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As we all know some things don’t go as smoothly as we would like but when I walked down the Avenida last week I felt a touch of pride to see more than 80 trees beautifully lit at 11pm. Our Christmas Lights Campaign certainly had a few teething problems but nevertheless I would say that it was really worthwhile in the end and a great community effort. So many people worked very hard to make it happen including Steven Dunwell, Graham Jones, Milvia Felix as well as Tomorrow, Narua, Sulsolar and the Câmara. It looks like July is going to be another busy month. There’s the launch of the second Tomorrow Magazine for Alvor, Ferragudo, Portimão and Carvoeiro. You can read more about the team in this magazine. They will be supporting events and charities in their patch. If you have any contacts or ideas for them please get in touch with Steven on steven@tomorrowalgarve.com or stephanie@tomorrowalgarve.com The Tomorrow Summer Ball on 18th June was a great success. You can get a flavour of the mood on page 42, and if you fancy a giggle take a look at the funny photobooth snaps at www.memorybox.pt/gallery. We're now taking bookings for the Christmas Ball which will be held at Boavista Golf and Spa on 9th December - reserve your place now. The Tomorrow and Espiche Golf Club Charity Golf Day is taking place on July 22nd. It’s the third annual golf day and once again an event to enjoy which raises money. This year we are hoping to raise enough to send more than 20 disadvantaged children for a week’s camping holiday. We wish you all a great month. Tom, Amber and the Tomorrow team Contact Tom on 919 918 733 or Amber on amber@tomorrowalgarve.com

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Community... the deadly moves of capoeira were hidden in dance and the steady rhythms of the batuk drums. It was born as a hope of survival, giving the means for an escaped slave to survive in a hostile environment, pursued by slave hunters and colonial soldiers.

Capoeira: From lethal combat to cultural heritage By Lena Strang

The word 'capoeira' derives from the African Tupi words ka'a meaning 'jungle' and e pûer signifying 'it was', referring to the low vegetation in the interior of the country where fugitive slaves would hide.

Capoeira in action

“It's the best way to transmit the Portuguese language and cultural heritage throughout the world,” Felisberto Cabral, better known as his capoeira name Mestre Betāo tells me. He is talking about capoeira – an art form that combines fight, dance, music and acrobatic movements. Created almost 500 years ago in Brazil by slaves brought from Africa by the Portuguese conquistadors, it is now practised in all corners of the world. And whether you are in Bristol, Bonn or Beijing, the language used is Portuguese. Betāo, born in Lisbon of Cape Verdean heritage, has been teaching capoeira in the Algarve for over 20 years. We are in the premises of a dance school in Lagos where he teaches students from the age of six to adults. Tall, muscular and lithe, I can tell regular practice has kept him in good shape. He confirms that capoeira is immensely

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popular in Portugal with a following of both young and old. Recently Betāo enthralled audiences in a contemporary dance performance in Lagos. Whenever I have seen it practised in various outdoor venues, I have been impressed by the complex, sometimes gravity-defying movements to captivating music. How on earth are they able to do it? But first I want to find out about the history of capoeira. Betāo is keen to tell the story. “In the 16th century Portugal had colonised Brazil but needed people to work on the sugar cane farms so slaves from Africa, mainly Angola, were brought over,” he explains. “Using traditional music and dance as disguise, they started developing fighting techniques that came in very handy for runaway slaves evading capture.” As learning martial arts openly would result in severe punishment,

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Betāo goes on to tell me about the quilombos, the settlements that emerged in the most inaccessible places to accommodate escaped slaves. One of the biggest ones, Quilombo dos Palmares consisted of several villages and lasted for more than a century. The first King of Palmares named 'Zumbi' achieved mythical status and ensured that the quest for freedom was maintained. Capoeira now developed as unarmed warfare. Holes were often dug in the ground and when soldiers approached on horseback, escaped slaves jumped out to attack; giving sustenance to the legend that Negroes simply appeared from the sky! The technique called 'salto mortal' (mortal jump) is still used today but with less devastating consequences. The resistance was so effective that the provincial governor at the time declared: “It is harder to defeat a quilombo than the Dutch invaders.” There is little doubt that capoeira played its part in the abolition of slavery. In the face of the army’s inability to deal with escapees and the increasing raids by quilombo militias on slave plantations, Princess Isabel of Portugal signed the law abolishing slavery in 1888. The former slaves faced mass unemployment and poverty with little hope


Community... of integrating into Brazilian society. But for some capoeira experts this brought new opportunities in the criminal underworld, engaging in robberies and assaults. 'O malandro', a supreme conman and expert in capoeira, appeared as an archetypal figure. Groups of capoeiristas known as maltas even raided Rio de Janeiro. In 1890 capoeira was banned and anyone found practising it was arrested, tortured and often mutilated by the police. This simply drove it underground.

Slaves about to be punished for practising capoeira

The nickname that Betāo uses for capoeira makes perfect sense to me now. He explains: “People who practise capoeira are given a different name which dates back to these times. Anyone caught by the police would genuinely be unable to inform on others, as they simply didn’t know their real names. At a batizado ceremony, new students are recognised as capoeristas and given their apelidos (nicknames).”

From a symbol of resistance to oppression, it has become a source of national pride. Practised all around the globe, it was granted special protected status by UNESCO in 2014 as “intangible cultural heritage”. So what’s involved in the art form that has had such a turbulent history? Betāo assures me that the main aim of capoeira is not to hurt the opponent but to demonstrate a variety of skills and abilities in simulated combat. In the Game (Jogo) of Capoeira there is a physical dialogue between two players going through elaborate acrobatic moves. The game takes place in a circle (roda) formed by other capoeira players singing and clapping hands. Some songs are sung in a 'call and response' format while others tell a story. The songs can be about almost anything; from historical facts, life or love lost to things happening in the circle. Several traditional instruments can be used but the berimbau, an African percussion instrument, always takes the lead, determining the tempo and the style of music played. There is constant motion with kicks, feints and counter attacks to avoid presenting an easy target. Trickery is still part of the repertoire and an expert capoeirista can disguise an attack as a friendly gesture. Another player may enter the circle and the ritual combat carries on.

So how did capoeira fare now? Well, it nearly disappeared but Mestre Bimba came to the rescue in the 1930s. Although still banned, he developed capoeira under a different name, adding a code of ethics and promoting it as part of Brazil’s cultural heritage. He established the first school of capoeira calling it the 'Regional Combat of Bahia'. By 1940 capoeira had lost any criminal connotations and was legalised. Capoeira Roda in the street

And what a long way it has come since then.

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Capoeira: From lethal combat to cultural >> Continued from page 5 heritage

Mestre Betão playing the berimbau

When asked what makes a good capoeira player, Betāo immediately emphasises respect for others. “This is fundamental. We have had youngsters who may show little respect for their parents at home but when they enter the capoeira class, their attitude changes. Parents are always amazed at this. Capoeira has this capacity to appeal to youngsters.” He also cites perseverance, an interest in different art forms and a willingness “to get up again when you fall” - all helping to boost self-confidence. Acquiring singing, dancing and acrobatic skills is a gradual learning process but often

people discover that they have natural talents. And can adults join in, I wonder? I do have some difficulties imagining myself spiralling through the air. “Yes, of course,” Betāo laughs, “I have lots of seniors who practise. Everyone will find the form of capoeira that they are looking for.” What made him start practising in the first place? “Capoeira found me,” is the cryptic answer. His first contact with capoeira was through music. As a young child the discovery in his grandfather’s attic of an old African instrument that was the forerunner of the berimbau caught his imagination. The things he liked the most – music, dance and martial arts – came together in capoeira, becoming very much part of his African heritage. He teaches capoeira during the day, assisting with classes throughout the region but at night works as a security guard to provide for his young family. Although he doesn’t have lots of money he considers himself to be rich. Through voluntary social work he helps youngsters at risk, spending time with them and introducing them to the world of music and dance. “We have the responsibility of giving a little bit of hope to the ones who need it. Many children regard capoeira as their family,” he says with pride. “What it did for me I want to offer to others. It’s a path to

follow.” Capoeira is currently used as a tool in sports development to create positive social change, being an integral part of many youth projects around the world. For example, Capoeira4Refugees is a UK based NGO project working with youths in conflict zones in the Middle East. Capoeira for Peace is another project based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, while the Nukanti Foundation works with street children in Colombia. And what does Betāo wish for the future? Although the huge variety of capoeira practice can be considered a wealth, he would like to see a unified system, if ever it is to become an Olympic sport. He relishes the fact that capoeira is popular in Portugal and serves as a potent cultural ambassador abroad, providing an increasing interest in the Portuguesespeaking world. But more could be done. He feels that capoeira should be taught in schools in Portugal as an integral part of the curriculum as it is so deeply rooted in the country’s history and linked to the fortunes of Brazil and Africa. He considers it to be a good way to develop positive behaviour, flexibility and strength of body and mind. His last remarks are poignant. “We need to know about the past, however uncomfortable it may be. It will teach you who you are on the basis of who you were, and help you to be a better person.”

Help keep our local beaches in award-winning form It will come as no surprise to learn that earlier this year all of the Blue Flag beaches in our local area retained the prestigious honour. Announced each year by the Foundation for Environmental Education, the Blue Flag Awards are a global mark of quality, recognising the world's finest beaches. Awarded by an international jury, Blue Flags are judged on four key categories: education and information, water quality, environmental management (including cleanliness, facilities and maintaining the natural environment) and safety. Of the record 314 Blue Flags awarded to Portugal in 2016, more than a quarter (88) are located in the Algarve, with six in the municipality of Lagos. They are Luz, Porto de Mós, Camilo, Dona Ana, Batata and Meia Praia. Responsibility for keeping our beaches in award-winning shape ultimately falls to the Câmara, but we can all do our bit. Here’s how you can help to make a difference…

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Pass on plastic When heading to the beach, ditch those pesky plastic bags (that have an annoying habit of blowing away with the smallest gust of wind) in favour of eco-friendly cloth bags.

Act for others If you spot a rogue drink can or crisp packet left behind by someone else, do your bit and pick it up. Better still, organise a local litter pick! It’s a great way to get kids involved.

Pack a (responsible) picnic Use reusable boxes, cups and bottles for picnics instead of disposable items, and avoid foods with excessive packaging.

Follow the four-legged friend rules Ensure you follow the rules displayed on the local notice boards regarding dogs on the beach (most main public beaches ban dogs during the summer months), and always pick up after your pets.

Take only pictures, leave only footprints Don’t remove anything that belongs on the coastline - such as shells, rock, flora and fauna - but at the same time definitely take home everything you arrived with, including all your rubbish. All Blue Flag beaches provide ample waste disposal facilities, including recycling bins. No ifs, and definitely no butts They may be small but cigarette butts are a major cause of pollution, so if you smoke pack an ashtray (or something that can be used as one) in your beach bag.

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Think of the wider picture It’s not just what you do at the beach that can have an impact on the ocean, advises the global Centre for Marine Conservation. Keep our waters clean by using natural fertilisers over chemical ones (which can lead to chemical runoff) and never put oil, paints or other chemicals down drains. Now pass the suncream - we’ll see you on the sand!


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Meet Team Tomorrow This month sees the launch of the second Tomorrow Magazine so we thought it was time to introduce the full team and to explain how we will work together. The Tomorrow Magazines are owned by Amber Henshaw. The Lagos magazine is run by Tom Henshaw (advertising and community), Amber Henshaw (editor), Phil Harding and Rebeca Silva (design and layout) with Lena Strang as the features writer. The new magazine will be run by Steven Sutton (advertising and community), Stephanie Wood (editorial) with Amber, Phil and Rebeca doing the design and lay-out and using some of Lena’s features. Layinka Howes does the team’s administration and the ‘What’s On’ calendar.

Tom Henshaw Tom was born in Shropshire where he had his own business. When his children had grown up he got the travel bug and headed off to work in the Far East before deciding to move to Europe. His idea was to travel around to find a suitable location but as soon as he arrived in Lagos he realised he didn’t want to go anywhere else. When he first moved here 16 years ago he worked for the Algarve Resident before deciding to start his own magazine based in Lagos. tom@tomorrowalgarve.com

Amber Henshaw Tom’s daughter, Amber trained as a journalist in the UK with the biggest regional newspaper outside London, The Express and Star. She moved to the BBC in 1999 initially working at Pebble Mill before becoming a political correspondent in Scotland. In 2004 Amber moved to the Horn of Africa and worked as the BBC correspondent in Ethiopia and then Sudan.

Phil Harding Phil has been part of the core team for three years, designing the Lagos edition of the Tomorrow magazine and he is now delighted to be part of the team for the second magazine. He runs his own design and marketing company, Creation Media, working with a variety of clients around Europe. He has lived in Lagos for 13 years, after moving here with his wife from the UK. phil@tomorrowalgarve.com

Rebeca Silva Rebeca graduated from the University of Aveiro in 2013 with a design degree and is now a full time member of the Creation Media team. Alongside Phil Harding, Rebeca is now designing both Tomorrow magazines, this month being her first edition as part of team Tomorrow. adverts@tomorrowalgarve.com

Lena Strang Born in Finland, Lena spent many years teaching English in secondary schools in the UK with a stint of fifteen years as deputy head teacher. In her previous life she became five times Judo World Masters champion. Now she enjoys life in the Algarve, interviewing interesting people about their lives for the monthly feature in the magazine. lena@tomorrowalgarve.com

After a stint at UNICEF she moved back to the UK. She started working for the magazine after deciding her father needed some help! amber@tomorrowalgarve.com

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Steven Sutton Steven has over 20 years’ experience working in the UK retail sector specialising in the 'luxury' end of the

market. I don't think we need to mention which ‘world famous’ store he worked for (Harrods in case you were guessing!). Since moving to the Algarve in 2014 Steven has immersed himself in the local community, organising various charity fundraising events including Tomorrow magazine’s first Lagos Summer Masquerade Ball and the Christmas Ball which were fun and very successful, raising a healthy amount of money for local charities. He brings his unique experience and passion plus a bag overflowing with ideas to the team; he has the overriding conviction that 'it can be done if we focus on what matters'. Solution orientated and results driven is his way of thinking. steven@tomorrowalgarve.com

Stephanie Wood Stephanie is a freelance writer and editor, and has worked for titles including UK magazines Stylist and Now, global digital platform MSN, The Mirror's 3am.co.uk and fashion retailer ASOS. She's been a regular visitor to the Algarve since her parents moved to Lagos nine years ago, and eventually swapped grey London for sunny Portugal herself in February 2015. When she's not knocking back coffees as she frantically tries to meet a deadline, you'll find Stephanie walking her family's threelegged dog, Lulu, or playing netball with the team she started from scratch on her arrival here. stephanie@tomorrowalgarve.com

Layinka Howes Layinka has worked with the team since 2012 when the magazine was on its second edition and was a 'newsletter' of just six pages! She deals with the administration and tries her best to keep the 'What's On' calendar in order. layinka@tomorrowalgarve.com


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Equestrian excellence By Frank Bulmer year we took seven students from the group who attend QPA riding centre in Bensafrim on Friday mornings for sessions at Riding for the Disabled Barlavento.

Riding for the Disabled Barlavento is celebrating after some of its riders won a whole string of medals at events in Lisbon and the Algarve. The NECI School had two gold, four silver and one bronze medal at the qualifier in Almancil and two riders qualified for the National Special Olympics in Lisbon on 2nd June, where the two girls won a gold and a silver medal. Frank Bulmer who runs RDB said: “This was a fantastic result considering they had to ride GNR horses they had never seen before in front of a very large enthusiastic crowd. They were also supported by eight helpers from our team and our instructor from QPA Bensafrim and two of the dedicated therapists from the NECI School.” He added that it had been a very long day for everyone but the delight of Sofia and Cristina (pictured) made it all very worthwhile. In May riders took part in the second equestrian Special Olympics held in the Algarve. Last year they took six of the students and did did very well winning a gold medal, two silvers and a bronze. This

“We are very pleased to say we had a fantastic result with two gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze. Obviously each class had to be divided according to the level of disability but the compliments we received from others was that not only had we done well but we have a fantastic team spirit as well,” Frank said. NECI is a centre in Praia da Luz founded for the education and care of people with a wide range of ages and disabilities. Angela Mesquite, their physiotherapist, has put in many hours of work which along with her enthusiasm and dedication has led to this fantastic result, alongside the excellent training given by our Senior RDA instructor, Sue Wilson at QPA working so well together. They are assisted by our team of volunteer helpers without whom we could not function. We always welcome new helpers to our sessions on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings. No experience with horses is needed, just enthusiasm! Your reward will be the smiling faces of our riders.

The Associação de Equitação Adaptada Barlavento / Riding for the Disabled Barlavento (RDB) is situated in the West of the Algarve, Portugal and was created at the beginning of 2007 to promote the aims of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). They operate in the beautiful Barlavento region of the Algarve and are based at the O Centro Hípico at Quinta do Paraiso Alto, Bensafrim. This location is in a central catchment location for the West Algarve, close to the Monchique Hills and just 5kms from the old fishing Port of Lagos. The Riding for Disabled Barlavento (Associação de Equitação Adaptada Barlavento) is a voluntary, non-profit making organisation dedicated to making a real and lasting difference to the lives of disabled people, enabling them to ride in order to improve their health, well-being and to achieve new goals. The age range of the riders is from 6 years to 50+ years. The helpers (volunteers) are of all ages but are mainly of retirement age. However, we welcome volunteers of any age and training will be provided.

If you would like to join the team and help please contact Frank Bulmer at 282 688 330 or Sue Wilson at QPA 912 351 114. We are coming to the end of the season but we will start again in September.

Lagos Street Food Fest 2016 Oh Yeah, Lagos Street Food Fest is back again!! After last year’s success, food trucks are invading the streets of Lagos again with bistronomique burgers, Italian piadinas, Turkish sweets and even some vegan food directly from the UK just for the Festival. From old VWs transformed into Caipirinha bars to horse trailers transformed into pizzerias - you name it, they have it. 

 On July 15th, 16th and 17th, the Lagos Street Food Fest will be centre stage in Jardim da Constituiçāo, in the Avenida for over 35 food trucks from across the country and Europe.

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When asked about the Street Food Fest 2016, event co-ordinator Maria Nobre de Carvalho said: "Last year’s event was a huge success and we've had so many requests to come back this year that we couldn't let it pass. This year we are going bigger and better! We have food trucks coming from all across Portugal, Spain and even the UK." So this July get ready to spread out a picnic blanket on the grass, sip a cold beer, chill with signature cocktails, strike a pose at the Foodie Photo Booth again and get ready to eat to your hearts content. "In addition to all the food trucks, the Lagos Food Fest 2016 will have a seating area, a

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covered tent with a cocktail bar and lots of music throughout the weekend," said Maria So gather a group of friends, bring the family and get ready for a great weekend. Tips? Divide and Conquer: Come with a group of friends, and split up - some get drinks, others gets get bites. Don’t Fill Up Too Fast: Plan to visit your favourites and must-try’s first before you fill up and pass out in the grass. The event is open to everyone from 12 noon until midnight. Contact Maria Nobre de Carvalho at lagosfoodfest@gmail.com


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The Sound Of Music - Aljezur Style! By Matt D’Arcy Aljezur area where they first became aware of "Off The Lip".

It may have been the Swiss Alps rather than those in Austria, but the hills still came alive to the Sound of Music - Aljezur style! As we all know, the Von Trapp family secretly fled Austria into the Swiss mountains. But popular Aljezur band "Off The Lip" were last month secretly whisked INTO the Swiss mountains for one of their most glamorous gigs, on the snow-covered slopes of the rather swish Swiss ski resort of Verbier. Verbier is an alpine village located in the canton of Valais, south-west Switzerland, a holiday resort and ski area recognised as one of the premiere "off-piste" resorts in the world. It attracts such luminaries as Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Sarah, Duchess of York, who owns a chalet there with her daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. But recording stars like James Blunt and Diana Ross who also frequent Verbiers have now been joined by Aljezur’s own recording stars, "Off The Lip". In an atmosphere of total secrecy three members of this west coast band - Jack Golds, Hugo Fontainhas and Ricky Brogden were flown out to Verbier to perform one of their energetic shows. The fourth member of the band, Jack’s brother Louie, was already in Verbier where he works during the ski season for luxury chalet company Bramble Ski, totally unaware that his colleagues were on the way to join him for the company’s end-of-season party. (Jack, a trained lifeguard who has worked on all the local beaches, and Louie live in Aljezur and went to school there. Louie is a keen snowboarder, and both brothers are also surfers who enjoy riding the west coast waves). The event in Switzerland was organised at the resort’s famous Le Shed venue as a thank-you to Bramble Ski’s staff after a successful winter season. The owners of Bramble Ski didn’t just know of the band through Louie; they also have a home in the

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Harmonica player Louie, who thought he was performing one of "Off The Lip’s" original songs solo to a backing track, was caught totally by surprise when his brother Jack and the other band members appeared through the crowd and joined him on stage. It took a moment to recover from the emotion of all being together after a five-month break. But the new arrivals, who brought guitars but borrowed the rest of the equipment from a local group "The Dictators", then joined a shell-shocked Louie to play their second single release 'Reggae in the Morning' as his ecstatic crowd of work colleagues cheered them on. But the show was only getting started as "Off The Lip" went on to perform a full set showcasing their brand of unique Algarvian surf rock and roots style music in front of a packed audience, many of whom who, by the end of the night, were dancing on the tables! Bramble Ski enthused on their Facebook page: “What an epic end to a brilliant season!” And the band, who spent their last day on the snow slopes before heading back to Portugal, posted: “Thank you everyone for last night - our first international gig, a surprise end of season concert that had everyone rockin’ with us in Le Shed!” Louie declared after the party: “I am the happiest man in the world! It was one of the biggest shocks of my life when Jack, Hugo and Ricky emerged from the audience. I really have to thank Bramble Ski for flying them out. “It was the best night of my life; a truly epic end of season staff party!” Guitarist Richard Brogden told us: “Everything was organised by Bramble Ski. We flew from Faro to Geneva, where we boarded a shuttle link, we drove out of Geneva alongside the lake to the village of Le Chable, where we were met by Colin, a director of the company and taken to a beautiful apartment. “Overall, we stayed in Switzerland for three nights. The apartment balcony looked out across valleys and snow-covered peaks and in the field right below us there was a herd of cows with those typical heavy Swiss cowbells around their necks, clanging away. “On the day of the show Louie and the staff were having drinks up the mountain before

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going down to the surprise party at Le Shed. The three of us had to hide in a nearby pub (no great hardship there!) while they arrived in the village and went into Le Shed. "It was wonderful to see the surprise on Louie’s face. He didn’t see the rest of the band approach until we were standing on the stage! When the crowd realised the significance, they went wild too! What an experience the whole thing was! Absolutely fantastic and something we’ll never forget.” Now "Off The Lip" are busy back in the studio putting the finishing touches to their debut album "Local Foreigner." All in all it was a fantastic couple of days for the band, who were the talk of the town - so much so that plans for a select Swiss tour are taking shape to promote the upcoming album, as their phones started to ring before they even got back home here to the Algarve’s west coast. Should you wish, you can see the story of the band’s Swiss experience on a 5min 45sec YouTube video here at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx6MSnH0Jo0 This article has also been published on the Amovate website. Amovate is the Associação Dos Moradores e Amigos do Vale Da Tel, or the Association of Residents and Friends of Vale da Telha, available for people of all nationalities who have links to the area. It is a non-profit making charitable organisation which has its HQ is the Old Schoolhouse, which you can find as the road just 150m or so past Vales divides to Vale da Telha on the right, Arrifana on the left. They say: “We are a link between the community and the local council, or Câmara, as we hold regular meetings with the President and /or his staff to raise any relevant issues, and we have a good working relationship with the local police commander who writes a regular column on the website updating his force’s activities.” “We cannot solve ALL the area’s problems, but we certainly do whatever we can, subject to the budgetary restraints on the local authority,” they add. To find out more go to www.amovate.com


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Moneytree Matters Competition By Alison Blair The closing date for entries is 31st August and we all know how time flies! So pick up an entry form today from Luz based Madrugada Associação HQ or from one of our charity shops in Rua Direita. You can also request a form by email by contacting admin@madrugada-portugal.com. Judging will take place early September and the winning entry will be announced in October’s issue. Remember to check out the legalities of your idea and keep it risk free. The prize is a week’s holiday accommodation in a delightful Luz Beach Apartment, kindly donated by Mr B Saddler. More information about the apartment is available on line at www. luzbeachapartments.com. The terms and conditions are detailed in the entry form.

With great excitement and enormous pleasure and in conjunction with Tomorrow Magazine, we have launched our summer competition which is open to residents and visitors alike. All you have to do is come up with a winning idea for fundraising. It could be a scheme or an event but it must be practical here in the Algarve and it must be legal!

Fundraising is an essential part of income generation for all charities and Madrugada, as a non-profit association, is no exception. The association provides a much needed, professional, home-based ‘end of life’ palliative care service, supporting people who prefer to spend their remaining days in their own home.

assist anyone living in the Algarve with a diagnosis of a life limiting illness such as cancer or motor neuron disease; this help is extended to close family and carers. These services are delivered by a dedicated team of health professionals and are a charitable gift to our community and as such are free of all charge. The financial implication of providing our home-based service is currently €420 per day per patient. Madrugada relies on the generosity of the community to ensure that its services continue to be made available in the future. All donations and fundraising revenue is directed to patient care and clinical services. Here is a wonderful opportunity to get involved from the comfort of your own home, and for our lucky winner, a prize well worth having. Put on your thinking caps, get creative and help Madrugada Associação to continue its valued work well into the future. Because you care, we can.

In addition, a number of supportive therapies and activities are available at the Support Centre (Luz) and are designed to

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More visibility, better security By David Thomas The Night-Guard from Praia da Luz, Council of Lagos has announced the launch of a new project on behalf of the Night Guard Association (ASPGN) entitled’More visibility, better security’. This involves the use of a high visibility fully equipped patrol vehicle, aimed at providing greater deterrence to crime, and therefore providing reassurance to both visitors and residents in the area. The main goal is to increase the sense of security of the population as well as visitors to the area. This project was initiated by the ASPGN in 2013, and has been presented to the Government in power at the time, to Lagos City Hall, Parish of Luz, Algarve Tourism Board, Commander GNR Territorial Command Faro, and Association Safe Communities Algarve. After ‘some’ time of waiting and preparation, the vehicle was launched last month outside Batista Supermarket, Praia da Luz.

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This is supported by Safe Communities Algarve who together with the Night Guard Service held a display outside the supermarket from 1000 to 1600 hrs. The Night Guard service is approved by mayors upon applications made by the community. The ASPGN website is www.guarda-nocturno. blogspot.com and this includes reports of the various incidents that they dealt with and the excellent work that they do. To find out more about the work of the Night Guard service you may contact by email ataspguardasnocturnos@gmail.com. Residents of Praia da Luz may also contact Mr. Jose Santos the Night Guard covering that area at 964 542 462 or by email at gnluzpt@gmail.com Night Guards are civilians selected by city councils (Câmaras) through a competitive process and provide specific safety and

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security duties in a designated area, supplementing the work of police. One Night Guard is assigned per area and works traditionally from midnight to 6am, patrolling the area to protect people and property and detect unusual situations. The Night Guard service is in operation throughout Portugal, and in the Algarve there are 14, covering the following areas: Tavira, Almancil, Loulé, Quarteira, Portimão, Lagos, Luz and Faro. The duties of Night Guards include: carrying out foot or vehicles patrols and checking on properties registered with them; responding to alarms activated within subscribed clients’ properties; responding to medical emergencies by obtaining medicine; exercising the power of arrest; providing general support to the GNR and PSP and Civil Protection and lastly providing a key holder service to conduct checks on empty premise. For more www.safecommunitiesalgarve.com


Wine with a taste of victory. In 2016, the exclusive brand Enófilos selection has been awarded with 15 medals in three prestigious international wine competitions. Selecção de Enófilos: Unique fine wines.

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Cash boost for the ambulance appeal

Appeal update By Pat Allen With the terrific total of €2550 and the auction money rolling in the funds, jumped from €10k to over €15,000 now.

The annual Palvista Trophy Golf competition took place at Palmares at the end of May with 20 players from Boavista Golf Club and Palmares Golf Club taking part in the mixed pairs better ball event. This year, the charity supported was the appeal for a new ambulance for the Lagos Bombeiros and with contributions from players, a raffle and an auction, the amazing sum of €2,550 was raised. Much appreciation must go to Palmares for use of the course and facilities making it such a superb occasion. Local businesses, including Boavista, Onyria Palmares, Casas do Barlavento, Pashmina in Luz, Sophie’s Golf Shop, Dom Henrique’s in Lagos, Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa and Lagos Wines Direct, generously donated prizes for the auction. Well done and many thanks to everyone who supported the event, the organisers Madeline Mackie of Palmares and Graham Vince of Boavista, Nick

Daly for his energetic auctioneering and Janice Galloway and Graham Mackie for persuading so many to part with their cash for raffle tickets. Last but not least, the golf competition itself. Congratulations go to Gil Weir Jnr. and Greger Haraldsson who won with a magnificent 47 points. Runners up Paul Oldham and Dick Leeuwenberg also scored 47 points but lost on count-back. Prizes were also awarded to Bob Hewitt for Nearest the Pin on the 12th and Kevin Fallon for the Straightest Drive on the 4th. Within the natural amphitheatre of the Bay of Lagos, Robert Trent Jones II designed Onyria Palmares Golf. The brief given to the American golf course designer was to craft a 27-hole golf course which maximised the potential of the environment. The result is a golf course of breathtaking natural beauty. The course opened 18 holes for play in October 2010 and the full 27 last June 2011.

This is still a fair way from the target but as we keep saying, every little helps so whatever you can do to raise a little, then please do it. One thing that did arise when the director of the bombeiros in Lagos José Martins Pereira made his presentation was the age of the four ambulances the newest was 15-years-old and the oldest was 19 years! No wonder they are desperate for a new one. So far over the last two years 39,000 euros was spent on mechanical repairs. That’s why I am campaigning to buy a new one which fully kitted out will cost in the region of 40,000 euros. Some money should come from the council but if you can help please do. Donations to: Credito Agricola. IBAN: (PT50) 0045 7191 4018 8770 5586 1

Your summer guests could help drive the Bombeiros ambulance nearer! your collection bottle! As we know from her reports, Pat Allen is worried about whether she’ll make her ambitious target of buying a new ambulance for the Bombeiros before the year’s end. What we’re sure she’s under-estimating is the amount of donations being quietly built up by you, and you, and you and your guests. Get your guests to join you in drinking for the Bombeiros! It’s for a good cause after all! Think how many more opportunities there will be to enjoy a drink with friends and how many more pockets available to fish into to pull out a euro or two to put into

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We recommend a 25 or 33 cl bottle anything bigger (like the 1.5 litre bottle the leaflet mentions) would be too ambitious. So start (or keep up) the good work and by the time Pat calls time around November, and the bottles start being delivered to her, we’ll all help her to realise her dream and, hopefully, be able to give the Lagos Bombeiros a wonderful Christmas present. If you have got any ideas to raise funds for the ambulance appeal please get in touch with Pat by emailing patallen@sapo.pt You can read about one of the fundraising events that was held recently on page 42.


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Living Golf for Peace Day Espiche Golf in conjunction with Living Golf and Global Sports is gearing up to host a unique tournament in Europe, promoting global peace, sustainability and the Olympic Truce through golf and tourism. The event takes place on Sunday, 10th July in the Western Algarve, Lagos at the Espiche Golf Course. On the day 18 teams of players with diverse backgrounds take part in this unique 18 hole, Shotgun Start, Four-Ball Texas Scramble Competition. Originating in the Olympic Rings of Light Peace Campaign at the 2008 Beijing Games, The Olympic Truce Peace Ambassadors Network was set up at the London Games of 2012 to develop country-level Olympic Truce awareness and reporting processes about the implementation of the UN backed period of global peace that should traditionally accompany each Olympic Games. A supporters group was formed from a coalition of global sports and tourism stakeholders working with UNESCO, founded by former EU Commission staff member Gordon Sillence under the patronage of Lord Michael Bates of the UK House of Lords, who famously walked from Greece to the UK to promote the Truce in London. 'Tomorrow' spoke to Gordon Sillence ahead of the event at Espiche. Can you tell us about yourself? I was born in the fifties as a Eurasian (English Dad, Asian Mum) on the historical UK Armed Forces base in Singapore called Changi, where I spent my youth kicking a football against the prison walls, until I was sent to a Jean Baptiste de la Salle boarding school in England where we worshipped Christ and Bobby Moore, followed by Sussex University where we debated Bob Marley, the Buddha and Karl Marx. My very military father was my guiding influence, and our family travelled the world via Royal Air Force bases - Singapore, Germany, Hong Kong, Cyprus, etc, wherever the British military were… When I grew up I continued travelling as a sociologist working in the field of sustainable development in Africa, Asia, Central America and Europe for the UN, European Commission and various national governments. I’ve been to over 60 countries in my life, but have been living on the Algarve for the last 30 years doing a

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variety of jobs here as well, working where sustainability meets personal development. With a passion for East-meets-West knowledge, I have studied yoga, karate and tai chi for more than 30 years, and now I run the Inner Peace Forest Retreat, the Yoga, Martial Arts and Meditation Knowledge Centre, and Janela Aberta 21, a regional sustainable development education centre, whilst enjoying a wonderful farm-based family life in the scenic Monchique hills with my current partner Stella and our two children Jessica and Leo, who alongside my eldest daughter Tasmin are the stars in my heaven on earth. How did you get involved in the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Peace Effort? In 2008 I heard Mia Farrow’s call to help the people of Darfur in Sudan, where a genocide was being committed by its own government. She was asking for China (as the host nation of that years’ Olympics) to uphold the Truce in South Sudan, since China was the main arms-for-oil trader with the despot President Al Bashir, who was bombing his own people in the south of the country using Chinese military strategic training and weapons. At that time we held a 24 hour Olympic Mediation in a Peace Pyramid in the centre of Lagos, where people from over 40 nationalities joined in to support the call for a Truce to stop the genocide. I took this initiative to the London 2012 Olympic Games, sort of home territory, where I then worked with UNESCO and Lord Michael Bates of Walk for Peace fame, to set up an international Olympic Truce Peace Ambassadors Network to support the truce implementation in countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Iran, Israel, Thailand, Nepal - wherever people felt they lived under the stress of conflict and violence. The first wave of Truce Peace ambassadors was based on a youth network approach, so that as it matures at each successive Olympics there will be people ready to work on the implementation of the Truce to make it a reality, not just a paper exercise. This year at Rio 2016 golf features as an Olympic sport for the first time, and I asked for help from Sue and Peter Thornton from Espiche Golf Club, who are in the forefront of sustainable and responsible golf and have known me for years as a yoga and martial arts teacher and friend. I brought in a former colleague in the European Commission from

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Sports and Tourism to put together the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Peace Effort to support the work of the Olympic Truce Ambassadors, and we now will be putting on the first International Olympic Golf for Peace charity event in the world on Sunday July 10th at the Espiche course. What is the aim of the peace effort? We did a survey of the London games and found that only 5% of people have even heard of the Olympic Truce. For Rio 2016, we are widening the country network of Olympic Truce peace ambassadors, aiming to raise awareness and report on this summer's truce. A United Nations backed Truce signed by 180 governments last October, will start a week before the Games open and will end a week after the end of the Para-Olympics i.e, July 29th to 21st September. Imagine that! A whole summer of world peace! We would like to see Olympic Truce Peace Ambassadors in place in as many areas of conflict as possible to highlight and report on the Truce from their country. To mainstream the issue, we are also calling for a One Minute Silence to highlight the Truce at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Games, which are the biggest global sports media event in the world, and the means to bring peace to all of us. What do you hope it will achieve? The Ancient Olympians were a wise but warring culture who devised the Truce as a means to restore civilized behaviour, if only for a limited time, which was the concept called ‘Ekecheira’ that we call the Olympic Truce. It gave both competitors and spectators the right of free passage during the Games, a time of no hostilities between enemies. This is exactly what our modern world is crying out for. We would all benefit from a summer of real Truce – a cessation of violence between enemies of all kinds at every level of life during the Olympic Games. This would allow us to look on at the inspiring spectacle of the best of human athleticism in fierce competition but without hostility; in fact, with full camaraderie and the best of sporting values, and apply that Olympic Ideal – the spirit of friendly competition rather than warfare - to our own lives. In a global world, this would mean to implement the Truce we would all work towards ending wars in the 40 or so UN-recognised conflict zones, developing inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogues to diffuse >> Continues on page 20


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Living Golf for Peace Day >> Continued from page 18 international and domestic violence in all countries. To see the impact of this, we are using the Global Peace Index as the common measure of our move from the current low level warfare-based rapacious economy to a peace-based, green, sustainable and responsibly managed, globally trading internationally mobile economy where everybody’s security and inner peace are put before profit-for-the-few. But any Olympic Truce effort must start first with the suffering of people in conflict zones, using large scale events to mainstream this fundamental aspect of sustainability - in this case to mainstream the peace message and the value of peace to us all at this moment of time. We are looking to recruit and train Olympic Truce Peace ambassadors right now, in countries who are also sending teams to the Olympics, but at home the threat of violence is ever present. This supporting initiative aims to raise funds to support the peace ambassadors who work in difficult circumstances in these areas, trying to make the Truce process relevant this summer. Is this part of a wider initiative or just an Algarve event? The Olympic Golf Peace Effort at the Espiche Golf Course is the first event of its

kind in the world, bringing the sport of golf into a modern era in which the people in the golfing world recognise the sport's new Olympic status, and see what this truly can mean for the modern game. By working with Living Golf’s Golf for Peace event format recently used in South Africa, we will be organising a day of golf on the Algarve on Sunday 10th that links the themes of inner peace, peaceful communities and peaceful nations into a truly wonderful (super peaceful!) golfing experience. The event aims to be repeated in successive years on the global golfing calendar, linked to the progress of the sport at the Olympic level in support of the Truce process. It will also be repeated in different countries, with the next event planned for South Africa. Why is it particularly significant this year? The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are just 2 months away. Everywhere you look on a global map you can find the fear of violence, terrorism and at worst, full blown warfare. People live in fear, whether they are rich or poor these days. I don’t want my children to live in fear either at home or when they travel. The hallmark of a civilized society is to welcome strangers politely and offer them hospitality. Every Olympics is a chance for us to use the worlds’ biggest

Palmares duo to play for Portugal

Dialect Corner

Two Palmares members have been selected to represent Portugal by the Associação Nacional de Seniores de Golfe.

Vi Gillman recalls that her Scottish relatives used ‘Scunner’ to mean a person who is nasty and aggravating. ‘Wee besom’ was ‘a right little madam’ or a female troublemaker.

Steve Juster and Gunnar Vikstrom recently took part in the three day Seniors and Super Seniors Final at Estela Golf Club between Porto and Viana do Castelo. They both finished 1st Gross, Steve in the Seniors and Gunnar in the Super Seniors, to win their places on the teams to represent Portugal in a European competition. Gunnar and the Super Seniors will be playing in Belgium in the middle of July. Steve and the Seniors will be playing in Norway at the beginning of August. Congratulations to them both and good luck to the teams.

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“I’m not a scunner, you wee besom!”

A lovely young woman, on the other hand, was called a ‘Stotter’ and a man or woman who was mean and sour was described as ‘Crabbit’. ‘Bonny’ is well known as meaning pretty, or good looking, in the Scottish dialect, a child is a ‘Wai-un’ and when it’s rainy and wet the weather is - and you might get - ‘Drookit’. Do you, or your friends, have examples of dialect words, and their meanings, that you’d like to tell us about - we’d love to hear from you!

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sporting travel and media event to bring a few weeks of much-needed peace to power politic war zones in the Middle East, to warravaged communities in Africa, to countries living under military gang warfare in Latin America. Think what a summer of peace would mean for the millions of migrants and refugees, as well as for those wishing to travel in peace in foreign countries, among strangers with different cultures, but all greeting and welcoming each other in the true civilized Olympic spirit of peace, in the knowledge of what is in fact, traditionally a Holy Truce of Sacred Games, the gift of peace on earth in this lifetime from Mount Olympus to us all. So to make your Olympic effort for global peace, I am asking all golfers to start with finding inner peace on the golf course just for the day on Sunday 10th July in Espiche. Please bring a team of family and friends to celebrate golf’s global Olympic moment in the true Olympic spirit of peace between people all nations, beliefs and cultures. Olympic Truce Peace Campaign http://destinet.eu/who-who/civilsociety-ngos/olympic-truce-youth-peaceambassadors-network/brazil-2016olympic-truce-peace-campaign

Vi was brought up in the North-East of England and recalls other ‘Geordie’ dialect words: Bait - packed lunch Stot - to bounce Dunch - to collide with Spelk - Splinte Hoy - to throw Bullets - confectioner Howay! - come on! Hinny/Pet - woman/dear Canny - nice, pleasant Claggy - sticky Divn’t - don’t Var Nigh - almost, near Gan/Gannin’ - go/going Yem - Home Please share your dialect words with us. Email amber@tomorrowalgarve.com


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Lions off to a roaring start Loulé, who sponsored the formation of the Lions Clube de Lagos, and representatives from all Lions Clubs in the Algarve joined the ceremony and festive lunch and were the first to congratulate the proud and happy members of the new club.

A new Lions Cub came to Lagos on 22nd of May 2016 when 27 charter members and their friends celebrated the official Charter Lunch of the new Lions Clube de Lagos at Herdade de Seromonhos Luz / Espiche - the club’s regular meeting place. During the ceremonies, District Governor, Dr. Carlos Torres, presented the President of the new club, Michael Colley, with their official charter document. All new members were installed as Centennial Charter Members, to celebrate 100 years of Lions International. Members of parent club Lions Clube de

Conexao Drop-in Centre Conexao Lagos is launching a new campaign to collect unused spectacles which can be sent off to people in need around the world. If you have any glasses that you no longer want or need then why not pop into centre which is in Rua Dr. Joaquim Tello in Lagos. You’re also welcome to pop in for a chat, a free tea or coffee. There is always someone to talk to and if you are in need of help maybe they can connect you with the right people or you could leave your need on the notice board. Conexao is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 3pm and offers a whole host of services from massage and nutritional advice to IT skills.

“I am proud to welcome these men and women into Lions. Lagos will be proud to have such a fine group ready to serve their community,” said the District Governor Dr. Carlos Torres, supported by President Ulla de Jager of parent club Lions Clube de Loulé. The Lions Clube de Lagos plans indeed to engage with many activities serving the community and has in the year ahead of the charter already raised a substantial amount in their charity fund. Lions Clube de Lagos will meet every second Wednesday of the month at 12.00hrs at Quinta de Seromonhos in Espiche, Luz. The meetings are conducted in English. Lions

The network continues to support families and others across the region. We have a Facebook page where requests or donations are posted by any of our members. There are currently 1,745 members on the page. We are helping and have helped many families as well as old people's homes, orphanages, other residential units and soup kitchens. The list of what we need is endless: clothes and shoes for adults and children, kitchen equipment, bedding, towels, even furniture.

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AIM in Torre very kindly give us the use of a container to store things. Thanks again to Michael and his team. If anyone has anything they would like to give please contact us via the Facebook page. If you know of a family struggling and in need please let us know and we will try to help. Many thanks to everyone who has given over the last few years.

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For more details please call Michael 964285351 or go to www.conexao-lagos. com (where you will also find a map.)

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Lions Clubs International has in its 100 years expanded into the world’s largest service club organisation with nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

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Elizabeth is a qualified care assistant and is available to help with elderly or disabled people. She speaks English and Portuguese. A warm welcome awaits at Conexao in Rua Dr. Joaquim Tello 32 A Lagos 8600-583.

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This year’s Club Championships at Golfe Santo Antonio was won by Ann de Jongh and Michael Abbott. The competition consists of two rounds of Medal with the winners being those with the lowest gross score. This year it was played in some very windy conditions (more so than normal) which provided an additional challenge to the players.

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is obviously helping her to improve her golf! Congratulations Ann & Michael.


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10 minutes with… 5EX band like something else - it’s quite funny when people ask, ‘Are you the Sex Band!?’ Do you just play on the Algarve or do you travel for gigs? If we are happy with the conditions, we will play anywhere. As individuals we have travelled to locations including Ireland and Belgium for our music. What’s the best gig you’ve ever played? We only formed in October, but already we have played more than 100 gigs. Of course we have our favourites, but it would be unfair to pick just one. They’ve all been great! We give the same importance to all our gigs, although it's always exciting to play a packed pub or a big stage. We also love the responsibility and emotion of playing at someone’s wedding.

The Tomorrow team love a good chat, so every month we’ll feature a quick conversation with interesting faces from the local community. This month we meet successful local band 5EX, who have been known to rock many a party on the Algarve and beyond… Who are 5EX and where are you all from? We’re all from the Algarve originally. Vocalist Tiago, 23, is from Portimão, drummer Rui, 39, is from Carvoeiro, keyboard player Nelson, 33, is from Estômbar, guitarist Rodrigo, 20, is from Lagos and our bassist Miguel, 24, hails from Armação de Pêra. We all still live locally with our families. How did you all get into music? Two of us (Nelson and Rui) were inspired to get into music by our families. The rest of us have just loved music from the day we were born. We all started playing instruments when we were kids and everyone seemed to enjoy what we were doing. How did the band start? Just with a good feeling! We were all feeling a bit unmotivated by the projects we were working on previously. We began speaking to each other and found our way of thinking was similar, so we decided to start a brand new project with a positive energy. How did you decide on the (rather cheeky) name? The name 5EX can mean different things. For example, we are 5 ex-members of other bands. But read quickly it can look

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You play everything from Queen and Pink Floyd to Elton John and Bruno Mars. What sort of music do you personally like best? We are all very different when it comes to our musical tastes. Nelson loves new chart hits, Rui and Rodrigo are influenced by old school rock and roll, Miguel is into jazz, blues and funk, whilst Tiago likes a little bit of everything, from the sound of Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé to Portuguese Fado. What are the plans for the band in the future? We plan to keep doing what we love playing! We want to get better as a band and grow as musicians. We would love to become known for our original songs, that is our next focus. But step by step… What do you love about living on the Algarve? The Algarve it's the best place in the entire world. We have over 300 days of sun, all the nationalities, beautiful food, beautiful places. It’s like one small world in this big world! We love it here. Contact 5EX by emailing 5ex.covers.band@gmail.com, calling +351 964 585 267 or visiting facebook.com/5exband. Want to feature in a future 10 minutes with…, or know someone who should? Email stephanie@tomorrowalgarve.com with your suggestions!

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I-Spy Algarve: under the sea The Algarve is rich in beautiful sights - and that extends to the region’s waters! Inês Nunes from nature tour operator Zip&Trip gives us a guide to the creatures that lie under the sea. Grab a snorkel and see how many you can spot… Rainbow wrasse (Coris-julis) An attractive fish with bright colours, this is one of the most common sights on snorkelling trips Two-banded seabream (Diplodus vulgaris) A flash of silvery-grey with a black stripe, this fish is another common sight along the Algarve coastline Sea cucumber (Holothuria arguinensis) A slowmoving marine animal, which makes this species easy to spy Starfish (Ophidiaster ophidianu) Usually gathered in groups with other organisms, it’s amazing to see eye-catching starfish Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) Keep your eyes peeled for this rare sight; octopus move very quickly and camouflage themselves Sea urchin (Diadema antillarum) With it’s long black spines (usually 10-12cm in length), this is a stunning underwater spot To book a snorkelling trip with Zip&Trip, visit www.dive4joy.com/zip&trip


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Man with a mission: Mike Farrer

a shed! It started with 40-odd kids, and in the space of 10 years I grew it to 750 kids. I was appointed as senior head master, so I oversaw the high school, prep school and pre-school. Then I built boarding schools there; we started with three kids and grew to 150. On the success of my school we built eight other schools. It was an incredible two decades of my life. It sounds like an amazing experience. What did you learn from it? One of the biggest things I learnt was to listen to people. There’s so much knowledge and so much experience out there, and the guy sat here [gestures to his chair] doesn’t know everything. You’ve got to listen to your staff, embrace your staff, empower your staff.

Six weeks into his new role, Tomorrow’s Stephanie Wood met with Nobel International School Algarve’s new Head of School to find out more about the man responsible for the educational future of the institution’s 678 students… Before I even meet Mike Farrer, I’ve heard plenty about him. On learning of my interview with the newly appointed head of Nobel International School Algarve, mum-friends who have already had chance to chat with him enthuse about the new recruit, praising his passion, spirit and vision. Not that I need convincing he’s a sound recruit; Mr Farrer’s CV speaks for itself. Arriving on the Algarve in late April from South Africa, where his achievements included building independent school Pecanwood College from humble beginnings to the thriving success story it is today, the father of three brings with him a wealth of experience in educational achievement. The Lancashire man who meets me on arrival at the school’s main campus in Lagoa has a firm handshake, a north-west English twang ("the accent you have at nine years old is apparently the one you’ll have for life," he tells me) and a gentle, courteous nature. He addresses me by name throughout our meeting and warmly refers to his charges not as ‘students’ or ‘pupils’ but ‘the kids’. "Get him to show you the video," one friend advises me prior to our meeting. She’s

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referring to the touching tribute students and staff at Pecanwood created to mark his departure from the school he put his heart, soul and more than a decade of his life into. But I don’t have to ask because, clearly and rightly proud of the heartwarming film, he’s only too keen to give me a personal viewing, during which this hardy northerner is visibly moved by the outpouring of respect and affection for him that clearly inspired the video. Now he’s hoping to inspire those feelings once more in children, parents and staff here on the Algarve with a bold new vision: to create the best international school in Portugal. And, with equally bold plans to get there taking shape - including a third new school site at Almancil - there was plenty for us to discuss when we met in mid-June… Can you tell us how you ended up in South Africa and more about your time there? I taught for six years at Coundon Court School in Coventry and I loved it. My auntie was a house mistress at St Mary's DSG in Pretoria, and she was going out with the house master of a boys’ house at St Alban’s College. He wanted to come to England to do his master’s degree, so I went to St Alban’s with my girlfriend at the time, Hazel, who later became my wife. We went in 1996 for one year and now it’s 20 years later! Nine years in I was asked to go to Pecanwood College to build a school there. At the beginning, it was a shed - literally

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It must have been a big wrench to leave Pecanwood, if the video you showed me is anything to go on. How did your move to Portugal and Nobel International School come about? Oh yes, it was massive. I came here two years ago on holiday and I said to Hazel, ‘Imagine living here. It would be good, wouldn’t it?’ She said, ‘But how could you give up all that [life in South Africa]?’ We had such a good life there, and the school was pumping. But I said, ‘You know what? It’s been 10 years - I feel like I’m ready for a change.’ So I put my CV out, and within the space of three weeks I got offered three head of school jobs; one in Malaysia, one in Zambia and this one. I said, ‘Hazel, pick one!’ And we said, ‘It’s got to be Portugal, hasn’t it?’ What do you want to achieve during your time here? The last thing I want to do is turn this school into a Pecanwood, but I want to bring lots of its values - manners, courtesy, respect - to the school here. My goal is to make this the best international school in Portugal. That’s not going to happen overnight; it’s got to be a five-year strategic plan, which is what we’re going to do. When they’ve left school, I want kids to say ’those were the best days of my life.’ Kids must enjoy school, they must learn well at school, and they must be responsible for their learning because, once they leave year 12 or year 13, there’s no headmaster or parents holding their hand. Once they’re at university they’ve got to stand on their own two feet. >> Continues on page 28


The Al ga r ve ’s Uni que Pri mar y- O nl y Sc ho o l • Open in term times and school holidays • Good parent/teacher communication, on a daily basis • Experienced and established teaching staff • Multilingual international environment • Small class sizes • Modern spacious classrooms • Bilingual reception class (3 to 5 years)

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• Interactive white boards in every class • Computer suite/library • Each child has a laptop • Portuguese, Music, P.E. taught by specialist Portuguese teachers • After school activities everyday: film, sports, arts, Portuguese lessons • 2 well equipped play areas and a all- weather football pitch

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You’ve been here six weeks now - what have been the biggest challenges so far? Communication. I know parents just need communication, communication, communication. They need to know what their child’s up to, what their child will be doing. Any good school is a school that communicates, so I’m going to have a lot more parent involvement. Do you know what a potjie pot is? It’s a big wrought-iron pot, and when they had the Great Trek in South Africa, they threw all the vegetables and meat into them and let it cook. Now, if you take one leg of that potjie pot away, it’s going to fall over and everything you’ve put into it is going to spew on the floor. So I believe parents, teachers and kids all need to be involved; you make that potjie pot strong so it stands firm. How can parents work with and help you? They have already. Look at my diary today - I’ve got quite a few [appointments with] parents. Obviously they want to come and meet me, so early in the new term we’re going to be doing a ‘meet the new head of school’, so they can come and give me constructive comments. Parents are always more than welcome to come and see me to tell me about their experiences at the school.

kids out into the natural environment and let them experience the real world again. There are lots of plans. We’re putting down a brand new, massive sports field. We’ve got an inter-house athletics day at the athletics track coming up. We’ll be bringing in the cultural side of things with music too.

So you need to prepare them for that. In fact, I’ve invited the vice president for technology of Nobel Education Network to come out and have this exact discussion.

You’ve mentioned plans for the new Almancil site, and obviously there’s the recently renamed Lagos campus too. What are your plans there?

Mobiles and tablets can be a curse in the classroom, but they should actually be a tool. For example, think about when you were taught geography at school and your teacher would say, ‘Go and find out about a volcano’. You went away and read about Mount Vesuvius that erupted 110 years ago. Well, I did the same thing in my old school; I said, ‘Guys, find out about a volcano.’ And they [looked online and] said: ‘Sir, one erupted seconds ago!’ That is making learning real for them.

We are after a family of schools. I love Lagos, I’ve got a special place in my heart for it because it reminds me a lot about the school I built, being slightly away from town - we were 50k from Johannesburg in Pretoria. I really want it to work and I’m putting in time and effort to make it happen. Discipline naturally plays a big role in schools. What’s your approach to that? Discipline is crucial. But before you start talking about discipline, I also believe that respect is a good thing. So for example, I went in to the middle school assembly the other day and said, ‘Right guys, let’s try this. If you greet me and say good morning sir or good afternoon and I don’t reply, I’ll buy you a cool drink.’ I had kids jumping out at me, saying ‘good morning sir! good afternoon sir!’ trying to catch me out [laughs]. The uniform the old leadership team brought in is a good way of establishing that discipline too. It’s little steps. Europe is slightly different to South Africa though. Girls can’t wear their hair down there, the kids have to stand when you walk into class - it’s the old fashioned way. Europe’s got a different feel to it, so I don’t want to bring 100% of that model and put it here; this has got its own feel and its own culture.

Also, before I arrived we conducted a parental survey. We’ve just got the results through so we’re looking at that as a leadership team.

With the job market becoming ever more difficult, what can the school do to help pupils prepare for going out into the world when they leave?

I get the impression that extracurricular activities are very important to you (the video features sports teams including football, rugby and netball, as well as choirs and various school trips)?

Career guidance is important. Collaborative work is too. There’s a lot more collaboration in the workplace now; it’s not just sitting down at your desk with a closed door, there’s a lot more interaction, so I’m hoping we can do more pre-work on that, preparing them for life. And I’m passionate about technology. People like me are what we call ‘digital immigrants’, but kids now are ‘digital natives’ - they’re brought up with all this technology.

Yes. My core business is academic, but one of my biggest beliefs is our children today live behind a computer screen and we’ve got to get kids away from that. We’ve got to get

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Will you be looking to increase technology in the school?

On a personal note, are you enjoying being in the Algarve? I am! I’m really enjoying it. I'm not one of these who will jump from one school to another school. I believe that - and I’m old fashioned in this way - but, as an educator, four schools is enough. That gives you time to build up a name, build up a reputation. This is my fourth school and I’m 48 now. If I do ten years here, I’ll be 58. Then I can play golf! [Laughs] I want to be here for the long haul. It’s a big challenge, but it’s one that I can get my teeth stuck into. I want to make a difference. Was it a daunting role to take on? No. I’m not one on these people who will just sit somewhere and get older. I’m in here at half eight in the morning, and I’ll work as hard as I can. I just enjoy working. So no, daunting’s the wrong word. What would the word be? Exciting. It’s a challenge. I’m that sort of guy. I like a challenge. www.nobelalgarve.com Tel: +351 282 342 547


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Top 10 activities to keep the kids entertained this summer The Algarve is a great place to be in the summer but, as any parent knows, keeping the kids busy and happy can be a challenge to say the least. With that in mind, in collaboration with My Destination Algarve we’ve compiled 10 of the best activities for kids to help you make this summer the best yet. Go forth and have fun!

Get wet and wild With no less than four exiting venues to choose from in the Algarve, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to waterparks - and there’s never been a better time to visit them. Slide & Splash is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an exciting new slide, The Big Wave, set to open this summer. Meanwhile, Zoomarine - which has rides and shows focused on environmental education as well as slides - is celebrating 25 years, with lots of fun stuff going on. Book online in advance for discounts of up to 15% at both venues. Visit the land of sand Now in its 14th year, the annual Fiesa Sand Sculpture Festival at Pêra is back and better than ever! Billed as the largest sand sculpture festival in the world with up to 40,000 tonnes of sand used, it’s lovely during the day and magical by night. There’s a bar serving drinks and snacks, occasional live music and a very relaxed vibe. This year’s theme is music, so kids can enjoy spotting the likes of Lady Gaga or the characters from Frozen - or else you can educate them in the ways of U2 and Frank Zappa! Tickets are €9 for adults, €4.50 for children up to 12 years, and free for children up to five. Senior citizens receive a 15% discount.

Take to the trees If you’re looking for adventure, a trip to a tree top adventure park is just the ticket. With sites in Albufeira and Lagos, Luso Aventura adventure parks have a variety of high rope assault courses designed for those seeking an exciting physical challenge, all under the watchful supervision and encouraging guidance of qualified personnel. Both parks offering courses accessible from four years old, and no physical training is required to enjoy them. lusoaventura.com Embrace your inner pirate While they might not usually want to sit still for too long, most children really enjoy boat trips. The adventure of boarding, hoisting the anchors and riding the waves while trying to spot pirates on the horizon usually goes down very well. Add in a trip through the caves and secret grottos of the coastline aboard a small boat and a BBQ lunch on a private beach and you should have a very happy tribe of swashbucklers at the end of the day. Give geocaching a go If you’re sat there thinking ‘geo-what!?’ then allows us to explain. Dubbed ‘the world’s largest treasure hunt’, geocaching involves using GPS-enabled devices (such as mobile phones) to navigate to geocaches (containers) hidden at given co-ordinates. On successfully discovering the ‘treasure’ geocachers can leave a message in the log book and swap a piece of ‘treasure’ left by a fellow player in exchange for another item. It’s great fun and there are already plenty of locations in the Algarve - visit geocaching. com to find out more. Awaken their curiosity Kids love to get involved and that’s exactly what they can do at the Centros de Ciências Vivas in Faro and Lagos. There are plenty of interactive exhibitions and experiments to awaken curiosity. The centres are inspired by Portugal’s rich seafaring past and give a nod to renewable energy. Great on cloudy days or for a break from the heat, and very good value for a few hours’ fun. A family ticket for two adults and up to six (!) children costs €8. Pack a picnic Leave the beach behind for a few hours and discover the beauties of inland and rural Algarve. In the west, head uphill to Monchique where you can enjoy some great country walks and find some lovely scenic picnic spots - the ‘small routes’ on the Via

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Algarviana are ideal. Elsewhere, at the Fontes de Estômbar (natural springs) you can follow trails along the River Arade, do a spot of birdwatching and fire up the barbecue for lunch while the children enjoy the playground. To the east, the Pego do Inferno near Tavira is spectacularly beautiful, with a waterfall, rock pools, rich vegetation and picnic areas galore. Discover a whole world of fun FunWorld in Porches (funworld.pt) is once again hosting a summer programme of events for six to 16 year olds, with the focus on being active, healthy and, as the name suggests, having lots of fun! Week-long camps run until 16th September (8.30am to 17:45pm daily), each with a different theme - everything from Star Wars and the Wild West to Junior Masterchef! Costs include all activities, insurance, lunch, morning and afternoon snacks and drinks. Kart them to the racetrack If your kids feel the need, the need for speed, then karting is an option with three locations in the Algarve. The indoor track at Olhão is the largest in Europe, there is a pretty impressive outdoor track at Almancil, and another fabulous karting track near Portimão, adjacent to the International Race Track, home to world championships and Superbike competitions.

Get active There are so many activities available across the Algarve, particularly during the summer months. Check out the local tennis clubs, and ask about surf and sailing schools at the marinas and beaches. Do a bit of horseriding - there are centres all across the region offering lessons and guided treks through the countryside or on the beach. Meanwhile, each summer at Praia da Rocha beach there is a full programme of beach activities - volleyball, hydro gymnastics, yoga, surf try outs and even scuba try dives. Best of all, many of these activities are totally free of charge! For plenty more ideas on what to do in the Algarve this summer, visit mydestinationalgarve.com


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What’s On... Celebrate children’s day Boavista Golf and Spa Resort is hosting a day of fun, festivity and entertainment. It’s a Summer Open Day to mark International Children's Day. You are welcome to join us on July 4th from 8am until 7pm. There will be the chance to try your hand at a series of new skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There will be archery as well as a whole host of other skill-based games that we offer. Let the children expend some energy on the bouncy castle and then cool off in the pool with games, water yoga or by joining the diving demonstrations. If relaxation and a

little indulgence is the order of the day, visit Essential Fitness and Spa where there will be some special offers on promotion. To round off a perfect day, feast at the BBQ while enjoying live music. The day time activities are offered FREE but for the BBQ there is a charge of €18.00 per adult to include all drinks and €12.00 for children. Booking for the BBQ is highly recommended. Email essential.reception@boavistaresort.pt or by call +351 282 790 930. You can see the events of the day on www.boavistaresort.pt/spa/events

Summer sing-along This summer the Western Algarve Community Choir invite you once again to join us for our traditional evening sing-along sessions in Luz. Over the next two months we'll be taking some of our rehearsals outdoors - performance dates for this month are Tuesday 12th and Tuesday 26th July. Anyone is welcome to join in or if you prefer you can just sit, relax and take in the atmosphere while we sing some of our favourite summer songs for you. We'll be meeting at 6.45pm and sessions will last for around an hour-and-a-half...so if you're heading out for an evening meal, or

simply enjoying a leisurely stroll along the front, there's time to catch up with us first and enjoy some singing in the sunshine. You can find us on the walkway beside the beach. We look forward to seeing you there! The Western Algarve Choir is an all-inclusive choir with no auditions or previous singing experience necessary, and a strong emphasis on singing for fun. For more information about joining, performances or bookings, please contact choir leader Elizabeth Roberts on: elizabeth_roberts15@hotmail.com

Quinta de Vale da Lama Visitors are welcome to the Open Day at Quinta de Vale da Lama on 16th July to see for themselves the extensive facilities at the farm. There will be guided tours at 5pm (€5) followed by a Pizza Night (delicious pizzas cooked in stone ovens) with music by DJ Kobertor at a cost of €10. Vale da Lama also offers Eco Holidays for families in tranquil surroundings. Nine comfortable en-suite rooms can be booked with one being equipped for people with reduced mobility. Visitors can benefit from a wide variety of nature activities for all ages, as well as enjoying delicious vegetarian and organic Mediterranean-style meals made with products from the farm.

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The facilities are located within a 20-minute walk from Meia Praia beach. There is a space for activities both inside and outside. The area specially dedicated to leisure has an inviting pool treated by a salinization process, where visitors can soak up the sun or read a good book. The main lounge has free wi-fi and a small lending library. The Casa Vale da Lama is a passive solar home, which means that the room temperature and water heating are regulated by solar energy. Their motto is sustainability, simplicity and community life. For more information contact: ecoresort@valedalama.net

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An exhibition which presents the drawings and paintings by Kasia Wrona and photographs by Jacek Uliński is taking place in Odeceixe (Junta de Freguesia) from July 5th to August 26th and at the same time in Aljezur, Espaço+ (sala de Leitura) from July 5th to August 25th. Both artists share the same passion for observation and transforming nature. Jacek's macro-photographs enable a profound insight into plants; their smell, softness of petals and lightness of pollen. His abstract shots resemble colourful pictorial composition. What prevails in Kasia's drawings is the transformation of nature and the use of her imagination as she processes what she sees around her. Her meticulous line, shapes patches of greyness and forms in which one might perceive the biological structures of plant components; it brings a surrealistic element to her work. By different means of expression, they both focus on its abundance and beauty of nature. This artistic message is the inspiration for a new viewpoint of the world around us. For more details please email Kasia at kasiawrona@hotmail.com

Need support? The next Alzheimer/Dementia monthly support group meeting will take place on July 20th at 11am, at Restaurant Pirilampo in Rua do Moinho do Azeite in Lagos. Everyone is welcome at the monthly meeting. Please contact Carol Evans 926975527 (English) or Kirsteen Landert 968084946 (English, German and Portuguese).


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Mummies, museums and human behaviour By Jane Robertson and research on Iron Age necropolises in southern Alentejo and the Algarve and the associated Estela Project. The Estela Project, established in 2008, aims to catalogue the archaeological data associated with the South-Western (Iron Age) Script, considered to be the oldest written form of the Iberian Peninsula (and one of the oldest in Europe) which is found engraved on 'stelae' (stone slabs). The Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) is a non-profit association formed in 1983 by an international group of residents interested in archaeology in the Algarve and history in general. In recent months members of the AAA have enjoyed a variety of activities including a number of interesting talks, a visit to the Archaeology Department of the University of the Algarve, a Spring lunch and a five-day trip to Aveiro, 'The Venice of the North' and the surrounding area. The talks included one by Dr Campbell Price, curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum, who described how the museum has CT-scanned all 20 of its human and 30 of its animal mummies.

They highlighted how recent development work, including the construction of the Alqueva Dam in the Alentejo, has led to an increase in the discovery of archaeological sites. This has, in turn, increased our understanding of the Iron Age period and the relationship between the Southwestern Script, Iron Age settlements and necropolises ("cities of the dead"). The trip to Aveiro visited numerous sites of historical and archaeological interest, including a visit to the megalithic necropolis of Chão Redondo and the Monastery of Arouca.

He explained the new insights gleaned from using the latest hospital and industrial micro-CT technology and how this has affected the interpretation of ancient Egyptian culture within the museum.

The invitation to visit the Archaeology Department at the University of the Algarve was an opportunity to see a presentation by seven students to whom the AAA had awarded grants to present papers at various European conferences.

A talk by Professor Pedro Barros and Samuel Melro described the latest findings

A tour was also made of the archaeological laboratories.

In the ‘Finds Lab’ we were able to see artefacts in the process of reconstruction, including a large 5000 year old pot. The second laboratory, The Interdisciplinary Centre for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB), aims to develop research in evolution, ecology and human behaviour from an archaeological and anthropological perspective. We were able to handle a number of prehistoric artefacts including 200,000 year old stone axes excavated from Portuguese archaeological sites. Members of the Archaeology Department, including prehistoric specialist Professor Nuno Bicho, have been involved in the investigation of a Neanderthal cave recently discovered adjacent to the N125 near the Arade River during construction work on Portimão's new waste water treatment centre. The artefacts recovered include animal bones and carved stone tools dating from the Middle Palaeolithic period, at least 40,000 years ago, the discovery of which could shed new light on the Middle Palaeolithic period of the Algarve. The lectures organised by the AAA are open to all and take place on the first Tuesday of the month from October through to June. For more information visit the website arquealgarve.weebly.com or contact algarvearchass@gmail.com

We are raising our game charities and they are as follows: CASLAS the home for disadvantaged children. Our wish is to send a minimum of 20 children for a week’s camping holiday at around €100 each.

Espiche Golf Club and Tomorrow are raising the target they want to hit at the third annual Charity Golf Day. This year they want to make €5000. The event is taking place on July 22nd and once again the aim is to have fun and at the same time raise funds for our chosen local

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The Lagos Soup Kitchen- we provide food for the very needy in our community and the soup kitchen offer free hot meals for around 120 people at least twice a week. Madrugada who provide palliative care to Cancer sufferers in our area. Espiche Golf Club is a top venue with wonderful management that support us to the hilt and this will be the third

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consecutive year that out of the €50 per player for the round of golf and dinner €25 goes to be distributed between the charities above. Anyone and everyone are welcome to play or just come along for the brilliant barbecue at €25 again of which €5 is given to the charities. We are also asking for help with raffle prizes to help us raise the €5000 and more if possible so please let us know if you have something to offer such as a free dinner for two, a trip or event etc Contact Pauline Binnie on 282 688 250 from Espeiche or email: golf-manager@espiche-golf.com or you can call Tom on 919 918 733.


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What's On - Your weekly events calendar... Fitness Pilates Mat Classes with Lisa | 9.15 - 10.30, Mon, Wed (10.30am only) & Fri (1h) | €10 Equipment Classes | 8.30 - 16.00, Tues & Thurs Pilates Room, Lagos | 926 514 613 | www.pilatesroomlagos.com Pilates with Lucienne | 11.00 - 12.00 Wed | €6.50 | Hotel Belavista, Luz 968288258 | www.facebook.com/dancebodymind Pilates with Monica | 11.00 - 12.00 Tues & Thurs | €5 | Golf Santo Antonio, Budens | 282690086 | www.facebook.com/SantoAntonioVillasGolfSpa Pilates with Indah | 18.00 Mon & Thurs at Escola E.B. 2, 3 Vila do Bispo & 10.30 Thurs at Centro Cultural, Barão de S. João | €5 | 911754890 Pilates | 9.30 Thurs | Private class 25€, Boavista Members 8€, Non-mem. 10€ | Boavista | essential.reception@boavistaresort.pt | 282 790 930 Mat classes with Andrea | Mon 9:30,18:00/Tue 8:30,10:30/Wed 10:30/Thurs 18:00/Fri 8:30,10:30 | 966784280/andrea@rejlek.co.uk | AR Pilates - Lagos

Yoga Hatha Yoga | Mon 10.00 - 11.30 Hatha Flow | Tues 12.30-13.30 Basic Hatha Yoga | Wed 10.00 - 11.00 Vinyasa Yoga | Thurs 12.30 - 13.30 Yin and Yang Yoga | Fri 08.30-09.45 Drop-in €10, various packs & Prices | Inlight Lagos | 913127421 Hatha Yoga with Noeline | 9.45-11.15am Mon, Wed & Fri | €10 Yoga Classes for Children | Sat 9.15 | 9€ (Visitors), 7€ (Members/guests) Essential Fitness & Spa – Boavista Golf & Spa Resort | 282 790 930 Gentle Hatha Yoga with Meg | 18.30 - 20.00 Mon - The Yoga Place, Burgau & 12.15 - 14.00 Wed - Hotel Belavista, Luz | €8 | 965 201 477 Hatha Yoga with Diana | 10.00 - 12.00 Tue | €7 (regulars) | €10 (drop-ins) Monterosa, Barão de São João | 962 492 607 Yoga Classes with Ann | 10.30 - 12.00 Tue & Thurs | for all levels Yin Yoga Class with Ann | 18.30 Wed €10 (residents pay €60 for 8 classes) | Burgau | 913 202 621 Yoga & De-stress with Lucienne | 11.00 - 12.00 Fri | €6.50 | Hotel Belavista, Luz | 968 288 258 | www.facebook.com/dancebodymind Zumba Zumba with Linda | 9.30 -10.30 Mon & Fri | €6 | Alma Verde | 918 461 840 www.almaverde.com Zumba with Monica | 9.30 - 10.30 Wed | €5 | Golf Santo Antonio, Budens 282 690 086 | www.facebook.com/SantoAntonioVillasGolfSpa Zumba with Lucienne | 10.00 - 11.00 Wed & Fri Zumba Step! with Lucienne | 10.00 - 11.00 Thurs €6.50 | Hotel Belavista, Luz | 968288258 | www.facebook.com/dancebodymind Zumba with Gi & Vitor | 19.15 - Thurs | €5 | | Magnólia Beach Club | 912 417 994 Other Tai Ji with Carl | Mon 10.00-11.30 (beginners) & Thurs 17.00 -19.00 advanced | €8 | Barão S. João | 919 718 955 Body Fit Classes | 9.30 - 10.30 Tue & Thurs | €5 | Golf Santo Antonio, Budens 282 690 086 | www.facebook.com/SantoAntonioVillasGolfSpa Gymnastik with Irmela | 18.15 - 19.15 Mon | €7 | Hotel Belavista, Praia da Luz | 965 211 996 Fitness Circuit for Men & Women | 10.00 - 11.00 Wed | €5 | Burgau Sports Centre | 282 697 350 Aqua Aerobics | 16.00 Tues, 9.30 Wed & 9.30 & 16.00 Fri | 1 or 2 x week – 16€/23€ (Owners & Guests), 18€/28€ (Visitors) | Boavista essential.reception@boavistaresort.pt | 282 790 930

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Sports Fun Tennis Doubles Men & Women | 17.00 - 19.00 Thurs | €6 Childrens Football Skills | 16.30 - 17.30 Fri | €4 Burgau Sports Centre | 282 697 350 Netball in Lagos | 19.00 Wed | All ages & abilities'Netball in Lagos' on Facebook | steffie_wood@yahoo.co.uk Walking Football Team | 9.30 - Wed Boavista Golf Club Football Pitch | 50+ years of age | €3 Nick - 910 751 615 | alvarezn738@gmail.com ROLL UP for experienced bowlers | 10.00 Mon & Fri | €10 (non-members) Bowls for Beginners | 11.00 Tue | 1st lesson free €10 (non members) Floresta Bowls Club, Rua Direita, Praia da Luz | 919707635 Espiche Golf “Roll Up” Lesson | Wed 15.00 | €10pp Espiche Golf “Roll Up” | Thurs 8am | Reduced Green Fee Women’s Beginners Group Golf Lessons | Fri 3pm | 10€ pp Kids Golf School | 10 Sun | €20 p.m Private Golf Lessons (with Ethan Shaw E.G.T.F)| Everyday Espiche Golf | 282 688 250 Football Academy (5 - 10yrs) | 16.15 17.45 Mon | €5 Burgau Sports Centre | 282 697 350 Kids Golf Lesson (4-16 yrs) | 09:30-10:30 Tues & Fri from 15th July | €12 Adults Try Golf Lesson | 12:00-13:00 Tues 19th & 26th July | €15 Tennis Doubles Afternoon | 15:30-17:30 Mondays | €7.50 Tennis Clinics | Teens 16:30-17:30, Kids 17:30-18:30 & Adults 18:30-19:30 | Tues 19th & 26th July | €15 Football Academy | 4-9 yrs 09:00-11:00 & 10-15 yrs 11:00-3:00 Thurs 21st & 28th July | €18 Golf Santo Antonio, Budens | 282 690 008 | FB: SantoAntonioVillasGolfSpa

Classes | Lessons Life drawing classes with Kasia | 11.00 - 13.00 Mon | Beginners & Professionals | €10 per session | Marina de Lagos | 916 035 308 Stain Glass Classes | 10.30 12.30 | Tues &Thurs | €10 | Espiche 919 117 108 Portuguese Language Workshop | 10.30 Sat | €5 | Magnólia Beach Club, Lagos | Book on: 912 417 994 | Email: ptlessons2011@gmail.com Dog Training & Agility with Albertina | 11.00 - 12.00 Fri & 16.00- 17.00 Sat €25 x 4 sessions | Espiche | 968 086 320 Teresas Computer Classes | 10.00 Sat | All levels | €10 | Lagos | 918764613 Swimming Lessons with Yvonne | 14.30 Mon, Thurs, Sat & 9.00 Sat | €9 Holiday Courses with Yvonne | 3x per Week | €20 Members €25 non members Boavista Golf Resort | 917 953 914 Capoeira Classes (Mestre Betāo) | 18.30 (kids) & 19.30 Mon | €7/9 Rhythm & Dance Classes (Tessa Sander) | 18:30 (basics) & 19:30 Tue | €7/9 Creative Yoga Class (Richard Brook) | 19:30 Wed Rhythm Class - Cajon (Walé Bakare) | 18:30 Fri | €9 Urban Kids Dance Class (Tessa) | 11.00 Sat Kapa Dois Center, R. da Canal 23, Lagos | 282 764 224

Entertainment & Events Concert of Chamber Music - Baroque, Classical & Romantic | 20th July 21.00 | with Prof. João Cunha, Prof. Gaio Lima & students from Lagos Music Academy | Reservation Only | €18 (inc. refreshment buffet with wine, cheese & homemade products) | Info & Res : 924 204 343 | geral@quintadasalagoas.com | Quinta das Alagoas nr Almadena


What's On - Your weekly events calendar... Entertainment & Events (continued) Aperitivo’s New Murder Mystery - The Italian Affair | 1st & 2nd July 19:30 | Tickets €8 & Italian-style appetiser during the interval €4 19h Art Opening Preview | 9th July | Works by Caetano Ramalho, Liz Allen, Taren Flaten, Claus von Oertzen & Henryka Woerle Summer Night Market | 10 July 18-00 | Live music with New Orleans Jazz jewellery, art and crafts, recycled crafts, flowers, hand-made soaps | FREE 19h Photography Exhibition Opening Preview | 29 July | “Free Choice” by Algarve Photographers Group | FREE São Brás de Alportel | 966329073 | admin@amigos-museu-sbras.pt

Activities Kids Club - Fun Club for 3 to 12 year olds | 14:00-18:00 Mon-Fri | €15 Golf Santo Antonio, Budens | 282 690 086 | www.facebook.com/SantoAntonioVillasGolfSpa Bridge | 1.30pm Tues & Fri | Marina Hotel Bar, Lagos | 964188319 Dr. Why Quiz | Fri 20.00 | ( except the 17th June) | Clubhouse Restaurant Country, Pop & Soul Music Night | Wed 20.30 Live Music with BBQ | Fri 19h30 | €17 PP/10€ children (- 11 yrs) Boavista Resort | eventos@boavistaresort.pt | 282 000 114 Talk & Workshop of Introduction to Meditation | by John Jackson, USA. 17-19th June | €5 | Quinta da Calma, Almancil ligminchaportugal@gmail.com | www.tsalungjohnjacksonportugal.info

Ocean Country Real Estate Portugal are very pleased to announce that from July we will no longer be operating under the Fine & Country banner, but rather Chestertons Portugal.

Live Music: Saxophone | Tues 19 - 22.00 | Mirandus Restaurant, Boutique Hotel Vivenda, Lagos | Booking recommended | 282 763 222 Info@vivendamiranda.com Live Sunset Music | 9th & 23rd with Lex & 16th &30th with Peyoti | FREE entrance | 18.00 - 20.00 Espiche Golf Clubhouse, Espiche | 282 688 250

Charity | Volunteering | Support Groups Riding for Disabled | 10.30 Mon, Wed, Fri | Volunteers welcome, weather permitting | Bensafrim | 912967870 | www.riding4disabled.com AA International English Speaking Meeting | AA hotline: 919 005 590 19.30 - 21h00 Wed | Lagos Freguesia, Rua Da Freguesia Lote 12 c 18.00 - 19.00 Sun | 5 Travessa de Santo Amaro, Lagos 964201904 Nandi Animal Charity | Volunteers needed | 3 hour shifts: am or pm | Make some new friends while helping animals | 913 659 675

Faith | Spiritual Healing Worship, Praise & Teaching | 10.30 Sun | International Community Church (Newfrontiers), Lagos | 960450750 | www.icc-lagos.org Meditation group with Marion | 19.00 Tue | Figueira | 914523636

Our offices will continue in the same location on Lagos Avenida and Praia da Luz, and our clients and partners will continue to receive the same high level of service from our existing team of friendly staff. We also have the pleasure of advising our clients that we will be opening a new central Porto office. We are certain that being part of the Chestertons family will give both ourselves and our clients better exposure in the crowded overseas property market.

Life Journal Bible Study | 19:30 Tue Lively Worship and Biblical Teaching | 11.00 - 13.00 Sun Oasis Christian Fellowship | 936 358 553 | rolland@rollandwright.com Silent Group Meditation | 8:30 - 9:30am Sun | FREE | InLight Lagos, Travessa do Forno 4 | 913127421 Communion Services | 10.00 Thurs | 8.00 (oral) & 11.30 (choral) Sun CoE, St Vincent’s Anglican Church, Praia da Luz | 282 788 104 www.stvincentsalgarve.org

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For more information, please contact: Tel: +351 282 768 703 | 282 761 613 Email: info@chestertons-portugal.com www.chestertons-portugal.com

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Loose ends By Mandi Keen Do you ever find yourself at a loose end and wonder how to catch hold of it? Are there things in life you would enjoy doing, but not so much on your own? How about trying something completely different, but you shy away in case you are the only single one there? And dining out…hmmmmm - alone is hard. How about meeting up for an early evening glass of wine at the Marina? This isn’t aimed just at single people but couples whose “other half” is quite comfortable with their lot or for those who just want to meet new people. I lost my husband nine months ago after a long illness. Having spent four years caring for him, I now find a void in my life that I struggle to fill. From walking my dog to riding my bike, cooking a special dinner or

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Maybe you want to learn a skill or perhaps you can teach one… Would you be interested in meeting up with like-minded people for a bit of fun, company and chatter….whatever?

With daily coaching clinics and playing lessons throughout the day, ProGolf Tours with the expertise of PGA qualified professionals is guaranteed to improve anybody’s game.

This article is to test the waters, to see if there is any interest in starting up a group where your interests could perhaps be addressed.

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going out for one, visiting the cinema or walking the west coast of the Algarve. All great pleasures but different these days…

If this appeals to you, email me; let me know what you would be interested in doing or seeing and let’s see if we can help each other tie up some of those loose ends! mandikeen@sapo.pt

ProGolf Tours also offer private coaching with a PGA qualified professional who has over 17 years teaching experience. Contact Roy Holland on 915 637 211 or email roy@progolf.tours www.progolf.tours

Looking for live music? “Originally the aim was to retire but I am very active and wanted something to do. One night I saw a Geordie guy playing at a bar and as he had a spare guitar. I went and joined him for a jam and that was the start of my Algarve musical adventure.”

If you are looking for musical entertainment for a party or function this summer why not look to our very own David Brierley. He’s an international guitar vocalist with his heart in the Algarve. David was the eldest of seven children born in Blackpool, Lancashire and lived most of his early life in Chester. He started his working life as a laboratory technician before taking up a job in papermaking. He then moved into sales and re-located to Cambridge as a sales representative for a paper packaging company before finally getting into metal cans for beer and soft drinks where he was the sales director for the UK, France and Benelux. When David bought his apartment 12 years ago with a view to retiring in the Algarve he had little idea that it would be the beginning of a new journey. He says:

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David started playing guitar at 15 semiprofessionally and has been playing as a full time professional for the last nine years. He tells 'Tomorrow' that while his biggest early influences were blues and rock & roll he has had to play all styles and genres of music to fit in with the tourism trade. “My current repertoire includes tracks from Al Jolson to Status Quo, Matt Munro to The Killers and The Maverics to Adelle, with a heavy influence on the 50, 60, 70s,” he adds. His music has taken him to France, Holland, Sweden, Italy and Australia. For any other musicians out there David has a word of advice. He says: “Perseverance. Keep putting your foot in the door until you get an opportunity and then make the most of it. I have been playing for well over 40 years and every day I am still learning.”

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We asked David to tell us his top three and this is what he said: “My favourite restaurant has to be the O Artista (near The Tivoli Hotel). Whilst that might seem slightly biased as I have performed there for the last nine years, the food is excellent, good value and when I am spending my own money it has to be. My favourite beach is Porto do Mós within easy walking distance.” His favourite thing to do in the Algarve is early morning fishing, afternoon sun bathing and a drink at Antónios or Campimar before wandering back to the apartment. To find out more about David or to book him to perform for you please go to his website http://davebrierley.co.uk/ or you can call him on +44 7785 - 223960


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Stepping back into the 20s to celebrate Dantas in tail- coat and top hat. Ladies flutter around him - perhaps hoping to catch his eye and even to land a rôle in one of his successful plays.

Here Ray Gillman tells us about one of the events in Lagos to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Portuguese doctor, poet, journalist, politician, diplomat and dramatist. Júlio Dantas’s birth. A luxuriously appointed Lisbon Café in 1920. The snappily-dressed band plays the latest music while vocalists croon the current ‘hits’. Young waiters and waitresses, in starched white collars and aprons bustle around, serving drinks balanced on silver trays with their other white-gloved hands pressed smartly into the small of their backs.

Júlio Dantas has come a long way from his childhood days in Lagos, in the rural Algarve. Educated at the military school in Lisbon, he became a qualified doctor, then a famous novelist and highly popular playwright. Now he is making a name for himself in public life and will later become Ambassador to Brazil and then a government minister. But tonight he is having a night off. Suddenly the music changes and one of the sadfaced clowns starts dancing the Charleston, energetically and expertly, with a highkicking lady in a short black ‘shimmy’ dress. As they bow and curtsy to acknowledge the applause of the crowd which has parted around them, the lights on the dancefloor dim, and spotlights pick-out a raised ‘catwalk’ which surrounds the room.

Entertainers dressed as Harlequin and Columbine, and white-faced clowns in illfitting evening dress, circulate among the crowd - twirling the occasional gentleman’s moustache and tweaking the rouged cheeks of the more amenable among the young ladies. Efficient (even officious) doormen in evening dress show the affluent clientêle to their tables.

This is the main event: The Fashion Show. Beautiful young models in the most fashionable designs of the day parade up and down, swivelling their hips and pirouetting in time to the orchestra. Some of the dresses are elegant and graceful, others are dramatic. Some extravagantly decorated with glittering pendants or embellished with angel wings or exotic head-dresses.

One causes a particular stir: a distinguished gentleman in his mid-forties

Eventually they descend a ramp onto the dance-floor where the ‘jesters’ escort them

Calling car booters

There will be another car boot sale at the Old School House in Aljezur on Sunday 3rd July 2016, the gates opening at 9:00 am for stall holders.

If you want to have a stall you will need to take into account the new regulations to comply with the latest government legislation. The Portuguese Government crackdown on tax avoidance is clearly intended to target anyone who sells goods at a higher price than they paid to buy them in the first place, or who sells items they make to sell on for profit. Sadly, in order to comply with these new Government legislations covering markets

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etc, we can no longer allow professional traders to pitch their stalls and sell their wares on Amovate property. That means we can only permit access to those people selling their own unwanted goods in the original spirit of the car boot sale; i.e. (as the article above stipulates) unwanted domestic items that might previously have been thrown away but are now being sold for less than the price originally paid for them. Nor can we allow access to anyone selling foodstuffs or fruit and vegetables as these almost certainly require separate licences and are subject to health and safety issues. We believe that this decision to go back

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around the room to be admired at close quarters before melting-away through side doors. The crowd is ecstatic. That was the scene vividly evoked on the Praça do Infante in Lagos on May 27th as part of the events to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Júlio Dantas’s birth. The team who recreated the ‘Belle Epoque’ so brilliantly was a collaboration between the Experimental Theatre of Lagos and the staff and students of the faculties of Visual Arts, and Fashion, at the Júlio Dantas School in Lagos. Supported, of course, by the Lagos Câmara and the creative and technical staff of the Centro Cultural. The ‘Henry the Navigator’ square was transformed by skilful set design, construction and lighting. The big band - full of familiar faces from the Lagos musical scene - did a wonderful job. The students - who designed and made all their dresses and costumes with the help of family and friends - performed their roles with charm distinction. A great tribute to an eminent son of Lagos and an enormous credit to the inspiration, talent and hard work of all involved. An exhibition about the life and times of Júlio Dantas is showing throughout the summer at the Centro Cultural in Lagos.

to the original Car Boot concept satisfies the spirit of the new legislation. Hopefully, it also falls in line with the anticipated decisions of a review apparently planned by the Government and tax authorities to address those parts of the legislation causing confusion in relation to such informal markets. So, if you are planning a stall at Amovate, please make sure you comply with these requirements. That way we should all enjoy a traditional, old-fashioned car boot sale… Please contact info@amovate.com for more information.


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What's On... Summer Ball

Tomorrow’s brilliant Summer Ball by Tom Henshaw Tomorrow’s ‘Dress to Impress’ Ball filled the Dunas Beach Club night are with laughter, fun and great music. Superbly organised and beautifully run by Steven Sutton this was our most successful ball to date raising over 5,000 euros with over 250 people enjoying a night under the moon and stars. Lucy Alexander, journalist, broadcaster and conference facilitator was our master of ceremonies and what a wonderful and ‘masterful’ job she did! Luciana provided the excellent food and service on behalf of the Tivoli and Steven has already rebooked the whole event for June 17th 2017 with Tiago and 5 EX as they proved to excel expectations. We always try hard not to overlook anyone who helped make this such a memorable

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night and whilst we cannot name everyone that gave us raffle prizes thank you all. We do really do need to thank Debbie Goward for giving us all the Manchester United paraphernalia, Jane Crossman for allowing us to auction a week in her beautiful villa in Alcalar, Joe Rawlins for a week’s holiday in one of his superb apartments in Luz and lastly Dan Birch for a family photography session. Ashleen McAlinden gave us a wonderful Adele tribute and you would be hard pressed to have heard the difference! Tiago and 5 EX were fantastic and would have made the rafters shake had there been any -they are always awesome. Tom Perkins with his Memory Box made lots of fun memories for everyone that donned a

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stupid hat, wig or weird sun glasses - all in all another great part of the evening. It’s quite hard to find the right words to sum up what a great event this was – even though I do say so myself! But in all honesty it really is down to all of you who have helped us help all the charities in our local area. We raised almost €1500 on the raffle, almost €2500 on the auction and about €260 on the ‘Memory box’ takings! So once again we at ‘TOMORROW’ say THANK YOU for your gifts, your time and your generosity. You can already book ahead to our Christmas Ball at Boavista on December 9th and our next Summer Ball on June 17th 2017. Email Steven for tickets steven@tomorrwalgarve.com


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Chestertons is an internationally renowned estate agency backed by over 200 years of experience, an unparalleled commitment to providing the highest levels of service, and now with a dedicated Portuguese team.

Originally established as a small land agent in 1805, the company has grown to become one of the most recognised and highly respected names in property. Today, Chestertons operates a network of over 75 international offices, offering advice on everything from residential sales, lettings and property management through to rural estate management, finance, commercial investment and professional services. Chestertons clients also benefit from our global office network, stretching across five continents and 12 countries to ensure that your properties are exposed to the largest possible marketplace. Chestertons Portugal From July, Ocean Country Real Estate Portugal will be operating as Chestertons Portugal. Our offices will continue in the same location on Lagos Avenida and Praia da Luz, and our clients and partners will continue to receive the same high level of service from our existing team of friendly staff.

For more information, please contact: Tel: +351 282 768 703 | 282 761 613 | Email: info@chestertons-portugal.com | www.chestertons-portugal.com

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What's On... Bombeiros Auction

Filling up the funds Last month’s international wine tasting and charity auction was a great success! Organized by PortugalProperty.com to support the Lagos Bombeiros, a total of over € 2500 was raised in an evening. The old restaurant of the Tivoli Lagos had been transformed into a festive wine tasting room, with blue and white PortugalProperty. com balloons and a glass of Valdivieso Brut provided by Prime Wine to welcome the guests. The afternoon started off with a wine tasting of eight different wines combined with a quiz to win bottles of Whispering Angel. “The wine tasting was such a nice part of the evening. I have always wanted to do a wine tasting and the quiz made it so much fun,” said Richard Ward, manager of Jah Shaka Surf Shop

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and one of the contributors of the charity auction. The wine tasting was followed-up by a short presentation by José Martins Pareira, spokesman of the Lagos Bombeiros. The most important part of the afternoon was a great success! The charity auction was interactive, fun, and bids were made quite generously. Portugal Property.com would like to thank again all of the community minded people who came along and took part in, and bid for fantastic donations made by local businesses in and around Lagos. Natascha Hunt of PortugalProperty.com said: “Events like this are important to our community and at PP we are committed to getting involved.”

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Special thanks for all of the organisation of the event to Emilie de Block, whose skill and dedication made this event possible. Fortunately, the Lagos Bombeiros are not solely dependent on this one event. Pat Allen has been a long term campaigner and fundraiser for the bombeiros who is spearheading efforts to get a new ambulance. Many other people across the community have also been actively involved. A big thank you from PortugalProperty.com to everyone involved, together we make the difference! Donations for the Lagos Bombeiros are always welcome! To donate, please transfer to: IBAN (PT50) 0045 7191 4018 8770 5586 1


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Chicca’s charity Tom garden party ByHenshaw

Calling all swimmers! This year’s dates have been released for the Algarve Swimming Association’s annual Circuito de Mar do Algarve (sea swimming circuit), which will once again see a series of races take place in various locations across the Algarve. Kicking off on 31st July in Armação de Pêra, there are eight races in total (one more than last year’s circuit) and, with various categories available for entry, swimmers of all ages and abilities can get involved.

Great weather, great location, great day and a brilliant result. Saturday June 11th was the day that Chicca organised a marvellous charity event for ‘Cadela Carlota’ the association for the protection of animals. It was a day where the ‘ Good Samaritans of the animal world’ came together to provide all the food and drinks for those of us that wish to support this worthy cause and truthfully well over one hundred and fifty people came out for the event hosted at Ginny’s at Fontenario restaurant in Espiche. There was a truly warm and summer party like atmosphere and the food was really delicious and varied. Chicca had mustered the full support of many local and respected restaurants, all of which provided lovely specialities from their particular menus. This, I am sure, will be an annual event and one that 'Tomorrow' feels honoured to promote for their future fund raisers. The money raised was approximately €3500 a whopping amount for a local initiative. Thanks go especially to the following: Chicca for her contribution and the organisation, Ginny for the use of her restaurant and lots more including Café Fresco, Tomik, The Ice Cream Factory, Pashmina , Serge & Satoshi and last but not least Alexandra Soares with her amazing lasagne. Every one of these people provided quality food well beyond our expectations. This short article does not really do justice to their efforts, this was a superb joint venture and our community really came out to back their efforts. Well done Chicca and her partners.

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The main race caters to serious swimmers - entrants must either hold a Portuguese National Federation open water swimming licence or be affiliated with another recognised national or international federation (the Portuguese Triathlon Federation included). These races are generally between 12,000 and 15,000 metres long. Alongside this is an open race of around 600 to 800 metres in length that anyone can enter. Both categories are further broken down into various classifications based on age and gender, with under 18s needing written authorisation from a parent or guardian to take part. Each race costs just €5 to enter, with an initial fee of €2 paid at the first race for a numbered, colour-coded swim cap, which

must then be worn at all future events on the circuit. Wet suits are not permitted, so needless to say it can be a little ‘fresh’! The vibe on the day is fun, with an inclusive family atmosphere. Whilst each localised event is organised by the relative Câmaras in collaboration with their local swimming clubs, many local business support the events, providing lunch bags and other items for competitors. Emma Yates, who lives in Budens, is a three times entrant and is a big fan of the circuit. “Coming to live on the Algarve, it’s taken me to places I wouldn’t have necessarily visited otherwise,” she told Tomorrow. “I love the atmosphere. You’ve got everyone - young and old, experienced, and beginners - all together. It’s brilliant.” Following the first event in Armação de Pêra, the additional dates are 6th August in Portimão, 7th August in Lagos, 13th August in Lagoa, 14th August in Altura, 15th August in Quarteira, 20th August in Alvor and 21st August in Albufeira. Further details including how to register will be available later in July; check analgarve.com or visit local swimming clubs in the participating locations to find out more.

Nike Golf tournament at Boavista not to worry, as the team Boavista will look after you and find someone for you to pair up with.

One of Boavista Golf & Spa Resort's most popular events, the Nike Shoot Out, will take place this year on 9th July. For those of you not familiar with Boavista Golf & Spa Resort this is the perfect opportunity for you to experience everything Boavista has to offer. The shot gun start will be at 09h30hrs so make sure you find a partner for this Pairs Betterball event. If you are on your own,

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There will be great prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Net and 1st Gross. There will be nearest the pin and longest drive prizes and the coveted Best Dressed Man and Lady of the day. Following the tournament a convivial barbecue lunch will be served at the clubhouse restaurant for players and their guests. Entries before the 28th of June will benefit from a special early booking discount. Bookings can be made by email and telephone at the golf reception. For more information and to register, please phone +351 282 000 111 or email to golf.reception@boavistaresort.pt


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Readers' Letters

We are always really pleased to get letters from our readers. If you would like to send us your views on anything that’s going on in the western Algarve or if you have any suggestions to make about the newsletter please email: amber@tomorrowalgarve.com

Thank you to a special lady Dear Editor, This is now my third year of organising the upgrade to the rooms at CASLAS, the Lagos orphanage. During this time I have met many people with what I call 'good hearts' who genuinely want to help with the projects, many of which I have mentioned in earlier reports. But throughout my three years there has been one special lady who has donated her time as well as her costs to me each year and never once has she refused my requests. So I wanted to take the time to say thank you to this special lady who truly has a heart of gold, so thank you Lynne Dodwell, for all the work you have put in adjusting the curtains for the many rooms that we have refurbished at CASLAS; this year alone Lynne will have worked so hard on some complicated alterations to 11 pairs of curtains for each of the girls' bedrooms. Anyone who has had curtains made by Lynne will know the high standards of her workmanship and the quality products that she produces, she never let these standards slip when producing the work for CASLAS, which is so appreciated as she never once requested payment for this work.

this time we decided to do something to help and saw they were always in need of sheets and bedding. So we went through our cupboards and got out a load of towels and bedding. We took them up there and were very well received and shown some of the craft works the residents make. It is a great facility with a lovely open central courtyard where the residents can enjoy the sunshine, in a fabulous open warm feeling. We will try and help more next time we come but would appreciate a contact number of somebody to speak to about making a contribution. Tomorrow magazine is a great read and an asset to the western Algarve but the work you have done in raising awareness of a range of charities is to be really commended. Keep up the good work. We will now try and make our small contribution to our chosen charity - Casa de Santo Amaro. Yours sincerely, John Stockley

Connecting with Conexao Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

Have you ever considered that there is a plan for your life? Have you ever considered that there are even planned appointments for your life? I believe in ‘serendipity’. When I use that word, I am using it in the context of believing that there is a personal God that knows you and me intimately. Two of the most intimate days in my life were spent in the cab of a rental truck with my biological father while moving to Los Angeles, California to attend a private university.

Back in your January 2016 issue you carried a moving article about the work of the Casa de Santo Amaro. We have an apartment fairly close by so have seen their disabled residents out and about but knew nothing about them and where they lived. We don't live here but kept the article and

Those are days that I will always cherish as my father told me of his childhood, his family and details about my family that as a child you are not aware of. At the age of seven, my dad lost his job with a major aviation company. It was shortly after being laid off, that my twin sisters were born a few weeks

So thank you Lynne you truly made my job easier for me. Louise Gallagher, Trustee. Ray of Light Trust

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prematurely, requiring incubators that are quite expensive. With no medical insurance and no hopes of future employment on the horizon, my parents moved the family to Seattle, Washington where my father found new employment. They had lost everything including our home and were in much debt. Dad shared with me that what they did not know at the time of the move, was that the University of Washington Medical Center was the only hospital in the entire United States studying the particular physical need that my sisters were born with. My parents were told that most likely my sisters would never be able to have children of their own. The miracle side of this story is that both of my sisters married, both have two children each and they are healthy. In fact, three of the four are in college and the last is nearing graduation from high school. Was it all chance that we moved to the only region where the only university in the nation was studying the need of my sisters. I believe wholly this was an act of Serendipity as purposed and planned by a personal God. He met the needs of our entire family and more specifically the needs of my twin sisters. I hope that as you reflect on your life you can see God’s ‘serendipities’ for you and for your family. If you find it difficult to see, please be encouraged by the reading of this scripture. If you call upon God and pray to Him, He promises to listen to you. And if you seek Him, He promises to be found if you do so with “all your heart.” I will be in the Algarve from July 1st until August 21st and I would love to meet you and encourage you. I can be reached by email at rolland@rollandwright.com and my schedule will be posted on my website: www.RollandWrightMinistries.org in association with Conexao Rua Dr. Joaquim Tello 32 a 8600-580 Lagos. Michael 964285351. www.conexao-lagos.com Yours faithfully, Rolland Wright


Fine & Country Algarve head office - Carvoeiro

NOTICE TO VENDORS This notice is to inform vendors in the western Algarve that as of July 15th 2016, the offices of estate agents Ocean & Country (Ocean Country Lda) will no longer be operating under the Fine & Country brand. Our company, Fino Propriedades Lda, as the master licensee of Fine & Country in the Algarve, continues to operate throughout the region from our own offices in Praia do Carvoeiro and Almancil, along with a licensed office in the Eastern Algarve. We are in the process of searching for a new partner agency in the Lagos area and in the meantime will be covering the western Algarve from our Carvoeiro office. We wish the management and team at Ocean & Country, now operating as Chesterton’s Portugal, every success in continuing to operate as one of the leading agents in the area. Fine & Country continues to grow both in Portugal and internationally. With our award winning marketing and working in close cooperation with the Fine & Country head offices on Park Lane in London and a network of offices worldwide, we offer both vendors and buyers an unrivalled level of service.

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Health... Eat to boost gut health By Hannah Sharpe da Rosa An increased focus on gut health in the scientific community has revealed that a serious imbalance in gut bacteria is linked to a variety of issues including depression, digestive disorders, weight gain and diabetes.

Instead of nourishing the body these foods have the opposite effect. They introduce irritants and allergens into your gut, increasing your chances of inflammation and chronic illness.

onions and asparagus. Take a good quality probiotic. Doing so will keep your microbiome full of beneficial organisms, which will help keep digestion, immunity and overall health on track.

Diet has a profound effect on our intestinal flora, and our food choices can alter our microbial profile in as little as 24 hours. Good gut health begins right in your own kitchen.

Eat more plant based foods to give your microbes something to break down, digest and extract the nutrients from – you’re literally feeding the good guys what they love and need to survive. Eat old-fashioned, fermented foods. These goodies like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and pickled veggies encourage the growth of good bacteria. As do prebiotic foods such as artichokes, leeks, garlic, beans,

Look for probiotics that deliver 20-50 billion live organisms per dose and contain a combination of different strains of bacteria.

Don’t kill off healthy microbes with poor food choices. Topping the list of villains are processed or genetically modified foods, sugar, wheat and factory-farmed meats.

Hannah Sharpe da Rosa is a BANT registered nutritional therapist based in Lagos. Call 914 950 740 for more information, or go to www.hannahdarosa.com

The sunshine vitamin By Niki Medlock Production of Vitamin D is one of the primary functions of the skin and you need UVB light from the sun to accomplish this. When the skin is struck by sunlight it starts off a chain reaction – beginning with a form of cholesterol believe it or not!

Its best known role is to keep bones healthy by increasing intestinal absorption of calcium. There are proteins, called receptors, in the intestinal tissue that bind to the Vitamin D enabling efficient calcium absorption.

This is turned into a chemical that goes through further changes in the liver, then the kidneys, before it is transformed into its active form; Vitamin D and regular exposure to the sun’s rays can produce enough of this to meet the body’s needs.

If there is not enough calcium being absorbed due to lack of Vitamin D then choices have to be made by the body!!! Because blood calcium is critical for neuromuscular and cardiac function the levels cannot fall – so what does your body do?

It breaks the rules for vitamins in general because it is produced within the human body and is absence in all foods except fish and egg yolks and even when it is taken from food it has to be transformed by the body before it can do any good.

It mobilises calcium from the bones so that the heart and nerves keep working nicely – but your bones become weak and fracture prone - causing such diseases as osteoporosis.

Vitamin D is now being studied in greater detail as many of the body’s organs contain similar receptors and it is now felt that this mechanism also helps towards improving cardiovascular function, keeping your lungs and airways healthy, boosting muscle function, fighting infection and protecting against cancer amongst others! The whole point of this last article on skin is that there are also benefits of exposure to sunlight and as we increasingly shy away from the harmful effects of the sun, using sunscreens, not having any outdoor activities – especially children on their Gameboys and computers etc. – we should remember how important it is to our health. Niki Medlock is head nurse at www.luzdoc.com

How long does it take to lose your fitness? By Lisa Longhurst With so many of the readers on holiday or leaving the Algarve to miss the summer bustle, I thought it would be handy to let you know how long it really takes for your fitness, strength, and flexibility to start heading down hill. Pilates: 2 to 4 weeks. If you are consistent and take three or more classes per week, that work stays. Pilates is all strength training, deep muscle toning, and stretching. Once you have built that muscle, it takes a long time to deteriorate. Muscle keeps your metabolism at a higher resting rate, so even if you binge during your time off, you are still burning more calories

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than if you hadn’t built all that muscle. Personally, if I go longer than five days without my studio, my hamstrings, back, and neck all crave some Pilates! When I see my clients who are used to weekly studio sessions it takes them a good week or two to get back into the flow!

Taking all of these variables into consideration if you want to keep your fitness you should take no more than two to three weeks off. You also should consider how you feel when you stop. If the answer to that is sluggish then find a way to continue your exercise regime when you are away from home.

Running, Cycling or Swimming: 2 to 3 weeks Typically if you exercise on a regular basis the cliché ‘use it or lose it’ is true. The amount of time you can take off before losing strength and energy is based on the type of workouts and the number of workouts you usually do a week.

If you want to continue your fitness regime whilst in the Algarve the Pilates Room Lagos offers equipment and mat classes for all ages and all abilities.

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Good posture… and the considerable benefits

The body swing connection By Ann de Jongh Those who know me, know I play golf. Ever since I moved to the Algarve I have been trying to get golfers to visit a gym as often as they do the 19th! To assist me in doing this I recently spent two days at The PGA National Centre at The Belfry completing my Titleist Performance Institute Certification.

By Dr Wen Oates DC MChiro Are you sitting comfortably on your sun lounger? Then, I’ll begin… Good posture is the position that is attained when the joints are biomechanically sound and able to move in the direction they are designed to and the spine is aligned. Maintaining good posture involves learning how to train your body to move and function where the least strain is placed on bones, joints and soft tissues. A body in equilibrium will attain its alignment and continue proper mobility. Posture checklist Training your body to sit upright can be a challenge. Follow this checklist to learn the proper way to sit with good posture: • Keep a straight back, maintaining all three natural curves in the spine • Distribute weight evenly on both hips

This allows me to work alongside a Golf Pro to look at the link between your swing characteristics and the mobility, stability and flexibility of your body, "The Body Swing Connection." By doing this a tailor made exercise plan can be developed to work on weaknesses, improve flexibility and this can help to build the most efficient and effective swing for you, based on what you can physically do. Already for me personally it has highlighted areas I can work on to help remove swing "faults". From understanding your body mechanics this can explain why you have certain characteristics in your swing,

• Maintain bones and joints in correct alignment, so that muscles are used properly and efficiently • Decrease stress on soft tissues: ligaments, muscles, tendons and discs • Prevent neck or back pain Remember, if you’re ever troubled by neck or back pain, or have concerns about your muscles and tendons, come and talk to us at Lagos Health Chiropractic - we’re the experts in spine, muscle and joint pain. We’re in the big, pink building by the Lidl roundabout. Find us online or call 282 768 044.

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Ann is a trainer, Yoga Teacher, Sports Massage Therapist. Contact her on 913202621 or email ann@fit2lovelife.com. www.fit2lovelife.com

by experienced yoga teacher Silvia Duarte from Villa Prana, a Portimão-based exercise studio, therapy centre and guesthouse. They are run in collaboration with Kalu Beach Bar on Ferragudo’s Praia Grande, where the classes start every Saturday morning at 9am.

• Sit back in a chair – your back should be supported by the seat back

• Optimize breathing and circulation

Working with Roy Holland we are developing packages for golfers which will include an initial session with us both, so Roy can analyse your swing, I can evaluate you through a series of basic tests and then between us your tailor made package can be developed.

Paddleboard yoga: a total workout for body and mind

• Keep head and neck aligned over shoulders

Health benefits There are many benefits associated with having good posture, such as a boost in self-esteem and reduced negative mood. Good posture can:

some may never be able to be changed, which is why a good Golf Pro will help to create a swing that is the most efficient for you. Some can be changed with the right exercises and mobility work. Now I have a better understanding of what causes them, it enables me to work in the gym on changing them, and it helps Roy to improve my swing, which then gets me closer to my goal handicap.

A new series of paddleboard yoga classes has now launched for the summer season in Ferragudo, giving a fresh twist to the popular practice. Swapping yoga mats for paddleboards, the classes offer a total workout for body and mind. Whilst yoga helps balance the two through breathing techniques, postures and meditation, practising the discipline in the sea on a paddleboard (similar to a surfboard but bigger) increases the need for stability, which in turn further improves balance, concentration and strength. What’s more, taking place on the tranquil waters off Ferragudo’s coastline, participants can soak up the sun (and also cool-off in the sea afterwards), maximising their connection with Mother Nature. The classes are lead

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Silvia - who also has experience teaching other fitness, dance and Body Balance classes - and Kalu’s owners, Teresa Vinagre and Arnaud Dussen, were the first to pioneer paddleboard yoga in the Algarve, establishing classes back in 2012. Now it is a regular fixture on Silvia’s programme of classes during the summer months, with sessions running until the end of the season. Spaces are limited to 10 boards per class, with advance booking recommended. Anyone can participate in the classes, whatever their previous experience. For those not quite ready to swap the exercise studio for the sea, a full programme of both yoga and pilates classes is available in the peaceful environs of Villa Prana just across the water in Portimão. To book, call Silvia on 917 734 087 or 282 461 115, or visit fb.com/villaprana.


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Pets Mate By Lars Rahmquist Fear: What is it good for? Absolutely nothin’

(often wilfully) we see the animal relax a little into its surroundings.

Huh, say it again! I’d like to write about a topic which I touched upon last year in the Lagos Tomorrow Magazine, and that is the immense effect that owners can have on their animals' anxiety levels. In the vet clinic we see many different people, all with a different approach to how they guide their pet. Like children, you can say what you wish to them, but it is your attitude and your approach to certain situations that they learn the most from.

It is not that owners want their dog to be scared, but it is usually that the owner is scared. Maybe they are afraid of the doctor, perhaps it is a fear of needles, or it can be that they are worried the dog will try and bite the vet. Whatever the source of the fear, all that is achieved is creating anxiety for the dog.

One classic example is when a new owner walks into the consult room with the words ‘ooh, he’s always terrified at the vets’.

A wise founding father said that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. It is an exaggeration of self defence and preservation, but it can only be that fear is self-defeating. It always astounds me how often we see a nervous/aggressive dog (or cat!) stay with us in hospital and over the time they become more and more calm and friendly.

Accordingly, there is a wide-eyed scared dog accompanying them. I will always insist on letting the dog off the lead and wander about with no attention placed on them at all. After just a minute of talking with the owner and having them ignore the dog

Nowadays I will take animals to the back, away from the owner to do a basic procedure (e.g. to take a blood sample) and it is because so many people are themselves scared of needles and the wordless energy they put out is picked up on by the animal

(and then, indeed, by me). After a big needle some pups will start to yelp. Time again I see that if the owner picks up the pup for reassurance, this often escalates to screaming. Take the same pup and put it on the floor and chat casually to the owner and the pup will stop yelping and often just start to wonder around. They see there is no big deal going on and the pain of the needle has long passed...so nothing to worry about. When you next take your pet to the vet, know that you want it to be a minimal stress experience for your little mate; so don’t create an environment of fear and concern...one which they will only pick up on. Project a calm energy and don’t pamper them, just normal is all you need to be. Then they realise that this new situation is just a normal one for them. Enjoy the encroaching summer, I think she’s gonna be a beauty... www.lagosvet.com

Connected child By Laura Newman

Give blood

Is your three-year-old on target with their language development with their language development?

• Ask lots of questions.

Don’t forget that you can give blood both here in Lagos and in Portimão.

Between two and three-years-old children go through massive changes in brain development; language learning is phenomenal and parents can be happily surprised with their little one's new sentences.

• Start to use simple plurals by adding ‘s’ – for example: ‘shoes’ or ‘cars.

However, children develop skills at different rates, and it's common for little girls to be linguistically in advance of boys. By three years usually children will: • Listen to and remember simple stories with pictures. • Understand longer instructions, e.g. 'make teddy jump' or 'where's mummy's coat?' • Understand simple 'who', 'what' and ' where' questions.

• Use action words as well as nouns, e.g. ‘run’ and ‘fall’.

If children are failing at this stage, it can affect their learning potential as well as their ability to make friends and their confidence levels. Late language development can lead to frustration for children and parents alike and that can cause behavioural challenges. If your child is not reaching any of these targets and you would like to talk with a professional, please contact: Laura on 9616 33995 or by email at myconnectedchild@gmail.com Laura is speech therapist and parent consultant. www.connectedchild.net and facebook.com/connectedchildfamily

• Use up to 300 words. • Put 4 or 5 words together to make short sentences, e.g. 'want more juice' or ‘he took my ball’.

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Hospitals need to make sure that they have enough supplies of all blood groups and blood types to treat all types of conditions. By giving blood, every donor helps to meet the challenge of providing lifesaving products whenever and wherever they are needed. Anyone 18-65 years may donate. Men can give blood every three months and women every four months at Portimão Hospital between 8am-5pm Monday to Friday and every first Sunday of the month. Parking spaces are especially reserved for you by the main reception. (Just inform security) The clinic “Imunohemoterapia” is on the first floor, squeezed in between the Intensive Care (CI) and the laboratories. You can also give blood at Lagos hospital every last Thursday of the month between 9am-1pm.


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Business Cutting edge to cool jazz and relax with a drink in your hand. There’s a crystal chandelier on the ceiling, old retro furniture, a beautiful Capitone couch, and a display of antique barbers memorabilia which helps to create a relaxed atmosphere.

Perched in the heart of the old town of Lagos, Eduardo's Barbershop is a truly great guys’ retreat. After eight years of working as a barber in Lisbon, Eduardo finally decided to live his dream. This was to set up this space in Lagos a manly man’s retro chic barbershop where you can get a trim, cut and shave while you listen

It’s a great place to chew the fat with other men. There is conversation about politics, cars, sports, and family. Guys read the newspaper and comment on current events. In between the banter, jokes are told and there are some laughs - everyone is involved. It’s definitely a place to visit so why not give it a try? Indulge your manliness! Visit Eduardo's Barbershop on Facebook or call (00351) 914054849.

Buy to let By David Westmoreland Whilst deciding to write about buy to let, the subject got me thinking about who actually buys these types of properties with the goal of letting them out? Is it those who we may call investors? Or is it someone that needs the rental income to afford the property? Or perhaps it is merely someone who wants to cover the running costs of the property? The common factor is that whichever of these categories you fall into, you are looking for a return on your investment. Whether you are a seasoned investor looking to receive a yield that would outperform other investments, you may have stocks, bonds, gold or whatever else you have added to your portfolio over the years. Or perhaps you are looking for a retirement fund and a place abroad kills two birds; i.e. a holiday home which also gives you some income. An overseas property sounds like a good idea...

The winter let market, as well as the long term let market, has really taken off in Portugal. Following the economic difficulties of the recent recession, many clients that would have once looked to buy are now deciding to rent. This new breed of customers are fuelling the letting market and giving savvy investors a great way to invest in a more attractive market than say a flat in Bristol or Leeds. A property in the sun can offer a great way for the family to holiday and yet by renting medium to long term can offer a decent return. Add to that an improving sales market and it is now a great time to invest in buy to let!

And it can be. If you are a cash buyer and looking to rent your property and receive these proceeds as part of your income, as well as covering your running costs, then this is definitely achievable. If you are an investor that has cash to invest, then again, for the same reasons, the returns can be healthy.

You will be lucky to get much more than 1-1.5% gross from any bank and the shares market is as volatile as ever. Long lets can offer around 5% gross per annum and are consistent. A shortage of quality properties means that your property will not be empty for long! Add capital appreciation to this and you could be seeing an addition 3-5% per annum. Lagos Long Lets & B&P Real Estate receive an average of two long let enquiries a day 365-days a year! We need to fill this gap in the market. We have clients waiting for everything from studios through to 5 bedroom villas with pools.

We have seen a significant improvement not only in the capital values of the properties but also the rental values being achieved for long let properties.

If you are interested in finding out more about property investment in the Algarve email me directly at david@bpaproperty.com

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Moveison, the Algarve’s finest outdoor living store, has joined with Tomorrow to offer readers the chance to win the very latest gas barbecue from Beefeater - just in time for summer. Born in Australia, home of the ‘barbie’, the Beefeater Universal Gas Grill (or BUGG) leaves other BBQs in the shade. Imagine the world's best portable BBQ. Then make it more compact. Give it more power and more control. Make it better looking and more durable, and you have the BUGG. Summertime or party time, on your balcony, at the beach or in the garden, set it up on the spot and share your food as fast as you can BBQ it. Cook with the hood up for crispier grilling or with the hood down for succulent roasting - the BIGG gives you total flexibility. Available in two colours - black graphite or amber - it’s is guaranteed to look great wherever you cook with it. The prize includes an amber BUGG as well as a sturdy no-slip BUGG Trolley. Together worth over €500, this a competition worth entering! To stand a chance of winning this amazing price, simply tell us: What does BUGG stand for? Email your answer to: competitions@tomorrowalgarve.com by midnight on 17th July 2016. The winner will be drawn at random from all correct answers and announced in the next issue of Tomorrow.


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Profile of an entrepreneur

This month we have spoken to Chris White who set up Ideal Homes Portugal about his passion for business. It started in his teens when he bought an ice cream van which had to be driven by his mum because he was too young to drive. Here he tells us about his journey from selling ice cream in Cornwall to a property business in the Algarve.

three happy years at Edinburgh University studying Consumer Affairs. After graduation I decided that sales was the path for me and took my first role in Spain. I sold property located in 22 different countries and after 18 months learning the trade I decided to return to the world of self-employment and set up shop in Portugal. I’ve always loved Portugal and the time seemed right to set up my new business there, so I founded Ideal Homes Portugal in 2007. My first office was a humble affair in Albufeira, but it was all I needed to get me started. Today I am proud to employ around 50 staff, with the office relocated to Vilamoura (one of the three locations more fondly known as the Golden Triangle – the others being Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo).

Why Portugal, and why a property business? I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. When I was 15-years-old I managed to persuade my mum to sell her car and with the money, I went to an auction and bought an ice-cream van. I couldn’t drive so my mum would drive the van to my chosen location and I would spend my summers making money selling ice-creams to tourists around Cornwall. Aged 17, adventure called and I set off overseas. I spent three years working for First Choice holidays, initially as a chef and then working my way up to training seasonal staff in their roles. So honed were my training skills that I was poached by rival company Thomas Cook and spent a number of seasons as a holiday rep and then fulfilling a new health and safety role. Aged 22 I came back to the UK and spent

What were the biggest start-up challenges and how did you overcome them? The first hurdle was gaining my Portuguese real estate licence. This took around nine months. In the meantime, I created the Ideal Homes Portugal website and set about networking and getting all the company affairs in order, ready to hit the ground running the moment I received my licence. The next hurdle was the financial crash of 2008, which sent the property market into a spin. I had started the business in 2007 and it was going from strength to strength. In 2008 the phones went silent and I needed to act fast. I took on a series of rental properties to look after – I now have 93 properties under my rental division and consider these to be my ‘bread and butter.’ They include holiday rentals and longer-term

rentals, which we let and manage. They keep the business operating successfully during quiet periods. My next challenge was ensuring that the clients who did come to Ideal Homes Portugal were given enough confidence in the Portuguese market to purchase.

Can you name the three biggest business advantages to being an entrepreneur in Portugal? 1. A big benefit is the lower corporation tax – it is easier to make a profit in Portugal. And the Portuguese government are very used to small and medium sized companies – they are not dominated by major corporates, which makes life easier. 2. Secondly, there is no competition. When the crash of 2008 occurred most of the competition vaporised. Ideal Homes Portugal rode the storm and we are the ones who have benefitted from buyers returning to the market. 3. Thirdly, the minimum wage in Portugal is €480 a month. It means I can pay a fair wage here for a whole team of experienced, bilingual telemarketers for the price of just one in London – and of course the overheads are lower here too. 4. And one extra advantage – the sunshine makes my staff happy. Happy staff sell houses – so this is another winning formula. To find out more please go to www. idealhomesportugal.com

I.T. can be easy By Steven Dunwell A few handy tips this month covering a trio of subjects:

Press F2 while a file is selected to change its name.

Web Browsing Tricks 1. Automatically add www. and .com to a web address. Simply click CTRL + Enter after you type the name of the site.

2. Select multiple files using the keyboard To select a bunch of files using your keyboard, you can press Shift + down arrow to select a single file or Shift + Page Down to select a large group of files at one time.

2. Accidentally closed a web browsing tab? Press CTRL + Shift + T to reopen the most recently closed tab and get back to what you were doing. File Tricks 1. Rename a file quickly

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Typing Tricks 1. Delete an entire word Instead of deleting a single letter, pressing CTRL + BKSP will delete the entire word behind the cursor.

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From ducks and chickens to Linen etc By Karen Carfrae I arrived in the Western Algarve with my husband Ian 14 years ago with the plan to do as little as possible. We had ducks, chickens and grew vegetables on our land. We were living ‘the Good Life’ whilst restoring our Portuguese cottage but then a new roof was required which was not in the plan. The ducks flew off (did you know you had to clip their wings?) then the chickens were killed over night by mongoose. Time for a reality check. Some people know me as the vocalist and Ian as clarinetist & saxophonist with the Good Time Jazz Band & Nostalgia, or maybe you know me from our first business ‘Key Solutions’ which supplied key safes to villa management companies and property developers for rental properties. Our customers from Key Solutions started to ask if we could supply other products, so a brisk survey was carried out which resulted in the bedding, towel and soft furnishing business “Linen etc.com” When I had my own home in England I had no idea what size my bed was, how deep the mattress was and certainly could not have extolled the virtues of Poly cotton and cotton bedding. Here I am now entrenched in

every sized sheet in 5 different qualities and thousands of towels. When I look back to the beginning and my retirement phase (which lasted nine months) I have to consider myself very fortunate for the opportunities here in the Algarve. From the launch of Linen etc eight years ago I have now visited and learnt from manufacturers in Turkey, Germany, Spain, France, England and of course Portugal where we buy nearly all our textiles from. When we launched Linen etc., we purchased from wholesalers and supplied businesses, now we buy from manufacturers and supply to property owners and businesses. Our website was launched in 2009 and has over 2000 more products now. Our much bigger showroom is always busy and people travel regularly from as far away as Tavira and Olhão. I am very proud of our showroom and the eight years of steady growth. It was only last week I stopped and realized how far we have come from our humble beginnings. Now we sell bedding, towels, bedspreads, soft furnishings including lamps and rugs. We have white and coloured towels in three qualities and our own range of bedding and pool towels manufactured for Linen etc. Our bedding and towels are washable at

60 and colour fast. All our fitted sheets are 30cm deep so they fit all sized beds and are suitable for commercial laundries. We know it is not easy for residents to find the choice that we were all once used to in our home countries and with you in mind we have just vastly extended our range of curtains, decorative quilt sets and cushions. As well as the showroom, Linen etc.com delivers across the Algarve twice a week to businesses and owners who can pay by mobile credit card machine or a bank transfer. We know we can’t be everything to everybody so if we don’t have what you are looking for we will help you find it locally. We have huge stock, guarantee our products and are always ready to offer best service and advice. Our growth is based on the back of eight years of offering quality products which are competitively priced as well as great customer service. Online in store collection or delivery the choice is yours. Linen etc call 00351 282 697 791 info@linen-etc.com www.linen-etc.com

Free legal consultations Two Algarve solicitors are launching a programme in which English-speaking clients will be offered initial advice on legal problems at no charge. Maria Manuel Santos and David NevilleSmith say they will hold their “first port of call’’ meetings in Lagos and Alvor, perhaps later expanding to Albufeira. Their services will also be available to French-speakers. Mr Neville-Smith is as fluent in French as he is in English and Portuguese. “Living in a foreign country can be a daunting experience for many people so far as legal matters are concerned,” says Mr Neville-Smith. “With our clinics we aim to fill the gap once occupied by a former English law practice based in Lisbon, which for years provided good support to the expatriate community.” The two solicitors expect to be consulted mainly about property, family and personal matters. Free half-hour sessions will be by appointment. Mr Neville-Smith says his profession is changing rapidly. “The old

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chamber of solicitors has been upgraded to an order that enjoys a similar status to that of advogados. The main difference between solicitors and advogados is that, as in the UK, we solicitors do very little court work.” He added: “Any work we do beyond our free consultations will be in accordance with a published scale of fees. Traditionally, solicitors here charge at a much lower rate than advogados, often for the same work. So even allowing for any international aspects to the work undertaken for foreign nationals, solicitors should prove excellent value for money.” The clinics will be open for questions on such topics as property purchases and sales, mortgages, boundary disputes, registration problems, licensing of commercial premises (bars, restaurants, shops), rights of way, building project approvals, contract supervision, condominium rules, company formations and registrations. Personal or family matters will include everything from disputes with employers or employees and landlord-

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tenant disagreements, to probate and wills. Formal documents will be explained and translated if required for better understanding. This, say the solicitors, will be a key part of their service, especially as it is not usually provided by Portuguese lawyers with insufficient command of English. Maria Manuel Santos is a Lagos-based solicitor with 25 years’ experience in the profession. She is married to an architect, Rui Santos, and so is used to providing cover for architectural problems as well as other matters. David Neville-Smith has a degree in Portuguese applied law from the Beja Institute and is now completing his articles. He worked for the prominent law firm Neville de Rougemont for five years and was married to the Portuguese lawyer Carmen de Andrade Silva. Maria M. Santos 282 761 884 (96029040) solicitadoraMMSantos@gmail.com David Neville-Smith 915181024 dewnsmith@hotmail.com


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Calling all home owners! By Susanna Gross Are you interested in selling your property and in need of good advice?

Fiscal Number (personal tax number), Identity Card or Passport.

Here is our easy, step-by-step guide....

Floor plans (can be obtained from your architect, the Câmera Municipal, or drawn up by an architect). If changes have been made or are going to be made, they must be approved by the Câmara Municipal and be up-to-date).

First of all - Don’t Panic! Study your house documents and make sure you have everything you need. This can be a little daunting – especially with everything in a foreign language! If you don’t understand Portuguese, you can speak to your lawyer or architect or someone you know who speaks good Portuguese - or come to us and we help and support you. In order to sell your property you do need the following documents: Certidão Permanente (company owned) or Registo Predial (privately owned)/Property Registration Certificate – obtained from the Conservatória do Registo Predial /Land Registry Department. Caderneta Predial – Property Tax Document – Obtained from Finanças/Finance Department. Alvará/Licença de Utilização ou Construção or Document if Pre 1951 – Habitation licence or building permission – Obtained from the Câmera Municipal/Local Town Hall Certificação Energética/Energy Certificate – Qualified Portuguese company - Obtained via www.adene.pt/sce/micro/peritosqualificados Ficha Técnica (If construction is after March 2004) – Obtained from the Câmara Municipal.

Make a copy of all important house documents for your real estate agent, never give any originals to anybody - unless it is your lawyer. The agents need a completed and signed contract by law, and these must have all of the relevant documents to be filled in on the contract. Get a professional valuation of your property - we can help to find the right price for your property in the market because we have a long experience. Search for the right real estate agency with a good reputation – one who has been in business for a long time and is proven to be successful. Do not use more than 3 real estate agents at a time because your property will be shown on the internet and real estate portals with similar photos and descriptions. This looks desperate and is not good for your sale. Take advantage of agents who offer special services and excellent marketing for the sale of your property. Get your house ready to sell - that means it has to look attractive, clean, painted and nice. It is always better to have the house furnished. An empty house does not look inviting and the clients need something to get the ideas flowing, but by the same token, a cluttered house can also be off-putting.

You may love your nic-nacs and think your collection of antique bedpans looks great but take our advice - tuck them out of the way for any photo shoots! Pretend you are a client - then it will make things much easier for the sale. Have floor plans and a location plans ready for the agent and clients. There are so many properties for sale on the market, you need to get ahead of the competition and make sure that your property looks the best! Communicate with your agent - inform him about offers from other agents and keeping him up-to-date with the current situation, especially if your property is rented. Agents need to know when there are changeover days, in order for them to actually gain access to show your property. Honesty and good communication are the basis for a perfect relationship between owner and agent. The agent is spending time and money for your property via adverts, portals, press releases, articles, plus legwork and fuel. Always give, all important information regarding the sale of your property. When you have signed a Promissory Contract - take the property off the market and inform your agents. Please be aware: Only a signed Promissory Contract filled in by a lawyer is a binding document, nothing else. Good luck! We look forward to meeting you. For information please contact TogoforHomes Lda at our Lagos Marina Office on 282 476 568, Vilamoura Head Office on 289 322 134 or Tavira Office on 281 027 570.

De Valk Portugal opens its doors De Valk Yacht Brokers is already a major force in the market with 7 offices. Now the company is expanding its reach further with a De Valk Portugal office, joining forces with the experienced brokers at Bluewater Algarve. De Valk Portugal will incorporate Bluewater's brokerage team, which has over 15 years of experience in selling yachts in Portugal, with De Valk's extensive network of brokers and clients throughout Europe. Bluewater has been the leading independent yacht broker in Portugal, and

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has an unrivalled knowledge of the market in that country.

refit facility independently of this new brokerage arrangement."

"This partnership brings together Bluewater's regional knowledge and experience with De Valk's extensive clientele throughout Europe,” comments Paul Mallett, joint MD of Bluewater Algarve.

“We are delighted to launch this new venture with Bluewater Algarve,” says Mattijs van Baalen, MD of De Valk. “By working together in this way, De Valk Portugal will offer a first-class service and ensure that we add value to our new and existing customers.”

“The De Valk Portugal office will allow us to offer an unbeatable yacht broking service to our present and future customers, whether they are buying or selling. Bluewater Algarve will continue to operate their service and

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Food & Drink... Roast Belly of Pork with fennel seeds

World class chef By Tom Henshaw

• Preheat the oven to 160c / gas mark 3. Spread the onions over the base of a large roasting tin. Turn the pork skin-side up and rest it on the onions. Rub the skin with oil and sea salt, then pour 600 ml water into the tin making sure the water doesn't come to the top of the pork (the skin must be left dry). Roast for two-and-a-quarter to two-anda-half hours until tender.

Amici, in Luz, is very proud indeed to announce its new executive chef who genuinely has a ‘world’ of experience and knowledge. Chef Thomaz Mascarenhas, who is a master of French cuisine, has moved to the western Algarve recently. I met with Thomaz the other day and found not just a chef with an enormous reputation but a lovely and genuine family man.

Ingredients: 2kg piece of unskinned belly pork (bones removed) 2 tsps fennel seeds 1 tbls black peppercorns

After the death of his wife he felt real loss and lack of a sense of purpose and his family had grown up and ‘have spread their wings and have done a thousand things’ leaving Thomaz with the need to pick himself up and move on!

A large pinch of crushed dried chilli 1 tbls of sea salt 3 large garlic cloves crushed Leaves from a 18 cm sprig of rosemary 2 tbls of olive oil 2 large onions thinly sliced Salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning.

Tomorrow is planning to a have an event with Thomaz and Amici after the summer which should allow him the time to settle into his new surroundings.

For the gravy 3 tbls of good red wine vinegar, 1 tbls of plain flour.

We really wish him success and new found happiness in our special part of the Algarve where I am convinced we are all going to enjoy his experience and skills. Lunch Monday to Saturday is from 12 noon until 3pm and dinner is from 6pm until 10pm. Call to meet and book a table 282 763 119 and why not ask them about their free loyalty card.

• Put the fennel seeds, peppercorns and crushed chillies into a mortar and coarsely grind with a pestle. Then add the salt, garlic and rosemary leaves and grind everything together into a coarse paste, then mix in the oil. • Place the belly pork skin side down on a board and make a series of shallow cuts into the flesh. Spread the paste over the meat and push it well into all the cuts. Leave it somewhere cool for at least one hour but preferably over night.

• Remove the pork, and turn the oven up to 230c / gas mark 8, return the pork to the oven and cook for a further 15 to 20 mins until the skin is crispy. • For the gravy, the onions in the roasting tin need to be nicely coloured. Remove excess fat from the tin, place over a medium heat and add the vinegar plus 50 ml water. Rub the base of the tin with a wooden spoon to release the caramelized cooking juices, then stir in the flour followed by another 250 ml of water, and bring to the boil. Pass the liquid through a sieve into a small pan, and leave to simmer until reduced into a well flavoured gravy. The slight fennel taste gives this dish an interesting twist from your normal roast pork. The dish originates from Sardinia, and is normally cooked using suckling Pig, however getting a whole pig in the oven is a struggle, so here it’s adapted with pork belly. It's great with your favourite Sunday roast accompaniments, and a real crowd pleaser as everyone loves the crackling. Hope you enjoy! Simon @ The Little Kitchen Company info@littlekitchenportugal.com If you have a recipe that you would like to send to us please email amber@tomorrowalgarve.com

Good move Sangham Indian Restaurant has moved to a great new location in Luz opposite the Bela Vista Hotel. It will be offering the same successful menu from the new location which is in a great setting with loads of indoor and outdoor seating. Sangham means the ‘meeting of individuals’ and it has already got an enviable reputation based on its many years in Espiche.

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This move to Luz strengthens its opportunities to provide the same quality in a more airy and elegant property. Their many customers will definitely vouch for their high standards, reasonable prices, good service and authenticity. The new restaurant is well suited to group parties and families and has plenty of parking space. Please call 282 760 882. Take away is also available.


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Fingerlicking Sticky Ribs coleslaw, with plenty of napkins and finger bowls for those sticky fingers and faces.

This recipe was sent in by Chris Winstanley at Algarfurniture Lda (Moveison) Since visiting the original Hard Rock Café on the corner of Hyde Park in London as a spotty teenager and eating their amazing rack of BBQ ribs, I have often wondered how they managed to get them so tender and coat them in such a fantastic, sumptuous sauce. I have had the same dish at many American themed restaurants since and, whilst good, they never live up to the Hard Rock... until now. I have tried this recipe on a number of friends now and they always say the same thing... yum yum! You should buy 'sheets' of spare ribs, cut them into manageable lengths for cooking and then cut them into individual ribs once they have been barbecued. Great served with corn on the cob and homemade

Serves 6 Ingredients: 3kg of ribs For the marinade: 300ml of tomato ketchup or tomato puree 300ml of soy sauce 125g clear honey 5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated 4 garlic cloves, crushed 5 tablespoons of Madeira wine or dry sherry 1 tablespoon of chopped rosemary Salt and pepper to taste Cooking instructions: Put all the marinade ingredients in a large, shallow bowl and give it a good old stir to combine. Add the ribs and turn them in the mixture so they are fully coated evenly. Cover and leave them to marinate in a cool place for two to four hours, or if you are organized overnight in a fridge would be even better. Next, put the ribs in a big, deep saucepan – you may have to split the rack in half to fit. Pour over the marinade mixture and add just enough water to cover the ribs completely. Bring to a simmer and cook on a

medium heat for about one hour until they are completely tender the smell of this will make your tummy rumble for sure. Remove the ribs from the heat and transfer to a large, shallow, non metallic dish. Allow the ribs to cool in the marinade then chill until ready to put on the barbecue. You can even keep them in the fridge for up to 24 hours. When ready to use the ribs, carefully scoop off the fat from the top of the mixture and discard. Allow the mixture to come back to room temperature. Drain off all the marinade and pour some into a large, wide saucepan. Cook it over a medium high heat, stirring occasionally until reduced to a sticky coating consistency. Put the ribs on the barbecue grill over a medium heat and coat for 8 to 10 minutes each side, occasionally basting or painting the ribs with the reduced marinade until lightly charred. To serve, cut into single ribs and arrange on a platter with sticky sauce over the top or in a separate dish to dip into. This may seem like a lot of work for a few ribs, but you will find people beating a path to your door for more!

"Wine & Dine @ Ocean Restaurant" By our Sommelier, Miguel Martins In June I had the pleasure of being invited to a memorable event. It was João Pires, the only Portuguese to have the qualification of Master Sommelier, who invited me. In fact, John is a reference for all those working with wines in this country. He has already collaborated with major international restaurants and is currently responsible for a grand project in Macau. There is much to say about João, but the idea here is to talk about one of his projects. Currently, João Pires is responsible for the import to Portugal of some prestigious French brands such as Chateau Pavie and champagne Salon. The venue where this event took place was the spectacular Ocean Restaurant at Vila Vita Parc; having two Michelin stars and many millions of euros spent in renovations makes this one of the best restaurants in Portugal. For me it was a homecoming as I had already worked in this hotel and this restaurant some years ago, so it was with much anticipation that I was returning to a

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place that I like very much and on top of this, to taste some fantastic wines.

the minerality which the chardonnay grape encounters in a perfect “terroir”.

The menu prepared by Chef Hans Neuer, started with an aperitif of house champagne Salon of Casa Delamotte - a pleasant champagne which is basically the brand of the company that produces the prestigious Salon champagne. This was followed by a white Bordeaux from the St.Emillion region, of the Monbousquet Chateau Grand Cru Classe; a wine that I liked very much and is no doubt, a good example of white Bordeaux. We then moved on to reds of the same house and then the fantastic Chateau Pavie, one of the latest Chateaus that have been awarded the honour of Grand Cru Class "A" - undoubtedly a great wine and especially being a 2000 vintage with 100 Parker points, which really made an impression on me.

The idea was above all to appreciate these French wines but we had a surprise, and what a beautiful surprise it was - a port wine from the Vallado house with the name of ABF vintage 1888.

Next we had the pleasure of enjoying one of the champagnes of my life, Salon 2004, still a very young wine but which makes an impact with its complexity and in particular,

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I was not deceived; it really was 1888! With regard to this wine we are talking about only 300 bottles available, and with associated prices that are not accessible for everyone. But the price is small to pay for the quality of this wine. It has an amazing concentration; it’s a wine that is not particularly refreshing but one that maintains an unexpected level of acidity for a wine of this vintage – absolutely divine! A fantastic evening with incredible wines that will soon be found in the Sommelier Wine Shop on the Avenida in Lagos. You can email Miguel at sommelier. wineshop@gmail.com


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Outdoor... Crazy about climbers – part 2 By Clive Goodacre

slow growing, but withstands clay, grows well in pots, can easily be transplanted and takes neglect in its stride. For something altogether more spectacular then Jasminum grandiflora is the one to go for. Widely used in aromatherapy, it can be seen at its best in Seville’s Alcazar and Grenada’s Alhambra. It has larger flowers and leaves than other varieties – look for the ‘De Grasse’ variety, an ingredient of Chanel perfumes. Autumn can be a difficult month for colour in the garden with bedding plants and summer favourites like oleander and hibiscus past their best. There are however a number of climbers that tend to peak in late summer and autumn.

Mandevilla Alice du Pont

Some climbers are classed as being too invasive and Ipomoea indica (Morning Glory) certainly falls into this category despite its beautiful mauve/blue flowers. Unless you have a large wild garden then only plant this where it can be contained since it is capable of travelling underground for many metres and is virtually impossible to remove once established.

because it prefers neutral to mildly acidic conditions, regular water and is cut back severely by the mildest frost. Most people will know it from weddings where it is traditionally a symbol for marital happiness or simply as a houseplant. The name comes from two Greek words stephonos meaning crown and otos which is ear – to describe a flower comprising five petals arranged on a central trumpet in a ‘crown of ears’. Given the right spot on a south-facing wall Stephanotis will grow into a magnificent long-lived evergreen woody climber. Try not to prune or adjust its vines during the flowering season otherwise it can become stressed and drop buds. If you don’t have ideal conditions, plant one in a pot, give it regular feed, bottled water preferably and enjoy its heavenly scent.

Ipomoea indica

If you are looking for something slightly less rampant then choose honeysuckle which makes very good groundcover and can be pulled back more easily. A good variety is the common yellow and white flowering scented Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) which is evergreen here and thrives on minimum water. Stephanotis or Madagascar Jasmine falls in the tricky but worth it category, mainly

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Top of the list has to be mandevillea with varieties available in pink, white and yellow. Often listed under their former name of dipladenia, mandevilleas given some care and attention are outstanding performers producing large deep trumpet shaped flowers and glossy green leaves. Favourite is the gloriously pink M. Alice du Pont although it can prove a bit of a prima donna attracting more than its fair share of mealy bugs, scale, whitefly and red spider mite. It needs rich soil, shelter from wind and regular watering without becoming bogged down. Expert growers have been known to use Epsom salts as a tonic for this beauty, although regular feeding every few weeks seems to work provided water and soil are not too alkaline. Beating the bugs unfortunately calls for some heavy artillery like Confidor. The third part of Clive’s series about climbers will appear in our August edition.

The words jasmine and scent are synonymous and there are varieties that cover most of the year. For mid summer choose Jasminum sambac (Arabian Jasmine) which has shiny dark green leaves and waxy white flowers. It performs very well here, as it only requires low nutrition, likes mildly alkaline conditions and does best in raised beds or planters. Jasminum oditissima is far more discrete having small six petalled flowers surrounded by dull green leaves – although its scent is all pervading. J. oditissima is

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