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WINTER IS COMING: Clouds gather over the Sierra de Grazalema as Andalucia is finally battered by heavy rainfall

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AN embattled animal shelter is the subject of yet another abuse investigation. Kim’s Animal Rescue is being probed, just 10 weeks after moving to Almeria from Mijas, it can be revealed. It comes after the new shelter in Gador was denounced by neighbours over claims that up to 100 dogs on its premises were ‘starving’. Officers from the Guardia Civil’s Seprona animal welfare arm have allowed owner Kim Halliwell to keep around 75 dogs at the site, while an investigation proceeds. Last night, the Mancunian confirmed the raid and admitted she is still waiting for a licence for the new centre. She claimed she had to leave her old premises in Mijas - where she still

Controversial pet shelter probed again after moving headquarters

has 25 dogs - after being forced to sell up and demolish the buildings. “I know the new centre here is not ready,” Halliwell told the Olive Press. “And Seprona have told me I cannot move my remaining dogs because of paperwork issues.” She added: “I really had no choice. As part of the sale agreement I had to demolish the kennels and so I had nowhere else to take the dogs. “We are currently in the process of getting a licence.” Her old centre, which was on the market for €180,000, has been recently sold to northern European buyers.

Halliwell had been forced to sell up after running into financial difficulties, when she was ordered by Mijas Town Hall to repay €20,000 after missing several payments on a loan initially taken out to build kennels. A further €12,000 is due over the next five years. Critics of the shelter claimed Kim and her daughter Kelly were ‘not capable of running a centre’. In an Olive Press investigation in 2014, dozens of former volunteers slammed the treatment of animals. President of Estepona animal shelter Adana Mary Page, 71, told the Olive Press that the latest investigation comes as ‘no surprise’. “Kim always had problems in Mijas and it looks like she is doing the same thing again in Almeria.” She added: “She never had the correct licences while she was in Mijas. It gives us all a bad name.” Opinion Page 6

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‘Pet twisted Tattoo ‘killer’ nailed killer’ in the dock A GERMAN man wanted for murder has been caught in Spain because of his tattoo. Dominik R. was arrested by Catalan police after the body of his 20-year-old girlfriend,

A WOMAN first exposed by the Olive Press is accused of slaughtering more than 2,100 cats and dogs at a Costa Del Sol animal shelter. Carmen Marin’s animal shelter in Torremolinos was meant to be a haven for unwanted pets. But a court has heard that between 2008 and 2010 Marin and assistant Felipe Barco injected the animals with drugs that caused a slow, agonising death. In 2012, the Olive Press first revealed a police probe into Marin, as well as a close relationship between her and Torremolinos Town Hall. Court documents showed she made a series of unexplained payments totalling over €50,000 to ex-mayor Pedro Fernandez Montes’ brother.

Lisa, was discovered in Freyung. But Spanish cops tracked him down after a tattoo on his arm showing Lisa’s name, date of birth, the date she died and ‘Thanks For

Everything’ was identified. Prior to his arrest, he posted a photo at the Eiffel Tower, withdrew cash in Valladolid and was seen driving along the Mediterranean coast.

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CULTURED marijuana farmers have been playing classical music to enhance the growth of their crops. In a scene, worthy of hit TV show Breaking Bad, the music-loving criminals played a permanent loop of Mozart and Vivaldi to en-

Cultured drug gang utilised classical music to enhance growth of crops

courage faster growth. Police in Almeria were left amazed when they raided their warehouse in Almeria. The gang had utilised the

method, it emerged, at various isolated farmhouses they rented in the province. Each farm was protected by CCTV and armed guards were employed to watch over the entrances. The music is believed to have alleviate any potential ‘stress’ the plants could have been feeling.

Elias Tempton, a weed grower at the legal medical marijuana dispensary in Denver in the US, said the that the melodies of Chopin and Beethoven have also been seen to increase the drug’s potency. “You can notice a difference,” he said, “They don’t need it to be loud, they just need it to be audible.”

‘Sick’ Amy impersonators on Facebook Congratulations on your anniversary! We look forward to the party invite! Alex Radford, My Lawyer in Spain:

THE mother of missing Amy Fitzpatrick has slammed ‘sick’ people using images of her daughter for fake Facebook profiles. Audrey Fitzpatrick said she is ‘disgusted’ over profiles impersonating her daughter and herself.

The profiles for a ‘Chloe Ville Anckarstrom’ and ‘Kelly Harrison’ include pictures of Amy, who went missing at the age of 15, in La Cala, in 2008. Facebook is currently investigating after Audrey submitted a formal complaint.

“I'm disgusted how people can do this,” she said. “I am here to defend myself but Amy is not. And for someone to use Amy's face as their own makes my blood boil.” Audrey’s partner Dave Mahon is currently in jail for the killing Amy’s brother.

Lawyers target ‘black’ economy MORE than 50 international lawyers are demanding the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court. The group from 25 countries, led by top Spanish lawyer Javier Cremades, want the court to deal with global money laundering and terrorist financing. “We have a problem of political governance. The law creates artificial barriers that harms consumers and that complicates national and international lawsuits,” said Cremades. Since 2007, the percentage of Spain’s GDP run by the black market is estimated to have grown from 11.2% to up to 22%.


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Road to Marbs BRENDAN SHEERIN has begun filming his new series Coach Trip: Road to Marbella. The show follows famed tour leader Brendan, who lives in Malaga, and a group of teenagers as they travel through seaside towns across Spain on the way to Marbs. The 14 youths stop off at several towns on the way to discover and learn about local cultures. They most recently stopped off in Aguilas, in Murcia, where they were welcomed by the councillor for culture Lucia Hernandez before taking in the sights.

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Aero-vederci Spain! SPAIN has been included as a stop off for Aerosmith’s farewell tour. The massive US rockers, led by Steve Tyler, will be playing in Madrid and Barcelona as part of their Aero-vederci Baby tour. The four-time Grammy winners are set to play 15 countries in three months including Madrid on June 29 and Barcelona’s huge Rock Fest on July 2.

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QUEEN Letizia has been criticised for looking ‘furious’ at the official opening of parliament. The former journalist looked decidedly peeved, as she sat beside her two daughters Leonor and Sofia for the session. Her ‘attitude’ provoked a backlash on social media, with some observers speculating that she was unhappy with the victory of Mariano Rajoy. Others insisted she was unhappy that her daughters had to miss a day of school and be placed in the limelight - something she tries hard to avoid for them.

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JUSTIN Bieber has had a kickabout with the Barcelona football team during his world tour. The 22-year-old heartthrob also showed off his ball skills in a kick around with midfielder Rafinha and Brazilian Neymar, who tweeted a pic of their on-pitch encounter. “Impossible to dribble PAZ VEGA has made a permanent this defender,” Neyreturn to her homeland after pursumar said. ing her dreams in Los Angeles for the He later posed for selfpast ten years. The 40-year-old Spanies with the footballing ish actress - best known for her role idols, also including in ‘Spanglish’ - has Lionel Messi and Luis moved back to the Suarez, before heading Spanish capital of back to his Barcelona Madrid with her hotel ahead of his conVenezuelan huscert. band Orson SalaMeanwhile, hundreds zar. of Beliebers have been Paz, from Sevilla, queuing for almost wants to raise the a month in Madrid three children she to ensure they got as has with Orson in close as possible to the her home country.

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Strictly beaten A SPANISH Strictly Come Dancing star has lost two teeth after being beaten up in Blackpool. Gorka Marquez, 26, was attacked by a group of youths while he was making his way to the Flamingo nightclub. He had to have emergency dental surgery in a bid to save his Hollywood smile. Marquez, from Bilbao, was enjoying a night out with the cast and crew just hours after performing in the live show at the Tower Ballroom. He was targeted by the gang who planned the attack and ambushed him as he made his way to the club with his BBC colleagues Aljaz Skorjanec and Neil Jones.

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Mango migrants TEN Kurdish migrants have been found sealed in a container belonging to fashion retailer Mango in Spain. Staff were shocked to discover four children, five men and a woman bundled inside the container when they opened it at the company’s logistics centre in Barcelona. One of the group was vomiting and all ten were sent to hospital as a precaution, but they were described as being in ‘generally good health.’ They had paid a large sum of money and expected to be taken to Britain from their initial departure in Istanbul. Mango has said it will pay for their upkeep while their status is being ascertained.

A NEW coastal walkway bridge is finally linking Sabinillas and Casares after a 13-year wait. The 33-metre long wooden structure has been hoisted into place over the mouth of the Rio Manilva to connect the two communities. Until now, people have had to walk across the beach and get their feet wet during the winter months. Or they have had to cross over the busy motorway bridge. It is the latest stage in the ambitious La Senda Litoral project, which aims to create a giant walkway stretching 160km from Manilva to Nerja. The mayors of both towns told the Olive Press they were ‘delighted’ that it had finally been installed.

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AN expat couple have been left ‘devastated’ after their town hall carried out a dramatic lastminute U-turn on plans to build a one-way system through their home. Disabled Brit John Gray and his wife Deborah’s home in Alhaurin el Grande is to be demolished to make way for the road. This is despite the town hall promising that the road would be diverted around their home, following an Olive Press story in April. “It is absolutely heartbreaking,” telesales worker Deborah, 57, told the Olive Press. “We were promised that the plans would be altered to avoid our home but the town hall have gone back on their word and there is nothing we can do.” The adjoining houses have already been demolished, leaving a ‘gateway’ into their home

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Sandwiched between the ocean and the high sierras of Bermeja, Estepona does surf and turf in style. And just like the old ditty about Jack Sprat and his wife, between the traditional old town and the bustling modern port which prop up either end of the promenade, there’s something

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THE stepfather of Amy Fitzpatrick hasmissing finally gone on trial for murder. Former Mijas estate agent Dave Mahon is accused of killing the missing teenager’s brother in a savage stabbing incident. A court in Dublin heard how Mahon, 46, literally his stepson Dean, 23,‘gutted’ fish in the attack in May like a The jury heard how a row2013. had broken out over the tampering of Mahon’s bicycle outside a gym. The pair squared up over incident at Mahon’s home the lat- A DISABLED er that evening, after expat is being been drinking heavily. he had forced out of his home so a Expats slam ‘insulting’ compulsory one-way system can be “Mahon arrived back built. had a carving knife,”in and Retired bricklayer John Gray, purchase of their home said 76, and his prosecution barrister Remy been given wife Deborah have Farrell. just two months EXCLUSIVE condition. vacate their dream home to By Rob Horgan Plans for a one-way receiving a compulsory after system were first mooted in 1994 pur- property for miles Suicidal chase order from Alhaurin beel that sort of money.”around for fore being put on hold. “The prosecution case Grande Town Hall. However, the Grays were The couple had bought Mahon stabbed Dean is that The couple have only the rick in the abdomen. Fitzpat- lawyers after theybrought in two-bedroom, two-bathroom notified that the work was fiwere of- home for nally going ahead last “There was a piece of intes- fered an ‘insulting’ €35,000 ing from€66,000 after mov- They were initially year. tine protruding,” he said. told that for their property, Hertfordshire in they could stay in their home common terms, he had “In them three times which cost 2003. They were later forced as much af- to spend been gutted.” a further €30,000 but would need to demolish ter renovations. Dean’s “It is completely heart-break- on renovations after John suf- their extension. girlfriend However, in March the fered from a stroke in O’Rourke told the courtSarah ing,” telesales worker plans 2014, that Mahon threatened to rah, 57, told the Olive Debo- leaving him with limited mo- were changed and the new CRUEL: Couple’s fight knife into my head or ‘stick a am going crazy at the Press. “I bility and the need of a mobil- road will mean knocking for justice moment, ity scooter. down the entire home. The jury heard that neck’. but I have not given up anyway,” Deborah added hope. The town hall has given He also suffers from attempted to flee the Mahon “I have to keep going last the night. a lung couple the option later claiming Dean scene, life, but I have started with my disease called COPD and to take the what “We simply don’t know had acis €35,000 or packing currently undergoing to do but hope that juscidentally walked onto in case the worst happens.” tests for owned plot move to a co- tice will prevail.” suspected ‘twice the size’, knife, then changing his the She added: “To A spokesman offer us As well ascancer. where to say Dean was suicidal.story €35,000 is an insult. looking after her ning they will have plan- hall confirmed for the town It is a husband, Deborah permission to build two that plans for a Fitzpatrick’s sister, third of what we have spent cares for houses. one-way system were on her 77-year-old went missing in SpainAmy, it and you cannot in place mother Chrisbut buy another tina, who New Year’s Day 2008, on suffers from a heart “It is all so vague and we have workwould not confirm when not got the money to would continuing questions with build further on begin or comment the case. about her relationshipraised her mother and Mahon. with Mahon and his partner, drey Fitzpatrick, moved AuAmy and Dean to Spainwith in 2004. The Olive Press revealed she had been unhappy, that drinking and was living semi-rough For all your in the Calahonda area, with before glasses insurance needs! she went missing.

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GIBRALTARIANS could be forced to pay €5 to enter Spain under new EU proposals. Various European chiefs reacted positively to the plan to make non-EU residents pay to enter EU countries at a Brussels meeting. The EU Travel Information and Authorization System (Etias) could be activated by 2020 as part of new anti-terrorism policies. It wants non EU-residents over 18, including British people, to pay the current rate of £4.30 before entering Spain or any of the other 25 Schengen states. A register would record their personal details and those signed up will be able to make multiple trips over a five-year period.

SPAIN’S trade deficit has fallen by 29% to €13.2 billion between January and September this year.

Fan stabbed A JUVENTUS football fan has been stabbed in an altercation ahead of his team’s away game against Sevilla, he remains in a stable condition.

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CLOSE CALL: Elena nearly got sucked in by Acklom (below)

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OPINION Catch him! IT seems we will never know how many women or people Mark Acklom has tried to defraud across Spain and the UK, and his lies seem to know no bounds! His arrogance must be through the roof if he thinks he can get women like Elena Escuverra to believe his ridiculous MI6 fantasies. Luckily she could see through his tall tales and hopefully he won’t be able to prey on more vulnerable women. He clearly has maternal issues and needs to get some help! Let’s hope he is caught sooner than later so he can face justice for his lies and betrayals that have left so many people’s lives in tatters!

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LENA Escuverra was anything but happy when she joined the dating website Match.com in early 2011. She hated her job, had just been diagnosed with diabetes and was single and alone at 39, looking for love in an image-obsessed Marbella. So when the tall brunette began exchanging messages with a dashing ‘British lawyer’ named George, her heart naturally fluttered. An attorney for the Saudi Royal family, George, who was based in London, seemed to know all the right people and had even dated the daughter of former prime minister Adolfo Suarez. Claiming to have property in Zagaleta, Spain’s most exclusive enclave, and other investments in Marbella, she understandably believed he could be her knight in shining armour.

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HEN Leonard Cohen broke into Save the Last Dance for Me at his final Spanish concert, it was a love song to the country that shaped his music and lyrics. At 78, his 2012 farewell at Madrid’s Palacio de Deportes marked the climax to almost 40 years of performances in the country, which began in Barcelona in 1974. But far beyond being one of his favourite places to tour Cohen, who died on November 7 aged 82, credited Spanish culture for influencing his entire musical career. The true extent of Spain’s importance to Cohen was not widely known until 2011, when he received the prestigious Prince of Asturias award in Oviedo, conferred for his achievements in the arts with hits like Hallelujah and Suzanne. In his acceptance speech, he revealed how he learned to play classical guitar from a Spanish musician, after their chance meeting in his hometown of Montreal. “He was playing a flamenco guitar, and he was surrounded by two or three girls and boys who were listening to him”, Cohen recalled. “I loved the way he played. There was something about the way he played that captured me.” Cohen asked him for lessons and the two met at his mother’s house. “He took the guitar and he produced a sound from that guitar that I’d never heard... a six chord progression that many, many flamenco songs are based on,” explained the artist. “It was those six chords... it was that guitar pattern that has been the basis of all my songs and all my music.” The young Spaniard never returned to the house to give Cohen further lessons. Tragically, he committed suicide the following day. “I knew nothing about the man. I did not know what part of Spain he came from…. I was deeply saddened, of course,” said Cohen who, from that moment on, switched from acoustic to classical guitar. The Spanish chord pattern that imprinted on Cohen’s mind melded seamlessly with his penchant for other aspects of Latin culture. In the same acceptance speech he told the audience: “I have a Conde guitar, which was made in Spain in the great workshop at Number 7 Gravina Street (Madrid); a beautiful instrument that I acquired over 40 years ago.” But the musician’s love affair with Spain runs deeper than guitars and chords. As many Cohen fans will know, it was celebrated Spanish poet Federico García Lorca who gave him his ‘tongue’.

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Elena Escuverra thought she had found the man of her dreams - a charming, well-dressed British lawyer with links to Spain’s upper echelons of power and the Saudi royal family... Sought in various countries, Acklom - who also uses the names Mark Ros, Ros Marc Rodriguez, Mark Desmond, Zack Moss among others - has spent ten years behind bars in Britain and Spain and defrauded dozens, if not hundreds, of people around the world. One of these, British divorcee Carolyn Woods, 55, lost nearly one million euros to the conman, while various others have since come forward. Indeed, it was only during a recent manhunt for Acklom - who the Olive Press traced to Murcia last month that the ‘scary and seedy’ episode in Elena’s life came back to haunt her. The attractive estate agent, based in Marbella, revealed this week that she had been pursued relentless-

ON BOARD: Acklom on boat and by sports car ly by Acklom, who claimed to have numerous business interests on the Costa del Sol. “We were soon having a love affair via phone, email and text,” she recalled. “He told me he had a building plot in Zagaleta and that we could start a life there when he sold all of his invest-

The last dance After nearly four decades touring in Spain, Leonard Cohen’s love affair with his ‘second home’ ran as deep as his musical poetry, writes Chloe Glover

“I studied the English poets and I copied their styles, but I could not find a voice,” Cohen said. “It was only when I read, even in translation, the works of Lorca that I understood that there was a voice. “It is not that I copied his voice; I would not dare. But he gave me permission to find a voice.” Cohen adapted Lorca’s Pequeño Vals Vienés for his single, Take This Waltz, from his 1986 Lorca tribute album Poets in New York. The accompanying video was shot in Granada, Lorca’s home, featuring sweeping vistas of the Alhambra. Cohen used the occasion to visit Lorca’s birthplace, Fuente Vaqueros, where the author’s Casa Museo had just opened. And to consolidate his admiration for the poet’s

work, Cohen named his daughter Lorca. Recently, political group Vamos Granada launched a bid to have the Canadian officially recognised due to the special relationship he had with the city. “Leonard Cohen is the history of our music and lyrics,” it said. Famed flamenco singer Enrique Morente also made a lasting impression on Cohen. The two were introduced in one of Lorca’s favourite Madrid bars in 1993. They went on to release Morente’s Omega album in 1996, a homage to Lorca containing some of Cohen’s lyrics. Cohen struck up another notable relationship with Aragon multi-instrumentalist Javier Mas while staging a musical comeback after a long


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ments in Spain. “He said he had owned a massive ice cream business in Alicante, which had failed and almost left him bankrupt, but he was now making a recovery. “He insisted that he lived in Mayfair and had many other

SORELY MISSED: Leonard Cohen struggle with depression. He first rang Mas in 2007 to ask about his arrangements on an album that used the 12- string bandurria. The relationship reached its peak when Mas accepted an invitation to play in Cohen’s band on his final world tour, Old Ideas. Cohen’s love affair with Spain is far from unrequited. Spaniards, too, have embraced his hauntingly dark and powerful voice. He has been well-known here since his 1967 debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, as three of the tracks were used on the soundtrack for the film Mccabe and Mrs Miller, released in Spain as Los Vividores. His songs have been covered by numerous artists, from Espaldamaceta y Maria Rodés’ El Partisano to Russian Red’s So Long, Marianne. Writer Alberto Manzano cemented Cohen’s place in Spaniards’ contemporary cultural canon when he created the 2007 tribute album, According to Leonard Cohen, with half a dozen Latin acts. He went on to scribe his biography in 2010. Returning to the final remarks of Cohen’s Prince of Asturias speech, the dapper maestro described how Spanish culture had left him humbled. “It was the base of all my songs and all my music so now you begin to understand the dimensions of gratitude I have for this soil,” he said. “Everything you have found favourable comes from this place and is inspired from this soil. “It’s really your work, you have allowed me to sign my name at the bottom of the page.”

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had worked in the security detail of two prime ministers, started to realise something was up. “My uncle knew the family of former leader Adolfo Suarez, whose daughter Mark claimed to have dated, and he told me one had died of business interests in the UK.” cancer and one was happily married. She continued: “He was emailing me four or five “When I put it to Mark, he shrugged it off nertimes a day and ringing me at least three times, vously and failed to give me an answer. he became obsessed,” Elena said. “Somehow “My intuition said something was not right.” I knew to be wary, but he was very convincing While she saw him over a couple of days in Lonand forward.” don, she refused to go to bed with him, believing One thing led to another and he had soon perhe was spinning a web of lies. suaded her to fly over to meet him in London. But that was not the end of the relationship. Paying for a ticket on British Airways to London When she returned to Spain, Elena says Acklom Gatwick, in March 2011, he arranged to meet hounded her with texts and calls, promising her her at one of the airport hotels, where he had the earth and talking about numerous projects booked a room. on the Costa del Sol. “I was excited to actually meet him, but as soon The deceit would have come easily to Acklom, as we met he was so nervous,” she continued. who started his fraudster ways as a teenager, “He was shaking and started to cry within minstealing his mother’s mink coat to sell for a utes. It was not the image of the confident and quick buck. sure man I had been speaking to... it was very At 16, he spent £11,000 on his father’s stostrange, he seemed more like a scared child.” len American Express card before posing as When Acklom calmed down, he confessed that a stockbroker in a £1million fraud — wearing there was something he had to tell her. handmade suits, buying a £500,000 mansion, “He said he had been working undercover for and taking girlfriends to the Canary Islands on MI6 in British intelligence, infiltrating the IRA. a private jet. “He even pulled his socks down and showed me But Elena wasn’t buying it. scars that he said he received from She contacted one of Marbelbeing tortured with electricity.” la’s top law firms, who Acklom It wouldn’t be the first time Acktold her he regularly hired. lom would spin the MI6 line. Just The firm, who we are not nama year later he would give the ing for legal reasons, agreed to same story to the then 41-yearsee Elena and in a meeting at old divorcee Carolyn Woods, the swish Golden Mile office, who he famously scammed out incredibly backed up many of of her €990,000 life savings. Acklom’s claims. “He said that’s why he had two “The lawyer confirmed that Ackpassports and he admitted he lom was a client and that he had given me a fake name of was worth €7 billion and that George, and that his real name he even had his own private jet,” was Mark. she explained. “He confirmed all “He begged me to move to the things that Mark had been England, he said he could give telling me - he even said he had me a job as his PA for €12,000 flown a few women to London a month and that I could be FAMILY: Acklom and paid for their expensive hodriven in a continental Bentley as a child tels, chauffeurs and meals.” and live in the house in Mayfair or Sandbanks. He showed me photos of both on emails.” Lucky escape As she got to know him better, he told her he The lawyer claimed that the actual reason Ackdespised his mother, and blamed her for the lom couldn’t visit Spain was because he had not problems of his youth. paid in full for a rental car in Malaga and failed “He told me that his mother sent him away to a to show up in court. It led to a warrant for his boarding school and he hated it,” she said, “He arrest, which they were dealing with. then started working at 16 and bought a house “However, luckily he eventually warned me to by lying about his age, but his mother found out stay away from him, he said Acklom is a very and he was given a choice, go to jail or attend a possessive man and very jealous. strict religious school, he chose the latter, which “It’s strange when I think about it now because he said is where he got his law degree. it’s hard to believe such a highly respected law “He told me so many times that he never wantfirm could be so easily fooled like me.” ed to see his mother again and that he hated Either way, Elena took the lawyer’s advice and her, but he never once mentioned his father. began responding less and less to Acklom. “I think he has maternal issues and issues with “At one point he was hounding me so much I female relationships. feared for my life, I did not know what this man “He told me that he was obsessed with sex and was capable of and he knew where I lived. always wanted me to wear La Perla lingerie, he Luckily for Elena he eventually stopped contactonce said to me ‘once you wear La Perla you will ing her around August, just, coincidentally as he never want to wear anything else’.” moved onto his next victim Woods. She continued: “Clearly what he needed was to “I realise I was lucky. I was in a bad period of my be loved like a child, not like a man. I think he is life, and maybe he thought that I was vulnerable trying to make up for something he missed in and easier to manipulate.” his childhood.” Elena believes that no matter where he is now, When Elena suggested Mark visited Spain, he almost certainly in Spain still, he will carry on his declined, saying he did not have a good relation‘game’ with women because it’s like an addicship with the then prime minister Jose Zapatero, tion for him. “I know that he will do this until the a socialist, whose election campaign he had day he dies, it’s like a sick game to him.” been openly against. Elena, who remains single, said she hasn’t Acklom failed to mention that his reluctance been put off men by Acklom. might have had something to do with the “If anything I trust my gut more because I was €250,000 property scam he was then masright about him, I just hope no one else falls for terminding in Murcia, tricking two brothers into it.” And she joked: “I just wish now I had asked paying him for buildings he didn’t own. A scam him to dance for me since he also claimed he for which he would later spend three years in had been trained in classical ballet from the age prison. of three. Now that would have been funny.” Elena, whose uncle worked in anti-terrorism and

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Mayor toppled POLITICIANS have ousted Manilva’s mayor after a vote of no confidence. Diego Jimenez of PSOE has been replaced by Mario Jimenez of Compromiso Manilva after gaining a mandate from politicians. Mario criticised his rival’s actions over the last 17 months, claiming that the former mayor had abandoned street cleaning and failed to develop any new infrastructure projects.

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New priorities JOSE MARGALLO has said the idea of Gibraltar gaining special status with the EU is ‘absurd’. The former Spanish foreign secretary made the remarks after it became clear his replacement, Alfonso Dastis, would not be making the issue a priority. Margallo said: “Nothing would be more absurd than if Gibraltar achieved a special status within the EU while the UK remained outside of it.” His controversial comments came after, Dastis had met with his British counterpart Boris Johnson. But unlike Margallo - who raised the issue in his first meeting with the UK foreign secretary - Dastis failed to bring up the Rock’s future or the joint sovereignty issue. The pair met for the first time during an EU gathering of foreign ministers in Brussels. “They met and they had a discussion on a number of issues, but Gibraltar was not raised,” a Foreign Office spokesman confirmed. Dastis’s omission of the topic is thought to suggest that Spain’s new government is standing down on the Gibraltar question, or at least making it less of a priority.

like ‘Make Spain Great Again’ – a play on Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. A gay protester, Lagarder Danciu, who held up a sign ‘Franco - asesino - Franco - killer!’ was violently assaulted by a group of fascists, who kicked him repeatedly and hit him around the head until police intervened.

Corruption under spotlight Estepona mayor goes on trial THE sleaze trial of an exmayor is set to begin next week. Ex-leader of Estepona town hall Antonio Barrientos will give evidence on December 1 over alleged crimes including money laundering, embezzlement and bribery while he was in power. Socialist Barrientos resigned his post before spending six months in prison in 2008 and wants to use the hearing to clear his name. Both Barrientos and various other officials were accused of illegally obtaining

funds from developers and businesses, in the Astapa investigation, launched in 2007. The wrongdoings were committed in the early and mid 2000s. Barrientos will be questioned alongside José Flores and other public officials in what the judge has described as the ‘final part’ of proceedings. Barrientos insisted, this week: "After around 10 years since the operation started, I am looking forward to explaining everything to the judge."

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ON TRIAL: Jose Alba AN ex-mayor who allegedly falsely sold land is in the dock. José Manuel Martín Alba, former PSOE party Alcaucín chief has been accused of knowing and giving consent to the buildi n g of illegal homes in Axar-

Fundraisers danced the night away at a charity ball. Members of the Nerja Royal British Legion boosted their coffers at the glittering event at the Caves Restaurant. They enjoyed a three course meal before a live band got everyone up and dancing.

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quia by prosecutors at Malaga’s Ciudad de Justicia. Martín and his two daughters are three of 48 people who have been charged with crimes includ-

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ing embezzlement, falsehood, bribery, money laundering and falsifying official documents as part of the Arcos Case. Back in 2009 police found sales documents and €130,000 stashed under the bed of Martín, who is known as the flamenco mayor after attempting a new career as a singer. If found guilty, he may face four years behind bars. Prosecutors said homes were built on rural land not allowed to be developed “with the knowledge and consent of the mayor.” His two daughters are already serving sentences of at least six months after coming to out of court agreements.

Search for a cure A TORROX scientist is leading a project to find a cure for HIV. Oscar Jurado Ruiz’s €150,000 study hopes to genetically manipulate the virus so that it is no longer a pathogen, which would make it easier to suppress in an individual. The goal is to make the virus unable to replicate itself and develop into AIDS. Ruiz has said he is confident his project has a ‘high chance’ of eradicating the disease, and believes treatment could be available in four to five years. The project will be carried out jointly with the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Ramón y Cajal University Hospital and the Molecular Virology Service of the National Center of Microbiology of the Carlos IIIISCIII Health Institute.

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Not happy UNITE the Union has called an emergency meeting today on the controversial proposed new ‘operating model’ at the Ministry of Defence. The union believes the MoD has not conducted a meaningful consultation on the issue.

Hearing aid THE Gibraltar Hearing Impaired Tinnitus Association has installed £4,000 worth of hearing assistance equipment in St Theresa’s Church.

Weaning off THE Junta has presented a report to the Spanish Foreign Ministry outlining how to stimulate the region’s economy and make it less reliant on the Rock post-Brexit.

Outspoken DEPUTY Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia attended Brussels for two days of Brexit meetings. He went to ensure that Gibraltar’s point of view continues to be heard by EU decision makers.

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You’re making it up! Spaniard who claims Picardo ordered his torture actually thanked police at court case By Laurence Dollimore and Joe Duggan

A FAR-RIGHT leader who claims he was tortured by authorities in Gibraltar actually THANKED the police at a Magistrates Court hearing this summer, it can be revealed. However, Nacho Minguez Martinez - the leader of political party Vox - now claims he was tortured on the Rock under the direct orders of chief minister Fabian Picardo. But at a hearing in June, that the Olive Press covered, Minguez praised the RGP for its ‘excellent treatment’ after he was arrested for unfurling a huge Spanish flag on the Rock. Spain’s Supreme Court has been probing accusations by the politician, 53, that he was subject to ‘torture and crimes against moral integrity’ following his arrest for the provocative stunt. After attracting global media attention, Minguez and several other Vox activists were cuffed on June 20 before being charged with ‘conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.’ But according to Minguez, police kept him for more than seven hours, frisked him in a ‘disproportionate manner’, stopped him from telling anyone where he was and denied him a lawyer and food. His lawyer, Fernando Sanchez, says he was prevented from meeting Minguez ahead of a

TORTURE CLAIMS: Mingues (top) and controversial flag court appearance and that he was detained after taking pictures of the courtroom. In the complaint that has been filed in Spain, it is alleged that police holding Sanchez told him he was being treated in such a manner for ‘political reasons’ and ‘under direct orders from the chief minister.’ An official investigation has been launched after the complaint was accepted by the National Court in Madrid, while British authorities have been asked to send copies of all police and judicial paperwork related to the arrests. Picardo has since described the proceedings as ‘frivolous and vexatious’ and a ‘clear abuse of process.’ He added that the case was a slur on the police and prison service in Gibraltar. “I fully respect the Spanish courts and legal system and will therefore not lose a moment’s sleep over this case,” he said. The High Court also requested Spain quickly determined whether Picardo was protected by diplomatic immunity.

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A ROYAL Gibraltar Regiment soldier was murdered by a boxer who claimed to be the ‘hardest man in town’, a court has heard. Private Matthew Boyd, 20, was punched to death on a night out in Wales by amateur boxer Jake Vallely before his body was dumped in the road, prosecutors told Cardiff Crown Court. While Vallely admits to punching Boyd he is pleading ‘not guilty’ to murder. His friend Aaeron Evans, 23, is also on trial for manslaughter. Vallely, 24, allegedly launched the attack outside a bar near to the Brecon military barracks. Just an hour before the attack, Vallely allegedly proclaimed that he was the ‘hardest man in town’ before being kicked out of a bar for ripping a cocktail menu with his teeth. “That was how he described himself an hour or so before the attack that killed Mr Boyd,” said Prosecutor Christopher Quinlan. He added: “Together with his friend, Aaeron, he

chased and then assaulted Mr Boyd. “Mr Vallely then dragged and dumped his body and ran off. “He ran back to the bar where he continued his night with his friend Mr Evans.” Boyd arrived at the Brecon barracks for a rest in May, following a tour to Northern Ireland. Vallely’s ‘sustained assault’ was captured on CCTV, which shows the boxer driving Boyd into the ground before punching him repeatedly. “You could see Mr Vallely’s right arm moving like a piston up and down as he punched him,” Quinlan said. “It was sustained, repeated and unlawful violence delivered with intent to cause really serious harm.” In a text message to a friend the next day, Vallely wrote: “I just ragged him on the floor a bit. Nothing serious. Wasn’t even a beating like.” A military funeral procession took place in Gibraltar in June with six fellow RGR soldiers carrying Boyd’s coffin into Holy Trinity for the ceremony. The trial is expected to last three weeks.

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A CAMPAIGNER behind the bid to have a Costa del Sol mountain crowned a national park is "hopeful" of success . Maribel Marin revealed that the Junta de Andalucia is currently considering a new proposal to give Estepona'sSierra Bermeja the status in conjunction with Ronda's Sierra de las Nieves. Maribel of Ecologistas en Acción said a decision could be made this year. The joint bid, has received unaminous backing from the Mancomunidad de Muncipios Costa del Sol . The Estepona mountain is very biodiverse and is the only place in the world where pinsapo (fir) trees grow on red peridotita rocks.

THE EU Commission wants the government to pay €46.5m for failing to properly process its sewage, which could cause 'serious risks to human health and the environment' in 17 communities. Nine of these are in Andalucia, making it the worst affected region in the country. The southern towns, all of which have more than 15,000 residents, include Estepona, Marbella (San Pedro) and Nerja alongside Coín, Alhaurin el Grande, Barbate, Tarifa, Matalascañas and Isla Cristina. News of the fine came as the commission revealed it was taking the country to the EU Court of Justice for the sec-

GROSS: Government under fire for sewage failure ond time over the issue, five years after first condemning it for failures in 37 communi-

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Bleak forecast WHO will cut out the cancer? The Olive Press asked in its opinion section last issue. Your editorial board deserves an answer and that answer is NOBODY! We are all on board the rollercoaster of shame on its way to disaster, ashen faced and screaming Brexit. Then add in the never ending political farce, the clamour for independence from Catalunya and the Basque region who will leave at the first opportunity. Gibraltar must consider its predicament and may seek independence from Britain and then deal with whatever is left of the Spanish state as best they can. Forty years of freedom, democracy, greed and theft on an industrial scale have brought this country to its knees and this story will not have a happy ending . Finally I love my life here and the warmth of the people but it breaks my heart to observe the antics of the so-called elected representatives. Viva España! Sean Moffett, Manilva

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TRUMP’S election is good news for the USA and also for Brexit supporters. With Trump as president, the silent majority have spoken as they did in the UK. The liberal left ‘whiners’ will never be satisfied, but with Trump, Brexit and even Mariano Rajoy taking office, the lefties need to get a grip and realise they are in a minority. I look forward to seeing how Trump works with the UK, and Europe in the coming years. Howard Davis, Coin

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THROUGHOUT his campaign, Donald Trump’s message was ‘let’s make America great again’. And perhaps he will. The Brexit message on the other hand was ‘let us go full stupid and abandon everything and see where it takes us’. I can see why political commentators are comparing the two, however, to my mind they are very different entities. At least with Trump, Americans can vote him out again in four years time.

TRUMP got in as a populist, but not a Republican populist. As a pragmatic deal-maker and social liberal he isn’t likely to tolerate Tea Party southern rednecks in the House and Senate. And as a grandiose narcissist he will be more focussed on his historical legacy and reputation. Trump’s populist campaign that appealed to marginalized, mostly white working class high school educated Americans, may have got him into office using populist Trojan horse. Some speculate that that horse will be dismantled a few months after he is in office. The Campaign Horse’s simplistic rhetoric, while repugnant to many, appeal to disenfranchised provincial people across America.

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they want. I would love to hear more stories about his travels. Claire Hull, Gibraltar

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THE Game of Thrones cast dug a little deeper during filming in Sevilla to treat their loyal fans to pizza. Some 50 followers of the blockbuster series had staked out the Download stars’ hotel andnow filmour app and ing locations, which included begin enjoying the best SpanishNEW:Theatre on London’s Southbank Las Atarazanas Royal Dockyards and the news onRoman the go. ruins of Italica. To thank their fans for not interrupting filming, the actors delivered 10 boxes of pizza to the crowd waiting outside their hotel, on the principal that zero out-takes merit a hearty take-out. Nathalie Emmanuel, who The Olive Press plays freed slave interpreter Missandei, posted a picture on her TOP Twitter with foraccount news in Spain! the caption: “We’ve had some dedicated fans outside our hotel in Sevilla every day! It was fun meeting some of you last night! Hope you enjoyed the LONDON’S first dedicated Spanish theatre has opened on the banks of the Thames, pizza!” within shouting distance of The Globe, The Vic and Union theatres. The new Cervantes Theatre, based at Old Union Arches in Southwark, proves that all the world’s a stage, just as Shakespeare to deck out its interior. wrote. The long-cherished dream of ac- The achievement follows Juan’s establishclaimed Spanish actor-turned-theatre-di- ment of The Spanish Theatre Company in rector Jorge de Juan, he hopes it will open 2013, London’s first theatre company enthe eyes of English audiences to the delights tirely dedicated to promoting Spanish and of Latin drama. Latin American arts. The €250,000, 90-seater venue has been “We didn’t have official help from the minpart financed by Spanish literary founda- istry of culture,” said Juan. tion SGAE and Network Rail. “At various times we were at the point of Their money helped purchase authentic throwing in the towel. Spanish furnishings, which have been used “But I was committed to making it this year TREAT: Pizza posse

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A BOOK authored by a Costa expat imagining a world without money has just hit the bookshelves. Fuengirola-based Colin R. Turner’s Into The Open Economy sets out proposals for an economy founded on sharing. With it, the Dublin-born writer, musician and social activist claims that most of today’s social, economic and environmental prob-

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for the 400th anniversary of Cervantes and Shakespeare and here we are.” Cervantes Theatre’s opening was marked by a two-date production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding. It was performed once each in English and Spanish by 34 talented Spanish and Hispanic actors, who may have thought they would never find a home on the Thames. Juan, who studied at the British Theatre Association before making a name for himself, said: “It has revealed to me the lack of knowledge of our theatre but the growing interest there is in it.” Work is already underway for next year’s productions, which will include Pedro Calderón’s Life is a Dream.

Pompi-doh EXPECTED visitor numbers to Malaga’s Pompidou Centre have been massively overestimated. According to the city’s Culture Councillor, Gemma del Corral, data suggests 28% fewer people will have visited the landmark attraction by the end of this year than initially hoped for. The city now expects only 180,000 to visit, 70,000 less than the 250,000 touted for the year by officials ahead of its opening in March 2015. Numbers for Malaga’s Russian Art Museum, also opened in 2015, were similarly down on predictions.

Eddie’s ready EDDIE IZZARD is coming to Spain and has vowed to perform most of his comedy set in Spanish. The British comedian has said he will add more and more Spanish into his set throughout his run in Madrid and Barcelona next month, with the aim of having an ‘almost Spanish’ set by Christmas. It will be the third additional language the 54-year old has performed in after mastering his act in French and German. Izzard’s comedy routines are famed for their rambling, stream-ofconsciousness style, as well for his casual cross-dressing. He will perform in several locations in Barcelona and Madrid in December. Visit www.eddieizzard.com for more info.

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Police hunt Potterinspired graffitist for defacing historic dolmen A HARRY Potter fan is on Spain’s wanted list for defacing a 2,000-year-old dolmen tomb. Police are searching for the acolyte wizard after a ‘Deathly Hallows’ symbol appeared on the La Casa dos Mouros dolmen in Vigo, Galicia. Alongside the mark, was the word ‘always’ as spoken by Alan Rickman’s character Severus Snape in the Potter series. Despite the dolmen being a protected site, Mayor Oscar Dominguez is seemingly not so concerned about the graffiti.

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The Walk (Time approx. 2 hrs 30 mins) The walk starts from the car park just past KM12 on the Zahara to Grazalema road. Leaving the car park, the path is largely flat and gentle and remains that way until you reach the griffon vulture colony. From here choughs, blue rock thrush, Sardinian warblers, crag martins and the occasional short-toed eagle can be spotted. Winding down a steep but welldefined path, steps have been put in place with hand-railings

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Add to that rivals who promised the earth, yet failed to pay their printing bills, rent and staff, and yup, we’ve had one hell of a decade. When I launched the paper in Ronda in November 2006, I did so out of desperation for a genuine newspaper to support the huge expat population in Andalucia. After more than a decade working in Fleet Street, travelling the world investigating injustice, scandal and corruption, I couldn’t believe what I found on my very own doorstep. There were no real expat journalists investigating the issues that mattered to foreigners… and no newspapers giving them a voice. The millions of expats here were being insulted with nothing more than cheap papers which (badly) translated local articles. Whether to help expats fight injustice against fraudsters, corrupt town halls, or to highlight the numerous barbaric projects that threatened the environment, I wanted to offer a proper campaigning newspaper. Initially the establishment tried to discredit the paper and told us to shut

up. We were threatened with legal action and described by one jealous rival (guess who?), as a ‘biased, sensationalist rag full of propaganda’ and told to go home. Well we didn’t return - or shut up - and our stories began to get followed up in the UK and soon national Spanish press. Our small regional paper soon started to expand and, within a few years, could be found in every town inland and on the coast, where we have many thousands of loyal readers and advertisers. Growth continued with new websites, magazines and even a new edition last year in Gibraltar. The march continues and we were voted this year as Spain’s best English language paper in the TESCA awards, voted by you!

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We continue to employ the best young English journalists in Spain and serve up quality features, food articles, while doing everything by the books and not cutting corners. Business is never easy in Andalucia and we continually put up with sniping - and even insidious lies from bitter rivals about our products - but we soldier on. All of this, of course, would not have been possible without our fabulous advertisers be they local or international. Thanks for your support. We look forward to growing in strength over the next decade, with you alongside us. We are your voice. For that, after all, is the point.

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IT’S an absolute privilege to live here,” gled to end a sentence enthuses 29-year-old Georgina Taylor, than ‘dahling’, ‘sweetie’ in anything other “There’s a lot of wealth here but it’s not vul- “Sotogrande is where the wealthy come or ‘fabulous’. gar or ostentatious,” says Georgina a.k.a. to relax in peace, they’re welcoming me to her eponymous chir- You could have mistaken not here ‘Gigi’, who grew up here, at- off or be seen, it’s very low key,” to show distance inguito Gigi’s. “It’s such a beautiful, for being too posh to pass her continues lighthouse (also left) in the the tending school in nearby Mar- Gigi, whose father is from London. elegant paradise.” La Mangueta beach with Trafalgar “That’s time of day. But within Scratch beneath bella. TROTTING: Taking a ride along “My clients may be mil- why Soto is so special. We have it to the top, This is Sotogrande, Andalucia’s largest pri- onds of meeting her, 30 secmy personal ‘Everest’ and made a huge sigh preconmy back lionaires but they are happy to to stay under the radar and attractbeen able vately-owned residential super-estate. the traquil S the sun hitched a ride on the right ceptions melt away. And it’s lifting both arms into the air with an EU flag down walk around in flip flops and sort of money through targeted marketing.” And super it most certainly is. and beads of sweat cascaded the same with Sotogrande, an opulence and find eat chiringuito-style.” of relief and wishing I’d brought (Yup, I was that my Sometimes described as Spain’s ‘million- uber chic urbanisation Perhaps this helps explain why the resort’s my face, I began to think to plant in the sandy pinnacle. in the sand aire’s playground’, the enclave was pur- municipality of San a community that Gigi’s has been Soto’s hap- economy has consistently outperformed plan to conquer Europe’s tallest all. Remain). idea after pening chiringuito since it set its Costa neighbours. Throughout the views over pose-built for a wealthy cosmopolitan crowd The bluer-than-blueRoque. mountain wasn’t such a goodin my head and the last From the top of the mound, the crystal with the added bonuses of 24-hour security, stacked with gin palacemarina, welcomes visitors up awnings three years ago, crisis, while areas like Nerja saw property With Eye of the Tiger playing racing up the the dazzling white dunes fringing yachts but you won’t catch Gigi or her prices plummet by as much as well worth the are bay designer boutiques and quality restaurants and sailing boats Bolonia of the image of Sylvester StallonePhiladelphia’s waters 11%, in Soclear business partner Cristobal togrande they remained stable and My first introduction to this LA-like location the backdrop to a galore, is 72 stone steps outside even ineffort. up multi-coloured enclave boasting about their long list of regular (like almost evcame via a lifelong Soto resident who strug- of luxury apartments, roy- creased, some well into the double figures. Museum of Art, I trudged wearily A popular watersports area of Bovillas and SOARING mansions.HIGH: al The has long visitors, stars or celebrity clients. And while the grapevine may have you the daunting dune at the edge view sports erywhere along this coast), Bolonia up to the neighcity ‘hipper’ its believe by the from area is full of lonia’s stunning beach. the Tajo gorge been overshadowed Conil. snooty and (top) a money-makers, But in true Rocky fashion I conquered bours at Tarifa, El Palmar andbe turning, with typical town scene scratch beneath the tranHowever, the tide appears to beach-goquil opulence and you will many ‘domingueros’ (local Sunday picnic basket) find a down-to-earth, sporty ers kitted out with gazebo and the crowds. community ready to welbanking on Bolonia to escape who has come visitors with open Eddie Grannel, an Irish waiter include incredible statues years, tells me arms. 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IT is unbelievable that someone could be so cruel to murder an endangered bear. If a local farmer is upset that some of his livestock has been killed, killing a bear on a nature reserve is not going to rally people around his cause or solve the problem. But what is equally as worrying is that someone was able to bring a weapon to a protected area, shoot an animal dead and get away scot-free. Hopefully authorities at the Muniellos Nature Reserve are looking into improving their security measures!.

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Film Keep: I would never part with my old video copy of The Enchanted April, based on the 1922 book by Elizabeth von Arnim. The film isn’t widely known but it certainly lodged deeply in my subconscious. It’s a very beautiful film, probably over-romanticised but I’m not one to complain about an excess of romance, ever! Chuck: Charlie Chaplin and Fred Astaire. To my mind they are very similar. One dances, one waddles, neither can act. Also, James Bond films; unbelievable, false and stupid.

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Keep: Choral music, any of it…the human voice used in harmony. Lovely! Why do we have the ability to sing? It fulfills no apparent biological need.

Books Keep: Certain books have significantly influenced major decisions in my life, often long after their initial reading. Like most people I read primarily for pleasure but when I consider which books I value most highly, I find that the ones I would never part with are the ones that have changed my life. Initially I began reading the books and poetry of Laurie Lee because of his identification with Gloucestershire, my home county for over twenty years. As I Walked out One Midsummer Morning, published in 1969, first introduced me to Andalucia. At around the same time I bought a discard from my local library for the princely sum of 10p that also took me deep into the enchanting past of Andalucia: Two Middle-aged Ladies in Andalucia, by Penelope Chetwode. These two books, more than any others, sowed the first seeds of interest in my future home.

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THE most exciting museum to open in Andalucia since the Picasso gallery, has just got bigger. The Thyssen museum, which is scheduled to open in Malaga next year, is expanding before the first visitors even cross the threshold. The city council has approved the purchase of a neighbouring building to the Palacio Villalon, the proposed home to the gallery. Under new plans, the extra 2,000 square metres will become part of the museum. Work on the main site is scheduled to complete at the the end of this year, but the conversion of the new buildings won’t finish until the end of 2009. The museum itself is scheduled to open its doors in 2009. The city has paid 806,000 euros for the property on Calle Martires. It will form part of the museum which will house a selection from the Carmen Thyssen Col-

lection of 19th century Spanish and Andalucian art. The 358 paintings already earmarked for the Malaga collection will include works by Zurbaran and Sorollo. Over a third of them will have never before been on public display. The Palacio Villalon was built in the early 16th century and was in use as commercial property until early last century. It lies in the historic centre of Malaga just 500 metres from the Picasso museum. It is hoped that together the two museums will make Malaga a Mecca for art-lovers and boost the city´s bid to become the European City of Culture in 2016. A source at the museum said: “Things are coming on well... the Baroness is very enthusiastic about it and wants to make a big splash.”

Chuck: Anything by Jilly Cooper – she can’t write and all her characters are complete stereotypes. Also all of Charles Dickens; gloomy and depressing! Continued on page 22

FOR anyone with the stamina, an eclectic taste in music and – perhaps – a certain anarchic take on life, our region boasts plenty of opportunities to kick back and join with thousands of like-minded hedonists. Granada alone hosts two of the most famous small fests on the calendar: the Rocket Festival near Alhama de Granada; and the Dragon Fest near Órgiva. Each has its devotees and its own appeal. If you are familiar with one or the other, or if you’ve never dreamed of going to either, the Olive Press brings you a guide to both.

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This is the real deal. It’s the kind of event that hippie-kids of the Sixties and flower-folk of the Seventies easily recognise. Technically, it’s not an organised festival but a spontaneous gathering of the alternative, the anarchic and the free-living. As it is a free festival, it attracts an eclectic mix of locals, youngsters from all over Spain and alternative life-stylers from the rest of Europe.

The Rocket festival It’s like Glastonbury in the sun, if that’s not an oxymoron. Those with any recent experience of the UK festival scene will get the idea. It’s not free, but 100 euros for three days of bands and performers is not quite a fortune (see www.rocketfestival.com). This year’s event in May will be the third and the all-British organising team is aiming for an attendance of around 5,000 punters. WHEN Kicks off on May 16 with the main headline acts on Saturday and Sunday. Most Spanish, who lack the Spirit of the Blitztype attitude as the Brits and will turn up for one day WHERE Near the reservoir of Bermejales, close to Alhama. There’s loads of parking and shuttle buses run from the town. BERTHS The cost of camping is included in the ticket price and there are no added charges for

motorhomes. Otherwise good op- ellers and aliens GRUB Festival food - veggie tions in Alhama. MUSIC Eclectic is again the mot stuff, lots of ethnic stalls, wooddu jour. This year the big headlin- fired pizzas, Moroccan couscous ers mix flamenco rhythms with CRIME Fully-legal, unlike the dance, reggae and hip-hop. Sat- Dragon, there is professional urday will be Muchachito Bombo security plus lots of volunteer Infierno, who is shifting a lot of stewards. Some petty thefts from records at the moment. Sunday’s tents but nothing you can’t avoid stars should be Los Delinquentes. by keeping your hand on your British invitees are 80’s ska heroes ha’penny Bad Manners and dance pioneers POISON Beer, bit of dope probably and cocktails Coldcut ATMOSPHERE Less anarchic in the themed Space Bar than the Dragon, the aim is for a FACILITIES Wees with ease. chilled-out, family-friendly event. The fact that you’re paying means There’s a load of other stuff be- you can expect properly mainsides the music. Circus, comedy, tained porta-loos cabaret and street performers ADVICE “Bring a tent and exshould be enough to stave off any pect to see out the whole weekend. It’s the only way to really boredom UNIFORM Anything you like as get the full experience. If it’s your long as it’s out of this world. This first ever fest then just immerse year, Saturday night at Rocket is yourself in the vibe. It’ll blow you Space Night where everyone’s en- away,” says Marcus Clements, couraged to dress up as space trav- the festival organiser.

2008 festival round-up SEVILLA Soberao Jazz - March 6 - 8. Teatro del Centro Social, Dos Hermanas Small-scale, intimate jazz festival. No camping, just concerts including Zymad, Radio Espantoso and Pedro Cortejoso Quartet. email soberaojazz@ yahoo.es JAEN Etnosur - July 18 - 20. Alcala la Real, Jaen Free multicultural festival of music, circus, cinema, crafts, workshops and conferences. Free admission, cheap camping. www.etnosur.com ALMERIA Creamfields Andalucia - August 9 - 11

Playa Guardias Viejas, El Ejido Full-on festival of electronic, techno and pop Tickets: €40 until 15 March More info and ticket sales: www. creamfields-andalucia.com SEVILLA Territorios Sevilla - May 22 May - June 8. Monasterio de la Cartuja, Sevilla 11th international festival of popular music. 2008 line-up not yet released but last year included acts such as Echo and the Bunnymen, Capercaillie, Mogwai, Carlinhos Brown. Three stages and camping available. www.territoriossevilla.com

WHEN While beginning officially on March 20, punters start arriving usually days before. The busiest days are Saturday and Sunday, but the chilliest vibe is on Friday night WHERE In the riverbed next to Cigarones, (nearest village Tablones on the A348 near Orgiva). Drive down into the riverbed and park wherever you can BERTHS There is a designated campsite, but most visitors tend to sleep in their cars. Staying in nearby Órgiva is the best bet for comfort. MUSIC Music is eclectic. It ranges from punk to techno, with sitar and bongos thrown in. There are several stages, cafes, clothes shops and healing tents. Rumours abound every year that Julian Cope, of Teardrop Explodes, is going to play. ATMOSPHERE Ambience ranges from Mad Max-style anarchism to gentle “folksey” hippy’ism. Plenty of stuff for kids, including stone mazes for them to play in.

The Green Dragon area has the nicest ambience (including a wall of Olive Press articles). There are massage areas, stone circles and a programme of acts. “The Lux” is the main event - an extravagant theatrical display at midnight on both Saturday and Sunday nights featuring dancing dragons, fireworks and lasers. UNIFORM Not a lot! If you wear smart clothes people will think you are in fancy dress. Nudism is big GRUB Expect not only veggie burgers and chips, but also some nice ethnic food CRIME Some skinheads turned up two years ago and stabbed a Frenchman over an argument about the price of a baked potato. Occasional aggro from the local Guardias, but generally it is safe POISON In the main, beer and a good bit of puff. Although rumours are that you can buy other stronger substances in various spots FACILITIES You’re having a larf, inchya? Basically, pits with planks ADVICE “Wear sturdy shoes; bring water and either sun cream or waterproofs. The past two years it has rained heavily, but you could find yourself in a heat-wave,” says Jason Heppenstall, who - like Chris Stewart - lives nearby and will be manning a stall called The Citrus Press selling vodka and lemon juice - go and say hello.

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Chuck: Jazz. It has no structure. It’s incomprehensible. I like melody and structure in my music. Perhaps that’s very old fashioned but you did ask.

Homely things Keep: My electric blanket. I live above 1,000m and don’t have central heating. Need I say more? Chuck: Toasted sandwich maker. It one of those things that sit on the shelf and need cleaning every time you use it. It still stinks the house out with a very unappetising aroma!

Mementos Keep: The last gift I gave my mother; my children’s first teeth; Mary-Jane, my first doll. Chuck: My childhood security blanket. At least it was once a blanket. It now measures about 3 inches by 4 through decades of overuse. I really shouldn’t need it now, should I?

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As a new documentary is made, TV presenter BARRY BIRCH tells the extraordinary and moving story about the life of US bullfighter John Fulton and how he adopted a gypsy from the poverty of the slums of Sevilla CHANCE encounters can change your life. Mine happened on meeting a Spanish gypsy called Federico Fulton Short. When Steve Fishwick, director of Cut Productions, approached me with a proposal for a new television project about artists in Andalucia, I was – unsurprisingly perhaps - keen to throw myself into a subject that would have me travelling around one of my favourite parts of Spain... and also working with a small professional film crew who had shown themselves to be dedicated to producing quality programmes. Researching for a proposed project is both fun and frustrating. The fun part is uncovering interesting and original material suitable for your chosen subject. The frustration comes when you have to be brutal and cut out some of your hard work in the interests of making it presentable. Daisy Caudron, our scriptwriter, had unearthed a lot of subject matter and found some interesting artists to form the core of our new series. John Fulton Short, the American matador and artist who used bulls’ blood to create his paintings, was one of those colourful and interesting characters we would focus on.

While there were half a dozen others, including Rafael Alberti and Joaquin Peinado, one of the best things about Fulton was that there were still people living here who remembered him……great for interviews. We were making great headway and about to start filming... until disaster struck and all the scripts were stolen from our camera car. No scripts, no shoot! But we had got far enough with our research to realise that the life of John Fulton was a much better story than we had at first anticipated. A story never properly told, here was a man whose life and work had clearly touched many people. We decided to go back to the drawing board to focus entirely on him. A young American, from Philadelphia, Fulton had the impossible dream of becoming a matador and living in Seville, capital of the bullfighting world. Incredibly he not only went on to achieve his dream, he also left behind a legacy of fine art as well. Our trump card was John’s adopted son, a fascinating man – and gypsy - called Federico Fulton, who still lives in Sevilla. The interviews with him proved to be the turning point not only for our project but for me personally. I was very moved by the whole story of both John and Federico’s life.

Federico was born into a Hungarian gypsy family and lived his early life in what could only be described as child slavery. Forced to dance he would perform with goats and monkeys in the street, getting paid a pittance to largely support his brutal father’s drinking habits. But, as we would discover, he would rise above this. And so, inspired by an incredible story, we embarked on a journey that would take us filming all over Andalusia: in the streets of Sevilla and Ronda; in bullrings and art galleries and also with Fulton’s friends and family, both on location and in their homes. With Federico Fulton always there to guide us, we started to unearth the real story behind this great man. John Fulton had become obsessed with bullfighting at the age of 13 when he saw the moving film Blood and Sand with Tyrone Power. Falling in love with the bravery, colours and sounds of the bullring, he knew then that he wanted to be a bullfighter and live in Spain. But it was only later, in the early 1950s when he won an art school scholarship to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, that he got his first taste of tussling with fighting bulls alongside professional matadors. The Mexican matador,

Pepe Ortiz, really took to Fulton and helped train him in the classic moves of the corrida. Fulton went on to kill his first full-sized bull in 1953. But he always knew Spain was his goal and with just 400 dollars in his pocket, he bought a oneway ticket across the Atlantic on a voyage that would change his life. Upon arriving in Seville John got his first break when the great matador Juan Belmonte took him under his wing. He would travel from his humble lodgings in the city to cape bulls on Belmonte’s ranch near Utrera. He soon learned to master the art of bullfighting under his great mentor, who described Fulton as being “like a kid from Triana.” An amazing accolade from this bullfighting legend. The story of John’s triumphs and failures reads almost like a fairy tale, and indeed, he had arrived in Spain at a truly magical time during a golden age for bullfighting. His determination in the bullring was so noted that he even attracted the attention of Ernest Hemingway, who admired John’s efforts and even once helped him out of financial difficulties with a 100-dollar travellers cheque. As well as being a budding matador, John was also, of course, an artist. With the help of some friends he set up his own art gallery in Sevilla. This helped to support him through his early days as a bullfighter. In 1963 he graduated as a full matador in the Real Maestranza

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concerned.” where their sons were classmates. Tempted by Brinkman to invest in a Marbella Aloha College were unavailable for comment, albeach bar, Van De Wiel transferred €90,000 though it is understood Johanna has now been removed from the PTA. to an IBAN account in BrinkBut the scams did not stop man’s wife’s name, as inthere, allegedly. structed. The Brinkmans claimed the “He pushed us and Another Brit Frank Ferris came a cropper when he rented his money didn’t arrive. A monthour six-year-old very three-bedroom Estepona house long investigation by the bank revealed the IBAN is in agressively then ran to Brinkman and Johanna Te to the bottom of the Riet before agreeing to sell it to the name of Jan Te Riet. The them. garden to escape” money has not been returned “They were very nice. They said to Van De Wiel. money was not a problem, alSince then a number of angry though sometimes Brinkman parents have resigned from the PTA, on which Johanna was conveniently a had a BMW or Range Rover and sometimes an old banger,” Scot Ferris, 59, told the Olive Press. member. “She has been handling money for the PTA,” “Everything was fine for the first 11 months. We explained one. “All the parents at the school agreed a price and contract. But as soon as the think it is a disgrace. It’s disgusting. We are very contract was signed things changed, the deposit was not forthcoming and the rent stopped.” Ferris took the couple to court and they were evicted, leaving the Scot with unpaid bills and legal fees of more than €30,000. But the story became even more remarkable, when Ferris discovered that during the year they had been in the home they had been subletting to holidaymakers via website Owners Direct. One family from Essex, Julia and Colin Reeves paid a €500 deposit via Paypal to rent the home, and were then slapped with a shock text demanding ‘damages deposit’ of €3,500 on arrival by Johanna Te Riet. Mrs Reeves described what happened next as ‘a horror story’. “We ended up handing over €1,500 in cash along with my credit card,” said Mrs Reeves, a 47-year-old PA. It was no surprise that a few days later Barclaycard were in touch to inform her that the card had been used to rent a car. “Obviously I had not authorised this,” she added. On departure, they had to wait hours for the couple to turn up with their damages deposit, alongside their bemused 12-year-old son. ACCUSED: Brinkman (right) ‘Needs to spend next 60 years in jail’

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HE has set himself on fire, jumped off exploding speedboats and thrown himself out of high-rise buildings. Now Hollywood stuntman Peter Wicke is diving headlong into a bitter Costa courtroom showdown over a dodgy multi-million film deal. Marbella-based Wicke, who has appeared in over 400 films and TV shows, is suing a Dutch expat after claiming he was scammed in a bogus partnership deal. The 48-year-old German is gunning for Dutchman Jan Herman Brinkman, who he claims took him for a bone-shaking ride. In a classic costa shakedown, he insists Brinkman’s company Jene Investments owes him thousands after he entered a promised multi-million euro

Hollywood stuntman erupts after losing thousands in bogus €5 million Costa film deal to invest in his own film company. However, he claims Brinkman had no intention of stumping up any money for him and was merely after his own. “I am absolutely raging,” Wicke told the Olive Press. “I answered an advert in a local newspaper (not the Olive Press) offering investment in projects. Next thing I am thousands out of pocket.” Wicke, who has lived on the Costa del Sol for two years, was hoping to find an investment partner for his com-

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THE Junta may be made responsible for repaying tens of millions handed out in bogus training schemes. A judge in Huelva has filed a motion demanding that any money that cannot be recouped in the €2 billion Edu scandal will have to be paid by the Junta. In an unprecedented case, he The plan was to set up a joint com- thorities insisted the aupany, for which he himself was asked sponsible would be refor any comto stump up €10,000 for legal and pany or individual found notary fees. guilty of taking money In the end he handed over €2,500 be- fraudulently that is defore he smelt a rat and went to police. clared bankrupt. “It is a very clever crime system and The investigation cenhas probably taken a fair few people,” tres on funds allocated insisted Wicke last night. to training programmes “I have worked in Hollywood for years for the unemployed, that and nothing like this has ever hap- mostly did not take place. pened. If I see him in court I’m not Under the scheme, milsure I will be able to contain myself. lions were stolen in “This deception has been very con- grants for bogus acadscious and calculated.” emies, which were set up When the Olive Press confronted in disused buildings and Brinkman about the case, last night, merely furnished when he declined to answer our questions. officials were sent to inspect.

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But oddly, after getting out the €1,500 and counting it it in front of them, Brinkman suddenly put it back in his pocket and made a run for the front door. “He pushed us and our six-year-old out of the way very aggressively,” she said. Meanwhile, a friend was pushed to the floor, left badly bruised. “He ended up running round the back of the villa, down the bottom of the garden and jumped through some trees to get away, leaving his son at the villa with all of us.” Amid the chaos, in scenes reminiscent of Fawlty Towers, a new family of rental clients suddenly emerged in the front drive ready for their summer holidays. It emerged they had also been duped into paying €4,000 to rent the house. In their native Holland, the allegations against Brinkman are even more serious. In 2014, Robert Jan Schoor was one of 15 Dutch salespeople who claim to have lost up to €15,000 in a fake Marbella property business fronted by Brinkman. Schoor quit his successful sales-training business to join Van Der Meer Investments, which purported to have dozens of exclusive Costa properties to sell. “Brinkman said I’d be a millionaire in a year and I was persuaded to pay €2,500 to join and was then given a contract for €7,500 a month to train his team,”

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FLAMING: Wicke and THE Junta may be (right) during stunt made responsible for repaying olivepress tens of millions handed out in bogus training EXCLUSIVE schemes. By Joe Duggan olivepressnews A judge in Huelva has filed a motion demandHE has set himself ing that any money jumped off explodingon fire, +TheolivepressEs speedcannot be recoupedthat boats and thrown himself in out the €2 billion Edu of high-rise buildings. scandal will have to be paid Now Hollywood stuntman by the Junta. Peter Wicke is diving In an unprecedented long into a bitter Costa headcase, he insisted The plan was to set up room showdown over courta joint com- thorities would the aua dodgy pany, for which he himself be remulti-million film deal. was asked sponsible for any to stump up €10,000 Marbella-based Wicke, for legal and pany or individual comnotary fees. has appeared in over who deal to invest in his own guilty of taking found 400 films and However, film company. pany, In the end he handed over TV shows, is suing a Dutch Movie Television Productions he claims Brinkman had fraudulently that money €2,500 expat beafter no fore he smelt a rat and went is deInternational PW. claiming he was scammed intention of stumping to police. clared bankrupt. up any in www.diningsecretsofandalucia.com a bogusour app “It is a very clever crime partnership fornow Download himand and was merely after hismoney Planning to produce a couple of deal. system and The investigation films own. in Andalucia, The 48-year-old German cen“I am he was naturally inter- has probably taken a fair few people,” tres on funds raging,” enjoying the best absolutely Spanish isbegin gunning insisted Wicke last night. allocated for Dutchman Jan Herman the Olive Press. “I answeredWicke told ested when he spotted to training programmes the offer an advert ‘safe and Brinknews on the go. man, who he claims secure’ investment with of “I have worked in Hollywood for years for the unemployed, took him for a in a local newspaper (not the Olive results, ‘no and nothing like this bone-shaking ride. that Press) offering investment no payment’. has mostly ever hapdid not take in proj- After three pened. If I see him in In a classic costa shakedown, ects. Next court I’m not Under the scheme,place. he insists pocket.” thing I am thousands out of year, he meetings at the end of last sure I will be able Brinkman’s company claims he was to contain lions were stolen milJene Invest- Wicke, million investment deal offered a €5 “This deception has been myself. ments owes him thousands in very con- grants for bogus acadfrom Brinkafter he Sol for who has lived on the Costa del man and entered a promised multi-million two years, was hoping his mysterious ‘business scious and calculated.” emies, which were to find euro an investment When the Olive Press set up partner for his com- partner’ Jan Te Riet, who Wicke never Brinkman confronted in disused buildings met. and about the www.allaboutandalucia.com he declined to answer case, last night, merely furnished when our questions. officials were sent to inspect.

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THEY have defrauded hundreds of clients via a string of clever scams. Using a number of different companies they have been making millions of euros a year in the timeshare-style frauds. Stephen Lawrence, 46, and his business partner Toni Muldoon, 61, are closely linked to a number of businesses under investigation in the UK. Described by investigators as “timeshare crooks”, last week the High Court dissolved their empire. After a long probe the UK’s Companies Investigation Branch wound up their companies T-One, Mediterranean Leisure and Kingswood Property Management (KPM) describing them as a “rogue enterprise”. Now the team of seasoned ‘crooks’ has been tracked down by the Olive Press to their mountain lair in Ronda. Living in a large detached three-bedroom house outside the town, Lawrence used the guise of an apparently respectable estate agent KPM to run the classic holiday club scam.

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That boy was Federico, and when their paths crossed through a chance encounter both their lives would change forever. Fulton devoted himself to parenting a child and in a way this helped him overcome his struggles to become recognized as a matador. Federico also blossomed and went on to find his own unique way of painting. He would exhibit alongside his father and get well paid for his work. Fulton educated and raised the boy but the gypsy father had other ideas. He arrived on Fulton’s doorstep one night and at knife point threatened to wound John, take young Federico, and put him back on the streets to make money. But it was Federico who stepped into the fray saying he would rather die than go back to the gypsies. So he turned his back on his old life and was adopted into a new culture. Fulton became his legal guardian and the two became as close as any father and son could ever be. Federico even went on to try bullfighting himself but gave

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Goldman fled Spain last year amid accusations of fraud, leaving behind dozens of victims owed a total of €15 million. While he refused to answer questions, he seems happy living with Couling, her two daughters and two cats in the modest three-bedroom property. While the pair are Kintbury’s hottest topic of conversation, they are rarely seen and ‘keep themselves to themselves’. Couling’s family live nearby in Hungerford. In fact, the secretive man from Del Monte is seemingly only ever seen leaving the house to go to the post office. When the Olive Press confronted him in his countryside retreat, Goldman refused to come to the door, instead briefly poking his head out of his bedroom window.

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ÁS de 15.000 personas han firmado ya una petición que concedería a los expatriados británicos el derecho a la doble nacionalidad en España. Necesitamos vuestro apoyo para garantizar que se nos permita seguir trabajando y viviendo en vuestro país. Hemos elegido vivir aquí y hacer de España nuestro hogar. Muchos de nosotros tenemos negocios, hemos formado una familia aquí. Algunos tenemos parejas de nacionalidad española y, aunque quizá no a la perfección, hablamos vuestro struido enlaces muy fuertes con España, a través de escritores idioma. Creemos que contribuimos como Paul Preston, Gerald Breen gran parte al desarrollo nan y Laurie Lee. de la economía local, es- Y por encima de todo, nos senpecialmente en la costa. timos europeos y estamos comHistóricamente hemos con- pletamente opuestos al Brexit,

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lars at the 10-bedroom palace in the exclusive enclave of Zagaleta - complete with private helipad and 22-car garage. A series of French oak barrels will store the wine. The climatised cellars cost an estimated €1 million to install and also include a separate champagne room with its very own fingerprint code entry system. “It is an amazing project and

no expense is being spared,” said the source. A spokesman for the small five hectare Pingus holding in Burgos - whose wines are Spain’s most expensive at €1,000 a bottle - was unable to confirm the purchase. “I am not able to give out any information about grapevines being sold, only about the bottles we sell and distribute,” she said.

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IF GOD had wanted us to get grimy, lose our hearing and share copious quantities of warm beer, he’d have created the Summer festival circuit, writes ANDREW LOWREY. What he also created was Andalucia: a warm, sunny and perfect place for chilling out and listening to music late into a Spring evening.

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Film Keep: I would never part with my old video copy of The Enchanted April, based on the 1922 book by Elizabeth von Arnim. The film isn’t widely known but it certainly lodged deeply in my subconscious. It’s a very beautiful film, probover-romanticised ably but I’m not one to complain about an excess of romance, ever!

Music Keep: Choral music, any of it…the human voice used in harmony. Lovely! Why do we have the ability to sing? It fulfills no apparent biological need.

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lection of 19th century Spanish and Andalucian art. The 358 paintings already earmarked for the Malaga collection will include works by Zurbaran and Sorollo. Over a third of them will have never before been on public display. The Palacio Villalon was built in the early 16th century and was in use as commercial property until early last century. It lies in the historic centre of Malaga just 500 metres from the Picasso museum. It is hoped that together the two museums will make Malaga a Mecca for art-lovers and boost the city´s bid to become the European City of Culture in 2016. A source at the museum said: “Things are coming on well... the Baroness is very enthusiastic about it and wants to make a big splash.”

Keep: Certain books have influenced significantly major decisions in my life, often long after their initial reading. Like most people I read primarily for pleasure but when I consider which books I value most highly, I find that the ones I would never part with are the ones that have changed my life. Initially I began reading the books and poetry of Laurie Lee because of his identification with Gloucestershire, my home county for over twenty years. As I Walked out One Midsummer Morning, published in 1969, first introduced me to Andalucia. At around the same time I bought a discard from my local library for the princely sum of 10p that also took me deep into the enchanting past of Andalucia: Two Middle-aged Ladies in Andalucia, by Penelope Chetwode. These two books, more than any others, sowed the first seeds of interest in my future home. Chuck: Anything by Jilly Cooper – she can’t write and all her characters are complete stereotypes. Also all of Charles Dickens; gloomy and depressing! Continued on page 22

The Dragon Fest

FOR anyone with the stamina, an eclectic taste in music and – perhaps – a certain anarchic take on life, our region boasts plenty of opportunities to kick back and join with thousands of like-minded hedonists. Granada alone hosts two of the most famous small fests on the calenFest dar: the Rocket Festival near Alhama de Granada; and the Dragon near Órgiva. or Each has its devotees and its own appeal. If you are familiar with one the other, or if you’ve never dreamed of going to either, the Olive Press brings you a guide to both.

This is the real deal. It’s the kind of event that hippie-kids of the Sixties and flower-folk of the Seventies easily recognise. Technically, it’s not an organised festival but a spontaneous gathering of the alternative, the anarchic and the free-living. As it is a free festival, it attracts an eclectic mix of locals, youngsters from all over Spain and alternative life-stylers from the rest of Europe.

The Rocket festival It’s like Glastonbury in the sun, if that’s not an oxymoron. Those with any recent experience of the UK festival scene will get the idea. It’s not free, but 100 euros for three days of bands and performers is not quite a fortune (see This www.rocketfestival.com). year’s event in May will be the third and the all-British organising team is aiming for an attendance of around 5,000 punters. WHEN Kicks off on May 16 with the main headline acts on Saturday and Sunday. Most Spanish, who lack the Spirit of the Blitztype attitude as the Brits and will turn up for one day WHERE Near the reservoir of Bermejales, close to Alhama. There’s loads of parking and shuttle buses run from the town. BERTHS The cost of camping is included in the ticket price and there are no added charges for

motorhomes. Otherwise good op- ellers and aliens GRUB Festival food - veggie tions in Alhama. MUSIC Eclectic is again the mot stuff, lots of ethnic stalls, wooddu jour. This year the big headlin- fired pizzas, Moroccan couscous the ers mix flamenco rhythms with CRIME Fully-legal, unlike dance, reggae and hip-hop. Sat- Dragon, there is professional urday will be Muchachito Bombo security plus lots of volunteer Infierno, who is shifting a lot of stewards. Some petty thefts from records at the moment. Sunday’s tents but nothing you can’t avoid your stars should be Los Delinquentes. by keeping your hand on British invitees are 80’s ska heroes ha’penny dope Bad Manners and dance pioneers POISON Beer, bit of cocktails and probably Coldcut Bar ATMOSPHERE Less anarchic in the themed Space ease. than the Dragon, the aim is for a FACILITIES Wees with chilled-out, family-friendly event. The fact that you’re paying means There’s a load of other stuff be- you can expect properly mainsides the music. Circus, comedy, tained porta-loos excabaret and street performers ADVICE “Bring a tent and should be enough to stave off any pect to see out the whole weekend. It’s the only way to really boredom your UNIFORM Anything you like as get the full experience. If it’s long as it’s out of this world. This first ever fest then just immerse you year, Saturday night at Rocket is yourself in the vibe. It’ll blow Space Night where everyone’s en- away,” says Marcus Clements, couraged to dress up as space trav- the festival organiser.

2008 festival round-up SEVILLA Soberao Jazz - March 6 - 8. Teatro del Centro Social, Dos Hermanas Small-scale, intimate jazz festival. No camping, just concerts including Zymad, Radio Espantoso and Pedro Cortejoso Quartet. email soberaojazz@ yahoo.es

JAEN Etnosur - July 18 - 20. Alcala la Real, Jaen Free multicultural festival of music, circus, cinema, crafts, workshops and conferences. Free admission, cheap camping. www.etnosur.com ALMERIA Creamfields Andalucia - August 9 - 11

Playa Guardias Viejas, El Ejido Full-on festival of electronic, techno and pop Tickets: €40 until 15 March More info and ticket sales: www. creamfields-andalucia.com SEVILLA Territorios Sevilla - May 22 May - June 8. Monasterio de la Cartuja, Sevilla 11th international festival of popular music. 2008 line-up not yet released but last year included acts such as Echo and the Bunnymen, Capercaillie, Mogwai, Carlinhos Brown. Three stages and camping available. www.territoriossevilla.com

WHEN While beginning officially on March 20, punters start arriving usually days before. The busiest days are Saturday and Sunday, but the chilliest vibe is on Friday night WHERE In the riverbed next to Cigarones, (nearest village Tablones on the A348 near Orgiva). Drive down into the riverbed and park wherever you can BERTHS There is a designated campsite, but most visitors tend to sleep in their cars. Staying in nearby Órgiva is the best bet for comfort. MUSIC Music is eclectic. It ranges from punk to techno, with sitar and bongos thrown in. There are several stages, cafes, clothes shops and healing tents. Rumours abound every year that Julian Cope, of Teardrop Explodes, is going to play. ATMOSPHERE Ambience ranges from Mad Max-style anarchism to gentle “folksey” hippy’ism. Plenty of stuff for kids, including stone mazes for them to play in.

The Green Dragon area has the nicest ambience (including a wall of Olive Press articles). There are massage areas, stone circles and a programme of acts. “The Lux” is the main event - an extravagant theatrical display at midnight on both Saturday and Sunday nights featuring dancing dragons, fireworks and lasers. UNIFORM Not a lot! If you wear smart clothes people will think you are in fancy dress. Nudism is big GRUB Expect not only veggie burgers and chips, but also some nice ethnic food CRIME Some skinheads turned up two years ago and stabbed a Frenchman over an argument about the price of a baked potato. Occasional aggro from the local Guardias, but generally it is safe POISON In the main, beer and a good bit of puff. Although rumours are that you can buy other stronger substances in various spots FACILITIES You’re having a larf, inchya? Basically, pits with planks ADVICE “Wear sturdy shoes; bring water and either sun cream or waterproofs. The past two years it has rained heavily, but you could find yourself in a heat-wave,” says Jason Heppenstall, who - like Chris Stewart - lives nearby and will be manning a stall called The Citrus Press selling vodka and lemon juice - go and say hello.

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Chuck: Jazz. It has no structure. It’s incomprehensible. I like melody and structure in my music. Perhaps that’s very old fashioned but you did ask.

Homely things Keep: My electric blanket. I live above 1,000m and don’t have central heating. Need I say more? Chuck: Toasted sandwich maker. It one of those things that sit on the shelf and need cleaning every time you use it. It still stinks the house out with a very unappetising aroma!

Mementos Keep: The last gift I gave my mother; my children’s first teeth; Mary-Jane, my first doll. Chuck: My childhood security blanket. At least it was once a blanket. It now measures about 3 inches by 4 through decades of overuse. I really shouldn’t need it now, should I?

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From bullfighting to bulls blood paintings, the American hero who made Hemingway look like a pussy tells the As a new documentary is made, TV presenter BARRY BIRCH John Fulton extraordinary and moving story about the life of US bullfighter of Sevilla and how he adopted a gypsy from the poverty of the slums CHANCE encounters can change While there were half a dozen your life. Mine happened on others, including Rafael Almeeting a Spanish gypsy called berti and Joaquin Peinado, one of the best things about Federico Fulton Short. When Steve Fishwick, director Fulton was that there were of Cut Productions, approached still people living here who me with a proposal for a new remembered him……great for television project about artists interviews. in Andalucia, I was – unsurpris- We were making great headingly perhaps - keen to throw way and about to start filmmyself into a subject that would ing... until disaster struck have me travelling around one and all the scripts were stolen of my favourite parts of Spain... from our camera car. and also working with a small No scripts, no shoot! professional film crew who had But we had got far enough shown themselves to be dedi- with our research to realise cated to producing quality pro- that the life of John Fulton was a much better story than grammes. Researching for a proposed proj- we had at first anticipated. ect is both fun and frustrating. A story never properly told, The fun part is uncovering inter- here was a man whose life esting and original material suit- and work had clearly touched able for your chosen subject. The many people. We decided to frustration comes when you have go back to the drawing board to be brutal and cut out some of to focus entirely on him. your hard work in the interests A young American, from Philof making it presentable. Daisy Caudron, our scriptwriter, adelphia, Fulton had the im-a had unearthed a lot of subject possible dream of becoming matter and found some interest- matador and living in Seville, ing artists to form the core of our capital of the bullfighting world. new series. John Fulton Short, the Ameri- Incredibly he not only went can matador and artist who used on to achieve his dream, he bulls’ blood to create his paint- also left behind a legacy of ings, was one of those colourful fine art as well. and interesting characters we Our trump card was John’s adopted son, a fascinating would focus on. man – and gypsy - called Federico Fulton, who still lives in Sevilla. The interviews with him proved to be the turning point not only for our project but for me personally. I was very moved by the whole story of both John and Federico’s life.

Federico was born into a Hungarian gypsy family and lived his early life in what could only be described as child slavery. Forced to dance he would perform with goats and monkeys in the street, getting paid a pittance to largely support his brutal father’s drinking habits. But, as we would discover, he would rise above this. And so, inspired by an incredible story, we embarked on a journey that would take us filming all over Andalusia: in the streets of Sevilla and Ronda; in bullrings and art galleries and also with Fulton’s friends and family, both on location and in their homes. With Federico Fulton always there to guide us, we started to unearth the real story behind this great man. John Fulton had become obsessed with bullfighting at the age of 13 when he saw the moving film Blood and Sand with Tyrone Power. Falling in love with the bravery, colours and sounds of the bullring, he knew then that he wanted to be a bullfighter and live in Spain. But it was only later, in the early 1950s when he won an art school scholarship to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, that he got his first taste of tussling with fighting bulls alongside professional matadors. The Mexican matador,

and when Pepe Ortiz, real- in Sevilla and went on to fight all That boy was Federico,through a their paths crossed ly took to Fulton over Spain. both their lives and helped train Sadly though, he met with some chance encounter forever. him in the classic fierce prejudice from the bull- would change himself to parmoves of the cor- fighting impresarios and he was Fulton devotedand in a way this enting a child rida. Fulton went never fully accepted. his strugon to kill his first He would often have to fall back helped him overcome recognized as full-sized bull in on his art and through this would gles to become befriend the writer James Mi- a matador. Federico also blos1953. on to find his But he always chener and the photographer somed and went way of painting. knew Spain was Robert Vavra, whose photo- own unique He would exhibit alongside his his goal and with just 400 dollars graphs of Spanish bulls has been father and get well paid for his in his pocket, he bought a one- hailed as the “finest record” of the work. Fulton educated and raised way ticket across the Atlantic on animals ever. the boy but the gypsy father had a voyage that would change his After they all made a trip togeth- other ideas. er to see the cave paintings in Allife. He arrived on Fulton’s doorUpon arriving in Seville John tamira, Fulton became inspired step one night and at knife point got his first break when the great to paint using the blood of the threatened to wound John, take matador Juan Belmonte took him bulls he killed in the arena. His young Federico, and put him under his wing. He would travel exhibitions at American airbases from his humble lodgings in the such as Rota in Cadiz would help city to cape bulls on Belmonte’s him raise money to pursue his life in Spain. ranch near Utrera. He soon learned to master the Another inspired idea was an art of bullfighting under his great artistic book, photographed by mentor, who described Fulton as Vavra, that centered on the life of being “like a kid from Triana.” An a gypsy boy living close to nature, amazing accolade from this bull- a sort of modern-day Mowgli. It was through this project that fighting legend. The story of John’s triumphs and he would meet his future adopted failures reads almost like a fairy son. Fulton found a small gypsy tale, and indeed, he had arrived boy on the streets of Sevilla and in Spain at a truly magical time invited him to help them realize during a golden age for bullfight- the book. He was so moved by what he saw ing. His determination in the bull- of gypsy life that he would later ring was so noted that he even seek to take this small boy out attracted the attention of Ernest of his apparent life of poverty, Hemingway, who admired John’s and offer him the chance to read efforts and even once helped him and write and not live wild in the out of financial difficulties with a streets. That boy was Federico, and when 100-dollar travellers cheque. As well as being a budding mata- their paths crossed through this dor, John was also, of course, chance encounter both their lives an artist. With the help of some would change forever. friends he set up his own art gal- So moved by the hardship of gyplery in Sevilla. This helped to sy life that he sought to take one support him through his early small boy out of this life of poverty, and offer him the chance to days as a bullfighter. In 1963 he graduated as a full read and write and not live wild matador in the Real Maestranza in the streets.

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It is a complex that be the big draw, especially for the British vinced is destroying he is con- Born in Bilbao and fluent buyers, this in wona but in truth they are just excuses number of languages, derful country. tain of a man strides offthe moun- for houses.” “It is simply not true, purposecause of it we are sellingbut be- fully towards a peak overlooking Ronda, he believes, as is the case in Antequera and Arcos best public land to privateoff our the huge development. de la devel- Intelligent opers to destroy. and erudite, his jour- Frontera, is trying to make itself as accessible as possible ney to Ronda is out of “Take any indicator you to the a necessity new developers. lometres of motorway like; ki- “to see the facts on the ground”. per head “It is “The idea that the perfect of population, televisions, essential to get out of big the car- office. And bon dioxide emissions. this is a fascinating home is alongside a golf course 15 to 20 minutes from on a level with most of We are case and a classic example EMBATTLED: Los the coast the devel- how of will be perfect once Merinos opponents oped nations of Europe. the horrific Costa the new pror) green policeman (from l to Juan Terroba, Juan development model has del Sol posed motorway from San Pedro “The facts are we do not de Uralde, trade union Lopez started to Ronda has ately need to develop desper- to come inland. opened,” Antonio Vinas, from leader Juan Villalba and “Suddenly everything he says. green spaces. We are notour last “That this development is La Molienda, Benalauria will be going desper- ahead ate for money.” in a Unesco Biosphere opened up.” “I find it amazing how The main danger with His is a difficult job representing reserve without the correct many this is per- water and its missions is shocking the 100,000 members availability. “Golf small pressure groups are 1980s when the land was made and very courses available for development springing up around use a lot of ganisation in a country of his or- alarming. It has to be stopped.” the coun- local by time when rainfall water at a try. Germans, English, town hall in Carboneras.the erally ranks ecologists that genetc, levels are are alongside Part not prepared to put up they “Ultimately we should be communists. of a nightame destroying dropping throughout Spain. exwith tremely the corruption and double “On top of that there Spain, he cites Part of the pressure group deal- an area careful when we make that three million how an incredible issue of sewerage, is also the ing that goes on here.” available for counts three million new roads houses were rubbish, and The main members given ment, as it is then very developproblem facing infrastructure worldwide, he is constantly planning permission along difficult run- the coast eral. Town halls don’t in gen- is the devolution of power us all to reverse the change.” ning up against people in Spain last year. who claim Andalucia how much it costs to put realise has allowed the economy which Greenpeace is now demanding Greenpeace is anti progress. is at the top to be it all in dictated by the construction sec- that a lot of land made available with 556,000 houses, of the list there.” “Even the other day at 200 the golf press courses and for development is now tor. conference in Ronda, 29 new marinas. reclassified to rural and protected. “There are laws to protect But, he says, there might were asking me wasn’tjournalists Since 2000 there has the well been I blocking sharp development for the region? rise in new constructiona be hope, in part thanks to the environment, but they are often It is also demanding that towns should be prohibited from flaunted in the provinces, growing and vocal despite a slow “People are always accusing growwhere ing more us numbers and down in tourist patriates, who now band of ex- local governments than 10 per cent in their of sending people back have much PGOU inhabit the independence,” demand for housIberian Peninsula. development plans. caves... but it is simply to the es. he explains. 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Within an hour, the Olive Press team scrambled to Fuengirola, learning from another builder that he was currently camped out at the feria ground. After a day working nearby, the Londoner duly arrived in his English-plated cream Moncayo campervan. Parking up, he looked relaxed as he took his dog for a walk around the feria ground and spoke with neighbours. Once identified, we called the Guardia Civil and Crimestoppers and so began a tense threehour waiting game, with Reid sitting in the car beside us. Sky News crime reporter Martin Brunt was soon there too. Eventually, as night had well and truly fell, an unmarked black BMW arrived and two plain clothes detectives swiftly moved in for the arrest, confiscating his passport and phone. Frisking him at the side of the

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THERE are few places in the world as magical as Tarifa. Where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean and where Africa meets Europe, its lay lines couldn’t be more auspicious. A historic spot used as the bridgehead for the Moors when they first arrived in Europe in the 8th century, it is crammed full of history and, wonderful architecture. But best of all is its location, beside the famous Straits of Gibraltar with its views to Africa and inland to the soaring Alcornocales Natural Park. The trip here from the Costa del Sol is worth the journey alone, the hour drive transporting you to a completely different world, far from the glitzy man-made resorts along the Malaga coast. Everything from the atmosphere to the people and from the food to the weather is a contrast, and it is the latter specifically - its celebrated Levante and Poniente winds - that have saved it from the concrete overdevelopment that has pockmarked much of its near neighbours. Boasting the best, most consistent winds in Europe, it has long been a Mecca for wind and kite surfers and thousands of enthusiasts head here every week from around the continent. The best place to watch them is at Valdevaqueros, a cool hangout five minutes outside the town, where you can hire all the equipment and take a cocktail, lunch and even stay. But it is not just the wind that attracts tourists to Tarifa. There are whale watch-

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ca, lapped by the Med (and great if the Poniente is blowing a hooley). But the focal point is Calle Alameda, a lively Spanish walkway lined with good restaurants. Across the road the castle, overlooking the bustling harbour, is fascinating and provides wonderful views of the Straits. This little fishing town was the first

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EVOCATIVE: Tarifa gateway point of the Moorish invasion of southern Spain in AD711, when the Berber chief landed from Ceuta with 400 foot soldiers and 100 horsemen. They built the fort later, in 960AD and stayed for an incredible seven centuries. No trip to Tarifa would be complete without taking the lovely ride from here to the village of Bolonia, through stunning undeveloped countryside and pinefringed beaches. Along the way there is a great selection of fantastic hotels, including the legendary Hurricane and its sister hotel the Punta Sur across the road. Bolonia takes a very casual, dresseddown approach to tourism. It doesn’t sneer or look down on the increasing number of visitors but neither does it pander to their every whim like a certain neighbouring Costa. Its iconic, giant sand dune, the biggest in Europe, is the texture of icing sugar, alongside its waters of Caribbean blue. Add the spectacular ruins of the Iberian Peninsula’s biggest Roman city Baelo Claudia – complete with walls, aqueducts, baths, temples, forums, villas and more, and you are in for a treat.

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and with incredible views in all directions. With charming landscaped gardens, lovely pool and a horseriding centre, gym and spa, you will find few better places to relax on a winter’s break. And best of all, it has an amazing chiringuito buffet, perfect for lunch, and a wonderful candle-lit restaurant for night times. Across the road, its sister hotel Punta Sur (www.hotelpuntasur.com) is perhaps better for families, with its own tennis court, massive oval pool and a restaurant with a pizza oven. Finally, Valdevaqueros (book via www.hotelhurricane.com), a mile up the coast is the coolest hangout of all, a great place to eat, watch all the action and even sleep the night.

- Walking to work with bright light and big views - The nearby fabulous beaches for surfing and hills for mountain biking - The friendly Vejer locals, hard-working and smiley - Living amid history helps one appreciate the past - Great local produce - seasonal, fresh and healthy - A real community where kids can play safely on the streets - Interesting local friends - loyal, interested and interesting - Pace of life means rushing is rarely an option - Vejer is well placed for the great cities of Cádiz, Jerez and Seville - Enjoying winter, and sometimes, Christmas day lunch on my terrace! www.califavejer.com

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Chose the right location – it’s the principal item that adds value to your property. Its relationship to surrounding land and buildings is vitally important. And remember having golf frontage means the occasional golf ball and front line beach means more damp. Protect your assets – the view, access and environment (noise, smells, damp, etc). Choosing your relationship with your neighbours is more difficult! Check the financial status of the town hall and could there be a development next door that will harm your home? Check the financial status of the community you are in – can they afford to keep the gardens and the community areas in good condition? Is the property served by fibre optic cables? – the speed of internet access is more and more important. Make sure that the Title AND

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Catastral descriptions are up-to-date. – valuers are obliged to value according to these so that if the description is smaller than it actually is, the value for the mortgage will be smaller. 7. Is the property suitable for tourist rental – Even if you don't intend to rent, obtain a licence. This will add value. 8. Get an energy certificate for the property. A good energy rating means lower local property tax (IBI). 9. Increase the security of your property, but not by looking like a prison. It looks better to have strengthened glass and internally lockable shutters than iron bars on the windows. 10. Be kind and helpful to Survey Spain’s building surveyor/valuer. They are also impressionable, so have the house clean and tidy.

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Congratulations! On reaching this fabulous milestone. Congratulations! Congratulation to Jon Clarke Happy anniversary and the team at the Olive and investigative journalism. Press for reaching the landOn reaching this fabulous milestone. After a decade of investigative reporting Congratulations! They do not shirk from takmark of 10 years in loing on the establishment, cal publishing! Over the on reaching this fabulous milestone, after After a knowing decade ofwhat investigative in Andalucia and goes onreporting exposing villains and con years the newspaper decade of investigative reporting artists, having helped to has grown to become a inaAndalucia andyou knowing whatand goes on it is remarkable that have right many here, wrongs in the household name, parinforming all your readers what goes on here. process, and the coast is a ticularly respected for its here, it is remarkable that you have better place for it. in depth news coverage survived. Well done from Well Survey done Spain from Survey Spain. November 23rd - December 6th 2016

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IN COME THE BIG BUCKS! A HUGE US property fund is splashing €45 million on three new Costa del Sol developments. The American bosses behind Real Capital Solutions have snapped up sizeable plots in Estepona, Mijas and Benahavis and continue to look at further opportunities along the coast. The company, based in Marbella since 2013, already has five other developments, including The Retreat, in Elviria.

“We have spent around €86 million here so far and have a fund of €100 million to spend,” explained Managing Partner Peter Wells, based in Colorado. “We are one of the largest developers on the Costa del Sol and our emphasis is on distressed properties.” He added: “Also we do things transparently and always try and deliver on price and quality.” The company - which made hundreds of millions buying and selling distressed properties in the US - has 16 staff working out of its office at Centro Plaza. Local boss Taylor Cox, added: “The coast is really starting to come alive and it’s a pleasure to live in such a beautiful part of the world.”

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ESTATE agents in Spain and Gibraltar are lining themselves up for the busiest July on record. It comes as some British buyers put purchases on hold due to the forthcoming EU referendum on June 23. Most agents the Olive Press spoke to confirmed they had various sales currently ‘paused’ awaiting the result, despite the British market remaining strong. The majority believe that the expected result - to stay in Europe - will lead to the pound strengthening with a red hot summer of sales to follow. Ben Bateman, at Holmes Sotogrande, described the referendum lead up as a ‘pause for thought for British buyers’ due to concerns over the weak pound. “After a remain vote however, we expect to see a strong finish to the year - and a sudden wave of bids from British buyers,” he told the Olive Press. One agent in Gibraltar has gone one step further actually employing extra staff for July. Savills director Sammy Cruz-Armstrong said: “Everything is on hold due to Brexit, but I am convinced we will stay in Europe and am taking on extra staff in July to deal with the expected deluge of business.” Benahavis agent Scott Marshall of Proper-

Roll on Remain tieSpain, meanwhile, described the pause as ‘very psychological’. He said: “It’s a combination of the uncertainty of the vote and the exchange rate right now.” While many agents have a couple of sales currently on hold, some have seen more. “We have up to ten sales currently on hold until after the referendum,” said Victor Witkowski, boss of Castles, in Manilva. “Buyers are not necessarily pulling out, but they are biding their time to see what happens.” Fellow Manilva agent, Shani Hamilton, also confirmed a slowdown, but added: “We are predicting a huge influx of business as soon as a decision is made.”

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Either way, official statistics out this month confirm the British market remains strong and tens of thousands continue to look for their dream home. Respected analyst Mark Stucklin insists that foreign demand for Spanish property was up 16% in the first quarter with Brits the biggest group of foreign buyers at 22% of the market share. “The British still dominate the foreign market for property and there is no evidence of a noticeable decline in demand as yet,” he said. And certainly not everyone is suffering. One agent, Graham Govier of Inland Andalucia has seen ‘no negative impact’ at all during the referendum lead-up. “In fact it is the opposite. Prices are extremely cheap right now and we are selling two times as many properties as we were last year,” he said. He added: “My salesman Paul - already a bit of a local celebrity - has just completed his seventh consecutive sale and people are buying because they can see that the incredible deals won’t wait around for them forever,” he added. Paul made headlines in the Olive Press last year when he sold an impressive nine properties in a row.

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Steadying the ship REAL estate investment in Spain has dropped by €4 billion yearon-year, signalling a stabilising market. Last year’s high of €13 billion is expected to calm down to €9 billion in 2016, but despite the drop, experts say the country’s property and construction scenes are both in good health and that the market THE Ukrainian president and his allies have come under fire for keeping their Costa del Sol pads secret from the authorities. Petro Poroshenko, who has ruled the eastern European state since 2014, failed to declare his €4 million villa in Estepona when updating his searchable asset declarations.

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The publicly available records are part of a new drive by the International Monetary Fund to improve transparency and root out corruption. But an investigation by Ukrainian TV network RFE/RL has discovered his Spanish-registered company Feruvita S.L. bought the 1,254sqm villa when he was head of the Council of Ukraine’s National Bank in the summer of 2008, allowing him to keep it off official records. Within a short drive of Poroshenko’s pad are

is levelling out. Foreign money has continued to contribute to Spain’s successes, with the country having one of the world’s largest proportions of foreign investment into its real estate market. Madrid has pulled in the largest investment, receiving more than €5 billion.

Hidden gems Ukraine president slammed over undeclared Costa del Sol villa villas belonging to Ihor Kononenko, fellow government official and one-time business partner to Poroshenko, and Oleh Hladkovskyy, deputy secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council. They both also used companies to effectively hide their

assets. While it is not illegal to control assets through companies so long as they are used for purposes related to the business, anti corruption campaigners argue that failing to disclose such properties ‘makes a mockery of the duty to report’ and raises questions about how they were obtained. Daria Kalenyuk, executive director of the Kyiv-based NGO Anti-corruption Action Centre said: “If the villa is not used for the company’s commercial activity, it should have been declared.”

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ESCAPING the UK’s winter freeze for a week on the Costa del Sol is almost a rite of passage for British families. And following a bumper summer season, Torremolinos has been named as the preferred winter sun destination for holidaying Brits this year. Tour operator giants TUI and Jet2Holidays said there had been a 10% rise in people booking package holidays to the resort this winter season. In an interview with the town’s mayor, TUI’s Director of Tourism, Mafie Vandeplassche, said one

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t’s been a busy decade for Andalucia’s bravest, most campaigning, lawyer. Antonio Flores at Lawbird is now well established as one of the good guys not scared to take on the establishment, politicians and fraudsters on behalf of his hundreds of clients around the region. As well as regularly getting his cases to court and securing decent, financial victories for his clients, he also has a

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To celebrate with the Olive Press’s special tenth anniversary, Antonio Flores of Lawbird picks out his Top Ten Legal cases

strong team of lawyers working in all sectors of law. Frequently the subject of writs and never far from controversy, he has been threatened by numerous gangsters, mayors and conmen. “But it does not phase me,” he ex-

plains. “It is all part of the job that I love and I have no intention of stopping now.” Here are some of Lawbirds’ key cases over the last decade and one true honour:

Taking on the mayors

Lawbird announced a damaging expose on ex-Marbella mayor Maria Angeles Munoz last year when Antonio Flores alleged her failure to declare that she and expat husband Lars Broberg took out a €3.1 million equity release mortgage with Swiss bank Nordea in 2010. The lawyer claimed she had investments in Luxembourg and Swede Broberg allegedly bought a 98% share in Gibraltarian company Crasel Limited, in 2003. The release led to a big battle with Marbella town hall, which accused Lawbird of ‘professional misconduct’, however the case never went to court.

Flores insisted: “I have not been disrespectful towards her. I only said that she had either deliberately not declared her investments, or that she was a victim of the bank, like many others. I never made any indication which.” Concerns were first raised about Munoz’s foreign dealings by a group established by Lawbird, called the Equity Release Victims Association (ERVA), made up of expats who have lost millions of euros through the bank. Lawbird has since filed a complaint with Hacienda on behalf of ERVA’s members, affected by investments with Nordea Bank. The case continues.

Exposing the fraudsters

Going after Goldman

HE had a long and chequered history on the Costa del Sol, before being locked up in the UK three years ago for a global male escort scam that raked in millions for his Fuengirola-based organisation. But before this, Lawbird had managed to get a victory against serial conman Toni Muldoon in the Marbella courts. After a 10-year investigation, Lawbird proved that Muldoon extracted millions from UK timeshare owners wanting to sell their properties. After a group action in Malaga court on behalf of 190 UK victims, Muldoon was found guilty and given a two-year suspended sentence. “What Muldoon was doing was ripping people off once and then he would have another company call people offering them legal services to recover the sum which they had lost. It was another scam,” explained Flores, who painstakingly went through hours of documents. “He’s a clever guy, he’s able to run a business – with a structure with offices and staff and telephones. “He’s made millions over the years, for sure. I expect he hasn’t been stupid and has stashed away a lot of money.” Lawbird is still pursuing his clients’ money from Muldoon and is hopeful of finally getting justice now that Muldoon is reportedly back on the Costa del Sol.

HE was one of the most famous serial fraudsters the Spanish costas has even known. With a string of dodgy investment scams Nigel Goldman - aka Howard del Monte raked in millions from unsuspecting victims, schmoozing them with champagne and promises. The larger than life figure bought an air of respectability through his restaurant column in a downmarket coastal newspaper. And, of course, victims had no idea that they were being wined and dined alongside a string of convicted criminals that Goldman had met during his three spells in prison for previous frauds. Alongside the Olive Press, Lawbird quickly got involved and is currently representing a number of victims in the Spanish courts, including one expat couple who claim Goldman owes them around 640,000 euros. Dozens of complaints have been filed with the Marbella National Police since he vanished in December 2013 and Lawbird believes he owes up to 3 million euros. The firm is currently awaiting for an arrest warrant to be served on Goldman and hopes to have him in court in Spain early next year.

Boiler room battle Antonio Flores has won his libel case against boiler room bandit Fabian Marcelo Ramirez. The courts ruled that he had every right under freedom of expression laws to dub him a ‘swindler and ‘crook’. The ruling came in a long fight Lawbird has been waging against legal boiler rooms, also known as recovery rooms.

Legal victory We are happy to announce that Lawbird has joined the Legal 500 index, following an invitation we have received from their staff. Legal 500 is the world’s leading legal referral site. It offers the definitive judgement of law firm capabilities. We are proud that the Legal 500 recognises Lawbird as a firm worth recommending in Málaga.

Off plan victory

Lawbird has been instrumental in fighting on behalf of clients who were mis sold off-plan properties in Spain. Earlier this year, Banco Popular, BBVA, Banco Mare Nostrum and Valencian building society S.G.R. were ordered to pay over 2 million euros, plus interest, to 40 British investors represented by the legal firm. The rulings were all received on the same day and refer to investors who had paid large deposits on off-plan properties in Alicante and Murcia. Last year, the company won another court case against

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Rattling the Rothschilds Lawbird is close to getting one of Europe’s richest men, Baron David de Rothschild, to face charges over an equity release loan scheme, brought into by more than 130 pensioners. An investigating judge in Paris is now studying reams of documents in French, before likely ordering the financier to court. It was thanks to Lawbird, via Denia court, that the Rothschild Financial Services Group was accused of falsely advertising the scheme. Baron David de Rothschild was indicted in France over the allegations last year, after victims – mostly expats living in Spain –

hired Lawbird in a class action. Rothschild’s product, the Credit Select Series Mortgage Loan, was sold to pensioners as a legal means to reduce the value of their homes for inheritance tax mitigation purposes. However, the Spanish Tax Agency ruled that such a scheme constitutes fraud, and Flores believes that Rothschild should be held accountable. “In short, independently of what happened to the investment, Rothschild advertised a loan aimed at reducing inheritance tax, which is a breach of tax law,” he said. The Rothschild Group has so far failed to comment.

Bashing the banks

LAWBIRD has spent years exposing and investigating banks suspicious equity release schemes. The tax authorities confirmed to the legal firm that such schemes for Spanish property are not valid for tax mitigation purposes. Lawbird is representing around 100 victims, mostly British, in getting money back from the banks, that include Nordea, Danske, Landsbanki, Jyske and Nykredit. “The Tax Office’s response represents a boost for the victims demonstrating that they were victims of a scam and not accomplices to an alleged fraud,” explained Flores. According to the victims, the strategy was to scare them with unbearable tax consequences should they not do anything with their unencumbered properties. The schemes were mostly launched between 2004 and 2008 and Lawbird calculates that over 500 couples could be affected, most of them pensioners. The total sum of funds taken out to Luxembourg could reach 250 million euros.

Murcia magic A Court in Madrid recently ordered that Caja de Ahorros de Murcia must return over €400,000 in deposits paid by British investors after a Lawbird lawsuit. It came after the bank took deposits to finance an off-plan development at the Urbanizadora Costa Palatinum/Proyectos Anteleresort. Lawbird sued the developer in Murcia hoping that the Judge

Cajasol and the developer Manilva Costa in Estepona court, winning 600,000 euros for 11 British clients. And this month a court in Madrid awarded six off-plan property buyers a total of 400,000 euros, after a bank guarantee claim was filed against BBVA bank, the second largest in Spain. The court found against the bank as a result of the existence of a collective bank guarantee issued by the bank, despite no individual guarantees being available for each investor.

took notice of the fact that while the construction of this development was being aborted – with no mention of returning deposits - a newer project was being proposed in Venezuela. The case was dismissed but the ruse worked as the developer made full disclosure and revealed documents that had been out of reach, including bank guarantees issued by Caja Murcia for the development. With this document in hand, we filed a case in Madrid (avoiding Murcia) against Caja Murcia demanding the return of off-plan deposits, based on the 57/1968 Act on Off-Plan Property Down Payments. The Court, on hearing the parties, upheld the allegations and ruled in favour of the clients, ordering Caja Murcia to make a full refund of the capital, plus interest.


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Members club A LUXEMBOURG MEP is calling for Remainers in the UK to be allowed to become ‘associate members’ to the EU. Charles Goerens, from the Democratic Party of Luxembourg, has argued that those in Britain who want to stay in the union should be able to pay for membership by contributing directly to the EU budget. “An associate membership could provide all the rights of full European citizenship, for example the right to freedom of movement, access to healthcare in the EU and the right to reside in EU member states,” he said.

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Almost half a million euros of EU money spent by UKIP on Leave campaign

NIGEL FARAGE has denied that UKIP misspent €500,000 of EU funding on trying to win the Brexit vote and electing MPs. An external audit has found that the right-wing party broke spending rules by diverting taxpayers’ cash to its polling ahead of the EU referendum and in key target con-

stituencies for the 2015 general election, including the Thanet South seat that Farage unsuccessfully ran for. “We’ve been expecting this for years. We are in an environment where rules are willfully interpreted as suits,” Farage said. “I’ve understood absolutely the rules. This is pure victimisation. I am the most investigated MEP in history. Look at what the pro-EU groups were spending.” Rules state that EU funding can only be spent on a party’s activities at a European level, not on

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ONE of us remember life before we were born but many of us should recall a time when the European Union did not exist in its present form. Millennials and those born at the end of Generation X (i.e. 1980’s 2000) can consult their history books and older people with bad memories can do so too. The fact is that there was a time before Brussels ruled Europe when countries in our extended and highly successful family of nations traded with each other and were able to deliver to their respective populations the highest standards of living in the world. This is not the place to enter into a one sided discussion on why it is that even as the EU has become more powerful, Europe has lost its competitive advantage not just to the US and Japan but also to China and in several respects India too. This column is intended to look at more practical outcomes post Brexit. Thus, Donald Trump’s victory in this month’s Presidential Election suggests that the United Kingdom may now become the US’s preferred trading partner over and above the EU. A week is indeed a long time in politics. Closer to home, there are interesting developments in the relationship between Gibraltar which is likely to withdraw from the EU together with the UK on the one hand and staunchly grateful, pro EU Spain. The dismissal of the aggressively anti-Gibraltarian Spanish Foreign Minister Margallo promises a return to common sense. Politicians in the Spanish areas near Gibraltar and even further afield, possibly as far away as the Castilian heartlands appear to be considering whether it might not be a good idea after all, post Brexit, to encourage good neighbourly relations. Javier Sanchez Rojas, the president of the Cadiz Business Confederation last week highlighted the importance of “quantifying” the benefits to both sides of good commercial relationships on either side of the Frontier. He referred to the Fletcher report commissioned by the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce in 2015 which found that Gibraltar is responsible for one in four jobs in the Campo de Gibraltar and 25% of its GDP. Sanchez Rojas said that there should be a similar impact study on how much Gibraltar benefits from fluidity in business with the neighbouring region.

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He is right to do so. It is as wrong headed for Gibraltarians to ignore our ties with the hinterland as it was for Mr Margallo to look down his nose at Gibraltar. This really is a time for governments to stand back and settle for facilitating, as opposed to obstructing, free movement of ideas, people and business in a sustainable way for the benefit of the hundreds of thousands of people who live in this part of Southern Iberia. The maximization of use of the Gibraltar airport, cooperation among the ports of Gibraltar and Algeciras, the development of a joint tourism product, coordination by the universities, schools, training centres, hospitals, clinics and a long etcetera are what politicians must now focus on. None of these common sense aims require membership of the European Union. In recent times there has been a groundswell of activity among trades unions, business associations and citizens’ groups on both sides of the Gibraltar / La Linea Frontier aimed at strengthening neighbourly links via the creation of European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation.  At this summer’s Cadiz University seminars held in San Roque and the University of Gibraltar Campus, Dr. Martin Guillermo of the European Association of Frontier Regions, based in Berlin explained that regardless of Brexit, institutional cooperation of the kind promoted by his high powered organization would survive the UK’s withdrawal from the EU when it comes to cross-border agreements involving Gibraltar. If by some quirk of fate the UK does remain (and with it Gibraltar) then well and good but we do not elect politicians to be professional doomsayers. They stand for election and are voted in to provide or at least facilitate solutions to challenges. Even as they thunder about whether or not and how and when Article 50 is implemented, the powers that be must have the vision and courage to promote practical regional cooperation. Already there are some encouraging noises coming from various political leaders but more must be done or allowed to be done and the pace needs to quicken.

Readers of the Olive Press are invited to discuss this or any other legal matter with Charles Gomez by emailing charles@gomezco.gi

Sticking to his guns JOSE Garcia-Margallo has insisted Spain will still attempt to deny Gibraltar a voice in Brexit negotiations despite his replacement suggesting otherwise. Margallo was asked to comment on his country’s position after the newly appointed foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, failed to mention the issue in his first meeting with his UK counterpart Boris Johnson, leading many to speculate that it is no longer a priority. “I’ve spoken to him and he knows perfectly well when this match is going to be played,” Margallo said. “No one can even contemplate a country having a colony inside the EU, no one can contemplate such a thing.” Margallo said he was confident Spain would block any attempt by the UK to include Gibraltar within the scope of the Brexit negotiations. “In the last five years while I’ve been minister, we have vetoed everything that related to Gibraltar, I don’t see why this wouldn’t continue to be the case.”

campaigns on a domestic level. If the audit is confirmed, the party – currently cash strapped after moving out of its London headquarters – will have to repay €170,000 and will be barred from collecting any further funds from Brussels. The audit discovered that the Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe (ADDE) – a European political grouping led by UKIP – financed polling in the UK between February and December in 2015. The lion’s share of the polling was found to be ‘conducted in the interest of UKIP’, with €450,000 of the €500,000 being used by the party. The audit claims the money was used to fund polling in Great Grimsby and Thurrock, Rochester and Strood and Cardiff South and Penarth, which were all UKIP target seats at the last general election in the UK. THE MAJORITY of British After the election, UKIP businesses will not reduce used the funds to contheir investment in Spain duct several EU referdespite Brexit, according endum attitude polls to a new poll. across Britain. A reassuring 64% of UKThe party is reportedly based firms with Spanfurious the audit was ish interests are happy leaked before it had a to keep the status quo, chance to see it, suggestaccording to a study by ing it was leaked by the Spanish company AnalisEuropean Parliament ittas Financieros Internaself. cionales (AFI). However, 30% said they would reduce investments because of the vote. A further eight per cent stated they would increase BRITISH tourist spending has increased in Spain dethem, when questioned. spite Brexit. The UK is Spain’s third UK visitors spent 15% more in the country in the three largest foreign invesmonths after the June vote than in the same period in tor and in 2014 created 2015. 160,000 jobs in the counThey were responsible for driving €1.833m into the try while adding €6.1m to economy, which accounts for 22% spent in Spain by public coffers. people from abroad. Businesses said they inThe bumper effect was most noticeable in the most popular destinations for UK residents -Valencia, the vested in Spain due to Canaries and Andalucia. the favourable business There, spending by Brits rose by 17.6%, 12.1% and climate, expertise and its 2.8% respectively. links to South America.

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Guess who’s back... TONY BLAIR has denied claims that he is planning a political comeback to influence Brexit negotiations because he thinks the Tories are ‘screwing it up’ and that Jeremy Corbyn is a ‘nutter’. The former Labour prime minister, who, according to a source, thinks Theresa May is a ‘lightweight’, has labelled reports that he has set up an institute near Whitehall as ‘wholly untrue.’ He has confirmed however that he is keeping his ‘options open’ over Brexit.

Eurosceptics are pleased at the thought of a Blair intervention, arguing that he will only embolden Brexiteers. Former Conservative environment secretary Owen Paterson said: “This is glorious news. He is one of those discredited establishment figures who repels many people. For this, he must win the international prize for lack of self-awareness this year.” Blair will make an announcement regarding his potential new role in politics in the New Year.


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and you could be putting a lot more away in the kitty than the £250 You’ve Been Framed pays. It makes me highly pussed-off to realise that my ticket to early retirement ’M thinking of auditioning for a cat. and a dream holiday in the Maldives There are felines out there earning was sitting right in front of me ... for 16 nine figure salaries for their huyears. Alas, Greystoke is swinging on mans. It doesn’t sound fur real but door handles in heaven now – which is just ask Patricia Carlin, author of How how he opened them, single-pawed. I’d to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity: be sound asleep and after a few clunkA Guide to Financial Freedom. clicks (cat leaping at bedroom door, Your pet doesn’t even have to be talentpaws slipping off handle), he’d come ed to get onto the Furbes (sic) Rich List. flying through with a piercing yowl like Take Keyboard Cat, a video of a ginger Tarzan of the jungle. I thought it was tom dressed in a blue shirt ‘playing’ an a burglar the first time and actually it electronic keyboard that went viral in was. A cat burglar. 2007, although the cat was in fact dead If I’d had the presence of mind to video (since 1987). His pawformance was enit, we could all have been eating kobi tirely computer-manipulated. beefsteak dinners by now, like Lil Bub. Nevertheless Fatso, as he was called, The runt of a feral litter, she hit the big earned his American owner furnomtime in 2011 because of her cute, bugenal sums from his mew-sical turn – eyed perma-kitten look, the happy result over 45 million views, and counting – along with puss-thumous cameo roles There are two million cat videos circu- of a debilitating bone condition called in Hawaii Five-0 and Teenage Mutant lating on YouTube, averaging 12,000 osteopetrosis (and that is not a pun.) views each. Get the advertising right Bub produced a single for Breeders guiNinja Turtles. tarist Kelley Deal, interviewed Michelle Obama on her YouTube channel and has met Robert De Niro, hiss spit. But for the Kim Kardashian of the kitty world, (net worth, not looks) Grumpy Cat takes the Friskies biscuit (and they endorse her). Born in 2012, GC had clawed in $100m by the time she was two. Her sourpuss face, caused by feline dwarfism and an underbite, has proved to be her fortune. And this New York magazine cover gal’s got it all – the agent, the New York Times best-seller, the Facebook page with over seven million licks (I mean likes), an animatronic waxwork at The impact of The Donald’s shock US presidential victory Madame Tussauds, even her own brand of beverage – Grumppuccino coffee.

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Perhaps it was just me, but when Trump took to the stage to acknowledge his victory with his family, I was struck by the uncanny resemblance of his youngest son, Baron, to both Dameon from ‘The Omen’ and a young Mr Burns from ‘The Simpsons’. Another old friend from school, now also living in the States, flew over from L.A. It had been a least a decade since she had been in Marbella, and so we organised a mini reunion in a friend’s restaurant. We were soon all catching up and reminiscing about old days, favourite teachers and events that, for various moral/legal reasons, I am unable to divulge in my column. Safe to say we were soon rolling back the years and behaving like the big kids that we are, much to the embarrassment of the pre-teens and teenagers that had been dragged to the restaurant by my friends. It was something of a novel role reversal, with the parents misbehaving and running around the place like four-year-olds on a massive sugar rush, while their kids shook their heads or blocked out the chaos on their mobiles! + 34 675 314 678 Marbella, Spain

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Gud news MERCEDES-BENZ has announced it will make its first ever pick-up truck in Spain. The X-Class will be the first time a premium German automaker has entered into the pick-up market, which has become one of the most lucrative in the car industry. The new model will be made at the Nissan plant in Barcelona for the European, Australian and South African markets.

World tour CAR manufacturers in Spain are offloading an increasing number of motors to countries outside the EU. A 176% increase since 2009 has seen Spanish manufacturers target the US, Turkey and Algeria in particular, as well as South Korea and Mexico. A total of 455,958 cars were exported outside the EU in the last year, compared to just 164,946 seven years ago.

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Limo crackdown ILLEGAL limousine companies are being targeted by Spain’s traffic authorities. A rise in the number of unlicensed limo drivers has prompted official companies to complain about their illegal competitors. As a result 40 limousines have been clamped in Madrid alone in the last two months. A FLEET of 23 Lamborghini Miuras has rallied to Andalucia to commemorate 50 years since the creation of the first model. Ferruccio Lamborghini launched the mid-engined masterpiece in 1966, naming it after a formidable breed of bull reared since the 19th century by the Miura family in Andalucia. The Miura was a colourful icon of the 1960s and 70s and was loved by oil sheikhs and pop stars alike. The 50th anniversary rally was designed to bring together the greatest selection of the sports car and return them to their ‘spiritual home’. Simon Kidston, a Miura owner and rally organiser, said: “Nobody will deny that this event has been an opportunity for some very lucky Miura owners to enjoy their cars to the full on some great roads, but we

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also wanted to capture the moment in evocative images; ones that provide a fitting new chapter in the car’s history.” The rally visited the Miura ranch near Sevilla, where

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Kidston and his team have created an online resource for the car, and are in the final stages of creating a luxury book on the model, which is penned for release in 2017.

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Coffee index SEVILLA is the fifth cheapest city in the world to buy a coffee. The coffee price index has ranked 75 major cities around the globe on the price of their average cup of joe. Service Partner ONE compared how much a cup costs in the office, the local Starbucks, in the average coffee shop and how much one costs at home to work out the average for each city. It found that an average cup in Sevilla costs just €1.51 compared to London’s €1.89 and Madrid’s €1.78, who placed 32nd and 21st. The cheapest city to buy coffee is in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, where an average cup sets you back 98 cents, followed by Sao Paulo and the capital of Peru Lima, where average cups of coffee cost 99 cents and €1.38 respectively.

A NEW foraging booklet will help foodies avoid poisonous mushrooms. Twenty of the most common species of fungi are identified in the publication, 10 of which are toxic. The pamphlet, soon to be released in Casares, will be complete with photographs of each, along

The five day event will showcase the region’s best gastronomy delights FOODIES better widen their belts ahead of a huge food and drink fair. The annual Gran Feria Sabor a Malaga will return to the city from December 2 to 6 to offer people a taste of the best products from the region. Free tastings and workshops will be on offer at the free to attend event in the Plaza del Toros from noon to 9pm each day. Products on offer will include food such as special meats, sweets and jam. Visitors, who last year numbered almost 40,000, will also be able to try wines and sherries crowned winners by a special panel of event judges. Sabor a Malaga is a quality mark given to regional products that meet certain criteria. It was created by the Diputación de Málaga in 2012, which said it has helped boost the growth of the number of agri-food companies and exports by 50%.

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La Castilleria Vejer de la Frontera

Patria, Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz THIS Danish-run gem in rural La Muela, near Vejer, is really making the most of Andalucia’s climate, using the freshest locally-sourced ingredients such as Barbate tuna, and of course, Iberico ham. Its menu is relatively small, but the fact it changes every few weeks is a guarantee that Thomas and Ase are working hard to provide their hungry customers with treats combining the season’s best ingredients. When the weather allows it, diners can enjoy an outside meal in Patria’s garden, with fabulous views over the sea and a swing which will be popular with children. Patria’s off-season weekend lunch buffet is great for with vegetarians, with its range of fresh salads, soup, cheeses and breads – and also charcuterie and fish dishes for carnivores. As you’d expect the wine is great quality, and all food is made completely from scratch, including the bread served with olive oil at the start of your meal.

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FOR some time Quercus has been the pot of gold at the end of one of the best walks in Andalucia. Dubbed Mr Henderson's Railway walk, the path follows the ancient branch line as it inches its way uphill into the Ronda mountains from Algeciras. Built by British engineers in the 19th century, what they certainly didn't have was a stopping off point as good as this. Beautifully renovated, this former station has a roaring fire in winter, and is tastefully decorated with interesting antiques and solid oak beams. Run by two local ladies (Maria Luisa Martin and Pepa Garcia) the place has a really healthy menu, comprising mostly local food, and many of the restaurant's vegetables from their own huerta.

AT Casa Padrino – or the Godfather's House – little has changed for centuries. In the heart of the lovely old town of Alajar, this 16th century manor house is something of a living museum, its crooked old beams, undulating barro floors and hand-carved doors all left exactly as they were back then. At the back an old compound and patio full of free range chickens and pigs gives the true feel of the past. There are three dining rooms, each with their own charms, especially in winter when big roaring fires are lit.

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BRING on the summer! The warm sea air floating inland towards the rolling bull-rearing plains of inland Cadiz. But before you reach the sun parched slopes en route between Vejer and Medina Sidonia you find this hidden valley, a green oasis thanks to an ancient Roman aquaduct that has watered it for centuries. The ancient track winds up into the hills, past a local bar and a series of stylish homes until you eventually find a row of steps and a small sign for Castilleria. Up here in a shady nook you will find perhaps one of Spain's most alluring outdoor restaurants.

RESTORED olive mills might be ten to the pound in Andalucia, but few match up to the charms of La Molienda. Sitting in the heart of one of the Serrania de Ronda's prettiest white villages, the ancient Arabic settlement of Benalauria, this is a must visit for food and architecture lovers. Well preserved with its 18th century stone walls, floorboards and much of the original milling apparatus still intact, the views go almost all the way to the Sierra Nevada. There is a charming sun trap terrace for Spring and Autumn and expect a roaring fire for winter.


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HEN I was invited to Healy Mac’s in Estepona Port for a night of fine dining, I thought to myself, ‘why not, they do a good chicken goujon’. What I was not expecting was eightcourses of haute cuisine, prepared to perfection by a chef who honed his skills at some of the best Michelinstarred restaurants in the world. Irish couple Andrew Kelly and Laura Healy chose Estepona for the global inauguration of their mobile pop-up eatery Roots, a concept they plan to take worldwide. And for one night only they were shooting for the stars with an inventive menu that piled on the wow factor. Inspired by nature, and the origin of ingredients which ‘gives every dish a story’, their trick is in sourcing only local organic ingredients devoid of harmful chemicals for their mobile global menus. Laura’s expertise in natural sciences comes in handy while Andrew draws on his experience at restaurants worldwide including three-Michelinstarred Alinea in Chicago and Noma in Copenhagen, voted best restaurant on the planet four times over. The meal was like an opera in eight acts, beginning with a refreshing overture of beer-battered prawn in a

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pear puree with chives, accompanied by an exotic pear bellini, rising to a sweet crescendo of orange chocolate mousse smothered in greek yoghurt and orange ice. Dish two, an unctuous but alarmingly filling Guinness bread with maple butter had me worried I’d never last the course. But the courgette, cucumber and mint gazpacho served with sea salt and a sprinkle of red onions in

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cute red pots kept everyone glued to their seats as they sampled this delicious twist on a popular Spanish dish. The curtain then rose on salt-baked celeriac with heart of leek, whipped cream, pickled celery and leek ash. Incredibly tender and tasty, the different components complemented one another perfectly. As the kitchen tuned up each act, Andrew stood at the head of the table like a conductor, explaining how each course had been put together, heightening the drama. Finally we arrived at the mains: the

salmon tartare, cured for 24 hours in lemon, grapefruit and orange juices, was the biggest hit with diners at my table. Five courses in, a citrus hit to rekindle the appetite was just what was needed. Then came a ‘cheeky burger’ made with meltin-the-mouth pork cheek although the filling Irish potato bread bun seemed a bridge too far at this stage of the game. Before dessert there was even a cheese course - a ball of goat’s cheese topped with a parmesan crisp, leek, shallot rings, pickled red

onion and chive oil. And if that wasn’t enough, there were e s p r e s s o martinis all round for t h e road, winding up an amazing night of fine dining. Andrew and Laura are returning to their own roots to run a pop-up event at the Breaffy Resort in Andrew’s native County of Mayo. After that, who knows? The world is their organic oyster! For more information visit www.rootspopuprestaurant.com


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Teeing off SAN Roque’s Alvaro Quiros will be one of the most famous golfers attempting to get onto next year’s European Tour at the qualifying school. He will battle it out with the likes of Italy’s Edoardo Molinari over a gruelling six rounds at the PGA Catalunya course. Quiros, who has won six times on The European Tour, will have his endurance tested by playing 108 holes. Mike Stewart, the European Tour’s qualifying school director, said: “A qualifying school final stage venue needs first-class practise facilities, excellent on-site accommodation but above all 36 holes that present a fair and demanding test. Whatever their status – and their success – we know every player in the field will respect the challenge PGA Catalunya Resort presents. “That we have chosen PGA Catalunya Resort to host Final Qualifying since 2008, over some truly impressive options, is a measure of the regard we hold for this venue.”

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SPAIN’S Rafael Cabrera Bello is rising up the world rankings. The 32-year-old has gone from strength to strength after finishing in a tied fifth at the summer’s Rio Olympics, just eight shots behind gold-medal-winner Justin Rose. He has had eight top-five finishes among the European and PGA tours this season and has risen to number 26 in the World Ranking. Speaking on his recent success, he said he has worked hard on his mental game while making a swing change that has improved his ball-striking - he now hits better than 75% of greens in regulation on the European Tour. After playing in the Ryder Cup - and fulfilling a dream - earlier this year, Bello has said he is looking forward to claiming his first major in 2017.

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Two LGPA Tour wins in one month for Spain’s top woman golfer SPAIN’S Carlota Ciganda has won her second LPGA Tour title in Mexico. The 26-year-old, from Pamplona, beat America’s Austin Ernst and Angela Stanford with a two-shot victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City. The vict o r y c o m e s just four w e e k s after winning her first ever LPGA Tour title in South Korea. “I am very happy to be here and to get my second victory,” said a beaming Ciganda. “It’s wonderful to play here in Mexico and I honestly don’t have

any words. “I love the golf course, the people, and it’s an honour to be here. I’ve been playing really good all year long and to end this year with these two victories gives me a lot of confidence, I am very happy.” Ciganda climbed t h r e e spots to 13th on the LPGA m o n e y list and remained 23rd in the women’s world rankings. She added: “I just have to follow this same path, same strategy, and enjoy ... I’m just excited about going back to Spain and celebrating with family and friends.”

SERGIO GARCIA has said he is refusing to give up on claiming a first elusive major. The Spaniard has finished runner-up twice at both the British Open and PGA Championship and has had 22 top-10 finishes in the majors, but has never managed to snatch the prize. “When you have a lot of misses there’s obviously always a little dent in the bumper in your car. It’s just a matter of having that week where everything happens,” Garcia said. “You feel really comfortable and you feel like it’s your week. I’m still giving myself a lot of chances in a lot of majors and the most important thing is if I keep giving myself chances, then I’ll keep getting possibilities.” The 36-year-old, who tied for fifth at the US and British Opens this year, added: “I still believe, because I still show that I can play great golf and I still show that I have a lot of consistency. As long as I have that, the belief is always going to be there.”

Furry invasion THE European Tour had to be halted after a 20-strong pack of mongooses ran across the green. Players looked on in anguish, fearing their balls would be kicked out of position, but amazingly the furry creatures managed to avoid disturbing a single one. The mongooses wouldn’t be the first animal visitors to the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa. The 221-square mile park lies on the edge of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants and more.

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New deal BARCELONA’S Circuit de Catalunya has signed a five-year contract extension to host rounds of the MotoGP world championships. The circuit has been on the calendar since 1992 and is a home race for Spain's triple world champions Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo. Spain currently has four races on the calendar with the MotorLand Aragon track and Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit. Both also signed up until 2021 while Jerez remains on the 2017 calendar.

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DOUBLES star Feliciano Lopez insists Spain must get used to the demise of its male singles tennis stars. For the first time since 1999 no Spaniards played in this month’s ATP World Tour Finals singles in London. With Rafael Nadal losing out due to ongoing injury issues and David Ferrer turning 34, Spain’s golden era could be drawing to a close, 35-yearold Lopez fears. "It's something that we have to accept, our tennis is not going to be successful forever," he said. "Of course we were a bit spoiled. People in our country think we are going to be there forever and we will win everything.”

What a bunch of dopes A SPANISH weightlifter who finished fourth in the London 2012 Olympics is set to win a gold medal after rivals were fingered in a doping scandal. Lydia Valentín is in line for the top medal after the International Olympics Committee stripped six weightlifters of their medals after retrospective drugs tests. In Valentin’s 75kg division, Russian medalists Nataliya Zabolotnaya and Belarus’ Iryna Kulesha failed retests with Kazakhstan’s original winner Svetlana Podobedova also implicated.

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Festive in February CHRISTMAS is to come every day to an Andalucian village when the biggest nativity scene in the world finally opens its doors. A massive 7,000 figures are to be included in the wacky exhibit in Mollina, which will be open all year round for die-hard festive fans from December 2017. More than €3 million is being poured into the huge 5,000

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STRANGE cloud formations in Cadiz have fuelled claims that UFOs conceal themselves when visiting Earth. Despite the satisfactory scientific explanation that the formations are what are known as lenticular clouds, which usually warn of storms, die-hard ‘ufologists’ believe they are in fact masking alien visits. Editor of ufosightingsdaily.com Scott Waring said some flying saucers can produce a cloud-like substance around them so they can hide themselves while watching us on planet Earth. Lenticular clouds have been behind alleged UFO sightings around the world, from Indonesia to Florida.

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