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March 2019

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RITISH buyers in Spain have beaten pre-Brexit referendum records despite the doom and gloom, new figures have revealed. Shrugging off the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, the sale of homes to plucky Brits rose 12% in 2018 to 10,178 - beating the 2016 record of 10,156. While UK buyers declined significantly in the quarters after the referendum in June 2016, and by a massive 28% in the last quarter of 2016, they started recovering to increase by double-digits

The Brits have not stopped investing in Spanish property with a 12% rise in purchases last year

last year. It means the UK’s share of the foreign market has been steadily increasing from a low of 14% in the first quarter of 2017 to 17% at the end of 2018. Although this is not yet back to the levels prior to the referendum

due to other nationalities flooding the market, it is expected to rise again this year. According to property expert Mark Stucklin, of Spanish Property Insight, the weakness of Sterling against the Euro was the leading cause of the drop in demand. “Once the Pound stabilised at a lower level British demand also stabilised and then began to grow again,” he explained. Continues on Page III

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Romanian swap

British expat trades in his British passport for Romanian one to keep freedom of movement A BRITISH citizen has swapped his UK passport for a Romanian one because of Brexit.

Expat Nenei Newman, who has lived in Spain for 15 years, revealed he made the move to guarantee his right

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EXCLUSIVE By Laurence Dollimore

to freedom of movement. The builder, whose mother is Romanian, told the Olive Press last night: “I want to travel around Europe freely, and I have a life here, I don’t want to have to get a visa or become a third national.” The 41-year-old, who lives in the Axarquia, added: “Never in my wildest dreams would I have applied for Romanian citizenship before the referendum, but when Leave won and after seeing the mess being made by politicians I thought it was the best option for me. “I don’t regret it.” Newman insists he still loves the UK and hopes it will recover from Brexit’s side effects - despite the daily racism he suffered there.


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“I was so disappointed by the result, but I understand why Leave won,” he added. “So many people who wanted to cut down immigration have been influenced by the biased media, who only wrote negative things about people like me. “Yet I worked incredibly hard every day to be on building sites for 6am and never complained. “That was despite me and my mother both receiving regular racist abuse” He added: “That said, I

am still proud to have grown up in London and I still admire the British and will always support them 100%.” His decision comes as a nightmare no-deal scenario is still a likely outcome just days before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU. Some 700,000 Brits believed to be living in Spain are particularly at risk, with healthcare, pensions and travel all points of concern. Brexit Shambles, page 5

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Fight the power! Pylon the pressure THE Olive Press is this week launching a campaign to protect two of Andalucia’s most emblematic areas from a destructive electricity project. Our ‘Fight the Power’ battle comes as more than 4000 written allegations were submitted in opposition to the massive electrification scheme that will see 80m-high pylons spanning the Lecrin and Alpujarras valleys of Granada. This is despite a joint study by Granada and Cambridge universities estimating that a loss to businesses in the area will amount to €16 million a year. “We’re delighted the Olive Press is taking up our cause and I really hope we can save this stunning area,” said celebrated British writer Chris Stewart, of Driving Over Lemons fame, who lives in the Alpujarras.


Fellow expat Michelle Howard, who has lived in Lecrin for almost 20 years, added: “It’s great news that your paper will be mounting a campaign to support Di No A Las Torres against these destructive plans!” Their allegations were presented by the campaign groups last week in Granada. Under the scheme, the 220-kilovolt cables will cover a distance of 182 kilometres between Almeria and Granada, with 362 pylons and with a 14,000 square metre substation built in Saleres. A spokesperson from Red Electrica insisted it was a positive project, telling the Olive Press last night: ‘the better the electricity network, the better the tourism’. See Pylons in Paradise, page 6 & 7


Running again CARLES Puigdemont, the former Catalan premier who fled Spain to avoid charges of rebellion in October 2017, has announced he will run as a candidate in the European parliament elections on May 26.

High-lying LUXURY cars, a villa in Sotogrande, jewellery and wanton €5,000 purchases - the lavish lifestyle of Antonio Tejon drug mogul wife led police to the alleged drug trafficker’s door in a raid on Tuesday.

Uncovered POLICE have arrested in Marbella two Spanish men, aged 35 and 40, for stealing 375 manhole covers across Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. The covers are valued at more than €160,000.

Neighbours in shock after British man allegedly murders muchloved Spanish wife of 30 years TRIBUTES have been pouring in for a ‘kind and generous’ Spanish mother, allegedly stabbed to death by her British husband in Estepona. Neighbours told the Olive Press how Gloria Tornay, 58, had been round for a drink with her husband Geoffrey Elton, 55, on

EXCLUSIVE By Joshua Parfitt

the eve of the brutal murder, adding that ‘nothing seemed wrong’. Retired satellite technician Elton went home at 7pm to ‘put a lamb’s leg in the oven’, befo-

Marco was a marked man POLICE believe a popular Marbella businessman killed outside his villa had been a money man for Ireland’s biggest mafia gang. Spanish detectives have told an Irish newspaper that Marco Yaqout, 49, who was shot at more than 20 times in San Pedro, worked for the Kinahan clan. Investigators initially believed Marco, who co-owned popular bar Linekers and other nightspots in Puerto Banus, was targeted after he was suspected of stealing from the cartel, led by Daniel Kinahan. However detectives now suspect another motive after learning the entrepreneur had an ‘excellent’ relationship with the Kinahans, based in Estepona for many years. A source told the Irish Sun: “It

SLAIN: Marco has been established beyond doubt that he was acting as a money launderer for the Kinahan cartel.” There is no suggestion that any of Yaqout’s business partners or the nightclub itself were involved in laundering or aware of his criminal activities. Police are also exploring reports the murder was linked to the 400 million timeshare ‘pyramid scheme’ operated by murdered gangster, John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer.

TRAGEDY: Elton ‘killed Gloria after losing his mind’ re Tornay was found dead at 11:45pm in the couple’s bed. During the vicious attack the week of International Women’s Day she received 10 stab wounds to her chest and back, cuts to her arms and hands. He then attempted to kill himself by slashing his wrists. Police sources confirmed there had been so much blood through the house in the leafy Forest Hills area that police could not figure out where the attack began. “Gloria was my best friend. I could confide in her about everything. She was generous, kind, hard-working,” the Spanish neighbour, who gave her name as Carmen, told the Olive Press. “It’s incredible that we had been socialising with them just a few hours earlier and he had even been cradling my granddaughter in his arms. “He must have completely lost his mind.” Tornay, from Montejaque, used to run a bilingual school for children in Cancelada, before changing jobs to work for Elton’s mother, Carol James, who

runs a maintenance company. Elton, who spoke fluent Spanish, used to run a business installing satellite dishes along the Costa del Sol. He had lived in the same urbanisation with his wife for more than 20 years and had supported her through significant tragedy over recent years, including the death of her sister and brother, both allegedly from suicide. An ex-associate described Elton as ‘lacking humour’ and ‘not the kind of person you could sit down with a beer and take the mickey out of’. Reports suggested Elton had locked his 15-year-old son out of the house around 11:30pm before police were alerted by neighbours to a heated discussion that ended with Tornay dead. Elton was rushed to hospital where his critical condition stabilised on Sunday and he has now in custody awaiting trial as an investigation into homicide is underway. Estepona observed three days of mourning while her hometown of Montejaque held a five-minute silence on Sunday in remembrance.

LAWYERS for the family of well victim Julen Rosello have appealed against a judge’s decision to reject evidence he could have been killed by a rescue worker’s pickaxe. Antonio Flores, from legal firm Lawbird, believes that little Julen’s fatal injury was caused from a pickaxe blow. His report, based on the preliminary autopsy, rules that at least four blows ‘penetrated at least 35cm’ into the earth covering Julen in the well.


However, the judge in Malaga said the report was not based on the findings of an ‘expert’, as the final autopsy has not been presented. Lawbird is representing uncle David Serrano, who owned the land in the Axarquia on which the illegal well had been dug and is facing charges of ‘reckless homicide’. Serrano’s team responded insisting the report was made ‘in good faith’ and is also based on reports by the Guardia Civil. The report claimed that eight hairs from the minor were found on the end of the pick. Lawbird argues the judge’s decision to reject it puts Serrano at a ‘clear disadvantage’.


BRAZILIAN authorities in Santos have confiscated 1.7 tonnes of cocaine hidden among boxes of green limes on a cargo ship bound for Algeciras.



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Joint arrival THEY have famously fallen out on numerous occasions, often coming to blows. When it comes to rock rows, few run as deep as the one between Oasis’ Liam and Noel Gallagher. So it is intriguing - and somewhat incredible - that the pair will both be headlining festivals in Spain on the very same night this summer. But before the rumour-mongers get excited they are playing hundreds of miles apart, with Liam Gallagher playing at BBK in Bilbao on July 11 and brother Noel (below) playing at Mad Cool, in Madrid that night. And, as Liam said a couple of years ago: “I’d rather eat my own shit than be in a band with him again.”

FROM the man who once claimed to have slept with 3,000 women comes a new vainglorious gloat: at the age of 75, Julio Iglesias ‘swims naked’ to keep fit. It is unknown if he sticks to his mantra of having sex every day, but the singer admitted his secret to staying fit while on his 50th anniversary tour included wine and ‘two to three hours’ of sport and aquatic liberation. Spain’s most successful singer kicked off his golden tour in Texas, where he introduced a pair of dancers, saying: “Tango is

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TONY Hadley, Fatboy Slim and Elton John are just three of the amazing acts coming to Spain this summer. The British superstars are joined by Franz Ferdinand, Kings of León and New Order, who are set to headline the Low festival in Benidorm this summer. Meanwhile Iggy Pop, the Cure and the Chemical Brothers land in Madrid, while Oasis stars Noel Gallagher and brother Liam play in the country

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NE of Spain’s top music festivals will pitch Liam Gallagher (left) against Damon Albarn for the first time in Spain. The British legends - who famously fought for the UK’s number one slot with their bands Oasis and Blur in the 1990s - are to headline BBK festival in Bilbao this summer. Fortunately on different nights, Liam Gallagher will play under his own name, while Albarn will perform with his new band The Good, the Bad & the Queen. And to add a bit of extra British sizzle to the mix, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke will be on hand to perform his new album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes.

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PENELOPE Cruz wowed in white at Chanel’s final fashion show directed by its late creative director Karl Lagerfeld. The Spanish actress blended in with the winter wonderland theme and snow-covered runway, donning a long-sleeve top with several ruffles, a furry skirt, statement belt and platform shoes. The stunning Madrileno shared pictures of the wintry scene at the Grand Palais in Paris, which became ‘Chalet Gardenia’, and included snow-covered mountains, log cabins and a snowy runway. “What an honour to walk the last Chanel show designed by Karl. What an emotional moment!” she wrote. Lagerfeld died on February 19 from a short illness at age 85.

CRUZ-ING: On-screen star Cruz takes to the catwalk MUSIC ROYALTY: Cook, Elton and Tony Hadley ON THE VERY SAME DAY in July. Former Spandau Ballet frontman Hadley is to play at the Puente Romano Tennis Club on August 10. He will be joined during the Marbella Music Week by The Jacksons two days before. Other huge draws on the Costa del Sol this summer, include Rod Stewart and The Beach Boys. The California legends will be performing as part of Marbella’s Starlite Festival, while Stewart stars at Fuengirola’s Marenostrum Castle Park in July. Bob Dylan is also coming to Fuengirola as part of his Never Ending world tour. Meanwhile, Spain’s biggest music festival FIB has confir-

med Fatboy Slim, Kings of León, The 1975 and Franz Ferdinand. The Benicassim festival has just added 12 other new acts for its 25th anniversary edition, including Kodaline, Lana del Rey and George Ezra. Other big names rocking out Spain this summer, include Elton John in Madrid on June 26 and Ed Sheeran, also in the capital, on June 11. Another exciting festival in Valencia, 4ever, has confirmed British favourites Keane and Tears for Fears will be playing alongside Spanish giants Los Planetas. Madrid’s Mad Cool festival has one of the best line ups to date featuring Bon Iver, The Chemical Brothers, Iggy Pop, the National and the Cure.

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I’ll speak out more! A SPAIN-based Hollywood star faces eight year in jail in his native Egypt for speaking out against the regime. Amr Waked, who lives in


Barcelona, has been sentenced by a military court for ‘publishing fake news and insulting the state institutions’ of President Sisi. It comes after the star of Syriana and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen tried to renew his passport in 2017 but was rejected by the Egyptian embassy in Spain. The 45-year old said: “I’m a civilian, I don’t know why I’m on military trial.” Waked has been outspoken on Sisi’s targeting of political opponents and believes the charges are an attempt to silence him. He said: “This will not stop me. On the contrary it will make me more vocal.”

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NEWS IN BRIEF Roman relics THE Roman ruins of Italica, near Sevilla, are expected to become a candidate for elevation to UNESCO world heritage status following a campaign by civil association CIVISUR.

Grounded THE EU has suspended the use of the new Boeing 737-MAX 8 planes, after nine Britons and two Spaniards were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed after taking off from Addis Ababa.

Brexpact A SPECIAL committee has been formed, comprising the 11 departments of the Junta de Andalucia, to introduce measures that will reduce the impact of Brexit on Andalucia’s 70,000 British residents, citing that the UK is the region’s top customer for tourism.

Mercadona MERCADONA has unveiled in Valencia its first macro warehouse exclusively dedicated to online orders, with plans to open a dozen more in a bid to challenge internet retailers Carrefour and Amazon.

Girl power WOMEN across Spain have organised 500 protests across the country on International Women’s Day. Students in Madrid and Barcelona went on strike at midday to highlight the crucial role of women in society. Feminist group, Comisión 8M, said the aim of the marches was ‘subverting the world order and the pervading hetero-patriarchal, racist and neoliberal rhetoric’. Meanwhile, in the Andalucian parliament the 12 deputies of the far-right Vox party are the only politicians to reject the calls of the left-wing PSOE for political groups to join the strikes. It comes as President of the region, Juan Manuel Moreno, is set to create a working group to tackle gender violence.


Hundreds of animals facing death after generational farm ‘cut off’ after ‘offending’ new residents A BRITISH expat is campaigning to save a herd of cows after a local farmer’s electricity and water supplies were ‘cruelly’ cut off by the town hall. Julie Crowson, 59, is supporting Jose Luis Sanchez Real, 56, whose 485 dairy cows are facing ‘almost certain death’. It comes after the farm in Rota which has been in Jose’s family for generations - had its water supply cut off without warning following ‘a string of complaints’ from neighbours. To make matters worse, electricity was severed a few days later leaving the family desperate for a generator to milk their cows.

€100m on public projects ESTEPONA Council has spent €100 million on public works since 2011, it has been claimed. Mayor Jose Maria Garcia

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Urbano has spent the money on several large projects, including the new athletics stadium, which cost €6 million. A further €10.5m has been spent on the gardens and plants, leading to the ‘greatest transformation the city has ever experienced’. This year’s budget will see more money going to the construction of Estepona Hospital, to the tune of €15 million.

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Save the cows! By Joshua Parfitt

“Cutting off the water supply is just cruelty to animals,” Crowson told the Olive Press. “I don’t care if the mayor comes after me, I don’t want the cows and a family to be destroyed.” It’s not Crowson’s first battle with mayor Javier Arana after she thwarted his efforts to bring back bullfighting to the town two years ago. The expat, who has lived in the town for 30 years, famously kissed a bull as part of her campaign to raise awareness.

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CAMPAIGNER: Julie Crowson with endangered cow She has now taken up the cause of farmer Jose, who has worked on the farm since he was 12. According to the town hall, complaints of smell by nearby urbanisations, which have sprung up over the last decade, led to a court order forcing his relocation. However, farmer Real insisted the council was merely planning to ‘slaughter’ his cows, give him money for the meat and charge him €31,000 for the service. “They are threatening me, yet my cows have the best genetic indices in all of Andalucia. And while I know I must leave, it will cost me €1.5 million to rebuild

my farm,” he told the Olive Press this week. “I don't have that kind of money.” Mayor Arana, from the PSOE, defended the decision, telling Rota al Dia he had given Sanchez a ‘month’s warning’ about imminent cuts to provisions. However the warning letter shown to this paper, dated November 29, did not specify any dates. “With elections coming up on May 27 I imagine the mayor is hoping to fulfil a campaign pledge,” Crowson, who will be creating an online petition, added.


Maddie doc gearing up AN in-depth documentary on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is expected to be released this month. The Netflix series - which involved the Olive Press - will re-tell the harrowing story of the most famous missing persons case in European history. A series of interviews with dozens of investigators, journalists and friends of the family will piece together how the three-year-old went missing from her holiday home on the Algarve in 2007. The documentary, which started filming in

October 2017, is expected to be presented in up to eight parts. The Olive Press worked with the production company Pulse Films for a number of days, as its editor Jon Clarke was among the first journalists on the scene. The documentary has faced a big backlash from Maddie’s family, who claimed it ‘could hinder’ the continuing search effort for their daughter.

Something in the water EXCLUSIVE By Charlie Smith

POLICE have been called in after a series of dogs died after drinking lake water at a popular beauty spot. The Guardia Civil environmental arm Seprona has taken water samples after up to six dogs collapsed from drinking at Lake Istan, near Marbella. One expat, American Livia Taravella, 39, from Florida, told the Olive Press she was ‘devastated’ after her dog became the fourth pet to be poisoned from the water in just one week.

Dog poisoner returns!

A DOG has died and four more have been poisoned in Marbella. The shocking news comes as fears grow that an apparent pet poisoner has returned. Owners have now been warned not to walk their dogs in the La Campana area, where 15 pets were poisoned in October 2017. Borja, a vet at UrVet clinic in Marbella, raised the alarm over the shocking events. The medical expert claimed the five dogs, which he treated, were ‘the same as before’. He added that inhaling the substance ‘can cause death,’ but could not identify what it was. He also insisted children should not enter the area until it had rained and the substance was washed away.

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Unhappy hour BRITS caught drinking on Marbella’s paseo maritimo this summer could be fined €3,000 thanks to a new crackdown on boozy tourists. Happy hours have also been banned in popular resorts across Spain following an international summit to battle unruly holidaymakers in Mallorca last month. The result has been to declare zones of ‘special tourism interest’ where police will work to control drinking and bad behaviour. It means from April 1 to September 30, tourists face €3,000 penalties if caught drinking alcohol or eating in the street. Bars will be fined for offering happy hour deals.

End of the line €15,000 military operation as fish and chip shop owners return to the UK with 50 dogs and cats in tow

EXCLUSIVE By Joshua Parfitt

POISONED: Skye Taravella recalled how her one-year-old pet Skye became violently ill and died in just 15 minutes. “I just don’t know how to handle it,” the mother-of-one said. “Why would someone put poison down by the lake, or in it. I don’t understand.” The heartbroken expat said: “Everything was fine until we got to the water and drank some. “Almost immediately her eyes began looking very droopy, she lost her balance and almost fell into the lake. Just quarter of an hour later she was dead.” There are various theories about what could have killed the dogs, although one neighbour, who lives by the lake, believes they were poisoned by a naturally occuring algae or cyanobacteria that grows on stagnant lakes. “I live here and I am 100% sure it’s coming from the algae,” she said. “It is illegal to swim in it, because it is stagnant, it’s not some local going around killing dogs.”

A BRITISH couple have returned to Blighty with 50 dogs and cats in tow. Fish and chip shop owners Jacqui and Tim Kerswell, 44, spent €15,000 to get their beloved pets home to the UK after making the decision to relocate. The pair, who ran Tim’s Fish & Chips, in Duquesa, have returned to their farm in Devon with 32 cats and 18 dogs, over two legs and with a van completely full. “Pets are like children: if you can’t take care of them, then don’t have them,’’ Jacqui, 54, told the Olive Press. The military operation took months to prepare, particularly as they had to carefully place the pets in cages to avoid them fighting on the route. “Spain is a prime spot for abandoned dogs and cats, but many expats also abandon their pets because they don’t want to fork out for transport,” added Jacqui. ‘’We haven’t got a lot of money, but I would rather go without food than see my animals suffer.” The pair, who lived in the small village of Algatocin, near Ron-


Brexit shambles By Tim McNulty

THERESA May has lost a second meaningful vote on her proposed withdrawal agreement, with only 17 days to go until Brexit. MPs heavily rejected the Prime Minister’s ‘improved deal’ by 149 votes after May lost the first vote in January by a historic 230 vote margin. May immediately announced Parliament will get a vote today (March 13) on whether to leave the EU without a deal. If MPs reject the no-deal option, there will be a further vote on a potential extension of Article 50. May said: “Voting against leaving without a deal, and for an extension, does not solve the problems we face. “The EU will want to know what use we want to make of that extension. The house will have to answer that question.”


LOADED UP: Jacqui in van with pets and (inset) with Tim in fish and chip shop da, rescued every one of their to be walked every four to five pets from around their home hours. over the last decade. According to the owner of Each was given a microchip and transport company Paw’s pet passport and they have all Transport Service, Diana Laubeen vaccinated against rabies - rie, it is the single biggest trip a process costing between €80- she has heard of. €150 each. She explained that a total of 28 They also had to be dewormed separate cages were fitted with and had to be checked by the ‘non-spill water bowls’, while couple’s vet Pablo Gonzalo the cats had special hiding spafrom Mediterranea Vet Practi- ces to relax. ce, within five days of travelling. “Everything has gone to plan… “They are wonderful people and and it is a lovely story about two very pet-friendly,” he said. nice people who weren’t going Both journeys to the UK took to leave one of their beloved 36 hours, with the dogs needing pets behind,” Laurie said.

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The humiliating defeat comes despite the last-minute concessions May secured from Monday’s summit with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. “This is the moment and this is the time – time for us to come together, back this motion and get the deal done, ” said May ahead of the vote. A total of 75 Conservative MPs rebelled against the deal whereas three Labour MPs rebelled against their leader by voting in favour. In a statement the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier said: “The EU has done everything it can to help get the Withdrawal Agreement over the line. “The impasse can only be solved in the UK. Our “nodeal” preparations are now more important than ever before.” A total of 75 Conservative MPs rebelled against the deal whereas three Labour MPs rebelled against their leader by voting in favour.

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FEATURE Voted top expat paper in Spain

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A campaigning, community newspaper, the Olive Press represents the huge expatriate community in Spain with an estimated readership, including the websites, of more than 500,000 people a month.

OPINION Humiliation HUMILIATED by yet another heavy defeat on her brexit deal, Theresa May’s authority is now well and truly shattered. Her desperate pleas and bribes were not nearly enough to overturn the historic defeat she suffered in January. A route out of the latest Brexit disarray is for Parliament to wrestle back control by extending Article 50 in today’s vote. And then to order another referendum and, next time, for everyone to vote understanding the full implications, with no lies and spin. For expats, fearing the loss of their pensions and access to healthcare, anything to ward off the UK’s looming exit date now is worthy of pursuit. May’s attempts to run down the Brexit clock has backfired spectacularly forcing her to concede Tuesday’s vote and possibly over the coming days her premiership. Expats currently watching this pitiful climax to three years of work will hope that any time added on will usher in a renewed focus on their plight.

Separate lives TRIBUTES have poured in for Spanish mother Gloria Tornay, who was allegedly stabbed to death by her British husband of 30 years, Geoffrey Elton at their home in Estepona. Gloria’s neighbour Carmen was among those grieving, as she described her friend as ‘generous, kind and hard-working’. Her words contrasted sharply however, to the news that neighbours had shared a drink with Gloria and Geoffrey hours before the brutal murder. These details demonstrate how quickly life can change and that you never know what is going on behind closed doors. Although the dust has not yet settled on this tragedy, it is clear that locals were surprised such a horrific crime could have occured on their doorstep. Many expats can feel isolated and lonely in Spain, and conversation is so important for our mental health. If you notice a neighbour or someone in the community acting strangely, offer a friendly face and do not hide away behind the walls of your urbanization.

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Pylons in paradise In the heart of Spain’s Driving Over Lemons country, residents and celebrities are gearing up for a David and Goliath battle to stop a chain of mega pylons from wrecking their rural idyll By Tim McNulty, Charlie Smith & Joshua Parfitt

In the softening light of the afternoon I drove high up and found a spot where I could see the whole valley, green and lovely and apparently inaccessible.” That is the description of life in one quiet corner of Granada’s Alpujarras by one of the founding members of Genesis, Chris Stewart. Writing in his seminal book Driving Over Lemons, published in 1999, the ex-drummer extols the rolling beauty of the fertile hills that sit below the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. After buying his El Valero farm near Orgiva in 1988 with wife Ana, Stewart - like many other expats of the era - upped sticks and left the UK in search of a simpler life. But that paradise, home to thousands of

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A BRITISH expat couple are facing a ‘disaster’ after they learnt one of the ‘monstrous’ electricity masts (left) is to be built in their back garden. Steve Holdup, 62, and wife Karen, 61, who live on a self sufficient farm near Orgiva, could ironically even lose their sole source of power from solar panels, which are in the way. The retired teachers, who moved from Cumbria a decade ago, claim they have been kept in the dark by energy company REE, and only found out about the pylon from a friend. Steve told the Olive Press: “From having a fantastic house we rebuilt from scratch ten years ago, we’ve ended up with a disaster. “We put all of our life saving into it and now we face having to live with a 220 volt tower directly behind our home.” If built, the tower and adjoining service road will cut right through their field of 13 solar panels. “So somebody in Germany gets a load of electricity from Morocco as a result of putting a tower at the back of our house and we end up losing the little electricity we have for ourselves.” He added: “It has been done in the most chevalier fashion you could imagine.

above) join long, snaking protest against pylon project Over Lemons novel made the EXCLUSIVE gion famous - added his name toreWhile supposedly necessary to take By Tim McNulty growing collective of campaigninga electricity from Morocco to Europe, Howard, who has lived in the Lecrin expats battling the proposal. it is set to ruin the untouched beauty Valley for two decades, told the Olive Press: “The These include former 80s star Doc- again private financial interests are of the area, enjoyed by tens of thou- massive pylonsproject to take these tor Robert, from the Blow Monkeys, riding roughshod over the will and sands of nature lovers across our valley is each year. an abomination. It will have devasthe rights of the people, leaving, as The Di No A Las Torres (Say No To tating who li- ever, a wake consequences ves in the tion,” Stewart of heedless destruc- The Towers) group argues high vol- lly and economically. environmentatold the Olive Press, tage towers would have n e a r b y this week. a ‘devastating effect’ on tourism and agricul- “It’s a magical place, a ‘Vale Of HaL e c r i n “One day the ppiness’, as the Moors called it, V a l l e y , reasonable, tide will turn and more ture, as well as health. place of natural beauty and conser-a which is prevail; but sustainable ways will A petition has been launched, while vation. TM seemingly a not protest saw over a thousand peoyet; so... also set to it’s back to ple march near the village of Con- “These giant pylons will scar the be badly The outragethe barricades again.” landscape, could destroy the local a f f e c t e d vealed energycomes after it was re- char on Sunday. tourist businesses and ravage company Red Electri- The protest, which included the by the ca de España (REE) many environment. plans to install expats and children, is the start project. See pages 40 of “There are no benefits at all a network for local “ O n c e across the of some 211 giant pylons many to stop the scheme. two valleys. Blow Monkeys singer Robert people - we must fight to stop them.” Ecotourism is vital to the region, which was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, mainly for having some of the world’s oldest oli*Offer ends 30/11/18. Not ve groves. valid for renewals. Subjec t to conditions. Some 245 businesses work in UK BASED rural tourism and the valley which is set to have 109 of the pylons - receives an estimated 8,000 visitors every weekend. Reliable private hire transfer The figures for the Alpujarras, 2/8/18 17:01 for any services occasion which will see pylons stretfor Spanish • Luxury vehicles ching all the way to the Alme• Door to door service ria border, are certainly much residents • Airport collections higher. • Weddings transport Scottish expat Teresa See page 2 • Sightseeing day trips Keon, 49, who has been at the • Restaurant shuttles forefront of the campaign, told the Olive Press: “The whole Find out more at: 96 626 5000 place is going to be destroyed it is just awful... it really is aw+44 (0) 1353 699082 tel: 951 279 117 ful.” X-GENESIS drummer Chris Stewart has joined the fight against a ‘motorway’ of power lines planned for Andalucia’s iconic Alpujarras region. The British author - whose Driving



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PARADISE LOST: The beautiful vistas under threat from mega pylons and (above our front page last issue expats and locals alike, is now under threat. types of complaints against the plans was The Junta de Andalucia has given partia- fortunately extended to March 7, such was lly state-owned company Red Electrica the the outpouring of rage. green light to install a neOne form alleges that the twork of 362 giant electricity pylons would be damaging pylons across the Alpujarras for local business, including “I think the and neighbouring Lecrin Vatourism, while the other electricity lley. claims the unique flora and Stretching over more than fauna of the area would be company thought 100km of rural landscape, put at risk. the blueprints include towers it would be a big Michele Howard is one loup to 80m high, which has cal British expat who has walkover” campaigned against the enraged plans and has been gaFlight Risk lc oomcmau -l thering some of the 4,000 alegaciones (claim) forms sent to Grananities. More than 200 protected species could be The long, ugly line of da City Hall and other local councils by affected by the power lines, of which metal has no human lo- residents. over half are birds. They include the gic, arriving as often on The wife of Blow Monkeys singer Dr Robert the peaks of hills as in told the Olive Press that she and other camiconic Bonelli’s eagle which is unpaigners have been collecting a cardboard the gardens of locals. der threat of extinction. Thousands of people box full of forms every day, since they found The large bird of prey is underare affected and the about the infrastructure project last month. going a serious decline in Spain proposed route, which “I think the electricity company thought it mostly due to electrocution, begins in Fargue in the would be a big walkover,” she told us from illegal shooting and habiwest and ends at Bena- her idyllic terrace, which looking down the tat destruction. hadux in the east, was lush Lecrin Valley, where numerous celebriJuan Manuel Plegueapproved back in 2015. ties, including Alexei Sayle and Peter CapalBut such is usually the di, of Doctor Who, and Blow Monkeys singer zuelos Zoology Professor at the University way in Spain, oppo- Dr Robert, have homes. of Granada said: “Spain is home to over nents of the plans, in- “These areas are very well-known interna75% of Europe’s Bonelli eagle population cluding many who are tionally and there has been a huge bacand therefore holds the greatest responsiset to have pylons or klash. bility for its conservation.” access roads encroa- “It’s a paradise this place, it’s just ridiculous ching their land, claim what they are doing, to put pylons through they were not told until here will devastate the area socially and economically.” a month ago. The deadline for people Tour manager Michele is the organiser of to register two different protest group Di NO a las torres de alta ten-


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SOUTH OF GRANADA: Alpujarras on map of Spain sión en el Valle de Lecrín. The platform claims tourism is one of the ‘few remaining industries’ left in the area and Michele herself believes the pylons will risk leaving the valleys ‘impoverished’. Of Andalucia’s 30.5 million tourists in 2018, 15.3% visited Granada, including the area where the pylons are to be built. Along with hikers and cyclists, one of the most common types of visitors to the Alpujarras and the Lecrin Valley is the eco-tourist. And many of those who are after a ‘greener’ holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of the Costa del Sol, end up at British expat Rita Islip’s hillside cortijo just outside Orgiva, the spiritual heart of the Alpujarras. “I don’t have fences or a pool but people want that back-to-nature experience,” she tells us as we sample her cold-pressed olive oil, made at her home, which she rents out to weary backpackers chasing down what remains of the area’s Moorish history. “I am very successful in that and I am quite unique, I’m booked up from June to August. “It was a massive shock when I found out about the pylons after 36 years of living like

Business has been excellent over the last two years with tourism booming, explains estate Agent Martin Leenaars. “Buyers came here for nature and because they are put off by how busy the coast has become” he explains. But the 67-year-old is already seeing the power line project drive away potential buyers. “I had a couple from South Africa who wanted to buy a cortijo, but then heard about the project and pulled out. “Another couple lived here 20 years ago and wanted to come back, but they heard about the electricity posts and pulled out. We sell 4 or 5 houses a year, so that’s a significant part of our income.” Leenaars is clearly concerned: “I have some more viewings in the coming weeks so I don’t know what their reaction will be. But the project will definitely affect our business, I don’t know why they don’t go alongside the motorway, why cross our valleys?”

this, it’s going to be very harmful for tourism. “People come here from all over the world, Almeria. but they won’t want to come here anymore But the energy giant assured the Olive if its ugly and spoiled.” Press this week that it has ‘nothing to do And Rita is more affected than most, as she with taking electricity from Morocco’. points to where the pylons will run invasi- “It’s a project for a region that is not suvely, directly over her house. fficiently connected to the grid,” insisted Her anger is shared by neighspokesman Jose Montero. bour Ian who popped by with “It’s true that a number of foarchitectural plans to show “Spain views the reigners will be impacted, but us how both their houses, there are thousands of peoAlpujarras as and their other neighbour ple in Granada demanding Dan’s, are not even recogni- some backwards more energy.” sed by Red Electrica. But despite Red Electrica Pointing to the three blue place where the claiming they have been marks he has added to symdown to speak to local resiMoors lived” bolise their homes, you get a dents, the company’s plans sense of the scale of the fido appear to show a lack of ght that residents of ‘Driving care for the area, its history Over Lemons’ country are up against. and its current populations. The situation is best described by Dr Robert, “I get the impression the rest of Spain views of the Blow Monkeys, who shares a house in the Alpujarras as some backwards place the hills with his wife Michele. where the Moors once lived,” Ian told us, re“It’s a ‘David and Goliath’ situation,” he told ferencing the last Sultan of Granada’s banius. “The multina- shment in 1492, before he rushed off down tionals are moving the valley to help Michele and the others file Famous faces in the Lecrin valley and the Alpujarras in and everyone is the last of the alegaciones forms before the saying ‘no’.” Red deadline. Robert and Michelle fell in love from 80s band Killing Joke), comeElectrica, Spain’s This is a view shared by most people who with the area 18 years ago and dian Alexei Sayle, and actor Peter main electricity su- live in the valleys - and none more so than see it’s eco-friendly culture as Capaldi (below) have also set up pplier, is a multina- Chris Stewart, whose arcadian escape now a microcosm of what the world base here. The sublime landscape tional in the truest seems destined to become an area many could be. But the Blow Monkeys also inspired the literary sense. may want to flee from. frontman (below) and his wife are giants of the 1930 Rumours have “Once again private financial interests are not the only creatives to call the like the Bloomsbury been rife about riding roughshod over the will and the rights valley home. Record group’s Gerald Brewhy the €1.4 bi- of the people, leaving as ever a wake of desproducer Martin nan (pictured) and llion-a-year com- truction,” he told the Olive Press. Glover (Youth Virginia Woolf. pany plans to ins- Red Electrica remains firm that the route tall its electricity would not be moved, however admitted ‘mischeme. nor adjustments’ could be made. Local residents Either way, it confirmed that the thousands claim the pylons of alegaciones will now be studied and set to tear their more announcements will be made later lives apart are this year. transferring so- In the meantime, the Olive Press has starlar-generated elec- ted its first campaign of the year - putting a tricity from Moroc- stop to the pylons in the Lecrin Valley and co to France, via the Alpujarras.

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with Hugo Boss ‘Dark Blue’ cologne. An internal structure of polyurethane, cardboard and fabric inside the king’s body will reveal a skull protected by fireproof material, once it is set alight. Once the burning is carried out, ‘in a private and legal place’ the owner will only get to keep the rights to the video of the event. Santiago Sierra and Eugenio Merino, both known for

tury, when children of the choir were allowed to parody religious festivals, such as Saint Nicolas Day. After a protracted history, the carnival began again in 1982, and to this day culminates in a bizarre parody of a funeral procession: the burning of a massive anchovy. The symbolism of the anchovy is supposed to be a purging of laziness, gluttony and abundance, in preparation for the fasting period of Lent. Similar funeral processions

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HAT’S the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'anarchy' - defined as ‘a state of disorder due to the nonrecognition of authority’? France’s infamous Reign of Terror, perhaps, or the present-day situation in Venezuela or Syria? If you are the parents of hormonal teenagers (gulp!) you probably know a thing or two about it. Whatever your perception, it might be surprising to know that Spain has a long tradition of 'disorder due to the non-recognition of authority'. In the middle of the 1800s, political ideologies long thought to be extremist were brought to Spain from the hotbeds of revolutionary Europe. French Revolution, Karl Marx, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Locke and many more, collectively resonated with those who sought fairness in society. From early on, Spanish style 'anarchists' believed strongly in the class struggle against the cabal of the church, the state and the landed elite. They saw these powerful forces

exploiting workers, the poor and the landless, resulting in grinding poverty, starvation and war. Early Spanish anarchists opposed any authority that claimed the right to have power over anyone else. Anarchy first gained a foothold in Catalunya, then a crucible for proletarian and trade union rebellion. Revolutionary ideology was propagated in neighborhood cafes, by radio broadcasts and newspapers, propaganda tours and travelling libraries. The oppressed and marginalised throughout Catalunya, and later the rest of the Iberian Peninsula, were very receptive to an ideology that opposed authority, namely: the 'state' with its brutality and corruption; unchecked capitalism with its grand wealth and wretched poverty; and the coercive institution of organised religion. In the run-up to Spain’s greatest nightmare, Spanish Civil War, anarchists, communists, socialists, unionists and a melting pot of political factions joined forces against entrenched authority. In Andalucia, however, the conscious 'non-recognition' of authority began to take on a new and strangely positive dimension. The social structure of Andalucia in the early 20th century, being primarily agrarian, required a division of labour based on gender roles. Men participated in field tasks such as harvesting crops, animal care, irrigation, using farm equipment, and so on. Women mostly participated in farmhouse tasks like tending family gardens, preparing and preserving food and maintaining the home. They were expected to be the 'angeles del hogar' (angels of the hearth) at home and the perfecto casada (perfect wife) in their marriage. Socially, the conditions for agricultural women was uniquely oppressive and they could be forced into arranged marriages without their consent. Once married and without her HEADS UP: The slaughter of the Reign of Terror has come to symbolise anarchy


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husband’s approval (called 'permiso marital'), Popular Front). These rural women were dea woman was prohibited from ownership of dicated to the belief that women’s issues property or travel away from home. There were were inseparable from the social upheaval punitive penalties for adultery, while divorce of the day. They passionately argued that the was impossible. Single women could not lea- double struggle for women’s liberation AND ve the farmhouse without a male chaperone. Spain’s greater social revolution (Spanish CiMost women were financially dependent on vil War) were equally important and should men and had virtually no access to education. be pursued in parallel. Conditions for women outside Andalucia The women’s movement that took hold here were, on balance, slightly better. For example, was not confined to southern Spain. In the Catalunya had a thriving textile north, one group in particular, industry where over half of the Mujeres Libres (Free Women), workforce were women. In Maself-described as an 'anarTheir stated drid, Zaragoza and other norcho-feminist' organisation, thern cities, women were able emerged as a strong leader in mission was to find at least some degree of their dedication to empower to free women autonomy in domestic work outworking class women. Their staside the home, and in commuted mission was to free women from ‘the triple nications. from 'the triple enslavement to enslavement’ In Andalucia, however, women ignorance, as women and as found themselves in a deploproducers'. The group soon had rable state. In 1936, women in over 30,000 active members. Malaga, Cadiz and Sevilla began to develop They successfully articulated visions of a new an extensive network of organisations dedi- social life for women. Mujeres Libres sponcated to the idea of women’s liberation. With sored programmes on maternal and child very little to lose and under such detestable health, day-care, female biology and sexuality. circumstances, women activists travelled They pointed out that virtually all education through the Andalucian countryside to set for women had been controlled by the Cathoup rural collectives where they organised lic Church. Mujeres Libres were pioneers in schools, literacy programmes and women-on- openly discussing taboo subjects like sexual ly social clubs and newspapers. More impor- freedom, birth control, abortion and co-habitantly, the women of Andalucia were some tation and how these issues could not be seof the first to join forces in alliance with the parated from the greater social revolution. larger Republican (anti-Franco) constituents As any student of the Spanish Civil War will tell of communists, socialists and unionists (e.g. you, things did not end well for the Republicans - the socialist, communists, unionist and anarchists. of ed form , rkos ana reek n/G With Franco’s victory ●● Anarchy: From medieval Lati in 1939, Republican an-(without) and arkhos (ruler). sympathizers were nFra ing dur rchy ana of bol sym at the very least ●● The guillotine became the r thei lost 00 40,0 over silenced, went unce’s Reign of Terror. It is estimatedh!) including Louis XVI, derground or exiled. heads to its unforgiving blade (oucRobespierre. ien imil Max and More likely, they were Marie Antoinette executed. But the litary men docu tive rma info t, beration ideology of ●● Vivir la Utopia is an excellen (1997). It consists of 30 infilm by Juan Gamero women, born of their Spain’s of bers mem g ivin surv with terviews stifling experience for ed view be can It nt. eme mov anarchist in Andalucia, was a e. free on YouTub planted seed that would come to fruia re●● ‘Anarcho-feminism’ is still inist tion later on in the fem y’s toda in term ised cogn late 20th century. hori -aut anti ng bini Com movement. It has been said that ept conc the m, inis tarianism and fem the en masse beeres was popularised by Spain’s Muj headings and anar. tion nisa orga es Libr chy associated with France’s Reign of Te-


rror was a necessary precursor to the ideals of The Enlightenment. (Those who lost their head would certainly disagree!). And who can possibly predict the outcome of the chaos in

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‘RUBBER MAN’ BOUNCES BACK AN octogenarian fisherman whose boat was smashed on rocks during strong winds has told the Gibraltar Olive Press how remaining calm was key to staying alive. Pensioner Hector Baglietto, 80, was forced to swim to safety and clamber over jagged rocks when his sixmetre fibreglass ship, Tyjack, ran aground close to Europa Point (pictured left). The former fireman, who had been fishing when a three-metre wave slammed his vessel onto rocks, told the Gibraltar Olive Press: “I am lucky to be alive.” He added however he was ‘never afraid’ when he got into trouble during strong winds last Tuesday.


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he owner of nearby restaurant Sa Font Cuberta, in Lluc, Ernesto Couto, 49, told the Olive Press the couple had just finished an expensive renovation on the €8m home. “It was a big house and they had perhaps done it up too well, closing off all the gaps so there were no draughts,’’ he said Couto added all the locals use wood-burning stoves to heat their homes - but they keep at least a window slightly open. ’’They probably closed all their new windows without realising, such terrible luck.’’

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idyllic finca near Escorca (main) was poisoned by gas at her poisoning occurs Philippine de Mevius (inset) night that Carbon monoxide builds up in your GASSED: Billionaire heiress gas we had a Police confirmed last the morning, last week, whenproperty,” there were no signs of a break-in or when the toxic ed the alarm after noticing bloodstream. meeting about their new in criminal activity. much-loved couple, who had bought Your body replaces the oxygen not she said. The couple were found dead in bed your red blood cells with the cothe property two years ago, had “It had only just been refurbished come out of their locked bedroom. & and was in perfect condition. It all by police. lourless and odorless gas, which damage Detectives from Inca are now probThe owner of a neighbouring bed to un- can lead to serious tissue seems so strange.” 15:36 in an attempt 16/06/2017 1 deaths, often ing the breakfast told the Olive Press last had oc- and death. “They came to the island quiteUntitled-1.pdf re- derstand how the gas leak night how sad the local community and were really good people. It is curred. was on hearing the news. sad.” very ally “I only saw them on Wednesday








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A BELGIAN beer heiress has been killed in a tragic poisoning accident while on holiday in Mallorca. Mother-of-three Philippine de Mevius, 52, whose family own the worlds biggest brewing firm Ab Inbev, died alongside her partner Andre Emsens, at the weekend, due to faulty log-burning stove. An investigation has been launched after the super-rich couple - whose families are worth more than €10 the billion combined - were found in bedroom of the stunning rural estate of Finca Muntanya, near Escorca. The pair had been spending a half term holiday on the island. in The couple, who own property Malaga, as well as a 600-hectare estate, Château d’Emptinne, in Belgium, had recently finished renovating the beautiful farmhouse, which TraSerra the of heart sits in the muntana, near Lluc. The family of Philippine - a professional osteopath and generous benefactor - are the third largest Ab shareholders of multinational Inbev, based in Belgium. ExIt is listed on the New York Stock change and brews Budweiser, Beck’s and Stella Artois among other beers. They are believed to be worth just under €7 billion. Her businessman partner Andre, who was found dead in bed alongside her, is also an heir to a massive fortune. His family, worth €3.3 billion, own Sibelco, a Belgian mineral giant with more than 228 mines around the world. has Workers on the finca, which chickens, donkeys and goats, sound-


Good afternoon. Thank you very much for sharing our campaign on the oldest tree in Malaga with all your readers, we are very grateful. We want to take this opportunity to thank the readers of the Olive Press for being interested in learning about our campaign and sharing it. The Sierra de las Nieves is a beautiful place to go hiking, with an idyllic setting in which to disconnect from the madding crowd and fully enter nature. But thousands of visitors walk over its roots and prevent it from breathing and absorbing the water it needs. We think your campaign will really make a difference.

added. Gibraltar will continue to brace itself for a no deal Brexit. “The position of the Government is that Gibraltar must continue to prepare for all eventualities as we leave the EU. The detailed planning for a no deal Brexit will continue.” Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “The final potential outcomes of this process remain unclear. “We have therefore been working hard on all reasonably predictable outcomes to deliver the results we need certainty for all citizens and businesses alike. “We will continue to do so and to engage with the UK, the EU institutions and Member States, including Spain, to ensure all our citizens are equally and reciprocally protected in all eventualities.”

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T Kinsale restaurant in the heart of Duquesa port you can order a fantastic homemade pie washed down with Guiness, while almost next door is Tim’s Fish & Chips. Around the corner buy a copy of your favourite British daily paper, while an English butcher has plied his trade for nearly two decades nearby.Brexit? Sod that. Perhaps that is why the municipality of Manilva has

such a high percentage of foreign, settled residents - 42% according to Dean Tyler Shelton, one of the only British councillors in Spain, and Manilva’s councillor for foreign affairs. Officially over 3,000 British expats live in the 17,000-strong municipality, either in the coral-white marina of ‘La Duquesa’, upon the mile-long beachfront of San Luis de Sabinillas or up on the hilltop lookout of Manilva itself. Though the Brits and the 180-odd Continues on Page 16


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Not the sharpest The guy’s an idiot. I have lived in Spain for 11 years and l don’t speak fluent Spanish, but I have enough to have got on during that time. It’s only right to try and speak the language of the country you live in. But having listened to Bale talk, he isn’t the sharpest knife in the box.

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Boot Camp? Like in the Military? I don’t even own any boots, only trainers. Is Brian going too?” My son stares at me through narrowed eyes, arms crossed, already a couple of inches above me in height and leagues ahead of me in attitude. Prepared for his reaction, I silently place a flyer in front of him which explains the 5-day summer course based up in no dib dibbing, considerably the Alhaurin hills called ‘Eagles Training hotter with mutant-sized mosquitoes?” he enquires. Camp’. I nod my head in agreement and remain With a sullen expression he reads it, quiet as he takes the pamphlet grunts a couple of times and then looks into his bedroom and closes the door. back up at me. “So, basically it’s like the scouts but with I can hear the familiar sound of the Xbox controller being taken out of its stand and I reach for the phone, hoping he will forgive me in years to come for making this decision on his behalf. Thinking back to my own childhood filled with fresh air and conkers amid endless summer holidays, I smile at the recollection of my bygone youth. San izal (medicated toilet paper), a prerequisite in all the school toilets then once we escaped the confines of our dusty classrooms, playing kiss chase until the sun set over our freckled faces. Faggots and peas or Findus crispy pancakes graced most of the dinner tables in our cul de sac, in fact anything highly processed and on offer at Kwik Save being the staple diet of most children OFF TO CAMP: Paula’s son of the 70s, the more E numbers, the

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When you live abroad it is totally disrespectful not speaking the local language, after even a year, no matter where you are. English speakers always think everything revolves around the fact that English is spoken anywhere. Be humble and less arrogant, and you will gain much more empathy around the world. Ethics are the base of any culture. We do not live around you. I think with Brexit this should be even more of a reason to embrace!

Monica Fabiani, Valencia

No excuses He should learn to speak Spanish. The guy gets millions. I've been living here for over four years now. Before I moved here I could hardly speak a word. I can speak the odd few sentences and can order stuff now. There's no excuse why people can't learn the language of the country they’re living in.

Billy Allen, Gibraltar

Harder than you think I don’t live in Spain, but I do work there. I am struggling to learn, because I can’t get in one place regularly enough to have lessons, but I do speak some and can converse.

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Les McKee, La Linea Save our tree! By Laurence Dollimore

THE Olive Press is throwing its weight behind a campaign to save the oldest tree in Malaga. El Castaño Santo is around 800 years old but it is plagued by disease and is ‘dying from stress’. The chestnut tree, in the Sierra de las Nieves natural park, needs decking to protect its roots. A petition has now been launched to have the tree, near Istan, declared a ‘natural monument’. Green group Istan Ahora, which launched the campaign, said: “We encourage all readers of the Olive Press to visit El Castaño Santo and sign our petition to have it registered as a monument. “It is also a beautiful place to go hiking, with an idyllic setting in which to disconnect from the madding crowd and fully enter nature.” The group insists the tree, which sits on private land, is being badly affected by thousands of hikers visiting it each year. “Visitors walk over its roots and prevent it from breathing and absorbing the water it needs. “Another major problem is that it is affected by the plague of ‘gall wasps’ which make it increasingly weak and defenseless.” Visit the Istan Ahora Facebook page for updates and tips on how to help. See Garden of Spain Page 6

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An idyllic cottage by the lake gave Giles Brown a bit more than he bargained for

HEN I moved into my idyllic cottage by the lake and escaped the madding and in all directions. frequently maddening crowds on the Luckily for me, Florin, my unflappable gardener has moved back. coast I did so for a variety of As a Romanian ex-paratrooper, he took Some were financial; it's a lot cheaper reasons. one look at the devastation, muttered Some were spiritual, although I have inland. yet to turn dark language (I'm guessing something in a very all ‘New Age’ and there is a permanent a Transylvanian curban on se) and set about constructing crystals, wind chimes and anything resembling some boar defena ces. dream catcher at the Casita. It's been very quiet up there since, although As an aside, why do people put dream I'm in their cars? Shouldn't they be focusingcatchers reluctant to check. on the I might find myself hanging road ahead rather than allowing themselves upside down by my to ankles from a tree, or much worse, on the wrong dream? end of one of his fiendish traps. Although, in all fairness, dream catchers in Mar- It's not just my place that has bella are pretty much the equivalent been lively, however. of furry dice Istan was rocked by the discovery of a mummified in Essex. pensioner at Zahara de Istan, one of the And then there were the health issues more upstood a higher chance of not getting my – as in, I market resorts in the area – so full of wholesome hed in by a bouncer again if I was living face mas- quinoa-eating young professionals that it looks like a version of Dawson's Creek – which It was the quiet life I was after, and within Istan. added a setting over the lake and wild goats grazingthe sun dash of David Lynch-style macabre horror. on the And then there was the far bank, it seemed that I was living in an office two kilometres up the police raid on a large villa cube rat's screensaver. road that ended with two Camora Mafia fleeing into the surrounding Looks can be deceptive, however, as camthe past few po. days have proved. 'Lock your doors and windows', First off was my well-documented run in with the dia Civil, 'there are desperate advised the GuarWild Boar. Italians on the loose'. Now, I'm not sure if they read the Olive after my column appeared in the last Press, but At which point, one of my best female friends who tusked terrors have redoubled their issue, the lives in Cerros del Lago, a more, ahem, 'bohelast week carried out what looked like efforts and mian', urbanisation than Zahara, sent me a text bombing operation on the top garden,a precision message. with turf, 'Desperate Italians on the stones and the remnants of the shrubbery, loose?’, she purred, flung 'I'm leaving my doors and windows wide OPEN!'

Julie Payne, Malaga

Sausage surprise How is chorizo, morcilla, longaniza etc. healthy? (Health freaks, Spain crowned world’s healthiest country due to ‘Mediterranean diet’, Issue 312) I live in the mountains, maybe people eat more healthily in the lowlands.

Anne Germain, East Grinstead

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pavement below his naked pads. “Where’s the car parked mum? I’ve not better. been in it for weeks,” my son enquires, Looking down at my weathered hands, as we make our way over the Miramar I dial the number on the flyer and after Bridge. a brief conversation with a lovely lady I point in the direction of the car park called Debbie, the wife of Micky (ex-miwhere our dusty jeep sits forlornly in the litary, no nonsense) my only child corner, patiently awaiting its next advenis booked on the five day survival course ture. which provides children and teens Unfortunately, the one downside the basic skills to cope in the wilderness, living in the town centre is the lack of of and also how to deal with bullies in parking, the real world. food shopping is nigh impossible. The small selection of boys and girls A trip to Lidl involves double parking would sleep in adjoining tents placed outside the apartment, hurling all of the adjacent to the family house, high up shopping into the communal hall, jumin the hills and I smile to myself, wishing ping back into the car, parking it several I was young again and able to happily ICONIC: Mr Brain’s faggots miles away, sprinting back on foot to function on a daily basis without the flat to find everything has already the aid his teenage years. deof HRT or Silverkrin. frosted and henceforth, that evenings Sitting on our apartment balcony I hold “Ok, I’ll do it, it actually looks good fun. tea will consist of a various assortment “But I want to take lots of Haribo the still warm phone in my hand and snacks and get my hair cut before for of food items that cannot be refrozen. look out over the street. I go”. “Why don’t you sell the car mum Nodding my head in agreement and get The world is passing by in a sunny haze of him back and fail to mention that I hug a couple of motorbikes; at least we can garbled conversation and noisy mopeds. he is leave those parked outside already enrolled starting the following the flat… My son’s bedroom door opens and can I have 3 scoops?” he asks all in he Monday and that, although the one walks over to where I am sat. camp is in the wilderness, they conveniently breath while perusing the assortment of sugar-laden Silently, he places have a tuck shop available on site from I stop dead helados on offer. his arms around 3-5pm. in my tracks, of course, this is the obvious my neck and gi- Brian places a paw upon my lap and of it myself. solution, why didn’t I think ves me a hug. looks beseechingly I smile up into his morning walk. at me; it’s time for Flog the car and get a couple of moClipping his lead on, peds, do as the his brown eyes, I bribe the boy locals do, when in Rome knowing full well on our jaunt withchild to accompany us and all that. the difficulties he cream en route. the promise of an ice After all, what could possibly go wrong? faces, an English The hairy hound child in a foreign of a strawberry is also partial to a lick Follow our further adventures and land approaching before the sun mivi and we all set off video clips on has time to heat up the www.anewwifeinthesun.c om

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How are they even surviving in Spain? (Teen appeal, new police appeal for British boy missing from Spain, mum and grandad wanted for his Ice cream parlours insist product warnings are always given after ‘abduction’, Issueallergy 312) nine-year-old death Poor boy. I hope he’s found soon.


EXCLUSIVE By Joshua Parfitt

A SERIES of ice cream parlours in Fuengirola told the Olive Press they always warned clients of the contents of their produce, after a British girl died from an anaphylactic shock during half term holiday.

It comes after the family of Habiba Chishti, 9, insisted they hadn’t been warned, before the schoolgirl died from a fatal nut allergy. “They asked the ice cream place whether there were any nuts and they had been told not,” one of her uncles said. “Habiba knew about the nut allergy and was very careful.” He added: “Her dad was on top of it and this has never happe-

ned before.” The dentist’s daughter, from Yorkshire, went into anaphylactic shock at Mijas’ Club La Costa World resort after suffering from a severe allergic reaction. She died two days later at Malaga’s Hospital Materno Infantil. Yet, an ice cream parlour and a frozen yoghurt vendor on the ground floor of the nearby Miramar shopping centre - where the ice cream was allegedly

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A BRITISH teenager who vanished in Malaga in 2017 would be 13 this week. His mum, Melanie Batty, 37, and grandad David Batty, 59, are both wanted in connection with Alex Batty’s abduction. UK detectives are now re-appealing for help, and believe he may have been taken to Morocco. After staying in Benahavis, the family, from Oldham, were due to return home on October 8 2017. But police investigations

Teen appeal believe trio may have tried to make the journey from Malaga Port to Melilla that day. Melanie is not the teenager’s legal guardian, despite bringing him to Spain with Alex’s grandad.. Alex is white, with blond hair, about 5ft, slim and has a northern accent. Contact if you can help. MISSING: Alex

bought - showed the Olive Press clearly displayed charts showing all allergens in their products. One member of staff said allergens ‘were the first thing they were taught’ when starting their job, and doubted that a customer would have been provided false information. Neither wanted to issue an official statement however, despite the claims from the UK. An investigation is currently probing what caused the death, led by a judge from Malaga court. A secondary autopsy will provide more details of precisely which allergens caused the severe reaction. According to a source with links to the Fuengirola mosque, the young girl’s body was flown home a week after she arrived in Malaga. Her family told the Olive Press this week: “We are grieving and unable to give any further comments at present.” The director of Miramar declined to comment.

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RITISH buyers in Spain have beaten pre-Brexit referendum records despite the doom and gloom, new figures have revealed. Shrugging off the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, the sale of homes to plucky Brits rose 12% in 2018 to 10,178 - beating the 2016 record of 10,156. While UK buyers declined significantly in the quarters after the referendum in June 2016, and by a massive 28% in the last quarter of 2016, they started recovering to increase by double-digits

The Brits have not stopped investing in Spanish property with a 12% rise in purchases last year

last year. It means the UK’s share of the foreign market has been steadily increasing from a low of 14% in the first quarter of 2017 to 17% at the end of 2018. Although this is not yet back to the levels prior to the referendum

due to other nationalities flooding the market, it is expected to rise again this year. According to property expert Mark Stucklin, of Spanish Property Insight, the weakness of Sterling against the Euro was the leading cause of the drop in demand. “Once the Pound stabilised at a lower level British demand also stabilised and then began to grow again,” he explained. Continues on Page III


March 2019


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Going steady

Foreign buyers back off but there’s no cause for panic yet, writes experienced analyst Mark Stucklin from Spanish Property Insight


OREIGN demand for property in demand has come to an end, at least Spain is getting more diversified for now. Back in Q4 2017, foreign debut the overall number of buyers mand was growing at 20% per annum, did not grow last quarter for the whilst back in 2016 it was growing by more than 30% in some quarters. But first time in years. The Association of Spanish Land Regis- even though growth has fallen to zero trars has just published its Spanish pro- as of Q4 2018, foreign demand is stiperty market report for the last quarter ll around 13% of the Spanish property of 2018 in which, amongst other things, market, where it has been since 2014, it breaks down demand by nationality. having risen from a low of 4% in 2009. The latest figures show the overall market was up 7% in Q4 to 120,199 home Who’s buying? sales inscribed in the Broken down by nationality the British are still Spanish Land Registry. number one with 2,524 That was the lowest level The German recorded purchases and of growth in the annualised quarterly figures market looks like 17% foreign market since the Spanish proshare in Q4 2018. They it’s overtaking perty market started to were followed by the recover back in 2014. Germans with 1,178 the French The growth was entirepurchases (8% market market ly driven by rising local share) and the French demand - up by 8.6% to with 1,130 acquisitions 104,982 home sales. (7% market share). The biggest group, with 6,863 purchase Foreign demand in Q4 2018 and 45% of the foreign market, was the The number of Spanish homes bou- rest of the world, the sum of all other ght by foreign buyers in Q4 2018 was countries whose nationals have bought 15,217 - almost unchanged compared property in Spain. to the fourth quarter of 2017. So the British are still the single biggest Unchanged means that foreign de- group by far, despite all the uncertainty, mand did not grow at all in the last problems, and weaker pound brought quarter for the first time since 2010, on by Brexit. meaning the upward trend in foreign It’s also interesting to note that the Ger-

mans were the second biggest group of buyers in three quarters out of four last year, whereas traditionally the French have been the second biggest group after the British. The German market looks like it’s overtaking the French market, with potentially positive implications for the Balearics, where the Germans mainly buy, and negative ones for Catalunya, where the French tend to buy. Looking at the annualised change in foreign demand by nationality we see more countries contracting than growing for the first time since the bust a decade ago. Important markets like Sweden (-29%) Norway (-16%) and Belgium (-15%) were heavily down. Were it not for growth in the two biggest sources of foreign demand – the UK (+6%) and the rest of the world (+13%) – overall foreign demand would have been significantly down in Q4 2018, with all key countries bar the UK in negative territory

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(chart above). I assume the growth from the rest of the world group comes from an increasingly diversified number of countries providing a small number of buyers each (the Registrars don’t tell us). For the first time since they started publishing this data the US was a big enough market - with 144 buyers in the quarter - to be listed in its own right. What’s going on? Clearly, foreign demand for Spanish property is cooling down and each market will have its own story to tell. But the fact that so many key markets are going cool on Spain at the same time suggests part of the explanation lies in Spain itself. I guess part of the story is rising house prices that make Spanish property start to look expensive, or at least no longer a bargain. For quite a long time during and after the Spanish real estate crash


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that started a decade ago, Spanish house prices looked like an absolute bargain to many foreign buyers. In retrospect it was a great time to buy. House prices have been steadily rising ever since in most areas that attract foreign investors. And at some point, rising prices combined with other reasons to be wary about investing in Spanish property are bound to give a growing number of foreign investors cold feet. Or maybe it’s just a temporary dip before the trend roars back up. Time will tell, but I have my doubts. I don’t expect foreign demand for Spanish property to go into a sharp decline but I wouldn’t be surprised if growth is weak, flat or even negative over the next few quarters. And once again, the British are holding up foreign demand. Brexit, just around the corner, could have a big impact, one way or another, though, nobody still seems to know what Brexit is or will be.

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He added that buyers at the bottom end of the market simply lowered their budgets, rather than abandoned altogether their intention to buy. “And at the high end of the market there has been little change in budgets, I’m told. People with money tend to be well diversified.” Other agents said the trend is likely to continue after Spain this month vowed to protect the rights of Brits living in the country.

Fiasco Conor Wilde, head of agency Found Valencia said: “Over the past four months we have been consistently showing more property to British buyers. “These buyers will revisit Spain once Brexit has settled. And since the news last week that the Spanish Government will safeguard the rights of British people living in Spain we have seen a dramatic increase in enquiries from the UK.” He added however: “We will not see a large scale sales change until this Brexit fiasco is over.”

COMFORT: Huge Mallorca pad helping Schumacher (inset) recover from injury

Up to €6,000 per metre squared, as prices of a new des res on the coast soar THE price of new property on the Costa del Sol has soared to upwards of €6,000 per square metre as demanding buyers drive up quality. Clients are now mostly wealthy foreigners who want a place for personal use rather than for investment, according to real estate consultants CB Richard Ellis (CBRE). The CBRE study also revealed new build properties are now of a higher quality with better design and communal services. “Before the crisis properties were

built without thinking of the client’s needs or quality because everything sold,” said CBRE valuation director

Brilliant score PRICEY: Building in Mallorca and (right) Andy’s new pad

vate terrace overlooking the Plaza de las Tortugas where second division Real Mallorca RCD celebrates its victories. The property’s 2,500 square meters of floor space is divided into five homes, the most expen-

sive of which was sold for 10 million euros. Former US tennis pro Kohlberg, is co-owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team and has been President of RCD Mallorca since September 2017.

Andres Moreno. “Now a lot more care is being taken; everything is designed with the end

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Formula Mallorca min, in Port d’Andratx, Mallorca,. confirmed they saw the German racing legend arrive by dark blue helicopter on the Spanish island. It is believed that Schumacher was also at the property for New Year’s celebrations and his 50th birthday on January 3, though it is not known if he is living there permanently. Schumacher won 91 races in a record-breaking F1 career before suffering a

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BOSS: Andy Kohlberg

THE president of Mallorca’s football club has brought an exclusive penthouse on top of the most expensive building in Palma. Andy Kohlberg snapped up the 500 square metre apartment in Palau Can Puig, a historical building on Palma’s prestigious Avenida Born, for almost €6 million. One of the penthouse’s many attractions is the pri-

MICHAEL Schumacher is reportedly spending winter at a luxury €30 million Mallorca mansion with round-theclock carers. A respected German magazine said the seven times Formula 1 Champion’s family celebrated Christmas at the mammoth property they purchased last year – swapping icy conditions at their home at Lake Geneva, Switzerland, for sunny skies in the Mediterranean. Neighbours of the Villa Yas-

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buyer in mind; it’s no longer a case of ‘anything goes’.” The most expensive properties are found in Nueva Andalucia, in Marbella, and Benahavis, which weigh in at €6,000 per square metre. Meanwhile, developments for sale in Torremolinos and Fuengirola go for prices above €4,000 per square metre. The report reveals the areas with the greatest property sales growth are Benahavis and Manilva, at around 40%. Growth in new home sales has grown in almost every Spanish region each month for the last two years, according to separate research by Lucas Fox. The average property prices in Madrid ended the year on €3,846 per square metre In the capital’s most sought-after districts of Chamartin, Chamberi and Salamanca housing went for €5,016 per square metre to €6,043 per square metre. Property prices are also on the up in Barcelona where a flat in the desirable district of Gracia goes for €4,346 per square metre.

traumatic brain injury in a skiing accident in 2013. He was reportedly receiving €50,000-a-week treatment from a team of 15 physicians and nurses at his Swiss home. Villa Yasmin previously belonged to Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, and boasts two swimming pools, a large manicured garden, a helipad and stunning western views over the Balearic Sea.

Betting on Madrid

CHAMPION British jockey Richard Dunwoody is on the hunt for a new home in Spain. The 55-year-old horseracing hero who won the Grand National in 1994 revealed to the Mail on Sunday that he has his sights set on buying a new pad in Spain and property hotspot Madrid is leading the field.

Crushed Dunwoody currently rents a home there with his wife Olivia, 46 and their three-year-old daughter Millie. “I like going out for breakfast here,” he said, “I will have a cafe latte and toast with crushed tomato in a cafe, and try to read what is going on with Brexit in the Spanish newspapers - I can read Spanish a lot better than I can speak it.” He added that it made sense to rent a place first before buying a home.

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Authorities take radical step to block thousands of homes on stunning Costa Brava

ENVIRONMENTALISTS are delighted with a shock move that has left thousands of owners and developers high and dry on the Costa Brava - at least temporarily. As many as 15,000 new homes and at least two hotels could be affected in the radical ruling by the Girona authorities. The regional planning department has imposed a total stop on all new development covering 2,000 hectares of the stunning stretch of coastline. “It’s an incredibly brave step and well overdue,” insisted a spokes-

BEFORE AND AFTER: Costa Brava has been branded overdeveloped while (inset) photo of coast from the 1950s

man for green group SOS Costa Blanca. However, local landowners dis-

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agree insisting it leaves countless plots of building land virtually worthless, both as an investment

and even to build homes. A series of mayors have hit also out insisting it will seriously affect

British developer brings southern Europe’s largest leisure park to the Costa del Sol


GAME-CHANGING: New park will feature huge water spaces, a shopping centre, theatre, aquarium, wind tunnel and more with an estimated cost of €600 million

HE massive shopping and leisure park planned for Torremolinos is green for go after years of delays and setbacks. British developer Intu has announced that the first batch of contracts have been awarded to builders Dragados and Sando, which collectively form the Temporary Union of Companies (UTE). Set to cost around €600 million, Intu Costa del Sol will feature a theatre, wave pool, aquarium, hotel and a 23,000 square meter sports area with a climbing area and wind tunnel. Intu claims the complex, just north of the Palacio de Congresos, will be the largest commercial and leisure park in southern Europe. Its design will follow the ‘shopping resort’ formula, which allocates one third of space to commercial businesses and two thirds to leisure activities. The shopping mall will house some of

the world’s leading brands, some of them for the first time in Spain. The huge project only won approval after stumbling blocks over its effect on nearby roads and water systems were finally removed by the developers. The complex will use renewable power and an energy-saving system while at least 20% of the development will feature recycled materials. A water recycling system will irrigate green areas while native plants used to Spain’s dryer conditions will reduce the amount of watering needed. Intu has also vowed to hire unemployed locals and make the ‘smart city’ as accessible to the disabled as possible. The €160 million starter fund will be spent on removing earth and making way for the foundations. IDOM and SBS engineering and the WATG architecture studio are involved in the design aspect of the project.

the local economy, already badly affected by the Catalan independence issue. The so-called ‘moratorium’ - even on land zoned as urban and developable - affects 19 of the 22 municipalities on the coast, between Portbou in the north and Blanes in the south. Only the municipalities of Castell-Platja d’Aro, Calonge i Sant Antoni and Castello d’Empuries have escaped the ruling. All land within 500 metres of the coast is affected and any development in this strip is immediately suspended if 50% or more of the plot has a gradient of 20 degrees or more. How far the ban reaches inland depends on the municipality but in some areas it stretches kilometers into the interior. The regional authorities have justified the moratorium on the grounds of protecting the landscape in an area bidding for Unesco Biosphere Reserve status.

Shelved The building freeze has been brought into force while a new Master Urban Plan for the region (Plan Director Urbanístico or PDU) goes through the process of public consultation. The PDU aims to reorganise urban planning with a stronger focus on environmental sustainability. The most hard-hit municipality is Roses, where some 5,900 new homes are put in jeopardy. The area around the upmarket town of Begur is also seriously affected, with hundreds of projects temporarily shelved. Well-known tourist hotspots like Cadaques, Tossa de Mar, and Sant Feliu de Guixols have also had all new licences suspended. Begur mayor Joan Loureiro blasted Girona for imposing the plan without consulting the municipal authorities. “We wanted a moratorium for problematic areas but they have imposed it on all the territory, and where before there were no problems now there are,” he insisted.

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Legacy Architect of Spain’s largest indoor sports arena scoops this year’s prestigious Pritzker Prize LEAVING HIS MARK: (Left to right) the Domus in A Coruña, Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi and the D38 Office in Barcelona


APANESE master builder Arata Isozaki has won the architectural world’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. The 87-year-old maestro was crowned the winner of the 2019 Pritzker architecture prize for his decades of thought-provoking and original work. Regarded as a visionary who helped foster an architectural dialogue between east and west, Isozaki was behind several projects in Spain including the Palau Sant Jordi, still the largest indoor sports arena in Spain.

He created the 17,960-capacity complex for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, siting it partially below ground to draw focus to the surrounding hillside. He is also known for designing an inflatable concert hall in Japan. The jury for the Pritzker noted: “In his search for meaningful architecture, he created buildings of great quality that to this day defy categorisations.” Isozaki was born in Oita on the island of Kyushu, in 1931. The 1945 atomic bombing of

ORIGINAL: Inflatable concert hall

nearby Hiroshima had a profound impact on him as a child. “I grew up on ground zero,” he recalled. “It was in complete ruins, and there was no architecture, no buildings and not even a city. “Only barracks


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Going the extra tile Ceramics are the hot new design trend styling up interiors this year


F you love interior design and are not afraid to use bold colours and patterns, you would have been in your element at this year’s Cevisama. The only annual ceramic tile trade show which tracks European trends, statement-making designs were the clear star of the show, held in Valencia last month. “The trends for 2018 and 2019 follow the path they opened during last year’s trade fairs: risky products where colour and decoration are once again on show,” said a Cevisama spokesperson. “Small or large, the material is the protagonist: marbles, granites, large-veined stones, flecked.. It is a good time for raw and also polished materials that are strengthened thanks to the growth of the worktops sector.” Here we have rounded up some of the most on-trend looks from the expo to make you smile as you restyle with tile.

Tile déco Hark back to the Art Deco era with a modern take on classic designs from the 1920s and 30s.

Brutalist Style Raw and rough, this industrial style takes its cue from geological rock formations of old and modern block design. Tiles featuring stone fragments, volcanic stones and igneous rocks such as granite are bang on trend right now.

MidCentury A clear nod to pop art influences from the 1950s and 60s, this trend pairs vibrant coloured tiles with dark wooden furniture.

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Light Marbled The mottled surfaces and subtle veins of marble create a room that lives and breathes.

Restored materials Simple but creative designs which see classic ceramics and tiles used in very unique ways.

Dark & watercolour Dark, shadowy and watercolour effects on surfaces create spaces with an air of decadence and sophistication. Neutral, grey and black tones combine with cold white and blue to create dreamlike atmospheres.

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Good eye in the sky Incredible drone shots show one city’s symmetry from a bird’s eye view


HESE are the stunning aerial images of Barcelona that have won a European photographer worldwide acclaim. The fascinating eye-in-the-sky collection by Hungary’s Marton Mogyorosy ditch the city’s most photographed sites for simple, symmetrical apartment blocks. Captured from way above the rooftops, his images take on the geometric appearance of abstract art. Several photographs focus on the Walden 7 apartment designed by Spanish architectural maestro Ricardo Bofill (see STARchitect overleaf), who made headlines recently for transforming an abandoned cement factory into his own home. Mogyorosy used a drone to take the striking images which reveal the Catalan capital’s precise grid design.

EYE-CATCHING: Stunning aerial shots feature Barcelona’s ports and apartment buildings which reveal a strikingly symmetrical design, including the Walden 7 apartment block designed by celebrated Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill (right)

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STARchitect Spanish maestro’s five decades career celebrated as he turns 80


ORIGINAL: (Top left and centre) Walden 7 building in Barcelona while (bottom left and inset) Obecni Dvur in Prague

NEW book has been published to honour one of Spain’s most successful architects in the year he turns 80. Ricardo Bofill: Visions of Architecture presents a collection of the maestro’s best works over 56 years. Born in Barcelona, Bofill has produced a massive range of thought-provoking building designs as well as landing huge glitzy commercial contracts - including the Desigual headquarters and Quingdao Airport in China. In Spain he is best known for La Fabrica in Catalonia, a cement factory which he transformed into his own luxury home and studio. A labour of love that took 40 years to complete, the brutalist grey concrete exterior - pictured in Olive Press property in 2017 - hides a sleek modern home covered in bright and alluring flora. ‘Bofill is a romantic’ explains respected architecture news website Wallpaper. ‘His work channels the mystic geometry of Giorgio de Chirico, the bright palette of Luis Barragán and the carefully controlled perspectives of Piranesi. ‘Ultimately, however, the artist at work is Bofill himself.’ Continues overleaf Take our photo tour of the starchitect’s best works.

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COLOUR BOMB: Pink and blue La Muralla Roja sits next to the green and abstract Xanadu - which houses 19 apartments on the coast of Alicante

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UNIQUE: (Clockwise from top left) Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco, the Meritxell shrine in Andorra, the Les Espaces d’Abraxes in France and (below) the El Anfiteatro, consisting of 27 luxury apartments, located in Calpe in Alicante

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LUXURY LIVING: (Left) Bofill’s own home while (right) a villa he designed in Emporda while (below) a previous issue featuring his home on our front page



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Bad practi ce


T is a practice that most property professionals had hoped was a thing of the past. But Olive Press Property can reveal that tionable practice of charging buyers the ethically quesrearing its head again on the Costa del as well as sellers is Sol. According to sources, at least two agents in the Marbella area have recently stung their buyers with bills of up to 5%. The so called ‘finder’s fees’ are in addition from taking commission from the seller.

“It’s disgusting,” said Terra Meridiana’s nothing wrong with finder’s fees if you Adam Neale, “I have ent beforehand, but I have heard from agree it with the clicertain agents are adding a 5% fee with several buyers that “It’s bad ethics and gives agents on the no prior warning. Costa del Sol a bad name.” Mike Smith, Chairman of Marbella-based agreed that charging potential buyers First Choice Spain, such fees was ‘ob-

EXCLUSIVE: Agents unite as some ‘bad apples’ are slapping finders fees on buyers without warning

scene’, especially when you consider high purchase taxes which are often inthey already have very “We as agents are paid by the sellers excess of 10%. and we never charge a fee to a buyer,” he said, “On the whole very well as it is, without the need to start our industry works additional fees to buyers. We should charging such high be encouraging them to invest here!” Ben Bateman of Holmes in Sotogrande added he was aware of the practice happening ‘in a few cases’. “It is totally unethical and gives our business a bad reputation for sharp practices,” he said.

“I have no objection to agents operating but I do object when these so called with a finder’s fee, without declaring from the outset that buyers bill both sides He added: “When unscrupulous agentsthey will be doing so.” abuse the system by adding extra amounts, the whole industry suffers. “Beware of this sharp practise.” Legal expert Antonio Flores added that such practises can be deemed illegal. “It is not illegal to have your commission with the agreement of the vendor,” he built into the price, The problem is when an agent adds told the Olive Press. but does not tell the buyer or seller. a commission on top “This happens when the agent is the middle man and the parties are not in touch via their lawyers. This is actually a criminal offence.”

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NEW SKOOL: Lady Elizabeth School in Javea comes complete with a new indoor swimming pool and football pitch and a cooler than cool design by Arquivir Arquitectos

Design lesson

IT is certainly one of the most stunning school developments of recent years. And now with the completion of its indoor pool, the brand new Lady Elizabeth School, in Alicante, is to have its grand inauguration this month. The €13 million development, in Benitachell, near Javea, took a year to finish and now houses over 1,000 pupils all under one roof (well a few to be fair). “It’s an inspiring place in and it’s functioning well,” explains Canadian headmaster Chris Akin. Prospective parents will literally be blown away by the location and style of the place, which took a year to build and unites the junior and senior schools for the first time. The international school was designed by Arquivir Arquitectos and built by local firm VAPF . The school is part of a chain of over 30 international schools globally, including Laude in Marbella and the British School of Malaga, formerly St.George’s.

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ICONIC: (Left) Casa Calvet while (clockwise) modern bathroom, bedroom and kitchen show off unique geometric tiling

Turkish art dealer builds home inside iconic tourist attraction AN award-winning Gaudi building has been transformed into a stylish apartment thanks to a local design firm. Mimouca Barcelona used muted greys and blacks to bring to life the colourful mosaics and features left by the maestro in Casa Calvet. Based in Calle Caspe, in the city’s Eixample district, the building was one of the artist’s first projects in the city. Built as a home and studio for the textile manufacturer Pere Màrtir Calvet, in 1900 the city’s town hall awarded it the prize for the best building of the year. Oak bookshelves, 1950s armchairs by Gigi Radice and black appliances perfectly compliment the Valencia pink marble chimney and Casadesus sofa. The project was commissioned by one of Istanbul’s biggest art collectors who was looking for a home for his family in the Catalan capital. For the redesign, Mimouca Barcelona paid meticulous attention to the vaulted ceilings and commissioned ceramics from top Spanish mosaic company Nolla to faithfully reproduce Gaudi’s inspired vision.

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Retreat to Paradise With snow-capped peaks in one direction and the Mediterranean in the other, the owners of this stunning retreat worry their selling point could be ruined


HEN alternative therapist Adrian Wynter rebuilt a cortijo in the Alpujarras mountains, he spared no expense on the design. Bedrooms were rewired to hide unaesthetic cables, windows were ‘precision-angled’ to catch the spring equinox sunset and the best Moroccan artisans were hired to create his vision of a healing environment. But the devil was in the detail after all. For now Adrian, 51, and his wife Ceri, 38 (pictured inset), could have a 220km string of giant electricity pylons rampaging across their valley vista. The House of Light retreat centre in Bayacas, near Orgiva, was a six year labour of love and was finally ready to open its doors when news of the pylon

By Joshua Parfitt project hit. “The view is our selling point,” yoga teacher Ceri told the Olive Press, adding that Adrian had already educated himself about the alleged dangers of electromagnetic radiation while caring for his terminally ill sister. “In one direction you can see the Sierra Nevada, and on a clear day you can see the Atlas Mountains of Morocco in the other - unless they plonk a pylon down the valley.” Ceri and Adrian, who have two young children, have poured their savings into the retreat which offers 15 to 20 guests at a time in-house vegetarian chefs, a yoga studio, a pool, olive groves and views over the majestic Alpujarras. The interior is a nod to Moorish design with arabesque plasterwork by a Granada-based studio and tiling by an expert who worked on the Alhambra Palace. Rummaging through antiques markets TRANQUIL: The House of Light boasts stunning views of the Alpujarras and is littered with Moroccan-inspired furnishings, making it the perfect idyllic retreat for yoga lovers or those looking for a break from the rat race

led Ceri and Adria to knock-off Rajastani pillars and a carved Mogul beam which now has pride of place above the kitchen sideboard. Traditional Moroccan tadelakt lime plaster was used in the showers. “I was worried Adrian would annoy the builders,” admits Ceri, explaining how her ebullient husband angled the property’s latticed arabesque window so it would align with the setting sun on the spring equinox. But she says the attention to detail has

left them with a stunning centre where every feature has a story and a purpose. “The central courtyard is supposed to reflect the quiet contemplative space in yourself we are trying to create,” says Ceri. But now the couple worry their tranquil space will be marred the massive project which proposes running 212 pylons, some up to 80m high, throughout the Alpujarras and the neighbouring Lecrin Valley.

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M1 Legal is stacking up the victories against Spain’s Timeshare giants with 11 victories in January and February worth over €170,000 Cala Pi – Maintenance Fees Victory M1 Legal’s clients had two contracts, Cala Pi Maintenance S.L. and Noarre S.L. The case was initiated by their resort Cala Pi processing a claim against the client for unpaid maintenance fees totalling over €12,000. M1 legal stepped in on the grounds that the company pursuing the case was simply just the maintenance fee company i.e. Cala Pi Maintenance S.L. M1 also submitted a claim against the contractual party Noarre S.L. ●● The contract with Cala Pi Maintenance S.L. was dismissed on the grounds of no right or capacity to bring action to appear in court. ●● The contract with Noarre S.L. was found to be in perpetuity (no end date). The judge ordered Cala Pi Maintenan-

ce to write off the debt for maintenance fees and the contract with Noarre S.L. be deemed null and void. Mr & Mrs Gough commented on their case: ¨Cala Pi started a claim against us for unpaid maintenance fees, it ended up around 12,000 euros. It took some time but we expected that being a court case in Spain. M1 legal were totally behind us in defending us against one of these money grabbing timeshare companies. M1 went to court on behalf of us and our 2 contracts were quashed. We always pay our bills so having a company demand a substantial amount from us was extremely stressful. We cannot thank M1 Legal enough that this is now over and we can move on with our lives without this hanging over us.¨ With all this exposure and publicity, there can be no better time to start your claim, Real People, Real Results, Real Rewards.

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by mortgage broker Tancrede de Pola

Get it while it’s hot Prices are still rising and Spain’s market is proving buoyant but don’t wait around, writes Tancrede de Pola


PRING has sprung, the mortgage market is blooming and the property picture is fairly rosy for 2019. House prices are expected to grow by more than 5% in the next few quarters while last year saw a 10% increase in mortgages, new figures have revealed. According to the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE), 345,186 mortgages were taken out in 2018 compared to 310,096 in 2017. Meanwhile, the value of mortgages was also up from 2017, with the average loan given to buyers increasing by 5.6% to €123,727. The total value of mortgages granted in 2018 increased to €42.7 billion, which is 16.5% higher than in 2017. It’s a sign that Spain’s healthy recovery is staying on track since it began in 2014. The welcome figures come as CaixaBank Research suggests growth in house prices will remain at above 5% over the next few quarters. Large cities such as Madrid and Barcelona and tourist destinations around the Mediterranean were the first regions to recover, and are still bringing in big numbers.

However markets like the Balearics have seen a slow down in sales (-3% in Q4 of 2018), following new rental restrictions. Elsewhere, Sevilla, Malaga and Valencia continue to be strong but in other parts construction still remains sluggish. Essentially, the coming years are promising and evidence suggests you can be confident and optimistic about Spain’s property expansion continuing. However history teaches us to approach the future with a touch of caution. In other words, if you’re thinking about biting the bullet, now is the time to do it. And if you do decide to take the plunge, the Finance Bureau will be on hand to get you the best mortgage deal possible. We will be in your corner to highlight any hidden fees or compulsory add-ons tucked away in the small print and ensure you get the best possible mortgage rate to suit your needs and circumstances. The Finance Bureau has more than 15 years’ experience in finding expats the best deal possible and making sure they’re avoiding the many pitfalls associated with buying abroad. When it comes to buying a mortgage, getting it wrong is not an option.

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NEW VENTURE: For former RAF pilot Mark Dean

BRITISH fighter pilot turned property entrepreneur is hoping to save you tens of thousands of euros in estate agency fees when you sell your home. Spanish Properties Direct, co-founded by former RAF pilot Mark Dean, is a concept new to Spain, but a proven winning formula in neighbouring France where its sister company, French Properties Direct, has been operating successfully since 2014. After a diverse flying career, Mark now has both feet firmly on the ground and has joi-

ned forces with the founder of French Properties Direct, Sue Adams, to create Spanish Properties Direct. Using the successful French model, they have created a business which enables private sellers to advertise their Spanish property cost-effectively on leading international websi-

MARBELLA URBAN PLAN REACHES FINAL STAGES There could now be an end to the chaos in Marbella Town Hall’s planning department, writes Adam Neale


FTER thousands of hours of work on the part of urban planners, lawyers, architects, engineers and town hall councillors, Marbella’s PGOU (Plan General de Ordenacion Urbanistica) is on the final straight. The annulment by the Supreme Court of Spain in December 2015 of the planning directive created by the Marbella Town Hall in 2010 plunged the resort town into a period of chaos. With the 2010 PGOU provisionally Marbella has adapted to the replaced by the 1986 one while le- planning delays gislators worked on a new plan to present to the Junta, the status of In addition the market in Marbella, some 16,500 properties legalised always in high demand by foreign in 2010 was once again up in the buyers, has adapted and evolved to fit the new paradigm. air. Moreover, many projects ready to Instead of waiting months if not be launched suddenly became un- years for a licence to build a new feasible as under the 1986 plan- home, a boom in reform of older properties has been ning code they now gathering pace in all fell outside the zone areas of Marbella, of land that can be deMarbella will particularly in Nueva veloped, or at the very have an ally Andalucia and the least saw their legal Golden Mile. destination changed inside the Junta The result has been considerably. In an area as depen- for the first time a mini boom in the sale of older properdent upon residenin decades ties in highly desiratial development as ble locations which Marbella, this caused have been completely many projects to be reformed to suit mocancelled or forced to return to the drawing board and seek planning dern tastes. Not only has this made a lot of moapproval all over again. With the chaos in Marbella’s plan- ney for some clever developers wining department, approval could lling to take on the expense and ditake up to two years, and while this fficulty of large scale reforms but it has obviously cost Marbella dearly has also proved a winning formula in terms of lost investment, revenue for the market. and jobs, it hasn’t hurt the Costa del Sol as such, since no such pro- Signs of hope for Marbella’s town hall plan blems exist in neighbouring towns. The likes of Estepona, Benahavis, Ojen and Mijas have drawn much of The final stages of the new PGOU the development and new projects – which has been several years in of recent years to within their muni- the making – have been led by Jose Maria Morente since 2017 – with a cipal boundaries.

view to overseeing its completion and subsequent presentation to the Junta, the governing body of the Autonomous Region of Andalucia. Interestingly, Marbella’s leading town planner has made a major career move and will be fulfilling this role on behalf of a higher body – the Junta itself! While his move may cause a slight delay in the completion of the new PGOU for the town, it is of great strategic value, as Marbella will have an ally within the Andalucian body for the first time in decades. The man who also worked on urban planning for Malaga, Ronda and Benahavis forms part of the winds of change surging through Sevilla, as for the first time since its founding over 40 years ago, the Junta de Andalucia passes from socialist control into the hands of a centre-right coalition. This too should be in Marbella’s favour when it is ready to submit its plans, as the ‘rich’ resort town has always been the subject of envy and obstruction within Andalucia’s government. With the wind in its sails as never before, the Marbella Town Hall will be working hard to find a replacement and push through the completion of the PGOU, so that its urban planning can begin to function properly once again and business can return to normality.

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tes, as well as the company’s own website. Enquiries are screened and then passed to the property owner to manage. Once a sale is agreed the legal process is conducted in the usual manner. The company charges no commission or success fee, but charges an initial fee to cover the work involved in creating and placing the adverts. This can be as little as €240 to advertise for six months on Zoopla, Prime Location, Rightmove and A Place in the Sun. As Mark explains: “Vendors get a lot for their money – we create the adverts and place them on the various websites, design a downloadable PDF brochure for every house we advertise and use social media plus targeted e-mail campaigns to maximise the exposure of every property for sale. “Vendors can also add floorplans, a video of their property and up to 30 photographs to their advert on our website. This is all included in the fee we charge. “Sellers do not need to be technically minded – they complete a simple questionnaire and send the us photographs of their property. We do the rest. We can even provide a

professional photographer if a vendor is not comfortable taking and sending their own digital photographs. “And we are on hand throughout to provide support to our clients should they need it” For buyer and seller’s peace of mind Spanish Properties Direct is registered with the Association of International Property Professionals. This is a voluntary body set up to ensure professional standards in an industry which has not always had the best of reputations. It is also affiliated to The Property Ombudsman in the UK. Mark, who moved to Spain as a child, adds: “We also work closely with a firm of Spanish lawyers, Perez Legal Group, to ensure that we are compliant with Spanish law and that our clients receive the right advice when they need it.” Sue Adams, the founder of French Properties Direct has over 25 years’ experience of working in the property industry in France and in the UK. She added: “French Properties Direct has enabled many people to sell privately and save money. We look forward to being able to provide the same service to property sellers in Spain for many years to come.”

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PET PROJECT: Iconic Maria Barrabino villa in Torremolinos

Raising the roof RESTORATION is to begin on a historical 19th-century property in the heart of Torremolinos town centre The Maria Barrabino villa in the center of Torremolinos has been abandoned for two decades.

A tender has been put out to restore the house and repair its colonial terrace at a cost €147,000 Maria Barrabino was a local landowner, credited with being behind the growth of modern Torremolinos.


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This 186m2 build Spanish countryside home with 3 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms has a private garage with a storage room, double gated entrance onto a front patio with mature grapevines and a good size swimming pool.

A well presented 3 bed, 3 bath townhouse within minutes walk of Vinuela. The property has been maintained to a high standard and benefits from a modern fully fitted kitchen. It has a master bedroom with en suite, two further double bedrooms, lounge, dining area, three bathrooms, terraces and a swimming pool.

This 3 bed, 1 bath townhouse is within walking distance to all the local amenities. The front of the property has been nicely finished making it stand out on a very clean and tidy street. Entrance leads straight in to the main lounge with access to a separate dining room and onto the kitchen with plenty of storage.

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Risky business Renting property has become much more hazardous for landlords, which will reduce the number of properties available, writes surveyor Campbell Ferguson

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HE halcyon days of their family could continue coining it in by let- in occupation for the reting out your Spanish mainder of the lease. property could be co- The proposals would also ming to an end. restrict deposits to a maxiIn addition to the controls mum of 2 month’s rent on seasonal holiday let- and peg rent increases to a tings, there are now fur- maximum of the retail price ther changes index. proposed for Property bumust long term After Brexit UK yers now respect rentals, wheowners letting ther registepre-existing red, informal, their homes are lease agreeformal 11-month likely to pay tax ments, or informal. or whatever, So, it’s which will have at 24% absolutely eshuge sential that significance there is no tenancy of any for buyers and landlords. Tenants will have the right kind when you buy, as theto stay for up to five years, re must be the possibility of with that possibly being ex- even the ‘informal’ tenant tended by a further three appealing and holding up years. vacant possession for monEven if the tenant has to ths. leave for health reasons, Also, regarding holiday there is a possibility that lettings, these can now be

controlled by Communities of Owners in an Urbanisation, by being banned completely if 60% of the owners demand it. And, if it is permitted, the Community can put a 20% surcharge on the monthly charge applicable to an apartment that is offered for holiday let. And remember, after Brexit, UK owners letting their properties are likely to have to pay tax at 24% of gross income, instead of the 19% of net income after expenses that applies now.




PAIN is set to introduce new rental regulations in a bid to protect tenants from rising prices and low supply. The decree extends the duration of the rental contract from three to five years and prevents annual rent hikes of more than the consumer price index (CPI) within that period. However new rules do not put a cap on how much rent a landlord can ask for, as left-wing Podemos had pushed for. The changes, ushered in by Pedro Sanchez’s PSOE government, apply to new leases signed after March 6 2019. The decree must be ratified by Congress within a month, but parliament is dissolved due to the snap general election coming on April 28. The task of ratifying the decree will therefore fall to a permanent congressional committee. See the main changes below: Contracts The minimum length of a contract has been extended from three to five years (or seven if the landlord is a business). Tenants will now have more security as the period of tacit renewal has also been extended, from one to three years, and landlords will have to give at least four months’ notice to end the agreement while tenants must give two. Rent hikes capped While earlier contracts could

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What you need to know Rules for renting out your property in Spain are changing thanks to new PSOE decree establish their own provisions for annual reviews, the new decree prevents annual rent hikes of more than the consumer price index (CPI) within the contract period.

Limit on property costs In addition to a one-month deposit, property owners can only ask a tenant for additional guarantees equivalent to two months of rent. If the landlord is a legal entity, it must cover any real estate agency expenses.

Price benchmark system The decree introduces a state benchmark index for rental More security prices that will for tenants be used to follow changes The changes have The decree in the market equally recogbeen ushered nizes contracts and help determine whether registered with in by Pedro an asking price the Property ReSanchez’s PSOE gistry and those is adjusted to that have not market realigovernment ties. This index been registered. will provide the In other words, average price in if someone buys any given part of Spain, and a property that is already renundergo annual reviews. The ted out, they must respect the government has given itself tenant’s lease agreement. eight months to produce the first figures.

Evictions All eviction processes will go through social services first to determine whether a tenant is in a vulnerable situation. If so, the eviction process will be pushed back one month (three if the owner is a business) to help the tenant find a new place to stay. Judges must also communicate the exact date and time that the eviction will take place. Holiday rentals The decree says that a building’s apartment owners may collectively agree to place limits on the use of units for the purposes of tourist accommodation. The measure comes amid growing public debate over the impact of online services such as Airbnb on city centers and on the price of housing.

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Jon Clarke takes a tour of design guru Philippe Starck’s exciting new organic olive oil ‘experience’ THE small picture window perfectly frames the mountain range, and reason, why this corner of Spain is almost as green as England. In the shimmering distance you admire the fabled peaks of the stunning Grazalema mountains - Spain’s wettest place - just over 10 miles away. Perched on a stool to enjoy it, the solid copper structure/frame is just one of a dozen or so interesting exhibits that make French designer Philippe Starck’s exciting new LA Organic Experience well worth a visit this year.

PICTURE THIS: Seated exhibit


The ‘immersive’ cultural centre on the outskirts of Ronda has taken ten years and a reported €20 million to come to fruition. Designed by the global design guru Starck - alongside six other investors, including French wine maker Michel Rolland - it sits on 25 hectares and has seen the planting of over 9,000 trees as well as 1,000 vines. Entirely organic, it includes a superb ecological vegetable garden, as well as dozens of different types of trees, mostly fruit and the majority olives. This is the second part of the exciting project, that began over a decade ago with the launch of LA Organic olive oil, its stylish cans also designed by Starck, and for sale around the world in shops including Planet Organic, Harvey Nichols and Waitrose. The multi-millionaire designer, who worked for the likes of fashion guru Pierre Cardin and former French president Francois Mitterrand, will introduce a third stage, including a giant olive mill and restaurant over the next year. Starck also sculpted the rooms of a mini-hotel in the grounds and has made the unusual visitor centre, basically a converted warehouse, into a space that cleverly blends into the landscape. STORAGE Visitors are taken on a winding tour of Andalucian culture, incorporating olive groves, fruit orchards and vineyards. There are various exhibits scattered around, such as a mirror strategically placed for the visitor to become ‘the star’

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of the landscape, as well as a slightly bizarre cracked mirror under some eucalyptus trees. You are primarily here to learn about the region’s olive oil though, which its owners believe has far too long been globally put in the shade by oil from Italy. There are 20 different types of olive trees planted in different ways from the old fashioned system of 100 trees per hectare to the intensive 1800 trees per hectare modern method. “The oil from Andalucia is as good as anything in Italy and we want to promote it at its very best,” explains director Santiago Muguiro. “We hope to educate the public in the different ways of creating it and the idea is to become pioneers of olive oil tourism in Spain, as some of the big

vineyards have become in Rioja,” he adds. The tour costs €20 for adults and includes various olive oil tastings and a film. Visit for more info

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FABULOUS VILLA WALKING DISTANCE TO THE BEACH AND ALL TYPE OF AMENITIES KSSIR-25192P Bedrooms: 5 · Bathrooms: 5 Built: 421,27 m2 · Plot: 1,409 m2

2.100.000 euros Elegant 5 bedrooms villa located between San Pedro de Alcantara and Puerto Banus. Built in one level, the property consists of entrance hall, large lounge with fireplace and dining area, four suites, including large master suite with fireplace and big bathroom with bathtub and separate shower, maids bedroom and bathroom, spacious fully fitted kitchen with informal dining area, laundry room, large covered terrace, beautiful mature garden with swimming pool. The villa have top quality finishing material such as A/C, satellite TV, underfloor heating all throughout, alarm system. A beautiful villa walking distance to all type of facilities and amenities




Bedrooms: 2 · Bathrooms: 2 Built: 134 m2 · Terrace: 35 m2

Bedrooms: 4 · Bathrooms: 4 Built: 287 m2 · Terrace: 40 m2

2.700.000 euros This large apartment is located in Marbella town only in the limit of the Golden Mile two minutes walking distance to the beach and the Promenade. Enjoying stunning sea, gardens, and mountain views. Situated on the seventh floor facing to the west it offers large and very bright rooms, comprises; an entrance hall with guest cloakroom, large lounge with dining area and direct access to a big terrace, modern fully fitted kitchen with breakfast area, three main bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.


1.800.000 euros It is situated on the second floor offering views over the landscaped gardens, the huge communal swimming pool, a beautiful artificial lake and all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. Located in one of the best communities around Puerto Banus offering 24 hour gated security, indoor heated swimming pool, outdoor pool, restaurant and social club, this represents a great opportunity to purchase an ideal holiday or permanent residence. This property enjoys an entrance hall, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, master en-suite, living/dining room, large terrace and fitted kitchen.



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Life of luxury These dream Costa del Sol pads could be on show at Monaco’s property expo for millionaires


PAIN’S most expensive homes are set to feature at one of the world’s biggest property expos. Pads worth up to €50 million will be just some of the stars at the Monaco International Luxury Property Expo 2019, the world’s central B2C exhibition for upscale international real estate. Held from May 15-16 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, exhibitors include upmarket property developers and real estate agents from 80 countries.

The exhibition will showcase properties located in all areas attractive to investors - not only Spain but the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta and countries across Asia, the Americas and Middle East. The exhibition will also feature commercial real estate (hospitality, office, and retail properties) and rental and investment properties. Organised in partnership with the Monaco Convention Bureau, the Monaco International Luxury Property Expo attracts home buyers from 25 countries as well as top realtors, developers and investors. Take a sneak peek around our three favourite luxury properties currently on the Spanish market that could be hot contenders for Monaco’s prestigious property showcase. For more detailed information about the expo, contact the organiser at: info@ielpe. com.


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SUPERMANZANA H, NUEVA ANDALUCÍA A fantastic Mediterr anean family villa in the heart of the Golf Valley enjoying beautiful views and privacy 4 Beds | 4 Baths | 484m2 Built | 1.263m2 plot REF: 176-01367P (Resales R2886374) | 1.995.000€ You enter the villa through the private driveway either straight in front of the house or into the large garage. The main entrance with its double ceiling creates a welcoming and luxurious feel leading you into the living and formal dining area. The double terrace doors takes you out onto the massive covered terrace and BBQ area that leads straight onto the heated pool. There are 3 bedrooms suites plus a complete separate apartment on the lower floor with private entrance. The house has a large well equipped kitchen with an informal dining area and access to a small private terrace area. All materials are of top quality with a timeless design and functionality. A perfect family house that has to be seen!!

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Solar plan off the ground SPAIN’S airport operator has announced ambitious plans to produce most of its own electricity using solar power. Aena, which manages 46 airports and two heliports across Spain, will invest €250 million in renewable energy to save on its electricity costs and cut carbon emissions. The board of directors announced the money would be used to install solar panels in half of its airports, cutting electricity bills from €75 million a year to €23 million. The move should also lower carbon emissions by 40% by 2025, and make Madrid and Barce-

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WORLD health index has awarded Spain its top accolade. Last year the University of Washington’s Health Metrics Institute ranked the country second in its healthy nations league. Now another major rating agency, the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, has gone one better and declared Spain to be the healthiest country in the world. The index classifies nations according to variables such as life expectancy, tobacco use and obesity. Environmental factors,such as access to clean water and sanitation,are also taken into account. The index gives Spain the highest life expectancy at birth among European Union nations and forecasts that by 2040 it will have the world’s longest lifespan, at almost 86 years, followed by Japan, Singapore and Switzerland. Tobacco use is the only factor on which Spain does not score well. Its big plus appears to be its diet. Bloomberg quotes from a study by University of Navarra Medical School which concludes that eating habits are the key to the health levels enjoyed by Spain, and also Italy, placed second in the Bloomberg index.

“Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts, had a lower rate of major cardiovascular events than those assigned to a reduced-fat diet,” said the study. Spain’s high health ranking may convince many British expats they have made a wise move. But the health bonus only kicks in if they are prepared to live a Spanish lifestyle. That much-vaunted diet includes a large amount of fish and a moderate intake of red wine. The lesson is: eat and drink like a Spaniard, just don’t smoke like one. Unfor tunately, many Britons seem to do it the other way round, which may explain the UK’s ranking at No 19 on the list. Bloomberg praises Spain’s public health system but expats find that access to it is limited and Brexit may curtail that even further for British citizens, although it seems likely that British expat rights will be preserved. Spain operates a combination of private and public health care, with public health care available on a contribution-based system, meaning that you have to pay into the social

Spain is still raking it in from tourism and will grow even more this year ONE in every seven euros paid into the Spanish economy comes from tourism, new figures have revealed. The stats, from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), revealed the industry is vital to the country’s economy as it overtook the US to become the world’s second-largest receiver of international tourists. The statistics showed Spain’s tourism sector grew by 2.4% and contributed a whopping €178 billion to the economy or 14.6% of the country’s GDP last year. It also accounted for 2.8 million jobs - 14.7% of all jobs in Spain. Some 55% of tourists were from abroad, with 45% being domestic visitors, the figures also revealed. “In Spain, consumer spending experienced robust

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A RECORD breaking number of tourists visited Spain in January, figures have revealed. According to the National Statistics Institute (INE), nearly 4.2 million people visited the country in the first month of this year, a 2.2% rise from January 2018. The largest portion of tourists came from the UK with over 800,000 visitors, followed by Germany with over 500,000 and France with a little under 450,000. Just under 150,000 came from the US, representing a 25.5% year-on-year increase. The month also saw a record amount spent by tourists visiting Spain (including travel costs from their home countries) at €4.7 billion. The most popular destination was the Canary Islands - which boasts the warmest climate during winter - receiving 1.16 million visitors. They were followed by Catalunya with 910,000 and Madrid and Andalucia each with over 500,000.

members close by, you may need to pay for care. Private nursing homes are expensive. Expect to pay between €2,000 to €5,000 a month for 24-hour care. Planning is the key to a successful expat life and health care should be budgeted for for as part of your wider financial planning. My advice to expats is to take good, impartial advice and make your plans as early as possible. A good financial adviser will help you set a plan for get-

“Spain has the potential to increase the size of its travel economy even further by growing the size of its business tourism sector. At present, business travellers account for only 12% of all spending in Spain against a European average of 21%. “It is fitting, then, that WTTC will be hosting its 2019 Global Summit in Sevilla this April, bringing together global leaders and sector experts to gather in the European hub of travel.” Spain was the fifth largest tourism economy in the EU and ninth in the world in terms of total contribution to GDP. The sector is expected to grow by 2.8% this year - above the European average of 2.5%.

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SPAIN and the UK have reached an agreement to fight tax fraud and money laundering in Gibraltar. The treaty, signed by David Lidington in London and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell in Madrid, will set out stricter rules for determining the tax residency of individuals and businesses. Corporate entities are taxed at a top rate of 10% in Gibraltar, compared with 25% in Spain, and the territory has 55,000 businesses registered there despite having a population of just 30,000.

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security system in order for you and your dependents to have access to free health care. Since more than half the hospitals in Spain are privately owned, most expats believe private health insurance is a wise precaution. In particular, those intending to retire in Spain need to plan for the possibility of deteriorating health. Most Spanish pensioners are looked after by their own families. Unless you are fortunate enough to have family

lona’s airports carbon neutral by 2030. The 51% state-owned company owns vast tracts of empty land located near to their airports where the new panels will be installed. In addition to Madrid and Barcelona, plans are to install solar panels in 20 out of the remaining 46 airports in Spain - which in Andalucia include Malaga, Almeria, Granada-Jaen, Cordoba, Sevilla and Jerez. Aena also plans to introduce 2,300 charging stations for electric cars in its parking lots. The plans are intended to aid Spain in reaching the European Union’s objective to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.


The deal will require individuals who spend more than 183 days of the year in Spain, whose spouse or partner is a Spanish resident, who own a regular home in Spain, or who keep two thirds of their assets of Spanish territory, to pay taxes in Spain. Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “What we have done – as we have long been offering to do – is reach an arrangement to resolve cases of dispute as to the residence of individuals and companies. “As a result, I trust we will now be able to end the irritating myth that Gibraltar is anything other than entirely cooperative when it comes to the exchange of tax information.

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Farmers in southern Spain ‘terrified’ of no-deal Brexit impact on crop sales THE prospect of a no-deal Brexit is striking fear into the hearts of Andalucia’s fruit and vegetable farmers. Large swathes of the region, particularly Almeria, make more than €100 million per year solely from the British market, which spends big on high quality produce like avocados and mangoes. It means the threat of UK import tariffs, volatile exchange rates and a damaged British economy is sounding alarm bells among local growers. “The fruit and vegetable produ-


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The sales brought the region just over €274 million euros in revenue in 2018. “If the British economy goes through a tough period, in terms of the people, their wages, we’re wondering what their purchasing power will be like,” added Gongora. Alicia Sanchez, a ministry of commerce official dealing with foreign trade, warned of new border delays, with a nightmare scenario seeing fruit rotting on trucks while drivers wait to have their paperwork stamped and permission to enter the UK. And if Spanish growers are forced to compete for customers in other EU countries, it could create a produce glut and drive down prices. “It will be hard to find new clients or new countries. It’s almost impossible,” added Sanchez, saying that farmers who sell almost all of their produce to the UK ‘are terrified’.



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'm a vegetarian but this is not propaganda. It's a bad idea to be vegetarian if you want to get on in Spain. In Bar Castillo, in Manilva, even the 'salad' has tuna in it. "This dish is a tomato stew with chickpeas," says Juan (pictured above), the owner of the bar, neglecting to add there could be some pig's feet in it too. If you want to connect to a foreign culture, you have to find a route in. A shared delight. And so I'm sat in Bar Castillo, in the central spine of Manilva town, surrounded by elderly Spaniards shouting at each other with their hands while eating beef livers and downing golden wine. As glass gives way to glass, I watch as one Spaniard - on crutches - limps all the way to behind the bar just to grasp Juan's shoulder while making some earnest point about politics or ham, then limp back to his stool for more wine. Juan duly distributes to his well-worn customers from a plastic bottle in the fridge. "What are they all drinking?" I ask Juan, as he supplies me with manchego cheese—his final culinary compromise before kicking me out. "Ah, it's just our wine," says Juan, shrugging in the Spanish fashion, "you can't buy it anywhere." After a small glass of the fullest, richest wine, that tastes like sweet earth and peaches and mirth, I found my route into Manilva. "The moscatel de Alejandria is the best table grape in the whole of Spain," says Antonio Collado Rodriguez, 48, in his garage just outside of Manilva. He says that the grape is specific to Manilva, whose slopes have been continuously planted with vineyards since 1501. "In the olden days, probably 90% of this town made a living from selling grapes, the trucks used to come from as far as Bilbao and whatever was left over we would turn into wine," adds the native Manilveno, who has


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won seven local awards for his home- va, and they only sell the dry one," made 'vino mosto', as moscatel wine he says. "You can't buy 'Manilva sweet' anis known here. The golden-white wine, he tells me, ywhere." comes in three different forms: dry, When I ask who brewed the one I’m for which the grapes are plucked be- drinking, he looks up and points fore maturing; sweet, across the bar to a yefor which the grapes llow-shirted elderly man are left to ripen; and called Bartolo, just as ‘Every drop of semi-dry, a blend of the he's walking out the two. door. wine we are Antonio's garage is proI run after Bartolo to drinking was bably better described awkwardly say thanks. as a laboratory. Makes- made by my own He and his wife look hift distilleries, wooden around at this English sweat’ barrels and concoctions apparition. But when litter the dusty subterraI utter the word 'vino nean space. mosto' he instantly "My father taught me to make wine, grasps me by the shoulders, shouting and his father taught him - it's the tra- about his small vineyard and how you dition of Manilva," he says, clutching can only get 'moscatel de alejandria' a glass jug wrapped in a straw casing in Manilva, and that they're the best woven by his late father's hands. table grapes in Andalucia, definitely He shows me videos of his garage in Spain - probably the world.... full of Spaniards shouting loudly at But they're not. Moscatel de alejaneach other, as if exorcising the space of silence. "When my garage is full of all my friends, and every drop of the wine we are drinAre you or a loved one in need of assistance with king was made activities of daily living? by my own sweat I am a retired nurse (graduated from the Edinburgh School in my vineyards of Nursing), with experience in all aspects of elderly care. and my wineEnglish is my native language. press, there's My hours are flexible and I can support all your healthcare nothing that saneeds, particularly on The Costa de la Luz or Western Costa tisfies me more del Sol. in life - it's what I would also consider a live-in position offering you we live for," he companionship and peace of mind to says. continue living in your own home. Back at Bar Castillo, Juan tells Alternatively, there is a small en-suite me the sweet guestroom in our home for any family vino mosto I am member needing respite care. drinking is 'illeWe live in a rural area near Jerez, in a very gal'. safe neighbourhood surrounded by nature. "There's one company that Contact me for more details, Lesley at officially sells or (0034) 654121451 vino mosto, Nil-





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The vineyards surrounding Manilva are also dying out and being sold off to developers - very few young people know how to make wine anymore - and you can't even buy it anywhere, let alone a grand cru. But still, knowing all this, would you really choose to stay at home, smug in your Wikipedia-gathered superiority, when you could spend an afternoon grasping an elderly Spaniard's shoulder and shouting about this over six glasses of his own wine? Maybe it’s just the strength of the golden wine hitting me, but you might just find yourself coming back for more.

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Un-fog-ettable TWO Spaniards have been crowned winners of the Andalucian Pitch and Putt Championships, which had to be cut short due to fog. The two-day event saw Cristina Albertazzi of the Alcaidesa Links club in San Roque take the female competition, finishing on 75 (-6).


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Meanwhile, Juan Soler, of the Real Club de Golf El Candado, was victorious in the men’s, with a total of 77 (-4). Another highlight of the tournament, held at La Cartuja Golf Club in Sevilla, was José Antonio Lillo’s hole-in-one at the 10th hole on the first day.

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Cloud nine Spanish pro Rahm ranked number nine in world despite missing latest Honda Classic

JON Rahm has retained his top 10 spot in the Golf World Ranking despite not participating in the latest Honda Classic in Florida. The Spaniard is ranked ninth with 61,165 points, while the American Dustin Johnson occupies the top spot with 99,231 points. The US golfer took the top spot from the previous number one, England’s Justin Rose, who is

LOVED UP: Golf pro Rahm with fiance Cahill now second with 99,223 points. Another American, Brooks Koepka, rounds off the global top three with 90,672 points. It comes after Rahm was captured on film with his fiance Kelley Cahill trying his hand at a spot of American football. A video on the 24-year-old golf star’s Instagram page showed him catching a deep pass from his wife-to-be, at the Texas Christian University’s football facility. “Sign us up,” said Rahm in a post accompan- ying the

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Putt-ing golf on the map TOURISM chiefs have put golf at the forefront of a new strategy to attract high-spending German visitors to the Costa del Sol. President of Tourism and Planning for the coast, Francisco Salado, said the updated plan will focus ‘intensely’ on the sport to bring in more ‘premium’ tourists. Speaking ahead of travel trade show ITB Berlin, he said there was ‘very positive data’ from the German market. The Costa del Sol management company splashed €50,000 on the event, in order to promote golf. Focusing on the sport, it claimed, helps strengthen ties with airlines, estate agents, and other key players in the tourism industry.


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ALL new vehicles in Europe must have an Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system installed by 2022, the EU has ruled. The system automatically stops the car if it detects an obstacle while travelling at 60km/h or under and is designed to tackle road deaths. The measure will be mandatory for manufacturers to obtain the ‘Euro NCAP Five Star Range’ rating, the

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New weapons THE Jeep Compass has been chosen as the new official vehicle for the Guardia Civil. Spain’s armed security force received 140 brand new units of the 4x4, which will soon be rolled out on a national level. The medium-sized SUV will first be sent to small towns or villages where bad weather and rocky roads are more common.

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A LUXURY Spanish car brand has released its first model since 1968 and it has the motor world talking. Hispano Suiza, a favourite of the royal family, released ‘Carmen’ this month, a lightweight supercar built mostly from carbon fibre and powered entirely by electricity. The stunning vehicle, which has 1,005 bhp and can accelerate to 62mph in under three seconds, was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last week and has a price tag of €1.5 million. Measuring 4.7m in length, the two-seater car uses batteries used in Forumla E, a motor racing division which uses only electric-powered cars, and has a speed limit of 155mph.

“We limit the top speed because we don't think there's sense in any more,” Technical director Luci Marti told Top Gear.

SEAT has also presented its first fully electrical car. The groundbreaking elBorn, which will hit the streets in 2020, has been developed and designed in Barcelona, and following the tradition of other signature models, like the Ibiza, Leon or Malaga, it takes its name from the El Born neighborhood in Barcelona. The Spanish connection ends there, since it will be manufactured at the Volkswagen factory in Zwickau, in Germany, unlike other SEAT models, which are currently assembled at the Martorell

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The car weighs just 1,690kg thanks to its lightweight material in the interior and carbonfibre in its frames. According to Hispano Suiza, the new model is said to be one of the most 'carbonfibre-intense cars in the world'. Miguel Suqué Mateu, the great grandson of the founder and current president of Hispano Suiza Fábrica de Automóviles S.A. said: “Succeeding in realising a dream we had for years, seeing once again the Hispano Suiza on the road, all around the world. “Back in 1900, when Hispano Suiza started, it built the first electric car in the world, but the prototype was never industrially manufactured. “Now, 119 years later, in March 2019, Hispano Suiza has its first 100% electric car, offering great performance and manufactured in Barcelona, the realisation of my great grandfather's dream.”





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Mar 13th - Mar 26th 2019


The Last Laugh


N Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a bar. The Englishman wants to leave so they all have to go... That’s just one of the Brexit memes doing the rounds on social media that has kept me sane over the last three years. ‘Only the British could colonise half the world and then leave the EU because they don’t want immigrants.’

Brexit or not (and when), great British humour will always rule the waves, writes Belinda Beckett That’s another. You have to admire the Brits for their fine tradition of laughing in the face adversity. And although this column has studiously avoided any mention of the B-word, it would be a shame if it were all to end on March 29... or not...before I’d had the chance to share some of their gallows humour. If nothing else, it may dull the angst felt by every vote-deprived expat of over 15 years standing forced to sit on the sidelines while Westminster rearranges their future. ‘17 million voted for Hitler, 17 million voted for Brexit, 17 million can be wrong’. Too right. So without further ado, my top 10 Brexit memes:

Nothing new

Immigrants! Making Britain Great since 1066. Even Baldrick had a plan! On March 31, 2019, the clocks go forward one hour. On March 29, 2019, Britain goes back 45 years. Ikea has better cabinets. Do you want to be left alone on a small island with these men? (Image of Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg).

Was it Andy Warhol who said that in the future everyone would be Brexit Secretary for 15 minutes?


Theresa May – the kind of negotiator to come out of DFS with a full-priced sofa. Sign in a bookshop window: ‘Please note – the post-apocalyptical fiction

sed in the political pact which allowed a change of government in Andalucia. Is this really the new politics? What do we look for in our politicians? Honesty? Commitment? Imagination? Humility? Sense of service? Ability? For me, all these things, but introducing this new politics is all about position, power and ego, regardless of the qualities needed to do the job. In my opinion, it is a perversion of what a new approach to politics should be. It is no more than a new Machiavellian approach to make sure ‘we win’. I have been accused of ‘dirty politics’ simply because I tell people what is happening, in my case, in Mijas. Apparently, clean politics is about keeping people in ignorance of how their municipality is being mismanaged. I would like to see a major change in politics. I am not stupid enough to believe that politics could be soft and fluffy, like a big group hug. Ideological differences are important because they give people choices that appeal to their way of thinking. The changes I would like to see are mutual respect, transparency, sincerity, and a commitment to creating an inclusive society. Pie in the sky? Maybe, but I would rather work towards this than give up on the ideal. Local elections in Spain will take place on May 26 this year. Mijas is immense but is one municipality. It needs people who will bring it together, not divide it. The voters need to decide who can do this.

* Disclaimer: You may notice these are all an-

ti-Brexit memes. Well of course I’m partisan! In fact most were sourced from the 700,000-or-so placards used on the People’s Vote march last October. There’s another one on March 23, yippee! (I’ll be waving my BRIT-IN banner – a much better name than Remain.) If there was a referendum on which side had the readiest wit, Remainers would win by a landslide...

I fought the law and the law won. Again

By Bill Anderson

The new politics spreading from Mijas to Spain is more Machiavellian than modern, writes Bill Anderson POLITICS in Spain is changing and not for the better. When a new party comes on the scene and it wants to break all the stereotypes of inefficiency, dishonesty, and yes, corruption, it is an appealing idea. What we did not expect was that they, and I am speaking about the Ciudadanos, would bring with them a whole new set of injustices, incongruencies, and morally questionable values. I have published some articles recently in local media, based on two very interesting articles by legal minds, and they highlighted the crux of the problem. Let me explain what has been happening and how the Ciudadanos’ tactic has been spreading across Spain. To show their anti-corruption stance, they are demanding that any politician accused of ANYTHING should immediately resign. This does three things: firstly, it removes the basic human right of the presumption of innocence, while at the same time making no distinction between administrative errors and corrupt practices. Secondly, it increases the perception of corruption amongst politicians in the mind of the public. Sure, it happens, but not on the scale that we are being made to believe. Thirdly, it seeks to use the justice system for political ends: to get rid of political rivals, regardless of guilt or innocence. Basically, it corrupts the justice system, which already had a hard enough job on its hands. It all started in Mijas and has been spreading like a bad rash to other parts of Spain, and is even enca-

section has been moved to current affairs’.

I thought my days of courting police suspicion were over, writes Giles Brown


T’S a hard task being an ageing Wild Young Thing. It’s bad enough that one of heroes that you used to rave to in the 90s passed away recently. ‘Firestarter’ was THE dance floor filler in my London days, although we amended the lyrics. One of the bunch of Marbella misfits that I partied with in London was from South America, not too far from the Amazon. We therefore found it hilarious to scream, “He’s a blowpipe darter, twisted blowpipe darter”. As the saying goes, you had to be there. One of the good things about being over a certain age, however, is that you don’t tend to attract police attention. As motorcycle-riding teenagers in 80s Marbella, we were forever being stopped at police road blocks. Most feared were the Guardia Civil’s. Remember, this was the old school Guardia, complete with their three cornered hats, fond memories of Franco and casually slung sub-machine guns. They make the modern force look positively touchy feely. The odd slap here and there taught me a lesson in life that I still adhere to – namely, ‘Don’t F**k with the Guardia Civil’.

I thought my days of alerting police suspicion were long gone, until I ran into a Policia Nacional roadblock outside Puerto Banus the other week. After the recent spate of shootings, involving international hit men, I wasn’t expecting to be ordered to pull over in a rather battered, Spanish-plated, Ford Focus. “Turn off your engine,” the sun-glassed officer instructed. And then the classic question. “Do you have any weapons or drugs in the car?” “You mean apart from the loaded AK47 and five kilos of Bogota Flake?” was the answer that flashed across my mind. Thankfully, I didn’t try that line, but was still ordered out of the car, had to turn out my pockets and was then patted down, while luxury 4x4s with foreign plates were sailing past unchallenged. And, of course, some friends saw me being frisked. Pulling into the petrol station afterwards, I bumped into a glamorous female friend, who said she’d seen me with the ‘hunky policeman’. “In fact he was gorgeous,” she purred, a mischievous glint in her eye. “I went round the checkpoint three times, hoping he’d stop me!”

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Grand slump

SPANISH tennis star Garbine Muguruza has made it through to the last 16 of the BNP Paribas Open in Miami, after Serena Williams bowed out of their match with a viral illness. The Spaniard, who is the only player to beat both Serena and her sister Venus Williams in a final, won the match, 6-3 1-0. Williams went 3-0 ahead in the first set, but the 23-time Grand Slam winner called the trainer on court after she lost six consecutive games. “Before the match, I did not feel great and then it just got worse with every second - extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue,” the American said after the match.


Fed Fraudster THE Vice President of Spain's football federation has quit after allegation he embezzled ‘half a million’ to fund new house and his wife’s restaurant. Andreu Subies’ departure was announced on Friday after a crisis meeting with FEF president Luis Rubiales, who had previously supported his claims of innocence. The decision came as the Guardia Civil accused Subies ‘abusing the patrimony’ of the FEF by pocketing ‘almost half a million euros’. Subies allegedly used false invoices to pay for house improvements and his wife's restaurant in the Tarragona town of Cambrils between 2013 and 2014.

Magnificent seven SPAIN have recorded a first ever win over New Zealand in rugby, at the Vancouver Sevens tournament in Canada. The Spanish side inflicted a 26-24 defeat on the All Blacks with a dramatic try after the final hooter. Despite the historic loss, New Zealand progressed to the quarterfinal, where they were beaten 22-21 by rivals Fiji in another thrilling tie. South Africa emerged as champions of the North American competition after beating France in the final, while Fiji took third place. Spain took three points from the tournament and are now 12th in the world, while England took 12 points and are ranked 5th globally.


March 13th - March 26th 2019

Gael force win

CRUNCH MATCH: Gibraltar and Costa Gaels after final THE Gibraltar Gaels have won the the Andalucian Championship Gaelic football final in Gibraltar after beating the Costa Gaels. The thrilling tie, held at the Devils Tower Camp military base, finished Gibraltar Gaels, 0-24, Costa Gaels, 1-4.

Gibraltar picked up a few points quickly in the first 10 minutes, but in the second half, the Costa Gaels kept the pressure on with some short hand passes. Costa Gaels forward Tiernan Curran scored the only goal of the game, while Aidan Rooney also got himself on the scoresheet.

Real return Zinedine Zidane returns to Spain as new Real Madrid coach less than a year after leading club to Champions League glory

ZINEDINE Zidane has made a shock return to Spain after Real Madrid decided to get the Frenchman in to replace struggling Solari. Former Real midfielder Zidane has returned to take charge just 10 months after leaving the Spanish giants. Zidane was described as one of the club’s ‘great symbols´ by Real President Florentino Perez at his unveiling on monday evening. Perez said: “The best coach in the world is here, thank you Zizou for your loyalty and forming part of this legendary club.” During his previous spell Zidane led Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League trophy. The former Galacticos said:"I know it's a special day, for everyone, I'm very happy, which is the most important thing, I'm

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Pineapple express ALICANTE police have revealed how an ‘esoteric love spell’ in the form of a hollowed pineapple filled with nails, pins, coffee grounds and plant seeds triggered a terror threat that stopped rail traffic for 149 minutes.

Lip-smacking A MOTHER split open a teacher’s lip with a headbutt at Churriana school, in Malaga, after her son was given ‘insufficient’ bread and oil for breakfast on Andalucia Day.

On the wing THE company charged with removing 5,000 pigeons from the 9,500 that are ‘overpopulating’ Cadiz has said plans failed after they couldn’t find anywhere willing to accept them.


Vol. 13 Issue 313 March 13th - March 26th 2019

Paint by numbskulls Rainbow scheme to paint rocks in Fuengirola quickly shelved A TOWN hall has been ridiculed after it started painting parts of its coastline in a rainbow of fluorescent colours. Fuengirola mayor Ana Mula has now reversed the project, after it was dubbed as ‘absurd’ and ‘tacky’ by locals. Under her pet project a

series of bright, gaudy colours were daubed on rocks on San Fernando beach. Describing it as ‘something completely different’ and an ‘artistic initiative’ she added it was environmentally-friendly and would not harm wildlife.

Police get evicted A LOCAL police force has been issued with an eviction notice after a bank bought its premises. A locksmith was sent to change the locks of Guillena police station, near Sevilla, after the bank failed to take possession of

the building it bought in 2012. The site was sold after the property’s owners were unable to afford their €26 million debt. The officers’ eviction would be the first of its kind in Spain.

DOCTORS have prescribed afternoon siestas for people who suffer high blood pressure. Scientists in Greece looked at 212 people with an average age of 62, who were being treated for high blood pressure. Those who snoozed during the day had blood pressure on average 4% lower than those who did not. Cardiologist Manolis Kallistratos said: “We don’t encourage people to be lazy. 45 to 60 minutes may be enough.”


BOULDER COLOURS: Workers painting beach

“We just wanted to make it look like a giant mosaic and thought it looked quite striking,” she claimed this week. Following an emergency town hall meeting, it was agreed that the rocks already painted would be returned to normal. Ciudadanos leader Francisco Toro, said: “It’s the

most absurd project I have come across for years.” He also blasted money being spent to pay ten workmen for two weeks’ work. He said: “These rocks are part of the cultural and historical heritage of our municipality. “This public money could have been spent on many more important things.”

The results are similar to drinking less and cutting down on salt and could reduce the risk of heart attacks by about 10%. Sonya Babu-Narayan, of the British Heart foundation said: “As tempting as it might sound to swap all of these measures for a daily siesta, making healthy lifestyle choices remains the key to preventing hearts attacks.”

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The original and only investigative English newspaper in Andalucia and Spain