The Gibraltar Magazine April 2021

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GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE April 2021 | Vol.26 #06










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APRIL ISSUE EDITOR'S NOTE At last, spring has sprung and life as we know it is returning to (a new) normal. How have you spent your first month of freedom?

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower, The periwinkle trailed its wreaths; And ’tis my faith that every flower Enjoys the air it breathes. The birds around me hopped and played, Their thoughts i cannot measure:— But the least motion which they made It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

March saw the end of our curfew due to the low prevalence of the virus, and at last we can meander down Main Street without the need for face masks. A positive step towards what I hope will be another relatively free summer. A huge congratulations to our dedicated health care professionals for vaccinating our entire adult population in record time (we even made it onto ITV, Sky, and the Telegraph, amongst other outlets!). In this Easter issue, Gianna looks back at the origins of the holiday, and you’ll be happy to hear it involves bollos de hornazo (p. 36). In Art Club, Bea talks us through 7 simple steps to draw the famous Moai statues on Easter Island (p. 55). This remote volcanic island in Polynesia also goes by its native name - Rapa Nui. Grab your pencils, and don’t forget to tag us! April 23rd is Shakespeare Day (Happy Birthday, Bill!), and to celebrate, Carmen spoke to some of our local actors, directors, and writers for their take on the Bard of Avon’s most prolific quotes (p. 45). We also took to the streets to ask you what your most memorable quote is (p. 08). As travel plans appear more of a realistic possibility on the horizon, we can enjoy the last instalment of Chris’ ‘Traveller’s Diary’ without the green-eyed monster lurking, as Shakespeare would put it (p. 63). But is Gibraltar ready for the return of tourism in a post-pandemic world? Eran and Ayelet dissect vacations, eco-led tourism, and the rise of the independent traveller (p. 18). And to finish off with a treat, Pete talks anchovies and garlic; the staples of any good mediterranean pantry (p. 60), whilst Andrew provides some accompanying vino wisdom (p. 68). ¡Felices Pascuas!

- William Wordsworth



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08 Hello There: What is your favourite quote? 10 News 16 Charity in the Community


BUSINESS 18 Post Covid-19 Tourism: Is Gibraltar Ready? 22 Out with the Old, In with the Green 24 The Case Method: Pizza Express and Mr Peterborough

LIFE 26 The Leather Artisan 30 The Teenage Scientist: Marco Arturo 34 Let’s Talk Real: Domestic Abuse 36 The Origins of Easter

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55 Art Club: Draw the Moai Statues on Easter Island in 7 Steps 58 Bookish: Our Monthly Book Club

LEISURE 60 Garlic and Anchovies: The Twin Pillars of Umami 63 A Traveller’s Diary Part IV: Vietnam to Bangkok 68 Become a Wine Expert in 60 Minutes: Part II 71 The Scoreboard: The Return of the Game 73 The Urology Guys: Me and My Prostate 74 Brave in the Attempt: The Special Olympics 77 Confessions of a Beauty Addict: Maskne Be Gone

40 The ‘Kibbutz’ Experience: Levi Attias

80 Dress to Impress: Denim, Knits & Prints



43 Music: New Albums for Magik and Apalósbreeze 45 Words of Wit and Wisdom: Shakespeare

86 Recipes: Spinach Pie and Spinach, Coconut and Courgette Soup 88 Information

49 Being with Trees: Landmark Exhibition

93 #GibsGems

50 Frankscapes, Bikers, and Minimalism

95 Coffee Time

53 Ode to a Pear

94 Kids Korner

COVER Model: Stephanie Van Lunzen Make Up & Hair: Siobhan Parody Ellis Dress Designer: Gail Busto

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Angela Almeida Director of The Dream Team VA Ltd "I do believe, induced by potent circumstances that thou art mine enemy.” William Shakespeare, Henry VIII I love this quote, it is only something a Brit would say whilst smoking a pipe and sporting a raised eyebrow.

Laura Huma BD Assistant at ISOLAS LLP Pascal and La Rochefoucauld have condemned to a large extent the concept of self-love in the 17th century, but the following still remains one of Shakespeare’s favourite quotes for me: "Self-love, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting." (Henry V) It always reminds me of the importance of cherishing and nourishing ourselves first, filling our cups before filling others. The less we commit the sin of self-neglecting, the happier we become, hence the more we can serve our families and societies and create better relationships with those around us, both in our personal and private life.

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Richard Garcia Historian, Author, and Philatelist “How beauteous mankind is. O brave new world That has such people in it.” This quotation comes from The Tempest, which I particularly like. It is spoken by Miranda, and is ironic within its context. However, at face value, it is a beautiful sentiment: recognising that everyone has beauty, in some way or another, be it physical or in terms of personality. We can all work together to create a Brave New World, and it would be wonderful if we did. Photo credit: Gladys Yanes

Pat Bonifacio Retired Teacher “And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones and good in everything.” William Shakespeare, (As You Like It)

Tessa Imossi

These words are a timeless reminder of how the natural environment can provide me with perspective and solace. A walk under trees, beholding the beauty and wonder of a flower, the sound of flowing water all inspire me. I chose this quote because it encourages one to take time out to recharge and reconnect with nature and enjoy the restorative peace it offers. I feel blessed to have the magical Alameda Gardens a few steps away from my home where I can find the ‘good in everything’.

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” This quote from Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well is one of my favourites, for if you follow this advice, you should live a happy life.



news MORRISON’S BOOK STALL FOR CANCER RELIEF A message from Andrew Kimberly, who runs the charity book stall in Morrison's (located just past the tills near the emergency exit) for Cancer Relief: “The stall was set up by Morrison’s a while back to help raise much-needed funds for our fabulous Cancer Relief Centre. It was January last year when I decided that I would help promote the stall. I was then and still am a volunteer at the Centre so I have first-hand experience of what a great place the centre is and the valuable service that they provide for our community. I soon found out that regular visits to the stall were essential to ensure that the shelves were kept tidy and well-stocked. The stall’s popularity has grown incredibly over the last year or so and especially during the Covid lockdowns. The public have

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been very complimentary and some have even said that it has been a lifeline for many.”

The Centre added: "Cancer Relief is delighted with the ongoing popularity of the book stall and all the generous individuals who support it by providing books or leaving donations. We hope it will continue to play an important part in our community and support the charity's services. Special thanks to Morrisons and Andrew and our volunteers for their hard work on the stall."

LOCAL MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR NATIONAL WEEK An exciting festival of local music, which will form part of the National Week celebrations, is being planned for Friday 3rd September. It is one of several events being planned for the autumn with a strong Gibraltarian flavour, aimed at delivering a diverse line-up of local talent and musical variety. These events will this year replace the Gibraltar Music Festival.

GCS is excited to be working with Dion Mifsud and Nolan Frendo on this culturally valuable project and event. Friday Night Live has been an engaging platform during COVID-19 and the social lockdown, placing our musicians and artists frontline. It has brought together performers of all ages to entertain Gibraltar during a period of uncertainty and has demonstrated the uniqueness and strength of our community spirit.


news WRITING INITIATIVE FOR YOUNG AUTHORS A writing initiative to nurture young authors has been devised for people aged 14 to 25 years. The successful applicants will be given the opportunity to work alongside some of Gibraltar’s established authors and others experienced in literature and writing, who will be able to share their insight and knowledge. The aspiring young writers will be mentored and encouraged to write an original story/ composition which will then be published to coincide with World Book Day 2022. To apply young authors will have to complete an entry form and submit written material to include: • why they would like to form part of this initiative; • why they write, and what their inspiration is; • what their writing style is; and • sample(s) of their work. The successful entrants will have to commit to sessions with the authors and mentors, these meetings may be in person or online. They will also have to work to specific set deadlines. Entry forms can be downloaded from and will include terms and conditions of entry. For enquiries, please contact the Cultural Development Unit on Tel 200 49161 or email GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021


news Poetry Bites Gibraltar

It is a memory with living truth Her sky-tops exhume the proof Of an ancient heart, a modern mind Those who explore her corners shall find 'Tis not the salt, the sand, but the history of the land, With all breathing beings cocooned in her mist, Which leads her brethren to flourish in her midst.

By Christine Guluzian Coombs

WORLD’S FIRST BRITISH WBC CHAMPIONSHIP COIN A new coin commissioned by the Gibraltar National Mint has been struck to celebrate the Interim WBC Heavyweight Championship fight that took place in Gibraltar between Brixton born Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte and Alexander ‘Russian Vityaz’ Povetkin. The Two Pound coin, which features both boxers’ portraits, is the first Official WBC coin to be released. Struck on Tuesday, for the first time at the Tower Mint in London, on behalf of the Gibraltar National Mint, a special event was held where Dillian Whyte’s former teachers from Lillian Baylis Technology School brought along a few current students to take part in the first striking of the coin. The first coin was struck by Albert Poggio on behalf of the Mint and Julian Santos, a Gibraltarian lawyer, representing Dillian Whyte. Also present at the event was a representative of the British Boxing Board of Control.

STREET ART MURAL WALK Gibraltar Cultural Services on behalf of the Ministry of Culture is launching a new Street Art Mural walk, which it will be promoting as a flyer and online. The flyer aims to promote the artwork found in different areas within the City Centre. The flyer will encourage residents and tourists alike to visit each site and appreciate the work that has been produced by numerous artists. There are currently twelve complete murals, some site-specific depicting different styles and concepts, with a series also promoting prominent Gibraltarian artist Gustavo Bacarisas. This publicity material is in addition to the Art Walk Tours that promote Gibraltar’s art galleries, namely the Mario Finlayson National Gallery at the City Hall, the Fine Arts Gallery at Casemates and the GEMA at Montagu Bastion. You can access the flyer online on

Joining the event via FaceTime, Dillian remarked how grateful he was to his former teachers for helping him to achieve his goals, and how honoured he felt to be featured on a coin.



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news CURRICULUM CHANGES IN SCHOOLS As from this September, and for the first time ever, boys and girls in Gibraltar will have identical options presented to them as they choose the subjects they will take for GCSEs. There will now be equity in the opportunities afforded to students when choosing their options at KS4. The changes will be rolled out for this September will result in both schools delivering Child Development, Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, Dance, Design Technology and Sociology at KS4. These were subjects that were previously on offer at only one of the two schools and had not been available for students of both schools. The Department of Education is exploring an exciting vocational route in Fashion and Textile Design to replace the outgoing Art and Design (Textiles) offering. This new vocational route, envisaged to be implemented in September 2022, will join the new Hair & Beauty and Digital Technologies vocational qualifications currently offered by the schools. These further curriculum developments highlight the Government’s continuing commitment to introduce vocational qualifications in schools. Additionally, both Secondary Schools will be offering a GCSE in Computer Science in September 2021 as part of the KS4 programme of study. This will offer students two equally valuable pathways to develop their digital skills. Students can opt to embark on the vocational Digital 14

Technologies qualification or they can pursue the more academic GCSE in Computer Science. The Department of Education is continuing to work on the development of an access curriculum for those students in KS4 who may, for differing reasons, struggle to access the full range of Level 2 qualifications offered in our secondary schools. It is envisaged that this access curriculum will allow students to develop and achieve certification for critical skills alongside their Level 2 choices. This offering

will allow students to fulfil their potential in our schools and will ultimately be to the benefit of our community which will stand to gain from a more competent future workforce who will feel more confident in their own abilities and who will be able to contribute more effectively to our society.


news PUNNY CORNER Q: What do you call a parade of rabbits hopping backwards? A: A receding hare-line. Thanks to Joel for sending in this pun! Do you have one to share? Email!



charity in the community A KIND DONATION A wonderful example of youth supporting charity, the lovely Francisca Campos was the winner of Casais's 2020 Christmas Card Design Competition in December. Francisca and her family made the heart-warming decision to donate the £1000 prize to Cancer Relief and Casais agreed to match their donation, making a total of £2000! Cancer Relief said: “We would like to thank Francisca and family for such a generous gesture in the spirit of Christmas and Casais for matching it. Their donation will go directly helping Cancer Relief provide our services to our community."

CHILDLINE’S BLUE WEEK: 15TH – 20TH MARCH ‘Blue Week’, Childline’s annual week of raising awareness, took place between 15th - 20th March. In a year dominated by the pandemic, CHILDLINE’s services have been in demand more than ever before. In order to compensate for the Covid restrictions, our staff and volunteers have had to work harder and even more imaginatively. During Blue Week, presentations to all school year groups were delivered via a video assembly, thanks to the cooperation of our own Childline Blue Bear and, of course, the Department of Education.


Thanks to the support of HM Government of Gibraltar the Moorish Castle and the fountain roundabout was lit up in blue all week. Various activities took place throughout the week including a children’s colouring activity where children are invited to use their imagination on what Charlie Bear, Childline’s mascot, likes to do on a day out wherever their imagination took them. The also held a ‘Charlie Bear’s Blue Bake Off’ competition during the week, inviting young people to bake something with a touch of blue. Participants uploaded their bakes on social media platforms On Thursday 18th, the everpopular Blue Week Quiz for adults, was hosted virtually this year due to current restrictions. Teams of up to 6 people took part and each team was allocated their own virtual room to confer and socialize privately during quiz rounds.

blue to show their support for Childline Gibraltar’s mission to end all forms of cruelty to children in Gibraltar and for this we need to be able to reach out to all those children, parents and families that need us, when they need us. The week ended with a children’s quiz on GBC radio on Saturday 20th where children joined in and a pair of best friends won one of Childline’s fantastic goodie bags. Blue Bear was busier than ever, out and about during the week, visiting our generous contributors and making special guest appearances to local businesses. Childline relies on the community’s support in order to provide its range of services to Gibraltar’s children and young people. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so online via our website

On Friday’s Blue Day, students across all schools, organisations, businesses and individual supporters wore


charity in the community “EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY CANCER”. This is what motivated personal trainer Reece Donovan to do the "The 4x4x48" challenge created by David Goggins and raise funds in aid of Cancer Research UK (Gibraltar). The challenge consists of running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours. Despite the awful weather conditions over the weekend, lack of sleep plus a total of 1000 push ups, Reece was mentally strong enough to fight through all the setbacks and complete the challenge, raising over an amazing 2000euros which he presented to Giovi Viñales of CRUK-GIB in The World Trade Center. Cancer Research is the UK's leading charity dedicated purely to


cancer research in the worldwide battle against cancer. CRUK Gibraltar proudly supports the work done and is fully transparent about how the money raised is spent to ensure that "Together we will beat cancer”. Hopefully Reece will inspire others to start fundraising for local charities.




Is Gibraltar ready?


oming off the worst year in tourism history, there’s little sense of optimism in the travel industry in early 2021. Following an estimated $1.3 trillion loss in global tourism revenue in 2020, travel restrictions are being reintroduced in 2021 as governments are trying to curb the spread of new, potentially more dangerous variants of the novel coronavirus. While the brief recovery in the summer months of 2020 had fuelled hopes of a quick recovery for the tourism sector, those hopes have been dashed by the fall/ winter wave of the pandemic. While travel experts are now very cautious in their outlook, one thing for surethe pandemic is changing the way people will travel and the way they will spend their holidays in the coming years. It is important to understand these emerging trends in order to be better prepared for the post-pandemic tourism,

especially in Gibraltar, where tourism is the heart and soul of our economy. LONGER VACATIONS Longer stay holidays will become more popular post-Covid-19, as travellers choose to 'work from holiday'. The pandemic has proved to many employers that their staff can work effectively whilst working remotely and don’t need to rush back to the office. Connected to the trend for digital nomadism that sees people able to work from anywhere, annual leave allowances will become far less restrictive, allowing holidays to last longer. Moreover, the pandemic has forced us to slow down and many of us are not in a hurry to return to a fast-paced style of travel. The point-topoint holiday, whereby travellers fly to a single location and then return home, will be rivalled by

Travel experts are now very cautious in their outlook.


an emerging trend for trips that occur at a slower pace, with more time spent at the destination. For Gibraltar, this could potentially mean more interest from visitors looking for an extended vacation here rather than being a day trip destination. THE RISE OF THE INDEPENDENT TRAVELLER In the era of social distancing, group travel and overcrowded attractions will be replaced by independent travellers – be that a family unit, couples or individuals - preferring to travel on their own rather than being amassed on a tour bus with strangers, which carries the risk of the entire group being put in isolation should any of them be found to be infected. Similarly, travellers may prefer to avoid the crowds by venturing to lesser-known destinations or by opting to travel off-season. For Gibraltar this could mean seeing less cruise-liners’ visitors and organised tour groups, and more independent travellers which requires re-focusing on the way GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021


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Many are ready to tackle that challenge. these visitors would need to be transported around Gibraltar, and be catered for (restaurants, shop opening hours etc.). MORE ECO AND ACTIVITY-LED TOURISM In the wake of the pandemic, people will be thinking far more carefully about the way they travel, and seeking out hotels and companies that are doing everything they can to minimise their impact on the planet. Early signs show that people also want to get more active on holiday and keep up the walking or cycling they enjoyed during lockdown. Many are also ready to tackle that challenge they’ve always dreamed of such as climbing up a mountain, deep sea diving, and other adventurous experiences. For Gibraltar, this opens potential for more nature-based and “green” activities, from e-Bikes and paddle GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

boards to other water sports and wildlife related tours. BIG SPENDING Travellers who can afford to will be plotting epic, once-in-alifetime trips over the next few years, reflecting huge pent-up demand for travel after drawnout restrictions. Living through a pandemic has sparked a reevaluation of people’s priorities and attitudes. For many of those confined to their homes during lockdown, it has been a time to

make plans. People are using this time to dream up the kind of big bucket list trips you never normally get around to planning. Locally this may mean, positioning Gibraltar in the luxury travel segment - a once in a lifetime destination offering once in a lifetime experiences, from helicopter tours to yacht sailing. TECHNOLOGY Technology is a major force in creating flexibility in the tourism industry. Technology can connect 19


people without any physical contact. Thus, implementing technological innovations in the tourism sector can deliver a more personalised experience along with a more sanitised servicefrom digital check-in at hotels to smart apps allowing independent travellers to better plan their visit, reserve places at restaurants, attractions and events. Digitalising the Gibraltar tourism experience can open many opportunities

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for local retailers and attraction operators as well as enable stakeholders to gather Big Data on tourism trends to further enhance the Gibraltar tourism product. In conclusion, it may not be until 2022 that all the countries of the world have reopened their borders. While there are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic, optimism is a choice – and when you view the world through a lens of positivity, you can start

seeing opportunities instead of challenges. It may not always be obvious but the Covid-19 pandemic is giving the travel industry a chance to rebuild itself in a more ethical, considerate and regenerative way for the planet and its people. In Gibraltar, all stakeholders in the industry must work together to redefine the Gibraltar tourism experience in a way that will meet the expectations of the post-pandemic traveller. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

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OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE GREEN 2020 sees positive uptake in sustainability practices.



ooking back over the past 12 months, there have been encouraging signs towards a global effort in addressing climate change and a push towards a more sustainable future. The majority of global emitters have honed in on their climate commitments, with countries including the UK, China, Japan and South Korea, in addition to the EU, announcing net-zero goals. 2020 was a record year for green, social and sustainable debt issuance, with Bloomberg reporting an impressive $490 billion raised by governments, businesses and other groups. In the UK, Rishi Sunak has announced plans for an inaugural UK ‘green Gilt’ to be sold after the Cop26 climate conference later this year, financing projects that reduce carbon emissions. This, alongside continued inflows into ESG-orientated funds (amounting to $347 billion) are promising figures and further support the case that many parties are focused on investment into positive ESG practices. 22

Contributing to the interest in sustainable measures is the favourable regulatory landscape. The European Union is well underway in the creation of sustainable financing legislation with a CO2 taxonomy scheme to be implemented at the end of this year. In the US, newly elected President Biden who campaigned strongly on climate change, re-joined the Paris Climate Agreement during his first day in office and hopes to make the US power sector carbon free by 2035. 2021 is shaping up to have just as prominent a focus on ESG and sustainability as last year. This is not a passing trend, particularly given we are in what many UN scientists deem to be the last decade to alter the Earth’s trajectory and avoid irreversible damage to the planet from climate change (according to a 2018 IPCC report). Many companies and governments alike are changing tack or further committing to reduce their impact on the environment, from net zero goals and implementation of sustainable initiatives, as well as

2020 was a record year for green, social and sustainable debt issuance. strengthening positive social and governance credentials. To date, over 400 companies (representing over $3.6 trillion in market cap) have signed the ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C pledge’. These companies include Microsoft, L’Oreal, Mastercard, Nestle and Unilever, which are held in our funds. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2018 report stated that in order to meet the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degree limit of global warming, each country must reduce their CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Since then, 8 out of 10 of the world’s biggest economies have indeed vowed to be net zero by 2050. The US, under the Biden administration, is set to follow suit GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

business materials necessary for the clean energy transition. However, it must be emphasised that China remains heavily dependent on coal, which supplies almost 60% of its energy, and is the largest carbon emitter globally.

too. A further 29 countries and the EU, which account for 14.5% the world’s carbon emissions, have pledged the same. Pascal Lamy, former head of the World Trade Organization, told the FT that one and a half years ago “only 25 per cent of the world had a decarbonisation horizon. Today, 75 per cent of the world economy has a decarbonisation horizon”.

previously inconceivable statement from BP suggests that peak oil may have occurred in 2019. In fact, BP (with EnBW) has for the first time initiated into UK offshore wind, with a recent high-ticket purchase of £900m to buy the rights off the Crown Estate to build these wind farms, demonstrating their eagerness to enter this field.

It is clear there is an effort by many countries worldwide to move away from fossil fuels and towards green energy, thereby transforming their economies in alignment with climate change objectives. According to the IEA, renewables are on track to overtake coal as the largest source of energy by 2025. Further, a



China is the global leader in renewable energy generation, in terms of the monetary amount invested, with substantial investment into solar, wind, electric vehicles and battery production. Further to this, China has charge over the supply of raw

The momentum seen by governments and companies on the push towards green energy and sustainabilityconscious initiatives is encouraging. However, it is important to stress that there is still much to be done, with flaws in many climate strategies including differing standards of climate goals and their assessments, as well as the drastic operational transformations needed for many governments and companies to achieve their net-zero targets. At a company level, we look for businesses who are sincere in their ESG commitments, have a sense of social responsibility and are open to engaging with us on such matters. We hope that economies and companies embrace and implement long-term sustainability in their recoveries and employment opportunities, and that the trend of investing in greener initiatives continues. First published in IFA magazine. Reproduced with author’s consent. Harriet Evans is an Investment Analyst at Church House Investment Management. 23


THE CASE METHOD Pizza Express and Mr Peterborough.


eter Boizot, known amongst his business peers as Mr. Peterborough (the town where he was born and where he lived), was a very special and unique entrepreneur. A Cambridge University graduate in History, he was in some ways a genius and in other ways a lavish spender on business projects he enjoyed. One could say that he had a butterfly fashion approach towards life. But much to the dismay of some and the joy of most, business and pleasure were his main goals throughout his entire life and it seemed to work out fine. He invested vast amounts into things that needed a boost or were in financial trouble like Peterborough Football Club where he invested 5 million or the massive Odeon Building Cinema and the office building next to it in Peterborough as well, which 24

he decided to turn into an arts centre. He also acquired the Great Northern Hotel because he used to go there as a child with his parents and which he turned into a highly successful business. Peter Boizot was ultimately responsible for the creation of possibly the best quality pizza chain or necklace as he liked to describe it - in Britain, or perhaps the world: Pizza Express. It started in 1965 with an oven and one Sicilian cook. Since day one it produced and still does, the highest quality pizzas using the freshest ingredients in the most attractive settings. It is casual dining at its best. It is as Peter Boizot wanted it to be a different place altogether. From its early days in the 1960s with its first outlet located in Wardour Street London, it marked its own path introducing proper Pizza to all of Britain starting with one

Impossible was certainly not Peter Boizot’s favorite word. oven made in Naples, Italy and his Sicilian cook, and has certainly come a long way with its total present number of restaurants in Britain and abroad exceeding 600 units. The brand is very much an icon of casual dining in the UK, Ireland where it operates under the Milano brand, throughout Europe primarily under the Pizza Marzano name, Asia and further away. Impossible was certainly not Peter Boizot’s favorite word. Far from it in fact. His secret was quite simple: If he liked the business idea, he just went for it. When his company went public in 1993 GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

business it was quite successful and over a period of time the shares went from 40p to £5.10, making Mr. Peterborough richer than Croesus. And he surely spread the money about in other ventures. His new acquisitions and new restaurants included: Pizza on The Park in Hyde Park London where the best jazz in town could be heard; Peterborough Football Club; The Champagne Room in

His secret was quite simple: If he liked the business idea, he just went for it. Soho; and the monthly magazine, Boz. His efforts, often successful, to restore an important part of Soho in London where he owned Kettners, along Condotti in Mayfair, and a pub in Maida Vale, amongst other ventures are part of his brilliant business career. ‘To think it is all down to a simple round edible object from Napoli…’ Now that I have briefed my readers with a summary of the business life of this fascinating man it is the time to think of his ventures as a case to study and learn about it to be able to use his formulas and ideas for your future ventures or your existing ones. There are several things which must be asked before going into this matter any further. Some of these questions could be: What made Pizza Express so successful that from the 1960s GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

up until 2011 it made Peter Boizot richer than in the wildest of dreams, his interest in Pizza Express being valued at over £50 million in 2011, apart from the massive profits that he made for decades until he sold a large part of the company going public in 1993? Was it his unique formula regarding his simple but very clever idea of serving pizza in great outlets, his rule of having fresh flowers daily in each restaurant, never becoming fast food, but to an important extent remaining somehow artisan in his way of baking pizza and using superb pizza dough and ingredients? Was it his philanthropist touch in all his restaurants when he introduced his formula to donate 5p and later 25p for each pizza Venezziana sold in order to help prevent Venice sinking and other similar actions that followed some of which are still being carried out today? What about the fact that in this modern hospitality business sector, restaurateurs will change their menus with the click of a finger and yet, Peter Boizot first and now the new management, have altered little from the menus of Pizza Express for decades, taking into consideration that a proven formula is close to perfect and little is to be gained from changing it? What about Peter Boizot’s decision to go public and sell an important amount of his company? This happened in 1993. A very considerable number of franchise outlets were opened up since the date of going public but in 1996 the company started

Was Peter Boizot right or wrong to sell out? buying back en masse. In 2006 The Capricorn group and other investors bought the company and turned it private again. The price of shares soared to an incredible level between all those years. After turning private it was floated again in the stock market and was eventually sold again to the Chinese Group Hony Capital for £900 million. Was Peter Boizot right or wrong to sell out? All these interesting questions will surely lead entrepreneurs to come up with some fascinating answers. This will not be a case of right or wrong. The case is a lot more complex than that. But it will be a case of different points of view depending on different factors, timing and a variety of points of view. Altogether these thoughts will surely help start ups and established ventures to enrich their knowledge and to look at things from a different perspective.

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THE LEATHER ARTISAN Everywhere you go, always take the leather with you.



he Arts & Crafts shop in Casemates has recently welcomed a new artisan to its varied portfolio: Valencia-born graphic designer and parkour coach Marie Cediel recently moved to the Bay area following her Lithuanian boyfriend Ignas who got a job in Gibraltar last year. Marie is now selling her hand-painted recycled leather gadgets as well as holding creative classes for young children. Lithuania is where she discovered her passion for decorating leather with patterns inspired by Eastern European folklore, the love for mild green summers and the rebirth of nature after long winters. “I travel there every summer with my boyfriend. I have learnt the technique there, and I am influenced by their art, as they have a flourishing wood carving artistry, often embellished with 26

traditional motifs,” she says. “Of course, Lithuanians still see the ‘Spanish touch’ in my designs, but I am fascinated by Celtic and Nordic cultures, so I tend to reproduce their style in my choice of florals or abstracts.” The overall effect spans a panEuropean taste, with dainty, elegant, and colourful decorations reminiscent of Swiss or Austrian traditional decorations, but also the Berber ones you’d find while travelling Western Morocco, to confirm how fine artisanship transcends borders and cultures. Marie can make customised items upon request, so she will design your unique key-ring, fridge magnet, bookmark, coin purse, backpack or ‘bum bag’ with portraits of your family or your pets on it. “Painting leather is a timeconsuming and painstaking job,

"There is no room for mistakes in my work, one slip of the hand will have the piece thrown away." as I have to prep the leather with water and the first coat of paint, especially if the leather is dark in colour, and then draw and paint with a single-strand brush, holding my wrist nice and steady,” she explains. “There is no room for mistakes in my work, and unless I can rectify them, one slip of the hand will have the piece thrown away, and start all over with a blank one.” But mistakes are also a way to learn how to improve her technique and how to keep her GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

life Marie Cediel

into plant-based materials. She cuts out her shapes and usually stitches them, although sometimes she outsources the services of a cobbler.

hand steady and consistent: “When I paint, I meditate and control my respiration, so I can channel my positive energy into the object I am creating. If I am sad, nervous, if I’ve had too much coffee, or my cats jump on the table… it will reflect in my work! This means that when you buy one of my pieces, you also buy a piece of my moods!” GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

Marie salvages scraps of leather from cobblers and tailors, and often she works into her final creation the odd shapes she finds in their mixed bag, like round or oval shoulder pads or oblong patches that will do well as bookmarks. She also offers mock-leather options for animalists, usually synthetic, but she is looking

Marie trades under the logo Strange Bright, oriental-inspired in a fusion of a lotus flower, a sun with curly rays and a series of swirly waves around a bright yellow core, and she promotes herself with the motto ‘Si creces tù, crezco yo’, roughly translated as ‘I grow if you grow’, to highlight how her inspiration is a continuous journey. Another side of Mary is being a parkour coach: she is holding classes in La Linea at the moment, hoping to expand this project in Gibraltar. “Of course, we don’t leap from building to building like 27


you may see in movies, but we choose a rough terrain and we learn how to control our agility and strength on it. I would like to promote this in Gibraltar too, as I feel it to be a tool for children to develop friendships and companionship, while boosting their self-esteem and resiliency.” Marie is an accomplished watercolourist and experiments with techniques to give her paintings a contemporary flair. During lockdown, she started a project quite close to her heart: “I lost my dad when I was seven, closely followed by other members of the family,” she says. “Those were tough times for me, and now, as an adult, watching 28

other children losing family members during lockdown made me relive that grief, so I decided I wanted to create something to help them work through their bereavement.” She produced a series of watercolours inspired by her memories of her father and collected them in an illustrated children’s book, telling the story of Cayetana, a little girl looking for her daddy amongst the stars. At the moment, ‘Mi papa ha ido de viaje a las estrellas’ is available in Spanish only, but she’s looking into translating and publishing it in English too, or even better, in a bilingual edition that will serve the

double purpose of helping kids become fluent in both languages while they learn to confront loss. As a child, Marie’s favourite book was ‘Le Petit Prince’ and this reflects in the style of her illustrations. The cover picture, drawn in watercolours and china ink, shows little Cayetana snuggled on her dad’s globular belly that becomes a safe planet for her. “When I was little, his round shape was reassuring for me: when I sat there, it felt like I was on top of the world!” Visit, like Marie’s Instagram and Facebook pages, or contact for information about her artwork. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021


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Some of you may recognise the name Marco Arturo from his Facebook page, @ScienceMarco, which became a viral hit several years ago after he published a video on the anti-vaccine movement, aged just 12. These days, his page is more geared towards correcting misinformation on the friendly creatures that co-habit our planet, and debunking pseudoscience.

BY SOPHIE CLIFTON-TUCKER HI MARCO! TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF. I’m a 17-year-old Biology student from northeastern Mexico. I love nothing more than to flip rocks in search of interesting creatures. Other than that, I like talking about science and stuff. But mostly the flipping rocks thing. HOW DID YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE COME TO BE, AND WHAT WAS THE REACTION FROM THE PUBLIC LIKE? The story of how and why I initially created the page is quite long and messy. Basically, when I was 12 I became known in a large science group for a couple of videos, the second of which became viral for its criticism on the anti-vaccine movement. My personal account, to which I posted said videos, was reported by an anti-vaxxer and taken down by Facebook because you had to be at least 13 to own one. So, I created the page with 30

the exclusive motive of posting the videos there in response to the demand by the members of the group. A couple of days later it had amounted millions of views and given coverage by outlets such as CNN; something I still don’t understand. From one week to the next I had the responsibility of a platform with a large following and I wanted the content to be related to science, which has always been my passion. Unfortunately, attempting this made me realise that the public is more demanding of attacks on the anti-science community than of science itself. This realisation became the subject of a New York Times article, which detailed the story of how the difference in attention between my posts could serve as the canary in the coal mine. YOU TOOK A HIATUS FROM YOUR ACCOUNT – WHAT PROMPTED THIS? The stress a 12-year-old

experiences when randomly given a whole bunch of undeserving responsibilities and having to deal with issues that only arise from them made me take a hiatus from the page, focusing more on doing the things I like and sharing them on my personal profile. These included genuine science communication, wildlife photography, restoration and colorisation of historical images, getting into college in pursuit of a Biology degree, the publishing of a book, and mainly just going to the forest and desert looking for cool animals. WHAT MADE YOU RETURN, AND HOW HAS YOUR ACCOUNT NOW CHANGED? I made the decision to return to the page after years of considering just deleting it. The reason can be summarised as: I now feel completely prepared to run such a platform. I believe I’ve matured a bit since the age of 12, and all of the stress that used to derive from GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021


Marco Arturo

A couple of days later it had amounted millions of views. managing a page that received so many threats and even doxxing is what’s allowed me to develop a thicker skin and attitude. I’ll post the things I like even if most people demand insults to anti-vaxxers. If someone doesn’t like it - it’s just not for them. I’d rather share what I truly believe is best and more honest than comply with something I’m not comfortable with. So from now on you can expect to see posts GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

arguing for an ethical approach to wildlife, a clear and well-defined stance in support of science against pseudoscience without the need to attack or insult, and just trying to learn about science in general, because isn’t it just so cool?

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASS OF ANIMAL? TELL US SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THEM! My favorite animal depends on my current mood, since I’m passionate about all fauna; from 31

life That’s the weight of ten elephants’ worth of insects in a single night. It’s unbelievable. the microscopic rotifers to the majestic blue whales. However, lately I’ve been obsessed with the order Chiroptera: bats! These painfully ugly winged rats are some of the most fascinating creatures to ever exist on earth. They truly deserve a lot more love and admiration than they get. People think of them the same way they think of arachnids - that since they possess a rather unfortunate set of looks and a fair ability to defend themselves, they’re somehow actively out to get you. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Recently I stood alone in a small chamber at the end of a cave, accompanied only by thousands upon thousands of bats disorderly flying all around me. People subsequently asked me how I wasn’t scared of them biting me, to which I simply responded: why would they? What would an insectivorous critter gain from exposing itself to a potential predator? They simply don’t - in fact, they were making unbelievable efforts to avoid hitting me as they flew. Despite being surrounded by thousands in a dark and narrow space, none of them even grazed me. How can they pull this off? Well, that’s one of the things that make them so fascinating. They have an excellent sense of echolocation, which allows them to hunt small insects while flying in compete darkness through sound alone. It’s simply astonishing. We’ve all 32

heard that bats are the only true flying mammals, but to actually see what this means in person is phenomenal. To hold a live bat in your hand and see familiar structures; from its fur, to its teeth, to its skin, to identifying which fingers such as your own became which wing part. Apart from all of this, they serve a hugely important role in the ecosystem. There’s a cave a few hours away from me which holds a bat population that eats around 50 tons of insects per night. That’s right, 50 tonnes per night. That’s the weight of ten elephants’ worth of insects in a single night. It’s unbelievable. Without their contribution, insect populations would become uncontrolled and the subsequent damage to the environment would be unimaginable. Also, ever heard of tequila and mezcal? My home country’s greatest contribution to the universe? Well, bats are in charge of pollinating Agave plants, and our world-famous drinks would cease to exist without them. This is the case for much more than tequila; bats are crucial to the pollination of over 500 species of commercially important plants. Such is the case, that over 70% of the fruits we consume require the help of bats to reproduce. They also get a bad rep for things such as this pandemic, for which they’ve been ceaselessly hated on and blamed as the ultimate culprits. However, aren’t they the victims here? Many diseases

(of which, by definition, bats are victims) have spread from bats to humans, but that’s only when we go to their habitats and kill them. This virus mutated from the corpse of a bat who really just wanted to escape those scary bipedal mammals with flashlights in their cave. If you leave bats alone and admire them as the fantastic creatures they are, you won’t need to worry about getting transmitted anything other than a deep sense of awe and wonder. WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGES YOU WANT TO GET OUT THERE?

- Listen to the scientists on this

pandemic and on every subject they’re more qualified to discuss than yourself.

- Evolution is not just an

observable fact, it’s a truly fascinating process.

- Stop killing spiders and snakes. - Vaccinate when you get the chance.

- Don’t contribute to misinformation.

- Invite me to Gibraltar. - Be on the right side of history. - Do what you love. Keep up to date with Marco via his Facebook page, @ScienceMarco, and purchase his new book ‘Freedom, According to Atoms’ (about the life-changing truth of free will’s non-existence) via Amazon; available in English and Spanish. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

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Domestic abuse. BY ISOBEL ELLUL


adly, it comes as no surprise that domestic abuse in Gibraltar saw a 26% increase in 2020. The Royal Gibraltar Police received 614 reports of domestic abuse in that year. Lockdowns, due to COVID-19, mean people spending their days at home and if in an abusive relationship, more exposed and prone to it. Let’s Talk Real (Instagram: @letstalkrealgib) spoke to Rosalina Oliva, aka Rosie to us, (Instagram: @inmyskin101), founder of Never Alone: Domestic Abuse Support Gibraltar which raises awareness to offer and increase the support of domestic abuse in Gibraltar. That there is a way out; there is life after an abusive relationship. Rosie describes five types of domestic abuse: 34


Physical abuse: Any form of physical contact that is intended to cause physical injury, even a minor one. This can be slapping, punching, kicking, pushing, biting, burning, hair pulling, pinching, shaking, restraining and assault with a weapon.

Domestic abuse in Gibraltar saw a 26% increase in 2020.

Sexual abuse: Any form of unwanted sexual contact including rape (within marriage too), sexual assault, unwanted fondling, sexual harassment, physical violence to sexual organs, forced use or disuse of contraception, sexual humiliation and accusation of infidelity.

house, who they can see, requiring permission to talk to others. Blackmail, threatening to harm themselves or others. The destruction of the victim’s property, stalking and frequently checking up on the victim.



Psychological abuse: Any ongoing actions meant to instil fear, control or intimidation. This may include controlling the victim in ways like when they can leave the


Emotional abuse (this is also called ‘Gaslighting’): Efforts to destroy a victim’s self worth. Constant insults, frequent humiliation, repeated uncalled for humiliation or criticism, including guilt, belittling and name calling. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

life Damaging the victim’s relationship with others.


Financial or economic abuse: Preventing the victim from getting an education or working outside the home, or forcing the victim to work; controlling bank accounts and withholding money.

Public Protection Unit, which liaises closely with Social Services and the GHA, and have specially trained staff who can help. If you or someone you know needs help, reach out. You are not alone.

There is a way out; there is life after an abusive relationship.

The amazing Rosie, because of her own personal experiences of being abused, explains how her support group, which can be found on Facebook, is a safe way for people to contact her and be signposted to support and help. Unfortunately, she is in a position to know and understand what you may be going through and encourages the silent victims to come forward and seek help. Never Alone: Domestic Abuse Support Gibraltar also provides a platform to raise awareness and hold to account those setting up strategies of support for this vulnerable group and whether it is enough. Rosie explains that there are no other statistics on abuse apart from those reported to the police, so the 26% increase in 2020 could be the tip of the iceberg, especially when there is still such a major taboo around this subject and victims live in constant fear of repercussions in such a small, well-connected community. Often people do not want to know and the cliché ‘bury your head in the sand’ comes to mind. Rosie goes further saying this is not just a relationship issue; it should be a societal issue, especially when as a community we tend to be so invested in others’ business. Additionally, the Royal Gibraltar Police has recently announced increased support from their GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

: 911 y c n e g Emer olice: P r a t l Gibra l a y o R 0 7250 0 0 2 ) (+350 6 123 1 1 : s m GibSa 35


What are you giving up for Lent this year? Whether it be eating chocolate, biting your nails, or social media, many of you may wonder why this tradition exists. The celebration of Easter goes back prior to any religious ideas, and the Western world has transformed many of these pagan traditions into products of consumerism - such as everyone’s favourite Easter eggs. Read on to discover the origins of the religious Easter, along with the first ideas of these well-known traditions!



here are different interpretations surrounding the origin of the name ‘Easter’. St Bede the Venereable argues that it derives from the name Eostre - the Anglo-Saxon God of Spring and fertility. This would make sense considering the timeline of Easter - when all natural things are given life and this rebirth is welcomed and celebrated. It can be seen to mirror the origins of the Christian idea of Easter with Jesus’ resurrection and rebirth as a Holy being. In many European countries, ‘Easter’ originates from the Jewish festival of Pascha/ Passover. Passover commemorates the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt. Therefore, they are celebrating their newfound freedom and life. Other historians have pointed out that ‘Easter’ derives from a Latin phrase ‘in albis’ which translates 36

to eostarum in Old High German. This interpretation is pretty similar to the previous ones, with eostarum meaning dawn, new life, and new beginnings. No matter which origin of the name we choose to accept, it is what we take from them that is important. It is clear that the origins of Easter came about as a celebration of rebirth and new life, so let us look closer at the traditions themselves. On Easter Sunday, a worldrenowned bunny is set to deliver chocolate eggs to households across the world. What a wonderful bunny, eh? Have you wondered where the tradition of this bunny came to be though? Long before Christian celebrations, Pagans celebrated the Spring equinox - the day when the amount of darkness and daylight were exactly balanced,

Their god of fertility, Eostre, was depicted as a bunny. signifying the end of winter. Their god of fertility, Eostre, was depicted as a bunny - an animal known for its breeding and traditionally symbolising fertility. According to some sources, the bunny gained its delivering abilities through German folklore. It was said that an egg-laying hare named Osterhouse would lay its coloured eggs. Of course, this became commercialised and the coloured eggs became chocolate ones, but we’re not complaining! In addition, the eggs are a symbol of Eostre’s legacy. The eggs mark the equinox as Spring is the peak season for chickens laying eggs. Therefore, these coloured eggs GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

life are meaningful as they bring protein, strength, and new life. Easter is a very significant celebration for Christians, and you could argue that the foundation of the religion is based on the events that occurred during Easter. Jesus was arrested by the Roman authorities for claiming to be the Son of God, so he was sentenced to death. His crucifixion is marked by Good Friday, with his resurrection three days later symbolising that he was, in fact, the Son of God. Abstaining from eating meat on Good Friday (or every Friday during Lent) is something a lot of Christians and Gibraltarians do in honour of Jesus’ sacrifice. Even if you do not believe in religion, it is admirable to view the dedication and symbolism behind these events. Perhaps, Jesus having conquered death by being resurrected after the crucifixion is the ultimate display of new life, which is what


Easter is all about. In western Christianity, the period before Easter holds a lot of significance. Lent is a period of fasting and repentance which begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for forty days. You may remember creating palm crosses when you were little for the school or for the church for Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem where people laid out palm crosses for his entrance. By participating in the forty days of Lent, people aren’t just giving up chocolate they do this to replicate Jesus’ sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for forty days. Many people have a problem with the idea of correlating ‘New Years Resolutions’ with Lent because it takes away the significance of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. Ultimately, losing weight or giving up alcohol does not compare. Therefore, it is important to be

As Gibraltarians, we always remember the food that comes with celebrations. mindful of what Lent really means to Christians, but incorporate their traditions into your own respectfully! As Gibraltarians, we always remember the food that comes with celebrations, and Easter is full of culinary traditions! Though it may not top chocolate eggs with popularity, lamb is one of the most traditional Easter foods. It dates back to the Pagan concept of a sacrificial lamb; it signified Spring, as that was when lambs were ready for slaughter. Bollos de hornazo (Easter bread) is an Easter favourite, as are hot cross buns, and the practice of eating



special small cakes or buns dates back to the Ancient Greeks. Of course, the cross symbolises Jesus’ crucifixion, but it also commemorates the Pagans who ate buns to honour the God Eostre. These food traditions can be appreciated thoroughly during Easter whether you choose to admire the new sense of life, nature, and the end of winter, or commemorate Jesus - appreciate the meals you have during this time! The beauty behind modern celebrations is that you cannot define them with one singular origin. Our contemporary society have such diverse cultural beliefs that we cannot just confine Easter to being solely about the resurrection of Christ, fertility and birth, or the welcoming of Spring. Perhaps the most special thing 38

about Easter is that we can take aspects of different celebrations and incorporate them into our own unique traditions, ultimately

culminating in the awakening of Earth after a cold winter and witness the budding flowers and trees; a rebirth. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021



He’s into mentalism, ventriloquism, poetry, singing, magic, radio and TV presenting and, oh, he’s also a lawyer!



evi Attias will try his hand at whatever comes his way, it seems, and spending six months in a kibbutz in Israel dwelled somewhere on his bucket list, so come the day, off he went. “As a Jew, it was never a commitment but I really fancied the experience and indeed, off I went to a kibbutz for about six months and it was a wonderful event which I can say I truly enjoyed.” Levi declares. After that he went to university in Jerusalem and spent five years in total in


Israel. He was in his late teens when he joined the kibbutz. “Yes, I went over with two other local Jews - one male, one female - in 1974 which marked the first anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. They chose a religious kibbutz staying for three to six months and I went to a secular one, Kibbutz Ein Tzurim, designed for non-Hebrew speakers such as tourists and immigrants.” A kibbutz is a settlement unique to Israel. The idea, founded in the early 1900s and called Degania

He would want you to pick four or five of them up at a time by their feet. in those days, was based on agriculture. Today there are close on 300 kibbutzim in Israel and many of them have diversified away from their agricultural roots into manufacturing a variety



of goods including high-tech industry and a diamond cutting factory grossing millions of dollars annually. Those entering become kibbutz members of a voluntary society larger than their own family and go there to work and enjoy a full community life sharing everything. Still today, life in a kibbutz is one where communal roots are maintained with a strong sense of community co-operation in all activities. “It’s a wonderful experience interacting with many individuals from around the world and many are non-Jews,” Levi tells me. “I interacted with many English, American and some French too. ‘Volunteers’, as we’re called, are assigned to a family - I joined an Argentinian family with whom I would have food, chat and socialise.” Clearly a pleasant time to have by all, but it’s true to say - to use the saying in reverse - ‘there’s no play without work’, and bell ringing at 5am was the GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

daily wake-up call for Levi and everyone else. “Oh yes, unless you were on night time, security guard duty which meant you’d sleep through the morning for a few hours after your shift. Otherwise, you’d get up to a light breakfast and then off to work, in your overall and cap, heading for the cotton fields and orange groves for the rest of the morning. You’d have a break for elevenses of fruit and bread and plenty of water which was available from a container at any time of the

day to hydrate you from the very hot Middle Eastern sun. After lunch it was too hot for outdoor work so we spent the afternoon in the classroom on Hebrew Language courses or, in my case, brushing up on the language, as I invariably dozed off in the Israeli heat! Meals came from much of our own produce like chicken and vegetables for supper, Israeli salads, hummus and other foods. Some evenings were spent at a BBQ, gathered around a camp fire chatting, relaxing, storytelling, 41

life bedroom wall but also pictures of Gibraltar politicians of the 70s plastered all over the walls making him Gibraltar’s No 1 ‘political groupie’!

dancing and singing. I remember singing Antonio Machin songs which surprisingly, they seemed to enjoy!” Your work at the kibbutz is remunerated in the form of pocket money (Levi recalls receiving, in 1975, a few pounds a week.) Jobs are varied, Levi tells me, from those security night shifts to working in the kitchens, the leather factory, cotton picking, milking cows or cleaning out farm houses and sheds and assisting vets with the animals... “How can I forget on one occasion, going into the turkey enclosure imitating the ‘GL-L-L-L-L-L gluck!’ of the animal and having thousands of turkeys reply with a deafening sound. To assist the vet, he would want you to pick four or five of them up at a time by their feet and hold them up whilst he injected the area of their ankles. The end of your palm just below your thumb 42

is not unlike the area the vet aims for in the turkeys and he jabbed his needle right there, which you can imagine made me jump out of my skin!” Many of the Jews Levi met there knew about Gibraltar as some had connections going back to Morocco, where so many of Gibraltar’s Jews came from. During his stay in Israel and whilst still in University he - as students tend to do for a little pocket money - took on a job. “You may remember a clothes shop in Main Street by College Lane, where the Euphoria DVD store is now. ‘Attias the Tailor’ was my father’s business and that’s where I learnt to sew, so I got myself a job sewing in a tailor’s business in Jerusalem whilst I was studying.” Whilst at university Levi made sure he remembered his home town by not just having a very large poster of the Rock on his

A number of Gibraltarians – including non-Jews – have experienced life in a kibbutz, and youngsters (those wanting to take a sabbatical after university maybe) and the not-so-young can go there too. “It can take a few months or even a year to get there. I was in acting school in London when I applied, so I didn’t mind the waiting. Eventually you’re accepted through a kibbutz organisation in London.” I understand there may be a fee and you’ll need a medical certificate indicating you’ll be fit to work, especially in the heat. “I remember we were picked up at a very hot Tel Aviv Airport and stayed in a hostel in the city and then driven to your designated kibbutz,” Levi recalls, “I really recommend it. Bible bashing of any religion is not allowed, nor discussions about politics, and you would be reprimanded if caught. The experience is a healthy one and a place where you meet many people from all over the world. I really enjoyed it!” If you feel you would like to live through the kibbutz experience, talk to members of the Jewish Community on the Rock who may be able to help or Google the Kibbutz Programme Centre in London to find out more. Clearly an experience of a lifetime, so are you up for it? Trade in your work on the land for room, board and companionship... in an Israeli kibbutz! GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

This album consists of 9 songs. “My Body” speaks of the latest movement in feminism, “Is This the World” speaks of 2020’s destruction, “Water and Fear” sings on society and “Black Champagne” sings of toxic habits/ relationships we find hard to let go. The rest sing of personal experiences and heartache. “Bitter Pill” wasn’t written for people in the singer’s life facing hard times as a reminder they’ll always have a friend in her. Liana Peklivanas, pen name Apalósbreeze says: “I hope to share many important

messages with this album and that it will be heard by the right people. You can find me on all social media platforms under Apalósbreeze for daily updates and entertainment.”


NEW ALBUM FOR APALÓSBREEZE Heart in my Mouth by Apalosbreeze can be found on all digital platforms, Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, YouTube etc.




Magik is a Rock project which surges from the united efforts of two experienced musicians : guitarist/producer Manolo Arias ( Ñu, Niagara, Atlas, Arias, Barón Rojo, Iguana Tango, etc.) and British Gibraltarian vocalist Giles Keith Ramirez (H.O.T, Ghost, Reach).

From this union the idea of ​​ publishing a cover a month was born, "12 months, 12 versions", under the title of "Covers In Isolation". Through this concept they will offer their particular vision of classics from the 60s and 70s, always under their personal prism, whilst adapting it to their musical criteria. Keep up to date with Magik via Facebook: MAGIK_Official and Twitter: @MAGIK_Rock 44



Celebrating Shakespeare Day with some of Gibraltar’s actors, directors and writers. BY CARMEN ANDERSON


ll the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” One of my favourite lines from the many gems that have emerged from the tip of William Shakespeare’s quill. For some people, April 23rd is the feast of St George, who regularly featured in Shakespeare’s work largely as part of a call to courage in battle; “Cry-God for Harry! England and St. George!” Yet for me, as someone who loves theatre, April 23rd is much more important for being Shakespeare Day. William Shakespeare is arguably the best, and definitely the most celebrated, playwright and poet of all time. It is thought that he was GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

born on April 23rd, which is why it is appointed as Shakespeare Day: to celebrate the incredible body of work that he produced and the enormous influence his plays and his poems have had over the centuries. His work made a significant contribution to English literature and it is still widely read and analysed today. Shakespeare introduced 100s of words to the English lexicon and there are phrases we use daily that would not have had their existence if Shakespeare had not made them up; words like ‘characterless’, ‘fashionable’ and ‘ill-tempered’ were once Shakespeare originals, as were ‘heart of gold’, ‘in my mind’s eye’ and ‘wild-goose chase’.

‘Characterless’, ‘fashionable’ and ‘ill-tempered’ were once Shakespeare originals. Typically, Shakespeare Day is celebrated with a special pageant being held in his birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. People come here from all over the world to attend special performances of Shakespeare’s plays, visit his home and generally bask in the beautiful surroundings of this Warwickshire town. Gibraltar may not have produced a Shakespeare – yet – but we 45

literature certainly love the theatre and have many talented actors, directors and playwrights among us. I am still frequently reminded of Humbert Hernandez’s performance in Murder in the Cathedral at St Michael’s Cave, of Elio Cruz’s tremendous contribution to Gibraltar’s literature as a playwright, and of the joy brought regularly to our community by the many theatre performances that take place throughout each year – we even managed a number of performances during 2020, the year of COVID-19! It stands to reason, then, that there are many Shakespeare fans in Gibraltar, so I set out to uncover some of our favourite literary gems penned by Shakespeare. "Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then


is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” (Macbeth). This is one of the author, Humbert Hernandez’s, favourite quotes from Shakespeare, a line that reflects on the fleeting nature of life, from The Scottish Play. Director and actor, Angela

Love him or hate him, Shakespeare is the undisputed master of the English language. Jenkins, is an avid Shakespeare fan and told me “I'm delighted that you are marking Shakespeare's birthday. It's something I've always been keen to do in

Gibraltar, and did two events: the first in 2013 at the Garrison Library; the second in 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death.” Inevitably, Angela found it difficult to pick a favourite Shakespeare quote, and gave me three, of which I had the equally hard task of selecting one. I chose this one from Romeo and Juliet: "Then I defy you, stars!". This is the unforgettable moment when Romeo hears that Juliet is dead, and his heart breaks. Angela explained; “In my outdoor production, Dominic Brewer, the actor playing Romeo, delivered this line with such a depth of passion, despair, defiance, and heartbreaking lost love, his voice echoing around the natural amphitheatre, that it was like a stab to the heart of the audience; the birds and frogs stopped, and all fell silent”.


"The lady doth protest too much, methinks" (Hamlet). Writer, Rebecca Calderon, finds herself using this line a lot in everyday speech (bar the ‘methinks’). “It's such a great way to throw doubt on someone's sincerity” she said, “especially regarding the truth of a strong denial. Shakespeare is so clever; he pinpoints the everyday feelings of people in simple sentences.” Director, Daniel Strain-Webber, quoted; “I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is?” (The Merchant of Venice), while Louis EmmittStern, actor, playwright and director, quoted this line from Titus Andronicus: "I have done a thousand dreadful things as GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

willingly as one would kill a fly, and nothing grieves me heartily indeed but that I cannot do ten thousand more." Julian Felice, playwright, actor and director, told me that his favourite Shakespeare line is “Where stood Belgia, the Netherlands?” “Oh, sir, I did not look so low.” from The Comedy of Errors. Meanwhile, poet, Giordano Durante, clearly enjoys the more earthy elements of Shakespeare with this quote from King Lear: “A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, threesuited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lilylivered, action-taking knave…” (It gets ruder from there!). Jackie Villa, founder of White

Light Theatre, said that her favourite Shakespeare moment comes from Merchant of Venice, the first of his plays that she read: “Mercy cannot be forced, it falls as easily as rain does from heaven Down to the Earth/earth. Mercy is twice blessed, it blesses the one who gives it and the ones who receives it, it is the most powerful when given by the most powerful people, it is looks better on a king than his crown does.” Love him or hate him, Shakespeare is the undisputed master of the English language and in true bardic tradition, a purveyor of wisdom. So, we will let him have the last word; “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” (All’s Well That Ends Well). 47



‘Being with Trees’; a stunning exhibition of over 100 art works featuring international artists is currently open at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery. BY CARMEN ANDERSON


he latest major landmark exhibition organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services, ‘Being with Trees’, is a hugely welcome return to the world of art for Gibraltar. The exhibition, organised on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, will include work from artists from the Lloyds Art Group of London. Showcasing some 100 exhibits from over 40 artists, ‘Being with Trees’ brings together work from members of the internationally acclaimed group The Arborealists. Also featuring are works from the group, Urban Contemporaries, with two Gibraltar artists also included. The show represents the artists’ vision and their artistic response to trees, in particular highlighting the vital role they can play in our lives. Expressing themselves in many varied mediums and styles, this group of talented creatives explore the diverse themes that can be discerned in the subject. After a year of crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, when respect for the natural world and the challenge of responding to climate change have risen to the fore as part of international debate, an artistic exploration of the relationship between humanity GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

I kept returning to the familiar…the trees I had grown up with…the trees which give our Upper Rock its character. and the trees that play a vital role in keeping our global ecosystem in balance seems particularly pertinent. Local artist, Michelle Stagnetto, is featured in the exhibition and told us: “The first time I heard about the Arborealist movement was when I was invited to exhibit with them in March 2019. One of the precepts of the movement is to include local artists wherever they exhibit. “I was encouraged to hear that in the contemporary art world, painting as a medium was seeing a revival. I accepted the invitation straight away and had plenty of time to contemplate the subject. I kept returning to the familiar… the trees I had grown up with… the trees which give our Upper Rock its character: the umbrella pines. In my art it’s usually the play of light on the subject which inspires me, and whilst painting these pine trees I wanted to also draw on feeling, past and present, of what it was like to wander through them. In this exhibition you can feel the artists’ emotional

response to trees and their deep respect for them.” The Minister for Culture, Dr John Cortes, said: “On this occasion, we are delighted to have been able to give this landmark exhibition an international edge, by inviting world renowned artists from London and other cities to visit Gibraltar.” “Working with Lloyds Group of London has allowed Gibraltarian artists to exhibit their work at the heart of the UK capital for many years. It was appropriate as part of our partnership with Philippa Beale and her team to extend an invitation to the Lloyds Group to exhibit in Gibraltar. I am delighted to welcome them to the Rock with an exhibition that showcases a contemporary response to trees in urban and rural environments.” The exhibition will be held at the Gustavo Bacarisas Galley from Thursday 4th March to Friday 30th April 2021. For further information please contact GCS Cultural Development Unit on telephone 20079750 or email: 49


FRANKSCAPES, BIKERS AND MINIMALISM Graduated and set up in business in 2019, freelance photographer Francesco ‘Frank’ Scalici learnt his ropes in times of pandemic and social bubbles, but made the most of those introspective opportunities to consolidate and practise his technique, by exploring Gibraltar’s landscapes and finding his personal angle and (en)light(enment). BY ELENA SCIALTIEL


ith a Masters in Photography in his curriculum and a selection of professional equipment collected over the years, Frank manages his ‘mobile studio’, promoting it on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, and via his stylish website. FrankScaliciPhotos. com is where you can admire a collection of shrewd landscapes, as well as minimalist shots that transfigure nature into abstract artwork, freeing its free-flowing shapes and textures beyond the actual object photographed, such as sand, mist, tree branches and translucent leaves. A landscapist by passion, Frank diligently paints with light, by allowing radiance do the talking in his production, which reinvents Gibraltar’s iconic city - and seascapes under a different light, exploiting the pastel hues of dusk and dawn and the suffused contrast between naturally lit skies and lampposts shimmering in the mist or reflecting in water. 50

His favourite at the moment is a shot of Catalan Bay taken at the first hint of dawn, shrouded by blue and blush mist, and solidly framed by rock, in the shapes of boulders in the foreground and the Rock itself in the background, connected by the dynamism of the half-ellipse of electric

light reflected in the glassy sea. The village becomes a strip of vivid colour leading the eye to the centrepiece of the entire composition: the hotel building standing proud, bathed in the first rays of the rising sun. This picture is a limited edition of



300 copies, available individually numbered and signed. It shines a new light on a favourite landmark, captured in an intimate moment before ‘curtains up’ in the stillness before awakening, before the azure sky and sea make sprout beach umbrellas like monster flowers in the golden sand - a view usually associated with Catalan Bay. “This is my most special work to date. I went there several times before attaining the effect I really wanted. Eventually it came my way. With landscape photography, it is fifty-fifty: I pick the spot and take the shot, but luck and light provide the rest. I can make GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

I pick the spot and take the shot, but luck and light provide the rest. it a masterpiece only if nature facilitates the ideal conditions for it.” The secret for a landscape photographer’s success is, according to Frank, nothing but trial and error, not being afraid of failure and criticism, including selfcriticism, which must be taken in one’s stride. “Understand who you are as a photographer: it is ok to be a beginner and improve with experience. The secret is repetition: snap it over and over

again, until you are satisfied with the outcome. Always push your boundaries. Ask yourself: if I have gone this far, how can improve myself?” In his university years, Frank was fascinated by street photography – which cost him being hurled abuse at, while teaching him the no-nos of it. Part of his street photography project was a documentary on bikers: “It is fully black and white, and it portrays the relationship between rider and bike.” He wouldn’t go as far as describing it as a study on urban tribes, but he was interested in the sociological 51

scene aspect of it, as much as the light effects on chrome, and the various textures of metal, leather and human expression. This documentary was published in DODHO, a Barcelonan specialised magazine (www., and it is one of the highlights of his academic and artistic career. Portraiture is another face of photography he prefers to display in black and white, as in his opinion it brings out the character of his subjects. Of course, commissioned portraits must abide to the model’s wishes, but he always likes to suggest his personal input and keep it as natural and as immediate as possible.


His university career started in Fine Arts, to soon realise that photography was his true calling and what he wished to be his bread and butter. So he transitioned and started promoting himself as an artistic and commercial photographer, open to portraiture, weddings and events, which he hopes to see resuming soon because the elegance and rarefied atmosphere of staged shots, which he is revving to negotiate with a fresh angle. Browsing Frank’s website, one immediately finds how he’s got a keen eye for what he labels as ‘minimalism’: details picked out from landscapes to shed their link with reality and become swirls or decorative patterns within the philosophy ‘less is more’. What

Ask yourself: if I have gone this far, how can improve myself?” you see is no longer a view, but the emotion of it. Finally, in ‘documentary’, he features miscellaneous images in colour or black and white, privileging geometry and texture, from engines to architecture, everyday life snapshots sometimes magnified in the rearview mirror, sometimes caught in the fishing net. Most of Frank’s work, no matter how green, raw or hopeful, is shot not just through the lens, but through the heart.



Ode to a Pear Why do we let pears die uneaten? BY RONNIE ALECIO

The pear is the real ideal,

We sit in a vessel,

For a body or a bum.

With not so much as a stare.

And not it’s overrated cousin, The furry peach or plum.

Our captors are wasteful, Their practices distasteful.

I love your wet, flowery,

They move us from a bowl to the fridge,

Bubblegum taste.


I love your taut, yet soft, skin, Dripping down my face.

Is it because I love you so, That I can’t bring myself to eat you?

But even from the confines of the refrigerator crisper, We are never mentioned, Not even a whisper.

Condemned to spend, The winter of your life,

What did we do to warrant such rejection?!

In a bowl before my eyes?

All pears matter, This deserves some reflection.

Pears Response By Lisanka Trinidad The life of a pear, Is full of despair.








How to draw the Moai statues on Easter Island in 7 easy steps. BY BEA GARCIA


or this Easter issue we are drawing the Moai statues on Easter Island. These prehistoric statues were built around 1400 to 1650 AD and were created by the native Rapa Nui of Easter Island. Remarkably, these iconic statues are carved from the volcanic ash of the Rano Raraku volcano. Located 2,300 miles from Chile, this island and its monolith’s can still be visited.

STEP 1 Draw a rectangle which is 6cm wide by 12cm high. Your drawing will fit inside this grid. Use dashed, light lines as you will want to rub this grid out later.

STEP 2 To help with the drawing of our statue we will draw in the head in two parts. To draw the lower half of the head draw in a rectangle which sits in the second third of your dashed rectangle from Step 1. This rectangle should measure GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021


art Shade in this triangular shape to add depth.

STEP 6 Now to add in all the shaded details. Add in the eye sockets and shade them in. Draw in a downward curved line for the lip and add some shading below the bottom lip. Add in some shading where the neck meets the head.

approximately 4.6 cm across by 4 cm high. Draw in a dashed line for the top of this section as we will want to rub it out later. See the image for reference

should be just over half the length of the head. Below the head, draw in the neck. The neck should be approximately a third of the height of the head.



Draw in the top half of the head in the top third of your rectangle. Use the image for reference. Rub out any excess lines.

Draw in the outline of the nose using a curved line. The nose should be no wider than one third of the face. See the image for reference. Draw in a triangular shape for the base of the nose.

STEP 7 Rub out any excess lines. As a final touch why not add a splash of colour? Be as creative as you like. I used a green background to offset the orangey-red tones of the statue but feel free to use whatever colour you like.

STEP 4 For the ear, add in a rectangle on the right hand side of the head. It 56

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BOOKISH... Join us for our monthly book club!



elcome to the April edition of Bookish, but don't expect any April Fools jokes in this column, just some great book recommendations. This month, we've got a variety of genres, so I'm sure there's something you'll enjoy. If you like my suggestions, consider joining my book club on Facebook: The Bookmarkers Bookclub!

NOUGHTS AND CROSSES Malorie Blackman Genre: Contemporary Fiction For Fans Of: Sophie McKenzie What’s in the pages? Callum is a nought, a second-class citizen in a society run by the ruling Crosses. Sephy is a Cross, and daughter of the man slated to become prime minister. In their world, white Noughts and black Crosses simply don't mix - and they certainly don't fall in love. But that's precisely what they've done. When they were younger, they played together. Now Callum and Sephy meet in secret and make excuses. But excuses no longer cut it when Sephy and her mother are nearly caught in a terrorist bombing planned by the Liberation Militia, with which Callum's family is linked. Callum's father is the prime suspect...and Sephy's father will stop at nothing to see him hanged. The blood hunt that ensues will threaten not only Callum and Sephy's love for each other, but their very lives. Why should you read it? With Noughts and Crosses, Ms Blackman has managed an extraordinary feat - creating a modern classic. When this novel was released in 2005, it made real waves in the British consciousness; since then, it has waned in popularity until the BBC adapted it in 2020. This resurgence in popularity pushed me to read Noughts and Crosses, and I'm thrilled I did the story is an incredible journey that will grip you from the very start. I don't think I've ever felt so much sympathy for characters in any book in the way I did with Sephy and Callum. This book will make you feel every emotion imaginable; it will rip your heart out and then glue it back together. The humanisation and realism of the alternate reality that the book is set in are what carries this novel; there isn't one moment in the story that isn't plausible today (despite it being written sixteen years ago). This story feels current and vital after all this time, shows just how crucial its narrative is. Everyone should read this book! 58


THE CARTOGRAPHER TRIES TO MAP A WAY TO ZION Kei Miller Genre: Poetry For Fans Of: Samuel Beckett What’s in the pages? In this collection, Kei Miller dramatises what happens when one system of knowledge, one method of understanding place and territory, comes up against another. We watch as the cartographer, used to the scientific techniques of assuming control over a place by mapping it, is gradually compelled to recognise—even to envy—a wholly different understanding of place as he tries to map his way to the rastaman's eternal city of Zion. As the book unfolds, the cartographer learns that, on this island of roads that "constrict like throats," every place-name comes freighted with history, and not every place that can be named can be found. Why should you read it? The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion is poetry presented as a conversation between a cartographer and a rastaman. Creating a juxtaposition of two opposing worldviews and applying personification to make them into very different personalities allows us to relate to the arguments in a way we might not have otherwise. Although the book's subject matter might feel niche and strange to most readers, I would implore them to give this book a chance as it's very approachable and a story that anybody can pick up and enjoy reading. Furthermore, Miller's writing is incredibly emotive and engaging - at its core, this is a poetry collection for people who don't really ‘get’ poetry - so if that sounds up your street, maybe try it out!


For Fans Of: Dawn O'Porter

What’s in the pages? Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat... but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work. In this perfect present for anyone who has ever set foot in a hospital, Adam Kay delves back into his diaries for a hilarious, horrifying and sometimes heartbreaking peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime. Why should you read it? In the sequel to This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, Kay continues to deliver his punchy, hilarious anecdotes of working in the NHS. You don't have to have read the first book to enjoy this one (I hadn't when I first read it), as it manages to stand alone as its own piece of literature. In the times we are in, this short novel is essential reading for everyone as a thank you to all the doctors, nurses and essential workers in your life as it will show you a glimpse of what they go through on a day-to-day basis. If you're looking for a short, fun read, I would suggest this one as you can probably get through it in a couple of days!






he world is divided into two camps: those who have no time for garlic and anchovies, and sensible people. Garlic and anchovies are the twin pillars of umami; that elusive fifth taste that makes you want to eat more of certain foods. And whilst there is no doubt that garlic can make its presence felt on the breath of avid consumers, that is but a small price to pay when weighed against the many benefits of this most useful of vegetables.

on Crete. Hippocrates, the man to whom we owe the Hippocratic oath, prescribed garlic for all manner of ills. Roman soldiers believed that eating this pungent bulb would give them strength and courage in battle – and they knew a thing or two about battles. I have even heard tales of boxers munching on raw garlic before fights in order to breathe the resultant fug into the faces of their opponents.

Garlic has been used as a medicinal plant for thousands of years. The labourers who built the pyramids credited this wonderful allium with giving them the stamina to go about their work: the bland porridge and gruel that formed the backbone of their diet being insufficient to the task.

Anchovies, like Marmite, permit no neutrality.

For almost as long as we have had writing, people have written about the medicinal properties of garlic. It is commonly associated with purification of the blood, being an aid to digestion, boosting the immune system and prowess both in matters athletic and amorous.

Garlic finds its way into literature. Michael Dibdin’s most famous character, the canny Venetian detective, Aurelio Zen, recommended a whole head of garlic and a full bottle of red wine as a cure for the common cold. I have tried this. It doesn’t actually cure the cold; it just gives you a whole new set of things to worry about.

Garlic was found in Tutankhamun’s tomb and in the palace of Knossos

For modern day foodies like me, (old enough to remember when


garlic bread was dangerously sophisticated) there is nothing more appetising than the aroma of garlic and olive oil gently wafting out of a kitchen window. From little Italian Trattorias to bustling Chinese restaurants, if they are liberal with their garlic, they can count on my custom. When cooking with garlic at home, I would urge all readers to eschew the hideous garlic press. I am with the late Anthony Bourdain on this matter. He reckoned that whatever it was that came out of a garlic press, it sure as hell wasn’t garlic. Get a sharp knife, take your time, slip into a state of mindfulness and slice the garlic as finely as you are able. The second of my twin pillars of umami is the humble anchovy. Anchovy is something of a catch all term for lots of little pelagic fish. There are even freshwater anchovies in Australia. That said, there are nine species in what is technically the family engraulidae that are commercially important. Many of them are caught just along the coast from Gibraltar in the Alborán Sea. For those with the best culinary reputation, you have to travel to the Atlantic coast GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

travel At this point in an article such as this one, it is traditional to finish with a recipe, and who am I to ignore such conventions? I call this one: “Interesting Broccoli”.

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of Cantabria, where their flesh has a pinkish hue. This variety is sufficiently highly prized to be gutted and preserved by hand, before sealing in those decorative little tins that we have all seen at some point in a grocery. Anchovies, like Marmite, permit no neutrality. There are those who would banish them to the outer reaches of Hell, but frankly, the opinion of such ingenues need not concern us here. One of the great schisms in contemporary anchovy worship is the thorny question of whether or not they belong on a pizza? As a committed engraulophile, I think a few fillets of these sturdy little fish bring an awful lot of value to any pizza party. Frankly, it is difficult to imagine a dish that would not be given a boost by their inclusion. Black Forest gateau, perhaps? Anchovies are masters at supplying that umami flavour to a dish: the one that makes diets a thing of the past and gluttony more likely. There are two good things about cooking with anchovies. The first is that they love company and can be added to any number of GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

dishes. Rich beef stews and daubes benefit enormously from their presence. Lamb has been served with anchovies in one form or another for hundreds of years. The second thing is that their tiny little bones melt away along with any fishy aromas, leaving nothing but their earthy essence. You may even have been cooking with our little friends without realising it: they are one of the main ingredients in the ubiquitous Worcestershire sauce.

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A TRAVELLER’S DIARY Part IV: Vietnam to Bangkok



ndy and I had circumnavigated our way to the other side of the world without flight. Now came the easy part, a route that goes by many names: The Backpacker’s Circuit, The Golden Circle, or, perhaps a little more cynically, The Banana Pancake Trail. Admittedly, things were a little different from what we had become accustomed to as we rolled into Vietnam’s second city. Hanoi. This is where all the western travellers had been hiding. The place was a sea of singlets and flat-peak caps. Aussie accents and Essex slang filled the air. After having not talked to anyone for more than half an hour apart from Mr. Cycle-Tour a few weeks ago, it was all quite overwhelming, and took us a while to get our social skills back on track.

Upon entering a hostel, an opportunity to showcase our globetrotting knowledge and finesse presented itself immediately, and we jumped at the chance to show off. The American receptionist checking us in asked us where we came from, to which we simply replied ‘China’. He (correctly) assumed we had been to Beijing and started talking

The place was a sea of singlets and flat-peak caps. about how busy the metro system was, quickly adding ‘Not as bad as Moscow though. It’s crazy busy over there, man.’ We cut his train of thought short and assured him that we, as hardened trailblazing enthusiasts, not only knew of the experience first-hand, but had

been there only six short weeks ago, ‘Because, don’t you know, we’ve travelled here overland.’ He was rightly impressed, and the need for the recognition we so greatly desired had been fulfilled. As it happened, nobody else cared at all. Hanoi was awash with young people looking to get drunk every night, and we obliged for a night or two. I hadn’t actually been to Vietnam before, so watching the police form a long line at curfew (midnight, I think) to usher a bunch of drunken backpackers off the streets was something of a spectacle to me. The food in Vietnam is awesome. When you spoon a mouthful of Phở (Vietnamese soup) into your mouth and have your mind blown by the meld of flavours, it’s easy to forget that you’re sitting like a circus clown on a six-inch-high 63

travel plastic stool on the corner of a main road, accompanied by the symphony of a hundred thousand motorbike exhaust pipes. It’s just great. We joined the hordes to visit the famed Halong Bay. It was a mixture of where we had just been in Yangshou, with towering islands popping out of the water everywhere you look, and St Michael’s Cave, with the (don’t say garish don’t say garish) fantastically arranged luminescent pink and blue lights infiltrating the millionsyear old limestone. It seemed to me no more special than many other places in Asia, but the day was cloudy, so might my judgement have been. It’s a place I’d like to give a second chance.

It’s easy to forget that you’re sitting like a circus clown on a six-inch-high plastic stool. with South East Asia, and it keeps drawing me back in. We rushed through it in two or three weeks, having to meet a friend who

was flying out to Cambodia for my birthday. With a quick stop in Hoi An, where my prevailing memory, after the tiki light-laden river, was a number of restaurants that seemed to serve menus only. A menu for milkshakes, for fizzy drinks, for alcohol, one for seafood and one for meat. One for vegetarians, another for noodles and another for soups. Before long the waitress had covered our table with a poorly laminated feast of the gods, and

We decided to leave Hanoi and head south by bus, a process quite simple in most countries. Go to bus station, buy tickets, board bus. Here we were encouraged to visit a few specific agencies, where we were told that we should buy a super ticket to cover our entire trip down to Ho Chi Minh. This agitated a memory I’d long since tried to suppress about travel in South East Asia, but I couldn’t quite place it. We didn’t care about being ripped off for a fiver, so we bought it. No locals on those buses, you’ll notice. The path down the Vietnamese coast has been well-beaten, battered, and cooked on a medium-high heat with fresh bananas, and I’m sure we did nothing differently. Motorbike rentals, beaches, and waterfalls. This is what I’ve come to associate 64



left to get more menus. We knew we had to make a break for it but the hostel keys were lost amongst the plastic labyrinth. A frantic but ultimately futile search was well underway by the time she returned with the menu for which menu you’d like to choose from, at which point we resigned ourselves to a purgatory of indecision. I think we were there for the rest of our stay in Hoi An. We finally found our way onto a bus. That memory threatened to resurface… but not yet. A stop in some beachside two for a night or two was a relaxing break from all the beer and menus, before we ended up in Ho Chi Minh City. Here we resumed out itinerary of visiting waterfalls, sitting on little plastic chairs, eating loads of food, and wandering around aimlessly. We were told to visit the Cu GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

Chi tunnels, which were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during the war. Well, my five-minute venture through one of these was unpleasant enough as a tourist, so I can only begin to imagine what it was like living down there with little air or water, loads of ants and snakes, then of course the threat of death when

tale of crossing into the border once before, where a woman placed a naked baby into his hands and walked away. I later read that this is a popular scam to keep you occupied while someone else robs you, though I very much doubt Andy had more than a worn bit of packaged latex and a couple of polos in his pockets at that point.

A woman placed a naked baby into his hands and walked away.

Our friend, Simon, met us in Phnom Penn and suggested visiting Cambodia’s Killing Fields, a chilling reminder of the Khumer Rouge’s genocide in recent history. He and Andy had been before, so pitched up in a bar while I went to do some tourism. I can see why they didn’t want to visit the place again. For most people, seeing a tower of skulls isn’t top of the list of things to do on holiday, but it seemed to be normal here. I still can’t decide if visiting is the right thing to do.

you resurfaced. Other than this, we didn’t partake in much ‘war tourism’. Partly because of what was coming up in Cambodia. Cambodia was noticeably poorer than Vietnam. Andy recounted a



Andy and I were tired of travelling around and Simon was on holiday, so we shot off to an island resort in Sihanoukville and spent a few days enjoying not having to travel. The nightmarish memory was about to resurface as we left to cross the border into Thailand. Yes, I’d chosen to forget about the ridiculously convoluted minibus circus that came to town every time you tried to cross a border into Thailand, or visit anywhere more than an hour away. I’ve never been in one that isn’t also a delivery service for some remote village, they always stop at some service station that sells stone sculptures to tourists (who buys those?), and they invariably involve three or four hundred changes along the way. Apparently taking one minibus from A to B is impossible. You have to circle through the alphabet a few times. This was a tiny contributing factor that led to 66

our next decision. By now we had travelled overland quite some distance, and our goal of reaching New Zealand without air travel was palpable, alas, not all stories have a happy ending. We wanted to visit Burma, which at the time was only accessible by air. Obtaining a visa involved waking up at 4am to be one of the first eight people wearing jade bracelets to arrive at the embassy on the dawn before a blood moon. So, once we’d finally secured the coveted piece of paper in our passports, there was no going back.

The outcome was final. We had failed to reach New Zealand without taking a flight. Oxford to Bangkok overland isn’t a bad effort though. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

Coming Soon! Mama’s 50 must-try vegan recipes

It’s time for a new adventure! With the world changing and adapting to new surroundings and ethical movements to better the environment we live in, we thought it was time to challenge ourselves to create a vegan cookbook with some of our favourite recipes made fresh, and easy, using plant based vegan ingredients.



BECOME A WINE EXPERT …in 60 minutes – Part 2



ast month we covered vines, wine making, terroir and how to taste wine. Hopefully you’ll agree its not complicated and if you managed to follow one or two of the exercises you should be well on your way to being able to assess the quality of the wine with confidence. WINE AND FOOD MATCHING This month let’s start with wine and food matching, perhaps because so much tosh is written about it.

Let’s face it, no one wants to appear foolish. for any particular dish - it probably doesn’t exist. If you like rules, try heavy dishes with heavier wine and lighter dishes with lighter wines. Experiment with red wine and fish and whites with chicken or curries. It’s up to you. I can’t recall a single meal spoilt because the wine and food were ill-matched!

and ports develop sediments and deposits and must be decanted even if it’s into another empty bottle of wine. Take care to leave some wines behind to ensure you are not decanting sediments as well! Nobody wants to drink cloudy wine which is exactly what will happen by not decanting older wines. This will spoil the wine. UNCORKING WINES I hate bad corkscrews simply because they tear the cork when pulled. A good corkscrew has a very well-defined helical shape as if a thick wire had simply been twisted into the shape of a helix. A bad corkscrew ( the majority out there) has an ill-defined helix as if it had been stamped from a single piece of metal. Usually comes with two arms which you push down in expectations of cork coming up. Hopeless especially with older corks which will always disintegrate. Older corks may break irrespective of corkscrew used. It will occasionally happen and there’s nothing to be done.

I remember when I was starting out on wine, ordering a bottle of sweet Sauterne with our fish! I didn’t know what Sauterne was; I knew it was French and it was white simply because it was under WHITE WINES on the menu. Seeing it was reasonably expensive I assumed it would be a great match for our fish. Perhaps I wouldn’t repeat but it was far from a disaster and it did make us laugh. When the cheese arrived, the wine became particularly flavoursome with the salty cheese.




The point is, don’t get too hung up trying to find out the perfect wine

Some wines do require decanting. No ifs, no buts. Older red wines

As a general I find rule red wines in are served too warm. The


Some people do and some people don’t. Very tannic red wine may soften after a couple of hours of being opened. In a restaurant, of course, wine may be opened and served immediately so the whole thing is academic. If you have a decanter try decanting both reds and white an hour or two before tasting. No harm will be done, and the wine may improve especially if they are young wine.


wine I am a strong believer fine winery is best practiced at home. mantra has always been to serve red at room temperature - room temperature being pre-central heating days in Northern Europe! Around 16°C. Gibraltar climate will require reds to be cooled before serving especially in summer. A cooler and ice will soon sort that one out. White wines and sparkling wines should be served cool of course. Pros wont chill white wines when assessing them. It’s easier to assess quality in warm wine as they have nowhere to hide when warm. Good luck to them. I’ll have my white wines and Champagne nicely chilled. STORING WINES If you intend to mature wines at home, you will need some sort of cooling. High temperature will kill wines. You could of course get your wines store professionally. WINE FAULTS This can be tricky as we all have individual thresholds where we can detect faults in wine. My threshold is low, and I can unfortunately detect low levels of ‘corkiness’ in wine. This can make me look like a wine snob in a restaurant. I therefore rarely buy expensive wine there which tend to be older and more likely to be faulty. I don’t want to drink a faulty wine because the sommelier can detect the wine is corked! GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

Contaminated corks and barrels are major contributors to faults in wine. They have been described as smelling of bad corks, rotten eggs, wet cardboards, soggy dogs etc. Sometime bottle stink will disappear after the wine has been opened for a while. If it tastes of cork it’s off, I’m afraid. (Bits of cork in the wine usually harmless and is not a fault.) ALCOHOL LEVELS With global warming, alcohol levels have been rising steadily over the last few years. It’s not uncommon to come across wine 14% or more! It’s a real problem for producers as high levels

of alcohol do impinge on wine quality. Efforts have been made to remove alcohol from finished wines, unsuccessfully as far as I know. TYPES OF WINE There are so many wines out there it would take an encyclopaedia just to list them let alone describe them. Below are some of the major regions in Europe. Their grape varieties and the type of wine they make. BORDEAUX French region of course. Produces red and white wines. 69

wine Price is no guarantee of quality - keep an open mind. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot mainly for reds. Produces sweet Sauternes as we have already mentioned. From uber expensive such as Chateaux Margaux and Chateaux D’Yquem ( Sauterne) to incredible value reds and whites. Tend to be long lived wines. Vintages important here as weather variable. BURGUNDY French region again. Ethereal wines. Best white wines in the world. Reds can be lean and mean but can be hauntingly good and eye-wateringly expensive. Small production sometimes one or two barrels only. Wines tend to disappear into collectors’ cellars never to be seen again. Thousands of tiny vineyards each with own designations and potential prices. Very complicated region to understand due to tiny vineyards and low yields. Reds are always Pinot Noir. Whites always Chardonnay. Reds tend to be light in colour. CHAMPAGNE Sparkling wines par excellence. Vintage Champagne a distinct step up from non-vintage. Pink Champagne made by adding red wine! I always store champagne for a few years even non-vintage. The improvement can be remarkable. 70

LOIRE VALLEY Muscadet at one end and Sauvignon Blanc at the other ( Sancerre) , Chenin Blanc in between. Beautiful part of France. Muscadet, which is made from Melon de Bourgogne, grapes very underrated in my opinion. Inexpensive. Very dry. Usually served in Paris eateries with shellfish. RIOJA Red and white wine. Reds mostly Tempranillo. Brilliant region. Very long-lived wines. Can be amazing value. Whites not particularly distinguished. Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva designation not as meaningful as some would have us believe. Vintage not that important. JEREZ Most underrated wine region in the world. Fino accounts for bulk of production. Region going through difficult times due to decreasing demand. World class wines for peanuts. Very complex wines.

It’s an intermingling of flavours much like an orchestra playing. PORTUGAL Hefty reds, mediocre whites. (I have just ploughed through 12

different bottes of sub £10 whites. Very average.) Ports however a different story. Brilliant wines. Very, very long-lived. Great value at all price points types. Wonderful! ITALY Fantastic wines. Best known for Barolos (Nebbiolo) and Chianti (Sangiovese). Massive range of wines and grape varieties. Prosecco of course which is made in industrial quantities in stainless tell tanks. GERMANY One of my favourite regions. Whites from Riesling is the wine par excellence here. Very long lived. Can have sweet edge which some may not like but essential due to high acidity. Alcohol levels can be as low as 7%. German Pinot Noir can be very Burgundylike at a fraction of the price. Very impressive. Dessert wines can be eye-wateringly expensive! Hundreds of pounds for a half bottle. Generally, though, prices are good though creeping up. A good bottle of Riesling can be had for around £12.00 IT’S WHAT YOU ENJOY Finally, don’t forget to drink what you like. You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy good wines. Lots of bargains out there for under a tenner. Spend a bit of time researching undiscovered wines. Cellar Tracker is a great place to start. Happy hunting. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021


THE SCOREBOARD The return of the game.



he Gibraltar National Football Championship is back, after of two months of inactivity. The unexpected and unprecedented break came in December due to the spread of the virus, with the championship being stopped and the teams being out of activity. The decision to restart sports activities came at the beginning of February, with the country's federation announcing the return for February 24th. The championship teams had almost half a month to return to their normal levels, after A period of abstinence and finding their form through training. The first half of last year found St. Joseph’s at the top of the standings. The first match of the restart was done with the best way after St Joseph’s faced the second of the ranking Europa in the derby of the week. Europa’s impressive 4-1 victory proved they weren’t too affected by the interruption, placing first in the rankings. Liam Walker was the team's best player, sending the ball into the net two out of the four times.

thanks to goals from De Barr, Martinez, and Kike in the second half, obtaining second place. In the fourth-place derby, Mons Calpe beat Lynx 1-0. An own goal from Brad Power means Mons are on their way to securing the final top-six spot as it stands. At the rear, after Boca's resignation from the championship, College 1975 and Europa Point are the main suspicions for relegation.

the race finding them in first place with a distance of three points from second place. The derby of the match took place two days later, as Lincoln and St. Joseph's faced off in the battle for second place. Lincoln was the big winner, scoring 4-2, closing the season in second place. For St Joseph’s, this is not the result they would have been hoping for and leaves them in a complicated situation heading into the league split.

The second game of the restart and last of the regular season started with the impressive victory of Europa against College 1975 with a score of 9-0. The greens were impressive, having an easy day at work, with the end of

The first six teams that will participate in the second round are Europa, Lincoln, St Joseph’s, Lynx, Mons Calpe, and Lions Gibraltar, while the other five teams will fight to avoid relegation.

Lincoln Red Imps easily overcame Glacis United with a score of 3-0, GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021



Me and my prostate. BY JAMES ALLAN AND PAUL HUGHES (Consultant Urologists)


ll men have a prostate gland and as we get older our prostate gets bigger, starting off like a walnut and potentially becoming the size of a lemon, or even an orange! What does it do and where is it? Do I really need one? Your prostate sits at the exit of your bladder, it’s like a small doughnut and your water pipe passes through it as it leads away from your bladder. As your prostate gets bigger the hole in the middle gets smaller and your prostate squashes the water pipe and blocks the flow of urine giving you the symptoms of a blockage. The bladder is two things, a reservoir and a pump. It is simply a muscular bag that stores urine in a clever way at low pressure. When it is full it lets you know that a GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

call of nature is required and you look for the next opportunity! When socially convenient, you find an appropriate place, relax the sphincter that keeps you dry and the bladder squeezes as a muscle and the pressure pushes the urine out. As a young boy you would be peeing over gates or writing your name in the snow, as an old man you will be careful of your shoes! Like any muscle, if you make your bladder work against a resistance, or lift weights, then it becomes bigger and stronger, sadly this is true when your prostate gets bigger and blocks your water pipe! So instead of a beautiful thin supple bladder that stores urine perfectly you begin to develop a thickened bulky bladder that is tough like an old boot! It begins to squeeze when you don’t want it to; it cannot relax as much, so

it doesn’t hold urine as well and you have to go more often, day and night. So most men develop ‘obstructive’ symptoms like a poor flow, having to wait for the urine to come out, a failure to fully empty and passing more often. They also develop the ‘irritative’ symptoms of a thickened bladder such as a short fuse or urgency, potentially incontinence, frequency or getting up at night. So does it all sound too familiar? Well this is the month to get down to the doctor and potentially to come and have a chat to us, your Urologists. The next step is to work out why it’s happening, is it simply an older bigger prostate causing a bit of blockage or is it possibly a tumour or prostate cancer? Let’s find out next month! 73


“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt”. (Special Olympics Athletes Oath).

BY ANNE MESILIO Special Olympics came about thanks to Eunice Kennedy Shriver inviting into her backyard in Chicago in the early 1960's those considered disabled and called mentally retarded; a marginalised section of society who suffered under the yoke of stigma, ignorance, fear and sad to say shame at having such a family member. Eunice, a member of the powerful Kenndy dynasty, had had a similar experience with her sister Rosemary so she understood the weight of public opinion against her but she had courage and conviction. A few years after opening her back yard she recognised the potential that sports offered and in July 1968 the first International 74

Special Olympics Games took place at Soldier Field, Chicago. What a bold step for that time, one that became a 'giant leap' for those eight years old and over experiencing intellectual disabilities giving them the opportunity to continue to train and compete in a variety of Olympic style sports. Year-round training was offered (by an army of volunteers) providing continued opportunities to develop physical fitness. It did not stop there, it helped the athletes demonstrate courage, know the joy of sharing, learning motor skills, form friendships at home and abroad, but above all else sharing with their families and community. Special Olympics Gibraltar has

"You must look forward all the time." been active and progressive since 1985. Thirty-six years wherein the character is in the heart and spirit of that Oath. Francis Mauro has been an athlete for thirteen years. During those years he has represented Gibraltar Internationally in Athletics, Aquatics and Floor Hockey. Coach Andrew Ramage: “Perhaps the pinnacle of his achievements came in 2017 when he was selected as one of only ten athletes GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021


"They should come to my world; we celebrate together in my world."

worldwide to participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run and carry the Olympic Flame to the World Winter Games in Austria. A first for Gibraltar”. In early 2020 a brand-new Special Olympics Gibraltar sports complex was opened by the Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo and one of the guests of honour was the President and Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia, Mr David Evangelista. He oversees program operations in 58 countries in W Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations as well as a Masters in International business. He lives in Vigo, Spain with his wife and two sons. It is fair to say he was impressed upon meeting Francis. “Francis Mauro is a living example of the strength that is needed during the toughest of times”, a quote from his tribute The World of Francis. He was referring to the invisible coronavirus which was insidiously beginning to invade our lives GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

and become a pandemic spreading fear, confusion and a tumultuous whirlwind of upheaval as the foundations of life as we knew it were being undermined. Francis works as a messenger at the Gibraltar Health Authority and throughout this unparalleled time in our history when most of us cowered at home in lock down at our government’s instructions in order to protect our health services and save lives, Francis carried on. “You must carry on your way”, he said. “You must look forward all the time.” Francis motivated himself in this time of great fear. “Special Olympics is a different world, it gives me confidence, it makes me strong, I reach goals, isn't that what life is all about?” Indeed! In his piece David Evangelista draws parallels between the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and our present Pope Francis. Exalted company to be sure. “The story of St Francis and Pope Francis offer the world not only sources of great faith, but great risk. Both figures, historical and present have taken strides to challenge the status quo and in doing so elevate those most forgotten.” The present Pope Francis in January 2021 brought out of the shadows Dr Jerome Lejeune, (1926-1994), the French

geneticist who discovered the extra chromosome that causes Downs Syndrome and elevated him to 'Venerable' a step on the way to sainthood. David: “Francis represents hundreds of millions of individuals with intellectual and development disabilities having a disproportionately negative impact on Covid given the many underlying health issues they face”. This has not deterred Francis Mauro: “We are all the same so we must treat each other the same.” Fearlessly, he goes on: “People stare at me, they make belief that I am somehow different than they are. They should come to my world; we celebrate together in my world”. To read The World of Francis in full visit: www. Here too you will find that caring people as volunteers are always needed. As we emerge from the ravages of the pandemic taking time to re assess our changed world, our changed selves, and assess our values and priorities, the World of Francis is a good place to start. We can, all together, be brave in the attempt. 75




askne is the term for acne that develops as a result of maskwearing. It’s another by-product of this Covid era. Apologies, I strive not to mention the dreaded c-word in any of my articles, but it seems inevitable when writing a piece which focuses on a skin concern that is a direct consequence of the pandemic.

But how does maskne develop, even on those who do not usually have acne-prone skin?

of course necessary) mask-wearing, humidity from breathing becomes trapped beneath the mask. The oil and bacteria which already exists on our skin can build up more excessively and clog pores. Unsurprisingly frontline workers or healthcare professionals are more prone to developing this skin condition because their masks tend to be more tightly fitted and are of course worn for longer periods of time.

As a result of frequent (and

Dermatologists claim to have

Those with more sensitive skin types will find that simply wearing a mask can in itself cause irritation from the friction. Whilst those with oilier skin types may have already foreseen the perils of maskne coming.


seen an increase in acne-related queries appearing in their inboxes, which serves to support the fact that this is a real issue. It is not just a skin concern which has been fabricated by big cosmetic brands in search of a new angle to market certain acne fighting products. 77

beauty It seems that masks are here to stay (at least for the foreseeable). However, this doesn’t have to be true of maskne too. There are thankfully some steps which you can take to keep it at bay. MASKS The mask itself is a good starting point. Of course, it goes without saying that hygiene is key and keeping your masks clean is one of the most important preventative measures you can take. Secondly, you may want to lend some thought to the type of fabric your mask is made of. Avoid fabrics such as nylon which can be very irritating on the skin and instead invest in softer fabrics. Silk has long been celebrated as the fabric which is kindest to skin and

many skincare enthusiasts (myself included) will not hesitate to bore you with the many benefits of sleeping on a silk pillowcase. Not only does silk cause less irritation but this material is less likely to absorb oil or dirt which means your mask is more likely to stay cleaner during the day. Silk masks do tend to be on the pricier side but can be worth the investment, especially for those with very sensitive skin. (Cult Beauty Silk Mask, £20). But its important not to forget that choosing a mask which still offers a good level of protection is key! TAKE A MAKEUP BREAK It pains me to say this – after all, the last thing any of us wants

Maskne is the term for acne that develops as a result of mask-wearing. to do at the moment is to take more breaks from doing things we enjoy. But taking a makeup break can really be of benefit here, as wearing makeup on mask covered skin can serve to further suffocate the surface of your skin. If you simply can’t forgo the makeup glow try avoiding heavy oil-based foundations and concealers and instead opt for more lightweight products such as tinted moisturises. STICK TO A SKINCARE ROUTINE Your daily skincare routine is one of the most important steps to maskne avoidance as it enables you to really fortify your skin. Cleansing regularly is a must, however opt for a gentle cleanser as you do not want to use anything that will be too drying and will cause more irritation or chaffing under a mask. Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser is a great option which won’t strip or dry out the skin. (236ml, £6.50,) Also make sure to moisturise. This may sound like the complete opposite of what you want to do since we know that oiliness and clogged up pores can aid the development of acne, but striking a balance is important. Hydration will fortify your skin barrier and this is key, as dry and irritated skin can lead to more breakouts. If the thought of applying a heavy moisturiser under your mask fills




you with dread then opt for a more lightweight alternative such as a gel cream. Origins Ginzing Gel Moisturiser is a great option (50ml, £25) ADD AN EXTRA ACNE FIGHTING STEP INTO YOUR ROUTINE Chemical exfoliants work by dissolving dead skin cells that sit on the skins surface and can therefore be helpful in minimising the risk of further breakouts. BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) are especially good for unclogging pores and helping reduce the production of excess sebum. The GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

BHA which is most widely used for the treatment of acne is salicylic acid. There are cleansers, toners and serums which contain this ingredient. Whichever form you opt for ensure that you start to use them gradually, until your skin builds up tolerance – perhaps by using it once or twice a week to begin with and as always if in doubt discuss this further with a dermatologist. One of the most popular BHA products in the skincare industry is Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% Lotion Exfoliant (100ml, £28) 79



As someone who only owned a couple of pairs of gym leggings and held tracksuits fairly low in esteem prior to 2020, it's hard to believe that both of these items have reigned supreme in my wardrobe for the better part of an entire year. As much as I love simplicity and comfort (and have grown to appreciate it even more), I’m quite ready to cast the comfies aside and start donning some of my favourite spring/summer frocks. Alas, in 2020, we had little reason to wear them, but with temperatures slowly soaring and the days becoming brighter and longer as we ease into spring, I'm finally grasping this welcomed opportunity to break myself free of my style rut and start to dress up (quite literally) once again. BY JULIA COELHO


ne of the things I've been most looking forward to about spring is the prospect of abandoning the many layers I’ve been cocooning in for the past couple of months. Dresses are an expansive category, and shouldn’t be reserved for the heights of summer alone. They can be the perfect transitional pieces to carry us through spring and into summer. These days my pairings usually involve jackets and chunky boots, which I’ll gladly switch up for sandals and sunnies in a matter of months! Lots of the dresses on offer this year have plenty of chuck-on appeal, meaning that while they’re suitable for our usual day-to-day, they’re certainly also comfortable enough to wear at home. Even the most reluctant of dress-wearers won’t be able to deny that the spring high-street dress offering is looking pretty appealing this year. For those of you, like myself, 80

who may be looking for more ethically-driven options, whether it be buying second-hand or from companies that regard sustainability as one of their core values, these days it’s actually becoming easier to be a more educated and responsible consumer. An issue that has often cropped up when discovering brands that are more considered in terms of their manufacturing process right down to their supply chain, is that the word 'sustainable' has come to imply 'more expensive’. But the good news is that as this mindset increasingly becomes the norm, prices can be brought down and become more accessible to the average person. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find so many labels with gorgeous collections available at a decent price point. One of my new favourites, Nobody's Child (which are on ASOS) has a focus on mindful-manufacturing,

partnering with ethical factories while also using eco-fabrics where possible. Many online retailers now also feature dedicated sections to sustainable items, for instance, fashion giant Net-aPorter, who has curated a NET SUSTAIN edit, where all products selected take into account human, animal and environmental welfare. With all that said, I personally can’t wait to dig out some of my favourite old dresses, and give them a new lease of life this year.

PINK It can be the smallest changes that make the greatest improvements to our mood, and sometimes, all you need is a bit of colour. You may have already noticed from the abundance of pink tones on the high street, not to mention social media, but the colour of spring 2021 is indeed pink, so it's no surprise that new-in sections are already saturated with pink GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021


They can be the perfect transitional pieces 81

dresses in all tones, length and silhouettes.

PRINTS Whether it's flowers, checks or stripes, printed dresses will always be a spring and summer staple. Faithfull the Brand has long been regarded as the go-to mid-range designer brand for summer dresses, and this year, their paisley print has been a smash hit, selling out on the regular. I’m currently 82


wearing my favourite prints with some chunky loafers and longline jackets, which I’ll definitely be swapping out for my sandals in the next few months. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021



KNITTED If a year in loungewear has taught us anything at all, it's that comfort is one of the most important factors to consider when getting dressed every day. If the thought of ditching your joggers is almost too much to bear, invest in a knitted dress, which can be just as comfortable, yet significantly more polished. From oversized cardigans, to midi and maxi wraps, knit dresses also serve as great transitional pieces throughout the cool spring days and chilly summer nights. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021


fashion DENIM Denim dresses always make a comeback for spring, but it looks like they might be more popular than ever this year. There really is a denim dress for everyone, whether you prefer a fitted midi dress with a retro silhouette or even if an oversized denim shirt is more your bag. They’re undoubtedly one of the easiest throw-onand-go options out there, and provide so many styling options.

CUT-OUTS You can’t get much more cult classic status than the LBD, and this year, some of our favourites designers and retailers have taken this established staple and shaken things up a little. Boasting eye-catching design details like asymmetric hems, barely-there straps, and figure-hugging cuts, cut-out black dresses are where it’s at this spring. There are many other colours on offer too, of course, but black is definitely the hot ticket right now when it comes to this particular trend. TOP: DENIM DRESS WITH PUFFED SLEEVES, MANGO, £49.99 LEFT: BELTED SWEETHEART NECKLINE MINI DRESS, & OTHER STORIES, £75.00 RIGHT: DENIM SLEEVELESS DENIM DRESS IN WASHED BLACK, ASOS DESIGN, £30.00





Spinach pies are a traditional food for Gibraltarians at Easter and this version gives you an extra dash of creaminess and nutrition from tofu. Served warm or cold, it’s ideal with a salad for lunch or dinner. INGREDIENTS For the puff pastry •

160g plain flour

160g vegan butter

1/2tsp salt

95 ml cold water

1knob vegan butter for greasing the pie dish

For the filling •

250g spinach

50g pine nuts

1 bulb garlic or 5 stalks of wild garlic

300g silken tofu

3 tbsp nutritional yeast

1tsp salt

1tsp black pepper

1tbsp olive oil


Recipe by The Gibraltar Vegan, follow for updates


Puff Pastry


1. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the salt.

1. Remove the stalks from the spinach. Cut the bulb of garlic up into slices.

2. Roughly break up the butter into bits, add to the bowl and start to rub the flour and butter with your fingers. 3. The butter will now be in smaller bits but consistent throughout the flour mix. 4. Make a well in the bowl and pour over half the water in and mix it until you have a firm dough. Add more water if necessary. 5. Wrap in cling film or an alternative wrap and place in the fridge for 20 minutes. 6. Grease a pie dish with the knob of vegan butter. 7. Sprinkle a flat surface with some flour and knead the pastry gently. 8. Roll the pastry out in one direction only, fold it over and roll it again. Do this one more time. 9. Let the pastry rest for five minutes before you roll it out for the last time and place it in the pie dish. If it is a hot day place the pastry back in the fridge for these five minutes.

2. Pour the oil into a pan and add the garlic, once it is turning golden add the pine nuts. Stir for two minutes and then add the spinach. 3. Stir the spinach at all times so it does not burn and it wilts nicely. 4. Once wilted remove from the pan and strain it. Wrap it in kitchen towel and remove as much moisture as possible. 5. In a bowl, add the tofu, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper and mix well until creamy. 6. Add the spinach mixture in and stir. 7. Place this mixture into the pie dish. 8. Cook at 200 degrees for 10 minutes then turn the heat down to 180 and cook for another 20-25 minutes keeping an eye on the pie. 9. Remove from the oven and let it cool so it sets a little. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

SPINACH, COCONUT & COURGETTE SOUP I love soup because it’s so easy to eat and deceivingly filling. We’re so used to eating spinach, we have it in our pies, just like the Torta de Acelga, our with our pasta and more often than not, with our salads.However I had not, until now, tried it much in soup, and why shouldn’t we?

METHOD: 1. Heat the oil and add in the chopped up vegetables, fry in the oil until they soften. 2. After several minutes, cover with the coconut milk and cream and leave to stew, so that the potatoes


and vegetables boil and soften

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp pimenton dulce


160ml coconut cream

400ml coconut milk

pimenton and turmeric and add

300g spinach

a crush of pepper and salt. Using

3 medium courgettes

a hand blender blend all your

2 small potatoes

ingredients together until you

1 green pepper


end up with a smooth, chunk-less

Black pepper

2 tbsp olive oil


3. Season your broth with the

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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 Arts Society Gibraltar: Monthly illustrated talks open to the public. Registration from 6:30pm every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Guest fee £12. We meet at The Garrison Library. Contact or Claus Olesen on 54036666. Website with all informaiton is 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: Hip-hop/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 tony@ 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 the 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, monthly, 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’Reilley’s 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 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 or Leeds United Gibraltar Supporters Club. Meet at The Trafalgar Sports Bar 1 Rosia Road when live matches are on. All Leeds United supporters and their families are welcome. Join Leeds United Gibraltar Supporters club at: 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. Cheerleading 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’ cricket- league & cup competitions and in-school coaching., info@gibcricket. com, 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. Ice Skating: Gibraltar Rock Stars Figure Skating Club lessons every Tuesday evening & Saturday morning, all levels including adults. Contact or 58700000 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 the 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 throughout the season, various tournaments played on a yearly basis both nationally and internationally, Tel: 56925000 gibpool@,

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Gibraltar Rhythmic Gymnastics Association runs sessions from 4 years of age, weekday evenings. Tel: 56000772 or Sally 200 74661. Rugby: Gibraltar Rugby caters for all ages from 4 years old to veterans (over 35’s). It organises competitions and sessions for Juniors; 4 x Senior Clubs; Veterans team; Touch Rugby and a Referees Society. Email admin@gibraltarrfu. com or visit 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. MonThur 6.30-8pm at Kings Bastion Leisure Centre and Sat 9am-1pm at the Yoga Centre, 33 Town Range. Tel: Dilip 200 78714. Tennis and Paddle Tennis: Sandpits Club. Junior and adult training available. info : www. Tel (Louis) 20077035 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 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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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.

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.

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BY GRANDMASTER RAY KEENE OBE Some of the most spectacular games of chess occur when it is possible to sacrifice material to hunt the enemy king into the open and lure it to its death. One of the most celebrated examples occurred in a game played in London over a century ago.

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To suffer such a catastrophic debacle, the black player must have committed some egregious error. Indeed, I believe that, for the first time in the many years since this pyrotechnic display was created, I have pinpointed the crucial moment where the Black player missed the vital defensive improvement. The loser had the distinction of being a leading British master who numbered Nimzowitsch, Botvinnik and Capablanca amongst his victims. His name was Sir George Thomas and he had also won the British Badminton title no fewer 96

White: Edward Lasker Black: Sir George Thomas London, 1912 Dutch Defence 1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nc3 … An unusual way to meet the Dutch Defence. Black’s most solid response is 3...d5. 3. … Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Bxf6 Bxf6 6. e4 fxe4 7. Nxe4 b6 8. Ne5 0-0 9. Bd3 Bb7 10. Qh5 …

How did Edward Lasker teach his opponent the art of attack? Answer: Queen sacrifice / King chase mate. 11. Qxh7+! … Bye! Safe journey to g1! As an exercise, try and visualise the next 7 moves, all of the way to the mate. Not 11 Nxf6+? gxf6 and h7 is defended. 11. … Kxh7 12. Nxf6+ Double check. 12. … Kh6 Not 12 … Kh8? 13 Ng6 mate. 13. Neg4+ Kg5 14. h4+ Kf4 15. g3+ Kf3 16. Be2+ Kg2 17. Rh2+ Kg1

White adopts a most threatening posture, so it is precisely here that Black is able to improve: mandatory is 10...Bxe5 11 dxe5 Rf5 or 11 Qxe5 Nc6 or 11 Nf6+ Rxf6! In every case Black survives and is doing well. 10. … Qe7 Overlooking White’s devastating denouement. This is one of the most famous king chases of all time. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE APRIL 2021

coffee time 18. Kd2 Checkmate Why did Lasker refuse the chance to castle, while delivering mate with 18 O-O-O mate? The answer is that in spite of the attraction of castling to deliver checkmate it is in fact more economical to move one piece one square to give mate rather than to move two pieces a total of five squares, and economy is always praised more highly by purists. These notes are based on the excellent book Tactical Training published by Everyman Chess and written by the prolific Cyrus Lakdawala.


White to play and win. White: Gerard Welling Black: Rudy Douven Eindhoven Rapid Tournament, The Netherlands, 1982 This is the position before White’s 9th move.



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