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Traditional Spanish Christmas AS PART of the Christmas decorations in Spanish houses we always include a recreation of the birth of baby Jesus Christ in his crib in Bethlehem. It is believed that this tradition was originated in 1223 by Francisco de Assis, who was the first to recreate the scenery of the crib in Italy, although he did not do it with figures but real people and animals.

Television and Radio stations transmit the draw live giving everyone a chance to listen to the action, especially when one of the children singing the numbers interrupts the draw to announce a big prize. The prize money is spread amongst 13 top prizes as well as 1774 smaller ones known as “Pedrea”, which we all hope for after finding out we did not get the big one. If we have not had any luck we still get a chance with the second draw before Kings Day called “El Niño”, or also known as the National Health Day due to the comment we all make if we have not won anything,“Well at least we have our health!”

The celebration of New Years Eve begins with a family dinner, again displaying the best produce that the family can afford, as well as several bottles of cava. The tables will be decorated with “Cotillones”, a party bag which contains hats, whistles, confetti, trumpets which help to create a party atmosphere. But what makes this evening special in Spain are the rituals and customs which take place. To begin with it is customary to wear red underwear on this special evening, this is extremely important as red attracts good luck. Spaniards also welcome the New Year with the lucky grapes; we eat one grape with every chime of the bells at midnight, ending up with a total of twelve in our mouths; a hard but necessary ritual. The tradition is believed to have originated from Alicante back in 1909, where a group of farmers found themselves with an excess crop of grapes and invented this particular custom in order to sell them. Today apart from conventional grapes, we may see tinned and bags of lucky grapes already counted and prepared on the shelves of supermarkets.

Here in Spain, we always include a figure of the Virgin Mary and Joseph, and of course between them the crib where Jesus lays, but the figure of Jesus will not be placed until Christmas Day, as it is said that this was the day when he was born. Behind them there should always be a figure of a donkey and a cow lying on the floor. In addition we should have figures of the Three Kings of the Orient with their camels. Some people place these figures at a distance from the crib to recreate their journey to Bethlehem, and then they are placed in the main scenery on the 6th January. We also include a figure of an angel on the crib which represents the guardian of Jesus. A relatively new figure, which is now a must, is the one of a shepherd defecating, usually placed on a hidden side of the crib. This figure has its origins in Cataluña and Valencia and is supposed to symbolise the fertilisation of the land bringing good fortune.

Noche buena is the night of the 24th December, and in Spain is considered one of the most special of the whole year. We all recognize the smell of Christmas as soon as we walk into our familys’ home; our mother will normally be in the kitchen preparing her Christmas Eve specialties; the table will be decorated for the occasion and the children are usually running around the house. Those who work or live far from home will have returned in order to spend this night with their loved ones, even married couples will take turns with whose family they spend this magical night and it cannot be spent with anyone else, but the family. Christmas carols will be playing, an event fact which automatically transports us back to our childhood as these are always the same. Now we are all together and dinner can be served. Each community usually has their typical dish, here in Gran Canaria it’s the roasted kid, but before that we all usually share a common starter composed of the best fresh shellfish money can buy, and in most cases king prawns are the main starter. We accompany all the food with good wine and to finish off we will crack open a bottle or two of cava. No celebration can take place without this. In the middle of the table, as dessert, a large tray will be placed with “Polvorones & Turrones”, this truly being the taste of Christmas at any Spanish table.

IF IN Spain Christmas had to be given a sound, it would have to be the lottery drums and the chanting of the children of San Ildefonso, singing the numbers of the National Lottery Christmas Special. Each year on the morning of the 22nd of December the whole country waits with baited breath for this unique draw “El Gordo”. “The Fat One”, as it is literally translated, is a top prize of 3 million euros per series or three hundred thousand per ticket which equals the same. Spaniards spend at least 20€ to buy a ticket which creates a preChristmas buzz.

Today we all exchange presents as Santa has entered our lives from abroad, this moment is especially looked forward to by the younger members of the family,who immediately start playing with their toys and games, whilst the adults will continue the evening singing Christmas carols together. New Years Eve marks the end and new beginning, and in Gran Canaria, as the rest of the world, it is celebrated in many ways. As with many cultures, Spaniards share some traditions and rituals which take place only on this night.

In times of economic crisis attracting money is of essence to all, and again the New Year offers the possibility to carry out the necessary rituals in order to achieve this. Firstly we can put some bank notes in our shoes; it is believed that by walking on money we will attract it. In addition we can also place an item of gold in our glass of cava, taking good care not to swallow it as it is necessary you finish the contents before taking it out. THE 6TH January is the day that the Spanish celebrate Epiphany or Twelfth Night to the English. It is also called Kings Day here in Spain or El Dia de Los Reyes, and it is on this day where children are given presents in celebration of the birth of Jesus. So how can you join in with the celebrations this year? Well, some families place a statue of one or all of the Three Kings in their house, so that you know ‘it’s not over yet’ – ‘faltan los Reyes’. As with our tradition of Father Christmas, The Three Kings only arrive if the children have been good all year and will pass by the house if the children are awake. Traditionally, the night

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before, the children will place grass or hay in boxes under their beds for the camels and when they settle down to sleep the children may listen out for strange noises, or the sound of camel’s hooves.

German Xmas Market

The main bar area was packed with people sampling the mulled wine, whilst listening to the lovely Christmas songs performed by the children of the British School South. Another stall which was doing a roaring trade was the speciality wines – and in particular the wines from the Canary Islands – it seemed that everyone wanted to sample our very own produce.

‘Los Reyes’ arrive before dawn and leave presents for the children, while their camels snack on the grass that has been leftfor them.

Despite the warm weather, there was a real festive atmosphere about the whole event with each stall competing to see who could look the most ‘Christmassy’.

During the day there are often processions through the streets where the people dress up as the Three Kings, passing through and scattering sweets to the awaiting children. Often accompanied by Shepherds or animals, some of these parades can last for hours and if you’re ever in a country where you can see one it is well worth the visit. In Las Palmas they hold a parade and if you would like to attend and enjoy this wonderful custom with your children, (or even if you’re just a big child yourself,) check with the local Tourism office of where there is a parade near you.

The first weekend of the German Christmas market was hugely successful, with people arriving early to make sure they grabbed early bargains before enjoying either a typical German bratwurst hot dog, or a freshly-made roast pork sandwich. It was astonishing to see how many people turned up on the markets’ first weekend, which we feel sure was replicated on the second one. Santa Claus arrived and handed out presents to the little ones, whilst outside the main entrance, an organ grinder and his dog really got into the Christmas Spirit by dressing up as Santa himself. All in all a most successful and enjoyable time was had by all.

By Tito Cabral

Seasons greetings and A Happy New Year to you all.

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‘The Canarian Lawyer’ RIVERO & MENDOZA-SPANISH LAWYERS WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND ALL THE BEST FOR 2011 Driver’s license expired My driver’s license expired five years ago as I had no need to use it. Do I have to pass the driving test again in order to get a valid new one? No. From January 2008 it has been possible to renew a driving license at any time after the date of expiry, just so long as you still fulfill the necessary requirements making you eligible to renew (i.e. medical examination and payment of taxes). Driving with an expired license could leave you open to a fine of €300 or worse. Community quotas

I could not attend a meeting of Community Owners where I live, which agreed a change in our payments for community expenditures, despite the fact that the letter calling the meeting made no mention of this important matter. I am now being asked to pay €60 a month, when previously I paid only €42. Is this agreement legal?

arising during “Question time” (or “Ruegos y preguntas”) at the end of a meeting.

If a proposed change for the Community Quota payments is not included in the agenda when the meeting is called, then the subsequent agreement at that meeting of shareholders is not likely to be valid or enforceable.

Defects in housing

Making changes to the payment system of contributions to community expenses cannot in normal circumstances under Spain’s Common-hold laws be a matter

Now in Mogan every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30am to 1pm

However if the Board agrees to the decision it can become valid so long as it is not challenged by any Community Owner before the first instance of its implementation.

Am I obliged to sign the purchase deed if the house has construction defects or damage?

in the house. Before signing the deed, you can require in writing by “Burofax” that the developer or vendor solve the pre-existing problems. After signing the deed you can legally require them to fix these deficiencies. If they do not respond to your requests, present your complaint initially to the customer services of your place of residence. You can also present your case in court if they refuse to fulfill their end of the bargain.

Signing the deed does not prevent you from subsequently claiming for defects

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A Christmas Message From the Managing Director As another year draws to a close, many of us will breathe a sigh of relief – we have managed to survive yet another year of turmoil, government cuts, stand offs and so on and so forth. When I look back upon the year 2010 of The Canary News, it is with immense pride and gratitude to my team; writers, sales, distribution, production, design and editorial, and admin staff who without their dedication and resilience there would be no newspaper. 2011 brings with it exciting new challenges for our newspaper. We welcome Edward Timon from London as our latest, and very experienced, Editor, whom I feel sure will bring fresh ideas to the team; a warm welcome also to Gordon who will be reporting on the happenings in our capital Las Palmas, and Fulgencio, who will be providing our Spanish language news section. Our team of feature writers grows by the day as our brand, The Canary News, becomes more widespread throughout the island. Alas, our much loved Tito Cabral has found his niche in another direction, but I would personally like to thank him for his wonderful and often funny contributions to The Canary News – Tito you will be sadly missed but the very best of luck in the future.

As time goes by you will see changes in The Canary News as we strive to bring you better local news, more feature sections, special offers, more client advertorials talking about what matters to them, and to increase our Spanish section until it eventually becomes a viable standalone newspaper. We will keep striving to improve ourselves to give you, our advertisers and readers the best there is. And so, may I wish you all, my team at The Canary News, advertisers and readers A Merry Christmas & A Happy and Prosperous New Year. Genna D’Cruz Managing Director

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Wow! What A Party The main attraction is the superb colonial architecture and its’ prominent position on the waters’ edge. But of course we shouldn’t forget the magnificent tropical gardens with over 76,000 square metres of lush vegetation; the Spa & Wellness centre, of 3,500 metres offer its’ guests a peaceful and luxurious relaxation area in the volcanic surrounds.

On Friday 3rd December, the Hotel Costa Meloneras held its’ tenth anniversary, and The Canary News was invited to attend.

The fact that tour operators such as Thomas Cook, Neckermann and many others have declared it the ‘Best National Hotel’ for six consecutive years is only testament to its’ greatness.

But the real ‘icing on the cake’ has got to be the fact that it was voted one of the top ten hotels in the world by the holiday internet portal ‘Holiday Check’. A real feather in its’ cap.

On a clear, starry night, Chairman, Eustasio López, really excelled himself as guests, friends and passersby were treated to a spectacular fireworks display which was synchronised to music. Each year the hotel celebrates its’ ‘birthday’ by decorating their 1,136 rooms to suit the occasion; which can only be done by a prestigious hotel such as this.

The hotel has hosted such illustrious guests as the Prince of Asturias, Nobel laureates, dignitaries and local and foreign senior officials, ambassadors, international models like Karolina Kurkova, Esther Cañadas, Ariadne Artiles, Miranda Kerr (who was accompanied by actor Orlando Bloom); athletes like David Meca (which has been repeated several times) and artists such as Joaquín Cortés, David Civera and Raul Sender, amongst others.

The four star plus hotel, is the largest in Europe and on the eastern Atlantic, and is located in the exclusive area of Meloneras, near the Gran Casino Costa Meloneras and next to the Convention Center ExpoMeloneras.

I personally was fortunate enough to use their impressive swimming pool as a background for the National Tourism romotion of Gran Canaria. Do you remember the movie ““55 Incautos”” or the latest production of Antonia San Juan in “Del lado del verano”? It was filmed in the fabulous pool of the Costa Meloneras Hotel, and it is that image which stays with me. I just couldn’t count the number of waiters, tray in hand, who were circulating that night on their tenth anniversary. From the giant four layer cake to the hundreds of fireworks lighting up the night sky, it was truly a night to remember. I am really looking forward to next year! By Fulgencio Cerrajero

British School Christmas Concert Christmas-themed play all about a little robin who just wanted to sing out loudly to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Dressed up in various costumes depicting the nativity scenes they sung their hearts out. But without a doubt a star performance was given by the little girl who played the robin.

Each year the British School South invites the families of its’ pupils to attend their Christmas concert at the Cultural Centre, San Fernando, and this year was no exception. The children gathered excitedly on stage, ready to take part in what proved to be an unusual but heartwarming performance. On first were the little ones from the nursery classes who acted out a

The next play was sung and performed by the elder children of the school, who

interpreted the giving of presents in a modern but thought-provoking way.

Star of the show just had to be the young boy who played the grandfather – complete with walking stick he gave an award winning performance. It was a concert with a twist; modern enough yet interspersed with our old favourites like Silent Night, and O Come All Ye Faithful. Headmistress Lyn Cabral and her staff did a fantastic job of teaching the children the carols and scenes of both plays – as don’t let us forget that for most of these children English is not their native language. Well done, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. By Debbie Wenn

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Letter of the week Dear Editor, I was shattered to learn that on the 8th June 2010, the council of Mogan, without permission, took 558.34€ out of my bank account for so-called debts against a property I had previously sold in 1994! I immediately asked for assistance from the estate agency, my solicitor and the director of the apartment complex who were involved in the sale. A statement was received by me dated 18th June 2010 where I was told that a refund would be forthcoming – no apology of any kind. Since then, and on my behalf, the professionals and my wife have visited their office and phoned them several times – still no joy. Then finally on the 1st December I received a message to say the cheque was waiting in their Arguineguin office, so my wife went to pick it up and we noticed it was dated November, not December. Why is it that if we don’t pay our taxes, community charges or anything else we are supposed to, the council can immediately put an embargo on our bank accounts and then charge interest if we don’t pay up. What about them paying interest when they make mistakes? This would have been six months interest owed to me. Imagine this multiplied many times over by their so-called mistakes, this is daylight robbery. Regards N. Crossen (in my nineties) Thankfully you finally received the money owed to you. But as you say, multiply this by their mistakes and yes they have a nice little income thank you very much without lifting a finger! Ed Dear Editor, I just had to write to you in response to your column in the last edition concerning the students’ protest. I feel ashamed to be British when I see how our so called young people are demonstrating against these price increases in their education. We are not asking them to pay before they get their degree, rather after when they are earning money. Who do they think they are, and what gives them the right to free higher education? I am so sick of how

the younger generation think that we owe them a living. Urinating on the statue of Winston Churchill – they are lucky that we had such a leader, attacking our future king of England, they should be totally ashamed of themselves. It’s about time that we really did start employing the policy, no work, no eat! Kick out the spongers! Regards, A true Brit Well, what can I say, you certainly have strong views, and I feel sure many will agree with you. However, we do feel that the student protests have been infiltrated by an element of thugs who have no interest whatsoever in the students’ grievances, rather that they are just there to cause trouble and mayhem. Personally, I would build a number of ‘Alcatraz’ like prisons for these lot and then throw away the key. Ed Dear Editor, Corruption, not just here 1. MP found guilty and to be sentenced for cheating his expenses 2. MP found guilty of telling lies on his opponent during the last General Election 3. FIFA- responsible for lying to Prince William, David Beckham and the Prime Minister - why? simple, because they are all corrupt and because there is no transparency Solution- Every team that enters and can play in the World Cup have a vote, something on the lines of the Eurovision Song contest where upon all the results are live, shown around the world. Countries that apply to host the competition KNOW the criteria, they present their bid as per the guidelines, followed by a presentation and a visit.This will prevent these greedy people who sit on committees from creaming off tax payers’ money and lining their pockets AND the whole voting system will be there for all to see. It is time that every time public money is spent it is accounted for, responsible to someone for and we can all see where it went.  Frustrated  I am sure we all agree with you. Ed

As many of us leave the island to spend the Christmas festivities with our loved ones back in the UK, I feel that I should remind everyone that problems, which we are not used to over here on our sunshine island, should be remembered in the places of our birth. I would not normally broadcast emails I receive through my inbox, however I think the following should be noted and remembered: I bought a bunch of stuff, over £150, and I glanced at my receipt as the cashier was handing me the bags. I saw a cash-back of £40. I told her I didn’t request a cash back and to delete it. She said I’d have to take the £40 because she couldn’t delete it. I told her to call a supervisor; supervisor came and said I’d have to take it.. I said NO! Taking the £40 would be a cash advance against my credit card and I wasn’t paying interest on a cash advance! If they couldn’t delete it then they would have to delete the whole order. So the supervisor had the cashier delete the whole order and re-scan everything! The second time I looked at the electronic pad before I signed and a cash-back of £20 popped up. At that point I told the cashier and she deleted it. The total came out right. The cashier agreed that the Electronic Pad must be defective.    Obviously the cashier knew the electronic pad was defective because she NEVER offered me the £40 at the beginning. Can you imagine how many people went through before me and at the end of her shift how much money she pocketed?     My co-worker called Sainsburys who investigated but could not see the cashier pocket the money. She then called her niece who works for the bank and her niece told her this. This is a new scam going on. The cashier will key in that you asked for cash back and then hand it to her friend who is the next person in the queue.   This is NOT limited to Sainsburys; they are one of the largest retailers so they have the most incidents.  I am adding to this as my husband and I were in Sainsburys and paying with a credit card when my husband went to sign the credit card signer he just happen to notice there was a £20 cash back added. He told the cashier that he did not ask nor want cash back and she said this machine has been messing up and she cancelled it. So please be aware if you are going back to the UK and shopping. May I take this opportunity of wishing all our many readers A Very Merry Christmas & a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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Global Property Guide The latest survey of the Global Property Guide showed that 17 out of 35 countries recorded increases in house prices over the year to end Q3 2010 (based on inflationadjusted house price changes). Of the 18 countries that experienced house price falls, 11 recorded slower rates of decline.The Global Property Guide’s statistical presentation uses price changes after inflation, giving a more realistic picture than the more upbeat nominal figures usually preferred by real estate agents.

US house prices still heading down Recovery has eluded the US housing market. The seasonally-adjusted purchase-only house price index was down by 4.31% over the year to Q3 2010, worse than the decline of 2.41% during the previous year. The US recorded a modest increase in house prices (on a quarter-on-quarter basis) in Q2 2010. The tables quickly turned during the next quarter, and prices were down 1.68% during Q3 2010.

Latvia takes a big leap to the top After a long and sharp housing crisis, Latvia is finally back in the limelight. Latvia outperformed all countries in the GPG survey, recording a house price rise of 24.73% over the year to Q3 2010. This was in sharp contrast to the 59.70% drop during the same period last year. However, the average Riga apartment price at 610 Euros per square metre in Q3 2010, is still 45% lower than the average price in Q3 2008. Latvia was the only European country that had a double-digit increase. Following Latvia were Finland and Norway with year-on-year increases of 5.99% and 4.38% respectively. House prices in both countries have been rising since Q3 last year.

Asia surges despite anti-speculative measures Despite government interventions, house prices in some Asian countries continued to surge in Q3 2010. The rapid economic expansion in Singapore canceled out anti-speculative measures implemented by the government. House prices rose strongly by 18.98% over the year to Q3 2010, even after the imposition of stamp duty, plus tighter financing conditions, and restrictions on home ownership.

The rest of Europe remains weak Germany, the UK, Switzerland and Denmark had modest increases of only over 1% year-on-year to Q3 2010.Ireland had the worst annual price decline among countries in the survey, with house prices down 14.94% over the year to Q3 2010. Irish house prices have been falling for the past three years, and the declines show no sign of ending. Lithuania has not recovered yet. The Ober-Haus apartment price index, which reports apartment prices in Lithuania’s five largest cities, slipped by 10.36% during the year to Q3 2010. Prices were 39.2% below their peak level in Q4 2008. Nevertheless, the recent year-on-year decline is a big improvement on the 31% fall experienced during the same period of last year.

Also fuelled by strong economic growth, Hong Kong’s house prices surged further in Q3 2010, moving up by 17.84% from a year earlier. Hong Kong had the largest quarter-on-quarter increase (5.94%) of any location. Taiwan has been successful in taming its rising house prices. On a year-on-year basis, house prices were up 6.97% to Q3 2010, a deceleration from last year’s increase of 10.87%. But house prices fell 1.5% during the latest quarter. Japan has seen house price rises since January 2010. In Tokyo metropolitan area, the average price of existing condominiums increased 5.07% from a year earlier. Indonesia and Thailand both experienced house price falls during the year to Q3 2010. Thailand had the worst quarter-on-quarter drop of any country.

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Gran Canaria a Todo Tren By Fulgencio Cerrajero Los hemos visto en la foto. El Ministro de Fomento, José Blanco, el Presidente del Cabildo de Gran Canaria, José Miguel Pérez y al Consejero de Obras públicas e infraestructuras, Román Rodríguez, firmando el convenio para la construcción del Tren de Gran Canaria. Dé esto hace dos años. Y fue en Agosto de este año cuando una vez más volvieron a ratificar el convenio para impulsar el desarrollo del ferrocarril. Las declaraciones de Román Rodríguez en la prensa no ofrecen duda. El mismo ha señalado que se prevé que las obras del tren comiencen a principios de 2012 .El 2011 servirá para perfilar la estrategia financiera y reunir los recursos económicos necesarios. De hecho quince sociedades y consultorías, la mitad de ellas canarias, ya están trabajando en los proyectos de construcción de los 7 tramos en los que se ha dividido el trayecto del tren. El tren de Gran Canaria podría estar en funcionamiento en 2016. Extraordinario. El 2016 será un año mágico para nuestra isla. La ciudad de Las Palmas quiere ser declarada, y debería serlo, Ciudad Europea de la Cultura. El aeropuerto de Gando tiene proyectada una enorme ampliación y Maspalomas tendrá conexión férrea con la capital. Por fin los dos polos de mayor desarrollo de Gran Canaria se unen. Es el momento

de prepararnos para los buenos acontecimientos que se avecinan. Gran Canaria marcha a todo tren. ¡Subámonos todos al tren! De Maspalomas a Las Palmas en poco más de 30 minutos ¿Se imaginan? Como miles de ciudadanos en Londres, Manchester o Glasgow y otros tantos en Madrid, Barcelona o Valencia, podré salir de casa, coger el coche y aparcarlo en la estación del Faro de Maspalomas, o en Playa del Inglés; subirme al tren y en poco más de media hora plantarme en Las Palmas. Habré llegado tranquilamente, sin el peligro del tráfico, tras leer el periódico, o un libro. Tendré tiempo para echarme un sueñecito apoyado en los cristales del vagón, incluso habré aprovechado el viaje para chatear con los amigos o mandar el primer tweed de la mañana. Mientras otros tantos viajeros harán el camino inverso desde Las Palmas, Telde, Vecindario o Arinaga. Y cientos de personas podrán llegar a tiempo, y sin estrés, a la oficina, al hospital, a realizar sus compras o a un sin fin de cosas más. Lo importante es que toda la línea de la costa, de norte a sur, tendrá un nuevo servicio público de transporte, un hilo conductor que acortará las distancias que separan ambos polos convirtiéndolo en uno solo. Un tren que con toda probabilidad será también utilizado por miles de turistas,

visitantes y congresistas, que podrán libremente disfrutar del norte o del sur, indistintamente y en el mismo día. Con el complemento de esta nueva vía de transporte y las indudables ampliaciones que sufrirá hacia otros destinos, nuestra isla se convertirá en una isla sin distancias. Porque el tren siempre ha sido un gran invento para favorecer la comunicación y desarrollar la economía. ¡Subámonos todos al tren! Viajar en el Gran Canaria será un placer El tren de Gran Canaria recorrerá unos 58

kilómetros, la mitad de ellos bajo tierra a una velocidad máxima de 160 kilómetros hora. Se trata de un tren tipo cercanías con grandes puertas y mucha capacidad de pasajeros, tanto sentados como de pie, y su construcción y posterior gestión y mantenimiento generará, al menos, dos mil puestos de trabajo. Entre las ventajas de este sistema de transporte hay que destacar su baja tasa de emisión de CO2, su bajo consumo energético, escaso ruido y menor impacto sobre el paisaje. Las cabinas de conducción dispondrán de un equipo de climatización independiente y autónomo controlado a voluntad por el maquinista. La información al viajero se dará a través de video monitores

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donde se facilitará información referente a enlaces, publicidad comercial y mensajes. En el frontal y en los costados exteriores habrá teleindicadores para información del destino. Y en el interior se dispondrá de megafonía y música ambiental. La altura de su piso estará adaptada a la misma altura que los andenes con objeto de facilitar la entrada a personas con movilidad reducida. Otras característica de estos trenes de cercanías, es su modularidad, de manera que el tren puede estar formado por dos, tres, cuatro o cinco coches vagón. Lo que permite adecuar el número de coches vagón a la demanda existente. 1.360 millones de ingeniería punta Los ingenieros isleños Julio Rodríguez , Fernando de la Roche y Fabián Hernández ya han calculado que el proyecto tendrá 7 tramos principales. El primer tramo del tren partirá desde Santa Catalina y llegará a San Telmo, dos minutos después, circulando a lo largo de la Avenida Marítima con toda probabilidad por debajo del mar. El segundo tramo, Hospital MaternoJinamar avanzará por otro túnel a más de 10 metros de profundidad. El tercer tramo cruzará Telde a plena luz del día, para volver a enterrarse a la altura de El Goro hasta Vecindario. El cuarto tramo Aeropuerto-Guayadeque, coincidirá con la ampliación de Gando y enlazará con el quinto tramo a lo largo de la autopista, con vistas al mar, desde Carrizal hacia Vecindario y el aeroclub, para enterrarse de nuevo bajo tierra hasta llegar a Playa del Inglés y Meloneras en el sexto y séptimo tramo, respectivamente. La construcción del tren supondrá un total estimado de 1360 millones de euros. Por debajo de Playa del Inglés y sin tocar Las Dunas de Maspalomas •La sexta fase comprenderá el tramo El Berriel – Playa del Inglés. El tren llegará desde Bahía Feliz y cruzará todo Playa del Inglés, gran parte del cual será subterráneo para que el tren afecte lo mínimo posible la actividad turística de la zona. El reto lo afrontan la empresa Eptisa y 3G. La misma empresa que en estos momentos trabaja en los ferrocarriles de alta velocidad de Andalucía y que ha construido el viaducto de 380 metros de longitud sobre el río Guadalhorce. En el Faro de Maspalomas se situará la última estación del tren. Este tramo será responsabilidad de otro gigante del diseño ferroviario, Prointec que ha logrado su adjudicación

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en UTE con la sociedad canaria Ingenia. El último tramo atravesará el barranco de Maspalomas, evitando que las obras afecten en lo más mínimo las Dunas y la Charca de Maspalomas. ¿Y tú, te subes al tren? El proyecto del Tren de Gran Canarias es una promesa cada día más cercana, y un pulmón de oxígeno para el desarrollo del sur. Un nuevo camino de hermanamiento con la capital, en la que tanto Las Palmas como Maspalomas se beneficiaran mutuamente. Habrá quien la critique y a quién le perjudique, porque nada puede llover a gusto de todos, pero el bien común- y la palabra de Román Rodríguez, espero que nos den a todos un gran regalo: El tren del desarrollo, el tren de Gran Canaria. De nuevo, ¡subámonos todos al tren! Por Fuglencio Cerrajero

Gran Canaria ‘Gets On the Train’ The second photograph shows the Minister of Public Works, José Blanco, the President of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, José Miguel Pérez and the Director of Public Works and Infrastructure, Roman Rodriguez, signing the agreement for the construction of Gran Canaria´s train; that was two years ago. In August this year, they met once again to finalise the agreement and promote the development of the railway. Román Rodríguez stated that works on the train are expected to begin early 2012. Next year, 2011, will serve to shape the financial strategy and gather the necessary financial resources. Fifteen companies, half of them Canarian, are already working on construction projects made up of seven sections which will divided the route of the train. The Gran Canarian train could be operational in 2016. Wonderful! 2016 will be a magical year for our island. The city of Las Palmas wants to be declared, and it should be, European City of Culture, Gando Airport has proposed a huge expansion and Maspalomas will have a train connection with the capital city. Finally the great north and south divide will end and it will be time to prepare for the good events to come. Gran Canaria

will be at full speed, Everybody gets on the train!

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Can you imagine? Just like thousands of people in London, Manchester or Glasgow and many others in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, I can leave home, take the car and park at the station of Faro de Maspalomas or Playa del Inglés, board the train and half an hour later be in Las Palmas. I’ll arrive refreshed without the danger of traffic jams or accidents, and can read a newspaper or book. In the opposite direction we shall see travellers making their way from Las Palmas, Telde, or Arinaga by train, and hundreds of people will arrive on time, and stress free, at their place of work. The important thing is that the entire coastline, from north to south, will have a new public transport service; a thread that will shorten the distances between the two points bringing them together as one. With the addition of this new way of transport, and the undoubted extensions to other destinations in the future, our island will become an island without distances. Travelling in Gran Canaria will be a pleasure The Gran Canarian train will travel about 58 miles, half of them underground at a speed of 160 kms an hour. The train is to be constructed with wider-style doors which increases passenger capacity, both seated and standing and its construction and subsequent management and maintenance will generate, at least two thousand jobs. Also an important point to mention is the advantages of this transport system; its low CO2 emission, low energy consumption, low noise and less impact on the landscape. Cabs have autonomous climate controlled facilities activated by the driver and passenger information will be broadcast via video monitors which provide information on stops, advertising and commercial messages. On the front and the side panels there willbe tele-indicators for destination information, and inside speakers and background music. The height of its’ floor will be adapted to the same height as the platform to facilitate the entry of persons with disabilities. Other feature of these trains, is its’ modular design, so that it can be formed from two, three, four or

Island engineers Julio Rodríguez, Fernando de la Roche and Fabian Hernandez have estimated that the project will have seven main stopping points. The train will depart from Santa Catalina and arrive in San Telmo, two minutes later, running along the Avenida Maritima which is likely be below the sea. The second, Hospital MaternoJinamar will go through a tunnel more than 10 meters deep, the third section will be above ground to Telde and then back underground around the Goro neighborhood. The fourth will be the airport to Guayadeque which compliments the expansion of Gando airport and hook up to the fifth stage along the motorway, overlooking the sea, from Carrizal to Vecindario and the aero club. The train will go back underground to reach Playa del Inglés and Meloneras. These last two are the sixth and seventh sections, respectively. The railway construction cost is an estimated total of 1,360 million euros Below Playa del Inglés and the untouchable Dunas de Maspalomas The sixth phase will include the section El Berriel - Playa del Ingles. The train will cross from Bahia Feliz and Playa del Inglés and will be underground so as not to affect our tourism in the area. This challenge has to be faced by the company Eptisa and 3G. Faro de Maspalomas will be the last stop of the journey. This section is the responsibility of another giant of railway design, Prointec who is working together with Ingenia, a Canarian company. The last section of the train will cross the gully of Maspalomas, and will not affect the dunes or Maspalomas lake in any way. Will you get on the train? The Gran Canarian train project becomes closer with each passing day and is a breath of fresh air for the development of the south of the island. A new way of ‘twinning’ with the capital, in which both, Las Palmas and Maspalomas will both benefit. Some will criticize it as you can’t please everyone. I hope they give us all a great gift: The train of development, the Gran Canarian train. Everybody gets on the train! By Fulgencio Cerrajero

12 Scandinavian Scene

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Work Experience with Nina Blaafjell It is common in all the Scandinavian countries to do some practical work experience whilst at secondary school. In Norway this is only one week, but as we recently found out, in Sweden they have two weeks. The reason we found out was that a friend of ours called to see if there would be any chance of his daughter doing her work experience with us here in Gran Canaria. Linnea and her Dad Tobbe came over from Sweden for two weeks and Linnea spent her time learning all about running a dive centre and teaching diving at Puerto Rico Diving in the Europa Centre.

Presents are given and received on Christmas Eve. If there are children in the family a visit is normally made by Julenissen (Father Christmas). This is usually a relative or neighbour dressed up (well the real one can’t possibly spend time with every family!) in a Santa suit. Christmas Day is spent with family and yet another meal whilst we all enjoy the presents received the previous day. So, from your Scandinavian reporter, Nina Blaafjell, may I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, or God Jul og Godt Nytt År. By Nina Blaafjell

In addition, as Tobbe works for Thomas Cook Airlines, Linnea spent her journey to and from Gran Canaria in the cockpit learning about being a pilot. Once here in Gran Canaria we put her to work in the dive centre organising equipment for clients, helping with administration and the less glamorous tasks of cleaning and organising the equipment after use. Despite being only 15, Linnea is an experienced and competent diver herself so also got to help out with activities in the water. For most, work experience means a job in a shop, helping at a parents office or similar, so Linnea was of course much envied by her peers for her rather exotic work placement, however, she did actually do some work while she was here so it was not all a holiday. Christmas in Scandinavia In Scandinavia Christmas is on the evening of 24th December. Normally the ‘lead up’ to the festivities are spent in preparation, but a part of modern traditions include certain television programmes, and in Norway and Sweden most families will watch a Disney Christmas Show called ‘From all of us to all of You’. Christmas officially starts between 5 and 6pm depending on the country and is rung in by the church bells, followed by a traditional Christmas dinner. In Norway, in the northern part of the country, Cod and Lutefisk are typical, whilst in the western part, Pinnekjøtt (pieces of lamb steamed over birch branches) is more common. In the east the most common meal is Ribbe, which is oven cooked pork ribs, and in Sweden it is common to have a Julbord or Christmas table with a variety of dishes, including a Christmas ham. In Denmark it is most common to have roast pork, duck or goose as the main meal, but in all Scandinavian countries you will be served with specially brewed Christmas beer and often aquavit (a strong spirit) with the meal. Rice porridge features in most Scandinavian countries either on Christmas Eve at lunch time or as a pudding. All versions include a lucky almond and the one that gets the almond in their portion normally receives a gift.

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ARIES Mar 21 - April 20 You can shift a big obstacle with a comparatively small amount of force, if only you can find a way to get at it from the right angle. The question, between now and the solstice is not, ‘what’s impossible?’ It’s, ‘what may just be possible if you are clever.

CANCER June 22 - July 23 Between now and the festive season proper, something needs to be brought under control. It may help to think of yourself as a sleigh driver and the situation that you face as wild night of snowstorms.

LIBRA Sept 24 - Oct 23 No matter what’s making you feel anxious or insecure, you are on safer ground than you think. Have faith, stay calm and keep cheerful. It will be a surprisingly good festive season.

CAPRICORN Dec 23 - Jan 20 Are you now wishing for something you can only dream of? If so, you will soon find out. It may be nearly Christmas but it’s also time to start making the kind progress you have long dreamed of and struggled for. Seize your chance.

TAURUS April 23 - May 21 In the run up from now to You-KnowWhatmas, must you spend your time digesting indigestible information or getting used to ideas that make no sense? To some extent, yes. But it’s not such a bad thing.

LEO July 24 - Aug 23 Your luck, between now and the holiday, should enable you to benefit from something significantly more substantial than a fantasy. We’re not talking here about a shot in the dark.

Scorpio Oct 24 - Nov 22 In the run up from here to Christmas, you have no need to feel daunted by any difficulty. As long as you put in just a little constructive effort, you will set in motion a chain of events that leads exactly where you need to go.

AQUARIUS Jan 21 - Feb 19 It’s tempting to feel negative now, about a factor that is far from ideal but if you can hang on to a spark of hope in your heart, you may yet be able to fan it into a flame.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21 Trust the decisions that you have made in the recent past. No matter how many reasons you can see to question these, stick with them - and don’t worry.

VIRGO Aug 24 - Sept 23 The world is full of things that don’t quite match our expectation of what’s appropriate. Often, it’s wiser to get used to these than it is to set about trying to change them.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 22 Between now and the holiday season you should find that, if you continue to reach for it sincerely, no matter what stands in your way, your wish will end up being fulfilled.

PISCES Feb 20 - Mar 20 You are now having a distinct difference of opinion with a companion. Ultimately, you both want much the same thing but have different beliefs about how this should be attained. Listen to reason.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY “ To get where you never have been before, you must do what you have never done before.”

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by Barrie Mahoney

Barrie Mahoney was a teacher, head teacher and school inspector in the UK, as well as a reporter in Spain, before moving to the Canary Islands as a newspaper editor. He is still enjoying life in the sun as a writer and author.

The Poinsettia

This is the time when many Town Halls on the island plant out displays of poinsettia for the festive season. Many roundabouts and flower beds are planted with a wonderful display of these brilliant red plants. In the city of Las Palmas, particularly, the display of these cheerful plants, with their bright red foliage and fresh green leaves, make a very attractive and colourful display for the Christmas and New Year season, and last for many weeks. I enjoy looking at them and remember that when we lived in the UK and the Costa Blanca, we used to buy one for the Christmas season. However, despite my best efforts of careful watering and positioning for light, after just a few days the plant would drop its leaves, shrivel and die. Over here, they are treated almost as weeds. The Flor de Pascua, or poinsettia, is an essential part of Christmas in the Canary Islands and they grow wild, mostly on the northern slopes of the island, but are native to Central America. The Aztecs put the plant to practical, as well as decorative, use and from its bracts they extracted a purplish dye for use in textiles and cosmetics. The milky white

sap, today called latex, was made into a preparation to treat fevers.

not been for the efforts of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the son of a French physician. Poinsett was appointed as the first United States Ambassador to Mexico in 1825. Although Poinsett had attended medical school, his real love was botany. He maintained his own greenhouses on his South Carolina plantations, and while visiting Mexico he became enchanted by the brilliant red blooms that he saw there. He sent some of the plants back to South Carolina, where he began propagating the plants and sending them to friends and botanical gardens. The poinsettia is also known by a number of other names including, ‘Mexican Flame Leaf’, ‘Christmas Star’ and ‘Winter Rose’. My favourite name is ‘The Flower of the Holy Night’, which has a story that goes like this:

The poinsettia may have remained a plant native to Mexico for many years had it

There was once a brother and sister who were very poor, and whose names were Maria and Pablo. At Christmas, parties, festivities and parades were held in the village that excited all the children. A large Nativity scene was set up in the village church, and all the children were eager to visit the Baby Jesus and

to give him a present. Maria and Pablo also wanted to give a present to the Holy Child, but they had no money and had nothing to give. On Christmas Eve, Maria and Pablo set out for church a little earlier than the others to attend the service. Since they had nothing to give to the child, they picked some weeds from the roadside to make a soft bed for Baby Jesus and to decorate his crib. While they were still decorating the crib, other children arrived and teased and made fun of them. Maria and Pablo were in tears for their shame and helplessness, but then a miracle occurred. Suddenly, the weeds burst into bright red petals that looked like stars and were so beautiful that everyone was in awe of their beauty. Everyone then realised that a gift of love is dearer to Jesus than the most expensive presents that money could buy. I like this story, because it reminds us that expensive gifts are not what Christmas is really about. A Happy Christmas and Festive Season to you all. © Barrie Mahoney

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

Spanish Lesson

Lesson 31 ‘They please me, the dogs’ This issue we´re going to look at indirect or ‘back to front’ verbs. For example, there is no verb ‘to like’ in Spanish – you have to say ‘me gusta’ (it pleases me) or ‘me gustan’ (they please me). TO LIKE –GUSTAR/LE A ALGUIEN (Lit: to please someone) Me [meh] gusta(n) - I like Te [teh] gusta (n) – you like Le [leh] gusta(n) – he or she likes Nos [noss] gusta(n) – we like Les [lez] gusta(n) – they like Note that when talking about likes and dislikes, the Spanish always use ‘the’. Also, remember that there´s no question form in Spanish – simply change your tone of voice if you´re asking, rather than telling. So, ‘te gusta el sol’ means ‘you like the sun’, while ¿Te gusta el sol? means ‘Do you like the sun?’ Here are more examples: Me GUSTA el chocolate [cho-coh-LA-teh] I like chocolate, (literally: me it pleases, the chocolate) ¿Te GUSTAN las patatas fritas? - Do you like chips

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(lit: you they please, the chips?) A Peter, le gusta cocinar - Peter likes cooking (lit: to Peter, him it pleases to cook) Nos gusta el clima aqui pero no nos gustan las cucarachas - we like the climate here but we don´t like (the) cockroaches. ¿Les gusta más el sur o el norte? - do they prefer (lit: they like more) the south or the north? ¡ME ENCANTA! We saw in lesson 20 that there are different ways to express love in Spanish. When what you adore is a thing or activity, we say that it delights, or enchants us: nos encanta. Here are some examples: Me encanta bailar – I love to dance. A mi novio, le encanta ver el fútbol – my boyfriend loves to watch football. Te encanta el queso, ¿No? – you love cheese, don´t you? - Bueno la verdad es que no. ¡Lo odio! – Well the truth is (that) no. I hate it! (Lit: it I hate). Note that to hate is a normal, direct verb: ODIAR or DETESTAR (to detest).

‘It hurts me the head’ Another crucial indirect verb is TO HURT (DOLER/ LE A ALGUIEN – to hurt someone). So, instead of saying ‘my head hurts’ the Spanish say ‘it hurts me, the head’: me duele la cabeza [meh DWEL-eh la ka-BEH-za]. Here are more useful examples you can use in la farmacia (the chemist) o con el médico (with the doctor): Me duele… IT hurts me: la garganta/el cuello [ koo-EH-yo] (the throat/the neck)

la espalda (the back) el estómago (the stomach) el brazo (the arm) BUT: Me duelen… [meh DWEL-en] - THEY hurt me: las piernas [las pee-AIR-nass] - the legs los pies [los pee-ESS] - the feet The doctor might ask: ¿Dónde te duele? (Where does it hurt? Informal style) or more formally: ¿Dónde le duele a usted? If you don´t know the word for the relevant body-part you can point and say ‘me duele aquí’ (it hurts me here). Alternatively, we can avoid ‘me duele’ by instead saying ‘I have pain here’: tengo dolor aquí. Un dolor de cabeza, for example, is a headache, while un dolor de estómago [es-TOM-a-goh] is a stomach-ache. Finally, two more indirect verbs are FALTAR (to be lacking/missing) and QUEDAR (to have left). Examples include: Quiero hacer una ensalada, pero me faltan los tomates (I want to make a salada but I lack the tomatoes) and ¡Qué pena – no me queda leche! (What a pain – I don´t have any milk left). TROUBLE TYPING ACCENTS? Check out This page allows you to easily type Spanish accents and other characters without a Spanish keyboard. You can edit your text in the box and then copy it to your e-mail application, or document. Key words for Christmas Christmas Eve is Nochebuena, while New Year´s Eve is Nochevieja. So I´ll sign off wishing you all ¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo! (Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year)

If you have any questions or comments relating to this column or the Spanish language in general: Please email

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Traditional Mince Pies Ingredients:

8 oz butter, softened 1 lb all purpose flour 2 oz icing sugar 2 egg yolks 1 lb mincemeat An ounce or two of brandy or rum - if desired Beaten egg, to glaze Muffin tins to make 30 pies

Method: Cut the butter into cubes. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl. Add the butter and, using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Stir in the icing sugar. Make a well in the centre, stir in the egg yolk and about 3-4 tbsp iced water to make a soft but not sticky dough. Knead lightly to form a smooth dough (if there is time - chill for 30 minutes). Preheat oven to mark 400F or gas mark 6. On a floured surface, roll out two thirds of the dough and cut out 30 rounds using a 2-½ inch fluted cutter. Use to line the bun tins. Fill with mincemeat*. Re-roll remaining pastry and trimmings and cut out circles using a 2 in cutter. Dampen edges of circle and place on pies. Seal edges, brush tops with beaten egg and cook for 20 minutes. If desired, mix some (to taste) of the brandy or rum into the mincemeat. Mixture will be a little looser. Delicious

when served alone or with custard (British - of course) or cream. We highly recommend sampling the recipe repeatedly!!

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Merry Spit-mas! Spit’s Festive Favourites Stocking

Simon´s Guide Greek Taverna ***** (San Agustin) Saffron ***** (Puerto Mogán) Il Duomo di Milano **** (Veril Playa Hotel) Taberna Bulgaria III **** (Yumbo Centre) Restaurante Centrum **** (Yumbo Centre) Rimini **** (Playa del Inglés) Subway *** (Playa del Inglés) Grand Italia ** (Meloneras) Ciao Ciao Italian Café * (Playa del Inglés, Anexo II) Hard Rock Cafe * (Paya del Inglés) Restaurante Columbus * (Playa del Inlgés)

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of major anticipations. Allow me to introduce the one, the only, the amazing Mr Simon….SPIT! : This is indeed Spit speaking, nnnyyesss! My list to Santa was indeed well thought out this year as I wanted things I could sell if I don’t like them, last year I got nothing but socks and deodorant… I mean huh! This is me we are talking about MEEEE! So I made sure Santa got a letter this year fully loaded with all those wonderful things I’ve seen on my travels but couldn’t afford (I even checked with the stores if he held accounts with them just to be on the safe side). Oh and I stipulated no fakes ;-) Nnnyyeesss I’m not just a glamorous face!

different every night, and when I went I had caviar for a starter, Turkey with a delicious sauce with vegetables and some pudding! Just to be on the safe side phone and book in advance and it is a strict dress code so smart trousers and shoes, shirt and tie are advisable. Of course I had a ‘made to measure’ Isobel Kristiensen catsuit with an enormous white 17th century style wig studded with diamantes and glitter and matching brogues and man bag – yeah I was a rather irresistible little thing that night let me tell you.

Merry Spitmas and an Appetising New Year! With Love and joy

Buenos Aires Restaurante, Playa Del Ingles This is the place to go for budget buffet, at 12.50€ per person you can enjoy a reasonable array of yummy foods and eat as much of it as you like. The standard is kept fairly moderate and the kitchens and staff are immaculate. I had a good meal there. The dress code isn’t as formal as the Palace Hotels but I always like to make an effort. My outfit here was like something out of Danni Minogue’s X Factor wardrobe, but the ostrich feathers and 12 inch platforms helped me make heads turn on this review!

The Riu Palace Maspalomas Try this for dinner and you will not be disappointed. For around 40€ per person you can tuck into the buffet and eat as much as you like. There is something

The Beach Huts If you really want to be super fashionably alternative this Christmas then pick up

Merry christmas and happy new year!


my suggestion and get yourselves on the beach. Go to one of the fabulous festive food huts on the and tuck into one of those lovely-ishly-lavish-ly-wonderful oven toasted chicken escalope baguettes with mustard and ketchup washed down with a big plastic glass full of sangria. For a fiver it is a fabulous way to spend a festive day! Of course last time I did this I had to dress for the occasion in a red and white ‘man kini’ with flashing red lights and matching fluffy white and gold beach towel – I had my own private area on the beach sectioned off so my cushions could be laid and my servants could fan me, it was simply divine darlings. Well these are my 3 festive highlights for you to go have a try. Don’t forget this is the season for belly filling madness, so eat and drink everything in sight!

Right so let’s pull out my giant sacks and see what goodies I’ve got for you lot then (I am sure the Editor see’s me as Gran Canarias’ answer to Santa sometimes… would you really like a Spit Clause clambering down your chimney whilst you’re sleeping? - OK then answers on a post card then please!).

It’s Christmas time again and the world starts descending on Gran Canaria for a spot of winter sun and Canary News, of course they all need to be fed and watered and that means only one thing… yup you guessed it…Mr Spit has been busy picking out his selection box favourites so all you unsuspecting winter sun seekers can enjoy a decent meal or two over the festive holiday in between topping up the summer tan! Of course Mr Spit has been stuffing himself silly already in the lead up to the moment when Santa himself magically appears under his beautifully decorated, enormous tree with sacks full of Rolex’s, Tiffany Rings, Harrods chocolate assortments and an all expenses paid shopping trip to Italy, yes Spit is indeed very much looking forward to the mince pie, sherry, carrot ritual this year, full

Mesa y lópez 32 Triana 61 C.C.Las Arenas Vecindario

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Langoustines ‘Vindaloo’ Prawn Vindaloo Serves 4 people Ingredients: 300gr cooked, peeled prawns 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped tomatoes 2 dessert spoons ginger & garlic paste 50ml oil 4 chopped green chillies 1 bunch coriander leaves Qtr teaspoon cinnamon powder 2 tablespoons vinegar Salt to taste 3 dessert spoons chilli powder 1 dessert spoon each of: coriander, cumin and garam masala powder 2 dessert spoons coconut puree Half cup of tomato puree Half teaspoon black pepper

Method: Put oil in a medium sized saucepan and heat, add the onions and brown slowly on a low heat. Add the ginger paste and sauté, then add chopped tomatoes , salt, chilli, coriander, cumin and garam masala powder and stir fry. As the tomatoes start to mash up add the tomato puree, vinegar, pepper, cinnamon powder plus two cups of water.

As the sauce starts to thicken, add coconut puree and chopped green chillies.

Serve sprinkled with chopped coriander leaves.

Finally add the prawns and stir well. Leave for 5 mins on a medium heat.

This really tastes good for vindaloo food lovers.

Recipe supplied by Head Chef Gautam of Poornima Indian restaurant, CC Jardin del Sol, Playa del Ingles

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5 Successful Years With More To Come UK and Europe enhancing our contact with couples and providing a more personal approach during the consultation period by actually visiting couples and proving that we are not an internet based company, but one with real passion and commitment to bringing more people to the island. Members of the International Federation of Event and Wedding Planners And this says it all: From Larry and Paloma (23rd october 2010) Well my darling, we are home and the reality of our wonderful experience has had time to settle in. I still cannot believe what an amazing job you and the team did, we will never forget it; the beautiful setting, the ceremony with the surprises, the tears, the memory balloons, the trumpets, the singer, your wonderful wit, you did a wonderful job, the food, the singing and dancing. Thank you all from the depths of our hearts, the photos are a treat, Mos did the most amazing job and he too was so much fun. Continued from edition 36 ... So, what is happening in the future? GC Weddings™ has kept up to date with the changing trends in the wedding industry and also because the current climate in overseas weddings has continued to grow, when other sectors have seen a decline in market share. Over the coming years there will be more growth and even more development. In recent months there have been some significant changes in the management and structure of the company, which will not only enhance the services

even further, but enable better growth as well. Pauls’ partner Mark, has become Managing Director of the Company and is joined by two additional directors who have substantial international experience in the wedding industry, allowing Paul to concentrate on a new venture; bringing more couples to the island and acting as ‘Ambassador’ for Gran Canaria. He will still retain his role as Consultant for GC Weddings™. They have appointed a Wedding Services Manager who speaks English and Spanish to take over the running and management of the company which is already showing significant results. She is supported by 5 additional wedding planning consultants who have proven they can deliver quality weddings, blessings and renewals across the island. Father Keith Jefferies, who is a retired Anglican Priest, has also joined the team at GC Weddings™ as the new celebrant for ceremonies at the venues, and his new style has been much appreciated by the many couples he has already worked with. Recently, he co-officiated at wedding thanksgivings which were not only stunning but received great acclaim from the couples. As Gran Canaria Weddings and Celebrations moves forward, the next five years will truly secure the islands’ premier wedding and event planners title. As market leaders in Europe for wedding planning services on Gran Canaria, their renewed vigour together with the support of famous hotel chains and businesses will ensure their continued success on delivering quality weddings throughout the years to come. We also have new offices opening in Ireland, the

We really did have the time of our lives. You really are an expert at what you do and the very best in your field, no one could have done it better, just ask any of our guests as they all had such a wonderful time too. Thank you each and every one of you for all the time, thought and attention you put into our day and the time leading up to it also, the fun planning it with you was so great. Please pass our thanks on to everyone invloved and to you Paul thank you, I can’t tell you enough how pleased and grateful we are. Paloma & Larry xxx

Something Fishy Going On initial feeling was tickly but soon became quite relaxing and enjoyable.

Can you believe it - I was out in Puerto Rico with the girls shopping and saw a sign across the road advertising Dr Fish Pedicures. Intrigued? So were we! So over the road we went to a lovely salon just opposite the main shopping centre named Rejuvena with Hair by Graham. There they were - fish, yes fish! Not just any old cod but Garra Rufa fish I was informed. Hundreds of them in tanks built into a specialised seating unit in a room tastefully decorated to be extremely relaxing and peaceful. I just had to try this out, so after washing my feet to make sure I didn’t take any dirt or creams into the tank, I hesitantly let my feet dangle into the warm water. Within seconds these small fish had congregated around my feet and started to nibble away at the hard skin. The

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During my 15 minute session, I had a chat with Victoria who informed me that these “Dr Fish” originated in Turkey and are used in many spas in Asia as a natural therapy. They do not have any teeth but gently use their mouths to exfoliate away the dead skin and with this movement, also stimulate new cell growth to rejuvenate and bring through fresh new skin more quickly. On speaking to some of the other clients, I learned that it is becoming incredibly popular in the UK and a couple who were on honeymoon had decided to come into Rejuvena after seeing the treatment on British television. I can imagine that many people would be keen to try anything to eliminate their hard skin and it has also been proven to be particularly effective for skin complaints such as psoriasis and eczema. The amount of sessions depends on your own personal requirements. Victoria suggested four sessions for myself but she has fantastic discounts on block booking and the treatment is a ‘first’ in Puerto Rico. After the fish therapy, my friend decided to also have a paraffin wax bath which left her skin as soft as a new born baby’s! This is only one of many additional treatments

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which are available, and was a real eye opener in the world of beauty. What will they think of next? Whilst there I decided to book myself in for a complete day of pre-christmas treatments, from Shellac manicure to relaxing massages, I just can’t wait, especially as they are offering discounts for the Christmas period. A trip to Rejuvena in Puerto Rico is definitely a must - a friendly salon with an amazing choice of treatments and a great hair salon adjoining. What more could a girl ask for? For further details see our ad below.

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Healthy Christmas Fayre Swop Shop By Ann Mather, Celebrity Nutrition Advisor, Did you know that a typical Christmas Day can load you up with more than 6,000 calories? It´s very easy when you think that a mince pie is 230 kcal, and a glass of red wine 122 kcal. People put on an average of 5 pounds in weight over the festive season. But you don’t need to.

Christmas pudding – loaded with sugary carbohydrates so why not make your own and leave out the added sugar. The fruit and fruit juice give enough sweetness. So just a small piece and use low fat custard, Greek yoghurt or fromage frais instead of brandy butter or cream. Save up to 117 calories.

Seasonal Snacks

Low fat dips (hummus, guacamole or tomato salsa) with vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrots) for dipping. Low fat crisps (or those cooked in olive oil) or natural nuts – chose the healthier low fat, low salt varieties. Some Added Thoughts!

Here are some hints and tips to cut back but still enjoy all of your favourites.

Start the day with a well balanced breakfast.

Turkey – buy a turkey breast (leaner than legs or thighs) and either remove the skin or prick the skin to allow fat to drain out. Save up to 42 calories.

Keep portion sizes under control, eat slowly and savour every mouthful!

Stuffing – leave out the sausage stuffing and make a healthy stuffing using chestnuts, cranberries and orange. Save up to 90 calories. Sausage and Bacon – it really is better to just give these little extras a miss! Roast potatoes – replace with a baked potato. Save up to 40 calories. If roasties are a must, then dry roast only sprayed with fat. Gravy – pour turkey juices into a jug – after fat rises to surface drain it off before making gravy. Save up to 25 calories. Bread sauce – forget the luxury bread sauce mix. Make your own with skimmed milk. Save up to 160 calories. Vegetables - load up with more veggies and less potato - lots of Brussels sprouts and Broccoli lightly steamed – leave off the butter and use fresh herbs for flavour. Save up to 37 calories. If parsnips and root vegetables are a must, cut them into big chunks, steam them and sprinkle in black pepper and herbs.

Don’t drink alcohol on an empty stomach and drink one unit of water for every unit of alcohol!

Mince Pies – already loaded with calories so resist the additional temptation of brandy butter or double cream. They taste great on their own. Save up to 120 calories. Or why not ditch the pastry altogether and have some baked apple, mincemeat and low fat custard.

Of course it is not just the Christmas Dinner, but all the other snacks in between. Think about what you are throwing in your shopping trolley. If it is not there, you cannot eat it! Roast chestnuts – they have the lowest fat of all nuts! Grapes, satsumas or pineapple chunks for a bit of sweetness. Warm apple juice spice with cinnamon and cloves for a winter warmer.

Burn off the calories – go for a brisk walk after your meal or put on some music and have some fun dancing off the calories with your friends. Give your loved ones fit presents for Christmas. Nothing better than Wii – then you can play with it! Myself and the team at FamouslyFit wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year, see you in 2011!

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Step One • Stand with feet hip distance apart • Hold kettlebell by the horn in front of chest

Christmas Calorie Converter Most people put on more than 5 lbs over the festive season. It does not sound a lot, but that is 17,500 extra calories that your body cannot use! Start counting your Christmas calories and work out how many miles you will have to walk, at a brisk pace, to work it off! Maybe you will give more thought to Ann Mather, what goes in your shopping trolley: Celebrity Nutrition Advisor, Cocktail Sausages in Bacon 133 calories, and you will have at least 2-3 I bet! So that is 4 miles at a brisk walk

Step Two

Traditional Turkey Stuffing 420 calories, that is another 5 miles Roast Potatoes 300 calories, give or take – another 4 miles

• Slowly start to extend arms forward • At the same time, lift one leg off the floor • Start to squat down on the standing leg

Step Three

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Up to 500 calories per serving, so another 5 miles! 115 calories – phew only have to add one more mile but what if you have 3 glasses?

Glass of Port

160 calories and another mile

And we have not included all the other snacks, the turkey and the veggies. Do your own math! Are you really ready to run two Marathons to equalize the effect? Maybe you should leave some of the extra´s out and simply enjoy your delicious turkey with lots of veggies and a glass or two of wine.


IS YOGA MISSING IN YOUR LIFE? Salute to the Sun (Surya Namaskar) - Part Five

Last week, we covered the Cobra. This week, we continue with two moves within the Salute to the Sun Sequence – the Child´s Pose and Downward Facing Dog

Child’s Pose - Balasana Technique

• From the Cobra pose, exhale and lower shoulders • Push buttocks back to rest on heels • Rest chest on thighs, lower head to floor • Extend arms in front, shoulder width apart • Inhale

Keeping hydrated is really important for health and performance.

Failure to replenish these will leave your body in deficit, slow down your recovery and weaken your immune system.

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Water forms a huge part of the body – up to 65%.

When you perspire excessively, however, you lose much more than water – especially important minerals.

368 calories, needing another 4 miles to cancel it out!

Cadbury´s Roses There are 1240 calories in a 268 gram box. How many will you be nibbling on? I suspect another mile or two……..

Karl Bickley, Nutrition and Performance Consultant and Formula 1 Racing Driver Trainer

Water is effective in replenishing liquid levels and is suitable for low intensity, non-endurance exercise or sports.

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90 calories – another mile!

Christmas Pudding 330 calories – yet another 4 miles

• Continue extending arms forward • Squat as low as you can whilst keeping raised leg off the floor • Power back up through the leg to standing

• As with normal squats, keep weight as far back as possible on standing leg • Maintain a strong core

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Downward Facing Dog - Adho Mukha Svanasana Step One Sports drinks offer two massive benefits 1. They help maintain electrolyte balance as well as fluid levels. 2. They provide a good source of energy (carbohydrates) to replace those lost during intense exercise Sports drinks ensure that your body remains efficient in energy conversation, thermoregulation and promote exercise performance and tolerance and muscle recovery. Research indicates improvements in performance if sports drinks are taken during endurance type events. recommends USN (Ultimate Sports Nutrition) for Cytopower and Energy Gels

• Exhale and spread fingers • Push up onto hands and knees (hands under shoulders, knees under hips) • Tuck toes under feet • Push up from feet and hands, bottom (sitting bones) toward ceiling • Maintain slight bend in legs, heels off floor • Tuck elbows close to body

Step Two

• Press hands into mat – weight on third knuckle of index finger • Push up through back – shoulder blades wide and drawn to tailbone • Try to straighten legs, heels close to floor • Relax head and neck toward floor • Hold position and take 5 deep, controlled breaths

Quick Tip

• You may not be able to straighten legs • It can be difficult to let go of tension in neck • To help, shake head “Yes” and then “No”

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Christmas - War and Peace Kay Owen, Comfort Corner Legend tells of a stressful Christmas Eve in a small town in Bavaria. The local church organ had become defunct that very day in 1816, and Father Mohr, scrambled to find something meaningful for that evening’s service.

Translated into English in 1863, it was the carol sung during the festive truce of the First World War - perhaps one of the most remarkable incidents of all military history. Here is a soldier’s first- hand account of that unique Christmas in 1914. My Dear Sister, Most of our men are asleep in their dugouts—yet I could not sleep before writing of the wonderful events of this Christmas Eve. If I hadn’t been there myself, I would scarce believe it. Imagine: while you and our family sang carols at the fireside in London, I did the same with enemy soldiers here in France! Knowing that at any moment an artillery shell might land and explode beside us in the trench, not daring to lift our heads above ground for fear of a sniper’s bullet, we waited. The German soldiers across the way faced the same dangers. Their first trench was only 50 yards from ours. Between us lay No Man’s Land, bordered by barbed wire.

He offered a poem he had written (originally in German) about Christmas Eve, and his talented colleague, organist Franz Gruber, set the words of ‘Silent Night’ to music. This favourite carol had its humble beginnings in the small church of Saint Nicholas in 19th century Austria. It has never lost the essence of Christmas, as it continues to impact the world today. A multiplicity of artists has recorded it - from Celine Dion to Mahalia Jackson. Several different versions have recently attracted over 2 million viewers on U tube! Traditionally, midnight mass included a lot of folk music, simple melodies written for ordinary people to sing, rather than complicated music written for professionals to perform. Worshippers that bitterly cold Christmas Eve who heard ‘Silent Night’ for the very first time found themselves enchanted, and became the first of many to be stirred by its plaintive tone and inspirational words.

Yesterday morning—Christmas Eve —everything was tinged white with frost, while a bright white sun shone over all. Perfect Christmas weather. As darkness fell, the shooting stopped entirely. I drifted asleep. Suddenly my friend John was shaking me awake.“ Quickly, come and see what the Germans are doing!” I stumbled from the trench, and stuck my head out cautiously. I will never see a stranger or more lovely sight. Clusters of tiny lights were shining all along the German line, as far as the eye could see: German Christmas trees lit by lanterns - beacons of good will. We heard their plaintive voices rising in song. Never was there a more beautiful sound, in that quiet, clear night, its darkness softened by a first-quarter moon.

To our astonishment, we saw figures rise from the trench, climb over their barbed wire, and advance unprotected across No Man’s Land. Our captain called out, “Hold your fire; no shooting before midnight tomorrow”. Groups of men were coming toward us. Suddenly, there we were - over a hundred soldiers and officers on each side, shaking hands with men we’d been trying to kill just hours earlier! These are not the “savage barbarians” we’d been led to believe. They are men with homes and families, hopes and fears– with dreams of a future. In other words, men just like ourselves. We exchanged gifts, parting with promises to meet on Christmas Morning for a football match! I ask you; has there ever been such a Christmas Eve in all history? And what does this impossible befriending of enemies mean? One cannot help imagine what would happen if the spirit shown here were to be caught by the nations of the world. Disputes must always arise. But what if our leaders were to offer well wishes in place of warnings? songs in place of slurs? presents in place of reprisals? Perhaps all war would end? All nations say they want peace. Yet on this Christmas morning, I wonder if they want it quite enough? I believe I have had a taste of special peace today, dear sister, Your loving brother, Ben. In the carol’s repeated refrain, “Silent Night, Holy Night; Mohr paints a peaceful picture of the newborn baby and his mother Mary .We envisage a quiet starry night of rest, sleep, calm, tranquillity, trust and unity–a manger filled with heavenly peace. The scene portrayed is as significant today as it was then. By all means let’s all have a huge traditional Christmas Celebration this year. Fun and festivity. Tinsel and turkey. Sacks and Santas. Cakes and crackers. Pressies and parties, etc:

The combination of music and lyrics of are indeed part of its charm. Father Mohr simply envisaged the scene at Bethlehem, described his ‘mind picture’, and immortalised its redeeming message to the whole world.

Bring it on - I love all of it! But amidst the jingle bells and jollification, may we look for our very own ‘Comfort Corner’ this festive season, a place where we can find time to quietly reflect on the words of the World’s favourite carol .

“Silent night! Holy Night! Shepherds quail at the sight. Glory streams from heaven afar: Heavenly hosts sing ‘Alleluia’. Hesitantly our trenches applauded. Then we all joined in. Strains of “Silent night, Holy night” filled the air. In both languages! British and German troops harmonizing ...all in harmony for Christmas!

Christ the saviour is born. Christ the saviour is born.” Kay Owen. December 2010

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End of Year Golf Mark McGeehan, PGA Golf Professional, Lopesan Meloneras Golf Well, it is nearly the end of yet another year, and a time of reflection in many ways but take a look back at your golf this year and ask yourself the question of what you achieved and the highlights of your season. Try to remember the best drive you hit, the best chip, bunker shot or putt. Not only will this put a smile on your face but it will also help you to mentally prepare for next season. If you are failing to remember any good shots at all, then you are not using your imagery, visualisation techniques or your golfing brain in the right way. Always remember the good shots and at least 3 after each round and then start to create your own library of your achievements. If you do this then it will help you in pressure, clutch situations. Goal setting is essential if you are to make headway and improve your golf, but when doing this a correct plan of attack is needed. What are you hoping to achieve on the golf course in 2011. Is it to lower your handicap, if so, by how many shots, and then how are you going to achieve this? What advice do you need to take yourself forward? How much practice and specific practice are you going to do in order to achieve your goal? We are all very busy with day to day life and this is why goals have to be set, in order to ensure that time is put aside to develop yourself. Vague Goals = Vague results.   In a year when Tiger woods dominated the front pages for all the wrong reasons it has been a dramatic year in the Golfing world, with highlights in the majors,  Phil Mickelson winning the masters in dramatic style, Graeme Mcdowell winnning the US open at Pebble beach, Louis Oosthuizen winning in class at St Andrews, and the final

Major played over a tough Whistling Straits, with Martin Kaymer becoming victorious after a fantastic play off. This win helped him to clinch the race to Dubai and the coveted title of European Tour Player of the year, whilst it was the pure consistency of Lee Westwood, coming close to that much wanted major title. Winning on the US PGA tour and his top finishes has seen him reach the pinnacle of his career to date and he is currently the No.1 player in the world.   The much anticipated Ryder Cup was played out over a rainy few days in Wales at the new 2010 Celtic manor course, but the rain did not dampen the performance of both sides as it was a closely fought battle, with Graeme  McDowell holing the winning putt to add to his amazing season.    For those of you reading this article, just turn your minds back to these special victorious moments and add your own special success stories to them and look ahead to 2011, as I can promise you there will be many more great shots, many more rounds to play, with laughter and fun and new winners.

The correct answer to the Primark competition is 20€. The following people have won a 50€ Primark store card. Congratulations! Betty Hunting of Puerto Rico Janet Innes of Puerto Rico Susan Eland-Nyikos of San Agustin Sharon Denn of Las Palmas Watch out for more competitions from your favourite store Primark.

The biggest message I can leave you with for 2011, is that “Golf” the game we play the game we love the game we endure will never be beaten, but the challenge is fantastic!

So I wish you a fabulous Christmas and a prosperous New Year. By Mark McGeehan

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Music Scene By Gary Melling First things first may we all at KISS FM 102.5 wish you a happy KISSmas and a Happy New Year, and secondly let’s talk about the year.

My best people of the year has to go to Genna and Brian from The Canary News, as they put some trust in me and Zandra that we would come up with the goods, and I hope we have not disappointed them.

It’s been a great year for music and I think if I was to be asked what was my best of 2010 it would have to be KISS FM going live in the Canaries. We had some ups and downs like everyone, but it was a great year nevertheless.

So let’s just have a look at 2011 and which singles do I think will be big, they are:

My best single of this year has to go to Elvis – no, no sorry wrong year, it is Beautiful Monster by Ne-Yo.

Felix Leiter - Go For That This is a remake of the 1982 single from Daryl hall and John Oates “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”  I have not been wrong about some dance singles but let me say this, it’s going to be a killer song on the dance floor and radio.

Now you may say WHY? Well it’s a thumper of a tune and it’s got it all; sweet vocals you name it. I’ll not go on about it  We at KISS play this and it’s going to be but I hope you agree. big with a nice bass line but still keeping the old flavour within the single – it’s got it all . Killer (Adamski 2011)

Second up another old time tune, this time it is a remake of killer from Adamski. This first came out in 1990 and it was the first time also we heard the name Seal, now world-wide fame with him but Adamski who ?? I’ll not go on and on about this but hold on til you here this one, you’ll love it and it’s out in 2011

Best album, Soul togetherness 2010, I love this album and as a soul head I have to say my life has been better because of this album, try it out.

Some fast singles coming in 2011 are: Rumours are swirling that Ms. Britney Spears  is going to have a single out sometime in December as a tease of her new upcoming album, which will hit shelves in the early part of next year. R. Kelly Love Letter - Michael Jackson, Michael - big hit – Ciara, Basic Instinct So I’ll leave in 2010  and say see you in 2011, but before I go I would like to say to Zandra, it’s been a hard year but I hope

you know I love you and I wish you only love in 2011. Have a lovely KISS mas, and to you the readers, I wish you only what I wish for myself; love and understanding and let’s stop and think about the people who don’t have what we have in our lives. Happy KISSmas Gary Melling

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Classical Christmas Ensures Variety

For those residents braving the Canarian festive period, there is a full schedule of concerts and performances taking place over Christmas, in Las Palmas. Both Teatro Pérez Galdós, between Triana and Vegueta, and Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, on Las Canteras are presenting a busy programme.

If you manage to get this edtion in time, on the 17th and 18th of December in Teatro Pérez Galdós, there are two showings of the contemporary ballet perfomance of Snow White. A mixture of universal symbols and contemporary dance, the work is set to the music of Gustav Mahler, with a set design by Thierry Leproust and costumes created by Jean-Paul Gaultier.

The choreographer, French-born Albanian Angelin Preljocaj, himself, explains his version of the ballet: “I have followed the version by the Grimm Brothers, with just a few personal variations based on my own analysis of the symbols in the tale. Bettlheim describes Snow White as an “Oedipus in reverse. The wicked stepmother is without a doubt the central character in the tale. She is the one who I examine through her narcissistic determination not to give up on seduction and her role as a woman, even if it means sacrificing her stepdaughter.”

For this ballet, Preljocaj relies on the 26 dancers who currently make up his Ballet Company which he started in 1985. The performance begins at 8.30 p.m both nights and ticket prices range from 15 to 35 euros.

performance is at 6.30 p.m while on the Monday, the show starts at 9.00 p.m and tickets vary from 35 to 60 euros.

The following weekend, the same venue hosts the Christmas Concert. This year it’s a recital of Mozart’s ¨Coronation Mass¨ or Krönungsmesse . The music is played by the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, conducted by Pedro Halffter, accompanies by the voices of the Coro de la OFGC. Composed in 1779 this is one of the most popular of Mozart´s sacred works. John Masters, originally from California, is now a resident of Las Palmas and sings in the choir that will be performing. He described the piece as “happy, uptempo music. It’s not actually Christmas music but it´s certainly celebratory.” The best news is that admission is free and tickets will have been available since the 13th of December from the box office. The performances start at 8.30 p.m on the 22nd and 23rrd of December. It´s a short Mass, as opposed to the more formal Solemn Masses or High Masses, and lasts for 75 minutes. The Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria are also performing at the other end of town in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium on Friday 17th December at 8.30 p.m. On this occasion it will be Shubert´s 8th Syphony and Shostakovich 10th Symphony. They are followed on the 19th and 20th by The Glen Miller Orchestra. Initially formed as a big band in 1937 by their immortal namesake they continue to perform universally popular swing arrangements such as In The Mood and Moonlight Serenade, along with newer material. The Orchestra is now led by trombonist Larry O´Brien who according to reviews, has managed to combine the traditional Glen Miller sound with a slightly more modern style extremely effectively. The Sunday

Youth takes centre stage at the Auditorium´s Christmas Concert on Monday 27th December at 8.30 p.m when the Joven Orquesta de Gran Canaria are interpreting works by Beethoven,Rimski-Korsakov, Bizet, Saraste,Weber and Ponchielli. All seats for this concert are superbly priced at 5 euros. So hopefully readers are able to find something which suits their taste and price range. The city will continue to develop it´s range of cultural events into the New Year as it continues it’s bid to become European Capital of Culture for 2016. The process will begin next summer with the announcement of the shortlist of Spanish cities. Although Las Palmas faces stiff opposition the governing bodies and citizens alike must remain confident that the city has the qualities required. By Gordon Sutcliffe

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2010 IBA El Fronton Invitational By Danny Alcock The 2010 IBA El Fronton Invitational Gran Canaria, 10th-21st December 10th. Described by the International Bodyboarding Association as a defining moment for Bodyboarding, Gran Canaria is about to host the most incredible Bodyboard event seen…   The International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) and the local promoter in the Canary Islands Maldito Rodríguez are pleased to announce the biggest event in Bodyboarding, the 2010 IBA El Frontón Invitational.   The event will feature the best Bodyboarders on the planet at one of the wildest waves (El Fronton, near Galdar) and will be streamed LIVE via satellite on Red Bull Web TV.   The IBA El Frontón will be held on the best single day over an 11 day waiting period from 10th - 21st December 2010. This means that it will run on any one of the dates and therefore has the luxury to choose the most classic surf conditions to celebrate the event.   The wave, El Frontón, provides the ultimate canvas to show performance Bodyboarding at its most extreme. Regarded as one of the wildest waves on the planet, El Frontón is feared and respected for its raw power breaking on a shallow reef set among the striking cliffs of Gran Canaria. El Frontón is also known for its amazing ramps allowing the riders to launch out of the most extreme sections witnessed in any form of surfing.   The 16 athletes chosen for this elite event are nothing short of the worlds’ best Bodyboarders. The format sees 12 internationals and 4 locals competing in a one-day shoot out. Featuring 8 past and present World Champions the line up is arguably the best field ever assembled for competitive Bodyboarding. Besides the 8 World Champions, the organizers found it extremely difficult

to choose the other 4 international riders amongst the so many talented Bodyboarders around the world. The riders hail from all corners of the planet and include: Mike Stewart (USA) Jeff Hubbard (USA) Pierre Loius Costes (Europe) Amaurey Lauverne (Europe) Damian King (Australia) Ben Player (Australia) Ryan Hardy (Australia) Dave Winchester (Australia) Jared Houston (South Africa) Andre Botha (South Africa) Guilherme Tamega (Brazil) Uri Valado (Brazil)    The fact is it’s very hard for the organizers to select 4 local riders; these names will be confirmed over the next days.   Red Bull TV will be streaming the event live via satellite on Red Bull Web TV ( With a professional production crew capturing footage from land and water along with legendary commentator Manny Vargas on the microphone, this is going to be an event not to be missed.   Two times World Champion Damian King stated ‘I think the event at El Fronton will be the most prestigious event in the world. This is one event that everyone is going to want to win!’   While another multiple World Champ, Ben Player added his perspective ‘El Fronton is one of the shallowest and most gnarly waves in the world, so when you add 16 of the best Bodyboarders in an event out there things are going to get crazy. Egos will be broken and injuries are likely in the most highly anticipated event in Bodyboarding’s history’.   For more information, check for regular updates on the event status (whether it is on or not) the moment that it is on, drop everything and head up to Galdar to see the worlds’ best Bodyboarders in one of the worlds’ best waves! By Danny Alcock

First Sailing Yacht Finishes in ARC 2010 After a struggle with unseasonal winds, the first sailing yacht in ARC 2010 arrived safely into Rodney Bay Marina yesterday (Sunday 5th December 2010), crossing the line at 09:57:06 local time, a little over 14 days since the start from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Berenice, the Italian crewed Swan 80, made an impressive sight as she rounded the northwest corner of Saint Lucia under full main and spinnaker. After their enthusiastic dockside reception skipper Marco Rodolfi spoke about the crossing: “We had some tough conditions, with 6 hours of headwinds blowing 35 to 40 knots early on in the trip, but the last three days have been fantastic down wind sailing. We are all very pleased to be here in Saint Lucia.” Now safely docked, the crew can look forward to many parties and activities on the lovely island of St Lucia.

Power Beats Sail This Year Berenice’s time of 14 days, 1 hour and 17 minutes reflects the difficult weather conditions this year. Wind Horse, the only motorboat in this year’s ARC was untroubled by the light winds that have dogged the sailing yachts. Steve & Linda Dashew’s FMB83 powerboat, which was the first ARC arrival, finished on 1 December. Light winds had no impact on the revolutionary long distance motor cruiser, which crossed the Atlantic in 10 days and 8 hours, establishing a new ARC record for motorboats. Slow start for ARC 2010 yachts Unseasonal weather patterns have dominated the crossing this year, with the much awaited trade winds only now becoming established. The next ARC yacht is expected to arrive on Tuesday 7 December (day 16), with further arrivals during the course of the week, before a constant stream starts closer to the weekend. Crossing times this year will be 3 to 4 days slower than normal. Around 50 of the Cruising Division yachts put into the Cape Verde islands to take on more fuel, and are now on their way to Saint Lucia. One yacht has retired in the Cape Verdes due to contaminated fuel, whilst Racing Division yacht British Soldier, an Archambault 40, damaged their rig and have also retired in the Cape Verdes. Follow the Action Online News from the fleet can be found on the official ARC website where daily yacht position reports will be displayed and visitors can view individual route maps for each yacht. Each yacht is fitted with a Yellowbrick iridium tracker, with positions updated automatically every 6 hours. Crews will also contribute daily logs and images direct to the site which can be viewed at www.

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1.100.000 Euro (Ref. 6.300C). INMOBILIARIA KSR, Tel. 928 766 684, SONNENLAND Spacious family house, built 2006, aprox. 130 m2 living space + 115 m2 basement and garage with own entrance; terraces, balcony, BBQ, whirlpool; high quality material and newest technology. 594.000 Euro. Method of payment negociable. (Ref. 8.009C). INMOBILIARIA KSR, Tel. 928 766 684, BAHIA FELÍZ Near beach, luxury penthouse with amazing terrace (view!) and balcony, 122 m2 living space + 73 m2 terrace, 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, high quality equipment, complex with heated pool and priv. parking, 24-hours security service. 354.000 Euro (Ref. 2.505C). INMOBILIARIA KSR,, Tel. 928 766 684 PLAYA DEL INGLÉS Best time to by: Comfortable Maisonette-Bungalow in quiet, residential complex, 95 m2 living space, 3 bed rooms, 2 bath, spacious terrace partly covered, roof terrace with fantastic view, large storage room, fully equipped, off-road parking. 275.000 Euro (Ref. 4.008O). INMOBILIARIA KSR, C/. Escorial, Edif. Danubio, Tel. 928 766 684 SAN AGUSTÍN Front line to the Atlantic: topquality apartment (52 m2) with bright rooms tastefully, modern designed, fully equipped, lot of storage space, complex with heated pool and direct access to the promenade, low maintenance costs. 168.000 Euro (Ref. 1.507D) INMOBILIARIA KSR,, Tel. 928 766 684 --------------------------------------ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667 STUDIO WITH A TOURIST RENTAL CONTRACT Very good location, recently refurbished complex and apartments. Ref: 20083. Sale price: 50.000.-€ ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT PUERTO RICO central location, quiet residential complex with a pool. Ref. 10037. Sale price: 60.000.-€. 1 BEDROOM APARTMENTS IN PUERTO RICO excellent complex, very central, fantastic sea views. Ref. 1004. Sale price from: 63.000.-€.

1 BEDROOM APARTMENT IN A RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX One bedroom apartment in good condition, complex, with fantastic views over Amadores and the ocean. Ref. 10013. Sale price 89.000.-€ 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT, GROUND FLOOR, LARGE TERRACE Beautifully refurbished apartment in a residential complex, with a large terrace, very central location. Ref: 10064A. Sale price: 180.000.-€ FANTASTIC 3 BEDROOM HOUSE IN RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX Corner house with excellent sea views, totally refurbished and furnished. Large terraces, community gardens and heated swimming pool. Ref. 10070. Sale price 395.000.-€. ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667 ---------------------------------------ENGEL & VÖLKERS Tel.: +34 928 77 86 23 grancanaria-south San Fernando Large family home with guest apartment, 6-bed, 3-bath. ID: W-00ARR9. € 350.000,San Fernando House with private pool, 4 bed, 3 bath. ID: W-008OKC. € 390.000,Sonnenland Well-kept apartment with sea views, 1-bed, 1-bath. ID: W-00AP13. € 87.000,Sonnenland Duplex in well-kept complex with nice private garden, conservatory, 2-bed, 2 bath. ID: W-008OJN. € 169.000,Bahía Feliz Apartment at first sea line with 2-bed, 2-bath, ID: W-008OKI. € 290.000,Montaña la Data Family house with private pool, garden, garage, large rooms. ID: W-008OJ5. € 575.000,ENGEL & VÖLKERS Tel.: +34 928 77 86 23 grancanaria-south

PROPERTIES FOR RENT Agent Playa del Inglés Bungalow situated in the tourist area of Playa del Ingles, around two kilometres from the beaches and close to the shops, bars and restaurants. The complex has a pleasant open-air swimming pool

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

with pool bar. The bungalow has two bedrooms (one double and one single), one bathroom, a living room, kitchenette, a terrace with a small garden and off-road parking. Television includes all german and english channels Ref:PI502.Price:€650 /month. Tel: 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. Maspalomas Lovely one bedroom duplex on a quiet residential complex in Maspalomas. Good condition and well situated. The bungalow has two bathrooms and a utility area. The rental price includes all bills. Brand new kitchen and bathrooms. Excellent value! Ref:MP621.Price:€500/month. Tel: 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. Playa del Inglés. The Bungalow is situated in the tourist area of Playa del Ingles, around two kilometres from the beaches and close to the shops, bars and restaurants. The complex has a pleasant open-air swimming pool with pool bar. The bungalow has two bedrooms (one double and one single), one bathroom, a living room, kitchenette, a terrace with a small garden and off-road parking. Television includes all german and english channels. Ref. PI502. Price: €650/month Tel. 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. Maspalomas Fantastic bungalow for rent in Campo de Golf. The bungalow has two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and a attic with a single bed. Mosquito nets and aluminium shutters in the bedrooms and air-conditioning in the master bedroom and the living room. The bungalow is in a quiet complex of 18 bungalows with communal swimming pool. Ref. : MP726. Price: €800/month Tel. 928141202. DREAM HOMES www. Puerto Rico Beautiful, spacious 2 bedroom duplex in a highly sought after complex in residential Puerto Rico. On the ground floor the property boasts an excellent sized living room. It offers a separate fully equipped kitchen with small patio area for laundry facilities. The first floor offers two good sized bedrooms both with built in. Spacious bathroom upstairs and downstairs toilet. Marble floors throughout. Ref. CPR05Ra. Price: €750/month Tel. 928906890. DREAM HOMES www. ---------------------------------------

ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667 STUDIOS, ONE & TWO BEDROOMS APARTMENTS AND BUNGALOWS in Puerto Rico, & Playa del Cura, long term lets. Prices from 440.-€ / month. PIZZA & PASTA established business for traspaso in Puerto Rico. Fresh italian food produced to supply many of the local restaurants. Includes all machinery, ovens, and a refrigerated van (Renault Express). Traspaso 15.000.-€ Rent 800.-€. BAR FOR LEASE IN PUERTO RICO SHOPPING CENTRE Small bar for lease in Phase IV, Puerto Rico Shopping Centre. Rent per month 1.000.-€, traspaso 8.000.-€ RESTAURANT IN PUERTO RICO SHOPPING CENTRE, PHASE III Restaurant for lease, fully fitted and open, including all fixtures and fittings. Traspaso 30.000.-€, rental on the premises 1.750.-€ a month. ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667 ---------------------------------------ENGEL & VÖLKERS Tel.: +34 928 77 86 23 grancanaria-south Maspalomas 1-bed, 1-bath duplex, close to the dunes and shopping centre. € 650,- per month incl. water and elect. Playa del Inglés 2-bed, 1-bath duplex, guest toilette, community pool. € 600,excl. water and elect. Sonnenland well-kept 1-bed, 1-bath renovated duplex, 57 m2. € 520,- excl. water and elect. Playa del Inglés quietly located 1-bed bung. with roof terrace and storage facilities. € 690,- excl. water and elect. ENGEL & VÖLKERS Tel.: +34 928 77 86 23 grancanaria-south

Charities 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. 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 Original Designs, Ancorra C. Arguineguin. donations gratefully received. Contact kay.r.owen@gmail. com Together we can make a difference


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