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VAT: How it Effects Gibraltar

by Ian Le Breton

We’ve all come across VAT, or IVA as it’s known across the border in Spain. The tax applies across the European Union so, if Gibraltar is a member, why don’t we pay it here? Do we benefit from being outside the VAT zone and should we exploit the fact? Essentially, VAT is a European form of consumption tax. There are other systems around the world; anyone who has been to the US will have noticed shelf prices suddenly “marked up” at the till by around 7% on average — invariably resulting in a new price involving lots of small change. Most countries impose some sort of sales tax — although the systems vary widely. I shall concentrate on the European version. In Europe, VAT is more than a simple sales tax charged at the till when purchasing something in a shop. As the name implies, VAT is imposed at every stage where value is seen to be added. The clue is in the name and that is the same in all European languages — for example Spain calls it Impuesto sobre el valor añadido or IVA, and the French know it as the Taxe à la valeur ajoutêe, or TVA. In whatever language, however, it’s still a tax. When acceding to the European Union, new member states also sign up to the VAT rules. They do this by joining the Customs Union, which is one of the main benefits of EU membership. And herein lies the answer as to why there is no VAT in Gibraltar. Although we joined what was then the EEC in 1973, alongside the UK, we did not join the Customs Union. Hence there is no VAT and, because our government duty is also so much lower, some things in Gibraltar such as alcohol, cigarettes, luxury goods and


fuel also cost less — one of the reasons tourists flock here. For Gibraltar to impose European-style VAT would mean that all this changes too — so it’s not likely to happen. Gibraltar could impose a unilateral sales tax in theory but I’ll leave that one to the politicians! An interesting consequence is that when one flies from Gibraltar to the UK, one should exit through the “green channel” — not the blue “arrivals from the European Union” lane — even though we are in the EU. Why do the rates vary across the European Union? As with most other EU laws, the rules come in the form of a Directive. This has been

When acceding to the EU, new member states also sign up to the VAT rules by joining the Customs Union, which is one of the main benefits of EU membership. And herein lies the answer as to why there is no VAT in Gibraltar

amended over the years but for VAT issues, the EU is currently bound by Directive 2006/112/ EC (as I’m sure you knew!) under which EU governments are permitted to set their own rates — to suit their own economic circumstances. The minimum EU-wide VAT rate is set at 15% — and, where a reduced rate is allowed on certain goods, this must be at least 5%. At present, the maximum rate charged is 25%; currently paid by the unfortunate residents of Denmark, Sweden and Hungary. The UK rate was increased in January to 20% — the highest ever in Britain. In 2010, Spain increased VAT to 18% — still less that many of her European neighbours. How does VAT work in practice? Imagine a manufactured item; say a wooden table. It might start out as a chunk of wood sold by the forest owner in Finland to a timber company in France. The wood is sawn into the requisite sizes — “refined” if you will — and then sold to a furniture maker in Germany. Finally the finished table is sold to a family in Spain. At every stage in this process, value will have been added. And VAT will be accounted for at every stage. But hang on. If the tax were around 20% each time, wouldn’t that make the final price impossibly high? This is where it gets complicated. Provided that each company paying the tax — or at least accounting for it — at every stage as the raw material is transformed into a table is VAT-registered,

business & finance then the tax will only finally be paid at the end of the process. In the case above, it’s our Spanish family who will end up paying the full VAT (at 18% in Spain as we saw above) on the total value of the table. This is because they are the final consumers. Therefore, VAT is considered an indirect, consumption tax — the more one consumes, the more VAT one pays. The whole idea is that the tax is effectively accounted for throughout the process while the reclaim system along the way avoids the possibility of double taxation. Consumers — what one might call “end users” — pay the tax if they are in the VAT zone of course. VAT is generally charged in the place the goods are supplied. VAT on services is generally charged where the recipient is based. For example, anyone going to the theatre in Spain cannot reclaim the VAT on the ticket price for they have “consumed” the ticket in Spain. But we can reclaim the IVA we have paid on goods bought in Spain if they are brought across the border into Gibraltar. It’s a bit of a hassle, but for bigger ticket items it is well worth doing. Bear in mind that anything one brings into Gibraltar must be declared. With certain exceptions, import duty will be payable, so the IVA reclaim becomes even more important; otherwise one is being taxed twice. As always real life is often more complicated than my simple example above but this is broadly how it works. For companies the costs in man hours involved in registering for VAT and subsequently compiling regular returns can be prohibitive. Sadly, VAT fraud has also become big business. One of the most common

scams is known as Missing Trader Intra-Community — or “Carousel” — fraud. It’s nothing to do with fairgrounds but the analogy is a good one. Round and round it goes with the fraudster claiming the VAT refund without ever paying the VAT itself. Mysteriously then going out of business, he disappears with the VAT reclaim monies. In the UK alone, the cost of “carousel” fraud to the exchequer in 2009 was said to be some £2bn. Clearly, Gibraltar is in a competitive position vis-à-vis the EU by not imposing VAT. Consider non-EU members with whom Gibraltar competes in other areas, such as the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. In Guernsey, like Gibraltar, there is no sales tax, while Jersey imposes a sales tax — known as GST — which is increasing from 3% to 5% in June as a result of the island’s budgetary requirements. In the Isle of Man, however, VAT applies at UK rates. Hence it was raised to 20% following the UK government’s decision to use increased VAT receipts as a key component of the British budget deficit reduction plan. Last month I wrote about the new Gibraltar corporate tax rate of 10%. Expanding my thoughts, I looked at other reasons why individuals and firms might be attracted to Gibraltar

when considering where to set up shop. Under certain circumstances the absence of VAT could be another significant advantage. As mentioned earlier, VAT for services is generally charged where the recipient of the service is based. This means that, for as long as Gibraltar remains outside the Customs Union, a Gibraltar company receiving services from elsewhere in the EU will not suffer VAT. This has led to many enquiries over the last few years for companies wanting to establish a base in Gibraltar, which is good news for all of us. As always, good, sound advice should be sought at the earliest opportunity. Not only relating to the tax itself but also whether it might be cost effective to employ an independent specialist firm to take control of registering for VAT — and compiling those regular returns. The dangers of non-compliance are high. I ended last month’s column by explaining why business owners should consider setting up new ventures in our jurisdiction. Gibraltar’s combined offering of EU membership, very low corporation tax rates — and the absence of VAT — starts to look irresistible. n

Clearly, Gibraltar is in a competitive position vis-à-vis the EU by not imposing VAT

ISOLAS – “Best Gibraltar Law Firm – Funds” At a ceremony held at the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel in London, hosted their annual Global Funds conference and Awards ceremony where firms from each of the major funds Jurisdictions were recognised. ISOLAS received the award for Best Gibraltar Law Firm for Funds at a gathering that included the major law firms and players in the Funds Industry. The selection criteria comprised of a three-stage process; the first phase of the selection was a qualitative assessment of providers in Gibraltar by managers and other service providers.

Respondents were required to engage directly with to offer their views on the local market, its players and practitioners of note. The second part of the assessment was a quantitative one where local players were asked to select the leading providers in the jurisdiction. Following these initial surveys, a committee made up of industry experts then reviewed the feedback and provided their own input before selecting the winners from the various jurisdictions. The shortlist for Gibraltar for what is currently the only award of its kind for Funds Law Firms was limited to two


candidates. On collecting the award, Joey Garcia, on behalf of ISOLAS, explained that “I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of the Funds Team at ISOLAS. It is recognition by our peers in the industry of the quality of service received and ISOLAS’ position at the leading edge of a very competitive and fast moving funds industry in Gibraltar.” When asked to comment, Albert Isola, Funds Partner at ISOLAS, was “very pleased with the news of winning the award. “The fact that Gibraltar is represented at an International Funds event of this importance is recognition that Gibraltar is a real and viable alternative to the more established funds jurisdictions and this has only been possible as a result of the work and efforts of all the players in the local funds sector. I am very proud that our growing Funds team at ISOLAS have played their small part in this process.” ISOLAS wishes to thank all its collaborators in the Industry for their support. n


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National Advisory Council: Mark Maloney, Chartered MCSI, MD of Gibraltar Asset Management Ltd, with committee Lindsay Adamson FCSI, retired stockbroker & licensed director of several investor funds; John Holliwell, Chartered FCSI, Director, Line Management Services; Paul Tapsell MCSI, Associate Director, SG Hambros Bank; Clark Elder, Compliance Project Manager, Global Advisory Services.

CISI Launched in Gibraltar The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) — the largest and most widely respected professional body in the investment industry — has formed an advisory council to support its development in Gibraltar. The National Advisory Council, composed of five practitioners, will represent the local industry and direct the work of the Institute in Gibraltar. The council will promote the CISI’s range of professional qualifications


and, in partnership with the Gibraltar Funds & Investment Association (GFIA), offer regular continuing professional development events to those working in the financial services sector. CISI exams are available by selfstudy and Global Advisory Services is accredited to run direct training courses in Gibraltar for a number of the Institute’s qualifications. Candidates can take computer and paper based


events exams locally at Bleak House or the Gibraltar College. The launch of the examination and membership branch of CISI in Gibraltar took place at the Eliott Hotel in February. The event was hosted by the President of the Gibraltar Advisory Council, Mark Maloney, Chartered MCSI, with speeches from the Chief Minister the Hon Peter Caruana, QC, Marcus Killick FCSI, CEO of the FSC, and Simon Culhane, Chartered FCSI, Chief Executive of the CISI. Simon Culhane said: “Those working in Gibraltar wishing to progress their careers in the industry now have access to our programmes locally, covering advice, asset management, compliance, IT and wealth management. We are very pleased to support Gibraltar as a financial services centre with our qualifications and continuing professional development programmes. We are also delighted to receive the endorsement of the Gibraltar Department of Education and Training.” Evolved from the London Stock Exchange, and based in the City of London, CISI has more than 40,000 members in 89 countries. CISI exams are taken by 92% of the world’s banks. n



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Keeping up with Selwyn Figueras

by Tina Andlaw

In days gone by, being good, honest and efficient was enough to keep your all-important clique of regular clients. But Selwyn Figueras is acutely aware that these days, things are far less simple. Businesses now need to be highly competitive and dynamic, keeping up with every new communications solution there is. As Head of Business Development, Selwyn Figueras keeps one step ahead, as Isolas’ answer to modern marketing. A proud, born and bred Gibraltarian, Selwyn is testament to our highly efficient education system. Like many successful lawyers, he got his A’levels here on the Rock, departing for the time it took to qualify in law in the UK, before returning home to start his career. He began as an Associate at Hassans in 2001 after a period of being called to the Bar in Gibraltar as well as England and Wales. In 2003 he moved to Isola & Isola, where he established strong professional bonds with clients and associates. In April 2008, after a brief spell as Director and In-house Counsel for a small trust and corporate services provider, Selwyn returned to Isolas (its new identity since a re-branding exercise in 2007) to take on a fresh challenge: Head of Business Development, a role created specifically for him by a firm that already knew him well. He’s not looked back since. Selwyn enthuses, “Marketing Gibraltar’s strengths as a strong jurisdiction for commercial/financial institutions came really rather naturally to me.” In terms of marketing these strengths, Selwyn firmly believes in the merits of work-


ing together as a team alongside otherwise stern competitors from Gibraltar ’s fiercely competitive market. He explains, “Anything that, in a business context, is good for Gibraltar generally is good for Isolas and vice versa.” This concept was well demonstrated recently during the annual Funds Exhibition at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland on 3-5 February, which Selwyn attended along with several Gibraltar funds industry companies, under the banner of the Gibraltar Funds and Investments Association. The Association is a group of about fifteen professionals, with a representative from the Finance Centre, who spent two days together, manning the stand and speaking to all kinds of people interested in Gibraltar as a funds jurisdiction. The creative side of his busi-

ness development role appeals to Selwyn, and he fondly remembers his past as a practising barrister, standing up in court and addressing the judge or jury. He also remembers catching the end of the ‘Glory Days’ when simply being a lawyer gave you an attractive aura of exclusivity. However, the success of Gibraltar’s finance centre brought with it growing numbers of lawyers and competition never before experienced in Gibraltar. “What has emerged,” states Selwyn, “is a legal services business which brings with it certain new realities. These days, clients are far more savvy than ever before and the brutal reality is that it’s no longer enough that you’re good, honest and efficient. In addition to these qualities, you need to add value to the services you provide through enhanced customer care,

The brutal reality is that it’s no longer enough that you’re good, honest and efficient. In addition to these qualities, you need to add value to the services you provide

technology allowing you to always be in touch, as well as a well-developed system for the provision of news and relevant information. “The harsh reality is that if you receive an enquiry and fail to reply within the day, even the hour, that business will go elsewhere. With instant, on-demand communication now a stalwart of commercial business worldwide, instant and on-demand advice is very much de rigueur. If you have email, which you ‘check twice a day,’ you’re on a non-stop train to business failure.” Indeed, state-of-the-art communications technology and correct use thereof are fundamental to international business success today. Anyone who still talks about the internet as ‘new media’ has missed the boat. The new media is now Web 2.0, a better, more interactive experience for the increasingly impatient and demanding user, who spends a large part of his/her time online on social media websites. With broadband speed internet now widespread, companies have an even shorter time to impress a client or prospect than ever before. And fickle it is: if your website takes


ahead in business ‘too long’ to load, it’s too easy for a customer or prospect to click back to the results page and click onto your competitor’s link instead. Selwyn explains, “For us it’s a slow and steady process of embracing social media as part of the general marketing of the firm. Information marketing has long been a key ingredient for a successful online marketing drive, but now the nature of the dissemination of this information is also changing: whereas you’d be used to having information on your site waiting for clients to come and visit you, you’re now required to almost spoon feed your prospects; to find them and ply them with enough useful information (but not too much!), delivered to their inbox, Blackberry or iPhone, and hope that the day they need a lawyer, you caused a sufficiently large impression that they remember you first.” Gibraltar has gone from being a pure offshore centre where offshore companies paid no tax (versus the resident companies’ 35% tax), to one where everyone pays 10% — otherwise known as ‘the magic number ’ keeping us above the threshold of anti-avoidance legislation elsewhere. We’ve also gone from being a jurisdiction where

companies and bank accounts could be set up and hid from prying eyes, to a white-listed OECD jurisdiction complying with more than 18 Tax Information Exchange Agreements made with the largest member jurisdictions. Compliance with the EU and OECD regulations now means that funds can be set up in Gibraltar and offered for distribution throughout Europe. In addition, the application of the parent/subsidiary directive and the lack of withholding taxes on dividend payments renders Gibraltar extremely attractive against its competitors. Investors are reassured by the fact that, as a jurisdiction, Gibraltar complies with all EU obligations (while gaining significant advantages from its EU membership). Selwyn confirms, “Our main strength is that we are the place the tax planner, investor or high net worth individual wants to go


for safe, effective and, crucially, long-term financial planning. Our product is attractive in the short to medium term, but the stability and UK qualified professionals we offer makes the long term irresistible.” Gibraltar can’t afford to be complacent. In order to maintain a reputation as the best solution for companies in Europe, we need to keep competition at bay as well as continue to make developments in certain key areas. Selwyn ensures he keeps up, not only by embracing new technologies, but also by developing business from existing networks in locations such as London, Zurich and Geneva. “Our main competition in the context of funds is Malta, as it is a jurisdiction which has gone from strength to strength. They have put in a significant amount of effort and resources into developing the funds business and it shows.” It’s clear that identifying the changes

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needed to bring about positive development in Gibraltar’s funds market requires a good deal of travel and discussion with successful players in both complementary and competitor jurisdictions. Selwyn leaves us with an interesting parting thought on the Rock’s medium to long-term future: “I have a vision of Gibraltar becoming a model for a green business economy.” The principle of a green business economy is one that focuses on green initiatives such as reducing the carbon footprint, along with enforcing stiff regulations to comply with green government policies. Most would agree, green policies would certainly be easy enough to enforce by virtue of our size, if only the majority of the local population and the government would embrace the idea. Selwyn adds, “I see the environment as an opportunity for us to embrace, one which the local community will benefit from and, in doing that, start to see the environment as a positive focus in life. If everyone gets behind this and the government takes the right steps in the incentivisation of the community, we could quickly become a proud green business finance centre.” n


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New Appointments: Barclays Wealth Gibraltar Barclays Wealth in Gibraltar has announced three significant appointments to bolster its Intermediary and Premier Banking propositions. Joshua Reuben and Stephen Ball join as Relationship Managers for Wealth Intermediaries and Paul Gonzalez-Morgan will take on the role of Premier Relationship Manager, for Premier Banking. In addition, Barclays Wealth announced the promotion of eight employees in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the business. Franco Cassar, Country Manager of Barclays Wealth Gibraltar said: “Barclays Wealth is a leading employer in the Gibraltar economy with a work force of over a 140. Our goal is to attract and retain the very best talent in the sector. Whether it’s bringing on board key industry players or developing our existing employees, the calibre of our staff is testament to our increasingly significant position in the marketplace. “Economies around the world as well as the wealth management industry have experienced a period of turbulence but Barclays Wealth in Gibraltar has prospered thanks to both the quality of our people and our holistic offering of investment and banking services.” Paul Gonzalez-Morgan joined the Premier Banking team led by Derek Sene, Head of Personal Banking, at the beginning of February. He joins Barclays Wealth from NatWest in Gibraltar where he has worked for almost 10 years, most recently as a Premium Banking Relationship Manager. Managing a large portfolio of clients has given him invaluable experience in delivering exceptional client service and building and maintaining business relationships — qualities

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Recruitment: protect your online image Everyone knows that a great CV is extremely important when searching for a new job, but what about an online profile? There is nothing to stop you from doing a bit of your own online PR to gain an advantage. It’s essential to take the time tweaking and fine tuning your CV, but all that could be for nothing if your online profile tells a different story. There are significant advantages to having an online presence at social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn especially when you consider that employers are becoming increasingly internet dependent when it comes to checking out potential employees. Keeping your online

It’s essential to take the time tweaking and fine tuning your CV, but all that could be for nothing if your online profile tells a different story


profile regularly updated and as professional as possible can pay dividends whether this is your first career move or you are a seasoned professional. Look into creating an online CV. Sites like LinkedIn are excellent for showing your professional accomplishments to recruiters searching online for someone with your skill set. Just be sure your online CV accords with your hard copy version as discrepancies could unsettle a potential employer who might have




COMPANY AND TRUST ADMINISTRATOR Fiduciary is a professional and client focused, financial services businesses based in Gibraltar. We are interested in continuing our growth by recruiting an experienced Company and Trust Administrator to join one of our teams. The successful candidate will have at least five years previous experience in company and trust administration and have either attained a professional qualification such as the STEP Diploma or ICSA Professional level, or be working towards this. The main duties are to handle day-to-day management and administration of structures, dealing with clients and intermediaries in an efficient and professional manner in accordance with our procedures. The successful candidate will be responsible for their own portfolio of existing clients and is expected to have experience of all aspects of administration, including preparation of standard corporate documentation for a variety of jurisdictions to include drafting of minutes and resolutions. They will preferably be bilingual (English/Spanish), have excellent ICT skills and be keen to work as part of a team, providing high level services to a demanding client base. Some management or supervisory experience would be advantageous, but not essential. A good working knowledge of Viewpoint or a similar software package is necessary.

text by Oliver Medina, Executive Recruitment Manager (Financial Services and Banking), Select Recruitment (Gibraltar)

access to both. Other tools related to your line of work or industry such as blogs are beneficial as well. When someone searches your name online it always looks great if your professional CV comes up right away. Make sure you Google your name regularly to keep tabs on what comes up. Managing your online presence is important and you can always take steps to protect your image. Should an undesirable picture or video find its way online you can always contact the webmaster of the site and ask to have it removed, most are happy to oblige. Sites such as Facebook and Youtube allow you to report inappropriate material. If all else fails contact and have them work on your behalf to locate and dispose of harmful online content. Pictures of last weekend’s party when you were running around with a lampshade on your head might be funny to friends and family, but prospective employers

might not find them quite so amusing — make sure they can only be accessed by friends and family. Conversely, the smart use of technology can be a huge help. It’s always a good idea to upload your CV onto some of the preferred job sites however make sure you factor in technical issues such as search tools. If your CV is lacking commonly used words then it may be overlooked. Try to use words that a potential recruiter or employer might enter into a search field. Take a look at current job advertisements and see what words are commonly used and try to incorporate them into your CV to increase the chances of it coming to the attention of the right people. With a constantly changing world where online technology is used more and more in the recruitment process it’s impossible to ignore the benefits of utilizing these tools. Just make sure you take the time to make your online presence works for you and not against you. n

Make sure you Google your name regularly... Managing your online presence is important and you can always take steps to protect your image GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • MARCH 2011

FUND ACCOUNTANT Part of the Fiduciary Group, Fiduciary Fund Administration Limited was established in May 2007 as a company specializing in the administration of various fund types including Experienced Investor and Hedge Funds. The successful candidate will have an in depth accounting knowledge together with good organizational and administrative skills, attention to detail and a proficient knowledge of MS Excel. Knowledge of Bloomberg and Viewpoint would be an advantage but not essential. Applicants will only be considered if they have at least two years experience in a Fund Administration role. Responsibilities will include the preparation of NAV’s and financial statements within specified time frames, transfer agency plus liaison with clients and third parties.

We offer a friendly working environment, assistance for those prepared to study for professional qualifications and full on the job training for the successful candidates. These roles offer excellent development opportunities. To register your interest for this vacancy please send your CV and a covering letter, marked ‘Private & Confidential’, clearly stating your salary expectation to: Peter Hawkins, Human Resources Manager, Fiduciary Group, Suite 23 Portland House, Glacis Road, Gibraltar or via email to: Fiduciary Group Portland House Glacis Road PO Box 475 Gibraltar


human resources

Gibraltar’s HR Clinic:

Employment & Your Rights

Real Questions Answered... by Anna Moffatt

Each month Anna Moffatt of Corporate Resources Ltd takes questions from the general public on HR related issues and gives you the benefit of her experience. This is your chance to raise any questions about any employment related issue and receive some free advice from a suitably qualified individual. “I am having some personal problems at home and it has started to affect my work. Should I speak to HR or would I be better not to, as I do not want to lose my job, but I am struggling so much.”

If I was you I would speak to HR. That’s is what they are there for. If it is affecting your work, better to speak to them than for them to start to notice your work diminishing and then call you in, in which case it may be too late. Remember they offered you the job in the first place and consequently do not want to lose good people so will be happy to help, I am sure. Also when you speak to somebody else about a problem it makes it seems less of a disaster for a start and you may find once your employer knows, it takes more pressure off you and helps you sort it out.


“I have recently started work in Gibraltar with a large company and have found out that some of the new staff have been offered accommodation or are receiving monies towards their rent. I am not and when I questioned this I was told it was because they had relocated and as I already lived here it did not apply. Surely this is not fair? Can I demand some help with my rent?”

Unfortunately it is not a legal requirement and as such it is done purely as a gesture of goodwill to help people over here during their initial probation period to give it the best chance of working out. As somebody who already lives here and knows the area they would have no reason to help you as you probably already have a property. Whilst it probably seems un-

fair to you it is merely a gesture, so cannot be demanded. “A member of my staff went out to do an errand for himself and whilst out he was asked to get something for a fellow employee, he slipped and fell and is now trying to claim from us as it was done on company time. In my mind it was in his own time, off the premises, and I do not see how it can be us who have to compensate. Could you please give me some advice.”

The hours in his contact reflect the hours he works for the company and his lunch hour is not paid. If you check the ETB contract it will say 35 hours per week, which is probably 95pm, with one hour for lunch unpaid. If this


community file chap was on his lunch hour clearly it is in his own time and therefore not the responsibility of the company. Also if he pops out of the building and this is not part of his contract, his time must be his own responsibility. I would say that if he was out on a personal errand and had decided to get something for somebody as a gesture then you should not be paying. He cannot claim it was company business as this was not the main purpose of the errand to start with. Check with your lawyer just to clarify. If you or anyone you know has any HR related issues which you would like advice on then please feel free to write directly to Anna on Not all questions/queries received will be printed, however we will endeavour to respond to all emails received. All advice given is done so in good faith and is provided as a guideline. We strongly recommend you seek sound legal advice. Qualified with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Anna Moffatt, was heavily involved in the setup of the HR Forum, a body established in Gibraltar to promote awareness of HR procedures and legislation and to allow information sharing. Anna has been appointed Associate Director of Corporate Resources Ltd, one of Gibraltar’s longest established recruitment agencies. If you have employment questions you would like Anna to answer please email in confidence to

I’ve Beaten Cancer, Now I Need a New Challenge “On 25th September 2005 I felt a small grape-sized lump in my right breast so I went to the doctor who arranged for me to have a scan on the following day. This scan then revealed a second tumour under my arm.” These are the matter-of-fact words of WO2 Elaine Crawforth of the Joint Services Police & Security Unit who is now training to run the explains. “I didn’t feel as if I received Having started to train for the Marathon before Christmas, Elaine much support from the military so I London Marathon in April. “After the scan, I had two operations, six sessions of chemotherapy and 34 sessions of radiotherapy. I also had five years of hormone medication which I finished on Sunday of last week,” added Elaine. “Now I definitely feel that I have beaten cancer and, for the first time in five years, I feel 100% fit and well. So, having finished my medication, I felt I needed a new challenge.”

wrote to the Forces magazines with my story. Once these stories had appeared, I was given lots of help to set up a support network for all cancer sufferers — and their families — across the Army in Germany.” For her work in setting up this support network and for making herself available, 24 hours a day to assist cancer sufferers, Elaine was awarded the Commander-in-Chief Land Forces’ Certificate for Meritorious Service.

Elaine was serving in Germany with the Intelligence Corps when the cancer was first diagnosed. “I tried to go into work whenever I could, if only for a sense of normality,” she

From Germany, Elaine was posted to Gibraltar where she immediately became an active member of the local Breast Cancer Support group, helping to organise the Lunar Walks.

has just completed her first 15 mile run. Her aim is to finish the London course in less than five hours – “although I’ll be pretty pleased if I just get to the finish!”

Elaine’s other aim is to raise £500 for the Macmillan Cancer Support organisation who gave her lots of help when she was single-handedly setting up her first network in Germany. Anyone who would like to make a donation, no matter how small, can do so via www.justgiving. com/Elaine-Crawforth

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Finding the Balance More and more companies are recognising that their employee’s work-life balance has an impact on overall productivity and staff retention. Companies are seeking to increase workforce flexibility to accommodate new family structures, and therefore attract and keep the best employees. The Gibraltar Magazine found out more about how this works in practise from Silvia Snee — Service and Support Manager of Barclays Wealth Gibraltar, and now Chairperson of the Barclays Wealth Family and Parenting Network which is launching this month. Tell us a little about the Family and Parenting Network and what it means for your employees. Being a wife and a mother, I face the same challenges as my team and staff — the challenges that come with balancing time between work and a family. Many of our colleagues are either raising children or supporting elderly family members. In order to attract and retain the most talented people it is essential that we acknowledge these responsibilities and help our staff find the right balance between work commitments and family responsibilities. The Family and Parenting Network provides an informal network where people with similar concerns can discuss common issues and share solutions. At some point in everyone’s career they are likely to have a personal issue which could potentially have an impact on their work — this network is here to support them through these times. Our work at Barclays Wealth revolves around our staff and this is a fantastic forum for all people, with or without families, to get involved. We are committed to achieving work-life balance in our businesses all over the world. However, it takes a very significant place in Gibraltar as family plays a big part in the local community. Why does Barclays Wealth feel an improved work-life balance is of overall benefit to the company itself? I strongly believe there is a direct link between work-life balance and employee engagement and productivity. A culture that embraces flexibility is a core element of our employee proposition at Barclays



workforce Wealth. There is of course a legal requirement but there is also a strong commercial driver for ensuring all employees benefit from a positive work-life balance. By doing this we are able to retain valuable employees, thereby developing expertise and a proven track record within our organisation. We are also attracting new employees as our flexible working offering helps us to better compete in the market for talent and support our goal of attracting and recruiting the best people. We foster a culture that embraces flexibility and optimises productivity which set us apart as “an employer of choice” in Gibraltar. Do you think corporate Family and Parenting Networks will be the model for the future workforce, where more and more couples are both employed throughout their working lives? Absolutely. Gone are the days of the luxury of having one partner staying at home. It is vital that as an employer we offer a wide variety of options such as part-time working, fulltime hours alternative or job-sharing to allow parents to deal with commitments associated with having young children, such as organising childcare arrangements or inoculation appointments. This is an excellent incentive which demonstrates our commitment to our employee base and our appreciation of the challenges this balancing act can bring. In Gibraltar, there are many families in which both parents work and this number is increasing rapidly. We recognise this fact and as a result we have recently reviewed and updated our maternity/adoption and paternity policies. We have also made a number of improvements to our maternity policy in order to provide an enriched level of support for our employees. The policy has been developed following feedback from our employees and sets out the support and benefits that Barclays Wealth provides above and beyond statutory entitlements. This includes our enhanced maternity pay, which means eligible employees will receive their normal full pay for up to 26 weeks. Through the Family and Parenting Network, we offer maternity

and adoption coaching as well as a new father’s coaching programme. I am very confident these programmes will be very beneficial to all participants. Do you think a more flexible approach to employment, employees and the working environment is an inevitable and desired progression as family structures and finances continue to evolve? Yes, I am a firm believer in this. I have personally worked flexibly for a number of years since the birth of my daughter and it has proved very successful for both the business and myself. I found that through this system, especially at the early years, I was able to find the right balance when it was most required and most importantly the fact that I have worked flexibly for a number of years has not affected my career progression by any means — and that’s very important to me. Any final thoughts about the network? Providing an environment and employee proposition that supports employees with family and parenting commitments—- a large segment of our organisation — is a key part of developing a truly meritocratic culture and one which fully embraces diversity. We believe that an inclusive environment attracts and retains the best talent from the broadest pool and also increases team morale which leads to higher productivity and improved retention. n

Silvia Snee

“It is vital that as an employer we offer a wide variety of options such as part-time working, fulltime hours alternative or job-sharing to allow parents to deal with commitments” GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • MARCH 2011




Alcantara Presenting... Our next Civic Mayor by Sonia Golt

It is always interesting to know the man behind the title, this time our next Mayor, Julio Alcantara, an ex-teacher familiar to a variety of generations. He has also been greatly involved in a variety of committees starting from a very young age. Early on he was already the President of the Young Christian Workers and therefore represented Gibraltar in Bangkok at 4th World Council in 1965. Heavily involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme particularly in early stages, with the likes of Sir Alfred Vasquez and Victor Dumas. Travelling later to UK to represent the Scheme at Buckingham Palace in 1978. This man’s involvement with youth seems to be part and parcel of his daily life. As he says “Youth is at the core of my life.” 24

Julio served in the Gibraltar Teachers’ Association for 11 years and was involved with Denis Matthews in the struggle for a qualified profession and salary parity with UK; the drafting of the 1974 Education Act and the abolition of the 11+. Together with Bro. John Hopkins and Joe Romero he helped to lay the foundations for Bayside Comprehensive in 1972. “I became Gibraltar’s first Director of Education in 1983. I was involved in the introduction of computers into schools; the fledgling nursery and special education services; the College of FE; the national curriculum; the resolution of the long-standing Unqualified Teachers’ saga; the South Barrack conversion… amongst others. This after starting with a 6th form chasing just two scholarships a year — and one of them private.” He has many anecdotes from those days and remembers he started his secondary teaching career painting the blackboard on the wall with his own paints. He also remembers being short of two desks for his class of 31 15-yearolds! He is grateful though to the genuine commitment shown by successive Gibraltar governments: “A commitment still so generous today.” Julio is forever active in the community: as a physical yoga teacher, chairing the Scouts Association (Gibraltar Branch) for close to 20 years, currently Chairman of the Housing Allocation Committee a position he has held for nine years, a member of the old and new Police Complaints Board for 12 years, and now, at retirement age, asked to stand as Civic Mayor. What a way to finish a career dedicated in so many ways to Gibraltar‘s community. He speaks well about his generation: “I think selfless service is the distinctive trademark of my generation, the war-time generation, tempered by coming through the hard times and a 15-year frontier closure — hard-working and resilient!” Liked by many, admired by some and highly respected in the teaching profession it is clear why he was chosen to act as the next Mayor of Gibraltar. But what is the process involved in choosing? “Perhaps a talent scout noted my natural beauty and majestic demeanour?” he laughs. “Knowing my community there will have been no end of theories but truth is I haven’t a clue. Joking aside, like so many other things, it’s probably a matter that is mulled over deep in the recesses of No. 6, quietly


people tested, finally emerging into the light in Parliament. Certainly, the unanimity of the appointment in Parliament is a matter of pride as well as gratitude; gratitude first extended to our Chief Minister and also the Leader of the Opposition.” (Diplomatic too — another perfect asset for the job). He says the year leading up to becoming Mayor is “Essentially, a confirmation of how short the one-year period is and the need to clear lines before one dives off the mayoral board.” Julio explains that the current role of mayor is still basically undefined, creating problems, but at the same time offering opportunities to define it. “Mine will be the fourth appointment in this new role — already well established and tested by my predecessors — so perhaps it will be granted more maturity. Currently there is an increasing need for its own work space.” While he wants to keep his plans and expectations prudent for his year in office, he has not left his dreams behind nor are his ambitions dead. “If hope and those fires are dead, then one is truly old!” he smiles. “I hope to represent my community with all the love and

pride one can express. “The Mayoralty provides a wonderful opportunity to formally express our appreciation and thanks to a whole host of incredible committed individuals who together form the very soul of this beautiful community of ours — in music and dance; poetry and drama; art and literature; carers of the infirm and the needy; keepers of our peace and well-being; community enhancers and leaders… the list is endless. “The one target I have given myself, even if that is all I can achieve, is to leave a City Hall where I can invite special friends like Eric Rowbottom and Mariola Summerfield to share, with dignity, in a civic reception in the grandeur of the City Hall chamber, on the first floor!” (The City Hall does not currently have access for the disabled.)


So just how important is the role of our Mayor? “Life would quite happily go on without a mayor in view. What I would offer, however, is a great need to have a clearly nonpoliticised representation of the many non-divisive, generous and beautiful aspects of a very special community. A community that, despite the challenging world we live in, still has much to be proud of. “I am very conscious of the exacting high standards set by all my predecessors as Civic Mayors — Alfred Vasquez, Adolfo Canepa, Marie Montegriffo, Clive Beltran through to Momy, Olga, and Tony — without in any sense forgetting my tribal predecessor John Alcantara. I hope I will be found to be up to the mark. They are not an easy act to follow.” Aside from civic duties, Julio is

The year leading up to becoming Mayor is Essentially, a confirmation of how short the one-year period is and the need to clear lines before diving off the mayoral board

a committed Christian. “I support my Church and Parish in various roles. I’m currently studying for a diploma in New Testament studies at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham (a great way to keep your grey cells healthy).” He is also founder trustee of AKIN, a growing international charity for kids in need. “Our website will show you how well it’s doing,” he says proudly, “thanks to the sterling work put in especially by Les Roberts whose brainchild it is.” This and the Government committees keep him in trim. “There are other hobbies but on golf the least said the better,” he chuckles. He ends by expressing his gratitude to the Mayor’s Parlour, as he says it could hardly function without its PA. “They are worth their weight in gold, as the recent smooth Freedom of the City conferment demonstrated. Few are aware that the individuals tasked with this, often onerous, duty are also carrying out their regular jobs! Thank God whoever selects them has a good eye for efficient, dedicated individuals.” We look forward to seeing him in office and wish him loads of luck in his new role. n



Dancing with her father again by Elena Scialtiel

Petite and willowy, with twinkly aqua eyes and a friendly smile, go-getter 19-year old Nicola Dewar won the 2010 M.O. Bursary Award for the most promising dancer.

She competed with the harrowing Dance With My Father in memory of her father. Obviously, being so emotionally involved, she put her earnest drama and passion into it, advised by her choreographer Anne-Marie Gomez. Touched by a similar loss, AnneMarie brought the best of Nicola’s technique into a cathartic piece, devised down to the smallest detail, including her costume designed by Dorcas Hammond, which featured her family photos all over her gown. Nicola likes to enter local and international competitions, because it drives her to better her technique and performance, and it allows her to draw inspiration from other contestants. Having made Gibraltar proud reaching international semis and


finals, she confesses however it is hard for small a country’s team to keep up with the big boys (and girls), who are able to train for hours on end and have bigger facilities, both logistically and financially. Her discipline is up to semi-pro standards, thanks to her determination to practise daily for several hours, rain or shine, summer or Christmas time. So her social life is affected too:

unlike her revelling peers, she must spend her Friday nights and Saturday mornings in the studio, steering clear of empty calories and distraction. And when she isn’t leaping around in front of the mirror, she is jogging or doing aerobics to improve her lungs capacity. In fact, whenever she pauses for a week and indulges in yummy treats, afterwards she feel ‘heavier’ in her muscles which, lulled in

When she isn’t leaping around in front of the mirror, she is jogging or doing aerobics to improve her lungs capacity. But it’s all worth if, for someone who loves it

slow days, have lost their tone and need extra commitment to pick up the pace. But it is all worth it, for someone who loves it, and with the support of friends and family, this lifestyle can indeed open doors to stardom. Nicola dreams of becoming a professional dancer and touring the world with a contemporary ballet company, because she much prefers live performances, although she doesn’t rule out being a backing dancer for pop videoclips if she was cast for it, since she is quite an expert in jazz and modern, as much as pointes and tutus. This is a short-lived career, alas, and she already has her back-up plan covered, with her teaching ideas. At the moment she’s working with Danza Academy, the dance


performance school which ‘discovered’ her at the age of 11. Quite a late start for the average dancer, but Nicola has always been very flexible, and it came natural to her, mastering the moves when she first attended lunchtime classes at St. Anne’s School, where her other choreographer Zuleika Green teaches. She went on to win third prize at the local choreography competition shortly after, a big boost to her will to transform a fad into a profession. The choreography competition is a unique chance for dancers to show off their creativity, because they are free to put together their piece from music, to theme and moves on their own accord. Winning with something 100% hers was an exhilarating achievement for Nicola, who also likes the improvisation challenge. “On the very day of the competition, the organisers make you listen to a track and give you some time backstage to build up a routine for it, and then off you go on stage and you perform it, virtually unrehearsed.” Tricky but rewarding for Nicola who nailed it right on cue! She is equally at ease with solos, duos or group numbers, in many dance styles including the ‘dreaded’ ballet pointes. Ballet examinations are very strict on technique, postures and moves: “You arch your back slightly more than required, and you’re out!” she explains. Notwithstanding that,

Nicola aced the first eight grades of ballet, and foundation, intermediate and advanced in modern, with As all the way. Sometimes her toes bleed in her pretty pointework shoes, but hey, she’s got to put on a brave face and carry on, because she is a bit of a control freak on her technique, which must be absolutely flawless. That’s why dancing en pointe is forbidden until late adolescence, when the skeletal structure can allow it. Yet, ballet is one fabulous preparatory discipline for figure skating, and Nicola is proud of having coached an 11-year old ice skater who went on to scoop second place at the Ice Skating Championships in Dundee. It isn’t just blood and sweat for our dancers, though: going every year to Riesa, in Germany, for the World Championships, means reuniting with old friends and making new ones. As much as they are rivals on stage, they share their meals and their little free time, in true sporting spirit. Nicola, who played leading roles in the mammoth local productions of the Prince of Egypt and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, would like to see more dance schools putting themselves ‘out there’ on the Coast, competitively or not, performing at international venues and showcasing the Gibraltarian talent. And now she is looking forward to the Europeans, to be held on the Rock in July 2011. They will certainly be a ball! n  

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Tommy Finlayson: On the Records Tommy Finlayson, 72, cricketer, schoolteacher, archivist, historian and author is about to publish his third book about Gibraltar. A history of Gibraltar from 1704 to 1940, it is the second in a historical trilogy. The final volume is presently being written and will cover the years 1945 until 2010. The Fortress Came First the definitive account of the evacuation during the Second World War dealt with the years 1940-44. Tommy found that even during the 18th and 19th centuries there was the constant struggle of the growing civilian community to gain even the same modest civic rights the British Government was giving to her other colonies worldwide. The repeated requests over the decades from Gibraltar were always turned down on the grounds that Gibraltar, above all else, was a fortress and to give the civilian population even the most basic civic rights would endanger its security. This attitude prevailed until the years immediately after the Second World War. Finlayson believes that as the shadow of the Fortress began to recede after 1945, but never to disappear completely, another sinister shadow appeared to delay the granting of civic rights to Gibraltarians. As the Franco Government grew stronger and more confident it started its expensive and vociferous campaign to claim sovereignty over Gibraltar. This claim remains to this day. The third volume deals with highly sensitive issues the closer the story gets to 2010. The trilogy’s theme is what has been more important in Gibraltar’s turbulent history since 1704 — the fortress or the people? Tommy was born on the Rock on 1st May 1938. His family, originally of Scottish descent, have been on the Rock since the early 19th century. In 1940 his family followed the usual path of evacuation to Casablanca, then London (the Empire Pool, Wembley), followed by a year in


a camp in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. He cannot remember much about the first five years of his life until he found himself back in Gibraltar. He has vivid, happy memories of his schooling during which he passed the 11 + and enjoyed his time being taught by the Christian Brothers at the Grammar School. At the end of his secondary education he was awarded a John Mackintosh scholarship (in those days only two scholarships were awarded each year). In 1956 he went to Edinburgh University for four years to read history and upon gaining his degree decided to join the teaching profession and went to Murray House College for Teacher Training, also in Edinburgh, to obtain his diploma in education. Three times during his life he has come to crossroads where he has had to take important decisions. With hindsight, he considers on each occasion the correct decision was taken. At this time he was courting a Scottish girl

Three times during his life he has come to crossroads where he has had to take important decisions

called Madeleine and that complicated the decision. Should he return to teach in Gibraltar or should he teach in the UK? By coincidence the Christian Brothers returned to his life when his former headmaster on the Rock, Brother Finnegan, telephoned to say he’d heard Tommy was now a qualified teacher and there was a post available in the Christian Brothers’ College in Stoke on Trent. At the time accommodation on the Rock was virtually impossible to find and despite being trained to teach at secondary education level, there was no guarantee of a job in a secondary school. The decision was therefore taken to teach history up to A level in St Joseph’s College, Stoke on Trent. He spent 15 happy years there until he realised, for career advancement, he would need to move school. His head of department had arrived two terms ahead of him at the school and so there was no hope of promotion unless the head left which was unlikely as both would retire at the same time. He moved to a secondary modern school, about to become a co-educational comprehensive, in Newcastle under Lyme. This was quite a shock after the rigid discipline of a Christian Brothers’ male school. But it made a challenging change and he taught 11 and 12 year olds who would be the first to take history at A level in five years time. There were problems from time to time but he enjoyed his time there, ending up as head of




interview by Mike Brufal department. After three years at the school he came to another crossroad. Madeleine, now his wife, contracted terminal cancer and died in 1979. A decision had to be made — should he remain in Newcastle under Lyme where he was a candidate for a deputy headship or move back to Gibraltar which he had visited every year for the summer holidays? In his subconscious he had always yearned to return to his roots where he had family and friends. He decided to return to the Rock despite some friends advising him the decision was being made in shock and was the wrong one career-wise. He knew his 18 years’ service in Staffordshire would not count in the Gibraltar educational system, meaning he would enter local teaching at the bottom, on ‘scale one’ with a huge drop in salary. He ended up at Bayside Comprehensive School teaching history. The quality of life more than made up for the loss of monetary reward. His personal life was enriched when he married Jeanette, a widow with an eight year old daughter. In 1982 another daughter was born. In 1984 he reached another crossroad when he heard that Bill Cumming, the Government archivist, was to retire. Should he leave teaching and apply for this position? The plus was both jobs were in the civil service and so there would be no loss of pension but it would mean another drop in salary. After considerable thought he applied for the position which, after interview, he was offered. For the third time in his life, he considered this was the right decision as he enjoyed every minute of the next 20 years until his retirement. After Tommy became the archivist Bill took him to see the contents of a huge store located up the hill leading to Naval Hospital Road. The door opened to reveal a huge pile of papers stacked from floor to ceiling. Originally the papers were stored at the Colonial Secretariat and then at a store below the Alameda estate and finally at this store. Eventually the papers arrived at the archives at the Convent where the task of introducing some order in the utter chaos commenced. Although the budget for the archives was minimal, by constant improvisation he was able, single-handedly, to slowly update and enlarge the material available in the archives. What was a large collection of jumbled up papers gradu-

Receiving ICC Europe’s lifetime award for services to Gibraltar cricket in 2009 GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • MARCH 2011

Tommy in the archives in the 1980s, before they were refurbished

ally developed into a well-ordered and classified one. The archives grew from one room to four. It also changed his life totally as he became immersed in local history and as his reputation grew so did the requests for television and radio interviews and articles for the press. His interest in the evacuation came about while he talked to Gibraltarians of his mother’s generation; they loved to talk endlessly about their experiences during the war. He felt it was an important story about the development of the Gibraltarian identity that had to be told. At the time he was teaching and so started to visit

The archives grew from one room to four. It also changed his life totally as he became immersed in local history the Garrison Library after school to study the Gibraltar Chronicles of the war years. He soon discovered the newspaper was only publishing the version put out by the military which was a sanitized account and never gave the true story. Someone told him about an alternative source of information — the Gibraltar Government archives run by Bill Cumming. A cornucopia of material was found but the archivist was reluctant to allow him to study these files because they were marked ‘Secret’. Bill was told that if all else failed a flight could be taken to London and the same files read at the Public Records Office in Kew. The matter was then referred to the then Chief Minister, Sir Joshua Hassan, who became enthusiastic about the book and asked to see Finlayson. After the meeting the secret files from the war years were released as by 1984 they were hardly secret any more. A by-product from this was publication of the book, Stories from the Rock as well as The Fortress Came First. Tommy went on a course on archives at Camberwell which involved time at the Public Records Office. He appreciated that archives brought the sciences and the arts together when he saw a team solely employed in de-acidifying

documents. However, he realised the budget would never be sufficient here to buy the equipment and employ the staff required, so he improvised. If the documents could not be repaired then their deterioration could be slowed down. He bought a large number of acid-free boxes into which the documents were placed and labelled. Humidifiers were also installed in the rooms. As word spread more and more academics and others arrived to carry out research. Relations with Lorna Swift at the Garrison Library were excellent. The library has a reputation for its collection of books while the archives excel in primary source materials. Tommy was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honour List of 1993 for services to Gibraltar and its Community. He retired in December 2004, and as well as taking a well earned rest Tommy has been writing the final book in the trilogy. His main hobby for the past 30 years has been cricket with the Gibraltar Cricket Association where he was player, committee member, secretary and finally president. The GCA is an Associate Member of the International Cricket Council, the world body that runs cricket. One benefit of membership is the money allocated to Gibraltar to develop the sport, which has resulted in a succession of development officers tasked with encouraging cricket on the Rock and introducing children to the game. Girls are also encouraged to play as the ICC is keen to develop women’s cricket. Gibraltar is probably the smallest member of the ICC. Spain is an Affiliate Member, one level below Gibraltar’s status, but few Spaniards play the game so the Spanish XI is made up of expatriates from a variety of countries. This means no political trouble from Spain resulting in Gibraltar and Spanish flags flying together at international cricket tournaments. Tommy was overwhelmed when in 2008 he was awarded a Lifetime Service award from the president of the ICC at the annual European President’s Day at Lords — an event when senior figures of European national cricket boards are invited to enjoy a day of networking, hospitality and test cricket. Tommy was fortunate that this was also the third day of the first test between England and the West Indies. n


past revisited

by Reg Reynolds

For Captain William Howard it was the Garrison Library that made life bearable at Gibraltar during the waning days of World War II. It wasn’t that he had a dislike for the Rock but the library provided release from the monotony of soldiering away from the action. In his memoirs, Fireside Fusilier, Howard, who would become the 8th and last Earl of Wicklow, describes the library much as it remains today: “I think I should have been bored in Gibraltar, as most of the garrison were, but for one refuge, the Garrison Library. This may not sound very promising but it was, in fact, full of promise, a most delightful place. It was an Officer’s club in a good classical building, and with a very fine collection of books, especially up to 1900, but with a good representation of the 20th century. Few places could have been less like one’s idea of a garrison library, and civilians also belonged. No meals were obtainable apart from afternoon tea, but there were excellent drinks at a very moderate price. I grew very fond of the place and its little garden with palm trees and bougainvilleas, surrounded by ochre-coloured houses.” Reading his book you get the feeling Howard felt some guilt at not ever making it to the front lines. But he was 36 when war broke out and 40 by the time he reached Gibraltar. He had served near the front in Algeria and sailing from the UK to the Mediterranean was dangerous enough. When his regiment, the Royal Fusiliers, reached Gibraltar from North Africa it was replacing a battalion of Royal Scots bound for Italy and the front lines. “I watched those stalwart young men, all good physical specimens, marching down to the boat. It is sad to think that we heard afterwards a high proportion of them were very soon killed. That steep hill at Gibraltar seemed somehow so remote from warfare, more like a road in a pleasant seaside resort, but for many of them it


was the road to death and wounds.” On the other hand Howard also opined of how soldiers returning from active service were “galled to have to return to the ways of peacetime soldiering, such as they had known at their original training-centre, with pointless parades, pointless kit inspections, and no end of spitting and polishing as the army saying goes.” As Battalion Intelligence Officer Howard was able to explore areas off limits to the majority. Part of his job was to study the myriad of tunnels inside the Rock. The lights in the tunnels were only turned on when there were training schemes so he explored using a torch. “One day I made my way down a long and tricky staircase from one of the main galleries in the rock, which I had to follow carefully with my torch, as a fall could have been all too easy. Suddenly I found myself in a brilliantly lighted chamber with young men walking about in pyjamas and dressing gowns. I rubbed my eyes, this was all too like Alice in Wonderland. I expected to meet the White Rabbit at any moment and maybe also the Dodo. The mystery was soon solved; this was a hospital within the rock known as Flat Bastion, and must have been

* Note: The ancestral seat of the Earls of Wicklow (granted 1793) was the palatial Shelton Abbey, near Arklow, County Wicklow. It remained in the family until 1951 when financial difficulties forced the 8th and last Earl to sell the estate to the Irish State. Shelton Abbey is currently used as an open prison.

That steep hill at Gibraltar seemed somehow so remote from warfare, more like a road in a pleasant seaside resort, but for many of them it was the road to death and wounds GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • MARCH 2011

8th Earl of Wicklow by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Fireside Fusiliers’ Gibraltar Days

a trying place to be ill in, with the constant glare of the electric light and stuffy atmosphere.” Howard spent a year in Gibraltar and many happy days visiting La Linea and Algeciras. He also made two trips to Oran where the training camp was surrounded by vineyards. When Germany officially surrendered on 8th May 1945 Howard was still in Gibraltar where the festivities were muted compared to in the big cities like London and New York. “Victory came and there were many celebrations for VE-Day, including a fete in the public gardens, but it was not a joyful affair like Armistice Day, 1918; this time nobody seemed to believe there had been a ‘war to end war’ and there was a curious mixture of scepticism and depression. “The most memorable event of that day took place late in the evening, when all the guns on the Rock, and there were many of them, fired a salute. The noise was tremendous, magnificent and inspiring, but one could not help wondering if one day they would go off again.” Because Howard was now over 40 and had been in the Army since November 1939, he was one of the earliest to be de-mobbed and was shipped out in July, 1945. After the war Howard mixed in literary circles (Evelyn Waugh wrote the introduction to Fireside Fusilier) and wrote several books and religious papers. He had been educated at Eton and Oxford and ordained a deacon in the Anglican Church but converted to Roman Catholicism in 1932. His irate father disowned him and banished him from the family home * [see note] for attending Mass with the servants. Nevertheless when his father died in 1946 Howard became the 8th of Earl of Wicklow. He married Eleanor Butler, an Irish politician, in 1959 but they had no children so when he died in 1978, aged 69, the title ceased. Fireside Fusilier is a curious but apt title for a book by a man who did his duty but never fired a shot in anger and who penned the sentiment: “Some day, when I am old, I should like to pay a long visit to Gibraltar, and spend my days in the Garrison Library.” n




Kimberly Brown:

Whisks, dustpans & Indiana Jones

Archaeology combined all of Kimberly’s interests into one subject

With an interest in history and science for as long as she can remember, combined with her inquisitive mind, it’s no surprise Kimberly Brown found her calling in Archaeology, and is currently the Gibraltar Museum’s Assistant Curator. A self-confessed bookworm, and an avid Agatha Christie fan from an early age, it was this fictional character’s adventures in archaeological Meccas around the world which sparked her fascination — besides, she says, “what ’80s child didn’t want to grow up to be Indiana Jones?” Archaeology is a discipline which combines history, mystery, forensics, and science, and like other students, Kimberly went through possible career choices, but none seemed to fulfil her academically. “By this stage I had also started to get involved with the Museum and some of its community projects and really began to consider Archaeology as a career path. In Archaeology I found a career that I was comfortable with, and excited about. It almost felt like a tailor-made career combining all my passions.” Kimberly started volunteering at the museum through work experience in school, and later undertaking an Oral History project where she helped out. She then took part in annual summer excavations, with her first one being in August 2000, in Gorham’s Cave. “I excavated the Phoenician levels at Gorham’s Cave, which represent a “shrine” level, where people would come and leave offerings for a safe passage through the Strait. This excavation was significant for me, not only because it was my first ever excavation, but also because


I was overwhelmed with the abundance of items that I was able to excavate. At one point my 1m by 1m square was “tiled” with pottery shards, and I was even lucky enough to find an Egyptian scarab,” she explains. “Unfortunately, it was during this time that I also discovered Archaeology was not all it was cracked up to be — there were no whips or hats, or gold… There was, however, a lot of hard work and

I discovered Archaeology was not all it was cracked up to be — there were no whips or hats, or gold… There was, however, a lot of hard work and dirt involved, but I also realised it was the right career choice for me regardless

dirt involved, but I also realised it was the right career choice for me regardless,” she smiles. She then left for Birmingham University, where she enjoyed “the freedom it gave to its students to shape their degree in pursuit of their own personal interests. It had a very multi-disciplined approached to Archaeology, offering Classics, with more scientific-based modules such as Environmental Archaeology, GIS and even Palaeopathology and Forensics. It was the latter two subjects, which truly appealed to me, and dominated by final two years at Birmingham, culminating in the subject of my dissertation — a comparative study of the incidence of joint disease amongst Roman and Post-Medieval populations in Britain.” Although she had insufficient fieldwork during her degree, Kimberly could boast of her excavations at Gorham’s Cave to her peers, and was fairly confident in this field, gaining her the role of team leader in her second year. Upon completion of her degree, she loved the idea of a strongly academic research-based career, which her dissertation had given her a


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by Jolene Gomez taste for, and so she pursued her PhD at Cambridge. “By this stage I had become much more involved with the Museum and the Gibraltar Caves Project, and the excavations at Gorham’s Cave. This was the site that introduced me to Archaeology, and therefore an obvious choice for the subject of my PhD,” Kimberly smiles. She describes her graduation from Cambridge as her greatest achievement. “Growing up you always aspire to get into Oxbridge. But to be able to achieve a PhD at Cambridge must be one of my greatest achievements. Although, the fact I am doing what I love, I think is an important achievement in itself. I know a lot of people who had to give up their chosen careers, or are not able to truly pursue their passions, and for this I am very grateful,” she explains. There have been many people along the way to whom Kimberly owes all of her achievements — from schoolteachers to her current work colleagues. “But I think, most importantly, I’d want to thank my parents. They have been a pillar of support throughout my life, and have always encouraged me to pursue my dreams every step of the way. Without their support and guidance, I probably wouldn’t have achieved half as much as I have to date.” As an Assistant Curator, her role is varied and no two days are the same. She is the Museum’s archaeologist, and is involved with projects organised by the museum, as well as working with various contractors, visiting work sites to ensure that any uncovered archaeology is recorded, and excavated appropriately. She is also Collections Manager at the museum, responsible for recording, conservation and display of the Museum collection, as well as assisting in the organisation and planning of notable annual events, such as Museum’s Open Day, the Museum Lecture Series and the Calpe Conferences. Additionally, she’s also responsible for most of the promotional and design aspects of the Museum, such as web design, social media integration, posters and logos. “Fortunately, there is no such thing as a typical day at work for me. During the summer months, it is chaotic, with the annual summer excavations underway and the upcoming Calpe Conference. I’m usually out of the office in a site somewhere in the scorching heat. During the ‘quieter’ winter months, I would be preparing for some upcoming event, such as Museum’s Day, as well as working with the collections. I’d also be researching and answering enquiries, visiting building sites, possibly giv-


Some human remains in situ in road works in Gibraltar

ing a tour round the museum for some school group or visitor. But I often have to drop these more ‘mundane’ tasks, because I get a phone call from the Police that they may have found human remains in some pit or trench,” Kimberly explains. In fact, the way people react to human remains never ceases to amaze Kimberly — “I’ve been digging in a trench with a makeshift wooden cross above my head that some superstitious passer-by had left behind the night before. It was quite creepy, not because I was digging human remains, but because each time I looked up from the trench I felt I was looking up at my own grave! Workers have fled a site in a panic, because apparently you will be haunted if you handle human bones. I hope they were joking, as I have about five sets of human remains in my office at the moment,” Kimberly smiles. “We also get the ’CSI’ effect, with people assuming that it’s as easy as these

Workers have fled a site in a panic, because apparently you will be haunted if you handle human bones. I hope they were joking, as I have about five sets of human remains in my office at the moment

popular forensic TV shows seem to portray, and that we are able to instantly determine age, gender, and probably even favourite music, all from a single bone!” When she is not around Gibraltar with her whisk and dustpan, Kimberly enjoys delving into a good crime novel, and playing around with photography and digital design. She has caught the travel bug lately, and particularly enjoys visiting places of great historical interest. Over the last 10 years, she’s had the privilege to be involved in the Gibraltar Caves Project, through which she has contributed to various articles, which have appeared in some of the most significant scientific journals, such as Nature. Last year, she was asked to contribute a short chapter to the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation, which is due to be published in the next couple of months. She is also currently working on some articles related to her PhD thesis, to be published in some peer-review journals. But Kimberly is sure there are still many more surprise discoveries to be made in Gibraltar. “It is amazing just how much ‘history’ is jammed into our tiny little Rock. It would probably take a couple of lifetimes to fully study and understand the sites we are working on at the moment, let alone all the sites that still remain untouched or undiscovered. There is something for everyone in Gibraltar, from its prehistoric inhabitants to its significant role during WWII, and everything in-between,” she concludes smiling. n


property market


Who will fund Gibraltar’s growth

None of our banks appear to be funding property development. None of the much heralded new office or hotel projects have begun. So who is going to fund Gibraltar’s future growth? It’s all very well having attractive tax rates, Office accommodation is running out, albeit but unless we can accommodate incoming com- slowly, and it remains a challenge to source the panies and their staff, or house the higher net right property for the discerning higher net worth individual in top quality property, we will worth client. not reap the rewards that we have sown. There is also general consensus that our hotel


stock needs to be renewed and improved either by substantial refurbishment of the existing hotels or new builds. Statistics show occupancy rates and the number of hotel guests decreased in 2009 from 2008. Would that have been the


property market case had our hotel stock been on a par with other European cities, for example a spread of 3 star, 4 star and 5 star, and more modern, up to date facilities? There is not a single property development underway of any scale (excluding the Government’s own housing projects) which means it will be at least three years for the next property development to be completed because whichever development it is, we know it hasn’t started yet. To maintain economic growth, which the government has admirably achieved year on year for the last ten years, we will need both a higher quantity and a higher quality of property — office, residential and hotel accommodation. Developers have identified this need and have sufficient faith to fund the initial costs from their own resources. The World Trade Center, Midtown, Lester Hotel, and the Hilton Hotel projects are all lined up ready to invest in Gibraltar and build the property required for completion in three years to help house the companies, business people and tourists that will maintain the growth in the future. But hardly any property development of any size, anywhere, is built without some debt finance. The developments at Ocean Village, King’s Wharf, Tradewinds, Anchorage and Europlaza have all been funded by either RBS International or Barclays. Yet with the banking crisis of the last three years, both banks appear to have lost their appetite for lending to local developers in Gibraltar. Barclays appears to be focusing on wealth management, whilst RBS, 83% owned by the British tax payer, has rebadged to NatWest and is very much at the retail end of the banking spectrum. No other lending institution in Gibraltar will fund property development on a large scale. This situation isn’t new however. In last year’s budget, the Chief Minister defended our two main banking institutions recognizing that they both “operate within policies relating to such things as lending criteria, risk assessment, project lending limits and country lending limits which are not decided in or specifically for Gibraltar.” He then proposed a solution “the Government believes that a market such as ours should have at least three general retail and commercial banks serving its needs. Gibraltar would therefore benefit from having a local, home grown and managed bank. To this end the Government is exploring the viability of establishing such a bank in partnership with private sector interests.” Nothing as yet as far as I am aware has come to fruition in this regard. So how do developers source enough capital for their projects, which is very much in the interest of those who wish to see continued economic growth? Private equity is one such source. There are indeed funds around targeting property development. However, this is where we in Gibraltar


suffer from being a small jurisdiction as we do not really attract the larger funds in this sector. And when we do, the returns to the investing fund usually leave too little profit for the developer who is taking a significant share of the risk. Doing nothing becomes more favourable for that developer. In its desire to find a solution, the Gibraltar government also considered helping out. Reverting back to last year’s budget: “Another issue that is causing the Government concern is the general lack of available office space. This is proving to be an obstacle to companies seeking to establish or expand operations in Gibraltar, and is thus curtailing our economic growth and development. Usually, demand for offices in the private sector is met by private

sector developers. However, because of the international banking crisis and credit crunch, it is almost impossible for private developers to obtain bank finance for such projects. Accordingly, the economic needs of Gibraltar for more office space are going unsatisfied, not because of lack of demand for office space here, but because bank finance is unavailable for reasons that have nothing to do with Gibraltar. Therefore, the Government is considering stepping in to remedy the situation. We are not willing to lend taxpayers’ money to developers to allow them to make a profit. So, the Government is negotiating with the developers of the Mid Town Project to become a majority shareholder in the development of the first phase.” Again, nothing as yet as far as I am aware has come to fruition in this regard. Other commentators have their own solutions. I have heard those who would decree that a local banking licence should only be granted or renewed by the FSC if a certain share of the deposits taken by that bank (private or retail) were loaned back to fund local projects. But what would happen if a bank refused (as it probably would) and pulled out of Gibraltar as a result? A very well connected institutional investor friend of mine suggested that the private sector could raise a substantial sum into a development fund if, for example, the government also either invested or led with an appropriate vehicle for raising such sums and lending it to developers in a tax efficient manner. Food for thought. More recently, I have been in discussions with a financier who uses an insurance company to cover the risk of development and effectively fund the development instead of a bank. Perhaps there is scope there for our developers? There is no easy answer. But however simple or fancy the solution, unless we can find a source of funds for property development now, Gibraltar’s growth in three years time could be at risk. n

The World Trade Center, Midtown, Lester Hotel, and the Hilton Hotel projects are all lined up ready to invest in Gibraltar and build the property required for completion in three years to help house the companies, business people and tourists that will maintain the growth in the future


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Danielle and Amy in the Denville Designs shop on Engineer Lane

Investing in the Future... Always thinking ahead, top interior design company, Denville Designs of Engineer Lane, has just taken on two new apprentices. These two young enthusiastic girls, Amy and Danielle, are both 20 years old and have a passionate desire to become interior design-

ers — a very demanding career Danielle and Amy are being to study and to become a perfec- taught every aspect of the business, tionist in, because interior design which includes customer service demands perfection. and communicating with suppliers,


finding the right product for your client at the right price, checking availability and how long will it take to arrive in Gibraltar. They are being taught to understand colour coordination, and to work very closely with their clients and to listen and take instruction from them. The girls are being taken on site and are getting physically involved with projects right down to small details like bed dressing. The interest in interior design training as a career choice is increasing in popularity. Consumers naturally want the best their money can buy and some kind of assurance that those providing the service are qualified and accountable to someone if things go wrong. Good interior designers are design professionals. Denville Designs is giving at least two young people a unique opportunity to work with the world’s leading design companies, famously found at Chelsea Harbour in London. Denville Designs has always been the exclusive agents for Britain’s top designer companies, so these girls are having a unique opportunity to work with the best in the design world. n Denville Designs, Engineer Lane Tel: 200 44012


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M o n o c h r o m e Images from the Gibraltar Photographic Society’s third Beginners’ Competition of the season - Monochrome Prints. Judge: Stephen Hermida. Clockwise from top right: Vulture David Reyes 28pts • Skyline David Reyes 27pts • The Hedgehog Sal Fox 27pts • Castle Mark Attard 28pts • Horse-riding Ulrika Orsing 28pts • The Eye Stewart Brittenden 27pts



action plan

AEA is Gibraltar’s rock on air quality The Gibraltar Government, through the Gibraltar Environmental Agency, has appointed AEA to help it meet its European air quality obligations. AEA, a leading energy and environmental consultancy will build on the work it has already done to help Gibraltar meet the requirements of the EU Air Quality Directive, and will support continuing improvements to the natural environment for the territory’s 29,000 residents. AEA will apply an innovative programme of policy support, air quality measurements, analysis and data management in support of the Gibraltar Environmental Agency. This includes the ongoing management, and expansion, of various measurement networks including three advanced automatic air pollution measurement stations. Geoff Dollard, Practice Director, AEA said: “Gibraltar is one of the major ports on the Mediterranean, this presents a range of environmental challenges as well as significant economic benefits. The territory is working hard to achieve the air pollution limit values and has committed to substantial measures to reduce concentrations under its Air Quality Action Plan. Our approach will bring fast results and reliable data to those who need it, when they need it to promote the most focussed and effective allocation of investment.” The British territory has already worked


with AEA on a wide range of assessment and air quality management programmes in Gibraltar, all prescribed by rules set out under EU Directives, helping fulfill Gibraltar’s obligations under EU legislation. Louis Poggio, Director of the Gibraltar Environmental Agency commented: “AEA has brought authoritative, wide ranging advice and in-depth expertise to help us model, measure, analyse and report the quality of our ambient air. Since first contracting AEA to set up our air monitoring network and website, our relationship with them has developed to the point that we consider them an integral part of our operation.” Gibraltar is an important base for British Armed Forces and one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean. It is home to a population of some 29,000 resident, concentrated into 6km2, resulting in one of the highest population densities in the world. n


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Gibraltar Heritage Trust’s chairman Mario Mosquera

Heritage is the future, heritage is you by Elena Scialtiel

Those of you with the preconception that heritage is about crumbly buildings or bronze busts on columns, think again: heritage is everywhere, from nature to culture. Our heritage belongs to all of us, so everyone should take up a more proactive role in preserving it for future generations, says the Gibraltar Heritage Trust’s chairman Mario Mosquera, particularly by engaging youngsters in making their past ever-present in their future. Mario’s mission is to connect schoolchildren with the beauty of our heritage, intended not just as a static past, but the dynamic make-


up of our surroundings, a balance of history, geography, biology and ethnology. Last year he came up with an idea so successful teachers are ask-

ing for second helpings: some 80 pupils were involved in registering the occurrence of four species of common birds on the Rock over a period of three months.

They’re calling for more active participation from within the community, by adding to the membership, but specifically with dedicating some time to the ‘nitty-gritty’

A keen ornithologist himself, Mario deemed this project a first step to ‘hook up’ the young generation to the awareness and the capability to look after their national treasures. Furthermore, exploring heritage in their curriculum means preparing students to a potential career in cultural tourism. Growing up during frontier closure — an important part of Gibraltar ’s heritage, because it grandly contributed to our identity as a nation — Mario dedicated most of his free time to roaming the Nature Reserve bird-watching, and opening his eyes historical monuments too. In this sense, he believes the years of isolation had a positive impact on his own formation, otherwise perhaps he would have not furthered his hobby to an academic and professional career in biology. He was one of GONHS founders and joined the first heritage trust in 1988. Nowadays the Heritage Trust has 12 trustees, six elected and six appointed by Government, whose mission is to be advisor and watchdog on heritage matters. Heritage Matters is in fact their new magazine, addressed to the general public, with a special children’s page to make heritage fun’n’funky. The Trust also produces a more academic yearly Journal with ‘technical’ articles. An epic task, considering the very definition of ‘heritage’ changes from decade to decade, and the trustees are just passionate volunteers who sacrifice a great deal of spare time to the cause. That’s why they’re calling for more active participation from within the community, by adding to the membership, but specifically with dedicating some time to the ‘nitty-gritty’. The trust has working groups, whose foundation is credited to honorary life trustee Lt. Col. Eddie Guerrero. They target the subcategories of buildings, fortifications and sites, history, natural history, culture, the junior chapter and marketing, otherwise their job would be simply unmanageable, if everyone was to keep their hands in the whole pie. However, because something is old, is not automatically worthy of preservation: by economic and logistical criteria, the Trust must decide what to save and what to sacrifice to progress, but they will never leave one stone unturned in their duty to shine the light on a significant piece of history, no matter how small. This can be done either architecturally, with highly visible restora-


art & heritage

tion works, or by commissioned publications about a little known period of time in our history, or a great personality somehow underestimated in a footnote of history. One of their most obvious achievements is the maintenance of Trafalgar Cemetery, thanks to Greenarc’s sterling job. A recent project was the spiralling passage connecting Casemates to Landport Ditch, used during the Great Sortie of November 1781 by a maniple of valiant troopers to catch the Spaniards by surprise. Even if it is not opened to the general public for safety reasons, there is an interpretation board placed there. Mario hopes to soon see it as the backdrop for a Sortie re-enactment. The financial side of their work pressing, the Trust has opened up a shop to promote their work with high quality products and souvenirs: unfortunately it isn’t very visible in the Piazza, where the Main Guard, awaiting refurbishment, is a bit of a ‘poor relation’ next to other buildings. With the help of private funding by generous sponsors, they are hoping for an imminent facelift which will also create a hall downstairs, where various exhibitions will be hosted. All in all, the future is rosy for the Trust: despite some ‘eyesores’ and the long delay for ad hoc legislation, Gibraltar thoroughly respects its heritage, especially the most visible bits, like monuments from the garrison era, which have shaped up our cityscape thanks to the sacrifice of many anonymous young soldiers. They ‘took the bullet’ for an unique legacy, not only of grandiose bastions and pretty colonial buildings, but also a multicultural society made of many nations and religions. Trust members have taken pictures of sites and local events dayin day-out, and are in the process of picking the most momentous ones for a coffee-table photograph book, about one year in the life of Gibraltar, due for publication this autumn. Watch out for this, because it will make a fab Christmas gift! In the meantime, thanks to their professionally designed website gi, those interested can keep up to speed with its activities, from monthly walks to essay competitions for junior members. For instance, Mario will lead bird of prey migration watch outings on the first three weekends of March. Other members of the Trust are organising other events, such as a visit to the Northern Defences on 12th March, led by Dr Darren Fa. n

A self portrait by Joseph Wright of Derby, ca. 1780, oil on canvas, in the Yale Center for British Art

by Reg Reynolds

Siege Art Lost & Found The paintings of Derby-born artist Joseph Wright were officially recognised as being of ‘national importance’ by the British Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in a ceremony last month at the Derby Art Gallery. Chairman of the MLAC, former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, praised the Derby Council for its collection of the paintings housed in the gallery named after Wright, which is currently undergoing refurbishment. Unfortunately Wright’s painting of Gibraltar during the Great Siege titled, A View of Gibraltar: during the destruction of the Spanish floating batteries, isn’t among the collection. That might be due to the fact that for 50 years the painting languished in the cellars of the Milwaukee Art Museum mis-catalogued under the name of the American artist John Robert Cozens. It was only due to an investigation by the art scholar Biruta Erdmann that the mistake was realised. Wright and Cozens did have similarities in their work, both lived in London for a time and both sailed to Italy and very likely stopped at Gibraltar (most ships did in those days). Neither gentleman was noted for historical paintings, they were both primarily portraitists and landscape artists. Wright’s works are more powerful than Cozens due to his dramatic use of Chiaroscuro — the effect of light and shadow. He did do the occasional


historical piece but it would seem the main reason he chose the subject of Gibraltar and the destruction of the floating batteries was in order to thumb his nose at the Royal Academy of Arts. Wright fell out with the Academy in 1783 the same year the City of London commissioned John Copley, an American who made his home in London, to paint a scene commemorating the famous victory at Gibraltar which took place on 13th September 1782. Copley came up with a splendid work, The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, September 1782 (also called The Siege of Gibraltar), depicting General Elliott directing the rescue of Spanish sailors in the aftermath of the battle. At 458m2 it is one of the

largest paintings held (Guildhall, London) in Britain today. Whether it was the granting of the commission to Copley or some other factor that angered Wright he came up with his own painting of the battle and put on a one-man exhibition from April to June 1875 in the Robin’s Room at Covent Garden. The preview for a book about the painting, Wright of Derby’s View of Gibraltar, states: “It is argued that the iconography of the exhibition, in concert with a number of associated publications, deliberately highlighted the confrontations, contests and infighting between artists that were such a marked feature of the London art world of the mid-1780s.” Wright sold the painting for a substantial sum and it ended up in the estate of the tight-fisted Lord Overstone who was one of the richest men in Britain when he died in 1886. There are reports it was sold in the 1960s and incorrectly attributed to Cozens. The painting didn’t resurface until 2001 and by then was in a rather tattered state. Benedict Nicholson Joseph Wright was born at Derby on 3rd September 1734, the son of an attorney. He attended Grammar School and aged 16 travelled to London to study under Thomas Hudson, whose pupils included Sir Joshua Reynolds. Wright trained until 1757 then returned to Derby where he enjoyed success as a portrait painter to the landed gentry. He also lived in Liverpool for a time where he painted that port’s merchants who had made fortunes from slavery. With financial security established Wright could afford to pursue his own artistic interests and continue to experiment with the extremes of light and dark. From 1773 to 1775 he travelled to and around Italy and among the 27 paintings of Vesuvius he produced were spectacular works of the famous volcano erupting in brilliant explosions on pitch black nights. Back in Derby Wright concentrated on portraits, landscapes and industrial scenes. He married and had two sons and three daughters. Wright died on 29th August, 1797. John Robert Cozens died on 14th December the same year but he was only 45 and suffered from mental illness in the latter years of his life. In recent years Wright’s reputation has increased dramatically but he has no paintings housed at the Royal Academy while Cozens has more than a dozen. n

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history revisited At first Joaquín was stoical, hoping these barbarians would ravage a few women, steal whatever was not nailed down in the church, and go drunkenly on their way, but all too soon it became clear they had no intention of leaving. They had Gibraltar, they intended to keep Gibraltar, and if Joaquín and the rest didn’t like it, they knew what they could do. So Joaquín D’Aoiz, sore at heart, yielded the town to the invaders and, carrying his shame like a sandbag around his neck, took himself and his family into the hinterland, to El Puerto de Santa María. To escape the ignominy he decided to change their name from D’Aoiz to Daoiz. Brilliant! No-one would know them now. And that, for the Daoiz family, might have been that. They had produced a sheriff of Gibraltar, something they could always be proud of, and if history had done with them so be it. But history had not done with the family, although it would be three generations before they produced their most famous member. The family, as the keen student of history

500 years later, when Joaquin surfaced far from home in Gibraltar, their swords and shields had long since rusted from neglect

Statue of Luis Daoiz in the Plaza de la Gavidia in Seville Photo: Antonio Susillo

Luis Daoiz

A Short, but Eventful Life Joaquín D’Aoiz was not a happy man. When he was made a deputy sheriff and councillor, Gibraltar had been a quiet, sleepy little town where very little happened, and even that happened slowly. Now, suddenly (a word and concept new to him), it was full of British soldiers who insisted on calling him Joe Quinn and who leapt the language barrier by shouting loudly and waving their arms (limbs and weaponry) in his face whenever they wished to emphasise a point or ask the price of fish. 42

and Spanish geography may have surmised, originated in the town of Aoiz in Navarre. As far back as the 13th century they were earning a reputation as spirited fighters in the Reconquista — the struggle to wrest what was yet to become Spain from the rule of the Moors. 500 years later, when Joaquín surfaced far from home in Gibraltar, their swords and shields had long since rusted from neglect. The upturn in the family’s fortunes began in 1766, when, amid great revelry and copious drinking of wine, Joaquín’s grandson, the conservatively named Martin, married the far more flamboyantly named Francisca Torres Ponce de Léon, daughter of the Conde de Miraflores de los Angeles. That meant Martin got to live in, or at least spend a lot of time at, the Miraflores’ imposing palace in Calle de Horno, Seville. It was there Martin and Francisca’s first child, a son, Luis, was born. Despite their centuries of service to the nation, and notwithstanding Joaquín’s cameo role in the yielding of Gibraltar to the British, historical references to the Daoiz family prior to the coming of Luis are scant. And certainly none before Luis was memorialised by the erection of a statue. Luis Gonzaga Guillermo Escolástica Manuel José Joaquín Ana y Juan de la Soledad Daoiz de Torres was both born and baptised on 10th February 1767. Happily, the priest conducting the ceremony did not stutter, so the business of formally naming the baby was completed before sunset. He was a child of privilege, and consequently received a privileged child’s education, firstly at the Jesuit Colegio de San Hermengildo in Seville, followed at the age of GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • MARCH 2011

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by Dave Wood 15 by training at the Royal School of Artillery in Segovia. Daddy still had considerable clout, and he pulled strings to get his son a comfortable commission in a regiment reserved for those who, if they were ever called upon to spill blood, would stain the countryside blue. Physically, Luis was not an imposing specimen. When he entered the school of artillery he stood less than five feet tall which, even in those days when the average height was considerably less than it is today, left him vulnerable to cruel jests from his fellow students. As is often the case (one thinks of Napoleon) this undoubtedly provoked in him a fierce desire to prove himself as a soldier and a man. He became a dab hand at fencing — the sabre being his weapon of choice — and achieved top marks in maths and foreign languages. In no time he was fluent in French, Italian, English and, in case he should suddenly decide to embrace the religious life, or be sucked by a vortex in the fabric of time back to the empire of ancient Rome, Latin. On graduation, he was assigned to the Real Regimiento de Artillería in Puerto de Santa María. Had his talents leaned in another direction, he might have turned that mellifluous rhyme into an engaging popular song, but it was too late. He was now, inescapably, a soldier. The pay wasn’t much — less than a thousand times that of the average peasant — but luckily his family still held considerable land and property close to Gibraltar which brought him a comfortable private income. The Moors were long gone, having given up their last Spanish stronghold in Granada in 1492, but peace seldom comes between a military man and a good battle. Across the strait in Morocco, those same Moors were impudently attempting to reclaim Ceuta, so in 1790, Luis volunteered to defend the Spanish enclave from their frequent attacks. There, he risked a severe case of tennis elbow from the constant sheathing and unsheathing of his sword, and won promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. But he first came to wider public attention with his defiance of the French, during the War of the Roussillon. Roussillon, one of the old counties of Catalonia, changed masters more often than most men in the 18th century changed their underwear. On 25th November 1794, one of the days when it was the turn of the French to do the attacking, Luis, back from Africa and now waving his sword in defence of Spain’s northern border, was captured. The French, dreadfully short of good artillery officers, offered him freedom and a commission

if he would change sides, stick a fleur-de-lys in his cap, and learn to sing the Marseillaise. He was outraged. Not even the offer of a chateau, a choice of mistress and an unlimited supply of onions would induce him to commit such an act of treachery. He refused, and this principled act of defiance sealed his fame. We may be sure that many a patriotic peasant also turned down similar inducements, but any that did so were probably shot on the spot, and their bravery unrecorded or soon forgotten. Luis, being of aristocratic stock, could not be so dispatched without a gross violation of the unwritten code of combat, so instead he was thrown into prison in Toulouse. There he was subjected to unspeakable torture. When France and Spain patched things up, and vowed to be best mates in July of 1795, Luis was released and made his way home to Puerto de Santa María, telling everyone he met on the way about his heroic stand in the face of the Frenchmen’s seductive duplicity for, let’s be honest, without a tabloid press, television, the internet and Twitter, how on Earth would they otherwise have heard about it? Having mutually buried the hatchet, the French and Spanish were soon itching to dig it up again, polish the blade, and plunge it into somebody else’s head. The British were the perfect candidates, so Spain and France formed a double act to engage in the Anglo-Spanish War. It was a busy time for Daoiz. He defended Cadiz as captain of a gunboat, and served on the 74-gun warship San Ildefonso, travelling twice to the Americas in convoy to protect trading vessels. His linguistic facilities came in very handy, and he was kept busy acting as interpreter in dealings with foreign officials.

The aftermath of the battle was bloody, but in retrospect the actions of Daoiz and his men were seen as the start of the Spanish War of Independence

Perhaps too busy. One day in November 1800, while twiddling his thumbs in Havana, he idly picked up some old copies of the naval gazette and read, to his surprise, that he had been promoted to Captain eight months before. Well, it was either him or some other Luis Gonzaga Guillermo Escolástica Manuel José Joaquín Ana y Juan de la Soledad Daoiz de Torres. Luis didn’t like being away from home, and successfully requested an on-land posting, joining Seville’s 3rd Artillery Regiment in July 1802, and missing the San Ildefonso’s historic encounter with Horatio Nelson at Trafalgar three years later. In 1807, Daoiz was present at the signing of the Treaty of Fontainebleau under which the Spanish and French decided to invade Portugal and slice it up between them. It was bound to lead to trouble, and it did. Under the terms of the treaty, French troops entered Spain and took control of strategic points in Madrid. Ordinary Spaniards bristled with indignation, and on hearing a Frenchman make a derogatory remark in a tavern, Daoiz himself had to be restrained from challenging him to a duel. It all came to the boil on 2nd May 1808. News spread that the French intended to send certain members of the Spanish Royal Family to France, and crowds gathered at the palace to protest. In no time at all an almighty fracas erupted, and the French were soon firing muskets, witlessly assuming this would calm the situation. When their ammunition ran low, they decided to move to the Spanish barracks and seize theirs. As fate would have it, the man in charge of the Spanish barracks was Daoiz, but he had only seven officers and 10 men at his command. He had orders to cooperate with his French “allies”, but decided to resist, allowing crowds of Spanish civilians to take the barracks’ weapons instead. In the fighting that followed, Daoiz was severely wounded by a shot to the hip, but fought on even when the only weapon available was his sabre. Eventually, against overwhelming odds, Daoiz decided to parley, but as he approached the French troops waving a white flag, he was bayonetted in the back and died. He was 41 years old. The garrison surrendered, and the aftermath of the battle was bloody, but in retrospect the actions of Daoiz and his men were seen as the start of the Spanish War of Independence. Great grandad Joaquín would have been proud. n

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Deepak Ramchandani:

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Despite not studying catering (his intended career path), Deepak Ramchandani finally found his calling —­ a medium where he could channel his creativity — when he landed a job at Star of India on Main Street. Although Deepak is known for many reasons — his time as a dancer, his work as a ground breaking choreographer, and backstage at local fashion shows, it is his work with make-up which has lead to a reputation as one of Gibraltar’s most respected make-up artists.

From a young age, Deepak felt he was a creative and gifted person, but he had still not found what he enjoyed, until he went to his first dance class. “I started dancing at the late age of 17, with various dance groups, until I decided to form a group called Eastern Affairs, which performed traditional Indian dance. This was way before the Bollywood boom of the ’90s, where the industry was commercialised and available for the world to see,” Deepak explains. “It was a huge thing for me, as I would usually choreograph for Divali Festival, but as a social thing, and only for members of the Hindu community. With Eastern Affairs, we performed in various local shows, and on National Day too. Not only was I exposing a style of dance which was new to Gibraltar, but I was also giving Gibraltar a multi-cultural experience, and a celebration of my Hindu identity.” Deepak participated at the Gibraltar National Championships, and was fortunate enough to win, with Brenda Yeo, in the duet section, and consequently came 11th at the World Dance Championships. “It was a huge achievement for me. Dance is not only about technique and performance, but about having a passion and


putting yourself out on stage. I give credit to every dancer, no matter how good or bad, for having the guts to get up on stage.” Working alongside Karen Felices, Eduardo Viotto and Yalta Pons, and forming part of Gibraltar’s dance and fashion world, Deepak got to dabble in other art forms, such as hair, fashion and make-up. “It’s about costumes,

Not only was I exposing a style of dance which was new to Gibraltar, but I was also giving Gibraltar a multicultural experience, and a celebration of my Hindu identity

time management, what an audience expects, organisation and, of course, make-up. With Eastern Affairs I felt the performance and choreography was great, but the make-up was horrendous! So I decided to make the most of my job in Star of India, and get to work with my brushes and palette.” The make-up world was very new to Deepak, so he started practising and trying out different ideas, and took Polaroid pictures of his work. “One of the reps of Yves Saint Laurent visited the store, and told me I was very artistic. He suggested I carried on working with make-up, but I dismissed the idea. Next thing I knew, he had spoken to my boss, and I was on my way to France for some intense training. It was a nightmare! I didn’t feel prepared. I was thrown in at the deep end, but in my hotel room I thought I had to make the most of his opportunity. A few weeks later, I was told my eye make-up was the best of that intake. I realised I had talent, and was fulfilled as an artist at last.” Deepak returned with his new techniques, and worked behind the scene at Miss Gibraltar that year. “The girls I had worked on came in the top three spots — I knew I was doing someGIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • MARCH 2011

by Jolene Gomez thing right! So I spent the next year perfecting my skill, then decided to head to London and work in the most famous store in the capital, Harrods.” Deepak describes Harrods as like a microcosm of Gibraltar, “Full of drama, flamboyance and gossip”. With his outgoing nature, and excellent sales technique, he was soon mingling with the rest of the staff, known as the unique, Spanish-speaking artist in the store. Within six months, he was promoted to Lancôme make-up studio manager, and auditioned for the Miss World make-up team. “Ironically, I watched Miss World with my mum the previous year, and told her that was where I wanted to be. A year later, after the stress, adrenaline and excitement, there I was with my press-pass waiting to make-over the most beautiful women in the world. It was simply surreal,” Deepak smiles. “I was the only male make-up artist, and had 11 girls under my care, including Miss India, Yukta Mookhey, who proceeded to win the pageant. I think that was the proudest moment of my life, as I had achieved something personally and professionally. I was on the news, in the local and international press, and on a major high. I felt so proud to be Gibraltarian, and it is still a truly magical experience I treasure.” From there, Deepak was approached by Dior. “It is very hard to get into Dior, as they don’t employ just anybody, in fact there were over 2,000 applicants. The training is very hard — full of glamour and sacrifice. The competition is fierce, and you are being observed all the time. I gained a lot of experience from working there, as I travelled all over England to promote the untouchable Dior image.” Aside from working in John Galliano fashion shows, Deepak has participated in many other events, including London Fashion Week, Vidal Sassoon, bridal shows, magazine work, with top modelling agencies Storm and Elite, and even the BAFTAs! He worked with many celebrities at Harrods, including Goldie Hawn, the casts of Eastenders and Coronation Street, Kate Hudson, Kate Windslet, Sofia Loren, Cher, Naomi Campbell, Elle McPherson, and the king of pop himself, Michael Jackson. “The whole celebrity thing is a novelty, which wears


Photography: Jayden Fa ( Model: Maxine De La Rosa. Outfit: Ismael Lopez. Art Direction: Guy Baglietto

I was the only male make-up artist, and had 11 girls under my care, including Miss India, Yukta Mookhey, who proceeded to win the pageant. I think that was the proudest moment of my life

Deepak at work with model Andrea

off and becomes the norm. I was getting tired of London, and felt my personality was changing, and although it was a big sacrifice professionally, I felt the time was right and returned to Gibraltar. London had become very fickle and superficial for me, and I was tired of it.” Upon returning to Gibraltar, Deepak’s life changed completely — with the loss of his parents, meeting his partner and getting married, and landing a job in Seruya, Deepak felt Gibraltar was where he wanted to be. “I believe I brought colour to the make-up industry in Gibraltar when I returned, and like to share my knowledge, as it brings me personal gratification. It’s excellent that there is a new generation of artists, because once upon a time I was new to this world, and I never forget it. I still have the photo of my first make-over in my studio, to remind me of my beginnings. It reminds me who I am, where I am now, and where I come from. My parents gave me great wisdom to keep me grounded, and for that I am eternally grateful,” Deepak smiles nostal-


artists gically. “You need to have passion, creativity, skill, humbleness, and to be a person first, and secondly an artist. The biggest gratification is to make someone look a million dollars, and bring a smile to their face. It has nothing to do with pay or publicity. I have worked very hard to reach where I am now, but the hardest thing is not gaining the reputation, but maintaining it.” In 2007, Deepak embarked on Fusion, together with Yalta Pons, Darion Figueredo and Ismael Lopez, a performance fashion extravaganza, which was dedicated to his parents. “I felt I had not told my parents everything I needed to tell them professionally, and to this day there has been no show like Fusion. It was a spiritual experience for performers and audience, and a very special evening for the four producers also.” Models, tons of brides, past Miss Gibraltar contestants and winners, and our very own

Miss World, have all fallen into Deepak’s capable hands. He has also worked with his partner, to create Devotion, a fashion show exclusive for a designer, as well as working with Spanish singer Sandra Cabreras, for photoshoots, stage and television work. Aside from working with many local photographers, he has also launched Gibraltar Dream Weddings and D Makeup and Beauty companies with associate Debbie Goodman, and with San Roque Club on various other projects. At the moment, Deepak is busy working with top fashion photographer Jayden Fa on various projects, and also with Tre Chic magazine in Marbella. “I am always brainstorming on my next project, and there is always something new for me in the pipeline. I feel my life has been challenging, and non-stop, and I hope it remains like that for years to come,” Deepak grins. n For more information, you can contact Deepak on email:

I still have the photo of my first makeover in my studio, to remind me of my beginnings. It reminds me who I am, where I am now, and where I come from. My parents gave me great wisdom to keep me grounded, and for that I am eternally grateful

Recital in the Ballroom The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society is holding a concert on 3rd March — a cello recital by world-renowned British cellist Natalie Clein with piano accompaniment by Julius Drake. The concert takes place in the Convent Ballroom from 8pm. A spokesperson for the Society commented: “We were thrilled hearing that Natalie has agreed to come to Gibraltar. She is known as one of the most personable and expressive professional musicians of her generation with ability to combine traditional repertoire with some experimental pieces. In 1994 at the age of 16 Natalie won the Young Musician of the Year contest and was the first British winner of the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians.

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Dyslexia and Me:

I was fortunate… one of the lucky ones who never had to ask my mother to say how wonderful I was in her eyes. Dreadful at sports, slow at reading, timid, withdrawn in unfamiliar surroundings and generally wanting to remain in the background avoiding attention and the ‘limelight’, in the presence of my mother, I felt like a king on a golden throne and 30 years on, the way she made me feel about myself as a person is at the core of my way of being. Diagnosed as dyslexic at the age of 19 during my first year at university, everything fell into perspective and on completion of my degree, when I began training to become a teacher, raising student’s self esteem, I felt, was one of the most important targets to be met. There are innumerable studies linking self esteem to learning and dyslexic students are of course no different. Specific teaching targeting their needs and abilities is clearly crucial but often without the sense that they can overcome many stumbling blocks progress can be slow and very painful and many learners become demotivated. If during my schooling I learned one crucial thing, it was to also accept the areas I would not excel in. I am a visual learner and take things in primarily when I see them and can visualise them. I am not good at learning things by rote and often forget sequences. My auditory skills are considerably weak and it was only when I was diagnosed — and I began to accept I would always have difficulty remembering phone numbers, number plates, any series of verbal instructions and other meaningless sequences, — that I made progress in many other areas by devoting time to reinforcing my skills to compensate for my weaknesses. This of course took determination and courage which could only be driven by the sense of achievement and purpose I had developed as a young learner. Confidence was the key, because despite the strong emphasis on literacy during the schooling process and a great deal of failure which could easily have devastated my self-concept and selfesteem, I remained focussed remembering that as a person I was valued and loved and many thought I was great! So there is a place for praise, credits, certificates, gold stars and any other form of rewarding the effort it takes a child with learning difficulties to complete a piece of written work in class, however small the steps are. But equally as important, it is crucial that early on we understand the areas where a struggle may be inevitable, and consider whether in effect battling on is

Getting an Education ‘Mother, let’s play darts. I throw the darts… and you say wonderful!’ Throughout my teaching career this quote has remained at the forefront of my educational philosophy. Self esteem is so inextricably linked to happiness, fulfilment, growth and learning, that to underestimate it is to completely undervalue the learner as a whole, and to fail to understand how crucial meeting the basic emotional needs of an individual is. 50

Family were important to Mark’s self esteem as a child — pictured with brothers, sisters and cousins GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • MARCH 2011

well being helpful. It has always been my experience that the sooner we learn some things are out of our reach, the readier we become to give all our energy to areas where we can achieve and our self-esteem does not suffer the devastating blow which could lead to total disengagement. Children listen to what people tell them. If they are constantly subjected to negative experiences, these become an integral part of them. Individuals who are resilient say the most important thing that helped them through adversity was at least one adult who believed in them and stood by them. And the essential ingredient here must ring true to the child even if it is just, ‘Mark you are so good with animals.’ Adults with poor self esteem often have difficulty thinking of something they excel at or a

Children listen to what people tell them. If they are constantly subjected to negative experiences, these become an integral part of them person who believed in them. Thomas Edison, for example, who was dyslexic and was rejected by his teacher, was taught at home by his mother. Probably the greatest benefit he received from his home schooling was the influence his mother had upon him, over and above the academic material she provided. Edison later said of her ‘… she instilled in me the love and purpose of learning.’ I know that if this remains the focus of our work with children, if we are able to fill a child with the ‘love and purpose of learning’, we are already meeting a huge part of what they need and the benefits will be clearly seen. Mark Montovio has a Degree in Fine Arts, a PGCE in Art, Dance and Special Needs, a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and a Diploma in Counselling.

Sport On now in the ICC Sports Therapist Isabella Jimenez’s Sport On sports therapy and fitness training clinic can now be found on the first floor of the International Commercial Centre (ICCC) at the beginning of Main Street. The move means Isabella now has a modern spacious environment in which to treat her many clients, conveniently located just one floor below the Gibraltar Health Authority’s Primary Care unit. Isabella has gained a strong reputation for her professional approach and up-to-date knowledge of all aspects of sports therapy and fitness training, and her growing client base will be delighted with the new premises which allows her to extend the equipment and training she offers. Isabella Jimenez BSc, Sport On, Unit F5, 1st Floor, ICC, Email: Tel: 54002226 n

This article was written by Mark Montovio at the request of the Gibraltar Dyslexia Support Group, Tel: 200 78509, mobile: 54007924, email: info@dyslexia. gi, website:

Gibraltar Dyslexia Support Group: Flag Day, Friday 1st April ’11 The Gibraltar Dyslexia Support Group will be holding its annual flag day on Friday 1st April. Volunteers normally cover a number of locations along Main Street and Morrisons supermarket. This year they would like to do the same and so need a good number of helpers from around 8am to 7pm. Some people like to help for a few hours, some can only help for an hour or even half an hour. If you can give the GDSG your support and a bit of your time on this day, please let them know as soon as possible and they will try to place you in a location you would prefer. Tel: 200 78509 Mobile: 54007924.


Flash Those Lashes Claudia‘s Clinic on the 1st Floor at 58 Main Street is now offering individual eyelash extensions for that perfect model lash look which last. Telephone 200 74040 to find out more about this incredible service.


health& fitness Bell Pharmacy

McTimoney Chiropractor

Your Family Chemists

Gentle holistic treatment for all back or muscular problems and sports injuries Gillian Schirmer MA, DC, MMCA Clinic (Claudia’s), 1st Floor, 58 Main Street Tel: 200 41733 or after hours: 200

Here to help you by answering all your pharmaceutical questions Consult us at 27 Bell Lane Tel: 200 77289 Fax: 200 42989

health & medical directory CHEMISTS

Bell Pharmacy 27 Bell Lane Tel: 200 77289 Fax: 200 42989


Louis’ Pharmacy Unit F12, International Commercial Centre, Casemates. Tel: 200 44797

British Registered Optometrists


38 Main St Tel: 200 76544 Fax: 200 76541 Email:

John W Miles BSc (Podiatry), MChS College Clinic, Regal House Tel: 200 77777


Chiropractic Health Clinic

Dr Carsten Rudolf Steiner BSc DC

Dr Steven J. Crump B.Sc, DC, MCC Open: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 6.30pm

Member of the British Chiropractic Association

Back to better health with Chiropractic for headaches, dizziness, neck and lower back pain, sciatica, osteoathritis and sports injuries. College Clinic, Regal Hse. Tel: 200 77777

Dr Steven J. Crump BSc, DC, MCC ICC F5C 1st Flr, Casemates. Tel: 200 44226 Gillian Schirmer MA, DC, MMCA McTimoney Chiropractor, Clinic (Claudia’s), 1st Flr, 58 Main St Tel: 200 41733 After hours: 200 40026

Treatment of Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches, Limb Pain & Sports Injuries Tel: 200 44226

ICC Suite F5C 1st Floor, Casemates, Gibraltar Member of British Chiropractic Association

Dr Carsten Rudolf Steiner BSc, DC Steiner Chiropractic Clinics, College Clinic, Regal Hse Tel: 200 77777

The Health Store

5 City Mill Lane, Gibraltar. Tel: 20073765

Health Stores The Health Store 5 City Mill Lane. Tel: 200 73765

Suppliers of Glucosamine, Ginkgo Biloba and all vitamins. Body Building Products (Creatine etc) Open: 9am - 1pm & 3pm - 6pm

Now at Unit F5, 1st Floor, ICC Isabella Jimenez, Sports Therapist (BSc Hons) Tel: 54002226 Email:

For all your Pharmaceutical needs

Louis’ Pharmacy Open: 9 - 7 Monday - Friday, Saturday 10 -1.30pm, Closed Sundays Unit F12, International Commercial Centre, Casemates. Tel: 200 44797

Opticians / Optometrists Gache & Co Limited 266 Main Street. Tel: 200 75757 L. M. Passano Optometrist 38 Main Street. Tel: 200 76544

OSTEOPATHS Joma Ormrod (BOst.) (female) Atlantic Suites Health Club & Spa Europort Tel: 200 48147


JOHN W. MILES BSc (Podiatry), M.Ch.S

STATE REGISTERED CHIROPODIST Treatment of all Foot Problems • Ingrown Toe-nails including Surgical Removal • Biomechanical Analysis for Insoles / Orthotics including Children • Wart (Verruca) Clinic • Diabetics

Tel: 200 77777

College Clinic, Regal House, Queensway TEL: 54029587 FOR HOME VISITS

Need somebody to talk to?

7 days a week 6-10pm

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Simon Coldwell Complete Fitness Unit G3, Eliott Hotel Tel: 200 51113 Isabella Jimenez BSc (hons) 3/8 Turnbull’s Lane Tel: 54002226 email:


Dr Norbert V Borge FRCP (London) 7-9 Cornwall’s Lane Tel/Fax: 200 75790 Specialist Medical Centre Unit F7 ICC Casemates Square Tel: 200 49999 Fax: 200 49999 Email:


Clinical Psychologist Tel: +34 661 007 261 Email:


Specialist Medical Centre Unit F7 ICC Casemates Square Tel: 200 49999 Fax: 200 49999 Email:



health risks

by Dr Shehzada Javied Malik

How common is bladder cancer? Bladder cancer is the seventh most common cancer in the UK, where around 10,090 people were diagnosed with the disease in 2007. That’s around 28 people every day. In the UK, bladder cancer is the 12th most common cancer in women with almost 3,000 new cases each year. There are more than twice as many cases of bladder cancer in men than in women, and it is the fourth most common cancer in UK men with more than 7,300 new cases a year. Eight in 10 cases of bladder cancer occur in people over the age of 65. Worldwide, and estimated 386,000 new cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed in 2008. Bladder cancer survival rates have improved in the last 30 years. Around half of patients diagnosed with bladder cancer are now likely to survive their disease for at least 10 years. 40 years ago around one third would survive. What are the main causes of bladder cancer? Smoking cigarettes is the major preventable risk factor for bladder cancer. Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) during childhood may increase the risk of bladder cancer. It is estimated that between 5 and 10% of male bladder cancer cases in Europe are caused by occupational exposure to certain chemicals. This proportion may be higher in countries with less regulated industrial processes. The risk of getting bladder cancer increases with age. People with a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with bladder cancer have a higher risk of developing the disease. High bladder cancer incidence rates in parts of Africa and the Middle East are caused by urinary schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease contracted from infected water which is endemic in these areas. Symptoms of bladder cancer Symptoms of bladder cancer include: • a burning feeling when passing urine • a need to pass urine frequently


ing and treating conditions affecting the urinary system). Treatment of bladder cancer Treatment depends on the position and size of the cancer in your bladder and how far it has spread. Your doctor will discuss treatment options with you. Prevention of bladder cancer Making sure you get enough vitamin D can reduce your risk of developing a number of cancers, including bladder cancer. Vitamin D is produced naturally by your body when your skin is exposed to sunlight and can also be obtained from some foods, such as oily fish. However, most people don’t get enough from these sources, especially those living in a region that is nearer the North or South Pol than the Equator (for example the UK, Canada or southern Argentine), where the sunlight to make vitamin D is only strong enough during the summer. You can reduce your risk of developing bladder cancer by stopping smoking and taking 35 to 50 micrograms of vitamin D daily (about three to four high-strength, 12.5 microgram tablets). Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your supplements and if you’re pregnant or breast• feeling the need to urinate but not being feeding, ask your chemist or GP for advice first. Talk to your GP before taking vitamin D suppleable to ments if you’re taking diuretics for high blood • pain in your pelvis pressure or have a history of kidney stones or • blood in urine These symptoms aren’t always due to bladder kidney failure. cancer but if you have them, visit your GP. Your GP will ask you about your symptoms Living with bladder cancer After treatment for bladder cancer, your and examine you. You may be referred to a urologist (a doctor who specialises in identify- will have regular check-ups with your doctor. Many hospitals have stoma nurses who can help you take care of your urostomy and give you advice. Being diagnosed with cancer can be distressing for you and your family. Specialist cancer doctors and nurses are experts in providing the care and support you need.

Smoking cigarettes is the major preventable risk factor for bladder cancer


Gibraltarians abroad

Love in a Hot Climate Joanne Barabich has been in Ghana for nearly a year now, working as a teaching support officer to 55 schools in Wa Municipal. She is based at the Teaching Resource Centre for Ghana Education Services where she helps to enable teachers to make their own teaching resources. She also runs a children’s club together with another volunteer at the centre and regularly visits schools to assist and work along teachers. In order to facilitate volunteering for Gibraltar individuals, The Kusuma Trust has teamed up with VSO, the world leader in international volunteering. VSO is an international development charity with over 50 years’ experience in the sector. It works through professional volunteers who live and work at the heart of communities in 44 countries around the world across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Working in partnership with local colleagues, they share their skills and expertise to help find long-term solutions to poverty. Joanne is the first volunteer


ing curve with both highs and lows and so different to life in Gibraltar in every possible way. I guess I was prepared in terms of decisiveness and enthusiasm for whatever came my way but other than that I have had to come and live it day by day. It seems impossible to have anticipated any of it.” With hundreds of very memorable moments to recall Joanne generally remembers the first few months when she felt she was constantly in awe of what she saw around her. “I will never forget what happened when we decided to have an open week at the children’s club. By the third day we were literally invaded by children outside the office building and had to call everything off. I was very impacted by the hospitality and welcoming nature of Ghanaians and how safe you are made to feel. Ghana has also taught me the value of water. Everything goes on hold when water doesn’t run in the dry season and when it does it’s heaven. You just want to wash and clean everything!” Joanne feels she is a very different person now but is still unsure about how her life priorities have changed. “I think I will have to visit Europe and meet up with old friends to see how much I have changed and in what ways. I have definitely learned that everything has some value here and that people have what they can and are grateful for whatever this may be. People work very hard to get food on the table on a daily basis and seem to conform much more to life’s circumstances in everyday situations. “As a European I feel very lucky, yet I really look up to these people for their ability to stay happy, help others and practise their spirituality no matter what. People here live for the day, possibly because death among young people is quite common. Things happen as and when they do and there is no use complaining or trying to plan ahead as it will get you nowhere.”

supported by the trust, which is committed to supporting up to 10 volunteers in any given year. VSO’s education programme in Ghana is aimed at improving access to quality basic education for all children, particularly girls. Joanne has no regrets about her decision to pack and go. “I have always been very happy with my decision to come here and have never looked back. I thought I was settled after a couple of months and when I look back I see that the settling process is a very long and continuous one which I am still involved in. This is a very steep learn-


Gibraltarians abroad

by Mark Montovio

With no immediate plans to return to Europe after she finishes volunteering in 2012 Joanne is hoping to buy land on the west coast of Ghana and plans to develop some business projects while continuing to help the community. “Ideally I will be travelling back and forth between Europe and Africa and I feel quite committed to this. I have to say the most life changing event was meeting my boyfriend here nine months ago. Through him I have been able to experience Africa in a much more integrated way and seen up close how someone from a developing country lives and thinks. He has been a huge support for me here in Ghana and he has also challenged my old ways of thinking and doing things.” Joanne feels that contrary to what a lot of people think, enrolling on such a programme is not about being brave. “It really is just about being open to life and to learning. I wish some people would try and learn a bit more about what goes on around them as it is very easy to live in your own bubble and

forget how different and so much harder things are in other places. It enables you to be grateful for what you have and to see that we are all humans in the same planet despite the big differences in living conditions. “I cannot but recommend volunteering with the VSO to individuals who are prepared to engage with such a life changing experience. Joanne would like to thank all those who have encouraged and supported her from the day she first decided to embark on this adventure. As well as VSO’s well-established long term volunteering projects they also manage a Global Xchange programme. This programme encourages reciprocal exchange, where young people and those who work with young people are able to learn from the experiences of others around the world, and put that learning into action. For more information visit either the VSO website http:// or The Kusuma Trust website www.

I think I will have to visit Europe and meet up with old friends to see how much I have changed and in what ways. I have definitely learned that everything has some value here


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Being a musician makes my job as a photographer a bit easier — if I know the song, I will know when a good guitar solo is coming up so will take the photos based on the song build up. I’m also good friends with the band members, and know how they react with the camera, which is also an advantage

© Mark Galliano

Adrian Pisarello from The Return of the Punk Zombies

Mark Galliano:

“Being a musician makes my job as a photographer a bit easier — if I know the song, I will know when a good guitar solo is coming up so will take the photos based on the song build up. I’m also good friends with the band members, and know how they react with the camera, which is also an advantage.” As bass player with the Sugar Plum Faeries, a commercial punk rock band, Mark has been an all rounder from a young age, and has various instrumental capacities under his belt. “I’m a jack of all trades, master of none with regards to my music, but I like being like that, and playing different instruments sometimes in the same set! Although a percussionist by nature, I like to dabble in different styles and instruments. I’m even venturing to learn a few tunes on my new ukelele!” He has also played with the Scouts band for over 15 years. “Playing in a punk rock band and a bagpipes one are two different worlds, and I feel the latter is something which is being lost, and it’s difficult to recruit people. It’s a shame because I can’t take as many photos as I would like of the band, as I usually have to be banging at my snare drum!” For Mark, it is important to capture a moment, and his course at the Photographic Society gave him the necessary knowledge to keep improving himself. “I have entered in competitions before, but I am fairly new to this,

Between Soundchecks and Snapshots by Jolene Gomez

Carrying a compact camera for as long as he can remember, Mark Galliano can be seen most weekends at Rock on the Rock Club, taking photographs of local musicians — when he’s not on stage of course! After obtaining his first SLR two years ago, Mark has been able to discover his own style of photography. An accomplished musician himself, member of a punk rock bank, and a pipe band too, Mark has provided us with quality snapshots of live stage performances, displaying aggression, a committed performance and talent. 56

Punk, pipes and pics — Mark Galliano


© Mark Galliano

Paul Isola of Breed 77

and would rather leave that for now, and again there are many talented photographers in this field also.” Mark has had the opportunity to work outside Gibraltar also, as a concert photographer, and his photos have been used in the local press many times. He travelled to the Scala Club, in London, for a Breed 77 concert, which included other bands with Gibraltarian connections, The Return of the Punk Zombies and Ted Maul. “To take photos at this special event was truly an eye opener for me.” He also likes working with monochrome on a regular basis, as well as animal photography. “I am fascinated by animals, and a visit to a zoo, garden or aviary is always in my holiday plans. I’m not a big photo-editing fan, and like to keep the image looking as pure as possible,” he explains. Mark prefers to photograph performers who are actually expressive, with movement which makes the photo come alive. “I’m not a big fan of static photography. I like performers who transmit to the audience, and for photographers it’s always a blast. With a few lighting tweaks, I believe Rock on the Rock Club is one of the best places to take photos of bands, because of the design and location of the premises.”

Stuart Cavilla of Breed 77


Some of the photographers he looks up to are Keira Vallejo, Javier Amian, and Alex Zapata, from who he has learned a great deal. His photography has grown to aspire to their standard of work, and he takes their advice to heart, with the hope of learning more tricks of the trade. With possibilities of venturing into the Spanish market, and getting his website up and running, you will probably catch Mark at the next gig at Rock on the Rock, either playing or taking shots of quality, live music entertainment.n For more information, please check out his website and lostcase_gib

I’m not a big fan of static photography. I like performers who transmit to the audience, and for photographers it’s always a blast

Giles Ramirez

© Mark Galliano

© Mark Galliano

so want to concentrate on improving myself, dedicating more time to my hobby and take it forward slowly.” He enjoys opportunist photography, does not particularly enjoy photographing landscapes, and although he’s had the chance to do a few photographic sessions, he’s realised he’s not into model photography. “There are a lot of good photographers in this field in Gibraltar — Stephen Perera and Jayden Fa to mention a few. But it’s not really my thing. I have also photographed at weddings as second photographer, as these events are a huge responsibility and you only got one chance. I don’t really feel ready for that kind of pressure,


march events

what’s on Thursday 3rd March Philharmonic Society concert (see page 46).


Friday 11th February to Friday 11th March Art Exhibition. Display of works by Gail Francis-Tiron at Fine Arts Gallery, Grand Casemates Square. Time: Mon to Fri 11am to 6pm, Saturday 11am to 2pm. For further information please contact Tel: 20040186

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Monday 15th March Free talk on Coping with Menopause Naturally presented by Carole Dumenil, acupuncturist (Lic. Ac.) at the Central Clinic, 1a Centre Plaza, Horse Barrack Lane 5.30pm. Attendance is free but spaces are limited so please call 200 59955 to book a place. Tuesday 22nd February to Friday 4th March Art Competition for Young Artists. For further information, contact

Cruise Ship Schedule






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1400 2000



Mon 28

MSC Poesia

1430 1900



Mon 04

Corinthian II

0830 1900



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0800 1400



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Thomson Dream

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Ocean Countess

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Island Escape

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MSC Poesia

1430 1900



Cadiz Casablanca

Total Number of Vessels calling in March = 2 Approximate Number of Passengers calling in March = 2,845 Total Number of Vessels calling in April = 21 Approximate Number of Passengers calling in April = 35,616



Ibiza Portimao

The Ministry of Culture Tel: 20047592 Email: Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th March 9th Gibraltar Stage Dance Festival at John Mackintosh Hall Theatre. Tickets: £7.00 per session available from the Nature Shop, Grand Casemates Square. For further information Tel: 20071635 Email: mopro@gibtelecom. net Wednesday 9th March Stage One Productions presents “Variety Live 2011” in aid of Calpe House & the Great Ormond Street Hospital at Ince’s Hall Theatre from 7.30 pm. Tickets: £15 available from MH Bland, Market Lane. For further information email: or visit www. Friday 11th March International Football Match - GFA vs Faroe Islands at Victoria Stadium from 6.30pm. Tickets: £10 per adult, available from the Victoria Stadium Sports


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● easyJet


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calendar of events Bar, Bayside Road; Petit Café (Ocean Village); Gibraltar Football Association premises (32a Rosia Road). Children & Senior Citizen free of charge. For further information Tel: 58654000

information Tel: 20072639 Email:

Saturday 12th March Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society Monthly Outing - La Sauceda. Woodland birds and flower. Meet 8am Spanish side of the frontier. For further information contact Paul Acolina Tel: 20040135 Email: paul@

Thursday 24th March Book Launch “Letters I never mailed”by Sonia Golt. Includes an Anthology of poetry by 40 local poets. At the John Mackintosh Hall Theatre from 7pm. Books are on sale at £8.00 with part of the proceeds going to a cancer charity. Event is by invitation, anyone wishing to attend can email Sonia on songolt@

Gibraltar Botanic Gardens Tour meets George Don Gates (at the south end of Grand Parade) 10.30am. There is no fee but donations welcome. For further

Friday 25th March Childline’s Blue Day. Show your support by wearing blue and making a donation.

Saturday 19th March Kings Bowl - Heroes vs Villains All Day Event - kids activities 10am3pm, 18+ from 7pm. Prizes, drinks offers, Fancy Dress a must! £10 for evening entry, includes three games. For info tel 20077338 or kingsbowlgibraltar.


Asian Short-Clawed Otter at the Wildlife Conservation Park

Wildlife Scavenger Hunt! Childline Gibraltar is looking for children between the ages of 5 to 11 to take part in a Wildlife Scavenger Hunt at Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park on Sunday 3rd April from 2.30pm until 4pm. There will be an entrance fee of £2 per child and children will be asked to solve clues and questions about the park’s wildlife on their way around, with prizes for age groups 5-7 and 8-11. You can even have your face painted on the day! Childline’s volunteers hope as many children as possible will enjoy taking part and all funds raised will be donated to Childline and the Wildlife Conservation Park. n


Gabriel was 14 when he wrote the lyrics to his first song. He was at a friend’s house when he picked up the guitar, even though he had no interest in being an expert guitarist, and playing fancy notes on the fret-board. “What I wanted to do was write a decent song with its chords, melody and lyrics that would allow me to communicate something profound, something I could not express in playground conversations,” Gabriel says. That day he learned the E minor and G major chords and Gabriel and his friend wrote their first song together. “Although it was an incredibly corny song with very embarrassing lyrics, I realised how thrilling it was to hear my emotions transferred to music.” Gabriel cherished the idea of expressing himself through the world of music, and poetry and the transition from writing lyrics to writing poems came shortly after. Gabriel was born and raised in Gibraltar until the age of 18 when he moved to England

I have invented a wilder vision of myself in music and a quieter more reflective one in poetry

Gabriel Moreno

Lyrical Expression Through a Llanito’s Eyes by Kristin Mortensen

to pursue university life. At that point, Gabriel had only seen a small part of the world, and he viewed England as an opportunity to start exploring what else the immense world had to offer. In 1999, he finished his degree in Philosophy and Spanish and moved around to further his training as a musician, teacher and writer. He travelled everywhere, living in places such as Chile, Peru, Naples, Barcelona, Utrecht before settling down in London. Along his travels he furthered his literature studies and completed a doctorate in Hispanic Literature in Spain and joined several poetry groups and associations. A total of five of Gabriel’s poetry books have been published, including his most recent book, Identidad y Deseo (Identity and Desire) which is a collection of poems from his previous books as well as new, unpublished

When adults ask children what they want to be when they grow up, their naïve response encompasses a field of careers. An astronaut, a famous football player or a rock star are among the popular aspirations. Gabriel Moreno wasn’t any exception, and he too, wanted to live the rock and roll dream — to rebel, to do as one pleases without restrictions, to write and sing while making incredible amounts of money — it seemed like a dream life. Through examples of bands such as Guns and Roses, Nirvana and Peal Jam, Gabriel craved for similar recognition, but realised with time that he needed to focus on more tangible and higher ambitions such as writing songs and poems. 60


art profile poems and lyrics. Gabriel claims the title describes what has been the main source of inspiration throughout the past five years. “Coming from Gibraltar one continually faces the subject of identity: Who are we? Where are we? How do we perceive ourselves?” Gabriel explains, “and the question of desire is intimately related to this too: what do we really want?” Gabriel is currently working on his first poetry book in English called, The Ungallant Night. Gabriel tends to play music in more social circles whereas poetry remains a very intimate and almost solitary experience. “Throughout the years I have invented a wilder vision of myself in music and a quieter more reflective one in poetry,” Gabriel describes. Apart from Gibraltar, Gabriel has performed in Norway, Chile, Peru, Holland, Colombia, Spain and the UK. “Barcelona had the right atmosphere to play songs about nostalgic decadence, but London offers more opportunities and a better crowd for the music I perform,” Gabriel says. Portraying the dichotomy of Gibraltarian identity, Gabriel writes songs in English and poems in Spanish. Conversely, his songs have a Mediterranean rhythm and the poems are based on English metrics. “I tried to use my own fusion of languages and cultures to create something close to a Gibraltarian form of artistic expression. A vision of art through the eyes of an extremely peculiar identity such as ours — the Gibraltarian angle,” Gabriel explains. Gabriel claims he writes as a means of resistance to the politics of reality, in which inspiration can sprout from anything, anywhere at any given time. “I have been inspired by call centres, football players, theatre plays, abstract paintings, strip-clubs, preachers, vagabonds, poets, singers, books, dirt, pain, love and also students. I tend to see everyone from a poetical perspective,” Gabriel says. This vast source of inspiration reflects in his concrete and abstract ideas found within his lyrics and poetry. Gabriel is a talented artist whose songs and poetry inspires people from all over the world. When asked what his biggest accomplishment was, Gabriel didn’t boast about his five books of poetry that have been published or the fact that he’s performed his music in seven different countries. His response was, “I have made two highly intelligent and cultivated people cry — one through a song

Gabriel performing his show, “Songs of Love and Decadence” at The Abbey Tavern, Kentish Town, London

and the other through a poem. In terms of reaching out and touching the other, I could not hope for more. I have to comment though that I will never know what the tears were for. I hope they were shed out of empathy with the art.” n Gabriel’s books and CD are available to purchase from Bell Books, various bookshops in Spain and from his website:

I tried to use my own fusion of languages and cultures to create something close to a Gibraltarian form of artistic expression

17 Turnbull’s Lane, Gibraltar



creature comforts In the wild Southern pigtailed macaques live in groups of between nine and 81 individuals, their natural habitat is rainforests of Southeast Asia. Without an adequate social group with dominant males to keep the male in check, our female Tonta is suffering at the hands of her frustrated son as he grows stronger by the day. These macaques are large, very intelligent and quite destructive so are quite a liability for a small park such as ours. Introducing more of this species to the park is currently out of the question. We have recently been informed

photos: A. Leaper

A zoo in Scandinavia has a large enclosure, with another pair of the same species, and is keen to take ours on too — an opportunity to give Boss and Tonta the social life they deserve

Boss the pigtailed macaque

Political Prisoners? by Jessica Leaper, Manager, Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park

One of our aims at the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park is to re-home our confiscated animals to larger wildlife parks or sanctuaries or to rehabilitate animals back into the wild where possible. Our pigtailed macaques Macaca nemestrina have been here for over 10 years and we have been working for many years to find a suitable home for them. Tonta our female, was confiscated from a consignment of macaques from Asia, along with the longtailed macaques, in 1995. It is thought these monkeys were trapped in the wild in Asia and illegally smuggled into Europe, possibly to be used for animal testing in laboratories across the continent. Boss, the male was born in 2003 to proud mother Tonta. He is now approaching full maturity and is very much living up to his name. 62

that a zoo in Scandinavia has a large enclosure with potentially another pair of the same species of macaque and is keen to take ours on too. This is a wonderful opportunity to give Boss and Tonta the social life they deserve. For any other zoological park in the world this would be relatively straight forward situation. But unfortunately this is not the case for Gibraltar. All airlines servicing Gibraltar refuse to take live animals on board other than cats and dogs. It is also impossible to pass them into Spain by road, even in transit, due to Spanish Border laws. We recently had the same situation with three Barbary macaques. We were asked by GONHS to house them for a short period before their transportation to a zoo in Sri Lanka, we gladly offered to help. Two years on and they are still here, trapped, victims of politics and misfortune. Unfortunately the females can never return to the Upper Rock as they will not be accepted back into the groups. Male macaques can migrate between family groups but females remain in their natal groups throughout their lives. This problem does not just affect these animals but also limits the role the Wildlife Conservation Park can play in all international breeding programmes with other animals, such as our Cotton-topped tamarins and recent additions, Asian short-clawed otters. With-


creature comforts out the possibility of transporting animals out of Gibraltar we are forced to limit or halt breeding in our park to avoid over-population. Other wildlife projects in Gibraltar have also been severely affected by this limitation such as the valuable work carried out by GONHS in the Raptor Rehabilitation Unit. Birds of prey are also unable to leave Gibraltar, this means that exchanges of birds with similar organisations in Spain and the UK are all but impossible, subsequently restricting the success of these important breeding programmes. Our animals are in effect political prisoners. One potential chance we have of transporting these animals out of Gibraltar is by private jet. This has been discussed before but obviously is an expensive undertaking costing thousands of pounds, a cost the Wildlife Park could not cover. A kind private jet owner offered a jet for the Barbary macaques last year but unfortunately could only fly to a smaller UK airport, this would obviously cause problems with quarantine in the UK for the monkeys before reaching a larger UK airport so the plans were aborted. For now we can only dream this option may become a reality. The staff at the Wildlife Park is

If we can find a way to re-home the pig-tailed macaques, all the animals at the park will benefit from the extra space planning a fund-raising skydive to put funds towards the costs of transport, should the opportunity ever arise. We are planning to renovate our primate exhibits this year with help from the Bonita Trust. This will provide a more enriching and natural environment for the monkeys we have. If we can find a way to rehome the pig-tailed macaques, all the animals at the park will benefit from the extra space. We will continue to work to resolve this predicament and to strive for the very best for our animals at the park. Many of our animals have been through unimaginable hardship before coming to live with us and they now deserve the very best we can give. The park is open to the public every day of the week to provide

Poppy, one of the Barbary macaques left in limbo

educational information on conservation and the illegal trade in animals that unfortunately still goes on in the world today. The Wildlife Conservation Park is open from 10am-5pm daily.

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A Dignified Burial

by Frankie Hatton

Recently I dropped into PC Clinic to use the equipment and while there I talked to owner and friend Giacomo Medici. To cut a long story short he was on his way out as someone from the Jewish community has passed away and he had to help prepare the body. I was surprised. I remember seeing my granny laid out in our dining room and, as a five year old, I didn’t fancy kissing a dead body, but preparing it? No thanks. One of the beauties of Gibraltar is our mix of religions and it is quite normal to ask about other religions, no one is offended, no one gets tongue-tied. We practise different forms of worship or none at all and are quite open about it all. Knowledge is not only a good thing it is a community thing, I reckon. My wife’s family are Mormon and I knew friends and family prepare the body before the funeral so I’d heard of the practise but my ignorance was obvious about the Jewish faith. I was very curious so I asked what turns a mild mannered businessman into what I would describe as an undertaker? Is this part of your culture or do only some people do it because they want to? Giacomo was happy to explain; “Becoming part of the burial society is done purely voluntarily,” he said. “It is considered a very good deed as the person you help bury cannot repay your actions.” I had more questions. Is it just family members you prepare or can you be called upon for


any community member? “As part of the burial society, you are called for any community member (at any time of day!),” he replied. What about the sex of the deceased are there specific rules for that? I wanted to know. “Part of the burial procedure is the cleansing of the body. Out of modesty, this is only done by members of the same sex as the deceased.” How do you approach the task and what exactly do you do or what is your role?

Becoming part of the burial society is done purely voluntarily. It is considered a very good deed as the person you help bury cannot repay your actions

“The job is done with a lot of dignity and decorum,” he emphasised. “My personal role is Honorary Secretary of the Hebrew Burial Committee. My responsibilities range from arranging funerals and the necessary paperwork to producing minutes of meetings.” Is it difficult? I wondered. “If you mean emotionally? It can be if you are close to the deceased. Family members are not normally encouraged to participate in the procedure for obvious reasons. There are enough members to facilitate this arrangement. Unfortunately, there are cases were you have to bury newborns. Thankfully, I have not come across any personally as this would undoubtedly be extremely tough to bear.” Keen to show some knowledge, I mentioned I had read that you have to place soil from Israel in with the corpse. How do you get it here and do you need a lot of it? I asked. “The soil is mainly a custom and we only use a pinch of it for every funeral.  Someone who goes on holiday to Israel will bring back a little


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What prompted my decision to join was, in a way, a kind of debt of gratitude for the way my mother had been so thoughtfully and respectfully attended to when she passed away in 1996

bag of sand or soil.” How did you become involved? “I got involved with the society shortly after I came back to Gibraltar following university. What prompted my decision to join was, in a way, a kind of debt of gratitude for the way my mother had been so thoughtfully and respectfully attended to when she passed away in 1996. Any person over the age of BarMitzvah (12 for girls, 13 for boys) can join the society. Realistically, members are aged around 20 upwards. There is no cap on the upper age limit — we have some very senior acting members.” Can you explain the ritual and how the task is performed? “We try to accompany the person near the time of death in order to provide the last prayers.  Once the person has passed away, we have the tradition of accompanying the corpse at all times until the moment of burial,” Giacomo explains patiently. “The body is then transferred to an ante-room we have at the North Front Hebrew Cemetery where the body is prepared for the funeral by being ritually washed and dressed.  Finally, we wrap it in a white blanket. We have a tradition of not using coffins.” What happens if someone has died through a traumatic event. How do you cope and if family members want to see their loved one what can you do? “We are not allowed by Jewish (Halachic) Law to intervene with the body in any unnecessary method and anyway (as mentioned above) the body is covered with a sheet and not visible to the public. For the same reason we try to bury as soon as is possible, even at night, and  also try to avoid any post-mortems as we consider the body holy.  “There are also some points that may interest you to know about Jewish customs for these times: “We are not allowed to bury on the Sabbath (Friday night to nightfall on Saturday). “It is the local custom to bury the men and women in separate sections of the cemetery. “We have a period of seven days (called the shiva — ‘seven’ in Hebrew), 30 days, and a year of mourning where a male relative says daily remembrance prayers (called the Kaddish) for the deceased in the synagogue. The reason for the periods are as a sign of respect to the deceased family member to mourn during the first month and during the whole year for a parent. The Kadish (prayer for the deceased) is recited during this period. “The family actually bury their relative  (lower the body into the ground) wherever possible.  Personally, I found this to be very positive from a psychological perspective as it helps you in the long term in the grieving process,” he concludes. n GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE • MARCH 2011

More flights from Gibraltar to Luton and Manchester this summer Due to soaring demand from customers, leading leisure airline Monarch is adding thousands of extra seats from Gibraltar to London Luton and Manchester this summer. From 27th May 2011, an extra four flights a week will operate from the Rock to London Luton airport in addition to the daily flights currently offered, meaning double daily flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. In addition, an extra two flights a week will operate between Gibraltar and Manchester this summer, bringing the total number of flights to five per week — a 62% increase on the same period last year. In total for summer 2011 Monarch will operate up to 16 flights a week from Gibraltar to the UK. The extra flights are available to book now via with fares, including taxes, starting from just £35.99 one way (£85 return) from Luton and £41.99 one way (£89.99 return) from Manchester. Commenting on the additional services, Managing Director of Monarch Airlines, Kevin George said, “We have seen huge demand for seats between Gibraltar and London Luton this summer and as a result have introduced these additional services meaning an extra 31,000 seats will be available. This also means that we are the only airline offering a choice of morning and afternoon departures between the UK and Gibraltar. “We also have almost 21,000 extra seats available on our services between Gibraltar

and Manchester this summer compared to last summer, offering an even greater choice of low fare flights and convenient flight times to the UK. “The new terminal at Gibraltar, which is due to open this summer, has been a significant factor in encouraging us to expand our operations from Gibraltar as this will see better facilities for customers and an enhanced travel experience.” In addition to year-round low fares, Monarch also offers a great range of hot and cold meals that can be pre-booked or purchased onboard with prices starting from £3.00. All customers are allocated a seat at check-in but for those wishing to select where in the cabin they sit and ensure that families and groups are seated together, seats can be pre-booked from £7.50 per one-way flight. Passengers travelling on scheduled flights with pre-allocated seats can also avoid the queues at the airport and take advantage of online check-in, which is available between 18 days and 4.5 hours prior to departure at no extra charge. For customers looking for added comfort, extra legroom seats are available offering up to six inches of extra space from only £15. For further information or to book Monarch flights, please visit


Liverpool Waterfront

Live, Laugh, Love, Liverpool

Images courtesy The Mersey Partnership

“Above us only sky” is the motto of Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport taken from the song Imagine by the famous singer who was married in Gibraltar in 1969. Now, 42 years later, it’s as if he is inviting us to his city. And thanks to EasyJet launching their new route from Gibraltar to Liverpool, a weekend holiday is just a hop, skip and jump away. Well… more like a three-hour flight, but still within reasonable distance for a weekend get-a-way. The first flight departs Gibraltar on Tuesday 29th March, and many eager travellers have already booked their flight to see this fascinating city. EasyJet will be operating flights directly to John Lennon Airport three times a week starting from just £27.99. Today Liverpool thrives, with culture and heritage, diverse restaurants, trendy bars and fabulous shops. Not to mention its inhabitants, colloquially known as “Scousers”. What once was an important trade centre and gateway to the New World is now a prime destination for a weekend holiday. Situated conveniently on the Mersey River, the Liverpool Waterfront is a must-see when visiting. From the time when monks used to row their boats across the river, to the amazing display of contemporary architecture, the history and attractions found on Albert Dock brings in people from all over the world. Within Albert Dock there are many worthwhile places to visit such as Tate Liverpool, the Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum and the 60 metre-high Echo Wheel which circles through the skyline between Albert Dock and the Convention Centre. The Pier Head, the home of the Mersey Fer-


Albert Dock


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by Kristin Mortensen ries and the Three Graces — the Royal Liverpool Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building — form part of the World Heritage Site and create a great place to relax and watch canal boats on the Liverpool Canal Link. This links the Albert and Salthouse docks to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and enables canal boats to travel straight into the heart of Liverpool. On a journey to the New World, many passer-by’s decided to make Liverpool their home. As a result, Liverpool has become a large melting pot of diverse nationalities, religions and traditions. This multi-faith city embraces every religion, each of which has a rich history, apparent in the collection of religious buildings. This includes two Christian Cathedrals — the Liverpool Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King — the Princess Road Synagogue and the Radha Krishna Hindu Temple, also worth visiting for an enriching, spiritual experience. Another plus side of Liverpool’s diverse ethnicity is the infusion of international cuisine. Whether you fancy ultra-chic fine dining, independent bistros or everyday chain restaurants, Liverpool has something for everyone. For a unique dining experience, be sure to check Alma de Cuba on Seel Street, formely a church and now a Latin restaurant with a Cuban twist. While there’s a wide variety of international options, local restaurants brim the streets serving gourmet dishes. When we think of music in Liverpool, we automatically think of the Beatles. They are, without doubt, Liverpool’s most famous offspring. After a trip to the Beatles’ Story on Albert Dock, you can continue your Beatles adventure by having a drink at the Cavern Club on Mathew’s Street or visit John Lennon’s and Sir Paul McCartney’s childhood homes. Liv-

Liverpool Cathedral

What once was an important trade centre and gateway to the New World is now a prime destination for a weekend holiday

erpool was deemed the World Capital of Pop, and still lives up to its name with an exciting music scene at the Echo Arena. If there’s one thing Scousers are passionate about, it’s sports. Golf, horse-racing, and rugby get their hearts pumping, but football runs in their veins. Liverpool is the home to not one, but two Premiership football teams — Liverpool Football Club at Anfield and Everton Football Club at Goodison Park. The two teams are intense rivals so don’t be surprised if you walk into a pub and overhear a heated dispute between the “Reds” and the “Blues.” There are stadium tours available, but to get the ultimate experience, attend a football game. If you’d rather spend the day shopping, you’re in luck because there are endless possibilities for shoppers. Choose from high-end shopping centres, boutiques, bohemian streets and farmers’ markets. Liverpool ONE is the newest shopping centre located in the heart of the city and hosts more than 160 renowned shops. For more exclusive fashion and beauty outlets, visit Metquarter. If you want to avoid the crowded shopping centres, take a stroll through Lark Lane for funky bohemian boutiques and street markets. When it comes to accommodation, Liverpool has something to suit any budget, whether it’s a hostel for a night or a five star hotel. Accommodation is available in the heart of the city for visitors who like to be in the city centre. The quaint countryside also provides charming accommodation that is prefect for a romantic weekend away from the hustle and bustle the city brings. Liverpool has so much to offer visitors and with EasyJet’s new route, we can finally plan our trip to this fascinating city. So, what are you waiting for? Book your flight today and give yourself the break you’ve been putting off. You deserve it! n Go to for more tourist information.

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history file Mercurius (pictured) in port in New York wearing Dutch neutrality markings. This British-built ship had two of the distinctive Dutch tall double masts, one of which is visible here. The US Navy took the ship over on 19th April 1918 under the Right of Angary and commissioned her on 30th April as USS Mercurius. Mercurius was decommissioned on 25th June 1919 and returned to her Dutch owners. She sank in the Strait of Gibraltar in 1925 a storm which battered the Rock.

compel the crews to man the captured ships and force them to transport troops, ammunition, and provisions. That was to be the fate of the Mercurius and her crew. Built in Glasgow in 1909, SS Mercurius was a 2863-ton cargo ship owned by the Royal Netherlands Steamship Company. The Netherlands was neutral in World War I and on 20th March 1918, the United States Government seized the Dutch merchantman, docked at New York, citing the right of angary (jus angariae). The US Naval War Code of 1900 stated taking and destroying neutral naval vessels was within the authority of a belligerent provided there was a military necessity and the owners were fully compensated. The US Navy commissioned USS Mercurius on 30th April 1918 and for the next year she shunted cargo back and forth across the Atlantic. On her first voyages she took war materials to Britain but later carried food stuffs and relief supplies for Armenians to Constantinople. She also transported food and goods to Smyrna and Rotterdam before being decommissioned and returned to her Dutch owners on 25th June 1919. by Reg Reynolds Mercurius continued to work as a commercial vessel until meeting her end during the storm at Gibraltar. On Friday 13th March, 1925 a powerful storm battered The best explanation of angary and its usage I could find on the internet was written by the Gibraltar causing considerable damage in Catalan Bay where American Dr. Bill Long who describes himself residents were forced to shelter in the Admiralty Tunnel. The on his website as a writer, wordsmith, legal scholar/consultant and theological expert living Dutch steamer Mercurius wrecked on Pearl Rock and sank in the Pacific Northwest: beneath the waves. Two other steamers foundered, the French “Though the word angary didn’t appear in English until 1880, the verb angariate goes back Ville de Port Vendres and the Spanish Josefica. Fortunately all to the 1670s. Derived from the Latin angariare, ‘to constrain to service,’ it also reflects an older of the crewmen were saved. Greek usage, derived ultimately from the Persian angaros, a messenger or courier liable to be impressed on the King’s business. So, the verb in maritime law but entails eventual restoration and the While researching the history of the Mercurius I was curious to learn she had been an ‘angary’ payment of indemnities for their use. A legitimate reason means ‘to exact forced labour from; to press into service; to impress.’” ship. I had never heard of the term before and for the exercise of the right of angary is the prevention The angary law is still in force today but was surprised to learn it referred to ships from of the use of such ships by the enemy. crews can no longer be taken prisoner or forced neutral nations which had been confiscated by Under the law the belligerent could even to work. n belligerents. I could understand taking over an enemy vessel but a neutral? I am sure those working in the shipping industry are aware of this law but it was news to me. I looked up angary in the Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea:


Q: What Makes a Ship Angary

ANGARY, RIGHT OF, the claim by a belligerent power to seize the ships of a neutral country for its own use when under stress of necessity. It is a right recognised


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In the Pink Local football team Cannons FC presented Mrs Ellul Hammond, Chairperson of the Breast Cancer Support Group, with a gesture of their continued support towards this worthy charity — a framed replica of their pink football shirt and logo. Pictured at the event are Cannons FC Chairman Nicholas Gaiviso, Secretary Angelo Brancato, Manager Steven Tosso, Treasurer Christian Pons and the rest of the team. Thevent was sponsored by Eco Inspire Limited and by Borge Dental Clinic, many thanks for support throughout this campaign.

Chesterton sponsors Manchester United Do these girls know the offside rule? You bet! Every Wednesday Man Utd Ladies FC play their attacking style of football at the Victoria stadium.

quality of the football, we jumped at the opportunity to help out the team. We share the same desire to be at the top of our respective leagues in Gibraltar!”

Now they do so wearing a brand new kit supplied and sponsored by Chesterton. “We’re really proud to associate ourselves with football, the Gibraltar Ladies League and Man Utd Ladies team” said Mike Nicholls, managing director of Chesterton. “Having read the ladies football article in the Gibraltar Magazine in January, we watched a couple of the games involving Man Utd Ladies FC and, impressed with the

The team is managed by Gerry Wood. Gerry welcomed the sponsorship deal “We are so grateful to Chesterton and very much welcome our association with a local forward thinking property company.” The Ladies League fixtures are played every Wednesday evening. All are welcome to go along and watch, especially those unconvinced that ladies know the offside rule!

Man Utd Ladies FC show off their new kit courtesy of Chesterton. Back row: Gerry Wood (manager), Tim Benson (Chesterton), Tammy Wood, Gynaika Mena, Kaira Sene, Lenise Danino, Mike Nicholls (Chesterton MD). Front row: Kristin Mortensen, Celina Marcus, Kayleigh Potter; Cora Anne Ramirez; Sammy Machin; Maximm Lopez

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The Gibraltar Football Association put up a good performance against a fitter and more technical San Roque side in a friendly which saw the National team trying out players and tactics ahead of its international match on Friday 11th March against the Faroe Islands. The match will take place at Victoria Stadium from 6.30pm and everyone is encouraged to go along to support the local side. Tickets cost £10 per adult, and are available at the Victoria Stadium Sports Bar, Bayside Road; Petit Cafe, Ocean Village; and the Gibraltar Football Association premises at 32a Rosia Road. Children and Senior Citizens can enter free of charge. For further information contact 58654000.


Rap on the Rock by Kristin Mortensen

It was another day in maths class and 14-year-old Jamez Ablitt sat in the back row scribbling rhymes in the back of his exercise book. He could faintly hear the teacher rambling on about logrithims, yet his thoughts remained on writing. He’d write about school, homework, basketball and friends, all within rhythmic metric. His daily experiences became the inspiration behind his rhymes and before long, he put the pencil down and made the transition from writing to rapping. One of Jamez’s first encounters with rapping started right here in Gibraltar in Bayside School’s playground. There he stood encircled by students cheering him on as he free-styled directly at Mr. Danino, one of his favourite teachers. Jamez left school on a natural high that day, recounting the rhymes that flowed out of his mouth like a raging river. Jamez soon came to know that he wasn’t the only one with musical talent on the playground. Some of Jamez’ classmates also sang and played instruments so they formed a group and had their debut performance at Queen’s Cinema. Since then Jamez, also known as J.Gusto, has performed all over Gibraltar at venues such as the John Macintosh Hall, Black Cat, Alameda Gardens, El Cottage, Savannah, Swave and Rock on the Rock. He has also performed for local events such as in the coach park for a National Day concert, Casemates for New Year’s


Eve, and the Youth Pavillion at the fair. “I love performing. I forget who I am, who I was or who I was trying to be when I am on stage,” Jamez reflects. “Live performances are like meditation sessions — total absorption in that

Life throws these lessons at you— good and bad— it’s a blessing we can put the teachings on paper to later record that specific moment in time

moment.” Jamez has worked with various solo artists from Gibraltar, but his performance at Rock on the Rock was his first experience with a band. It was something Jamez had never done before and ultimately inspired him to start a band to try a something new and provide a different sound. Jamez continues to perform all over the Rock and will be performing with his band this month at Rock on the Rock. Although the majority of his time is spent song writing, Jamez balances his musical talent by practising the art of freestyling, or the improvisation of rap lyrics on the spot. He writes his rhymes based on his perspectives through his life experiences, shedding light on the firsthand knowledge he has gained through life. “I consider myself a conscious dude, so my lyrics tend to maintain that positive vibration,” Jamez says. He explains that almost all of his


music scene life is reflected in his lyrics. “Life throws these lessons at you — good and bad — it’s a blessing we can put the teachings on paper to later record that specific moment in time.” Jamez claims he doesn’t have a favourite music artist but says he still has love for soul music, which he was brought up listening to thanks to his mum’s taste in music. Motown and Phil Spector were some of his early musical inspirations, and although his inspirations have evolved since then, he still jumps at the chance of listening to some good old fashioned soul music. His open-mindedness toward music reflects on his musical infusions from different genres. He has recorded two albums and is currently working on his third. The first solo album was titled Best of Both Worlds, and is a short compilation of songs expressing his gratitude for living in Spain and yet still being in short reach of our British territory. His second album was recorded with a friend from the UK and was made solely for the enjoyment and collaborative factor, that music is ultimately about having fun. The third album takes on a more serious approach and will be released with a lot more vigour than the last two. “It’s been a while since I had the drive to do solo work, but it’s on now, and I’m really going to focus all my attention and work hard on the third album so that it’s the best I can offer,” Jamez says. He has made a name for himself in Gibraltar as a rapper, which can be hard when rap music isn’t at the top of everyone’s playlist. The rap music scene is now a popular choice in Gibraltar among the younger generation. Most people associate rap music with the club scene, and while it remains a favourite among party music, it is becoming more socially accepted elsewhere. “Rap is no different to any other musical artistry, but because it’s rarely seen here, people aren’t so fond, so I understand,” Jamez explains. “Awareness of the rap music industry is growing though, and I appreciate every critic and every fan.” After two months of travelling in the United States, Jamez has recently settled back into ‘normal’ life in Gibraltar. “I had an amazing experience in America, though it’s good to be home. The time away helped clear my mind and allowed me to focus on me. I now feel that it’s definitely time to focus on music. Music defines a big part of me.” Keep an eye out for J.Gusto's next album, as well as live performances in Gibraltar. n

Rap is no different to any other musical artistry, but because it’s rarely seen here, people aren’t so fond

Dog of the Month

I’m a 3 year old male bodeguero — which is like a Jack Russell with long legs. I need lots of exercise and I am a very lively and friendly boy, even with other dogs.

“I need a good home!”

If you are interested in adopting me please call the GSPCA on 540 19968 or 540 29927



getting crafty

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow.... by Sonia Golt

As children we are influenced by our parents, who help us form our characters, tastes and possibly an insight into the type of career we pursue. This, it seems, is what happened for Jennifer Fernandez who, through her mother’s love of jewellery, ended up making her own.

courses on how to attach the different clasps available and knot pearls (which is very time consuming). She also did a course on colour matching and combining which she says helps when putting gemstones of different colours and textures together. The most intense course she claims was leatherwork — how to braid leather and cord and incorporate stones or charms into the actual design. With an ambition to undertake workshops in silver work, she is keen to learn how to bezel set gemstones into fine sterling silver or gold. The cost of such courses means she will have to wait and content herself with reading all the books on jewellery-making she can get her hands on. “There is so much material out there,” she says with pleasure. Jennifer ’s current favourite materials are nugget and chip beads from which she creates big and bold designs. Her favourite gemstones are lapis, kyanite and quartz. “Quartz offers many colours and textures. There is a story that Atlantis’ downfall was due to someone fiddling about with quartz crystals, that is how fascinating they are. I particularly like rose quartz as the colour is very feminine, a soft tone which can combined with countless other stones and pearls.” Jennifer certainly knows her stones and explains that the special meaning attributed to them encourages people to buy certain ones. Lapis Lazuli, for example, is the stone of friendship. Rose quartz is the stone of love (apparently, if you keep a piece under your pillow, it will keep your marriage alive and fiery and will ward off old age!). Amethyst is supposed to ward off drunkenness. Diamonds are said to be good to heal coughs and sinus problems. “I’d rather have a diamond than a bottle of Actifed!” she laughs. “People want to know how long

“I have always had an interest in Jennifer had a favourite Main admiring the jewellery. jewellery,” she explains. “I used to Street shop and would spend Though mostly self taught, go with my mum when she bought ages looking through its window Jennifer completed four online pieces of jewellery and, although I don’t share my mum’s taste in jewellery, I always loved looking at the trays of rings and the many interesting colours of gemstone available. It was attractive for a young child to see the shining and glistening colours in all shades.”

Jennifer’s designs are vibrant and unique. “I love to design my own pieces. I do not like to copy but I do get inspired by the major fashion houses”



getting crafty it takes to make a unique design but there are so many different things to do it is impossible to gauge. I normally take about 15 minutes to make a stretchy bracelet with charms. The bracelet has to have double elastic in order to make it resilient and I use a beading needle to thread the beads. Then of course there are pieces which can take me days or weeks, depending on the number of strands and beadwork needed. Those are my favourites as I have to take my time and come back to the design again and again. Finally the end product is what I aimed for and the time spent is definitely worth it.” Jennifer’s designs are vibrant and unique. “I love to design my own pieces. I do not like to copy but I do get inspired by the major fashion houses. While imitation is the greatest form of flattery, creativity from your own vision is the greatest form of expression. There are bound to be similarities,” she acknowledges, “because there are only so many bead styles in the world. However, I try to be true to myself and my creative talent.” There are some designers who inspire her though. “Mary Quant does it for me; I love her abstract monochrome pieces, so ’60s. I also love the funky designs from the new designers Stella McCartney and John Galliano for Dior. They usually work in metal (silver or gold) so that is something I will need to research and undertake soon.” Jennifer is also inspired by the interaction with people who lead her to create lovely pieces. “The people who acquire my pieces normally know what they want/prefer and I learn from them so I know which colour, metal and texture to use for their pieces. They help make my job easier.”

Jennifer’s jewellery is owned by people from all walks of life. From busy mums to a very important MP in London who adores pearls

she smiles. Jennifer keeps very little of her jewellery for herself, though it is hard for her to part with the most complex designs as she knows she could never replicate the design. “When I create a complex design which is just stunning, I say to myself ‘oh I wish you didn’t have to go’!” Her consolation is that the item will make someone else very happy. There is one piece, though, which she cannot part with. “It is an aventurine necklace with purple jasper pendant, and jade and turquoise. This was one of my first pieces, the beginning of my love story with jewellery-making. It’s beautiful and it’s mine!”

Jennifer’s jewellery is owned by people from all walks of life. From busy mums to a very important MP in London who adores pearls. I have a few fans out there, but mostly it’s friends, family and people I know,” she admits. For Jennifer jewellery-making is a hobby which she wishes she had more time indulge. “I have three kids and they all need my Until Jenny’s website is launched, time, but when I do have some ‘me’ time I’d rather be jewellery- you can follow her work on Facebook making than pampering myself,” under Jenny’s Jewels.



food & drink

Not Just Desserts... Just Desserts on the first floor of the ICC (International Commercial Centre) isn’t just desserts. In fact, they have recently expanded their food menu, giving their loyal customers even more delicious options and variety to choose from. Warm, toasted paninis are the too) and you can choose your newest addition to the menu own fillings to satisfy exactly (which includes jacket potatoes what you’re craving. Choose

Logan Makes it Snow for Childline Funds

Just before Christmas young Logan Russell had the idea of making and decorating snowflakes to sell to his classmates at Bishop Fitzgerald School. His teacher, Miss Murphy in his class 4m thought this was a worthy project and encouraged him and his friends to see what they could do. Not only did they manage to sell all they produced, but Logan also persuaded his mum and dad to double the proceeds!


Logan and his friends particularly wanted the money raised to go to a local organisation and Childline was their preferred charity. On behalf of Childline, Gloria Stimson the Chairperson of the fund raising committee said “Logan and his friends really worked hard at producing the snowflakes and enjoyed raising funds for Childline. We are extremely grateful to them for this donation.”


food & drink from a wide selection of meats, cheeses and crisp vegetables. Yum... All dishes at Just Desserts are guaranteed homemade using the freshest ingredients possible. Just Desserts caters to everyone’s tastes and offers a full vegetarian menu and children’s meals too. Daily specials feature carefully selected dishes that are highly recommended. An allday breakfast is available for the sleepyheads and the people who love breakfast so much they eat it more than once a day. Daily roasts are offered throughout the week for those who can’t wait for Sunday. Smaller portions are available for children or perfect for a light meal or snack. And all this without yet mentioning the notorious desserts that are to die for. Indulge in a warm, gooey slice of chocolate cake or banoffee pie. The lovely ladies at Just Desserts greet customers with a warm and friendly hello and offer exceptional service. Whether you want to eat a relaxing meal or have a quick coffee before work, Just Desserts offers it all for a reasonable price.

The Just Desserts girls

Located conveniently on the first floor of the ICC, customers have the option to dine in the bright and airy non-smoking restaurant, eat on the indoor terrace with a smoking area or order food to take-away. n


The lovely ladies at Just Desserts greet customers with a warm and friendly hello and offer exceptional service... All dishes are guaranteed homemade






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1 tbs 1 tbs

vegetable oil sesame oil

For The Risotto: 1kg good quality Arborio risotto rice 2 med brown onions, finely diced 1 tbs minced garlic 2 litres vegetable stock For The Risotto Sauce: 3 brown onions roughly chopped 8 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped 4 packs of coriander, roughly chopped 1 jar of Galangal 20 Kaffir lime leaves 2 packs of lemongrass 5 med red chillies, roughly chopped with the seeds 1kg coconut milk powder mixed with 2 litres of cold water Fish sauce, soft brown sugar and lemon juice to season to taste Sweet and Sour Butter Reduction: Juice of 1 lemon 3 tbs fish sauce 5 tbs water 3 tbs sweet chilli sauce 200 g salted butter, chopped into small cubes Steamed Asian Greens to serve


nticing ntrées

by Fifty-Five Chef Scott Casey

March boasts a collection of our favourite entrées. Choose from the Vietnamese Tiger Prawns on top of Coconut and Lemongrass Infused Risotto or the delicious Veal and Ricotta Meatballs with Salsa Verde. For a meatless alternative, try the Salt and Pepper Fried Silken Tofu, Braised Abergine Caponata. Enjoy! Vietnamese Tiger Prawns, Coconut & Lemongrass Infused Risotto, Sweet & Sour Butter Reduction Serves 4

16 large Raw Tiger Prawns peeled,


deveined heads left on 2 tbs minced fresh ginger 2 tbs minced Garlic 4 tbs finely chopped coriander 1 tbs Sambel Olek (Vietnam chilli paste) Zest of 1 lemon and lime

Firstly combine the prawn marinade ingredients in a bowl and add the tiger prawns. Combine well, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days, minimum of five hours. Next make the risotto sauce, in a large pan combine the onion, garlic, kaffir lime leaves, chillies, galangal, coriander and lemongrass. Fry over a high heat for 6-7 minutes until the ingredients begin to stick to the bottom of the pan. Then add the coconut milk mix and bring to the boil, simmer for half an hour. Now remove the lemongrass and blend the mix with a hand held stick blender until smooth. Season to taste with the fish sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice. The sauce should taste slightly sweet with a mild kick of chilli. There will be leftover sauce which you can freeze for a rainy day. For the risotto, in a separate pan fry the onion and garlic until aromatic and soft (about 4 minutes). Bring the stock to the boil in another pan. Add the risotto rice to the onion and garlic and stir for three minutes until the rice becomes translucent. Add half the boiling stock and turn down to a simmer. Continue to add the boiling stock a cup at a time until the rice is al dente (to the bite, around about 12-15 minutes. You may or may not need all the stock so don’t go overboard). For the sweet and sour butter reduction combine all the ingredients except the butter in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Boil for one minute, then add the butter slowly making sure to keep whisking the butter in to dissolve. Turn down to a very slow simmer and reduce for one minute. Set aside. To assemble add four handfuls of the partially cooked risotto rice to a sauce pan. Cover with 5 cups of the sauce. Bring to the boil and stir until a nice wet, but no too wet, risotto consistency is achieved. Pan fry the tiger prawns until cooked. Add the risotto rice to the centre of a large bowl plate. Top with the tiger prawns and then with a few spoons of the sweet and sour butter reduction. Serve with some gor-


recipes geous steamed Asian greens.

The Lightest Ever Veal and Ricotta Meatballs with Salsa Verde Serves 6

Meatballs: 500g ricotta cheese 500g of minced Veal 2 eggs 2 tbs dried thyme 2 tbs freshly finely chopped oregano 150g finely grated parmesan 80 ml good quality extra virgin olive oil Zest of 2 medium size lemons Freshly ground black pepper to taste Salsa Verde: 1 cup loosely packed flat leaf parsley leaves, no stalks 3 anchovy fillets 2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tbs rinsed and roughly chopped capers Half cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tbs red wine vinegar

velop. For the Salsa Verde simply combine all the ingredients in a jug blender. Blend until a smooth thick sauce consistency is reached. You may need to add a bit more olive oil if it’s too thick or if you like a thinner salsa. To serve panfry the meatballs turning regularly until golden and cooked through. (About 5-7 minutes). Arrange nicely on a large plate, spoon over the Salsa Verde and serve with garlic bread, some fresh pasta or even some sautéed or mashed potatoes.

Salt and Pepper Fried Silken Tofu, Braised Aubergine Caponata Serves 4 900g 100g 50g 1 tbs 2 tbs 1 ttbs

silken Tofu plain flour corn flour sea salt, Maldon is the go freshly ground black pepper Chinese 5 spice powder

quarters. Heat the vegetable oil in a medium sized saucepan, add the aubergines and cook slowly for about five minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and one cup of warm water, cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until tender. Now cut the tofu into 1cm thick slices. In a bowl combine all other ingredients. Lightly dust the tofu slices in the flour mix and then deep-fry at 170ºC for 2 mins or until crispy and golden. Drain on some absorbent paper towel. To serve spoon a nice amount of the aubergine caponata into the centre of a plate. Top with the salt and pepper fried tofu and serve with some steamed rice or nice stir fried vegetables. n Note: All the Asian style ingredients used in the above recipes are available from Ramsons in Watergardens. Chef Scott Casey

Braised Aubergine Caponata: 1kg Aubergines Half cup vegetable oil 5 cloves crushed garlic 1 tbs freshly grated ginger 100 ml light salt reduced soy sauce 2 tbs Shaxoing rice wine Half tsp sesame oil 2 tbs golden caster sugar

The day before place the ricotta into a sieve with a bowl underneath, cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge over night to strain any excess cheese liquid. On the day combine all the meatball ingredients and mix well until combined with clean hands. Roll the meatballs into even golf ball For the aubergine caponata remove the top sized rounds and place on a tray. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours to let the flavours de- and the bottom of the aubergines and cut into



shrove tuesday

Flipping Marvellous Try them with the classic lemon and sugar or experiment with different fillings, but whatever you do make sure you enjoy the perfect pancake on Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) 8th March. Pancakes have improved a lot since the early days when our forefathers (or mothers!) mashed up grains and water and baked the mixture on hot stones. In fact, pancakes (but not as we know them) were one of the earliest forms of bread. If your pancakes seem more like our ancestors’ creations than the modern light-and-fluffyon-the-inside and golden-brown-on-the-outside delights then follow this recipe and make sure yours are flipping marvellous this year. Pancake Perfection 100g plain flour 2 eggs 300ml semi-skimmed milk 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus extra for frying pinch salt Mix it Up Sift the flour into a bowl with a pinch of salt. In a separate bowl mix all the other ingredients. Then add the sifted flour to the bowl and whisk gently. Over mixing leads to tough pan-


cakes — so do this step carefully. Get Cooking Preheat a heavy-bottomed nonstick frying pan until a drop of water skitters across the pan when splashed in. Lightly coat the hot pan with oil (you can use cooking spray or clarified butter but not regular butter as it burns too quickly). Do a test run with a sacrificial pancake and adjust the temperature accordingly. When you have the temperature right, ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. A pancake is ready to be turned over when it’s dry around the edges and bubbles have formed

Never press down the pancake with a spatula, it will ruin the fluffy, light effect you have been striving for

over the top. Take a peek underneath to see if the bottom is nice and golden before you flip it. Have a go at flipping the pancake, it’s easier than it seems and is the quickest way to turn the pancake (if not use a non-stick spatular to turn the pancake). Never press down the pancake with a spatula, it will ruin the fluffy, light effect you have been striving for. Continue with the rest of the batter, serving them as you cook. If you aren’t serving immediately (the best way) arrange finished pancakes in a single layer on a cooling tray, never stack or cover them (steam will make them soggy). Fun with Pancakes Pancakes are great with a squeeze of lemon and some brown sugar, but try these delicious suggestions too. Sweet and savoury onion, cheese and bacon (fry a chopped onion, add chopped streaky bacon and cook until golden. Tip onto pancakes, grate over cheddar, fold up and eat hot). Tropical fruit and ginger (add your favourite fresh tropical fruits, stem ginger syrup and a good spooning of Greek yogurt.... Delicious. Get creative with your fillings and make it fun. n


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restaurants 14 on the Quay Unit 14, Queensway Quay. Tel: 200 43731 Open for lunch, afternoon tea, cocktails and dinner, 14 on the Quay offers a relaxed atmosphere inside and al fresco dining for every occasion. The international menu changes on a monthly basis to offer a wide variety of choice each time you visit and you can wind up your evening with a refreshing cocktail as you watch one of the marina’s spectacular sunsets. Open: 12 midday - late every day, Sundays 12 midday - 4pm Brunos The Boardwalk, Marina Bay. Tel: 216 25555 Email: A modern but elegant marina-side restaurant, which offers a selection of classical, contemporary, Thai-infused and local dishes. Choose from a variety of starters such as baked goat’s cheese or homemade chicken liver pâté before your main dish such as the superb Thai red curry chicken and with choices of meat, fish and vegetarian options. Bruno’s aim is to offer all customers the best homemade cuisine experience. All desserts are homemade too, so why not try the chocolate brownie or the chef’s secret recipe of Gibraltar’s best selling dessert, Banofee Pie. Personal touch and excellent service. Open: 7 days a week 11am - late l Café Solo Grand Casemates Square. Tel: 200 44449 Modern Italian eatery set in the lively Casemates square. 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. Good daily specials menu on blackboard. No smoking inside. Free WiFi. l Cafe Rojo 54 Irish Town. Tel: 200 51738 Sleek modern comfort in this relaxing little restaurant. Red comfy arm chairs in separate area for a relaxing drink or coffee. Brunch menu (10am-12pm) includes ciabatta, granary, foccacia sandwiches with fillings such as pear and blue cheese, smoked bacon and brie, cheese and honey roast ham, delicious desserts (chocolate mousse in a must). Lunch 12 - 3pm and dinner 7-10pm includes Roast Pumpkin, Mushroom, & Spinach Curry; Marinated Tuna Steak & Sesame Crust; Roasted Lamb Shoulder; pasta dishes such as Langoustine, Lime & Coconut; Pear, Walnut & Blue Cheese; and Creamy Mixed Seafood; and salads such as Warm Goats’ Cheese, Fresh Spinach & Chargrilled Aubergine; and Roast Duck,


Nunos Italian Restaurant and Terrace Caleta Hotel, Catalan Bay For a reservations Tel: 200 76501 E-mail Overlooking the Mediterranean from Catalan Bay, Nunos’ Spanish chef with Three Star Michellin experience offers a variety of Italian cuisine. The restaurant has now moved from its location on the lower floors and can now be found at the reception level of the hotel. A quick peak at the menu reveals the chef’s celebrated Salmorejo is on the menu, as are his baby squid burgers (Insalata di Calamari). From the main dishes you can choose from a variety of fresh fish and meat dishes. Or you could go for the house speciality of fresh, home-made pasta where you can choose from a wide range of options. Open: Monday to Saturday 19.30 to 22.30 and lunchtimes for group bookings. Maharaja Indian Restaurants Chorizo & Pancetta Salad. Tuckey’s Lane. Tel: 200 75233 Open: from 10am. Closed all day Sundays, and Queensway Quay Marina. Tel: 200 50733 Saturday lunch. With two restaurants, one in the town centre and another on the quayside of Queensway Quay, the Casa Pepe Maharaja restaurants have been a well known 18 Queensway Quay Marina. name in Gibraltar for nearly 40 years. Whilst Tel/Fax: 200 46967 each restaurant offers a slightly different menu, Email: you’ll find traditional Indian cooking in these Situated right on the water front at Queensway recently refurbished restaurants with plenty of Quay, Casa Pepe has a comprehensive a la carte choice to cater to your taste. The Maharaja offers menu which includes dishes such as melon & vegetarian, seafood and meat dishes throughout Serrano ham, stuffed piquillo peppers and filled its range of starters and main dishes, and don’t be mushrooms to start, followed by a choice of sal- scared to ask them to spice up the dishes just to ads, rice and noodles and fish, poultry and meat your liking. The extensive wine list covers reds, dishes which include King Prawns Macarena roses, whites as well as cava and champagne for (cooked with fresh ginger, tomatoes, mangos and that special night out. And if you’re planning a bananas served with basmati rice, fried bread night in, you can use their take-away service. and bananas), Medallions of monkfish cooked Open: Maharaja Tuckey’s Lane: Monday 10amwith white wine and lobster sauce, duck breast 4pm, Tues - Sun 10am-4pm & 7pm-midnight Armanac-style (with Cognac, mushrooms and Maharaja Queensway Quay: Tues - Sun 12-4pm pine nuts), Medallions of pork loin cooked with & 7pm-Midnight Serrano ham and dry Jerez sherry, and fillet steak Malagueña cooked in creamy garlic mushrooms Savannah Lounge and sweet sherry sauce topped with prawns. 27 Heart Island, Ocean Village Wide range of tapas/raciones also available. Tel: 200 66666 Open: Monday to Saturday 11am till late. Aimed at Gibraltar’s dining and night-life scene, Savannah has been created with fun and style in Fifty-Five Private Member’s Club mind. Offering contemporary European cuisine 267 Main Street Tel: 200 79655 a wide selection of drinks, cool decor and good Gibraltar ’s premier Private Member ’s Club music. The venue hosts regular events with where members can enjoy fine dining and impec- invited DJs and shows from abroad. cable service in luxurious surroundings. Open Open: Sunday-Thurs midday-midnight, Friday for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday also and Saturday midday-5am. offering a daily Business Lunch menu. Once a month 55 opens for traditional Sunday lunch Solo Bar & Grill and holds a variety of culinary themed evenings Eurotowers Tel: 200 62828 i.e. Thai/Japanese Fusion. The main bar offers a Solo Bar and Grill is a stylish and modern eatery full bar snack menu and is the perfect place after — perfect for business functions or lunches a long day at work. On Thursday and Fridays — and part of the popular Cafe Solo stable. you can relax to the mix of Soul & ’80s music by Serving everything from Goats’ Cheese Salad, 55’s resident DJ, take advantage of Happy Hour Mediterranean Pâté and Cajun Langoustines to and enjoy the sushi menu from 6pm. Special Beer Battered John Dory, or Harissa Chicken, occasions or important business clients can be and Chargrilled Sirloin Steak. This is a delightentertained in the Private Dining Room (up to ful venue in Europort with a cosy mezzanine 10 people). Afternoon tea Thursday to Saturday level and terrace seating — well worth a visit, -6pm. For info on membership or to make a res- or two! ervation for lunch or dinner so you can enjoy the Open: 12-8pm. Available for private functions 55 experience contact Louise by phone or email and corporate events — call 200 62828 to book your function or event.


The Waterfront Queensway Quay Marina Tel: 200 45666 Website: The Waterfront is a very popular long established restaurant located on the quayside at Queensway Quay Marina. Serving drinks, snacks and A La Carte menus. There are different areas for eating; inside the main bar area or within a large chandelier light covered terrace, or formal and informal dining on the water’s edge. A newly extended bar area, featuring the new Balcony Bar upstairs offers plenty of relaxing, warm, cozy space to enjoy bar snacks and drinks. The seasonally inspired menu brings you market fresh dishes from the land and the sea. The classic winter warmer dishes are ever popular as the weather changes and dishes that remain firm favourites in Gibraltar are always available. Waterfront also specialises in aged steaks; this in house dry aging process involves wrapping the meat in muslin cloth to draw out the moisture over a period of 21 days, resulting in a more concentrated flavour and fantastically succulent, tender steaks. A wide range of Movenpick ice cream and scrumptious homemade desserts is also available. Open: 9 till late 7 days a week, year round. The Water Margin 5 Ocean Village Promenade Tel: 200 73668 Gibraltar’s premier Chinese restaurant serving freshly cooked traditional Chinese dishes in the beautiful Ocean Village marina. Check out the outstanding aromatic crispy duck, the special duck slow cooked with honey and chilli or the freshly caught seabass delicately steamed with ginger and spring onion, popular with families looking for a relaxing night dining. No microwave oven or flavour enhancer (MSG) used in this establishment — it’s all freshly cooked and delicious. Home delivery service. Open: 7 days a week, evening from 6pm, lunch from 12:30pm

informaleating Amin's The Office 30 Parliament Lane. Tel: 200 40932 Sit down, informal and friendly restaurant. Amin is well known in Gibraltar for his Moroccan, Spanish and international cuisine. Open early for breakfast at 7am right through the day. Try the Moroccan soups, couscous, lamb tagines and kebabs. Open: 7.00am to midnight.

Business lunches, parties and kids parties also catered for (for party and office platters phone or fax order by 5.30pm day before - minium orders for delivery £12). Open: Mon - Fri 8.30-7, Sat 9 - 4, Closed Sun. Picadilly Gardens Rosia Road. Tel: 200 75758 Relaxed bar restaurant with cosy garden terrace just across the road from the cable car. English breakfast, churros, tapas, hamburgers, fresh fish, prawns, squid, clams and a variety of meat dishes. Eat in or take away. Menu of the day only £6. Open: early to late.

all homemade sandwiches, salads, quiches, pasta, pies, muffins, plus hot and cold drinks and smoothies and a different special every day. Outside catering for corporate parties. Open: 8am - 6pm Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm Sat. Just A Nibble 1st Flr ICC Tel: 200 78052 Full licensed cafe serving English breakfast, vast range of toasties, rolls, and snacks. Meals include, Bob’s famous chicken curry/chilli con carne, and a great new range of pies (from Bob’s chicken and leek to steak and kidney plus a whole range of tasty alternatives) plus all the old favourites; jacket spuds, burgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, and daily specials. Ideal meeting place. Open: Monday - Saturday from 9am. Just Desserts 1st Floor ICC. Tel: 200 48014 Bright and airy, recently redecorated cafe on the first floor of the ICC. All home-made food including daily specials, vegetarian options and desserts. Eat in or take-away. Try their daily roast with everything on or their all-day breakfast. Non-smoking restaurant with terrace smoking area. Friendly, cheerful and fully licensed with sensible prices. Open: 8am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Mumbai Curry House Unit 1.0.02 Ground Floor, Block 1 Eurotowers Tel: 200 73711 Home delivery: 50022/33 Good Indian cuisine for eating in or taking away, from snacks such as samosas, bhajias, and pakoras to lamb, chicken and fish dishes with sauces such as korma, tikka masala, bhuna, do piaza... in fact all you would expect from an Indian cuisine take-away. Large vegetarian selection. Halal food is available, as is outside catering for parties and meetings. Sunday specials include all Mumbai favourites such as Dosa and Choley Bhature. Open: 7 days a week 11am to 3pm, 6pm -late.

Buddies Pasta Casa 15 Cannon Lane. Tel: 200 40627 Italian specials in pleasant ambience. Large selection of starters from garlic bread to calamari. Main courses include spinach caneloni, spaghetti alla carbonara, fusilli al salmone, and peppered steak to name a few. Tasty desserts and variety of wines. Open: Monday - Thursday 11am - 5pm, Friday Munchies Cafe 24 Main Street. Tel: 200 43840 Fax: 200 42390 11am-3pm and 7pm-11pm, Sat 11am-4.30pm A great sandwich bar/cafe offering an unusual range of sandwiches on white or granary Get Stuffed bread, plus salads, baguettes, soups, desserts, Marina Bay. Tel: 200 42006 Take-away, sandwich bar and hot food. Serving homemade ice-cream and hot/cold drinks.


l Sacarello Coffee Co. 57 Irish Town. Tel: 200 70625 Converted coffee warehouse, ideal for coffee, homemade cakes/afternoon tea, plus menu including excellent salad bar, specials of the day and dishes such as lasagne, steak and mushroom Guinness pie, hot chicken salad, toasties, club sandwich and baked potatoes. Art exhibitions. Available for parties and functions in the evenings. Open: 9am-7.30pm Mon-Fri. 9am-3pm Sat Smith’s Fish & Chips 295 Main Street. Tel: 200 74254 Traditional British fish and chip shop with tables/seating available or take-away wrapped in newspaper. Menu: Cod, haddock or plaice in batter, Cornish pasties, mushy peas etc. Also curries, omlettes, burgers. Open: 8am-6pm Monday-Friday. Breakfast from 8. Located: Main Street opposite the Convent. Solo Express Grnd Flr, International Commercial Centre & Eurotowers Solo Express, located right next to Pizza Hut in Casemates and in Eurotowers, serves a good variety of salads and baguettes (white, brown & ciabatta) filled with a wide deli selection of things such as roast chicken; smoked salmon & mascapone; ham, cheese and coleslaw; or hummous, avocado and roasted red pepper. The salads are fresh and tasty and include Greek, Waldorf, cous cous, tuna pasta, etc and are great value. Jacket potatoes, quiches, tea, coffee etc plus cakes (such as flapjacks and muffins) are also available throughout the day. Eat-in available. Soups in winter. Free Wifi. The Tasty Bite 59a Irish Town. Tel: 200 78220 Fax: 200 74321 Tasty Bite has one of the biggest take-away menus around with home cooked meats, filled baguettes, burgers, chicken, kebabs and everything else you can think of! Open: Monday - Saturday. Three Roses 60 Governor’s Street. Tel: 200 51614 Charming, recently refurbished bar with a cosy, homely atmosphere situated just above Main Street (near Eliott Hotel). Offering lunch, tapas, special montaditos and several South African dishes such as Boere Rolls, the bar has three screens for live football matches. The Three Roses has a function room for booking at no cost and charity organisations are particularly


welcome. Monday nights Salsa dancing. Open: midday - 11pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday’s closed unless Chelsea are playing.

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

Verdi Verdi 44 Cornwall's Lane. Tel: 200 60733 Verdi Verdi offers morning and afternoon coffee as well as all home-made vegetarian and vegan dishes, fish, fresh baked bread and desserts. A wide selection of sandwiches to eat in or take away. Delivery service available. Delicious coffees Open: Mon & Fri: 9am - 3pm, Tues - Thurs: 9am -3pm & 7-10pm, Sun: 6-10pm. Sat Closed

bars&pubs All’s Well Grand Casemates Square. Tel: 200 72987 Traditional pub in fashionable Casemates area. Named for the 18th century practice of locking the Gates to the city at night when the guard announced ‘All’s Well’ before handing the keys to the watch. All’s Well serves Bass beers, wine and spirits plus pub fare. English breakfast served all day, hot meals such as pork in mushroom sauce, sausage & mash, cod and chips and steak & ale pie are complemented by a range of salads and filled jacket potatoes. Large terrace. Karaoke every Monday and Wednesday until late. Free tapas on a Friday 7pm. Cannon Bar 27 Cannon Lane. Tel: 200 77288 Jane is still there and still packed out with tourists and regulars! Word has it that she nearly managed to escape, but wasn’t allowed to. The famous fish and chips, the odd French speciality, there’s always something happening in the Cannon! Located between Marks & Spencer and the Cathedral just off Main Street. Quiz night on Tuesdays, get there early as it is definitely the place to be on a normally quiet Gibraltar Tuesday. The Final Whistle 4, Cornwall’s Parade Friendly sports bar with six screens. If it’s live, it’s on, and often more than one game on at a time for full sports coverage. Fun atmosphere with special offers during premier matches. All sports fans welcome. Open 10am until late, 7 days a week.

right on Main Street. Everything from all day breakfast to Irish fillet steak roll, burritos, and the popular fresh local mussels. Draught lager, bitter, cider and Murphys plus free WiFi. Terrace seating right on Main Street to watch the world go by. Open: from 8am (10am Sundays) until late. Lord Nelson Bar Brasserie 10 Casemates Tel: 200 50009 E-mail: Attractive bar/brasserie in historic Casemates building. Done out to represent Nelson’s ship with cloud and sky ceiling crossed with beams and sails. Spacious terrace Starter s& snacks include fresh local mussels, blue cheese and rocket bruschetta, Lordy’s potato skins, spicy chicken wings and calamares. Main courses cover a range from chilli con carne and chicken and mushroom pie, to crispy aromatic duck burrito and British fish and chips. Try one of the salads or Nelson’s platters. Jacket potatoes, burgers and children’s menu. Credit cards accepted. Live music Venue of the Year, with live music on stage every night. Free Wifi. Open: from 10am till very late.

The Lounge Queensway Quay Marina Tel: 200 61118 Stylish lounge bar right on the quayside at Queensway Quay with very reasonably priced drinks and light bites from 10am until late. Free WiFi, popular quizzes on Sundays (from 7.30pm) and a relaxed friendly atmosphere... always plenty of people / yachties to chat to. Events (matches etc) covered on large screen The Gibraltar Arms TV. Great place to chill out. Open: 10am from 184 Main St. Tel: 200 72133 Monday to Saturday until late and from 12pm on Sundays (get there early if you want a seat Good food served all day at this typical pub for the quiz).

Savannah Lounge 27 Heart Island, Ocean Village Tel: 200 66666 Aimed at Gibraltar ’s dining and night-life scene, Savannah has been created with fun and style in mind. Offering contemporary European cuisine a wide selection of drinks, cool decor and good music. The venue hosts regular events with invited DJs and shows from abroad (see ad for details). Open: Sunday-Thurs midday-midnight, Friday and Saturday midday-5am. The Star Bar Parliament Lane. Tel: 200 75924 Reputedly the oldest bar in Gib, this small cosy bar opens early for breakfast (English or toast & cereal). Lunch/evening menu includes fillet steak, fish and chips and salads. Home of Med Golf and Tottenham Hotspur FC supporters club. Outside seating. Open: from 7am every day. Located: first right off Main St (walking from N to S). The Three Owls Irish Town. Tel: 200 77446 The Three Owls is a traditional bar serving best of English beers. Three separate bars/floors: ground floor — big screen TV, pool table, poker machines, bar — open from 10.30am daily. First floor ‘Hoots’ bar, two match pool tables, poker machines, dartboard, bar, open from 5pm daily. Second Floor the ‘Nest’ — American pool table, poker machine, card table, bar — open from 7pm daily and also at weekends for the Rugby Union matches. If you are looking for a sociable game of pool or darts this is the place to be. Wembley Bar 10 South Barrack Ramp. Tel: 200 78004 Popular bar for hot and cold bar snacks, function room, in south district. Fridays 10am for breakfast. Air conditioned. The home of the Real Madrid Supporter’s Club. Open: from 11am - midnight Sunday - Thursday, 10am - 1am Friday, and from 11am - 1am Saturdays.

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



wine column ber. The rules apply equally to wine — but in an interesting way, as will become clear to those who have the patience to read on. 1. The customer has no brain and must do as he or she is told. 2. A customer who fails to tick the correct box must be turned away. 3. Feed the customer with exciting information until the product is bought, and then reveal nothing. 4. Use excuses nos. 1-5 in the company rule book; then refer the customer to a different department. 5. Follow the company rule book to the letter; ignore all outside influences and knowledge.

Not numbers but human beings Long, long ago a passenger on an aeroplane was addressed by name as an honoured guest, taken to the aircraft under a sheltering umbrella held by a blonde vision of loveliness, installed in a comfortable seat and plied with expensive vintages for the duration of the flight. I am told this may still happen in long-haul first class; we all know the present reality for the rest of us who travel in steerage. Mind you, when train travel first started it may have been a luxurious experience. But as the form of travel becomes more common, in every sense of the word, so it loses its magic and becomes just another method of getting there, for the passenger, and making money, for the operator. And why not? I want to visit some friends in London. In a total of about five hours from leaving my own front doorstep in Gibraltar I can be crossing their doorstep in London. (My record time is three hours 42 minutes from Europort to Clapham Common, SW4. A bottle of wine to anyone who can beat that.) The cost of the ticket, in real terms, is less than it was 10, 20, even 100 years ago — and 100 years ago the trip took a minimum of four days. It is the traveller’s choice whether to pay an astronomical sum for a small plastic bottle of table wine on an aeroplane or a train. No-one expects the wine to be free on the train; why should it be free on an aeroplane? Interestingly, a train ticket does not guarantee you a seat on the train — you may have to stand all the way; as commuters to and from any big city know to their continued misery. That stage has not yet been reached on aeroplanes but Mr O’Leary of Ryanair is doubtless working on it. The problems suffered by travellers are symp-


toms of a deeper underlying cause. Flesh and blood human beings, in whatever walk of life and undertaking whatever activity, are becoming just another item of merchandise to be put in a box. This is caused partly by computerisation in the name of ‘efficiency’ and partly by idiocy. The lethal combination of the two can succeed in making life a misery — and even affects wine and its enjoyment. “I am not a number, I am a free man,” shouted No. 6 in The Prisoner. He may have been free; the rest of us are not. The following rules are used by all large organisations to their customers in order to make matters simpler for the organisation and treat the customer as just another num-

It is the traveller’s choice whether to pay an astronomical sum for a small plastic bottle of table wine on a plane or train. No-one expects the wine to be free on the train; why should it be free on an aeroplane?

Not all the rules apply equally to every organisation, but they are pretty universal. Have you opened an account at a bank recently? Been on a package holiday? Bought a car? Sat on a jury? Returned an item to a shop? Been on a delayed flight? Tried to get services connected? Queried your credit card charges? Wondered what the financial services regulators were doing while the banking crisis unfolded? You begin to see the point. To be fair, it must be admitted that some customers do indeed have no brain. How is it possible to be in the Gibraltar airport departure lounge, an area not noted for its vast expanse, and yet be unaware that your flight has been called? If your latest bank statement reveals that you are overdrawn beyond your limit, is it sensible to write out a large cheque the following day? But while organisations may be justified in treating some of us as fools, the same rules do not have to apply to all. There are some situations which do not appear in the company manual and which could be easily cured by the application of basic common sense — but common sense is in short supply and the company manual does not provide it. Gibraltar generally provides a situation which is not in the company manual. Being small and close-knit, Gibraltar does not fit easily into the large impersonal world. But we still find ourselves producing a passport to a childhood friend in order to confirm our identity. Common sense has disappeared. But it enables the correct boxes to be ticked and therefore responsibility for errors to be passed on... In the world of wine, however, we are all Gibraltar — and we are all the impersonal organisation. We choose the colour, the grape, the area, the year. The seller must produce a wine I want. If he does not have a 1986 claret then he has not ticked the box. The information on the label was interesting — but a taste reveals that the wine does not live up to what is promised. I do not have to explain to the sommelier in the restaurant why I do not like the wine he has brought me; it is enough that I do not like it. I may say (excuse no. 1 in the manual) that it is corked. He may not agree: too bad. Finally, I am told that I ought to appreciate this bottle because it is of the finest — but I don’t appreciate it. It reminds me of — perhaps — sad times or other outside influences. I refuse it. These are the only times that I am in charge of my own destiny. A small victory over the forces of uniformity and categorisation — but I remain free. n


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Ahhh Springtime when a young man’s thoughts turn to romance. For some on the Rock though that Spring feeling came a little early... On Valentine’s Day, Yalta Pons was surprised by her very own Jack Sparrow at her dance studio, when her partner Darion Figueredo popped the question! Dressed to give Johnny Depp a run for his money, and with pirate music in the background, Darion was on bended knee, opening a small treasure chest, to present his lady pirate with her engagement ring. Congratulations to the Captain and his bonny lass! March starts with the Welsh contingent celebrating St David’s Day on the 1st with daffodils and leeks, then Irish eyes are smiling and lots of the black stuff will be downed on 17th for St Patrick’s Day — always a lively celebration in the pubs around town on the Rock. But before that, things will be flipping marvellous on Shrove Tuesday, as those delicious pancakes get tossed in the air for Pancake Day. An Entertainment Treat On Wednesday 9th March there is a treat for everyone with the Variety Live show presented by broadcaster James Neish and Miss World 2009 Kaiane Aldorino. Variety Live promises to be a night of top entertainment, and all for two very worthy causes — Gibraltar’s “Home from Home” in London, Calpe House, will be refurbished with 20 new beds, and money will also be raised for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Don’t miss out on a truly special night, with performances from singers Gail Hernandez, Michelle Tewkesbury, Davina Barbara and Corianne Brooks in Mamma Mia musical scene, top illusionists Faster Than Magic, an Aladdin special with Ur-

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ban Dance, talented Gibraltarian pianist Aaron Monteverde, belly dancers Rock Fusion and many more acts. Tickets are just £15 (for all that entertainment!) and are on sale now at MH Bland. There are plenty of other events to tickle your Spring fancy this month too. From international football matches (GFA vs. Faroe Islands on 11th) to the 9th Gibraltar Stage Dance Festival from 3rd to 5th, and the Childline Blue Day on Friday 25th (come on businesses, get your staff motivated to wear blue on the day!). And a very special fun event on Saturday 19th March will see an all day Heroes and Villians event at the King’s Bowl. Fancy dress everyone please! Kids from 10am to 3pm then over 18s from 7pm. Evening entry is just £10 (including three 10-pin games) and it is guaranteed to be loads and loads of fun for all. Many Happies Happy birthdays this month to Miguel Peña from Rock Photos on 10th, Jonathan Garcia from Isolas and Lorraine Moberley on St. Patrick’s Day (17th), Sue of Originarta on 7th, and CISI committee member Lindsay also on 7th, Louise Roberts of 55 on 3rd, Cafe Rojo’s Annette Heywood on 6th, Julie Locke of Cafe Solo on 23rd (don’t forget Cafe Solo will be closed for refub during the first week of March), and Nicole Ferro on 24th. Springing Forward Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward on 27th March when we can all celebrate our glorious springtime starting. You’ll have to get up an hour earlier, but it’s well worth it for those lovely light evenings. Bikinis and beach balls soon!

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clubs&activities Arts & Crafts The Arts Centre, Prince Edward’s Rd. Art classes for children (5-6pm Mon, 5-6.30pm Tues, 5-7pm Thurs), adults (Mon - Tues 6.30pm-8pm, Wed 6.30pm-8.30pm, life painting Wed 7pm9pm). Tel: 200 79788. The Fine Arts Association Gallery 1st Floor above Gibraltar Crystal, Casemates. Open 11am-2pm, 4-6pm Mon - Fri, Sat 11am - 2pm. Arts & Crafts Gallery (next door) opens Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5pm (summer) -6pm (winter), Sat 9.30am - 3pm. The Gibraltar Decorative and Fine Arts Society Affiliated to the UK NADFAS organisation meets third Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm at Eliott Hotel - lecturers & experts from the UK to talk on Art etc. Contact: ChairmanClaus Olesen: 200 02024 claus.olesen@sghambros. com. Membership Ian leBreton: 200 76173 The Poetry Society meets on 20th of each month. Tel: Audrey Batty on 200 44355 . Board Games Chess Club meets in Studio 1, John Mackintosh Hall 8-10.30pm Tues. The Gibraltar Scrabble Club meet John Mackintosh Hall Mondays. Bank holidays changed to Thursday same week. 7pm-11pm All welcome. Tel: 200 73660 or 200 75995. The Subbuteo Club meets Charles Hunt Room, John Mackintosh Hall 7.30 - 11pm. Dance Adult Dance Classes Wednesday evenings at the Youth Disco Room, Kings Bastion Leisure Centre from 7-8.30pm. Cha-Cha, Salsa and Merengue. Lessons £5 and all proceeds to GibMissionAfrica Charity. Contact Dilip on 200 78714 or Salsa Gibraltar Salsa classes held Tuesdays at Laguna Social Club, Laguna Estate. Beginners 7-8.30pm, £5 per lesson. Intermediates 8.30-10pm, £6 per lesson (all profits going to the charity Help Us To Help Them). Contact: Mike 54472000 Email: website: Modern & Latin American Sequence Dancing Mondays Catholic Community Centre 8.30pm (beginners 7.30). Over 15s welcome. Old & Modern Sequence Dancing sessions at the Catholic Community Centre at 8pm, beginners at 7.30pm, Wednesday. The DSA Old & Modern Sequence Dancing sessions at Central Hall Fridays 8pm, beginners 7.30pm. Tel: 200 78282 or e-mail manvio@ Everybody welcome. Senior Citizens Teatime Dances at The Youth Centre, Line Wall Rd on Mondays 2 - 5.30pm. All senior citizens welcome for coffee, tea and biscuits. Entrance free. Classical Ballet classes for children 4+, Spanish dance and hip-hop at Liza School of Dance, 3rd floor, Methodist Church, 297/299 Main St. Classes Weds & Fri from 6pm at Chiltern Court (4Cs). Tel: 58111000. Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop & Flexibility classes held weekly at Urban Dance Studio for Performing Arts, No. 2 Jumpers Bastion. Contact Yalta (54012212) or Jolene (54015125). History & Heritage The Gibraltar Heritage Trust Main Guard, 13 John Mackintosh Sq. Tel: 200 42844. The Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association Dedicated to preservation of Rock’s transport/motoring heritage. Assists members in restoration / maintenance of classic vehicles. Members/vehicles meet 1st Sunday of month, Morrison’s car park from 10am. New members welcome. Tel: 200 44643. Music The Gibraltar National Choir and Gibraltar Junior National Choir rehearse on Monday & Thursday 7.30 - 9pm. New singers of all ages welcome. Tel: Lili 200 40035, 54006727 St Andrew’s Music Academy Musical Monsters Club, workshops. Group musical activities for kids 3-7 years. Singing, rhythmic games etc. Tel: 200 42690 email: Outdoor Activities The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an exciting self-development Programme available to all young people worldwide equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves,


Don’t be bored... do something fun! their communities and the world. To date over 5 million young people from over 100 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities. Contact Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Montagu Bastion, Line Wall Road. Tel: 200 59818 Quizzes Cannon Bar quizzes are held on Tuesdays starting with a warm up, then two other quizzes, including a theme quiz. Starts at 8.30pm, all welcome and prizes are given. Free entrance but a donation to charity is requested. Tapas served after the quiz. The Lounge friendly quizzes take place on Sundays from 8pm right on the quayside at Queensway Quay. Social Clubs Scots on the Rock: Any Scots visiting the Rock can contact Charles Polson (Tel: 200 78142) for assistance or information. Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (Gibraltar Province) meets RAOB Club, Jumpers Bastion on these days: Provincial Grand Lodge, 1st Monday/month, 8pm. Executive Meeting, last Mon/month 7pm. Knights Chapter, 2nd Mon/month 7.30pm. Examining Council, 3rd Mon/month 7pm. William Tilley 2371, Thurs 8pm. Buena Vista 9975, Weds (fortnightly) 7pm. Por Favor 9444, Weds (fortnightly) 7pm. Farewell 10001, Tues 8.30pm. Goldacre 10475 (social) last Fri/month 8pm. Special Interest Clubs & Societies Gibraltar Horticultural Society meets 1st Thurs of month 6pm, John Mac Hall. Spring Flower Show, slide shows, flower arrangement demos, outings to garden centres, annual Alameda Gardens tour. All welcome. Gibraltar Philosophical Society devoted to intellectually stimulating debate. Frequent lectures and seminars on a range of topics. Contact 54008426 (after 6pm) or email gibphilosophy@ for further information. The Gibraltar Photographic Society meets on Mon at 7.30pm, Wellington Front. Basic courses, competitions etc. Harley Davidson Owners’ Club www.hdcgib. com UN Association of Gibraltar PO Box 599, 22a Main Street. Tel: 200 52108. Creative Writers Group meet every Tuesday at the Eliott Hotel bar at 8pm. The workshop is run by Carla, Tel: 54006696 and is aimed at learning to write fiction and non-fiction, for pleasure or publication. Each session is £5.00. Sports Supporters Clubs The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Club meet at the Star Bar, Parliament Lane, when Spurs games are televised - call prior to matches to check the game is televised. Great food for a lunch if the KO is early or an early supper if the game is later. For info call Mario on 56280000. Gibraltar Arsenal Supporters Club meet on match days at the Casino Calpe (Ground Floor). Gooners of all ages welcome. Tel: Bill 54010681 or Dion 56619000. Website: www.clubwebsite. Gibraltar Hammers meet on match days at the Victoria Stadium Bar, Bayside Road. All league games are shown live. All West Ham supporters and their families are welcome. For details visit or e-mail Sports & Fitness Artistic Gymnastics: Gibraltar Artistic Gymnastics Association club for beginners, juniors and squad at Bayside School in evenings. Tel: 200 Angela 200 70611 or Sally 200 74661. Athletics: Gibraltar Amateur Athletics Association holds competitions throughout year for juniors, adults and veterans. Two main clubs (Calpeans 200 71807, Lourdians 200 75180) training sessions at Victoria Stadium. Badminton: Recreational badminton weekdays at Victoria Stadium (Tel: 200 78409 for allocations). Gibraltar Badminton Association (affiliated to IBA & EBA) has leagues and training for adults and secondary school. Tel: Ivan 200 44045 or Linda 200 74753. Basketball: Gibraltar Amateur Basketball Association (affiliated FIBA) leagues/ training for minis, passarelle, cadets, seniors and adults at a variety of levels. Tel: John 200 77253, Randy 200 40727 or Kirsty (minis) 200 49441. Billiards & Snooker: Gibraltar Billiards and

Snooker Association (member IBSA) round leagues and competitions at various venues. New members welcome. Tel: Eddie 200 72142 or Peter 200 77307. Boxing: Gibraltar Amateur Boxing Association (member IABA) gym on Rosia Rd. Over 13s welcome to join. Tuition with ex-pro boxer Ernest Victory (200 75513 w, 200 42788 h). Canoeing: Gibraltar Canoeing Association. Tel: Nigel 200 52917 or Eugene 58014000. Cricket: Gibraltar Cricket Association (member ICC) runs leagues/competitions at Europa Point/ Victoria Stadium. Junior/senior training. Tel: Tom 200 79461 or Adrian 200 44281. Cycling: Gibraltar Cycling Association various cycling tours. Tel: Uriel 200 79359. Darts: Gibraltar Darts Association (member WDF) mens/ladies/youth leagues/competitions. Tel: Darren 54027171 “Secretary”, Dyson “Youth Rep” 54024149, Justin “President” 54022622 Email: Football: Gibraltar Football Association leagues/competitions for all ages October-May. Futsal in summer, Victoria Stadium. Tel: 200 42941 Senior Tel: Albert 200 41515, Junior Tel: Richard 58654000, Women’s Tel: Brian 200 52299. Recreational football for over 35s Tel: Richard 200 70320. Golf: Med Golf tournaments held monthly. Tel: 200 79575 for tournament venues/dates. Gibraltar Golf Union has competitions through year, EGU handicaps. Tel: Bernie 200 78844. Hockey: Gibraltar Hockey Association (members FIH & EHF) high standard competitions/training for adults and juniors. Tel: Eric 200 74156 or Peter 200 72730. Judo: Gibraltar Judo Association UKMAF recognised instructors for all ages and levels at Budokai Martial Arts Centre, Wellington Front. Tel: Charlie 200 73116 or Peter 200 73225. Ju-jitsu: Gibraltar Ju-jitsu Academy training and grading for juniors/seniors held during evening at 4 North Jumpers Bastion (Rosia Rd). Tel: Tony 200 79855 or club 200 47259. Karate-do Shotokai: Gibraltar Karate-do Shotokai Association sessions for junior/seniors, gradings and demos at Karate Clubhouse, 41H Town Range Tel: Andrew 200 48908. Motorboat Racing: Gibraltar Motorboat Racing Association Tel: Wayne 200 75211. Netball: Gibraltar Netball Association (affiliated FENA & IFNA) competitions through year, senior / junior leagues. Tel: 200 41795 or 200 41874. Petanque: Gibraltar Petanque Association plays at Giralda Gardens, Smith Dorrien Ave. New members welcome. Tel: 200 70929. Pool: Gibraltar Pool Association (member EUKPF) home and away league played on Thurs through season. Tel: Linda 200 74753. Rhythmic Gymnastics: Gibraltar Rhythmic Gymnastics Association runs sessions for 4 years of age and upwards, weekday evenings. For more information contact Sally Tel: 200 74661. Rugby: Gibraltar Rugby Football Union training sessions for Colts (14+), seniors and veterans. Play in Andalusia 1st Division Oct - April. Tel: James 200 72185 Sailing: Gibraltar Yachting Association junior/ senior competitive programme (April - Oct) Tel: RGYC 200 48847. Sea Angling: Gibraltar Federation of Sea Anglers (members FIPS-M & CIPS) Superb calendar of events with four clubs participating. Tel: Mario 200 72622 or Charlie 200 74337. Shooting: Gibraltar Shooting Federation (over 14s). Rifle, Europa Point range (Joe 200 74973); clay pigeon, East Side (Harry 200 74354); Pistol, near Royal Naval Hospital (Fidel 200 71990). Skating: Gibraltar Skating and Xtreme Sports Association. State of art ramps for Xtreme/aggressive roller blading /skate boarding. Leisure skating facilities provided within excellent rink (when not used for roller hockey training). Tel: Eric 200 70710 (after 5). Snorkelling & Spear Fishing: Over 14s for snorkelling, over 16s for spear fishing. Tel: Joseph 200 75020. Squash: Gibraltar Squash Association,

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Squash Centre, South Pavilion Road (members WSF & ESF). Adult/junior tournaments/coaching. Tel: 200 44922 or 200 73260. Sub-Aqua: Gibraltar Sub-Aqua Association taster dives for over 14s, tuition from local clubs. Voluntary sports clubs: Tel: Phil 200 44606, Noah’s Dive Club Tel: Leslie 200 79601, 888s Dive Club Tel: Martin 200 70944. Commercial sports diving schools also available. Swimming: Gibraltar Amateur Swimming Association (member FINA & LEN) opens its pool for leisure swimming Mon - Fri 7-8.45am, 12- 4pm, 8- 9pm. Junior lessons, squad for committed swimmers, water polo (Rebecca 200 72869). Table Tennis: Gibraltar Table Tennis Association (members ITTA) training / playing sessions, Victoria Stadium, Tues 6-10pm and Thurs 8-11pm with coaching and league competition. Lizanne 200 45071/54020477 or Eugene 58014000. Taekwondo: Gibraltar Taekwondo Association classes/gradings Tel: 200 Mari 44142. Tai Chi: Children’s fun Tai Chi at the Yoga Centre, 33 Town Range, Saturdays 11-12am. Beginners Tuesdays & Thursdays at Kings Bastion Leisure Centre. 6.30-8pm. Adults £5, Children £2, all proceeds to GibMissionAfrica Charity. Contact Dilip on 200 78714 or Tennis: Gibraltar Tennis Association, Sandpits Tennis Club, excellent junior development programme. Courses for adults, leagues / competitions. Tel: Frank 200 77035. Ten-Pin Bowling: Ten-Pin Bowling takes place at King’s Bowl in the King’s Bastion Leisure Centre every day. To have a go call 200 77338 to reserve your lane. Gibraltar Ten Pin Bowling (members FIQ & WTBA) leagues, training for juniors and squad. Contact Charly on 56014000 or Paul on 54029749. Triathlon: Gibraltar Triathlon Union (members ITU) Chris 200 75857 or Harvey 200 55847. Volleyball: Gibraltar Volleyball Association (members W & EVF) training, leagues, competitions for juniors/seniors. Tony 200 40478 or Elizabeth 58306000. Yoga: Integral Yoga Centre runs a full programme of classes from Mon-Fri at 33 Town Range. Tel: 200 41389. All welcome. Theatrical Groups Gibraltar Amateur Drama Association Ince’s Hall Theatre Complex, 310 Main Street E-mail: Tel: 200 42237 www. Trafalgar Theatre Group meet 2nd Wed of month, Garrison Library 8pm. All welcome. Theatrix: Contact Trevor and Iris on Tel: 54006176 or email




Support Groups Alcoholics Anonymous meet 7pm Tues & Thurs, 11am Saturdays at Nazareth Hse Tel: 200 73774. A Step Forward support for single, separated, divorced/widowed people, meet 8pm Mon at St Andrew’s Church. Mummy and Me Breastfeeding Support Group for mums who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have breastfed to get together for coffee, chat and support. Partners and older children welcome. Meets first Wednesday of every month at Chilton Court Community Hall at 1.30pm. Enquiries and support 54014517. Childline Gibraltar confidential phone line for children in need. Freephone 8008 - 7 days a week 6pm - 10pm. Citizens’ Advice Bureau Open Mon-Fri 9.30-4pm. Tel: 200 40006 Email: info@ or visit 10 Governor’s Lane. No appointment necessary, no charge. Gibraltar CAB outreach clinics at St Bernard’s Hospital every Tuesday. Advisors available at 1st floor reception, Zone 4, 9am-3pm. Info and advice is free, confidential and impartial. COPE Support group for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Formed to ease day-to-day challenges of individuals, families and care partner. Meetings at Catholic Community Centre Book Shop at 7.30pm first Thursday of each month. Contact Sue Reyes Tel: 200 51469 Email: Dignity At Work Now. Confidential support and advice for those who are being bullied at work. Tel: 57799000 Mon - Thur 8pm-9pm Families Anonymous Support group for relatives and friends who are concerned about the use of drugs or related behavioural problems. Meet alternate Thursdays at 9pm at Nazareth House. For info Tel: 200 70047 or 200 73465. Gibraltar Cardiac Rehabilitation and Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 8.30pm at the John Mac Hall, except for July and August. Gibraltar Dyslexia Support Group 3/8 Serfaty’s Passage Tel: 200 78509 Mobile: 54007924 website: Gibraltar Marriage Care. Free relationship counselling, including pre-marriage education (under auspices of Catholic Church, but open to all). Tel: 200 71717. Gibraltar Society for the Visually Impaired. Tel: 200 50111 (24hr answering service). Hope. miscarriage support Tel: 200 41817. Narcotics Anonymous Tel: 200 70720 Overeaters Anonymous support group for compulsive overeating problems. Tel: helpline for meetings info 200 42581. Parental Support Group, helping parents and grandparents with restrictive access to their children and granchildren. Tel: Richard 200 46536, Jason 200 76618, Dominic 54019602. Psychological Support Group, PO Box 161, Nazareth House. Meet Tuesdays at 7pm, Fridays 8pm. Tel: 200 51623. SSAFA Forces Help Gibraltar, is a national charity, to assist serving and exService personnel and their families. Tel: (5)5481. E-mail With Dignity Gibraltar support for separated, divorced/widowed or single people. Meet Weds 9pm, Catholic Community Centre, Line Wall Rd. Outings/activities. Tel: 54007181 or 200 79957. Women in Need. Voluntary organisation for all victims of domestic violence. Refuge available. Tel: 200 42581 (24 hrs).

Eyes Down, Raise Money for Charity FLIP (Future Leaders in Philanthropy) student Paul Earle, has organised a fun Bingo event to raise money for the AKIN (Associations for Kids in Need) charity which will take place at the Laguna Social Club on Thursday 17th March from 9pm. The AKIN charity is currently has pledged to match every penny raising funds for the refurbishment raised with an equal contribution of a school in Sierra Leone. They to the charity. were recently able to repair the Paul says there will be lots going roof (no more flooded classrooms!) and will be refurbishing the toilet There will be lots going facilities shortly. Spokesman for the charity, Jimmy Bruzon, is on on the night including delighted that Paul chose AKIN a raffle and food and as the recipient of the funds from his charity event — doubly sweet drinks being sold as FLIP sponsor, the Bonita Trust,


on on the night including a raffle and food and drinks being sold. The Bingo itself will cost £10.00 per book and there will be some great fun and laughter thrown in too. For more information on the event or AKIN contact Paul on mobile: 54007171 or Jimmy mobile: 57631000. For information on the Future Leaders in Philanthropy project contact info@

Rotary Club Launches Regiment’s Benevolent Fund Julian Risso, this year’s Rotary Club President has presented a cheque for £2000 to his brother Colin, the Commanding Officer of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment as together they launched the new Royal Gibraltar Regiment Benevolent Fund. ‘The Rotary Club is honoured to be the first organisation to be associated with this excellent initiative,’ said Julian. The Benevolent Fund will help to provide practical and financial assistance to serving and former members of the Regiment who have welfare needs. In particular, it will be used to support families of local soldiers who are away on operational tours of duty: in the past, the Regiment has had to apply to the Army Benevolent Fund in UK for such welfare support. The Rotary Club also handed over a cheque for £500 to be used by the Regiment on its community work in the Gambia.

Religious Services Baha’i Faith Tel: 200 73287 www.gibnet. com/bahai Bethel Christian Fellowship Tel: 200 52002. Queensway. Sunday service 11am. Church of England Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Tel: 200 78377. Sung Eucharist, Sunday 10.30am. Sunday School. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Suite 21a Don House, 30-38 Main Street. Tel: 200 50433. Sundays 10am. Church of Scotland St Andrew’s, Governor’s Pde. Tel: 200 77040. Worship

& Sunday School 10.30am. Bible Study Tues 7.30pm. Evangelical Bretheren Assembly, Queensway Quay. Sun 11am, Tues Bible Study 6pm, Thurs Prayer Meeting 6pm.  Hindu Engineer’s Lane Tel: 200 42515. Jehovah’s Witness 6 Europort Avenue Tel: 200 50186. Jewish 10 Bomb House Lane Tel: 200 72606. Methodist 297 Main St Tel/Fax 200 40870 email Minister: Revd Fidel Patron. Sunday 11am Morning Worship, 8pm Evening Service. Prayer meetings Monday+ Wednesday to Friday

7pm and Tuesdays 8pm. Communion celebrated on 2nd and 4th Sunday mornings of the month, and other special occasions. Alpha Course: held Thursdays 8pm. House Groups meet for Christian fellowship, prayer and study on a regular basis Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Sunday School meets Sunday mornings alongside morning worship. Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned, 215 Main St Tel: 200 76688. The Cityline Church 13 Castle St Tel: 200 75755 email: citylinegib@yahoo. com. Meet: Tues 8pm, Sundays 11am.




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


he flora and fauna on the Upper Rock are considered to be of great conservational value. It’s a perfect place for birdwatchers, as migratory species use Gibraltar as the shortest crossing between Europe and Africa, but botanists will also be interested to see over 600 species of flowering plants, including some unique to Gibraltar. Watch out for colourful lizards, non-venemous Horseshoe Whipsnakes, butterflies and pipistrelle bats. Info on flora and fauna is found at the Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society’s information centre at Jews Gate. St. Michael’s Cave: The cave comprises an upper hall with five connecting passages and drops of 40-150ft to a smaller hall. A further succession of chambers, some at 250ft below the entrance, is reached through narrow holes. The Cathedral Cave is open to visitors and is used as an auditorium for concerts and theatre. The cave was prepared as a hospital in WWII, but never used. A further series of chambers ending in a mini lake is called Lower St. Michael’s Cave and can be visited with a guide. The Monkeys’ Den: There are around 160 monkeys in the Park and around 30 can be seen at the Monkey’s Den. Often called apes, they are tail-less Barbary Macaques and Europe’s only free living monkeys. £500 fine for feeding the monkeys - don’t do it! The Great Siege Tunnels: Tunnelling in the Rock began during the Great Siege (1779-1783) when France and Spain made an attempt to recapture the Rock while Britain was busy with the American War of Independence. Governor General Elliot offered a reward to any man who could tell him how to mount a gun on the north face of the Rock. It was a Sgt. Major Ince who suggested tunnelling and there are now over 30 miles of tunnels inside the Rock with various exhibitions inside the tunnels.

of the earliest British building on the Rock. Original graffiti, drawn by duty soldiers to stop themselves falling asleep, is still visible, the earliest dating back to 1726. The Moorish Castle: actually just part of a Moorish town and castle which was built up during the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, spearheaded from Gibraltar in 711AD by Tarik-ibn-Zeyad (“Gibraltar” is a corruption of the Arabic words “Jebel Tarik” - Tarik’s mountain). The part we see today, The Tower of Homage, dates back to 1333AD, when Abu’l Hassan recaptured the Rock from Spain. Natural History & Heritage Park Walks: Med Steps is a stunning walk with the steep climb at the end rewarded with spectacular views of the Rock and Spain. Another recommended walk is St Michael’s Cave through to Charles V Wall but walkers should be relatively fit for both. It is also pleasant walking along the upper rock roads. Brochures available free from all Tourist Board offices. Botanical Gardens: Opened in 1816, the Alameda Botanical Gardens fell into disrepair but are currently being restored to their former glory. Visitors can enjoy a stroll beneath pines, dragon trees and palms, and see many of Gibraltar’s native plants as well as exotic species. The shop sells environmentally friendly gifts, plants and seeds. Tel: 200 72639/200 74022. Parking. Nelson’s Anchorage: Rosia Road 9.30am - 5.15pm Monday to Saturday (last entry at 5pm). Closed on Sunday. Admission: £1.00 (free of charge with Nature Reserve ticket. Tickets for the nature reserve can also be bought at this attraction). Parson’s Lodge: Rosia Road. A narrow limestone outcrop with a labyrinth of underground tunnels surmounted by an impressive battery, which has witnessed the development of coast artillery over 300 years. Once housed three 18 ton 10-inch rifled muzzle loaders positioned behind a

unique sandwich of armour plate and teak, known as ‘Gibraltar Shields’. TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. Flat Bastion Magazine Flat Bastion Road, Geological Research Station and Lithology of Gibraltar. To visit contact: F. Gomez Tel. 200 44460, P. Hodkinson Tel. 200 43910. Shrine of Our Lady of Europe (Museum within premises) Europa Road. 10am-7pm Monday to Friday, 11am-7pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. Closed 1pm - 2pm. Trafalgar Cemetery: Trafalgar Road, open 9am - 7pm daily (admission free).

Business Information

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

Useful Numbers

Airport (general info.)..........Tel: 200 73026 Hospital, St Bernards..........Tel: 200 79700 Weather information.................Tel: 5-3416 Frontier Queue Update.......Tel: 200 42777

General Information

Gibraltar Museum.............Tel: 200 74289 18/20 Bomb House Lane Open 10am - 6pm (Sat. 10am - 2pm). Closed on Sunday. Admission: Adults £2/Children under 12 years £1. Exhibitions also at Casemates gallery. Registry Office...................Tel: 200 72289 It is possible to get married on the Rock within 48 hours of arrival. A fact taken advantage of by stars such as Sean Connery and John Lennon. Rock Tours by Taxi............Tel: 200 70052 As well as offering normal fares, Gibraltar taxis provide Rock Tours taking in the Upper Rock, Europa Point and other sites of interest. It is the best way to see the Rock’s major features in a short time.

Emergency Services Emergency calls only: Fire/Ambulance.......................Tel: 190 Police...............................Tel: 199/112 Emergency Number...............Tel: 112

The Military Heritage Centre: Housed in one of the Rock’s many historic batteries, the Military Heritage Centre displays information on the development of Gibraltar’s military defences through the ages. A City Under Siege Exhibition: Exhibits depicting the lives of the civilian population during the many sieges, are housed in one

History Alive

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


Gibraltar Bus Company Routes

Tourist Board.....................Tel: 200 74950 Gibraltar Tourist Board, Duke of Kent House, Cathedral Square, Gibraltar. UK Tel: 0207 836 0777 John Mackintosh Hall.......Tel: 200 75669 Includes cafeteria, theatre, exhibition rooms and library. 308 Main Street 9.30am - 11pm Monday to Friday. Closed weekends. Bicycle Racks Bicycle parking is provided at the following locations: Europort Road, Casemates Tunnel, Land Port Ditch, Fish Market Road, Commonwealth Car Park, Reclamation Road (by English Steps) + Line Wall Road.

Public Holidays 2011

Gibraltar & United Kingdom New Year’s Day Mon 3rd January (in lieu of Sat 1st January) Commonwealth Day * Mon 14 March Good Friday Fri 22 April Easter Mon 25 April Royal Wedding Fri 29 April May Day Mon 2 May Spring Bank Holiday Mon 30 May Queen’s Birthday * Mon 13 June Late Summer Bank Hol Mon 29 August Gibraltar National Day * Mon 12 September (in lieu of Sat 10 September) Christmas Day Mon 26 December (in lieu of Sun 25 December) Boxing Day Tues 27 December (in lieu of Mon 26 December) *Gibraltar Only Spain Fixed: New Year’s Day 1 January, Epiphany 6 January, St Joseph’s Day 19 March, Labour Day 1 May, St John 24 June, St James 25 July, Assumption Day 15 August, National Day 12 October, All Saints 1 November, Immaculate Conception 8 December, Christmas 25 December Moveable: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Corpus Christi Non-urgent calls: Ambulance Station..........Tel: 200 75728 Police...............................Tel: 200 72500 Gibraltar Services Police: Emergency Nos: ....Tel: (5) 5026 / (5) 3598

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The Gibraltar Magazine - March 2011  

Lifestyle magazine for Gibraltar, including business and finance, interviews, events, wining and dining, etc