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ISSUE 8 DEC 2009/JAN 2010

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIFE ON THE COAST

SOCIETY Living EATING, DRINKING and being merry WITHOUT THE WORRY!

Mighty AMG A full-blown SUPERCAR

WINTER

CHIC

peter

SPARKLING BEAUTY TIPS FOR A NIGHT ON THE TOWN

the Unconditional FAMILY MAN

andre

CELEBRATING in style Sophisticated, funky and relaxed FINE DINING

LIFESTYLE GLAMOUR PERSONALITIES STYLE LEISURE GASTRONOMY


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A winter wonderland of festive cheer… en familia

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ne of the many great aspects of living in Spain is that the festive season officially extends to 6 January. From early December, when plans are being made for Christmas feasts and New Year festivities, to the vibrant Three Kings parade… Spain is festooned with colour and immersed in a jovial party mood. With that in mind, and aware that we all need some cheery distraction after a complicated year, we decided to combine the last issue of 2009 and the first of 2010 in a seamlessly extended month that takes us through the traditional end-of-year revelry and spiritual reflection, on to the January sales, and into the warm embrace of another gloriously mild (hopefully!) winter on the Costa del Sol. This is also very much a time for families – of being able to spend more time with our loved ones, of sharing gifts, roast turkey and the trimmings – and, after his own somewhat turbulent year, Peter Andre has emerged as the consummate family man. As he notes in an exclusive interview for Society Living, his new single Unconditional is “a song for all parents and step-parents; it’s about the unconditional love that you have for your children”.

Photographers Toni Cochrane, CJ Hadlow, Conrad Jones, Ruth Jones, David Toms

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Cover photograph Can Associates Ltd

The views and opinions expressed by contributors to Society Living may not represent the views and opinions of the publishers. Bespoke Media takes no responsibility for claims made in advertisements or advertorials in this magazine. No part of Society Living may be reproduced or copied in any way without the prior written consent of Bespoke Media.

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Contributors Russell Grant, Ian Kuah, Micky Reynolds, Kristina Szekely, Nicki Waterman

Features Editor Jessica White features@societylivingmagazine.com

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At this special time of the year we decided to take that wonderful sentiment on board and, in a break from our customary fashion image, feature Andre on the cover as an inspiring role model for 2010. Also contributing to the festive spirit are our Glamour Digest and Tech World sections, featuring gift ideas and an exclusive interview with jewellery designer extraordinaire Stephen Webster; a comprehensive list in Table Talk of stylish restaurants, lounges and nightclubs that are hosting special events and menus for Christmas and New Year; Nicki Waterman’s Christmas diet tips to help you enjoy the inexorable round of dinner and lunch parties without worrying too much about your waistline; and latest beauty products to help you sparkle throughout the festivities. Our Fashion Flair feature this issue offers helpful hints to spice up your wardrobe for January; and we are On the Road with the fullblown supercar SLS AMG – at around €180,000, the ultimate Christmas gift to yourself if you’ve had a good year! Until next year, from all of us at Society Living and our sister publication Beautiful Home, we wish you a relaxing, sociable and fulfilling Christmas and a healthy and rewarding 2010.

Contributing Editors Samantha Jones, Peter Leonard


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Photo of Peter Andre by Can Associates Ltd Shot on location at the Crazy Bear Hotel, Beaconsfield (www.crazybeargroup.co.uk)

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No 8 – December 2009/January 2010

Contents glamour digest 12

Chic style and stunning fashion trends

tech world 16

Cutting edge innovation ... state-of-the-art gadgets

big screen 20

Behind the scenes in the world of movies

music notes 22

Rock snippets from around the globe

celebrity spotlight 24

Exclusive interview with Peter Andre

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society 30

latest trends 66

kristina szekely’s diary 42 on the road 44

local trends 70

Costa glamour... mixing business with pleasure

Queen of Marbella social scene

AMG: Controlled power in a full-blown supercar

fashion flair 56 Chic comfort for the festive season

celebrity shape-up 64

Valuable advice from trainer to the stars Nicki Waterman

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Tips, trends and new sensations in make-up and skincare

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Spa luxury, fitness sanctuary... and the perfect smile

restaurant guide ask the surgeon 90 78 noticeboard fine dining 97 88 snapshots table talk 100 80 in the stars 105 Cosmetic treatments: your questions answered

Classic Italian cuisine in a family-friendly ambience

Restaurant news and culinary tidbits for the festive season

Highly recommended for gastronomic pleasure

Business and other news from around Spain

Your view ... special moments and occasions

Astrologist Russell Grant looks into the future


GLAMOUR DIGEST

New smart collection for successful trendsetters Stuttgart has released a new collection for the cold season, designed for people who like things that are a little out of the ordinary; the range boasts functionality and innovative design. Products for men include the pure

rain jacket, the pulse outdoor jacket and the eggshell limited T-shirt; while items for women are the passion city jacket and the ecological body warmer. Accessories are also available in this collection, which was

CHIC STYLES AND ALLURING IDEAS FROM THE WORLD OF FASHION... PLUS OTHER IN-VOGUE NEWS FOR TREND-SETTERS COMPILED BY JESSICA WHITE

Creative collection for desirable shoes Manolo Blahnik’s autumn/winter 2009/10 collection is yet another example of the fantastic designs that are so desirable for women around the world. The collection features shoes that transcend mere footwear to become feats of craftsmanship, and the designer himself says his favourite shoe in the collection embodies this. Tufa is a sandal made of strips of fine nappa leather and is described as a masterpiece. Also in the collection is Inamour Blue, an evening shoe in stain and metallic leather that redefines the entire silhouette of what a shoe should look like; and Oterala, a satin bottine trimmed with fine feathers that is the ultimate in whimsy. An imaginative collection ideal for those Christmas and New Year’s parties. www.manoloblahnik.com 12

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designed to meet the demands of city life – comprising the pure, passion, pulse and ecological lines. www.mercedes-benzaccessories.com/smart_collection


GLAMOUR DIGEST Nation’s sweetheart going solo Since becoming part of Girls Aloud in 2002 Cheryl Cole has had many highs and lows in the public eye but since joining the judging panel on The X Factor she has become a national sweetheart. We got a taste of her solo career when she was the featured artist on Will.I.Am’s single Heartbreaker last year and she has now released her first solo album, which went straight to number one. The album’s cover was shot by prestigious fashion photographer Nick Knight and features collaborations with Will.I.Am, Taio Cruz and other great talents. Girls want to be her and men want to date her, so this is possibly the best Christmas present for anyone this year.

The ultimate feminine perfume

Celebrities favour fantastic collections Stephen Webster’s collections are fast becoming the must-have accessories for celebrities and the general public alike. The lobster ring, a firm favourite of Kate Moss, comes from the Jewels Verne collection, which was inspired by French author Jules Verne’s famous book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the fantastical creatures in it. Comprising crabs and shrimps, among others, the collection is beautiful and unique. The dazzling Femme Fatale couture collection is also very popular. Drawing inspiration from the dangerous and seductive charms of the Hollywood greats, the collection of brilliantly crafted pieces uses the rarely seen unique WebCut™ diamonds supplied by Dali Diamond. Including rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelet, the highlight of the collection is the 3-D diamond pendant, featuring D-flawless WebCut™ 3.01 carat centre stone. www.stephenwebster.com; Puerto Banús Tel. 952 816 976

Smell like a superstar this Christmas with the Dolce and Gabbana fragrance Rose The One. The image of the perfume is embodied by their favourite feminine beauty icon, Scarlett Johansson, who is also the face of their new cosmetics line. The fragrance features notes of pink grapefruit, mandarin and cassis on the top with Bulgarian rose, peony, lily and lychee in the heart, and vanilla, musk and amber in the base. Stefano Gabbana says that roses are both his and Domenico Dolce’s favourite flowers and this is the first perfume that has been so explicitly linked to one flower before. Available in three sizes, 30ml, 50ml and 70ml, this eau de parfum is a great gift for someone special. Rose The One is available from Debenhams and at www.dolcegabbana.com

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GLAMOUR DIGEST

STEPHEN WEBSTER

PHOTO Cj HADLOW

Top jewellery designer talks to Society Living about all his favourite things

Cherished memory… Family holidays at the seaside when I was a child… it’s where so much of my inspiration these days comes from.

years ago and he was more than 100 years old when he died. We’ve built a glass coffee table around him and he sits pride of place in the middle of our living room.

Must-have accessory… Anything from our new Jewels Verne collection.

Best night out… Dinner at Hix Soho followed by drinks at the Groucho club.

Favourite recipe… My wife is a great cook so I love a lot of her dishes: from spicy chicken stew with beans to grilled skate wing with new potatoes and spinach. I don't cook much myself but I love making tacos for my daughter – it's her favourite dish.

Most treasured place in the world… Our second home in Deal, Kent. We have wonderful sea views and a big back garden that I’ve started to get involved with (I haven't actually planted anything yet but I'm very good at pulling). And, even though it's only an hour and 45 minutes away from London, the pace changes so drastically that it forces you to relax with it, which is fantastic – unless you are trying to get something done...

Most precious artefact… A stuffed leather back turtle called Bolshoi. I’ve had him for 18 years; he was stuffed over 100 14

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Best holiday I ever had… Sailing around the Thai islands on a yacht last year. Best present someone has ever given me… It’s tough to pick one out of so many but at a push I would say an aluminium sculpture my wife bought me. She researched this a lot; it was for our 10-year wedding anniversary, which is aluminium according to the old school. There are not many things to choose from in aluminium apart from a sports car, and I have one of those. Most inspirational person… Renee Lalique You may not know this but I’m great at... Running marathons! I’ve run six, with a personal best of two hours 47 minutes.


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GLAMOUR DIGEST

My greatest inspiration... Right now, Istanbul – I’ve just got back – and Charles Darwin. My favourite building... The Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. It looks to me as though thousands of sea shells have been stuck together with plaster of Paris and it has always reminded me of the sea shell grotto in Margate!

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If I hadn't been a jeweller I would have been... A writer. I have a column in Russian Rolling Stone magazine. My life in five words... Always running to keep up.

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TECH WORLD

WIRELESS POWER

CRISIS COOL This compact little PC comes in a range of funky cases and at a crisis-busting price. If you can’t afford an Apple Mac but still want to be state-of-the-art hip, this is the computer for you. www.dell.com

This clever invention allows you to wirelessly charge your gadgets. You simply place your iPhone, mp3 player, mobile phone, etc., onto the mat and it charges it for you without any wires. www.powermat.com

CUTTING-EDGE INNOVATION STATE-OF-THE ART GADGETS, HIGH-TECH UPDATES AND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE PURITY OF SOUND These are arguably the ultimate in speaker design. They add sculpture to any living room, and quality sound. www.fergusonhill.co.uk

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TECH WORLD

MAGIC CONTROL Apple recently released this sleek new mouse. With its multi-touch control, it allows more freedom with your creativity – and a hasslefree scroll wheel. www.apple.com

JIVE TALKIN’ The perfect gift for aspiring DJs. Similar to Guitar Hero and Rock Band, it provides ideal entertainment for the kids (and young at heart!) at Christmas. www.djhero.com

PENTAX CAMERA So you want to stand out in the crowd? Well Pentax has just released this colourful addition to their collection modelled after their Korejanai Robots. www.pentax.com

CUTTING IT FINE The easiest way to ensure a clean haircut…… With its specially designed rotary blades this product gives you a uniform finish. www.babyliss.co.uk

COMPILED BY DAN OPUS 1 – IF YOU HAVE A NEW GADGET ON THE MARKET AND WOULD LIKE IT CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSION IN THIS SECTION. SEND INFORMATION (MAX. 50 WORDS) AND A HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGE TO: dan@beautifulhomemagazine.com

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TECH WORLD

MYSTERIOUS ELEGANCE This elegant timepiece is the first of the range that has a floating movement between the sapphire crystals. No details have been released on how the mechanism is connected to the centre but, as you can see, it is a truly intriguing piece. www.louisvuitton.com

FOR GENTLEMEN… In a world-first, this magnificent timepiece features a combination of complications crafted from 558 components. With its stunning moon phase and day of the week rolling bars, it is definitely a gentleman’s wristwatch. www.maitresdutemps.com

TIMELESS INNOVATION THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WATCHES

TIME TRAVEL This sleek new creation is perfect for the traveller who is in different time zones. The case is modelled on the crosssection of an aircraft’s wing and has three separate oblong dials that show the time in different locations. www.hamiltonwatch.com

IN THE ZONE This clever watch features a globe on your wrist recognising where you are in the world, and adjusts the time zone. It also has 62 jewels and a 48-hour power reserve. www.hysek.com

TURBINE POWER Designed by Urwerk, this stealthlooking model is the world’s first wristwatch featuring an innovative new winding system regulated by compressing air utilising miniature turbines. The time is read by telescopic minute hands that follow the minutes along the bottom. www.urwerk.com

BIG BANG Manufactured by Hublot, this watch was created to commemorate a collaboration with Monaco-based Wally Yachts. The watch is made from an ultra-light alloy of aluminium and magnesium, among other materials, with a titanium movement and a rubber strap. A limited number of 500 watches will be made. www.hublot.com

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BIG SCREEN SIX OF THE BEST INTERNATIONAL RELEASES FOR DECEMBER I Me And Orson Welles – 4 December A young aspiring actor is thrown into the middle of Orson Welles Mercury Theatre Company on the eve of the opening of its historic staging of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in 1937 New York. In a whirlwind week he will find romance with a worldly older woman, become immersed in a creative experience few are afforded and learn the downside of crossing the imperious, brilliant Welles. ZAC EFRON, CLAIRE DANES, BEN CHAPLIN. I Where The Wild Things Are – 11 December (18 December in Spain) Innovative director SPIKE JONZE’s adaptation of the classic Maurice Sendak children’s story about a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper who creates his own world – a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that make him their king. MAX RECORDS, CATHERINE KEENER, MARK RUFFALO. I Avatar – 18 December For synopsis see Movie of the Month. I Nine – 18 December (22 January in Spain) A vibrant and provocative version of the 1982 Broadway musical following the life of famous film director Guido Contini (DANIEL DAY LEWIS) as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife (MARION COTILLARD), his mistress (PENELOPE CRUZ), his film star muse (NICOLE KIDMAN), his confidant and costume designer (JUDI DENCH), an American fashion journalist (KATE HUDSON), the prostitute from his youth (FERGIE) and his mother (SOPHIA LOREN).

Movie lines WHAT’S ON SCREEN THIS MONTH… WHAT’S BEING FILMED AT THE MOMENT… AND WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE… MICKY REYNOLDS LOOKS INSIDE THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MOVIES

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I Alvin And The Chipmunks The Squeakuel – 21 December (Spain TBA) The world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio return and must put aside music superstardom to return to school, where they are tasked with saving the school’s music program by winning the $25,000 prize in a battle of the bands. They unexpectedly meet their match in three female chipmunks known as The Chipettes. Romantic and musical sparks are ignited when the Chipmunks and Chipettes square off. ZACHARY LEVI, DAVID CROSS, JUSTIN LONG. I Sherlock Holmes – 26 December (15 January in Spain) Director GUY RICHIE’s dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous character based on the forthcoming comic book created by LIONEL WIGRAM. Holmes (ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.) and his stalwart partner Watson (JUDE LAW) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a new nemesis whose deadly plot could destroy all of England. Also stars RACHEL McADAMS, MARK STRONG, KELLY REILLY.


BIG SCREEN QUICK CLIPS Mamma Mia! star AMANDA SEYFRIED says that a sequel to the 2008 musical is in the pipeline and will include more tunes from ABBA; a production start date will be announced once the cast has been sorted out. The much in demand True Blood star ANNA PAQUIN has been drafted into the rom-com The Romantics where seven friends from college reunite for her wedding. KATIE HOLMES is her best friend and maid of honour, who also had a past with the groom (JOSH DUHAMEL). Also invited are ELIJAH WOOD, MALIN AKERMAN, ADAM BRODY and JEREMY STRONG. The Hangover’s ZACH GALIFIANAKIS is a busy boy at the moment; he will return for the sequel of the aforementioned film, as will BRADLEY COOPER, and they will both also feature in the comedy You Are Here where the latter will be romantically linked with JENNIFER ANNISTON. ZACH will then voice Humpty Dumpty in the Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots; this prequel follows the feline assassin before he met Shrek and ANTONIO BANDERAS will once again supply the vocals for the main character, with SALMA HAYEK as Kitty. An array of talent has been gathered to start filming the period drama The King’s Speech. HELENA BONHAM CARTER, GUY PEARCE, DEREK JACOBI, TIMOTHY SPALL, JENNIFER EHLE and MICHAEL GAMBON will support COLIN FIRTH and GEOFFREY RUSH in the story following the relationship between King George VI and speech therapist Lionel Logue, who helped the royal lose his stammer and embrace his leadership skills. The DC Comics studio is busy with Red, based on a three-book series published in 2003

and 2004 telling the story of a former blackops CIA agent (BRUCE WILLIS) now living a quiet life in retirement until a new CIA chief (MORGAN FREEMAN) contracts a high-tech assassin (BRIAN COX) to kill him. Also on set are HELEN MIRREN, RICHARD DREYFUSS, JOHN C. REILLY, ERNEST BORGNINE, JULIAN McMAHON and SARAH LOUISE PARKER, who romances Willis. Director KENNETH BRANAG starts work for rival comic studio Marvel in mid-January on Thor, who will be played by CHRIS HEMSWORTH with TOM HIDDLESTONE as his brother Loki and ANTHONY HOPKINS as their

father, the Norse god Odin. Thor is a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war and he is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. Nick Fury (SAMUEL L. JACKSON), who first appeared after the credits in Iron Man, is back recruiting for The Avengers (a future film), a team of superheroes that includes Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk and Captain America. Also cast for Thor are JAIMIE ALEXANDER, COLM FEORE, and STELLAN SKARSGARD with the main love interest coming in the form of NATALIE PORTMAN. PORTMAN is currently filming the supernatural thriller Black Swan playing a veteran ballerina who finds herself locked in to a competitive showdown with a rival dancer (MILA KUNIS). Also starring are WINONA RYDER, VINCENT CASSEL and BARBARA HERSHEY. January will be a busy month for JANUARY JONES (America Pie & Love Actually) who is now a star on one of America’s top cable TV shows Mad Men. She will be finishing off The Hungry Rabbit Jumps as the wife of a man (NICOLAS CAGE) who hires a vigilante group to go after the men who committed a crime against her and gets in too far over his head with the group. Then she travels to Berlin for Unknown White Male. A man (LIAM NEESON) comes out of a coma to discover that someone has assumed his identity. Nobody seems to want to help him, including his wife (JONES). With the aid of a taxi driver (National Treasure’s DIANE KRUGER), he goes on a mission to prove his identity.

MOVIE OF THE MONTH

AVATAR The idea for this action adventure fantasy by director JAMES CAMERON first came to light 15 years ago, well before his 1997 blockbuster Titanic had even set sail, and has been four years in the making. It is the most expensive movie ever, costing well over $200 million, and has been shot in stereoscopic 3-D which has been reported as being the most sensational cinematic experience since colour replaced black and white. A 20-minute extract was shown at a comic convention in California during July and reviewers say they were left dreaming about it for days afterwards. A two-minute trailer was also shown on the web, and in the UK alone the clip had over 400,000 hits in the first 24 hours.

In the 22nd century, Jake (SAM WORTHINGTON), a former marine who was wounded and paralysed from the waist down during combat on Earth, is sent to Pandora, a small distant moon inhabited by the Na’vi (a three metre tall humanoid race with tails and sparkling blue skin) after being selected to participate in the Avatar program, which will enable him to walk again. Avatars are geneticallybred human-Na’vi hybrids that are controlled by a human “driver” through a technology that links the driver’s mind to the Avatar’s body as humans cannot breathe on Pandora. He is instructed to go into the forests in search of valuable minerals that a human marine-industrial unit can take back to Earth, after which they will then exterminate the whole Na’vi population.

Jake finds himself torn between two worlds, having fallen for Neytiri (ZOE SALDANA), a beautiful Na’vi princess. Will he join the locals and lead them against his own kind or will he return to help the superior marine invasion with his knowledge of Pandora? The 55-year old Oscar winning CAMERON said, “I’ve always wanted to make a movie that would blow people’s minds in the theatre” – and it looks like he’s gonna do just that. Also stars SIGOURNEY WEAVER, STEPHEN LANG, MICHELLE RODRIQUEZ, JOEL MOORE, CCH POUNDER.

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BACKSTAGE PASS

Music notes GIGS, GROUPS, GOSSIP... MICKY REYNOLDS BRINGS US UP TO DATE WITH ROCK SNIPPETS FROM AROUND THE WORLD ALL’S LOOKING GOOD FOR LEONA Will LEONA LEWIS follow in the footsteps of CELINE DION with I See You, the closing credit tune from JAMES CAMERON’s revolutionary sci-fi blockbuster Avatar, which hits cinema screens worldwide on 18 December? The connection – same director and the same men, JAMES HORNER and SIMON FRANGLEN, who were behind the Canadian diva’s global hit My Heart Will Go On from the 1997 film Titanic and I See You – could launch the 2006 22

X Factor winner to the next level as the film is expected to smash box office records. At the time of going to press she was heading for the top spot in the UK charts with her second album, Echo, and one of the album’s songs, My Hands, will bring in extra revenue as it features on the new soundtrack of one of the world’s best-selling video game franchises, Final Fantasy.

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The 24-year-old has recently turned down a £1 million offer to pose for the men’s magazine Playboy, but she has offered her services to both the Twilight Saga franchise and TV’s True Blood (been on UK’s Channel 4 since October) as she is a huge fan of these current vampire fads. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely she will ever get her wish of starring in the latter, as True

Blood creator ALAN BALL has so far ruled-out all celebrities’ requests to appear in the show. She recently put the racist incident, when she got punched in the face during a book signing by an X Factor reject, behind her to play her first full live show on home “turf” at the Hackney Empire. Having personally spent many a night in that part of London… she must be a brave girl.


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THIS IS IT – BUT NOT YET According to the LA Times, Sony’s attempt to release JACKO’s This Is It DVD in time for the Christmas market was thwarted by America’s National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), who were successful in getting the original two-week release period, which should have ended on 11 November, extended until early to mid-December. During that first two-week period the film grossed over $200 million worldwide. The average window between a film’s theatrical debut and DVD release is about 129 days so if NATO get their way it will not be in shops until February at the earliest (it’s been rumoured that Sony might wait until Easter) – if you don’t

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t this time of the year concerts are always thin on the ground as most artists take time off to enjoy the festivities but Madrid has the Californian lofi/punk band THE WAVVES on 17 December, while veteran Swedish rockers EUROPE, who can still pull in a crowd, take to the stage on 22 January. For ticket info go to www.ticketmaster.es. Veteran rockers THE WHO will perform at the prestigious halftime show at America’s premier sporting event the Superbowl. They will follow the likes of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, TOM PETTY, PRINCE, ROLLING STONES, U2, AEROSMITH and JANET JACKSON, who famously had a “wardrobe malfunction” during her 2004 appearance. Last year’s Superbowl attracted more than 90 million viewers in the US alone and the band will take to the stage around 1.30 to 1.45am during the early hours of Monday 8 February. Rider (an artist’s backstage request list) of the month must go to RIHANNA. At the recent launch for her new album, Rated R, she asked for six pizzas, six portions of fried noodles in sauce, six microwave lasagnes, 10 portions of chips, 10 large packets of crisps and pots of dips, 15 doughnuts and 50 chicken drumsticks – oh, and an apple. And the bizarre rider of the month award must go to who else but MARIAH CAREY. Switching on the Christmas lights at a London shopping centre last month her demands included being driven in a Rolls (the make of car had to be changed six times before she was satisfied) along a pink carpet to

the pink podium inside the shopping centre, where she would then illuminate the lights with a wave of her wand. She also insisted that 20 white kittens be supplied and 100 white doves be released as part of the event, plus she had to be showered with pink butterfly-shaped confetti at the end of the ceremony. Health and safety concerns meant that the kittens and the doves were a no no – exit one very stroppy diva. You’ll like this one… the penniless Romanian pop twins THE CHEEKY GIRLS reckon X Factor’s terrible twins JEDWARD can’t sing – do the words kettle, pot and black come to mind? And

want to wait you can always buy one from a looky looky man! But you have to see this in its full cinematic glory – this scribe did, and it was, well... but the anti-JACKO brigade have said, “Is This It?” The movie is 7-4 with on-line betting site Paddy Power to be nominated for a best picture Oscar and 6-1 to win it; while JACKO is 25-1 to win a best actor Oscar from beyond the grave. The 2010 Oscar nominations will be announced on 2 February and the awards take place on 7 March. Did you know that his funeral was, pardon the pun, nearly put on ice after a row about who was gonna pay the $1 million bill?

you have to admit CALVIN HARRIS did his street cred no harm at all with his gate-crashing, pineapple, and backside slapping appearance – he should have come on stage singing that monstrosity of a song Agadoo – and it’s a pity he didn’t have a pair of garden shears with him. Anyway, who cares: the only thing the X Factor’s answer to South Park’s TERRANCE and PHILLIP might be doing this time next year is local panto! Talking of that awful programme, STING summed it all up saying, it’s "a soap opera which has nothing to do with music; it’s televised karaoke and a preposterous talent show

which has put music back decades" – he took the words right out of my mouth! JOSS STONE, who reckons the British media have created her "atrocious personality" because she keeps her private life private, has defended her use of cannabis. “I run a bath, roll a spliff and listen to music.” I bet it’s not LILY ALLEN’s. Meanwhile, if you wondered why you haven’t heard much from silly LILY of late, it’s because she has quit using MySpace, Twitter, email, etc. etc., and has also given away her laptop and BlackBerry after her boyfriend got peed off with her social networking obsession and gave her an ultimatum – me or blog off. She has also said she is gonna take a break from the music biz – this wouldn’t have something to do with super producer MARK RONSON saying he doesn’t wanna work with her again? So will they or won’t they reform? The original SUGARBABES line-up, that is. Apparently top PR agent CLAIRE POWELL is pushing hard for a KEISHA BUCHANAN, MUTYA BUENA and SIOBHAN DONAGHY reunion and LITTLE BOOTS has put her name forward just in case "one isn’t up for it". Understatement of the century – WESTLIFE say that over the years they recorded too many cover versions. So what did they do for their latest single? Release their take of DAUGHTRY’s What About Now. And their compatriots, the grieving BOYZONE, plan to make a movie about STEPHEN GATELY – if WESTLIFE made a film, what would it be a remake of?

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CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT What careers do you think your children might choose and what do you hope for them? “I don’t mind what my children do, as long as they’re happy. If they want to go into an industry like this, then that’s fine, but I will tell them all the pitfalls.”

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You have a very close family and are seen as a role model to fathers. How do you feel about that? “If other fathers see me as a role model, thanks, I am honoured and humbled. Family is the most important thing to me. I speak to my Mum and Dad (in Australia) every day. And I talk to my brothers and sister (all in Australia also) every other day – so I believe in family being close.”

Highlights of your career? “Performing at Wembley Arena – it was something I dreamed about all my life, and when I got to do it was a dream come true.””

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Did you actually enjoy your jungle experience and how did it feel to find out about Chris Moyles’ campaign to get Mysterious Girl re-released? “I loved my time in the jungle; it makes you realise that if you’re hungry enough you can do anything. I hate spiders but we were all so hungry, myself included, that I crawled through

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Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? “As long as my children, family, friends and myself are healthy and happy, I don’t mind.”

them; they were all over me, but I did, and we ate a good meal that night. I met some very interesting people in there, including Jonny Rotten. He was a real character; however, he didn’t clean his teeth for the whole time. Then I came out and Chris Moyles was campaigning to get Mysterious Girl re-released, which he did, and I have to thank him so much for that; he has always supported me well.” Tell me about the new album and single…… “My new single is Unconditional. It was a song that I wrote about Harvey, and it is so very precious and personal to me. It’s a song for all parents and step-parents; it’s about the unconditional love that you have for your children.”

Tell me about your style of music, inspirations for song writing, any interesting stories behind certain songs…… “The album is deeply personal. Some people write books; I wrote an album. If you listen to the words you’ll understand.” Who would you like to collaborate with – singers, producers, etc. – and why? “Maybe in the future. We did discuss it for this album, but it was important for me to do this on my own. I funded the whole project and, as I have already said, it is a deeply personal album, so it was important for me to do this my way.”


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We love your new female fragrance. Tell us about it…… “I know I’m really proud of it and it went in at number one, which is great! I was involved with all the planning of the design of the box and bottle, the smell and the name. We decided to call it Unconditional as that is the name of my latest single as well. It is so that people can buy it for those they love unconditionally or someone they have something to thank for, whether it be your mother, sister, teacher or carer.” You have been over to Marbella this summer. What do you like about it? “I was fortunate to go to Marbella, but only for three days. It was beautiful though. I took Junior and Princess with me; unfortunately 28

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Harvey couldn’t come – but the other two had a great time. We had an amazing villa, so that’s where we spent our time. That way I could spend loads of quality time with the children. What did you think of Novelli’s in Spain? “We went for dinner at Jean-Christophe Novelli’s restaurant – the food was incredible, and again the kids had a great time, as the chef allowed them to make their own desserts.” Which celebrities would you like to meet, dead or alive? “Michael Jackson. I am fortunate enough to know other members of the Jackson family; however, I never got to meet Michael, and I would have loved to.”

Who has been your favourite celebrity that you have met? “I can’t say one or the other; most celebrities you meet are really nice. There are one or two who aren’t, but they don’t last long in this industry; the public work it out. Most people are genuine and appreciate what they do, and how lucky they are.” What do you like to do in your spare time? “I spend as much time with my children as possible. They are everything to me.” You are looking in great shape, better than ever…… “It was originally down to stress, but I am now sticking to a work-out routine, which I do with my brother Mike, and that helps me stay in shape.”


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Count Rudi, Walter, Rosemarie, Princess Marie Louise of Prussia, Dr Amar, Louise, Masha

Charity gala in aid of Action Against Hunger Guests gathered at Hotel Incosol to raise money for Action Against Hunger, a charity organisation committed to saving the lives of malnourished children and their families in over 40 countries worldwide, by providing clean drinking water supplies and emergency food supplies. Business sponsors of the event included the Fisher Car Group. Photos: Ruth Jones Society compiled by Jessica White: features@societylivingmagazine.com

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Fun-filled birthday celebrations Society Living features editor Jessica White celebrated her 25th birthday party with friends and family at Byblos restaurant where Lebanese delicacies were enjoyed by all and entertainment was provided by the resident belly dancer. The evening continued at Harmon’s bar in Elviria, with guests enjoying champagne and dancing. Photos: Ruth Jones

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Special club outing for classic car enthusiasts The Classic Car Club of Andalucia was invited to the Ascari Race Circuit for a special event, as the venue is not normally open to the public. Over 45 classic cars took part in an “Ancient Meets Modern” day organised by the club, which now has over 400 members and some outstanding classic cars. Photos: Conrad C. Jones

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Richly deserved new Volvo trophy for Ross Fisher

Happy celebrations with finalists of Volvo Masters Amateur tournament

Marathon triumph by Fisher in World Match Play Championship It took him 126 holes over four days but in the end 28-year-old Englishman Ross Fisher’s perseverance and determination paid off handsomely when he beat US star Anthony Kim 4&3 in the final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesín, to win a cheque for €750,000 and rise to a career-best 17th in the world rankings. In the consolation final for third place, Australian Robert Allenby carded an ace on the way to matching Angel Cabrera’s eight-under 64 – before trumping the Argentinean and reigning US Masters champion with an eagle on the first extra hole of sudden-death. Those failing to get through the round-robin phase (before the weekend semi-finals and final) included pre-tournament favourite Lee Westwood, Colombian heart-throb Camilo Villegas, Northern Irish wunderkind Rory McIlroy, the only Spaniard in the field, Sergio García, and Paul Casey, at fourth, the highest world-ranked played in the field. It was the first World Match Play held outside Wentworth in the tournament’s 45-year history, and continued Volvo’s link with Andalucía after the end of the Volvo Masters era at Valderrama last season.

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Mixed fortune for leading Race to Dubai contender Rory McIlroy

Volvo Ocean Race skippers and Ryder Cup captains – with Volvo Event Management president Per Ericsson

Barnstorming start by in-form Simon Dyson

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Early departure for Spain’s only representative, Sergio García

Exceptional golf in consolation final between Angel Cabrera and Robert Allenby

Distinctive style on the green by Camilo Villegas

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Lee Westwood and his pro-am winning team, with Ryder Cup captains Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie

Family photo before pre-tournament gala dinner

Robert Allenby says adios to championship challenge

Smooth swing steers Fisher to fifth European Tour victory

Anthony Kim takes aim on the title

Spectacular views of Casares mountains

Keen eye on title – but it wasn’t to be for Simon Dyson

Finca Cortesín course in impeccable condition

A spot of trouble for Angel Cabrera

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Kristina Szekely’s REAL ESTATE IMPRESARIO, INDEFATIGABLE PARTY-GOER, PATRON OF THE ARTS, GENEROUS CHARITY SUPPORTER… KRISTINA SZEKELY IS THE QUEEN OF MARBELLA SOCIETY

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s this is my last column of the year – and the first for 2010 – it is a good time to have a look back at the market’s progress over the past 12 months, and preview our prospects for the next year. At the beginning of 2009 it was very quiet, then business started to pick up in March and we had a good summer – with both tenants and buyers. It has been a mix of nationalities, with no one particular nationality dominating. They are people who simply love Marbella, and are mostly buying to live in the homes themselves. It’s been challenging the past year, but I am very happy to be a part of this Marbella scene. It is true that there was a serious market downturn in 2009: with prices about 30 per cent lower than in 2007-2008, though Madrid was between 10 and 20 per cent, and the higher end of the market, the one we mostly deal with, was sometimes less than 30 per cent. In such a difficult market people are usually willing to negotiate, and we try to find a solution that satisfies both parties.

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In 2010 our Sotheby’s International Realty brand will become even stronger, with offices in England, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy and throughout France, including the southern areas, as well as the biggest number of offices in the US. We have various get-togethers during the year and that’s one of the reasons we became an affiliate: to have access to a bigger flow of customers. In Marbella, the urban town plan will come into effect at the start of 2010 and this will give the town a real push. Also, the world economy is starting to pick up, and people are certainly happier now. There should be an upturn in 2010, not necessarily in prices – because many sellers are showing a resistance to offering lower prices as they see more and more sales going through again – but in the fact that more business will be done. This is still a good time to take advantage of the market, because it won’t last indefinitely! On the social scene, coming up in December on the 11th is our Marbella Rotary gala dinner at Hotel

Puente Romano. The fee is €120 and funds are being raised for the local Caritas charity, which means that all the money will go directly to people in need, and not through any organisational structure. I have really enjoyed being president this year, with one of the highlights being our weekly conferences. A guest speaker last month was my friend Luis Cáseres, who talked about the ongoing aftermath of Chernobyl. According to Luis the effects are far-reaching, especially among children and their families from the main affected areas. About eight years ago, the association of dentists in Sevilla – which Luis presides over – arranged for children from Chernobyl, suffering from leukaemia and thyroid cancer, to spend three months in people’s homes in Sevilla. Just being in the Mediterranean climate, and enjoying the Mediterranean diet, gave them a two-year extension on their lives! They also have their teeth cleaned and other dental work, such as fillings, taken care of. The association really does a great job. Another association doing some very important work is Amsudan, and its president Juan de Orbaneja. The situation in Sudan has improved a lot recently, with much of the violence now over, and Amsudan has managed to build schools for 1,500 children. This can be life-changing for the kids, as it gets them off the streets and away from the fields. Education is so important. There was a strong business element to many of the events I attended last month, including the monthly get-together with local business ladies, and a meeting with about other 20 members of CIT (Centro de Iniciativas Turísticas in Marbella) where we had a very fruitful and productive exchange of ideas. Last month I also continued my “PR” campaign on behalf of Marbella, with invitations to appear on various national TV programmes (including Antena 3 and La Sexta), as well as radio interviews. For a long time some sections of the media were bashing Marbella but there has been a turning point and now people want to see beautiful homes – and I’m happy to show them! I am often asked about good investment opportunities in other countries and there are some interesting markets: for example, Brazil, especially after it was named as the venue for the 2016 Olympics. However, even though I think in an international context, I always come back to Marbella because it has so much to offer. Lately we have been concentrating more on Spain, because there is the advantage that people know the laws and know where they stand. And here in Marbella there are still new shops, boutiques and restaurants opening all the time – big names such as Marks & Spencer and Hard Rock Café, which is a positive sign. I think we will come out flying from this crisis, but it will take time. We now need to put 2009 behind us and look forward to a better year – improving as it goes along. I believe we have hit rock bottom and the trend is upwards, though I have to admit it always takes a little longer than I think, as I am the eternal optimist! In the meantime, if you would like our traditional calendar with paintings by Antonio Cienfuegos, you are warmly invited to pop into our office and pick one up within the next 10 days. Finally, I hope you all have a great 2010 – the number even sounds good!


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n the language of performance, powerto-weight ratio is a headline issue. The C63 AMG is the smallest and cheapest car to use the mighty 6,208cc four-cam V8 motor. In the mildest state of tune available for this engine, it has 457hp at 6,800rpm and 600Nm of torque at 5,000rpm pulling 1,730kg. That is 3.79kg/hp. Thanks to its lightweight alloy space-frame and bodywork, the new SLS AMG weighs just 1,620kg. But its tuned and dry-sump version of the same basic motor gives it 571hp at 6,800rpm and 650Nm of torque at 4,750rpm. That is 2.84kg/hp, a 25 per cent improvement in power-to-weight ratio. As the Pirelli ad famously says, “power is nothing without control”, and, while the C63 AMG has a good chassis, the SLS AMG has a great one. The combination of this ability to use all of that extra 114hp, 50Nm of torque, coupled to the sheer speed of the new AMG Speedshift 7-speed DCT twin-clutch gearbox puts it in a different realm in the performance stakes. With

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0-100km/h coming up in 3.8 seconds, and an electronically-limited top speed of 317km/h, the SLS AMG is a full-blown supercar. It only takes a corner or two to ascertain that the steering of the SLS has top-drawer feel and feedback. In fact, it has one of the best power-assisted steering systems I have encountered recently in a front-engined, rear wheel drive car. Thanks to its stiff body structure, when you turn the perfectly sized, flat-bottomed, Alcantara-clad steering wheel a smidgen, the front end of the car responds immediately. The first time you experience this quick response, it might initially give the impression that the car is going to be twitchy, but nothing could be further from the truth. As you take a few bends, you quickly discover that the rear end is securely bolted down and works perfectly with the pointy front end. The low centre of gravity and perfectly placed centre of rotation ensure

that the SLS feels all of a piece, like an extension of your thoughts. Its second impressive dynamic trait is a good primary and secondary ride for a sports car. Compared to the ridiculous 1,850kg of the carbon-fibre SLR, the 1,620kg kerb weight of the aluminium SLS is not too shabby. On the fly, it feels even more nimble than this would imply. Around town and with the gearbox in Normal mode, you can drive the SLS to the shops and cruise around without any of the shortcomings normally associated with highly strung supercars. The twisty and sometimes bumpy hill roads that marked out the first half of our driving route from the hotel to the Laguna Seca raceway were a good test of the car’s agility and ride. The supple secondary ride takes the edge off short, sharp bumps very effectively, while longer wave undulations are handled with exquisite damper control. This is a car you can drive hundreds of kilometres in a day without


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feeling shaken or stirred. The low roll angle in bends adds to comfort levels too. The grunt from the 6.2 litre V8 is most satisfying, and as you explore the full extent of its throttle travel its sonorous soundtrack turns thunderous in that classic bent crank V8 fashion. The slightest whiff of throttle and the car simply displaces itself rapidly to higher speeds. Even on a light throttle, it proved very hard to stay below the 55mph (88km/h) speed limit on these country roads. That is the thing about having abundant torque on tap in a car of modest weight. A 70mph (112km/h) cruise on the freeway also felt faintly ridiculous and, while the SLS wafted along at this speed, it felt like 40mph (64km/h). Joining one stretch of freeway from a side exit, and using the big motor’s grunt for scant seconds, the car shot to three figure speeds that felt w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m

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easy to manage and so much fun. And that was with the three-stage ESP in Sport mode. Providing you are smooth, AMG’s ESP programming will allow you to get the tail moving into oversteer up to a point before the electronic nanny intervenes. This means you can have fun without switching the ESP off and, if you do, it will jump back in when you hit the brakes. Under full throttle, the 650Nm of torque arrives progressively, so you don’t get the shove in the back that some drivers love about forced aspirated motors. By the same token, this means that it is less easy to overwhelm the grip of the big rear tyres, so conversion of power and torque into forward motion is very effective. The anchors are a specially developed high performance system with cross-drilled floating vented discs at the front. Larger ceramic composite discs are an option and these reduce unsprung weight by a massive 40 per cent. These powerful brakes have good pedal feel and wash off big speeds very convincingly w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m

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with no drama. Stability under braking is also very impressive, and weight transfer is well contained, so techniques like trail braking feel very natural. All the time, the chassis is working away happily below you; the one underlying trait that stands out is how balanced and safe the car feels. Even though I have never driven at this demanding circuit before, I soon felt confident to explore the car’s outer limits with no sense that it was going to ever turn around and bite. The harder I pushed, the more it became apparent that the SLS had the answers to my probing questions and was not going to run out of talent. This is a car that makes an average driver look good, and an experienced driver look and feel like an ace. Incidentally, its Nurburgring lap time is an impressive seven minutes 40 seconds. In aerodynamic terms, the SLS has an unremarkable Cd of 0.36, a function of its retro shape. However, in aerodynamic stability terms, it is close to neutral, with minimal lift over the front axle and zero lift over the rear axle at 200km/h. The rear spoiler deploys at 120km/h to aid stability, and provides 20kg of downforce over the rear axle at top speed. It can also be activated manually. With the big V8 positioned as far back in the chassis as possible, the SLS is a mid-frontengined car. Its transaxle design results in a 50

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weight distribution of 47/53 per cent, giving the SLS its inherent good balance and traction. Unlike other AMG models that use a Drexler limited-slip differential as part of the optional Performance Package, the SLS has a mechanical Graziano LSD with a locking action of 60 per cent under acceleration and 40 per cent under braking as standard. This is incorporated into the rear-mounted Getrag-made, paddle-shift operated AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed gearbox, which receives power from the engine via a light but immensely strong carbon-fibre driveshaft weighing just four kilograms, that lives inside the alloy torque tube rigidly linking the engine and gearbox. Shift times are as low as 100ms and the system offers four modes: “C” Controlled Efficiency, “S” Sport, “S+” Sport plus and “M” Manual. The automatic double-declutching function is active in S. S+ and M modes. There is also a Race Start function that optimises traction off the line. Refreshingly, in a world of overpriced supercars, some of which do not deliver on their maker’s promises, the SLS AMG upsets the status quo by being a super proficient all rounder at a comparatively affordable price. If you look at its price point of €177,310 (including tax) in Germany, it is more expensive than the Audi R8 V10 or Porsche Turbo, but substantially cheaper than the

Aston Martin DBS or Ferrari 599GTB, which on engine position and performance would be its natural rivals. “We priced the SLS to sell,” said AMG’s pragmatic CEO, Volker Mornhinweg. A complete new car that is not based on any production Mercedes-Benz model is a huge step forward for AMG. The fact that their very first car is so clearly accomplished first time out pays homage to the clear thinking and huge road and racecar experience that has its home in Affalterbach. The SLS AMG opens a new chapter in AMG’s illustrious history.

STYLING The debut of the SLS AMG brings Mercedes full circle from the original 300SL Gullwing road car of 1955. While allusions were drawn between the 300SL Gullwing and the SLR, now that the SLS has broken cover it is clear that AMG’s first ever ground up car is the real descendant of the 300SL. In both concept and styling, I thought the SLS was the successor to the 300SL Uhlenhaut Coupe. Mercedes’ design chief, Gorden Wagener, partially agreed but said he would take it even further back to the 300SL Panamericana racecar from 1952, which had a purity of line slightly lacking in the later road cars.


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TECHNICAL FILE MERCEDES SLS AMG Engine: 6.2 litre V8 Maximum power: 571bhp Maximum torque: 650Nm Transmission: AMG Speedshift 7-speed DCT twin-clutch Top speed: 317 km/h 0-100 km/h: 3.8 seconds Price: approx. €177,310 (including tax) in Germany

ENGINE The most powerful version of the 6,208cc (102.2 x 94.6mm bore x stroke) AMG V8 is normally rated at 525hp. The SLS AMG version is good for 571hp at 6,800rpm and 650Nm of torque at 4,750rpm. The extra power comes from a raft of changes to the intake and exhaust systems, along with some internal upgrades. “We paid close attention to the effective length of the intake pipe length, and the greater space available in the SLS engine bay,” explained Friedrich Eichler, Director of Powertrain at Mercedes-AMG. “Instead of a two-stage manifold, we now have just one stage, with the two throttle bodies enlarged to 78mm diameter. We developed a completely new intake manifold for the SLS that is just 190cm long. This compares to 220cm for models like the SL63 and C63, and up to 360cm for the S63! That means the pressure drop along the manifold is now much less.” To balance this out and maximise efficiency, the engineers designed a unique tubular exhaust system for the SLS. Taking advantage of the extra room available in the engine bay, this uses near equal-length pipes, between 460 and 500mm long on both banks, significantly longer than on any other AMG car with this engine.

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The angle of the collector pipes is narrow to reduce backpressure, and this manifold design contributes to improved gas speed and a low level of residual gas in the cylinders during load exchange with each firing pulse. The 102.2mm diameter pistons are replaced with lightweight forged equivalents that cut reciprocating mass by nearly 500gr including gudgeon pins and piston rings. This is a saving of around 10 per cent. A unique internal design feature that came about partly through the move to dry sump lubrication is the use of “air spring” ventilation. This means that the air below the pistons on every down stroke does not leak away into the oil and can be used as a booster spring to help the piston rise on the next upward stroke. This “air spring” effect gives a 13.6hp boost to the motor. It is an AMG invention and the first such application ever. With its own unique fuelling and ignition maps putting the final seal on this finely tuned motor, AMG felt enough changes were made to the base M156 V8 to re-designate it M159.

PRODUCTION One of the most amazing things about the SLS AMG is how little time it took to go from a

clean sheet of paper to production car. In an industry where six to seven years is the norm, the small AMG team managed it in just over three years. “We started in January 2006 and had defined all parameters by June of that year,” explained AMG’s charismatic boss, Volker Mornhinweg. “Speed is one of the advantages of our small size, and the board of Mercedes-Benz allowed us to effectively do what we wanted. The project was financed internally by AMG, and we only called upon Mercedes for help with things like ESP and other high-level electronic calibrations. “The advantage we had in starting from scratch was being able to set out the ideal wheelbase, track and other parameters that we knew would give us the best performance, and build the car around these dimensions,” he said. The SLS is built at Sindelfingen on one floor of a building formerly used for W211 E-Class production. This facility became available when a new building was erected for W212 E-Class production. The SLS line is unique within the Mercedes-Benz production regime for being an assembly line set up for low-volume, hand-built cars. Only one robotised machine is used in the making of the SLS, and that installs the front windscreen.


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FASHION FLAIR Photography by Cj Hadlow Tel. 952 784 838 Mob. 622 227 006 www.cjhadlow.com Alter Ego Productions Hair and make-up by Liza Mayne Tel. 677 633 987 www.domayne.net Alter Ego Productions

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Jacket – Ferragamo €3,570 Jeans – Diesel €167 Boots – Ferragamo €910 Bag – SOFIA de Ferragamo €1,350 Sunglasses – Ferragamo €270 All available at El Corte Inglés Styled by Francesca Sellitri – personal shopper at El Corte Inglés


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Nicki Waterman TOP TRAINER TO THE STARS OFFERS USEFUL ADVICE FOR A HEALTHIER AND FITTER LIFESTYLE – AND VALUABLE TIPS TO LOSE THOSE EXTRA KILOS

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ith numerous parties, lunches, nights out and evenings in with family and friends, it’s easy to consume vast amounts of alcohol during the festive season. But, while plenty of booze will help social events go with a swing, it won’t do much to keep your waistline in shape. It’s fine to enjoy a drink – just remember to choose sensibly and follow these tips. It’s a favourite trick, but mix white wine with soda water or diet lemonade to make it last twice as long and half the calories. If you can’t bear to dilute it, opt for a dry white or red wine as these contain fewer calories than sweeter wines. Half a bottle of red or dry white wine contains around 250 calories! You have been warned. Beware of alcopops – they’re loaded with calories and little else. And because they don’t taste very alcoholic it’s easy to drink large amounts of them. If you like the fruity flavour, add a dash of cordial or fruit juice to a wine and soda. Meanwhile, there are a few reduced-sugar alcopops now on the market so look out for these – although remember, they are still high in alcohol.

VICTORIA BECKHAM ON STRICT NEW DIET Victoria Beckham has embarked on a strict new diet to maintain her slim figure. An insider says Victoria is keen that sales of her designer clothes stay strong and so is eating just berries and raw fish to guarantee she avoids putting on weight. “Victoria’s only indulgence is a glass of wine every evening,” the source claims. “She thinks she’s the best ambassador for the clothes she designs, so she wants to be model thin.”

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HEALTH & FITNESS SWAP… A MINI PARTY SAUSAGE ROLL WITH 124 CALORIES AND 9.4 GRAMS OF FAT FOR… A MINI PARTY PIZZA WITH 50 CALORIES AND 1.5 GRAMS OF FAT

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Christmas diet tips

Follow in the footsteps of celebrities and enjoy a glass of bubbly. In general you drink less as it’s served in smaller glasses and the bubbles can help fill you up. Allow 100 calories for a glass. Most measures of spirits poured at home will be larger than those served in bars and pubs, with the result that your drink will probably contain twice as many calories. If you’re going to do a lot of entertaining at home, it’s worth investing in a spirits measure so that you can measure out your favourite tipple. In the meantime, always pour spirits into the glass before adding ice or mixers, so you can see just how much alcohol you have. It’s the oldest trick in the book, but mix spirits with low-cal mixers such as diet cola, diet lemonade, slimline tonic or slimline bitter lemon. Allow around 50 calories for a single (25ml) shot with a diet mixer. Steer clear of beer, lager and cider as they’re loaded with calories. And the higher the alcohol content, the more calories they contain. For example, a pint of standard beer contains around 160 calories, whereas a bottle of strong lager can contain anywhere between 120 and 200 calories alone. Watch out, too, for trendy new ciders served in a pint glass with ice. They contain more than 200 calories per pint. Beware of trendy wine bars. Many serve spirits in double measures (50ml) as the standard with the result that you get double the calories. Some pubs also serve 35ml measures of spirits rather than 25ml measures and so also contain more calories. Finally, watch out for huge wine glasses – some are so large that a glass of wine may actually be close to half a bottle. Choose cocktails with care. As a guideline, avoid anything that’s made with cream, coconut milk or syrupy juices – they’re packed with calories. And remember that the more shots a cocktail contains, the higher its calorie value will be. Where possible, ask for diet mixers to be used and remember to sip slowly! Avoid creamy liqueurs after dinner and instead have a single shot of brandy if you really fancy ending your meal in style. Most cream-based liqueurs contain around 80-100 calories per 25ml measure compared with 50 calories in a brandy.

Remember that happy hours are designed to get you to drink more and keep you in the same place all night. Unfortunately this means that, while the bar gains pounds, so do you as you indulge in far more drinks than you normally would. The key is not to give into temptation. Finally, why not offer to drive from time to time over the festive season, so that you won’t be able to drink anything other than low-cal diet drinks!

WHAT’ S NEW? A diet of cheese and dairy can help you shed those excess pounds It has long been blamed for causing nightmares. But cheese may also give you a dream figure. A diet packed with cheese and other dairy products helps with weight loss, a study has found. Australian slimmers were put on lowcalorie diets which included varying amounts of cheese, yoghurt and low-fat milk. Those who increased their daily servings of dairy products from three to five lost the most weight. They also had lower blood pressure and the least tummy fat, and “significantly improved” their chances of avoiding heart disease and diabetes. The researchers, from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, said that, although dairy products are widely perceived as being fatty, they have a place in the slimmer’s shopping basket. Dieters, however, should still keep an eye on their fat and calorie intake. Cheese and other dairy products are high in protein, which helps us feel full quickly and speeds up the metabolism. Laura Wyness, of the British Nutrition Foundation, said dairy products were a good source of calcium and vitamins, as well as protein. However, she warned that cheeses can be high in salt and advised dieters to check labelling before buying.

DID YOU KNOW? …superfood duck Duck has a reputation for being a fatty meat, and yet a 100gr/31/2oz serving without skin contains just 147 calories and 6.7 grams of fat – less than most self-basting turkeys. If you fancy cooking duck instead of the traditional Christmas dinner, the other good news is that it contains as much iron as roast beef, as well as zinc, which helps boost the immune system. And it tastes delicious served with a fruity plum sauce!

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED What’s the healthiest option when I dip into the Christmas sweet tin? Nicki says: I’d go for chocolate brazils or hazelnuts. Chocolate has a low glycaemic index (GI), which means that it’s digested slowly so you won’t feel the need to eat lots. And, because nuts help to lower cholesterol, you can enjoy your treat knowing that it’s doing you some good, too.

AND FINALLY… Munch on a crisp granny smith apple or a raw carrot for the ultimate Christmas stressbuster. The loud noise and physical sensation of munching immediately lowers the stress hormones that stimulate the appetite. For more information on losing weight and getting active, check out: www.nickiwaterman.com w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m

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e l k n i Tw Twinkle Bring out the glitter, slap on the gloss: it’s party time. Here are the latest beauty products to make sure you sparkle all Christmas long.

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TOP NEW RANGES, TREATMENTS AND NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF MAKE-UP, SKIN CARE AND FRAGRANCE THE CHERYL COLE EFFECT It’s all about lashes at the moment and who rocked this trend better than anyone? The Queen of X Factor - Mrs Cole, of course. After years of wearing fake lashes, the ladies from Girls Aloud have collaborated with Eylure to design show-stopping falsies. The collection includes five styles of eyelashes inspired by each Girls Aloud band member, with Cheryl's Hollywood style lashes the longest and densest and Sarah opting for a dramatic, shorter look. I have to say Cheryl’s were a bit much for me. My favourite were Sarah’s, which are designed to deliver a full-on lash look, yet you can still move your eyelids (unlike Cheryl’s). Crowded with lashes for fullness and texture, these are ideal to give an intensified finish for a special night out. asos.com

MY PRECIOUS Now you show me a girlie who wouldn’t want to find this under her Christmas tree. The GHD Precious Limited Edition Gift Set brings together sophistication and class with its unique design, boasting a gift set including a travel hair dryer, heat resistant mat, chic carry case and the lavish styler itself. Everything you need to create stunning seasonal styles. This is the first GHD iron to feature a baroque design, and again has been inspired by the looks that have been appearing on the catwalks. A gloss black appearance with a complex and detailed silver floral pattern that stems from the lower part of the GHD right to the tip. At €219, this will definitely be on my wish list. Take note. Reflections Hair Nails & Skin Care: Tel. 902 325 324; reflectionsmarbella.com

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This would have made a perfect Christmas present for one of my friends. However, I like it too much and have decided to keep it for myself (the whole Christmas thing about sharing obviously doesn‘t apply to me). Ruby & Millie’s 2009 lip purse is fantastic for any lip gloss loving girls. This gorgeous leather bag houses three candy coloured glosses in Beige 80, Sunset 48 and Twilight 42. All perfect for that secret kiss under the mistletoe. Another favourite is their Metallic Kit 2009. This charming mirrored palette contains a gorgeous set of multi-purpose metallics for lips and eyes, along with a beautiful shimmer powder and brush to sweep over your body and face wherever you want to shine. The silver eye creams and gold highlighter can be used to line eyes for daytime or give your lids all-over glam for a dramatic night-time look. Also includes a rose gold face and body metal, cheek colour and blusher brush. rubyandmillie.com

It’s gorgeous, it’s loaded with Eyeshadows, and it’s ecofriendly! The Sustainable Shadow Box holds 10 dynamic Eyeshadows, a cruelty-free Eyeshadow brush, and a travel size bottle of Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Fab-u-licious. Most of the shades included in this palette are my favourites from Urban Decay so it’s fantastic having them all tucked away in one palette! Great for travelling as well. The shadows are pigmented and contain a super dose of wonderful shimmer. I have been wearing Twice Baked all of the time and Oil Slick is perfect for a little night-time drama. I have been wearing Urban Decay shadows for over a decade now and I still love them. hqhair.com

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Finally a company that is on our side. As a fight against the recession Kerastase have created an introductory range of their best-selling line in a 500ml size, with a pump dispenser. The normal product comes in a 250ml bottle at €17 while the double-sized product is competitively priced at €25. Products available at Reflections Salon are Bain Satin 1, 2 and 3, Bain Miroir 1 and 2, Bain Prevention, Bain De Force and Bain Volumactive. For fine, dry, damaged, coloured hair like mine, I highly recommend the Nutritive Bain Satin 1 teamed with the Nutritive Mask. Reflections Hair, Nails & Skin Care: Tel. 902 325 324; reflectionsmarbella.com w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m

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FINCA CORTESÍN In the lap of luxury eing asked to have a treatment at the Finca Cortesín spa was like being told you can have a Christmas present early. Having visited the hotel twice before I had been into the spa but never been lucky enough to try a treatment. I was met by Guillermo Martin, the director of the spa, who gave me a personal tour detailing the three different sections and showing me the relaxed atmosphere. The spa has two philosophies – relax and health – and this certainly comes across as you move through the different areas: thermal, cabins and fitness. The thermal areas are variously for men only, women only and mixed – the latter including a plunge pool at 10-12 degrees and a snow cave at minus 12 degrees. The fitness room is very well equipped and guests can take advantage of the personal trainer service or receive advice about the machines, as well as Pilates, body balance, stretching and aerobics. The treatment rooms (six individual and one double) are designed for the comfort of clients: the floor and beds are heated and the light in the room depends on which treatment you are having. The double room is available for couples

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to enjoy their treatments together; there is an extra large bath they can relax in for 20 minutes or so before the treatment while savouring champagne, cocktails and other delights. Guillermo introduced me to my therapist Arlette, who has over 20 years experience. The spa uses Biologique Recherche products which are totally natural, with high quality composition and active ingredients, and un-perfumed. Arlette explained to me that the thinking behind Biologique Recherche is that, as the same person can have a different type of skin at different times, the skin needs to be analysed each time to ensure the correct products are used and the right treatment is provided. My treatment was an Oxygenating Facial which cleans and moisturises the skin. Arlette massaged the skin, cleaning it and preparing it for the other elements of the facial, which made me start to drift off. Willing myself to stay awake, I relaxed as Arlette applied a masque to my face and arms. While I was covered in the masques and had a warm towel wrapped around me, she gave me a wonderful foot massage, exactly what I needed after walking around in heels all day!

Taking the masques off, Arlette used cold flannels to close the pores, keeping the moisture locked into my dry face. She finished the treatment by applying a serum and cream mixed together, advising me that serum is much more intense than just using cream, and my skin needed moisture. The treatment left me feeling rejuvenated and relaxed while my skin felt the smoothest it ever has. Arlette and the Biologique Recherche products worked miracles! I Finca Cortesín Spa are offering special Christmas treatments for individuals and couples and spa gift certificates – the perfect present for that special someone. Finca Cortesín Spa Casares Tel. 952 937 800 www.fincacortesin.com


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Princess Studios A fitness sanctuary for women PHOTOS RUTH JONES

rincess Studios, which opened earlier this year, is already a favourite for women on the Coast wanting to get fit. Jessica White caught up with Heidi Fulford, who owns the studio with Suzy White, to find out more about the ultimate in fitness.

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Why did you set up Princess Studios? Suzy and I set up the studio because there didn't seem to be anywhere on the Costa del Sol where we could do the sort of dance and fitness classes we wanted. I lived in Los Angeles and when I moved to Spain I checked out all the gyms and studios but there were very few classes that interested me. We seemed to be stuck in a time warp. I was looking for fun and inspiring classes and didn't want to be doing classes in an aerobics studio with glass windows, overlooked by guys working out in the gym. What inspired you? I was recommended Suzy’s pole-dancing classes in Puerto Banús by my hairdresser. Not only were the classes fun but you were really doing a good work-out, PLUS you had a great party trick! Over time we both realised there was a gap in the market for a luxurious poledancing and fitness studio for ladies. Our timetable at Princess Studios reflects the classes that are currently taught in Los Angeles and we believe we have instructors of a similar quality to those in LA – in fact we have some instructors from LA.

Can you give us some background information on yourself and Suzy? Suzy is a professional dancer and previously was in a girl band! After giving birth to her daughter Lily three years ago she decided to stop dancing professionally and to teach instead. She then went on to take her instructor’s qualifications and the rest is history. I am a professional businesswoman; with my main business, translate4me.

start gently. It's important to get your fitness levels up before embarking on something like pole dancing, for example, which requires a fair amount of upper body strength. My advice would be to start with classes such as Pilates, 20/20/20 (abs, bums and thighs) and lower impact dance classes such as belly dancing and burlesque. The most important message we would like to give to anyone considering trying one of our classes is just to have fun. Release your inhibitions, get fit and have fun in the process. There are no judgements and we welcome all levels, ages, shapes and sizes.

What do you want your clients to feel when they come for lessons and when they leave? Well we want them to feel fit, healthy, buzzing and very happy after one of our classes. The studio is a sanctuary for women to come to, a place where they can relax, chill out, always be greeted by a friendly face and, if they want to, release the inner goddess from within. For clients who do not frequent a gym, what are the classes you would advise them to start with? If clients have not been taking regular classes or are out of shape I would recommend they 72

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LANCE – British hairstylist who speaks English and Spanish and has over 25 years experience, owning a salon for 15 years. He trained in the UK with Wella, L’Oreal and Vidal Sassoon and managed a successful salon in the prestigious 5 star swallow hotel in Birmingham attracting lots of celebrity clients, while participating in numerous shows and seminars. Winner of the midlands L’Oreal hair colour trophy, Lance trained young hairdressers in the academy and specialises in precision cutting and colour.

JULES – British beauty therapist and nail technician trained in the UK with over 15 year’s experience. She speaks English, Spanish and French and has worked in the famous 5star Ragdale Hall Health Spa winning a national award for beauty therapy. Jules specialises in Caci and Guinot micro current facial treatments and Dermalogica facials.

SIAN – Welsh hairstylist who speaks English and Spanish and has over 15 years experience and specialises in colour and cutting. She trained in the UK at a top 5star salon winning awards for her cutting and colour work. She keeps a keen eye on current fashion trends and also worked as an educator within the academy.

Bliss Hair and Beauty Salon, now in its fifth year of trading, has built up a reputation for quality, professionalism and great customer service for hair, beauty and nails. Based midway between Estepona and San Pedro near to Hotel Las Dunas, the salon was the mastermind of Lance and Jules Kearley.

JORGE – Spanish hairstylist who trained in Spain and has worked in New York and London for John Frieda and Nicky Clarke. He has also worked on many photoshoots for adverts, London Fashion Week and the Baftas and specialises in colour, hair extensions, hair up, bridal hair and is a Mac trained make up artist. He speaks Spanish, English and Italian.

JILL – Norwegian beauty therapist and nail technician who was trained in Norway and speaks Scandinavian, English and Spanish. She is Cidesco qualified in all aspects of beauty and has 10 years experience working in luxury spas with outstanding product knowledge and is a Dermalogica skin care specialist. She also specialises in Dermalogica and Guinot face and body treatments and nail care.

JEANNINE – Canadian nail technician who speaks Spanish, English, French and German and is a master nail technician with 20 years experience of all aspects of gel and acrylic nail treatments. She trained in the UK and is also a qualified trainer and assessor. Jeannine specialises in all gel and acrylic nail treatments.

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Health&Beauty The perfect smile NICOLA McGEORGE GIVES A PERSONAL INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY

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have always had a good set of teeth. I haven’t got any fillings. ( I promise I am not lying.) I have the perfect bite and have never needed a brace. My teeth have always been a little on the yellow side but nothing a good whitening system couldn’t fix. However, about two years ago I noticed that my front teeth where slightly opaque around the edges. Then, about six months later, I met up with an old friend whom I hadn’t seen in ages. Halfway through our meal he turned to me and said, “I never realised that your teeth went upwards.” I went home that night and started comparing my photos from over the last few years. He was right. My front teeth had not only got thinner, they had now receded into an inverted “V”.

Worried now, I started asking around for a reputable dentist (obviously mine wasn’t doing his job) and was pointed in the direction of Lotta Kure from The Dentists (a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry). She took one look at my teeth and said that it was obvious that I had been grinding my teeth at night and wearing them down. She also went through my diet and worked out that my very healthy diet was actually causing me damage. The mixture of my daily hot lemon water and regular acidic fruit smoothies were eroding my tooth enamel. My teeth had become so weak there was only one solution: cosmetic dentistry! I couldn’t believe this was happening. Lotta took a selection of photos of my teeth and then created a mould of my mouth

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so she could show me how my new teeth would look. Having these visual aids was extremely reassuring, I must say. She decided on porcelain veneers over crowns as the former is a much less invasive procedure. Less sound tooth structure is sacrificed and the preparation process is less traumatic for the tooth. In the end we agreed on six veneers; otherwise, if I had just two, I would have ended up looking like Bugs Bunny. Not the look I was going for. I also decided to whiten the rest of my teeth with the opalescence whitening system to improve the whole overall look. Lotta recommended that I should start using a gum shield at night to stop the grinding. The actual procedure was not as bad as people may think. After having the top layer of my teeth slightly filed down, Lotta took an impression which was to be sent to the lab in Sweden. She then fitted a set of temporary veneers, which is only for two weeks while your real veneers are being

made. This is also like a dress rehearsal. If you do not like them, your dentist can make adjustments and customise them to your liking. We did have a bit of a blip here where my Dad told me I reminded him of Esther Rantzen. After balling my eyes out for two days, Lotta filed them down to a shape that I was happy with. Two weeks later my new teeth arrived. Just in time as I had just swallowed one of my temporaries. My own fault as I had not listened to my dentist’s instructions and had bitten into a carrot. Lesson learned. After several injections, which caused my lips to form an Elvis smirk, Lotta removed my temporaries and then fitted me with the new ones. I have to admit I was terrified. Yet, as I turned and looked in the mirror a Hollywood smiled grinned back at me. They still looked totally natural and there wasn’t a “Katie Price” in sight. Within a month my gums were back to normal and my teeth felt as though they were my own. No longer the owner of little, bent, yellow teeth, I now finally have something to smile about.

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Ask the surgeon ... Varicose veins THIS MONTH, IN OUR SPECIAL HEALTH SECTION FOCUSING ON LATEST TECHNIQUES AND TRENDS IN COSMETIC SURGERY, DR FRANCIS DHOBB OF THE ADVANCED VEIN CLINIC ANSWERS SOME COMMON QUESTIONS

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What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are abnormally swollen or enlarged blood vessels in the leg caused by the failure of the valves in the veins. Varicose veins and spider veins can be found in 40 per cent of women and 20 per cent of men above the age of 20.

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Heredity is a primary factor in over 80 per cent of varicose vein cases. Other contributing factors may include pregnancy, obesity, hormone therapy, standing or sitting for long periods of time and leg injury.

Q What is currently the best treatment? A

Endovenous laser treatment is a new minimally invasive method for treating large varicose veins that eliminates the need for surgery in most cases. It allows a complete treatment of large varicose veins in one session. No hospital stay is required; it is a walk-in walk-out procedure performed under local anaesthesia.

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Q What happens to my circulation if some of my veins are closed?

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As a result of closing diseased veins, the many good veins will take over the flow of blood and your circulation will improve. For most patients, this means the disappearance of their leg discomfort.

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You will be able to walk one hour after treatment and return to your normal activity the following day.

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Through a small puncture a laser fibre is inserted into the diseased vein, allowing its treatment from inside the lumen. It uses laser energy applied inside the incompetent vein to seal it shut.

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Q Will I feel pain? A

Patients report feeling very little, if any, pain during or after the procedure. Plus,we are using the ultimate laser system that allows a painless treatment.

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Festive dining

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The festive period is upon us and, if you need a little help deciding where to celebrate this year, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite restaurants, lounges and nightclubs hosting special events and menus for Christmas and New Year. Whether you’re planning a traditional Christmas with friends or family, or to welcome in 2010 in one of the Coast’s most stylish venues, look no further than our handy guide for festive celebrations. COMPILED BY SAM JONES

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TABLE TALK A FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR Garum fairytale theme. Dishes included in the delicious five-course menu set for 24 and 25 December take their names from classic fairytale authors; while dishes for New Year’s Eve are named after our most loved fairytale characters such as Little Red Riding Hood (wild mushroom and berry soup), Ali Baba (spiced king prawn kebab with tahini sauce), Ugly Duckling (duck breast or sole fillets with crushed sweet potato and vegetable pie served with soy watercress sauce) and Hansel and Gretal (chocolate and ginger bread house). Celebrations at Garum will unfold with fantastic service in a stylish yet inviting atmosphere. Bookings and more information: Tel. 952 858 858; www.garummarbella.com

ONE OF THE COAST’S FAVOURITE PLACES TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR Ristorante Regina Located next to the Hotel Andalucía Plaza and Casino, Ristorante Regina has become one of Marbella’s landmark venues to celebrate New Year’s Eve thanks to a lively party atmosphere, superb food, special entertainment and excellent service from sisters Daniella and Paula, and their team. This year is no exception with a sumptuous seven-course menu which promises everything you’d expect from one of the Coast’s leading restaurants. Guests will be welcomed with a drink on arrival before being seated to a culinary feast which goes as follows: smoked salmon and foie gras; “a remarkable cream of asparagus soup”; tagliolini with fresh truffles; fresh sea-bass “Regina-style”; a delicious homemade sorbet; loin of veal “Babbo Natale” with wild mushrooms and wine; and a mouthwatering black forest gateaux. Celebrations then go into full swing with lucky grapes at midnight, “a special bag of fun” and a breathtaking fireworks display which promises to set the party atmosphere alight! The special evening at Regina includes an unlimited, open bar, Moët Chandon, fine pinot grigio and gran reserva. Bookings and more information: Tel. 952 814 529; www.ristorantereginamarbella.es

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Readers will be pleased to learn that popular Marbella paseo restaurant café bar Garum is, once again, set to host its signature line-up of special culinary events to celebrate the festive period. Garum’s creative international cuisine has delighted residents and diners since the restaurant opened its doors five years ago and this year will not disappoint with an enticing choice of colourful festive menus. Christmas Day guests can look forward to Garum’s cosmopolitan Christmas Day lunch buffet, which features an irresistible selection of international cuisine and goes down a storm each year. Evening dinner menus served over Christmas and New Year have been infused with a touch of magic and are inspired by an enchanting

GOURMET CELEBRATIONS IN SPLENDID SURROUNDINGS Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Resort The magnificent Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa resort is offering a choice of special Christmas and New Year’s packages for anyone wishing to escape the Coast and celebrate in stunning surroundings. The resort – which is located just 20 minutes drive from Marbella in the foothills of Casares – entices with beautifully decorated suites, two top class restaurants, impeccable service and fabulous golf and spa facilities. And a Christmas or New Year’s stay would offer a relaxing and tranquil festive getaway. The hotel’s restaurants – Schilo and El Jardín – will present three superb menus for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve which are also open to reservation by nonresidents of the hotel. Acclaimed chef Schilo Van Coevorden’s sophisticated menus will truly delight guests dining at his elegant restaurant over the festive period. Delicacies for Christmas include sashimi of wild Alaskan salmon and spicy orange ice; cappuccino of lobster; fillet of red mullet “pistachio”; wagyu of beef; roasted partridge with Schilo’s white truffle risotto; wild strawberries with sweet sake ice; and baked Alaska with orange flames.

Guests deciding on El Jardín for Christmas will be welcomed to a decidedly Mediterranean atmosphere with a choice of canapés; blinis with smoked salmon and Riofrío caviar; fine Jamón de Jabugo; lobster salad with blood orange; triple oxtail consommé with black truffle; fillet of turbot with green asparagus; milk lamb with chanterelle mushrooms and white beans; and a parade of Christmas desserts. New Year’s Eve takes a slightly different layout with diners from both restaurants enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail in the hotel’s impressive lobby followed by a sumptuous dinner including a decadent seafood selection (lobster, king crab, oysters, clams, prawns……); mushroom carpaccio with foie gras ravioli; fillet of sea-bass with three kinds of caviar; and Galician beef with Rioja shallots and wild mushroom. A midnight dessert buffet with festive grapes in the hotel’s “grand sala” will culminate memorable New Year’s celebrations at Finca Cortesin. Bookings and more information: Tel. 952 937 800; www.fincacortesin.com w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m

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FINE FESTIVE DINING ON THE BEACHSIDE The Beach House What could encapsulate the Costa del Sol lifestyle more than Christmas Day on the beach? Regarded as one of the Coast’s best restaurants serving fine creative cuisine, The Beach House in Elviria has compiled a superb Christmas Day menu for anyone looking to celebrate in an elegant yet relaxed beachside setting with live music throughout the day. A champagne, mulled wine and canapé reception will be followed by a delectable ensemble of dishes including chestnut soup with parsnip crisps; seared scallop and crab risotto; and duck liver pate with homemade bread and spiced orange and cranberry marmalade. Guests have a choice of traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings including pancetta and apple, roasted parsnips, chipolatas wrapped in bacon, sage and onion stuffing; succulent roast rib eye of beef; or salmon en croûte with a champagne and dill sauce. Christmas Day lunch is rounded-off with an assiette of desserts – including Christmas pudding, sherry trifle and chocolate and pecan torte – and traditional cheese and biscuits with a glass of tawny port. New Year’s Eve at The Beach House is equally enticing, with a fabulous degustación (tasting) menu, live music throughout and dancing after midnight. A cava and canapé reception will be followed by a gastronomic extravaganza including cream of Finnan Haddie soup with smoked haddock, black pudding and quail’s egg; salad of Cornish crab; five-spice marinated pork belly; trio of bluefin tuna; lobster ravioli; and tornado rossini. Coffee, desserts and petit fours will be followed by champagne and traditional grapes at midnight. Bookings and more information: Tel. 952 839 458; www.thebeachhousemarbella.com 82

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The popular beachside venue Bono’s Beach is holding a special New Year’s Eve celebration to bring in 2010 in style. The chic restaurant, beach club and lounge – located on Costabella beachside – has earned an excellent reputation for its creative fusion cuisine, and this New Year’s will see the kitchen team go all-out with a mouthwatering menu which can be savoured with great service, a live DJ and flowing drinks (open bar is included) in the restaurant’s stylish surroundings. The glamorous event will begin with a canapé and aperitif, and will be followed by a selection of delicious creations including first class French

oysters; mille feuille of foie, goat’s cheese and apple; steak tartare with a hint of citrus and parmesan toast; and red mullet on pumpkin noodles with cherry tomato confit. A light Moët Chandon sorbet will refresh the taste buds before the festive guinea fowl with raisins, orange sauce, traditional “patatas paja” and a bouquet of steamed vegetables is served. Last, but by no means least, a special “Bono’s dessert” rounds off the culinary ensemble as the lively 2010 celebrations continue. Bookings and more information: Tel. 952 839 236; www.bonosbeach.com

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FABULOUS THAI CUISINE IN COSMOPOLITAN SURROUNDINGS Naga Thai For something a little less traditional and more exotic this New Year, Naga Thai in Puerto Banús is laying on a special evening of fabulous Thai cuisine and entertainment following the popular success of previous years’ parties. Naga enjoys a reputation as one of the finest Thai restaurants on the Coast, offering an elegant yet cosmopolitan atmosphere and authentic cuisine created by an acclaimed chef from Bangkok who will delight New Year’s Eve diners with an array of delicious, freshly prepared Thai delicacies. Naga

recently revamped their excellent wine list, which now includes an even greater choice of quality wines. A good selection of champagnes is available as well as a tempting choice of cocktails expertly mixed at the restaurant’s bar. Entertainment will add a special touch to the celebrations while guests are guaranteed excellent, friendly service from the Naga Thai team. Bookings and more information: Tel. 952 815 319; www.naga.es


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FUNKY FESTIVITIES Moorea Chill Cocktail Lounge

CULINARY CRAZINESS

Chic lounge and nightclub Moorea – based at Cortijo Los Canos in Pueblo Nuevo, Guadiaro –has a full line-up of events planned to celebrate the festive period in style. The holiday season arrives early in Spain with a double bank holiday in the first week of December when Moorea has a selection of guest DJs and big names such as Pacha in tow to get the ball rolling for the ensuing weeks. The next big date will be the Christmas Eve “White Bash” where guests are invited to dress in sparkling, snow white for the special evening, which includes a live singer, DJs, dancers and a special décor. The main event is set for New Year’s Eve when Moorea hosts a glamorous black tie party with live entertainment from disco and soul diva Yanela Brooks, who will perform in the venue’s new covered terrace, before festive celebrations at Moorea come to a close with a grand finale Three Kings Party. VIP tables and Balinese style beds are available for each event; reservations are advisable. Bookings and more information: Tel. 661 006 510; www.mooreasotogrande.com

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SWEET FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS Suite Restaurant & Nightclub For a Christmas and New Year with a hint of exotic style, look no further than the fashionable Suite at Hotel Puente Romano. Festivities go into full swing with a special party on Christmas Eve, while the popular venue will remain open for dinner and dancing on 25 and 26 December. Suite is renowned for its lavish New Year’s celebrations and this year is set to be no exception, with a magnificent masquerade ball and fabulous New Year’s Eve menu including delightful dishes such as: beluga caviar; lobster thermidor; fillet mignon of veal sautéd with Somantano mushrooms; and rich white coffee

The Da Bruno group’s lively calendar of yearround events will come to an exciting grand finale on New Year’s Eve with two fabulous evenings planned: one at the beachfront Da Bruno Sul Mare in Marbella and the other at the Da Bruno’s charming Cabopino restaurant. The theme for the special celebrations is “Night of Sensations – Culinary Craziness”, with

an imaginative menu to add a touch of fun to New Year’s Eve and tickle the taste buds of even the most adventurous diner. Guests choosing either venue for New Year will be welcomed with a classic Kir Royale and “greetings from the kitchen” in the form of three mouth-watering appetisers: scallops over roasted peppers with coriander cream; “chupa chup” of wild poultry marinated with fresh herbs; and beef cheeks with Pedro Ximenez sauce. An array of colourful creations will follow including mille feuille of foie gras with apples; marinated duck breast served with lentil salad; pumpkin cappuccino with wild mushroom; medallion of tenderloin served with hot wine sauce and spices, duchess potatoes; and a festive honey parfait with figs and port wine sabayon seasoned with winter spices. A generous selection of wines and drinks – including Louis Roederer Brut – will be served throughout the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Bookings: Da Bruno Cabopino, Tel. 952 831 918; Da Bruno Sul Mare, Tel. 952 903 318; www.dabruno.com

A CHARMING MEDITERRANEAN SETTING La Meridiana Alabardero For a classically Mediterranean setting this Christmas and New Year, look no further than the elegant La Meridiana Alabardero located in the prestigious residential area next to the palace on Marbella’s Golden Mile. The restaurant – which now comes with the signature stamp of the La Taberna del Alabardero group of restaurants – has created three sumptuous menus to celebrate Christmas Day lunch and dinner, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Christmas Day includes an enticing selection of starters to share such as the bellota jamón, the finest cheeses, clams, mussels, langoustines…… which are then followed by turkey stuffed with dried fruits; monkfish wrapped in bacon; succulent shoulder of lamb; and a rich Christmas log filled with sorbet and red forest fruits. An elegant evening is planned for New Year’s Eve, which gets underway with a welcome cocktail before guests are seated to a menu of

rich seasonal dishes including foie and langoustine pate; brochette of scallops and wild mushroom; roasted turbot with rosemary; and succulent solomillo. Le Meridiana’s enchanting gardens provide the setting for New Year’s Day when guests can celebrate the arrival of 2010 with a generous buffet including a selection of salads; fresh shellfish; fine cold meats such as carpaccio and steak tartare; a delicious selection of chef’s dishes; and a choice of barbecued specialities such as monkfish and langoustine brochette, sea-bass, bream, turbot, beef fillet, entrecote. To round off the threeday culinary extravaganza, guests can indulge with a choice of devilish desserts. Bookings and more information: Tel. 952 776 190; www.lameridiana.es

and chocolate mousse. Complete with restaurant, various lounge areas, live music and dancing, Suite also makes a great venue for group and office Christmas parties. A special menu is available throughout December, and includes: a starter platter to share with Lebanese mezze; beef carpaccio stuffed with foie gras; and vegetable tempura. For the main course there’s a choice of fresh grilled sea-bass of fillet mignon with béarnaise sauce; and banana tart tatin or chocolate and walnut brownie for dessert. Bookings and information: Tel. 676 920 474 / 630 962 852; www.suiteclubs.com w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m

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CELEBRATIONS IN AN INVITING ATMOSPHERE Da Fabio El Rosario & Marbella The new Da Fabio restaurant in El Rosario has become a popular success thanks to its allround, family-friendly atmosphere, personable staff and good prices. So regular customers and anyone looking for a pleasant and friendly place to celebrate the festive period will be pleased to know that the restaurant has created two special menus for Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, both including a welcome cava and canapé reception to be enjoyed on the restaurant’s pretty gardened terrace. The menus will also be served at Da Fabio’s sister

restaurant, which has occupied a prime location on Marbella’s paseo for 10 years. Both Christmas and New Year are set to have a traditional festive feel about them combined with an authentic Italian touch for which the restaurant is best known. Both menus begin with a choice of starters: mozzarella in carozza (a house favourite); deliciously warming fish soup; smoked salmon; avocado with prawns; fresh “tricolore” salad; or classic Italian vitello or veal. Tempting main dishes include the house speciality pasta dishes which use the finest seafood; succulent Argentinean fillet with peppercorn sauce; chicken with mushroom sauce; dover sole; or a traditional turkey roast. Da Fabio has an excellent reputation for its freshly made cakes and desserts and the festive period is no exception, with a choice of classically Italian desserts – tiramisu, lemon sorbet and panetonne – which add a rich and delicious touch to the festive occasions. A choice of champagne is available, as are speciality cocktails; while 2010 will be welcomed in with lucky grapes. Bookings and more information: Da Fabio El Rosario, Tel. 952 833 467; Da Fabio Marbella, Tel. 952 823 376.

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SOPHISTICATED NEW YEAR’S MENU WITH ENTERTAINMENT

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MC Café

RELAXED PRE-CHRISTMAS MENU Passion Café If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy preChristmas celebrations, office parties or group bookings this month, Passion Café is offering a reasonably priced festive menu which can be enjoyed at ease in the venue’s colourful and lively setting in the fashionable La Colonia Centre, San Pedro. The special promotion includes a glass of mulled wine on arrival followed by a classic Christmas prawn cocktail starter, a roast turkey and cranberry wrap and a scrumptious slice of homemade mince pie with ice cream. Passion Café also offers a creative cocktail menu and good wine list to add a bit of spice to your pre-Christmas outing. Bookings and more information: Tel. 952 781 583; www.passioncafe.eu

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Where could be more fitting to spend New Year’s in Marbella than the chic MC Café located at the emblematic Marbella Club on Marbella’s prestigious Golden Mile? Guests enjoying New Year’s Eve celebrations at the restaurant will not only be treated to a Kir Royale on arrival and live entertainment by well-known singer Frank Skott, but will also enjoy a sophisticated dinner menu including: truffle consomé with scallop confit and parmesan essence; turbot fillet with sea urchin parmentier, shellfish jus and crab croustade; mandarin colada digestive; grilled fillet steak with sauted boletus, mange tout and morel jus; white velvet with red berries for dessert; coffee and truffles. The evening also includes special party bags and traditional lucky grapes at midnight. Bookings and more information: Tel: 952 768 936; www.marbellaclub.com


FINE DINING DA FABIO

Fabulous Italian food in an inviting all-round setting WORDS SAM JONES PHOTOS DAVID TOMS

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here’s a genuinely welcoming feeling when you walk into Da Fabio – the popular Italian restaurant which opened earlier this year in the El Rosario urbanisation, just five minutes drive from central Marbella. The idea behind Da Fabio El Rosario – which was launched following the 10-year success of its sister restaurant on Marbella’s paseo – was to create an all-year-round venue (Da Fabio in Marbella has special opening hours during winter) with a central location which could be enjoyed year-round by local residents and the expat

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community. The concept was clear from the onset: a versatile environment which welcomes families, couples or larger groups, with an emphasis on good prices without compromising quality and with an excellent choice of dishes. Da Fabio’s al fresco patio terrace is the perfect place to enjoy lunch, even in the winter months, while the main restaurant area is warm and inviting with a lively yet relaxed atmosphere. Both areas are complemented by an attentive yet personable waiting team who bring a noticeably friendly touch to the venue. Both the restaurant and kitchen are open from 11am to midnight every day, which makes Da Fabio the sort of place you can enjoy an early lunch or dinner with the family (special half portions can be prepared for kids), a business or lunch meeting, an evening dinner or a late night bite to eat. The overall area is very spacious, which also makes it an attractive venue for group parties or special occasions. The full take-away service has also proved very popular, with a spacious bar and seating area outside where you can enjoy a drink while waiting. Having eaten at the restaurant on a couple of occasions – both business lunches and less formal evening dinners – the team at Society Living Magazine can vouch for Da Fabio’s consistently good quality and presentation of dishes. The

selection of dishes is generous (so rest-assured there’s something for everyone) and there is an enticing list of specials of the day. Starters are a pure delight with a good choice of authentic Italian creations such as prosciutto, bruscetta and, a house favourite, mozzarella in carozza (mozzarella fried in bread crumbs with a tasty tomato sauce). If there are a few of you, I would definitely recommend ordering a selection of starters to share. On this occasion, I couldn’t resist Da Fabio’s signature antipasti (an assortment of Italian cold meats, fresh seafood, cheeses and dressed vegetables) which went down a storm with my dining partner and hungry photographer. Going all-out, we also opted for two delightful fish starters: succulent mussels cooked Italian-style in white wine, parsley, onions and lemon; and, having heard good reports about Da Fabio’s soups, the delicious fish soup, which will feature as a choice of starter on both the Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve menus. There is an ample choice of main dishes so we left the decision in the hands of Da Fabio’s very capable manager who treated us to a crosssection from the menu. Interestingly, the menu features over 40 tempting pasta dishes including a good choice of vegetarian options and fresh seafood pasta dishes which are consistently popular at Da Fabio and an absolute delight.


Popular variations include the linguine with fresh clams, mussels, white wine, garlic, parsley and olive oil (which we tried); pappardelle with smoked salmon, prawns, cherry tomatoes and a touch of cream; or the black ink tagliolini with fresh salmon, prawns, cherry tomatoes, parsley, brandy and a touch of tomato. There is also a choice of creative risotto dishes while pizzas at Da Fabio are light and crispy with freshly made dough and fresh toppings. We enjoyed the pizza Da Fabio, which is a treat for the eyes as much as the senses with fresh rocket, parmesan shavings and juicy cherry tomatoes – drizzled with infused chilli oil and sprinkled with black pepper, this was a delight! Finally, there is a selection of fresh fish and meat main dishes which includes catch of the day, grilled swordfish, salmon, or prawns; a choice of Italian chicken and veal dishes; authentic ossobucco; and a selection of Argentinean steaks – a meat lover’s dream! True to Italian form, the wine list and choice of desserts at Da Fabio are not to be missed! The wines combine a good mix of well-priced Italian and Spanish numbers including recommended chianti and the excellent Nero d’Avola from Sicily. The choice of Spanish reds comes from the popular Ribera del Duero region, while whites on the list include a good frascati and chardonnay. Creative cocktails are colourful and well-presented and, for something extra special, a number of cavas and champagnes are also available – which is definitely worth bearing in mind at this time of year. Typically Italian desserts such as tiramisu and profiteroles are indulgent yet thoroughly delicious, and there is also a selection of freshly baked cakes of the day. Da Fabio is hosting special Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve menus which are featured in our festive celebrations guide on P. 84.


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Location: Frontline port Tel. 956 793 333 Chic venue ideal for watching the world pass by with snacks and full meals.

Location: Ctra. de Casares Tel. 952 937 800 www.fincacortesin.com Gourmet Asian-fusion cuisine created by world-class chef Schilo Van Corvorden at the Finca Cortesin hotel and golf resort. Superb service, elegant setting and excellent wine list.

Location: Laguna Village Tel. 952 807 354 Popular Italian restaurant group which made its mark in London and Puerto Banús. Extensive list of dishes made using finest Italian ingredients, and great service. A fine dining experience in chic, luxurious surroundings.

FLAHERTY’S Location: Frontline port Tel. 956 790 390 Lively Irish bar and restaurant with well-priced snacks and full dishes – fun ambience and live music evenings.

BENAHAVIS International TABERNA DEL ALABADERO Location: Crta. de Ronda Km. 167 Tel. 952 812 794 www.alabaderoresort.com Creative inexpensive cuisine, in elegant surroundings including stunning garden setting .

STARZ MARBELLA

Location: C.C. Centroplaza Tel: 952 816 313 Location: C.C. Cristamar www.starzmarbella.com Tel. 952 815 319 International food with all-day Wide range of exquisite and exotic dishes enjoyed in stylish breakfast and extensive lunch menu. Open Monday to surroundings. Open daily for Saturday 8.30am–5pm. Free wifi. lunch and dinner. Take away and full catering service also TERRA SANA available. Location: near Andalucía Plaza Tel. 952 906 205 International Renowned for its tasty and healthy dishes. BUDDHA BEACH Location: Urb. Marina Villa EVITA BY BUENOS AIRES (beachside) Location: Avda. del Prado Tel. 952 813 882 Luxurious Balinese setting with Tel. 952 929 620 al fresco restaurant serving an Superb Argentinean cuisine. Golf appetising selection of dishes views on a beautiful terrace. ranging from fresh seafood platters to Thai fusion cuisine, sushi, Italian creative salads and lighter REGINA’S dishes. A “snack and wrap” Location: near Andalucía Plaza menu can be enjoyed from Tel. 952 814 529 Buddha’s beach beds. Elegant surroundings with highquality Italian dishes ranging from BUBBLES traditional to creative. Open for Location: Plaza Antonio dinner, Monday to Saturday. Banderas, TIBV

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GIRASOL

Location: Avda. del Prado Tel. 952 813 859 Location: Jardines del Puerto Superb service and excellent food from award-winning chefs Tel. 951 703 175 Michel and Paul. Attractive Fashionable pizzeria serving surroundings and pleasant patio authentic Italian specialities. Takeaway available. Open every terrace overlooking golf valley. Open every evening, except night from 8pm. Sunday, for dinner. www.societylivingmagazine.com

YANX CAFÉ Location: Centro Plaza Tel. 952 818 861 www.cafeyanx.com A prized location and lively atmosphere make this a great choice all-round.

Oriental THAI BANGKOK Location: Plaza de Las Orquídeas Tel. 952 813 603 Traditional Thai and Asian cuisine made from the freshest ingredients. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

GOLDEN M ILE Oriental SUKHOTHAI Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 770 550 Fabulous Thai cuisine, with intimate surroundings and cosmopolitan décor.

TAI PAN Location: Puente Romano Tel. 952 777 893 Enjoy cocktails at Polynesian bar before sampling oriental cuisine in beautiful surroundings.

HARD ROCK CAFE

Location: Opp. El Corte Inglés www.hardrock.com High-quality, classic American International fare on offer, including such house favourites as burgers, PASSION CAFÉ southern-style sandwiches and Location: C.C. La Colonia signature smoke house Tel. 952 781 583 specialities. World-famous www.passioncafe.eu Fresh and creative food served collection of memorabilia and throughout the day. Fantastic lively bar, offering wide variety breakfasts, salads, wok dishes, of drinks and cocktails as well as “Alternative Rock” nonfajitas, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. Daily specials and alcoholic beverages. superb evening menu. Eclectic décor and pleasant ambience. NUEVA ANDALUCÍA

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Tel. 606 070 979 Superb international cuisine and cocktails in stunning Balinese roof terrace setting (adjoining al fresco lounge bar and stylish nightclub). Menu includes selection of hot and cold starters, creative sushi and sashimi, fresh fish and delicious meat dishes.

SAN PEDRO

MACCHERONI

MAGNA CAFÉ

Location: Magna Marbella Golf, Tel. 952 929 578 THAI GALLERY www.magnacafe.com Location: Puerta de Banús Exquisite cuisine in stunning Tel. 952 818 392 Creative cuisine with professional surroundings. Bar and large service and lively atmosphere. terrace with breathtaking views. Open daily for dinner.

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THE ORANGE TREE

Tel. 952 771 799 Highly popular restaurant set within stylish surroundings, al fresco at its best.

Location: opp. Marbella Club Tel. 952 863 922 Authentic Argentinean cuisine including meat specialities fresh from the grill. Attractive décor, including cocktail bar.

VICTOR’S BEACH

MARBELLA

Location: Orange Square Tel. 952 924 613 / 680 224 457 Creative contemporary cuisine, with innovative new menu every six weeks. Open daily for dinner from 6.30 till late; early evening menu until 8pm.

VILLA TIBERIO

Location: El Ancon Playa International Tel. 639 553 088 A Costa del Sol institution, popular with visiting celebrities ZOZOÏ Location: Plaza Altamirano and residents alike. Tel. 952 858 868 Old converted house provides SUITE Location: Hotel Puente Romano perfect atmosphere for cuisine with a difference. Tel. 952 820 900 Stunning restaurant and lounge SANTIAGO serving superb Moroccan and Location: Paseo Marítimo Mediterranean cuisine in Tel. 952 770 078 luxurious surroundings. www.restaurantesantiago.com Considered the “dean” of Italian Marbella restaurants, specialising in fish and seafood from TERRAZA DUAL throughout Spain. Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 925 250 GARUM www.terrazadual.com Location: Paseo Marítimo Great service and attractive Tel. 952 858 858 surroundings. Home-made dishes. Take away also available. www.garummarbella.com Great for drinks, snacks and à la carte dining. Open daily for DA BRUNO breakfast, lunch and dinner Location: (also San Pedro, Open seven days. Marbella and Cabopino) Tel. 952 857 521 Fresh and fabulous Italian food served in lively surroundings. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

BECKITT’S Location: C/ Camilo José Cela Tel. 952 868 898 www.beckittsmarbella.com Creative cuisine and fine wines in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Excellent service. Open daily for dinner from 6.30pm with “early bird menu”; seasonal specials and full à la carte.

TERRA SANA

EAST OF MARBELLA International BONO’S BEACH

Location: Costabella beachside Tel. 952 839 236 www.bonosbeach.com Fine cuisine in a stunning location on one of the most beautiful beaches in Marbella.

THE BEACH HOUSE Location: frontline beach Elviria Tel. 952 839 458 www.thebeachhousemarbella.com Idyllic location by the sea with stunning sunsets over one of the Coast’s best beaches. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Location: Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 906 205 Freshly made, lovingly prepared food which uses the best possible ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

BYBLOS

French

NIKKI BEACH

CASANIS Location: Calle Ancha 8 Tel. 952 900 450 Exquisite bistro serving menu del día as well as à la carte, aperitifs and cocktails. Open Monday to Saturday for dinner.

Italian ZAFFERANO Location: Calle Gloria 12 Tel. 952 863 125 Beautiful renovated old town house with modern Italian cuisine in elegant surroundings.

CASA NOSTRA Location: C/ Camilo José Cela Tel. 952 861 108 Local dining institution since 1988, with extensive selection of superb Italian cuisine.

SOL I LUNA Location: Las Lomas de Marbella Club Tel. 952 866 627 A fusion of fine Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in a tranquil al fresco setting. Special menus, wine tastings and weekend buffets are a highlight.

DA FABIO Location: Marbella & El Rosario Tel: 952 823 376 / 952 833 467 Friendly, authentic Italian restaurant offering traditional cuisine and special dishes prepared by the chef. Delicious homemade pizzas and pastas served in relaxed interior setting or heated terrace of this family-run restaurant. Open daily 11am-midnight, with easy parking.

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Location: Elviria Tel: 952 836 208 Traditional Lebanese cuisine including a wide variety of vegetarian dishes.. Location: Hotel Don Carlos (beachside) Nikki’s signature “global” cuisine served in luxurious beach club surroundings either on the palmshaded al fresco terrace, or from one of the oversized beach beds.

MIJAS COSTA International MIJAS PLAYA Location: La Cala seafront Tel. 952 493 749 Popular restaurant overlooking the sea, with entertainment and dancing every evening. Superb food in elegant surroundings.

VALPARAISO Location: Ctra de Mijas Tel. 952 485 996 Excellent Italian and international cuisine served in charming and elegant surroundings.

THE TERRACE Location: Golf Hotel Tamisa Tel. 952 585 988 www.hoteltamisagolf.com Stunning views across Mijas Golf. Extensive à la carte and moderately priced menu of the week.

FUENGIROLA International PUEBLO LÓPEZ Location: off C/ Valencia Tel. 952 471 929 Well-established, family-run restaurant in charming Pueblo López cobbled courtyard offering excellent, well-priced international cuisine. w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m

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MAKATI TEPPANYAKI

Location: Edif. River Playa Tel. 952 580 640 Location: Crta. Mijas, Km. 4.2 www.restaurantemakati.com Superb Japanese cuisine in chic Tel. 952 590 727 Polish and international cuisine – surroundings with excellent service – moderately priced but original creations, well-priced ample dishes. and generous servings – in a relaxed and comfortable setting, with easy parking and live BENALMÁDENA entertainment twice a week.

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LOS BOLICHES Vegetarian VEGETALIA

Indian

NIRVANA Location: Altos de Higueron Tel. 952 568 564 Wide selection of excellent, moderately priced Indian cuisine in friendly atmosphere.

Location: C/ Santa Isabel 8 Tel. 952 586 031 www.restaurantevegetalia.com Salad buffet with hot dishes of LA CARIHUELA the day at lunchtime; a la carte selection in the evenings, fresh Spanish juices and homemade desserts. Closed Sunday and Monday. RÍAS DE GALICIA Location: Paseo Marítimo Tel. 952 385 974 / 629 535 887 Oriental www.riasdegalicia.es Basque and Galician cuisine in THAI LANNA frontline beach setting. Extensive Location: C/ Francisco Cano à la carte selection and Tel. 952 587 139Exquisite moderately priced menu del día . selection of well-presented Thai dishes in attractive ambience, with friendly and BAR PLAYA attentive service. Location: C/ Bulto Tel. 952 386 235 Cosy, family-run establishment International specialising in home-style fish and seafood dishes, and varied HAPPY DAYS tapas… excellent quality and Location: Edif. Sierra Mijas moderately priced. Tel. 952 664 004 Superb, well-priced Danishstyle dishes, including GIBRALTAR traditional open sandwiches.

Spanish LA GAMBA DORADA Location: Avda. Jesús Cautivo Tel. 952 477 267 The best seafood in town, in pristine surroundings with professional and friendly service.

MESON BRAVO Location: C/ Francisco Cano Tel. 952 585 417 Wide selection of traditional Spanish and original international cuisine for all tastes.

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ROUND-UP OF BUSINESS, CHARITY, CULTURAL AND OTHER GENERAL NEWS FROM THE COSTA DEL SOL AND ELSEWHERE IN SPAIN

REDLINE COMPANY FIFTH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS Originally established in 2004 as a graphic design and marketing company, Redline – which celebrated its fifth birthday in November – has now expanded its operations to include merchandising, business coaching, external marketing, SEO, press agency, web programming, secretarial services, copywriting and photography. As someone familiar with the workings of the Spanish market, Redline director Line Lyster notes, “A lot of the companies establishing themselves on the Costa del Sol seem to forget the most obvious and staple market here – the Spanish market. Redline Company has many Spanish clients and sees it as very important not to ignore the fact that, even though the Costa del Sol has a high percentage of expats, there is still an important market in the Spanish population. We want to help bridge that gap for you.” More information: Tel. 952 816 678; www.redlinecompany.com

VILLA DEL MAR BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS AT MARBELLA CLUB Anyone looking for somewhere to celebrate weddings or other special occasions, or hold an event, can find what they are seeking in the elegance of Villa del Mar at the Marbella Club. Rather like a “club within a club”, this private and exquisite spot is a perfect blend of the most refined and subtle details of Moorish and Spanish beauty. Located by the sea, the lavish mansion is the ideal place to celebrate anything from a party to a wedding, where the bride and groom can enjoy an unforgettable occasion in the magic of the villa and its gardens overlooking the Mediterranean. More information: Tel. 952 822 211; www.marbellaclub.com

ART EXHIBITION SPANISH ARTIST ON SHOW IN MÁLAGA M.F. Cornejo’s latest exhibition of large and small-format acrylic and oil paintings, titled “Absence. Presence. Essence”, remains on show at the Espacio Tres art gallery in Calle Alemania, Málaga city (next to the CAC Museum), until 20 December. The gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays, 6 to 9pm; and Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 2pm. The painting featured here is “Esperando” (“Waiting”). More information: Tel. 639 663 288; info@mfcornejo.com.es; www.mfcornejo.com.es

TEATRO CERVANTES WIDE VARIETY OF CULTURAL EVENTS

Málaga’s Cervantes Theatre has a full schedule of shows – dance, theatre and music – for the autumn-winter season. The programme began last month with Mamma Mia! (the Spanish version) and a performance by the Nacional de Danza company, choreographed by Nacho Duarte, and continues through to Christmas with shows by pop singer Monica Naranjo (10 December) and veteran singer-songwriter Victor Manuel (12 December). The Cervantes programme is also now complemented by a variety of cultural events at the newly renovated and re-opened Echegaray Theatre. More information: www.teatrocervantes.es www.teatroechegaray.es (Photos: Daniel Pérez / Teatro Cervantes)

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CHARITY MISSION PET POWER PHOTOGENIC PETS… AND LOOKING FOR A HOME Toni Cochrane, the Marbella-based photographer who conceived the idea of Society Living’s photogenic pets competition earlier this year, would like to hear from other owners interested in having their pets photographed with a view to being featured in future issues. Contact her on Tel. 952 865 509 or visit www.tcfotografia.com This month, for the festive season, we feature a very appropriately “attired” Darling.  We are pleased to offer space in these pages to Costa associations looking after and trying to find homes for abandoned or mistreated animals. If you would like contact details for your association included in this new section, email: editorial@societylivingmagazine.com  F.A.M.A.: The F.A.M.A dog adoption charity has many dogs looking for a home. If you are looking to adopt a dog visit the adoption tab at . They are also always in need of new volunteers to join the small team.  ADANA: Open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on weekends and public holidays, the Adana kennels always have dogs seeking good homes. Anyone looking for a pet or planning to visit the kennels can contact Marjorie Bedford: Tel. 952 797 405 or 636 934 146; administracion@adana.es; www.adana.es  Other associations: TRIPLE A: www.aaahelps.com SOS: www.sos-animals.org

LA CASA DE LA FERTILIDAD Society Living would like to clarify that Stefano Cadorin, who was quoted in the Local Trends article in November on La Casa de la Fertilidad, is not a doctor (as reported). The IVF clinic’s scientific director, who is a gynaecologist and responsible for the structure, is Professor Luca Gianaroli, president of the ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embriology). More information: Tel. 952 908 897; www.iiargspain.com 98

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SPANISH DOCTOR HEADS INDIAN INITIATIVE Interplast Germany e.V. held a successful mission at the Mission Hospital in Mysore, southern India, this year. It was led by Dr. Alexander Aslani, head of plastic surgery at Hospital Quiron Málaga and owner of the Cirumed private practice in Marbella, who was assisted by Dr. Stefanie Hoffmeier, anaesthesiologist from the Murnau traumatology centre in Germany, and Jeannine Aslani, a theatre and wound care nurse. The focus of the trip was reconstructive surgery for burns and cleft-lip-palate, mostly, though not exclusively, for children. “New camps do always find somewhat uncertain preconditions so we had no idea what

to expect,” reports Dr. Aslani, “but retrospectively the conditions could impossibly have been any better. We received a lot of local support from the hospital, which generously made theatre facilities available for us.” Dr. Aslani intends to make a regular venue out of the Mission Hospital and, after 25 operations on this latest trip, they already have 30 lined up for the next visit with the help of resident surgeon Dr. Jayaram. Dr. Aslani´s cousin Daniela Hartmann, who been living in India for the last eight years, organised transport, accommodation and aftercare for the children. Dr. Aslani is looking for a second surgeon to accompany him on the next trip in August 2010. If you are would like to know more about this charity work or make a donation you can contact Dr. Aslani at his clinic: info@cirumed.es

IN BRIEF  CONCORDIA GALA: The Concordia charity organisation, which looks after AIDS sufferers on the Coast and offers support to their families, is holding its annual Christmas San Nicholas gala dinner on 5 December at Hotel Puente Romano. More information: www.concordiamarbella.com

SYNDICATE CLOTHING TRENDY, EASY-TO-WEAR COLLECTION Syndicate is an internationally recognised brand that started off as a few T-shirts sold from a van and has evolved into an entire collection of culturally inspired apparel. “Born out of the frustration of one man”, the brand has “grown into a family of likeminded individuals with real talent”. Over the past nine years they have hosted major snow sports events throughout Europe and helped paint skate parks across the UK. More information: www.syndicateclothing.co.uk

 CHARITY GOLF: The first annual Costa del Sol Open golf tournament in aid of the Málaga Animal Protection Society (M.A.P.S.) will be held at Anoreta (eastern Costa del Sol) on 3 December and El Chaparral (western Costa del Sol) on 10 December More information: Tel. 689 604 966; admin@mpss.eu; www.mapss.eu  MARBELLA SINGLES CLUB: Dolce Guide has created a new “free-to-join members club exclusively for single people living in or around Marbella”. Those interested in clubbing, pub crawls, daytime activities such as hiking and the “odd crazy night away to places like Tarifa and Granada” are invited to register at www.dolceguide.com/singlesclub, or email contact details to info@dolceguide.com. As soon as they have enough members they will be announcing the first event.


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SNAPSHOTS As it is not always possible to cover every party, launch or general celebration we would like to in our Society pages, the Snapshots section features other events along the coast – and further afield. If you would like your special occasion featured in the magazine, send us a selection of high-resolution photos and a brief write-up about the event (maximum 50 words), by 10 January (for the February issue) to: editorial@societylivingmagazine.com

Joint celebration of historic event

Members of the American Club joined Count Rudi von Shöönburg and the German community to celebrate German Unification Day. Also during the month, the American Club welcomed American rodeo to Marbella.

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LEGAL MATTERS

PROPERTY UPDATE Court grants first indemnifications for delayed commencement of construction

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Barcelona court has condemned an insurance company to return the payments made in advance by a British couple, including legal interest, with regard to a development in Estepona that suffered a delay in the commencement of construction. This judgement is pioneer, taking into account that until now it has only been common to claim for a delay in the delivery of the property (i.e. a delay in the termination of the construction) but not for a delay in the commencement of the construction – as was the case in this specific judgement. The sums obtained by the claimants are quite generous, amounting to between €70,000 and €276,000. This case has set a judicial precedent, to the extent that people affected by similar delays in the commencement of construction can also have their money returned.

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Dimas Cuesta, senior lawyer at Lexland Solicitors in Marbella, reports that “to file a claim, buyers only have to provide the insurance policy received upon signing the purchase together with a document that certifies that the construction has not been started within the period agreed upon in the purchase contract”. The facts that lay at the basis of the judgement concern the purchase of a new-built home which is part of the Valle Romano development in Estepona by the company Comercio del Estrecho. These houses were offered by an intermediate to associates and employees of football clubs in the English Premier Football League, and suffered a delay of 12 months in the commencement of construction although, notes Lexland, “it is not necessary that the period of delay is that long to file a successful claim”. The buyers signed a contract that stated a date of commencement of the construction

around spring 2007. The claimant was able to provide documents proving that the clearing and cleaning of the plot had not been started until June 2008, 12 months later. The insurance company, Vitalicio Seguros, raised several prejudicial questions and consequently opposed the writ of execution. According to Lexland, during the Spanish real estate boom it was quite common to file claims for a delay in the termination and delivery of the property, but the economical crisis has recovered a possibility, foreseen but unexplored by the law, to claim for a delay in the commencement of the construction. Moreover, many buyers purchased apartments for a price that exceeds the current market value by 25 per cent. The buyers first acted against the developers to recover their initial payments, in most cases around 20 per cent of the total purchase price, plus legal interest. As they did not receive any response, they decided to make a claim on the insurance company. However, the buyers did not claim damages as they could not prove the loss of possible earnings for the delay in the use of the house. The relevant insurance policies are governed by Law 57/1968 dated 27 July guaranteeing the amounts paid in advance by the buyers before execution of the title deed. Furthermore, these insurance policies are qualified as guaranty contracts in accordance with the 1980 Spanish law relating to insurance contracts, which states that the insurance company has the obligation to indemnify the loss suffered by the buyer, within the limits of the contract and the law, in case of breach of the legal and contractual obligations imposed on the developer. (Source: Expansion) Lexland Abogados Ricardo Soriano 34 1º1 Marbella Tel. 952 778 899 Fax 952 766 966 www.lexland.es


IN THE STARS

Horoscopes In the stars ... with Russell Grant AQUARIUS

CANCER

January 21st – February 19th

June 22nd – July 23rd

The 4th is perfect for forming a business alliance with an artistic friend. Don’t let fears get in the way of taking on a serious intellectual challenge around the 8th. Finances could suffer on the 14th when a social outing costs more than you planned. Joining a club or association on the 16th enables you to draw closer to a cherished dream. Don’t get defensive when an expert offers advice on the 25th. You may have to revise your opinion of an old enemy on the 26th. The 28th is perfect for indulging a secret vice. Don’t be too hard on yourself for straying from a strict regime on the 29th.

Invite a colleague over for dinner on the 4th. Support a close friend’s efforts to transform their life on the 7th. Your family’s stuffy attitudes toward romance should be ignored on the 8th. The 11th is great for negotiating a raise or finding a better paying job. Let a more experienced person show you the ropes on the 14th. Go ahead and splurge on a special outfit for the holidays on the 17th. Try not to fob your responsibilities off on a relative on the 29th. The 31st prompts you to break away from someone who has been undermining your self-esteem.

PISCES

LEO

February 20th – March 20th

July 24th – August 23rd

Trust your instincts when talking to your boss on the 1st. Make plans to see an old friend around the 5th. Don’t lend or borrow money on the 8th. A temper tantrum could compromise your professional reputation around the 14th. An exciting career opportunity arises on the 16th, enabling you to develop your creative talent. An office flirtation heats up on the 17th. You may have to revise a work project around the 20th; try to remember your sense of humour. A friend’s disapproval makes you reconsider your plans on the 25th.

A child or lover offers valuable advice on the 4th; be sure to take it. The 5th is perfect for crafting a new fitness plan. Overhauling your diet on the 7th will have dramatic results. Heaping criticism on a colleague could backfire on the 8th. Be sure to consult your lover on the 14th before making any big purchases. The 15th is great for planning a romantic getaway with your amour. The 24th is ideal for revamping your wardrobe. Be sure to dress your best on the 25th, as all eyes will be on you. Adding decorative touches to your workspace on the 28th will give you a much brighter outlook.

ARIES

VIRGO

March 21st – April 20th

August 24th – September 23rd

Let a good friend relieve you of chores while you expand your horizons on the 4th. Schedule a meeting with a powerful person in your desired industry on the 7th. The 11th is ideal for attending a play, concert or sporting event. The 15th favours a group outing. If you’re single, you could meet someone special at a cultural or religious organisation. Try not to push a friend or business associate into a decision on the 25th. Following the rules will be a challenge on the 26th when nobody is sure which direction to take. Mixing business with pleasure is not advised on the 29th.

The 1st is ideal for launching a home decorating project. The 4th is good for buying an electronic appliance that should last for years. The 5th favours games of skill. Romance and finance do not mix around the 8th. The 15th favours working from home. Buying or selling property proves lucky on the 16th; moving will have a positive effect on your health. Spending more time at home will be good around the 17th. Be willing to revise a creative project on the 26th. Don’t waste money on luxuries you can’t afford on the 29th. Help from friends may not be forthcoming on the 31st, forcing you to cancel a fun outing.

TAURUS

LIBRA

April 21st – May 21st

September 24th – October 23rd

Starting on the 5th learning a foreign language or mastering a musical instrument is favoured. You may be burning the candle at both ends on the 8th; ease up on work. The 11th is great for getting a bank loan. Honesty is the best policy with regard to a relative on the 17th. You may have to update some home repairs on the 20th. The opportunity to live overseas could arrive on the 24th; be prepared for your life to undergo a radical transformation. Don’t lord your superior knowledge over an elderly person on the 25th. The 26th could force you to revise some travel plans. Don’t jeopardise your health with rich food and intoxicating beverages on the 29th.

Encourage a child’s creative nature around the 1st. Family travel is favoured on the 5th. Revamp your household budget on the 7th. Beware of being unduly harsh with a close relative on the 8th. News about the impending birth of a child is cause for celebration on the 16th. Romance is in the air on the 17th making this a perfect date night. Flattery will get you nowhere at work on the 20th. Dreams can come true around the 21st; this is a great day to find love, conceive a child or launch an artistic project.

CAPRICORN

GEMINI

SCORPIO

December 22nd – January 20th

May 22nd – June 21st

October 24th – November 22nd

Working behind the scenes on the 4th wins the approval of your boss. Make a move on a love interest on the 11th. Investing in technological equipment is a good move on the 15th. A casual flirtation could get you in trouble on the 20th; stay away from temptation. Leading a business venture to victory on the 24th gets you an impressive promotion. All eyes will be on you on the 25th so be sure to wear something special. A head to toe makeover is strongly favoured for the 28th.

Straightening out joint finances is favoured for the 5th. Resist the urge to buy a loved one’s affection on the 8th. Behave yourself at a social gathering on the 14th. Don’t be afraid to challenge someone’s silly ideas on the 17th. Everyone is anxious on the 20th; this is not a good day to complain to your boss. A physical encounter will prove blissful on the 24th. Don’t be too hard on a child who disobeys on the 25th. Your sex appeal will be red hot on the 28th. Forgo some creature comforts on the 29th for a loved one’s sake.

The 5th is good for catching up on emails, phone calls and text messages. A negative outlook could make you unpopular on the 8th. The 11th is ideal for lobbying a pay raise. Stick to a budget when buying gifts for a child around the 14th. Taking an ethical stance around the 15th makes a good impression on children. The 21st is perfect for hosting a family gathering. Changing the way you speak to a neighbour or relative around the 24th will result in a dramatically improved relationship. A legal matter could be decided than the 31st; it’s time to turn a new page.

CELEBRITY SAGITTARIAN Bruce Hornsby Born 23 November 1954 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Singer-songwriter whose biggest hit, The Way It Is, topped US music charts in 1986. Winner of several awards including 1987 Grammy for best new artist with Bruce Hornsby and the Range.

SAGITTARIUS November 23rd – December 21st The 2nd marks a turning point in an intimate relationship; you need to be more forthcoming about your feelings. The 5th finds you thinking more about how to earn and save money; this is a good day to create a budget. Tormenting an irritable relative on the 14th will have very stressful consequences. Standing up for your principles is essential around the 24th even if it means defying an authority figure. The 25th warns against lending money to friends. You may have to return some merchandise on the 26th; keep all of your receipts.

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IN THE STARS

Horoscopes In the stars ... with Russell Grant PISCES

LEO

February 20th – March 20th

July 24th – August 23rd

Take a female friend’s advice on the 5th. The 11th is perfect for going to a concert, movie or play with a big group of people. A secret benefactor could help you get a loan, grant or scholarship around the 22nd. Beware of making enemies in the workplace on or around the 27th. Resist the urge to dodge an important work assignment near the 29th. A manipulative friend may try to discourage you from expanding your horizons on the 31st; turn a deaf ear to their gloomy predictions.

Job interviews are highly favoured in the days surrounding the 4th. If you’re suffering from a nagging ache or pain, go for a medical consultation on the 5th. The 11th is perfect for collaborating with a female colleague. Give a business partner, friend or lover words of encouragement on the 22nd; your opinion means a great deal to them. Going on a short trip could put you on the path to romance on or around the 24th. You need to be a little more supportive toward colleagues near the 31st, or they could turn against you.

ARIES

VIRGO

March 21st – April 20th

August 24th – September 23rd

The opening days of 2010 are ideal for job interviews and public presentations and all official business and negotiations. Buy something classic for your professional wardrobe around the 11th. Feel free to accept a job offer on the 15th. Form a business partnership with a female friend on the 22nd. Don’t let an angry outburst damage your relationship with colleagues around the 29th. A romantic or financial gamble will pay off on the 30th. A power play with a business or romantic partner will be disastrous on the 31st.

Let a female friend shower you with affection on the 5th. The 13th is perfect for forming a partnership with a tech-savvy friend. Make your health the first priority near the 24th, even if it means cutting back your work schedule. Don’t follow a friend’s unhealthy lead on the 29th, or you’ll pay the price. You won’t be thrust into the shadows any longer after the 30th; your period of obscurity has come to an end. Someone close may try to pressure you into buying them an expensive gift at the end of January; keep your money safe in the bank.

TAURUS

LIBRA

April 21st – May 21st

September 24th – October 23rd

Business matters with a foreign woman are highly favoured near the 5th. Abandon yourself to music, art or both on the days surrounding the 11th. Make every effort to expand your horizons around the 20th; take an advanced class, go on an overseas journey or try writing a novel. Your boss will give you favourable attention on the 22nd; get ready for your close up. Don’t exert pressure on a female executive in the days surrounding the 27th. The 29th forces you to make a choice between your personal and professional lives.

The days surrounding the 4th are perfect for negotiating a real estate deal. A female relative comes to your rescue on the 5th; accept her help with gratitude. Job opportunities abound in the days surrounding the 18th; work related to travel, publishing or education are especially favoured. The 27th warns against letting a friend down for the sake of a last-minute rendezvous. Be sure to attend a social gathering or birthday party near the 29th, or you could really upset the guest of honour.

GEMINI

SCORPIO

May 22nd – June 21st

October 24th – November 22nd

Spend the 4th going over your budget, making plans for your long-term financial future. Your charms will be virtually irresistible on the 11th; this is a good time to make the first move in the game of romance. Around the 24th, you could have the opportunity to study with a respected expert. You’ll lock horns with a member of the opposite sex near the 27th. The 29th isn’t good for negotiations of any sort; wait a few days before making your case. The 30th brings a welcome opportunity to tell an annoying man exactly what you think of him.

The 5th is perfect for teaming up with an accomplished female executive. Be sure to praise a female relative or neighbour for her accomplishments near the 11th. A short trip for pleasure puts you in the lap of luxury on or around the 15th. Love, luck and adventure pour into your life in the golden days surrounding the 18th. Beware of facing off with an argumentative expert around the 27th. Beware of giving an authority figure too much leeway in your personal life around the 29th. Favourable publicity has you making the rounds of several parties near the 30th.

AQUARIUS

CANCER

SAGITTARIUS

January 21st – February 19th

June 22nd – July 23rd

November 23rd – December 21st

Keep a conversation strictly confidential between you and a relative or neighbour at the start of 2010. The 11th is ideal for making romantic plans. Be sure to jot down the details of a vivid dream near the 15th; they could be the seeds of an impressive creative project. Ask an influential expert to write you a letter of recommendation on the 24th. Don’t let a loved one push you around at the end of the month. Let a friend, workmate or lover handle the details of an important errand at the end of the month so you can go out and have fun.

The 4th is one of the best days of the entire year for signing a contract or making a business deal. An intriguing relationship takes an exciting new turn on the 15th and you should let a friend, lover or colleague grant a generous favour. Expanding your horizons will become an increasing priority in the days following the 18th; this would be a great time to plan an extended overseas trip. A luxurious gift you receive near the 27th could have strings attached.

The start of January is perfect for negotiating a raise or wellpaid job. Spend a little more money than usual on a short trip on or around the 5th; roughing it will take a toll on you. The urge to splurge continues on the 11th; obey an impulse to buy designer label clothes, toiletries and cosmetics. Spending more time at home brings contented happiness in the days following the 18th. You could be asked to lead a large organisation on or around the 24th. Avoid talking about religion or politics with a neighbour near the 27th.

CELEBRITY CAPRICORNIAN Michelle Obama Born 17 January 1964 in Chicago A Harvard Law School graduate, she met Barack when she was assigned to mentor him as a at their law firm. The couple’s first date was to the movies.

CAPRICORN December 22nd – January 20th The 11th is perfect for asking for a first date or presenting your creative work to the public. You may have to revise some career plans around the 13th, thanks to some last minute firings. Opportunities to further your education abound after the 18th; go ahead and take an art class. The 27th forces you to make some important choices about your finances. Don’t let a lover talk you into going against your morals on the 29th. Be ready to walk away from an oppressive work situation at the end of January.

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