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Editor's note

Things are hotting up all round us in the Algarve as the summer season is getting into full flow. As we prepare for the busiest period of the year we are also very much looking forward to the Summer Ball on June 15th at the Tivoli Hotel in the centre of Lagos (full details later in this issue). We know we can guarantee a great night out.

Steven, who runs all the charity fundraising balls, says that as we go to print there are only four tables left! So may we recommend that you send Steven an email to book your table as soon as you get this edition of Tomorrow. (steven@tomorrowalgarve.com) The Tomorrow Charity Golf Day takes place on June 28th at Espiche Golf Club and once again this will prove to be another superb day for everyone participating/ It is a great fundraiser for our charity and very generously Espiche Golf gives half of the total golf revenue that day to the charity for local needy causes. This is an amazing gesture of support for the charity and we also welcome non playing guests to come and enjoy a lovely barbecue for €25 pp which also provides the charity with €5 pp. Please contact Phil Harding on: +351 916 606 226 or emai events@tomorrowalgarve.com. Each month and every month the Tomorrow Algarve Charity Trust (TACT) meet to plan future fund raising activities and to distribute to the good causes we support the money we have raised through these events. As one of the founders of the magazine I really feel great pride and satisfaction seeing every member

of the trust giving their free time and effort to support and plan these fundraisers.

We are always willing to try and help any local good cause so, please, let us know if you know anyone or any group struggling for help. Email Tom on tom@tomorrowalgarve.com Most of our readers will know the soup kitchen is one of the neediest and most deserving of our help and we have an article on the charity page advising our readers of their dire need of funds. They support families and individuals every week of the year so please take a look on the charity page if you think you can help in any way. We now have €11,315 to buy the CASLAS car and Ana and Susana have advised us that their old car has ‘died’ and the need is NOW! Many options have been discussed regarding people who, through bereavement and other sad situations, are alone. We have always wanted to redress where we can this situation and we are again recommending our Loose End planned whatsapp group which offers people in the group to see who is available for a coffee, a cinema trip, a walk or in fact any friend creating opportunity. Please email tom@tomorrowalgarve.com to help us. We wish all readers and supporters a good month with plenty of sunshine and good times in this lovely area of the Algarve. Best wishes for a sunny June, Tom and the whole Tomorrow team.

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BUSINESS

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FOOD & DRINK

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SPORTS

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ENVIRONMENT

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LETTERS

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OUTDOOR

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HEALTH

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THE ALGARVE'S DANCING QUEEN BY SOPHIE SADLER

Forty-two years ago Gwen Morris is credited by many as having brought classical ballet to Lagos. Sophie Sadler’s daughters are now students at the Gwen Morris Dance School and after watching them perform in a number of shows she decided she want to learn more about the woman who set up the academy.

I meet with Gwen Franco née Morris, for a cup of coffee near her ballet school in Torraltinha. I am interested to find out what brought her to the Algarve in 1977. After training at the Hammond Performing Arts school in Cheshire, England, she was a dancer in a professional company which toured Europe. She left London in April 1974, just days before the Carnation Revolution. Little did she know that the political events happening in Portugal would provide the backdrop for her future endeavours.

“We used to have to take girls to Lisbon to take the exams but now there are enough students to warrant them coming to Lagos"

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She toured for three years visiting Switzerland, Spain, Malta and then Portugal, in the show, which covered commercial dance. After meeting her husband in Lagos and relishing the opportunity to live abroad, she decided to stay. At that time no one spoke English and there were hardly any expats but she embraced the challenge of learning the language. She started to teach ballet in the Escola de Musica, as the only teacher at that time she would travel around the Algarve to give lessons, mainly to the Portuguese. The Lagos music school was established by a local priest and funded by the Camâra, before this, the only music venue was in Faro. April 25th brought with it huge change and it also opened the door for everyone to study music and dance whereas before it had been more selective, with only the wealthier able to pay. So the political change provided the ideal

opportunity for Gwen to bring classical ballet to the local population. When Gwen first arrived she did a lot of charity performances including one for the bombeiros in the cinema. It gave local people the opportunity to see ballet which was not otherwise accessible. She had to leave the Escola de Musica when they no longer had space for her and then bought her current studio. Now there are only three teachers in the Algarve, including Gwen, which follow the Royal Academy. I ask her why this is her chosen model? “It gives children the opportunity to have something tangible, a diploma in their hand and a skill set. It also makes us push them to a level we probably wouldn't otherwise do and it gives them a great sense of achievement.” The Royal Academy examines in 79 countries and the examiners are spread worldwide but are all English speaking and sent by the Royal Academy in London. “We used to have to take girls to Lisbon to take the exams but now there are enough students to warrant them coming to Lagos.” “Children always, surprisingly, love the experience of the exams and even the child that is not confident can find that confidence from within and often want to do it again. We encourage them to achieve their highest potential and we have great results.”


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From L to R: Ana, Sofia, Gwen and Daniela

Ballet is steeped in tradition and Gwen has tried to continue that in her school, “I trained in a time when perhaps things were a little more rigid and strict but I try to pass that feeling of discipline and respect onto the teacher and the pupils. A sense of courtesy is integrated into the teaching of classical ballet. Not just an art form but a way of being.” Around 15 of Gwen's students have become professional dancers, teachers or choreographers, a few of these have gained entrance to Escola Superior in Lisbon including one boy. “That is a bonus but the main thing is providing the opportunity to as many as you can. It's nice to feel you contribute to the community.

The ballet teachers need to take the courses in Lisbon required by the Royal Academy, Sofia says; “When I give a class I try to pass some of the love I have for dance to the children. The English style is so beautiful and especially good for children. I have huge respect for Gwen as she brought this style to Lagos and so many of us have benefitted. She taught me everything about ballet but also gave me the passion for dance.”

One of these former students is Sofia Rodrigues who has been teaching at Gwen's school since 2004. Sofia was sent to ballet lessons with Gwen by her mother because she had bad posture. “In those days it was not the norm to have ballet lessons;” Sofia recalls. “I was the only girl in my school who had them. I gave up when I was about 18 and got a job in a shop. I was very unhappy with my work and returned to have ballet lessons with Gwen. When I was younger I had helped out with the little girls and I asked if Gwen needed me again.” She did and the rest is history!”

"I ran the school for over 20 years alone then expupils gradually joined.” Sofia in 2004, then Ana, her daughter and more recently Daniela. “I am very grateful to have a team of such wonderful teachers. Running a school is complex and Sofia and Ana are also part of the administration and their creative and choreographic skills are invaluable. Jenny is our talented contemporary teacher, and Ana Leal provides Hip Hop for the more energetic pupils. For adults, we have Oriental Dance with Vera and Urban Dance with Tess.” 

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In July the school does the Espetáculo do Ballet which takes the whole year to put together. They started doing the shows 25 years ago in the Lagos and three years ago it moved to the Arade arena as they had outgrown the Cultural Centre. They need sponsors to fund the props, lighting and music. “Even the Royal Ballet Company need sponsors;” Gwen laughs, “Any donation from a business is tax deductible and the buzz the children get for it makes it such a worthwhile local cause to support. Our shows each year require great creativity and passion for what we do.”

direction! By pre-primary, however, they have developed the ability to memorise the steps and learning choreography is great for brain and motor development.”

She adds; “Performing on stage gives children those happy moments they will treasure forever. Whether or not it is amateur it provides a joyous moment that will stay with you. Standing on stage will also give children confidence, lots of dancers are introvert but can express themselves by movement and find a part of themselves they feel confident about.”

Gwen and her wonderful teachers are planting a beautiful seed of memory in their pupil's minds which will hopefully grow into a love of dance and blossom into an appreciation of the performing arts for their lives to come.

Even the three years olds can take part in the shows, the older girls dance with the little ones offering essential

We need fantasy in our lives and the Gwen Morris school always choose the most stunning costumes for the children, they wear makeup and glitter which they adore! Notwithstanding providing amazing Kodak moments for Mummys like me, make-believe is a wonderful thing and way better for girls than watching yet another Disney movie!

+INFO:  +351 967 795 383  Estúdio-de-Ballet-Gwen-Morris

The Lagos-based English Freemasons of the Lodge of Discoveries (No 9409) have donated nearly €900 of IT equipment and software to the Youth Centre (Lar de Jovens) in Lagos run by CASLAS.

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During 2017 and 2018, the Lodge of Discoveries raised money to support a charity to be nominated by the leader of the lodge, known as the Worshipful Master. At the time this was Worshipful John Bannister. John found out that the CASLAS youth home was in need of support through Jacquie Collins. Jacquie is a member of the ‘Lunch Bunch’ who help and support CASLAS. Charity is a key part of Freemasonry, with the money raised coming mostly from their own pockets. John Bannister presented the IT equipment, including laptops, software and storage discs to Ana Leal, Director of the CASLAS youth home. Also present were Susana Pales from CASLAS and

Jacquie Collins. Staples at Parchal supplied the equipment at a great price given the cause to which it was being donated. John Bannister said “It is such a pleasure to be able to support the CASLAS youth home in such a practical way”. Ana Leal said “We are very pleased to receive these gifts from the Freemasons. It will mean less sharing of IT and more effective use by our young people” The Lodge of Discoveries is part of the group of English Freemasonry lodges in Portugal which in turn is part of the United Grand Lodge of England.

+INFO:  www.caslas.pt  www.ugle-pt.org.uk (Lode of Discoveries and English Freemasonry in Portugal)  +351 914 146 740 (Phil Eddinton)  phil.egginton@gmail.com


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he wants more from his life. He does various types of therapy, physiotherapy, speech, hydrotherapy among other complementary therapies that help him acquire skills and not lose the ones he has already learnt.”

Vicente with his mother and brother

People can help by donating to Vicente's cause or by collecting bottle tops (plastic and metal). The bottle tops are then separated and sent to a residue treatment centre in Beja called RESIALENTEJO - Tratamento e Valorização de Resíduos, E.I.M. They then weigh the bottle tops and convert them to money. The money is then kept in an account they have there, in Vicente’s name, and then it’s given to the treatment clinic directly when the time comes to pay for the treatments.

Vicente now

BEING VICENTE

BY AMBER HENSHAW

This month we are launching a campaign to help raise funds for a three-anda-half-year old boy called Vicente from Chinicato in Lagos. His parents, Vera Martiniano and Márcio Reis, are fundraising to help pay for the treatment that Vicente needs every year. Vicente's mum says he came along as a bit of a surprise - a delightful surprise I might add. His parents hadn't been planning to have another child but both they and his brothers, now 19 and 13, were thrilled by the news. Everything was going well, according to Vera, until she got into her 18th week of pregnancy when she had an amniocentesis test. That night she started to lose amniotic fluid and was taken to hospital in Portimão, where she spent almost three weeks. Somehow they got through the scare and everything continued as normal until the 31st week of the pregnancy when a routine check showed that baby Vicente had Intrauterine Growth Restriction. The following week the worst was revealed. Vera said: “We were told to urgently go to Faro Hospital as Vicente was very weak and the doctors advised that an induced birth was needed. Vicente was born at 32 weeks. He weighed only 1,258kg which is a very low weight. We did not see him until the next day and he was very small and fragile,”

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Some of these therapies are not reimbursed by the state and the costs ​​of the sessions are astronomical. The family is raising money for the intensive treatments that Vicente needs to do twice a year which cost €10,600 each time (these treatments take eight weeks and the clinic gives one week free of charge) at the Clinica CHS - Cei in Braga. They also have to pay for physical therapy and osteopathy that he gets when he goes to the private hospital which cost about €70 per session.

she added. The next few days were terrible for everyone. Vicente was clearly distressed and cried a lot during this time. He received respiratory treatment O2 for 18 days and had a serious infection. The family said: “He underwent phototherapy but did not gain much weight but the worst was when they did the ultrasound to the head where they saw that Vicente had very extensive and serious injuries. That changed everything. Vicente had cerebral paralysis, something the doctors never expected or anticipated.”

They need 12,000kg of bottle tops to pay for one treatment fully. If they don't collect the full amount, the family are required to pay the remainder of the outstanding money. Vera and her family are trying their hardest to raise as much money as possible themselves but when Tomorrow Magazine heard about Vicente's fight, we felt compelled to try and help. We will be raising as much money as possible at our Summer Ball on June 15th but we are also urging our wonderful community to come together and help in any way you can. Remember, quite literally every bottle top helps! Please note that it’s not only water or beer bottle tops, it can be detergent tops, any top of a plastic/metal bottle top. People can leave the bottle tops at C.A.R.D.S. and Clube de Ténis e Padel de Lagos. If you would like to make a donation: Millennium Bcp IBAN: PT50 0033 0000 45538620459 05

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Vera said: "After a month in Faro Hospital we were transferred to Portimão and at the time Vicente weighed 1,636kg. We stayed there for another 17 days so Vincente could gain weight and learn to eat so they could remove the feeding tube." Vicente is now three-and-a-half and a very happy boy with a lot of desire to learn. Vera said: “Vicente still can’t walk, he sits for a few seconds and and says a few words, but

This is 2,600kg (5 plastic and 2 metal) of bottle tops that equal €1,300


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Travel safe BY DAVID THOMAS

Most countries throughout the world face various challenges brought about by climate change and other factors.

These can include rising temperatures resulting in rural fires and flooding caused by heavy rain, as well as other extreme weather conditions. In addition many countries are at risk of earthquakes and tsunamis. When we go on holiday overseas we expect to enjoy ourselves in a safe environment. We expect those who are providing our accommodation, taking us on escorted tours or providing water sports activities, for example, to have the knowledge, training and experience to ensure we have a safe holiday. In the event that a catastrophe should unexpectedly occur, we then look to the government, Embassy officials and tour operators, for example, to provide timely assistance and support, to help restore normality as soon as possible. In fact in 1996 the UNWTO stated that: “Safety and security are vital to providing quality in tourism. More than any other economic activity, the success or failure of a tourism destination depends on being able to provide a safe and secure environment for visitors”. So the stakes are high and there is much to lose should destinations not adhere to this principal. However the challenges are also high. We may not be able prevent some of these catastrophes, but it is important that we are aware of the warning signs where possible, understand the risks and how these can be mitigated, and what can be done in order to protect both residents and visitors should they occur. There have been many disasters overseas which have severely affected tourism. For instance the earthquake in Nepal in 2015 led to 80% cancellations of hotel reservations in the months that followed, and an estimated 45,000 tourists left the country. Safe Communities Portugal has been privy over the last year to observe various government emergency response exercises concerning rural fires, aircraft and railway accidents, radiological spills, earthquakes and tsunamis. They are extremely thorough and very well practiced! However it is not just government who are involved. Everyone in the tourism industry, both here in Portugal and overseas, has a role to play in ensuring the safety of their clients; for instance by understanding weather patterns and how these influence tourists activities; knowing the threats caused by extreme weather conditions such as rural fire risks; how the emergency services respond in crisis situations and the part the tourism industry plays in communication and coordinating with the authorities”.

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For those planning an overseas vacation it is important to thoroughly research the situation in the country you are visiting. The holiday advert portrayed on the operator’s website will be keen to show all the attractions, but not mention the fact that there are high risks in place either from natural causes or for instance the threat of terrorism. The best way to check on this is to visit the Gov.UK Foreign Travel Advice which covers 225 countries and territories and is updated regularly as events materialise. To reinforce the above issues Safe Communities Portugal, in collaboration with the Regional Tourism Algarve and the ANEPC CDOS Faro, held a full day conference, last month, entitled: Tourism Responding to the Effects of Climate Change and High Impact Events”. Attended by the Secretary of State for Tourism, this event was the first of its kind in the Algarve specifically to address these issues. Others speaking were a representative from ABTA the British association of tour operators, President of IPMA, the British Consul from Lisbon among others. Some of the objectives of the conference are therefore: to create greater awareness within the tourism industry of the risk of high impact events and the preventive and protective measure that are currently in place. Also in the event of a catastrophe, it is important to know the communication channels that are in place to disseminate information to tourists. It was stressed in the conference that we all need to do our part. The message of safety must be inculcated throughout the tourism industry from top line managers to front line staff. David is president of Safe Communities Portugal.

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LAGOS DELVES INTO ITS PAST BY LENA STRANG

As part of the biennial Festival of the Discoveries last month, Lagos turned back the clock. Celebrating the 600th anniversary of the discovery of Madeira, the old harbour wall by the main town square became the central focus of events. It was from here that many caravels were launched on their faraway voyages. The five-day event was opened by the grand parade along the Avenida where school children, teachers, various associations and historical re-enactment groups took part with gusto - all dressed in period costume. All the ingredients were there for a traditional medieval fair - colourful

BMW HONOURS AUTÓDROMO

BY PHIL EGGINTON

The fabulous Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA) is frequently used by international vehicle manufacturers to launch new models. The combination of demanding tracks, empty local roads, hotel and extensive presentation facilities make it the ideal venue. One of the major users of the AIA for international press launches is BMW. They recently launched at AIA the seventh generation 3 Series Saloon. To honour the special relationship between AIA and BMW they have named one of the colours for the new car Portimão Blue Metallic.

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Paulo Pinheiro, CEO of the AIA said “I am very proud when a brand like BMW launches a new car at the Algarve Autódromo especially with a colour for the whole world that is called Portimão Blue!!” Phil is a motorsport consultant and journalist who has now retired to the Algarve.

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merchandise for sale, tasty food and drink on offer and entertainment throughout each afternoon and evening. There were jugglers, fire-eaters and belly dancers along with various historical enactments. One of the highlights was the performance, The Colours of Madeira by the Senior University of Lagos, the Gwen Franco Ballet School and João Pedro Cunha Music Studio. Dressed in exuberant costumes made by Corinne Ferreira, the ‘flowers’ welcomed the navigators to the island. The hearts of the packed audience visibly melted as the young children guided by João Pedro Cunha, played tunes on their tiny violins. On Sunday night a spectacular video mapping show, Global Sea was projected on the city wall. It was truly a very fitting end to another successful Festival.


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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… Vanessa Pereira, a chef who caters for people in their own home. She has a cooking lab where she tries out new recipes which are all based on her Portuguese cookery roots. Here she tells us about a day in her life.

"What I love the most is the contact with people and seeing their satisfaction when they try my food"

"My name is Vanessa Pereira and I am a chef. My day starts very early with all the family having breakfast at home. We have a seven-year old daughter who sometimes swaps her ballerina shoes for a cotton apron. Love for food runs in the family. We all love cooking, the orchestra of combining flavours, colours and smells. Our recipes are well-kept secrets that have been in the family for generations. My roots are obvious as I prefer Algarvian, Alentejo and Cape Verdean ingredients and recipes. After I take Gabriela to school in Lagos, I pop into the fish market – such a wonderful place. I talk to the sellers and learn a great deal from them. I shop at local markets and get some of my favourite ingredients such as sweet potato, seafood, chilli peppers and tuna muxama (cured tuna). The Algarve offers such varied ingredients, all fresh and local. Such a privilege in these modern days. I then drive back home to Alvor and start working. I do some social networking and reply to some invitations to participate in cooking shows at food festivals such as The Sweet Potato Festival in Aljezur or The Octopus Festival in Zambujeira do Mar. Our kitchen is my cooking lab where I try new recipes. When my husband is home we have a quick lunch on our balcony or pop into a tasca for some tapas. New ideas constantly popping in my head.

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winning first prize at the 2017 A Mesa dos Portugueses national competition in Lisbon. I was so proud to honor the Algarvian city of Olhão by presenting a dish where the main ingredient was feijoada de litão, dogfish in a bean stew. Frigineco is one of my most appreciated dishes, consisting of black pork fried over a low heat in a little olive oil with wine, garlic and coriander, one of my favourite herbs. Such dishes take you back in time. I love that. Being on a magazine cover and on nationally broadcasted TV vídeos were great experiences for me. However, what I love the most is the contact with people and seeing their satisfaction when they try my food. Like tonight! I am cooking at a couple’s kitchen and I will do my best to make their 50th anniversary dinner party memorable. I sometimes try something new but this time I will cook one of my published seafood recipes. My husband collects Gabriela from her dance class and I will meet them later at home. We will then spend family time planning our herb garden. We will choose which of us will read a bedtime story to our daughter and there will still be some time left to watch Jamie Oliver’s programme. I am a big fan and I admire him for making genuine food dishes for the family. I am lucky - I have a lovely family and the opportunity to do a job that I love - creating very special moments at the table with delicious foods."

In the afternoon I update my cookery blog O Tempero da Nesita with some new photographs, recipes and reviews of gastronomy articles.

You can try one of Vanessa's recipes in our Food and drink section.

Sometimes I am away for a few days to participate in cooking competitions. It is hard to be away, but I get so much confidence and joy from it, like

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What Revolution?

One of our readers was living in Lagos when the revolution of 1974 happened. Here Jenny Murat tells Ray Gillman about her experiences of that day 25 years ago. Jenny Murat was living in Lagos on April 25th 1974 when news began to come through about the Carnation Revolution - the military coup which ended nearly 50 years of rule by the right wing dictator Salazar and his successors.

She didn’t usually fill in her diary but she did that night: “Tonight I write my diary - I suppose because one is living through history - here in Lagos the military coup has been a vague affair...” As Lena Strang’s article vividly described in our April edition the coup had been synchronised to start in the early hours of that Thursday morning. People came into Jenny’s husband’s office talking of rumours of a coup but the mid-day news on the radio merely talked of ‘great confusion’ in Lisbon.

“Nobody here seems particularly perturbed, the atmosphere is more of fiesta than war"

The Lisbon papers had carried the full story from noon but, in Lagos, Jenny and her family first heard that the military was in full control in the evening - from the BBC World Service. The first complete report was not on Portuguese TV until the 9.30 news. Jenny wrote: “Nobody here seems particularly perturbed”. She reported that her maid said she didn’t care much as long as the price of olive oil went down! - and she concluded her diary entry with the comment that: “the atmosphere is more of fiesta than war”. Of course, soon after, the implications of the massive changes became clearer. With the whole of central government convulsed and the police forces in disarray - the dreaded PIDE ‘secret’ police quickly disbanded - confusion and apprehension was rife. Local government virtually ceased to operate. (Some builders in our area took the opportunity to start projects without waiting for planning permission there was nobody to grant it!). A quasi ‘vigilante’ force (carrying their own arms) stepped into the void of conventional policing and took it upon themselves to stop cars randomly and question people in their homes. (Jenny was a nurse at Lagos hospital and, as a valuable worker for the good of the people, wasn’t detained long when questioned in this way.) Others, however,

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feared for their property and the security of their businesses. Elsewhere in the country some estates of ‘absentee landlords’ were being confiscated. Here in Luz and Lagos a couple of prominent estrangeiro business people felt it prudent to leave the area until the situation returned to normal. It was feared by some that the Eastern bloc would take advantage of the upheaval and the reaction of the populace against the ‘right’. Indeed Jenny reports that there was a noticeable influx of workers from Soviet republics, particularly East Germany. In this context it was rumoured that the European Economic Community - anxious to avoid the implications of Portugal becoming a hard-left- affiliated state on the Western seaboard of mainland Europe - ‘fast-tracked’ the entry of the country into the Community. Portugal formally applied less than three years after the revolution, signed the Treaty in 1980 and was formally admitted to the EEC on January 1st 1986 - the same day as Spain. Two ex-dictatorships now secured for democratic development. The country had been through immense turmoil - in spite of the revolution being bloodless. Troops had been withdrawn from the colonies which rapidly achieved their independence. There was thus a large influx of displaced refugees, and returnees, to absorb at the same time as the need to stabilise a disrupted economy and rebuild a democratic civil state. All things considered, Portugal achieved this, successfully, remarkably quickly after the revolution of 1974.


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LAUGH A MINUTE BY REBECCA SIMPSOM Over the last few months comedian Davey Keogh has taken the Algarve by storm with his comedy music nights. Dave, his wife Abi and two sons, Connor and Finn, moved here earlier last year. Along with being a pretty outstanding entertainer Dave is a man of many talents as I found out whilst interviewing him. Born in Ireland his family moved to Birmingham, England in the 1970s where he lived until the age of 21. After leaving school he became a professional musician and has remained a multi-instrumentalist, singer/song writer and comedian ever since. He started off writing and performing with the cult C86 indie-band The Surf Drums. In 1985 he signed to Creation Records subsidiary, Kaleidoscope Sound and CBS songs for a five-year publishing deal, writing songs for his band and other various artists on that label. As well as writing, collaborating and performing on many songs and albums from some of the UK’s biggest alternative acts. After seven years, The Surf Drums had run its course and so the band split. In search of new adventure, Davey returned to Ireland and formed a traditional Irish music band called Wylde Green. Thanks to its unique sound and Davey’s charismatic stage craft, the band went on to great success and performed Irish music all over the world with some of the biggest names in Irish folk, including performing for the River-dancers, The Chieftains, Mary Black, The Wolf-Tones, as well as covering TV and film soundtracks. David now performs full-time with his one man comedy and music show Black Jack Davey. Inspired by one of his infamous ancestors Black Jack Keogh, leader of the American mining trade union of the 1870s called The Molloy Maguire’s. The dark story of the trade union’s battle with the greedy mine owners was brought to life in the Hollywood blockbuster of the same name, starring Richard Harris and Sean Connery, Connery playing the character of Black Jack Keogh.

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Davey saw the film as a child and took inspiration and named his one man show as a tribute to his infamous ancestor. Since 2008 Dave has performed his one man show all over the world and in 2012 was voted, ‘most original act’ by the Scottish News of the World at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival of that year. This year Dave will be headlining in the Irish Rover Bar in Portimão throughout the summer season. Not only is Dave a great entertainer he is also a best-selling author. Dave has always been a very prolific songwriter and this seems to have carried this over to his literature when he began work on his first book in 2014. For his first novel Dave decided to start his story close to home with a story he was familiar with. Luckily for Dave he didn’t have far to look for a fascinating subject matter, as he had married into one of the UK’s largest gangster families. Birmingham city’s infamous mafia style dynasty, The Fewtrells. His first novel The Accidental Gangster, a semi-fictional account of the Fewtrell family’s battle with the London underworld kings, the Kray Twins, became an instant hit amongst the huge British crime thriller fanbase and has been a two-time Amazon bestseller. The first in a series of four books based around the Fewtrell family. Part two of the series, No Irish, No Blacks, No dogs, carries on the exploits of the Fewtrell family empire, against the backdrop of the 1970s underworld and the Birmingham IRA pub bombings, a subject very close to the authors heart as he was in Birmingham Irish Centre only a few hundred yards away from the explosions on the night of the bombings. No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs is the first semifictional novel to broach the subject of the Birmingham pub bombings and offers the reader an alternative look at the back story to the terrorist attacks. Part 3 of the Accidental Gangster is set in the 1980s, with part four completing the Fewtrell families story in the

1990’s. Dave’s fifth book jumps back in time to the 1780s. telling the story of the notorious Thomas Fewtrell, known as; British bare knuckle boxing champion, best friend to Lord Byron and the Great Mendoza and champion to King George the third. Such is the continued interest in the series, BBC and ITV News have both interviewed Dave and Abi for numerous news features on the books, almost all of the national newspapers in the UK have covered the books and back stories. Part one of the Accidental Gangster series is now about to be turned into a major British motion picture with a screenplay written by the renowned BBC screenwriter Declan O’Dwyer. Whether its Davey Keogh aka Black Jack Davey the Irish performer, or David J Keogh the bestselling author, things look very exciting for the Keogh family for 2019. Catch Dave while you can at the Irish Rover Bar in Portimão. Check the Facebook page for details and dates.

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to be alive (“not half!”), he was retired from the police service on medical grounds shortly after. “Having holidayed on the Algarve and sort of played about with the idea of retiring here, my wife Pauline and I just decided that we would move to Portugal,” Bob says.

FROM COPPER TO ARTISAN CARPENTER

BY STUART RICHARDS

There’s a thriving artisan scene in São Brás, but it’s not just local people who are getting creative – meet the ex-copper from West Yorkshire who’s brought his secondary school carpentry and wood turning skills to the Algarve. “To be one of only seven people and to be a foreigner…” – it’s fair to say Bob Whalley was, as they say in Yorkshire, proper chuffed to be asked to exhibit at the annual Flower Torches Festival in São Brás de Alportel. The big Easter Sunday tradition was staged on April 21 and for the first time included a small artisan fair held next to the church where the main parade starts and ends – with Bob being “the one and only woodworker”. “There was only room for seven stalls,” he says. “They wanted artisans that are true artisans, that make things from scratch. I’m told I was picked because they like my work and they like the fact it’s handmade and all the wood is sourced in São Brás.” The 68-year-old was born in the mining town of Castleford and recalls enjoying his formative woodworking classes at Airedale Secondary Modern School. An early working background as a panel beater and welder followed, before Bob – “with a pregnant wife and a mortgage to pay” – joined West Yorkshire Police in 1973. Devastatingly, he was badly hurt in an accident in 1994 when a car was in collision with his police van. Bob’s injuries resulted in him suffering long-term arthritis in his neck, shoulder and spine. Counting himself lucky

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But retirement in the sun was never going to be simply about days spent soaking up the rays. Having a “life-long passion for art”, Bob ultimately found a creative outlet by teaching himself the craft of rustic woodworking. “It just became addictive,” he admits, also joking that his wife said if he brought another bowl into the house, she would leave him. Handily for Bob (and his marriage), his use of carob, olive and oak – creating a whole range of items like candle holders, coffee tables, mirrors and kitchen utensils such as butter knives and even meat tenderisers – saw him invited to join the local Esfera Triunfante artisanal group, which has exhibitions, displays and markets around the town. “They’re all from São Brás [apart from Bob], there’s something like 20 members and it covers, for example, the old traditional method of creating decorative objects from cork. There’s one lady who makes little mules and windmills. “There is another group of artisans with other nationalities. There’s a man who makes kiddies’ toys, the old-fashioned tractors and trucks, little trains, he’s even got a great big digger with an enormous long arm and a bucket, and the whole thing works. It’s really, really clever.” And with all this in mind, Bob believes it is “essential” local artisan life continues. “As an example, as a complete one-off, I was asked to make a particular tool. It’s like a trestle bench with a jointed arm on the top that sits into a V-shaped slot. You can open and close it. “I was asked to make it because the originals of this type of thing are all too old to use for demonstration purposes. There used to be, especially in the Monchique area, an industry of rope-making and this tool was used to turn natural products into a fibre. I don’t think there had been one made for 50-60 years.” You can read more about Bob’s police career in his book, A Copper in Castleford, available from Amazon and other online stores.


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PLASTIC PROBLEM IN OUR OCEANS

Local artist BJ Boulter wanted to use art to highlight the issue of plastics in the ocean by creating an 8m long dolphin sculpture out of waste plastic. The exhibit was unveiled last month in the Marina de Lagos. We sent Sophie Sadler to find out more about the project. Pontoon J in the Marina was buzzing on a hot Saturday evening as supporters and art enthusiasts flocked to witness the impressive sculpture which was the product of hundreds of hours of work by Barbara Jane, (known as BJ) and a team of over 30 volunteers, including school children from the Nobel school. BJ circulated amongst the guests and posed proudly for photographs in front of her creation, which she named, A Waste of a Dolphin. I asked her what she felt the message was behind her creation. “The name says it all! You can see in the sculpture that the body of the dolphin is tangled in nets, there are also plastic

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bags in the structure which we all know are dangerous to marine life. Plastic pipes inside represent the ribs, we made arteries and there is even a heart which glows red.” The dolphin was put together at BJ's rental property, Quinta de Oxala in Estômbar then transported to Lagos. I saw it being towed into Lagos Marina and it was a magnificent and slightly surreal spectacle bumping along on the back of a truck! “ It all came together like one gigantic puzzle,” says BJ. She found some of the plastics at Algar ́s recycling plants, asked for donations and even left bags in local restaurants asking them to call her when they were full. 


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"We believe we need to shock people in order to make them think about the impact of their actions on the environment" Also attending the exhibition was an enthusiastic supporter, Ingrid Fortunato, Director of MarLagos, who manages the marina and owns and runs the gallery space. The exhibition partly came about because Ingrid attended a lecture at the Camâra by Maria João Bebianno, a professor from Universidade do Algarve, to raise awareness of marine pollution and then talked to BJ about what they could do to help.

Ingrid told me; “The dolphin sculpture is, unfortunately, not only symbolic but real. We believe we need to shock people in order to make them think about the impact of their actions on the environment. Even if plastic is not the only contaminant we should worry about (as Dr. Maria João Bebianno and CIMA’s research has shown) with pharmaceuticals and metals also providing a threat to the oceans, it is the easiest to perceive, because it is visible.” The opening exhibition was only the beginning of a series of initiatives by Marina de Lagos on marine pollution. There will also be a lecture for the school children from Escola de Naus by Professor Bebianno a professor at Universidade do Algarve, researcher for CIMA, (Centro de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental) in the gallery with BJ's paintings as a backdrop. Guests of BJ also were able to enjoy her exhibition Listen to the Ocean, in the Marina's Art Academy, where refreshments were served. The art was celebrating the beauty and the splendour of our oceans whilst also warning about the human impact on marine life. Each of her paintings features musical notes and symbolism; “I believe that the ocean sings,” says BJ, “the sound of the sea is a magical thing and this also emphasises that we must listen to it and be aware of the problems associated with pollution.”

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BJ arrived in the Algarve from Tanzania with her parents and siblings over 50 years ago and has lived in the Algarve on and off since then. After attending Saint Martin's School of Art and Lucie Clayton School of Design in London she worked as a Production Designer in film and television and has travelled the world making films. She still thinks of Tanzania as her homeland and many of her works are figurative, with landscapes, people and wildlife influenced by her regular safaris to East Africa with artists and filmmakers, and her daily life and encounters in Portugal. “A canvas is a page waiting to tell her story, to be shaped into life in sombre tones and glorious colour.” The exhibition runs until Friday June 7th. Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 10am to 7pm (Closed for lunch 1pm to 3pm). Pontoon 'J (near the Wax Museum) The scultpture will remain until July 12th when it might be displayed in other marinas.

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MEET THE ARTIST Gonçalo Martins

Please can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself? My name is Gonçalo Martins, I’m 44 years old and I was born and raised in the city of Portimão. Apart from taking a degree in Management in Lisbon for 6 years, I always lived in Portimão ever since. Tell us about your art and what you specialise in. I am a traditional black and white photographer, I develop my own negatives and print , spot and mount my own work in my darkroom ( using an enlarger, chemicals...and lots of patience). Have you always been an artist? My father was an amateur photographer, so having cameras around was common, but it was in my youth that the love for capturing moments (on video or camera) started to manifest. In the early 2000’s I bought a digital camera and started to shoot my friends skateboarding. My interest for photography increased, and I started to study more and more and after a workshop with Nanã Sousa Dias I changed all my digital equipment to analogue. I saw some magnificent photos using traditional methods and after studying the great masters likes Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and John Sexton I knew what direction I wanted to take. This journey started in late 2005 early 2006, so about 13 years ago now. Can you tell us how you create your work and how do you decide what to do with each photograph? My subjects include landscapes (mainly from Barlavento side) and occasionally portraits and nudes. I find nature a great teacher of our lives. When I stop for a moment it mimics our own world and I am very attracted to the silence and light of the morning. For me I believe in this strong connection between nature and humans as spiritual beings.

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Portraits for me are harder but still magic. The relationship between the photographer and the “model” can be hard or soft, but when it works it’s wonderful! And since it’s harder for me, I like to get out of my comfort zone and try different ideas. The mediums I use 35mm film cameras, Medium Format film cameras and Large Format film cameras ( 4x5” and 8x10”). Can you tell us how you create your work, where do you source your ideas from - and how do you decide what to do with each photograph? I create my landscape work at the present moment most of the time at dawn. When I am out with a camera I try to communicate with my surroundings, but the main role is dictated by the light. I tend to follow the light and what subject matters she wants me to show. Portraits and nudes, I make them in my studio or outdoors using natural light. Here I use most of the time studying the body language, the environment around us and of course light to shape our relationship at that time. How long does each piece take to create? After developing the negatives, another creative stage takes place, and that is the printing, which I love. Another form of communication between me and the materials ( negative, paper, chemicals... ) begins. The time that I spend in this stage, depends on the negative and also what I want from it, but usually minimum 2 to 3 hours if it is an easy negative. If it is a hard negative, I can take several days with it. What do you want your work or your art to do? How would you like people to respond to your work? Masao Yamamoto, a Japanese photographer, once said something that resonates a lot with me: “ For me, a good photograph is the one

that calm us down. It makes us feel good, kind. A photograph that transmits courage, bring us good memories, that makes people happy.” It says all. Do you have a favourite photograph? From others photographers I have a lot mainly from Brett Weston, Roman Loranc, Ansel Adams, Irving Penn, Michael Kenna, Sebastião Salgado, Nanã Sousa Dias, Sexton to name a few and from mine I do have some favourites, some of them are from when I started in photography! But as artists our drive is always to make the next one better, so my favourite is somewhere on the next film I put in my camera! Do you have any advice for an aspiring or hobby artist? In this generation it seems that everything is moving and changing very fast, so my advice would be to take your time learning, experimenting, going to art exhibitions, have patience, practice a lot and never quit. 


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Meet Muggi BY HOPE FAULKNER

before... What else are you working on or planning for the future - what can we look forward to from you? I tend to photograph more, print more and exhibit more. Also getting to know my place, my region and discover new places that inspire me and hopefully others.

Are you involved in any upcoming shows or events? Where and when? Currently I have some agreements for some exhibitions in Portimão, but I think the Algarve lacks a place where people could truly appreciate art, a place that could welcome works of art from acclaimed masters, museums like Lisbon or Serralves in Porto. Is there anywhere else that we can buy your work - and are you available for commissions? Yes, you can buy my work directly from me. They are silver gelatin prints, sizes range from 20x25cm to 30x40cm signed and mounted on arquival museum boards. Is there anything else you would like to tell us? I offer workshops for one or two people in my darkroom in Portimão. I teach the ins and outs from developing negatives and making silver gelatin prints using traditional methods. This article has been provided by the Algarve Society of Artists - a group formed to support and promote art and artists across the Algarve. They have a website www.algarve-art.com and publish a free quarterly online magazine entitled Algarve Art! Visit their website for more information.

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Muggi is a 6-year-old mare that came to our attention back in June of last year when we found her in Praia da Luz pulling a cart, in a very poor condition. We quickly decided that this mare could no longer continue under those circumstances and eventually we managed to take her under our care. A few weeks later and to our complete and utter shock we discovered that Muggi was six months pregnant. She was so unwell and malnourished that we had very little hope of the foal or Muggi surviving the birth. Amazingly however, on August 26th 2018 Muggi gave birth to a beautiful healthy foal. We named him Kinder, he was a real surprise to us all! But such a lovely, sweet little one. He loves to cuddle and entertain us every day with his playful antics. After that Muggi’s condition slowly improved, but as she was feeding Kinder and trying to get some weight on herself her road to full recovery was a long one. But as you can see Muggi is now back to her full health and a whopping one hundred or so kilos heavier than when she arrived! With little Kinder all grown up now and not dependent on his mother, we took him away from her and to that

we thought Muggi’s nursing days were behind her, but little did we know that there was another surprise around the corner… Recently a new-born foal came into our care. Without a mother to care for him and give him the milk he desperately needed we had to think fast and come up with a quick solution. Astoundingly, almost three months after Muggi and Kinder were separated, Muggi accepted the new foal as her own and started nursing him. Such a testament to Muggi’s caring nature, she chose to become a mother once again. Muggi is such a lovely mare and we love having her with us, but like all the horses we take in, our ultimate goal for them is to find them a loving forever home. In a few months she will no longer be nursing and will be able to go off to a new home. Like Muggi, there are 17 other horses up for adoption. If you or anyone you may know are thinking of adopting, then please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

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Charity News As we get ready for our Summer Ball and our Tomorrow Golf Day, we just wanted to remind you of some of the causes we gave money to from last year’s events. We have now helped raise and donated €11,315 to CASLAS for them to get the well needed car. We are still fundraising to get the €15,000 that they need in total to buy a second hand vehicle so please help if you can. We have also given €2000 to the Bombeiros Lagos and €1000 to the charity for people with learning difficulties, NECI. Last year we also gave €3000 to the Lagos soup kitchen, the Mustard Seed, and assisted them with the paying of their rent. The palliative care charity Madrugada was also on our list of chosen organisations who benefited from your generosity and €2000 was given to them. Last December we contributed over €200 to the CASLAS children's Christmas lunch which we also attended and we are delighted to confirm that this will be an annual event. In addition to this, over €1000 has been given to Bamboo Dog and Donkey Sanctuary. In total, we have given over €185,000, all raised through with your help and support. Let’s make 2019 even better.

It’s not long now until the Tomorrow Summer Ball. This will be the fifth summer that we have been running this ball. It’s hard to believe we have been doing this for five years. The date is Saturday June 15th at The Tivoli Hotel Lagos and the theme is Mardi Gras so dress up and let your hair down to support our local good causes. The evening promises to be one of our best. We have the Mashups as our guest band this time. In addition this year, we have a few surprises up our sleeve. The price of the ticket includes all the entertainment, the food, a welcome drink and a donation to TACT. So, if you haven't booked your ticket or would like more information, please drop us an email. In addition to this date, we have our sixth Tomorrow Charity Golf Day on June 28th. As always this promises to be another great success. A great day of golf, with a shotgun start, followed by a meal and a chance to relax in the amazing surroundings of the Espiche Golf club. If you don't play golf, then you are more than welcome to come along and spend the day drinking and eating and just enjoying the sunshine. Would you like to sponsor hole at this event? If so, drop us a line. Get in touch if you would like any information on this or any of the events we are involved in.

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A May Day call for the soup kitchen Today TACT had a meeting with the pastor Daniel and his wife Elisabete at the Mustard Seed Association. They have been doing amazing things over the years for the local poor of Lagos and district but after some technical issues they are doing their very utmost to be offering the same wonderful support for the local needy. TACT feels a great affinity with them both and all the team of volunteer helpers at the soup kitchen because of their total dedication. Now we are appealing directly to all the Tomorrow readers to help us once again to be covering their rent for six months- a total of around €3000. Please may we ask you to send donations to the Mustard Seed Association: Bank account number PT50 0035 0387 0004 4253 930 20 and we will also be adding funds raised at the Summer Ball this month. If you have some ideas to offer help please call Tom or Steven. Thank you from TACT - Improving today for a better tomorrow

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Beer Festival

FOODIE HEAVEN IN LAGOS

This year’s Lagos Beer Festival will take place at the end of the month and will feature 25 national and international beers. The event will happen on June 27, 28 and 29th between noon and midnight. Entry is free.

It’s that time of the year again for the latest Lagos Food Fest 2019 which attracts more food sellers and visitors every year. This year it is taking place from July 11th to July 14th and starts at noon and goes on until midnight in the Jardim da Constituição, Lagos. The theme for this year's Lagos Food Fest is Gastronomic Diversity!

is a great event for all the family and a wonderful opportunity to sample some amazing gastronomic delights and plenty of cold beer and soft drinks.

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For four days the streets of Lagos will be transformed into a foodie's paradise. This

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There's always a great programme of live performances too. Keep your eye on on Facebook for more details.

PARTY SPIRIT The streets of Carvoeiro will be closed on June 15th between 8pm and 3am for one of the biggest parties of the year. The Carvoeiro Black & White Night offers visitors live music and entertainment on every street corner, in the square and even in the amphitheater. There will also be fireworks at midnight off the cliff tops

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and DJs on the beach. Entertainment will include music from The Bottles (back to the 60s); The Piano Man Band; Raquel Peters (fado) and much more. The dress code is of course....black and white. Entry is free.

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Upcoming Events at Espiche Golf Sardines & Friends, 13th June Mixed fish BBQ

BBQ Night, 5th July Live music with Agapito

BBQ Night, 12th July Live music with João 2 Play

BBQ Night, 19th July Live music with Just John

BBQ Night, 26th July With DJ Fábio Rocka

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LAGOS SUNSET COLOUR PARTY

This year’s Lagos Sunset Colour Party, which is organised by AGarra (Lagos Youth Association), takes place on August 15th from 4pm to 10pm, at the same place as last year on Meia Praia. There will be live music by the Kottas, Dj Deelight feat. Landu BI and the leading artists, Karetus.

This year the event will have more of an environmental angle after an agreement was signed between AGarra and Algar. All of the waste collected after the event will be recycled and weighed. Each tonne collected will be converted into money that will be donated to Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lagos and other local good causes including the bombeiros.

This year there will be a few new features including a bigger space, free Wi-Fi, bouncy castles and a designated space for kids, a baby sitting spot with activities, a bar, ice creams, circus animation, ballet dancers and fireworks.

Tickets can be bought on Ticketline, Ticketshop (in the town centre) and with official RP’s. Check the facebook page and website for more information.

Organisers expect there to be at least 6000 people there this year which is up from last year when 3000 attended.

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Reflecting on cultural memory MERCADO DE CULTURAS The theme for this year's candlelit market, in Lagoa, is Mediterranean Cultures. The market is open this year from July 4th to July 7th between 7pm and 12.30am. This is a magical event which features the lighting of 12,000 candles each evening around 8.30pm, on the streets and pavements of the town.

All of them are lit by hand. This year they will form different symbols that characterise the various cultures and religions of the Mediterranean. It's free to wander around the stalls and enjoy the street entertainment and candle displays. There's a programme for the evenings, which includes live music on various stages, exhibitions, workshops and entertainment for all the family.

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On July 6th and 7th there will be a performance of GarB’urlesco, directed by Pedro Monteiro, which will take place with the participation of the dancer Inês Mestrinho, actor André Canário, musicians Elsa Mathei, Nuno Mendes, Joana Amorim, Denys Stetsenko and Pedro Massarrão, with the costumes of Alexandra Cabral and the participation of the composer Pedro Louzeiro. GarB’urlesco, a Memorandum GarB’urlesco aims to be a reflection on the cultural memory using music, theatre, dance and costumes. GarB’urlesco is a Contemporaneus Associação para a Promoção de Arte Contemporânea production which is funded by DGARTES. You can watch the performance at Clube Artístico Lacobrigense Rua General Alberto da Silveira,No.8, Lagos on July 6th at 9.30pm and on July 7th at 4.30pm.

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D-Day anniversary A BBQ is being held by the The Royal British Legion Portugal Branch Western Algarve Section in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings. The theme for the event is A Time to Say Thank You to a generation who helped to shape our world as we know it today. The event is taking place at Barroca Bar and Restaurant, Rue Direita, 8600-153 Praia da Luz on June 6th at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The price is €20 per person. The menu includes a starter of soup and then a choice of mains including meat or fish, served with assorted salads, chips and potatoes and the veggie option is

stuffed peppers, served with assorted salads. Pudding will be cake or fresh fruit. The price will include half-a-bottle of wine per person, will be on the table, please specify if you require white or red! Other drinks will be paid for separately. The dress code is smart casual. These events sell out quite quickly; so please book early! This event is for members and non-members; everyone is welcome!

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INTERNATIONAL ALGARVE FAIR The International Algarve Fair, which is attended by many thousands of visitors every year, is taking place on June 8th and 9th. The fair is a great family event with a wide variety of things to do and see for every age group. There are stage shows, the Algarve Dog Show, stands from the best companies serving the foreign community, kids entertainment, all this and much more. The 10th Annual Dog Show for all the family in conjunction with the International Algarve Fair will include training demonstrations, grooming demonstrations and fun dog classes. All dogs - pedigree and mixed breeds can enter.

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It is sponsored by Paws 4 Pets and funds raised from this year's dog show will go to Coração100dono. All you need to enter a class is to bring your dog, a lead and its vaccination record book.

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CATCH THE WAVE Zoomarine is offering a Catch The Wave summer camp this year where youngsters will be able to learn to surf in a safe and fun environment. This programme is open to 10 to 15 year olds and is designed for those eager to learn how to surf. Surf (pool and beach) lessons are conducted by the Lodo Surf School, located in Armação de Pêra beach. The cost is €130 per person (eight people per week maximum) and this includes an introduction to surfing; food (two snacks and daily lunch); recreational activities (swimming pools, presentations, etc); ocean education activities; certificate of participation; insurance and photos from the week. To participate you will need to take a hat; bathing suit; rash vest; beach towel; light and comfortable clothes; sunscreen; specific medication (if applicable) and a good mood (mandatory!). Each Catch the Wave camps starts every Monday from July 1st to August 30th 2019. Advance booking is essential.

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LOULÉ VELHO (QUARTEIRA) Archaeology of memory at a Roman site BY JANE ROBERTSON On Tuesday June 4th, the Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) will present two lectures, in English, by Catarina Viegas and Rui de Almeida. The first lecture will be at 2.30pm at the Museu do Traje, São Bras, the second lecture at 6pm at the Convento de São José, Lagoa. Catarina Viegas and Rui de Almeida, from the University of Lisbon, will be presenting what is known about the site of Loulé Velho (adjacent to Praia do Trafal, Quarteira) in the framework of the Roman economy from the 1st to the 6th century AD. The LORIVAI Project, which began in July 2018, has as its main objective the study of the Roman site of Loulé Velho which played an integral and structural role in the dynamics of the local and regional settlement of the Algarve coast in Roman times. The project originated in the programme of research that opened with the exhibition Loulé: Territorios, Memorias, Identidades, which was held between June 2017 and April 2019 at the National Archaeological Museum. The LORIVAI project was brought to fruition by the signing of the Cooperation Agreement by the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon and the Municipality of Loulé. Archaeological work at Loulé Velho at different times has identified structures related to the production of fish-based products (ceteriae), wine and olive oil. An apsidal building and a relatively large necropolis were also recovered. It has not been easy to categorise the site as it has suffered continual destruction by coastal erosion. This process, which has accelerated in recent years, has on the other hand compelled the rescue of a significant volume of archaeological finds. As a consequence, hundreds of objects have been retrieved, including many fragments of pottery of different categories and origins, metal and glass items, coins and fragments of mosaic, marble and painted stucco. All of the artefacts were deposited in the Municipal Museum. When

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identified and classified, their study has enabled the assessment of the site's significance in a regional framework and in the province of Lusitania, and on an even larger scale within the Roman Empire. In this presentation, Catarina Viegas and Rui de Almeida will focus on the available knowledge about the site and its investigation, teasing out an understanding of the role of Loulé Velho in the Roman economy. An important part of the project is the collaboration and participation of the local community in various activities which have included several open-day laboratories, courses and talks. Catarina Viegas, Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon since 1997, is part of the research team of UNIARQ – Centre for Archaeology at the University of Lisbon. Her research focuses on the Roman settlement and economy in central and southern Portugal, with a special emphasis on the study of different categories of Roman pottery. Rui de Almeida holds a Masters degree in History and Archaeology and is a researcher at UNIARQ. He is currently developing several projects for Loulé City Council and its Municipal Museum. He has focused his research on the production and trade of foodstuffs between Lusitania and the provinces of the Roman Empire which formed the basis of his PhD research. Non-members are welcome to attend AAA lectures for a €5 admission fee, with all money raised by the AAA being used for archaeological grants and speakers.

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"Archaeological work at Loulé Velho has identified structures related to the production of fish-based products, wine and olive oil"


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June Calendar CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

Stick Fighting Lesson (16+ yrs) Tue 6.30pm €8 | Playing Pois (12+ yrs) Tue 5pm | FREE (BYO pois or borrow for €3), Kultivarte Barão S. João, T: 963924743

Open Painting Studio Wed & Thurs 10.30am, €12.50, Healing Painting For Generation 70+-, Thurs 3pm €10, Barão S. João, T: 962039574

Contemporary Dance Class Wed 7.30pm, €10 class/€25p.m, T: 965310351 Capoeira Class Tues & Thurs 7pm, €5 class/€30p.m, T: 920547209 Salsa Cubana Dance Class Mon 8.30pm (Beg.) & Thurs 7.30pm (Adv.) | €35p.m, Bachata Dance Class Thurs 9pm €20p.m, T: 964151952 Teatro Experimental de Lagos (TEL), Lagos

Circus VagabunT Classes for children (6-12yrs) Tues 2.30-6.30pm Aljezur Wed 2-5.30pm Budens Thurs 3-6.30pm Odeceixe, €25 p/m, Leo: 968296503

Aljezur International Choir Singers from the Southwest Algarve Thurs 2pm | Sing in various languages, Music Room Aljezur Bombeiros, T: 914285640

Latin & Ballroom Tues 10- 11.30 (Interm) 11.30am (Improv.) & 12.30pm (Beg.), €9, Alvor Community Centre Wed 7pm (Begin.) Carvoeiro Clube de Tenis, €8 T: 961916821 Music Lessons (Piano, Guitar, Keyboard & Voice) Beginners & Intermediate €25p.h, Salema T: 964201904

ROLL UP for experienced bowlers Mon & Fri 10am, Bowls for Beginners Tue 11am (1st lesson FREE), €10 (non mem.), Floresta Bowls Club - Rua Direita, Praia da Luz, T: 919707635 Lagos Walking Football Wed 9.30-11am | +50yrs Welcome, €3 Boavista Golf Resort Luz, T: 282790930 Classical Guitar Classes (English Speaking ABRSM Certified) 1-2-1 for children, adults & seniors €20p/h (References available), Lagos, Paulo: 962690582

Junior Golf Academy Sat 3pm, €25 | Mixed Group Lessons Fri 9.30am | €20 | (Max 7 p.p. class) 24hr advance booking Equipment provided, Espiche Golf, Espiche Contact Golf Professional Mickael Carvalho mcarvalho@espichegolf.pt

Life Drawing Mon 11am - 1pm | Beginners & Professionals, €10 p.sess | Marina de Lagos T: 916035308

Urban Dance Wed 5.15pm (Kids 7+) 6.15pm ( Adults) | €8/€25pm, Alma Verde Burgau, Fri 6.30pm (teens) €7, Bombeiros Vila do Bispo Private Classes €20p/Sess., T: 916022719

Tennis Doubles-Round Robin Thu 3-5pm €10 T: 282690008  Golf lessons with PGA Pro on request (inc.equipment) T: 282690054, Golf Santo Antonio, Budens

African Dance Classes Thurs 10.30 | €10, Rancho Folclorico Rogil, T: 964588588

Netball Wed 7pm | All ages & abilities,Tennis Courts Boavista Golf Resort, charlie.milsom@gmail.com Computer Classes Sat 10am | All levels | Lagos, 918764613

EVENTS FITNESS Summer Fitness Classes Mon, Wed, Fri 8.30am, €8 , Jardim da Meia Praia, Lagos T: 926553732 Beginners Yoga Classes Mon & Wed 2-3.15pm €10 drop-in, €45 x 5, Lagos Marina T: 912176914 Cardio Flow Yoga Mon 6.30pm | Calm & Gentle Yoga Wed 2pm | Yin Yang Yoga Thurs 6.30pm | Wake Up & Flow Yoga Sat 9.30am |€10, Quinta Bonita Luxury Boutique Hotel Lagos T: 964593937 SUP Yoga Mon, Wed & Fri 11.30am | €20 | Alta Vista, Luz T: 964593937 Qigong Class | Wed 8.45am €5, Rua dos Bombeiros Voluntarios, Lagos (small park close by the sports ground) T: 969147910 Hatha Yoga (beg.) Mon Wed & Fri 9.45-11.45am, Yin Yoga Tues & Thurs 9.45am (Booking), €10, Boavista Golf Resort, Yin Yoga Mon 4pm, Hatha yoga (beg.) Fri 3.30pm, €12pc or €60x6, Alma Verde, T: 963614499

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Legs Bums & Tums Mon 11am, €6 Quinta Bonita, Funchal Total Fitness Mon 7.30pm Boxercise Tues 10.30 €6 | HIIT Fri 9.30am €7 Burgau Sports Centre, Boxercise Wed 10.30am €6, Praia Dos Tres Irmaos, Alvor, Soames Fitness, 913425893 Fitness Tue & Thurs 9.30am, Pilates Mon & Wed 8.45am €5 | Golf Santo Antonio Budens, T: 282690086 Yoga Mon Wed & Fri 10am €10 | 75mins Drop-in | Ocean Villas Gardens Praia da Luz, T: 282767303 Pilates Mat Classes | Daily 9.15 & 10.30am | €10 or €90 for 10, Barre Pilates Mon 6.30pm Wed 12pm & Sat 10.15am Pilates Equipment Classes | Duet Reformer | Semi Private & 1-2-1, Pilates Room Lagos, T: 926514613 Tai Chi Mon 8.30am (€5 sugg.donation) |Yin Yoga Tue & Sat 6pm €6 Therapeutic QiGong Fri 8.30am (€5 sugg.donation), InLight Lagos, inlight.pt T: 913127421

Pilates Mat Classes (All Levels - inc. equip.) MonFri 9:30am 10:30am & 6pm, €10 /€90 x10, AR Pilates Studio Chinicato Lagos, T: 966787280 Stretch & Flow | Tues 10am | Strength, Balance & Relax Tues 6.30pm | Yin Yoga | Wed 9.15am | Core & More Thurs 10am, €10/€65 for 8 (res.), Clube Desportivo do Burgau T: 913202621 Gentle Hatha Mon 6.30 8pm & Wed 12.15-2pm | Old School, Burgau €8, T: 965201477 Zumba Dance Wed 10am & Fri 2pm | Pilates Mat Wed 11am, Yoga & De-stress Wed 12pm, €7.50 Clube Recreativo Cultural e Desportivo Luzens, Luz T: 968288258 Hatha Yoga Mon & Thurs 10am | Kundalini Yoga Mon & Wed 6.30pm | Bujinkan Tajiutsu/Ninjutsu Tues 6.30 & Thurs 7.30pm €8| Qi Gong (Adults) Wed 10.30am & Thur 6.30pm €8 (Children) Sat 10am €10, Casa Sakra Lagos T: 916060814

June 8th Journey Through the Chakras Yoga Workshop 9.30am - 12pm Quinta Bonita, Luz June 12th Contemporary Dance Performance "5' para 3´” | 9pm | €5, June 13th-15th Ballet Pinóquio 7.30pm €10 Centro Cultural de Lagos T: 912376595 June 30th Open Mic Jam Session 9pm All Welcome to sing, play and dance; drink and have fun! Live Bar (across from Budens Society), Budens T: 964201904 Sunday Brunch Live Music with Jo Alice Braswell (Blues, Jazz & Rock) 2pm 5pm Galley Restaurant, Luz

Until July 31 Transformations in Nature Exhibition by the Algarve Artists Network, Centro Cultural de Lagos FB@ Algarveartistsnetwork Quiz Night Mon 9pm | Rodizio of Tapas (Call for dates) 7pm | BBQ Meat Feast Sun 2pm - 9pm €7.50 The Courtyard Bistro & Bar, Alvor, T: 912441143 Open Mic Night Wed 9pm ’til midnight All artists musicians, poets, comedians, dancers & fun people welcome Free Admission Junction 17 (Under The Galley Restaurant) Luz T: 964201904/ 911568625

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USEFUL NUMBERS GENERAL FAITH Sunday Service 10.30am, International Christian Community, Madness Restaurant Lagos Marina, T: 932082813 Communion Services Said Holy Communion Thurs 10am & Sun 8am, Sung Holy Communion (with hymns) 11.30am, CoE | St Vincent’s Anglican Church, Praia da Luz (church by the sea) T: 282789660

CHARITY & SUPPORT June 19th Alzheimer's/ Dementia Support Group 11am, Snack Bar Silva, Estrada Albardeira, Lagos, T: 926297527 (Carol ) T: 968084946 (Kirsteen) Riding for Disabled Mon, Wed, Fri 10am | Volunteers welcome, weather permitting, Bensafrim T: 915090044 AA International English Speaking Meeting Wed 7.30 - 9pm, Rua Da Freguesia Lote 12c, Lagos T: 964201904 / 282760506 T: 917005590 (AA hotline)

INFO: WWW.CM-LAGOS.PT EMERGENCY 112 HOSPITAL 282 770 100 RED CROSS 282 760 611 FIRE SERVICE 282 770 790 POLICE SERVICE (PSP) 282 780 240 NATIONAL GUARD (GNR) 282 770 010 TELECOM NAT. INFO 118 CITY COUNCIL 282 780 900 TOURIST OFFICE 282 763 031 TOWN INFO 282 764 111 TOURIST SUPPORT 808 781 212 TAXI SERVICE 282 460 610 BUS STATION 282 762 944 TRAIN STATION 282 762 987 TAXI : PEDRO COSTA 917 617 675 LAGOS CINEMA 282 799 138 CULTURAL CENTRE 282 770 450 HEALTH CENTRE 282 780 000 LUZ DOC (LUZ) 282 780 700 PRIVATE HOSPITAL 282 790 700 CHIROPRACTOR 282 768 044 DENTAL CLINIC 918 366 646 LAGOS VET 282 782 282 FUNERAL SERVICES 282 769 827 MOBILITY VEHICLES 964 230 225 ALL MOBILITY AIDS 282 760 611

PHARMACIES/CHEMIST LACOBRENSE NEVES CHEMIST RIBEIRO LOPES TELLO CHEMIST SILVA CHEMIST ODIÁXERE CHEMIST

282 762 901 282 769 966 282 762 830 282 760 556 282 762 859 282 798 491

CONSULATES/EMBASSIES BRITISH FRANCE (FARO) GERMAN (LAGOS) NETHERLANDS (FARO) CANADA (FARO) SWEDISH (FARO) IRISH

282 490 750 281 380 660 282 799 668 213 914 900 289 803 757 213 942 260 213 308 200

NO JOB TOO SMALL PORTUGUESE LESSON 912 417 994 TRANSLATIONS 916 618 527 ALICE (PORTUGUESE) 914 269 118 GAVIN COX (BUILDER) 916 430 132 HELIO (ELECTRICIAN) 917 288 966 LUIS (LOCKSMITH) 964 605 213 CHIM. & WIN. CLEANER 926 860 123 RUSSELL (MECHANIC) 282 639 778 ANA (SEWING) 919 747 591 STEVEN (COMPUTERS) 936 387 512 PEDRO (COMPUTERS) 917 165 238 XELI (FLORIST) 282 768 129 UK DELIVERIES 0044 208 123 1966 DESIGN 916 606 226 ALISON HAIRDRESSER 918 663 352 PAINTING - INT / EXT 925 374 624 CARPET CLEANING 915 532 850 PAUL (POOL REPAIR) 965 641 898 ACCOUNTANT 969 041 750


WHAT’S ON

IT’S MURDER IN THE CHOIR!

How many sopranos does it take to change a lightbulb? Two. One to screw it in and the other to say - Isn’t that a little high for you?

A choir is a bit like a swan swimming: calm and beautiful on the surface, but kicking like mad underneath. Sopranos know they are the most important element in a choir, as they carry the melody. There are always lots of Sopranos.Altos despise Sopranos because they know that their part is much more difficult. Tenors are always the smallest group in a choir because few men can reach the high notes, so tenors believe they are the elite. Basses despise Tenors because it is much more macho to sing bass. The Maestro despises them all because he is in charge but they never watch him.

It is almost surprising that in Aperitivo’s Murder in the Choir there is only one corpse. In this latest, possibly the funniest - definitely the bitchiest - presentation by Aperitivo, once again we are back in the library of the little village of Thraxton, with the polished Miss Prunes, aided (whether she wants it or not) by perky Miss Prodnose, helping Sergeant Singer and his new sidekick Constable Snuff to discover the murderer. Only this time, Miss Prunes herself is one of the suspects! Performances: June 1st at the Casa do Povo, Moncarapacho; June 14th and 15th at the Museum, São Brás.

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Dance, dance, dance

This month the Associação de Dança de Lagos will be hosting a string of dance performances featuring its talented students.

On June 12th there will be a performance of contemporary dance at 9pm in the Cultural Center of Lagos. Then the ballet Pinocchio will be performed on June 13, 14 and 15th at 7.30pm in the Cultural Center of Lagos. The school said its students had had a huge success in the semi-finals for the Dance World Cup in Figueira de Foz in March this year and once again brought

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many medals back to Lagos including a number of golds. Associação de Dança de Lagos students will represent Lagos and Portugal in June and July in the Dance World Cup in Braga and also in the competition in Italy, Rome. The tickets for the shows in Lagos can be purchased in the Cultural Center of Lagos or in the office of Dance School of Lagos (Rua Gil Vicente, 50 - Espaço Jovem) or by calling the phone number listed.

+INFO:  +351 912 376 595

POPULAR MARCHES June is the month of Santos Populares - popular saints in Portugal, when the country celebrates with a series of parades and parties. Lagos at Praça do Infante June 13 - 15th Portimão June 7, 14, 21 and 28th Portimão Arena on June 7th; Figueira on June 21st Alvor on June 14th and on June 28th at Praia da Rocha

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CLOWNING AROUND

Weekly workshops are taking place every Wednesday for adults who are interested in learning the comedic art of becoming a clown.

FAMILY FUN IN THE ALGARVE There’s tons of things to entertain children on holiday in Lagos aside from trips to the beach. Here are just a few suggestions, although there are plenty of other outdoor and indoor options. Dolphin watching is always a winner and you can take boat trips from Lagos. There’s also kayaking through caves and cliffs. There are plenty of tours on offer which will take you into caves and along the cliffs with a chance to stop for a swim and some snorkelling. Lagos Zoo is always popular with children. There’s plenty to do and see and the zoo is hot on conservation. Perhaps you might like to take to the skies

with a hot air balloon experience. The Algarve and Alentejo are ideal to enjoy breathtaking views from up high. And if your little ones like a bit of adventure then why not try climbing trees on high ropes at Lagos Adventure Park. For indoor pursuits why not try the Discoveries Wax Museum or you can try the science museum. Centro de Ciência Viva de Lagos is a fun and interactive place for children (and adults).

The workshops will take place in the village of Barão de São João between 6.30pm and 8pm every Wednesday until the end of August. The events are being run by Kultivarte, a project located in the village to promote livelihoods based on permaculture and the arts. Clowns touch the soul, bring joy and light, provoke and amaze. In these workshops Kultivarte will aim to free your inner child! No experience necessary, no registration, just turn up. Donations invited. The events will be at Algarve, Kultivarte, R. Dr. Antonio Guerreiro, Barão de São João.

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Sand central This year’s International Sand Sculpture Festival in Pêra gets underway on June 8th. It is currently the largest sand sculpture festival in the world.

The sand city occupies an area of six hectares and has sculptures by more than 60 artists from around the world coming to carve about 50,000 tons of sand. Over the last 16 years, Prosandart has held FIESA, which is now known as Sand City.

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At Sand City you will be able to travel Around the World in Sand. During the day you can appreciate all the detail of the sculptures and take photographs while at night the whole place is lit up creating a totally different atmosphere.

+INFO:  www.fiesa.org  +351 282 071 260 / 969 459 259  geral@prosandart.com


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PORCHES CRAFT BEER FEST Craft beer, live music and street food at VILA VITA Biergarten Porches Craft Beer Fest returns to VILA VITA Biergarten, in Porches this month. This is the second festival in Porches which is dedicated to music, food and beer. It’s the perfect event for those that appreciate delicious food with fresh craft beer and the sound of great music. This year it is taking place on June 8th and 9th from 5pm both days. There will be a diverse choice of street food, with a selection of traditional Bavarian delicacies and barbecues provided by the BBQ Club Portugal, using organic meat, along with vegan and paleo options from KitchenDates, Paleo Chefs and Captain Kombucha, plus a choice of puddings like artisan ice-creams to sweeten the evening. One of the stars of the show is undoubtedly the Porches Craft beer, produced by VILA VITA Parc, with its distinctive refreshing, zesty taste. Porches Craft Beer shares the stage with several national craft beer producers, showcasing the best of the craft beer scene. The concert headliners include Orelha Negra, performing on Saturday June 8th, and The Legendary Tigerman on the following day, complemented by Compota, Gijoe + Rhythm, Vítor Bacalhau and Toby One, who will entertain both nights, on two different stages in the area. Orelha Negra have their roots in hip-hop but they bring a mix of many musical styles to create thier unique sound.

The Legendary Tigerman, one of Portugal's most popular musicians, mixes blues, punk and rock 'n roll. There will be other entertainment and activities at the outdoor event, such as a barbershop and a space specially for younger visitors to enjoy. Organised by VILA VITA Parc and to promote environmental awareness, recyclable and reusable packaging will be used, such as a payment token made from recycled fishing nets. In addition, partner Eco Evento | Algar, responsible for implementing the collection of waste packaging, will revert all revenues resulting from the recycling to the Centro de Apoio Social de Porches. The daily admission ticket is €10 or €15 for the two days (both include one Porches Craft Beer) and can be purchased through Ticketline, FNAC and Worten. The festival also has the support of the Câmara Municipal de Lagoa, Superbock 1927, Sailor Jerry, Gin Sul and American Classic Cars.

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Great gastronomy The Mercado Fora d´Horas in Silves takes place in Silves on June 10th between 4.30pm and 11.30pm and again on July 12th between 7pm and midnight. The Fora d'Horas Market is a gastronomic event about local culture. This year’s theme is based around the palate. There will be workshops, musical and

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street animation and activities for families. You will have the opportunity to purchase local products to experience a different night around the local gastronomy and culture.

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HOW TO BECOME A SURF WORLD CHAMPION BY NIELS LABRUIJÈRE Without a doubt, you have heard about the EUFA champions league. Most likely you are familiar with the name Roland Garros. The name Super Bowl will certainly ring familiar and I would be surprised if you never heard of the Ryder Cup. But have you ever heard of the WSL championship tour? I doubt it. And yet, all my friends here do know it. And many even watch their games frantically, including the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and the odd few stronger words which I don’t think I can mention here. The WSL (World Surf League) championship tour (CT in surf slang) is the world cup of high performance shortboard surfing. And one of the best things about this world cup? It basically takes place every month of the year… Beat that, soccer. The WSL championship tour for men consists of 11 events at 11 different surf spots around the world, including one in Portugal. The women follow a similar schedule of 10 stops.

Every event has its own challenges: from pumping beach break barrels in Portugal’s Peniche to terrifying monster waves on the shallow reefs of Tahiti. But the most prestigious event is undoubtedly the final stop of the men’s event in (where else) Hawaii: The Pipe Masters – where the surfers will aim to get inside the barreling ‘Pipeline’ waves until they have tunnel vision. Even though every event has its own winner, it is in Hawaii, the birthplace of surf, where the king and queen of them all – the ones who gathered the most points in all events and can call themselves world champions, get crowned. And it’s from there on that us surf fans will have to do with a full 3 months without a world cup. Poor us. Curious? The next CT event will be the Oi Rio Pro competition in Brazil and takes place between June 20th and 28th. Check the WSL website and enjoy the show!

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75% OF CATAMARAN OWNERS PREFER LAGOS At the AGM of the GC32 Catamaran the teams were asked to list three locations to host the 2019 World Championships, 75% of them had Lagos as their number one choice. Exceptional sailing conditions along with the superb organisation provided by Sopromar and Marina Lagos this major coup for the town further underlines Lagos as a world class sailing destination. The fleet of flying machines will be even more spectacular following the merger of the Extreme Sailing Series and the GC32 Tour with a dozen

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boats expected to challenge for the 2019 edition. Sir Ben Ainslie and his INOES crew will be among the quality line up of teams challenging Frenchman Franck Cammas for the Lagos Cup and the coveted World Championship title. Racing commences on June 26th, concluding on June 30th, during which time the fleet will be based in Marina Lagos where they can be viewed from the marina bars. To watch the close to shore racing you will have to venture to a viewing spot in town, the beach, or avail yourself of a boat trip for a closer view.


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Golf tips BY ESPICHE GOLF

HOW TO SUCCEED WITH SHORT PUTTS. Putts of one metre and below are generally feared by golfers simply due to the proximity of the ball to the hole. This is a fascinating aspect of the game as the golfer is balancing the psychology of the simplicity of such a short length of putt (this should be relatively easy) and combining it with the technical ability often distorted by the mind over such a length.

the body. Do not be rigid, the posture should be relaxed (Photo 1).

POSTURE AND ALIGNMENT The first thing to do is to position the club to address in front of the ball square to the hole (this assumes a flat lie and would of course need to be adjusted if any slopes are between the ball and the hole). Stand so that the eyes are directly above the ball and then select a grain of grass located between club and ball directly in a line to the hole maintaining a stable and solid base with

CLUB PATH AND CONTACT This seems obvious but often ignored. A short putt requires a short stroke, putts of one meter and under do not obviously require a large take away and follow through and a short adapted take away ensures that the club is kept in the correct plane thus hitting the ball with a square face club and allowing the ball to roll straight to the hole (Photo 2 and 3). STROKE The stroke utilised in the short putt is of a pendulum movement, only with the arms and shoulders involved. The lower body does not move, and the hands are virtually inactive during the movement. This allows the club to stay in the correct plane, controlling the distance between the putter and the hole. It is a simple and effective movement that is so

EASTER GOLF Golf Santo António, at Parque da Floresta, held its Easter Festival at the end of April consisting of a combination of events, Texas Scramble, Pairs Better Ball ‘The Stock Pot’, Dubai Stableford and Am Am competitions. The final day included a prize giving dinner party, which filled the Clubhouse Spike Restaurant with almost 130 attendees and prizes were awarded to the winners. After the dinner Golf Santo António provided live entertainment and those in attendance danced the night away to the magnificent sound of João Faísca. The winners of the Stock Pot were Bob Hart and Shane Costelo.

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Golf Manager, Rui Gloria was absolutely delighted with the support given to this event by both members and visitors “for which we would like to personally thank them. The next major event to be held is the 3rd Pepe Gancedo Trophy which will take place on August 11th. We hope to have their support back for this event and hope to see new faces too”. The club also holds twice weekly competitions, which are open to visitors, and regularly attract in excess of 50 players. Details for the Pepe Gancedo Trophy are available from Golf Reception.

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often complicated by the movement of hips, hands and even the raising of the head, all of which will affect the stroke to the detriment of the result. I hope that these small tips help your putting and you are able to spend just an extra hour per week more practicing on the putting green! Why not join our weekly group lessons which are held every Friday from 9.30am until 11.00am - €20 per person. Booking is essential. Mickael speaks Portuguese, French and English.

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Gail King, who lives in Lagos, was sporty from a very young age and has competed competitively for many years but last year the 53-year-old become 2018 overall ladies triathlon champion of the Algarve. We were so inspired we asked Phil Egginton to go and find out more. Gail King was born into a sporting family, her parents running outdoor education in Cornwall and the Lake District. She remembers first swimming at the age of two. By the age of 14, competitive canoeing accompanied the swimming as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Gail spent seven years at the top level of canoe slalom, being ranked third overall in Great Britain. Gail competed for GB in the world championships. Her best result was third overall in Ausberg, Germany in 1985. The sport gave her an excellent opportunity to travel and meet people. Naturally, Gail took on a career in fitness, becoming an instructor at a leisure centre in Leeds. It was during this time that her interest in triathlons grew. A triathlon involves a combination of swimming, cycling, and running. When Gail’s parents relocated to Guernsey in the mid 1980’s, she soon followed as manager at a local leisure centre. Life then took over, with marriage, house, kids etc dominating for the next ten or so years. Once every two years, thousands of athletes from island states across the globe come together to compete in the International Island Games. In 2003 the games were held on Guernsey. This was the inspiration for Gail to get back into competitive sport, representing the island in the triathlon. 2010 proved a difficult year, with firstly Gail suffering from bronchitis and then her mum dying. All this became an impetus for Gail to achieve more success in sport, achieving bronze medal in her age group at the Quadrathlon world championships. Holidays had been taken in the Algarve for some time. As with many of us who now live here, Gail found the area really attractive. An opportunity came up in 2013 to take voluntary severance from her job in Guernsey and Gail seized the chance to semi retire. Portugal and the Algarve became a regular trip and eventually an apartment was purchased in Lagos. “Why did you choose Lagos?” I asked Gail. “I love the people and the climate here. The range of cafés. bars and restaurants

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are fantastic. It’s great for cycling too and I discovered a local triathlon club!” The trialthlon club is a section of the Centro de Cultura e Desporto dos Trabalhadores da Câmara Municipal de Lagos, CCDTML for short. Formed in 2015, the club has 20 adult and eight child members. About half are originally from countries outside Portugal. New members are very welcome. Members train together. This includes a weekly swim session at the Lagos Em Forma public swimming pool. They can often be seen out riding together in their distinctive blue and yellow club kit. Club members compete in the Cicuito de Trialto do Algarve (Algarve Circuit) during the year. A total of five events were held in 2018 comprising of a Duathlon, Aquathon, two sprint triathlons and an Olympic distance triathlon. The women’s team came third overall and the men fourth in the 2018 season. Gail competed in her first Algarve triathlon in 2015, coming third overall. On a personal level 2018 was a difficult year for Gail. Help and support came from the friends she has met locally and again sport has been a great therapy. Her strength is swimming and Gail has now been able to significantly improve her cycling too. Overall her hard work and focus paid off. At the still youthful age of 53, Gail become 2018 overall ladies triathlon champion of the Algarve. It emphasises her achievement when you learn that second and third places went to an 18 and 35 year old respectively. Gail reflects, “Triathlons keep me fit but I still like to indulge in chocolate and a glass of wine!” Good luck to Gail for the 2019 triathlon season where she aims to retain her champion title. Phil is a motorsport consultant and journalist who has now retired to the Algarve.

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MUSINGS OF A PETS MATE Dear Editor, I am not sure if the demi-diesel-disaster towards the end of April was, indeed, a sociological experiment. By the Tuesday the word had spread, faster than a Monchique bushfire, that soon the petrol stations would be EMPTY. Those who remember those apocalyptic like days will remember the mad thirst that everyone for dinosaur bones (sic, Soundgarden/Johnny Cash) that sent fellow motorists in a frenzy to…stand still for hours, patiently waiting to ensure that the petrol stations would indeed run out of petrol. I am uncertain that any petrol station would have run out if the ‘run’ itself had not happened. People were filling their cars, lawn mowers, jerry-cans, water bottles. Luckily, we had lots of baby milk bottles (thanks Ziggy) which we were able to use for spare diesel in readiness for the impending bedlam. Two days later it was over. I found it a sad indictment on society that this is how we choose to act. Over supplying ourselves, to make sure we’re alright, Jack. Because the man next to you is your brother… Stop and read that again, you see that the man next to you is: you. When you disregard them…you know what follows, surely. It is only when we consider each other in ALL our actions that we actually work with each other. A rising tide lifts all ships, as it were. The two day debacle in April may have been a design to show us that when we act like a bunch of self-servicing so and so’s, everyone loses. Without the plea to panic the petrol would never have run out. The only petrol station to ration petrol to €30 per customer was the one at Meia Praia.

On the surface, it seems counter-survivalist to put other people’s interest on par with your own. Base survival relies on selfishness. Once we are past that, growth depends on inclusion by all. Not just of all! At least chardonnay-sipping liberals, such as myself like to believe this. But don’t take my word for it. You can email Jesus, Mohammed, the chaps who wrote the Torah, Buddha, Socrates and Ghandi and ask them what they reckon. Perhaps the real reason for the social experiment of two days without petrol (OK one and a half days) was to show us how desperately dependant we are on the black gold and that perhaps the government needs to SERIOUSLY subsidise hybrid and electric cars. They’re no long term solution but they might push us into second gear on getting off our addiction to the Texas tea. I might be wrong with carbon emissions reference being important, about 0.1% of scientists agree on that, and who am I to say that they are wrong. Anyway, I promised to talk about vaccinating your dogs for Leishmania this month (an incurable disease with a 10% prevalence in Portugal), but it seems I have run out of room. One injection helps to protect them for one year. In summary: just do it. Yours, Lars Rahmquist You’ll be able to find Lars back with Pets Mate next month. www.lagosvet.com

Dear Editor, The former captain at Espiche Golf, John Dransfield, was delighted to be able to hand over a cheque to the Lagos Bombeiros recently for €2185. He said: “A very big thank you to all the members for their donations to my charity, the Lagos Bombeiros.”

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The money was raised through club competitions including Spring Chris Clough Trophy; Summer Cup - Celebration Trophy (Geoff Severn’s birthday); Captain’s day; Autumn Trophy.

Captains bunker on the 12 hole right hand bunker plus Ken Harvey’s ball donation and others. John added: “A special thank you to Jean Palmer Hall for her amazing efforts to relieve you of all your monies for the raffles during competition times. Once again thank you to all who helped throughout the year to achieve this sum of money for the Lagos Bombeiros as they are a volunteer organisation whose motto is ‘ help us to help you’.” Yours, Espiche Golf


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PILATES FOR REHABILITATION

BY LISA LONGHURST

When you have suffered the setback of an injury or surgery Pilates may not be the obvious first choice but it is an excellent way to get your body back to health and physiotherapists are now incorporating it into their own rehabilitation programs. Working with pilates equipment is an excellent way to regain strength and stability in a very controlled and safe environment.

At the Pilates Room in Lagos the studio is fully equipped and designed to deal with rehabilitation from injuries or from surgeries.

Many injuries are caused through imbalances through the sports we have done or the lifestyles we have led, for example sitting at a desk all day, driving a car, running, playing golf etc...

We do not just focus on the area of the injury, we look at the body as an entire system working to redress the balance without causing risk to the injured area.

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Whether you have had a sports injury, a joint replacement or back surgery or you are just trying to prevent injury and maintain your mobility or strength Pilates could be the exercise program for you. If you would like to find out more about what we do please give us a call or email to discuss your personal situation.

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We are now coming into summer, and in England it is the time of Wimbledon, strawberries and cream. Tennis is a great sport, which can be played at all fitness levels and abilities and here in the Algarve we are lucky that for the majority of the year we can play outside in the sunshine.

TIME TO TRAIN FOR TENNIS

BY ANN DE JONGH

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With any sport, it is important to get fit to play it. Often people use a sport to get fit, and this can sometimes be when injuries occur. Tennis has a lot of stop start movements, sprinting, turning, accelerating and if our body is not used to moving that way it can create problems for us. This can be countered by doing some basic exercises to help prepare the body for the sport, and to ensure before we play we do some dynamic stretches before the game, and after playing, spend a few minutes holding static stretches. Tennis uses the muscles in a chain, starting with how the feet contact to the gorund, going up through the legs, hips, trunk, shoulders, upper arms, forearms

and lastly hands, so it is good to make sure that all parts of the chain are moving as they should. An example of a short circuit of exercises to do at home to help prepare the body for tennis is: - Round the clock lunges - Press ups - Step ups - Renegade Rows - Shoulder Press - V sits - Russian Twists - Bird Dog By adding some strength work into your weekly routine, this will also help your tennis by making you hit the ball harder, have more power behind each shot , allowing you to win more games and run around the court with greater ease. Ann is a personal trainer, providing one to one or small group training, sports massage and yoga teacher.

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TIME FOR AN EMOTIONAL SPRING CLEAN? Spring is a time of hope and the emergence of new life. Are there any issues you want to address, leave behind you and move forward into summer refreshed and recharged? Talking Therapy can help make sense of feelings and fears. It can prove immensely liberating for clients who have become stuck in a cycle of negative thinking. By reality checking faulty thoughts and destructive internal narratives we can free ourselves. We all have a

huge ability to transform. It is brave to admit when we are struggling emotionally, asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness. During our lives there will be times when our resilience is compromised, this is when we need to be mindful of looking after our physical and mental health. You can step into spring by engaging in Talking Therapy and deal with any of the issues which have impacted upon you and caused you emotional disturbance.

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CHRONIC SKIN WOUNDS (ULCERS) These are chronic open wounds (it is estimated that 3 in 1000 people have them) from tissue disintegration caused by poor blood flow as a result of injury, chronic bad circulation or pressure. Good blood flow is essential for wound healing as blood is the most important component in wound healing, bringing all the nutrients and oxygen required for a wound to undergo a continuous repair and healing process which should usually take a few weeks to complete. There are four basic stages of wound healing: Haemostasis - this stops the bleeding after the skin has been injured. Blood vessels constrict to reduce blood flow to the injury site. Blood cells, called platelets, clump together to form clots which eventually create a scab. The clot also contains a protein called fibrin which forms a net to hold the clot in place. Inflammation – once the blood has clotted enough to stop bleeding the blood vessels can open up to deliver fresh nutrients and oxygen into the wound for the healing process to begin. Another type of blood cell – a white cell called a macrophage – is triggered which is basically the “building foreman” of the wound repair! It fights infection and oversees the repair process

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BY NIKI MEDLOCK

producing chemical messengers, called growth factors, which stimulate cellular growth, proliferation and healing. Proliferation – this is the growth and rebuilding phase. Blood cells, including oxygen rich red cells, all converge on the injured area to build new tissue to replace that which was lost. They produce collagen which serves as a type of scaffolding to support the repair process. Remodelling – this is where inflammation gradually decreases and collagen is deposited. Over the first six weeks after injury the wound strengthens rapidly and at about 3 months it has 80% of the normal tissue the skin had before it was damaged. Depending on the size and depth of the wound it can take up to a couple of years to complete. Next Month: So what happens when wound healing is interrupted?

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Dry needling? After a move from a busy clinic in Ireland physical therapist David Murphy has just set up a clinic in Mexilhoeira Grande. One of the treatments he is using here is dry needling. WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING? Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle ‘trigger points’, fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc.). The result of dry needling is pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology in the affected area. The basic idea is to open a previous closed muscle/ fascial trigger point of pain. WHAT IS A ‘TRIGGER POINT’? A ‘trigger point’ is a hyperirritable point in a muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule, or “knot." This area becomes painful at the site and can also “radiate” in predictable patterns. DOES IT HURT? A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with

insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp (the "twitch" response). WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM DRY NEEDLING? Almost anyone experiencing a variety of pain problems including (but not limited to) acute/chronic joint injuries, headaches, neck/back pain, knee pain and tendinitis. ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO DRY NEEDLING? Side effects are rare but may vary among individuals. Typically, only mild muscle soreness or skin bruising is apparent for about two days after treatment.

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HERB OF THE MONTH - PEONY BY POPPY BURR

Paeonia lactiflora or white peony, known as bai shao in Chinese medicine, is a herb I’ve used a lot lately in my practice. It’s a beautiful Eastern herb for the female reproductive system, and has a fair amount of science to back it up. For example, it’s been shown to reduce inflammation in the uterus and have pain-relieving activity, supporting its traditional use in ‘dysmenorrhoea’ or painful periods. In traditional Chinese medicine it is said to ‘calm the foetus’, and is given during pregnancy for an ‘overactive’ uterus. One compound in white peony called paeoniflorin seems to be responsible for some of its hormone-balancing effects. Paeoniflorin is said to stimulate the aromatase enzyme, which is responsible for healthy ovulation and the conversion of testosterone to oestrogen. By improving ovarian function, paeony increases

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progesterone levels, which helps with PMS and generally boosts female health. It can also help reverse conditions of poor fertility due to androgen excess, like polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS, by increasing the conversion of testosterone to oestrogen. For post-pill PCOS, adrenal PCOS or even inflammatory PCOS (see my blog for this month’s article on the 4 types of PCOS), I use a combination of peony and liquorice root to reduce the LH:FSH ratio and re-regulate the menstrual cycle. Peony also has immunomodulatory effects, meaning that it helps to mediate the response of the immune system to internal and external triggers, reducing inflammation and contributing to healing from autoimmune disorders. Poppy is a degree-qualified medical herbalist.

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BUSINESS

I.T. CAN BE EASY BY STEVEN DUNWELL

“Help! I’ve used up my data and I don’t know why!”

Portuguese with a twist A new restaurant has opened its doors in Lagos. Maria Petisca is located in Rua José Afonso and offers traditional Portuguese cuisine with a modern twist.

The menu is separated into two. A section devoted to snacks which are traditionally Portuguese and the other part dedicated to the main dishes where diners can find quail with almond sauce and mushrooms, octopus lagareiro, baked cod, amongst other things. Sundays are always days to prepare a menu to think of families. Each Sunday the restaurant will offer a different delicacy. On the first Sunday of the month you can find in our house the rice tachinhos where we serve different types of rice. On the second Sunday of the month we prepare tachinhos of stews. On the third Sunday will be a beautiful sunday roast. The fourth Sunday something typically Portuguese. On the fifth Sunday, as there is every month, we are creating a special dish, prepared by our chef to surprise our customers.

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This month, I thought I’d share with you a common issue that I’m often called out to assist with. With summer upon us, now is the time to think about how much internet data your visiting family or clients staying in your property use. Many of the Portuguese internet providers have a monthly limit on the amount of data they provide, so if you have many visitors this can be used up very quickly.

Download a non-HD film: 700MB

For example, streaming one high quality movie can soak up between 1% and 2% of your monthly allowance (based on a limit of 500GB per month). So, watching a few films (keeping the children entertained) could easily use all your monthly allowance. This could result in having to purchase an expensive top-up or waiting until the following month for the service to start afresh.

Jargon Buster 1 KB - 1 Kilobyte = tiny 1 MB - 1 Megabyte = medium 1 GB- 1 Gigabyte = large HD- High Definition SD - Standard Definition

Below is a table showing the estimated amounts of data for the most common internet activities: Sending or receiving one e-mail 25kb - 100kb One hour of browsing the internet: 10 – 25MB Download a document: 2MB

Download a HD film: 5GB Streaming one hour of non-HD video: 250MB Streaming one hour of HD video: 2GB Streaming one hour of music or radio: 150MB

Streaming The content is viewed directly from the provider, for example BBC iPlayer and YouTube are streaming services Download Save a file from the internet directly on to your computer If you have any questions about this topic, suggestions for future subjects or require assistance with any I.T. challenges, I am always happy help. Have a great month, see you for another tip in the July issue.

One hour of Facebook: 20MB Download a MP3 music track: 4MB Streaming 30 minutes of YouTube: 175MB

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helping clients achieve their objectives. The more business we see in Portugal, the greater our knowledge and expertise – it's a win-win situation for clients and our team members. Expansion has been key Over recent months, as a result of Brexit, Blacktower has been helping clients understand that they should have financial matters in place sooner rather than later and we are seeing more and more expats who want to make sure they are as prepared as possible in the current political climate. Whatever the outcome of Brexit, there will almost certainly be challenges ahead. As these challenges unfold, Blacktower in Portugal has put the infrastructure in place to ensure we can help our clients, manage their wealth and meet all the jurisdictional requirements. We have expanded our teams so that we are able to cover a wider area of Portugal across the Algarve and, from our Lisbon office, north to Oporto.

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BUSINESS

A SEASONAL MARKET…?

BY DAVID WESTMORELAND

It’s time to take stock of what to expect from the western Algarve property market and one of the questions we are often asked by vendors is - what time of year is the best time to come on the market and sell a property? A few years ago, the answer was definitely - spring or autumn! At that time, the Algarve was filled mainly with UK buyers looking for holiday homes. They were very often families with children who would mainly use a property during school breaks and summer holidays. Or, they may have been young retirees looking for a home in the sun, but still with the idea that their children and grandchildren would come to visit during the school breaks! In general, buyers were shopping in the spring with an aim to owning and taking advantage of their holiday home for the summer. Alternatively, holiday makers who came to take advantage of the summer sunshine, and after enjoying a fantastic holiday, were then motivated to own their own place in the sun; so, they returned in the autumn to look for their perfect second home. In recent years however, the market has altered

significantly, and we no longer feel a strong seasonal swing. We still have UK families purchasing and they are still very often seasonal shoppers, but adding to that market are European expats working in the east and UAE, who are getting ready to return to the west and often only have summer months and holiday time to come and look for a European base. Additionally, other European nationalities – the French speakers and Scandinavians are coming mainly off season to look for a second home. The majority of these buyers are purchasing to receive the tax benefit offered from the Non-Habitual Residence Program which offers a fantastic tax incentive. To qualify, these purchasers are required to spend over half of the year in Portugal. The NHR purchaser will typically use their property during the winter months and are very often shopping during that time. Hence they are now rounding out the buying season. Over the years we have seen a great evolution in our local market, with property sales growing from strengthto-strength and we see 2019 as no exception. Our diverse buying base is continuing to provide a solid and stable market. So when asked by our vendors – when in the best time to come on the market? We are now happy to report that every time of year is a good time to buy and sell! If you are thinking of selling your property, contact us for a consultation at mail@bpaproperty.com

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to the most authentic sea experiences by improving the user experience of the platform.

SeaBookings was born from a passion for the sea by the Dutch sisters Bo and Femke Irik in 2014. SeaBookings is an online platform where searching, comparing and booking sea related activities is made easy.

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Having started in Portugal, the platform now also covers Spain and is ready to conquer the Mediterranean. This international expansion and demanding market made SeaBookings’ team decide it was time for a totally new platform and image. The goal is to strengthen SeaBookings’ brand in the global competitive travel industry and, most of all, to bring travelers even closer

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FOOD & DRINK

A LAZY GIRL’S GUIDE TO JUNE IN LAGOS BY THE LAZY TIGERS Its flaming June, and the seas around Lagos are teaming with every size of floating thing-um-i-bob from a kayak to a certified ocean-going gin palace. All I have to say, on behalf of all us lazy land-lumbers, is Doughnuts Ahoy! June the 7th is International Doughnut day and we want some now. The problem is how to come by those over the top 'gonzo' ones you can get in the big city. After all, Portugal is not over endowed with shops specialising in fancy doughnuts. But never fear, basic ring doughnuts can be bought in every supermarket, so all you need is a few ingredients and a little imagination to whip up some do-licious, ring-splendid, choc-tastic, and sometimes startling creations. CELEBRITY DOUGHNUTS - One packet of ring doughnuts - A variety of chocolate bars (We used a Galaxy bar, a Kinder Bueno and a Twix) - Icing sugar and icing colouring - Nutella, sugar stars, chocolate stars, caramel sauce - Any sprinkles, sugar balls etc. you have lying about We used white icing, caramel sauce, edible glitter, and pieces of Twix bar to make a Bellatwix Lestrange. We used blue and green icing, pieces of Galaxy chocolate, chocolate stars, and everything else in the universe we could throw at it to make In a Galaxy far, far, away… We used chocolate icing, Nutella, a Kinder Bueno, and some icing stars to make Bueno Mars. Frankly, the names are the most fun bit, and we thank our favourite Doughnut place in London for the suggestions. If you have quite exhausted yourself slaving over a hot pun, get out of the house. The bars and cafes in Lagos are great at this time of year. There are just enough travellers and tourist to make for 'fresh blood' but not so many that you can't get served or find a seat. Don't wait till August to reacquaint yourself with the local night life otherwise it will be like an evening out in the Wild West. In the evening on a beautiful June night (remember the summer solstice is the 21st), I like to have small portions of loveliness that come in tiny glasses. Some of the best of these mini treats are made with Irish Cream liqueur. Get your favourite barkeep to line these up like shots on the bar as you watch the sun go down.

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PIRATE (MAKES 1): - 25ml of Baileys Irish Cream - 25ml of Dark Rum - Canned whipped cream - A few sprinkles Put the alcohol in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake Pour into a shot glass and top with whipped cream and sprinkles BABY GUINNESS (MAKES 1): - 30ml of Tia Maria (or similar) - 20ml of Baileys Irish Cream (or similar) Pour the Tia Maria into a shot glass and then gently pour the Baileys on top to form the effect of a tiny Guinness. If you find these a little bit bijou and fiddly, what about, in this town full of golfers, an Arnold Palmer? Apparently, Arnold liked to mix lemonade and iced tea after a long day on the golf course. This is non alcoholic but serve it a bottle of vodka for your guests to 'upgrade' it to a John Daly (another golfer, who knew)! ARNOLD PALMER (MAKES 4): - 4 breakfast tea bags - 500ml Boiling water - 500ml Quality still or sparkling lemonade which ever you prefer - 1 Lemon zested and squeezed - Lots (250g) of ice - Sugar to taste Tie the tea bags to a large pitcher and pour over the boiling water (please boiling water) then brew to preferred strength (5 mins is good, don’t let it stew) Add the lemon juice and sweeten to taste. Put enough ice in the pitcher to bring it up to three quarters full, add the lemonade and more ice, if necessary. Add the lemon zest Have a great June, and come and see the Lazy Tigers at London Tiger Coffee


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Put the beans in a bowl, cover with water and let soak for about 12 hours. In another bowl, place the blackmouth catshark and cover with water. Add a handful of salt and let it soak for about 6 hours. Drain and place the beans in a pressure cooker. Add the chorizo ​​piece and the bay leaves. Cover with water and cook for 18 minutes on a low heat, after raising to a boil. After that time, release the pressure and make sure the beans are cooked. Cut the chorizo ​​in slices and set aside. Remove the bay leaves, drain the beans and reserve the broth. Meanwhile, drain and cut the fish into smaller pieces. Reserve. Drizzle the bottom of a pan with olive oil and sauté the onion, garlic and chilli. Add the carrots and peppers and sauté for a few

more minutes, stirring regularly. Add the wine and let it boil and add the tomatoes. Let it cook on low heat. Then pour in the beans and some of the broth. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and cook covered over low heat, stirring occasionally. As the sauce clears, add some of the reserved broth until the ingredients are well amalgamated. In the middle of cooking, add the chunks of fish and the peppermint leaves. Check the salt and, at the last minute, add the chorizo ​​slices. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with white rice. Thanks to Vanessa Pereira, author of the blog "Nesita's Seasoning", for this recipe. You can read more about Vanessa on page 14.

GOING BACK FOR MORE! BY THE YUM YUM BOYS I make no excuses for a revisit article for the Yum Yum boys and chums to Tapa Latina. My question was: is it as good as previously and the answer is no. It’s better. We paid a visit one lunchtime trying to impress a choosy mate on our choice of tapas so a lot was at stake all round. We arrived just after midday and were seated inside (you know the weather right!) and within half an hour it was packed and pleasingly mostly local Portuguese people so they probably agree with my thoughts on this place. It has a great indoor look and I’d guess an old coach house, with rustic walls and flagstone floors. Delightful. We were served drinks quickly and the bread arrived soon after. This is a tapas that has daily fresh choices so what you see on the menu may not be available but that was of no concern. There was an abundance of other things to choose from. We started to order and the waitress politely stepped in when we

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paused to say that was enough. And she was right. We had a baked camembert topped with garlic, a small diced tuna salad, chicken gizzards (that’s the promised dish to try something new each time), mushrooms done with a light sauce, a cooked black sausage and chorizo (both cooked in front of you at the bar), and garlic, spicy prawns. The bread was perfect for mopping up the chilli sauce. Always a good bonus. When we were down to the last slice, more was brought up without even asking as the waitress could see the delight on the Yum Yum chums face! All portions were a very good size and absolutely delicious, very fresh, and not overly fussy and presented well. There wasn’t enough room on our table at one stage so we had to empty a plate to fit some in. The service was spot on. The owner carves his own prosciutto ham on the bone, in front of the whole restaurant, if that’s one of you choices.

Washed down with a carafe of wine and a soft drink and all this came to €40! Amazing. If it had been more, I would have paid it. We were not disappointed on this further trip and our chum definitely wants to stop by next time she is in town. This really is a great find and whilst I’d love to keep it a secret, it really is worth writing about because, quite simply, I have not had better in Portugal.

+INFO:  Largo Do Dique Number 16, Portimão 8500-531  +351 282 459 129


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be back in Vila do Bispo, taking the truck to second hand markets , gipsy markets, private parties. A few years later my daughter was born and my bohemian life had to change so I moved back to Vila do Bispo to spend more time with my new family. I found an empty restaurant in Salema which I spent six months renovating and opened up in April 2015. Over the last four years we have been serving amazing cocktails, good honest homemade food and puddings. We have organised open mike nights, live music once a month with the help of a music loving client and friend.

PASSION FOR PIZZA Jan Martin and his business partner, Peter Dics, used to cruise round the Algarve and further afield cooking up a storm in their pizza mobile until they decided to put down roots and set up a pizzeria in Salema four years ago. They take pride in the fact that everything they produce is made by them. They have even introduced a homemade beer - it’s the first place in Vila do Bispo and Lagos to be licensed to brew and sell their own beer. We caught up with Jan. Please tell us about yourselves. I was born in Belgium in a city 20 km from Bruges called Roeselare. My business partner and good friend is Peter Dics. Please tell us your professional background. At the age of 20 I went off to work during the winter season in a French ski resort. I was working in kitchens and receptions so I could snowboard as much as possible. After that I spent the summer season in Biarritz hoping to find a job that allowed me to surf as much as possible. For the next eight years I moved between ski resort and the beach every six months doing all kinds of jobs. My partner Pete did the same and we spent a lot of time travelling and working together. Please tell us about when and why you moved to Portugal. In between seasons we went on a camping trip through Portugal with some of our best friends and arrived in Sagres somewhere towards the end of October 2001. We were so impressed with the scenery, the waves, the weather, we decided to come and look for work in Sagres to spend our next summer season. We thought it was a bit more adventurous than France and an opportunity to learn a new language and get to know another culture. The following November we came back and stayed.

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Please tell us about the mobile pizza business. We both had experiences of working in pizza restaurants and one night I suggested we look for a pizza truck like I had seen in France. We wanted to get on the road, make pizzas and catch some waves at the same time. Our budget was €6000 and after six months luck was on our side we found a 25-year-old transit truck equipped with an oven. But after that it wasn’t plain sailing - the paperwork to get the licenses, finding a place to work. We were looking into everything and eventually got lucky with a four day festival in the mountains around Granada and that was the start of our adventure. After four days of almost no sleep we sold out of everything we brought and practically had the truck paid for. With the summer getting closer we were anxious to find a spot on the beach for the summer and licenses were nearly impossible. Luck was again on our side and a friend of a friend had a surf camp on the beach in Ericeira (40 km north of Lisbon). It turned out to be the coolest surf camp ever with the nicest people. For the next six years we were there for six months of the year camping in the back of the surfcamp and working seven days a week but also surfing everyday. In winter we would

Please tell us about the home brewed beer. Being from Belgium and living in Portugal the only thing missing were my beloved Belgian tripel beers. You could already buy them in certain places but they were too expensive so tried to make my own. My first brew was 50l which I made in our kitchen at home. It took an eternity to get the 50l to boil and the house smelt of hops and malts for a week but I managed to make a rather good 10% strong beer and from then on I was hooked. I tried to brew as much as possible. Then we had the idea to sell it in the restaurant. It took another year or two to find a legal place to brew and sort out the paperwork but we finally did. We are now renting an old butcher shop in Raposeira to brew. I guess it must be the freshest beer in the market since it only travels 6km from Rapo to Salema. Where can we get our hands on it? So far we can only just keep up with the demand in the restaurant in Salema so that’s the place to be to try our doppel blonde 6.5% on tap or our triple blond 8% in the bottle. Pretty soon our dark beer will be ready as well. The mobile pizza truck is currently being repaired and will be up and running again after the summer.


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Musette Bike has now opened a second shop in Salema and is offering cycle routes with recommended restaurants and bars en route. Jerom Pannier tells us more and gives us one of his favourite foodie routes.

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We have now integrated a new gadget/ application onto our site this year. We are proud to offer our clients, free of charge, the ability to use their smartphones as GPS with just three clicks. Using the application RouteYou, we offer at least three routes per type of bike (road, MTB, Hybrid) in Salema and Sagres. We are working on new routes for the Lagos and Carrapateira area too. We offer the cyclist a phone holder for their bikes and we hand them the printed map too, just in case their phone dies. The application does not only offer you free routes but, a rather varied list of restaurants and bars in a circle of 300m. Not just any restaurant, but our favourites with a few suggestions of what to choose off the menu. One of our favourite routes must be The Lagos Road Bike Spin, a 59 km tour taking you alongside the coastline from Salema all the way to Cabanhas, Luz, Lagos and back inland over Bensafrim and Barão de São João. Let's start off in Salema, here you'll have five great restaurants to choose from. The first one on our route is Em Lume Brando, this is slow cooking at its best, Portuguese cuisine with a modern twist. Absolutely everything on the menu is delightful! If I have to choose one thing it would be the pulled pork. Just 30 meters further you will find Restaurante O Lourenço, again typical Portuguese cuisine, you can't go wrong for lunch with the dish of the day and for dinner, definitely go for the catch of the day. PizzaMobile is next on the list, great pizzas and the best beers, Belgian beers of course. Our fave pizza here is the Delux, the name says it all! The last two on our list in Salema are from the same owner, Agua Na Boca which has great wines, cocktails and meat dishes, if they have the wild boar, I would definitely recommend this and last but not least A Boia, fish restaurant, amazing location on the beach.

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Burgau will offer you two totally different restaurants. One is the Cabanas Beach Restaurant, here I would go for the tuna two ways, or in a salad or with grilled vegetables. And the other is the Spice Cottage, the best Indian Restaurant in the area. Our faves here are the butter chicken and lamb saag. In Luz we would recommend Fortaleza da Luz, if not only for the amazing view. Lagos has one of my all-time favourites, but my favourite chef stopped working there, Tasca Jota. What we recommend here is to go with a big enough group, so you can order everything from the starters and share. Then heading towards the marina, we have 2 Irmaos, here I would go for the salade de marisco and the lullas recheadas. And finally the Avenida Restaurant, gorgeous interior, amazing rooftop terrace, here you can't go wrong choosing any meat dish. Talking about food has made me hungry!! Honestly, if you are into cycling and a food lover like myself, you have come to the right address! The bike station offers a huge selection of bikes to fit everybody's needs from kids to adults. All bike rentals come with a helmet, lock, map, drink bottle and awesome recommendations. Our aim has always been to offer high-quality bikes to our clients. We decided to expand our range of bikes, adding XL carbon road bikes, since the demand was high. We have even expanded our E-bikes and added a guided E-bike ‘heritage tour’, taking you along the menhirs and ancient Roman roads. Our professional team of guides are looking forward to welcoming you all soon at Musette. bike for a fun packed cycling experience in this beautiful region!

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There are so many new technologies out there impacting the cycling culture. We try to innovate every season, and we are always looking for new cool stuff to add to the whole cycling story.

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ATTAINABLE SUSTAINABLE pass it on BY LISA LOFTHOUSE AND ZOË LENKIEWICZ Clutter. Sometimes it feels like we’re accumulating more and more stuff and goodness knows where it comes from. Spring is a good time for a clear out but what to do with all the stuff we no longer need? Of course, buying less in the first place is a great start, but once you’ve got it and you no longer want it, there are a few good alternatives to sticking it straight in the bin. PASS IT ON Children’s clothes, toys and bicycles are the classic examples of hand-me-downs. We were both clothed in corduroy dungarees that had been preloved by at least three older cousins before us. Adult clothes are also great to pass on to friends. Bored of wearing the same hoody or little black dress? Why not see if a friend has something they’d swap for it? If you don’t want to give something up for good you can always agree on a 3 or 6-month “lease”. Books of course last a lifetime and lots of cafes host a shelf for borrowing these days. There are also good few charity shops around that will be glad of your unwanted books, clothes, curtains, bedding and crockery.

You could organise a bring-and-buy sale for a charity of your choice, or simply run a swap event with your friends. Have some fun, make some space in your house, and try not to fill it up again with other stuff! MEND IT It’s frustrating that so many electronic items are made from moulded plastic that render them unfixable. For everything else, repair is back on-trend and the internet is full of helpful howto instructables and Youtube videos showing how to open and fix all manner of appliances. Repair cafes and reuse parties are becoming popular and repairing skills are in high demand. A surprising number of household electrical appliances can be fixed with a set of mini screwdrivers and a soldering iron. If you know your sprocket from your spanner and your fuse from your faucet, why not start a repair club yourself? It’s a great way to make friends and help avoid otherwise perfectly good items from being consigned to the bin. GET CREATIVE Feeling creative? Why not explore upcycling? There are so many great ideas online. Old 12-inch records can be turned into placemats, cake towers or funky picture frames. Old clothes can be used to make stuffed toys, bunting or shoulder bags. We’ve seen chair covers fashioned from old jeans, and knitted rugs made from old t-shirts. Lamp shades can be made out of just about anything: a personal favourite was made from yellowing pages of an old book and cast a soft dappled light through the print. Broken mirrors and crockery can be used to make stunning mosaics to brighten up a plain flower pot or table top.

Garden furniture can be spruced up, or refashioned from wooden pallets and crates. Old bedding can be cut up and used to wrap gifts, the possibilities are endless! LEAVE IT BY THE BINS When passing the bins we’ll always have a quick check to see if anyone has left some treasure. We’ve found all manner of things, from casserole dishes to rugs, and even double glazed patio doors. Home owners preparing for summer lettings often leave perfectly good items there knowing that someone will appreciate discovering them. TAKE IT TO THE TIP Locate your local waste management centre (tip) and see for yourself the number of categories they sort junk into. Alongside the standard paper/card, plastic/metal and glass, waste management company Algar will take old mattresses, computers, kettles and coffee machines, televisions and broken furniture. If they can’t recycle it, at least you can be sure it will be disposed of safely and legally. Please join the conversation on facebook - at Attainable Sustainable, Algarve. In the next edition of Attainable Sustainable in Tomorrow magazine, we’ll be in the party mood and sharing tips and suggestions for throwing an eco party. This series is in support of WasteAid, the charity that shares recycling skills around the world. You can help stop ocean plastic pollution today by donating to WasteAid’s Widening the Net appeal. All donations received by July 31st from UK taxpayers will be doubled by UK government, up to £2 million.

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THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY BY FRANK MCLINTOCK

It’s unwise to be on the wrong side of history and it’d be a great shame if the Algarve, for all its wonderful positives, was seen to be so on the question of the environment – after all, that was the original draw of the Algarve wasn’t it, before any holiday villages or golf courses were even thought about.

"one million plant and animal species face extinction in the near future"

Global public opinion is moving inexorably in the right direction too – slowly to be sure, and sometimes horribly and disastrously slowly, but the pace is quickening and it behoves the authorities that we have elected to manage our collective assets to take this into account. The massive reduction in our over-use of plastic over the last 12 months is simply a first, very tentative, step in the right direction, but this reduction has shown that there is a groundswell of opinion that a greener approach to life is accepted by the population as a whole. This was brought forcibly to mind last week when I received reports of a disastrous “cleaning” operation of a local wetland during the height of the breeding season. Due to lack of time and space I can say no more at present, but thanks to concerned activists the destruction was halted within a couple of days – not before irreparable damage was done and many birds killed of course, but it could have been so much worse without their staunch step forward. The recent destruction was thrown even more starkly into focus as it took place in the same week the United Nations released its first comprehensive report on Global Biodiversity. The latter states, in a stark and unmistakably straightforward manner, the inevitable outcome if mankind continues along its present path of unmitigated greed - actions such as destroying local wetlands being high on the list. At the risk of being accused of oversimplifying a 1,500-page report, it says

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Photo © Before destruction: Inês Leote Vicente After destruction: Anabela Blofeld

that one million plant and animal species face extinction in the near future. That wasn’t a typo. ONE MILLION SPECIES! Because of us. Because of our seemingly uncheckable desire to make more money, to buy more, to have more … for what? Don’t we, in the affluent west, already have enough? The knock-on effect of this is no longer in any doubt either. Earth’s biodiversity is inter-linked; we will suffer too – well, maybe not you or I, but most definitely our children, and, if they have them, our grandchildren. One has only to have seen the devastating fires over the last few years and the current state of our local reservoirs to be in no doubt of this. It is time to stop and think. We must change the way we approach life. For starters we must change the way we look at nature and begin to embrace it, valuing its contribution to our everyday lives, rather than attempting to blot it out whenever it intrudes just a little bit into our molly-coddled existence. We must start being pro-active in this regard, (so my hat is off to those activists who stood up last week and, pretty well literally, stood in front of the ‘dozers). We must tell our local politicians that we appreciate what nature gives us and we want to keep it that way. We have already lost too much. Instead of draining wetlands, we want more of them and more of the wildlife they support. This is done through the ballot box as much as anywhere else. We can change our lives - and we must – and we must hold to account those who are on the wrong side of history.

+INFO:  birdinginportugal / ParadiseinPortugal  www.paradise-in-portugal.com / www.birding-inportugal.com


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A FOCUS ON TOMATOES BY TAMSIN VARLEY Tomatoes are incredibly good for you. They are packed with powerful antioxidants such as lycopene which has been linked to many health benefits including a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease and help protect eyes from light damage, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. They are also a good source of Vitamin C, folate and potassium. The tomato originated in South America, and it was the Aztecs who started using them in their cuisine from about 500 BC. The Spanish recognised its potential in the 16th century and took the seeds back to Europe where it was widely eaten in southern Europe especially by the lower classes in the following century. The upper classes, who ate from pewter plates, considered tomatoes unhealthy and poisonous, which they actually were, as the acid from the tomatoes reacted with the lead in the pewter causing lead poisoning. In the 1800’s, mass immigration to the USA especially by Italians, caused a massive increase in the popularity of the tomato as the different cultures blended. This was especially true after 1880 when the Margarita pizza was invented in Naples by a restaurateur to celebrate the visit of Queen Margarite. The pizza was made from three ingredients which represented the colours in the Italian flag – green by the basil topping, white by mozzarella cheese and red by tomato sauce. Tomato seeds require heat to germinate. I put my planted seeds in a plastic bag and use a heating mat and the seeds normally germinate within a week. However, putting them on a warm window sill will also work. Once they’ve germinated, they need lots of light to stop them growing straggly. I move mine outside to a cold frame. Once they’ve got their first set of full leaves, I transplant them into individual pots and let them grow on for a few weeks before planting them into their final position. I get my best results by planting them about two feet apart in one of my raised beds or large plastic containers used for treading grapes which all have quite sandy soil in them enriched with organic matter and some general fertiliser. When I plant them, they are between 20cm 40cm tall, so it’s important to stake them at this point with a good quality bamboo cane. I plant them deep (pinching off the 1st two sets of leaves and planting them up to the 2nd set of leaves) as the stems will send

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out more roots and make the plant more stable. It’s also very important for plants that aren’t bush tomatoes that all side shoots are removed, which is a daily job. I generally let each plant set five to six trusses before pinching out the main shoot, so that the plant puts all its energy into the fruit. Tomatoes are greedy feeders and ideally should be given a weekly feed with a fertiliser rich in phosphorus once the first trusses have set. It’s also possible to grow tomatoes in pots, but make sure you use large pots (45 cm diameter for a bush or dwarf variety and 60cm diameter for indeterminate varieties) and water them regularly. In our climate, tomatoes require daily watering – I prefer to water in the evening. Put saucers under pots so that any excess water can be absorbed throughout the day. It is very easy to collect seeds from your tomatoes to use the following year, but you cannot collect F1 hybrid seeds as they won’t grow true to type – the latter includes popular varieties such as Sungold, Mountain Magic and Tumbler. You can also make your own sundried tomatoes if you have excess produce, which I can vouch from experience taste delicious! There is plenty of information on how to do both of these on the web. I generally try and grow tomatoes that you can’t buy in the shops. This year, my early ones that I force in the cold frame are Rosello and Loretto – both having a bushy habit. In the garden I am growing cherry tomatoes including Sungold and Indigo Cherry Drops, beef steak style tomatoes including Ananas and Black Krim and a new one for me called Green Zebra. I have lots of trusses set already and am looking forward to a tomato bonanza very soon! Tamsin is chair of Clube Dos Bons Jardins, a small, friendly multinational garden club that meets at different location around the Algarve on the 2nd Tuesday every month except over the summer with an optional lunch afterwards.

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Top to bottom: Indigo Cherry Drops Green Zebra Drying tomatoes Cherry Tomatoes


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