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Within this 1st issue we will present to you the two Marriott Vacation Club Resorts here in Spain plus introduce you to there resort’s in Mallorca & France. This month we met with Sandro Morelli of Villa Tiberio who proved to be a charming man whose great passions are his family and providing a wonderful restaurant experience, he had many a story to tell and his own life story makes for fascinating reading (pg 84). Fashion Villa present their new Spring / Summer collection and we look at what’s hot for spring 2012 We have a packed restaurant section with reviews and mouth watering recipes from top chefs, places to visit, book reviews, fashion updates, motoring & travel and practical advice – so hopefully within this magazines there’s something for everyone’s taste and pocket! I hope you enjoy this issue Stan Israel- Managing Director

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There are many cinemas in Marbella, however there are only three main cinemas on the Costa del Sol that play original version movies, which are mostly shown in English with Spanish subtitles: The Cinema Gran Marbella in Puerto Banus, Paseo Riviera s/n Opposite Corte Ingles Puerto Banus 952 816 421 or 952 810 077 Cinseur Miramar in Parque Miramar Fuengirola 12,Avenida de la Encarnación, Tel: 952 593 587 Yelmo Cinemas at Plaza Mayor in Malaga (near the airport). Avenida Alfonso Ponce de Leon, 29004, Málaga (Málaga) T. 951 231 980 Tickets prices varie from Cinema to Cinema but in general around these prices € 7.50 / 3D 10 €

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n his native Wales he is simply known as ‘Jones The Voice’. And what a voice! It’s a big, powerful, unmistakable voice that’s been entertaining audiences around the world for over three decades. Today, he is one of the most enduring personalities in the music entertainment business. His unique vocal power, ability and charismatic persona make him one of the most respected, admired and loved performers in modern popular music.

Tom has sustained his popularity for more than four decades.  His recordings have spanned the spectrum from pop, rock and country to classic standards, rhythm and blues to boogie woogie and rockabilly through to contemporary dance and urban soul. Tom was born Thomas Jones Woodward, in Pontypridd, South Wales in 1940. His father worked the coal mines of the Rhondda Valley, while his mother tended the house and the two children.  He started singing at an early age in the church choir and at school. He transformed his parents sitting room into a stage and often sang for family gatherings. He left school at an early age and worked at a variety of jobs by day and sang in pubs at night. By 1963, he had gained notoriety with his own band Tommy Scott and the Senators. They regularly played working-class clubs and dance halls. “If we played a YMCA on a Friday night, I would be singing the pop songs of the day…but it was the late 50´s, early 60´s, so it would be Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, they were all very much alive and kicking.  So I would do a lot of that stuff, which I really loved…. then we would play a working men´s club on a Saturday night, I´d throw in a couple of strong ballads like “I believe” or a Roy Orbison ballad, because rock and roll was very new in South Wales then, and no rock band had ever been in a working men´s club,” says Tom.   Tom’s powerful voice is as strong today as it ever was.  It is a baritone to tenor range. “ I always had a strong voice –in school, in chapel and when I was singing in the working men´s clubs, you had to be strong in order to get across.  When I first began, it was with an acoustic guitar, and without a microphone – so you just had to get on stage and sing” he says.    Gordon Mills soon started managing Tom and took him to London. By 1964 he had a record deal with Decca. The first single was not a great success but his second single, ‘It’s Not Unusual’, was a huge international hit. By 1965 he was opening for the Rolling Stones and touring with the Spencer Davis Group.

“I can’t see me retiring, I can´t see it at all”. “But I hope I´ll always be able to go out and do shows as long as I live”.

Other hit singles ‘What’s New Pussycat’, ‘Help Yourself’, ‘Never Fall In Love Again’, ‘Without Love’, ‘Deliah’ and ‘Green Green Grass of Home’ soon followed. Tom became an sensational live performer, performing in venues that ranged from Las Vegas to arenas worldwide. In the mid 60´s, Tom shared a bill with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when he played the NME Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool Wembley. “ That was a great afternoon – everybody was there.  The only problem was there was a lot of work to be done.  I´d sung the night before, then we had to get to London to do the NME concert at what is now Wembley Arena on the Sunday afternoon, than I had to do Live at the London Palladium on the Sunday night!  So it was a bit hair raising…but I was young then and just charged through it.”.   During the 60´s Tom became good friends with Elvis.  Their friendship was built on mutual respect and admiration.  Elvis would warm up his voice to Delilah and when Green Green Grass of Home hit for Tom in 1966, Elvis would call radio stations repeatedly to request the song.  After seeing Tom perform live in Vegas, Elvis found the inspiration to give Vegas another try himself.  The two remained friends until Elvis passed away.   In 1969, Tom was offered his own television show. A contract was drawn with ABC that was the largest ever between network and artist.  The show´s location was split between London and Los Angeles, and included an impressive roster of stars such as Aretha Franklin, Burt Bacharach, Con’t Sir Tom Jones -Page 104-105

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Marriott Vacation Club Holiday Package from only €299 per couple! Luxurious apartments in a stunning seafront resort, with access to all amenities Offer includes: • 4 days / 3 nights in a well-appointed two-bedroom apartment • Car hire for up to 4 days The use of all resort facilities, including restaurant and bar, beauty & fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, sauna, kids club, barbecue area, mini golf, paddle tennis court and more is included in the package. You will also receive a 90 minute presentation and personal tour of the resort. This offer is valid for bookings made before June 16th 2012.

Reserve your place today: Call: +34 951 082 370 Email: cds.preview@vacationclub.com Reference: UP06Sunsearch There is limited availability, so book now to avoid disappointment. Additional nights may also be available on request at an additional cost and subject to availability. This invitation is not available to residents of Andalusia; please contact us for local resident offers. The offer is for couples aged between 30 and 70 with a joint annual income in excess of €65,000 Full terms & conditions apply. Contact us for details. © Copyright 2012, Marriott Vacation Club International. All rights reserved.

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WELCOME TO MARRIOTT’S PLAYA ANDALUZA This stunning seafront resort is located on the Spanish Riviera of the Costa del Sol, near the “Millionaire’s Paradise” of Puerto Banús, an exclusive marina made famous by royalty, and just 15 minutes from the beautiful seaside town of Marbella.

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• 3-bedroom / 3-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 135m2 • Sleeps up to 8 people

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Living & Dining area with LCD flat screen TV & DVD player Complimentary internet access for owners Fully equipped kitchen including microwave and dishwasher Master suite with king-size bed, oversize soaking tub and a separate shower • Utility room with washer and dryer • Furnished private balconies or patios

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HEALTHY OR HYPE

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You’ve seen them sprouting up all over. Smoothie stands in the mall, boutique shops and in the refrigeration section of your local supermarket. Selling the latest in health food fads, the delicious beverage nicknamed the Smoothie.

with vitamins. There are also those that contain as many calories as a whole meal and the fat allowance for the whole day. A delicious concoction called the Papaya Paradise, which tots up a whopping 552 calories.

Not the outdated “milkshake”, too fat and calorie laden to mention, but a newer updated version of thirst quenching palate satisfier. Maybe you have sampled a few smoothies, they’re just the thing for a hot afternoon break. With a smoothie, you can enjoy your favorite flavors and still feel virtuous about watching your calories and fat, right?

Just for comparison you could eat two Lean Cuisine roast turkey breast frozen dinners for the same calorie cost. It sounds like a delicious healthy blend, with papaya, peaches, bananas, orange sherbet, coconut and ice. Mix it all up and you have a hefty chunk out of your daily food allowance. How about a Raspberry Madness which contains 425 calories? A McDonalds hamburger, just for comparison has 360 calories.

Well, yes and no. There are many varieties of smoothies that are a lot lower in calories than the old fashioned ice cream based milkshake. The smoothie is just a handful of fruit blended into a healthy concoction, so claim the advertisements. However, as you probably have learned by now, “things aren’t always what they seem” There are many blends of fruit and fruit juices that are both low calorie and packed

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What was it I said earlier about updated healthier milkshakes? I found a smoothie called Hulk, which has a delicious blend of premium ice cream, chocolate and other goodies. Total calorie tag- 950 calories with 29 grams of fat. This is about half of your daily calorie allowance, the whole day’s fat, and doesn’t have redeeming nutritional value.

Smoothies are not all sinfully costly, many are made with such healthy ingredients as nonfat milk or yogurt, berries or fruits, and shaved ice. These can satisfy your thirst for less than 100 calories and provide calcium and vitamins, depending on the fruit selected for the drink. To keep calories low, look for fresh, frozen or water packed canned fruit, juices and nonfat dairy products, beware when you see chocolate, heavy syrup, premium ice cream, peanut butter or whole milk on the ingredient list. Other danger flags are coconut, honey, coconut cream, fruit nectar, and protein powder. Calorie alarm! Calorie alarm! These are destined to go straight to your waistline, without passing your digestive tract. You can increase your vitamin and mineral value by choosing a smoothie with honeydew melon, or cantaloupe, any kind of berries, kiwis, bananas, low fat yogurt or milk and orange or other fruit juices. In addition, choose whole fruit whenever possible, to increase the fiber content and increase satisfaction by giving a feeling of fullness.


Many smoothies also advertise special ingredients called “boosters” or “enhancers” touted as healthy additions to the basic smoothie. Some outlets may claim such health miracles as “cure a hangover” “promote healing”, “burns fat”, “increases immunity”, “restores vitality” etc. What are some of these “extra nutrition additives” and are they worth paying for? Aloe Vera juice: The famous burn remedy, appearing regularly as a miracle cure for a wide range of ailments. There is no scientific proof that swallowing it cures or treats anything. Not only that, some of the constituents may be carcinogenic and it could cause severe cramping, diarrhea and bleeding, in its form as a laxative. Chromium picolinate: This one is touted as a fat burning, muscle building substance, again with no scientific proof. It cannot increase lean muscle mass, only lifting weights can do that, and it has no curative effect on diabetes, as some claims assert. Acidophilus: This is a good source of beneficial intestinal bacteria, valuable for

assisting digestion, but is also the active ingredient in yogurt, so if your smoothie is yogurt based you can skip this additive. Turbinado: Sounds impressive, but it’s nothing more than sugar. Bee pollen: This one’s been around for years making wild claims for health benefits. The only way you can benefit from bee pollen is if you are a honeybee. Not only does it not boost immunity, it could cause a severe allergic reaction, if you are allergic to bee stings. Spirulina: Highly touted to do everything from cure acne to impotence, “purify blood” and cures most diseases. It is of little proven benefit. It does have a few vitamins, but not as much, nor as valuable as most fruits. Chlorophyll, one of its main ingredients, is of benefit to plants, not humans. Ginkgo Bilob:. Claims are it improves blood flow and circulatory disorders, prevents or cures absent-mindedness, memory loss, and dementia. Actual studies show it may have limited benefits for some Alzheimer’s

patients, no proven benefit for others. Ginseng: Another ingredient that’s been making miracle cure claims for ages. No evidence that it does anything. You may also see such enticing offerings as amino acids, echinacea, brewers’ yeast, wheat grass and who knows how many other worthless at best additives advertised. Don’t bother, you can spend a fortune on such expensive herbal, and nutritional supplements in any health food store with equal questionable benefit. The bottom line is as usual, read the list of ingredients, and make a wise, informed choice. Enjoy these refreshing nutritious drinks by choosing ingredients you know are healthy and low in calories, when purchasing ask for skimmed or nonfat milk or yogurt based smoothies, and add any fruits you please, or fruit juices, as well as ice, for a wonderful texture, and turn up your nose at the high calorie additions, and the useless herbal or nutritional supplements !

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Climbing Marbella’s Magic Mountain Local author Guy Hunter-Watts has lived in Andalucía for over two decades and has written several walking guides about the region’s finest hiking trails. In this first issue of SMVC Magazine he describes a classic mountain trail, the ascent of La Concha from its northern side, which is taken from his latest book Coastal Walks in Andalucía. Your destination is a viewpoint just south of the summit of this magical, shell-shaped mountain which towers above Marbella. Wherever you are in the town you catch sight of it’s seductively symmetrical form rising volcano-like above the coast, its appearance constantly changing as the sun slips round the horizon. The views from the summit are mesmerising : east and west along the coast, south to Morocco and all the way to the Sierra Nevada on a clear day. Getting to the trailhead is an adventure in its own right as you follow a narrow and snaking mountain road west from Ojén to El Refugio de Juanar. This was the sylvan hideaway chosen by de Gaulle to pen a part of his memoirs, far from the tinderbox of late-sixties Paris. Food at the Refugio - the speciality is game - is excellent value and a meal here could be the perfect way to end a memorable day of walking.

Overview

This classic up-and-down hike numbers amongst Andalucía’s most special walking adventures. Setting out from El Refugio de Juanar you approach La Concha from its northern side. From here the walk leads through a hidden, flat-bottomed valley before you climb steep through towering pines towards the Cruz de Juanar.

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After crossing a first col you follow a ridge most of the way to La Concha: on this section you’ll occasionally feel safer using hands as well as feet. That said, so long as you have a reasonable head for heights you shouldn’t find the walk intimidating. The hard facts Distance: 12.5 kms (up & down) Time to allow including breaks: about 5 hours Rating: Medium/Difficult Total Height Gain: 600m of La Concha from Water: no springs along the way so take plenty

Getting to the beginning of the walk

From the A7 motorway exit for Marbella/Ojén on the A355. Continue on towards Ojén via two roundabouts. Passing by two turnings off right towards the village cut left from the A355 at a sign Refugio de Juanar along the MA5300 which you follow all the way to the Refugio.

The Walk

The walk begins at the entrance of the car park of El Refugio de Juanar. From here descend 100m to a junction then turn right at a sign Mirador. Looping up through pines you reach a parking area then pass a green metal gate. Passing by a sign pointing left towards Ojén continue along the track following a sign GR243.1 Istán. Head on along the eastern edge of a flat- bottomed valley where an abandoned olive grove is bordered to both sides by thick stand of pines. After passing a ruined stone hut you reach a sign PR-A 168 La Concha pointing right off the track. (20 mins). Here cut right away from the track towards the green mesh fence of Cortijo de Juanar then angle hard right down through an olive


The View

Climbing back to the top of the ridge the sea and Marbella again come into view as the path angles right, adopting a southwesterly course.

grove for 100m to a 4 way junction. Cutting left into a stand of pines you come to a 3 way junction. Here angle left following another sign PR-A 168 La Concha. The pines thin out as the path becomes sandier and climbs more steeply: you’ll soon see a fence running to your left. To your left the Cruz de Juanar is visible as you climb on up the left side of the valley. Reaching the top of the ridge head straight on for a few metres then angle right and continue along the ridge, now heading almost due west between low-growing ilex oaks. Big views now open out to the south and to the Mediterranean. Having run just left of the ridge the path cuts up right to its highest point and passes a large cairn (1 hr 10 mins) before descending for a short distance, now just north of the ridge. Cairns mark the way as well as P.R. waymarking. Angling slightly left the path passes beneath a steep cliff face, El Salto del Lobo, where there are steep drops to the right: care should be taken on this section. Zigzagging steeply up left (a hands-on approach at this point will be useful) it then drops steeply back down to a more level path which runs on towards La Concha. Climbing back to the top of the ridge the sea and Marbella again come into view as the path angles right, adopting a southwesterly course. Cairns and P.R. waymarking still mark your path as you head on just south of the ridge before angling back up to the top of the ridge as you head on round the south side of the Cerro del Lastonar. A massive panorama opens out to the south as as you reach a cairn where you’ll see blue and red stripes on a rock. At this point you’re actually a few metres higher than the official summit of La Concha. From here angle down left following cairns and

red and blue waymarking, sticking close to the ridgetop. The Istán reservoir comes into view to the west. The path runs a few metres beneath the ridge, on its southern side, before cutting up to a 3 way marker post. (1 hr 45 mins) Here carry straight on following a sign La Concha 15 mins along the ridge to a large cairn. Here the path angles right, descends, then picks up the continuation of the ridge before climbing steeply once more (where you may feel safer using your hands from time to time: there are steep drops to your left). Red and blue flashes still mark the way and lead you up to the summit of La Concha (1215m). (1 hr 55 mins) It’s worth continuing on along the ridge for 60m to the southern edge of the Concha from where the views down to Marbella are even better. A trig point here marks 1203m. After gulping in the amazing panorama retrace your footsteps back to the Refugio. (3 hrs 45 mins) Coastal Walks in Andalucía contains a selection of almost 50 stunning walks close to southern Spain’s Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. The book describes oceanside rambles, gorge and ridge walks along with forested circuits that are all easily accessed from the Costa de la Luz, the Costa del Sol and the Costa Tropical. Walks vary in length and difficulty but are all within the capabilities of anybody in reasonable health who walks on a regular basis. Coastal Walks in Andalucía (ISBN 9-788489-954939) by Guy Hunter-Watts is published by Santana Books (www.santanabooks.com tel: 952 485 838). It is available at most bookshops in southern Spain as well as from amazon.co.uk or direct from the publishers.

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MARRIOTT’S MARBELLA BEACH RESORT MARBELLA, COSTA DEL SOL, SPAIN

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WELCOME TO MARRIOTT’S MARBELLA BEACH RESORT Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort is a large beachfront property with breathtaking views across the Mediterranean, situated just 8 km east of fashionable Marbella with its prestigious dining, nightlife and shopping.

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• MarketPlace® mini-market • Full range of restaurants including Charlie’s American Sports Bar, El Med Poolside Restaurant, Chill Cocktail Lounge and Beachside Bar & Grill For Children:

• MAZE® (Marriott’s Activity Zone Experience) for children • Teen lounge and outdoor playground Other Activities:

• Daily activities programme for all ages • Many golf courses within short distance • Dining, shopping and local attractions within easy reach

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• 3-bedroom / 3-bathroom apartment • Overall size approximately 112m2 • Sleeps up to 8 people

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ased at her contemporary stylish salon “Hair by Linda”, at the 5-Star Los Naranjos Golf Club, Linda Rise offers incredible cuts, colour and customer service. Linda, originally from Sweden, has worked throughout the world with the finest hair and beauty specialist, including Judith Jackson, America’s number 1 Spa guru and setting up and managing

SPA and hair salons on Radisson Seven Seas 6 Star Cruise Lines. With a passion for hair, extensive knowledge and specialist colour training, 2012 has seen Linda awarded the prestige of becoming the first official Redken Colour Salon in Marbella. Linda also specialises in providing a complete Wedding Package, which includes hair for bridal party and professional make-up

artist. This can be at your hotel, home or at her relaxing salon “Hair By Linda”. Linda is offering Marriott clients 10% per cent off promotion on all cuts, colour and blow-dries including a free deep conditioning. Call today for a professional hair consultation with Linda on 667 908 228. Hair by Linda NOW offers clients

Opening Hours Monday - Friday 9:00 to 19:00 - On Saturdays by request Closed Sundays

an extensive Redken product range, including the world famous Redken Moroccan Argan Oil, loved by celebrities for its ability to give everyone luxurious healthy hair. Hair by Linda is at the luxurious 5-Star Los Naranjos Golf Club, Apdo 64, 29660 Nueva Andalucía – just 5 minutes from Puerto Banus, free parking for all clients.

Mobile +34 667 908 228 Los Naranjos Golf Club, Apdo 64 29660 Nueva Andalucia Email lindalevinus@yahoo.com www.hairbylindas.com


Linda’s Tips for Beautiful Summer Hair

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Sea and sand, may be good for lifting the spirits but they’re not so great for your hair. Exposure to sunrays, excessive heat or pool chemicals contribute to dry and damaged hair, as well as faded colour. We take care to apply protective sun creams to our skin, but it pays to remember that our hair also prone to the same damage and stresses as the skin, so protect you hair with specialist Redken UV Rescue Protective Oil working like a sun block for you hair. Before swimming always wet hair before getting into pool. Damp hair absorbs less of the pool Chemicals. Always rinse hair after swimming. Always protect your hair with UV protection products. Apply moisturizing treatments to keep hair nourished. Treat yourself to a professional salon deep conditioning treatment. Wear a hat or scarf whenever possible. Use sun friendly shampoo, conditioners and treatments. After sun shampoos cleanse the hair of harmful salts and chlorine deposits.

“Coming from a hairdresser family, this profession has been a passion since a small child and nothing gives me greater pleasure than meeting my clients needs and expectations”.

Guide Prices: Blow dry from 20€ Ladies Cut 38€

High lights from 62€ Hair-up 50€/h

Gents Cut from 20€ Colour from 50 €

3Step Redken Treatment 15€ Eyebrow, Eyelash tint from 10€


SPRING IS HERE... The temperature is (finally!) rising, which means it’s time to make some slight shifts into your beauty routine.

Less is More Sensai Designing Duo Bronze Powder.

Save the bronze for summer and go for a subtler golden glow with Tom Ford’s latest cheek color, Love Lust, and Sensai Designing Duo Bronze Powder.

This month offers new products that will help your transition from dreadful, gloomy winter into the first moments of a much-needed spring. From a luxe body oil to cool mood sprays, we have rounded up our favorite must-haves for the season.

Mane Event Can eco-friendly hair products from the drugstore leave locks silkier than a salon blowout? Yes! We were amazed at how smooth our strands were after using Aveeno Active Naturals’ sulfate-free Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner.

What a Scrub Fresh Sugar Lip Polish

Winter wreaks havoc on skin - lips included! Get them in shape for spring with this exfoliante, a hybrid of the company’s iconic body scrub and lip treatment. Real brown sugar crystals buff away dryness, while jojoba and grape-seed oils nourish. Leave it on for a few minutes twice a week for a super-soft pucker.

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Sunny Disposition Guerlain Terracotta Serum

Everyone longs for a hint of color at the first sight of sun. This tan-booster concentrate will activate and prolong a tan by using natural extracts from carob tree, known for helping to achieve that warm-weather glow. Couple it with a good SPF and you’re ready to go.

Face Case Ellis Faas Skin Veil

Turn Back Time Want to minimize fine lines and reveal a better complexion for spring? Incorporating antioxidants, retinol, and SPF into your skin care regimen is key.

When applied sparingly, foundation can mean the difference between looking good and looking flawless. Formerly sold in tiny veils, this mineral-packed formula is now available in “full portion” bottles. Try applying only on the T-zone, and fade outward with fingers for expert (but not heavy-handed) results.

Cover all bases with Amore Pacific Limited-Edition Green Tea Seed Treatment Oil, Murad Time Release

Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles, and Fresh Soy Moisturizing Cream SPF 20.

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Show Off Your Fabulous Feet

Products to get your feet in tip top shape! The summer sun is on it’s way and many of you have probably considered getting your flipflops and sexy espadrilles out, and finally your feet are thankfully to see the light of day! We must pay careful attention to grooming and maintenance. This is especially true for our feet, as they can be like a bear coming out of hibernation when sandal season comes around, you can make great strides with at-home care for your feet. These fabulous foot products will start you on your way to flawless feet!

Fancy Florals It wouldn’t be spring without floral’s so put the spring in your step with our favourite petal-perfect palettes and floral-scented treats. L’Occitane Etoile des neiges Illuminating Powder - LIMITED EDITION Etoile des Neiges (Snow Star), a pink white peony with an extraordinary brightness, inspired this illuminating face powder. It leaves skin soft and velvety, like a petal, and gives a stunning glow to the complexion. Made with natural softening peony extract, the powder’s texture is subtly iridescent and delicately perfumed.  The pastel green shade in the middle corrects redness, the light mauve corrects dullness, and the blend of fresh pink and pure white lights up and refreshes the complexion. Its sheer texture is easily applied with a powder brush or puff. Simply dab onto key areas of the face (cheekbones, forehead, chin, nose) or over the entire face for a perfectly matte, fresh and “floral” complexion. Mark Jacobs – Oh Lola Perfume

Volcano Foot Mask If you’re looking to have a unique/fun at home spa-like experience, or have stinky feet (!) try the Volcano Foot Mask, from Lush! The Volcano Foot Mask deodorizes and leaves your feet smooth and soft, while drawing out deep down dirt and impurities. The mask is made of the freshest natural ingredients, which all Lush products are! The mask includes fresh papaya and lemon juice to cleanse, tomatoes, potatoes and essential anti-fungal oils to deodorize.

Underwear Nail Polish The big news with nails this season: nude is in. After an excess of neon and oddball colors, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction with an emphasis on pretty, wearable shades of cream and beige. That’s not to say there aren’t bold patterns and bright moments to be enjoyed—this is spring, after all—but it’s all about classic reds, chic corals, soft pastels, and mellow yellows mixed in with cool corals and metallic designs.

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Oh Lola! Fragrance is designed to refresh the upcoming hot summer days, described as “lively, playful, irresistible, stylish and cheerful” The fragrance is blended from fresh and sweet fruity tones, together with floral accords of peony and velvety background of vanilla. The notes include wild strawberry, raspberry, pear, peony, sandalwood and vanilla. So is this for you? Well if you like your scents sweet and fruity, and your bottles pretty in pink, Oh, Lola! may very well become your signature scent. Crabtree & Evelyn – Wisteria Collection Inspired by the cascading fragrant of blue blossoms of the English countryside, the captivating and sophisticated Crabtree & Evelyn Wisteria Colection features moisturizing oils and conditioning English flower extracts for skin leaving it beautifully soft and scented. A bouquet of apple blossom, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang & sandlewood gives this collection a fresh springtime smell of the British countryside.


Fashion Dior: Calle Ribera, Casa F, Local 15B, Puerto Banus, T. 952 90 65 25.

Escada: Bul. Alfonso de Hohenlohe, 1. T. 952 86 86 21

Salvatore Ferragamo: Blv. Principe Alfonso de Hohenloe, s/n, Marbella T. 952 903 330

Dolce & Gabbana: Pueblo Marinero De Ribera, Local 17, Casa F, Puerto Banus, T. 952 818 520.

Gucci: Valdes, 8. Marbella. T. 952 86 14 99

Missioni: Muelle Ribera Edificio E F Puerta 14 T. 952 908 037

Loewe: Muelle Ribera, Local 15C, Casa F Puerto Banus, T. 952 81 62 65.

Elite: Ricardo Soriano, 7. Marbella. T. 952 77 45 05

Roberto Cavalli: Muelle de la Ribera Casa e, l.8 Puerto Banus, T. 952 813 812

ChloĂŠ: Muelle De Ribera, Local 16 Casa F, T. 952 90 70 38.

Betty Blue: Avenida de la Ribera, Puerto Banus,

Jimmy Choo: Edificio Casa N. Muelle Ribera, Puerto Banus T. 95 290 80 43

Louis Vuitton: Muelle Ribera, Casa N, Puerto Banus, T. 95 290 8190. Versace: Benabola 8, Puerto Banus, T. 952 810 296.

Fashion Villa: Paseo de Suiza 394, Elviria, Marbella T. 952 85 05 01 Nina B: Calle de las Malvas, 62 Nueva Andalucia, T. 952 907 020.

Hermes: Calle Ribera 11, Bajo, Casa E, Puerto Banus, T. 952 81 71 25. Elle Morgan (Laguna Village): Unit 29 and 31, Laguna Village, A-7, km.159,Estepona T. 647 869 831.

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What’s happening on the Costa del Sol fashion scene? Here’s a round-up of news from the hottest boutiques along the coast… SunBikini Bonanza If you are starting to think about summer and what you are going to be wearing on the beach, there is only one place to shop for a new bikini: Elle Morgan boutique in Laguna Village. Year after year Elle Morgan personally seeks out the best bikini brands in the world to bring an amazing selection to the store, where her friendly staff are always on hand with tips and advice about which bikini will suit your body type. Check out this glamorous bandeau style design from Heidi Klein, which is made with supportive side boning for a seamless and snug fit. Gorgeous! Price: 198euros

Elle Morgan, Laguna Village, Estepona. Tel: 952 803 481/647 869 831

Twist and Shout Now, here’s something to shout about, Twist boutique is back! Yes, after a short hiatus this San Pedro fashion emporium has re-opened with a slick new refurb and some funky new brands. Owner Jane Clark may have been off the Marbella fashion scene for a while but she hasn’t lost her sense of style or her ability to pick the hottest looks of the season. Make a bee line for the latest sandals from UGG – they are flying off the shelves so you better be quick. Twist is also the only place in the south of Spain you will find Hudson jeans. Guess we won’t need to twist your arm to pay this boutique a visit!

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Seven Deadly Sins When Stephen Webster launched a limited edition line of couture cocktail rings called the Seven Deadly Sins in 2010, they sold out in a flash. With only seven pieces of each design, there just weren’t enough to go around. Fortunately, the jewellery designer has now launched a collection of pendants following the same theme and this time there are plenty for everyone! Each of the seven striking pendants is a beautifully stylised depiction of one of the ancient vices: pride, greed, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony and sloth. Executed with intricate detail and set in sterling silver with a selection of mouth-watering crystals, this collection is one of Stephen Webster’s best yet.

Stephen Webster, Puerto Banus, Tel: 952 816 976

Molly Folly There are so many brands to fall in love with at Nina B this spring, but we have fallen head over heels with the new collection from Odd Molly. Our fashion crush began when we spotted this pretty, printed spring dress from the Swedish label in the store window. Our crush turned into a full blown love affair when we found out that all Odd Molly designs are handmade from organic fabrics that are sustainably sourced. With a bohemian feel and flow, this dress is a wardrobe staple for anyone with a passion for easy chic that can be thrown on with ankle boots for spring or flat sandals as summer hots up. Also available in mid-blue – we suggest buying it in both colours – this adorable cotton dress is sure to be a best seller at Nina B this season Price: 149

Nina B, Nueva Andalucia. Tel: 952 907 020

Fluoro Fashion Although we loved all the designs in the Gunnel’z Fashion show at the Marbella Café earlier this spring, this collection of fluoro-coloured Stella Rittwagen handbags undoubtedly stole the show. Hard to miss in their eye-catching shades of pink, yellow, blue and orange, these leather satchels hark back to school days but give any outfit a modern edge. Made locally in Malaga, these stylish accessories are a hot favourite at Gunnel’z Fashion this spring. We’ll be picking up a couple in different colours and channeling school girl chic all summer long. Price: 139€ (large) 129€ (small)

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Graceful style If you haven’t discovered this gem of a boutique in Puerto Banus, then you are missing a trick. Sitting subtly among some of the port’s more flashy brands, Manila Grace is all about understated, wearable chic with amazing cuts and to-die-for accessories – we’re in love with the stunning selection of scarves and the soft leather pastel colour brogues that have just arrived in store for spring/ summer. Manila Grace is the place to go if you are tired of shopping at high street stores but don’t want to break the bank paying for designer togs that go out of fashion faster than a Katy Perry haircut. Made in Italy, Manila Grace is the epitome of quality and longevity at affordable prices.

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Interviewing for September Beauty therapy, Massage and Fashion & Photographic Make-up Courses Limited spaces are Available

The courses can be full time or part time allowing you to change and improve your life with small or big career changes. The Academy also offers weekend and residential course packages.

Local 2/3 Aloha Mira Sierra, Avenida Valle de Golf Aloha, 29660 Nueva Andalucia, Marbella Tel: +34 952 817 632 M. 693 507 267 info@marbellabeautyacademy.com

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ashionvilla’s Spring/Summer collections 2012 reflect waves of emotions. At Fashionvilla we celebrate the desire of a woman as her emotions shine through every facet that touches her life, beginning with what she adorns.

With a firm belief that each day should allow the spirit of the inner diva with the luster of luxury, we invite you to embrace this and indulge!

hoes are our guilty pleasure. We dream about shoes, save up for them and when we finally get the pair we’ve wanted so badly we feel the happiest people in the entire world. So, let this happiness last for just another season! Below are a few of hottest shoe trends for Spring/ Summer 2012 fashion season!

NEON & BRIGHT COLOURS

The color palette of this summer is as rich as what the nature has to offer. Vivid corral, lucent yellow, deep blue, lush pink and glamorous black as well as famous animal prints in a new and trendy design on beautiful fabrics such as silk, high-tech materials, cotton and thin cashmeres. It is a summer to find yourself to be yourself and spoil yourself! Be part of Fashionvilla’s wonder-fashionworld – set in a beautiful Andalusian private Villa with stunning views towards Gibraltar and Africa, personalized service in English, German, Spanish and French, this shop is a MUST on your shopping list! Enjoy the outstanding and get amazed!

London Fashion Week designer Roksanda Illincic adorned the heels of her court shoes with zingy, neon hues, so think bright this season! Vibrant yellows, greens, blues, purples, pinks, and zesty oranges are the perfect shades for all attention seekers who want to make a major statement. We love these Manolo Blahnik shoes.

STRIPES & WEDGES From Breton tops to wedges, stripes have become a firm staple. This style by Burberry caught our eye.

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AIRFIELD CAMBIO JOSEPH RIBKOFF GLORIA ESTELLÉS LEO GUY MARYAN MEHLHORN We cordially invite you to our monthly fashion shows, for more information please contact the store.

TOE CAPS When Louis Vuitton, make their instantly desirable shoes, the rest of the high street usually follows suit. This season, they glamorously breathed new life into the humble toe-cap.

PEEP TOE BOOTIES

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We’re all for baring a little skin edgy cutouts, delicate sheer panels, and femme lace details certainly qualify for the express purpose of subtle exposure but this version of peekaboo relies solely on your kicks. Because of spring’s temperamental climates, an open-toe bootie touches on all functional and fashionable bases. We love this edgy Mexican inspired Aztec design by Parisian label Balmain.


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Croatia stands out with its diverse mainland, extensive archipelago, and crystal clear, blue seas.

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roatia extends from the furthest eastern edges of the Alps in the northwest to the Pannonian lowlands and the banks of the Danube in the east; its central region is covered by the Dinara mountain range, and its southern parts extend to the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The country resembles a crescent of horseshoe shape and borders Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Italy is found just across the Adriatic Sea. The terrain of Croatia is varied with plains, lakes and rolling hills in the continental areas; densely wooded mountains in Lika and Gorski Kotar, which are part of the Dinaric Alps; and in the Adriatic region there is a narrow coastal belt with rocky coastlines. The Croatian Adriatic coast is one of the most indented in the world, with over 1200 islands and islets. A Croatia cruise allows a chance to discover the country’s famous national parks. The celebrated eight parks include Kornati, Mljet, Plitvicka Jezera, Risnjak, Krka, Brijuni, Paklenica, and Velebit. Statistics show that more endangered species (on a European level) breed in Croatia than any other small or medium-sized European country. The culture of Croatia is unique and has developed to be so because of the many different ethnicities that have encompassed the area as well as the assimilations that have taken place among various cultures. Croatia is mainly made up of Croats, with national minorities that include Serbs, Slovenes, Hungarians, Bosnians, Italians and Czechs. Travelers to Croatia will enjoy the unique Croatia culture. The culture has developed from many different ethnicities that have encompassed the area as well as the assimilations that have taken place among various cultures. Croatia is mainly made up of Croats, with national minorities that include Serbs, Slovenes, Hungarians, Bosnians, Italians and Czechs. Croatian culture is based on a long history, dating nearly thirteen centuries back. The country has many monuments and cities, brilliant individuals, as well as six World Heritage sites. Most Croats are Roman Catholic – the majority of Serbs belong to the Serbian branch of the Eastern Orthodox Church. There are also small Muslim and other religious minorities. The country has a long artistic, literary and musical tradition. On a Croatia cruise, enjoy the celebrated local music. The music of Croatia has three main influences – Mediterranean (predominate in coastal areas), the Balkans (popular in the continental and mountainous regions) and central Europe (most excepted in the central and northern parts of the country). Folk and pop are wellliked music genres, but a combination of both tend to be the most excepted in the country.

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Zagreb Prague and Budapest are the most popular cities in Central Europe for foreign visitors, but these two now have a competitor in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. The city is divided into three parts: the thousand-year old Gornji grad (upper town) which contains the Presidential Palace, the historic church of St. Mark’s, the Croatian parliament, and museums and galleries which are all set in cobbled streets lit by gas lamps; the 19th century Donji grad (lower town) with its shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres, parks; and the modern post-war (WWII) Novi Zagreb (new Zagreb) is full of high-rise buildings and basically has nothing to offer tourists.

Zagreb

Zagreb is called a city of museums as there are more of them per square foot than any other city in the world. But this doesn’t mean that there is nothing else for you to do if you aren’t a history buff. One of the many pleasures that the Zagrebcani (the people of Zagreb) enjoy is sitting in one of the numerous cafes watching the world go by. In the evening, you can visit one of the many restaurants, sampling a delicious Croatian dish, and finish the day in the one of the bars or clubs. Whatever you choose to do, you are guaranteed to have a good time!

Istria

Istria

Istria is one of the most popular destinations for foreign visitors to Croatia and its towns of Umag and Porec continually top annual polls of the best holiday resorts in Croatia. With a strong Italian influence the region in fact used to be part of Italy during the early part of the 20th century, this certainly is a beautiful region of Croatia both along the coast and inland, with its pretty hilltop towns. Rovinj is a true gem of a town, and Pula is also well-worth a visit - home to the Arena, a very well-preserved Roman amphitheatre. The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It was constructed in 27 BC - 68 AD and is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. It is also the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia.”

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Lika offers the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park lies in the Lika region of Croatia. The park is surrounded by the mountains Pljeťevica, Mala Kapela, and Medveđak, which are part of the Dinaric Alps. The 16 bluegreen Plitvice Lakes, which are separated by natural dams of travertine, are situated on the Plitvice plateau. Waterfalls connect the lakes, and the tallest waterfall is Veliki Slap at 70 meters (230 feet) tall. The Plitvice lakes area boasts a large variety of interesting and colorful flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy walking and hiking the many pathways and trails, or exploring the lakes by boat. The park itself has 3 hotels and a campsite, otherwise visitors can find accommodation at any of the number of villages and cities nearby.

North Dalmatia

The area of North Dalmatia stretches from the Kvarner Riviera down to around Split. Sometimes overlooked as a holiday destination in favour of the more famous resorts and islands further along the coast, the North Dalmatian region has much to offer visitors. The area contains the beautiful coastal towns of Zadar and Trogir which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997 and is home to a number of fascinating historic sights, the best of which is the Cathedral of St Lawrence. Its proximity to Split Airport also means that Trogir is very easy to reach. Pag island is also in this part of Croatia - the longest Croatian island, it is home to the lively party resort of Novalja.

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Split

Split is the second largest city in Croatia, with just over 200,000 inhabitants, and is the largest city on the Adriatic coast. Coupled with its strong history - it emerged from a settlement around a palace built by Roman emperor Diocletian, and the city was also important within Yugoslavia - this lively city sure is worth a visit, however brief.

Diocletian Palace and Medieval Split

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The Emperor’s Palace is one of the most significant works of late-ancient architecture, not just for the preservation of original parts and the whole, but also for a series of original architectural forms announcing the new earlyChristian, Byzantine and earlymedieval art. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages by using materials from an ancient mausoleum. Roman churches from the 12th and 13th centuries, medieval forts and gothic, renaissance and baroque palaces are contained within the Roman walls, thus creating a harmonious whole.

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Croatian Islands

One reason, that the Croatian coastline is so beautiful is that it contains more than one thousand dazzling islands. If you were to look out to sea from anywhere along the Croatian coastline, it would be unusual for you not to see a green speck in the distance! Most of the islands, however, are small and uninhabited and there are therefore only 20 or so larger islands which are popular with tourists. He we provide a guide to some of these, starting from those just off Istria in the north of Croatia’s coastline and going all the way down to the islands near Dubrovnik in the south. The Brijuni islands are a collection of fourteen islands and islets in Istria off the northern part of the Croatian coast. For a part of the country which has fewer (larger) islands compared to other places particularly Dalmatia - the Brijuni islands are well worth a visit, and their proximity to the mainland means they are easy to reach (especially as there’s a frequent boat service). All of the islands together also comprise one of Croatia’s eight wonderful national parks.

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Cres

Cres is perhaps not one of the

most popular of the Croatian islands but is still a lovely place to visit. It is easily reached from both the mainland and from other nearby islands. You will often hear that the island is part of the Cres-Losinj group of islands, which number 30 in total and cover an area of 193 square miles (513 square km), equating to 16% of the total surface area of all the Adriatic islands. (The islands of Cres and Losinj are in fact connected by a bridge that is situated by the Cres town of Osor.) Cres is the second largest in the Adriatic, covering 155 square miles, and is long and spindly in shape. The main resort is Cres Town, which reminds many of an Italian village due to previous Venetian rule, and much of the town dates from the 15th and 16th centuries.

Krk is the largest island in the

Adriatic, covering 157 square miles (405.78 square km). It is also one of the most populous with 17,000 inhabitants. It is well developed and very busy with tourists as it is connected by bridge to the mainland. Rijeka Airport is also located on the island of Krk. The main resorts are Baska, Malinska, Omisalj, Vrbnik, Punat and Krk Town. Krk Town is famous for St. Mary’s Cathedral, the seat of the Krk bishopric.

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miles (63 km) long. Due to the strong wind of Bora, the island has very little vegetation but the numerous stone walls built by farmers and shepherds allow for some cultivation. In spite of this, Pag has a lot of charm. Pag is very well known for its paski sir (sheep’s cheese) and its lace making. The main resorts are Pag Town and Novalja. Pag Town was built according to plans by the famous Croatian Renaissance builder, Juraj Dalmatinac. Novalja is the largest resort on the island, and is well-known as being the most party-orientated place throughout the whole of Croatia!

Hvar

Hvar

Korcula

is the fourth largest island at 182 square miles (300 square km). It is even sunnier than Brac, with almost 2,800 hours of sunshine per year. However, there is enough rain to keep the island green and to maintain the beautiful fields of lavender, rosemary, sage, marjoram and thyme and the carefully cultivated vineyards. Many people remark that in the spring, Hvar smells like a herb shop! When in Hvar, you must purchase some lavender oil, which is the major export of the island. The hoteliers on the island pride themselves on consistently good weather - if there is more than four hours of rain per day, they give a reduction on your stay and if snow falls (which happens once a year, on average) your stay is free! The main resorts are Hvar Town, Stari Grad, Vrboska, Jelsa and Sucuraj. The sixth largest island in Croatia, Korcula is 20 miles long and rather narrow, between 4 and 5 miles wide on average. This island is known for its dense forest and the ancient Greeks called the island Black Korcula for this reason. The main resorts are Korcula Town people call it “Little Dubrovnik” because of its medieval squares, churches, palaces and houses, Vela Luka and Lumbarda. There’s also smaller towns and villages dotted around on the island for those looking for a more secluded holiday.

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is one of Croatia’s most treasured islands although, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, not quite as popular as some of its slightly more northern counterparts, such as Brac and Hvar. This may be because the island is a little further away to get to both from Split or Dubrovnik and some of the most convenient ferry services to the island only run in summer. On one hand, of course, this is somewhat of a shame but on the other, this means you have fewer crowds and can enjoy the island more!

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MERCEDES SLK55 AMG AIR APPARENT By Dr. Ian Kolh

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he area north of Gilroy has some of the most picturesque country roads in northern California. At an altitude of 2,000 ft above sea level, we found a perfect driving road carving its sinuous path through nature’s landscape like a long tarmac snake.

The hills and valleys that hug these roads echoed to a baritone tune as the four polished oval tailpipes of our SLK55 AMG roadster blasted air molecules out of shape in the way only the exhaust pulses of a bent-crank V8 can. Being small and agile, the SLK felt totally at home on these roads, and with 422hp at 6,800rpm and 540Nm of torque at 4,500rpm, its V8 motor had more than enough grunt to make things interesting. The 1610kg SLK55 AMG rockets to 0-100km/h in 4.6 sec and its top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h. The paddle shifters are your friend on roads like these, and enable you to keep both hands on the wheel while swapping between the second and third of the seven ratios most used on such a road. In Sport + mode, the upshifts are lightening fast, and you can clearly hear the ‘barp’ as the ECU injects a shot of fuel into the engine for the so-called ‘controlled misfire’ that is amplified when you have the electro-hydraulically folding Vario-roof down. The rear silencers feature flaps that are activated by engine speed or load. This gives you the option of refined cruising or a rousing full-on soundtrack. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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The new SLK55 AMG feels more grown up from the word go. The cabin has more room in every dimension and if you are average sized, you no longer feel cramped. The ride is better too, the suspension feeling more composed over every type of surface. When you are just loping along the highway, it is as smooth as you could want, making it a good long distance runner. The adjustable lumber support on the sports seats helps you stay comfortable. Up here in the hills, the uprated AMG suspension and AMG Direct-Steer give the SLK55 AMG a directness that combined with its compact dimensions, allow you to almost think it around bends. Push hard into turns and it responds eagerly, its nose chasing apexes like a shark that has picked up the scent of blood, the rear end following in perfect unison. Yet for all that, you don’t feel you want to try and set a lap record with this car. Roof down on a sunny day, the feeling it gives is that driving at six-tenths, enjoying the thrust of the motor coming out of bends and that great soundtrack is what roadster driving is really all about. While it still bears Affalterbach’s distinctive design hallmarks, the new SLK55 AMG is subtler looking than its predecessor. 60

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With both cars side-by-side, you quickly realise that the SLR style faux F1 nose cone of the R171 did not suit the diminutive roadster. Add the AMG spoilers and vents into the mix, there was simply too much going on in a small area, which made the design very fussy. By comparison, the traditional SL style horizontal grille, the new ‘face’ of Mercedes, sits a lot better on the third generation SLK, and AMG has resisted the temptation to over-egg their body styling additions, which look exactly as purposeful as they need to be. Predictably, these comprise a deeper front spoiler with blacked centre section and small air ducts on the side, contoured side skirts, a small bootlid spoiler and a rear valance with diffuser flanked by the AMG’s trademark four oval exhaust pipes. Standard footwear is 8.0J x 18-inch alloys with 235/40ZR18 rubber all round. Combined with the 20mm lower ride height, they give the car the muscular stance on the road that it carries so well whether on the move or at rest. As before, the heart of the new SLK55 AMG is its engine. Despite its complexity, this new motor weighs just 187kg, making for an engine power-to-weight ratio of 0.44kg/hp. This


all-new four-cam, 32-valve, all-alloy engine V8 motor is a far cry from the 5,439cc SOHC, three-valves-per-cylinder M113 E55 power unit that was the product of late 1990s thinking.

down half its cylinder count when operating on a light throttle. Its successful implementation in a modern high-performance engine in conjunction with Stop-Start is a first.

A derivative of AMG’s bi-turbo M157 V8 that made its debut in the CLS/S/CL and E63 AMG models in recent months, the new 5,461cc V8 (M152) motor shares the same slightly over-square bore and stroke of 98.0 x 95.8mm and bore spacing, along with its direct fuel-injection system and stop-start system.

The system activates when the driver selects the C (Controlled Efficiency) mode on the Speedshift MCT seven-speed automatic gearbox. Operating only in light load conditions, the ECU controlled system deactivates cylinders two, three, five and eight by shutting off the intake and exhaust valves of these cylinders and deactivating their fuel supply and ignition.

However, although the M152 version also features twincams per cylinder bank, four-valves-per-cylinder and variable camshaft timing, the cylinder heads are bespoke for this application. Together with different pistons, they account for the fairly high compression ratio of 12.6:1, compared to the 10.0:1 of the bi-turbo M157.

More than that, the system has 16 hydraulically compensating elements and a complex oil supply system in its cylinder heads. This system reduces pumping losses from the deactivated cylinders, and increases the efficiency of the working cylinders by transferring their operating point to a higher load range. Even running in four-cylinder mode, the motor still makes 230Nm. While this is admittedly 40Nm less than the peak torque of the entry-level SLK200 in a heavier car, it is adequate for normal driving.

The forged steel crankshaft is made from 38MnS6BY steel alloy, which gives it superior ultimate tensile strength and yield strength than a cast equivalent. The intake system, oil supply system and crankcase are also unique to this engine. What makes this engine stand apart from anything AMG has ever done before in a production engine is its ability to shut

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or deactivated at the touch of a button. If the cylinder shut off mode is engaged, the main menu display will show you whether the motor is running in ECO4 or ECO8 mode. All this pertains to the ‘C’ Controlled Efficiency mode only, these systems being disabled in Sport and Manual modes. Cruising on the highway, it was impossible to tell that we were in four-cylinder mode. Throttled back at cruise, the work going on under the bonnet was totally imperceptible, and when more power was called for, the transition back to the full complement of cylinders was seamless. It was nice to know that we were sipping fuel at a relatively miserly rate when we were not in a hurry. The crowning achievement of this high-output motor is its fuel economy and emissions. A generator management system helps to recharge the battery on the over-run and can be worth anything up to 0.2L/100km in city driving. The claimed average fuel consumption of 8.5L/100km and 199g of CO2/km are mind blowing when you consider they are around the same as the current Mercedes 3.0 litre V6 engine. Talk about having your cake and eating it. As flagship of Mercedes’ entry-level roadster, the V8-powered SLK55 AMG has an impressive level of sophistication in normal driving with its roof up. Its flipside is an engaging roadster with crisp handling and a wonderful soundtrack to stimulate your senses on a challenging road. SIDEBAR STORY - THE HISTORY OF CYLINDER SHUT-OFF Cylinder shut-off technology is not new to the motor industry, and was used by Cadillac in its infamous 6.0 litre V8-6-4 modular displacement engine in 1981. Mercedes itself did actually offer an Active Cylinder Control system to deactivate half the cylinders on V8 and V12 models sold in Europe in 1999. The Mercedes system used twin arms to actuate each valve, and was computer controlled. The pairs of arms could be locked together or released to keep a valve operating normally or closed. However, in an era where fuel prices were relatively low, the customers were not interested and the system was quietly dropped. Computers had moved on a lot by 2005 when fuel consumption started to become a concern again. GM offered their Displacement on Demand (DoD) system, which could shut down every other cylinder in the engine’s firing order. At the same time, Chrysler offered its own version of this known as Multi-Displacement System. Although they worked fine, neither system found popularity in the marketplace. And with the onset of more powerful and efficient V6 engines and stop-start systems, the idea once again fell by the wayside. Now however, with pressure for better fuel economy and lower emissions, and the advent of ultra-fast on-board computers able to perfectly govern the sophisticated control systems required, the concept of cylinder shut down has at last come of age. 62

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Yamaha T-Max | Scoot

The T- Maz’s low slung centre of gravity gives it the balance of a Weeble. CVT automatic transmission means no shifting and seamless power delivery.

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he T-Max has led the maxi-scooter charge since its introduction in 2001, but with sporty offerings from BMW on the horizon, Yamaha is preemptively maxing out the T-Max.

The most apparent change from the previous generation TMax is the redesigned bodywork, which boasts an even more aggressive look while maintaining the classic TMax looks. The distinctive double headlights, enhanced accent lines, and an upwardsswooping LED tail assembly all lend to highlight the TMax’s sporting nature. T-Max’s 2012 updates read like those for the latest sportbike: fresh styling, a revamped chassis and a 2mm larger bore that ups displacement to 530cc - the maximum possible with the current engine architecture. The changes also include 12-hole injectors as on the YZF-R6, reshaped ports and combustion chambers, larger intake valves and new camshafts. The net result is an increase in power throughout the rev range, with a 10 percent gain in peak torque and an extra 3 horsepower on top. The styling has been sharpened with reshaped bodywork, projector-beam headlights, and an automotive-style dash. Lighter wheels and ancillary parts save 9 lbs., bringing the T-Max’s curb weight down to a claimed 440 lbs. Power from the four-valve, 530cc twin sees an increase this year thanks to a host of lighter, more efficient components. Yamaha claims a boost in torque that will be especially felt off idle and in the mid-range. This engine is solid-mounted within the same diecast aluminum frame as the previous model, delivering agile lowspeed maneuverability and stability at high speed. The TMax rides on the same 15-inch wheels as before, only now they feature a new, lightweight five-spoke design. Dual 267mm discs in the front and a single 287mm disc in the rear provide stopping power. In some markets, ABS will also be an option.

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A new-and-improved belt-drive features a almost no play in the belt. This in turn means more linear power delivery and better feel through the throttle. Yamaha says the main benefit of the new engine is improved acceleration between 25 and 60 mph. Indeed, the bike accelerates briskly, which proved useful for nipping ahead of the traffic. Accommodations are plush. There’s a reasonable amount of space under the seat; not enough for two full-face helmets, but the compartment held my helmet and jacket with room to spare. The engine updates are excellent, but other changes get mixed reviews. The new mirrors are clear and well spaced, but small. The revamped instrument panel contains the essential info, but the digital display is small. While the fork feels superb, the shock needs to take more of the edge off big hits. Yamaha’s efforts have produced the best T-Max to date, but whether that will be enough to retain the scooter’s huge share of the increasingly competitive European super-scooter market is another matter. But to judge the T-Max on its specifications sheet and price alone would be a mistake. You have to ride it - and preferably on a twisty road where this latest version of the original sporty super-scooter can deliver riding enjoyment that most big scooter’s can’t approach….


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A Town of Dreams: Ronda in a Day Take a glance at a map of Andalucía and you may imagine Ronda to be just a short drive inland from the Costa del Sol. But this mountain redoubt lies at the heart of a wild, rugged swathe of the Cordillera Bética. The serpentine road that cuts its way up from the Med’ is amongst the Spain’s most spectacular drives so set aside at least an hour to negotiate the journey with regular stops to gulp in those giddy views. The town was amongst the last to fall to Ferdinand and Isabella’s Christian army during the Reconquest. As you peer down from its clifftop perch it’s easy to understand why the town’s conquest represented such a formidable task. During the Moorish period one of its Berber chieftans was even able to challenge the authority of the great Caliphate of Córdoba, secure in the knowledge that his home base was amongst the most impregnable citadelfortress of Al Andaluz. A visit to Ronda - dubbed the Ciudad Soñada or Town of Dreams by the poet Rilke - is a must

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for anyone with time to spare whilst holidaying on the Costa del Sol. In order to get the most out of your day you should get going early and aim to reach the town by mid-morning. Come midday dozens of day-tripping coaches begin to arrive and what should be a pleasure can become an ordeal. Don’t expect to be able to see all the town’s monuments in one day: the whole of the old town is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is packed full of churches, mansions, convents and museums. If you were to visit the sites described below you’ll get an enticing first taste of this uniquely beautiful urban creation. Be sure to set time aside for a leisurely café con leche at one of its gorge-side cafés or for a light bite in one of its many characterful tapas bars. I like to begin any Ronda ramble next to the Parador on the spectacular walkway at the edge of the gorge. From here you look straight out to the town’s most famous civic monement, El Puente Nuevo. The bridge links

the old Moorish citadel settlement with what was to become the new town. Completed at the tail end of the eighteenth century this is a gargantuan structure with enormous buttresses and vast blocks of masonry that all but fill the gorge. A previous bridge that stood on the same site was washed away after just six years so this one was built to last. If legend tells that the bridge’s architect Aldihuela fell to his death when inscribing his name on a stone plaque, public records show that he passed away in the hospital in Málaga. The 100m high bridge was the scene of some of the ugliest events of the Civil War in Ronda when Republicans and Nationalists were thrown from the bridge’s ramparts. To the east side of the Puente Nuevo the area now known as La Ciudad by locals was once the old Moorish settlement. Surrounded on three sides by high cliffs and with its lower, eastern side defended by high walls of the local sandstone, it was only through siege warfare that the Christians were able to force a way in.


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Here are several stately mansions including the Palacio del Rey Moro, the Palacio de Mondragón, El Campillo and La Casa del Gigante. Of these my favourite is Mondragón which has a delightful garden that nudges right up to the cliff’s edge. The views from here are simply stunning: newlyweds and children dressed for their nuptial or first communion rites are often photographed here, dressed in their festive finery. The palace also is home to the town museum. A short stroll through the old town’s labyrinthine streets leads to the Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral of Santa María. Like many other churches in Andalucía it was built on the site of the old mosque. A belfry was added to the original wafer-bricked minaret and within the body of the church you can still see the mihrab or niche where the Koran was kept. Nearly all Santa María’s religious artifacts were burned in the square in the early years of the Civil War to be alter replaced by a series of canvasses of Christ in the company of oddly

hermaphroditic-looking Apostles. They won’t leave you indifferent. Many of the town’s remarkable Holy Week processions lead out from the cathedral. Crossing back to the west side of the bridge you reach the town’s second most famous landmark, the Plaza de Toros, which has a museum dedicated to all aspects of la corrida whose rules were developed right here by the great Romero dynasty of toreros. Wherever you stand in the bullfighting debate there’s no denying that the ring is a triumph of civil architecture and during the summer months operatic events are often staged here. You may choose to wind up your day in Ronda with a wander along the town’s pedestrian shopping street, La Calle Espinel, which dissects the town from north to south. If it’s shoes that you’re after, you’ll have no shortage of choice. Other Ronda must-buys include belts and handbags from Ubrique, superb local cheeses and wines and excellent cakes from one of its pastelerías: be sure to pick up a box of Yemas de Ronda or candied egg yolks.

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Gallery Houses of Art, located in Marbella, works to promote high quality contemporary art. We represent international artists with a solid important background who feature in international collections and museums as well as emerging and mid career international artists. At the same time we support a select group of young artists by exhibiting their works from an early stage to take them to a level of international exposure, collaborating for this purpose with other international galleries. We assist collectors at all levels in the primary and secondary market and provide a detailed provenance of all works of art exhibited. We assist collectors at all levels in the primary and secondary market and provide a detailed provenance of all works of art exhibited.

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Arte Moderna, Rome, and Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento and Rovereto, Italy.

Close to the Abstract Expressionism and enriched by his friendships with artists like Willem de Kooning, Cy Twombly and Franz Kline.

We will show a selection of works on canvas, on paper, Tapestries and Prints from the years ’60’s and ’70’s.

His works are in the permanent collections of the most important museums of the world such as: MoMa, Metropolitan Museum and Guggenheim in New York, Tate Gallery, London ,Centre Pompidou, Paris, Galleria Nazionale di

12th of April - 27th of June 2012 Curators: Marga de Jonge, Ettore Bossi and Augusto de Marsanich

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he work of Fabrizio Corneli (Firenze, 1958) causes, above all, a surprise, a mystery and wonder, making the visual experience a real adventure of perception.

Fabrizio Corneli has shown in galleries and Museums all over the world, and has had much success in our gallery, Houses of Art as we represent him here in Spain. The artist Fabrizio Corneli masters the art of linking the past and the present through light. He is a sculptor“, who works with shadows – those inseparable companions of light. With the help of three dimensional shapes, which Corneli uses to draw pictures on walls he draws an archetype which emphasizes the interdependence of object and image. Beside artistic light, candles and leds, Corneli interacts with and uses natural light too – the sun. His works speak to us of the flow of time, of things which change and alter; the works thus create an intimate relationship between viewer and object. A Personal Exhibition with his last works will be held in Houses of Art Marbella in the next future.

Helidon Xhixha

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he Lombardy Region has chosen one of his works as a symbol of contemporary art confirming once again the extraordinary artistic career of Xhixha and the value of his art.

The sculpture of Helidon Xhixha has innovative features with special plasticluminous effects depending by a way of working the iron with loads of energy interventions, interventions that bend and shape sheets deforming them through a complex and vital dialectic of curved concave and convex undulations. “I do not sculpt the materials but I use the materials to sculpt the light.” In fact it seems that the main aim of the artist is to bring out the light (in its entire vital and symbolic dimension) from the materials. And, wanting to be more precise: to transform the force and energy of the creative sculptural material, and then turn this matter into light energy. In fact, all his works with metal plates have titles such as energy or light. In the next Autumn the PAC (Padiglione Arte Contemporanea) in Milan will show an anthological exhibition and in the same period, a personal exhibition with his last works will be held in Houses of Art Marbella.

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Damien Hirst: Tate Modern Retropective Damien Hirst has gone from mouthy Young British Artist (YBA) to global brand over the past 25 years and has become the world’s richest living artist along the way. Whilst being interviewed by David Bowie in the Gagosian Gallery in New York in 1996 he famously quoted when asked if he would ever show his art in the Tate Modern: “No way. Museums are for dead artists. I’d never show my work in the Tate. You’d never get me in that place”. Strange now that he is now set to receive a mid-career retrospective and is showcasing his works in the Tate Modern, London, the exhibition opens April 4th and will run until September 9th 2012.

Well Damien not quite!!

It covers two decades of the artists work’s highlights include his iconic pieces, as well as the artist’s signature spot and spin paintings; this again is the same Damien Hirst who also declared that in 2008 “he was done with spot painting, he’d moved on”!

The exhibition is aptly titled Damien Hirst and is a map of his life as an artist. Damien first came to the public’s attention in 1988 when he conceived and curated “Freeze,” an exhibition of his work in a disused London Port Authority administrative block in London’s Docklands, the show was visited by Charles Saatchi, and in 1988 when Damien organized and curated two further enterprising warehouse shows, “Modern Medicine” and “Gambler”, in a Bermondsey former Peek Freans biscuit factory which was designated “Building One”. This was Damien’s first outing of his animal installation, “A Thousand Years”, consisting of a large glass case containing maggots and flies feeding off a rotting cow’s head Charles Saatchi again made an appearance and was said to have stood shocked and open

mouthed before buying it. Charles Saatchi interest in Damien’s art continued and in 1991 he offered to fund whatever artwork Damien wanted to create and the result was showcased in 1992 in the first Young British Artists exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in North London. Damien’s work was titled “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” and was a shark in formaldehyde in a vitrine, which sold for £50,000. It became the iconic work of British art in the 1990s and the symbol of Britart Worldwide.  In 1992 Damien was nominated for the renowned Turner Prize for a piece of art showing a 14 foot tiger shark in a Basin filled with formaldehyde. Further formaldehyde installations followed in 1994. “Away from the Flock”, a sheep in a water tank filled with formaldehyde, caused public outcry and was even covered with black ink by an angry visitor. The controversy surrounding the British artist reached its peak, when Damien received the Turner Prize for his animal installations and in 1997 took part in the Sensations Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Shortly after these two events, his reputation and influence in the artworld were solidified, his autobiography and art book, I Want To Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now, was published reaching 43 in the book charts. In 2000 Damien’s collaboration with Charles Saatchi grew stronger with Damien’s Ant & Noise show being held within the Saatchi Gallery, Damien’s Hymn sculpture which Saatchi bought for a reported £1m was given prime position however Damien was sued for breach of copyright over this sculpture, Damien went on to sell three more copies of this sculpture for similar amounts.

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In April 2003, the Saatchi Gallery opened at new premises in County Hall, London, with a show that included a Hirst retrospective. This brought a developing strain in his relationship with Saatchi to a head one source of contention had been who was most responsible for boosting their mutual profile. Damien disassociated himself from the retrospective to the extent of not including it in his CV. He was angry that a Mini car that he had decorated for charity with his trademark spots was being exhibited as a serious piece of artwork. The show also cancelled and Damien went on the attack, quoting Saatchi as “childish” and “I’m not Charles Saatchi’s barrel-organ monkey ... He only recognizes art with his wallet ... he believes he can affect art values with buying power, and he still believes he can do it.” In September 2003, Damien held an exhibition Romance in the Age of Uncertainty at Jay Jopling’s White Cube gallery in London this exhibition made him a reported £11m. It was reported that a sculpture, Charity, had been sold for £1.5m the 6-ton sculpture was based upon the 1960s Spastic Society’s model, of a girl in leg irons holding a collecting box, in Damien’s version the collecting box is shown broken open and is empty. At this time Damien bought back 12 pieces of works from Charles Saatchi a third of Saatchi’s holdings of Damien’s early works’ reportedly for more than £8 million. Damien had sold these pieces to Saatchi in the early 1990s for much less, his first piece costing under £10,000. On 24 May 2004, a fire in the Momart storage warehouse destroyed many works from the Saatchi collection, including 17 of Damien’s, although the sculpture Charity survived, as it was outside in the builder’s yard, Damien was quoted as speaking of Saatchi, “I respect Charles. There’s not really a feud. If I see him, we speak, but we were never really drinking buddies.” In December 2004, the infamous “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” was sold by Charles Saatchi to American collector Steve Cohen, for £6.5 million, netting Charles Saatchi a whooping £6 million profit. Steve Cohen then donated the work to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Sir Nicholas Serota had wanted to acquire it for the Tate Gallery, and Hugo Swire, Shadow Minister for the Arts, tabled a question to ask if the UK Government would ensure it stayed in the country, but current export regulations do not apply to living artists. In February 2006, he opened a major show in Mexico, at the Hilario Galguera Gallery, called “The Death of God, Towards a Better Understanding of Life without God aboard The Ship of Fools”. The exhibition attracted considerable media coverage as Damien’s first show in Latin America. In June that year, he exhibited alongside the work of Francis Bacon (Triptychs) at the Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London. Included in the exhibition was the seminal vitrine, “A Thousand Years” (1990), and four triptychs: paintings, medicine cabinets and a new formaldehyde work entitled “The Tranquility of Solitude”. A Thousand Years, one of Damien’s most provocative and engaging works, contains an actual life cycle. Maggots hatch inside a white minimal box, turn into flies, then feed on a bloody, severed cow’s head on the floor of a claustrophobic glass vitrine. Above, hatched flies buzz around in the closed space. Many meet a violent end in an insect-o-cutor; others survive to continue the cycle.  A Thousand Years was admired by Bacon, who in a letter to a friend a month before he died, wrote about the experience of seeing the work at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Margarita

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Coppack notes that “It is as if Bacon, a painter with no direct heir in that medium, was handing the baton on to a new generation.” Hirst has openly acknowledged his debt to Bacon, absorbing the painter’s visceral images and obsessions early on and giving them concrete existence in sculptural form with works like A Thousand Years. In June 2007, Beyond Belief, an exhibition of Damien’s new work, opened at the White Cube gallery in London. The centre-piece, a Memento Mori titled “For the Love of God”, was a human skull recreated in platinum and adorned with 8,601 diamonds Damien gained weighing a total of 1,106.18 carats, the auction record for approximately £15,000,000 worth the most expensive of diamonds were used. It was work of art by a living modeled on an 18th century skull, artist—his “Lullaby but the only surviving human part of Spring” in June 2007, the original is the teeth. The asking when a 3 metre-wide price for For the Love of God was steel cabinet with £50,000,000 (75 million euros). It 6,136 pills sold for didn’t sell outright, but on 30 August 19.2 million dollars 2008 was sold to a consortium that to Sheikh Hamad bin included Damien himself.

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In 2008 Damien was bestowed the Emir of Qatar. title of most powerful person in the artworld in Art Review’s annual Power 100 List.

In the near quarter century since that pivotal show, Damien has become one of the most prominent artists of his generation, throughout his work Damien has taken a direct and challenging approach to ideas about existence. His work calls into question our awareness and convictions about the boundaries that separate desire and fear, life and death, reason and faith, love and hate. Damien uses the tools and iconography of science and religion, creating sculptures and paintings whose beauty and intensity offer the viewer insight into art that transcends our familiar understanding of those domains. “There four important things in life: religion, love, art and science,” the artist has said. “At their best, they’re all just tools to help you find a path through the darkness. None of them really work that well, but they help. Of them all, science seems to be the one right now. Like religion, it provides the glimmer of hope that maybe it will be all right in the end…” In a recent interview with the Guardian Newspaper Damien is quoted as saying people now have an opportunity at Tate Modern to make a judgment for themselves about his work “I didn’t start considering a retrospective until I got to the point when I was ready and I’ve enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I think it looks good. I’m maybe a little bit proud of it. It looks a lot fresher and more exciting than I thought it would.” Damien Hirst 4 April – 9 September 2012 - Tate Modern presents the first major Damien Hirst exhibition in the UK


Fine Dining All four elements happening in equal measure the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambience. This is dining at a spiritual level.....

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A life in pictures Sandro Morelli’s restaurant Villa Tiberio is legendary for its celebrity clientele and enduring popularity for more than 20 years, Daisy Omissi finds out how the Italian restaurateur went from selling ice-cream in Naples to rubbing shoulders with politicians, actors and royalty in Marbella. It may seem strange to read a story about a restaurant that hardly mentions food. Unlike most culinary features which wax lyrical about succulent beef, tantalizing tartar and delicious desserts, we’re going to go a little deeper and look at what has made Villa Tiberio a legendary eaterie in Marbella for more than 20 years.

dream”, has attracted people to return time and again to Villa Tiberio.

Of course, the food is wonderful, that goes without saying, but there is so much more that goes into making Villa Tiberio one of the most popular dining destinations in the whole of Spain.

There is hardly an A-list star who has visited Marbella in the last two decades who hasn’t passed through the restaurant’s doors. From royalty such as Prince Rainier of Monaco to sports stars including John McEnroe, Harry Redknapp and Ashley Cole, the gallery is a veritable wall of fame. Don Johnson, Bruce Forsyth, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Des O’Connor, Dan Quail, Piers Morgan, the list goes on and on.

Any restaurant is a culmination of many different factors coming together to deliver a certain, “je ne sais quoi”. The list of elements contributing to Villa Tiberio’s success is almost endless: stunning gardens, a huge private car park, impeccable service, romantic patios filled with statues and lemon trees, a pianist tinkling away on the ivories, but the defining factor is its owner Sandro Morelli, a legend in his own right (he even gets a mention in Alan Sugar’s autobiography!). His credentials in the restaurant business are second to none and his vision of creating a complete restaurant experience, of “selling the

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It’s easy to spend hours listening to Sandro tell stories of all the celebrities he has met over the years, as he gives you a tour of the hundreds of photos, which line the walls of Villa Tiberio.

There are snaps of Sandro with his arm around pal, Sean Connery, who can be credited for introducing Sandro to Marbella and pics of him with Sir Cliff Richard, who apparently comes back to the restaurant every year with his friend Cilla Black. As interesting as listening to Sandro tell tales about rubbing shoulders with the glitterati, is hearing the story of his childhood in Italy and

the path he took to get where he is today. Born in Naples, Sandro was a “son of the war”, living in poverty and in a time when three families would share one apartment. “We were poor, but rich in other ways. I had a beautiful father and mother, who sold her shoes to feed us,” he recalls. At 11 years old, Sandro left school to start work as an ice-cream seller, but soon realized he had bigger ambitions and wanted to create a better life for himself. In 1959, he left Naples with five shillings in his pocket. “I remember getting on the train and crying as I waved goodbye to my family,” says Sandro who was just 18 years old at the time. On April 21st 1959, he arrived at Victoria Station with no job, no place to sleep and no friends. He didn’t speak a word of English. “I got off the train and I thought, ‘What now? Shall I turn left or shall I turn right?’” In the end he turned right and spotted an Italian restaurant. “I walked in and said, ‘Bongiorno’, and the owner agreed to give me food for a few days if I worked in the kitchen,” he reminisces. That night he slept on the floor covered by a table cloth and a few nights later he found himself sleeping under


Waterloo Bridge. He even spent a few nights sleeping in a prison cell before the Salvation Army gave him a place to stay. It wasn’t long before Sandro found a job working in the kitchen at Brompton hospital, where even as a lowly cleaner he took pride in his work, “The hospital inspector always commented on how spotless I kept my kitchen,” says Sandro whose main task of the day was to peel eight buckets of potatoes every morning. Unsurprisingly, Sandro rapidly rose through the ranks and within three years he was promoted to chef. His next step towards his future as a restaurateur came in 1964, when he landed a job in the Italian food department of The Ritz Hotel, where he later became a waiter. But his big break came when he was offered the position of night restaurant manager at The Cavendish Hotel where he worked 10 hours a day for more than 10 years. “Working at The Cavendish was an amazing opportunity for me. I met so many people and it opened up lots of doors,” says Sandro who worked hard

and saved enough money to fulfill his dream of buying his own restaurant. And so, in 1976, Barbarella’s was born. “On our first night, we only had one person in the restaurant, but within seven months we were full every night. We were so successful that Barclays bank, who helped finance the restaurant, begged me to open a second premise, which was also incredibly successful,” says Sandro who made many of his celebrity friends during these years, including Charlton Heston who encouraged him to move to California and open a place there. And, of course, there is the obligatory photo of Sandro with Charlton on the wall of Villa Tiberio. Despite the gallery of photos, Sandro is humble about his dealings with celebrities and is as keen to talk about his family as he is to drop famous names into conversation. On the day we met him, he was about to go off to the christening of his new godchild and at one point we stopped this interview to chat to his two young grandsons who had popped into say hi to their grandfather.

has two sons and three grandchildren in total. “I built my business and this restaurant to create a legacy for my children and my grandchildren. Everything I have in life is nice, but without my family it would mean nothing,” he adds. Despite all his success, Sandro still maintains that the greatest satisfaction he’s ever had in life was the moment he could afford to buy his mother an apartment. In 1989, when Sandro took over the location where Villa Tiberio now stands it was a ramshackle villa that needed two years of renovation before it was opened to the public. But with his usual enthusiasm and passion Sandro could see the potential that the 7,000sq metre space could offer with its proximity to the beach and its famous neighbour – the Marbella Club Hotel. “I could visualize doing something beautiful here. When you live in the sun it gives you the inspiration to create beautiful things,” says Sandro before he jumps in a car with his son and grandsons, and heads off to his next appointment as head of the Morelli family.

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have holidayed and lived around the world, I have cooked for over 30 years within my own restaurants but last Friday I experienced a complete gourmet experience, how on earth is Guey Restaurant not a Michelin star restaurant I do not know! I dare anyone to experience an evening at Guey at not enjoy the food, hospitality and service. There are many great restaurants here on the Costa del Sol and in my opinion this restaurant is truly one of the best “a hidden gem”. Spread over two floors this restaurant offers everything you need for a memorable night out. The Owner Antonio, manager Roberto and head chef Edmunds Cicans are a credit to themselves and the restaurant. Upon arrival my dinner party enjoyed pre dinner drinks in the delightful gardens at the rear of the restaurant and as the ladies began to feel the chill of the night we headed inside to the restaurant. The menu was tantalizing offering Mediterranean cuisine with a Mexican twist. The food upon arrival was beautifully presented and I for one felt guilty about destroying the masterpiece that had been created upon my plate, but I’m glad I did as every mouthful was delicious.

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As the evening wore on the restaurant began to fill and I was amazed at the speed the staff aware able to accommodate every diner, the atmosphere and ambience created within this restaurant only enhanced our evening and by the time we had finished our meal we all felt ready to let our hair down and headed upstairs to the Skybar, this fabulous hideaway offers freshly prepared cocktails, music & dancing and was a fantastic end our already memorable evening… Thank you Guey!!

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RESTAURANT GÜEY (say: WAY) Restaurant, Garden Terrace and Sky Bar has introduced a new management; offering fabulous international cuisine together with the excitement of live music, cocktails and Dj’s. Güey has carefully blended ancient Mediterranean recipes with international cuisine combined with an irresistible repertoire of the freshest creative dishes of our inspirational menu, from the lightest sushi and salads, fine fish, to hearty roast meats, whatever your mood you will find a dish to please your taste buds at Güey. Our menu includes the ‘Mexican Corner’ where you will find dishes that truly represent the authentic Mexican kitchen. Güey’s spectacular split-level venue is one of Marbella’s hidden gems – encompassing an inviting international restaurant, beautiful tropical lush garden, chill-out terrace and a bijou wine cellar stocked with the best vintages and champagnes. Güey’s beautiful outdoor tropical garden area is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon or a relaxing evening under the Costa del Sol skies. Add to our outstanding repertoire of live music, and the best blend of sexy soul, jazz, and urban classics, Güey also surprises with fashion, art and inspirational events.

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a traditional Belgian, an exotic Moroccan

Rachid comes from the ancient city of Fes (Morocco) and grew up in one of the many traditional Riads. His mother didn’t cook herself, but supervised meals being prepared and from a very young age he watched ladies prepare most of the wonderful dishes you are now able to enjoy at Bel-Mar. All ingredients needed to prepare Moroccan food are available here in Andalucía, as Morocco is only a stone’s throw away. On a clear day you can see Morocco from the Costa del Sol. Now you can taste Morocco every day, here at Belmar. Gino Van de Velde was born in Aalst (Belgium), perhaps a lesserknown country in the north of Europe but one with some great culinary traditions. Do we need to mention delicate Belgian chocolates such as Godiva or Neuhaus, or Duvel, Leffe and Chimay, just three of the almost 600 different Belgian luxury beers, each and every one of them served in their own, specially designed glass ? Woe the person who pours a beer into the wrong glass in Belgium ! Gino grew up on traditional Belgian meals (can you tell) some of them

are on our menu, cooked by a wonderful stay-at-home mother whose pride and joy it was to serve the food her mother and grandmother taught her to cook from fresh, seasonal ingredients out of a big vegetable garden behind the house. Never had a traditional Belgian meal ? Here’s your chance ! Not so keen on trying exotic and foreign? No problem ! Our menu has a selection of international classics and favorites, dinner salads, fresh pasta dishes. Like something but can’t find it on the menu ? Let us know and perhaps we’ll have it next time you visit ! Smiles are important to us : the smile on your face after a wonderful meal or a great dining experience. The smile on our faces as you offer us the chance to welcome and serve you at Bel-Mar Busy? We know! Enjoy a cocktail or a coffee on our terrace as we have free WIFI available to all our customers in case you need to check your email or surf the web (to reserve a table for your next visit, for example). But don’t forget to enjoy the food (chew slowly…)

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Fresh Marinated Anchovies with Eggplant Caviar 4 persons A simple and fresh recipe to discover a different taste of anchovies accompanied with a fresh veggie caviar of eggplants

Belmar has excellent French and Spanish wines and the widest selection of Belgian luxury beers on the Costa del Sol - or be sure to ask for one of our many fabulous cocktails and enjoy it on our terrace‌

1/2 kg fresh anchovies 2 eggplants 1 red bell pepper 3 Garlic cloves 1 lime 1/2 bouquet coriander 2 twigs of parsley 2 twigs of basil 1/2 teaspoon of cumin 1/2 teaspoon of sweet paprika Wheat semolina Olive oil Salt and pepper Clean the anchovies and take away the bones Mix 2 garlic cloves, the coriander, the juice of lime, sweet paprika, cumin, salt and pepper and two table spoons of olive oil and of course salt and pepper according to taste Marinate the anchovies with the mixture and put aside Grill the bell pepper and the eggplants in the oven till the eggplants and the bell pepper are softened, peel and finely chop them Finely chop the parsley and basil, crush a garlic clove and add to the eggplants and bell peppers with 1 table spoon of olive oil, add pepper and salt according to taste Put the anchovies by pair one against the other, bread them in the semolina and bake them in a lightly oiled pan 2 minute on each side. Serve the warm anchovies with the eggplants caviar, preferably with a nice piece of bread, the bread is not a must but I love bread, bon appÊtit ! Replace the eggplant caviar with a fresh rocket salad if you don’t have a lot of time to cook


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Chinese food is very much influenced by the two major philosophies. These dominant philosophies are Confucianism and Taoism. Both of these philosophies have influenced the way that the Chinese people cook and the different styles and tastes enjoyed when eating their food.

Confucianism and Chinese Cuisine Confucius was behind the Confucianism beliefs. Setting high standards for Chinese society Confucius established standards for table etiquette and also the appearance and taste of Chinese food. One of the standards set by Confucius is that food must be cut into small bite size pieces before serving the dish. The standards of quality and taste that Confucius recommended required the perfect blend of ingredients, herbs, and condiments--a blend which would result in the perfect combination of flavour. Confucius also emphasized the importance of the texture and colour of a dish, and taught that food must be prepared with style sight and taste

Taoism and Chinese Cuisine Taoism beliefs focus on the health benefits of particular foods. Taoists search for foods that will increase their health and longevity. They search for foods that have healing powers these benefits are referred to as ‘life giving powers’. For example, the Chinese found that ginger, which can be considered to be a garnish or a condiment was found to be a remedy for upset stomachs or a remedy for colds. Chinese food, when authentic is probably the healthiest food in the world. Good Chinese food, is prepared and cooked with polyunsaturated oils. Authentic Chinese food does not require the use of milk-fat ingredients such as cream, butter or cheese. Meat is used, but not in abundance, which makes it easy for those who love authentic Chinese food to avoid high levels of animal fat. Many believe that authentic Chinese food is really the ideal diet.

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WELCOME TO MARRIOTT’S CLUB SON ANTEM Situated on the lush green fairways of the Son Antem East golf course, Marriott’s Club Son Antem is one of Mallorca’s premier golf and spa locations. The luxurious townhouses are all equipped with private backyards and barbeque facilities.

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• Daily activities programme for all ages • Two 18-hole championship golf courses • Tennis courts

• 2-bedroom / 2-bathroom townhouse • Overall size approximately 88m2 • Sleeps up to 6 people • 3-bedroom / 2-bathroom townhouse • Overall size approximately 110m2 • Sleeps up to 8 people

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Living & dining area with LCD flat screen TV & DVD player Complimentary internet access for owners Fully equipped kitchen including microwave and dishwasher Master suite with king-size bed, oversize soaking tub and a separate shower • Utility room with washer and dryer • Private terrace/garden area with barbecue

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n Birdie Wines of the World the familiar spirit has remained the same, established in 1989 and located in Mijas-Costa the company is dedicated to the distribution and direct sales of wines, cava, and champagnes across the Costa del Sol to hotels, restaurants, or home delivery.

Spread over 350 m2, with 200 m2 dedicated exclusively to the exhibition of more that 500 wines, cava and champagnes, Birdie Wines offers something more with award wining wines from the famous Bodegas Luis Cañas… To complement the exquisite wines, cava, and champagnes on offer we can arrange a wine tasting session for up to 30 people, wine courses and small events can also be catered for, and for those looking for professional advice we can help you choose the perfect wine for the meal you have chosen to prepare for friends or family, ensuring it offers the right levels of intensity, fruit, acidity and flavor to match that meal and make it perfect. If you are looking for a gift or just a token to mark your visit then a gift wrapping service is available. One part of our shop is full of gift ideas for both him and her. We have a big selection of glasses from the German producer Schoot, the latest wine coolers in different colours and designs, decanters, corkscrews and a lot of

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accessories for wines available. We also have a section dedicated to the decoration of your table, including candles, candlesticks, and napkins in different colours to give that special touch. Are you going out to a dinner party or reception and want to take a gift to your host or hostess, Birdie Wines is the perfect place to go, you will always find something useful in our shop, even for someone you don’t know well. Preparing a gift takes attention and great dedication and at Birdie Wines we take pride in ensuring that special care is taken in preparing and personalizing that special gift. Maintaining the quality of wine is critical at Birdie Wines so we pay special attention to guarantee the quality of our wines, and for that reason all our wines our stored within our underground warehouse, isolated from noise and kept at an optimal temperature to preserve the wines to optimal condition. Whether it is sourcing new wines, organizing innovative tasting session and events, or taking and delivering an order, we go ‘Beyond Boundaries’ to exceed your expectations. Birdie Wines of the World – Discover the exciting world of wine in one of the best Enotrcas of the Costa del Sol.


“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.”

-Andre Simon

Only the best grapes can produce the best wines Based on the firm belief that the best wines can only be made from the best grapes at Bodegas Luis Cañas can speak of a true obsession with the vineyard.

In the heart of the Rioja Alavesa Luis Cañas is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa, undoubtedly one of the best wine regions in the world. The vineyards, mostly small in size and of advanced age, are characterised by being situated on barely fertile  chalky clay  soil, mostly on slopes and terraces, with an ideal microclimate and in an area with a strong winemaking tradition which makes it unique. This results in low yields, bunches and grapes which are small in size but of excellent quality.

Hard Work 870 plots are required to make up the approximately 350 hectares of vineyards owned or controlled by the winery, which makes the work involved a real challenge. In order to carry it out we have a specific field department composed by an agricultural engineer, two agriculture technical engineers, and seven workers, all true artisans of the vine. Given the characteristics of the vineyard all the work is done by hand.

Luis Cañas, perfectionist, dynamic and tireless The winery is owned and directed by Juan Luis Cañas, considered one of the most restless vintners in the country. Dynamic, edgy and a perfectionist, he has a real passion for vineyard and cellar, to which he devotes his life.

Each wine has its own personality Each Bodegas Luis Cañas wine has its own personality. Each tells its own story, offering for your enjoyment the tale of its origins from the soil, its varieties, climate and character. Each and every one of them has its moment, its role and only demands the opportunity to express, in a glass, its full potential.

Allow them to surprise and delight you.

Our store is in Mijas, Calle Higuera s/n. Urb. El Lagarejo (Mijas-Costa) Monday to Friday , from 10 to 14h. & from 16:30 to19:30h Ssturdays from 10 to 14h.

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Elvis and Priscilla Presley and Stevie Wonder. Tom has always been a champion of the collaboration, interested in the fusion of talents and styles. Late in 1988, the British avantgarde techno-pop group ´The Art of Noise´ requested a collaboration with Tom on a cover of Princes Kiss.  The results were sensational and highly contemporary, and the record put Tom back into the Top 10 charts in Europe and the Top 40 in America.  The video won Breakthrough Video MTV Award that year.  Tom Jones was once again seen in a format reaching across all demographics worldwide. Highlights of 1996 included a performance for HRH Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show in London and playing a role in the hit movie ´Mars Attacks´(directed by Tim Burton) with the wonderful ensemble cast that included Jack Nicholson, Annette Benning, Danny DeVito and Pierce Brosnan.    In 1998, Tom enjoyed a sensational and memorable few moments as he performed a medley of ´Full Monty´ songs at the Brit Awards with UK hit act, Robbie Williams.  “ Singing with Robbie, that was great, because I didn’t expect the reaction to be so big.  We wanted to sing together, the songs from the ´Full Monty´.  But he was so good, he bounced off me – he was wearing the leathers instead of me!  Afterwards, he told me:  really I was doing you to you!  But it worked!” says Tom of the performance.   At the start of 2000, Tom was invited by President and Mrs Clinton to perform at the Millennium Celebrations in Washington.  Throughout 2000, Tom garnered several honours for his work, including: Brit Award for Best Male (UK), Amigo Award for Best International Mal (Spain), NRJ Award nomination for Best International Act (France) and Echo Award nomination for Best International Male (Germany). Other awards include the prestigious Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Award in 2001, and in 2002 the Q Magazine ‘Merit’

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Award. He also received the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ Award at the Brit Awards in London in February, 2003. Tom´s 65th birthday and 40th year in show business was celebrated in 2005 with a strong crowd at an emotional homecoming concert in Pontypridd, Wales.   The new year of 2006 heralded the exciting announcement that Tom Jones had been included in the Queen’s  New Year´s honours list and was to be given the title Sir Thomas Woodward.  The knighthood ceremony was held on March 29th at Buckingham Palace.   Tom enjoys a consistent international touring schedule throughout the year.  He lives with his wife of 49 years, Melinda in Los Angeles.  He loves to go back to Wales and speaks fondly of what he misses the most. “ The way it looks…when you´re away for a while, you forget how dramatic it all looks: the hills, the valleys…and you don’t see that anywhere else in the world.  When I was playing at Pontypridd, I´d look around and the hills are there, all around you.  I never realized when I was a child, that they were so close to the town itself.  So that´s the thing I miss most, the look of the place.  And, of course, the feel of Welsh people, because that´s where I was brought up.”   Tom Jones continues to both deliver and surprise.  At the age of 71, he has managed to grow and sustain his career like few others in the pop music industry.  His voice is recognised worldwide and his live performances are legendary. 

His delivery is as driven as it is seasoned, his persona bold, witty and charming. He is completely devoted to his craft and talent, and hopes only that the quickly changing faces of popular music will embrace him and allow him to be challenged as an artist.

“His persona bold, witty and charming”. “He is completely devoted to his craft and talent”.

This incomparable voice and unique talent will be touching the minds and hearts of music lovers for many more years to come. When asked if he has any plans to retire, he is quick to respond “ No, no, plans for that at all. That will only happen when I can´t sing any more.  But I don’t think the desire will ever leave me because I love getting up in front of people.  When I´m on tour in the States, if I have a night off and I go into a blues club… I really have to hold myself back to not sing.  So I cant see me retiring.  I can´t see it at all.  I might slow down in years to come, perhaps not work quite as much, but I hope I´ll always be able to go out and do shows as long as I live”.


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niversally graced with critical and commercial success – reaching No 2 in the UK, ‘Praise and Blame’ saw Tom mark a return to his roots and emerge with a powerful body of work drawn from the American spiritual repertoire. Now moving forward with ‘Spirit In The Room’, Tom draws on an evocative range of compositions executed with an unprocessed passion that make them his own. There is a raging interpretation of Tom Wait’s ‘Bad As Me’, a wonderful rendition of Odetta’s ‘Hit Or Miss’, the front porch blues of Vera Hall Ward’s ‘Travelling Shoes’ and a stunning reading of the other-worldly ‘Charlie Darwin’ by Low Anthem— all revealing Tom as he continues to explore his artistic landscape.. ‘Spirit In The Room’ once again brings together producer/guitarist Ethan Johns (Brit Award Producer of the Year 2011) and Tom for intimate performances with a very considered and select group of musicians— multi instrumentalist Johns, Richard Causon on vintage keyboards and piano (Ryan Adams, Kings Of Leon and Rufus Wainwright), Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa on drums, and Ian Jennings and Sam Dixon on bass. Recorded at Bath’s Real World studios, ‘Spirit In The Room’, like it’s predecessor, allows an unvarnished Tom Jones to bring a voice to songs as only he can. Accompanied by Ethan Johns throughout, the album includes gems from a diverse choice of writers – Richard Thompson, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon and Paul McCartney amongst others. Simple, raw and soulful, welcome to ‘Spirit In The Room’.

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Book Reviews by

Catherine of Aragon by Giles Tremlett

have an understanding of how difficult it must have been for Catherine, a 15 year old Spanish girl, to be sent to England - a country where she couldn’t even speak the language. Of course she was sent there to bring England and Spain together through marriage and blood. It was, therefore, not surprising that things became a bit tense when the only living child she could produce was a girl! However, through Giles Tremlett’s writing we see how popular Catherine became in the eyes of the English people. She comes over as strong, clever, popular, resilient and determined, as well as scheming and stubborn. Henry, on the other hand, is portrayed as spoilt, weak, cowardly and cruel. As I came towards the end of the book I couldn’t help but make comparisons with the marriage of Catherine and Henry and Charles and Diana! We learn that Catherine had an eating disorder during her first few years in England. We learn that, although they seemed happy in the first few years of marriage, Henry was not faithful for very long, and towards the end of their marriage “both she (Catherine) and Henry still felt obliged to behave in public as if nothing untoward was happening”. They say that history repeats itself! I have to admit that I did skip a few pages of the book - mainly the ones describing wars that took place. However, the book mostly kept me enthralled. I think this is probably no easy task when the reader knows what happens to Catherine even before she/he opens the first page! For me, a good book is one that I find hard to put down and then, when I have finished it, still feel like I am “living the book””. Catherine of Aragon was both of these things for me and I would highly recommend it as a thoroughly good and informative read.

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have never enjoyed reading historical fact or fiction, so choosing to read “Catherine of Aragon” by Giles Tremlett was an odd choice!

I think I saw it as a “personal challenge” and was pretty certain I would plough through the pages without any real enjoyment. So...how wrong can you be?! I found that I couldn’t put the book down once I’d started it.

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Although it is a factual account of Catherine’s life, firstly as a young girl in Spain, and then as wife to Arthur (briefly until his death at 15 years of age,) and then to Henry VIII for 24 years, it draws you in as if you were reading fiction. Giles Tremlett has a remarkably “easy to read” style of writing and his descriptions bring the era to life. Reading his descriptions of Cath-

erine’s time in Ludlow Castle, her coronation, the court trial (to name but a few) made me feel like I was watching a film. What made the book, for me, so enjoyable was the feeling that you were really getting to know Catherine and Henry and they became much more than people you had heard about/read about in history. The early part of the book gives a real insight into Spain and its people and culture and thus you

Review for Books4Spain. com by Diane Brewer. Diane is a retired Modern Foreign Languages teacher (French and German) and has lived in Spain for just over 3 years. She teaches a bit of ‘English as a Foreign Language’ in Spain and is currently trying to learn as much as she can about Spanish language and culture. She has always been an avid reader.


“GHOSTS OF SPAIN:

TRAVELS THROUGH A COUNTRY’S HIDDEN PAST” This is a big book, both in terms of length (over 400 pages) and subject matter. It covers more or less every aspect of modern Spain: religion and monarchy; sex and family; drugs, politics and terrorism; as well as historychanging events – Franco’s death, King Juan Carlos’ ascent to the throne and the transition; 11M; and key personalities from the 20th century: Jesus Gil, Sabino Arana, Manuel Fraga, Camaron de la Isla, Pedro Almodovar. But Tremlett starts off with the biggest topic of them all – the Civil War. To understand today’s society, we need to have some idea of what happened under Franco’s dictatorship, where local vendettas were enacted in every small town, neighbour and neighbour and brother against brother. Brutal, unspeakable atrocities which only now are coming to light, with the uncovering of mass graves around the country, an action which is unpopular among certain quarters; for those who still live alongside their parents’ murderers, the past is anything but buried. The author talks of how Spain is still divided: “Los Dos Españas” – left and right. He offers up some priceless nuggets about life under Franco, which remind us how, right up until the 1970s, civil rights in Spain didn’t exist. Men who caught their wives with another man and killed them were barely punished; gays and, bizarrely, shy people were barely tolerated: “Any effeminate or introvert who insults the movement will be killed like a dog”, while the flipside of Franco’s cosy relationship with the Catholic church were the courageous revolutionary worker priests, curas rojas, who worked on building sites and in factories, and were sent to a special prison. As the Guardian’s Madrid correspondent, and with over 20 years in Spain, Tremlett has travelled widely and met some intriguing characters – an antiETA university professor, whose life is constantly in danger; a gypsy musician and producer who lives on Seville’s most dangerous housing estate; and my personal favourite, the father of modern Benidorm, the town’s ex-mayor who persuaded ultraconservative Franco to allow the bikini into Spain (against the wishes of the Catholic church) and, with it, a town of towering hotels and the first hordes of northern European tourists.

Tremlett lives in Madrid, but some of his most enlightening chapters are about less well-known part of the Iberian peninsula such as Galicia, with its superstitions and sacred stones, and the Pais Vasco (Basque Country). Euskadi’s political history and situation are convoluted and confusing to most non-Spaniards, but he explains it clearly, citing its origins and putting it into context of recent events – how Aznar’s

obsession with fighting ETA, and his insistence on the group’s responsibility for the 11M Madrid bombings, lost him the 2004 election. The new edition published in April 2012, gives a badly-needed update in a final chapter entitled “The Fiesta is Over”. The first edition was published in 2006, so the information and research were from a different era to then

one where the country finds itself now. As Tremlett says, the main part of the book, which is a geographical, historical and social study, remains unchanged as it’s a snapshot – of Spain at a certain point in time. But everyday life in 2012 is very different to what it was in 2006: the property market has crashed, which has contributed to soaring employment, especially

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immigrants and the young; religious intolerance has increased; corruption scandals have been hogging the headlines; and life for the average Spaniard is a struggle. Most importantly, Tremlett looks for the reasons behind the Spanish economy’s dire state, one of which was socialist ex-president Zapatero’s refusal to admit that there was a problem (Houston), borrowing money instead of tackling the issues. Current President Rajoy’s government, elected in November 2011, has brought more austerity; Tremlett compares Spain favourably with Portugal, Greece and Italy, saying that those countries are all unfairly lumped in together as “lazy and venal”; his overall outlook is positive.

Being a ‘local’ instead of a tourist - having lived in Seville for a number of years - it has been a long time since I looked for or at a travel guide to Andalucia. An initial glance at the contents to Footprint’s Andalucia Handbook indicated that it would make a good travel companion for anyone planning an extensive trip through Andalucía. An impressive detail is that my travel idol, Michael Palin, commends the guide - if it is good enough for Mr Palin…

In addition, ETA has agreed a ceasefire, although without surrendering its arms, and Spain won the World Cup in 2010. Tremlett now has a “pueblo” to call his (second) home, where he was the pregonero (who ceremonially opens the event) for the local fiesta – a big honour, especially for a non-native - and is more entrenched than ever in Spanish life; his children are Madrileños who support the Spanish football team. As ever, he is sharp-eyed, knowledgeable and passionate as only an adoptive Spaniard can be, about the country where he’s lived for over 20 years - and his enthusiasm is infectious. Whether you live in Spain, you’re considering moving here, you’re studying about the country, or you’re just fascinated by it, I strongly urge you to read this astutely observed, wellresearched and authoritative book, as entertaining to read as it is chock-full of information.

Review written on behalf of Books4Spain.com by Fiona Watson, an English journalist who has lived in Andalucia for eight years, where she writes articles and blogs for various websites, magazines and newspapers, reads endlessly about Spain’s culture and history, and tries to bring up her two bilingual young children with English manners and Spanish zest for life.

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Whether you live in Spain, you’re considering moving here, you’re studying about the country, or you’re just fascinated by it...

On further “investigation” this guide book is perfect for any type of visitor and provides itineraries of one and two week durations, as well as for an ‘off the beaten track’ month-long venture, offering invaluable tips for travellers that may not be accustomed to cultural differences - especially those associated with eating habits. These itineraries whet the appetite, inviting visitors to delve into the book and plan their adventure further. This can also be said for the wonderful photography. Although there are not a great deal of images, the ones chosen are representative of the most important highlights. No need for any more as the descriptions given make you want to venture to the places to discover them for yourself. If you are a city hopper, beach bum or at home most in the country, this Footprint handbook has it all with beautifully written and in-depth descriptions of each town, city and village, including important facts about their history, architecture, and includes their corresponding maps. No stone is left unturned, describing places of interest, the best beaches and hiking

itineraries, as well as annual events and festivities. Furthermore, there is a wealth of tips for hotels, bars, cafés and nightclubs for every type of taste and budget. The most important aspect for me when discovering a new culture is its food. This guide is ideal for those who may not know the lingo, with tips for the best dishes in certain bars. There are no excuses for those who don’t like to shy away from ham and cheese sarnies, as a detailed food glossary at the back of the book will help decipher any menu.All in all, no trip to Andalucía should be made without this little travel companion. Although I am familiar with the region, it has definitely made me want to venture to some places that I have yet to encounter. Finally, and importantly, as a “lightweight” hardback this book is an easily manageable size and will withstand serious manhandling, i.e. constantly being put in and taken out of bags, as is usual when exploring.

Review written on behalf of Books4Spain.com by Kim Causier Kim is passionate about Spain and since graduating from a Master in Translating in 2009 she has been living in the magnificent city of Seville. A Spanish-English translator by profession, but a keen free-time writer and novice photographer, she enjoys sharing her experience of life in the heart of Andalusia on her blog.


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benefit from the best value discounted rates available. In addition, Golf Experience can provide Marriott Vacation Club members with modern golf club rental and deliver them to their apartment should they decide to travel light. Booking could not be simpler. One phone call and Golf Experience will arrange and confirm all your arrangements the same day. To book your discounted green fees call 952 88 7 92 or email info@golfexperience.net for further information visit www.golfexperience.net No golf course here is pancake flat, often set on extreme terrain featuring steep elevation changes. Most are perched up in the mountains high enough to offer at least a few glimpses of the Mediterranean Sea and the panoramic views of Gibraltar & Africa. It’s along this coastline that continental Europe’s most famous course lies: 1997 Ryder Cup host Valderrama Golf Club, voted the Nº 1 Gold Course in Continental Europe. The course was designed in 1974 by Robert Trent Jones, Sr, one of the great golf course architects, and was originally known as Sotogrande New. Since then the golf course has had many name changes and has since risen in the Golf World rankings to become the No.1 golf course in mainland Europe, a position proudly held since 1989. No championship course in modern times has so swiftly achieved such recognition. As early as 1988, Valderrama began to host the newly-launched Volvo Masters, the flagship tournament of the


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PGA European Tour, and continued to do so until 1996. In 1997 the Club hosted the 32nd Ryder Cup, won by Europe in a most thrilling finish. Valderrama remains today the only club ever to have hosted golf’s pinnacle event outside its traditional homelands, USA and Britain. Finca Cortesin Golf Resort between Sotogrande and Marbella and home of The Volvo World Match Play Championships from 2009 – 2011 is a fabulous golf course. Designed by Cabell Robinson recognized as one of Europe’s top golf course designers, standing at 6800 meters with 18 holes and more than 100 bunkers this is one of the finest golf courses in Spain. Players have magnificent views of both the mountains and the sea. It’s a highly enjoyable course for beginners and can be a serious challenge for pros. It has several tee boxes on each hole, keeping the difficulty of the course in balance offering great variety for all levels of player. When you finish playing all 18 holes, you’ll notice that you have played all your clubs! Nearby there are several more upscale resort golf courses that are easier (and cheaper) to get on: San Roque’s Old and New courses, Almanara Golf Club and the new La Reserva Golf Club. The San Roque Club, formerly home of the Domecq Sherry family sits on an enviable backdrop surrounded by lush hills and historic cork oak woods. The centerpiece of the club is the magnificent

Domecq mansion which oozes character. San Roque first opened its doors in 1991 and quickly became the golf resort of choice in Sotogrande, designed by Dave Thomas the Old Course along with Valderrama and Real Club de Sotogrande became known as the golden triangle of golf. In 1997 when the Ryder Cup was held at neighboring Valderrama San Roque hosted both the European and American teams and their families and to this day the plaques with the players’ names remain on the door to the suites they occupied. In 2003, San Roque opened a further 18 holes and so the New Course was born. The course designed by Perry Dye and Seve Ballesteros is a perfect contrast to the Old course as it is extremely different in design, yet presents the same challenges as its older sister! In 2005 the Old course hosted the Spanish Open which was eventually won by Peter Hanson after a play off with fellow Swede Peter Gustafsson. The tournament returned in 2006, this time on the new course. The course continues to welcome elite players from across the globe who come to take advantage of the outstanding conditions, as for amateurs the two course offer some of the most beautiful holes they will ever play and if they can’t master the course itself they can take pleasure in the wonderful weather Spain has to offer and hope they get the chance to play alongside they idols…

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ALMENARA Home to the renowned Almenara School of Excellence. Sotogrand, km 138, next to Valderrama.

ATALAYA Atalaya Golf and Country Club is the headquarters of the PGA Europe, it has two 18 hole courses, old and new. Both golf courses are normally in excellent condition with well manicured fairways and greens.

CABOPINO Opened in April 2001, this golf course has quickly become a popular course for visiting golfers, with outstanding views it is certainly challenging for all levels of golfers.

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CALANOVA From the N340, take the “Cala de Mijas” exit towards the Mijas Golf Valley, and after 600m at the roundabout turn 90 degrees left, pass the Calanova Golf Sales Office and follow the Calanova Golf Club signs. CERRADO DEL AGUILA This course is a 9 holes with a further 9 planned, enjoying sea views from almost ever hole. Cerrado Del Aguila Golf offers the amateur golfer complete enjoyment, whilst providing a challenging and highlycompetitive environment for the golfing professional. DOÑA JULIA From Marbella, take the motorway AP7to Estepona, exist at km 153 and take the A7 (public road). Estepona – Algeciras, find the entrance at km146. The provisional Club House is located 200 meters from the entrance.


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EL CHAPARRAL The Chaparral is situated only 20 minutes drive from Malaga Airport and very close to Marbella and Fuengirola. The Chaparral Golf Course possesses the quality of being able to see the Costa del Sol from all 18 holes. ESTEPONA One of the friendliest clubs on the coast, located amongst the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja with wide fairways and excellent greens. It is an excellent course to play and enjoyed by golfers of all levels.

EL PARAISO The golf course is an easy, less than one hour drive from Malaga or Gibralatar airport, nestled between San Pedro de Alcántara and Estepona at Benavista, the course lies 1km from the El Paraiso Hotel.

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FINCA CORTESIN The Golf course is situated in Casares between Marbella and Sotogrande. The 18 holes golf course is designed by Cable Robinson.

LA DUQUESA Winding around El Hacho Beacon Hill overlooking the Mediterranean to Africa. Urb. El Hacho km 150, Manilva, some 10 km from Estepona.

LA CALA La Cala Golf Courses boast fifty five holes of top class golf. The three courses, America, Asia & Europe offer a test of golf for everyone and although tricky in places it’s a fair test of golf. Always in good condition all levels of golfers will find these courses enjoyable and very rewarding.

LA NORIA La Noria is a 9 hole, par 33 course, situated at La Cala de Mijas, within walking distance of the village. The course is mainly flat although one hole has a bit of a climb. It is suitable for beginners and more experienced golfers.

LA CAÑADA 2km from Sotogrande, this is the story of the village that wanted a golf course, when they got one of nine holes they asked for more and more and more…

LA RESERVA This course is one of the longest you will ever play and feature large wide fairways and greens, in addition to being very well contoured, but with 5 teeing grounds at each hole they can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. SUNSEARCH MAGAZINE

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LA QUINTA Situated in Marbella’s golf valley this course consists of 27 holes all used in combination with each other to ensure easy flow of play. La Quinta is a challenging course with the design of the fairways and quality of the greens make it a demanding course it is situated in golf valley with good views down to the Mediterranean. LOS ARQUEROS An exciting course winding through two valleys that offer impressive views down to the coast. Finca Torre, Ctra Ronda, km 42.9, Benahavis.

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LOS NARANJOS Long terraced tees and large greens amidst fragrant orange trees are characteristic of this well maintained golf course situated at Los Naranjos. MARBELLA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Set amidst the rolling countryside of Andalucia, Marbella Golf has an overall playing length of 6000 meters and a par rating of 72. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The 18 hole layout was imaginatively conceived and is designed to compliment the exciting environment and provides a testing but enjoyable game for golfers of different abilities. MIJAS – LAGOS & OLIVOS These two 18 hole courses are very popular. Both are mainly flat and easy to walk with wide fairways providing challenging yet enjoyable golf.

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RIO REAL Golf here is a very pleasant experience, offering wonderful views, Ctra de Cadiz km 183, 3kms from Marbella.

SAN ROQUE OLD & SAN ROQUE NEW Two wonderful courses situated in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja, where the mountains meet the sea.

SANTANA GOLF Turn off the highway at La Cala de Mijas, the golf course Santana Golf is about 5km away. Santana Golf is a spectacular course in an avocado farm that has retained all its former flavour.


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ALMENARA Home to the renowned Almenara School of Excellence. Sotogrand, km 138, next to Valderrama. ANORETA Anoreta Golf Course, the first designed by Spanish Ryder Cup player Jose Maria Cañizares, is East of Malaga at Ricon de la Victoria and is easy to find being just off the N340 at km 258. The course is an interesting challenge suited to players of all abilities. The course has generous fairways and fast rolling greens. ANTEQUERA 35 minutes inland from Malaga this course is in a tranquil setting and well worth the journey. BAVIERA Opened in 2002, Baviera Golf Course is located in the foothills of the Sierra de la Aimijaram, just 30 minutes drive along the N340 East of Malaga (not far after Anoreta). Designed by Jose Maria Cañizares the fairways are wide and the greens large and fast. GUADALHORCE When you get to the Carrefour shopping centre on the highway towards Malaga take the exit marked Parque Tecnologico-CartamaCampanillas and then, after 7km take the exit marked Mercamalaga. SANTA CLARA Opened in summer 2001 this has quickly become a popular course for visiting golfers the general opinion being that it is a truly superb golf course.

VALDERRAMA The amenability of the golf course to the handicap golfer and its deliberate severity to the championship player owe much to the extensive range of tees.

SANTA MARIA This spectacular golf course is set in a wooden valley and follows the natural contours of the river bed it is noted for its excellent fairways.

TORREQUEBRADA The course can be reached via the Costa del Sol highway (Exit 222-Arroyo) or by taking the turn off at the Torrequebrada Hotel on the coastal road N340.

SOTOGRANDE Turn off the N340 Cadiz at km130. Pass control gate at the entrance of the urbanization and take the Paseo del Parque towards the sea, which will lead you directly to the club.

PARADOR Opened in 1925 this was the first golf course on the Costa del Sol. It is situated between the main N340 and the sea near Malaga Airport.

LAURO A picturesque parkland style course with tree loops of nine holes brining variety to an already challenging course with a number of formidable water hazards. This course is increasingly becoming more spectacular and mature as well as a demanding test of golf.

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MONEY MATTERS By John Ross - Visiting Professor at Antai College of Economics and Management, and a consultant to FTSE 100 and Fortune Global 500 companies explains the European Crisis so far…

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ith the European Union (EU) heading into a double dip recession, even before the peak level of GDP of the previous business cycle has been regained (Figure 1), it is evident that the solutions adopted to deal with Europe’s economic crisis have failed. But the focus of financial markets on Greece’s debt crisis should not obscure the fact that the largest scale economic failures in Europe, with the most direct impact on world growth, are not in Greece, the GDP of which accounts for only 1.8 per cent of the EU’s, but in the UK, Italy and Spain. The latter economies collectively account for over one third, 34.7 per cent, of EU GDP. Furthermore these large EU economies, having failed by significant margins to regain their previous peak levels of GDP, are again turning down.

As recession spreads deeper across Europe, Germany may not be able to avoid being dragged down. In the past week, Spain and the United Kingdom revealed that they had slipped back into recession, with two straight quarters of economic contraction.

Europe’s largest economic failure is not in Greece - but in the UK, Italy and Spain It is evident that the solutions adopted to deal with Europe’s economic crisis have failed, but the focus of financial markets on Greece’s debt crisis should not obscure the fact that the largest scale economic failures in Europe, with the most direct impact on world growth, are not in Greece, the GDP of which accounts for only 1.8 per cent of the EU’s, but in the UK, Italy and Spain. The latter economies collectively account for over one third, 34.7 per cent, of EU GDP. Furthermore these large EU economies, having failed by significant margins to regain their previous peak levels of GDP, are again turning down. To give some idea of the relative scale of these problems it may be noted that the combined GDP of the UK, Italy and Spain is equivalent to 40.9 per cent of US GDP,

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whereas Greece’s GDP is equivalent to a mere 2.0 per cent of US GDP. Even the combined GDP of the three economies under EU bailout measures Portugal, Ireland and Greece is only 5.1 per cent of US GDP. In short, while they pose significant problems for financial markets the recessions in the peripheral Eurozone economies are simply to small to make a direct significant difference to global growth prospects. In contrast the failures in the UK, Italy and Spain - respectively Europe’s 3rd, 4th and 5th largest economies - are on quite large enough scale to create a serious negative impact on global growth – economies approaching half the size of the US are, at best, essentially stagnant and now facing new downturns. By themselves the peripheral Eurozone economies are far too small to pull the Eurozone economy into recession - for comparison the combined economies of Portugal, Ireland and Greece are only one eighth of the size of combined economies of the UK, Italy, and Spain.

Failure in the European bail-out economies In addition to the failure of recovery in the EU as a whole, primarily due to this situation in the UK, Italy and Spain, a further striking feature is that none of the economies subject to special EU bail out programs – Portugal, Ireland, Greece – shows any sign of recovery. The latest data for both Ireland and Portugal shows renewed economic downturn failure of recovery is despite the fact that Ireland, for example, has undergone almost four years of economic downturn and Portugal is well into the third year of downturn.


In short the stagnant and declining situation in the UK, Italy and Spain is enough to essentially entirely offset recovery in Germany and France.

Conclusions The overall conclusion is clear. The Eurozone crisis was predictable, I noted 15 years ago in ‘Fundamental Economic Implications of a Single European Currency’ that: ‘‘The process that would unfold with the creation of a single currency by this method may be predicted with certainty. Substantial parts of the EU… will be pushed into severe recession if they join. There will be sharply deepening regional imbalances and inequalities. The malignant expressions of economic depression — unemployment, poverty, collapse of the welfare system, weakening of trade unions, racism, chauvinism, crime — will multiply. The end will be either an economic tragedy, or the deepest crisis in the history of the EU, or more probably both.’This analysis has clearly been vindicated.

The EU bailout programs may therefore be correctly characterized as having failed.

Widespread downturn in Eastern Europe An equally severe, although less reported, decline in European production than in the bail-out countries has taken place in the Baltic republics – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania The downturn in Latvia 16.6% is the worst for any European country while those in Estonia 8.6 % and Lithuania 9.0 % are only slightly better than Greece 9.9 % and Ireland 11.6 %

But it would, nevertheless, as seen above, be wrong to conclude that the exclusive core of the problems in Europe’s economy is the Euro or to see the situation exclusively in terms of a ‘Germany and periphery’ situation.

This crisis in the Baltic Republics, incidentally, as with the different case of the UK, shows that the European crisis spreads to far more than Eurozone – only Estonia of the Baltic republics is a Eurozone member.

The greatest drag on economic growth in Europe is its ‘stagnant middle’ the UK, Italy and Spain. These three economies together are equivalent in size to Germany and France.

In addition to the Baltic Republics economic downturn has continued in most of Eastern Europe with only Poland and Slovakia having recovered to pre-crisis levels of output.

If Germany and France are supposed to provide the ‘growth engine’ of Europe these three economies may be conceived of as currently providing its ‘drag factor’.

Recovery Economies The trends above leave only two large European economies, Germany and France, together with a number of medium sized ones Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and Poland having undergone serious economic recovery. However, although Germany and France are the 1st and 2nd largest economies in the EU their combined GDP, at 36.2 % of the EU total, is only slightly greater than the 34.7 % of the UK, Italy and Spain combined.

Unless the situation within the UK, Italy, and Spain can be resolved it is most unlikely that overcoming the economic problems in Greece will relaunch substantial European growth. For this reason, whatever occurs in Greece, the European crisis is going to be prolonged and other parts of the world economy must both take this into account and understand the more powerful factors in European economic stagnation.

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I am a California girl who is driven by individuality, creativity and passion.....

pen. Art for me is life and I love art as much as I love clothing. I wanted to combine the two and bring art into everyday life through fashion, so I teamed up with the perfect partner, my brother Michael. In 2006, we created a canvas for my art through our shared appreciation for quality fashion. How did you hear about Daisy boutique in Marbella? Michael: Through our European Sales Manager. What is it about your designs that makes them work everywhere from Manhattan to Malibu and Marbella? Michael: Lauren Moshi is for the fashionista who appreciates authentic details and designs engineered using only the finest fabrics. Style mavens across the globe value the intricate detailing, lux quality and exclusivity. A look all about originality, the prints adorn an array of flowy and fitted silhouettes such as tanks, tees, dresses and sweats making it an effortlessly chic fashion fix for everyone. Who was the first celebrity to be spotted wearing one of your designs? And how did they hear about your brand? Lauren: Liv Tyler – she bought it from a store in Hawaii. You have quite a following of celebrity fans now, which one most embodies the ethos and philosophy behind your brand? Lauren: It is such an honour and compliment when we see Hollywood’s trendsetters step out in Lauren Moshi. There isn’t a specific celebrity that embodies the brand, because for us it is all about flaunting wearable art and creating your own style sensibility. Each celebrity does this in her own way, whether they are spotted dressed down going to the gym or in a fashion-forward ensemble for a night out.

Is it true that lots of your fashion customers also have your original artwork hanging on their walls at home? Michael: Yes! With art being the focal point of Lauren Moshi’s collection, we wanted to provide our ever-growing fans with the artwork itself. Using Lauren’s unique hand drawings, we launched a division of artwork. Printed on canvas, the artwork is limited, numbered and signed by Lauren. Tell us how to put together the perfect outfit with one of your designs. Lauren: Rock the Camilla Triangle Front Drape Tee with a pair of denim cut offs, stacks of fun bracelets, a pair of uber-chic gladiator sandals, a Chanel purse, Lauren Moshi tote and designer sunnies. Lauren, what is your personal look for summer 2011? Lauren: A Lauren Moshi dress, either the tank, short-sleeved or maxi silhouettes perfectly paired with only the most fashionable accessories – a Missoni headband, a pair of Louboutin shoes and Chanel purse. Can you give us any tips on trends to look out for this autumn and for 2012? Lauren: For autumn, we are inspired by earthy, Aztec-like elements of Native American culture and the edginess of a 90s rocker. Refined yet relaxed, we take practical and easy pieces that are stylish without being confined in the designs. Everything from the embellishment, the cut of the silhouettes to the colour palette, embraces this vibe. Any plans to branch out into jewellery? Your collection is just crying out for an accessory range to complement the rock and roll style of clothing? Michael: Actually, the accessory range is in the works right now and should launch by summer 2012.


Relationships of any type are important to me and those close to me understand my hectic schedule. Relationships inspire my emotions and artwork....

The brand is huge in the US, where else is it available in the world? Michael: Worldwide! Europe, the Middle East, Japan. Everywhere. Who is Lauren Moshi? Who is the person behind the brand?

our PR team to talk about product launches, events and campaign shoots. What do you do on your days off? Lauren: My days off are spent with family and friends, working out, decorating my house, going to museums and art galleries, shopping and enjoying good food.

Lauren: I am a California girl who is driven by individuality, creativity and passion. I appreciate the simplicities in life but highly value the finer things. My eclectic imagination and whirlwind of emotions shape who I am. I have been forever obsessed with Karl Lagerfeld and collecting vintage Chanel. Everyday is a dream-come-true because I get to translate artwork into fashion.

What are you listening to on your iPod right now?

Lauren, talk us through your typical day.

Lauren: Michael and I both live in Beverly Hills/West Hollywood. We would both love to travel more but due to our busy schedules, we usually just travel for work.

Lauren: I wake up and grab a cup of coffee to-go and pick up bottles of fresh juice from “Beverly Hills Juices” then I jet off to my gym. After my sweat session, I go back home to get ready for the day and drive to my office. I meet with my brother and the rest of our amazing team to discuss various topics from strategic planning to product development. I go to my office where I focus on drawing art and designing. Michael and I head downtown for an appointment with a buyer and our sales team at their showroom. I grab lunch with an editor who is interested in doing a piece on Lauren Moshi. I return back to my workplace and check in on the production of the latest delivery before walking into my office. There, I go back to the drawing board and return any phone calls I missed during my meetings. I check in with my fans via Facebook and blog on Laurenmoshi.com. I walk to Michael’s office for a meeting with an international distributor. When finished, I go back to the designing process and experiment with colours and fabrics. At the end of the day, I brave the LA traffic for a dinner meeting with Michael and

Lauren: Best of Fleetwood Mac, Imagine, Jamiroquai’s Virtual Insanity Sia’s Breathe Me. Where are you based and are you a frequent traveller?

Fave food and restaurant? Lauren: Sushi & Italian. Matsuhisa and Chateau Marmont. How do you balance your obviously busy work schedule with downtime? Lauren: I am always learning about balancing my schedule and incorporating some downtime into my life. However, even after a long day of work I love to recline in my studio and just draw. Do you have time to fit in relationships? Lauren: Relationships of any type are important to me and those close to me understand my hectic schedule. Relationships inspire my emotions and artwork. When are you coming to visit us in Marbella? Lauren: Soon I hope!

Lauren Moshi is available at Daisy Boutique in Marbella T. +34 952 815 317 www.laurenmoshi.com

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Tanino is everything you want it to be. It can be the restaurant to give you a break and eat at noon, or the stage for a reunion with friends. It can be as bars and restaurants in NY or London with our impressive and inviting terrace for dining, wines, and delightfully surprising cocktails. Tanino Estepona Ctra de Cadiz km 168 Next to the Crown Plaza Reservation – Tel: 952 883 259 www.tanino.es

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Our pizzas are traditional Italian pizzas prepared with dough made on our premises and cooked in our special stone based pizza oven. Our pasta’s are made to traditional Italian recipes. Open everyday (except Mondays) from 12:00 to late Eat in or take away – Free delivery available

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1 Come and visit us at the fresh, stylish Deli Bermejo. Choose from our wide range of homemade international cuisine, to eat in or take away.

You can relax in our indoor seating area with HD television or outside in the sunshine. Open everyday, all year round. Complimentary bottle house wine with minimum €30 spend. Tel: 952 790 642

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C.C Pino Golf, Local 32 Ctra de Cadiz – Malaga A7 km 192 Elviria (two doors along from Opencor) Reservations T: 952 836 323

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5 Golfriend’s is you one stop shop for all your golfing needs offering men’s and ladies clothing at completive prices, bags, clubs, shoes and package sets. Golfriend’s Shop Urb.El Pillar (behind the Banco Santander) Stores in Marbella & Sotogrande –watch out for our NEW shop coming soon to Central Estepona offering Padel & Sports www.golfriendshop.com Tel: 952 88 25 23

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