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ur March issue presents you with a mishmash of ideas, there really is something for everyone! As you look up at the sky, magazine in hand, desperately hoping that the rain will stop and the sun will finally shine signalling the beginning of spring, take the time to sit back, relax, and see what we have for you this month. Traditionally, March is a time for spring cleaning and, even if we’re avoiding it, Ian urges us to reorganise our finances, to ensure that all our affairs are in good order. Whether you are paying off debts or saving up, check interest rates movements to maximise your earnings (p.21). Eran and Ayelet tackle the issue of employee relocation with some insightful statistics on who works locally and advice on how to attract talent from overseas (p.28). Our property column returns with ISOLAS’ Suzika Santiago sharing tips on purchasing a property with others. She looks at two types of ownership and gives us the pros and cons for both (p.30). The cover features one of the teams taking part in the 2017 Young Enterprise Scheme. These students from Bayside Comprehensive School have come up with a wristband product which has the potential to save lives (p.33).


Our Life section is also teeming with curious features and we hear from a few of the community’s most interesting personalities, including Mark Montegriffo, self-professed political nerd (p.36), and Nick Pyle, our fairly new Deputy Governor, who shares tales about his colourful life and exciting travels (p.39). Also, catch Khaoula’s interview outlining her experiences wearing a hijab on the Rock (p.44), and find out about PE teacher Stuart Felice, who is raising funds for charity by taking daily dips in the Mediterranean Sea (p.50). Scene too is packed with variety, with features on one particularly diverse painter (p.54), a traditional ceramist (p.58) and an actress whose day job is far detached from the arts (p.62). According to fashionista Julia, we should all be embracing light pink tones this season, as they can complement all hair colours and skin tones (p.65). The GFA’s new Technical Director reveals his strategy to improve local football (p.68) and, appropriately, Andrew recommends wines favoured by a certain famous football coach (p.82).

concept of strokes as units of recognition. Whether these are positive or negative, we all crave them in our lives. It is best to create awareness on how to focus on the positive ones (p.80)! St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this month so Nicole takes us to Dublin, outlining the top spots to visit and celebrate in green (p.73). With such a selection of topics, you can pick the articles that interest you most. Tying in with our cover story, we probe the community on what futuristic gadget they would like to see developed next (p.18)…


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BUSINESS 21 24 26 28 30

Financial Spring Clean - Reviving your treasures Business with China - What Gibraltar has to offer Interview Questions - How to answer the worst ones Employee Relocation - Making a smooth move Buying with Others - Possibilities and pitfalls

LIFE 33 36 39 42 44 46 48 50 52 22#05 March 2017: Young Enterprise Scheme entrants Contributing writers: Ian Le Breton, Alicia Bowry, Sylvia Kenna, Eran Shay, Ayelet Mamo Shay, Suzika Santiago, Mark Viales, Richard Cartwright, Mike Brufal, Nicole Macedo, Joe Caruana, Lewis Stagnetto, Elena Scialtiel, Julia Coelho, Elaine Caetano, Andrew Licudi, Polly Lavarello.

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Little Entrepreneurs - A platform for success Political Nerd - The next generation Deputy Governor - Privileged lifestyle of diplomats Embracing Englishness - Snowy setbacks Hijab Taboo - Oppression or empowerment? I Say ‘No’ to Pot - Opposition to legalisation of cannabis Dog Bag Dispensers - Attitude towards pet cleanliness A Dip A Day - Raising funds and awareness for RICC Marine Nuisances - A tide of jelly

SCENE 54 In Giorann’s Shoes - On any surface... 58 Back in Clay - Ceramist creates the woman 62 Samantha in Character - ‘Constellations’ & ‘Contractions’

LEISURE 65 68 73 80 82

Shades of Blush - The colour for everyone! Technical Approach - Creating Gib’s football identity Dynamic Dublin - Guinness & the infectious Irish charm Steiner’s Strokes - Developing awareness of habits Wine Column - The world’s most famous football coach

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he First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, Daishin Kashimoto, will perform a recital with pianist Eric Le Sage on 14th March at 8pm at the Convent Ballroom. The event is organised by the Gibraltar Philharmonic Society.

Already when he was 20 years old, the Financial Times had described him as “an extremely cultivated disciple of the great French tradition of Schumann piano”. In 2010, die Zeit, praised his “ideal

Daishin Kashimoto attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York in 1986 as a young student in the Pre-College Division. From 1999 to 2004, he was a pupil of Rainer Kussmaul at the Freiburg Musikhochschule.

French piano aesthetics and clarity”. The programme will feature compositions for violin and piano by G. Faure, J. Brahms and C. Franck.

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Daishin Kashimoto, who grew up in Japan, Germany and the USA, has already appeared as a soloist with many international orchestras and has performed with renowned conductors. He is first prize winner of a long list of competitions, including the 6th Menuhin International Junior Violin Competition in England in 1993. Eric Le Sage is established as one of the leading pianists of his generation and a famous representative of the French piano school, regularly boasted for his very subtle sound, his real sense of structure and poetic phrasing.



he Gibraltar Museum held a free talk as part of a series of lectures last month in collaboration with the Gorham’s Cave Complex and the Gibraltar Scientific Society at the John Mackintosh Hall. A spokesman for the museum said that Gibraltar’s heritage has been acknowledged internationally for centuries, and with the Gorham’s Cave Complex becoming a World Heritage site in 2016, the Rock has now joined the illustrious UNESCO family made up of 1052 natural and cultural sites. Speakers Marcello Sanguinetti and Sue Davies took the audience on a journey round the world’s rich heritage through 8

space and time. They also looked at the family that Gibraltar has joined and examined the ‘wondrous but sometimes also fragile World Heritage sites’. “From the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef, to the remains at Palmyra, Kathmandu and Machu Picchu, their illustrated talk looked at the many positives for communities in working together to manage our environment sustainably,” the spokesman said, “But culture and heritage can often be the first casualty in changing and challenging times.”





ibraltar International Airport was shortlisted as one of the leading online booking platforms for private aviation charter in this year’s Scenic Airport Landing Poll by PrivateFly.

Details of the judging panel and their choices can be found here: www.privatefly.


The panel consisted of expert judges from across the travel industry who nominated their favourite airport approaches for the airport poll. Each year, PrivateFly runs a “Most Scenic Airport Landings Poll” to discover the most beautiful airport approach of the year. Last year’s top airports included beach runways, mountain-top airports and airports approaches across stunning city skylines. It is up to the public to choose which airport will claim the coveted Most Scenic Airport Landing of 2017, which closed towards the end of last month.



lands Travel Gibraltar last month became the first tour operator to round up a group of licensed guides and take part in Monkey Talk’s Macaque Familiarisation Outings. The educational outings were launched by the Department for the Environment and Climate Change (DECC) as part of the long term strategy for Gibraltar’s Barbary Macaques. “It is important that we are educated about the macaques,” said Nuria Saccone, Head of Destination Services at Blands Travel. “They are arguably Gibraltar’s single most important tourist attraction and are synonymous with The Rock. Undertaking the familiarisation outing allows us to provide an educational and valuable tourist experience for all our guests whilst respecting their natural habitat.” Brian Gomila, a local Macaque enthusiast who conducts the outings, said it was


imperative that Gibraltar’s guides became conversant on the macaques. “One cannot talk about the macaques in the same way as you would about a historic monument,” he said. “The macaques are habituated to humans and are dynamic animals and so it pays off for guides to be able to interpret their behaviours as and when displayed in order to be able to captivate their audience and provide a safe and educational experience.” A spokesman for Blands said it was expected that the educational outings will mark the start of official and continuous training offered to guides on the macaques. “Macaque workshops planned for the future as the DECC and the GTB strive to improve and modernise Gibraltar’s Macaque Tourist Product,” the spokesman said.





he Gibraltar Government offered a series of seminars to the community last month on the accessibility of large public events for people with disabilities. The training programme, ‘Equality Means Business’, was put in place by Minister for Equality, Samantha Sacramento, who engaged with a specialist UK organization to deliver it. UK charity ‘Attitude is Everything’ has delivered ‘Disability Diversity Training’ for 15 years and regularly provide advice on accessibility for large public events. They have worked with a number of popular UK festivals (including Glastonbury and Festival Republic) as well as a number of entertainment venues. In addition to the training provided to the public sector, a couple of free

training session were also held for private promoters at the University of Gibraltar. “These seminars are a continuation of the training series already established as we are taking the lead on our shared responsibility in making Gibraltar more inclusive,” Ms Sacramento said. “Gibraltar is blessed with a very diverse and active social calendar so I want to ensure that everyone involved in organising these events are aware of their responsibilities towards individuals with disabilities. Creating awareness is vital and we must work together to change attitudes. In the advent of the Disability Act, we will be providing continuous support and information to enable businesses to provide more accessible social and cultural experiences to those who, because of their disability, may have been left out in the past.”



he Government of Gibraltar submitted an official complaint to the EU Commission last month regarding the recurring episodes of flaring at the San Roque CEPSA refinery, with specific reference to the incident on the 29th January. The seven-page report sets out the history to the complaint, highlighting the fact that this was not an isolated incident but rather an escalation of an ongoing environmental concern.

“The audit also highlighted the length of the flaring episodes, noting that other refineries take around ten minutes to recover, as opposed to the almost hourlong episode witnessed last month,” the spokesman said. “The government has told the Commission that these facts seriously call into question whether CEPSA has adequately implemented

the recommendations of the 2008 audit and indeed, whether it respects other aspects of compliance with environmental standards arising under EU law.” The spokesman said that the complaint also raises government concerns that, despite Gibraltar’s proximity to the refinery, no formal contact was established with local relevant authorities.

An independent audit carried out in 2008 drew attention to the plant’s frequent electrical problems and made explicit recommendations on how CEPSA should address these in order to avoid or minimise power outages. A Gibraltar Government spokesman said that, despite this, CEPSA continues to deflect responsibility for preventing flaring episodes by unashamedly citing electrical faults as the cause of such incidents. 10





Y donated £5,000 to Calpe House Charitable Trust last month in support of its initiative to refurbish three new properties bought in London for local patients. A number of events held last year undertaken by staff contributed towards the funds which were presented to Albert Poggio and Charles Marfe of Calpe House by EY Managing Partner, Jose Julio Pisharello.

for those seeking that accommodation in London, often at challenging times in their lives.” Mr Pisharello took part in the Three Peaks Challenge, one of the sponsored events, and said that it tested everyone’s reslolve to work as a team.

“It is especially rewarding to see the results of that effort, amongst all the other fundraising, and to know how it will benefit our community. To be able to support the work of Calpe House is further inspiration for us to identify the EY challenges for 2017’,” he said.

“This substantial donation toward the completion of our restoration project will make a tangible and immediate impact,” said Mr Poggio. “Our profile has raised significantly since we began 25 years ago and the need for accommodation in London from Gibraltarians has grown with it. We are immensely grateful for the efforts of all those who took part in the staff events of 2016, the generosity of EY and the many people who supported them. Their kindness will make a real difference

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mpervious to the heavy rain, a troop of soldiers tasked with clearing the Queens and King’s Lines, was deployed at the Northern Defences last Sunday. The operation saw modern-day Sappers, the descendants of the Royal Artificer Corps, assisting the Gibraltar Government in a major restoration project. The Northern Defences is a key element of the military defensive network of walls, tunnels and bastions which has kept Gibraltar safe through numerous sieges.

the magnitude and workmanship of the defences which have been buried for decades,” said Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia, who chairs the InterMinisterial Committee on the project.

they also provide Gibraltar with another world-class visitor attraction in a key location. The government is grateful to the Royal Engineers and to the Heritage Trust for their continued involvement.”

“From a global perspective, these defences are second to none: any visitor can easily appreciate why the saying ‘As strong as the Rock’ is so apt. The defences not only allow us to be able to see into the past but

The Heritage Trust has praised the efforts of the Gibraltar Government in having the vision to invest in such an asset and will be assisting in organising tours of these newly exposed defences.

This system of defences links Casemates Square all the way to Princess Amelia’s Battery in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. A spokesman for the government said that it has invested in the site, which has been ‘neglected for decades’, for the last two years. “It is gratifying to have reached a stage in this project where one can appreciate



inister for the Environment Dr John Cortes attended the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, last month for the tenth anniversary of the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) Exhibition and book.

In connection with the 200th anniversary last year of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

at the Alameda, the exhibition will be brought over to Gibraltar later this year.

IGPOTY is the most acclaimed international botanical photography exhibition, attracting great interest from gardeners and plant lovers as well as photographers. This year’s competition alone saw around 20,000 entries. Dr Cortes, who in his twenty years as Director of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens was a regular visitor at Kew was asked to write the introduction to the special 10th anniversary publication and was invited to be present at the launch. The launch was attended by all the winning photographers, including the overall winner Lee Acaster, and senior representatives of Kew Gardens, IGPOTY, and the Royal Photographic Society. 12





HA psychiatrists, psychologists, General Practitioners, Accident and Emergency doctors and mental health workers took part in a four-day training course last month. A Gibraltar Government spokesman said that the ‘specialised training’ is delivered by the UK Education and Training Network, which provides high quality medical and multidisciplinary training in the field of mental health care. He said that the object of the new Mental Health Act is to make mental health care in Gibraltar more efficient and transparent, with a more pronounced emphasis on the rights of the individual patient.

Gibraltar is part of a well thought-out process for the introduction of the new Mental Health Act,” he said. “It will assist professionals in familiarising themselves with the provisions of the Act and ensure an upgrade in the skills of those who manage a vital area of the health service. The training is comprehensive and will allow participants to gain a detailed insight into the legal aspects of the Mental Health Act, its range of implications from detention to assessments and the role and responsibilities of clinicians and, naturally,

the statutory rights of patients.” The government spokesman said that the Act affords patients a greater say in their care and in what would happen to them in a crisis. “Under the Act, the Government will appoint a Mental Health Board to act as a statutory watchdog tasked with challenging the service through an open doors policy to ensure continuous improvement,” the spokesman said.

“We want to reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues by raising awareness and working so that the public at large can obtain a better understanding of our work and the service we provide,” said the General Manager of Ocean Views Mental Health Facility, Chris Chipolina. Minister for Health Neil Costa welcomed the training programme, noting that the government is keen to advance the quality of mental health care in the community. “The training for those at the sharp end of the delivery of mental health care in



ibraltar Cultural Services last month announced the lineup for the 2017 Gibraltar Drama Festival, which will take place from Monday 20th to Saturday 25th March 2017.

The Adjudicator will select a number of plays to be performed on the Finals Night which will include the top two or three plays, including the winning play of the Festival.

Performers from around Gibrlatar will aim to dazzle the community with over 17 plays ranging from black comedies for 15s and over to the popular chindren’s fantasy, “The BFG”, by Roald Dahl.

An awards ceremony will follow where a minister from the Gibraltar Government will present the prizes. The adjudicator will also give a short delivery about each performance at the end of every session.






he Gibraltar Health Authority launched a new repeat prescription service at the Primary Care Centre last month to help speed up treatment of visiting patients.

Repeat prescriptions will be ready for collection 48-72 hours later. In the event that a patient’s GP wishes to see him/ her before issuing a prescription, the

desk clerk will immediately book the next available appointment. Information leaflets to fully explain the new service are now available from the PCC Main Counter.

The best performer on all the par 3 holes was Roger Griffiths with a gross score of 1 over par. The best team pairing by a wide margin were father and son pairing of George and Sebastian Desoiza with a combined score of 76 Stableford points. Sebastian also collected the longest drive trophy.

gross 79 but was beaten by his father George and John Hunter both of whom had excellent scores of 77 points. George took the trophy with a higher handicap than John.

This new system will allow patients to request a repeat prescription of their regular medications without necessarily having to book a further appointment with a GP. Minister for Health Neil Costa welcomed the initiative and said that the Ministry for Health was in full consultation with GHA clinicians. “We have been working behind the scenes to explore all the different ways to cut waiting times for patients to see their GPs,” he said, citing that more announcements would be made. “We are currently working on other reforms to ensure that the service to the public is as streamlined as possible.”



atthew Warner won the Ladbrokes Trophy last month on the fifth Med Golf tournament of 2017. A total of 59 players took part in the tournament on the Alcaidesa Links Course in a brisk south westerly breeze to sharpen up everyone’s golf. Matthew won the trophy with a very fine score of 40 Stableford points, one of four scores better than par. He also won two green fees on the San Roque Club Old course and scored many valuable points in the Jyske Bank order of merit.


The best senior prize went to Dermot Keelan with a score of 35 points. There were three contenders for the best gross trophy, for which every hole must be scored. Sebastian scored a very fine

The runner up in the Best Guest category was George Desoiza with a score of 37 points. The winner with 39 points was his ten year old son Sebastian who is showing real promise of becoming a force in the golfing world. Both George and Sebastian won a sleeve of balls and a year’s free membership of Med Golf.





he Gibraltar Government last month invited applications for scholarships from suitably qualified candidates to study at the College of Europe during the 2017/2018 academic year. The College of Europe, with campuses in Bruges (Belgium) and Natolin (Poland), is one of the most prestigious European universities offering postgraduate courses in European legal, economic or political studies. It was founded in 1949 by such leading European figures and founding fathers of the European Union as Salvador de Madariaga, Winston Churchill, Paul-Henri Spaak and Alcide De Gasperi.

The college aims to promote ‘a spirit of solidarity and mutual understanding between all the nations of Western Europe and to provide elite training to individuals who will uphold these values’

It also has the status of ‘Institution of Public Interest’, operating according to Belgian law. Students are usually selected in cooperation with their countries’ ministries of foreign affairs, and admission is highly competitive.



he Equality Rights Group last month announced that it would bring leading experts on the question of cannabis and drugs generally be brought to Gibraltar.

Mr Alvarez said that theses individuals can depend on the group’s fullest support as it encourages citizens to ‘speak up and speak out to those in power’.

This comes of the back of heated debate on the subject of legalisation of medical cannabis which has circulated through Parliament, the local press and social media.

“All our media professionals must be congratulated for the important part they play in engaging and informing us all,” he said. “There are a number of issues that indicate that Gibraltar is starting to lose patience. Prominent amongst these is that people need help today on the important questions surrounding psychoactive substances in our society.”

“Gibraltar needs expert information (regrettably, relevant ‘expertise’ quoted in the Viewpoint TV debate was many years out of date). And while calm and serious evidence and study is necessary, none of this can be an excuse for interminable committees and vague statements,” said Felix Alvarez, ERG Chairman. “We trust that the Gibraltar Government’s Inter-Ministerial Committee will be open to taking evidence from qualified and credible, recognised experts of the highest calibre whenever we come to an arrangement for their visit to Gibraltar.” The group also praised what it calls ‘increasing activism’ of individuals and Civil Society in Gibraltar which forms part of our ‘social legacy’. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

Mr Alvarez said that the ‘Connected Health’ warmly embraces the indisputable public endorsement of this view, and it encourages citizens to ‘speak up and speak out to those in power’. “People with a multitude of medical ailments need answers, they do not deserve to be kept in pain when there are solutions, and those answers are needed sooner rather than later from those with responsibility for drugs policy in Gibraltar,” he said. “‘But organised crime cannot be allowed to continue being Gibraltar’s de facto drug regulators.”

‘Mr Alvarez said that, excellent as it was to see medicinal cannabis supported by an overwhelming majority of GBC Poll participants, it is by no means the whole picture. “It falls short. There are still many others in our community that, in one way or another, are being harmed by a system which punishes rather than supports,” he said. “We will continue to insist: a regulatory system customised to Gibraltar’s needs must still be instituted. Government and the GHA must take control away from the criminals. It is nothing less than wrong and immoral to look the other way on this. To participate only in fighting for partial measures which help one sector, whilst choosing to look away from others is unkind and morally incoherent.” 15

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Kimberly Bacarisa, 32 Senior Company Administrator at IFM Limited

Helen Reilly, 54 Sales and Marketing at The Gibraltar Magazine

I would love to have some sort of searching contraception. It could find my lost keys, books, remote control, help with searching and finding the forever lost objects such as shoes or favourite t-shirts my kids seem to never be able to locate - sort of like Google but for the physical world. That would free my time up immensely!

A gadget to determine what you want to/should eat, using a series of questions based on lifestyle, dietary requirements and recent meals plus a built-in scanner to determine any deficiencies. It would provide the recipe, shop online for ingredients, or simply order a take-away. This would end the “I want something to eat but I don’t know what!” quandary...


Vanessa Garcia, 24 Student Advisor at Oxford Learning College

Sofia Lauren Zammit, 4.5 Reception at Governor’s Meadow First School

A collar for dogs that can monitor their hormones, feelings and blood pressure. All connected to a phone app.

A machine that would turn all my toys to real life! I would always have a friend to play with at home and I would never get bored.



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Albert Pizarello, 50 Technical support manager at BSG Computer Systems

Daniel Ghio, 28 Account Manager at Continent 8

A small chip implanted into our palms that can read and act on information by anything we touch. No need for keys as hand readers on every door let you open them when you grab the handle. Your mouse logs you in when it senses your unique chip, no more passwords. You shake hands with someone, both your chips send the other person’s contact details to your phones...

An accessory that records your dreams at night. They get saved to your smartphone and can be played back as a video. There are way too many times when I wake up from a dream and I end up forgetting it shortly after. Dreams sometimes bring inspiration and ideas and it’s also a place where you “see” and chat to relatives or friends who have passed away.


Mark Cheeswright, 32 Team Leader at Sunny Walker Society

Fabian Valerga, 49 Logistics Managet at Redwood International

A machine that can create any food of your choice by building the food from atoms. Like a microwave but for anything you want!

A bionic crop seed to grow with the sun instead of water. We could plant it throughout Africa to abolish hunger and poverty for eternity.



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FINANCIAL SPRING CLEAN Reviewing your treasures


and local magician Jamie Zammitt, who can elcome to March. The cold it’s too late and the clear out must await indeed transform a five-pound note into days of deep mid-winter another year. So, how about considering are behind us; although of some financial good housekeeping instead? a crisp twenty before one’s very eyes. But with apologies to Jamie, the alchemy he course, in these performs might not cut it with your bank Mediterranean climes, “cold” Where to start? We are reminded We are is a relative term. And whilst regularly that levels of personal debt manager. reminded we may have seen snow in across the world remain dangerously unexpected places very near regularly Leaving magic solutions where they high. The figures are staggering and, Gibraltar, I think it is safe to say that levels of in some cases, indebtedness is even belong, the first thing to consider in a fithat we will have to wait anothnancial spring clean would (I suggest) be to personal debt higher than before the onset of the er year for a chance to use our look at the simple stuff first. Few of us are financial crisis in 2008. Do not fear, across the toboggans on the slopes of the dear reader, as one who is by nature able to follow Polonius’ advice in ShakeRock. The days are noticeably world remain a spender rather than a speare’s Hamlet, where he advises lengthening and we can start to his son “neither a borrower nor a saver, I’m not going to angerously The first anticipate the long, warm sumlender be”. Therefore interest rates pontificate about the high. thing to mer ahead – even if it is not are indeed of interest to us all. urgent need to reduce exactly right around the corner. consider in your borrowing. In any case, I have always treated such Most financial pundits consider that a financial In common with our friends in colder advice with caution. After all, if spring clean the next move in interest rates will climes, the urge to do a bit of “spring it were that easy to reduce debt, upwards. You may remember would be to be cleaning” generally makes its presence everyone would surely do it. that they thought that in the UK – look at the and therefore in Gibraltar too – last felt at this time every year. However, I’m sure I’m not alone when I survey my ever simple stuff. year too. Then, 23rd June happened. Granted, there are ways to increasing clutter (my “treasures” as I unreduce the costs of borrowing, Interest rates could in theory fall still wisely refer to them) and somehow find an but debt is debt; one cannot further. A more likely scenario is that excuse – any excuse – to defer action. And just make money appear out of thin air. they do not, but that inflation rises markby then, of course, summer is upon us and There is one exception – my good friend edly (albeit from a very low starting point). GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017



The prospect looms that negative “real” returns will become the norm, i.e. after inflation is taken into account. That is fine if you are borrowing but not at all attractive if you are a saver. The spring clean question is to consider your own “tolerance” for interest rate movements. The obvious concern for most is the Most effect on mortgage payments and, whilst individual situations financial will vary, we should all take heed. pundits

This is unquestionably good news for exAnother factor in our spring clean is porters, right? By “exporters”, I include all to consider the impact of a volatile those in Gibraltar who sell things whether exchange rate. Here in Gibraltar physical goods or services. It follows that we are particularly interested in goods or services we sell to foreign buyers sterling’s performance against the consider will be cheaper in foreign currency terms euro. Most of us have some “curBanks are keen to provide advice that the today than a few months back. However, rency exposure”, as the City types on mortgage deals and there next move we don’t produce much locally – with would call it. This is true of any are several options available. some notable exceptions such as my good country bordering another using a The spring clean might include in interest friends at Gibraltar Crystal – considering whether your current rates will be different currency. The issue and if the raw materials needed is more acute locally because deal remains the best option. upwards. Banks to produce the goods are themthe Gibraltar government is There are pros and cons beare keen selves imported from abroad, powerless when it comes to tween fixed rates or some form those costs will have risen in setting interest rates and is therefore of floating arrangement. One could simply to provide sterling terms. So the net overat the mercy of the currency markets. relax, elect the simplest solution and take advice on all picture may not be as rosy To gain some idea of the financial a chance with the market. By doing so, mortgage as one might imagine. Again, impact of the latter, just consider one might avoid the arrangement fees that deals and every case will be different but than in the last twelve months, the come with the more bespoke alternatives the message is to consider the pound has yo-yoed between a low of – but you are likely to follow the Bank of there are impact a fluctuating rate may just less than €1.10 and a high of just England’s monthly interest rate decisions several continue to exert on your own over €1.30. rather more closely. options finances or business.


For anyone with an investment portfolio, this might be a good time to reflect on the wider picture. Far more qualified commentators than your humble scribe are pretty much agreed that 2017 and beyond is packed with unknowns. Brexit and other uncertainties fizzle around




the EU – the eye-wateringly high debt pile in Italy, continued problems in Greece, which is renegotiating its own debt (again), and elections in several countries, not least the Netherlands, France and Germany.

Pension holders are particularly affected mended (as it almost always is) but also, by stock market performance. A review of in some cases, required by law. your pension position is highly recommended. Again, there is The message is that in these Nothing in a seemingly bewildering choice uncertain and potentially volatile available – especially for any the financial times, nothing in the financial people living in Gibraltar or just Another consideration is, of course, the world is certain and we can take world is across the border in new “free radical” that may – if nothing for granted. All we do certain and Spain that hold “legacy” you’ll pardon the pun – trump know is that summer is coming The we can take pensions from the UK them all. And what reactions and by then, I am sure, we will Gibraltar nothing for and elsewhere – not just will he provoke in Brussels, all be far too pre-occupied with in terms of investment government Beijing and Moscow. Where our preferred ways of enjoying granted. options but in the type of does all this leave your investthe sun and the long languid is powerless pension you hold. There is ments? Talk to your adviser days. The time for a spring clean when it comes a wide range of options out there about the challenges out there. is, well, spring. When we are done with to setting and this is an area where profesDanger may be lurking or there the mops, brushes and bin bags – howinterest rates... sional advice is not only recommay be money to be made. ever half-hearted the effort – taking some time to dust off the financial clutter may be worth far more in the long run. I know I shall be doing so – at least it will assuage my guilt that my physical spring clean is, once again, unlikely to amount to very much. Now, where are those bank statements?

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


business words | Alicia Bowry, Benady Cohen & Co Chartered Accountants

BUSINESS WITH CHINA What Gibraltar has to offer


ibraltar is keenly interested in attracting business from China, but what exactly is Gibraltar trying to attract, and what does Gibraltar have to offer? Four areas in particular stand out, mutual funds, insurance, wealth management and capital markets. The main Mutual funds

mutual fund product offered in Gibraltar is called the Experienced Investor Fund.

The main mutual fund product offered in Gibraltar is called the Experienced Investor Fund (commonly called an “EIF”). Its main selling points are its light but effective regulation (which is possible as EIF’s must have licensed service providers whose task includes, in effect, ensuring regulatory compliance), and its speed to market (a fund may be established in a matter of days). However, there are many competitor jurisdictions for mutual fund business, and this has created challenges for the Gibraltar industry. 24

Membership of the EU, which enables focussed funds may be created. Gibraltar EU based mutual funds over a certain will then be free to develop its mutual size to be sold throughout the EU market funds industry in a way that best serves the (what is commonly called passporting), needs of its potential clients, rather than had provided a distinguishing feature for the political concerns of Brussels. A more Gibraltar from competitors like the Cayman diverse offering may well lead to increased Islands, but not others within the EU, such business, including from the Far East, as Ireland and Luxemburg. However, EU where many view the EU as over regulated. passporting rights come with heavy EU based regulations, and in practice, many Insurance Far East mutual fund businesses have stayed out of Europe (and hence Gibraltar) Insurance business is typically divided into to avoid that regulation. Therefore, Brexit distinct sectors, namely general insurance may not be particularly detrimental to (such as accident, health, home and car Gibraltar’s mutual fund business, and may, insurance), long-term insurance business in fact, bring opportunities if current UK (life insurance, annuity and pensions), – Gibraltar arrangements stay in captive insurance and replace. In something of a twist, if a insurance. Gibraltar has a sizeable Gibraltar hard Brexit happens, it may be that insurance industry, its biggest Gibraltar will prove useful not so insurers success relating to car insurance much as an entry point into the EU, cover around in particular with respect to the but as an entry point into the UK. UK market. Indeed, Gibraltar 20% of UK insurers cover around 20% of motorists... Non-EU membership will enable UK motorists, almost double the Gibraltar to move from a single market share of Lloyd’s of London. EU based system, to a dual system where both EU compliant funds, and non-EU Insurance is multi-faceted, and Gibraltar GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

business has become something of a specialist in this complex industry. An example of this is the creation of protected cell companies for insurance purposes. Many off-shore jurisdictions have copied this concept, although very few have the length of experience with it as Gibraltar. Insurance in Europe is largely governed by EU law, in that there is a uniform system of laws which each EU member must adhere to. EU regulation is considerable in this area and has had its critics, however, there is considerable confidence in the EU insurance industry, and Gibraltar’s full compliance with these requirements has placed it in the top division in this sector. Having achieved such status, the Gibraltar insurance industry may choose to remain fully compliant with EU law following Brexit although a dual aspect of regulation may be decided upon in certain areas, for example, captive insurance. Capital markets

Securitisation may be an area in which Gibraltar will become more actively involved.

China has an insatiable appetite for capital, reflected in the fact that it has three international stock exchanges, namely Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Many companies that list their shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange restructure themselves prior to listing so that their parent company is located in a stable, tax neutral jurisdiction. Bermuda and the Cayman Islands are the most common jurisdictions. When the Channel Islands took the decision to pursue the Chinese market, one of the first actions they took was to become an approved jurisdiction under the rules of the Hong Kong stock exchange. There is no reason why Gibraltar should not follow that path. The Gibraltar stock exchange (GSX) opened for business in 2014. Initially listing the shares of mutual funds only, it quickly expanded its offering to include the listing of bonds and securitisation vehicles. The GSX has now opened a second exchange market alongside its existing main board. This is a multi-trading facility platform

(commonly called a MTF), which is designed to attract debt and securitisation business. Indeed, it is in the area of securitisation that the GSX is having its greatest success, and securitisation may be an area in which Gibraltar will become more actively involved.

that allows the passporting of financial services between Gibraltar and the UK in a way that is not available to any other British overseas territory. It is becoming clear that this situation will survive Brexit. Following Brexit, it is quite possible that Gibraltar will be the only territory that has unrestricted passporting rights into Gibraltar the UK. Gibraltar will no doubt retain will prove Wealth management useful not so some access rights into the EU market Wealth management is a as well but realistically, these will not much as an professional service combining be as favourable as the rights enjoyed financial and investment entry point between the continuing EU member advice, accounting and tax into the EU, states. Not having the most favourable services, retirement planning, market access to the EU market will but as an legal and estate planning, and be a hindrance to attracting Chinese entry point invariably, private banking. investment in Gibraltar, so it is crucial into the UK. that this situation is off-set by unique opportunities to access the UK market. A wealth management centre needs a combination of factors to be successful. It, of course, needs private Relationships are the key to success in China banks and investment companies with the necessary management skills. It also needs Successful financial services revolve to be located in a stable jurisdiction in around trust and relationships. In respect which investors can have confidence. That of Chinese business, the challenge may be jurisdiction also needs to have an efficient less on the products on offer, but rather on and independent legal system, and laws the development of relationships. which create structures typically used in the industry. I am frequently asked by local businesses Gibraltar has a distinct advantage in wealth management that would prove attractive to wealthy Chinese. It is a British overseas territory and so benefits from the stability provided by its British link, but also has a great deal of domestic independence enabling it to establish its own laws and tax system. Brexit and retaining existing rights into UK market Gibraltar is in a unique relationship with the UK as a consequence of its EU membership


how they can attract Chinese business. My answer is very simple. It is all about relationships. Recently, at a local event in Gibraltar, attended by local government officials as well as representatives from the Chinese embassy in London, a keen interest in furthering Gibraltar-China business was expressed. The response was very positive, but came with a reminder that usually, business develops from friendships, not the other way around. We need to remember the importance of relationships in Chinese culture. This should come naturally to us, as Gibraltarians are renowned for their friendliness.


business words | Sylvia Kenna, The HR Dept.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS How to answer the worst ones...


aving interviewed more than 500 candidates for potential roles, I feel I can comment on interview questions with some degree of expertise in the subject. Starting with questions I know are regularly being asked even though they are ineffective. These are questions that ask how worthy you are as a person, however, they do not relate to the role. 1. With so many good candidates, why should we employ you?

If you hired a contractor to carry out a job in your house would you ask what his greatest weakness was, or what his fiveyear plan looks like? You want to know if he can do the job based on his If you hired experience.

a contractor to carry out a job in your house would you ask what his greatest weakness was?

2. What’s your greatest weakness? 3. What would your last boss say about you? 4. Where do you see yourself in five years? 5. What do you bring to our department? If you are asked all five of these at an interview then you may want to get up and leave before they ask you if you have any questions. 26

If you find yourself asked these questions, here are some ideas for responding to them: 1. How about I tell you what I understand the job to be, and then you can let me know where I’m off track?  

2. I used to think I had weaknesses, and I As the interviewer /assessor, it is your job to decide whether to used to read books and take classes and hire, not to ask the candidate. worry about things I don’t do well. Then it hit Focus on strengths, just because me that there will always be things I don’t do you have a weakness does not well, and that my job is to get better at the mean that others must believe things I do well and love what I do. they have a weakness. What if their last boss was 3. She would probably say that I horrible and completely was a positive force in the departWhat if incompetent at his job? Why ment and achieved what I set out to their last would you value his opinion? achieve. And what would your boss boss was say about you? horrible and Asking about five-year plans is an old-fashioned question and 4. In five years, if I’m still alive, I’ll completely in today’s world of constant incompetent be working on something important change, the question is irrelevant. alongside smart and enthusiastic at his job? It is your job is to research your people - what about you? candidate so that you know what they bring to the job. After all, isn’t that 5. Here’s another copy of my CV that should how they got to interview stage? help you understand what I can do! GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

business The following are those strange questions that come out of the blue and leave you wondering if you are in the right meeting: •

An apple costs 20 pence, an orange costs 40 pence, and a grapefruit costs 60 pence, how much is a pear?

If you could be a super-hero, what super-hero would you be?

If you received £20,000, how would you double it in 24 hours?

Do you believe in ghosts?

Rate yourself on a scale of 1 – 10, how weird are you?

These are all genuine questions that have been asked at interview and, no, for those, I don’t have the answers. To finish, I thought I’d share some inappropriate questions that despite legislation, continue to be asked nowadays. The interviewer may believe they have a good reason for asking the following, however, they are certainly on shaky ground legally while also ensuring the candidate feels uncomfortable:

If you have built a good rapport and feel confident, feel free to answer with some humour.

Does your career come before your marriage?

What does your husband / wife do?

How old are you?

How religious would you say you are?

Who is looking after your children when you are work?


As the candidate, if you have built a • She / he is very supportive to me, and what does your wife / husband do? good rapport and feel confident, feel free to answer with some humour. • What is the age limit for this role? I wasn’t However, if you are asked something aware there was one. you are simply not comfortable answering, don’t be afraid • How religious do I need to be for this If you to speak out. If the role? interviewer is not unare asked • When I am at work, all of my efforts derstanding in this situation, something you are focused on my work. it is probably not an employer are simply not you should be working for. comfortable The best questions, and I have over 300 in my question bank, concentrate answering, These are my suggestions for on understanding the way the candidon’t be afraid suitable responses: date has behaved in the past in order to speak out. to provide an indication of how they • My job comes first when I don’t be afraid are likely to behave in the future. We am working. will discuss those in another article. to speak out.



EMPLOYEE RELOCATION Making a smooth move


ibraltar’s economy heavily relies on non-domestic employees to fill vacancies particularly in the construction, online gaming and finance sectors. Indeed, looking at the National Employment Survey of 2015, there were 26,144 employment jobs in Gibraltar. Gibraltarians accounted for 42% of total jobs, with Expats (British, Other EU and non-EU) accounting for 32% of jobs. Spanish employees accounted for 25% of total jobs and Moroccan workers represented 2% of total employees. Breakdown of Gibraltar employment jobs by nationality In total, excluding Spanish and Moroccan workers, there were 8,312 expat employees in Gibraltar in 2015, just about one third of the workforce. 28

Gibraltar is a small and very often unfamiliar place for many prospective employees...

Bringing over employees from other The financial aspect, falling primarily on the employer, includes transportation costs countries is not a simple task for Gibraltar-based corporates. Gibraltar is a small such as several international flights, shortterm accommodation, rental on long-term and very often unfamiliar place for many prospective employees, making the entire housing, at least two household goods relocation proposition a relativeshipments (to and from the Studied have destination), insurance fees, and ly “hard sell”. Many people may know what to expect when relomiscellaneous ancillary charges. shown that The cumulative cost can mount cating to places like Paris, New a staggering York, or Berlin, but Gibraltar is a up quickly. Studies have shown 70% of failed complete enigma for them. that when a relocation assignrelocations ment is terminated within the are due to first year, salary costs account A failed international relocation the family not for just about 60% of the total is likely to have a devastating settling in and cost of the relocation. Since the impact on the employee, the adapting. assignment was cut short, it is employee’s family and to the unlikely that any objectives were employer itself. While none of met. The other costs – which account for these parties will want to dwell on the reaabout 40% of the total – deliver nothing to sons for failure, it is particularly important the organisation... that companies understand the financial (and non-financial) costs of failure, in order to assess the overall return on investment, What are the causes of failed relocations? the viability of their international assignment program – and to help plan more Studies have shown that a staggering 70% successful assignments in the future. of failed relocations are due to the family GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

business Other non-EU (Expats) Morrocan 528 409

Other EU (Expats) 2,599 Gibraltarian 11,010 Spanish 6,413

Other British (Expats) 5,185

Source: National Employment Survey Report 2015

not settling in and adapting. Indeed, the most often cited cause of a failed relocation is the family’s inability to adjust to the destination country environment. This far outweighs pure job performance. The typical adjustment problems include a spouse that doesn’t fit in, doesn’t create a social network, and becomes disengaged. Less often, but still of major concern, are kids that do not adjust well among their peers. Families often cannot find the support services they require for special-needs children. It all boils down to an overall inability to fit in and assimilate with the local culture and language.

What can be done to minimise the risks?

employee from the stage of planning, while still in the country of origin. If planning to Having relocated to Gibraltar ourselves bring to Gibraltar several (ten years ago already) we know employees from a branch Finding exactly what many of the relocating of the same company in the right families are going through. Indeed, in another country, consider a recent novel published by Ayelet, accommodation giving them a group semtitled “Relocation Darling Relocation!” for the family can inar about relocating to the entire relocation experience is be a tremendous Gibraltar in their country, described, including the dilemmas, challenge... right from the outset of struggles and ups and downs in this the process. Supplement emotional rollercoaster. The book has such seminar with one-on-one consulting inspired many relocating families and has with the relocation advisors for each relodriven Ayelet to establish the “Internationcating family (or individual), as each family Even if the relocating employee is hapal Relocation Day”. has its own personal needs and objectives. py at the new location, if one member A key factor Finally, provide tips and advice from your of the family struggles during the tranIt is true that a key factor to success is own experience on day-to-day things such sition, the employee’s on-the-job focus to success is the mindset as places to shop, places to visit, after the mindset of and engagement can suffer accordingof the relocating employee school activities for kids etc. It is these the relocating ly. This may have some potential side and his/her family- their seemingly small actions that ultimately deemployee and effects on the organisation itself: attitudes, openness and termine a successful relocation by ensuring his/her family. willingness to learn about the happiness of the entire family. • Distractions in day-to-day tasks— the local customs, culture, when an employee is pre-occupied food, and etiquette. However, another If done professionally with the correct with an unhappy pre-teen or feels key is to provide appropriate, professional support and assistance, relocating to like they are not forming friendships relocation support services for the relocatGibraltar can be viewed as an epic journey. in their new location, this level of ing family’s personal needs. Cross-cultural And although it initially comes with many distraction may result in potential and often language training are likely to stresses, it can be reflected on as a momistakes or overlooked solutions. be major components. Finding the right mentous time when an individual and their accommodation for the family can be a family had the opportunity to become part • Disengagement—as employees adjust tremendous challenge and can take up of our wonderful community in Gibraltar, to their new setting without guidance, considerable time to determine the right from all corners of the world. they may feel disconnected from their fit. Similarly, navigating through the differwork life and lose their previous sense ent Government departments, obtaining of loyalty to the job and the company. residency cards, enrolling kids into schools and handling the shipment of personal • Unhappiness—dissatisfaction can flow effects can all be daunting and frustrating from their personal lives to their office tasks. Preparing the employee for all the lives and eventually can be contachallenges and providing ample informagious, impacting not only their work, tion well in advance can help minimise any but also their interactions with their expectation gaps and reduce stress for the team or direct reports. entire family. •

Turnover—as discontentment lingers, there is increased risk of quitting or asking for a transfer back to the previous location, leaving a hole to fill and adding to company’s recruiting costs.


Having assisted online gaming and financial services companies with the relocation of their staff to Gibraltar in the last few years, our biggest advice to the companies has always been to guide and accompany the

Eran Shay is Managing Director & Ayelet Mamo Shay is Business Development Director of Benefit Business Solutions Ltd. Tel: (+350) 20073669 Email: 29

property words | Suzika Santiago, ISOLAS

BUYING WITH OTHERS Possibilities and pitfalls


n this fast moving world more and Usually, the word “tenant” is used to With joint tenancies, each co-owner holds more people are prioritising their describe the person renting or leasing a an equal share and interest in the property. careers and travelling before marriage. property. In the context of shared ownerAs a result, there has been ship of property, a “tenant” is one Right of Survivorship In the a significant increase in not only of the co-owners of the property. The right of survivorship determines what context unmarried couples buying a happens to a certain type of co-owned of shared property together but also an What is the difference? property when one of the co-owners dies. ownership increase in joint ownership of With tenancies in common, the title It is the main difference between joint of property, property amongst family, friends tenancy and tenancy in common. a “tenant” is to the property is held by two or and even business partners. one of the co- more persons whereby each hold The right of survivorship does not apply to If you are thinking of purchasing owners of the an individual, undivided ownership tenancies in common. In tenancies in cominterest in the property. The share property. a property jointly with somemon, the death of one co-owner held by each could be one else, you will need to think shall have the effect of transferWith joint equal or not. Nevertheless, about whether you want to purchase as ring the rights of the deceased tenancies, each even if the percentage of the “joint tenants” or “tenants in common”. tenant in favour of their heirs. This co-owner holds means that each co-owner can interests are not equal, or the Each type is distinguished by the rights an equal share choose who they want to gift their living spaces are different sizes, of the co-owners. The following article and interest in share in the property to on death. all co-owners have an equal sets out the key difference between the the property. Where the co-owner has put a right to use the property. two and their respective pros and cons. will in place, whoever is named If you are considering such a move, it is in the will shall take the interest in the Co-owners do not need to agree to sell. important that you are fully aware of the property. Where there is no will in place, Each can sell their share separately. consequences of such shared ownership.



property the deceased co-owner’s next of kin shall take their share. Whether there is a will in place or not, upon the death of a tenant in common, there must be a grant of probate/letters of administration to transfer the interest. In joint tenancy, co-owners enjoy the right of survivorship. This means that when one of the joint tenants dies, the ownership of the remaining property automatically passes to the surviving tenant(s), or successors, who assert right of survivorship. The right of survivorship is a very powerful legal right because it takes precedence over other claims upon a Whoever is property where it applies.

named in the

If a deed is silent as to will shall take whether a property is to be the interest in co-owned as joint tenants or the property. tenants in common, the preWhat is the best option for you? sumption is that the tenancy is joint. The There are benefits and pitfalls to each presumption, of course, can be rebutted type of concurrent ownership. A joint if words of severance are used. These are tenancy can help avoid the delays and cost words that indicate that the property is to of probate when one of the co-owners be held in separate shares, be it “in equal dies if the intention is that the surviving shares” or, more obviously, setting out co-owner(s) are to keep the property. For the amount of each co-owner’s share, for the benefit of continuity, this type of conexample, “60:40” or any other division of current ownership is beneficial. With joint shares that the co-owners may agree on. tenancies, the responsibility of all co-owners is equal too. The presumption can also be rebutted if the co-owners made unequal contributions to the purchase price, or if a property is purchased for commercial purposes.


On the other hand, by owning property as a joint tenant, the

surviving co-owner(s) may use the property in any fashion they see fit, whether that means holding it, selling it or mortgaging it. In fact, the law states that immediately upon the death of a co-owner, ownership is transferred to the surviving co-owner(s). It can therefore be dangerous if there is an unstable relationship between the joint co-owners, regardless of whether the relationship between them is personal or professional.

The right of survivorship is a very powerful legal right because it takes precedence over other claims upon a property...

Similarly, where one or both of the parties have children from a previous relationship, they may wish to leave their share of the property to their offspring, This could only happen under a tenancy in common. Either way, whichever way you choose to purchase, there are pros and cons to each type of concurrent property ownership. You just have to consider which option is more favourable to you.


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LITTLE ENTREPRENEURS Young Enterprise: A platform for success


he cutthroat world of business might not be the most welcoming environment for the fragile and developing mind of a minor. That, however, is exactly There is where hundreds of Gibraltar’s no ego, no courageous young adults have hierarchy cut their teeth voluntarily in and people the Young Enterprise Scheme, a programme that empowers are valued Year 12 students to create for their their own product and market individual it in the real world. Although skills. not quite ‘Dragon’s Den’, the training wheels are off and the window is wide open, both for opportunity and also for potential failure. Encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship in Gibraltar requires planting these priceless seeds of thought and genuine life lessons before youngsters are thrown into the deep end. There may be one winner at the end of the competition, but it is the concept of pushing the next generation to embrace critical thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship that is most central to the scheme. The


Link+, one of this year’s Young Enterprise companies, where he very politely explained to me what he and his eight other friends had come up with. The product in question was a normal wristband with an added dimension, an electronic chip that stores information sent from your phone via an app. Although endless opportunities Last month was the official launch for this year’s crop to present the embryonic surround this technology, with merely a year to complete the project, the team stages of their products and gauge any decided to focus on helping paramedics in potential interest for investment. The emergencies. The chip will contain Med Rowing Club’s first floor the patient’s name, age, emergency was packed to the brim with These contact details, allergies and other members of the local business bright important information which can community munching away on individuals only be read by authorised personcanapés and dishing out businel with scanners. I was dumbcreate their ness cards as they passed the founded as to how these whiz-kids numerous booths displaying the companies had managed to fathom up such a innovative products on show. and come helpful product that could potenEvery year, these bright individup with an tially save many lives, so I decided uals create their companies and array of to meet them for an interview. come up with an array of inveninventions... tions that capture the imaginaI arrived as a fly on the wall to tion. There, in the scheme’s third edition on the Rock, I met Javier Hunter, one of their meetings at Javier’s invite the following day. He was waiting for Sales and Marketing representative from students work together as equals. There is no ego, no hierarchy and people are valued for their individual skills. It is with these key elements in place that a group of youngsters can use the scheme as a platform to achieve their goals.



daily boardroom encounters found me outside Westside School, what to do, but with Young Enterprise, across the Rock’s bustling business gripping at the straps of his we are encouraged to think for ourselves. Although sector rather than a spoon-fed satchel as if to prevent himself Isn’t that what the real world is like?” said not quite lesson. Their creative juices were from bouncing with excitement 17-year-old Henry on the different setting ‘Dragon’s Den’, flowing and everyone got involved he experienced within the programme. while he chewed the ear off the training without arguments or jumping his team’s Managing Direc“The teachers told us on the first day that over one another’s speech. When tor, Henry Archer. Some new they would not interfere unless they felt it wheels are given the right tools and a limitless business strategy or marketing was necessary. They have given us a few off and the creative platform, young plan I thought as I cycled to tips and provided us with some window is people can surprise you a halt before them, abruptly contacts which have been helpful, The team wide open... with the heights that ending their discussion. Not to but we can see the difference to decided they can reach. After worry, the ideas would soon fly the classroom.” to focus all, Marc Zuckerberg launched across the table between the nine young on helping Facebook from his dormitory entrepreneurs, with the tutors arbitratNeil Victor, also a Link+ Sales and at Harvard University at merely ing minimally but effectively during the paramedics in Marketing representative, has the 20-years-of-age, “It’s a great school’s lunch hour. The ambiance in the emergencies. scheme to thank for giving him a challenge. In school, we are told classroom seemed more akin to that of the clearer perspective on his future,



education “I’ve always wanted to be an accountant, but I’ve also liked the idea of opening up my own business. Young Enterprise has changed my career focus and solidified my strong feelings to pursue the latter, starting locally but eventually, going global.” The team have also had their setbacks. It’s not always plain sailing in the business world where rejection is a familiar foe. The team admitted it was a real eye-opener when scores of “The team correspondences remained was based one-sided and they were on friendship forced to re-evaluate their and our own focus, “We realised that we couldn’t just contact busiindividual nesses digitally, we needed qualities that to meet people face to face.” we bring

towards the

There was no outside influproject.” ence when the students selected their team and were together for around three weeks prior to pitching their idea to their teachers, “The team was based on friendship and our own individual qualities that we bring towards the project. We have a great range of talents, from artistic design to proofreading, business know-how and finance, we feel like we have it all covered.” The boys chirped unanimously when asked whether it was better to work in a mixed gender team, citing that it was a more realistic business setting with more options on the table, “You don’t get men separated from women in a normal workplace, we need to get used to working with girls, otherwise, we just see each other socially,” said Javier. “We don’t see ourselves as any better than one another. We all have our roles and work together towards our collective goal.” The idea came to Henry when he noticed the electronic chips installed on the wristbands used for the Gibraltar Music festival. Music lovers would purchase credit from a store within the grounds and use it to buy drinks and food. This technology had been used in many festivals worldwide, but Henry decided to explore it further alongside Jamie Caruana, one of the more techy members of their team, and see what other potential uses it could offer up.


Managing Director: Henry Archer Sales and Marketing: Javier Hunter- Atencia, Neil Victor, Laura Bevington Art and Design: Mariam Pinto, James Mir Company Secretary: Christopher Edwards Product Developer: James Caruana Finance: Emily Bowling The group of nine mixed students arranged an initial rendez-vous at Sacarello’s coffee house, where many high-level encounters take place locally. As his partners gathered round a somewhat secluded table, Henry proposed his idea and, to his relief, they wholeheartedly subscribed to his vision, “We’ve secured sponsorship from St John’s Ambulance and will collaborate with the Gibraltar Health Authority. We have already started drafting input sheets It’s a complicated concept to develop, but with the crucial first contact information a it could be worthwhile and have a positive effect on Gibraltar. Although the aim paramedic needs when of the scheme is to show entrepretreating a patient in an It is the concept emergency,” said Henry. neurial aptitude and create a product of pushing the that will sell well, Link+ also has a “It is like diagnosis on next generation the spot in some cases. function that could potentially help to embrace a lot of people. Young Enterprise has There could be some critical thinking, given these students the chance to emergencies where shine their talents on an equal footing the patient is unable to creativity and with those who harbour a lifetime’s speak, so this chip could entrepreneurship give the paramedics the worth of experience over them. Who that is most knows what they’ll achieve when they vital information needed central...” reach their peak? to save a life.” 35

life words | Richard Cartwright

POLITICAL NERD Mark Montegriffo - The next generation


think many, if not most youngsters, especially at an early age, would say ‘no way’ when asked if they’re interested in politics - ‘I think it’s boring’ or ‘I don’t understand any of it’ are the sort of replies that Mark come back when asked highlights the about the subject. Howimportance ever, there are a number of youngsters on the of citizens Rock who do take a keen taking part in interest in local politics elections... with a few joining youth wings of Gibraltar’s political groupings. For 19 year old Mark, his love of ‘affairs of the state’ locally, UK, the US and elsewhere reigns supreme to the point I’ve heard him describe himself as a ‘political nerd...!’ “The fact that my grandfather, Aurelio Montegriffo, was a Government Minister during the period when the Association for the Advancement of Civil Rights (AACR) was in power and my great aunt Marie Monegriffo was also a minister in a former GSLP government may have, subconsciously, influenced my thinking.”


Mark was given a book on former Chief Minister, Sir Joshua Hassan which made him more aware about his granddad’s involvement and Gibraltar politics generally. “I must have been 14 or 15 and my interest in the subject has increased since then. Reading Leon Tolstoy and George Orwell made a great impression on me also.” Mark is now about halfway through his university degree. He’s studying Politics and Philosophy and may go on to a Masters. His thinking at present, when he completes his studies, is to go for journalism or political work in think tanks.

JB Priestley amongst others, are just a few of the luminaries who have contributed to The New Statesman also! His input there has been varied from suggesting the ‘Left’ in the UK should recognise the principle of self-determination; “Yes, amongst other things because the word originates from left wing thoughts and the proposal of joint sovereignty with Spain for the Rock some years ago was not on, especially coming from a modern day Labour party,”

Mark highlights the importance of citizens taking part in elections because, he says, “Politicians take non-voters as “I was part of those without an opinion so you must Mark is an avid blogger representative vote!” Mark also writes articles on contributing regularly to delegations university life in the UK for GibraltariYour Gibraltar Television visiting EU an students when explaining to others (YGTV), ‘The Mancunion’ (his University of Manches- institutions and at uni what Gibraltar is all about, again – his pet subject - with regard to the ter periodical) and often the US...” politics of the Rock, “Local students the UK’s New Statesman, in the UK need to gen-up to better known for its progressive explain what we’re all about when you and liberal politics, intelligent content, get the usual, ‘why don’t you want to be quality and analysis. The likes of Bertrand Russell, George Orwell, Virginia Woolf and Spanish?’ and similar comments.” GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017


with the UN delegation

Mark on the UN trip

However, naive or not, Mark declares, “The feel Gibraltar’s ideology is unique.” On the Our 19 year old political columnist writes external front, Mark would agree it’s a sen- Rock’s not for turning!” about Gibraltar’s past, present and future sitive tight rope we have to negotiate, espolitics much of the time which helps to pecially now, with Brexit looming over the get the message across to a wider audiWe never know what’s around the corner Rock, “We’re dealing with the UK, Spain, ence, “Well, I was part of representative and just in case journalism, think tanks or Europe and others, and nobody delegations visiting EU institueven politics are not to be, Mark dabbles in needs to be dogmatic, our directions and the US, experiencing music when he can find some spare time If the state tion would be somewhat separate, the international diplomacy away from blogging and New Statesman of politics perhaps towards a micro city state the Rock’s been engaging in, in articles; “I was ten years old when I started was eternally but so much depends on Spain’s commerce, lobbying our right to learn to play classical guitar. Now, I’m attitude. I think we sometimes grow into folky type music, not unlike what the to defend our political wishes, blissful there weary of the Foreign and Comso all of that helps to put likes of Bob Dylan produces. I write songs would be no monwealth Office’s (FCO’s) empty across more about who we are with a friend at uni called Oli with whom reason to want rhetoric and we would and what we want to achieve. I’ve been recording a few songs in to change it. like to see a more It was amazing to have been a studio in Manchester,” an upbeat “The idea of pro-active stance from chosen for those trips and that backbenchers Mark informs me. the UK but maybe I can be too, further sparked my interest in politics. in Parliament That made me think, if music stirs, accused of youthful idealism It made me appreciate to a clearer extent would also and naivety!” Well, perhaps the challenges facing Gibraltar from the motivates or even inspires him as that could be viewed by some perspective of international relations.” provide wider much as politics does, a new Bob to be the case but we have to Dylan may emerge... I hope not, I and more The political scenario in the States has also live in hope of better things wouldn’t like him to cease being - his substantive helped to draw young Mark to politics ever beyond the political horizon. words - ‘A Political Nerd!’ debate.” since President Obama’s election in 2008. Mark was not even ten then! In his YGTV blog, he raises the point about fickle voters in the States, the UK, locally or wherever, tiring of an incumbent administration no longer being ‘flavour of the month’ and voting for another party. If the state of politics was eternally blissful, Mark claims, there would be no reason to want to change it. In Gibraltar, Mark feels people are getting tired of the never-ending personality clashes and some changes would be welcome; “I think we need some new talent, a new group. I joined the GSD in 2011 but I’m not involved there anymore. There are some individuals without a home so I do feel there is a place for Independents but they would find it hard to get in because of the ‘party’ political system. There are those who’ve spent time abroad and bring with them valuable experience. The idea of backbenchers in Parliament would also provide wider and more substantive debate.” Where does Mark fall in the political spectrum? “Somewhere on the left wing, I would say, maybe slightly centre. There are different shades of everything and I GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017






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life words | Mike Brufal

DEPUTY GOVERNOR Privileged lifestyle of diplomats


ick Pyle, 56, who is married to Ros Day, has two sons and one daughter. Nick was awarded the MBE in 1999 and the OBE in 2004. The Deputy Governor no longer lives in Mount Road but has moved to the more He was central Queensway Quay. enjoying the His wife Ros also worked London life in the Foreign and Comtoo much monwealth Office for 25 to wish to years and was awarded sacrifice the MBE in 2005.

pleasure for

study. Nick was born in Bishop Auckland, a market town twelve miles southwest of Durham. He went to the local primary school and then went aged nine to Durham Chorister School. This despite not being able to sing. The school went co-educational in 1994 and today, there are 20 female and 20 male choristers but the majority of pupils do not sing. Famous old boys include Tony Blair, Rowan Atkinson and Sir John Laws. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

When Nick was ten years old, his father, Captain in the Merchant Navy, died in a shipping accident in the port of Huelva. He was offered a place as a foundation scholar with full scholarship in the Royal Merchant Navy School near Wokingham which in the mid-sixties opened its doors to fee paying boys and was renamed Bearwood College.

inferred that he would be able to continue his studies. This never came to pass much to his relief but later regret. He was enjoying the London life too much to wish to sacrifice pleasure for study. He describes London as his first overseas posting.

Nick joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1981. Three years later, he was sent to the United Kingdom Originally, he was destined to follow in mission at the United Nations in Geneva his father’s footsteps and join the Merworking on the General Agreement on Tarchant Navy. Unfortunately, this plan was aborted when he realised the extent of his iffs and Trade (GATT). Swiftly, he learned that in order to maximise the bencolour-blindness. Nick then efit from a posting, it is necessary went to Leeds University to The Russians read Business studies and were fishing in a to look at the wider environment. Nick made a point of getting off after one year, fate intervened. local lake which the diplomatic bandwagon and In a national newspaper, he basically meant joined a local football team, for the read an advertisement inviting throwing hand social life rather than the playing. applications to join the Foreign grenades into This forced him to learn French and Commonwealth Office. He the lake... and to appreciate what life was rehoped to transfer the remainally like in Geneva. He has kept up ing two years of his degree this searching for life outside the Embassy down to London. After tests and interviews, he was offered a position and it was or High Commission throughout his career. 39


Nick with family

At Jwaneng Diamond Mine

With Archbishop of Yorl

This is where he learnt about the power 1986 to 1988 was spent in Kabul, Afghani- was a mere 20 yards, he was forbidden, stan doing a variety of roles including as even as a diplomat, to cross from one to of persuasion and persuasive argument. Reasoned argument must be placed Pro Consul which meant the other. looking after the few British before the opposition even if they are not There was expected to agree. Today, anyone from subjects who remained. Nick The next posting was to Jeddah in a permanent Ambassador downwards can join a Trade managed to be arrested by SoSaudi Arabia as Vice-Consul (1988curfew viets (the USSR did not cease 91) which was the time of the build Union; today, in the Civil Service, there is imposed by the one union rather than the variety of unions to exist until 1991). This was up to the first Gulf War (1990-91). Soviet military Nick found that this posting was because he was in his Embassy of the past. and the Afghan his most vivid exposure to political car when he saw a BBC televigovernment. sion crew with Brian Hanraand social hypocrisy. He found 1996 saw him posted to Sri Lanka as Conhan about to be taken into sul where his main responsibility was lookthat laws were being enforced by custody. Brian and the crew were filming ing after British National and Immigration. people who did not obey them. He found the Russians fishing in a local lake which that in order to work with the Saudis, This was at a time when the Tamils had basically meant throwing hand grenades started their second phase of the Civil War things had to be accepted that may be into the lake; an image Russian military which was to continue until 2009. morally questionable. This did did not want transmitted round the world. not stop him from working The Consulate was in Colombo, the As half the During his time in the military headquartowards making things better. staff thought commercial capital and largest city ters, Nick debated the theory of political he was a plant on the island. Despite the city being conflict resolution and learned one of his ringed by security posts, bombs went The next four years were from HR, his most important lessons – that the art of spent in Whitehall (1992-96) views tended off and there was shooting in the diplomacy is to influence, not impose. street resulting in fatalities includin the personnel department. to be shot ing some British subjects. This was The last year was on the down and compounded by Sri Lankans who Life in Kabul was enjoyable but hard with Trades Union side of the FCO no modern benefits of internet, TV etc. which involved a major review disregarded in had moved to the United Kingdom meetings. There was a permanent curfew imposed and taken out British nationality of the terms and conditions and returned on holiday to see their by the Soviet military and the Afghan govled by Sir Derek Hornby. As relatives. His most relaxing moments were ernment. Nick lived on a small compound half the staff thought he was a plant from while playing for the High Commission which was adjacent to the large office site. Human Resources, his views tended to be cricket team. He travelled widely and met Although the distance between the two shot down and disregarded in meetings. Giving the QBP address in Botswana


Donating wheelchairs to the Leonard Cheshire Home


life many different Sri Lankans in what, despite the civil war, was a multi-cultural society. Nick was awarded an MBE in 1999 for his work in Sri Lanka. From 2000 to the middle of 2004, he went to Barbados and halfway through the tour was promoted to deputy High Commissioner. He was also non-resident High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Dominica.


Nick spent eleven years argument (2005-2016) working in must be placed Africa. For the first five years, before the he was in Nairobi (Kenya) as opposition Political Counsellor working on Somalia. He spent the last even if they are not expected year there on secondment to to agree. the United Nations Political Nick Pyle, The Deputy Governor Office for Somalia, working on a broad range of security, conflict, govManagement (TRIM) and after training to the Foreign Office. His was a classic examernance and development issues. His role qualify for an external degree, he became ple of diversity as he joined at the lowest was Special Advisor to the United Nations Africa TRIM coordination lead. This was grade without university degree and yet Special Representative of the Secretary put to full use during the aftermath of the has received an MBE and an OBE as well General (UNSRSG). The situation within Westgate shopping centre bombings in as been appointed a High Commissioner. Somalia was so dire and dangerous that the transitional Federal Government of So- Nairobi in September 2013. He also spent a week in Istanbul dealing with another He and Ros have quickly learned to love malia was based in Nairobi. A great deal of terrorist attack. Gibraltar but he feels as he has only lived work went into the Djibouti Peace Process here for a few months and is still on a and his work and experience in Colombo Nick’s posting as High Commissioner came learning curve, it would not be right to was of considerable help. He was awarded to an end in February 2016 and applied for comment on life on the Rock until a few an OBE for his work in Somalia. The next the position of Deputy Governor of Gibral- months have passed. The main lesson he three years, he was deputy head of Africa has learned as a diplomat is to always Department – Central and Southern - once tar. He was delighted to be appointed and arrived on shake off the trappings and get out again, in Whitehall. His was the Rock in September last and meet the people to find out how a a classic year. This gave ample time country works. In February 2013, he was accredited as example of for briefings and reading British High Commissioner to the Republic diversity as into the history of and Whilst in Botswana, he became an avid of Botswana and United Kingdom Reprehe joined at current problems facing blogger and some of his blogs about this sentative to the Southern African Develthe lowest Gibraltar. During this time, country can be found on the internet. So opment Community (SADC). grade without far, there has not been a blog about Gihe joined the University university Round Show to encourage braltar but after a year in post, he might Throughout their diplomatic career, Nick undergraduates from dibe tempted. degree... and his wife have always sought to give verse backgrounds to join something back to the local community by getting closely involved with local charities. Nick with Anglia Ruskin University at the Mochudi School for the Blind They have always been conscious of the privileged lifestyle that diplomats lead. On the back of this, Nick introduced Botswana to the Duke of Edinburgh Golf Cup which is an annual series of golf events played throughout the world which raise money for local children and youth charities. There is a process of elimination and the winning teams play the final at the Royal Household Golf Club in Windsor with the cup being usually presented by Prince Edward after a dinner in Windsor Castle. Nick was asked to be a trustee of the charity and has been one for two years. Nick intends to set up the Duke of Edinburgh Golf Charity in Gibraltar despite there being no golf course on the Rock. Nick is an advocate of Trauma Risk GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017


life words | Nicole Macedo

EMBRACING ENGLISHNESS Snowy setbacks and health scares


Within the first five minutes of aimlessly s I move into my sixth month of As a supremely genetically cursed individwandering in desperate search of the university life, days are long and ual, I have struggled much of my life with unstructured. I read and I read severe short sightedness and other such emergency eye clinic, I established exactly and I drink more matcha green eyesight related deficiencies that only the fault of the NHS funds crisis; the place was not dissimilar to a luxury shopping tea lattes than my bank account feels at seem to get worse as I grow in age. On a mall. From top of the range hand dryers in ease with. I disembark very conventional trip to the opticians the toilets, to the expansive Marks & Spentube carriages and take last month, I passingly told my optomI established in all sorts of minute deetrist about a recent flickering light cer and WH Smith branches in the lobby, exactly the tails at every stop. I trace I’d started to notice appearing on my pe- and a room dedicated to Queen Victoria fault of the NHS ripheral vision. Unexpectedly, I was met memorabilia. This was a far cry from the pavement cracks and I funds crisis... faulty vending machine that had kept me peer at Evening Standard with the alarming response that I should endlessly entertained during the few trips headlines. I re-adjust my head to the eye doctor immediately, I’d made to A&E department of scarf and I curse my choice of footwear. I do not pass Go and do not collect rinse and I repeat. Occasionally though, I £200. Apparently, I was experiour friendly, local St. Bernard’s Growing Hospital. experience an entirely new facet of Lonencing the symptoms of the very up really just don life. Growing up in the South East, the scary sounding ‘retinal detachment’, means dealing sight of snow was a rare treat that usually an unfortunate ailment that quite with your Thundersnow just meant scuttling outside with my sister literally involves your retina dehorrible health to revel in the half a centimetre of crunchy, taching from your eye. If untreated, In all seriousness, my first NHS scares on your experience was faultless. After brown pavement ice. By some miracle of it is known to result in blindness. own. global warming, I recently found myself in With that, I Ubered myself to St. the expected long waiting time, the midst of a flurry of rain meets snow, Thomas, Westminster’s mammoth I was assured, by an expert beating down hard on the blackened footmedical institution with its charming view eye doctor, that my retina was very much path of night. First, let me retrace my steps of the Thames and Westminster Palace. I intact, and I was free to leave and find and give you a bit of backstory. didn’t know such colossal buildings existed. my way home, in spite of the eye drops 42


life that had left me boz-eyed and blinky, The feeling was even further exacerbated and feeling deflated after my first solitary during an ‘In Conversation with Nick Clegg’ hospital visit. Growing up, I’ve discovered, event at Queen Mary University. Back really just means dealing with your horrible in the pre Cons/Lib coalition days, I was health scares on your own. Dea major Clegg fan. The man is a The man is termined to get home promptly stud, and his very central, rational via the Jubilee line, I stepped a stud, and his ideals always really appealed out into what the media had to me. To sit and listen to him very central, dubbed ‘thundersnow’, where address his Deputy Prime Minister rational ideals soft snow met hail and rain and pitfalls, and try and describe how always really pelted me softly as I detertruly abhorrent a man Michael appealed to me. minedly crossed Westminster Gove is, was a genuine delight. Bridge, with doubly blurry viThis is exactly what I’d envision. I won’t lie, it was exciting. Even more sioned my time in London would involve, so once I’d gotten home and could watch big-headed politicos who so easily swayed it eagerly from the comfort of my bedroom me into their side of the court after an window. Under the street lamps, you could hour of listening to them justify their clearly make out the patterned snowflakes actions (yep, I have since signed up to as they began to settle atop the big red volunteer for the Lib Dems). buses that passed, like a picturesque Instagram filter. This was certainly a different Managing to get some pressing Brexit reLondon to what I’d become accustomed lated Gibraltar questions in during Nick Clegg to. Although it continued to move at the questions with the audience, I You could same almost amphetamine induced pace, was relatively chuffed with myself. clearly make its magical coating of snow made it feel Since I have signed myself up to a out the slower and more personable. cringey amount of free Eventbrite caused by an unwelcome friend patterned gatherings, from other political of the creepy and crawling snowflakes as talks, to breakfasts with women in variety. Then it dawned on Nick Clegg is a stud they began to digital media, and book signings me, the bug infested days of settle atop the stalker blue bottles, and all for obscure novels I’m not sure The desperate job hunt continues with a big red buses I even want to read. My justifidaily scour of and recurnight mosquito battles were a that passed... cation is that if I exhaust myself rent phone calls to any of the people I’ve thing of the past. Oh joyous with such things, the creeping met in my lifetime that could potentially realisations! Thinking further neuroses can’t keep convincing me that I’m into the matter though, I started to wonder help me find a tiny entryway into the not doing enough with my time and effort. industry. This morning, I found myself why there are no insects in the big city. Is One must continually remind onestrolling through Southwark it all the pollution? The cold? So, as any self that they are here for a reason. following the peak of the Shard internet obsessed millennial would do, I One must to London Bridge station. As I Googled my question, only to discover continually weaved through hurrying peothat no one else shared my sentiment, remind oneself London’s own mosquito breed ple catching coffee breaks beinstead, I discovered a unique species of that they are tween their busy work schedmosquito that thrives in the Underground On a significantly more positive here for a ules, pondering over my night and is a fan of feasting on rats and humans note, I’ve come to realise that in reason. out the previous evening with a alike. So, I retract my former declaration London, there are no insects. Litfriend and her work colleagues, of Londoner status. Until I get bitten by a erally none. I stumbled across this I realised how much I missed being a real tube mosquito and spat at by a severely revelation of late when I felt a fluttering person that functions properly in society disturbed homeless man, I won’t consider sensation under my t-shirt and my innate and wears nice clothes and make up. myself a tried and true Londoner. reaction was to think that it was being



life words | Mark Viales

HIJAB TABOO A symbol of oppression or a tool of empowerment?


symbol acting as a constant reminder to be n today’s society, there are many who and non-Muslims to experience the hijab aware of your actions.” Khaoula’s parents feel the hijab represents oppression and for one day. In Gibraltar, the whole day would try and encourage her to dress like segregation. From an Islamic perspecwas dedicated to spread awareness of the other children in Gibraltar, but she said she tive, the headscarf is meant to reflect intricacies of the headscarf by using the would always ask for her hijab. Her father purity of intention and honesty. It is with same technique on Main Street. felt she was still too young, but neverthis backdrop that Muslim women from theless came to an agreement whereby around the world are standing “I grew up watching my mom wrap she would remove it when she visited the up for their right to remain her beautiful hijab around her hair The park or went to school, “Young girls are covered and find freedom in every time we left the house,” said headscarf meant to receive teaching about the hijab the hijab. They refute those mother of two Khaoula, 28, the is meant to at around seven-years-of-age, but are not perspectives and instead insist third child of Moroccan descent to reflect purity that it allows them to take required to wear it until puberty. My father be born in Gibraltar and a member of intention would say that I should live my childcontrol of their own bodies and of the local movement. and honesty. hood and leave these more mature receive respect from others. “I thought back to the “I grew up thoughts for later life.” tales of princesses and watching my Women from Gibraltar’s Muslim commuprinces. Instead of a crown, it mom wrap nity, most of whom are second generation was like a hijab.” She started Moroccans who work, study and are inteasking questions on the headher beautiful Exclusion grated locally, have also taken the banner scarf when she was around hijab around Khaoula described a tough introducon this issue. Last month, the Rock was four-years-old and her mother her hair every tion to life at Sacred Heart Middle added to the list of countries to participate would recount tales of respect School where fellow students, who time we left in World Hijab Day. The movement was and honour associated with saw her as different because of her the house,” launched three years ago by Nazma Khan it, “She would say that this hijab, unleashed a crusade of bullying from New York in a bid to build bridges of path was not limited to the towards her. Although she had supreligious tolerance and understanding by hijab. Wearing it should make you a better port from her teachers, she could not esinviting non-Hijabi wearers, both Muslims person as a whole. It is like a religious cape the daily incidents that would plague



life Khaoula was offered a job to work as a nurse at the Primary Care Centre, one she has grown to love, but was shocked by one of the questions to her in the interview for the position. Despite the transformation of attitudes she felt towards her and her headscarf at this point in her life, she was to be put on the spot again because of how she dressed. One of the interviewers traced her hijab with her finger and asked her if she would dress ‘like this’ for work, “I stood up and asked if they had a problem with it and they said that they were ‘just asking’. Fortunately, that was the end of it.”

Khaoula works as a nurse at the Primary Care Centre

Lease of life her formative years, “One day, my hair She Khaoula endured further came loose and dangled underneath eventually got marginalisation in Westside my head scarf while lining up with used to the School, but then moved the other children,” she said, pausing to the College of Further verbal abuse to reminisce over the beautiful long hair she had which was platted at the and tugging of Education where she was time. “The boy behind me set it on fire her headscarf. confronted with curiosity for the hijab rather than ridwith a lighter. When the other children icule. She tended to hang started screaming, the teachers came around with boys now and it was the first running over. He was punished and that time she had friends who were not from was the end of it. The irony was that I ran the Moroccan community, “I felt more into him shortly after while with my dad, welcomed in this environment and people who was his barber, and he apologised viewed the hijab in a more mature way. We on the spot, saying he didn’t know that I travelled to Morocco together on a college was his daughter. My dad has no enemies day trip and it was so liberating to express and brushes off any insult with a smile. my background to the other students. I He always told me to avoid confrontation, think they understood but even though I was a bit of a loner and me and my hijab better. would never bother anyone, they would “They used People never asked me still pick on me.” For Khaoula, that was to tell me that I any questions about it the most extreme incident. The widely wouldn’t achieve when I was in school. used derogatory word, ‘Morro’, would also They would just bully anything and sting her once she learned what it meant, me, so you could imagI was trapped but she eventually got used to the verbal ine how confident this abuse and tugging of her headscarf, “If within the scarf.” made me feel.” a boy would see my hair, it would make me feel just as if he saw me naked. That’s how I felt then and that’s how I feel now.” Khaoula believes the people who made her life a misery would have done so knowing that they would have violated her this way.

As a nurse, Khaoula administers injections and often runs into her old bullies when they require treatment and she says they just ignore her as if nothing had happened all those years ago,” I haven’t had any of my former bullies apologise to me. I can still see the hatred in their eyes. They used to tell me that I wouldn’t achieve anything and I was trapped within the scarf. I think they resent that I am now successful and happy.” Most Muslim women living in a western world are asked the question of whether they feel oppressed by wearing the hijab. One of the principal aims of the movement is to put an end to religious intolerance towards the headscarf, similar to what Khaoula has experienced throughout her life in Gibraltar. To her, the hijab is sacred and she hopes that the Rock will open its minds to what she and millions of other Muslim women feel about it. There is no doubt of extremist examples around the Muslim world where wearing the headscarf is not down to choice. However, this selection of Gibraltarian women of Moroccan descent would argue that they were never put in that position. Indeed, Khaoula says that she will not force her five-year-old daughter to don the hijab, but will follow her mother’s teachings using stories that present it as a symbol of purity and respect. World Hijab Day seeks to break the taboo

In her final year, on the last day of school, Khaoula was walking down Governor’s Street when chants of ‘Morra’ and ‘go back to Morocco’ were sent in her direction. As she quickened her pace to distance herself from the slurs, Khaoula felt a mighty blow strike her on the back of the head. She was taken to hospital to treat a gash caused by a stone thrown by one of a group of boys, “It was horrible and I felt quite alienated sometimes. I used to cry because the other children didn’t play with me. I think that these boys took this attitude from their parents who would also discriminate against Muslims.” GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017


life words | Joe L Caruana MBE


An opposition to legalisation of cannabis


Stay Clean claim; “We are not recommending that people use psychoactive drugs of any kind. We are actually advocating health.” What? If you are supporting recreational use of cannabis, you are supporting To say that the Stay Clean group the use of a psychoactive substance. They and ERG have created a group Smokers of add, “The reason people choose cannabis A lot of misinformation is carcalled ‘Connected Health’ and then cannabis look is because it is less problematic”. What? ried on the internet by active propose legalization of cannabis for a “buzz”, These statements indicate they know little ‘Pro-Pot’ lobbyist; naturally, they for recreational use, is a contraa pleasurable diction in terms. Why? Because to of what they are talking about because wish to legitimise their smoking effect in the when people smoke cannabis, they are not habit. However, in their enthuconsume cannabis is as unhealthy brain. thinking whether it is problematic or not, siasm, these people miss the as alcohol and tobacco with similar they smoke to get a “buzz”, a change in wider implications of this drug. health consequences, with neuromood. Cannabis is not a soft drug. It is a logical harm like depression, anxiety and dangerous drug precisely because The World Health Authority define drug, as even schizophrenia. of this misconception as to what a “mind-altering substance”, emphasis on When it can do to the mind, no one can the “mind-altering”. Cannabis is recognised When the Stay Clean project was people smoke tell who can be the next victim of as a psychoactive drug, with just one inhafirst mentioned to me, by its two cannabis, a mental condition. They have also lation, the effect is felt in the brain. What co-founders, there was no menthey are not said, ‘Furthermore, those who arhappens next could be a chain-reaction of tion whatsoever of the legalisague from knowledge of experience thinking many things, mood, personality changes, tion of cannabis nor the presence passivity or agitation, even aggression, of the ERG. Johnny Bonfante, whether it is gained in past decades have inevitably lost touch with the realities not because it is illegal but because of the one of the co-founders, who has problematic of today’. I, for one, speak with the chemical nature of the drug. With just one since parted company with Stay or not... latest available medical data. inhalation, ‘a toke’, the chemicals in cannaClean, can testify to that. irstly, I am in favour of medical use of cannabis, just as derivatives of cocaine and opium are used in treating several medical conditions. I leave this to experts.


bis reach the brain. Smokers of cannabis look for a “buzz”, a pleasurable effect in the brain.


life Recently, I’ve spoken with local doctors, police officers, lawyers, practising counsellors, fellowship persons and psychologists to find out more what they think on this matter. I have also met the Minsters for Drugs Ms Samantha Sacramento and Minster for Health Neil Costa. Last month, I corresponded with two directors of two of the most prestigious Rehabilitation Centres in the UK. The Castle Craig’s Director wrote: “I have followed the recreational cannabis debate. We do of course see a growing number of patients severely dependent on cannabis and there is abundant research which shows the physical damage it can cause, especially to the brain. We are not supporters of its use recreationally”. The Director of Broadway Lodge wrote: “As an organization, we have causes heart attacks and diseases “Regular seen too much damage to in the arteries just like tobacco. individuals and their families to marijuana consider legalisation of cannause during bis as a good thing. We believe adolescence may A 2013 review of scientific literature by Canada’s Public Health that doing so would imply permanently Agency reported that there is that the risks were minimal impair cognition strong evidence that smoking and use would likely be more and increase cannabis is carcinogenic. widespread and across a wider the risk for age range as a result of such psychiatric The cannabis advocates mention a move. We have indication diseases...” cannabis should be regulated like that it is being processed and alcohol and tobacco, forgetting distilled into very concentrated that consumption of these has forms that may render it more harmful”. rocketed affecting cost to health services, Notice the repeated statements, “abundant loss of working hours and damage to personal lives. Even with its ‘regulated system’ damage” and “much damage to individuals and wider availability, alcohol eventually and families”. Do the pro-campaigners filters down to kids. know better than these experts? None of the above agrees with this group’s idea of “Marijuana Experts assert that it is legalisation for recreational use. Here are a causes heart a great mistake to use few present day reports on drugs: attacks and jurisdictions where candiseases in the nabis has been legalised A 2013 study from the ‘University of arteries just as examples since it is Maryland School of Medicine’ published in like tobacco.” yet too early to know ‘Neuropsycophamacology’: the consequence of that decision. It will take 50 years before ‘Regular marijuana use during adolescence the results of such decisions are fully may permanently impair cognition and known. Following are negative conseincrease the risk for psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia. The follow-up study quences following legalisation laws. found that using marijuana as a teen reDr. Christian Thurston of Colorado Adoduces grey matter in the parts of the brain lescent Psychiatric Society reports that his associated with motivational, emotional clinic is inundated with young people for and affective processing’. marijuana-addiction treatment. “Every day, we see the acute effects of the policy of A 2104 National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that people who smoked marijuana legalisation and our kids are paying a great price.” heavily in their teens lost eight points in IQ. Importantly, the lost cognitive abilities Personal possession of cannabis increased were not fully restored in those who quit 29% in the first year of legalisation (and smoking marijuana. And, the risks are not that was before stores started selling for just to mental health but physical too. A recreational use. (Source Rocky Mountain 2014 study published in the American HIDTA). HEART Association found that marijuana GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

Visits to the Emergency Department increased by 62%, with transient panic attacks by extreme cannabis intoxication (SAMHSA, 2013, TABLE 9). A study in Vermont reported important risk of anxiety of smokers. The acute short-term cognitive effect of cannabis intoxication shows the influence of cannabis can impair short-term memory, attention, reaction time and psychomotor performance (Holland, Pacula 2003). The situation in Holland has gotten out of hand so licenses for ‘C’ Cafes have been reduced. They need to be far from schools and can only sell to residents. There’s been an increase in black market activity concentrating on Dutch youngsters. If alcohol is legal, why not cannabis? Two wrongs don’t make a right. Legalising cannabis is a solution to nothing, except to send the wrong message to the young.

Joe Caruana, former Minister 47

life words | Mark Viales

DOG BAG DISPENSERS A change of attitude towards pet cleanliness


step on it, prams will be rolled over it and group of dog walkers resident gy Toilet’. Last month, the committee orthe rain will spread it further. at Beach View Terraces have ganised the unveiling of the first ever dog had enough of the ‘irresponsible bag dispensers in a local estate and, with nature’ of pet owners who do not flaring attitudes towards this ever-present What goes through your head when you clean up after their animals. issue in Gibraltar, it could be that this see someone leave their dog’s mess on After forming a committee, turn in behaviour could catch on. She also the ground? the group decided that the carries around best thing to do would be I feel very angry when I see someone What is your opinion on the current a bottle of to introduce biodegradable hasn’t cleaned up after themselves. I culture of dog fouling? dog bags in dispensers soapy water to understand accidents can happen, perhaps set up at the lobby of that person ran out of bags and has quickly clean up after It is a problem, however, there are so each block for the use of many responsible owners who do clean popped home to get one, I think, hopefultheir pee... residents. Stephanie Piri, a ly. It never works out that way, the poo is up after their dogs that they vastly member of the committee usually still there the next day. I feel that outweigh the irresponsible. Unfortuand the proud owner of two ‘very enerthese irresponsible owners give everynately, we only notice the irresponsible getic’ Bodegueros, walks her dogs three to one a bad name. My friends and I have owners as they are the ones who leave all six times a day and always picks up after cleared up other dog’s poo the mess behind. My opinion is that them. She also carries around a bottle of many times in the past simply the decision to own a dog should The problem soapy water to clean up after their pee too because we are embarrassed not be taken lightly. There are many and friends tend to laugh at her because of dog fouling to see it there. I walk my dogs factors to consider, such as vet bills, of the number of jammed plastic bags in as part of a larger group at food costs and the needs of the within the her coat to pick up any mess. She believes least once a day and I feel individual animal. Whether or not estate has that the problem of dog fouling within the that because we are such a you are prepared to pick up after become huge... big group, and we draw so estate has become huge in the first few the dog also needs to be considmonths of people moving in. There is also much attention as we pass, ered as leaving faeces behind for a gravel patch at the back of the estate that many people will think we are the someone else to clean up is inconsiderate which quickly became known as ‘The Dogirresponsible people leaving the mess. and unhygienic. Inevitably, someone will 48



What effect do you think the introduction of dog bag dispensers will have on local dog owners? We are hoping that people will use this in an emergency rather than be dependent on it. We would like to change people’s attitudes towards picking up after their dogs and we think this will have a positive effect on the problem in the area immediately surrounding our estate. How did this decision come to be and how were you involved?

The The committee made the decision to create a ‘Pet committee Subcommittee’ in order organised to tackle the issues of the unveiling pet ownership. The subof the first committee is made up of both pet owners and ever dog bag non-pet owners so that dispensers in a both opinions can be local estate... heard. Some issues were simple to curb just by reminding people of certain rules. The dog fouling issue continued to be a problem, however, and the head of our subcommittee Nadia Ivanova was the one who found the dispensers online. We discussed their pros and cons and after securing funding and sponsorship, we made our proposal to the committee for approval. Ibex Insurance sponsored three dispensers, Gibraltar Veterinary Clinic one and Signtalk printed the stickers for free. These were ordered and installed in February.

Lee Everest from Ibex unveils the dog bag dispenser

Is this a trial run and do you have plans to introduce more in the future?

Tell me about the support you have from the community? In general, I think the Pet Subcommittee has been well received. The residents have seen that we are working to tackle the issues that matter to them regarding pets. We haven’t published anything about the dispensers just yet but we believe they will be well received, especially as they have been completely funded by outside organisations whom we must thank for their generosity. Where are the bag dispensers placed and how many? There are four dispensers, two in each lobby of the estate. These locations were chosen due to the house rules stating that all dogs must be walked in and out of the estate through the main block entrance only.

We hope this will work well and we will continue to provide the service as long as we can. We won’t be installing more dispensers as there is nowhere else to place them. Do you think there is a space issue in Gibraltar for dog owners and that this perhaps is one of the core problems?

“We are hoping that people will use this in an emergency rather than be dependent on it. ”

Yes and no. Gibraltar is very small and there are very few places to safely exercise our dogs. I understand that owners can be frustrated at this, however, this is not an excuse not to pick up after them.

Pet Subcommittee



life words | Mark Viales


Raising funds and awareness for RICC


lenge. As time went by, he spoke to others father of two healthy children are my motivation and determination. I about it and found that the support was is attempting to raise funds and cannot even start to imagine how hard it awareness for the Research Into must be for parents and family to see a overwhelming and people would indeed donate. On 26th December last year, the Childhood Cancer loving young child suffering and not charity by dipping in the sea being able to do what kids should be day of the Polar Bear Swim, there was no “Cancer turning back when he made his challenge every day for the entire year. doing. Kids should be learning how to exists and ride a bicycle, having fun, playing with public. The die was cast, “The kids all ask my heart their toys and making experiences and me about the sea and how cold it is and Stuart Felice, a PE teacher at goes out how I have to go in the sea even in rainy memories, not fighting for their lives, St Bernard’s Middle School, but, unfortunately, cancer exists and days. They like the idea of their PE teacher came up with the idea while to all those going out there and helping charities. my heart goes out to all those chilgazing out to the sea while children dren suffering and all those parents Many kids have also shown an interest walking his dog around Rosia suffering...” and donated, or even asked me when they who needs that extra push and help,” in November last year. Just becan take part. I stress the point that said Stuart reflecting on fore Christmas, he was still un“They the importance of these types children their age are suffering from certain as to the charity he was to choose of charity challenges when like the idea cancer and may not be as lucky as until he came across a video on children’s considering the larger picture. them. Sometimes we need to think hospitals and their attempts to provide of their PE them with a Christmas they deserved. As teacher going about others and not always about ourselves. I stress to the teachers the video progressed, he realised the chilWhen it came to the actual out there that however cold or rainy the day dren were suffering from cancer. It brought challenge, friends and family and helping is, my dip is only a few seconds of out a great deal of empathy from him and immediately told him it was a charities.” difficulty. But children with cancer he knew now that his mind was set. He crazy idea that could not be are fighting for their lives for every was to dedicate this challenge to RICC achieved. But as time went on, second and parents do everything possible and try to ease the suffering on these he kept determined, despite his scepticism in a complex and shattering situation.” children’s lives, “My children Shae and Ada in collecting money for this particular chal50


life Community support Stuart has already completed three months of his challenge and is well passed the midway mark of his £4,000 goal, but he says that there is still a long way to go. Stuart insisted that he wouldn’t have come this far were it not for the help of Debbie Ruiz and Michael Ruiz Jnr who have accompanied him since day one, “I am also extremely grateful to my family for their support in washing seven towels and swimsuits every week. The amount of sand that’s accumulated at home is quite incredible, so their support is also key in this.” Stuart believes that the Gibraltarian community comes together in moments like these where someone is fighting for a good cause.” He also had Miss Gibraltar 2016 Kayley Mifsud join him on one occasion, as well as many friends and family. People often tell him and his entourage that they are out of their minds as they approach a stormy sea, but are, nonetheless, always very “The positive and congratulate amount of them on their efforts.

save lives, then this is the exposure I want. sometimes we need to either go very I hope others can join the dips and donate early in the morning or even have late sand that’s as much money as possible for the charity. dips.” The group normally do their dips We are already thinking of future things to at Rosia Bay but have also been known accumulated Testing waters do but are really determined to make this to frequent the GASA pavilions and at home one as successful as possible.” Eastern Beach. Locals tend to stay and On his second dip, the day is quite watch, at times taking their after the Polar Bear swim, incredible...” wallets out and donating to Debbie, Michael and Stuart The team started off with three “If this the cause. The Challenge is were greeted by hundreds challenge people and, as media attention receiving a large amount of media of jellyfish at Rosia Bay and momentarily can collect increased, more and more people apattention and individuals, work questioned their decision before powerproached them for joined dips. A Dip money to a Day has had birthday celebrations, placements, teams and associaing through, “I thought ‘this is going to be improve or school functions and Miss Gibraltar tions are invited to join the ‘crazy harder than I’d thought’. Two days into the even save 2016 taking part. Those who are gang’ on their mission to raise as challenge and we are already struggling. much funds for RICC as possible, We then had to try another location. lives, then interested, the group can be contact“I have always said that this is not The funny thing about this challenge is this is the ed on Facebook or their Just Giving about Stuart Felice, it is about actually getting Debbie, Michael and I to exposure I page: those children who fight for their coincide on a time of day to do this, so the Stuart-Felice. want.” lives and, if this challenge can challenge is also for us to have a moment collect money to improve or even during the day where we can meet up and



environment words | Lewis Stagnetto, The Nautilus Project

MARINE NUISANCES A tide of jelly


sk somebody to name you something that lives in the sea and the chances are that they will reply with a type of shark or fish species. This is because to us, humans, fish have always been an important food source and access to this source has meant that many of the world’s largest cities are coastal. With this in mind, one must accept that as global populations have grown, the pressure we have exerted on this resource has increased in many parts of the world, beTrue to yond what it can supply.

their name, they glow in the dark if you shine UV light on them.

Commercial fishing is but one part of the story. The coastal zones are the most productive regions of the ocean. Unfortunately, they are also the parts which are under the most pressure from habitat changes by humans. Commercial shipping, for example, has dramatically changed the hydrology, diversity of species and the respective populations within the bay of Gibraltar and as this pressure has increased, the environment has deteriorated. 52

For the most part, it is important to recognise the positive impacts these developments have had to our economy and also to our standard of living. However, the full extent of the cost that is paid is often forgotten, if recognised at all; the health of the environment tends to come second.

Climate change is the universally accepted answer for any problem for which we have no immediate solution. It’s easy! No-one has a quick fix for it and so we all just have to accept it. And we do!

This environmental change is favouring the plankton and jellyfish species...

The last decade has seen large influxes of Schyphozoans, the true jellyfish, and one species in particular, Pelagia Noctiluca, the mauve stinger, has plagued our coastline. As their name suggests, Pelagia is from the Greek pelagos, which means ocean, nocti for night and luca for light; ocean night lights. True to their name, they glow in the dark if you shine UV light on them. These jelly fish tend to move in large groups and their sting is particularly painful, as many of us can attest to. Scientists have recognised this as a growing problem and one researcher, Professor Josep-Maria Gili, from the Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona, is quoted as saying “It is a growing problem in the Mediterranean, as it is in the rest of the world”. So why is this?

In fact, warming sea temperature caused by climate change is driving a change in ecological pressures on marine organisms. This environmental change is favouring the plankton and jellyfish species over the traditional fish dominated ecosystems and here is why. Quick changes in water temperature, from cold to warm, is one of the stimuli which generates jellyfish blooms. The greater the change in temperature, the larger the blooms tend to be. Traditionally, in fish dominated ecosystems, the young jellyfish are a food source for juvenile fish. However, as these jellyfish blooms are larger than normal, the juvenile fish are being overwhelmed and predator is turned into prey. This change in ecosystem dynamic means less fish and, crucially, more jellyfish! GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017


use our coastline, the impacts that these like a 1930’s bathing costume, and Now, add the human component of activities are having on species abundancprovide full protection to the areas it over-fishing and habitat changes to coastal es and diversity are crucial as part of covers. Jellyfish cannot sting through regions to a backdrop of an ongoing monitoring programme. neoprene. They are cheap and widely warming oceans, and a worryHabitat Promoting larger marine protectavailable. Watch your face, hands and ing picture begins to emerge, impact is ed areas to include zones of fish feet though. especially if you are a fish. something we nurseries will help to balance the So what can we do to contrib• If you do get stung then try and avoid can positively environment against the jellyfish. Once implemented, we would be in ute positively to this situation? the temptation to swipe away the contribute to. a good position to help other Gibraltar’s contribution to sting as you will only increase countries follow suit and place global CO2 emissions is negthe affected area. The tentacles Our Gibraltar at the centre of global marine tend to stick to our skin after ligible and consequently any green power environmental management. summers stinging and should be removed initiatives, although laudable, have a miniscule impact on the world’s total output. are likely to by picking them off carefully. Looking forward, our summers are bring larger likely to bring larger and more frequent But, as Dory famously said in With respect to fishing, Gibraltar has and more blooms of jellyfish. This is something Finding Nemo, if you do happen already introduced fishing licences, landing frequent we are probably going to have to live to see “Squishy” then “Just keep quotas, minimum size catch guides and with. But there are some practical blooms of swimming, just keep swimming” even listed certain endangered species solutions to avoid getting stung: calmly back to shore. from being caught at all. These are all imjellyfish. portant steps in preventing the exploitation aspects, provided • Some oily sun protection Jellyfish we all adhere to the guidecreams are reported to prevent the cannot lines. Again though, Gibraltar’s mauve jellyfish from stinging humans. coastline is very small and our The oil prevents the stinging cells sting contributions alone will not be from activating and hence stinging us. through sufficient to stem the jelly tide. You might want to be careful before neoprene. applying and swimming into a large mauve bloom though. Finally, habitat impact is something we can positively contribute to. A small coastline means that any develop• A better solution are the swimmers ment along it has a proportionally greater wetsuits. These are thinner and less environmental impact - we need to play intrusive than the surfing or diving althis to our advantage. Analysing how we ternatives. Let’s face it, they are more GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017







words | Elena Scialtiel

IN GIORANN’S SHOES On any surface...


Besides paintings, Giorann exhibited a ive her any surface, flat or She had been toying with the idea of collection of satin shoes personalised curved, and she will turn it into metallic leaf for a while, but she opted for with delicate depictions of petals and the canvas for her next massynthetic at first to minimise costs and terpiece: Giorann Henshaw has keep her paintings affordable while workleaves and abstract patterns, to fit all the been painting for about fifty years, and ing on mastering the technique, which she Cinderellas out there readying themselves for a Valentine’s ball. Monochrome with nothing is going to stop her now from seems to do effortlessly in an apocalyptic diamanté studs, chequered with a splash of experimenting with new techniques and vision of the sunset over ‘Mount Abila’ and styles, from miniature Rock in the bunch of ‘Bearded Irises’ whose red in true Queen of Hearts style, blueviews on mugs to realistic colours are likely borrowed striped like a tropical sea or Giorann cityscapes with a vertiginous from Renaissance tapestry. colourfully flowered like ChiShe paints exhibited a nese slippers, the hand-finsense of perspective, from garments and collection of ished stilettos are a touch of flowery embellishments for a Her latest artwork was exhibitball gowns satin shoes class for brides and maids of Twenty-First Century take on as she’s personalised ed at her first ever solo last honour - and if stilettos aren’t belle-of-the-ball’s crystal slipNovember, held in conjunction successfully with delicate with fellow painter Doris Gapers, to showstopper pictures the footwear you’d walk a done in the depictions of fan. “I’d been thinking about mile in, Giorann is happy to flashing with metallic hues. past for Miss ‘glam up’ your favourite ballet petals and holding my own exhibition Gibraltar pumps and trainers. leaves... Lately, in fact, creative Giorann for a long time,” Giorann says, has decided to go large and extravagant in her artwork producing a series of spectacular artwork by experimenting with synthetic gold, silver and copper leaf to add glitzy flash to her sunsets and a baroque glow to her still natures.


contestants... “but I’ve never had enough material to fill the Fine Arts Gallery She doesn’t stop at shoes walls, so I got together with Doris, whose either: she paints garments and ball gowns as she’s successfully done in the past for realistic style well complements mine, and Miss Gibraltar contestants, turning embroiwe are good friends from the days we dery into a picture-perfect affair. co-founded the Arts & Crafts Association.”



Synthetic silver leaf: Salt Water Fish

Synthetic gold leaf: Fresh Water Fish

her talent, and advised me to opt for a fondly remembers her interview call: “My She has made a name for herself in Gibralparents were nervous I would move to tar for her detailed landscapes so realistic sensible career, to become a secretary, for example. Funnily enough, I was the UK alone, in those days communicato be easily mistaken for photions would be by letter only and crackly tographs, and for being at ease indeed a secretary for a while latShe has phone calls if you were lucky to get the er in life, but in my teenage years with painting on tiny surfaces as made a name connection through. But I wasn’t nervous I never stopped pursuing my much as large ones, but Giorann for herself in at the interview, because I was confident dream and I applied for the Royal actually started her career in Gibraltar for Worcester Porcelain school.” it was my calling and I was handed a great the exquisite art of porcelain her detailed opportunity in life. I showed the panel my decorating. This is nowadays landscapes portfolio and I was accepted.” lamentably dwindling and fewer Barely 16, she was accepted so realistic and fewer certified artisans are at the atelier and she to be easily still around to hand-decorate That was the first day of six jumped on what she “I’ve always the glitterati’s dinner sets. mistaken for intense years of painting and describes as ‘the porce-


“I’ve always liked to paint and when I was in school, my drawings were shown around to art teachers and pupils,” she reminisces. “So I knew that I wanted to be an artist since an early age, but my parents were worried that their only child wouldn’t make a livelihood solely out of Giuseppe Codali bridge


lain train’, to be trained (and paid) to design and paint plates and crockery. She was the first ever overseas student to be inducted in the prestigious institution, and she

liked to paint and when I was in school, my drawings were shown around to art teachers and pupils.”

enamelling exotic flowers and birds on one-of-the-kind plates and keepsakes, often rimmed with real gold leaf. They nestled in Giorann’s heart until she returned to it last year, and she is still expanding her collection of metallic-effect work.

Upper Town



Porcelain Plates

“I like to experiment with many media, and continuity it takes to nurture their talent, it also depends on my mood: if I feel tranbut it is important to avoid pushing them quil, I go for watercolours, if I to any hobby and electives they are feel energetic I choose acrylnot ready for. Yet, she tells how she Giorann ics... some days, I work my had pupils returning to her classes actually started after long hiatuses with renewed one-hair brush to paint on her career in small surfaces, while others enthusiasm and a different outlook the exquisite I am keener for palette knife on fine arts. art of porcelain strokes on large surfaces.”


Upon her return to Gibraltar she attained a BA in Fine Arts and Arts History with the Open University and started giving classes at home to children and adults. Every other year, she organises a collective exhibition of her students’ best artwork: “I want them to see for themselves how it looks on a gallery’s wall, next to other paintings, in a professional way.” She admits that not all children, despite a natural drive to drawing in their younger years, display the perseverance and Hyperrealistic painting


As an active ceramic decorator with original handcrafted mugs, plates, ornaments and baubles on sale at the Heritage Trust and the Museum, Giorann is closely involved with the committee of the Gibraltar Artisan Market that regularly sets up stalls Barely in Casemates on Saturdays 16, she was and occasionally on Sunaccepted at the days, popular with tourists atelier and she and locals alike, working jumped on what hard to promote handshe describes as made products and fine ‘the porcelain artisanship in Gibraltar.

White hibiscus


Giorann in her home studio


art words | Elena Scialtiel


Ceramist Ermelinda Duarte creates the woman


or women on the move, for fiftieth anniversary, is the much awaited ethereal idea of a woman, appearing brighter and plumper at midday and women who cast a long shadow realisation of a project initiated a few slimmer and dimmer at sunset when the on Gibraltar’s society, years ago with a call for public fading sunrays elongates her, a silhouette for women who do it for participation, eventually made She reminds that doesn’t abide to body-conscious themselves: as spring blooms and solid by sculptor and ceramist us of the the sun rises on International Ermelinda Duarte, who fads as well as fashion diktats, but truly long journey Women’s Day, the cut-out interpreted competition winner expresses the concept of every woman in Gibraltar women terms of a platonic idea. silhouette of a woman holding up Ruth Massias Greenberg’s weathered from design with a conceptual art with her up-stretched arms the Neanderthal north face of the Rock dances twist. This focuses on the The figure’s femininely curved outline is times... on the pebbles below and, while dynamic shape and role of the only hinted, and quite modestly at it, to the day progresses, she reminds woman casting not a shadow steer clear from any sexualisation attempt us of the long journey Gibraltar women but sunlight on her entire nation. or allegation, and on the other hand, weathered from Neanderthal times to the acknowledging the unique role forming of the Housewives Association of the female human being in Ermelinda’s construal of the This focuses just over half a century ago, and farther Gibraltarian woman is solidly the Third Millennium, and yet on the dynamic wondering how parabolic her beyond into the new century, where they tied to her homeland by the shape and role trajectory still is towards the keep marching alongside their peers to symbolism of the shifting play of the woman actively contribute to society. proverbial ‘glass ceiling’, with of light and shadow on the casting not a women in high-responsibility adjacent side of the composition public positions on the upside The monument to Gibraltarian women, or on the ground, ever-moving shadow but with the hours of daylight and unveiled last December at Mid Harbour sunlight on her and women still victims of domestic abuse, violence and roundabout concurrently with celebrations with the seasons, like a sundial. entire nation. discrimination on the downside. Furthermore, it concocts an for the Gibraltar Women’s Association’s





Realised in long-lasting carbon steel treated against oxidation and painted, the monument was originally devised to replace the Sundial Roundabout, but when Commonwealth Park opened, it was touted to be placed at its southern gateway, in a smaller scale. This location was then discarded for safety concerns

Virtually everything can be reproduced in clay and in any magnitude...

Cannon 2

in case children misused it as monkey bars, and Europa Point roundabout was earmarked for it, where it would enjoy unobstructed sunlight from sunrise to sunset, but wear-and-tears concerns were raised due to the microclimate of the area, and eventually a downtown hotspot was suggested that proved ideal because it lies at

the crossroads of dayto-day Gibraltarian commuting, even one might object it falls outside main tourist routes. A graduated ceramist with a foundation course in Art, Media and Design, a former winner of local and



Breastfeeding teapot

international art competitions with her pottery work and an active participant in the cultural project ‘The Kitchen’ with other avant-garde artists at Montagu Bastion GEMA, where her prized piece ‘Cannon Teapot’ is permanently exhibited, Ermelinda was selected to help Ruth upgrade her computergenerated pictures to the third dimension with a plasmable and palpable maquette crafted

“I work in my sitting room, where I don’t have a kiln, which ideally must be in the same workshop the artist is creating in.”

in clay. “I still have the original at home with me, but it wasn’t fired, so it is fragile and it has since cracked in places, shape-shifting slightly from the original, whose image the durable material was lasered after,” Ermelinda says, adding she would like to make a new one and have it immediately fired for public keepsake. The lack of kilns near her home ‘studio’ (“I work in my sitting Daughter close up

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Monum clay

room, where I don’t have a kiln, which monument all in clay, had I got the relevant pointillist scarification across the body of ideally must be in the same workshop the workshop at my disposal.” the primeval steatopygian mother goddess artist is creating in”) is the turned custodian vessel for the precious main reason why Ermelinda’s liquid of life. She maintains that virtually “I am creative production is limited limiting myself everything can be reproduced in in size and quantity. “As soon clay and in any magnitude, if the From cutting-edge, to traditional, from to what is as the artist is happy with the ceramist has the right clay and the conceptual to figurative, Ermelinda is a generally shape taken by a sculpture, suitable kiln at disposal. One must chameleonic artist at ease with relatively perceived as whether thrown by wheel or know one’s clay consistence and small project with an intense personal feel pottery or fashioned by hand, it needs properties before starting working like the charming bust of her daughter, pottery-like to be solidified in time and one’s moulding magic on it, and as much as with high-profile endeavours work...” space with the firing process, Ermelinda is quite adventurous for the public and future and the larger the sculpture, in experimenting with materials generations to appreciate She the more difficult it is to find a suitable and subject matters, from modelling and judge, and she calls for calls for kiln in the vicinity, which is why nowadays, to glazing and decorating, an workshops and ateliers made workshops I am limiting myself to what is generally aptitude with attitude that landed readily available in Gibraltar and ateliers perceived as pottery or pottery-like work, her widespread commendation for so that the exquisite ancient made readily artistry of ceramics doesn’t get like teapots, saucers and cups, although her woman-shaped vases entry to available in diluted in the grim practicality I’d love to create on a big scale,” she says. a recent competitive exhibition, a Gibraltar... “It was actually possible – and a challenge creation that spans archaic pottery of tableware pottery and a sea I’d cherished – for me to make the actual and contemporary art with the of plastic. Woman


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drama words | Elena Scialtiel

SAMANTHA IN CHARACTER From ‘Constellations’ to ‘Contractions’


ast year’s Drama Festival revelation A top manager herself, Samantha reassures Samantha Barrass returns to tread her Financial Services Commission the prestigious boards this month employees and licensees that she is in the Trafalgar Theatre Group nothing like her character, and to prove her production ‘Contractions’, a one-act twopoint she recounts the story of how she actor play, again directed by was cast for Daniel’s production Daniel Strain-Webber. last year, her debut in Gibraltar She is donning the amateur drama: “When Daniel The similarities between power suit of was hired at the FSC, I perused his résumé and was interested Samantha’s Gibraltar debut a character that someone with a Drama performance ‘Constellations’ she describes degree would pursue a career in and this year’s entry end there as ‘the most finance. Being a keen amateur besides their titles’ assonance and evil I’ve ever actress myself, recently moved a director who works his magic played’. to Gibraltar after a lengthy acting with streamlined setting and hiatus due to pressing work and action – because this time, she family commitments elsewhere, Daniel and is donning the power suit of a character I discussed our love she describes as ‘the most evil I’ve ever for theatre and, when played’. It is a jet-black dramedy which in “My character he learnt I had been places may be ‘uncomfortable to watch’ is highly involved in theatre ultimately, about the degree of intrusion manipulative all my life, he invited employers are allowed to exercise in their without even me to audition for employees’ personal life, in a dystopian his then forthcoming fully realising it.” future when extreme competitiveness will production. drive employees to desperate lengths in order to safeguard their job.


Nick Payne’s ‘Constellations’ required her to star against a male counterpart, played by Jean Paul Lugaro, while in Mike Bartlett’s ‘Contractions’ she antagonises a female, Gemma Leppard: “This play was written for two female characters, and that is how it works best. However, it is not about gender issues, but about inappropriate use of power and unhealthy dynamics in the workplace, with disastrous consequences for the employee. My character is highly manipulative without even fully realising it. As the play progresses, the impact of the manager on the employee’s life becomes horrifying and wholly disturbing, although there are genuinely funny moments when the audience will laugh and won’t hate themselves for doing so.” Hopefully, the audience will take away from this something more than a belly laugh and will stock up on some serious food for thought on anti-bullying regulations and empathic professionalism that doesn’t lose sight of the fact that workers are human beings. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

drama Relatively new to Gibraltar, Samantha is delighted at the vibrancy of the local amateur drama scene, and recently dipped her toes in the national treasure, the pantomime, in the part of a TV newshound: “It was just a small role, but I got to wear a purple wig and Dame Edna style glasses.”

In London, she was part of the Bromley Little Theatre which staged one new production every single month except August for a thousand-strong membership and potential audience who sought West End quality Acting is one hobby that can be “The acting without having to pursued throughout life, Samantha advantage of pay the price. Of course, says: “No matter how young or old being amateur Samantha didn’t participate you look, there’ll always be the right is you land more in all eleven, but “there was part for you, however, I find that opportunities to one point when I realised learning lines gets harder with age. good parts...” that I did carry a script in my I like to have them learnt at least handbag for one play or the one month in advance so I can work other for a very long time.” on my character’s motions and non-verbal communication, without the hindrance of a script in my hands.” Sometimes hands need To style her characters, Samantha draws inspiration from what she observes in her be free from the script to be encumbered daily dealings, and yet pours a lot of herself with more fashionable props: “When I in the character, so people who know her played the Marquise de Merteuil in ‘Les will instantly recognise her voice, while Liaisons Dangereuses’ I wore rehearsing corset and crinoline to get used to playing acknowledging how deep in character she carries herself on stage. “Or at least I hope the part in period costume. Eventually, so, because this is what acting is all about!” we had wigs fitted and coiffed by one of London’s theatre wig makers.” in ‘Noise Off’: timing is the essence, so rehearsals are intense to make sure the cast gets the action rolling absolutely and effortlessly right, and that is the fun part.”

She would like to see the Drama Festival productions staged for subsequent runs at a small studio for cosy performances and a longer drama season that would be attractive to both groups and audience. “Sometimes the only difference between amateur and professional theatre is just the pay check” she says. “Amateur groups take their productions very seriously and can often count on extensive experience in the trade. The advantage of being amateur is you land more opportunities to good parts and you can enjoy yourself or turn them down if not interested, without worrying about your career progress or livelihood. In my late teens, early twenties, I seriously considered going “There are to drama school, but seeing how other genuinely funny graduates were struggling to land moments when good roles or any role at all, I decided the audience will to keep pursuing it as a hobby.”

laugh and won’t hate themselves for doing so.”

Acting remained a big part of Samantha’s life throughout a financial career which took her from her native New Zealand all the way across the world to London and eventually, to Gibraltar, and through the demands of raising a family. “My family always comes first, so I carve my rehearsing times in my teenage sons’ schedule. I rehearse early on Sunday morning while they are still asleep and on weekday early evenings when they are engaged in their after school activities.”

Amateur theatre allows her to be whoever she wants to be for a short while, anywhere in space and time, and in her career, Samantha has played pleasant, unpleasant and complex people. In ‘Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean’ for example, she played a transsexual with a strong South American accent and mannerisms that wouldn’t slip into caricature. A new challenge tapped at her doorstep when she had to learn to tap dance for ‘Stepping Out’, a play about a group of aspiring dancers. “But farce is where one has the most fun, as I had GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

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That way, she doesn’t disrupt their routine when she morphs into her onstage self: “I don’t stay in character out of rehearsals, but I do practise my lines at home and sometimes my kids help me. My character in ‘Constellations’ swears profusely, and I don’t. My use of foul language under the spotlight surprised and shocked them.”

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SHADES OF BLUSH The colour for everyone!


f you walk into any high street store whelming as fuchsia can often be, and it’s we find an entire spectrum; whether you right now, you’re pretty much guara little bit more exciting than your typical lean more towards a classy, put together anteed to be hit by a wave of pink neutrals such as grey and beige. It’s perfect look, or a more casual and pretty vibe, shades, particularly blush, which fast for those of us who are not crazy about blush tones are some that you can absobecame one of the most sought-after, and bright and loud colours, yet still want to lutely integrate into your outfits with ease. abundant colours in the fashion wear something fresh and vivid. For example, you really can’t get much industry last year, when PanBest of all, it’s a colour that looks more chic than a silk blush-toned shirt; Shades of tone – fashion’s principal colour amazing on everyone, from light a simple, yet perfect piece that makes a blush burst measurement system, declared to deep skin tones, and regardless stylish statement without a whole lot of onto the scene it to be the colour of 2016! It’s of age! Whether it’s “on trend” or effort, and in true nude-toned fashion, has quite a while true that shades of blush burst not, in the traditional sense of the the ability to lift up an entire look from ago now... onto the scene quite a while word, I truly believe that blush something rather ordinary, to something ago now, but even after such a tones will never ever go incredibly classy and elegant. Simply put: we all need a pale pink silk shirt strong presence last year, you’ll be happy out style, and for good reason; When we to know that it doesn’t look like they’re go- they’re such easy colours to think of this in our lives! ing anywhere anytime soon! Lots of trends incorporate into your wardrobe, shade, the stay put for seasons on end, but these delin every single aspect, from words ‘girly, Even if you’re a little more androgyicate shades are proving to be the colour shoes and accessories, to jacknous, or even somewhat masculine in ‘minimalist with the best staying power—whatever the ets and dresses – you name it! your personal style, there’s no reason and ‘elegant’ why you should leave these pale pink season! And what better time than spring may spring to bring a bit of blush back into our lives? shades sitting on the shelf. Blush is When you think about how you to mind... the perfect colour to team up with a may define your personal style, the word ‘feminine’ is one that darker or more structured look, and When we think of this shade, the words pops up for many of us. But even within will easily add a fresh and youthful edge ‘girly, ‘minimalist and ‘elegant’ may spring the parameters of this particular aesthetic, to any outfit. The possibilities are endless, to mind – it’s not in-your-face & overGIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017


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sport words | Mark Viales photos | GFA

TECHNICAL APPROACH Desi Curry - Creating Gibraltar’s football identity


move into full-time football when the ibraltar’s football factory producin development football signals quite a es a blend of British and Mediter- coup for the UEFA and FIFA newcomers. position of Technical Director at the IFA became available. The position had been ranean styles that, under the right held by the same person for 32 years guidance, could potentially allow Early years before he retired. Desi was given the job local players to compete at The new a decent level. The Rock has As a young lad in Northern Ireland, Desi in 2009 because of his vision as well as his been crying out for a youth academic and football background, having GFA Technical played at schoolboy level and tried out worked part-time for the association for development structure that for the national teams before moving Director has a couple of decades. He had also comcould nurture this raw talent on to club football. However, his plans big plans to pleted all his coaching badges in the 80s. and create a Gibraltarian to head to university to study Physical restructure In a period of restructure at the IFA, Desi identity within international Education put an end to that, although football on football. Small nations such left his position in 2014, but wanted to he did turn out for the Stranmillis the Rock. remain in the high end of football, so he as Belgium and Iceland have College team, which was jumped at the opportunity to join FIFA captured the imagination in the national second He could and UEFA as a consultant. Since then, with sterling performances against the division at that time. His have become he has conducted numerous missions giants of world football. Their success is career took off when he on their behalf, working in challenging attributed to large investments into forPrincipal at graduated and became the midable youth development philosophies, head of PE at Laurelhill the College, but rewarding environments. He menwhich the Gibraltar FA will aim to follow. Community College, one of but decided tioned as one example the poverty he witnessed in Pune, Northern India when largest schools in Northern to move into he was sent over to deliver a course, but Desi Curry, the new GFA Technical DirecIreland. Desi began working full-time maintained that they held an intense tor since January with an impressive CV part-time with the Northern football... love for football, “I don’t think people under his belt, has big plans to restructure Irish FA, taking care of the realise the passion around the world for football on the Rock. The national associdevelopment squads from football. You can get over 100,000 people ation has been searching for a number of U12s to U16s. He could have become watching a cup final in Western Africa and years for the right man and Desi’s pedigree Principal at the College, but decided to 68


sport facility worth over £20 million. I said to them ‘Here it is. This is your aspiration. Now, if this doesn’t motivate you, nothing else will. This could be yours if you work hard at your game’.” There was no real contact with Gibraltar since then for Desi, until now. He had just returned from Mozambique where he was part of a coaching team delivering A and B coaching badges when the advert for the job popped up on his Linkedin account. He rang the GFA headquarters to enquire about it and took some time before making the decision “If this to join Team 54, “I missed doesn’t the day to day life of footmotivate you, ball to be honest. Working nothing else on UEFA or FIFA missions will. This could can last from a few weeks to several months. You jump be yours if you on a plane, stay in a hotel work hard at and then begin the cycle your game.” again. You don’t stay in one another 20,000 trying to climb the fence. Sometimes we underestimate the power of sport,” Desi told me following his morning visit to the stadium as he familiarised himself with his new stomping ground.

Desi Cury, The new Technical Director

Rock formation It was three years ago when the new technical director first met with officials from Gibraltar in the form of the U16s youth coaching staff. The team was taking part in Gibraltar’s first UEFA Under 16s development tournament, which took place in Lichtenstein. Desi was the Technical Observer for the tournament. Four teams competed, including San Marino and Malta and part of Desi’s role was to give advice to the teams and coaching staff, “I thought it was all done and dusted when I received a call from the guys from Gibraltar asking me for some tips.” The team was preparing for their first European Qualification match and Desi advised them that the players needed to experience a higher standard of football outside of Gibraltar, “I’d worked with clubs like Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leiceter City and Swansea and I used to take my IFA youth teams from Northern Ireland to play against their academies. I had a close friend working at Swansea’s academy, so I rang him and asked if they could host the Gibraltar side and allow them to play a couple of games and use the facilities. Football is a world of opposites. It can be the cruelest game in the world, but also the most caring. “I don’t I organised the hotel, training schedule think people and diet, just to give the coaching team realise the an idea of how to prepare a team for passion a seven day tournament. The results around the weren’t great but you can’t buy that sort world for of experience. They were at a full-time Premier League club with an academy football.” GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017


sport place to get a chance to follow through some of your ideas. However, a technical director job usually runs for a least two terms, particularly in a small nation, you are talking about ten year plans. We are not going to change things overnight. I’m Northern Irish. I used to say that if you cut my veins, I will bleed green and white, but now I’m in Gibraltar and I’m going to commit 100% to the place. I need that to be reciprocated by the clubs, parents and all the stakeholders involved in local football.” Development legacy He drew many parallels with the infrastructure currently in place at the GFA and that of the IFA when he first joined. He said that, although it has taken the IFA over ten years to get to where it is, his influence, and that of FIFA/UEFA, will push the GFA to progress at a faster rate, “We are also starting from scratch here in Gibraltar. I’ve already told the players that youngsters will increase their performance by 20% within the next six months. The “Working climb will be very steep but they will get there very quickly.” on UEFA or

Desi promises to push Gibraltar’s youth to a new level

braltar is absolutely ripe for that kind of development and some of the boys will become men very quickly.”

characteristics that the GFA should be looking at. The new technical director has FIFA missions already hosted first aid and safeguarding Desi feels that the coaching of can last from courses for coaches in order to build core strength for youngsters a few weeks a foundation in grassroots football as Desi feels is practically non-existent in Education synergy well as meeting with school teachers to several Gibraltar. He gave the example that the and the Minister for Education, “You Desi was keen to stress months.” that, even though Iniesta and coaching need to produce a product where the importance of having Messi are small in stature, they of core parents and children can benefit extensive contact with don’t get knocked off the ball because they strength for from these traits. If we haven’t got local schools, citing that they have core strength, “Our young players safeguarding, vetting or qualified youngsters have a ‘fantastic structure’ don’t have that because that haven’t and teachers are well-organis practically coaches, then we have a problem, worked on it. If I’ve left any legacy at ised as well as being vetted. the Northern Ireland FA, it would be the non-existent but a school environment already has this in place. One of the areas I A school environment is fun, strength and conditioning of youngsters. in Gibraltar. would like to focus on is the primary inclusive and safe and he says I was the first person to introduce a fullend of education, that’s from ages that these are all role-model time strength and conditioning coach. Gisix to sixteen, and assemble a team of qualified coaches from the GFA to deliver The new TD will work closely with local schools an educational programme through the medium of football education, working together with and with the blessing of the schools and the Department of Education. “Back in Northern Ireland, we introduced a programme into the primary sector in relation to literacy and numeracy. They didn’t just play five-a-side football, or kick a ball around and have a bit of fun. They used a twinned approach. We can obviously attract kids to the game, but we can also combine that with an educational message.” Desi is also concerned about the research conducted by several universities showing a drop-off point in participation in sport at 14-years-of-age. There are many reasons for them leaving, from social to employment matters, but the bottom line is that they leave sport, “Given my background in education, if I was the Education or Sports minister, I would want to know why [there is that dropout rate] and try to fix that. 70


sport take best practice from the larger nations, but the bottom line is that any plan we introduce here has to be Gibraltarian. You cannot lose your passion and identity. There is a unique heritage and culture on the Rock, so we need to extract that and implement it into the football development plan. That is the basis I will be working on. What successful small nations like Iceland and Belgium have done, and something that we need to adopt here, is a unified approach. These nations created a structure that was inclusive to all clubs, right down to grassroots level. I can see that everyone in Gibraltar wants to get better and become part of Desi is also this bigger European family concerned about of football. That makes my the research job a hell of a lot easier. Everyone is singing from the showing a same hymn sheet. People drop-off point want to move forward and in participation if I can help, then great. in sport at That’s why I’m here.”


One of the efforts we could make is to encourage these youngsters to remain in sport. I was fortunate enough to introduce Vauxhaul sponsored school programmes to 14 to 16-year“Gibraltar olds. These were extra-curricular is absolutely activities from 3pm to 5pm. ripe for Many wanted to take part bethat kind of cause it was structured and fun. Hopefully, we will come to some development and some of sort of an arrangement with the schools over the next year.” the boys will Growing grassroots

Desi has big plans in store for the GFA

become men very quickly.”

Desi has noticed the good work and commitment shown at volunteer level, but he believes it could be more structured and professional. He said that many children are playing as a form of recreation, but as a technical director he wants to see some reward in terms of skill, technique and psychological development, “It doesn’t seem as though there are enough coaches really working on individual technique and there is not really an academy structure in Gibraltar. There is no curriculum, syllabus or long-term player development plan, nor does the GFA have one. That is something that I want to implement and what I think is missing, apart from limited facilities and infrastructure. However, there is a solid base of volunteers who are willing to learn and are very committed.” Part of reworking the structure would be to increase club development by incorporating youth policies into club licensing. All the established nations in Europe have a very strong club licensing programme, which dictates teams to have a youth structure, qualified coaches and deliver a youth development programme, ”We can GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017


travel words | Nicole Macedo


Guinness and the infectious Irish charm


lent technology giants including Google, have come to know two types of far reaching corners of the continent. Our people to be of the same calibre of weekend of wonder more than lived up to Facebook, Microsoft, Dell and Paypal. Their welcoming, community value and real its promise of intrigue and much alcohol European headquarters can be found in warmth; namely, the Spanish and the drinking, and, as a bonus, was a mere the area of the Grand Canal Docks, which has been aptly nicknamed ‘Silicon Docks’. Irish. The charm of the Irish two-hour thirty-five-minute flight Much of the incentive for these mamis not a well-kept secret, they from Malaga. Dublin is the perfect The charm are entertaining and always at moth companies to set up shop in Ireland of the Irish is long weekend get-away for culture the forefront of a good time in vultures, city lovers, or even just to was the low corporate tax rate of 12.5%. not a wellwhatever country or situation discover the wonders of living life Interestingly, the city homes headquarters kept secret... for a myriad other big Internet names, from you find them, but this is parthe Irish way. Etsy to Eventbrite. I had the opportunity to ticularly true of their home turf. scope out the area of Silicon Docks myself When it comes to Dublin, think of all the Bronze Age meets the Digital Age cultural, culinary and architectural value of on a charming Viking Splash Tour that London and combine it with the warmth whizzed us not only through the Much of Dublin’s history is city streets, but also into the river and hospitality of an Apple Store sales aslinked to the Norwegian Vikings, Dublin is sistant who has just spotted you eyeing up itself for a delightfully freezing having been established by the perfect the newest and most expensive Mac Pro them in the ninth century as the long weekend float around the Grand Canal, connecting to the River Liffey, on the market. Dubliners are more than ‘Kingdom of Dublin’. Overget-away keen to assist and advise and get quite the main body of water that flows time, the longest lasting Norse for culture magnificently pissed as a fart with you. through the city. Our tour took us kingdom in Ireland became vultures & city on a Viking style hedonistic ride substantially influenced by lovers... fronted by a deliriously amusing Dublin was a sporadic choice for the Gaelic culture forging a peculiar tour guide, we took in the sites, annual squad holiday that has become a link between the two heritagsoaking up some of the archaeological most welcome tradition amongst some es. Modern day Dublin is a thriving tech wonders of the antiquated metropolis. of my closest friends, all of whom live in hub for some of the world’s most prevaGIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017



Modern day Dublin is a thriving tech hub for some of the world’s most prevalent technology giants...

Situated in an interesting spot just shy of the eastern coast of the Island of Ireland, waving across at Wales, Dublin has a fascinating archaeological history with many Viking remains having been found there. Such findings include a site situated along the northern quays of Spencer Dock near the mouth of the Liffey. Here, five wooden fish traps were discovered dating back to the late Mesolithic era of 61005700 BC. Six burial pits north of the Royal


Grand Canal Docks

Monument of Light - Spire of Dublin

Hospital were found to contain pottery Also pointed out to us by our cheeringvessels and burnt bones within a burial ly accommodating tour guide was U2’s dating back to 1928 BC, nearly 4000 infamous riverside recording studios. To years ago. Other Bronze Age evidence this day Hanover Quay Studios acts as includes a retaining wall on the riverthe headquarters to Bono and his band of cheeky Irish lads. The building is side along Clancy Barracks, Dublin has Islandbridge. More finds the only remaining old structure can be learnt about and a fascinating in the now high-rise rich area. marvelled at, at the National archaeological Smothered with unimpressive Museum of Ireland – Argraffiti, the warehouse style studio history with offers an insight into the mostly chaeology, which holds artefacts many Viking lost street culture of the Dockside. dating back to the Egyptian age. remains Dublin’s rich history literally runs After losing the site to the Dublin having been Docklands Development Authority deep through the city.

found there.

National Museum of Ireland



U2 Hanover Quay Wall

in 2002, the band were able to buy back the site at which most of their most celebrated music was recorded in 2014.

will be sure to warm your soul on a bitterly cold evening. Drink prices are reminiscent of London, but there are cheeky loopholes and special offers that can be taken advantage off. This is how I Keen managed to spend my three days drinkers of every in a prosecco-fuelled daze.

Coppers: a Dublin institution

The next transition in an evening spent perfecting the jig and nursing your palms, raw from clapping, is to head to Copper True Irish pub culture Face Jacks, a real Dublin institution, and When visiting the city, one quite possibly the clubbing capital of the nationality piece of advice I would offer world (move over Ibiza, and you Berlin). stumble upon Be sure to stop and enjoy the is to be wary of the traditional I’ve been told many a story revolving the brick ridden music swept street, and keep and ‘Temple Bar Pub’ tourist trap. around the mystical land that is Coppers alleys... eye out for Lewis Carroll’s walrus Whilst the much hyped, quint‘Nite Club’, particularly with regards to and carpenter at the window of essentially Irish pub exceeds people meeting their soul mates within Temple Bar, ‘sat down to sup’. Temple Bar every promise pertained to it, the cost of the dark and dingy depths of this maze of area is thought to have acquired its name drinks and anxiety inducing squeezing you a club, as 90s pop hits rumble through the from Sir William Temple who settled there have to endure to navigate around the tinny speakers above. This spot is inconand built a house and gardens in the early maze-like establishment hides much of its ceivably popular with a queue forming 17th century. Sir William was a part of the charm. The subsequent pubs around it ofbasically around the block. Thanks to a fer the same aura of comradely that comes expeditionary force of the Earl ten-euro entry and a clearly un-strict of Essex, and in his later life with traditional Irish pub culture, but with dress code, who can be surprised? There is served as provost of Trinity cheaper drink options, and more of a likeThis is most certainly the perfect a science College. Other tales suggest lihood of running into a real Irishman. The behind a good end-of-the-night location for anyone that the area was named after Temple Bar area, particularly Fleet Street Guinness and who wants to soak up the true culLondon’s Temple Bar, which and the conjoining Essex Street, is where ture of the city, or just listen to their it involves similarly joins with Essex and it all happens. Keen drinkers of every favourite Boyzone tracks and get lost which gas Fleet streets. You can also find nationality stumble upon the brick ridden in the various levels of this confusing runs through basement dystopia. Coppers has a Temple Bar, in the daytime, to alleys, alight with the music of street the barrels. be a thriving hub for art and performers on every corner. This is where real school disco vibe, add to that Ibiculture being home to the you’ll find the real fire! Step inside one of za super club drink prices and you’ve Irish Photography Centre and the Irish Film got a truly winning combination. Post Copthe lesser-known pubs for a scene straight Institute, as well as Temple Bar Gallery and out of Titanic, Irish folk music emanating pers, I must make note that the city has Studios and the Project Arts Centre. from a lively and animated stage band. It a wholly impressive ‘drunk food’ culture. Lewis Carroll’s walrus and carpenter


Temple Bar Pub



Book of Kells Trinity College Library

Every street corner bares a Subway, usually within a small supermarket, perfect for all your sloppy, pre bed munchies desires. Guinness chemistry

Many of Dublin’s most successful scholars spent their former years at the beautifully ornate Trinity College...

Generally food is aplenty in Dublin as with most European cities. Big breakfasts are a speciality, but there are a couple of notable twists to the greasy fry-up in Ireland, most notably, the inclusion of white pudding. Similar to black pudding, it is made up of a medley of meat parts shaped into a sausage form. However, white pudding vetoes the use of blood, instead consisting of pork fat, suet, bread and oatmeal. Irish Breakfast, the only meal in the world made up of three types of sausage.

As is customary to all tourists, we tried Literary allure our hands at downing a midday GuinFor all the cobbled side streets and beauness, and yes, it does taste better when it tifully antique allure, it is worth taking your comes out of a local tap. Apparently, as a own literary tour of the city, stopping in local explained to me, there is a science some seriously magical spots that were behind a good Guinness and it involves once home to scholarly marvels James which gas runs through the barrels. GuinJoyce, Oscar Wilde, ‘Dracula’s’ Bram Stokness contains bubbles of nitrogen as well er, and the ever charming Jonathan Swift. as carbon dioxide, this lessens the bitter taste and makes the head of the beer last Now a museum of the American College longer. Elsewhere in the world, the beer Dublin, the beautifully Georgian is only mixed with carbon dioxide architecture of playwright and like any other draft. Although we Dating infamously flamboyant characmissed the opportunity to visit, back to the ter Oscar Wilde’s former home you can learn the entire Guinness year 800, the is open to anyone to admire, brewing process at the Guinness gospel book and try and draw some literary Storehouse, Dublin’s most popular is written inspiration from. If you venture attraction. The converted brewentirely in deep into the leafy canopies of ery now acts as a museum for all Merrion Square, you are sure to things Guinness taking you through Latin and is find Wilde himself perched on a the history of our St. Paddy’s day incredibly rock pondering life. poison of choice. ornate. Trinity College


The Campanile of Trinity College



Guinness Storehouse

Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square


Many of Dublin’s most sucwhich the famous ‘Book of Kells’ is Now, I wouldn’t call myself a zoo connoison 17th cessful scholars spent their seur as such, but I have seen my fair share kept. Dating back to the year 800, March, the former years at the beautifully of animal reserves. This city zoo however, the gospel book is written entirely in day marks ornate Trinity College, Ireis most certainly up there at the top of the Latin and is incredibly ornate. The Irish the death land’s oldest University. Locatlist. The largest zoo in Ireland, situated in monks that penned it later buried it in of Saint ed a few streets down from the beautiful Phoenix Park, promises an an effort to hide it from the Vikings. Patrick, the Eventually discovered, it was sent to Merrion Square, super central entire day of intrigue and wonder; from patron saint Trinity College in 1653 to be stored and opposite the mammoth the roving giraffes to the particularly foul of Ireland. Irish Houses of Parliament smelling yet joy inducing Humboldt’s penfor safekeeping. A must see for any and Central Bank of Ireland, guins. The park is home to over four hunbook buffs out there. Trinity is ranked we almost stumbled across the campus dred species of animal, and although hugenumber one in Ireland in the Times Higher by accident. As you wander through the ly popular, does not feel overly crowded by Education World University Rankings and beguiling archways and into the quad, you fellow creature admirers. Be sure to 77th in Europe. I felt honoured to Almost are taken out of a city setting and placed book your tickets online beforejust have stood in the very square a national in the centre of one of the world’s most hand for discounts and to avoid the that once saw some of my literary beautifully ornate and classically designed heroes pass through it. inevitable entry queues. One qualm day for the University buildings, surrounded by imposIrish people, I must draw your attention to is the ing columns and the Campanile bell tower, Next on the weekend’s agenda some of the lack of good food available in the the real star of Parliament Square. Within area. I’d suggest bringing your own was Dublin Zoo, a near walk traditions the quad, you can also find the Chapel and lunch to avoid the disappointment from our homey B&B, and quite have spread the largest research library in Ireland within possibly the highlight of the visit. of what is available.

across the world...


Custom House along the banks of the Liffey



St. Paddy’s celebrations

The Spire Dublin’s city centre plays host to a The abstract monument was meant to March is quite probably the of Dublin is Festival parade of likes of New York modernize the area, which had apparently height of Dublin’s flow of tourCity, following a cheery procession afforded itself a declining reputation as a confusing ism, as fans of the now world of spectacular floats, whimsical thethe hub for fast food and bargain souvenir renowned St. Patrick’s Day celeand imposing atre and lively musical scores. It all shops. Now, its most prominent use is to brations flock to the hub of the giant needle kicks off at Parnell Square at midday. act as the point at which you and your festivities. Held on 17th March, like structure Across the city, events are ample, tourist friends will insist to meet at if anythe day marks the death of that literally lasting for several days. During the body gets lost. Standing at 120 metres, it Saint Patrick, the patron saint of penetrates festivities, you’re advised to be on can be spotted from far across the metropIreland. Interestingly, St. Patrick the heart of the look out for prominent landolis. From here, almost all of the city’s main was actually an Englishman, althe city. marks to be ablaze with green light, attractions are within walking distance. legedly captured by Irish pirates the Irish Craft Beer market, and taken as a slave to Ireland the St. Patrick’s Festival treasure Taking a wander around allows you Taking where he looked after animals. Having eshunt, which will have you stumcaped from his captors, he became a cleric a wander to stumble across all sorts of hidden gems, from quirky 1920s style and returned to Ireland where he served as bling across quirky city relics you around weren’t even aware of. Also keep a bishop. The long loved tradition of much allows you gin bars, to artisan cake modelling an eye out for the Irish University craft shops, and every Gibraltarialcohol consumption that many associto stumble boat race on river Liffey. an’s favourite city stop, a very large ate with St. Paddy’s Day comes from the across all and imposing Primark, for all your Christian Lenten restrictions on eating and sorts of Filled to the brim with culture and budget clothing needs. A city that drinking alcohol being lifted for the day. hidden stoney, grandiose architecture, fuses the antique and the modern, Almost a national day for the Irish people, gems... much like London’s city centre, full of charm and warmth, despite its some of the traditions have spread across the central point of Dublin is usually chilly climate, Dublin is the the world, from wearing green, to sporting alight with goings on. The first point of perfect spot for exploration. Without a shamrocks, blasting traditional folk music call is the Spire of Dublin, a confusing and solid itinerary, you are certain to stumble and glugging gallons of Guinness (13 milimposing giant needle like structure that across a multitude of fascinating corners lion pints to be exact) and whiskey. It really literally penetrates the heart of the city. filled with their own curious stories. is a homage to the Irish. St. Patrick’s celebrations


Dublin Castle




Developing awareness of our stroking habits


y psychotherapy training is in these is the need for physical and mental Transactional Analysis, which stimulation. includes cognitive behavioural tools, psychoanalytic These ideas had been verified in techniques and relational We all 1945 by Spitz with his famous approaches. The founder of research on babies reared in a experience Transactional Analysis is Eric children’s home. The findings being certain Berne. He worked closely with that babies reared in a children’s “hungers” and home, despite being fed well, Claude Steiner who also did one of these a lot to develop our theories kept clean and warm, were more and therapeutic methods. I was likely to experience physical and is the need drawn to Transactional Analysis emotional difficulties than children for physical by Berne’s theory of Ego States brought up with more human and mental which are its foundations but contact. The conclusion was that stimulation. I absolutely loved Steiner’s the institutionalised children writings which come across as lacked stimulation, especially very down to earth and just make sense. physical contact. From this idea that babies As grownSteiner’s biggest contributions are in need touching, cuddling ups, we still his development of script theory and and stroking, Berne crave physical emotional intelligence. He is also known developed the concept contact as for his development of Berne’s theory of Strokes; he argued of strokes. Essential to Transactional that as grown-ups, well as other Analysis is the analysis of transactions we still crave physical forms of between people and within an individual’s contact as well as other recognition of internal psyche. According to Berne, we all forms of recognition of our existence. experience certain “hungers” and one of our existence. 80

Put simply, a stroke is a unit of recognition. Strokes can take the form of a smile or a frown, a criticism or a compliment. They can be positive or negative, verbal or nonverbal and conditional or unconditional. Any transaction between people is an exchange of strokes. Most transactions involve both verbal and non-verbal exchanges, with the possible exception of written communications. Analysis of stroking patterns isn’t as straight forward as it may seem at first. For example, a ‘hello’ or ‘how are you’ are generally thought of as a positive strokes, yet when accompanied with a forced smile or a look of disdain, they can become quite powerfully negative. One aspect I found interesting in my training, was to learn about the Survival Quotient. This idea is that strokes are necessary for human existence and when people can’t obtain positive strokes, they will settle for negative ones because they need any strokes for survival. Steiner explains that taking negative strokes is GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017


like drinking polluted water when it’s all how to give myself more positive strokes strokes are a tool of social control. Therefore you can get. This explains what is now has been very useful in my journey to developing awareness on our stroking habits more common knowledge become less critical and more can also liberate us from repressive aspects and thought of as children loving and accepting of myself. An of our conditioned personalities. Steiner When obtaining attention through exercise in learning to ask for the passionately developed his theory of the people can’t bad behaviour. Funnily enough, strokes that we most deeply and Stroke Economy, aiming to help people obtain positive desperately needed was found to what prevents us as adults overcome what he called ‘Lovelessness’. He strokes, they from obtaining positive strokes be a powerful by all the students says that ultimately, feeling OK depends will settle is usually a habitual pattern or participating in my group. completely on the strokes we get. Like lack of knowledge in how to get Steiner, I believe in helping clients ensure for negative what is really most nourishing. they get the healthy stroking they need to Focusing on strokes is a really ones because combat depression. effective way of changing one’s they need any The Metanoia institute where relationship with others and our strokes for I trained boasts experiential place in the world. It is one of I like to share Steiner’s famous Warm Fuzzy survival. teaching methods, which the simplest methods available to Tale which is a short story introducing for this profession I think help us change repetitive patterns his theory on the Stroke Economy and is essential. I can therefore vouch not as we learn how we are organising our the relationship between stroking and just on how clients have benefitted experiences through the discounting, wellness. In truth to his style of warmth and from awareness and application of or encouragement of certain strokes. generosity, it is freely available on www. understanding of how they give and get Increasing our awareness then allows us strokes, but how important it has been for to consciously bring about meaningful and me personally. In a strokes workshop for beneficial change. Knowing how to get, Claude passed away earlier this year. We example, one could be invited to look at or stop filtering positive are told by those close to him that his how easily we give positive or negative strokes, leads one to feel Knowing final words were “Love is the answer” strokes and the impact the practice better about themselves. how to get, or and “I am so lucky”. The European of this dynamic has on others and our Association of Transactional Analysis stop filtering relationships. Or how challenged we might Berne and Steiner write that commented that “He left us a legacy positive be by taking positive strokes or how we given the fact that control of the moral and human duty to care strokes, leads about people, society and especially of handle negative ones and the effects that of stimulation is far more these habits have on us. In my own case, one to feel effective in manipulating all marginalized groups. He was a man of learning how to eventually stop rejecting human behaviour than great heart and mind, who introduced to better about or avoiding positive strokes as well as brutality or punishment; us the concept of emotional literacy.” themselves.

Elaine Caetano is Counsellor, Trainee Psychotherapist and Executive Coach Tel: +350 54001238 Email: elainecaetano@ GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017


wine words | Andrew Licudi AIWS


The Wig, Australia and the world’s most famous football coach


fter I graduated in engineerThe bar staff, who wore black bow ties ing and considered a passable and green waisted jackets, which I can risk by our building society, we only attribute to the owner Paddy being bought a small flat in the centre proudly Irish, served gin and tonics in of Edinburgh. We were absolutemassive gold-fish bowls with tons ly delighted with our new home of ice, vibrant yellow lemons and a He fawned which had its own main entrance over his posh price tag to match. Champagne, opening directly onto the street, nonchalantly ordered by loud clients but opposite Edinburgh’s most stylvoiced clients in bespoke suits and was less ish pub of the time - the Tilted shoes, was served from well used, enthusiastic grey, metal coolers covered in Wig, or simply the Wig, as it was about the rest dew, with Bollinger, Dom Ruinart known to its posh clientele. of us... or Moet stamped on the sides. The pub served rather good Paddy, who wore a rather large sparkling lunches. Its shiny black wallpaper, crisp diamond on his pinky, was white linen, heavy cutlery and proper wine I ordered a strong, squat, man. He glasses reminded you this was no ordinary reminded me of Aristotle five different pub. It was the only establishment of its kind to serve Escargots a la Bourguignonne Onassis. He fawned over vintages of his posh clients but was which, at lunch time, enveloped the bar in a wine I had less enthusiastic about a cloud of warm, garlicky Frenchness that only just the rest of us, no doubt made you want to travel. The wine list was heard of and guided by an innate ability Old World and included crisp white BurI had never to detect a lack of readily gundies, old-fashioned clarets and ancient, tasted. disposable cash. Paddy, wire covered bottles of Rioja. 82

who was always immaculately dressed in a black stiff jacket and tie, managing never to appear subservient, ran a tight ship and the whole establishment was spotlessly clean. He would stand at the end of the bar greeting customers effusively, all the time subtly directing his bar staff with measured looks and whispered instructions to passing waitresses who dressed in short black skirts and immaculate white blouses. It was rumoured that Paddy used to send the Chief Constable’s mother, who lived round the corner, free lunches. Shortly after we left the area, Paddy died. The pub was sold and the black, shiny wallpaper with large vermillion dahlias and brilliant white lilies was removed, as were the subtly lit, linen-covered tables. The Escargots a la Bourguignonne disappeared and the posh clientele soon followed. The wine list was repopulated with non-descript Chilean merlots, heavily-oaked Australian Chardonnays and pale, palate busting GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

wine Sauvignon Blancs, all at an affordable price. The pub was renamed the Cumberland Bar and became the residents watering hole in McCall Smith’s novel “44 Scotland Street”. New experiences Only last week, I ordered five different vintages of a wine I had only just heard of and I had never tasted. It’s not something I normally do, especially with an Australian wine. An impending visit to Barossa Valley and Clare Valley, in a few weeks’ time, has made me re-look Australian wines.

Clare Valley, is recognised as a world class wine, perhaps still out of the radar of nonwine geeks. This wine is difficult to find but with a bit of Internet detective work, I located five different vintages at an average price of £24. I must What confess, I haven’t yet tried this really piqued wine though by the time you read my curiosity this, I will have opened a couple though is a of vintages. It will be interesting producer who to find out how this producer is seems to have perceived in Adelaide when we get there. I do know that Polish taken the Riesling world Hill Riesling will cost a lot more than £24 in Australia! by storm.

It’s not just my visit that’s made me curious but high ratings by well-known critics for wines like Penfolds McGill Estate and Moss Wood Cabernet that’s made me want to investigate. What really piqued my curiosity though is a producer who seems to have taken the Riesling world by storm. He has been designated Riesling wine maker of the year in Germany even though he and his wines are Australian. His wines are said to last for decades and will improve the older they are. Jancis Robinson gave an early vintage of his 19/20, an almost perfect score usually reserved for wines of the highest standard and price! This, however, was no flush in the pan and his recent vintages have been equally acclaimed. Jeff Grosset’s Polish Hill Riesling, made in small quantities from a seven hectare plot in

Bodegas Franco Española

This wine is difficult to find but with a bit of Internet detective work, I located five different vintages...

Last week, we attended a wine tasting organised by Saccone and Speed at which BFE presented a range of Rioja and Ribera wines. The tasting was held at the Manchester United Supporters Club at Wellington Front. If you think this is a somewhat unusual venue for a wine tasting, think again. It appears that Alex Ferguson is a keen wine collector. He started when he was 30 drinking sweet Sherry and taking a few years before he was keen enough to spend £15 on a bottle of red wine. However, in Ferguson style, he then went right to the top and started buying classed-

growth Bordeaux, Petrus, and D’Yquem. He is said to have had an allocation from Romaine de la Romanee Conti (DRC) since 1996 which should now be worth more than Wayne Rooney. Ferguson also likes Ribera del Duero from Spain and Tignanello from Italy. He admits that most of the wine he bought was for investment and he recently auctioned off some of his wine in Hong Kong for £2.3m. tax free of course. Ferguson is said to collect Batard Montrachet, one of the world’s great whites, which he rarely drinks finding whites “too acidic” regretfully putting the world’s greatest football coach firmly in fourth division when it comes to wine geekiness. Sorry Alex.

Wines to try at least once in your life Grosset Polish Hill Riesling (Australia) 2015 Perhaps I shouldn’t suggest a wine I have never tried. I will report back and let you know what I think next month. It should be pretty good by all accounts. If anyone has already tried this wine, I would be delighted to hear from you. Wines tasted at the Franco Española tasting Diamante 2015 Sweet white, simple, sweet - 13/20 Talla de Diamente 2015 £7.50 White, pleasant, some lemon notes - 15/20 Rioja Bordon Crianza 2012 £7 Good value. Not top notch but neither is the price - 15/20 Rioja Bordon Reserva 2011 £10 Pleasant, spicy, warm on the palate -15.5/20 Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva 2007 £12.50 Limited in expression for a GR. Classic Rioja good value - 15.5/20 Marqués del Valparaíso Ribera del Duero 2015 £9 Dark crimson, mouth filling - 14.5/20 GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

I know that winery visits only last a few weeks as the wine is usually sold out very quickly. I will, however, go and knock on their door in a couple of weeks and see what kind of reception I get.


recipes Recipe by Louise Mead


with tofu & noodles...



1 block of firm tofu, drained

In the large pan, heat a small amount of oil and add the chopped chillies, leaving back a few pieces for garnish if you so wish.

2 red chillies, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon of grated ginger 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped

After a minute or so, add the ginger and garlic.

Handful of tenderstem broccoli

Mix well then add the chopped carrots.

Handful of green beans

When the carrots have begun to soften, add the rest of the washed veg.

Handful of baby corn 2 tablespoons of red curry paste 1 can of coconut milk Handful of cashew nuts

Add the curry paste and mix well, ensuring everything is well covered.

300-450g of cooked noodles

Add the coconut milk, fill the can with water and add to the pan.

Handful of coriander

Bring to the boil then leave to simmer.

Oil for cooking Salt & pepper 84

In the frying pan, heat some more oil then

add the cubes of tofu. Turn the tofu occasionally, ensuring all sides cook evenly. Add the noodles to the soup and mix well. Once the tofu is almost cooked, add the cashew nuts to the pan. Add salt and pepper to the soup according to your personal taste. Serve the soup in a bowl, then add the tofu and cashew nuts on top. Garnish with fresh coriander & remaining chopped chillies. *Use two pans - one frying pan for the tofu and one large pan for the soup GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

recipes Recipe by Victoria Harley

OATS IN CHOCOLATE with cherry compote...



Oat base:

Oat base: Before you go to bed, mix all the ingredients together in a big jar.

â…“ cup rolled oats â…“ cup chocolate soya milk 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed 1 tablespoonsmaple syrup Cherry compote: 900 g ripe black cherries 3 tablespoons caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

Pop the jar into the fridge and leave it for the night. In the morning, layer up your favourite yogurt (i.e. cherry Alpro) on top of the oats, then add the dark cherry compote to finish off. If you are short of time pop the lid back on your jar and take it with you, or enjoy it slowly with a cuppa.

Cherry compote: Stone and halve the cherries, place in a heavy bottomed pan and stir in the sugar. Leave for half an hour to let the sugar draw the juices. Add the vanilla extract and place the pan on a medium heat, stir from time to time. When the fruit has softened take off the heat and leave to cool before storing in the fridge. 85

restaurants, bars & pubs

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Casa Pepe

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

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


Nunos Italian

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

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

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

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



restaurants, bars & pubs

All’s Well


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

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

Your Restaurant, Bar, Pub, Cafe... The Gibraltar Magazine’s appetite guide is a perfect platform to reach local customers as well as tourists. Here you can advertise all the info anyone needs to know about your establishment. Is yours the best food around? Do you cater for special dietary needs? Are your opening hours attractive? What’s your vibe? Tell everyone on the pages of your local magazine! The Gibraltar Magazine Portland House Tel: 200 77748 Fb & Tw: @gibmag

Everyone will see your little advert here. Take a nice photo and invite new customers! (Or remind the old ones why they love your place :)


Tr a d i t i o n a l Irish bar with full HD sports coverage and Irish breakfast from 8am (Sunday f ro m 9 a m) . Guinness on draught. Food includes salads, jackets, beef & Guinness pie, Kildare chicken, chicken brochette, gourmet burgers, wraps, children menu, homemade desserts, daily specials and more. And just like in Ireland there’s no smoking inside, so a great atmosphere for all.

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Lord Nelson

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

O’Reilly’s Ocean Village. Tel: 200 67888

Lord Nelson Bar Brasserie 10 Casemates Tel: 200 50009 Visit:

Star Bar

Picadilly Gardens

Gibraltar’s oldest bar, just off Main St. Small cosy and famous for its full English breakfast from 8am (9am on Sunday). A full menu including fish & chips, until 10pm. The home of Star Coffee, draught beers include Heineken, Old Speckled Hen, Murphys and Strongbow cider. Managed by Hunter Twins from Stafford, England, also home to Med Golf & Tottenham Hotspur supporters club. Star Bar Parliament Lane. Tel: 200 75924 Visit:

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

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clubs & activities Arts & Crafts Cross Stitch Club: John Mackintosh Hall, 1st Floor, Mon 6-8pm, fee £1. Gibraltar Arts & Crafts Association: Children: Mon&Fri 12.30-2pm, Mon-Fri 3.45-5.15pm Adults: Wed 5.45-7.15, Sat 10.30 to 12.30, Tel: 20073865 email: Knit and Natter Group: Tues 11am-3pm, Thurs 5.30-7.30pm, at Arts & Crafts Shop, Casemates balcony. Free to join and refreshments provided. Tel: 20073865. The Arts Centre: Prince Edward’s Road, Art classes for children and adults. For more info call Tel: 200 79788. The Fine Arts Association Gallery: At Casemates. Open 10am-2pm, 3-6pm Mon-Fri, Sat 11am-1pm. The Gibraltar Decorative and Fine Arts Society: Affiliated to UK NADFAS meets third Wed of month at 6.30pm at Eliott Hotel - lecturers & experts from the UK talk on Art etc. Contact: Chairman Claus Olesen 200 02024 Membership Ian Le Breton 200 76173 Board Games Calpe Chess Club & Junior Club: meets in Studio 1, John Mackintosh Hall Thursday, Juniors: 5p.m. - 7 p.m. / Tuesday & Thursday 7p.m. - 10:30 The Gibraltar Scrabble Club: Meets on Tuesdays at 3pm. Tel: Vin 20073660 or Roy 20075995. All welcome. The Subbuteo Club: Meets in Charles Hunt Room, John Mackintosh Hall. Dance Adult Dance Classes: Wed evenings at Kings Bastion Leisure Centre from 7-8.30pm. Contact Dilip on 200 78714. Art in Movement Centre: Hiphop/Break Dance,Contemporary Dance, Pilates, Capoeira, Acrobatics, Street Kids & Tods, Modern Dance. Performance and Film opportunities. Judo & Jujitsu Classes: Tue/ Thur with Sensei Conroy. All ages. Budokai Martial Arts Centre, Wellington Front. www. FB: Art In Movement A.I.M, tel 54025041 or 54007457 Ballet, Modern Theatre, Contemporary & Hip Hop: weekly at Danza Academy. Training from 3 years to Adult Advanced. 68/2 Prince Edward’s Rd Tel: 54027111. Bellydance Classes, all levels, Tue 8-9pm at the Ocean Village Gym (non–members welcome). Contact 54005593. DSA Old & Modern Sequence Dancing: Sessions at Central Hall Fri 8.30pm, beginners 8pm. Tel: 200 78901 or Everybody welcome. Modern & Latin American Sequence Dancing: Mon at Catholic Community Centre 8pm. Tel. Andrew 200 78901. Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Flexibility, Hip Hop & Dance Theatre: Classes weekly at Urban Dance Studio, 2 Jumpers Bastion. Tel: Yalta 54012212 or Jolene 54015125. Rockkickers Linedance Club: Governor’s Meadow 1st School. Salsa Gibraltar Salsa: Tues at Laguna Social Club, Laguna Estate. Beginners 7-8.30pm. Intermediates 8.30-10pm. Tel: Mike 54472000 or Zumba Classes at Urban Dance: Jumpers Bastion, with certified instructor Tyron Walker. Tel: 20063959 or 54012212 or Twitter: @UrbanDanceGib History & Heritage The Gibraltar Heritage Trust: Main Guard, 13 John Mackintosh Sq. Tel: 200 42844. The Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association: Dedicated to preservation of Rock’s transport/motoring heritage. Assists members in restoration / maintenance of classic vehicles. New members welcome. Tel: 200 44643. Garrison Library Tours: at 11am on Fri, duration 1h 50mins. Tel: 20077418. History Alive: Historical re-enactment parade. Main Street up to Casemates Square every Sat at 12 noon. Music Gibraltar National Choir and Gibraltar Junior National Choir: Rehearses at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Tel: 54831000. The Calpe Band: Mon & Wed. For musicians of brass/woodwind instruments


of all standards/ages/abilities 7-9pm. Tel: 54017070 or Jazz Nights: Thurs at 9pm at O’Callaghan Eliott Hotel. Tel: 200 70500. Outdoor Activities The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Gibraltar: Exciting self-development programme for young people worldwide equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. Contact: Award House, North Mole Road, PO Box: 1260. mjpizza@, Social Clubs The Rotary Club of Gibraltar meets the Rock Hotel, 7pm Tuesday evenings. Guests welcome. For contact or info Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes: (Gibraltar Province) meets RAOB Club, 72/9 Prince Edward’s Road ­- Provincial Grand Lodge, Thu/month, 7.30pm. William Tilley 2371, Thurs 8.30pm. Buena Vista 9975, monthtly, Social Lodge. www.akearn1.wix. com/raob-gibraltar, william.tilley.lodge@, Clive, tel: 58008074 Special Interest Clubs & Societies Creative Writers Group: meets up on Tuesday mornings at 10.30 in O’Reillys Irish Bar and it is free to attend. Tel: Carla 54006696. Gibraltar Book Club: For info Tel: Parissa 54022808. Gibraltar Horticultural Society: meets 1st Thurs of month 6pm, J.M. Hall. Spring Flower Show, slide shows, flower arrangement demos, outings to garden centres, annual Alameda Gardens tour. All welcome. Gibraltar Philosophical Society: devoted to intellectually stimulating debate. Frequent lectures and seminars on a range of topics. Tel: 54008426 or Facebook: Gibraltar Photographic Society: Meets on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. Wellington Front. Induction courses, talks, discussions, competitions etc. For details contact the secretary on, Harley Davidson Owners’ Club: Lions Club of Gibraltar: Meets 2nd and 4th Wed of the month at 50 Line Wall Road. St John’s Ambulance: Adult Volunteers Training Sessions from 8-10pm on Tues. Tel: 200 77390 or The Royal British Legion: For info or membership contact the Branch Secretary 20074604 or write to PO Box 332. UN Association of Gibraltar: PO Box 599, 22a Main Street. Tel: 200 52108. Sports Supporters Clubs Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Club: Meets at Star Bar, Parliament Lane, when Spurs games are televised - call prior to matches to check game is televised. Great food for a lunch if KO is early or an early supper if the game is later. Gibraltar Arsenal Supporters Club: Meets match days upstairs at Time Out Café, Eurotowers. Gooners of all ages welcome. For info/news visit Tel: 54010681 (Bill) or 54164000 (John). Gibraltar Hammers: Meets on match days at the Victoria Stadium Bar, Bayside Road. All league games are shown live. All West Ham supporters and their families are welcome. For details visit www. or gibraltarhammers@ Sports & Fitness Artistic Gymnastics: Gibraltar Artistic Gymnastics Association. Tel: Angela 200 70611 or Sally 200 74661. Athletics: Gibraltar Amateur Athletics Association holds competitions through year for juniors, adults and veterans. Two main clubs (Calpeans 200 71807, Lourdians 200 75180) training sessions at Victoria Stadium. Badminton: Recreational badminton weekdays at Victoria Stadium (Tel: 200 78409 for allocations). Gibraltar Badminton Association (affiliated to BWF& BE) junior club/tournaments, senior leagues/ recreational. Ballet Barre Fitness: Adults on Wed 10am & Fri 6pm at The Arts Centre. Tel: 54033465

or Basketball: Gibraltar Amateur Basketball Association (affiliated FIBA) leagues/ training for minis, passarelle, cadets, seniors and adults at a variety of levels. Tel: John 200 77253, Randy 200 40727. Boxing: Gibraltar Amateur Boxing Association (member IABA) gym on Rosia Rd. Over 13s welcome. Tuition with ex-pro boxer Ernest Victory. Tel: 56382000 or 20042788. Cheerleading: Gibraltar Cheerleading Association, girls and boys of all ages. Chearleading and street cheer/hip hop at Victoria Stadium. Recreational / competitive levels. Tel: 58008338. Canoeing: Gibraltar Canoeing Association. Tel: Nigel 200 52917 or Arturo 54025033. Cricket: Gibraltar Cricket, National Governing Body & Associate Member of ICC. Governs International & Domestic Men’s, Women’s, Boys’ & Girls’ cricketleague & cup competitions and in-school coaching., info@, Twitter: @Gibraltar_Crick Cycling: Gibraltar Cycling Association various cycling tours. Darts: Gibraltar Darts Association (full member of WDF & affiliate of BDO). We cater for men, ladies & youth who take part in leagues, competitions and a youth academy for the correct development of the sport. Tel: Darren 54027171 Secretary, Alex 54021672 Youth Rep, Justin  54022622 President. Email: info@ Football: Gibraltar Football Association leagues/competitions for all ages OctoberMay. Futsal in summer, Victoria Stadium. Tel: 20042941 Gaelic Football Club (Irish sport): Males any age welcome. Get fit, play sport, meet new friends, travel around Spain/Europe and play an exciting and competitive sport. Training every Wed on the MOD pitch on Devil’s Tower Road at 7pm. Andalucia League with Seville and Marbella to play matches home and away monthly. Visit www.gibraltargaels. com or Hockey: Gibraltar Hockey Association (members FIH & EHF) high standard competitions/training for adults/juniors. Tel: Eric 200 74156 or Peter 200 72730 for info. Iaido: teaches the Japanese sword (Katana), classes every week. Iwa Dojo, Kendo & Jujitsu: Classes every week, for kids/adults. Tel: 54529000 www. or Judo and Ju-jitsu: Gibraltar Budokai Judo Association UKMAF recognised instructors for all ages and levels at Budokai Martial Arts Centre, Wellington Front. Tel: Charlie 20043319. Ju-jitsu: Gibraltar Ju-jitsu Academy training and grading for juniors/seniors held during evening at 4 North Jumpers Bastion. Tel: 54011007. Karate-do Shotokai: Gibraltar Karate-do Shotokai Association - Karate training for junior & seniors at Clubhouse, Shotokai karate centre, 41H Town Range. Monday: 9:30 p.m. & Wednesday 9:45 p.m. Karate: Shotokan karate midday Mon beginners, other students 8.30pm. Thurs 8.30pm. In town at temporary dojo or privately by arrangement. Contact Frankie 54038127 or Motorboat Racing: Gibraltar Motorboat Racing Association Tel: Wayne 200 75211. Muay Thai and Muay Boran Club: Tues & Thur at Boyd’s Kings Bastion Leisure Centre at 6:30pm, Tel: John – 54024707 FB: Gibraltar Muay Thai Netball: Gibraltar Netball Association (affiliated FENA & IFNA) competitions through year, senior/junior leagues. Tel: 20041874. Petanque: Gibraltar Petanque Association. New members welcome. Tel: 54002652. Pilates: Intermediate Pilates: Tues & Fri 9.30am, beginners Pilates: Fri 10.50am at the Shotokai Centre, 41H Town Range. Tel: 54033465 or Gibraltar Pool Association: (Member of the EBA) home and away league played on Thurs through out the season, various tournaments played on a yearly basis both nationally and internationally, Tel: 56925000,

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Gibraltar Rhythmic Gymnastics Association runs sessions from 4 years of age, weekday evenings. Tel: 56000772 or Sally 200 74661. Rugby: Gibraltar Rugby Football Union training for Colts (w+), seniors and veterans. Play in Andalusia 1st Division. Contact: secretary@ Sailing: Gibraltar Yachting Association junior/ senior competitive programme (April - Oct) Tel: Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club at 200 78897. Shooting: Gibraltar Shooting Federation. Rifle, Europa Point Range (Stephanie 54020760); Clay pigeon, East Side (Harry 200 74354); Pistol, near Royal Naval Hospital (Louis 54095000). Snooker: Members of European Billiards & Snooker Association - facilities at Jumpers Bastion with 3 tables. Professional coaching for juniors/seniors. Organised leagues/ tournaments and participation in international competitions. Tel: 56262000 / 54000068, or Squash: Gibraltar Squash Association, Squash Centre, South Pavilion Road (members WSF & ESF). Adult and junior tournaments and coaching. Tel: 200 44922. Sub-Aqua: Gibraltar Sub-Aqua Association taster dives for over 14s, tuition from local clubs. Voluntary sports clubs: Noah’s Dive Club and 888s Dive Club. Tel: 54991000. Commercial sports diving schools available. Time - Thursday 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.. Telephone, Jenssen Ellul - 54027122 Swimming: Gibraltar Amateur Swimming Association (member FINA & LEN) opens its pool for leisure swimming. Junior lessons, squad for committed swimmers, water polo. Pool open Mon&Thurs: 7-10am, 12.30-4pm. Tue, Wed, Fri: 7-10am, 12:30-5pm. Sat: 3-5pm. Sun: closed. Mon to Fri from 5-6pm groups training. 6-7.30 squad training. Mon, Wed, Fri 7.30-8.30 swimming joggers, Tues & Thurs 7:30-8:30 junior Water polo. Mon, Tues & Thurs 8:30-10pm Adult water polo. Tel: 200 72869. Table Tennis: Gibraltar Table Tennis Association training and playing sessions, Victoria Stadium, Tues 6-10pm and Thurs 8-11pm with coaching and league competition. Tel: 56070000 or 20060720. Taekwondo: Gibraltar Taekwondo Association classes/gradings Tel: Mari 20044142 or www. Tai Chi: Tai Chi for children and adults. Mon-Thur 6.30-8pm at Kings Bastion Leisure Centre and Sat 9am-1pm at the Yoga Centre, 33 Town Range. Tel: Dilip 200 78714. Tennis: Gibraltar Tennis Association, Sandpits Tennis Club. Junior development programme. Courses for adults, leagues and competitions. Tel: Louis 200 77035. Ten-Pin Bowling: At King’s Bowl in the King’s Bastion Leisure Centre every day. Gibraltar Ten Pin Bowling (members FIQ & WTBA) leagues, training for juniors and squad. Tel: 200 52442. Triathlon: Hercules Triathlon Club organises swimming, running and cycling training sessions and competes regularly in Andalucia and Internationally. Contact chris.walker@york. gi or Facebook “Hercules Triathlon Club” Volleyball: Gibraltar Volleyball Association training, indoor leagues, beach volleyball competition, 3 v 3 competition, juniors and seniors. Tel: 54001973 or 54885000. Yoga: Integral Yoga Centre runs a full programme of classes from Mon-Fri at 33 Town Range. Tel: 200 41389. All welcome. Theatrical Groups Gibraltar Amateur Drama Association: Meet at Ince’s Hall Theatre Complex, 310 Main Street. Tel: 20042237. Trafalgar Theatre Group: Meets 2nd Wed of month, Garrison Library 8pm. All welcome.



























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POSTNATAL DEPRESSION Bring that Mummy back to me


nd then I said it. “I think I have postnatal depression.”

The words hung heavy in the air between my husband and I. They just tumbled out of my mouth. Neither of us knew what to say next.

the hardest part. You try to make sense of it but you just can’t. You want to lock your head in you hands and feel in control. But you’re swerving on ice with no breaks.

pushing yourself forwards. The two seem to conflict with one another, but they don’t have to. As is necessary with many health matters, I am taking a multipronged approach to fixing myself.

Unfortunately, loving your Loving your kids and your family more kids and your Exercise than life just doesn’t fix it, family more no matter how much you It’s not the first time that I have dealt with It’s well known that exercise is a than life just and others feel it should. postnatal depression, or depression for doesn’t fix it, natural mood booster. However, the The only thing that reassures that matter. However. each time. it creeps idea of an exercise class makes my no matter how anxiety levels soar even higher. When me, is that I have weathered up on me. It always catches me off guard. much you and I feel low, I simply want to hibernate. this storm before. others feel it I went through New situations usually excite me, but A few instances occur where It’s not the should. at my lowest, they intimidate me. That I shock or disappoint myself, first time that similar emotions when my daughter doesn’t stop me from walking though. strange, insecure thoughts start to I have dealt started weaning. I’m confident It’s so easy to start and gradually work your haunt me, anxiety starts to clench with postnatal that the cause is my hormones way up. If you’re able to catch a break, at my chest, until I have so many depression, or being out of kilter, exasperated there’s nothing more therapeutic than a bad days that I realise it’s deepdepression for by chronic sleep deprivation, hike up the Med Steps. You can almost feel er set than something I can just that matter. and a general lack of self care. your worries being left behind you, as you shake off. The hardest part is often breathe in the fresh air and take in the dazacknowledging it, and then talking zling views, disconnected from the hubbub It’s difficult to recover, to build yourself about it. I found sharing it was a big step towards accepting it myself. But then came back together. In my personal experience, I of busy urban life down below. Or more importantly, out of ear shot from cries and have found that there has to be a balance that common question, “Why do you feel grumbling. of taking it easy on yourself as well as depressed?” It doesn’t make sense. That’s 96



For now, just long walks pushing the buggy buy me some quiet time to reflect and to escape. The more I take these excursions, the more I feel ready to join a class.


Nourishment Another thing I’m doing is eating well. When you’re having a rough time as a mum, many tell you to enjoy a glass of wine, eat some chocolate or cake - perhaps all three. In moderation, all of these can help. However, moderation and I are not closely acquainted. If I have one biscuit, I eat the whole packet. So I’ve had to take a different approach to avoid emotional eating which brings about other destructive thoughts. As with exercise and mental health, there is no shame in looking for professional help with nutritional health too. Getting in control of how you eat can do so much to boost your confidence and happiness. My energy levels have increased which helps me to deal with the limited sleep I get. Rest

a distant fantasy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create the (perhaps short-lived) moments of peace at home.

The most important thing however, is looking for emotional support. Whether you choose to see your GP, your health visitor, a counsellor or simply talk with your partner or a close friend - it is essential that you talk to someone. Elaine Caetano, Counsellor and Psychotherapist, runs a postnatal depression and anxiety support group in conjunction with local charity BabySTEPPs. I asked her about postnatal depression and she shared this;

“All emotions are natural and have their due place. What can lead to ill-health is how we manage them.”

“All emotions are natural and have their due place. What can lead to ill-health is how we manage them. Having children is a massive life changing experience which involves loss (of independence, identity, control) and often trauma for women. Significant loss brings about If you’re able to catch a feelings of grief and if these are suppressed or repressed as break, there’s opposed to acknowledged and nothing more processed in awareness, then therapeutic symptoms will emerge.

Talking of sleep, while there are limited opportunities to nap wherever they are available, I have been taking them. Before than a hike up bed, I drink a herbal tea, somethe Med Steps. It is normal to feel anxious when times I even treat myself to a bath and then I banish my phone one suddenly becomes responuntil the morning and do my best to avoid sible for a whole new living being, but this pointlessly worrying. A spa day may be doesn’t mean that it’s easy to live with. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE MARCH 2017

In addition, although the biochemical changes mothers undergo are natural, they are often a challenge to sanity. There is no need for shame in any emotion that may arise out of any aspect of the experience of pregnancy or motherhood, although it can be difficult when we are pressured to feel only happiness, joy and gratitude. It’s also hard for mothers to focus on self-care when fulfilling such a demanding role of care-giver but it is important to take time out for yourself.” Admitting it was the first step for me, and funnily enough, with every day that has followed, it has felt like less and less of a burden. No one case of PND is the same, what works for me might not work for you but there is one thing I know for certain; never suffer in silence.

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2) Russian pancakes (5) 3) A salt used as a sedative; a flatterer; type of photographic print (7)


5) Follow (5)

4 6 9

6) City of Washington state (7) 24

7) Cargo (6)


first prize: lunch for two at

8) Collective French historical name for five coastal towns in Sussex and Kent (6,5)

Completed crosswords to be returned to the Clipper by 20th March

14) Irish game similar to hockey (7) 15) Large South American desert (7) 16) Damage; reduce effectiveness (6)

Last month’s winner:

17) Loathing (6)

Joanne Gonzales Harbour Views

19) Faithful (5) 21) Solvent used in anaesthetics and explosives (5)

Flight & Cruise Schedule - March 2017 Day Flight



Mon ZB7240 Monarch Gatwick EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick BA490 British Airways Heathrow ZB064 Monarch Luton ZB574 Monarch Manchester Tue EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick BA490 British Airways Heathrow ZB574 Monarch Manchester EZY6299 easyJet Bristol Wed EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick BA490 British Airways Heathrow EZY1963 easyJet Manchester apart from 8th ZB064 Monarch Luton Thu ZB7240 Monarch Gatwick EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick BA490 British Airways Heathrow AT990 Royal Air Maroc Tangier ZB574 Monarch Manchester EZY6299 easyJet Bristol Fri EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick BA490 British Airways Heathrow ZB446 Monarch Birmingham ZB064 Monarch Luton ZB574 Monarch Manchester ZB7244 Monarch Gatwick Sat EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick BA492 British Airways Heathrow BA490 British Airways Heathrow Sun EZY6299 easyJet Bristol EZY1963 easyJet Manchester EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick BA492 British Airways Heathrow BA490 British Airways Heathrow AT990 Royal Air Maroc Tangier ZB7244 Monarch Gatwick ZB446 Monarch Birmingham ZB064 Monarch Luton ZB574 Monarch Manchester


Arrives Flight

10:40 10:55 16:30 19:10 19:20 10:55 16:30 19:10 19:30 10:55 16:30 16:55 19:00 10:45 10:55 16:30 17:30 19:00 20:25 10:55 16:30 17:55 19:00 19:05 19:50 11:50 14:20 16:30 11:00 11:05 11:10 14:20 16:30 17:30 17:45 18:55 19:00 20:35

ZB7241 EZY8902 BA491 ZB065 ZB575 EZY8902 BA491 ZB575 EZY6300 EZY8902 BA491 EZY1964 ZB065 ZB7241 EZY8902 BA491 AT991 ZB575 EZY6300 EZY8902 BA491 ZB447 ZB065 ZB575 ZB7245 EZY8902 BA493 BA491 EZY6300 EZY1964 EZY8902 BA493 BA491 AT991 ZB7245 ZB447 ZB065 ZB575



11:25 Gatwick 11:25 Gatwick 17:20 Heathrow 19:55 Luton 20:05 Manchester 11:25 Gatwick 17:20 Heathrow 19:55 Manchester 20:00 Bristol 11:25 Gatwick 17:20 Heathrow 17:35 Manchester 19:45 Luton 11:30 Gatwick 11:25 Gatwick 17:20 Heathrow 18:35 Tangier 19:50 Manchester 20:55 Bristol 11:25 Gatwick 17:20 Heathrow 18:45 Birmingham 19:45 Luton 19:55 Manchester 20:40 Gatwick 12:25 Gatwick 15:05 Heathrow 17:20 Heathrow 11:30 Bristol 11:35 Manchester 11:40 Gatwick 15:05 Heathrow 17:20 Heathrow 18:20 Tangier 18:30 Gatwick 19:45 Birmingham 19:50 Luton 21:20 Manchester


ETD Pass


Sun 12, 09:00 VENTURA

16:00 British

P & O

Sat 25, 12:00 PRINSENDAM

18:00 American


Wed 29, 12:30 BALMORAL

20:00 British

Fred Olsen


Thu 30, 08:00 VENTURA

14:00 British

P & O


Thu 30, 13:00 OCEANA

22:00 British

P & O

Day Flight




Sun EZY6299 easyJet Bristol 26th EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick EZY1963 easyJet Manchester BA492 British Airways Heathrow BA490 British Airways Heathrow ZB7244 Monarch Gatwick AT990 Royal Air Maroc Tangier ZB446 Monarch Birmingham ZB064 Monarch Luton EZY8905 easyJet Gatwick ZB574 Monarch Manchester Mon ZB7240 Monarch Gatwick th 27 EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick BA490 British Airways Heathrow ZB064 Monarch Luton ZB574 Monarch Manchester EZY8905 easyJet Gatwick Tue EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick 28th BA490 British Airways Heathrow ZB574 Monarch Manchester Wed EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick th 29 BA490 British Airways Heathrow ZB064 Monarch Luton EZY1963 easyJet Manchester EZY8905 easyJet Gatwick Thu EZY6299 easyJet Bristol 30th ZB7240 Monarch Gatwick EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick BA490 British Airways Heathrow AT990 Royal Air Maroc Tangier ZB574 Monarch Manchester Fri EZY8901 easyJet Gatwick st 31 BA490 British Airways Heathrow ZB446 Monarch Birmingham ZB064 Monarch Luton ZB574 Monarch Manchester EZY8905 easyJet Gatwick ZB7244 Monarch Gatwick

Arrives Flight

10:30 11:00 11:05 11:15 16:20 17:45 18:45 18:55 19:10 20:35 20:35 10:15 11:00 16:20 19:10 19:20 20:35 11:00 16:20 19:10 11:00 16:20 19:10 20:25 20:35 10:30 10:55 11:00 16:20 18:45 19:00 11:00 16:20 17:55 19:00 19:05 20:35 20:35

EZY6300 EZY8902 EZY1964 BA493 BA491 ZB7245 AT991 ZB447 ZB065 EZY8906 ZB575 ZB7241 EZY8902 BA491 ZB065 ZB575 EZY8906 EZY8902 BA491 ZB575 EZY8902 BA491 ZB065 EZY1964 EZY8906 EZY6300 ZB7241 EZY8902 BA491 AT991 ZB575 EZY8902 BA491 ZB447 ZB065 ZB575 EZY8906 ZB7245

Capacity 3096 835



11:00 11:30 11:35 12:05 17:05 18:35 19:35 19:45 20:00 21:05 21:20 11:00 11:30 17:05 19:55 20:05 21:05 11:30 17:05 19:55 11:30 17:05 19:55 20:55 21:05 11:00 11:40 11:30 17:05 19:35 19:50 11:30 17:05 18:45 19:45 19:55 21:05 21:20


Bristol Gatwick Manchester Heathrow Heathrow Gatwick Tangier Birmingham Luton Gatwick Manchester Gatwick Gatwick Heathrow Luton Manchester Gatwick Gatwick Heathrow Manchester Gatwick Heathrow Luton Manchester Gatwick Bristol Gatwick Gatwick Heathrow Tangier Manchester Gatwick Heathrow Birmingham Luton Manchester Gatwick Gatwick


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Impressive presentation and divine taste combinations make Nunos the top class destination for a true gourmet experience. Nunos at The Caleta – A Theatre of Fine Italian Dining

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The Gibraltar Magazine - March 2017  

Our March issue presents a mishmash of ideas for this coming change of seasons. We advise on a financial spring clean, how to relocate emplo...

The Gibraltar Magazine - March 2017  

Our March issue presents a mishmash of ideas for this coming change of seasons. We advise on a financial spring clean, how to relocate emplo...