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September 2015

Accidents will happen!

EDITOR’S LETTER

Oops!

The monthly arrival of the new Gazette is always an event at our offices. We get the chance to see the fruits of the previous month´s work, and we also meet scores of readers who drop by to pick up their copies. So you can imagine our dismay when we opened the boxes last month and discovered that our printers had mistakenly printed July´s magazine in August´s cover. We´re used to hearing a mix of languages in the office, but most of the language that morning was unprintable. All was sorted out within two days, but we´d like to apologise to readers and advertisers for the resulting inconvenience, and thank you all for your patience aswell as our printers for turning the situation around so quickly.

I´d also like to apologise for promising readers that August would be sunny and fine. As a result we were surprised by dust clouds, heatwaves, rain and thunderstorms in August. They didn´t last too long, and we still enjoyed much better weather than most of Europe, but it just goes to show that the heavens, like printers, don´t always get it right.

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September, hopefully, will live up to form. It´s the favourite month of many residents and tourists on Lanzarote, and a genuinely enchanting time to be on the island. There´s plenty going on, and there´s no better time to enjoy it. Enjoy the mag

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Lanzarote’s island government, the Cabildo, faces even more instability after its President, Pedro San Ginés, was charged with abuse of office and coercion by an Arrecife judge last month.

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he charges arose from the hearing into the Cabildo´s seizure of the desalination plant at Montaña Roja in Playa Blanca last year. San Ginés, who is also the President of the island´s Water Council, is accused of ordering the seizure without legal authorisation to do so. Three other members of the island´s Water Council and Water Consortium were also charged. San Ginés claimed in court that he “did not write” the document authorising the seizure of the desalination plant. On the absence of necessary legal reports for a seizure, he commented that he had been “advised verbally”, and that the Cabildo Secretary had

informed him that written legal reports “were not necessary.” Benjamin Perdomo of Ciudadanos, the anti-corruption platform, immediately demanded San Ginés’ resignation, saying that the seizure of the water plant from Club Lanzarote was “incorrect.” However, Perdomo also said the motives for the seizure were understandable. “This was a business that was selling water to villas and hotels without the permission of the Water Council, without the necessary controls and established prices. This could affect customers and the environment.” Although the assumption of innocence until proved guilty applies in Spain, the charges against San Ginés will only make it more difficult

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diver, while Zapatero spends his holidays walking and reading.

n Stormy weather The Canaries suffered unseasonably poor weather in mid-August, as dust storms, wind and rain swept over the islands for almost a week. The initial dust storm was the result of a huge plume of Saharan dust that had blown from Africa to Europe and then southwest to the Canaries.

José Luis Rodriguéz Zapatero and Sonsoles Espinosa

n ZP’s back José Luis Rodriguéz Zapatero, the ex-president of Spain, reconfirmed his love for Lanzarote by once more spending his family holidays on the island.

The storm brought high temperatures and occasional rainfall, with a large thunderstorm, which caused almost 3,000 lightning flashes, on 12th August. Fortunately, the weather cleared by the weekend.

This is the sixth holiday the ex-President has spent here. Zapatero frequently holidayed on the island during his presidency and once claimed “I´m in love with Lanzarote.”

Ylenia Padilla

Yaiza Ayuntamiento has been criticised for hiring a reality TV star to appear at their International Youth Day celebrations. Ylenia Padilla from Benidorm, a model and contestant in the Spanish Big Brother show and the much-criticised Gandia Shore programme, was hired to appear at the celebrations in Playa Blanca in August. Spokesmen for the Somos and San Borondón parties blasted Yaiza Council for the event at which Padilla, known for her frequent drinking on TV shows, is alleged to have been “not in full control of her faculties.” “At the time when an Infants Party should have taken place, instead we have an event that is more like a drinking party on a reality show,” said San Borondón. “Personalities such as this cannot be seen to be examples for our young people,” said Somos.

When in office, Zapatero´s family would stay in the official state residence near Costa Teguise. However, they have chosen different locations since “ZP” stood down in 2011 and this summer the Zapatero family stayed at the bungalows in Famara. Zapatero´s wife, Sonsoles Espinosa, is a keen scuba

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n Tourism on the rise

n Kenya Special School Chris David of Niños Del Tercer Mundo is delighted to announce that the foundations and a substantial number of walls are already going up to make the new dormitories at the Pangani Special School. This also means employment for a large number of local workers, for whom any kind of work is hard to find. NTM have already been able to send €15,000€ for this project, of which two thirds has been donated by The Lawson Foundation.We will follow the progress of the building in further issues of the Gazette.

n Grape glut Lanzarote airport received 200,000 foreign visitors in July, an increase of almost 3 per cent on the same month last year.

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The figures reflect a general rise throughout the Canaries, with only Tenerife showing lower figures than it did last year. Much of the increased traffic is due to new routes by budget operators.

The year´s excellent grape harvest has led to a drop in prices for farmers and worries that large quantities of grapes will be left to spoil. The island’s bodegas do not have the space to store this year´s harvest, which has exceeded last year´s total of 2.7 million kilograms of fruit, and many farmers have reported leaving grapes to wither on the vine. The glut has also led to a fall in prices of 10 cents per kilo, which will adversely affect many producers. They have called for storage facilities to be extended.

María Teresa Lorenzo, the new Canarian Tourist Minister, said the results showed that “Canarian tourism remains on the right track.”

n A* for Arantxa Arantxa González, the daughter of a Lanzarote bus driver and a tourist information officer, got a special mention in the UK´s Guardian newspaper after achieving 10 A* results in her GCSEs. Arantxa, a pupil at Colegio Hispano Británico, also got three As, three Bs and a D. Her performance was closely followed by Rebecca Clancy, who achieved nine A*s, four As, three Bs and a C.

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n Coffee against Cancer Lanzarote´s Biggest Coffee Morning will once again take place on Saturday 26th September at Lanzarote A Caballo (on the Playa Quemada roundabout) from 11 am to 4 pm. There´ll be tea, coffee, cake, snacks, facepainting, live music, donkey rides, a jewellery stall and a tombola. All money raised to go to MacMillan Cancer Aid. Help is requested with cakes, scones, tarts and raffle prizes. For more info call Judith on 928830298/648260232

n Aikido restarts Aikido classes are starting up again in Tías for anyone who wants to try this ancient martial art. The Kannagara Dojo is located at the Municipal Sports Pavilion in Tias. 4-6 year-olds can attend on Tuesday and Thursday from 4.30-5.30 pm, children aged 7+ on the same days from 6pm -7pm. Ages 11-16 train on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm, and adults on the same day from 6pm to 7.30pm. Call Juan Antonio on 650170624, David on 636713861 or visit aikidotiaslanzarote.es for more info.

n Kennel Klub Fashion Show Patrick and the kids at DAOS

n Thanks from Kenya Patrick Cooke returned to Kenya last month, but before leaving he contacted the Gazette to say he would like to thank the parents from DAOS and Janet Edwards who works there for organising a huge collection of toys, games, books, writing materials and football boots / trainers.

Patrick writes “I will have the pleasure of giving them to the children of The Good Samaritan Orphanage which is located in Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya. This orphanage is located in one of the largest slum areas in all of Africa, and most of the children have never even seen a toy, let alone held one. Thanks to DAOS they will!”

OFFICE HOURS: MON - FRI 09:00 - 15:00 - Tias main office C/ Islote de Hilario 7 Tel : 606.293.313 - 606.589.760 - 928 834 103 Fax. 928 833 988 - email : info@gesgrouplanzarote.com Don´t forget to book your ticket for the Kennel Klub Fashion Show on September 25th at 7.30 pm at Club Calypso, Puerto Del Carmen Each ticket costs €10, including hot & cold buffet. Contact Kennel Klub on Facebook or email thekennelklub@outlook.com for bookings or info.

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¡Adiós Amigo!

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enneth Ronald Frizzell was born in Poole, Dorset, on the 2nd of November 1936. The father of Debbie and Barry, he became stepfather to Davina, Peter, Dale, Melanie and Coral after his second marriage to Joan Frizzell. He leaves one sister, Doreen, and two brothers, Dennis and Ray. Ken served his national service as a chef in the Merchant Navy. It was on docking in Lanzarote that he fell in love with the island and swore to return here. He worked as chemical analysis technician supervisor for May and Baker pharmaceuticals and continued to work for them when they were taken over by the French company Rhone Polanc. This is how he met Joan, who later became his second wife. The couple lived and worked in Essex among their family, taking regular holidays around the world and holidaying in Lanzarote as much as they could. Ken took early retirement at 55 and not long after this they moved to Lanzarote permanently, where they were visited regularly by the children and grandchildren. In 1999 Davina also moved to Lanzarote. They became participants in LADS and

also worked tirelessly for PALS, being called out regularly to rescue and find homes for animals. They also ended up with three strays themselves. They organised regular concerts to raise money for charity with their many friends who entertain on the island offering their services for free. The Frizzells enjoyed a wonderful life and made many friends on the island. After 27 years on Lanzarote, health issues caused them to return to UK to live near their eldest daughter Davina, who had returned to the UK a year earlier. They settled in Wiltshire and loved living amongst the greenery and historic landscapes. They enjoyed regular jaunts out to National Trust properties and were very happy. Ken was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago. The fight was on and he did fight right to the end. He wanted so much to be at Davina’s wedding to Robert on Saturday 22nd August. Sadly, it was not to be. He will be missed so much. We hold onto the wonderful memories. Joan will continue to live amongst her family in Wiltshire.

be holding a bargain sale day at the Sociedad in Güime on 19th September from 10 am to 2 pm. Volunteers are needed to set up and/or man the tables on the day. Call Bernie on 628592287. And don´t forget to pencil the Xmas Fayre on the 28th November 2015 into your diary, where 9lives will be selling lots of Xmas goodies.

Kenneth Ronald Frizzell Ken and Jo both hold a special place in our hearts at the Gazette. We would like to thank them for their kindness and friendship over the years, and the fun times we´ve shared will never be forgotten. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Ken, who was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. We send all our love to Jo and her family at this difficult time.

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“Gag law” causes alarm Spain´s recently introduced “gag law” has raised concern after an Alicante woman was issued a fine for €800 after posting a photo of a police car parked in a disabled space on Facebook. The Citizen´s Security Law (known as the “gag law”) bans anyone from taking or publishing photos of police officers “if doing so may endanger the safety of them or their family.” Heavy fines can be imposed on those who break the law. In the Alicante case, only the police car was shown and no officer was

visible. However, the local police felt the Facebook post “insulted their honour” and issued a fine to the woman. The gag law has also banned unauthorised protests near public buildings, organising protests on social media, drinking in public and “disrespecting” a police officer. Amnesty International called the introduction of the law “a dark day for Spain”, and questions have been raised in the EU Parliament about the validity of the law.

“More Europe, but a different Europe” The PSOE have presented a raft of proposals which include a European minimum wage, harmonised business taxes, a universal retirement age and the establishment of a European Public Treasury.

“We want to rectify the policies supported by the Spanish PP government that have been unable to distance Europe from

Spanish enthusiasm for the European Union has fallen by 10 per cent since the start of the financial crisis, but still stands at 70 per cent, according to a recent Metroscopia poll. In May 2009, 80 per cent of respondents agreed that membership of the EU had been beneficial for Spain. That figure has fallen to 70 per cent, and 23 per cent believe membership has damaged Spain. When asked whether EU membership had been good for Spain´s economy, EU support was lower, but still in the majority at 54 per cent. 37 per cent believe EU membership has worsened the country´s economy.

Spanish Socialists have joined France in demanding greater harmonization within the Eurozone.

The PSOE believe that the introduction of such measures will help avoid future crises like that suffered by Greece. “We want more Europe, but also a different Europe,”

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Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez economic stagnation,” claimed Juan Moscoso, who helped to formulate the plan.

Support for the EU was much higher among conservative PP voters than it was among Socialists or supporters of Podemos, indicating that, unlike in the UK, euroscepticism is predominantly a left-wing phenomenon in Spain.

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How does it work? A UK airport shop places a product on sale with 20% VAT added. For example, a tube of sun tan lotion whose gross price is £5 will be sold at £6. The customer purchases the item and their boarding pass is scanned. The shop later pays VAT on all sales to customers travelling within the EU VAT area. It pays no VAT on sales outside the EU, although the customer has paid VAT. Residents of countries outside the EU VAT area (including the Canaries) are eligible to reclaim VAT on their purchases. However, to do so they must make their purchase in a special “Tax Free Shopping” shop, fill in forms, show necessary documentation and pay an administration charge. For small purchases, the queues and paperwork involved mean that this is an unattractive prospect.

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Last month´s “Boarding Pass Revolution” has highlighted the way that airport duty-free shops make money without passing on the benefits to passengers - and those flying to the Canaries are among the worst-affected.

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If you´re reading this article in Lanzarote, you probably arrived here by air, and if you decided to shop for gifts at the airport, you were almost certainly asked to produce your boarding pass.

on passengers flying outside of the ECCVA are not passed on to customers. In most cases, UK airport shops are just as expensive as those in the High Street.

Until recently, most travellers assumed this was a security measure. However, the truth was revealed last month in an investigation by The Independent newspaper.

The inconvenience of producing your boarding pass is not for your benefit or security. It´s simply helps the shops save on tax.

Firstly, there is no legal requirement to show your boarding pass while making a purchase in a “dutyfree” shop. A spokesman for Her Majesty´s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has stated “There is nothing in VAT law to require the production of a boarding pass to purchase goods in airport shops, but without such evidence the supply cannot be zero-rated as an export.” It´s the phrase “zero-rated as an export” which explains why you find yourself fumbling to find your boarding pass while buying items at the airport. Airport shops only have to pay VAT on items purchased by passengers travelling to destinations within the European Common Customs and VAT Area (ECCVA). If the destination lies outside this area – as the Canary Islands do – the shops have no obligation to declare VAT. Yet no passenger flying to Canarian airports will be offered any discount, and it has also been shown that the overall savings that UK airport shops make

Consumer affairs expert Paul Lewis told The Independent, “Retailers are not being straight with the public. They are asking to see passengers’ boarding cards but not telling them that this is so they can make more money by not paying the VAT on what they’re selling. What of course they should be doing is passing on the savings that they make to the passengers who are travelling outside Europe.” If Canarian-bound passengers were to benefit from the “zero-rated” discounts, it could mean savings of one sixth on any VAT-rated product sold at an airport, such as adults’ clothes, cosmetics and electronic equipment. The first step to changing this is to refuse to produce your boarding pass if asked to do so. You won´t save any money, and certain shops may refuse to serve you, but it´s an action that may force the shops to change their policy.


Flying from Lanzarote AENA has confirmed to the Gazette that World Duty Free Group´s policy also applies in Spain. However, the lower VAT rates in the Canaries mean that shops here gain little from the boarding pass policy. You´ll almost always find cheaper products outside the airport on Lanzarote, but passengers should remember that liquids must be well packed in hold luggage and that, as the Canaries are considered to be outside the EU, duty limits apply. These mean you must declare and pay duty on more than 1 litre of spirits, 4 litres of wine, 200 cigarettes and gifts worth more than €390.

The response On August 11th, Boots, Dixons and WH Smith announced that they were changing their policy on boarding passes, and would “remind” shop assistants that producing boarding passes was not compulsory. However, the World Duty Free Group, which operates airport shops throughout Europe, has stated that production of a boarding pass is “a legal requirement specified by HMRC” and has refused to serve customers who withhold their pass. This policy clearly contradicts the above statement by HMRC as well as the policy adopted by

The future? Smiths and Boots. And none of the shops have addressed the fact that Canarian passengers are still being ripped off. As a possible solution, many have suggested a dual-pricing system that would immediately deduct the VAT at the point of sale to purchasers travelling outside the EU VAT zone. WH Smith responded that it would be “difficult to implement” a till system that would identify and offer appropriate discounts to customers flying outside the EU. However, this doesn´t seem to be a problem for UK food retailers that offer different prices for eating in or takeaways.

The boarding pass situation is clearly unsatisfactory, with certain shops continuing to demand documents while others will not do so. However, no shop has shown any willingness to address the basic injustice suffered by Canarian and other non-EU passengers. The Gazette will keep you updated on further developments. In the meantime, passengers may still find that they are asked to present boarding passes at shops. It´s up to you to comply or not, but surely asking a few questions will only hasten a solution to this problem.

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Arrecife Road Closure

A section of Arrecife’s seafront will be closed until Christmas as roadworks take place, meaning detours will be in place until then.

the Gazette, saying “Once works are finished traffic will be able to use the road in both directions. However, we are monitoring traffic use in the area and may decide on further restrictions in the future depending on these observations.” The initial works are intended to resurface the road and eliminate the few parking places that existed in front of the Post Office and the Club Nautico. Work will also be undertaken to pedestrianise various streets behind the seafront.

Criticism has also been levelled at the decision to cut down at least 20 mature acacia trees which used to line the seafront. “It´s a crime” said one elderly local man in the area, gesturing at the row of stumps left behind. Samuel Martín Morero explained the chopping down of the trees, saying “The project was approved after a detailed analysis of how trees can be permitted to develop their root systems without affecting pavements, which was Samuel Martín Morera what was happening. The aim is also to create a zone which removes architectural obstacles. It´s worth remembering that many of the trees in this area were already cut down due to the fact that their roots were causing problems, while others were sick.”

Arrecife´s seafront last month

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he roadworks are the first stage of the Intervention on Arrecife´s Seafront project, announced last year, and have already caused controversy, with the Ayuntamiento initially failing to make it clear whether the completed project would be open to traffic or limited to public transport only. Arrecife´s Planning Councillor, Samuel Martín Morera, clarified the situation to

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When asked when the project would be completed, Samuel Martín said that, after consultation with the constructors, Arrecife Ayuntameinto had reached an agreement meaning that the seafront will be open again in four months, on a date falling before Christmas. ADVICE: Access to Lanzarote Marina from the east and to the Gran Hotel from the west is normal. However, the seafront zone between Arrecife´s Ayuntamiento and Visanta will remain closed until further notice. Parking in the capital is almost completely unaffected by the works. Unless you know Arrecife well, visitors are advised to use either the inner or outer ringroads to get from one side of the city to the other.


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Pilgrim’s Lanzarote’s most important religious event, the Romeria de los Dolores, will take place on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of September. Here’s what you need to know.

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omeria means “pilgrimage”, and that´s exactly what this huge fiesta is. On the Saturday of the event, thousands of islanders will make their way to the pretty chapel at Mancha Blanca for the festivities that will take place there.

They will approach from all directions – up the hill from Arrecife via San Bartolomé, across the sandy jable region from Teguise, and through the volcano country. Almost every single pilgrim will be dressed in traditional Canarian dress – waistcoasts, sashes and broad-brimmed hats for the men; aprons, bonnets and long dresses for the women.

succeeded in halting a lava flow that threatened to engulf the tiny village of Mancha Blanca.

Everyone is welcome as long as you dress the part – costumes are available in local shops before the event, but it´s a good idea to plan your journey. If you can´t handle a long hike to Mancha Blanca, look into the local bus services that are specially laid on or get a car to drop you off as close as possible to the event. Most people will have arrived

“Celebrate

Lanzarote’s only official miracle” by the evening, and they´ll find plenty of activity – stalls selling local food and wines, performances by folk music groups and a good humoured festive atmosphere. The celebrations will continue long into the night, with many returning by bus in the early hours of the morning. The purpose of the Romeria is to celebrate Lanzarote´s only official miracle, when prayers

After being spared, the villagers pledged to build a church in honour of the Virgin de los Dolores, but it took a gentle reminder by the Virgin herself, who appeared to a young shepherd girl some years later, before they finally constructed the pretty black-and-white church that still exists today. Outside the church a cross can be seen thrust into the place where the lava stopped, and a glass case contains remnants of the original crucifix.

The Virgin will be paraded after 9 pm on the Saturday, accompanied by singing and offerings and the Sunday will see more solemn religious acts. The Romeria is something that all Lanzarote islanders are proud to experience – a meeting of the entire island marked by good humour, celebration and spectacle.

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Fair Shares?

The rise of the “sharing economy” has already changed the way many of us live, shop, and travel, but it has also damaged established sectors. In Lanzarote, as well as throughout the world, there are lessons to be learned.

he sharing economy is based on the communications technology revolution of the last 20 years, which has allowed millions of people to connect to each other instantly by internet.

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The rise of Uber, an aggressively marketed global service that allows users to bypass official taxi services, has served as one of the first major battlefields of the sharing economy.

The original ideals of the sharing economy were understandable. If you have something going spare, why not use the internet to find someone who could use it?

Users hire a driver through a smartphone app, and the service is almost always cheaper than a traditional taxi would be. Throughout the world the backlash from taxi companies has been huge. They

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Sharing sites maybe convenient but they are not always safe or legal Flatsharing The sharing model has also become extremely controversial in the field of holiday accommodation, and the recent rise of AirB&B has placed these type of rentals in the global spotlight. While some of the properties advertised may be perfectly legitimate, concern has arisen throughout Spain that the authorities are losing tax revenue and that the licensed accommodation sector is facing unfair competition from renters who fail to comply with legal requirements. In Barcelona, AirB&B and similar sites have been identified as one of the factors behind an “uncontrolled” rise of tourism that has led to noise, litter and drunken behaviour in previously tranquil parts of the city. In the recent Barcelona elections, Mayor Ada Colau was elected partly for her promises to address the problem. Shortly after the election, Barcelona introduced a “rental tax” and introduced a moratorium on rental licences. Barcelona´s move contrasts with that of Amsterdam, which has also introduced a tax, but has attempted to come to an agreement with AirB&B that limits the amount of tourists depending on the time of year. Amsterdam recognised that the average AirB&B tourist spent, on average, €792 during a visit, while hotel guests spend €521. Amsterdam´s response to the sharing economy – liberalising the market while ensuring quality – has been welcomed by associations campaigning for the regularisation of holiday rentals in Spain.

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Interview: Marcos & Wanda Knight

Future

Wanda and Marcos Knight

n Were you born on Lanzarote? M: Yes, in Arrecife Hospital. W: That was in the old days, when there was no pain relief available. It was a bit of a shock, I can tell you. It´s all about getting the baby out safely, but there´s not much consideration for the mother´s feelings.

n How did you get into triathlon? M: They do a race at my school, the IES in Yaiza, and I was interested in that. Later, Jason Wilkes came to us and said it would be great if Marcos stared training. I´m now training at Costa Teguise under Bella Bayliss. W: She´s got to be the best trainer in the world.

know if a child is going to be outstanding. Marcos was the best footballer in his team, but he´s the best young triathlete on the island.

n How do you help him? W: Feeding him, mostly. He can really put it away – getting through three quarters of a bag of pasta at a sitting. I also give him sports massages and pay for kit. But the most important thing is support.

n How do you deal with focus?

n Is your brother sporty, too?

W: It’s like he´s in a tunnel - completely focused.

M: Yes, Leo’s the goalkeeper for his football team, and he’s also a good triathlete and a taented tennis player.

n What’s your favourite discipline?

n At your age you’re prohibited from doing a full triathlon. What sort of distances do you do?

M: The cycling. I love getting out to places like La Geria, where there isn´t much traffic, and just going for it.

M: The Aquathlons are pretty short – a 1.5 kilometre run, a 500 metre swim and another 1.5 kilometre run. That means that the swimming is far more important element than it is in an adult triathlon and I´ve trained accordingly. I often swim 4-5 kilometres and have gone up to 8.

M: The swimming can get pretty rough. The suit chafes your neck, and you can often come out of the water with scratches or bruises. At the top level some of them even bite!

n Wanda, Marcos is still a growing lad. Do you worry about the strain he might be putting on his body? W: Of course I do, but I worried much more when he was playing football. He kept getting injured so we came to a decision. Football is very competitive and you soon

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W: You can see that the best triathletes are often older. That´s because the mental attitude is more important than physical fitness, and that takes time to develop.

n What’s the toughest part?

But I´m improving. I used to swim like a washing machine, but I’ve improved my stroke and I´m usually the first out of the water these days.

n What are your ambitions? M: I´d like to aim at the Olympics, which means I´d have to stay amateur and find sponsorship. Later, I´d be interested in becoming a world class Ironman.

M: Mostly by not thinking about what´s ahead. You have to get in a zone, and I often don´t hear when people are shouting my name.

“I prefer training in tough conditions. I like the heat and I like going uphill”


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Little brother Leo and Marcos

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At 14 years old, Marcos Knight is already pounding the road to success. He’s the Lanzarote Aquathlon champion, and has already competed in the Ironkids Competition in Austria. Shaun Addison met Marcos and his mum Wanda in Matagorda recently.

n Do you listen to music or use any other tricks? M: No, I just like being in the moment. Sometimes our dog Mia comes along with me, but that´s about it.

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I´ve got the best trainers close by.

n But don’t Lanzarote’s conditions make training tough?

W: He eats, breathes and sleeps it. He´s checking races on the internet first thing in the morning, training, eating. He follows the programme every day.

M: I prefer training in tough conditions. I like the heat, and I like going uphill.

n Do you think you’d be doing this if you were in Britain?

n Will you stay on Lanzarote?

M: No. Lanzarote´s a great centre for triathlon, and

W: He´s a nutter! I get fed up just going upstairs.

W: For the time being it´s the best place for sport. I love my life here, I´ve brought up two sons here and

I wouldn´t have had the same chances back in the UK. But I have to admit, the longer I spend here the more I miss greenness, Maybe later I´d like to move somewhere a bit more leafy.

n Is there a place you like to go as a family? W: We love Arrieta – the chiringuito there on the pier, we get some fish soup and spend some time on that little beach. it´s great.

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Lanzarote vet Jane Burke writes on the crucial importance of teaching our children to be kind – to animals and to humans.

from blind acceptance of the barbaric customs of their culture, religion, politics and all the ‘isms’ that they may be weaned on. Again we need to give them the ability to ask the question, would I want this to be done to me or mine? There was a song in one of the musicals I grew up listening to my father sing, whose ironic lyrics say much about the actual destructiveness that pervades almost all societies and the present indoctrination of their youngsters. I can hear his lovely baritone now:

You’ve got to be taught To hate and fear, You’ve got to be taught From year to year, It’s got to be drummed In your dear little ear You’ve got to be carefully taught. You’ve got to be taught to be afraid Of people whose eyes are oddly made,

“Teaching our children respect and kindness towards all animals is more important for them, and the world, than any other wisdom we can impart”

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truly believe that almost all children, given any chance at all, can be caring and gentle with all God’s creatures. I also believe that only those brought up to treat animals with kindness can really enjoy loving and rewarding relationships with their own, much harder to love, fellow man. I believe that teaching our children respect and kindness towards all animals is more important for them, and the world, than any other wisdom we can impart. Welfare education needs to be a basic and intrinsic part of any education system - the earlier the better. First and foremost we need to teach from an early

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age the meaning and practice of empathy. Our children need to be armed with the ability to ask “Would I like myself, my mother, my sister or my brother treated like this?” That’s the way to change the world. For them, for us, forever- empathy is the simplest route to kindness. Secondly, just as we vaccinate our babies against vile diseases, infections that can deform their bodies, damage their organs, twist their spines or steal their lives, so I believe there are evil influences that we need to educate our children to resist. We need to educate them to stand back from any and all attitudes and practices that discriminate in terms of kindness. And to do this we need to protect them

And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade, You’ve got to be carefully taught. You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late, Before you are six or seven or eight, To hate all the people your relatives hate, You’ve got to be carefully taught. Empathy-driven kindness is rarely comfortable or profitable. Neither is honesty or decency- all morals come at a price. But what a gift to give themwhat a world they could create if this is what we educated them to be!! A toast then ‘to the introduction of teaching kindness’. A prayer for the empathic moment that will stop us taking pleasure from the killing and cruelty our societies inflict on animals and, maybe then, bring respect for each other. For the thought pattern that makes you keep their bowls as clean as yours and put out water for those who don’t have a kind home.


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Mid - September will see thousands of youngsters pouring through the school gates after their summer holidays. So make sure they´ve got all they need to make the most of it. If you have school-age children, you´ll probably already know when they´re due back at school. For primaryage kids this will usually be between the 7th and 11th of December, while secondary pupils generally return the following week. However, individual schools may have different dates. If you´re in any doubt, contact the school, which will be open at least a week earlier. The length of the Spanish summer holidays means that the return to education may come as a bit of a shock to many kids – however many of them also can´t wait to get back with their friends in a structured environment of learning. But learning isn´t just for children. There are also opportunities for adults to study on Lanzarote. If you want to learn Spanish, for example, this is the best time to start. Over the next few pages we´ll be looking at all the things you´ll need to bear in mind to ensure the return to learning is as trouble-free and enjoyable as possible.

Plan Ahead

The Canarian Government has confirmed the following holidays for the 2015-16 school year (there are no halfterm holidays in Spain). These apply to state schools, so be sure to check if your child is in a private school.

Christmas holiday:

December 23rd - January 7th Easter holiday: March 21st - March 25th Public holidays: November 2nd,

December 7th & 8th, May 2nd, May 30th

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Get Ready

“An eye test will ensure your child isn´t squinting in class.”

The return to school is a big event in the lives of both children and parents. It means a return to a routine of school runs, homework and extra-curricular activities, and it also means that parents will have to spend money.

Fit for school

It´s a very good idea to book a full medical check-up for all children before they return to school. Most schools insist that pupils have received certain jabs, which must be kept up to date and recorded. An eye test and a hearing test will detect any possible problems your child may have in the classroom, and it´s also a good idea to get a dentist´s appointment.

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Pens & Pencils

In Spanish schools, parents have to pay for the books that the child will use throughout the year. This can mean a bill of up to €200, so be prepared and watch out for the school´s announcements at the beginning of term.

Kids love sorting out their kit for the new school year, and this is also a great way to raise their enthusiasm for the return to school.

Other costs may include school meals and transport. Whether your child takes school meals is up to you – but some schools have a waiting list that means that early booking for the comedor is essential. If your work routine means that you´ll have trouble dropping off or picking up your child, it´s also worth enquiring about bus services.

A tough satchel or bag is a must – kids here need to lug a lot of books about, and a well-stocked pencil case is also vital. Laptops and tablets are also increasingly becoming a part of school life, but it´s best to enquire about the school´s policy on these expensive and fragile items first.

“Kids love sorting out their pencil case.”

The start of term is also the right time to find out about extra-curricular activities that the school may be running. Once again, the school should announce these, giving you time to book and plan the different timetables, but whether its football or chess, they can be well worth taking advantage of. If you´re new on the island or your child is attending a Spanish school for the first time, and you haven´t registered for the 2015-16 year already, you will need to sort this out urgently. Contact your local state school or the private school of your choice.

“Kids’ clothes will receive a lot of wear and tear.”

Dress right

Most schools on the island have a uniform. Find out the school rules and the stockists before shopping. You´ll generally have to buy special polo shirts for both boys and girls and skirts for girls, and many schools also demand sports kit of a T-shirt and a tracksuit. Don´t forget footwear – it needs to be tough and durable.

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After 15 years of study, the students in this photo are moving on to new horizons, exciting opportunities and bright futures.

They’re leaving home. striking out on exciting new lives. Emma Späni, in blue in the centre of the picture, will study Psychology and Biology at Zurich University after obtaining five A levels (two with grade A*). On the far right, Sonia Pérez will study Biomedicine in Madrid. Fifth from the left, Lara Martin will go to Rotterdam University. Kiva McSorley will study Aerospace Engineering in Belfast. Daniel Duque will study Business Law at Edinburgh, Gerome Braddock will read Computer Science at Brighton; Laura Guerra, Veterinary Medicine at Zaragoza and Iago Franco will go to Scotland to study Music and Audio Technology. María Zafra will study Medicine in Madrid; Laura Villarejo, Criminology at Angia Ruskin and Angela Arrocha, Tourist Management at Plymouth University.

At the end of their studies in June the members of the Sixth Form of the Hispano Británico attended a gala dinner to celebrate the culmination of their school studies. Goodbyes are always sad, but they also mean the start of new, enriching journeys, where full potential can be reached. Sixteen of these students are leaving Lanzarote to go to universities throughout Europe,

Bradley Carden-Jones with A level passes in Maths, Computer Science, Physics and Chemistry will study Engineering; William Hughes will study Biochemistry and Jacqueline Kelly wants to study Business and Law. The Guardian newspaper mentioned the excellent performances at the Colegio Hispano Británico in its recent coverage of exam result season, confirming that the Colegio ranks right at the top of schools producing the highest number of GCSE passes in the world.

The Hispano Británico educates youngsters to become individuals, with their

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usiness Updates n Happy Birthday,

Zoo Garden

That first birthday is a vital milestone for any new business, so I gives us great pleasure to congratulate Zoo Garden on completing their first year in business.

n La Ormiga The childrens’ fashion shop La Ormiga has opened its doors at the Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife. Already well-known at Spanish fashion shows, this relatively new company owes its rapid success to an excellent quality-to-price ratio and a range of clothes that allow the smallest members of your family to dress in style and comfort. La Ormiga is a young, innovative company which has swiftly revolutionised childrens´ fashion in Spain with its perfectly selected collections that reflect the latest market trends. Always original, always elegant and always of the highest quality, La Ormiga offers attractive, wearable clothes for children from 0 – 16 years, at temptingly competitive prices. Come and see the very best of childrens’ fashion at La Ormiga, at the Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife.

n Home products

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Overseas Supermercados has now opened its doors in the Playa Honda Industrial Zone. Located just past AfricaMar and the roundabout leading up the hill to Güime, Overseas Supermercados is the only place on Lanzarote where you can by products from the quality British Waitrose chain, as well as frozen goods from Iceland. As well as these two household names, there are thousands of other British-branded products on offer. So drop in for a chance to enjoy all those UK products you´ve been missing.

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Located next to Casa Ajey on C/Cervantes in San Bartolomé, Zoo Garden is a combined pet supplies shop and florists, allowing you to make the most of both the animal and plant kingdoms. So whether it´s petfood or a potplant, a dog lead or a funeral wreath, you know exactly where to go!

n Seeing good,

looking good

As the summer holidays end and the sun gets lower in the sky, there´s no better time of year to sort out a new pair of glasses or sunglasses, and if the height of style at competitive prices is what you´re looking for, a visit to see Opti+ (Optimas) Vision’s new autumn collection is an absolute must. Located at 72 Avenida de las Playas in Puerto del Carmen and also at the Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife, Opti+ Vision offers a range of stylish designer brands that will tempt and enchant you. The girls at Opti+ are passionate about glasses, and their enthusiasm is sure to rub off on you.

n One million in the

Yellow Submarine

Submarine Safaris SL was established in Lanzarote in the summer of 1997. They are proud to announce that they have now taken one million people to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on the “Yellow Submarine”. The millionth client was treated like a celebrity, with a confetti entrance and champagne on arrival at the reception centre after their dive They were also given special framed certificates and a gift box of submarine goodies. Paul Bunce, MD said, “This is a great milestone for the company and we look forward to the next million” For more info please visit www.submarinesafaris.com Facebook : Submarine Safaris SL Twitter : @Submarinesafari Instagram : SubmarineSafaris

n Learn the Lingo Do you want to save time and money, increase your social abilities and feel like you´re genuinely part of the beautiful island you live on? If so, there´s one tip that is more important than any other: learn Spanish. There´s no better time than September to learn Spanish, and there´s no better place to learn it than Academia LILS in Puerto del Carmen. Whether its groups or individual classes, go to www. academialils.com to find out more.


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n July, Sr. Fernando Clavijo, the new Canary Islands President announced in his acceptance speech that a 99% reduction for succession and gift tax will be introduced for relatives in groups I and II (children and spouses). Furthermore, Sra. Rosa Dávila, the Canary Islands regional tax minister, later confirmed that this measure will be included in the 2016 Canary Islands budget and is expected to be approved in October 2015. According to government analysis, this 99% reduction will represent a saving of around €30 million for Canary Islands taxpayers next year. Sra. Dávila also went on to say that they intend to introduce further tax reductions for Canary Islands taxpayers by 2017. The succession tax situation at present At present, for assets based in the Canary Isles, the recipient beneficiary of these by means of an inheritance or gift, wherever they may live (including the UK), are responsible

for the taxes due which are payable in Spain. At the same time, a Canary Islands resident inheritor of an estate or gift outside of Spain is liable to succession taxes in the Canary Isles on this increase in wealth. Other than small allowances available, there is no blanket exemption between spouses as there is in the UK and, importantly, the taxes due are expected in a relatively short period of time. This tax is so punitive in some circumstances that some heirs have renounced their inheritances. Additionally, this tax has prompted many residents to move from the Canary Islands to other regions with more generous succession and gift tax allowances.

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n Repeat edition Dear Gazette, I was amazed to start reading the Gazette this month to find my copy is a repeat of the July edition. I thought my memory was playing tricks. Please tell me if I am going crazy!!! Best regards Jo Sherard Ed: Well done, Jo! You received a stray copy of the misprinted edition that turned the air blue at our offices last month (see editorial on page 3). You´re welcome to hold onto it in the unlikely event that it becomes a sought-after collectors ítem, but we never want to see another of those copies again.

n Fuel shortfall Sir, As a fairly frequent visitor to Lanzarote, I always hire a car from the airport. This time (June) I used Goldcar instead of my usual Auto Riesen. The old adage “If something seems too good to be true it usually is” certainly applies to Goldcar.

The attractive price of £26 for 5 days looked very good. However they then wanted £29 for the uprated insurance (optional). But when I arrived at the airport I was asked to pay €72 for this insurance or pay €950 on my card for the excess in case of any damage. On top of this I had to pay €93 for a full tank of petrol, I was told that when I brought the car back I would be refunded on my card whatever was left in the tank. Smelling a rat, I ensured that the tank was full when I returned the car. I received an email confirming that the tank was 8/8ths full, but I only got €63 back on my card. When I asked for the outstanding €30 back I was told that this was so I didn’t have to bother filling the tank up on its return? But I did fill it up, yet I was still charged. Upon checking the Auto Reisen site, they have a policy of “No rip off on fuel” whatever was in the tank when you pick it up is what you return it with, I will be back again in August. Guess who I will be using for my car hire. Dale Birch, Sheffield

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eaders are reminded that views and comment expressed within the Postbag pages are those of the contributors and may not necessarily reflect the opinions or standpoint of The Gazette staff. It should also be noted that The Gazette is an independent publication free from political persuasion or governmental censorship.

n Postcard problems Dear Gazette, I have been coming to Lanzarote for 26 years. When I was in Puerto Del Carmen in June I bought some postcards from a photographic shop. The man asked if I would like to purchase stamps. I said “OK” and he told me they would get back home faster than the ones bought in the post office where I usually buy them from. They were put in the small green box which is outside some of the shops. The stamps from this shop were €1.60 each! They have not been received by my friends in England up to this date. Yours Diane Knell Ed: It looks like you´re yet another victim of Easy Post, Ms. Knell. This franchise was fined €100,000 in early 2012 for administrative offences that breached the Spanish postal law, yet continues to operate. A quick search reveals that you are by no means the only tourist to suffer mislaid or delayed postcard deliveries. We would advise always using the official Correos service and posting mail in the yellow boxes with the bugle logo. Currently, a normal postcard sent from the Canaries to the UK should cost 90 cents – almost half of what you paid.

n Bus request Dear Gazette, My wife and I have been visiting your beautiful Island for the past 15 years, (Puerto del Carmen) and we usually stay at the same villa each time we arrive. We are both in our late sixties, sometimes finding it difficult to walk very far. I would like to request whether a bus stop could be placed half-way on the Avenida Italia stretch of the highway. We stay on the Avenida de Francia and when wanting to travel to Arrecife or Puerto Calero we have to walk to the next stop which is at the San Antonio Hotel.

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This is a shade too far. The last time I was on the island in March I asked local residents and also people staying in the vicinity their thoughts on this, I had a 100% response agreeing that this should be implemented as soon as possible.

n The “Heart of Lanzarote” Dear Gazette, Here´s a photo you might like to publish. I found this “heart” in a big cactus. People seem to like it. I call it the “heart of Lanzarote.“

Surely, the stretch of the Avenida Italia could incorporate a bus stop? It’s not a lot to ask, it would benefit the local residents, and also the many tourists who visit time after time like ourselves.

In regard to All Inclusive hotels - that’s how we first came here. However, we have always tried to eat in local places at lunch times, travel by bus and taxi etc. If you look in local shops you will see lots of AI bracelets.

Yours Sincerely, Mr Keith Plant. Ed: After advising you to contact the Cabildo transport department and Arrecifebus, and being informed that the email addresses are not working, let´s hope that someone in a position to make a change sees this letter, Mr Plant. Yours is not the first request for a stop on Avenida Italia that we have received.

We sold up and have bought a home in PB, we will be spending all our income here. I wonder how many AIs have done the same? Your magazine is brilliant, informative, interesting and a real pleasure to read. We’ve been here for almost six weeks and your magazine has been invaluable. Thanks for all your hard work. Ann Wilde, Playa Blanca

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Ed: Thanks for the photo and the praise, Ann. Thanks also for reminding us that many thousands of people would never have visited Lanzarote if it wasn´t for All Inclusive hotels.

Dear Gazette, After looking forward to doing some shopping on the morning of Saturday 15th of August, I was disappointed to find that most shops were closed. I was told this was because it was a public holiday, but nowhere had I seen this publicised. Could the Gazette please warn readers of upcoming holidays? Becca Clarke, Via email Ed: The remaining holidays this year are on Tuesday September 15th (Lanzarote only) Monday October 12th, and Monday December 8th. November 1st and December 6th are also national public holidays, but fall on Sundays this year. We´ll certainly consider printing a calendar in our January issue, so thanks for the suggestion.

n How to help Dear Editor, With reference to the letter from Margaret Adams in last month’s Gazette praising Cruz Roja: there is a very easy method to show your appreciation.

Ed: Thanks, John. Cruz Roja has accounts with all the major Spanish Banks allowing donors to transfer money directly.This means that one´s local bank would also be a good place to enquire.

Simply set up a direct debit to pay Cruz Roja a chosen amount every month/quarter/year. I am sure that the Office at Garcia Escamez S/n in Arrecife will be only too pleased to provide all the information required. LAPTOPS AND PC,

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The theme for this month´s crossword is (mostly) British food, so roll up your sleeves, pick up your pen and get stuck in. The winner will get a lovely bottle of Lanzarote wine to wash their lunch down with. Last month´s winner was Gerry Keane. Send a scan or photo of completed crossword to editorial@gazettelive.com post to the address on pg. 4. Entries must be received by 18th September.

1. Classic British takeaway meal, served with salt, vinegar and mushy peas (4,3,5) 8. and 14 ac. British baked pudding, with a citrus custard base and a sweet egg-white topping 9. “Eggs over ….” – the opposite of “sunny side up.” (4) 10. Worried, nervous (7) 12. Cook with this or electricity (3) 13. A bottomless pit (5) 14. See 8 across

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The kindest month There are many on Lanzarote who firmly believe that September is the finest time to enjoy the island. It´s a time when the fierce, scorching heat of summer starts giving way to a mellower, more tolerable climate. The winds and breezes are generally at a minimum in autumn, and the sea is at its warmest and most tempting, after being warmed by the sun all summer. It´s also a time of new beginnings, as small children go to school for the first time and thousands of older ones return after the holidays. This also means a return to routine for many families, and a chance to start new activities – learning Spanish, for example, or starting a new exercise routine. But there´s still plenty of time and opportunity to get out there and enjoy the very best of Lanzarote - dining in the mellow sunshine, strolling on golden beaches, laughing with good friends. It´s what Living Lanzarote is all about.

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very now and then you´ll come across a newspaper or magazine article that tries to explain modern psychology by referring to our stone-age ancestors who lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

ripe berries they would need to pick in the forest.

So, for example, we discover that the reason women like pink is because that was the colour of the

These theories have also been used to explain sexual attraction. Apparently the reason women

Or we’re told that male brains are “hard wired “ to have a better abstract understanding of location, a skill which would have helped hunters find their way home after hunting expeditions.


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Thinking like tall men is that they were better at spotting prey or possible dangers when we lived on African savannahs.

And, of course, the reason men prefer women with clear skin, and large breasts is because this signifies that they would be better suited to child-raising. So does the way we think really reflect an ancient, pre-technology lifestyle? The answer, of course, is far more complicated. Humans have developed mental capacities that have clearly evolved over millions of years, and perhaps the most important is language and the ability for abstract thought – something that no other animal possesses. Animals can communicate, certainly, but no animal can tell you what it had for dinner yesterday or make detailed plans for the future. Language permits us to do these things, and the development of writing is perhaps the single most important human development that has permitted us to develop so rapidly in the last few thousand years. We also share many mental processes with animals. Like a mouse, a fish or a bird, we are frightened by loud noises; we feel strong emotions towards our loved ones just as many mammals do. These devel-

“Men prefer women with clear skin and large breasts, which are better suited to child-raising.”

opments clearly serve to help us survive, and could certainly be called evolutionary.

But the theories mentioned above are less easy to defend. Firstly, there is no way to prove them. In some societies perhaps women did devote themselves to berry-picking while men hunted mammoths, but it´s something we can´t discover from archaeological remains, and it seems likely that men also gathered and women may also have hunted prey. The theories also ignore modern culture. Sure, women are known to like pink in the modern western world, but there are other cultures where no one sees it as a particularly “female” colour. In fact, pink was the “boys” colour in Britain less than 100 years ago. A clothes shop catalogue from 1918 says “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” Map-reading studies are also unreliable. It has been shown, for example, that women are actually better at remembering landmarks and finding their way to places after they have travelled there the first time. There is no evidence whatsoever that this has anything to do with finding berry patches or hunting grounds, however. As for sexual attraction, almost all evidence shows that this is culturally dictated, too. Throughout human history almost every body type and shape has been regarded as the ideal by one society or other, and our modern ideas of sexual beauty are almost entirely based on what we learn from the society we live in.

Back to nature? Modern crazes such as the “Paleo” trend in diet and fitness seem to be based on the fact that our distant ancestors lived more natural lifestyles than we do, and that this is a state we need to return to. But the truth is that, for Paleolithic humans, life was generally nasty, brutish and short, plagued with illnesses . Even then, those early humans had adapted to their diet just as much as modern humans have – there is no proof that it was more “natural.” And, of course, there is the argument that, if bread, dairy products and other foods were so bad for us, why have we been living so well on them for thousands of years?

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Beauty doesn’t have to be painful or damaging to your body - now’s the time to make the most of natural and beneficial looks and styles. and increasingly there is a movement towards more natural, healthy beauty products and treatments which will not only ensure you look great now and in the future, but also mean you´ll have a genuine smile on your face rather than a rictus of pain.

Treat Yourself Pamper yourself with a beauty treatment that will give your skin a refreshing, nourishing break – there are literally hundreds of options available on the island, allowing you to detox, relax and give your body a wellearned break. This will also have a beneficial effect on your mind, too, and research increasingly suggests that one of the keys to a healthy body is a positive mind.

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Big Business Natural beauty is now big business as celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow prop up their acting careers with websites promoting cosmetics and other products – and health is quite clearly one of the big selling points. Paltrow´s Goop is the best known of the celebrity lifestyle sites, although that’s as much to do with Gwynnie´s rather cranky style, but she´s not the only one. Jessica Alba´s Honest Company is also doing a roaring trade among new mums and Reece Witherspoon´s Draper James site trades on a Deep South common sense.

Gentle Make-Up Make-up is now undergoing a revolution in terms of health, with a huge rise in nourishing anti-oxidant foundations and anti-aging concealers. Anti-allergenic products have now become a staple of every cosmetics counter, and even the catwalks are reflecting the new attitude,

with the huge popularity of fresh, dewy skin and the “nude” look. On Lanzarote, cosmetics that include sunblock are highly recommended, and will safeguard your skin for years to come. In fact, more and more people

The ‘no pain’, no gain attitude is giving way to a kinder healthier approach Shining Teeth We all want a shining, white smile, but many of us are prepared to damage our teeth in order to get one. Reports of damage caused by home tooth-whitening products simply highlight the importance of getting such treatments performed by trained professionals. Dentists also have access to products that aren´t available over the counter, and the results you´ll get from a professional job are usually far better, and much less risky than any DIY treatment. And, as any dentist will advise you, the best way to keep your smile perfect is through a daily dental care regime. Clean, floss, and avoid your teeth’s natural enemies such as coffee and cigarettes.

Hair Care On Lanzarote, your hair needs full time TLC – sun, water and wind can really take its toll, leaving you with lifeless locks. Make sure you condition regularly, and focus on natural products that genuinely nourish your hair. Cover up with a hat or a headscarf when necessary to give your hair a break, and if you are going for highlights or even a colour change, then look into the least harmful products on the market.

are resorting to fake tans even though they have endless sunshine just outside their doorstep. It´s quicker, less painful and you won´t end up looking leathery in your later years. Don´t forget the importance of natural products such as aloe, jojoba and coconut – all of which have been rejuvenating skin for centuries, and are now available in a wider. More exciting range of products than ever.

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connoisseurs; some forcefully, but mostly by offering our seductive cuisine. The critics themselves think we are great and have even given us awards now and then. Some guests have even invited us over to feed their friends, which we do with pleasure.

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is our social life. We never leave our restaurant night or day, we cut and chop and boil and bake, stir and shake just for you, our dear guests, because we want you back with your friends even dragging them in by force if you have to - we will be gentle with them. If you throw a party, call us. We'll cater it and it will be the talk of the town for quite a while. Food has always been a passionate subject for us. We love it here – Lanzarote is really our home away from home – but most of all we love you, our dear guests. So enjoy, and if there is anything we can do to make your experience

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eptember is many people’s favourite time of the year on Lanzarote. The weather remains warm and sunny, but the intense heat of the summer has mellowed and become more bearable; the beaches are a little more spacious as tourist levels fall a little, and for food lovers, the shops are full of fresh, delicious produce.

Fruit is at peak ripeness and juiciness in September, and the fish counter is full of glistening, fresh goodness. Harvests have been gathered and all over the island, chefs and restaurant owners are keen to make the most of this seasonal perfection Dining on Lanzarote is a pleasure at any time

of year, but this month is the time when the food that arrives at your table is likely to be at its very best – at peak freshness, peak ripeness and prepared expertly. It´s a time of plenty, a time to relax and enjoy all the goodness and flavour Lanzarote has to offer.

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here used to be a time when British expats would get together and wistfully chat about the foods they most missed from home. But nowadays those conversations are getting shorter and shorter as suppliers bring products from the UK and other countries into Lanzarote. Marmite, Branston pickle, “proper” tea, and many other British favourites are now simple to locate on the island, and the range is increasing all the time, with an increasing amount of brand-named products on offer. This is good news for residents and tourists. Although dining out on Lanzarote is an absolute pleasure, it´s not something most of us can do every evening, which means it’s necessary to prepare food at home. And many of us, especially those of us who are relatively new to the island, are much more comfortable doing that if we´re using products that we know and trust. Sure, after a while you´ll discover plenty of local stuff that´s easy to prepare and great to eat,

and your meals will improve as a result. But home cooking is also about familiarity – old favourites and perennial classics that you return to time and time again. That´s why expats love to buy specialty baking products, particular cuts of meat and prepared meals that they simply can´t locate in Spanish shops. Most of the British products you´ll find available locally are easily stored, as well, meaning that you´ll always be able to reach for that special favourite condiment in your store cupboard or stock your freezer with food that can be easily prepared in the future – when unexpected guests turn up, for example. It´s also worth remembering that it´s not just British foods that are available – with a little initiative you can also find Chinese and Indian products and an increasing range of international products are stocked by the supermarkets.

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years ago in Britain olive oil was a remedy for earache that you could only buy in chemists, garlic was far too French for comfort and the idea of squid rings would have caused most people to gag. How things have changed. Olive oil is now an essential element of most kitchens, garlic is used in all types of dishes and battered, deep-fried squid rings are a hugely popular meal in restaurants and a holiday favourite for many.

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Yet today we’re just as likely to turn our noses up at tripe, which was a staple in many British communities not so long ago. In Spain, tripe (callos) has always been popular and served in a spicy sauce, is one of the heartiest and most delicious main courses you can choose. These taste prejudices work both ways. Baked beans may be a staple in Britain, but Spaniards find the idea of beans in

Newly-opened on Arrecife´s Charco de San sweet tomato sauce very strange, espeGinés, Cerveceria Estrella del Charcoa is a new cially on a breakfast plate. And don´t even concept in drinking and dining, and a think about offering them a jar of Marmite welcome new addition to the rejuvenated or sprinkling vinegar on their patatas fritas. zone of El Charco.

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“Open your mind before you open your mouth.”

It’s all Good! Many British residents and tourists on Lanzarote find that octopus is just that step too far. The sight of chunks of tentacle covered with little suckers is just too science-fiction for many. But others take one taste of the rich, buttery flesh, seasoned with salt and a dash of paprika, and never look back. The basic rule is, if its being offered in any type of restaurant and you aren´t allergic to it, you can eat it without ill effect. As we´ve mentioned, humans are capable of eating just about anything. Here on Lanzarote, there isn´t really that much that a visitor will find truly strange – this isn´t the insect markets of Thailand, for example. But there is a lot that may be new to you. Exotic fruit is found everywhere, with papayas and mangoes being everyday dessert items and melons almost a staple in the hot summer months. Exotic they may be at home – here they´re everyday, and that´s the way you should enjoy them. You´ll find fish that you´re unlikely to encounter back home, as well as meat from goats and kids that can only usually be found in ethnic shops in Britain. Don´t let that put you off - it can be delicious.

The simple fact is that human beings are omnivores. That means we´ll eat just about anything, given the chance, and our choices of what we do eat are dictated by culture and fashion just as our clothes and our language are. It´s generally thought that the British and the Spanish have an aversion to eating insects, for example. But Lanzarote´s

principal trade for many years was the larva of the cochineal beetle, which was used to colour all sorts of foodstuffs. And what exactly is the difference between a plump, tasty grasshopper and a prawn? Both are ugly creatures, with buggy eyes, feelers and hard, crunchy carapaces. Yet tourists hoover up tons of gambas every year on their holidays.

Goats cheese is also widely available here, but if you think you don´t like it, think again. The cheese here is fresh, sweet and delightfully good. Others may be out off by the sight of a dead pig´s leg hanging in a bar or restaurant, but Spaniards, who know exactly where their delicious jamón comes from and aren´t afraid of the fact, will tell you that this is one of the peaks of Spanish cuisine. So dig in: Keep your eyes, and your mind, open, and remember that you only have to taste it once, but if you don´t you´ll never know what you might have missed.

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C.C. La Mulata, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote Tel: 928 349 463

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CHEF OF THE MONTH

An expert in French cuisine who was born in Britain to Malaysian and Austrian parents, Rachel Khoo is a living example of cosmopolitan influence.

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ises. Her solution was simple – she served just two diners at a time from her own kitchen in the Paris neighbourhood in Belleville.

Despite not speaking French at first, she persevered, passed her degree and began working with La Cocotte, the Parisian cookbook store.

This initiative became a huge success, and Khoo was invited to make a BBC series, My Little Paris Kitchen. The programme was even more popular, and Khoo turned out to be a TV natural.

Then Khoo took the brave decision to open a restaurant. The only problem was, she didn´t have any prem-

The success of that show owed a lot to Khoo´s distinctive style – with her signature red lipstick

fter studying art in London, Rachel Khoo landed a job as a PR before making the most important decision of her life. She decided to give it all up and move to Paris, where she took a Cordon Bleu patisserie course. “My parents thought I was mad,” she has said.

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and 50s dresses, she looks eclectic, Bohemian and chic, but she isn´t afraid to get stuck into the real hard work that cooking involves, often getting stuck into the washing up while meals simmer. For many viewers, enchanted by Parisian style, Khoo’s programme was one, realistic way of living the dream. Since that first series, Khoo has devoted further TV series to London restaurants and the food of Malaysia and Australia.

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Exotic Mushroom, Sage, Goats Cheese Gluten Free Pies Ingredients Makes 12 For the pastry (410g) • 115g butter • 110g buckwheat flour • 120g rice flour • 1 small egg • 3 tbsp almond milk For the filling • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil • 1/4 butternut squash, peeled and diced into small chunks • 250g mushrooms • 90g Goats Cheese • Handful of sage leaves roughly chopped • Salt and pepper to season For the glaze • 1 beaten egg • Handful of sesame seeds

You will need:

• 12 hole muffin tray • Bowl • Pan • 2 cookie cutters – one big enough to create a circle to line the muffin tray and a smaller cutter to cut the pie lids. • Pastry brush

Method: 1. Put butter and flour into a bowl and rub together until it resembles crumbs. 2. Add egg and milk, 1 tbspn at a time and combine with your hands until you have a soft, moist ball of dough. Wrap in cling film and chill in fridge. 3. Whilst the pastry is chilling, heat the oil in a

pan on a low-medium heat and then pour in the diced butternut squash.

9. Use a tablespoon to spoon in a heaped tablespoon of the filling into each of the pie cases.

4. Saute the butternut squash for 15 minutes and then add the mushrooms.

10. Using a pastry brush, brush beaten egg around the tops of the pies and then place a pie lid on top. Press firmly at the edges to seal pies.

5. Season the butternut squash and mushrooms, stir and then add the sage and stir well. 6. Leave the mix to saute for 10 minutes before adding the goats cheese and stirring through. Leave on the heat for 2-3 minutes and then remove from the hob and leave to cool slightly. 7. Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll it out to a thickness of a £1 coin. Cut 12 shapes with the larger cookie cutter and 12 with the smaller cutter. 8. Line the muffin tray with the large pastry circles.

11. Use the pastry brush to brush egg over the tops of the pie lids and then sprinkle sesame seeds on top. 12. Heat oven to gas mark 6 and leave it to heat up for 5 or so minutes. Put your pies in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until the pie lids are golden brown. 13. Remove and cool in the tray for 10 minutes. 14. Remove the pies from the muffin tray and either serve whilst they’re still warm or leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

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e t a r b e l e C Good Eating!

The recipe is simple – scores of stalls, run by a diverse range of local food producers ranging from restaurants, dairies, wine producers and other small food producers, will offer their wares to visitors. All you have to do is find one of the stalls selling tickets at €1 apiece, buy a bunch, and then take your time strolling around, admiring the sights and smells and choosing exactly what you fancy. Some of the more elaborate preparations may come in at €2, but it´s money well spent for a taste of the best food on Lanzarote. It´s also a fantastic opportunity to meet and talk to people who are wild about food. Everyone at the tapas fair is interested in one thing, and they´re in the right place to find it.

Don’t miss it The Tapas Fair in Puerto del Carmen on 26th and 27th September will offer tourists and residents the perfect opportunity to discover the very best food and drink that Lanzarote has to offer.

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reamy, mild goats´ cheese, refreshing, fruity wine, sweet fried onions, fresh fruit and hundreds of other ingredients will take centre stage in Puerto del Carmen´s Puerto Varadero in late September, as the island´s best cooks roll up their sleeves and work magic on some of the best ingredients in Europe. If you´ve been on Lanzarote in the last few years, you can´t have missed the fact that the island´s

culinary reputation is coming on in leaps and bounds, and there are ever more opportunities to taste Lanzarote and discover exactly why this island is making such a name for itself. Since the establishment of Saborea Lanzarote, an association dedicated to promoting the ingredients and the cuisine of the island, tapas fairs have become an increasingly popular event in local towns and villages.

Tapas Fairs have been drawing in the crowds for a few years now, but the really big event will take place in the town of Teguise on the 28th, 29th and 30th of November. These are the dates set aside for the Festival Engastronomica de Lanzarote, an immense gathering of the island´s main producers. Last year saw cookery workshops by nationallyfamous chefs, childrens’ events and anyone who is anyone in Lanzarote food was at the event, which was attended by thousands of happy visitors despite torrential rainstorms. If the weather improves this year, it´s going to be a weekend to remember!

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Culture is The Castillo San Gabriel, home of Arrecife’s Historical Museum

Back!

After the summer holidays, September always brings a new, exciting range of cultural events on Lanzarote, and this year is no exception. You don’t have to look far for a spectacular event, whether it’s a classical concert, traditional Canarian folk music, rock and pop or a wide range of theatre, dance and culinary events. Over the following pages we introduce the best of what’s in store, but new events are announced all the time, so keep your eyes peeled!

History in front of your eyes Lanzarote is an island with centuries of turbulent history, changing culture and ancient traditions, and the best places to learn more about all of this are the island´s several museums. Arrecife´s Historical Museum, for example, is located in the Castillo de San Gabriel – an ancient fort that defended the island against pirates and other invaders.

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Inside you´ll find all sorts of interesting exhibits that will help you step into a fascinating past. Elsewhere, the Pirate Museum on the top of the small mountain overlooking Teguise shows visitors how islanders reacted to centuries of raids by pirates from North Africa and even England. There is so much more to choose from: find out about wine production at El Grifo´s Museum, discover Lanzarote´s aviation history at the small but fascinating Airport Museum, learn about the late Omar Sharif´s connection with the island at LagOmar, step back in time at the charming agricultural El Patio Museum in Tiagua, or learn about the island´s inhabitants at the Tanit Museum in San Bartolome.


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Culture 70.3 Time 19th September, from 8am British athlete Will Clarke will return to La Santa on 19th September to defend his Lanzarote Ironman 70.3 title. But he will have his work cut out against a strong field. The 70.3 ironman has rapidly risen to enjoy the status of the premier halfdistance triathlon on Lanzarote, and while the full Ironman in May is based in the island´s largest tourist resort, the 70.3 is when triathlon returns home to its spiritual base on the island, Club La Santa. At 8 am contestants will plunge into the sheltered lagoon to complete the swimming stage, before emerging to run past spectators and mount their cycles for a spectacular tour of the hilly northern part of the island. After returning to Lanzarote, it´s onto the road for a three-lap half-marathon taking in some of Lanzarote´s most beautiful scenery.

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German athlete Swen Sundberg, Scot David Mcnamee and Dane Martin Jensen are just some of the pro triathletes who´ll be trying to unseat Will Clarke from the podium. In the women´s event Michaela Renner-Schneck, Camilla Pederson and Jodie Swallow head a thrilling line-up.

Arrecife comes alive! 18th and 25th September Arrecife en Vivo is a unique music festival that has now become a fixture on the calendar, and this year it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The idea is simple yet ingenious. Four bands perform at four bars in the capital, with their sets staggered to allow the audience the chance to move on and catch each band. Last year, the Arrecife Municipal Band was on hand to ensure that the parade of concert goers didn´t go without music as they walked.

The first band to confirm for the 25th is the Delorentos, the critically-acclaimed Dublin post-punk band who won the Choice Music prize for their third album Little Sparks last year. Veteran Irish music paper Hotpress wrote “This is the sound of a group striving to write the flab-free, solid-gold pop record of their lives: mission accomplished.”

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Details haven´t been finalised at the time of going to press, but the circuit usually starts at the Playa Reducto zone, moving on to finish up at the Charco de San Gines – or vice versa, depending on the evening.


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Charity time Various Dates This September brings a host of charity events to Lanzarote, raising funds for all sots of good causes. Spain has still not really embraced the car-boot, jumble sale and Flöhmarkt culture that can be seen on any weekend in cities in Britain and Germany, but the expats here on Lanzarote are doing their best. You’ll find the regular monthly SARA boot sale at Tahiche Garden Centre on the 12th, the monthly Kennel Klub jumble sale at the Concord Bar in Playa Honda on the 5th and the Original PALS bootsale which takes place every Sunday at Lanzarote a Caballo. SARA also run a bookstall at Teguise´s Sunday market, where you´ll also find a junk stall run by drug rehab charity Aunar.

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But that´s not all this month. On the 19th September, 9lives Lanzarote hold a bargain sale at the Sociedad in Güime – the scene of many sales in the past; and the Kennel Klub will be holding a fashion show at the Club Calypso in Puerto del Carmen on the 25th. Finally, don´t miss Lanzarote´s Biggest Coffee Morning at Lanzarote A Caballo on the 26th – cakes, tea, coffee and plenty of entertainment, all in aid of MacMillan Cancer Aid.

Classical month Various Dates

August is Lanzarote´s most important festival month, with some of It´s a good month for classical fans this month, with a handful of tempting events

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First, the regular performances of TEMPO Lanzarote at Los Cuevas de Los Verdes will allow you to enjoy the timple mastery of Benito Cabrera supported by the Classical Orchestra of Lanzarote. On the 19th September, classical pianist Veronica Shoot will perform at the Camel House in Macher. Hailed by the great Yehudi Menuhin as a future talent when she was only 8, Russian-born Veronica has toured the world and is one of the most charismatic and versatile performers on today´s scene. Her appearance on Lanzarote promises to be an unmissable event. And don´t forget to pencil the 9th and 12th October into your diary, when three talented opera singers and a pianist will perform two separate nights of Italian opera at the Salon El Islote in Arrecife´s Gran Hotel. Tickets are on sale for this Lyric Gala already.

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September 2015

IRONMAN 70.3

19th September @ 8am 1,9 km swimming, 90,1 km bike and 21,1 km marathon. La Santa

EXHIBITIONS TIERRA Y MAR (LAND AND SEA)

RUBICÓN FOLKLORE FESTIVAL 4th September @ 9pm

CAMEL HOUSE CLASSIC CONCERT

With the folklore groups Agrupación Folclórica Rubicón and Grupo Folclórico Tambara Yaiza, Plaza de los Remedios

19th September @ 7.30pm Veronika Shoot (piano) Macher, Camel House. 25 €

CADA LOCO CON SU TEMA (EACH TO THEIR OWN)

FESTIVAL FOLCLÓRICO NANINO DÍAZ CUTILLAS 2015

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Arrecife, Sala Municipal de Exposiciones Charco San Ginés.

11th September @ 9pm

Until 5th September

Works by Fátima Lemes. Haría, Sala “El Aljibe”

Until 30th September

Mancha Blanca

OTHERS

“EL SON TIENE DUENDE” (THE SON HAS SPIRIT) WITH LOS TROVEROS DE ASIETA

XXVII FERIA DE ARTESANÍA DE LANZAROTE 11th to 15th September

11th September @ 9pm

The biggest handicraft fair on the island. Mancha Blanca.

A celebration of the Cuban son style, which is at the root of modern salsa, performed by an acclaimed group from La Palma. Teguise, Casa-Museo del Timple

LA NOCHE DE LOS VOLCANES 25th September Culture, art, music, gastronomy, science, debates and more. Yaiza

JAZZ FROM BERLIN

13th, 17th & 20th September @ 1pm & 9pm With Gustavo Trifonoff (git), Gauvain Gamon (b) and Vicente Espi Nieto (dr). La Geria, Bodega El Chupadero.

FERIA DE TAPAS 26th & 27th September Culture, art, music, gastronomy, science, debates and more. Yaiza

LOS SALVAPANTALLAS 13th September @ 8pm Mancha Blanca.

FESTIVAL ARRECIFE EN VIVO 2015 18th & 25th September Four different bands perform at four different bars. Arrecife city centre The Delorentos

MUSICAL “EL REY DE LA SABANA - EL LEÓN”. BASED ON THE MOVIE THE LION KING 5th September @ 6:30pm & 9pm San Bartolomé, Teatro Municipal Entry 15 / 18 €

TEMPO LANZAROTE 13th & 30th @ 12:30pm

A journey through the history of Lanzarote with classical and timple music. Jameos del Agua Entry: 39 € (residents 20 €).

SPORT K10 XTREME YAIZA 5th September

Challenging race over 5 or 10 k of the roughest terrain, alone or in groups. Yaiza

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GREAT KENNEL KLUB SALE 5th September @ 10am This month and the FIRST Saturday every month. 10am – 2pm at the Terraza Concord, C/Mastíl 71, Playa Honda.

12th September @ 9.30am

Alongside Pink Cow Lanzarote. At Club Calypso, Puerto Del Carmen. €10 entry, including hot & cold buffet. Contact kennel klub n Facebook or email thekennelklub@ outlook.com for bookings or info.

BARGAIN SALE DAY IN AID OF 9LIVES LANZAROTE 19th September @ 10am All funds raised will go to help this year´s neutering campaign. Sociedad Güime. 10am - 2pm

ORIGINAL PALS CAR BOOT SALE Every Sunday @ 9am Lanzarote A Caballo. Sellers arrive 8 8.30 am. No booking required. Price €10.

LANZAROTE´S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING Saturday 26th September @ 11am All money raised to go to MacMillan Cancer Aid. For more info call Judith on 928830298/ 648260232. At Lanzarote A Caballo. 11am - 4pm.

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9.30 am – 12.30 pm, Tahiche Garden Centre. Call 646838749 for info or to volunteer.

25th September @ 7.30pm

Cinema In Original Version. Don´t forget: Every Thursday the cinemas in Deiland (Playa Honda) and Atlantida (Arrecife) show films in their original language, with Spanish subtitles, giving you the chance to see US and British films often before they arrive in the UK.

EVERY SATURDAY

10-2pm: Art and Souvenir Market, Puerto Calero

Gopar Live Band, Arrecife, Gran Hotel - Doblon Bar

10-2pm: Traditional Market, Uga

Susi & Gopar, Playa Blanca, Cuatro Lunas

EVERY FRIDAY

8:30pm: Flamenco, Puerto del Carmen, Café La Ola

9pm: Jameos Nights, Dinner and live music. Jameos del Agua

CAR BOOT SALE IN AID OF SARA ANIMAL CENTRE

KENNEL KLUB FASHION SHOW

EVERY TUESDAY

9 am – 2 pm: Farmers Market. Pueblo Marinero, Costa Teguise.

EVERY WEDNESDAY 9-2pm: Market, Playa Blanca, Marina Rubicón 6-10pm: Craft and Souvenir Market, Costa Teguise, Pueblo Marinero 5pm - 7pm: Sun Rockers Tea Party, Sun Park Living, Playa Blanca 8:30pm: Canarian Folk Music, Puerto del Carmen, Café La Ola

EVERY THURSDAY 10pm: Mauricio & Angy, Playa Blanca, Cuatro Lunas

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10-2pm: Art and Souvenir Market, Puerto Calero 10-2pm: Social Fridays / Expat Community. Sun Park Living 10-2pm: Market, Puerto del Carmen, Plaza El Varadero (old Town)

9-2pm: Market, Playa Blanca, Marina Rubicón 9-2pm: Market, Arrecife, Plaza Iglesia de San Ginés 9-2.30pm: Market, Haría, Plaza

9pm: Jameos Nights, Dinner and live music. Jameos del Agua 10pm: Cuban Music, Playa Blanca, Cuatro Lunas

EVERY SUNDAY

5-10pm: Market, Costa Teguise, Pueblo Marinero

9-2pm: Market, Teguise

9pm: Cuban Music, Teguise, El Patio Creperie

9-2pm: Farmer’s Market, Mancha Blanca

10pm: Jam Sessions, Teguise, Bar La Galeria

10-2pm: Original PALS Car Boot Sale, Lanzarote A Caballo.

New! Summer concerts: Live Concerts with different groups (call 928-826789 to confirm) Costa Teguise, Terraza Zen (Campo de Golf)

4-6pm: Jazz session at The Crafty Cow (PDC) with Los Hunos featuring Collie Farrell

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JEWEL OF THE SOUTH

Separated from the rest of the island by a ridge of volcanoes, Playa Blanca nestles on calm southern shores, with ever-present views of the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura and the spoon-shaped Isla de Lobos. The resort itself boasts magnificent beaches with plenty of facilities, while the wild, worlds-end charm of Papagayo is just a short walk away. Playa Blanca itself offers a busy, attractive town centre full of shops, restaurants and lively bars, and it has a number of separate zones which each offer their own attractions. There´s a luxury marina, a working harbour with regular ferries to Fuerte, a water park, a driving range and plenty more on offer in the Beautiful South, and this is a part of the island that is rapidly improving- with a new harbour extension that will bring cruise tourism and better links to the town. Yet at heart Playa Blanca is all about peace and relaxation. It´s a town that always seems warmer and sunnier and more relaxed than the rest of the island.

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RESORT SPECIAL

GET DOWN TO

BUSINESS

Playa Blanca is an increasingly important centre for business and commerce – a modern town that is rapidly adapting to new realities and new opportunities. A few generations ago Playa Blanca was very much a backwater of Lanzarote – a little fishing village two days away by camel or mule from the capital Arrecife. If you wanted to travel to Fuerteventura you sailed from Arrecife to Puerto del Rosario, and only the most intrepid foreign tourists ventured to the far south. How things change! Nowadays, this modern tourist resort on Lanzarote´s south coast is the island´s most modern resort, a bustling tourist and residential zone and an increasingly important link to Fuerteventura. It´s a place where it´s getting easier all the time to do business.

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PORT OF CALL The tourist boom of the 80s was the reason for Playa Blanca´s growth. After the development of Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise, the huge potential of the south was the obvious next step.

PAPERWORK Playa Blanca is increasingly a place where you can get things done. Yaiza has installed a council office in the town and the presence of legal specialists, in-

surance offices and gestores means that you can find the right professionals to look after all your paperwork, whether its for your own business or simply the necessary processes that all residents have to undertake.

Across the water, Corralejo also grew quickly, becoming Fuerteventura´s main resort for many years. The ferries arrived, and fast road connections from Playa Blanca to the airport and the rest of the island were developed and soon hundreds of residents began to move south. A new harbour extension large enough for cruisers will surely make Playa Blanca´s importance as a tourist and commercial port even stronger.

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Many homes in Playa Blanca are empty for some of the year. Others will see a constant stream of paying guests. In either case it´s not always possible for the owner to be present and make sure that things are going smoothly. Fortunately, this is a resort where property management has become a fine art. With the services of the right professional, you can both optimize your income and protect and maintain your property.

“SWALLOWS” ROOST

warms up there in the summer.

ACTIVE LIFE

Uniquely among European tourist zones, the Canaries are just as busy in the winter as they are in the summer. Many choose to live in the islands during the warm winter months, returning to northern Europe once it

These “swallows” are a permanent and unique element of island living, and many of them have discovered that Playa Blanca, with its perfect climate and paradise setting, is the ideal roosting place.

For a small town, there´s a lot to keep both tourists and residents occupied, from associations and sports clubs to welcoming bars and resaurants. There are plenty of colourful local fiestas, and you are just a few minutes away from some of the most stunning scenery in Europe.

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There´s something about Playa Blanca that makes you feel better. Perhaps it’s the wonderful climate, or the natural beauty that surrounds the resort. Whatever it is, Playa Blanca has plenty on offer for your body and your soul.

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These are just a few of the sporting and leisure activities available in Playa Blanca, but look hard enough and you´re sure to find an activity that suits you perfectly.

If you´d rather just relax and seek escape in your own peace of mind and sensual luxury, you´ll also find plenty of opportunities in Playa Blanca. Book into a spa in a local hotel and allow yourself to be pampered from head to foot. With massages, beauty treatments and water facilities. You´re sure to leave feeling as if you´ve enjoyed a battery-recharging two-week holiday in the space of a few hours.

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Visit our showroom Carabela Hot Tubs, El Pueblo complex - Behind Roper's Supermarket, Los Coloradas, Playa Blanca to see our latest models.

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Playa Blanca is the perfect place to break free and escape, a resort that offers so much in terms Of leisure, sightseeing and simple good living.

Beauty on your doorstep SAND AND SEA Playa Blanca offers some wonderful beaches. Playa Dorada is a large, tempting strand with safe bathing in a protected lagoon; the town beach is always popular and Playa Flamingo is another sheltered beauty that many holidaymakers return to year after year.

KIDS WELCOME Children are in their element at Playa Blanca. There´s plenty of fun activities for them to participate in; a sandy beach Is never more than a few minutes away and restaurants and bars welcome all ages with open arms.

Then of course, there is Papagayo - an absolute must-visit. Papagayo is composed of secluded coves and long, golden beaches that are washed by clean, warm ocean waves. You can hire a car and drive up, but walking is also perfectly possible.

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Waikiki Bar • C.C Papagayo. Playa Blanca


EAT, DRINK AND BE HAPPY If your tastes run to more earthly pleasures, then Playa Blanca´s restaurants will offer weeks of variety and quality that has been tried and tested by hundreds of thousands of visitors before you. Or just enjoy a drink with a magnificent sea view, wander around and drop in on one of the many entertainers that make their living in local establishments.

SURROUNDING ATTRACTIONS Playa Blanca is surrounded by natural beauty. Take a drive up to Femes, the mountain-top town with spectacular views and some splendid eating, or visit the salt flats and the stark, black beach at Janubio. The volcano region of Timanfaya is just a short drive away, and on the way you can pop into Yaiza and Uga – two pretty towns that still retain much of their traditional charm.

ISLAND HOPPING The Fred Olsen and Trasmediterranea ferries ply their way back and forth to Fuerteventura throughout the day, and offer the perfect chance to discover Corralejo – an attractive tourist town located on the edge of some of the most impressive sand dunes in the Canaries.

On foot from Playa Blanca you can climb Montaña Roja, and the more adventurous will find amazing sights located around the abandoned Atlante del Sol hotel and the nearby Los Charcones

It´s also possible to visit Lobos – the spoon-shaped island whose bizarre volcanic landscape, lighthouse and perfect Las Conchas beach make a fascinating day trip.

Events: • September, Fashion Cat Walk • See our NEW WEBSITE for new events

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• Ceramics • Clothes

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Centro Comercial Las Coloradas C/Las Buganvillas 6 35580 Playa Blanca • www.centrocomerciallascoloradas.es • Find us on Facebook

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RESORT SPECIAL

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OF THE SOUTH Playa Blanca seems to have been created for chilled-out, relaxed living – strolling, dining, drinking and perhaps dancing beneath the stars in the welcoming warmth of Lanzarote´s lovely southern coast.

Playa Blanca was originally a small fishing village that relied on the catches from the Bocaina Strait for centuries, and the village´s little harbour meant that other foodstuffs also arrived regularly, from Fuerteventura across the water, from other islands and from mainland Spain.

FLAVOURS FROM AFAR There are authentic Greek, Indian, Chinese and Italian restaurants, as well as Spanish and Canarian eateries where you can enjoy the classic and timeless “seafood by the sea” experience while looking out over some of the finest views on the island, as the sea melts into the distant dunes and volcanoes of Fuerteventura.

EVERYTHING YOU WANT The growth of Playa Blanca as a tourist resort has meant that local restaurateurs, as well as foreigners who have arrived to set up businesses, have had to be competitive, offer fantastic food and service and provide a wide variety of choices. As a result, in today´s Playa Blanca you can enjoy up-market innovative cuisine in high class restaurants run by genuinely gifted and committed chefs, or simply enjoy a full English breakfast or a bag of chips by the sea.

FRESH AND PERFECT British food writer Josceline Dimbleby spent much of the year 1960 in Playa Blanca with her mother and first husband. Looking back on that time, she wrote: “Something about the fertile volcanic soil and

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the dry climate of Lanzarote produced wonderful vegetables, particularly tomatoes and small muscatel grapes, and potatoes that could almost rival Peruvian ones. In a tiny house surrounded by goats, lived a bent old lady from whom we bought cheeses. I liked them best when they were squeaky fresh, still wet and

white, with a tangy, salty taste.” The simple food and lifestyle, the cheeses, the grapes and vegetables that Dimbleby described, are all still available and an essential part of Lanzarote´s cuisine. But now of course, there is much, much more to complement them.


YOUR CHOICE The resort is also a great example of the “whatever you want, whenever you want it” philosophy that typifies Lanzarote´s laid-back approach to dining. Almost every establishment will be happy to serve you just a starter or some tapas while you pass the time of day, and it doesn´t matter when you want to snack or dine - you´re sure to find something to your taste at any time of day or in the evening.

Centro Comercial La Mulata 4, Playa Blanca (next to H. Natura Palace) www.sebastyans.com

Reservations: 928 349 679

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NOS MOVEMOS POR TÍ - WE ARE THERE FOR YOU

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NEW – Photo Service – Pictures for ID, CV, Passports and fun pictures, too! We speak English English, Dutch and Spanish - Ciber Cafe • National and International cheap phone calls • Sim Cards • Mobile Calle Correillo 69 6 phone top-ups • Fax and Scanner service • We sell international calling Playa Blanca cards • Internet • Photocopies • Preparation of documents and CV’s Tel. 928 51 88 54 • Laminating • Translation Service • WE PRINT BOARDING PASSES locutoriomundolatino@gmail.com

Fenauso 3 35500 Arrecife Tel: 928 806 480 Fax: 928 806 480

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NATURALY HERBALIST • Eco-Shop • Herbalism • Bio Food • Natural Cosmetic • Indiba-Radiofrequency • Osteopathy • Therapeutic Massage • Energy Medicine

Playa Blanca, 5 Calle Corvina, 1, Tel. 928 594 455, Mob. 629 244 533

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Business - Puerto del Carmen THE ZAFFRAN GROUP OF INDIAN RESTAURANTS Authentic

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Business - Puerto Calero

Enjoy our new menu

NOS MOVEMOS POR TÍ - WE ARE THERE FOR YOU

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Bookings: Maxi Vidal - 928 513 181 Groups: Mariluz Pérez Fajardo - 928 513 243

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Enjoy the gastronomic experience we can offer you. It’s unique, it’s special. New and ample dining rooms where you can celebrate with your family, friends or business colleagues. Magnificent views to the Puerto Calero Superyacht area from our splendid terrace. Now try our Chef’s menu, a delicious off-menu creation that we change every week, for only €32. Open Everyday

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ITV SERVICE - (INCLUDING Test Fee and IGIC)

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Open Mon-Fri 8.30 to 3pm Pre-Check • Check all Electrics • Steering and Suspension Burki´s / El Toro Roundabout Brakes and Brake Balance • Handbrake • Tyres • Exhaust System Calle Reina Sofia 70 Emission Check • Check all Levels • Check Battery Secured Puerto Del Carmen Check all Seatbelts • There is NO re-test fee in the unlikely Email: carmenautos@hotmail.com event that your vehicle does not pass.

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UNIQUE FOR LANZAROTE, SPECIALLY MADE FOR YOUR HOME ELISA’S OFFER 50% OFF We have many items on 2 x 1 promotion

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Business - Tías Qualified mechanics at your service in Tías. Open from 8am till 1pm and from 4pm till 7pm

Keep the air conditioning system of your vehicle clean from 40 Euros!!!! No odour, healthy system for allergens

We speak Spanish, English & German

Since 1990

Open from Mon-Fri 9am to 7pm Sat 10am to 1.30pm

Surgery, Laboratory, Microchip, Passport, Check ups, Vaccinations, Ophtalmolgy, Cardiology

Visit us and check our special prices We carry out all mechanical services including:

• Pre - ITV • Air conditioning refills • Diagnosis • Car wash • Fast service • We sell and fit Tyres for all vehicles.

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2 Tias – Calle Fraternidad, 23 Dog and Cat Dermatological Grooming. Tel. 928 833 990 - 629 356 514 Medication, Chip Scan, Certificates

Top brand Pet Foods such as ACANA, ROYAL CANIN, HILLS, IAMS, EUKANUBA.

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BAR & RESTAURANT Monday Curry Night Tuesday Braised Lamb Wednesday All Day Special Thursday All Day Special Friday Fish, Chips & Mushy Peas Saturday All Day Special Sunday All Day Special

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Las Cucharas - Beach Promenade (Back of Barcelo Galea Hotel) Costa Teguise 928 346 482

ü Fabulous Selection of Greeting Cards for every occasion in your life ü Finest Choice of Retro Sweets on Lanzarote ü Great Location with easy-peasy parking ü Friendly, Approachable Staff ü Proud to be part of the Community

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Food Glorious Food - Favourite British Grocery Brands now available in COSTA TEGUISE - Open seven days a week.

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Open plan living Lanzarote is a place where you can live freely, a place where indoors and outdoors blend seamlessy into one comfortable, life-affirming place. Nowadays, open-plan homes are standard throughout the word, and a welcome and refreshing change from poky, enclosed spaces which were only ever popular because they helped conserve warmth. Central heating allowed open-plan to thrive in northern climes, but in Lanzarote the climate has always favoured an airy, spacious style of living. That’s why so many homes have open terraces, courtyards and balconies. September is one of the months when this free and easy lifestyle is at its most enjoyable – long, warm days that are caressed by light, cooling breezes. It’s a time to fling open your doors and windows and let the outdoors in. And there’s no better place in the world to do it.

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Property Buyers Guide

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Alluring Lounges

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ritish expats are failing to save, new research warns, despite them being more cautious about spending. Two thirds (67 per cent) of British expats now worry they will not have enough for retirement or that they are spending too much, according to a study by AES International. While those living overseas are being more cautious, more than half (52 per cent) have not increased the amount they are saving. The research from AES International also showed that 68 per cent of expats do not have a financial adviser, despite more than 60 per cent of respondents saying they feel better off since moving abroad and more than 50 per cent saying they feel financial planning is now more complicated.

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en to a three-year high, according to new figures, as foreign demand continues to soar, driven by attractive prices and exchange rates. The latest figures from Spain’s National Institute of Statistics show that 26,455 homes sold in May 2015, up 5 per cent year-on-year and 11 per cent higher than May 2013. The resale market fuelled activity, with sales rising 34 per cent annually, enough to offset a decline of 42 per cent in new home sales. The imbalance between new property and existing homes is echoed by Spanish notaries too, whose latest report says that sales rose 8.4 per cent year-on-year in May, with resales rising 14.5 per cent and new home sales falling 21.5 per cent.

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Sam Instone, chief executive of AES International, said: “Most people tend to move away from their home country for a combination of reasons, but high on the list is usually an increased salary. However, once people find themselves in what can feel like a holiday atmosphere, original aspirations to save can become clouded by the temptations of the here and now. People are also prone to procrastination and this is well demonstrated by their saving habits. “People could use these summer months, when perhaps they are waiting to join family on holiday, or are otherwise a little less busy, to put their finances in order and begin building the future they want,” added Instone.


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on the market at the end of 2014 fell five per cent over 12 months to 536,000 homes, down from 564,000 the year before, according to figures from the Ministry of Public Works (Fomento).

The Foundation blamed this situation on irresponsible practices by banks, saying “Prudence in banking would advise not granting mortgages with a Loan to Value ratio of over 80%; however, statistics show that in the years of the property boom it was normal for the Spanish banking sector to go above this limit. Between 2004 and 2014, 1.2 million mortgages – 14% of all those granted – were for ratios above 80%.”

The term “new home”, however, is increasingly unclear in Spain, as there are hundreds of thousands of homes on the market that were built years ago but have never been sold. How “new” is a home that was finished five years ago and has been standing empty whilst depreciating ever since? Therefore, the figures decided to cover all homes that have never been previously sold, rather than date of construction. The new housing inventory peaked in the year 2009 with 650,000 homes on the market after Spain’s decadelong building boom created a mind-boggling oversupply of housing. This glut has shrunk by 18% over the last five years according to the Spanish daily El Pais. Although the levels of unsold new housing stock in the Canaries are nowhere near the worrying levels in notorious regions of overdevelopment such as Castellón and Almeria, they are still above Spain´s national average of 2.1%. in Tenerife province, 3.08% of new builds remain unsold while the figure in Las Palmas is 2.87%.

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tage sale If you’re planning on showing a property, you’ve probably already thought about how to present it to best effect. But maybe you didn’t know that this is now a professional area of expertise. Home staging is a new field of the property market which can demonstrably save you time, money and hassle when selling your home.


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possible. It is the process of transforming a home into a desirable product that can be marketed for sale. Many buyers cannot envision themselves actually living in and enjoying a property

when they look at it. Buying property is as much of an emotional decision as a financial one and most buyers need help to see a house as a home they can live in. The type of professional assistance that helps with this is known as staging.

The lure of staging 1. Sight: This one is pretty obvious! Rooms should

3. Touch: Broken and chipped,

be tidy and uncluttered. Photos, trophies, and kids’ artwork should be replaced with simple, classic decor. A buyer needs to be able to imagine their own life in your home. If your budget allows, you may want to temporarily store outdated and oversized furniture. Rent new, modern pieces to create a simple and clean design.

missing or loose tiles, are all off putting to a would-be buyer. Be sure that you do any minor repairs before showing your home.

2. Smell: Be sure that each room is not only tidy, but that it smells clean. However, avoid harsh chemical smells, such as bleach. Many buyers may be sensitive to these smells and will want to make a quick exit.

4. Hearing: An open house can be an event for selling your home, just be sure that barking dogs are taken care of. Have any noisy equipment switched off and don’t leave the television on. Soft background music can work but even peace and quiet is a sound.

5. Taste: Okay, this can be a hard one, depending on who is coming, but a glass of wine or freshly-made coffee for your guests can work. Or you can play up the sense of taste by having freshly baked bread or other enticing foods filling the air. The bottom line? Staging is intended to create an atmosphere for the prospective buyer where they can envision themselves in your home. You create a generic, rather than individual lifestyle with your staging, and through how you stimulate the senses.

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anisms which cultivate power from a constant and renewable source, tidal flow. Tidal movements are more predictable than solar and wind energy, making it simpler to find an appropriate location for the technology.

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This article is intended as a general guide to buying real estate in The Canary Islands. It has been compiled from the knowledge and experience of a number of professionals involved in the selling, buying and conveyancing of property in Spain, but it should not be taken as a substitute for proper legal advice. It is intended only as an explanation of the system, customs and practice which you will come across, should you be interested in buying a home on the islands. DECIDING THE LOCATION

You need to decide whether your property is intended for holiday use, longer term visits, or whether you intend to live here year round. Your choice of location should take your needs into account, such as schools, medical services and recreational outlets.

CHOOSING THE PROPERTY You need to know a great deal more about your property than you would if you were just spending a couple of weeks there. If there is a community association, ask your neighbours if it is well run. Ask about the community fees - don’t forget that if you are in a Community you are legally obliged to pay them or you could lose the property.

BUYING THE PROPERTY

The first essential thing before you part with a penny is to make sure that the person selling you the property is entitled to do so. Any agent worth his salt will have carried out a basic search and will be able to show you that this is correct. Your agent will be able to supply you with a list of suitable Lawyers to act on your behalf, the British Consulate in Las Palmas will provide a suitable list on request, if required. Your lawyer needs to check out your intended property thoroughly. The process is not dissimilar from the UK and a check of legal title will be made through a search in the local Land Registry Office which will also indicate if there are any mortgages or charges against the property. If you are buying a plot of land, the lawyer will also check if you can obtain permission to build on the land and what size and type of property you can build; there are zoning controls on this island as well as anywhere else and an old document presented to you pertaining to be planning permission may well have changed in the interim period. Once you have been assured by your lawyer that all is in order, you will need to sign a Contract of Purchase raised by a lawyer, and pay a deposit which is usually 10% of the intended purchase price; this deposit is normally held by the lawyer who has been appointed to arrange the signing of the Title Deed. The contract will state the terms and conditions of the sale and will state a specific time for completion of the transaction when you must produce the balance of the price. If for any reason you decide, up to this completion time that you cannot proceed with the purchase, you will forfeit the deposit paid, but if the seller changes his mind, he must return the deposit to you in full, plus a compensation payment for

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damages. Obviously if a lawyer is holding these funds, there’s no problem in the purchaser’s deposit being refunded. The next step is to complete the transaction by making the outstanding balance of payment and signing the title deed, which is known in Spain as the Escritura; this must be done in the Notary’s Office. The Notary’s task is to ensure that all of the legal documentation is correct, he will also carry out a search in the Land Registry Office on the day of signing to check the current status of the property or land, (and will require the last annual rates receipt from the council in which the property is situated), that this is up to date as well. It is essential to ensure that your lawyer has current receipts for all other payments such as water, electric and community charges, as debts such as these in Spain are levied against the property and not the owner. When in the Notary’s Office, you will be asked to produce your passport as evidence of identification. You will also be advised to obtain a NIF number, Numero Identificación Fiscal, which your lawyer can arrange for you.

PAYING THE PRICE If you are not a resident in Spain and are buying property or land it is advisable to bring your money from abroad to complete the purchase, it is simple to open a non-resident account in a local bank, and your estate agent will normally help you with this. You can then transfer your funds from your own bank in the UK, to this new account. On the signing of the new Title Deed your cheques for payment will be shown to the Notary and included as part of the documentation of the deed. They must be inscripted with details of the property of land to be purchased, or have an

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HomeMyHomeMyHomeMyHomeMyHomeMyHomeMyHomeMyHomeMyHomeMyHomeMyHomeMyHomeMyH investment certificate from the issuing bank attached. The Notary will also require you to sign a Spanish ministry form, declaring that the investment has been made. It is also possible when purchasing from a non-Spanish resident, to pay the completion funds abroad in any currency. In this case, the deed will state an equivalent amount in Euros as this gives the value in which the transmission tax (stamp duty) is calculated. You will have to produce more than one cheque as you will be liable for capital gains tax. In this situation a sum of 3% calculated against the value declared in the title deed will need to be retained and paid to the Spanish Tax Authorities. The Estate Agents fees are normally paid by the vendor and the details of the specific percentage to be paid will normally be noted in the Purchase Contract. Beware, some unscrupulous illegal agents have been known to charge the purchaser as well as the vendor for their fees. You may well also find that the price of your title deed is not exactly the same as the cost of the purchase, as some sellers prefer to treat the furnishings and fittings, if they are included, as a separate item.

REGISTERING THE PURCHASE Signing the escritura in the Notary office does not yet mean that you officially own the property. For the transaction to be complete you must register the deeds in the Registro de la Propiedad (Property Registry). When the deeds are taken to the Registro, the purchase tax of 6.5% of the value of the property must be paid. Later the Registro will write to whoever presented the documents and ask for a second payment to cover their charges. In addition, a tax to the Local Authority, based on the increase of values of land in their area since the property last changed hands (known as ‘Plus Valia’) is payable. This is often negotiated between the vender and purchaser. Your Lawyer can get an estimate in advance of the purchase, so that you have the funds ready. At the same time, a form should be entered to the local authority, advising them of the change of ownership. You

should remind whoever is doing your paperwork about this, as it is often forgotten. Residents must alo be tax registered in order to sell property and avoid retentions, even if they pay no tax.

COSTS TO LOOK OUT FOR Other bills which will have to be paid include the Transmission Tax, the Notary’s bill, the fees from the Registro and the bill from your Lawyer, will probably come to about 10% of the purchase price. Your Lawyer will ask for these funds to be placed with him before the work is done, as too many times clients disappeared leaving these bills unpaid. Non-residents will be liable for property tax, while residents will pay the IBI assessed by the local council. However, it cannot be stressed enough, though, that you should deal in these matters with a professional person who is well established.

THE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Spain has firm laws on how a Community Association shall be run, and you can find useful advice in English on this subject at www.c-euro.org and www.spainlawyer.com. Information about your Association has to be freely available to you, as do the accounts which have to be published to the members every year. Belonging to a Community Association brings many advantages to the owner who does not intend to live in the property year round, as you can be sure that

someone will be keeping an eye on things when you are away. Should you be buying a property on an ‘Urbanisation’ you will find that there is a Community Association, of which you must become a member. Each property owner on the site owns a percentage of the communal areas, and is responsible for making a payment to the Association for their upkeep. You should check before you buy that your Community Association is functioning well, how much the monthly payment is, and whether the payments for your intended property are up to date. If these payments are not made the Association can eventually seize your property, so be careful.

OUTSTANDING BILLS When you buy a property you become liable for any outstanding bills for water, electricity, local rates and community fees. Both the Electricity Board (UNELCO) and the Water Company (CANAL GESTION) have forms which you and the seller must sign, to transfer the bills into your name. When you go to do this you should check that all payments are up to date. Local rates are payable at the Town Hall. You or your representative needs to visit the ‘Oficina de Recaudacion ’ at the Town Hall to give them the form changing the rates into your name, and again, checking that all payments are up to date. As bills are not sent out for the rates, property owners often forget to pay them, and they can soon mount up.

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Electrical items nowadays are almost always sleek, clutter-free and you´ll always be able to get them in white. However, Apple wasn´t the only influence on modern minimalism. Its main rival Bill Gates was advocating the “paperless office” 20 years ago, and the rise of digital books and music files have meant that, if you really want, there is now no need for any home to have bookshelves, stacks of CDs and DVDs and shoeboxes full of documents. Last year´s award-winning film Her presented one vision of a future based on current design trends. Beautifully shot, the film showed a future that was clean and subdued, full of the sort of saturated colours you find on Instagram.

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People-centred Design You may think that you´ll never be able to compete with the amazing interiors that you see in magazines. However, Her also showed a new trend that could spell the end of iStyle and a move towards a new, more human design aesthetic. Joaquin Phoenix´s character in the film rarely used a computer screen, instead talking directly to people (and his computerised assistant) via an earpiece. His job was writing beautiful handwritten love letters for a public who had forgotten the art of wooing on paper. The backlash against modern minimalism can be seen elsewhere, as well. Vinyl records, for example, are now more popular than they have been in decades. Why would anyone invest in unwieldy, heavy lumps of environmentally-unfriendly plastic that are easily damaged? The answer is simple – they´re fun. The iPod’s random play feature just can´t compete with browsing through a shelf of records or CDs, letting your taste,

your memories and your mood dictate your choice. The same goes for books. Although many modern homes lack bookshelves, others still value their easy access, the feel and smell of bound paper and the reality of an object that isn´t made of computer pixels. Modern designers would call all this “clutter”, but the truth remains that clutter in moderation is comfy, it reflects the way our minds – whose workings have never been remotely matched by any computer – really work. A clue to the new attitude can be seen in the pages of modern interiors magazines, where actual people are rarely visible in the stark, austere minimal surroundings. That´s because humans are not minimal – we are messy, strangely shaped creatures that do not behave according to a programmed design – we are, ourselves, clutter and the happiest among us will embrace the fact.

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The terrace is an integral element of Lanzarote living - a place where you can enjoy outdoor living with all the advantages of indoor convenience.

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erraces are a multifunctional element of modern gardens, used as outdoor entertaining spaces. For people who are increasingly spending the majority of the warmer months of the year outdoors, the terrace becomes a central aspect. And how you build and subsequently decorate it can have a huge impact on the feel it gives your garden.

Your terrace should be able to accommodate individuals as well as a small group. There will be times when you want to relax and enjoy being outside in the presence of your own company, and others when you will need to use it as somewhere to entertain larger numbers of people. Plannng and careful choices of furniture are, as a result, essential.

Wood is perfect for decorating your terrace and a material that allows you to really indulge your creative side. You can take inspiration from your travels or interiors magazines or some of the best hotels in the world that have incorporated decking into their interiors or exteriors. Also bear in mind that the Spanish have a long history of incorporating wood patterns into their flooring and homes. Inspiration is all around! Remember also that your patio does not have to look picture perfect or ultra smooth. Materials such as driftwood can add a really unique look and feel to a patio. This can work in many different styles of outdoor space, and adds an unusual focal point to a garden.


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magine an outdoor space that also functions as your gym. No more having to trudge down the road before or after work, you simply have to slip into a cossie and jump into a pool that has an optional ‘current’ running through it so that you will get the same intensive fitness experience as if you were swimming in the sea. It’s great for an allover body workout, and when you’re done, you simply get out and go shower. Voila! Your workout is done!

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 Party Starter A pool that also functions as a jacuzzi makes entertaining that little bit more special too. A small drinks party can mean a glass of bubbly in the hot tub, and it is a chance for everyone to relax and get to know each other in an informal way. It really puts the feeling of fun back into outdoor living.

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“Your pool can be as versatile as you”  Design Matters There are also numerous elements to be enjoyed from your own designed pool aside from the functional features. When you choose to invest in a pool you will consider its style and shape but you will also make a decision on what shade of tiles are used in it, and then you will have to make a decision about the kind of decking that is used around it. What is around a pool has just as much effect on the way the pool looks itself.

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Pure, clean colours are the key to Lanzarote style.

KEEP IT CLEAN!

All of us on Lanzarote will know the sight of pretty white houses scattered over a dark volcanic landscape as our aeroplane descends towards the island. But once you get a little closer up you realize that not all of those houses are quite as impressive from a few yards away.

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anzarote’s weather is tough on houses, making paintwork yellow, creating wear on door and window fittings and often causing a build up of reddish dust after one of the calimas that are a feature of this time of year. A quick solution is to give your home a regular new lick of paint – a great time to touch up walls, gates and fittings. Secondly, have a long hard think about your window and door fittings. Replacement shutters, doorways and window frames are almost certain to provide you with better control over airflow and better home security, as well as making your home look spick and span and bang up to date. To avoid those unsightly run off stains, make sure

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the drainage systems on your home, from gutters to eaves, are well arranged so that excess water is channeled away from the brickwork. This will also avoid the possibility of extremely expensive repairs if your home becomes damp. Upvc or aluminium add a lightness, and versatility to your home, it´s strong and maintenance free and has been a standard material on the island for years, often replacing the traditional

wood that required constant repainting and maintenance. There are a number of other options on the island if you look around. The colours you choose will depend on the building regulations in the area where you live, and specialists should be able to help you with this. As a general rule, you won´t go wrong with blues and greens – the colours that are universally approved for fittings on Lanzarote.


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Wind and breezes are a fact of life in most parts of Lanzarote, so be sure to take these factors into account when planning your outdoor space.

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he prevailing north-easterly wind on Lanzarote is called the alisio, and is part of the Azores anticyclone weather system. Lanzarote is located at about 4 o´clock

on this huge circular system, which usually brings fine, dry weather to the island. In contrast, when the wind changes to south-easterly or south-westerly, there is a much greater chance of calimas (dust storms) or rainstorms.

The alisio has changed Canarian history, making the Islands one of the final stops on the old trade routes to American and Asia and, nowadays, offering the sunny, but not overwhelmingly hot, conditions that make the islands one of Europe´s most popular tourist destinations.

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Make the wind your friend

Wind patterns are one thing that you should always bear in mind when viewing a property. If you can, make a viewing on a breezy day, so that you´ll get an idea of how strong the breezes are outside the house. This will also allow you to check on how airtight the house is indoors – draughts and rattling window and door frames mean that work will be necessary.

Prevailing wind patterns also mean that light waste such as leaves and dust will often gather in the same place. This will have to be kept well swept, as eddies and whirls in the breeze can disperse this trash. If you have a pool, or simply value a clean, tidy outdoor area, regular disposal is a must. Wind, not sun, is the gardener’s worst enemy on Lanzarote, and you´ll have to consider this if you´re thinking of doing any serious gardening. Hardy shrubs and small trees can be used as windbreakers, but delicate plants will need to be placed in areas where breezes are at a minimum.

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Most homes on Lanzarote face in a southerly direction, meaning that frontal areas receive sunlight throughout the day as well as being protected from the wind. But the wind can affect every part of your outdoor space, and its worth taking into account when planning.

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Use the Breeze It´s a mistake to always see the wind as your enemy, though. Without it you wouldn´t be able to ventilate your home, it keeps mosquitoes that plague calmer, lower-lying zones away, and it´s a perfect aid for drying clothes.

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If you have a garden or even just a sunny terrace on Lanzarote, you’ll find that the sunshine and warm weather vastly increases the range of vegetables and fruit you can grow.

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f you´re used to gardening in northern European climes, you´ll find that you can grow almost everything you’re already used to here on Lanzarote. This is one of the islands where potatoes were first cultivated in Europe, Lanzarote is famous for it´s sweet, milky onions and flavoursome lettuces, and local gardeners have perfected the art of cabbagegrowing to such a degree that you can even find walking sticks made of specially-grown cabbage stalks on the Canaries. True, that first frost that famously makes Brussels sprouts, kale, parsnips and even leeks taste just that little bit better is entirely absent here, but those vegetables still grow here, and you can more than make up for that perceived lack of cold-weather flavour with other, more exotic vegetables and fruits. And best of all, with some careful planning you´ll be able to enjoy the very best of your garden all

year round. In fact, for most gardeners the main problem will be finding seeds for the exotic plants that they wish to cultivate here on Lanzarote. The packets on sale in garden centres offer a good range, but it may also be worthwhile checking out the larger fruit and vegetable suppliers to find seeds for anything from okra to chilli peppers.

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Fruit With fruit, the sky´s the limit. You name it and you can probably grow it here. Exotic fruits such as papayas, mangoes and chirimoyas are an everyday crop here, and your main problem will be protecting delicate soft fruit from potential pests.

tle else, but now those options are expanding all the time. Italian salad staples such as lollo rosso and rocket are now widely available, and it´s also possible to grow tasty Asian vegetables such as pak choi or Chinese cabbages. As for herbs, most of them thrive on this hot island, gaining intense, heady fragrances that you don´t get further north.

 Peppers The capsicum family requires moisture and warmth, and Lanzarote offers ideal growing conditions. Any variety of chilli will thrive here, and the local red, green and yellow bell peppers, as well as the conical, mildly spicy green peppers, are one of the highlights of the island´s cuisine.

“The choice of fruit is enormous”

 Squashes Pumpkins are a local favourite, and every type of squash or gourd will also do well on Lanzarote. These not only offer good eating, but are also highly decorative. In the meantime, you can forget about that glass cucumber frame – these, and courgettes will also be fine out in the open.

 Tomatoes If you enjoy the challenge of growing tomatoes – they need tying, pruning and watering, and their strong smell means that it´s probably not something you want to do on your balcony – then you´re in the right place. The Canaries are famous for tomatoes, and once you´ve tasted a freshly-picked local tom, you´ll forget about those tasteless Polytunnel imports you get elsewhere.

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Striking out for the title As Lanzarote’s cricket season heats up to an exciting climax, Roberto Shard reports on recent games.

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he Naturally Floors Sponsored league reached its mid-way point on Matchday Seven, when St Georges CC played Lanzarote CC. Winning the toss and fielding first, Lanzarote had St Georges in early trouble - both openers falling cheaply to fine bowling. However, a valuable 70run third-wicket partnership between A. and N. French and a spirited 30 from M. Dynes helped St Georges post 161 all out. Pick of the bowlers was Monish who finished with 5 for 21. Chasing 162, Lanzarote were under the pump from the first over and were soon

3 wickets down. An admirable 30 from Opi offered brief resistance but G. Dean stole the show for St Georges returning remarkable bowling figures of 6 for 23 as Lanzarote were bowled out for exactly 100. St Georges won by 61 runs. Matchday Eight saw St Georges CC play PDC Cobras. Once again being asked to bat first, St Georges were quite simply outplayed and blown away. Some excellent line and length bowling, combined with energetic ground fielding saw St Georges all out for 102. Each and every one of Cobras bowlers contributed, with M. Evans 2 for 11 off 6 overs and M. Herbert with 2 for 9 most noteworthy.

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Chasing a modest total, PDC Cobras’ victory never looked in doubt. Measured and controlled batting from M. Evans, who fell for 35 just before the end, and Sachin, who finished 46 not out, saw Cobras win by an emphatic 8 wickets. Matchday Nine saw a fantastic, high scoring game between Lanzarote CC and Wolves CC. With St Georges’ loss the previous week, Wolves now had an outside chance of the league title and batted first with real purpose and intent. An aggressive secondwicket partnership between C. Cook (45) and S. Chhina (64) was bettered by a magnificent 100 not out from R. Singh. Wolves posted 265 for 5. Chasing a big score, Lanzarote

made a great effort in their run chase. After a promising start and with dangerman Monish at the crease on 108 not out, ably supported again by the resilient Opi, an excellent spell of bowling by A. Bruintjies, who finished with 3 for 24, helped turn the tide back in favour of Wolves, having Monish caught superbly by D. Leibrandt. Unfortunately for Lanzarote the tail didn’t wag and some fine bowling from R. Singh with 3 for 46 and P. Stenson with 3 for 50 reduced Lanzarote to 232 all out. A great effort from both teams and a hugely enjoyable game. Next month we will report on an exciting end to the season and see if Wolves CC can indeed pip St Georges CC to the league title.

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Come on You Reds!

Ian Lane previews UD Lanzarote´s 2015-16 season, in which the reds will hope to improve on their excellent performance of last yearwith a mixture of experienced veterans and exciting young talent.

The 2015/16 UD Lanzarote squad line up at Playa Cucharas.

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ith the season within days of starting Lanzarote have been looking in fine form. In their seven pre-season matches the Rojillos (The Reds) have won six and lost one.

is no stranger to the red and blue shirt of Lanzarote, memorably scoring against Real Madrid’s galacticos on Lanzarote soil in that legendary cuptie in 2001.

Standing out in thses warm-up games are Yeremy, Echedey and Mauri, and Dutch lad Roy is also looking promising. The youngster made his debut as a 15 year old last year and his shirt almost touched his knees. The hugely gifted player has now filled out, fits his shirt and made an immediate impact. Whilst he does still seem a little lightweight I doubt with the ability he possesses he has not even given that a thought.

The squad is young overall, but the veterans that remain - Toñito, Rosmen, Ángel Gil, Marcos Cabrera and a couple of others - all look in fine form whilst the youngsters from last season have grown and are hungry for success.

There have been some inevitable departures from the squad that finished second last season. Striker Yaco, Adrían Delgado and Jesus Ramos have all said “Adios”. In has come Lanzarote -born Fran Gil from Las Palmas and from the same team Miguel Gomez has joined the Rojillos and looks like a very good, intelligent player. Javi Melian has joined from Yaiza along with one of Lanzarote´s living legends, Vladimir. Oscar Vladimir

Both British boys - 19 year old Brad Cockerill and 21 year old winger Louis Kennedy - have performed excellently pre-season, with Brad being as solid as a rock and Louis showing his versatility by also performing admirably as right back. He may not like the position but he is good in it. The British, Irish and other foreign fans are vital to the success of this team so if you’re on holiday get on the bus and get to Arrecife central bus station. Couldn’t be easier, buses go back and forth from Costa Teguise and Puerto Del Carmen to Arrecife every 30 minutes on Sundays and the ground is only 100 metres away. The bus is just 1.70€ one

way and the gate fee is €5 adults and €3 Euros for pensioners with all children 15 and under admitted free. If you live here grab a season ticket. Adults are 50€, Pensioners 25€ and children 15 and under are free. If you see all 19 home games it works out at 2.60€ each one. Pensioners half that. If you miss a game you can lend your season ticket to a friend. Season tickets are available from me (Ian) at PDC market on Fridays or Teguise on Sundays from 10am -2pm.

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Sergio Araujo celebrates his promotion-clinching goal It´s second-time lucky for Las Palmas, who missed out on promotion last season following an extraordinary play-off game which saw the referee suspend the match against Cordoba after a premature pitch invasion by celebrating Las Palmas fans. When the match restarted, Cordoba scored an equaliser and won on away goals, sparking scuffles and fights on the pitch. Manager Paco Herrera, who spent two years as Rafa Benitez´s assistant at Liverpool, knows the scale of the challenge ahead, and survival will be Las Palmas´ priority. Holding on to key players such as Argentinian striker Sergio Araujo will be key. For fans, the prospect of receiving the most successful clubs in Europe will be enough. Most of the big guns will be arriving to play at the Estadio Gran Canaria next year, with Barcelona due on 21st February and Real Madrid on 13th March. If you fancy a trip to Las Palmas to see top-flight Spanish football, you´re advised to book tickets early. The Canaries have been waiting a long time for this…

UD Las Palmas’ victory in last season’s play-offs means that top flight football will return to the Canaries for the first time time in six years.

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as Palmas is, historically, the most successful team in the Canaries, a regular fixture in Spain´s top flight from the 1950s to the 1980s, when they achieved runners-up places in both the league and the Copa Del Rey.

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In the 90s it was rivals CD Tenerife who took over in the top flight, and this century has seen both sides decline to become respectable contenders in the 2nd and 3rd divisions. However, Las Palmas’ victory on 21st June, beating Zaragoza on away goals, has promoted the “Canaries” to La Liga.

See Ian Lane´s preview of UD Lanzarote´s new season on page 114.

Pio, pio! “Pio, pio!” means “tweet tweet” and is the chant that Las Palmas fans will take with them to the Nou Camp, the Bernabeu and other La Liga stadiums this season. It refers to the team’s nickname “the Canaries”, which is also reflected in their yellow strip and the team mascot – a gigantic Canary.


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t just 37 miles in length and 16 in width, Lanzarote is a small island, and the main roads on the island make perfect sense, with the LZ1 and LZ 2 roads connecting Orzola in the north with Playa Blanca in the south.

For this reason the in-car GPS systems that now come with many cars are barely used on the island. They are provided on request with certain hire cars but even then, most choose not to use them. Another item you won´t find in any local cars is a road atlas – there´s little point in carrying a large book that you´re only likely to use one page of. But if you´re planning on exploring the island, or looking for a particularly out-of-the-way address, then some help is necessary, and an old fashioned map is a good choice. Ros and David Brawn´s Lanzarote Tour and Trail map is relatively up to date and comes printed on durable material that can handle any amount of folding. It´s probably the best option for English-language speakers on the island, and fits handily into the glove compartment.

Finding your way around towns and villages is another matter, and in many cases it´s simply a matter of trial and error, given the one-way systems that operate in many of the centres. The best advice is to keep your eye on the road signs and markings – and even if you get lost, the size of most urban areas means you´ll soon find your way out again. The smartphone revolution offers another

option – Google maps can be accessed rapidly and easily in most areas of the island, and offers a navigation option that is worth getting to know if you´re planning to be off the beaten track. But the best advice is simply to sit down and take a few minutes to plan your journey before you set out. Lanzarote´s not big and you don´t have to be too clever to find your way round.

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Italian icon If you thought the most iconic cars in The French Connection were the Minis, you weren´t

watching closely enough. On the crowded streets of Turin in 1969, one car dominates – the Fiat 500 – the small, affordable car that put millions of people behind the wheel and changed Mediterranean driving forever.

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ike the Mini and the VW Beetle, the retro appeal of the 500 remains strong, and when Fiat first released the modern 500 in 2007 it perfectly captured the essence of the original, with cute styling, tiny city car dimensions and fun to rev engines. Since then it’s been a great seller for the Italian brand, and continues to sell well today, with its fashionable image and low running costs attracting plenty of buyers. Eight years on from its launch in 2007, Fiat treat-

ed the 500 to a facelift in mid-2015. The updated 500 goes on sale in September 2015 with no price rises over the outgoing version and initially there’s a threestrong range. There’s still the same choice of engines, though they are now all Euro 6 emissions compliant. So there’s a 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol, the peppy 0.9-litre Twinair, which is available with 85 or 105bhp, or a 95bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet unit. There are few cars that are so chic as the 500. And more 1.5 million customers can’t be wrong, either.

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The Fiat 500 is a modern-day reboot of the original 500, which was launched in 1957 and captured the hearts and minds of the public. The current version is much bigger than the original, but it’s clearly a Fiat 500 with its charming curvy lines, up-right stance and cute circular headlamps. The 500’s dashboard is also painted the same colour as the exterior – a nice carry over from the original.

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ON THE ROAD The Fiat 500 is very simple to drive, but that doesn’t mean it’s not engaging. It’s zippy in town and the engine that brings its fun personality to the fore is the two-cylinder turbo 875cc TwinAir unit, rumbling away under the bonnet with a characterful thrum when you rev it. The steering is light across the Fiat 500 range, while the handling is nimble and fun. In its natural urban environment the 500 is great, especially with that punchy TwinAir engine that develops enough power to carve in and out of busy traffic.

RUNNING COSTS Given its tiny dimensions, it should come as no surprise that the Fiat 500 is easy on the wallet in terms of fuel economy and insurance groupings. Every model in the Fiat 500 range is cheap to run, with the most economical versions being the 85bhp 0.9cc petrol TwinAir and the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel.

No flip-flops

Spain´s traffic authorities have confirmed that fines for driving in flip-flops are justified. Traffic experts ‘recommend’ not wearing flip-flops to drive because they do not protect the foot, can become wedged into the pedals or slip off, leading to a split-second’s lack of control which could cause an accident.

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Extreme heat can cause similar effects to driving drunk, according to the European Automobile Commission.

Although is not specifically mentioned in Spain´s traffic regulations, if a police officer considers that the driver’s footwear is ‘not suitable for controlling the car’ adequately and ‘could’ pose a danger, a fine of up to €200 can be issued. Motorists cannot be fined ‘for driving in flip-flops’, but they can be fined for ‘footwear not conducive to proper control of the vehicle’.

The EAC recommends that the ideal temperature for driving is between 19 and 24 degrees Celsius, and recommends that drivers stay hydrated and keep comfortable and cool. It also pointed out that many drivers are unaware of the fact that braking distances can triple in extreme heat. The advice is welcome on Lanzarote, where driving in heat is normal. Nevertheless, few drivers on the island will ever undertake the long drives on which the effects of overheating usually occur.

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Guilty drivers

40 % of Spaniards admit to having committed at least one kind of offence at the wheel. A survey by Wazypark revealed that 70% admitted to not always obeying the legal speed limit (which implies that 30% do not regard this as an offence) and 33% say they have used mobile phones while at the wheel. 3% of Spaniards own up to having taken selfies while driving. Among other offences admitted to are failing to stop at a “stop” sign, which is the case in 32% of drivers, turning in places where they shouldn’t (26%), driving while over the alcohol limit (7%) and driving while under the influence of drugs (0.6%).

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Classifieds To Let costa teguise

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607 528 977 L-R.N (03.15)

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Wanted TOOLS WORKING OR NOT

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we buy anything

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689 693 728 B-06.15

Miscellaneous

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Home & Garden

For more info call:

+44 7941829392

Tel Alan:

CATS

puerto del carmen

Bungalow opposite San Antonio Hotel with seaview 72 sqm, 2 bedrooms, full kitchen, car driveway, community pools, community garden.

large van and driver

Collections and Deliveries Also large storage available

L-V.A. (06.15)

639 242 370

PREMISES

PUERTO DEL CARMEN

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Pets

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Telephone Numbers

September 2015 Monthly Tide Tip: Full moon on the 28th will see some of the highest and lowest tides of the year.

Tide Tables for Arrecife, Lanzarote. Units are in metres. (Times may vary by a few minutes around the island)

Day

Hour Metres

1

H: 03:32 L: 09:41 H: 15:51 L: 22:08

3.0 0.1 3.1 0.1

2

H: 04:16 L: 10:26 H: 16:37 L: 22:53

2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3

3

H: 05:02 L: 11:15 H: 17:26 L: 23:43

2.7 0.5 2.7 0.6

4

H: 05:54 L: 12:10 H: 18:23

Last Quarter L: 00:40 H: 06:56 L: 13:18 H: 19:34 Moon

Day

Hour Metres

17

H: 03:56 L: 10:05 H: 16:12 L: 22:22

2.6 0.6 2.6 0.7

18

H: 04:28 L: 10:40 H: 16:47 L: 22:58

2.5 0.8 2.4 0.8

19

H: 05:06 L: 11:20 H: 17:29 L: 23:40

2.4 0.9 2.3 1.0

2.5 0.7 2.4

20

H: 05:52 L: 12:12 H: 18:24

0.8 2.3 0.9 2.2

First Quarter

21 Moon

L: 00:38 H: 06:56 L: 13:24 H: 19:41

1.1 2.1 1.1 2.0

6

L: 01:52 H: 08:13 L: 14:43 H: 21:02

1.1 2.2 1.1 2.0

22

L: 01:58 H: 08:21 L: 14:54 H: 21:13

1.2 2.1 1.1 2.0

7

L: 03:18 H: 09:39 L: 16:11 H: 22:27

1.1 2.2 1.0 2.1

23

L: 03:27 H: 09:46 L: 16:15 H: 22:30

1.1 2.2 1.0 2.2

8

L: 04:36 H: 10:52 L: 17:19 H: 23:30

1.1 2.3 0.9 2.2

24

L: 04:40 H: 10:54 L: 17:17 H: 23:28

0.9 2.5 0.7 2.5

L: 05:36 H: 11:47 L: 18:09

1.0 2.4 0.8

25

L: 05:37 H: 11:48 L: 18:08

0.7 2.7 0.5

10

H: 00:16 L: 06:21 H: 12:30 L: 18:49

2.3 0.8 2.6 0.6

26

H: 00:17 L: 06:26 H: 12:36 L: 18:54

2.7 0.4 3.0 0.2

11

H: 00:54 L: 06:58 H: 13:06 L: 19:23

2.5 0.7 2.7 0.5

27

H: 01:02 L: 07:11 H: 13:21 L: 19:37

12

H: 01:27 L: 07:31 H: 13:39 L: 19:54

2.6 0.6 2.8 0.5

Full Moon

H: 01:45 L: 07:54 H: 14:04 L: 20:19

13

H: 01:57 L: 08:02 H: 14:10 L: 20:23

2.7 0.5 2.8 0.4

14

H: 02:27 L: 08:32 H: 14:40 L: 20:52

2.7 0.5 2.8 0.4

15

H: 02:56 L: 09:02 H: 15:10 L: 21:21

2.7 0.5 2.8 0.5

16

H: 03:25 L: 09:33 H: 15:40 L: 21:51

2.7 0.5 2.7 0.6

5

9

New Moon

28 29

H: 02:27 L: 08:37 H: 14:47 L: 21:01

30

H: 03:09 L: 09:21 H: 15:30 L: 21:44

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2.2 1.0 2.1

2.9 0.2 3.2 0.1

3.1 0.1 3.3 0.0 3.2 0.1 3.2 0.0

3.1 0.1 3.1 0.2

AIRPORT Iberia General Info.................... 901 111500 Aena General Info..................... 928 846000 Flight Information..................... 928 846001 First Choice.............................. 928 516930 AYUNTAMIENTOS Arrecife..................................... 928 812750 Haria......................................... 928 835251 San Bartolome.......................... 928 520657 Teguise..................................... 928 845001 Tias........................................... 928 833619 Tinajo........................................ 928 840021 Yaiza......................................... 928 836220 BRITISH SCHOOLS British School of Lanzarote...... 928 810085 Colegio Europeo Daos............. 928 515818 Colegio Hispano Británico........ 928 173066 Colegio Arenas......................... 928 590835 Queen’s School (Playa Blanca) ................................................. 928 518899 CHEMIST Puerto del Carmen (Aquarium) ................................................. 928 513207 Puerto del Carmen (Fariones)... 928 515588 Playa Blanca............................. 928 518942 Costa Teguise (CC Jablillo)....... 928 826628 Costa Teguise (Av Islas Canarias).................... 928 590423 CHURCHES Anglican Chaplain ................................................. 928 514241 Family Church Pastor Chris Herman .. ................................................. 618 186755 Christian Worship Centre, Playa Blanca, Pastor Victor Hardwick........................ 620 309684 Sunday Worship Rev Adrian Hallet ................................................. 928 346465 Norwegian Church Abroad....... 928 515656 Pastor Knut Kaldestad............. 616 407693 CONSULATES Britain....................................... 928 262508 Ireland....................................... 922 245671 Germany................................... 928 491880

MEDICAL SERVICES British Surgery Lanzarote......... 928 514274 OR FREEPHONE...................... 900 811555 Hospital Arrecife....................... 928 595000 Alcoholics Anonymous............. 638 484113 Dr. Mager Clinic........................ 928 512611 Hospiten Lanzarote.................. 928 596100 POLICE Arrecife..................................... 928 811317 Haría......................................... 928 835252 San Bartolome.......................... 928 520712 Teguise..................................... 928 845252 Tias........................................... 928 834101 Yaiza......................................... 928 830107 POST OFFICES Costa Teguise............................928 827268 Playa Blanca............................. 928 518389 Puerto del Carmen................... 928 510381 SPORT ORGANIZATIONS Club La Santa Events Office.... 928 599999 TAXI RANKS Airport....................................... 928 520176 Arrecife..................................... 928 800806 Haría......................................... 620 315350 Teguise/Costa Teguise............. 928 806233 Puerto del Carmen/Tías........... 928 524220 San Bartolomé.......................... 928 520176 Tinajo........................................ 928 840049 Yaiza/Playa Blanca................... 928 524222 TELEPHONE (MOVISTAR) Faults................................................... 1002 Directory Enquiries........................... 11811 International Directories.................... 11825 THE GAZETTE Telephone................................. 928 511515 Fax............................................ 928 512461 TOURIST INFORMATION Arrecife..................................... 928 813174 Costa Teguise........................... 928 592542 Puerto del Carmen................... 928 513351 Playa Blanca............................. 928 518150

CREDIT CARDS - LOST OR STOLEN? 4B............................................. 902 114400 AMEX........................................ 902 375637 Visa International...................... 900 991124

TRANSPORT ITV Station (MOT)..................... 928 582555 Intercity Bus............................. 928 811522

EMERGENCY SERVICES Police, Fire, Ambulances.......................112 Spanish Emergency Services................061 Red Cross (Ambulance)............ 928 812222 Lanzarote Cabildo.................... 928 810100

UTILITIES Unelco (Electricity).................... 800 760909 Unelco Emergencies................ 900 855885 Canal Gestión (Water)............... 928 814400 Iberdrola................................... 900 225235

FERRIES Naviera Armas.......................... 902 220225 Fred Olsen................................ 928 517266 Líneas Romero......................... 928 842055

VETS Jane Burke............................... 928 513895 .............................................or 649 910784 Pet Veterinary Surgery.............. 928 346207


September 2015

By Clairvoyant

Patrick Keaton

Aries

Leo

21 March to 19 April

23 August to 22 September

It’s time to stop feeling sorry for yourself. Things are nowhere near as bad as they may seem. A good friend will help you get things off your chest at this time, but take care not to reveal too much. Watch your budget on a shopping excursion this month.

You seem to be trying to make everybody else happy while putting your own interests on hold, so pamper yourself a little. Romance may be in a bad place right now -use your sensitivity, charm and your inner courage to change your situation.

Taurus 20 April to 20 May Don’t let your stubborn side get the upper hand. It’s time for common sense to prevail. Take a long lunch or even the rest of the day off if it means keeping your temper in check. Dress smartly and it will be noticed. A social event at the end of the month helps lighten your mood.

Gemini 21 May to 20 June Keep moving, Gemini. This month will wear you down without regular exercise in the open air. Friends and colleagues call on you with all sorts of requests – be prepared. A younger friend comes to you for career advice. Share the benefits of your experience.

Cancer 21 June to 22 July Take a chance on a blind date or a social event you might usually turn down. Don’t jump the gun and rush to judgment; there’s more happening than meets the eye. Tolerance will be required with a female friend - listen carefully before you offer advice.

Virgo 23 August to 22 September Things could seem out of control at home and you might have to put your own needs on the back burner for a while. Prepare for an athletic event this month and don’t neglect sleep. Watch your diet and stay away from junk food and caffeine. The effects will speak for themselves.

Scorpio 23 October to 21 November Don’t jump into a relationship without thinking. Passion combined with stubbornness can lead to poor romantic decisions. Get in touch with a distant family member this month. It may take patience and trust to rebuild broken bonds, but it’s worth your while.

Sagittarius

Libra

23 September to 22 October Take a day off from work this month and visit a favourite haunt. Good news comes over the phone. Romance could be tricky this month, so search deeper than words for the truth. Honesty is power. Your financial situation calls for a reality check, but it’s not too late to sort things out.

22 November to 21 December An old friend invites you to a big celebration this month. Be sure to bring a date. Maybe that someone who’s been catching your eye at work? Go for it. Dress to kill. Take time to catch up on social media and phone calls, and writing a letter will pay off.

Capricorn 22 December to 19 January It’s time to let those closest to you know just how much you appreciate them. Splash out on some thoughtful gifts or better yet, make your own. Relaxation is

important at home. If you’re planning a special event, remember not to bite off more than you can chew.

Aquarius

belongings that just eat up space.

Pisces 19 February to 20 March

20 January to 18 February Protect your sanity this month. A heavy schedule requires that you plan your time carefully. Plenty of sleep and some old-fashioned loving will help keep you smiling and keep your patience running. It’s time to get rid of

This is a roller coaster month with many ups and downs. Don’t let a bad mood ruin a good time, and pay close attention to a loved one’s needs. A chance meeting will put a smile on your face. Leave a weekend open for impulsive plans, but also try to spend more quality time with family.

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Lanzarote People

M

EDINA

Florenze

24-year old Florenze Medina is typical of a generation of outwardlooking young people from Lanzarote, whose natural ability to adapt to different languages and cultures is a preparation for success.

Florenze with her father Dr. Miguel Medina and sister Donatella at her graduation

n Were you born on

Lanzarote, Florenze? Yes, in Arrecife Hospital. I was brought up here and went to school at the Arenas International School in Costa Teguise.

n Your name isn’t a usual one! No. My mother´s English and my father’s Argentinian, but they met in Italy and I´m named after the city of Florence, which is Firenze in Italian.

n Do you feel particularly at-

on the island close by. But now I´ve realised that having family dotted around offers all sorts of opportunities that I wouldn´t have had otherwise. And it means the family reunions are always fun.

n Where did you study at university? After A levels I chose to study medicine in Bilbao, northern Spain. It´s a wonderful city with great food, although the weather could be better!

tached to any nationality, or do you regard yourself as Canarian?

n Was medicine something you always wanted to do?

I like being from the Canaries, but I also feel I’m a citizen of the world because I´ve got family in Scotland, England, Greece, and Argentina so this is just one of many places I like.

It’s something I always knew about - my dad’s a doctor too. I was always interested in the human body and how to care for it. It arose from that, really.

n Are there disadvantages to

having such a cosmopolitan background?

When I was smaller I sometimes wished I was like the local children who have all their family here

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n What do you like about

returning to Lanzarote?

The weather, of course, and getting out and about with my friends. It’s always great to return here.

n Do you have any hobbies? I do yoga and this summer I´ve done a lot of hiking around the island, as well as some scuba diving. I´ve also got interested in baking recently. Cooking´s important to me because I´ve been a vegetarian for seven years.

n Is it hard to be a veggie in Spain? I think it´s getting better. In Bilbao a sandwich vegetal contains ham, and they think it’s vegetarian, but a big city will always have places that offer vegetarian food. Lanzarote is also pretty good.

n What’s your favourite place on Lanzarote? I like camping on La Graciosa, a special place here for me would be El Golfo.

n Do you think you’ll stay

on Lanzarote?

I’ll be applying to do the next phase of my career on the island, but I don´t mind if I go somewhere else. I´m aware that living on Lanzarote is not the same as coming here on holiday, but I do love coming back. Every time I return something has changed for the better.


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