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April 2017 Vol. 22 # 06

Fashion Week - Llanitas in London

Sleep Solutions - Let parents lie in

Delegation to Israel - Historic trade mission

A fight for Environment - & healthier atmosphere GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2015

Life in a Wheelchair - A way around it

Demolish or Restore? - Old Town buildings 3





editor’s letter


ast month, London’s fashion world was bombarded by two lovely Llanitas, Gabriella Sardeña and Gail Howard. Showing an immense talent and a natural flair for fabrics, cuts and colours, both made us proud exhibiting their pieces. Featured on the cover is Gabriella, a fashion student at Central Saint Martins, who was chosen to showcase her designs during London Fashion Week, one of the most prestigious fashion events in the world! Gail, who was featured on our cover last August when she won Best New Designer at Runway, this time showed off her new ideas in Gibraltar House as part of London’s Fashion Showcase with a Difference. We’ve got both stories together with some fantastic images of their designs in our longest feature yet (p.62)! Appropriately, our fashion column this month is inspired by looks seen on the runway (p. 59). In Scene, we feature another young artist, Shannen Vinent, who draws beautiful pictures with colourful pencils, making them look strikingly like paintings, owing to her special technique. Two of these illustrations have recently won her an art competition, perhaps also because of their interesting subjects, focusing on how heavily self-esteem relies on our image and the great lengths we will go to to feel beautiful enough (p. 44).


Young artist number four, Chloe Cortes Dellipiani, wrote a play about life in a wheelchair which was recently staged at the Drama Festival. The play explores perceptions of disability rather than encouraging pity towards disabled. It is a story which helps us understand what it is like to grow up immobilised but still maintain a positive and happy outlook (p.54). Last but not least is Nigel Canepa, a Gibraltarian graduate who has just published his first children’s book “Selfish Mr. Raven”. Beautifully illustrated by a Romanian artist, the stories that were a little dark for single-digit-aged children, have been brought to the bright side thanks to her child-friendly images (p. 57). In Business, Ian firstly reminds us to look after our futures and make sure we are comfortable once out of work, and secondly, explains some of the technical jargon that is so often enough to put off that task for another decade (p. 21).

list for the next visit is nearly full already (p. 28)! Certainly, it sounds much better than the trip Marcus took to Bristol, not least when it comes to the weather (p. 75)… In Property, we explore whether certain historic buildings should be restored or demolished (p. 32) and in Life, we extend this further by looking at the environmental implications of new developments. Tommy Finlayson attends Development and Planning Commission meetings regularly, as well as photographing all that is environmentally and visually unfriendly to then post this on his ‘Wake up Gibraltar’ Facebook page (p. 35). Another wake-up call is pointed out by our community, so check out what you really should stop wearing (p. 18)…


We talk to Ayelet and Eran who organised the first ever official Gibraltarian delegation to Israel. On all accounts, it was an amazing experience, all delegates singing their praises for the possibilities it opened up between the two countries, as well as the hospitality they experienced. It was first of many expeditions to the country and the GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017





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contents 8 NEWS 16 Around town 18 Hello there: Clothes

BUSINESS 21 24 26 28 32

Planning the Future - Alphabetti Spaghetti of pensions Short-Term Absenteeism - How to deal with absences... The Chinese in Gibraltar - Chinese culture and tourism Delegation to Israel - Tel Aviv plays, Jerusalem prays... Demolition or Restoration - Old Town buildings

LIFE 35 A Fight for Environment - Tommy Finlayson 38 Marine Nuisances - Red Tides 40 Interested In Housing - Pepe Baldachino


22#06 April 2017: Gabriella Sardeña Contributing writers: Ian Le Breton, Leah Carnegie, Alicia Bowry, Eran Shay, Ayelet Mamo Shay, Jorge v.Rein Parlade, Richard Cartwright, Lewis Stagnetto, Mike Brufal, Elena Scialtiel, Mark Viales, Sonia Golt, Julia Coelho, Nicole Macedo, Marcus Killick, Andrew Licudi, Polly Lavarello.

The Gibraltar Magazine is published monthly by Rock Publishing Ltd Portland House, Suite 4, Glacis Road, Gibraltar, PO Box 1114 T: (+350) 20077748 | E: Copyright © 2017 Rock Publishing Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced without written consent of The Gibraltar Magazine.

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Pencilled In - Shannen Vinent draws her life Music Revival - GLMS: Selflessly Promoting Local Music Ride On, Jinx! - Sing Like It Was 1979 Life on a Wheelchair - If there’s Wheels, there is a way Selfish Mr Raven - A new local author launches his book

LEISURE 59 62 75 80

Fashion Week - A celebration of colour and culture Flourishing Fashionistas - Llanitas at London Fashion Week Weather Apps Lie - Tricks to get you to Bristol in winter Wining in Australia - No more plonks!

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Recipes: Spring Veg Tart & Truffle Eggs Guides and Information Mum on the Rock - Sleep Solutions Coffee Time and Schedules


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n December, Kusuma Trust Gibraltar and The PJI Foundation launched ‘Gifts that Give Back’, an exciting new charitable giving initiative which saw 18 popular local retailers commit to making a charitable donation to the value of a percentage of sales for that month. The initiative aimed to encourage people to shop locally over the Christmas period, with the incentive being that, in return for their purchases, participating local shops would give back to the community by donating muchneeded stock to their selected partner charities. The campaign’s organisers describe this model as a “win-win” for the community, explaining: “We wanted to offer consumers hasslefree ways of giving back to the community over the festive period as they went about their Christmas gift shopping, while at the same time encouraging businesses to donate to local charities in a straightforward and tangible way. The result has been overwhelmingly positive and demonstrates that the ‘Gifts


that Give Back’ model offers a win-win scenario, simultaneously promoting socially-conscious and philanthropic local businesses, whilst bolstering continued and growing support for the charitable sector in the Gibraltarian community.” Over the last few weeks the final donations through the initiative have been collected and the organisers are extremely pleased to announce that a grand total of £20,000 has been raised, largely in the form of stock goods and vouchers, which has been distributed between 9 hardworking local charities. The organisers would like to thank all of the generous local businesses that participated in the initiative as well as, of course, the local shoppers who visited these establishments over the Christmas period and supported the campaign. To give just a couple of concrete examples of how local charities have benefitted from the initiative, we can take Nazareth House who collected sizable donations of food goods from the Express Convenience Stores, The Cellar and Eroski, or Women

in Need who received lovely gifts from Isolabella for the women they support, as well as toys from The Toy Box, and baby and children’s clothes from Next for the children they house at their centres. The organisers have been thrilled by the fantastic response from the local business sector, and feel encouraged by what has been a very positive and successful first year for the initiative, which they are hoping will only continue to grow over the coming years. The local businesses which participated in the ‘Gifts that Give Back’ initiative are: Marks and Spencer, Next, F&F, Marble Arc, U-mee & Europort International, Express Convenience Stores, The Cellar, Eroski, Digital Corner, Netgear, Kaycee, The Toy Box, L Sacarello, Isolabella, SM Seruya, Top Choice Appliances, Vijay and Music Corner. You can find out more about the #GiftsthatGiveBack initiative and see all individual donations by visiting Reaching Out Gibraltar’s Facebook and Twitter pages.





he Government of Gibraltar is delighted to announce that Gibraltar will be the starting point for the Eurafrica Trail 2017, the first mountain race in the world to be held between two continents and three countries. The two previous events had over 200 volunteers and 1,000 participants from 9 different countries and participants in this third race will face a new challenge. Added to the already established stages of the 25 or 50 kms leg in the Alcornocales Natural Park and the final 40kms leg in Chefchaouen, Morocco, participants will now have a 4km vertical climb from Europa Point to O’ Hara’s Battery (via Mediterranean Steps) to contend with. The Gibraltar Vertical Climb will be the starting point of an unprecedented race which will start on Wednesday 11th October and be completed over five days, finishing on Sunday the 15th October in Chefchaoeun.

The event has grown exponentially and has now established relationships with mainstream and specialized media partners around the world. Eurafrica Trail also has over 10,000 subscribers and its website statistics depict over 1.5 million online hits. In addition to the competitive side of the event the Eurafrica Trail organisers are very conscious of the natural environment within which the race is held and the communities that it involves. Thanks to this element of social responsibility, initiatives such as the planting of the Eurafrica Forest have taken place. This project reversed the carbon footprint of the event last year with the cleaning of river channels in the Alcornocales Natural Park in Cadiz also undertaken in 2016. To this end, the Ministry for the Environment will explore avenues of mutual interest to

elaborate projects for the very near future. Registration for the event opens on the 30th March and can be accessed via www. Local enthusiasts are encouraged to participate and share what will be a unique experience.



ommitted to providing £10,000 to the Calpe House Trust each year for the next three years, Hassan’s Senior Partner, James Levy and Managing Partner Javier Chincotta met with Trustees of Calpe House, Vice President of the Trust Albert Poggio and Commissioner of Police Edward Yome to hand over the first cheque for £10,000. Mr Levy said that in creating this home away from home for fellow Gibraltarian patients and their families when they most needed it was critical. “We are very pleased to support this worthy trust which has helped, and shall continue helping, so many fellow Gibraltarians,” he said. The donation from Hassan’s will support


the building/furnishing of three adjoining properties in order to meet the ever increasing demand for accommodation for sponsored patients. When completed,

these buildings will provide 38 en-suite rooms, large common rooms and kitchens. The total investment will be in the region of £16 million pounds.





he Minister for Sport, Steven Linares and the Minister for Equality, Samantha Sacramento sent their good luck and best wishes to the Special Olympics contingent as they headed to the World Winter Games, held last month in Austria.

Minister Linares, who was unable to attend, wished the athletes and coaches well, saying: “Annie Risso and her team make Gibraltar proud on a daily basis and their participation at the World Winter

Games will be no different. I urge them to remember their motto and hope that they win, but if they don’t, they must be brave in their attempt. Make the most of the experience and enjoy every minute.”

The Special Olympics team competed in Floorball, Alpine Skiing and Snowshoeing, with the Gibraltarian contingent featuring 15 athletes and unified partners, and 9 officials. They joined over 2700 athletes from 107 nations at the Opening Ceremony, in Schladming. Helping to keep things running smoothly, there were also over 3000 volunteers, 1100 coaches plus 800 members of the media. Minister Sacramento joined the Gibraltar athletes in Austria and marched alongside them at the Opening ceremony. She also attended the Global Forum on Inclusion in Social Affairs and Sports and various Ministerial forums, organized to coincide with The Games.






iscussing issues raised last year, the Youth Forum recently held their first meeting of 2017. With the focus predominantly on education, the Minister for Youth, Steven Linares invited the Minister for Education, John Cortes and the acting Director of Education, Darren Grech to the forum.

For general information about the Gibraltar Youth Service please contact Mark Zammit,

Principal Youth Officer, on gibyouth@ or 20078637.

The question and answer session held at the Youth Club, proved to be very informative with the group of ten young people, aged between 13 and 17, actively taking the opportunity to ask questions on education and other matters including their transport concerns. The forum offers those aged between 13 - 19 the chance to express their concern at ministerial level and influence future policies. If you’re interested and would like to get involved in the social issues affecting young people in Gibraltar, contact Caroline Dixon on 20041948.

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or the first time, Year 6 pupils from Loreto School have interviewed the Chief Minister as part of the BBC’s School Report. As well as asking all the questions, the pupils arranged studio lighting in No6 and operated the two TV cameras. The resulting footage will now be sent to the BBC as part of this BBC project which involves young people aged 11 to 16 in news and current affairs and helps them to make and share their own stories. There are over 1,000 UK and international schools taking part including the Netherlands, Slovenia and Czech Republic. Despite being nervous, the students felt they worked well as a team as Hannah Cabezutto, one of the students chosen from their work on journalistic writing,

explained, ‘The six of us talked to each other to make sure that we didn’t all ask the Chief Minister the same questions.” Everyone involved in the project felt it was a great success and Loreto School definitely hopes to develop it in future.

Mr Picardo was asked questions about the impact of Brexit on local business, on border fluidity, on scheduled routes from the airport, on the effect of Brexit for students going to university in UK and, finally, on Spanish threats to close the frontier.



he Gibraltar Tourist Board recently hosted three travel trade road-shows in Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester as part of the drive to promote Gibraltar. The events serve as platforms not only to sell the destination but for business opportunities and contact between local travel trade operators and their counterparts in the UK. During a series of Business to Business opportunities presentations, UK travel agents where updated on all that Gibraltar has to offer visitors. Co-exhibiting with the GTB will be Enable Holidays, Classic Collection, Superbreak, Kirker Holidays, Bland Group/Rock Hotel, M H Bland Group/Calypso Tours, Sunborn, Monarch Airlines and Dolphin Adventure. The Hon Gilbert Licudi QC MP, Minister for Tourism, Employment, Commercial Aviation and the Port who attended the road shows also participated in a meeting of the UKGTA (United Kingdom Gibraltar Tourism Association) in Manchester. Minister Licudi said: “Bristol is one of two regional destinations, with Birmingham, that have been connected by air to Gibraltar during our time in Government.


EasyJet put their trust in Gibraltar once more, complementing their services from London Gatwick, and the route has been a great success. In its first year easyJet carried over 28,000 passengers to Gibraltar from Bristol, having started the route in April and last year brought us over 41,000 passengers. This in a year where Gibraltar International Airport broke its own record in the number of passengers handled in one year. “Last year over 42,000 passengers were carried between Birmingham and Gibraltar, representing an 11.9% increase on the previous year. “Manchester is one of the strongest destinations in the UK for Gibraltar. Monarch Airlines have provided consistent

air services to Gibraltar now for many years and were last year joined on the route by easyJet, proving the growing demand in this market. Last year over 74,000 passengers were carried between Manchester and Gibraltar, representing a 23.9% increase on the previous year. “Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar has pursued a proactive drive in the tourism industry since 2011. We have invested unprecedented amounts in the improvement of the product and have pursued one-to-one relationships with all our tourism partners both here, at home and on a wider global scale. We have a unique product in a unique location, offering one of the most enthralling tourism destinations in the Mediterranean.”





ollowing a review by the Gibraltar Government, contributions from both employers and employees have been increased for the first time in seven years as of 1st of April. The 10% increase means that the maximum payments will change from £32.97 to £36.50 for employers and £25.16 to £27.50 for employees, with the minimum payments from the employers changing from £15.00 to £16.50 and from £5.00 to £5.50 for employees. The Government is committed to a total reform of the entire structure of the Social Insurance Fund. These efforts will include the further introduction of

eServices, radically improving the speed and efficiency of communicating with Government by individuals and businesses. The first of these new initiatives will be the introduction of a new service, exclusively online, for all suppliers to Government and the GHA which will enable and facilitate live contract management including quality and pricing from all preapproved suppliers.

for greater flexibility once the UK and Gibraltar have left the EU.

Any reforms made as a result of the review, will allow



recent change in policy by The Gibraltar Health Authority means that relatives are now allowed to visit in-patients during meal times to help with feeding. While the GHA is proud of the catering services it provides to patients and the work the nursing staff do in ensuring patients are properly nourished, it is also aware that some patients prefer a relative being on hand during meal times - a wish the GHA is happy to grant, whenever possible. It is important to note that patient visits are allowed at the discretion of the Charge Nurse on duty; however, there may be occasions where, due to circumstances, access to wards has to be denied. Further information is readily available from the nursing staff during visiting hours. The new catering facility at St Bernard’s Hospital now also provides meals to Ocean Views, Her Majesty’s Prison, St Bernadette’s, St Martins School, the Cancer Relief Centre and Bella Vista


Dementia Day Centre. The new kitchens were “future-proofed” in their design,

allowing for additional users, without need for further expansion of the facility.





he Minister for Tourism, Employment, Commercial Aviation and the Port, Gilbert Licudi, introduced the Gibraltar Lecture at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival at the end of last month. Delivered each year at the festival, The Gibraltar Lecture is devoted to matters of major cultural, historical or international importance, at the invitation of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar. Held at the Oxford Martin School, the Lecture was delivered by Mr Laurence Rees. The former head of BBC TV history and creative director of BBC television history, talked about The Holocaust. Mr Rees has also written, directed and

produced several award-winning series on the Nazis and the Second World War. His book, Auschwitz, won History Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and is the world’s bestselling book on the history of the camp. Minister Licudi said, “I’m delighted and honoured to be presenting the Gibraltar Lecture in Oxford once again this year. Laurence Rees is a respected historian who will be talking to us about one of the most shocking atrocities in our history. In Gibraltar, we observe Holocaust Memorial Day every year and as a harmonious and inclusive society, with a challenging history, we are very aware of the need to remember events such as these. As we

head towards the 5th Gibunco Gibraltar Literary Festival, we look forward to promoting the Festival to audiences in the UK and to once again work closely with our colleagues at this leading literary event in the UK.”



hambers & Partners, the worldrenowned international legal directory, has today published the 2017 edition of their Chambers Global Publication. ISOLAS, Gibraltar’s oldest law firm, celebrating 125 years in Gibraltar this year, has been ranked by Chambers as a Band 1, leading law firm in Gibraltar. Peter Isola, Senior Partner of the firm, explained the significance of the development. “I am really proud of the hard work our lawyers put in to servicing our clients and the recognition this provides. Chambers & Partners are recognised as leaders in their own right in the context of law firm league tables and rankings and the recognition, in turn, of ISOLAS as a leading firm affirms for me the long-established reality of the expertise we have developed within the firm in many key areas as must have been reflected in testimonials from our clients on which Chambers relies. I am very proud of the work that everyone in the ISOLAS team does, not just our lawyers, to make this a reality and I’m excited for all of us that this recognition comes when it does.”


Noting ISOLAS’ anniversary Marcus Killick, CEO commented that “we are very proud to be recognised as one of two leading law firms in Gibraltar in this, such an important milestone in the history of the firm. We have been operating at the highest level of the profession locally and have, in recent years, invested time and resource in coordinating and organising central functions in a way that has complemented the hard work put in by our lawyers in developing their profiles as experts in their fields, so offering an ever improving service to our clients and partners. We believe our team approach, in working with our clients,

allows us to deliver a service that brings the strength of the entire firm in meeting their requirements. This recognition represents an independent validation of our efforts in this regard as well as recognition of the continuing high level of service being provided by the firm across the full range of legal services in Gibraltar. We look forward to celebrating our 125th anniversary through a series of events here and in London with our clients and business partners in the coming weeks and months.” GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017




s part of the Gibraltar Spring Festival, the Gibraltar Cultural Services, will once again be holding the Spring Visual Arts Competition which is open to Gibraltarians and residents of Gibraltar, aged 16 and over as at 23rd May 2017.

Entry forms, together with the full conditions and closing dates are available from The Fine Arts Gallery in Casemates, the John Mackintosh Hall, 308 Main Street and by emailing,

All competition entries will be on display for viewing by the general public at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery as from Wednesday 24th May to Saturday 3rd June 2017.

With the aim of promoting contemporary arts in Gibraltar and abroad, the competition has categories for painting, sculpture, photography, video and installations. The Overall winner, the Best Gibraltar Theme and the Best Young Artist becoming the property of the Ministry of Culture. Eligible entrants can submit a maximum of five entries, though no more than two per category and all entries must be original and not previously entered into any other competition, with the exception of entries submitted to the Ministry’s art competition for Young Artists.

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Gytis Martinkus, 31 Finance Manager at VistaFin Service

Bill Reilly, 56 Business Developer

I get particularly irritated when anyone wears ripped jeans. Why pay money for an item that looks old?! They’re not flattering either...

Whether you’re male or female, I don’t like seeing collar’s worn “up”. Whilst it’s a look teenagers may just about get away with, those a bit older should realise it’s aging.


Joey Martinez, 57 and counting Retired Fire Fighter, GoG

Tyrone Serra, 58 Company Director at Greenarc Ltd

No one should ever wear socks with sandals! I feel that sandals are to be worn when the weather is warm, so that the feet can be cool. Using socks whilst wearing sandals totally defeats the purpose: it would be as if one were to wash their hands while wearing gloves.

I really can’t stand it when I see braces being worn as a fashion item. If they’re not needed to keep your trousers up, then they shouldn’t be worn!



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Lorna Slorach, 42 Retail Assistant at the Silver Shop

Millie Montegriffo, 54 Secretary at Greenarc Ltd

My particular dislike is any form of leggings, especially patterned or faux leather ones. Why? There’s no figure, at all, that can pull these off successfully! In fact, I’d ban the lot!

My dad wears this tatty cardigan I wish I could get rid of. My brother and I have bought him others but he still prefers this one. I really don’t want to hurt his feelings but I think one day it will mysteriously disappear!


Nicola Mascarentas, 36 Owner and Chef at Yummy Tummies

Jodie Farr, 32 Graphic Designer and Owner at Tivuli Digital Gifts

Visible underwear: I’m really not keen on seeing anyone’s underwear whatever they’re wearing and I really appreciate not being able to see underwear above trousers.

I’m the guilty one here! I have a pair of old grey joggers. Perhaps a bit chavvy, but really I love my comfy, chilling pants, though I wouldn’t dream of wearing them outdoors!



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PLANNING THE FUTURE Digesting the “Alphabetti Spaghetti” of pensions


t seems that we cannot escape from pensions. I don’t mean in a philosophical sense – that every day of our working lives inevitably takes us closer to the time when we will need to rely on whatever financial provision we have (or have not) There is made for our future. Rather one major I mean in the empirical sense. It’s almost imposissue with sible to avoid the subject, pensions: the given the relentless – at jargon. times even overwhelming – volume of news stories and articles in the press and online; whether it’s Sir Philip Green’s BHS pensions debacle or, at the time of writing, endless speculation about UK Budget proposals. In my opinion, there is one major issue with pensions: the jargon. Let me take you back to my childhood. As a child – and this may not come as a surprise to those who know me now – I rarely required any encouragement to eat. I was born into a Jersey family blessed with hearty appetites and there was no need to employ tricks or novelty foods where I was concerned.


Not so one of my fussy school friends, who would eat nothing but Alphabetti Spaghetti. As a result, it became a firm favourite when visiting his house. What wags we were, writing rude words on the plate with our pasta letters and then consuming the evidence. Or so we thought. Today, of course, there are pages online dedicated to this pursuit and somewhere, no doubt, there is probably a Scrabble-style competition for enthusiasts.


And so it was when are allowed thumbing through this greater month’s copy of a penfreedom to sions industry magazine that I was reminded of deal with these innocent(ish) childtheir own hood pleasures. From time financial to time, I struggle with the affairs. plethora of pensions-related acronyms. So perhaps, I thought, it was time to straighten out the pasta a little, even though my tastes have changed a bit these days. Somehow alfabeto pasta (for that is the generic name) doesn’t quite cut it next to Spaghetti con le Vongole or al Nero di Seppia.

To a large extent, increased pension comment in the mainstream press and online is a consequence of the new flexibility that has been given to individuals when it comes to organising their pension affairs. Many of these stories inevitably concentrate on the “scarier” side – doom-laden prophecies that we are not saving enough for our retirement or that the reforms promote irresponsible spending. Broadly speaking, it has to be a good thing that individuals are allowed greater freedom to deal with their own financial affairs. After all, everyone’s situation is specific, so a “one size fits all” approach will not necessarily offer the right solution. True, some will take a less responsible approach. There are people who may well be tempted to make unwise choices when presented with the freedom to do what they like with their liberated pension pot. But most industry reports show that this is the exception rather than the rule. Statutory regulation has been put in place to protect individuals. Indeed, the pensions business is rightly one of the most 21


the outset – and the value of any tax relief It is far more common these regulated sectors in the financial The increased available must also be taken into account. days to encounter the DB’s services’ spectrum. As always, there is a lot of professional help media coverage cousin, the DC. Here a “pot” is available and sometimes the It is possible to convert a DB scheme into a around pensions built up over a working life – or at least the time during which law even requires that financial DC but extreme care should be exercised. is therefore to contributions are made. The advice must be received before Many of the UK schemes are currently keen be welcomed. pot’s value will determine the certain steps can be taken. This to reduce their long-term liabilities. As a benefits that will be paid out in is only sensible. While most result, tempting “transfer values” are being advisers will have only the clients’ interests retirement and will be based on several offered. For some, transferring to a DC factors. The contributions at heart, there are – as in every walk of life scheme makes good financial sense: themselves will of course – also shady characters waiting out there for others, definitely not. Greater My starting to dupe unsuspecting clients. Luckily, these be critical – how much is flexibility may result and this can be point is to cases are rare and generally well publicised paid into the plan by the hugely beneficial. But giving up a consider two employee and, where apso we can all learn from them. known, defined benefit that will be plicable, the employer too. very common for life is not a decision that should be entered into lightly. An AIA (ApThe increased media coverage around pen- Investment performance abbreviations – will also be vital – hence the propriate Independent Advice) check sions is therefore to be welcomed. Never “DB” and “DC”... necessity to obtain advice at may also be necessary. before has providing for our financial future and for our loved ones when we cease working been so topical. However – and here we get back to the spaghetti – much of the jargon and terminology is still daunting. Worse, many of the more common terms are increasingly “disguised” by seemingly impenetrable acronyms or abbreviations. In my campaign to make the pension world more accessible, let’s go back to basics. My starting point is to consider two very common abbreviations – “DB” and “DC” – that define at the outset the very essence of the pension being considered. They stand respectively for “defined benefit” and “defined contribution” schemes. Some of the best-known examples of DB schemes are final salary arrangements set up by companies or governments. These are highly prized by those employees fortunate enough to have one. In such cases, an employee is promised a specified amount, perhaps combining a monthly income with a PCLS (Pension Commencement Lump Sum). In the UK, these types of scheme are becoming increasingly rare. You may also hear them being blamed for the large deficits that are appearing in many pension schemes.




What else do I find in my tin of spaghetti? In past columns, I have discussed particular types of pension – QROPS and QNUPS spring to mind. The former will be familiar to many who have left the UK and wish to transfer their UK pension to an overseas arrangement. The latter is a related but altogether different concept and perhaps may be a suitable subject for another day. While most British expatriates living outside the UK in Gibraltar, or elsewhere, say they won’t return to the UK, the reality is that many do. They

might wish to consider another type of scheme – the SIPP (Self Invested Personal Pension). A SIPP is a relatively low cost and highly flexible option. It is also very well regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

The pot’s value will determine the benefits that will be paid out in retirement...

Another popular industry term is FAD – or Flexi-Access Drawdown. This gives a member the freedom to decide how much of the pension pot to take as PCLS (mentioned above) and how benefits are to be taken in the future. Specific factors such as taxation, attitude to risk and income requirements should be taken into account. Individual objectives and the ability to react to health and family issues may affect plans. FAD is therefore to be welcomed – but, once again, great care needs to be taken.

Specific factors such as taxation, attitude to risk and income requirements should be taken into account.

A further type of DC scheme found in the UK is the SSAS (Small Self-Administered Scheme). These are generally established by a company to provide retirement benefits for directors or staff and are normally limited to fewer than a dozen members.

Much of this jargon is of course UKsourced and will be primarily of interest to readers who retain connections in the UK. However, the pensions’ market in Gibraltar is growing rapidly and at a time when we face the on-going spectre of low interest rates – the saver’s nightmare – preparing for retirement has never been so important. Provided, of course, that the jargon can be understood. Now, where is that can of spaghetti?

Ian Le Breton is Corporate Services Director, Sovereign Group Tel: +350 200 76173 Email: ilebreton@ GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017


business words | Leah Carnegie, The HR Dept.

SHORT-TERM ABSENTEEISM How to deal with absences...


ocal businesses need to smarten the way they think of short-term absences.

their workload. This can lower morale and reduce the efficiency of your business.

Absence from work is now costing employers over £600 per employee per year on average.

As from mid-March, Gibraltar Government has introduced a service whereby employees can call the health centre for a two-day sick note without seeing a health professional. This service can be used only once in a threemonth period. This is to help elevate the pressure on health professionals to allow them to deliver a quality service. As ACAS has questioned why bother about absence?

Absence from work is now costing employers over £600 per employee per year on average. Absence costs business £11.6 billion a year.

Absent employees put pressure on their colleagues who have to cover


High absence levels are often caused by deeper rooted problems within an organisation. You should measure and control absence but you can also take positive steps to improve morale and motivation by:

Have a clear absence policy in place: If a clear policy is in place then an employer has standard guidelines which can be followed when dealing with sickness absences to display fair and consistent behaviours. Ensure the policy includes: •

clear guidance about how absence will be managed,

instructions of how they notify you of absence properly,

outlines how you keep records,

creating a good working environment,

providing support and information • to employees on health issues, High absence

Because: •

What causes high absence levels and how can they be reduced?

Here are our top tips:

attempting to reduce stress levels amongst employees, introducing flexible working practices.

levels are often caused by deeper rooted problems within an organisation.

what level has been set to which you consider the absence level unacceptable – so that you treat everyone the same when they reach that limit, • consequences of reaching the unacceptable level. Keep talking: When businesses identify that an employee is taking several GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017

business Medical evidence: Never question whether an absence is genuine without solid evidence; very few employers are medical experts and it is best to avoid this minefield. Treat every absence as genuine and target the level of absence. Formal attendance procedure: If someone reaches an unacceptable level of sickness absence, review the absences with them, highlight your concerns and think about starting formal attendance management procedures. In all cases, you should invite the employee to a formal meeting to discuss their poor attendance. During this meeting, it is likely to want to explore and discuss the following points:

prolonged absences from work, the first greater work life balance thereby reducing step is to establish the reason why and esthe risk of increased stress levels. tablish if their illness will affect their return to work. Communicate with your employee Return to work interviews: Conduct return by maintaining regular contact to work interviews, taking notes for Establish with them while they are abyour records, to help staff realise sent from work. An employer the reason why that their absence has been noted should find the right balance: and to understand if any reasonand establish too much contact can disturb able adjustments are required to if their illness the employee’s recovery, while will affect their improve their attendance. too little can result in you feelreturn to work. ing out of control of the issue. Reasonable adjustments: To protect businesses from discrimination Asking how the employee is recovering claims, employers should consider the opand when they think they will be able to portunity for appropriate adjustments such return to work is appropriate, if it is not as introduction of persistently repeated when the employee reducing workloads, Never cannot give an answer. working part-time question whether and assessing their an absence is Keep detailed records of absences: If a busiwork station when genuine without ness is to manage absenteeism effectively, an employee returns solid evidence... highlighting problems is a key to this sucto work. cess. It is especially important for a business to identify patterns of absenteeism. This may highlight departments with any issues. A solution maybe for the business to consider a review of the management structure and/or working practices.

the effect of the absence on their colleagues,

the effect of the absence on the business,

whether the level of absence is likely to continue,

whether there are any changes that could be made to reduce the level of absence,

whether there is an underlying condition which is causing the short-term absence,

whether it is appropriate to give a formal warning for the unacceptable level of absence.

It is recommended that you use a Sickness Absence Policy to manage attendance issues, and avoid using a standard Disciplinary Policy as it underpins the exact process relating to the performance issues in relation to unacceptable levels of absence.

A good formula to use is The Bradford Factor, it takes into account the number of absent days but focuses on the number of occurrences too. It’s useful as an objective measurement of whether a staff member has taken unacceptable amounts of sick leave. Flexible working: Consider allowing employees to take periods of unpaid leave to help them cope better with their illness and aid their rehabilitation back to work. Look at schemes at the beginning of the year for employees to buy extra leave which may help employees achieve a GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017


business words | Alicia Bowry

THE CHINESE IN GIBRALTAR Chinese Culture and Tourism in Gibraltar


esident Chinese

For the first time in Gibraltar’s history, the The main focus on developing number of Chinese people in Gibraltar Chinese related business often is such that it is can be fairly called a revolves around selling goods or community. This is reflected in the recent services to China. However, establishment of the Gibraltar Chinese There has one should not ignore the fact Association, a cultural organisation that many Chinese people been a small set up by members of the local are resident abroad, and local Chinese Chinese community. The Association many travel internationally organises Chinese related cultural population, on holiday. With regards to events throughout the year which largely residence, it is estimated that reflect important events in the concerned the Chinese population in the Chinese calendar. It is true that many with the UK, for example, is around resident Chinese are restaurant 400,000, with London having a in Gibraltar for work Higher trade. population of at least 125,000. purposes and may incomes not stay permanently. have allowed However, some have been With regards to Gibraltar, for many millions of in Gibraltar for many years decades, there has been a small local Chinese to now and have started Chinese population, largely concerned with start taking families. I’m aware of two the restaurant trade. Today, the population holidays births due in the next is not far under 200, a rather remarkable outside their two months alone. This increase. The reason for the increase is the country. is resulting in a unique impressive economic success of Gibraltar, and the employment opportunities that has situation, namely children born here can be called Gibraltar Chinese. brought. 26

The greatest opportunity for Gibraltar to participate in Chinese related business may therefore be found here in Gibraltar, in particular, through its local Chinese community and in servicing the needs of our Chinese visitors. How can Gibraltar best utilise these resources? One can answer this with a series of questions: If you are in the tourist industry in Gibraltar: Does your staff include a Chinese speaker? Does your website and marketing information have a Chinese version? Have you considered the interests and needs of a typical Chinese tourist, and are you satisfying them? If you are a Gibraltar business looking towards China: When you are visiting China, do you attend with someone who can speak Chinese?


business Are materials provided in both English and Chinese?

Chinese visitors have been considerably relaxed, with the UK introducing a new two-year visitor visa for Chinese nationals, Do you have the means to build relationships? also enabling holders to make multiple trips to the UK. The flexible approach was Do you have a Chinese version of your absolutely necessary because company name, and indeed, do the UK (and Gibraltar) are at a you? Perceptions are important. Visa competitive disadvantage to much requirements for of the EU in that it is outside the Further considerations apply Chinese visitors Schengen area. Chinese visitors if you are trying to attract have been to Europe will usually apply for a Chinese business to establish considerably Schengen visa, which does not in a Gibraltar presence. In relaxed... itself cover the UK or Gibraltar. cultural and in physical terms, Gibraltar is thousands of miles Gibraltar has taken two significant steps from China. This does not make business experience. The majority of Chinese impossible, but means the efforts necessary recently, firstly, it has modified rules for Chinese tourists (and tourists of some tourists do not speak English, and yet, it is for success are that much greater. other nationalities) who hold multiple entry very difficult to find any tourist information Schengen visas with a minimum remaining in Gibraltar in Chinese. This starts with Gibraltarians are clearly very interested in validity of seven days, who national websites. The VisitBritain China. For example, the Gibraltar Chinese website, for example, is in multiple Association has been asked by local schools now do not need a separate Nearly every to provide Chinese language lessons. Other visa to visit Gibraltar. Chinese tourist languages including Chinese. The Secondly, visitors holding a VisitGibraltar website offers nothing aspects of Chinese culture can be seen (and student) valid UK multiple entry visa but English. In fact, it takes great effort here, for example, in the thriving martial art in the UK could issued for six months or for a Chinese speaker to find any clubs and, for the less energetic, the tai chi visit Gibraltar more, and visitors holding information at all about Gibraltar in classes now available. without further their own language. Once in Gibraltar, a UK residence permit formality... with more than six months the situation is no better. Take a Tourism validity, can enter Gibraltar look at the materials in the tourist without the need for an additional visa. In information centre and you will not find a Turning to tourism, this has particular theory, nearly every Chinese tourist (and single word in Chinese. relevance to Gibraltar as it represents a student) in the UK could visit Gibraltar very significant element of its economy. It without further formality, as can nearly Gibraltar has a mix of cultures, and it is is estimated that about 11 million people every Chinese tourist in Spain holding a exciting that a local Chinese flavour is cross the Gibraltar/Spanish border every multiple Schengen visa. developing here to add to that mix. This year to go shopping or sightseeing. Cruise diversity is enriching in itself but it can also passenger numbers visiting Gibraltar are The number of Chinese visitors to the UK be useful economically as it represents increasing, and Gibraltar airport has now is rising at this time, boosted in part by a resource that understands China. We achieved more than 500,000 passengers in the fall in the pound. Gibraltar needs to have in the midst of our own community a single year. tap into this increasing activity. Publicity a source of knowledge and language is key, and the possibilities here are many. capability that can readily be utilised to our Chinese overseas tourism has undergone For example, whilst on a long haul Chinaadvantage. A significant opportunity for a boom in recent years. Higher incomes UK flight, what effect might a five-minute Gibraltar to participate in Chinese related have allowed millions of Chinese to start video (in Chinese, of course) on the flight business is very close to home. taking holidays outside their country. entertainment system extolling the virtues While Asian countries make up the top five of Gibraltar have on our visitor numbers? destinations, France, Italy Switzerland and Many Chinese visitors to London are now Germany are also in the top 10. The UK taking two or three day trips to cities such is also a major destination, with Chinese as York and Edinburgh. Why not a visitors already accounting two-day trip to Gibraltar? In terms of for almost a quarter of tourist Five spending in the UK. Indeed, star hotels, required documentation and expense, Chinese tourists are amongst top quality there may be little difference between the options. the biggest spenders, estimated restaurants to spend ÂŁ2,688 a head in and related An opportunity clearly exists in the UK. There are hopes that facilities are Gibraltar to have greater numbers of the Chinese will double their practically a Chinese tourists. How do we actually spending in the UK so that it must. attract those tourists? Clearly, we reaches ÂŁ1 billion by 2020. need an understanding of what they are seeking. This always includes a quality How can Gibraltar attract more of this of service at the hotel and hospitality level. business? Firstly, you need to look at travel Five star hotels, top quality restaurants formalities, in particular visa requirements, and related facilities are practically a must. as tourists are likely to travel to countries Sightseeing and shopping are other obvious that are easier to enter. In this respect, draws. Gibraltar is partially linked with the UK. The UK is working hard to attract Chinese Language is a key issue in visitor visitors. In particular, visa requirements for GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017



DELEGATION TO ISRAEL “Tel Aviv plays, Jerusalem prays and Haifa works.”


included a delegate from the maritime sector. There were representatives from two leading banks, two leading law-firms, a couple of asset managers as well as from trust and The delegation accountancy firms”. “Also, was quite well demographically it was rather mixed”, adds Ayelet, detailing diversified that there were four women although and nine men, both Jewish and predominantly non-Jewish, some of which finance-sector have visited Israel many times before, yet still were very eager related... to come on the delegation.

ast month the Gibraltar-Israel Chamber of Commerce (Gibrael) led the first ever business delegation from Gibraltar to Israel.

We caught up with Eran Shay and Ayelet Mamo Shay who head Gibrael to find out how this historic trade mission went: A business delegation to Israel. How has this idea came about?

“Well, after 20 business delegations which we brought over from Israel to Gibraltar and 15 business events over the past year and a half, we thought it was about time that we take a business delegation the other way round… to Israel”, says Ayelet. What sort of people participated in the delegation? Any particular sector? “The delegation was quite well diversified” says Eran; “although predominantly finance-sector related, the delegation also 28

What was the objective of the delegation?

what lessons can Gibraltar learn from this relatively small and young state”. What was the itinerary like? “Very intensive” laughs Ayelet. “We hardly gave them any time to relax... It was full of action from eight in the morning to ten at night”. The three days itinerary was split one day in Tel Aviv, one day in Jerusalem and one day in Haifa. There is a saying in Israel that “Tel Aviv plays, Jerusalem prays and Haifa works”, the delegation got a taste of the three.

The key objective for participants is to find mutual business opportunities and expand the network of contacts.

“Like on any other business delegation, the key objective for participants is to find mutual business opportunities and expand the network of contacts”, explains Eran. “but this time. the delegation also focused on finding out what made Israel the StartUp Nation; how it has become such a HiTech Powerhouse, and

What type of HiTech activity did they see? “There was plenty of HiTech focus” says Eran. In Tel Aviv, the delegation visited WeWork co-working space, one of the world’s most successful nesting grounds for evolving startups, where they have met with entrepreneurs and experienced the sense of community the place has, which differentiates GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017

business it from so many other co-working spaces”. “The place is oozing with innovation” adds Ayelet, “from the unusual shape of the boardroom table to the Star-Trek Transporter-like toilets”. The delegation also participated in the Tel Aviv FinTech Conference which took place that week at the Barclays Bank Accelerator, listening to leading innovators and investors talking about future trends in the market and various challenges. “In Jerusalem, the delegation visited JVP StartUp Incubator and Venture Capital fund – one of Israel’s pioneering HiTech funds - which has already taken 32 companies from StartUp level to IPO on the world’s leading capital markets, and attracted investments of over $1.1 billion. In Haifa, the delegation was rewarded with an exclusive The visit to the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, alone, the Technion has produced tour inside Intel’s research delegation where the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset four Noble Prize Winners in Chemlabs, where the next genervisited WeWork istry. It is a place where people, congratulated and welcomed the delegaation computer chip procestion publicly on the plenary, where many from as young as high school age, co-working sors are being developed and Members of Parliament were present in a are taught to become innovators, tested. Set in a HiTech Park, space, one of live parliamentary session. Besides the UK, think outside the box and research surrounded by Research & the world’s I don’t think Gibraltar has ever been honsolutions to some of the world’s Development centres of top oured in such a way by any other Parliaglobal names such as Google, most successful biggest problems.” ment in the world. For me, this is a nesting grounds Microsoft, Yahoo, FaceBook truly unforgettable experience.” and more, Intel is one of IsWhat has been the for evolving “The place rael’s biggest employers, prohighlight of the visit? startups... is oozing with viding jobs for about 30,000 “The Gala Reception evening was innovation; from another highlight”, adds Eran. We people”, explains Eran. “From “First and foremost, I there, we took the delegation to Israel’s have teamed up with the Israeli the unusual must say that the bonding and (and one of the world’s) most prestigious Ministry of Economy and invited friendship that was formed shape of the technology institution – the Technion”. over 100 of the top business amongst all the delegates, boardroom table “The Technion is a global example of how people, innovators and HNWIs in has in itself made the visit so to the Star-Trek Israel to meet the delegates. This investment in education, skills, and brainenjoyable”, says Ayelet. “But Transporter-like was a super-networking event power can shape, create, and empower a for me, for sure, the highlight nation” explains Ayelet. In the last 15 years of the delegation was the and a very productive one for our toilets”.




delegates. It has firmly positioned Gibraltar in the Israeli business circles”. Was there any time for some sightseeing?

In Haifa, the delegation was rewarded with an exclusive tour inside Intel’s research labs...

“We managed to take the delegates to see the Old City in Jerusalem”, tells Eran. “It is a place where Jews, Christians and Muslims share their most holy places of worship in the world, be it the Al Aqsa Mosque, the Western Wall and the Church of the Sepulchre. I think no matter what religion you are, standing there and looking over the Temple Mount, you get a spiritual uplift like in no other place in the world”. “We also took the delegates on a wine tasting experience”, adds Ayelet,” in one of Israel’s oldest vineyards, near the Baron Rothschild town of Zichron Yaacov, the Israel equivalent of the famous Tuscany region in Italy”.


What has been the feedback you got from the delegates? “We have had some amazing feedback from all delegates”, tells Ayelet. “For many, this visit was a complete eye-opener, not only in relation to the StartUp scene but also in relation to how Israel is viewed in general. The world media likes to portray Israel in not a very favourable manner and delegates have told us how they found Israel to be completely different from what they imagined it to be like. They felt completely safe The and in a very open and Technion has welcoming environment. produced four One delegate even told us openly that these three Noble Prize days were amongst the Winners in best days of his life… I was Chemistry. really touched”, says Ayelet.

Selwyn Figueras, Head of Business Development for ISOLAS, formed part of the delegation. He explained that “Gibraltar and Israel have much in common. We are both small countries, we don’t have particularly friendly neighbours but we both just get on with living our lives and doing very well from it. Our workforces are very well educated – Israel’s because of its great universities and the military and national service, and ours because we invest such a significant amount of our annual public expense in sending our children away to UK universities. Gibraltar is home to the second largest Jewish community by number of population per Jewish person outside Israel.” He continued by saying that “during these few days in Israel, we have met with some truly great ambassadors of Israel’s drive and ambition, as well as its humanity. We had the opportunity of spending time with officials from the Ministries for foreign affairs and of the economy, our only regret being that we didn’t have the luxury of spending many more hours talking about the various subjects and putting the world to rights. The week-long visit has illustrated for us the significant opportunity that an approximation of business ties between Gibraltar and Israel can engender. I believe that Gibraltar represents a real opportunity for Israel by becoming a jurisdiction that complements, as opposed to competes, with the innovation eco-system that exists there. The possibilities Gibraltar offers as a jurisdiction where the regulation of fintech business will become a reality, one hopes, in very short order, allied to our competitiveness in speed to market and cost efficiency will, I think, make for a compelling business case for many Israeli startups. Throw our relationship with and access to the UK that we have and will continue to retain, post-Brexit, into the mix and you start to GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017


hear a powerful message, one which we have been making loud and clear during our time there.” The

this trip was an eye-opener to a totally new segment of Israeli high-tech start-ups. It was a valuable trip and experience. Worth repeating!”

highlight of

on these technologies, many of which are being generated at the R & D Centers that we visited. There is no doubt in my mind that the commercial relationship between our two countries will continue to evolve with Gibraltar offering products and solutions that promote the success for us all”.

Joanna Martinez, Senior Prithe delegation Benji Hassan, Finsbury Trust told vate Banker for SG Hambros was the visit Bank said; “It was a great pleaus: “It was inspiring to uncover how sure to form part of the first this beautiful, young country of 7.1 to the Israeli business delegation to travel Finally, any future plans for more delegaParliament, the million, with many resources going to Israel. The existing good into state security has resourcefully tions to Israel? Knesset... relationship with the Jewish demonstrated that ‘knowledge’ is Community locally, and posthe key to success. The established “Of course”, says Ayelet; “we are already sibility of building and enhancing mutual and young entrepreneurs explained that planning the next delegation for later this business opportunities with entrepreneurs there is no fear of failure, in fact, they year, around late October - early Novemin Israel was the driver of attending this perceive this to be an asset with investors ber, and already have over ten people who delegation. The experience exceeded my choosing start-ups whose founders have told us they are definitely coming expectations and was not only successful learnt from these experiences. with us on this next delegation. in growing my network of business partThose success stories with whom “We are Given that we like to keep the size ners but extremely educational.” we had the privilege to meet, of the delegation to roughly 15 already gave clear accounts of the evopeople, I would say to anyone who planning lution from identifying a need to Daniel Rudich, Director at Hassans Law is interested to hurry up and contact the next developing a product to bring to Firm added: “Although Hassans has extenus now, or else they may miss out delegation on their place. I would also like to market. The Israeli Hi-Tech sector sive experience with Israeli clients having is a fascinating one. Our lives in set up the overwhelming majority of the for later this mention the new Gibrael Membermodern society are dependent Israeli business operations in Gibraltar, ship Cards that we have recently year...” launched, unlocking a multitude of benefits and discounts for members both in Gibraltar and in Israel”. Further details can be found on www.gibrael. org or via email

Eran Shay is Managing Director & Ayelet Mamo Shay is Business Development Director of Benefit Business Solutions Ltd. Tel: (+350) 20073669 Email: GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017




ibraltar is one of those enchanting places that has undergone very important positive changes and has grown responsibly over the last decades. Streets that used to be rundown Streets that have now changed into used to be well-kept clean areas rundown have with a good number of now changed historic buildings being into well-kept restored, often to their clean areas... former glorious days, preserving their beautiful Mediterranean façades with a charming mixture of Genoese, Maltese, Spanish and French origin. After all, these are the best Mediterranean styles put together. One of those buildings is 72 Governors Street, formerly the property of the Sanguinetti family and now restored by a Gibraltarian whose love and dedication can be seen by the great result obtained in this particular case. Brian Ramagge is proud of being an essential part of this lovely small project. ‘When I took over the manage32

Library Street

Gibraltar Old Town buildings

ment, the idea was quite different so I insisted on carrying on a good and proper job. As it’s a historical building I thought it deserved more and the best way was to preserve its heritage and tradition, which makes a tremendous difference at the end of the day. We can now say without a doubt that the final product is a very fine example of a traditional Gibraltar Old town building which so many people love, including a large number of tourists who simply A lot of adore this colonial heritage.’

they are coming back to these restored buildings. A lot of these small streets remind me of certain areas of la Vieille Bayonne in South West France, or the small Genoese villages of Northern Italy - most charming and attractive.

Another interesting building is The Arches. This is an enchanting historic building formerly used as the Royal Gibraltar Police barracks located in Castle Gibraltar Road, again, in the old town. The residents development recognised the imporleft this area tance and significance of the former because of the building and has completed the new poor facilities development retaining the traditional façades and just remodelling the and lack of interiors. The result is an attractive amenities product which will be available within found in the this year of 2017.

Located just a few yards from Main Street, it can be seen as a small gem in the crown. Busy groceries, hairdressers and shops of all kinds. Most handy in every respect. What goes around, comes around is the right case with these old town. old restored buildings. A lot of Gibraltar residents left this 10 Library Street is a charming Georarea because of the poor facilities and lack gian building beautifully restored by its of amenities found in the old town. Now present owners. A Gibraltar Heritage Trust



Wellington Front

Cannon Lane

fection and the final result is a stunning building carefully restored. A correct use of materials have included wooden sash windows and shutters as well as the original style iron work. An award It all stayed was presented to its residents by original, yet the Gibraltar Heritage Trust. What the job was a positive change from an empty building which was feared by some remarkably to be demolished. carried out

award winner, it has most of its original features and is now a very special family house in the heart of the Old Town. Ince´s Farm is another Gibraltar Heritage Trust award winner. A good and successful restoration project has produced a beautiful building keeping its colonial style and heritage. The owners made sure it all stayed original, yet the job was remarkably carried out with great respect for its former character and originality.

with great respect for its former character...

Flat Bastion Mews was an almost derelict empty building on which the Government of Gibraltar decided to take the challenge and restore it to its former good days and greatly succeeded. They took special care to make sure it all worked to per-

Wellington Front is an 1840 Fortification built with limestone concrete which, again, the Gibraltar Government took great care to restore. The result now is an awesome historic building. During the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo’s opening of the first phase of the project, he

said: “This now looks like a magnificent restoration of an area that should have never fallen into the disuse that it had. We have this jewel back to how it should be,” he added. Mr. Picardo rightfully noted how sometimes heritage is overlooked in Gibraltar and that the area was previously used for parking and known for flooding every time it rained. “It was not known to be seen in the splendour it can be seen today,” he said. The final result is a fantastic example to follow. “This now

looks like a magnificent restoration of an area that should have never fallen into the disuse that it had.” The Arches

Last but by no means least is 31-35 Cannon Lane, a degraded building which has been turned by its owners into a good mixture of residential and commercial units maintaining an enchanting façade yet totally modernised within. It was rightfully given an award by the Gibraltar Heritage Trust.

These are all clear examples and a solid proof that historic buildings can and should be restored. The bottom line is that it is perfectly feasible to make a restoration project commercially viable for owners and developers alike. Restoration is, without a doubt, the right answer to the headline.

Jorge v.Rein Parlade MBA Business Consultant Tel: +350 54045282 Email: jorgeparlade@




words | Richard Cartwright photos | Tommy Finlayson

A FIGHT FOR ENVIRONMENT Tommy Finlayson - in it for the long run

care for exactly the opposite, to help as Surroundings or conditions in which a about our surroundings for many years much as I can, look after our surroundings person, animal or plant lives or opernow and not only to convey a good mesand create a healthier atmosphere for all.” ates...’ So says the dictionary, when sage to visitors but for our own citizens. looking up ‘environment.’ Also, to try and instil more civic These days, a word generally pride in our day-to-day dealings in “When I was a child and in my young Our associated with fresh air, open how we conduct ourselves, from teens,” Tommy recalls, “all of my close relabuildings, other spaces, ecosystems and lots encouraging individuals to pick up tives lived around the area of the Alameda structures and their dog trash and litter to eduof green! Whilst that descripGardens. The gardens were a playground streets that tion is deemed to be correct, cate others to stop painting graffiti for me and my friends so caring for the enour buildings, other structures surround us are in places, especially where areas vironment must have been in my subconand streets that surround us scious somewhere but not until my 30s did also important have just been cleared, cleaned are also important for a better and painted around the city and I realise what that meant to me and how it for a better atmosphere, living experience, the Upper Rock.” would play out in my daily life.” atmosphere... and yes, our ‘environment.’ The conditions in which they’re kept Tommy spent about 20 He set Tommy says he was encouraged or not and where and how they’re built is years in England and Scotland to think and attempt to put things up a group also a matter of concern for many and that, as a weapons engineer with the called ‘Wake right locally when he returned to certainly includes, Tommy Finlayson! MOD, an occupation, I would up Gibraltar’ the Rock and watched the ‘Talk dare to say, potentially preparing about Town’ series on GBC TV which still Tommy describes himself as an ‘ambassaa country for war and destrucwhich highlighted little and not so runs today... dor for Gibraltar’ especially when showing tion not sitting very comfortlittle issues that needed addresstourists - or visitors, as he likes to call them ably with a clean and pleasant ing around the Rock. Coming to – around the Rock on coach tours. But environment! “That’s right, and it’s on him as an epiphany perhaps, he set up a making sure tourists leave Gibraltar with a returning to Gib and eventually leaving the group called ‘Wake up Gibraltar’ which good impression is certainly not just what MOD that made me realise that my calling still runs today and began to get involved it’s about for Tommy, “I’ve been concerned somewhere inside me must have been to in clean-up campaigns, assisting the ESG GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017



After ten-minute beach clean up at Camp Bay shore

Tommy sends regular reports to Dept of Environment of litter accumulations

difficult to round up helpers for his often bad impression. There are many individueco-friendly group and others in an effort impromptu clean-ups and other activities als, as in most places, who just don’t care to put things right. He’s into photography but says there’s no way he’s giving up. so armed with his camera (which he carries about the environment and where they “Others have fallen by the wayside but I’m with him everywhere) began dump stuff, but Gibraltar, being so concentrated, you’re bound to in it for the long, long run!” Of late, he’s to photograph and video ugly He’s a joined the Nautilus Project with the family come across ugly sights more often sites, nooks and crannies member of and friends of instigator Lewis Stagnetto. than maybe you would elsewhere,” wherever they were, some of the Gibraltar “That’s right, Nautilus concerns itself with Tommy says, and he really takes all which still ‘survive!’ That was Government’s the amount of plastic pollution which ends of these issues to heart. around 2005 and up to the Litter up in the sea remaining intact for decades present, Tommy maintains his Committee and He’s a member of the Gibraltar harming life in the oceans and ending up interest in helping to improve says things are Government’s Litter Committee and on our beaches and coastline.” things here in whichever way he can. says things are looking up a little looking up a since they employed Litter Wardens. Those commitments don’t seem to be little... Tommy’s also a member of GOHNS, enough for Tommy for he regularly attends These days he lives in the Development and Planning ComThe Heritage Trust, Flat Bastion Road area close mission (DPC) meetings at the John History Society of Gibraltar to the Upper Rock walkways and some“The amount as well as his own Wake times visits a particular route where a of development Mackintosh Hall where developers and potential developers apply to up Gibraltar group with a popular tourist footpath leads to the going on is seek permits and ‘green lights’ to handful of other committed Nature Reserve which is invariably used unprecedented build or refurbish structures in Gibralas a dumping ground, “That’s where I’m environmentalists. I get on the Rock tar’s soon to become ‘saturated land the impression, however, constantly reminded of Gib’s well-being and care has to available,’ for even more developTommy sometimes finds it and unfortunately, giving tourists such a Unsuitable bin enclosure at Windmill Hill, emptied irregularly and raided daily by macaques


be taken...”

Still reporting Graffiti seven years on



New development next to Old Casino site being squeezed next to the nature reserve with WWII bunker in danger of being undermined

Tommy Finlayson, rarely in front of the camera

ment; “The amount of development going addressed and Tommy has become a veter- There’s no doubt our man Tommy is a on is unprecedented on the Rock and care an of DPC meetings attending as a simple concerned individual when it comes to our has to be taken on how plots member of the public with no vote environment. Buildings, car emissions and are allowed to be built on and but feels he may be used to gauge the need for more use of public transport “Sometimes, whether there is some benefit public opinion. “Not unlike politics, and bicycles, protecting the limited green there’s a need much is commented during coffee for the government or does areas in our city, managing ‘dog affairs,’ it just benefit the developer. breaks or in the corridors heritage matters and generally to think and Sometimes, there’s a need to that could serve as useful promoting civic pride. He’s acsee things “I’ve been think and see things outside background information for knowledged he’s in it for the long outside the concerned the box.” What’s built, how a particular issue. Conrun only taking a break to bird box.” about our high, whether compatible or tributing an opinion from watch – of the feathered kind surroundings otherwise with what surrounds the floor is not allowed of course – and forever with a for many years camera on board hanging over his it or whether existing structures may be but sometimes I can’t help but knocked down which may have some murmur an opinion or two and shoulder ready for that revealing, now...” heritage value. These issues must also be told to be quiet!” unsightly snapshot! Taking wildlife photos provides him with the balance to counteract the negative aspects of dealing with the ugly things Short-toed Eagle on migration (left) and Barbary Partridge (right)



environment words | Lewis Stagnetto, The Nautilus Project

MARINE NUISANCES Red tides – the HABs and the HABs-not


ed tides are an actual phenomcaused by runs off from farm fertilizer and enon of biblical proportions. Repesticide use. Further, we have the inputs ferred to as harmful algal blooms from overflow pipes from sewage systems (HABs) by the scientific communiwhich also carry high concentration of ty, they are caused by a microscopic plantnutrients. This is all in a context where like organism called dinoaverage sea surface temperature is flagellates. When waters rising slowly and the stage is set for Dinoflagellates become eutrophic (high in what could be a disastrous occurcarry a reddishnutrients), a dinoflagellate rence for our coastline. The one brown pigment bloom may occur and their redeeming factor is that water flow within the cell populations can become within the bay is pretty high and which turns the very large and dense, in a this has provided us with a life-line, sea red... short space of time. so far. Dinoflagellates carry a reddish-brown pigment within the cell which, in the high concentrations found in bloom conditions, turns the sea red and this is the reason they have been called red tides. Gibraltar has never had a recorded instance of a HAB but environmental conditions have been changing and increasing the likelihood of such an event. In the bay, we have eutrophic riverine inputs 38

Water flow

The first issue with within the bay algal blooms is that is pretty high when the plants and this has die, the process of provided us with decomposition by a life-line... bacteria uses up the oxygen in the water. As the concentration of oxygen falls, the ability of marine organisms to absorb it becomes increasingly stressful. This kills most of the fish life in the area as a result.

The second issue is that some species of dinoflagellates produce a harmful neurotoxin called brevitoxin and when it builds up in the tissues of oysters and other filter feeders, it is the cause of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) in humans. When a high concentration of brevitoxin is consumed, PSP has been known to cause death in humans. Further complications can arrive because the brevitoxin often becomes airborne. Inhalation of brevitoxins can produce severe asthma attacks in humans. In Florida, life guards are trained to spot the early bloom stages and warn people off the beaches. They often count dead fish numbers as they wash up on shore. This provides them with some anecdotal information as to the impact the bloom is presently having before it arrives at the shoreline. So why the concern? HABs reduce air quality drastically whilst depleting dissolved oxygen in the waters. In Florida, GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017

environment when they have these blooms, there are tons of dead fish that wash up on shore, asphyxiated. HABs also contaminate the food sources we rely on making them toxic to eat. Worst of all, the occurrences and the size of the blooms are increasing with each passing year and there is little that can be done.

When a high

Prevention is certainly betconcentration ter than cure so here is a of brevitoxin is perfect example. Gibraltar consumed, PSP already has some marine has been known monitoring which is great, to cause death but not enough. The resin humans. olution required to create an early warning system is much higher than what we presently collect. Further, our water quality metrics are focused, in the main, around the bathing areas. The likely sites of these blooms are not these areas at all. The blooms often mean that the dinoflagellates could not be imported through ballast water from shipping. Florida’s blooms are primarily driven by Aeolian transport of Saharan dust which carries much needed iron to the western Atlantic. But this source of nutrient input is also not that easy to discount because of our proximity to the Sahara. What is true is that withUnlike the out action to closely monsmelly seaweed, itor the health of our wathese blooms ters, we are walking blindly would make it into what is to come. D.O. highly dangerous Flynn once said “the haves and the have-nots can to be on the often be traced back to the coastline at all. dids and the did-nots”. In our case, let’s hope that it’s not the HABs, but rather, the HABs-not! originate from the mouths of rivers or places where there are high nutrient inputs. The blooms are most likely to occur when the water warms in late spring and early summer. It is likely to impact us during our summer bathing season, but, unlike the smelly seaweed, these blooms would make it highly dangerous to be on the coastline at all. Beaches would need to be closed, boat users would have to be very careful when passing through blooms, access to coast would have to be Life guards severely locked down, fish would die are trained to by the ton load and the cetaceans in spot the early the straits would be at risk of ingestbloom stages ing toxic fish and dying. It would be and warn catastrophic. For objectivities sake, people off the it is important to highlight that of beaches. all the nuisances within this series, this is probably the least likely. For a start, instances of HAB’s in the immediate area are non-existent but this doesn’t GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017


life words | Mike Brufal

INTERESTED IN HOUSING Dedication and innovation of Pepe Baldachino


oseph Baldachino, 71, universally Baldachino remained in the RAF fire sent to the Royal Air Force headquarters known as Pepe, was born on the service for 21 years. With sadness, he Rock, married Lourdes Dyer and they as a messenger and then temporary clerk. remembers the loss of a Canberra and a have two children, Gwendolyn and The RAF decided to take civilians into the Jeremy and three grandairport fire service, he applied and af- Hunter aircraft; where all crew members ter training at Gibraltar RAF base and had lost their lives. He was on duty on children. His father in law As he did not both occasions. was the legendry boxing wish to enrol as RAF Manston in Kent, qualified as a figurehead Dick Dyer. fireman. This was where he became an apprentice, involved with trade unionism. There In 1976, he supported the new Gibralhe knocked on were nine civilians who all became tar Democratic Movement formed by Educated at St Jago’s school doors until a members of the ACTS union, one of Joe Bossano to replace the Integration where he remembers position was three sections of the Transport and with Britain Party which had lost its way teachers Messrs Cruz and found. General Workers Union run by Jose following the publication of the Hattersley Abecasis and Mrs Wood Netto and Joe Bossano. The civilians Memorandum. Joe worked hard for the (nee Romero) with particular were augmented by RAF perrespect. Leaving school at fifteen, he went GDM in the run up to the election of 23rd September 1976. Four to find a job at the Labour Exchange where sonnel, he held one of the two He civilian L/F Rank. GDM candidates were elected; Joe he was instructed to read The Gibraltar remembers Bossano, Dr Reggie Valarino, Brian Chronicle and find details of apprentice the loss of a Perez and Gerald Restano. Messrs courses. As he did not wish to enrol as After being elected shop Canberra and a Victory, Mascarenhas, Brooking an apprentice, he knocked on doors until steward, he was elected to be Hunter aircraft; and Gingell were not elected. This a member of the TGWU/ACTS a position was found. This was a shop assistant at Attias the Tailor. From there, he branch and then onto the diswhere all crew was a hotchpotch of candidates with only James Brooking, Joseph went to Barclays Bank DCO as a messentrict committee representing all members had ger where he remained until he was 21. non-industrial ACTS members lost their lives. Victory and Joseph Gingell being active trade unionists. He joined the Ministry of Defence and was in the Ministry of Defence.



life Joe Bossano then formed the Gibraltar Socialist and Labour Party (GSLP) and stood with five other trade unionists in the 1980 election. These were Michael Feetham, Joe Gingell, Charles Robba, Louis Perez and Joe Victory. The only candidate to be elected was Joe Bossano who was second in the poll and only 64 votes behind Sir Joshua Hassan. During these four years, Pepe together with Juan Carlos worked continuously behind the scenes to ensure that eventually, the GSLP would be adequately represented in the House of Assembly. This came to pass when in the 1984 election all seven members of the opposition were members of the GSLP. These were Joe Bossano, Joe Pilcher, Michael Feetham, Mari Montegriffo, Juan Carlos Perez, Robert Mor and himself. Joe Victory was not elected.

Pepe worked Joe Bossano and the GSLP First time elected to the House of Assembly 1984 triumphed in the 1988 eleccontinuously for by the sale of the remaining There were also tax advantages in that tion and Pepe was appointed behind the reclaimed land to private develop- claims on the tax return could be made on Minister for Housing after sugscenes to ensure ers for the construction of office the interest payments on the mortgage gesting to the Chief Minister that eventually blocks, a supermarket, a petrol which is the norm. However, it was also that this was a subject that he the GSLP would station, restaurants and flats to introduced that during the construction was particularly interested in. be adequately be sold in the private sector. period, a £10,000 tax allowance could be He paid tribute to Peter Caetarepresented in claimed on the capital. This did not exist no who as election agent had the House of The selling price of the flats in the anywhere else in the world. masterminded the campaign. 50/50 scheme was negotiated Assembly. Upon election, all members and agreed with the developer. He was appointed Minister for Labour and of the GSLP kept their union This scheme was not confined Employment from 1993 until the elecmemberships. Excellent relations were tion in 1996. The Chief Minister set him kept with the trade unions and also the Gi- to the new land at Europort. The Gibraltar Government in a short space of time built the major task of reducing the number of braltar Chamber of Commerce. The Chief 700 flats at Harbour Views, 600 in Monunemployed which stood as 1000. He is Minister appointed him a member of the tagu Gardens and 200 in Brympton, proud that at the time of the Gibraltar Council from 1988 to 1996. The and on a different scale 425 in Sir 1966 election, the number William Jackson Grove where 125 had been reduced to 331. challenge was The challenge was enormous with 2186 2RKB (two rooms, kitchen and bathenormous applicants waiting to be housed. He room) flats were specially constructed This was achieved by setting remained Minister of Housing and Building with 2186 for the allocation of our senior citizen up the Construction Trainand Works until 1993 by which time the applicants on Government Rental bases. This number of applicants had been reduced to waiting to be ing Centre which enabled was the first time that bespoke flats apprentices to obtain the 253. housed. had been built for senior citizens. National Vocational QualifiDuring this period, the Chief Minister The Sargossa Basketball Team’s visit 1989 when he stood in for the Minister of Sport instructed Michael Feetham to mastermind the reclamation of what was to become Europort. When the flats had been built, Pepe administered the 50/50 scheme which enabled Gibraltarians to be able to purchase on mortgage with the government paying for half of the price of the flat. This meant that the government had to pay nothing for the land which was reflected in prices lower than the market rate and, most importantly, there was no provision for profit. The only restriction was that those wishing to buy had to be either on the housing list or entitled to be. Those who released Government flats were also eligible. This was possible because the land earmarked for the 50/50 scheme was paid GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017



cation. The NVQ is a work-based qualMost domestic workers commute from ification which recognises the skills and across the border and do not have employknowledge a person needs to ment contracts as they do not do a job. The candidate needs register anywhere, do not beThis was a to demonstrate and prove their long to a union, and come and new concept on competency in their chosen role go as they please. Therefore, the Rock which or career path. This was a new it is impossible to track them The Gibraltar Council Member 1980 benefited many down and ensure that they are concept on the Rock which benyoung men. efited many young men. Pepe being paid the minimum wage. also worked with the Gibraltar Strangely, there is nothing in why they should not qualify for an old age Chamber of Commerce. He spearheaded a European law covering domestic workers. pension. That said, it is unlikely that any campaign to persuade local companies to The hourly rate is agreed between the domestic has registered as employed. employ those Gibraltarians on the unememployer and the worker. Many of the ployed register. There was no compulsion domestics work for a variety of different Persons who are care workers and clean and he appealed to their better nature. houses and it is customary for all the offices are likely to be employed by a employers to pay the same company. In which case, there would Spanish workers can join the TGWU or any rate but this might well be be a contract and all the protection it He was below the minimum wage. other union. There is no closed shop and self-employed offers. Many of these workers are union no differences between the rates of pay of members. The GSLP in its first term in driving Gibraltarian and Spanish, or any other naIt is possible for a domestic office passed a law that every worker buses taking on the Rock has to have a contract of tionality, workforce. One difference is that to register as self-employed whilst Spaniards can go and look for work, and providing all the taxes tourists round employment. Every employer, before if they are unemployed, they do not appear and social insurance are the Rock... filling a vacancy, has to register it with on the local unemployment register. paid, there is no reason the Employment Board. The ETB has 14 days to send a person who is registered as RAF Manston - Inspection unemployed for an interview. If the person is found to be unsuitable then the employer has freedom of selection. The GSLP lost the 1996 and the 2000 elections and Pepe was the shadow Minister for Housing, Social Services and Employment. After the death of Robert Mor, there was a by-election which the GSLP did not contest and instead supported Dr Joe Garcia, the Liberal candidate who thereby won the by-election. As a result, there was an agreement between the two parties to field five GSLP and three Liberal candidates; this has never been an alliance. This means that the position of deputy Chief Minister does not have to be a Liberal. It is the prerogative of the Chief Minister to appoint whoever he chooses and he decided that the position would be held by Dr Joseph Garcia. 42


life One of the most important achievements of the GSLP Government was to achieve maximum social mobility linked to meritocratic opportunity. Another was the considerable amount of inward investment brought in by Joe Bossano which revolutionised the economy. Pepe retired at the 2003 election and his position was taken by Fabian Picardo. He was self-employed driving buses taking tourists round the Rock and retired two years later. During these two years, he worked behind the scenes for the GSLP and, in September 2014, was elected Chairman of the GSLP. In his acceptance speech he said “I would like to thank my predecessor Juan Carlos Perez for all the sterling work he has done for the GSLP over the years. I am glad that he continues to be an executive member of the committee as the party will be able to count on his experience”. Chairman organises the meetings of the Executive Committee, attends every meeting and organises meetings with party officials. He is delighted with the expanding youth section and the recently formed a women’s section. Fabian Picardo takes precedence over Chairman because he is the elected leader of the party. In theory, it is possible for the leader not to be an MP but this has never happened. Pepe points out that the GSLP’s constitution means that it is a transparent political party with all candidates, appointments and the manifesto subject to the majority vote of party members. All these matters are decided at the all-important General Meeting. Leader of the party has to stand for election every two years.

He is delighted with the expanding youth section and the recently formed a women’s section.

Pepe Baldachino, Senior Citizens Club 2017

Retirement has been busy with Pepe The British Government must continue to appointed Chairman of the Prison Parole protect us when Gibraltar is outside the Board, Chairman of the Rent Tribunal, DiEuropean Union. But my trust really lies in rector of Community Care and a commitour Gibraltar Government. We will survive tee member of the Leukaemia & Lymphowhatever happens. As long as there is a ma Research (Gibraltar Branch). GSLP Government, there will Gibraltar He is also acting Secretary of never ever be a surrender of one will survive the Senior Citizen’s Social Club jot of sovereignty to the Spanish in Town Range whose President Government. I was honoured to whatever is Joe Bossano. serve in the government led by happens and Joe Bossano which laid down the we shall never foundations of today’s prosperous Pepe has some observations surrender economy”. about Gibraltar’s future. “We one jot of are now embarking into an sovereignty... unknown future due to Brexit. Housing South Depot Staff


Hastings Election 1996



Plastic Surgery

Beauty Obsession






words | Elena Scialtiel

Shannen Vinent draws her life on the line


Shannen says. “That is meant to visualise t just 17, up-and-coming fine exhibited another one of the same size artist Shannen Vinent is having and similar theme. It features a bare midriff not just the intensity of the pain, but the her picture ‘Plastic Surgery’ crunched up in the squeeze of the tape inner brewing of conflicting emotions and included in the Ministry of measure coiled around it like a snake, the sorrow the patient must have been going through while deciding whether Culture’s collection after it won first prize rendered down to each last detail of the going ahead with cosmetic surgery.” at the competitive exhibition for metric grading in black marks young artists last March. on the dirty yellow ribbon that She digitally pictorially contrasts with and The pictorial effect relies simply on projected the constrains the golden skin, that accurate pencil strokes, although the The sizeable painting, solely and strip effect is, to add insult to injury, cruelly result is one akin to light-touch acrylics, patiently executed in coloured with the help pinched by a laundry peg. due to the diligence with which the artist pencils, is part of a series that of Photoshop, works stroke’s direction and aims at artistically discussing the starting from a She explains the genesis hot topic of ‘Beauty Obsession’, pressure, and the energy “That is meant real photo... spent in building layer after and what the young painter of her winning entry: to visualise not layer of colour, shading and describes as the unrealistic at first, she digitally just the intensity dimension with different tones lengths western media standards are projected the strip effect with the of the pain, but to achieve the perfect hue. conditioning people to go to by imposing help of Photoshop, starting from the inner brewing upon their bodies drastic procedures a real photograph of a model. of conflicting to change their appearance in a bid to Then, she transposed it on Pencil is the medium Shannen emotions...” appease consumerism-spun insecurities. canvas according to guidelines, feels more at ease with and to concretise the idea of broken portraiture is where she exploits it the best both in colour and Besides the winning painting that visualises self-image. “It is important to notice how the lines are more dramatic and closer the fragmentation of self-esteem by charcoal, although she shuns away from to each other on the side that is being pompous formal portraits where the sitter splitting the portrait in vertical strips in operated on with the Botox syringe,” just sits. Instead, she chooses to freeze a flattened concertina effect, Shannen GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017


art become world famous against all odds of his hailing from ‘peripheral’ Gibraltar, a true accomplishment in her young imagination. Christian’s research into depicting the passage of time inspired her to deconstruct the image, in her case not to capture physical movement, as much as the outer expression of inner turmoil. She is also a keen admirer of Shane Dalmedo’s ‘boxes’, a table-top sized metaphysical mix of sculpture, drawing and installation featuring dolls and dollhouse furniture and accessories. Applying this concept on the bi-dimensional surface of her canvases, Shannen researches dynamic and intimate family scenes that incorporate furniture and still nature.

them in natural poses while they are busy living their lives in what she calls ‘mundane acts’, and where she has the perfect excuse to analyse the way various emotions can surface in facial expression, and more precisely, how


She shuns away from pompous formal portraits where the sitter just sits.

While the human figure remains central to her composition and expressions are studied in the greatest detail, the décor is reproduced with a fine eye for textures, from the soft smooth haberdashery of an said expressions can be effectively armchair to the creases of an unmade bed reproduced in drawing. and the knock-on-wood clean lines Christian’s of a bedstead and bedside table. research into She often indulges in minimalism, Shannen declares herself depicting the a style she’s keen to explore a fan of Christian Hook’s soon, so background details are work, who wasn’t her school passage of teacher but she admires time inspired just sketched, like the pottery in the relaxed after-dinner scene, nonetheless for having her...


art The best one in this series is a bright pastiche of tropical hues, block colours and bold lines, scribbled in haste with the determination of a toddler but the technique of a talented artist: a young family sits at the birthday table, cake and all in the foreground heralding the happy moment, with the child in full view and the adults just sketched up to their shoulders, their faces purposely evading With the composition.

an eclectic

where family members are busy chatting with cups of coffee and bottles of wines on the table, while the surroundings bloom with abstract posies, picture frames, lampshades and drapery.


foundation to A toddler girl is the subject of further two delicate works, one begin with, depicting her in her stroller Shannen is Shannen Vinent with a spoon in her hand, the about to take whole picture almost shadeoff on a fine of an hybrid between the free to achieve some poster arts adventure carnivorous Rafflesia arnoldi and a effect, and slathered in pastel at university... bunch of lotus pods (that should colours with predominance of come with a trigger warning for pink to bring out her sky-blue trypophobics!), the second more linear, eyes, and the second, centring on elegant and classic with its crossing of bath time, with the girl’s smooth Shannen curved slabs of clay and its pearly enamel skin in the foreground and her researches fashioned in a nestling embrace. captivating cheeky grin as she coos dynamic for the camera. and intimate With an eclectic foundation to begin with, family Shannen is about to take off on a fine arts Shannen dabbles in clay sculpture adventure at university, once her A levels scenes that too: simple but effective abstract are done and dusted – this summer, as incorporate structures inspired by exotic they’re already pencilled in. furniture and flowers, one curiously reminiscent still nature.


music words | Mark Viales event photos | Mark Galliano Photography


GLMS - Selflessly promoting local music


thinking about those times. All I can say is he Gibraltar Live Music Society ROTR admittedly is crucial in everything thank you to Roin, wherever he may be, aims to provide news from around we do now, especially as I don’t think I for guiding us to what has been our home the local music scene would have met almost every single away from home for almost twelve years. and serve as a platform local musician. Although the GLMS I was for publicity and recognition for back then did play a part, I was never never really really into the local music scene the Rock’s musicians. Formed Describe the current GLMS team and the into the local that much, but that all changed one some years ago by local musiaim of the society? music scene afternoon in mid 2005. I must have cians, but fell by the wayside before David Diaz asked for been 17 when I first ventured into that much, The current GLMS team includes my permission to take over in Septhe club and it was all because Roin but that all brother Ernest, Nick Gonzalez, Joel Francis tember 2015. Although already and myself. Right now, we just want to changed one Sampere, my friends’ Psychology holding a website domain under teacher at the College. He told them promote anything to do with local music. afternoon in, he didn’t feel it caught to check out Rock on the Rock as a From the bands, artists and DJs who come mid 2005. on and searched for a change. band, ‘Murder of Crows’, was playfrom abroad, to our very own products. That’s when he remembered ing. We didn’t know what it was or Our aim is simple; to keep supporting how fascinated he was by the material and where it was, but upon discussion local talent in anything they do message board on the website at the time on what was then MSN Messenger, As soon and to give them the same glitz and decided to bring it back with a bang. we decided to make our way. Once as I step into and glamour as those with larger The new GLMS celebrated reaching 3,000 there, and after paying the £3 entry reputations. the club, likes on Facebook last month and has alfee, we stepped inside and heard I get very ready put a great deal of local music on the the band playing ‘Keep on Rocking What kind of service do you emotional web via reviews, podcasts and stories. In The Free World’ by Neil Young provide to local music lovers? thinking with a lot of commotion and there he was; Mr Sampere playing the about those We have a variety of services reTell me about your early days at the Rock drums. To this day, as soon as I step on the Rock club and how you viewed times. ally but I think we have done very into the club, I get very emotional the music scene back then. well with the new Facebook Live




Danny Vaughn (left) and Sista Dee (top) performed at the World Rocks Against Dementia Divi & Paul Cano from Angelwings on the pod

feature. Over the summer, Joel decided to give it a try whilst he was at a gig by Jesse Mclaren and Nolan Frendo in The Jazz Cafe and we got a huge number of views. So from then on, whenever we can and if the Wi-Fi signal is strong enough, we do it at almost every gig we cover, be it for photography or for leisure. Right Describe your taste in music.

Jose Feliciano on the pod

Our first event in October last year was special in more ways than one. All I could think about the entire day was, what if not many people come? But to my amazement, we had a full house and even some of the local musicians who weren’t performing on the night came down for moral support. That meant a lot to me, especially, as they didn’t really have to come but they did just to watch some stellar musicians do what they do best. If it wasn’t for Interserve’s £200 head start; we perhaps wouldn’t have collected as much as we did but then to collect £345 at the door and then more from donations; it was pretty surreal! I would like to thank all the musicians who came through and to all the people that came down that night. Biggest thank you though goes out to my brother Ernest who I probably drove bonkers the entire day all because I was too worried as

Our aim is simple; to keep supporting local talent in anything they do...

The community has been fantastic, especially the nine local businesses we approached for sponsorship. We pitched our relevant proposal and it amazes me still as to how willing they were to contribute to the cause. As far as the local musicians now, we go, it has been fantastic from them just want to promote too. We have a huge responsibility at times, especially, as we get their anything material in advance or even when we to do with don’t; we are just proud to support local music. them and they support us so I like to think of it as a team effort.

I come from a musical family myself. I am very proud to say that I am very diverse when it comes to music. My playlist is a little crazy at the moment as it can jump one moment from Bob Marley to someone like Tim Mcgraw. My favourite bands are; R.E.M., Counting Crows and Iron Maiden though!


What kind of support have you received from the community?

Tell me about your first event and what it meant to you. Did you feel that you had finally cemented yourself as a society?

David with Maxi Priest



The Layla Rose Band performing at the World Rocks Against Dementia

to how things would go but he assured me everything would go smoothly. How have you seen the local music scene evolve?

How will you try and help local talent grow?

By’ podcast as I felt we could have a guest and play their music in between, but then, I never got around to it and stuck with the interview format. Once more established in late July of last year; we decided to record a pilot as a test run like any other network would do with a TV show. So I approached Divi Cano and Paul Cano from Angelwings and it flowed very naturally. Admittedly, I quite enjoyed the idea as it made the show more exciting and we decided to call it ‘Straight Outta Gibraltar’. From there, we haven’t done many interviews as we said we would but they are coming; I can assure you. It is also very fun for me as I have discovered some music I wasn’t aware of, even though I have had them in my collection for a number of years. The whole idea now is that we play local music from the past and present as a little tribute to those who left their mark no matter how big or how small on the scene.

We had a full house and even some of the local musicians who weren’t performing on the night came down for moral support.

I like to think the local music scene right now has evolved in a big way and I am proud to have witnessed that evolution. It is great to see bands, artists and DJs with covers, but nowadays, you don’t tend to see it as much as they all have their own original tracks. The power of social media and websites such as SoundCloud & YouTube has made local musicians more confident to showcase their material. The evolution is all down to some teachers these musicians have had. The likes of Simon Dumas, Jeremy Perez etc have been mentored by a great person and musician in Chris Cortes. Then you have Christian Santos with Santos Productions Choir, Lili Olivero, etc. GAMPA also plays a huge part, especially as some children want to perform, learn an instrument and make a career in music. There are so many young talented musicians that it makes me think, when I was their age, I wouldn’t have had the courage to go up there and perform.

How far do you think you can go with I think we do a lot to help the local this group and what are your plans for scene grow. As GLMS we share the future? their material, we advertise their gigs (free of charge) and even do With this group I like to think we all bring event photography. Joel does more something different to the table but all of the social media stuff and does ideas are discussed and we then envision a great job of it. It is because of our how we can make it work. We have a lot of goal that Joel’s two minute video different ideas which we have yet to reveal of BassCake’s set at last year’s but it will be worth the wait. We plan on Gibraltar Electronic Music Festidoing more events; in fact, we hosted our val, has more than 18,000 views second event at Rock on The Rock WORLDWIDE! So last month for World Rocks Against in the end, we just want to We just Dementia raising over £570. Some show the world what stellar want to show of our very best musicians took to musicians we have for such a the world the stage in order to raise awaresmall place. My good friend what stellar ness on dementia. We also recently Adrian Pisarello once told launched the Michael Danino Award me that if every musician in musicians we Gibraltar were to hold hands, have for such a which we were able to launch with the blessing coming from his daughyou would probably fill half of small place. ter Megan who is a very good friend it and he is absolutely right. of mine. We are leaving the nominations to the musicians themselves and we How the podcast idea came about and will merit them for their passion, effort and how you prepare for a show? drive - three qualities we believe Michael The idea was already set in motion, believe possessed with any project he took on. it or not, when I used to host my ‘Inspired Giles Ramirez & Stephen Mclaren at the World Rocks Against Dementia

What do you think of the large music festivals that have emerged recently and in what way do you think they affect local music? These large music festivals are great! I sound a little selfish but I have seen some of my favourite bands at my very doorstep and within those favourites I am counting locals too. My only complaint is that when it comes to these festivals, we need to showcase our local talent more. It is great that there are many stages for them to perform, but we need them to be at the forefront. Maybe because I believe charity begins at home and these musicians work endlessly to deliver. 50


music words | Elena Scialtiel

RIDE ON JINX! Sing like it was 1979


up to a live solo at the moment. “And if I aving debuted in early February an original catchy name, preferably a stop drumming to switch to the trumpet, at the ‘Lordie’, rock quartet single word, and eventually, we settled Jinx is riding the wave of their for this one so that, if the jinx is already in then who is going to keep the beat?” success by offering the name, perhaps we won’t end their audiences a selection up disbanding,” says co-founder Ollie is by far the youngest in the band and “When you of Seventies’ rock and blues, Edward Charles who has been also the only one who doesn’t sing. “This say ‘70s’, people deliberately performing lesser sharing his life with guitars for as band has no frontman as such,” Edward automatically known tracks from iconic long as he can remember, just with explains. “In fact, it has three lead singers! cast their minds bands like Who, Thin Lizzy, a small hiatus for romancing his Steve, Andy and I take it in turns on main back to disco, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray wife, who is now ‘very supportive’ vocals, depending what song is on the list afro hair and Vaughan, Status Quo and Rory of having to share him with a and whose voice performs it best, or just flare pants...” Gallagher. In fact, their very notable Stratocaster collection. because one of us really likes that track. band was named after his We don’t have a main lead guitarist either: 1982 album of the same name featuring Steve and I alternate between lead and Edward started the band with drummer timeless hits like ‘Jinxed’, ‘Ride On Red, rhythm and on many tracks play twin lead Ollie Blake, 20-year-old university student Ride On’, and ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’. guitar, while Andy supports us with bass from San Roque who was introduced and backing vocals.” to music as a child when he played the “When you say ‘70s’, people automatically trumpet in a marching band. “At every pause in rehearsals, I cast their minds back to disco, afro hair Bassist Andy Arendell, a compliance “We’re here and flare pants,” they say, “but the 70s would approach the drummer manager for a local bank by day, to bring back to brought us so much variety, and we’re here and ask for a practice run is the most experienced musician life that part of of the group, having been playing to bring back to life that part of classic because I liked playing the classic rock.” rock.” drums more than the trumpet, since he was fifteen. He played so eventually, I switched to in many bands in the UK before that instrument. I still have my trumpet, relocating to Gibraltar five years ago where “When we founded the band two years but it’s long since I practised so I am not he met and married a Gibraltarian woman. ago, we sifted through many options for GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017



Oliver Blake, drums

Andy has played in many local bands on the Gibraltar music scene over the last few years.

“I would approach the drummer and ask for a practice run because I liked playing the drums more...”

Air traffic engineer Steve Bees can flaunt a loyal love affair with music, commencing in his school days when those very songs he now revives on stage were setting the foundations of his passion for guitar in his first band. A former RAF electronics technician, he’s travelled extensively before landing a civilian job in Gibraltar where he hopes to settle for good and keep on rocking. “My family and I have found a home in Gibraltar now, and it is refreshing to know there is no expiry date


on my contribution to Jinx, just because of me having to move along to the next post. Sally, my wife of 22 years supports my rock star pretences by attending my concerts first row and I always make time to help her with her handicrafts stall of quilts.”

concert), but concerts in their own right, very exclusive concerts for the band’s ears only.

Although the band has only been together since December, they already feel there is that special band chemistry between them. In the not too distant future, they will be beginning to write their own material, utilising the ‘twin guitar attack’ of Edward Steve played for other local bands before joining Jinx, but this is where he’s and Steve. “It is said that a band can never be fully repaid for a live best acknowledged as a seasoned “This performance: a band gets paid musician, given room to steal the band has no spotlight from time to time with for rehearsal time, instruments’ maintenance, commuting, his vocal solos, and where he feels frontman, it he meshes creatively with his has three lead loading, unloading and whatever peers, so that rehearsals are no other preparatory work required singers!” longer the means to an end (the off stage, but once they step on



Andrew Arendell, electric bass and vocals

Edward Samuel Charles, guitar and vocals

stage in front of an audience, any audience, whether an intimate acoustic gig or larger venues, their work is payable only with the sense of selfaccomplishment that comes from watching the floor being set ablaze by their sound.”

Steve Bees, guitar and vocals

When the Rock is no longer enough, mates are more cautious, as Steve says: Ed has a big dream in store: their own “When music becomes your livelihood, sleeper bus to tour the world! He’s got you must be prepared to compromise it all laid out in his mind, with giant somehow, while now we’re free to play logo on the flanks and funky interior according to our personal style, without decorating, and it will be no chore the downsides of the job.” driving it during the day from venue to venue to play gigs in The band logo is mysterious When the a different city every night indeed, with its acid green Rock is no and with him being an engine background and the twin wizard, the band will never risk to longer enough, Stratocasters behind a buttonmiss a show due to breakdown in eyed voodoo doll in a top hat: Ed has a big the middle of nowhere! dream in store: check it out in their Facebook page, where you’ll also find their own Ed nurses the ambition of sleeper bus to information about their becoming a full-time musician forthcoming gigs. tour the world! one day, and making his fantasy a steady lifestyle, but his band

“It is refreshing to know there is no expiry date on my contribution to Jinx...”

So far, Jinx has made Lord Nelson’s pub in Casemates its official home in Gibraltar, with a string of gigs in the pipeline over the coming months, but they hope to expand to other venues when summer comes and patrons will enjoy their drinks al fresco, with the notes of their bedrock anthems filling the air from balmy twilight to glowing moonlight.



drama words | Elena Scialtiel photos | RoseAnn Victor

LIFE IN A WHEELCHAIR When there’s Wheels, there is a way


parents’, being ‘just tolerated’ or a ‘pity way around it. Maybe the long In this 25-minute one-act play, premiered date’ to other children. way around it, but eventually by the Whitelight Company Junior Drama people with disabilities will find Club directed by Jackie Villa, is condensed the way to override an ordinary day in an extraordinary Nicknamed ‘Wheels’ for the mechanical hurdles, and that is achieved teenager’s and his friends’ life, extension of his limbs, the protagonist tries Nicknamed not only by their determination, and a lesson about walking a to fit in and achieve his independence, ‘Wheels’ for but also with the help and despite being followed around everywhere the mechanical mile in someone else’s shoes - or awareness of others. wheelchair. “The wheelchair is by ‘Inner Voice’ who articulates loudly extension of already on stage at curtain up, the thoughts Wheels is too polite to his limbs, the so the audience gets the full vent or just haven’t surfaced from his This is the message that protagonist impact of what the play is about,” subconscious yet. A cast of fifteen young 18-year-old playwright Chloe tries to fit in... Chloe says, “but most actors, and assistant director Cortes Dellipiani recently The ‘Mum’ issues highlighted are broadcast at the Drama Rose Ann Victor playing Mum, pertinent to invisible disabilities accompany Wheels on a journey Festival, with her original dramedy character is a too. People may not be aware “Wheels”, written, performed and inspired lot like my own of ups and downs, false pity and of them through no fault of by young teenagers. It tackles issues mum, with her real concern, selflessness and their own, because they cannot connected to ‘visible’ disability, and it positive advice shallowness, delusions and acts of fully understand the plight random kindness as he negotiates aims to explore the common perception about going until they witness it first-hand, of disability, and even challenge the very disabled toilets, steps, ramps, mood around it and swings, the angst of watching watching someone they care definition of what disability is, how it getting there about being wheelchairfamily and friends accommodate affects one’s social life, how others react, eventually.” bound.” Chloe tries to make the their life plans around his needs. pro-act and interact, what are the practical audience see life through their and psychological obstacles, who lays them down and more importantly, who can eyes, rummaging through insecurities and “The situations presented are based on emotions such as being ‘a burden to their knock them down. my experience, and most of it is real, 54


drama happy ending. The play just scratches the surface but it enables you to dig deeper and find out what part you can play next time.” Life of a wheelchair-bound teenager in Gibraltar presents a lot of ups and downs, often literally: “I had trouble with using public toilets, finding room on public buses at rush hour, negotiating ramps and the lip at pelican crossing ramps. Westside School had no lift for me to reach the floor where a class I signed up for was held, so I spent those hours studying alone in the library, without enjoying the formative input of class discussion and peer feedback. Oh yeah, and St. Bernard’s Hospital entrance ramps aren’t wheelchair-friendly at all: my mum had to push me up with mighty strength while I helped her by spinning the wheels myself or we wouldn’t make it all the steep way up. Now that I can walk again, however, I wonder how the newly installed escalators could have benefitted us anyway.”

dramatised to prove my point. Wheels’ part of the lesson learnt, reminding them friends are inspired by my friends and once more how troubles and tribulations the ‘Mum’ character is a lot like my own can be overcome when working together mum, with her positive advice about going at devising trouble-shooting strategies. around it and getting there eventually.” In the final scene, at a support group She explains how it felt natural to write meeting, Wheels concludes he about her story and her own can do whatever he sets his relationship with life on a They started mind to, because an alternative wheelchair, with a few friends rehearsals for route can always be found, their entry to the being uncomfortable about it albeit it turns out to be the Drama Festival, and estranging her, while others longer or more winding road. ironically held in cemented new friendships over the positive side of wheelchairThe young playwright remarks how a theatre with Chloe, who had mused about bound teenage adventures, even disability may limit living life to the no wheelchair playwriting since a tender age if it included pushing her around fullest at different degrees in childhood, access. but never found the right topic uphill and jokingly whining about adolescence or adulthood. Children usually or incentive, was almost dared how fat her wheelchair was. see past disability, but their parents may to put pen to paper by Jackie, her former be influenced by stereotypes and be wary middle school drama teacher who casually As personal as this story can get, it isn’t about their children befriending someone enquired about the progress of her acting a tearjerker that victimises disabled ‘special’ and its potential consequences career. “I am not into acting these days,” people, but a realistic way to raise on any active outdoor lifestyle. “The Chloe replied, “but I’m into writing.” “So awareness about the confrontation with biggest misconception I encountered was why don’t you write me a play?” Jackie architectonical, sensorial or behavioural being mistaken for mentally disabled just quipped. Thus project “Wheels” was barricades, more so when disabilities are because I was trolleyed around. During my born in less than six months. “Well, the not as obvious as a wheelchair. “It was the pain management workshops in the UK, skeleton script that was beefed up thanks last play of the night, so we I met kids like me with a variety of to Jackie’s advice.” The next steps were didn’t want people to leave As personal temporary or permanent disabilities, about reviewing and editing the script the theatre feeling sad, and as this story some visible, some invisible. In both and eventually holding auditions for the I owe it to my mum (who cases the struggle is very real, and can get, it isn’t protagonists. “All Drama Club kids are hadn’t read or watched the very different in relation to each a tearjerker talented actors, so I added small parts, play before it premiered disability. Yet, invisible disabilities that victimises lines here and there to offer everyone’s for the general audience) cannot trigger obvious empathy in chance to shine in the limelight,” Chloe to grant her only request: a disabled people... others.” says. “No matter how small, all parts are Chloe with the rest of the cast essential to convey the varied perception people have on disability, and they all add perspective.” Talented Nichola McAuliffe composed and recorded the soundtrack for the play, and parents helped design and craft props, including the red bus that rolls in too full for Wheels to be admitted on with his chair open. While the final draft took shape - making the script grow with them and them growing with the script - they started rehearsals for their entry to the Drama Festival, ironically held in a theatre with no wheelchair access. “We had our trouble heaving the empty wheelchair up the stairs,” Chloe laments. Perhaps this was GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017


literature words | Sonia Golt BEM

SELFISH MR RAVEN A new local author launches his book


Watson. Christie is the winner of the igel Canepa is another horror stories as part of his degree Gibraltarian author whose first and he got a first-class honours for his Costa Award, an award presented to a book will be launched very soon. dissertation. newly published writer for outstanding He is a 22-yearfirst novels. It is inspiring to see a young student want to be the one to encourage old student, who studied “I suppose my fascination with horror “I have children to read at an early age! English and Creative Writing always had an stems from the films I would watch as for three years at St. Mary’s interest in the a child - I am a big fan of visual director University in London, and is Tim Burton, whose work is often “I started writing ‘Selfish Mr. Raven’ while military and currently enrolled in a PGCE at university and finished it shortly after I described as uncanny. I am a reader thoroughly (teacher training course) at of the gothic genre of fiction; I find it graduated. When I was writing the story, I enjoyed Roe Hampton University. interesting that humans enjoy watching always thought of my one-year-old niece, I writing action or reading scenes of awful torture and imagined her listening to the stories which sequences.” “I have always had a passion pure horror, all while sitting helped me complete the book in comfortably in the safety around two months, although I for reading and writing. I “I find it did rope in my University Lecturer started writing a novel when I was 17. The of their home. It is strange; I interesting Christie Watson to help edit the novel was a war story set in Afghanistan. I still can’t find a reason for why that humans have always had an interest in the military so many of us enjoy horror, as enjoy watching book so I could perfect it.” and thoroughly enjoyed writing action much as we do.” or reading sequences. I was very inspired by the This book features a number of scenes of awful short stories for children, each with elite units of the army. Unfortunately, I Later, in his second year at torture and never got back to writing it after I went to a moral message. All the stories are university, he was inspired to pure horror...” university, though I hope someday I will write a children’s book after set in the woods, and the four main look back and complete it.” having enrolled in a ‘writing characters (Mr. Raven, Pumble, Todo and Banjo) appear collectively in children’s fiction’ module where he was every story. In a way like a TV series, each Throughout his teens, he wrote short deeply inspired by Lecturer Christie 56



Selfish Mr . Raven

and Other Stories

Bedtime Stories For Children

Nigel Canepa


The author

The story is about this completely improvised before bedtime.” wants these selfish individual who never This improvisation must have given reign stories to has time for anyone, thus to this young man’s mind so early in life, help enhance he decided to write a book himself. the Selfish Mr. Raven title. the reader’s The story starts a storm in dreams... the woods and Mr. Raven The book will be launched online at lulu. gets very frightened. He com and Locally, buyers seeks someone to help him, but nobody can also get in touch with the author to “Her illustrations remind me of the work wants to help as he has never bothered obtain a copy. done by Tim Burton, and I needed to find about others. Throughout the story, Mr. an illustrator who could capture that dark Author Nigel Canepa Raven experiences a sense of rebirth and aspect while keeping it child-friendly. The becomes a better person in the process; strange personifications of animals as learning his lessons through his mistakes. humans (as seen through Mr. Raven on Through this, children can become more the cover art) suited my stories perfectly. conscience of helping others and not With the little money I had as a student, I become selfish but more empathetic bought the rights to use the illustrations instead. Amongst the other characters and bring the stories to life.” featured in the stories is Pumble, a small This book white rabbit that has a lot to tell. The book is aimed at three features a to five-year-olds; even number of though it does contain some short stories “As a child, I would always ask my mum to read me a story before bed. I dark themes. The author for children, was always very interested in uncanny wants these stories to help each with tales with an element of darkness enhance the reader’s dreams a moral (perhaps this is why I also write horror). I while they learn new things message. remember my grandmother used to read in the process. It is an ideal me stories from the ‘ladybird’ collection book for parents to read to whenever I would visit, and on days when their children. Some stories contain big words that are perhaps better explained by I would stay over to sleep she would narrate me stories about my favourite an adult thus encouraging children to ask game character, Sonic the Hedgehog, questions and learn new vocabulary. chapter has a different story line but the same characters play the parts! Children’s books need illustrations and this book is peppered with them under the creativity of Romanian artist Natalia Maroz whose art is usually very dark.



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words | Julia Coelho

A celebration of colour and culture


In fact, data provided to BoF; The Business nother London Fashion Week but it’s also very necessary for the media of Fashion, by analytics platform Edited, came and went last month; one as well as fashion buyers to be an entire of the most manic yet exciting season ahead of the game. Also, autumn which tracked global sales on the e-comweeks in the UK fashion induscollections are often riddled with pieces merce sites of the designers that delivered “shoppable” shows, namely, Burberry, try, which takes place on a we can incorporate into our wardIt’s often bi-annual basis. Sometimes it robes even in the warmer months. Ralph Lauren and Topshop Unique, difficult to demonstrated that several items from feels as though fashion week these collections sold out completely in is every week; aside from the A few years ago, an autumn show keep up, but the hours following the runway shows. two main shows which span meant we had to wait several it’s a true This means that the trends that are preover a month across four cities months to see those pieces manifest reflection of sented to the general public for autumn in February and September – themselves in store, however, these the fast2017 will more than likely make spring/summer and autumn/ days, designers are paced nature their way to the high-street much winter – many designers also increasingly introducing Autumn present pre-season collections of the fashion a “see now, buy now” collections are earlier than would have been exindustry. pected once upon a time. such as Resort and Cruise concept, which means often riddled shows, as well as Haute Couthat the pieces shown with pieces we ture and Men’s collections in between. It’s on the runway are available can incorporate All other fashion capitals that host a whirlwind, no doubt, and often difficult fashion week; New York, Milan and with immediate effect. It’s an into our to keep up, but it’s a true reflection of the Paris, have their own recognisable indicator, as well as a result of fast-paced nature of the fashion industry. our culture of immediacy and, wardrobes even and distinctive attributes that make in the warmer them unique. London Fashion Week particularly in the world of months. is renowned for its eccentricity, its Although it seems absurd to present an fashion, many of our favoursense of fun and creativity, as well autumn show in the months leading up to ite shops have an incredibly as the myriad of experimental designers, summer – it’s important to consider that, high turnover rate and are able to produce who wow us time and time again with their mass amounts of clothing very quickly! not only is it always summer somewhere, GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017


fashion Florals manage to stand the test of time lar, sparked a social media frenzy! season after season, because, not only are they classic prints that will Although most designers are well out of Designers the average person’s price range, it’s alAmazingly, more than half are increasingly never go out of style, but they also reinvent themselves and return with ways fun to take inspiration from the runthe designers showing at introducing a a new lease of life every single time. way, not to mention the fact that fashion London Fashion Week this “see now, buy Next season, florals will break all of week heavily informs what we will see in year, were born outside of now” concept... the rules; watch out for the rose print our favourite high-street stores next seathe UK, not excluding our in particular. We can also expect to son. In addition to this, we’re seeing more very own Gabriella Sardeña, wave goodbye to the plunging necklines and more affordable designers grace the whose creations were part of Central Saint catwalk at fashion week every year, from Martin’s MA show. This statistic clearly un- and sky-high slits that dominated the high-street last season. This Topshop Unique to H&M Studio, derlines the overwhelmingly global appeal season’s dresses are looking as well as the crossover between of this event; probably the most diverse More far more modest; from anhigh-end and high-street with the fashion week out of “the big four”. than half the kle-skimming hemlines, dainty various collaborations between designers blouson sleeves, and delicate designers such as Stella McCartney Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, deshowing at fabrics to pussy bows. and Adidas, and Alexander Wang scribed London Fashion Week’s collections London Fashion and H&M. as “a celebration of diversity”, a coming toWeek this year, gether of different cultures, as portrayed in In the true youthful and fun were born spirit that is so often a part of From my observations over the Erdem’s show, which depicted a beautiful outside of the London’s aesthetic, designers past couple of months, it seems representation of his two grandmothers, UK... such as Mary Katrantzou, that fashion week and the industry one Turkish, and the other English, finally House of Holland, and Ashish, as a whole, is increasingly becommeeting; illustrated by the contrast of the presented a whole host of pieces featuring ing more inclusive. Designers, through pieces on the runway. In a similar vein, the well-known animated characters. Bold pritheir collections have celebrated differTopshop Unique runway saw a stunning mary colours - yellow, red and blue - ruled ent cultures and body shapes, as well as collection inspired by a seamless juxtapothe runway in all cities and London was beginning to appeal to a wider audience at sition between a cool urban traveller and a absolutely no different; from cobalt blue all price points. The fashion industry is one 90s-esque party girl, bursting with colours suits, to bright red PVC coats! The Phoebe that is constantly evolving, hopefully for and trends that made appearances in sevEnglish image on the next page in particuthe better! eral other designers’ work. relentless imaginations and innovation in fashion.

We can also expect to wave goodbye to the plunging necklines and sky-high slits...

Florals manage to stand the test of time season after season...

Mary Katrantzou


Temperley London

Sometimes it feels as though fashion week is every week...

Chistopher Kane



Petite Keyhole Floral Skater Dress Asos £35 Oversized Waterfall Duster Coat

Millie Mackintosh Pussy Bow Midi Shirt Dress

Missguided £35

Asos £85



Topshop Unique

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fashion words | Nicole Macedo

FLOURISHING FASHIONISTAS Llanitas at London Fashion Week


n Gibraltar, it is relatively common to shorter, sharper haircut and an incredibly bedroom as they get ready for a night out. When we last spoke to Gail at her first suffer serious small town syndrome. on pointe outfit exhibiting exactly how her ever showcase, she was overwhelmed Many of us aspire to bigger, style has matured since she first by the experience, her catwalk pieces further reaching goals than dipped her toes into the fashion in“This is reflected the personalities and ethos of we are able to achieve on our litdustry pool. Her contribution to the exactly what tle Rock. Where we are extraor‘London Fashion Showcase With five women in her life that inspired her. my wardrobe a Difference’ event invites press, This time around, you can see how her dinarily lucky is in the opportuis like, it’s all fashion bloggers, VIPs, and London skill has developed; she has dabbled with nities we often find ourselves mad.” myriad materials, textures, cuts and ornate faced with. Thanks to their own based Llanito friends into an almost lucky breaks, two of the Rock’s behind the scenes insight into Gail’s detailing. ‘It’s called the G collection and savviest fashionistas found themselves designing world. it’s about Gibraltar. I was powerwalking back at home, trying to get inspired when showcasing their own designs as part of I thought, “if this is in Gibraltar House, why February’s London Fashion Week 2017. The room brings together an eclectic not bring together everything I see”. mishmash of 35 of her most I don’t have a set style; the clothes Bank cashier Gail Howard and student cherished pieces, along with “The clothes Gabriella Sardeña saw their first bout of thumping dance music, scatrepresent all of represent all of our different cultures, our surroundings, with my twist of success in Gibraltar’s leading annual fashtered make-up and jewellery, our different style in it. It’s quite personal because ion event Runway, having both won the and a clique of statuesque cultures, our I want people to know who I really New Designer competition at the former models effortlessly parading surroundings, am,’ Gail tells me. two events. Fast-forward six months from her more embellished and with my twist last year’s show, our August 2016 cover high-end designs. ‘This is of style in it.” star darts around a dainty and beautifully exactly what my wardrobe is The acutely professional pamphlet that accompanies her collection reembellished room, stood bang in the cenlike, it’s all mad.’ She shows veals that most of the materials used were tre of the City of London in the arresting us around the ornate room, which she sourced and collected both locally and Gibraltar House building. Gail sports a compares to the manic scene of any girl’s GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017



The showcase, put together by Freelancer Club founder Matt Dowling, offered an insight into the worlds of four freelance designers, fresh into the industry. Elelcie, Stella Courtney and Maria Bustillos exhibited their “Each eclectic collections in their creative own unique spaces within the concept that Gibraltar House building. ‘At the designers the cut all share an inspiring personal coined overnight, after they first visited events like this our members showcased story. ‘The whole idea is ‘designers their exhibition spaces. Matt tells us that actually get the opportunity was coined with a story to tell’. The Runway exsome very exciting members of the press to meet each other,’ Matt exovernight...” perience was the catalyst have passed through the event plains, taking a brief moment for it actually. Gail’s story over the course of the day, and as He beams to hide away from the day’s made a massive impact in why evening falls, we begin to notice busyness. ‘The big satisfaction for us is to that this is we chose her. There is a good the statuesque Georgian house see them shaking hands and then go back quite likely to artistic grounding to her work to the website to post the work they’ve be the first ever being overtaken by Gibraltarians. and you’ll see that with the ‘We’ve tried to utilise contemporary done together.’ The website offers memfashion event rest of the designers here.’ as well as old school media,’ Matt bership to creative freelancers in their first to take place in says of the invitees, ‘we have a six months to ten years of work. Out of 80 a government pretty meaty database of industry Each creative concept that applicants that express a desire to display embassy. press and personal contacts. MTV the designers showcased was their work at LFSWAD, the four that made

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from surrounding Spanish towns. ‘I believe fashion is all about colours and textures.’ The booklet was put together with the help of local photographer Jayden Fa, who is known for his distinct fashion shots. ‘Getting a good photographer is very important, it’s almost as though you can feel or touch the fabric in the photos. Choosing and directing the models is another thing I’ve learnt is very important, as well as make-up and hair.’

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Gail with her models


















fashion are here for instance, and a name like that makes an impact.’ He beams that this is quite likely to be the first ever fashion event to take place in a government embassy. Interestingly, we spot one particularly familiar governmental face in the crowd that gathers on the terrace after the showcasing, to the dulcet tones of home-grown boy band Frontiers. ‘What are you doing here?’ The Chief Minister asks me, perhaps surprised to see some of the faces that have gathered. ‘A bit of everything,’ I tell him as he’s swept away to mingle. At this point, Gail is swamped with greetings of congratulations, in between orchestrating photo opportunities, directing her models, offering insights to interested invitees and managing her very supportive and helpful family members. ‘To have Gail in a space like this, with a solo show, and then to bring in the collective opens up the idea of more press and more exposure,’ Matt insists. A proud Gibraltarian, Gail tells us that her next move is to take her new collection home and show it on the Rock. ‘Then, I want to design and sell. My website has just launched. I really want a boutique in Gib, and “It’s all about to be able to design at mixing things, the same time. I want to I use a lot of bring the glam back and to bizarre stuff offer a variety of all types. like tape and I want ladies to come in cassettes and and want to buy things. All bin liners.” designs would be personal

was so wild and crazy and he was such an extravert.’ Masters student Gabriella Sardeña draws her biggest inspirations from artists, pop up exhibition and personalities. Now into the last few weeks of her Central Saint Martins fashion course, Gabriella looks back on her London Fashion week showcase as a manic blur that will forever stand out in her fashion lifetime. ‘It was so nerve-racking to begin with, and then it’s over and it’s almost underwhelming for a split second, until you realise how well it went.’

and nobody else would have it. We need to have that in Gibraltar because it is heart breaking for women to go out and find someone wearing the same dress.’ Her fashion workload has progressed hugely since Runway, as well as getting ready for this showcase, Gail has designed outfits for local photographers and the 2016 inaugural edition of Gibraltar’s Next Top Model. Through all of her work, Gail expresses that her biggest lesson learnt is that there is no room for mistakes. ‘I’ve made them, and you just can’t “It was go there.’ ‘So, in terms of fashion designers and current trends, all about embroidering who are your favourites, and biggest inspirations?’ I probe, and making keen to hear her favourite high the designs end brands. ‘I’m quite loyal’, she bigger and says, ‘I love Vivienne Westwood, bolder and John Galliano and I used to sparklier.” love Gianni Versace, his stuff GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017


fashion sue of the magazine, ‘ribbons, feathers and a medley of other quirky textures.’ More than six months on, her pieces are even more adult and sultry, as if her designs have matured alongside her, from flirty teenage fun, to vibrant, adult and daring. ‘Both collections have been a very good representation of who I was at the time. I’m more focused on the specific areas I want to work on “The more now. I’ve pushed the textiles experience I to a completely new level.’

get, the more I see the career potential, which is really exciting.”

Gabriella speaks about her work with much more confidence now, with a lot of genuine excitement in it. ‘The biggest lesson I’ve learnt is time management and confidence. A lot of self-doubt is very personal and the more I get involved in and the more people I speak to, the more I feel like I have a future in this. In the beginning, it seemed a bit unrealistic and far away. The more experience I get, the more I see the career potential, which is really exciting,’ she beams. Long-term, her ambitions extend to working for a fashion house. ‘Maybe Marc Jacobs, something high-end because I want to stay really creative to keep developing ideas, and produce really lovely fabrics without any fame and hustle and bustle of having your own name. It’s more fun, but when you work in commercial fashion it’s all about the money and I’m not about that. I don’t want my own brand just yet. I still lack experience and contacts, there are so many things you need to know to get started.’ Gabriella’s fashion week collection joined the work of 15 other student designers,

ferent on the outside to what they’re like Taking me through her work, Gabriella’s on the inside. I feel like people’s characters design process seems a lot more technical. are really exciting and fun, and can be ‘I’m studying textiles for fashion. There’re four categories within the course, women’s linked to art and creativity.’ wear, men’s wear, textiles and knitwear. To begin with, it’s all materials, it’s all about Her fashion week collection is geared tomixing things, I use a lot of bizarre stuff like wards her final grade, which she hopes will tape and cassettes and bin liners. It’s a lot push her towards a job in the industry. ‘We of movement, like what you want to feel, had four or five weeks to put it together,’ and what’s eye-catching. After that, at the she says of her collection. ‘Once the shells start of the term, I had to take into considwere constructed, it was all about emeration the fashion elements, broidering and making the designs including the woman who bigger and bolder and sparklier.’ Her designs would wear my clothes. Is she have matured glam, sophisticated, sexy? I alongside her, Gabriella first cut her teeth on the created this woman who is catwalk at Runway 2015, with her from flirty quite similar to my inner self, candy central concept. The fun, girly teenage fun, to pieces won her the title of ‘new like an exaggerated version vibrant, adult designer’ and afforded the opportuof me.’ Very much like Gail, and daring. she is keen to put across her nity to display her work at Brighton personality in her work, albeit Fashion Week. Her 2016 offering for a slightly hidden side of her. ‘I really enjoy the Gibraltar show was, as described by personalities! I feel like people are so diffashion-rookie-me in the August 2016 is72



Gabriella with her parents

of the favourites. Towards the end, I crept immense, with quite possibly every Gibralup and started to become better known. I tarian based in London passing through remember Sarah Mower, one of the editors her exhibition throughout the day to offer of Vogue came in to the studio, saw my their support. High off of her fashion coup, stuff and recognised me. She like Gail, Gabriella plans her next was really into my work and move to be showcasing her work As the only after that, the tutors got a bit female textile in Gibraltar. Both agree that it is an more engaged and pushed me extremely underappreciated industry student to to really try for the show.’ at home with so much untapped taltake part, she ent, but with their growing wealth of insists she knowledge and experience, budding The collection’s central inspiwasn’t certain fashionistas on the Rock can look ration was drawn from a Danshe would to them as proof that they have as ish artist Tal R, whose art is enter. much, if not more, opportunity as comprised of youthful collages anyone else. ridden with colour and obscurity. ‘That was such a good starting point, interpreting it into fabric and textures. He works a lot with sexualism and how people are perceived. I’m constantly going to exhibitions for inspiration, that’s the beauty of London, there is so much going on.’

The news of Gabriella’s success travelled across the Gibraltarian masses quickly, carefully plucked from the 38 on her despite her keeping it under wraps. course. As the only female ‘I published it on Facebook for textile student to take “‘The biggest anyone who wanted to watch the part, she insists she wasn’t lesson I’ve live stream, and all of sudden, on certain she would enter. ‘At learnt is time Monday I got all these calls and it the beginning, the course management was picked up by the news.’ Equally, was very difficult and I was and confidence.” the support for Gail’s showcase was pretty invisible. I wasn’t one



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Tricks they use to get you to Bristol in winter...

on a Segway. Not appropriate for me at Cheddar Gorge, it is a lovely place, going to question his knowledge on the they have lots of goats, they have an goat density in Cheddar Gorge. the best of times, and certainly a big no in insane amount of goats.” I Bristol during winter. I, therefore, expandmust have missed that in ed my search to other internet sites and Deciding to visit Bristol and its I felt it was recommendations. my investigation on TripAdvisor surrounding areas in February only fair that but, there again, I hadn’t had less to do with a love of the I picked my clicked the “Top 20 places for Partially as a result, first on my list was a choices of sites late winter climate in South West goats in North Somerset” icon. seaside town called Weston Super Mare. England (bloody awful, no matter to visit and However, now I knew, courwhat the BBC Weather App claims) This was given a degree of fame by Jeffery restaurants tesy of the charming Eastern Archer (Lord Archer of Weston Super and more to do with the £7 one to eat at with way offered by EasyJet to get there Mare) and, later, a degree of charm by a European assistant at Europcar. unusual care. He had already proved his from Gibraltar. Given the clear TV series called The Cafe, which is set on worth by telling me I had been desire EasyJet had to get the beach front there. The Cafe double charged on some insurance, and does not exist in reality, nor to be me to visit the place, I felt it was The Cafe we were making some idle conversation only fair that I picked my choices does not exist honest, does the charm of Weston whilst he fixed the matter on his system. Super Mare. It appears stuck in a of sites to visit and restaurants in reality, He also advised me that, as I had picked period of British holiday making to eat at with unusual care. nor to be the full insurance, there was nothing history which is best forgotten. A honest, does else to pay, whatever I did to the B class period where the highlight of the I have previously written about the charm Mercedes I had ordered (or indeed, the day was either going round the my caution when using Trip of Weston Skoda they gave me instead). “Nothing to crazy golf course or walking down Advisor, particularly their recomSuper Mare. pay” he said with conviction, “Nothing to a pier in the driving rain, in the vain mendations on places to visit/ pay, nothing, (pause) unless you put diesel hope that the amusement arcade things to do, as the majority in it, then you pay”. If I was not going to at the end was open, unvandalised and not of those placing reviews seem to have a doubt him on the diesel, I was certainly not passion for walks, cycling and city tours fire damaged. Such fun was had in those GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017


travel predicted, going to be warmer and dry. It was still predicting this when I stepped out of the hotel into the rain. I began to suspect a plot. There is, after all, BBC Bristol. Perhaps they persuade reluctant London based presenters and executives to go there by extolling the virtue of the Bristolian climate. “Look”, they say, “see how lovely it is on our Weather App”. Too late, the victim finds out the truth, they have already signed a new contract and are speeding out of Paddington Station. Three months later, they spend their days staring at the Clifton Suspension bridge with the same longing as a member of the Avon branch of Dignitas. I did not go to Cheddar Gorge that day, but texted the goats so as not to be rude.

Cheddar Gorge

That morning, my preplanning began to work, I had recently read an article on the best coffee shops in Britain (middle aged, dull and a little bit sad, I know). There was one in Bristol, Mokoko, and it is stunning. Starbucks, Costa and the rest chain coffee establishments should hang their heads in shame. These guys have just two coffee bars and can still beat you hands down without spilling a drop of their double shot, flat white, Nicaraguan, single plantation cup of ecstasy. Bristol was looking up (or the caffeine was kicking in). What made things even better was that I had walked past a transport museum on the way to get the coffee.

Back in Bristol, the hotel I had chosen, days before returning to a caravan to dry off and watch “Love thy Neighbour”, “On imaginatively named The Bristol Hotel, was selected for its central location and the Buses” or something with price. It did, however, have one Sid James in it, on a black and Getting white portable TV that could excited about additional feature which proved useful. They had improved your only ever seem to get ITV. a helicopter chances of recognising which, othmuseum erwise anonymous, corridor your Yes, Weston brought back memdefines one room was on by leaving trays of ories, suppressed memories, but as middle discarded room service meals strait did have a helicopter museum. aged and a tegically placed for several hours, Indeed, the largest dedicated bit dull. so allowing their individual uniquehelicopter museum in the world. ness to make identifying the correct route simple. And to Getting excited about a helicopter museum think other hotels simply rely It was, as it turned out, not a transport defines one. It defines one as middle aged Having on arrows and room numbers. museum. Having one bus, howevand a bit dull. I accept this and therefore one bus, Still, the rooms themselves will not detail just how good it was, both however well er well preserved, does not make a were clean and warm and it transport museum. Nevertheless, the in content and in its detailed explanations preserved, was, indeed, central. M Shed, is a superb museum of Bristol of the displays. Nor will I gush with my does not and its people. It brings the city to appreciation of the volunteers who made it make a Having decided to give terms with the dark reason for much all possible. You are simply not interested. transport of its original wealth and celebrates its The next sentence therefore is for the very Cheddar Gorge a miss on museum. day one, and hoping that the current cultural diversity and heritage. few who understand and care. Included goats were not migratory, I Bristol has also clearly claimed Banksey in its numerous exhibits are a Mil Mi-24D proposed to give it a visit on day two. It for its own. The museum had one of his Hind, the world speed record holding Lynx was, the BBC Weather App confidently works prominently displayed and its shop and a Bristol 192 Belvedere! Mil Mi-24D


Bristol 192 Belvedere



M Shed, Bristol


to show Bristol’s climatic choice of weathsold a variety of items based on his art, exotic substances. The stall selling Bob er conditions, meant that the many goats ranging from cards to fridge magnets. Marley cigarette papers is unlikely to be remained uncounted by me for a further Somehow, the edginess and cultural frequented by those merely seeking someperiod. I texted, they did not respond. importance of his art is lost in the resulting thing to wrap their Old Holborn in. I am Instead, I tested Bristol’s more convenability to purchase a copy of sure one or two BBC types would He was the tional and, indoor, shopping malls. Of the it that can be attached to a approve of this local option. two, the largest, called (presumably after kitchen appliance, and used one who named much consumer testing by an expensive to keep a shopping list for The same centrality with which I the new land marketing firm) “The Mall” is located about the next trip to Waitrose in a had picked the hotel could not be he found on 30-minute drive from the centre of Bristol. handy place. His “Dismaland” said about my choice of restauthe other side Like most of its kind, it showed minimal pop up exhibition was in rant for dinner. I had picked one of the Atlantic deference to its location (pick any major Weston Super Mare. That called Bullrush, which was about UK city and an identical edifice will be was contextually appropriate. “Newfoundland”. 30-minute walk from the Bristol. It located on the ring road). Nevertheless, appeared from my investigations if shopping at Marks & Spencer’s, John As I walked back into the damp cold (or to have an unusual menu (mackerel in Lewis’s, Next and Build A Bear is what you tropical heatwave, depending on whethponzu with dashi broth, for example) and are after, this is your place. There is also er you trusted the BBC Weather App or one well worth trying out. I picked well, the Cabot Centre, closer in, smaller, your rapidly freezing extremities), I was stunningly well as it turned out. The but with a House of Fraser. I am beginning to warm to the place, if not the Two weeks after booking, it apsure that John Cabot, whom it was entrance climate. However, there was no way I was peared on The Times 100 Best named after, would have appreciventuring to the SS Great Britain, Bristol’s Restaurants in Britain list. It detickets to ated the irony that, whilst he never most famous tourist attraction, I had been served it. It is enough, by itself, the caves made it back from North America, there before and, whilst superbly restored, to make Bristol a worthwhile are valid for it was way too cold to pay it another visit. destination and may be retwenty years, the “shopping mall” did successfully cross the Atlantic from West to East sponsible for stopping several they will have and joins McDonalds, the potato relocated BBC executives from Shopping for curios here is as close to a expired before and tobacco as one of the many otherwise ending their exile by pleasure as I can remember feeling outside I go back. cultural gifts his explorations have London. Not quite Spitalfields or Portobello plunging to a watery death. resulted in. As an aside, he was the Road, but St Nicholas Markets have an one who named the new land he eclectic range of stalls to attract everyone The next day brought no rain, the biting from the fossil hunter to the smoker of wind, which was provided as an alternative found on the other side of the Atlantic “Newfoundland”. I assume his descendants are now in the marketing business, specialGough’s Cave ising in the names of shopping centres. Lunch was a British affair at The Ox. If you like Sunday roasts with the trimmings, then this is a great choice. The roast beef and Yorkshire puddings are superb and its location, in a low lit cellar, gives a Dickensian feel. They do have vegetarian and non-British fayre alternatives, however, if this is your preference, it is probably better not to go there. If it is your choice of a first date with a vegan, it will also be your last. Your call, I loved it. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017



Wells Cathedral

The evening was spent at the was appearing with a rubber faced second best natural feature in the UK. I Wells is Hippodrome. Again, worth comedian called Phil Cool. Going to would love to say it was absolutely amazamazing, checking what is there before consecutive tours, does this make ing. It is not. If you don’t believe me, even fantastic, you decide on the dates of your me a groupie? TripAdvisor only rates Cheddar Gorge historic and English trip. As a building, it is a wonand caves as the number two thing to wonderful. wines are now do in Cheddar (the crazy golf made it derful throwback to an earlier On the final day, the era when entertainment was to number four). sun shone, the car rechallenging, simpler and more wholesome. I went to used and the trip to Cheddar and beating see Jasper Carrot. He kind off fitted there. I Gorge occurred. Would love I was lied to about the goats, maybe the French. went to his last tour in the 1990’s when he to say it was amazing. Voted that or they were in hiding or had left because of the weather. By itself, it Wells Cathedral may have ruined the visit there. Regretfully, I must conclude that even goats have pride and didn’t want to hang around possibly Britains most disappointing mass tourist attraction. To anyone who has been to St Michael’s Cave, Gough’s Cave is, at best, ordinary. The area itself has a shabby tourist trap feel. The only hotel is closed and decaying. According to the local paper, the hotel is haunted, if so, it must be by a tourist, condemned to remain until such time as the Gorge regains its former glory. If so, he has a long wait, the entrance tickets to the caves are valid for twenty years, they will have expired before I go back. The businesses in Cheddar are clearly making the best of a bad job but the whole area is crying out for improvement. I decided to buy some local cheese to show support for the local economy. It tasted familiar but I couldn’t quite place it. 78



Vicars Close

Apparently, the Longleat Estate, who own the place, has been promising to undertake major improvements to the area for a while. Until they do, skip it. Stay on the A371 and head straight for Wells.

Bristol Hippodrome

tion unless you want to trek from Plan ahead and, if you want to eat at Heathrow. From Bristol International Bullrush or one of the other notable Airport you can get to the city via a restaurants, book ahead. Similarly, there shuttle bus. There is no train conare numerous festivals in the city. I had nection. Regarding hotels, there is a previously been here for the Bristol plethora. The Bristol is actually not Harbour Festival (by coincidence, but I bad, the Ibis Bristol Centre was there). They add to the “vibe” of I was lied is cheap and well located. the place (horrible word but it suits) to about Restaurants abound, the Mezze and it is worth choosing your trip to Palace on Small Street is a very coincide with when one of the major the goats, reasonably priced Lebanese maybe that ones is on. one. There is also an excellent or they were Vietnamese restaurant (Pho). EasyJet opened Bristol up to short in hiding For cocktails, try the Aluna on breaks from Gibraltar. EasyJet did us or had left Broad Quay (two for £10 most a favour. I might even apply for a job because of days apart from Saturday, I at the BBC, at least for the summer, the weather. and would commute from Wells (it went on a Saturday), the passion fruit Mojito is rather good. has goats).

Next to the Cathedral is Vicars Close, the only complete medieval street left in England.

Wells is amazing, fantastic, historic and wonderful. Whether it is the Cathedral itself (check on a pack of Cathedral City Cheddar cheese in Morrisons if you want to know what it looks like, nearly), the Bishops Palace, or just the town, it is all worth the visit. Next to the Cathedral is Vicars Close, the only complete medieval street left in England. To give an illusion of greater length from the Cathedral end, the street tapers by ten feet to the end. Wells even has something for comedy film buffs as Hot Fuzz was filmed there (they do tours of the filming locations starting from the Crown Inn every Saturday, never a dull moment in Wells). I thought I even saw a goat there, but that may have been the cider.

Cheddar Gorge goats

One final side trip worth taking is to the vineyards at Aldwick, midway between Wells and Bristol on the A38. particularly from April to October when the vineyards are more than just rows of twigs. As we have been told ad nausea, English wines are now challenging, and beating the French. These prove the point. Pick up a bottle of the sparkling wine. Regretfully, the rigidly applied EasyJet weight restriction for hold luggage makes a more significant number of purchases impossible. Now for the helpful, factual bits. The EasyJet flight to Bristol is the best opGIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017


wine words | Andrew Licudi AIWS



ern building next to a beautiful river walk ustralia revolutionised the world the young live here. Perhaps this illusion of inexpensive mass market wine comes from the sheer number of students, where 180 wine producers have gathered back in the 1990s with their sim- the Fringe Festival at this to show off their wines. The number of ple, fruity wines. Since then, due time of year or the numerwines on offer for free tasting is overThey will whelming. The highlight of our tasting to high production costs and competition ous up-upmarket bars and one day is a small producer called Redman from from Chile, South Africa and even Argenrestaurants full of youngsters dethrone tina, it has been forced to reinvent itself with milky white skin even Coonawarra whose tiny production of France as as a producer of quality wines grubbing up though it’s summer and the Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon the world’s many redundant vineyards in the process. temperature outside is in the and Merlot is exceptionally good. We leading also come across our old friend SkilPreviously deriding the concept of terroir mid 30s. Adelaide with its producer of logalee Riesling which I have recomover high-tech wine making techniques, it ultra clean pavements, free fine wines. mended here before. We try their 2016 is now marketing wines at prices approach- trams and friendly inhabiing the best wines of France and the rest tants is considered the wine vintage but as we anticipate it’s still too of the Old World. We travel to capital of Australia. A short drive young and the flavours will need a year or two to develop. I am still drinking the South Australia and Tasmania to away will find you in the Barossa It is now find out if the Aussies are kidding Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Vale and 2010, which being mature, has developed marketing the kerosene aromas wine geeks look for themselves or if, as many in Auswines at prices Adelaide Hills where tourism and in mature Riesling. tralia believe, they will one day wine have merged seamlessly approaching dethrone France as the world’s all very upmarket without a paper the best wines napkin in sight yet managing not leading producer of fine wines. The Barossa Valley of France and to feel the least bit elitist. the rest of the Driving out of Adelaide on the long, Adelaide Old World. Before we venture out of straight roads, we notice that everyone is Adelaide, we visit the National keeping to the speed limit. It would seem Looking around Adelaide one Convention Centre, an impressive modthat in spite of unlimited space, Australia, gets the distinct impression that only 80


wine in these parts at least, consider two-way roads good enough. For the visitor though, the double articulated lorries coming towards you at speed can be nerve-racking. The landscape is treeless and agricultural and the only kangaroo we see lies dead by the roadside. Imperceptibly at first, the landscape begins to change and soon the dry wheat plains give way to eucalyptus trees and immaculate vineyards. We notice the grape harvest has yet to start and the vines are laden with tight bunches of black fruit. We are soon in the Barossa Valley, home to 150 wineries, most beckoning you to try their wines or even have lunch or dinner at their cellar doors. Which is exactly what we do when we stop at Charles Melton, a highly regarded producer of Shiraz, the region’s speciality. Here, we try several of their wines and have the best chicken ballotine we have tasted. Barossa wines tend to be big on flavour, very dark and high in alcohol. They are inevitably very fruit-drivWinemaker Daniel Redman en and quite different from traditional European The number tasting in Barossa, I was dreaming Seppeltsfield, one of the oldest wineries in wines though we now see of wines on about traditional Riojas, Bordeauxs and the Barossa, is best known for releasing a many fruit-driven wines in offer for free lean Pinots from Burgundy. I do get 100 year old wine every year. They make Spain, especially in Ribera tasting is the distinct impression that slowly, the fortified wines some resembling sherry, del Duero. I do feel that overwhelming. tide is turning and producers others more like tawny ports. Barossa, like many modern Barossa in Barossa are now talking They grow a wide range of grape European wines today, sacabout restraint in their white varieties including Palomino, Jerez’s rifice complexity in their search boldness wines tend wines. Perhaps one day they will grape par excellence, which seems and that initial, attractive first sip. For me to be big on talk about restraint in their reds at least, I find it difficult to have more than flavour, very to flourish here. Seppeltsfields as well. We get an unexpected one glass before my palate is exhausted. dark and high guarantee you can taste your birth surprise at Seppeltsfield. year no matter how old you are. I admit that after five days of non-stop

in alcohol.

Driving out of Adelaide, Barossa Valley




Some of the 180 producers at the Adelaide Convention Centre

You also can lunch or dine at their terrace restaurant Fino on seriously inspirational dishes. The surroundings are magnificent and make one realise the untapped potential of the Andalucían wine industry. What took us by surprise though was the sheer I find it quality of their wines, difficult to particularly their sherry have more lookalike Apera Flor than one DP116. This flor-induced glass before wine was stunning and my palate is very, very complex. This exhausted. gets a perfect 20/20 score from me.

Clare Valley

This florinduced wine was stunning and very, very complex. This gets a perfect 20/20 score from me.

About an hour and half from Barossa lies Clare Valley whose dry Rieslings are grabbing attention around the world. Last month, I wrote about Grosset Polish Hill Riesling. Since then, we have tasted a couple of their vintages - 2010 and 2015. Both are seriously good wines, complex and very long finishes. I would rate them 18/20 without any hesitation. Skillogalee Riesling is also very good and their lunch under their old olive tree is a must.

Fermentasian at Tanunda

Returning back to the Barossa Valley, we end up in Tanunda, a beautiful but small Australian town full of Lutheran churches and single storey buildings with tin roofs. We book for dinner at a small Vietnamese restaurant - Fermentasian. Whilst the food was good, it’s wine list was exceptional. The list, which runs to 90 pages, is a wine geek’s dream and includes all the great and the good of Burgundy, Bordeaux, Austria, Germany, Italy and presumably Australia. A cellar in Clare Valley




Wine tasting - Adelaide Convention Centre

Anybody with an extremely generous budget wanting to put together a classic wine cellar would be well advised to have a look at this list, it’s online.

The list, which runs to 90 pages, is a wine geek’s dream...

And finally, we report on the Meat Craze taking Australia by storm. It would appear that cows, like humans, can become addicted to alcohol. The Bovine Alcohol Dependancy Unit (B.A.D.U.) is working with cattle farmers in the Adelaide area of Australia where beef cattle are systematically fed grape residue left over in fermenters


after grape juice is converted into wine. High alcohol grape residue, if fed to cattle, is said to make finest beef, known as Vinemeat, whose price now exceeds even that of Japanese It would Wagyu beef. Australian highappear that end restaurants now offer cows, like gourmets Vinemeat Caberhumans, net Sauvignon Filet or even can become Vinemeat Chardonnay Rib Eye where only single varietal addicted to grape residues have been alcohol. used in rearing the animals.

The Australian Government, under pressure from animal activists who oppose feeding alcohol to cattle, has promised to provide further funding for the Bovine Alcohol Dependancy Unit run by the Department of Animal Diseases at the University of Adelaide. When asked to comment on the latest Government funding, Dr Avril Folley, the unit’s director, said she was delighted but saddened at having to deal with increasing numbers of aggressive and noisy cows, the result of increased use of alcohol in animal feed.


recipes Recipe by Nava Atlas


Simple ingredients transformed into something fun and festive...



2 sheets frozen puff pastry

Thaw the puff pastry sheets for 45 minutes to an hour before using. Carefully unfold and arrange on two parchment-lined baking sheets.

2 tbsps olive oil 1 medium red onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly cut 16 slender asparagus spears, bottoms trimmed, cut into 5cm sections 115g baby bella or cremini mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed, and sliced 130g baby spinach ⅓ cup thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes 2 tsps Italian seasoning blend4 (or a combination of dried oregano, thyme, and basil) Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 100g violife cheese 84

Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Heat the oil in a large skillet or stir-fry pan. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until the onion is golden. Add the bell pepper, asparagus, and mushrooms to the skillet. Cover and cook for two to three minutes, lifting the lid to stir occasionally, just until the asparagus turns tender-crisp. Add the spinach and dried tomatoes.

Cover and cook just until the spinach wilts down, one minute or less. Remove from the heat and season to taste with the seasoning blend, salt, and pepper. Grate the cheese and sprinkle evenly over the surface of the puff pastry. Distribute the vegetable mixture evenly over the surface of the pastry, then create a little lip by folding all four edges over just about one centimetre. Bake for 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Allow to stand for five minutes. Cut each into six sections, then serve. You can try broccoli in place of the asparagus. Substitute arugula for spinach, or use half of each. Or, use kale, and give it a bit more time to wilt down. Or go really wild and use ramps, fiddleheads, dandelion greens, radishes and their greens - possibilities are endless... GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017

recipes Recipe by Amy Lyons


Because Easter just doesn’t feel like Easter without some chocolate eggs...



Hazelnut butter:

To make the hazelnut butter: Place three cups hazelnuts into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth, using the tamper to press them down into the blades. If the mixture seems too dry, or like it is not blending smoothly, add one tablespoon at a time of walnut oil to make it smoother.

1 cup hazelnuts 3 tbsps walnut oil Filling: 1 cup hazelnut butter â…” cup cacao powder 2 tbsps maple syrup A pinch of sea salt Coating: 1 cup dark chocolate, chopped GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017

To make the filling: In a bowl, mix together the filling ingredients until smooth. You want it to be the consistency of dough so you can shape it into eggs. If it is too soft, add a little more cacao powder. If it is too hard, add a little water

or a little more maple syrup. Shape into ten eggs and place on a foil-lined tray. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to chill. To coat the eggs: Once the filling has chilled, melt the dark chocolate in the top layer of a double boiler (or just microwave). Dip each egg into the melted dark chocolate, then place it back on the tray. Allow the chocolate to set, which will happen faster if you pop them in the freezer for about ten minutes. Keep in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a month. 85

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A delightful terrace, bar, restaurant on the prestigious Queensway Quay Marina. Wonderful location for business meetings, weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions. Specialising in fresh fish caught locally with daily specials including seabass, dorada, sole, and bream, plus a very comprehensive a la carte menu. Also available are tapas and raciones (double size tapas) to share (or not!) prior to a main course. Mixed paellas also available, as well as fish cooked in rock salt, whole suckling pig and baby lamb to order. Open: Tues-Sat lunch & evening, Sunday lunch only, closed Mondays. Casa Pepe, 18 Queensway Quay Marina, Tel/Fax: 200 46967 Email: Visit:

The Lounge Stylish Lounge Gastro Bar on Queensway Quay Marina serving best quality food prepared by passionate, qualified chefs. Popular quiz on Sundays from 7pm and a relaxed friendly atmosphere. A separate Lounge Bar Area serving a wide range of hot drinks, wines, beers, spirits and cocktails at reasonable prices, with large TV’s for sports and events coverage. Open: 10am-late Mon - Sun Be sure to arrive early to ensure a seat! The Lounge 17 Ragged Staff Wharf, Queensway Quay Marina Tel: 200 61118


Nunos Italian

Nunos Italian Restaurant, overlooking the Mediterranean, is popular with hotel guests, tourists and local residents. This 2 rosette rated, AA restaurant is renowned for its eclectic interior, intimate atmosphere and fine cuisine. Savour a wide selection of freshly prepared Italian delicacies, including bread, pasta, meat and fish, followed by delicious desserts. In the summer months, the hotel offers alfresco dining for private parties in the Garden Grill. Sitting nestled in the colonial garden you can enjoy a mouth-watering menu of charcoal-grilled meats and freshly prepared salads in candlelit surroundings. Open: Mon-Sun 1-3pm lunch, 7–11pm dinner Nunos Italian Restaurant and Terrace Caleta Hotel, Catalan Bay Tel: 200 76501 Email:

Solo Bar & Grill 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

Café Solo Modern Italian eatery set in lively Casem a t e s s q u a re . Everything from chicory and crispy pancetta salad 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

Jury’s Café-Wine Bar Next to the Law Courts, with a terrace seating area, Jury’s has a selection of Ciabattas, paninis, baguettes and wraps, plus popular sharing dishes, such as Your Honour’s platter. Jacket potatoes, main courses, pasta and some innocent salads too. For those with a sweet tooth, there are tantalising homemade desserts, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, as well as Lavazza coffees and frappes. Open: 7am-midnight Mon-Sat, 9am-midnight Sun. Jury’s Café & Wine Bar 275 Main Street. Tel: 200 67898



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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

Bridge Bar & Grill Located on the w a t e r ’s e d g e , Ocean Village, just across the bridge from O’Reilly’s. This bar & grill is a fusion of an American themed menu with Tarifa chill out style. Open for breakfast from 9am serving healthy options, freshly squeezed orange juice and Italian Lavazza coffee. Try the spicy Caribbean rum ribs, southern fried chicken bucket, the popular Texas burger or a selection of tasty salads and homemade desserts. London Pride, San Miguel & Carling beer on draught, live sports. Bridge Bar & Grill Ocean Village Tel: 200 66446


Tr a d i t i o n a l Irish bar with full HD sports coverage and Irish breakfast from 8am (Sunday f ro m 9 a m) . Guinness on draught. Food includes salads, jackets, beef & Guinness pie, Kildare chicken, chicken brochette, gourmet burgers, wraps, children menu, homemade desserts, daily specials and 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

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Lord Nelson

Situated in the corner of Casemates Square, the bar is a celebration of the life of Lord Nelson. See the collection of nautical art & memorabilia, including a brass pin from HMS Victory itself. HMS crews’ breakfast served from 10am, full menu including steak & ale pie, traditional fish & chips & much more served all day until 10pm. Jam session Thursday, live top local band on Friday & Karaoke Saturday nights. Lord Nelson Bar Brasserie 10 Casemates Tel: 200 50009 Visit:

Solo Express

Gibraltar’s oldest b a r, j u s t off Main St. Small cosy and famous for its full English breakfast from 8am (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.

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.

Star Bar Parliament Lane. Tel: 200 75924 Visit:

Solo Express Grnd Flr, ICC, Casemates & Eurotowers Tel: 200 62828

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clubs & activities Arts & Crafts Cross Stitch Club: John Mackintosh Hall, 1st Floor, Mon 6-8pm, fee £1. Gibraltar Arts & Crafts Association: Children: Mon&Fri 12.30-2pm, Mon-Fri 3.45-5.15pm Adults: Wed 5.45-7.15, Sat 10.30 to 12.30, Tel: 20073865 email: Knit and Natter Group: Tues 11am-3pm, Thurs 5.30-7.30pm, at Arts & Crafts Shop, Casemates balcony. Free to join and refreshments provided. Tel: 20073865. The Arts Centre: Prince Edward’s Road, Art classes for children and adults. For more info call Tel: 200 79788. The Fine Arts Association Gallery: At Casemates. Open 10am-2pm, 3-6pm Mon-Fri, Sat 11am-1pm. The Gibraltar Decorative and Fine Arts Society: Affiliated to UK NADFAS meets third Wed of month at 6.30pm at Eliott Hotel - lecturers & experts from the UK talk on Art etc. Contact: Chairman Claus Olesen 200 02024 Membership Ian Le Breton 200 76173 Board Games Calpe Chess Club & Junior Club: meets in Studio 1, John Mackintosh Hall Thursday, Juniors: 5p.m. - 7 p.m. / Tuesday & Thursday 7p.m. - 10:30 The Gibraltar Scrabble Club: Meets on Tuesdays at 3pm. Tel: Vin 20073660 or Roy 20075995. All welcome. The Subbuteo Club: Meets in Charles Hunt Room, John Mackintosh Hall. Dance Adult Dance Classes: Wed evenings at Kings Bastion Leisure Centre from 7-8.30pm. Contact Dilip on 200 78714. Art in Movement Centre: Hiphop/Break Dance,Contemporary Dance, Pilates, Capoeira, Acrobatics, Street Kids & Tods, Modern Dance. Performance and Film opportunities. Judo & Jujitsu Classes: Tue/ Thur with Sensei Conroy. All ages. Budokai Martial Arts Centre, Wellington Front. www. FB: Art In Movement A.I.M, tel 54025041 or 54007457 Ballet, Modern Theatre, Contemporary & Hip Hop: weekly at Danza Academy. Training from 3 years to Adult Advanced. 68/2 Prince Edward’s Rd Tel: 54027111. Bellydance Classes, all levels, Tue 8-9pm at the Ocean Village Gym (non–members welcome). Contact 54005593. DSA Old & Modern Sequence Dancing: Sessions at Central Hall Fri 8.30pm, beginners 8pm. Tel: 200 78901 or Everybody welcome. Modern & Latin American Sequence Dancing: Mon at Catholic Community Centre 8pm. Tel. Andrew 200 78901. Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Flexibility, Hip Hop & Dance Theatre: Classes weekly at Urban Dance Studio, 2 Jumpers Bastion. Tel: Yalta 54012212 or Jolene 54015125. Rockkickers Linedance Club: Governor’s Meadow 1st School. Salsa Gibraltar Salsa: Tues at Laguna Social Club, Laguna Estate. Beginners 7-8.30pm. Intermediates 8.30-10pm. Tel: Mike 54472000 or Zumba Classes at Urban Dance: Jumpers Bastion, with certified instructor Tyron Walker. Tel: 20063959 or 54012212 or Twitter: @UrbanDanceGib 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. New members welcome. Tel: 200 44643. Garrison Library Tours: at 11am on Fri, duration 1h 50mins. Tel: 20077418. History Alive: Historical re-enactment parade. Main Street up to Casemates Square every Sat at 12 noon. Music Gibraltar National Choir and Gibraltar Junior National Choir: Rehearses at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Tel: 54831000. The Calpe Band: Mon & Wed. For musicians of brass/woodwind instruments


of all standards/ages/abilities 7-9pm. Tel: 54017070 or Jazz Nights: Thurs at 9pm at O’Callaghan Eliott Hotel. Tel: 200 70500. Outdoor Activities The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Gibraltar: Exciting self-development programme for young people worldwide equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. Contact: Award House, North Mole Road, PO Box: 1260. mjpizza@, Social Clubs The Rotary Club of Gibraltar meets the Rock Hotel, 7pm Tuesday evenings. Guests welcome. For contact or info Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes: (Gibraltar Province) meets RAOB Club, 72/9 Prince Edward’s Road ­- Provincial Grand Lodge, Thu/month, 7.30pm. William Tilley 2371, Thurs 8.30pm. Buena Vista 9975, monthtly, Social Lodge. www.akearn1.wix. com/raob-gibraltar, william.tilley.lodge@, Clive, tel: 58008074 Special Interest Clubs & Societies Creative Writers Group: meets up on Tuesday mornings at 10.30 in O’Reillys Irish Bar and it is free to attend. Tel: Carla 54006696. Gibraltar Book Club: For info Tel: Parissa 54022808. Gibraltar Horticultural Society: meets 1st Thurs of month 6pm, J.M. 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. Tel: 54008426 or Facebook: Gibraltar Photographic Society: Meets on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. Wellington Front. Induction courses, talks, discussions, competitions etc. For details contact the secretary on, Harley Davidson Owners’ Club: Lions Club of Gibraltar: Meets 2nd and 4th Wed of the month at 50 Line Wall Road. St John’s Ambulance: Adult Volunteers Training Sessions from 8-10pm on Tues. Tel: 200 77390 or The Royal British Legion: For info or membership contact the Branch Secretary 20074604 or write to PO Box 332. UN Association of Gibraltar: PO Box 599, 22a Main Street. Tel: 200 52108. Sports Supporters Clubs Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Club: Meets at Star Bar, Parliament Lane, when Spurs games are televised - call prior to matches to check game is televised. Great food for a lunch if KO is early or an early supper if the game is later. Gibraltar Arsenal Supporters Club: Meets match days upstairs at Time Out Café, Eurotowers. Gooners of all ages welcome. For info/news visit Tel: 54010681 (Bill) or 54164000 (John). Gibraltar Hammers: Meets 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 www. or gibraltarhammers@ Sports & Fitness Artistic Gymnastics: Gibraltar Artistic Gymnastics Association. Tel: Angela 200 70611 or Sally 200 74661. Athletics: Gibraltar Amateur Athletics Association holds competitions through 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 BWF& BE) junior club/tournaments, senior leagues/ recreational. Ballet Barre Fitness: Adults on Wed 10am & Fri 6pm at The Arts Centre. Tel: 54033465

or 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. Boxing: Gibraltar Amateur Boxing Association (member IABA) gym on Rosia Rd. Over 13s welcome. Tuition with ex-pro boxer Ernest Victory. Tel: 56382000 or 20042788. Cheerleading: Gibraltar Cheerleading Association, girls and boys of all ages. Chearleading and street cheer/hip hop at Victoria Stadium. Recreational / competitive levels. Tel: 58008338. Canoeing: Gibraltar Canoeing Association. Tel: Nigel 200 52917 or Arturo 54025033. Cricket: Gibraltar Cricket, National Governing Body & Associate Member of ICC. Governs International & Domestic Men’s, Women’s, Boys’ & Girls’ cricketleague & cup competitions and in-school coaching., info@, Twitter: @Gibraltar_Crick Cycling: Gibraltar Cycling Association various cycling tours. Darts: Gibraltar Darts Association (full member of WDF & affiliate of BDO). We cater for men, ladies & youth who take part in leagues, competitions and a youth academy for the correct development of the sport. Tel: Darren 54027171 Secretary, Alex 54021672 Youth Rep, Justin  54022622 President. Email: info@ Football: Gibraltar Football Association leagues/competitions for all ages OctoberMay. Futsal in summer, Victoria Stadium. Tel: 20042941 Gaelic Football Club (Irish sport): Males any age welcome. Get fit, play sport, meet new friends, travel around Spain/Europe and play an exciting and competitive sport. Training every Wed on the MOD pitch on Devil’s Tower Road at 7pm. Andalucia League with Seville and Marbella to play matches home and away monthly. Visit www.gibraltargaels. com or Hockey: Gibraltar Hockey Association (members FIH & EHF) high standard competitions/training for adults/juniors. Tel: Eric 200 74156 or Peter 200 72730 for info. Iaido: teaches the Japanese sword (Katana), classes every week. Iwa Dojo, Kendo & Jujitsu: Classes every week, for kids/adults. Tel: 54529000 www. or Judo and Ju-jitsu: Gibraltar Budokai Judo Association UKMAF recognised instructors for all ages and levels at Budokai Martial Arts Centre, Wellington Front. Tel: Charlie 20043319. Ju-jitsu: Gibraltar Ju-jitsu Academy training and grading for juniors/seniors held during evening at 4 North Jumpers Bastion. Tel: 54011007. Karate-do Shotokai: Gibraltar Karate-do Shotokai Association - Karate training for junior & seniors at Clubhouse, Shotokai karate centre, 41H Town Range. Monday: 9:30 p.m. & Wednesday 9:45 p.m. Karate: Shotokan karate midday Mon beginners, other students 8.30pm. Thurs 8.30pm. In town at temporary dojo or privately by arrangement. Contact Frankie 54038127 or Motorboat Racing: Gibraltar Motorboat Racing Association Tel: Wayne 200 75211. Muay Thai and Muay Boran Club: Tues & Thur at Boyd’s Kings Bastion Leisure Centre at 6:30pm, Tel: John – 54024707 FB: Gibraltar Muay Thai Netball: Gibraltar Netball Association (affiliated FENA & IFNA) competitions through year, senior/junior leagues. Tel: 20041874. Petanque: Gibraltar Petanque Association. New members welcome. Tel: 54002652. Pilates: Intermediate Pilates: Tues & Fri 9.30am, beginners Pilates: Fri 10.50am at the Shotokai Centre, 41H Town Range. Tel: 54033465 or Gibraltar Pool Association: (Member of the EBA) home and away league played on Thurs through out the season, various tournaments played on a yearly basis both nationally and internationally, Tel: 56925000,

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Gibraltar Rhythmic Gymnastics Association runs sessions from 4 years of age, weekday evenings. Tel: 56000772 or Sally 200 74661. Rugby: Gibraltar Rugby Football Union training for Colts (w+), seniors and veterans. Play in Andalusia 1st Division. Contact: secretary@ Sailing: Gibraltar Yachting Association junior/ senior competitive programme (April - Oct) Tel: Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club at 200 78897. Shooting: Gibraltar Shooting Federation. Rifle, Europa Point Range (Stephanie 54020760); Clay pigeon, East Side (Harry 200 74354); Pistol, near Royal Naval Hospital (Louis 54095000). Snooker: Members of European Billiards & Snooker Association - facilities at Jumpers Bastion with 3 tables. Professional coaching for juniors/seniors. Organised leagues/ tournaments and participation in international competitions. Tel: 56262000 / 54000068, or Squash: Gibraltar Squash Association, Squash Centre, South Pavilion Road (members WSF & ESF). Adult and junior tournaments and coaching. Tel: 200 44922. Sub-Aqua: Gibraltar Sub-Aqua Association taster dives for over 14s, tuition from local clubs. Voluntary sports clubs: Noah’s Dive Club and 888s Dive Club. Tel: 54991000. Commercial sports diving schools available. Time - Thursday 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.. Telephone, Jenssen Ellul - 54027122 Swimming: Gibraltar Amateur Swimming Association (member FINA & LEN) opens its pool for leisure swimming. Junior lessons, squad for committed swimmers, water polo. Pool open Mon&Thurs: 7-10am, 12.30-4pm. Tue, Wed, Fri: 7-10am, 12:30-5pm. Sat: 3-5pm. Sun: closed. Mon to Fri from 5-6pm groups training. 6-7.30 squad training. Mon, Wed, Fri 7.30-8.30 swimming joggers, Tues & Thurs 7:30-8:30 junior Water polo. Mon, Tues & Thurs 8:30-10pm Adult water polo. Tel: 200 72869. Table Tennis: Gibraltar Table Tennis Association training and playing sessions, Victoria Stadium, Tues 6-10pm and Thurs 8-11pm with coaching and league competition. Tel: 56070000 or 20060720. Taekwondo: Gibraltar Taekwondo Association classes/gradings Tel: Mari 20044142 or www. Tai Chi: Tai Chi for children and adults. Mon-Thur 6.30-8pm at Kings Bastion Leisure Centre and Sat 9am-1pm at the Yoga Centre, 33 Town Range. Tel: Dilip 200 78714. Tennis: Gibraltar Tennis Association, Sandpits Tennis Club. Junior development programme. Courses for adults, leagues and competitions. Tel: Louis 200 77035. Ten-Pin Bowling: At King’s Bowl in the King’s Bastion Leisure Centre every day. Gibraltar Ten Pin Bowling (members FIQ & WTBA) leagues, training for juniors and squad. Tel: 200 52442. Triathlon: Hercules Triathlon Club organises swimming, running and cycling training sessions and competes regularly in Andalucia and Internationally. Contact chris.walker@york. gi or Facebook “Hercules Triathlon Club” Volleyball: Gibraltar Volleyball Association training, indoor leagues, beach volleyball competition, 3 v 3 competition, juniors and seniors. Tel: 54001973 or 54885000. 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: Meet at Ince’s Hall Theatre Complex, 310 Main Street. Tel: 20042237. Trafalgar Theatre Group: Meets 2nd Wed of month, Garrison Library 8pm. All welcome.


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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 12345 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 10am-6pm (Sat 10am-2pm). Admission: Adults £2/ Children under 12 - £1. Exhibitions also at Casemates gallery. Gibraltar Garrison Library Tel: 200 77418 2 Library Ramp Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm. Free Library tour offered every Friday at 11am. Registry Office Tel: 200 72289 It’s possible to get married within 48 hours. A fact taken advantage of by stars such as Sean Connery & John Lennon. Emergency calls only: Fire/Ambulance ����������������������������������������� Tel: 190 Police ���������������������������������������������������Tel: 199/112 Emergency Number Tel: 112 94

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SLEEP SOLUTIONS Let sleeping parents lie


hen you become a new parent, your conversations will generally revolve around three things:

It’s a wellknown method of torture for good reason. It can break the resolve and sanity of most.

nappies - of which there are plenty,

feeding - there is always too much or too little and

sleep - which you can basically give up on. What’s that? You are a new parent and you are sleeping?! Don’t tell anyone that, they’ll only hate you.

There’s a good reason why parents only hang out with other parents 99% of the time. “Oh, I didn’t do much this weekend.” My child-free friend said nonchalantly, “It was pretty boring. I slept through most of it.” Are you kidding me?! What once constituted a dull weekend is now the stuff of my dreams, if I had the chance to dream 96

that is. The thing you just did when you weren’t doing anything interesting suddenly becomes a rare and prized commodity. Want to know what new parents argue about the most? I can almost promise you it’ll be over who is the most tired (and for the record, it is always Mum who is most tired).

advocate co-sleeping while traditionalists tend to promote ‘cry it out’. Both methods appear to have their own advantages and disadvantages. Co-sleeping is common practice, but comes with horror stories of babies suffocating under pillows or sleeping parents. Equally, there have been studies which claim that the stress babies experience ‘crying it out’ is detrimental to their health and wellbeing.

People often cite the first year of parenthood as the most challenging, However, you only have to look around you to see plenty of families safely and and from personal experience, I responsibly practising co-sleeping with would have to agree - I think sleep deprigreat results. Likewise, many of my parents’ vation plays a large role in that. It’s a wellgeneration who were often left to cry known method of torture for it out don’t appear to have any big good reason. It can break the We’re resolve and sanity of most. desperate for emotional or attachment issues, so I’m of the opinion that if you exercise a break, and some common sense and listen to While many will agree on how don’t they yourself and your child, you will find a difficult life is on little sleep, know it! method which suits you all. how you encourage your baby to sleep is as equally divisive Of course, aside from these ‘sleeping as the “breast is best” vs “fed is best” demethods’ there are the products that claim bate. Gentle parenting methods generally GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017

parenting to help babies sleep. Have you bought an overpriced battery guzzling ‘sleep aid’ that goes by the name of Ewan? Or the seahorse that sounds like he’s suffering from musical indigestion? Do you blast your Hoover around the house at nap time or have you saved yourself the effort and bought a white noise app? Chamomile-infused baths? Lavender oil massages? Lullabies? Swaddles and sleep sacks? Swings, slings or rockers? Pacifiers or comforters? A sleep book or a consultation with a ‘Sleep Expert’? Sleep solutions are big business. We’re desperate for a break, and don’t they know it! An exhausted parent could literally spend hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds trying out all the different products and methods available, as frustratingly, what works for one child and one family, won’t necessarily work for another. Instead, do what suits you and your little one, while rememCreate your bering that they will, one own sleep day, outgrow these habits. time routine

with its own

ed of them. Consistency is the key to sleep settling... Make it easy for your child to understand what it is you want them to do and don’t confuse them by changing the routine.”

ing asleep in my arms but prefer to sleep in the cot where they can stretch out.”

Tanira Rodriguez echoed the sentiments of There is one tip which can light, noise and all the mothers I spoke to when she said “I help all children, the word I activity levels... think mums should do whatever is easiest hear most often repeated is for them and works best with their child, As well as the experts, who better to “consistency”. Sarah Norris, the happier the baby is, the better they will ask than other mums? Katrine Borge maternity nurse and author of “The Baby sleep.” is uber qualified as a mum of four boys Detective” shared the following with me: (three of whom are triplets). She shared So there you have it, there is no simple her pragmatic approach “As long as they “If I was to pick one tip to help parents solution. You will remove a lot of the stress sleep and I sleep, I don’t care where!” with sleep problems, it would be to create if you take the route that is the easiest for your own sleep time routine with its own you and your child, and only you can know Annaliz Ferro Silva who settles her daughlight, noise and activity levels e.g. dark, what that is. ter in her bed before moving her to her quiet and calm, with a set of words used own bed shared “No adults sleep with their to settle child (with a baby you can also I slept trained my first, I have parents, do they? In the meanuse swaddles, pacifiers, comforters and Make it easy co-slept with my second. Both time, I enjoy the cuddling at the white noise, with a reassuring head stroke had their own merits and disadend of every day and it is actually or bottom pat). These become the child’s for your child vantages. Whatever you choose the highlight of my day.” sleep signals and the more you use them, to understand to do, be consistent. Seek the the stronger they become, so always use what it is you support you need in the meanexactly the same routine every time you Conversely, Shailah Lopez shared want them to time. Find chances for naps, put your child or baby down to sleep and “My two are eleven months old. do and don’t early bed times, lie ins, and hold they will very quickly learn what is expectThey love cuddles and even fallconfuse them... onto that thought - one day they’ll be grizzly teenagers you’ll be kicking them out of bed. Until then, there’s always coffee.

Polly Lavarello is Editor of Mum on the Rock Email: Web: GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2017


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