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now, I am sure everyone is feeling the temperature drop particularly in the evenings and during the night, the beaches are clearing, traffic is dying down and it’s a lot easier to get a table at the local restaurant. With the passing of summer many of our resident readers who decamped and went to the UK for the summer are returning for the wonderful winter climate, their return signals an increase in our regular readers, we have already noticed this by some of the correspondence we have been receiving, so if you are returning after the summer we would like to take this opportunity to say a big welcome back. Our magazine is becoming more popular every month and many of our monthly articles are still going down very well, we will be changing some of them from time to time to try new things but fully intend to keep all of the old favorites, those of you who are more familiar with the magazine will notice that we have grown a little with four extra pages, hopefully this will continue and we will go from strength to strength. From an advertising point of view I would like to say a big thank you to our business clients for your kind response to us over the summer, and an even bigger thank you for your support. If you are reading this and are not yet advertising with us why not contact us and give our magazine a try, we can tailor make a campaign for you and work within your budget, call Robert 917 184 730 for more information. This month we have Halloween on the 31 st so we have a little information on this to remind our local witches, we are visiting Portimao, we also have some great editorials along with all the usual jokes, puzzles and articles for you all to enjoy. If you would like to contact me for any reason concerning the magazine please email me at or call our sales number 917 184 730 for enquires. Please enjoy our magazine. Telephone 917 184 730 2

Radionics Dr Kaj Bering has been a practitioner of Radionics

for over 20 years, over the past couple of months he has been explaining the basis and theories of Radionics, originally developed by a distinguished American physician. Since its early beginnings it has been continuingly developed over many years by numerous research workers and exponents who have all contributed to the science as we know it today. The basic concept is that all life forms including man share a common ground in that they are submerged in the electro magnetic field of the earth, and that each life form has its own electric magnetic field that if sufficiently distorted will result in disease of the organism. Radionics sees organs, disease and remedies as having their own particular frequency vibration, these factors can be expressed in numerical values which are known as rates, the practitioner calibrates Radionics instruments with dials on which the rates are set for analysis and treatment, the practitioner then makes the analysis and uses the principal of dowsing by applying extra sensory perception to the problem of detecting disease. Healing is usually carried out without physical contact with the patient, with the help of specialized instruments in conjunction with a special faculty of extra sensory perception known as the radiesthetic faculty, this healing does not necessarily confine its self to humans, but also extends to non humans as well for example as your pets. Some practitioners incorporate concepts derived from oriental medicine for example acupuncture, Meriden energies, Tibetan medicine and cosmos biology into Radionics; this has not only

led to increased efficiency and made therapies more potent, it has further demonstrated that Radionics is a very effective healing tool. What about the instruments? Well any Radionics practitioner will tell you that the instruments only serve as extensions of their diagnostic and healing faculties, and that on their own do absolutely nothing, some practitioners shell out a lot of money for their instruments then make outrageous claims that boggle the mind, others are more modest with their equipment and sometimes their claims, but it is thought that practioners build up thought forms of greater efficiency around their expensive equipment which ultimately make them more effective and this could be true, but there are also many Radionics practioners that believe that the cost and complexity have nothing to do with the therapeutic results achieved. A true Radionics practitioner facilitates healing, he doesn’t heal, he doesn’t diagnose, he doesn’t treat, his role is confined to that of a facilitator, it is the creative principal in the universe that dose the healing. Dr Kaj is available to you, ask any question and discuss any subject to do with Radionics, you are welcome to call him on 0034 952 449 133 or email or why not find out more on


Computing - It is never too late to learn From Algarve Laptops

Quite often at the Algarve Laptops shop we

welcome in the faces of the nervous first time computer buyer looking to purchase and receive advice. The conversation usually begins with the fact that they have been either told to, have heard enough of, or now feel ready to get involved with computers. I have already covered the subject of buying a computer, but one area that I did not cover in great detail was how to begin the process when you have little or zero knowledge of computers. Other factors such as health, disability, or the complete and utter meltdown of tackling anything remotely connected with technology (setting up a video recorder for example). I am a firm believer and advocate of keeping things simple whether you are an IT professional with 30 years experience or a complete IT novice. The first thing to remember is that however daunting the process may seem at first it certainly gets easier as you begin the journey. A stepping stone approach will certainly help deal with each stage from conception through to placing your first Internet grocery shopping order. Firstly it is important to fully understand the reasons and expectations of having a computer. This understanding will help guide you through some of your decisions. Next is the purchase of the necessary equipment needed, this will usually involve buying a desktop or laptop computer, an operating system and documentation in your language, a printer with functionality such as the ability to scan and copy, and ordering an ADSL broadband connection. This is usually where many people are usually left high and dry, and left to try and work out what to do. However this is also the stage where the main benefits of your purchase can be most apparent if you seek out professional or able assistance. A service which is available is having your entire computer system including all the peripheral items, and your ADSL Internet connection connected and configured at your home. To assist and add value and practical functionality to your computer you could for example buy a "big key" keyboard, or perhaps having easy to use software installed both in terms

of functionality such as a word processor through to administrative functions such as antivirus software. Microsoft have features within their operating systems which will allow the user to magnify text or reduce the speed of a mouse double click. Beyond this the next stage could be functionality training which is a step by step approach to getting certain tasks achieved such as emailing for example. The use of the word training sends shivers down my spine, as the word conjures up notions of teachers, classrooms, and homework. Probably a better word to use would be "showing". This showing of how to do a given task will enable you to try things out at your own pace. This is a quick and easy way of learning. You do not need to know how an engine works in order to drive a car! A computer can be prepared in such a way to enable you to focus on getting a certain set of functions done, and as your confidence increases other tasks and icons can be introduced later. Being bombarded with lots and lots of information serves no purpose. This methodology of computer introduction is guaranteed to teach any old dog new and exciting tricks. The important thing to remember here and I shall repeat again to make sure my point is fully understood is that it is vital to see and keep things as simple as possible. Whether you are professionally advised or choose to go it alone, your main consideration is to always remember that once you remove the hype and persona of computing it really is as easy as ABC. A video recorder can be very easy to setup for the technology shy so long as it can be explained "step by step"!! Computing is now beyond the term technology, and this is why it is important irrespective of age and ability to grasp hold of something that can only serve but to improve our lives especially in terms of communication with our family and friends. As I have mentioned on so many previous articles it is the delivery of the service that will overcome the notion of being too old or too inexperienced, and thus enabling you to fully take advantage of it. Algarve Laptops - 282 312 044 - 911 911 955 4


The Marigold is the October birth flower The October birth flower is the Marigold.

In Old World Biblical terms the marigold actually refers to the Virgin Mary. Everyone knows that they have a specific birthstone that is placed in jewellery and trinkets to signify the month they were born in. However, many people don't know that just like the stones, each month has a flower or two as well which symbolizes birth. Here is the history and meaning behind your birth flower.

On This Day ...... October 2nd Charles Darwin returns to Falmouth, England, aboard the HMS Beagle, ending a five year surveying expedition of the Southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans on this day in 1836. October 3rd East and West Germany are reunited on this day in 1990. October 4th Today marks the first journey of the Orient Express in 1883. The route was from Paris Gare de L’Est to Giurgiu in Romania, via Munich and Vienna. October 6th Author Charlotte Bronte’s book “Jane Eyre” is published on this day in 1847. October 11th In 1982, Henry VIII’s warship the Mary Rose was raised to the Solent’s surface 437 years after sinking, with the loss of 700 lives, on its mission to engage the French.

Marigold, also called calendula, the October birth flower is sometimes called "summer bride" or "husbandman’s dial," because its flower head follows the sun, the Marigold's flower meaning is "winning grace" it was once considered the most sacred of flowers, in India it was placed around the necks of holy statues. Calendula means the first day of the month, referring to the fact that the marigold blooms at the beginning of the month throughout most months of the year. The Marigold or Calendula includes 12-20 species of annual plants in the daisy family, the flower normally has layered petals that are oval in shape and can grow to be 3-7cm across, the colours range through various shades of yellow and orange. As a herb the ointment from the Marigold can be used to cure skin problems from burns to acne, this is due to its properties that reduce inflammation; it also soothes irritated tissue, and controls bleeding. It can be used internally but it is more typically used for minor wounds as well as nappy rash and cradle cap in infants, they are good cleansers and are also great for bee stings. Marigolds are also known as calendula, garden marigold, holligold, goldbloom, golds, ruddes, Mary bud, bull's eyes, and pot marigold.

October 13th British darts player John Lowe achieves the first televised 9 dart 501 in a major event during the World match play Championships in England on this day in 1984. October 16th On this day in 1987, 18 people are killed as hurricane strength winds batter southern England. October 19th On this day in 1970 British Petroleum (BP) announces that it has struck oil in the North Sea. October 21st In Wales, more than 140 people are killed in the small mining village of Aberfan when tonnes of slush from a nearby coal slag tip, weakened by rain slide downhill and engulf the village school and rows of terraced houses on this day in 1966. October 24th The world’s first official football club, Sheffield Football Club, is established in Yorkshire, England on this day in 1857. October 27th Author and poet Dylan Thomas is born in Swansea, Wales on this day in 1914. 6

Have a laugh …..

Book Review

A man walked up to the bar and the landlord said “Good evening sir, would you like a drink?” “A whiskey, please.” The landlord poured the drink, handed it to the man and said “That’ll be £1.50, please.” “Oh no,” replied the man. “You invited me to have a drink. I’m not paying.” There followed a lively argument when a man sitting close by interrupted them. “Excuse me, I have legal experience and this customer is well within his rights not to pay.” “Right,” roared the landlord. “Drink up and get out, you’re banned.” The customer left, but ten minutes later returned. “I told you to get out and never come back,” said the landlord angrily. “But I’ve never been in here before ,” protested the customer. The landlord faltered. “Oh.... sorry.... you must have a double.” “Well thank you very much,” replied the customer, “and one here for my legal friend.”

Tinkers by Paul Harding

An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in his living room, he sees the walls around him begin to collapse, the windows come loose from their sashes, and the ceiling plaster fall off in great chunks, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, old photographs, wool jackets, rusty tools, and the mangled brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky above plummet down on top of him, followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating, in death throes from cancer and kidney failure. A methodical repairer of clocks, he is now finally released from the usual constraints of time and memory to rejoin his father, an epileptic, itinerant peddler, whom he had lost seven decades before. In his return to the wonder and pain of his impoverished childhood in the backwoods of Maine, he recovers a natural world that is at once indifferent to man and inseparable from him, menacing and awe inspiring. Heartbreaking and life affirming, TINKERS is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.

Oh To Be 12 Again... A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like to have for her Birthday. 'I'd like to be twelve again', she replied, still looking in the mirror. On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her to a theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Corkscrew, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster, everything there was. Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a Mc Donald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake. Then it was off to the cinema with popcorn, a huge Cola, and her favourite sweets...........M&M's. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, 'Well Dear, what was it like being twelve again?' Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. 'I meant my dress size, you idiot !!!!'

`Remarkable ... Harding is a consummate wordsmith, and the novel is studded with prose poems. Delicious to read and reread ... TINKERS is a superb novel that deserves and demands a measured reading experience. Part prose-poem, part philosophical investigation, it is a wholly satisfying excavation of limited lives lived to their fullest capacity.' --Sunday Business Post

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong. 7

In the Paddock For all matters equestrian

your show gear away clean ready for next time. If you have any questions for me, I will do my best to help Good Luck & Safe Riding till next time Anne

Hello Readers, hope you and your horses are FIESA 2010 getting fit and ready for the new show season. It is great now the days are a bit cooler. If you are preparing for a show, whatever class you are entering, it pays to do a bit of research, and get your tack & clothes just right. Tack Check! With so many rules governing competitions in all disciplines, it is best to stick to simple tack, & always check the rules before the competition. At local level a simple snaffle bridle & general purpose saddle should see you through most classes - it tends to be the add-ons such as martingales or other gadgets that cause problems. Show Jumping - The BSJA which governs affiliated competition has clearly defined regulations regarding the tack you can use, unaffiliated competition can run under different rules, these will depend on who is organising the event, most operate under BSJA guidelines for safety. The BSJA forbids the use of running & check reins, or any reins acting through pulleys, blinkers or any other attachment to the horse or bridle which may affect the horse’s field of vision are also banned. However the BSJA does allow standing & running martingales but standing martingale can only be attached to the cavesson part of the noseband, fitted above the bit. Gag snaffles are also allowed in competition, a market harbough rein is permitted, provided it is used with a plain snaffle bit & not a gag. In pony competition, the BSJA does not allow draw reins, or hackamores or bitless bridles. Your saddle for show jumping is best with close contact, with a limited amount of leather between the horse & rider allowing you to feel & predict what the horse is doing. Tendon Protection on the front legs is important & boots need to be well fitting & comfortable. I used to use tendon & fetlock boots, as my horse went close behind. It is important to constantly check your tack for any loose stitching, or any other signs of wear. If you have bought new tack or clothes don’t wear them for the first time at the show, as it is deemed to be bad luck. Whatever class you are entering if you dress correctly, Keep clean, only wear your jacket when your are riding, keep your jods or breeches covered while you are working with your horse, carry a clothes brush, make sure your hair is tidy under your hat, & after the competition put all

8th International Sand Sculpture Festival, Pera. The Festival is open to the public every day from the 22nd May to 22nd October. Thought to be the largest event of its kind in the world, the festival has been a tradition in the Algarve since 2003. Every year, a group of talented sculptors, from various parts of the world and experts in the art of sand sculpting join to give shape to 35,000 tonnes of sand, in an area of 15,000 square metres. The theme this year is 'the living world', meaning visitors will be able to see representations of flora and fauna from five continents, dating from prehistoric times to the present day. Visitors will also be able to show off their own creative talents in a public area allowing people of all ages to try their hand at sand sculpting. Open 10am - 8.00pm Admission 8 euros for adults, 4.50 euros for children 6 - 12 , free for the under 5’s.

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Labour Day which is traditionally the end to the summer holiday period and a time when the "real money" returns to the global markets. The big question is how the markets will pan out as we head into the end of the year. The much anticipated jobs number out of the US satisfied both the pessimists and optimists. Optimists will point to fewer jobs being lost than expected, pessimist's will point to the fact that at the current rate of recovery it will take at least 5 years for the US to get back to the kind of growth that would signal a healthy, functioning economy. The equity markets have staged an impressive 5% growth during the period May to August compared to a historical average of 1%, however volumes are down 31%, a bit like walking on a sheet of ice that is steadily getting thinner and thinner. Just to complicate matters even more, we have the mid term elections in November, and it’s widely expected that President Obama will get trounced and will become a lame duck president for the rest of his tenure, not something the world’s largest economy exactly needs right now. In the UK, October sees the comprehensive spending review that will lead to the start of budget cuts and job losses that will be needed to bring down the UK’s structural deficit. Mr Osborne has pledged to reduce this by 8% during the coalition's parliamentary term. The data out of the Eurozone over the summer period has been a two-tier story. Germany and France have seen great numbers if taken at face value, but the rest of the Eurozone is still mired in a de-leveraging phase that could take generations to work through. For example Spanish unemployment as measured between the ages 18-24 is running at 40%. On the back of this the problems for the Eurozone are far from over. However, the optimists still paint the picture that the world is improving, which to a point it is, but it is very specific and the next six months that will take us to Q1 2011 will once again see the global economy face a series of head winds and challenges, and the answer most central banks will take will be to embark on another series of quantitative easing, something that so far has keep interest rates low but has not seen the growth the market expected.

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Exhibition Local artist Tara Esaguy Cohen will

be opening an exhibition showing her illustrations, complimenting the stoneware sculptures of Sylvain Bongard to be held at the Convento in Lagoa. 24 September – 30th October (Monday – Friday 9.0012.30, 14.00-17.00) (Saturday 15.00-19.00). Tara will be releasing a Calendar of her artwork “Algarve Animals” and donating all profits to the Refugio Aboim Ascensão in Faro (helping abused, abandoned and neglected children under the age of 6). Please go along to support this charity.


The Vale de Lousas Retail Park At Vale de Lousas Retail Park

you will find very well established professional businesses all who speak English, with a commitment to a high level of customer service, this is a brief introduction for more details of all the businesses see the adverts on the opposite page.

Style Furnishings Elaine has run Style Furnishings now for ten years and is very well known on the Algarve, her service is second to none, most of her customers come back for advice on renewing either their bed or sometimes just the mattress, many recommend their family and friends, here you will find everything you need for a great nights sleep why not call in and take a look around. Algarve Laptops have been here for three years and are now well known on the Algarve, they will convert your Portuguese laptop to English, repair your broken computer or solve your computer problems, with their unique personal service they can also provide you with cheap and free telephone calls to the UK . Centro de Lareiras (Fireplace Centre) established 20 years, with the winter coming on we all know how that drop in temperature can effect the home, here you can get advice on how to improve, replace or build a new fireplace, this is a well established business and a must for all types of fireplaces from traditional to ultra modern, with many on display the showroom is well worth a visit.

Indulgence can be found to the left of the business park, they have a superb show room and an outside area where you can view a range of the best Spas and Hot Tubs on the market, they also sell Saunas, Gazebos and chemicals, and offer a complete service, sales, installation, maintenance and advice, they are always on hand to help just call in and take a look around. Absolute Zero moved to larger premises at Vale de Lousas Retail Park earlier this year. They specialise in staff uniforms, club sportswear and promotional clothing and merchandise. In house embroidery and printing means they can meet all requirements, however large or small. Owners Gary and Sylvia King offer a personal service and will work with you to provide the best solution for your budget and style. Now launching AZ Golf with a great range of golf wear and accessories with great prices to match.

Sacl celebrated 20 years in business in 2008, they are very well established and specialise in sales, maintenance and advice on air conditioning, solar energy, heating and cooling the home, also pool heating and automatic pool covers, many of their products are on display, there is always friendly English speaking knowledgeable staff on hand to meet and greet you and answer any questions you may have, why not call in and take a look around. How to find Vale de Lousas Retail Park. From the West and East via the A22 Motorway. Travel up or down to Junction 7 which is the Alcantarilha/ Armação De Pera Junction. There you will find the Alcantarilha roundabout which is on the EN125. Turn right at this roundabout following the signs towards Lagoa/ Portimao. You are now on the EN125. One minute later you will see a water park on your right hand side called Aqualand (formally The Big One). A further minute later on the right you will see Vale de Lousas Retail Park (marked with a X on the map below).

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Where to go for a great day out! Portimao About 40 minutes on the A22 from Albufeira.

Portimão is the biggest town in the western Algarve and sits on the banks of the Arade river facing Ferragudo that is on the opposite bank, the town centre is great for shopping and is absolutely packed with shops offering a wide range of items, with plenty of traditional shops selling bargain leather goods such as handbags and belts etc.

The roads in and around the town can be a little confusing sometimes with heavy traffic, but there is plenty of car parking, and a large free car park on the waterfront which is very easy to find and a great place to start your day. Just walk across the car park towards the river, there is a nice walkway where you can stretch your legs and get your bearings, here there are boat trips for fishing, trips to the caves, dolphin watching or a trip up the Arade river to Silves, you will see the operators all offering boat trips but go to the end one and talk to Carol, she is very friendly and will give you all of the information you need to help your day go well, as well I am sure of offering you a great boat trip, she will be there until the end of October.

There are also plenty of bars, restaurants and cafés where you can sit for a bite to eat or a drink, have an ice cream or a coffee and watch the day go by, there are also some great fish restaurants at the end of the waterfront near the bridge, if you find yourself in town try and find a free map this will help you plan your day, it will also give you directions to the Wine Bar, this is a nice place to stop and take a break, have coffee or one of their fine lunches. Portimão Marina is well worth a visit, it has nice colourful buildings, a relaxing atmosphere and again there are lots of fine restaurants to stop for lunch or just a drink to admire the view, if you feel like a little luxury find the “No Solo Agua Club” here you can enjoy their restaurant, pool and sunbeds, during the winter months the entrance fee is only five euros or less, you can have a great afternoon just relaxing and enjoying the ambiance, so don’t forget your swimming costume and towel.

Portimão will be a pleasant surprise and will make for a nice change of surroundings if you have been on holiday on the Algarve for a week or two at the same resort, it’s also a great day out if you are resident and have visitors as we often do, it’s a good full day with everything you could want at hand and easy to find. Have a nice day!

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The Wine Bar, Portimao - Now Open

Mark, Jackie and Staff welcome you to The Wine

Bar, Portimao. This unique friendly wine bar was originally established here 30 years ago, the previous owners who have recently retired ran it successfully for the past 18 years, looking forward to the next 18 years is Mark and Jackie who have recently taken over to bring their unique style to the bar, those who know Marco’s Bar and Bistro in Alvor will know this style means great food, fun activities with a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere.

The bar has been completely refurbished and will be offering all the old wine bar favorites, for example the daily specials made so popular by the previous owners will stay, and yes you will still find fish and chips on the menu, but Mark will also be offering some excellent additions making full use of his many years as a top chef to bring that little bit extra to his customers old and new. The bar will be opening longer hours from November, it will also open weekends with Sunday lunch being a regular welcome addition if the demand is there, so why not start making your reservations and book a table now, also coming to the bar is free wi fi and selected big sports events on TV, Thursday night you can enjoy crib and dominos alternating every few weeks with a quiz night, every Friday night is the fantastic Friday club from 5.00pm all are welcome, so why not call in for

a casual drink and a friendly chat. Mark has been a chef for many years on the QE2, Cable and Wireless and Barclays bank to name but a few, and for those of you who want that little bit extra, Mark and Jackie are hosting dinner party evenings every month, this will include welcome cocktails on arrival, plus an excellent set menu chosen and prepared especially for you by Mark for your enjoyment, this is an evening for celebration or an opportunity to spoil yourselves, with fine food and wine in the intimate and relaxing atmosphere of the wine bar, this evening will soon become popular and demand will be high so booking in advance is advised. The wine bar is the only English owned licensed wine bar in Portimao, and at the bar every day you will find a great menu with fine food that will accompany the draught beer and a great selection of wine, and with a recommended wine of the week there is always something to tempt you at the bar. With Christmas fast approaching the wine bar will be serving traditional Christmas lunch, again its best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. For those of you who know Marco’s Bar and Bistro in Alvor don’t worry it is business as usual. Marco’s is closed over the winter as normal so why not come and see Mark, Jackie and Lisa at the new wine bar, if you don’t yet know Mark and Jackie you are very welcome, just call in and meet them both in the bar they look forward to seeing you all there.

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Halloween The 31

st of October is Halloween. Halloween has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain. The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the other world became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits both harmless and harmful to pass through; the family's ancestors were honored and invited home, while harmful spirits were warded off, it was the need to ward off harmful spirits that led to the wearing of costumes and masks, their purpose was to disguise the person as a harmful spirit so to avoid detection, in Scotland the spirits were impersonated by young men dressed in white, with masked, veiled or blackened faces. Samhain was also a time to take stock of food supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores, bonfires played a large part in the festivities, all other fires were doused and each home lit their hearth from the bonfire, then the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames, sometimes two bonfires would be built side by side, and people and their livestock would walk between them as a cleansing ritual. Many symbols associated with Halloween formed over time often encompassing customs of medieval holy days. The souling practice of commemorating the souls in purgatory with candle lanterns carved from turnips became adapted into the making of jack-o'-lanterns, in traditional Celtic Halloween festivals large turnips were hollowed out, carved with faces and placed in windows to ward off evil spirits, the carving of pumpkins developed in some areas on Halloween only because pumpkins where both readily available and much larger, making them easier to carve than turnips. Families that celebrate Halloween carve a pumpkin into a frightening or comical face and place it on their doorstep after dark. Now a days Halloween tends to be celebrated with parties, get togethers and "trick or treating” for the children. On Halloween children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as sweets or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or Treat?" the word "trick" refers to a mostly idle "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given, in some parts of Scotland children still go guising, this is a custom where the child performs some sort of trick, i.e. sings a song or tells a ghost story to earn their treats.

Halloween themes are normally of death, evil, the occult, magic, or mythical monsters, traditional characters nearly always include ghosts, witches, skeletons, vampires, werewolves, demons, bats and black cats. Maybe the dead, witches and demons are walking the earth on Halloween, but if you are having a damned good party who cares.

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For all your party needs come and see our stock and catalogue products

"Parabéns Party Shop, Almancil, began trading in March 2010, with Liz’s hand-made greetings cards, small gifts and favours for weddings or christenings. Very quickly, we realised there was a demand for party items and to meet the needs of our customers we decided to expand into this area. We have a large selection of balloons and party decorations for all occasions, if we don’t have it we will get it for you!!! Come and see our Halloween themed window, see for yourself the kind of decorations you can order for your party. Special orders must be placed by 18th October to ensure you have your items on time. Don't miss out, give us a shout." 14



Euro Cooling

Special Offers

Euro Cooling have been fitting air conditioning,

pool heaters, solar panels and under floor heating for over 22 years. When Euro Cooling first began trading they soon realized that a high level of customer service and attention to detail would be very important if they were to stay in business for the long term, now 22 years later Euro Cooling are still working to that same high standard, infact as time has passed they have added the personal touch that over the years has seen customers come back time and time again. Keeping up with developments in their industry is of great importance to Euro Cooling, they always offer the most advanced technology available, at a cost their customers can afford, for example most of the air conditioning systems on the market today, heat, cool and dehumidify, these units are inverter system which run on electricity and use 30% less power, making the system much more economical for the user, some systems also take the damp out of the rooms. Pool heaters are a great way to extend what can be an unbelievably short season with your pool, in Portugal we are lucky to have many sunny winter days that are great for a nice relaxing swim, but as we all know the water temperature is always just that little bit too low to enjoy, the answer is a good pool heater, it will not cost as much as you think, both to buy and have installed and to run. The pool heaters Euro Cooling use are air source, they are quiet running of 41dB, titanium heat exchanger, now you can text your heater to come on from anywhere in the world and the running cost of 1 euro per day for pool temperatures of 30 degrees cannot be bad, as we said it will not cost as much as you think to have a pool heater, the benefits are there for all to see. Solar power has come on by leaps and bounds since Euro Cooling started installing them, a good solar system can save you money, help make you more self sufficient and are great in those out of the way places where power can be a problem. The solar system Euro Cooling install has a small back up compressor, which is a great system on those rainy and cloudy days as the compressor comes on, the system reaches a water temperatures of 60 degrees and this can cost as little as just 6 euros a month, with a small black panel on your roof this system is a

Air Conditioning Pool Heaters Solar Panels Under Floor Heating Service Calls Working across the Algarve Mobile (00351) 912 324 600 Telephone (00351) 289 692 241

lot better than the glass panels, as the glass panels are no good in the winter months when there isn’t much sun around. Anyone who has lived on the Algarve for any length of time will know that the temperature drop over the winter months can make the home a little chilly even when the sun is shinning outside, there are a number of ways to solve this and make your home cosier in the winter months, under floor heating is one of them, the under floor heating system Euro Cooling use is a low energy system, you can have a simple mat system so there’s no need to dig those floors up, the running costs are as little as 3 euros a day which of course you only need on those colder winter months. Euro Cooling are always available for any questions you may have on any of their products and services, please feel free to call or email them at any time or go to their website and find out more. Email Tel/Fax 00351 289369241 Mob. 00351 912324600 15


A day without wine is a day without sunshine

Pomares, we all know that Portugal is famous for

its fortified wine, the Porto being the most recognized the world over for centuries, but there are some great table wines produced in Portugal, wine has been produced since the coming of the Romans. There are three 18th century orchards at Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Africa orchard, Orange orchard and Pombal’s landmark orchard. Their value and fertility inspired the creation of these wines. They are located along to the water lines in perfect harmony with the surrounding vineyards. Pomares wines are intense, all encompassing and extremely authentic. Their intense aroma and freshness make these wines perfect for the ordinary modern wine drinker. Here are wines for any occasion that will compliment any food or dish, and living in Portugal we are lucky to have it on our door step at a reasonable cost, you will find a good selection of Pomares in the local wine shop or supermarket. Pomares red or tinto, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional are the labels to look out for, this wine is partially fermented for 6 months in barrel and stainless steel vats. This wine presents an intense red with a matured red fruit aroma. The grapes are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats to achieve the complete extraction of their fruity components. The wine has a discrete aroma of vanilla picked up from its passage in French and American oak barrels; the result is a wine with a smooth

personality and a velvety finish. The wine is best served at 15-16C and is at its best at the time of opening. Pomares white or Branco, Viosinho, Gouveio, Rabigato are the labels to look for, here you have a wonderful white wine that is citrus in colour that holds a nice fresh aroma, the wine ferments in stainless steel tanks at low temperature which preserves its fresh fruit and minerals, the wine is creamy in the mouth, has a tropical fruit aroma and a good persistent finish. The wine is best served at 10-12C and is at its best at the time of opening.

To advertise on our wine page call Robert 917 184 730 or email Next Month ........... More tasty wine from Portugal

How to taste wine The first thing worth remembering about tasting is that it's almost all done by smell. The tongue is a relatively blunt instrument, capable of discerning only sweetness, saltiness, sourness and bitterness. Everything else happens in the nose. So if you've got a stinking cold, you won't taste - or smell - very much at all. Use good, big glasses to taste from. It's nice to swirl the wine around before sniffing it (which gives you a sneak preview of what you will ´taste´ in your mouth later), and the bigger the glass, the less likely it is that the wine will shoot out over your clothes. Then take a good mouthful and rootle it around your mouth. If you can suck air noisily through the wine, so much the better because that sends the message winging up the nasal cavity that much faster. Finally, if you're trying several wines without food, spit each wine out and go on to the next. You'll never survive the assault course otherwise! If you're really interested, make notes about what you notice. 16


Asset Property Management & Rentals, Lda.

Once you have purchased your dream home or

investment property in Portugal, you’ll want to ensure that it remains secure and in tiptop condition ensuring that everyone who uses it gets the full benefit of this home away from home. That’s where Asset Property Management & Rentals, Lda. come into their own. ( - see Market Place advert inside back cover of this issue)

Asset has been in business for 6 years, making it one of the longest-established specialist property management companies in the Algarve. Everything about Asset reflects professionalism. From the airy, welcoming office right behind Vilamoura Marina, to the relaxed but efficient manner of the Asset team, one instantly feels at ease. With a portfolio of properties approaching triple figures, Asset continues to grow despite the current economic climate. This is due in no small part to the increasing number of recommendations from property owners, rental customers and professionals in other property-related businesses. With a team of experienced, multi-lingual professionals, Asset will look after your property 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and is able to cover all aspects of property management including maintenance, bill payment, liaison with suppliers and trades people, key-holding service, and regular condition checks. With in-house control over Housekeeping matters, Asset ensures that the highest standards of cleanliness are maintained for owners and guests alike. Headed by Directors Les Smith and Sally Hawkins, day-to-day management and rentals operations are taken care of by team-members Sue and Pete: Sue co-ordinates all aspects of management operations, ensuring that necessary maintenance works are carried out promptly and that external professionals are able to access properties to carry out their work. She also takes care of the client

accounts and issues the monthly statements. Her previous experience in real estate means that she has a strong customer service focus and has great knowledge of the Vilamoura, Almancil and Loulé areas. Speaking Portuguese fluently she is the perfect interface between our management clients and the various organisations and companies that have to be dealt with on a daily basis. Pete manages the holiday and long-term rentals under the brand Algarve Sunshine Holidays ( - see Market Place advert inside back cover of this issue) ensuring that your property is marketed accurately and effectively on major, established international websites as well as a variety of others. Pete’s excellent customer-service skills and commercial sensibilities enable him to not only secure as many bookings as possible, but also to maximize the chances of repeat bookings. The aim of course is to maintain the growth of bedrock of repeat customers who enjoy their whole experience of booking their holidays with Algarve Sunshine Holidays and the personal service that they have received. Pete’s ability to speak Portuguese enables him to successfully deal with Portuguese customers maximizing rental opportunities.

To get a flavour of the quality that Asset provides, take a look at the following comments from management clients and rental guests: “I think you do a fantastic job. Thank you for all you do, it is so good to know that the apartment is in such good hands.” - Carole, Management client, August 2010 (Client since 2008) “The house was spotlessly clean & tidy -- our thanks to your cleaning staff. “ – Cecil, Management client, June 2010 (Client since 2008) “Just wanted to write and let you know how great our holiday was and that the apartment suited our holiday needs perfectly.” – John, August 2010 (already re-booked for 2011) “Thank you for your kind attention during our stay. Everything was perfect, thank you.” – Maria Luísa, August 2010 Why not take advantage of Asset’s vast experience and high-quality professionalism and let them take the worry out of owning a property abroad? 17

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Did you Know? The deepest dive ever recorded for a bottlenose

dolphin was 300 metres (990 feet). The maximum age for bottlenose dolphins is between 40 and 50 years. The dolphin must be one of the best loved animals on the planet; it is certainly the best loved of all marine mammals. Here in our did you know we will cover possibly some less known facts about the dolphin. Dolphins are well known for their intellect, their gregarious nature, and their acrobatic abilities but there are many lesser known qualities that make a dolphin, here are a few facts you may not know. How smart are dolphins the simple answer is we just don’t know, there is no really reliable method to measure intelligence in humans across cultures, so its no surprise that comparing humans, dolphins, apes, dogs, etc. is impossible “but there are some indications of their potential� they are fast learners and can generalize which is also true of pigs, they can also learn to understand complicated language like commands which is also true of the great apes. The deepest recorded dive by a dolphin was a bottlenose dolphin that was trained by the US Navy, it dived to an amazing 300 metres or 990 feet, this is even more amazing when you think that a dolphin has to breath and would normally swim returning to the surface at regular intervals, and also that many bottle nose dolphins live in fairly shallow water, in some areas spending a considerable time in waters that are less that 2 metres or just 7 feet. Dolphins are classified as toothed whales along with other toothed whales such as killer whales, pilot whales, beluga, narwhal, sperm whales, and several groups of river dolphins, the term 'dolphin' refers to a diverse assortment of marine mammals and is not restricted to a single species, although the oceanic dolphins are by far the most diverse of all of the species as well as being the one most of us think of when picturing a dolphin in our mind. All dolphins look different, for example the snout of some oceanic dolphins is long and slender due to their elongated prominent jaw bones, in the jaw bone is numerous conical teeth, some species have as many as 130 teeth in each jaw, species that

have really prominent beaks include, for example, the common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, atlantic humpbacked dolphin, tucuxi, long snouted spinner dolphin, along with numerous others. Some dolphin species have no dorsal fin this is surprising as the dorsal fin on the back of the dolphin acts like a keel when the animal swims, giving it directional control and stability in the water, but not all dolphins have a dorsal fin for example, the northern rightwhale dolphins and the southern rightwhale dolphins actually have no dorsal fins. Dolphins have a unique sense of hearing, but a very poor sense of smell, but great vision. Dolphins do not have prominent external ear openings, their ear openings are small slits that are behind their eyes which do not connect to the middle ear, instead most scientists believe that sound is conducted to the inner and middle ear by fat lobes that can be found in the lower jaw and by various bones within the skull. Dolphins probably do not have a very strong olfactory sense so like all toothed whales they lack olfactory lobes and nerves because dolphins do not have these anatomical features; they most likely have a very poor sense of smell. Dolphins do have excellent vision in and out of the water, when light passes from air to water, it changes speed, this creates an optical effect referred to as refraction, for the dolphin this means their eyes must correct for these differences if they are to see clearly in both conditions, fortunately the dolphin has specially adapted lens and cornea that enable them to see clearly in and out of the water. Dolphins have to be conscious to breath so this means that they cannot go into a full deep sleep, because then they would suffocate, but Dolphins have "solved" this by letting one half of their brain sleep at a time, this has been discovered by doing EEG studies on dolphins. Dolphins sleep about 8 hours per day in this way but many dolphins sleep differently depending on their 20

circumstances and possibly on individual preference, they can either swim slowly and surface now and then for breath, rest on the surface with their blow hole exposed, or in shallow water, they have been known to rest on the bottom rising to the surface every now and then for breath. Bottlenose dolphins eat several kinds of fish including mullet, mackerel, herring, cod and squid, what they eat depends very much on what is available in the area they live in, and also on the season, the amount of fish they eat depends on the fish species they are feeding on, mackerel and herring have a very high fat content and is high in calories, whereas squid has a very low caloric value, so to get the same energy intake they will need to eat much more if they feed on squid than if they feed on mackerel or herring but on average an adult dolphin will eat 4-9% of its body weight in fish, so a 250 kg (550 lb) dolphin will eat 10-22.5 kg (22-50 lb) fish per day. Most dolphins live in the ocean and the ocean water is too salty for them to drink, drinking sea water would mean they would actually have to use more water trying to get rid of the salt than they drank in the first place, so most of their water comes from their food, when they burn their fat water is released in the process, their kidneys are also adapted to retaining as much water as possible, so although they live in water, they live very much like a desert animal, with no direct source of drinkable water.

We often see whales and dolphins stranded sometimes on mass but if one single animal strands it is usually very sick and exhausted, it will often have some sort of infection such as pneumonia that is very common, or parasites such as worms in the nasal passage, very few animals even if discovered and treated actually make it. Some species of whales and dolphins

occasionally strand in groups, a stranding of 2 or more animals is usually called a mass stranding, there are a number of theories that try to explain the occurrence of mass stranding but no theory can really explain all of them, often it will be a combination of causes but one of the most common explanations are, deep water animals the species that most often are the victim of mass stranding can not "see" a sloping sandy beach properly with its sonar and detect the beach, only when they are almost stranded already, they then panic and run aground, whales and dolphins may be navigating by the earth's magnetic field so when in some locations the magnetic field is disturbed the animals get lost and may run into a beach, in some highly social species the group leader may be sick and wash ashore, the other members try to stay close and may strand with the group leader, when under severe stress or in panic, the animals may fall back to the behavior of their early ancestors and run to shore to find safety. Dolphins in general adapt and thrive as a species, but many thousands every day are caught up and die in fisherman’s nets, also pollution and items adrift in our oceans kill many thousands, the Baiji for example is a critically endangered river dolphin that inhabits the murky waters of the Yangtze River in China, the Baiji has suffered dramatic decline in its population over recent years, due mainly to pollution and heavy industry on the Yangtze river, in 2006 scientist set out to find any remaining Baiji, but failed to find one single individual in the river, the species was declared functionally extinct. We all love the dolphin but like all wildlife on our planet we must not take their existence for granted.


Lost or Stolen Passports Many


Police Ambulance Fire Brigade

281 543 066 112 112


British Consulate

282 490 750


Faro Lisbon

289 800 800 218 413 500


Quarteira Quarteira Vilamoura

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American Express Diners Club Euro Card Visa Card

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visitors to the Algarve will be our friends and relatives, normally all goes well and thousands of visits pass off with out incident but what if your visitor has a mishap with his or her passport, what should they do and why, here we give you a little information that may help. Firstly the theft of a passport should be reported to the local police, the report will be needed to obtain a replacement also for any insurance claim. Some police authorities will not issue a report for lost passports; this is not a problem, as the Consulate will not need a report in this case. Then report your lost or stolen passport to the nearest British Embassy or Consulate, you will then need to complete an LSO1 form in order for your passport to be cancelled, you will need to do this as soon as possible. If your passport turns up after you have reported it lost or stolen you will not be able to use it as it will have been electronically cancelled, you must take or send it to the nearest Embassy or Consulate, if you try to use it for travel or identification you may be detained by the authorities. An emergency passport can be obtained very quickly at a cost of 79 euros if issued during office hours or 79 euros plus 147 euros call out fee if issued outside office hours. You will find the Consulate number in our useful numbers section. General passport service If you are resident in Portugal and need a new passport here is a little useful information. On 12 November 2007, full passport services in Portugal and Spain were joined to create a single issuing centre called UK Passport Services Iberia. This is based in the British Consulate-General in Madrid; please note that all other consular services continue to be provided by the normal 5 Portuguese posts. Straightforward applications with the correctly submitted supporting documents will be processed within ten days of receipt at the British Consulate General Madrid. Applicants can now pay be Visa and MasterCard, passports will now be dispatched by DHL courier service this will involve an extra fee. 22

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Style Furnishings For Comfortable English Beds contact us 282 322 291 - mobile 934 408 256



Loja 53 8125-401 Marina de Vilamoura Telephone 289 316 780

Air Conditioning, Pool Heaters, Solar Panels, Under Floor Heating M: 912 324 600 T: 289 369 241

Marco’s Bar & Bistro

The Wine Bar

Alvor 282 457 548

Portimao 282 485 296

Asset Property Management & Rentals

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Property Management & Rental Services Tel (00351) 282 458 161

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