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POLICE are in pursuit of seasoned expat fraudster Paula Neale who has fled to France following an Olive Press probe. Detectives contacted us following a tip off that the mother-of-two was staying in a hotel in Catalunya and preparing to cross the border this week. She had been staying at Hotel Figueres, near Girona, and asked to pay for the room using her ‘husband’s’ credit card. It comes after four years of investigation by the Olive Press has uncovered more than 30 victims of her rental scams undertaken in various false names.

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Neale, 43, took rental deposits for properties she didn’t own and allegedly ransacked properties she had rented before selling the stolen goods online. However, despite four stories and at least eight denuncias ON THE RUN: Paula and (above) Spain-France border and her hotel against her, she has yet to be picked up by police. They’re singling He refused to leave his hohire car. me out! This is looking increasingly NEWS tel room or open the door to They claimed she had a long unlikely after a receptionist at Freeze on her, setting off alarm bells for chequered track record of plastic the hotel confirmed that Paula Neale, who packed up and left scams and problems, and had had checked out on Tuesday after repeatedly trying to raise a third son, who was taken morning. him. into care. She had been planning to Neale’s speedy departure The friend described her as an cross into France with her two came as the Olive Press was ‘unfit mother who long dischildren, Nina, 12, and Oscar, handing over details of variplayed erratic behaviour’. 14 and live in Bordeaux. ous denuncias and victims to On one occasion she even preBalcon wins big Staff at the hotel saidAllthe room aboard! the Guardia Civil in Malaga. tended to be her daughter to PROBE: Previous story in was left in a ‘complete mess’ A detective confirmed they try and strike up a connection after she left in a hurry, with the Olive Press were ‘in a race against time’ with her long-lost son. police arriving within an hour. to get an arrest warrant with Her plan to escape to LIBERTY France HOME Catalan police. ducer’. was rumbled by her own pal, One of her victims, Sara BelBut after meeting her at the RRP 3,000€ actor Anthony Webster, who mont, says Interpol has been hotel and agreeing to drive ratted on Neale when he found notified but because the her to Bordeaux, he said he out her real identity. crimes were committed in felt ‘something wasn’t right’ Webster told the Olive Press you when she claimed her mother have Spain, she must be charged this week that he had recently got that had suddenly died and that she there. befriended Neale online. rty Libe Family and friends back in needed to leave immediately. He said she had promised to feeLing? He researched her online and the UK meanwhile, confirmed OUR PRICE help his acting career and Seguros makes Liberty that that she had made it across stumbled upon our catalogue insurance a better she knew people in the film € experience. the border on Tuesday in a of stories. industry, claiming to be ‘a pro10

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Wasn’t me THE alleged lynchpin in Spain’s biggest ever political fraud claims he made SIX previous confessions up. Former Junta employment boss Francisco Guerrero insists he did not personally gain from the ERE scandal, that saw up to a billion euros embezzled over a decade. He claims he only gave details of the so-called ‘reptile fund’ that he allegedly oversaw, after police put considerable pressure on him. Guerrero is facing eight years in prison for embezzling €65 million of money from the €647 million emergency public fund that he managed between 1999 and 2008.

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The money had been set aside to support struggling Andalucian businesses. Instead, Guerrero allegedly awarded fake grants to companies registered in the names of more than 100 of his family members, friends and fellow PSOE politicians. His driver, Juan Francisco Trujillo - nicknamed the ‘co-

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only resident facing court action. "It is completely discriminatory, I cannot help but think that it is not a coincidence that I have been chosen when I am the only foreigner living here," she told the Olive Press. Balson believed she had received planning permission when she contracted a Spanish architect Mario Jones in 2005. Now however, she feels that he did not do his job properly despite being paid €2,500 to take over the project and sort out the building licence. Jones, however, said he feels 'no guilt or responsibility and that Balson is to blame for the situation. He said: "I told her from the beginning that she wasn't allowed to build. Most people get away with it but she hasn't. "She is definitely being unfairly treated and I am not sure why. I hope that the town hall is not targeting her because she is foreign. "Maybe that sort of thing happened in the old days, but

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A SEASONED British fraudster has struck again. Paula Neale - exposed in the Olive Press four times in two years - has brought her dirty tricks to the Costa del Sol again. The rentals conwoman has snared a series of unsuspecting foreigners through her well oiled ruse of sub-letting properties. A number of victims have lost thousands in lost deposits, after she took over a two-bedroom apartment in Mijas. Using the alias ‘Sharon Tate’ she rented the Riviera apartment for three months, before

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A WANTED property fraudster has been tracked down to a luxury home in Benahavis, after an exclusive Olive Press investigation this month. According to neighbours in upmarket La Heredia urbanisation, Rebecca Wells, 37, has fled owing money to several businesses. Keen horserider Wells - who spent eight years posing as an estate agent - is now being sought by police, as reported in the Olive Press last issue, after four denuncias were posted against her. “She owes money to the butcher, restaurant and the baker, as well as for repairs to her car,” said one neighbour. An expat couple living opposite Wells’ house in the urbanisation reported that they saw her packing all the family’s possessions into a rental car on October 1 the day our expose came out. When the Olive Press visited a few days later, the house had clearly been abandoned and the family car - a black Chrysler - was apparently dumped outside. Meanwhile another

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former neighbour Frank Comyn, president of the Palmeras del Golf urbanisation in Benalmadena Costa, has

reported concern for her four children. Comyn, who lived opposite her for two years said: “The

kids barely went to school and rarely even came out to play. “She never mixed with the local community here and one day she was gone leaving an unpaid electricity bill.” The Olive Press has still been unable to contact Wells, over her defrauding of expats who paid rent on properties she did not own. Wells, aka Prior, allegedly took a series of deposits for homes which she did not own. If you have any information about Rebecca Wells, please contact newsdesk@theolivepress.es

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Christmas & NEw YEar the locks she has preto change Paying €1,700 from November vented anyone else moving in. to February, Paula said she was However, in just the short her child and Taken with for moving in a ride amount of time she was over black cat. this month, two disappointed However, after reading our ex- couples arrived to stay. pose on Neale in early Decem- “One couple from Russia had to started quickly Belmont ber, paid a two month deposit of investigate and found her prop- €1,400 for a year’s rental. They erty being advertised to rent were gutted,” Belmont told the and (right) 2016 story ALL CHANGE: Passport names a variety of Facebook the authorities in Gibraltar, through Olive Press. the owner, mother-of-three, where she believes Paula keeps groups. “Then a few hours later an EngSara Belmont, rumbled the her money. One had been shared an incred- lish couple turned up, also with 4,000 times. scam. She told the Olive Press how she ible a year’s lease and having paid The 41-year-old owner, a fire- was contacted by Neale through Fortunately she was able to a deposit.” It is unknown how fighter from London, has now an online rental website. move fast and after coming over many people in total fell for the brought in police and contacted scam, but her property was in a terrible state with a stereo and a toolkit also stolen. It took three days to clean. “It has got to stop,” added Belmont. “When and IT has the best caves in Andalucia is this going to end?” So far she Malaga provsome of the best beaches in has been unable to track down ince. Neale, but has put up reward it is someKnown as ‘Balcon de Europa’ chosen as notices in various vets around what fitting that Nerja has been this year. Calahonda. In 2017, the Olive one of the must visit destinations Press twice exposed Neale’s listed the reTravel site Tripadvisor has antics. But it has also emerged worldwide sort among its top 10 emerging that we exposed her using the destinations. name ‘Sharon Tate’ in 2016 in Spain to be It is the only destination in inland Malaga. A new UK numRiga, in tipped, with Gdansk, in Poland, ber Paula had been using did Latvia and Rovinj, in Croatia. not answer our calls. UP UP AND AWAY

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VICTIMS are erty fraudster hunting an alleged propCosta del Sol who has vanished from the owing tens of EXCLUSIVE euros. thousands of days as a holiday By Imogen Calderwood The Guardia rental, but she me around it Civil confirmed showed is investigating an 11-month and convinced me to sign horse-owninglast night it posits to rent contract. becca Wells after expat Re- claim properties that receiving four Page 11 she has no “I want her caught and cias against her. denun- One to. punished,” he clared. victim, British deBriton Wells, expat Raymond Wells, a mother-of-two 37, also known accused of duping Paul, as Prior, is told the Olive Press: “I Iost from Wolverposit on people into paying a €1,000 de- hampton, appears to have repeated same trick at de- “She hadrenting a home she didn’t the different properties own. actually only the region over rented it for around the last eight four A Facebook campaign has years. now been launched by ing to gather the group, aimas possible. as many victims In the case of Yorkshire, he Paul, 60, from put down €500 as a deposit and €500 for the first month’s rent at the property in La Cala de Mijas in August. But after just three days Wells asked Paul and clear out ‘so an his wife to urgent energy certificate matter could be dealt with’. AN embattled “We were left animal rescue two days, and in the dark for centre owner has upon returning the place admitted discovered is ‘out of control’. staying there,another couple Kim Halliwell (above) has our possessionswith many of now agreed to allow an initial still inside,” 15 dogs and he said. many cats to leave her Mijas kennels, “We still haven’t following get some things managed to an Olive Press investigation. back, we are It comes after absolutely furious police also infiled a denuncia.” and have spected the site, various denuncias following When Paul set from formeeting with up an urgent mer staff. cuss what had Wells to dis- After we told of the BLAZE: F1 legend failed to show. happened, she conditions’ at Kim’s ‘terrible Gachot (inset) Animal Rescue, friends However another loses yacht and supportin fire couple in ers rallied around their early 20s with the also turned aim of cutting up telling him the similar amountthey had lost a animals by half. number of of money. The Olive Press “Lots of her attended victims are in worse situation a emergency meeting, spoke an with who knows howthan us, and various other centres are still to come many more found new volunteers. and has out of the We have now woodwork,” he appeal to find launched an Another victim added. homes for the is Stuart Hall, who lost out animals. 44, and his

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THE Campo de Gibraltar is becoming the ‘Colombia of Spain’, Spanish police have warned. According to Spain’s United Police Union (SUP), young people in areas like La Linea are idolising Pablo Escobar and becoming increasingly involved in the drug trade. The SUP added that the area was in danger of becoming like Galicia in the 1980s, when it was overrun by gangsters and drug lords and was used as an entry point to Europe for Colombian cocaine. It comes after 20 masked men successfully stormed a hospital in La Linea to rescue their drug boss from police custody last week. And just a few days ago, a police car was purposefully smashed into by a ‘hitman’ who was hired to intercept a highspeed drug chase in what was described as ‘like a scene from Narcos’ (see top right)- the hit Netflix series chronicling the

OVERRUN: La Linea is ‘becoming a lawless’ city and (top right) Pablo Escobar career of Pablo Escobar. A spokesman for the union said: “We need specialised personnel in citizen security capable of dealing effectively with these dangerous situations. “There’s clearly a lack of security in La Linea and it’s down to the fact that we don’t have sufficient personnel to tackle drug traffickers. “The increasingly high profile drug trafficking that we have

in this area lies at the root of the problem. “We are seeing an average of 10 launches come in daily loaded with 1,000 or 2,000 kilos of drugs. “All we are asking is for the government to make available the necessary resources to face up to this scourge which is invading us more and more.” “This is a city in the hands of delinquents and we can’t allow that. “It’s becoming like a small Colombian Andalucia.”

Local schoolboy ‘gangraped by classmates’ POLICE in Spain are investigating the alleged gang rape of a nine-year-old boy by a group of older students at a school in Andalucia. Four students, aged between 12 and 14, are al-

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TWO Spanish policemen have been injured after their car was purposefully smashed into to intercept a high-speed chase. The Guardia Civil agents were chasing a car allegedly filled with drugs in La Linea de la Concepcion when a ‘hitman’ rammed into their car. The police body said it was ‘like a scene from Narcos’, the hit Netflix series chronicling the life of notorious drug baron Pablo Escobar. “A car driven by a hitman drove head on into the police car,” it added. The suspected vehicle was

Historic haul A HUGE 3.5 tonne cocaine haul discovered on the Costa del Sol could easily exceed €120 million in value, Spanish cops have said. The mammoth haul was found hidden in salt in a home and a warehouse in Estepona. The stash is believed to be linked to the network of huge alleged drug boss Sito Miñanco, who was arrested in Algeciras last week. The find is the biggest ever in Malaga and one of the biggest ever on Spanish soil.

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Tennis mum SHAKIRA’S sons could be the next Nadal and Federer. It comes after the Colombian songstress, who turned 40 this month, showcased her soon-to-be tennis stars in a video posted on social media. Milan, 5 and Sasha, 3, show off their impressive racket skills under the watchful eye of their foot-

ball star dad Gerard Pique. “Muy bien, Sasha! Muy bien, Milan!” Shakira, 41, compliments in the background. It comes after the singer made Grammy history when she became the first female artist to win twice in the Best Latin Pop Album category for her album El Dorado. Shakira will kick off her anticipated El Dorado world tour this summer.

Wyclef magic WYCLEF Jean, of Fugees fame, is the the latest name to be confirmed for this year’s Weekend Beach music festival. The festival takes place in Torre del Mar from July 4 to 7.

Mistress Morgan BETH Morgan appeared to be refusing to let her alleged dismissal from Coronation Street get to her as she relaxed by the pool in Spain. The 22-year-old actress, who played a lapdancer on Corrie, is rumoured to be joining soap Hollyoaks instead.

Liverpool FC’s famous stars set to land in Marbella after Porto clash

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FOOTIE fans need to keep their eyes peeled for five-times Champions League winners Liverpool who are jetting into Malaga for some winter sun. Reds’ players, including Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, will spend four days in Marbella following their last-16 clash against Porto this week. England star Jordan Henderson and record new signing Virgil van Dijk will also be in tow.

Manager Jurgen Klopp hopes that the warm weather will boost his players fortunes for the remainder of the season. It is rumoured Klopp could lead several training sessions at Marbella Football Centre while the players are expected to unwind at restaurants including La Sala. Liverpool currently lie third in a competitive Premier League season, one of their best positions for years.

It comes despite selling their Brazilian midfielder Coutinho to Barcelona for €118 million. Marbella has long been a footballer’s favourite and the Liverpool players must be hoping they don’t bump into former teammate Raheem Sterling. The Manchester City winger recently bought a luxurious property by the beach between Puerto Banus and San Pedro de Alcantara for a cool €5 million.

Kylie’s coming KYLIE Minogue will be performing in Spain as part of her European tour, it has been announced. The pint-size singer is to play the Bikini Club in Barcelona on March 16. The tour precedes the release of her new album Golden. "I just can’t wait to bring these new songs to life and throw in a few surprises for my fans,” she said.

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You fatties! ANDALUCIA has been labelled the fattest region in Spain in a new study on obesity. The study revealed more than 47% of Spaniards aged 18 to 64 are overweight or obese, while one fifth of boys aged 15 to 16 weigh above the average. The number of girls who are overweight has doubled since 1996. Andalucia, Asturias and Galicia, have the highest obesity levels, while the Balearic Islands, Catalunya and the Basque Country are among the lowest. Some 16% of adults in Andaluica are obese and a worrying 23% of children. “All people have an individual responsibility, but in our society the ability to choose a healthy diet at an affordable price is complicated,” said nutritionist Miguel Angel Royo. Poor exercise and diets too heavy in meat and lacking in fruit and vegetables were cited as fueling the obesity problem.

A BRITISH grandmother was forced to fork out hundreds of euros on another flight after her hand luggage was deemed ‘too deep’ by Ryanair. The ruling came despite the SAME bag being allowed onboard for her flight out of Malaga. Expat Pamela Lipmann, from Lanjaron, was flying from Bournemouth to Malaga after visiting her family in the UK when she was told her hand luggage was too big. The Granada-based artist was told she would have to pay an additional 50 pounds (60 euros) to carry it onboard. The 57-year-old, who had no credit cards and was only carrying five pounds in cash, burst into tears fearing she might miss her flight and not make it home to Granada for Christmas.

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Baggage bullies STUNG:Pamela Lipmann “I was pulled aside in front of hundreds of other passengers,” the mother-of-two told the Olive Press, “It was very humiliating.” But that is when her ordeal got considerably worse. “I was immediately told by a security guard to stop crying. But I just couldn’t help it, I just couldn’t believe what was hap-

pening.” This came despite a fellow passenger offering to pay for the bag, but Swissport, the company in charge of inspecting baggage, refused. An airport employee then told her if she didn’t stop crying she ‘would not be flying’ that day. And true to her word, after the other passengers had boarded, the grandmother was frogmarched back through security and customs. One female Swissport operative allegedly told security staff to ‘drag’ Lipmann if she didn’t cooperate. The same woman told her that she would never fly though Bournemouth Airport again as she was a ‘danger to the other passengers’. “I was treated like a common convicted criminal, not an air-

line passenger.” Fortunately for Lipmann staff at the airport clubbed together to get her enough money to get a train back to a friend’s house nearby. She was forced to book a £300 flight back to Spain the next day. A Swissport spokesman told the Olive Press it did not comment on individual passengers, but emphasised that staff operate under strict rules put in place by all airlines over dimensions of cabin baggage. An airline expert explained that the ground staff were within their rights to stop her boarding and were following standard airline procedures. “They could not know whether someone in an emotional state could have a tantrum in-flight,” he explained.

Easter strikes en route for Ryanair RYANAIR has warned there may be strikes this Easter thanks to ‘laughable demands’ from its pilots. Its boss Michael O’Leary said the airline was prepared to fight the unreasonable demands of the European-based pilots who want conditions similar to high-cost rivals.

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While the low-cost airline managed to dodge Christmas strikes by recognising unions for the first time ever, it has struggled to formalise relations since. “We are getting laughable demands,” he said, adding: “Frankly we will never agree to those … if we have to take strikes in those

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jurisdictions, then we will take those.” But pilots insisted they only wanted the same conditions to those at low-cost rivals such as easyJet and Norwegian Air. Sources claimed pilots were not happy with a toxic working environment and a lack of trust between staff and management.

Voting rights come nearer A NEW law will allow all expats to finally vote in UK elections. The Overseas Electors Bill, due for a second reading in the House of Commons on February 23, will give expats the right to vote no matter how long they have lived abroad. If successful it will then go to the committee stage before being voted on and becoming law. Currently anyone who has lived abroad for more than 15 years is disenfranchised from voting. Expats in Spain can only vote in local elections at present. It is not certain however, if expats would be allowed to vote if there was a second referendum on Brexit. “There is no one rule for who can vote in a referendum,” a spokesman for the UK Foreign Office told the Olive Press: “When a referendum is announced, Parliament will decide who can vote in it as part of the legislation on that referendum.” Of the estimated 1.2m expats living in Europe, around 800,000 were unable to vote in the last referendum, in which the leave vote won by just over a million votes.

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OPINION Corruption chaos IT may come as a shock to many that Spain is considered as corrupt as both Brunei and Costa Rica. However, for those that have long followed Spanish politics, corruption cases have never been far away from the headlines. In order to stamp out the corruption which continues to blight Andalucia, it relies on everyday people to resist the temptation of financial gain and be prepared to be bravely blow the whistle when they know about it.

Escaping justice IT was perhaps only a matter of time before Paula Neale fled Spain for pastures new. After a string of reports into her fraudulent actions, she has apparently set up home in France. The woman however is a ticking timebomb and her lies know no bounds with each new victim telling a similar tale of deceit. We are mostly just sad for her two young children, who do not deserve to be brought up in such a footloose, unstable lifestyle. Publisher/ Editor

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HEN Spain’s first free election took place in 1977 after 41 years of dictatorship, many hoped a new dawn had spread across the

country. Bringing it up to speed with European values of what democracy entailed, Spanish politics underwent a dramatic rebirth. But old habits die hard, and political corruption in Spain has since stolen the headlines and unnervingly it is still considered one of the most corrupt countries in Europe. The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) Spain claimed 41st position in the global rankings last year, sharing the place with Brunei and Costa Rica with a total corruption cost of €203 billion. We looked at the nine biggest corruption cases to be aware of this year.

Punica case Being underway since 2014, the Punica trial in Madrid is looking into 12 town halls, all of them run by the PP, and their involvement in a bid-rigging scheme that awarded up to €300 million in public contracts. Last year 12 people were arrested under Operation Lezo which investigated corruption at the Madrid regional water utility company Canal de Isabel II. This led to the resignation of former head of Madrid government Esperanza Aguirre and the arrest of her right-hand man, Ignacio González. Former advisor, Javier Lopez has since been spotted arriving at the Audiencia Nacional Court.

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ERE case An acronym for ‘expedientes de regulación de empleo’ the trial will examine alleged corrupt practices and embezzlement of funds under the socialist Junta in Andalucia between 2001 to 2010. Among those accused are two former Junta presidents, Manuel Chaves and Jose Antonio Grinan, as well as 20 former officials including six ex-ministers. The case was brought to public attention after irregularities were found concerning the granting of subsidies to struggling businesses to pay redundancy fees and early retirement packages. It is expected to rumble on for most of 2018 and certainly roll into 2019.

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for personal gifts to town hall officials, amounting to a fraud of €40 million. Judge Jesus Torres has been carrying the investigation since 2006 and within that time four suspects have died with 94 people under criminal investigation.


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Mallorca’s nightlife King, Bartolome ‘Tolo’ Cursach spent 33 years allegedly bribing, threatening, coercing and mingling with the islands elite. This all came to an end in February 2017 when he was arrested along with Bartolomé Sbert and charged with 16 counts of corrupt practices with Tolo himself facing 80 years in jail. It is estimated €300 million went missing in one four-year period as he bought allegiances and paid off officials as his portfolio of 30 nightclubs became go-to temples of fun. The trial continues to roll on, with two prostitutes recently confirming a madame’s statement that a room in one of his night clubs was used for sex-parties to pay-off politicians.

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This year will also see the judgment in the Emarsa case in Valencia, the investigation into the Emarsa company that managed the Pinedo wastewater treatment plant. The PP, which controlled the company until 2010 liquidated it only to find a financial hole of €17 million. An investigation followed and prosecutors found the company had paid €40 million to allied companies, and millions were spent on lavish expenses and huge salary bonuses paid to PP officials. Among the 24 defendants charged the two main defendants are former mayor of Manises, Enrique Crespo and Emarsa president, Esteban Cuesta.

An investigation that started in 2006 into alleged bribes between public officials and Orihuela waste contracts. It centres on millions of euros illegally syphoned by politicians and ringleafer Angel Fenoll. Deliberations will start February 19 with 34 people under the spotlight and counting, including two former mayors of the PP, José Manuel Medina and Monica Lorente, and seven other councilors of the same party. The prosecutor is asking for a jail sentence of 37 years for Angel Fenoll, twelve years for José Manuel Medina and eight for Monica Lorente.

The husband of Infanta of Spain, Cristina de Borbón and leader of nonprofit foundation Noos Institute, Inaki Urdanagrin, then Duke of Palma de Mallorca and business partner Diego Torres have been accused of embezzling €6 million for sporting events, and money laundering. Cristina was cleared of all charges by the Palma court while Urdangarin has been allowed to live in Switzerland so long as he presents himself to Spanish authorities on the first day of every month. The list of those that were paid off continues to grow and at least 18 people including sports stars and company directors benefitted. The case is likely to be appealed to the Supreme court whose final judgement could take months.

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Outdoor adventure MARBELLA councillors are looking for additional uses for the quarry that is used by the annual Starlite Festival.

Parole denied SPAIN’S Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to reduce a long jail term of a convicted unnamed British padeophile.

Physical damage SPAIN has been ordered to pay €50,000 in compensation to two convicted terrorists for their mistreatment at the hands of police.

Doubling up BOTH Malaga and Sevilla have made it into the top 10 best cultural cities in Spain according to a study by Fundacion Contemporanea.

Police make new appeal for snatched youngster, 12, who may be living ‘alternative lifestyle’

February 14th - February 27th 2018 WANTED: (From left) Mum Melanie Batty, Young Brit Alex and Granddad David Batty

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POLICE believe a British boy snatched by his mum may be living an ‘alternative lifestyle’ in rural Andalucia. Cops in Manchester have made a new appeal for expats to look out for Alex Batty, 12, last seen on the Costa del Sol four months ago. They believe the youngster, whose birthday is this week, may be living in a new-age style commune and is being homeschooled. The Olive Press reported on his abduction after he visited Benahavis for a holiday with his mother Melanie Batty, 37, and his grandfather David Batty, 58, in October.

Gone wild? His grandmother Susan Caruana, 62 - who is divorced from David - has since told police she believes they have taken him to live an ‘alternative lifestyle’ abroad. It is possible they may be living somewhere in inland Andalucia, perhaps Granada, although police say they could have also

ERE rumbles on caine chauffeur’ - claims he set up bogus shell companies to receive public money to spend on ‘cocaine, parties and drinks’. He is also accused of sending ‘retirement money’ to his mother-in-law and the mother of his driver for companies that never existed. On one day alone, Guerrero is accused of handing out €1.3 million to acquaintances.

fled to Morocco. The three of them previously lived on a commune in Morocco with Alex in 2014. “They do not agree with my lifestyle and belief systems,” she told the Olive Press. “They didn’t want him to go to school, they don’t believe in mainstream school.”

The former director protested his innocence this week as he made his first appearance in court. He argued that he was only following orders and therefore wasn’t accountable for his actions. The court must now decide whether Guerrero made the payments alone or whether he acted on the behalf of others.

She added: “I just want to say to my grandson Alex, I love you so much and please, please just get in contact. “I just hope they do something nice on his birthday.” Manchester police confirmed arrest warrants for both his mother and grandfather, who do not have parental guardianship. Detective Sergeant Pete Morley told the Olive Press: “I would implore any of Melanie’s or David’s friends, who might have heard from them, to please contact police immediately. “He has been missing out on school and we don’t know how the family are funding their lifestyle abroad.” Anyone with information should contact police on +44 161 856 8972.

New gay rights Andalucia is the first region in Europe to introduce a law to guarantee the rights of the LGBTI community. The new legislation demands equal treatment and non-discrimination of gays, lesbians, transsexuals, bisexuals and intersexuals. Those breaking it will face fines of between 6,000 and 120,000 euros.

Not child’s play THE UN has called for a ban on children witnessing bullfights or attending bullfighting classes. A panel of independent experts said it was concerned by the impact bullfighting could have on under-18s as spectators at events. There are 55 schools for young bullfighters around the country.


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OUCH! A WHOPPING 85% of Spanish voters want Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to hand over his leadership to someone else. A poll by Metroscopia also found 62% of people who voted for him think ‘his time is over’. The 62-year-old has been in politics for nearly forty years and is the most veteran of Spain’s political leaders. He is the only one who is still the head of his party after all other groups – including the monarchy – have renewed their leadership. The drop in support comes after the December 2015 election yielded a hung parliament and before another vote in June 2016 saw the PP narrowly form a minority government. The economic crisis, several corruption cases and the Catalunya crisis have all played a part in eroding his popularity. While the next general election is not until 2020, a recent opinion poll showed Ciudadanos would win if an election was held today, with 28.3% support from Spanish voters, compared with only 21.9% for Rajoy’s PP.

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A BRITISH expat soldier being held in Thailand has raised almost half of his repatriation costs following an Olive Press online appeal. Adam Williams, who lives in Cadiz, had a nervous breakdown after he was assaulted and robbed over Christmas, while on holiday with friends in Phuket. Incredibly, the 30-year-old, who just finished 10 years in the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, was chained to a hospital bed and then moved to jail under arrest, where he has been for over a month. Since the Olive Press exclusively reported on the case, more than €8,000 has been donated by expats and Brits to help his cause. In an appeal his parents, also expats in Cadiz, told the paper: “Adam had a great time however, with Christmas approaching, his friends decided to return to the UK. Adam stayed in Thailand on his own. “It wasn’t long after Adam’s friends left that he was robbed of all his possessions and assaulted by persons unknown to him. “The assailants were never caught, but our son was taken by the police, hospitalised for

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Renewable socket THE EU is to provide a record amount of funding to build a renewable power link between Spain and France. The submarine cable, costing €578 million, will run for 230 miles across the Bay of Biscay to help ease one of Europe’s worst network bottlenecks. Carrying excess renewable energy between the two countries, it hopes to double current power capacity to 5,000 megawatts.

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“Only a fully interconnected market will improve Europe’s security of supply, ending the dependence of single suppliers and give consumers more choice,” said Europe’s climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete. Canete went on to say the project would ‘end the isolation of the Iberian Peninsula’ and boost interconnectivity between the bloc. The EU hopes the link will starve off dependency on Russian oil, increase renewable energy output and help meet climate goals set by the Paris Agreement in 2015.

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THEY stand tall, getting thinner the higher your eye follows its trajectory. Thick and heavy bases they are the rocky world’s equivalent to ant hills or just a pile of stones in the form of a tower. But these harmless constructions are damaging the environment as they uproot plants and displace insects, especially on the Balearic Island - where the issue is rife. Some say the mounds have mystical qualities, channelling energy from visitors but with tourism figures reaching new heights, the problem shows no sign of

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Time-bomb SPAIN has been cautioned by the EU to clean up its act over violating EU standards on air pollution. Spain - along with eight other EU countries, including the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and the UK - now have to clean up its acts. If not, it will face sanctions before the European Court of Justice for non-compliance.

“The other impact is the landscape since this habitat prevents other visitors from enjoying a place in its natural state.” Many of the species are unique to its habitat and removing the rocks ‘impact the biodiversity of the coast’. It is not known where the custom comes from, and although the urge to Instagram the mounds is great ‘you have to dismantle the pile and place the stones carefully on the ground, without covering existing vegetation’.

Lease on animal life THE European Convention on the Protection of Animals has outlawed cutting the ears and tails off of pets. The law, which came into force on February 1, means only qualified vets can operate on the pet’s

appearance and only be done for medical purposes. It is also states that a pet can only be slaughtered by a vet to end its suffering or in an emergency and it has to be carried out as humanely as possible.


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Watch out! A BRITISH expat has warned of a ‘psychotic’ thief who stole his Rolex watch after he had been shopping in Sotogrande. Paul Graham-Wood, 54, claimed the Spanish thief groped him as he left Iceland supermarket in Pueblo Nuevo. Graham-Wood, who has lived in the area for eight years, claims the woman initially asked him for work before jumping into the car and kissing his neck. While doing this she somehow managed to get his €9,000 Oyster Perpetual watch from his wrist. Police told him there has been a spike in petty theft crime in the area since the New Year.

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Life sentences for choosing to terminate a pregnancy ‘must come to an end’ EXCLUSIVE By Joe Wallen

THE Government has refused to consider changing a law, which is forcing women to travel abroad for abortions. It comes after a woman’s group launched an appeal to overturn the ‘draconian’ law, which is the strictest in Europe. Currently, any Gibraltarian - plus anyone assisting - faces LIFE imprisonment for terminating a pregnancy. Under Section 16 of the 2011 Crime Act a pregnant woman ‘who, with intent to procure her own miscarriage… is liable on conviction to imprisonment for life.’ The Gibraltar Women’s Association believes it is now time to change the law. The group claims to know of many women who have suffered physical and mental health problems after being forced to travel to Spain for poor quality operations. The women then return to the Rock, keeping their terminations secret and not seeking further medical care over fears news of their abortion will spread.

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Abort the law PRO CHOICE: Suarez (left) and Struggles

Coming on the 100th anniversary of British women first being able to vote, its members believe it is forcing many women to have abortions in Spain, or worse, undertake backstreet treatments on the Rock. “Migrants and refugees are particularly vulnerable as

they are unable to attain visas to go to Spain,” said spokeswoman Anne-Marie Struggles, 51. She and her colleague Tamsin Suarez are now fighting to reverse the law and raise awareness of the issue with the UN. It comes after they discovered that only three other

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countries in Europe (Poland, Ireland and Malta) ban abortion and all are in talks with the UN to decriminalise the act. Ireland is also about to hold a referendum on the issue in May. “We however are the only nation in Europe who the UN are not working with,” Suarez said. “They might think we have the same laws as the UK but in fact we are very different.” Suarez and Struggles are vehement their group is prochoice, not pro-abortion per se. They believe it should be up to a woman to decide what to do with her body. “The criminalisation of abortion leads to discrimination and infringes on women’s dignity,” Struggles told the Olive Press. “We’ve gone back 100 years on this issue!”

“There is a lack of women’s rights in Gibraltar and it’s a very conservative place. The pair say they want to separate religion from the state and allow women the final say on their bodies. “The Catholic church lobby on abortion as they did against gay marriage a couple of years ago. It is wrong.” The assocation is now set to write to the UN to plead it opens dialogue with the Gibraltarian government over the issue. It will also present its findings to the government. When contacted this week the government refused to support any reform of the law. “Abortion other than in certain, defined, medically certified circumstances, is illegal under Gibraltar law,” a government spokesman told the Olive Press. “The Cabinet has not considered changing this policy.”

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A BRITISH woman has been found dead in a ditch in southern Spain. The 39-year-old expat was found in the village of Los Ramos, Murcia, on Saturday morning.

Expat football club claim racism after being excluded from league EXCLUSIVE By Jed Neill

Dear OP, I have seen your article accusing Kim Halliwell again. Did you know that it is NOT true that she was closed down in Almeria, the owner decided to sell! She has NEVER been accused of animal cruelty EVER. The allegations were dropped as they were NOT true. The police have been sent umpteen times by Jacqui Ross and NEVER found a problem. So it seems you are printing lies to the benefit of others, my question is why? Money spent on lawyers is money taken away from the dogs. I am going to attach a few photos of the dogs that have happily been rehomed by Kim's Animal Rescue. There are thousands more I could send. Kim has a lot of support from people who actually know her and care about the dogs. Andrea Haley ED: Thanks for your letter Andrea, many sadly disagree with you and we have found plenty of concern ourselves

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EXPAT children as young as eight have been allegedly kicked out of their football league for being ‘too good’ and ‘too British’. The organisers of Field of Dreams FC in Calahonda are furious that they have been ejected from their league ‘for no apparent reason and without prior notice’. The team of keen young footballers had been due to start playing in the Liga Escuelita de Mijas in October, but was told it was no longer allowed to play just one week beforehand. Head coach Matt Gore, who has a UEFA 3 licence, described the ban as ‘racist’. “I was told over the phone that all the other coaches got together and decided they didn’t want us in the league’,” Gore, 42, who has been coaching for 20 years, told the Olive Press.

The lifeless body, found in an irrigation canal, is believed to have been a victim of a hitand-run. Police have arrested the owner of a vehicle, which had been burnt out nearby.

The owner has refused to make a statement and has been released pending an ongoing investigation. Police have yet to reveal the woman’s name.

CAUGHT OFFSIDE MISSING OUT: Field of Dreams FC “Racism is a very powerful word ent reasons. He claims the isand the reality of being an expat sue only emerged after Field of Dreams, which was officially in Spain is no different. “We are basically being dis- incorporated in 2013, dominatcriminated against, while all we ed the league for the last three years, winning seven trophies. want to do is play football.” While Mijas Town Hall claimed Expat lawyer Sean Thacker, 48, the reason was because the whose son has been playing for team was not connected to the club, agreed. a specific ‘municipal school’, He said: “I find it amazing that Gore believes it is for differ- children are basically being

discriminated against for their success.” A spokesman for the town hall insisted that the decision was not racist, just that the league was now strictly for ‘teams which are part of the Municipal School of Soccer’. Jesus Moreno added that other teams have also been removed. He confirmed however, that the team could join the municipal league by registering correctly, ‘so they can play next season’. “But for now it is impossible for Field of Dreams, or ANY other external team to enter the league of the Escuela Municipal de Fútbol,” he said. He failed to comment on why a new league was created in the first place.

Get over it There’s nothing wrong with a few days of winter. Besides ‘we'll be fine’ as Donald Trump, the very smart American leader says global warming will keep us from getting too cold! Art Lietz, Malaga

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Cold shoulder Readers react to the cold snap affecting the whole of Spain and the rising costs of heating without fuel allowances

It’s our right

Moaners!

I agree we need our heating allowance. We paid for it and are not free loaders. I suffer with arthritis and I am in constant pain and cold all the time. Ian Duncan Smith needs to come and stay in Spain to see how cold it can get!

Look at all these British pensioners whinging about their lack of winter fuel allowance, you must be well off to be living in Malaga!

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Richard Upton, Leeds

A necessity I have just spent nearly €40 just to keep warm for the week. We need our winter fuel allowance! Deborah Gray, Estepona

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Tough it out The cold snap will be over before you know it, you are all living in Malaga not Siberia for God’s sake!

An EU directive told the UK to pay expats’ winter fuel allowance but Ian Duncan Smith calculated the average temperatures here and withdrew it. Gary Garland, Granada

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the old salting basins today. Brits have moved in by the basinfull too, but this extreme westerly end of the Costa del Sol has a charm that’s more laid-back and dressed casual than its big Costa neighbours. And it offers up some of the best views of the Med. In particular, with soaring vistas of the Rock of Gibraltar. For yachties swish Duquesa, lodged on the coast like a white gull, can become home for as little as €55 a day in high-season. That’s nearly half the price tag of

Full of friendly Europeans, you’re sure to bump into someone who speaks your lingo dropping anchor in Marbella. Full of Europeans from all walks of life, you’re sure to bump into someone who speaks your language. Walking around the port I meet John Jackson, a 73-year-old Scotsman, counting the fish in the shallows, watching them eat breadcrumbs as they flip on the surface. “I think the port is very nice. It is well maintained and friendly and safe too,” the former business

PARTY TIME: Manilva is full of carnivals and parades all year round

IN DUQUESA consultant told the Olive Press. Since moving to Duquesa in 2012, he reckons the tourist trade is as strong as its ever been. “But if you want to be into the Spanish culture you should move inland to get away from the expat areas,” he adds. And with

Manilva’s foothills looking close enough to touch, that’s easily done. Beyond the hustle and bustle of Duquesa’s waterfront restaurants, San Luis de Sabinillas offers another take on coastal living with its collection of ‘chiringuitos’

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WILD WEST: Walking out from Manilva you reach some stunning green countryside

Sabinillas ups the tempo, a local pleasure port, it adds a touch of flea market with an international authenticity he appreciates. If resting on your well-earned reappeal. Held weekly at the fairground off tirement laurels sounds too tame, the Camino de los Banos de la head for the rugged hills of MaHedionda, it’s a bargain hunter’s nilva which open like a fan along paradise stretched across 300 several walking and off-road stalls piled with jewel-coloured trails. fruit and veg, antiques, local These capillaries are ever more deeply etched into handicrafts and second the landscape by the hand designer wear. coast’s growing number Running further west of biking and walking the other side of enthusiasts who enjoy Duquesa, the coastline the trip into nature. just gets wilder and Sybarites should less and less dealso make a veloped. pilgrimage to Here, you will Manilva vilfind an exlage which tensive natraces its ture zone d o m i of golden n a n c e beaches back to e d g e d 1 6 t h with wild century grasses vineyards and flowf a m e d ers. throughThe Punta out the Chullera world for area is a their sweet rock pool potmoscatel wines. terer’s paradise The story of its and offers the thriving wine indusoccasional curious try is beautifully told at sight such as squid LOCALS: the Nilva Wine Museum hanging on washing Celebrate with and you can take a lines to dry. vineyard tour. This is where Belgian the Virgen del While meandering biker Robert Vermeulen Carmen, the through a tangle of winds down ‘to do nothpatron saint of vines I bump into Dave ing’ but enjoy his retirefishermen and and Nicki who only ment. sailors, on an come here now for oldThe 68-year-old makes annual outing time’s sake. the journey to the that attracts Having run their own beach from his Casaproperty business for thousands res pueblo apartment 15 years on the Costa by motorbike to take of locals and de la Luz, they came long walks and soak up expats to to Manilva to open up some rays. Sabinillas shop and capitalise on “I think the coastline is seafront each the throngs of holidayjust beautiful,” he says, year home buyers eyeing up looking hot in his leaththe area. er biker’s jacket as the The 2007 economic sun comes out. crash changed that and The local fisherman their business suffered. still have a place in the community, he tells me, pointing “People stopped coming, even out the numerous vessels parked the Brits,” recalls Nicki. Despite a tainted experience, the in front of the promenade. Next to the gin palaces bobbing couple say that Manilva is back at anchor in Duquesa’s tourist in business and shows no sign of

HISTORIC: By the Roman baths and (top right) treading for wine

slowing down, with ‘more Brits here now then there have been in previous years’. Nearby, on the border with Casares, you will find one of the true secrets of the Costa del Sol, the Roman baths of Hedionda, which will stop you in your tracks: the cloudy blue pools under arched brickwork allow you to relax Roman-style.

This medicinal sulphur spring flowing out of limestone is said to cure a whole host of ailments, including sunburn. Julius Caesar is one of many to have taken advantage of its healing properties, and came to Manilva to cure a nasty skin infection. Apparently, it worked!

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Musical memories The great and the good of flamenco used to hang out at Venta Madrona… now a wine shop

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HEY came from all over Spain to sing for their lunch or supper. The world’s best flamenco singers and guitarists beat a trail to historic Venta Madrona that sat equidistance between the flamenco haunts of Cadiz and those of Malaga and Granada. They included legend Cameron de la Isla, who frequently stayed over, as well as Tomatito and Diego el Gastor. So famous became the spot that in their wake followed celebrities, bullfighters and even prime ministers. “We had an amazing range of visitors, including Frank Sinatra and world leaders like Ted Heath and Adolfo Suarez,” recalls the son of the former owner. Now running his own wine and lottery shop, la Mar de Vinos, at the same spot, Jose Antonio Madrona recalls the frequent visits from stars such as Cameron. “He was often here as he was a friend of my uncle Jose Manuel Gil. He stayed the night and frequently sang. I remember even dancing for him as a child.” The venta, which was built in 1929, also counted

VINTAGE: The historic Venta Madrona has always attracted big stars on the founder of Andalucian nationalism Blas Infante as a regular. “He had plenty of meetings here in the run up to the civil war,” added Jose, who studied history at Malaga University, before studying viticulture. It was certainly something of a tragedy when Venta Madrona was knocked down due to the construction of an underpass through Sabinillas a decades ago. Fortunately you can now visit the amazing wine shop which has almost 1000 references of wines

and sits by the roundabout like Venta Madrona before it. As well as a fantastic selection of Spanish wines, from around the whole country, there is a good mix of champagnes and sherries. In addition, the shop stocks a great array of delicacies, including pates, cheeses and sauces… and, of course, the coast’s favourite English newspaper, the Olive Press! La Mar de Vinos at Calle Bolivia, 1, Sabinillas

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Fun for all the family, this weekend celebration features impressive costumes, music, dancing and chirigotas, satirical Andalucian folk songs.Sabinillas carefully decorate Carnival, February 24-25

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and my door is open to everyone. I want a town My main aim is munity, to return lva its to residents the placeand hall which Mani involves whichves can count on it deser to be. In the past few years ourtotown all political parties workhas together. moved backwards in terms of infrastructure, services and management. We need toAfter go back to the a few months office, what do you progressinand excitement of before, and to make a town with theto best hope achieve? tourist opportunities and quality of life.

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someone as a token of love. Chirine Ayoubi knows about this more than anyone, having worked as a jeweller by trade, crafting gemstones in Duquesa port for the last 15 years. “I tried my luck at a diamond eternity ring, I just became obsessed with it,” said the mother-of-two. Ayoubi Jewelry covers everything from repairs, starting from scratch and melting old ones down to make new ones. “People like the personal aspect to design their own things,” said Ayoubi who specialises in the unique trade. This drive to provide silver service comes from her mother who taught her that ‘if you have a job you love, you never have to work again’ - an approach she also incorporates in her other business, Diamond Nails & Beauty Room. And if you don’t know what you want, she helps to tailor that special something to any bill of any hand.

UQUESA is a small harbour with a big Duquesa is the true gem personality. Any lunchtime, even in winter, the pave- of Manilva with dozens ments are filled with tourists taking the sun and enjoying the huge range of restaurants of restaurants and My main aim is to return Manilva to the place it deserves on offer. aninternational clientelle tonee be. In the past fewwas years our town backWhat step The s St George Charity founded at has the moved beginning If the idea of travelling around the world in 80 d to be take n in orde r to wards in terms offundraising infrastructure, services and to managerestaurants floats your boat then this is the to match of 2013 initially as organisation achieve the oftoatown ment.type We need go backyou to thewan progress t? and excitement perfect spot to drop anchor. provide funding, and services worthy of before, and equipment to make a town with the best to tourist opporA walk around this whitewashed marina takes taurants, cafes and bars, the people who work We’re very causes luckytunities that Mani and quality ofcommunity. life. lvalocal within the has a lot of potential in scarcely longer than five minutes but just count in them and the visitors who sit in the sunshine terms of tourism, sport and culture. My plan for the future enjoying them. the blackboards promoting cuiis based on creatWhat ing new steps need tothe beSttaken inCharity infras tructure proje cts, main -order to This elegant enclave of turrets Aswe a registered association George sine from all over the globe: taining what alrea dy have,the andtype achieve youl-want? ensurof ingtown thatindividuals Mani and towers, pretty plazas and China, India, Japan, and Singaalsoisprovides a legal framework for or va’s economy based on offering a magnificent service Quirky and steps leading to different levpore, and a plethora of Europeto our residgroups tovisito raise money its has umbrella ents and We’re veryrs. lucky thatunder Manilva a lot of(subject potentialtoin els jutts out from the mainland, an ports of call too! eclectic, it’s like a terms of tourism, sport and culture. My plan for the future approval and due diligence). encircling its attractions like an It could be argued that La is based on creating new infrastructure projects, mainAny current or future projects you want to younger sister to oyster encloses a pearl. 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HEY have fenced with Hollywood star Viggo Mortensen. It is just one of the many accolades that sits in the trophy case of Club Internacional de Esgrima Andaluzia, Manilva’s very own fencing club. Established 10 years ago, the swashbuckling group must have one of the most fitting practice rooms in the country, in the belly of the historic 18th century Castillo de Duquesa. It was built at the height of Europe’s love affair with the sport, whose modern form has its origins in Spain. Now, thanks to the club it is also home to Spain’s only Museum of Fencing. “We try to preserve and maintain the heritage of this beautiful and thrilling sport, which is a true part of our culture”, explained Alberto Cerrada Fernandez, the club’s title-winning founder. A doctor, he set it up when he moved to the area from Madrid to work in a nearby health centre. “My passion has always been fencing and when I moved here I wanted to continue practising it. “I had to travel very far because there were no local clubs so it occurred to me: Why not create one of my own?” The club’s first base was in Estepona, where its continued success helped convince Manilva authorities to allow it to host

both practice sessions and contests in the castle. Through Cerrada’s expert leadership and dedication the team has racked up an impressive cache of medals and now counts world class members among its ranks. “We train four times a week at the castillo

and in Estepona and every year we get to be champions or runners-up of Spain in lower categories,” said Cerrada. “At Andalucian level both individual and team we have more than 100 medals with champions at the level of children and adults. “Jan Bade, who is Finnish, is one of our latest signings and came fifth in the world championships “Our youngest member is four years old and we have almost as many women as men, because in fencing you can compete in mixed bouts. “My latest achievement has been becoming the Spanish champion of historic fencing (different to modern in style and technique), a title I won last November. “But our main aim is not to win medals: It has always been to create a group of friends who enjoy and love this art and to care for the development of each of our members in a personalized way. “We also want to spread the important values of fencing, such as education, temperance, respect and work in a warm and friendly environment.” Esgrima Andaluzia has also proved its

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movie star credentials. “We’ve participated as masters of arms (official teachers) in films, television, theatre and musicals in Spain and beyond our borders,” said Cerrada. “We have had the honor of working, among others, with Manuel Bandera in the Zorro, with Vigo Mortensen in Alatriste and 2017 Goya winner Carlos Santos in Los Mosqueteros who was our Hamlet in the work that we present in the Castle of La Duquesa some years.” Cerrada’s love affair with fencing led him to set up Spain’s only museum dedicated to the past-time.

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“Because I am a collector of objects related to fencing, Manilva Council offered me the possibility of establishing it. “We decided to put it in the castle and with thousands of annual visits it has become one of Manilva’s main tourist attractions.” Cerrada hopes that both the club and museum encourage more people to take up swords. “I love it because of the strategy, strength, speed, concentration and spirit. “It is part physical agility combined with art, psychology and intellect. “Long may it live on.”

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He added: “I stupidly didn’t check how bad the weather outside before going downwas in the lift. “As I got closer to the basement water started flowing from everywhere and I couldn’t “Within a minute it wasstop it. up to my chest and I was panicking.” Luckily, neighbours came rescue when Dawson’s to his partner Sylina heard his screams. However they were unable to lift the roof of the lift and only when he managed it was to rise by half a storey to get it tinually hitting the up by conbutton that he had a bit of breathing space.

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OWN a steep hill in the heart of Manilva lies one the most authentic Italian pizzerias around. , has arrived and having been only open a month it is already making an impression. Set up Domenico Di Giorgio, otherwise known as Dom, and his business partner Luigi, who has been making pizzas for the last 35 years and is an established name in Germany. Domenico is a man of many talents - legal advisor, estate agent and now restauranter - to name just a few. But Domenico wants to take things slow so to make sure everything is right for his mostly English clientele which includes the recent Rugby game between England and Italy. ‘No I didn’t watch it’, he says but it keeps the customers happy. “The focus of the business is to make the best pizzas we can,” he said, which starts with homemade bases and freshly sourced ingredients. They also sell lasagna, parmigiana and cannelloni but he laughs off whether he will become the next mayor.

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IT is a round trip of around 100kms taking in eight restaurants and dozens of staff. But Zac Hauswirth still has time to serve, sometimes, hundreds of clients in a day… and always with a smile. The Bar and Cafe Group boss insists that it is this friendly, open demeanour that has been the key to his success. “I’m a customer service fanatic and everything must be perfect for the clients,” he explains. “I lead by example.” Having set up 10 restaurants since launching the company in Spain with his wife Anita in 2005, he knows the staff are key. “I can tell in five minutes if someone will be a good barman or waitress,” he explains. “It doesn’t matter if they know nothing, I can train them up. Above all, they must be friendly.” The businessman, 44, currently employs over 50 staff and this number normally rises to over 80 in the summer. It is one of Manilva’s biggest businesses and he is certainly not standing still, having opened two new restaurants last year, in Puerto Banus and Sabinillas. “I often do 14 hours a day for six days of the week,” explains the father-of-one. “I have various man-

agers under me, but I still love working.” He leart his trade in the London restaurant scene, where he became a regional manager of the City Centre Restaurant Group covering over a dozen restaurants. But he was certainly not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Brought up in a small apartment in Casablanca, Morocco, with six brothers and sisters, he studied hard and eventually made it to university in Cape Town, where he studied economics. From there he moved to London, where he met his Austrian wife Anita, who is a major influence on the kitchen and undertakes each restaurant’s interior design. Together for 17 years, they fell in love with Spain on frequent visits to see friends in Marbella. But their business empire was to begin in Duquesa where they opened their first restaurant, the Mexican Grill and Bar, in 2005. Then came the Cafe American Bistro format, which is now found in Sabinillas, Marbella and Estepona. He is now in the process of changing his Moroccan restaurant, Casablanca, into a more international style restaurant. Passion Bistro can be found in Puerto Banus.

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Shhh! MALAGA will not grant any more licences for bars and will crackdown on musicplaying hours. More than 100 streets will be affected by the new rules after they were given the green light by the city council. The opening of new hotels or bars in the affected zones will be suspended for one year. From Monday to Friday, the closing times of bars or establishments with outdoor terraces will be cut by one hour, from 2am to 1am. The limit will not apply in the summer months or during the Christmas, Easter or carnival periods. Under the rules, establishments playing music must shut doors and windows from midnight onwards. At closing time, all music and service must stop, with no new customers allowed inside. The venue must then be emptied within 20 minutes. The council estimates that the regulations will come into force by April.

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ESTEPONA town hall has approved the use of a plot of land for construction of the Costa del Sol’s first purpose-built Russian Orthodox church. Decked out in traditional oniondomed architecture, the building will also have a cultural centre next to it in the Arroyo de las Canas area. The Fundación Iniciativa Orthodox Rusa is funding and coordinating the project which is expected to cost €1.1 million, mainly through donations, and has to be completed within 18 months once the building licence is granted. Rusa says building plans ‘are urgently being finished’ to meet this strict timetable. “We are doing all we can to implement the project,” said a statement from Rusa. It will be only the third Russian Orthodox church in Spain.

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HERE has been good news for expats and locals battling mortgage floor clause claims this year. The government has announced it will speed up the trial porcess by opening more courts and increasing the amount of judges working on the cases by 50, lightening and streamlining the workload. But given that last year alone there were 165,000 suits filed and only 3% dealt with, buyers who got stung are still likely to be waiting a long time before they get any money back. Some 2.5 million Spanish mortgages contained a hidden clause which unexpectedly capped minimum repayments above the interest rate advertised. It’s a lesson for anyone thinking about investing into Spanish property to make sure they have every corner covered, meaning a mortgage broker is a necessity. It’s easy to get lost in the excitement of buying abroad, but you will need someone in your corner who can sniff out any hidden fees or compulsory add-ons tucked away in the small print and to ensure you get the best possible mortgage rate to suit your needs. You need someone with experience of weeding out ‘trap-related products’, which often get hidden in the small print. These additional products get attached to your mortgage and usually include insurance policies. It is important to know exactly what is at-

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Price wars IBIZA and the Costa del Sol may have finally met their match. New research claims it is up to 59% cheaper for British families to have a holiday in Orlando, Abu Dhabi or Dubai than Spain early this summer. According to TravelSupermarket, a holiday to Menorca during May half-term week is 144% more expensive than Abu Dhabi, 89% more than Dubai and 53% pricier than Florida. Even equivalent 3* seven-day holidays in the same week to the Costa del Sol are as much as 64% more expensive than a trip to the UAE (from Birmingham) and 11% pricier than a trip to Florida (from

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QATAR Airways has announced plans to launch a direct route from Malaga to Doha. Speaking at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid, Qatar’s Jonathan Harding said the company was encouraged by strong growth in the Spanish sector. The new route is part of 19 new flight plans and will launch in May. No official date has been given and, as yet, it is not possible to book flights.

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Chokehold THE Balearic Islands have proposed limiting the number of cars on its streets to cope with the surge in tourism. Formentera town hall says the draft bill will limit the number of cars in circulation and cap the number of rental cars and motorbikes. Being the smallest island means the 50,000 vehicles stretch its road infrastructure network to its limit and it is instead promoting electric cars as a green alternative. Regional chief Marc Pons describes the initiative as a ‘pioneering measure for Spain and Europe’ but says it will not be extended to other islands. If approved it will take effect at the end of this year or the beginning of 2019.

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THE growing tide of sexual harassment, initiated from accusations levelled at disgraced Hollywood film mogul, Harvey Weinstein, has now reached the world of sport. Formula One has said it will scrap using women as grid girls at the start of a race. Organisers say using the girls ‘does not resonate with our brand values and clearly at odds with modern-day societal norms’. The changes will kick-in at the start of the F1 season in Melbourne, Australia on March 25. Grid girls are often seen carrying the driver’s race numbers and starting position on the line as well as appearing alongside the top three drivers as they take to the podium to collect their trophies. “Over the last year we have looked at a number of areas which we felt needed updating so as to be more in tune with our vision for this great sport,”

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While model Kelly Brook, 38, who used to work as an F1 flag girl, said: “It’s a well-paid job. It’s one of the best jobs I ever had. “You dress glamorously and obviously it’s about being presentable but I never felt I was taken advantage of.”

A RECORD number of cars have been sold in January. Some 102,134 new cars were registered, representing a 20.1% growth over the same period in 2017, according to data from ANFAC. The Volkswagen Golf remains king of the hill with 3,190 sales as figures are inline with what experts predict will be a record year in Spanish car sales. While SEAT’s León came hot on the heels of the Golf with 3,160 sales and Dacia’s Sandero came third with 2,452 sales.

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There is nothing to choose between any of them they are all in it for their own gains and some more than others,” says a disgruntled Mijas Matters reader about politicians. I have made no secret of the fact that I am working with the Partido Popular both in Mijas, and the Province of Málaga as well as offering a platform on Facebook for people air their grievances in Mijas Costa. And yes, I am in it for my own gains; so, guilty as charged! But wait a minute, I don’t actually get paid for what I do, in fact, it costs me money and time. Nevertheless, I am in it ‘for my own gains’. Don’t jump the gun, let me explain what I mean. I live in Mijas, and what is good for Mijas is my gain. I’ve spent many years working on the fringes of government in the UK as a consultant. Didn’t get paid for that either! Once a local politician gruffly introduced a meeting with, ‘There have been certain allegations made against my person, and one of the allegators is present in this room’. Spain’s political image has been sullied by scandal-after-scandal in recent years to the point where people think that if you’re a politician you must be corrupt - which is completely illogi-

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cal. You know what, I’ve been overcharged in restaurants, paid for work on my car that I found out was never done, and been short-changed in shops. So, does that mean all waiters, mechanics, and shopkeepers are chancers? Course it doesn’t. In local politics, career politicians are in the minority. By that, I mean people who get into politics at an early age and make their money from the public purse. Local politicians, most of whom already have careers or businesses, are less likely to be career politicians. So why do we do it? I am afraid that a ‘one size fits all’ answer is out of the question here. I am sure that there are those who see it as easy money as you need less qualifications to be a politician than you do to be a waiter, but to do the job well is difficult. I work alongside Angel Nozal and his team because when Mijas gains, so do I. And I start the piece with a quote from a disgruntled reader becuase she hasn’t got what she wanted from local politics - so are we all interested in our own gains?

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ore aptly and with apologies to all you 'Game of Thrones' fans out there - Winter has absolutely come. It’s been the most biting cold snap that I can remember in a long time, with the boffins at the Spanish Metrological Agency, AEMET, reporting that lows have been between 3ºC and 6ºC - below what’s considered normal for this time of the year. It even snowed on the beach in Barcelona and I’m surprised that Carles Puigdemont didn’t blame that as some sort of underhand tactic by Madrid, ‘freezing out’ an independent Catalonia. Living on a lake at the bottom of a valley on the edge of the Sierra de las Nieves – and I found out why it was called so during my first winter at the Casita - I am used to the cold. My mother was born in Glasgow, my father hails from Rhondda (the Welsh one, not the one with the gorge) and I was born in the bad lands of North Staffordshire – a place whose most famous exports are Wedgewood, Armitage Shanks and, erm, Robbie Williams, so I am no ‘soft southerner’ This fact was witnessed when I decided to take a January birthday plunge in the lake last year, even though La Concha had a light blanket of snow. I set a new world record for fastest unaided exit from a body of water and my screams could be heard from Ceuta. The shock was such that I had two small bumps on my head, due to certain sections of my undercarriage retracting at great speed. I even learnt a new phrase ‘¡hace un frío que pela’ – to be cold enough to to freeze the balls off a brass monkey – and I went by the name of Brass Monkey Brown for a few days afterwards. But, as the great Billy Connolly once pointed out, ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, there’s just inappropriate clothing’. So I now venture out of the bedroom wearing most of the scarves, beanies, jumpers, gloves, gillets boots and snoods (2018 is the year of the snood at my place) that I received for my birthday, as well as my Moroccan style muster for one night only before but competitors are also expect- hooded dressing gown and, disappearing in a cloud of carbon ed to help each other out of the if she doesn’t move fast offset exhaust fumes across the sinking sand and the campfire enough, the cat. I have also Gibraltar Strait. So don’t even camaraderie is part of the fun. toyed with the idea of hooking think of catching a ferry to Tangier Journey’s end is rewarded with up the ‘butano’ heater behind this weekend. a hot shower at a four-star hotel, me at a safe distance via a The challenging 10-day, 6,000 a slap-up gala dinner with new- harness. kilometre rally from Biarritz to found friends and the knowledge The overall effect is Scott of Marrakesh with only a compass of having made a difference to the Antarctic meets a Java and road book is a right of pas- the lives of the Sahara’s children. scavenger from ‘Star Wars’, sage in France, open to any stu- Last year, as well as delivering 80 but if it keeps me warm, dry dent aged 18 to 28 with a clean tons of learning equipment, they and alive as I shuffle around driving licence, access to a Re- raised over €75,000 to help the making the first coffee of the nault 4L and between €5,000 Enfants Du Desert charity open day in the impromptu deep and €10,000 to spare – the es- five new schools. Whether you freeze that is my kitchen (I timated cost of taking part per plan to give them a wide swerve don’t need a fridge. I just leave car, hence the sponsorship stick- or turn up to cheer them on, the milk on the terrace overers. Teams travel in pairs along you can track their progress on night), Ice Ice Baby on heavy a check-pointed route through www.4ltrophy.com But if you do repeat in my internal jukebox, Morocco with a support team of find yourself at the wrong end of then I’m happy to semi hibermechanics, marshals and doc- a Renault, make sure that V sign nate until the spring! tors and official bivouacs at night is the right way round!

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Rockin’ high WAY UP in the mountains lies a bar that has been a staple for Olive Press readers since its earliest days in Ronda. The Olive Press This year Bar Allioli in the pastoral pueblo of Jimera del Libar has a BIG reason to pump it up - the 10 year of being the mountain Mecca TOPlovers. for news in Spain! for beer and music March 4 is the date for your diary. There are seven ales on tap and the hills will be alive to the sound of live rock music tributing everyone from Bowie and the Beatles to Pink Floyd. There’s even a nod to diversity - a selection of burgers to rival the United Nations, each from a different country. “We’ve the longest-running bar here with a lot of Spaniards coming through our doors,” said owner Paul Darwent, whose June rock festival, dubbed the ‘mini-Woodstock of the Grazalema Valley’, is an annual fixture. He’s even had former UK Prime Minister David Cameron popping in for a pint. The bar’s latest menu addition - the high protein English Burger topped with baked beans - has been a hot hit with hikers and cyclists who walk Mr Henderson’s Railway. In the next 10 years Paul’s amibition is nice and simple: ‘To sell more beer and more burgers and play more music’. Just the way we like it.

THE first haute cuisine restaurant in the world to employ an all-disabled team has opened in Jerez. Universo Santi on the El Altillo estate, farmland owned by the founder of the Gonzalez Byass sherry dynasty, has been launched by the Accessible Universe Foundation. Named after chef Santi Santamaria, the first Catalan chef to be awarded three Michelin stars, the restaurant will build on his gastronomic technique of minimal manipulation of local produce to highlight the flavours in season. Second chef Alejandro Luque, 21, from Malaga, who has Down’s Syndrome, told the Olive Press: “I have learnt independence from being here. I have learnt how to buy things from the shops, cook, iron and clean.” The kitchen equipment was transferred piece by piece

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T’S a Brazilian beach version of the Grand National, except these are fishing boats, not horses. The teams start at the top of the sands and bit by bit edge their way down to the shoreline using an ancient roll-and-shunt method with two large rolling pins. It takes about half an hour and the race ebbs and flows, as each wooden ‘jangada’ temporarily nudges ahead by a nose or two. Finally, the boats are disgorged into the briny and off they go in search of fish. Very much part of the colour of the perfect beach holiday in northern Brazil, the boats are said to date back to the ancient Greeks, and legend has it that Ulysses sailed in a jangada in The Odyssey. These fishing communities are the lifeblood of Ceara, Brazil’s poorest region, suffering from aching poverty particularly in its dry interior, not to mention its capital Fortaleza, which is largely a place to avoid, according to most guide books. But either side of Fortaleza you will find hundreds of miles of amazing beaches, largely virgin and little exploited by modern western tourism. Apart from a steady stream of surfers and kitesurfers, most visitors to Brazil head further south, taking in trips to Rio de Janeiro and its nearby resorts. More’s the pity, the region boasting 3000 hours of sun a year, temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees and a constant breeze to keep you cool. The real joy of Ceara though is how easy it is to get to. While most parts of South America take half a day to get to, this jutting out north-western corner of the continent is just over seven hours away by air. In other words, perfectly doable with kids. Going via Lisbon with TAP, we arrived early evening in Fortaleza and were comfortably installed in our first abode - a charming beachside villa in the village of Taiba by 8.30pm local time. Being a badger’s tail from the equator it was still around 25 degrees, but incredibly mosquitoes and other annoyances were remarkably thin on the ground. This supposedly changes during the rainy season from January to March so be warned. Our home for the Christmas week, we woke up to the perfect set of gently breaking ‘rights’ and raced downstairs to rent boards from the local surf pro, Toniu, who charged us just 300 reales (about 80 euros) for the week and threw in daily lessons for the kids, Alfie, 9, and Maia, 12. We were soon out carving up the wonderful beach break, forgetting that 10am in Brazil is practically midday heat and the mercury was already hitting 30. After a two-hour session we retired to the shade and spent the rest of the day playing cards and reading, rehydrating with the best natural drink on the planet...coconut juice. Delicious as it is healthy, when served cold a coconut is almost a substitute for a cold sherry or beer (and certainly more acceptable at morning time). After a week of relaxing, reading and surfing, we were ready for

We stayed in a hut in the heart of the jungle close to the park and woke to a family of monkeys swinging outside the next part of our trip... and headed 30 minutes north for, um, another four days of relaxing, reading and surfing, this time in the better known resort of Paracuru. Another famous wave (with a legendary kitesurf lagoon just up the coast), the big surprise, yet again, was how few Europeans we saw. Our Polish hotel owner summed the place up as a ‘sleeping giant’ in tourist terms and explained how it is all set to change over the next few years with a huge planned refurbishment of Fortaleza airport (it was recently bought by German conglomerate Fraport AG) and a string of new direct flights coming in from Europe. Paracuru was distinctly younger and hipper than Taiba and had a real party vibe about it. It was truly rocking for New Year, but the days either side saw groups of teenagers partying on the beach, playing volleyball and football until dusk. A ribbon of beach cafes place their tables literally on the sand and there were some lovely walks in either direction, past dozens of coves in one direction and the other, the largest sand dunes in the world! The trajectory of our holiday was mostly a gentle 300km meander

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Don’t miss this wave SURF BUMS: In Jeri and (right) dunes in paracuru

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Brazil has a great variety of traditional foods and its style is a combination of key ingredients brought by different cultures that landed here. It all started with the colonisation by the Portuguese in the 16th century, while the Italians brought pasta, the Spanish empanadillas, the Arabs spiha and kibbeh and the Chinese and Japanese another range of dishes. The country has a string of Michelin starred restaurants, but they are all sadly in Rio and Sao Paolo and outside of the big two, it is hard to get a grasp of where exactly one should eat. Local knowledge and pot luck seem to be the rules of the road. Drinks-wise, we bought half a dozen bottles of French and Portuguese plonk at the airport. But we hardly needed to bother, as the local supermarket had a surprisingly decent selection of whites and reds from Chile and Argentina (Brazil being generally one to avoid on the wine front). And then of course there is Cachaça (pronounced Ca-shasa) the amazing local spirit that goes into the famous Brazilian cocktail Caipirinhas, alongside sugar, limes and ice. up the coast to the pot of gold, known as Jericoacoara, one of south America’s hippest resort.

Monkeys But, before our final push north west, we decided to take a trip inland to visit some monkeys. The three-hour drive to Ubajara, Brazil’s smallest national park,

MAGIC: Making caipirinhas in Jeri

took us through stunning scenery and some of Brazil’s harshest land, due to low rainfall and poor soils. There is remarkably little written about the Ubajara area, which once featured in the Lonely Planet, but somehow got airbrushed out a few years ago, for inexplicable reasons. We stayed in a hut in the heart of the jungle close to the park and woke to a family of monkeys swinging outside, looking decidedly envious of the breakfast that had been brought to our door. The park itself was a letdown. It turned out you could only visit in


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VISTA: In Ubajara and (inset) monkeys, while (right) fish in Paracuru set groups at three different times of the morning and this, in our case, meant nearly 20 people, the vast majority in flip flops, and almost certainly never having visited a park before. It was excruciating, to say the least. Our next abode, the stunning Posada Sitio Ipe in the nearby village of Vicoso do Ceara, made up for it. While nobody spoke English, (none of the staff could in fact remember an English visitor) it was both laid back and a touch colonial, rather like the nearby town. From here we were a short two hour drive north to Jericoacoara, the biggest surprise of our trip by far.

Tum and Jeri Arriving in ‘Jeri’ is all part of the fun. For this pretty seaside village is entirely surrounded by sand dunes and being a national park, can only be reached by official vehicles. It is just as well, as without such rules the place would be swamped, given the cult status it has garnered since being ‘officially discovered’ by the Washington Post in 1987… and being dubbed the ‘world’s best beach’ by the Lonely Planet in 2004. The once sleepy spot, which only got electricity in 1998, is now an enchanting mesh of style and charm, a photographer’s dream full of colourful shops and restaurants and the sort of beautiful people you find in places like Ibiza or Tarifa. Few places in the world have the wow factor like Jeri. And much of its charm lies in the fact it has maintained its sandy streets (there’s no tarmac), it has a strict rule on street-lighting, and

also charges a pretty steep, five-dollar-a-day tourist tax (under 12s are free), which goes towards maintaining the local environment. Not being easy to get to also helps, so the recent arrival of a local airport, with short connecting flights from Fortaleza, is of some concern. Currently, getting there, involves dropping your car around 20kms away in the rather humdrum town of Jijoca and contracting a local 4x4. That is, unless, like many arrivals you come straight up the coast on an off-road adventure from Fortaleza which takes from three to four hours (we did that on the way back to the airport, more of which later). What is so refreshing about Jeri is the huge mix of nationalities, the variety of places to eat (there’s plenty of sushi, Peruvian, Italian, etc etc) and the stylish places to stay. It’s popular with the French, which always helps, and there is a real sense of activity here (pic left). Everybody, it seems, is practicing one sport or another. There is surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, surf canoeing, each discipline given rules on where to practice - not that everyone adheres to it. Then there are some fabulous walks along the coast, and at the very least up the nearby massive dune to watch the sunset, which is said to be one of the best in Brazil. We really got a sense of what a hip spot it was by simply visiting the rooftop terrace of our hotel, Hurricane Gardens, at dusk, where DJs, fire-eaters and dancers kept a very urbane Sao Paulo/ Rio-style crowd bumping and grinding until around 10pm. Continues on Page 38

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It was here that we met the only English tourists of the holiday. One, a fashion photographer based out of New York, another, an online publisher from London...and the last, a multi-millionaire marketing boss, who planned David Cameron’s first successful election campaign. It says it all. All that was to remain was the journey back… and that turned out to be perhaps the best adventure of all. This kicked off at 9am when knowlegeable Canadian expat Jeff Stone rolled up in a very robust-looking VW Amorok. In bundled all the bags, plus the kids and off we went down the beach en route for our 10pm flight home. A fabulous day spent mostly charging down virgin beaches, crossing creeks and rivers in a variety of original craft, we saw plenty of nature, rare birds and ended up eating supper in an upmarket restaurant in Fortaleza, before Jeff dropped us at the airport in plenty of time. Contact Jeff at info@cumbuco-car-rental.com.

COWBOYS: Bringing cattle in near Taiba, while (right) preparing a coconut by Taiba beach

Where to stay and how to get there Hurricane Jeri and Hurricane Gardens (www.hotelhurricane-jericoacoara. com) in Jericoacoara offer the same mix of style and comfort as the group’s three hotels in Tarifa. Wooden built with a riot of tropical planting, there are two excellent restaurants, a hip roof-top bar and beautiful gardens overlooking the sea. A concierge can organise a huge range of trips from the door, while there are yoga classes every morning in the hotel. FERRY: The 4x4 adventure goes across a river

TAP airline flies to various destinations in northern Brazil, via Lisbon, where under a new promotion you can lay over for up to three nights before taking the second leg.Visit www.flytap. com for the best offers. We took up the excellent option of staying a night in the Portuguese capital and did a bit of shopping and sightseeing en route.


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WINNERS: Portugal’s Futsal

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PORTUGAL beat Spain 3-2 in the UEFA Futsal EURO final in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Portuguese sensation Ricardinho became the all-time tournament leading goal scorer with 22 goals and also picked up Player of the Tournament. Seven-time winners Spain were unable to hold on to a 1-0 lead as the Portuguese team claimed their first ever title win after being denied it in 2010. “I value the Spanish league, it is the best in the world. I do not owe football a thing, I owe everything to futsal. Portugal deserves this respect,” said Ricardinho. “It's a hard day for everyone, someone was not going to win and was going to be very sad but I’m glad we won and I am very happy.”

Water wars GOLF clubs on the coast are drawing up plans to beat the summer’ drought. Andalucian Golf Federation and club representatives met with water supplier Acocosol to discuss the increasing scarcity of water supplies and ways to make it go further to ensure golf greens stay plush.

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to get the miles under my belt.” In September 2017, it emerged that Froome had double the allowed limit of the drug and cycling’s governing body - the UCI opened a case to find out if he was cheating. He denies any wrongdoing and said: “I’m confident that we will be able to get to the bottom of what has happened and I’m working hard with the team to do that. “Obviously I understand that this situation has created a lot of uncertainty. I completely get why there has been so much interest and speculation.” Team Sky cycling coach, Dave Brailsford added:

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for all sides that this process is conducted fairly before a final conclusion is reached.” If he fails to explain the result he could face being stripped of his Vuelta title.

MANCHESTER United striker Alexis Sanchez has been found guilty of tax fraud while playing for Barcelona but won’t have to go to prison. His 16-month suspended sentence means he has to pay the Spanish taxman over a €1 million in back taxes and a fine and if he does not commit a similar offence within two years the 29-year-old won’t see behind bars. The Chilean is the latest in a long line of football stars to be pursued by the Spanish tax authorities following in the footsteps of Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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School’s out MARBELLA school beats out stiff competition to be crowned cross country champions. English International College (EIC) won the Interschool Cross Country Championships - one of the largest ever with 12 schools and 565 competitors. Hosted by Novaschool Sunland, the EIC topped the tables with a total score of 333 as students competed in eight categories. Novaschool came second with 404, followed by Aloha College in third with 460.

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‘Negro’ dog found A MISSING woman’s dog has sparked a race row on social media. Rebecca Macias was dubbed ‘racist’ by Twitter users after she asked for help to find her black dog, named ‘Negro’. Rebecca named the dog after the colour of his fur, black (negro), but most of her replies on Twitter were criticising his ‘racist’ name. “You definitely aren’t gonna find that dog now with a name like that,” one user wrote. Another said: “I understand his name is ‘black’, but you REALLY should’ve picked a different name.” Most people argued that the word is not a slur because it is literally the word for black. Negro was found within two days.

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Hard cheese Cops get prison for taking bribes including wine and cheese

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