmly in their pocket! Ed Hello my name is Colin Kelly. I have been resident on the Island for over a year now. Although I try my best at sticking to Spanish I very much enjoy your paper. I send clippings to my mother in the UK. She really enjoys seeing what we get up to here and loves to learn about the history and events. I brought with me a special classic car. I wondered if your paper could help me find a garage or person that would help me with simple servicing of my pride and very much joy. I had a wonderful time driving the Rolls Royce through Spain and met some lovely people. One group being seven leather clad, hairy bikers. I must say I was intimidated at first, but on talking to them fears subsided and conversation and photo sesssion started. I have owned the car for fifteen years and couldn’t think of leaving it behind. It’s not that simple bringing a car from the UK but all is well now and new number plates are in place, albeit with ugly numbers and letters, one can’t choose here. Hoping you can help, Anyone able to help Colin? If so please send the details to and we will forward on to him. Ed Buenos Dias, Just home after 2 weeks in Gran Canaria. My wife and I have holidayed in Maspalomas area for some years now but we fear it may be our last visit. We attend the 7.30 mass on Saturday nights in the church down from the Kasbah c/c and afterwards have a stroll about before taking taxi back to Maspalomas. This time we did not feel safe. We did not feel safe, as we were hassled to go into pubs, clubs, restaurants, buy this, that and the other. Not nice. Who is responsible for the sun loungers on Maspalomas beach and on Playa del Ingles?

They are a disgrace, they are old, some broken, all dirty. They must have been there for at least 20 years and surely they have been paid for over and over again. This shows a clear disrespect for the tourists who use them. I will not subject my old body to these dangers anymore. Sorry for going on a rant but I read your lovely paper and found it most enjoyable and informative so I decided to drop you a few lines. Should make the above a campaign for your paper. Sincerely and Kind Regards DD O’ Regan. We are sorry you did not enjoy your holiday because of the things you mention, and although we are not making any excuses, what we can say is that businesses are suffering quite badly because of the lack of tourists and mistakenly think that they need to hassle the tourists who are already here. Let’s hope some of the culprits read your letter and understand that this is not the correct way to behave nor to encourage people to come back. Ed. Hello, This is the first time we have visited Gran Canary, as we usually go to Tenerife, but fancied a change this year. We were very surprised at how nice the island looked as we travelled towards our hotel in Puerto Rico and were looking forward to a nice week in the sun. Our two children, Mandy 8 and Paul 11, came with us as they were on half term holiday from school. They also love the beach and to visit kiddies parks and amusements. Unfortunately, we couldn’t have picked a worse week as far as the weather is concerned. It rained solidly for about three days with just the odd break but it was too wet to go on the beach. We looked high and low for somewhere to go to amuse the kids, but unlike Tenerife didn’t find any remotely suitable for them. Loads of pubs, restaurants and cafes, a couple of ‘amusement arcades’ but nothing decent when the weather is bad. We saw a copy of The Canary News and were certain there would be something advertised in it, but again no joy. I know we can’t blame the bad weather on Gran Canaria, but we can blame the lack of childrens’ parks and indoor centres on it. So my question is, why isn’t there more to do if the weather isn’t very good, or if there is, where are they and why don’t they let people know about them? A Holidaymaker Well of course there are places to amuse you and your children when the weather isn’t so good – which is a rare occurrence here on Gran Canaria. But yes, you are correct they do not seem to understand that they have to let people know where they are (especially families staying in self catering apartments like yourselves). And who better than The Canary News to advertise with! Ed

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with Theresa Coe 1b) PRESENT CONTINUOUS: To describe what is going on right now (also temporary): No puedo hablar ahora, porque estoy trabajando (I can´t talk now, because I´m working).

Lesson 12

Estoy aprendiendo español en este momento (I´m learning Spanish at the moment – or ‘in this moment’ as the Spanish say).

We saw last edition that both SER and ESTAR mean ‘to be’ in English, and looked at uses of SER, for what are usually longstanding hard facts, such as origin, profession, identity, and descriptions of people or places.

Soy de Inglaterra, pero este año estoy viviendo aquí. (I´m from England, but this year I´m living here – the first ‘I am’ is permanent, the second temporary). So, to form the ‘present continuous’ for actions taking place right now, you knock off the last two letters of the original verb and add: -ando for verbs ending in AR, or -iendo for verbs ending in ER or IR. E.g: hablar (to speak): estoy habl/ando (I´m speaking); comer (to eat): estás com/iendo (you´re eating); and abrir (to open): está abr/iendo (he/she/it´s opening).

¿Cómo estás?


ESTAR, however, is used in three main ways:

ESTAR is NOT just for temporary situations. It´s also used for location, whether temporary or permanent:

Ser and Estar part 2

1) FOR TEMPORARY SITUATIONS: ¿Cómo estás? (How are you?) Estoy bien/mal/ regular/cansado/feliz/infeliz. (I´m well/poorly/so-so/ tired/happy/unhappy). Mis padres están enfermos (my parents are ill). ¡Estás muy guapa esta noche! (You look very pretty tonight) – as opposed to mi marido ES muy guapo (my husband is very good-looking). El café está frio (the coffee is cold) – this is temporary because it can be heated up again – however gazpacho soup is always served cold: La sopa de gazpacho ES fría.

¿Dónde está Manchester? - Está en el norte de Inglaterra. (Where is Manchester? It´s in the north of England). ¿Dónde están los servicios? (Where are the toilets?). Mi apartamento está en Playa del Inglés y estamos aquí con unos amigos. (My apartment is in Playa del Inglés and we are here with some friends). 3) STATES OF BEING

Spanish Lessons

a) Physical status: Mi padre está muerto, [moo-airtoh] pero mi madre está viva. (my father is dead, but my mother is alive). b) Marital status: ¿Estás casada o divorciada? Pues, estoy soltera. (to a woman: Are you married or divorced? Well, I´m single.) c) Working status (not actual profession): Mi hija está empleada pero mi hijo está en paro. Y nosotros estamos jubilados. [hoo-bee-lah-doss] (My daughter is employed but my son is on the dole. And us - we´re retired. Think: jubilant!) Finally, there are some useful set phrases with ESTAR. Why not try them out? Estar para means ‘to be about to’ – so estoy para salir means I´m about to go out, while el avión está para llegar means the plane is about to arrive. Other handy phrases include estamos de vacaciones (we´re on holiday) and están de compras hoy (they´re shopping today). Don´t forget that an ‘h’ is ALWAYS silent! There´s no pretending that SER and ESTAR are easy to master, as there are uses that don´t fit neatly into the headings given in this brief introduction - more or which next time. Recommended website: verbs.html Click on ‘ser’ or ‘estar’ for examples of their use, maybe registering to have a go at the quizzes. Drlemon also includes handy themed vocabulary lists and a lively grammar section divided into super basics, building blocks and ‘fancier foundation’ for more advanced students.

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Family Life

Help Your Child Understand Death

Primary school age children have a better understanding of death -- that it’s a permanent thing that can happen to anyone -- and may be able to handle child grief better than we think. By this age, your child has probably been exposed to the concept of death and child grief through movies, TV shows, books, and even conversations with friends. But unless they’ve had to deal first-hand with the death of someone close to them, it can still remain an abstract thing -- something that happens to other people. Losing someone close to them can change all that. Some ways you can help your child understand death: 1. Be open to questions related to child grief. Children are naturally curious about death, even before they experience a personal loss and child grief. Be as honest as possible while keeping it still simple enough for your child to understand. 2. Don’t avoid the word “death.” Don’t use phrases like, “gone away,” “lost,” or “went to sleep” to refer to someone who died, even when talking to a child of nursery school age. This can just create more confusion in a younger child, and give an older child the impression that death is something to be feared and not discussed.

die. As much as I wanted to comfort him, I knew that lying would have just given him false reassurance and would’ve led to distrust when he found out the truth. 4. Don’t assume your child understands everything the first time. They may ask the same questions over and over again, over a period of weeks or even months. There are several reasons for this. It can be tough for a primary school age child to digest everything at once. They may also be trying to work it out in their mind through repetition. And the same information can become meaningful to them in different ways they mature emotionally and intellectually. 5. Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know something. A child may bombard you with questions about things like what it feels like after you die and why you can’t still talk to a person once he or she passes away. It’s better to be honest about the fact that you don’t know everything than to lie or give them an explanation that you think they will want to hear. 6. Expect it to take some time. Grief can be a process, even for adults. Your growing child may seem nonchalant about the death of a loved one, and then fall apart over a broken toy. 7. Anticipate some emotions. Your child may become angry over the loss of someone. They may feel guilt, especially about the death of a sibling or parent (a young child may believe that the person died because they were “bad.”) They may regress, becoming more clingy or wanting to come into your bed. 8. Consider letting your child attend the funeral.

3. Be honest with your child. My son was about 6 when I let him see Barnyard, a movie in which the dad dies. For days afterward, he was distraught, and kept asking if his dad or I could die. I told him it’s extremely unlikely, that we are healthy and young, and we are super-careful about not putting ourselves in danger. But I didn’t say no, we won’t

A ceremony may help your child process the loss of the loved one. But be sure to take into account your child’s personality and how emotional the service may be. If your child is very sensitive to others’ sadness and is likely to become very upset when other people cry, it may be better to keep them at home. 9. Give them room to grieve. Let them know that you are ready to listen or answer questions but don’t press them if she seems reluctant to talk.

10. Acknowledge your own feelings. Children are more likely to be attuned to your emotions, so don’t try to hide your grief. While you don’t want your child to see you fall apart -- it can be too scary for children to see their source of support crumble -- don’t try to hide your feelings. By letting them know that it’s okay to cry and be sad over the loss of someone you love, you are teaching them how to handle loss in a healthy way.

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Scandinavian Scene

with Nina Blaafjell

Graffiti at Los Teques In a previous edition of the Canary News we featured Los Teques, the Norwegian Schools’ Halls of Residence here on Gran Canaria. It is now covered by graffiti but in a good way. A project to brighten up one of the communal areas at Los Teques was for a group of the residents and some that are here for a shorter period to spray paint the area.

All the photos have been taken by Mette Brandt. Her wonderful exhibition “Las colored de Canarias” is still running at the Norwegian Club located in the market square in Arguineguin. The photos will be displayed until the end of March and there are still some limited edition prints available. You can also follow Mette’s work at www.

Once the management had decided on the need to renovate the area they decided to hand the project over to the teenagers. They decided that Graffiti would be a fun and bright way of decorating the area. A committee was appointed to develop ideas and draw up a plan. The janitor Geir contributed the 60 litres of white paint used as a base for the graffiti and in addition some 40 cans of spray paint were purchased. The designs were then sketched onto the walls before the spray painting could begin. On Thursday the 18th February the spray painting could finally take place and some of the results can be seen in the photos. It transformed an otherwise quite cold and bare space with lots of fantastic and colourful drawings. Well done to Paul, Karina, Simen, Maartje, Iselinn, Eivind and Jone who were the committee in charge of the project and also the actual work with help from Ronja, Kirsten & Mia.

Swap shop For those of us who use Facebook there is now a new facebook group which may be of interest to residents: Gran Canaria - brukt salg - kjøp – bytting. This site is for those who would like to buy, sell or exchange second hand goods here in Gran Canaria. Although the creator of the group is Norwegian they welcome ads in English and Spanish too. So if you have any items you would like to sell or exchange, or if you are looking to buy something specific have a look here. Norwegian woman injured in lift accident A Norwegian woman was injured last week in an accident when a lift fell several floors at the Revoli Playa Hotel in Puerto Rico. Although the woman was not seriously injured it was reported that she had suffered a back injury and was being treated at a local hospital. The cause of the accident is unclear but a suggestion has been that there were too many people in the lift.

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Cárdenas Real Estate 30 Year Celebration It was an unusually rainy day as I made my way to the Head Office of the Cardenas Estate Agency in Arguineguin, and I was apprehensive about anyone being there for our appointment. However, as soon as I entered I was greeted by a member of the team who, once I had told her that I had an appointment, promptly introduced me to Ramon, Marketing & IT Director.

clients’ trust so that they can happily leave the purchase in capable hands once they have left the island. Capable hands also includes the office and sales staff, who, at Cardenas have been there for many years, and from their warm, welcoming smiles indicate how well they are treated by Carolina, Ramon and her brother - all partners in the business.

I was shown into a bright, comfortable office where Carolina Garcia Chagrin greeted me and asked if I would like a coffee. As we sat down, I immediately felt comfortable with Carolina and knew that this was going to be an interesting and professional interview. She told me that Cardenas is celebrating its’ 30th anniversary this year, and as a family owned and run business wanted to share information about them with The Canary News readers. The business was started by Carolinas’ parents 30 years ago, with their present office in Arguineguin. With just one complex to market, Los Canarios 1, her father soon made a name for himself in the town as he knew many of the owners of properties in the area. Of course the Scandinavians were already here, brought by the tour operators, and they soon found that they enjoyed spending time in a nice hot country - so unlike their own, and began looking for properties to purchase. As time progressed, and the business grew more and more successful, Carolina and her brother Daniel, were introduced into it, but first they were both required to attend the German school and then to spend time in Norway learning the language. Carolina told me that although she enjoyed her time in Norway immensely, it was hard work studying 7 hours a day.

However it paid off, with Carolina in the role of Managing & Commercial Director, Daniel, Director of the Legal & Tax department and Ramon, Marketing & IT Director. Between them they speak several languages, including Spanish, English, German, French and Norwegian. Ten years ago saw the opening of two more offices; one in Mogan and the other in Puerto Rico. This was to service the growing number of German and British clients who have different needs to the Scandinavians, and whose needs the staff at Cardenas clearly understand. As we chatted amiably, it was quite evident why Cardenas is so successful, when so many other estate agents have ‘fallen by the wayside’. Their policy of providing the best customer experience, both before and after a sale, has certainly paid off. Carolina explained to me that prospective clients are looked after from the time they walk through the door; all legal documents are checked thoroughly, finances and documentation required for the sale is processed, and anything else which a client feels is necessary is dealt with quickly and efficiently. But it doesn’t end with the sale, just as important is the customer after sales service which they can provide, from arranging property rentals, transferring names for utilities and much, much more. Having worked in the property business for many years, I know just how important it is to gain your

We covered many aspects of buying a property on Gran Canaria, from the strict construction laws, the need to speak in the clients’ native tongue, to always being in contact to reassure them and the absolute quality control every step of the way. With a good mix of legal, business management, sales and marketing and IT expertise all at hand, there really is no need to seek advice elsewhere. It was time to leave, and as I took my last photograph more clients started to arrive, eager to discuss their requirements with the friendly sales staff. Finally, the management of Cardenas would like to thank clients for their confidence and trust, and to thank their employees for the loyalty and professionalism they continue to show.

So it’s congratulations to Cardenas on their 30th anniversary from everyone at The Canary News, may you continue to provide a first class service for many years to come.


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Canarian Character

Who Better than our own Kay Owen? We’ve given you many ‘Canarian Characters’ over time, yet who deserves more to be mentioned than our very own Kay Owen? As our readers know, you do not have to be ‘Canarian born and bred’ to be featured here, rather an individual who is unique, gives something to the community, provides a service that is somehow different, or someone we just all really like! Kay falls into all these categories and more, so read on!. Born in South Wales.....‘ a long time ago’ - Kay, a State Registered Chiropodist/ Podiatrist loved her profession, working for years in Private Practice and NHS Senior Management in Yorkshire, before retiring to Gran Canaria 9 years ago when her husbands’ job was relocated. Kay lives in Playa del Hombre. Happily married to Paul who worked in the tomato industry as a technical consultant…( aka ‘The Man from Delmonte!’). Now retired, artist Paul pursues his love of oil-painting - specialising in Seascapes (‘when not shouting ‘ Sospan Fach’ if Wales wins at Rugby !’ ) He is also Kay’s no 1 supporter in her work here. Describing the most precious moment in her life - when approaching 40 she gave birth to her wonderful twins, James and Becky... (tho’ it did seem a tad more

than a moment on the day’, she laughs.) Both live and work in England but spend much time here on the island.. “A good deal more than if we lived in outer Siberia methinks” quips Mum. Paul and Kay love entertaining and have had over 300 people for holidays here. ‘Move from snowy UK to sunny GC … and find out not just who but how many your friends are’ she warns.

Fund- raising for Children in Need is one of Kay’s passions – first becoming involved through the Ladies Luncheon Club in Las Palmas. “We have helped build 8 schools in 8 years in poverty stricken areas where many abused and disadvantaged children now have access to education. Quote:- “I like to think we are not only building schools but rebuilding lives”. Fund-raising also supports several charities in GC..

Kay is a committed Christian whose faith determines what she describes as ‘her purpose driven life.’ “I do not undertake anything without prayer” she says. Currently enjoying the Services and helping lead worship at the English Evangelical Church (South), Kay and her husband also spend happy times with friends from churches in the North. When she is ‘out and about’ in the community, raising funds for charity and sharing Christian values and principles, she believes this to be “Faith- in -Action”. Very much a “people person”…this high profile lady loves to “connect” all over the island. She is a keen member of the local Women’s International Network where ladies share ideas/ business info on regular basis. Members enthusiastically support her charity work.

efforts have recently raised a staggering 6,000€. Did you know that in order to secure a good ‘pitch’ at the Faro Dos car boot sale, which is held on Sundays, Kay travels down the night before, parks her car to secure her spot, then stays overnight with friends in the area? If this is not possible she travels down from her home in the North at 4am! Dedication such as this makes me feel quite insignificant. You will find that Kay drives a hard bargain at her book stall, never yielding or bending to negotiation as she knows that every penny counts towards her favourite charity. Tirelessly working, Kay puts most of us to shame

Kay motivates her energetic and loyal “Making A Difference” team –Libby, Mena, Teresa , Elli and Anna-Maria at Faro Dos market .’They are really the ones who make it all happen’, she says,’ I can’t praise them enough’. We hope that Kay’s good works are now well known and that her favourite charity - helping minority children in China goes from strength to strength because of her unstinting and tireless efforts. Kay tells me that over the last year, our wonderful readers, friends, and of course Kay’s

From the numerous letters we receive congratulating Kay on her special works and her invaluable contribution to The Canary News, we take our hat off to her, and in the words of Jeetu from Paraiso Jewellers, Mogan, ‘so many of your readers pick up the newspaper just to read ‘Comfort Corner’. So what can we say, thank you Kay, thank you for bringing a little sunshine into our lives with your words of wisdom and hope. Contacts:


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‘The Canarian Lawyer’ Mobile phones with prepaid cards I have a mobile phone with prepaid card. I have had the line and the number cancelled because my phone was not registered. What should I do? The line you must have been terminated because of another reason. Certainly, on 9 November 2009, the owners of mobile phones with prepaid card who had not provided the operators with their personal data will have the unpleasant surprise that they can no longer use them. However, they will have a message that urges them to go to apoints of sale

and give their name within six months and so be able to recover their number and line. So initially they wanted to disconnect all phones, but decided to cut the line, without losing the phone number for a period of six months (until 9 May 2010). The measure does not affect customers purchasing handsets after October 2007 (date was adopted as the standard), as after this date the companies require ID, passport or card of residence from all those interested in buying a phone. They therefore suspended all anonymous telephone cards, but they have been granted a six-month grace period for users who wish to keep their number,

Your Questions Answered but must prove their identity at points of sale. Regarding the credit not consumed before disabling, consumers may recover it claiming directly from their phone operator. On the other hand, despite the fact that cards will be deactivated, you may call 112 in case of emergency. Regarding your case, we can say that it is different because, as has been said, the number is preserved until May 2010, so if they have already removed your number it must be because you have not put credit on your mobile in the maximum time allowed. You can by law claim the balance that you had before they revoked the line for the outstanding balance which has not been consumed. In the absence of putting credit on the

Web and Computer problems?

So, it can be seen that this setting is not one that has been made without the user’s knowledge. When this setting is selected, the junction points and other protected system files are displayed. If these junction points cause you confusion, then just choose to “Hide protected operating system files” as is the Windows default and they will go away.

A. Actually, you only have one “My Documents” folder and the other one is a “Junction Point”. I’ll explain further. First, you will only see these type duplicate folders, junction points, if you have chosen to have “Hide protected operating system files” unchecked. This is not the default setting and is intended that most users have no access to these junction points. This is not a change that can be made unintentionally.

Diagram 1

phone, the number is lost. Certainly it is a contractual requirement that the consumer needs to recharge the balance within a certain timescale, and you are warned that you will lose the line otherwise; but it is obvious that in such cases, companies cannot appropriate credit not consumed if you do not have service you have the right to reclaim the outstanding amount by law.

Here are the steps required to make this change. Open any folder, press the ALT key to display the menu if it isn’t set to display by default, select Tools, Folder Options, and the View tab. Scroll down until you find the item, “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” and uncheck it. When you do, diagram 1 is displayed:

Q. Why is it that on my new computer running Windows 7, I have two “My Documents” folders but only have access to one of them?


So, what is a junction point? In Vista and Windows 7, the “My Documents and Settings“ folder, which BTW is now a junction point, has been replaced by the “Users” folder. Each user account will have a My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos etc. listed directly in the Users folder. This is a change from Windows XP where the My Pictures, My Videos, My Music were all contained in the My Documents folder. In other words, in Vista and Windows 7, all of the “My....” folders have been moved from within the Documents and settings/My Documents folder as they were in XP , and placed directly in the new “Users/username” folder. Junction Points were created to provide backwards compatibility for older programs that are unaware of the new folder structure in Windows Vista and Windows 7. A program that is incorrectly written and hardcoded to install files directly in the old My folders will be silently redirected to the new location.

These junction points just contain the path to the new location of the actual folder of the same name. Note the “My” designation was first introduced in Windows XP, then removed in Vista, and now reinstated in Windows 7. Also, all of these “My...” folders are now more easily accessible in the new Windows 7 Libraries which are displayed by default when Windows Explorer is opened.


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Las Palmas Carni As mentioned previously these floats are made by groups of friends and families or private organizations who work for months in the construction of them. Normally, the members all contribute an amount of money, between 100 and 150 Euros each, and then they will look for further sponsorship from local businesses. They can cost a total of 9,000 Euros so they use their ingenuity and personal skills in order to reduce costs. If they have a painter amongst them, he will paint, if they have a carpenter or welder they will each contribute with their skills, and the rest of the money goes towards the drinks and food which will satisfy the needs of all the participants travelling on the float with Arehucas Rum being the star product! This year the organizers were extremely pleased with the large amount of foreign visitors who attended this unique celebration; buses pack with tourist flocked from the south of the island, camera in hand, they came out from “El Hoyo” bus station to come face to face with the carnival fiesta. The looks of amazement confirmed the great success of Canarians in integrating these visitors in all their celebrations, and only hope they had a good time and not only consider coming back next year, but also dress up on the next occasion. I hope that my reporting and carnival events calendar contributed somewhat to the success of this. As a Canarian, and one who participated in almost all events, I think we can safely say that the Las Palmas carnival is on a level with those of Brazil and Venice, and is now recognised as being a world famous event. We Canarians, love to have a good time; laughter and enjoying yourself is what makes life ‘worth living’. It’s contagious, it’s fun and more importantly, it brings people together of all nationalities and denominations. So thanks go to the Council of Las Palmas for bringing the people of our island, what has to be one of the very special attractions we have for both residents and tourists alike. A Big Thank You from The Canary News for allowing us to participate and report back. We look forward to next year.

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ival Grand Finale AFTER JUST over a month of celebrations the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival has come to an end. And so we leave behind the many galas and shows which filled the Santa Catalina Park with light, fantasy, and glamour, as well as the laughter of thousands of faithful followers of this particular fiesta. It is with a touch of sadness that I leave the reporting of this event for another year. I have spent many hours researching, attending and reporting back on the main aspects of the Las Palmas carnival, and hope that the readers of The Canary News have enjoyed my coverage as much as I have enjoyed doing it.

And so, as tradition dictates, the carnival must end with the purification by fire - the burning of the Sardine on Las Canteras beach, and as before the people of Las Palmas did not want to miss out on this special event! Custom says that all who take part in this ritual are expected to dress in black, as mourners normally do, but obviously being carnival people they use all their ingenuity when dressing up; men as women, women as men, cardinals, nuns, and priests. The sardine is then paraded through some of the main streets of the city with spectators lining on both sides to watch the show; enjoying the sight of the many participants who follow the parade crying and shouting in despair, as if a true relative had died, but again this is all part of the act! The atmosphere varies a little from the usual carnival parades which we have been enjoying. To begin with, the normally colourful costumes are replaced by black, and again Canarians do use a lot of imagination and humour in the elaborate fancy dresses they wear, but for this parade they seem to be more or less on the same wave length. This is due to the fact that the theme is common to all - they dress the same and their purpose is the same, whilst in other parades they get to chose their theme and act accordingly. After a few hours parading around the city, the Sardine finally arrived at Las Canteras Beach where thousands of people congregated along its shore. Slowly it is carried towards the waters’ edge where a boat tied to a small raft is waiting. A group of volunteers is in charge of placing it on the raft and ensuring its stability, it is then tied to a number of pyrotechnical cables which will be responsible for its’ burning later on. And then it is pulled to its’ final resting place where it will be burned to a cinder - again a group of men ensure it is safely anchored to the bottom of the sea bed and well away from spectators and property to avoid unexpected accidents. I must admit that the final burning of the Sardine was not as spectacular as I had previously been led to believe and, as a matter of fact the Sardine itself was quite disappointing. I was not the only one to think this as around me I heard negative comments by many members of the crowd, but I suppose everything about the carnival can’t please everyone. On the other hand, the fireworks which followed were quite spectacular. Not only because they were set off at both ends of the city beach, but also for the duration and variety, which pleased everyone there. For me the whole carnival experience has been an eye opener to a tradition which I was obviously aware of, but did not really know deep down. I have certainly enjoyed it very much, especially, because when I was younger it was just another series of nights out, but this year I have learnt much more about what is behind the carnival, its’ customs and traditions and have come to realise why the ‘Carnaval’ is a very special fiesta indeed. Although the carnival in our capital city has come to an end, the carnival season continues throughout the island and I will be reporting on various events, although not as in depth as I have on the Las Palmas one.

By Tito Cabral


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Twitters from the Atlantic with Barrie Mahoney

Barrie’s novel ‘Journeys and Jigsaws’ (ISBN: 9781843865384). - Book 1 From Teacher to Drag Queen which is now available on the island. Just call: 928 729 277 and we will get a copy to you. Price 13,99 euros. © Barrie Mahoney

“Lots of Love” or “Laugh Out Loud”? FORGET LEARNING to speak Spanish! It is Textonyms or Textese, also known as SMS language, chatspeak, texting language or txt talk, that we should really be learning as the new language in our newly adopted country. It all used to be so beautifully simple. In the old days it was rather easy. As a schoolboy, if one was feeling particularly lovesick, passionate or saucy we would blush deeply and include something like SWALK (“Sealed With A Loving Kiss) on the back of the envelope containing our illicit message and wicked intentions. Indeed if one was feeling especially naughty, or totally outrageous, we would write ‘BURMA’ on the back of the envelope. (“Be Undressed and Ready My Angel”). Straightforward and to the point, wasn’t it? We all knew where we were and there would be no misunderstandings, right? Goodness knows what the jargon of today really means. I love to receive text messages, and particularly those from one of my friends in the UK, but I have to confess that I rarely understand them. Although a perfectly competent speller in real life, the dear boy suddenly seems to enter a world of total linguistic incompetence, nay insanity, when sending text messages to me. It is not only that they read as total nonsense, but also they don’t seem to save on many words or letters. In any case, do mobile phone companies really charge for the number of letters that are sent nowadays or is it that we all need an excuse to reduce the English language to the barest of bare bones in order to communicate effectively on these modern devices? I have, in the past, been very pleasantly surprised to receive messages from texters and emailers ending with LOL, which I had assumed was a term of endearment, if not affection, meaning lots of love - endless affection

that, if you think about it, is rather nice. These are very pleasant to receive and make one realise that the world isn’t such a bad place after all. However, my naive bubble has at last burst and I can confess that I have been saddened to discover that these promises of endless, unending affection are not what they seem. Actually, it means “laugh out loud” or “loads of laughs”, which I don’t find at all amusing. It is highly disappointing to at last face the reality that all my friendly texters didn’t actually love me after all.

It seems that for words that have no common abbreviation, texters simply remove the vowels from a word, and the reader is forced to interpret a string of consonants by adding the vowels when they receive the message. So “dictionary” becomes “dctnry”, or “keyboard” becomes “kybrd”. It is up to the frustrated reader to interpret the abbreviated words within the context in which it is used. Yes, I know that language develops and grows and that it is natural for children and young people to play with and adapt language for their own use. We all did it, except that we didn’t send text messages, just verbal abuse, which was so much pleasanter. Context is the clue to all this business of trying to read and interpret txtese, and is probably the reason why I shall do my best never to use it. Just imagine the problems that we could get ourselves into! BBFN (bye, bye for now)!

Yes, I know that anyone over the age of 40 is now regarded as a boring old fart with one foot in the grave, but my plea is that I do try. I do understand ‘gr8’ means “great”, ‘ru’ means “are you?” and that ‘cryn’ means “crying”, but why not crayon? See my problem? In my youth we often used to use the expression ‘TTFN’

Barries’ New Websites for Tourists and

Local author, Barrie Mahoney, and David Hicks have recently launched two new websites to promote the Canary Islands as a top tourist destination throughout the year. The idea came from the need to promote Barrie’s next book, ‘Letters from the Atlantic’ that is due to be published in October. However, after a very positive response from across the world to the new websites, Barrie realised that these could be extended and would be helpful to further promote the Canary Islands as a top tourist destination.

- maybe following the expressions of some comedian of the day, I cannot remember whom, which meant, quite simply, “Ta, ta for now”, simple eh? Nowadays, modern texters even use a combination of jumbled letters in their text messages which are little more than secret code that would have made the secret agents very proud. So if they say ‘ttyl, lol’ they probably mean “talk to you later, lots of love” not “talk to you later, laugh out loud”; and if someone says “omg, lol” they probably mean “oh my God, laugh out loud” not “oh my God, lots of love”. Are you confused as well?

Places to go, things to see, how to get there and where to stay are all included in these two websites. Climbing, walking, diving, sailing and cycling for the active. Places away from busy tourist areas for those seeking peace and quiet, and a touch of history. For those planning to buy a property or to rent on the Canary Islands if planning to find work, or just looking for holiday accommodation and flights - it is all there.

Gay Mans’ Chorus Group

If you enjoyed this article, take a look at Barrie’s website: and www.thecanaryislander. com or read his latest novel, ‘Journeys and Jigsaws’ (ISBN: 9781843865384). © Barrie Mahoney

Barrie writes regular columns in newspapers and magazines in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Australia, South Africa and the USA, as well as in The Canary News, and is already attracting an international readership through these websites. The Canary Islander website offers free links to local businesses to help promote the economy of the islands and the continuing success of the tourist industry. There is also a linked website designed specifically for gay and lesbian tourists on www.thegaycanaries. com as gay tourism is so important, particularly for Gran Canaria. If you would like to contact Barrie and David, or to exchange web links, please email them at .

HAVE YOU ever wondered why, here in the south, there is a definite lack of talented chorus group singers? With the sad demise of the Black and Red Casino Show, entertainment choice for holidaymakers and residents is becoming more limited. Of course we still have our ever popular Sparkles, Rickys Bar and Garbos, but what about the fans who like to listen to the traditional light opera or chorus style music?

‘gay men’ who would like to participate in this new initiative. Having had firsthand experience as part of the backing group for Barry Manilow, he contacted a number of chorus groups in the UK, who are all keen to offer their advice and support on how to achieve his ambitious project. In fact the Musical Director of South Wales has even offered his music sheets as a way to get started.

its’ profits to selected charities. Gary hastened to add that the charities will not always be ‘gay’ related, as he feels that the community should give back to the island some of the benefits they have provided for the gay sector.

I met up with Gary who has a vision of putting together a Gay Mans’ Chorus group; they abound in many other places around Europe so why not here on Gran Canaria?

An enthusiastic and eloquent personality, Gary really feels there is a need for such a group of entertainers and is anxious to hear from any of you guys out there who feel they can contribute to this exciting new venture. He has already set up a website, www.gcgmc. org which will evolve with time, but for the present outlines the groups’ aims, including donating part of

Good luck Gary, The Canary News is always happy to be associated with entrepreneurs, especially in these difficult times.

Gary, a part time English teacher at The Language Centre in La Garita, is looking for enthusiastic

For further information please visit the website above, or email Gary directly at

By Debbie Wenn

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Arroz con Leche Serves 4-6


Spanish Rice Pudding


In a large saucepan add the rice, milk, cinnamon stick and grated lemon rind. Under a low to medium heat allow the contents of the pan to simmer gently until the rice is well cooked and the milk has halved in volume. This usually takes around 45 minutes. Be sure to work on a very gentle heat so that there’s no danger of burning the milk which can easily destroy the dish.

Ingredients: About 2 Litres of Milk 160g of Short Grain Rice 1 Cinnamon Stick 1 Lemon (grate the rind) 350g of Caster Sugar Ground Cinnamon

Now add the caster sugar and continue cooking for about 10 minutes when the sugar should have fully dissolved and the liquid thickened. Next you must remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.

Horchata de Almendra Almond Horchata Real Horchata from Valencia is made with Chufa (Tiger Nut). But if Chufa is not available a suitable substitute for the Chufas are Almonds, which give the Horchata the same texture and similiar taste. Horchata is not a dairy product and contains little fat, so it is often refered to as “the drink of the gods” for it’s rich but lowfat flavor. Ingredients: 1/2 kilo (1 pound) Almonds 1/2 kilo (1 pound) Sugar 1 Lemon 1 Cinnamon Stick 1 Pinch of Salt 2.5 litres Water (warm) Method The first step is to remove the skins from the almonds. The best way to do this is to simply buy them already skinless. If none are available, you will have to boil the skins off. Put the almonds in a pot of boiling water and let sit until the skins become very soft. With time, the skins will dissolve or slide off easily when stirred. Boiling the almonds is a pain. It is much easier to just buy them without skins. Crush or otherwise pulverise the almonds into a coarse powder. If you boiled your almonds to get the skins off, then grind them up. In a large bowl/container add the 2.5 litres of water with a pinch of salt. Slice and add the lemon. Now mix in the ground almond powder . Cover the container and let it sit at room temperature for 2 hours. When the two hours are up, add the sugar and cinnamon stick. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Strain the liquid with a fine cloth. This removes all of the larger particles of almond. Strain until texture is smooth (twice should do it). Enjoy! Keep the drink in your fridge and it will stay good for at least five days. For a truly divine experience, put some in your freezer until it is an icy slush


Once at the required temperature place the contents of the pan in an airtight container and put it in the fridge until it’s cold. This usually takes around 3 hours but it’s better to refrigerate it overnight with a view to serve it the following day. Before serving remove the cinnamon stick and place the rice pudding in individual bowls lightly sprinkled at the last minute with the ground cinnamon.


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Spring/Summer Trends on the High Street AS WE begin to move into Spring/Summer we start to look at new trends appearing from the catwalk down to our high street.

and will no doubt be on the high street very soon, and between her and Danni Minogue, who are both style queens in their own right, there are bound to be some great buys soon.

One of the biggest trends this spring is the Parisian Chic look, think ‘La Paris meets Nautical’ striped t- shirts, and short skirts are big and will follow through to summer - the striped ‘t’ was big last year and it looks like it’s not stopping this year either. Visiting Leeds a few weeks ago I picked up some fantastic items from New look and Topshop Topshop will always be a firm favourite and will offer catwalk styles at high street prices. Trench coats will also be making a comeback, and there are some great pieces in Dunnes in Ireland at the moment. They are easy to wear in the warm evenings ahead whilst still looking glamorous on your night out. With the Oscars just finishing we are in for a real treat with fabulous evening wear which will be replicated onto the high street; I have taken a lot of inspiration for my new 2010 evening wear range from the Oscars so keep a look out for some quality dresses and great prices from the likes of Zara and Reiss.

Cheryl Cole was seen wearing a fabulous dress by Stephane Roland (see photo), this is a gorgeous dress

From my shopping expedition in Dublin last weekend I saw huge high street contenders like Zara and Mango doing some fabulous ‘military style’ pieces that are also a big trend this summer. The military look mainly comes from the designer ‘Balmain’, but as usual the key players to break this into the affordable is Topshop, they have come up trumps again with a range of fantastic military jackets. But don’t forget you can get the same look cheaper by customising your own jacket with accessories from your local haberdashery store(which is what I have been doing)

quality and very trendy, and as they originate from Australia you are guaranteed long lasting wear. Finally Pastels are everywhere ‘candy’ striped and in pastel tones - baby blues, candy pinks are mesmerising, this is a soft look, keeping the fabrics delicate by using chiffons, silks and tulle. However it’s not all sweetness and light; Christopher Kane really works this trend by using a check and re-vamping it into some cool dresses and outfits. Reiss are also doing some nice silk vests for around £79, a little more expensive for the high street but never the less its quality reflects the price and they feel luxurious. So ladies of Gran Canaria, make sure you book a flight back to the UK for fantastic bargains, or better still why not a ‘girlie’ long weekend and pamper yourself with your close friends. If any readers would like advice on fashion subjects, please contact me at caroline-atelier@ or visit my website below. Happy Shopping! By Caroline Atelier

Whilst flicking through my Vogue magazine (which I do religiously) what caught my eye were slouchy shorts, this summers’ big trend especially if you are lucky enough to be spending a lot of time in the sun, especially in Gran Canaria, but I suppose in the UK and Ireland we could get away with this look; especially in a silky fabric. A summer essential is to wear your shorts rolled up at the hem with a slouchy t-shirt for a casual look. What I also found big this spring were vivid prints, they have come full circle, especially tribal prints. Oasis are doing a pair of gorgeous slouch shorts in a tribal print for around £30 so keep your eyes open... from animal prints to flower prints, all are back with a bang! Bigger,bolder and more beautiful than before, and with the high street quick on designers tails, Primark has created some great printed dresses for a girls’ night out but on a much cheaper scale so very affordable. The range of printed swimwear and underwear for this summer are also good purchases. I always rely on bikinis by Tigerlily, they are great

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

New collection Mesa y López , 32

Triana, 61

C.C Las Arenas

Vecindario ( opposite to Víctor Jara theatre )

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Natural Face Lift lift.

A surgical face lift is expensive and scary. A lot of times, it also looks unnatural. There are not a few cases where one glance at a woman’s face immediately tells the beholder that the woman has had a face lift. What is the use of undergoing that procedure if it looks so crassly obvious?

Taking Care of your Skin. Ageing - turn back the clock - is a fact of life. It is an inevitable process that we cannot really escape from as the years take their toll on our bodies. But despite this inescapable fact, there are a lot of women who spend a great deal of time, effort and money to keep themselves looking young regardless of their real, chronological age. It is largely due to our youth-oriented culture, where beauty a l w a y s translates to youth. Trying to look young is not really bad at all. After all, who does not want to look young for as long as she can? It is just that most of the methods available right now to keep those wrinkles and sags at bay are too expensive and too effort-intensive. Anti-aging creams and lotions are good for keeping the skin looking young, healthy and wrinklefree, but what about the sags? It seems that the only way to get rid of those sags is to go under the knife and have a face

Thankfully, there are ways of having a face lift that looks natural and is inexpensive. Most of all, we do not have to have a surgical procedure done on our face to have that youthful-looking visage - get glowing. It only involves a few minutes of our time on a day-to-day basis, and it could be done while we are driving and waiting for the red light to turn green, while watching TV, or while putting on our face creams in the morning or at night. It is called facial fitness. Facial fitness is an exercise regimen that involves working out the muscles of the face to prevent them from sagging. It works on the same principle that if we exercise the muscles of our body, then the muscles will become toned and the skin will visibly improve. The muscles of the face also need to be exercised. If they are let alone, they just sit there on our faces, lengthening and thinning as the years come upon us, giving us that sagging and tired look as we age. With the facial fitness regimen, the facial muscles undergo resistance training, and the skin is pulled and pushed so the muscles are contracted. Eventually, the skin is lifted with all the pushing and pulling, taking away the sags and smoothing out the wrinkles from our faces.


Health and Beauty

Another benefit of undergoing a facial fitness regimen is that making the muscles of the face contract increases blood circulation to the face. With improved blood circulation to the face, more oxygen and nutrients are brought to the cells and tissues of the facial muscles and skin. Therefore, it would look healthier and whatever damages that our facial tissues have sustained are more easily repaired. Having a regular facial fitness routine brings us a natural face lift. With a natural face lift, we do not have to undergo surgery just to keep ourselves looking young. The power to look young has become literally in our hands.

More Vibrant Skin Try Juicing! By Kathryn M. D’Imperio. Did you know that your diet contributes greatly to the clarity and condition of your skin? It’s true. Pay attention next time you eat an entire candy bar by yourself, or take notice of your skins’ tone and texture if you opt for a better diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, healthier foods, and lots of water. Natural skin care at its best... Nutritional consultant and author Elaine Wilkes, N.C., M.A. offers a delicious tip to getting radiant, glowing skin. Wilkes provides helpful tips compiled from hundreds of health advisors on how to get skin that looks and feels healthy and young. Tips she delves into include advice on weight loss, great foods to eat and those to avoid, and money saving tips, to name a few. So what is the secret to smooth, healthy, youthful skin? Wilkes points to a fabulous beverage recipe as the answer. Believe me, I have tried everything, Elaine Wilkes says. But, doing this tip, I have had strangers

come up to me and ask me why my skin looked so healthy. Say goodbye to weary skin with juicing. Elaine Wilkes is also a Certified Practitioner of Metabolic Typing, which means she matches peoples’ nutrition to their metabolism, taking into account their genetics, personality, blood type, etc. She recommends creating a juicy cocktail for a vivacious skin tone and healthier complexion, and to help anyone achieve glowing skin. Combine fresh green vegetable juices such as cucumber, celery, kale, parsley, spinach, and a little bit of apple for a delicious taste, into a juicer, she instructs. Wilkes also suggests also adding lemon and ginger for a yummy zing. Soon, you will notice a glow to your new, plumped-up, radiant skin, she details. For more added benefits, drink half your weight in ounces of water each day. Beautiful skin is about what is going on inside your body. Nourish your inside with these tasty, healthy juices and your skin cannot help but look terrific. Oh, and you’ll feel great, too.

For healthy skin that looks and feels great, make a conscious effort to improve your diet. Also take the time to practice a regular cleansing routine, and engage in a realistic exercise program. These commitments to yourself will give your body and skin the boost they’ve needed to get on and stay on the right track.

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Are You Working Out Too Hard? Ann Mather, Executive


Depending on where you are working within the Heart Rate Training Zones will determine the effect it is having on your fitness.

The Energy Efficient or Recovery Zone - 60% to 70%

When I asked Famously Homme (www. what his heart rate was when he was doing all of his jogging, he told me that it was generally about 180 bpm. I asked him what his goal was – to continue to burn off fat or to start to develop and athletic level of performance ready for speed racing? He told me that he was still trying to get rid of his “love handles”.

body for speed and for most training can only be sustained for a short period of time. Only the very fit are able to train effectively in this zone. So let’s go back to Famously Homme.

I have recommended that Famously Homme works out on the treadmill, elliptical or rower at about 145 bpm for 20-30 minutes and that he then adopts intervals for a further 10-15 minutes.

His maximum heart rate would be 220 – 29 (his age) = 191

This is where he will work out at 145 bpm for 3-5 minutes, and then really push himself hard for a minute (but only up to about 172 bpm), dropping back down to 145 and repeating again 3-4 times.

This is the zone where we start to develop basic endurance and aerobic capacity. This is a good zone to warm up in, and if you have not done exercise for a long time, it is a good zone to work in for at least a few weeks to build up a bit of cardiovascular strength. It does not expend much energy from more immediately available sources, and draws on fat as the main source of energy (60-70%). However, once your levels of fitness improve, this will be too slow for many! The Aerobic Zone - 70% to 80% This zone pushes the body a little harder and starts to develop the cardiovascular system. This will start to improve the body’s ability to transport oxygen to the working muscles which all helps to improve the metabolism. In this zone, the body is still drawing on fat (about 50%) as a source of energy, but because you are working harder you will burn more calories overall. The Anaerobic Zone - 80% to 90% It is in this zone that we start to draw more heavily on the more readily available sources of energy in our body – there is actually less oxygen being circulated to help the body burn fat. Here we are using predominantly stored glycogen from the muscles. Undoubtedly, this level is training the body to work at “athletic” standards. The Red Line Zone 90% to 100% In this zone, we are really training the

If Famously Homme regularly works out at 180 bpm, he is almost always in the Red Line Zone (172 – 191). It sounds fabulous that Richard is able to work in this zone for 25 – 30 minutes – it is an indication of how fit he has potentially become. However, if he continues to do so for long periods of time, he may actually be putting his heart under too much stress and be placing himself at risk. This level of training is designed for short distance speed. And of course, he will not be achieving his desired outcome – maximum fat burn! Since Famously Homme’s goal is to continue to burn off maximum fat, he actually has to slow down a lot. Ideally he should be working at approximately 75% of his maximum heart rate - 143 beats per minute - for the significant part of his workout and perhaps with some bursts of higher speed to maintain his fantastic level of fitness but without stressing the heart.

It really is extremely important to monitor what your heart rate is doing. You can do this, with some considerable difficulty, by trying to count your own heart beats, or you can use a great training aid - a heart monitor. Famously Homme and Lee Latchford Evans both use, and highly recommend, the Garmin range ( Let’s hope that this new strategy really gets rid of the last few pounds of fat, and that we avoid any risks associated with over-stressing the heart. Good luck with your cardio workouts!

“Eye Of The Beholder” – Third Exhibition by Anna Meenaghan!... March 12th sees the opening of my third art exhibition here in Gran Canaria entitled ‘The Eye Of The Beholder’ at La Sala De Arte, Hotel Neptuno, Avenida Alfereces Provinciales in Playa del Ingles. The opening is at 19.30, so do come along, browse and join us for a drink. Everyone is welcome and I look forward to meeting you there! The exhibition runs for three weeks until April 5th and the gallery is open daily from 10.00 -22.00.

Meenaghan and I originate from the Midlands. I relocated to this lovely island seven years ago, but had been a visitor to the island for many years and it always felt like home to me. In England I led a successful, but very hectic and pressurised lifestyle, always involved in the arts, theatre, cabaret etc. So, to me it was no hardship to just pack up and leave all this behind.

Art is often a personal emotional journey of our past and current life experiences. When I am in high spirits I find that vibrant colours explode effortlessly and effusively in my work. Whereas when my emotions are raw, I can let my feelings run riot by baring my very soul on the canvas. All in all, I can only say that for me art is a spiritual experience. Let me introduce myself my name is Anna

How could I ever regret it? Simply, I couldn’t, I absolutely love it here. Pretty soon after I arrived I began

silk painting as a hobby and I was completely fascinated by the way the paint flowed on the silk, but found that it also was quite a challenging medium to work on too. Since then I have enjoyed branching into other mediums and other styles of art for different reasons. In London I studied Fashion Drawing and Dress Design at St Martin’s College of Art, but naturally this was very different . So what does inspire me? Well, first of all the wonderful sunrises and sunsets we have here. The colours are breathtaking. Living in Arinaga by the sea, I love to sit in one of the beach cafes, read the paper, have a coffee and look out at the sea and all its turbulence. This gives me a kind of tranquility observing the natural landscape and our surroundings whether it is birds, mountains, flowers, rocks, pebbles etc.

I get fired up by other countries too, I have paintings of New Zealand, Singapore, Ireland, Serengeti, but I get great joy from doing abstracts often just inspired by a weird shape or maybe one of my colourful dreams. Mainly I paint with acrylics, oils now and then, but I am fond of water colours. In art I can lose myself, the time vanishes, if something moves; me I hit the canvas and don’t stop until it is finished. So art is a reflection of my moods. I believe art should be for everyone, with that in mind in November 2008 my website was launched, www. Anna which is an interactive art website offering a gallery, features other artists, video clips, votes, reports, articles and tips for various arts and crafts. So come, take a look, I am sure there is something there for everyone’s taste!

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My Child, her Dog and God

COMFORT CORNER - with Kay Owen. Recently,in a gathering of people who were supporting an animal charity event, a comedian, who was the afterdinner speaker said that his best friend - his dog - had died and gone to heaven. He noticed there was a deal of scepticism amongst the guests. Smiling, and rather ‘tongue in cheek’ he continued “I sense some of you have a problem with that concept. Maybe you do not believe in doggy heaven...well let me just remind you...I am not talking about YOUR dog!”

She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim.

What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day - and always remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find --- I am wherever there is love... Love from God”

He proceeded to pass around this true story... originally told by a child’s mother. In part it tells of a wonderfully compassionate, yet anonymous soul, working in the ‘dead letter’ sorting section of the Post Office. The kind of person who gives us all both inspiration and aspiration.

In conclusion, especially for my 3 dear friends in the South who have recently lost beloved pets, and because I remember how inconsolable our own children were when our adorable 17 year old Siamese died - I understand. Feelings of sadness and grief are normal, but when they fade a little, I pray you will be left with only precious happy memories.

My Child, her Dog and God “Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:” “Dear God, Will you please take care of my dog?

Abbey loved being your dog. Since in heaven I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in, I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by. Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me.

I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really do miss her. Love, Meredith” “We put the letter in an envelope with a photograph of Abbey and Meredith, and addressed it to ‘GOD/ HEAVEN’. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith stuck several stamps on the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get it all the way to heaven. That afternoon she posted the letter at the General Post Office. A few days later she asked me if God had got the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had. Yesterday there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Fred Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies’. Taped to the inside front cover was the opened letter we had written to God ...together with the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:” “Dear Meredith, Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn’t sick any more. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart.

In time you may even feel able to have another pet to love. Of course no other will ever take that special place in your heart. But if you still have a lot of love to give, there are many beautiful dogs, puppies, cats and kittens at TARA, or one of the other animal charities featured in The Canary News. All are yearning for a new home and longing for someone kind and caring to adopt them. Why not give my friend Muriel a call on 607 671 617 - go along and just have a look. You may even find yourself falling in love again, as those pleading glances and big seductive eyes melt your heart - just once more! Kay Owen Feb 2010 Footnote: The book “When a pet dies” (ISBN number 0-698 11666-6) which ‘God’ sent to Meredith is suitable for all young children. Fred Rogers doesn’t believe in keeping it all bottled up inside. His counsel is aimed at young animal lovers experiencing the death of a beloved pet, and he speaks with assurance using family stories and illustrations of loss dog, one cat.. Fred writes sensitively of love, sickness, vets, death, sadness, loneliness, and anger - explaining it all very simply. To help them get through their loss he encourages young children :*Stay close to those you love. *Share your grief, in words, with them. (Coming to think of it, that’s pretty good advice for we ‘grown-up kids’ too!)

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ARIES Mar 21 - April 20 Don’t drive yourself into a frenzy this week. Don’t rush, worry or try to achieve the impossible. Just do your best and trust that if something seems to be taking ‘too long’ it’s actually taking the time it needs to take.

CANCER June 22 - July 23 Don’t fear what you feel. Come to terms with it. Allow your deepest understandings to evolve. You’re moving on towards a most worthwhile new phase of your future.

LIBRA Sept 24 - Oct 23 Sometimes, it’s just when life seems most hopeless or impossible that it suddenly becomes most magical and rewarding.

CAPRICORN Dec 23 - Jan 20 Though there’s plenty being said on one subject, it has been a while since you last heard what a certain person thinks or feels about another matter. Does their silence speak volumes?

TAURUS April 23 - May 21 Events this week will help you feel more as if you have something to be grateful for. Once confidence arises, you’ll benefit in almost every area of your life.

LEO July 24 - Aug 23 When will there be peace on earth? Well, world peace may be a long time coming, but peace in your own world can be attained right now.

Scorpio Oct 24 - Nov 22 It’s ironic how often, we have the greatest trouble getting through to the people for whom we have the greatest love. But then, life’s mayhem is often a part of its magic.

AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19 Be kind, be calm, be loving and be generous. Where you must draw a line, draw it firmly but gently. Where you can give the benefit of the doubt, be free with it.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21 Your love and loyalty is not misplaced, as events later this week should demonstrate. Regardless of what’s aggravating you now, something else is inspiring you.

VIRGO Aug 24 - Sept 23 You don’t have unrealistic expectations and unreasonable aspirations. You just like to feel settled and secure.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 22 Whatever you now seek, you will draw it into your world more easily if you summon compassion, empathy, forgiveness and appreciation.

PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20 Love really does make the world go round. By this, I don’t mean that if couples were ever to stop courting, the planet would stop revolving.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Brain Teasers

2. All the children were normal kids and all of them raised their hands. 3. The children were not prompted beforehand with the questions or answers. 4. Not all the children knew the answers, but they still put up their hands

The children were instructed to ALL raise their hands whenever a question was asked. It did not matter whether they knew the answer or not.

More surprisingly, whilst the teacher chose a different child to

Hint 1. The class teacher asked many questions.

If they did not know the answer, however, they would raise their LEFT hand.

He was very impressed with one particular teacher. The Inspector noticed that each time the class teacher asked a question, every child in the class put up their hands enthusiastically to answer it.

Why would this be?

If they knew the answer, they would raise their RIGHT hand.

The hands on a clock (hour, minute, and second Last week, the local Primary school was visited by the Government School Inspector who was there to check that teachers were performing well in their respective classes.

answer the questions each time, the answers were always correct.

The class teacher would choose a different child each time, but always the ones who had their RIGHT hand raised.

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Dramatic Bobsleigh




prompting he and driver Daniel Schmid to withdraw from the competition. And American women’s bobsledder Shauna Rohbock branded the track “stupid fast”. But Tim Gayda, Vanoc’s vice president of sport, said: “The FIBT is extremely happy with the track and happy to race on it. We listen to them, they are the experts.” Safety concerns have been heightened following the death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili in training. His funeral was held in Georgia on Saturday. “To make it 100% safe you would need to put the track in a tube and that is not what the sport is about,” said Gayda.

British crew John Jackson and Dan Money are out of the two-man bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics after a dramatic crash in their opening heat.

“My heart goes out to Nodar. It is something that has hit us all. But the incident that happened was extremely unfortunate and something no-one could have predicted.

Brakeman Money flew out as their sled turned over and slid upside down, while pilot Jackson was trapped as the upturned car thundered down the track.

“We’ve always maintained the track is safe. Both federations (FIBT and luge federation FIL) are part of the design process.

Both men appeared to escape serious injury as Jackson emerged battered and bruised with ice burns on his back.

“It was they who recommended the designer we used. Both federations signed off on the design of the track.”

The GB sled was one of four to overturn at the Whistler Sliding Centre heats. Safety concerns have been a feature of the Vancouver Games following the death of a Georgian luger at the same track on the eve of the Olympics. Sleds from Liechtenstein and Australia also turned over in the first bobsleigh heat, while hosts Canada crashed in the second run. The British and Australian teams were disqualified from the second heat having failed to finish their first runs. The Australian sled crashed shortly after pilot Jeremy Rolleston had difficulty getting seated at the start. Liechtenstein duo Michael Klingler and Thomas Duerr also lost control of their sled but remained in the competition after crossing the finishing line. The British pair hugged each other in relief after they escaped with minor injuries and Money climbed into the grandstand to reassure family and friends he was ok. Money, who suffered a gash on his left calf, said: “The track’s fast, the fastest track in the world but it’s a technical track. If you get it wrong at a high speed it can go very wrong. “This can happen - it’s bobsleigh, it’s not ballet dancing. We’ll just have to come back for the four-man.” Jackson had bloody scrapes underneath his shoulder blades after being dragged along the ice while stuck inside his overturned sled. He said: “I can’t wear my race jersey because my back is stinging.” Despite their narrow escape, the pair will return on Friday when they join forces with Allyn Condon and Henry Nwume in the four-man bobsleigh. Earlier, Games organisers Vanoc had stressed the bobsleigh federation (FIBT) was happy with the track despite several injuries to athletes during training. Swiss brakeman Daniel Egger suffered a spine injury after crashing during a practice heat on Friday,

Amy Williams won Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics gold medal for 30 years with victory in the women’s skeleton. The Bath slider, 27, broke her own track record on the way to Team GB’s first medal of the Vancouver Games in a time of three minutes 35.64 seconds. German Kerstin Szymkowiak was 0.56 seconds behind in silver with her team-mate Anja Huber taking bronze, while GB’s Shelley Rudman finished sixth. A Canadian complaint about the helmet worn by Williams was rejected. It was the second complaint against the aerodynamics of her helmet after the United States issued a similar protest following the opening two runs on Thursday. But Williams shrugged off the fuss surrounding the design of her headgear as she capitalised on a 0.30second overnight lead.

Gold medal Williams



She eclipsed the track record of 53.83 seconds, set in the first of her two runs on Thursday, by 0.15 seconds to open up a 0.52-second advantage over Canada’s prerace favourite Mellisa Hollingsworth.

The pressure told on Hollingsworth, who faltered on her final slide and fell away to fifth, while Huber produced the second quickest time on the final run to move up from fifth to third. Rudman, who was seventh overnight, recorded her two quickest slides, including the overall fastest of 53.82 seconds on the final run, but could only reach sixth. Williams was last to slide and a solid run of 54.0 seconds was enough to hold off the German challenge and take the title. She is Britain’s first individual champion since figure skater Robin Cousins won gold in Lake Placid in 1980. “It’s crazy,” Williams, the first British woman to win individual gold at a Winter Games since 1952, told BBC Sport. “I didn’t think I’d be standing here, it’s all such a blur, I can’t remember most of the last run. “I came out at the bottom and saw our performance director Andi Schmid smiling, so I thought it must be good. “Before the race I was OK, it was a bit weird as I was on my own in the changing room and didn’t know when to go out. “I was a bit nervous before it but I thought I’ve got nothing to lose so I thought I’d just go out and enjoy it and it was great.” Her achievement is all the more remarkable as Britain does not have a full skeleton track to train on, apart from a dry starting section near Bath. Williams was a reserve in Turin four years ago when Rudman won silver and was used as a commentator on the event by BBC Radio 5 live. She is set to receive her gold medal in a ceremony due to take place at about 0300 GMT on Sunday. “Never in a million years did I think I’d come here and win gold,” she added. “I don’t think it will sink in for weeks and weeks. “It’s amazing to do this for my country. I had nothing to lose here and I just went for it. I enjoyed every minute. “I’ve done everything I possibly could in the last four years to get here and to put in my best performance.” The United States lodged a complaint, supported by five other nations, against Williams’ helmet after Thursday’s two runs but it was dismissed by skeleton’s international governing body. .

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Take it Slow Teaching a child how to surf is sometimes tricky. Since ALL kids are islands unto themselves, nurturing a young love affair with surfing starts with you, the teacher. The key is patience, patience, patience. Don’t rush your child into the water and on to a board. If he just wants to hang on the beach and build a sand castle then so be it. If your child feels frustrated or scared, this will only set your whole surfing plan back a few steps.

The ocean is a crazy lady, even when the surf is small. You don’t realize how much waves can knock someone around who is small and inexperienced in the ocean. Therefore, if your child is small enough (and your board is big enough), paddle around and even ride some waves with your kid on the nose. This is a blast for both of you, and it will build Pick the Right Waves:

A Little Subliminal Priming Never Hurts: 1. Bring a surfboard along every time you go to the beach, and your child will eventually want to try it out. 2. Show him some surf movies and go to the local surf shop every once in a while Keep your Child Safe: If your child is between 3 and 8 years old (teaching a child much younger than 3 is pointless), I would recommend you suit him up with a thin life preserver. It will help build confidence and help your child feel better when the inevitable wipeout holds your precious one down


for a few seconds. Also, a soft board is an invaluable tool in helping build confidence. They run about $300-$400 new. Ask your local surf school or surf shop if they have used soft boards which can go for very cheap. Also, they are often rented at most bigger surf shops. They are very wide and buoyant, made of soft bodyboard material, and have dull flexible fins.

All of these designs are geared towards bruise-free and blood-free surf sessions. Practice on Land: Draw a surfboard outline in the sand with your finger and encourage your child to lie down, pretend to paddle and then pop-up as many times as possible. Make it a game. “Let’s see how many times you can pop up while I count to twenty.” What is a popup you ask? It’s simply the most important factor in learning to surf. It’s basically a fast push-up that keeps going up into a standing position. Here’s how it goes. With both of his hands on the top of the board (or beach sand facsimile), your child will do a quick push up. Only once his arms are at full extension, he should pull both knees toward his stomach and hop to his feet. Be sure to tell your child, “DO NOT GO TO YOUR KNEES FIRST!” But don’t yell like that. Staying on your knees too long will only lead to difficulty keeping balance and make falling more possible. This move from stomach to feet is called a “pop up”. It should be one smooth motion straight to the standing position. Repeating your beach “pop up” will program your child’s subconscious to be ready for what will happen in the water. Get Your Child Comfortable with the Water:

When your little dude (or little lady) is ready for that first solo wave, just go for little chunks of whitewater at first. Forget about unbroken swells since these will increase the nose dive factor on the drop. While a good wipeout builds character, some kids will shut down if they get scared. Once they have several waves under their belts, most kids will be ready for a drop in on a small open face. The key at this point is to push your kid into as many waves possible to eliminate that fear factor and introduce the comfort factor. Standing up: Try to encourage your child to “pop up” as soon as he feels the push of the wave. A little surfer at this level doesn’t need to worry about turning or anything else besides getting on both feet with his body’s midpoint squarely over the midpoint of the board. He shouldn’t lean forward or back. Instead, encourage him to keep his eyes fixed on the beach and his feet and arms spaced wide like a sumo wrestler. Now you’re Surfing! If you get your kid to this point and he loves the rush, you are home free. The rest is simply practice and experience. Where to sit and how to paddle and how to turn will come as you and your child surf together. Now you just have to pack an extra board every time you head out for a session. Have Fun!!! between you and your child, thus making it easier when you push the little ripper off on that first one alone.


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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is arguably the bestknown sportsman of his generation and, before he announced he was taking a break from the sport amid claims about his private life, he was on his way to becoming the most successful golfer of all time.

‘Tiger Slam’ He has now been world number one since 12 June 2005, and through endorsements and appearance fees earns an estimated $100m (£62.5m) a year.

The 34-year-old American has won 14 major titles and is just four short of equalling Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major victories. As the most successful black player in a traditionally white sport, Mr Woods has been credited with boosting interest in the game, raising TV audiences, and bringing greater wealth to the sport in prize money and sponsorship. He was born on 30 December 1975 in Cypress, California, the son of retired US Army lieutenant colonel Earl Woods and his Thai-born wife Kultida. Originally named “Eldrick” he was nicknamed “Tiger” after a Vietnamese soldier friend of his father. A golf prodigy, he featured on TV putting against Bob Hope aged two, and shot 48 for nine holes aged three. After a glittering amateur career, he turned pro in 1996 and backed up his Masters win with victory in the USPGA Championship in 1999. In 1996, he and his father set up the Tiger Woods Foundation which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged children. He won his first major - the Masters - in 1997 by a record 12 strokes, becoming the prestigious tournament’s youngest winner in history at 21 years three months and 15 days. Later that year he became world number one - briefly - for the first time and he would later go on to hold the top spot for all 52 weeks of a year a record eight times.

In April 2008 he underwent a third operation on a troublesome left knee.

He broke a long silence on 19 February to apologise for cheating on his wife.

Private life But the absence of this sporting legend resulted in US television ratings dropping by 50%.

“I was unfaithful, I had affairs and I cheated. What I did was unacceptable,” he said in a statement televised live around the world.

He returned to win the US Open at Torrey Pines after a 18-hole playoff, despite being crippled by knee pain.

He said he was undergoing therapy and that he would return to gold, but could not say when.

In 2005, Mr Woods married Swedish girlfriend Elin Nordegren, who he met during the 2001 Open Championship. In 2006 she gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter Sam Alexis, and in February 2009 their second child Charlie Axel was born.

In September 2009, Forbes Magazine declared him to be the first athlete in history to earn $1bn in the course of his sporting career. In 2000, he won the US Open title, by a record 15 strokes at Pebble Beach, and the Open Championship at St Andrews. In doing so he became only the fifth player - the youngest - to complete a career Grand Slam of all major titles. He clinched the 2001 Masters to hold all four major titles at the same time, a feat dubbed the “Tiger Slam”. In 2002 he remodelled his swing, prompting claims of a slump when he did not win a major title until the 2005 Masters, his fourth victory at Augusta. In 2006, he missed the first cut in 38 majors as a professional at the US Open at Winged Foot following a nine-week lay-off after the death of his father. He went on to clinch the Open Championship at Hoylake and, amid emotional scenes, broke down in tears as he dedicated the win to his father.

However, speculation about Tiger Woods’s private life has been intense since he was involved in a car crash outside his Florida home in November. Tiger has two children with his wife Elin Newspaper allegations followed about extra-marital affairs.

The golfer, who was found bleeding and semi-conscious, after hitting a tree and a fire hydrant, was later charged with careless driving. He pulled out of the Chevron World Challenge, a tournament he had hosted for the past nine years. Many of Mr Woods’s numerous sponsors - including Nike, Gillette, Tag Heuer and NetJets have stood by him. But Accenture and AT&T dropped him as a spokesman and soft drink brand Gatorade axed a drink endorsed by the sports star. Gatorade said it was not related to revelations about the golfer’s private life.

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machine. Pets are allowed. Ref. : SN639. Price: €1.200/ month Tel. 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. Tauro Newly built, modern villa near Tauro. Private garden and pool. Four spacious double bedrooms and two living areas. Marble floors and fully furnished throughout to a high Standard. Air-conditioning. Rental price includes gardener and pool maintenance. Ref. TR543a. Price: €1.700/ monthTel. 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. --------------------------------------San Fernando 2 bedrooms in spacious house,shower,tv,dvd,adsl. Share kitchen,patio,lounge and roof terrace.5 mins walk to all amenities. €300/€350 per month inc all bills . Tel 928 760 143 / 626 306 826 PRIVATE RENTAL: Camping Pasito Blanco, small quiet 2-bed, 2-salon apt, much light, terrace, pool. 450 ONO bills incl. theresacoe@gmail. com 662045990.

Tuesday from Mid October to the end of April. On average walk is about 4 hours with areasonable amount of ascentand descent. All walks are free and at your own risk. If you areinterested contact Rambling Roger on 928 798150 or 666 170 553, or by email at

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Roger’s Ramblers meet every

Free tandem bike rides for blind people or people with any other physical disability who are unable to ride a bike by themselves.  Also free excursions into the mountains in my car for people in wheelchairs together with a companion. Minibus trips can also be arranged at an agreed reasonable cost.  For more information call Franz at 699 124 985. WANTED. Second hand books, in good condition, to be sold in support of Registered Childrens’ Charities 1) RUBBISH DUMP CHILDREN in Cambodia 2) ORPHANS/ SCHOOL projects in China. Please drop books off at Bar Wine and Marmalade, Arguineguin. donations gratefully received. Contact kay.r.owen@gmail. com Together we can make a difference Drinking Problem?

International, English speaking AA meetings every Friday at the church in the Kasbah (door on the left hand side) Playa del Inglés, 8.30pm. Monday 12pm in San Fernando, behind Market Maspalomas and Tuesday 7pm at the Catholic Church (enter by the stairway on the right hind side), Behind the taxi rank next to the police station. Do you believe that you have a problem with alcohol? Perhaps you are looking or some help? Alcohol Anonymous meet in Telde on Mondays and Thursdays from 20.00 until 21.30. Call 928 202 638 TARA CAR-BOOT SALE EVERY SATURDAY - 9 AM AT Plaza del Pino, Arguineguín Free Entrance for shoppers and registered charity car-boot sellers. Non-charity sellers DONATE only 5 Euros for each stall. Please bring your own display supports. Come and enjoy the friendly atmosphere at the TARA Community Car-Boot Sale to find the best purchase bargains in town and help abandoned and abused animals to boot.To donate useable toys, clothing, household items, furniture, books, sporting help our fund-raising efforts please contact us. Contact Sanna Tel: 620 978 709; Email: sanna@taraanimales. org to pick up your donated items if you cannot deliver them to the car-boot sale. Volunteers always gladly welcomed. TARA Animal Respect Association, A registered, Non-profit Canarian Animal Charity Tel: 607 671 617 Email: Web: Arguineguin Cultural Society meets every Thursday at Tío Pepe bar from 20.00 at the C.C. Ancora in Arguineguín. As mentioned previously in TCN, the group were looking for a place to build up our string puppet stage and to train people in the making and operating of string puppets. The group has now found a suitable place in Arguineguín and if anyone is interested in joining them please call Peter on 639 229 414 and go to the meetings on Thursdays. Grupo Montañero de Mogan. Every Sunday all through the year this group arranges guided walks in the magnificent mountains and beautiful valleys of Gran Canaria. The walks are guided, and the members come from all over Europe, and also many Canarian members. Meeting place: Commercial Centre Ancora,

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Arguineguin. Time 08.00. Departure 08.15. Leaving from San Fernando (Viuda de Franco) 08.00 or 08.30. For more information call before 12.00 on Fridays 689 919 580 Can you spare a few hours each week to help feed stray and abandoned cats in San Agustin? There are special feeding places, all the cats are sterilised, have names and are very healthy. Of course, we will buy the cat food. We only want help to give the food to the cats.Please call Christina on 928770 019 for more information. Join the library in Maspalomas with your NIE number and passport and picture or residencia. No charge. English books and other European languages too. Also free internet access.!! The library hours are 8.00 am till 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm to 10 pm Monday to Friday. Biblioteca Municipal Maspalomas, Casa del Cultura Maspalomas, Avda De Tejeda 72 Phone 928 720 035 Amigos contra el Sida is a charity that provides support for people with HIV and Aids and has information about sexually transmitted diseases Amigos contra el Sida - Friends against Aids Av. Alejandro del Castillo, Mercado Municipal, 2º floor San Fernando Maspalomas Contact: 695 578 004 Timetable: Tuesday and Thursday - 9:00 to 15:00 hour. Amigos contra el Sida Calle El Escorial nº 7, Vecindario Teléfono: 928 149 570 Timetable: Monday to Friday - 9:00 to 14:00 hour. Website: Support Maria Templeman’s Dog Rescue. You can find Maria’s stall in Arguineguin market on Tuesdays and Mogan

market on Fridays. You can also find Maria in Maspalomas market next to the big, main flood light on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Money raised from Maria’s stall goes to funding dog rescue in Gran Canaria, including vet and kennel fees and re-homing dogs.


FARO 2 MARKET 15 & 29 Nov, 13 Dec. BOOKS sold in support of Registered Children’s Charities (Home and Abroad) Over 500 books from 1 Euro. Also book donations wanted - can collect - Contact or drop books off at Wine and Marmalade Bar in Arguineguín

THE CANARIAN PRO BREASTFEEDING runs a Support Group every Wednesday from 6pm until 8pm at the Centro de Estancias Diurnas (the daycare centre for the eldery behind the swimming pool) Anyone needing help and support concerning breastfeeding can also call 637 564 296 (leave a message if there is no answer with name and telephone number)


Portable clothes racks and/or folding tables for the Faros Car Boot Market stall. Needed to support Kay 'Comfort Corner' Owens' favourite children’s charity. Can collect, please contact Kay on 928132045

MON TO FRI 10am to 8pm SAT 10am to 1.30pm For appointments please tel 928 561 771

MOTHER AND TODDLER GROUP EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 4PM ONWARDS Different activities every week in the local Puerto Rico area Meet othermums with children of all ages. Call Jo Pike on 639 153 547 You can even leave a message on their

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Playa del InglĂŠs


Playa del Cura

Price: 95,000â‚Ź Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Beautifully refurbished one bedroom corner apartment. The apartment is close to the CC Kasbah and only a few minutes walk from the beach. The complex has a communal swimming pool and Pool bar. There is also the possibility to buy the apartment next door for an additional 85,000â‚Ź.

Price: 350,000â‚Ź Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Unique opportunity to buy this spacious property which is very well situated only 100m from the shopping centre in Maspalomas in a quiet and secluded complex. The bungalow consists of 2 large double bedrooms, 1 of which has its own walk-in wardrobe and a very high quality en-suite bathroom including double sinks.

Price: 255,000â‚Ź Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Spacious apartment (80m2) for sale in Playa del Cura. The apartment has one bedroom, one bathroom and beautiful views over the bay. The apartment also has a big terrace and an extra patio. A secure parking space is included in the price. Heated communal pool.


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Price: 650â‚Ź/month Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1

Price: 600â‚Ź/month Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1

Price: 2500â‚Ź/month Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Beautiful bungalow with one bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and a small terrace in Campo Internacional. Completely refurbished. The bungalow is located in a complex with beautiful gardens and communal swimming pool for adults and children. Rental price includes all bills!

Very centrally located one bedroom apartment for rent in Playa del InglĂŠs. Only a few minutes from the shopping centres. The complex has a communal swimming pool which is climatized during the winter months and a childrens pool surrounded by nice gardens and a terrace.

Spacious, luxurious brand new apartment with three bedrooms for rent. Also rent to buy option available. Beautiful salt water pool and views over Amadores beach. Marble floors throughout and fully air conditioned. Fully fitted kitchen including dishwasher! Contact us for more information!








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