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Investing in today’s uncertain climate by Ian Le Breton

People reading my piece last month about the state of the world’s economy may have detected a more pessimistic tone than in previous issues. This was not accidental. It came about as a result of the continuing Eurozone crisis in particular and other areas of concern in general that suggest it is going to be a considerable time yet before things start returning to normal. In particular, one of my Spanish readers took umbrage at my rather negative comments on the position in his country. But the truth is that we see record levels of unemployment in Spain — the highest in Europe — the end of the construction boom and painful austerity measures adopted by the new government. The intention is to reduce the sky high deficit in what is after all a contracting economy — i.e. one that is clearly in recession. Developments since my piece last month have simply confirmed the negative outlook. And when I say it will be some time before things start ‘returning to normal’ I do not mean


‘back to where we were before’. One thing this crisis should have taught us is that simply adding to the debt mountain to pay for current expenditure is plainly not sustainable. But as I also tried to make clear last month, it’s not all unadulterated doom and gloom. There are distinct signs of improvement in certain economies — or should that be in certain sectors of those economies — that provide real evidence that growth is returning as opposed to a financial commentator’s sense of optimism. For example, there is real evidence that many of the stronger companies in Europe and across the Atlantic in the US are building up huge cash

reserves. It is all too easy to be totally negative when reading reports on practically a daily basis that this company or that has either announced losses, collapsed into administration or filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection — the curious American convention that broadly speaking allows a bust company to carry on trading whilst conveniently ignoring its creditors, at least for a while. The reality however is that capitalism relies on investment, mainly into companies be they private or public, and there is still a great deal of investment going on. As usual when discussing investment related topics in this column, any-

business & finance thing I say is my personal view and should not in any way be construed as advice. So is this the time for those private investors who may have stood back from the markets in the last few years to start considering their investment options? After all, individuals in the happy position of having savings or maybe cash released from sales of property, other assets or perhaps those in receipt of an inheritance are not going to see decent returns from bank deposits any time soon. True, some of the banking institutions are currently offering more interesting products whereby returns are considerably higher than the pittance offered on regular bank deposits, but with inflation in Gibraltar and other areas stubbornly high, due in very large measure to constantly increasing energy prices, the net return (that is the real increase in the value of one’s investment after one deducts the effect of inflation) is still disappointingly low. I was minded to have a look at the investment climate for private investors when preparing this piece, not least because of the publicity generated locally in recent weeks concerning the changes in the EIF rules here in Gibraltar. The acronym stands for Experienced Investor Fund and the original legislation was enacted here in 2005. The funds can be used to invest in a wide range of asset classes and can also be established using what is known as a Protected Cell Structure for even more flexibility. New rules have been agreed that will enter force next year. These will enhance significantly the appeal of the Gibraltar EIF which is of course good news for local firms and the employment they generate. For a summary of the recent changes that should lead to increased international interest in Gibraltar, I refer readers to the excellent article penned by Grant Thornton’s Adrian Hogg in the May 2012 edition of the Gibraltar Magazine. Gibraltar is well placed to compete in this area and with the infrastructure and industry experience to be found here, I can see significant growth opportunities. Gibraltar is of course a full EU member so can exploit its ability for investment firms to “passport” their services,

something not so readily available to competing jurisdictions such as the Channel Islands and Cayman. So this is all very well and good but let’s step back a moment. Is an investment fund a suitable way for ordinary people like you and me if we are considering investing or is it just something for these “experienced investors”. What about the rest of us? There are many thousands of investment funds to choose from and they come in all types of shapes and sizes but the broad principles are straightforward. There are a number of very good reasons why a new investor might want to consider using a fund when thinking about their options. By using a professional fund manager, an investor will benefit from years of experience and access to the world’s financial markets that are simply not available to the general public. Depending on the fund, they may provide diversity by asset class or geography while the level of risk involved can be matched to the deemed risk appetite of the investor. Every private investor will be different. It is easy to see why someone a year or two away from retirement will have a very different investment outlook than a single 30-year-old with no dependents. (Incidentally, most 30-year-olds will probably say they have no spare money to invest anyway but, as I was told, ‘it’s never too early to start’.) But would anyone want to invest in the markets these days? It would be all too easy

There are many thousands of investment funds to choose from and they come in all types of shapes and sizes but the broad principles are straightforward

to say no, stay away, but times of uncertainty are also times of opportunity. Certainly, careful selection is needed and above all professional advice should be sought right from the outset. It is altogether too easy to look, say, at the (fictional) Ruritanian stock market and see that it has gone up by 60% in the last 12 months. But if the Ruritanian currency – the Cowrie Shell – has depreciated against the pound by 50% over the same period then it starts look rather less attractive. Add to that the problem of researching the right investments in Ruritania, the dangers perhaps of nationalisation or civil strife, and one can begin to see the inherent risks involved in such international exposure. So if you do wish to invest in that particular country, it is better to do so as part of a regulated fund in which you are investing alongside others. In this way, the costs and the risks are spread and there is a professional team to make sure that investments are properly managed, monitored and administered. So here’s my summary. If you are considering investment possibilities, there should always be markets somewhere that should be attractive. Many economies around the world, particularly in Europe, are still struggling and may do so for some time. Despite this, or maybe because of it, there are going to be opportunities for future growth or recovery. And with virtually zero returns available on deposits, if nothing is ventured then nothing will be gained. n

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Gibraltar’s Ju-Jitsu Sensei Anthony Joaquin and Erika Zammit (Blue belt Ju-Jitsu) recently travelled to the land of the rising sun, to participate at the 4th World Butoku Sai, and the Commemorative International Renshi Taikai, held in Kyoto, Japan. Sensei Tony conducted two Ju-Jitsu exhibitions and, as the official country coordinator and representative for Gibraltar for the DNBK ID, he was honoured to be graded by all the Japan Masters panel (14 senior officials) which awarded him the rank of Kyoshi, which translates to Eminent Instructor for Warrior, Master Instructor. Tony says this event was the most honourable moment of his long history in Martial Arts.


The Gibraltar Ju-Jitsu Academy will be holding its National Championships — and the Mixed Martial Arts fighters will be assessed by top UK professional fighters and instructors — on Wednesday 27th June 2012, at Central Hall. The event will include a variety of exciting exhibitions, plus entertainment by local dance group Urban Dance. Tickets are on sale, for anyone interested in discovering this Martial Art, at the Ju-Jitsu Academy, Jumper’s Bastion, priced £5 for children, and £10 for 11 year olds and over. Please contact Sensei Tony on tel: 54011007 for more information on this event or the Academy. n GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • JUNE 2012

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The Recruitment Files: Working in a Recession by Oliver Medina, Associate Director, SRGEurope

The last few years have been tough for the work force in general. Many companies have re-evaluated their company structure and made drastic changes to stay operational. When the word recession is heard the first thought of many is “no work”. This is not necessarily the case for some professionals. Recruiters certainly have their hands full as the industry has seen some big shifts and the job of the recruiter has changed in the last five years. The volume of candidates has increased, and quite drastically for most. The work of a recruiter can increase exponentially in a recession as companies make staff cuts en masse. With an influx of potential candidates wait times to speak to a recruitment professional have increased as well. Some agencies offer an ”outplacement” service too where they will go into a firm and speak to individuals in danger of being made redundant one-on-one. Even agencies who don’t offer an outplacement service have their hands full as staff who have been affected by redundancies will be keen to start applying for jobs. A good recruitment professional will try to

meet candidates face to face whenever possible to make the best assessment for their candidates and clients. This is the best time to let candidates know their options in terms of work, improve their CV and explain where they might need some professional development. It takes

time and can make for a long work day when there are a lot of people to meet. The search for appropriate candidates has become harder and can require more time. In a recession most companies don’t stop recruiting, but instead become a lot more specific in their search criteria. A company needs to look to the future and consider the best way in earning the revenue needed to survive and grow. Often in a crisis they need the right person who already has the relevant experience to come into the job and take off running. This can be very frustrating for many candidates who might not have the exact skill set, but one that is very close, and yet find they are still not being considered. Recruitment professionals are finding they are spending more time searching for very specific candidates that might not be so willing to move jobs either, as job security becomes very important in a recession. While some professionals might not be happy in their current work situation, the fear of moving to a new job where they will lose their seniority and run the risk of being made redundant is just too great. But it’s not just the recruitment professionals

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recruitment who are seeing hiring process become longer. Hiring managers for companies also have a higher number of candidates to consider as there are many more on the market. It takes significant time for them to go through all CVs and get back to agencies on their choice. Candidates today can expect to be called in for three to four separate interviews for a job that would have been decided on one to two interviews five years ago. Hiring managers will often want potential employees to meet with a senior member of management through out the interview process to assess their suitability. In addition to this, even after an offer is made the process of gathering references has become stricter again ensuring they are making the right decisions. So where does this leave you as the candidate? Knowledge is invaluable. If you understand what companies are doing and, therefore, who recruitment professionals are looking for then you are in a good starting position. Be aware this might be the best time to upgrade your skills, but also to be looking for positions that will allow you to use the knowledge you already have. When looking at job postings ask yourself if you can help that company to achieve their goals with your skills. This is always helpful when you move into the interview process as most potential employers will ask how you can contribute to the organisation. Like so many jobs, that of the recruiter and hiring manager has seen many changes in a short time. A lot of this has been caused by the


global economy. Recruiters still do keep just about every CV they receive. There is special software many of the professional agencies buy to help them to keep candidates organised and searchable when the right job comes

in. So don’t be surprised if you get a call from a recruiter, six months after you sent your CV, about a new job which just came in and might just be perfect for you. Things could be looking up. n


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Stepping Up To The Challenge How Undertaking Additional Qualifications Can Improve Networking & Business Skills

It was in March this year that I shared with you one of my major concerns regarding the banking sector, when I said I believed some banks had lost their way over the last decade in creating bank managers who were “super specialists” in their understanding of how their bank and products work but really didn’t understand what their clients were all about or understand the sectors in which their clients operate. Some people may ask why I would want to start studying now, when my university days are far behind me. My answer would be because I have a desire to communicate more effectively with clients as part of my commitment to both them and to my employer. I am dedicated to delivering a world class service to my clients and feel the foundation certificate will offer me a very good basic understanding in Trust Management. On a personal level I also want to improve my skills and to stand out from others.

Continuing to study as a adult can be as rewarding as it is stressful

I acknowledged that the industry had ‘seen the light’ and was creating a new breed of manager who would start to work within the key sectors by creating what the banks call “industry specialists.” More recently, I have introduced you to a couple of bankers who have started to do some really great work within the sectors their clients operate in, however, to take it to the next level, I would like to see more bankers academically qualified with relevant qualifications in the sector in which their clients operate. So on this note, may I introduce you to Mark Recagno who is doing just this… Mark says: ‘You learn something new every day’ so the saying goes, and that


is certainly the case for me at the moment, as I am studying for a qualification to enhance my professional development — in addition to working full time! By day, I work as a Relationship Manager in the Intermediaries team at Barclays in Gibraltar, but by night, I revert to being a student, reading text books and

revising hard! The reason for this transformation is I am preparing to take the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Exam to gain my Foundation Certificate. STEP is a worldwide professional body consisting of people involved with matters involving estates, trust management and other related fields.

I am finding the studying stretching to say the least. For example, as I don’t work within the Trust sector, understanding some of the terminology in the text books can be challenging!

What is a Relationship Manager? As a Relationship Manager, I look after a portfolio of Intermediary businesses based in Gibraltar and abroad. An intermediary can be classified as a professional entity that serves as a link between two or more persons or businesses. For example, let us say a business owner decided to establish themselves in Gibraltar. They may seek the assistance of a company manager, who in turn, can incorporate a company in Gibraltar and could then introduce the client to me. Therefore, it is my job to partner with these entities and provide their clients with support and information on banking services. I focus on providing service excellence and help clients establish, maintain and enhance relationships. The best aspect of my job is meeting different people. I also enjoy the diversity of business which arrives on my desk via local and international clients. For example, I work with Company and Trust managers, accountants, solicitors, fund administrators and large international businesses. I really enjoy the challenge of working in this changing economic environment and adapting to what my clients want and need. As a Relationship Manager I


funds update work very closely with Intermediaries when on-boarding new business to the bank and ensuring this is 100% understood, with an emphasis on how clients have generated their wealth and where the funds will come from. I am extremely focused on service and this is primarily what kick-started the idea of attaining the STEP qualification. Finding Time to Study Of course, turning a hypothetical idea into reality is always a hard task and having enrolled on the course, I am finding the studying stretching to say the least. For example, as I don’t work within the Trust sector, understanding some of the terminology in the text books can be challenging! Day to day business is demanding, and when I get home in the evenings I have a young family to look after (which I thoroughly enjoy) as well as having an array of hobbies. In addition, the exam preparation brings back stressful memories of my university years. I always seem to have something more interesting to do and can have a tendency to procrastinate! So Why Study? Ultimately, I believe having the qualification will enable me to become closer to my clients and will improve my understanding and communication in this field. I am becoming more knowledgeable about the Trust sector, especially from a jurisdictional perspective and so I am sure all of the hard work will pay off in the end for both me and for my clients! What makes Gibraltar an Attractive Prospect? As well as questions about my study, I am often asked is why Gibraltar is a good prospect for those looking to set up an intermediary offshore business. In my opinion a number of factors contribute to making Gibraltar an attractive prospect for business, worth some serious consideration. Firstly, Gibraltar has a politically stable and democratic government with a reputation for integrity and fair dealing with a democratic election process. Gibraltar also has a stable economy and low tax environment which may be appealing to new businesses. The Rock also houses a wide choice of reputable banks and a range of excellent support services, including quality legal and accountancy firms, meaning business owners have a wide variety of options when it comes to getting the support they need. All of this,


Barclays’ Relationship Manager, Mark Recagno, is studying to improve his understanding of his clients’ needs

combined with the fact Gibraltar is a well regulated jurisdiction in an excellent geographic location (accessibly by plane and boat), make it a popular choice for those looking to establish a business. It is for these reasons, in my opinion, Gibraltar’s intermediaries sector is fairing well in the current economic climate, because it is a popular choice for enterprising new businesses and is becoming somewhat of a business ‘hub.’ It seems the sector is also moving away from ‘brass plate’ companies and is beginning to support professionals in developing more substantive companies. I think Gibraltar’s intermediaries sector will flourish in the future be-

cause of its reputation as a low-tax jurisdiction within the EU which is fully supported by professionals is continually growing. And as someone who is passionate about my role in this sector and who is learning more and more about it every day, I look forward to seeing Gibraltar’s intermediaries

sector go from strength to strength and to playing my part in its success! n Paul Wharton and Mark Recagno are writing in their own capacity and none of the above is intended to express the views or opinions of Barclays Bank PLC


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are you ready for the market or is the market ready for you


by Mike Harvey, Director, KPMG Gibraltar

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) is a complicated market but one which is showing new signs of life. The current key drivers of M&A are regulatory pressures, continuity planning, appetite for critical mass and increased efforts to access new emerging markets. Furthermore, there is strong interest from buyers outside of Gibraltar wanting to invest in cash generative businesses. Some may question whether in these troubled economic conditions the timing is right to be selling a business. Albert Einstein famously noted that “In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity”, and as such there may be a raft of opportunities for you to sell your business as the economy rallies and ‘green shoots’ emerge. The strategy of “Buy and Build” where smaller businesses or books of business are ‘bolted’

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in the market they are increasingly sophisticated, and certainly aren’t afraid to walk away if there isn’t a compelling or sustainable growth story. Any potential buyer will be extremely interested in the short to medium term plans for your business and the associated financial projections to evaluate whether a potential investment will generate sufficient financial return. An independent assessment of the credibility of your projections and the assumptions underpinning these can highlight critical areas and give potential purchasers additional reassurance. We can assist you with developing your business plan or critically evaluate your existing plan to help you Have you got robust projections for a avoid unexpected surprises during the disposal 3-5 year period? Although there are lots of prospective buyers process and thus strengthen your bargaining onto a more established ‘Anchor’ business has emerged as a popular strategy to spread the cost base across an increasing revenue stream. Selling your business is an important decision for any owner and can be extremely stressful; therefore the more time spent on preparation and planning the more likely you are to achieve the highest price and limit value leakage. If you are considering selling your business, NOW is the time to think about planning the process as most sellers significantly underestimate the time it takes to prepare themselves and their businesses for sale.

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Potential purchasers Identifying potential purchasers for your business can be difficult and this is an area where KPMG can also help. Through our existing client relationships and our international network of member firms we can identify potential buyers locally, internationally, trade buyers and private equity buyers. Understanding buyers’ objectives and motives is important to assess the likelihood of achieving a sale and can forewarn any issues likely to arise during the sales process. The next stage is to prepare a ‘teaser’ and/or information memorandum, documents that would be sent to potentially interested parties giving the background to the company with sufficient detail to attract initial interest and enquiries.

Valuing a business can be an extremely complex and subjective exercise with a range of possible approaches possible. Depending on the nature of your business a combination of any of the following techniques may be used: income based (discounted cash flow), asset based (net asset or balance sheet) or market based (comparable companies or comparable recent transactions). Like a surveyors report when you buy a property the valuation report will have a range of indicative valuations and comment on the valuation under each different methodology. An independent and realistic valuation is key: undervalue your business and you may lose value, overvalue your business and you will struggle to attract buyers. How strong is your compliance function and control environment? Prospective buyers’ will concern themselves with the strength of a business’s compliance function and regulatory history. Whilst there will always be a market for distressed assets, to achieve a ‘full price’ there needs to be a strong compliance function and culture ingrained within the organisation. This is of particular interest to those pursuing a ‘buy and build’ strategy. Early disclosure of any potential ‘dealbreaking’ regulatory issues is important as a buyer discovering these at the 11th hour might irreversibly jeopardise completion of the transaction. As with all regulatory issues, evidence

Have you considered the Tax implications and alternative options? On any disposal, purchase or joint venture there will be tax implications to consider. It is, therefore, vital that the tax position of the business, acquirer and purchaser are reviewed at the earliest stage possible to ensure that the transaction can be structured and planned in the

most tax efficient way. For many, M&A has become more of a flexed model with increasing consideration of joint ventures and strategic alliances. We are seeing an increased number of enquiries in this area as companies continually evaluate their strategic options in a period of low growth and declining margins. “Carve-out” or partial disposals are also likely to increase as larger corporates dispose of noncore operations due to regulatory pressures and to increased regulatory capital requirements. What’s next? If you are considering a disposal, purchase or some form of joint venture, it is critical to have a robust business plan and comprehensive set of projections. This will help mitigate the risk of value leakage in any subsequent transaction. KPMG’s Advisory team have extensive experience in advising buyers and sellers and understand the critical concerns and information requirements of both onshore and offshore buyers. n If you require further information or would like to discuss any of the areas above please contact Michael Harvey (Director) at KPMG Gibraltar on (+350) 200 48600 or alternatively on

We are seeing an increased number of enquiries in this area as companies continually evaluate their strategic options in a period of low growth and declining margins

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community update

A Marathon for Street Children Members of local charity AKIN (Association for Kids in Need) Sierra Leone and staff at Ibex Insurance have joined forces in an ambitious fundraising project to raise funds for UK charity ‘Street Child of Sierra Leone’ which has organised a marathon event in Sierra Leone.

Arqiva to build digital infrastructure in Gibraltar The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA) has signed a contract, worth around £1M, with Arqiva in the UK to provide a digital broadcasting network in Gibraltar. The network will comprise two digital television multiplexes and two digital radio multiplexes. On each television multiplex Gibraltar will be able to transmit up to six distinct programmes. Similarly with digital radio, each multiplex allows for four distinct programmes. This means a greater choice of programmes can be made available and additional broadcasters could be licensed by the government. In 2006, during a digital planning conference organised by the International Telecommunication Union, the GRA successfully coordinated with Spain, Morocco, Algeria and Portugal the use of channels 30 and 56 for digital television and channel blocks 12B and 12C for digital radio. The transmitters will be located at a single site on the Upper Rock, thus minimising the environmental impact of the antenna and support structures which will replace the two television broadcasting sites of Signal Hill and O’Hara’s Battery. The digital broadcasting network will be operational by 31st December 2012, allowing Gibraltar to meet its international obligation to close down its analogue television transmissions by that date. Unlike the changeover to digital television, there are


no plans to convert FM radio to digital.

The group is made up of six AKIN supporters and six Ibex staff members and they will take part in a combination of long distance running events on 9th June in Sierra Leone. The team has set a target of raising at least £15,000. So far a bingo night and quiz night have

been organised, and raised £11,000 through events and online donations. The team also organised a 12 hour treadmill marathon and a raffle in May. They will travel to Sierra Leone on 2nd June and will be there for 10 days, visiting a number of schools which have been refurbished or

The runners will have to contend with high humidity, hilly and uneven ground, temperatures in the high 20s and the possibility of tropical rain, making the course even more difficult

The contractor, Arqiva, is the communications infrastructure and media services company at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world. Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK and has a significant presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the independent radio groups, major telco providers including the UK’s five mobile network operators, and the emergency services. The Chief Minister, who has ministerial responsibility for broadcasting said: “The quality of broadcasting in Gibraltar must improve and moving to a digital network is one of the many steps in the direction of the improvements necessary.” n

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community update built with funds raised by AKIN in Gibraltar. They will also be visiting new school projects for consideration during 2012. The main running events are a full marathon (42km) and a half marathon event (21km) which will be run along mainly packed mud roads. The runners will have to contend with high humidity, hilly and uneven ground, temperatures in the high 20s and the possibility of tropical rain, making the course even more difficult. Jimmy Bruzon, AKIN’s Sierra Leone project coordinator who was in Sierra Leone in 2006 says: “Going back to Sierra Leone will be a dream come true. It will be fantastic to see the impact that our school refurbishment projects have had on the communities which we have supported over the last few years. It will give us a wonderful opportunity to identify new school projects and to raise awareness and much needed funds. “I would like to thank the people of Gibraltar for their generosity during recent years and ask them to continue to support the school projects, together we are making a huge difference to many needy communities.” Each member of the team will pay their own travel costs in full so


every penny donated goes towards the ambitious £15,000 target. Donations can be made at the Ibex Insurance office in Irish Town or via the web at Every little helps! n For more information on AKIN, visit their Facebook page or website www.


�indsay �oyle


Lindsay’s Fight for Our Rights

by Mike Brufal

by Mike Brufal

Lindsay Hoyle, 55, is the son of Lord Hoyle of Warrington, a Freeman of the City of Gibraltar and holder of the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour for his many years as a hard working member of the Gibraltar Parliamentary lobby during the years of the border closure by the Franco Government. Lindsay became MP for Chorley in 1997 and followed his father, a former Labour MP for Warrington North, into the All Party British Gibraltar Group to become one of the most vociferous supporters of the inalienable right of Gibraltarians to self determination. He is also a former member if the Trade and Industry Committee. Lindsay was elected Chairman of the Gibraltar Group and became the key figure in the fight against the attempt by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Minister for Europe Peter Hain, to force Gibraltarians into accepting the grant of joint sovereignty to the Spanish Government. Lindsay, who is married to Catherine Swindley with two daughters, was educated at Anderton County Primary School, Lords College, Bolton and Horwich FE College. He has always been an ardent supporter of rugby league and


is a former Chairman of Chorley Rugby League Club. In 1980 he was the youngest councillor on the Chorley Borough Council and went on to be deputy leader (1994-1997) and Mayor (1997 -1998). After the 2010 general election Lindsay was elected senior deputy speaker of three deputies and so is the ‘Chairman of Ways and Means’ which is derived from the now defunct Ways and Means Committee which formerly considered taxation-related bills. The three deputies have the same powers as the Speaker when presiding over the House of Commons and do not take part in partisan politics, remaining impartial in the House — however they are entitled to take part in constituency politics and make their views known on these matters. Since his election in 1997, Lindsay has been the most vociferous and hard working member of the Gibraltar Parliamentary lobby.

In an interview in 1999 he said; “There is no doubt that the 1969 Constitution does need updating. It would make sense for a new Constitution to be given to Gibraltar to mark the new Millennium.” Adding “What the British Government must not do is to create a situation in which some will be minded to think that at some future date Gibraltar will be retroceded into Spain.” He also stated he believes “Gibraltar should be represented in the European Parliament by an MEP and even maybe an MP at Westminster. “I can understand the ideas about the Spanish dimension put forward by Michael Howard and Ken Purchase. But the right of the Gibraltarians to determine their own future is paramount. The Spanish Government must be forced to recognise this political fact of life, as this is the only way forward. It is up to the Gibraltarians whether or not they wish to take cognizance of GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • JUNE 2012

political profile the Spanish dimension.” In another interview in 2002 Lindsay stated; “The restrictions are just an attempt by the Spanish Government to subjugate the Gibraltarians into surrendering the sovereignty of Gibraltar.” With regard to an anti-Gibraltarian self-determination article published in The Guardian, he said: “I sent a very strong letter to the Guardian rebutting all the accusations that had been made. It is worrying that the editor refused to publish a single letter in defence of the Gibraltarians. The plot thickens because the accusations in the Guardian originated from certain MPs who had been briefed by Foreign Office officials. Gibraltarians will know who these MPs are. What is even more frightening is the fact that MPs are attacking other MPs over the Gibraltar problem. One must question the reasons behind these attacks which do not stop at the Guardian. “I consider it scandalous,” he went on to say, “that we have certain MPs apparently working on behalf of the Foreign Office. Their function is to discredit members who are good friends of Gibraltar and to suggest that they are receiving rewards for their support. All the members of the Gibraltar Parliamentary Group are doing is to fight for the right of the Gibraltarians to self determination. “Jack Straw is not a coward and I find it strange that he has taken so long to make an official visit to Gibraltar. “His visit to Gibraltar on Friday will enable him to experience at first hand the feelings of the Gibraltarians and what joint sovereignty would mean in practice. This would also enable Jack to take decisions with an enlightened view rather than listen to the mandarins within the Foreign Office, with their own agenda, who put forward their geo-political views rather than the views of the People of Gibraltar... “Many ask what is the motive behind this Foreign policy initiative? We can all speculate and make assumptions. If it is about having good relations within the European Union then I can appreciate that Prime Minister Blair does need allies at Brussels. But what is not permissible is to sell out loyal British subjects in order to obtain an ally within the EU. The time has come for the Gibraltar problem to be resolved once and for all and this should be by a referendum setting out all the options which will allow the Gibraltarians to determine their own future. My great fear is that no one within the British Government would abide by such a decision... “The only future for Gibraltar is for the Spanish and British Governments to accept the inalienable right of the Gibraltarians to determine their own destiny. “I see nothing wrong in opening another series of talks with an open agenda so that all the issues and problems affecting those who live on the Rock and in the Campo de Gibraltar can be discussed. “Peter Hain is known to be having a problem with his memory which is a great handicap and difficulty when he speaks about the Gibraltar problem. “From my position as Chairman of the Group I think that all Gibraltar is pulling together very effectively. Everyone on the Rock is saying the same thing and not attempting to score petty political points. It is a dignified campaign to


secure Gibraltar ’s future and one that will succeed.” Lindsay stepped down from the Chair of the Parliamentary Group when the 2010 general election was called. Last month he took time off from his busy schedule as senior deputy speaker to reflect on the Blair Government’s attempt to subjugate the Gibraltarians into accepting joint sovereignty. This trade off — to secure the Spanish Government’s alliance within the European Union — was made without Tony Blair, Jack Straw or Peter Hain ever visiting Gibraltar. The Foreign Office was told Gibraltarians would be forced to accept the joint sovereignty proposal and the staff on the Gibraltar section would be increased to whatever size was needed (normally only one or two diplomats were assigned to watch over Gibraltar). Lindsay was invited to visit the Foreign Office to be given a briefing on the progress of the joint sovereignty talks (in other words, to try to persuade him and the lobby to drop their political help to the Gibraltar government). For some reason the Gibraltar section was in the same office as the Balkan department and what was even more amazing was a mere five diplomats were working on Balkan matters, but no less than 30 on Gibraltar. One reason for the huge number working on Gibraltar was the success in the political campaign mounted by the lobby in asking hundreds of questions in defence of the Gibraltarians and their right to self determination. Each question had to be answered and so the more questions asked the more staff hours were needed to find the answers, the replies written and then signed by either Jack Straw or Peter Hain. At the same time Peter Caruana and Albert Poggio had launched their highly successful campaigns to secure the support of the British people. Throughout this period the Gibraltar Government, through Albert Poggio and the Parliamentary lobby, coordinated their actions

If the reform of the House of Lords goes ahead it might be the time to press for a Gibraltarian to be elected to the new Chamber to represent Gibraltar. Such a political move might be more likely to come to fruition than to elect a Member of Parliament for Gibraltar

~ Lindsay Hoyle MP

to maintain the strongest pressure and effective use of limited financial resources. Lindsay says he was very moved in 2004 when he took part in the joining of hands to encircle the Rock to mark the tercentenary of the capture of Gibraltar by Admiral Sir George Rooke. Today Lindsay is President of the All Party Gibraltar Parliamentary Group and both Nigel Evans and Dawn Primarola, the other deputy speakers, have joined the Group. Although he cannot ask questions or speak about Gibraltar, he helps in any way possible. He thinks the Queen and Prince Philip, accompanied by the Foreign Secretary, should visit Gibraltar during this year of Diamond Jubilee celebrations — after all King Juan Carlos frequently travels to Melilla and Ceuta — as a thank you for all the loyalty shown, despite the hardship caused by the years of economic blockade, since her last visit in 1954. The Gibraltar Parliamentary Group remains strong with many of the new intake of members joining. Jim Dobbin, the new chairman, is leading from the front and the Group remains on alert especially with the election of the new Government in Spain. The Group is strong in the House of Lords and has been augmented by many former members of the Commons who fought so hard against the joint sovereignty proposals. “Gibraltar’s future lies in the hands of the Gibraltarians,” Lindsay stresses. “At present it appears that the majority are content with the new Constitution and with the firm resolve of the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary that there will be no talks with the Spanish Government unless it is sanctioned by the Gibraltar Government. “If the reform of the House of Lords goes ahead it might be the time to press for a Gibraltarian to be elected to the new Chamber to represent Gibraltar. Such a political move might be more likely to come to fruition than to elect a Member of Parliament for Gibraltar. Gibraltar now has an effective voice in the European Parliament through its MEPs; this is working well and demonstrates that Gibraltar should have its own voice in the Palace of Westminster. “Gibraltar is coming through the recession well due to the economy depending on a spread of interests. Gibraltar businesses are offering an economic lifeline to some 5000 Spaniards who are able to work on the Rock. Even if the Spanish Foreign Minister decides to apply pressure on Gibraltar again in an attempt to provide a patriotic distraction to the severe economic problems affecting Spain, this will fail because too many Spaniards in Andalucia depend on the Gibraltar economy for survival.” Lindsay is an Honorary Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps and has close links with the Royal Gibraltar Regiment. Recently the Royal Gibraltar Regiment band played a charity concert in Chorley and raised £2500 for a local charity. Lindsay Hoyle has been one of Gibraltar’s most stalwart supporters for 15 years; indeed many would say he, as chairman of the Parliamentary Group, was the British politician who worked the hardest to defeat the Prime Minister in his attempt to force joint sovereignty on the Gibraltarians. He hopes to be on the Rock for National Day in September. n


events The jumpers — Abby Stolworthy, Kathy Adamberry, Cheryl Schofiel, Karl Sene and Monika Samtani — will undertake their skydive in Seville on 29th June 2012 and so they can raise as much money as possible for this very worthwhile cause, KPMG will be funding the actual jump so all sponsorship money will go to directly to the charity, which improves lives for the disabled here in Gibraltar. Any sponsorship is greatly appreciated and donations can be made by cheque addressed to The Gibraltar Disability Society and posted to KPMG Ltd, Suite 3C, Eurolife Building 1 Corral Road, Gibraltar PO Box 1197 or by debit/credit card straight into the charity’s PayPal account (you do not need to have a PayPal account — just follow the instructions on the skydive page at www.

KPMG Charity Skydive

In aid of the Gibraltar Disability Society This month, five brave members of the KPMG Gibraltar team will be jumping out of an aeroplane to raise funds for the Gibraltar Disability Society.

As we went to press the team had already raised over £600 bringing them closer to their target of £2,000. Well done team!

Attracting UK ex-pat pensions The Government has published a Bill to amend the Income Tax Act 2010 in respect of Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) imported into Gibraltar. The Bill has been eagerly awaited by the Gibraltar pensions industry and means Gibraltar is fully compliant with UK Inland Revenue requirements to allow UK expatriots to relocate their pensions to the jurisdiction. “A government proposal for a 2.5% tax on distributions to beneficiaries of imported pensions, means Gibraltar can at last promote itself as a safe and secure home for QROPS,” declared Steven Knight, Chairman of the Gibraltar Association of Pension Fund Administrators (APFA). “The industry here voluntarily chose three years ago to put QROPS activity on hold to ensure we maintained Gibraltar’s reputation and integrity, whilst reaching agreement and gaining government approval on arrangements to meet the QROPS challenge,” Knight explained. There are a great many people still waiting to relocate their pensions to Gibraltar, he added. APFA is busy establishing a QROPS Code of Conduct and a seminar for stakeholders, including lawyers and advisers, to ensure its members have a common understanding of the spirit of HMRC rules, what is expected of them, and there is a uniform handling of imported retirement pensions. As APFA chairman, Knight, noted: “It has been a long and frustrating wait, but we can


now remove the uncertainty for independent financial advisers and people who already have QROPS in other jurisdictions, safe in the knowledge that Gibraltar is a fully compliant, regulated EU jurisdiction.” A Bill relating to imported pensions was published in mid-May and amends the Income Tax Act 2010. It is expected it will be approved by Gibraltar’s Parliament in six to eight weeks from the Bill’s publication. The legislation will not affect local pension schemes, which continue to enjoy a zero tax rate, but the small number of QROPS imported prior to the self-imposed moratorium on new schemes will be covered by the new legislation, which will be retrospective to 6th April 2006. “Gibraltar’s Bill meets HMRC’s new rules on QROPS introduced last month by also imposing a maximum lump sum payment of 30%, a minimum retirement age of 55 years and restricting any re-export of a Gibraltar QROPS to jurisdictions with similar or greater pension requirements,” Steven Knight confirmed. n


people file

Gibraltar: a place never to be forgotten

by Sonia Golt

Aladar Nesser says he is looking forward to an exciting year. As an ex- US Naval pilot who is currently Director for International Relations for Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc, an exciting year forms just one of many in his action-packed life. We caught up with Aladar in Monaco and asked him about his Gibraltar connections and the year ahead. Aladar grew up in New York City and graduated from university in 1977. After his degree he worked as a Commercial Pilot for a year, later joining the US Navy as a Naval Flight Officer and deployed aboard Aircraft Carriers to the world’s trouble spots. He left active duty in 1988, settled in San Francisco and continued flying part-time with the Naval Reserves, while working as a photo-journalist. As a photo-journalist in Eastern Europe in 1991, he was appalled at the violence unfolding in former Yugoslavia. Just 200 miles from the peace and beauty of Vienna and Venice he was witnessing trucks loaded with crying children, and entire families being up-rooted in what later became known as ‘ethnic-cleansing’ or as Aladar says; “Organized mass murder, without remorse or regret, on the front steps of the ‘civilized’ world. “Maybe because only 50 years prior, my family suffered the same fate, I was unable to dismiss those images and so I decided to find a way to get involved.” A leadership position opened with NATO to enforce a no-fly zone over Bosnia, so with the support of his family, Aladar decided to return to active duty in Europe serving as a US Naval Officer with NATO’s operations in the Balkans for four and a half years. After the region was stabilised, he continued serving with the


Navy in Europe, and in 2003 was assigned as the US Naval Liaison Officer to Gibraltar and de-facto United States Consul, where he served until 2006. “Sadly, after 220 years of continuous US presence on the Rock, I was the last official US representative — the dual-hatted diplomaticmilitary position was eliminated. “My family and I were welcomed and embraced by the Gibraltar community like in no other place we have ever lived. Gibraltarians, without question, are the most generous people I have ever met.” Aladar remembers that from his first short visit in 2001 with the 6th Fleet Staff aboard USS Lasalle, he was impressed by Gibraltar’s history, unique mixture of cultures, and natural rugged beauty. “I learned about the incredible resilience of Gibraltarians and their ability to adapt and survive as a people. Especially moving were stories of the WWII evacuation and hard fought repatriation, a period which without the courage and sacrifice of the generation which insisted on returning, Gibraltar would not be the successful thriving small nation, which it is today. “I was impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit reflected throughout the town, from its small Cafés to its larger industries. Incredible stories like the Serfatys, Sacarellos, Levys, Stagnettos, and so many

more. “I was also inspired by community leaders such a Claire Borrell who has spent 22 years helping women in need, and Momy Levy who is an incredible global ambassador and an architect of the multicultural environment that defines Gibraltar.” From a military perspective Aladar adds: “Attesting to the spirit and sacrifice of Gibraltarians is the little known fact that for its size, Gibraltar’s active contribution to the war on terrorism in Afghanistan, through the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, surpasses most other National contributions!” On leaving Gibraltar, Aladar split his time living between Europe and the US. He is currently Director for International Relations for Odyssey Marine Exploration, working with a world-class team of researchers, scientists, technicians and archaeologists on cutting-edge shipwreck exploration projects. He feels fortunate to be part of an organisation led by men and women who are leaders in their respective fields. Besides ground-breaking technological innovations and achievements in deep-ocean archaeology, in the past two years they have also been pioneers in the field of

deep-ocean mineral exploration. When asked his opinion regarding a solution to the problem between Spain and Gibraltar on the issue of the Odyssey’s findings, he replied: “The problems that developed were a result of several ‘misguided’ individuals in Spain who have managed to exploit local politics for their own selfish purposes. There is a greater story here which will eventually come to light. The solution, as always, is to try and continue with intelligent and productive dialogue which would benefit all parties.” Aladar’s dynamic career continues to flourish and there is now an exciting year ahead of him and his team with multiple shipwreck recovery projects, including the archaeological excavation of the famous English warship, Admiral Balchin’s HMS Victory, which was lost in 1744 and discovered by Odyssey in 2008. This project also has a Gibraltar connection which can be read on On a personal level, Aladar says he still enjoys visiting Gibraltar and does so several times a year. “We have a long-term investment in Gibraltar. It is our base of operation for the HMS Sussex project, which is an English war-

My family and I were welcomed and embraced by the Gibraltar community like in no other place we have ever lived. Gibraltarians, without question, are the most generous people I have ever met 24


ship lost in 1694. In addition, I would like us to establish a dynamic shipwreck archaeology exhibit, which I believe is appropriate and achievable. After all, Gibraltar has been a fixture of maritime shipping for over 2,000 years.” Projects of this calibre are sure to attract tourism interest for Gibraltar. The busier a person is, often the more time he or she finds to have hobbies, a maxim true of Aladar, who explains that aside from work projects he loves the outdoors and enjoys sports like diving, hiking, and loves to read. He says he thoroughly enjoys our Mediterranean Steps hike and often walks to the top of the Rock. He has many anecdotes in connection with his work in Gibraltar and loves to share them. “Of course, everyone has an ‘ape’ related anecdote. Mine took place one evening in line for a concert in St. Michael’s Cave. I was in line with my wife and our two boys. Gabriel, my 11-year-old son, went up to the shop and purchased an ice-cream cone. When he returned with his ice-scream, one of the younger monkeys snatched the ice-cream out of his hand, moved off to the side, sat, neatly peeled off the wrapping, and slowly ate the ice cream while looking at Gabriel as if daring him to come and get it back. It sure kept the crowd entertained.” His memories of the Rock are vivid and his visits keep Gibraltar constantly in his mind. “Gibraltar was our home for three years, but will stay with us forever. It is a wonderful place with a shining future and I would like to take this opportunity of wishing everyone great health and success.” n

The problems that developed were a result of several ‘misguided’ individuals in Spain who have managed to exploit local politics for their own selfish purposes. There is a greater story here which will eventually come to light



eGaming technology

�ictor ��andle�

by Kate Bird

the gentleman bookmaker

Victor Chandler, father of three and frequently referred to as ‘the gentleman bookmaker’ is arguably one of the most famous bookmakers in the world. Moving to Gibraltar in 1998 — a mere 14 years ago — made him visionary in his field and saw many other betting companies following in his footsteps. In 1996, Chandler had obtained a betting licence in Gibraltar and just four years later moved his entire business here. 26


eGaming feature Employing 368 people here on the Rock, Bet Victor (originally Victor Chandler formed in 1946) is one of the world’s leading independent betting companies. Victor Chandler, described as ‘about as far as you can get from the traditional image of a bookie’ by the Mail on Sunday in 2007, immediately rings true of the description on walking into his office. Victor is charming, friendly and a very cool customer, lighting up a cigarette and pointing out pictures of his family. It’s clear the industry he is in is evolving all the time, and Victor Chandler, or Bet Victor as it’s now known, is standing the test of time even under external legislation and influences. Victor tells us “We’re in a changing industry. I’d like to see a European Law on gaming as we all need to play off a level playing field. The tax regime in France for example, makes it impossible to run a profitable industry.” Personally and professionally, Victor is committed to life here on the Rock: “I’m based in Gibraltar and spend a lot of time here between my family commitments and the office. There are companies that at some point will move back to the UK I’m sure, but we see our future here indefinitely.” Victor has been in the business for a long time, and 14 years in Gibraltar means he has seen a significant change in the market. “Technology changes are never ending,” says Victor. “The biggest change over the last 18 months has been the developments of


the Smartphone and iPad. The product has become so much more sophisticated since they have evolved.” Online development no doubt will continue to grow, and his business understands how to cope with it. Victor continues “A lot of businesses are moving with Smartphone and iPad development. We have recruited 56 developers since January, among specialists in languages. These lead to other supporting roles such as marketing expertise. The majority of technology development in our company is internal, which is quite unusual. We use less third party suppliers than other companies.” Outside of the business, Chandler has owned many race horses over the years, and in July 2009 got involved with another passion and became the main sponsor of Nottingham Forest Football Club. “I was looking for an opportunity outside of horse racing and I enjoyed my involvement very much. I had a great relationship with the club, but unfortunately it ceases this year as the owner passed away.”

As Victor is a resident of the Rock, and has been for a long time now, there are clearly things he likes about the place. “I love that you can walk to work, and there is a good climate. It’s also a really safe place to be.” Victor has three young children who also benefit from living here in Gibraltar. From a gaming angle, Victor says “Gibraltar still has its areas to tackle. Bandwidth is still very expensive and Gibraltar has to deal with it to make it more competitive.” And finally, what is Victor Chandler’s biggest achievement? “I’d say having three children by the age of 60!” And career wise? “Having three children by the age of 60!! Seriously though, I’d say lasting this long in the business is a big achievement. No matter how technology advances and changes, it still relies on the same old rule — always putting the customer first.” A solid piece of business advice from a man who has made it. And what an inspiration he is. n

I’m based in Gibraltar and spend a lot of time here between my family commitments and the office. There are companies that at some point will move back to the UK I’m sure, but we see our future here indefinitely


eGaming technology

Gibraltar: eGaming Jurisdiction of Choice

by Clive Hawkswood, Chief Executive, Remote Gambling Association

Over a period of several years Gibraltar has cemented its position as one of the leading, and probably the foremost, licensing jurisdictions for the online gambling industry. There are many reasons for its popularity. Not least amongst these is that it has an experienced regulator, a reputable licensing regime, and a government that has repeatedly shown itself to be a supporter of the industry. 28

That heady mixture is unfortunately one that our sector can only dream about in other jurisdictions around the world. It should therefore come as a surprise to no one that the industry and authorities in Gibraltar express justifiable concern when that prized position comes under threat from external influences. In this case the challenge primarily comes from the protectionist approach of other jurisdictions, especially those within the EU where recession has driven them to maximise tax revenues everywhere they can. By its very nature online gambling is an international business and on the face of it there is no good reason why well regulated operators based in Gibraltar should not be able to take bets from customers irrespective of where they are located. After all, regulation ensures the gambling is crime free and all customers are safeguarded by the same high standards of consumer protection. If only life were that simple. Instead, there is no EU Internal Market for gambling services and the European Commission tends to turn a blind eye to pretty much any and every measure taken by Member States to close their markets. Prohibition of online gambling has predictably failed and now an increasing number of Member States are introducing their own licensing systems. Some are more weird and wonderful than others, but they all seem to have at least two things in common. The first is that they each believe their regulation is best, and second, they want to license and tax every company that takes bets from their residents. In short, and through no fault of its own, the wider international regulatory environment in which the Gibraltar-based online gambling industry exists is changing and not in a good way. What really brought this home for everyone were the announcements made earlier this year by the British Government that it would fundamentally change its approach to the regulation and taxation of remote gambling. Their target, and it is no more than that, is in 2014/15 to introduce a system whereby it will be illegal to take a bet from a British resident unless the company in question holds a Gambling Commission licence. It is irritating to say the least because there is no objective reason to make such a change when there is little or no evidence of British consumers suffering under the present regime and certainly not where operators are already licensed in places like Gibraltar. However, if that was all there was it would be easier to live with because the standards in Gibraltar are already so close to those in the UK. What really hurts, metaphorically and literally, for the industry in Gibraltar is the decision by HM Treasury to introduce a Place of Consumption Tax. In effect, this will mean that even though the bets are struck in Gibraltar, the British tax man will demand that 15% (if the rate stays at the present level) of the profits made from British residents will have to be handed over. It hardly sounds fair does it? That is, of course, unless you happen to be a British politician of any party who believes the British tax pound should be jealously guarded and whom, by the way, tends to be of the view


eGaming feature that they are being generous by not compelling companies to physically relocate from Gibraltar to the UK if they want the compulsory licence. They argue that is the approach being taken by France and its fellow travellers around the EU and we are unlikely to get sympathy from any of them. That begs two questions: can anything be done about it and, if not, how negative will the impact be on Gibraltar in the years to come? On the first of these, the two avenues are legal and lobbying. Until draft legislation is brought forward, and that could still be some way off, all we have are Government proposals for future change and so, even if anyone wanted to, there is as yet nothing to challenge legally. In the meantime many lawyers will no doubt express opinions and companies and groups can assess their options in the light of those. What we do know is that the British government is bullish about its legal position. On the lobbying front, it is never easy to persuade governments to make complete policy U-turns, but it is not unheard of. Alongside that, efforts can certainly be made to sugar the pill by ensuring that the rate does not go up and can hopefully be brought down, although it is worth bearing in mind that the proposed 15% is lower than the rate for machine gaming duty, land-based bingo and land-based casinos. The treatment of bonuses will also be high on the agenda.


Putting the industry to one side, it remains the case that Gibraltar as a jurisdiction has many allies in British politics and one can only assume that they have little understanding of the damage that might be done to the local economy by these changes. That is partly because, given all of these uncertainties it is almost impossible to assess accurately the likely impact on Gibraltar of the regulatory changes taking place across the EU and, still most importantly, in Britain. What we can say with a high degree of confidence is that Gibraltar has proved to be resilient in the past and that, even if these reforms come to pass, there is still no apparent reason why companies would relocate away from Gibraltar when there are other fiscal benefits from being established there and it is still one of the few places where the online gambling industry feels genuinely welcome. n

There are other fiscal benefits from being established [in Gibraltar] and it is still one of the few places where the online gambling industry feels genuinely welcome

What is the Remote Gambling Association? The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) is a London & Brussels -based trade association whose members are all licensed for gambling purposes in Europe. Its membership includes most of the world’s largest and most respected Internet gambling companies, many of whom also have interests in terrestrial gambling establishments. The RGA is committed to promoting a regulated and non-discriminatory environment for responsible licensed operators in the world’s remote gambling markets. RGA’s role is to provide the industry with a single voice on all the issues of importance to regulators, legislators, and key decision makers around the world. The RGA promotes a regulated and non-discriminatory environment for on-line gaming globally. Within Europe it calls for fair and open market access for all companies licensed or legally established therein. European consumers should be guaranteed the right to access services provided by regulated and responsible on-line gaming providers of their choice. RGA encourages social responsibility and high standards of probity and integrity within the industry through the development of codes of conduct.


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Nyreen Llamas:

Evolving Industry Nyreen Llamas is a Partner at Hassans International Lawyers in Gibraltar and a legal adviser to the eGaming industry. We spoke to her about the challenges facing the Gaming industry, here and abroad... Nyreen became involved with the eGaming industry after qualify as a barrister in 2001 and taking up a place in Hassans’ commercial and corporate department. “Every young lawyer is assigned to a more senior lawyer and I had the great fortune to be placed with Peter Montegriffo who had then only recently returned to the firm as a partner after having been Minister of Trade & Industry,” she says. “Peter, as everyone involved in the gaming industry knows, is one of the leading advisers in this sector and I, inevitably, learned everything I know from him and consequently became very close to the industry advising them too.” As a legal adviser Nyreen is involved in many aspects concerning the industry, ranging from licensing and regulatory advice in Gibraltar, to handling the structuring of the groups from a corporate perspective, as well as general employment and human resources issues such as incentive schemes for staff. Nyreen considers there are a number of issues affecting the industry which are challenging the very nature of how they operate within Gibraltar and on a cross border basis. “The EU environment is such that the local authorities, the operators and all their advisers have come to recognise that it is a highly sensitive and developing area and until legislation in various


countries (and at a broader European level) becomes clearer and more established, careful handling will be required, notwithstanding that the industry, as well as the authorities, have always defended the rights and freedoms that exist under European law. ” While the industry is coming to terms with a highly publicised fragmented licensing arrangement from an EU cross border perspective, “it will also need to navigate the potential introduction by the UK of a gaming consumption tax and any new licensing regime which the UK adopts for this purpose.” Despite the difficulties close to home, she

Nyreen considers there are a number of issues affecting the industry which are challenging the very nature of how they operate within Gibraltar and on a cross border basis

says there is no doubt there will be an opening of the US market and probably a staged liberalisation process. “There is no question that such a move will bring new business opportunities to the local gaming industry, some of whom knew the US market well but had to extract themselves a number of years ago.” However she adds “When this opening up will take place, I wouldn’t dare to predict!” When asked her opinion on the regulatory climate in the EU, she responded cautiously. “It would take a certain degree of boldness to make any assertions in relation to EU developments and in particular, any forecasts for the future. Having said this, notwithstanding the limitations in trying to determine what will happen next, it is my view that the most difficult aspect of the regulatory climate now is that operators have no option but to make sense of the patchy licensing and regulatory framework which is emerging across the EU.” The Gibraltar licensing approach, she adds, has been based on the fundamental premise of freedom to provide services but, in a way that demonstrates sensitivity and respect for the laws of other European territories. “I believe therefore that regulatory accountability and cooperation between Gibraltar and other EU territories will be of paramount importance.”


eGaming feature Given the conservative and prudent approach adopted by the Gibraltar authorities, it is her view that Gibraltar licensed operators should be well placed to benefit from the opportunities hopefully arising in a more converged and coherent regulatory regime in the future. There is no doubt that the proposed introduction by the UK of the gaming consumption tax will have a significant impact on Gibraltar operators but also the jurisdiction as a whole. “When the UK enacted the Gambling Act 2005 (on which our own Gambling Act is modelled), the UK market was liberalised and market entry was clearly established: all operators in the EEA or territories white listed would be able to provide services to UK residents. This is in line with the fundamental principle of freedom to provide services. What the UK is now seeking to do, is to close the UK market and only make it available within certain prescribed parameters. “At present, the move from the UK is driven by revenue raising considerations but such a proposal would really only make sense if it also forms part of another licensing regime for the provision of services into the UK. Essentially it would take the UK to the same form of licensing/tax position as those EU countries who have recently established their own regimes, such as Italy, France and Denmark.” In Nyreen’s view however, the UK has embarked upon a different trajectory than EU countries previously mentioned. “These latter jurisdictions had a closed market and only their state operators were able to provide gambling services. Whilst their licensing regimes clearly fall short of the principle to provide services amongst member states, it was undoubtedly an opening of their market, albeit on a limited basis. The UK, with their proposals, is doing exactly the reverse — they are partially closing an open market,” she states. How it will affect the industry here is very difficult to determine. “There are many Gibraltar operators in Gibraltar who are primarily UK businesses and where they are not, their exposure to the UK market is very significant. On this basis, the effects of such changes could be important to the continuity of their current business models within Gibraltar.” Nyreen believes the industry has had a positive effect on Gibraltar. “Barely over 10 years ago, the remote gambling industry was a relatively unknown sec-


tor in Gibraltar. We had then witnessed the arrival of some major UK names undertaking telephone betting services from Gibraltar but this was fairly contained. At this time, a few recognised the exceptional possibilities that the internet offered and this was the start of a very steady growth in the online gambling sector in Gibraltar. “The unique features of the jurisdiction made it an excellent base from which this business could expand into mainstream economic models, especially as a precursor to IPO ambitions. Whilst Gibraltar continues to adopt a selective and conservative approach to the licensing of companies, the industry directly employs just over 2,000 persons (which is a significant proportion considering the total Gibraltar workforce is 20,000). Revenues from this sector amount to just over 20% of Gibraltar’s GDP. This sector has contributed to the diversification of Gibraltar’s economy particularly after the streamlining of MOD presence. “This industry has however, not just contributed financially, but it has required the development of a carefully nurtured licensing and regulatory framework, the creation of expertise (from a legal, accounting, compliance perspective) and has consolidated the jurisdiction as a market leader in this sector. This can only be a positive thing for Gibraltar.” For the future Nyreen is hopeful the impact on Gibraltar will continue to be positive. However, there are many challenges ahead as high-

I cannot deny that working within the team advising on one of the only two Gibraltar companies (both gambling operators) to have listed on the London Stock Exchange was one of the most challenging and worthwhile experiences

lighted previously. “The next few years may prove the most testing for the industry globally not just for the Gibraltar operators. The recent EU Commission Green Paper on online gambling in the internal market highlights the difficulties that the sector has been facing. It notes that ‘In the absence of harmonisation in the field, it is for each member state to determine in those areas, in accordance with its own scale of values, what is required in order to ensure that the interests in question are protected…’ Whilst some meetings have already taken place in Brussels on this issue, the licensing framework within the EU will continue to remain fragmented in the short to medium term before it starts to converge under the pressures of economics and consumer led need for regulatory certainty. My view is that Gibraltar’s approach will necessarily be one in which regulatory cooperation will play a vital role in the way forward.” Most, if not all, Gibraltar operators are members of the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association which was formed so all the different businesses consult each other on legal, accounting, tax, licensing and regulatory developments which affect them as a group. “The many challenges they have faced in the past and which they continue to have to handle in the short to medium term, will mean that their support to each other will be, within the confines of each of their respective businesses, further strengthened. “The industry is constantly evolving, partly because of regulatory developments but also, because of the nature of the sector in which they operate which is continuously changing as a result of advances in technology, software and game provision. Every adviser close to this sector is therefore inevitably always learning and coming to terms with many changes. I like to think of us all, to some extent, as pioneers. “Professionally, I also cannot deny that working within the team advising on one of the only two Gibraltar companies (both gambling operators) to have listed on the London Stock Exchange was one of the most challenging and worthwhile experiences... however, the achievement was certainly not mine. It was a joint effort of many different advisers, locally and in the UK as well as support from the local authorities to the process. “I would like to think that my biggest achievements are yet to come,” she concludes with a smile. n


commercial spaces If we want to attract new companies to Gibraltar we have to provide suitable office space for them. We spoke to Josiane Richardson BSc (Hons) MRICS, Director of Richardsons estate agency, about the changing needs of the commercial sector and how Gibraltar PLC can accommodate the new corporate requirements. Over the past 10 years the demographics of Gibraltar has changed radically as new companies such as eGaming have come into the working environment. How has demand for commercial office space changed, and how has the new demand been met locally?

10,600m2 were fully let. Since 2008, we have had no new developments come onto the market leaving occupiers with little choice of quality accommodation. Institutional occupiers very often have to resort to taking below standard accommodation 10 years ago, the demand for office accommo- in town. Furthermore, due to the lack of high dation was primarily met by the refurbishment quality stock, rental values are once again on of old town properties, by changing the upper the increase this year. parts from residential to commercial use. During the early ’90s (20 years ago) the pro- It used to be very difficult for small vision of what was then classified as ‘CAT A’ businesses to find any office space in accommodation (i.e. high grade offices) was Gibraltar is this still the case? Gibraltar is a very small market and I often met by developments such as Regal House/Europort/Natwest House on Line Wall Road, etc. remind people that the market can change overThese buildings were at the time seen to be the night with the sudden influx of a new company. most prestigious office buildings in Gibraltar offering state of the art specifications and large open plan floors plates. More recently, during 2008 and 2009, private developers released new purpose built office buildings known as Waterport Place and Leisure Island in Ocean Village. At the time, it was feared that the global crisis would have a negative impact on office take up, however, the Gibraltar market proved otherwise and by 2010/2011, both buildings amounting to some

Gibraltar is a very small market and I often remind people that the market can change overnight with the sudden influx of a new company


We often see periods were there is no space whatsoever and other periods where there is much more on the market. Last year Richardsons secured 1,350m2 of office accommodation to a single occupier in one building, which was a more challenging task to accomplish than finding smaller office accommodation. The smaller occupiers have more selection in the current market for sourcing office space ranging from 70m2 up to 200m2. Do you get demand from companies looking to purchase office space or is it mainly a rental market?

The rental market is generally led by multinational corporations. The investment market is mainly led by local buyers. In the current market climate the main demand is for office rental accommodation with occupiers wishing to secure shorter lease terms of 3 to 6 years. Is there demand for institutional investment in commercial property in Gibraltar?

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commercial spaces encountered difficulties such as; 1. The development market is monopolised by local established development companies who do not welcome external private finance. 2. Yields are often not as attractive as other jurisdictions, such as in the UK which is seen as a safer country to invest in due to the more sophisticated investment market, and where investors can achieve more attractive yields for both prime and secondary buildings. 3.


Institutional investors tend to buy entire and fully let office buildings. They work on the asset by being able to control the lease terms and rental values within a building and driving up their investment value. Opportunities to acquire entire investment buildings in Gibraltar which are fully let to high quality tenants are very rare and are limited. Overseas investment is limited to development opportunities and the refurbishment of colonial building which is currently seen as more risky and harder to finance.

What yields have been achieved by local investors who have bought off plan in new developments such as Waterport Place?

As your question indicates, this type of speculative investment i.e. purchasing ‘a floor plate’ within an office building has mainly attracted local buyers. The returns have in fact proved to be very attractive (up to 10% yield in some circumstances) since rental values are currently on the rise. What are most of your commercial (large and small) clients looking for in office space? ie: do cabling and IT demands put them off older properties in favour of new



Each and every requirement is different. However, if I had to generalise, I would say eGaming clients look for two things — open plan space and appropriate infrastructure to deal with high level data cables and IT facilities. The size and quality of the accommodation normally has an overriding factor over price. On the other hand, smaller companies who do not need a ‘prestigious’ office and do not need to face clients or the public are more concerned about price than the quality of the accommodation. Do you see demand for commercial office space creating a need to renovate and regenerate central old town sites in the near future or do you think development will take place outside the city walls?

There should be a balance of accommodation in both these locations to offer occupiers the choice. Accommodation within the city walls will always be limited as the floor plates simply do not cater for the larger corporate requirement. In the absence of suitable larger scale developments out of town, small private developers are currently carrying out their own refurbishments within town in area such as Irish Town. It is encouraging to see old buildings being renovated and lived in. It brings vitality into the old town and preserves our heritage. However, Gibraltar will not be able to attract corporations if we are not able to provide appropriate accommodation. There must be an alternative to town centre accommodation. How does demand for commercial space affect and compare to the residential market?

New office development should be bold and influenced by the major capitals of the world... If we stifle development, this will most certainly stifle the economy a company expands or a new company is set up in Gibraltar, overseas employees are also relocated and they in turn need to accommodate themselves and their family. How does our commercial real estate price/rent compare with other jurisdictions?

circa £590 per m2 pa. Rents in other finance centres such as Malta and Isle of Man compare more similarly to Gibraltar. What do you see as the future of Gibraltar’s commercial property market, and how do you see its development over the next decade?

Rents in London West End can The demand and supply balance There is a direct correlation be- be up to three times higher than tween office demand and residen- Gibraltar at £995 per m2 pa. Prime must be studied carefully. A lack of tial demand simply because when rents are London City is lower at supply will have a reversionary ef-


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fect on values and some companies may be priced out of the market. The lack of choice for accommodation can also put some companies off considering Gibraltar as a suitable jurisdiction to work from. On the other hand re-development of the old town should be encouraged to preserve old buildings via private investment. This is only possible by making these properties income-producing and therefore economically viable to redevelop and maintain. There is scope for Gibraltar to have a prosperous development future. Mid-Town and the World Trade Center are hopefully to be the next two major developments which will bring brand new quality and flexible accommodation to


the market. Looking at the big picture, personally I would like to see Gibraltar attracting institutional investment for larger lot sizes of circa ÂŁ10 million and above. This is only possible where prime commercial property is made available for institutional tenants. New office development should be bold and influenced by the major capitals of the world such as London, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. If we stifle development, this will most certainly stifle the economy. n Josiane Richardson BSc (Hons) MRICS, Director, Richardsons Estate Agents, 1/4 College Lane, Gibraltar. Tel: 200 79210 Fax: 200 75659 Web:


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The 2012 Gibraltar Budget – some ideas from the floor! At the end of this month, the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, will present his first budget. I bet he is inundated with ideas from different interest groups. From the inward investment and property perspective, I set out below four items from my own wish list. Old buildings There are too many old buildings, predominantly around town (but not exclusively so), that are virtually inhabitable and/or empty. Housing in Gibraltar is expensive and there is not enough of it. In the private rented sector, many employees spend some 50% of their net income on rent. This is not a problem exclusive to Gibraltar, most major cities have the same


issue. There are two ways to tackle the problem. Encourage restoration by grants or tax incentives, or, penalise the lack of restoration by imposing higher rates or taxes on

empty properties. There is no easy solution, especially if government funding is tight. In Gibraltar, there exists the “Income Tax (Deduction of approved expenditure on premises

This topic is a political minefield, but without another push, buildings will continue to be left in disrepair

in tax deductible property zone) Rules 2010”, commonly known as “Façade Relief”. This rule allows landlords or tenants (with landlord consent) of property in eligible areas to offset the cost of works on improving the frontage of a building against future assessable income. Hence full tax relief, which in itself, is quite generous. In theory, this should be helping the situation. Perhaps too few


property file This topic is a political mine- Rental income field, but without another push, When a property is let out to tenbuildings will continue to be left ants, tax is due on the rental profits, in disrepair. ie rent less any mortgage interest and property owning costs for example service charges, rates etc. Stamp duty Stamp duty thresholds are cur- So an investor who buys a property to achieve a 5.5% gross yield and rently as follows: perhaps 3% or 4% net yield after mortgage interest, will pay tax Purchase price Rate either at the company income tax To £200,000 Nil rate if held in a company or at his From £200,001 2% on the first personal tax rate. to £350,000 £250,000 & 5.5% Should this investor choose not on the balance to buy a property but instead leave the money in a bank, no tax is due Over £350,000 3% on the first on the interest income. £350,000 & 3.5% So the tax system dissuades on the balance property investment, which creates revenue to the government My main issue with this struc- and ensures a good rental stock ture is that the lower threshold is available for tenants, and encreates a false market around the courages bank investment which £200,000 price point where the duty takes money out of the economy increases. For example, a prop- serving very little purpose other erty sold at £200,000 costs a buyer than maintaining capital ratios for £200,000, whereas a property sold the banks. at £210,000 costs a buyer £214,200. Perhaps this is an inadvertent biWhat chance of a vendor achieving product of the tax system? Perhaps £210,000? Very little, the buyer will rental profits could be taxed the knock him down to £200,000 or be same way as interest income which forced to reduce to allow for the would encourage property purbuyer’s stamp duty. chases (hence stamp duty income We would all like lower stamp to the government, and money in duty, however, in reality the rates circulation, eg buying furniture are unlikely to reduce. What and such like) and may even lead to would be good is if the duty above downward pressure on rents? £200,000 was only on the sum above £200,000, not the whole amount. Employment That would give vendors with We all want to see greater emproperties really worth £205,000 to ployment levels, even in Gibraltar £220,000 or so, a realistic chance of where the unemployment rate is achieving their true value. far less than in the major EuroAnd perhaps the lower limit pean economies. It’s good for any could be increased to allow those economy to have its people earning, struggling to get onto the prop- spending, and paying local taxes, erty ladder some breathing space. especially when the money is spent landlords are aware of it. If it were Every little helps in these cash locally, all of which adds further extended to the restoration of the constrained times. to the economic activity, so a good entire building, for example to include costs associated with the restoration to convert inhabitable buildings back into use, perhaps more landlords would invest in their own properties? This would need to be policed quite closely.

ripple effect. In this tough economic climate, businesses will think twice, or three times, or in many cases, not at all, about taking on additional staff. It would be most welcome if there were incentives for new or even existing companies to take on more staff, across the wage spectrum, not just trainees. Many businesses may have the choice of recruiting someone to undertake a project, or hiring in a consultant, or giving the work to a company outside of Gibraltar. Incentivising the first option and achieving a net increase in the number of employees, perhaps by grants or one year tax exemptions on new employment, would be a welcome win win for companies and local staff. Conclusion The open property market is in relatively good health. Talk of new offices and hotels carries on whilst developers seek funding solutions. It is difficult for the government to change the banking sector’s reluctance to fund large scale development. Perhaps one or two of the above ideas may come to fruition and maintain our relatively healthy economy and property market. We’ll know in just a few weeks. n Mike Nicholls is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the Gibraltar Society of Accountants, a member of the Gibraltar Funds and Investment Association and a director of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce. Mike operates the Chesterton estate agency in Gibraltar (www.chesterton. gi) and owns MN Associates Ltd, a real estate investment solutions consultancy. See

Perhaps the lower limit could be increased to allow those struggling to get onto the property ladder some breathing space



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top 10 design tips A handy hint here, a small tip there, and sometimes advice from an expert can transform your home completely. Meme from Denville Designs gives us her top ten interior design tips, to help you get the most from your home.





Choose your paint last. Wallpapers, fabrics and furniture cost a lot more than a pot of paint, so choose your paint once you have everything else to avoid disappointment. Small scale furniture makes a room look too fussy. Larger furniture in a small room, such as a large headboard with two big bedside tables in a bedroom, looks so much better.


The fastest and most dramatic way to make-over a room is wallpaper, especially if you are not sure about artwork. With a variety of styles, colours and textures, there is wallpaper to suit all tastes. If you are not brave enough to go wild with colour, use white. Nobody gets bored of white, but you would be better combining it in different textures to add interest to the room.


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Plants make a big difference to a home. A bare corner can be enlivened with an indoor plant — so fill those gaps, and bring your home in touch with nature.


A dark or narrow hallway can look so different hung with a mirror to make it look bigger. Using mirrored furniture in dark rooms and areas in the home can make your home look bigger and lighter.


As a golden rule, light colours expand and dark colours contract. Light colours always make a space look larger and more airy, while dark colours make a space appear smaller. When decorating, keep this in mind. If you have a tiny apartment but want to make it look larger, choose light-coloured upholstery wherever possible. Also choose light-coloured wall paint like beige, ivory or white.


maintenance time and cost. Buy it only if you have time or help to maintain it or don’t mind shelling out extra money for its upkeep. This especially applies to terrace furniture in our warm, sunny climate.


For great space saving, an idea is to use stylish luggage inspired furniture. This is incredibly ‘in’ at the moment, with large leather trunks in all styles and shades available, and placing glass on top makes a great coffee table too. Space-saving is everybody’s mantra today, and the only way you can do it is by making furniture multi-task. For instance, make the chest of drawers in your bedroom double as a dresser. Maybe a couple of the drawers can function as a shoe rack. Having an easy to pull out trundle bed in a child’s room will accommodate your children without compromising on space.


Pick an accent colour. Whenever decorating a room, choose one accent colour that nant colour in your bedroom (i.e. contrasts with the base colour. For the furniture, bed cover and chair instance, if brown is the predomi- are in beige and chocolate brown) choose an accent colour like orange or turquoise to bring the place to Whenever decorating a room, choose one accent life. Use the accent colour in cushcolour that contrasts with the base colour ions, window blinds, a vase, the Be practical when coming up with interior design ideas. Don’t buy something just because it’s fashionable. Find out about its


wallpaper or even a rug. Don’t use the accent colour in more than three elements. n Pop in to Denville Designs, and talk to one of the designers, to come away with your head full of wonderful ideas for your home.


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Death of a Poet Local author Francisco Javier Oliva launched his new work Imaginary Death of a European Poet at the end of May. The 250 page book includes a bonus volume of poetry in Spanish entitled Poemario Gris Dorado 2009-2012. The book has been funded by the Ministry for Culture as part of a renewed drive to promote serious literary writers and enhance the cultural offer available in Gi-

braltar. Minister for Culture Steven Linares said: “I am very happy to endorse this new book by Paco Oliva. His excellent vocabulary and command of both the English and Spanish languages is a credit to him and should serve as a benchmark for younger generations. “I hope Paco’s book is a great

success and that he will delight us in the future with other works.” Imaginary Death… marks a first collaboration between the author and leading local artist Karl Ullger who has illustrated the poems and cover with original artwork. “For me writing poetry is something of a side project. Up until 2011, I had only ever written four

poems and had been fortunate enough to win two prizes in three attempts in the Ministry’s annual competition. Encouraged by this, last year taking a break from another literary project, I started writing and writing and Imaginary Death… is the result.” With this work, Paco has consolidated his style and preoccupa-

Really Wild Fancy Dress Kids get your really wild costumes ready for the Rock’s Jubilee Fancy Dress Competition organised by the Rotary Club of Gibraltar. Children up to 12 years of age should assemble in their African dress or animals costumes in Casemates at 10.45am on 3rd June. The theme commemorates the story of Her Majesty, who in 1952 went up into Treetops Hotel in Kenya a Princess and came down as Queen. At 11.30am the participants, together with cheerleaders, Air Cadets and many others will parade up to Cathedral Square for the results of the competition and of course to receive their prizes.


Various prizes will be awarded for the best and original dress. They will also pull a water barrel for Africa and a Rhino Bank for anyone wishing to contribute toward this Rotary project, which has been aided by the generous support of sponsors Pizza Hut and Burger King. Entrants should be register by email: or Tel: 57121000 with names and ages. Entries will also be accepted in Casemates on the day. n


charity events tions as a writer — much evident in his previous work of fiction The Night Gibraltar Disappeared and Other Stories — in a different literary genre and context. Themes such as the brevity and precariousness of existence, the finality of death and the futile pursuit of an antidote to human anguish are underlying features of his work. “Poetry is a good medium with which to perforate what others have called ‘the thin, precarious crust of civilization’,” he adds. The author says his poems deal with an exploration of the range of complex emotions, real and imagined, that concern human beings in everyday life. The book, which opens with an impassioned exaltation of the excellence of fine wine, is peppered with references to popular culture, Biblical passages and occasional concessions to the author’s acerbic humour. Priced £12.99 Imaginary Death of a European Poet is available at local bookshops. A launch for Spanish speakers of Poemario Gris Dorado 2009-2012 will take place at the Gibraltar branch of the Instituto Cervantes on 11th June. n


Lunar Walk

This year the charity Lunar Walk will take place on Friday 29th June. Registration starts at 9pm at Casemates. There will be a Jazz Festival in casemates to thrill the crowd. The walk will be started by Rachel Robba a Miss Gibraltar contestant who chose Breast Cancer Support Gibraltar as her chosen charity

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during the Miss Gibraltar Show. It will be the 5th anniversary of the walk and the Bland Group will be sponsoring the sale of specially designed T-shirts, proceeds of the sale will be going to BCSG. The walk will start at midnight

at Casemates and will go along Winston Churchill Avenue, along the runway and back to Casemates via Orange Bastion. Wear comfy shoes and a sweater in case it’s cool. Water has been donated by Saccone & Speed and Gib Oil is donating a little rucksack on finishing the walk. For info call 58008944. n



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With a lovely smile and twinkle in her eye, 18 year-old Manar Bentahayekt is an inspiration to everyone as the first Gibraltarian with a physical disability to receive the Chief Guide’s Award, and she is striving to complete the expedition to accomplish the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award. A keen photographer, she is much loved by her mentors and peers, and is even planning her first exhibition later this year. Manar got involved with Girlguiding Gibraltar, after her father, who works as a cook at the Convent, was approached by Lady Richards. As President of Guiding in Gibraltar at the time, she asked if Manar would like to become a Guide, and she has now been an active member for six years. “Members follow the Look Wider programme, which is a personal development programme for all members,” says Guide Commissioner Valerie Makey. “It gives them a chance to challenge themselves, and try new things, and can be adapted to fit all. They can develop a skill they already know, or start doing it from scratch. The range of activities available is


quite diverse, and some Guides have even developed this into a hobby after they have finished the award.” Running parallel to the Guide award, is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, which also allows those aspiring to obtain their award, to learn a skill. From abseiling to learning French, cav-

ing to learning Braille — there is something for everyone. Some of these skills are quite physically challenging, and difficult to master, especially for Manar as she suffers from Cerebral Palsy, a physical disability which affects body movement. This year she felt she was ready to take on a challenge, and enrolled with not

Manar has been working extra hard to be the first Gibraltarian with a physical disability to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, and obtain the Chief Guide’s Award too

one, but both awards. Manar has been working extra hard to be the first Gibraltarian with a physical disability, to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and obtain the Chief Guide’s Award too. As an avid photographer, Manar, after much thought and mentoring from her leaders, decided she would like to develop photography as her skill. “I always enjoy posting photos on Facebook, and photography in general, so I thought it would be a great idea to take this on as my skill,” she explains. “This way I could also take photos of my friends while they were doing their skill.”


people file She attended mentoring sessions with Andrew Fortuna of the Gibraltar Photographic Association, to complete the hours required. “I started off by learning the simple things, like how to hold the camera properly, and moved on to the more complicated tasks such as editing my photos on Photoshop,” she says smiling. Spending an hour week for a defined amount of time, Manar really enjoyed her time being mentored for her photography skill development, but needed a camera to work with. Manar’s mentor advised she needed a Nikon D3100 Digital SLR camera, but her parents were not able to buy one for her. Valerie Makey turned to Kishin Alwani, the owner of several Main Street camera shops, to see if he could help through his Alwani Charitable Trust. The response was positive, and just four weeks after writing the letter, Mr Alwani presented the £500 camera to Manar on behalf of the Alwani Trust. Both Manar and Valerie are extremely grateful to Mr Alwani and Andrew Fortuna, for helping Manar in her development as a photographer. Manar now enjoys photographing landscapes, and her friends. In fact, she is already planning her first exhibition this year — to showcase her work and simultaneously raise awareness of how children with a disability can achieve goals they set their minds to. The exhibition will form part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations this year. “I want to organise a photo shoot of the senior section members of the guides, and take photos of random stuff in red, white and blue. I’m really looking forward

The girls with Guide Commissioner Valerie Makey

I want to organise a photo shoot of the senior section members of the guides, and take photos of random stuff in red, white and blue. I’m really looking forward to doing this

to doing this,” she grins. As the official phtographer for Girlguiding Gibraltar, Manar documents Guiding events throughout Gibraltar. The Senior Section of Girlguiding Gibraltar is popular these days, with over 25 active members. Younger leaders qualifying, allows Guiding to keep up-to-date and current. “There is always a misconception of Guiding that it is old fashioned and outdated, but it is actually a lot of fun, with many events to get involved in,” says Tammy Randall, currently doing the Queen’s Guide Award. “All members are good friends, and from all walks of life. There is really something for everyone,” explains Chelsea Edwards, also working towards the Queen’s

Some of Manar’s photographs

Manar is presented with her camera by Kishin Alwani


Guide Award. Both Tammy and Chelsea want to continue Girlguiding when they go to university, as there are lots of opportunities for activities throughout the UK. Manar is now working towards the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and has completed the Chief Guide’s Award, along with 12 other girls. It is the first time the award has been given locally, and it will be presented by Chief Guide Gill Silcombe, who will be visiting the Rock for the first time from the 6th to 9th June. In preparation for the Duke of Edinburgh’s expeditions she will have to carry out, Manar attended the recent Celebration Camp,

which was a total success. This was a chance for her to practise expedition skills. “This is a learning experience for me, as I want to be able to join in and do everything, just like everyone else,” she says. “I am very happy with all the opportunities I have through Girlguiding Gibraltar and the Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme, and am pleased to be the first person with Cerebral Palsy to do both. I talk to my mentors on a one to one basis, and have close relationships with them. Both schemes are extremely flexible, and cater for everyone’s needs. I hope to be a part of them for many years to come,” she concludes. n


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Prostate Cancer Support Gibraltar receives £500 from St Anne’s The teachers of St Anne’s Middle School organised a ‘Fitness and Health Challenge’ back in March to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Support Group Gibraltar. Pupils, staff, auxiliary staff, parents and friends of the school power walked/jogged non-stop for 45 minutes to raise funds for the local charity. Pictured above are members of the charity receiving the cheque last month.

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New Ultrasound Scanner Last month the Breast Support Group presented an ultrasound scanner to support the Breast Screening Programme. The device is particularly for assessment of women after mammography screening and for assessing women referred from the Symptomatic Breast Clinic. Of three models of ultrasound demo machines evaluated by our Radiologists, the Philips IU22 was chosen based on image quality (the three were similar) and cost. The total cost was £70,688.00 of which the Breast Support Group contributed 50%


(£35,344.00). The machine has Elastrography software, the latest technology in ultrasound for the diagnosis of breast masses. Our present machine is also a Philips IU22 — the probes are interchangeable and were upgraded to the latest version (Vision 2010). The interchangable probes mean reduced downtime should there be any problems with any of the probes. The range of examinations the scanner can p[erform includes abdominal, small parts, vascular, prostate, musculoskeletal as well as breast. n


past revisited

etters �rom � 50

100�ears �go by Reg Reynolds

Ethel Williams was the daughter of a wealthy American businessman and it was the fashion a century ago for privileged young women such as her to embark on European tours. For many the tour began in the Mediterranean and often the first stop was Gibraltar. It was 100 years ago this month that Ethel arrived in Gibraltar, and after a few days experiencing Rock life circa 1912, she duly sent a letter home to her parents in the mining community of Ironwood, Michigan. Mr. Williams, who made his fortune supplying the mines with hardware, was a prominent member of Michigan high society so Ethel’s letter was deemed significant enough to appear in the local newspaper, the Ironwood News Record. Her ship had entered the bay and anchored just outside the harbour. It was after dark and Ethel could only see a dim outline of the Rock, “...above the myriad lights of the town with an

occasional light dotting its slope and a solitary beacon high on the top”. The next morning when she walked out on deck she was left almost ‘speechless’ by the scene in front of her. “I feel powerless to describe the Rock itself to you. We saw it at six this morning rising stark and bare out of the morning mists around its base. Clustered about the foot and climbing a little way up the steep slope are the brick and stucco houses with their red tiled roofs. Everywhere are signs of military occupation. We saw a couple of battleships in the dry dock but the fleet had been removed some weeks since.” Ethel and the other passengers were landed

We saw children driving goats through the streets; when people wanted milk, the goats were stopped and a proper amount went into a pitcher then and there 50

by tender and greeted by the taxi drivers of the day with their horse-drawn carriages: “These were such funny looking things, all brown, the size of an ordinary phaeton but with two seats facing each other, a canopy top with four curtains tied at the four corners to be spread in case of rain or excessive sun. “Clustered about us all the way up the streets were boys and men trying to sell us flowers and postcards. As we passed into the narrow crooked main street of the town we began to see bare-legged Moors with their feet thrust into straw, feetless slippers, the unmarried men wearing a red fez and the married men wearing a fez with a white turban wrapped around it.” This would have all sounded very exotic to the readers of small-town Ironwood. Ethel went on to describe the small shops and homes with their “...inner courts and beautiful gardens” and everywhere pedlars “shouting their wares” Later Ethel and her friends hired a “redcheeked English soldier boy in khaki clothes” to be their guide. He took them to the Alameda Gardens, the galleries and to the markets. Ethel described the many flowers she saw — geraniums, nasturtiums, sweet peas, laburnum, gladiolus and morning glories and how the many children, “English and Moorish, going to the English school swinging their school bags very much as American boys and girls would”. She was surprised at the amount of fresh fruit available in the markets. “We wandered about the Moorish chicken and egg market and fruit market. In the latter place we saw fresh dates and many other tropical fruits, but the flies were too thick to make them appear appetising”. GIBRALTAR • MAY 2012 Ethel must be the onlyMAGAZINE person to have visited Gibraltar without mentioning the monkeys but she did write about goats and how milk was purchased on the Rock a century ago. “We saw children driving goats through the streets; when people wanted milk, the goats were stopped and a proper amount went into a pitcher then and there. No adulteration possible you see”. By amazing coincidence Ethel met some people who had been aboard the RMS Carpathia, the liner that had rescued more than 700 survivors from the Titanic disaster just two months before. The Carpathia had been sailing from New York to Gibraltar when she turned back in response to the Titanic’s distress call on the night of 14th-15th April. The Carpathia passengers described to Ethel the condition of the survivors: “Many women came aboard with only sealskin coats over their night dresses. Most of the children were without clothes. Sheets, blankets, tablecloths, everything available was cut up and made into clothing. People slept on the dining tables, floors and in steamer chairs”. Reading Ethel’s letter it is quite apparent she enjoyed her time at Gibraltar and even as the ship set sail for Naples, she waxed lyrical: “The most delightful sensation of the whole Gibraltar visit was the smell of land Sunday evening. Suddenly, as we were watching the lights from the rail, a delicious whiff of fresh mown hay and clover fields was blown out to us. You could fairly hear people draw in their breaths with delight. I had never anything seem so good to me as that did.” n


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What’s On �une 2012 events... Saturday 2nd Re-enactment Society march to Casemates noon Wednesday 6th Short Story Competition Prize Giving, Garrison Library, at 4.30pm. All Winning stories will be printed in the Gibraltar Chronicle. Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th Zarzuela ‘Luisa Fernanda’, at John Mackintosh Hall tickets £5 from Ticket Office. Friday 8th Urban Dance Summer Gala Show, Alameda Open Air Theatre, 9.30pm. Featuring Urban, Dance, Gibraltar Sea Scouts Band, Academia de Baile Eva Sanchez from Spain and Flair Dance Company from England. Tickets £10 from Nature Shop, Casemates Square. Saturday 9th Book Crossing Day, Lobby, Parliament House 11am – 12 noon. Gibraltar’s Got Talent Final, organised by Ideal Productions at Ince’s Hall 8.30pm. Tickets £7 on sale at the John Mackintosh Hall Ticket Office. Sunday 10th Take the Walk for Water. Registration will begin at 10.30am at Casemates, walk starts at 11am. The Annual Spring Festival takes place until 15th June. All events which are part of the Festival are highlighted in blue.

Monday 11th - Thursday 14th Arts Educational School workshops - organised by Santos Productions.




The Gibraltar’s Got Talent semi-finals and finals will take place in a two part event on Saturday 9th June at 8.30pm in Ince’s Hall as part of the Ministry for Culture Spring Festival.


Tuesday 12th Mind Reading - Revisited, organised by Levi Attias, Inces Hall Theatre, 8.30pm. Tickets at £10 on sale via email: Friday 15th ‘Calentita – Tastes from the Melting Pot’ - A Celebration of Gibraltar’s Multi-Cultural Community including the Spectacular fireworks and laser display, 9pm-1am Casemates. Wednesday 20th - Saturday 21st June Danza Academy’s Pocahontas at Alameda Open Air Theatre 9.15pm. Tickets £12 from Nature Shop, Casemates. Friday 22nd June Dancing Ribbons variety show - local dance schools and groups come together to help raise funds for cancer support, a disease that has affected most families in Gibraltar, at John Mackintosh Hall, 8pm. Friday 29th June Gibraltar Amateur MMA Fight Night & Martial Arts exhibitions. Gibraltar Ju-Jitsu Academy night of Martial Arts starting at 6.30pm, Central Hall. Tickets from North Jumpers (club premises), Tel: Anthony 54011007/Steven 54003220. Tickets: children 5 -10 yrs £5, adults £10. Paul Martin’s Summer Jams, Ultimate Feel Good Summer Show. Dinner & show £50, show only £20 (starts 9pm). Non-members welcome. Fifty-Five, 267 Main Street Tel: 200 79655.

Over 30 castings took place, but only 16 were passed by the Casting Team to go through to the closed audition in May when they had to perform for the first time in front of the panel of professional judges. 10 fantastic semi-finalists were chosen to go through to the next round.

exclusive performance.

The show is divided into two parts: first 10 Semi-Finalist will perform, then three finalists will be selected by the panel of judges and from them 3rd, 2nd and winner will be elected.

The contestants feature on Gibraltar’s Got Talent’s Facebook page in a small video clip.

This year you will see dance, guitars, solo singers and duets plus the event’s charity single in an

Semi-finalists are Jonathan Bear, Keiron Lynch, Brielle Gafan, Aryanne & Samara, Chelsea Collins, Ryan Ullger, Mark Montegriffo, Eden Andrades, Giancarlo Rocca, and Millie Devlin.

Gibraltar’s Got Talent semi-finals and finals — Ince’s Hall, 8.30pm on 9th June. Tickets from I Love Parties, Ground Floor, ICC, Casemates or on the door on the night at £7.00.


Friday 1st June Judging of Jubliee decorations in patios, bars, restaurants, clubs, and shop windows. Spring Fest — live music from Come in Leon, Jet Stream, and Area 52 in the Baysiode Sports Complex from 7pm until midnight. Tickets £10 from Lewis Stagnetto, 41 Main Street. Saturday 2nd June Childline Children’s Fancy Dress on the quayside at Queensway Quay Marina plus party wih a regal theme.Saturday Gun Salute at noon for Queen’s Coronation, Casemates. Variety Show at John Mackintosh Square Sunday 3rd June The Big Lunch (see box) hog roast/street party/ jazz etc. Cannon Lane/and surrounds www. Monday 4th June Diamond Jubilee Flotilla. Ceremonial sail around Gibraltar starting at noon. All boats welcome to come and fly their flags, ring their bells, sound their horns for this unique occasion. The colourful procession will make its way around

the Rock from Ocean Village where a whole day of entertainment accompany the event. It’s free to enter and all crews will be invited to an exclusive after-sail party in Ocean Village. www. Diamond Jubilee Gala Night: An All British Occasion commemorating the Queens 60 years reign. The Best of British Menu, English Wines and Rod Stewart Tribute, at Rock Hotel Khaima and Gardens, at 7.45pm. Tickets £55 from The Rock Hotel, Bland Group Offices or email: Scouts’ Bonfire 9pm Little Bay

Tuesday 12th June Queen’s Birthday Parade, 6pm Casemates Tuesday 19th June HMS Diamond - New Daring Class Destroyer — open to the public. Wednesday 27th June - Saturday 30th June GFA Diamond Jubilee Football Tournament Victoria Stadium - main pitch. Willy Thompson Key Parade 12.45pm John Mackintosh Square, Royal Gibraltar Regiment passing out parade n

Lighting of the Beacon 10.30pm Upper Rock Saturday 9th June International Regatta in Harbours Waters

Monday 11th 13th June ROYAL VISIT - Visit of their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex

Join the Street Party! Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated all around the world on 3rd June and here on the Rock too. People in the UK will be hosting many street parties in honour of this very special occasion and on the same day here in Gibraltar the Rotary Club (together with the Government) will be celebrating with a similar spectacular, a Big Lunch street party. This will be the biggest ever held on the Rock and it will be from 11am to 4pm. There will be many activities and entertainment for all ages. A fancy dress competition for children under the age of 12 take place at Casemates. A hog roast GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • JUNE 2012

has been arranged in Cannon Lane and there will be two stages with live music (jazz and soul) throughout the day featuring some of Gibraltar’s finest talent. Stalls selling handicrafts and ethnic food will be pitched along Main Street with bunting and tables to rest and eat, outdoor bars, children’s activities including a bouncy castle in the Piazza plus dancing and cheerleading. There will also be a fashion show courtesy of designer, Reene Weston. The whole day will include a really special series of events and the Rotary Club of Gibraltar hopes as many people as possible will attend and enjoy. All proceeds from fundraising will be for local charities. A day not to be missed! n


Jansen Moreno:

Football for Life by Jolene Gomez

Growing up in Gibraltar, Jansen Moreno has brilliant memories of playing football outside all day, until late at night. “As a child, I was always playing football, in fact that is the main thing I recall doing as a child. I remember every day after school I would literally run home to change, and go to Vineyards estate football pitch to play football with my friends who lived down there. We would play for hours,” he remembers.

Jansen started training with Lincoln FC, and later signed up to local clubs Manchester and Gibraltar United. As millions of young boys around the world, Jansen dreamed of becoming a professional footballer, but unfortunately this never happened. After researching university degrees, he came across the Science and Football course at Liverpool John Moores University but he didn’t have the necessary points to go. “At the time I just wanted to go away and study, so I just applied to study Business Management at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). My first two months there I hated it, I didn’t enjoy going to lectures and knew this wasn’t for me, so by November I spoke to the programme leader and explained I wasn’t hap-


py and I wanted to work in football, and he Business Management course and headed back told me to contact Science and Football. I ap- to Gibraltar,” he explains. plied to start the course in September, left my Back in Gibraltar, Jansen played for Atletico Zabal CF in La Linea, and around March time, he received a letter from LJMU stating he had been accepted onto the Science and Football degree, which was excellent news. “My course started in September and I started pre-season training with Atletico Zabal in July, my manager asked me to sign for them as we were playing in the ‘Primera Andaluza’ league, but I opted to go and study as I thought about my career long-term, much to my coach Juan Mari’s disappointment. Juan Mari was a great coach and I still keep in contact with him,” says Jansen. The Science and Football degree is really in-

I have enjoyed every minute of my degree, which is important if you are to study a degree and want to further yourself in a career within the area


career file sightful and interesting if you are into football. It is basically similar to a sports science degree, the only difference being that it is focused solely on football. It is explores how the different sciences can affect football performance. How physiology, psychology, performance analysis, skill acquisition, coaching, training principles and nutrition, influence the performance of footballers, with the main emphasis on the elite level. “I have enjoyed every minute of my degree, which is important if you are to study a degree and want to further yourself in a career within the area. It is hard work and the lecturers expect a lot from the students, they are always challenging us,” Jansen explains. The university is renowned for having great teaching staff, and very strong links and working relationships with professional football clubs such as Everton, Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United and Manchester City. It also has a strong relationship with Prozone Sports, the UK leading performance analysis company, and offers scientific insights and research to Prozone, while Prozone offers work placements and professional development courses for students. Apart from travelling to Mexico to collect data for his dissertation and working with the U15 and U16 youth teams from Club de Futbol Pachuca, Jansen was offered an internship, along with all the university’s Science & Football students each year. However, Jansen didn’t take one at the end of his first year as he went to California to work as a football coach for the summer for two months. On returning to Liverpool, he was offered the assistant manager’s job at Liverpool County Football Association (LCFA) with the under-18s. “The manager at the time, Kurt Doyle, was in my class and he seemed to like me and my ideas on football, and so offered me the opportunity to go and work with him,” Jansen explains. “The LCFA squad were very good players most of them had been released from academies such as Everton and Liverpool, and were looking for clubs and so they signed, played and trained with us while they searched. It was basically a selection of under 18 players from Liverpool who were not on professional

Jansen with Jeff Wood, current 1st team goalkeeper coach at Norwich City, and exGFA football development officer and coach


With Everton Manager David Moyes

contracts.” The club played counties in its league and region, and the National Cup, which involves every county in the UK. “This was a big challenge for me as it was my first real ‘test’ as a manager/coach working in a competitive season. Kurt and I had very similar ideas and beliefs on how we should coach the team and our style of play and philosophies of practise, so it worked really well. Kurt had worked at Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers academies as a football coach. We were both 19 at the time we started, and we were coaching and managing players from 16-18 years old.

Working with Everton was an experience I will always remember. It was a very intense and demanding place to work, and I always had something to do

“We took the team to the semi-final of the National Cup where we lost in extra time to the eventual winners Kent FA. This was the first time Liverpool County had reached the semi-final in 15 years, and we got the team promoted from our league. “I learned so much from my experience with the Liverpool County team and will always be grateful to Kurt for showing belief in me, and giving me the opportunity to coach there. He is my closest friend from university and we still keep in contact,” he explains. Nearing the end of his degree, an opportunity arose for another internship at Everton FC — an amazing experience for Jansen which no degree, course or textbook could teach him. The internship involved half the season with the first team and reserves, and the other half with the youth academy. The work at the academy was more hands on, as Jansen would lead match day warm-ups for the U14-U16s, coach the speed and strength sessions for the U10sU16s and produce the hydration reports for the U18s, as well as helping set up and prepare for their training sessions. “Working with Everton was an experience I will always remember. It was a very intense and demanding place to work, and I always had something to do. You’re always being watched and assessed, as at the elite level the quality of work has to be of the highest standard and a great deal is expected, but this is something I enjoy and thrive on. “I analysed all the GPS pods for the fitness coaches (these show how much players have run, their speeds and velocities, different intensities and workloads). Alongside this I analysed heart rate data for the players, to see how long they were working above their anaerobic


career file threshold. I would also film every home game at Goodison Park from a wide angle and did some work as an interpreter which was separate to my internship, as one of the new signings Denis Stracqualursi, from Argentina, did not speak any English and none of the staff spoke fluent Spanish, which was also a good experience for me,” he explains. Jansen is currently undertaking an MSc in Sport Psychology, which he finds extremely interesting — how you interact and communicate with your players and staff, how you manage them, how you challenge them, instill belief and confidence, create a strong team spirit, create a team with the same philosophy, values and beliefs, create a strong team identity, all these aspects are covered within the Sport Psychology programme, and the Masters takes it to a much deeper level. “The programme leader, Dr. Mark Nesti, is one of the best teachers I have ever had,” Jansen enthuses. “His lectures sometimes last for four hours, but the time flies by and he makes the classes really engaging and interesting. He has worked at Hull City, Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United as a sport psychologist, and his insight and information are very practical, which is important. He makes us understand it is about working with the person first and the athlete second, and this is where many practitioners go wrong,” Jansen explains. “How we talk to our players and staff can affect how they feel or perceive us, if a player

is confident and motivated they can perform to their potential. How we interact with others around us, how we deal with critical situations inside and outside of sport, overcome challenges and difficulties which everyone is faced with. My current dissertation is looking at the perceptions of elite youth football coaches on sport psychology and its place within youth football.” Although Jansen has not spoken to anyone regarding working for the Gibraltar Football Association, if the right opportunity came along, Jansen says he would be honoured to help the development of football in his home country. “I have given presentations to PE students at Bayside School, to give them some insight into what a degree associated with foot-

Although Jansen has not spoken to anyone regarding working for the Gibraltar Football Association, if the right opportunity came along, Jansen says he would be honoured to help

ball can offer them, as I felt when I was studying for my A-Levels I never got that opportunity. Just recently I was told there has been some interest from Gibraltar at an Open Day for the Science and Football course, due to one of the talks I gave at Bayside, which was great to hear,” he says. “I would like to thank my family and closest friends for their support. The Department of Education and Training, especially Darren Grech and Rosina Mauro, for their financial support. I would also like to thank all my teachers and coaches throughout my life for educating me as a student and person. All the staff at Everton Football Club for providing me with a fantastic and priceless opportunity — I met some great people at the club, and I am very grateful for all that I learned from my time at Everton, and wish them all the success for the future,” he says. His advice to aspiring students who want to work within professional football is “to believe anything is possible and never let anyone hold you back. Give it 100%, make sure it is what you want to do, and work hard towards your goals. Have the belief and confidence in yourself to achieve what you want in life. You will experience setbacks and difficulties, but that is the beauty of it, otherwise it would be boring. I have made mistakes, however the most important thing is how one reacts to these mistakes. Learn from them and allow them to make you a better person,” he concludes. n

Walking for Water... After last year’s success walking for shoes for children of Africa, Gemma Martin has organised a similar project for 10th June — a one mile barefoot walk, to raise money to provide clean water through drilling wells in some of the most deprived parts of the world — and you can kick off your shoes and get involved! “I have been a massive Hanson fan for the last 15 years, and am totally inspired by the work they do in trying to combat AIDS and poverty in Africa. One of their ventures is a one mile barefoot walk, of which I’ve had the privilege to be a part of in the past. After last year’s success in the walk for shoes, this year I will be walking for water,” Gemma explains. For every person that commits


to walking with Gemma, Hanson will donate $1 towards drilling wells and providing clean water for children in Africa. Water is a basic necessity and will greatly impact the lives of those that have to travel miles in order to find safe, clean water. Preventable diseases, caused by dirty water and poor sanitation kills 1.8 million people each year — 90% of those are children under five. If you want to join Gemma in her

Walk for Water, it will take place on Sunday 10th June, with registration at 10.30am in Casemates. The walk will begin at 11am from Casemates, go up Main Street, turn right down to Ragged Staff Road, and through Queensway, to make its way back to Casemates through the gates by Market Place. Registration is essential, as Hanson will only donate for the people who register. If you would like to know more about this event and others throughout the world, visit, and if you want to donate, please visit www. n

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LOL Makes You Laugh Out Loud

by Elena Scialtiel

LOL Productions — where LOL stands for Laughing Out Loud — was founded two years ago by former bank clerk Giselle Baker and her friends, after their charity show at Mount Alvernia left the general public hungry for more shenanigans. And shenanigans is what Giselle splashes by the bucket load in her original scripts, steeped in local culture and sense of humour, fea-


turing a lively mix of English and Spanish vernacular. Her plots revolve around a selection of well-known tunes whose lyrics Giselle adapts to the storyline. For instance, Michael Jackson’s cult Thriller became Mentira in LOL’s Halloween show, and Jessie J’s chorus in Price Tag “it’s not about the money, money, money” was turned into “que bonito es el Quarry, Quarry, Quarry” in their

Physical theatre, pantomime, slapstick, singing and dancing: everything converges in the style of Gibraltar’s new theatre company, which has imported musical comedy from London’s West End to... Europe’s west end, minting it 100% Yanito in the process. latest production Happy Flying, recently staged at the Ince’s Hall. Giselle gleans Spanish, British and American smash hits from the past four decades, and cheekily twists their message. Her audience is guaranteed to recognise them from the first few bars, and so they cock an ear to appreciate how the witty new lyrics fit both the melody and the story acted out on stage through free-form dancing

and miming. Giselle likes to surprise and awe her fans, and obviously doesn’t encourage them to sing along — or to laugh out too loud, as a matter of fact — because they would miss pivotal information about the unravelling of the plot! Once the wording fits the vision Giselle had in mind, she embellishes it with gags, and she stitches the musical numbers together with


arts file fast-paced dialogues or random wisecracking one-liners — in other words, clowning around galore! Her comedy is pure entertainment for all ages, where everyone on and off stage has fun with surreal jokes and sketches that gently ridicule Gibraltarian idiosyncrasies, without degenerating in undignified self-loathing or offensive xenophobia. Words aren’t the only thing Giselle stitches: she also designs, buys fabrics for, cuts and seams all the costumes. In her living room. She is very meticulous with props and sets, to reproduce any location on stage. Happy Flying for example, featured the on-stage reconstruction of a local beach, as well as an airplane cabin, inclusive of passengers’ seats, cockpit and even the lavatory, where some... toilet humour takes place. Eventually everyone realises that there is no place like home, when the plane crashes because of the unruly behaviour of the cast: a newlywed couple honeymooning in Hawaii, a group of middle-aged women holidaying on the loose, some Indian actresses chasing the Bollywood dream, backed by a sari-clad chorus line, and a devious Russian loner. Especially when home is Camp Bay on National Day, where LittleBaywatch busty lifeguards turn into mermaids and sing along crab Sebastian’s Under the Sea, amidst quirky quarrels at the Quarry! Giselle is a jack-of-all-trades within LOL Productions: she is the playwright, director, producer, front of the house... she seems to do everything but acting! Indeed, her sisters Jessica Hansen, Jennifer Vinent and Jackie Canessa — award-winning poet and author of The Feather — haven’t yet managed to drag her on stage with the rest of this 15-strong group of 40-something ladies who know each other since the good old times when they were athletes in the Bullock netball team. And now that they don’t have the time or the fitness to bounce the ball, they bounce and prance on stage, a healthy outlet in their busy lives. All ladies but one: Giselle’s teenage son Jordan is an active member of the team, editing the instrumentals and manning the lights and sound booth. Camera-shy at the beginning, since he tasted the

forbidden fruit playing masked Death in their 2011 Is This Halloween? production, the limelight has reclaimed him to play the professional pilot in Happy Flying. Obviously they could do with some men joining in, but in the meantime the girls play the male parts with panache, thanks to the make-up skills of Cheryl Candeas, who knows how to transform the most ladylike actress into a rough tough dude, thanks to temporary tattoos and stubborn stubble painted on with eyeliner. In Gibraltar, there are other amateur theatre groups producing original Yanito comedy, however Giselle prides herself of her visual storytelling that boisterously revamps and distorts traditional musical theatre in a melodic sit-com with a pinch of patriotism, where British and Spanish folklore are irreverently raided for the ultimate goal of a belly laugh. This venture is stressful, timeconsuming and draining, but Giselle loves every minute of it and sometimes she breathes, eats and sleeps it. The cogs in her grey matter are always in motion to improve the current script or jotting down a new one. So watch this space: a new farce of (pre)historic proportions is about to come to town! n

Giselle Baker

Giselle prides herself of her visual storytelling that boisterously revamps and distorts traditional musical theatre in a melodic sit-com with a pinch of patriotism GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • JUNE 2012


The quiet artist of Rockmania

by Elena Scialtiel

As part of its mission of promoting Gibraltar’s talent, Sacarello’s has a real treat for you this month with a solo exhibition by renowned painter, frescoer and restorer George Panturu. A member of the Maison des Artistes in France, where he lived for eight years after emigrating from his native Rumania, George has found fresh inspiration in what he describes as ‘the light between Europe and Africa’ or a trinket box which contains everything a landscapist can dream of being challenged by — mountain and sea, wilderness and skyscrapers, woodlands and barren rock formations — all within reach of a short bus drive from home! In fact, this middle-aged gentleman with a penchant for traditional portraiture loves to set up his easel in the open air and paint at leisure, enjoying the bright colours of a southern sunny day, which he reproduces on canvas with a generous palette of acrylics and oils, to bring out the Mediterranean joie


de vivre. A man of few words, he claims he converses with his canvas while he works — and of course his canvases speak volumes for him. He says he paints through his heart, to capture the beauty of the universe, and definitely his work transmits a romantic sense of serenity at first sight, but there is more than meets the eye in the rendition of every little detail, so each section of his large canvases can become a painting in its own right. Nobody can fail to notice his grandest opus on display, a com-

plex bird’s-eye view of La Plaza del Reloj, Casemates and the town centre with the Strait in the background, where every trick of the light, passer-by, car, leaf, window, and crack in the walls seem to come to life to mesmerise the onlooker. Your eyes will keep on fluttering from one brushstroke to the next because, like the tiles of a mosaic or the instruments of an orchestra, they mesh together effortlessly to create a bigger picture, as soon as you step back and breathe in its full scale. Panturu started his career as an

A man of few words he claims he converses with his canvas while he works — and of course his canvases speak volumes for him

architect — no wonder he’s fascinated by buildings of all styles, and how they fit in the natural environment. A sterling example is the depiction of the Europa Point Mosque, subtly and harmoniously combining realism and expressionism in the colour layering and swirls of the brush. The Rock itself, in its entirety or focusing on its boulders, from any angle and in any light, is the protagonist of this collection, yet some poetic licence is taken, especially in the view from La Linea’s Playa del Levante, where pastel-coloured horses gallop in the waves’, Camargue style. “I added them to the seascape, because to me horses personify freedom,” George explains. On the other hand, if you’re a ‘sucker’ for picturesque cityscapes,


portrait of an artist you’ll love his view of Main Street in the grey light of a wet day. You’ll be forgiven for assuming it’s a 19th Century Paris scene, from the way the flagstones in the fore are rendered, and the busy human figures sketched as if blurred by rain, giving the whole composition the feeling of morning rush. Once you pay attention to the detail of shop signs, you’ll be instantly catapulted back home, but that impressionist déjà-vu will stay with you. George’s originality lies in caricature and religious art. Although he won’t put on show samples of the first because of their personal nature, you’ll be able to admire some of the second, a subject which for various reasons is not explored enough as an art form per se, outside the dedicated space of church exhibitions. George was a champion of iconic representation in Romania, where he restored several churches and frescoed others. This taught him to work fast (before the stucco dried) and large. Murals really allow him to exercise his artistic leaps of faith, although the Orthodox one requires him to stick to the millenniumold Byzantine commandment of static frontal figures on gilded backgrounds. When in the mid-’70s he sat his exams in the School of Fine Arts and Music, he was just a lad from a remote hamlet competing with hundreds of other hopefuls from all over the country, for a limited number of scholarships in Romania’s most prestigious college. His father couldn’t afford art lessons to prepare him, but accompanied young George, who once there, realised he hadn’t brought any art supplies. So they just went for the ones offering best value for money — as his father reassured him, if he was really good he didn’t need fancy tools to produce a masterpiece. George’s scepticism at doing well turned into incredulity when he checked the results table, where names were listed from best to worst grade. He browsed for his name starting at the bottom of the list, because he didn’t honestly expected to have passed. Imagine his bewilderment when he read his name in the top ten! Yet, his surname was misspelt and only a meeting with the board of admission dispelled his lack of self-confidence. He’s come a long way since then, and not just geographically, but because he’s made a name for himself and his art wherever he’s been. He needs no introduction to the savvy art collector, yet this is his debut on the Rock, this ‘pierre


magnifique’ as he calls it. His latest Rock-themed work, 30 paintings big and small, are just a teaser while you sip your coffee, a preview of his forthcoming comprehensive collection designed for the ampler space of the Casemates Fine Arts Gallery vaults. Thus he will be fully inducted in the Olympus of Gibraltarian artistry. n

George was a champion of iconic representation in Romania, where he restored several churches and frescoed others. This taught him to work fast (before the stucco dried) and large

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Ruth and George Mallory, 1916

Doomed Climber intended to Reunite with Wife in Gibraltar 88 years ago this month George Mallory and Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine perished on Mt. Everest leaving behind one of the great mysteries in the history of mountain climbing. Mallory and Irvine prepare to leave camp near Everest in 1924


Did Mallory and Irvine ascend to the summit before perishing on the icy crags of the world’s highest mountain? If they did make it to the top they would have been the first in history, beating the recognised holders of that honour, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay (29th May, 1953), by 29 years. Mallory’s body was found in 1999 by Conrad Anker. The body was intact, preserved by the freezing conditions, and everything expected to be there was there, except for one thing — a photograph of his wife Ruth. To believers this is proof Mallory and Irvine made it to the top. Mallory and Ruth were deeply in love and devoted to each other and he had promised her he would place her photo on the summit of Everest. Evidence of Mallory’s devotion can be found in the many letters he wrote to her during his three expeditions, unsuccessful ones in 1921 and 1922, and the fatal last in 1924. In one such letter he writes of his desire to meet her in Gibraltar. “If I picture the blue Mediterranean and the crisp foam hurrying by as the ship speeds up on to Marseilles or Gibraltar where I shall expect to see you smiling in the sunshine on the quayside — my dear one, when such pictures fill my mind, as often enough they do, I am drawn clean out of this tent into a world, not only more lovely, more beautifully lit, but signifying something.” Mallory saw Gibraltar for the first time when the ship hired for the first expedition sailed past. He was not a good sailor and had not been feeling well from the outset of the voyage from Birkenhead. The ship was old and slow and as it rolled its way across the Bay of Biscay Mallory lay in his claustrophobic cabin wishing he was home with Ruth and their three young children. But Mallory was a true ‘Son of the Empire’. He had rowed for Cambridge and survived the Battle of the Somme so when the indomitable figure of Gibraltar hove into view his spirits lifted. He wrote to Ruth: “It grew in the growing day from the vague delineation to a defined shape, very grand as Browning said, majestic and impressive and also in the simplest way beautiful — the most splendid imaginable headland!” In 1922 Mallory was able to actually experience the Rock as the ship taking the expedition

The body was intact, preserved by the freezing conditions, and everything expected to be there was there, except for one thing — a photograph of his wife Ruth GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • JUNE 2012


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to India that year stopped at Gibraltar. Some of the team practised for Everest by climbing on the north face. The 1921 expedition was mainly for reconnaissance but in 1922 Mallory, Howard Somervell and Edward Norton made a bid for the summit. They failed, but without using oxygen, attained a then record altitude of 26,985 feet (8,225m). It was after this attempt, when asked why he wanted to climb Everest, Mallory uttered the immortal words, “Because it’s there.” Having come so close, Mallory was determined to reach the top in 1924, this time with the aid of bottled oxygen. He and his new climbing partner, Irvine, were last seen at noon on 8th June by geologist Noel Odell. Mallory would have celebrated his 38th birthday on 18th June. Odell wrote: “At 12.50, just after I had emerged from a state of jubilation at finding the first definite fossils on Everest, there was a sudden clearing of the atmosphere, and the entire summit ridge and final peak of Everest were unveiled. My eyes became fixed on one tiny black spot silhouetted on a small snow-crest beneath a rock-step in the ridge; the black spot moved. Another black spot became apparent and moved up the snow to join the other on the crest. The first then approached the great rock-step and shortly emerged at the top; the second did likewise. Then the whole fascinating vision vanished, enveloped in cloud once more.”


Odell said at least one of the men had made it to the top of the difficult sheer cliff known as the ‘Second Step’. This would have been the last major obstacle the men would have faced before the summit. Numerous attempts were made to find the bodies of Mallory and Irvine and to determine if they had indeed reached the summit. In 1933 Irvine’s ice axe was found below the ‘First Step’ and to non-believers this was an indication they hadn’t made it. But then he could have dropped the axe during the descent. And how do you explain the absence of Ruth’s picture? Today the mystery lingers. Poor Ruth died in 1942 aged just 50, undoubtedly sad, but also undoubtedly believing her photograph rests somewhere atop the world’s highest mountain. n

He was not a good sailor and had not been feeling well from the outset of the voyage from Birkenhead, so when the indomitable figure of Gibraltar hove into view his spirits lifted

Young Artists Exhibit In a Painterly Manner is a Children’s Art Exhibition which is open until 14th June, as part of the Gibraltar Spring Festival, at the John Mackintosh Hall. Children from the ages 5 to 17 years are exhibiting artwork created over a period of two years in workshops run by Giorann Henshaw. The paintings feature fabulous scenes from around Gibraltar — all the outdoor paintings they have done through last years’ summer activities — Illuminations (their own initials with paintings inside) and comic books which forms part of their studying pop art culture. Well worth a visit. n


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Miss Gibraltar Calendar 2012: June


Gibraltar’s golden girl, in a shot which would bring out the beauty she exudes so naturally, to its fullest. By portraying her as a goddess, the photo encapsulates her

accomplishment when the unthinkable happened, and she was crowned Miss World 2009. The team give special thanks to Kaiane for being a true profession-

The team wanted to represent Gibraltar’s golden girl in a shot which would bring out the beauty she exudes so naturally, to its fullest

al and giving her all despite having an extremely busy schedule, and of course, Gabriella Martinez for the great behind the scenes shots. n Photo by Gabriella Martinez

This great photo includes none other than Miss Gibraltar 2009, and Miss World 2009, Kaiane Aldorino, portraying her as a golden goddess of radiant beauty. The photo was taken by Jayden Fa, make-up by Deepak Ramchandani, art direction by Guy Baglietto, and set design by Jayden and Guy. “After winning the Beach Beauty contest at Miss World, we felt it would be fitting to show off her incredible physique in one of our summer months. I wanted her natural beauty to really stand out in this shot,” explains Jayden. “Guy and I woke up at 5am to start covering the rocks with foil. It took approximately 2.5 hours to complete. As it was a misty morning, we could hardly see anything. It was probably the most difficult shoot we have ever had to do. I wanted to use sunrise lighting, therefore we didn’t have much time,” he says. “For the make-up, I wanted to give Kaiane a very soft and golden look, by concentrating on highlighting and making her skin look dewy,” Deepak explains. “As opposed to other make-up done in the calendar which is very bold and colourful, I wanted her natural beauty come across. I also highlighted her entire body, to give her that extra glow, which makes her truly shine in the photo.” The team wanted to represent

Photo by Jayden Fa

The month of June in the Official Limited Edition Miss Gibraltar Calendar 2012 Celebrating 50 years of Beauty, the latest project by Jayden Fa and Deepak Ramchandani, features this spectacular shot.


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Sephardic Divas Concert:

First Gibraltar World Music Festival event Exciting new music projects are underway in Gibraltar! The Gibraltar World Music Festival (GWMF)’s debut event Sephardic Divas, is the brainchild of Yan Delgado and Frederic Ohana who recruited the expertise of Liene Lapsevska of the Gibraltar Philarmonic Society. The event takes place on 9th July at St international media coverage, placing it firmly An entirely philanthropic initiative, the concert aims to promote Ladino Music not only in Michael’s Cave and is guaranteed to promote on the map of Ladino/Sephardic and world Gibraltar as a whole through the expected music events. Gibraltar, but throughout the world.

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arts file Booked to take part are Sarah Aroeste from New York, OFIR from Madrid, Françoise Atlan from France and Marrakech and Mor Karbasi from Jerusalem based in Seville. What is Sephardic & Ladino Music? After the 2nd century, Spanish Jews gave the name ‘Sepharad’ to the Iberian Peninsula. The descendants of Spanish Jews refer to themselves as Sephardi Jews and still identify Spain as Sepharad in Modern Hebrew. The structure of the ancient language that formed the fabric of the songs is close to Spanish, with the addition of many terms from Hebrew, Portuguese, French, Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian Bosnian and Serbo-Croatian depending on the geographic origin of the speaker. Like many other Jewish languages, JudaeoSpanish is in danger of language extinction. Most native speakers are elderly, many of them having immigrated to Israel where the language was not transmitted to their children or grandchildren however, Ladino music is experiencing a revival amongst Sephardic communities. Sephardic Stories Testing interest in the project, Sephardic Stories launched a Facebook page in 2011. As a result of its growing popularity, the creators Yan and Frederic were contacted by recognised artists and radio stations with various opportunities. The two have produced an album, Gracia, of original songs featuring Ladino singer and song- Sarah Aroeste writer, Sarah Aroeste, who is based in New York. They are also working with the French artist, been overwhelmed with the level interest in institutions like Radio Sefarad, Casa Sefarad, Françoise Atlan and Israeli, Mor Karbasi. the Sephardic Stories project and the support in Israel Madrid Radios, the Government of GibralYan Delgado said of the project “We have creating a Gibraltar World Music Festival, from tar, Hassans, Hyperion, Margaux Philanthropy, Manatel, SG Hambros to name but a few. “It seems only a few months ago we decided to create the label Sephardic Stories and with the success of the first artist, the plan is to produce even more Ladino Music, to cut and distribute a It seems DVD from the Sephardic Divas concert tour and only a few months then release these at the Womex (the International World Music Fair) in October.” n ago we decided to

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create the label Sephardic Stories and with the success of the first artist, the plan is to produce even more Ladino Music

Tickets for Sephardic Divas (£20/£10 concessions) — includes shuttle service from Public Market and Elliot’s Way — available from Sacarello’s Coffee Shop, Margaux, Hyperion at 92 Irish Town, Silver Shop 222 Main St and the John Mackintosh Hall. At least 50% of proceeds will go to the charity, Asociacion Cortijo Alegria, who support children teens with autism spectrum disorders.


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Jessica Darch

The nine years spent, as a married woman, in West Africa, became, and remain to this day, a strong influence in her work

Peta Darch

Mother & Daughter’s Vibrant Palettes... Mother and daughter, Peta and Jessica Darch, will hold a joint art exhibition, displaying vibrant and glowing colour on canvas, from 19th June to 10th July at the Fine Arts Gallery, Casemates, Gibraltar. Mother of the artistic duo, Peta Darch paints to reflect her own perception of the reality of life, with careful attention to detail, regardless of subject matter. As a young student, at the College of Art in


Hastings, Sussex, she was impressed by the words of her life-class teacher: “Paint only the truth, that which is there before your eyes, whether it be the folds in a cloth, a shell on the beach, the texture of an old man’s skin,

light shining through glass. Paint the truth, no more, no less.” His words have stayed with her, accounting in no small part for her bold representational work and extreme minutiae of detail. The nine years spent, as a married woman, in West Africa, became, and remain to this day, a strong influence in her work. Vivid memories of that time return again and again, and are to be seen in some of her more recent canvasses which will be on display in Casemates from 19th June. As she states “The peoples of Africa will always, for me, serve as a constant inspiration. They are impossible to forget and wonderful to paint.” Despite this, Peta has lived for the past 38 years, in Parcent, a small village in the province of Alicante, Spain. During her time in Spain she has exhibited widely — locally and further afield in Girona, Marbella and Tarifa. Her work, whether oil on canvas, pastel, gouache, charcoal or watercolour, remains faithful to the dictum of that long-ago bearded tutor. By contrast the canvasses of her artist daughter, Jessica Darch, are freer and more abstract though equally exuberant with colour, and complementary in the context of the exhibition. Born in England in May 1968, Jessica moved to Spain as a child with her mother. She grew up in the small village near Alicante, absorbing the vibrant visual influences of Spain surrounding her. By the late 1980s, Jessica was studying architecture at London’s Kingston University. On her return to Spain with her degree, she began combining her painting and architectural skills, creating the vivid murals, frescoes and trompe


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Peta Darch

l’oeils for which she is renowned. Her work takes pride of place in homes along the Costa de Sol, and far-flung places from Germany to the Bahamas. Based in Estepona, Jessica has established herself as an accomplished wall artist. She says she is inspired by the challenge of transforming a flat surface into an stylish three-dimensional image, and never fails to be thrilled by the sheer scale of a blank wall. When she is not working on location, Jessica can be found in her Estepona studio creating her art on canvas, Perspex and board. Her work is described as textural, employing strong composition and glowing colour. Jessica Darch welcomes visitors to her studio, and is happy to meet potential clients at Patricia Darch Interiors in Gibraltar. For more information visit n

Jessica Darch

Her work takes pride of place in homes along the Costa de Sol, and far-flung places from Germany to the Bahamas

Jessica Darch


Peta Darch


history file

Venetia (above) during World War I (far right) Venetia owner John D. Spreckels (left) the Venetia before World War I

Gibraltar-based Yacht Wrongly Named ‘Avenger of the Lusitania’ Venetia was launched as a luxurious pleasure craft but during World War I the steam-yacht was converted to be a convoy escort guiding merchant ships from Gibraltar to ports along the Eastern Mediterranean. In this role she was imminently successful and managed to depthcharge German U-boat U-39 into submission. At the time it was believed U-39 the Lusitania. On her return from Gibraltar to had infamously torpedoed and sunk the Cunard Liner Lusitania her home port of San Diego, Calioff the coast of Ireland (7th May, fornia — a gold star on her funnel, 1915) killing 1,198 of the 1,959 people aboard. The sinking turned public opinion against Germany, contributed to America entering the war (123 Americans were among those killed) and became an iconic symbol in military recruiting campaigns. So when USS Venetia attacked and disabled U-39 in the Mediterranean and forced the U-boat to take refuge at Cartagena, Spain, she was hailed as the ‘Avenger’ of

symbolic of sinking a submarine “Underwater pirate that sank the — Venetia received a triumphant Lusitania”. welcome and newspapers around A book was even published titled the US hailed her for nailing the Venetia, Avenger of the Lusitania. But the book, written by well-known playwright Clay M. Greene, came out shortly after the war had ended. Only later was it revealed that the real “underwater pirate” was U-20. Despite this slight blemish to her record, Venetia was a very successful escort. Like all the other pleasure-yachts enrolled in the war effort she had been donated for service by a wealthy businessman, in this instance John D. Spreckels,

It was full of brilliant colour and busy life, this new Gibraltar, and life and colour are all that the sailor ashore expects or cares for, no matter what the cost to his pocket, his appetites, his digestion, or his morals



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by Reg Reynolds owner of the famed San Diego waterfront Hotel Del Coronado. It was Spreckels, the son of German immigrants, who commissioned Greene to write the book, of which only 300 were printed for private distribution. The sub-title does allow some leeway regarding avenging the Lusitania: Being a Narrative of the Adventures and Career of the Yacht “Venetia” During the World War as an Auxiliary Cruiser, Including Such Proof as Exists of Her Connection with the Expiation of its Most Unforgivable Tragedy. To write the book Greene made use of the Venetia’s log and the diaries of some of her officers. A chapter is devoted to the state of Gibraltar during World War I: “Surely enough, Gibraltar was now an inextricable confusion of noises, peoples, tongues, and fighting, jostling crowds, when placed by memory in comparison with the peaceful, picturesque, and quaint little city remembered by those who had been former tourist visitors from liners passing in and out of the Strait. “Everything seemed multiplied by 10. There were 10 times as many Hindoo [sic] and Arab peddlers; 10 times as many barkers crying the wares of 10 times as many hucksters; 10 times as many

dark-skinned and gaudily handkerchiefed Spanish maidens with 10 times as many laces to sell at 10 times more extortionate rates. There were 10 times as many cab drivers, who exacted 10 times as much fare, and 10 times as many places of amusement, the character of whose entertainment offered must truthfully be expressed by minus 10. “Nevertheless, it was full of brilliant colour and busy life, this new Gibraltar, and life and colour are all that the sailor ashore expects or cares for, no matter what the cost to his pocket, his appetites, his digestion, or his morals.” The 589-ton Venetia (constructed in Scotland in 1904), armed with three-inch guns and depth charges had made her way to Gibraltar via Bermuda and the Azores, arriving in February 1918. She remained based in Gibraltar until a few days

after the war ended on 11th November, 1918. During that time she escorted dozens of convoys (mainly to Italy which was on the Allied side in WWI) and had the admirable record of assisting in the convoy of more than 1,000 merchant ships with the loss of only three vessels to enemy submarines. Her encounter with U-39 came in the early evening of 17th May, 1918. U-39 had torpedoed the merchant ship Sculptor when Venetia attacked and dropped seven rounds of depth charges in less than 15 minutes. U-39 was so badly damaged that she made for port at Cartagena where she remained interned for the remainder of the war. The Uboat was surrendered to France in March, 1919 and broken up in 1923. Although not the sinker of the Lusitania, U-39 claimed 407,000 tons of Allied shipping, 153 merchantmen

There were 10 times as many cab drivers, who exacted 10 times as much fare, and 10 times as many places of amusement, the character of whose entertainment offered must truthfully be expressed by minus 10

and one warship. The Lusitania was actually avenged on 5th September, 1917 when U-88 struck a mine in the North Sea. There were no survivors, and Captain Walther Schweiger, former commander of U-20 and nicknamed ‘The Baby Killer’, was among the dead. Schweiger had transferred to U-88 in November, 1916 after U-20 ran aground on the Danish coast and was scuttled. Venetia returned to her owner in San Diego in April 1919. She was the only one of the many converted pleasure yachts to remain constantly on duty during America’s participation in World War I. During that time she sailed 55,000 miles, 44,095 of them in submarine infested waters, without suffering a breakdown of any kind. Venetia resumed her duties as a pleasure yacht and remained with John D. Spreckels until his death in 1926. She then changed hands a couple of times and spent her last years cruising around the Great Lakes. Venetia was broken up in 1968*. n *An auction (Plato Auctions) of historical items salvaged from the Venetia will be held at Rockway Hall, Vineland, Ontario, Canada on Saturday, 13th October, 2012.

Adopt Don’t Buy The GSPCA has many lovely dogs looking for homes. Before you buy a dog please visit us and give a dog a home.

Give a Dog a Home If you are interested in adopting call the GSPCA on 540 19968 or 540 29927 Note: dogs that have been kennelled for a while may need patience with house training when first in their new home (as do puppies from pet shops!)


Tel: 200 70047 or 200 73465 email:


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drinks onboard Drinks onboard MY Sirius moored in Marina Bay. MY Sirius is open to members of Fifty-Five Private Members Club and is available for private charter or corporate/private events. Contact Fifty-Five at 267 Main Street, Tel: 200 79655 or email for further information.



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Paul Martin’s

The Ultimate Feel Good

Summer Show

Friday 29th June 2012

Dinner & Show £50 reservations from 7pm

Show Only £20

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Paul Martin aka Mr Success

show starts at 9.30pm

The LounGe

non members welcome

Dinner Menu Starters: Shredded Confit Duck and Roast Fig Salad Grilled Polenta Cake, Pomegranate Vincotta Sea Salt and Pink Peppered Calamari Grilled lime cheek, wild rocket and Asian slaw salad, smoked garlic aioli Mains: Char Grilled Fillet of New Zealand Beef Medallion Duck fat rosti, roast field mushrooms, fire roasted pimento’s, sticky bone marrow jus Hand Picked Crab Crusted Sea Bream Fillet Sweet corn and chive mash, asparagus, orange and Star anise beurre blanc, blistered cherry tomatoes Vegetarian/Vegan option available on request Desserts: Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta Summer fruit jam, pistachio biscotti, raspberry essence 55's Cheeseboard (£4.00 supplement) Members receive a summer cocktail on arrival

55 Private Members Club 267 Main Street Gibraltar

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June Bug cocktail 1 shot 1/2 shot 1/2 shot 1/2 shot 1/2 shot 1 shot

Midori Koko Kanu or Malibu coconut rum Banana liqueur Sugar Syrup Lime juice Pineapple juice

Also squeeze some lime wedges into the glass and shake vigorously with the wedges in to get a froth on top, add a straw, ice and pineapple wedge to finish off. n

Splendid Evening of Music & Food The Splendid Bar on George’s Lane has started an acoustic jam session on a Tuesday evening once a month. All musicians are welcome to go along and entry is free. The small bar is cosy and welcoming and the owner, Omar, puts on a fantastic buffet of salads, meats and sea food. The last session was very lively and friendly

with a mixture of musicians playing and singing rock and folk. The session is organised by Gill ChesneyGreen, assisted by Neal Higgins of local Irish Band Thrifty Malone. n For further information contact Omar at the Splendid Bar or telephone Neal Higgins 54007574

Events at the Waterfront There is lots to keep you entertained at the Waterfront restaurant on the quayside at Queensway Quay Marina this month. The month kicks off with the New Orleans Jump Band on Sunday 3rd June, followed on Monday 4th June by a Beatles Tribute Band. On Thursday 14th June the lovely voice of Michelle Daniels will fill the quayside, then on Saturday


16th June things get lively with the Lola Boys. Elvis and Dean Martin will be keeping things cool on 23rd (well at least their tributes will!) then the month is rounded off by and Abba Tribute “Voulez Vouz’ on Saturday 30th. Make sure you book early as Waterfront events are usually a sellout. Reservation Tel: 200 45666 n


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Alfred discusses the wines

Wine Tasting at the Lounge... There was a well attended wine tasting at the Lounge, Queensway Quay Marina last month hosted by Alfred of Lewis Stagnetto Limited, 41 Main Street. Alfred brought along a number of Lewis Stagnetto’s wine selection for regulars at the Lounge to try. Of those sampled Michelle and


Sonia of the Lounge have selected to stock Guelbenzu Evo Reserva (red) and Valde los Frailes Rosado (rosé) which both received very positive comments from the many tasters on the evening. Pop into the Lounge on Queensway Quay to conduct your own tasting of these two wines! n


caster sugar and roast until soft and golden. Then when cooled slice into wedges and set aside. For the spiced ricotta, blend all the ingredients in a food processor for 1-2 minutes. Spoon the mixture into the tart case, then decorate the top with the nectarine wedges and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and slightly firm to touch. Cool to room temperature and dust with icing sugar before serving. n

Full of Flavours

by 55 chef Scott Casey

This month’s mouth-watering menu features full flavours for light June treats... and a chance to use the barbie!

Nectarine and Spiced Ricotta Tart Serves 8 3 1tbs 20ml

nectarines, stones discarded brown sugar brandy

Short crust pastry: 115g unsalted butter, softened 75g caster sugar 1 egg yolk 1 /4 tsp vanilla essence 185g plain flour, sifted Spiced ricotta: 450g ricotta 1 /2 tsp ground cinnamon & ground ginger


/4 tsp 1 40g


ground cardamom egg caster sugar

For the pastry, beat the butter and sugar with a hand held mixer until pale and creamy. Add the egg yolk, vanilla and a small pinch of salt, mix until just combined, wrap in plastic and set aside in the fridge to rest for 1 hour. Roll the pastry between two sheets of baking paper to 3mm thick. Remove the top layer of the baking paper and invert the pastry into a 24cm diameter tart tin. Remove the baking paper and trim the edges to fit nicely. Weigh the pastry down with some raw rice and cool for 30 minutes. Blind bake the shell for 4-5 minutes in a pre-heated oven 180°C. Then remove and cool on a wire rack. Place the nectarines, cut side up on a baking tray, drizzle with the brandy and a little

Sardines on Toast, sweet onion and pine nut tarator Serves 4

2 thin slices sourdough bread Olive oil for brushing 4 fresh sardines, filleted and trimmed 1tbs olive oil Juice of half a lemon 1 clove pickled garlic Picked dill leaves For the sweet onion: 1 red onion thinly sliced 1tbs olive oil 1tsp red wine vinegar 1tbs raisins, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes For the pine nut tarator: 2tbs pine nuts 1 /4 clove of garlic 1tsp lemon juice 1tsp red wine vinegar 1tsp flat leaf parsley 1tsp sumac spice 1tbs olive oil

For the sweet onion, place the onion, olive oil and a pinch of sea salt into a saucepan and cook over a low heat , stirring regurarly. Once the onion has wilted and begins to become translucent, stir in the red wine vinegar and transfer to a small bowl and cover. Let cool to room temperature and then stir in the raisins. Set aside. For the pine nut tarator preheat the oven to 180°C. Spread the pine nuts over a baking tray and toast for about 5 minutes or until golden, let cool down then roughly chop. Using a pestle and mortar crunch the garlic with a pinch of salt. Add the lemon juice and vinegar, then let it sit for 5 minutes so the garlic infuses before adding the chopped pine us, parsley, olive oil and sumac. Set aside Season the skin side of the sardine fillets.


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baby fennel bulb, thinly sliced on a mandolin quality black olives, pitted and halved flat leaf parsley spring onions, thinly sliced

Score the thighs and breasts of the spatchcock and set aside. In a small mixing bowl combine the olive oil, anchovies, garlic, thyme, lemon zest and juice. Add some sea salt and cracked black pepper and then rub into the spatchcock well and let sit for 10 minutes to marinate. For the salad, toss the fennel seeds in a pan over a medium heat to toast until fragrant, then crush them in a mortar and pestle. Combine in a large bowl with the olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice, season and set aside. Just before serving add the courgette, fennel, olives, parsley and spring onions and toss to combine. Pre-heat the barbecue and cook the spatchcok just off centre turning regularly until cooked (about 12-15 minutes). Cut into quarters and serve with a nice mix of the salad. n Heat a non stick fry pan and cook them skin side down for a few minutes until cooked. Remove and add a squeeze a little lemon juice over them. To assemble spread some of the sweet onion over the sour dough toast. Top with the sardines and a nice pile of the pine nut tarator. Scatter with the pickled garlic slices and picked dill leaves. n

Barbecued Spatchcock, courgette, fennel & olive salad Serves 4

4 spatchcock butterflied 50ml olive oil 12 anchovy fillets 3 cloves garlic, finely sliced 3 tbs finely chopped fresh thyme Zest and juice of 2 lemons For the salad: 1tbs fennel seeds 1 /2tsp dried chilli flakes 60ml olive oil 30ml red wine vinegar Juice of half a lemon 3 courgettes, thinly sliced


Toss the fennel seeds in a pan over a medium heat to toast until fragrant, then crush them in a mortar and pestle. Combine in a large bowl with the olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice, season and set aside...


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directory Café Solo

Modern Italian eatery set in lively Casemates square. Everything from chicory and crispy pancetta salad

Cafe Rojo Sleek modern comfort in this relaxing little restaurant. Brunch (10am12pm) includes ciabatta, granary, foccacia sandwiches with fillings such as pear and blue cheese, smoked bacon and brie, cheese and honey roast ham, delicious desserts. Lunch 12-3pm, dinner 7-10pm; dishes such as Marinated Tuna Steak & Sesame Crust; Roasted Lamb Shoulder; pastas or risottos such as Roast Pumpkin, Mushroom, & Spinach Curry, Langoustine, Lime & Coconut; Pear, Walnut & Blue Cheese; and Creamy Mixed Seafood; and salads such as Warm Goats’ Cheese, Fresh Spinach & Chargrilled Aubergine; and Roast Duck, Chorizo & Pancetta Salad. Open: 10am. Closed Sundays and Saturday lunchtime. Cafe Rojo 54 Irish Town. Tel: 200 51738


Casa Pepe

Savannah Lounge

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with walnuts, pears and blue cheese dressing, or king prawn, mozzarella and mango salad to pastas(eg: linguine with serrano ham, king prawns and rocket; smoked salmon and crayfish ravioli with saffron and spinach cream) to salads (eg: Vesuvio spicy beef, cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers and red onions; and Romana chorizo, black pudding, egg and pancetta) and pizzas (eg: Quatto Stagioni topped with mozzarella, ham, chicken, pepperoni and mushroom) and specialities such as salmon fishcakes, beef medallions and duck. Daily specials on blackboard. No smoking. Café Solo Grand Casemates Square. Tel: 200 44449


Aimed at Gibraltar’s dining and night-life scene, Savannah has been created with fun and style in mind. Offering contemporary European cuisine a wide selection of drinks, cool decor and good music. The venue hosts regular live events with invited DJs and shows from abroad. Open: Sunday-Thurs midday-midnight, Friday and Saturday midday-5am. Savannah Lounge 27 Heart Island, Ocean Village Tel: 200 66666 Visit:

Solo Bar & Grill

Premier Private Member’s Club where members enjoy fine dining and impeccable service in luxurious surroundings. Open lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday also offering a daily Business Lunch menu. Once a month 55 opens for traditional Sunday lunch and holds a variety of culinary themed evenings i.e. Thai Fusion. The main bar offers full snack menu — the perfect place after a long day at work. Thursday and Fridays you can relax to a mix of Soul & ’80s music by resident DJ, take advantage of Happy Hour and enjoy sushi menu from 6pm. Special occasions or business clients can be entertained in the Private Dining Room (10 people). Afternoon tea Thurs to Sat 6pm. For info or to reserve contact Louise. Fifty-Five Private Member’s Club 267 Main Street Tel: 200 79655 Visit:

Solo Bar and Grill is a stylish and modern eatery — perfect for business functions or lunches — and part of the popular Cafe Solo stable. Serving everything from Goats’ Cheese Salad, Mediterranean Pâté and Cajun Langoustines to Beer Battered John Dory, or Harissa Chicken, and Chargrilled Sirloin Steak. This is a delightful venue in Europort with a cosy mezzanine level and terrace seating. Well worth a visit, or two! Available for private functions and corporate events — call 200 62828 to book your function or event. Open: 12-8pm. Solo Bar & Grill Eurotowers Tel: 200 62828

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Nunos Italian

A delightful terrace bar/ restaurant in the prestigious Queensway Quay Marina. Wonderful location for business meetings, weddings, anniversaries etc. Specialising in a broad range of raciones (plates to share) with a very comprehensive a la carte menu. Daily specials may include fresh fish caught locally and a selection of Argentinean beef. With a menu including dishes such as Caracoles a la Llauna Snails, Rabo de Toro Oxtail, Carrillada de Cerro Iberico Iberico pork cheeks, large rib steaks from Avila and special to order whole suckling pig. Open: Mon-Fri: lunch & evening, Sat: evenings only, Sun: lunch only.

Overlooking the Mediterranean from Catalan Bay, Nunos’ Spanish chef with Three Star Michellin experience offers a variety of Italian cuisine. The restaurant can be found at the reception level of the hotel, where a quick peak at the menu reveals the chef’s celebrated Salmorejo is on the menu, as are his baby squid burgers (Insalata di Calamari). From the main dishes you can choose from a variety of fresh fish and meat dishes. Or you could go for the house speciality of fresh, home-made pasta where you can choose from a wide range of options. Open: Mon-Sat 7.30pm-10.30pm (lunchtimes for group bookings).

Right on the quayside at Queensway Quay Marina, this restaurant offers everything from coffee through to 3-course meals with champagne! A bar snack menu is available all day from 10.15am; the a la carte menu from midday to 10.30pm, featuring daily specials. The barbecue grill from 7pm offers sumptuous steaks aged in-house, and fab fish including dorada and sea bass. A delicious array of desserts/ice creams. Extensive terraces provide ideal location for summer dining and drinks with stunning sunsets. Caters for large parties - weddings, holy communions, birthdays etc. Est. over 16 years. Open: 7 days a week 9am-late

Casa Pepe 18 Queensway Quay Marina. Tel/Fax: 200 46967 Email:

Nunos Italian Restaurant and Terrace Caleta Hotel, Catalan Tel: 200 76501 •VIP BarBay•Restaurant Email:

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Queensway Quay Marina. Tel: 200 45666 •Private Dining Room Visit:

The perfect place to escape or impress GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • JUNE 2012

Do you own a restaurant, café, or bar in Gibraltar? Get your business listed here

CALL 200 77748 for details Amin’s Office

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Picadilly Gardens

Sit down, informal and friendly bar with informal eating. Amin is well known in Gibraltar for his Moroccan, Spanish and international cuisine. Open early for breakfast at 7am right through the day. Try the Moroccan soups, couscous, lamb tagines and kebabs. Terrace, just off Main Street (turn left at Trafalgar Pharmacy coming from Casemates). Open: 7am to midnight.

Very popular takeaway, sandwich bar and hot food. Serving all fresh and homemade sandwiches, salads, soups, pasta, pies, cup cakes, plus hot/cold drinks and smoothies and a different special every day. Outside catering for corporate parties. Open: 8am - 4pm Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm Sat.

Relaxed bar restaurant located near to the Queen's Hotel and Cable Car it has a cosy garden terrace which is great for drinks, tapas and food al fresco. English breakfast, churros, tapas, hamburgers, fresh fish, prawns, squid, clams and a variety of meat dishes. Eat in or take away. Menu of the day only £6. Open: early to late.

Amin's The Office 30 Parliament Lane. Tel: 200 40932

Get Stuffed Marina Bay. Tel: 200 42006

Picadilly Gardens Rosia Road. Tel: 200 75758

Bean & Gone

Friendly little café with an extensive menu from oven-baked jackets and baguettes, to home-made pasta and burgers. Great selection of low-carb / Weight Watchers choices, plus a tempting cakes and snacks. Relaxed, cosy atmosphere. Ingredients local and organic where possible, desserts made with soya (diary-free). Lots veggie options. Deliveries (minimum order £20). Open: Mon - Fri 7.30am - 3pm, Sat 9am - 2pm. Bean & Gone Café 20 Engineers Lane Tel: 200 65334 Visit:

Buddies Pasta Casa Italian specials in pleasant ambience. Large selection of starters from garlic bread to calamari. Main courses include spinach caneloni, spaghetti alla carbonara, fusilli al salmone, and peppered steak to name a few. Tasty desserts and variety of wines. Outside seating too. Open: Monday - Thursday 11am - 5pm, Friday 11am-3pm and 7pm-11pm, Sat 11am-4.30pm Buddies Pasta Casa 15 Cannon Lane. Tel: 200 40627

Fusion Deli

Noodles in New York noodle boxes — just like in the movies! Malaysian, Chinese and Japanese style noodles with beef, pork, chicken, king prawn or vegetarian, with sauces from old favourites like sweet & sour, to fiery spicy. Plus Malaysian chicken curry, Laksa and Char Siew barbecue pork, daily specials like Malaysian Kung pou, Mongolian sauce, egg fried/plain rice. Extras include giant prawn crackers, and spring rolls. Delivery service. Open: Mon-Fri 11.45-3pm. Thurs/Fri/Sat evening.

FusionDeli 11 Cooperage Lane (by BHS) Tel: 200 63940 GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • JUNE 2012

Just a Nibble

Sacarello Coffee Co

Full licensed cafe on first floor of the ICC, serves English breakfast, a vast range of toasties, rolls and snacks. Meals include Bob’s famous chicken curry and chilli con carne, and a great new range of pies (from chicken & leek to steak & kidney, and even venison) plus all the old favourites; jacket spuds, burgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, and daily specials. Ideal meeting place. Open: Mon - Sat from 9am.

Converted coffee warehouse, great coffee, homemade cakes/ afternoon tea, plus menu and excellent salad bar with quiche selection, specials of the day and dishes such as lasagne, steak and mushroom Guinness pie, hot chicken salad, toasties, club sandwich and baked potatoes. Art exhibitions. Available for parties and functions in the evenings. Open: 9am-7.30pm Mon-Fri. 9am-3pm Sat

Just A Nibble 1st Floor ICC, Casemates Tel: 200 78052

Sacarello Coffee Co. 57 Irish Town. Tel: 200 70625

Mumbai Curry House Indian cuisine, eat-in/take-away, from snacks (samosas, bhajias, pakoras) to lamb, chicken and fish dishes such as korma, tikka masala, do piaza. Large vegetarian selection. Halal food. Outside catering for parties/meetings. Sunday Mumbai favourites such as Dosa & Choley Bhature. Open: 7 days a week 11am - 3pm, 6pm -late. Mumbai Curry House Unit 1.0.02 Ground Floor, Block 1 Eurotowers Tel: 200 73711 Home delivery: 200 50022/33

Pick a Bite Morning coffee and daily lunch specials, one of largest selections of traditional home made food, to eat in or takeaway. All the old favourites — spinach pie, croquettes, quiche, spanish omelette, shepherd’s pie and more. Delicious sandwiches, baguettes, ciabatta melts and wraps, with a variety of fillings. Salads, snacks and soups. Cakes and muffins for those with a sweet tooth. Friendly, cheerful and very reasonal prices. Terrace seating. Open: Monday to Friday 8am - 3pm. Pick A Bite 10 Chatham Counterguard Tel: 200 64211

Sain’t Café Bar

Bright and attractive café bar serving hot/cold drinks, breakfasts, lunches, homemade desserts and tapas with wine. Well presented food includes tuna ciabatta, steak & onion baguette, club sandwich, smoked salmon bagel and vegetarian choices (served with parsnip crisps). Delicious salads such as Niçoise, Caesar, caprese and couscous. No smoking inside. Patio. Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-7.30pm. Afternoon tea 4-6, happy hours 4-6. Sain’t Café Bar Grand Ocean Plaza, Ocean Village Tel: 20065758

Smith’s Fish & Chips Traditional well-established British fish and chip shop, located on Main Street opposite the Convent, with tables/seating available or take-away wrapped in newspaper. The menu includes old favourites cod, haddock or plaice in batter, Cornish pasties, mushy peas etc. Also curries, omlettes, burgers. Open: 8am-6pm Mon-Fri. Breakfast served from 8am. Smith’s Fish & Chips 295 Main Street. Tel: 200 74254

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Solo Express

The Tasty Bite

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CALL 200 77748 for details Verdi Verdi

Located next to Pizza Hut in Casemates and in Eurotowers, serves a variety of salads/baguettes (white, brown, ciabatta) filled with a deli selection such as roast chicken; smoked salmon & mascapone; ham, cheese and coleslaw; or humous, avocado & roast red pepper. Salads fresh and tasty (Greek, Waldorf, cous cous, tuna pasta etc), great value. Jackets, quiches, coffee plus cakes (flapjacks, muffins) available all day. Eat-in area. Soups in winter.

Tasty Bite has one of the biggest take-away menus around with home cooked meats, filled baguettes, burgers, chicken, kebabs and everything else you can think of! Try the quiches, tortillas and jackets spuds with all kinds of fillings. This little place gets busy with those popping out from the offices for lunch so get there early. Open: Monday - Saturday.

All day coffee plus all homemade and delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes, fresh baked bread and desserts. A selection of bagels (try the smoked salmon and cream cheese) and baguettes to eat in or take away. Try the light homemade pizzas, or the falafels and humous. Daily special soups are fabulous and filling. Ask for Idan's hot homemade chilli relish — sweet and scrummy. Open: Mon/Thurs: 7.30-6, Fri 7.30-5, Sun 10-3.

Solo Express Grnd Flr, ICC, Casemates & Eurotowers

The Tasty Bite 59a Irish Town. Tel: 200 78220 Fax: 200 74321

Verdi Verdi ICC, Casemates Tel: 200 60733

All’s Well

Traditional pub in fashionable Casemates area. Named for the 18th century practise of locking gates to the city at night when the guard called ‘All’s Well’. All’s Well serves Bass beers, wine and spirits plus pub fare. English breakfast all day, hot meals such as pork in mushroom sauce, sausage & mash, cod & chips and steak & ale pie plus a range of salads and jacket potatoes. Large terrace. Karaoke Mondays and Wednesdays until late. Free tapas on a Friday 7pm. All’s Well Casemates Square. Tel: 200 72987

Cannon Bar

Jane is still there and still packed out with tourists and regulars! Word has it that she nearly managed to escape, but wasn’t allowed to. The famous fish and chips, the odd French speciality, there’s always something happening in the Cannon! Located between Marks & Spencer and the Cathedral just off Main Street. Quiz night on Tuesdays, get there early as it is definitely the place to be on a normally quiet Gibraltar Tuesday. Cannon Bar 27 Cannon Lane. Tel: 200 77288

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On Main Street opposite the cathedral, enjoy a meal, coffee or a cool beer on the terrace and watch the world go by! Bar decorated with rare military plaques from regiments and navy ships visiting Gibraltar. Full breakfast menu served from 7am, draught beers on tap include Old Speckled Hen bitter, Murphys Irish stout, Heineken lager and Strongbow cider. Gibraltar Arms 184 Main Street. Tel: 200 72133


Lord Nelson

Bar/brasserie in Casemates. Done out like Nelson’s ship. Starters & snacks include fresh mussels, blue cheese and rocket bruschetta, potato skins, spicy chicken wings and calamares. Main courses from chilli con carne and chicken & mushroom pie, to crispy duck burrito and fish & chips. Jackets, burgers and kid’s menu. Live music on stage nightly. Spacious terrace. Open: 10am till very late. Lord Nelson Bar Brasserie 10 Casemates Tel: 200 50009 Visit:

The Lounge Stylish lounge bar on the quayside at Queensway Quay with very reasonable prices and light bites from 10am until late. Popular quiz on Sundays (from 7.30pm) and a relaxed friendly atmosphere... always plenty of people / yachties to chat to. Events (matches etc) covered on large screen TV. Great place to chill out. Open: 10am Mon - Sat until late and from 12pm on Sun (get there early for a seat for the quiz). The Lounge Queensway Quay Marina Tel: 200 61118

O’Reilly’s Traditional Irish bar with full HD sports coverage and Irish breakfast from 7am (Sunday from 9am). Guinness on draught. Food includes salads, jackets, beef & Guinness pie, Molly’s mussels, drunken swine, Boxty dishes (potato pancake wrapped around delicioius fillings), sandwiches, rolls, Kildare chicken and much much more. And just like in Ireland there’s no smoking inside, so a great atmosphere for all. O’Reilly’s Ocean Village. Tel: 200 67888

Star Bar

Gibraltar’s oldest bar, just off Main St. Small cosy and famous for its full English breakfast from 7am (9am on Sunday). A full menu including fish & chips, until 10pm. The home of Star Coffee, draught beers include Heineken, Old Speckled Hen, Murphys and Strongbow cider. Managed by Hunter Twins from Stafford, England, also home to Med Golf & Tottenham Hotspur supporters club.

Star Bar Parliament Lane. Tel: 200 75924 Visit:

The Three Owls The Three Owls is a traditional bar serving best of English beers. Three separate bars/floors: ground floor — big screen TV, pool table, poker machines, bar — open from 10.30am daily. First floor ‘Hoots’ bar, two match pool tables, poker machines, dartboard, bar, open from 5pm daily. Second Floor the ‘Nest’ — American pool table, poker machine, card table, bar — open from 7pm daily and also at weekends for the Rugby Union matches. If you are looking for a sociable game of pool or darts this is the place to be. The Three Owls Irish Town. Tel: 200 77446

Wembley Bar Popular traditional old fashioned pub for hot and cold bar snacks, function room, in South District. Open from 10am Fridays for breakfast. Air conditioned. The home of the Real Madrid Supporter’s Club. Open: 11am - midnight Sun - Thurs, 10am- 1am Fri, & 11am-1am Sat. Wembley Bar 10 South Barrack Ramp. Tel: 200 78004


Traditional Pub Serving Traditional Pub Fare, Bass Beers, Wines & Spirits

Visit us and step back in history

Casemates Square Tel: 200 72987

Full menu served inside or on our terrace including British Fish & Chips, Jackets, Salads, Burritos, Homemade Pizzas, our special Fresh Local Mussels and much more. Visit us and buy yourself a souvenir, T-shirts, beer glasses, lighters etc Live music every evening, join our Jam Sessions on Wednesday or Sunday. GLMS Music Venue of the Year. Official Home to Gibraltar Rugby Club Free WiFi

10 Casemates Tel: 200 50009

• Pizza • Pasta • Salads • Fresh Juices • Cappuccino • Ice Creams

DAILY SPECIALS Grand Casemates Sq Tel: 20044449



184 Main Street Tel: 200 72133 open: from 8am (10am on Sun)

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295 MAIN ST Tel: 200 74254

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Marina Bay Tel: 200 42006 Take-Away, Sandwiches & Hot Food Different Special Every Day salads, soups, pastas, pies, cupcakes, all home made Open 8am-4pm Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm Sat

Indian Cuisine to Eat In or Take Away Unit 1.0.02 Grnd Flr, Block 1 Eurotowers Tel: 200 73711

Casa Pepe Open: Mon-Sat 11am-late 18 Queensway Quay Marina Tel/Fax: 200 46967

Award winning breakfasts from 7.30am Great meals & snacks all day Evening Steak House menu Med Golf Clubhouse Tottenham Hotspur HQ Parliament Lane Tel: 200 75924 GIBRALTARMAGAZINE MAGAZINE••JUNE JUNE2012 2012 GIBRALTAR

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Come and enjoy real Italian meals in Gibraltar’s leading pasta house 15 Cannon Lane Tel: 200 40627 for reservations

Just A Nibble Licensed Cafeteria Let the ‘A’ Team serve you up a snack or a meal. Daily Specials • Varied Menu

Open from 9am First Floor ICC, Main Street THE PLACE TO MEET



by Peter Rodney

The Jubilee of Her Most Gracious etc etc Queen is upon us and so we get yet another extra holiday. But the effect is spoiled by references to the Joobilleee rather than the Joobilly. The emphasis is on the first syllable, not the last. This is, however, a losing battle of mine. I still fight, rather tiredly, against reesearch instead of research, kilommitter instead of killomeeter, sickth instead of sixth, but with no very lively hope of success. Arguably, there is no right or wrong way to pronounce a particular word, especially when different accents are taken into account. And English is particularly complicated — there are about six ways to spell the sound made by ‘or’ — oar, awe, ough as in ought, augh as in caught, ar as in warm. ‘Ghoti’ is another way of spelling ‘fish’ — the f as in rough, the i as in women, the sh as in motion. They order these things better in continental Europe where, in most languages, the same letter always makes the same sound — or you are alerted to the difference by means of a mark of some sort (accent, umlaut, tilde etc). If native English speakers can master the difficulties in their own language, why is it that so few native English speakers can master any other language? (I exempt Gibraltarians from this charge.)

Partly laziness, perhaps, and partly because English is now the world’s lingua franca so, because everyone else speaks English, there is no need to learn anything else. Many years ago, at a queue for the cash desk in a café in London, there seemed to be a hiatus. I went to the front of the queue where a German lady was explaining, in German, that she had only received £5 change from a £20 note and this must be wrong. I explained the problem to the girl at the desk who immediately produced the additional £10 required as change. “Why didn’t she just say so?” enquired the girl. “She did — in German”, I pointed out. “Well, she should have said it in English; after all they learn English at school don’t they?” The sheer arrogance of this statement left me speechless.

In English we happily go on imbibing; and talking about depth and space, strength and volume, aftertaste and fullness as if these words have any meaning when talking about wine



wine column Mind you, with the occasional exception such as the girl in the café, the spread of English is not aggressively promoted by Englishspeaking nations. Much to the fury of the French, who see the use of their language slowly contracting and who fight against this with all their might, English takes over insidiously. There is no jollier sight than to see a French winner of the French tennis open explaining, in English, how happy he is. This lengthy introduction does ineluctably lead to a discussion of wine and, particularly, the paucity of the English language in being able to describe wine. Instead of earthy words like ‘terroir ’ and ‘racine’, we are left with trying to describe grapes as having qualities of blackberries and lemongrass. And this from one of the richest vocabularies on earth. The difficulty is that the English, while having developed the production of wine all over the world, have always regarded wine as a commodity rather than as a gift of nature. This does not prevent proper appreciation of Nature’s gift — merely an inability to describe it properly. So in English we happily go on imbibing; and talking about depth and space, strength and volume, aftertaste and fullness as if these words have any meaning when talking about wine. What the English mean is that it is good value at the price; it will probably be worth

more in a few years’ time. There is no appreciation, in the language, of what wine actually is. Invention remains one of the great qualities of the English — both the people and the language. Tony Hernandez, of the Wine Appreciation Club, has recently imported a — believe it or not — chocolate wine. Of all the most foul things on the planet, this has to be the high on the list. But some people with whom I tasted this abomination — I hasten to add that I restricted myself to smelling, rather than tasting — found it delightful. Tony will, I understand, shortly be selling it. But celebration is the watchword of this month and we must allow people to celebrate in their own way. The best way is, in my opinion, a roast sirloin of beef on the bone with a decent claret. Anglo Hispano have a Chateau St Georges ’96 at a rather expensive £39; Stag Bros have a lovely-looking (I haven’t tried it) Latour at £45; Morrison’s have Cantemerle at a more reasonable £9.00; and Marks and Spencer have their own brand at £4.00. For many people, the celebration requires fizz. Why this is a necessity is beyond me, but some can only enjoy wishing the best to Her Maj in something sparkling. ‘Hooray’ cannot be translated directly into any language, but is immediately understandable in all. n

Contemporary Mediterranean Dining

Grand Casemates Square Tel: 200

44449 for reservations

Instead of earthy words like ‘terroir’ and ‘racine’, we are left with trying to describe grapes as having qualities of blackberries and lemongrass

Cuba Comes to Ocean Village The Cuban Bar & Restaurant will be opening its doors in Ocean Village this June. The eagerly anticipated venue promises to offer us a taste of Habana in Gibraltar. Cuban Music, Decor , Cocktails and Authenic Cuban food will be the order of the day in this new and exciting venue. A sneak peak at the menu shows is sumptious dishes like Pil Pil Lemon & Lime, Empanadillas, Yuca con mojo and Ceviche’s. Also on the Menu will be cuban style snacks like the Hemmingway Burger and Nachos Cubanos for sweets you can expect delicious Tocino De Cielo, Arroz con Leche or Dark Rum Cheesecake. A variety of Cuban infused Cocktails


will be offered like Strawberry, Kiwi and Lime Mojitos, Keywest Daquiris, Mulata Cocktails and of course the best Cuba Libre in town. All cocktails are made from fresh fruits and only the best ingredients! The decoration and music all straight from cuba will set the mood and give you the authentic Cuban feel. Expect sounds of fandango, bachata and paso doble from the likes of The Buena Vista Social Club or Bamboleo while being stared at by our huge Che Gueveara Mural.

Saturday Chill Out with DJ Eric from 7pm

The Cuban will also be screening all major sporting events with 5 state of the art screens so you wont miss a kick or a punch of your favourite sporting event.


Rose Tilbury (left) Overall Winner of the 2012 Flower show with 71 points made up of 12 firsts, 14 seconds and 7 thirds!

June is here and what a June it is promising to be! There are lots of fabulous events going on this month — the Spring Festival is still underway, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations are in full swing and in the middle of the month their Highnesses, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, will get the flag waving into a frenzy with a Royal Visit. We hope you have your Union Jacks, Gibraltar flags and bunting ready to festoon the town in red, white and blue.

One of the other highlights will surely be the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Variety Performance, which features the best in local talent, such as Urban Dance, Transition Dance Academy, Gibraltar Academy of Dance, Showdance Company, Art in Movement, Stylos Dance Studios, Danza Academy, Santos Productions Choir, Gibraltar National Choir, Faster Than Magic, The Noiz, Nathan Payas, and Andrea Simpson. Be there at John Mackintosh Square, Saturday 2nd June, at 8.30pm — it is going to be amazing! On a more serious note, don’t forget on Sunday 10th June there’s the Walk for Water, which is a mile barefoot walk, to raise money to provide wells for clean water in some of the most deprived parts of the world. Registration is at 10.30am in Casemates — kick off your shoes and join in! Plenty of action for the Gibraltar Rockettes Cheerleaders in this month of celebrations and sporting tournaments. Look out for them at the upcoming Rugby Juniors Tournament, Jubilee Street Parade and GABBA matches in June... What a busy month this is! Happy birthdays in June go to Lawrence Llamas of the tax office on 7th, and Sovereign’s Ian Le Breton and Fashion House’s Lulu Martin on 11th. Charlie Yeo celebrates on 12th. DHL’s Martin Forde will be another year older on 27th, a day later Maite Armstrong will be opening her pressies, and Velda from DHL will celebrate her birthday on

The Buzons!

The cast of Les Miserables (Gibraltar version!) at dress rehearsal


Girls onboard Sirius


Participants in the Gibraltar Taekwondo Association Junior & Senior Gradings

Alexander Trinidad 4th Dan, Gibraltar Taekwondo Association, training at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium, UK

the 30th. Scottie the 55 chef is another year older on the 28th, STM Fidecs’ Caroline will be in party mode on 29th. Congratulations to Caroline also on her marriage to Giovanni of Salsa Fuego at the beginning of June! Just after the Royals leave our shores, we have another extremely popular event to celebrate — Calentita! Calentita 2012 will take place on Friday 15th June from 8pm in Casemates Square. Now in its sixth year, the event is organised by Word of Mouth, and has become one of the highlights of Gibraltar’s The pirates of St social calendar. Anne’s Middle School This food festival is a celebration of the melting pot of Gibraltarian culture. Mouthwatering cuisine from all influences that have shaped a modern Gibraltar can be sampled by the public. This year your taste buds will be delighted by the return of the favourites, such as Moroccan Pinchitos and Indian curries as well as exotic new flavours from Malaysia and the Philipines, and of course, Calentita itself! This year, Calentita will expand with a Spoken Word and Jazz Stage just outside Casemates, as well as fine arts, and arts and crafts stalls. There will also be entertainment by Urban Dance, culminating in a firework display, making this an event not to be missed. Calentita is open to everyone, and entry is free. To reduce waste, this year organisers are asking people to bring their own plates and cutlery to the event. A special prize draw will be held for those participating in the initiative. For more information, visit

Girls collecting for Christian Aid

Well, it certainly seems we have an action packed and fun filled June ahead of us with something for every member of the family. The weather is warm, the sun is shining and there will be a lot of smiling faces in this feel good month! See you all on Main Street.

Happy birthday to Katherine of the Atlantic Suites Gym — celebrating with friends in Corks GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • JUNE 2012

Amanda’s confirmation


clubs&activities Arts & Crafts The Arts Centre, Prince Edward’s Rd. Art classes for children (5-6pm Mon, 5-6.30pm Tues, 5-7pm Thurs), adults (Mon - Tues 6.30pm-8pm, Wed 6.30pm-8.30pm, life painting Wed 7pm9pm). Tel: 200 79788. The Fine Arts Association Gallery 1st Floor above Gibraltar Crystal, Casemates. Open 11am-2pm, 4-6pm Mon - Fri, Sat 11am - 2pm. Arts & Crafts Gallery (next door) opens Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm (summer) -6pm (winter), Sat 9.30am - 3pm. Exhibition Vin’s Gallery at the Rock, The Rock Hotel. Original paintings, prints, and souvenirs by Vin Mifsud and her pupils. Monday - Saturday 9.30-11am and 8-10pm. The Gibraltar Decorative and Fine Arts Society Affiliated to the UK NADFAS organisation meets third Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm at Eliott Hotel - lecturers & experts from the UK to talk on Art etc. Contact: ChairmanClaus Olesen: 200 02024 claus.olesen@sghambros. com. Membership Ian leBreton: 200 76173 Knit and Natter Group: Tuesdays from 11am3pm, at Arts & Crafts Shop, Casemates balconyFree to join and refreshments provided. Tel: 20073865 for more information. Board Games Chess Club meets in Studio 1, John Mackintosh Hall 8-10.30pm Tues. The Gibraltar Scrabble Club meet at the Rock Hotel on Mondays at 3pm. For further information please ring Vin at 20073660 or Roy at 20075995. All welcome. The Subbuteo Club meets Charles Hunt Room, John Mackintosh Hall 7.30 - 11pm. Dance Adult Dance Classes Wednesday evenings at the Youth Disco Room, Kings Bastion Leisure Centre from 7-8.30pm. Cha-Cha, Salsa and Merengue. Lessons £5 and all proceeds to GibMissionAfrica Charity. Contact Dilip on 200 78714 or Salsa Gibraltar Salsa classes held Tuesdays at Laguna Social Club, Laguna Estate. Beginners 7-8.30pm, £5 per lesson. Intermediates 8.30-10pm, £6 per lesson (all profits going to the charity Help Us To Help Them). Contact: Mike 54472000 Email: website: Modern & Latin American Sequence Dancing Mondays Catholic Community Centre 8.30pm (beginners 7.30). Over 15s welcome. Old & Modern Sequence Dancing sessions at the Catholic Community Centre at 8pm, beginners at 7.30pm, Wednesday. The DSA Old & Modern Sequence Dancing sessions at Central Hall Fridays 8pm, beginners 7.30pm. Tel: 200 78282 or e-mail manvio@ Everybody welcome. Classical Ballet classes for children 4+, Spanish dance and hip-hop at Liza School of Dance, 3rd floor, Methodist Church, 297/299 Main St. Classes Weds & Fri from 6pm at Chiltern Court (4Cs). Tel: 58111000. Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Flexibility, Hip Hop & Dance Theatre classes held weekly at Urban Dance Studio for Performing Arts, 2 Jumpers Bastion. Tel: Yalta (54012212) or Jolene (54015125). History & Heritage The Gibraltar Heritage Trust Main Guard, 13 John Mackintosh Sq. Tel: 200 42844. The Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association Dedicated to preservation of Rock’s transport/motoring heritage. Assists members in restoration / maintenance of classic vehicles. Members/vehicles meet 1st Sunday of month, Morrison’s car park from 10am. New members welcome. Tel: 200 44643. Music The Gibraltar National Choir and Gibraltar Junior National Choir rehearse on Tuesday & Thursday 7.30 - 9pm at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. New singers always welcome. Tel: 54831000. St Andrew’s Music Academy Musical Monsters Club, workshops. Group musical activities for kids 3-7 years. Singing, rhythmic games etc. Tel: 200 42690 email: Outdoor Activities The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an exciting


Don’t be bored... do something fun! self-development Programme available to all young people worldwide equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. To date over 5 million young people from over 100 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities. Contact Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Montagu Bastion, Line Wall Road. Tel: 200 59818 Quizzes Cannon Bar quizzes are held on Tuesdays starting with a warm up, then two other quizzes, including a theme quiz. Starts at 8.30pm, all welcome and prizes are given. Free entrance but a donation to charity is requested. Tapas served after the quiz. The Lounge friendly quizzes take place on Sundays from 8pm right on the quayside at Queensway Quay. Social Clubs Scots on the Rock: Any Scots visiting the Rock can contact Charles Polson (Tel: 200 78142) for assistance or information. Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (Gibraltar Province) meets RAOB Club, Jumpers Bastion on these days: Provincial Grand Lodge, 1st Monday/month, 8pm. Executive Meeting, last Mon/month 7pm. Knights Chapter, 2nd Mon/month 7.30pm. Examining Council, 3rd Mon/month 7pm. William Tilley 2371, Thurs 8pm. Buena Vista 9975, Weds (fortnightly) 7pm. Por Favor 9444, Weds (fortnightly) 7pm. Farewell 10001, Tues 8.30pm. Goldacre 10475 (social) last Fri/month 8pm. Special Interest Clubs & Societies Gibraltar Horticultural Society meets 1st Thurs of month 6pm, John Mac Hall. Spring Flower Show, slide shows, flower arrangement demos, outings to garden centres, annual Alameda Gardens tour. All welcome. Gibraltar Philosophical Society devoted to intellectually stimulating debate. Frequent lectures and seminars on a range of topics. Contact 54008426 (after 6pm) or email gibphilosophy@ for further information. The Gibraltar Photographic Society meets on Mon at 7.30pm, Wellington Front. Basic courses, competitions etc. Harley Davidson Owners’ Club www.hdcgib. com UN Association of Gibraltar PO Box 599, 22a Main Street. Tel: 200 52108. Creative Writers Group meet every Tuesday at the Eliott Hotel bar at 8pm. The workshop is run by Carla, Tel: 54006696 and is aimed at learning to write fiction and non-fiction, for pleasure or publication. Each session is £5.00. Sports Supporters Clubs The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Club meet at the Star Bar, Parliament Lane, when Spurs games are televised - call prior to matches to check the game is televised. Great food for a lunch if the KO is early or an early supper if the game is later. For info call Mario on 56280000. Gibraltar Arsenal Supporters Club meet on match days at the Casino Calpe (Ground Floor). Gooners of all ages welcome. Tel: Bill 54010681 or Dion 56619000. Website: www.clubwebsite. Gibraltar Hammers meet on match days at the Victoria Stadium Bar, Bayside Road. All league games are shown live. All West Ham supporters and their families are welcome. For details visit or e-mail Sports & Fitness Artistic Gymnastics: Gibraltar Artistic Gymnastics Association. Tel: 200 Angela 200 70611 or Sally 200 74661. Athletics: Gibraltar Amateur Athletics Association holds competitions throughout year for juniors, adults and veterans. Two main clubs (Calpeans 200 71807, Lourdians 200 75180) training sessions at Victoria Stadium. Badminton: Recreational badminton weekdays at Victoria Stadium (Tel: 200 78409 for allocations). Gibraltar Badminton Association (affiliated to IBA & EBA) has leagues and training for adults and secondary school. Tel: Ivan 200 44045 or Linda 200 74753. Basketball: Gibraltar Amateur Basketball Association (affiliated FIBA) leagues/ training for minis, passarelle, cadets, seniors and adults at

a variety of levels. Tel: John 200 77253, Randy 200 40727 or Kirsty (minis) 200 49441. Billiards & Snooker: Gibraltar Billiards and Snooker Association (member IBSA) round leagues and competitions at various venues. New members welcome. Tel: Eddie 200 72142 or Peter 200 77307. Boxing: Gibraltar Amateur Boxing Association (member IABA) gym on Rosia Rd. Over 13s welcome to join. Tuition with ex-pro boxer Ernest Victory (200 75513 w, 200 42788 h). Cheerleading: Gibraltar Cheerleading Association, girls/boys of all ages. Chearleading and street cheer/hip hop classes at Victoria Stadium. Recreational and competitive levels. Contact Gina: 58008338. Canoeing: Gibraltar Canoeing Association. Tel: Nigel 200 52917 or Eugene 58014000. Cricket: Gibraltar Cricket Association (member ICC) runs leagues/competitions at Europa Point/ Victoria Stadium. Junior/senior training. Tel: Tom 200 79461 or Adrian 200 44281. Cycling: Gibraltar Cycling Association various cycling tours. Tel: Uriel 200 79359. Darts: Gibraltar Darts Association (member WDF) mens/ladies/youth leagues/competitions. Tel: Darren 54027171 “Secretary”, Dyson “Youth Rep” 54024149, Justin “President” 54022622 Email: Football: Gibraltar Football Association leagues/competitions for all ages October-May. Futsal in summer, Victoria Stadium. Tel: 200 42941 Senior Tel: Albert 200 41515, Junior Tel: Richard 58654000, Women’s Tel: Brian 200 52299. Recreational football for over 35s Tel: Richard 200 70320. Golf: Med Golf tournaments held monthly. Tel: 200 79575 for tournament venues/dates. Gibraltar Golf Union has competitions through year, EGU handicaps. Tel: Bernie 200 78844. Hockey: Gibraltar Hockey Association (members FIH & EHF) high standard competitions/training for adults and juniors. Tel: Eric 200 74156 or Peter 200 72730. Judo: Gibraltar Judo Association UKMAF recognised instructors for all ages and levels at Budokai Martial Arts Centre, Wellington Front. Tel: Charlie 200 73116 or Peter 200 73225. Ju-jitsu: Gibraltar Ju-jitsu Academy training and grading for juniors/seniors held during evening at 4 North Jumpers Bastion (Rosia Rd). Tel: Tony 200 79855 or club 200 47259. Karate-do Shotokai: Gibraltar Karate-do Shotokai Association sessions for junior/seniors, gradings and demos at Karate Clubhouse, 41H Town Range Tel: Andrew 200 48908. Motorboat Racing: Gibraltar Motorboat Racing Association Tel: Wayne 200 75211. Netball: Gibraltar Netball Association (affiliated FENA & IFNA) competitions through year, senior / junior leagues. Tel: 200 41795 or 200 41874. Petanque: Gibraltar Petanque Association plays at Giralda Gardens, Smith Dorrien Ave. New members welcome. Tel: 200 70929. Pilates: Monday & Wednesday 11-12am for beginners, and intermediate classes Monday & Wednesday 9:30-10:45am, at Shotokai Karate Centre. Contact Chantal: 60618882 or 60624275. Pool: Gibraltar Pool Association (member EUKPF) home and away league played on Thurs through season. Tel: Linda 200 74753. Rhythmic Gymnastics: Gibraltar Rhythmic Gymnastics Association runs sessions for 4 years of age and upwards, weekday evenings. For more information contact Sally Tel: 200 74661. Rugby: Gibraltar Rugby Football Union training sessions for Colts (14+), seniors and veterans. Play in Andalusia 1st Division Oct - April. Tel: James 200 72185 Sailing: Gibraltar Yachting Association junior/ senior competitive programme (April - Oct) Tel: RGYC 200 48847. Sea Angling: Gibraltar Federation of Sea Anglers (members FIPS-M & CIPS) Superb calendar of events with four clubs participating. Tel: Mario 200 72622 or Charlie 200 74337. Shooting: Gibraltar Shooting Federation (over 14s). Rifle, Europa Point range (Joe 200 74973); clay pigeon, East Side (Harry 200 74354); Pistol, near Royal Naval Hospital (Fidel 200 71990). Skating: Gibraltar Skating and Xtreme Sports Association. State of art ramps for Xtreme/aggressive roller

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blading /skate boarding. Leisure skating facilities provided within excellent rink (when not used for roller hockey training). Tel: Eric 200 70710 (after 5). Snorkelling & Spear Fishing: Over 14s for snorkelling, over 16s for spear fishing. Tel: Joseph 200 75020. Squash: Gibraltar Squash Association, Squash Centre, South Pavilion Road (members WSF & ESF). Adult/junior tournaments/coaching. Tel: 200 44922 or 200 73260. Sub-Aqua: Gibraltar Sub-Aqua Association taster dives for over 14s, tuition from local clubs. Voluntary sports clubs: Tel: Phil 200 44606, Noah’s Dive Club Tel: Leslie 200 79601, 888s Dive Club Tel: Martin 200 70944. Commercial sports diving schools also available. Swimming: Gibraltar Amateur Swimming Association (member FINA & LEN) opens its pool for leisure swimming Mon - Fri 7-8.45am, 12- 4pm, 8- 9pm. Junior lessons, squad for committed swimmers, water polo (Rebecca 200 72869). Table Tennis: Gibraltar Table Tennis Association (members ITTA) training / playing sessions, Victoria Stadium, Tues 6-10pm and Thurs 8-11pm with coaching and league competition. Lizanne 200 45071/54020477 or Eugene 58014000. Taekwondo: Gibraltar Taekwondo Association classes/gradings Tel: 200 Mari 44142. Tai Chi: Children’s fun Tai Chi at the Yoga Centre, 33 Town Range, Saturdays 11-12am. Beginners Tuesdays & Thursdays at Kings Bastion Leisure Centre. 6.30-8pm. Adults £5, Children £2, all proceeds to GibMissionAfrica Charity. Contact Dilip on 200 78714 or Tennis: Gibraltar Tennis Association, Sandpits Tennis Club, excellent junior development programme. Courses for adults, leagues / competitions. Tel: Frank 200 77035. Ten-Pin Bowling: Ten-Pin Bowling takes place at King’s Bowl in the King’s Bastion Leisure Centre every day. To have a go call 200 77338 to reserve your lane. Gibraltar Ten Pin Bowling (members FIQ & WTBA) leagues, training for juniors and squad. Contact Charly on 56014000 or Paul on 54029749. Triathlon: Gibraltar Triathlon Union (members ITU) Chris 200 75857 or Harvey 200 55847. Volleyball: Gibraltar Volleyball Association (members W & EVF) training, leagues, competitions for juniors/seniors. Tony 200 40478 or Elizabeth 58306000. Yoga: Integral Yoga Centre runs a full programme of classes from Mon-Fri at 33 Town Range. Tel: 200 41389. All welcome. Theatrical Groups Gibraltar Amateur Drama Association Ince’s Hall Theatre Complex, 310 Main Street E-mail: Tel: 200 42237 www. Trafalgar Theatre Group meet 2nd Wed of month, Garrison Library 8pm. All welcome. Theatrix: Contact Trevor and Iris on Tel: 54006176 or email


performing arts Support Groups Alcoholics Anonymous meet 7pm Tues & Thurs at Nazareth Hse Tel: 200 73774. A Step Forward support for single, separated, divorced/widowed people, meet 8pm Mon at St Andrew’s Church. Mummy and Me Breastfeeding Support Group for mums who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have breastfed to get together for coffee, chat and support. Partners and older children welcome. Meets first Wednesday of every month at Chilton Court Community Hall at 1.30pm. Enquiries and support 54014517. Childline Gibraltar confidential phone line for children in need. Freephone 8008 - 7 days a week 6pm - 10pm. Citizens’ Advice Bureau Open Mon-Fri 9.30-4pm. Tel: 200 40006 Email: or visit 10 Governor’s Lane. No appointment necessary, no charge. Gibraltar CAB outreach clinics at St Bernard’s Hospital every Tuesday. Advisors available at 1st floor reception, Zone 4, 9am-3pm. Info and advice is free, confidential and impartial. COPE Support group for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Formed to ease day-to-day challenges of individuals, families and care partner. Meetings at Catholic Community Centre Book Shop at 7.30pm first Thursday of each month. Contact Sue Reyes Tel: 200 51469 Email: copeadsupport@ Dignity At Work Now. Confidential support and advice for those who are being bullied at work. Tel: 57799000 Mon - Thur 8pm-9pm Families Anonymous Support group for relatives and friends who are concerned about the use of drugs or related behavioural problems. Meet alternate Thursdays at 9pm at Nazareth House. For info Tel: 200 70047 or 200 73465. Gibraltar Cardiac Rehabilitation and Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 8.30pm at the John Mac Hall, except for July and August. Gibraltar Dyslexia Support Group 3/8 Serfaty’s Passage Tel: 200 78509 Mobile: 54007924 website: www. Gibraltar Marriage Care. Free relationship counselling, including pre-marriage education (under auspices of Catholic Church, but open to all). Tel: 200 71717. Gibraltar Society for the Visually Impaired. Tel: 200 50111 (24hr answering service). Hope. miscarriage support Tel: 200 41817. Narcotics Anonymous Tel: 200 70720 Overeaters Anonymous support group for compulsive overeating problems. Tel: helpline for meetings info 200 42581. Parental Support Group, helping parents and grandparents with restrictive access to their children and granchildren. Tel: Richard 200 46536, Jason 200 76618, Dominic 54019602. Psychological Support Group, PO Box 161, Nazareth House. Meet Tuesdays at 7pm, Fridays 8pm. Tel: 200 51623. SSAFA Forces Help Gibraltar, is a national charity, to assist serving and ex-Service personnel and their families. Tel: (5)5481. E-mail With Dignity Gibraltar support for separated, divorced/ widowed or single people. Meet Weds 9pm, Catholic Community Centre, Line Wall Rd. Outings/activities. Tel: 54007181 or 200 79957. Women in Need. Voluntary organisation for all victims of domestic violence. Refuge available. Tel: 200 42581 (24 hrs).

Religious Services Baha’i Faith Tel: 200 73287 www.gibnet. com/bahai Bethel Christian Fellowship Tel: 200 52002. Queensway. Sunday service 11am. Church of England Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Tel: 200 78377. Sung Eucharist, Sunday 10.30am. Sunday School. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day


Junior Dance Championships The Gibraltar National Dance Organisation has selected the Gibraltar National Dance Team for the 2012 World Show Dance Championships to be held in Riesa, Germany, in November 2012 when dancers from 30 countries will perform. The GNDO has selected all the Children and Junior finalists who performed in the 2011 European Dance Championships held in Gibraltar. Out of 48 dancers from five local dance groups, 35 individuals have accepted the invitation. Gibraltar will be represented in the Children and Junior division in solo, duet and group sections as well as the Junior formation category, pictured above.

The 2012 National Team: Sarah McClaren, Joelle Johnson, Georgina Ellul, Sarah Montovio, Shannon Robles, Louise Martinez, Julia Costa, Chantal Cooper, Olivia Morrice, Kyanne Walker, Heather Edwards, Poppie Levy, Katie Sanchez, Daisy Hammerton, Janella Borrell, Jade Holman, Natasha Reeder, Lizzie Imossi, Lorraine Montegriffo, Bella Gomez, Janella Lopez, Rhian Colton, Nicole Valverde, Janella Sodi, Kayla Perera, Chelsey Celecia, Amy Bonavia, Lauren Schembri, Grace Cruz, Joelle Davis, Jade Hernandez, Rebecca Louise, Maria Serra, Emma Flower and Louise Flower. n

Janice at the Royal Ballet 13 year old Janice Felices from Danza Academy has been offered a place at The Royal Ballet School Mid-Associate Programme for 2012-2013. From September, she will travel regularly to London to participate in the Associate Programme. The course introduces students who aspire to a career in dance to The Royal Ballet School’s system of training. She will be taking 32 sessions of two-and-a-half hours with the legendary ballet stars. Associates also sometimes have the opportunity to perform with both the Royal Ballet and the Birmingham Royal Ballet. n

Saints Suite 21a Don House, 30-38 Main Street. Tel: 200 50433. Sundays 10am. Church of Scotland St Andrew’s, Governor’s Pde. Tel: 200 77040. Worship & Sunday School 10.30am. Bible Study Tues 7.30pm. Evangelical Bretheren Assembly, Queensway Quay. Sun 11am, Tues Bible Study 6pm, Thurs Prayer Meeting 6pm.  Hindu Engineer’s Lane Tel: 200 42515. Jehovah’s Witness 6 Europort Avenue

Tel: 200 50186. Jewish 10 Bomb House Lane Tel: 200 72606. Methodist 297 Main St Tel/Fax 200 40870 email Minister: Revd Fidel Patron. Sunday 11am Morning Worship, 8pm Evening Service. Prayer meetings Monday+ Wednesday to Friday 7pm and Tuesdays 8pm. Communion celebrated on 2nd and 4th Sunday mornings of the month, and other special occasions.

Alpha Course: held Thursdays 8pm. House Groups meet for Christian fellowship, prayer and study on a regular basis Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Sunday School meets Sunday mornings alongside morning worship. Roman Catholic Cathedral St Mary the Crowned, 215 Main St Tel: 200 76688. The Cityline Church 13 Castle St Tel: 200 75755 email: citylinegib@yahoo. com. Meet: Tues 8pm, Sundays 11am.




he flora and fauna on the Upper Rock are considered of great conservational value. It’s the perfect place for birdwatchers, as migratory species use Gibraltar as the shortest crossing between Europe and Africa. Botanists will also be interested to see over 600 species of flowering plants, including some unique to Gibraltar. Watch out for colourful lizards, non-venemous Horseshoe Whipsnakes, butterflies and pipistrelle bats. Info on flora and fauna at the Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society’s information centre at Jews Gate. St. Michael’s Cave: The cave comprises an upper hall with five connecting passages and drops of 40-150ft to a smaller hall. A further succession of chambers, some at 250ft below the entrance, is reached through narrow holes. The Cathedral Cave is open to visitors and is used as an auditorium for concerts and theatre. The cave was prepared as a hospital in WWII, but never used. A further series of chambers ending in a mini lake is called Lower St. Michael’s Cave and can be visited with a guide. The Monkeys’ Den: There are around 160 monkeys in the Park and around 30 can be seen at the Monkey’s Den. Often called apes, they are tail-less Barbary macaques and Europe’s only free living monkeys. £500 fine for feeding the monkeys - don’t do it! The Great Siege Tunnels: Tunnelling in the Rock began during the Great Siege (1779-1783) when France and Spain made an attempt to recapture the Rock while Britain was busy with the American War of Independence. Governor General Elliot offered a reward to anyone who could tell him how to mount a gun on the north face of the Rock. Sgt. Major Ince suggested tunnelling and there are over 30 miles of tunnels inside the Rock with various exhibitions inside. The Military Heritage Centre: Housed in one of the Rock’s many historic batteries, the Military Heritage Centre displays information on the development of Gibraltar’s military defences through the ages. A City Under Siege Exhibition: Exhibits depicting the lives of civilian population during the many sieges, are housed in one of the earliest British building on the Rock. Original graffiti, drawn by duty soldiers to stop themselves falling asleep, is still visible, the earliest dating back to 1726. The Moorish Castle: actually just part of a Moorish town and castle which was built up during the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, spearheaded from Gibraltar in 711AD by Tarik-ibn-Zeyad (“Gibraltar” is a corruption of the Arabic words “Jebel Tarik” - Tarik’s mountain). The part we see today, The Tower of Homage, dates back to 1333AD, when Abu’l Hassan recaptured the Rock from Spain.

Emergency Services Emergency calls only: Fire/Ambulance.........................Tel: 190 Police................................. Tel: 199/112 Emergency Number.................Tel: 112 Non-urgent calls: Ambulance Station....... Tel: 200 75728 Police............................. Tel: 200 72500 Emergency Nos: Tel: (5) 5026 / (5) 3598


Natural History & Heritage Park Walks: Med Steps is a stunning walk with the steep climb at the end rewarded with spectacular views of the Rock and Spain. Another recommended walk is St Michael’s Cave through to Charles V Wall but walkers should be relatively fit for both. It is also pleasant walking along the upper rock roads. Brochures available free from all Tourist Board offices. Botanical Gardens: Opened in 1816, the Alameda Botanical Gardens fell into disrepair but are being restored to their former glory. Visitors can enjoy a stroll beneath pines, dragon trees and palms, and see many of Gibraltar’s native plants as well as exotic species. The shop sells environmentally friendly gifts, plants and seeds. Tel: 200 72639/200 74022. Parking. Nelson’s Anchorage: Rosia Road 9.30am - 5.15pm Monday to Saturday (last entry at 5pm). Closed on Sunday. Admission: £1.00 (free with Nature Reserve ticket. Tickets for the nature reserve can also be bought at this attraction).

Point and other sites of interest. It is the best way to see the Rock’s major features in a short time. John Mackintosh Hall Tel: 200 75669 Includes cafeteria, theatre, exhibition rooms and library. 308 Main Street 9.30am - 11pm Monday to Friday. Closed weekends. Bicycle Racks Bicycle parking is provided at the following locations: Europort Road, Casemates Tunnel, Land Port Ditch, Fish Market Road, Commonwealth Car Park, Reclamation Road (by English Steps) + Line Wall Road. Gibibikes is a scheme for public use of bikes taken from stations around the Rock. Visit for info.

Public Holidays 2012

Gibraltar & United Kingdom *Gibraltar only New Year’s Day Monday 2nd January Commonwealth Day Monday 12th March* Good Friday Friday 6th April Easter Monday Monday 9th April Workers Memorial Day Monday 30th April* May Day Tuesday 1st May Spring Bank Holiday Monday 4th June Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tuesday 5th June Queen’s Birthday Monday 18th June Late Summer BH Monday 27th August Gib National Day Monday 10th September* Christmas Day Tuesday 25th December Boxing Day Wednesday 26th December

History Alive Every Saturday morning the Rock’s past is brought alive by a troop of soldiers in 18th century period uniform. The soldiers march from Bomb House Lane at 12 noon to Casemates. At Casemates they carry out a “Ceremony of the Keys” and then march back up Main Street to the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned.

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Parson’s Lodge: Rosia Road. Narrow limestone outcrop with a labyrinth of tunnels surmounted by an impressive battery, which has witnessed the development of coast artillery over 300 years. Housed three 18 ton 10-inch rifled muzzle loaders positioned behind a unique sandwich of armour plate/ teak, known as ‘Gibraltar Shields’. Flat Bastion Magazine Flat Bastion Road, Geological Research Station and Lithology of Gibraltar. To visit contact: F. Gomez Tel. 200 44460, P. Hodkinson Tel. 200 43910. Shrine of Our Lady of Europe (Museum within premises) Europa Road. 10am-7pm Monday to Friday, 11am-7pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. Closed 1pm - 2pm. Trafalgar Cemetery: Trafalgar Rd, 9am - 7pm daily (free).

Business Information

Financial Serv. Commission Tel: 200 40283/4 Chamber of Commerce. . . . Tel: 200 78376 Federation Small Business . Tel: 200 47722 Company Registry. . . . . . . . Tel: 200 78193

Useful Numbers

Airport (general info.) . . . . . Tel: 200 73026 Hospital, St Bernards . . . . . Tel: 200 79700 Weather information. . . . . . . . . Tel: 5-3416 Frontier Queue Update. . . . Tel: 200 42777 Gibraltar Museum Tel: 200 74289 18/20 Bomb House Lane open 10am-6pm (Sat. 10am-2pm). Closed on Sunday. Admission: Adults £2/Children under 12 years £1. Exhibitions also at Casemates gallery.

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atural History & Heritage Park admission 9.30am to 7pm by tickets (includes entrance to sites - St. Michael’s Cave, Monkey’s Den, Great Siege Tunnels, Military Heritage Centre, ‘A City Under Siege’ Exhibition and Moorish Castle). Facilities closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Adults £10, children 5-12 years: £5, children age under 4 free, vehicles £2. Private vehicles may be restricted at certain times, tours available by taxi/mini bus. Also reached by cable car (leaves Grand Parade 9.30am-5.15pm MonSun. Last cable down: 5.45pm). 50p per person to walk with no entrance tickets.

Registry Office Tel: 200 72289 It is possible to get married on the Rock within 48 hours. A fact taken advantage of by stars such as Sean Connery and John Lennon. Rock Tours by Taxi Tel: 200 70052 As well as offering normal fares, taxis provide Rock Tours taking in the Upper Rock, Europa

GibiBikes Locations

• Frontier • Victoria Stadium • Waterport Road (Watergardens) • Waterport Road (Waterport Terraces) • Eurotowers • Reclamation Road (Leisure Centre) • Commonwealth Parade Car Park • Rosia Road (Jumpers building) • Rosia Road (Bayview Terraces) • Grand Parade Car Park (Cable Car) • Southport Gates (Ince’s Hall) • Line Wall Road (City Hall) • Line Wall Road (Orange Bastion) • Market Place • Eastern Beach Road (coming soon) • Catalan Bay (viewing platform) • St Joseph’s School • Europa Point • Rosia Parade





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The Gibraltar Magazine - June 2012  

Gibraltar's business and lifestyle magazine - crammed full of great interviews articles and information