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The Local Police of San Bartolome de Tirajana have arrested five young men from the island on suspicion of a wave of muggings and beatings affecting business owners, employees and visitors of Playa del Ingles during the past two months.

Police sources confirmed last week that the arrests occurred on Friday as the result of a special operation which took place in the vicinity of Paseo Maspalomas Costa Canaria, police having caught the perpetrators red handed during an assault.

The arrests came just in time for the opening of Maspalomas Carnival. Of the five detainees living in el Lomo del Gato, in the town of Jinรกmar, three have been held while two others have been released because they are minors. Police believe that

this gang may have been responsible for at least four reported beatings, in which some of their victims having suffered both legs broken, broken ribs and severe bruising to the face, among the serious injuries. Entrepreneurs in the Yumbo Centre in Playa

del Ingles, the area where these violent incidents have occurred, denounced the wave of robberies and assaults suffered by their employees and customers, the most recent of which occurred last Friday according to a spokesman.

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consulates The representatives of 34 urism visit El Hierro to support to Representatives of 34 consulates visited El Hierro on Wednesday to support travel to the island as part of a BinterCanarias campaign entitled “Tu cariño vuela” [“Your love flies”] in conjunction with the Cabildo of El Hierro, which aims to revive the tourism sector following the submarine volcanic eruption of the past 4 months, which although still active appears to have significantly subsided.. The 34 consuls were flown from Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to the island accompanied by Meridian

BinterCanarias management. Arriving on the island they were received by President of the Cabildo, Alpidio Armas González, and the Minister of Tourism, Veronica Montero, before being taken on a route through some of the many highlights of El Hierro. Consular representatives visited a mirador, or viewpoint, over the new wind farm project which is nearing completion and the mirador of La Caldera, to observe the central hidroeólica work’s progress and learning about this internationally pioneering project with which El Hierro hopes to become the world’s

first isolated and selfsufficient territory to use 100% renewable energies. The procession then moved to San Andrés, where they made a stop at the mirador of Jinama for a stunning view over the valley of El Golfo, and then to the viewpoint of Las Playas, where they enjoyed a tour of the east coast of the island,

taking in the emblematic Roque de la Bonanza and the Parador de Turismo. The consuls also visited the fishing village of La Restinga, close to the underwater volcanic eruption and where they visited the Interpretation Centre for the Submarine Volcano of El Hierro, in addition to taking a small walk around the

Hospitalised, robbed, jailed New TV series follows consular staff as they help Brits in distress

How the staff of British Consulates in Spain help citizens in distress is to be highlighted in a new TV documentary series to be broadcast in March on the UK’s Channel 4. The problems caused by lost and stolen passports, and the costs and consequences of failing to buy holiday insurance, are just two of the biggest calamities for residents and holidaymakers who turn to the British Consulates for help. The new TV series, filmed last summer, reveals how consular staff come to the rescue of Britons who find themselves in trouble. From helping victims of crime to advising Brits arrested by the police, the series also follows consular staff as they visit holidaymakers who end up in hospital and meet expat residents to hear their property concerns. The three part series, called ‘Our Man In…’, provides unprecedented access to the work of British consular staff. It will be shown on the UK’s Channel 4 on Thursdays 1st, 8th and 15th March at 22.00 GMT. The first programme features Mallorca and Ibiza, the second follows the team in Alicante and the third covers

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Tenerife and Barcelona. British Consulates in Spain are among the busiest in the world. “The series shows the hard work and professionalism of our staff in helping British expats and holidaymakers abroad”, says Maria Leng, British Consul for the Canary Islands. “We’re here to assist, and residents and tourists can find even more information on our ukinspain website.” The series reveals the consequences of failing to prepare properly for a holiday. Even if you’re staying with friends and family, travelling without insurance could cost you many thousands of pounds if you’re injured abroad. “Losing your passport will cost you time and money”, says Maria Leng. “And without an EHIC health card, you’ll find it harder to get medical care. By taking a few simple precautions, you can avoid a dream holiday turning into a nightmare.” ‘Our Man In…’ was filmed in August and September last year and is produced by Screenchannel Television, a Londonbased independent production company.

BRITISH EMBASSY - MADRID Britons in Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria get the chance to find out more about their social security rights in Spain Have your friends told you a person needs to work 15 years in Spain to be entitled to a Spanish pension? That you can get medical treatment at the health centre in the town where you live just by showing your UKissued European Health Insurance Card? And that if you were thinking of going back to the UK, you’d have to wait at least 6 months to access NHS health care? Well things might not be quite as they seem - the statements above are all false. Don’t listen to misleading rumours, come and hear from the experts. The British Consulate is holding a series

seafront. The visitors noted the kindness and the warm treatment received from the people from El Hierro and pledged to promote a favourable image of the island abroad, announced their spokesmen Pedro Garcia, Consul of Chile and dean of the consular corps in Tenerife, and Luis Molina, Consul of

of open events in the province of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, to offer advice on some of the issues that matter most to British people living in Spain. As well as learning more about the services offered by the Consulate, Britons will have the opportunity to find out about their pension and benefit rights and responsibilities as residents in Spain. How to correctly register for healthcare is an increasingly hot topic among residents and this will also be on the agenda, as will where to apply for the European Health Insurance Card. British Consul Maria Leng said: “We’re really keen to help British residents integrate into Spanish life, and get the most out of living in Spain. This is a great chance to hear from the experts about your rights, and also your obligations, when living here. By holding three events on three different islands, we hope to reach as many people as possible.” Those attending can submit questions for the panel in advance and should do so when booking their place at the event. The question and answer session will follow the main presentation.

Cuba and dean of the province of Las Palmas. They were accompanied on the trip by the editor of The Canary News and photographer Ian Wilcox. Other journalist present were a freelance travel writer and the local press at El Hierro airport for the arrival of the party being greeted by the President.

The events will take place on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th March 2012 as follows: Corralejo, Fuerteventura – Wednesday 7th March - 11.30 am (doors open 11 am). Auditorio de Corralejo Calle Guriamen 2 Corralejo (next to Baku Park) Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote – Wednesday 7th March 2012 - 6 pm (doors open 5.30 pm) Centro Cívico El Fondeadero C/ Lanzarote, nº 1 Puerto del Carmen Arguineguin, Gran Canaria – Thursday 8th March 2012 - 6 pm (doors open 5.30 pm) ANFI Barranco de la Verga 35120 – Mogán To book a place online, please visit www. If you experience any problems booking or do not have Internet access, please call 902 109 356 (alternative number 913 344 763). Please note places are limited and can only be guaranteed if reserved in advance.

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Five caught & detained

One victim of just such an attack, Mario, speaking exclusively to The Canary News back in January, told us how at around 2am on a Tuesday morning, after a night out, he had been set upon by two men at the top of the staircase leading out of the Yumbo by the Taxi rank on Av de los Estados Unidos. “It literally took less than 2 mins, they didn’t say anything to me at all, one just punched me to the ground and while the other one started kicking and punching me the first one just

grabbed my bag and they both started running.” Mario described his attackers as one being about 170cm, 25yrs old, with dark hair, a black and white baseball cap, jeans and a black jacket with red stripes on the shoulders; and the other between 30 & 35, between 175 & 180 cm tall, short dark hair with flecks of grey and a grey shirt. He didn’t feel like they had just been passing, but were instead lying in wait for an opportunity. He also said it was indiscriminate, they called him no names and he didn’t feel it was homophobically motivated, but rather a random attack on the first vulnerable person they found. Mario praised the local Police and hospital where he was treated for a knee broken in two places, a black eye and bruising. He said that the police took him seriously, in his obviously injured state and that he was immediately

given a telephone number, as he doesn’t speak sufficient Spanish, so that he could give his statement in English or German. A policeman then brought him a copy of his statement to sign within 48 hours of the attack. Mario stressed the importance of reporting all such incidents to the police, as they are very efficient in taking statements with a minimum of fuss, and because, he said, it is only by tourists and residents contacting police as quickly as they can that we can build an accurate picture of such problems. Furthermore he called for added security or patrols to be available in the area surrounding the Yumbo, and although he would not necessarily welcome cameras within the shopping centre, he did feel it would add to public safety in the streets directly outside the centre so as to deter similar types of ambush and provide evidence in the event of similar attacks.

Questions still remain however as to whether these latest arrests will put an end to the recent upsurge in attacks. It is well known in the Playa del Inglés area that occasionally native youths have travelled to the

touristed south specifically to drink, cause trouble, even steal from cars and target foreign residents and visitors. Although very rare over the years, these recent attacks appear well planned and involve various perpetrators.

The police will be watching closely to see if everything now returns to normal. Anyone who suffers such an attack is urged to report it immediately giving full details to the local police. Edward Timon


Criminality has recently increased in the last couple of months in and around the Yumbo a popular shopping centre and night time venue, most of which seem to have occurred on the avenue adjoining the Av de los Estados Unidos and Calle Irlanda, one street away from which the robbers appear to have acted in premeditated attacks.


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Mobile Bars for Maspalomas Tourism Consortium suggests mobile bars

Eight of the ten new bars in Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas should be frequently moved, so as to not interrupt the natural movement of sand. The Southern Tourism Rehabilitation Consortium (Consorcio Maspalomas Gran Canaria) has said that the movement of kiosks will be of primary considerations of environmental factors on the coastal area stretching from Maspalomas to Playa del Ingles, as part of their Master Plan for the Nature Reserve of the Dunas de Maspalomas. The City of San Bartolome de Tirajana and the heads of the Consortium have agreed to ten mobile kiosks, six in Playa del Ingles (from 1 to 6 ) and four in Maspalomas (from 7 to 10). Right now there are only eight but they have a Coastal permit for ten. All the kiosks located at the start of Playa del Ingles can remain fixed while the others must now change places every six months, facilitating their easy movement in the event of storm surges. Those currently in Maspalomas have previously only been moved during unusually heavy seas. César Muñoz, manager of the Gran Canaria Maspalomas Consortium, explained that specifications have been prepared to invite tenders for the purchase of new bars emphasising that mobility and aerodynamics will be the prevailing factors in the design of the new kiosks. However, the city Council and Consortium would not specify in advance the materials of which these beach structures should be made. Munoz said that this decision had been made based on models submitted by firms competing for the available tenders. Another factor in the decision will be to assess the durability of materials able to withstand vandalism. The Consortium has € 500,000 available for the purchase of the new bars.

Almond Crop Eradication

Madrid decrees eradication of almond crops in Gran Canaria ● The varieties rooted on The Canary Islands listed as invasive alien species include grass, chestnut, broom and cactus

Almond, chestnut, broom, common grass and cactus have all been blacklisted in a royal decree recently approved by the Ministry of Environment, which proposes the elimination of numerous “invasive alien species” in spite of the fact that they are already part of the economic and social life of the Islands and in some cases have been for well over a century. Tejeda and the Commonwealth of Medianías, a group of four municipalities at the centre of Gran Canaria, have demanded an immediate repeal.

Tejeda this weekend has been celebrating the feast of the almond blossoms, with an eye toward the recovery of an agro-industrial activity which has generated much prosperity in past decades to the municipality and the surrounding ones San Mateo, Valsequillo, and Villa Santa Brigida. However, it would appear that the almond trees along with various other species have their days numbered. The resolution, sponsored by the former Minister Rosa Aguilar and

in force since December, requires the competent authorities to take necessary measures for the control and eventual eradication of these ‘alien’ species, because they “constitute a major cause of biodiversity loss, destroy habitats and ecosystems particularly in vulnerable areas such as the islands.” The Decree provides for a Spanish catalogue of invasive alien species, among which they include varieties like Indian cactus, reeds, acacias, mimosas, water lettuce and

the date palm. Damage to Gran Canaria As well as this they provide a list of potentially invasive alien species, prohibiting their introduction into the wild and sanctioning measures to eradicate them. This appendix includes coves, brooms, chestnuts, common grass, strawberries, red and pink geraniums, almonds, figs, pears, honeysuckle and primrose. The Deputy Minister of the Environment for the Canary Islands, Guacimara Medina, acknowledged

concern about the inclusion of species such as almond, but pointed out that the crop is a living tool that will help encourage Madrid to consider how to modify the document. Meanwhile, the mayor of Tejeda, Francisco Perera, expressed outrage at the species that have been included and in particular the inclusion of almonds stating that the Commonwealth of Medianías will be asking Madrid for an immediate repeal. Edward Timon

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Blackthorn a Winner

Mateo Gil congratulated on his Blackthorn blockbuster success at the Goya Awards

Carnival Queen 2012

Attendees of the MasPOPlomas Carnival enjoyed one of its most magical nights at the Yumbo centre in Playa del Inglés. The coronation took place of Queen Charlotte Ramos Hernandez, outfitted to the fantasy theme “Carnival Dance on a royal night,” from designer Pedro Ramos Garcia on behalf of Holiday World The position of First Lady of Honor went to Falcon Ojeda Coraima with the fantasy “Arsinoe” by designer Willie Diaz, representing the CC Dock, while second Lady of Honour went to Cinthia Santana Gonzalez wearing the fantasy theme “Kryptonite” by designer Manuel Encinoso, representing the Atlantic CC. The councilors of Tourism and Festivities, José Ramón Suárez and Carlos Alamo, presented the sashes to the First and Second Lady

of honor, respectively. The Yumbo scenario became a Disco party playing music of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Dancers, skaters, an array of street performers entertained and the MLOU Gospel choir opened the colorful spectacle. The Gala, which lasted for two hours, was conducted by the presenter Canary Isabel Prinz, who was “excited and happy” to be at the sunniest Carnival in Europe. One of the highlights of the evening came from international disco salsa stars the Gibson Brothers who performed their hits Que será de mi vida and Cuba to the jury, public authorities and the 2,500 strong audience. Another stellar performances came from Spanish singer Roser, who reviewed her ten year career with songs like Quiero besarte and her latest hit El sonido de mi gente

The mayor of Telde, Maria del Carmen Castilian, has congratulated the director Mateo Gil on behalf of the City Council and all members of the municipal corporation, for his success at the Goya Spanish Film Awards, where his film Blackthorn. No Destination [Blackthorn. Sin Destino] came away with four awards: Best Production, Best Cinematography, Best Costume and Best Art Direction. Blackthorn. Without Destiny, is the story of

Films in English

legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy, who, according to the official story, after fleeing the United States died in Bolivia in 1908, after being shot with his friend Sundance Kid. But here the truth is that he has spent twenty years in hiding and now wants to go home. However, along the way he becomes involved with a young Spanish engineer who had just robbed a mine belonging to the most important businessman in Bolivia, where he worked. The film is in both English

This month Gran Canaria saw the opening of, what the owners claim to be, the first all-year-round open air cinema in the world. Moonlight Cinema, a new outdoor cinema recently opened opposite the Meloneras Bus Station, is offering the extraordinary and rather unique experience of watching feature length films under the stars. The cinema shows films in their original language – the vast majority are English - with the innovative option of being able to watch in Spanish, German and other languages via headphones and an easy to use control panel built into the seating. The concept is a mix of luxury cinema and stylish hang out, with spacious black leather seating, big screen showings with waiter service, wood-fired pizzas and cocktails. Together with a blend of the most eclectic movies

and Spanish and stars Sam Shepherd in the legendary role. Writer-director Mateo Gil, originally from Telde, already has to his credit numerous awards since being awarded with the Goya in 2004 for Best Original Screenplay for ‘The Sea Inside’ and in 2005 he won the Goya for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘The Method’, in 2009 Gil also received a Goya for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Agora’, and again in 2010 received the statuette for

you are likely to see from the best independent cinemas in London or Paris. The manager, James, from London, puts it quite simply: “Our goal is to show the best films in the world. We don’t mind if they came out last week, last year or 50 years ago. As long as it’s a great movie – we promise to show it”. This is certainly borne out by the February programme which has a wide ranging taste from the recent Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, iconic flick The Godfather, classic Ealing comedy Kind Hearts & Coronets and the 70s cult basque and fishnet extravaganza The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The cinema shows two movies a night at 7pm and 9pm and offers discounts for local residents and community groups. The full programme can be found at

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Best Short Fiction, ‘Tell me’. Maria del Carmen Castilian wanted to give the director and his team her best congratulations on the success and says that teldenses felt “proud” that “his strength, tenacity and professionalism have been recognised by Spain’s most important film awards.” predicting “I’m sure you have a long career before you full of successes.”

Bruce Springsteen

The BOSS (who will be in Gran Canaria on 15th May) LM Productions who in conjuction with Doctor Music are organizing the Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band concert in Gran Canaria on the 15th of May,said today Monday 20th of February that by last Friday they had sold 23,000 of the 46,000 tickets for the concert. This constitutes a record on the islands for the speed of ticket sales for a musical event.


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Local News

Body Care For Men Maybe you’ve never considered body care as something for you. Most heterosexual men don’t really think about it at all, however it is often surprising how many women would wish to see their man take a little better care of themselves, so what if it was much easier than you thought to become an object of desire? Just by perfecting more of a well kempt look and taking some professional advice on simple techniques that will not only improve your appearance, but also catch the eye of attractive or significant others. Bodycareformen is a new business in Playa del Ingles close to the Yumbo and Cita centres in the Apartamentos

Valparaiso. Not at all aimed at ‘girly’ men, it instead caters to men of discernment who care about the way they look and their presentation, in a most masculine sense. Essentially this business deals with body aesthetics exclusively for men in a comfortable relaxing and professional studio run by Lionel Sanchez. His treatments include massage for relaxing those aching muscles, facial hair shaping and tinting, and facial treatments to give you fresh and healthy skin. He also offers medical pedicures, body waxing and body shaving to enhance and neaten the body hair as well as various professional treatments to keep your

hands and nails in good condition. He is totally adverse to the idea that men should look ‘pretty’. “A man, should look like a man” he says “too often I see men who have over done things using what are essentially feminine techniques. Here we are all about bringing out a man’s essential masculinity.” Lionel is fully conversant in all the above treatments having studied in Las Palmas at NUEVO ESTILO Y IMAGEN to gain his professional qualifications. Since starting in Agüimes in 2005, he has gained many regular clients and his business is growing by the day as his delighted customers recommend him to their friends and colleagues. Everyone from executives to models, business owners and bar men to builders, property developers and the professionally retired come to Lionel for his bespoke tailored service, which not only offers the best achievable

look for the client but also, more often then not, inspires extra confidence and pizzazz allowing them to feel as good as they look, putting a glow inside and out. Having moved the business to Playa del Inglés he still attends to his original clients and his many clients from the Las Palmas area, as well as regularly travelling abroad to clients in Europe. He is fluent in both Spanish and English and easy to talk to. We sent Eddie the editor to discover more about Hair Removal: “It is one of more controversial and frightening grooming subjects for many men, because of the perceived pain level involved with waxing. But the solution to this problem it seems lies in double massage. Prior to any hair removal, a relaxing double massage using soft movements and rhythm, following the hair direction helps prepare a clients body

naturally. It simply relaxes the nerve tissues that grasp the hair follicle tightly, which is primarily what leads to pain when the hair is pulled. The second massage comes after the hair has been removed, which helps soothe and relax the skin. This helps a lot as in most cases they completely relax and have a pain free experience. What’s more Lionel’s one-to-one consultation leaves you with a greater understanding of how to make the best of your body, and perhaps hide some of the flaws which you’d perhaps thought you’d just have to put up with. During my 30 minute consultation I had my chest hair trimmed and shaped and my arm pits partially waxed and shaped, to get rid of their previously unruly look and provide some dynamic form to my body. A thoroughly enjoyable experience and one I’d recommend, though most men I know will probably need encouragement to try it, so I’d recommend it as a gift

from the love of their lives, unless of course they felt they really are man enough to have a go for themselves.” Give Lionel and his glamorous assistant a call today on 634 719 808 and say The Canary News sent you. Consultation is free and there is a huge range of treatments on offer. It’s not expensive, and you’ll feel like a new man. Are you man enough?

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Rivero calls for Africa links to improve trade


February 7th 2012 saw worldwide celebrations to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Charles Dickens generally considered the greatest English novelist of the Victorian era. He remains ever popular, his books never having gone out of print, and is responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic novels and characters. Hundreds of people gathered outside the house in which he was born in Portsmouth in honour of their famous son. Here in GC we are privileged to have another, if not- quite- so -famous son of Portsmouth, the colourful and inspirational Mr Melvyn Elphee and his wife Julie, both retired teachers and recently arrived ex-pats who worked extremely hard to organise a super-special party/concert at the British Club Las Palmas on Dickens’ Birthday. The celebration began with an address by the Vice-President of the club, Diego Cambreleng. Over 60 enthusiasts - several in costume of the period - came to participate in the fun, and to enjoy the supper, a typical- ofthe-era shepherd’s pie , followed by luxury trifle. The programme started with a rousing “Happy Birthday Dear Charlie” followed by excerpts read aloud (in both English and Spanish) by various guests, from most of Dickens’ well loved novels. Readings were interspersed with musical items, with our virtuoso and MC Melvyn at the piano. Songs of the period added to the very Victorian atmosphere, altogether making for a most memorable evening of entertainment. (Even Sir Winston Churchill and her Majesty the Queen appeared to look on approvingly from their opulent frames, as a rendition of “Rule Britannia” – Union Jack to the fore- stole the musical element of the concert!) Tired but happy guests left the British Club , having been privileged to enjoy sharing in the historical event celebrated all over the world and with plans continuing through THE BICENTENARY. A readathon* has been organized

across 24 countries – perhaps we in Gran Canaria may add to their number? *(If you are interested in taking part please contact melvyn. Most Popular Novels (and best DVDs!) Pickwick Papers (translated into Spanish by Perez Galdos) Oliver Twist (best film version: Polanski) Nicholas Nickleby (no really good film version, but Barry Humphreys aka Dame Edna Everage brings class to the 2002 Douglas McGrath adaptation). The Old Curiosity Shop (fair TV version with Derek Jacobi) A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart’s Scrooge wins the prize – though Scrooge Mc Duck in Mickey’s Christmas Carol is close! And there is a Spanish version La Leyenda de Navidad!) David Copperfield (Dickens’ own favourite among his novels: you just can’t cram it into a couple of hours but the old black and white film with W.C. Fields’ immortal Micawber does the job best so far) Bleak House (fabulous BBC version on DVD with Gillian Anderson) A Tale of Two Cities (It should make a great film but never has – an opportunity for Hugh Jackman before he gets too old?) Great Expectations (particularly well served by TV and cinema from David Lean in 1946 to Gillian Anderson on TV last year – and a new film in the pipeline with Ralphe Fiennes and Helena Bonham-Carter. Memorable Miss Havishams from Charlotte Rampling, Joan “Miss Marple” Hicks, Anne Bancroft and unforgettable convicts from Stratford “Z Cars” Johns and Anthony Hopkins). And if you are already a fan of Great Expectations don’t miss Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones – a great novel in its own right. Best web pages: and Kay Owen February 2012

Paulino Rivero calls on Brussels for public support to boost air transport links with Africa

President of the Canarian Government, Paulino Rivero, last Monday called on the European Commission to prepare new rules for air transport allowing state aid to promote routes linking the archipelago to Africa, in order to take advantage of “opportunities” offered by the neighbouring continent for businesses and professionals operating out of The Canary Islands. Brussels is currently working on new guidelines for air transport which he says will be “more restrictive” than those currently governing this sector and others such as shipping, he has asked that it be recognised and understood that the Canary Islands have “no alternatives” such as rail or road to enhance the connections, so that European standards must address our “specific situation” Rivero told reporters in Brussels, following

a meeting with Executive Vice President and Head of Community Competition, Joaquin Almunia. Rivero has asked Almunia to explore “the possibility of state aid to boost the Canaries connections with Africa” and for provision to be made explicitly in geographical areas with such specific circumstances. The president went on to say that “It is vital for us,” that we develop canary island routes to Africa, noting that the Government of the archipelago and the commissioner “agree” that this region must be recognized as a “singularity” within the new guidelines. The Canary Islands “must play a role” between Europe, America and Africa, stressed Rivero, and also strengthen “integration into our geographical environment” for which these “connections are essential.” Rivero acknowledged

that “there is no capacity in the Islands’ economy to generate economic activity that lowers unemployment rates to reasonable figures” and therefore it is vital to “diversify” growth opportunities, particularly harnessing the potential of West Africa, with continued growth of 5 percent annually, according to the President’s own figures. “The Canaries wish to take this opportunity and the chance to be the service provider for that part of the African population” in areas like health, education and trade relations, but we have a strong “handicap” due to the lack of connections. “Without access, or facilities to move from one side to the other, there can hardly be opportunities,” he insisted. In his meeting with Almunia Rivero he also addressed the issue of the

new tax regime for the archipelago due to come into force in 2014, on which Brussels has called for an “acceleration of the work” in order to accompany the autonomous community in the development of proposals. The President explained to the press that the primary objective of the scheme is to “create jobs” and warned that the serious unemployment suffered by the region which is comparable to other outermost European regions such as Guiana or Martinique, despite continental France’s figures being much lower. “There is a reality that has nothing to do with the movements of the economy on the continent, which has to do with special circumstances and therefore we must have tools to help solve the problems we have,” stated Rivero.

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Be aware of changing addresses I found myself being seized without even knowing why. I went to court and was told that I had been declared a “defaulter” as I had not appeared in court at a time previously appointed, though I had received no notifications. Now I find out that the bank were reclaiming a debt through the courts and I received nothing because I moved flat some time ago and into my parents’ place. This was why I couldn’t assist at the trial that lead to me being declared “defaulter”. Is there any solution? If the person required has been declared defaulter for not appearing in court, he or she can request a revision of the sentence passed, if able to prove

that they were unaware of the existence of the claim and the lawsuit, or that they had been hindered due to force majeure from assisting at trial even after knowing about the lawsuit against them. If handed over to you in person, you have at your disposal a period of 20 days to make such a request after obtaining the notification of sentence, or four months if not handed over in person. In any case, the sentence cannot be reviewed after 16 months have passed after notification. It is important to be aware that when changing addresses it is obligatory to inform the Civil Services and, as in this case, any creditor of a debt, non-fulfillment of this obligation can lead to

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Taking away the usufruct conceded to a family member Our aunt lives in a family property with the right of usufruct [the legal right of using and enjoying the fruits or profits of something belonging to another]. She is not taking care of the building, which is deteriorating. Can we request that the court cancel the usufruct so that we may make the necessary repairs to the house? No, this is no reason for the removal of a usufruct. When the usufructuary person does not carry out the necessary maintenance works and reparations to a

property which is in their charge, the proprietors can carry out the works at her expense, after requesting her to do so. In other words, if after being requested via legal written warning the person who is taking benefit from a usufruct still does not carry out the necessary reforms to preserve the property, then you, as owner, can judicially claim against her to pay any money back you have had to invest in order to complete the necessary repairs.

Passing inheritance to my nephew I have no children and I wish to leave my estate directly to my nephew but his father, my brother in law, is against it. Can a father hinder his son, while he is still a child, from obtaining an inheritance from me? No. The refusal of an inheritance destined for a minor by its parents or legal tutors will need judicial authorization, excepting where the minor has already reached the age 16 and consents to it in a public document.

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Euro improves against Pound

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With the passing of time the Greek situation is on the verge of being resolved and as of 20th February the Eurozone finance ministers held another meeting where they are expected to agree to the 130bn Euro bailout to Greece. Although reaching an agreement has certainly not been an easy one and even though Valentine’s day fell in between meetings love was not in the air between Germany and Greece, instead at one stage the idea of

allowing Greece to default was gaining momentum and with the elections scheduled for April the big question was, would a change of government renege on the deal. So aside from Greece; where is the Eurozone economy going? Are we slowly moving towards a recession particularly as Eurozone GDP contracted by .3% between Q3 and Q4, with Spain, Italy and even Germany recording negative growth during this

period, yet France recorded a growth of 2%. The big question still to be answered is how to stimulate growth and reduce unemployment and the road is a long one here with a bumpy run to come. Fortunately the market likes what it is hearing about the euro and we have seen it improve against the pound from its previous range of 1.19 to 1.206 and now standing at around the 1.18 mark. In the UK the number of unemployed is causing

further concern as the number reaches a 17 year high and now stands at 2.67 million or 8.4%, I suspect we will see this figure creep higher so Mr Osbourne’s budget of the 21st March is going to be a very interesting one. On a positive note however retail sales looked rosier and made a solid start to the year growing by .9% in January with small retailers coming out on top although online shopping is causing some raised eyebrows particularly as this increases and impacts upon unemployment. Above all it’s the US that is on a roll as politicians reached an agreement on extending existing payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits until the end of 2012 and with prices slowing the consumer finally has a little bit of relief. With unemployment at a 4 year low and furthermore it seems new home starts have seen an increase as prices appear to have reached the bottom of the pit and demand has started to increase, link this

to improved manufacturing numbers then the future appears brighter. We have also seen Wall Street reach a 4 year high so people are starting to feel more confident about the future. China is watching very closely as they want to ensure demand from the states remains strong as failure will hurt the Asian economies.

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The School

PURI PEREZ is one of the most talented people in her field. Having done her masters in Adult Language Acquisition, specifically in the field of keeping learners motivated, she went on to lecture at a

London university for many years before starting her own company, Global Languages, using the new methods she had developed to provide language lessons and inhouse training to all sorts of adult learners including executives and business people where measurable results were of the greatest importance. Escuela Talk, based in the south of Gran Canaria, is a continuation of Global

Languages, the school founded and directed by Puri. Over the 12 years she ran the school they trained thousands of students. They particularly specialized in training diplomats, taking them from total beginner level and on to master the language they required, also working alongside police, immigration, customs and excise, banks and civil servants. In 2010 Puri founded Escuela Talk based on her

unique teaching methods to help students accomplish competence English or Spanish as a foreign language. Born in Spain and having studied in the UK and in France, she specialized in teaching foreign languages and graduated with an MA in Education from London University. She is fully bilingual with an indepth knowledge of both English and Spanish. Having spent time

studying the language learning market here she says “Most people who come here want primarily to communicate, their main need is spoken Spanish, and the same is true of those trying to learn English.” Having developed the Talk method she offers learners the opportunity to master English or Spanish in a comfortable and highly effective environment from her classroom in Puerto

Rico. “Motivation is the main problem for most people, on many language courses they will come to two or three lessons but then invariably numbers drop off. Consistency is a problem. It is the teacher’s job not only to know the language they are teaching, but also to understand what motivates people to learn. It must be the learners decision, as you cannot make someone learn, but the teacher needs to

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for Talking understand how to keep their interest and ensure that the things they learn are things they can use in their every day lives.” Her innovative methods use some of the latest technologies including visual, auditory and kinaesthetic tools. The language courses put learners into small groups of between 2 to 4 people at a time, where they can discuss real issues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Puri simply asks the question “How did you learn your mother tongue?” she says “Talk is based on the same principles on which you learnt your first language, speaking, listening, watching and repeating. The conversations are grammatically structured and students apply their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation according to their level.” “The methods and technology used helps you to achieve your goals. Not only will you learn your language of choice but you will learn to speak it quickly and effectively.” They offer flexibility in the length of courses and the number of classes per week to work around your own schedule. The lessons are with a highly experienced professional, who instead of having you constantly take notes encourages you to use what you know to talk about, and interact with, subjects you understand. Escuela Talk offers certificates of

attendance stating the level achieved and number of hours attended, focusing not just on learning the language but also on the significant cultural differences which can affect understanding between languages. Whether beginner or advanced – they pride themselves on placing you at the right level for you. The interactive Smart whiteboard system keeps learners engaged through the use of moving imagery, videos, sounds and brings the language and the culture directly into the classroom. Simply put, teaching and learning is more effective as lessons come to life! Puri tells us “There are 3 ways to get information into people’s long-term memory and our method uses all of them: visual learning (by seeing), auditory (by hearing) , and kinesthetic (by doing). This cutting edge technology can help students overcome the barriers that often keep them from effectively learning a language. Their interactive lessons provide a visual context to what is under discussion, making the material easier for language learners to understand. With multiple ways to interact with content and the ability to learn collaboratively, students can feel less anxious about simultaneously mastering a language and learning subject-area content. Depending on each

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Renewing your residencia Gran Canaria Guru

Expert advice on everything you need to know about living and working in Gran Canaria. A few months ago we wrote an article on how to get your residencia in Gran Canaria. We explained the difference between NIE / NIF / DNI and residencia however all seems to have changed again! Last week we had to renew our residencia so we have first hand experience of the process so we thought we’d share it. Here we go ...

First lets remind you of some definitions. NIE - this is your número de identificación extranjero (your ID number). It begins with X and will look something like this X3997845-F. You need this number to work, buy a house, social security etc. DNI - this is the number Spanish nationals have. It is often confused with NIE. NIF - this is your número identificación fiscal - your tax number - which is the same as your NIE Residencia - a term used to describe your ID card that doesn’t seem to be used in official documentation any more but is still in common use.

The new TIE If you need to renew your residencia / ID card you probably have one of the old laminated photo cards or the big green A4 sheet (Certificado de Registro Nacional de Extranjeros) they started handing out about 4 years ago. Well just to confuse things

neither of these exist anymore and we now get something inbetween - a green credit card sized piece of card with your name and number called a TIE (tarjeta de identificación extranjero) - Foreigners ID card. It is a card that can be used to show you are a resident but it is not proof of identity and therefore must be accompanied with a passport. The TIE lasts 10 years but usefully does not have an expiry date on it so you’ll have to remember. It is almost paper so there is little chance it will last 10 years either especially as it is illegal to laminate it. So when you get it pop into your bank and ask for a plastic cover for your bank card to protect it.

How do you get a new TIE? The process is surprisingly simple and quick. We did it in San Fernando Police Station but you can also do it in Las Palmas (have a look at the grancanariaguru website for maps). If you live north of the airport you should go to Las Palmas and if not San Fernando. You need to take with you the following: ➤ Your old ID card - if you have lost it you need to take a police report saying you have lost it ➤ Your passport ➤ A photocopy of your passport Your first step is to go to the desk and explain what you

need and they will give you some documents to fill in and a form to take to the bank to pay 16 euros. Second step is to go to the bank and pay. Third step, return to the police station, fill in all the documents and hand over your old card and your bank certificate. And that’s it. They will give you a new card there and then and you can leave a resident for another 10 years. Amazingly it only took 1 hour from arrival to departure, including the walk to the bank. In fact the whole police process probably only took 10 minutes which is simply unheard of. If you don’t speak Spanish it may not be quite as easy as all documentation is in Spanish. In fact, in clear posters all over the police station it states they only speak Spanish and if you don’t speak Spanish you need to bring an interpreter. It is clear that they are obviously a little fed up with non-Spanish speakers so if you don’t speak the language I would advise you go with someone who does otherwise the process may not be as stress-free as ours was. We hope you’ve found this article useful and if you need any further help on living and working in Gran Canaria please visit the grancanariaguru website.

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effective transport from one port to another from Phoenix. However if you would like a much fuller service, leaving you not having to worry about all the bits in between your old home and your new, then again this is a service they offer. And everything in between. The fact is, unless you have done this even half as much as Phoenix has, you stand little to no chance of ever being able to beat their pricing or their expert advice, especially not if your idea of removals and packing for sea transport involves cling film! Don’t let the ‘crisis’ make you loco, speak to the most competent shipping company in The Canaries, listen to what they tell you, their not only honest and fair, but they are experts who will never quote you more than the job actually costs. Don’t waste your money or time on anyone who tells you different. Make friends with phoenix today, the most trusted shipping experts we know. +34 928 77 64 96 or email

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Ask Keith

Over the last years I have spent some of my time and effort informing parents throughout the island of the correct approach they should be giving their children’s English education to make them competitive with students from other European countries who are usually better prepared in languages. Now we have opened this new window in Canary News which gives parents, students and educators the possibility to ask these questions directly also allowing our readers to benefit from this information. I’ve been told that certificates like FCE expire, is this true ? (Deborah, Las Palmas) Dear Deborah, Certificates like FCE or Trinity College ISE do not expire once they are awarded they are for life, nevertheless many organisms such as universities or the Spanish government when they organize “oposiciones” require that they have been awarded in the last five years. Does the PAU this year include a Speaking test ? (Isabel, Firgas) Dear Isabel, This year the PAU exam will not include a speaking part, there have been many rumors about it starting this year but finally it was postponed. Whether there will be one next year is yet to be seen as it depends on the changes the new PP government will introduce in the educational system. My son goes to a private bilingual school which offers IGCSE in geography and history I would like him to study Computer Sciences in an English University would they be useful to him? (Maria, Las Palmas) Dear Maria, I’m afraid they won’t be of much use to him as he wants to study a science and neither of those subjects are linked to the degrees he is interested in. You must also take into account that IGCSE exams are usually combined with IA-Levels one without the other are usually insufficient. I would recommend he dedicated his time to obtaining a C1 certificate such as the Trinity College ISE III certificate which will open many more doors in British Universities.

Are my children well prepared for the future? Professional educators get to hear this question quite often, when parents contact them regarding English Classes for their son or daughter, the parents are quite surprised when the answer they receive is usually negative. Most parents are unaware of the current educational requirements and more often than not wait till it’s too late to ask for advice regarding these matters, nevertheless if you seek advice in time things can be a lot easier. It’s not uncommon to be contacted by a parent three months before the PAU must be taken asking what can be done or four months before finishing at University asking if they can get a B1 certificate in two months. Unfortunately many times the answer is “I’m afraid you’ve left it till the last minute and there’s no time to prepare you”. Ideally this situation should be avoided as students prepared with time to spare can obtain better results, which also reduces the stress placed on the student, the parents and ultimately on the teacher. Most parent don’t have enough information regarding the English Studies their children should have for the PAU or what requirements are needed at University, and for some illogical reason the educational authorities don’t seem to realize the importance of parents being correctly informed to guarantee that today’s students will be competitive when they start work in the near future in an ever more

ferocious work market.

So, what do I need to take into account regarding my child’s English studies ? Well, we need to take a couple of facts into account, the first one regards university requirements in Spain firstly we have the English test in the P.A.U. (Prueba de Acceso Universitaria) which will soon include a speaking test which is rumored to be around a B1 level although being realistic with the current situation it will more likely be an A2+ level. Secondly there is a requirement when students finish university which many parents and students are unaware of, when you finish your university degree you will be expected to demonstrate a minimum English level which is currently set at a B1 level, this must be done by showing a certificate from an accredited English teaching institution, e.g. Trinity College London and you must take into account that this certificate must have been awarded in the last five years. The other fact we need to

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Twitters from the Atlantic If you enjoyed this article, take a look at Barrie’s websites: and www.thecanaryislander. com or read his latest book, ‘Threads and Threats' (ISBN: 9781843866466)

Baking Bread

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

Expats in many countries, and particularly those in Spain, Portugal and France, will quickly discover many wonderful bakeries. Forget the plastic bread on sale in the supermarkets, but that wonderful bread baked in relatively small quantities by people who recognise that it is the taste of real bread that buyers are looking for. I like a simple, freshly baked loaf of bread, preferably white and with a dark and crispy crust. However, I still cannot quite find the taste and texture of a loaf that I was used to in the UK, despite having a wonderful bakery in the village where all types of loaves are baked. I am pleased that I had the foresight to pack the bread maker when we left the UK. I had tried several models over the years, and all failed after a few months; it was friends who recommended a model made by Panasonic. Twelve years later, the breadmaker is still producing two or three loaves a week, with additional loaves made for friends and neighbours. The smell of freshly baked bread

is one of the most evocative in the world, and is to be highly recommended if you are entertaining, or trying to sell your property! Two months ago, our trusty bread-maker developed a strange grating noise. Twelve years of faithful baking was a reasonable lifespan in an age when planned obsolescence seems to be the norm, and so I ordered a replacement machine from Amazon. A week later, a huge box arrived with the replacement machine. In many ways, the new machine looked very similar and baked a perfect loaf of bread the first time that I used it. Before disposing of the old machine, I gave it a good shake. I heard something click inside, and I felt the need to give it just one more try. I put in all the ingredients and the four-hour process began. It now appeared to be working perfectly, with no grating noise. It too made a perfect loaf of bread, so clearly a good shake was the answer! We now have two breadmakers in our house. Some may think it strange or maybe obsessive, but I have found it to be a real advantage. I can bake two loaves of bread at the same time. I can open only one packet of yeast and flour without any waste, and the job is done and forgotten for another week. Another advantage is that I am in control of the ingredients.

There are no added preservatives and salt and sugar are kept to a minimum, unlike loaves purchased in the supermarkets. Also, bread is very cheap to make at home, which is another advantage during these difficult times. Yeast has been difficult to find in Spain and the Canary Islands. Bread-making machines are not popular in Spain and the Canary Islands, and most home bakers use fresh yeast from their local bakery. This is not advised for use in bread-making machines and dried yeast is not easy to get. I usually rely on thoughtful friends bringing a supply of yeast from Tesco or Sainsburys in the UK, although in an emergency I can get an expensive supply from the El Corte Ingles department store. During my first hesitant attempts at bread making in the Canary Islands, I used ‘levadura en polvo’, which I thought was dried yeast. The dreadful result sent me heading for the dictionary where I discovered that ‘levadura en polvo’ is actually baking powder. What I really needed was ‘levadura de panadero’, which is bakers yeast. If you are also tempted to bake your own bread, have a look at the ‘Expat Survival’ section of my website, where I have included further details. Bella (our dog) and I are just off for morning coffee, toast and Marmite!

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Spanish Lesson 59



Just do it! Giving commands speaks). So we can say ‘habla lentamente’ (he/she speaks slowly), or tell someone to do this: ¡habla lentamente! (speak slowly!) As in English, we use a firm tone of voice and often direct eye-contact to show that we´re giving an instruction.

Don´t treat me this way by Theresa Coe language exchange group (LEG) co-ordinator In lesson 28 we looked at how to give affirmative instructions or commands in the informal ‘tú’ form (to one person). I´d like to contrast that fairly easy way of speaking with the negative form, which is handy but a bit trickier to master.

Listen very carefully

Let´s start with a re-cap. When we want someone to do (or not do) something, we can either ask them: ¿Puedes bajar la música? (can you turn down the music?) or tell them: ¡Baja la música! (turn the music down!). If we´re going to add a pronoun like him/her/ it, we´d tack this onto the end, just like in English (except that it´s written as if it were one word): ¡bájala! (BAH-ha-la; turn it down). ‘It’ can be lo or la, depending on whether the thing we´re talking about is masculine or feminine - la música ends in an ‘a’ so it´s feminine. For regular verbs, it´s easy to use the ‘imperative’ (command) form, because the endings are the same as for ‘he/ she/it’; number three in the list (e.g. hablo/hablas/habla: I speak, you speak, he/she

It´s very different with negative commands. For most verbs, we can use the ‘tú’ form endings, BUT we need to swap the last vowel around: ‘a’ goes to ‘e’ and ‘e’ goes to ‘a’. The other difference is that any pronoun goes before, not after, the action-word. 1) A changes to E HABLAR: For example, hablas (you speak) but ¡No HABLES tan rápido! (no AB-less tan RAH-pee-doh; don´t speak so fast) TRATAR (to treat): tráta/me bien (treat me well), or: ¡No me TRATES así! (no meh TRA-tess a-SEE; don´t treat me like that). LLAMAR: lláma/me pronto (call me soon) but no me llames temprano (don´t call me early) LLORAR: ¡llora!– es bueno para tí (cry - it´s good for you) but no llores, por favor (don´t cry please) ESPERAR (to wait/hope): ¡Espérame! (wait for me) but no me esperes (don´t wait for me) TRABAJAR (to work): ¡trabaja duro! (work hard!) but no trabajes tanto (don´t work so much) 2) E/I changes to A COMER: come los chocolates (eat the chocolates) but no comas los chocolates, or no los comas (don´t eat them) BEBER: ¡Bébelo! (drink it) but

no bebas mi vino caro (don´t drink my expensive wine) or no lo bebas (don´t drink it) LEER (to read): ¡Lee esto - es estupendo! (read this - it´s great) or no lo leas – es fatal (don´t read it, it´s awful) PERDER (to lose/miss): No pierdas la esperanza (don´t lose hope) or ¡No pierdas la guagua! (don´t miss the bus) ABRIR (to open): Abre la ventana, but: no abras la ventana (don´t open the window)

don´t pass yourself). Another handy one is ¡No te pongas así! – Don´t get like that (lit: don´t put yourself that way) from the verb:

de…) e.g: deja de gritar/ criticar…(DEH-ha deh greeTAR/cree-tee-CAR; stop shouting/criticizing) or no dejes de pintar (don´t stop painting).

poner/se – to get/become, usually followed by an adjective. Finally, we often tell people to stop doing something (deja

Irregular verbs IR (‘ear’ - to go) or IR/SE (to leave): Ve/te al infierno (go to hell!) or ¡no te vayas! (don´t leave!) SER (to be): Sé feliz (seh fehLEEZ; be happy), but no seas triste (noh SEH-yas TREEsteh; don´t be sad) TENER (to have): ten paciencia (have patience) but no tengas miedo (don´t be scared - lit: don´t have fear) VENIR (to come): ven conmigo (come with me) but no vengas mañana (don´t come tomorrow) SALIR (to go out): sal con nosotros (go out with us) but no salgas con él (don´t go out with him) HACER (to do/make): haz un esfuerzo (make an effort) but no hagas ruido (don´t make noise) Haz tu trabajo (do your work) but no lo hagas (don´t do it) DECIR (to say/tell): dí la verdad (tell the truth) but no digas nada (don´t say anything)

Common expressions In the negative form, common expressions include: ¡No te pases! (meaning either ‘don´t overdo it’ or ‘don´t push your luck’ - lit:

Bonsoir! Belgian Evelyne speaks French with Ana from Madrid

¿Qué tal? Moira practices Spanish with air-traffic controller Sergio

Language Exchange dates: PLAYA DEL INGLÉS: First and third Sunday of each month, 5pm at Café Florin ( and second and fourth Sunday of each month, 6pm, Mono bar (CC Atlantic Beach Club) LAS PALMAS (VEGUETA): Friday 2nd March at 6pm and Saturday 10th March, 5.30pm (

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Canaries, Aromas & Memories

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Fataga is a small town considered one of the most beautiful in Gran Canaria whose history can be traced back over 2000 years when the ancient aboriginal Canario Guanches inhabited this area. Many of its houses retain the traditional Canarian style, its streets are paved with stones and its church was built in 1880. Fataga therefore has been listed as a World Heritage site. Fataga es un pequeño pueblito considerado uno de los sitios mas bonitos de Gran Canaria cuya história podria remontarse a mas de 2000 años cuando los Guanches antiguos aborígenes Canarios

habitaban esta zona. Muchas de sus casas conservan el estilo tradicional canario , sus callecitas están pavimentadas de piedras y tiene una Iglesia construida en 1880. por ello Fataga ha sido considerada a ser candidata para convertirse en Patrimonio Mundial The village became known as Adfatagad in the 16th century, around the time when the struggle for control of the Canary Islands between the Guanches and the Spanish was taking place. Many of the battles in the final stages of this conflict took place in and around the Barranco de Fataga El pueblo se conocía

como Adfatagad en el siglo 16, alrededor del momento en que la lucha por el control de las Islas Canarias entre los guanches y españoles se llevaba a cabo. Muchas de las batallas en las etapas finales de este conflicto tuvo lugar en y alrededor del Barranco de Fataga. By the end of the 19th century, Fataga had some 650 inhabitants, dedicated to the farming of cereals, vegetables and fruit, as well as cattle. At that time it was a self-sufficient farming community, owing its prosperity to the water source known as “El Cercado de Fataga” (The Orchard of Fataga)

or “Fuente Grande” (Great Spring). A finales del siglo 19, Fataga tenía unos 650 habitantes, dedicados al cultivo de cereales, verduras y frutas, así como el ganado. En ese momento, era una comunidad agrícola autosuficiente, que debe su prosperidad a la fuente de agua conocida como “El Cercado de Fataga” (El jardín de los de Fataga) o “Fuente Grande” (Primavera Grande). Its ravine is known as the “valley of the thousand palms” due to the lushness of its palm groves, a protected area for its magnificent landscape and ecological value. Riding a camel

through the Barranco de Fataga is an unforgettable experience as much for the exoticness of the transport, as the dizzying cliffs of the area and its incredible vegetation, Su barranco es conocido como el “valle de las mil palmeras” por la frondosidad de su palmeral,considerado espacio protegido por su valor ecológico y magnífico paisaje. Pasear en camello por el Barranco de Fataga puede ser una experiencia inolvidable, tanto por lo exótico del transporte, como por los precipicios de vértigo de la zona y su increíble vegetación. Close by are the resivoirs of Chira and

Las Niñas in a setting of incredible beauty with breathtaking views. Tranquillity reigns in this place despite being so close to the bustling Playa del Inglés, which is only about 20 minutes away. Muy cerca de allí se encuentran las presas de Chira y Las Niñas en un marco de increíble belleza, con vistas incomparables. La tranquilidad reina en este sitio tan cercano a lugares tan animados como Playa del Inglés, de la que lo solo la separan unos 20 minutos. For those interested in Canarian history you will find Mundo Aborigen on the road to Fataga, a

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Mundo Aborigen

reconstruction of an ancient Canarian village devoted entirely to the Guanche way of life. Para aquellos interesados en la historia Canaria, aquí nos encontraremos con Mundo Aborigen, una reconstrucción de un antiguo pueblo Canario dedicado enteramente a la forma de vida Guanche This park gives genuine insight into pre-Hispanic culture, with more than 100 human-size figures arranged in lifelike scenes with recordings of domestic animal noises in the background to give the whole setting some realism. A marked trail leads visitors through vivid descriptions of everything, from a butcher gutting a goat, to a doctor performing surgery, a farmer sowing a field and to a convict being executed with a large rock … Este parque ofrece una visión genuina de la cultura prehispánica, con más de 100 figuras humanas de tamaño dispuestas en escenas reales grabadas y sonidos de animales domésticos en un segundo plano para dar todo el entorno algo de realismo.

Un sendero señalizado conduce a través de descripciones vívidas de todo, desde un carnicero destripar una cabra, un médico de la celebración de una cirugía, un agricultor siembra un campo a un convicto que se está ejecutando con una piedra ... To emphasise the most important aspects of Guanche culture, the site also houses a small archaeological museum which has been created on the site. It has been declared a place of historical, social and cultural interest by the local government.

Para enfatizar los aspectos más importantes de la cultura guanche, el sitio también alberga un pequeño museo arqueológico también se ha creado en el sitio. Ha sido declarado lugar de interés histórico, social y cultural por el gobierno local. The Fataga art gallery, found at the back of the village, is most certainly also worth a visit both for the diversity of the works and the views of the valley. Hay una galería de arte que se encuentra al final del pueblo que merece una visita por ambas cosas el arte y las vistas desde este lugar.

Beans with Vinaigrete Here is a very easy and tasty recipe to try: Ingredients ½ Kg of White beans 1 Green Pepper 1 Onion 1 Garlic clove 2 Ripe Tomatoes Few Olives 2 Boiled Eggs ½ Glass of Oil ½ Glass of Vinegar A little bit of Oregano 2 Pepper corns Preparation The beans should

soaked and then stewed and when cooked drained. In a glass bowl mix oil, vinegar and finely chop the onion, peppers, tomatoes, olives and boiled eggs. With

Judias a la Vinagreta a mortar crush the garlic with a few grains of salt and black pepper. All of this is mixed with beans adding a pinch of oregano. Serve cold

Hay una receta muy fácil de hacer de hacer y que está muy rica. Vamos a probar unas Ingredientes ½ Kg de Judias blancas 1 Pimiento Verde 1 Cebolla 1 Ajo 2 Tomates maduros y duritos Unas pocas Aceitunas 2 Huevos Duros ½ Vaso de Aceite ½ Vaso de Vinagre un poquito de Orégano 2 granos de pimienta negra

Preparación Las judias que habrán estado en remojo, se guisan y se les quita el agua. En una hondilla decristal se mezclan el aceite, el vinagre y se pica finamente la cebolla, el pimiento, los tomates, las aceitunas y los huevos duros. Por otra parte se machaca con unos granos de sal el ajo y la pimienta negra. Todo esto con un poquito de orégano se mezcla con la judías. Se comen frias

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Keeping An innovative new business in San Fernando in the south of Gran Canaria, near the popular tourist resort of Playa del Inglés opened a couple of months ago supplying popular and specialist beers in an easy-to-take-home method that marks a first for the Canary Islands. El Barril uses manual beer dispensers developed for the fast and foam-free filling of beer from kegs into take-home containers.

The technology is based on the "counter-pressure" method, which is generally used in industrial beer bottling machines. The counterpressure method consists of filling an empty bottle with gas under equal pressure to that of the keg of beer, ensuring fast, foam-free dispensing, avoiding the various destructive preservatives needed for normal supermarket bottled beer with artificially maintained shelf life, and thus keeping the beverage at optimum quality to be enjoyed straight from your refrigerator.

Keeping beer quality better The results of an independent laboratory analysis show that after dispensing unfiltered beer manually with their specialist equipment: ✔ The saturation of beer with CO2 remains the same in the bottle as it is in a keg or a tank; ✔ The share of oxygen never exceeds that of the keg or supply tank which remains,

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for those interested in the science, at 20 parts per billion (or ppb) (0.020 mg/ltr); ✔ Airproof bottle-filling creates proper conditions for sanitary dispensing and preserves beer from irrelevant micro flora, thus keeping its microbiological composition unchanged; ✔ After dispensing and sealing a bottle with a cap the quality of draught beer is maintained and unaltered for 7-14 days.

Hygienic bottle-filling Contrary to traditional draught systems that fill containers bottomup, the El Barril systems provide ‘laminar’ bottle filling. Sometimes known as streamline flow, the fluid flows in parallel layers, with no disruption between the layers, this means that the beverage flows top-down along the internal surface of the bottle. As a result, the dispensing system has no contact with the beverage ensuring much

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the bubbles in Beer more hygienic filling of the container.

Why draft beer? Draft beer is many different things to many different people and beer lovers often have a story of discovery to share. Draft beer has been described variously as ten minutes of pleasure, pure happiness in a glass, full flavored, authentic, archetypical, and an intellectual beverage that is to be savored not swilled and much, much more. It is enjoyed for everyday celebrations and is viewed by many as one of those special contributors to life that can make the day taste and feel a little better.

Beer and your body So how many beers are safe for health? Recently, scientists have calculated that the optimum safe amount of alcohol for your body will be a maximum of 1 g per 1 kg of body weight. Thus, for an adult weighing about 80 kg – it should be perfectly safe to drink up to about 2 litres of beer (4-5% alc). Beer contains a whole “gang” of vitamins, it is rich in B vitamins, containing

B1, B2, B6. The vitamins in beer can contribute to the metabolism and “help” the heart, also contributing to the production of red blood cells. Beer contains iron and copper, phosphorus and magnesium and other trace elements. There are over 20 amino acids in beer. Of course, this “utility” mainly refers to the unfiltered and non pasteurized varieties which certainly help to keep the beer nutrients. In El Barril they offer just such a beer - fresh, without additives or preservatives.

Positive effects of draft beer appreciation The next time you pour yourself a draft beer – or perhaps you’re enjoying one now – you should know that there are variety of health benefits from moderate enjoyment of your favourite malted beverage.

Health benefits associated with moderate consumption of beer ✔ Decreased risk of weight gain among women who drink moderately, compared to those who don’t drink ✔ Decreased risk of hypertension

✔ Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, among healthy men, men who have had heart bypass surgery, women, and among drinkers with type II diabetes ✔ Decreased risk of heart failure, especially for moderate consumers ✔ Decreased risk of stroke among women, and in the long-term; however, this same study also found an increased risk of stroke in the two hours immediately following consumption of alcohol ✔ Decreased risk of arthritis - consumption of alcohol is associated with lower risk of arthritic conditions and lowers the risk and the severity of rheumatoid arthritis ✔ Lowering your cholesterol by raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels ✔ Decreased risk of diabetes by roughly 40 percent compared to abstainers, and kidney transplant patients ✔ Decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, particularly in female nonsmokers, and in the 75 year and older age group ✔ Decreased risk of poor cognitive function for men and women

✔ Decreased risk of osteoporosis by increasing bone mineral density (Silicon In Beer) ✔ Increases absorption of dietary fibre ✔ Hops contain Xanthohumol, which has been found to have significant anti-cancer activity in liver cancer cells and also in colon mucosa. All of these helpful and healing properties of beer are applicable exclusively to draft beer with which contains living microflora. The beer in bottles in stores, alas, don’t have such microflora, because the process of pasteurization and conservation, to increase the shelf life of beer, completely killing all living microflora in it. Beer is not a panacea or cure-all, but is a drink, proven over thousands of years to embody a wealth of health benefits and the ability to make you feel better in more ways than one! For more information visit the ‘Beer Doctors’ and Fizzicists down at El Barril exclusively in the San Fernando Shopping Centre, opposite the main supermarket.


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Explore & Discover Gran Canaria

Markets in Gran Canaria

Agüimes In front of the municipal swimming pool Thursdays 09:00-14:00 Arguineguín La Plaza Negra: Every Tuesday 08:0014:00 CC Ancora Every Thursday 08.0014.00 TARA Second Hand & Artesan Flea Market, Plaza Negra, at the beach in Arguinegín. Every Saturday 7.30 Arucas Calle Francisco Gourier: Every Saturday 08:00-14:00 Gáldar General Market Plaza de Santiago de Apostól: Every Thursday 08:00-14:00. Gáldar Collectors’ Market Guaires, 26, Tel: 928.55.21.40 Ingenio En el Ejido: First Sunday of every month 09.00-15.00 Jinámar Ramblas de Jinámar (Telde): Sundays 9:00-15:00 Las Palmas Rastro Terrace on top of the bus station Every Sunday 8.00-14.00 Maspalomas Second Hand Market CC Faro 2, Campo Internacional, Maspalomas Sundays 10.00 onwards Maspalomas Artisans’ Market Next to Global Bus Station Meloneras Mercadillo en Meloneras: Every Thursday 10.00-17.00 Mendizábal Calle de Mendizábal, Vegueta, Las Palmas Third Saturday of every month Moya On top of the bus station: Every Sunday 08:00-14:00 Playa del Inglés Artesan market, at Parque Europeo, (next to the Minitren). Everyday except Sunday 19.30-23.30. Puerto de Mogán Traditional craft market Plaza del Parking, Puerto de Mogán: Every Monday 09.00-14.30 Puerto de Mogán General Market El Muelle Deportivo: Every Friday 08:00-14:00 San Fernando San Fernando Municipal Market, Maspalomas. Every Wednesday and Saturday: 08:0014:00 San Fernando Municipal Market Skating ring in San Fernando Every second Sunday 09:00-14:00 San Mateo Every Saturday: 08:00-20:00 and Sundays 08:00-15:00. Santa Brígida Underneath the municipal park in Villa de Santa Brígida. Every Saturday 08:00-20:00 and every Sunday from 08:00-14:00 Santa Catalina Mercadillo in Las Palmas de G.C. Art Gallery of Parque de Santa Catalina Every Sunday between 08.00-14.00. Santa Lucia Mercadillo de Santa Lucia: Every Sunday 8.00-14.00 Santa María de Guía Plaza del Casco Historico Every Tuesday and Sunday 10.00-14.00 Telde Plaza de San Gregorio, by the bus station Every Saturday 08:00-14:00 Teror Around the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pino Every Sunday 08:00-14:00 Valleseco Mercado Municipal : Every Sunday 08.00-14.00 Valsequillo Calle Isla de la Gomera : Every Sunday 08:00-14:00 Vecindario Agricultural Market Recinto Ferial. Every Monday 08:0014:00 on La Karpa, Avda. de las Tirajanas Every second Saturday 08.00-14.00 Vecindario General Market Recinto Ferial. Every Wednesday 08.0014.00 Vegueta, Cultural and Craftsmanship market Plaza del Pilar Nuevo, Las Palmas de G.C. Every Sunday of every month (except July, August and Sept.) 10.00-14.00.












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Style & Beauty

A shore thing

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Whether you’re headed to the slopes, on a cruise, taking a hike, or hitting the beach, gear up for your seasonal break and whisk away the winter blues by heading into the deep blue. The nautical look is classic and works well in every situation 2012 is seeing the classic nautical look flavored with

Everything can be mix and matched giving you a huge choice of looks to suit any occasion. The sea-going look can be grown up and sophisticated or distinctly youthful and saucy according to what you choose to wear or choose not to wear! They say ‘all the nice girls love a sailor’ but conversely nice boys adore ship-shape girls! Being a great fan of navigating the high seas of the web here I have found some wonderful nautical pieces It’s a shore thing you’ll have the time of yo ho ho life! Till next we meet...

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the South Seas, South Pacific, sailor hats, and lots of stripe, not only on wonderful nautical knit tops, but dresses, handbags, and even shoes a traditional nautical style with fun and flirty styles You can start your Nautical Look with a classic swimsuit or a bikini with pin up looks scoring highest in working this trend, as it both looks gorgeous and helps give the body shape like this fabulous retro bikini from etsy. com/shop/FablesbyBarrie. Then add shorts, skirt or mini dress depending on the time of day. Next, throw in something for the evening; a full-length dress for example . Add some shoes or sandals and other accessories to keep the theme going.

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We are all very familiar with the beauty benefits of drinking this precious elemental liquid, the list is endless, water makes us beautiful from the inside and we can also benefit from it’s use through water related therapies in some of the great spas the island has to offer, and on our beautiful beaches too... Drinking water can help you to lose weight, because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger, it’s an effective appetite

suppressant so you’ll eat less. Plus, water has zero calories . It will also help you look younger , when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes and increases skin elasticity. Here in Gran Canaria we have a fantastic range of places where we can enjoy some of the best wellness and relaxation water therapies centres in Europe, here is a selection of some of the best. Gloria Palace Thalasso and hotel offers the “GET IN SHAPE” swimming-pool; a large aquatic area dedicated

to your relaxation. It consists of various pools with seawater heated to different temperatures, and moreover they include impressive views over the ocean for just 20€ Spa Corallium Costa Meloneras offers clients the extraordinary “Spa Experience” circuit, consisting of various treatments that use natural water at different temperatures, alternating cold and hot areas, in order to improve the musculature operation and to provide beneficial vascular gymnastics for the all the

body, it features 12 different stages and rooms such as the Aqua Dome which containing 3 different experiences each lasting one minute. These combine to increase the amount of tonicity in the skin, leaving it firmer. Or their Lava Float Pool (flotation pool), an extraordinary lava cave with dissolved salts in the pool, the body floats gently in the water in a similar way to the Dead Sea. And there are many others that will leave you feeling brand new from 39€ for 4 hours Spa Corallium Meloneras also offers “Aquatsu” a

massage applied under water. The Aquatsu technique comes from the union of ancient natural therapies like “Shiatsu” and the traditional Chinese massage called “Anma”, as well as stretching and other rehabilitating massage techniques. During the massage the therapist uses a warm water pool instead of a treatment room. 60€ Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa offers the “Inagua expirience” consisting of a circuit of seven stages starting with a Dynamic Pool. with multiple flows and a


constant water temperature of 34ºC and constant pressure to achieve a therapeutic effect. The water is enriched with salts, which are used specifically for bone diseases such as rheumatism and arthritis. The circuit finishes with a Botanical Solarium inviting you to relax between sauna sessions just 15€ for approx 90 min Till next time aqua lovers Feel beautiful. Be beautiful. by Andreina Barbella


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The Perfect Wedding

Heart, Mind & Spirit

Patience and

Perseverance Cheyne Towers MBAThH, GQHP is a fully qualified Hypnotherapist, Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Self Defence instructor based in London. He works with a variety of simple yet highly effective methods of natural therapy, in order to provide the right approach for the needs of each individual, whether it’s for self-development, physical health and fitness or self-protection. For more information please visit

Congratulations, you’re getting married! There is so much to think about when planning a wedding, in fact you might be wondering “Where do I start?”

There are a few basic steps that are essential to follow to ensure you’re heading on the road to being a happy and stress free bride rather than the dreaded ‘Bridezilla’ or equally a ‘Groomzilla’. Just follow these 6 simple steps and you’ll be well on the way to wedded bliss! ➤ STEP 1 - Wedding Style Imagine how you want your wedding to be: Formal or Informal Religious or Civil ✔ Location – Local, countryside or abroad ✔ Climate – Hot or cold ✔ Size – How big do you want your day to be and who do you want (and not want) to be there ✔ Wedding party – Best man & Bridesmaids etc. How many

and who? ➤ STEP 2 - Set a Budget This is a vitally important factor, you need to be realistic as to how much you want or, most importantly, can afford to spend on your wedding day. Calculate how much you can save, and if applicable, how much family members will be willing to contribute – then stick to that calculation. ➤ STEP 3 - Location The location of your wedding will be a determining factor as to how many guests will be attending. Weddings abroad can cost as little as ½ of a wedding in the UK, so it’s important to research various locations that will fit into your budget and style of wedding. ➤ Step 4 - Legal requirements Find out exactly what paperwork will you need and how long will it take to obtain and process. ➤ Step 5 - Set a date When setting the date remember to take into

account any local holidays and special events, as these are factors which might increase the price of venues, hotels or flights. Always check family and friends’ schedules to ensure they can all attend. ➤ Step 6 - Consult a Wedding Planner Before you go ahead with planning any aspect of your special day invest some time to meet with a wedding planner from the area you are looking to get married in. Choosing a wedding planner could save you lots of time, money and stress when planning your perfect day and may be more affordable than you imagine.

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How many times in life have we found ourselves confronted by situations or individuals outside of our control, and have found such situations at best an inconvenience or at worst a downright pain in the bum? Yep, I reckon we’ve all been there, or maybe even some of you may even recognise how this description relates to you, in the present tense. Either way, what kind of strategies can we employ to effectively deal with factors beyond our control? Firstly we need to ask ourselves the questions “What part do I have to play or maybe have already played to bring about such a situation occurring in my life?”, “What may I have been responsible for?” or more to the point “What am I responsible for now?” “Do I have any moral, heartfelt responsibility to do what I can to maybe help whoever else may be involved in such troublesome or challenging situations?... or again, more to the point, “What moral responsibility do I have towards myself?” One thing I say fairly often to the clients I work with is that we cannot do anything to change those circumstances which are truly outside of our control, but what we can do is consider changing our own personal relationship with those factors which are outside of our control. Do we allow such challenging circumstances to dictate to us how we should be thinking or feeling or reacting in the present tense... or not? Have those circumstances caused us to

lose our balance... or feel pushed and pulled off of our centre? ...and again, more to the point, do we wish to continue to allow those circumstances to control us... or not? If the answer to that question is negative, i.e. we don’t wish to allow ourselves to be dictated to by other peoples problems, points of view depression confusion, indecisions, illness or infirmity, then once again we are presented a most wonderful opportunity TO CHOOSE

to separate ourselves from the very notion that such circumstances are necessarily a problem and instead begin to view those situations or people as a challenge rather than problematic. So, let’s begin the process of picking ourselves up and reviewing the situation from a higher perspective as opposed to sitting in the puddle of it, so to speak. If we can’t control those people who may be causing such a challenging situation in one’s life we can, however, take more active control over ourselves and our reactions, if we have to continue to deal with such individuals in an ongoing and constructive way then one very simple thing, which I highly recommend you begin to explore practically and creatively, is to take a slow deep breath and then as you breathe out, to let your

shoulders soften and empty and drop, so that the weight that you may have felt you have been carrying, on your shoulders (and mind, and heart), can slip away and by doing so visualise and feel with all of your active powers of imagination that the weight has been shed. Then you are going to be much more prepared to engage responsibly and positively with the person or persons concerned. Now, as I mentioned above, imagination; do not u n d e re s t i m a t e the power of your imagination and if you doubt the power of imagination whilst reading this I recommend that in this very moment, wherever you may be, take a look around you at everything which has been man made. Without exception every single thing you see around you has first been imagined by its creator (and should one have a spiritual leaning, one can say the very same thing about the whole of Creation). Patience is a virtue, and one very worthy of diligent and consistent contemplation and cultivation and not just patience with others, but patience with one’s self, first and foremost in fact, for patience is borne of kindness as is charity, and charity begins at home. Perseverance … hmmm … just think how, with small steady steps in the right direction, which is forwards and upwards, we can begin to steadily rise up and out of those previously problematic circumstances and begin to breath the clearer, purer Air of The Wise.

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Kay's Corner


LISTEN TO THE CHOCOLATE ICECREAM by Kay Owen / February 2012 An old school friend whom I recently invited out for lunch asked if I would mind if we just made it coffee....she had “no time for mid-day meals”. Over a very rushed cuppa, bemoaning the demands of her high powered executive position in the work place, high blood pressure and high stress levels my pal declared, “Sorry must dash – ultra busy today”. The very next morning, just as I was feeling so sad and saying a little prayer for my friend-who seemed to be living in overdrive and running on nervous tension - I received the following in my mail bag.

Growing old disgracefully One day I had lunch with some friends. Jim - a short, balding golfer type about 80 years old, came along with them. All in all, a pleasant little crowd. When the menu was presented we ordered salads, sandwiches and soups, except for Jim who said, “Ice Cream, please two scoops, one fudge, one chocolate.” I wasn’t sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. “Along with hot apple pie,” Jim told the waitress. He appeared completely unabashed. We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time. But when our orders arrived, I somehow

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couldn’t seem to enjoy mine. Neither could I take my eyes off Jim as his pie à-la-mode went down. We all ate our lunches silently, shrugged and grinned. The following week, taking time out from a frantic work schedule, and on a particularly stress-filled day, I went out to snatch a quick lunch. I needed to keep living life in the fast lane – not just after lunch but every day until my retirement which would be in a few years’ time. As I entered the restaurant I spotted Jim alone at a table, and asked if I might join him. We sat down together and I ordered a healthy tuna salad; Jim ordered a chocolatesauce smothered KnickerBocker Glory! He caught me smiling and asked if he amused me. I answered, “Yes, you both amuse and confuse me. How come you forgo your main course and order rich desserts with total abandon while I feel I must be sensible? He laughed and said, “I’ve just decided to taste all that is possible. I try to eat the food I ought, and do the things I should, but life’s so short my friend - I hate missing out on something really good. This year I realized how old I am. I haven’t been this old before.” he laughed. “So before I die, I’ve got to try those things that for years I have been too busy to take on board, thought of as unhealthy or of being of no consequence in my life. I just realised I haven’t smelled all the flowers yet; there are too many trout streams I haven’t fished; there are many more fudge and chocolate sundaes to scoff and kites to be flown overhead. There are so many golf courses I haven’t played. I’ve not laughed at all the silly

jokes. I’ve missed out on a lot of doughnuts, chips and cola. I want to wade again in a warm sea and feel ocean spray on my face. I want peanut butter every day spread thickly on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the people I love the most - with no thought of the cost. I haven’t cried at all the movies yet, or walked out hatless in the early morning rain. I need to feel the wind on my face. Make some snowballs in December. I want to sit quietly in a country church once more and thank God for His grace. I want to be in love again. So, if I choose to have dessert instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I’d say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart’s desire. I had that final rich chocolate mousse before my life expired.” With that, I called the waitress over. “I’ve changed my mind”, I said, pointing at Jim. “I want what he is having - only add some extra whipped cream!” I decided to be very late in getting back to the office. That afternoon I learned a lesson which taught me that I’d better hurry up and slow down! So, I am going all out to love much, laugh often, and in short - get me a decadent Jim-type life! Before it’s too late.* Because health and happiness are not based on possessions, power, or prestige - nor on my job and how much I earn. As my new friend Jim said to me before we parted: “Always remember, my friend - money only talks – but CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM SINGS!” *NB. I think perhaps Jim’s lifestyle, and in particular his ‘deathwish-by-chocolate’ is really only advocated for the over 80’s.

“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.”


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Boron D which in turn enhances the absorption of calcium.

Boron in the Body

Fitness Bootcamp Introducing ‘Gran Canaria’s Client of the Month!’

Part 1 : Cardio (or Aerobic) Exercise

Naming no names but you know who you are… a massive WELL DONE for running 5k in 30mins having only had 10 pt sessions and not only that but on your tod!! Here’s to you and giving others the same motivation!

I can imagine that many of you are already doing some cardio without realising - which is great but now is the time to make it regular as well as deliberate. To sum up, aerobic exercise is simply termed as any sustained activity that causes increased heart rate and respiration. Some island examples would include walking, running, bicycling, swimming, padel and dune walking. Most of these are free or certainly cheap and have minimal risk of injury. The basic guideline is 150minutes of walking a week. This can be broken down into whatever fits into your daily life i.e. 15 mins walks twice a day or 1 hour every other day. It’s completely up to you; just aim to get up to that 150minutes a week within around 6 weeks. Tip: Nip up to Decathlon and buy yourself a Pedometer!!! They are a cheap and effective tool to track your progress. Pedometers simply record the number of steps

Fitness for the over 50s Unfortunately for some of us, hitting 50 can bring up certain issues we’ve wanted to ignore. Is your blood pressure a little too high? Do you find it a bit of a challenge to bend in the shower to wash between your toes?! Incorporating regular exercise will in fact improve your heart & respiratory function, lower your blood pressure, increase your strength and improve bone density and general flexibility… to name but a few. In fact a large body of scientific evidence suggests that we can slow down and even reverse the symptoms of aging. So never say never - it’s never too late to start and as a bonus we have a fantastic island and climate to make it much less of a chore.

taken in a given period and therefore tell exactly how much you are walking. Simples! Walk / Run Routes: Of course there are many to choose from but one of the best (and possibly the most popular having seen the number of people on it in the mornings!) is the path that runs from Amadores to Puerto Rico. There and back and you’ve got your daily walk done... whilst admiring the sea view and mount Teide peeking over the horizon. It’s also well lit so possible even at 6.30am! We’ve kept it nice and simple this week. Why not team up with a friend and try out the Amadores to Puerto Rico route a couple of times next week? Remember the benefits and before you know it, it’ll become a habit. If you have any questions, or are interested in finding out more about cost effective and bespoke personal training plans on the island, give us a call and we would be more than happy to help! Call 928 062 792 for more information or email

by Ann Mather Celebrity Nutrition Advisor, Ann Mather is a qualified and experience nutritionist and a specialist in Food Intolerance Testing. She can be contacted on 647 844 260 for an individual consultation or for more information. When we think of bone health, we tend to think always of Calcium, but this little trace mineral has a remarkable effect on bones, preventing bone loss and demineralisation. Believe it or not, prior to 1981, Boron was not considered to be important in our diet.

Why is Boron Important? Boron is essential for healthy bones and joints, and a must for women suffering from postmenopausal osteoporosis. It is also essential for the utilisation of vitamin

We can only obtain boron from the foods that we eat. The recommended daily amount for adults is 2-3 gm. Tolerable upper levels are recorded as 20 mg per day for adults and over 100 mg may cause toxicity resulting in rashes, vomiting, diarrhoea, and even coma. Boron needs to be taken along with foods containing calcium and magnesium for optimal absorption and results. For men, boron helps to maintain testosterone levels. Boron can also help with conditions such as candida albicans, menopausal symptoms and psoriasis.

Supplementation Whilst it is easy to get boron naturally from foods, the groups most at risk of boron deficiency are postmenopausal women and people with osteoporosis. Certain diseases and lifestyle choices may also result in a deficiency. This includes ulcers, diverticulitis, liver disease, chronic inflammatory bowel disease and weak digestion. It also includes smoking and excessive

alcohol consumption. If you regularly take an antacid, it is recommended that you supplement with boron. Supplementation for at risk groups has been shown to reduce urinary loss of calcium and magnesium by up to 40%. As always, I recommend for high quality supplements (use code CB111).

Symptoms of Boron Deficiency The signs of deficiency are perhaps not so outwardly apparent as with other minerals. A deficiency results in weak bones prone to breaking, decreased blood levels of calcium and increased urinary excretion of calcium and magnesium. Boron deficiency also causes decreased blood levels of oestrogen and testosterone, both of which are associated with calcium loss and bone demineralisation.

Food Rich in Boron Boron is found in predominantly in fruit, vegetable and nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pears, prunes, pulses, red grapes and raisins, tomatoes, avocado, broccoli and apples. There is little boron in meat and fish.

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➤ Estadio Arcangel, 8,000 (aprox) spectators ➤ As expected the game was dominated from start to finish by Cordoba and only the excellent work by Barbosa stopped there being a greater difference on the scoreboard. ➤ Constantly under attack, Las Palmas took a long time to start any sort of offensive play themselves but in the 30th minute a chance did fall to David Gonzalez who hit it weakly and wide. As the first half closed Cordoba seemed content to rest with a 0-0 score line. ➤ The second half started much the same as had the first with Cordoba dominating and Las Palmas ¨toughing it out¨ then in the 68th minute Las Palmas get a free kick on the edge of the Cordoba box, it goes into the wall and the ref judges to have seen a handball. ➤ Suddenly Las Palmas have the chance to go ahead. Vitolo steps up to take the penalty but instead of blasting it, he decides to try and place it, Alberto the Cordoba keeper guesses the direction right and gets down in time to save. ➤ Just 5 minutes later Vico crosses well for Cordoba and, recently substituted on to the pitch, Patiño heads it in at the near post. ➤ Very little more to tell. Jonathan Viera gets his marching orders yet again in injury time for a second yellow card and the game ends 1-0 for Cordoba. ➤ Next game for UDLP at home on Saturday 3rd March at 17.30 against Girona


Cordoba 1-0 UDLP


Comfortable confident start from Las Palmas. Clearly they are not underestimating their opponents, currently at the bottom of the league. Three minutes into the game and the ref shows his first yellow card, the recipient Xico Campos of Nastic after a nasty chock of heads with Javi Castellano, looks bad, but after treatment on the side lines, and a check over from the doctor, Javi enters back into play. ➤ UDLP are stringing passes together and just 4 minutes later Jonathan Viera receives the ball which he strikes low and

UDLP - Gymnastic Tarragona hard into the net 1-0. ➤ This is a hard tackling second division game. After 10 minutes Nastic are starting to look more comfortable and Pignol gets a yellow card (which means that he will miss next weeks away game), but it is Las Palmas that look the more dangerous of the two and on the 15 minute mark Javi Guerrero misses a good chance from the same spot that Jonathan buried his from. ➤ 25 minutes and it is the turn of Corrales to get a yellow card fairly enough for a foul on the right, 27th minute

Barbosa is at his best with a reflex save from what looks like a definite equalizer, then 2 minutes later the whole game is turned upside down as Corrales receives his second yellow and so the red card for another foul which, though it was a foul, was barely meritous of a card. (if the ref is going to be showing cards for these sorts of challenges the game could well finish as 5 a side.) ➤ Things get even tougher but Las Palmas close ranks and though n o t

creating as many chances they are still getting away on the break; most of the action is taking place in the middle of the park but an hour is a long time to tough it out with ten men. ➤ Half time arrives with no more surprises besides a rather card happy ref. ➤ Five minutes into the second half and good chance for Vitolo, 2 minutes later David Gonzalez is unlucky as he hits the post. Every body for Las Palmas is working hard and covering ground except

Juanpe, but he is covering at the back and substituting him could be dangerous and leave gaps, however he is hardly touching the ball. ➤ Ref is exasperating, handing out yellow cards to Tarragona like confetti, even if it is only to men that don´t have one already. ➤ 76th minute and Vitolo breaks away again but shoots wide after brilliantly making space. Minute 88 and it is Mauro´s chance to put the game out of Nastic’s reach, but has the ball taken neatly off of his toes just when he is on

the point of shooting. ➤ Last seconds of the game to hold out when Arzu breaks away for Nastic and shoots… just inches wide. ➤ UDLP have survived the sixty minutes with ten men,the ref was abysmal and though Las Palmas discipline in keeping organized with one man less was admirable, Juan Manuel wants to work on the discipline with his players because without many of the stupid cards that we have received this year we could be 3 or 4 places higher in the league.

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Cultural Capital


LAST NIGHT of the 2012 Music Festival in Gran Canaria

18th February. Auditorio Alfredo Kraus

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields brought a fitting end to the 28th Music Festival with a concert that shone with the light most of us came here for and have been missing for the last few weeks! They began, not with the advertised overture to Handel’s Alcina, but with a whole suite played with amazing precision, lightness and energy under the leadership of the veteran Kenneth Sillitoe (looking nowhere near the age he must be!) Mozart’s final piano concerto, written just a few weeks before his death, came next - plenty of heart but not on the sleeve. It began with a musical interview between soloist and orchestra, the effect enhanced by Murray Perahia conducting from the keyboard. The slow movement started with a magical piano solo from some other world more perfect than earth with the orchestra entering to drench it in sunlight, beauty and a tinge of sadness. This was pushed away by the child-like innocence of the playful theme that opens the finale, a cascading display of

the pianist as athlete and the orchestra as team players in support. It was rightly greeted with a whoop of delight, rewarded by an electrifying encore – a Chopin Polonaise for piano solo in which Perahia unleashed a new, Romantic range of passions while the orchestra looked on as a model of silent, concentrated appreciation. Something the coughers, fidgeters and sweet unwrappers in the audience could imitate! The second half brought Haydn’s adorable Clock Symphony, one of twelve he wrote for London at the height of his fame and fortune - he was far more successful than Mozart in his own day, with the shrewd business sense of his peasant background. A mysterious and sombre slow introduction made superb use of the orchestra’s darker colours. But in Haydn, darkness only exists to contrast with light, and sadness, tension or cloud are always preludes to the brightness, happiness and sunshine that his work so richly celebrates: we were soon bustling along to the rhythm of a jig! It is

the second movement that gives the symphony its title – an ongoing tick-tock over which Haydn weaves a masterly set of variations giving each member of the orchestra a chance to shine. A nicely springy minuet with a charming flute solo in the middle leads to a galloping finale with all the players going flat out and some splendid thunder from the timpani. The eruption of applause brought Perahia back several times and finally another encore - the spirited finale of Haydn’s Oxford Symphony - to round off not only the concert but the whole festival with a fitting celebration. So ended over a month of world-class concerts in one of the finest concert halls of the world with everything from Bach to Bartok and surely something to suit every taste. The concerts were close to packed but it is hard to understand why they were not completely sold out. Many came up from the south with Maspalomas Bus and such things can be organized from all over the island for nights out you will never forget.

Other islands have the sea, sun and sangria, but only the Canaries have a musical life of this quality. Let’s make the most of it! By Melvyn Elphee Useful web sites: Festival: Alfred Kraus Auditorium: Philharmonic Orchestra (concerts all year round): www. Maspalomas Bus:

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The historic 4Rs of pet welfare groups – Rescue, Reunite, Rehabilitate, Rehome – neatly summarise in chronological fashion the overarching community work undertaken in behalf of abandoned and abused domesticated animals. Often overlooked in these humane endeavours is a third category of pets in-dire-straits: Not abandoned; not abused; just plain LOST. At some point(s) in our lives, most of us have suffered through the tragedy of losing a beloved pet – as in, “Where oh where is my Fido (or Fifi)?” It is the second of the 4Rs – reuniting - that takes centre stage in these emotional ordeals of misplacing the four-pawed and furry family pet (birds, reptiles, fish, and spiders notwithstanding). We human companions are confronted by multiple demons to consider: Is s/he dead (run over, poisoned, shot, torn to shreds by menacing, malevolent monsters)? Or injured and unable to physically make it home? Or

(having stealthily borrowed a comfortable resting place inside a strange car) been driven far from home sweet home, unbeknownst to driver or stowaway? Or just in happy-go-lucky fashion having wandered to the point of, “Oh my gosh, where am I?” Or any number of horrific possibilities we conjure upon realising our adorable fuzzy friend is missing. If our lost pet has no onboard means of identification, the resolution is not likely to be a positive one. Until recent times, collars were employed adorned with a medallion engraved with the pet’s name and owner’s telephone number. A parable: Little Lulu had a very senior moment at the wondrous age of 15 (105 dog years) and wandered at length, afar from her worriedsick human caretaker. Despite weeks of scouring the neighbourhoods, fields, and valleys far and wide, wallpapering the community at large with LOST LITTLE LULU posters, the old girl was not to

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be found. Two months later, a huge-hearted human found a scraggily, deeply depressed ancient mutt hiding under the porch. He fed her and offered affection. She would not be consoled. The doer of a good deeds noted a heart-shaped silver amulet attached to the dog’s collar. It was worn with years of dog adventures, the telephone number nearly

eligible. That number was four homes and telephones in the past. Still, our hero persevered, and through tenacity and time managed to track down the nineteen-yearold human caretaker. Little Lulu and that young man were resplendently reunited and lived happily together forever after. Little Lulu taught me a great deal about the meaning

of friendship – and the importance of providing pets with onboard identification. In our modern age, the identification system is far more sophisticated and secure. It is, in fact, the law of the land that kittens and puppies must be chipped by 3 months old. A microchip – a capsule the size of a rice kernel - is painlessly (almost) injected into the neck area of your dog or cat. Thanks to the mystical, miraculous information age, your pet now carries all the pertinent details decipherable at any veterinarian clinic – including how to contact you – even if you have moved out of county, country, or continent. Given life, the REUNITE of the 4Rs is all but guaranteed. (NOTE: Keep your contact information up-to-date with the vet clinic that implanted the chip.) The way the Spanish law was written (as is the case in most western world countries), your pet – feline or canine – is not yours if not microchipped. This legally required identification

provides you with the assurance that your pet will find you – thanks to your safeguarding effort in compliance with the law. As is so often the case, the microchip is postponed due to time or economic restraints. Far too many good, pet-loving people contact TARA bemoaning having never gotten around to the microchipping their missing dog or cat. To this end, TARA is now working with progressive veterinarians and animal clinics willing to encourage foot-draggers to get this microchip deed done. Contact TARA and find out how for a reduced fee, your pet can be microchipped as well as receive the required annual canine rabies vaccination, plus an identification passport to boot – all-inclusive. Don’t wait! Don’t be sorry! Microchip! Dear Reader: If you find a dog or a cat seems to be lost, take your ward to a veterinarian for a free microchip scan.


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PROPERTIES FOR SALE AGENTS CARDENAS REAL ESTATE, SINCE 1980 Call now: 928 150 650 Puerto Rico, East Hill Apartment, 1 bed(s) 65.000 Euros 22180-OM Puerto Rico, East Hill Duplex, 2 bed(s) 85.000 Euros 22173-OM Puerto Rico, Center Duplex, 2 bed(s) 278.000 Euros 22171-OM Maspalomas, Sonnenland Vicksol Bungalow, 1 bed(s) 129.000 Euros 22166-OM Puerto Rico, East Hill Duplex, 3 bed(s) 250.000 Euros 22107-OM Puerto Rico, West Hill Duplex, 2 bed(s) 125.000 Euros 22059-OM Tauro Single-family house, 4 bed(s) 310.000 Euros 22001-OM Montaña La Data Villa, 6 bed(s) 399.000 Euros 21992-OM Puerto Rico, West Hill Apartment, 1 bed(s) 57.000 Euros 21953-OM Arguineguín, Altos de Arguineguín Duplex, 5 bed(s) 275.000 Euros 21903-AK

Call now: 928 150 650 DREAM HOMES Tel: 928 141202 ARGUINEGUIN Nice apartment with sea views and communal pool in the center of Loma Two in Arguineguin. The apartment is in very good condition and has been equipped with a fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, washer and 4 ring ceramic plate. The apartment is in a privileged area but is located on the third floor, it really is at street level from the back entrance, so no stairs to climb and access is very comfortable. Sold fully furnished and ready to move into. Community fees are only € 48/mes! Ref: AG862 Price:€126.000 PLAYA MOGAN Beautiful well kept apartment in a perfect area close to all shops, bars, restaurants and the beautiful beach of Playa Mogan. Consists of 2 large bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, 2 bathrooms, large kitchen and living room area. Large balcony has beautiful peaceful views and an extending canopy if you prefer a little shade. The apartment is fitted with air conditioning and is sold furnished. Communidad 42€ a month Ref: MG836 Price:€275.000 PUERTO RICO Nice one bedroom duplex for sale on a well kept complex. Upstairs you have a twin bedroom in bathroom and downstairs kitchen, living room and utility room. Communidad fees are €100 a month with water and electric included. Ref: PR775 Price:€89.000 SAN FERNANDO Flat situated in a great location close to the school, chemist, shops bars and restarants of San Fernando. Situated on the top floor, the flat has

threee large bedrooms and two bathrooms. Garage space is also included with a storage room. Perfect for those looking for a home close to all your amenities. Community fees are €41 a month including the garage Ref: SF871 Price:€152.600 PUERTO RICO Beautiful spacious two storey house in Puerto Rico close to the Europa centre. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, large living area which has access to the fully fitted kitchen and dining room area. Large terrace of 61,83 m². Sold fully furnished and would make a beautiful family home. Communal swimming pool on the complex. Communidad is €75 Ref: PR868 Price:€257.000

DREAM HOMES Tel: 928 141202 ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT, PUERTO RICO, very central location, with community pool. Ref 10097. Sale price 75.000.-€. 1 BEDROOM CORNER APARTMENT, fantastic views over AMADORES beach, residential complex with pool, lifts, parking, etc. Ref. 10013D. Sale price 100.000.-€. 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT IN A RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX, at the top of AMADORES valley, easy access, large pool Ref. 10054. Sale price 65.000.-€ 2 BEDROOM DUPLEX, in


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

good condition, residential complex, central location. Ref 10048. Sale price Reduced!! 85.000.-€. 4 BEDROOM HOUSE, near the EUROPA CENTRE, quiet residential complex with swimming pool and parking. Ref. 10039. Sale price 385.000.-€ reduced from 460.000.-€!

ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667 EUROPA REAL ESTATE Hotline: 928 - 77.11.77 SAN FERNANDO Centrical situated, top-floor, 80 qm.large apartment with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It needs a little refurbishing. Parking. Comunityfee only 30,- Euro/month. Oportunity: 110.000,-- Euro EL TABLERO New-built, lovely and very bright two-bedroom apartment with balcony separate built-in kitchen with laundryroom, garage and lumber room. Price: 174.000,-- Euro. MASPALOMAS BUNGALOW AT THE GOLFCOURSE Two-bedroom bungalow with large terrace in a beloved complex with large pool, beautiful gardens , tennis court and parkinglots. This corner bungalow is very quiet situated. Price: 189.000,-- euros. FATAGA 130 sqm. Familyhouse with large terraces and beautiful views. Needs futher renovation. 210.000,- € SAN MATEO 1.800 sqm. Finca with fruit trees, and with well kept 2 bedroombungalow. Price: 138.000,- €

SONNENLAND 2-Bedroom-bungalow, refurbished, terrace and small garden with views. Complex with large pool. 228.000,- €

and small pool bar. 2 kilometres walk to the beach and 5 minutes walk to the nearest commercial centre. Ref: PI638 Price: €550/ month (bills included)

PLAYA DEL INGLÉS Groundfloor-bungalow, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, livingroom with open kitchen, carport, private complex with large pool. 174.000,- € .

PUERTO RICO 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom bungalow in the heart of Puerto Rico. Through the entrance there is a very spacious living area and an ample sized kitchen. There is a downstairs bathroom. Upstairs you have a bathroom to your right and the two bedrooms in front, both with excellent views out to Puerto Rico.. The complex boasts an excellent size communal pool and sunbathing area. The grounds are very well maintained. Commercial centre is a 5 minute walk and the beautiful bay of Puerto Rico a 10 minute walk. Water and electricity included !! Ref: PR793. Price: €700/month (bills included)

MASPALOMAS CAMPO INTERNACIONAL, Large three bedroom bungalow with two bathrooms on a 250 qm-large plot. Needs refurbishing. Price: 348.000,-- Euros SAN AGUSTÍN Excellent duplex-bungalow, spectacular views, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, large terrace, parkinglot. 480.000,- € PLAYA DEL INGLÉS Luxus-bungalow, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, small private complex, pool. 294.000,- €

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DREAM HOMES Tel: 928 141202 ARGUINEGUIN Wonderful 3 bedroom apartment of 92m2 in a fantastic spot, situated in the popular town of Arguineguin. Offering fantastic sea views from the terrace. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with bath, kitchen and living room. 3-6 months - €1200 / 6-12 months €1000 Ref: AG863Price: €1000/ month (bills included) PLAYA DEL INGLES Two bedroom duplex for sale with a private garden in Playa del Ingles. Two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and living room area. The complex offers a communal pool, reception

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Classifieds ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667 STUDIOS, ONE & TWO BEDROOMS APARTMENTS AND BUNGALOWS, in PUERTO RICO, & PLAYA DEL CURA, long term lets. Prices from 440.-€ / month. AMADORES BEACH established fully fitted restaurant for traspaso. Includes all the inventory. Traspaso 75.000.-€. Rent 2.500.-€. PUB-BAR, for lease/traspaso, Phase IV, PUERTO RICO SHOPPING CENTRE, fully fitted and working. 50 m2 plus 28 m2 terrace. Rent 1.500.-€. RESTAURANT FOR SALE IN EUROPA CENTRE. Fitted restaurant on the top floor, includes fixtures and fittings. 45 m2. For sale freehold, 200.000.-€.

ROCA REAL ESTATE 928 561667 EUROPA REAL ESTATE Hotline: 928 - 77.11.77 Winterperiod 2012-2013 min. for 3 months. Playa del Inglés very close to the beach ANEXO II. One-bedroom apartment with large balcony and fully equipped. Complex with pool. 780,-€/Month all inclusive.

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Kanariska Nyheter

Vad att se och göra på Gran Canaria

Del 8 - Jardine Botánico

by Lennart Thomson, Svensk Redaktör

Vintern har ännu inte gett med sig. I söndags tog jag en biltur med några norska vänner. Utflykten var senarelagd med en vecka på grund av dåligt väder. Mycket skeptiska tog de då emot beskedet att jag hade bestämt att ställa in resan, för att det såg mulet ut i bergen. De kommer nämligen från Europas nordligaste plats och som infödd finnmarkare vet man hur dåligt väder ser ut. Egentligen ville jag inte åka nu heller, men jag föll för trycket och vi gav oss iväg. Första anhalten var Presa de las Niñas. De flesta grillplatserna var upptagna av helgfirande kanarier. Även om

solen sken, var det svalt. Efter en bensträckare bar det vidare till resans mål: Roque Nublo, som jag skrivit om tidigare. Vid parkeringsplatsen, strax norr om Ayacata stannade vi och gick ur bilen. Norrmännen, började genast ur sina obligatoriska ryggsäckar dra upp det ena klädesplagget efter det andra. Tröjor, jackor och extra långbyxor bland annat. Efter knappt fem minuter fick de nog och mumlade något om att de önskade att de vore i Finnmarken. Men ett antal minnesvärda kort blev det framför skylten till den topp vi aldrig ens försökte nå. Molnens fukt slog oss i ansiktet med kanske 15 m/s, sikten var högst 100 meter och det var endast 3 grader! Strålande sol och 20 grader välkomnade oss när vi var hemma igen.

Ett under alla omständigheter lugnare ställe är Jardin Botánico som ligger i Guiniguadaravinen, strax utanför Las Palmas. Det är Spaniens största botaniska trädgård. Parken anlades av en svensk botaniker, Erik Sventenius, så sent som 1952. En bit in i parken, under skuggande träd sitter han som staty och tittar över sitt verk. En annan gigant, José de Viera y Clavijo, hedras med en byst där han blickar ut över en annan del av detta internationellt erkända naturvårdsoch forskningscenter. Trädgården har två ingångar. En från botten och den andra 150 meter högre upp. Stigar slingrar sig bland palmer, lagerträd och kaktusar. Man kan ströva i timmar bland exotiska växter, varav några även är världsunika och det är en stor upplevelse och mycket sevärt.



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Gran Canaria 2014 stod inför en mycket svår bortamatch mot ett av Spaniens absolut bästa lag, Caja Laboral från Vitoria. Dock inledde de matchen utan komplex. Ett kreativt anfallsspel och en träffsäker Hayes ledde till att gästerna dirigerade större delen av den första kvarten. När ställningen var 8-13 efter sju minuter klev hemmaspelaren Teletovic fram och såg till att hans lag tog kommandot och den första perioden slutade 1918 till hemmalagets fördel. I den andra kvarten böljade spelet fram och tillbaka. Båda lagen var koncentrerade i försvarsspelet och intensiva i anfallen. Det fanns två klara protagonister. En i vardera laget, de tidigare nämnda Haynes och Teletovic som åstadkom 14 respektive 13 poäng under denna period. Tack vare att Teletovic sänkte en trepoängare just som halvtidsvisslan ljöd stod det 39-33 på resultattavlan i pausen. Efter vilan hade kanarierna svårt att komma in i matchen igen. Det tog fyra minuter innan man hittade rätt i korgen, och detta utnyttjades av Caja Laboral


som sträckte ut marginalen till 48-35. Men nu klev en inspirerad Savané in på planen och såg till att besökarna åter igen fann sitt spel. Inför den avslutande kvarten var matchen långt ifrån avgjord med ställningen 53-46. Den avslutande perioden började med två trepoängare av Bramos samt en tvåpoängare. Gran Canaria hade gjort det ofattbara och gått om hemmalaget. Oron spred sig på läktarna. Och detta verkade ge en nytändning till värdarna som lyckades sänka tolv poäng på raken. Med 65-54 på resultattavlan och bara tre minuter kvar av matchen verkade luften gå ur gästerna. Kanarierna fortsatte att kämpa men det märktes att de inte längre trodde på en ny upphämtning. Haynes sänkte några skott från trepoänglinjen men Caja Laboral lyckades hålla nerverna under kontroll och släppte inte greppet om matchen innan slutsignalen kom. Gran Canaria gjorde en riktigt bra match men det räckte tyvärr inte ända fram. Matchens bäste spelare var utan tvekan Teletovic som stod för 20 av hemmalagets poäng.






En oerhört imponerande seger för Las Palmas som aldrig gav upp trots att det länge såg ut som att det gästande laget skulle ta med sig de tre poängen. Två mål på övertid, varav en straffspark, gav emellertid hemmapubliken hopp om en eventuell kvalplats till den högsta divisionen. I början av den första halvleken hade Guadalajara bollinnehavet, men det var Las Palmas som först spräckte nollan. En bra kontring fullföljdes av Vitolo, efter en retur från den gästande målvakten Saizar. Men kanarierna hade stora problem med att försvara de fasta situationerna och i den 43:e minuten kom kvitteringen. Efter halvtidspausen var det ombytta roller. Las Palmas

ALCOYANO Efter två raka förluster lyckades Alcoyano ro i land en seger på hemmaplan, och är på så sätt ett steg närmare målet att hålla sig kvar i silverdivisionen. Matchen bytte ansikte efter 1-0 målet, när hemmalaget kunde spela mer avslappnat, och visa upp sitt adelsmärke; ett sylvasst kontringsspel. Man förväntade sig mer av Las Palmas, men kanariernas bästa målchans var när Juanpe nickade i ribban. Hemmalaget började matchen intensivt, snabba passningar som letade öppningar på kanterna. Las Palmas backade hem och försvarade och den första halvleken förblev mållös. Den andra halvleken började på samma sätt. Alcoyano visade sig

Sitapha Savané sänkte matchens första skott vilket innebar att han slog John Mortons rekord för flest antal poäng i den kanariska tröjan som ditintills löd på 2.412. Den perfekta starten för att tända hemmapubliken. Gran Canaria visade upp ett imponerande försvarsspel, och det tog gästerna hela fem minuter att spräcka nollan. Under tiden rörde sig hemmalaget som fisken i vattnet under motståndarkorgen och den första kvarten slutade 21-11. I den följande perioden började

Ivanov dyrka upp det kanariska försvaret, och med hjälp av Barnes och Koné lyckades han få sitt lag att krypa närmare i statistiken. Hemmapubliken gladdes åt att få återse amerikanen Spencer Nelson som varit skadad under en månads tid men nu kom tillbaka på spelplanen. Halvtidsvilan innebar 33-26. Matchen återupptogs med ett Alicante som var fast beslutet att ta igen hemmalagets försprång. Kanarierna körde fast en aning i sitt anfallsspel och matchbilden jämnades ut i samma takt

som resultatet. I den avslutande kvarten visade sig Gran Canaria ha de starkaste nerverna och lät sig inte stressas. Man spelade lugnt och väntade på rätt tillfälle att avsluta anfallen. Om man ocksåá lägger till ett säkert skytte från straffkastlinjen blev resultatet att Alicante inte uppnådde sitt önskade scenario. Hemmalaget höll undan utan större problem och tog en välbehövlig seger till publikens stora förtjusning. ❏ Av Linda Appelqvist

GUADALAJARA dominerade men utan att skapa klara målchanser och efter bara några minuter slog Iván Moreno in Guadalajaras ledningsmål bakom den lokala målvakten Barbosa. Detta verkade öka hemmalagets frustration och anfallaren Javi Guerrero missade tre solklara målchanser på raken. Men när allt pekade mot att Las Palmas skulle gå tomhänt från denna duell tilldömdes de en straffspark på tilläggstid. David Guerrero såg till att det blev en kvittering. Och inte nog med det. I matchens absoluta slutskede skruvade Viera in en utomordentligt lagd frispark. Glädjeyra utbröt pá Estadio de Gran Canaria där 9.100 åskådare jublade över denna hårfina hemmaseger.



vara oerhört motiverat. Man var förvissad om att målet till slut skulle komma. Om det inte varit för gästernas målvakt Barbosa, som gjorde några mycket bra ingripanden, hade segermarginalen varit ändå större. Till slut lyckades dock David Torres spräcka nollan efter en timmes spel. Efter detta var Las Palmas tvunget att öppna försvarslinjerna och börja anfalla, med konsekvensen att efter en mycket bra upplagd kontring slog det lokala laget in det slutgiltiga 2-0 mået bara några minuter senare. Mycket lite hände efter det. Hemmalaget var nöjt med resultatet och gästerna verkade tycka uppförsbacken vara alltför brant.

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Spansklektion Ofta passar vi ju på att shoppa lite här nere, och det slog mig att eftersom butikspersonalen inte alltid är så hemma på engelska skulle det kanske vara praktiskt med en lektion för shoppingcentret! Centro comercial köpcenter


Vad kostar det på Gran Canaria? Tydligen har bensinpriset nått nya rekordnivåer i Sverige. Likadant är det här. Idag får vi för en vanlig liter diesel, betala 0,973 €. Motsvarande pris för en liter 95 oktanig blyfri bensin är 1,053 €. Det är en uppgång med 34 % sedan oktober 2009! Ser vi till växlingskurserna får man för en euro som dansk betala 7,44 dkr. Som svensk kostar det 8,83 sek och för en norrman 7,49 nok. Det innebär att en liter diesel kostar 7,23 dkr, 8,59 sek och 7,29 nok i respektive valuta. Just priser är ett mycket vanligt samtalsämne bland turisterna. Så här nedan följer ett litet axplock på vad olika varor kostar. Priserna är hämtade från en vanlig Spar-butik. Dvs inte lågrpisvaruhus, inte jourbutik, inte någon typisk turistbutik och inte heller något urval av varor med extrapriser. Colgate tandkräm 1,06 €, 6 ägg – 1,09 €, 250 gr smör – 2,14 € ( Spar´s egna märke kostar 1,49 €). Dubbeldajm kostar 1,35 € medan man får ge 1,55 € för ett paket Ballerinakex. 100 gr Toblerone kostar 1,45 €. Vad gäller öl får man för 33 cl betala 0,59 € för Tropical, 0,64 € för Carlsberg och Spar´s egna ölmärke betingar ett pris av 0,42 €. För en liter mjölk pendlar priset mellan 0,64 € till 0,98 €, beroende på fabrikat.


aparcamiento - parkering ¿Cuándo abren las tiendas? - När öppnar affärerna?


¿A qué hora cierran las tiendas? - Vilken tid stänger affärerna? tienda de ropa - klädaffär tienda de electrónica elektronikaffär tienda de zapatos - skoaffär joyería - juvelaffär (observera att j uttalas som ett slags “harkelljud”, ett sch nedifrán strupen schoje-ria) juguetería (uttalas:schugete-ria)leksaksaffär más grande - större ¿Me puede ayudar, por favor? - Kan ni hjälpa mig, är ni snäll?

probadores - provrum más pequeño - mindre vestido - klänning

¿En qué planta hay una tienda de...? - Pá vilken våning finns det en ....affär?

¿ Puedo pagar con tarjeta? Kan jag betala med kort?

¿ Hay un ascensor por aquí cerca? - Finns det en hiss här i närheten? rebajas - rea

falda - kjol

Voy a pagar en efectivo - Jag ska betala kontant

descuento - rabatt

El recibo, por favor - Kvittot, tack

¿Esto tiene algún descuento? - Har denna någon rabatt?

¿Lo puedo cambiar? - Kan jag byta den/det?

Jag hoppas att detta kan underlätta shoppingrundan! I nästa nummer fortsätter vi med lite mer grammatik. Ha det så bra tills dess!

pantalón - byxa ¿Dónde hay un cajero automático? - Var finns det en bankomat?

camiseta - t-shirt camisa - skjorta

¿Esta prenda hay en más tallas? - Finns detta plagg i fler storlekar? (observera att ll pá spanska uttalas j, alltså blir det tajas)

chaqueta ( uttalas:tchaketa)jacka

Necesito una bolsa - Jag behöver en påse

ropa interior - underkläder bolso - väska

¿Dónde están los aseos? Var ligger toaletterna?

❏ Av Linda Appelqvist

Här kommer något gott till kaffet ÄPPELKAKA ✔ 100 gr smör ✔ 1,5 dl vetemjöl ✔ 1,5 dl havregryn ✔ 0,5 dl socker ✔ Kanel och sirap ✔ 2 gröna äpplen (Granny Smith) Blanda mjöl, havregryn, socker och smör, först med kniv och använd sen fingrarna för att göra blandningen till en smulig massa.

Skala och kärna ur äpplena, dela dem och skär halvorna i tunna skivor. Smörj en pajform (ca 18-20 cm) lägg äppelskivorna omlott i formen. Strö kanel och ringla gärna lite sirap över. Häll på smuldegen. Grädda i 200 grader ca 20 min. Servera med vaniljsås eller vaniljglass Café L&B

Bokrecension - Huset vid Moskén

I 800 hundra år har det bott människor ur samma släkt i ett stort hus vid moskén i staden Senejan i sydvästra Iran. I huset bor tre kusiners familjer, köpmannen Agha Jan, imamen Alsaberi och böneutroparen Agha Shoja. Familjerna har levt ett stilla och traditionellt liv, och tjänat moskén. Agha Jan, respekterad mattfabrikant i basaren och huvudman, ser hur staden förändras i och med att Shahen av Iran försöker modernisera samhället. Konflikterna blir många både utanför och innanför väggarna i huset vid moskén. När shahen störtas i slutet av 1970-talet och ayatolla Khomeni kommer till makten förändras allt igen. En intressant och läsvärd berättelse om Irans moderna historia.

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