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The Basics of Breast Cancer Sept-Oct 2013

Cancer is the result of mutation at the genes responsible for the growth and health at the cells in the body. When this abnormal proliferation occurs in the chest cells it is called breast cancer. Breast cancer cells may continue dividing without a halt resulting in a tumour.

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Even without obvious symptoms breast cancer development can be associated with a family history of the disease, early onset of menstruation, late menopause, dense breast tissue, exposure to carcinogens, the use of oral contraceptives, or drinking excessive alcohol

Who Gets it? Breast cancer is common to women but men are also susceptible to the disease. People who have it may not show any symptoms at all, especially in its early stages; but a new lump or mass in the breast can be indicative of a potential breast cancer. Generally any change to the breast appearance, its texture or pain can all be a sign a breast cancer, nipple discharge or redness, nipple pain, dimpling or swelling of the breast can also be a sign of the condition. Breast cancer has better prognosis when treated in its early stages. All women are advised to undergo routine screening procedures to detect breast cancer earlier. Monthly breast self-examination, clinical breast examination and mammography are the recommended routine screening procedures to detect it.

Breast cancer comes in various forms, some types are: Ductal carcinoma Lobular carcinoma Mucinous carcinoma Mixed tumours and Inflammatory breast cancer

Breast Unit Cancer Care Hospital San Roque Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Hospital San Roque’s establishment of a Multidisciplinary Breast Pathology Unit , which approaches the subject from a “oncoplástico” viewpoint, and surgical treatment of breast cancer, according to an article from this well known private hospital with facilities both in the north and the south of Gran Canaria, provides arguably some of the best indicators of treatment outcomes and, in turn patient satisfaction available here today. They tell us that their Breast Unit, designed as a functional facility with the most up-to-date knowledge, expertise and the necessary experience to address comprehensive care for breast cancer, assumes the entire spectrum of pathology and presentation, to convey information to the patient, helping to build confidence in women. This openness and dynamic of this unit, has been apparently designed to cohesively bring together professionals who speak the same language, to share an overall line and a style of treatments and therapeutic strategies. Put another way, they define their goals to optimise resources and set protocols that are flexible enough to adapt to the requirements of each individual case.

Treatment of breast cancer is dependent on the type of cancer and what This modern and advanced philosophy necessarily implies the involvement of stage it’s at. Basic treatment options women in making treatment decisions. Each woman is allocated the amount of available to breast cancer patients are time necessary with as much attention as is appropriate to explain and present data clearly, always retaining that human-touch and sympathetic attitude regardsurgery which involves the removal of ing anxiety and the facing of complex problems.  the cancerous tissues Facing each patient individually, with an open and understanding approach and radiation therapy that aims to destroy avoiding doctrinal measures, they tell us leaves them more able to pursue incancer cells by the use of high energy creased trust from their patients so that women themselves can make decisions, rays while practitioners enjoy the satisfaction that comes with the security of helping patients through difficult personal experiences. and chemotherapy which treats breast cancer with medications

When it comes to breast disease, they try to avoid the undesirable effects of cancer surgery, necessarily involving the patient in the adoption, methods and Consult your GP whenever you notice consolidation of oncoplastic surgery for the breast. any changes in your breast he or she can examine you and can refer you to Using their specific knowledge, skills and attitudes, The Breast Unit at Hospital San Roque Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, hope to satisfy all expectations of each a specialist, if necessary. patient. +34 928 012 615

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Breast Awareness - Knowing your own body Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is one in nine. Each year there are approximately 41,000 new diagnoses. The incidence of breast cancer for men is on the increase too with approximately 300 new cases diagnosed yearly (in the UK). It has been shown that early detection of breast cancer can improve the outcome. Survival rates from breast cancer have improved partly in recent years due to early presentation and from individuals being breast aware. [Source: MumAbroad.com]

The following article has been provided by Medilinkspain, a FREE health advise and guidance service that enables all expats in Spain to access qualified staff for any enquiry they have in relation to health. What Is Breast Awareness? Breast awareness is a process of knowing what is normal for you and becoming familiar with the appearance of your breasts. It is about being aware of your breasts when carrying out daily activities such as washing and dressing. By looking and feeling and becoming more familiar with your breasts at different times you can become more breast aware. You do not have to examine your breasts in a particular way or at a particular time. Do what feels best for you and make breast awareness a normal part of caring for your body. 90% of cases of breast cancer are

detected by women themselves or by their partners. By being breast aware and knowing what is normal for you will be able to detect any changes, should they happen.

Follow the Breast Awareness Five Point Code: • Know what is normal for you • Look and feel • Know what changes to look for • Report any changes without delay • Attend for breast screening The Normal Breast It is important to know what is normal to expect breasts to feel like and also how they can change throughout your lifetime. Before the menopause breasts feel different at different times of the month, as they are affected by the hormonal changes in the milk producing tissue. For some women their breasts may feel lumpy or tender before a period. After the menopause the breasts will not be affected by monthly hormonal changes and will feel less firm, softer and without lumps. If you have had a hysterectomy your breasts will usually show the same monthly changes until the time when your periods would have stopped Changes to Look Out For When looking at and feeling your breasts be aware of anything that is new for you or that is not normal for you. Look for any changes in the skin, any puckering or dimpling. Look and feel for any lumps or bumps, especially

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if different from the other breast. Be aware of any pain or discomfort in one breast that does not go away. Also be aware of any changes in your nipples; any discharge, bleeding or rash or any change in the position of your nipple. It is important to know what sort of changes to look out for, but it is equally important to report them to your doctor / Nurse without delay. They are many reasons for breasts to change and many of them are harmless, but they all need to be checked out. You will not be wasting anybody’s time and the earlier any problems are detected the easier the treatment is likely to be. Breast Screening Programme The risk of breast cancer increases with age. 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. In Spain, women over the age of 50 are offered routine mammograms to help detect breast changes at a very early stage. Women under the age of 50 are offered breast screening when the need arises. Though we believe that prevention and early detection is your best line of defense. Throughout Europe many different screening programmes exist. Each country has its own ideas and in Spain, women over the age of 50 are offered screening mammograms to detect breast changes. Women under the age of 50 are offered breast screening when the need arises. Breast cancer can occur as early as 30 years of age and as late as

80 or 90 and all screening programmes exclude these age groups. In the early 1990’s three types of tests were available namely mammography, ultrasound and thermography. Huge advances in digital x-ray technology and ultrasound over the last 20 years have resulted in Mammography and Ultrasound becoming the mainstay of government breast screening programmes. It is now possible to determine whether a lump in the breast is cancerous or not simply by the accuracy of the scans or mammograms. Thermography has become an outdated modality of investigation, and most data on the use of this technique are now nearly over 10 years out of date. It is not used by any major western government health care screening programme because the technique is associated with an unacceptable false positive (over-diagnosis) and false negative (missed disease) rate. Some recent research claims that thermography with surface cooling may be a sensitive test, but this has yet to be fully evaluated and is not widely available outside of research institutions. More exciting is the recent emergence of MRI (Magnetic Resonance scanning) in the detection of breast cancer. Currently costs limit its use, but in those patients where ultrasound and mammography are not been diagnostic, MRI scans can help doctors decide whether or not to operate.

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the general population and adds to social inequality. Moreover, especially in those cases where the cancer has become chronic, this may cause adherThe Spanish Group of Patients with Cancer (GEPAC ence problems in many patients, which would ad- Grupo Español de Pacientes con Cáncer), of which versely affect their health and quality of life, creatthe ACCM is a membr, have expressed their strong ing higher medium and long term socio-economic opposition to the resolution of the General Directorcosts. ate of Basic Portfolio SNS and Pharmacy Services, which comes to alter the conditions of financing for This ‘co’ is for over the counter medicines and constitutes an extra payment by citizens, the healthcare certain drugs for hospital use, and that from next having already been budgeted for through our October 1st, 2013 will become “copagados” (Cotaxes. In the specific case of cancer patients, these payable). drugs are most necessarily to be taken, because in These drugs, which are administered to outpatient The ACCM have been in the press recently for their many cases the patient depends on them for surpharmacy services in hospitals, will now be subject vocal opposition to the latest Royal Decree on vival. On this basis, GEPAC say they are not willing to input from the user, which is equivalent to 10% of healthcare and payment for vital drugs. The system to tolerate the excuse offered that “co-payment as the price of the drug with a maximum set at €4.20 entitled “Copago” (or Co-pay) a deterrent to rationalize pharmaceutical expenper prescription package. diture”, since it would in actuality be an outright Among the list of drugs that will be affected by this From GEPAC’s point of view as patients, it is a mea- attack on our health and well being and an obstacle decision, there are several cancer treatments. Spesure that directly attacks cancer patients, who will to patients following their prescribed cancer treatcifically, the list affects several drugs used in treating be penalized by virtue of being sick and by threats ment. various types of cancer: glioblastoma, malignant to their health. glioma, breast cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, GEPAC continues working to keep cancer patients This measure, say GEPAC, will not only be an ecoGISTs, gastric tumors, chronic myeloid leukaemia, free from any “co-payments” and to ensure adminnomic problem for many patients and families, but istrators and the responsible institutions hear their acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, cutaneous T cell also entails an increase in the impoverishment of lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, kidney demands, needs and proposals. cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer and bone metastasis.

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An Expat with Breast Cancer Sometimes it is the people who reach out who find out how needed they are… we found this lovely little exchange on an expat forum… “Hi. I’m being treated for BC in the local Spanish hospital. Wondered if there are anymore expats in Spain out there who are being treated now or have been through this experience. So far my experience has been very positive. I’m glad to say and I’ve just had my second FEC chemo and would like to hear from anyone similar to me. I do feel a little cut off at times. Shirley” “My husband and I are hoping to move to Spain soon, how do things compare to the UK health wise? The only thing that worries me is the health care and how good it is, saying that the NHS nearly killed me so my experience here is not fondly remembered! Hope you get many replies Shirley from girls over there Suzzanne” Reply “Hi Suzzanne Thank you for contacting me. I live up in the hills about 20 minutes drive to the coast. We have lived here full time for two years but we have had the house for nearly six years. We really love it and it feels like home. Until now we haven’t had much to do with the Spanish healthcare system, but since I was diagnosed with BC I can only say that they have been great, very efficient and supportive and helpful. I have only heard good reports about the local hospital from other expats that have been there. I am treated in a private clinic and again they have an excellent record for cancer care. So don’t worry, the health system is as good maybe even better in some parts then England. Good luck with your move. Best Wishes Shirley”

Only 20 percent of breast cancer occurs in women under fifty 52 percent in women 50 to 69 years old and 29 percent in women 70 older Less than one in two million women are diagnosed with breast cancer as teenagers but your risk of developing breast cancer when you’re over the age of 50 is significantly higher and very real. The fact is however that young women do get breast cancer, and statistically their likelihood of survival is actually lower than women who get it when they are older.

One commentator who’s blog we found aptly wrote last year “Once the welfare nets begin to fail and despair arrives, one grasps at straws ... however much they burn one’s fingers. We must get out of the crisis, yes, but should the cost be Spain being converted to a de facto quasi-third world economy? With wages really so low they would have been unthinkable in former times, and yet finding a paying job is murder. With derisory pensions and unemployment cover almost nonexistent? If things continue like this the welfare state will be a mere memory. Poor quality utilities for which we are over-charged and must over-pay (Let me remind you that all basic utilities are supposed to be already paid with the applicable taxes, so there is no “co-pay”, but co-co-payment). [We are supplementing our own provision with enforced extra provision, all from our own pockets.] Should the government be composed of hundreds of supervisors, secretaries, delegates and “vice-chorras” to monitor each other and send the citizens round and round in a useless dance? Everything will end up privatised and profitable, while for the rest of us to go from Madrid to Andalusia we will have to pay tolls! In hospitals we will have to file our income tax return for them to cure a cold and fire-fighters will only put out fires with a data phone attachment through which to pass your credit card!”


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The Holistic View From the Gran Canaria Holistic Centre As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are a lot of activities planned, not least the charity walk from Maspalomas via Molino de Agua in Fatage to Pico de las Nieves on the 4th and 5th of October.

Reiki is just one of a host of complementary therapies and techniques that can be used to improve the well-being of a cancer patient, helping to overcome the adverse effects of chemo and radiotherapy. Reiki is already widely used in hospitals throughout many countries around the world; the USA, Belgium, England and Switzerland to name but a few. It is also being taught in the School of Nursing in Las Palmas.

We’ve been working on new approaches to creating awareness and support for those who are not just going through the trauma of cancer, but also their support network too. The Gran Canaria holistic centre have Our aim with the support group is to offered to join us and provide specialist offer new tools to both cancer patient assitance in setting up a new project. and their close family and friends so that they can help each other to The plan is to hold self help groups and help themselves, as part of a support complementary support therapies, network. such as Yoga, Reiki, EFT, Relaxation & Meditation, Dietary Advice, etc., Complementary therapies work by providing important peer support in treating the whole person – physical, the south of Gran Canaria at a time of mental, emotional and spiritual – crisis. which is where the word “holistic”

(or “whole-istic”) comes from. Cancer brings with it an emotional roller-coaster that complementary therapies can help with. By addressing and releasing emotions, sufferers can find relief from all they feel about their disease and treatment, often speeding up the healing process. Those who have survived or actively seek to avoid cancer can learn to apply these techniques to their daily lives to reduce the risk of the disease occurring or re-occurring. If you would like to join the support group, please contact Hazel on (+34) 627 008 889 or email hazelholager@hotmail.com. For more information regarding complimentary therapies, please contact Martha on (+34) 670 965 831 or email gcholisticcentre@hotmail.co.uk

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BREAST EXAMINATION Self examination should be performed regularly every month preferably on a fixed day of each month. Just follow these simple instructions:

Breast Cancer Early Diagnosis Unit Breast cancer is the most common malignant tumor among the female population. It is fundamental to make women aware of the importance of knowing self-examination techniques, of regular check-ups and breast scans.

1. Standing in front of a mirror with your arms down and check that your breasts are still the size and shape they usually have been, that your skin is smooth and has no wrinkles or roughness and the lower edge is regular.

The importance of detecting breast cancer early on through breast scans is fundamental as early detection changes the story of the disease, because it is a critical factor in the evolution and consequences of the disease. Early diagnosis is vital because the chances of curing the disease depend on this and may be as high as 100% if the disease is detected in time.

Women should learn to know their body well and be able to recognize any warning signs. Specialists recommend that every woman over 20 should self-examine their breasts every month. Over 25, it is recommended that a specialist examine their breasts every year. Women over 40 should undergo a breast scan regularly. It only takes paying a little attention to any changes in the breasts and if any change is noticed, you should go to your doctor immediately, he/she is the only person who can decide, through specific tests like the breast scan, if it is cancer or not.

A lump the size of a pea or a hazelnut (it does not have to be painful). A hard, dense mass, that can be felt. Asymmetric abnormalities. Unusual appearance in one of the breasts.

5. Left: Lying on the bed, raise your left arm and place your hand under your head and with the right hand keeping your fingers together and outstretched, feel your way around all four quadrants. Explore the armpit carefully with the tips of your fingers slightly curved.

6. Right: Raise your right arm and with your left hand and explore all four quadrants of her right breast. Again examine the armpit carefully with the tips of the fingers slightly curved.

Changes in the colour of the areola (the darker circle around the nipple).

Increase in the number of veins visible in one breast. Asymmetries in breast size.

4. Lie down on your back. Imagine your breast is divided into four parts or quadrants. Explore the four quadrants of each breast as follows:

Nipple retracted (in an inverted position to how it normally is). Changes in the texture of the skin of the breast (orange skin, redness, cracking).

2. Raise your arms slowly to vertical looking to see if you find any noticeable difference between the two breasts or armpits. 3. With arms raised turn your body and check that there are no changes in the profile of their breasts.

Self-examination can be carried out in front of a mirror to detect any change in colour and texture of the breasts. Once both breasts have been checked visually, the examination should be completed by palpating the breast

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REMEMBER: You must examine your breasts once a month and this should be done regularly on a fixed day. It is perfectly normal in the first explorations that you suspect difficulties. This will happen until you know your breasts and get used to their texture and features.


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Not a bad summer Sept-Oct 2013

Another month passes and this one has not been quite so strong for the pound, so what has happened to influence exchange rates?

From the UK figures out showed that retail sales slowed and disappointed in August as retail sales fell 1.0% on the month - the first month on month fall for 4 months and alarmingly the biggest fall in more than 1 year. Clearly people were looking at their waistlines as food sales saw the largest fall. Better news came from car sales where the UK saw increases sales completely bucking the trend seen across the Eurozone. Latest information from the Office for National Statistics indicates The UK’s public finances showed a smaller than expected deficit for August helped in part by a cut back in government spending and we could be looking at the UK coming in below its budget for borrowing at around £107 billion rather than the target of £120billion all brighter news going forward. The Cooperative Bank is still very much in the news and has caved in to bondholder pressure as it seeks to work out how to restructure it’s banking arm. Most of the talk this month however has been centred on the Eurozone and of course the victory in the German elections for Mrs Merkel as she wins her third term in office with a promise to continue the successful path Germany has been treading. Data from Germany is showing the manufacturing and services sector both rising again in September which shows business conditions are solid and continues to show its strength as the strongest among Eurozone countries. France thankfully also saw expansion as the private sector at last rose to its highest for 18 months and saw a figure of 50.2 up from 48.8. With both of the above mentioned countries showing improvement they contributed greatly to an improved reading for the Eurozone taking it to a 27 month high of 52.1 for September which interestingly was also the steepest growth since April 2011. The downside still remains in Italy where the government has raised its debt and deficit forecast for 2014 which confirms weaker growth in the country and they now expect the economy to contract around 1.7% this year. Greece still rumbles on and unfortunately is hit by a further round of public sector strikes just at the time the committee from the EU and IMF visit to agree the release of a further 1 billion euros as part of the previously agreed bailout package. Great news from Ireland came out of recession in Q2, helped by exports and consumer spending and further good news for the Eurozone came when inflation fell to 1.3% in August down form the July figure of 1.6%. and is expected to remain below the European Central Bank’s (ECB) 2% target through 2014. This should give the ECB plenty of scope to keep interest rates “at present or lower levels for an extended period of time”, as stated by President Draghi. Even with the good or improved news from the Eurozone its still hard to understand why the European Parliament is to pay out a massive £174million for new buildings in Brussels!! Across the water at last the news is out, initially the Federal Reserve in the US was expected to slow its quantitative easing (QE) purchases last week and reduce the amount of monthly bond-buying from the existing level of $85bn a month, however it did surprise most people when it agreed to continue the bond-buying at its present level of $85bn a month. For Americans the expectation of a interest rate rise had also seen their monthly costs for their mortgage and other household items increase so the Federal Reserve may have been a bit concerned that any further increases could create a slow down in consumer spending. It seems however the decision when it was taken was a close call. For the USA and The Federal Reserve the next issue is, who will replace Mr Bernanke and of course the decision to taper may wait until the new person is appointed. Monthly unemployment across the States held out , even though the last weeks figures were slightly higher than expected. If you want to find out more and make your money transfers go further please contact our preferred currency specialist Moneycorp on 952 587 657 and mention The Canary News, Views & Sunshine

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money at home, so you have POTENTIAL power, you have only transferred your initial living costs to the sun. Say upfront that “I will have to make a living from my hus·tle verb business down here”. This way people 1. To move or act energetically. will know that you are not a worthwhile 2. To push or force one’s way. target for money, because there is nothing to be had from you. 3. To act aggressively, especially in business dealings. The thing is that it is always possible to hustle. Anything that you think you It is certainly possible to make a living need that money to do, you can also do in the sun, move here and establish a without money if you are just creative new lifestyle. However I want to warn enough and get good at the hustle. everyone about the number one mistake. Having money in the sun gives you a The number one mistake is to transfer temporary illusion of being resourceful your life’s savings to the sun; my advice and forceful, but you are in fact just is simply do not do that. Do not permit fooling yourself. By forcing yourself to do yourself to tell the bank to transfer your without money you are forcing yourself savings. Leave your savings at home, to go into hustle mode, something that where they are safe and you know the is much better for business success in system. the end. I have seen so many people move to the It is just as possible to create a business sun, the stories start to rhyme. Many without money as it is with money, have interesting ideas of starting a and when you do it without money the project, setting up a business, or buying a business, buying property, or to engage business will actually be sounder. in some kind of activity that requires an Want to start a bar? Don’t buy a bar for initial capital investment. So what they cash, or build it for cash. Lease a bar from do is they sell their apartment at home in a former owner with a pay-it-back-overNorthern Europe, or they transfer their time plan of for example 3-5 years. life’s savings to the sun in order to fund Want to establish an office? Don’t set up this project. Most of the people who do a new office with all the cost involved. this will never see their savings again. Work with others, go into an office Please read this again: You will spend sharing program and just rent a seat. your money and never see it again. Want to sell something? Don’t set My worst headache is when I run up the entire business of buying and into wide eyed people who say “yes I selling. Start just selling whatever it is for understand”, but then go on to tell me someone else at a commission and gain “but I am different, my project is so experience. different that this rule number one does Want to start something like a school? not apply to me”, so they transfer their Don’t pay your way, establish multiple money and then they lose it. partnerships and hustle those partners to There are numerous ways to lose your help you get it going. money. In southeast Asia, so the classic Want to do business? Don’t spend story goes; western guy marries a local time and money formally establishing lady who owns a plot of land, and then the business with upfront and costly the guy spends all his savings to build a paperwork etc; just get going with the house on the land. Once his savings are business. spent on building the house a divorce is Want to do business with a local likely to be not far away, thousands and partner? Offer your time and services, thousands of western guys have gone don’t offer to put in money. through this. Rule number one:

Don’t transfer your life’s savings to the sun

The thing is that if you bring serious money, serious capital to the sun, no matter which country, you become a target, someone to be sucked dry. Remember, the locals have seen thousands of people like you come and go - they may have become cynical, they won’t think twice about taking your money, but they are not likely to believe in you long term, at least not until after you are established. You do not know the local business environment. You will overpay for everything. Many will overcharge you. Plenty will scam you out outright. They will give you problems you need to pay your way out of. It is much better to make it very clear that while you do have

Allow me to be specific. You can comfortably live on Gran Canaria for about €1000-2000 per month, maybe €3000 if you have a family. THAT amount and only THAT money is all you should transfer from your account back home. For the rest you hustle. PS - It is highly, highly unlikely; but maybe, just maybe, your project really is different - so that transferring your money to the sun makes sense. If you really think so I invite you to first contact me personally, I will have a look at your case and give you my opinion - for free. Hans Lysglimt Johansen Producer: Gran Canaria Business Week www.gcbusinessweek.com Hans has been coming to Gran Canaria regularly for 13 years. He is the producer of the annual business conference Gran Canaria Business Week during the first week of January every year. At GCBW we discuss in detail opportunities for doing business in the sun, and much much more. This article can be freely republished with these credentials intact.


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Ever wondered where is a good place to eat in Gran Canaria? What the food tastes like at the local hot spots, ice cream bars, and beach front cafes? Here you will find honest and independent reviews of the various places to eat around the island.... by Clive Williams

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WOW! Portofino is one of the restaurants along Amardores Beach that as a family we love, and we often take friends there when we want to enjoy a relaxed meal, with excellent staff, for a reasonable price. There is something magical about eating dinner, watching the sun set with a glass of wine in hand. We have been going to Portofino for many years, and have never had a bad meal. The food that is served is a mixed bag, and you can get everything from steak dishes to pizza’s and anything in between. The kids enjoy being able to choose more than chicken nuggets, and everything is delicious and fresh. The staff are brilliant, they are friendly, experienced and not over whelming which is a pleasant change.

Dear Editor, After having read your paper and reading the “Where to eat” section, I felt I had to make you aware of Al Ponte in Puerto Rico. My Son and I had a fantastic meal in this restaurant. The staff were so friendly and the service was excellent. The starters were delicious and very well presented. My Son ordered Calzone, which is his favourite Italian dish, this Calzone was amazing. I didn’t think my Son would eat it all as it was large with loads of filling but he ate the lot and said it was the best one he had ever had. I ordered Ravioli with gorgonzola cheese and spinach, this dish was cooked to perfection with a tasty filling. This meal was not only the best meal of our holiday but the best Italian meal we have ever had. Thank you Al Ponte.

A real zest for freshness & quality The Lemon Tree only opened in June this year but is already a rising star in Puerto Rico’s plethora of restaurants. Two friends who met while working the popular tourist town quickly realised they had similar ideas about the samey, mass produced menus offered by so many of the eaterie into which customers are often cramped after having been dragged in off the street. Their idea was to create a noticably different style of restaurant in a space that would normally seat over 120 clients, but to arrange the eating area so as to only accommodate 60 or so. This would enable all to eat comfortably without being constantly bashed into by chairs or other clientele while waiting staff could serve the tables with ease, creating a sense of space and occasion. Secondly they wanted to create a menu that would reflect their professional talents as highly qualified Chefs preferring to create individual dishes from fresh rather than freezer or packet. Third was the location, their desire was for somewhere with a great view, without the loud, pumping music constantly in ear shot at most other Puerto Rico establishments, yet still somewhere only a few minutes away from all the local night life. And they wanted to provide all of this at the most reasonable prices. The Lemon Tree restaurant is all of these things and more. From the moment you walk in you are treated to a uniquely wonderful view over both harbours and the beach, which only improves as the sun sets providing an ambiance of romance and comfort. The seating is well appointed to provide several distinct open sectiones, with tables for two, four or more as well as a separate dining area by the bar, perfect for a group or small party. The menu is designed to be enjoyed with palns to update regularly. The desserts are hand made and fresh every day. The Lemon Tree, run by Jock and Paul, is quickly making a name for itself due to its fresh produce and their insistence on proudly creating each meal as ordered so as to provide a worldly experience that cannot be rushed. Once you have finished your meal you’ll not be run off either. Customers are encouraged to have a drink, sample the wide range of wines, or settle into a relaxed evening in the lounge area or patio and simply watch the world drift by, or enjoy the live music that comes with the regular Tuesday night barbacue. The lounge and bar are welcoming enough making a nice place to meet friends, even if you are not dining, though it is likely that your apitites will be awoken by the gorgeous aromas that drift from the kitchen. Open from 6pm every day. You’re welcome at the Lemon Tree

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struggle. The deserts are the only part of the meal that I ever feel are a letdown, as they are shop bought, and never very exciting, but the kids love the ice cream selection. As with everywhere the complimentary drink is a nice addition, and you never feel rushed to leave the table, or the restaurant. Many a night have we sat and talked for far too long, when everyone else had left the area. Perhaps the menu needs updating, as in all the years we have been going to Portofino they have never changed the choice. Is that a bad thing, or does that make you want to return, as you know exactly what you are going to get? If you want a top quality meal, for an affordable price this family run restaurant is an excellent choice.

On a recent visit we choose to have the Garlic Chicken, Mixed kebab, Calzone and Tuna steak, all of which were excellently presented, and delicious. You are given a choice of potatoes with your meal, and every meal is accompanied by Food: rice, and salad. There is something for everyone, and even vegetarians do not

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P.S. As this was our first holiday to Gran Canaria, we found the map page of Puerto Rico extremely useful especially when running the annoying gauntlet of people trying to drag us into their establishment. We were able to state and find a specific bar from the map which stopped much of the engagement. (It could also be rolled up and used to swat them with LOL). Thank you, The Canary, we plan to return for Christmas so we are reading your paper online and planning other places, bars & restaurants to visit. Sue, West Midlands


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The Best Kept Secret in Paradise: Canary Saver Here’s a secret that won’t be best kept for long! The Canary News loves dynamic entrepreneurs. Their good for our business and we’re good for theirs – which means its win, win for Paradise. Stephanie and Fredrik (www.canarysaver.com) are the dynamic duo who have set about to launch their new business based upon a very good idea: Find businesses with excellent quality products and services willing to offer substantial discounts to customers. Put those discounts on coupons – then combine dozens of these money saving coupons in a single book. Finally offer this valuable book of coupons to the public at large for an irresistibly low price. Call the book Canary Saver – because that is what it does and that is what it is. It is an exciting way to promote businesses while attracting customers to some of the best Paradise has to offer – at a big discount. Who could say no? Not many, we suspect. You can come to the first Canary Saver Arguineguín distributor – the TARA Animal Charity Shops and pick up your fabulous Canary Saver discount book. Amongst all those goodies inside the book, you will discover a TARA coupon offering a 50% discount on their products – this from what has to be the best value store in Paradise BEFORE the discount coupon is factored in. It’s a perfect example of the opportunities available in the amazing Canary Saver discount book. Buy One and Have Fun! (Not a bad motto, even we do say so ourselves! Enjoy! BREAKING NEWS – A SECRET UNTIL THIS MOMENT: The Arguineguín Charity Car Boot Flea Market will restart every Saturday from 19 October 2013! Now that is good news! Hours remain from 0700 – 1400 hours! For more information call TARA 928 062 891!

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Thoughts & feelings about my life in the Canary Islands Barrie Mahoney

It came as some surprise when a British Consular official in the Costa Blanca announced to me during an interview that, “One must remember that the Brits come here to die.” The comment astounded and puzzled me, as the evidence that I had was completely to the contrary. British expats did anything and everything but move to Spain to die. I had never seen a livelier bunch of over seventies! Looking back, if the truth had been known at that time, it was the British Consular services in Spain that was nearing the end of its useful life, as it continues to be managed, mismanaged, reorganised, renamed and repackaged into near oblivion, which demonstrates a far shorter shelf life than the average British expat living in Spain. I contrast this to expat life in the Canary Islands. One of the few things that I dislike is the transitory nature of life on the islands. It is very difficult to make and keep friends who intend to stay for any length of time, and truly regard the islands as their permanent home. I know many people, after all it is a small community, but my heart sinks when I hear them talk about “going home to the UK”. By the time that we get to know them as friends, it seems that most have either lost their jobs, relationships have been destroyed, they are in financial difficulties or they cannot stand the heat (in more ways than one). Many realise too late that to truly enjoy life on these beautiful islands, they also have to put something back. Low pay, long hours, periods of unemployment and poor employment prospects really do have to be taken into account, and the lessthan-determined expat quickly realises that there is no such thing as a free sun-bed.

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Unlike the Costa Blanca, many people that we know come and go after a few months or a few years. Very few intend to stay on the islands and make it their home. Of course, there are exceptions, but these are few. If I return to the comment made by the British Consular official in the Costa Blanca, I would say that people move to the Canary Islands to work, and certainly not to die. Sadly, due to the recession, and even before the recession, there are not jobs for all and many return to the countries of origin sadder, but wiser. Expats CC by-nc-sa 2.0 Bec Plumbe

As a newspaper reporter in Spain’s Costa Blanca, I quickly came to love and admire some of my fellow expats, who were enthusiastically determined not to let old age and growing infirmity get in the way of having a really good time. Clubs and associations flourished everywhere and new ones seemed to be appearing all the time. From salsa classes, brass bands and stamp collecting to tap dancing for the over eighties, there really was something for everyone to enjoy. I sometimes wondered how they all had the energy, as we were summoned to various neighbours’ terraces for “a quick drink” that rarely ended until two o’clock the following morning.

We all value friendships, and I don’t mean cursory acquaintances, such as the “You must call and see me sometime” brigade, but those for whom you have a genuine empathy with and feeling for. These are the people that you would do anything for and know that it would be reciprocated. True friendships are rare and I guess most of us would count ourselves fortunate if we have enough true friends to match the fingers of one hand. Island friendships are difficult to sustain and lack the support structures of the Costa Blanca. I now often find myself subconsciously gauging just how long new friends are likely to stay the course on the islands before I invest too much time and energy in getting to know them properly. Experience tells me that within a few months or a couple of years, most will return to the land of their birth and will become just another name on a Christmas card list. If you enjoyed this article, take a look at Barrie’s websites: www.barriemahoney. com and www.thecanaryislander.com or read his latest book, ‘Twitters from the Atlantic’ (ISBN: 978 1480033986). Available as paperback, Kindle and iBooks. iPhone/iPad and Android Apps: ExpatInfo, CanaryIsle and CanaryGay are now available. © Barrie Mahoney

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Have a whip round. Hold a fundraiser. Give some of your time. Spare a little contribution...   or join us on top of the mountain! PLEASE SPONSOR The Long Walk On October 4th, we will set off on an arduous, danger-filled and frankly ill-advised attempt to scale an ancient volcano in Macronesia, 150 kilometres off the infamous and dreaded Barbary Coast. As we depart the coastal sand dunes of Maspalomas and as we make our way to the mountainous interior through the most ancient volcanic valley on this beautiful but, far-flung sub-tropical island paradise, the natives will be watching our every move. Over three days we aim to cover 75km, travelling through the island’s rustic heartland, following in part the Camino de Santiago, climbing almost 2000m to the top of the mountain before crossing it’s ancient crater Las Cumbres, hoping, while we pass, that it’s deep rumblings spill forth no more of the torrid and violent sea of sub-Atlantic rock from which the very island of Gran Canaria was forged some 4.5 million years ago.


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We could bore you with facts and figures regarding elevation and terrain conditions, but ultimately it boils down to this: there’s an ancient volcanic mountain in the way, and we’re actively going over the top. Why?   Simply this:

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We will be meeting from 1pm at the RIU Palace hotel Dunes for a little photoshoot and will be joined by friends and supporters from the TARA Animal Respect Association who are celebrating World Animal Welfare Day. We would love for anyone who wishes to join us there to take part in the photographs before we prepare to leave on our epic 2013 journey across the mountain. We will be leaving promptly at 1355 and walking 3.5 km straight through Playa del Inglés to La Casa Viejea. There our leaving party will leave us as we stroll at some pace off into the rustic wilds of Gran Canaria. Again, please do join us in Fataga for Friday evenings celebration.

Anyone can start Day 1 - Maspalomas - 7 hours - Fataga - 20Km

To prove it, Thomson Holidays are sending nearly all of their young reps walking with us! They have been raising sponsorship and training hard (we hope)! Their task is to walk from the dunes of Maspalomas, through Playa del Inglés, up through San Fernando, stopping briefly at the La Casa Vieja Restaurant and then heading off into the hills through some of the most stunning countryside on the south of the island to Fataga. They’ll need to be committed to the finish.

We want to show solidarity with all who have ever had a mountain to climb. In fact with anyone who has ever been diagnosed with a life threatening illness and has faced the challenge of survival, whether successfully or not. In particular we celebrate mothers, sisters and daughters, all inspirational women who have carried on in the face of great adversity. We honour these people for their vigour and their fortitude and for having chosen not to give up. We wish for the third year running to raise funds and awareness for Canarian Breast Cancer Association ACCM (Asociación Canaria de Cáncer de Mama y Ginecológico) and to highlight noble ideas like:

A Ramble up the hills Day 2 - Fataga - 6 hours - Pico de Las Nieves - 15Km After spending the night at the gorgeous Rural Hotel, Molino de Agua, we will be having breakfast and setting of for a day of off-road rambling UP HILL to the famous Camino de Santiago from Fataga to the beautiful municipal capital of San Bartolomé. After a short break we will head on up to Pico de Las Nieves where we again hope to meet as many people as possible to take part in THE BIG PICTURE 2014. Then we will retire the campsites for dinner and celebrations.

Never Giving Up. Facing The Mountain to be Climbed. One step at a time. Onwards. Upwards. Together. Please Donate safely through Paypal Sponsor us and help ACCM with their Breast Cancer Awareness work!

To the end, we have pledged to match any donation from any business, in terms of

FREE ADVERTISING €uro-for-€uro in exchange for adding to our fund Read More about the walk on The Canary News Website: SUPPORT, DONATE, PARTICIPATE for Breast Cancer Awareness October | The Canary News, Views and Sunshine |   El Periódico Inglés de Gran Canaria

The Editor´s Challenge Days 3 & 4 - Las Cumbres to Las Palmas - 35Km Day 3 is likely to be the most challanging of all, in fact it may not even be possible! This is a barrancismo scramble straight down the ravine through San Mateo and past Santa Brigida and Tafira in an effort to cover more than 35km how ever long it takes! Our aim is to complete the entire coast to coast route and reach the bar of The British Club in Las Palmas for a stiff gin and tonic and a dropping of the editor’s proverbial monocle. The editor has offered to buy the drinks for anyone who makes it this far, thus completing his original promise and The Long Walk, at least till 2014.

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Saying the right thing

Theresa Coe

Often we get the gist of people´s news but aren´t sure how best to respond. Useful words are felicitaciones (congrats) and lo siento mucho (I´m so sorry). Or depending on the circumstances, you could reply: ¡Qué buena/mala noticia! (what good/bad news). Many exclamations start with what, not how, eg: ¡Qué emocionante! (how exciting) or ¡Qué fatal! (how awful). So when you get a present you can say: ¡Qué generoso! Estoy muy agradecido/a. (How generous. I´m very grateful). Here are more suggestions for responding in different situations.

Good News Birthday: Es mi cumpleaños hoy (it´s my birthday today) Response: Muchas felicidades (many happy returns) or: feliz cumpleaños (happy birthday). ¿Cómo vas a celebrarlo? (how are you going to celebrate it?) and maybe ¿cuántos años cumples? (how old are you?)

Bad news In hospital: Mi padre está en hospital (My father´s in hospital) Response: Lo siento mucho. ¿Qué le pasa? (I´m so sorry. What´s the matter with him?) Family death: Murió mi abuela (my grandmother died) Response: Siento/lamento tu pérdida (I´m sorry for your loss) Job loss: Perdí mi trabajo. Me despidieron. (I lost my job. They fired me/let me go) Response: ¡Qué injusto! Tienes derecho al paro, ¿verdad? (How unfair! You have the right to unemployment benefit, right?) Separation: Me he separado de mi novio/a (I´ve separated from my boyfriend/girlfriend). Response: ¡Qué lástima! ¿Vas a estar bien?

Anniversary: Es nuestro aniversario este mes (it´s our anniversary this month)

Illness: Estoy enfermo/enferma. Tengo la gripe/estoy resfriado (I´m ill. I have the flu/a cold)

Response: ¡Qué bonito! ¿Hace cuantos años que ustedes están juntos? (how lovely! How long have you been together? Lit: it makes how many years that you are together?)

Response: ¡Pobrecito! (to a man) or: ¡Pobrecita! (to a woman) Descansa mucho. Espero que te mejores pronto. (poor thing! Rest up. I hope you get better soon.) Si necesitas algo, avísame. (If you need anything, tell me).

New job: Conseguí el trabajo/tengo un nuevo trabajo (I got the job/I have a new job) Response: ¡Qué suerte! (how lucky) or me alegro por tí (I´m glad for you) Going on holiday: Voy/vamos de vacaciones (I/we are going on holiday) Response: ¡Qué envidia! ¿Adónde vas? (I´m envious! Where are you going? Lit: what envy! To where you go?) Pregnancy: Estoy embarazada (I´m pregnant) or voy a ser abuelo/a (I´m going to be a granddad/grandma) Response: ¡Felicitaciones! ¿Cómo te sientes? (Congratulations, how do you feel?) , or ¿cuántos meses de embarazo tienes? (how many months pregnant are you?) Getting married: Voy a casarme/vamos a casarnos (I/ we are getting married) ¿Vienes a la boda? (are you coming to the wedding) Response: ¡Enhorabuena! Con mucho gusto (Congrats, it´d be my pleasure – lit: with much pleasure)

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Free language exchange: Meet the locals! Chat with Spanish people oneto-one or in a group, in English, Spanish or any language you like. Along with special events such as rambling, countryside lunches and cinema trips, regular meetings include: Playa del Inglés: Sundays 7pm at Amigos Coffee, Av de Italia 15 www.amigoscoffee.com

Arguineguin: Thursdays, 6pm in Bar Forum, Av de Lajilla, 13. Facebook search: ‘language exchange Arguineguin’ Las Palmas: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays 11am in bar ‘100 Montaditos’, Centro Comercial El Muelle www.cerveceria100montaditos.com

Tuesdays 6pm in Bar El Gallinero, C/Fernando Guanarteme 130, Thursdays 6pm in bar Canarios Expresso, Leon y Castillo 253

Hear it pronounced Arucas: Tuesdays 7.30pm at Type these words or phrases into www.spanishdict.com and click on the speaker button to hear how they are pronounced. For information on learning Spanish or to receive back copies of these lessons, email theresacoe@gmail.com

bar El Parque (behind the church in San Juan square) Telde: Thursdays 7.30pm at Oasis Chillout bar: www.oasischil-

lout.com

Spanish conversation club with Cynthia Blickstein Griner every second Saturday San Fernando 6pm. For details: cynthiagriner@yahoo.es

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Boy NBC (voy en bici)

I seek a lord (hace calor)

I ride a bike

It’s hot

I go by bike We found this rather charming page on the Face Book. After a little chit chat they agreed to let us publish their work. We wonder if our readers here might be able to come up with some more. You can email your ideas directly to us on Britishly@TheCanarynews.com Or indeed why not join their page and post your own dear boy?!

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Laugh area (La feria) The fair, the tradeshow,

Paul and Ghana (palangana) I miss Terry us in wrestle bare

the exhibition

Basin, washbasin, bowl

(Hay misterios sin resolver)

Es tarta (Starter)

There are unsolved mysteries

Hard Dean (jardín)

[ahem!]

Garden

Why not indeed..?

Welcome to our mad world! We’re farming by experiment and laughing along the way. Come for the eggs, stay for the life lessons! Who would have ever thought farming could be such hard work?!

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Clear Instructions

The thought of gong away and leaving anyone in charge of this mad house is

I could not understand as they just go in, bit of

something that fills me with dread, and the possibility of us having a family

encouraging, but never a fight. Time lapsed further and

holiday ever again is pretty non existent. The issue comes is that we know

he text again, sounding distressed and wanted to know what

these animals, we know their habits, routines and “little” quirks. Dropping a

he could do, as my ever helpful husband had filled his head with stories of

sane person into this chaos would be a disaster for everyone concerned.

killer cockroaches that come out at night to eat house guests!

This point was proven not so long ago, when we had friends staying, and I

Another text appeared with the statement of “ You do have four ducks

was asked to take one of them and the kids to Las Palmas (the big city) My

don’t you?” at that point the penny dropped clunk...clunk....clunk! The poor

husband was working, which left the dilemma of the ducks!! these have to be

guy was trying to get our feral duck into the duck house, which was simply

put away before it lets dark, which is very simple to do, they know exactly

never going to happen. I had completely forgot about Daphne who lived with

where they have to go, however, they have to be secured.

the chickens in the orchard, and believed she was a chicken, so never had

One of our friends was staying behind, which was perfect, he is an

anything to do with the ducks. Daphne had managed to wander past just at

intelligent guy, knows one end of duck from the other, and could cope with

the point of bedtime, which was bad luck for her.

encouraging the ducks to bed with the “magic rake” or so I thought...we

This mistake had resulted in a strange man chasing her with a rake, round

went off on our journey, and as the time approached that the ducks needed

and round until they were both very confused. Once the confusion was

to be in bed, I begun to worry, like a mother that leaves her kids with the

settled, the other ducks were put to bed, and Daphne went back to being a

unsuitable teenage babysitter for the first time.

chicken, peace was resumed. This is why I cannot leave this place for more

I thought I would just send a short, friendly text to ask if everything was

than a few hours, as how was I supposed to know that people do not think

ok...”NO” was the reply, panic set in and frantic text messages went back

about the feral duck in the orchard that thinks she is a chicken, and will

and forth, it seemed that he could not get the ducks in the house. This

never be enticed by the magic rake!!

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Translated extracts from this year’s proclamation, or pregón, opening the Fiesta del Pino in Teror, from original text by Margarita Ramos Quintana “Since 1948, whenever we approach the month of September, to make tribute in Teror, we elevate the act of announcing the Fiestas de la Virgen del Pino, the Proclamation, to being one of the most important ritual elements of the festival.

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A whole host of activities, the trades and professions that are Terorenses provided with a special perspective from which to experience the careers of the world. The aspect I would emphasise: Teror’s workforce is made of people who believe in themselves, in their potential to succeed despite difficulties and adversity, working people, people who live in an environment where they are able to develop trust in life.

an invitation to speak with Maria.

The Fiesta del Pino is a festival with the name of Women. Many are the Marias, many are the women who have been “marked” in some way, “stigmatised” just for being a woman! This Proclamation, this announcement of the Festival del Pino in the year 2013, contains a call for all women to participate in the very same living experiences in recognition of circumstances, situations and values, accorded to the cultural changes associated specifically with women.

Women who seek to integrate into the world of work on an equal footing with men. Women who have always cared In this beautiful village on the island of for the children, the house, the family, Gran Canaria abundance and beauty the sick, the disabled, the hospitalised; nestle everywhere. women who have been flagships of that which was historically called the “reproSitting on a bench in the Plaza “Teresa de Bolivar” we remember the verses of ductive work” who have invisibly maniThe Fiestas that surround Teror provide fested to form part of the Gross DomesAntonio Machado: a strong symbolic character, a look back tic Product of a country. We are very to our past. That character is what, at “Walkers are your footprints interested in changing that traditional any given moment of time, encourThe road and nothing else idea of “women’s work”. Many are the ages us to connect with the religious The walkers have no path Marias, the many women who traverse and leisure practices of our ancestors, It is by walking made“ the terrain and river of life “Marked” in enabling our exploration of the threads Riding on the pregnant curves of Teror’s some way, “stigmatised”, only for their holding our story, embodying our huroads, the scent of roses abound remi- womanhood! manity, within ourselves. niscent of the verses of Rosalia Castro: Within the home, we want women to Teror in September becomes a cen“there is the fragrance of the rose, be part of the symbolic order of the tral matrix in the life of the islanders. catch it in your heart “. world, creating a language that incorpoTeror is the root. Teror is the stem, rates and integrates what they do. We Teror is “pure water, cool and clear, the branch, the flower, the fruit and want women engaged in transforming pilgrims, patients, residents, visitors the seed. Teror concentrates all the the society we live in, to make it fairer and tourists.” integrity and plenitude of life here. If and more equitable. you could not leave the island, because Many come to Teror on a night of pil“the sea is wide and strange”, to quote grimage attracted by the desire to “eat Women who, like Maria, retain a special one writer, Teror would always amply expectancy, despite difficulties that we carajacas and drink wine “! Melodies, represent us: with its white houses and rhymes, sayings and songs of the Canar- may have to live with day to day. colours, its wet and leafy trees, planted ies’ composers floating in the festive Women who are committed fighters,. orchards, potatoes, corn and wheat, atmosphere of September, attracting Women of religious life, monastic winding lanes, its mountains and pine thousands and thousands of Canarwomen, women who want to rule, silhouettes, ornate eucalyptus boughs, ians, the Fiestas de la Virgen del Pino, women who know they are capable of extensive valleys full of life, and people are emblematic of our feelings and our transforming structures, women who of very varied lives. Canary Island. begin to use the language of power, to One could say that Teror condenses create more powers based on respect This figure, so venerated in Teror is into a photo-micrographic image of a for differences, for diversity, acceptMaria, Maria del Pino, and this is a global world: teachers, artists, farmers, ing and admiring all the colours of the fiesta with the name of a woman. students, caregivers, intellectuals (both rainbow. male and female), architects, engineers, She is the true protagonist. A force, calling all to participate in the celebration. We call for women who are aware of lawyers, doctors, nurses, distributors, their own skills and knowledge to occudealers, sellers, researchers, professors. Not simply to speak of Maria, but rather Teror is the world in miniature.

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py areas of public and private life, civil and military, in the secular world and the religious, the economic, social and political. Women who are victims of violence against their person, a violence that extends beyond desires, choices and decisions, in short, violence exerted on their dignity. Women organising all the hours of their lives to try to reach everything and everyone, despite falling prey to exhaustion and insinuation. Women who aspire to a high degree of perfection in everything they do. Women for life. And life, as indicated by our great philosopher, María Zambrano, is “ceaseless activity, even in its stillness “. Before we can remove the ancient beliefs that lead to personal and social immobility, it is necessary to develop a sense of involvement, to be living life with others and include others, especially the weak and vulnerable. And yes, you have to “go to the peripheries”. Only a fecund commitment to life can confer peace and harmony. All crises, including what we suffer these days now, constitute an adequate space for transition - located between what was and what will come. When you accept that the world will never be as it was and open yourself to new possibilities you engender the future. Many of the values with which we have lived, have died and been replaced with others, and we ought to expose ourselves to change. For things to change you must change something. Our attitudes and behaviour in public and in private can start to cast other dyes, other colours: life can be changed to be what it is to live and experience. Let life flow through you. Weave new political ethics of coexistence between us, support-oriented work for the good of the community to which we belong, honesty in making decisions and serve the authenticity which prevents distortion of life. Defending an attitude that promotes the values of beauty, no matter how hostile is the environment in which we move.


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Honoured as Favourite Daughter of Teror

Maria Luisa Herrera Ramos A tireless campaigner, she founded The Canarian Breast Cancer and Gynaecological Cancer Association in December 2001, a non profit organization whose purpose is to complement the activities of existing institutions, focusing on the development of social and emotional support for women to help them achieve a better quality of life and general well-being through health promotion, extending support activities to their families, and to the entire resident population of the Autonomous Community of The Canary Islands. Marisa Herrera has been a woman committed to these women’s personal and social reality which she has shown through her unfaltering commitment to providing and highlighting breast cancer risk and the advances that have been made in this area, both preventive, and in the form of advanced treatments, all managed under the umbrella of the ACCM Canarian Breast and Gynaecological Cancer Association, of which she is the President. She is a woman of great values, expressed in her very human qualities, her selfless and caring capacity, and especially through her perseverance with governmental institutions in order to highlight those diseases that are particularly relevant to women and keeping them on the political agendas of local, regional and islands-wide government. She is undoubtedly, a woman committed to removing barriers and inequalities that stand in all walks of life and specifically in the field of health. Accepting her award from the Mayor of Teror at the main town square surrounded by dignitaries she said “It is a privilege to receive this distinction. I’ve al-

ways been someone who is rooted to the earth and Teror is the best in the world, the place where I was born and grew up with my parents and my grandparents. Being named Favourite Daughter is something that fills me very emotionally, and it is the greatest honour ever to have been given to me in life. I want to dedicate this distinction to my parents, now deceased, because it was they who really instilled in me the values that are recognised here“ and then she blwe a kiss toward the heavens.

Gathering all the strength, emotion, and feelings from the roots that I have here I would like to announce to all Canary Islanders and those who live and work in the Canary Islands or have settled in other areas, come to Teror, this beautiful village, our streets are decked, the outdoor eateries await, fireworks are prepared, the nougat is packed, the singers await only the music, the clothing and Canarian costumes have been laundered. The pouch is full of roasted maize meal. Come to the Feast! Let’s change water into wine! Teror Feastas are Alive! Viva la Virgen del Pino! Felices Fiestas del Pino of 2013”

Margarita Ramos Quintana was born in Teror, in the village of Arbejales. Her studies started with law at the University of La Laguna, where she later received her doctorate. She has visited foreign and national universities in order to carry out projects in the field of legal research (at Bologna, Lyon, St. Etiénne, Salamanca) and has published a large volume of work contributing to the fields of Labour Law and Social Security. She is a participant in the training programs of the International Labour Organization and expert in the field of research and evaluation in Spain.

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Honours Pregon Fiesta del Pino 2013 © Ayuntamiento de Teror, by Frank Hernández

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Favourite Son of Teror was Carlos Guillermo, international writer, a journalist, specializing in Children’s Books Information from the Official School of Journalism. “Insignias de Oro” Gold Badges were awarded to the Banda de Musica de Teror, a wonderful orchestra primarily made up of brass and wind instruments founded in 1884, who treated the audience to a most

excellent program of well known classics, Western Movie themes and locally composed music popular throughout the Canary Islands. And a gold badge also was awarded to the Rancho de Ánimas, one of the oldest preserved manifestations of traditional popular culture, working to this day. Three local businesses also received Gold Badges, all involved in

the production of one of Teror’s most famous exports, the “Chorizo de Teror” one of the famous flavours of the island, essentially a local chorizo sausage, which is served as a sausage meat paste. The companies honoured were Los Nueces, CarB and Terorero; three family businesses that have helped spread Teror’s fame throughout the islands and well beyond.


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LEX this incredibly human friendly podenca was found wandering through the wilderness near Cercado de Espino. He is good in the car, walks on the lead, and loves playing ball. Lex is approx 2 years old, is chipped, castrated, vaccinated and searching for his new home, can you help?

HAMILTON-This lovable male terrier mix dog is searching for a new home as his parents could no longer provide him the time or love he deserves. He is 4 years old and 12KG so only needs a small place to call his own. Hamilton friendly, good with other dogs and loves children. Can you offer him a place to call his own?

MANGO-LOOKING FOR A HOMEThis cheeky chap was rescued from the motorway by a concerned local, who was terrified he was going to get killed any minute. When they took him home he was covered in fleas and ticks, but is in good health. Mango is approx 2 months and is 3KG, it is estimated that he will grow to approx 10KG when fully grown.

LISA is around 2-3 years old beautiful lady, who was rescued with her friends, and is one of the Four Amigo’s. She is Ibizan or Mallorcan podenca. She is good with kids, cats, goats, male dogs, little dogs and just loves attention, human contact, is responsive to commands, good in the car and good on the lead.She is now microchipped, neutered and vaccinated. Please contact TARA for personal introduction

GRACIE is a small lovable dog, less than 10KG and approx 2 years of age. She is Chipped, vaccinated and sterilized. Gracie plays with other dogs, is good with cats, and just wants to be loved. Grace prefers a quieter home.

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Mango is friendly, a little scared when you first meet him, but good natured, and loves people. If you want to meet him please get in touch with TARA.

Titch TITCH is an adorable, almost 8 kg , playful, five year old long legged terrier who just wants a home to call his own. He is good with dogs and children and loves to play. Titch has been castrated, has a chip and is vaccinated, can you give this boy a home?

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ELVIS ROCKS THE ROCK FOR TARA

Yes, it is true. The King of Rock and Roll will be entertaining for TARA Animal Respect once again. It was 7 short years ago: the inimitable Paul Thorpe left Gran Canaria, his last Elvis Show a charity bash for TARA. The lovely Sara O’Neill has reached out to Paul once again. He has agreed to make his triumphant return to Paradise for a one off show for – you guessed it – TARA Animal Charity. Sara is the owner of El Cardonal Pool Bar in Sonnenland. She has offered her venue as the place to be for this historical event. In addition to the extraordinary King of R&R, there will be DJs and live entertainers, fab food (including BBQ), beverages galore, make-up specialists for the glamour-minded guys and gals in our community, a raffle, and

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as a very special treat: Ed the Ed will be auctioning off the hair on Brian’s chest. The winning bidder gets to remove it with hot wax provided by Helen Cordingley of Elegance – Hair, Nails, Beauty, Massage. And of course there will be tons of fun in the sun with not one, but two pools, plus ooddles of happy people enjoying themselves for a grand and glorious community cause – rehoming the homeless - dogs and cats in Paradise. The exact date won’t be known till the airline booking next week, but we wanted to make the deadline for this edition of The Canary News! The event will be one of the last two Saturdays of November. Mark your calendars and BE THERE or BE SQUARE! The entrance fee is €10 at the door or €5 if you book and pay ahead of time at TARA Facebook PayPal. Or better yet, come on down to the TARA Charity Shops in Arguineguín and book your day and night of pure pleasure! To be serious for a moment: At the last confirmed interview of Elvis Presley subsequent to his death, The King said, “Paul Thorpe is the best of the bunch. He is super talented, very much in my image, and superb to behold. But Paul is not me: I am me.” With such irrefutable testimony you can appreciate why TARA is so pleased and proud to have “The Best of the Bunch” back in Paradise, performing his heart out in behalf of TARA homeless pets! Long live The King.

Walk on the Wild Side TARA Animal Respect Association is throwing all in for The Long Walk II. This is the second year that our island community is organizing a spectacular nature walk in support of ACCM (breast and gynecological cancer prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation). Joining the event this year are Thomson Holidays (TUI UK). The Canary News, an important and much appreciated supporter of TARA, has embraced the event wholeheartedly. TARA discovered that some of the funds raised will be going to the UK charity the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). That was a clincher: children, women, nature how could any cause be more worthy? Unsurprisingly, TARA decided the answer to this unanswerable question is HOMELESS PETS! The trumpets blared, the hallelujahs were issued, a few genuflections here and there, and Walla! TARA is pleased and proud to be part of this celebration of Paradise and our community determination to be doers of good deeds! We will be celebrating our women, our children, our pets, and our gorgeous island!

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We invite all TARA supporters to step forward (several hundred thousand times before it is all said and done) and walk on the wild side to raise public consciousness (and the odd bob or two) for these grand and glorious causes. TARA volunteers will be walking TARA homeless dogs (looking for their chance for a Forever Home of their own). If you have a dog that loves to stroll on lead side by side with her favorite human, then do the right thing and bring her along. The views will be sumptuous, the air fresh, the fauna fantabulous, the fun ferocious. All TARA supporters will be given a top-of-the-line TARA T-shirt (only one line, so it is the top) and asked to donate energy, enthusiasm, and enjoyment. Find a sponsor (or be one yourself) to donate ONE to ONE MILLION EUROS to TARA. There have been several ONE EURO donations, but never a ONE MILLION EURO donation (not yet anyway). In truth, the bottom line for TARA is pro-active participation in one of the biggest and most important charity drives of the year. If you, a family member or a friend have a hankering to see more of our incomparable Paradise, get a bit fitter, and help women, children, pets, and Mother Earth, rock and roll and gutchy goo with your community by contacting your FACEBOOK friends at TARA. All the details will be provided and we can help make October 4th, 5th, and 6th (or any part thereof) a community project to be remembered. Working together, we can make Gran Canaria a Paradise for animals too!

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The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons, and the color pink in general, identify the wearer or promoter with the breast cancer brand and express moral support for women with breast cancer. Pink ribbons are most commonly seen during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

History The first known use of a pink ribbon in connection with breast cancer awareness was in the fall of 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. The pink ribbon was adopted as the official symbol of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month the next year, in 1992. The pink ribbon was derived from the popular red ribbon for AIDS awareness. Alexandra Penney, the editor-in-chief of the women’s health magazine Self, and breast cancer survivor Evelyn Lauder, the senior corporate vice president at the cosmetics company Estée Lauder created a ribbon for the cosmetics giant to distribute in stores in New York City. Estée Lauder and Self initially approached Charlotte Haley, who had began a peachcoloured ribbon campaign to press the National Cancer Institute to increase its budget for cancer prevention research. Haley refused to be part of what she felt was a commercial effort, so Estée Lauder and Self changed the color of their ribbon to light pink in 2005, to circumvent Haley’s efforts to stop them. A pink and blue ribbon is sometimes used to symbolize breast cancer in men, which is relatively rare. The pink and blue ribbon was designed in 1996 by Nancy Nick, president and founder of the John W. Nick Foundation to bring awareness that “Men Get Breast Cancer Too!”

Meaning The color pink is considered feminine in modern Western countries. It evokes traditional feminine gender roles, caring for other people, being beautiful, being good, and being cooperative. The pink ribbon represents fear of breast cancer, hope for the future, and the charitable goodness of people and businesses who publicly support the breast cancer movement. It is intended to evoke solidarity with women who currently have breast cancer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_ribbon

International Evangelical English Church

Playa del Inglés & Puerto Rico

An independent non-denominational Christian church. All services are conducted in English but the congregation has a very international flavour and all are welcome. Playa del Inglés Sunday @ 11:00am

Meeting in the Centro Ecuménico with is located to the side of the large Templo Ecuménico. The entrance is opposite the Kasbah Centre.

Puerto Rico Sunday @ 12:30pm

Meeting in the premises of the Scandinavian Tourist Church which is situated at the back of the Puerto Rico shopping centre.

centre.

Tel: 928 062 915 Mobile: 603 455 258 Email: englishchurchgc.gmail.com Web: www.englishchurchgc.org


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PROPERTIES FOR SALE CARDENAS REAL ESTATE, SINCE 1980 Call now: 928 150 650 www.cardenas-grancanaria.com Studio for sale in Puerto Rico, West Hill, Montebello

Ref: 21902-CG 1 Bath / Pool / The studio is located in a very well kept complex with reception, supermarket, pool bar, restaurant, pub, etc. € 55.000

Studio for sale in Puerto Rico, West Hill, Puerto Sol Ref: 22446-OM-e 1 Bath / Pool / For sale nice studio apartment located in a private complex only a 10 minutes walk to the beach and close to the shopping centre € 55.000

Apartment for sale in Puerto Rico, West Hill Ref: 21953-OM 1 Bed / 1 Bath / Pool / 1 bedroom apartments for sale in Puerto Rico. A few minutes from downtown and the beach. Fabulous swimming pool € 55.000

Studio for sale in Puerto Rico, West Hill Ref: 22092-LM 1 Bath / Pool / The studio is located in a very well kept complex with reception, supermarket, pool bar, restaurant, pub, and heated pool € 55.000

Studio for sale in Puerto Rico, West Hill Ref: 22529-LM-e 1 Bath / Pool / Parking or Garage / Studio apartment in the immediate vecinity of the beach with lovely views.The building has a fabulous swimming pool € 57.000

Apartment for sale in Puerto Rico, West Hill, Bonanza Ref: 21998-OM-e 1 Bed / 1 Bath / Pool / Nice apartment in a small private complex in a very good location.It is located just minutes walk from the beach € 59.000

Studio for sale in Puerto Rico, West Hill, Puerto Plata Ref: 22554-OM-e 1 Bath / Pool / Studio-Apartment for sale located in a well kept complex with 24 hour reception, large swimming pool , solarium € 59.000

Apartment for sale in Puerto Rico, Barranco Agua La Perra Ref: 22392-CG-e 1 Bed / 1 Bath / Pool / Parking or Garage / Well kept apartments with a large terrace located in a well kept complex with a communal pool and sunbathing areas. € 61.000

Studio for sale in Puerto Rico, West Hill, Puerto Plata Ref: 22528-OM-e 1 Bath / Pool / Studio-Apartment for sale located in a well kept complex with 24 hour reception, large swimming pool , solarium € 62.000

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PLAYA DEL INGLÉS, Great opportunity!! centrically situated, very bright and fully Great studio apartment fully refurbished and furbished, one bedroom apartment. Tennis court furnished. The property has a tourist rental 1. OPPORTUNITY, PLAYA DEL INGLÉS. and pools. Price:550,- €/month all included. contract all year round. Ref. 20083 Beautiful, 55 m-one bedroom apartment with large Only rented with documented evidence of Price: 50.000 ,-€ balcony. Refurbished and furnished. Well maintained payroll. Great Opportunity, best price in Puerto Rico complex with large pools and proper parking-lots. Low community fee!! Opportunity! One bedroom apartments with PLAYA DEL INGLÉS, BUNGALOW Price: 69.000.-€ fabulous views. Ref. 10025A centrically situated, very bright and fully Price: 58.000 ,-€ 2. CAMPO INTERNACIONAL-MASPALOMAS furbished, two bedrooms. 2 Parkingplaces. Small apartment with a garden Beautiful bungalow with one bedroom and private sunny Complex with large pool. Studio apartment in a complex with excellent terrace in a quiet location. Very well maitained complex Price:800,- €/month all included. Only rented facilities. Ref. 10073 with a large pool. Low comunityfee. Ideal for porper use! with documented evidence of payroll. Price: 60.000 ,-€ Price: ONLY 75.000.- Euro Nice one bedroom apartment REDUCED!! EUROPA real estate 3. PLAYA DEL INGLÉS, TOPFLOOR One bedroom apartment with a large terrace. Hotline: 928 - 77.11.77 APARTMENT, SELDOM SALE NEAR BEACH Ref. 10102 info@europainmo.com PROMENADE. Price: 62.000 ,-€ www.europainmo.com Breathtaking views to the ocean and mountains. 1 Refurbished apartment in the valley of Playa del bedroom, double balcony accessible from living- and Cura bedroom. Complex with large pool near RIU-PalaceGreat opportunity! The apartment has Hotel. Price: 144.000.- € approximately 60 m2, plus a large terrace. the complex is residential with swimming pool and 4. SAN FERNANDO, lifts. Ref. 1005D Beautiful and luxurious equipped family house Price: 62.000 ,-€ with large terrace, spacious absolutely private Large apartment in the Valley de Mogán roof solarium with sea-view and guestSpacious apartment with a bedroom, bathroom, apartment. Price:192.000.- € living room, kitchen and large terrace, located in one of the quietest areas of Valley de Mogán. 5. PLAYA DEL INGLÉS – “Calle ROMA” Large one-bedroom apartment with 66 m2 livingspace Ref. 20042 in absolute top-location! Price: 63.000 ,-€ Beautiful studio apartment in a very popular complex Small private community, only 100 meters to the beach promenade. Studio apartment in a very popular complex Price: 150.000.- € refurbished recently, with beautiful views. Ref. 10073C 6. SAN FERNANDO, Price: 68.000 ,-€ Nice corner family house with garage and storage-room, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living-/dining room, large REDUCED!! Apartment with sea views separate full fitted and equipped kitchen with laundry/ One bedroom apartment opposite Puerto Rico pantry-room, large sunroof and patio. Community fee beach. Ref. 10118A only 30,-€/month. Price: 71.000 ,-€ Price: 180.000.- € One bedroom apartment is a very central location This property is in a very central location in 7. PLAYA DEL INGLÉS, Puerto Rico, with a tourist rental contract. Ref. Beautiful 1 bedroom apartment with large terrace. Completely furbished with great style and full 10035 equipped. Community pool. Price: 144.000.- € Price: 75.000 ,-€ Opportunity Studio with sea views near the beach 8. PLAYA DEL INGLÉS-TOPFLOOR Spacious studio on the top floor of the complex, One-bedroom apartment on topfloor with great balcony. overlooking the sea and the beach of Puerto Close to the beach. Situated in a private complex with Rico, close to the beach! Ref. 10132 A pool and elevator. Low community fee! Price: Price: 75.000 ,-€ 88.000.-€ Spacious apartment in uptown Puerto Rico 9. MASPALOMAS: CHALET WITH DIRECT VIEW Apartment with a bedroom, bathroom, living ON THE GOLFCOURSE room, kitchen and terrace, fully renovated. Ref. Plot: 622 m2. Living area: 225 m2. 10007 Unimprovable topcondition, with all details, unique Price: 75.000 ,-€

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CARDENAS REAL ESTATE, SINCE 1980 Call now: 928 150 650 cardenas-grancanaria.com

location, pool, garage, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, luxurious kitchen, study, several storagerooms, etc. Very seldom sale. Price: 1.050.000,- €

10. PLAYA DEL INGLÉS, A DREAM AT THE BEACH PROMENADE Playa del Inglés, chalet at the promenade with breathtaking views. 155 m2 Living-area, 3 bedrooms, full-fitted kitchen, 2 bathrooms and carport. Large sunny terraces, the lovely gardens and large pool with streamjet make this house to a high level property that meets elevated demands. Price: 590.000.- €

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