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“Earthquakes and oil drilling cannot mix”


AMPAIGNERS fighting to stop oil exploration off the Canary Islands say the “sea has spoken” and have once again denounced Repsol’s controversial plan.

They believe three earthquakes off the coast of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura have served to show just what could happen if drilling went ahead some 60 kilometres off the islands. The National Geographic Institute recorded earthquakes of 3.7, 2.0 and 2.4 degrees on the Richter scale on June 10th, with only the strongest being felt by the population, particularly on La Concha on Fuerteventura and Arrecife on Lanzarote. No damage was caused but the antioil lobby says the epi-centre was within the area being targeted by Repsol and if an earthquake happened again when pipes had been sunk, the result could be catastrophic. The effect on beaches of any explosion would be “devastating” and an “environmental disaster”. President of Fuerteventura Cabildo, Mario Cabrera said the earthquakes emphasised once again that this project was “crazy”, “irrational” and should not go ahead. All kinds of groups and environmentalists had registered their opposition but on this occasion, “the sea had spoken”. It was now time once and for all for the Spanish Government to admit its error, to back-track and to start concentrating on renewable energy projects. Repsol believes the three earthquakes are not a cause for concern and such seismic activity would not affect drilling as demonstrated in many other places across the world. Meantime, during a Canary Government debate, those wishing to drill for oil in the archipelago were criticised as “environmental terrorists”. A legal battle has so far failed to obtain any stop order as the Supreme Court does not believe Spain has violated the law or the protection of the environment. Repsol is expected to release its environmental report shortly.

PRs are “a nuisance”


group of traders in Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje are calling for action on restaurant PRs.

They say tourists are harrassed and upset by them and consider them a “nuisance”.

The association, Aepaca believes they are as much a problem as time-share touts and street vendors, although

there is praise for the police for clamping down on pickpockets. Adeje has tried to impose proper accreditation for PRs but without success and is working on a new scheme to regulate time-share selling.

Health row goes to court


URIOUS health campaigners are to take court action to protest against bed closures and long waiting lists.

Unions and social groups say they can no longer tolerate the situation and claim the public health service in Tenerife is “critical” and near collapse. InterSindical Canaria has also filed a complaint in the High Court of Santa Cruz about the closure of beds in the University Hospital of the Canaries.

The unions claim management intend to close two floors and 46 beds between July 1st and September 4th, along with four operating rooms and the hospital at home service. They say this will cause irreparable harm to patients and users of public health. Diseases will aggravated, expenditure on drugs will have to increase and complications will have to be

resolved. It is also alleged that a closure of beds at this scale will lead to increased waiting lists and incur dangerous delays for patients. The complainants are going to court to ask for an injunction against the proposed closures. Health chiefs say such measures are perfectly normal across Spain and are necessary to meet the rights of staff who needed to take holidays.















































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Puerto “will not become a boxing ring”


UERTO de la Cruz council has deplored an attack on two on-duty police officers but believe this was an isolated incident.

Residents have been assured both the authority and the police will take every action possible to stop this happening again and “will not allow Puerto to become a boxing ring”. The two officers were

attacked when they answered a call-out to deal with trouble in the area of Calle Blanco. Reports had come in about a group of young men acting in a rowdy manner and vandalising street furniture. On arriving on the scene,

the officers found four youths shouting at passersby and they then turned their abuse on the police. One of the officers was struck from behind, with a blow that rendered him unconscious whilst the second was punched and kicked. Four arrests were later made. Security councillor, Luis

Miguel Rodríguez praised the officers for the professionalism they had shown and congratulated them for their work. He wished them a full and speedy recovery. Sr. Rodriguez said it was an unusual event for Puerto de la Cruz and one they would ensure would not happen again. The courts are expected to take a tough stance.

South hospital pledge “will be kept” COMPLETION IN 2014


ILL it prove another empty promise or will the long-awaited south hospital finally open in November 2014?

That is the question everyone is asking following a new announcement made by the president of the Canar y Government, Paulino Rivero. He says the first phase of the hospital will open in 16 months from now after they agreed to invest nine million euros in completing the building overlooking the TF-1 opposite Los Cristianos. Campaigners have described the unfinished hospital as “leaky and dirty” barracks and giving a Third World image of Tenerife because it is so visible to tourists arriving from the south airport. There has, however, been a succession of unfilled promises in the past so all groups concerned, including all the Mayors of the south, hope they will this time be fulfilled. Sr. Rivero was in Tenerife recently to hold a meeting with campaigners and councils reaching from Santiago del Teide to Fasnia. Those present included members of the Platform for the South Hospital of Tenerife.

The Canary Government will allocate the nine million euros to complete the first phase. Six and a half million euros will go towards physical completion of the building, one million euros to adapt the urbanisation and the rest for equipment. This will then give new facilities including an outpatient health centre, emergency department, Xrays, a day hospital, physical therapy and a mental health unit. It is understood the president also pledged that the second phase of the hospital would be completed within three years at a cost of 26 million euros. The Platform for the hospital believes that this time, the promises will be met and was pleased to have representatives of all groups present at the meeting to add weight to the campaign. Tenerife Cabildo’s role in the negotiations has been praised and president, Ricardo Melchior described the way ahead as “the logical approach”.


New fish market for Los Abrigos


ISH proved the star in more ways than one when a special ceremony was held in Los Abrigos.

Granadilla de Abona council was delighted to officially open the new 300,000 euros fish market which will be managed by the local Association of Fishermen. Guests attending the inauguration ceremony included the Mayor, Jaime González Cejas who said the new facility would be a great boost to the industry, tourists and residents in such difficult economic times. To celebrate the opening, four restaurants staged a culinary show to present innovative fish dishes, accompanied by Abona wines. The new two-storey building stands on a plot of 100 square metres and includes offices, a sales point, general store, cold storage, toilets and changing rooms. There is a lift and full accessibility for people with disabilities.







Cho Vito residents

Puerto port company pledges


HE next steps have been taken in the ambitious project to provide Puerto de la Cruz with a new sports marina.

The company which intends to construct the development, Entelo has officially registered its interest with the Port Authority. Afterwards, a meeting was held with representatives of Tenerife Cabildo and first deputy Mayor of Puerto de la Cruz, Sandra Rodríguez. Topics discussed included the requirements of local fishermen, accessibility to the port area, including for work machinery and extending the length of the proposed dam. The plans by Entelo have been widely welcomed as giving a major boost to Puerto and its future economy.

“wait for aid”


ESIDENTS of Cho Vito say they are still waiting for proper financial aid following the demolition of their homes under the Coastal


They have been promised help to pay rent for two years as part of the agreement to leave their homes. However, seven families say the pledged 30,000 euros to be paid by the Cabildo, local council and Canary Government has yet not materialised and Candelaria council has had to fill the gap. The Cho Vito case was hugely controversial as it represented the human face of Spain’s controversial legisla-

tion which aims to clear the coast of intrusive properties and illegal homes. At one stage, Cho Vito residents staged a sit-in and a hunger strike and even went to Europe to fight their case. All of the homes have now been demolished. The delay is blamed on the Government for not having signed the paperwork yet although the agreement is “expected soon”.


Complaints over street food sales


ESIDENTS of several towns and villages in the north of Tenerife are complaining about the increasing sale of home-made food on the streets. The practice is said to be increasing at quite a rate because of the economic recession and is particularly affecting Santa Ursula, La Matanza and La Victoria. Police say they will be vigilant but can do nothing until or unless someone is actually caught in the act of illegal sales. One particular case concerns a local woman whom, it is alleged, sells home-made food such as meat and salads from the boot of a car. Complainants say this is not only unfair competition to shops and restaurants but is unlicensed and potentially dangerous from a health and safety point of view.

“Buy local” Rivero urges hoteliers


OTELIERS in the Canary Islands are being urged to buy their products from local agricultural markets.

The call to support local produce was made by president of the Canary Government, Paulino Rivero during the launch of a new agricultural co-operative in Guia de Isora. Sr. Rivero said only 12% of the products grown here were consumed locally which perpetuated “external dependence”. Foreign imports had been dominant for years but their quality was not as good as Canary products. It was therefore “common-sense” that people should buy local and defend the islands’ economy. Sr. Rivero said it was unacceptable that the 11 to 12 million visitors in the islands’ hotels had no local produce to consume. He asked for courage and honesty to make this happen.

Garachico port is a tempting opportunity


NTREPRENEURS are being urged to invest in Garachico because the Mayor believes it will be “on the starting line when the better times arrive”. Tenerife Cabildo has also given the town a vote of approval and says it is interested in investing in the new port. Tenders are currently being invited to run the entertainment section of the port which will include a shopping centre, dr y marina, fuel station and parking. The three main parts will be developed separately after the first bid for all of them together failed. Speaking at a conference

organised by the Chamber of Commerce, Cabildo vicepresident Carlos Alonso said the port development was a business opportunity given its location in the Isla Baja. The area was proving increasingly competitive from a tourism point of view with a lot of potential for its range of accommodation and the new “Volcanoes of Life” tourism product. Director of the Canar y Ports, Juan José Martínez said Garachico was a different


case to other areas of the island because it had a very natural setting. It was becoming a benchmark for entertainment with a varied programme of activities. The commercial area will be more than 7,000 square metres whilst the dry marina will be over 2,000 square metres. The fuel station will cover 4,000 square metres and there will be 100 car parking spaces. Garachico’s Mayor, José Heriberto González described the town as one of the most flourishing in the north with four hotels, 80 shops and more than 200,000 visitors a year.







ITER unveils pioneering solar plane plan


ENERIFE is once again at the forefront of amazing technology which will see the name of the island take to the skies.

The Institute of Technology and Renewable Energy, which is based under the huge white wind turbines on the Granadilla coast, has unveiled the prototype of a small solar plane which can be used to help combat emergencies. President of Tenerife Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior said the aircraft could help with surveillance in connection with border controls, fires, road congestion or accidents, major events, scientific studies or the management of any type of disaster. Under the project name PROMPT, it will have a wingspan of 16 metres and will be able to stay aloft independently and indefinitely, using only the sun’s energy through the installation of solar panels. Details were revealed at a ceremony attended by president of Tenerife Cabildlo, Ricardo Melchior, economic Deputy Minister of Economy and Competitiveness, Carlos Alonso and professor of the School of Aeronautical Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Madrid and the ITER Director, Manuel Cendagorta. The prototype will be named “Tenerife” and is seen as a great asset to the island, as well as another pioneering project. It will fly at an altitude of approximately 9,000 metres and reach a speed of 80km an hour so it will be able to cross the island in an hour. The prototype follows on from another smaller plane which had a wingspan of 5.3 metres. The design team has developed a flight simulator which allows them to test their ideas in virtual mode and in different settings, such as adverse weather conditions. Solar aircraft have many advantages including long-range flights without having to land or refuel, rapid availability and low cost in terms of manufacturing and operating, plus no risk to human life.

Family’s rescuer hailed a hero


resident of Arona is being hailed a hero after saving a mother and her two children from drowning in a dirty pond in Cabo Blanco.

Whilst the three recover from their near-fatal ordeal, local people are calling for action about this area of water which they feel is dangerous and needs to be urgently fenced. The drama has been reported in the Spanish press and the rescuer named as Roberto Muñoz León to whom the family say they owe their lives. The accident happened when a girl of eleven was feeding ducks but slipped into the water. Her mother jumped in to help her, even though she could not swim and then her son fell in as well. Luckily, Roberto was nearby and heard cries for help. He jumped into the water and with the help of other people, pulled the family out one by one and managed to resuscitate the mother who was taken to hospital, along with her daughter.


Huge value of black market cocaine


PANISH police have revealed the full extent of an international drugs ring which is believed to have moved around 12 million euros on the black market over a period of four years.

Last month, it has been revealed, the ring-leader of the gang was sent to prison for 18 years for his role in the sale and smuggling of cocaine. The investigation involved the Spanish and French authorities, having started in 2008 to combat cocaine trafficking from South America to Europe. It has culminated in the arrest of 30 people. Both Europol and Eurojust were involved. One of the first successes was the interception of a 15metre sailing boat which was stopped by the French authorities in the Caribbean in June 2010. On board, police found 1.4 tons of cocaine. A Swedish man was arrested and investigations then centred on his contacts and movements, revealing that he and his accomplices had set up a sophisticated link of

companies to launder money and to hide cash transfers and property purchases. The Spanish authorities froze several bank accounts and seized six million euros in five countries, including real estate investments, luxury cars and boats. It is estimated the gang moved around 12 million euros between 2007 and 2010 and the cocaine seized reached a black market value of between 418 and 468 million euros. The main figures of the organisation were in Colombia, the United States, France, French Guyana, Sweden and Spain. Last week, all the authorities involved in breaking the network held a meeting in Barcelona to evaluate how the case was handled and to see what lessons could be learnt.

Guanchinches will face police action



EW rules governing “guanchinche” restaurants in Tenerife are expected to come into force by the end of June.

The Canary Government says the consultation period is coming to an end and owners of these ad-hoc venues will have to register in a census in order to conduct their business. Each will have a maximum of four months in which to run

as a restaurant but there will be regular police checks and they will be closed down if they do not have a proper licence. The new regulations have caused some controversy as the guanchinches feel they are too strict and by their very nature they are supposed to be traditional places to eat and drink in a care-free manner. However, permanent restaurants had pressed for action, claiming they presented unfair competition. It is estimated there are around 400 guanchinches in Tenerife, particularly in the north. They are usually set up in family homes or their garages and serve homegrown food and wine. The new rules include health and safety requirements, training, licences, proper display boards and prices, a limit on what can be served, local wine only or water and duration (ie. closure when home-made wine has run out and certainly no longer than four months).






Bogus network promised huge loans


NOTHER major fraud believed to be widespread across Spain has been uncovered by the National Police.

So far, nine arrests have been made in various areas of the country in connection with a network which offered unsuspecting businessmen the chance to get a substantial mortgage or loan from foreign institutions. The claims were in fact false but the gang told wouldbe entrepreneurs they could get them millions of euros on the back of properties. However, to progress their case, they would have to make a down payment of between 500 and 20,000 euros which they never got back and never saw the loans materialise. Police said if the business people complained about the delay in getting their money, the gang said they had to be patient and if they continued to object, they would definitely never see their cash. It is believed at least 90 mortgage applications were being dealt with, all bogus, and at least 100,000 euros was netted. The investigation was

launched following complaints in Granada and it materialised that the network had cells of two to three people dotted all over Spain. They struck up friendships with business people and said they could act as an intermediary in getting

A ship, a captain and an escape


OU can run but you can’t hide” is the message which an English captain is about to find out.



substantial mortgages but would need deposits, mostly in cash but sometimes in the form of jewellery. The gang even forged document transactions and applications to make the procedures look authentic. Arrests have been made in Madrid, Jaén, Granada, Albacete, Guipúzcoa, Barcelona, Jaén and Cádiz.


Capital reviews its disaster plan


ANTA Cruz is updating its emergency action plan and has promised to involve people at the beginning, not at the end.

The capital says this approach is unique in the Canary Islands as members of the public will be an integral part of making it work. A series of workshops and talks has already started and will continue throughout the year. All risks will be addressed, including natural disasters, road or plane crashes, fires, hazardous substances and even pandemics. Mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez said the plan preparation was a pioneer in the archipelago and would involve experts from La Laguna University. Santa Cruz is among the handful of Spanish cities which have a 24-hour operational co-ordination centre.

The unusual case of the “Defender” has hit the Spanish headlines several times over the last few weeks and the saga is far from over. It all started in mid-April when the ex-British Navy ship had to come into dock in Los Cristianos because of a fault. Suspecting irregularities, the authorities ordered the boat into Santa Cruz and accompanied it on the journey. However, a few weeks after docking in the capital, the “Defender ” suddenly left without permission. It had been constantly guarded by the Civil Guard and port police but was able to escape, it is understood, because of the lack of adequate resources. Since then, the boat has been detected in the waters of Senegal where it was allegedly helping to combat illegal fishing following a contract with the Government. The Harbour Master of Santa Cruz has confirmed the captain will face a charge of disobedience on top of the 40,000 euros fine for the original irregularities.

Rivero acts to pacify Gran Canaria RESIDENT of the Canary Government, Paulino Rivero has pledged 200 million euros to stop “the rebellion” in Gran Canaria.

There is a major row on the island over the ban on new four-star hotels which many are very unhappy about as they say investors would prefer to build these and not five-star ones as permitted. Upgrading of facilities will, however, be allowed. Responding to criticism of the new tourism law, Paulino Rivero said the Government intended to sign an agreement with the European Investment Bank later this month to release 200 million euros to mo-

Rescue drama on Guaza mountain


young child was caught up in a drama on the Guaza mountain last week.

Fire-fighters had to be called in following a 1-1-2 alert raised after children got into difficulty whilst playing in the area. The call was made about 8pm and when they went to the scene, they found a youngster below the age of 13 had become trapped in a pit about two metres deep. The three children had apparently entered it to try and put out a fire but after extinguishing it, one of them was unable to get out. The child was taken to hospital in the south suffering from mild smoke inhalation. Police, the National Police and other members of the emergency services were involved in the rescue.

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dernise tourism destinations. With 15 projects planned, this would give Gran Canaria a total of 7,000 beds in fourstar accommodation. The loan is actually for 100 million euros but Sr. Rivero said it was in practice double that amount because of the involvement of private enterprise. He stressed the importance of improving tourist competitiveness, describing it as the most important challenge faced by the Canary Islands.






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“Valores”, a trusted name in gold shops


HERE are so many “gold” shops in Tenerife that if you have jewellery to trade in, where on earth do you go?

Why not try a new arrival on the Los Cristianos scene? “ Valores” (which means “Values”) has just opened in the town but has a pedigree of success with a presence in Spain, Portugal and

France. In the last year, shops have opened in Tenerife where there are now eight agencies (Santa Cruz: Calle Castillo and Plaza Weyler, Taco, L os Majuelos, L a Cuesta, San Isidro, Adeje

FURTHER OPENING and Los Cristianos). The intention is soon to open in the other islands of the archipelago. “Values” is very much the brand image of this business in the Canary Islands and the aim is to give customers exactly that, together with a trusted service. The company has been

engaged for several years in the marketing and recycling of precious metals, mainly gold. Its main objective is to provide consumers a trusted, safe and convenient way to sell items of gold, platinum, silver and jewels in exchange for money. It also offers online shopping on its website of

Morocco praises Tegueste’s trading campaign


Tegueste is very much a benchmark for such projects as the Farmers’ and Artisan Market, its open trade zone and the way it carries out regular inspections at dozens of locations. The delegation from Morocco was shown around the town and had meetings with the council and traders to pick up invaluable tips. They were also interested in the new regulations about the guanchinche restaurants.


EGUESTE’S campaign to rid the municipality of illegal street traders has generated interest from an unusual source, namely Morocco.

The town was surprised but delighted to receive an official delegation from Agadir of business representatives interested in following their example.

North airport homes need sound-proofing


ESIDENTS living around Tenerife’s north airport have raised new issues regarding sound-proofing of their homes.

Their complaints are not connected with the recent decision to extend the opening hours of Los Rodeos by 15 minutes in the morning and an hour at night as they say they accept this. What they do contend, however, is that extensive sound-proofing of homes agreed in 2007 has not been completed and they estimate 60% of the work is outstanding. They have also refuted claims that the delay is due to owners

not putting in the requests. Representatives met with the airport authority, AENA and complained that 287 homes still need to be sound-proofed. They are also worried about the budget as they quote a figure of 4.1 million euros in the budget for 2011 but nothing for 2012. A request was also made for a review of the acoustic footprint around the airport as the residents say some homes were left out.


Arona asks for help over “gruas”


RONA council has asked the Court of Auditors of the Canary Islands to intervene as it faces another problem with a municipal con-


This time, the subject is the “gruas” or cranes which tow away cars which are illegally parked or abandoned. The service is said to be in a precarious situation or virtually non-existent, although the municipal grua is still operating. The contract has twice been declared void. Arona wants the Court of Auditors to clarify how the problem with the collection and custody of vehicles on the roads can be solved. Finance councillor, Candelaria Padrón said they wanted to know if the contract has to go out to tender again or whether it can be awarded to an interested company direct. The council hopes the decision will be made known this month. Opposition councillors say they are very unhappy about this latest problem with a contract as the situation with the sunbeds on the beaches has not yet been solved.








La Laguna cuts Los Realejos backs Santa Rita fiesta budget


this organisation which helped around 100 older people in the municipality. The local council approved a grant worth 20,000 euros for this current financial year. The Foundation, said Sr. Domínguez, was one of the

A Laguna council says it has no choice this year but to slash its budget for fiesta expenditure.

The house-keeping measures will affect various areas of the municipality and their traditional events. However, the council says it does not think it will have serious visible repercussions as the gap will be met in various ingenious ways by residents and organisers. A spokesman said groups had been ver y understanding about the cuts as they realised the council had only limited resources and had to put other priorities first. Councillor for fiestas, Cruci Díaz said they were looking

at all aspects of fiestas, such as the trophies which were usually presented to sound systems. “It does not mean we will stop celebrating our fiestas,” said the councillor. “ We understand they are the driving force of the local economy and they draw attention to our culture and to La Laguna.” To mitigate the effects of the cuts, private sponsorship and collaboration agreements will be sought and individual groups will embark on more fund-raising.

Tourists to become eco-friendly ARONA CAMPAIGN


OLIDAY-MAKERS who choose Arona as their destination will be invited to take part in environmental awareness programmes.

From July, special events will be staged, such as beach cleaning and talks about the value of the coast. The local council has teamed up with Travelife to launch a new programme which focuses on the promotion of sustainable tourism. Arona councillors for the environment and tourism, Antonio Sosa and Evelin Santos attended a meeting with representatives of tour operators, TUI, Thomas Cook and Cosmos. It is planned to involve hotels and tourists this summer.


OS Realejos has pledged its commitment to Canary Foundation Hogar Santa Rita.

The Mayor, Manuel Domínguez said they “could

not close their eyes” to the fantastic work carried out by

Laguna’s message


A Laguna is forging ahead with plans to try and become European Youth Capital in 2016.

Young people have helped to produce a seven-minute video which shows how the municipality would tackle the challenge if picked by a jury later this year. Their message would aim to bring everyone together, regardless of colour, culture or creed.

leaders in the provision of services to the elderly, those with specific difficulties and the care of people affected by Alzheimer’s. The grant will help the home with maintenance, services, materials or expenses.


Seeing the Solstice in style

Stowaway surprises port police



LLEGAL immigrants try to reach Spain in all sorts of clandestine ways but even police were sur prised by one attempt.

A 48-year-old Algerian man stowed away on a ferry leaving Morocco and hid behind the giant propellers for the whole journey. He had intended to jump into the ocean before it reached the shore. Customs officers say another technique is to hide in confined spaces in vehicles which is also potentially very dangerous to

the stowaway as they could suffocate. The Algerian man has been arrested for violating the Immigration Act which brings the total number of people arrested so far this year at the port of Tarifa in Cádiz to 61. The Canar y Islands has also seen stowaway attempts at the ports but mainly, illegal immigrants try to reach the archipelago in small boats.

Arrests for fake notes’ scam



F you would like to welcome in the Summer Solstice in style, there is no better place to be than the Ethnographic Park at the Guimar Pirámides.

The date of Friday, June 21st is one of the most anticipated dates in their calendar. Doors open at 6.45pm and admission is free. There will be an accompanied tour of the pyramids where you can observe, weather permitting, the journey of the sun behind the fascinating structures. This curious phenomenon caught the attention of the Institute of Astrophysics who discovered and confirmed the alignment of the pyramids with th summer and winter solstices. More information is available on 922-514510 or visit

New trade body formed in Puerto

ATIONAL Police have broken up two gangs dedicated to the counterfeiting and circulation of fake 50 euros notes in Spain and Portugal. There have so far been eleven arrests and fake sheets of 50 euros notes amounting to 120,000 euros have been seized. One of the gangs operated from Madrid and Badajoz and had managed to circulate at least 350,000 euros of fake notes. The other network was based in Mérida and used false bills in shops. The counterfeit notes in this case were being produced in a private home where police found printing equipment and further sheets of half-prepared ten and 20 euros notes. The arrests are considered to be a major breakthrough as the counterfeits were of high quality.


new organisation has been formed in Puerto de la Cruz to help make local trade more competitive.

The Trade Sector Council was formally established last week and will act as a business sector advisory body. The emphasis will be on participation and information. Members of the public will be encouraged to get involved so that the commercial sector can be part of municipal affairs. Various trade organisations

in Puerto will be represented, including the Zona Centro de Puerto de la Cruz and the North Circle of Entrepreneurs. Commerce councillor, Lope Afonso said this was an ideal opportunity to continue to interact with businesses of the town, defend their interests and make joint proposals to improve the quality and competitiveness of trade.




It’s simply magic in Arona Arona is full of magic this June!


HE municipality is hosting a Festival of Magic 2013 throughout this month with events and activities in various locations.

The initiative is being promoted by Arona council’s culture department chaired by Miguel Ángel Méndez. The programme includes all sorts of magic, such as mentalism, classic and burlesque and promises a large dose of humour and special features for children. The remaining days and locations of the festival are:  Thursday, June 20th at 7pm, Calle Flor del Sur Guargacho  Friday, June 21st at 8.30pm, Plaza de la Iglesia de Buzanada  Saturday, June 22nd, 8.30pm, Parque Infantil de Las Galletas  Thursday, June 27th, 7pm, Plaza de Guaza  Friday, June 28th at 8.30pm, Plaza de La Paz de Arona town  Saturday, June 29th at 8.30pm, Plaza Exterior Centro Cultural Parque de La Reina

The Festival will come to a close on June 30th in the church square of Los Cristianos where for the first time in the Canary Islands, prize-winning magician Jorge Luengo will entertain.

Sad news from Orca Ocean at Loro Parque


ITH the same joy and pride with which Loro Parque announced the birth of the second baby orca in Spain, last August 3rd, today with enormous regret we inform you of the sad demise of Vicky, who with so much emotion and affection, the team of OrcaOcean cared for in her 10 months of life. Vicky stood out as a playful, agile and intelligent youngster, and an animal that won the hearts of the entire team of Orca Ocean and of the visitors that knew her during this time.

Double party-time in Santa Cruz S


ANTA Cruz is to go one step further with its initiative to revitalise the capital with “open” Sundays.

The fourth event of “Come to Santa Cruz” will be on July 6 th and 7 th as it will be combined with a festival of music and art called “Act Santa Cruz”. The Mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez said this fiesta had been held in other cities across Spain and it was now the turn of Tenerife. The prime aim was to make sure the streets of Santa Cruz were filled with people and that shops were open to encourage spending. This in turn would bring huge

benefits to the whole city. Two events, he said, was the perfect excuse for Santa Cruz to be packed with life, visitors and shoppers. Around 500 artists will take part in the festival and there will be more than 16 hours of outdoor performances in four different areas. Chief executive of the Development Corporation, Florentino Guzmán said the aim of this double initiative was to turn Santa Cruz into the cultural capital of the Canary Islands and to provide the largest-ever

showcase of art. Last year, Santa Cruz hosted “Expresarte” which was a great success but this festival goes one step further in its

ambitions. On Saturday, July 6 th , activities will run from 11am to 8pm and on Sunday, July 7th, from 11am to 6pm.


Masts come down in Santa Cruz


pledge to “get tough” on illegal phone masts is being met by Santa Cruz city council.

The planning department has managed to achieve the removal of at least half a dozen unauthorised antenna and cases are open on 20 others. Deputy Mayor and planning councillor, José Ángel Martín said he hoped some of these would be resolved in the next few months. Recent successes include the removal of an illegal mast in the El Sobradillo district of the capital and a stop notice on another in calle Calabria en María Jiménez before it became operational. The council gives operating companies the chance to dismantle the masts on a voluntary basis which many are doing. If not, the case is taken to court and Sr. Martin said they would have no hesitation in following this course of action.


Showcase for Canary cuisine Top chefs have moved “Heaven and Earth” to showcase fantastic food

The reasons for this sudden death are still not known, but the veterinarians and experts are working on the necropsy to determine the causes. In recent days the OrcaOcean team, which every day cares for the animals and monitors all their movements, had noticed changes in her behaviour. For this reason, the leading experts in the field were consulted, including the chief veterinarian of Sea World who came especially from the United States to perform a check on Vicky.

Red-handed arrest


OLICE caught a burglar red-handed as he tried to break into a bakery in Santa Cruz.

The man was wearing a balaclava and had tools with him to break locks or force open doors. Later, it emerged he had used the same technique on at least six other premises along Las Ramblas.

Cannabis plants


resident of Arona has been charged with a crime against public health after police found 150 cannabis plants in his home.

The man’s house, near the school in Cabo Blanco, was raided by the police and Civil Guard.

Ángel León Cheers with Puente de Salceda 2009 from Chivite Group


HE gastronomic event “Cielo Mar & Terra” featured Angel León who is one of the leading chefs of southern Spain and whose philosophy is to maximise the full potential of all the products from the sea. The event took place at the Hotel Royal Sun Resort, in Los Gigantes and as well as “Chef del Mar” Angel, included the involvement of Carlos Gamonal, who surprised with traditional Canary recipes, and Leonor Mederos. Leonor is the

driving force behind the first National Gastronomic Congress Heaven, Sea and Earth” which will be held in the Canary Islands in 2014. Ángel León thanked the organisers for this fourth showcase as the prelude to the Congress and thanked them for

the opportunity of coming to Tenerife. He stressed how much the island had to give in terms of gastronomy and praised the organisation Canarias Gour-met! Carlos Gamonal also stressed the importance of such an informal gastronomic event in honour of the marine world. Angel has written a special report on marine cooking of the 21st century which he will be presenting to important

national and international conferences. He also revealed exciting news of the discovery of “marine sugar” by his restaurant team and which they will soon be using in dishes in their restaurant of Puerto de Santa Maria (Cádiz) Aponiente. Events like Heaven, Sea and Earth not only puts gastonomy under the spotlight but represents an important way of communicating Canary cuisine around the world.







Carnival seeks 2014 poster


ANTA Cruz has its Carnival theme for 2014, now it needs an official poster.

Entries are being sought and can be submitted up until July 15 , the city council has announced. A vote on the Carnival website opted in favour of “Cartoons” so the winning poster must reflect this. Those interested can find full details on or A panel of judges will draw up a shortlist of five posters and Carnival fans will be able to vote again, this time for the winning entry which will become the “public face” of the 2014 festivities. th

“Citizen’s Day” in El Fraile


ORE than 1,000 residents joined in a “Citizen’s Day” organised by Arona Council.

El Fraile was chosen as the venue, with various activities being offered, including creative workshops, sports, talks, discussions and initiatives to encourage volunteers. Councillor for citizenship, Eva Luz Cabrera said one of the aims was to bring people closer together and to promote a “sense of belonging” to Arona.

Bollywood interest A toast to Tenerife’s in Tenerife wines


The finest wines of La Orotava La Orotava has been toasting the fine wines of the municipality


OULD Bollywood be on its way to Tenerife? It’s certainly a possibility after the island presented its many charms and advantages to a top producer.

F you enjoy good wine, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Tenerife origin.

Experts say the 2013 yield has been good for the island, producing some very decent results, both white and red. Javier Luengo Vecilla is a taster for the prestigious Peñín guide to the wines of Spain which is published each year. He recently visited Tenerife’s Wine Museum to give his verdict on wines produced not just here but on the other Canar y Islands as well. Producers hope their wines will find their way into the catalogue later this year. Sr. Luengo said Tenerife had gone through some difficult wine-growing seasons with various compli-cations but the island’s rich range of varieties was enviable at a time when the bulk of Spain was struggling for diversity. In this sense, the Canary Islands had great potential for developing its own

identity. He had special praise for the sweet wines. The Peñín guide is distributed in more than 20 countries and is in Spanish, English and German. If you would like your own tastings, Tenerife Wine Museum (Casa del Vino) at El Sauzal is well worth a visit. See

Mukesh Bahtt is president of the Film and Producers Guild of India which encompasses 144 production companies. The meeting took place in Spain when he was told about the various opportunities available in the country. In the case of Tenerife, he showed particular interest in the tax incentives. Tenerife has becoming increasingly popular as a film location in recent years, thanks

to the hard work of Tourism of Tenerife and the Tenerife Film Commission. Over the last year, the Commission has helped nearly 100 national and international audio-visual productions, filming which produced a 12 million euros spin-off for the island. Recent blockbusters filmed here include “Clash of the Titans”, “Wrath of the Titans” and “Fast and Furious 6”.

Anaga pathways to be restored


LD walking routes in the historic district of Anaga are to be catalogued and restored.

Santa Cruz council has announced details of a new project which will involve the University of La Laguna and long-time residents of the area. They are being asked to contribute their knowledge of old pathways so that others may follow them as a new tourist attraction. The project, expected to be complete by December, will culminate in a catalogue of walks. The Mayor of Santa Cruz, José Manuel Bermúdez said it was hoped to extend this project to other parts of the city and generate more tourism and economic growth. The plan includes the restoration of an important pathway linking San Andrés and Taganana. Walkers will be able to admire one of the largest palm groves on the island and the 17th century Taganana parsonage which lies in ruins since being abandoned in 1995.


ACH year, the town hosts a wine competition which is now in its 30th year. It has become a benchmark for wine quality and this year was extra important because of the launch of a new book. “La Viña y el Vino en el Valle de La Orotava” (“The Vineyards and the Wine of the Valley of La Orotava) turns the spotlight on the wines of the region, the traditions and history. The competition involved two days of tastings of 60 red wines in four categories. If you enjoy good wine, then perhaps you might like to taste one of the winners in the various categories. They were:

CATEGORY: TINTOS MACERACIÓN CARBÓNICA 1º Presas de Ocampo. Bodega Presas Ocampo. D.O. Tacoronte- Acentejo 2º Arautava Kryos. Bodegas El Penitente. D.O. Valle de La Orotava

CATEGORY: TINTOS JÓVENES 1º Los Quemados. Bodegas Reverón. D.O. Abona 2º Tagara. Bodegas Insulares de Tenerife. D.O. Ycoden-DauteIsora 3º Tanganillo. Bodegas El Penitente. D.O. Valle de La Orotava.

CATEGORY: TINTOS NOBLES 1º CAN. Bodegas Tajinaste. D.O. Valle de La Orotava. 2º Flor de Chasna. Bodega Cumbres de Abona. D.O. Abona. 3º Contiempo Tinto Barrica. Bodega Arca de Vitis. D.O. Valle de Guimar

Farmers market AT SANTA ÚRSULA TOWN HALL EXPLANADE Saturdays / 8:00 am - 14:00 pm

CATEGORY: TINTOS DULCES 1º Humboldt. Bodegas Insulares de Tenerife. D.O. TacoronteAcentejo 2º Pagos de Reverón. Bodegas Reverón. D.O. Abona

CATEGORY: COSECHEROS TRADICIONALES DE LA OROTAVA 1º José Ángel Celorrio Dorta 2º Bernardino Hernández Trujillo. 3º Felipe González García





Sunshine for two hour procession Special approach TEGUESTE CARPETS

to Corpus Christi


ROUND 10,000 people flocked in to Granadilla de Abona for one of the biggest and busiest fiestas in the south of Tenerife.

The Romeria in honour of San Antonio de Padua, celebrating its 37th edition, featured 35 floats and 25 folk groups from all parts of the island. The procession, which took place after the traditional church service and offerings to the patron saint, was so long it took two hours to meander through the town’s streets. As per tradition, food and drink was offered to visitors and Granadilla looked lovely in the sunshine. Many of the onlookers followed the example of participants by wearing Canary costumes. An added bonus was a craft fair in the plaza González Mena where there were 17 stands selling items like jewellery, honey, cheese, Mojo sauce and breads.



ESIDENTS of the Pedro Álvarez district of Tegueste put their own stamp on the traditional Corpus Christi celebrations.

Following on from the main events in the town and in El Portezuelo and El Socorro, hundreds of local people once again created their own “carpet pictures”. Twenty tapestries were created using materials such

Lions accolade for Cabildo president


HE president of Tenerife Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior has received the highest accolade from the International Lions Club.

as flowers, heather and “marmolina” or powdered marble (7,000 kilos in all). A church service was followed by a procession led by the musical group San Marcos Evangelista under Benigno Cedrés.

He was presented with the Melvin Jones distinction in recognition of his humanity and personal involvement with the organisation. The award was made by the president of the Board of Governors, Arturo Carrio in the presence of other leading members of the Lions movement. During the event, the charter of the new Lions Club of Santa Cruz de Tenerife which will meet in the Hotel Mencey was also delivered and badges presented to new members. The Lions Club is represented in more than 205 countries and has 1.3 million members. The distinction given to Sr. Melchior comes from the founder, Melvin Jones who set up the first club in Illinois in 1917.

La Orotava comes alive with Tenerife Sur Lions twins with colour Warsaw Lions Club



six-hour procession was the highlight of the Romeria de San Isidro de La Orotava.

More than 85 carts took part in this annual tradition which attracted a massive crowd of around 40,000 people. This was the farewell to the Corpus Christi celebrations which saw the historic centre covered by magnificent sand “paintings”, harvest wines, the dance of the Magos and the cattle fair. It was the 78th edition of the romeria and Canary food and wine flowed to the sound of folk bands, guitars, drums and dances. The procession started at 2pm and was so long, it only finished its route at 8pm.

The day had started with church services and the offering of produce from the fields and then included the transfer of the images of San Isidro and Santa María de la Cabeza from the church. This was followed by another Mass, dancing to folk groups and then a grand firework display. As usual, La Orotava was decorated for the occasion with balconies and windows adorned with rugs, tablecloths, shawls, farm implements, straw hats, wicker baskets and poles festooned with colourful ribbons.


HE Lions June business meeting marked a new milestone in the club’s twenty-seven year history in Tenerife.

Just prior to the meeting itself the club established a twinning relationship with the Warsaw (Warszawa Arka) Lions Club in Poland. There was another first for the club and possibly the Lions in that the twinning ceremony was conducted via a live audio/visual link between the two clubs. Although there was an invitation for the ceremony to be held in Poland, the time constraints of the busy June/July club schedule made this extremely difficult so the audio/visual link was conceived as a unique alternative. With both clubs viewing the proceedings Tenerife Sur Lions’ President Norman Goodall MBE opened the ceremony with an address where he expressed the importance of remembering that in agreeing to work together for the benefit of the clubs, Lions should not lose sight of the common objective, that of serving individual communities. “In doing this, we are opening the boundaries of our abilities and our expertise to a much wider mission of help and assistance

in our respective areas”, he said Following a reciprocal address by the Warsaw club’s lady President Mrs Dr Janina Stanska-Staniewska the twinning documents affirming each clubs commitment to a mutual cooperation, support and friendship were signed. There followed a presentation of flowers for the Warsaw Lions President on behalf of Tenerife Sur Lions Club and a toast by both clubs to each other’s success and to their future friendship. Tenerife Sur Lions would like to express their thanks to the Paradise Park Hotel for the venue and its assistance with the link up, in particular to their technician David for his help and expertise with setting up the equipment. - Thank you.






Music Festival to champion anti-oil campaign



UERTEVENTURA’S annual Music Festival on July 5th and 6th is to champion the cause of two major campaigns, as well as presenting entertainment.


Valle Gran Rey needs weekly ferry


“Fuerteventura en Música” will feature a wide and varied selection of artists from all backgrounds and musical styles. This year, however, the island has been involved in two big controversies, namely the fight against oil drilling off its coast and the protests about the expansion of military facilities. Organisers, Fuerteventura Cabildo say the spotlight will be turned on these two issues as a call is made for an environmentally-friendly society and renewable energies. The musical festival is in its tenth year and has the backing of Caja Rural de Canarias. It will be held on the beach of La Concha in the town of El Cotillo (La Oliva). Councillor for culture, Juan Jiménez said this beach location was unrivalled because of its beauty and was the perfect place to bring all nationalities together. The call for integration of cultures and nature conservation would again be its theme and from a music point of view would be an event not to be missed. The choice of the beach also showed that nature and entertainment could work in harmony without detriment to the surroundings. “Fuerteventura en Música” also brings in thousands of tourists and showcases the islands natural beauty and attractions. To keep up to date, see

OTELIERS are urging the ferry companies to travel into Valle Gran Rey on La Gomera at least once a week.

Ashotel says it has already approached Naviera Armas and Fred Olsen about the idea and believes it will be considered rather than rejected as a non-starter. The hotel employers’ association feels a ferry calling into Valle Gran Rey would provide a much-needed boost to this side of the island and help promote tourism. In December, the harbour town of Vueltas is also due to

receive its first cruise ships so the two could prove complementary. Ashotel says that although La Gomera did suffer as a result of the fires last year, accommodation bookings had recovered and prospects for the summer looked good. However, if maritime and air connections were improved, especially from south of Tenerife, this would give a further boost.

Drug sales near beach Plans unveiled for unique diving zone WRECK AND REEF



HE Philippe Cousteau Foundation has signed a co-operation agreement with La Palma Cabildo for an exciting new project.

Details were revealed at a joint press conference attended by representatives of both bodies who expect work to start on a new diving attraction later this year. The zone will include an artificial reef and an old wreck of 56 metres in length which will be relocated from the sea-bed off Gran Canaria between Tazacorte and Tijarafe. Cabildo president, Guadalupe González said they had been working on a diving project for La Palma for years. He felt the island had enormous potential in this sector but it had never been properly exploited or developed. The signing of the

agreement was a big step forward and the Cabildo was delighted to welcome the involvement of the Foundation as it had previously been trying to achieve something alone. The whole project will focus on sustainable diving with the greatest care for the environment and the ocean. Foundation president, Gabriel Portal Antón said the creation of a Marine Fitness Zone (ZAM) with the sinking of a wreck would enable two things: creating world class diving and contributing to the economic development of the environment. There were few diving wrecks in Spain, he added, so the project would put La Palma on the international map. The old wreck will be sunk in November and it should start to show signs of growing marine life within six months although it will take about two years for an artificial reef to be formed. However, divers will be able to visit it long before this.


OLICE who arrested four people for alleged drug trafficking found a warehouse full of drugs just 100 yards metres from their point of sale.

Their investigation began following complaints about drug deals being made in the Playa del Inglés area, one of the most popular resorts of Gran Canaria. Drug distribution was apparently being carried out in various parts of the beach and entertainment zones. As well as making the four arrests, police seized 300 grams of hashish and ten grams of amphetamines which, they said, were ready and waiting for distribution. One address was being used for sales and the apartment nearby was acting as a drugs warehouse.

Army’s withdrawal “would be dangerous”


HE Popular Party has entered the row over the extent of the military presence on Fuerteventura.

A campaign is mounting against expansion of barracks on the island, with many wanting the Army to pull out altogether. But the PP says this would be a foolish thing to do and has reminded anti-military campaigners that “less than 100 kilometres away, serious things are happening”. The issue was debated in the Senate following a motion presented by the Canary Coalition which wants to see land taken by the forces reclaimed by Fuerteventura. PP Senator, Óscar Luzardo said that a year ago, a military group supported by Al Qaeda had tried to instigate a coup just 1,300 kilometres from the Canary Islands. He gave his full support to the presence of the Army on the island and said they should not withdraw.






Shocking toll of Lanzarote Give a little whistle on brothel ring TOURISM PLANS



ATIONAL Police have urged women who might have been affected by a brutal prostitution ring based in Lanzarote to get in


They have not ruled out further arrests in an investigation which began last October and has spanned several countries, including Romania, Switzerland and Germany. The shocking circumstances involve the “capture” of vulnerable women who thought they were coming to Spain for jobs as cleaners or bar staff but were then forced into a life of vice. If they failed to comply with the gang’s orders, they were regularly beaten, with many of the women suffering severe lower back injuries. So far, 16 people have been arrested in Lanzarote for the

sexual exploitation of women in strip clubs and a warrant issued for the leader. Police say the network was tightly controlled as webcams were installed in all the premises so that regular checks could be made on activities. These brothels were in the Canary Islands, the Balearics and Levante, as well as in several cities in Germany and Switzerland. The investigation began when two women walked into the police station in Arrecife (Lanzarote) claiming to be victims of the criminal organisation. The leader would change his location on a regular basis, often being


based in Romania, Switzerland and Germany but travelling to and from Lanzarote. The women were particularly targeted in Romania because of their poor conditions and did not realise until their arrival in Spain that they would become prostitutes. The gang would tell them they owed considerable amounts of money for their journey and keep and forced them to pay off the debt. They were often given drugs which were also distributed in the clubs. Five private homes in Lanzarote were raided and two clubs closed down. Police seized 8,000 euros in cash, drugs, a stun gun, several knives and various documents. Police want any other victims to phone on 900105090.

La Gomera


string of new initiatives is being planned to bring more tourists to La Gomera.

Tourism chiefs say they are working on a number of projects, despite a limited budget, to show visitors the beauty and histor y of the island. It is hoped to introduce a number of new themed tours, starting with a “Discovery” trail, and to make more of the traditional whistling language “Silbo”. This was a way of communicating across barrancos on the island in yesteryear but many people still retain the art. Tourism councillor for the Cabildo, Fernando Méndez believes it must not become a dying language and there should be lessons for young people. He says tourists are fascinated when they hear Silbo and it should become part of the attractions La Gomera offers. Other plans include improvement of tourist information facilities, particularly through new technology, and language training for those involved in tourism businesses. The island’s network of trails will also be improved with more than 600 kilometres being targeted.


Green groups Over-40s without jobs “are invisible” T oppose golf course plans HE Canary Government has been urged to create a special programme to help the over40s get back into the world of employment.


NVIRONMENTALISTS on La Palma believe plans for a new golf course will start to erode the island’s special blend of attractions.

They say the island is not built on the so-called “mass tourism” of entertainment, large hotels, golf courses, marinas, sand, sun and sea. Rather, it wants to draw in people who value the landscape, the peace and quiet, its nature and biodiversity which all contribute to its title as a World Biosphere Reserve. A number of green organisations have united to oppose any golf course application. They include La Palma’s Assembly of Ecologists, Ben Magec, La Centinela and Tagoror Friends of Fuencaliente. They believe a golf course with adjoining hotel facilities would represent a socio-environmental attack on La Palma and invade the two important territories of Cumbre Vieja and Tamanca. A golf course would also affect agricultural land and compromise ethnographic values. The groups believe residents of La Palma have been expressing their opposition to the changing face of tourism for some time. They also fear creation of a golf course would adversely affect hiking trails, including the volcano route, as well as the annual sporting challenge of the Transvulcania run.

The plea was made by the platform “Compromise for Gran Canaria” following the announcement that jobless figures have increased again. The group says the archipelago is facing its “greatest

economic col-lapse” and those over the age of 40 are suffering the most. These were people who had worked for at least 20 years and now found themselves on the dole with families to support.

Compromise President, Nardy Barrios said the Government, Gran Canaria Cabildo and Las Palmas city council had to act with urgency. They should instigate special programmes to help this age group, rather than “abandoning” them. Sr. Bar rios said these experienced people were going from company to

company looking for a job but without any response. They wanted to work and had vast experience to give back to the countr y, yet seemed to be invisible to the Government. The platform is suggesting creation of special training courses and grant aid for this age group to get back into the labour force.


Train project is “useless, expensive and wasteful” The Cabildo of Gran Canaria is being urged to invest in people, not a new train track


BJECTORS to the project say it is a waste of money at a time when the archipelago is going through its worst-ever crisis. They are also asking: “What is wrong with buses?”

This latest attack has come from the organisation “Compromise for Gran Canaria” which has severely criticised expenditure on train studies which, they say, has amounted to 24 million euros. The platform believes the Cabildo is now seriously considering progressing with the scheme at a cost of 1,500 million euros. This amount is described as “as a complete waste of money, terribly expensive and wasteful” considering the present crisis. Compromise president, Nardy Barrios said there were 300,000 people without work in the Canary Islands, contributions had been lost to the Social Security system, there were more than 25,500 people over the age of 45 without jobs and the Food Bank, Cáritas and Red Cross could not cope with feeding all the disadvantaged families. Sr. Barrios said the island had a bus service which worked perfectly well and did not involve taking away land. It was therefore totally unacceptable to spend 24,000 million euros on train studies. “We must invest in people,” he said. “We must initiate projects to create jobs, to support young people and those over 45 and provide better services but none of this is being done. What is proposed by the Cabildo is a useless and expensive train which will ruin Gran Canaria.”






Hollywood boost for La Gomera


NOTHER Hollywood blockbuster is expected to bring a massive boost to La Gomera.

The island has been chosen for filming of the adventure movie “In the Heart of the Sea” which is based on the true story which inspired Moby Dick. Tourism chiefs anticipate the spin-off value for La Gomera will be around five million euros, together with a huge boost for its appeal for natural holidays in an unspoilt setting. The film will be produced by the Oscar-winning American director, Ron Howard who was responsible for “Apollo 13”, “The Da Vinci Code” and “A Beautiful Mind”. Filming will start in October and will generate more than 150 direct jobs in terms of preparation work such as

painters, plumbers, masons, carpenters and electricians. Roles for extras are also anticipated. Tourism councillor, Victor Chinea said La Gomera would provide every help possible as the film would project a magnificent image of the island. It would serve as a platform for the wonderful climate, friendly people and hospitality and hopefully generate more interest from Hollywood. Around 300 professionals and crew are expected to be on the island for around two months. An access road will be constructed to the filming base and little inconvenience is expected to tourists.


Tourists could seek safety in Canaries


NREST in Turkey could well provide another tourism boost for the Canary Islands.

Travel agents say holiday-makers might be put off going to the destination because of the riots against the government. They believe these people will look at the Canaries instead because of its good weather and safety factor. The boom might not equate to the so-called “Arab spring” which the islands enjoyed during the summer of 2011 but numbers could be significant enough to make a difference. President of the Federation of Travel Agents, Rafael Gallego said the archipelago

had to be ready for extra visitors and he has already been in direct contact with some of the big hotels. The Federation has been warning Spanish holidaymakers not to travel to potential trouble spots and locations such as Istanbul and Ankara have recorded drops of up to 40% in bookings. The Canary Government says the islands would always have capacity to take extra visitors in the event of unrest elsewhere and was pleased to offer a safe and secure destination.

Bringing the Spanish back to Lanzarote


ANZAROTE has embarked on a major campaign to win back Spanish holiday-makers.

The goal is to reclaim domestic visitors lost because of the economic crisis. In 2012, the island was visited by 292,960 tourists from the mainland, 20.3% fewer than in 2011. The Cabildo has just announced a new deal which will open up Lanzarote from nine airports in Spain, including Malaga, Seville, Valencia, Bilbao and Valldolid. Barceló Viajes will offer 15,000 air seats. In addition, the tour operators of Barceló Viajes, Quelónea and Jolidey, have included Lanzarote in its programme tailored for the Spanish visitor. Selling points are the island’s sand, sea, first-class accommodation, nautical sports, rural attractions and family leisure. Tourism councillor, Luis Arráez said it was crucial for Lanzarote to recover national tourism and it was hoped the new flights would be full. Ricardo Fernández for Barceló Viajes said the island offered top quality at competitive prices and was undeniably an attractive destination.

La Gomera on Acid attack shocks Gran Canaria full-scale fire alert A


A Gomera is on full-scale fire alert with effect from June 17th to the end of October.

The island’s Cabildo is allocating one million euros to the fire-fighting campaign which includes an urgent “be vigilant” alert to residents and tourists. Owners of farms, fincas and rural properties are being told to clear all shrubs and debris for at least 15 metres around the perimeters of buildings and people wanting to camp will need a licence. There are also strict regulations concerning bonfires, camp-fires, access to certain woodland, dumping of rubbish

and launching balloons or anything containing fire. This current period is classified as high risk but the alert can be heightened or decreased depending on weather factors. Last summer’s heatwave fanned a devastating fire on the island which is only just recovering and the authorities want to do everything within their power to avoid a repeat. Meetings have been held with all the emergency services and these will be ongoing.

Canaries pursue electric car campaign


ANZAROTE is seeking funds to make all 200 vehicles on the tiny neighbouring island of La Graciosa electric.

It is part of the campaign to diversify away from the traditional type of cars to save both fuel and the impact on the environment. El Hierro has already signalled its aim to become a totally green island and electricity company, Endesa intends to install ten recharging points. At the moment, El Hierro only has three of the 12 stations which are dotted around the archipelago. The various plans were revealed by the Canar y Government’s Director General for Industry and Energy, María Antonia Moreno who stressed the electric car had many advantages. It was intended to seek partnerships between the private and public sector to encourage more of these, as well as cars run on gas. There are only 30 of these currently in use in the Canaries but the Government says it only costs around 1,500 euros to have a car converted to gas consu-mption rather than petrol. El Hierro has about 5,000 cars, with an average daily journey of 25 kilometres and average speed of 40km per hour. The Canary Govern-ment says these statistics make electric cars even more attractive, especially for tourists. Two industries suggested for change are taxis and hire cars because this would create substantial fuel savings. Hotels could also eventually have charging points for electric cars to help with the tourism trade.

shocking incident has led to the arrest of a Nigerian man in Gran Canaria. Police have revealed that a month ago, the wife of the suspect had acid sprayed into her face. The attack happened during a journey to Nigeria and was carried out by a young person. It is alleged that the husband arranged for it to happen.

The woman, who is 30 and also Nigerian, suffered severe burns to her face and body. She was taken to the University Hospital in Gran Canaria where she is recovering from her injuries. It is understood she had lived in Gran Canaria for ten years and there had been no previous records of domestic violence.

“We are not fools” says Platform


OT everyone on La Gomera is happy about the island’s fire-fighting plans.

The citizen’s platform “La Gomera se Mueve” says the Cabildo has “massaged” the facts to make it look as though they are being super-efficient. The group claims that, in reality, the budget of one million euros is the same as last year and that despite this having been the worst disaster, followed by a very wet winter, the resources have not increased. The platform is also furious that the Cabildo has failed to apologise for what it regards as fatal errors last summer and there has never been any selfcriticism. It is also claimed that students will be used as part of the fire-fighting plan so their lives will be put at risk just for the sake of saving 1,000 euros on employing a professional. “La Gomera se Mueve” says the island has had ten months to prepare a better action plan but questions what has been done, other than creating “a smoke screen”. It still wants questions answered about last summer and wants “someone to take responsibility for the biggest environmental disaster ever to hit La Gomera”.






Dia de Canarias at Wingate Urgent appeal School from Animal NEW HOMES NEEDED



S Canarians and residents know, the 30th May is an important day in the Tenerife calendar, dating back to 1983 where the “Canarian nationality” was truly recognised.

Such things have very little meaning to young children. However, on Friday 31st May the school came alive with Canarian traditions! Parents sent in typical Canarian food for the children to sample, such as Gofio cake, potatoes with sauces, tortilla and goat´s cheese! The children loved the different food and flavours and there wasn´t a lot left over at the end of the day! Last year, we had a group of men demonstrating “Lucha Canaria” and it was great fun watching some of the children as young as Reception class having a go at wrestling these huge, strong men to the ground! This year, the children - even as young as Nursery - had a go at “Juego del Palo” which is a traditional martial art/folk sport of stick fighting, practised in the Canary Islands. The whole department dressed in Canarian costumes. Thank you to everyone involved in making the day a Canarian Day to remember!

Club Protectora

L. Pearson, Head of Infants

Friends of Tenerife latest news


N Tuesday 28th May some of the ‘Friends’ went on a coach trip to The Rendezvous Bar in Victoria Court, Los Cristianos. We enjoyed a lovely champagne breakfast and a surprise cabaret organised by Silvie and Tim, the owners. Tricia sang a number of popular ‘60’s songs.


Once again the bar had raised money for our charity and Silvie presented the Jean Pennington, the vice-president with a cheque for 523 euros. We are extremely grateful to Silvie and Tim, and the local residents for helping to raise so much money for the Friends of Tenerife and for always making us so welcome at The Rendezvous. The previous Tuesday, the ‘Friends’ enjoyed a superb lunch in the Restaurante Petit Los Angeles in Puerto de la Cruz. As always the food and service were excellent, thanks to Gregorio and his staff. Don’t forget folks, Line Dancing takes place every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm in the Palmeras Playa Hotel – everyone welcome.


Update from Accion del Sol


HIS is an email we received from Pat Scudder and Kate Williams who recently adopted one of the refuge’s many puppies.

“After arriving at the refuge, we really couldn’t believe how well organised and clean everything was. When Sammy came out of the kennel with all the other puppies, we both fell in love with him in a heartbeat. He was the only dog not yapping but just wanted some cuddles. We couldn’t resist and we were almost camping outside the refuge the following day as we were not allowed to take him on the day. He has settled in very well, although the cats have their noses put out of joint as Sammy takes the bedroom space over the cats. He is walking on his lead and doing his business on paper. We both can’t believe how much we love him already. The refuge was just brilliant. Marion Gonzalez, the director of Accion del Sol, gave us his lead. He is chipped and all his vaccinations are done. We left a donation and we can go back and have him castrated free of charge. Very very impressed with Action del Sol. I really hope that there are other pet lovers out there that will give a doggy a good home. Thank you.” The saga continues over the Guaza mountain puppies with yet another 13 brought into the refuge without their mum which again means the

puppies need to be bottle fed every few hours. Let’s hope Arona’s dog catcher catches the female dogs soon as the refuge is bursting at the seams

with more than 35 unwanted puppies in just a couple of weeks. Since January 1st 2013, more than 175 dogs from Arona alone have been brought into the refuge. Please be a responsible pet owner and sterilise or castrate your dog. The situation here on the island is really reaching crisis point. If you would like to visit or assist Accion del Sol in any way in the future, please call 922778630 for more information or do call in Monday-Friday

3pm-6pm.The refuge is situated at Poligono De Industrial Estate, Granadilla Exit 51 on the TF1, directly next to ITER the Parque Eolica where the windmills are . Accion del Sol is always looking for people who would like to walk some of the many dogs at the refuge. If you have a little bit of spare time and would like to volunteer, please do call or just call in. You would make a few dogs very happy for sure.


AD stories of ill-treated pets are all too common in Tenerife and some really touch the heart-strings.

Animal Club Protectora is just one of the organisations on the island which helps abandoned animals and tries to find them new homes. Volunteers are particularly upset about cats which have been literally dumped in rubbish containers and dogs left to roam the streets. Their quest is to bring them new happiness with caring owners, ones who will care for them for ever and not abandon them when or if the going gets too tough. One of the co-ordinators, Anna Spencer has told the Tenerife News about several cats, kittens and a dog who need the help of readers. “ People have no heart,” she says. “There are quite a few associations people can contact through Facebook for help but unfortunately there are still a lot of uneducated people who believe it is okay to throw kittens in the bin. It’s unbelievable.” The adult cats looking for a new home include Leo who belonged to an English lady who went back to England from Icod de los Vinos. Someone must have looked after Leo but the cat appeared

in Santa Úrsula. He is castrated, with all his vaccinations and he is very docile. He must be about four years old. Also hoping for a new owner is a Siamese cat, a castrated male, very sociable, maybe three to four years old. He appeared down by the bus station in Puerto. Missy is a beautiful tricolour who now lives in the street but nothing else is known about her circumstances. There are six kittens which also need homes, two of which were hand-reared by the English Vicar’s wife after being found in a rubbish container. Perhaps you could help a lovely dog called Nala. She is terrified of men, having spent many months tied up in a finca in La Laguna. She escaped but was found, tied up again and beaten before someone found her and brought her to Puerto. She is now in a foster home and the Animal Club is paying for her, even though the organisation receives no money from the town halls. If you can help, please get in touch via





A clinic for creatures “great & small”

Many people will remember the “All Creatures Great and Small” TV series and books starring the famous vet James Herriot. For German vet, Kirstin Oberhäuser, these tales have even more significance because they inspired her to study veterinary medicine in Berlin.

Since 2008, Kirstin has lived in Tenerife and has fallen in love with the island and its people. After five more years working as an employee, she fulfilled her dream of her own

private practice where her total dedication to the care of animals shines through. Clinica Veterinara “La Montaña” in Los Realejos is a modern practice offering professional treatment for

your pets. Beyond that, however, Kirstin has created a place where animals and humans alike can feel good. The team here, including Natalia the veterinary nurse and the pet groomer, know what is best for your pet and can recommend the best nutrition. “You are our number one and we take special care of

Linea Directa reaches 2 million customers and beats its profits record In clearly difficult economic times, with the insurance sector decreasing for the fourth consecutive year, Línea Directa Aseguradora has closed 2012 with the highest profit levels in its history: 121.5 million euros before tax, representing an increase of 13% on the previous year. There have been three main reasons for this: the sharp rise in the number of customers, effective underwriting risk management and the improvement of all the company’s processes and services, which have enabled it to reduce expenses without diminishing the scope of the cover offered. As a result, the total number of policies, which since last February has exceeded two million, rose by over 105,000 last year, mainly thanks to the Home Insurance Area, which in the 5 years since it was launched, now has over 230,000 policies without having resorted to mergers or acquisitions.

THE INTERNATIONAL AREA, A STRATEGIC BUSINESS Línea Directa offers its foreign policyholders living in Spain all its services in English and German. As a result, purchasing the policy, making enquiries, dealing with accidents, sending documentation and 24-hour road assistance can all be carried out both in English and German, at a time which suits the policyholder and with only one phone call. In addition, Línea Directa’s International Area offers its policyholders a translation service which they can use for dealing with repairers. The International Area is a key strategic factor for Línea Directa, through which the company offers its foreign customers totally exclusive services, discounts and offers.

CALL NOW: 902 123 104

Natalia, the nurse


ATHER than taking care of local farm animals, she worked in different private practices and veterinary hospitals in Germany and Switzerland.

Kirstin, the vet your pet and its problems,” says Kirstin who is delighted that “All Creatures Great and Small” inspired her vision. Clinica Veterinara “La Montaña” offers a wide range of services, including consultations, surgery, radiographs, nutrition, grooming, hospitalisation and has an inhouse laboratory. There is also a home service.

CONTACT DETAILS Tel: 922 09 32 17 Carretera General de la Montaña 58, Los Realejos (300m further up the road from El Monasterio)







Don’t leave it to chance

Hotel for dogs

Home from home at Canichou Everyone who loves their dog will be concerned about going away and leaving it for the first time with “strangers”


HEN buying or selling a property in the UK, most people wouldn’t dream of entering into a transaction without the assistance of a qualified and independent lawyer. Yet in Spain, many buyers and sellers, particularly foreigners, somehow forego instructing a lawyer and simply rely on the estate agent to handle the transaction on their behalf. A large number have encountered serious problems as a result. Some have lost everything. So what makes a purchase in Spain any different from one in the UK? Maybe it’s the combined effect of sun, sand, sangria and the smiling faces of the various ‘experts’ lurking in every corner, eager to assure unsuspecting buyers that everything will come up smelling of roses. The reality is that entering into a property transaction is one of the most complex and expensive transactions that you will most likely ever undertake. Furthermore, there is the added complication of an unfamiliar foreign language, together with the associated foreign laws, taxes and procedures. The reality is that the need for a good independent lawyer is far greater for a foreign transaction than when buying at home. In many instances, Estate Agents will offer to handle the paperwork and the legal side of things on a buyer’s behalf. With the more reputable agencies, the intentions are usually genuine and the transaction may indeed complete satisfactorily. However, Estate Agents are not trained lawyers. Many have no professional liability or indemnity insurance to cover you should the transaction go wrong or should they miss something important in the paperwork. Also bear in mind that your Estate Agent is not independent. In fact, they have a potential conflict of interests in representing you in the legal process. Remember that the Estate Agent is acting for the SELLER. The Agent’s primary interest and goal is to sell the property on the seller’s behalf in order to earn their commission. If the sale does not go through because somebody spots an irregularity or legal defect in the paperwork, the Estate Agent earns nothing. As an alternative, some clients choose to instruct a lawyer in the U.K. However, he or she will have little or no local knowledge of Tenerife. That lawyer is unlikely to jet over to Tenerife to carry out searches and enquiries, or to attend the completion appointment at the Notary. The lawyer’s only option is to subcontract the work to a local agent in Tenerife, who in many instances is not a qualified lawyer. Both the lawyer and the agent will expect to get paid, so In essence, you end up paying twice for the same service. There are also the inevitable delays when information and documentation has to pass through the extra middleman. Using a qualified local English solicitor with experience of the local market gives you protection and peace of mind. Why leave your property transaction to chance? Call Tenerife Solicitors now for a no-obligation quotation or to discuss your requirements.


T’S understandable as these are our pets and very much part of the family. However, anyone who has ever used the Canichou hotel for dogs at Tijoco Bajo will know that dogs can have second homes as well and if they could talk, would tell you they actually enjoyed their little holiday as well! Owners Christel from Belgium and her husband Manuel adore dogs and want the very best for them during their stay at Canichou which offers security and safety in an open and spacious setting of around 10,000 square metres, surrounded by the natural countryside. They have given considerable thought to the service they offer which can help you regardless of how long you will be away for, whether it is a day, week, fortnight or more. Each dog has his own space with comfortable bedding. The only time they are together with

another dog is when they are from the same owner and when the carer believes that the space is big enough for the quantity of dogs. Your pet can play in his space outside and inside during the day and night and the kennels are cleaned and disinfected twice a day. Your dog will obviously have its own feeding habits and favoured food so at Canichou, this follows what happens at home. You bring your own food so there is no change in routine or diet. Christel always asks you to bring the original packaging so if it should run out, she knows

exactly what to buy. The same applies to any special medication. Water (bottled) is always topped up. Exercise is paramount so your dog is taken for a walk twice a day for 40 minutes and there is an area for them to play while their private space is cleaned (but don’t worry, they are never with other dogs). You can also bring along your dog’s special things, such as their blanket, special toys and feeding bowls so they have familiarity. Clients of Canichou whom we have spoken to say they are delighted with the service given over the last four years and they have no worries about taking their dogs there. In fact, doggie tails begin to wag at the suggestion! Canichou has a really excellent website available in

five languages, including English (in which Christel is fluent by the way): Incidentally, you will need to show proof that your dog has been properly vaccinated or they won’t be accepted. You will find Canichou at Pasos Largos 9, Tijoco Bajo Adeje, 38670 (telephone +34 666.794.080) and there are full directions on the website. You are very welcome to chat to Christel in advance and to make an appointment to visit the premises to see the facilities for yourself. You will be pleasantly surprised at the affordable prices and there is a collection/ delivery service if this helps you. As Christel says: “Above all, don’t worry. Your dog is in good hands. Apart from just looking after him, we give him lots of attention and love.”



Bill Blevins

David S. Franks

The beginning of the end for Tax Havens



VER the last 10 years or so, we have reported on a number of new initiatives to clamp down on offshore tax evasion. The Savings Tax Directive in 2005 heralded a new era, but it was not the end. Spurred on by the financial crisis, governments became even more determined to attack offshore tax havens - and this is now escalating again.

Introduction Hundreds of Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) have been signed over recent years between countries like the UK, France, Spain and Portugal and offshore financial centres – or ‘tax havens’ as they are commonly called. Nonetheless, since the US government introduced its Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Europe has followed suit in introducing agreements that are multilateral in nature. There has been a surge in bilateral information exchange agreements. The UK introduced its Lichtenstein disclosure facility, followed by the UK-Swiss Agreement on tax disclosure. It then spread the net even wider by targeting its own offshore financial centres, which led to disclosure facilities with the Channel Islands and Isle of Man. Now in a move from the more traditional bilateral agreements, there is a shift towards the kind of multilateral agreements that will see several countries all sharing information with each other. In due course, there is no reason to believe that this approach will not take place on a global basis.

Recent G5 multilateral pilot agreement The British, French, Spanish, German and Italian governments have signed an automatic information exchange agreement, to operate on a multinational basis, in a bid to crack down on tax evasion. Under the terms of the deal, a wide range of financial information will be automatically exchanged between the five countries. This provides a template for wider multilateral automatic tax information exchange. The G5 pilot is based on the model agreements they negotiated with the US in order to comply with FACTA. The US model agreement provides that the information to be obtained and exchanged is: 1) Name and address of the foreign national account holder. 2) Account number. 3) Name and identifying number of the reporting financial

institution. 4) Account balance as of the end of the relevant calendar year or other appropriate reporting period, or immediately before closure. 5) In the case of portfolio accounts: a. The total gross amount of interest, of dividends and of other income generated with respect to the assets held in the account, in each case paid or credited to the account (or with respect to the account) during the calendar year or other appropriate reporting period; and b. The total gross proceeds from the sale or redemption of property paid or credited to the account during the calendar year or other appropriate reporting period. 6) In the case of depository accounts, the total gross amount of interest paid or credited to the account during the calendar year or other appropriate reporting period. 7) In the case of any account not described in (5) or (6) above, the total gross amount paid or credited to the account.

Intention that the scheme is expanded to include more countries In a letter to the EU Commissioner for Taxation, the G5 countries outlined their wish that other EU Member States also commit to joining the pilot exchange of information scheme, with a view to promoting a global system of automatic information exchange. They urged for progress on the implementation of article 8 of the Administrative Cooperation and Mutual Assistance Directive of 2011 which provides that: ‘’Each Member State shall, by automatic exchange, communicate to the competent authority of any other Member State, information regarding taxable periods as from 1st January 2014 on the following: • income from employment • director’s fees • life insurance products not covered by other Union legal instruments on exchange of information and other similar measures • pensions • ownership of and income from immovable property. As from 1st January 2017 the list above is to be expanded to include: • dividends, • capital gains • royalties.” As we can see, the reporting requirements under both these schemes will leave little room for tax evasion or concealed offshore funds going forward.

More countries join the G5 scheme The Cayman Islands, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands have all agreed to join the pilot scheme, both bilaterally with the UK and also on a multilateral basis with the G5 countries. It seems that tax havens the world over are voluntarily joining up to these type of schemes, presumably to avoid blacklisting by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The effect of OECD blacklisting could be severe as financial transactions can be crippled by close scrutiny by transacting banks and the need for those transferring funds to identify themselves and the nature of transactions at every turn. Getting funds in and out of a blacklisted country could end up proving to be an administrative nightmare resulting in huge disadvantages to carrying out business of any kind there. As the Chief Executive of the Bahamas Financial Services Board, Aliya Allen, commented about information exchange agreements: ‘’We very much knew that was essentially the end game and it was just a matter of time before that arrived as the global standard. We saw the writing on the wall with FATCA, which was the prime opportunity for them to actively embrace that as the standard at OECD level, which they’re naturally going to take advantage of.” All this comes at a time when many countries are imposing higher taxes as part of austerity measures. There are legitimate tax planning arrangements available in Spain which can significantly lower your tax liabilities – there is actually no need to risk trying to hide assets offshore. Speak to a specialist firm like Blevins Franks for personalised advice on how to structure your affairs to pay the least amount of tax possible.

CONTACT DETAILS To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website You may also contact our partner Paul Montague on Tel: 922 716 079 or





Brian Eldridge’s Puerto Diary




ITH six months of 2013 almost gone, what changes have we really witnessed in Puerto?

There have been so many organisations and committees formed and meetings held regarding the regeneration of the town that, to be honest, it is a struggle to keep up with all the announcements and statements issued to herald the impending changes. One thing to be sure of is that the public relations department of the local council has managed to keep themselves busy. So what has actually happened? The Calle de Mequinez road enhancement project has been completed and now seems destined never to reopen to through traffic. Now there’s a surprise. Alongside this, both the entrance and exit at the harbour end of the car park are now permanently closed. The arrival of the street furniture, though not quite as architecturally attractive as everybody had envisaged, has also marked the end of the Calle la Hoya project. So the town at this moment or at least at the time of writing is blissfully free of road works and disruption but for how

long? San Telmo was due to commence this year so unless the money has been frittered away elsewhere, we have that to look forward to. However, with August, the month when nothing happens, fast approaching we could still have a few months of reprieve. The latest news, or at least what I think is the latest, is that the “new port” project is now definitely going ahead. An agreement has apparently been reached with a consortium on the finer points of its construction. I’m not really that enthused as with each information release, the size of the eventual port gets successively smaller yet at the same time, budget requirements strangely seem to be ever increasing. With a seven-year build plan without the almost inevitable delays and the prospect of continuous noise and disruption so close to the town centre, I will reserve judgement on the scheme to a much later day. Public consultation still has to take place together with the

promise of the display of the amended plans and what will interest me most is what provision has been made for car parking whilst the long construction is underway. Or is the temporary weekend parking on the sports fieldcum-council-dumping area next to the Hotel Turquesa likely to become a permanent feature as the council strives to push the motor car further out of town? It is a wonder they haven’t yet thought of park and ride. I think back to the huge level of public support for the project and wonder if the longtime campaigners for the new port are still as elated or are perhaps feeling a little deflated by the final outcome? I have to say that I was caught quite by surprise at the recent news about the new bus station. I had thought that all parties were still embroiled in the legalities over who actually owned the site. So the announcement that the new station would be built on land adjacent to the existing station and land already owned by the municipality was welcome news. I’m also pleased that the plans are not a

grandiose, budget-breaking scheme that would have failed before it got started. Instead something simple, a place for the buses to pull into, a ticket office, a service building and a pergola type roof- covering to protect passengers from the weather. With a relatively low budget of 750,000 euros and perhaps a slightly unrealistic build time of six months and work scheduled to commence as early as spring of 2014, what more could you ask for? The second phase of the project, in fact a separate entity, will be the demolition of the existing building and its subsequent redevelopment. Puerto’s taxi drivers have featured in the news recently with the announcement that they are to become front-line tourist ambassadors for the town. I must say that I had to read the article twice just to let this idea sink! It seems that as they are the first port of call for many visitors to town, they are to going to get first-hand knowledge of all the local attractions so they can make considered recommendations of the best places to visit. Excuse me for not sounding

too excited at the prospect but I for one, like most others I am sure, would rather pass on the guided tour. When I climb into a taxi, it is simply to go from A to B and by the shortest, not the most scenic, route. Also it seems they are to undergo an image change, a re-branding, with a new logo for the front of the vehicles, new regulations and talk of a new uniform. Of course I welcome any change which will indeed lead to an improvement in the service offered just as long as it is not a forerunner for another tariff increase. I use the local taxis a lot; on the whole they offer a good service with clean and tidy vehicles. There are a few exceptions, both drivers and vehicles, but then again not every one of us is always a model passenger. Another programme much exulted by either the Committee for Regeneration, the Tourist Board, the local Council, the Regional Government or any other such quango, is that owners of the hotels in the town are to be “encouraged” to refurbish their buildings. The aim is to bring both the buildings and also the service

provided up to the level expected by the 21st century traveller, whatever that may mean. As I am always walking about the town, I expected to see evidence of owners rushing to comply but no sign of scaffolding, builders’ lorries, skips or cement mixers. So unless the changes needed were very subtle and largely cosmetic, then this incentive appears to have gone the same way as many others and has simply been ignored. Perhaps what the 21st century travellers really expects are all things fully inclusive. If so, they have got their wishes in many cases but is it good for the regeneration of the town? I for one don’t think so. One more stalled project worthy of a mention as it too has been deemed an essential part of the regeneration of Puerto is the complete redevelopment and refurbishment of Playa de Martiánez. There was no money in the coastal department’s pot for the work in 2013 and I now wonder how long we will have to wait to hear if the same fate befalls 2014.

In this edition, David Penny takes a look at “futbol” and its early days in Tenerife

Tenerife and the Sacred Game


D Tenerife of Santa Cruz, the team which represents the island, has recently been promoted to “Second Division A”, just one step below “La Liga” (the Spanish equivalent o f the premiership) after winning, on aggregate, the match against L’Hospitalet earlier this month.

Although the team has very strong support from the ex-pat British community, it is not widely known that it was originally formed from the English Football Club. CD (Club Deportivo) Tenerife was formed in 1922 but ten years prior to this, on 21stNovember 1912 its forerunner was inaugurated. This was the “Tenerife Sporting Club”. This was the actual name in Spanish and in itself was a result of a merger between Nirvana, Añaza and the English Club. The Spanish League was formed in 1928 but due to transport difficulties, the Canary Islands’ clubs played mainly among themselves with mainland teams visiting for exhibition matches in the closed season. Teams such as Athletic Club Bilbao, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid were among the big names that played regularly in the islands, creating tremendous excitement and drawing huge crowds. Eventually in 1953, Tenerife found itself promoted to the 2nd Division and by 1961 it had reached the premier league for the first time.

Three of these early exhibition matches, which were fondly remembered for many years, occurred in May 1934. On this occasion, it was not a team from the Spanish league which created the stir but none other than English FA Cup winners and League Champions; Everton. At this time, the team boasted seven international team members in its ranks, among them the famous centre forward Dixie Dean. They were also the only team to have beaten Arsenal at home that year. Tenerife and Liverpool had strong connections due to shared maritime trade and, due to efforts of the English colony on the islands, efforts were made to make the arrangements necessary for such a series on games to occur. In those days, there were established links between the British colony and Canary society and football seemed an ideal way in which to cement these ties. Football Club Barcelona, who were due to visit that year, cancelled their fixtures and postponed their visit. The necessary approval was granted by FIFA and the Liverpool side set off from Lime Street Station to London from where they took the “boat-train” to Southampton. The Mersey-men boarded the Dunbar Castle and set sail for Las Palmas. Six days later, on May 15th, they docked in Peurto de la Luz where they were greeted by representatives from the football clubs of Gran Ganaria, local dignitaries and the British Consulate. The next day they sailed for Santa Cruz where a large reception was held in their honour. The Dunbar Castle was shadowed by a Trans-Mediterranean Shipping Co. steamer, which had been chartered by the football association of Gran Canaria to transport the fans between the islands. A package was available whereby a return steamer ticket, a match entrance ticket and a bed for the night was available for 4 shillings (20p). The first of three matches was played on 18th May and bars and cafés were mobbed from early in the morning.

The line up included BD Williams (right back) a champion boxer and the Welsh international captain of 1933, Edward Sagar (goalkeeper) 1933/4 Champion of England, Warneford Cresswell (defender) also a great golfer, motorcar racing driver and distance runner and William Ralph (Dixie) Dean who was considered unique in soccer history as winner of over 20 English titles and as top scorer of 1928/29 with 60 goals. He was renowned as the most popular player in the world. Tenerife players included Ruperto, Cubas, Pineapple, Week, Quique, Rangel, Morera and Matroyo. Playing in front of a packed stadium, and despite playing on a dirt pitch, (for which they had to have special boots made) the first game resulted in a 2-1 away win for Everton. The second game was staged on the 22nd, a working day, so shops and offices closed early to allow staff to attend. This game was played in the presence of the Captain General of the Canaries, General Salcedo and ended even closer in a 1-1 draw. For the next couple of days, the Everton team played the tourist with a trip to Mount Tiede and visits to various hotels in Puerto de la Cruz. Suitably rested and refreshed, the final meeting of the two teams took place on the 25th, once again a weekend fixture and again El Cuidad de Malaga was chartered for the 400 plus fans that came over from Gran Canaria. The final match was again a close run thing with the visitors once more taking victory by just one goal with a full time score of 3-2. The visitors were hailed with a long standing ovation and in turn praised highly their island opponents. This was not the only time a British side had played in the islands. Eleven years earlier Raith Rovers had visited Las Palmas and played against island teams and in recent years Barnsley FC played in the new stadium in Playa de Las Americas in 2001 but it is the Everton matches of 1934 that are best remembered and form a part of the island’s soccer history.



Britain takes on might of internet companies THERE now appears to be a concerted effort on the part of the Government in Britain to block from the internet extreme pornography and material likely to incite terrorism. The move follows police investigations leading up to high profile court cases. Material from the internet, linked to the crimes committed, has been recovered from computers. Culture Secretary Maria Miller is to meet the bosses of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, BT and Virgin, among others, to demand an industry-wide clamp-down. She has rejected arguments that the internet is too complex to regulate. She wants all companies to sign up to industry guidelines and greater use of on-line filters to control content. She believes permanent bodies need to be set up world-wide to monitor content. Ms Miller said: “A relatively small number of organisations wield a great deal of online power and I believe that with that power comes a great responsibility.” She has not threatened Government legislation to control the internet, but has not ruled it out. The Government is currently examining “connectivity” and is proposing legislation. Ms Miller hopes the companies will want to avoid statutory controls being incorporated in this legislation. She has the British public on her side. Recent cases involving child pornography and the Woolwich incident in which a soldier was killed in the street have fuelled the case for greater control of the material to be found online. A complication is the fact that the internet is now widely used for intelligence gathering in an effort to head off criminal activity, but on balance it seems that the advantages of allowing unfettered access are outweighed by the disadvantages and the emerging view appears to be that the public interest would best be served by blocking the most extreme material.


Watchdog calls for Google probe THE British Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has called for an HM Revenue and Customs investigation into internet giant Google to ensure it has paid its fair share of tax. Google has accused the committee of failing to understand how tax laws operate and claims its sales of advertising to UK clients actually took place in Ireland, where corporation tax is lower. A spokesman said the committee wanted to see international companies pay more tax where their companies are located, but that is not how the rules operate today.

Plan to crack down on tax havens British Prime Minister David Cameron is currently trying to orchestrate an international crack-down on offshore tax havens but already there are signs that some do not want to play along. The British Crown Territory of Bermuda is not thought to be keen on signing up to new transparency rules and the Prime Minister has had a meeting with ten overseas territories and dependencies in an effort to reach agreement in advance of the G8 summit of world leaders in Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister of Bermuda Craig Cannonier was concerned that some of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development proposals were potentially damaging for Bermuda. However, it is understood all ten nations have agreed to an action plan to disclose who owns and controls the companies based in their countries.

Bank now faces public sell-off BRITISH Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce this week details of a multi-billion pound privatisation of the Royal Bank of Scotland, which is widely expected to take place in the run-up to the next General Election. Eighty-two per cent of the bank is currently owned by the British taxpayer following the banking crisis. The bank has been brought back into profit by Stephen Hester, who has been Chief Executive for the past five years. He leaves the bank in December. Almost 40,000 jobs have been shed at the bank, the investment arm axing 2,000 recently as part of its restructuring.

An MBE for Adele BRITISH singer Adele, who became a mother in October, has been awarded an MBE for services to music. Just 25, she rose to fame after a friend posted one of her songs on MySpace in 2006. She sang the James Bond Skyfall movie theme song and recently won an Oscar for it.

Sir Henry Cecil THE death has occurred at the age of 70 of Sir Henry Cecil, the British racehorse trainer. He had been suffering from stomach cancer. He has been described as the greatest racehorse trainer of all time, having had 25 British Classic winners. He was champion trainer ten times and had 75 successes at Royal Ascot. Cecil enjoyed his greatest success with Frankel and the horse was retired to stud with a 14-race unbeaten record. Frankel’s jockey Tom Queally told RacingUK: “He had a great empathy with horses and was a people person as well. He made a serious business feel like fun.”

New managers for City and Wigan TWO clubs in English soccer’s Premiership have confirmed new management appointments, with Manchester City finally announcing that Manuel Pelligrini is their new man. The Chilean takes over from Roberto Mancini, who left the club a month ago. Pelligrini is leaving Spanish side Malaga, with whom he reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League last season. He has 25 years of coaching experience and a reputation as a good man manager and this is thought to have been an important factor in his selection. Owen Coyle takes over from Roberto Martinez at Wigan, having left Bolton last November. Coyle has the task of taking the FA Cup winners back into the Premiership as they were relegated last season. Martinez has been confirmed as Everton’s new manager.




Duplicate Car Paperwork Ford’s small engine makes a big impact


Andrew Fraser (left) receives his award from Alisdair Suttie

E’RE said to be a canny lot us Scots so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the man behind one of most frugalengines at the moment comes from Perth. Andrew Fraser is Ford’s gasoline calibration manager and I met up with him earlier this month when he was receiving the prestigious Jim Clark Memorial Award. This annual award is in memory of the Scot, who in a Lotus 49, gave Ford its first ever Formula One win with the new Ford-Cosworth V8 Grand Prix engine, at the Dutch Grand Prix in 1967. Now in its fifth decade, the award is presented annually to a deserving Scot by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers. Previous winners include motorsport legends Sir Jackie Stewart, Allan McNish, David Coulthard, Louise AitkenWalker, Colin McRae and world land speed record breaker, Richard Noble OBE. Andrew is head of the team which developed Ford’s new high-tech 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. His award came in the same week that this ultra-fuel-efficient and spirited 1-litre engine was named 2013 International Engine of the Year – the second straight year the three-cyllinder unit has lifted the title. On presenting the award, ASMW president Alisdair Suttie

said: “It gives the ASMW enormous pleasure to present Andrew Fraser with this year’s trophy. His work is not only at the leading edge of engine development, it has a global impact on the cars we drive. “Once again, it shows Scots engineers are still the best in the world.”

in recognition of this achievement is tremendous. I am proud to follow in the footsteps of Scottish legends such as Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart and Colin McRae.” A drive in a Ford Focus ZetecS five-door model prior to the presentation allowed me to put this engine to the test. It’s available with two power levels – 123 and 99bhp – and I sampled the most powerful one. The small turbo petrol engine didn’t disappoint as it performed quietly and had plenty of power when needed going up and down through a slick six-speed manual gearbox. It seemed quicker off the mark than the 11.3 seconds from zero to 62mph would suggest and with a top speed of 120mph was hardly tested at maximum legal speeds. It delivered a punchy performance to rival traditional 1.6-litre engines and also brings much-improved fuel efficiency and class-leading CO2 emissions. The combined fuel economy for this model is 56.5mpg


HAT do you do if your car papers are lost, stolen or put in the rubbish or washing machine by mistake or even if your dog takes a fancy to your driving licence? A lot of people who have been in these situations immediately panic but there really is no need.

Lost Car Documents

Insurance Policy If this document is lost, stolen or misplaced, it is probably the most simple to replace. Most Insurers will issue a duplicate in these circumstances, free of charge, by just calling them, although some require a signed declaration of loss or a denuncia in the case of theft. Ficha Técnica In this case you must first make an appointment for an ITV, regardless of whether the car currently has an in date ITV. You will need to go to the ITV station and the car will pass through the normal procedure for a test with the addition of a chassis rubbing being made by the test station employee. You will be asked to confirm details of the registered owner and depending on which station you attend may have to fill out a form for their records. Once you have completed the test you have to revisit the office where you will be given a paper confirming that the car currently has an in date ITV and that duplicate paperwork is in process. This document must be kept in the car at all time and should be shown to the police should you be stopped or if you have an accident. It is important that you do this as quickly as possible after the loss/theft as the duplicate Ficha Técnica can take anything from three to six weeks or sometimes longer to be processed by Industria and the ITV station. You will then have to return to the station to collect this document along with the windscreen sticker. Permiso de circulación Once you have obtained the duplicate Ficha Técnica you can apply at Tráfico for a duplicate permiso de circulación for the car. You need to pay the appropriate fee, provide the original of your Passport, Residencia and or /NIE , Certificado de Empadronmiento ( if your address has changed) and a duplicate permiso will then be issued. Driving Licence In the case of a Spanish licence you will need to provide either a Denuncia or a declaration of loss/destruction and pay the appropriate fee. As above all original documents must be presented. If you wish at this time to change the photograph that was previously on your licence you can provide a new one and sign the necessary document. You will receive a temporary licence valid for three months, during which time the original will be sent in the post. Please note that temporary Spanish licences are ONLY VALID FOR DRIVING IN SPAIN so if you are intending travelling to the UK or another country and driving or indeed hiring If you held a British licence and this is lost or stolen and you hold a residencia you cannot apply legally for a duplicate in the UK, you must apply for a Spanish licence at this time. If you have any questions please email me on

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Andrew was delighted with the honour and said: “Our objective with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was to deliver an engine with no compromises – providing best-inclass fuel economy, outsta-nding driveability and excellent refinement. “Customer response has been overwhelming and to receive this prestigious award

(58.9mpg 99bhp) with a CO2 figure of 114g/km (109g/km 99bhp). As well as being super frugal, both engines qualify for zero tax in the first year and then £30 and £20 (99bhp). This might be Ford’s smallest petrol engine but it is big on performance and economy – all thanks to Andrew Fraser and his team of engineers.

Q. Can you tell me how to reset the oil change reminder on a Rover 75, which flashes up each time I switch the ignition on. I changed the oil and filter last week, about 500 kilometres early. A. There is a manual procedure for oil/service re-set, but it may not work if the time/kilometres are excessively overdue. With the ignition on, take a wire from pin 8 of the diagnostic socket to an earth point on the car, and hold it for approximately 1 - 4 seconds for oil. Repeat for time/inspection and hold for approximately 10 - 25 seconds. If this does not work, the system will need to be reset via diagnostic computer.

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THE LOOKOUT It’s fiesta time at Puerto

Traditions combine with a modern touch Puerto de la Cruz is expecting to draw in the crowds as the Fiestas of San Juan provide a colourful prelude to the “Embarcacion de la Virgen”. The town believes it can provide a showcase for its ancient traditions whilst adding a modern touch but has also assured there will be a rather different approach this year. Last summer, the council was unhappy about unsavoury scenes brought about by hours of openair drinking which, it was felt, spoilt the image of Puerto. More than 50 meetings have been held over the last 12 months with various organisations and there are new rules on bars, terraces, locations where alcohol can be served or consumed, music and partying. Councillor for fiestas, Juan Carlos Marrero said their intention was not to fine or to punish but to recover the true splendour of the fiestas. There was, he said, an open invitation for everyone to attend. Setting the scene for the July celebrations will be the Fiestas de San Juan or Fiestas of the Sun which take place on June 22nd, 23rd and 24th. This is one of the oldest traditions of the town’s calendar. On the Saturday, Puerto will showcase an unusual part of its history with a festival which involves the decoration of the town’s old fountains, known as “chorros públicos”. You will find these in various locations, including the fishing dock and calle Blanco. From 11am to 8pm on Sunday, June 23rd, the town will host the Tenerife Cheese Festival at the fishing pier. Throughout the day, there will be stands selling home-made cheeses and offering tastings, exhibitions, workshops, photographs, traditional crafts and audio-visual presentations. The fun then moves on to Playa Jardin from 6pm with the traditional San Juan midsummer eve celebrations with spectacular fireworks, bonfires and music. The beach is packed with people of all ages who light candles to create a truly magical atmosphere. More traditions take centre-stage on Monday, June 24th when goats are bathed in the fishing port. It is believed this tradition stems back to days of yester-year when shepherds brought their flocks to the coast to wash them, remove their dirt and prepare them for mating, as well as healing small wounds with sea water. The July celebrations continue thereafter and include on July 16th, the Embarcacion de la Virgen which is another spectacular tradition. Keep up to date with events on

Further information on San Juan and schedule of events on pages 40-41





History of an See the Ferraris in iconic steam ship amazing event



T’S probably everyone’s dream to own a Ferrari but the next best thing is at least to watch and admire them.


fascinating exhibition has opened in Santa Cruz to tell the story of the restoration of an iconic steam-ship.

Tenerife Cabildo has brought together 100 photographs, plans and videos about “El Correíllo La Palma” which was in service between the Canary Islands and the western coast of Africa between 1912 and 1976. After years of restoration, it is currently in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and has become a true jewel in the industrial heritage of the islands. The exhibition can be seen at the Tenerife Espacio de las Artes until July 14th and is sponsored by the Foundation Correillo La Palma and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Institutions and individuals who have contributed to this exhibition are also people who have been linked to the ship directly or through their families. You can keep up-to-date with progress about the project on (available in English).

You will get the chance to do just that on Saturday, June 22 nd, thanks to the newlyformed Association of Ferrari Owners of Tenerife. These cars take your breath away and organisers feel this first-time event in the south of the island will appeal to all ages, regardless of the fact that you might never be able to afford one of your own! The event is sponsored by Restaurante Spaghetti House Tenerife in calle Berna 7, Los Cristianos which is another place you will be pleased to discover. The association is delighted to have support from Arona council and collaboration from C.C. Gran Sur, Spa Aqua Club Termal, dental clinic Medical Implant, P-Can Alcalá, Hotel Anthelia, Vincero Sport Cars, Imex empresarial Bras, Cafetería Exclusive Café and pastelería Aderno. There are few opportunities

to enjoy and appreciate a collection of Ferraris and it is not too late for any owners to take part either. The meeting point at 10am will be the Gran Sur Shopping Centre at Fanabé where Ferraris from all over the island will congregate. Then, at 11am, the cars will drive towards the nearby Spa Aqua Club Thermal where there will be an official welcome for the new association. Association president, Jorge Rodríguez Remón will talk about its aims. Then, the first parade of Ferraris will leave the parking area of the club, with the route taking in Guia de Isora, Los Gigantes, Playa San Juan, Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraiso, Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. On the return journey, there will be two stops at the service station P-Can Alcala and the Hotel Anthelia. The final stop will be Restaurante Spaghetti House

Tenerife with a 3pm scheduled arrival. Here, after nearly five hours on the road, friends and participants can enjoy some great Italian food, live music, raffles and a closing toast.


10am. Meeting of the Ferraris in the car-park of Gran Sur. 11am. Presentation of the new Ferrari association, welcome cocktails and reserved parking at the Spa Aqua Club, Torviscas Alto. Noon. Departure to Guia de Isora and Los Gigantes. 1pm. Parade at the petrol station and cafeteria of PCan de Alcalá, with reserved parking and an invitation for coffee. 1.30pm. Departure to Playa Paraiso, passing through Playa San Juan and Callao Salvaje, in the direction of Las Americas. 2pm. Arrival at Hotel Iberostar Anthelia, with reserved parking and the invitation for an aperitif from the hotel. 2.30pm. Departure in the direction of Los Cristianos and parade through the “Golden Mile” of Playa de las Americas. 3pm. Arrival at Restaurante Spaghetti House Tenerife, calle Berna 7, Los Cristianos where the owner and his staff will offer a special lunch for participants, with music, raffles and prizes. If you would like further information, please email or 609 792 286 (Spain, English and Italian) or 661 563 160 (German, Italian, French).



Free tours from “Canary Culture”

The spirit of adventure lives on


F you like to discover the hidden delights of cities, take note of a new project launched by the Canary Government.

“Canarias Culturas” is offering free tours in the archipelago and chose Santa Cruz and Las Palmas as the starting points. This is the first edition of the initiative and more will follow so those interested are invited to get in touch via June will feature 20 free tours and although the Santa Cruz weekend was on June 14th, 15th and 16th, Gran Canaria will be offering the same format on June 21st, 22nd and 23rd. The routes will use QR codes to provide information but will be led by a qualified guide. They are intended to appeal to all ages, including children and places are free of charge. There will be nine tours in Las Palmas to introduce the visitor to art treasures, cuisine, literature, historic buildings, parks and the ocean amongst others. You can also find out more through the social network sites of Facebook (Canarias Culturas), Twitter (@canariacultura) and Instagram (@canariacultura). There will also be a photo competition as part of the tours.

Concert pays homage to great tenor STAR SINGER


RAN Canaria is once again to pay homage to one of the island’s greatest sons, the distinguished Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus.

Details have been announced of a major concert on Sunday, November 24 th which will feature the wonderful voice of José Bros who has taken romanticism to new heights and pianist Marco Evangelisti. This will be the eleventh tribute concert to Alfredo Kraus who died in 1999 and his daughter, Rosa said they were delighted that his legacy lived on. The concert programme will include works by Verdi, Gounod, Massenet, Cilea, Puccini, Donizetti, Vives and Sorozábal. The venue is the Las Palmas auditorium, with the date especially chosen to coincide with his birth on November 24th, 1927. Tickets cost 20 euros and have already gone on sale because of the great demand expected. Please see and for details.


NYONE can have an adventure. A journey is more than the distance or destination, it’s the attitude, the mode of travel, the obstacles which have to be overcome and the experiences gained along the way. This is the message being conveyed by the 11 th Thor Heyerdahl School of Travels which takes place at the Pirámides de Güímar. The series of lectures is named after the great Norwegian explorer who helped to set up this fascinating enthnographic park with the unusual pyramid constructions at its centre. The talks take place over four consecutive Fridays, having started on June 14th and continuing on June 21st, June 28th and July 5th. The speaker on June 21st

will be Ramón Lobo, a journalist and war reporter whilst on June 28 th , Jorge Enrique Plasencia will relay his experiences about cycling in Tibet. The topic on July 5th will be the dream of a world trip by writer, traveller and food expert, Cesar Sar Rivera. The start times are 8pm except for June 21st when it is 9pm. Admission is free, although prior reservation is recommended as places are limited. If interested, ring 922514510 or email



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GLASTONBURY (MUSIC) Julien Temple’s acclaimed film celebrating and documenting the history of the Glastonbury Festival. Concert footage, interviews, archive and home video combine to capture the essence and spirit of Glastonbury. Also features performances from throughout the history of the festival including David Bowie, Bjork, Pulp, Blur, Billy Bragg, Radiohead, Nick Cave, Richie Havens, The Prodigy and many more.



Holiday. Series 1, episode 4. Miranda knows she is not exactly cool, but being young, free and single has its advantages, like jetting off to Thailand on holiday for a few days. Although when it comes down to it, she would rather not bother with the hassle of going quite so far, so she books herself into a hotel across the road instead. She thoroughly enjoys the hotel, and even makes new friends with helpful porter Jason and conference organiser Colin. As her stay goes on, she becomes a new woman. Starring: Miranda Hart, Patricia Hodge, Sarah Hadland, Tom Ellis, James Holmes, Peter Davison



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Vet Steve Leonard travels the country to meet a vast array of newborn creatures in zoos, working farms and people’s homes. In this edition, he encounters some little big cats, some tiny tigers and native Scottish wildcats, and examines the traditional world of the shire horse.


27H JUNE 12:15 BIG BROTHER (GAME SHOW) Emma Willis presents exclusive highlights of all the latest events inside the Big Brother house, including all the action, arguments, couplings, friendships and conversations in the diary room.



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Award-winning hotelier Alex Polizzi has 20 years’ experience of working in some of the most prestigious establishments in the world. Now she is on a crusade to transform Britain’s most desperate hotels and b&bs. From outrageous owners to dodgy decor, nothing escapes the straight-talking Hotel Inspector’s eagle eye on her quest for perfection. Can Alex restore the shine to the dowdy inn in the Derbyshire Peak District? 12:20 13:45 16:30 18:55 20:20 21:15 21:20 22:20 23:20 00:25

Big Brother Rio Bravo El Dorado The Csi Movie: Revenge NCIS 5 News Big Brother Big Brother’s Bit on the Psych Neighbours Super Casino

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Ringside Cricket A.M NBA Action Ringside Cricket A.M YB40 Cricket British and Irish Lions Tour International Rugby Union Ringside British and Irish Lions Tour International Rugby Union Hickstead Derby


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Breakfast The Andrew Marr Show The Big Questions Sunday Politics Countryfile Bargain Hunt Homes Under the Hammer Perfection Escape to the Country Lifeline Songs of Praise

Hymns for All Seasons. Pam Rhodes talks to school children about the Christian calendar and chooses suitable hymns for the whole year. 17:30 18:30 18:50 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 22:15 22:25

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Earthflight BBC News Regional News and Weather Countryfile Antiques Roadshow The White Queen BBC News Regional News and Weather Andy Murray: The Man Behind the Racquet Before Sunrise Weatherview BBC News

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This is BBC Two Born to Be Bad

A calculating femme fatale is at the centre of this melodrama about adult relationships. Arriving in San Francisco, she embarks on two affairs - with a wealthy businessman and a brooding novelist. Affection is not her strong suit, ambition and vanity are, but the film was ahead of its time in avoiding a simplistic happy ending involving her being reformed. 08:10 08:40 09:30 10:00 11:30 13:30 14:30 18:15 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 22:30 23:00 23:30

Gardeners’ World A to Z of TV Gardening Beechgrove Garden Saturday Kitchen Best Bites Rowing Wimbledon Athletics Flog It! Venus and Serena The Secret Life of the Sun Rise of the Continents Blackadder II Mock the Week What a Load of Buzzcocks Glastonbury


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Jake and the Neverland Pirates The Hive Dino Dan Canimals Almost Naked Animals Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Sonny with a Chance ITV News Country House Sunday The Jeremy Kyle Show USA Murder, She Wrote ITV News and

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The Treacle People The Hoobs Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon Ironman 2013 Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Sunday Brunch The Big Bang Theory The Simpsons Stormbreaker Deal or No Deal Hollywood Me Channel 4 News The Political Slot 17 Again Terror in the Skies The Returned Whiteout The Big Bang Theory Hero Back From the Dead Southland Location, Location, Location

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Noddy in Toyland Mio Mao City of Friends Little Princess Castle Farm The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky Angelina Ballerina Rupert Bear Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Toby’s Travelling Circus Roary the Racing Car Jelly Jamm Power Rangers: Samurai ThunderCats Highland Emergency The Girl with 7 Mums Big Brother BB BOTS: Rylan’s Supersized Celebrity Sunday Arthur and The Invisibles Wimbledon Sleepless in Seattle Once Upon a Time 5 News Weekend Big Brother The Business Bomb Patrol

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Football’s Greatest British and Irish Lions Tour Cricket Writers on TV ICC Champions Trophy Travelers Championship European Tour Golf Sporting Greats Football’s Greatest ICC Champions Trophy

Sporting Greats Barclays Premier League World British and Irish Lions Tour International Rugby Union European Tour Golf Football’s Greatest Junior World Championship Rugby ICC Champions Trophy Super League Fulltime


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Breakfast Crimewatch Roadshow Homes Under the Hammer Saints and Scroungers Escape to the Country Bargain Hunt BBC News at One Regional News and Weather Wimbledon 2013 BBC News at Six Regional News and Weather The One Show Fake Britain EastEnders Panorama New Tricks BBC News at Ten Regional News and Weather Have I Got Old News for You BBC News: The Editors The Graham Norton Show Weatherview BBC News

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Homes Under the Hammer Robbed, Raided, Reunited Cowboy Trap A to Z of TV Gardening Coast Country Show Cook Off Click The Daily Politics Wimbledon 2013

Sue Barker introduces live coverage from the opening day of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Defending champion Roger Federer is targeting a recordbreaking eighth Wimbledon win this year. The Swiss star won the 2012 final by beating Great Britain’s Andy Murray in four sets. 16:20 17:05 17:50 20:00 21:00 22:00 22:30 23:20 00:20

Heir Hunters Flog It! Wimbledon 2013 Today at Wimbledon Rick Stein’s India What a Load of Buzzcocks Newsnight Rise of the Continents Bradford: City of Dreams

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Daybreak Lorraine The Jeremy Kyle Show This Morning ITV News This Morning Loose Women ITV News and Weather May the Best House Win Dickinson’s Real Deal Tipping Point The Chase ITV News London ITV News and Weather Emmerdale Coronation Street The Dales Coronation Street Long Lost Family ITV News at Ten and Weather Benidorm The Americans Monk Jackpot247 The Jeremy Kyle Show

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The Treacle People The Hoobs Will and Grace According to Jim Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Undercover Boss Australia George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Channel 4 News Summary Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course Journey to the Centre of the Earth Countdown Deal or No Deal Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Channel 4 News Dispatches The Man with the 10-Stone Testicles The Greatest Shows on Earth Random Acts Child Genius Bi-Curious Me This is England ’88

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The Mr. Men Show Thomas and Friends Make Way for Noddy Fifi and the Flowertots Milkshake! Show Songs Peppa Pig Milkshake Monkey Roary the Racing Car Bananas in Pyjamas Tickety Toc The Wright Stuff Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun 5 News Lunchtime Big Brother Home and Away Neighbours NCIS The Last Trimester 5 News at 5 Neighbours Home and Away 5 News at 6.30 Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways The Gadget Show Traveller Feuds Big Brother Big Brother’s Bit on the Side CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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ICC Champions Trophy British and Irish Lions Tour International Rugby Union PGA Tour Golf Super League Fulltime British and Irish Lions Tour Football Gold Rugby League Great Goals Soccer A.M. - The Best Bits

WWE Bottom Line Seamaster Sailing PGA Tour Golf European Tour Golf Women’s Hockey ICC Champions Trophy YB40 Cricket ICC Champions Trophy Edinburgh Marathon PGA Tour Classic PGA Tour Golf



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Breakfast Crimewatch Roadshow Homes Under the Hammer Saints and Scroungers Escape to the Country Bargain Hunt

Lewes. Tim Wonnacott presents the antiques contest from Lewes in East Sussex, with experts Catherine Southon and Mark Stacey. Tim also takes a trip to Polesden Lacey to visit the former home of a wealthy society hostess. 13:00 13:30 13:45 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 21:00 22:00 22:25 22:35 23:45 01:25 01:30

BBC News at One Regional News and Weather Wimbledon 2013 BBC News at Six Regional News and Weather The One Show EastEnders Holby City Life Savers BBC News at Ten Regional News and Weather Imagine... Forces of Nature Weatherview BBC News

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This is BBC Two Homes Under the Hammer Saints and Scroungers Heir Hunters A to Z of TV Gardening Watchdog Country Show Cook Off HARDtalk The Daily Politics Wimbledon 2013 Heir Hunters Flog It! Wimbledon 2013 Today at Wimbledon The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads QI Newsnight The Secret Life of the Sun The Apprentice This is BBC Two Apprentice for a Day Beneath the Lab Coat

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Daybreak Lorraine The Jeremy Kyle Show This Morning ITV News This Morning Loose Women ITV News and Weather May the Best House Win Dickinson’s Real Deal Tipping Point The Chase ITV News London ITV News and Weather Emmerdale Nature’s Newborns Love Your Garden Secrets From the Workhouse ITV News at Ten and Weather Piers Morgan’s Life Stories The Americans Jackpot247 Loose Women

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Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Undercover Boss Australia George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Channel 4 News Summary Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course River Cottage Veg Heroes Rooster Cogburn Countdown Deal or No Deal Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Channel 4 News Something for Nothing Child Genius Dates How to Find Love Online Random Acts The Greatest Shows on Earth Pokerstars.Com Caribbean Adventure KOTV Boxing Weekly

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Thomas and Friends Make Way for Noddy Fifi and the Flowertots Milkshake! Show Songs Peppa Pig Milkshake Monkey Roary the Racing Car Bananas in Pyjamas Tickety Toc The Wright Stuff Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers 5 News Lunchtime Big Brother Home and Away Neighbours NCIS Mystery Woman 5 News at 5 Neighbours Home and Away 5 News at 6.30 Monkey Life Highland Emergency Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Big Brother Big Brother’s Bit on the Side Cricket on 5

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British and Irish Lions Tour Rugby Super League Football Gold TBA Football Gold Rugby Super League British and Irish Lions Tour Cricket British and Irish Lions Tour Soccer A.M. - The Best Bits

PGA Tour Golf European Tour Golf Sporting Greats Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf PGA Tour Classic PGA Tour Golf World Cup of Pool NFL Football Asia Football Gold The Winning Post European Challenge Tour Golf Sup. Leag. Backchat


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Breakfast Crimewatch Roadshow Homes Under the Hammer Wimbledon 2013 BBC News at One Regional News and Weather Wimbledon 2013 BBC News at Six Regional News and Weather The One Show Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol Waterloo Road The Apprentice BBC News at Ten Regional News and Weather A Question of Sport D-Day: The Last Heroes

The concluding part of historian Dan Snow’s documentary series tells the powerful and heroic stories of those who risked their lives on the beaches of Normandy, to save the world from Nazi Germany. 00:05 01:45 01:50

Wah-Wah Weatherview BBC News

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Homes Under the Hammer Saints and Scroungers Heir Hunters A to Z of TV Gardening Helicopter Heroes Down Under Monty Don’s French Gardens Country Show Cook Off Lifeline Coast Spending Review Wimbledon 2013 Heir Hunters Flog It! Wimbledon 2013 Today at Wimbledon

John Inverdale introduces highlights from day three of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. 21:00 22:00 22:30 23:20

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Horizon The Apprentice: You’re Fired! Newsnight The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads Horizon This is BBC Two

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Daybreak Lorraine The Jeremy Kyle Show This Morning ITV News This Morning Loose Women ITV News and Weather May the Best House Win Dickinson’s Real Deal Tipping Point The Chase ITV News London ITV News and Weather Emmerdale Coronation Street All Star Mr and Mrs Love and Marriage ITV News at Ten and Weather Joanna Lumley’s Nile The Americans Jackpot247 British Touring Car Championship Highlights ITV Nightscreen

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Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Undercover Boss Australia George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Channel 4 News Summary Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not Blood Alley Countdown Deal or No Deal Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Channel 4 News Hollywood Me 24 Hours in A and E Dates Why Am I Still Single? 50 First Dates Random Acts Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sessions One Born Every Minute USA

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Little Princess Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom The Mr. Men Show Thomas and Friends Make Way for Noddy Fifi and the Flowertots Milkshake! Show Songs Peppa Pig Milkshake Monkey Roary the Racing Car Bananas in Pyjamas Tickety Toc The Wright Stuff Cowboy Traders 5 News Lunchtime Big Brother Home and Away Neighbours CSI: NY Pretend You Don’t See Her 5 News at 5 Neighbours Home and Away 5 News at 6.30 Paul Merton in India Emergency Bikers NCIS Big Brother Big Brother’s Bit on the Side

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Cricket Super League Backchat Football Gold European Challenge Tour Golf Cricket Super League Backchat Football Gold Cricket Football Gold T20 Cricket Sporting Heroes NFL T20 Cricket

Australian Ironman Challenge Series Golf Golfing World Ladies European Tour Golf Women’s Hockey Challenge Series Golf World Cup of Pool Australian Ironman World Cup of Pool Champions Tour Golf Boots ‘n’ All Total Rugby Elite League Speedway FIFA Futbol Mundial



Breakfast Crimewatch Roadshow Homes Under the Hammer Saints and Scroungers Escape to the Country Bargain Hunt BBC News at One Regional News and Weather Wimbledon 2013 BBC News at Six Regional News and Weather The One Show


If it has Britain talking then it will be talked about on the One Show, with the team bringing viewers the stories that matter from across the country.

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EastEnders Match of the Day Live BBC News at Ten Regional News and Weather Question Time This Week Holiday Weatherview BBC News

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This is BBC Two Homes Under the Hammer Coast Heir Hunters A to Z of TV Gardening Great Continental Railway Journeys Country Show Cook Off HARDtalk The Daily Politics Wimbledon 2013 Heir Hunters Flog It! Wimbledon 2013 Today at Wimbledon Who Were the Greeks? Mock the Week Newsnight Horizon The Review Show Panorama This is BBC Two D-Day: The Last Heroes


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Daybreak Lorraine The Jeremy Kyle Show This Morning ITV News This Morning Loose Women ITV News and Weather May the Best House Win Dickinson’s Real Deal Tipping Point The Chase ITV News London ITV News and Weather Emmerdale Tonight Emmerdale Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs Happy Families ITV News at Ten and Weather The Zoo The Americans Jackpot247 Tonight ITV Nightscreen

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The Hoobs Will and Grace According to Jim Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Undercover Boss Australia George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Channel 4 News Summary Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course River Cottage Veg Anne of the Indies Countdown Deal or No Deal Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Channel 4 News Compare Your Life 50 First Dates Eye Spy Random Acts 24 Hours in A and E The Man with the 10-Stone Testicles How to Find Love Online Dispatches


Countdown The Hoobs Will and Grace According to Jim Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Undercover Boss Australia George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Channel 4 News Summary Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course River Cottage Veg Heroes The Day Will Dawn Countdown Deal or No Deal Brendan’s Magical Mystery Tour Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Channel 4 News Four Rooms The Million Pound Drop Live PhoneShop Trojan Donkey Alan Carr Live: Spexy Beast Random Acts

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Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom The Mr Men Show Thomas and Friends Make Way for Noddy Fifi and the Flowertots Mio Mao Peppa Pig Milkshake Monkey Roary the Racing Car Bananas in Pyjamas Tickety Toc The Wright Stuff Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways 5 News Lunchtime Big Brother Home and Away Neighbours CSI: Miami Honeymoon for One 5 News at 5 Neighbours Home and Away 5 News at 6.30 The Hotel Inspector Cowboy Traders Extraordinary People Big Brother Big Brother’s Bit on the Side Cricket on 5 Super Casino

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Good Morning Sports Fans Football Gold European Tour Weekly European Tour Golf Total Rugby FIFA Futbol Mundial Sporting Heroes European Tour Golf Cricket Football Gold TBA Ringside Cricket

WWE Experience Boots ‘n’ All T20 Cricket Sporting Heroes Boots ‘n’ All T20 Cricket Elite League Speedway FIFA Futbol Mundial TBA Ringside The Winning Post Ringside World Wrestling Entertainment Late Night Raw


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Breakfast Crimewatch Roadshow Homes Under the Hammer Saints and Scroungers Escape to the Country Bargain Hunt BBC News at One Regional News and Weather Wimbledon 2013 BBC News at Six Regional News and Weather The One Show A Question of Sport EastEnders Would I Lie to You? Miranda Mrs. Brown’s Boys BBC News at Ten Regional News and Weather The Graham Norton Show Starship Troopers Weatherview BBC News

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Homes Under the Hammer Saints and Scroungers Heir Hunters A to Z of TV Gardening Antiques Roadshow Question Time The Daily Politics Wimbledon 2013

Sue Barker introduces live coverage from day five of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club. Eventual 2012 champion Roger Federer overcame a major scare at this stage last year, fighting back from two sets down to beat Julien Benneteau. 16:20 17:05 17:50 20:00 21:00 22:00 22:30 23:00 02:00

Heir Hunters Flog It! Wimbledon 2013 Today at Wimbledon Wild Shepherdess with Kate Humble Glastonbury 2013 Newsnight Glastonbury 2013 Question Time

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Daybreak Lorraine The Jeremy Kyle Show This Morning ITV News This Morning Loose Women ITV News and Weather May the Best House Win Dickinson’s Real Deal Tipping Point The Chase ITV News London ITV News and Weather Emmerdale Coronation Street Harbour Lives Coronation Street Britain’s Secret Homes ITV News at Ten and Weather Music and Lyrics Jackpot247 Columbo

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Little Princess Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom The Mr Men Show Thomas and Friends Make Way for Noddy Fifi and the Flowertots Peppa Pig Roary the Racing Car Bananas in Pyjamas Tickety Toc The Wright Stuff Emergency Bikers 5 News Lunchtime Big Brother Home and Away Neighbours The Mentalist Secrets of an Undercover Wife 5 News at 5 Neighbours Home and Away 5 News at 6.30 Paul Merton in India Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers Big Brother Big Brother’s Bit on the Side Big Brother Super Casino

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Breakfast Saturday Kitchen Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food BBC News Regional News and Weather Formula 1 Wimbledon 2013 BBC News Regional News and Weather Pointless

Quiz show in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else can think of. 19:20 20:20

TBA The National Lottery: In It to Win It

Quiz show in which five contestants must continue to give correct answers if they are to hold on to their share of a cash jackpot. 21:10 22:00 22:20 23:55 00:00

Casualty BBC News TBA Weatherview BBC News

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This is BBC Two F1: Grand Prix TBA Wimbledon 2013 TBA Wimbledon 2013 QI Mock the Week

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Comedy show combining the best elements of panel show, stand-up and improvised games with two teams of comedians taking a satirical swipe at the news and world events. 22:00

What a Load of Buzzcocks

A romp through key years of Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ 17 year run, combining the most engaging music news stories with a raft of Buzzcocks’ memorable moments. 22:30


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Jake and the Never Land Pirates Poppy Cat Canimals Bookaboo Almost Naked Animals Ultimate SpiderMan Gravity Falls ITV News Dinner Date The Jeremy Kyle Show USA Murder, She Wrote ITV News and Weather Saturday Farm Holiday on the Buses Columbo All Star Mr and Mrs Midsomer Murders Regional News and Weather ITV News and Weather You’ve Been Framed! TBA The Americans ITV News and Weather Wanted Jackpot247

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The Treacle People The Hoobs VW Racing Mobil 1 The Grid The Morning Line Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier The Big Bang Theory The Simpsons Heston’s Fantastical Food Channel 4 Racing Brimingham Grand Prix Final Channel 4 News Sarah Beeny’s Selling Houses Grand Designs The Million Pound Drop Live

Extraordinary game show in which contestants can win or lose lifechanging amounts of money live on TV. Filmed in a highly secure location, contestants are given their prize of a million pounds at the start of the show, but are then faced with eight tough questions that are linked to four trapdoors, each representing an answer, in order to hold on to the cash. 22:30 00:50

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Fifi and the Flowertots Bubble Guppies The Mr. Men Show Chloe’s Closet Roobarb and Custard Too Bananas in Pyjamas Noddy in Toyland City of Friends Little Princess The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky Angelina Ballerina Rupert Bear Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Toby’s Travelling Circus Roary the Racing Car Jelly Jamm Power Rangers: Samurai ThunderCats Big Brother CSI: NY TBA 5 News Weekend CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Big Brother Big Brother’s Bit on the Psych Neighbours Super Casino

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FIFA Futbol Mundial The F1 Show Lions Test Preview Cricket A.M British and Irish Lions Tour Ringside T20 Cricket British and Irish Lions Tour Ringside Fight Night Fight Night International Live

Football Gold T20 Cricket Women’s Hockey Ringside T20 Cricket European Tour Golf Football Gold A T and T National TBA European Tour Golf


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Breakfast The Andrew Marr Show Sunday Morning Live

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Spain’s singing sensation in Tenerife




Spain’s biggest selling artist in 2011 and 2012 is on his way to Tenerife


ABLO Alborán has broken all records in a meteoric rise to fame which has included 85 weeks at number one in Spain and Portugal and sell-outs at every one of his concerts.

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He only released his first album in February 2011 but has gained millions of fans in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Still only 24 and originating from Malaga, he was discovered after posting a video on YouTube playing his guitar whilst sitting on a white sofa in his home. Pablo will be playing in concert on July 12th at the Antonio Domínguez stadium in Playa de las Americas. This is part of his 2013 tour which is being described as “The Tour of the Year” and takes in locations such as Valencia, Bilbao, Barcelona and Gijon. He will be accompanied by his band. Tickets have gone on sale at the advance price of 25 euros and are available from various outlets or through On the day of the concert, remaining tickets (if any) will be available at 30 euros. The concert, which starts at 8.30pm, has the support of Arona council.


A museum to win you over!


ARTY-TIME will be combined with solidaritytime in Puerto de la Cruz on July 21st.


OU may think you don’t like museums but Tenerife aims to change your mind on that matter!

Those people who have visited the Museum of History and Anthropology in La Laguna are full of praise for its exhibits and surprising attractions. So much so, in fact, that the museum has gained a top award on TripAdvisor. Comments about the

museum on this popular site include “enchanting for children”, “magnificent”, “a very interesting place for all the family” and “just perfect”. TripAdvisor has presented the museum with a “Certificate of Excellence

2013” in recognition of its success. The distinction is only awarded if an attraction receives exceptional reviews and maintains a minimum score of four out of five points. It must also have featured on the website for a year and received a certain quota of reviews during that time. The museum features the histor y of island life in a beautifully restored country

mansion with balconies and patios. “We particularly liked the traditional Canary costume displays and the English notes we were given helped us appreciate the collection better,” said one of the TripAdvisor reviewers. If you want to find out more about Tenerife’s museums, see

To coincide with the traditional ceremony known as “Embarque Chiquito”, visitors will be asked to bring along food which will later be distributed amongst the needy. The donations will help families in Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava, Los Realejos, Santa Ursula, Tacoronte, El Sauzal, La Victoria, El Tanque, San Juan de la Rambla, La Guancha, Icod de los Vinos and La Matanza. The solidary event is being organised by the local Fishermen’s Association and Puerto de la Cruz council and stems from an idea first suggested last October. Brotherhood spokesman, Carlos Carrillo said they wanted to do something to help those in need in the north and were very pleased to have the support of so many groups, organisations and municipalities. Councillor for commerce, Lope Afonso echoed their thanks whilst the association itself was praised by fiesta councillor, Juan Carlos Marrero. Non-perishable food gifts should be delivered on the day of the embarcation of the Virgen del Carmen and bike festival. The collection point is in front of the Customs House (Casa de La Aduana) in Puerto between 10am and 9pm where bands will be playing to add to the atmosphere. This charity event is part of this year’s broader appeal of the July Fiestas.

Exhibition of a life-time’s work



N exhibition has opened in San Juan de la Rambla to pay homage to the life of José de Viera y Clavijo.

The event coincides with the bicentennial of his death in 1813 and looks at his life-time of work. José de Viera y Clavijo, born in Tenerife in 1731, became a great ecclesiastic, historian, botanist, ethnographer and professor. He is best known for his comprehensive “History of the Canary Islands”. This new inter-active exhibition displays examples of his work, studies and illustrations. It is split into three time zones: his life in Tenerife between 1731 and 1770, the period spent outside Madrid and the Canaries when he toured Europe during the years 1770 and 1784 and the last period spent in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from 1784 to 1813. The exhibition started at the cultural space La Alhóndiga but has now moved on to the Casa Amarilla de San José from June 17th to 28th from 4pm to 7pm.

Eating Out & About



Your dining experience around our restaurants

Terrazas del Mar, Playa Jardín / Puerto de la Cruz This beautiful restaurant provides the visitor with a truly unique experience. The ethos here is to offer diners the very best in food, service and attention to detail, no matter what your nationality. There are dishes to suit all tastes. All this comes at an affordable price as well. There are daily menus from six to ten euros and you can enjoy a tapa and beer for only 2.50 euros. Also to tempt you is paella, ice-creams, milk shakes and natural juices, fresh fish and Oriental dishes. Cocktails are from 2.75 euros to five euros. Added to this is the unbeatable attraction of stunning views to Playa Jardin. On 23 June they with be celebrating the San Juan fires so there is a special invitation to go along and celebrate with them.

Tasca Casa Paco, Los Cristianos Tipsy Terrace, Los Gigantes Tipsy Terrace in Los Gigantes is described as one of the friendliest places around and you will see why when you visit. This delightful venue is run with great enthusiasm by owners Sally and Sarah. They love to celebrate special occasions and dates in the calendar and have become experts in providing great entertainment and lovely decorations. It is not by chance that it has become a favourite place for many people, locals and holiday-makers alike. You will find great home cooking and dishes to suit all tastes, from breakfast through to evening meals and everything in between. Tap into their menu on and you can see all the choices for yourself, from Tipsy’s Ploughman’s and Rise and Shine sandwiches to wraps, jacket potatoes, burgers, crunchy salads, light lunches and much, much more. Tipsy Terrace also has a swimming pool, tennis, mini-golf and lovely gardens. It is easy to find as it is just by the coach and bus stops.

Restaurante Sebastian, Torviscas Bajo Restaurante Sebastian, near Sunset Bay, takes pride in going against the grain. We don’t believe that great food needs to be eaten in dull, boring places and think that small menus suit the people who run the restaurants not the guests. You can choose from over 30 items from our fantastic tapas menu. Alternatively you can try our daily three course special menu or our “A la carte” which features fillet steak, rib eye steak, chicken, pork, duck, salmon, cherne, sea bass and king prawns and a range of home-made pizzas. Children are made especially welcome, with their own menu of freshly made food and get a free Bizzi Bag. Everything is fully accessible for disabled guests and all dietary requirements like vegetarian, vegan, celiac are welcomed. The food is all made to order and there is nightly background entertainment which ranges from sax to acoustic guitar, trumpet to flute. Call us on call on 922 714 648 or check out (also for directions). We are very accessible, coming from San Eugenio, just turn right past right past Santa Maria apartments and we are behind minimarket Los Atamanes.

Jack’s Bar, El Duque / La Caleta If you are out and about around the beautiful El Duque beach area, where do you pop in for something to eat or drink? Why not try Jack’s Bar which is just off the sea-front on the way to La Caleta? You can walk to it along the beach (just at the end of El Duque beach, there are some stairs on the right which take you up an incline to the bar on the right). Jack’s Bar is run by Leonard and Christine from Newcastle and offers good British cooking and drinks at affordable prices, all live sporting events, karaoke on request (so if you want to sing, just ask!), a quiz on a Tuesday and Thursday and cabaret with Martin Yorke on a Saturday evening with songs from the 60s to the 90s. The menu includes breakfast all day, snacks and baked potatoes, main meals, children’s favourites and desserts. One tip. Try Christine’s home-made steak pie or cheese and onion quiche which she makes on the premises. They are delicious and very popular. You can sit inside or outside on the small sunny terrace. On Sundays, they serve a really good traditional Sunday lunch. Jack’s Bar is only small but as the saying goes, good things come in little packages and you will be guaranteed a very big welcome.


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Tasca Casa Paco is a hugely popular restaurant because it offers a real taste of Spain right in the heart of Los Cristianos. It has become known as the restaurant with the singing chef because owner Paco is always singing and most evenings will take to his guitar and sing Spanish and English songs with great expertise. There are more than 30 dishes on the menu and a wine list with over 50 choices. Paco is passionate about his food and only uses fresh ingredients. You can watch him as he creates your meal with an artistic flair. He’s like a maestro conducting an orchestra. People often talk about this place for weeks after their visit because it is a unique experience over and above the excellent cuisine. It’s not surprising it is highly rated on TripAdvisor, having recently held the number two spot for Los Cristianos. It’s easy to find near the cultural centre as you walk into Cristianos town. Find the two petrol stations and it’s on the left of the one in the centre of the road.


Eating Out & About


Your dining experience around our restaurants


Creativo – Gourmet Bistro Restaurant Café Playa de San Juan Creativo San Juan is a quality bistro restaurant-café bar located on the church square in the centre of this charming traditional fishing village. Offering a relaxed and informal environment, it is run by husband and wife team Klaus (Danish) and Eva (Canary). Creativo gained its name from Klaus’s ambition to deliver fabulous creative dishes to excite the taste buds whilst at the same time being attractively priced. He combines his many years of experience as a chef in starred restaurants in Denmark with his own innovative flair for turning locally sourced fresh ingredients into something very special and completely different. During the day, why not try a simple delicious lunch of Danish open sandwiches and tapas or perhaps come in the evening for something more exotic like roast lamb or cider pork. Choose from a simple one course to a three or four course menu with wine for a fine dining experience. Alternatively just enjoy sitting on the square and having a drink with friends. If you come on a Wednesday, you can see the local market in the square and stop in for a coffee break or lunch. Children and dogs are also catered for. A delightful, honest and refreshing venue catering for all. For reservations call 650609-791.

Restaurante Reina, Cuesta de la Villa - Santa Úrsula Cuesta de la Villa is the last stop before getting to Puerto de la Cruz on the motorway or the first one leaving there towards Santa Cruz. It´s a great little place to stop off for a coffee on the terrace, a snack or a meal and is a typical Canary eating house which everyone should sample. On average a three course lunch/ dinner will set you back about 12 euros with wine so the food is excellent value. Restaurante Reina only opened its doors on the 1st December 2012, so it’s brand new – neat, clean and gleaming but with a very warm welcome and lovely atmosphere. The food here is described as “innovative Canary cuisine with an international flavour”. The menu boasts an excellent variety of dishes which are based on the traditional but with a twist. Meat, chicken, fish and seafood all feature in the starters and main courses. However, they specialise in rice dishes which come in various guises but you can also opt for the traditional paella. Even the snacks have flair. There is a good selection of wines, including local names, all of which will make you want to return time and time again.

El Rincón de Cafetería Nivaria, La Laguna La Laguna is such a beautiful place to enjoy whether you live here permanently or are on holiday. If you are planning a visit, it’s nice to have some idea of where to eat so can we recommend El Rincón de Cafeteria Nivaria. Sometimes, the best food is found in the most unlikely places and this “corner café” is definitely one of them. This family business was established in 1956 in the north of the island. El Rincón de Cafeteria Nivaria opened its doors in the centre of La Laguna just a few metres from the municipal police station and the town hall so it’s easy to find. You will find this small but cozy little restaurant at 22 Calle Consistorio and you can be assured of a warm welcome from owner José Mario. Here you will find a fantastic array of delicious homemade tapas (such as tortilla, octopus, meatballs, meatloaf) plus bocadillos with various fillings like meat, ham, chicken and a good variety of desserts.

Clousseau’s Bar, Palm Mar If you fancy a change of scenery, head for Palm Mar and Clousseau’s Bar. Come in the day and enjoy a good walk over the nature reserve or sea-front, followed by a drink and nice meal or visit at night for your evening meal, some entertainment, karaoke or a quiz. Very much a family bar headed by owner Angie, it offers a great atmosphere, a friendly welcome and affordable prices. Clousseau’s is open every day from noon to close, with the kitchen operating from noon to 3pm Tuesday to Sunday and then 6pm to 9pm Tuesday to Saturday. There is a live act on a Saturday night, plus karaoke, and a quiz on Sunday evening. The food here is good British cooking, offering various breakfast options, sandwiches, brunch snacks, jacket potatoes, burgers, toasties and main meals such as the popular freshlybaked steak pie, sirloin steak, Mexican chilli bowl and half shoulder of New Zealand lamb. Sunday roast from noon to 3pm at 7.25 euros is delicious. Clousseau’s is on the left of the last but one mini-roundabout under Terraza del Faro complex.

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Your special fortnightly restaurant review

Sebastian, chic, edgy and the place to be

“More than just a restaurant”


F you are looking for somewhere chic and modern, head for Restaurante Sebastian in Torviscas Bajo, just five minutes from the beach-front.

This busy tourist area has lots of bars and places to eat but it’s not quite so easy to find somewhere edgy with contemporar y decor and dishes with artistic flair. Enter Restaurante Sebastian! An added bonus is that it’s very accessible either by foot, taxi or car. We had been looking forward to our review for some time, having admired the pictures on its excellent website, particularly the stunning bar and its unusual lighting effects. The on-line menu sounded very tempting and we had a good idea of what we would like to taste. Our visit fully lived up to expectations in terms of hospitality, surroundings, service and food and we can see why Restaurante Sebastian has become a firm favourite for tourists and local residents alike. One aspect which really shines for me is the ver y obvious thought and attention which has gone into marketing this restaurant. Its success has not happened by chance. The owners think about what people need in this tough economic climate and offer various options so you can tailor a visit to suit your budget. Innovations include a lunch and early diner which offers three courses for 12.95 euros (menu changes daily) if you eat between 1pm and 6.30pm. We also loved the attention to detail. The aluminium menu covers, the coloured lighting in the bar area which changes through the spectrums, the

unusual-shaped plates, the chef’s signature logos on his dishes. We spent most of the evening remarking “Oh, that’s

nice” or “that’s a good idea!” It’s probably a cliché to say Restaurante Sebastian is a “hidden gem” but it is as you won’t automatically walk past it when out and about in Torviscas. Cliche or not, it is true. You only have to look at the 260-plus reviews on TripAdvisor to see that other customers feel the same. The comments are glowing. “Classy little gem”, “Excellent menu and great choice” and “More than a restaurant” are just some of the comments. Managing partner and executive chef, Raul Roldan

Munoz is praised as one of the best chefs in Tenerife and we loved his cooking, together with his hospitality. Despite his hectic schedule, he makes time to come out of the kitchen and say hello to all his customers. He particularly loves it when they set him a challenge to create a special dish to meet their requirements. This all goes towards the restaurant’s ethos of being

“more than just an eating place”. It should be an experience, as well as a chance to enjoy the cuisine which is described as “a fusion of familiar tastes and new flavours”. My dining partner proved a typical example. Ordering the fillet steak (16.90 euros) – which he described as the best he had ever tasted – he didn’t want to miss out on his usual peppercorn sauce but was so tempted by the alternatives. Despite being a traditionalist, he simply loved the combination of rosemary,

choriza, jalapinos and Rioja which he opted for as a second sauce and considered it divine. The menu is hugely extensive and you can mix and match to suit your tastebuds and your pocket. There are salads and cold tapas and a selection of warm tapas which you can have as starters or as your main. There are meat dishes, fish, pizzas and a menu for children.

In both cases, it was the combination of ingredients which attracted my eye, reflecting what chef Raul is trying to do ie. to introduce the diner to new experiences. This is part of the fun of trying to choose from the menu. There is something for everyone, whether it be garlic mushrooms (6.70 euros), chicken croquettes (5.70 euros), Ribeye steak (14.50 euros) cooked to your liking

The tapas is priced between five and eight euros whilst mains average at about 13 euros. I chose a warm tapas dish for my starter because I loved the sound of ravioli filled with pear and parmesan (7.60 euros) which was mouthwatering and followed up with Medallions of pork fillet steak in a sauce of cider, apple and Dijon mustard (12.80 euros).

or a Vegetable pizza (7.50 euros) if you prefer to “place safe”. But if you like to experiment, temptations range from Fried mushrooms filled with spinach, prawns and blue cheese (6.75 euros), Fillet of cherne served on mashed potatoe with mango and fresh orange sauce (13.30 euros) or King prawns in cream of pineapple chutney and madras served with rice (13.90 euros). Just writing this makes me want to go back again! There is also a three-course mix and match menu for 24 euros which in itself offers

unusual dishes and there is an offer for Sunday lunch as well. The home-made desserts are also divine. I loved my apple strudel and ice-cream whilst a portion of warm chocolate brownie and ice-cream went down very well opposite me too! These were presented in a very pretty way. During our evening, we were very well looked after by James, just one part of the friendly team here, and enjoyed the soft background music, on this occasion provided by Elmar, a singer/ guitarist. You will find live music every night and this does help you to have a conversation without feeling as though ever yone else is listening. We chose to sit outside under the canopy but there are very options to suit your choice and the weather. You can see the bar area and its coloured lighting and unusual mosaics which all adds to the contemporary feel. Do give Restaurante Sebastian a try as you won’t be disappointed and will make it one of your favourites, whether you live here or are on holiday. Special celebrations and party bookings can be catered for.

Call on 922 714 648 or check out (also for directions). If you are walking in San Eugenio, come down the slight hill with the shops and hotels on either side and turn right just part the Santa Maria apartments. Walk for a few more minutes until you see mini-market Los Atamanes on the left and Restaurante Sebastian is just behind this.

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Your dining experience around our restaurants


Mamma Rosa, Playa de las Américas

Tapas ‘n’ Chill, Golf del Sur If you’re looking for tapas with flair and a chill-out atmosphere, this is the place to head for. A very popular restaurant, it is in the same ownership as Volare cabaret lounge next door so if you haven’t booked or arrive early, you can just pop in here for a pre-dinner drink (and go back afterwards for the entertainment!) Owner Gary is now in the kitchen and produces mouthwatering tapas dishes which are different and delicious. He has a great passion for cooking and this is reflected in creations such as “Meatballs in a slightly spicy creamy curry” or “Flakes of salmon, white and smoked fish potato cake with a chilli mint dip”. Couples usually have four to five dishes between them so they can share and get a variety of tastes. Don’t miss the house potatoes! Tapas & Chill is open seven nights a week from 6pm. If you are driving through Golf del Sur, go past the Winter Gardens bowling green on your right, take the next turning right and double back on yourself. Look out for the Apartamentos Aquamarine Golf on the left (opposite Best Buys supermarket) and there is a sloping pathway down to the sea next to it. Walk down here and Tapas & Chill is on the right.

Mamma Rosa has recently changed and updated its look, as well as introducing a new menu and presenting a more modern ambience to appeal to all ages. The things that haven’t changed after 22 years are elegance, top-class cuisine, an excellent varied wine list and, of course, the service you would expect. The restaurant is next to the Colón II apartments at the end of The Patch (near the last roundabout, with Santander Bank on the corner, and not far from the Hotel Palmeras). The cuisine is described as classical Italian and Scandinavian with Spanish and French influences, blended together and cooked in a modern style. Part of the new approach is to offer a ver y extensive fish menu. As with the meat, the restaurant tries where possible to buy local produce and support the islands’ agriculture. Likewise, the wine list allows you to choose a Canary Island wine, together with wines from around the globe such as the mainland, Italy, France etc.

Troya Restaurant & Bar, Los Cristianos Recently opened, Troya is already proving a great hit with all nationalities, including the British as you do get a real sense of home here. It’s not surprising. Owner Angel, who has invested a lot of love into a fantastic refurbishment, spent 28 years living in England and has drawn on all of his experience of a life-time in the restaurant trade. He has had restaurants before, including in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and found some inspiration for the decor from his favourite restaurant/pub near Ripon should you also happen to come from this area. The interior of Troya is cool, classic and elegant and there are two terraces if you wish to sit outside. The prices are very affordable as Angel, who comes from La Gomera, wants to provide a wide appeal to everyone. For this reason, the menu is international, offering good food and good service. There is live music from 8pm to 11pm every night, except on a Sunday. Troya is very accessible and in walking distance slightly up the hill from the Sunday market as you come to the first mini roundabout near other restaurants and bars and about ten minutes from the bus station.

Rendezvous Restaurant/Bar and Bistro, Golf del Sur The Rendezvous in Golf del Sur offers diners a double delight. By day and in the evening, you can enjoy a full menu with great prices and big portions at the Rendezvous Bar and Bistro, overlooking the bowling green at the Winter Gardens. In the evening, you might opt for the Rendezvous Restaurant which is just above it and offers an extensive à la carte menu, fine wines and a relaxing night out to enjoy excellent cuisine at a leisurely pace. “The Rendezvous Restaurant has a lovely ambience and it’s a restaurant where you can sit back and enjoy”. The Winter Gardens is very easy to find and is on your right just as you drive into the Golf and where you can park. Just go through the main entrance and down the steps or ramps to find Rendezvous. Booking is advised at the main restaurant because it is extremely popular and it’s testament to its success that diners come back time and time again.

Cabana Bambou, Playa de las Américas Cabana Bambou in Playa de las Americas is a restaurant you really need to visit, whether you live here or are on holiday. It offers the diner a different experience from the norm, courtesy of Fanfan, who is French, and Nick from Hungary. Fanfan creates the most gorgeous food and we can highly recommend the exquisite and unusual tapas. Do try the offer of six tapas dishes with a nice mixed salad and as much bread as you can eat for two people at just 25 euros. Fanfan’s fruit cakes and tarts are also to die for. Tapas and other smaller snacks are available at any time but if you would like to order what you want a day in advance, whether chateaubriand, fillet steak, couscous or a sea-food platter, just ring 697 865 871. Cabana Bambou is near the Safari Centre. It is underneath the reception of Royal Gardens (ie. lower floor) opposite the side road of the Mediterranean Palace. There is live Spanish and South American-style music each evening from 7pm (closed Tuesdays). Sit inside or out and party bookings welcome.


terrace · easy parking · kitchen open all day OPEN FROM 9AM TO 11PM, CLOSED ON TUESDAY Playa San Juan, on the church square. Tel. 650 609 791.

Pets World


Rats are far from dirty K

EEPING a domestic rat might not be ever yone’s cup of tea but they are clean, intelligent, enjoy human company and make wonderful pets.

Although domestic rats belong to the same species as the wild rat, they should not be viewed in the same way. Provided pet rats have been handled and socialised correctly from birth, you can share your home with them free from worry that they will be aggressive or spread disease. There are many varieties of rat with different coat and eye colours. These include white, cinnamon, blue and partcoloured coats with dark or pink eyes. Male rats are called bucks, females are does and babies are known as kittens. On average, they live for around two and a half years. Rats need company of their own kind, so it’s unfair to keep one on its own. To avoid unwanted babies, the best option is usually a pair or group of the same sex. Rats will breed frequently from as early as five weeks old, producing a litter of eight or more young each time. Females can become pregnant again within 24 hours of giving birth. The best place to buy a rat is from a reputable breeder and a baby should be at least six weeks old. Make sure they have been properly sexed and separated from the opposite sex by the time the males are five weeks old. If you buy from a pet shop, staff should be able to handle the rats confidently

Home comforts

The best home for your rats is a wire cage – the larger and taller the better, as rats are active and love to climb. Hamster cages are not big enough. A rat cage should be at least 50cm x 80cm floor space, by 50cm tall. The floor should be solid rather than wire, with a solid tray underneath, to avoid a rat trapping and injuring its feet

or limbs. Aquarium-style glass cages shouldn’t be used because the ventilation isn’t good enough. Litter should be put on the floor to absorb ammonia from droppings. Litter training your rats will help to keep their cage clean. Use dust-extracted bedding to avoid respiratory problems. Cat litter is unsuitable as bedding but can be used in your rat’s litter tray. Rats also need a nest box where they can sleep and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. A cardboard box with shredded paper bedding is ideal. They also enjoy a hammock hanging in their cage – this can easily be made from an old towel or similar material. Rats are susceptible to extreme cold and heat dehydration, both of which can be fatal, so make sure the cage is in a suitable environment away from direct


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Health matters

and show you how to tell what sex they are. Make sure all animals in the shop are in clean, good-sized cages with fresh food and water. Before buying your new pets, be sure you can give them enough time. Rats need at least an hour’s exercise outside the cage every day and, while they make great family pets, should not be looked after or handled by unsupervised children.

OUR baby blackbirds found themselves a long way from home after their nest travelled 300 miles on the back of a trailer being towed by a car.

The driver was unaware the birds’ nest housing the tiny nestlings was on the trailer when she started her journey in Plymouth. Upon arriving at Stamford in Lincolnshire, she was dismayed to discover they had travelled the whole distance with her and were now a long way away from their mum. The baby birds, who weighed between just 40g and 50g each, were taken to RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk to be cared for until they are old enough to fend for themselves. Manager Alison Charles said: “They are really tiddly little things – there’s no way they would have survived on their own. Without their mum to feed them and care for them these tiny blackbirds need us to step in and bring them up instead. “It was just an unfortunate accident that they were taken so far away from their mum – the driver simply did not know they were there and then it was too late and too far to return them.” The tiny birds need to be fed little and often and so are being fed every 20 minutes with a syringe.

sunlight and draughts. They also enjoy a hammock hanging in their cage – this can easily be made from an old towel or similar material.

Food for thought

Rats are omnivores and love a varied diet that includes grains, vegetables and a protein source such as dry dog food. Commercial mixes are available from pet shops. While rats are fond of titbits and household scraps, do not let them get too fat. They enjoy occasional pieces of fruit, vegetables, peanuts and sunflower seeds, but these can cause skin problems, so should be a rare treat. Fresh, clean water must always be available. If a water bottle is used it should be cleaned, refilled and checked daily to ensure it is not blocked or leaking.


Check your rat daily for any general signs of ill health, such as loss of appetite or lethargy. One of the most common problems in rats is infectious respiratory disease but this can only be passed from one rat to another – it can’t affect other species or humans. Be wary of buying a rat from somewhere with many other rats, particularly if any of them have rapid or noisy breathing. Other respiratory problems are also common in rats. Red discharge around the eyes or nose is a sign of illness and stress, although the redness is not blood but a natural pigment in the mucus. Some rats develop tumours as they get older – these are more common in females. While rats can be easily castrated, it is generally only necessar y to prevent unwanted breeding or to stop the occasional aggression to-wards other rats or humans. Rats are naturally very clean and spend a lot of time grooming themselves, although some may need their tails cleaned occasionally. This should be done gently with mild animal shampoo. If you are worried about any change in your rat’s health, consult your vet.

Exercise and entertainment Rats need at least an hour’s playtime outside their cage every day but you must first make the room safe and ratproof. Keep doors and windows closed and block

cracks in floorboards, as rats can get through seemingly impassable gaps. Keep house plants out of the way because some are poisonous to rats. Electric cables should be passed through piping so they cannot be chewed. Rats may enjoy toys such as pieces of plastic drainpipe or cardboard boxes but avoid wheels with spokes as they can cause a serious injury.

Getting to know you

Rats that are handled correctly soon after they are born will enjoy it. To help them get used to you, try carrying them around the house inside your jumper! Never pick up a rat by its tail as this can injure them. Instead, put one hand underneath its chest behind its forelegs, and support the hindlegs with your other hand, holding but not squeezing. Children will enjoy handling rats but must be supervised to make sure they do not hold them too tightly.

Rats as children’s pets Rats make good companions for children and adults. However, they do need daily social interaction and time out of their cage, so it is important that everyone in the family is keen on the idea of keeping rats as pets. Rats need larger cages than the smaller rodents but, being larger, they are easier to handle than small rodents. As with all children’s pets, it is important that an adult is responsible for making sure the rats receive the attention and care they need.

The dangers of antifreeze


OST people are unaware of the hidden dangers to pets from antifreeze poisoning.

Unfortunately many animals find the taste of antifreeze very attractive and ingesting even the smallest amount can lead to kidney failure and death, especially in cats. Always keep antifreeze in clearly labelled, robust, sealed containers, away from pets and their environment. Clean up any spills immediately, no matter how small and make sure pets cannot

access the area until it is clean and safe. Always dispose of antifreeze and water coolant safely and responsibly. There are times however, no matter how careful you are, when accidents can still happen. If you suspect your pet has come into contact with antifreeze, leaked water coolant or if they show any signs of vomiting, depression, being sleepy or having a

seizure, get them to a vet immediately. Signs of antifreeze poisoning can start to show as soon as 30 minutes after ingestion, though it can be two or three days before signs of kidney failure are seen. The sooner your pet receives veterinary treatment, the better their chances of survival. If left untreated, antifreeze poisoning can cause animals pain, suffering and distress and will lead to the death of your pet.


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The night of San Juan is an ancient festival celebrating the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere. As one would expect the festivities tend to revolve around fires and other types of symbolic gestures attributed to fire. The ideas is to give more force to the sun because beginning on that day the “force “ of the sun would dwindle as the Summer wore on. The fire also has a symbolic function as a “purifier”. This ritual can be seen all over South American, Scandinavia and the UK (Midsummer). These celebrations date back to before Christianity and are associated with the cycles of nature. In Spain the fires will be set on Sunday, 23rd June for the sunrise of the 24th. Some say the Midsummer Festival has roots dating back to the Guanches (indigenous population of Tenerife). All along the beaches you’ll see folks lining the coast line burning bonfires and setting up picnics, candles and flowers. The most wellknown and most attended celebration is in Puerto de la Cruz at Playa Jardin where more than 20,000 people are expected to revel the whole night through till the sun comes up. They will also go in for a dunk because the Midsummer waters are believed to have magical properties so remember to have your swimsuit with you! Others choose to just dunk their feet in to ensure a healthy year ahead. Legend has it that if you manage to stay up the whole night and catch the morning sunlight, you will see the famous San Borondon Island on the horizon…that also depends on your wine intake.


Fiesta de San Juan

If you decide to stay up or just return to the beach, at 8am the ritual bathing of the goats “Baño de las cabras” is a sight to see. Goatherds will bring their creatures from the Orotava Valley to be blessed in the celestial waters of the ocean. This ritual bathing was originally meant to bring farmers and goatherds together to do business trading livestock and exchanging information. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Saturday 22/6 “Enrame de Chorros Públicos” The lovely tradition of decorating sources of water throughout Puerto de la Cruz. Sunday 23/6 11am to 8pm Cheese Festival and more. Traditional cheeses will be up for tasting as well as handcrafts and ceramics in the “Muelle” of Puerto de la Cruz that will be up for display and purchase. The Midsummer festival of San Juan or the “Noche víspera de San Juan” in Playa Jardin. There will be the infamous bonfire burning and reveling on the beach with live music and lots of dancing. Festivities begin at 6pm and later a fireworks display so stay up if you can! Monday 24/6 Ritual bathing of the goats, “Baño de Cabras” from 8am to 2pm.

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Paganism, religion, jubilation, tradition, history, culture and identity all roll into one in the island’s great celebrations known as romerías—a kind of procession with folk dressed in traditional attire, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing, Several romerias have just passed like the one in Tegueste and Los Realejos. Below find a listing of upcoming romerias in Tenerife. In Tenerife, romerías were historically celebrated by the upper classes. Dressed in farming attire, they would get together to emulate country traditions, drink local wine and eat goat’s meat and beef as part of a religious cult to the saints closely bound up with the harvest, water and the land. These celebrations gradually became more popular and what was once an exclusive festivity was now open to all. Nowadays, romerías like that of Los Realejos, for example, also include traditional sports (goatherd’s crook, stick fighting and wrestling) and displays of traditional farming activities, which help stimulate a commitment to cultural values. Activities such as wheat threshing and milking goats and cows feature alongside craftwork displays including basketry, clay pottery, openwork, embroidery, traditional desserts and toys. ?Romerías are largely street festivals, but with a strong commitment to keeping farming and stockbreeding traditions alive. They are highly idiosyncratic events with their own flavour, aromas, traditional costumes and sounds. Timples (5- or 4-string guitar), lutes and guitars can be heard alongside chácaras (large castanet-like instruments) and drums. ?Attending any of the romerías in Tenerife is a chance to enjoy what are by far the island’s most popular festivals. And in August, the southern town of Arafo celebrates its water festival in honour of St. Augustine. JUNE 22/06/2013 – Paseo Romero of San Juanito in Punta ofl Hidalgo, La Laguna. 23/06/2013 – Romería of San Juanito in Igueste, Canoflaria. 23/06/2013 – Romería of Ifonche in Vilaflor of Chasna. 23/06/2013 – Romería of San Isidro in Tacoronte. 29/06/2013 – Paseo Romero of San Juan in Bajamar, La Laguna. 30/06/2013 – Paseo Romero of San Isidro in Las Carboneras, La Laguna.

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JULY 14/07/2013 – Romería of San Binito Abad in La Laguna. 21/07/2013 – Romería of Santa Ana y San Joaquín in El Ortigal, La Laguna. 28/07/2013 – Romería of las Nieves in Finca España, La Laguna. AUGUST 04/08/2013 – Romería of la Esperanza in El Rosario. 10/08/2013 – Bajada of Las Hayas (Romería of La Guancha). 14/08/2013 – Romería of la Virgin of Canoflaria. 16/08/2013 - Romería of San Roque in Garachico. 24/08/2013 - Romería of San Agustín in Arafo. 25/08/2013 – Romería San Isidro in La Victoria of Acintejo. 25/08/2013 – Romería of La Milagrosain El Ortigal Alto, La Laguna. 25/08/2013 - Romería of San Roque in Vilaflor. SEPTEMBER 01/09/2013 – Romería of Los Baldíos, La Laguna. 07/09/2013 – Romería ofl Socorro (Bajada of la Virgin) in Güímar. 08/09/2013 – Romería ofl Socorro (Subida of la Virgin) in Güímar. 08/09/2013 - Romería of San Isidro Labrador y Santa María of la Cabeza in Binijos, La Orotava. 14/09/2013 – Romería of San José in San Juan of la Rambla. 16/09/2013 – Bajada of San Carlos, Romería in El Tablado, Güímar. 29/09/2013 – Romería of San Miguel in Gineto, La Laguna. OCTOBER 20/10/2013 - Romería of Aofje

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Congratulations to all!




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How to choose the best sunglasses for your face shape


ASHIONS in sunglasses have changed enormously in the last couple of years and become much larger. That’s good because more of the face is covered and the delicate under eye area is well protected from sun damage.

However, this change has left a lot of us wondering which style to choose for the most flattering look! So instead of spending 30 minutes trying on sunglasses and struggling to see how they look in tiny shop mirrors, find out which sunglasses will suit your face shape here!


HEART-SHAPED FACES For a heart shaped face like Audrina Patridge, choose a style that draws attention downward. You need glasses that add width to the lower part of your face, so bigger styles work well but avoid anything that sits high and wide.


SPF make-up How much protection do you really get?


AKE-UP, creams and now hair products have all jumped on the sun-protection trend and advertise their products as containing varying amounts of Sun Protection Factor.

And it sounds like a great idea for foundation products to include some protection against sun-damage, but how much do you actually get? According to a dermatology report I’ve just been reading, the amount of sun protection in the normal amount of ‘SPF make-up’ is tiny!

What you need

You need 2 mg of sunscreen on each square centimetre of skin to give protection against the ageing action of the sun.

In addition, try to keep the focus on the top of the face to create the illusion of length and balance out width. Katy Perry gets it just right with this style because the side parts of the glasses connect at the top of the frame.

How much is that in SPF make-up? OVAL-SHAPED FACE Paula Abdul’s angular, dark frames are perfect for her oval face shape. Oval faces have balanced proportions and most sunglasses frames suit this face shape.

Miley Cyrus’ wears round sunglasses that fit for her heartshaped face. Shapes with round edges look great on heart shapes and soften the broad upper part of your face.

SQUARE-SHAPED FACES Paris Hilton always gets it right and these ‘Fly Eyes’ sunglasses complement her face perfectly. Square faces look best with round or oval frames and shouldn’t wear hard angled styles as this emphasises the squareness of the face.

For the average foundation with sunscreen, you would have to wear 7-times more than normal to get proper protection! And in the SPF mineral powders that we all love so much, you would need to apply 14-times as much as normal to get full sun protection! And on top of that, the pigment in foundation creams breaks down the chemical skin protector in sunscreens. That’s why we should always re-apply sunscreen every two hours, when outside in full sunshine. And who re-applies their SPF make-up several times a day?


Oval-faced Jessica Chastain looks very contemporary in a pair of over-sized, red-framed sunglasses.

Most foundations do contain a tiny amount of effective sun screening ingredients, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. But the quantity is too small to be of any use in preventing the ageing effects of sun

exposure. So the SPF labels on makeup, which many women rely on to protect their skin, is totally misleading and leaves skin unprotected! Apparently, in the U.S. they’ve just changed the law to insist that makeup brands remove the SPF labels altogether, because they give women a false impression about skin protection.

Prevention is the key So, if you want to stop sun damage and wrinkles spoiling your skin, always wear a high factor, broad spectrum (UVA/ UVB) sunscreen under your makeup. And that means a singlefunction sun protection cream, not one of the multi-purpose foundations. Mercadona do a good Solcare UVA/UVB SPF 50+ cream at a reasonable price: Solcare Crema Solar Sunscreen Cream Sport costs about €9.00 And remember, the more you protect your skin now, the less you’ll need to spend on anti-wrinkle creams later!

For more information about latest Anti-Ageing Facial Treatments, Permanent Make-Up (Micro-Pigmentation), Eyelash Extensions, the latest beauty treatments, hairstyles and nail trends contact: Beni’s Salon de Belleza, Santa Úrsula (English speakers - Tel: 922 30 37 15 mornings) - or 922 300 551 for Spanish speakers. Olivia Palermo looks super in these ultra-trendy, ‘Cat’s Eyes’ frames that are perfect to help soften a square face.


Fergie has chosen well with angular frames and a strong, straight line along the top of her frames. This is a good way to make a round face look longer and thinner. Angles make the face look sharper and play down full round cheeks.





Why men need to be aware too


REAST cancer is seen as a condition that only affects women but men can develop it too.

However, breast cancer in men is much less common than breast cancer in women, affecting just one in every 100,000 men in England. The most common symptom of breast cancer in men is a hard, painless lump that develops on one of the breasts. You should always visit your doctor if this is the case or if you have symptoms that affect your nipples, such as retraction or discharge. While these symptoms are unlikely to be the result of breast cancer, they need to be investigated further.

TREATING BREAST CANCER IN MEN In most cases of breast cancer, surgery is used to remove a section of the breast. This is usually followed by a long-term course of hormone therapy using a medication called tamoxifen. Tamoxifen helps to block the effects of hormones on breast tissue which are known to stimulate the growth of cancerous cells. It should help to prevent the cancer from returning. In some cases, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy can be used for the same purpose.

CAUSES The causes of breast cancer in men are unclear but a number of risk factors for the condition have been identified. These include age (most cases of male breast cancer affect men who are over 70 years of age), having a family history of breast cancer (both male or female), obesity (a body mass index of 30 or more) and alcohol consumption. It is estimated that around 300 new cases of breast cancer in men are diagnosed each year in England. The average age of diagnosis is 71 years of age. The outlook for breast cancer in men is less favourable than for women. This is because there is less awareness of the condition so it often takes longer to diagnose.

High temperatures in children


NY mother who has ever seen their child have a fit because of a high temperature will know how distressing it can be.

As a general rule, a temperature of over 37.5 (99.5F) is a fever which is invariably caused by an infection or other illness. Fever helps your body fight infections by stimulating the body’s natural defences. By increasing the body’s temperature, a fever makes it harder for the bacteria and viruses that cause infections to survive. Conditions that can cause a soaring temperature include many viral infections such as flu and chickenpox and if the child has not been fully immunised, measles and mumps. Fevers can also be caused by ear infections, tonsillitis and kidney or urinary infections. You can usually treat young children at home using infant paracetamol. However, if you are worried about your child, trust your instincts and seek medical advice.

Other symptoms Symptoms that may be a sign of a more serious illness include being unusually sleepy, not drinking for more than eight hours and having a non-blanching rash (a rash that doesn’t fade when a glass is pressed firmly against the skin; this is known as the tumbler test).

Febrile convulsions Febrile convulsions are seizures (or fits) that sometimes happen in children who have a high temperature. They are most common in children under three and are rare after the age of six. They can happen as a result of any illness that causes a high temperature. They can be frightening for parents but look much worse than they actually are. Febrile convulsions rarely cause any long-term complications. If the fit has not stopped within three minutes, call the emergency services. If it is your child’s first ever seizure (or fit) and it has stopped and the child has fully recovered, you should still seek medical advice. About one in three children will have another febrile seizure when they are next ill, especially within the first year of their first seizure.

Looking after your eyes A frequent and benign but potentially dangerous tumour


HE pterygium is a benign, non cancerous, wing shaped (“petyrigion” is the ancient Greek word for “wing”) tumour of the conjunctiva (which is the superficial membrane that covers the surface of the eye). The body of the wing is easily visible as a slight redness on the “white” part of the eye, usually on the nasal side. The whitish, irregular, bulbous summit of the wing is directed to the centre of the cornea (the main, anterior, lens of the eye).

It is a very frequent tumour, particularly in adults living in hot and sunny areas as it is the case in south of Tenerife. Congenital forms of this tumour are very aggressive and, fortunately, rare. The most frequent form is the one that

develops in persons exposed to ultra-violet (UV) rays of the sun during leisure (beach, sunbathing, nautical water ski, surf, windsurf, kite surf, diving, rowing, delta plan, hiking, alpinism etc.) or professional activities (marine fishing, open air agriculture and constructions etc.). Trachoma (also a disease of sunny countries) and the exposition to infra-red (IR) rays produced by high degree heat (pastry cookers, bakers, pizzaïolos, firemen, welders, glaziers, workers in steel industry etc.) and to irritating products (natural or industrial dust, sand, cement etc. ) are also predisposing factors of this tumour. The risk of occurrence is high when the exposition to these factors happens during childhood. UV and IR filtering sunglasses is a good prevention mean. Left without treatment, the pterygium, initially limited to the conjunctiva, extends progressively towards the centre of the cornea and becomes annoying by its unesthetic appearance and the occurrence of chronic mechanical irritation due to the increase of its thickness. The


extension towards the centre of the cornea can lead to visual, sometimes disabling, defects. The modes of evolution of this tumour can go from slowly progressive to aggressive. In order to determine its evolutivity, the ophthalmologist takes photographs of the tumour at each visit. Surger y is the unique widely acknowledged treatment. It is indicated if the tumour invades the cornea. At the moment the cornea is invaded, the longer one waits before surgery, the greater the risk of keeping visible scars and visual impairment. Many surgical techniques are used to cure this tumour but the risk of its relapse, sometimes fast and aggressive, reaches five to 50%, depending on the technique chosen by the surgeon. The combination of different techniques, adapted to each particular case, joined to meticulous and extensive procedure, lowers notably the risk of relapse. Dr. Saffiedine Oftalmología Playa de Las Américas

What causes a frozen shoulder?


HOULDER pain can be caused by a minor injury, bad posture or an underlying health condition.

Conditions that can cause shoulder pain include frozen shoulder, rotator cuff disorders, shoulder instability, acromioclavicular joint disor-ders, osteoarthritis and a broken arm or broken collarbone. Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a painful, persistent stiffness of the shoulder joint, which makes it difficult to carry out the full range of normal shoulder movements. It occurs when there is thickening, swelling and tightening of the flexible tissue that surrounds your shoulder joint. This leaves less space for your upper arm bone (hu-merus) in the shoulder joint and makes movement stiff and painful. You may find it difficult to carry out everyday tasks, such as dressing, driving and sleeping comfortably. Some people are unable to move their shoulder at all. The symptoms of frozen shoulder can vary greatly but tend to advance slowly. They are usually felt in three stages spread over a number of months or years. Most cases occur in people aged over 40 years. The condition is more common in women than in men. The exact cause of frozen shoulder is not fully understood. However, there are several risk factors that make it more likely. These include shoulder injury or surgery (keeping your arm and shoulder still for long periods of time, for example while you recover from an arm injury or arm surgery) or diabetes. Other health conditions which can increase your chances of getting frozen shoulder include heart or lung disease, an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) and Dupu-ytren’s contracture (a condition that causes one or more fingers to bend into the palm of your hand).





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Are dog beaches a good idea? Dear Editor I read with interest your front page article on “Dog beach is a first”. Initially, I thought the idea of allocating part of a beach in Las Palmas for dogs only was a good one but on reflection, it might be fraught with difficulties. I am a dog owner and I do agree that pets like nothing better than being let loose on a

deserted beach and to run at will in and out of the water. Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect world and humans as much as dogs can’t always do what they want. Beaches and dogs probably don’t mix. The only way to do this would be to allocate one entire beach purely for dogs and their owners. How would this beach in Gran Canaria be split? It would probably be divided by a rope and with all the best will in the world, some dogs are bound to be too enthusiastic and stray on to the area for humans.

WWW.TENERIFENEWS.ORG.ES If the part of the beach was to be used only at special hours for dogs, I really can’t see that all dog owners will clean up after their pets. It would be impossible to have someone on duty all the time to make sure people clean up if their dogs mess the sand and even if doggie bins were provided, it doesn’t mean to say their owners will oblige. I can foresee other problems too. Wouldn’t dogs fight or even jump up at other bathers nearby? I know beaches are supposed to be for everywhere but it might just be better to allow dogs on leads along promenades and not on beaches at all. What do other readers think? J George, Los Cristianos

What does no charge mean? Dear Editor I am not specifically criticising Ryanair as I know many of the other airlines are the same, including Monarch, but this week’s strike by French air traffic controllers served to show up a complaint made by many passengers. Their website states that in the event of a cancelled flight, the passenger can opt for a total refund or redivert free of charge to another flight. However, nowhere on the website does it explain what “free of charge” means. Does this mean there is no charge for the actual transfer or no charge whatsoever ie if the flight cost more, then the passenger does not have to pay? Amongst all the questions and

answers on the Ryanair site, this answer is not given and there is no email to write to, just a helpline with expensive

call-time costs. I have yet to discover the answer. Has anyone else had this problem? Annoyed passenger

Jeannie Nestor 27th May 2013

Everything and the kitchen sink Dear Editor I did have to laugh at Brian Eldridge’s Puerto diary in which he wrote about rubbish collections. How right he is about what to do if you want to get rid of something. Just take it along to your nearest basura point and leave it. Five minutes later, it will be gone. We have seen this happen with everything, including clothes, shoes, plates, knives and forks, mattresses, chairs, washing lines, even a kitchen sink on one occasion. Really, this isn’t a bad idea. It encourages recycling and probably helps families out who are suffering from the economic crisis. If people take the items to sell them later, well good for them, it shows a bit of enterprise. I wonder, however, how long it will be before health and safety get their teeth into this and start to warn of fines for depositing items in this way. I for one hope not. A.T.H, Los Realejos

Jeannie (Sally Jean) Nestor, passed away peacefully on the 27th May, aged 58, at Woking Hospice, Surrey. Jeannie arrived to Tenerife from the Costa Brava in the early eighties and decided to make Puerto de la Cruz her home. During her years here she worked for several major tour opertators and their agents, involved in office administration and airport passenger coordination. Jeannie became unwell early last winter and decided to return to the UK in April to be closer to her family. Sadly missed by caring neighbours, great friends and colleagues accross the Island, a memorial service is being proposed for the end of June. For more information please contact the following number 637408919. Jeannie Nestor Died 27th May 2013





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Culinary delights south of Santa Cruz BY JEREMY TAYLOR We took a holiday driving along the golden coast of south Tenerife, stopping off regularly to feed the horses as it were. From Candelaria we progressed to el Puertito de Güímar and on to Ten-bel, El Médano, Los Cristianos, Los Angeles (no, sorry, Playa de las Américas it is called) and finishing in Los Gigantes. I found the menus even more entertaining than the good food we consumed. A translator has shewn invention and wit in home-baked translations from Canary Spanish into English. We made a note of some of the more eye-catching dishes: Piss of Fry Fisch wit Sagging Pees has a fine if scatological sound, but what about this: Brest of Hen from Napolitan with Abocat Salsa and not to be outdone, this tangy example of pastoral feeding:Filet of Cow in Mustardy but at the same Ritzy eating house you could go Italian with Setas (Toadstools) and Gerlic served on the plate

with Tagliatelly: the last-mentioned might have been a television programme; I am not sure. We moved from restaurant to cafeteria to guachinche to roadside snackeries and everywhere we found the ubiquitous Translator had been hard at work. This gem comes from El Médano: Fockachia (well really!) with Oregon which would have made Italians brought up in the United States content. Also in El Médano we were awed by: Racula Salad (Racula, Letice Peaces, Tomato, Umyan and Some Parmesians) Perhaps they missed the ‘d’ in ‘Drucula’? High up in the hills between the mountain villages and forts we could not miss a food cabin where the speciality of the day was: Between the Tables of the Día with Cockers (in Season) But first we couldn’t avoid an Especial Samwicth of

Spinache and Jam from York which was certainly different from your average sarnie. A little further on, dining with a spectacular view of a sanded football pitch, our horrified eyes were caught by Scollops of the Chef and we hope the scandalous operation to remove them from the poor cook was not too agonizing. This gourmet’s tour reminded me of one of the late Ned Sherrin’s tales. This one was about the King Singers, who had come upon a restaurant behind the Opera House in Budapest where they ate Meat Gele (trembling jellied meat), Miscued Poulet Salade, some Ice-cooled Spawn, Cow-Meat suddenly roasted with salsa accompanied by Vegetarian Eatables to the liking of the Hermit. At the same eating house the great speciality was the resounding Disc of Chateaubriand with a Heap of Vegetables. But I think our island translator easily beat his Hungarian colleague, don’t you?



Barking Mad! BY GEMMA METCALFE At 4ft on her hind legs, Darcy, who looks distinctly like Britain’s Got Talent´s dancing pooch, towered over her adopted sister Dora, a crazy Jack Russell cross with strange Pondenco ears. Their tails were happily wagging as they yanked their owners out the door and into their new playground; for just yesterday they had moved from the bustling streets of Los Cristianos to the open aired postcard town named The Golf Del Sur. Taking in the views were magnificent, and Darcy and Dora were in awe of the swishing palm trees, clear blue ocean and the way the sun beat down on their little wet noses. ‘Lets go and have a look at the posh houses’ announced Dora, whilst simultaneously pulling on her lead to suggest that’s where she’d like to go. ‘Wow they look incredible!’ panted Darcy. Just then, quick as a flash, the Doggie’s pleasant morning took a harsh and unexpected jolt. ‘Ugh look at the state of your lead,’ yapped Claude, a slightly ‘feminine’ King Charles Spaniel. His gaze was fixed on Darcy, the meeker of the two Dogs. ‘How very grotesque, it’s all ripped and frayed, good heavens woman.’ ‘Oi, who da ya think your talking to?’ yelped Dora in her sister’s defence. Where she’d picked up the Manchester accent from was anybody’s guess. Surveying the garden, or rather ‘the land’ in which Claude was inhabiting, Darcy did feel somewhat shameful of her own situation. For the first time she wished her coat was a bit less ragged, her name-tag hadn’t fallen off her collar, and that her owner wasn’t swinging about the contents of her supper in a plastic bag. ‘And you’ yawned Claude, barely giving little Dora recognition at all, ‘I have no idea how you came to be my child, let’s just say your mother must have had a very wild night down Las Americas.’ ‘Yeah well, at least my mum doesn’t look like my dad!’ Leaving Claude’s mouth agape, the girls were dragged on by their owner John, ‘Stop barking you two’ he chuckled good naturedly. Each day for the next week, the doggies were taken on their usual morning walk past the beautiful Villas and on to a waste ground where they happily chased stones and dug for treasure; but each morning, the same fate awaited them....Claude! ‘Oh it’s the Sisters grim’ he bellowed, whilst licking the fresh chicken liver pate from his lips. ‘Going on your ‘run’ are you?’ Dora sauntered right up to the royal iron gates, her nose firmly in the air. ‘Yeah, you should try it sometimes, it’s called avin a laff!’ ‘Hmm, ‘avin a laff eh,’ I’d much rather do a few gentle strolls around the gardens, followed by a dip in the pool,

not communal obviously, heaven forbid, and then take it easy until elevenses.’ The day after the girl’s owners assumed Darcy wasn’t feeling too well. They only made it to the top of the street before she was pulling to come back. She’d gone off her food too; her favourite Spar special meaty chunks was now left at the bottom of her bowl, and they could have sworn she’d tried to turn on the shower. ‘Hey’ announced John to his wife Karen, ‘The Dog refuge are having an open day this weekend, lets go and take the dogs, might be just what they need.’ ‘Good idea’ beamed Karen. The weekend was suddenly upon them and they set off in the car (with their doggy seat belts on of course) to the dog refuge open day. ‘Wow this place is so cool,’ yapped Dora insensately, bemused by all the dogs around her;all happily wagging their tails at her arrival. The place smelt of ham and sausages...there was even a doggy tom bowler! After a while, when the music had stopped and the raffle had been announced, Darcy and Dora were taken by their owners into the main section of the refuge, where all the abandoned dogs lived. The noise was deafening and Darcy just wished she could go home to the comfort of her blanket and squeaky bone. ‘This one is Poppy,’ said a nice lady, ‘And this one, this is Beavis, he was abandoned in Chayofa last year, and this is Molly and Robson and Claude and...’ ‘What!’ yelped Dora at the top of her tiny lungs. Flipping round as fast as you can say ‘walkies’, Dora and Darcy couldn’t believe their eyes, laying there, with one paw over his eyes, was Claude: nasty, pompous, self righteous Claude! ‘That’s funny, said Jon, I’m pretty sure that’s the dog who lives in the villas near us in the Golf?’

‘Ah yes it will be,’ explained the kind lady. ‘The lovely people who live there agree to take the dogs now and again, just for a week or two. It’s good for them to have some space to run around, to integrate with a family. Claude was there a few weeks ago. He’s had a terrible time bless him, abandoned as a puppy in an apartment. It was three days before he was found.’ Too embarrassed to look up, Claude tried to make himself invisible. He tucked his tail right underneath him, and cast his eyes downwards. He felt a small trickle of a tear escape his eye. Gently nudging Dora out of the way, Darcy took a step forward, and very slowly and very cautiously licked the top of Claude’s head. ‘Don’t worry Claude, I once pretended I was Pudsey of Britain’s Got Talent, it was really embarrassing when they asked me to dance to the Flintstones. We all make mistakes.’ Eventually Claude looked up into the sincere face of Darcy, her shabby coat and biscuit smell no longer being of importance. ‘Aww they seem to really like each other,’ laughed Karen. ‘Such a shame about Claude, and such a beautiful looking Dog.’ John looked at the three pooches, all licking one another´s faces. ‘Oh what the heck, one more won´t make a difference, plus it will be nice to have another man around the house... grab your coat Claude, you’re coming home with us.’ All three dogs stared at each other in amazement, before jumping up at John and Karen like over excited children. ‘Mind you’ joked Darcy on the way home, ‘I think we’re out of Caviar’ ‘Don’t worry Claude,’yapped Dora, ‘We’ll stop off at Mercadona and get you some.’ ‘Look,’ beamed John, ‘I think Claude’s laughing!’ ‘Dont be daft,’ sighed Karen, ‘he’s a dog!’

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AIN Banks, a very prolific and popular author, has sadly died at the age of 59. His latest book, the Quarry, which he had hoped to see on the shelves before he died, will be published shortly. He had written 23 novels. On Thursday, the eighth of August, a Garden Party is to be held at the library.There will be a buffet lunch and entertainment which has still to be decided upon.Details will be available later. We now have available five recently arrived bestsellers - the first three of those reviewed are Richard & Judy recommendations.

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TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) Don’t get involved in joint ventures. You may be more emotional than usual. Beware of someone who is trying to make you look bad.

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decision. They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours.

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CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be sure to take care of any minor ailments. You need to be inspired and have your spirits lifted. You may have a hidden adversary who would love to prove you wrong.

LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Channel your energy into decorating or household chores. Get busy doing all those things at home that you have been putting off for so long. Being unappreciated by your boss could make it hard to do your work effectively.


For eleven-year.old Julia, it is the age of miracles; the age where kids shoot up three inches over the summer, that rough crossing, from childhood to the next life. But it is not just her own world that has turned on its head. Julia and her parents wake one ordinary Saturday to discover that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. No one knows why, no one knows how to deal with it. Their 24 hour day grows longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day becaomes night and night becomes day. As Julia’s family, then her community fragments, she must navigate both the normal disasters of everyday life, and an everterrifying new world.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper’s island.It holds a dead man and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating

Dead and Buried by Stephen Booth

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Nick and her cousin Helena have grown up together, sharing long,hot summers at Tiger House. With husbands and children of their own, they keep returning. But against a background of parties, cocktails, moonlight and jazz, how long can perfection last? There is always the summer that changes everything.

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The Devil’s Light by Richard North Patterson A nuclear warhead is stolen. A chilling broadcast follows. America waits in fear. Yet the broadcast deceives, And, with the world’s eyes fixed on the USA, The weapon’s true target lies dangerously exposed. Agent Brooke Chandler senses the decoy, and raises his concern. But his superiors are not prepared to listen. Unless he can convince them, one cataclysmic flash of light will signal a dark new dawn of

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A summer of surfing at El Socorro SPECIAL COURSES


AVE you ever wanted to try surfing or bodyboarding?

Each year, Los Realejos council teams up with El Socorro Surf School to offer introductory courses during July, August and September. Hundreds of children and adults have enjoyed them and this summer, the programme reaches its 12th edition. The courses are held on the beach of El Socorro which is exceptionally lovely and has the ideal conditions for surfing and body-boarding because of the wind and high waves. The Mayor, Manuel Domínguez said these water sports were a

great hobby for health, enjoyment and companionship. Sports councillor, Benito Dévora pointed out that El Socorro beach had recently regained its Blue Flag award for quality. A press conference was held on the beach to give details of the courses. You can choose ten sessions for 60 euros over a fortnight or 20 sessions during one month for 110 euros. Secretary of the Canary Surf Federation, Adrián García said they had reduced prices this year without compromising on quality or benefits such as the inclusion of insurance, materials, a tee-shirt and diploma. Registrations are now being taken, either at the Youth House in Los Realejos or via where you can download and fill out an application form. There are different times to choose from and each group has a maximum of 15 students with five monitors. There is also a summer camp run by the “AR2Surfproject” which offers full accommodation for either six or ten days in the rural summer houses on the beach. This offers surfing and bodyboarding with complementary activities such as excursions. Please see www.ar2surfproject. The Canary Surf School, which supports the summer camp, also offers a course for would-be monitors if you are interested in becoming a trainer. Meantime, don’t forget that El Socorro beach hosts various competitive events for you to watch.

Fans to pour in for annual rally


NE of the most important motor tests of the island will be hosted by Granadilla de Abona on June 21st and 22nd.

The 22nd edition of the Rally Villa de Granadilla is expec-ted to attract many fans from all parts of the island. The event details were unveiled by representatives of the organisers, including sports councillor Marcos González Alonso; first deputy Mayor, Juan Rodríguez Bello; president of the Insular Motorsports Federation, Benito Ro-dríguez; president of the Atogo club,


José Manuel Velazquez and Archiauto Ford Las Chafiras boss, Marcos Hernández. On behalf of Granadilla council, Sr. Alonso stressed their commitment to the event, hence their contri-bution of 10,000 euros to-wards the rally as the town became home to sport on four wheels. Thanks were also exten-ded to the Atogo club and to all sponsors as without their help, the event would not be possible. Now, there is an open invitation to members of the public to attend and get to know the heritage, cuisine and people of the town. June 21st will see the formalities and the arrival of the cars in the afternoon within the closed park at the Los Hinojos sports centre in the town centre. Saturday’s activities will start from 9am with the first departure and will conclude at 10pm. Fans can find more details on www.ral


Cabildo’s praise for CD Tenerife


ORE than 1,000 fans gathered in the Plaza del Cabildo in Santa Cruz to applaud CD Tenerife on their promotion success.

They were rewarded when players, staff and management came out on to the balcony of the Cabildo’s headquarters. Inside, there had been a special reception to honour their achievement when hopes were expressed for a successful future and to strive forward. CD Tenerife clinched promotion to the Second Division A and Cabildo president, Ricardo Melchior recognised the hard work and professionalism which had been shown. He also praised

the contribution of fans, especially those who followed the team week in, week out. Club president, Miguel Concepción thanked the Cabildo for its ongoing support as “without it, the club would not exist.” Cabildo sports councillor, Cristo Pérez said promotion was very important to the island, not just because of the return to professional football but because it was a way of spreading the name of Tenerife in the mainland.


Summer course on soccer


VERYONE knows football is massively popular all over the world but what impact does it have on society?

What is the connection between soccer, politics, identity, gender and communication? How should goals really be celebrated and what role does the individual play? These are just some of the issues which will be ex-

plored during a course offered by the Summer University of Adeje from July 15th to 19th. Conducted in Spanish, it will be held over 20 hours and have capacity for 100 people. You can register on line on








Race runners Putting women’s basketball on the map show their solidarity G RANADILLA is hoping to put women’s basketball on the map by hosting a summer camp from July 1st to 6th.

The event will count on the support of renowned coaches and professionals and is aimed at girls between the ages of seven and 17. The camp takes place at Los Cardones in San Isidro and is organised by the local council which is keen for the sport to be established in the municipality. Sports councillor, Marcos González Alonso said they were pleased Granadilla would be a reference point this summer for women’s basketball as it was a great way to bring the world of sport to girls. Noelia Ibañez is already a Granadilla success as she has been picked for the national team. The camp will be taken by professional tutors and will receive special visits from top basketball players. Those interested can email or ring 609594040 or 690863082.



UNNERS who took part in a championship race through Granadilla de Abona showed their solidarity by donating non-perishable


The sporting event covered a five and ten kilometre route through the town’s most emblematic streets and attracted a huge crowd of spectators. There was a particularly large turnout as the race coincided with celebrations for San Antonio de Padua. More than 300 athletes took part in the Canary Championships and inaugural Carrera Popular Triabona. The initiative was organised by Granadilla council’s sports department, headed by Marcos González and the triathlon athletic club, Espíritu Triabona whose president is Alexander Pérez. The runners were professional and amateur but all shared the wish to show solidarity and were happy to bring along a kilo of nonperishable food as part of the registration requirements. The donations have since been delivered to needy families in the municipality. The route started from the plaza San Antonio de Padua, along the main road, around the plaza del Convento and

then through the areas of Calvario, Mencey de Abona and Charco del Pino before returning the same way. For the five kilometre race, it was one circuit but twice round for the ten kilometre event. The adult test attracted some big names, with renowned athletes such as Ayoze Pérez, José Ignacio Martín and Roberto Vera, as well as members of the club Trivalle de Güímar, Francisco Viñoly of Tenerife Caja Canarias, local athletic clubs and organisers of the event, Daniel Llinares and Iván Álvarez. The results of this championship were validated by judges from the Canar y Federation of Athletics and will be valid for national tests. Winners were Francisco Viñoly, Nacho Martín and Ayoze Pérez. Organisers said they were very happy with the success of the event and the reception it received. Granadilla was in turn delighted to become for a few hours the seat of athletics at the highest level on the island.

Mountain challenge Dario faces new cancer run challenge proves great success


NTREPID athlete Dario Dorta who last year ran 280 kilometres non-stop over four days in Tenerife is planning another major challenge.

Later this year, he will tackle an arduous circuit which will take him through all the Canar y Islands in order to raise funds for the Spanish Association against Cancer. Dario, who is 35, and his team have been working on Runspiral for the last five years with the pledge to do something different for charity each year in different countries and locations. His first event was in September 2012, having started from Santa Cruz and concluding

high up on Mount Teide. Support is already coming in from various sources and Fuentealta has just announced that it will be the official water brand for the challenge. Fuentealta has always been a great supporter of sport and in 2011 signed an agreement to help the Spanish Cancer Association. The 2013 run will be called the “Canary Challenge” and Dario is hoping for the public’s support. You can follow news and progress on


OSÉ Oliver Perera and Leticia Martín were the winners of the third Asomadero Trail in Los Realejos.

The mountain challenge attracted 248 runners who started out late afternoon from the plaza Viera and Clavijo with the route ending in the centre of Realejo Alto. In total, 227 participants managed to cross the finishing line, with José Oliver Perera Hernández first in the men’s category with a time of one hour, 22 minutes and 28 seconds. This was a test record, knocking more than six minutes off Jonay Luis Aguilar’s achievement of last year. In the women’s section, Leticia Martín Cabrera was first

with a time of 01:50:54. The competition organisers said this type of test is increasing in popularity and prominence and Los Realejos had become an ideal place for practice and competitions. The Asomadero Trail went through a variety of countryside, across pathways and tracks, roads and through forests. There were various categories, including for veterans and there was a special prize for the first Los Realejos runner to cross the line who was Pedro Guillama Luis of Club Natación Reales.

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Another prize for champion Vettel


ED Bull Racing has announced that Sebastian Vettel has extended his contract with the team for an additional year, through to the end of 2015.

Vettel, the reigning world champion, has won the drivers’ title for the past three seasons with the Milton-Keynes based team. Previously a member of the Red Bull Junior squad, Vettel first drove for Red Bull in 2009. During his Formula One career, the 25-year-old German has achieved 29 wins, 51 podiums and 39 pole positions. Vettel’s team mate beyond the end of 2013 remains unconfirmed, with Mark Webber’s current contract expiring at the end of this year. The news comes after Vettel and Red Bull proved to be in a class of their own as they finally broke their Montreal duck in dominant style at the Canadian Grand Prix. Such was Vettel’s initial pace that he seemed to be on a three-stop strategy but it soon became clear that he wasn’t and that nobody was going to be able to challenge him. He was even able to brush a wall out on the back of the circuit on the 10th lap and then make an uncharacteristic mistake in the first corner on the 52nd, without being even remotely threatened. The race puts Vettel well ahead in the drivers’ championship with 132 points to Alonso’s 96, Raikkonen’s 88, Hamilton’s 77 and Webber’s 69, while in the constructor standings Red Bull have 201 to Ferrari’s 145, Mercedes’ 134 and Lotus’s 114. All eyes are on Silverstone for the ever-popular Grand Prix on June 30th. Pos Driver Nationality Team Points 1

Sebastian Vettel


Red Bull Racing-Renault



Fernando Alonso





Kimi Räikkönen





Lewis Hamilton





Mark Webber


Red Bull Racing-Renault



Nico Rosberg





Felipe Massa





Paul di Resta


Force India-Mercedes



Romain Grosjean





Jenson Button





D Realejos will be one of the two representatives from the north next season in the Third Division.

The club, led by Victor Platero, recently achieved promotion and they were honoured for their achievement by the local council of Los Realejos. The former legendary player with Unión Deportiva Realejos, Victor has become one of the main architects of getting the club back to the Third Division from the Preferente category. The coach has led the youngsters who deserve their success with much hard work and commitment. The club will be representing Tenerife in the third tier with the only other team to do so, Vera. The Mayor of Los Realejos, Manuel Domínguez and sports councillor, Benito Dévora received the staff, directors and coaches in the Plenary Hall to congratulate them all in person.

Great end to the season

EACH volleyball at Las Vistas, Los Cristianos has been given a vote of confidence by the Mayor of Arona.

Francisco José Niño said he was delighted to congratulate a young team from the municipal basketball school for winning the under17 Spanish Volleyball Championships.

The Canar y selection included Javier Huertas, Oscar Jiménez and Alejandro Huertas from Arona. They were accompanied by their coach, Sixto Jiménez and president of the Tenerife

Volleyball Association, Rafael Navajas. The youngsters won the championship finals in Murcia and won the final 2-0. They were praised for their achievements and hailed as success stories from the high performance volleyball centre which has been installed at Las Vistas.


tulated them on their success. Winners were Abraham Peraza (Prebenjamín), Magec Peraza (Benjamín Primer Año), Iván López (Benjamín), Rubén González (Alevín Primer Año), Carlos Ham-merlhot (Alevín), Felipe Díaz ( Infantil Primer Año) y Pablo Perera (Infantil).


Beach volleyball success in Murcia B



EGUESTE’S municipal school of wrestling (lucha) brought a highly successful season to a close with a fun event.

Terrero Mencey Tegueste hosted several exhibitions and competitions among their young wrestlers in the presence of several guests, including the Mayor, José Manuel Molina who congra-

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